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Pakistanis flee relentless rainfall - Video

August 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/08/201085125019989779.html

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Pakistan's Punjab province after some of the country's worst floods. The Pakistani army has been using boats and helicopters to evacuate villages to higher ground, as authorities warn of more rainfall. Fears of severe food shortages have also increased after floods wiped away farmlands and destroyed crops.

PHILIP GIRALDI and RAY MCGOVERN CALL ON PRESIDENT TO PREEMPT ISRAELI ATTACK ON IRAN

August 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, War, Iran

Link: http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/philip-giraldi-and-ray-mcgovern-call-president-to-preempt-israeli-attack-on-iran/

We have disturbing and urgent news. Our new executive director, Philip Giraldi, and other former U.S. intelligence officers have just published an extremely important analysis warning that Israel may plan to attack Iran as early as this month (full-length article below).

Latest Earthquakes in the World - Past 7 days

August 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.php

Latest Earthquakes Magnitude 2.5 or Greater in the United States and Adjacent Areas and Magnitude 4.5 or Greater in the Rest of the World - Last 7 days. This list contains all earthquakes with magnitude greater than 2.5 located by the USGS and contributing networks in the last week (168 hours). Magnitudes 4.5 and above are in bold font. Magnitudes 6 and above are in red. (Some early events may be obscured by later ones on the maps.)

Russia's devastating wildfires - Video

August 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/08/201084205927569933.html

At least 48 people have died after hundreds of wildfires sparked by record heat waves in western Russia wiped out many forests and villages. Firefighters continue to battle the blazes but the mission is proving to be a massive challenge for as soon as one fire is extinguished, another is ignited.

Record Cold Grips South America

August 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=13181


Snow in Brazil

Light snow storms in Brazil were concentrated in areas of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. O Globo network aired snow flakes falling in early morning, cars covered with a thin white coating and some roads dangerously slippery because of ice. In Argentina the phenomenon extended to Northern provinces, geographically sub-tropical while in the Patagonia and along the Andes snow reached over a metre deep, isolating villages and causing yet undisclosed losses to crops and livestock. The extreme cold weather is expected to peak Thursday dawn with below zero temperatures and even lower with the wind chill factor. After a harsh weekend, Argentina’s National Weather Forecast Service announced the cold weather is expected to stay until Thursday although it could again reach a freezing peak over the coming week-end.

Northern Lights seen as far south as Michigan after Sun's 'solar tsunami' but no sightings reported in the UK ... yet

August 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1300175/SOLAR-TSUNAMI-Northern-Lights-seen-far-Michigan-Suns-flare.html

Parts of northern America, in particular the state of Michigan, were lucky enough to be given clear skies the previous night and managed to catch the incredible display.

Obama defends his 'good war'

August 5th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2010/08/201084101153407348.html

Barack Obama again stressed the connection between the war Afghanistan and the imperative to defeat al-Qaeda while talking to a war veterans group this week. It is the nature of politicians to take credit for whatever they can when things go well, and to avoid blame as much as possible when things do not. This week the administration of Barack Obama, the US president, has worked hard to do both in the context of Iraq and Afghanistan, but in so doing, it may be further entangling itself in a trap of its own making.

From Incredible to Inevitable: How the Politics of Criminal Justice Reform May Be Shifting

August 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.aclu.org/blog/drug-law-reform-racial-justice/incredible-inevitable-how-politics-criminal-justice-reform-may-b

As I consider yesterday's White House signing of the crack-powder sentencing disparity reform in light of my experiences in Tulia, I realize that our country may be emerging from a dark period of drug war hysteria, in which fear overshadowed facts. While we still have to work toward full equalization of powder and crack cocaine sentencing, the significance of the Fair Sentencing Act's passage cannot be denied. And in many quarters, from state legislatures to Congress, those who envision and enforce criminal justice policy are seriously reconsidering the wisdom of lengthy prison sentences for relatively low-level, nonviolent crimes like drug possession. They are reconsidering the assumption that mass incarceration promotes public safety. And at the state level, policymakers are coming to the realization that if for no other reason than fiscal solvency, our obese and costly criminal justice system demands an intervention.

The “Summer Camp Of Destruction:” Israeli High Schoolers Assist The Razing Of A Bedouin Town

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

Link: http://maxblumenthal.com/2010/07/the-summer-camp-of-destruction-israeli-high-schoolers-join-in-the-destruction-of-a-bedouin-town/

On July 26, Israeli police demolished 45 buildings in the unrecognized Bedouin village of al-Arakib, razing the entire village to the ground to make way for a Jewish National Fund forest. The destruction was part of a larger project to force the Bedouin community of the Negev away from their ancestral lands and into seven Indian reservation-style communities the Israeli government has constructed for them.

US heads for civil war over health insurance

August 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Health

Link: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/janetdaley/100049682/us-heads-for-civil-war-over-health-insurance/

The Battle of Obama’s Healthcare is looking to go down in history as a major confrontation between the power of federal government and the self-determination of individual states. And that eternal tension between what used to be called state’s rights and the coercive inclinations of federal authority has been at the heart of the most momentous struggles in national history – not least the civil war which tested the strength of the Union to breaking point.

Intel Experts Warn Obama Israel May Bomb Iran This Month

August 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, War, Politics

Link: http://beyondthecurtain.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/intel-experts-warn-obama-israel-may-bomb-iran-this-month/

VIPS memo says Netanyahu planning surprise attack that will make it politically untenable for U.S. to do anything other than offer full support for military campaign. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group of former intelligence and military officials, warns President Obama in a memo that Israel is preparing to attack Iran this month, and that Obama needs to publicly denounce such an attack in order to prevent a wider war and the ultimate destruction of Israel.

Report: “BP Says ‘Static Kill’ on Gulf Well Is Successful” — As seeps continue from BOP and sea floor - Videos

August 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/report-bp-says-static-kill-on-gulf-well-is-successful-as-seeps-continue-from-bop-and-sea-floor

BP turns out the lights as 'BOP Monitoring' shows largest leaks yet (VIDEO) (8)
Professor: NOAA reports 40-45% of total oil is in undersea PLUMES; Not going to disappear (VIDEO) (6)

Food Stamps or Teachers?

August 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.thenation.com/blog/153881/food-stamps-or-teachers

Now The GOP midterm election strategy is clear: stubbornly oppose anything and everything that might improve the economy and bank on voters to blame Democrats for these tough times come November.

Castles In The Clouds: Ethiopia’s Mythical Peace Process In Ogaden

August 4th, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://www.ogaden.com/editorial/866-castles-in-the-clouds-ethiopias-mythical-peace-process-in-ogaden.html

On April 9th 2010, Reuters reported “An Islamist rebel group which had threatened to attack oil and gas firms exploring a potentially mineral-rich region of Ethiopia has surrendered..“. The report went on to quote Ethiopian regime spokesman Bereket Simon as saying "After discussing with the government, the leaders of the organisation in totality have accepted to abide by the constitution of Ethiopia and desist from any armed practice,”… “The rebels would now disarm and form a political party” . With that began an well planned perception management strategy aimed at three audiences.

Iran Claims S-300 Air Defense Acquired From Belarus, Russia Reneged on 2007 Promise to Sell System to Iran

August 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Iran

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/04/iran-claims-s-300-air-defense-acquired-from-belarus/

Officials quoted in Iran’s Fars News Agency say that the Iranian government has obtained four batteries of S-300 air defense missiles, the backbone of Russia’s air defense, despite Russia’s refusal to deliver them.

Gen. Petraeus Issues Air Strike Edict: No Strikes Near Civilians, Except in Secret Cases

August 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/04/gen-petraeus-issues-air-strike-edict-no-strikes-near-civilians-except-in-secret-cases/

New US Commander in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus has issued new orders related to air and artillery strikes against civilians. The short answer is “don’t,” while the long answer is that troops shouldn’t use the strikes when they know civilians will be killed except in two cases.

'We're Not Living, Just Not Dying'

August 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=52374

Compared to most internally displaced Kurds in northern Iraq, Shamal Qadir is almost lucky. Since the Turkish army devastated his village, Kuzine, in a bombing raid Jul. 1, he's been living in a schoolhouse, where room temperatures are comfortable and basic amenities are accessible.

Buffett, Gates, Rockefeller and the Conscience of the Very, Very Rich

August 4th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/ginsburg08042010.html

Of all the farcical notions put forth during this time of high farce, casting America as “broke” places way up there on the list, as trillions of dollars are being stockpiled in the face of a national downsizing and its attendant growth in misery. Here we sit, a captive national audience to the president’s seemingly daily farce, “We are all in this together”.

Obama Drops 2009 Pledge to Withdraw Combat Troops From Iraq

August 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

Link: http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2010/08/03/obama-drops-2009-pledge/

Seventeen months after President Barack Obama pledged to withdraw all combat brigades from Iraq by Sept. 1, 2010, he quietly abandoned that pledge Monday, admitting implicitly that such combat brigades would remain until the end of 2011.

Operation Infinite Occupation

August 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed by President Bush in late 2008 legally required the U.S. to withdrawal all troops from the country by the end of 2011. The Bush administration was never keen on the plan, which was forced on U.S. leaders by Iraqi political official who were set on ending the occupation, in accord with the wishes of the vast majority of the Iraqi people. If Bush had remained in office long enough, there is little doubt that he would have opposed a full withdrawal, as setting a timetable for removing U.S. troops was long opposed by the President, who consistently and vigorously demanded that “conditions on the ground” dictate the removal or adding of forces.

Scientific Study Finds 40% Of All Store Receipts Covered In Dangerous Hormone-Disrupting Chemical

August 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Police State, Health

Link: http://www.gcnlive.com/wp/2010/08/03/scientific-study-finds-40-of-all-store-receipts-covered-in-dangerous-hormone-disrupting-chemical/

Massive amounts of harmful sterilant may be absorbed into bloodstream. A scientific study has found that receipts from ATM’s, grocery stores, fast food restaurants and gas stations contain massive amounts of bisphenol A (BPA), the harmful chemical that is known to cause fertility problems and cancer.

"The Informers": Spurned Movie Gem

August 3rd, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.henrymakow.com/the_informers_unsung_masterpie.html

Bret Easton Ellis, 46, is known for the novel and movie "American Psycho" and other works that chronicle America's descent into insanity. His latest movie "The Informers" (April 2009) is a chilling portrayal of the moral vacuum that is America.

Establishment Media Pushes Brain Eating Vaccines

August 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://groups.google.com/group/alt.politics/browse_thread/thread/e253b8f855a498e2/eadb966321eaade0?lnk=raot

The establishment media and the scientific dictatorship are promoting brain-eating vaccines that virtually lobotomize people and rewire their brains into a state of subservient compliance so that their natural instinct to get angry and rebel against the tyranny being imposed upon them is neutered and sterilized.

US Treasury yields fall to record low on Fed's 'QE lite' plan

August 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/7925216/US-Treasury-yields-fall-to-record-low-on-Feds-QE-lite-plan.html

Yields on short-term US Treasury debt have fallen to the lowest in history on mounting expectations of extra stimulus from the Federal Reserve. Ben Bernanke needs fresh monetary blitz as US recovery falters. Two-year rates fell to 0.52pc after a further batch of grim data hinted at a sharp slowdown in the second half of the year. Factory orders fell 1.2pc in June, while consumer spending fell flat.

British Judge: "Israel is Nazi regime"

August 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article20071

A senior judge was under investigation yesterday after being accused of making anti-Semitic remarks in court that may have swayed his jury into acquitting a group of protesters. The truth this Judge has spoken about the mass murdering war criminal state of Israel is being deflected by the accusation that he is anti-Semitic. No other nationality or people have a special catch phrase with which to cover up and defend their murderous behavior. Now a judge must defend himself. He is the one that is wrong and not the criminal state of Israel. If they had called him a racist that wouldn't have worked because it isn't racist to point out that the Israeli state is behaving like Nazis. They needed to use their special catch phrase which can mean whatever they want it to mean or need it to mean, but always has the same result, which is to silence criticism and put the offending person on the defensive.

Senate Cuts Food Stamp Funds; Leaves Oil and Gas Subsidies Intact

August 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://food.change.org/blog/view/senate_cuts_food_stamp_funds_leaves_oil_and_gas_subsidies_intact

America's poor rarely catch a break these days. The Senate is expected to vote today for a bill that will cut food stamp benefits by $6.1 billion to help fund Medicaid and teachers' jobs, reasoning they were too high now that food costs are lower than predicted. Proponents essentially argued that poor people had too much money for food.

Blood on whose hands in Afghanistan?

August 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/aug2010/pers-a02.shtml

Accusations from Obama administration officials and the media that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his sources have “blood on their hands” for revealing information on US military operations and informants in Afghanistan are contemptible slanders. Responsibility for blood spilled in Afghanistan lies with the US government, which launched the war.

US backs plan to send more troops to Somalia

August 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/aug2010/soma-a02.shtml

Meeting at the African Union Summit in Kampala, African leaders have agreed to send more troops to Somalia to support the Transitional Federal Government against the Islamist militia al-Shabaab. US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson welcomed the decision. “We believe that it is necessary to have more troops on the ground,” he said, “and we in Washington have committed ourselves to support additional troops on the ground in the same fashion that we have supported the existing Burundi and Ugandan troops.”

Australia: Labor’s leadership coup starts to unravel amid leaks and counter-leaks

August 2nd, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/aug2010/leak-a02.shtml

With less than three weeks to go before the August 21 federal election, Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s government has been shaken by a series of serious leaks from within the senior ranks of the Labor Party. Media opinion polls now suggest that the Labor government is back exactly where it was before Gillard ousted Kevin Rudd—facing defeat in its first term of office, the first such debacle since the 1930s.

Greek military mobilised to break truck drivers strike

August 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/aug2010/gree-a02.shtml

The decision by the social democratic PASOK government to use the military to break a nationwide strike by truck drivers is a stark indication of the polarisation of class relations in Greece and throughout Europe. The 33,000 truck drivers stopped work on Monday in protest at government plans to revoke the current system of licensing trucks. The change threatens many owner-operators with bankruptcy.

The betrayal of Haiti

August 2nd, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2010/08/02/betrayal-of-haiti

Conditions in Haiti are still appalling six months after the quake, reports Ashley Smith. SIX MONTHS after Haiti's catastrophic earthquake, the promises of the world's most powerful governments to provide billions in aid to one of the world's poorest and weakest governments have been betrayed.

US: Afghan pullout to be limited

August 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/08/2010824710625243.html

Large numbers of American troops will remain in Afghanistan after a "limited" drawdown beginning in July 2011, the US defence secretary has said. Speaking in a television interview on Sunday, Robert Gates said that the deadline did not mark the date that the US would leave Afghanistan.

British public drifting away from apartheid Israel, says outgoing ambassador

August 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/articles/middle-east/1372-british-public-drifting-away-from-apartheid-israel-says-outgoing-ambassador

Outgoing British ambassador to Israel, Tom Phillips, has been quoted as saying that the British public is drifting away from Israel due to negative impression about Israeli criminal policies against Palestinians. Speaking during an interview with the right-wing newspaper, the Jerusalem post, Philips acknowledge that as far the British public was concerned, things for Israel were not what they used to be.

JOHN PAULSON WILL BE WRONG THIS TIME

August 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://theburningplatform.com/blog/2010/08/01/john-paulson-will-be-wrong-this-time-featured-article/

We have arrived at critical juncture in the ongoing financial crisis. Have the government actions of the last year successfully spurred the animal spirits of Americans, resulting in a self-sustaining recovery? The Obama administration and most of the mainstream media would answer yes. GDP has been positive for the last four quarters. Consumer spending has increased in five consecutive months. Corporate profits have been relatively strong. The country has stopped losing jobs. The missing piece has been a housing recovery.

Pentagon’s Rapid Expansion of Robotic Warfare Ominous and Forbidding Development

August 1st, 2010
Categories: News, War, Police State

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m68496&hd=&size=1&l=e

The Pentagon is rapidly improving its ability to fight wars with robots. This capability is "bringing about the most profound transformation of warfare since the advent of the atom bomb," says Scientific American, and raises "a host of ethical and legal issues."

Greenspan: End Bush tax cuts

August 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0801/greenspan-end-bush-tax-cuts/

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan believes that the US should "follow the law" and let the Bush tax cuts lapse. He disagreed Sunday with Republicans who say that tax cuts pay for themselves. "I am very much in favor of tax cuts but not with borrowed money," Greenspan said during an appearance on NBC. "The problem that we've gotten into in recent years is that spending programs with borrowed money, tax cuts with borrowed money, and at the end of the day that proves disastrous and my view is I don't think we can play subtle policy here," said Greenspan.

Democrat-backed terror bill would ‘gut Miranda rights’

August 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0801/terror-bill-gut-miranda-rights/

A bill that would give law enforcement more leeway during interrogations of people deemed a public security risk would "gut" the rights afforded to people who have been arrested, critics say. The bill, put forward at the end of last week by US House Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), appears to have the unofficial backing of the Obama administration, at least in principle.

Defining Prosperity Down

August 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/opinion/02krugman.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

Yes, growth is slowing, and the odds are that unemployment will rise, not fall, in the months ahead. That’s bad. But what’s worse is the growing evidence that our governing elite just doesn’t care — that a once-unthinkable level of economic distress is in the process of becoming the new normal.

U.S. admits existence of Iran attack plan

August 1st, 2010
Categories: News, War, Iran

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=13162

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen said Sunday the United States has a plan in place to attack Iran, if it is necessary. "Military actions have been on the table and remain on the table" for curbing Iran's nuclear ambition," Mullen, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer, told NBC's "Meet the Press". When asked if the military has a plan in place to attack Iran if it is needed, he replied: "we do."

A Long Stay

August 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/a-long-stay61888

More than 300,000 immigrants languish in detention centers around the country. Why are they there - and who is profiting from their imprisonment? Pedro Guzman Perez speaks to his wife, Emily Guzman, by phone every evening. They speak around 8 PM, a talk filled with stories about their days, shared projects and love. Sometimes their three-year-old son, Logan, wants to get on the phone too, but usually Logan will be watching a show in another room. They have a great relationship, Emily says, and the conversations are often the highlight of her day.

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