EUROPE

Jun 26 05:27

Israelis, Turkish Jews, and Kurdish Jews Behind Insurgency in Turkey

Operation Cage: a case study in Israeli false flag tactics
By Wayne Madsen — Online Journal Contributing Writer

WMR) – Top Turkish government and intelligence sources told WMR in Ankara and Istanbul that Turkish intelligence has obtained evidence that Israeli intelligence is squarely behind repeated Ergenekon “deep state” plots aimed at overthrowing the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including Operations Sledgehammer and Cage.

Jun 26 05:21

Israeli MOSSAD accused of attempting to assassinate Erdogan

The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has failed in an attempt to assassinate Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Jordanian weekly says.

Informed sources in Turkey say that the Mossad plot has been foiled by the country’s security forces, al-Manar quoted a report in the most recent edition of the Al-Majd weekly as saying.

There are also reports that Israel has been trying to incite violence inside Turkey by lending support to the militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Earlier in June, Sedat Laciner, the head of the International Strategic Research Organization — a Turkish think tank — said Mossad agents and Israeli military retirees had been sighted providing training to PKK militants in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Jun 25 16:57

Blockade “eased” as Gaza starves more slowly

Jonathan Cook explains why Israel’s recent “easing” of the siege of Gaza – hailed by Israeli agent of influence and former British Prime Minister Anthony Blair as a sensible path to peace – is a ruse that will change virtually nothing for the ordinary people of Gaza.

Jun 25 10:58

Italians strike over Berlusconi's austerity budget

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Italian cities on Friday during a general strike by Italy's largest union to protest at cuts by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservative government.

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Good for the Italians!

Jun 25 08:14

BBC HARDTALK with Kenneth O’Keefe on the Israeli Attack on FLOTILLA to Gaza [VIDEO]

An articulate and angry Kenneth O’Keefe, in a pretty intense interview, with BBC. He was on the MV Mavi Marmara ship carrying aid to Gaza, when Israeli commandos raided the ship, killing nine peace activists onboard and wounding several. Kenneth claims he helped disarm the Israeli commandos. He starts of at the very outset by stating, “Palestinians are killed everyday by Israelis and we never hear about it in the Media.” A classic BBC HARDTALK, every bit worth watching.

PLEASE click here to WATCH :

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/video-bbc-hardtalk-with-kenneth-o%e2%...

Jun 25 08:08

William Cook : The Golden Rings of Betrayal

The Golden Rings of Betrayal

Jun 25 08:04

The Arab flotilla to Gaza, now scheduled for Wednesday, June 30.

PRESS RELEASE

Yasser Kashlak, a Syrian of Palestinian decent, businessman, and chairman of Lebanese Institute of International Studies heads the international group Free Palestine Movement that is organizing the trip.

Yasser Kashlak

American delegation to join international humanitarian effort to break the siege of Gaza

Twenty-two American citizens will be among the more than two hundred persons who will be sailing aboard the Arab flotilla to Gaza, now scheduled for Wednesday, June 30. The flotilla of Arab ships are hoping to break the blockade on Gaza, despite the harsh Israeli reaction to an earlier flotilla from Turkey and other Mediterranean states killing nine peace activists, causing an international incident.

Jun 24 22:45

ISRAEL SHAMIR: ISRAELI RECIPE FOR DEALING WITH THE WORLD: “IF FORCE DOES NOT WORK, USE MORE FORCE”

Turkey is the Key

Bombs go off in Turkey, a great spree of terrorist bombings and attacks. Practically every day Turkish soldiers and civilians are being killed. The killings are done ostensibly by the Kurd terrorists of PPK, but this is a new step in Israel’s warfare against Turkish independence. Encouraged by Israel, PKK extended its operations to the Aegean and the Black Sea resorts all the way to Izmir.

Jun 24 07:41

European MPs to Israel: Lift Gaza blockade completely

The Council of Europe parliamentarians Thursday called on Israel to completely end its siege of the Gaza Strip, days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered an ease of the land blockade.

Israel should allow goods to be delivered to the coastal enclave by land and sea, "without prejudice to its own security," so Palestinians can enjoy "normal living conditions," said the resolution adopted by a large majority of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Jun 23 23:50

GORDON DUFF: ISRAELI AMBASSADOR ADMITS ROGUE OPERATIONS, SPYING AND WORSE

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES, MICHAEL OREN “WE DON’T SPY ON AMERICA, ROGUE ISRAELI GROUPS DID IT”

“…we’re talking about an event that was run by a rogue organization in the Israeli intelligence community” (Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on the Jonathan Pollard spy case)

Jun 23 23:39

A World United for the Freedom of Humanity….Freedom of Palestine

By Dr. Mohamed Khodr – My Catbird Seat

A Petition:

[Author’s Note: I urge all worldwide citizens who read this petition to please consider signing it to provide a voice for the voiceless Palestinians and to disseminate it as widely as possible urging others to do the same. Thank you for your humanity.]

This Petition will be presented to the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon, Members of the U.N. Security Council and Governments and Organizations in respective nations of Signers.

PLEASE SIGN PETITION AT:

http://www.petitiononline.com/pal0610/petition.html

Jun 23 09:30

Turkey warns EU against Iran sanctions

A top Turkish official warns the European Union against its recent decision to tighten the screws on Iran over its nuclear program, saying the sanctions will affect the interests of the European bloc.

Jun 23 08:31

TAKING THE MESSAGE OF PEACE TO EUROPE

I am out of the big prison of the Bethlehem ghetto and I am on my way to give talks in Italy and Austria. A schedule can be found at. We would like to see those of you in the areas along this travel route. I will be speaking to various groups about life in occupied Palestine and about popular resistance.

Jun 23 08:27

ISRAEL: Journalist describes strange twists of 'German' suspect in Dubai hit

A man walked in to the interior ministry in Cologne, Germany on June 16, 2009, and claimed that he was Michael Bodenheimer, an Israeli citizen, descended of a German family that had been persecuted by the Nazis.

He applied for German citizenship, saying he wished to leave Israel and emigrate to Germany. He presented documents, including his parents' German marriage certificate, said he lived in the community of Liman and also gave an address in Herzliya.

The documents must have been convincingly authentic, and two days later, in a model of bureaucratic efficiency that seems atypical (even for Germany), the passport had been issued.

Jun 23 07:49

Germany could cause euro collapse: Soros

Billionaire investor says the country is dragging its neighbours into deflation

Jun 23 07:44

Israel aims its nuclear warheads at Europe

In his view, the continued struggle of the Palestinians will inexhorably lead to the collapse of the State of Israel. Which is why Tel-Aviv has no choice but to "transfer" the Israeli Arabs and the stateless Palestinians beyond safe borders (that is, not only outside the 1948 borders but also from the 1976 occupied territories and, ideally, from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip). In the event the Europeans opposed such a transfer, in order to survive Tel Aviv will be forced to destroy the European capitals with nuclear weapons, it being understood that the Europeans will be unable to retaliate without annihilating their Palestinian friends.

Jun 23 07:43

Israeli Professor:’We Could Destroy All European Capitals’

An Israeli professor and military historian hinted that Israel could avenge the holocaust by annihilating millions of Germans and other Europeans.

Speaking during an interview which was published in Jerusalem Friday, Professor Martin Van Crevel said Israel had the capability of hitting most European capitals with nuclear weapons.

Jun 23 00:47

GORDON DUFF: MID-EAST SITREP: TIME TO WALK AWAY AND CLEAN OUR OWN HOUSE

CAN ANYONE PROVE KARZAI IS BETTER THAN THE TALIBAN?

Do we actually call what we are doing in Afghanistan a war? Recent estimates are that 88% of the people support what we call “the enemy.” The German’s were much more popular than us during their occupation of France during World War 2. What does that say about our friends? Even Petain and Laval, the French Vichy traitors, had more public support that Karzai has in Afghanistan.

Jun 22 23:14

Is it called poetic justice?

Rex Williams and Earl Aiman

“What can we do to stop them from hating us?”

Simple! Stop acting like a tyrant.

“The new American Tyranny,” … nothing new, actually!

Prior to 1776 the British Colonies of the New world practiced British tyranny against the native American and the French colonists of North America. Post 1776, the practiced the “New American” tyranny against what remained of the Native American, and the Spanish Colonial in North America. And when they were all subdued or brought to heel, went on to export it overseas, product which they have continued to export ever since, in an ever greater degree.

We have become the tyrant which we overcame to escape, and we have assumed his mantle and the hatred of our own victims of tyranny.

Jun 22 12:19

Israel bars German minister from Gaza

'Sometimes the Israeli government does not make it easy for its friends to explain why it behaves the way it does,' says aid minister Dirk Niebel.

Jun 22 09:25

Belarus 'to suspend Russian gas transit to Europe'

Belarus will suspend Russian transit gas deliveries to Europe after Moscow cut supplies in a dispute over debts, President Alexander Lukashenko says.

Mr Lukashenko said the neighbours were facing a "gas war" and he would resume supplies only when Belarus got $260m (£176m) in outstanding transit fees.

Earlier, Russia cut gas supplies to Belarus by 30% after Belarus failed to settle debts of $200m (£135m).

The dispute has the potential to affect 6.25% of gas consumption by the EU.

Jun 21 01:18

History Made June 20th in San Francisco–Dockworkers Refuse to Cross Picket Line to Unload Israeli Cargo ship in Oakland

Message from the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions(PGFTU)

To our respected sisters, brothers and comrades in the trade unions, labor councils and workers’ organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Since the beginning of the workers’ struggles in your country – the United States of America – international solidarity has been a constant part of workers’ organizing and struggle in solidarity with workers and people facing injustice everywhere in the world. We, the workers and the people of Palestine are suffering under oppression of the Israeli occupation of our land and people. This occupation began long ago, the longest-lasting occupation of the modern era.

CONTINUE SEE VIDEO:

Jun 21 00:23

Cutting Through the Confusion about Israel/Palestine

This is long but worth a read...

By Richard Forer

[A letter I wrote to a college student who had written the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel asking the group to remove a billboard that said "Tell Congress. Stop Killing Children. No More Military Aid to Israel." The billboard was erected in Albuquerque in the Spring of 2009 after the Gaza catastrophe. I was the spokesperson.]

Hi J,

Jun 20 22:43

How to Win a War When Losing? Dialogue with Taliban…

By Debbie Menon

No, dialogue is NOT a solution! It is merely another, quite common, much overused, abused, and never quite successful method of attempting, or pretending to attempt, to find or describe a solution; and it is usually compromised by bad faith on the part of one, two or all parties. Furthermore, it takes the bad faith of but one participant to thoroughly compromise it, and turn it into a strategic tool for forestalling the search for a solution, perpetuating the status quo, or worse.

History has demonstrated this.

Jun 20 09:56

Slide in shipping shows global recovery running out of steam

Europe’s woes are showing early signs of stalling the recovery of global trade. The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of global shipping that is followed closely by economists, is suddenly raising red flags over the pace of the economic rebound.

Jun 20 00:19

Australian Unions act to isolate Israel

The movement for Australian union action against Israel is gaining strength after the apartheid state’s latest murderous attack on the unarmed aid flotilla to Gaza.

The South Coast Labour Council (SCLC) and the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory branches of the Australian Services Union have joined the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union in committing to the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against the aggressive Israeli state.

Australian unions and peak bodies have also called on members to attend the many protest actions.

Jun 19 03:23

ALAN HART: Zionism’s Colonial Enterprise Is Doomed, but…

Ronen Bergman, a senior military and political analyst for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, recently wrote what I consider to be one of the most important articles for decades on the subject of the mindset of the Zionist state’s military and political leaders. It was reproduced in the Wall Street Journal under the headline Siege Fatigue and the Flotilla Mistake.

Getting to the main thrust of his analysis, Bergman wrote this (my emphasis added):

Jun 18 16:24

GORDON DUFF: THE CARDBOARD LOTHARIOS

ANALYZING STAGED WORLD CONFLICT

In 2006, North Korea exploded a plutonium based nuclear weapon, an unsuccessful test of either a “found” nuke in poor repair, or something poorly designed. America had predicted that they were at least five years from this capability, we always hear the same story, everyone is five years from having nuclear weapons. On May 25th, 2009, North Korea exploded its second bomb, its first clearly identifiable nuclear weapon, a “Hiroshima sized” bomb, tiny by US standards. What we didn’t say is that the signature of this bomb had been seen before.

Jun 18 15:29

Viennese Jews facing harassment over flotilla

June 17, 2010
Viennese Jews facing harassment over flotilla
JTA
Jews in Vienna reportedly have been facing almost daily harassment since Israel’s deadly interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.
Ariel Muzicant, president of the Viennese Jewish community, told the Austrian national public broadcaster ORF that members of the Jewish community have been subjected to verbal abuse and spitting. He said the violence has been directed at those who are identifiable by their clothes as being Jewish and that there was no physical violence, according to the German news agency DPA, citing the ORF report.

Jun 18 08:49

German legislator: Stop 'thriving Holocaust industry'

Jun 18 08:15

Medvedev Says He ‘Cannot Rule Out’ Collapse of Euro

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says he can’t rule out the collapse of the euro as the European Union struggles to contain the sovereign debt crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Euro is similar to the US Federal Reserve Note in that it is a fiat public currency issued by a private banking cartel. Since all currency created by that bank is in response to a request for a loan at interest, more money is owed to the bank than actually exists. New money to pay the interest is created by more borrowing, but the interest still exceeds the available money supply.Absent a new source of wealth to satisfy the bankers, the interest on the money is paid by looting the lives of the general population. When the accumulated compounded debt gets large enough, the currency and economy will collapse. History has shown this to be the inevitable outcome of this style of banking, yet supposedly smart leaders still deliver their people into the clutches of the private bankers in exchange for a small pittance of gold.

These supposedly smart leaders would have done well to have heeded the words of former US President Woodrow Wilson, penned just 6 years after he signed the Federal Reserve act. "I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world - no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.

History repeats, which is what pisses me off about history.

Jun 18 02:51

Stephen Lendman : End Gaza Siege

Resisting the Occupation and Siege
Millions worldwide demand it. So does the Arab League, according to an Al Jazeera June 13 report quoting Amr Moussa, Arab League secretary-general, saying:

“This blockade….must be lifted and must be broken and the Arab League decision is very clear in this regard.”

On June 13, Moussa commented after visiting Gaza for talks with Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, Haaretz reporting he’s the highest Arab official to do so since Hamas’ 2006 election, after which an Israeli/West embargo followed, then the June 2007 siege.

Moussa entered through Rafah after Egypt reopened it following the Freedom Flotilla massacre, saying it will continue indefinitely.

According to Haaretz:

Jun 18 02:46

Wiles : Rise People, Rise

By Rich Wiles

Through the recent murderous events in international waters Israel has once again shown its true colours and its total disregard for humanity. From the global reaction over the last week it seems that, for once, a huge majority of people around the world have seen these attacks in a clear light. Let us call a massacre a massacre. Whilst these atrocities have clearly appalled millions of people, the inhumanity of the Zionist regime should have come as no surprise, for this is nothing new.

Jun 18 02:40

Australian Parliament : Julia Irwin MP’s Adjournment debate speech and Minister Craig Emerson’s reply 16June10

MUST READ:

Editors Note: Mrs Julia Irwin’s MP adjournment debate speech on 16th June, 2010 in the Australian Parliament and the Government minister Dr Craig Emerson’s shameful disassociation on behalf of the government at the conclusion of the adjournment debate.

If Craig Emerson’s comment reflects the Labor Party’s policy on this matter as Israel and its merciless treatment of the whole nation of Palestine is clearly reprehensible, then sadly the compromised parliamentarians both in Australia and in the US Congress is an indication that Israel has captured and is dictating the foreign policies of both countries and whereas one could once have expected an independent stance on matters of importance from Australia, such as the Middle East, this appears not to be the case.

Jun 18 02:31

PRESS TV: Franklin Lamb ‘Israeli inquiry into aid attack doomed to fail’

On May 31, Israeli navy commandos launched a deadly attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters as the aid convoy was heading toward the besieged Gaza Strip, killing 20 people.

Defying repeated international calls for a transparent and credible probe into the incident, Israel’s cabinet approved the establishment of an “independent public commission” to probe the legal aspects of the deadly operation.

What follows is Press TV’s interview with Dr. Franklin Lamb, an international lawyer, about the investigation into the attack.

Press TV: Dr. Lamb, will the one-sided investigation by Israel be regarded as a legitimate one by the international community?

Jun 18 02:28

Alison Weir: The NYT and Israel’s Flotilla “Inquiry”

Israel’s Flotilla “Investigation” – Accused Murderer Chooses Own Jury; Court Reporter is Family Member

Isabel Kershner is the New York Times' correspondent in Israel, formerly of The Jerusalem Report and the wife of Hirsch Goodman.

The New York Times, whose regional bureau chief has a son in the Israeli military, reports that Israel has just appointed a panel charged with investigating its attack on an aid flotilla that killed nine aid volunteers, including a 19-year-old American.

Isabel Kershner, who is an Israeli citizen and has refused to answer questions about her possible family ties to the Israeli military, writes the report.

Jun 17 17:42

Alan Hart: Why Really Was The USS Liberty Attacked By Israel ?

The following is my keynote address to the annual re-union dinner of the Liberty Veterans’ Association – Long Island, 12 June 2010.

I want to begin by saying that though I covered wars wherever they were taking place on Planet Earth in my television reporting days – it was in Vietnam as a very young correspondent that I first started to ask myself questions about why things are as they are in the world – I am an Englishman and one who didn’t serve in his country’s armed forces. (Not because I was a draft dodger. Conscription had ended). So it is both an honour and a privilege for me to be with you this evening. And please believe me, I really mean it. I’m not a politician just saying it.

Jun 17 10:33

German Activists File War Crimes Complaints

Public prosecutors in Germany are looking into a war crimes complaint filed against Israel by two members of parliament with the far-left Left Party and a human rights activist who were on board the Mavi Marmara when Israeli troops stormed it 11 days ago.

Jun 16 18:38

White House Correspondent Helen Thomas—A Casualty of Zionist Duplicity

By James M. Rockefeller

Zionist operatives ambushed veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, a friend and a great American. When they won, America lost.

When reviewing the unedited video of her “interview,” what you see is a rabbi rephrasing her answers to a question about Israel. Her response: “They should get the hell out of Palestine.“ The United Nations long ago endorsed that stance.

It was not Thomas but the rabbi that offended the Jewish community. Language cited as “anti-Semitic” came not from her but from responses that the rabbi restated as leading questions. She simply spoke the truth: Jewish settlers should leave the occupied territories and, as she rightly said: “go home.”

Jun 16 17:18

The Foreign Corporate Take-Over of Icelandic Resources

Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies
...Eight months later, on May 5, 2010, Ross Beaty told online investment newsletter Hera Research Monthly “We would have been farther along had [the global economic crisis] not happened, although we may not have had opportunities that we took advantage of. For example, going into Iceland was strictly something that could only have happened because Iceland had a calamitous financial meltdown in 2008.”...

Jun 16 09:16

Russia against unilateral Iran sanctions

A senior Russian parliament official has expressed opposition to unilateral sanctions against Iran after EU members made a decision to unilaterally impose additional embargos on Tehran.

Jun 16 08:34

Fears that BP oil spill may reach Irish coastline

Fears have been expressed that the BP oil spill will eventually make its way to the Irish coast because of being carried on the Gulf stream currents.

Jun 16 07:21

James Petras: Afghanistan – The Longest Lost War

Introduction:

Despite almost a decade of warfare, including an invasion and occupation, the US military and its allies and client state armed forces are losing the war in Afghanistan. Outside of the central districts of a few cities and the military fortresses, the Afghan national resistance forces, in all of their complex local, regional and national alliances, are in control, of territory, people and administration.

Jun 16 06:44

Controversial energy economist: BP disaster could last for "years and years"

From The Market Oracle:

The Obama Administration and senior BP officials are frantically working not to stop the world’s worst oil disaster, but to hide the true extent of the actual ecological catastrophe.

Senior researchers tell us that the BP drilling hit one of the oil migration channels and that the leakage could continue for years unless decisive steps are undertaken, something that seems far from the present strategy.

Jun 16 05:52

Charles Schumer’s Sippenhaftung* and the children of Gaza

By Juan Cole

“Gaza” is an abstraction to most Israelis, including [partisans of Israel like] Sen. Charles Schumer of New York. A majority of the 1.5 million Gazans is not even from Gaza, but rather is from what is now Israel.

Jun 16 00:32

Palestinians Need a State: Loosening Blockade is not Enough

By Juan Cole

One problem with the focus the Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla is that it may make it appear that the Israeli blockade of Gaza is the central issue. Then any Israeli loosening of the blockade would seem to be an advance.

Jun 15 09:36

The Case for an Impartial Turkish Inquiry

By Ahmed Amr

By now anyone paying attention understands the broad outlines of Israel’s notion of what constitutes an ‘impartial’ inquiry into the murder of nine activists on the Free Gaza Flotilla. Except for Netanyahu and the cabinet ministers who ordered the armed assault on the humanitarian convoy, no other witnesses will be called. The Israelis now say their inquiry will not even take testimony from the IDF commanders who planned and executed the assault or the seven hundred first hand witnesses who survived the carnage. Besides, the activists have already been deported.

Jun 15 07:37

We Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

What does the state-bank-military complex plan next? As the second stage of the financial crisis hits, says Gerald Celente, we can expect them to start another war to divert people’s attention from the wholesale robbery of the productive. He also fears that WWIII will start when Israel or the US attacks Iran. It could go nuclear, or involve biological WMD. But that won’t prevent the default of the UK, Spain, Ireland, and the rest, and the continued rip-off the people by the “Harvard-Princeton-Yale-Bullets-Bombs-Banks” regime. The result, says Gerald, will be worldwide civil unrest. This is, after all, a bunch that can’t stop an oil leak.

Jun 15 06:16

Irish to expel Israeli diplomat over Hamas killing

Jun 15 05:50

Nightmare vision for Europe as EU chief warns 'democracy could disappear' in Greece, Spain and Portugal

Democracy could ‘collapse’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal unless urgent action is taken to tackle the debt crisis, the head of the European Commission has warned.

In an extraordinary briefing to trade union chiefs last week, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso set out an ‘apocalyptic’ vision in which crisis-hit countries in southern Europe could fall victim to military coups or popular uprisings as interest rates soar and public services collapse because their governments run out of money.

Jun 14 18:59

GORDON DUFF: “DANCING ISRAELI” FILM STUDIOS PRESENT: FAKED ATTACK VIDEOS

ANOTHER “DANCING ISRAELI” FILM PRODUCTION

..SEE PEOPLE WALK THROUGH STEEL LIKE GHOSTS

BUSTED! I didn’t believe they would be that stupid. You could see the cursor moving in the picture. I saw a man handed a metal bar. Then he walked through, just like a ghost, a solid steel protrusion from the deck, the size of an ashcan. This thing would have stopped a truck but the Fox News “fighters” on the Mavi Marmara were like ghosts. In fact, the “steel bar thugs” were exactly that, or more appropriately, cartoons.

Jun 14 07:05

'Act two' of crisis begins: Soros

Billionaire investor George Soros says ''we have just entered Act II'' of the crisis as Europe’s fiscal woes worsen and governments are pressured to curb budget deficits that may push the global economy back into recession.

''The collapse of the financial system as we know it is real, and the crisis is far from over,'' Mr Soros said at a conference in Vienna. ''Indeed, we have just entered Act II of the drama.''

Jun 13 20:09

Nader Says Reinstate Helen Thomas on THE REAL NEWS

In an interview with Paul Jay of The Real News

Former Presidential candidate Ralph Nader launched a scathing critique of US media and politicians for what he said was “Professional Execution,” over the sudden retirement of senior White House correspondent Helen Thomas after she made remarks critical of Israel that were considered offensive to Jews.

Nader said American pundits had gotten away with much worse comments about Muslims and Arabs. “antisemitism against arabs is rife in politics today,” he said.

“How about Ann Coulter? she didn’t lose a 30,000 dollar speech? She didn’t lose her column, and she said horrific things about going over there and slaughtering Muslims, if they can’t be converted to christianity, she added.”

Jun 13 18:53

Is there no limit to international duplicity and hypocrisy?

By Aijaz Zaka Syed
Opinion Editor - Khaleej Times- Dubai

Can we have a new UN ?

Given the intensity of global outrage over the assault on the Gaza aid flotilla, some of us were beginning to hope that the world might finally confront Israel. We were obviously mistaken — once again.

Jun 13 06:01

Obama As Moral Dupe – Will Erdogan Blink?

By FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Former military analyst for the Pentagon

A recent article by Patrick Cockburn, one of the ablest reporters covering the Middle East, provides an excellent character portrait of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. It is certainly consistent with what little I have been able to learn about this fascinating politician. Regardless of what you may think of Erdogan, and he has many detractors (I am not one), he is certainly establishing himself as an influential world leader who must be reckoned with in an emerging multi-polar world.

Cockburn’s report is must reading, because Erdogan has maneuvered himself onto the moral high ground in a very serious crisis he did not create. Consider please the following:

Jun 12 18:26

FLOTILLA ACTIVISTS:US Congress out of touch with World on Israel Policy[VIDEO]

American activists who supported, organized, or were on the flotilla headed to Gaza with humanitarian aid stormed the office of U.S. Congressmen Brad Sherman and turned themselves in for their “crimes.” The stunt was in response to Sherman’s call for Americans on the flotilla to be arrested for helping “terrorists.”

It illustrates the disconnect between a U.S. Congress who supports Israel unrelentingly, a White House that calls policies in Gaza unsustainable, and an international community condemning Israel’s raid of the flotilla.

Continue here:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/flotilla%e2%80%9darrest-me-i%e2%80%99...

Jun 12 18:15

Gilad Atzmon: Shocking Testimonials from the Mavi Marmara Survivors. And one Israeli Fembot by Lauren Booth

Editors Note: See more smuggled Raw Video Footage by Lara Lee "what happened that day" below.

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One of the most striking trends following the flotilla attack has been how quickly Israeli hasbara is being exposed by internet journalists.

Jun 12 15:35

Drugs for Europe: Protected by Powerful Western Interests, Afghanistan Heroin Transits Through Kosovo

Two years ago a joke was being circulated on the Runet that a heroin producer has recognized its distributor’s independence. It was about Afghanistan, which was to the first to recognize the independence of the Serbian province of Kosovo which had illegally separated from Yugoslavia.

Kosovo has since become a transit point for drugs, channelled from Asia to Europe.

According to a Canadian detective, the Albanian drug mafia operates with the connivance of the United States, and that US diplomats prevent the detention in Kosovo of notorious drug traffickers. The Canadian detective also confirmed that Kosovo’s current Prime Minister Hashim Thaci leads the biggest Albanian mafia clan.

Jun 11 23:52

Alison Weir: As Israel Kills and Maims, Outrage is Directed at Helen Thomas

Whenever Israel commits yet another atrocity, its defenders are quick to redirect public attention away from the grisly crime scene.

Currently, there are headlines about allegedly anti-Semitic comments made by senior White House correspondent Helen Thomas. Pundits across the land evince outrage at her off-the-cuff 25-second statement made to a man who appears to be holding a camera right in her face.

Thomas issued a public apology for her words, but this was insufficient to assuage the wounded feelings of powerful antagonists, and she has now retired from a long and distinguished career.

Before we examine her comments and evaluate their possible validity, let’s look at other recent events having to do with Israel.

Jun 11 23:46

Israel: Strategic Ally or Liability?

The claim that Israel serves as a valuable ally for the United States is made by both pro-Zionists and much of the anti-war and anti-Zionist Left that is influenced by Noam Chomsky. As a result of the Gaza flotilla massacre, which has caused a world-wide uproar against Israel, the value of Israel to the United States is being publicly questioned in more mainstream foreign policy forums.

Writing shortly before the massacre, the always astute Philip Giraldi critically analyzed the claim of Israel’s value to the United States in “The Strategic Ally Myth,” which focuses on a recent article by Israel Firster Mort Zuckerman entitled, “Israel Is a Key Ally and Deserves U.S. Support.”

Jun 11 21:53

Unite votes to boycott Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus

Britain’s largest union, Unite, has unanimously passed a motion to boycott Israeli companies at its first policy conference in Manchester on Wednesday.

The motion, which passed unanimously, called the union “to vigorously promote a policy of divestment from Israeli companies”, while a boycott of Israeli goods and services will be “similar to the boycott of South African goods during the era of apartheid”.

Reflecting the University and College Union’s call at their Manchester conference earlier in the week, Unite will similarly host a “Palestine conference” to support trade union action against Israel.

Jun 11 21:44

UN Special Rapporteur Calls for Full Flotilla Inquiry, All Records

From the Project on ExtraJudicialExecutions

Jun 11 21:38

A Global Civil Society Campaign to De-Legitimise Israel?

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 4, 2010 (IPS) – If, as expected, the U.N. Security Council remains politically impotent and refuses to penalize Israel for the killings of nine pro-Palestinian civilians on a ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, what is the next course of action?

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Jun 11 11:01

BP Oil Disaster Could Hit Europe Via the Powerful Gulf Stream Current

A cursory look at a map of the Gulf Stream shows that the oil is not just going to cover the beaches in the Gulf, it will spread to the Atlantic coasts up through North Carolina then on to the North Sea and Iceland. And beyond the damage to the beaches, sea life and water supplies, the Gulf stream has a very distinct chemistry, composition (marine organisms), density, temperature. What happens if the oil and the dispersants and all the toxic compounds they create actually change the nature of the Gulf Stream? No one can rule out potential changes including changes in the path of the Gulf Stream, and even small changes could have huge impacts. Europe, including England, is not an icy wasteland due to the warming from the Gulf Stream.

Jun 11 10:55

Hypocrisy Reigns

Things internationally are so dispiriting there's nothing left to do but fantasize. I picture Turkey, as a member of NATO, demanding that the alliance come to its defense after being attacked by Israel. Under Article 5 of the NATO charter an armed attack on one member is deemed to constitute an armed attack on all members. That is the ostensible reason NATO is fighting in Afghanistan — the attack against the United States on September 11, 2001 is regarded as an attack on all NATO members (disregarding the awkward fact that Afghanistan as a country had nothing to do with the attack). The Israeli attack on a Turkish-flagged ship, operated by a Turkish humanitarian organization, killing nine Turkish nationals and wounding many more can certainly constitute an attack upon a NATO member.

Jun 11 09:24

Germany retires more than half of its subs

The German navy surprisingly decommissioned more than half of its submarines, a move observers say is part of a larger effort to cut costs.

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Not giving Israel any more freebie subs could save Germany a bundle!

Jun 10 20:10

Video Shows Israeli Commando Executing American

Original posting:

The Israeli military attempted to confiscate and erase the photographic and video evidence of its brutal asault on the Mavi Marmara aid ship on Memorial Day. But it turns out that digital images can often be recovered after erasure, and can be put on small memory sticks that can be hidden in nooks and crannies of luggage. So some images are in fact surfacing.

The most damaging is a film of an Israeli soldier kicking an American citizen while the latter is on the ground,and then executing him. This film completely refutes the rightwing Israeli government’s narrative of besieged lightly armed troops haplessly fending off naked aggression on the part of the aid workers. The video, which has not been confirmed, is now at Youtube:

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Jun 10 16:50

The American People are Under Occupation

Johnny Punish in Veterans Today

The US Government is Occupied by an Elite Global Force that No Longer has the Interests of the American people
Will Americans Revolt and Take Back the Country?

Obama is NOT a Mahatma Gandhi Savior
Is the USA now the land of Marginalized Mediocrity?

In response to yesterday’s worldwide condemnation of the Gaza Flotilla Massacre, our US government has decided NOT to stand for justice and has again chosen a path outlined and led by a Global Elite Political Movement that is willing to put the interests of their agenda far ahead of interest of the American people and even the lives of American servicemen and women.

Jun 10 09:06

Jews in Germany to send aid fleet to Gaza

Jews of Germany prepare a boat of humanitarian aid to Gaza, that it has predicted to leave at the end of the month of July, according to has indicated east Thursday a person in charge of the initiative in Berlin. " The list of the passengers still has not been made, but we have very many requests of all parts of mundo" , he has declared to the radio Deutschlandfunk, Edith Lutz, that is in charge of this project, organized by the German section of the network ' European Jews by a peace justa' in Near East. Between the interested people they appear " several israelíes" , aside from which they have received " numerous messages of support coming from Israel".

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Note that we have to go to the foreign press to learn this.

Jun 10 04:35

The Campaign to Vilify Turkey Has Begun

By Daniel Larison

Mr. Erodogan’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, is a proponent of a philosophy which calls on Turkey to loosen Western ties to the U.S., NATO and the European Union and seek its own sphere of influence to the east. ~Robert Pollock

If we actually take seriously what Davutoglu has said, this is a gross distortion at best and dishonest at worst. Just last month, Davutoglu said this:

Jun 10 04:31

Ilan Pappé: The deadly closing of the Israeli mind

The decline in Israel’s reputation since the brutal attack on the Gaza flotilla is unlikely to influence the country’s leaders.

At the top of Israel’s political and military systems stand two men, Ehud Barak and Benjamin Netanyahu, who are behind the brutal attack on the Gaza flotilla that shocked the world but that seemed to be hailed as a pure act of self-defence by the Israeli public.

Although they come from the left (Defence minister Barak from the Labour Party) and the right (Prime Minister Netanyahu from Likkud) of Israeli politics, their thinking on Gaza in general and on the flotilla in particular is informed by the same history and identical worldview.

Jun 09 22:30

HELICOPTER OF LOVE FROM ISRAEL – IT’S NOT FUNNY!

Feeling the Heat in Tel Aviv: By Max Blumenthal

On June 1, 2010, thousands of Israelis gathered spontaneously in front of the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv to demonstrate in support of the Israeli Naval commando unit that killed nine passengers on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish-backed boat from the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Egged on by the Israeli government and media, the demonstrators lashed out at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his support of the Marmara, accusing him and passengers on the ship of terrorist ties. Besides with the massacre of Turkish aid workers, the spectacle of massive Israeli protests against Turkey threatens to permanently rupture Israel’s ties to its closest Muslim ally and further isolate the country on the world stage.

Jun 09 09:17

Swiss vessel to join “Fleet of Freedom 2”

The European campaign to End the Siege on Gaza announced that preparations are being conducted on a Swiss vessel to participate in the "fleet of Freedom 2," which is being prepared by the "fleet of freedom" coalition, and expected to launch into the Gaza Strip in the up-coming weeks.

Jun 08 19:14

Are the defenders of ‘Antisemitism’ losing their edge ?

By DEBBIE MENON

A year ago, Americans were reluctant to discuss Zionism or anti-Zionism or read the stuff, even “moderate Arabs and Muslims” (whatever that means) , shied away from the communities around these two camps and lacked the strength to support the few that might have had, the guts to stand up and confront real controversy.

Jun 08 11:21

Genocide is okey: Bildt rejects Israel boycott calls

Sweden will not boycott Israeli goods or break its relations to Israel, foreign minister Carl Bildt has said in a response to opposition demands in a parliamentary debate on the Israeli boarding of the Ship to Gaza aid convoy.

Genocide is our way of life:

Lundin oil sauce...

Jun 08 08:43

PRESS TV: International Lawyer Franklin Lamb on Gaza Peace Flotilla Legal Rights

Dr. Franklin Lamb says that the Gaza flotilla survivors can certainly take legal action in their own countries. The family of the American who was murdered can sue Israel under the Federal Tort Claims Act – this will allow the family to use American Federal Court.
He added, cases may be brought against Israel for murder,

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Jun 08 07:07

EUMM Concerned over Gali Incidents

EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) said it was "concerned" about reports of recent incidents in the Gali district of Abkhazia, which had resulted in the deaths of three local officials, injuries to others, various detentions and reports of some homes being set on fire.

"This is a rapidly changing situation and the details remain unclear," EUMM said in a statement on June 7. "Restraint is needed to ensure that the confidence of the local population is not harmed and stability not endangered."

Jun 07 07:26

France, Britain want int’l Israel probe

The foreign ministers of France and Britain have urged an international investigation into a recent Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy, which left nine people dead.

Speaking at a joint press conference with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner late on Sunday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague stressed the need for “a credible and transparent investigation.”

“There should be an international presence at minimum,” AFP quoted Hague as saying.

Meanwhile, Kouchner noted that an international investigation was needed as several countries were involved in the fatal incident.

The French minister also offered to defuse the crisis by monitoring cargo on board the aid ships heading to Gaza.

Jun 07 06:31

Every Google search to be logged and saved for two years under new Euro MP plan

Every Google web search could be stored for up to two years under a controversial new EU plan that has the backing of more than 300 Euro-MEPs.

'Written Declaration 29' is intended to be used as an early warning system to stop paedophiles by logging what they look for using search engines.

But civil liberty groups have hit out at the proposal which they say is a 'completely unjustifiable' intrusion into citizens' privacy.

And they claim that there is no evidence that it would even be effective in trapping paedophiles who would never use search engines like Google to look for child pornography.

Jun 07 05:49

British PM: Country Facing 'Decades' Of Cutbacks

Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that Britain’s financial situation was “even worse than we thought” and that the country would have to make savage spending cuts to bring its swelling deficit under control...

Jun 06 22:59

Press TV interviews it’s Reporter Hassan Ghani – Survivor of Gaza Flotilla

Press TV correspondent, Hassan Ghani, was aboard one of the Freedom Flotilla ship that came under the Israeli attack and in this 3-part video interview, he gives a most credible and measured account of the events of that tragic night, despite the horrors he had witnessed. He mentions in Part 3, a friend Ken O’Keefe who was severely beaten by the Israelis and a picture of Ken in a shocking condition is provided below. Also provided is Ken’s statement given in Istanbul after being deported by Israel.

Hassan Ghani was released from Israeli captivity and went to Turkey to attend the funerals before visiting Iran.

The following is a rush transcript of Press TV’s interview with Hassan.

Press TV: Tell us about your ordeal Hassan, What happened on the day of the attack?

Jun 06 10:03

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters take to streets across Europe

'We want justice for our comrades killed!' says Berlin protester. 'We insist on an end to the insane blockade of Gaza and freedom for our brother Palestinians.'

Jun 06 09:56

Germany: Tens of thousands protest as Israel hijacks another aid ship

Protesters across Europe on Saturday marched against the deadly Israeli raid on an aid fleet earlier this week. Earlier Saturday, Israeli troops peacefully intercepted and seized another aid ship headed to Gaza.

Tens of thousands protested across Europe on Saturday, marching against Israel's three-year-old blockade of the Gaza Strip and its deadly interception of a Turkish aid ship earlier in the week, as Israeli troops peacefully intercepted another aid ship headed to Gaza earlier in the day.

Jun 06 07:58

Euro 'will be dead in five years'

The euro will have broken up before the end of this Parliamentary term, according to the bulk of economists taking part in a wide-ranging economic survey for The Sunday Telegraph.

The single currency is in its death throes and may not survive in its current membership for a week, let alone the next five years, according to a selection of responses to the survey – the first major wide-ranging litmus test of economic opinion in the City since the election.

Jun 06 02:10

The Flotilla Gaza Activists Shot in Head at Close Range by IDF

by Robert Booth – The Guardian.co.uk

Nine Turkish men on board Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times, autopsy results reveal

Israel was tonight under pressure to allow an independent inquiry into its assault on the Gaza aid flotilla after autopsy results on the bodies of those killed, obtained by the Guardian, revealed they were peppered with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range.

Nine Turkish men on board the Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times and five were killed by gunshot wounds to the head, according to the vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine, which carried out the autopsies for the Turkish ministry of justice today.

Jun 05 20:14

GORDON DUFF: Is Israel Planning Act of Desperation ?

It still holds two stolen nukes for possible port attack

Jun 05 20:10

Gordon Duff: Pakistan’s Role In Afghanistan

THE KEY TO PAKISTAN’S SECURITY IS AFGHANISTAN

THE KEY TO AFGHANISTAN’S SECURITY IS PAKISTAN

US policy in Afghanistan hasn’t so much failed as it hasn’t even materialized. With the original rationale for overthrowing the Taliban their relationship with Osama bin Laden now long forgotten, buried with, not only the death of bin Laden many years ago but much more. No ties between bin Laden and 9/11 have ever been established, none of the training camps seen in the online videos existed anywhere but in fiction, truth is such a delicate thing. Children in Afghanistan are taught to be fighters from birth. Training an Afghan to fight is like training a fish to swim.

Jun 05 20:05

JEFF GATES: How Israel Wages War on the U.S.—By Way of Deception

The Manipulation of U.S. General Colin Powell and Pakistani Cricket Star Imran Khan

Mass media and popular culture are powerful tools of manipulation when wielded by those skilled at waging way by way of deception. When shaping the opinion of an unsuspecting public, the star power of military leaders and sports heroes is routinely appropriated.

That duplicity was on display in February 2003 when Colin Powell gave false testimony to the U.N. Security Council that helped launch the U.S.-led invasion of a Muslim nation. Similar duplicity was deployed in May 2005 when Pakistani cricket icon Imran Khan launched from Islamabad a false story that provoked outrage at the U.S. in Muslim nations.

Jun 05 05:13

JOIN US AS A WITNESS IN GAZA

Join WitnessGaza.com as they travel to Gaza. Witness what happens on board the Flotilla. Watch their videos.

Just before 9am this morning, the Israeli military forcibly siezed the Irish-owned humanitarian relief ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, from delivering over 1000 tons of medical and construction
supplies to besieged Gaza. For the second time in less then a week, Israeli naval commandos stormed an unarmed aid ship, brutally taking its
passengers hostage and towing the ship toward Ashdod port in SouthernIsrael. It is not yet known whether any of the Rachel Corrie’s passengers
were killed or injured during the attack, but they are believed to beunharmed.

Jun 05 04:52

GORDON DUFF: WHAT ISRAEL’S EXECUTION OF AN AMERICAN TEEN MEANS

WE CAN KILL ANYONE, ANYWHERE

NO REASON NEEDED, WE ARE TERRORISTS

LINK TO USS LIBERTY RADIO WITH GUESTS JEFF GATES AND GORDON DUFF
Report: Autopsy shows Gaza activists were shot 30 times
Nine Turkish activists killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship, including one with U.S. citizenship, were shot a total of 30 times and five died of gunshot wounds to the head, Britain’s Guardian newspaper says.

ISRAELI “COMMANDOS” EXECUTED PEACE ACTIVISTS, MOSTLY WITH SHOTS TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD AT POINT BLANK RANGE, WHILE PRISONERS WERE KNEELING, ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM AN ISRAELI PAPER, BASED ON AUTOPOSY RESULTS

Jun 05 00:55

Abkhaz Local Official Killed in Gali

The head of the local administration of the village of Rep in the Gali district of Abkhazia, Dmitry Katsia, was shot dead late on Thursday evening. Katsia’s car was reportedly attacked by 3 armed men.

Two days earlier before this murder, one Abkhaz customs officer was killed and two others were wounded when their car was attacked close to the village of Saberio in the Gali district.

Abkhaz leader, Sergey Bagapsh, who summoned a national security council session on June 4, said "the Georgian trace in quite obvious" in both of these incidents.

Jun 04 22:49

JAMES PETRAS: Israeli War Crimes: From the U.S.S. Liberty to the Humanitarian Flotilla

This is dedicated to the brave Turkish martyrs on the Mavi Marmara, May 31, 2010, and to the 34 murdered American sailors on the USS Liberty, June 8, 1967 – all victims of an unrepentant criminal state – Israel.

Introduction: Israel Crimes on the High Seas

Jun 04 22:37

JOIN US AS A WITNESS IN GAZA

Join WitnessGaza.com as they travel to Gaza. Witness what happens on board the Flotilla. Watch their videos.

Stay tuned for news about MV Rachel Corrie as she makes her way to Gaza. About 10 minutes ago, they have been trying every two minutes to contact passengers onboard MV Rache Corrie. No answer.

Email information about worldwide protests and demonstrations to protests at Freegaza.org

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Jun 04 03:37

The Legal Framework of International Law The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla by Israeli Navy Commandos on May 31, 2010

By Lynda Bray

Crimes against Peace and
Crimes against Humanity

During the pre-dawn hours of May 31, 2010, the Israeli Navy attacked the six civilian vessels of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. The attack took place in international waters against ships flying under national flags of countries with which Israel is not at war, namely Turkey, Greece and the United States. The ships were carrying civilians from more than sixteen countries.

Salient points:

Since no state of war existed at the time, the attack on these vessels constitutes an act of war against those governments under whose flags the vessels were sailing. [...]

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Jun 04 03:31

Justin Raimondo : This Says It All

Israelis kill American – Joe Biden says: “What’s the big deal?”

What is US foreign policy in the Middle East all about – and for whose benefit is it being conducted? In two short paragraphs, this news story says it all:

“The U.S. confirmed that an American citizen, identified as 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, was killed by multiple gunshots during the Israeli raid on a flotilla carrying activists attempting to run a blockade of the Gaza Strip.

“State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said the U.S. has made no decision on a response to Dogan’s death.”

Apparently official Washington is torn between issuing a mild protest, and thanking them. [...]

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Jun 04 03:27

Erdogan: Israel in danger of losing its “best friend” in the Region NATO HQ Seething

By Juan Cole

As funerals were held in Turkey on Thursday for 7 Turks and 1 US citizen, a new wave of anger swept over Turkey at Israel. The popular emotions have potential implications for Turkey and NATO in the Middle East, and therefore for the United States and the Obama administration.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara on Thursday that Israel must review its policies lest it lose its best friend in the region, i.e. Turkey. [...]

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Jun 04 03:21

Review of Zionism, Militarism And The Decline Of US Power by James Petras

December 2009 issue of Culture Wars magazine – Ken Freeland

The hegemonic influence of Zionist-Israeli forces over America’s foreign policy, particularly Middle East policy, is a phenomenon without historical precedent. While right-wing radicals, with their focus on patriotism and constitutional values, set off early alarms about this perceived foreign domination,the Left pretty much slept through its insidious ascent to power. [...]
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Jun 03 12:54

The Looting of Greece begins!

Now that the Greek debt crisis has been solved with
even more debt--the bankers are now moving in for
the kill--the final takedown of infrastructure,
public utilities and natural resources.

Greece begins to sell off the National Post Office, Utilities,
Casinos, Natural Gas Pipelines, Ports, Water Works, Airports,
and Railroads...

Jun 03 02:38

CNN removed the video. of Huwaida Arraf's Account

Here's GRTV's video of the same interview but not with the same clarity as was CNN's.

Richard Falk, Huwaida Arraf & Norman Finkelstein on the Freedom Flotilla. Huwaida Arraf, US. activist released from Israeli custody recounts raid on the phone from Ramallah.

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Jun 03 02:32

GORDON DUFF: ISRAEL SAYS GAZA ATTACK “A SILLY MISUNDERSTANDING”

GAZA FLOTILLA AND USS LIBERTY SURVIVORS APOLOGIZE TO ISRAEL

ISRAEL CLAIMS ATTACK AUTHORIZED PERSONALLY BY LORD BALFOUR

This week “religious commandos” from Israel attacked the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters. Seven Israelis were injured during the attack with one member of the “Israeli Secret Police” thrown overboard by an 81 year old woman. Jerusalem papers report that Israel is holding the woman for attempted sexual assault.

Is it illegal to rape a pirate on the high seas? We are waiting for a ruling from the International Criminal Court at the Hague on this.

Jun 03 02:27

Letter From Israel:The Flotilla in the Israeli Press

By Ran Ha Cohen

Not many atrocities can be less controversial than Israel’s attack on the Turkish-based flotilla heading to Gaza yesterday. Like Somali pirates, Israel attacked the boats in international waters. Like the darkest regimes, Israeli forces opened fire on unarmed civilians who had not posed a threat to anybody, except to the siege that Israel (with Egyptian co-operation and U.S. backing) imposes on Gaza. Condemnation of what the Turkish prime minister rightly termed “an act of state terrorism” has been global, except for the shameful mumbling of the American government (but what can you expect from the complicit?).

Jun 02 21:37

SUPERB! DEMOCRACY NOW:Global Condemnation

Amy Goodman

Global Condemnation of Israeli Armed Attack on Gaza-Bound Freedom Flotilla: At Least 10 Dead, Hundreds Remain in Detention.

Jun 02 21:18

Obama’s Timidity and Deaths at Sea

By Ray McGovern

A chief lesson to learn from President Barack Obama’s recent unwillingness to stand up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Lobby is that such timidity can get people killed.

Casualty figures are still arriving in the wake of Israel’s Sunday night-Monday morning commando attack on an unarmed flotilla trying to bring relief supplies to the 1.5 million Palestinians crowded into Gaza. Already, at least nine civilian passengers are reported killed, and dozens wounded.

Jun 02 21:13

Full Text of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Speech! (English, Turkish)

By Mary Rizzo

Today I do not only want to speak to my dear people but to all of humanity.

I want to call to the conscience and hearts and minds of the whole of humanity, I would like to share courageously my feelings.

Yesterday, in the darkest moment of the night two bloody attacks occurred.

The first of them was the terrorist attack against our military troop at the Iskenderun Naval Base. In this malicious, vicious attack six of our soldiers died, and they have become martyrs. Seven of our soldiers have been injured.

The second, at dawn in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the heart of humanity has taken one of her heaviest wounds in history. The aid ships, from the humanitarian heart, these flowing aid ships have been hindered with guns, by violence, despotism.

Jun 02 11:01

Mood of resistance sweeps continent

The British protests against cuts on 22 June will be part of a cross?European fightback. There are moves towards a day of coordinated strikes and demonstrations across the continent.

Jun 02 11:01

Lisbon: Massive Demonstration Against Government

Over three hundred thousand people (more than three per cent of the Portuguese population) marched today in central Lisbon in a mega-demonstration against the socially insulting policies of the conservative, right-wing Government provided by the Socialist Party, an insult to Socialism, an insult to Government and the epitome of laboratory politics practised by professional politicians who have never had a real job.

Jun 02 07:23

LOWKEY PROTEST IN LONDON – LONG LIVE PALESTINE !

Rapper and Poet Lowkey rightly says, “We are sick of it”, “We are sick of it”, as he leads a demonstration at London’s Downing Street, on 31st, May, to protest yet another massacre by Israel, this time of 9-16 ( numbers and names not yet confirmed) human rights activists onboard the Flotilla sailing to Gaza , with humanitarian aid for Gazans. He says, “We need the names now… this is not a crime against the Palestinian people, this not a crime against the Turkish people, this is not a crime against the British people, this is a crime against Humanity… We were not there, it is our tax dollars that went into the bullets that killed those humanitarian activists….”

Lowkey has demonstrated huge support and love for the people of Palestine .

Must watch. He is Amazing!

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Jun 02 05:44

FORMER US ARMY COL. ANN WRIGHT SEEN ARRESTED BY ISRAELI COMMANDOS

Former United States Army Colonel, Foreign Diplomat, Peace Advocat, Ann Wright is seen in this video being arrested by Israeli commandos onboard the humanitarian aid flotilla “Marmara”, reports Dick Allgire from Honolulu.

“Israel has been allowed to get away with anything they want to, any criminal act they want to, any violation of international law, America protects them” says Ann Wright.

DEMONSTRATORS VOICE THEIR OPINIONS AT PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS IN NEW YORK

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Jun 02 02:06

Leader: West to blame for Gaza aid attack

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States, Britain and France must be held accountable for an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy.

The Leader said the attack on the international convoy was an act of lunacy, adding that the attack brings Israel closer to its end.

"Zionism is a new and more aggressive face of fascism which is this time supported by governments claiming to be advocates of freedom and human rights with the US above all," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Jun 02 01:56

Greta Berlin: Marbles, paint balls and nukes [Videos]

The Israeli military (IDF), has been busy spinning the story of their attack on a civilian convoy trying to deliver aid to the besieged people of Gaza. They’ve had a head start, sending out edited videos, posting ’supposed’ military footage of the passengers attacking them, saying that they confiscated ‘weapons’ which apparently turned out to be marbles, sling shots, kitchen knives and aluminum chairs.

More will be revealed as passengers are released. We already know that Israel shot the captain of the Marmara and the European Campaign boat, maybe hoping that we would no longer be able to hire captains. Several activists have spoken to their respective Consulates and informed of being kicked, beaten, dragged along the ground, tear gassed and bags thrown over their heads.

Jun 01 18:18

Letter to UK Minister Henry Bellingham: the rogue state of Israel’s foulest crime

Stuart Littlewood has emailed his UK Member of Parliament, Henry Bellingham, a newly appointed Foreign Office minister in the coalition government, asking him to spell out the actions the British governments intends to take in response to Israel’s murder on the high seas of Gaza-bound international aid workers.

Jun 01 06:40

Dead: 19. Injured: 60. This is Israel. Appeal of the BRussells Tribunal

Israel’s killing of 19 innocents with 60 more injured must have maximal consequences. Israel impunity is a threat to all

Jun 01 03:28

One Dies in Gali Shooting (Abkhazia-Georgia border)

One Abkhaz customs officer was killed and two others wounded when their car came under fire.

Chief of Abkhazia's customs office said "It was a subversive act carried out by the Georgian special services".

Georgian officials claimed that the shootout occurred between the Russian servicemen and Abkhaz customs officers.

Jun 01 02:12

Wall Street Operative Geithner Rebuffed in Berlin on Mission to Make World Safe for Derivatives

Geithner’s true intentions can be read from his systematic sabotage and gutting of the financial reform bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate. The most important feature of this bill was the ban on derivatives speculation by commercial banks proposed by Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. This would have partially restored the blanket ban on most types of derivatives which was in force under the New Deal from 1936 through 1982 thank to the Commodities Exchange Act signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Geithner has attacked this provision, and is teaming up with Obama handler Rahm Emanuel to remove it during the upcoming House-Senate reconciliation process.

May 31 22:04

JAMES PETRAS : Israeli’s Nuclear Policy: From South Africa to Iran

On May 24, 2010, the Guardian (U.K.) published a highly confidential document released by the South African government. The 1975 document reveals a secret military agreement signed by Shimon Peres, Israel’s Foreign Minister at the time (and today Israel’s President) and South Africa’s Defense Minister P. W. Botha. Israel offered to sell the apartheid regime, weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical and conventional weaponry to destroy and defeat the million person African resistance movement.

May 31 17:23

Israeli butchery at sea

Gilad Atzmon argues that Israel’s murder in international waters of aid workers bound for Gaza was a premeditated act of savagery and that the international community, foremost NATO and the European Union, must respond decisively by cutting all relations with the rogue Jewish state.

May 31 17:22

Criminal pirate Israel makes a fool of the OECD only days after it clasped the viper to its bosom

Stuart Littlewood argues that the West, which has traditionally rewarded Israel for its crimes against Palestinians, most recently by admitting it as a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, must be held directly responsible for the latest Israeli outrage – the murder in international waters of aid workers bound for Gaza.

May 31 17:20

The concentration camp that is Gaza: only a one-state Palestine is possible

Christopher King looks beyond Israel’s latest crime against humanity, its murder in international waters of aid workers bound for Gaza. He argues that it is high time to accept the fact that Israel is a fundamentally illegitimate entity and that the only chance for peace lies in a one-state Palestine shared among Palestinian Arabs and Jews.

May 31 15:40

German President's Resignation Tied to Telling Truth About Afghan War

German President Horst Koehler resigned Monday in a surprise move after being criticized for reportedly linking military deployments abroad with the country's economic interests -- creating a new headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

May 31 12:24

The U.S., Brazil and Turkey: how to lose friends and estrange allies

But where are the tough sanctions of yester-week? Where’s Hillary, the iron-brained lady, for whose sake Barack, I ween, Lost his principles and went all shady?(Apud François Villon’s “Ballade des femmes des temps jadis”)

May 31 12:18

German President Horst Köhler Resigns

German President Horst Köhler, under fire for controversial comments he made about Germany's mission in Afghanistan, resigned with immediate effect on Monday in a shock announcement that comes as the latest in a series of blows to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

May 30 07:24

Second firm withdraws drugs from Greece over cuts

Another Danish pharmaceutical company has withdrawn products from Greece in protest at the government's decision to cut the prices of medicines by 25%.

The Leo Pharma company says it is suspending sales of two popular drugs because the price reductions will cause job losses across Europe.

The Greek government is struggling with a debt crisis.

It has condemned as unfair the action of Leo Pharma, and another Danish company, Novo Nordisk.

May 30 02:50

Geithner Rushes To Sabotage German Derivatives Ban

Tiny Tim Geithner's US Treasury is attempting, but not succeeding, to conceal its apoplectic hysteria over the German ban. Geithner announced that he was flying from China to Europe in order to confer with George Osborne, the new Bilderberger Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Bank of England boss Mervyn King in London, followed by consultations with European Central Bank chief Trichet and Bundesbank leader Axel Weber in Frankfurt, followed then by a meeting with Schäuble in Berlin. There was no doubt that the overriding purpose of Geithner's mission was to sabotage the German moves against derivatives in particular and speculation in general.

May 30 02:44

Freedom Flotilla : ‘A battle for the high seas. And the high ground’

If you’re hoping to see news about the extraordinary events taking place in the Med sea around Cyprus on either the BBC or Sky this weekend. Forget it. For now. Despite the fact that almost three dozen Brits are amongst the 700 brave souls heading to Gaza on a fleet of ships laden with essential aid. Or the incredible military and political manoeverings surrounding Israels response to the peaceful attempt, major news channels in the West remain silent. This despite the fact their news editors have the direct numbers of spokespeopleon board and access to the live news feed.

May 28 16:02

Volcanic and Political ashes in Iceland and the maybe anarchist and possible mayor of Reykjavik

“We have to show responsibility now.”

………..Says who?

the same people who irresponsibly supported and took money from the bankers who gambled away our children´s future?
Or the ones who sold out the rest of the economy and our national resources and infrastructure to foreign “investors”, committed us to debt-slavery forever and told us that our votes in a national referendum were irrelevant and therefor the people shouldn´t go voting at all?
This just about covers the whole political spectrum of “real” parties from right to left and middle and up and down, the pre-collapse government and the one we have now, the one Icelanders had put in office after their pots and pans revolution, just to be sold out by them to the British government and their banking overlords.

May 28 10:58

CALL FOR ACTION: To all EU readers of WRH; sign this petition against GMO in Europe.

To the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso:
We call on you to put a moratorium on the introduction of GM crops into Europe and set up an independent, ethical, scientific body to research the impact of GM crops and determine regulation.

May 27 07:18

Serbia asks IMF to unfreeze wages

Faced with possible social unrest, Serbia asked the International Monetary Fund on Monday to allow an increase in state salaries and pensions that were frozen as part of a bailout loan deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hell, NO! You forget the golden rule; starve the people to give gold to the bankers. Starve the people to give gold to the bankers. Starve the people to give gold to the bankers!!!" -- The Bankers

May 26 23:05

Poland welcomes US soldiers, Patriot missiles

Polish and U.S. officials hailed the arrival in Poland of an American Patriot missile battery, saying Wednesday that the hardware and soldiers close to the Russian border enhance Polish security but pose no threat to Russia.

The Patriot battery arrived Sunday at a base in Morag, a town in northeastern Poland 37 miles (60 kilometers) from Russia's westernmost point, the Kaliningrad exclave.

May 26 20:44

China eyes cut in euro exposure

China, which boasts the world's largest foreign exchange reserves, is reviewing its holdings of eurozone debt in the wake of the crisis that has swept through the region's bond markets.

Representatives of China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange, or Safe, which manages the reserves under the country's central bank, has been meeting foreign bankers in Beijing in recent days to discuss the issue.

The meetings were arranged amid growing speculation that Safe is considering reducing its exposure to the eurozone bond markets because of the deepening crisis in Europe.

May 26 14:15

IMF praises Italy's cuts, points to wage bill

The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday welcomed Italy's commitment to reduce its fiscal deficit and said containing the public wage bill should be the focus of cost-cutting measures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers.

May 26 14:12

IMF raises fresh concerns about the Spanish economy

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised fresh concerns about Spain's economy, saying "far-reaching" reforms are needed to ensure its recovery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"far-reaching reforms" is IMF-speak for "starve the people to feed the bankers!

May 26 08:29

Germany 'to extend short-selling ban'

Germany is considering widening a ban on "naked" short-selling on some financial stocks to cover all German-listed stocks, proposals have shown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Germans

May 25 09:46

Spain must make wide ranging reforms, weak recovery-IMF

Spain must make far reaching, comprehensive reforms, including to the labour market, while its economic recovery remains fragile, The International Monetary Fund said on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In every monetary system where a private central bank issues the public currency at interest, there can never be a recovery because debt always outstrips the money supply. What the IMF is saying is what bankers have said throughout history; "You must make do with less so that we may have more. You must make do with less so that we may have more. You must make do with less so that we may have more."

May 25 09:36

Latvia Says I.M.F. Is Imposing Fresh Conditions on Rescue Package

Latvia said Wednesday that the International Monetary Fund had imposed fresh conditions for it to qualify for rescue funds, exacerbating an emerging split with the European Union over a €7.5 billion bailout last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"All your base are belong to us!"

May 24 09:12

Italy suspends mark-to-market accounting on eurozone bonds

The Bank of Italy Tuesday said Italian lenders holding European government bonds in their available-for-sale portfolio don’t have to take into account possible capital gains or losses on them, in a move to safeguard capital ratios.

The decision came after volatility on European government bonds skyrocketed in recent weeks following several rating agencies downgrades, temporarily affecting the capital ratios of Italian, as well as other European, banks.

According to Italian securities laws Italian banks must deduct all the losses linked to the value of those bonds, but can only partially book capital gains.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mark-to-market accounting was what allowed ENRON to post profits that did not actually exist in order to run up their stock prices.

May 24 09:08

Burden of Irish debt could yet eclipse that of Greece

What will sink us, unfortunately but inevitably, are the huge costs of the September 2008 bank bailout, writes MORGAN KELLY

May 24 09:07

European bank jitters as Spain steps in to save Cajasur

Investors are braced for fresh turbulence in European bank shares after Spain's authorities stepped in to rescue Cajasur, one of the country's largest regional lenders.

May 23 21:28

Georgian Deputy FM: ‘New Stage in Georgia-Iran Relations’

Bilateral relations between Iran and Georgia are entering [a] "new stage" and Tbilisi hopes ties will further deepen, Nino Kalandadze, the Georgian deputy foreign minister, said on May 22.

"Georgia is highly grateful to the Iranian authorities’ policy towards Georgia, which we deem as very reasonable and which involves unconditional support to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity," the Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister said.

Georgia and Iran are getting all "pally-pally" all of a sudden. Nothing to do with Georgia getting the cold shoulder from the Obama administration, I suppose?

May 23 17:55

Israelis asked to visit passport plant here before Dubai killing

By Sam Smyth

Three fraudulent Australian passports, four French, 12 British, one German and eight Irish passports were used in the killing.

ISRAELI officials asked to inspect the Dublin plant where security-enhanced passports are made — just a month before a Middle East assassination by agents using forged Irish documents.

A serious diplomatic incident was looming last night after a top-level report concluded that an Israeli intelligence agency forged the Irish passports used in the murder of a Hamas operative in Dubai in January.

The Department of Foreign Affairs believes that an Israeli state agency provided the eight forged Irish passports used by agents involved in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

May 23 05:44

The Israeli Role In The Plunder Of Iceland

The looting of much of the wealth of Iceland is one such mega-crime in which we find Israelis involved at the highest level. The First Lady of Iceland, Dorrit Moussaieff, is an Israeli Jew, which adds a significant wrinkle to the whole plot.

May 22 03:00

Whatever Germany does, the euro as we know it is dead

Angela Merkel's ban on short-selling is just a distraction from the horror to come

May 22 00:39

GERMANY'S PARLIAMENT VOTES TO GIVE 66% OF COUNTRY'S ANNUAL INCOME TAX REVENUE TO BANKS

The Merkel government has just announced a raft of deep cuts and tax hikes, which will increase the proportion of the country’s income flowing to the banks and accelerate an economic collapse that could be much more severe than the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The transfer of almost the country’s entire tax revenues to the banks shows that the politicians in Germany are working hand in glove with banks to loot the people on an unprecedented scale under the smokescreen created by the mainstream media.

Though sold by the controlled media as “aid for Greece”, none of the money will go to the people of Greece.

May 21 10:31

Germany Acts Alone to Protect the Euro and Big Banks Against Speculators

If Germany’s efforts to rein in speculation in European markets were meant to surprise investors, they succeeded — just not quite in the way officials in Berlin might have intended.
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Axel Weber, right, president of Germany's central bank, and Jochen Sanio, head of BaFin, which regulates its financial markets. BaFin banned the naked short-selling of some stocks and bonds.

On Wednesday, the government’s partial ban on so-called naked short-selling took effect, as part of Berlin’s effort to protect its biggest financial institutions and the euro currency from investors who have been betting against them.

May 21 03:44

Austerity regime in Europe

May 19 06:56

Britain on its own if markets strike: French official

Britain may find itself on its own if it comes under pressure from the markets, France's chief financial regulator warned on Tuesday, after London refused to join Europe's trillion-dollar rescue package.

May 18 16:46

The German Government Has Had Enough

If you thought the German government was going to be a lapdog for Sarcozy, or worse, was going to fellate Brussels and the ECB, you got a rude shock today.

It appears that the German Government has just plain had enough of the crap that the banksters have tried to pull, and has decided to do what Barack Obama should have done in early 2009.

That is:

* No more naked credit crap, especially against sovereigns but not only against sovereigns. No insurable interest, no CDS - period.

* Naked shorting will now be actually stopped in 10 leading financial institutions.

* Germany has had it with naked shorting of Gold, and specifically noted bank manipulation of gold prices via naked shorts beyond intent or ability to deliver.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Mommie; Germany is being mean to us! PLease go kill them!" -- Gold in my Sacks

May 18 12:44

French Pension-Reform Plan Stirs Union Ire

The government said it plans to introduce a bill to raise the retirement age from the current minimum of 60—though it didn't say to what age—and create a new tax on high earners, to try to fix the nation's debt-choked pension system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Our new policy, suggested by the Americans, is that we work the slaves until they drop!"

May 17 08:43

Germans turn against the EU as eurozone meltdown heaps misery on Angela Merkel

German fury at paying for Greek extravagence is turning into anger against the European Union, the euro, and Angela Merkel

May 15 10:53

Israel’s Intimidation Tactics Won’t Stop Us: First Ship Sets Sail for Gaza!

By Huwaida Arraf

London – 14 May 2010 – At 22:45 local time tonight, the MV Rachel Corrie, a 1200-ton cargo ship, part of the eight-vessel Freedom Flotilla, set sail from Ireland on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. Three, ships from Turkey and Greece will join her, then sail to Gaza.

This past week reports from Israel have indicated that the Israeli authorities will not allow the Freedom Flotilla to reach Gaza with its cargo of much-needed reconstruction material, medical equipment, and school supplies. According to Israeli news sources, clear orders have been issued to prevent the ships from reaching Gaza, even if this necessitates military violence.

May 15 07:42

The Fed Currency Swaps Begin

The Federal Reserve provided $9.205 billion of liquidity to foreign central banks since reopening foreign exchange swap lines this last week, the New York Fed reports.

The European Central Bank was the only institution todraw on the swap lines this week, swapping the full $9.205 billion amount.

May 15 00:57

Will The U.K. Be The Next European Nation To Experience A Massive Debt Crisis?

As we wrote about yesterday, the sad truth is that the governments of the world are rapidly running out of money and are drowning in debt. It is a gigantic mess, and the term "sovereign debt crisis" is going to pop up in the news very regularly from now on.

When it does all start coming apart and the dominoes do start falling, it is going to be a complete and total nightmare. Paper currencies around the globe will lose value at breathtaking speeds as central banks flood economies with cash in an attempt to stop the madness.

But more debt and more paper never solves anything. All it does is make the long-term problems even worse.

When the tipping point comes, things are going to move fast. Let's just hope that we all have a good bit more time to prepare before that happens.

May 14 08:20

Antoine Raffoul : Dear Elton John

If you do go ahead with this performance, please make sure that, when you sing in that stadium, you sing loud enough for the Gazans to hear you in their open air prison only 40 miles away.

Some of the Gazans may not even hear you no matter how loud you sing, because they have been made deaf and dumb as a result of Israel’s deadly ” Operation Cast Lead.”

The following letter was sent recorded delivery to Elton John via the following contacts:

Read More: http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/05/dear-elton-john/

May 13 14:31

Are the bombers in Iraq Al-Qaeda, the CIA or Israel?

Christopher King argues that it is likely that the American CIA – or Israel acting on its behalf – is responsible for recent atrocities in Iraq, in order to extend and consolidate the occupation, just as it is probable that the Times Square bomber was, wittingly or otherwise, acting for the CIA or Israel, to justify the US military intervention in South Asia.

May 13 14:27

INSTANT CLASSIC: Irish Parliament Bailout Video -- Paul Gogarty & Emmet Stagg (WATCH -- NSFW)

Watch Paul Gogarty battle the tyranny of the Irish bailout machine.

May 13 08:29

David McWilliams: Forget bailouts, it's time for a two-speed Europe

Having rallied on Monday, the value of the euro has fallen back. One implication of this is that the financial markets are not convinced that the huge EU/IMF/ECB bailout will be enough. Maybe the markets think that the extraordinary web of borrowing between the European countries is just too big to manage, even with such guarantees in place.

May 13 08:28

Party threatens DK’s EU contribution

The Danish People’s Party is threatening to veto the Danish tranche of the EU’s emergency fund, which was agreed at the weekend to stabilise markets, in protest against EU commission plans to require national budgets to pass through Brussels before presentation in national Parliaments.

May 13 06:51

David Icke on the 2010 British Elections

May 12 09:47

Protestors attempt to storm Dáil

An attempt was made last night to storm the Dáil but protestors failed to breach security measures at the gate.

Around 100 people marched to Kildare Street in protest at the Government's plans to inject billions of euro into the country's banks.

May 12 08:44

Spain cuts salaries as Europe faces up to crisis

This is another case of the general population being screwed by their own governments to enrich the bankers.

May 12 02:07

John Greyson : Hey Elton Cancel Your Concert in Israel

HEY ELTON Cancel Your Concert in Israel

by Canadian filmmaker John Greyson

Palestinian civil society has called on Elton John to respect their boycott
call and cancel his June 17th concert in Tel Aviv. If he does so, he’ll be
joining Santana and Gil-Scott Heron, who recently cancelled their spring
concerts in Israel. This video suggests six reasons why Elton should join
the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement.

PLEASE WATCH HERE: http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/05/john-greyson-hey-elton/

May 11 09:52

Euro falls as market doubts rescue package

The euro fell on Tuesday as the relief rally unleashed by an emergency aid package to prevent the spread of a euro zone debt crisis dissipated and the focus switched back to structural problems plaguing the bloc.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Global Economy is a boat with ten holes in the bottom and only five corks, and all the bailouts accomplish is to yank a cork from one hole and pound it into another in front of the press cameras while the wielder of the hammer proclaims, "I am doing something about the problem!"

May 11 08:41

$1 Trillion Was Not Enough

Zero Hedge notes that European banks are betting against the beleaguered euro. “Zero Hedge has received confirmation that several of the largest French banks are now actively shorting the euro to take advantage of globalized moral hazard, which with every ensuing bailout does nothing but make the bonuses of French FX traders surge.”

In other words, the very banks the EU plans to bailout in part with U.S. taxpayer money (or tax payer long term debt) via the IMF are placing bets against the survival of Europe.

May 11 08:22

The European Bailout: Not a Very Promising Start

Of course, the myriad fraudulent schemes (using derivatives and other means) to hide the problems of Greece, Italy and other countries are still continuing to some extent. And the size of the too big to fails means they can take down companies or nations using high-frequency trading, short-selling, credit default swaps and other means. Indeed, Jim Rickards argues that the bailout won't really help because "Goldman can create shorts faster than Europe can print money".

Therefore, without fundamental reform of the financial system, there can be no true and lasting European recovery.

May 11 08:13

The volcano in Iceland continues to spew a huge ash cloud, causing flight disruptions in Europe

The volcano in Iceland continues to spew a huge ash cloud, causing flight disruptions in Europe
The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland closed down airports in Spain, the Canary Islands and parts of Morocco, and looks set to spread further to southwestern France

May 10 09:40

Angela Merkel punished by voters for dithering over Greek bailout

The German chancellor's Christian Democrats (CDU) dropped more than 10% in the election in North Rhine Westphalia, according to exit polls. The CDU, which polled 34.5%, and its coalition partner, the Free Democratic party (FDP) – which secured 6.5% – no longer have an outright majority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The media spin is that she should have acted sooner to save Greece, but in reality the polling is showing that the German voters were angry that Merkel was sending Germans' money to foreign nations at a time when Germany is suffering.

May 09 22:24

brussels: euro monster bailout nears $1 trillion

Europe on Monday agreed a package of crisis aid for troubled eurozone countries that Spanish finance minister Elena Salgado said could hit 750 billion euros with IMF involvement.

May 09 22:01

EU approves $560B crisis fund for Europe

Europe's finance ministers approved in an emergency meeting late Sunday a "stabilization mechanism" that could provide at least 440 billion euros (US $560 billion) for a crisis aid package aimed at ensuring financial stability across Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's another bailout. Europe's banks will be saved and the Europeans will be plunged further into debt.

May 09 16:39

Has the Power Elite Over-Reached?

The hysteria of the mainstream media over the plight of the EU and the necessity to salvage it is misplaced. As is the perception of some in the alternative media that the elite has planned the current unraveling in detail and is on top of the situation. We think, in fact, that the EU, in various ways, is verging on becoming yet another failed elite promotion and, as we have written before, it couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch.

May 09 10:23

Disgruntled Germans go to polls with Merkel's coalition under threat

The UK has been so immersed in political fever that another highly significant election has gone almost unnoticed. When Germans go to the polls in state elections today, at stake will be not only the future of Angela Merkel's ruling coalition in Berlin, but also the direction of Europe's biggest economy.

May 09 10:09

Voting underway in crucial German state election

Germans are casting ballots on Sunday in the country's most populous state. The vote is seen as a test for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s federal government and polls suggest the ruling coalition is in trouble.

May 09 08:53

Britain says it will not back European bailout fund

BRUSSELS — Britain said on Sunday that it will refuse to underwrite a European Union bailout fund worth some 60 billion euros that finance ministers want to agree at emergency talks in Brussels.

"We wouldn't participate in a European bailout fund," a British diplomat told AFP of moves for all 27 EU member states to guarantee borrowings destined to bailout troubled economies in the crisis-hit 16-nation eurozone.

May 09 07:45

Americans Have Been Bailing Out Foreign Banks for Years ... And We're Getting Ready To Do It Again

So not only are Americans bailing out our own too big to fail banks, but we're bailing out foreign mega-banks as well.

Even though bailing out Europe might make sense if America was flush with cash, things are different now. As Congressmen Kucinich and Filner wrote last June:

Our country and this body cannot afford to spend American tax payer dollars to bail out private European banks.

In addition, the U.S. is - of course - also contributing tens of billions of dollars towards the Greek bailout through its contributions to the International Monetary Fund. Some allege that the U.S. will secretly help bailout of all of Europe. See this and this.

May 08 18:38

British taxpayers ordered to bail out euro

Britain faces paying out billions of pounds under a European Union deal intended to prevent another financial crisis like the one in Greece.

All 27 EU finance ministers have been summoned to Brussels on Sunday to sign up to a “European stabilisation mechanism. Britain will be unable to veto this as it will be put through under the “qualified majority voting” system.

The deal, effectively to shore up the euro, was denounced as a “stitch-up” last night after it emerged Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, had devised it behind closed doors and were attempting to push it through at a time when there is no clear government in Britain.

May 08 08:03

Huge National Debts Could Push Euro Zone into Bankruptcy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One more time; when a private central bank issues the public currency at interest, the system is a pyramid that lasts only as long as ever-larger pools of new borrowers can be found to allow the creation of new money with which to pay the interest on the old money. When new borrowers cannot be found, the pyramid collapses. When everyone in the nation (or planet) is already in debt and cannot be persuaded to borrow any more, collapse is inevitable because it is designed into the system from its inception.

Do you get it yet? The bankers designed a system that would eventually place all the wealth into their hands, but never planned what to do when they actually succeeded and society stopped operating.

And these same greedy bastard bozos want to run the world?

May 08 07:15

Merkel urged to put struggling Germans first

Mrs Merkel has reasons to fear voters' anger. A deeply unpopular rescue package for Greece, which critics say she tried to delay until after the vote, is being rushed through parliament this week.

Meanwhile, cities like Wuppertal in NRW are on the brink of bankruptcy.

May 06 11:25

Paul Krugman: most likely scenario is for Greece to “leave the Euro”

To put it another way, Greece will become essentially a Third World country. How did this happen? It happened because central banks around the world engaged in Keynesian “expansion” by creating Dollars, Euros, you name it. Keynesians believe that such action can go on forever without creating any consequences. As you can see, that simply is not true.

May 06 08:26

ECB Recommends Tight Limits on Greek Cash Transactions

While promoting the Euro as a safe store of value the ECB opts for tight limits on cash transactions in Greece, limiting the role of cash Euros as a medium of exchange, one of the fundamental functions of a currency.

May 06 08:09

Are France and Germany In Trouble?

You know that Greece, Portugal and Spain are in trouble.

You probably know that the UK is threatened by the falling dominoes.

But as the following Reuters chart shows (based on information provided by BIS), France and Germany are the largest holder of Greek debt:

May 05 07:01

Three dead as Greece protest turns violent

At least three people have been killed in the Greek capital as protesters set fire to a bank during a general strike over planned austerity measures.

The fire brigade said three bodies were found inside the Marfin Bank in Athens. Two other buildings are also on fire.

Petrol bombs were thrown at police who responded with pepper spray, tear gas and stun grenades.

May 05 03:23

Greece brought to halt by general strike over cuts

Greece is braced for mass protests as angry workers stage a general strike over planned austerity measures.

Measures include wage freezes, pension cuts and tax rises.

Flights in and out of Greece stopped at midnight, and trains and ferries were not running early on Wednesday.

Now that's what you call a strike - things are coming to a head there now

May 03 09:36

Unconditional support for Israel 'is dangerous', say leading European Jews

More than 3,000 European Jews, including prominent intellectuals, have signed a petition speaking out against Israeli settlement policies and warning that systematic support for the Israeli government is dangerous.

The petition's signatories include French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a Greens leader in the European Parliament.

May 03 06:34

Great European rail journeys: Your carriage awaits

I'd just finished a tasty ham omelette in the restaurant car and was nursing a second glass of equally delicious Croatian red wine, when the Zagreb-Vienna EuroCity train burst out of the Semmering Tunnel, high in the Austrian Alps. The view took my breath away. The railway clung to the mountainside, the summits towered above and the valley floor was a Toy Town vision thousands of feet below. The wheels beneath me screeched against the rails as the train curved first one way then the other among the fir trees, the waiter bracing himself expertly as he made his way to my table with my Zagreb schnitzel. We reached Vienna right on time, just after lunch.

May 01 07:32

Greek police and protesters clash as fury over economic chaos spills on to streets

Tens of thousands of protesters are gathering in central Athens and other Greek cities today for May Day rallies fuelled by anger at austerity measures needed to secure rescue loans for the near-bankrupt country.

Apr 30 08:08

Wild Wonders of Europe: a new book featuring pictures of European wildlife and landscape

European bison (Bison bonasus) in the Bialowieza Forest National Park, Poland. This is Europe's largest herbivore, weighing in at over 1,000 kilos. It was once hunted as close to extinction as any animal can be - at one time there were only 13 of them left. Now, there are around 2,000 European bison back roaming in the wild, and another 2,000 in captivity. The Bialowieza forest, straddling the border between Poland and Belarus, is the area where the bison, or Wisent, clung on and survived. Bialowieza is one of the very few remaining European old-growth broadleaf forests, and it is constantly threatened by logging interests. There are plans to expand the protected areas on the Polish side

Apr 28 09:56

ECB may have to turn to 'nuclear option' to prevent Southern European debt collapse

The European Central Bank may soon have to invoke emergency powers to prevent the disintegration of southern European bond markets, with ominous signs of investor flight from Spain and Italy.

Apr 28 09:42

S&P has just downgraded Spain debt from AA+ to AA, Outlook Negative

Apr 27 10:02

S&P on Greek Debt Downgrade to Junk Status: Options Are Narrowing

There is no way this stops with Greece. The PIIGS, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain, are about to become bacon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As long as people allow themselves to accept pretty printed pieces of paper that cost the bankers pennies as actual money, only to return the full face value of that paper as labor plus interest back to the bankers then the people of the world will always live as slaves to the purveyors of pretty printed pieces of paper. The trap of the Reserve system of banking, in which all public currency is the result of a loan from a private central bank is that the moment that first pretty printed piece of paper goes into circulation, more money is owed to the bank than is actually in existence. Debt enslavement is built into the system.

From the bankers' point of view the solution to the debt is to squeeze the peasants harder; to flog them into accepting that they must make do with less so that the bankers may have more.

But from the point of view of the people, who have nothing left to be squeezed out, the more obvious solution is to start hanging the crooks who created the system in the first place, along with the government that sold out the people to the Federal Reserve's machinations almost 100 years ago.

Apr 25 09:47

Greek domino topples; Rest of the “PIIGS” next!

But in the bond market, it’s been anything BUT quiet. In fact, the first major sovereign debt domino toppled this past week — in Greece.

The Mediterranean nation is buried under a massive load of debts and deficits, and the numbers are shocking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Greece should serve as warning to the rest of the world that the push for globalism only benefits the globalists and will subject the people of planet Earth to perpetual debt slavery so long as they believe they should pay for the reckless behavior of government and business.

Clearly the people of Greece (and Iceland) are too smart to fall for that hoax. I hope Americans are just as smart.

Apr 25 09:28

Greece hit by new riots as pressure grows to quit euro

Apr 24 06:33

Hungary Financial Authority Fines Deutsche Bank For Swap Deals

Hungary's financial market authority PSZAF fined Deutsche Bank AG (DB) for weakening the Hungarian forint significantly Oct. 15 2008, when Hungary was hit hardest by the global credit crunch

Apr 24 06:16

Watch the Euro for Important Clues on Global Markets

If you’re looking for clues on where stocks, commodities and global economies are headed, you might be better served keeping a close eye on the euro, rather than on the incoming stream of corporate earnings reports.

That’s because the ongoing crisis in the euro zone, and the respective threat that Greece and the other weak spots in Europe are posing to the lifespan of the euro, has very significant implications for global markets.

Apr 24 06:15

Cover-up investigation bishop Vangheluwe

Cover-up investigation bishop Vangheluwe

The Roman-Catholic Church in Belgium is investigating whether bishop Vangheluwe, who resigned yesterday, covered up cases of sexual abuse concerning his collegues as well.
The bishop stepped down after confessing having abused his little nephew for years.

Now reports surface Vangheluwe knew about sexual abuse by other clergy, without acting.

Possibly he even consecrated a deacon into office whom he knew abused a boy. The deacon's victim by then had already committed suicide.

Apr 23 16:25

Trouble is brewing in Georgia

Relations between Russia and Georgia have turned even more frosty than they already were, over the past few months.

Apr 23 10:18

Greece calls on EU-IMF rescue loans

Greece has formally asked for the activation of an EU-IMF financial rescue package to help pull the debt-ridden economy out of its crisis.

It had hoped that just the promise of EU support, agreed last month, would have been be enough to reassure markets and help its recovery.

But Greece's problems have continued to hit investor confidence in the euro and other European economies.

Eurozone countries will now provide tens of billions of euros in loans.

Apr 23 08:48

Escalating Greek default fears rock Europe's debt markets

Goldman Sachs said it is expecting Greece to offer some sort of “voluntary debt-restructuring” to creditors over coming months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, Greece needs to sue Goldman Sachs out of existence!

Apr 22 21:37

US Rules Out Removing Its Nukes From Europe

Despite increased calls from European officials to remove them, the United States today ruled out moving its hundreds of “battlefield nukes” from Europe, insisting that they must remain to ensure that Europe shares the “nuclear risks and responsibilities.”

Apr 20 12:06

POLAND: TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY

The crash on 10 April of an airliner carrying Poland’s president, Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 of the nation’s political, military and economic leaders, was a heart-rending tragedy.

But for Poles, tragedy is a constant. Poland’s epic, thousand-year history has always alternated between extremes of tragedy and triumph.

The accident was especially bitter because President Kaczynski and his delegation were flying into the Russian city of Smolensk to attend the 70th anniversary of the notorious Katyn massacre.

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