IN THE last week of 2009, 1,360 activists from 43 countries converged on Cairo for the Gaza Freedom March. We intended to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing, controlled by Egypt, for a display of mass international solidarity with the Palestinian people on the one-year anniversary of Israel's punishing attack that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and injured thousands more.
A BRITISH soldier and four American servicemen have been killed in two separate improvised bomb explosions in southern Afghanistan. The British soldier, from the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, died in a blast while on foot patrol in the Nad-e Ali area of Helmand Province, yesterday, the Ministry of Defence said. Next of kin have been informed.
As China moves up in the world and the need for investment in its own infrastructure declines, Chinese investors and financiers are eyeing lucrative contracts in less developed countries, winning bids to build dams, power plants and highways from Burma to Uzbekistan and Angola.
"If British Prime Minister Gordon Brown were genuinely interested in finding out why his predecessor followed George Bush into the Iraq quagmire, his appointment of Sir Lawrence Freedman to the five-member Chilcot Inquiry was an odd choice. As the political editor of the BBC’s Newsnight programme, Michael Crick, pointed out, “Critics of the war might argue Sir Lawrence was himself one of the causes of the war!”
The rapid introduction of full body scanners at British airports threatens to breach child protection laws which ban the creation of indecent images of children, the Guardian has learned.
The occupied government of Afghanistan and the United Nations have both concluded that U.S.-led troops recently dragged eight sleeping children out of their beds, handcuffed some of them, and shot them all dead. While this apparently constitutes an everyday act of kindness, far less intriguing than the vicious singeing of his pubic hairs by Captain Underpants, it is at least a variation on the ordinary American technique of murdering men, women, and children by the dozens with unmanned drones...
Just eight months ago, President Obama was calling Brazilian President Lula Ignacio Da Silva "my man" and suggesting that the South American giant could become a leading U.S. partner in the region.
The Taliban suicide attack that killed a group of CIA agents in Afghanistan on a base that was directing US drone aircraft used to attack Taliban leaders was big news in the US over the past week, with the airwaves and front pages filled with sympathetic stories referring to the fact that the female station chief, who was among those killed, was the “mother of three children.”
Knut Haugland, the last surviving member of the six-man crew that sailed on the Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, and a leader of the Norwegian resistance who helped carry out one of the most daring acts of sabotage of World War II, died in Oslo on Dec. 25. He was 92. His finest hour came in 1943, when he took part in a raid to sabotage the giant Norsk Hydro plant in Vermork, Norway.
Is the Fed manipulating the stock market? TrimTabs CEO Charles Biderman seems to think so, and he makes a strong case for his theory in an article at zerohedge.com.
Amid signs that a fringe group of self-proclaimed “Jewish anti-Zionist” pretenders are planning to distract attention from the accelerating theft and colonization of occupied Palestinian territories and the deadly siege of Gaza, Redress Information & Analysis advises Palestine activists to steer clear of these pretenders and not to engage with them in any shape or form. "To our 'Jewish anti-Zionist' time-wasting pretenders – Greenstein, Elf, Downing and whoever else stoops to their gutter – we say this: Palestine is and shall remain at the centre of the struggle for justice for the Palestinian people. We Palestinians and Arabs played no part in your Holocaust and we have nothing to do with anti-Semitism, past or present, real or imagined. It is us, not you, who are continuing to suffer from the legacy of the Nazis. Go forth and take your Jewish issues elsewhere. We shall have nothing to do with you."
Minnesota resident Ryan Olander is facing deportation after being held in Israeli prisons for over two weeks. He spent his Christmas and New Year at a deportation facility in Ramle, where his request for release has been rejected by the prison judge. His lawyer submitted an appeal to the District Court in Tel Aviv on 27 December 2009 challenging the request of the Israeli Ministry of Interior for Mr. Olander’s deportation. The lawyer is anticipating the decision of the judge within the next 48 hours.
As a nurse at the busy, charitable hospital run by the Rural Medicare Society (RMS) at Mehrauli, on the outskirts of the national capital, Amita Dhaka sees much suffering. But what she finds hard to handle is inadequate nutrition and even hunger among poor in-patients.
On Saturday, Obama said the Christmas day non-attack over Detroit was the work of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the latest incarnation of the perennial boogieman used by government to frighten people into accepting foreign invasions and occupations and an ever-growing police state grid at home. “We know that [Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab] traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies. It appears that he joined an affiliate of al Qaeda, and that this group - Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America,” Obama said in his address to the nation.
Wal-Mart delivers at least 30% and sometimes more than 50% of the entire U.S. consumption of products. Why the monopolization of our economy should scare you.
When Israeli shelling killed three of his daughters and his niece, Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish's immediate anguish was broadcast live to the world. Now in Canada, the physician has written a book which advocates compassion and peace. Interview by Hamida Ghafour
I just got a message from the Derry to Gaza team on the Viva Palestina convoy with the latest developments which are not very good for the Convoy or Gaza, They are hearing that Israel will be performing "military" operations in the waters, and the convoy cannot pass through. This leaves them stranded and unable to make the deadline for crossing the Rafah border which Egypt has given them. When I get more updates I'll post them, that's it for now. Here's the message:
Hamas has condemned "the international community's silence” towards the Israeli-imposed blockade on the Gaza Strip. "This aggression reflects the barbarian Israeli policy against the Palestinians amid tightening a suffocating siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than three years," said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum on Saturday, Xinhua reported.
A major cold front will cause freezing conditions every night through this Thursday across almost the entire region. Some areas could even see a hard freeze.
A CRACKDOWN on internet pornography has seen thousands of people arrested by Chinese police in the past 12 months. Critics claim the authorities are using the campaign to tighten political censorship. But the Chinese government insists it is acting to stop pornography overwhelming the internet and posing a threat to the welfare of children.
Noam Chomsky speaks to BBC's Francine Stock at London's St Paul's Cathedral. Francine Stock: Since you first started in political activism in the sixties, do you feel that you have made a great deal of headway? Noam Chomsky: I think the country has made a great deal of headway and I'm happy to participate in it, but it's not traceable to individuals....If you go back to the sixties…there was no feminist movement, no Third World solidarity movements, no substantial anti-nuclear movement, no global justice movements. These are all developments of the last twenty or thirty years and they come from all over the place. For example, the solidarity movements...are quite unique - there's never been a time when people from the aggressor country went to the victims and lived with them to try to protect them. That happened in the eighties - tens of thousands of Americans did it and they came from conservative circles. A lot of it was church based. And it came from Main Street in the United States, and now it's all over the world. Noam Chomsky speaks to BBC's Francine Stock at London's St Paul's Cathedral, Dec '02.
"American and NATO drone missile and helicopter gunship attacks in Pakistan will also increase, as will U.S. counterinsurgency operations in the Philippines and Somalia along with those in Yemen where CIA and Army special forces are already involved." January 1 ushered in the last year of the first decade of a new millennium and ten consecutive years of the United States conducting war in the Greater Middle East.
The Iraqi government is under increasing pressure to aggressively pursue the prosecution of American military personnel accused of killing Iraqis. The recent decision by Ricardo Urbina, a district judge, to dismiss charges against five security contractors accused of gunning down 17 Iraqis, including women and children, in September 2007 has re-ignited deep discord among Iraqis, and fuelled suspicions that US personnel operate in a lawless void while in Iraq. An Iraqi investigation into the incident two years ago contradicted Blackwater claims that its contractors had fired in self-defence after coming under attack in central Baghdad. In January 2008, the Iraqi government barred Blackwater from providing security detail to US diplomatic staff in the country, citing the firm's use of excessive force.
Paul J. Balles argues that it is time to clean up the US government, in the light of President Obama’s prostituting himself to pharmaceutical industry pimps and recent revelations that every US government appointee must endure a background check by the American Jewish community and that, if they fail to support Israel strongly enough, they lose the job.
We live in a culture that doesn't admit that women need sex every bit as much as men, if not more. Conservatives put women on a romantic pedestal. Women are virginal and sexless. Feminists deny women need men for anything. "Women are made to feel guilty for needing men," my wife said. "We're portrayed as weak, co-dependent or lacking in self-esteem."
Two men on death row for masterminding an Al-Qaeda truck bombing that killed 88 people on June 20 were recruited in a US-run prison camp, a senior Iraqi police commander said on Thursday. Adnan Jassim Ali al-Hamdani and Hawas Falah al-Juburi were among three people sentenced on Tuesday to death by hanging for their part in the bombing in the predominantly Shiite Turkmen town of Taza in northern Iraq which also wounded 265 people, according to a police toll. "The convicts were recruited by the terrorist organisation during their detention in Camp Bucca," a US-run detention centre near the southern port of Basra that was closed in September, police commander Ahmed Abu Rarif told a Baghdad news conference.
The Lithuanian foreign ministry and former elected officials are still attempting to deny what the Lithuanian parliament has now openly admitted. Former President Paksas claims that he was impeached and ousted in 2004 because he opposed the black sites. This would have amounted to a NATO coup d’etat.
According to reports, troops were looking for high value targets among both the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The one that became widely known in September 2008 was condemned as a provocation by the Pakistani government. Ethnic groups from Pakistans Belugistan province where most of the raids occurred blame the government in Islamabad for allowing these things to happen, said RT LIVE investigative journalist Webster Tarpley. He pointed out that President Obamas West point speech of December 2 is a thinly veiled declaration of war against Pakistan in the sense that it announces the intent of the US to promote the dismemberment, the partition of Pakistan along ethnic lines and in order to do that you have to create trouble on the ground. VoltaireNet: Obama Declares War on Pakistan.
Kai Eide warned against nighttime actions by coalition forces ''given that they often result in lethal outcomes for civilians." The UN representative urged US-led NATO forces to make every effort to "minimize" civilian casualties in Afghanistan. He was referring to the alleged killing of ten civilians at the hands of foreign troops on Sunday in northeast Afghanistan. The US military insists that the victims were "armed militants". PressTV: In Pakistan, more civilians fall victim to US drones. AntiWar: NATO Kills at Least Eight Afghan Civilians in Fresh Air Strike. URUKNET: Video: Afghan tensions rise amid civilian and CIA deaths.
"The UN has not been willing [yet] to give what's needed to exert significant pressure on Israel to lift the blockade that under any circumstances is unlawful," Richard Falk told Press TV on Thursday. "The only thing that could be more effective would be a move toward economic sanctions that would include military assistance" to Israel, the UN diplomat underlined. The UN independent expert on Palestinian rights has also criticized the international community for its failure to end the Israeli blockade against the Gaza Strip.
"A federal judge dismissed all charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards charged in a deadly Baghdad shooting. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina said Thursday that the Justice Department overstepped its bounds and wrongly used evidence it wasn't allowed to see." PBS Newshour: Blackwater Guards Cleared of Iraq Shooting Charges by Federal Judge. PressTV: Iraq 'regrets' US court ruling on Blackwater.
"The latest Rasmussen poll indicates that a majority of Americans support hard-line attitudes towards the would-be terrorist who attempted to blow up an airliner on Christmas day. Of those polled, 71% would like to see the crime investiged by military rather than civilian authorities, and 58% believe that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, should be subjected to "aggressive" interrogation techniques in order to gain information. Men, younger voters, and Republicans were most strongly in support of the use of harsh methods." SOTT: CROTCH BOMBER: Evidence Mounts for US Complicity in Terrorism: Mutallab's father is no ordinary 'banker'. + The Underwear Bomber - Crushing Freedom With Phony Arab Terrorism. AWIP: America's regression.
Michigan attorney Kurt Haskell's partial account. The rest can be read from the article: For the last five days I have been reporting my story of the so called "sharp dressed man." For those of you who haven't read my account, it involves a sharp dressed "Indian man" attempting to talk a ticket agent into letting a supposed "Sudanese refugee" (The terrorist) onto flight 253 without a passport. I have never had any idea how it played out except to note that the so called "Sudanese reefugee" later boarded my flight and attempted to blow it up and kill me. At no time did my story involve, or even find important whether the terrorist actually had a passport. The importance of my story was and always will be, the attempt with an accomplice (apparently succesful) of a terrorist with all sorts of prior terrorist warning signs to skirt the normal passport boarding procedures in Amsterdam. By the way, Amsterdam security did come out the other day and admit that the terrorist did not have to "Go through normal passport checking procedures".
Some 1,000 people, among them all of Israel's Arab MKs and community leaders, gathered Thursday at the Israeli side of the Gaza border to express solidarity with the residents of Gaza, one year after Israel's offensive there. MK Taleb A-Sana relayed Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh's message to the Israeli side via a mobile phone. During the rally, Israeli Arab MK Jamal Zahalka directed harsh criticism at Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who he said enjoys "classical music and killing children in Gaza."
Despite the construction freeze, dozens of settlements in the West Bank are experiencing a building boom, even on the eve of another visit to the region by U.S. envoy George Mitchell to try to restart talks for a final settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Construction is being carried out mostly to the east of the separation fence; it began shortly after warrants were issued on November 26 freezing construction.
Thirty-seven priests, nuns and missionaries were killed worldwide in 2009, nearly twice as many as 2008 and a record high for a decade, the Vatican's news agency said. The report, published on the Fides website, lists 30 priests, two nuns, two seminarians and three lay volunteers "killed in a violent way" in 2009. Most deaths occurred in Latin and North America, where 23 of the Catholic workers were killed, 11 died in Africa, two in Asia and one in Europe.
China has sentenced a Tibetan Buddhist lama to more than eight years in jail for "illegal possession of ammunition and embezzlement". The monk, Phurbu Tsering Rinpoche, denies all charges, his lawyer said. The man described as a Living Buddha was arrested after nuns at his temple protested against a crackdown on Tibetan Buddhism. This had followed anti-China riots that erupted in Lhasa in 2008 and spread through the Himalayan region.
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Eighty percent of the American population now believe that man is responsible for global warming. Emerging science, however, is providing important new understanding of this issue. Yet, this information is not getting out to people, especially to our school children. Rock Creek Free Press: Climategate: Science Scandal of the Century -The World’s Most Influential Climate Scientists Get Caught “Fudging” the Data. AWIP: Copenhagen climate change conference: 'Fourteen days to seal history's judgment on this generation'
A SUICIDE bomber has infiltrated a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least eight Americans in what is believed to be the deadliest single attack on US intelligence personnel in the eight-year-long war and one of the deadliest in the agency's history.
There has been a tidal shift in politics and on Marijuana laws in America, from Obama lightening up on pot prosecutions to the recognition of cancer prevention properties.
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