Gulf States to Pay Salaries for Syrian Free Army: Representatives of 60 countries pledged financial assistance to the main Syrian opposition group on Sunday, in an effort to encourage further defections from President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
Was this money destined for Syrian Rebels? Libyan caught with $2.5 million at Istanbul Atatürk Airport: A Libyan national who missed a connection at Istanbul Atatürk Airport while traveling from Jordan to Libya was apprehended after $2.5 million was discovered in his suitcase.
War criminal: Hillary Clinton Says Syrian President Assad 'Must Go': "We think Assad must go," Clinton told ABC today after attending the one-day Friends of the Syrian People conference in Istanbul. "The sooner the better for everyone concerned."
Yeah Right! Nato opposes arming Syria rebels: Nato's chief on Monday said the alliance was opposed to providing arms to the Syrian opposition seeking to counter a regime crackdown, warning that it would fuel a proliferation of weapons in the region.
'High noon' in Syria: three things to watch as talk of ‘proxy war’ grows: The key decisions relate to the creation of a $100-million fund to pay rebel fighters and woo soldiers to defect from the Assad regime. Also, the United States has announced that it will provide communications equipment aimed at helping Syrian rebels in their struggle against the much better equipped Syrian Army.
Iraq slams Qatar, Saudi Arabia on arms for Syria rebels: Iraq's Shiite prime minister on Sunday slammed Sunni-ruled Qatar and Saudi Arabia's stance on arming Syrian rebels, as Doha hosted Baghdad's fugitive vice president who is accused of running a death squad.
“Curveball” Reiterates Confession About Iraq War Lies : "We went to war in Iraq on a lie. And that lie was your lie," the interviewer said to Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi — codenamed “Curveball.” Al-Janabi replied simply: "Yes."
Iraq urges Qatar to hand over fugitive VP Hashemi: Iraq says Qatar's welcoming of fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi is 'unacceptable' and urges Doha to hand him over.
Bahrain Hunger Striker's Life in Peril as US-Backed Forces Continue Anti-Democracy Crackdown: Video - The U.S.-backed monarchy in Bahrain continues the crackdown on protesters, with reports of many injuries and at least one death over the weekend. We speak to Zainab Alkhawaja, the daughter of jailed human rights leader Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, who is now on the 54th day of his hunger strike.
Marwan Barghouti placed in solitary confinement in Israel jail after call for popular uprising: Imprisoned Fatah commander called on Palestinians to sever economic and security coordination with Israel, urged economic and diplomatic boycott.
Former White House reporter Helen Thomas honored by Abbas: After a long silence following her infamous ‘Jews should go back to Germany’ comment, Helen Thomas receives a medal from PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington.
Colombia: 8 Israelis suspected of drug trafficking: Local media reports claim Israeli 'former military men' also suspected of money laundering, exploitation of minors. Suspects deny allegations: 'We're legit businessmen'
Peace activists in failed bid to swarm NATO HQ: Hundreds of peace activists on Sunday tried in vain to break into the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels, with 483 of them arrested by police.
Confirmed: CIA secret prison in Poland: Another CIA-run interrogation 'black site' has been exposed after the confessions of top-ranking Polish officials blew the lid on the dirtiest secret in Eastern Europe.
UK: Email and web use 'to be monitored' under new laws: The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon.
Harper government monitoring online chats about politics: The Harper government has been monitoring political messages online, and even correcting what it considers misinformation. One local expert says the government is taking things too far.
Police are using phone tracking as a routine tool: The practice has become big business for cellphone companies, too, with a handful of carriers marketing a catalog of “surveillance fees” to police departments to determine a suspect’s location, trace phone calls and texts or provide other services. Some departments log dozens of traces a month for both emergencies and routine investigations.
April 01, 2012
“Festival of Lies”
Obama Plans Regime
Change in Syria
Mexican Drug War
At least 147 killed in 6 days of clashes in southern Libya: The clashes in the oasis region some 400 miles (650 kilometers) south of Tripoli show the fragile authority of the Libyan government, particularly in the isolated settlements that dot the southern desert.
16 dead in tribal clashes in Libya’s Sabha: At least 16 people were killed yesterday in new clashes between the Toubou people and Arab tribesmen in the southern Libyan desert oasis of Sabha, local and medical sources told AFP.
Mali rebels raise their flag in Timbuktu: lawmaker: Malian rebels have planted their flag in the northern town of Timbuktu after government forces fled the ancient trading post, a local lawmaker and a resident told Reuters.
More questions than answers in Mali: Sanogo has conceded to the demands of ECOWAS. But no one is certain who will stand in the elections, let alone who will win. And the other major question is what can the army do about the advances of the Tuareg rebels in the north?
Uganda Oil: US Africa Command, a tool to Recolonize the African Continent: The United States of America has no right to prescribe Africom on Africa even at the expense of dividing Africa and weakening the African Union. America wants its own interests to prevail over those of Africa.
41 killed in battle between army and militants in Yemen: More than 40 people were killed yesterday after militants suspected of links to Al Qaeda staged a surprise attack on a Yemeni army camp.
7 Yemeni police killed in "Al-Qaeda" attack:" "Al-Qaeda" militants killed seven policemen Sunday, April 1 in an attack on a checkpoint in Yemen's southeast, a security official said, a day after clashes between the army and militants left 40 dead, AFP reported.
11 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan: At least 11 Taliban militants were killed, 13 were arrested and 35 surrendered in a countrywide operation in Afghanistan, the interior ministry said on Sunday.
Police: Roadside bombs kill 5 in Afghanistan: A remote-controlled bomb in southern Afghanistan killed a police official Sunday who had survived multiple previous attempts on his life, police said.
Assad’s forces capture Free Syrian Army commander in Damascus area: Colonel al-Moatasim Billah Abu al-Walid is the deputy of Colonel General Khaled Habous who heads the FSA’s operations in the capital and the surrounding area.
Syria rebels: We'll cease fire if tanks, big guns go: Syrian rebels are ready to stop fighting the moment the army withdraws its tanks, artillery and heavy weapons from opposition areas, a spokesman for Free Syrian Army commanders inside Syria said on Saturday.
Gulf nations agree to bankroll Syrian rebels: Saudi Arabia and other US-backed Gulf monarchies agreed at an Istanbul summit on Sunday to create a multimillion-dollar fund to bankroll the waning Syrian insurgency. The fund will be used to pay salaries of the rebel Free Syrian Army and soldiers who defect, according to participants in the Friends of the Syrian People conference.
Syria rebels 'have a right to weapons from abroad': Rebels fighting the forces of Bashar Al Assad have the right to weapons supplies from other countries if the world fails to stop the bloodshed, Turkey's foreign minister told The National on the eve of a second international conference on Syria.
Iraq warns against arming Syrian opposition: Iraq on Sunday warned Arab countries against supplying weapons and financial support to opposition fighters fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying such moves risked escalating the conflict.
Israels Useful Idiot: John Bolton accuses administration of leaking story on Israeli planning along Iran border: Former U.S. diplomat John Bolton alleged Thursday that the Obama administration leaked a story about covert Israeli activity in order to foil potential plans by the country to attack Iran's nuclear program.
Did the US just break the secret Israeli-Azerbaijani alliance against Iran?: The intention of the Obama administration was to make the plans public to disrupt any secret agreements between the two governments that would leave the US in the dark. These plans would also grant Israel much needed airfields for a strike on Iran
Israel not given airbase access for Iran strike: Azerbaijan: "We have stated on numerous occasions and we reiterate that there will be no actions against Iran... from the territory of Azerbaijan," Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Hasanov told journalists in Baku.
China rejects US sanctions on Iran oil: China rejected President Barack Obama’s decision to move forward with plans for sanctions on countries buying oil from Iran, saying on Saturday that Washington had no right to unilaterally punish other nations.
Fugitive Iraqi VP Tariq al-Hashemi leaves for Qatar: Report: Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi has traveled to Qatar, despite an arrest warrant issued for him by Baghdad.
Kurdish oil exports stopped in payment dispute with Baghdad: The regional government in Iraqi Kurdistan has ordered oil producers in the region, including Norway's DNO, to halt exports in a payment conflict with the central government in Baghdad, the regional oil ministry and DNO said on Sunday.
I wonder why? 3 CentAm leaders reject legalization of drugs: Mauricio Funes of El Salvador, Porfirio Lobo of Honduras and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua issued a joint statement after meeting Friday saying they don't support Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina's proposal to legalize drugs.
UK plans new snooping laws: Britain is set to announce a new sweeping legislation that will allow real-time monitoring of all calls, e-mails, texts and Web site visits to tackle crime and terrorism, a move critics say likened the country to China and Iran.
demand arrest in black teen's murder:
Thousands of protesters marched on Saturday
in the Florida city where unarmed black teen
Trayvon Martin was shot dead a month ago to
demand that police arrest the neighborhood
watch volunteer who says he was acting in
self-defense when he pulled the trigger.
Ireland Faces Popular Revolt Over New Property Tax: The government said less than half of the country's 1.6 million households paid the charge by Saturday's deadline to avoid penalties. And about 5,000 marched in protest against the annual conference of Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael party.
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March 30, 2012
Anatomy of a Massacre
Burial Brigade of Homs
George Galloway Wins
Shock Election in Bradford, U.K.
US Anti-terrorism Law
Curbs Free Speech and Activist Work, Court
Will The Koch
Brothers Buy The White House?
US House of
Representatives Approves Plan to Destroy
Supreme Court Judges
Have Access to Guaranteed Care, Shouldn’t
Can America’s Descent
Possibly Be Reversed?
Pakistan Says 21 Militants Killed In Orakzai Tribal Area: Fighting broke out when a group of more than 50 militants attacked a military outpost in the Khadizai area.
U.S. kills 5 suspected "Qaeda militants" in S.Yemen - officials: One bystander was also killed and five were wounded, officials and residents told Reuters.
Afghan policeman kills nine colleagues: An Afghan policeman in the eastern province of Paktika drugged, then shot and killed, nine of his colleagues as they slept early Friday morning
NATO Says Two Occupation Force Troops Killed In Southern Afghanistan: NATO said two of its soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan -- one in a roadside bomb explosion, the other in a suspected militant attack.
US says former Afghan governor ordered killing of American soldiers: President Hamid Karzai's administration has rejected requests to prosecute Ghulam Qawis Abu Bakr for the killings and for alleged corruption, saying evidence is lacking. Abu Bakr, who remains a power broker in his province of Kapisa just north of Kabul, has denied the US allegations.
U.S. kills 4 people in Pakistan: A US drone launched a missile attack on a militant compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border early Friday, killing four insurgents, security officials said.
U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan villagers 'had many accomplices', survivors of massacre claim: Several survivors claim to have seen more than one American soldier, and as many as 20, during the atrocity earlier this month.
Annan: Damascus must take first step to end Syria violence: Ceasefire negotiations with the opposition could only start after government forces laid down their arms, he said. At the same time, Fawzi acknowledged that there were two sides to the conflict.
Syria's Assad says will cooperate with UN peace plan if rebels halt violence: Syrian President Bashar Assad says will spare no effort to make the mission of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan a success but he demands that armed opponents commit to halting violence, it was reported on Thursday.
Saudis/US Seek to Funnel Arms to Syria Rebels: Gulf Kingdom Is Pressing Jordan for a Route to Border, Officials Say; Iraq Warns of 'Regional and Global Proxy Wars'
Iran will defend Syria's regime: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: "Iran will defend Syria because of its support for the anti-Zionist regime resistance," Khamenei said as he received Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad, state television reported.
Turkey to reduce reliance on Iran oil by 20 pct through Libya imports: Turkey plans to purchase oil from Libya in an attempt to reduce its dependence on Iranian oil by 20 percent, a move that is expected to help the country bypass sanctions the US plans to impose on countries buying oil from Iran.
Attacking Iran: Did US just torpedo Israeli deal for a base in Azerbaijan?: Israel is developing a 'secret staging ground' in Azerbaijan for a possible attack on Iran, reports Foreign Policy magazine. US officials aren't happy with that, and may have leaked the story.
One Killed in 'Land Day' clashes: Tear gas & tension as Palestinians protest : Video - At least one person is reported killed as Israeli police use tear gas and water cannons against Palestinian protesters, marking Land Day. They are remembering the death of six Arabs killed by police in demonstrations against a land grab by Israel in 1976. RT's Paula Slier reports from the scene.
Israel seals off West Bank for Land Day protests: Supporters in neighbouring Arab countries are also planning marches near Israel's borders in solidarity events.
Live blog - Land Day and Global March to Jerusalem: Live blog wil cover all the news from Friday's Earth day and Global March to Jerusalem demonstrations: come here for regular updates about developments.
Israeli plan earmarks 10 percent of West Bank for illegal settlement expansion: Newly released maps indicate Civil Administration secretly setting aside additional land for illegal "Jewish settlements", presumably with the intention of expanding them.
Israel to "deport" Palestinian woman on hunger strike to Gaza: A Palestinian woman on hunger strike in protest at her detention without charges by Israel will be deported to the Gaza Strip under a deal ending her fast, her representatives said on Thursday.
PA: Israel deportation policy 'a war crime': Israel's policy of deporting Palestinians is a war crime, a top Palestinian Authority official said Thursday after a deal to send a detainee to Gaza.
Libya's humanitarian catastophe the West doesn't care about because it caused it: Video - Journalist Neil Clark says now regime change has been achieved in Libya the Western powers don't care about the humanitarian catastrophe their intervention has caused and the Western media isn't interested in reporting it.
Mali coup leader seeks help as rebels take town: Mali's junta leader appealed on Friday for outside help to secure the West African country after separatist Tuareg rebels took the strategic northern town of Kidal.
France arrests "suspected Islamists", Sarkozy eyes more raids: "There will be further operations, allowing us to expel a number of people who have no business in the country," he said in an interview on Europe 1 radio.
French Anti-Terror Raids: A Sarkozy Election Gambit?: Sarkozy indicated the operation was also part of an offensive against “a form of radical Islam and in full accord with the law.” The aim, he said, was to counter a public security threat that—as Merah’s murderous acts proved—must not be taken lightly or ignored. “What took place this morning will continue,” Sarkozy vowed.
Four Muslim preachers banned from entering France: Former mufti of Jerusalem Akrama Sabri and Egyptian preacher Safwat Hegazi among 4 Muslim clerics banned from entering France to attend conference on grounds they are a threat to public order
Rallies Worldwide to Mark the 9th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Aafia Siddiqui: On Saturday, outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London, I will be speaking at an event marking the ninth anniversary of the disappearance in Pakistan of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who vanished for five years and five months
Iraqi Immigrant’s Killing in California Horrifying: An Iraqi immigrant woman’s recent murder in California is a warning of the dangers of Islamophobia.
Pope criticises US embargo on Cuba: Head of Catholic Church says 50-year-old trade ban unfairly burdens Cubans as he wraps up his visit to communist island.
The Department Of Homeland Security Is Buying 450 Million New Bullets: The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer "optimum penetration for terminal performance."
US exports to China hit record high of $103.9 billion: With this level of exports, China has emerged as the third most common destination for US overseas shipments, just behind Canada and Mexico, US-China Business Council said.
U.S. Companies Mum On China High Tech Export Opportunity: Here’s a billion-dollar opportunity American companies are shy about discussing publicly: supplying China with high-technology that could be used by its military.
Demand for U.S. Debt Is Not Limitless: In 2011, the Fed purchased a stunning 61% of Treasury issuance. That can't last.
March 29, 2012
Calls For Arming the Syrian Opposition
Iran Could Recover
From Attack Within Six Months, Says U.S.
Bibi: First We’ll
Take Tehran, Then We’ll Take Istanbul
Symmetry of Slaughter
Mohamed Merah: Secret
FBI Taught Agents
They Could ‘Bend or Suspend the Law’
Good Night, America,
30 killed in attack on NATO convoy in Afghanistan: An attack on NATO forces in Afghanistan has left more than 30 people dead, including 14 militants, five Afghan security guards and a soldier. However the Taliban's disputed the figures, saying ten of their members were injured and 40 Afghan forces were killed, Press TV reported.
‘Guardian angels’ to protect US troops in Afghanistan U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan have assigned “guardian angels” — troops that watch over their comrades even as they sleep — and have ordered a series of other increased security measures to protect troops against possible attacks by rogue Afghans.
Afghan army, police pose growing risk to U.S., NATO troops: Nearly one out of every five NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year were killed by Afghan police or army forces. Nine of the 16 victims were U.S. soldiers
U.S. to pay more for Afghan security guards, auditor says: The cost of providing security for U.S. development work in Afghanistan will increase sharply as program managers are forced to rely on an Afghan government-run security enterprise, according to the preliminary findings of a U.S. government audit.
No U.S. access to sites of Afghan massacre, officials say: "There is no crime scene. The military has not even been back to the villages where this allegation stems from. They haven't been back there. So there's no crime scene, there's no DNA, there's no fingerprints, there's no confession," he said.
Billions in cash smuggled out of Afghanistan: It is estimated $8 billion in cash was lugged out of the country last year by car, private jets and border crossings. That is almost double the entire country’s budget for 2011.
Former US official gets prison over Afghanistan bribe: A federal judge in Atlanta sentenced a former U.S. Defense Department official on Wednesday to a year and eight months in prison for taking nearly $100,000 in bribes from a company seeking a contract in Afghanistan.
Pakistan: U.N. staffer among 6 killed by gunmen: Gunmen killed six people Thursday in a pair of attacks in southwestern Pakistan, one of which targeted local employees of a U.N. agency, officials said.
MKO is US’ only hope to stop Iran nuclear program: Rudolph Giuliani: The former mayor of New York says the terrorist group of Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) is the United States’ only hope to stop Iran's nuclear energy program through a military attack.
70 killed in Libya tribal clashes: government spokesman: Three days of clashes between tribes in the southern Libyan town of Sabha have killed more than 70 people, Libyan government spokesman Nasser al-Manaa said on Wednesday, AFP reported.
Assad demands Syria rebels halt attacks: Syria’s president promised to do all he can to ensure U.N. envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan for his country succeeds but demanded that Annan secure a commitment from his opponents to halt violence even as rebels carried out a string of bold attacks, killing two army colonels and kidnapping a high-ranking pilot.
Arming Syria rebels will lead to 'proxy war', Iraq warns: Arming Syria's opposition fighters would only lead to a "proxy war" and "infringe on the sovereignty of a brother Arab country" Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned Arab leaders at a summit in Baghdad on Thursday.
Hague pledges £500,000 to Syria "opposition": Britain will provide a further £500,000 to support Syria's political opposition in the face of president Bashar Assad's regime, the Foreign Secretary said.
Islamists find foothold in Syria revolt: Hardline Sunni Muslims in Lebanon are manoeuvring for influence over Syrians across the border who have spent the last year fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
Israel's plan to attack Iran put on hold until next year at the earliest: Damning U.S. war simulation forces Ehud Barak to reconsider attack plans; Americans pledge more money for Iron Dome antimissile system.
US gears up for land operation in Persian Gulf?: The US is sending an amphibious assault group and a couple of thousand US Marines to the Persian Gulf. With another US carrier making its way to Iran’s doorstep, US military still insist that this is a “regularly scheduled deployment”.
Qatar refuses US strike on Iran from its territory: Qatar said Wednesday it opposes any military strike on Iran, and will not allow the United States to launch an attack from its soil, Al Jazeera reported.
'Azerbaijan granted Israel access to air bases on Iran border': Foreign Policy quotes U.S. diplomats as saying that 'Israel is deeply embedded in Azerbaijan' and says intelligence officials worried that Israel's military involvement in Azerbaijan would complicate efforts to reduce Israeli-Iranian tensions.
Baku: No Strike on Iran From Azeri Soil: Azeri president Ilham Aliyev says the lease of four airbases to Israel does not mean he will allow a strike on Iran from his country.
Turkish premier voices support for Iran nuclear position: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has voiced his country's unwavering support for Iran's nuclear energy program in a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
BRICS states warn about terrible consequences of conflict in Iran: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa warn about catastrophic aftermath if the situation around Iran escalates into a conflict.
US drone raids in Yemen 'kill hundreds': Report says drone attacks have become as frequent as in Pakistan, with scores of civilians killed.
US could fly spy drones from Australian territory: Australia said Wednesday it may allow the United States to use its territory to operate long-range spy drones, as part of an increased US presence in the Asia-Pacific that has rankled China.
US missile shield fosters Asian arms race: North Korea and Iran are named by Washington as the targets of the missile defense system, though it is clear the real targets are China and Russia. China should firmly oppose it.
Hubris is major threat to U.S., experts say: “Hubris is thinking everybody likes us,” he said, when in reality, the U.S. image overseas “is deeply troubling.”
Gallup: 85% of Egyptians opposed to US aid: Gallup research has revealed strong opposition by Egyptians regarding U.S. money sent to political groups in the country. Egyptians', however, are becoming increasingly opposed to aid not only from the U.S., but also from international organizations and Arab governments.
Was Toulouse killer a police informant?: Media reports point to close relationship with French security service despite official denial
DEA: Wannabe Cartel Hit Squad Included Former U.S. Soldiers: A DEA sting operation targeting a cell of would-be cartel assassins ended in a violent warehouse showdown over the weekend. Among their ranks: one active-duty Army soldier, and one former G.I.
Bolivia seizes weapons from US Embassy vehicle: Bolivia’s interior minister says his government has seized three shotguns, a revolver and more than 2,300 rounds of ammunition from a vehicle owned by the U.S. Embassy.
Trayvon Martin aftermath video casts doubt on George Zimmerman's account: Police video recorded after shooting shows George Zimmerman without wounds he claimed Trayvon Martin inflicted
Funeral director: No injuries on Trayvon’s hands: The funeral director who prepared Trayvon Martin’s body for burial told HLN’s Nancy Grace Wednesday that he did not see any cuts or bruises on the teen’s hands that would have been indicative of a struggle with George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed the Florida teen.
Zimmerman: Dad worked as magistrate: Some have speculated Zimmerman’s father may have used that position to get a 2005 charge against his son thrown out (although, while the charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer was dropped, there is no proof Zimmerman’s father played any role in making that happen).
BRICS agree to local currency credits to ease dollar dependency: The BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - have agreed to provide credit to each other in local currencies. Officials say the deal will facilitate economic growth in times of crisis.
Brazil to rally BRICS against rich countries: Brazil will push for its large emerging-market peers including China to denounce what it sees as unfair monetary policies by Europe and the United States, raising the stakes in a global confrontation over economic imbalance
Violent protests erupt in Spain over government austerity measures: Scuffles broke out with police after demonstrators answered calls from Spain's two main labour unions to walk-out and protest against a labour reform that would make it cheaper for companies to lay off staff.
March 28, 2012
War on Iran?
For Nuclear Security
Beyond Seoul, Eradicate Land-based
Double Speak from
Gives Authorities Vast Access to Private
Info of Innocent Americans
U.S. Ranks 5th On
Global Execution Scale, Amnesty
It's Up to Us
Clashes in Southern Libya Kill Nearly 50: Three days of clashes between rival militias in southern Libya spread to the center of the country's fourth-largest city on Tuesday despite the deployment of army troops trying to quell the violence, which has so far killed nearly 50 people.
Mali coup is 'spill-over' from EU-led war in Libya: As EU countries face calls to arm rebels in Syria, security experts have noted that the putsch in Mali is partly a consequence of the EU-and-US-led war in Libya.
13 killed as deadly landmine blast hits Indian police: Indian "Maoists" have killed 13 policemen in a landmine blast in the western state of Maharashtra, media reports citing officials say.
At least 13 killed in Syria violence: The "Britain-based group" said nine of those killed were civilians, among them one man who died in intense clashes near the central town of Qusayr, near the border with Lebanon.
3 Syrian soldiers die in clashes with rebels: Three Syrian soldiers died in clashes with rebels in the central province of Homs on Wednesday, an activist group said, just a day after President Bashar Assad said he has accepted a U.N. plan to resolve the country's crisis.
Armed groups kill Syrian general: Armed terrorists in Syria have killed Brigadier General Khleif al-Abdullah in the country’s northern province of Aleppo, Syria’s state news agency reports.
Syrian army takes control of border region: The Syrian troops took control of the area in a few hours and put a heavy defeat on the Turkish security forces, according to the source.
Syrian forces targeting children, says UN's human rights chief: "Children shot in the knees, held together with adults in really inhumane conditions, denied medical treatment for their injuries, either held as hostages or as sources of information," she said.
Syrian Rebels Caught Embellishing on Tape: A new documentary provides an intimate look at Syria’s video activists—and reveals how they staged a report to appear more dramatic. Mike Giglio gets an exclusive preview.
Russia not to attend 2nd Friends of Syria conference: On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters in Moscow that the conference does not seek a settlement in Syria and is setting the stage for intervention.
Iran backs Annan's Syria peace plan: Iran backs a U.N.-sponsored peace plan for Syria that calls for the withdrawal of troops that are crushing an uprising but does not demand the removal of Tehran ally President Bashar al-Assad, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Germany official: Meeting with Israel's Barak left me 'more concerned' of war with Iran: Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere says feels some Israeli cabinet members do not give enough thought to the negative consequences that could develop in wake of a strike of Iran's nuclear facilities.
Bill to ramp up Iran sanctions fails in US Senate: A U.S. Republican lawmaker on Tuesday blocked Democrats from passing legislation designed to further punish Iran for developing its nuclear program, and each side blamed the other for its failure in a presidential election year that will put extra scrutiny on President Barack Obama to be tough on Tehran.
Rand Paul blocks Iran sanctions bill: "Before sending our young men and women into combat, we should have a mature and thoughtful debate over the ramifications of war, over the advisability of war and over the objectives of war."
BRICS agree not bound by "unilateral" sanctions on Iran -: The BRICS group of countries have broadly agreed they are not bound by "unilateral" sanctions on Iran, measures that threaten higher global oil prices and could result in supply shortages, South Africa's trade minister said on Wednesday.
More $ for Israel: U.S. officials initiate Iron Dome Support Act meant : The Pentagon will approach Congress to enlarge the amount aid the United States awards Israel toward the production of the Iron Dome anti-missile systems, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
One state – one vote: Rethinking an Israeli Spring : When Begin addressed the cabinet in 1967, he outlined the concept of a "bi-ethnic" state, allowing both Jews and Arabs to develop as culturally distinctive peoples, and ruled by the majority, rather than a bi-national state with power shared equally, regardless of the numerical majority or minority.
U.S. seeks more money for Afghan force: At least $1.3 billion would come from existing foreign donors, triple the amount they currently spend. The Afghan government would contribute $500 million, and the United States would pay the rest.
Iraqi government orders closure of Saddam’s tomb, transfer of remains: The Iraqi government sent an official order to late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein’s clan, ordering the closure of his tomb and the transfer of his remains.
Very high radiation, little water in Japan reactor: One of Japan's crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool it, according to an internal examination that renews doubts about the plant's stability.
Reactor 2 radiation too high for access: Radiation inside the reactor 2 containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has reached a lethal 73 sieverts per hour and any attempt to send robots in will require them to have greater resistance than currently available, experts said Wednesday.
News Corporation firm NDS accused of ITV Digital hack: A News Corporation subsidiary company used a computer hacker to sabotage Sky TV's biggest rival, BBC Panorama has reported.
March 27, 2012
The Massacre of the
Afghan 17 and the Obama Cover-Up
Obama Takes Bush’s
Secrecy Games One Step Further
What Ever Happened to
"Extremism in Defense of Liberty is No
Empires Then and Now
U.S. Leaders Had
Better Heed Israel's Warnings on Iran
Who Is Normal?
Don't Work For You No More"
On the Death of
The Receding Tide
Doctor says 20 people killed in Libyan power struggle: The deadly clash underlined the fragile nature of Libya after the fall of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. The central government has failed to impose its authority, and Libya is ruled instead by squabbling tribes and militias.
NATO’s Secrecy : How many civilians did NATO slaughter in Libya? : The results, by the available evidence, were a horror. By the time NATO’s planes departed, at least 34 people had been killed, many of them women and small children, according to investigations by journalists, human-rights organizations and the United Nations.
Ten killed in Afghan bombing: Official : Eight Afghan security personnel and a foreign soldier were among 10 people killed in a Taliban-style roadside bombing in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said yesterday.
Former Afghan MP among 4 killed in roadside bomb : A former Afghan member of parliament was among four people who were killed Saturday in a roadside bomb attack in the country's central region, local media reported on Sunday.
Two British occupation force soldiers killed by Afghan army soldier: Two British soldiers have been killed by a member of the Afghan national army inside a Nato base in southern Afghanistan, the UK defence secretary has confirmed.
How much more blood on David Cameron's hands in Afghanistan?: The news that two soldiers have been killed at the hands of an Afghan soldier only underlines the desperate failure of the war and the senseless loss of life.
Four killed in northern Iraq amid summit preparations: Four people were killed Monday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul when a roadside bomb went off and gunmen opened fire on a police patrol, local security chief Mohamed al-Jabouri said, dpa reported.
Heavy shelling on Homs, as Syrian rebels intensify attacks: Ten people and three army soldiers were killed Monday when Syrian forces shelled the province of Homs and opposition rebels intensified their hit-and-run attacks against troops in restive provinces across Syria, activists said.
Homs shelling kills five: Troops shelled Khaldiyeh district in the flashpoint city of Homs on Monday, with at least five people dying in the onslaught and two more killed elsewhere in Syria, activists and monitors said
U.N. gets reports of child soldiers with Syria rebels: Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad have been accused of using children as fighters in violation of international conventions banning the recruitment of child soldiers, a senior U.N. official said on Monday.
Annan studies Syria response: Rebel neighbourhood in homs shelled for seventh day as Russia warns of civil war
Turkey Closes Embassy In Syria As Border Clashes Escalate: Turkey closed its embassy in Damascus on Monday, citing the deteriorating security situation, as the once close ally moved closer to suspending diplomatic ties with Syria, according to various news reports.
BRICS warns US against action on Iran: While the central banks of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are set to sign agreements for promoting trade amongst the five nations in local currencies, the BRICS leaders may this week also close ranks to warn US and Israel against any military action on Iran and try to iron out differences within the five-nation bloc on international response to the crisis in Syria.
Palestinian prisoners fight Israeli atrocities with ‘empty stomachs’: OCCUPIED RAMALLAH Inspired by Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, who pressured Israel with a 66-day hunger strike, a growing number of his fellow detainees are launching similar protests.
Questions emerge over police handling of Toulouse, France killings: Details emerging about Mohamed Merah, the alleged gunman in a series of murders in the Toulouse area from March 11 to March 19, raise serious questions about the conduct of French intelligence and police agencies.
Merah may not have been attached to al-Qaeda : Investigators in France have said a suggestion by gunman Mohamed Merah that he was linked to al-Qaeda may have been false. They have found no sign that the gunman was under the umbrella of al-Qaeda or any other militant terror group.
British PM sold seats at family dinner table to wealthy donors: Britain's prime minister, facing new questions about party fundraising, disclosed Monday the names of major donors to his Conservative Party invited to intimate meals at his family's Downing Street apartment and his official countryside mansion.
David Cameron publishes details of donor dinners in cash-for-access row: Hours after the Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, said details would not be released, Downing Street published a list of dinners in Downing Street attended by 11 donors and their spouses.
Calls for probe into possible wrongful conviction of Lockerbie bomber: The report, which has remained secret for five years, alleges the Crown Office withheld evidence from the defence. It also says there were six grounds on which it believes a miscarriage of justice may have occurred
Read the report that could have cleared Megrahi of Lockerbie-bombing: pdf format - File make take a moment to download.
'The Pope will visit Cuba - so what?' : The dance between the pope and the Cuban authorities is distressing, especially if one keeps in mind that this is a religious leader with a dreadful record when it comes to dealing with the Latin American left
Lavish spending of America's first family of televangelism revealed in bitter legal feud: America's "first family" of televangelism is being torn apart in a bitter legal feud which includes allegations of lavish spending on private jets, mansions and a $100,000 motor home for their pet dogs.
Only 10 percent of countries, 20 out of 198, carried out executions last year: The United States was again the only country in the Americas and the only member of the G8 group of leading economies to execute prisoners – 43 in 2011. Europe and former Soviet Union countries were capital punishment-free, apart from Belarus where two people were executed.
The killing of Trayvon Martin: The killing of Trayvon Martin is a consequence of the dominance of political reaction in the United States for more than 30 years
Raw Video: Okla. Police Drag Man Face Down: The arrest of a man at an Oklahoma Airport is under investigation. Officials released surveillance video of officers dragging the man face down across the floor.
New surveillance system can compare your face against 36 million others in a single second: The system processes footage from both still images and live footage, recognizing faces in real-time. Recognized faces are displayed as thumbnails and grouped with matching footage, allowing the operator to look at all of the actions of a given person immediately.
Subliminal Santorum Ad Flashes Obama’s Face When Talking About ‘Sworn American Enemy’: A paranoid Rick Santorum campaign ad, “Obamaville,” briefly replaces a picture of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad with President Barack Obama’s face, as the narrator talks about a “sworn American enemy”:
Brics’ move to unseat US dollar as trade currency: South Africa will this week take some initial steps to unseat the US dollar as the preferred worldwide currency for trade and investment in emerging economies. Thus, the nation is expected to become party to endorsing the Chinese currency, the renminbi, as the currency of trade in emerging markets.
EU Gas Now Over $10: Charting The Global Gas Pump Price Shock: For the first time since June 2011, the average price for Gas across the 27 European nations just broke above USD10/gallon. With the US on average above USD4/gallon
March 25, 2012
The Dangerous Mess in
Syria Grows Murkier
Robert Bales – Lone
Nut or Scapegoat?
Robots Kill, But the
Blood Is on Our Hands
The Two Saddest Words
In Any Language Are 'If Only...'
Pakistan: 16 killed in clashes: Fighting in Pakistan's northwestern region has left at least four soldiers and a dozen militants dead, a security official said.
U.S. Plans No Charges Over Deadly Strike in Pakistan: The United States military has decided that no service members will face disciplinary charges for their involvement in a NATO airstrike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers
Opposition to block NATO supplies restoration: Opposition to block NATO supplies restoration Islamabad—Opposition parties have vowed that they would block every move towards restoration of NATO supply. The opposition parties had a meeting at Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman’s residence in Islamabad.
Blast kills 9 people in Afghanistan: One foreign soldier and Afghan police among nine killed by an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province.
Three Nato-led Occupation Force Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan: An Isaf statement said that one of the soldiers died in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, another one in an insurgent attack in the west, and the third one as a result of a non-battle related injury in the east.
Robert Bales Took a One-Hour Killing Break: Officials: U.S. investigators now believe that Bales walked off his base that night and killed several people in one of the villages, then went back to the base. The American officials, who are privy to some details of the investigation, said they do not know why Bales returned, how long he stayed or what he did while there.
U.S. paid out $50,000 per death in Afghan massacre: They were told that the money came from U.S. President Barack Obama, Mr. Lalai said.
Turkish forces kill 15 Kurdish women fighters: Female unit of Kurd separatist movement PKK wiped out by Turkish army in Bitlis province, interior ministry says.
Eight killed in clashes in southern Syria: Five Syrian army defectors and three government force members have died during clashes in the southern Syrian province of Daraa, a rights group said Sunday, dpa reported.
Obama: Window for diplomatic solution to nuclear Iran is closing: U.S. President reiterates position on Iran nuclear issue after talks with Turkish PM Erdogan; remarks come week and a half after Russian daily reported that United States had asked Russia to deliver ultimatum to Iran.
Peretz: It would be better if US struck Iran: Former defense minister Amir Peretz said on Saturday that a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities would be better if the US carried it out instead of Israel. "We should prefer an outside actor does it because Israel doesn't need to be confronted by the whole Muslim world," Peretz said.
An Attack on Iran Would Be Illegal. What Does the Media Say?: The United Nations Charter outlaws the ‘threat of the use of force’, an act in which much of the media, in its uncritical stance towards government threats, has made itself complicit.
International Association of Democratic Lawyers Opposes Military Force Against Syria and Iran: The UN Charter commands that all Members settle their international disputes by peaceful means. Members must refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state or in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations. The Charter does not permit the use of military force under the pretext of humanitarian intervention.
Report: Israeli teams monitor Iran's nuclear program on the ground: The Sunday Times cites western intelligence sources as saying that special IDF forces are searching for 'smoking gun' evidence in Iran, disguised as Iranian military personnel.
‘Don’t attack Iran!’ Anti-war protests hit UK and Israel: UK activists from the ‘Stop the War Coalition’ have held a day of action to speak out against war with Iran. Protesters took to the streets of 15 major British cities. In Israel, hundreds marched in Tel Aviv protesting the war.
Palestinian hunger striker ‘at risk of death’ highlights injustice of administrative detention: The Israeli authorities should immediately release a Palestinian detainee or charge her with a recognizable criminal offence and promptly try her, Amnesty International said amid fears that the woman could die in detention after 37 days on hunger strike.
French police question Merah alliance with al-Qaeda: Investigators in France have said a suggestion by gunman Mohamed Merah that he was linked to al-Qaeda may have been false. They have found no sign that the gunman was under the umbrella of al-Qaeda or any other militant terror group.
French gunman's brother under investigation: Prosecutors allege Abdelkader Merah helped his brother Mohammed carry out killings in Toulouse and Montauban and was also planning terror attacks himself.
US approves 1.3 billion dollars military aid to Egypt: Clinton waived conditions placed on the 1.3-billion-dollars of aid by Congress - that had insisted Egypt meet certain democratic reforms before being granted the funds - saying the move was in the United States' national interest.
Leader of Mali military coup trained in U.S.: Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo, who led a renegade military faction that on Thursday deposed Mali’s democratically elected president, visited the United States several times to receive professional military education, including basic officer training, said Patrick Barnes, a U.S. Africa Command official based in Washington.
Libyan tribe closes border crossing with Egypt: The tribesmen seized control of the Libyan side of the Salloum crossing from the smugglers and former rebels late Friday, he said.
Militia storms hotel in Libya after guest told to pay overdue bill: Armed militiamen stormed a Turkish-owned hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, firing shots and detaining its Turkish manager in a dispute over an unpaid bill, an employee said, highlighting the continuing volatility in the North African country.
Guatemala's president urges debate on drug legalisation: "We have seen that the strategy that has been pursued in the fight against drug trafficking over the last 40 years has failed," he said. "We have to look for new alternatives. We must end the myths, the taboos, and tell people you have to discuss it," he added.
Policy For Sale: Tory sold access to Prime Minister, Sunday Times alleges: Secretly filmed footage apparently showed the Conservative Party co-treasurer offering access to the prime minister for a donation of £250,000 a year.
Graft-tainted former Irish PM quits party: The tribunal found that Ahern failed to truthfully account for a total of 165,214.25 Irish punts ($262,000) passing through accounts connected with him.
Hate crime? Iraqi woman severely beaten in California: A woman from Iraq who was found beaten next to a threatening note saying “go back to your country, you terrorist.” has died, and police are investigating the possibility of a hate crime.
March 23, 2012
Council Presidential Statement on Syria
Israel and US
Disagree on Timetable for Iran Attack
Special Report -
Intel Shows Iran Not Nuclear "Threat"
Chief Accused of Pro-western Bias Over Iran
Burial Of Our Species
Afghanistan's 'My Lai'
Permit Data on U.S. Citizens to be "Held
Isn't the Problem, Big Money Is
Paul Ryan's Focus on
US warships kill 29 people in Yemen: U.S. warships shelled suspected al Qaeda hideouts in southern Yemen on Thursday, days after a Yemeni terrorist cell tied to the group claimed responsibility for the murder of an American citizen.
US drone attack kills 30 in south Yemen: Remote-commanded unmanned US warplanes, so-called drones, targeted alleged al-Qaeda bases in south Yemen, in the city of Zinjibar, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens of others. According to eyewitnesses, not only alleged bases were targeted, but US missiles were launched also against vehicles driving through the city centre.
Landmines kill 10 in northern Yemen battle zone: - At least 10 people were killed by landmine explosions on Friday in a part of northern Yemen where Shi'ite Muslim fighters and tribal militiamen have fought running battles for months, the defence ministry said.
Street protests across Yemen demand trial of ex-president for deaths of demonstrators: Tens of thousands of protesters streamed into city centers across Yemen on Friday, demanding that their ex-president be stripped of immunity from prosecution and be put on trial for the deaths of demonstrators during the yearlong uprising.
4 security members killed near Baghdad: Four Iraqi soldiers and policemen were killed when defusing a bomb in a suburb of Iraq's capital Baghdad on Thursday evening, an Interior Ministry source said.
Army deserters kill two Syrian soldiers, capture 18 in attack near Turkish border: Syrian anti-government fighters killed two government soldiers and captured 18 others, including two officers, in an attack on a Syrian army unit on Friday near the border with Turkey, Al Arabiya correspondent reported from the Turkish side of the border.
Kurd militants threaten Turkey if it enters Syria: Turkish Kurd militants threatened on Thursday to turn all Kurdish populated areas into a "war zone" if Turkish troops entered Syria, a sign the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has allies in Syria may be taking sides in the conflict there.
10 militants killed in suicide attack on mosque in Pakistan: At least 10 militants were killed and several injured when a suicide bomber today targeted a mosque inside a base of the banned terror group in the Khyber tribal region of northwest Pakistan, officials said.
4 Pakistani soldiers killed: Gunmen ambushed a Pakistani paramilitary checkpost on Friday, killing four soldiers and abducting four others in the southwestern province of Balochistan, officials said.
US soldier charged in 17 Afghan murders: Bales "could" face the death penalty for 17 counts of murder with premeditation, along with six counts of attempted murder against additional civilians in Kandahar province, US forces in Afghanistan said in a statement.
Afghan villagers live in fear of another massacre: "Are the American soldiers coming back, papa?" This is a question Fateh Mohammad hears almost every night. He and his family live in Zangabad, a small village around 40 kilometers away from Kandahar.
U.S. general backs plan to pause Afghan drawdown in 2013: The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Thursday indicated that he believes there should be no American troop drawdowns in 2013, leaving the total at the 68,000 who will remain following scheduled withdrawals this year.
Western countries scramble for Afghan exits: As international forces prepare for withdrawal from Afghanistan, Western countries are already in talks with Afghanistan's Central Asian neighbors to bring their troops and military equipment back home.
Karzai says West to fund army for $4b a year: Karzai told a graduation ceremony at a military academy in Kabul: "It's set that post-2014, for the next 10 years until 2024, the international community, with the U.S. in the lead and followed by Europe and other countries, will pay Afghanistan security forces $4.1 billion annually."
West tensions against Iran worse than 2011 quake for Japan: Tanaka: Former executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) says Western tensions against Iran could hit Japan with an economic impact greater than that from the March 2011 earthquake.
More $ for Israel: U.S. Congress supports additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome systems: Meanwhile, the House Foreign Affairs Committee has questioned continued funding for the Palestinian Authority
Would-be Spy for Israel Gets 13 Years in Prison: A former government space scientist was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison after admitting he tried to sell space and defense secrets to Israel in what turned out to be an FBI sting operation.
US journalist fired after calling Israeli occupation 'brutal': A veteran American journalist has been fired after referring to Israel's occupation of Palestinian and Syrian land as "brutal."
French intelligence chief: Toulouse shooter arrested by Israel Police in 2010 for possession of a knife: He said that French intelligence tracked him and investigated to see if he is suspicious, but found that he had not been engaging in any ideological activism or religious activity.
French President Sarkozy Sees Opportunity for Censorship, Seizes It: President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has begun calling for criminal penalties for citizens who visit web sites that advocate for terror or hate. "From now on, any person who habitually consults Web sites that advocate terrorism or that call for hatred and violence will be criminally punished," Sarkozy was reported as saying.
Army Sgt. Robert Bales to be charged with 17 counts of murder: Bales’ civilian attorney, John Henry Browne, said Friday without commenting on the specific charges that he believes the government will have a hard time proving its case and that at some stage in the prosecution his client’s mental state will be an important issue.
Internet rumours of coup in China: The rumours of a military coup in China continue on social media. So much so that on China's version of Twitter, Weibo, the word 'coup' has been censored. The latest rumour I have heard is that artillery was being moved to the capital from a nearby province.
Damaging coup rumours ricochet across China: Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of reporting on China in the past few days. Coup rumours ricocheted back and forth, most over the internet, but some were picked up by western newspapers. China's microblogs were awash with speculation. Hard facts were non-existent.
Tuareg rebels take Mali town, threaten 3 more: Tuareg rebels on Friday threatened three strategic northern towns, including the famed ancient city of Timbuktu, as leaders of the two-month-old rebellion took advantage of a power vacuum caused when government soldiers stormed the presidential palace and ousted the democratically elected president.
Rights groups warn of Libya's shaky peace: Human Rights Watch said it documented killings, torture and forced displacement by militias of innocent civilians or people suspected of sympathies with the late leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Global 'water war' threat by 2030 - US intelligence: Nations will cut off rivers to prevent their enemies having access to water downstream, terrorists will blow up dams, and states that cannot provide water for their citizens will collapse. This is the future - as painted by a top US security report.
NSA Chief Appears to Deny Ability to Warrantlessly Wiretap Despite Evidence: The former NSA official held his thumb and forefinger close together. “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state,” he says.
How the rich took over airport security: Security checks were one of America's most democratic places -- until rich passengers got their own speedy lines
March 22, 2012
War Crimes Must Be
The Ascendence of
Sociopaths in US Governance
May Have 'Hundreds' Of Hezbollah Agents In
A Year Later, Libya
is Still a Mess
34 killed in attacks on "al-Qaeda militants" in Yemen: At least 29 people were killed Thursday in a joint attack by Yemeni and US forces on suspected al-Qaeda militants in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula country, Al Arabiya broadcaster reported.
Ten killed on bus fleeing Syria violence: monitors: Ten people, including women and children, were killed on Thursday as they were fleeing violence in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on board a bus headed to Turkey, monitors said.
UN Security Council backs Syria peace plan: The Syrian National Council, Syria's main opposition group, said the UN statement will simply give the government more time to continue killing its own people.
Clashes rage across Syria despite UN cease-fire call: Opposition sources said Syrian tanks had heavily shelled a large neighborhood in the city of Hama on Thursday after fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and Syrian government forces.
Rebels warn of hit-and-run strikes in Damascus: The rebel Free Syrian Army has set up a military council to coordinate hit-and-run strikes around Damascus, as it brings the year-old conflict to the capital, it announced on Thursday.
Turkish troops kill seven "PKK militants" in clash: Turkish security forces killed seven Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey near the Iraqi border on Thursday, security officials said, in a second day of clashes after violent unrest in the region over the Kurdish new year.
Iraq’s Sunni lawmakers accuse government of torturing to death fugitive VP’s jailed bodyguard: The guard was held on suspicion of terrorism. Authorities say he died of kidney failure on March 15.
Baghdad turns into a 'virtual prison' ahead of Arab League summit: Tens of thousands of soldiers and police reinforcements have been brought into the city for the summit and the extra patrols and checkpoints are disrupting normal life. Bitter arguments are breaking out between frustrated commuters and the military and police.
British Soldier Killed in Helmand: A British soldier was killed while on foot patrol by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to military officials.
Gates: Proceed Warily on Iran: Former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has joined the chorus of past and current officials warning that a military strike against Iran could produce dire consequences.
West misstep against Iran will jeopardize Israel existence: Iran MP: “Should the Western countries want to commit the slightest of errors regarding Iran, they will be gripped by such ramifications that will endanger the existence of the Zionist regime,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Thursday
Israel thanks Germany's Merkel for sixth Dolphin submarine: Israel thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday for selling the country its sixth Dolphin submarine at a subsidized price.
Israel's useful idiot: 'We have a duty to prepare for the worst': Peter King warns Iran has 'hundreds' of Hezbollah agents in the U.S.: Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah may have hundreds of operatives based in the United States, and Hezbollah - not al-Qaida - poses the greatest terrorist threat to Americans, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Peter King, said today.
Global water issues likely to affect U.S. security in coming decades, report finds: Study also warns of potential for water to be used as weapon
Mali soldiers say seize power, close borders: Renegade Malian soldiers declared on state television on Thursday they had seized power in the West African state in protest at the government’s failure to quell a nomad-led rebellion in the north.
A Coup In Mali - Made In Libya?: Mali wasn't exactly the "bastion of democracy" in West Africa that Hillary Clinton is making it out to have been and that the coup is another of the forseen-but-unplanned-for consequences of intervention in Libya last year.
French shooting suspect leaps to death while firing: The suspect in a three-attack killing rampage jumped from a window to his death while firing his weapon as police were entering his apartment early today, France's interior minister says.
U.S. soldier accused of Afghanistan massacre 'told comrades he killed several men: Staff Sergeant Robert Bales did not tell the other soldiers that he had also shot women and children, even though nine of those who died were said to be children.
After Bales' arrest, military tried to delete him from Web: Several former military officers said they were perplexed that the Army would try to remove information that already had been public. One called it "unusual."
Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Calls for Destruction of Churches in Region : Since Christianity is already forbidden in Saudi Arabia and no churches exist there, the implications of the cleric’s words were that the church ban should extend to other countries in the region, including Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates
Marine facing dismissal over Obama criticism: The Marine Corps on Wednesday notified a sergeant who has been openly critical of President Barack Obama that he is violating Pentagon policy barring troops from political activities and that he faces dismissal.
Congress: The $$$ is all in the family: How lawmakers are using their positions to benefit their families.
Ex-Irish PM Bertie Ahern took secret payments, judges say: Former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern received at least $209,779 (CDN) in secret payments while in office and repeatedly told lies about this under oath, a mammoth fact-finding investigation ruled Thursday in a long-awaited verdict.
Donations by former MEP Flynn sought 'wrongly and corruptly': THE TRIBUNAL is satisfied that an IR£50,000 donation sought "wrongly and corruptly" by former MEP Padraig Flynn from Tom Gilmartin was used for his personal benefit.
Republic of Ireland falls back into recession: Its economy shrank by 0.2% from October to December, following a contraction of 1.1% in the third quarter.
Strike brings Portuguese services to a halt: Union group calls for general strike against austerity measures amid fears eurozone country could need second bailout.
March 21, 2012
Afghan Villagers Say
Shootings Were Revenge
Toulouse Cannot be
Explained as an Isolated Hate Crime
Details of Talks with
IAEA Belie Charge Iran Refused Cooperation
The Three Amigos and
the Misuse of History
The Ex-FBI Informant with a Change
Transformed Itself by Ignoring the
Capitalism: A Ghost
Real Estate 4 Ransom
Afghan official: 3 civilians killed, 15 wounded by insurgent rocket that explodes in bazaar: Gen. Zirawer Zahid, the police chief in Ghazni province, said insurgents who fired the rocket Wednesday were targeting the police headquarters, but it fell in a market area of Muqur district instead.
Afghan villagers say massacre was premeditated : In accounts to The Associated Press and to Afghan government officials, the residents allege that U.S. troops lined up men from the village of Mokhoyan against a wall after the bombing on either March 7 or 8, and told them they would pay a price for the attack.
Lawyer: 'no proof' Sgt Bales massacred 16 Afghan civilians: His lawyer John Henry Browne told reporters yesterday: "We've all heard the allegations. I don't know that the government has proved much. There is no forensic evidence, there is no confession."
Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Iraq bombings that killed almost 50: Al Qaeda's front group in Iraq claimed responsibility Wednesday for a wave of attacks that killed 46 people across the country this week and said the violence exposes how weak government security is ahead of the upcoming Arab League summit in Baghdad.
UN Security Council backs Syria peace plan: The statement expressed the council's "full support" for Annan's efforts, and called upon both the government and the opposition "to work in good faith with the envoy towards a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis" and to fully implement his six-point proposal.
Syria rebels committed serious abuses, Human Rights Watch says: Human Rights Watch alleges Syrian opposition fighters have carried out kidnappings and torture, and reportedly executions, in contrast to their freedom fighter image.
US Mercenary “Took Part” in Gaddafi Killing; Sent to Assist Syrian opposition: US government officials requested that an American private security firm contact Syrian opposition figures in Turkey to see “how they can help in regime change,” the CEO of one of these firms told Stratfor in a company email obtained by WikiLeaks and Al-Akhbar.
Turkey readies Syrian buffer zone plan: Turkey has discreetly begun preparations for a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the border between the two countries. - One official said about 500 specialised soldiers had arrived in the area recently to look at military options for the buffer zone and the handling of more refugees.
Iran will produce nuclear weapons if attacked: Russia: Russia warned Tuesday that Iran would have no option but to develop nuclear weapons if it came under attack from either the United States or Israel over its contested atomic programme.
Former Mossad chief: Israel will know before Iran begins producing nuclear weapons: Speaking at an event in a Haifa hospital, Dagan said that currently Israel must not attack Iran, and that a strike on its nuclear facilities should be the last resort.
Rep. King: Israeli attack on Iran won't be 'surgical' strike: House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday suggested that an Israeli attack on Iran could involve the United States in a military conflict with Tehran, but cautioned that the possibility should not weaken resolve to halt Iran’s nuclear program.
Kuwait says Iran has assured it will not shut Hormuz: - Iran has assured Kuwait it will not try to close the vital Strait of Hormuz shipping route, Kuwait's ruler said in remarks carried by state-run news agency KUNA on Tuesday.
U.S. Exempts Japan and 10 Other Countries From Sanctions Over Iran Oil: The Obama administration on Tuesday exempted Japan and 10 European nations from the prospect of biting sanctions intended to punish countries that continue to buy oil from Iran, but it left open the fate of other major importers, including China, India and South Korea.
US war game foreshadows Israeli attack on Iran: Details of a recent Pentagon war game, leaked yesterday in the New York Times, underscore the advanced character and recklessness of the Obama administration’s preparations for war against Iran.
Germany to sell Israel new nuke-capable submarine: Germany has announced that it will sell Israel a sixth Dolphin-class submarine capable of carrying nuclear warheads with an operating range of 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles).
Israeli Violation of Lebanese Airspace Unacceptable - Russia: The violation of Lebanese airspace by the Israeli Air Force is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday after a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart.
French police prepare to storm building: French police were preparing to storm an apartment building in Toulouse today if a gunman suspected in seven killings and claiming allegiance to al-Qa'ida doesn't surrender, a top police official said.
Toulouse siege: live: Live coverage of the siege at the home of the suspected Toulouse serial killer responsible for the murders of four people outside a Jewish school and three paratroopers in south west France.
March 20, 2012
Don't be Fooled by Afghanistan Massacre:
Where Is The Outrage
Over The Murder of a U.S. Citizen?
Ironies in American
Justice and Political Cheerleading
Is Iran Being Pushed
to Build the Dirty Bomb?
Israeli Propaganda Video?
Syria and the Western Media:
Abu Ghraib US Soldier
Feels No Compassion For Her Victims
Dear Department of Justice:
You Missed It
“Social Security is
Broke”—and Other Corporate Scare Tactics
Will Noam Chomsky
Vote For Obama?
Iraq: At least 44 killed, 190 others wounded in spate of explosions: At least 15 explosions hit various Iraqi cities and towns earlier on Tuesday, extending a spate of militant violence ahead of next week’s Arab League summit in Baghdad.
13 killed in Pakistan tribal region: At least 13 people were killed and over 15 others injured in a bomb attack and clashes between security forces and militants in the restive tribal belt of northwest Pakistan, officials said on Monday.
Pakistan Tells America: Remove Your Drones: On Tuesday a Pakistani Parliamentary Commission demanded that American drones end military operations inside the country.
Glenn Greenwald: Afghanistan and American imperialism: Demands that the atrocity be investigated by Afghans are grounded in part by reports that Bales did not act alone. While US military officials decreed from the start that Bales was the lone culprit, eyewitnesses in the villages reported the presence of multiple attackers.
Soldier Accused Of Afghan Atrocity Made Disturbing Facebook Comment About Shooting "Hagi" "Giving money to Hagi instead of bullets don't seem right."
Suspect in Afghan massacre has memory loss, lawyer says: An Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians was not drunk at the time, but doesn't remember what happened and is in shock, his attorney told CBS News on Monday.
Afghan Killings Suspect Owes $1.5 Million in Fraud Case: The soldier accused in the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians owes $1.5 million from a 2003 arbitration ruling that found him guilty of securities fraud.
Yemen army kills five "Qaeda suspects" in south: The Yemeni army shelled suspected hideouts of Al-Qaeda militants in the southern province of Abyan, killing five of them, a local official told AFP on Tuesday.
Syria rebels quit eastern city, army on offensive: Rebel fighters were forced to flee the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Tuesday in the face of a fierce army assault, suffering the latest setback in their bid to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian rebels abusing regime troops, says Human Rights Watch: An international human rights group Tuesday accused some in Syria’s armed opposition of carrying out serious abuses, including the kidnapping and torture of security forces, in a sign of the growing complexity of the year-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.
Fact or fiction? Russian Anti-Terror Troops Arrive in Syria: A Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was "a bomb" certain to have serious repercussions.
Syria denies receiving special forces from Russia: A Syrian military source on Monday refuted as "baseless" some media reports about the arrival of Russian warships carrying military staffs by the Syrian shores, according to state-run SANA news agency.
Russian special forces arrive in Syrian port: "opposition sources": Israeli-based open source military intelligence website DEBKAfile has also reported that two Russian naval vessels have anchored at the Syrian port of Tartus.
Russia Calls For Humanitarian Ceasefire In Syria: Russia on Monday called for enforcing a daily two-hour humanitarian ceasefire in un-rest Syria, following a meeting between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and chief of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Moscow.
Presstitute Alert: Al Jazeera obtains secret Syria files: Papers prepared for President Assad by intelligence and security chiefs throw light on his strategy to quell protests.
Russia’s Lavrov warns against attacking Iran: A military strike against Iran would be a great mistake, followed by a catastrophic outcome, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Iran will attack to defend itself - Ayatollah Khamenei: "We do not have nuclear weapons and we will not build them but in the face of aggression from the enemies, whether from America or the Zionist regime, to defend ourselves we will attack on the same level as the enemies attack us," said Khamenei in a New Year speech broadcast live on television.
US, Israeli military chiefs hold another face-to-face: The two generals meet for the third time in six months and discuss Iran and Syria
When 'pro-Israel' means comparing Israel to the Nazis: It’s time for American Jews to examine their Zionist organizations, and think about whether they really are pro-Israel or not.
Palestinian hunger striker Hana Shalabi hospitalized: “Hana Shalabi was transferred this evening to Israel's Meir hospital after her state of health deteriorated,” Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqaa said on Monday.
NATO must pay for errors in Libya - Amnesty: The watchdog said it has documented 55 cases of named civilians, including 16 children and 14 women, killed in air strikes in the capital Tripoli and the towns of Zliten, Majer, Sirte and Brega.
Pentagon says it has no records of bin Laden's death; : The Pentagon said it could not find any death certificate, autopsy report or results of DNA identification tests for bin Laden, or any pre-raid materials discussing how the government planned to dispose of bin Laden's body if he were killed.
12 Mexican police killed in highway ambush: Twelve officers killed on their way to investigate the beheadings of 10 people in Guerrero state.: The La Familia cartel and its offshoot, Los Caballeros Templarios (The Knights Templar), are among the gangs fighting for territory in the region. The heads had been left with a message threatening the La Familia gang, local media reported.
March 19, 2012
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51 "militants" killed in gunfights, air strike: On Sunday, Pakistani planes bombed a tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, killing 26 militants, a senior paramilitary official said.
53% Favor Immediate Withdrawal of All U.S. Forces From Afghanistanin : A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters support the complete pullout of U.S. forces from what has become America’s longest-running "war". Just 31% are opposed, while 16% are not sure.
Report: US sent detainees to banned Afghan prisons: Afghanistan's "international allie" are still failing to ensure that people captured on the battlefield are treated humanely despite a massive reform program in recent months.
30 killed after Syrian cities hit by car bombs: A car bomb hit Syria's second city Aleppo yesterday, a day after explosions killed 27 in Damascus, and security forces arrested and beat activists at a rare anti-Government protest in the centre of the capital.
Four killed in Damascus clash: state television: Three "terrorists" and a member of Syria's security forces were killed in a clash in a district of Damascus on Monday, state television said.
Saudi Arabia is arming Syrian rebels : "Saudi military equipment is on its way to Jordan to arm the Free Syrian Army," the diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Franklin Lamb: How many violations of US arms laws are too many?: In accordance with American law, the U.S. Government is mandated to enforce strict conditions on the use against civilians, of weapons it transfers to foreign recipients.
Israel agrees Iran hasn't decided on atom bomb: Despite sabre-rattling from Jerusalem, Israeli officials now agree with the US assessment that Tehran has not yet decided on the actual construction of a nuclear bomb, according to senior Israeli government and defence figures.
Presstitute alert: Israel: Iran nuke site soon immune to strike: Iran's nuclear program, Barak said, "is steadily approaching maturation and is verging on a 'zone of immunity' — a position from which the Iranian regime could complete its program without effective disruption, at its convenience."
Fact or fiction: SWIFT reaction: Iran 'will retaliate', closing Hormuz Strait: As long as the West ignores international law to promote its interests, Iran will retaliate, he said. Closing the strait would be a response equal to the West’s unlawful severing of Iran from global commerce, believes Iran’s senior spokesman on Western sanctions and former intelligence minister Ali Falahian.
‘Iran oil exports increase in January despite sanctions’: Iran, the second-biggest producer of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), exported 2.265 million barrels a day in January, its highest monthly figure since December 2008, Bloomberg reported on Monday.
Four killed in shooting at Jewish school in France: French police said that the man opened fire with an automatic pistol of the same kind that was seen at two previous attacks on soldiers in Toulouse and the nearby town of Montauban, the report said. Three soldiers died in those two incidents, and one was seriously wounded.
World citizenship instead of tribalism: The problem is that religious fundamentalists try everything to shield their children from global perspectives, fearing that it will undermine their separatist agenda. It is one of our most daunting tasks to convince them that humanity can no longer afford hatred of the other, bigotry and limited horizons.
Militants kill American teacher in Yemen: Gunmen linked to al Qaeda shot dead an American teacher in Yemen on Sunday, accusing him of Christian "proselytizing", and officials said government forces had killed a dozen militants in clashes and attacks on their strongholds.
Militia and Gaddafi loyalists clash outside Tripoli: At least one person was killed outside Tripoli in a fight between a powerful militia group from Zintan and local residents loyal to slain leader Muammar Gaddafi, reports the Associated Press.
NATO failed to investigate (own crimes) Libya civilian deaths: Amnesty: Echoing similar criticisms aired this month by Russia, Amnesty said scores of Libyans, who were not involved in the conflict, had been killed or injured in NATO bombings but there had been no proper investigations into their deaths.
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Villages razed in Sudan's South Kordofan: Thousands flee to mountains, fearing Sudanese attacks, as Al Jazeera finds homes burnt down and crops destroyed.
Chevron executives barred from leaving Brazil over spill: A Brazilian court on Saturday barred 17 executives from Chevron and Transocean from leaving Brazil, pending criminal charges related to a high-profile oil spill last November.
Indian call centres selling YOUR credit card details and medical records for just 2p: Crooks offering information on customers of major High Street banks
David Cameron unveils plan to sell off the roads: Sovereign wealth funds to be allowed to lease motorways in England, says prime minister
Police Get Violent As OWS Retakes Zuccotti Park: Video -On Saturday, hundreds of protesters marked the six-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street by attempting to retake Zuccotti Park. By the end of the night, 73 had been arrested and the park forcefully cleared.
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At Least 27 Killed As Car Bombs Rip Through Syrian Capital : . Gruesome images of the scene were aired, with mangled and charred corpses, bloodstained streets and twisted steel.
Palestinian forces targeted in Syria explosion: A vehicle belonging to the Palestine Liberation Army exploded in Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp on Saturday, killing several people, sources in the city told Ma'an.
Syrian troops clash with army deserters: Syrian troops clashed with army defectors in several areas near the capital Damascus in the first significant battles there since President Bashar Assad’s forces regained control of the suburbs weeks ago, activists said Friday.
Five Syrian opposition groups form new coalition: Five Syrian opposition groups on Saturday announced the formation of a new coalition, a sign of how difficult opponents of the Damascus regime find it to cooperate, a year after the start of the protest movement.
Top diplomat: Saudi Arabia is smuggling arms to Syria: Arab diplomat says Saudi Arabia is delivering military equipment to Free Syrian Army ‘to stop bloodshed by Assad's regime’.
U.S. 'Concerned' About Iranian Flights to Syria: The United States has expressed concern that Iranian cargo planes overflying Iraq may be shipping weapons to Syria.
Iraq: Iran warned against sending arms to Syria: Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh on Saturday said the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad has been warned against shipping arms through Iraq's borders or airspace
Franklin Lamb: : How many violations of US arms laws are too many? The prohibitions against Israel’s use of American weapons against civilians have not, are not and in all likelihood will never be enforced against Israel given the regimes continuing occupation of much of the US government.
Turkey urges citizens to leave Syria, set to cut consular services: Move comes as reports indicate 4 members of the Gulf Cooperation Council will close their embassies in Syria over the ongoing political crisis.
U.K's Cameron: No justification for Israeli attack on Iran: There is no current justification for an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview to NBC published on Thursday
4 Taliban killed, woman injured in Afghan operation: Four armed insurgents were killed and a woman injured during a joint operation in northern Afghan province of Faryab on Saturday, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
Probe team: Women sexually assaulted before killing in Panjwai: US soldiers were alleged to have sexually assaulted two female victims before they were killed in the Panjwai massacre in southern Kandahar last Sunday, a high-level Afghan probe team revealed.
Kandahar slaughter preplanned, executed by squad – Afghan top brass: The Afghan Army Chief of Staff says the slaughter of 16 civilians, including nine children, in Kandahar province was a premeditated assassination carried out by a number of servicemen, RIA Novosti reports, citing Afghan media.
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales named as suspect in Afghan massacre: Bales was angry about being passed over for a military promotion, and as a civilian had brushes with the law and spent time in anger management. He pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in 2002 and was cited for a misdemeanor hit-and-run incident in 2008, for which he paid a $250 fine and received a deferred 12-month sentence.
Moqtada Sadr-linked Iraq militants free 'US soldier': A video of the news conference shows a man in US military uniform telling the camera he was kidnapped in June.
Ethiopia stages fresh attacks inside Eritrea: Government official says attacks on alleged rebel bases took place in north of the country and were "successful".
Eritrea says attack by Ethiopia is meant to divert attention from border dispute: The Eritrean government said Friday that an attack on its military outposts by neighboring Ethiopia was carried out with the help of the U.S. and meant to divert attention from a decade-old border dispute between the two countries.
Aussie Soldiers in AFRICA: Australian media this past week claimed Canberra had deployed special forces to the three African countries on “intelligence-gathering missions”.
White House Says Child Soldiers Are Ok, if They Fight Terrorists: The administration stunned human rights groups last month by sidestepping a commitment to help countries curb the military exploitation of children.
WikiLeaks’ Assange plans to run for Australian Senate: “We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained. Julian has decided to run,” WikiLeaks announced on Twitter.
$100 to Fly Through the Airport: Hate the full-body scans, pat-downs and slow going at TSA airport security screening checkpoints? For $100, you can now bypass the hassle.
Now even the eurozone admits it has condemned Greece to never-ending austerity: There's a general view out there that with private creditors having agreed their 50pc haircut, the "Greek problem" has been solved, at least for now. Unfortunately, it has not.
March 17, 2012
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Turkish soldiers, Afghan civilians killed in helicopter crash: Twelve Turkish soldiers and at least two Afghan civilians were killed Friday when a helicopter belonging to foreign forces crashed into a house in Kabul.
Officials disclose new case of American Marine killed by Afghan soldier: An Afghan soldier shot to death a 22-year-old Marine at an outpost in southwestern Afghanistan last month in a previously undisclosed case of apparent "Afghan treachery" that marked at least the seventh killing of an American military member by his supposed ally in the past six weeks
Pentagon: Afghan security breach was more serious than reported: The Pentagon acknowledged Thursday that a security breach during Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s visit to Afghanistan was much more serious than officials first reported
Afghan leader blasts U.S. over shootings probe: Afghan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States on Friday, saying he is at the "the end of the rope" because of the lack of U.S. cooperation into a probe of a killing spree allegedly carried out by an American soldier.
Afghanistan: Villagers in town where civilians were killed suspect U.S. conspiracy: “Why did they not stop the killings? These soldiers at the camp spy with expensive equipment on all that happens, from the ground and from the air,” he added. “It’s too difficult to believe that one of their colleagues could get away with this.”
Afghan massacre suspect on flight to US: The soldier is expected to arrive at Fort Leavenworth on Friday afternoon, says his civilian attorney, John Henry Browne.
Afghan fury as US soldier accused of massacre is flown to Kuwait: “It was the demand of the families of the martyrs of this incident, the people of Kandahar and the people of Afghanistan to try him publicly in Afghanistan,” said Mohammad Naeem Lalai Hamidzai, a Kandahar lawmaker who is part of a parliamentary commission investigating the shootings.
Cameron declares Afghanistan a success at 9/11 memorial: Standing next to the water memorial on the site of the north tower, the prime minister said the Nato mission in Afghanistan had succeeded and would draw to a close over the next two years.
One Killed as clashes over federalism break out in eastern Libya: Hundreds of people held a demonstration after Friday prayers in support of a federal system of governance and a plan to divide the country into three self-governing regions. The supporters and opponents of federalism threw stones at each other and exchanged gunfire.
Annan sending team to discuss Syria monitors: Annan has presented a five-point peace plan including a ceasefire, access for humanitarian aid and political dialogue with the Syrian opposition.
Syria: Assad tells the UN 'we want to cooperate with Annan': Bashar Assad, the Syrian president said that, "the Syrian government is determined to disarm the terrorists and is continuing to seek a peaceful solution to the crisis by cooperating with the special envoy Kofi Annan.
Turkey may create buffer zone, recall envoy in Syria, PM says: Turkey has said it is considering setting up a “security” or “buffer zone” along its border with Syria and may withdraw its ambassador to Damascus after Turkish citizens inside the neighboring country return home.
Fox News Poll: 78% of Voters Oppose Sending Troops to Syria: American voters oppose U.S. military involvement in Syria, where the government has killed an estimated 7,500 people as it tries to end a year-long uprising. In addition, a majority thinks there should be a national debate before the U.S. intervenes in hot-spots around the world.
'Strike on Iran could be counterproductive': A recently retired US general now working for a Jewish national security think tank cautioned Tuesday that military strikes against Iran could be counterproductive.
Top Iran official calls for cooperation from West : Ultimately, Iran is willing to allow "full transparency" of its nuclear program with "permanent human monitoring," Larijani said, but not right away and only if Western powers give Iran all the rights allowed under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Iran Takes 'Urgent Steps' As Saturday Cut-Off Looms: Money exchange houses in the Gulf said they were ceasing dealing in the risky Iranian rial, in another blow to Tehran's trading channels.
Iran Deleted From the World's Banking Computers: Once the SWIFT codes for Iranian banks are deleted, Iranian banks will no longer be able to transfer funds to and from other worldwide banks, turning Iranian international commerce into a barter operation.
Will SWIFT ban on Iran strangle Spain?: In an attempt to pressure Tehran, technocrats in Brussels might actually be leading Spain to the scaffold.
Iran’s Crude Oil Exports to Fall 50% on Embargo, IEA Says: Iran exported just below 2 million barrels a day last month, compared with 2.6 million in November, the IEA, adviser to 28 industrialized nations, said in a report today. Iran’s oil minister said exports haven’t decreased.
Who profits? Exclusive: Iran sanctions seen spurring more Saudi oil sales to U.S.: Saudi Arabia is preparing to extend this year's unexpected jump in oil sales to the United States, adding to speculation about the response of the world's top oil exporter to sanctions against Iran and a rally in prices.
China will ensure tankers can haul Iran oil: China, the biggest buyer of Iranian oil, will take steps to prevent European trade sanctions disrupting shipments from the Persian Gulf nation, said tanker operator China Shipping Development Co.
Israel takes Iran nuclear concern to partner China: Israel Friday took its concern about Iran’s nuclear program to one of Iran’s main partners, China, and hinted it could launch a pre-emptive attack on the Islamic Republic despite repeated calls by China to allow diplomacy to take its course.
Ex-US officials investigated over speeches to Iranian dissident group on terror list: Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton have received federal subpoenas as part of an expanding investigation into the source of payments to former top government officials who have publicly advocated removing an Iranian dissident group from the State Department list of terrorist groups
In case you missed it: Former U.S. Officials Make Millions Advocating For Terrorist Organization: Onstage next to former FBI director Louis Freeh sat Ed Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania and current MSNBC talking head; former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean; former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton; former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Togo West; former State Department Director of Policy Planning Mitchell Reiss; former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James T. Conway; Anita McBride, the former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush; and Sarah Sewall, a Harvard professor who sits on a corporate board with Reiss.
U.S. urged to clarify destination of arms shipment near Suez: Egypt denied Friday a U.S. arms shipment headed to the Suez Canal would be unloaded in the country, after rights group Amnesty International warned that Egyptian security forces could abuse the weapons.
Eritrea calls Ethiopia raid 'deceitful ploy': Red Sea state says attack on its soil is meant to divert attention from neighbour's "illegal occupation" of border area.
Attorney asks for dismissal in WikiLeaks case: He asked that charges against his client be dismissed because the government has "hopelessly" messed up the document turnover in the nearly two years his client has been incarcerated.
Honduras: When Engagement Becomes Complicity: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Honduras on March 6 with a double mission: to quell talk of drug legalization and reinforce the U.S.-sponsored drug war in Central America, and to bolster the presidency of Porfirio Lobo.
Wilmington, Delaware Passes ‘Sperm Person’ Resolution: The Wilmington, Deleware city council voted 8-4 for a “tongue-in-cheek” resolution “that asks state legislatures and U.S. Congress to enact laws that forbid men from destroying their semen" last week. The resolution was the idea of city councilwoman Loretta Walsh
Federal jobless aid ending for 80,000 S.C. residents: Extended federal unemployment benefits are being phased out for almost 86,000 jobless workers in South Carolina despite the state's high 9.3 percent jobless rate.