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U.S. Stocks Tumble Most Since February on Europe Debt Concern

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-04/u-s-stocks-tumble-most-since-february-on-europe-debt-concern.html

U.S. stocks tumbled, with benchmark indexes slumping the most since February, as concern grew that Europe’s government debt crisis will spread beyond Greece. The euro slid below $1.30 for the first time in more than a year.

Volcano of oil: 200,000 gallons are polluting the sea every day... and it could take three months to cap leak

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1270917/BP-vows-clean-Gulf-Mexico-oil-slick-3-months-cap-leak.html

Experts fear it could take three months to stop oil gushing into the ocean from the leaks off America's Gulf Coast. The warning came as the looming environmental disaster claimed its first wildlife victims.

Offshore Drilling Badly Tarnished by Gulf Oil Leak

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51313

As oil seeps into the environmentally and economically critical Gulf of Mexico following an explosion on a rig there two weeks ago, some groups are saying this catastrophe should mark the end of offshore drilling for oil - and be a "clarion call" for moving away from fossil fuels. And some in Washington are beginning to listen. Instead of "doubling down" on fossil fuels, the U.S. should be pursuing a green economy, said U.S. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, speaking outside the U.S. Capitol building Tuesday. "Now we should all know that offshore drilling is not too safe to fail and never has been."

Canadian Couple Arrested At U.S. Border For Asking Questions - Video

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://forums.montrealracing.com/showthread.php?t=703732

Attempting to enter the U.S. at the Niagara Falls border, the couple were asked where they were going, to which they responded the Niagara Falls shopping mall. When the immigration official bizarrely demanded to know what shops they were planning to visit, the situation quickly worsened. After daring to ask why they were being bombarded with such ridiculous questions, they were told to exit their car and are taken inside for further interrogation by another official. When the Canadian man rhetorically asks, “what are you gonna do, shoot me” the officials claim he is threatening them before he is arrested.

Republicans Relent, Allow Debate On Financial Overhaul To Begin

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.personalliberty.com/news/republicans-relent-allow-debate-on-financial-overhaul-to-begin-3-19751938/

After voting for three consecutive days to block financial reform legislation from reaching the floor, Senate Republicans finally relented last week and agreed to allow floor deliberations to begin.

BP to try unprecedented engineering feat to stop oil spill - Video

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/03/oil.spill.desperate.measure/

It sounds like a Hollywood movie. An impending disaster -- think the disabled spacecraft in "Apollo 13" or the asteroid hurtling toward Earth in "Armageddon" -- prompts a daring intervention by engineers to save the day. This time, the threat is oil gushing from a broken well on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico that could destroy livelihoods and irreplaceable coastal wetlands. Equally real is the attempted engineering marvel -- a four-story metal container that will be lowered onto the leaking pipe to try to suck in the flowing oil.

Obama seeks to contain anger over BP oil spill

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

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/oilr-m04.shtml

As the massive spill caused by the April 20 explosion on a BP oil rig south of Louisiana expands eastward along the Gulf Coast, devastating the region’s economy and environment, US president Barack Obama is seeking to deflect popular anger at the administration’s response. The spill was caused by a blowout and subsequent failure of a mechanism to seal the well one mile beneath the water’s surface. It has pumped millions of gallons of heavy crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico—with no indication that the hemorrhaging can be stopped soon. Eleven workers died in the blast.

Funerals begin for workers killed in oil rig explosion

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/fune-m04.shtml

About two hundred mourners attended the funeral Monday of Karl Kleppinger, a 38-year-old worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, the deadliest US maritime disaster in decades. The explosion killed 11 men and has produced an ongoing environmental catastrophe.

BP to Use Domes to Capture Giant US Oil Gush

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/04

VENICE, Louisiana - Winds pushed a giant slick towards fragile wetlands on the United States coast Tuesday as efforts intensified to bottle up a ruptured oil well causing the growing environmental disaster. Beleaguered energy giant BP said it had prepared the first of three giant domes to collect oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and channel it into a waiting tanker. But a political tempest spread across the US, with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger backing away from a contentious proposal to drill for oil off the state's southern coast.

Deepwater Horizon oil spill: City slashes another £5bn off BP's value

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

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/marketforceslive/2010/may/04/deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-bp-cleanup-costs-rising

Shares in BP fell nearly 5% this morning after the company warned that the cost of tackling the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico now exceeds $6m (£4m) per day, and will keep rising as it intensifies its efforts to deal with the accident.

Greek rescue fears hit global stock markets

May 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/may/04/greek-fears-hit-stock-markets

• Concerns €110bn bailout will not be enough • NYSE 200 points lower; FTSE 100 down 2.5% • Spain's stock market falls 5%; Germany 2% Global stock markets have fallen sharply on fears that the proposed €110bn (£95bn) rescue package hammered out over the weekend for Greece will not be enough to solve its financial crisis, as well as concern that the problems could spread to other European countries.

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.

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