Michael Moore w/ Hannity - Who's Responsible For Financial Crisis?
These pictures, copied from a Palestinian newspaper, say everything about the character of Jerusalem under the power of the occupying jews, of what the Israeli jews have become after over 61 years of incessant devotion to crime, after over 61 years of impunity, after over 61 years of silence from the Arab countries and the rest of the world, after over 61 years of excessive privilege, after over 61 years of letting the world pay for their crimes: child beating cowards. PCHR: Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
When President Obama unexpectedly won, he defeated more than 200 proposed candidates. These six are among the most inspirational on that list.
An Afghan member of a UN-backed panel investigating fraud in the presidential election has resigned saying foreigners are "interfering" in its work. Mustafa Barakzai was one of two Afghans on the five-member Electoral Complaints Commission. He said Afghans had little input in the body's key decisions. The commission is due to rule this week on the outcome of its investigations. Google/AP: Afghan member of panel investigating vote resigns. Time.com: How the Afghan Election Was Rigged. RAWA: UN official says ‘widespread fraud’ in Afghan vote. + The time to leave Afghanistan is now. Metro: 'White House will pick Afghan leader': [August 18, 2009] Are you hopeful about tomorrow’s elections? The election is a showcase of the US government. We have a famous saying that it’s not important who is voting, it’s important who is counting. The next president of Afghanistan will be selected behind the closed doors of the White House.
My closest Afghan friend held out his Taliban-era photo. A decade younger, he had a thick black beard that the oppressive regime forced men to grow. My friend won't grow one again. He is already thinking about when to flee. As generals, politicians and pundits in Washington debate the next best step for America's eight-year war in Afghanistan, the Taliban takes new territory by the day, despite the record 64,000 U.S. troops here.
I was contacted by an individual who led me to this information about the art students living in WTC Tower 1 before 9/11. In fact, in May of 2000, they were living on the 91st floor where they were doing construction and sleeping in tents. They did have construction passes. I do believe that ACE Elevator and Securicom, as well as Kroll Associates should be focused on, however, this is important information that has never been confirmed, until now. These art students were apart of the art group, gelatin, and were pulling off a large stunt in the name of art, at least that is the official story. Gelatin is notorious for encouraging and participating in various stunts and elaborate adventures to push art into the pop culture by performing publicity stunts. The project these art students from Austria and Germany were apart of was called, The B-Thing.
North Korea fired five short-range missiles off its east coast on Monday, news reports said, even as South Korea proposed working-level talks with its communist neighbor. South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing an unidentified South Korean government official, said the North test-fired two short-range missiles on Monday morning and three others on Monday afternoon from mobile launch pads. Yonhap said the missiles were surface-to-surface KN-02 rockets with a range of up to 75 miles (120 kilometers). Bloomberg: Clinton Says North Korean Launch Won’t Deter Talks.
Raymond McGovern is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. McGovern was a Federal employee under seven U.S. presidents over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House for many of them. Greg Thielmann is a Senior Fellow at the Arms Control Association, located in Washington, DC. Thielmann came to fame in 2003 when he quit his position as director of the Strategic, Proliferation and Military Affairs Office at the State Department's Intelligence Bureau, citing the manufacturing of intelligence concerning the Iraqi government's weapons program. He openly criticized the false information that was then used to gain support for launching the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. This brought an end to a 25-year career in the US foreign service officer.
On Oct. 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus made landfall on a small island in the Caribbean. His historic voyage ignited the age of exploration, and cross-Atlantic expansion by European settlers.
According to official figures for 2009 alone (and God only knows what the unofficial figures are) 270 Iraqi kids reported missing. Missing because they have been KIDNAPPED FOR RANSOMS and parents can't afford to pay. Missing because SOLD. Missing because TRAFFICKED to unknown destinations. Missing because found DEAD, after their ORGANS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THEIR BODIES. IRAQ NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE 2003.
The director of "Not Evil, Just Wrong," a documentary challenging Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," dares to ask a question at the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference. Apparently Mr. Gore only allows the 'right kind' of questions to be asked of him.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent a warining to Tehran on Sunday saying that the world "will not wait indefinitely" for it to meet its obligations on its nuclear plans. "The international community will not wait indefinitely for evidence that Iran is prepared to live up to its international obligations," Clinton said after talks in London with Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Clinton said the six-party talks on Iran's nuclear plan in Geneva on October 1 were a "constructive beginning" but she conveyed they "must be followed by action". LiveLeak: Hillary Clinton: "Obliterate Iran". [She said this before Obama became president.] PressTV: Iran deplores language of threat, sanction.
Apolinario Chile Pixtun is tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly "running out" on Dec. 21, 2012. After all, it's not the end of the world.
Or is it? Definitely not, the Mayan Indian elder insists. "I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff." It can only get worse for him. Next month Hollywood's "2012" opens in cinemas, featuring earthquakes, meteor showers and a tsunami dumping an aircraft carrier on the White House.
At Cornell University, Ann Martin, who runs the "Curious? Ask an Astronomer" Web site, says people are scared. "It's too bad that we're getting e-mails from fourth-graders who are saying that they're too young to die," Martin said. "We had a mother of two young children who was afraid she wouldn't live to see them grow up."
Chile Pixtun, a Guatemalan, says the doomsday theories spring from Western, not Mayan ideas. A significant time period for the Mayas does end on the date, and enthusiasts have found a series of astronomical alignments they say coincide in 2012, including one that happens roughly only once every 25,800 years.
The Honduran people have set an example for people throughout Latin America through three months of steady resistance to the coup in their country. But there are powerful groups within Honduras and abroad organizing to neutralize this unprecedented force and block the resistance from growing in strength and numbers. These groups above all seek to prevent the nation from carrying out a Constitutional Assembly to modify the outdated constitution.
At least 30 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide bombing in a crowded marketplace in northwestern Pakistan, officials say. The blast occurred on Monday in Shangla district near Swat, a district in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) that was the scene of fierce fighting between pro-Taliban fighters and the military earlier this year. The Guardian: Pakistan hit by another deadly bomb blast.
The Swedish journalist who caused a controversy by accusing Israeli forces of stealing and selling Palestinian organs says he has been receiving death threats. Donald Bostrom's article was published in Aftonbladet daily in August and caused a diplomatic row between Sweden and Israel. On Sunday, he told a press conference in Damascus, Syria, that he has been receiving threats on his life ever since. In the article, which he claims is based on the testimonies of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, he paints a grotesque picture of the conflict. It claimed that Israeli forces for the past 17 years had murdered Palestinian youths for their organs.
As Afghanistan's eight-year-old war is claiming countless lives, a new report says that the United States has not reached its civilian goals in the war-ravaged country. The New York Times reported on Sunday that Washington was falling far short of its goals in fighting Afghanistan's endemic corruption, creating a functioning government and legal system and training a police force.
President Obama is coming under attack from the Right for his reluctance to grant the request of General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, for more U.S. troops. On the other side of the equation sits the majority of the American people, who are against sending more troops and in fact oppose this seemingly endless war that has now entered year nine. Obama should go with the people and set a timetable to get our troops out of Afghanistan as soon as is practically possible, which should be less than one year. Their presence cannot contribute to bringing peace and security to that country, nor does it contribute to the security of the United States. In fact, the occupation of Afghanistan is making things worse on both counts.
John Pilger has been awarded the 2009 Sydney Peace Prize. The jury’s citation reads as follows: ‘For work as an author, film-maker and journalist as well as for courage as a foreign and war correspondent in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard. For commitment to peace with justice by exposing and holding governments to account for human rights abuses and for fearless challenges to censorship in any form.’
Varsha Vinod's exceptional abilities are hard to spot at first. She's an adorably cute five-year-old girl from southern India, small, pretty with big brown eyes. To gain her black belt, Varsha had to learn up to 15 different [series of] karate moves. Some child stars can be precocious but Varsha doesn't act like one. In fact, it would have been impossible to imagine her as a karate black belt if it wasn't for her white martial arts outfit and her, actual, black belt.
“As part of my work as a research scientist, I have been taking photographs through the microscope for almost 30 years to observe the processes in living cells,” Paves said Thursday in a press release.
Nikon honored 20 images this year including an anglerfish ovary, cotton fibers and fish scales.
Winning the popular vote online out of 137 finalists was the image below of a bundle of fluorescent actin protein filaments captured by Dennis Breitsprecher of the Institute of Biophysical Chemistry at Germany’s Hannover Medical School. See the winners of the competition over the last 35 years below and on the following pages. Images: Above: Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress) anther (20x) Confocal / Heiti Paves, Tallinn University of Technology, courtesy of Nikon Small World.
The exercise, set to simulate a "response" in the event of war between Israel, the Islamic republic, Syria and Hizbullah, will begin on Monday and end on Friday. More than 1,000 American troops from the European Command in Stuttgart, Germany have deployed in Israel for the exercise - mostly in the Negev - in addition to some 15 missile ships, some of them carrying the Aegis ballistic missile defense system.
MUST SEE VIDEO: UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict Goldstone Commission. Israeli war crimes desribed in detail.
Pakistani commandos stormed an office building on Sunday and rescued 39 people taken hostage by suspected Taliban militants after a brazen attack on the army's headquarters. Saturday's attack on the tightly guarded army headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi, next door to the capital, Islamabad, came as the military prepared an offensive against the militants in their stronghold of South Waziristan on the Afghan border. Al Jazeera: Pakistan raid stokes security fears. Dawn: Thirty-nine rescued as GHQ siege comes to end.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who has become the point man for the long war mafia, delivered his ultimatum to President Barack Obama on Friday, Oct. 9. As has been his practice over the past several weeks, McChrystal proxy-leaked details of his demands through the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other sources. The Journal says one of McChrystal’s proposed options calls for 60,000 additional troops, and “several officials” say the “maximum variant” is even larger.
►And for not yet authorizing 500,000 more troops to Afghanistan....
►And for moving those missile defense systems around from one place to another.
►And for pulling out all of our troops from Iraq...oh...that's been derailed...
►And for getting that one state solution to the Israel-Palestine issue and ending Israeli genocide... opps...maybe that's still to come.
►And last but not least, for keeping that massive U.S. pentagon budget intact...
Here's a list of the other awards Obama received today. Pretty cool. He got the Oscar for Best Cinematography, 2009 Cy Young Award, International Air Guitar Championship Award, Latin Grammy for Best New Artist, Winner of the Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, Midwest Regional Sales Leader for Sub-Zero Refrigerators.
A must-watch interview with Bill Moyers: In Michael Moore's new film Capitalism: A Love Story, Congresswoman Kaptur says there has been a financial coup d'etat, and that Wall Street - rather than Congress - is in charge.
Dalaras and Parios sing "Σ'αγαπώ γιατί είσαι ωραία" together at a special TV programme celebrating the year 2000. ["I love You Because You're Beautiful" ("I love You Because You're You")] Traditional song of Asia Minor. Part of a concert held in the ancient theater of Delphi (June, 2001), on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Dalaras and American jazz singer Jocelyn B. Smith, accompanied by the Ossipov Russian Orchestra, performed songs of Theodorakis (mostly) and other composers. Theodorakis was honoured for his efforts towards peace and human rights. Here's the same song in another recording from the ancient theater of Delphi. A song of Minor Asia re- composed by Aristeidis Moschos -Here is the 1rst public performance of this song ever in Greece, in a tv show on 1986. A lot of later performances followed by several singers in the next years...
We hear it often said that the Palestinian militia groups,be it Hamas or otherwise, use “human shields” when attacking Zionist forces – this contention is typically broadcasted to the masses in order to deter any and all empathy from being dispersed to the Palestinians themselves. After-all, if the Palestinians are using human shields then why should we feel sorry for them – right? Now,how many of you have heard of Israel’s use of human shields? Not many I assume. But yes, Israel does indeed use and has used human shields – including most recently in the Gaza ‘Operation Cast Lead’ massacre.
Former prime minister Tony Blair was publicly snubbed by a bereaved father yesterday who accused him of having "blood on his hands" for sending troops to fight in Iraq. Mr Blair, who has repeatedly defended his decision to lead Britain into the conflict, was rebuked by Peter Brierley, whose son, Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley, 28, was killed in 2003. The clash came at a reception for guests who had attended a commemoration service marking the end of Operation Telic – the Iraq campaign – and honouring the 179 British personnel who died during the six-year conflict. Mr Brierley refused to shake Mr Blair's outstretched hand at the event staged at the Guildhall in London and told the politician: "I'm not shaking your hand, you've got blood on it."
Kuwait has complained against Israel's 'adamant' refusal to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), saying such a stance could launch a nuclear arms race. “Israel has remained the sole state that adamantly rejects the NPT and international inspection of its nuclear facilities."
The US government doesn't have to reveal information about phone companies that may have spied illegally on Americans because those phone companies are an "arm of the government," the US Justice Department argued in a recent court case.
In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while she was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. She was detained in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and "warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she'd be out of a job." (Jones was not an isolated case.) Jones was prevented from bringing charges in court against KBR because her employment contract stipulated that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration. (Think Progress)
IDF says Ankara has 'indefinitely' delayed annual exercise in Turkey this week because of Israeli participation. Iranian news agency says drill canceled following Turkish media pressure over Israeli operation in Gaza
The Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) is struggling to save face and retain political survival following its decision last week to defer, until March, the adoption by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC) of the Goldstone Report on the Israeli blitz against the Gaza Strip last winter.
Ajmal Khan, 55, could not believe his ears when he heard about US President Barack Obama’s surprise win of the Nobel Peace Prize. "I don't think he deserves the peace prize," Khan, a Pakistani mechanical engineer, told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, October 10. "Has he done anything special to bring peace in the world? Killing goes on in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and in other countries. Obama was granted the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 on Friday, for his "extraordinary" efforts in international diplomacy and hastening nuclear disarmament. "If the category is peace, he doesn't deserve the peace prize," said Nadeem Umtaz, 49, a salesman in Islamabad. "The situation keeps getting worse in Pakistan and Afghanistan. "I think he got the prize because he's a powerful man, that's all," he said.
In floor speeches for weeks, GOP leaders have slammed Democrats for trillion-dollar price tags, tax increases, Medicare cuts to seniors, expansion of government, and the exclusion of minority views, notably their own. Democrats have disputed these claims, but also made a simpler response: Well, what's your plan?
"The dismaying gift of the Nobel prize puts Barack Obama on the list of its winners who promised peace but prosecuted war." - Howard Zinn. I was dismayed when I heard Barack Obama was given the Nobel peace prize. A shock, really, to think that a president carrying on two wars would be given a peace prize. Until I recalled that Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Henry Kissinger had all received Nobel peace prizes. The Nobel committee is famous for its superficial estimates, won over by rhetoric and by empty gestures, and ignoring blatant violations of world peace
McChrystal has presented Obama with three scenarios for troop deployments in Afghanistan. In one, the US would commit 60,000 more soldiers. In the second—that for which McChrystal has publicly campaigned—the US would deploy 40,000 additional troops. In the third scenario, Obama would send only marginally more soldiers than the 68,000 who will occupy Afghanistan by January 1. McChrystal says that this choice would lead to “mission failure”—i.e., defeat. Uruknet: Where Truth is the Target Eight Years of Big Lies on Afghanistan.
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