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Friday  12/24/2010

topNew Venezuelan Law Makes Foreign Financing of Political Organisations Illegal  12/24/2010 Venezuela Analysis: "Penalties include fines of double the amount received and the expulsion from Venezuela of foreigners who participate in such financing. Presidents of the organisations breaking the law would be barred from political positions for five to eight years and organisations would likewise be banned from electoral processes for five to eight years."

Tuesday  12/21/2010

topOn Wikileaks Strategy: Too Many Hors D’oeuvres?  12/21/2010 Nachrichten Heute: by Sibel Edmonds

Thursday  12/16/2010

topWikileaks Cables Amok  12/16/2010 Nachrichten Heute 

Tuesday  12/14/2010

topTelevision in Venezuela: Who Dominates the Media?  12/14/2010 Venezuela Analysis 

Saturday  12/11/2010

topEn Venezuela cada vez más protestas  12/11/2010 Havana Times: "“Desde 2005 se inició un proceso creciente de criminalización de la protesta social, usando el sistema de administración de justicia. A la fecha, más de 2.400 personas se encuentran procesadas por ejercer el derecho a la protesta pacífica”, señaló a IPS la abogada Mariana Belalba, coordinadora del estudio."

Thursday  11/25/2010

topHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs_Camp Ashraf  11/25/2010 Camp Ashraf: "Chairman of House Committee on Foreign Affairs ,Howard Berman, Ranking member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, senior HCFA members Dana Rohrabacher, Sheila Jackson Lee and Ted Poe addressed the Issue of Camp Ashraf residents, member of the People Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Background: Camp Ashraf-Iraq, home to 3,400 members of Iranian opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), continues to face a serious crisis demanding urgent action by the international community to avoid a human catastrophe."

Call to "Assassinate Chávez" by Congressman Mack Confirms Plot  11/25/2010 Tlaxcala: "The exhortation to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez uttered by Florida congressman Connie Mack in Washington’s Capitol to participants in a fascist summit a few days ago confirms the existence of a plot with this purpose, hatched by the Venezuelan extreme right under the tutelage of US intelligence services and with the complicity of the Cuban-American mafia."

Wednesday  11/17/2010

topZacarias dirigió el asesinato de tres diputados ARENA que viajaban con $5 millones  11/17/2010 Contrainjerencia: "Jean-Guy Allard.- El venezolano Victor Rivera Aguaje, alias “Zacarias”, viejo colaborador de la CIA y socio de Luis Posada Carriles , fue parte de la estructura criminal que mató a los tres diputados salvadoreños asesinados en Guatemala en febrero de 2007, revela la investigación que también descubrió que los representantes del partido ARENA llevaban consigo cinco millones de dólares."

Tuesday  11/16/2010

topBeck under fire over Soros comments  11/16/2010 JTA: "And George Soros used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off," Beck said. "And George Soros was part of it. He would help confiscate the stuff. It was frightening. "Here's a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps. And I am certainly not saying that George Soros enjoyed that, even had a choice. I mean, he's 14 years old. He was surviving. So I'm not making a judgment. That's between him and God. As a 14-year-old boy, I don't know what you would do." In fact Soros, then 13 and living under the protection of a non-Jewish Hungarian, on one occasion joined the older man when he was ordered by Nazis to inventory the estate of a Hungarian Jew who had fled. On another occasion, the local Jewish council had ordered Soros to deliver letters to local lawyers. Soros' father, Tivadar, realized the letters were to Jewish lawyers and meant to expedite their deportation. He told his son to warn the targets to flee and ended the boy's work with the council."

Friday  11/5/2010

topOakland Filmmaker Feels Police Wrath An Epidemic of Brutality  11/5/2010 Counterpunch: "Valrey sees police brutality as a “unifier” for black and brown communities across the country. “These groups usually don’t agree on religion or politics but they agree that police terrorism is an unnecessary evil in our communities,” Valrey said. “When we showed the film in San Diego, the audience was all Mexican. Blacks and Mexicans don’t get along but there were no problems.”"

The Racial Subtext of the Tea Party Movement Guess Who's Not Coming to Tea?  11/5/2010 Counterpunch: "The high profile of a few Republicans of color instead points to a relatively new and circumscribed phenomenon in white political ideology: white conservative voters in select districts and states are now willing to vote for Republican candidates of color, but only under certain conditions. White conservatives seem willing to elect Republicans of color who embrace a post-racial colorblindness, who are promote the Party's far-right cultural and economic values, and still only in races without a centrist white option. Furthermore, in most high profile races the GOP's new candidates or color have only prevailed when running against a woman or another person of color, and again only in races with a majority white electorate."

New Evidence Links BP to Health Crisis in the Gulf  11/5/2010 Global Research: "The workers, many of whom were fishermen who had joined the cleanup to earn money after the waters were despoiled and closed by the spill, had to choose between supporting their families or protecting themselves from chemicals found in the oil and dispersants. But these fishermen also had another prime incentive to get those BP jobs. "They desperately wanted those cleanup jobs to protect their natural resource, their estuaries and marshes," Subra noted. "So they thought that if they got out there to put out enough booms and do enough skimming that they would protect it enough that the resource would be there." As a consequence, they've been made ill but most are too frightened to speak out because they're afraid to lose their jobs. "Their wives spoke out early on and they were told if their wives continued to speak out they'd be fired, or if they spoke they'd be fired," said Subra, adding that, for this reason, LEAN had stepped in to help voice the concerns of the fishing community. According to all the reports she's received, she confirmed that BP officials and BP contractors, not federal officials, leveled these threats against cleanup workers attempting to wear adequate protective gear or speaking publicly about the related health effects. While BP's cleanup in the Gulf is winding down and many workers have already been laid off, a lot of them are still out there and this practice continues today, said Subra."

Thursday  11/4/2010

topHow the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are crippling the US economy  11/4/2010 Global Research: "Two years ago, Joseph Stiglitz and I published The Three Trillion Dollar War in which we estimated that the budgetary and economic costs of the war would reach $3 trillion. Taking new numbers into account, however, we now believe that our initial estimate was far too conservative—the cost of the wars will reach between $4 trillion and $6 trillion. For example, we recently analyzed the medical and disability claim patterns for almost a million troops who have returned from the wars, and, based on this record, we've revised our estimate upward to between $600 billion and $900 billion—a broad specter, yes, but certainly also a significant upward tick from our earlier projection of $400 billion to $700 billion, based on historical patterns. Similarly, our estimates for the economic and social costs associated with returning veterans can be expected to rise by at least a third—the staggering toll of repeated deployments over the past decade. The Bush administration not only vastly underestimated the cost of the wars but cut taxes twice—in 2001 and 2003—just as we were ramping up the war effort. This was the first time in U.S. history that a government cut taxes while also appropriating huge new sums to fight a war. And the consequence is that the wars added substantially to the federal debt."

Illinois officer acquitted in videotaped beating  11/4/2010 Raw Story 

Brazil wants Rousseff's alleged torturers tried  11/4/2010 WaPo: "After three years underground, Rousseff was captured by Brazil's military police and was considered a big enough catch that a military prosecutor labeled her the "Joan of Arc" of the guerrilla movement. She spent nearly three years in the Tiradentes prison, where she was beaten to the point of heavy bleeding, underwent electric shocks and spent hours on the "parrot's perch" - a painful position involving tying wrists to ankles, then suspending a prisoner off the ground by running a pole under their knees and over their biceps. Rousseff rarely discusses this period of her life, but in an interview with the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper published in 2005, she said: "We fought and participated in a dream to build a better Brazil."

Wednesday  11/3/2010

topU.S. ratchets up Contra War II against Nicaragua  11/3/2010 UniverCIA22: by Wayne Madsen

Monday  11/1/2010

topAfter the Party: Music and the Black Panthers  11/1/2010 Guardian: "Musicians don't often end up on FBI watch lists, but the Last Poets did, thanks to their links with the Black Panthers. Dorian Lynskey looks back at a time when pop and politics collided as never before."

A Ray of Hope from Israel  11/1/2010 ZNET: "The question of who is really a Jew, moreover, keeps being redefined by the state of Israel and was never really answered by its ideologues. Many of the leading Zionists of the early 20th century, including the first prime minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, and the second and longest-serving president, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, both realized and wrote, during the first couple of decades of the century, that Palestinians were the main descendants of the ancient Jews, but after Palestinians started resisting Zionist efforts to make Palestine a Jewish state, the truth was buried by these and other Zionists and replaced with the myth of the ancient exile, still imparted today to Israeli schoolchildren, visiting tourists, and many others."

Friday  10/29/2010

topFBI Documents on Senator Paul Wellstone Raise Questions about His Death 8 Years Ago  10/29/2010 Democracy Now: "Minnesota Public Radio has obtained the FBI record of the late Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, who died in a plane crash eight years ago this week. The records show the FBI first tracked Wellstone in 1970 after he was arrested at an anti-Vietnam War protest. The records might also raise new questions about the plane crash that killed Wellstone, his wife, his daughter and three staffers. The National Transportation Safety Board determined the crash was caused by pilot error, but the FBI documents reveal for the first time that specific criminal leads were pursued by investigators. [includes rush transcript]"

Complaint: Elderly Black Voters Intimidated at Home  10/29/2010 Mother Jones: "In the Texarkana area, Democratic consultant Malcolm acknowledges that local Republican officials have rejected such tactics, claiming that those responsible are "more of your right-wing renegade" conservatives. When asked about the alleged home visits and intimidation, Jeff Akin, coordinator of the tea party group Texarkana TEA Patriots, reponded that he believed local county officials were perpetrating election fraud in the area: "I have heard reports of voter fraud in Bowie County. I have even seen the documents myself and to the untrained eye it looks as though an elected official in Bowie County could be involved in the alleged voter fraud."* *Akin's remarks have been updated. Nichols later replied in an email: "Since I turned over evidence to Federal and State law enforcement agencies quite some time ago, I am not at liberty to comment on this issue at this time," calling the accusations against her "absolutely false and libelous."

Thursday  10/28/2010

topConcerns grow about election fraud, voter intimidation  10/28/2010 McClatchy: ""Legal war rooms," roving teams of lawyers, hot lines and poll challengers are all part of the strategy that Democrats and Republicans will employ Tuesday to handle suspected fraud or to help voters whose right to vote is questioned. The issue is also on the Justice Department's radar. It will post federal monitors at selected polling places around the country, and prosecutors, civil rights attorneys and the FBI will be tasked with handling election-related complaints that day. A special toll-free number — 1-800-253-3931 — will be available for complaints about ballot access."

Wednesday  10/27/2010

topCBS, CNN capture video of Ohio attorney subpoena served on Karl Rove  10/27/2010 Colombus Ohio Examiner: "In an article written by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman and published at, the federal subpoena orders Rove to testify in deposition about his role in the alleged theft of the 2004 election, and to discuss his orchestration of tens of millions of corporate/billionaire dollars in this year's General Elections on November 2."

9/11's Trainer in Terrorism Was an FBI Informant  10/27/2010 Lobster: by Peter Dale Scott, published 10/2006 - "I will expand on what I spoke about a month ago in Berkeley, concerning Ali Mohamed, Washington's double agent inside al-Qaeda, and also a chief 9/11 plotter.(1) I want to add important new material tonight. Ali Mohamed, an Egyptian, was a close ally of Osama bin Laden. As he later confessed in court, he also aided the terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri, a co-founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and by then an aide to bin Laden, when he visited America to raise money.(2) It is now generally admitted that Ali Mohamed worked for the FBI, the CIA, and U.S. Special Forces."

Israel's right wing starts its own Tea Party  10/27/2010 Telegraph 

Monday  10/25/2010

topTissue, Skin, Bone and Organ Harvesting at Israel's National Forensic Institute - Body Parts and Bio-Piracy  10/25/2010 Counterpunch: by an anthropologist who has studied this extensively - "In fact, according to Kugel, “Organs were sold to anyone; anyone that wanted organs just had to pay for them.” While skin, heart valves, bones, and corneas were removed and used for transplants, solid organs – hearts, brains, livers – “were sold for research, for presentations, for drills for medical students and surgeons.” There was a price for these organs, low – $ 300 for a femur, for example – and should a client want all the organs from a body, that could be arranged, not the body itself, but all the organs removed and sold, Kugel said, for about $2,500. Amid the uproar prompted by the whistle-blowers, Hiss waged his own media campaign and tried to convince the public that everything that was done was to serve a noble end, to help the war-wounded victims of terrorist attacks, and the sick. He presented his conduct, in Dr. Kugel’s descripton, “as something sublime or even heroic, as a modern-day Robin Hood. Taking from the dead and giving to the innocent victims.”

Saturday  10/23/2010

topDenuncian el asesinato de 22 defensores de derechos humanos en los primeros 75 días de Santos  10/23/2010 Afrodescendientes 

Friday  10/22/2010

topThe Tea Party's Election Spies  10/22/2010 Mother Jones: "In response to the voter fraud hysteria, voting rights advocates and Democratic officials in Minnesota and elsewhere are planning their own "voter protection" efforts, alerting vulnerable groups to tactics that poll watchers and others might use to intimidate or suppress voters. "We have an offensive strategy—educating voters and constituency groups about the forms you need to bring, what people can ask and can't ask of you, basic voting rights," says Pakou Hang, election protection director for Minnesota's Democratic Party. The party is also planning to station legal teams to respond to complaints of voter intimidation or harassment at the polls. Independent groups like the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights are executing similar efforts on a national level."

Wednesday  10/20/2010

topParticipe de la quinta versión de la semana raizal en Bogotá  10/20/2010 Samuelalcalde 

Tuesday  10/19/2010

topViceministerio para la mujer Afrodescendiente, Respuesta ante una histórica exclusión  10/19/2010 Aporrea: Por: Fulvia Polanco B., VOCERA RED AFRODESCENDIENTES DE VENEZUELA – FALCÓN

Tea Party gets tough with foes in media  10/19/2010 Financial Times 

Monday  10/18/2010

topPHILIP GIRALDI: LIAR, LIAR  10/18/2010 Veterans Today: "But more importantly, the Strategic Dialogue is just one of many, ongoing, and high-level exchanges that occur regularly between the United States in Israel. I’m not aware of another country that we engage more regularly on such a wide range of issues. These types of exchanges not only provide opportunities for discussion of ideas on policy, but they also help solidify connections between our two governments. Over the last two years, I have seen four-star generals, intelligence officers, and high-ranking diplomats all develop personal relationships with their Israeli counterparts. Frankly, this degree of coordination is unprecedented. I have participated in these types of discussions for the last 30 years, and they have never been as intense or focused, reflecting the serious cooperation that we have today with Israel. But our commitment to Israel’s security is defined not by talk. It is defined by the kinds of actions and deeds that help make both of our countries safer and stronger in the face of common threats.” -- Dennis Ross

Friday  10/15/2010

topHow Radical Christian Conservatives May Succeed in Destroying Democracy  10/15/2010 Alternet: "The huge amount of taxpayer money doled out to Wall Street, investment banks, the oil and natural gas industry and the defense industry, along with the dismantling of our manufacturing sector, is why we are impoverished. It is why our houses are being foreclosed on. It is why some 45 million Americans are denied medical care. It is why our infrastructure, from public schools to bridges, is rotting. It is why many of us cannot find jobs. We are being fleeced. The flagrant theft of public funds and rise of an obscenely rich oligarchic class is masked by the tough talk of demagogues, themselves millionaires, who use fear and bombast to keep us afraid, confused and enslaved."

Tuesday  10/12/2010

topConmemoración “Día de la Resistencia Afro-Indígena” Manifiesto 12 octubre 2010  10/12/2010 Aporrea: "Al cabo de casi 518 años que data la historia se inicia la primera globalización perversa en la historia de la humanidad, con el mal llamado “descubrimiento, encuentro o desencuentro” entre Europa occidental y un continente de diversas civilizaciones que hegemonizaron con el nombre de “America” los europeos occidentales, en busca de metales preciosos y en la perspectiva del desarrollo del incipiente capitalismo mercantil, tomaron una serie de iniciativas marcadas por el militarismo e invasiones con la finalidad de expropiar las riquezas de los aborígenes, y al mismo tiempo, castrar una propuesta civilizadora a la humanidad, diferente al modelo societario occidental."

America´s Shadow Class War and the 2010 Elections. The Rich are Getting Richer.  10/12/2010 Global Research: "The country doesn't need this class war, and it is irrational in any case. Practically no one, least of all Obama, is questioning the basics of the market system or proposing anything more than somewhat tighter economic regulations -- after the biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression -- and rather modest tax increases on the wealthy. But even these steps are apparently too much for those financing all the television ads, which should lead voters to ask themselves: Who is paying for this? What do they really want? And who gave them the right to buy an election?"

Ecuador's CONAIE and Defamation by “Journalism of the State”  10/12/2010 NarcoNews: "Leading the charge against these indigenous social movements is US lawyer Eva Golinger, a television personality for TeleSur, a channel created by the Venezuelan government that receives additional financing from other Latin American governments. Formerly with the government-supported Washington DC-based Venezuelan Information Office, Golinger has attempted in recent days to paint a portrait of historic organizations like the Federation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE in Spanish initials) as agents of US imperialism."

Monday  10/11/2010

topBritish Novelist John le Carré on the Iraq War, Corporate Power, the Exploitation of Africa and His New Novel, "Our Kind of Traitor"  10/11/2010 Democracy Now 

Saturday  10/9/2010

topAuthentic Dishonesty - Newt and Dinesh Save America!  10/9/2010 Counterpunch: "At least one of Newt’s wives would tell us that Newt is a man who “played a wonderful con” in connection with his marriages and is “authentically dishonest.” According to a story in Esquire in September, prior to dissolving his marriage to Second Wife Marianne because of an affair he was having with Soon To Be Third Wife Callista Bisek, he returned from Erie Pennsylvania where he’d given a speech on family values. He and Marianne were talking and she asked him: "How do you give that speech and do what you're doing? "It doesn't matter what I do," he replied. "People need to hear what I have to say. There's no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn't matter what I live.” Actions, he believes, do not speak louder than words. Time will tell if he’s right."

Friday  10/8/2010

topEcuador: Coup or Riot?  10/8/2010 Counterpunch: "The police attack on Correa was co-coordinated with similar takeovers in several other cities, the seizure of Ecuador’s two largest airports by army troops, and the occupation of the National Assembly. In the end the Ecuadorian Army supported the President, freed him from the police hospital where he was being held, and whisked him to safety, but only after a firefight killed one soldier and a student who had turned out to support Correa. The President’s car was struck by five bullets. According to the Latin American Herald Tribune, eight people died and 274 were wounded in incidents nationwide."

Thursday  10/7/2010

topThe Bigot-Whisperers of the Right  10/7/2010 Common Dreams 

S.S. Poet left Philly, but where'd it go?  10/7/2010 Philadelphia Inquirer: "She cited a 1980 Reuters report stating that when the 52 hostages were released, Iran took 32 new U.S. hostages identified as "New Jersey heroin smugglers." "Were these estimated thirty-two 'New Jersey heroin smugglers' taken hostage by Iran on or around January 20, 1981, the same as the estimated thirty-four men reported to have been on board The Poet, hijacked by the New Jersey Gambino clan?" Honegger wrote. Zukier-Fredette believes the October Surprise theory. She believes that the ship made it to Iran and disappeared."

Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back Read More  10/7/2010 Wired 

Wednesday  10/6/2010

topFeds: Akamai worker offered Israel info  10/6/2010 Boston Business Journal: "The foreign country’s representatives, according to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office, cooperated with U.S. authorities instead of taking Doxer up on his offer. Beginning in the summer of 2006, Doxer provided documents such as contracts, employee lists and employee contact information to the agent."

Tuesday  10/5/2010

topEvidence Refutes BP's and Fed's Deceptions  10/5/2010 Global Research: "In August, Truthout conducted soil and water sampling in Pass Christian Harbor, Mississippi; on Grand Isle, Louisiana; and around barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana, in order to test for the presence of oil from BP's Macondo Well. Laboratory test results from the samples taken in these areas show extremely high concentrations of oil in both the soil and water. These results contradict consistent claims made by the federal government and BP since early August that much of the Gulf of Mexico is now free of oil and safe for fishing and recreational use. The samples taken were tested in a private laboratory via gas chromatography."

Monday  10/4/2010

topCIA's Unethical Research Ignored - Guatemalan Research Horrors and US Hypocrisy  10/4/2010 Counterpunch 

Target: Ecuador  10/4/2010 Counterpunch: "In June of last year, when the Honduran military overthrew the social democratic government of Manuel Zelaya, President Rafael Correa of Ecuador took it personally. "We have intelligence reports that say that after Zelaya, I’m next,” said Correa."

Brazil presidential elections head for second-round  10/4/2010 Guardian, UK 

Sunday  10/3/2010

topChavez Says U.S. Is Behind Failed Coup Attempt Against Ecuador's Correa  10/3/2010 Bloomberg: [Clinton never called it an attempted coup.]

Saturday  10/2/2010

topEcuador Between Three Wagers  10/2/2010 Counterpunch 

Friday  10/1/2010

topEcuador declares state of emergency amid 'coup attempt'  10/1/2010 BBC 

Finally, Israel Lobby Gets Challenged  10/1/2010 Consortium News 

"Underground" Group of Cadets Say Air Force Academy Controlled by Evangelicals  10/1/2010 Global Research: "An anonymous cadet at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA ) spoke out against alleged religious discrimination at the school last week, saying that some cadets must pretend to be evangelical Christians in order to maintain standing among their peers and superiors. In an email to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), the whistleblower stated that he is part of an "underground group" of about 100 cadets who cannot rely on proper channels to confront evangelical pressure."

Ecuador: A third US sponsored coup d’etat against a member state of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA)  10/1/2010 Global Research: by Eva Golinger - "Several US-funded organizations have made calls to demand Correa's resignation. The police forces behind the coup are maintaining President Rafael Correa sequestered in a military hospital. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez warned minutes ago that Correa's life is in "severe danger". Chávez also criticized the US State Department's failure to condemn the coup underway in Ecuador this afternoon during their daily press briefing. State spokesman Phillip Crowley said the US is "monitoring the situation" in Ecuador, but failed to condemn the developments… USAID channels millions annually into political groups against Correa that could be behind the coup attempt."

Informe confirmado: inteligencia USA penetró a fondo la policía ecuatoriana  10/1/2010 Granma: Por: Jean-Guy Allard - "El sublevamiento de elementos golpistas de la policía ecuatoriana en contra del Presidente Rafael Correa confirma un informe alarmante sobre la infiltración de la policía ecuatoriana por los servicios de inteligencia norteamericanos difundido en el 2008, en el cual se señalaba cómo muchos miembros de los cuerpos policíacos desarrollaban una "dependencia" hacia la embajada de Estados Unidos en ese país sudamericano. El informe precisaba que unidades de la Policía "mantienen una dependencia económica informal con Estados Unidos, para el pago de informantes, capacitación, equipamiento y operaciones". El uso sistemático de técnicas de corrupción de parte de la CIA para adquirir la "buena voluntad" de oficiales de policía fue descrito y denunciado en numerosas oportunidades por el ex agente de la CIA Philip Agee, quien, antes de abandonar las filas de la agencia, estuvo asignado a la embajada de Estados Unidos en Quito."

Ecuador troops rescue president from rebel cops  10/1/2010 WaPo: "They are a bunch of ungrateful bandits," Correa said of the protesters after they set upon him. He said the new law "is removing bonus payments and decorations from the entire public sector ... to prevent abuses of state money. We know the Ecuadorean people support us in all this." Correa said at the palace that he asked the rebelling police if they had read the law and none had. He said they had fallen victim to rumor and lies spread by hostile media. In fact, the law will provide police with better salaries, he said."

Thursday  9/30/2010

topPresidente Rafael Correa fue rescatado de Hospital de la Policía, llega sano y salvo al Palacio de Carondelet  9/30/2010 Aporrea 

The New Racism is the Old Racism  9/30/2010 Common Dreams: "Wise also urged white liberals to let go of their discomfort in looking past class alone when addressing inequity. Getting white progressives to see that their “racial indifference is another form of white supremacy” is one way to transform what he calls “aspring white allies” into actual allies. He also noted that framing racial justice as a way to “save our humanity” can be appealing to whites who often see race as either irrelevant or threatening. Sen pointed out another common blind spot for white liberals: the idea that diversity is the key to leveling the field. “Diversity is not equity,” said Sen."

UN: Israel Executed Flotilla Activists Gareth Porter: UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis "Executed" US Citizen Furkan Dogan  9/30/2010 Common Dreams 

Coup Attempt in Ecuador Is a Result of Sec. Clinton's Cowardice in Honduras  9/30/2010 Ecuador: "It was this newspaper, through reporter Bill Conroy's investigations, that broke the story last August that the State Department-controlled Millennium Challenge Corporation had poured extraordinary amounts of money into Honduras in the months leading up to the June 29, 2009 coup d'etat. And in story after story, we demonstrated with documented fact how Clinton's Millennium Challenge Corporation went so far as to violate the ban on US aid to the Honduran coup regime. Clinton's later endorsement of farcical presidential elections and her over-reaching attempts to pretend nothing had happened in Honduras are precisely the signals that were received by today's coup plotters in Ecuador when they made a run at toppling the democratic government there."

Manifestantes logran romper cerco y llegan a hospital donde se encuentra secuestrado Correa  9/30/2010 TeleSur 

Soros secretly funded J Street  9/30/2010 VoltaireNet: "Thus far, Mr. Soros has denied the existence of such donations. But, J Street has recognized that it received 750 000 dollars from Soros since it was created three years ago. J Street’s chief donor is a mysterious shell company registered in Hong Kong, Consolacion Esdicul."

Wednesday  9/29/2010

topDoor-to-door spies in Utah County?  9/29/2010 ABC4, Salt Lake City: "Folks are reporting that they're asking about the new National Security Agency's data center that is being built at Camp Williams… Officer Schauerhamer cited the group for soliciting without a city business license and then passed along their information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He said ICE is investigating. ABC 4 also contacted other agencies that might have interest in possible door-to-door spies. We were told by a spokesman for Utah Homeland Security that they were unaware of the Israeli artists and the FBI had no comment."

Israeli Commandos Accused of Murder  9/29/2010 Consortium News 

In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue  9/29/2010 NYT 

Sunday  9/26/2010

topRevealed: The maps that show the racial breakdown of America’s biggest cities  9/26/2010 Daily Mail, UK 

The former guerrilla set to be the world's most powerful woman  9/26/2010 Independent: "The world's most powerful woman will start coming into her own next weekend. Stocky and forceful at 63, this former leader of the resistance to a Western-backed military dictatorship (which tortured her) is preparing to take her place as President of Brazil. As head of state, president Dilma Rousseff would outrank Angela Merkel, Germany's Chancellor, and Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State: her enormous country of 200 million people is revelling in its new oil wealth. Brazil's growth rate, rivalling China's, is one that Europe and Washington can only envy. Her widely predicted victory in next Sunday's presidential poll will be greeted with delight by millions. It marks the final demolition of the "national security state", an arrangement that conservative governments in the US and Europe once regarded as their best artifice for limiting democracy and reform. It maintained a rotten status quo that kept a vast majority in poverty in Latin America while favouring their rich friends."

Friday  9/24/2010

topAhmadinejad and the 9/11 attacks  9/24/2010 Al Jazeera: "About 46 per cent of the world's people believe that al-Qaeda launched the 9/11 attacks, while 15 per cent think the US government was behind the assault, and seven per cent blame Israel, according to a 2008 world public opinion study carried out by the Program on International Policy (PIPA) Attitudes at the University of Maryland, which interviewed 16,063 people worldwide… But Ahmadinejad views himself as a leader in the Arab and Muslim worlds. And, in these regions, surveys show significant sectors of the population believe that the US and Israel launched the 9/11 attacks to meet their own geopolitical goals. In Jordan, 31 per cent of those polled by PIPA believe Israel was behind the attacks, while only 11 per cent blame it on al-Qaeda. Likewise, 43 per cent of Egyptians blame Israel, and 12 per cent think the US was responsible, while only 16 per cent think al-Qaeda brought down the towers."

Israeli leaders condemn Clinton immigrant comments  9/24/2010 AP: "Israeli leaders have sharply criticized Bill Clinton over comments the former U.S. president made this week calling Russian immigrants in Israel an obstacle to peace. Clinton, who is generally a well-loved figure in Israel for his efforts to broker a Mideast peace deal in the 1990s, also said at a round-table group this week in New York that the most recent arrivals in Israel have the hardest time agreeing to share the land with the Palestinians."

Soros revealed as funder of liberal Jewish-American lobby  9/24/2010 Washington Times: "The Jewish-American advocacy group J Street, which bills itself as the dovish alternative to the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby, has secretly received funding from billionaire George Soros despite previous denials that it accepted funds from the Hungarian-born financier and liberal political activist."

Thursday  9/23/2010

topCongress requests extradition of Israeli mercenary  9/23/2010 Colombia Reports: "Colombia has previously requested that Klein be extradited to the South American country, where he is accused of creating training camps for private armies that worked for drug lords, including the infamous Pablo Escobar. These groups later developed into Colombia's right-wing paramilitary groups. Colombia's request was denied in April, with the European Court citing human rights concerns as the reason Klein would not be delivered to Colombian authorities. The former Israeli army lieutenant colonel was convicted in absentia by a Colombian court in 2001 for training illegal armed groups in the 1980s. He was sentenced to ten years and eight months in a Colombian jail. Klein was arrested at Moscow's Domodedovo airport in August 2007 on an arrest warrant issued by Colombia through international police agency Interpol. The Israeli remains in detention in Russia."

Wednesday  9/22/2010

topSigns Multiply of Fissures in Iranian Regime  9/22/2010 Tehran Bureau 

Tuesday  9/21/2010

topApartheid in Our Schools  9/21/2010 Common Dreams: "Education advocates hoped the Obama administration would have by now offered its own, more helpful guidance on voluntary integration programs. In an administration that feels that some racial issues are a third rail for an African-American president, this has not happened. Obama’s big education speech this summer to the Urban League made no mention of school resegregation. He talked plenty about his Race to the Top contest to fight the achievement gap, but racial desegregation is not part of that fight. Children of color continue to be exposed to disproportionate disadvantages that make the gap almost impossible to close. Until Obama publically connects the two, consider the issue “unaddressed.’’

Tea Party triumphs: Good news for Democrats  9/21/2010 Progreso: "Indeed, in six states, Tea Partiers have stolen the Senate nomination from establishment Republican candidates. In Utah, Mike Lee ousted incumbent Senator Robert Bennett. In Kentucky, Rand Paul trounced Mitch McConnell's handpicked candidate, Trey Grayson. In Alaska, Sarah Palin-backed Joe Miller upset incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski. Ken Buck knocked out former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in Colorado. Sharron Angle beat out front-runner Sue Lowden in Nevada. And now, in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell has toppled Congressman Mike Castle, who'd been supported by the entire state and national Republican hierarchy."

Monday  9/20/2010

topNew Tests Show Key Witnesses Lied at Abu Jamal Trial  9/20/2010 Counterpunch: "During the contentious 1982 murder trial of Philadelphia radio-journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, a central argument of the prosecution in making its case for the conviction and for imposition of a death penalty was the trial testimony of two key eyewitnesses who claimed to have actually seen Abu-Jamal fire his pistol repeatedly, at virtually point-blank range, into the prone Officer Daniel Faulkner. This testimony about Abu-Jamal’s shooting at the defenseless policeman execution-style solidified the prosecution’s portrayal of Abu-Jamal as a cold-blooded assassin. There was however, always the lingering question, never raised at trial, or even during the subsequent nearly three-decades-long appeals process, of why, if Abu-Jamal had fired four bullets downward at Faulkner, only hitting him once with a bullet between the eyes on the morning of December 9, 1981, there was no evidence in the surface of the sidewalk around the officer’s body of the bullets that missed."

Israel seeks release of spy in exchange for extending settlement freeze  9/20/2010 Guardian: "However, any deal is likely to meet stiff resistance from US intelligence which has previously scuppered plans to free Pollard."

Sunday  9/19/2010

topWho’s picking up the tab for the tea party?  9/19/2010 CSM 

Venezuelans Seize 2 Tons of Drugs on Colombian Border  9/19/2010 Inside Costa Rica 

Hiring Foreign Spies and Bringing Israeli Military Values to America  9/19/2010 Pacific Free Press: "But ITRR does much more than just monitor terrorists. Indeed, it seems to be far too busy monitoring legitimate, non-violent and completely legal protest organizations and other political groups to do much real anti-terror work. According to news reports on ITRR’s work for the Pennsylvania Homeland Security Agency and also the Pittsburgh Police Department, it would appear that ITRR was spying on and providing Pennsylvania State Police and Homeland Security with reports on everything from anti-war groups and anti-oil-shale-fracking groups to gay rights groups, animal rights groups, environmental organizations and even Good Schools Pennsylvania, a citizens association formed to back Gov. Ed Rendell’s school reform initiatives. Even a Harrisburg, PA man who likes to bring a 25-foot inflatable pig to demonstrations to symbolize government waste was targeted. While local news media reports in Philadelphia have suggested that ITRR is just composed of two people, Aaron Richman, an Israeli police captain and security consultant and Michael Perelman, a retired New York City police commander, the website makes it clear that the company actually employs a large number of people in Israel, and may have as many as 15 people working “in the field” in the US."

Saturday  9/18/2010

topUS couple allegedly tried to help Venezuela develop nuclear weapon  9/18/2010 AP: "Kenneth Gonzales, U.S. attorney for New Mexico, said the indictment does not allege the government of Venezuela or anyone acting on its behalf sought or was passed any classified information."

Friday  9/17/2010

topColombian drug lord is arrested in Venezuela  9/17/2010 El Universal: "The number of dangerous kingpins and members of different drug trafficking organizations requested by Interpol and arrested in Venezuela until September 2010 amounts to 16 criminals so far this year."

Partners in Crime: The U.S. Secret State and Mexico's "War on Drugs"  9/17/2010 Global Research: Good links.

Thursday  9/16/2010

topColombia: Paramilitares dominan territorios y expulsan comunidades negras e indígenas  9/16/2010 Aporrea: "La actuación de un grupo paramilitar en los límites y en el territorio de Calima, en Colombia, está perturbando y perjudicando la vida de las poblaciones afro-colombianas e indígenas que residen en el lugar. Desde julio, los paramilitares están realizando operaciones armadas, amedrentando y amenazando a la población, realizando desalojos forzados, aislando a la población y cometiendo asesinatos. Dos meses después, el estado no dio ninguna repuesta ante tan grave situación."

Nixon's Vengeful War on Marijuana  9/16/2010 Consortium News: "The U.S. government has maintained its own double standards, tolerating and protecting some drug traffickers who collaborated with the CIA. The U.S. government also has experimented with mind-altering drugs often on unsuspecting subjects. For instance: "

South African hospital chain charged in organ trafficking case  9/16/2010 Toronto Star: "A major South African hospital chain and its chief executive have been charged after years of investigation into a human organ trafficking case that stretched from Israel to South Africa to Brazil, hospital officials and police said Thursday."

Wednesday  9/15/2010

top'Dude, you have no Koran'  9/15/2010 Asia Times: "David Grisham, the wacko director of one Repent Amarillo organization, who had planned his own Koran-burning session in support of Gainesville, Florida, pastor and instant global celebrity Terry Jones, was about to commit the act in front of around 200 people when, out of nowhere comes ... the unlikeliest of heroes; Jacob Isom, a 23-year-old, bespectacled local skateboarder. Isom himself described what happened to the Amarillo-Globe News: "I snuck up behind him and took his Koran, he said something about burning the Koran, I said 'Dude you have no Koran,' and ran off." The righteous skateboarder even had time to add to a startled Grisham, "You’re just trying to start holy wars," then handed the unburned Koran to a local Muslim leader."

Michael Steele Defends Gingrich's Comments That Obama May Have A 'Kenyan Anti-Colonial Worldview'  9/15/2010 Huffington Post: "Part of the reason Steele may be defending Gingrich is that the former House Speaker has repeatedly stuck up for him. After news of questionable RNC expenditures at a strip club dogged Steele and raised questions about his leadership, Gingrich publicly told Republicans to stop focusing on him and worry instead about defeating Democrats in November. In January, Gingrich said, "I'm a fan of Steele's. I think he is learning, he is smart and he will be an important part of where we're going."

Monday  9/13/2010

topForbes’ Shameful Piece on Obama as the “Other”  9/13/2010 Columbia Journalism Review: "First of all, D’Souza perpetuates the Cokie Roberts idiocy—that Hawaii is somehow less American than the rest of the U.S. But hey—no problems with Alaska, which came into the Union the same year. Somehow, Sarah Palin always seem to be an examplar of “Real America.” Hmmm. But D’Souza has some real nerve here: Obama is a native-born American and D’Souza is not. When he says “Here is a man who spent his formative years—the first 17 years of his life—off the American mainland,” he could be referring to himself. According to Wikipedia, anyway, he was born in India in 1961 and never came to the States until 1978. That adds up to about “the first 17 years of his life—off the American mainland.” Somehow the first-seventeen years thing raises questions about Obama’s Americanness but not about D’Souza’s qualifications to question somebody’s degree of native-born Americanness. This is loathsome stuff. And, again, it’s the cover story of one of the three big mainstream financial magazines."

Saturday  9/11/2010

topPowder Keg? Glenn Beck Groupies, Oath Keepers and Tea Partiers to Collide with Black Family Reunion  9/11/2010 Alternet 

The Xenophobic Right's Weird Reaction to Hollywood Blockbuster 'Machete'  9/11/2010 Alternet 

Ahmadinejad-Khamenei Rift Deepens  9/11/2010 PBS: "Although Khamenei firmly supported the election fraud and recognized Ahmadinejad as the elected president even before the Guardian Council certified the returns, friction between the two men began to emerge almost immediately afterward. Khamenei overruled Ahmadinejad's appointment of Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei as his first vice president (there are eight) in August 2009. The reason, never publicized, for Khamenei's decision was that in the 1980s, when Mashaei was an interrogator of political prisoners, he married a "repentant" former member of the Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization. In that era, Mashaei, whose daughter is married to Ahmadinejad's son, was known as Morteza Moheb Oldlia."

Friday  9/10/2010

topLos Angeles Launches Nation’s First Israel Divestment Campaign  9/10/2010 Alternet: "On Wednesday, September 8th, at a noon press conference in Los Angeles in front of the Israeli Consulate, the California Israel Divestment Campaign, a culturally diverse group of compassionate Americans announced the launch of California ballot initiative 10-0020 to require public employee systems to divest from certain business activities in Israel."

The Scapegoats of Europe - The Persecution of the Roma  9/10/2010 Counterpunch 

Untangling the Bizarre CIA Links to the Ground Zero Mosque  9/10/2010 NY Observer: "From 2006 to 2008, R. Leslie Deak worked as a "business consultant" to this super-secretive security contractor with ties to the CIA and counterterrorism forces, and in those same three years he also donated nearly $100,000 in seed money to the foundation now advocating the construction of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque. Interestingly, during the same three-year period during which the Deak Family Foundation was financing the Cordoba Initiative, Deak also donated a total of $101,247 to something called the National Defense University Foundation. The National Defense University is a network of war and strategy colleges and research centers (including the National War College) funded by the Pentagon, designed to train specialists in military strategy. The organization recently announced a November 5 dinner gala in honor of Defense Secretary and former CIA chief Robert Gates. Sponsors include Northrup Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and...the Patriot Defense Group."

Who is rigging our elections? Clues from Massachusetts.  9/10/2010 Op Ed News: "His starting point is the fact that among the 3% of ballots that were hand-counted, Coakley won a solid victory. He then proceeds to eliminate, one by one, all the innocent explanations for the disparity between the 3% (hand counted, publicly verifiable) and the 97% (machine-tallied using trade-secret software by two large corporations, ES&S and Diebold, both with partisan Republican ties)."

Thursday  9/9/2010

topPolls, Damned Polls and the Truth About Venezuela  9/9/2010 Counterpunch 

Effingham deputies call feds after arresting Russians with shovel, wire cutters outside Georgia Power plant  9/9/2010 Savannah Morning News: "The men, two from Russia and one from Kazakhstan, were found near Georgia Power’s Plant McIntosh on Old Augusta Road about 1 a.m. Sunday after a ranger with the Department of Natural Resources reported a suspicious vehicle, Effingham County sheriff’s spokesman David Ehsanipoor said. Deputies reported the men, who were inside a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder, had a machete, shovel, wire cutters and ski masks. One man also had black silk stockings in his front left pocket… The three were released after being interviewed by task force members, Ehsanipoor said. "They did all have visas that allowed them to be here and are supposed to be leaving the country soon."

Wednesday  9/8/2010

topKoran Burner: Creepier Than You Think - Florida church’s “rulebook” worthy of pastor’s bonfire  9/8/2010 The Smoking Gun 

Monday  9/6/2010

topAmericans believed involved in Pakistan air crash, Hijacking  9/6/2010 Mathaba: "Suspicions were raised inside Pakistan’s military and intelligence organizations when American military contractors employed by Blackwater/Xe showed up on the scene immediately after the crash, seizing the black box and “other materials.” …Four Blackwater employees, armed and possessing explosives were arrested outside the Kahuta nuclear facility in 2009. The four, driving a Jeep 4×4 and possessing advanced surveillance and jamming equipment of Israeli manufacture, were intercepted 1.5 miles from the Kahuta nuclear facility. The four spoke fluent Pushtu and were dressed in a manner as to resemble Taliban fighters. The order for their release, given by Minister of the Interior Rehman Malik, is an issue of considerable controversy between the civilian government in Pakistan and the powerful military."

Good Americans: The dark side of the Pullman Porters Union  9/6/2010 SF Bay View: "When it came to domestic politics, Randolph and Rustin were on the mark most of the time, fighting for equal rights, civil rights and most of all jobs – but they only conducted these struggles within the parameters of being perceived as good Americans. Beyond the borders and shores of America, they were virulent defenders of colonialism and capitalism."

Thirty-four Colombian tribes face extinction, says UN report  9/6/2010 Survival: "Just two weeks before the report was released, leader Luis Socarrás Pimienta of the Wayúu tribe was shot-dead by an alleged paramilitary outside his home in the northern Colombian province of la Guajira. According to the report, murders of indigenous Colombians rose by 63% between 2008 and 2009, and thirty-three members of Colombia’s Awa tribe were killed in 2009 alone."

Sunday  9/5/2010

topHistoire secrète du pétrole algérien  9/5/2010 Tunisia Watch: "L’Algérie est malade de ses dirigeants, pas de son pétrole"

Saturday  9/4/2010

topPortugal's elite linked to paedophile ring  9/4/2010 Effedieffe: "Former secretary of state for families, Teresa Costa Macedo, said she had sent a dossier containing photographs and testimonies from children to the police 20 years ago but they had done nothing about it, while she was subjected to a campaign of threats."

Covert Finances: Drug Trade Through Vietnam War  9/4/2010 Sherm Says 

Friday  9/3/2010

topA Koran-Bashing Pastor - The Fire This Time  9/3/2010 Counterpunch 

Big Aid Has a Very Dirty Secret - The CIA to UNICEF  9/3/2010 Counterpunch: "From CIA to UNICEF? The charge that every person who has headed a major western aid agency has an intelligence background has been proven time and time again. It may have taken some serious digging, some dogged investigation, but the fact remains that everyone of those supposed humanitarians that has been investigated has turned out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. BIg Aid was created as a nefarious tool for dirty doings in the Third World by the powers that be in the west and only trusted capos from the inner circle are allowed to plan and implement their crimes. Of course some good works have to be done, or no one would allow them into their countries. Its only from the inside that they can be really effective in buying off or if that doesn't work, “neutralizing” those in power."

270 nuevas familias raizales para el proyecto Seaflowers Keepers  9/3/2010 RNC, Colombia: "270 nuevas familias entraron al proyecto. El monitoreo y seguimiento lo realizará bimestralmente la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito (UNODC). El proyecto impulsa líneas productivas en pesca artesanal, apicultura, agricultura y artesanías."

Thursday  9/2/2010

topIsraeli spies wooing U.S. Muslims, sources say  9/2/2010 WaPo: "The CIA took an internal poll not long ago about friendly foreign intelligence agencies. The question, mostly directed to employees of the clandestine service branch, was: Which are the best allies among friendly spy services, in terms of liaison with the CIA, and which are the worst? In other words, who acts like, well, friends? “Israel came in dead last,” a recently retired CIA official told me the other day."

Wednesday  9/1/2010

topMapa electoral afrovenezolano  9/1/2010 Aporrea: por Jesus Chucho Garcia

Monday  8/30/2010

topSaratoga Springs Police Dept Blotter  8/30/2010 Saratoga Springs, UT: "Several residents have contacted our offices in regards to recent door-to-door solicitations of supposed Israeli students selling “authentic” artworks. After a resident complained on August 18th, it was reported the four Israeli students were eventually contacted by officers in a local restaurant. The solicitors were identified as being Israeli residents, and were not, in fact, art students. One of the women conducting the door-to-door sales admitted to being involved in a “scam”. She said the artwork being presented as ‘original’ paintings were actually copies. Their information was gathered and forwarded to US Immigration officials."

Wednesday  8/25/2010

topBrazil's census offers recognition at last to descendants of runaway slaves  8/25/2010 Guardian: "Brazil's excluded, she said, were increasingly willing to stand up and be counted. "I'm here. I'm me. I'm not ashamed of my history." "The progress is slow but it is progress," said Moreira, sat beside his shack's rickety wooden door, bearing the chalked words: "God in first place." "Before, the government didn't care if we existed or not. Today things are different. Today we all have to be registered. We have to appear. That's the only way things will get better."

Tuesday  8/24/2010

topNazi leader Adolf Hitler had Jewish and African relatives, DNA test suggests  8/24/2010 NY Daily News: "Working with historian Marc Vermeeren, the samples were tested and were found to contain a chromosome called Haplopgroup E1b1b (Y-DNA), which is rarely found in Western Europeans. "It is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, in Algeria, Libya and Tunisia as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews," Vermeeren said in the article."

Monday  8/23/2010

topSarkozy's immigration tough talk backfires  8/23/2010 AFP: "French President Nicolas Sarkozy's tough talk on Gypsies and immigrants faced a fierce backlash Monday, drawing fire from the right, the left and the Church while failing to boost him in the polls. With two years to go before he seeks re-election and with his popularity at an all time low, Sarkozy has this month attempted to recapture the political initiative with a populist racially-tinged law and order message. Police have begun rounding up and expelling Roma from Eastern Europe and dismantling unauthorised Gypsy campgrounds, while Sarkozy has threatened to strip some French but foreign-born criminals of their nationality. Early opinion polls appeared to show that a majority of voters approved of the crackdown, but an initial surge of interest does not seem to have translated into a boost to the president's personal standing."

The Pond: Running Agents for State, War, and the CIA  8/23/2010 CIA: published 4/07, by Mark Stout - "Editor's note: The career of John "Frenchy" Grombach has long been a mystery that apparently would never be solved, given the secrecy of his actual work and the exaggerations of his memoirs and collaborators. Mark Stout has labored valiantly in publicly available sources and, with the help of other historians, in personal collections to outline Grombach's activities. This article presents his findings. In late 2001, however, voluminous records of Grombach's semi-private intelligence organization were found in a barn in Virginia. Those records are now at the CIA, which, after reviewing them for lingering security concerns, will transfer them to the National Archives. Mr. Stout had access to the newly discovered records before he left the Agency in 2003."

Venezuela defends controversial flights to Iran and Syria  8/23/2010 CNN: "There is absolutely nothing untoward about these flights -- which take place between two countries that have shared diplomatic relations for over 50 years," Herrera wrote in the letter dated August 13. "One can also fly to Tehran from Frankfurt, Germany, amongst other cities, so I still remain confused as to why this should be of any concern. Should you or your staff want to see for yourself, I greatly encourage you to take one of the flights."

Osun hosts confabs on Black race  8/23/2010 Guardian, Nigeria: "The Global Conference of Black Nationalities will open today in Osogbo, Osun State. Besides, over 30 eminent scholars, specialists and Historians from across the globe are converging on Iloko-Ijesha, also in Osun State, for the International Colloquium on Slavery, Slave Trade and their Consequences. Both programmes are being packaged by the Osun State government, through its Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU), in collaboration with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as well as Federal Government of Nigeria. While President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to open the Osogbo conference, former President Olusegun Obasanjo will moderate the opening session and present a keynote address."

504 familias raizales de San Andrés le apuesten a la legalidad con ayuda de Acción Social  8/23/2010 Republica de Colombia: "Acción Social entrega incentivos económicos condicionados por 113 millones de pesos para las 504 familias isleñas que se capacitan en pesca artesanal, apicultura, agricultura y artesanías. La Oficina de las Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito (Unodc) certificó su compromiso en la legalidad y productividad."

Sunday  8/22/2010

topRetired FBI Agent Says Oswald Didn't Kill Kennedy  8/22/2010 FOX: "One of Adams first assignments was investigating an extreme right radical, with connections to the States Rights Party and KKK named Joseph Adams Milteer. "He was reportedly one of most violent men in the country," said Adams… And an FBI record states that after the assassination, "a jubilant" Milteer bragged to the informant, "You thought I was kidding when I said he would be killed from a window with a high powered rifle." Adams questions why Milteer appears in a photograph near President Kennedy's limousine before the shooting, but was never mentioned in the Warren Commission Report."

Friday  8/20/2010

topMr. Crown and the President - Israel, Big Money and Obama  8/20/2010 Counterpunch 

The Self-Destruction of Dr. Laura - The Lady Who Cried "Nigger"!  8/20/2010 Counterpunch 

BP and the Government Are Underplaying the Difficulty of Stopping the Oil Leak  8/20/2010 Global Research 

The trials of Rep. Maxine Waters: Ethics or payback?  8/20/2010 SF Bay View: "Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who waged a more successful war on drugs than the entire U.S. government, was concerned with people like Ronald Reagan and George Bush, who made enormous profits from this trade by flooding urban America with poison. Her efforts to investigate were suppressed by Porter Goss, who then chaired the House Intelligence Committee. Now Goss heads the ethics office that charged Waters with ethics violations for her legitimate advocacy for Black banks and economic justice for Black and Brown people."

The Story of Obama: All in The Company (Part I)  8/20/2010 VoltaireNet: "Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen has discovered CIA files that document the agency’s connections to institutions and individuals figuring prominently in the lives of Barack Obama and his mother, father, grandmother, and stepfather. The first part of his report highlights the connections between Barack Obama, Sr. and the CIA-sponsored operations in Kenya to counter rising Soviet and Chinese influence among student circles and, beyond, to create conditions obstructing the emergence of independent African leaders."

Thursday  8/19/2010

topSex at Dawn - Our Promiscuous Prehistory  8/19/2010 Counterpunch 

Wednesday  8/18/2010

topMosque Furor Endangers US Troops  8/18/2010 Consortium News: "Think for a minute about how differently this controversy could have played out: The proximity between Ground Zero and a mosque could have been held out as proof that American leaders mean what they say about welcoming moderate Muslims. The message at home would have reinforced – not contradicted – the message carried by U.S. soldiers and diplomats abroad. The United States would have stood up before the world as a confident nation that lives – not just talks – its principles. The American welcoming of a mosque near the 9/11 site could have represented a propaganda blow to al-Qaeda and other extremists. Instead, the opposite has occurred. The world has seen the United States appearing as a weak, prejudiced and vengeful nation, blaming an entire religion for the actions of a few adherents."

The secrets in Israel’s archives: Evidence of ethnic cleansing kept under lock and key  8/18/2010 Counterpunch: "For decades, Israelis have been taught a grand narrative in which, having repelled an attack by Syrian forces, Israel then magnanimously allowed the civilian population of the Golan to live under its rule. That, say Israelis, is why the inhabitants of four Druze villages are still present there. The rest chose to leave on the instructions of Damascus. One influential journalist writing at the time even insinuated anti-Semitism on the part of the civilians who departed: “Everyone fled, to the last man, before the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] arrived, out of fear of the ‘savage conqueror’ … Fools, why did they have to flee?” However, a very different picture emerges from Haaretz’s interviews with the participants. These insiders say that all but 6,000 of the Golan’s 130,000 civilians were either terrorised or physically forced out, some of them long after the fighting finished. An army document reveals a plan to clear the area of the Syrian population, with only the exception of the Golan Druze, so as not to upset relations with the loyal Druze community inside Israel. The army’s post-war tasks included flushing out thousands of farmers hiding in caves and woods to send them over the new border. Homes were looted before the army set about destroying all traces of 200 villages so that there would be nowhere left for the former inhabitants to return to. The first Jewish settlers sent to till the fields recalled seeing the dispossessed owners watching from afar."

Civilians to Take U.S. Lead After Military Leaves Iraq  8/18/2010 NYT: "To protect the civilians in a country that is still home to insurgents with Al Qaeda and Iranian-backed militias, the State Department is planning to more than double its private security guards, up to as many as 7,000, according to administration officials who disclosed new details of the plan. Defending five fortified compounds across the country, the security contractors would operate radars to warn of enemy rocket attacks, search for roadside bombs, fly reconnaissance drones and even staff quick reaction forces to aid civilians in distress, the officials said."

Israel & The Anti-Muslim Blow-Up  8/18/2010 Political Correction: "Bottom line: it's a witches' brew that is being stirred up, and it is one that will no doubt produce violence. But the witches are not all on the right. Just as many liberals are stirring the pot to please some of their donors. I'm not saying you should not blame Beck and Limbaugh for all this hate. But don't forget to blame your favorite liberal and progressive politicians. With a few (very few) exceptions, they are just as bad."

Tuesday  8/17/2010

topColombian court blocks military agreement with U.S.  8/17/2010 CNN: "The court ruled that the agreement over use of the bases was not an extension of treaties signed between the two nations in the past, but a new treaty that requires the approval of the legislature to be valid. "It's certainly a big bump in the road, but it's not a huge setback," Adam Isacson, senior associate at the Washington Office on Latin America organization told CNN. The congressional make-up is about 80 percent backers of current president Juan Manuel Santos and former President Alvaro Uribe, who was in office when the agreement was signed, Isacson said. So congressional approval could come quickly."

“La Tramacúa”: Colombia’s Abu Ghraib  8/17/2010 NarcoNews 

Arming Aid: Costa Rica, the US Military and the Ongoing “War” on Drugs  8/17/2010 Upside Down World: "The US will begin sending warships to Costa Rica as early as August 20 despite the fact that the Costa Rican Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging its constitutionality. The court will hear the challenge to the Costa Rican legislative assembly's decision to permit the US to move 46 warships (with the capacity to carry 7,000 troops and 200 helicopters) into Costa Rican territory. While initially there were reports that the court’s agreement to do so would delay the arrival of US military personnel at least until they ruled, the US will begin to utilize the permission unabated."

Mr. Erdogan: Please Say No to Uribe  8/17/2010 Uruknet: "We are writing to you from under a brutal, hermetic siege now entering its fourth year to express our outrage against the nomination of the notorious former president of Columbia, Álvaro Uribe Vélez to the Panel of Inquiry into the May 31, 2010 Israeli brutal attack on the humanitarian flotilla to Gaza. Mr. Prime Minister, it is an insult to the memory of those killed in the Israeli massacre against peace activists aboard the Mavi Marmara to have their blood "redeemed" by a man who has a record of violations against human rights and international law. Uribe Vélez was an accomplice in corruption and crimes against humanity in Columbia. Lately, he supported the displacement of Afro-Colombian families from their ancestral territories in La Toma, Suarez and kept silent against the denial of their economic and territorial rights. Not only so, but is a devoted Zionist, committed to the myth and fabrication of "Israel’s security."

Monday  8/16/2010

topThe Rosewood Massacre  8/16/2010 Africana Online: "Philomena Carrier, who had been working with her grandmother Sarah Carrier at Fannie Taylor’s house at the time of the alleged sexual assault, claimed that the man responsible was a white railroad engineer. She says that the man had come to see Taylor the morning of January 1 after her husband left for work. After an argument erupted between Taylor and the man, Philomena witnessed the man exit the back door and jog down the road toward Rosewood. The Carriers’ descendants maintain that the man was a Mason and that he persuaded Aaron Carrier, a member of Rosewood’s black Masonic lodge, to help him escape by appealing to the society’s code requiring members to help one another regardless of race. Carrier in turn persuaded another black Mason, Sam Carter—one of the few men in Rosewood with a wagon—to pick up the white man at Carrier’s house and drop him off in the swamp. From there the man disappeared without a trace."

Bogota bombing was 'work of far right'  8/16/2010 Radio Netherland 

How the "ground zero mosque" fear mongering began  8/16/2010 Salon: "To a remarkable extent, a Salon review of the origins of the story found, the controversy was kicked up and driven by Pamela Geller, a right-wing, viciously anti-Muslim, conspiracy-mongering blogger, whose sinister portrayal of the project was embraced by Rupert Murdoch's New York Post… (To get an idea of where Geller is coming from, she once suggested that Malcolm X was Obama's real father. Seriously.)"

The Man With The Israeli Accent–USS LIBERTY Survivor’s Life Threatened by Mossad on American Soil While Uncle Sam Yawns  8/16/2010 the ugly truth 

Saturday  8/14/2010

topDr. Laura Shows How Not to Address Racism Via Her N-Word-Filled Rant  8/14/2010 "Dr. Laura has since apologized for using the N-word but not for the myopic views she shared during the heated exchange with the caller. She has, however, expressed regrets for not helping Jade and has invited her to call back. I wouldn't hold my breath until she does. Consider Schlessinger's last bit of advice for Jade: "If you're that hypersensitive about color and don't have a sense of humor, don't marry out of your race."

Friday  8/13/2010

top"Routine" Massacre of Civilians in Iraq: Former GIs Describe US Policy of Firing on Civilians  8/13/2010 Global Research: “What the world did not see is the months of training that led up to the incident, in which soldiers were taught to respond to threats with a barrage of fire---a “wall of steel,” in Army parlance---even if it put civilians at risk,” report Sarah Lazare and Ryan Harvey in the August 16th issue of The Nation magazine. Former Army Specialist Josh Stieber said that newly arrived soldiers in Baghdad were asked if they would fire back at an attacker if they knew unarmed civilians might get hurt in the process. Those who did not respond affirmatively, or who hesitated, were “knocked around” until they realized what was expected of them, added former Army Specialist Ray Corcoles, who deployed with Stieber."

Thursday  8/12/2010

topGulf of Mexico `Dead Zone' Grows as Spill Impact Is Studied  8/12/2010 Bloomberg 

Monday  8/9/2010

topMensaje para la población de raza negra de los Estados Unidos  8/9/2010 Aporrea: "A los ciudadanos de raza negra o afrodescendientes, como a muchos morenos estadounidenses les gusta que los llamen. Aun cuando, yo no estoy de acuerdo con ese concepto. Porque, yo no he visto, por ejemplo en alguna planilla del seguro social, algún banco o empresa cualquiera cuando exigen la identificación de una persona, se lea en dicha planilla por ejemplo, no dice, Cedula de identidad asiático descendiente en caso de los asiáticos, o europeo descendiente, en caso de europeos, o afro descendiente; solo se lee Cédula de Identidad Venezolana (CEV)."

Thursday  8/5/2010

topAmerica's Covert "Civil Society Operations": US Interference in Venezuela Keeps Growing  8/5/2010 Counterpunch: by Eva Golinger

The Big Lie - Venezuela and Labor  8/5/2010 Counterpunch: "In other words, the ITUC, which is recognized as the foremost authority on anti-union violence, views the killings of unionists in Colombia and Venezuela very differently – with the violence against unionists in Colombia being “structural” and “systematic,” almost invariably with government sanction; and the violence in Venezuela, on the other hand, stemming from mafia-like corruption largely within the union movement itself."

Wednesday  8/4/2010

topColombia and Venesuela Rattle Their Sabres - Uribe's Parting Shot  8/4/2010 Counterpunch 

Tuesday  8/3/2010

topOperation False Positive - Behind the Colombia / Venezuela Tensions  8/3/2010 Counterpunch: "“False positive” is the name given to the Colombian armed forces operation that murdered civilians and then dressed them up in insurgent uniforms in order to demonstrate the success of the army’s counterinsurgency strategy, thus winning more aid from the U.S. According to the human rights organizations Comision de Derechos Homanos del Bajo Ariari and Colectivo Orlando Fals Borda, some 2,000 civilians have been murdered under the program. The bodies at La Macarena have not been identified yet, but suspicion is that they represent victims of the “false-positive” program, as well as rural activists and trade unionists. The incoming Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, was defense secretary when the murders were talking place. Santos also oversaw a brief invasion of Ecuador in 2008 that reportedly killed a number of insurgents. The invasion was widely condemned throughout Latin America."

Young Palestinians With Cameras - Shooting Back  8/3/2010 Counterpunch: “People started to take this tool, the video camera, and use it as a way to express themselves, to tell stories,” said Gross. “We didn’t train them to do that. We trained them to document human rights violations. But pretty soon we got the sense that this can be a powerful tool for them to empower themselves.”

Monday  8/2/2010

topEva Golinger: EEUU otorga más de 6.4 millones de dólares para la oposición en paises de la ALBA  8/2/2010 Aporrea: "Educación Cívica (NOMBRE CENSURADO): $21.575 dólares para fortalecer la capacidad de mujeres afro-descendientes para promover sus derechos y participar en las decisiones en sus comunidades."

Israeli Rabbi Preaches "Slaughter" of Gentile Babies  8/2/2010 Counterpunch: "In the 230-page book, Shapira and his co-author, Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, also from Yitzhar, argue that Jewish law permits the killing of non-Jews in a wide variety of circumstances. The terms “gentiles” and “non-Jews” in the book are widely understood as references to Palestinians. They write that Jews have the right to kill gentiles in any situation in which “a non-Jew’s presence endangers Jewish lives” even if the gentile is “not at all guilty for the situation that has been created”. The book sanctions the killing of non-Jewish children and babies: “There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.” The rabbis suggest that harming the children of non-Jewish leaders is justified if it is likely to bring pressure to bear on them to change policy."

Sunday  8/1/2010

topShock wave and bubble: the untruth about the Cheonan - 'proof' that the Cheonan was sunk by North Korea has been thoroughly discredited.  8/1/2010 Global Research 

Thursday  7/29/2010

topThe Truth Behind the Tea Parties  7/29/2010 Consortium News: "Right-wing groups poured funding into the nascent movement. These groups included: Americans for Prosperity, a pro-tobacco, anti-healthcare and anti-tax lobbying organization; and FreedomWorks, a lobbying firm devoted to opposing taxes, immigration, healthcare reform and solutions to global warming. Koch Industries, an oil, mineral, ranching and securities conglomerate, funds both of these groups, while the Sarah Mellon Scaife foundation, with interests in oil, industry and banking, funds FreedomWorks."

Lideres raizales mañana marcharan por las calle de san andres , para prostestar por las inmovilizaciones de motocicletas  7/29/2010 RNC, Colombia: "El ciudadano Raizal Carlos Piusy en denuncias entregadas a los diferentes medios de comunicación señalo que la policía de carretera ha establecido persecución a los motociclistas de la isla. Según lo expresado por piusy las motocicletas le solicitan documentos que todavía no están socializado por el gobierno y lo agentes de manera drástica inmovilizan el vehículo moto y no los taxis ni vehículos particulares camiones que ya cumplieron su ciclo."

Wednesday  7/28/2010

topPhilly Knows Better - Another Reverse Racism Scam  7/28/2010 Counterpunch: "The usual suspects – right-wing operatives, conservative media commentators and GOP Congressmen – are portraying two members of the New Black Panther Party, including of one carrying a baton, as having intimidated white voters during the November 4, 2008 presidential election where Obama defeated GOP candidate McCain. A closer examination by ThisCantBeHappening! however reveals that, just like the doctored video that falsely implied that USDA official Shirley Sherrod was a racist who had denied farm aid to poor whites, this Philly claim of alleged black intimidation of white voters is just more trumped-up nonsense."

Settlers Wage Vendetta on Israeli Secret Police - Shin Bet Exposed  7/28/2010 Counterpunch: "In another blow to the Shin Bet, Pearlman’s supporters have released a video secretly filmed of the head of the Shin Bet’s Jewish division, which arrested Pearlman, both naming him and identifying where he lives. Although he is in charge of handling “Jewish terror” cases for the Shin Bet, the video states that he lives in Kfar Adumim, a West Bank settlement. It is a criminal offence to identify any employee of the Shin Bet. Pearlman’s allies, who posted the video on overseas websites so they could not be removed, appear to hope that the Shin Bet will be intimidated by their move. Identification of such a senior figure will prompt fears that he may be in danger either of revenge attacks or future prosecution in an international tribunal."

Tuesday  7/27/2010

topBP Gets Louisiana Inmates to Do Their Dirty Work Cleaning Up Oil Spill  7/27/2010 Black Voices 

BP Using Prison Labor in Oil Spill Cleanup  7/27/2010 The Roots 

Monday  7/26/2010

topThe WikiLeaks Afghanistan Leak  7/26/2010 Common Dreams 

Afghan War Leaks Expose Costly Folly  7/26/2010 Consortium News: "Perhaps the most explosive revelations disclose the double game being played by the Pakistani Directorate for Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI). Der Spiegel reported: “The documents clearly show that this Pakistani intelligence agency is the most important accomplice the Taliban has outside of Afghanistan.” The documents also show ISI envoys not only are present when insurgent commanders hold war councils, but also give specific orders to carry out assassinations — including, according to one report, an attempt on the life of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in August 2008. Former Pakistani intelligence chief, Gen. Hamid Gul, is depicted as an important source of aid to the Taliban, and even, in another report, as a “leader” of the insurgents. The reports show Gul ordering suicide attacks, and describe him as one of the most important suppliers of weaponry to the Talban. Though the Pakistani government has angrily denied U.S. government complaints about Gul and the ISI regarding secret ties to the Taliban and even to al-Qaeda, the new evidence must raise questions about what the Pakistanis have been doing with the billions of dollars that Washington has given them?"

How Bush Botched the Afghan War  7/26/2010 Consortium News: " As their internal assessment sank in, the CIA analysts drifted into silence, troubled by the implications of their own conclusions. “An ocean of hard truths before them – such as what did it say about U.S. policies that bin Laden would want Bush reelected – remained untouched,” Suskind wrote. If helping Bush was bin Laden’s intent, the strategy appeared to work. Two last-minute polls showed Bush moving from a virtual dead heat with Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic nominee, to about a five percentage point lead. Bush then hung on to win by an official margin of less than three points."

14 Examples - Rampant Racism in the Criminal Justice System  7/26/2010 Counterpunch 

Office Gets 30 Months for Killing Arab Driver - Israeli Police Impunity  7/26/2010 Counterpunch: "At Mizrahi’s original trial last year, the district court judge, Menachem Finkelstein, ruled that the policeman had acted “recklessly” during an operation to stop car thefts in the Jewish town of Pardes Hanna in 2006. Despite his life never being in danger, Mizrahi had used the butt of his gun to smash the window of a car in which Mahmoud Ghanaim, 24, was seated and shot him in the head from close range. The court also noted that Mizrahi had changed his testimony several times during the investigations. According to Mossawa, an advocacy group, 40 Palestinian citizens have been killed in suspicious circumstances by the security forces over the past decade. Mizrahi is the first policeman to be convicted in such a case."

Sunday  7/25/2010

topBP Oil Spill Threatens Bayou Tribes  7/25/2010 Consortium News 

Friday  7/23/2010

topWho Is Behind the 25,000 Deaths In Mexico?  7/23/2010 The Nation: "Yet the daily torrent of local press accounts from Ciudad Juárez makes it clear that most of the murder victims are ordinary Mexicans who magically morph into drug cartel members before their blood dries on the streets, sidewalks, vacant lots, pool halls and barrooms where they fall dead, riddled with bullets… General Jorge Juárez Loera, the first commander of the Joint Operation Chihuahua, put it this way: "I would like to see reporters change their articles and instead of writing about one more murder victim, they should say, 'one less criminal.' "

The attack on the Euro and the dismantling of the European Union  7/23/2010 Voltaire Net 

Thursday  7/22/2010

topGovernment Allows BP to Dump Oil-Spill Waste on Black Communities  7/22/2010 OpEd News: "Given the sad history of waste disposal in the southern United States, it should be no surprise to anyone that the BP waste disposal plan looks a lot like "Dumping in Dixie," and has become a core environmental justice concern , especially among low-income and people of color communities in the Gulf Coast--communities whose residents have historically borne more than their fair share of solid waste landfills and hazardous waste facilities before and after natural and man-made disasters. For decades, African American and Latino communities in the South became the dumping grounds for all kind of wastes--making them "sacrifice zones." Nowhere is this scenario more apparent than in Louisiana's "Cancer Alley," the 85-mile stretch along the Mississippi from Baton Rough to New Orleans. Gulf Coast residents, who have for decades lived on the fenceline with landfills and waste sites, are asking why their communities are being asked again to shoulder the waste disposal burden for the giant BP oil spill. They are demanding answers from BP and the EPA in Washington, DC and the EPA Region 4 office in Atlanta and EPA Region 6 office in Dallas--two EPA regions that have a legacy of unequal protection, racial discrimination, and bad decisions that have exacerbated environmental and health disparities."

Newspaper Chain’s New Business Plan: Copyright Suits  7/22/2010 Wired 

Wednesday  7/21/2010

topRight Tries to Bloc NAACP Criticism of Tea Party Racism  7/21/2010 Black Voice News: "What surprised me was the opposition of Cynthia Tucker, African-American editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who wrote that the NAACP had no business condemning the Tea Party. Her view was: 1) she did not know what “elements” of racism were; 2) this would confirm that the NAACP was an arm of the Democratic Party; 3) the NAACP did not purge its own ranks; and 4) the resolution just draws attention to the Tea Partiers. This is very weak stuff for the editor of a major American newspaper, especially coming an African American."

What the Tea Party Really Stands For  7/21/2010 Black Voice News: by Al Sharpton

Bias by CNN Correspondent Ben Wedeman More than Just a Tweet  7/21/2010 Camera: "Not so with CNN's Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman. As with Nasr, a post on the Cairo-based correspondent's Twitter page raises serious questions about his objectivity. But in this case, the journalist's contributions to CNN seem to answer those questions in a way that should deeply trouble the network, as they suggest that his biases excessively influence his reporting. In a June 29, 2010 tweet, Wedeman directed his followers to an "excellent" article, as he put it, by the harshly anti-Israel professor/blogger Juan Cole. Judging by that warm praise, Wedeman embraces, and thinks his readers should likewise subscribe to, the radical and facile narrative put forth by Cole in the recommended piece. Cole's article claimed: [Israel's] isolation derives from Israeli policies, of illegal blockades ... and systematic land theft and displacement of occupied civilians under its control, along with aggressive wars on neighbors, which target infrastructure and civilians and are clearly intended to keep neighbors poor and backward."

Sunday  7/18/2010

topU.S. policy a paper tiger against sex trade in war zones  7/18/2010 WaPo: "Zero prosecutions," said Martina Vandenberg, a lawyer and former Human Rights Watch investigator, "suggests zero effort to enforce the law." The State Department reported recently that allegations of contractors' employees procuring commercial sex acts were "well publicized" but that no contractors have been prosecuted and no contracts terminated."

Saturday  7/17/2010

topA wide-ranging variety of viewpoints on tea party racism story Read more:  7/17/2010 Kansas City Star 

Dengue Fever Outbreak Leads Back to CIA & Army Experiments  7/17/2010 VoltaireNet: "In the spring and summer of 1981, Cuba experienced a severe hemorrhagic dengue fever epidemic. Between May and October 1981, the island nation had 158 dengue-related deaths with about 75,000 reported infection cases. Prior to this outbreak, Cuba had reported only a very small number of cases in 1944 and 1977. At the same time as the 1981 outbreak, covert biological warfare attacks on Cuba’s residents and crops were believed to have been conducted against the island by CIA contractors and military airplane flyovers. Particularly harmful to the nation was a severe outbreak of swine flu that Fidel Castro attributed to the CIA. ...The timing of this outbreak of Dengue fever presents two additional problems; the symptoms of Dengue fever are very similar to that of exposures to chemicals such as those contained in crude oil and the dispersants currently being used in the contaminated areas of the Gulf of Mexico, potentially making it difficult to diagnose the source of a sufferer’s symptoms. Worse yet, there looms the possibility that Corexit and other toxins present in the Gulf area may weaken the immune system, thus setting the stage for more severe forms of the disease in people who are, or have previously been, exposed to the virus."

Friday  7/16/2010

topYes, There Is Racism in the Tea Party  7/16/2010 Alternet: "As NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous said, "We're simply asking them to repudiate racist acts and bigotry in their ranks or accept responsibility." But instead of acknowledging and disassociating themselves from the more radical actions of their membership, Tea Party leaders have said that racist elements are non existent. In hurling accusations of racism back at the NAACP, Tea Party leaders have wielded a professed desire for colorblindness as a whitewashing tool. But Tea Party members are employing a defense that only perpetuates the racism they are desperately trying to refute."

Clues Suggest Nuclear Scientist's Defection an Iranian Plot - Was Amiri a Double Agent?  7/16/2010 Counterpunch 

More Than Just a Few Bad Apples - Days of Cop Violence in New Orleans  7/16/2010 Counterpunch: "While the details of their charges are shocking, much of the media has missed the real story: corruption and violence are endemic to the NOPD, and wider systemic change is needed not just in police personnel, but in the city's overall criminal justice system… A coalition of criminal justice activists called Community United for Change (CUC) has asked for federal investigations of dozens of other police murders committed over the past three decades, which advocates say have never been properly examined. Activists named a wide range of cases, from the death of 25-year-old Jenard Thomas, who was shot by police in front of his father on March 24, 2005; to Sherry Singleton, shot by police in 1980 while she was naked in a bathtub, in front of her four year old child."

BP buys up Gulf scientists for legal defense, roiling academic community  7/16/2010 Press Register, Alabama: "For the last few weeks, BP has been offering signing bonuses and lucrative pay to prominent scientists from public universities around the Gulf Coast to aid its defense against spill litigation. BP PLC attempted to hire the entire marine sciences department at one Alabama university, according to scientists involved in discussions with the company's lawyers. The university declined because of confidentiality restrictions that the company sought on any research."

Air forces officer asks to down Herons to save PKK terrorists  7/16/2010 Today's Zaman, Turkey: "Heron unmanned aircraft detected a terrorist presence in Siirt last month. Twelve terrorists were killed after this and an attack that may have been fatal for Turkish soldiers was prevented. Herons also detected the presence of terrorist elements before the Aktütün attack of 2008, but the military did not take the necessary measures and 17 soldiers were killed."

Thursday  7/15/2010

topU.S. Government Considers Listing Turkish Charity As ‘Terrorists’  7/15/2010 Aletho News: "The US State Department is considering whether to designate a Turkish charity as a ‘terrorist group’ after the organization sent a ship of medical and school supplies to the Gaza Strip in May. The aid ship was attacked in international waters by the Israeli navy, and nine aid workers, including one US citizen, were killed."

Was Amiri a Double Agent? by BABAK SARFARAZ  7/15/2010 PBS: Snookered again.

Wednesday  7/14/2010

topCops could face death in post-Katrina shootings  7/14/2010 AP 

Guárico: El afro mundo danzario llega al Centro de la Diversidad Cultural  7/14/2010 Aporrea 

New Satellite Images of Gulf: Oil reaches Mexico’s Yucutan, near Cancun  7/14/2010 Florida Oil Spill Law 

Doomsday Methane Bubble Rupture?: How the BP Gulf Disaster May Have Triggered a 'World-Killing' Event  7/14/2010 Global Research: "Reports, filtering through from oceanologists and salvage workers in the region, state that the upper level strata of the ocean floor is succumbing to greater and greater pressure. That pressure is causing a huge expanse of the seabed-estimated by some as spreading over thousands of square miles surrounding the BP wellhead-to bulge. Some claim the seabed in the region has risen an astounding 30 feet. The fractured BP wellhead, site of the former Deepwater Horizon, has become the epicenter of frenetic attempts to quell the monstrous flow of methane. The subterranean methane is pressurized at 100,000 pounds psi. According to Matt Simmons, an oil industry expert, the methane pressure at the wellhead has now skyrocketed to a terrifying 40,000 pounds psi… A huge gash on the ocean floor—like a ragged wound hundreds of feet long—has been reported by the NOAA research ship, Thomas Jefferson. Before the curtain of the government enforced news blackout again descended abruptly, scientists aboard the ship voiced their concerns that the widening rift may go down miles into the earth. That gash too is hemorrhaging oil and methane. It’s 10 miles away from the BP epicenter. Other, new fissures, have been spotted as far as 30 miles distant. Measurements of the multiple oil plumes now appearing miles from the wellhead indicate that as much as a total of 124,000 barrels of oil are erupting into the Gulf waters daily-that’s about 5,208,000 gallons of oil per day… While some say it can’t happen because the bulk of the methane is frozen into crystalline form, others point out that the underground methane sea is gradually melting from the nearby surging oil that’s estimated to be as hot as 500 degrees Fahrenheit."

Red Alert Gulf news: Military road blocks. S La people leaving  7/14/2010 Human Rights Examiner: "A rapid military build-up and road-block maneuver is being conducted, along with a visible exodus of residents in the Barataria Bay area of Jefferson Parish in South Louisiana. This news from Intel Hub coincides with the new military rule gently broken to the public, of having to obtain from the military and carry papers in the region, starting with reporters and photographers, a psyop squarely focusing on "public victory" rather than covert military take-over in the Gulf and martial law in the region."

Gulf Roadblocks – Misquoted Reports  7/14/2010 Intel Hub: "Matt Smith is clearly on record saying that these are unconfirmed reports, yet people throughout the internet continue to pretend otherwise. Instead of attacking someones credibility, people need to listen to the reports more closely. Project Gulf Impact has released some extremely vital information regarding Corexit9500 and from all accounts have proven to be a credible and valuable source of information. Having to spend the time to address this clear disinformation is absolutely ridiculous."

"They Just Don't Know Who They're Messing With"  7/14/2010 Mother Jones: "But while Dillon says the company is bungling many aspects of the spill response, he notes that it has done a reasonably good job in one area: blocking the media from seeing the worst of the disaster in Grand Isle, a beach on a barrier island off Louisiana's coast. "There was all kinds of stuff they didn't want the media to see," he says, describing areas thick with oil that were off-limits to journalists. "They kept it very strict what they wanted the media not to see, and what they wanted them to see. Where the media was actually given access to really was kind of mundane."

Investigation Confirms Pennsylvania Fracking Well Blowout Was Easily Preventable, Potentially Catastrophic  7/14/2010 Truth Out: ""Make no mistake, this could have been a catastrophic incident," Hanger said. "Had the gas blowing out of this well ignited, the human cost would have been tragic, and had an explosion allowed this well to discharge wastewater for days or weeks, the environmental damage would have been significant." John Vittitow, an experienced petroleum engineer hired by the DEP to conduct the investigation, made an eerie comparison to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the gulf as he described the failed blowout preventer that led to the incident. Vittitow said that EOG Resources only installed one pressure barrier during a well clean-out procedure, while industry standards call for at least two barriers in case of failure."

6 New Orleans officers charged in Katrina shootings  7/14/2010 WaPo 

Tuesday  7/13/2010

topMadsen: Ecocide Turns GOM into Gulf of Death  7/13/2010 Fellowship of the Minds: "Madsen says BP has been conducting night aerial spraying of bleaching agents over sensitive barrier islands near Grand Isle and Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to give the impression that the oil has been removed. Around 2:30 to 3:00 am (local time), BP aircraft flying without lights — a clear violation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations and a threat to other aircraft in the region — would spray a compound of hydrochloric (muriatic) acid."

Censored Gulf chemical rape news: Night spraying acid on beaches confirmed  7/13/2010 Human Rights Examiner 

Coast Guard promises greater media access to Gulf exclusion zone, but there’s a catch  7/13/2010 Raw Story 

Monday  7/12/2010

topValentine's Pack Traces Real Drug War  7/12/2010 Consortium News 

The Unchallenged Power of the Israel Lobby  7/12/2010 Counterpunch: By JAMES ABOUREZK

From a Fishing Village, to an "'Oil Town": Hell Has Come to South Louisiana  7/12/2010 Global Research: '“There has been a BP cover-up from day one,” he says, as I write furiously in my notepad, trying to keep up, “The US Government, OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration], the Coast Guard, NIOSH [National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health], all of them are in on it.”

Sunday  7/11/2010

topChavez, Venezuelan church clash over freedoms  7/11/2010 AP 

Native American tribe reclaims slice of the Hamptons after court victory  7/11/2010 Guardian, UK 

Saturday  7/10/2010

topHow the ultimate BP Gulf disaster could kill millions  7/10/2010 Helium: "The burgeoning methane gas cloud will surface, killing everything it touches, and set off a supersonic tsunami with the wave traveling somewhere between 400 to 600 miles per hour. While the entire Gulf coastline is vulnerable, the state most exposed to the fury of a supersonic wave towering 150 to 200 feet or more is Florida. The Sunshine State only averages about 100 feet above sea level with much of the coastline and lowlands and swamps near zero elevation."

Toxicologist: Oil/Corexit mix caused heart trouble, organ damage, rectal bleeding  7/10/2010 Raw Story 

Friday  7/9/2010

topUS Denies Visa to Colombian Journalist  7/9/2010 Common Dreams: "The U.S. government has denied a visa to a prominent Colombian journalist who specializes in conflict and human rights reporting to attend a prestigious fellowship at Harvard University. Hollman Morris, who produces an independent TV news program called "Contravia," has been highly critical of ties between illegal far-right militias and allies of outgoing President Alvaro Uribe, Washington's closest ally in Latin America. The curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, which has offered the mid-career fellowships since 1938, said Thursday that a consular official at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota told him Morris was ruled permanently ineligible for a visa under the "Terrorist activities" section of the USA Patriot Act... "We were very surprised. This has never happened before," said the Nieman curator, Bob Giles."

Wednesday  7/7/2010

topOily rain in South Carolina,soon more states will have same disaster  7/7/2010 YouTube 

Monday  7/5/2010

topFending For Themselves: Devastating Social and Environmental Impacts of BP Oil Spill  7/5/2010 Global Research: "“About two weeks ago a BP spokesman held a town hall meeting,” she explains, “He said, it’s not if but when the oil comes here again. There was not one state or parish official at the meeting. BP is running things here now.”"

Protecting Oil Companies? BP Investigation Blocked  7/5/2010 Global Research 

Censored Gulf oil news: Fake sand brought to beaches  7/5/2010 Human Rights Examiner 

Marine biologist claims US Coast Guard involved in Corexit spraying  7/5/2010 Raw Story 

Oil or Chemical Rain in South Carolina - Update - June 26 2010 Mirror  7/5/2010 YouTube 

Friday  7/2/2010

topIs John Stossel More Dangerous Than Glenn Beck?  7/2/2010 Alternet: "In May this year, a prominent commentator on Fox News called for the repeal of the section of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that bans discrimination in places of public accommodation. "Private businesses ought to discriminate... it should be their right to be racist," he said. Fox News has a longstanding policy of giving race-baiters a soapbox, but the fascinating thing about this particular bit of vile nonsense is that even other figureheads at the channel like Bill O'Reilly, Charles Krauthammer and Steve Brown -- each known for their own ignorant worldviews -- voiced disgust at the suggestion that racial discrimination ought to be a right granted to businesses."

Chavez: Detained Salvadoran wanted in Cuba  7/2/2010 Miami Herald: "Chavez said the suspect, Francisco Chavez Abarca, was detained upon arrival Thursday by Venezuelan intelligence agents and is accused of placing bombs in Havana in 1997. He called the Salvadoran a "big terrorist" who is closely associated with Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative wanted for allegedly plotting the 1976 bombing of a Cuban plane that killed 73 people. "My heart tells me this gentleman came here to kill me. I have no doubt," the president said."

Why Is the Gulf Cleanup So Slow? There are obvious actions to speed things up, but the government oddly resists taking them.  7/2/2010 WSJ: "The combination of these two regulations is delaying and may even prevent the world's largest skimmer, the Taiwanese owned "A Whale," from deploying. This 10-story high ship can remove almost as much oil in a day as has been removed in total—roughly 500,000 barrels of oily water per day. The tanker is steaming towards the Gulf, hoping it will receive Coast Guard and EPA approval before it arrives."

Thursday  7/1/2010

topEl jefe de los escuadrones de la muerte gana las elecciones colombianas  7/1/2010 Afrodescendientes 

Guns of August in the Middle East?  7/1/2010 Counterpunch 

Dr Kelly 'couldn't have slit his wrist as he was too weak' Read more:  7/1/2010 Daily Mail: "Dr Kelly, who worked for both the UN and later the Ministry of Defence, was found dead seven years ago next month in an Oxfordshire wood. He was said to be deeply upset after being exposed as the source of a controversial BBC news report questioning Britain's grounds for going to war in Iraq. The report, by journalist Andrew Gilligan, stated that Tony Blair's press spokesman Alastair Campbell had 'sexed up' the case for war for political reasons. But, unusually for a death of this nature, no full coroner's inquest has ever been held. Instead, Tony Blair appointed retired judge Lord Hutton to chair a non-statutory public inquiry into the circumstances leading to his body being discovered."

Wednesday  6/30/2010

topFBI Watch  6/30/2010 Campu Activism 

Methane Release From the Gulf Oil Spill: What Does It Mean? How Bad Could It Get?  6/30/2010 Global Research: "Although methane from surface-vessel spills or shallow-water blowouts escapes into the air, I expect that the vast majority of methane making the long trip to the sea surface from a deep water spill would dissolve," Valentine wrote. "Unlike oil, methane dissolves uniformly in seawater. And the tools are available to measure it accurately and sensitively."

Tuesday  6/29/2010

topIs BP lobbying to increase the amount of oil allowed in Gulf seafood?  6/29/2010 Florida Oil Spill Law 

Ecuador threatens to cut Colombia ties over spy plot  6/29/2010 Reuters 

Monday  6/28/2010

topBurge found guilty of lying about torture  6/28/2010 Chicago Breaking News: "Former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge, the subject of accusations of torture against suspects for decades, was convicted today on all counts of an indictment charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice. Burge was convicted of lying in a 2003 civil lawsuit about his use or knowledge of torture of criminal suspects."

No oil in South Florida? New color-corrected aerial photos released  6/28/2010 Florida Oil Spill Law: "Brownish-red ribbons/streamers are photographed north of the Florida Keys, just off the state’s southern tip on May 26"

What are Colombian agents doing in the EU?  6/28/2010 PressEurop 

Sunday  6/27/2010

topThe last post: McChrystal's bleak outlook  6/27/2010 Independent: "Sacked US General Stanley McChrystal issued a devastatingly critical assessment of the war against a "resilient and growing insurgency" just days before being forced out."

Saturday  6/26/2010

topThe BP "Gulf Syndrome": Benzene and Corexit Poisoning - The Government is Silent on the Human Health Risks  6/26/2010 Global Research: "Out of work shrimper, oil clean-up work Clint Guidry reported, “The closest I got [to the Gulf water] was Venice, Louisiana, and you could smell it from Venice... they were actually spraying Corexit 9527A on the oil spill on top of the water and spraying all around - Venice sits on a peninsula, the Mississippi River, right at the - right above the Head of the Passes. "And they were actually spraying this Corexit in the air all around where people were living, with kids and children, and continuously saying how safe it was."

VIDEO: Is it "Raining Oil" in Metro New Orleans?  6/26/2010 Global Research: "It's in 5,000 feet of water and is reputed to be close to 30,000 into the earth. In Russia, where such super deep wells were pioneered, they are only drilled on land and far from human habitations. At least one prominent oil industry safety specialist warned in writing against the drilling of this well."

Oil or Chemical Rain in South Carolina - Update - June 26, 2010  6/26/2010 YouTube 

Friday  6/25/2010

topWhy Charles Rangle Sold Himself Too Cheaply - The Death of Black Politics  6/25/2010 Counterpunch: "It doesn’t matter that Rangel’s constituents do not support Israel’s human rights violations. As pointed out in Black Agenda Report, Rangel and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus are terrified of facing an onslaught of Zionist fundraising, and with good reason. In the past their colleagues who dared to step out of line and defy the pro-Israel lobby were defeated by suddenly well-funded opponents. Rangel can easily put two and two together and chose to speak words that will gain him additional campaign dollars. That degree of support is yet unknown, but shame would be added on top of shame if Rangel sold himself too cheaply."

Oil Spill Might Be Making Natural Seeps Larger  6/25/2010 Global Research 

Thursday  6/24/2010

topCorexit/oil eats through boat hulls, kidneys  6/24/2010 Florida Oil Spill Law: "I’ve seen guys who that have volunteered to clean up birds that were working for BP. The hulls of their boats, whether its from the oil or from the Corexit, are being eaten through. And they are saying that ‘I volunteered this ship to help with this effort, there is no way BP is gonna pay me back for that.’ BP Spokesperson: Yes they will. The claims process is not perfect yet, we are working on it, but yes they’ll be paid. …"

Methane and Martial Law in the Gulf of Mexico  6/24/2010 My Auburn 

Wednesday  6/23/2010

topCoverup: BP Has the Technology to Accurately Measure the Amount of Leaking Oil  6/23/2010 Global Research 

Tuesday  6/22/2010

topIsrael Escalating Terror in Turkey?  6/22/2010 Aletho News: "There is an article by Seymour Hersh written in 2004 in the New Yorker describing Israelis training Kurdish forces for use in Iran and Syria for information gathering, sabotage and destabilization operations. Of course these terrorists would also be used in Turkey. Hersh also wrote that the Israeli Mistaravim teams were training those terrorists. Mistaravim teams are one of the most secretive groups of the Israeli army. Mistaravim is the plural of “mista’arev”, the Hebrew slang for “being an Arab”. These soldiers are trained to “be an Arab” and go into the occupied territories to capture (or kill) a wanted person. These are also commonly known as the ‘Arab Platoons’."

BP-Style Extreme Energy Nightmares to Come - Four Scenarios for the Next Energy Mega-Disaster  6/22/2010 Common Dreams: "Without warning, a gigantic, storm-propelled iceberg strikes the Hibernia, rupturing the GBS and spilling more than one million barrels of oil into rough waters. The topside facility is severed from the base structure and plunges into the ocean, killing all 185 crew members. Every connection to the undersea wells is ruptured, and 135,000 barrels of oil start flowing into the Atlantic every day (approximately twice the amount now coming from the BP leak in the Gulf of Mexico). The area is impossible to reach by plane or ship in the constant bad weather, meaning emergency repairs can't be undertaken for weeks -- not until at least five million additional barrels of oil have poured into the ocean. As a result, one of the world's most prolific fishing grounds -- the Grand Banks off Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Cape Cod -- is thoroughly poisoned."

Intimidating Supporters of Palestine - US Fear Factory Kills Free Speech  6/22/2010 Counterpunch: "The Los Angeles Times reveals that UC Irvine has told its university students that the Muslim Student Union will be suspended for one year because it dared to criticize Israel and protested during a speech given by the Israeli Ambassador. So there you have it – freedom of speech is now banned. The unprecedented action also sends out a chilling message to students across the USA who might consider demonstrating, rallying or protesting against the Zionist state and its supporters. Free speech, it seems, is a thing of the past in Barack Obama’s America. And should you be in any doubt, read a story about the latest decision to emerge from the US Supreme Court. In a majority 6-3 ruling it becomes virtually impossible for anyone to put food into the mouths of malnourished babies in Gaza or to give money to a charity to do the humanitarian act for you."

What is the work of the IJAN academic network? Why are we organizing as anti-Zionist Jewish academics?  6/22/2010 Jews Confront Apartheid 

Louisiana Police Pull Over Activist at Behest of BP  6/22/2010 Mother Jones: "And though as of June 16 the federal government was saying helicopters could fly reporters as low as 1,500 feet around spill sites, on June 17 I was on a helicopter that was prohibited from flying below 3,000 feet (and whose pilot flipped silent birds at the "military guys" coming over the radio and hassling him about being in the area at all). But Louisiana state police pulling over a video camera-wielding private citizen because the head of BP security wanted to ask him some questions is a whole other level of alarming."

The Runaway General  6/22/2010 Rolling Stone: "Whatever the nature of the new plan, the delay underscores the fundamental flaws of counterinsurgency. After nine years of war, the Taliban simply remains too strongly entrenched for the U.S. military to openly attack. The very people that COIN seeks to win over – the Afghan people – do not want us there. Our supposed ally, President Karzai, used his influence to delay the offensive, and the massive influx of aid championed by McChrystal is likely only to make things worse. "Throwing money at the problem exacerbates the problem," says Andrew Wilder, an expert at Tufts University who has sῴudied the effect of aid in southern Afghanistan. "A tsunami of cash fuels corruption, delegitimizes the government and creates an environment where we're picking winners and losers" - a process that fuels resentment and hostility among the civilian population. So far, counterinsurgency has succeeded only in creating a never-ending demand for the primary product supplied by the military: perpetual war."

Monday  6/21/2010

topInternational agencies fund Venezuelan opposition with $40-50 million annually  6/21/2010 Aletho News: "A revealing report published in May 2010 by the FRIDE Institute, a Spanish think tank, prepared with funding from the World Movement for Democracy (a project of the National Endowment for Democracy-NED), has disclosed that international agencies are funding the Venezuelan opposition with a whopping US$40-50 million annually. This exorbitant amount of financing well exceeds the approximately $15 million previously believed to have been channelled to Venezuelan opposition groups via the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the NED. According to the FRIDE report, which analyzes the impact of this funding in Venezuela, and concludes that more donations are necessary to support the “democratic opposition” to President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, the multi-million dollar funds are exclusively directed towards political activities in the polarized South American nation. A large majority of the $40-50 million donated by US and European agencies and foundations is given to the right wing opposition political parties, Primero Justicia (First Justice), Un Nuevo Tiempo (A New Time) and COPEI (Christian Democrat ultra-conservative party), as well as to a dozen or so NGOs, student groups and media organizations."

Anti-Zionist Jews and Palestine Solidarity at the US Social Forum: The Most Anti-Zionist Ever  6/21/2010 Jewschool: "The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network is hosting the 2010 U.S. Assembly of Jews: Confronting Racism & Israeli Apartheid. They are acutely aware that some folks use anti-Zionist rhetoric to mask some nasty anti-Semitism, and so made the effort to say that “We believe that supporting Palestinian self-determination requires challenging Zionist ideas, policies and practice, not the practice of Judaism.”

Hundreds in Oakland protest Gaza blockade  6/21/2010 SF Chronicle: "Hundreds of demonstrators, condemning Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, picketed at the Port of Oakland on Sunday and may have prevented an Israeli cargo ship from unloading for the day. Two shifts of longshoremen agreed not to cross the picket line, leaving nobody to unload the vessel."

Friday  6/18/2010

topBP Tells Cleanup Workers They'll Be Fired If They Wear Respirators  6/18/2010 Global Research: "For example, BP has been keeping reporters out of areas hardest hit by the oil (and see this, this, this and this) and threatening to arrest them if they try to take pictures, hiding dead birds and other sealife, and using dispersants to break up the thick plumes of oil. Indeed, attorney and environmental advocate Monique Harden says that BP is "running the Gulf region like a prison warden". "

Riviera Beach woman who survived Rosewood Massacre has died at 94  6/18/2010 Palm Beach Post 

Tuesday  6/15/2010

topAmerican Media Failure Again - Israeli Raid Coverage  6/15/2010 Counterpunch 

Mexico's Gaza  6/15/2010 Counterpunch: "Today, nearly a quarter century after the initial Amnesty International report, the death toll in the Triqui region has mounted to over 400."

Statistical Analysis and Visualization of the Drug War in Mexico  6/15/2010 Diego Valle-Jones: "While the first joint army operations in 2006 and 2007 lowered the homicide rates in Michocán and Guerrero, later military operations in Chihuahua, Durango, Nuevo León, Veracruz and Durango have coincided with increases in homicides and attempts by the Sinaloa cartel to take over drug trafficking routes from rival cartels."

Monday  6/14/2010

topThe Re-Education of Helen Thomas  6/14/2010 Counterpunch 

Israel denounces Castro "swastika" remarks  6/14/2010 Reuters 

The Pentagon’s Afghan Mineral Hype  6/14/2010 Unsilent Generation: "This morning’s New York Times includes a story headlined, ”US Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan.’’ In fact the country’s mineral wealth has been known for centuries. Records of it date back to the time of Marco Polo. Mineral stories were mapped by the Soviets during their occupation of the country, and more recently by other mining experts. While it’s possible that the team of Pentagon officials and American geologists credited with the “discovery” may have added some detail to existing knowledge on the subject, it’s hardly the revelation their reports–and the article–suggest."

Sunday  6/13/2010

topEyewitness Contests Israeli Account  6/13/2010 Consortium News: "One of the most haunting parts of the experience for Mohammadi was the fact that six people are still missing, and she is sure that the commandos threw several people over board—she wasn't sure if they were dead or alive. “I heard splashes while I was going between the decks … and there are others who would corroborate that bags were placed over people’s heads and they were not sure whether they were dead or alive, and then they were thrown overboard.” Many of the horrid images drawn by Mohammadi were corroborated by an hour-long video, released on Wednesday."

U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan  6/13/2010 NYT: "The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials."

Saturday  6/12/2010

topEl Paso 'Cat and Mouse' Turns Fatal  6/12/2010 Consortium News: "One eyewitness told El Diario from Juarez, “I was at the flagpole on the [Paso del Norte] bridge waiting for my wife, and I suddenly saw the boys entering the American side. Immigration agents chased them, as they returned back. The boys were on the Mexican side, and an immigration officer or a police officer on a bicycle shot at the boys.” Another eyewitness, 53-year-old Bobbie McDow, was walking across the Paso del Norte bridge as well. She paused to watch the young men crossing back to Mexico. She said that the border patrol agents arrived and detained two men, but the others escaped back to Mexico. McDow said the 14-year-old teen was slain on the Mexican side of the border and was not throwing stones."

U.S. Military has Special Ops "Boots on the Ground" in Mexico  6/12/2010 NarcoNews 

Deepwater Oil Spill - A Longer Term Problem, Personnel -  6/12/2010 Oil Drum: "We need to prepare for the possibility of this blow out sending more oil into the gulf per week then what we already have now, because that is what a collapse of the system will cause. All the collection efforts that have captured oil will be erased in short order. The magnitude of this disaster will increase exponentially by the time we can do anything to halt it and our odds of actually even being able to halt it will go down."

Israeli Disinformation Challenged: New Smuggled Clip Shows IDF Commandos Kicking and Apparently Shooting Victim  6/12/2010 This can't be happening: "There are claims from Turkish sources that this clip depicts the 19-year-old American-born Furkan Dogan being executed. Dogan's autopsy showed he was shot four times in the face, and at least once in the back. IDF defenders are claiming that the video doesn't actually show the victim, but unless you think the first commando is kicking soccer goals on the deck, and the shooter is firing at the deck for sport, there can be no doubt that the target of both acts of violence is being first pummeled with kicks, and then peppered with bullets." [Dogan was an American citizen, and not a dual Turkish American national, as the corporate media has claimed.]

Wednesday  6/9/2010

topIsrael Threatens War if Turkish PM Tries to Deliver Gaza Aid - Israeli Official Warns of Casus Belli on Israeli Army Radio  6/9/2010 AntiWar 

American Jewish Student Loses Eye During West Bank Protest of Israel  6/9/2010 Forward: "Overshadowed by the events of the Gaza-bound flotilla, the May 31 incident at Kalandia crossing near Ramallah went almost unnoticed. Little was reported on the injury of Emily Henochowicz, a 21-year-old American Jewish student who lost her left eye after being hit by a tear gas canister shot by Israeli soldiers during a pro-Palestinian protest."

Helen Thomas, veteran reporter: why she had to resign  6/9/2010 Guardian: "Thomas joined United Press International in 1943 when it was still a major force in American journalism. She was 23 and had not long left Detroit, where she grew up to Lebanese immigrant parents."

Tuesday  6/8/2010

topStanding Up for Helen Thomas  6/8/2010 Consortium News 

Monday  6/7/2010

topBP Well Bore And Casing Integrity May Be Blown, Says Florida’s Sen. Nelson  6/7/2010 EmptyWheel: "If Nelson is correct in that assertion, and he is smart enough to not make such assertions lightly, so I think they must be taken at face value, it means the well casing and well bore are compromised and the gig is up on containment pending a completely effective attempt to seal the well from the bottom via successful “relief wells”. In fact, I have confirmed with Senator Nelson’s office that they are fully aware of the breaking news and significance of what the Senator said to Andrea Mitchell."

Venezuela’s Chavez attacks Israel in speech  6/7/2010 JTA: "He also accused Israel of supporting the local opposition against his government. “Israel is financing the Venezuelan opposition. There are even groups of Israeli terrorists, of the Mossad, who are after me trying to kill me,” he said. In response, the American Jewish Committee said in a news release last Friday that the Organization of American States should condemn the comments in the “strongest possible terms.”

Sunday  6/6/2010

topPassengers grabbed Israeli weapons to stop the killing  6/6/2010 YouTube: Interview with Kenneth Nichols O'Keefe.

Friday  6/4/2010

topErasing International Law in Israel's Gaza Flotilla Attack - Rogue State Politics  6/4/2010 Counterpunch 

Pariah Nation  6/4/2010 Counterpunch: “I think,” he wrote to me, “that matters are close to the point where if Hillary Clinton and a group of senior American officials were meeting the Israeli leaders for negotiations, and Netanyahu expressed his displeasure at the American positions by pulling out a gun and shooting her dead, then having the entire American delegation beaten to death by his security guards, there would probably be a small item buried in the next days' American newspapers that due to conflict with the Israelis, Obama had decided to nominate a new Secretary of State.”

Israel killed more than 9, threw wounded into sea, witnesses say  6/4/2010 Today's Zaman, Turkey: “Until now they have returned nine dead bodies, but our list is bigger. There are people missing.” Speaking to journalists at Atatürk International Airport shortly after his return, Yıldırım said: “We saw 38 injured who were brought back to us by doctors after the attack. Now they are saying there are 21 people who have been injured.”

Thursday  6/3/2010

top"Mad Dog" Diplomacy - A Cornered Israel is Baring Its Teeth  6/3/2010 Counterpunch 

How The CIA Created The Jamaican Shower Posse  6/3/2010 News One for Black America: "With the recent violence in Jamaica and the controversy over alleged drug lord, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, many people are talking about the infamous Jamaican Shower Posse and the neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens, where they have their base. What is being is being ignored largely by the media, is the role that the American government and the CIA had in training, arming and giving power to the Shower Posse. It is interesting that the USA is indicting Christopher “Dudus” Coke, the current leader of the Shower Posse for drug and gun trafficking, given that the CIA was accused of smuggling guns into Jamaica and facilitating the cocaine trade from Jamaica to America in the 70s and 80s. In many ways Dudus was only carrying on a tradition of political corruption, drug running, guns and violence that was started with the help of the CIA."

Wednesday  6/2/2010

topIsraeli MP's Night of Terror on Aid Ship  6/2/2010 Counterpunch: "Terrified passengers had been forced off the deck when water was sprayed at them. She said she was not aware of any provocation or resistance by the passengers, who were all unarmed. She added that within minutes of the raid beginning, three bodies had been brought to the main room on the upper deck in which she and most other passengers were confined. Two had gunshot wounds to the head, in what she suggested had been executions. Two other passengers slowly bled to death in the room after Israeli soldiers ignored messages in Hebrew she had held up at the window calling for medical help to save them. She said she saw seven other passengers seriously wounded."

San Diego Man Brutally Beaten to Death by Border Agents  6/2/2010 IndyBay: "At press conference held June 2, the American Friends Service Committee and the ACLU pledged an unrelentless search for justice for the man mauled and killed by militant border agents in broad daylight. In conjuction with Arizona's spate of racist laws (see accomping article), the dead man's cousin asked the Latino community to "stand strong" against the "fear and hate.""

Tuesday  6/1/2010

topPoliticians from Both Parties Rally Behind Israel Following Raid  6/1/2010 CBS 


Former Mossad agent ridicules Gaza ship raid  6/1/2010 WaPo 

Sunday  5/30/2010

topNigeria's agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it  5/30/2010 Guardian, UK: "Forest and farmland were now covered in a sheen of greasy oil. Drinking wells were polluted and people were distraught. No one knew how much oil had leaked. "We lost our nets, huts and fishing pots," said Chief Promise, village leader of Otuegwe and our guide. "This is where we fished and farmed. We have lost our forest. We told Shell of the spill within days, but they did nothing for six months." That was the Niger delta a few years ago, where, according to Nigerian academics, writers and environment groups, oil companies have acted with such impunity and recklessness that much of the region has been devastated by leaks. In fact, more oil is spilled from the delta's network of terminals, pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of a major ecological catastrophe caused by oil that has poured from a leak triggered by the explosion that wrecked BP's Deepwater Horizon rig last month."

Saturday  5/15/2010

topChavez orders money changer raids for currency crash  5/15/2010 Caribbean Net News 

Commentary: Growth of prominent Garifuna village in Belize will be doomed  5/15/2010 Caribbean Net News: "Due to the beautiful beaches that Hopkins possesses, rich Belizeans and foreign nationals have been buying up lands in the village and surrounding areas to open up tourist resorts. Many residents of Hopkins have and are migrating to the United States to join their family members, pursue higher education or to improve their economic situation. While this is occurring, there is a significant drop in the population growth among the Garifuna people and an increase in the population of the newcomers. A majority of the government land is being sold by the government and private landowners for residential and commercial purposes. When some members of the village experience economic hardship, they lean to sell their properties to foreigners for a huge amount of money."

Monday  5/10/2010

topBicentenario y día de la Afro-venezolanidad  5/10/2010 Aporrea: "El 10 de Mayo se celebra el día de la Afrovenezolanidad, decreto aún, pues en nuestras escuelas se desconoce y poco se divulga, poca importancia se le dá. De ser decreto debe pasar a ser discurso consciente y acción permanente de los que en verdad asumimos cambios significativos en nuestra educación y esto va desde el ministro de educación hasta el último director o directora de escuela y nuestra sociedad comunal. Con ello fortaleceremos la lucha y estaremos conscientes que la revolución bolivariana tiene tinte de africana también…"

The Mossad in South America  5/10/2010 Tiwy: "International Security Agency (ISA) mainly staffed by former Israeli special forces officers and intelligence operatives is also active in Latin America. The agency (in tight cooperation with the CIA and the Mossad) took part in the coup that displaced M. Zelaya, the legitimate President of Honduras. Currently ISA specialists are working in the security service of the current President of Honduras P. Lobo, who was propelled to presidency as the result of an imitation of free elections like those Washington realized in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Sunday  5/9/2010

topShin Bet deports Spain’s most famous clown upon arrival in Israel  5/9/2010 Aletho News 

Saturday  5/8/2010

topCommentary: Investment in the southern part of Belize is long overdue  5/8/2010 Caribbean Net News: "How come suddenly they are interested in coming to live in the south not only from the northern part of our country but also from the neighboring republics? This is a question that I am grappling with every day of my life and sometimes I am wondering whether it is happening by design or accident. The industrialization of the south can only occur when the government decides to give this region its fair share of revenues that it has been deserving for years due to the amount of people that now reside in the south. Dangriga town is in need of about four factories in the immediate vicinity, to supply employment to its unemployed citizens. If we can help to provide these industrial facilities for our citizens, it will reduce the burden on the government."

Slavery and Imperialism - Why Gates is Wrong About Reparations  5/8/2010 Counterpunch: "To equate the main perpetrators of the system of modern slavery--the European and white American merchants and slaveholders--with its African bit players is simply illogical. It would be like equally apportioning blame between the U.S. and its puppet regime in South Vietnam for the killing of 4 million Vietnamese during the Vietnam War."

Thursday  5/6/2010

topScenes From Apartheid Arizona - Welcome to Operation Streamline  5/6/2010 Counterpunch 

Robert Rodriguez cuts 'illegal' trailer for 'Machete' to protest Arizona immigration law  5/6/2010 NY Daily News 

Wednesday  5/5/2010

topSlick Operator: The BP I've Known Too Well  5/5/2010 TruthOut 

MACHETE "Illegal" Trailer X HD  5/5/2010 YouTube: "This is Machete with a special Cinco de Mayo message …to Arizona!"

Monday  5/3/2010

topDick Cheney and the oil spill  5/3/2010 Guardian 

Counting Coup – Lakota Citizens Stop US Helicopters from Landing at Wounded Knee  5/3/2010 Republic of Lakota: "At high noon today US Army helicopters of the US Seventh Cavalry air division attempted to land their Blackhawk aircraft upon Lakota Sacred Burial grounds in South Dakota. The presence of military aircraft from this unit is a sad and insulting reminder of the slaughter of more than 300 American Aboriginals on December 29, 1890 when soldiers of the US 7th Cavalry gunned down more than 300 Aboriginal Minneconjou Lakota refugee children, women, infants and the elderly at what is now called Wounded Knee in South Dakota Indian Country. The military then left the bodies of their victims to decay unburied in the driving snow."

Friday  4/30/2010

topHouston Cops Put on Desk Duty After Chinese Diplomat Beating  4/30/2010 CBS: "The police officers involved in the incident claim they didn't know they were in the Chinese Consulate when they arrested Yu, but CBS News has learned Yu allegedly told the police officer they didn't belong on Consulate grounds before being arrested."

Immigration Enforcement is Out of Control at the Federal Level - It's Not Just Arizona  4/30/2010 Counterpunch: "While people protest the terrible Arizona state law that uses local law enforcement to target immigrants, the federal government is expanding its efforts to use local law enforcement in immigration enforcement and has launched a major PR campaign to defend it."

Tuesday  4/27/2010

topSomething fishy in Seine Bight?  4/27/2010 Amandala: "Amandala has received multiple reports from residents of Seine Bight, Stann Creek, alleging that the business of land transactions in the Garifuna fishing village has been riddled with irregularities: for instance, a lot being sold to one party when another party holds the lease for it; double issuing of leases for the same lot; and the issuance of lease land where a house built as a part of a community project now sits."

Monday  4/26/2010

topM.I.A. Releases Graphic, Explicit 'Born Free' Video (NSFW)  4/26/2010 Huffington Post: "MIA released her new video for 'Born Free' on her website Monday, and it's not easy to watch. The video shows U.S. soldiers rounding up redheaded men and boys and bussing them to the desert where they are brutally beaten and killed. Whether it's a comment on the absurdity of genocide (of which MIA saw plenty during her early childhood in Sri Lanka) or a challenge to the idea of "other" in Arizona's immigration law, it is startling even in the context of recent genre-bending music art-films."

Sunday  4/18/2010

topSemen found on Terre'Blanche's 'private part'  4/18/2010 Mail & Guardian, South Africa: ""His body was found half naked with semen on his private part. That is not new information, it has always been part of the evidence," said Nonkululeko Mbatha. Cele told a Sunday newspaper that the "sex issue" had always been there because Terre'Blanche's body had been found with his pants down and "were wet with semen". However, Cele said there was no condom found on the scene, [as reported in the media last week]."

Saturday  4/17/2010

topThe Roots of Stalin in the Tea Party Movement  4/17/2010 Alternet: "The secretive oil billionaires of the Koch family, the main supporters of the right-wing groups that orchestrated the Tea Party movement, would not have the means to bankroll their favorite causes had it not been for the pile of money the family made working for the Bolsheviks in the late 1920s and early 1930s, building refineries, training Communist engineers and laying down the foundation of Soviet oil infrastructure."

Wednesday  4/14/2010

topRaizales complacidos por ley que reconoce su tradición lingüística  4/14/2010 RNC, Colombia: "La consultiva de alto nivel Ofelia Livingston se mostró complacida por la divulgación de la 13 81 de 2010 por la cual se desarrollan varios artículos de la constitución política que aprueba el convenio 169 de la OIT sobre pueblos indígenas y tribales y se dictan normas sobre reconocimiento, fomento, protección, uso, preservación y fortalecimiento de las lenguas de los grupos étnicos de Colombia y sobre sus derechos lingüísticos y los de sus habitantes."

Tuesday  4/13/2010

topGenocidal pressures  4/13/2010 Amandala: "Two hundred years ago the black forestry worker was a prized commodity in the forestry–dominated economy of the settlement of Belize. It was around the same time that the Garifuna people had experienced genocidal pressures in Balliceaux and Roatan after waging war against the British and the French on St. Vincent. In Belize, the black forestry worker was indispensable to the mahogany trade, and therefore that worker enjoyed a certain status, although many such workers were technically still slaves. Meanwhile, the Garifuna people had been humbled by their genocidal experiences in St. Vincent, Balliceaux and Roatan, and they were no longer interested in a direct confrontation with white supremacy. They were seeking other ways to survive. Today on the Southside of Belize City, the descendants of Belize’s forestry workers have been drastically marginalized and they are experiencing genocidal pressures. As a result, we are seeing gang battles being fought by young boys and young men armed with automatic weapons and grenades. In some areas of the old capital, just to grow up on a certain street will mean that you are gang-affiliated, or viewed as such, especially if you are a healthy male. The gang battles in the old capital have been going on for more than two decades, and they have reached the point where “civilians” in certain areas have become fair game."

Monday  4/12/2010

topThe Pope's Cover-Up  4/12/2010 Counterpunch 

Friday  4/9/2010

topSpontaneous Uprising? Corporate Lobbyists Helping To Orchestrate Radical Anti-Obama Tea Party Protests  4/9/2010 ThinkProgress: "Despite these attempts to make the “movement” appear organic, the principle organizers of the local events are actually the lobbyist-run think tanks Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works. The two groups are heavily staffed and well funded, and are providing all the logistical and public relations work necessary for planning coast-to-coast protests."

Wednesday  4/7/2010

topIsraeli police uncover organ trafficking ring in north  4/7/2010 Aletho News: "Police on Tuesday arrested six men suspected of being involved in an organ trafficking ring in northern Israel. Among the suspects are an IDF reserves brigadier-general and two lawyers. The department for fraud and misappropriation in northern Israel has been conducting an undercover investigation which began following a complaint by a 50-year-old woman from Nazareth, who replied to an advertisement in Arabic offering 100,000 dollars for a kidney."

Monday  4/5/2010

topCan the US Triumph in the Drug-Addicted War in Afghanistan? Opium, the CIA and the Karzai Administration  4/5/2010 Asia Pacific Journal - Japan Focus: by Prof Peter Dale Scott

Thursday  4/1/2010

topWho’s Afraid of 9/11 Conspiracy Theories?  4/1/2010 Aletho News: "The story of the five Israelis who were seen celebrating and filming as the Twin Towers burned and collapsed was investigated by Neil Mackay in Scotland’s Sunday Herald. The so-called “dancing Israelis” worked for Urban Moving Systems, later deemed to be a Mossad front by the FBI. Despite failing numerous polygraph tests, the young men were deported to Israel two months later. Back home, several of the men appeared on a TV chat show, in which one of them amazingly said, “Our purpose was to document the event.”"

Peace for Israelis and Palestinians? Not without America's tough love.  4/1/2010 CSM: "Both my grandfathers fled the Nazis and came to Palestine. Both were subsequently injured in the 1948 Arab-Israli War. My mother’s only brother was a paratrooper killed in combat in 1968. All of my relatives served in the Israeli military for extensive periods of time, some of them in units most people don’t even know exist. In Israel, military service for both men and women is compulsory. When my time to serve came, I refused, because I realized I was obliged to do something about these acts of segregation. I was denied conscientious objector status, like the majority of 18-year-old males who seek this status. Because I refused to serve, I spent a year and a half in military prison."

Papal ally accused of 'ritual beatings'  4/1/2010 Independent: "The child abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church widened yesterday as a leading German bishop personally appointed by Pope Benedict was accused of ritually beating and punching children at a church-run home during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Five former residents of the St Josef's home in Bavaria submitted written statements to Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper claiming the Bishop of Augsburg, Walter Mixa, a controversial conservative churchman appointed by the Pope in 2005, used to hit and degrade them during punishment sessions at the home."

Protesters silence Israeli musicians in London  4/1/2010 Independent: "Within the first 10 minutes of the performance by the Jerusalem Quartet at the Wigmore Hall a woman stood up to "sing out" her condemnation of Israeli policy, setting the pattern for interruptions by people strategically positioned among the audience. The result was that BBC Radio 3's live recording of the concert had to be broken off under extraordinary scenes with the musicians engaged in a debate on stage with the protesters over the conduct of Israel in the Occupied Territories."

Sunday  3/21/2010

topEl racismo nuestro de cada día  3/21/2010 Aporrea: por Jesus Chucho Garcia

Wealthy Colombian businessman is a drug-trafficker, CIA operative alleges  3/21/2010 NarcoNews: “Colombia exports $100 billion or more in drugs each year and everyone that has been arrested accounts for only a very small amount of that retrieved [by the authorities],” Vega claims. “And they [the Colombian narco-traffickers now in control] have been working for 10 to 15 years making $100 billion a year, so where is all that money?”

Wednesday  3/17/2010

topUS Department of Justice Asked to Regulate AIPAC as a Foreign Agent of the Israeli Government  3/17/2010 IRMEP: "The US Department of Justice has been formally asked to begin regulating the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as the foreign agent of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A 392 page legal filing presented by a four person IRmep delegation in a two hour meeting with top officials of the Internal Security Section substantiated the following case for AIPAC's immediate registration."

Tuesday  3/16/2010

topCIA: What Really Happened in the quiet French village of Pont-Saint-Esprit  3/16/2010 VoltaireNet: "A U.S. journalist, who was investigating the Cold War mind-control experiments conducted by the CIA, came across some documents relating to an obscure episode in France that was never elucidated. He alleges that in 1951 the CIA was testing for a secret weapon: the aerosol spraying of LSD. The experiment was reportedly carried out in a French village, whose inhabitants and authorities were kept completely in the dark. But it went wrong and caused the death of 7 people. We asked Hank Albarelli to provide a summary of his investigation for the readers of Voltaire Network."

Dick Armey's 'tea party' history is a strange brew  3/16/2010 WaPo:  "As head of FreedomWorks, the group that helps to fund and coordinate tea party activists, Armey went to the National Press Club on Monday afternoon in advance of Tuesday's tea party protest in Washington, to present some of his historical findings. "Jamestown colony, when it was first founded as a socialist venture, dang near failed with everybody dead and dying in the snow," Armey reported in his luncheon address."

Tuesday  3/9/2010

topSan Andrés: 16 jóvenes raizales desaparecidos tendrían nexos con narcos  3/9/2010 Agencia Prensa Rural 

Monday  3/8/2010

topThe Ultimate Hedge? Venice has a 60 year history of drug trafficking  3/8/2010 Madcow Morning News: "During World War II, when it was known as the Venice Army Air Field, it was home to the Stateside operations of a man widely and credibly accused of using proceeds from international heroin trafficking to prop up the war machine of a corrupt Chinese warlord whose army, even after its defeat, hung on to a lion's share of Southeast Asian real estate which became known as the Golden Triangle. Contemporary newspaper clips from the time show that the Venice Airport has had an extraordinary six-decade long history, and been the scene of covert activities including gunrunning, international heroin and cocaine trafficking, and being used as a launch pad for coups in the Caribbean and Central America."

Sunday  3/7/2010

topIsraelis protest against Jewish settlements in Arab quarter  3/7/2010 AFP 

Saturday  3/6/2010

topWhen Victims Become Victimisers: Zionism´s Angry Xenophobic War Against Itself and the Rest of the World  3/6/2010 Aboriginal Press News Service: "Occupied Palestine's Indigenous Arab population cannot be removed from this list. In fact, they currently stand at the head of this roster due to the ironic fact that their oppressors are European Jews, themselves historical victims of xenophobia and selective ethnic removal. This writer finds this paradox to be the question of the age: 'How does a victim of genocide excuse their own practise of genocide'? At what point is it deemed irresponsible if not downright despicable to misuse the memory of your own experience with genocide as a political and theological tool to silence criticism of the hypocrisy?

Uribe pagó deuda perpetua  3/6/2010 Aporrea: "Y la razón de tanta impunidad es que Narco-Uribe 82 no se opuso como Noriega e incluso facilitó todos los medios a su alcance para que USA alcanzara sus fatídicos designios y lograra apoderarse de Colombia para dañar a Venezuela. Fue para saldar su deuda personal de narcotraficante que Uribe Vélez aceptó la jugada maestra del asesino Bush, artimaña maligna que hoy aplauden el conchabado de la Casa Blanca -Obama- y la próxima candidata demócrata a la presidencia de los estados unidos, Hilary Clinton. Porque el poder imperial norteamericano se regocija hoy por la ocupación militar que viola el honor y la soberabía de la hermana república neocolonizada."

Chile earthquake beforeshock lights, aftershock nuclear link enlightenment  3/6/2010 Examiner: "Ms. Lorena Rios was driving in her car in Santiago when the earthquake struck Chile. She tells CNN (Youtube below at 00:37) that there was "some type of lightning in the sky, as if they were shutting down the electricity." Another Chilean has stated that there is much discussion in the country about the lights people saw. (See: Dupre, (video) Chilean TV HAARP quake WMD special program, Examiner) Similar odd lighting was noted by witnesses in China and in Haiti moments before their last major earthquakes that devastaed them. One news reporter downplayed eyewitness reports and citizen discussions about the odd quake lights saying something to the effect that bright odd lighting is always associated with earthquakes because of gasses released. "Tectonic stresses ionizing the atmosphere to the release of gasses." Earthquake lights have become a source of attention by geologist such as Andrew Alden. (See Andrew Alden, No, They Weren't Earthquake Lights, May 27, 2008) "

Friday  3/5/2010

topHuge Methane Leak in Arctic Ocean: Study  3/5/2010 AFP: "More than 80 percent of the deep water and more than half of surface water had methane levels around eight times higher than found in normal seawater, according to the study published in the journal Science. The researchers warned that the release of even a fraction of the methane stored in the shelf could trigger abrupt climate warming."

A Wrench in the Israeli Gears  3/5/2010 Counterpunch: "David Ben Gurion, who later became Israel’s first prime minister, infamously stated: “If I knew that it was possible to save all the [Jewish] children of Germany by transporting them to England, and only half by transferring them to the Land of Israel, I would choose the latter...”

How Sports Attacks Public Education  3/5/2010 The Nation: "At the University of Maryland, as tuition has been hiked and classes cut, football coach Ralph Friedgen makes a base salary of 1.75 million bucks, which would be outrageous even if the team weren't two-steps past terrible. Friedgen also gets perks like a $50,000 bonus if none of his players are arrested during the course of the season. Ground zero of the student protest movement is the University of California at Berkeley. Over at Berkeley, students are facing 32% tuition hikes, while the school pays football coach Jeff Tedford 2.8 million dollars a year and is finishing more than 400 million in renovations on the football stadium. This is what students see: boosters and alumni come first, while they've been instructed to cheer their teams, pay their loans, and mind their business."

Thursday  3/4/2010

topDouglas Valentine's History of the DEA - Of Course Narcs Are Crooked …  3/4/2010 Counterpunch 

No Story Here! US Press Sits on Story - Executing Handcuffed Afghan Kids?  3/4/2010 Counterpunch 

Wednesday  3/3/2010

topWhy all this media manipulation being directed against Hugo Chavez?  3/3/2010 Aletho: "Any Spaniard knows that under an agreement signed in 1989 by Felipe Gonzalez for the Spanish Government and then Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez, Venezuela accepted several alleged ETA members into political exile. Perez’ political organization, the conservative Accion Democratica, is today a major participant in Venezuela’s political opposition in cahoots with Partido Socialista Obrero Espanol … currently in the Spanish Government. The agreement stated that any of those deported to Venezuela were not to be extradited, if according to the two countries laws their alleged crimes were subject to the Statute of Limitations … which they are!"

Tuesday  3/2/2010

topPakistan Keeps Custody of Baradar - Defying the U. S.  3/2/2010 Counterpunch: "The refusal of Pakistani intelligence to turn over Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and as many as six other top Taliban figures to the United States or the Afghan government has dealt a serious blow to the Barack Obama administration's hopes for Pakistani cooperation in weakening the Taliban. It has left little doubt in the minds of U.S. officials that the Pakistani military intends to keep physical custody of the Taliban detainees in order to exert influence on both the pace of peace negotiations in Afghanistan and the ultimate terms of a settlement. The Pakistani custody of Baradar and other Taliban leaders now appears to be more of a safe haven for the Afghan insurgents than a normal detention. At least some U.S. officials already accept the likelihood that the Pakistanis will allow the Taliban leaders to continue to maintain contact with other Taliban officials while in custody."

Interview w/ Rodstarz of Rebel Diaz-Why they are looting in Chile?  3/2/2010 Davey D: "He noted that Chile has long been called the Tiger of Latin America because of it’s economic policies which has long been desireable by conservatives here in the US. They want the US to be like Chile where everything from water to social security is all privatized. Rod described Chile’s economic situation as a failed experiment where you have a few wealthy people on top and lots of poor people on the bottom who are constantly struggling. During last week’s earthquake not only was there loss of life but many were left with no water, housing and other basic needs. He talked about the devastation that existed in some communities where shabby work was done because the people there were poor and being exploited by the rich.."

Monday  3/1/2010

topEbony Magazine Pens Article Criminalizing Mumia Abu Jamal  3/1/2010 Davey D 

Former Black Panther chair Elaine Brown Speaks on Cointel-pro, The Panther’s influence on Gangs & Freeing Chip Fitzgerald  3/1/2010 Davey D 

Venezuela to request extradition of former president for 1989 riot deaths  3/1/2010 Hartford Courant: "Perez was president when the rioting broke out on Feb. 27, 1989, over a hike in gasoline prices and public transportation fares. Venezuela's army was deployed to quell the unrest and at least 300 people died. Rights activists say hundreds more were killed, many of them shot indiscriminately by security forces. None of the government officials, military officers or police responsible for putting down the riots has gone to trial for the deaths. Perez, who has lived in the Miami area for more than a decade, is also wanted in Venezuela on corruption charges."

BLOODY CALABRIA - Criminal Networks Exploit Italy's Anti-Immigrant Backlash  3/1/2010 WW4 Report 

Saturday  2/27/2010

topAhmadinejad Won, Get Over It!  2/27/2010 Consortium News: "PIPA analyzed multiple polls of the Iranian public from three different sources, including some before the June 12 election and some afterwards. The study found that in all the polls, a majority said they planned to vote for Ahmadinejad or had voted for him. The numbers ranged from 52 to 57 percent just before the election to 55 to 66 percent after the election. "These findings do not prove that there were no irregularities in the election process,” said Steven Kull, director of PIPA. “But they do not support the belief that a majority rejected Ahmadinejad."

Friday  2/26/2010

topMossad 'factory' churned out fake Australian passports  2/26/2010 ABC News 

Mining, Malaria and Genocide - The Life and Death Struggle of the Yanomami  2/26/2010 Counterpunch: "Likewise, this situation, is even being termed as a genocide due to the inexcusable behavior of a number of Brazilian government officials who both lent support to the garimpeiros and knowingly adjusted to the spread of disease in order to wreak havoc on the Yanomami people (particularly due to the exposure of the tribe to malaria, against which they did not have immunity). During the height of the gold rush from 1987 to 1999, it is estimated that the malaria epidemic, combined with the armed battles against garimpeiros, shockingly led to the loss of thirteen percent of the Yanomami population living in the region."

Now is Not the Time for Austerity - The Debt is Not the Threat  2/26/2010 Counterpunch 

Wednesday  2/24/2010

topMPs' verdict on News of the World phone-hacking scandal: Amnesia, obfuscation and hush money  2/24/2010 Guardian: "Rupert Murdoch's media giant News International could face a judicial inquiry after a highly critical parliamentary report today accuses senior executives at its top-selling newspaper of concealing the truth about the extent of illegal phone hacking by its journalists. The 167-page report by a cross-party select committee is withering about the conduct of the News of the World, with one MP saying its crimes "went to the heart of the British establishment, in which police, military royals and government ministers were hacked on a near industrial scale"."

CIA Involvement With Drug Trade Resulted In Death Threats Against US Senator  2/24/2010 Wayne Madsen 

Monday  2/22/2010

topGarifuna Collective Returns from Performance at Winter Olympics  2/22/2010 7 News Belize: "The Garifuna Collective and Umalali Singers flew into Belize today after a two week North American tour. They crisscrossed the west coast of the United States with stops in Seattle, Washington, San Diego in California, and the jetted across to the east coast for shows in Boston and New Hampshire. But the highlight of the tour was a performance at the Cultural Olympiad as part of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. We met the band at the airport this morning and got their reaction to the tour – where – strange as it sounds - for the first time they got to play to audiences who were sitting down. Desiree Diego told us how the Women’s Collective got them to stand up."

Fascism is Alive and Well in Spain - The Case of Judge Garzon  2/22/2010 Counterpunch 

Friday  2/19/2010

topMy thoughts on ‘Showdown in Desire: The Black Panthers take a stand in New Orleans’  2/19/2010 SF Bay View 

Wednesday  2/17/2010

topThink tank: Israel faces global delegitimization campaign  2/17/2010 Haaretz: "Reut lists the network's major hubs - London, Brussels, Madrid, Toronto, San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley. The network's activists - "delegitimizers" the report dubs them - are relatively marginal: young people, anarchists, migrants and radical political activists. Although they are not many, they raise their profile using public campaigns and media coverage, the report says"

Tuesday  2/16/2010

topColombia Mimes CIA - Students as Spies  2/16/2010 Counterpunch: "The police and armed forces, of course, are institutions whose crimes have been many and varied on Uribe’s watch, as evidenced by the “false positives” scandal in 2008, in which it came to light that since 2002, the Colombian army has given officers and soldiers incentives and rewards to disappear and murder perhaps 1,700 unemployed young men across the country and dress them up to look like guerrillas. In January, 46 officers and soldiers charged with these crimes were freed on a technicality and confined to a base just south of Bogotá, where they will remain awaiting trial. The army gave them a welcome-home party featuring therapeutic workshops and aromatherapy, massages and makeovers for their wives, and clowns for the kids. This is the army that has received the bulk of the $7 billion that the U.S. government has dispensed through Plan Colombia and its successors under Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama."

Corporate Death Squads Come Back to Haunt U.S. Companies  2/16/2010 Huffington Post: "One of the ex-paramilitaries -- Jose Gregorio Mangones Lugo (aka "Carlos Tijeras") -- was the former commander of the William Rivas Front of the United Defense Forces ("AUC") -- the group that operated in northern Columbia, in the zone where the companies and their suppliers grew bananas. In a sworn statement Tijeras described the AUC's relationship with the multinational banana companies as "an open public relationship" involving everything from "security services" to the kidnapping and extrajudicial assassination of labor leaders fingered by the companies as "security problems." Tijeras' statement -- which reads like the confessions of a corporate death squad leader and directly refutes his paymasters' version of events -- has now been entered into the record in a case filed against Dole last April in California by attorneys with Conrad and Scherer."

Monday  2/15/2010

topHuman Terrain Systems Dissenter Resigns, Tells Inside Story of Training's Heart of Darkness  2/15/2010 Counterpunch: “Though the HTS dream is to use anthropologists, it will have a next to impossible time hiring any (or at least any decent ones, esp. not ones with actually field research in the areas where HTS will work—today Afghanistan, tomorrow AFRICOM), so they will grab historians, religious studies, political science, accountants etc. to fill the gap, but these people won’t come from disciplines that champion ethnographic fieldwork.”

Our Founders Were Not Fundamentalists  2/15/2010 Counterpunch: "God forbid our children should know of American Christians who embraced the Sermon on the Mount and renounced the Book of Revelations…or natives who established democracy on American soil long before they saw the first European…or actual Founders who got drunk, high and laid on their way to writing the Constitution. Faith-based tyranny is anti-American. So are dishonest textbooks. It's time to fight them both."

CIA drug traffic TI whistleblowers' death threats and psych confinement for 'delusion'  2/15/2010 Examiner 

CIA drug traffic TI whistleblowers' death threats and psych confinement for 'delusion'  2/15/2010 Examiner 

Spanish intelligence reportedly investigating market attacks  2/15/2010 Market Watch: "Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has hinted on a number of recent occasions that criticism by the U.S. and British media is part of an effort to undermine the euro. El Pais said in private he has been taken aback by just how aggressive some parts of the foreign press have been with Spain."

Eurostat to Look Into Greece's Debt Swaps  2/15/2010 WSJ: "Europe's statistics office is seeking information from the Greek government concerning reports Greece used complicated currency swaps overseen by Wall Street investment banks to hide its mounting debt levels, a European Commission spokesman said Monday."

Tuesday  2/9/2010

topAlleged Kidnap Plot Shows Intel Chief's Hostile Intent,  2/9/2010 "On February 2, Vice President Varela told Ambassador that Alfaro had complained to Martinelli that the Embassy had not provided any help in the kidnap investigations. Alfaro believed this demonstrated that the USG is not a reliable security partner. As a result, Varela said, Alfaro had moved to bring in Israeli security consulting firm GLOBAL CST to advise on setting up a new protective detail for Martinelli. Senior GOP leaders had previously engaged GLOBAL CST in late 2009 to conduct a security study, but disengaged from the company after being advised of the USG's experience with GLOBAL CST in Colombia and Ecuador (ref B). "

Electrician or Trained Killer? Check Out That Cuban!  2/9/2010 Counterpunch 

Obama's "Change" Drops Its Mask - The Democrats are Coming After Social Security  2/9/2010 Counterpunch 

Sunday  2/7/2010

topHitchens Has No Clothes: A response to ‘Vidal Loco’  2/7/2010 Independent, UK: "Indeed, the pre-9/11 intelligence failure was not simply because of a lack of reliable intelligence, or because intelligence bureaucracy was hopelessly incompetent (which it was and is), but ultimately because the Bush administration made political decisions that obstructed critical intelligence investigations and ongoing information-sharing that could have prevented 9/11. Those decisions were made to protect vested interests linked to US support of Islamist extremist networks like the Taliban and their state-sponsors, such as the Gulf kingdoms, rooted in Western oil dependency and intersecting financial investments. The inadequacy of the 9/11 Commission investigation, in this regard, is an open secret to many intelligence experts. In the words of 27-year CIA veteran and former Chairman of the National Intelligence Estimate Ray McGovern, ‘The 9/11 report is a joke. The question is: What’s being covered up? Is it gross malfeasance, gross negligence? Now there are a whole bunch of unanswered questions.’ As other whistleblowers such as the FBI’s Coleen Rowley and Robert Wright have said, the problem was the politicization and corruption of the intelligence system - a reality which reared its ugly head yet again in the Iraq-WMD fable, also thoroughly documented by George Washington University’s National Security Archive, which found that ‘the public relations push for war came before the intelligence analysis, which then conformed to public positions taken by Pentagon and White House officials.’ "

Saturday  2/6/2010

topChevron hires twelve public relations firms to discredit indigenous Indians in Ecuador  2/6/2010 Natural News: "In response to an environmental lawsuit filed against the oil giant, Chevron has fortified its defenses with at least twelve different public relations firms whose purpose is to debunk the claims made against the company by indigenous people living in the Amazon forests of Ecuador. According to them, Chevron dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste in the Amazon between 1964 and 1990, causing damages assessed at more than $27 billion."

Wednesday  2/3/2010

topThe Right Gets Itself 'Wired'  2/3/2010 Consortium News 

Organización de raizales fuera del archipiélago inician actividades para el 2010  2/3/2010 RNC, Colombia 

Tuesday  2/2/2010

topU.S. Embassy in Ankara denies links to Ergenekon  2/2/2010 Armenian News: "A national newspaper in Turkey has said part of an indictment in the Ergenekon probe alleged a car registered on the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul had entered a military zone to take photographs in Poyrazkoy district, the scene of an excavation which unearthed weapons and explosives last April. The spokesperson said they had no record of a Consulate vehicle being present at the site on April 7, 2009, Anatolian News Agency reported. The Ergenekon case in Turkey has been investigating a neo-nationalist gang believed to be the extension of a clandestine network of groups with members in the armed forces and accused of being behind a number of unsolved murders of journalists, academics, public-opinion leaders and writers."

Thursday  1/28/2010

topCarleton University (Canada) Student Group Launches Israel Divestment Drive  1/28/2010 Creative-I 

Wednesday  1/27/2010

topObama's War for Oil in Colombia  1/27/2010 Counterpunch 

The U.S., Latin America and Haiti - Hugo and the Shockwave  1/27/2010 Counterpunch: [This article is part of the disinformation campaign against Hugo Chavez, it reports that Chavez claimed the Haiti earthquake was intentionally created. He never said anything like this.]

Monday  1/25/2010

topAccusations of Israeli IDF theft of organs of Haiti victims  1/25/2010 Anggia for Palestine 

Hugo Chavez Did Not Accuse the U.S. of Causing the Haitian Earthquake  1/25/2010 Monthly Review: "On January 19, Spanish newspaper ABC, a newspaper of record in Spain, published a story entitled "Chavez Accuses US of Causing Earthquake in Haiti."

Sunday  1/24/2010

topChina accuses US of online warfare in Iran  1/24/2010 Guardian: "The United States used "online warfare" to stir up unrest in Iran after last year's elections, the Chinese Communist party newspaper claimed today, hitting back at Hillary Clinton's speech last week about internet freedom. An editorial in the People's Daily accused the US of launching a "hacker brigade" and said it had used social media such as Twitter to spread rumours and create trouble."

Friday  1/22/2010

topHugo Chavez Did Not Accuse the U.S. of Causing the Haitian Earthquake  1/22/2010 Aletho 

Thursday  1/21/2010

topManchurian Candidates: Supreme Court allows China and others unlimited spending in US elections  1/21/2010 Greg Palast 

Tuesday  1/19/2010

topMassachusetts vote: Scott Brown profile  1/19/2010 Telegraph: has Cosmo's spread. "When Jim Brown did this, you could see it, not so with Scott Brown."

Monday  1/18/2010

topObama authorizes covert economic war against Venezuela  1/18/2010 Wayne Madsen Report on Milfuegos: "WMR's intelligence sources have reported that the Obama administration has authorized an economic war against Venezuela in order to destabilize the government of President Hugo Chavez. After a successful coup against Chavez ally, President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras, and the very thin 51-49 percent electorial win by Chile's billionaire right-winger Sebastian Pinera on January 17, a buoyed Obama White House has given a green light for political operatives in Venezuela, many of whom operate under the cover of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to set the stage for massive street demonstrations to protest Chavez's devaluation of the bolivar, Venezuela's currency… The Obama administration's assault os two-fold: economic and political. Pressure is being applied against the gasoline chain Citgo, which is owned by the Venezuelan state oil company, PDVSA, and Venezuelan investment favorability ratings. Politically, the U.S. is overtly and covertly funneling money to anti-Chavez groups through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and groups affiliated with George Soros."

Wednesday  1/13/2010

topTavis Smiley Ends State of Black American Union Show, Continues Media Lockdown of Obama's Black Left Critics  1/13/2010 Black Agenda Report: "Tavis Smiley announced on January 6 that the annual State of the Black Union event, held in early February for the last ten years, will not be held this year. His public reasons are vague and unconvincing. The real deal is that corporate media, the Democratic party and the Obama administration cannot tolerate the emergence of public leftward pressure from Black America. So the black conversation that SOBU showcased over the last decade must be silenced."

Sunday  1/10/2010

topThe Real Grand Chessboard and the Profiteers of War (Part Two) by Peter Dale Scott  1/10/2010 Foreign Policy Journal 

The Real Grand Chessboard and the Profiteers of War by Prof. Peter Dale Scott  1/10/2010 Global Research: "To offset the pressure on limited armed forces assets, Donald Rumsfeld escalated the increasing use of Private Military Contractors (PMCs) in the Iraq War. At one point as many as 100,000 personnel were employed by PMCs in the US Iraq occupation. Some of them were involved in controversial events there, such as the Iraq Abu Ghraib prison scandal, and the killing and burning of four contract employees in Fallujah. The license of the most controversial firm, Blackwater, was terminated by the Iraqi government in 2007, after eight Iraqi civilians were gratuitously killed in a firefight that followed a car bomb explosion.[28] (After much negative publicity, Blackwater renamed itself in 2009 as Xe Worldwide.) Insufficiently noticed in the public furor over PMCs like Blackwater was the difference in motivation between them and the Pentagon. Whereas the stated goal of Rumsfeld and the armed forces in Iraq was to end violence there, the PMCs clearly had a financial stake in its continuation. Hence it is no surprise that some of the largest PMCs were also political supporters for pursuing the ill-conceived "War on Terror." Blackwater was the most notorious example; Erik Prince, its founder and sole owner, is part of a family that figures among the major contributors to the Republican Party and other right-wing causes, such as the Council for National Policy. His sister once told the press that "my family is the largest single contributor of soft money to the national Republican Party."

Italians cheer as police move African immigrants out after clashes with locals  1/10/2010 Guardian, UK: "This is the very first time the Africans rebel against the local 'Ndrangheta mafia which dominates the fruit and vegetable businesses," said Francesco Forgione, a former head of Italy's parliamentary anti-mafia commission. "During their protest they even surrounded the house of an old boss in the Pesce clan, which is powerful locally, something the Calabrians have never done."

Nace una Camapaña de solidaridad con tres antifascistas canarios  1/10/2010 Nacion Canaria: "Estando cerca de una conocida playa de la ciudad nos comunica un conocido muy asustado que más de diez individuos con estética fascista le arrancaron un parche del “Ché” Guevara que llevaba cocido en su chaqueta, además de obligarle a cantar el himno fascista del “cara al sol” con la amenaza de darle una paliza si se negaba. Al escuchar sus palabras, miramos hacia el lugar de los hechos cuando pudimos comprobar como un grupo de entre diez y quince personas increpaban y se burlaban esta vez de una mujer magrebí, por lo que decidimos ir en su defensa y pedir explicaciones a este grupo de salvajes. Los fascistas al vernos deciden agredirnos por lo que decidimos defendernos. En la huida, la policía nos para y nos detiene, dejando en libertad a los nazis que además, como si fueran víctimas, aprovechan para denunciarnos."

As Yu Sel Yusef, Na So Di Wol Go Bai Yu  1/10/2010 Nigerian Village Square: "There is a lot of wahala as a result of the foolish attempt of a spoiled Nigerian boy to blow up an airliner on its way to Detroit. This has provoked a serious and sustained effort by the US and European authorities to prevent such a thing from happening again so they have established strict controls over Nigerians travelling through their airports. In the Caribbean this is called ‘under heavy manners ’(like the reggae song by Prince Far 1.). The authorities are clamping down on Nigerian travellers; forcing the good and the innocent into the same routines as the guilty and the conspiratorial. This has outraged many in Nigeria and they have made complaints and sent delegations to the US Embassy to register their protests. This has provoked bewilderment on the part of the US authorities; bewilderment at how the Nigerians see themselves as opposed to how the world sees Nigerians. The US has had nothing but trouble tying to establish a mature relationship with the Nigerian authorities for years. In the recent lawsuits with Halliburton, Siemens, ‘Dollar Bill’ Jefferson to name a few the Nigerian authorities have refused to assist the US in its prosecutions even though there is an agreed protocol to do so and some of the key perpetrators are prominent Nigerian officials."

Friday  1/8/2010

topHOWARD ZINN: “Holy Wars”  1/8/2010 Democracy Now 

Protesters decry Falash Mura indecision  1/8/2010 Jerusalem Post: "Thousands of Ethiopian Israelis gathered in the capital on Sunday morning to protest the government's failure to reach a decision or raise a discussion on the immigration of some 8,700 Ethiopian Jews still waiting to make aliya."

Thursday  1/7/2010

topPanamá: Contarán a los afrodescendientes en los Censos 2010  1/7/2010 Estudio 1 Panama: "¿POR QUÉ ES NECESARIO CONTAR A LOS NEGROS O AFRODESCENDIENTES EN PANAMÁ? - Porque con las evidencias estadísticas podemos conocer las condiciones reales de la población negra o afrodescendiente en nuestro país. Con la inclusión de la etnia negra en los Censos Nacionales se rompe con el proceso histórico de invisibilización que ha padecido este sector de la población panameña y se abre la posibilidad de alcanzar un conjunto de reivindicaciones de carácter económicos, políticos, sociales y culturales largamente anhelados."

Las Américas Tienen Color: Afrodescendientes en los Censos del Siglo XXI  1/7/2010 Pelusa Radical: "Con el título “Las Américas Tienen Color: Afrodescendientes en los Censos del Siglo XXI”, la producción del Canal Integración es el resultado de la sociedad entre el Grupo de Trabajo Afrodescendientes de las Américas Censos de 2010 y el UNIFEM Brasil y Cono Sur. A partir del 29 de enero se iniciará la exhibición de la serie “Trabajo Doméstico, Trabajo Decente”, que revela la realidad de las trabajadoras domésticas de Brasil, Bolivia, Guatemala y Paraguay"

Wednesday  1/6/2010

topRos-Lehtinen Warns of Increased Drug Trafficking, Extremist Links between Latin America and Africa  1/6/2010 US House: "U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, commented today on remarks by a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) official regarding the “unholy alliance” between South American narco-criminal groups and Islamist extremist organizations in western Africa. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: “The recent arrest of three west-African al-Qaeda operatives on drug smuggling charges darkens the already ominous picture of Islamist extremist groups in western Africa collaborating with narco-criminals in South America. “Groups like the FARC are finding new ways to sell drugs to Europeans via al-Qaeda groups in Africa. Al-Qaeda, in turn, is more than willing to use the drug business to help fund its extremist agenda."

Tuesday  1/5/2010

topAnother Iranian Revolution? Not Likely  1/5/2010 NYT 

Israel's Treatment of Ethiopians Called 'Racist'  1/5/2010 The Global Report: "Health officials in Israel are subjecting many female Ethiopian immigrants to a controversial long-term birth control drug in what Israeli women's groups allege is a racist policy to reduce the number of black babies. The contraceptive, known as Depo Provera, which is given by injection every three months, is considered by many doctors as a birth control method of last resort because of problems treating its side effects. However, according to a report published last week, use of the contraceptive by Israeli doctors has risen threefold over the past few years. Figures show that 57 percent of Depo Provera users in Israel are Ethiopian, even though the community accounts for less than two percent of the total population. "This is about reducing the number of births in a community that is black and mostly poor," said Hedva Eyal, the author of the report by Woman to Woman, a feminist organization based in Haifa, in northern Israel. "The unspoken policy is that only children who are white and Ashkenazi are wanted in Israel," she said, referring to the term for European Jews who founded Israel and continue to dominate its institutions."

Israel’s treatment of Ethiopians ‘racist’  1/5/2010 The National: "Women’s groups were alerted to the widespread use of Depo Provera in the Ethiopian community in 2008 when Rachel Mangoli, who runs a day care centre for 120 Ethiopian children in Bnei Braq, a suburb of Tel Aviv, observed that she had received only one new child in the previous three years. “I started to think about how strange the situation was after I had to send back donated baby clothes because there was no one in the community to give them to,” she said. She approached a local health clinic serving the 55 Ethiopian families in Bnei Braq and was told by the clinic manager that they had been instructed to administer Depo Provera injections to the women of child-bearing age, though he refused to say who had issued the order."

Friday  1/1/2010

topObama and Afghanistan: America’s Drug-Corrupted War by Prof Peter Dale Scott  1/1/2010 Global Research: "...the U.S. economy has become a narco-capitalist one, dependent on the hot or dirty money, much of it from the drug traffic."

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