The former head of the West German Military Intelligence has issued a book revealing secret details of a 1949 US-German treaty, alleging America and its allies have been deliberately suppressing the nations sovereignty.
A Jewish rabbi has issued a book giving Jews permission to murder non-Jews, including babies and children who pose an actual or potential threat to Jews or Israel. Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, head of the Yitzhar settlement in the occupied West Bank, says: “It is permissible to kill the Righteous among non-Jews even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation.”
Why would the House go so far out of its way to stamp out even the consideration of war crimes accusations against Israel? And why would Barack Obama, the US president, have pressured Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, not to push the report in the UN when he had to know that such actions would cost Abbas most of his little remaining credibility among Palestinians? There are two reasons for this. If Israel is guilty of committing systematic war crimes across Gaza and the West Bank, then the US, which supported, funded and armed Israel during the war, is an accessory to those crimes. Put simply, if there is blood on Israel's hands, than it is has dripped all over America's shirt.
No, but that didn't stop it from trying. In a report released today, EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston tells the story of a bogus federal subpoena issued to independent news site Indymedia.us, and how the site fought back with EFF’s help. Declan McCullagh at CBSNews.com also has the story.
The 9/11 Diane Sawyer interview with an eyewitness to the WTC7 collapse and the burnt vehicles. Thanks to Facts not Fairies for the link. Youtube has removed this video.
If attacks on soldiers now qualify, how is it possible to exclude many American actions?
Note: I wrote this article Monday night and feel mine was a normal human response to a horrendous event. Already, however, anomalies with the official story are coming out. How many shooters were there? How could a lone gunman have such a free hand in attacking a huge facility full of combat veterans? Was Hasan “set-up” to take the blame? We may never know. My intuition tells me it was the act of a man who felt trapped within the system.
Top executives at Blackwater Worldwide authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support after a September 2007 episode in which Blackwater security guards fatally shot 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, according to former company officials. The Guardian: The Blackwater plot deepens: For all the scandal, the mercenary firm has escaped any severe legal sanction. That could now change.
The track leading from the school to the new main road joining Jerusalem to Israeli settlements on the south eastern slopes of Palestine is now paved. There are two new school rooms being built where pupils will be taught up to Grade 9, rather than having to leave after Grade 4. They now have a playground. But for the 32 children who live in Tuba and Magher Al Abeed, Palestinian villages encircled by three Israeli settlements, getting to school remains problematic.
Obama is in bed with Wall Street just like Bush (Peter Schiff). Obama is in bed with Wall Street just like Bush Peter Schiff on SBS Dateline More on Peter Schiff at : http://www.PeterSchiffNews.com
Of the 535 members of Congress, over 44% - 237 to be exact - are millionaires. Fifty have net worths of at least $10 million, and seven are worth more than $100 million. By comparison, around 1% of Americans are millionaires. There is no other minority group that is as overrepresented in Congress.
The world is much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit, according to a whistleblower at the International Energy Agency who claims it has been deliberately underplaying a looming shortage for fear of triggering panic buying. The senior official claims the US has played an influential role in encouraging the watchdog to underplay the rate of decline from existing oil fields while overplaying the chances of finding new reserves. The allegations raise serious questions about the accuracy of the organisation's latest World Energy Outlook on oil demand and supply to be published tomorrow – which is used by the British and many other governments to help guide their wider energy and climate change policies.
If every soldier asked that one question and refused to deploy when not receiving a satisfactory answer it would be a way to end the war. Of course that would require thinking soldiers and outside of being taught to think in the killing fields, thinking in political terms is not a part of their job description. The most honest answer the military could give to the question of 'Why Die in Afghanistan?' would be "because we tell you to." I am told by people I respect that Barack Obama cannot pull out of both Iraq and Afghanistan without becoming a one-term president. I think that may be true. The charges from various quarters would be toxic—that he was weak, unpatriotic, sacrificing the sacrifices that have been made, betraying our dead, throwing away all former investments in lives and treasure. All that would indeed be brought against him, and he could have little defense in the quarters where such charges would originate. -These are the arguments that have kept us in losing efforts before. They are the ones that made presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon pass on to their successors in the presidency the draining and self-lacerating Vietnam War. They are the arguments that made President George W. Bush pass on two wars to his successor.
The scramble to piece today a plausible story of Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s insidious ties to global terrorism has not, officials are conceding, yielded any actual evidence to that effect. This has not, of course, stopped speculation. WaPo: Suspect in Fort Hood shootings will be tried in military court.
Dennis Kucinich Explains Why He Voted Against The Health Care Bill.
Athens, Greece - Last Sunday, we visited the ruins of ancient Delphi, two hours or so from here in the Greek capital, an extraordinary site at the base of Mount Parnassus overlooking the Pleistos Valley, almost half a mile below. You could see the acres of olive trees there. The Ionian Sea shimmered on the horizon. AlterNet: How Biased Media Can Brainwash You: Time bomb effect of one-sided news: Only 12% of Europeans claim to trust the media yet new research shows that even the most hardened Europeans may change their political views if they are bombarded with enough biased news.
Apple has reportedly rejected an iPhone app on the basis that it contains “objectionable characters”. They appear to have been referring to the caricatures shown below. You couldn’t make this up.
Andrew Sullivan (The Atlantic), Joe Klein (Time), Thomas Freidman (NYT) and Glenn Greenwald (Salon): If Israel isn't going to stop expanding settlements as the US has requested, it is time to cut off US aid to Israel.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, drawing on his experience of military failure in Afghanistan in the 1980s, said the U.S. can’t win the conflict there and should begin pulling out its soldiers.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a lengthy meeting with US President Barack Obama Monday night which addressed the Middle East peace process, Iran and Israeli security. The one-hour-and-forty-minute parley was accompanied by an unusual news blackout, as the standard photo op and press availability were not held. In addition, Netanyahu canceled a scheduled briefing with Israeli reporters and Defense Minister Ehud Barak scrapped plans for radio interviews following the talks.
Russian Foreign Ministry reports to Prime Minister Putin on the just concluded Monday night ‘secret’ meet held between the American President and his Israeli counterpart at the White House state that Obama and Netanyahu traded ‘threats of war’ for nearly 4 hours before Israel’s Prime Minister ‘stormed out’ of the Oval Office warning that “we’ll see who really runs this damn place.”
On November 2, Hamid Karzai began another term as president of Western-occupied Afghanistan after being officially declared the winner in an election so blatantly fraudulent that his main opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, refused to take part in it any longer.
Authors Michael Yates and Fred Magdoff have collaborated on a new book, The ABCs of the Economic Crisis: What Working People Need to Know, that provides a concise and accessible account of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and why it happened.
IRAN has charged three US citizens with spying, the official IRNA news agency quoted a prosecutor as saying yesterday. The three, Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 31, and Josh Fattal, 27, all of the University of California, Berkeley, were held after they crossed into Iran from northern Iraq at the end of July. Their families said they strayed across the border accidentally while on a walking trip. "The three are charged with espionage," Tehran general prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told IRNA. "Investigations continue."
SOMALI pirates have seized a United Arab Emirates-flagged cargo ship loaded with weapons bound for the anarchic Horn of Africa nation in contravention of a UN arms embargo. The gunmen yesterday also launched their longest-range hijack attempt yet – opening fire on a giant Hong Kong-flagged crude oil tanker 1,000 nautical miles east of Mogadishu.
Goran believed his attackers to be from Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP). He made a formal complaint to the police, but told the worldwide press freedom organisation, “I am not under any illusions, the police are in the pocket of the KDP”, adding that he never wanted to see the city again. “Nabaz Goran is one of the most prominent investigative journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan. This assault on him demonstrates the huge difficulties journalists like him have
Democrats, on the other hand, are steadfastly refusing to cave to the insurance industry, at least if by "refusing to cave" you mean "supporting legislation designed to force every American to purchase the insurance industry's product."
2.7 billion people around the world who survive on less than two dollars a day, one billion of whom live on less than a dollar a day. Given the dire statistics and the widening gap between the rich and the poor, how can we see the eradication of poverty?
Plan to store details of every phone call and email 'kicked into long grass' after furore. The Home Office confirmed the "Big Brother" scheme had been delayed until after the election amid protests that it would be intrusive and open to abuse. Although ministers publicly insisted yesterday that they remained committed to the scheme, they have decided not to include the contentious measure in next week's Queen's Speech, the Government's final legislative programme before the election. The effect of this move could be to kill off the plans for years.
Apartheid Australia has race-based Apartheid-style laws violating the human rights of Indigenous Australians and is involved in the continuing racist atrocities of the Iraqi Genocide and the Afghan Genocide.
Note: I wrote this article Monday night and feel it was a normal response to a horrendous event. Already, however, anomalies with the official story are coming out. How many shooters were there? How could a lone gunman have such a free hand in attacking a huge facility full of combat veterans? Was Hasan “set-up” to take the blame? We may never know. But something strange is surely going on. IS IT A FRAME-UP?
It is one of the rarest giants of the ocean, and it has been caught on film for the first time. An underwater camera crew filming for the BBC recorded a smalleye stingray swimming off the coast of Mozambique. The smalleye stingray is the largest of all 70 species of stingray, attaining widths of more than 2m. The elusive creature, first discovered in 1908, has only ever been seen alive off the coast of Tofo in southern Mozambique.
Footage of the fish will be broadcast on BBC Two at 2000GMT on Wednesday 11 November, as part of the programme Andrea: Queen of the Mantas for the BBC documentary series Natural World.
Uruknet: Zionist massacres, 1948-2009. This is what Israel thinks of peace...
The Associated Press has declared war on alternative medicine, publishing a series of stories attacking everything from nutritional therapies to bioidentical hormones. These stories, which are syndicated across thousands of websites around the world, are prefaced with the following highly-opinionated "Editor's Note": EDITOR'S NOTE: Ten years and $2.5 billion in research have found no cures from alternative medicine. Yet these mostly unproven treatments are now mainstream and used by more than a third of all Americans. This is one in an occasional series examining their use and potential risks.
The state sanctioned and sponsored religion of 9/11 broke sacred ground yesterday on another 'holy' site. With the words "Let's roll" — the command issued by United Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer to lead the passenger revolt — U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and 39 victims' relatives and dignitaries turned shovels of dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for a permanent national memorial.
What did you do last Saturday night? Head out for dinner and a movie? Take in a show? Hit the clubs? Get cozy on the couch with your main squeeze? Well, here's what the U.S. House of Representatives did: they passed an "historic" health care bill which will put the kibosh on any genuine, equitable, sensible health care reform for many and many a year.
According to a new study compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, 237 members of the U.S. Congress, or 44 percent, are millionaires. "What's easy to see is that the economic reality of our elected officials is not reflective of the general population," said Dave Levinthal, who helped compile the study's findings. Natural News: Direct Democracy — Why the American People must disband Congress.
Government will identify sites around Britain suitable for building nuclear plants as part of new energy policy. The policy statements, which run to 3,000 pages, will be open for consultation until early next year and will act as guidelines for the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), a new central authority which will start accepting planning applications in March. The aim is to speed up planning decisions and give answers to developers within one year, to end what one official described as the current "long and tortuous" process of winning approval for schemes. Daily Telegraph: Huge expansion of nuclear power signalled by Government.
More than 120 people have been killed by floods and mud slides in El Salvador after a weekend of heavy rains driven by hurricane Ida. Authorities said 124 people had died and at least 60 were missing. About 7,000 more are in shelters. "There are 60 people missing in just the province of San Vicente," t he country's interior minister, Humberto Centeno told reporters. He said rescue workers were still struggling to reach some of the worst affected areas because of damage to roads. "We have been through disaster zones, including a fly-over of Verapaz [in San Vicente]," he said. "It is a real tragedy there." TimesOnline: Scores dead after flooding in El Salvador as Hurricane Ida roars towards the US: Matias Mendoza, 26, was at home with his wife Claudia and their year-old son, Franklin, when the earth began moving. “It was about two in the morning when the rain started coming down harder, and the earth started shaking,” Mr Mendoza recalled. “I warned my wife and grabbed my son, and all of a sudden we heard a sound. The next thing I knew I was lying among parts of the walls of my house.” “A few minutes later, I found my wife and my son in the middle of the rubble, and, thank God, we're alive.”
But the Aynak copper field has neither the electrical power nor access to the transportation links needed to fully develop the area as a copper mine. Afghan Mining Minister Ibrahim Adel says the Chinese company has agreed to invest nearly $3 billion in order to set up mining operations and overcome the lack of basic infrastructure. "With this mining project at the Aynak copper field, we will have about $2.8 billion of direct investment," Adel said. "About $500 million will be invested in building an electrical power plant. And a large amount of money also will be invested in building a railroad. This is one of the biggest foreign investment projects in the history of Afghanistan." Financial Times: Copper project tests Afghanistan’s resources. BBC: According to Russian estimates, the area holds reserves of 11 billion tonnes, which would make it the biggest copper mining area in the world.  Minerals in Afghanistan: The potential for copper (.pdf). Illinois Institute of Technology: Uranium deposits in Afghanistan. USGS: Western Afghanistan Uranium Content.
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