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Israel and the “delegitimization” oxymoron

April 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.redress.cc/palestine/ahart20100405

Alan Hart argues that in law the foundations upon which Israel claims legitimacy do not actually exist and that “only the Palestinians could give it the legitimacy it craved”. He says that “what delegitimizes Israel is the truth of history”, which is why “Zionism has worked so hard … to have the truth suppressed”.

S African far-right leader killed

April 4th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2010/04/201043222742373403.html

Terreblanche was released from prison in 2004 after serving a sentence for attempted murder. Eugene Terreblanche, the South African white far-right leader, who fought to preserve apartheid in the early 1990s, has been beaten and hacked to death at his farm.

Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go? - TaxDay 2010

April 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.nationalpriorities.org/TaxDay2010

With this publication, taxpayers can take stock of how the federal government spent each 2009 income tax dollar: from 26.5 cents for military-related spending to 13.6 cents for military and non-military interest on the debt to 2 cents for education. The publication also shows, in addition to individual income taxes, where the money came from in 2009 to pay for the federal spending.

ENVIRONMENT-ZIMBABWE: Future Generations Will 'Inherit Only the Wind'

April 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50909

The plumes of smoke rising above the dense working class suburbs of Bulawayo are a sign of the environmental impact of Zimbabwe's electricity crisis. In January, the Hwange Thermal Power Station broke down. Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) spokeperson Fullard Gwasira announced that the country's power supply had dropped to just 750 megawatts, barely a third of Zimbabwe's peak demand for 2,200 MW. Faced with frequent power cuts, millions of people across the country have increasingly turned to wood as an alternative energy source, to cook and heat their homes during the winter.

Dozens dead in Baghdad shooting

April 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/04/20104363558653741.html

Up to 25 people have been killed after a group of men dressed in Iraqi army uniforms stormed five houses in a village just south of the capital Baghdad, Iraqi authorities have said. The attack took place in a Sunni enclave called Albusaifi in the southern part of Baghdad province in the early hours of Saturday. "Men wearing uniforms and driving vehicles similar to those used by the army stormed ... houses in the village of Sufiya ... and killed 25 people, including five women," an interior ministry official said. The victims were handcuffed and shot in the head, police said. Later reports quoting police said that some of the victims had suffered broken arms and legs, indicating they had been tortured before they were shot. One witness said many of the victims were so badly brutalised that they were "beyond recognition". The Iraq that America has created is a hell on earth.

Personal traits will be used to screen U.S.-bound air passengers

April 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-flight-screening2-2010apr02,0,1162519.story

Reporting from Washington - The Obama administration will announce Friday a new screening system for flights to the United States under which passengers who fit an intelligence profile of potential terrorists will be searched before boarding their planes, a senior administration official said.

Robin WIlliams’s redneck gibe sets off a global chain of offence

April 2nd, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7085316.ece

Australians might like to think that they have a sense of humour, but when Robin Williams, the US comedian, describes them as “basically English rednecks” even the Prime Minister gets involved

Israel pounds Gaza with missiles

April 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/04/201041224613622604.html

Three children have been reported injured in eastern Gaza City after Israeli aircraft carried out a series of missile attacks across the Palestinian territory.

Post-Peak Oil Reality Trumps Right Wing Trend

April 1st, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://culturechange.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=635&Itemid=1

The direction of the U.S. has been questioned, analyzed, feared and condemned with increasing intensity since the 1960s. Things got a little quiet and complacent in the 1980s, as cheaper oil and no major war enabled the U.S. to get on with the business of making money at the expense of the poor and Mother Nature. Income disparity and official cruelty were not outrageous enough for open revolt. Cheerleaders exercised their right to support the status quo or press for more corporate supremacy. But all the while, critical observers have anticipated or foreseen the rise of U.S. police-state totalitarianism, invasion of privacy, further erosion of freedoms, the growth of the Pentagon, and globalism.

New England flooding drowns homes and dreams

April 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/9013374

Flooding on a scale rarely seen in New England forced hundreds of people from their homes Wednesday, overwhelmed sewage systems to the point that families were asked to stop flushing toilets, and washed out bridges and highways from Maine to Connecticut.

Powers agree to draw up new Iran sanctions

April 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Iran

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/powers-agree-to-draw-up-new-iran-sanctions-1932763.html

Six world powers, including China, agreed yesterday to start drawing up new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme in the next few days, a source with knowledge of the talks said.

Protesters silence Israeli musicians in London

April 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/protesters-silence-israeli-musicians-in-london-1932735.html

A lunchtime concert in central London by a renowned classical quartet became a platform for protests against Israel in the latest manifestation of how culture has become enmeshed in the bitter politics of the Middle East.

Palestinian population exceeds Jewish population says U.S. government

April 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article3649.shtml

The population of Palestinians living in Israel, the Occupied Gaza Strip, Occupied East Jerusalem and rest of the Occupied West Bank combined now exceeds the number of Israeli Jews, a U.S. government report has revealed. The Palestinian population stands at over 5.3 million while the Jewish population stands at 5.2 million.

New York cash rewards that encouraged poor pupils to learn will end

April 1st, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7083631.ece

The idea seemed simple, if a little desperate: pay poor families to behave properly. But after three years of doling out cash rewards for everything from going to school to passing exams, New York has been told that its “cash-for-conduct” payments have not exactly been life-changing.

Drill, Barack, drill: Obama to open up US East Coast for oil exploration

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

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/drill-barack-drill-obama-to-open-up-us-east-coast-for-oil-exploration-1932758.html

Barack Obama earned the instant anger of environmentalists and many of his core liberal supporters yesterday by declaring his intention to open vast areas of off-shore waters for future drilling for oil and gas, reversing decades-old policies of leaving the waves to fish, gulls and holidaymakers.

'Stand and Deliver' maths teacher dies, aged 79

April 1st, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/stand-and-deliver-maths-teacher-dies-aged-79-1932762.html

Friends, family and former students were yesterday mourning the death of Jaime Escalante, an eccentric maths teacher from East Los Angeles who transformed a troubled inner-city school by teaching advanced algebra to disadvantaged teenagers and inspired the hit film Stand and Deliver.

Words! Words! Words! The shackles that bind the US to Israel

April 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.redress.cc:80/americas/skarkar20100401

Sonja Karkar reminds us that beyond Washington’s superficial admonishing of Israel over its humiliation of the Obama administration lie the unbreakable shackles that paralyse the US and prevent it from translating its words into real action to rein in the Zionist monster. ”The disconnect between words and actions might please those who want peace more than they want justice for the Palestinians, but for many the words have been done to death. By the time proximity talks morph into full negotiations, there will be no Jerusalem left to negotiate and no Palestinians left in Jerusalem. All words will then be meaningless.”

A flawed American political model aids China

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/30/AR2010033002771.html

I don't mean to sound nostalgic for the Cold War, but we've got to stop conducting ourselves as if nobody is looking. The Senate has shriveled into a body that routinely thwarts majority rule. The Supreme Court has ruled that big money can dominate our elections as never before.

Russian grief turns to anger toward leaders

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News, World, Politics

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/30/AR2010033004018.html

MOSCOW -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pledged Tuesday to drag "from the bottom of the sewers" those behind the deadly attack on the Moscow subway system, but some Russians began to challenge his government for failing to prevent the suicide bombings despite signs that Islamist rebels had been preparing to strike.

US campaigners take on high-school bullies after Irish girl is driven to despair

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-campaigners-take-on-highschool-bullies-after-irish-girl-is-driven-to-despair-1931659.html

Whatever the Prince family expected for their daughter Phoebe when they moved to America from a village in the west of Ireland, it cannot have been what eventually transpired. Phoebe only joined her Massachusetts school last autumn. Within six months, she had hanged herself in a clothes cupboard, the victim of a "relentless" bullying campaign.

US tech coalition calls for new online privacy law

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8595775.stm

Coalition supporters say the EPCA has not kept pace with technology
US technology firms and privacy groups have called for an overhaul of privacy laws, saying the government has too much access to private online data. Google, eBay and others have launched the Digital Due Process coalition, seeking to update the 1986 privacy act, passed before internet usage exploded.

Eighteen Million, Out on the Road

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.economyincrisis.org/content/eighteen-million-out-road

RealtyTrac, the California-based authority on property trends and valuations, projects 4.5 million home foreclosures before the end of this year. That's 4.5 million homes, and with four people to a household that is eighteen million people. Eighteen million men, women and children put out into the road, people who must scramble to find shelter and scramble to find new schools for their children.

Important Daily News You Need to Know, Today's Issue: Drug Lobbies

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://www.economyincrisis.org/content/important-daily-news-you-need-know-todays-issue-drug-lobbies

Political lobbying is an important part of the Washington political machine. Representatives cannot possibly carry on expertise in every field of interest. The government could never hire enough bureaucrats to keep track of all of the interest groups in this country who need representation.

Brainstorming 'makes you less creative', researchers say

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Science

Link: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/819822-brainstorming-makes-you-less-creative-researchers-say

Far from generating a raft of brilliant new ideas, thrashing out random thoughts in the boardroom on a Monday morning is counter-productive.

Nicolas Sarkozy's healthy disregard for US attitude to Healthcare Bill

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/819818-nicolas-sarkozys-healthy-disregard-for-us-attitude-to-healthcare-bill

Speaking at Columbia University in New York, the French leader scolded the US before taking dinner with the Obamas at the White House last night. ‘Welcome to the club of states who don’t turn their back on the sick and the poor,’ Mr Sarkozy chided, referring to the health care overhaul signed by Barack Obama last week. Using a lectern flown in from France, he added: ‘The very fact there should have been such a violent debate simply on the fact that the poorest of Americans should not be left out in the streets without a cent to look after them is something astonishing to us.

German arms exports more than double

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/mar2010/germ-m31.shtml

Sixty-five years after the end of World War II, Germany is once again a leader in the world arms industry. The main responsibility for this development lies with the former Social Democratic Party (SPD)-Green Party government. During its term in office (1998-2005), it allowed the deployment of the Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) outside the NATO area and practically deregulated arms exports.

Obama education plan boosts privatization, victimizes teachers

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/mar2010/rttt-m31.shtml

The Obama administration on Monday named Tennessee and Delaware as initial winners in its “Race to the Top” education initiative. The two states, which were granted a combined award of $600 million in federal funds, were those in which local and state union affiliates carried out the greatest collaboration in undermining public education and teachers’ job security.

DC officials: 9 shot, 3 dead; arrests, no motive

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/9011711

A drive-by shooting killed three people and wounded six others in the nation's capital Tuesday night, and three people were in custody, officials said. A gunman sprayed bullets "into a crowd," said Police Chief Cathy Lanier. The shootings of six men and three women happened about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday around the 4000 block of South Capitol Street, said D.C. Police Department spokesman Officer Hugh Carew. Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer says all were in their 20s and 30s, except for one teenager.

Collider proves a smashing success

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Science

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/03/201033012213217329.html

A team of scientists in Switzerland have made a "major breakthrough" in understanding how the universe was created billions of years ago.

Controversy over Arctic conference

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News, World, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/03/201033033812841804.html

Five Arctic nations have agreed to work more closely to safeguard the region's environment and resolve disputes over territory.

Obama pushes speedy Iran sanctions

March 31st, 2010
Categories: News, World, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/03/20103310571444191.html

The US president has pressed for tougher UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme to be passed in a matter of weeks.

Tea party leaders say they would ‘absolutely’ abolish Social Security.

March 30th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://thinkprogress.org/2010/03/30/teaparty-social-security/

Last night on CNN, Larry King discussed the rise of the tea parties with a variety of guests and featured footage from last weekend’s lobbyist-organized Tea Party Express rally in Searchlight, NV.

Israel lobby presses Congress to soften Obama's tough stance on Netanyahu

March 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/30/us-israel-lobby-pressure-obama

America's main pro-Israel lobby group is mobilising members of Congress to pressure the White House over its bitter public confrontation with Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.

“Our President Is Deceiving the American Public”: Pentagon Papers Whistleblower on President Obama and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

March 30th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/3/30/our_president_is_deceiving_the_american

We are joined by a man who played a major role in efforts to end the Vietnam War in the 1970s. In 1971, the then-RAND Corporation analyst Daniel Ellsberg leaked to the media what became known as the Pentagon Papers, a 7,000-page classified history outlining the true extent of US involvement in Vietnam. After avoiding a life sentence on espionage charges, Daniel Ellsberg has continued to speak out against US militarism until the present day. [includes rush transcript]

US Congress allows jobless benefits to expire

March 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/mar2010/unem-m30.shtml

The US Senate left Washington on its two-week spring vacation last Friday without passing a $10 billion extension for jobless benefits, due to expire April 5. The Senate’s failure to approve the measure means that more than 200,000 people who have been out of work for more than six months will have their checks cut off beginning next week.

US oil company donated millions to climate sceptic groups, says Greenpeace

March 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/mar/30/us-oil-donated-millions-climate-sceptics

A Greenpeace investigation has identified a little-known, privately owned US oil company as the paymaster of global warming sceptics in the US and Europe. The environmental campaign group accuses Kansas-based Koch Industries, which owns refineries and operates oil pipelines, of funding 35 conservative and libertarian groups, as well as more than 20 congressmen and senators. Between them, Greenpeace says, these groups and individuals have spread misinformation about climate science and led a sustained assault on climate scientists and green alternatives to fossil fuels.

The Far Right's Hate Element

March 30th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.truthout.org/eugene-robinson-the-far-right%E2%80%99s-hate-element58113

The arrests of members of a Michigan-based "Christian" militia group should convince doubters that there is good reason to worry about right-wing, anti-government extremism -- and potential violence -- in the Age of Obama.

Protesters try to cuff Rove, drive him off stage

March 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0330/protesters-cuff-rove-drive-stage/

The former White House Deputy Chief of Staff and top Bush adviser was treated to a cadre of protesters Monday, who threatened him with a citizen's arrest and ultimately succeeded in driving him offstage. As the local CBS News affiliate described it, "Karl Rove book tour starts out with a bang."

VENEZUELA: New Frogs Appear; Their Discoverers Disappear

March 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Nature

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50844

Shortly after it informed the world of the discovery of three new species of frogs, the environmental organisation Fundación Andígena closed its doors in Venezuela this month due to lack of financial support.

Israel Threatens Lebanon

March 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/hallinan03302010.html

When Israeli Minister without Portfolio Yossi Peled said recently that a war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah was “just a matter of time” and that such a conflict would include Syria, most observers dismissed the comment as little more than posturing by a right-wing former general. But Peled’s threat has been backed by Israeli military maneuvers near the Lebanese border, violations of Lebanese airspace, and the deployment of an anti-missile system on Israel’s northern border.

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