April 14, 2012
Saudi Arabia Dancing
to Israel's Tunes
The Real Criminals in
the Tarek Mehanna Case
Washington Leads World Into Lawlessness
Israel Involved in 9/11?
10 Big Companies That
Pay No Taxes
Mortgage Debt of its Population
'222 dead' in Qaeda battle for Yemen's Loder: At least 222 people, including 183 militants, have been killed in five days of clashes around the strategic southern town of Loder that Al-Qaeda is trying to seize, Yemeni security sources said on Saturday.
Thirteen killed in south Yemen clashes: defense ministry: At least 13 al Qaeda-linked militants and government troops were killed on Saturday in a clash at a checkpoint outside Yemen's southern port of Aden, the Defense Ministry said.
US kills 7 people in Yemen: A U.S. drone strike killed seven suspected al-Qaida members believed to be heading toward a restive province where Yemeni forces have been intensely battling the terror group, Yemeni officials said.
Yemen gave false information: US : US officials suspect that Yemen fed them false intelligence for a 2010 strike against Al Qaeda suspects that killed a local leader locked in a dispute with the president’s family, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.
Drone death in Yemen of an American teenager: With the house still quiet with slumber, the 15-year-old left a letter for his mother begging forgiveness, then crawled out a second-storey kitchen window and dropped to the garden below.
59 Taliban killed in offensive by Afghan commandos near Pak border: Afghan forces backed by air support from Nato aircraft have launched a broad sweep of the country's northeast borders killing 59 Taliban insurgents in a major offensive in a province that serves as a militant supply route from Pakistan.
Afghan war whistleblower Daniel Davis: 'I had to speak out – lives are at stake': Soldier wrote detailed report claiming US generals 'have so distorted the truth … the truth has become unrecognisable'
How Much Does It Cost to Field an Afghan Cop? More Than You Think: They are paid an average of just $1,872 a year, but the overall cost of training and fielding a police officer is roughly $30,000 per year, while the cost of each soldier is nearly $46,000 per year. the United States bears virtually all of those costs, adding up to more than $3.5 billion a year.
Australian plan to spend millions on Afghanistan uncovered: AUSTRALIA is five weeks away from signing a crucial strategic agreement with Afghanistan that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars and outline Australia's postwar role there, but the government has yet to inform the public of its existence.
US drones kill 35, wounds dozens in southern Somalia: The casualties come after an unmanned aircraft fired several missiles at al-Shabab training bases located between the country’s capital city of Mogadishu and its neighboring city Afgoye on Thursday.
Sudan air raid kills 5 civilians in South Sudan: A Sudanese air raid today on a border city in South Sudan killed five civilians and wounded six.
South Sudan troops 'repel oil town attack': South Sudanese military says Heglig still under its control after overnight clashes and despite Sudanese air raids.
Roadside bomb kills 2 policemen in Iraq: Iraqi officials say a roadside bomb targeting a security patrol has killed two policeman in the western province of Anbar.
Iraq's Sadr slams 'Maliki arrest' of election head: Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday accused the prime minister of having engineered the arrest of Iraq's electoral chief to serve his own purposes of staying in power.
Pakistan Parliment Demands an End to C.I.A. Drone Strikes: In a rare show of unity, the government and opposition joined on Thursday to present the United States with a list of stringent demands, including an immediate end to C.I.A. drone strikes, that were cast in uncompromising word.
US won’t stop CIA strikes in Pakistan: Officials noted that they would work in the near future to try and mend ties with Pakistan, but if suspected terrorist targets are detected by the CIA drone’s hellfire missiles lasers, they will shoot
UN Security Council votes unanimously to authorize observer mission to monitor Syrian cease-fire: Russia, which has veto power on the panel, said Saturday it would back the resolution because Moscow found it "balanced" and it sends a strong message to both the Syrian government and armed opposition forces.
Syrian TV reports armed groups attack state broadcasting building : Syrian Television reports gunfire in the city of Aleppo on Saturday and says armed groups had blockaded the broadcasting building of Syrian Television.
Armed Group Murders Syrian General at Home : Gunmen murdered in cold blood Brigadier General Walid Jouni in his home in Jaramana near this capital, despite the cease fire abided by the government, a source from the Ministry of Interior informed this Friday.
Despite Truce New Armed Infiltration Attempt Against Syria : According to reports, when confronted, the armed men fled to Turkey, where they receive protection from the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Russian Warships to Patrol Syrian Coast: Russian warships will be continuously deployed for patrol duty off the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean, a high-ranking source in the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.
Iran nuclear talks in Istanbul end; EU reiterates talks 'constructive': European Union's Ashton says world powers are due to meet with Iranian officials for more talks on May 23, in Baghdad.
Senior Iranian Foreign Policy Official Rejects Bilateral Meeting with US: Chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi dismissed a US request for having a bilateral meeting with representatives of Iran on the sidelines of the negotiations between Tehran and the six world powers in Istanbul, Turkey.
Israel plans to block 'flytilla' of pro-Palestinian activists: Up to 2 000 Palestinian sympathisers, mainly from Europe, will attempt to board planes in what has been dubbed a "flytilla" in reference to previous attempts to breach the blockade of Gaza by flotillas of boats.
The occupation reaches Europe: airlines cancel ‘flytilla’ passenger tickets: Three European airlines have canceled the flights of passengers from the Airflotilla2, or flytilla, the campaign in which activists challenge Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories by flying into Tel Aviv and announcing to customs their intent to travel to the West Bank.
Bahraini teenagers wounded after grand prix given go-ahead: Three in hospital after sustaining injuries at a rally after the funeral of a man shot during an anti-government protest
Egypt disqualifies top Islamists, Mubarak VP from vote: The body overseeing Egypt's presidential election disqualfied 10 candidates from the race on Saturday, including the Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat al-Shater, former spy chief Omar Suleiman and ultra orthodox Salafi sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail.
Secrecy surrounds Julian Assange talk show: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will launch his new TV talk show in Russia today, but is keeping the guest list secret. RT editor-in-chief saysAssange's first interview is so controversial that it "will lead to calls to shut us down"
Documents provide rare insight into FBI’s terrorism stings: “I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that there would have been no crime here except the government instigated it, planned it and brought it to fruition,” said U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon at the sentencing of four men from Newburgh, N.Y.
U.S. Secret Service agents leave Colombia over prostitution inquiry: The U.S. Secret Service is investigating allegations of misconduct by agents who had been sent to Cartagena, Colombia, to provide security for President Obama’s trip to a summit that began there Friday.
Gingrich renting out his donor list in desperate attempt to raise cash: First his think-tank declared bankruptcy. Then it was revealed that his campaign was so deeply in debt — to the tune of $4.5 million dollars — that it had had bounched a $500 check. The campaign is so desperate for cash it’s resorting to renting out its donor list for as much as $26,000 per use.
Graphic video of teen being tortured,: The video, which shows former resident Andre McCollins screaming, writhing in pain, and begging for help, was played at the start of McCollins’ trial against the Canton-based Judge Rotenberg Center.
Uncompromising Photos Expose Juvenile Detention in America: The U.S. locks up children at more than six times the rate of all other developed nations. The over 60,000 average daily juvenile lockups, a figure estimated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), are also disproportionately young people of color.
Million Fine For 'Reprehensible' Handling Of One Mortgage: A federal bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana, characterized as "highly reprehensible" Wells Fargo's behavior over more than five years of litigation with a single homeowner and ordered the bank to pay the New Orleans man a whopping $3.1 million in punitive damages, one of the biggest fines ever for mortgage servicing misconduct.
April 12, 2012
Russia Expecting Attack on Iran by Summer
The Irrationality of
the Case against Iran’s Nuclear Program
Other People’s Blood
The Guantanamo "War"
Crimes Tribunal Worse than a Bush-era Horror
Oligarchy in the
How did Mitt Make so
Much Money and Pay so Little in Taxes?
Wealthy Group Seeks
to Reform Election Giving in New York
U.S. kills 14 "al-Qaida militants" in Yemen's south: The warplane fired two missiles on an al-Qaida convoy on a desert road in the outskirts of Lauder town, about 150 km northeast of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan, killing at least 14 militants and wounding 10 others, the local government official said condition of anonymity.
Battle against Qaeda enters fourth day in Yemen, raises death toll to 177: A battle between al-Qaeda militants and armed civilians fighting for control of the Yemeni town of Louder spread on Thursday to nearby Mudia, as the death toll from four days of clashes reached 177, local sources said.
Five dead in north Iraq ambush: Unknown gunmen firing Kalashnikovs and PK machineguns ambushed a police patrol Thursday in north Iraq, killing two policemen and three civilians and wounding six more, a top police officer said.
Iraq blast kills Shiite mayor, 4 family members, official says: Iraqi officials say a bombing has killed the Shiite mayor of a town northwest of Baghdad along with his wife and three children.
Turkish soldiers killed in PKK clash at Iraqi border: Two Turkish soldiers were killed and three were wounded in clashes with Kurdish militants at the Iraqi border, officials said on Thursday.
Civilians Killed During Protest Over Faryab Mullah’s Night Raid Death: Deadly protests erupted in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province on Thursday after a military night raid killed local Sharia law professor and tribal elder Qari Qiyamuddin, according to local officials.
Two foreign occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan: - Two members of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed by insurgents in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday.
US troops kill Afghan civilian in Kandahar: Afghan officials: The man came under fire when he was walking with his daughter on a road in the area, Atrafi said, adding that the child escaped unharmed.
UN heads encouraged by Syria cease-fire: U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and his envoy said Thursday they were encouraged that a cease-fire appears to be holding in Syria, but urged its government to keep its promises and said a single gunshot could derail the fragile peace.
Report: Syrian officer killed in roadside bomb attack: Syria accused "terrorists" of planting a roadside bomb that blew up in Aleppo, killing one officer and wounding at least 24 cadets and officers in an attempt to sabotage a UN-backed ceasefire, state media said on Thursday.
Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria: Turkey says NATO has duty to defend Syrian border: - NATO-member Turkey has formally reported an incident in which two Turks were wounded by gunfire from Syria this week to the United Nations and NATO, and said the military alliance had a duty to protect Turkey's borders.
How Neocons Sank Iran Nuke Deal: Two years ago, Washington’s influential neoconservatives – both inside and outside government – shot down a possible resolution to the Iranian nuclear dispute because they wanted a confrontation with Tehran that some hoped would lead to their long-held dream of “regime change.”
Uranium Double-Standard: The U.S., Kazakhstan and Iran : Kazakhstan’s booming uranium mining and expanding nuclear industry -- a massive effort involving U.S. multinational corporations and an authoritarian regime increasingly tied to Washington.
IOF closes off central Palestinian town to vehicles: Soldiers place large boulders across all four lanes of the main entrance to A-Ram, a Palestinian town of 60,000, blocking incoming and outgoing traffic.
IOF admits barring Palestinians' access to own fields: The state has confirmed that, acting without a court order, the army has barred Palestinian villagers from freely accessing their farmland for two years. The admission was made in the state's response to a High Court petition filed last year by Beit Furik residents.
Clinton Overrules Republican Lawmaker's Hold on Palestinian Aid: Ros-Lehtinen: "Where is the accountability for U.S. taxpayer dollars?"
Libya: So it was all about oil after all!: Like Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, or Abelard and Eloise, Oil and Money are probably the West’s most universal and paradigmatic duo. Their love affair has been going strong for many decades.
Libya's failure to hand over Gaddafi son must be referred to UN, says ICC lawyer: Moreno-Ocampo's call for formal complaint follows inadvertent release of scathing report on treatment of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
Shocking Facts About Who’s Arming Human Rights Abusers : Just six countries export a whopping 74 percent of the world’s weapons, with the US making up 35 percent of the global total.
Egyptian Islamist presidential candidate can run, mother not American, court rules: An Egyptian court has ruled that that the mother of a popular ultraconservative Islamist viewed as one of the strongest contenders for president is not a U.S. citizen, likely clearing the way for him to run in May elections.
Guantanamo Judge Avoids Ruling On ‘Torture’ Testimony: Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was tortured by the United States of America. His lawyers say so. The U.S. government has said so.
Poll: Romney weaker than Obama on foreign policy: Americans trust Obama over Romney on international affairs by 53 to 36 percent, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released this week. Foreign policy is one of Obama’s strongest advantages among 18 issues and attributes tested in the poll.
George Zimmerman's trial could be as divisive as OJ Simpson's: George Zimmerman is behind bars. Six weeks after he shot Trayvon Martin, the state of Florida has been pressured, from above and below, to at least contemplate the notion that a man who killed an unarmed child might have a case to answer. He has now been charged with second-degree murder.
Australia: Mounting credit card bills drive bankruptcy boom in western suburbs: MOUNT DRUITT, Campbelltown and Liverpool have emerged as Sydney's bankruptcy hot spots as families succumb to mounting credit card debt and chronic unemployment.
UK: Poorer families to lose up to one-quarter of income due to government austerity: According to the most recent surveys, more than 22 percent of the population is officially below the poverty line. Nationally, one in every three children lives in poverty. In some areas, child poverty is between 40 and 50 percent.
Jobless Claims in U.S. Rose Last Week to Two-Month High: Economy: More Americans than forecast filed applications for jobless benefits last week, reinforcing concern among Federal Reserve policy makers that the labor-market recovery will be slow to develop.
Lenders Again Dealing Credit to Risky Clients: Credit card lenders gave out 1.1 million new cards to borrowers with damaged credit in December. These borrowers accounted for 23 percent of new auto loans in the fourth quarter of 2011, up from 17 percent in the same period of 2009, Experian, a credit scoring firm, said.
April 11, 2012
Bogus 'Ceasefire' in
Syria as Washington Prepares War Pretext
Expect War. It's
Dark Side of the West’s ‘Humanitarianism’
Perverts in Power
Zelikow Torture Memo as Evidence of Crimes
Yemen army kills 25 militants: At least 25 militants were killed early on Wednesday in a third day of fighting with Yemeni troops in the south of the country, residents and local officials said.
Two NATO occupation force soldiers, local official killed in Afghanistan: Fresh violence reported in Afghanistan, a day after a wave of bombings killed 19 people.
US In Afghanistan For the Long Run: Grossman: "The sooner we can sign the [strategic partnership deal] with Afghanistan, people then will have to realise that there is going to be an American presence in Afghanistan for some time to come," he said.
Night-raid deal in Afghanistan is largely symbolic: The Pentagon won’t come right out and say it, but the agreement that governs night raids in Afghanistan is a largely symbolic document that eases United States-Afghan relations, while having little effect on the U.S. military’s ability to nab Taliban insurgents and other high-value targets.
Six Assad's soldiers killed in Syrian Kurdistan : Unidentified gunmen attacked Syrian army troops killing six of them near Hasaka, said observatory spokesperson Hevin Koka.
Syrian govt to stop military operations Thursday morning: Kofi Annan: "I have received government assurances they will respect the ceasefire. If everyone respects it I think by 6 in the morning on Thursday we shall see improved conditions on the ground," Annan said as quoted by Reuters.
Terrorism Escalated Despite Withdrawal of Army Units from Some Provinces: Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem affirmed on Tuesday that the Syrian government has withdrawn army units from some provinces, yet terrorism activities escalated and spread to other areas, noting that Syria's didn't ask Annan for written guarantees from armed groups and countries sponsoring them,
Shock and Awe: See what the Syrian terrorists are doing: This article contains graphic images, in the form of films, of atrocities carried out by the western-backed Syrian terrorists. For all those who have aided, financed or supported this filth against the Syrian government, I would urge you to watch these movies from beginning to end and then reconsider very carefully what you have started.
Diplomacy has 'failed' in Syria, warns McCain: Diplomatic efforts to halt Syria's bloodshed have "failed" and the world must send military aid to rebels to stop further slaughter, US Senator John McCain said Tuesday at a refugee camp in Turkey.
Australia won't rule out Syrian envoy expulsion: Foreign Minister Bob Carr is not ruling out expelling the Syrian ambassador as part of Australia's response to ongoing violence in the Middle East nation.
Iran halts oil flow to Germany one day after Spain: Tehran has already stopped oil exports to France, Britain, and Greece and is now considering halting crude sales to Italy.
Iran to ban imports from 100 EU companies: Iran's official Press TV says the country plans to ban imports from 100 European companies as part of Tehran's pre-emptive retaliation against an EU embargo that is to go into effect in July.
Saudi Arabia offers Pakistan energy package to abandon Iran pipeline: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has offered Pakistan an "alternative package" to meet Islamabad's growing energy needs in exchange for abandoning its multibillion gas pipeline project with Iran.
Salah case exposes the murky tactics of Britain's pro-Israel lobby: The circumstances surrounding Home Secretary Theresa May's decision to issue an exclusion order against Sheikh Raed Salah is a cause for great concern.
A humble shepherd is run off his grandfather’s grandfather’s land because of settlers’ ‘security’: Video shows exposes humiliations of Palestinians, inflicted by Jewish soldiers
If it’s Obama vs. Romney, the battle for the Jews is on: Jews might sympathize more than others with the Mormon candidate’s need to put on a mask in the company of Christian conservatives.
Iraq Vice-President Hashemi's guards 'die in custody': Iraq's fugitive vice-president says two more of his bodyguards have been tortured to death by security forces during a terrorism investigation.
Clashes near Egypt-Libya border leave two dead: Two people were killed during clashes between residents of an Egyptian town close to the Libyan border and security forces, security officials told AFP on Wednesday.
Egyptian Intelligence Ministry Building Torched: Anger over the death of two protesters killed in clashes with the army over road tolls has burgeoned into arson in Salloum.
Ex-rebels attack Libya NTC headquarters: Furious former fighters open fire against council of ministers HQ after Tripoli’s decision to stop cash handouts.
U.S. condemns attack on U.N. in Libya: Ian Martin, U.N. special envoy to Libya, was among those traveling in a convoy when it was hit by an explosive device while traveling through Benghazi. Hua Jiang, a spokeswoman for the U.N. Support Mission in Libya said no one was hurt in the attack.
Jordan- 'Private hospitals to stop accepting most Libyan patients' : Hospitals affiliated with the Private Hospitals Association (PHA) will stop admitting Libyan patients except emergency cases and those who can pay cash up front, a PHA representative said on Tuesday.
Sudan breaks off talks with South Sudan: Khartoum said on Wednesday it would use "all means" against its newly-independent southern neighbour, following two days of clashes along the border.
UN calls for funds for drought-hit Sahel; Children's aid organisation UNICEF on Tuesday led a cross-agency appeal for funds for the Sahel region where 15 million are suffering from malnutrition, it said.
CIA wins fight to keep MPs in dark on rendition: Court keeps UK role secret – as No 10 calls for police to question Labour ministers
UK 'approved' rendition of Libyan couple: Documents said to be found in office of Libya's ex-spy chief suggest UK had role in rendition of dissident man and wife.
£1m hush money to hide Tony Blair and Jack Straw's collusion in yet more war crimes: Their Iraq lies should have put Blair and Straw behind bars long ago, but here's yet more evidence of war crimes -- this time for their involvement in torture and kidnapping.
Obama poised to give presidential seal of approval to gross labor rights violations in Colombia: U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce that Colombia is complying with the labor rights conditions that were set for a free trade agreement between Bogota to take effect. This approval will only perpetuate the ongoing labor rights violations.
Stock and bond markets rocked by fears of Italian and Spanish debt spirals: Italy's leading MIB index plunged 5pc and Spain's Ibex fell 3pc amid fears that the eurozone's third and fourth biggest economies were in the grip of a deadly and uncontrollable spiral of debt and recession.
Super Rich Still Have Little To Fear From IRS: According to a new study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, the IRS has completed a mere 36 audits from the over-$10 million set since launching the global high wealth group.
April 10, 2012
Israel's Useful Idiots
Poll: 84% of US
Public Believe Iran is Trying to Develop a
Iran/Israel Locked in
Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) Deterrence
If Iran Had Nuclear
Weapons Most Arab People Would Feel Safer
Why No Sympathy for the
Wars Leave Crumbling
Infrastructure at Home for US
Know Thy Enemy
The Killers All
Fools! A Cry of Hope!
Death toll in Yemeni clashes rises to 127: Yemeni army officials say heavy clashes overnight between the military and al-Qaeda-linked militants in the south have killed 63 people, bringing the two-day death toll in the fighting to 127.
19 killed in three Afghan suicide attacks: Ten policemen are among at least 19 people killed in three suicide attacks in Afghanistan, heralding the start of the spring 'fighting season'.
Syria: Troops being pulled out from provinces: “We have already withdrawn forces and army units from several Syrian provinces,'' Muallem said. "An end of violence must be simultaneous with the arrival of the international observers."
Syrian rebels ‘using Turkish refugee camps as base’: The Syrian army’s pursuit of rebels across the Turkish border has shed light on claims of rebel groups using refugee camps as safe havens. Reports suggest the Free Syrian Army could be treating them as springboards to launch incursions into Syria.
At least three generals 'among Syrian military dead'; The Syrian government said last week that 2,088 soldiers and security agents and 478 police have now been killed since mid-March.
Who Are "The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" SOHR has indicated that they consider reporting on the deaths of government loyalists to be "not in their interest".
UK threatens to step up support for anti-Assad forces: Mr Hague said that if Kofi Annan's peace plan failed, Britain was ready to take the issue back to the UN security council to seek "a united international response."
Turkish PM, Saudi king to meet on Syria; The leaders of Saudi Arabia and Turkey will meet to discuss Syria on Friday, a Saudi official said on Tuesday, in a mark of accelerating diplomacy on a crisis in which both regional powers have condemned Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Iran says 'Israel terror group' found with bombs, machine guns: Iran said the "major terrorist group" it found and which they claim was affiliated to Israel was arrested "while preparing to carry out terrorist acts", adding that a considerable number of bombs, machine guns, military and communication equipments were seized.
Ahmadinejad: Iran can withstand oil embargo 'for years': President of Islamic Republic says country could manage two to three years without selling oil; nuclear talks with West scheduled to begin next week.
‘NATO, US arming Israel over projected, planned Iran war’: A prominent political analyst says NATO and the US are arming “Israel with missile capacities in relation to a projected and planned attack upon Iran.”
Israel's useful idiot:: Christie in Israel fuels Prez talk : New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie kicked off his first official overseas trip Monday, meeting Israel's leader in a visit that may boost the rising Republican star's foreign policy credentials ahead of November's presidential election. Christie, 49, is mentioned as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2012 and a possible presidential candidate in 2016.
Survey: 62% of U.S. Jews would reelect Obama: According to the survey, while only 62% of Jewish voters in the U.S. would like to reelect Obama, 30% would prefer to see a Republican candidate take the upcoming elections.
Fugitive Iraqi VP Hashemi arrives in Istanbul: During his visit to the kingdom, Saudi officials said that Hashemi might remain in the kingdom until his political foe, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, leaves office.
Saudi Arabia gets two million acres from Sudan for tax-free farming: A prominent Saudi businessman announced last week that the Sudanese government agreed to give his country two million acres of land as a farming investment that would allow the Arab Gulf state to ensure safe and steady food supply.
Egypt's ex-spy chief vows to restore security: Khairat el-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, said Suleiman is trying to 'steal the revolution'
WikiLeaks: Kony 2012 creators spied for Uganda: The Invisible Children NGO, most famous for its Kony 2012 online video, helped the Ugandan government arrest a former child soldier and backed an operation that killed more civilians than militants, cables published by Wikileaks reveal.
Libya halts payments to ex-fighters over fraud: Libya's interim authorities have stopped paying bonuses to former rebels due to widespread fraud costing millions of Libyan dinars, the official LANA news agency reported on Monday.
Libya: Gaddafi son to be tried inside country: "He will be tried for rape, murder, corruption and we expect him to be tried and a verdict rendered before the upcoming elections in mid-June," al-Hareizi told reporters in Tripoli.
MI6 'to offer £1 million' in Libya rendition case: MI6 is reportedly preparing to offer more than £1 million to buy the silence of a Libyan who claims he was kidnapped and sent home for torture at the hands of the Gaddafi regime.
UK terror suspects to be extradited to US: Babar Ahmed along with four others told by European court no rights violation would occur if they are sent to the US.
Cops can request a copy of your complete Facebook activity: If police officers were to file a subpoena for your Facebook information, they would receive a printout of the data from the social network. This printout would be so detailed, complete and creepy that you should strive to be a good law-abiding citizen, just to prevent it from ever existing.
Big Brother ‘legal’ in US: Mumia Abu-Jamal exclusive: RT has become the first TV channel in the world to speak to former journalist and Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal since he was removed from death row in January. Abu-Jamal will spend his life behind bars for killing a police officer in 1981.
Latin American countries pursue alternatives to U.S. drug war: When President Obama arrives in Colombia for a hemispheric summit this weekend, he will hear Latin American leaders say that the U.S.-orchestrated war on drugs, which criminalizes drug use and employs military tactics to fight gangs, is failing and that sweeping changes need to be considered.
Poll: Voters want super PACs to be illegal: Sixty-nine percent of all Americans and voters alike say super PACs, a fundraising vehicle that allows wealthy donors to make unlimited donations in support of a particular candidate or party, should be banned. Just 25 percent said they should remain legal.
Billions In Profits Yet, 26 Major Corporations Paid No Corporate Income Tax For The Last Four Years: Citizens for Tax Justice found that 30 major corporations had made billions of dollars in profits while paying no federal income tax between 2008 and 2010. Today, CTJ updated that report to reflect the 2011 tax bill of those 30 companies, and 26 of them have still managed to pay absolutely nothing over that four year period:
What's the deal with our current tax system?: A full 22,000 households that made more than $1 million in 2009 paid less than 15 percent of their income in income taxes — and 1,470 managed to pay no federal income taxes on their million-plus-dollar incomes, according to the IRS.
April 09, 2012
US Gives Iran 'Last
US Offers to
'Negotiate' if Iran Surrenders;
Manipulate Syrian Peace Plan To Prepare For
‘I’ve Been Duped’
Silencing Pakistani Drone-Strike Lawyer
"Merchant of Death"
Sentenced to 25 Years;
Only the people can
The Real Health Care
Yemen says 44 killed in Qaeda clashes: Forty-four people, including 14 soldiers, were killed in clashes with Al-Qaeda militants who attacked an army barracks in Yemen's restive south on Monday, a military official told AFP.
Blast kills 12 in southern Somalia market-official: - At least 12 people died in a bomb attack on Monday that targeted Somali and Ethiopian troops in a busy market in the southern city of Baidoa, witnesses and officials said.
Gunmen in Nigeria Kill Four People: Gunmen suspected of being members of a radical Islamist sect have killed at least four people—including a six-year-old girl—in recent attacks in Nigeria's restive northeast, authorities said Monday.
Afghanistan: 7 Taliban militants killed: Seven Taliban militants have been killed and 11 others detained during military operations in the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Monday.
Former Taliban leader flees for safety: Abdul Salam Zaeef, ex-Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, takes shelter in UAE after US troops attempted to raid his home.
Syria rebels kill 6 near Turkey border: Rebels have killed at least six members of the Syrian security forces and customs officials in fierce clashes close to the northern border with Turkey, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Report: More than 100 executed by Syrian authorities: The report "documents the involvement of Syrian forces and pro-government shabeeha militias in summary and extrajudicial executions of defecting soldiers, opposition fighters and opposition supporters, as well as civilians who appeared to have had no part in the confrontation with the authorities other than being residents of opposition strongholds,"
Turkey Accuses Syria of Firing Across Border, Killing 2 People: Turkish officials said on Monday that Syrian government forces had opened fire across the border late Sunday, killing two people and wounding three others close to one of the largest Syrian refugee camps in Turkey.
Report: Fire from Syria border clashes hits refugee camp in Turkey: Turkish officials say bullets hitting Kilis refugee camp originate from clashes between Syrian soldiers and rebel fighters near Turkey's Kilis province.
Rebels refuse regime's demand to disarm when Assad pulls back : Video - The UN-backed peace plan for Syria could be in deadlock, just days ahead of a ceasefire deadline. The rebels have refused to give Damascus any guarantees they will lay down arms before the government troops pull back. RT's Middle East correspondent Paula Slier reports.
Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria? A ticking clock on Syria: Intervention is likely, and the United States won't wait as long as it did in Bosnia.
Tehran offers nuclear compromise: Atomic Energy Organisation head Fereidoun Abbasi said Iran could pledge to stop producing its most highly enriched uranium while retaining some ability to make nuclear fuel.
U.S. Navy deploys another aircraft carrier to Gulf: Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said on Monday that the deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks only the fourth time in the past decade that the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating at the same time in the region.
U.S. intelligence gains in Iran seen as boost to confidence: The expanded intelligence effort has coincided with a covert campaign by the CIA and other agencies to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program and has enabled an escalation in the use of targeted economic sanctions by the United States and its allies to weaken Iran’s resolve.
Abbas to Netanyahu: Respond favorably to Palestinian peace plan or we return to UN: Abbas gave the PM a month to respond to the Palestinian positions, which will be laid out in a letter to be delivered to Netanyahu next Wednesday during a Jerusalem meeting with Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad.
Gunter Grass accuses Israel of plotting to 'wipe out' Iran: "I admit: I will be silent no longer, because I am sick of the hypocrisy of the West".
Special report: Rendition ordeal that raises new questions about secret trials: In 2004, Fatima Bouchar and her husband, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, were detained en route to the UK, and rendered to Libya. This is the story of their imprisonment, and the trail of evidence that reveals the involvement of the British government
Solitary Confinement as Torture: Some US Prisons Recognize the Problem, as California Inmates Ask the UN to Act.
Japan is Poisoning Other Countries By Burning Highly-Radioactive Debris: Gundersen says that radioactivity from the burnt debris will end up not only in neighboring prefectures, but in Hawaii, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington and California.
Call for full inquest into the death of weapons inspector Dr David Kelly: Former Tory leader Michael Howard tonight put himself at the head of a powerful all-party campaign to force a full inquest into the death of Ministry of Defence weapons expert Dr David Kelly.
US Police Can Copy Your iPhone’s Contents In Under Two Minutes: It has emerged that Michigan State Police have been using a high-tech mobile forensics device that can extract information from over 3,000 models of mobile phone, potentially grabbing all media content from your iPhone in under two minutes.
A fog of drugs and war: Lawyers are blaming the U.S. military's heavy use of psychotropic drugs for their clients' aberrant behavior and related health problems.
Black in White Plains: The Police Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.: “My name is Kenneth Chamberlain. This is my sworn testimony. White Plains police are going to come in here and kill me.” And that’s just what they did.
Suspects arrested in US shootings: Two men held in Oklahoma state after recent attacks left three African Americans dead and two others critically wounded.
Americans cut back on doctor visits, prescriptions: Americans made fewer visits to the doctor last year and were issued fewer prescriptions, a clear indication that many people are struggling to pay for health care. This decline came despite the introduction of 34 new medicines by the pharmaceutical industry, the largest number in a decade.
April 08, 2012
Putting Syria Into
Manipulating Public Perceptions
Leaked Video Shows US
Contractors Randomly Killing Civilians
Mitt Romney and
Benjamin Netanyahu Are Old Friends
American Homicide Abroad
Dem Candidate Calls
Another A ‘Whore’ For AIPAC During Live
George Galloway Won
For Some Very Good Reasons
The Hunger Games as a
Metaphor for the Warfare State
Guilty Of Telling The
Repeatedly Detained at Border
How the US Uses
Sexual Humiliation as a Political Tool to
Control the Masses
38 killed in central Nigeria car bombing: A car bomb exploded along a busy roadway Sunday morning in a central Nigeria city, killing at least 38 people in the latest attack on a region beset by religious, ethnic and political violence, an official said.
Somalia: 10 People Killed in Renewed Fighting in Central Somalia: At least 10 people were killed in a renewed fighting between Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a, pro-government fighters and Al Qaeda-affiliated Al shabab militants in central Somalia, witnesses said Sunday.
Yemen air force, U.S. drone kill 24 Qaeda suspects: A tribal chief told AFP a U.S. drone killed eight al-Qaeda suspects when it fired a missile at their vehicle in the eastern province of Shabwa on Saturday, a tribal chief told AFP.
Main Yemen airport reopens as US praises president: The airport inYemen's capital reopened Sunday after a one-day shutdown over threats from loyalists of a sacked general close to former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, asWashington praised new President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi.
Air Force ramps up drone war: New documents reveal plans to more than quadruple Reaper missions by 2016
9 rebels killed, 6 held in eastern Afghanistan: Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, along with coalition forces, killed five fighters in a shootout in the Manogai district of Kunar province, a statement from the multinational force said.
US, Afghanistan strike deal on night raids: Kabul: Kabul's foreign ministry invited journalists to a signing ceremony for the agreement later Sunday, and President Hamid Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi told AFP: "After the signing of this document all night raids become Afghan-led." "The foreign forces, the US forces, will have a supporting role in the night raids, for instance intelligence sharing."
A dirty deal: Uzbek dictator 'has UK over a barrel': Senior officials admitted yesterday that Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov had the UK "over a barrel", after his country emerged as the favoured route home when British forces are withdrawn from Afghanistan by 2014.
7 killed, 21 injured in Lebanon-Syria border attack: Shiite pilgrims from Lebanon going to Iraq were stopped at the Syrian border for inspection of documents on Saturday, April 7, when unknown assailant shot at the bus from a grenade launcher.
Syria threatens pullout from ceasefire deal unless given ‘written guarantees’: The Syrian government may not withdraw its army units from cities on Tuesday, if it does not receive a written pledge signed by opposition groups to observe the ceasefire. Free Syrian Army refuses the demand.
Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria: ‘Military intervention in Syria not completely ruled out’: An internationally supported military intervention in Syria could still take place as a last resort for settling the Syrian crisis, given that recent international efforts are unlikely to affect the status quo and the conflict will not end in the near future, political observers have claimed.
Turkey may take 'steps' after Syria deadline: Turkey's prime minister says the country will wait "patiently" to see if Syria abides by a cease-fire deadline, but may take certain "steps" if the violence does not stop after that.
Chavez accuses US of trying to topple Syria leader: Chavez says he spoke by phone on Friday with his ally Syrian President Bashar Assad. He says Assad told him that more than 2,000 Syrian soldiers have been killed along with a larger number of civilians in what the Venezuelan leader calls a “terrorist plan” to remove Assad from power.
Disaffection, fear growing among Syria's Alawites: In the Alawite heartlands of Latakia and the mountainous rural hinterlands surrounding the city, the regime of President Bashar Al Assad still commands overwhelming support, buttressed by patronage networks and deeply entrenched fears of sectarian bloodshed.
Netanyahu: Iran must close Fordow facility, halt 20% enrichment: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday: "The demands of Iran must be clear: to take away the enriched material, halt the enrichment and dismantle the facility in Qom." Netanyahu spoke with visiting Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.
Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran : U.S. Defines Its Demands for New Round of Talks With Iran: The Obama administration and its European allies plan to open new negotiations with Iran by demanding the immediate closing and ultimate dismantling of a recently completed nuclear facility deep under a mountain, according to American and European diplomats.
Iran rejects West's 'demands' : Iran yesterday rejected demands the West is reportedly to submit at talks due to take place in days, saying it will neither close its Fordo nuclear bunker nor give up higher-level uranium enrichment.
Report: U.S. operated inside Iran to collect information on nuclear program: The CIA has been operating stealth surveillance drones deep inside Iran for the last three years, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.
Iran to Connect Caspian Sea to Persian Gulf: Iran will soon launch a plan to connect the Caspian Sea to the central regions of the country and the Persian Gulf, Fars News Agency quoted Energy Minister Majid Namjou as saying.
Bombs kill three cops in Iraq province Sunday: A roadside bomb killed three policemen in Diyala province of central Iraq while a bomb inside a minibus in Baghdad left at least two people dead yesterday, security and medical sources said.
Fugitive Saddam deputy urges resistance in video: The most senior member of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's entourage still at large has criticized the present government and urged former Iraqi Baathists to reorganize their resistance to it, according to a video broadcast on Baathist websites.
Exxon Mobil dispute deepens Arab-Kurd split in Iraq: The dispute’s most contested issue is a deal signed last year in which authorities in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region gave Exxon Mobil permission to explore six tracts of land. The contract infuriated leaders in Baghdad, who have never agreed on a means by which the Kurdish region can develop its resources.
Hamas hangs three Gaza prisoners: Palestinian convicted of collaborating with Israel and two men deemed complicit in murder executed in Gaza City.
Israel declares German poet Gunter Grass persona non grata: Israel's Interior Minister Eli Yishai has declared German Nobel prize-winning poet Gunter Grass a persona non grata in Israel. Grass, who last week published a poem claiming that Israel is endangering world peace by threatening Iran, will be barred from visiting Israel.
"Islamist" fighters execute Tuareg in Mali, witness says: Residents in Mali attempting to flee the northern city of Gao, occupied for the past week by rival rebel factions, said they saw Islamist fighters cut the throat of a gunman, who is assumed to belong to the secular rebel group.
Mali president formally resigns: mediator: Toure's resignation opens the way for the departure of the junta that ousted him.
Sudan: Southern Kordofan: Unfinished Business : Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste travelled to the isolated Nuba Mountains where he found entire communities hiding in caves from a bombing campaign that Khartoum says is aimed only at putting down an armed insurrection.
Hundreds rally in Benghazi against Libyan militias: Hundreds of people, including police and soldiers, protested in Libya's second biggest city, calling on militias to lay down their weapons as the government tries to impose its authority on a myriad of armed groups months after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.
Libya to defy UN on handing over Saif Gaddafi, documents reveal: Libya is obliged under UN rules to hand over Saif – who had been tipped to succeed Muammar Gaddafi – to the ICC, where he is indicted for crimes against humanity. However, the Libyan government is determined to hold its own trial and is expected to move Gaddafi to a specially built fortress-prison in Tripoli this week.
Special report: the documents that prove Britain initiated rendition: In 2004, Fatima Bouchar and her husband, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, were detained en route to the UK, and rendered to Libya. This is the story of their imprisonment, and the trail of evidence that reveals the involvement of the British government
Courts struggle to decide whether civilians can be court-martialed: Iraqi-born translator Alaa “Alex” Ali never served in the U.S. military, but the Army still tried him and put him in jail.
'War on drugs' has failed, say Latin American leaders: Watershed summit will admit that prohibition has failed, and call for more nuanced and liberalised tactics
Looking Back on the Limits of Growth : Turner compared real-world data from 1970 to 2000 with the business-as-usual scenario. He found the predictions nearly matched the facts. “There is a very clear warning bell being rung here,” he says. “We are not on a sustainable trajectory.”
China Buys Inroads in the Caribbean, Catching U.S. Notice: China’s economic might has rolled up to America’s doorstep in the Caribbean, with a flurry of loans from state banks, investments by companies and outright gifts from the government in the form of new stadiums, roads, official buildings, ports and resorts in a region where the United States has long been a prime benefactor.
The KaChing! Dynasty: China will soon be home to half the world's billionaires, so can the superrich help the superpower stay in the box seat?
Romney: Why It’s OK to Stick It to Him for Being a Mormon: Mitt Romney will be the Republican to face President Obama in the fall. Tuesday night was the clincher, as the Mormon zealot won in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington DC. He may stumble on, but the Catholic zealot Rick Santorum is finished.
'US has best govt money can buy' : RT's Marina Portnaya talks to socialist equality presidential candidate, Jerry White.
Armed Neo-Nazis Now Patrolling Sanford: The patrols are to protect "white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety" in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting last month, says Commander Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement.
Black community on edge after 5 shootings in Oklahoma: Tulsa's African-American community was on edge Saturday after police said one or more gunmen, in apparently random shootings, had killed three black men and critically injured two more as they walked down Tulsa streets.
10 Unbelievably Sh**ty Things America Does to Homeless People: No population has their human and civil rights so casually and routinely trampled as do homeless Americans.
April 06, 2012
We Want War, And We
Want It Now
Our Men in Iran?
Report: U.S. Trained
"Babar Ahmad's Case
Shames Us All."
East Timor: A Lesson
In Why The Poorest Threaten The Powerful
Obama by Default
Payola for the Most
Profitable Corporations in History
Wants You to Bend Over (Or Squat) and Spread
Greek Mourners: It
Was Not Suicide, It Was Financial Murder
Ireland: Bailed Out
Banks are in Process of Going Bust Again
U.S. Standard of
Living Has Fallen More Than 50%
4 Afghan Police Killed; 7 People Die in Truck Fire: Four Afghan policemen were killed on Friday as the Taliban have stepped up their attacks against government and NATO troops to undermine the U.S.-led coalition's effort to build up Afghan forces so they can take the lead in the next few years.
Suicide bomber kills Afghanistan peace councillor: A suicide bomber has killed the influential head of a regional peace council in eastern Afghanistan, security officials say.
U.S. drone attacks from Afghanistan to end after 2014: FM: Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasool said on Thursday Afghanistan would not be used as a launch pad for U.S. drones attacks on neighboring countries after NATO combat forces leave by the end of 2014
Anti-US protests rock Pakistan: Hundreds of Islamist activists hit the streets of Pakistan yesterday, demanding holy war and torching US flags to condemn a $10 million bounty slapped on the founder of a terror group.
Syrian army fighting rebels days before troop pullback (+video) - Syrian troops and tanks battled rebels on Friday, opposition activists said, only four days before a troop pullback agreed by President Bashar al-Assad as part of international envoy Kofi Annan's plan to end a year of bloodshed.
Syria says UN rights chief ignores 'terrorism': Syria lashed out at the UN high commissioner for human rights on Friday, accusing her of turning a blind eye to "terrorism" funded from abroad.
Syrian rebels tell Kofi Annan team they will honour truce: The Free Syrian Army (FSA) met a delegation from peace envoy Kofi Annan this week and confirmed that their fighters will stop shooting if President Bashar al-Assad withdraws his tanks and troops to barracks before a ceasefire deadline next Thursday.
Kurdish opposition quits Syrian National Council: The Syrian Kurdish opposition bloc has walked away from the Syrian National Council, exposing deep and problematic rifts within the umbrella opposition group just days after international leaders granted the body extra recognition after attempts to unify.
Syria crisis: Turkey tells UN it may need refugee help: "We have spared no efforts to accommodate Syrians fleeing the violence back home, but if they continue to arrive at this rate, we will need the UN and international community to step in."
US missile defense plans may signal strike on Iran, Russia warns: A unified missile defense system comprising the United States and six Arab states is a signal that a military strike on Iran could be on the horizon, says the Chairman of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee.
China ups the pressure to prevent a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities: A senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday an attack on Iran would invite devastating retaliation that would envelop the region and destabilize the global economic recovery, and added that the international community had to restrain itself from war.
Egypt: No evidence of Sinai rocket launch: Egyptian officials disputed on Thursday Israeli assessments showing that rockets which struck the city of Eilat were fired from Egypt's Sinai desert.
Tuaregs claim 'independence' from Mali: Rebel group proclaims "independence of Azawad" following gains in northern Mali, as Algerian consulate staff abducted.
Tensions rise in Mali as rebels impose sharia law in Timbuktu: Mali's crisis deepened Wednesday, as officials in the fabled northern city of Timbuktu confirmed that the Islamic rebel faction that seized control of the town over the weekend has announced it will impose sharia law.
NATO nations must help restore order in Mali: The most severe trouble has erupted not in Libya but in neighboring Mali, a poor desert nation that had sustained a fragile democracy for more than two decades.
Small team of U.S. troops still in Mali, on 'stand-by': Over the weekend, AFRICOM dispatched a team of rotating advisory troops to the capital, Bamako.
U.S. Hands Off Mali!: Recent developments in the West African Republic of Mali are raising serious concerns about the possibility of yet another U.S. intervention.
Gaddafi son’s atrocity: Failing to license camels?: The most serious charge against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi that Libya managed to back with evidence is over his failure to obtain a license for his camels, the head of Human Rights Watch says.
Bahrain hunger striker's daughter arrested: Zainab al-Khawaja detained at protest for father, who has been moved to military hospital due to deteriorating health.
Emirates Detain Pair From U.S.-Backed Group: The United Arab Emirates detained two employees of an American-financed pro-democracy organization and barred one of them from leaving the country on Thursday, worsening a diplomatic confrontation with the United States that has embarrassed and puzzled administration officials.
Wealth of Muslim Brotherhood's presidential hopeful worries some Egyptians: El Shater made his money in a range of businesses that included furniture, textiles, car manufacturing and banking. He was regularly detained and imprisoned under Mubarak, whose regime called him the outlawed Brotherhood's top financier and money launderer.
George Galloway: Why Do Muslims Like Me? - Video - Because he has always defended them against bigotry, hatred, occupation and war?
North Korea warns against attempts to intercept satellite: Whoever "intercepts the satellite or collects its debris will meet immediate, resolute and merciless punishment" from the North, the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea in Pyongyang announced in a statement on Thursday.
George Galloway: Why do Muslims like me? - Video - Because he has always defended them against bigotry, hatred, occupation and war?
Tepco Reports Another Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima Plant;Tokyo Electric Power Co. said as much as 12 tons of radioactive water leaked from a pipe at its crippled Fukushima nuclear station, the second such incident in 11 days at the same pipeline, raising further doubts about the stability of the plant.
Former CIA officer indicted for leaking classified information to journalists: FORMER CIA officer John Kiriakou was formally indicted for repeatedly leaking classified information to reporters, including the identity of a covert officer.
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: PCC stood by as I was libelled by media: Site's founder tells Leveson inquiry he faced inaccuracies 'possibly on a scale not seen since the abuse of the McCanns'
Family of Iraqi Woman Killed in California Was in Crisis, Records Show: Court documents made public this week instead reveal details of a family in crisis, with talk of divorce and a daughter resisting an arranged marriage, and of Ms. Alawadi’s survivors themselves coming under scrutiny from investigators.
Where are our jobs going to come from?: As scandalous as Stephen Harper’s fighter jet plan has been (and even more wasteful is his $9 billion expenditure on jails we don’t need) there’s a larger issue: The economy is not growing fast enough to create enough jobs for Canadian workers
Jobs Report Tempers Hopes of Accelerating U.S. Recovery: The country’s employers added a disappointing 120,000 jobs in March, about half the gains posted in each of the preceding three months.
April 05, 2012
US-Israel War on
Iran War Would be
Quick Victory, Long Defeat
UN Looks for ‘Broader
Mandate’ to Monitor Syrian Ceasefire
Saudi Arabia's Syrian
Can't Let Him "Get Away With It."
The Drone and the
Cross, a Good Friday Meditation
What Marwan Barghouti
Really Means to Palestinians
‘CIA Failed to Give
Britain Details of Terror Plot to Protect
The United States as
Owe The IRS?
Standing Up to the Dream Killers
26 Killed In Massive Clashes in Libya: New clashes between in the town of Zwarah in western Libya caused the deaths of at least 26 people on 4 April. The fighting first erupted at the weekend between people of the Arab-majority city of Ragdalein and inhabitants of the Berber-dominated town of Zwara.
Libya - UN Mission Voices Concern Over Violence in North-Western Towns: The United Nations mission in Libya today expressed deep concern over the recent intensification of violence in three towns in the north-west and deplored reports of a growing number of casualties.
Warring militias in Libya vow no let-up: The government in Tripoli said it would intervene with force if the two sides do not halt hostilities, but it is looking enfeebled against the powerful mix of divided communities, old vendettas and plentiful weapons that is driving this conflict.
Gaddafi son ‘attacked’ in Libya detention: lawyer: ‘Gaddafi has been physically attacked,’ ICC defence official Xavier-Jean Keita said in a statement accusing Libyan authorities of depriving the country’s onetime favourite son of his fundamental rights.
Experts say NATO intervention in Libya led to chaos, fighting in Mali: When Western forces helped topple Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi they forced hundreds of well-armed Tuareg fighters to flee home to Mali, tipping another fragile African state into chaos, experts say.
Mali slips into chaos despite rebel ceasefire: As the Tuareg trumpeted the success of a decades-old struggle to "liberate" their homeland, their fundamentalist comrades-turned-rivals began imposing sharia in northern Mali, also leaving an embattled junta looking very vulnerable in Bamako.
Tuareg fighters declare Mali ceasefire: Rebels seeking independence say they have achieved goal, as Algeria says its consular staff have been abducted in Gao.
France pledges to back action to crush Mali army revolt: The French government, concerned at the destabilisation of Mali after the March 22 army coup that toppled President Amadou Toumani Touré (ATT), is signaling it will back military action to crush the revolt.
Bosnia to Libya: 20 years of NATO 'peacemaking': The war eventually saw NATO's first-ever peace mission in its history - setting a template for incursions into foreign troublespots. Anti-NATO activist Rick Rozoff believes the Alliance's current interventions make it hard for nations to resolve their conflict themselves.
8 Afghan police killed by Taliban: Men armed with assault rifles stormed the outpost late last night in Farah province's Khaki Safed district, said provincial police chief Shamsul Rahman Zahid.
Afghanistan: Four U.S. soldiers killed in suicide bomb blast: Four U.S. soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber today as they took pictures and went sightseeing in an Afghanistan park.
Afghan official: U.S. impeded Bales investigation: General Sher Mohammed Karimi is the chief Afghan investigator in the Bales case, but says he's never been allowed to even speak with the accused. "This is all I wanted, to be able to just ask him who you are, why you did it, and what were the weapons that you used, you know what was the reason of killing children and women?" Karimi said.
South Yemen airstrikes kill at least 10: official: A local official in southern Abyan province, parts of which are controlled by an al Qaeda-linked group called Ansar al-Sharia, said two strikes targeted Islamists in the village of Umm al-Jabalayn, near the city of Jaar.
"Al-Qaida" fighters mown down in airstrikes: Dozens of al-Qaida fighters in Yemen have been reportedly wiped out in airstrikes, possibly carried out by American forces as U.S. President Barack Obama ramps up his "secret war" against the jihadists.
Six Iraqis killed, 12 injured in bomb blast: Six Iraqis were killed and 12 were injured in a bomb-strapped car explosion that targetted a police convoy travelling in the Salahiddine Province, north of Baghdad on Wednesday. According to medical sources, all of the victims are civilian.
Turkish Soldier Killed in PKK Attack in Southeast, Sabah Says; The officer died yesterday in fighting in the border province near Iran and Iraq in which a sergeant was also wounded, according to the Istanbul-based newspaper.
Annan tells Syria conflict must end at 6 a.m. April 12: U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has told the Syrian government and opposition that the year-long conflict must end at 6:00 a.m. local time on April 12 if the government meets an April 10 deadline to silence its weapons, Annan said on Thursday.
Russia to West: No ultimatum on Syria!: "When we debate the document at the Security Council, we will proceed from the principle 'do no harm'," the Russian foreign minister pointed out. He said Moscow would favor a consensus aimed at facilitating Kofi Annan's efforts and not using the Security Council for threats and ultimatums that “could provoke tensions.”
War criminal: Blair tells ITV News: 'All options on Syria should remain open': In an interview with ITV News, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told Mark Austin that Britain should “keep all the options open” when it comes to Syria.
Exclusive: China ship insurer deals new blow to Iran oil exports: A major Chinese ship insurer will halt indemnity cover for tankers carrying Iranian oil from July, dealing a blow that narrows the insurance options for Tehran's main export already constricted by payment barriers caused by Western sanctions.
Israel asks US for $700 million in military aid: Israel requests Washington to allocate funds for more Iron Dome, Magic Wand anti-missile batteries. Deal will provide Israel with near-complete missile defense until 2015
Newly Declassified 2006 State Dept Memo Says Bush Interrogation Program Violated Convention Against Torture: Yesterday the National Security Archive released a newly declassified February, 2006 memo from then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s top aide, Philip D. Zelikow. “All copies of the memo…were thought to have been destroyed,” the Archive writes.
Mexicans Feel Less Safe After Five Years of Bloody Drug War: According to Gallup the number of people who feel unsafe walking in their own neighborhood alone at night is the highest it has been since the President Felipe Calderon started his aggressive war, with 56% saying they don’t feel safe and only 42% saying they do feel safe.
Iraq Equipment to Secure US-Mexico Border?: A number of law enforcement officials on the southwest border, along with two members of Congress, have asked the Department of Defense to send surplus military equipment from the war in Iraq to the southern border in an effort to bolster security in the region.
Britain's Sky News admits to email hacking: Broadcaster says it twice authorised practice, but says action was "justified" and "in public interest".
From tracking al-Qaeda to tracking the wayward spouse: What began as a well-intentioned campaign to harden targets and protect the nation from terrorists has metastasized into a sprawling and diffuse enterprise that has little to do with terrorists and a lot to do with government and employers spying on the citizenry — and citizens spying on each other
Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses: Video - The prototype version Google showed off on Wednesday looked like a very polished and well-designed pair of wrap-around glasses with a clear display that sits above the eye. The glasses can stream information to the lenses and allow the wearer to send and receive messages through voice commands. There is also a built-in camera to record video and take pictures.
Cybersecurity Bills Raise 'Big Brother' Fears: Many of the cybersecurity proposals circulating on Capitol Hill could open a back door to vast government surveillance, analysts at the Center for Democracy and Technology said on Wednesday.
CIA Home Invasion: Smart TVs and the 'Internet of Things': Petraeus explained that, because of the rise of gadgets which are connected and controlled by apps, intelligence agencies will no longer need to place spy devices inside your home – you will do it for them.
US police sentenced for Katrina killings: Five ex-police officers given prison terms for roles in shootings and cover-up in days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Exclusive: Cop in Fatal Shooting of Ex-Marine Kenneth Chamberlain ID’d, Sued in 2008 Racism Case: In a broadcast exclusive, we reveal the name of the police officer who allegedly killed 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain, the retired African-American Marine who was shot dead in his own home in White Plains, New York, in November after he inadvertently triggered his medical alert pendant.
Greek suicide seen as an act of fortitude as much as one of despair: Pensioner Dimitris Christoulas wanted to 'send a political message' about the inequities of Greece's crushing debt crisis
Spanish, Italian Bonds Slide: Spain’s 10-year bonds dropped for a third day after demand fell at a debt sale yesterday and an International Monetary Fund spokesman said the nation is facing “severe” challenges. Germany’s two- and five-year note yields dropped to records as investors sought the safest assets.
France borrowing costs rise as eurozone debt nerves return: France raised 8.4 billion euros ($11 billion) in an auction of medium and long-term debt on Thursday, paying higher rates as eurozone debt concerns pressured weaker members such as Spain.
Irish Deal Simply Recycles Zombie Debts: Ireland's complex proposal for renegotiating its debts today recalls the many years of debt restructuring experienced by Third World countries over the last three decades. Far from giving those countries a fresh start, these negotiations kicked the problem down the road.
Americans brace for next foreclosure wave: A painful part two of the slump looks set to unfold: Many more U.S. homeowners face the prospect of losing their homes this year as banks pick up the pace of foreclosures.
New attacks on unemployment benefits in the US: While the Obama administration trumpets the allegedly good news that the official US jobless rate has fallen to 8.3 percent, millions of unemployed workers are facing new attacks on their unemployment benefits, in the form of tightened eligibility standards and cuts in the duration of benefits.
April 04, 2012
Syria: America Steps
Onto The Slippery Slope
The Immense Tolls of
And The Band Played
The Vengeance of
"Don’t Retreat, Reload” Vigilantes
Black Cop Shot 28
Times By White Cops - Could Spend Life In
Is This Outrageous Or What?
Tongue-cutting at Al
Suicide at Greek Parliament
"Failure by Design,"
22 people killed in Libya in clashes between rival militias: Militias from rival towns in western Libya battled each other with tanks and artillery on Tuesday in fierce fighting that killed at least 22 people, local officials said.
Libyan Exodus:: Rising Tensions in Libya Lead to Congestion at Tunisian Border Crossings: In the past 24 hours alone, between 10,000 and 12,000 Libyans have entered Tunisia, the highest level in months.
16 "Insurgents" Killed In Ongoing Kapisa Operation: Sixteen insurgents were killed and eight others were wounded in joint Afghan and Nato troop operations in the Tagab district of Kapisa province on Tuesday
At least 12 killed in Afghanistan suicide blast: A suicide bomber on Wednesday killed at least 12 people and injured many more in the Faryab province in northern Afghanistan, a Norwegian armed forces' spokesman told AFP.
Three NATO occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan: The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said one service member was killed by an improvised explosive device in the south of the country, one by a similar blast in the east and one by an insurgent attack in the east.
US Drone strike? Seven killed, several hurt in Pakistan blast: The van was carrying 15 men from Khurrakai village to Jamrud, the main town in Khyber district when it was hit while passing through a ravine
U.S. stuns Pakistan with $10 million bounty: Pakistan has previously said it can't act against Saeed because the country's fiercely independent judiciary has cleared him of involvement in the Mumbai attacks. Saeed faces no criminal charges in Pakistan, and he's often appeared in public in recent months, denouncing the United States and calling for Islamabad to end counter-terrorism cooperation with Washington
Pakistani militant leader thumbs nose at U.S. bounty: "I am here, I am visible. America should give that reward money to me," he told reporters Wednesday, mocking Washington for placing a bounty on a man whose whereabouts are no mystery. "I will be in Lahore tomorrow. America can contact me whenever it wants to."
Bomb at Mogadishu theater kills 10, including Somali sports officials: The attack apparently was aimed at assassinating Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali, who was attending a ceremony with many officials of his Western-backed Transitional Federal Government, or TFG.
Car bomb kills five in Iraq: officials: : A car bomb apparently targeting a local police chief killed five people and wounded 10 in central Iraq on Wednesday morning, police and medical officials said.
Fugitive Iraqi vice president on Saudi "pilgrimage": Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, whom Iraqi authorities want to try on charges he ran death squads, arrived in Saudi Arabia from Qatar on Wednesday to perform the Umrah pilgrimage, a Saudi government official said.
Blackwater Videos Show Guards In Iraq Firing Weapons ‘Enthusiastically,’ Vehicles Hitting Civilians: One video shows a contractor randomly and “enthusiastically” firing an AK-47 from the turret of an armored vehicle and another shows a private guard yelling obscenities at passers-by and other armored cars smashing into civilian vehicles:
Russia's FM warns against arming Syrian opposition: "They want to solve the Syrian problem with the opposition only, but it's impossible to settle the situation like that. There must be a dialogue of all the parties involved."
Peres says fall of Assad would be death knell for Hezbollah: report: The Israeli president also described Assad, a key Hezbollah ally, as “more brutal” and “less intelligent” than his father and predecessor, Hafez Assad
Geagea says escapes assassination attempt: Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea said in a news conference Wednesday afternoon that he had escaped an assassination attempt earlier in the day, when shots were fired at his Maarab residence.
Israel issues tender for hundreds of new illegal apartments in occupied East Jerusalem: Construction in Har Homa is considered especially provocative in the eyes of the Palestinians and the international community, as it is the most recent large Israeli neighborhood to be built over the Green Line. It was originally built in the 1990s.
German Nobel laureate Guenter Grass' new poem: Nuclear Israel is a threat to world peace: Grass publishes a poem criticizing Israel's role in the Israel-Iran conflict; Israel embassy in Germany says poem is 'blood libel.'
New report documents systematic abuse of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention: In the past 11 years alone, around 7,500 children, some as young as 12 years, are estimated to have been detained, interrogated, and imprisoned within this system. This averages out at between 500-700 children per year, or nearly two children, each and every day.
Bahrain's government must stop killing its people, and listen to them: We in al-Wefaq want only a genuinely democratic constitutional monarchy built on dialogue, not weapons
First wave of US Marines bound for Australia: Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith is scheduled Wednesday to formally welcome the first contingent of U.S. Marines at a ceremony outside of Darwin, according to The Australian newspaper.
2,500 U.S. Marines In Australia “Not A Military Base”: Despite the fact that the US’s final military presence in the country is to grow into a 2,500-person Marine Air Ground Task Force, Australia’s defense minister Stephen Smith insisted Wednesday morning that the marines and their entourage cannot be qualified as a military base.
Mexico's Former Foreign Minister Slams President Calderon for Escalating Drug War: 'It's Not Worth 50,000 Murders": Jorge Castañeda, the former foreign minister of Mexico, gave a strong interview to NPR's "Tell Me More" program this afternoon. Castañeda, a longtime legalization advocate, supported Pres. Calderon during his campaign, but became a critic over the Calderon drug war escalation.
Gerald Celente on the decline of the US dollar: As the currency weakens many countries that use the dollar are searching for alternatives. China is expected to be the top world economy in a matter of years. To add insult to injury, the BRICS countries have decided to lose the dollar and use their own currencies. So what does this mean for the US dollar?
Robert Reich: How We're Turning America Into a Giant Casino: Organized gambling is a scam. And given who plays, this is one of the most regressive taxes in the nation.
What is the real price of the London Olympics?: The cost of hosting the Olympics has skyrocketed while private funders have evaporated. Welcome to celebration capitalism
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Yemen Government airstrikes in south have killed 43 "al-Qaida militants": Yemeni government forces regained control of a strategic gateway in the south on Tuesday after intense, three-day shelling of al-Qaida hideouts in the area that left 43 militants dead, military and medical officials said.
14 Insurgents Killed in Afghan Raids: At least 14 insurgents were killed and four others wounded in Afghan security forces operations in past 24 hours in Afghanistan
3 policemen killed, 11 missing in NE Afghanistan: Three policemen were killed and 11 others were missing following an attack launched by Taliban militants in northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan
Militia clash in west Libya kills 14 people: Militias from inside the predominantly Berber town, about 120 km (75 miles) west of the Libyan capital, were exchanging mortars and large-calibre fire with fighters from the nearby Arab settlements of Al-Jumail and Regdalin for a third day.
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.
Syria starts observing peace plan: Russia's Foreign Ministry says Syria's government has informed Moscow that it has started implementing U.N. envoy Kofi Annan's plan aimed at ending its yearlong conflict.
UN team expected in Syria within 48 hours: Peacekeeping unit scheduled to arrive for ceasefire monitoring mission that would have 200 to 250 unarmed observers.
Legitimizing Syria's opposition a devotion of power monopoly: Analysts said the recognition is reminiscent of the principle of totalitarian rule, which runs counter to the foundations of democracy advocated by Western countries.
‘Hotheads’ in Middle East provoking Iran, Russia says: Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, warning that the Middle East standoff could boil over into military action at any moment, has called for urgent talks of the Sextet of Middle East mediators with Iran.
Netanyahu: We will strike those who threaten to attack Israel : "We will attack those who threaten to attack us," he said, referring not only to the Iranian threat but to the threats of rockets from the Gaza Strip.
IDF officials: Missile attack on Israel would produce less than 300 casualties: Senior defense official presents Israeli cabinet with assessment of number of people dead should Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas launch missiles at Israel; number is far lower than the one mentioned previously by Defense Minister Barak.
Israeli politicians are playing number games with a war against Iran: There are a number of ways one could understand the leaked security cabinet briefing that Channel 10 reported Monday night, which detailed expectations of a worst-case scenario of an all-out war with Iran on all fronts, resulting in a three-week bombardment and up to 300 civilian casualties.
A History Lesson: U.S. Intervention in Iran from 1953 through 2010 : - Video - This video gives a basic overview of the history of the U.S. imperialist policies regarding Iran that began at the behest of the British Government and big oil interests including British Petroleum (later renamed BP).
Shortages in Mali as coup sanctions start: Malians have lined up outside gas stations holding jerry cans, water bottles and plastic jugs, as the West African nation braces itself for sanctions imposed as a consequence of a coup last month.
Chinese Insider Offers Rare Glimpse of U.S.-China Frictions: The senior leadership of the Chinese government increasingly views the competition between the United States and China as a zero-sum game, with China the likely long-range winner if the American economy and domestic political system continue to stumble, according to an influential Chinese policy analyst.
Mexico and US trade accusations on border violence: "It can have a deteriorating effect overall on the nature of our relationship," Obama said. "And that's something that we have to pay attention to."
Mexico Asks United States to Ban Assault Weapons to Stem Drug War Violence: The Mexican leader warned that "if the traffic (of illegal weapons from the United States) is not halted" and Washington doesn't reinstate a ban on assault weapons, it will be "impossible" to quell the violence in his country.
Police shooting of another African-American teen shocks US: The incident came as public protests continue across the US over the killing of another unarmed 17-year-old African American by an armed neighborhood-watch volunteer.
Supreme Court upholds jail strip searches, including for minor offenses: The Supreme Court ruled Monday that those arrested for even minor violations may be strip-searched before being admitted to jail, saying safety concerns outweigh personal privacy rights.
In case you missed it: Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons - Video - Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?
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15 Yemeni soldiers executed by al-Qaida militants: Militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch on Sunday shot dead 15 army soldiers held captives during Saturday's fighting in the southern province of Lahj, a military official told Xinhua.
Yemeni army kills 7 militants in southern clashes: Yemeni forces killed seven Islamist fighters in overnight clashes in a southern city, local officials said on Monday, as the army struggled to gain the upper hand against militants emboldened by a year of political upheaval.
Clashes in Pakistan: 14 militants, 3 security personnel killed: About 100 Taliban fighters attacked a security check post in Pakistan's restive tribal belt, triggering a clash that left 14 militants and three security personnel dead, officials said on Monday.
Taliban target Afghan security forces: Regional Taliban commander tells Al Jazeera that Afghan forces are priority targets now, rather than US forces.
Nigeria: 10 Killed in Boko Haram, Security Forces Gun Duel: Security forces, yesterday, clashed with gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamist group, Boko Haram. By the time the booming of guns went down, 10 people lay dead.
Militias: Clashes near Libya's Tunisia border: A Libyan police brigade moved to quell clashes that broke out between two rival towns on Monday, brokering a cease-fire and securing the release of hostages, a local tribal chief said.
Syria 'agrees' to peace plan deadline, Annan tells UN: Syria has agreed to a deadline of 10 April to begin implementing a six-point peace plan, UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has said.
From rebels to mercenaries? Arab states agree to provide millions to pay Syrian opposition fighters: Arab states in the Persian Gulf have agreed to provide a monthly stipend of several million dollars to pay a “salary” to opposition fighters in Syria and encourage more defections from President Bashar al-Assad’s army, participants at an international conference on the Syrian crisis said Sunday. - Iran Contra all over again - Saudi, Gulf states used as pipeline to pay for regime change in Syria!!