Israel faces unprecedented pressure to abandon its official policy of “ambiguity” on its possession of nuclear weapons as the international community meets at the United Nations in New York this week to consider banning such arsenals from the Middle East.
On May 18, a group of 15 medical students, clinicians, psychologists, and instructors, met with lawmakers in Albany to advocate for the passing of a state-based anti-torture bill: New York State Assembly Bill A-6665-B (introduced by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried) and Senate Bill S-4495-A (introduced by Sen. Tom Duane). The first such law in the nation, the Gottfried-Duane Bill would permanently ban the involvement of state-licensed physicians and other health professionals in acts of torture and prisoner abuse.
BP has launched its latest attempt to plug a leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, using a so-called "top kill" procedure involving heavy mud and cement. The British energy giant said it began pumping heavy mud into the ruptured well on Wednesday, shortly after gaining approval from US officials to try the complex technique. Engineers will use robotic submarines to pump enough mud into the gusher to overcome the flow of the well and then attempt to seal it permanently. The manoeuvre has never before been tried 1,500 metres beneath the sea, and company officials say it can be a couple of days before they know whether it is successful.
Elitist banking dynasty pushes for toll roads that would privatize the UK’s road network, enrich coffers of same banking elite who have wrecked global economy. The Rothschild banking family is pushing for the privatization of the UK’s motorway network that would force Brits, who already pay road tax, to enrich the coffers of private corporations intimately tied in with the Rothschilds by means of road tolls and pay-by-mile schemes enforced with spy cameras.
The verdict is in. While the people of Ethiopia have not spoken, the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) regime currently in power in Ethiopia certainly has. The message from TPLF to those Western democracies that have been coddling and cajoling it is this: any leverage they thought they might have had on the TPLF regime no longer exists.
If Obama knew about Petraeus order to expand Special Ops last Sept. then he is a dangerous militarist. If he didn't know, he's a feckless incompetent. Take your pick. Petitions by Change.org|Get Widget|Start a Petition » A secret military directive signed last September 30 by General David Petraeus, the Centcom commander, authorizes a vast expansion of secret U.S. military special ops from the Horn of Africa to the Middle East to Central Asia and “appears to authorize specific operations in Iran,” according to the New York Times. If President Obama knew about this, authorized it, and still supports it, then Obama has crossed a red line, and the president will stand revealed as an aggressive, militaristic liberal interventionist who bears a closer resemblance to the president he succeeded than to the ephemeral reformer that he pretended to be in 2008, when he ran
The U.S. government’s Aaa bond rating will come under pressure in the future unless additional measures are taken to reduce projected record budget deficits, according to Moody’s Investors Service Inc.
As critics question whether the White House is being tough enough with BP, Obama is reportedly showing his frustration behind closed doors. The Washington Post reported: Since the oil rig exploded, the White House has tried to project a posture that is unflappable and in command. But to those tasked with keeping the president apprised of the disaster, Obama's clenched jaw is becoming an increasingly familiar sight. During one of those sessions in the Oval Office the first week after the spill, a president who rarely vents his frustration cut his aides short, according to one who was there. "Plug the damn hole," Obama told them.
The Obama administration plans to announce Tuesday that it will send as many as 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to improve border security, an Arizona congresswoman said. Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords also said in a statement released Tuesday that President Barack Obama will request $500 million in funding for border security.
No facts actually “speak for themselves,” but some are certainly more eloquent than others. This item from the Associated Press May 21, for example: “Financial stocks climbed Friday, a day after the Senate’s passage of a financial reform bill lifted one cloud of uncertainty that had been hanging over the industry.”
Amid growing popular anger over BP’s disastrous response to the gulf coast oil spill, the Obama administration came to the company’s defense on Monday, while again rejecting any federal takeover of the response. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen defended BP’s actions at a White House press conference on Monday, calling them “rational.” Allen said that he could not see any reason why the federal government should take over the response to the oil spill.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, one of the world's leading ocean explorers, has spoken of his "frustration at the human species" over the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster and called for it to become a catalyst for political, industrial and environmental change.
In part II of an interview, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste discusses the role that agriculture can play in Haiti in addressing both the environmental and food crises. (See "The Clock is Set to Zero" for the first part.) Jean-Baptiste is the executive director of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP by its Creole acronym) and the spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay (MPNKP). Until this year, he also sat on the international coordinating committee of Vía Campesina, a confederation of organizations of peasant, family, indigenous and landless farmers from more than 60 countries.
The agency in charge of overseeing the United States' oil reserves was plagued with gross mismanagement that in at least one case allowed the companies being inspected to fill in their own audit reports, an Inspector General's report will reportedly reveal this week.
| Write a Letter | Take Action | Subscribe Now On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a financial reform package that includes a handful of important reforms, but it won't fundamentally change the relationship between banks and society. Wall Street still has a vice grip on our economy, and lawmakers still find it very difficult to stand up to bigwig financiers.
The Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe, now in its 35th day, has struck land, coating tourist beaches, marshes and shorelines with a greasy black filth that metaphorically represents the corporate greed that now dominates the U.S. economy. We are all awash in the dark slime of corporations gone bad, and now we're paying the price for allowing these companies to dominate our media, our government and our entire economy.
Runaway Toyotas are lethally crashing into concrete abutments. An exploding coal mine and a burning oil rig both inflicted horrible mayhem, with the latter also unleashing a mammoth environmental disaster. Our jobs are going out the window, leaving homes we can no longer afford to own, and the entire Greek working class is being shafted as a precursor for ordinary folks in all nations, just to save a few bankers’ greedy hides.
Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds. At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is helping Israel to construct an apartheid road infrastructure in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by financing nearly a quarter of the segregated road system primarily for the benefit of Israeli settlers.
Prominent Jewish intellectuals living in Europe have begun denouncing the Israeli policy of allowing settlements to come up on Palestinian territories as "morally and politically wrong.’’ In a collective declaration, presented in the Belgian capital Brussels on May 3, hundreds of prominent European Jews also said that the main danger to the state of Israel ‘’lies in the occupation and the continuing pursuit of settlements in the West Bank and in the Arab districts of East Jerusalem."
A LOCAL TV station told us this week about a group of Israelis who adhere to conspiracy theories. They believe that George W. Bush planned the destruction of the Twin Towers in order to further his wicked aims. They believe that the big pharmaceutical corporations spread the swine flue virus in order to sell their worthless vaccines. They believe that Barack Obama is a secret agent of the military-industrial complex. They believe that fluoride is put into drinking water to sterilize men, in order to reduce mankind by exactly two billion. And so on. I wonder that they have not yet uncovered the most nefarious conspiracy of all: the one perpetrated by the gang of anti-Semites who have taken control of the government of Israel and are using it to destroy the Jewish State.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il told the military to be combat-ready in a message that coincided with South Korea’s announcement that it blamed his regime for the sinking of a warship, a dissident group said.
Drug Drugs, corruption and increasing violence are threatening Nepal's future. In the lawless south of the country, farmers are growing opium and cannabis instead of traditional crops with local police and politicians allegedly cashing in on the trade. But there are victims too. Hamish Macdonald gained rare access to both the producers and users, in what’s fast becoming Nepal's 'drug capital' - the town of Birgunj.
The Egyptian government announced today that it’s ready to receive the fleet of freedom’s ship that are sailing to Gaza if blockaded by Israel.
I have a friend, who is Bat Shit Crazy. No. Really. He's brilliant-- never mind that-- just looky here. Fortunately for you and me, and ironically enough, BP decided to run a repeat of the afternoon eruption i the late night, when they figured no one would notice. Our absolutely brilliant friend (did I mention he's a Mac User?), who is Bat Shit Crazy had it in him to record, and make a screengrab contact sheet of the event. http://www.doomers.us/forum2/index.php/topic,68178.msg1051389.html#msg1051389
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced on Monday that he would renege on his campaign promise to renegotiate the move of a controversial U.S. airbase off the island of Okinawa. Hatoyama's announcement was greeted with outrage on Okinawa, as residents met his arrival on the island on Sunday with angry protests and signs denouncing the decision to go through with the rebasing plan which he had promised to renegotiate. Prior to taking office in September 2009, Hatoyama's election platform included a call for reexamining Japan's ties with the U.S. with a particular focus on the 50,000 U.S. military personnel based in Japan.
At the head of society - what is ethical science? A modern, international organisation of ethical intellectuals Tomorrow’s world has to have its scientific pursuits evolve in ethical standards. Our scientists and researchers need to acknowledge the full effects of today’s technological progress. We are playing around with science like an ignorant child in a pharmacy playing around with all of the different medicines, some of which could cause great harm. The Ethic Party neither advocates the communist idea that every person is the same nor the Hindu-idea of a caste-system with birth-right. http://www.ethicparty.org/index2.html
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea won U.S. support Monday for slashing trade to North Korea and vowed to haul its communist neighbor before the U.N. Security Council for a torpedo attack that sank a South Korean warship and killed 46 sailors. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he expects the Security Council to take action against North Korea, calling the evidence that the North was responsible "overwhelming and deeply troubling." The U.S. and South Korea are planning two major military exercises off the Korean Peninsula in a display of force intended "to deter future aggression" by North Korea, the White House said. Vanga
In March, we told you about the case of Henry "Hank" Skinner, who was convicted of the 1993 murder of his girlfriend and her two adult sons. Skinner came within 24 hours of being executed before the Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay so it could decide if it would review his case. Today, the high court agreed to hear his case. The DNA evidence found at the crime scene could prove Skinner's innocence, which he has maintained all along. Skinner has been asking for this evidence to be tested for the past 10 years, but the courts have denied these requests. They assert the tests should have been done at his original trial.
Amateur astronomers believe they have located the X-37B US military unmanned spaceplane, which was launched into orbit on a classified mission a month ago. We now know where, but not why or what. According to the authoritative skygazers' site Heavens-Above, the X-37B is in an orbit angled up 40 degrees from the Equator, meaning that it passes regularly over all nations between southern Europe and South Africa and corresponding portions of south Asia, Australia, Latin America and much of the USA. The little spaceplane is at a height of approximately 400km above Earth.
Anger is mounting along the Gulf Coast of the United States as a massive oil slick washes into fragile wetlands in the southern state of Louisiana. The US government has blamed the spill on energy giant BP, warning on Sunday that it will push the company out of the operation to contain the leak if it decides the firm is not responding well enough.
The fighting in Afghanistan this week has resulted in the deaths of Canadian Colonel Geoff Parker, 42, of Oakville, Ontario, and U.S. Colonel John McHugh, 46, of W. Caldwell, New Jersey. It also claimed the lives of Lieutenant Colonels Paul Bartz, 43, of Waterloo, Wis., and Thomas Belkofer, 44, of Perrysburg, Ohio. Other fatalities were Staff Sgt. Richard Tieman, 28, of Waynesboro, Pa., and Specialist Joshua Tomlinson, 24, of Dubberly, La.
I was among those initially raving about the passage of the financial reform bill. And now I am just raving. “Unbelievable,” said one advocate who hoped for the best but expected the worst. He was amazed it even passed. The wise men in the media immediately began making comparisons with the New Deal. The pundits praised the president and the fact that a handful of Republicans did not just say no this time.
The next time you struggle to comprehend how someone could spend their time trolling the Internet in order to defend and downplay whatever government cover-up or abuse is in the news this week, consider the fact that they may be on a government payroll. The Canadian government has been caught paying a media group to monitor online political discussion and respond to "misinformation," in order words to spread state-sanctioned propaganda, in the latest scandal to hit the Harper administration.
The U.S. Coast Guard commandant says there is no alternative at this point but to allow BP to continue with the steps it is taking to stop the deep sea oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The Obama administration faced more sharp questions on Monday about BP's response to the disaster, and how the government is overseeing operations.
I've put everything back into proper chronological order, and have begun adding images and video for documentary purposes. I've been watching the live Spillcam, and discussing it with folks, here all day long. About 5pm last night, we all started taking note of gas bubbling out of the seabed floor. It started earlier than that, actually-- see pic a few posts down. About 1am this morning, the eruptions began to increase in spew volume.
Exclusive: Secret apartheid-era papers give first official evidence of Israeli nuclear weapons. The secret military agreement signed by Shimon Peres, now president of Israel, and P W Botha of South Africa. Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state's possession of nuclear weapons.
Armed men attack and torched a UN-run summer camp for boys and girls of the Gaza Strip. Dozens of masked men have broken into a UN-run Gaza summer camp for children and set it on fire, after beating up the guard and destroying the plastic tents. The men blocked Gaza Strip's main coastal highway on Sunday before destroying the facility, one of the largest of several summer camps across the occupied Palestinian territory run by UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
Depleted uranium has been used for nearly 20 years as sub-ammunition of artillery shells in international conflicts like the two Iraq Wars and the NATO conflict with Serbia, but the long-term effects of it are unknown...In Iraq, many doctors believe that the radiation leaked from old weapons used by foreign forces in 1991 and 2003 are continuing to have a deadly impact. They fear that the remains of the substance are spreading cancer through the population and contaminating water. Seven years after the invasion of Iraq, people there are still dying from its after-effects. In cities and towns across the country, old munitions are leaking radiation, with horrific consequences. "The number of cancer cases among children increased by 227 per cent in the period from 2005 to 2007," stated Doctor K. Suleiman. "Experts at the University of Basra Research Center claim that toxic agents will continue having a harmful effect on human health for the next 50 years."...
The US president has blamed the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on "a breakdown of responsibility" at energy giant BP as he unveiled a commission to investigate the disaster. "First and foremost, what led to this disaster was a breakdown of responsibility on the part of BP and perhaps others, including Transocean and Halliburton," Obama said in his toughest remarks yet on companies linked to the spill.
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