The Israeli government has indicated that it will press ahead with a plan to enlarge the Jewish prayer plaza at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, despite warnings that the move risks triggering a third intifada. Israeli officials rejected this week a Jerusalem court’s proposal to shelve the plan after the judge accepted that the plaza’s expansion would violate the “status quo” arrangement covering the Old City’s holy places. Islamic authorities agreed to the arrangement after Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967.
The emotional scars remain years later for victims of Father Lawrence Murphy, a priest who molested generations of youngsters in the US Midwest state of Wisconsin. Donald Marshall, who was abused by Murphy when he was a teenager at a juvenile detention centre, said: “I haven’t stepped in a church for some 20 years. I lost all faith in the Church.”
Chris Dodd seems to think he can pull in some GOP senators, and some political commentators agree. But my bet is no. Republicans will still, I believe, be eager to deny Obama any further successes; and they’re eager to curry favor with bankers who don’t want their actions monitored by little punk staffers.
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Dozens of sex workers joined the protest, many decked out in their skimpy work attire and some carrying signs that read: "You sleep with us, you vote against us."
It will be hailed as a landmark on the road to President Obama’s vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and proof of the success of his vaunted “reset” with Russia. In reality, the United States and Russia have agreed to cut their atomic arsenals by just 25 warheads each in their new strategic arms treaty.
The passage of the Obama administration's health care bill has unleashed a barrage of media self-congratulation. This campaign has a large propaganda component: some polls find 59 percent opposition to the bill, amid popular suspicion that this "reform" is not what it is said to be.
There was no report on the meeting Tuesday between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Neither was an official handshake staged, let alone a press conference.
A national memorial that still needs millions of dollars to complete to former president and World War II general Dwight D. Eisenhower would include eight-story tall columns and metal "tapestries" of photos, according to plans announced Thursday in Washington.
At least six people have been killed and 20 others injured after a car bomb exploded close to the mayor's office in the Colombian port city of Buenaventura.
Trade interests have trumped conservation at a UN wildlife conference at which proposals to step up protection for polar bears, bluefin tuna, coral and several kinds of shark all failed, delegates said.
Osama bin Laden has in a new audio recording threatened to kill any Americans that al-Qaeda takes prisoner if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, considered as one of the masterminds behind the September 11 attacks, is executed.
Total compensation for U.S. chief executive officers shrank by 8.6 percent last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Boards offset some cuts in stock awards and options by boosting CEO salaries and bonuses, the data show.
Israeli gunships opened fire on Thursday at Palestinian fishing boats off the coasts of northern Gaza Strip and injured a fisherman. Hasim Juma Qzaan was injured and taken to Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia in the northern sector, Palestinian sources said.
Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the United States this week armed with a mandate from the Israeli parliament. A large majority of legislators from all of Israel’s main parties had supported a petition urging him to stand firm on the building of Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem -- the very issue that got him into hot water days earlier with the White House
Alan Sabrosky argues that US politicians’ loyalty to Israel – “there isn't any longer even a facade of ‘dual loyalty’, only loyalty to Israel alone – has reached a point where, despite its enormous power, the US is totally paralysed in the face of Israel.
Public option supporters could offer a second reconciliation bill to establish the program, a top Democrat said Wednesday. Supporters of creating a government-run public option health insurance program are considering moving the proposal after healthcare reform is finished via another budget reconciliation bill that would require just a simple majority to pass, said Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).
Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) is a single issue organisation that advocates for a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health programme. Al Jazeera interviewed Matt Hendrickson, a doctor from California and PNHP member, who said the recently signed healthcare law is good for the short-term, but in the long run it could prove disastrous.
Truly a disgusting and contemptuous human being. Its not difficult to see why he was selected by the banks and the military industrial complex. The tabloids said that George was talking about killing himself, so his family put him on suicide watch. All they really needed to do was to tell him not to be in such a hurry to end his life because when he dies he will be going straight to hell.
"Tobacco could not be sold without government support. Some people make the point that tobacco remains legal so that the government can tax it and commit genocide at the same time." We all know tobacco can cause lung cancer and heart disease. And we know the mass media suppressed this knowledge for many years due to tobacco industry pressure. But did you know that smoking tobacco can make you crazy? That's the power of mass media. For years, medical literature has documented that smoking tobacco can cause brain damage. And that same brain damage can lead to insanity, crime, alcoholism, promiscuity, and a host of other ills. When was the last time you heard that on the evening news? Or that medical research now considers smoking itself to be a form of mental illness? Visit a mental institution or penitentiary, and you will find the inmates smoke like chimneys. Indeed, the mentally ill smoke 44% of all cigarettes smoked in the USA. A recent Australian study demonstrated that 80% of schizophrenics smoke.
Here I sit, thinking how once I made $38.00 ph when I worked Building America. Now the Federal Government (with their $80.00 ph wage) and the State Government (with their $20 to $50 ph wage) pay me barley $6.92 ph to live off and feed, house ($750 rent), and care for my two kids still in the home. Even sadder still, the state I live in taxed my SSI and reduced the money my children received by a 1/3 in TANF (food and cash).
A Discussion with Federico Fuentes and Kiraz Janicke: As Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution enters a new decade of struggle and defiantly advances toward its goal of ‘21st Century Socialism,’ serious challenges to the future of the process emerging from both inside and outside the country still abound. As a result, key questions surrounding Venezuela's mounting tensions with the West, the role played by its fiery and outspoken leader Hugo Chavez, and the future of the process itself remain as relevant today as ever before. Australian-based journalists and long-time Venezuela solidarity activists Federico Fuentes and Kiraz Janicke have been carefully following Venezuela's ongoing political transformation for several years now, countering mainstream media spin and providing invaluable on-the-ground coverage and analysis about the process as it unfolds.
A protest by hundreds of students led organizers to cancel a Tuesday night speech by American conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the University of Ottawa. A spokesman for the organizers said Coulter was advised against appearing after about 2,000 "threatening" students crowded the entrance to Marion Hall, posing a security threat.
California's budget crisis and overcrowded prisons have led to a new reality for thousands of convicted felons: parole is getting a lot easier — no more random drug tests, travel rules or requirements to check in with an officer.
Britain's "war on poverty" has been one of the government's success stories, eclipsing the achievements of the United States and European neighbours, according to a year-long study by a US academic.
The Israeli prime minister has met the US president for the first time since relations were soured by the announcement that 1,600 settler homes were to be built in occupied East Jerusalem.
The US president has signed a landmark healthcare bill into law, as attention shifts to the senate, which is expected to begin debating another round of changes to the legislation. Barack Obama signed the bill on Tuesday in the White House East Room before a group of Democratic legislators and individual citizens whose cases he had highlighted during the one-year campaign to get the legislation passed.
A new report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) sheds new light on the unemployment crisis facing hundreds of urban areas in the United States. According to the report, released March 19, the unemployment rates in a staggering 363 out of 372 metropolitan areas were higher in January than they were a year before.
Republican critics said the $940 billion legislation was a heavy-handed intrusion in the healthcare sector that will drive up costs, increase the budget deficit and reduce patients' choices. They also say they would fight a package of changes designed to improve the bill, which will be taken up in the Senate this week, and lead a charge to repeal the bill after reclaiming Congress from the Democrats in November's elections. "We will challenge this all over America, and the will of the people will be heard," John McCain, a Republican senator said.
A section of the demonstrationAt the massive march in Washington Sunday, immigrant workers condemned the continuing raids, deportations and discrimination they are suffering under the Obama administration, even as speakers from the platform urged support for the Democrats.
Less than eight hours after Congress passed sweeping healthcare reforms, Virginia’s Attorney General became the first to announce a legal challenge against it. Republican Ken Cuccinelli said early Monday that he will file a court challenge against what he and other conservatives decry as an unconstitutional overreach of federal authority.
Authorities in Wichita and some other cities across the country are investigating vandalism against Democratic offices, apparently in response to health care reform. And on Monday, a former Alabama militia leader took credit for instigating the actions.
If there is one thing we have all come to learn about Georgia's president, Mikheil Saakashvili, it is that he never knows when to stop. Like a child confronted by a mountain of candy, he will gorge himself until he is sick.
To My Fellow Citizens, the Republicans: Thanks to last night's vote, that child of yours who has had asthma since birth will now be covered after suffering for her first nine years as an American child with a pre-existing condition. Thanks to last night's vote, that 23-year-old of yours who will be hit one day by a drunk driver and spend six months recovering in the hospital will now not go bankrupt because you will be able to keep him on your insurance policy.
The passage of Obama’s health care overhaul by the US House of Representatives was accompanied by declarations that the measure represents the greatest reform in generations. In fact, the legislation, dictated from the top, is the opening shot in a sweeping attack on health care for working people.
In a historic vote, the House has approved an overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system that expands coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans while forcing millions to purchase private health insurance.
This health care reform bill passed late last night and soon to be signed into law is a seriously flawed piece of legislation, for it fails to achieve the goals of real health care reform. Now that it is essentially the law of the land, the country needs to work diligently at the federal and state levels to correct many of the most egregious problems with the legislation before the reform package fully goes into effect in 2014. The six main areas that need to be fixed are: cost control, enforcement, individual mandate, abortion, competition, and immigration.
A doctor accused of repeatedly botching operations and performing surgeries he was not capable of handling pleaded not guilty in an Australian court today to three manslaughter charges and one of grievous bodily harm. Prosecutors say Jayant Patel, 59, repeatedly performed surgeries he had been banned from undertaking in the United States, misdiagnosed patients and used sloppy, antiquated surgical techniques.
Capping a tense Sunday in which the House of Representatives cleared historic health care legislation, one of the staunchest anti-abortion Democrats was dubbed a "baby killer" by a representative on the Republican side of the chamber.
Israeli occupation forces today kidnapped nine citizens from Dura village, southwest of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.
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