Elected on a promise of a more transparent government, President Barack Obama has taken "unprecedented" aim at leakers who divulge classified information to journalists, critics say. "We've seen the current president bringing five prosecutions so far... against people for whistleblowing, for leaks of classified information," said Daniel Ellsberg, famous for his 1971 leak of the "Pentagon Papers," which helped turn the tide of public opinion against the Vietnam War.
six villagers were injured when US Marines came in with "all guns blazing" to extract the pilots... the US helicopter came in and opened fire on Monday night, local time, as villagers were handing over one of the downed pilots to local rebel forces. The American military has denied reports that US forces shot and wounded civilians.
US troops opened fire on Libyan villagers in an operation to rescue two jet fighter crew after their warplane crashed in the east of the country, according to a British report. World power is being devided among China, India, Brazil and Israel and the US president has been in Brazil with his family during critical periods of the deadly release of radio active particles over the Pacific and the beginning of bombing operations putting tons of depleted uranium in Libya. Why the Rothschilds Do It.
The Knesset passed a segregation bill today. Palestinian Israelis are not allowed to live in Jewish localities built on land confiscated from them. Government policy also makes sure they cannot build on the little private land that was left in their ownership. How long can Jewish Israelis continue pretending that Palestinians do not exist?
Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign. Russians tell U.S. to stop bombing in order to protect civilians - calls bombing a 'crusade'
As Japan struggles to confront a nuclear disaster that could be the worst in history, it seems clear that any discussion about the safety of nuclear energy should address the independence of regulatory agencies.
Libyan leader rallies supporters, calling for mass protests against the allied military action in Libya. Muammar Gaddafi has made his first public appearance since air strikes on his forces began, pledging that he will not surrender and calling the international coalition against him a "bunch of fascists". Video
In a move that is likely to go down as one of the largest energy policy blunders of the Obama years, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday announced that his office was opening the door for 2.35 billion tons of new coal mining operations in Wyoming’s stretch of the Powder River Basin. It’s all about the money, of course and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Ken Salazar pressed the green light for more dirty energy development instead of funding renewables.
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land
BERLIN – Germany is determined to show the world how abandoning nuclear energy can be done. The world's fourth-largest economy stands alone among leading industrialized nations in its decision to stop using nuclear energy because of its inherent risks. It is betting billions on expanding the use of renewable energy to meet power demands instead.
It is clear that Nuclear Energy as a means of power generation is now dead in the water. Dr. Chris Busby verified today in an email that three spent fuel pools are totally blasted away and burned up. That puts the approximate radiation levels at 24,000 HIROSHIMAS x 3 = 72,000 times the radiation of Hiroshima now in the atmosphere. Remember, this is JUST from the spent fuel pools. Radiation escaping from the reactors is another story altogether.
Ministers admitted yesterday that they have no idea how long the military operation against Colonel Gaddafi could take.
Man-made chemicals found in a variety of everyday products – from food containers to clothes – may be causing early menopause in women, say scientists. A study of almost 26,000 – the largest of its kind – found those with high levels of PFCs (perfluorocarbons) were more likely to have gone through the change of life prematurely. Dr Sarah Knox, of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, said: "There is no doubt that there is an association between exposure to PFCs and onset of menopause, but the causality is unclear.
An American soldier has pleaded guilty to being part of a "kill team" who deliberately murdered Afghan civilians for sport last year. Army Specialist Jeremy Morlock, 23, told a military court he had helped to kill three unarmed Afghans. "The plan was to kill people, sir," he told an army judge in Fort Lea, near Seattle, after his plea.
As we sink into yet another war we clearly see that no matter what the consequences the US, UK and other NATO forces are increasing their activity overhead Libya all in the name of “Geo Poltics & Oil.” Up to yesterday it was estimated that around 140 cruise missiles alone have been fired off in Libya which basically means that over 50,400 kg’s of depleted uranium has been dumped in the atmosphere over Libya.
I have said for years that the Socialist Obama is not the guy that will take down the United States. It is the Fascist Republican after him that you need to worry about. America is not going to go down the collectivist road to Socialism or Communism. We fought too long against it in the Cold War. America will however go down the collectivist road of Fascism. Fascism is simply the merger of the power of the state with the power of the Corporation. Fascism could easily be called Corporatism. Our Corporatocracy creates policies to support corporate interests like the Wall St banksters, the oil cartel, the media monopolies and the Military Industrial Complex.
Yes, “there’s class warfare, all right,” warns Warren Buffett. “But it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Yes, the rich are making war against us. And yes, they are winning. Why? Because so many are fighting this new American Civil War between the rich and the rest. Not just the 16 new GOP governors in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, and across America fighting for new powers. Others include: Chamber of Commerce billionaires, Koch brothers, Forbes 400, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform — which now has 97% of House Republicans and 85% of the GOP Senators signed on his “no new taxes” pledge — the Tea Party and Reaganomics ideologues.
The present World Economic Crisis has forced a number of governments to consider introduction of an interstate gold currency, writes a minor Russian oligarch Sterligov on his blog.
The U.S. debt situation is at a "tipping point," Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher said on Tuesday, and urged the U.S. central bank to refrain from any further stimulus measures. "If we continue down on the path on which the fiscal authorities put us, we will become insolvent. The question is when," Fisher said in a speech at the University of Frankfurt.
71,862 tons, with more created every year, and no permanent disposal solution The nuclear crisis in Japan has laid bare an ever-growing problem for the United States — the enormous amounts of still-hot radioactive waste accumulating at commercial nuclear reactors in more than 30 states.
Uploaded by Euronews on MarFears of radiation spreading have risen ten-fold after smoke was seen rising from two of the most threatening reactors at Japan's stricken nuclear plant. Technicians have however managed to attach power cables to all six reactors and started a cooling pump at one of them. "Read our news file http://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.euronews.net%2Fmedia%2Fbuttons%2Fjapan-btn2-en.jpg!%2522%3A%2Ftag%2Fjapan-disaster%2F&session_token=u56lQh8Ms00SJmm_bHFUMvqDfT98MTMwMDk5Njg3Mw%3D%3D
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The Brazilian government called late on Monday for a ceasefire in Libya, where air attacks by the United States and its allies sought to stop the advance of Muammar Gaddafi's forces on rebel-held towns. The goal of a ceasefire should be to protect civilians and pave the way for dialogue between the Libyan government and its opponents, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement made just hours after a visit by U.S. President
Tensions between the United States and Russia over coalition airstrikes in Libya broke back into the open Tuesday, with Moscow calling for an immediate cease-fire to protect civilians and Washington saying that the claims of Libyan casualties were Gadhafi lies.
All parties must "immediately cease fire and resolve issues through peaceful means," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regularly scheduled news conference, citing unconfirmed reports that the airstrikes had caused civilian deaths. China was one of five countries that abstained from last week's vote on the U.N. resolution to allow "all necessary measures" to stop Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's assault on rebel-held towns. It was approved with the backing of the United States, France and Britain. Beijing has been sharply critical of the airstrikes that hit Libyan air defenses and forces for a third night Monday. The Foreign Ministry registered "serious reservations" about the resolution, and on Monday the country's most important political newspaper compared the Western airstrikes against Libya to the U.S.-led invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Libyan opposition forces and government troops, unable to achieve substantive strategic gains, are locked in a string of battles across Libya amid growing uncertainty about the scale and direction of air power that Western forces are likely to deploy in the country in the coming hours.
Run away as quickly as possible. Don't wait. Save yourself and don't rely on the government because the government lies. They don't want you to know the truth because the nuclear industry is so powerful. Manzurova, now 59 and an advocate for radiation victims worldwide, has the "Chernobyl necklace" -- a scar on her throat from the removal of her thyroid -- and myriad health problems. But unlike the rest of her team members, who she said have all died from the results of radiation poisoning, and many other liquidators, she's alive.
U.S. forces fired 110 cruise missiles at Libya on the first day of the war. Each one cost $755,000 to build; $2.8 million to transport, maintain and shoot. Austerity and budget cuts abound; there's no money for NPR or teachers or firefighters. Note to union negotiators: the government has lots of money. They're spending it on war.
Resolution 1973, the UN Security Council resolution that implemented a no-fly zone over Libya, has been passed against the backdrop of a complex web of interests. This article will explore what is to be gained and what is at stake amidst this unprecedented, though ultimately shallow display of international solidarity concerning the use of force.
Welcome though it seems on humanitarian grounds, there are six serious problems with this UN resolution. The first reaction was relief. The UN security council resolution 1973 authorizing foreign intervention in Libya was held up as an attempt to protect the Libyan rebels and alleviate their suffering, and who would not welcome that? Who would not want to stop a bully intent on "wiping out" those who oppose him? But any relief should be tempered by serious misgivings.
"I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet," Chavez said in speech to mark World Water Day.
Every day, I receive solicitations from deserving charities helping everybody from children born with cleft palates to Haitian earthquake victims to elderly impoverished Israelis to paralyzed American veterans to retired nuns; the list is endless. From these cries of pain from all over the world, I have to decide who I can help. There is no question that no matter how much I give or how broadly I spread my contributions, I feel niggling guilt that I cannot help more groups every time I read my snail mail. The bottom line is that I have a limited amount of disposable income; I cannot give it all away. From one point of view, I am fairly prosperous; I have a tenured professorship; I own a nice house in a nice area though it is mortgaged; my car, though 13 years old, is a dependable Toyota Corolla that continues to transport me so long as I keep up the regularly scheduled maintenance. In the eyes of many, I am in an enviable position.
After the earthquake, families in Iwate prefecture are trying to plan their next move, and the choices aren't easy. Japanese officials are having a hard time calculating the death toll from the earthquake, as entire families were wiped out, so there is no one to report them as being dead or missing. The capital of Japan’s second-largest prefecture continues to take a disproportionate number of body-blows from the earthquake and tsunami that hit its coastlines on March 11. Not only did it lose at least 2,650 - by last count - of its roughly 1.3 million population (with another 5,022 missing), local authorities in Iwate prefecture must now determine the level of aid needed and how to mobilise resources in one of the poorest and least densely-populated prefectures in Japan.
Moshe Katsav sentenced to seven years in jail for rape and other crimes. Moshe Katsav (C) was last year convicted on two counts of rape and other sexual assault charges [AFP] Moshe Katsav, Israel's former president, has been sentenced to seven years in jail for rape, Israeli media reported. The judges also handed the former leader a two-year suspended sentence and ordered him to pay a fine of 100,000 shekels ($28,000). The sentence was approved by two of the three judges at Tel Aviv district court on Tuesday, which was presided over by Judge George Kara.
Government troops pound western city of Misurata after a third night of air strikes on Tripoli by coalition warplanes. The opposition remains defiant, saying it would not negotiate with Gaddafi to end the violence. Forces loyal to longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have shelled Misurata, pressing their siege of the embattled western city. Four children were killed in the shelling on Tuesday, a resident named Mohammed Ahmed told the Reuters news agency. The children were killed while trying to flee their home, a rebel spokesman told Al Jazeera. Gaddafi's regime has encircled Misurata for days, bringing in tanks and stationing snipers on rooftops, in an attempt to choke off one of the only cities in the west where a strong rebel presence remains. Shelling there killed at least 40 people on Monday, Ahmed said.
This is your real government; they transcend elected administrations, they permeate every political party, and they are responsible for nearly every aspect of the average American and European's way of life. When the "left" is carrying the torch for two "Neo-Con" wars, starting yet another based on the same lies, peddled by the same media outlets that told of Iraqi WMD's, the world has no choice, beyond profound cognitive dissonance, but to realize something is wrong.
The claims of Western governments that their war on Libya is "protecting civilians" is a cover for pursuing imperial interests. WORLD LEADERS and their defenders in the mainstream press are praising the West's "decisive" military action against Libya's Muammar el-Qaddafi, but as the long record of "humanitarian" intervention demonstrates, the governments with the ability to use force in Libya have aims and strategies that will not serve the Libyans they are supposedly there to help.
The international community has hit Muammer Gaddafi with a raft of sanctions and asset freezes aimed at cutting off his funding. But the embattled Libyan leader is sitting on a pot of gold. The Libyan central bank - which is under Col Gaddafi's control - holds 143.8 tonnes of gold, according to the latest data from the International Monetary Fund, although some suspect the true amount could be several tonnes higher.
Royal Dutch Shell has won approval to drill the first new deepwater oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico almost a year after a spill by rival BP halted the industry's expansion. US authorities have given the green light to the Anglo-Dutch company's plan to drill three wells to a depth of about 2,950 feet in a field 130 miles off the coast of Louisana.
"A problem arises as a result of family farmers and ranchers not having the bags of cash needed to dump into USDA and FDA to buy access as the bio-pirates do." While Homeland Security continues to claim that we must not centralize agricultural production because some terrorist might then poison vast quantities of our food supply, the USDA and FDA continue to rig the system in favor of corporate agricultural producers who are doing that very thing. Maybe they get away with this because what these global corporations are producing can’t really be classified as food, or at least not as food we would recognize as fit for human consumption.
First Christina Aguilera forgot the words to the national anthem. Now it has emerged that 70 per cent of Americans do not know what the Constitution is, and six per cent don't even know when Independence Day falls. Newsweek recently gave 1,000 Americans the U.S. Citizenship test and found that their knowledge of the history and running of their own country was seriously lacking.
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