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OSHA: Ongoing Safety Violations at BP's US Refineries Endanger Employees' Lives

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.truthout.org/osha-safety-violations-bps-us-refineries-endanger-employees-lives59133

British Petroleum's (BP) troubles are not just limited to its Gulf of Mexico operations, where a deadly blast aboard a drilling rig two weeks ago ruptured an oil well 5,000 feet below the sea's surface and triggered a massive oil leak that is now the size of a small country.

More than 80% of school districts to cut jobs

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/04/news/economy/education_job_cuts/index.htm?hpt=T3

More than 80% of U.S. school districts are expected to eliminate jobs and more than half will likely freeze hiring during the upcoming school year, an education organization said Tuesday. Based on a survey of school administrators from 49 states, a total of 275,000 education jobs are expected to be cut in 2011, according to the American Association of School Administrators.

Soldiers Level Mosque Near Rafah, Settlers Torch Mosque Near Nablus

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://alethonews.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/soldiers-level-mosque-near-rafah-settlers-torch-mosque-near-nablus/

Israeli soldiers invaded an area in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, leveled the Al Dahniyya mosque and uprooted farmlands on Tuesday at dawn. Local sources reported that the mosque was leveled to the ground after several armored military vehicles and bulldozers invaded Rafah.

Judge orders U.S. militia members released on bond

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64302A20100504?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Nine members of a Christian militia group accused of plotting to kill police and wage war on the U.S. government were ordered freed on bond on Monday by a judge who said prosecutors failed to show they posed a real threat. In a blistering attack, U.S. District Court Judge Victoria Roberts in Detroit said prosecutors had failed to persuade her the defendants were a danger to the community.

Israel's stance on nuclear arms complicates efforts against Iran

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/03/AR2010050304341.html

It's buried as Point 31 in a working paper being circulated by Egypt and other nonaligned parties at the Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in New York: a pledge by countries signing the treaty that they will not permit the transfer of any nuclear-related equipment, information, materials or "know-how" to Israel as long as that country refuses to sign the NPT or put its nuclear facilities under safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Why a Criminal Case Against Goldman Sachs Matters and Why Charges Could Stick

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/martens05042010.html

Goldman Sachs used to be the firm that pursued top government posts; now government is in hot pursuit of it, and not in a good way. The SEC has charged the firm and an employee, Fabrice Tourre, with securities fraud and the Justice Department has commenced a criminal investigation, according to news reports.

37 children die every hour in Afghanistan

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m65675&hd=&size=1&l=e

22 children under the age of five and 15 children below the age of one die every hour. And every 30 minutes, a mother dies during childbirth. These statistics were announced by Dr. Suraya Dalil, Deputy Minister for Policy and Planning and Acting Minister of Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in a press conference in Kabul with Dr. Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General Health Action in Crises, World Health Organization (WHO).

The United States of Corruption: Government of Corporate Overlords, by the CIA/Pentagon, for the Royals

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article19802

"From the bosom of the devastated Earth, a voice goes up with our own. It says ’Disarm!’ ’Disarm!’ The sword of murder is not the balance of justice." —Julia Ward Howe, Mother’s Day Declaration, 1872. In the past industrial century, human beings have been pushed toward social desperation and killing on a massive, previously unimaginable scale, nowhere more profoundly than in the colonial "superpower" nation USA. So much so that we are now programmed to accept global warfare as our normal course of events, reinforced with daily doses of heroic, patriotic propaganda to justify the consequences and human cost.

Remembering US campus killings - Video

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/2010542481997720.html

Forty years ago National Guard troops in the US state of Ohio fired on students who were protesting against the Vietnam war at Kent State university. Four students were killed that day, piercing the conscience of people across the country. It became a defining moment for the US anti-war movement.

Secret Erik Prince Tape Exposed

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.thenation.com/blog/secret-erik-prince-tape-exposed

Despite Prince's attempts to shield his speeches from public scrutiny, The Nation magazine has obtained an audio recording of a recent, private speech delivered by Prince to a friendly audience. The speech, which Prince attempted to keep from public consumption, provides a stunning glimpse into his views and future plans and reveals details of previously undisclosed activities of Blackwater. The people of the United States have a right to media coverage of events featuring the owner of a company that generates 90% of its revenue from the United States government.

No One Cares

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, War, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25371.htm

We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands more Afghans and Pakistani civilians have been killed. Millions have been driven into squalid displacement and refugee camps. Thousands of our own soldiers and Marines have died or been crippled physically and psychologically. We sustain these wars, which have no real popular support, by borrowing trillions of dollars that can never be repaid, even as we close schools, states go into bankruptcy, social services are cut, our infrastructure crumbles, tens of millions of Americans are reduced to poverty, and real unemployment approaches 17 percent. Collective, suicidal inertia rolls us forward toward national insolvency and the collapse of empire. And we do not protest. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups such as Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Green Party and Code Pink, is dead. No one cares.

Gibbs: 'We will keep a boot on the throat' of BP - Video

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/05/gibbs-we-will-keep-a-boot-on-t.html

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday the Obama administration will "keep a boot on the throat" of BP to make sure the company stops oil from a sunken rig from pouring into the Gulf of Mexico as soon as possible.

BP pursues at least five ways to stop spill

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/deepwaterhorizon/6988333.html

BP says it is working on at least five possible approaches for halting the spew of oil from a damaged well deep in the Gulf of Mexico that is feeding one of the worst spills in U.S. history.

US says it has 5,113 nuclear warheads

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5htrwYCqDUn8s7FVjEUwsnpHflf2gD9FFJ18G3

The Pentagon says the U.S. maintains 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile and "several thousand" more retired nukes that await dismantling.

Obama: Countries That Don't Shun Nuclear Weapons Face Isolation

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100503-714557.html?mod=WSJ_World_MIDDLEHeadlinesMideast

President Barack Obama on Monday said countries that don't renounce nuclear weapons will further isolate themselves and their countrymen from the world community. "We will see whether nations without nuclear weapons will fulfill their obligation to forsake them," Obama said in a statement as the United ...

"No Retreat!" Oil Spin

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/grossman05032010.html

As oil threatens the northern shores of the Gulf of Mexico, the rationalizations, dubious information and spin about the Gulf blowout flow. In insisting that the blowout at BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig should not deter off-shore oil drilling, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said on the Senate floor Friday: “I don’t believe we should retreat.”

New York - US, British, French Delegations Walk Out On Ahmadinejad United Nations Speech - Video

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, Iran

Link: http://www.vosizneias.com/54621/2010/05/03/new-york-us-british-french-delegations-walk-out-on-ahmadinejad-united-nations-speech

Israel deliberately took absence from the summit as it began its month-long review of the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) at the UN headquarters in New York. While a number of foreign dignatories were expected to address the review summit, Ahmadinejad was the only head of state to deliver a speech. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations had contacted ambassadors of the UN member states and placed ads in major newspapers earlier Monday urging the ambassadors to walk out when the Iranian president began to speak.

Deepwater Horizon oil spill: turtle deaths soar amid fight to save wildlife - Video

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/03/deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-turtle-deaths-soar

'When oil collides with wildlife, oil wins' Link to this video Jackye Carroll was walking along the beach that runs outside her home in Pass Christian, Mississippi, early this morning when she came across a curious sight. The sun had just come up and the white sand beach was looking at its most beautiful, but there, just above the gently lapping sea of the Gulf of Mexico was a grey-brown mound of flesh about two to three feet in length.

High-Tech Death from Above: U.S. Drone Wars Fuel War Crimes

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/05/high-tech-death-from-above-u-s-drone-wars-fuel-war-crimes/#more-16698

As America continues its uncontrolled flight towards disaster, Israeli-style “targeted killings” (assassinations) of alleged militants and unarmed civilians in the “Afpak theatre” are on the rise.

The Gulf oil spill: An American Chernobyl

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/pers-m03.shtml

With each passing day, the scale of the disaster unleashed by the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico increases. Somewhere between 5,000 (the official estimate) and 25,000 (the estimate of some scientists) barrels of oil is surging into the Gulf every day. Before it is over, millions, if not tens of millions of gallons of oil will be washed up on America’s wetlands and shorelines. Eleven workers are already dead in the latest industrial disaster in the American energy industry. Now, the fishing and seafood industry along the Gulf coast may be shut down for years, perhaps even a generation. The destruction of the fragile ecosystems of the region will likely be irreparable.

BP oil spill threatens environmental catastrophe on US Gulf Coast

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/gulf-m03.shtml

A rapidly expanding oil spill caused by the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig is beginning to wash ashore in Louisiana and is expected to hit Alabama and Mississippi soon, severely crippling local economies and causing untold environmental damage.

Another week at least of unabated Gulf oil geyser

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gIXWYBTpLtSayJtg41LKXpxSxVPAD9FF7IO03

Another week of oil pouring from the seafloor. That is the best-case scenario for the Gulf Coast, where dead sea turtles washed ashore and a massive rust-colored slick continued to swell from an uncontrolled gusher spewing into the water. BP PLC was preparing a system never tried before at such depths to siphon away the geyser of crude from a blown-out well a mile under Gulf of Mexico waters. However, the plan to lower 74-ton, concrete-and-metal boxes being built to capture the oil and siphon it to a barge waiting at the surface will need at least another six to eight days to get it in place.

EU agrees $146bn bailout for Greece

May 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/05/20105271346950543.html

The European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed a $146.2bn bailout package over three years to rescue Greece's indebted economy.

Oil Spill May Be Five Times Bigger Than Previously Thought

May 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/02-0

Oil from the wrecked Deepwater Horizon rig is feared to be gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at five times the latest estimate of the US Coastguard, according to satellite imagery studied by industry experts. The view from space indicates that the oil may be leaking at a rate of 25,000 barrels a day, dwarfing the figure of 5,000 barrels that US officials and the British oil giant BP have used in recent days.

Fears for crops as shock figures from America show scale of bee catastrophe

May 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=12629

Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter. The decline of the country's estimated 2.4 million beehives began in 2006, when a phenomenon dubbed colony collapse disorder (CCD) led to the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of colonies. Since then more than three million colonies in the US and billions of honeybees worldwide have died and scientists are no nearer to knowing what is causing the catastrophic fall in numbers.

Unconditional support for Israel 'is dangerous', say leading European Jews

May 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/02/european-jews-criticise-israel

More than 3,000 European Jews, including prominent intellectuals, have signed a petition speaking out against Israeli settlement policies and warning that systematic support for the Israeli government is dangerous.

Red State Road Trip 2: The Nuclear Family (Video - Part V)

May 2nd, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.truthout.org/red-state-road-trip-2-part-five-the-nuclear-family59012

Meet Don and Charlene, an all American couple who live inside a nuclear missile silo. Find out why this Nebraska pair live underground with enough supplies to survive for 3 years...

Bill Moyers TV Farewell with Hightower -- The Fight of Our Lives: The Populist Battle with Corporate Power

May 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/146698/bill_moyers_tv_farewell_with_hightower_--_the_fight_of_our_lives%3A_the_populist_battle_with_corporate_power

BILL MOYERS: Once upon a time, a whole lot of just plain Americans woke up to realize the economic system was working against them. They had believed in it; they worked hard to make it work for them. They knew its shortcomings but saw in it the way to a decent return for their labor and a better future for their families. Then, one day, calamity struck: The system turned on them. And they discovered that they had been betrayed, bamboozled, by the people at the top.

‘Could have been a very deadly event’

May 2nd, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36892505/ns/us_news-security/

NEW YORK - Police found an "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square, then cleared the streets of thousands of tourists milling through the landmark district so they could dismantle it, authorities said Sunday.

US oil spill 'growing rapidly'

May 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/20105120103405339.html

The oil slick off the coast of Louisiana has reportedly tripled in size in just over a day. Satellite images taken of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have shown the slick could be three times larger than previously estimated, analysts say. The problem has been compounded by poor weather conditions that continue to hamper efforts to clean up the oil and prevent a major environmental disaster. Images taken of the slick caused by a ruptured underwater well, indicate that it has nearly tripled in size in just over a day, Hans Gruber, a researcher at Miami University, said on Saturday. On Thursday, the slick was nearly 3,000sq km, but by Friday evening it was about 9,900sq km, he said.

Murky Waters Cut Through Andes

May 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51285

LIMA, The Olmos megaproject, which will divert water from the Huancabamba River through a trans-Andean tunnel to a desert area along Peru's northern coast, is being touted as a catalyst for development, but disputes are heating up over land, crops and water.

Zionists Target the Poor of Gaza by Attacking Their Charities

May 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m65618&hd=&size=1&l=e

Islamic charities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories play an important role in helping the poor and needy who are suffering from poverty and unemployment. The siege of Gaza – now in its fourth year – is making life particularly difficult as all aspects of life are virtually paralyzed. Despite their humanitarian role, these charities are the subject of a Zionist campaign in the West intended to stop their charitable work; assets have been frozen, officials have been targeted and offices have been closed, particularly in the occupied West Bank.

Drug war violence sweeps Mexican border state, 25 dead

May 2nd, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0502/drug-war-violence-sweeps-mexican-border-state-claiming-25-lives/

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Mexico's bloody drug wars saw a new spasm of killings late Saturday into Sunday, with 25 people fatally shot in the northern state of Chihuahua bordering the United States.

The victims of the Deepwater Horizon explosion

May 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/oilr-m01.shtml

The Times of London published Friday the first complete list of the oil workers killed in the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana. The media has largely kept quiet on the human impact of the disaster, with only the occasional local paper bearing a story on one or another of the missing workers.

Pentagon paints bleak picture of Afghanistan war as more civilians die

May 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/index.php?p=m65579&hd=&size=1&l=e

A semi-annual report released by the Pentagon on the Afghanistan war recorded a sharp increase in attacks on occupation troops and scarce support for the corrupt US-backed puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.

BP Enjoys Lobbying Strength, Close Ties to Lawmakers as Federal Investigation Looms

May 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/01

On Thursday, oil giant BP asked for U.S. government assistance in cleaning up massive amounts of crude oil ominously approaching the coast of Louisiana -- the messy results of a recent oil rig explosion 40 miles off-shore.

May Day surprise: Revolutionary Latin leader Simon Bolivar killed by arsenic, doctor claims

May 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0501/day-surprise-revolutionary-latin-leader-simon-bolivar-killed-arsenic-doctor-claims/

Arsenic helped kill Simon Bolivar, according to a Johns Hopkins doctor who is questioning the tuberculosis diagnosis given as the cause of the Latin liberator's death in 1830.

8 Words That Could Save Our Country

May 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/vision/146664/8_words_that_could_save_our_country

"Corporations are not people. Money is not speech." These are fundamental truths that our nation needs to remember -- and add to the Constitution.

Volcanoes, Weather and Computer Models (Plus Marijuana and Psychosis)

May 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn04302010.html

Scarcely a week goes by without some scaremongering headline about climate change, premised on apocalyptic conclusions drawn from some computer-generated model. Modeling lies at the heart of the whole vast climate-change industry, one sparked by the big government–backed computer modeling centers in the US and UK. To understand the frail connection between these models and the realities of world climate today and tomorrow, consider the crisis in world travel and aviation prompted by the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland.

Drilling Process Attracts Scrutiny in Rig Explosion

May 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://truthiscontagious.com/2010/05/01/drilling-process-attracts-scrutiny-in-rig-explosion

The scrutiny on cementing will focus attention on Halliburton Co., the oilfield-services firm that was handling the cementing process on the rig, which burned and sank last week. The disaster, which killed 11, has left a gusher of oil streaming into the Gulf from a mile under the surface. According to Transocean Ltd., the operator of the drilling rig, Halliburton had finished cementing the 18,000-foot well shortly before the explosion.

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