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Jul 11 07:24

Ireland seeks to block Israel access to data on EU citizens

Irish government retaliates over use of forged Irish passports by alleged Mossad spies in Dubai assassination.

Jul 10 12:08

Phoenix-like dollar arises from its ashes as an ill-disguised derivatives scam

Christopher King argues against suggestions by UN and US economists that countries should switch their reserve currencies from the dollar to the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, which he says would amount to another derivatives scam in all but name.

Jul 10 04:17

Obama’s Gitmo – Torturing the rule of law

By Chase Madar
Source: orwellsdreams

President Obama may lack the nerve to stare down Liz Cheney or Bibi Netanyahu, but no one can deny that our commander in chief has the guts to take on a child soldier. Come August, a military commission in Guantánamo will try Omar Khadr, a Canadian national captured outside Kabul in 2002, when he was just 15 years old. This will be only the third Gitmo trial and the Obama administration’s first, and there won’t be anything kinder and gentler about it.

Jul 09 23:41

New Tensions Test Old Allies

A number of prominent Republican and Democrat congressmen slammed Turkey’s “disgraceful conduct,” warning that there would be “payback” if Ankara continued to pursue its close relations with Iran and hostility towards Israel.

Jul 09 18:20

Jeff Gates: The Adoration of Bibi Netanyahu

It’s impossible to know what goes on in the Oval Office. All the public sees is photo-ops and scripted comments. Was Barack Obama’s adoration of the Israeli Prime Minister meant as a subtle manipulation? Was this “keep your friends close and your enemies closer?”

If so, that would be good news for the U.S. provided he grasps that he’s been played for a fool—with the help of his top advisers. His political career is a product of the Chicago Outfit, including his presidency. Can he rise above that? I need to believe that he can.

Jul 09 17:41

An American “Terrorist” in London

By Kenneth O’ Keefe
Welcome to Orwell’s ‘1984’ ladies and gentlemen, where black is white, white is black, and the truth is nothing but a word.

My 1984 reality is culminating with the United States and Israeli Governments treating me and/or charging me with being a “terrorist”. Americans worry not, you can sleep better at night knowing your “homeland” is being defended from the likes of me. And Israel, rest easy as well, it’s Ken O’Keefe and his Arab collaborators who are in the Mossad crosshairs.

All kidding aside, I am a family man, with a beautiful family, a loving wife and baby boy, a boy who will be the biggest victim if his father is no longer in his life.

Jul 08 19:21

GRITtv: Norman Finkelstein: Results, Not Rhetoric

Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussing their countries’ foreign relations resembles two lovers discussing their future together. Though they have squabbled in the past over trivial things (things like settlement expansion that most other countries deem flagrant violations of international law), their July 6th meeting at the White House showed that their “unbreakable bond” cannot be shaken.

Jul 08 10:57

Hillary Clinton's Latest Lies By Paul Craig Roberts

The BBC reported on July 4 that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the US ballistic missile base in Poland was not directed at Russia. The purpose of the base, she said, is to protect Poland from the Iranian threat.

Why would Iran be a threat to Poland? What happens to US credibility when the Secretary of State makes such a stupid statement? Does Hillary think she is fooling the Russians? Does anyone on earth believe her? What is the point of such a transparent lie? To cover up an act of American aggression against Russia?

Jul 08 06:51

Poles to extradite Israeli 'linked to Dubai murder'

A Polish court has ruled that an alleged Israeli Mossad agent can be extradited to Germany.

Jul 08 06:36

US to access Europeans' bank data in new deal

Euro MPs have approved a new deal to allow US anti-terror investigators to access Europeans' bank data.

Jul 06 07:26

No UK ban on refueling Iran planes

No ban has been imposed on refueling Iranian planes in British airports, an informed source in Iran Air's Britain and Ireland office says.

"No limitation has been placed on the refueling of Iranian passenger planes in Britain so far. The Iranian flights to London are being conducted regularly and on a daily basis and Iran National Airlines Company conducts three direct flights to Tehran and one direct flight to Shiraz (from London) each week," the informed source told IRNA on Monday.

"No unusual behavior by the companies providing fuel for Iranian planes has been observed so far. Iran Air Lines Company, however, is fully ready to encounter any likely limitations in this regard," the source added.

Jul 05 06:00

US Dollar Unreliable Global Reserve Currency – UN

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs slammed the US dollar in a new report, saying it is an unreliable international currency and should be replaced.

The UN body recommends the US currency be replaced with a new global reserve regime based on a new supranational currency comprised of a mix of currencies from developed nations.

“People jumped out of the Euro and into the Dollar. That’s like leaving the Titanic to take a ride on Lusitania. They’re both going down. There’s a global financial crisis going on,” said Gerald Celente of the Trends Research Institute.

Jul 04 00:43

GORDON DUFF: SURROGATE WARFARE, KILLING AMERICANS FOR FUN AND PROFIT

THE MYTH OF DEMOCRACY, GOVERNMENT BY ORGANIZED CRIME

Jul 04 00:12

PUPPET GOVERNMENT: NEW VIDEO, “SIMPLE CARD TRICKS FOR WAR”

By GORDON DUFF

SIMPLE CARD TRICKS FOR WAR

By Puppet Government Productions

A hard hitting new video debunking the continuing puppet show in Washington DC, and the “doubletalk” complicity of President Obama in continuing the phony “war on terror.”

A Must Watch:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/07/puppet-government-new-video-%e2%80%9c...

Jul 02 14:10

PEACE TO GAZA FROM IRELAND….

St. Mary’s College in cultural exchange with Gaza Strip primary school…

When the call went through, everyone smiled.

Jul 02 09:51

Thousands demonstrate in Rome against Berlusconi's wiretapping law

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last leader who pissed off the Italians, April 1945!

Jul 02 09:40

Germans Anticipate a Collapse of Merkel's Government

Pundits think that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is in trouble. A new survey has found that German citizens agree. Almost two-thirds think that the governing coalition in Berlin will not survive much longer.

Jul 02 05:10

Gerald Celente: Doom of Currencies!

Jul 01 23:02

German motion urges end to Gaza siege

In an unusual demonstration of unity against Israeli policy, a German cross-party motion is urging the parliament to call on Tel Aviv Israel to lift the Gaza blockade.

Jul 01 13:26

Europe approves US mass data grab

Europe has signed a deal to hand over all bank transaction data to the US in order to help the ongoing war on terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bull biscuits! This is about a desperate clutching dying grasp for that one last tax dollar before the total collapse!

Jul 01 11:16

Can Russia offer freedom and security to Europe?

Christopher King argues that Russia under the leadership of President Dmitriy Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has enormous potential for setting a course toward a positive future with Europe.

Jul 01 09:52

Greek protesters demonstrate against austerity measures

Ships remain in ports and protesters clash with riot police guarding Athens parliament.

Jul 01 09:36

One million protest against Italy's austerity cuts

Italians marched through cities and towns yesterday in a general strike protesting an austerity budget they say bleeds workers but spares the rich.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Italians! They make Americans look like pussies!

Jun 30 20:52

Israeli Mossad is Active On European Territory for President Uribe and Colombian Paramilitaries

Israeli Mossad is Active On European Territory for President Uribe and Colombian Paramilitaries
Lisa KARPOVA 28.06.2010
Organisations of cooperation and of human rights call on EU institutions for a commission of inquiry on Operation Europe of the Colombian secret services.
UD will say that this has nothing to do with the Mossad, and it is true, the article makes no mention of the Israelis because otherwise the author would be branded as anti-Semitic and sentenced to jail by powerful Jewish lobby groups (that is punishable in Germany) but looking on the Internet this one was found published on February 12, 2010:
Panama: Martinelli and the relationship with the Mossad and Israeli mercenaries

Jun 30 18:09

GORDON DUFF: CIA HINTS, BIN LADEN DEAD SINCE “EARLY 2000?s”

CIA TRIES TO PREPARE AMERICAN PUBLIC FOR TRUTH ABOUT BUSH/BIN LADEN DECEPTION

Jun 30 17:12

GORDON DUFF: HERO OF GAZA FLOTILLA GOES HEAD TO HEAD WITH BIASED BBC “ISRAELI FIRSTER”

VETERANS TODAY WRITER Ken O’Keefe ON BBC “HARD TALK”

WATCH THE SPARKS FLY….

Jun 30 09:29

Did 9/11 Justify the War in Afghanistan?

Using the McChrystal Moment to Raise a Forbidden Question

By Prof. David Ray Griffin

Global Research, June 25, 2010

There are many questions to ask about the war in Afghanistan. One that has been widely asked is whether it will turn out to be “Obama’s Vietnam.”1 This question implies another: Is this war winnable, or is it destined to be a quagmire, like Vietnam? These questions are motivated in part by the widespread agreement that the Afghan government, under Hamid Karzai, is at least as corrupt and incompetent as the government the United States tried to prop up in South Vietnam for 20 years.

Jun 29 20:45

Israeli Nuclear Espionage: The Art of Keeping America at Risk for Fun and Profit

Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons.

More than that, it makes any aid America gives Israel illegal. If Israel is nuclear, which is now official, and in violation of international treaties, just as with Iraq and Iran, then America has to demand inspections and disarmament. There is no choice. This is the law. Law for Iran, law for Iraq is also law for Israel. Israel has expected this day for years.

Jun 29 14:51

Amnesty reports US, Europe shielding Israel over Gaza war crimes

Amnesty International complained in its annual report released Thursday that the U.S. and members of the European Union had obstructed international justice by using their positions on the UN Security Council to shield Israel from accountability for war crimes allegedly committed during last year’s Gaza war.

Jun 29 10:14

HRW Report Says Britain, France, Germany Use Foreign Torture Intel

Britain, France and Germany use foreign intelligence obtained through torture in the fight against terrorism, a new report from Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

The use by three heavyweight European powers of information from secret services in countries that routinely rely on torture was damaging the reputatio

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, I wonder what foreign nation they mean?

Jun 29 08:17

Workers' strike hits Greece

Thousands of Greek workers have staged a 24-hour strike, in protest against the government's austerity measures, bringing much of the country to a standstill.

The strike shut down public services and disrupted transportation on Tuesday as public and private-sector employees prepared to march in Athens, the capital, at around 0900 GMT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Greeks have gonads Americans only dream of.

Jun 29 07:28

EU Expands Stress Tests To Include Up To 120 Banks

Jun 29 07:20

Chaos erupts in Greece over austerity measures

Greek riot police fired teargas at protesters chanting "burn parliament" in Athens on Tuesday just hours before lawmakers were to begin debating a sweeping pension reform to help tackle the country's huge debt crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Greek government, like the US Congress, sold the people of their nation into the slavery of a private banking system that is allowed to print up money out of thin air, and issue the public currency at interest. The politicians are in the pay of the bankers, and the Greeks understand that there is really only one way for them to become free again. The private central banks and the politicians who serve them must go.

Jun 28 22:20

James Petras: War Crimes in Gaza and the Zionist Fifth Column in America

This book not only provides a detailed account and illustration of Israeli war crimes in Gaza but equally important it provides a comprehensive analysis of the reasons why more and more people are recognizing that the US Congress and White House are zionized occupied territory.

FROM THE PREFACE

Jun 28 19:07

DIANA BUTTU at Melbourne Forum: “Apartheid & Boycotts”

Special thanks to our friends at: AUSTRALIANS FOR PALESTINE

Palestinian lawyer and advocate Diana Buttu will be joining fellow compatriot UCLA Prof SAREE MAKDISI in a forum entitled “Apartheid and Boycotts” that will also include Dr NED CURTHOYS from ANU and Sydney Peace Foundation Chairman Professor Emeritus STUART REES AM. Below you will find details of the event being held tomorrow evening in Melbourne and also some background to the participants in the forum. Ms Buttu has been brought out specifically to speak to unions, the media and the public on the impossible conditions endured by the Palestinians under Israel’s apartheid policies and brutal military rule.

Jun 27 07:45

Romania plans big VAT rise to secure bail-out funds

Romania plans to raise value-added tax (VAT) to 24% in an effort to curb the country's deficit, the prime minister has said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Loot the people to give to the banks!

Loot the people to give to the banks!

Loot the people to give to the banks!

Loot the people to give to the banks!

Loot the people to give to the banks!

Loot the people to give to the banks!

Loot the people to give to the banks!

Loot the people to give to the banks!

Jun 26 18:10

American’s Need to Pay Attention and Get Some Skin in the Game

MFSO says “Seize the Moment” – Veterans Today

The reverberations from General McChrystal’s interview in Rolling Stone are just beginning. It will likely gain more attention as the 24-hour news outlets dig in to cover it from every conceivable angle. The circumstances that have been revealed by General McChrystal’s lapse in judgment reflects more than an out-of-control general in Afghanistan. It’s about a failed strategy that puts young men and women – our family members – at risk.

This is an opportunity to get our voices included in the discussion. As military family members who have loved ones who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, our perspective has impact!

Jun 26 07:45

A Widow Mourns, An Army Lies

Last week Palestine Monitor reported that Israeli police shot and killed Shu’fat resident 39-year-old Ziad Jilani in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi Joz. Now his widow, a U.S. citizen, reflects on her husband’s life and death, and the journey he’s taken her on. Reporting from Kara Newhouse.

Moira Jilani remembers her experience vividly, “I felt happy that day. We were going to go out and celebrate, because the children finished exams the day before,” she tells me from her brother-in-law’s house, where she’s spent her days since Ziad’s death on June 11. “We were cleaning, getting rid of the winter clothes. We had the music loud, the girls were dancing. We were ready to leave.”

Jun 26 06:39

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order

The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom, Part 1
by Andrew Gavin Marshall at Globalresearch.ca.

There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world; it is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ The term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and refers to the fact that, as Brzezinski wrote:

For the first time in history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. Global activism is generating a surge in the quest for cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination.[1]

Jun 26 06:37

Romanian court: Some budget cuts unconstitutional

A top Romanian court ruled Friday that some of the austerity measures proposed by the government were unconstitutional — a move that will likely delay a crucial multibillion loan from the International Monetary Fund.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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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?

Continue reading :

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/a-global-civil-society-campaign-to-de...

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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,

Continue reading:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/press-tv-international-lawyer-frankli...

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.

Please Listen :

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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:

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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

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