Drone missile attacks near to Pakistan's Afghan border have become an everyday occurrence since Obama took power The Obama administration has authorised 125 drone strikes so far – twice the number George Bush used in his last five years in power. The Pashtun tribesmen have several nicknames for the drones that endlessly circle over their mud-walled mountain villages. Some call them "wasps" or "mosquitoes", after the low buzz emitted by the pilotless aircraft's small engines.
A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information, senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials have told the Guardian.
Gingrich: Choice is between Democrats as 'party of food stamps' vs. GOP as `paychecks party.'
Americans are stuck with an inferior and overpriced communications system, compared with the rest of the world, and we're being ripped off in the process. Since 1991, the telecom companies have pocketed an estimated $320 billion --- that's about $3,000 per household.
A grim report prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Russian Ministry of Finance experts warns today that the United States is expected to be ordered by its G-20 counterparts at its October 21-23 meeting in South Korea to devalue the US Dollar by no less than 50% in order to stave off what is widely believed to be an imminent collapse of the World’s economic system.
The Obama Administration IP Czar Victoria Espinel has been holding meetings with ISPs, registrars, payment processors and others in a bid to get them to block access to websites “dedicated to infringing activities”. However, as we have documented, the government deems such infringement to include political opinions which are antagonistic toward the state, leaving the door open for state censorship of free speech on the world wide web.
For the first time in history, a U.S. Supreme Court convened this week with three Jewish justices. And Jewish defense organizations had their eyes on … Arizona. Two of the three cases on the docket this session attracting special attention from Jewish groups come from the Grand Canyon State. One addresses tax credits for religious schools; another looks at whether state immigration laws outweigh the U.S. government. The third case, out of Maryland, deals with free speech protections.
AP-GfK Poll: GOP edge with working-class whites doubles as economy, dislike for Obama hit home. Desperate for jobs and cool toward President Barack Obama, working-class whites are flocking to Republicans, turning a group long wary of Democrats into an even bigger impediment to the party's drive to keep control of Congress.
"Campaign for Liberty" - -It is not far fetched to speculate that the United States has, over the past ten years, been sliding into a form of authoritarianism that retains only some aspects of the constitution and a limited rule of law.
The language of collective compassion has been abandoned in the US, and no politician dare even mention helping the poor.
“The next time you begrudgingly follow some federal “law” that restricts your right to keep and bear arms – or the next time you hear about a gun rights case that will be decided in 2, or 4, or 6 years – with the hope that some judge will give you permission to exercise your rights, ask yourself this question:
Lenders across Europe and the US are facing a $4 trillion refinancing hurdle in the coming 24 months and many still need to recapitalise, the Washington-based organisation said in its Global Financial Stability Report. Governments will have to inject fresh equity into banks – particularly in Spain, Germany and the US – as well as prop up their funding structures by extending emergency support.
The euro moved above $1.39 Wednesday for the first time since February, while the yen struck a 15-year high. The dollar is sliding broadly because investors expect that the Federal Reserve will increase its support for the U.S. economy, driving down interest rates and dampening the currency's appeal for investors.
Careful calibration of a U.S. dollar devaluation looks to be the only way to avert the sort of currency war flagged by Brazil and others, leaving G20 powers the unenviable task of agreeing some control of the process.
A US federal judge faces drug and gun charges after being arrested with a stripper in an FBI drug sting. Senior US District Judge Jack T Camp, 67 was detained in Atlanta, Georgia after he allegedly handed an undercover agent $160 (£100) for cocaine. He was also accused of trying to buy Oxycodone, a narcotic pain medication, that he intended to use with the stripper.
Barack Obama was able to laugh off a potentially embarrassing mishap as the presidential seal fell off his lectern and clattered to the stage as he was delivering a speech.
“I think we’ve been poisoned to be perfectly honest”
Thank you, Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR), for reminding us how many bad-ass, dedicated, and creative groups we count as allies in our efforts to create a more just world!
Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) raided the homes of at least eight anti-war/social justice activists here in the US. I happen to be a prominent anti-war activist myself, and have joked that I am a “little hurt” that I was not raided and perhaps I should try harder. Even though, we have the urge to try and be light-hearted in this time of an increasing police state, with civil liberties on the retreat, it really isn't funny considering that the activists could face some serious charges stemming from these raids.
OBION COUNTY, Tenn. - Imagine your home catches fire but the local fire department won't respond, then watches it burn. That's exactly what happened to a local family tonight. A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground. The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn't do anything to stop his house from burning. Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay. The mayor said if homeowners don't pay, they're out of luck.
Want to know if the government is really tracking you? If you find one of these tucked underneath your car, you can start freaking out. A routine visit to the mechanic by a Redditor and his friend turned up this ominous-looking device nestled right next to the exhaust on his friend’s car.
Back in June I wrote an open letter to Neil Sedaka asking him to reconsider a planned concert he had scheduled in Israel. The concert will go ahead as planned. Details can be read HERE, followed by the letter I wrote to him…. AN OPEN LETTER TO NEIL SEDAKA TO BOYCOTT APARTHEID
The government's giant bank bailout may well have averted a second Great Depression, economists say, but a lot of voters aren't buying it. Support for the program is turning into a kiss of death for many in Congress. Longtime Republican lawmakers — tarred by their votes for the emergency aid to banks, insurance and auto companies — have been sent packing in primaries. Fresh political attack ads are lambasting candidates from both parties for supporting the $700 billion package that Republican President George W. Bush pushed through Congress at the height of the financial crisis in October 2008.
A statistics report issued by Palestine’s supreme national committee to support prisoners said Israeli occupation forces have ramped up in this last month of September arrest campaigns against Palestinians, confirming 485 arrests, mostly in occupied Al-Quds.
Young people in their teens and 20s have seen more pictures of death than any previous generation, the Church of England said today. It cited television images of the destruction of the Twin Towers, the execution of hostages in Iraq, memorial websites and assisted deaths of the terminally ill.
Plans to nationalise the Vestey meat empire's Venezuelan estates are a blow to one of the UK's richest families. In 1903, two entrepreneurial Liverpudlian brothers arrived in Caracas determined to add to their burgeoning empire of foreign food producers by buying Venezuelan cattle ranches. Over the next decade, William and Edmund Vestey added 11 ranches covering thousands of hectares of prime pasture to a list of holdings that ranged from egg processing plants in China to beef herds in Madagascar.
Peace activists had high hopes of an Obama presidency only to face the harsh realities of FBI raids and intimidation. Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) raided the homes of at least eight anti-war/social justice activists here in the US. I happen to be a prominent anti-war activist myself, and have joked that I am a “little hurt” that I was not raided and perhaps I should try harder. Even though, we have the urge to try and be light-hearted in this time of an increasing police state, with civil liberties on the retreat, it really isn't funny considering that the activists could face some serious charges stemming from these raids.
Footage shot September 11, 2001. Just amazing footage of these brave fire fighters, they try to explain 3 bombs going off while still dazed. 9-11 was an inside job. You're living under a corrupt and brutal dictatorship Americans, and it's going to get much worse. Right now the dollar is collapsing and gold and silver are headed for the stars, but this is only the beginning.
A protein powder favoured by body builders could hold the secret of a long and healthy life, scientists believe. Dissolved in water, the mixture built muscle, boosted fitness and improved balance and co-ordination. The amazing results come from animal experiments, but, in human terms, this would equate to an extra 10 years or so of life.
Yesterday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a speech before the the Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in Providence, Rhode Island. In the speech, he warned about the current state of the government finances. His conclusion, the situation is dire and "unsustainable".
If you posted an Obama Joker poster or Tea Party literature on a public bulletin board, the Justice Department is warning you are a possible terrorist. According to a hand-out distributed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Justice Department, “extremist literature distributed at the mall or posted on public bulletin boards” is suspicious and a potential indicator of terrorist activities.
Officials say five Germans among eight fighters killed in drone strike in North Waziristan. A suspected US drone strike has killed eight fighters in northwest Pakistan, with Pakistani intelligence officials saying that at least five of the the men were Germans. They also said that the eight men, killed in the raid on a mosque in Mir Ali in North Waziristan on Monday, were members of a group called Jihad Islami. But independently confirmed details of the incident were unavailable, and both the US and German governments have yet to comment on the strike.
A survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reveals some alarming results about religious knowledge in the US.Say Amen! Well, maybe not so much. This week the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a poll showing that Americans arguably know less about various world religions than they do about who won the disco ball on the last season of Dancing With the Stars. This shouldn’t be hugely surprising.
Charlie McGrath talks about the economic state of the nation.
Energy institute chief says Earth cycles point to new crisis in 2012
Russian Sects And Fringe Beliefs - Part Two: Waiting for Doomsday in the Penza Region. The scientific community does not expect the end of the world in 2012 as predicted by the Mayan Prophecy, although increased solar activity may harm satellites and endanger astronauts, a Russian doctor of physical and mathematical sciences said on Monday.
It is not far fetched to speculate that the United States has, over the past ten years, been sliding into a form of authoritarianism that retains only some aspects of the constitution and a limited rule of law. America’s president can, for example, commit soldiers to combat overseas without a constitutionally mandated declaration of war by congress while it is quite possible to be detained by the authorities and locked up without any prospect of trial or opportunity to defend oneself. The government even believes it can kill American citizens based only on suspicion. I prefer to think of this transformation as the National Security State because it rests on a popular consensus that liberties must be sacrificed in exchange for greater public safety from various threats, international terrorism being the most prominent. It might just as well be called the National Warfare State as it also requires constant conflict to justify its existence.
I was talking this morning to Jumoke Fashola, BBC Radio London. We discussed music, Gaza, Jazza, OHE's new album, Robert Wyatt, Israel, Palestine and life in general. You may find it interesting.
"Killing 20 Taliban costs $1 Billion / Killing all the Taliban would cost $1.7 Trillion" The Pentagon will not tell the public what it costs to locate, target and kill a single Taliban soldier because the price-tag is so scandalously high that it makes the Taliban appear to be Super-Soldiers. As set out in this article, the estimated cost to kill each Taliban is as high as $100 million, with a conservative estimate being $50 million. A public discussion should be taking place in the United States regarding whether the Taliban have become too expensive an enemy to defeat.
Workers are powerless against the contractors used by multinationals who relocate to wherever production is cheapest. The re-emergence of slavery on ships off West Africa is profoundly shocking but it is not a surprise. Last week slavery its modern form came to light in cases of forced labour uncovered on trawlers fishing for the European market. In a haunting echo of the 18th century triangular trade, west African workers were found off the coast of Sierra Leone on board boats where they lived and worked in ships' holds with less than a metre of head height, sometimes for 18 hours a day for no pay, packed like sardines to sleep in spaces too small to stand up, with their documents taken from them and no means of escape.
British scientific experts have made a major breakthrough in the fight to save the natural world from destruction, leading to an international effort to safeguard a global system worth at least $5 trillion a year to mankind. 80 per cent of the world's remaining terrestrial biodiversity live in forests. Groundbreaking new research by a former banker, Pavan Sukhdev, to place a price tag on the worldwide network of environmental assets has triggered an international race to halt the destruction of rainforests, wetlands and coral reefs.
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