Israel unfreezes Palestinian Authority tax millions West warned against punitive measure for Unesco vote to admit Palestinian Territories as a member Israeli opposition leader urges Palestinian president to renew peace talks. Link to this video Israel is to release millions of dollars in Palestinian tax revenues it had frozen as a punitive sanction for the past [...]
Archive for November, 2011
If the summer rioters really were all criminals, why don’t they rampage more often – and why did they stop?
Looters in Birmingham. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters If the summer rioters really were all criminals, why don’t they rampage more often – and why did they stop? The failure to explain the riots is a wilful political act by the right reddit this Comments (188) Suzanne Moore guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 30 November 2011 20.00 GMT Article history Just [...]
Judaization of Palestine Because Israel is the state of the Jewish people, not the state of its citizens or of the families who own its land, its creation and preservation has required the removal of most Christians & Muslims and the ghettoization of those who remain. If the Christians & Muslims with rights to the [...]
The crime was … the theft of life, defrauding the wretched of the earth of their spare kidneys, stealing from the poor to supplement the bodies of the well-insured and well advantaged.”
“The crime was … the theft of life, defrauding the wretched of the earth of their spare kidneys, stealing from the poor to supplement the bodies of the well-insured and well advantaged.” The Rosenbaum Kidney Trafficking Gang by NANCY SCHEPER-HUGHES A CounterPunch Exclusive On October 27, 2011 Levy Itzhak Rosenbaum, 60, a portly, sometimes risqué, [...]
Office workers take evasive action from the snakes in Uttar Pradesh Continue reading the main story Related Stories On patrol with Delhi’s snake catchers Indian ‘snake horde’ man arrested Indian charmers want their snakes An angry snakecharmer in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has let loose dozens of snakes in a government office, [...]
LIKE THIS ARTICLE ? Join our mailing list: Sign up to stay up to date on the latest headlines via email. Three Issues to Watch During the Durban Climate Summit The issues on the table in Durban are huge. November 30, 2011 | The International Climate Negotiations roadshow is rolling into Durban, South Africa this [...]
Syria Sanctions may Prelude Military Intervention The Arab League has passed a host of resolutions imposing economic sanctions against Syria, including a ban on travel by senior Syrian officials to Arab countries, freezing the country’s financial assets held abroad, ceasing to deal with the Syrian Central Bank and all government trade exchanges, excluding strategic commodities [...]
AP / Schalk van Zuydam Children react to a person dressed as the sun, part of an exhibit by Greenpeace at the climate change conference in Durban, South Africa. By Amy Goodman The United Nations’ annual climate summit descended on Durban, South Africa, this week, but not in time to prevent the tragic death of Qodeni [...]
Financing coal is controversial, because it is the dirtiest fossil fuel and responsible for billions of tonnes of emissions of carbon dioxide. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters Coal study names top 20 ‘climate killer’ banks JP Morgan Chase tops list of institutions that have financed coal-mining and coal-fired energy generation reddit this Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent guardian.co.uk, Wednesday [...]
Meeting on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. (UN) By Jaya Ramachandran – Geneva Some two months after the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas transmitted Palestine’s application for membership to the United Nations to the Secretary-General, high-ranking UN officials have reiterated the need for a just and lasting solution to the question of [...]
Lebanon’s Palestinians Continue Their Descent By Franklin Lamb – Embassy of Palestine, Tripoli, Libya
Lebanon’s Palestinians Continue Their Descent By Franklin Lamb – Embassy of Palestine, Tripoli, Libya Every year on November 29, approximately a quarter million Palestinian refugees who were forced into Lebanon, along with those in more than 130 countries where they have sought refuge following their ethnic cleansing from their land, commemorate the infamous United Nations [...]
Speaking truth to power is still possible. (Aljazeera) By Ramzy BaroudThe so-called ‘Arab Spring’ is creating an intellectual divide that threatens any sensible understanding of the turmoil engulfing several Arab countries. While it is widely understood that revolutions endeavor to overthrow political structures and aim to change the social order and power paradigm within any [...]
Next Step: Exploit Afghanistan’s Natural Resources John Glaser, November 30, 2011 Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum In my piece today on the gradual drawdown of NATO troops in Afghanistan, I provided plenty of evidence supporting the notion that we are not getting out of Afghanistan in 2014, as the Obama administration claims. By the [...]
Local Officials: NATO Helicopters Killed Three Afghan Women Attack on Civilian Homes in Kandahar District
Kandahar District Local Officials: NATO Helicopters Killed Three Afghan Women Attack on Civilian Homes in Kandahar District by Jason Ditz, November 29, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum At least three women were killed today and two men were wounded when NATO helicopters attacked a civilian neighborhood in Kandahar Province’s Zhari District, according to [...]
Israeli tanks patrol the border of northern Gaza. (MaanImages/Moti Milrod, File) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli army vehicles entered the Gaza Strip early Wednesday as soldiers fired from military towers by the border, witnesses said. Four bulldozers, three tanks and several other military vehicles were seen leveling farm land in the Juhor al-Dik and Maqbola [...]
Fishermen pictured off Gaza’s coast. (MaanImages/file) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel has freed 10 fishermen detained off the Gaza coast but has not released their boats, a Palestinian official said Wednesday. Mahfouz al-Kabarety, head of the Palestinian society for fishing and marine sports, said eight of the men had been detained on Tuesday and were [...]
President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni met in the Jordanian capital for talks about the peace process. (AFP) AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni met in the Jordanian capital on Wednesday for talks about the peace process, Palestinian and Israeli officials said. A statement from [...]
Muslims of France What challenges have generations of Muslim immigrants in France been facing to retain their cultural identity?
There are an estimated five million Muslims in France today, which is the largest such population in Western Europe. A century ago, they were called “colonials”; in the 1960s, they were known as “immigrants”; today, they are “citizens”. With issues of immigration and integration raising the political temperature in Europe, this three-part series looks back [...]
Indian growth at lowest level in two years Growth of Asia’s third-largest economy slumps from 7.7 to 6.9 per cent in second quarter, as global economy slumps.
India‘s economic growth slumped to a two-year low of 6.9 per cent in the second quarter [Reuters] India’s economy grew at its weakest pace in more than two years in the quarter that ended in September, revealing the heavy toll that rising interest rates and the stumbling world economy are having on Asia’s third-biggest economy. [...]
It’s Pentagon/NATO versus the BRICS Both sides are staking out their territory across the Middle East as BRICS countries warn the West about interventions. Article by Pepe Escobar
BRICS countries have become increasingly wary of NATO interventions [GALLO/GETTY] Few may have noticed when, last week, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland cryptically announcedthat Washington “would cease carrying out certain obligations under the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty with regard to Russia”. Translation: Washington will not inform Russia from now on about the [...]
Britain to expel all Iranian diplomats Foreign minister announces move after attack on UK’s embassy in Tehran by a crowd of Iranian protesters.
Iranian protesters stormed two British Embassy compounds in Tehran on Tuesday [REUTERS] Britain has ordered the immediate closure of Iran’s embassy in London and closed its own embassy in Tehran after it was stormed by protesters. “The Iranian charge [d'affaires] in London is being informed now that we require the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy [...]
Mark Lewis, solicitor for a number of phone hacking victims, told the inquiry of ‘horrific’ surveillance by News of the World PIs on his family • Alastair Campbell alleged that the Daily Mirror paid private eyes to investigate him and Peter Mandelson
Mark Lewis has followed Alastair Campbell in giving evidence to the Leveson inquiry Leveson inquiry: Alastair Campbell and Alec Owens give evidence – live • The former deputy head of the UK’s data protection authority, Alec Owens, was warned by bosses that press was ‘too big’ to take on over private investigators • Mark Lewis, [...]
Europe is taking a hardline negotiating stance at the UN climate talks. Photograph: Elmond Jiyane /EPA EU takes hardline stance at UN climate talks Tough stand causes consternation among large developing countries, and discord threatens the future of the Kyoto protocol reddit this Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 30 November 2011 13.49 GMT Article history [...]
A philosophy for our protesters The OWS movement grew out of the philosophical paradox that our financial system could not contain flaws.
Karl Marx: The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property [EPA] Barcelona, Spain – A few weeks ago, after participating at a conference at Stony Brook University in New York, I went to Zuccotti Park to see and support the protesters there. A few months earlier, I had [...]
US and Pakistan enter the danger zone By M K Bhadrakumar The air strike by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at the Pakistani military post at Salala in the Mohmand Agency on the Afghan-Pakistan border Friday night is destined to become a milestone in the chronicle of the Afghan war. Within hours of the [...]
Cablegate One Year Later: How WikiLeaks Has Influenced Foreign Policy, Journalism, and the First Amendment One year ago today, WikiLeaks started publishing a trove of over 250,000 leaked U.S. State Department cables, which have since formed the basis of reporting for newspapers around the globe. The publication has given the public a window into the [...]
‘One thing is certain: Israel is not the victim.’ (Nakba archive/file) By William James MartinNovember 29, 1947 was the date the UN passed the Partition Resolution partitioning Palestine, more or less equally, into a Jewish and an Arab state. In fact, the ethnic cleansing commenced the very next morning when the 75,000 Arab citizens of [...]
Eurozone finance ministers have turned to the IMF to help bailout fund. Eurozone finance ministers turn to IMF to help bailout fund Fears of the debt crisis spreading, forcing the collapse of the euro and plunging the global economy into recession reddit this Comments (7) David Gow and Ian Traynor in Brussels guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 29 November 2011 23.52 [...]
Ex-News of the World journalist Paul McMullan leaves the Leveson Inquiry into media practices at the high court in London. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks ‘knew about phone hacking at NoW’ Former tabloid journalist Paul McMullan tells of the ‘glory days’ of car chases and big payouts to private investigators reddit this James [...]
Laurent Gbagbo, the former Ivory Coast president, pictured at the time of his capture by rival forces in April. Photograph: Aristide Bodegla/AP Laurent Gbagbo flies to Hague as first ex-head of state taken into ICC custody Ivory Coast former president’s arrest follows International Criminal Court warrant over months of post-election violence reddit this David Smith, Africa [...]
On the 7th of February 2011 a document was made that spoke of the Australian government‘s actions toward the indigenous people of Australia. The original actions were part of a policy put in place by a Liberal based conservative Federal government. That government was later replaced by a Labor Party government that has allowed the [...]
Nov. 29, 1947 | U.N. Partitions Palestine, Allowing for Creation of Israel By THE LEARNING NETWORK U.S. Central Intelligence AgencyThe U.N. 1947 partition plan for Palestine called for land to be parceled to Arabs and Jews. Historic Headlines Learn about key events in history and their connections to today. Go to related On This Day page [...]
A boy hangs the Palestinian flag in front of Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against Israel’s illegal separation barrier in the West Bank town of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem.(MaanImages/file) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that a Palestinian state was “long overdue,” in a statement to mark the International Day of [...]
Actor Robin Williams has described the meaning of the word divorce as ‘to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet’. Photograph: Reed Saxon/AP Divorce is no laughing matter As Robin Williams and John Cleese have recently demonstrated, ostentatious displays of resentment are a grim thing to behold reddit this Comments (137) Sarah Ditum guardian.co.uk, Tuesday [...]
Oil & Natural Gas Frontlines: First Nations Lead the Way American environmentalists are declaring victory over the announcement that the United States will research alternate routes for the Keystone XL pipeline. While Obama’s announcement was an encouraging gesture, U.S.-based activists are in danger of missing the forest for the trees. We must look north, the source of tar [...]
Scott Horton Interviews John Glaser Scott Horton, November 29, 2011 Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum John Glaser, Assistant Editor at Antiwar.com, discusses the imminent departure of President Saleh in Yemen (and why it hardly matters); the Egyptian model of counterrevolution, where cosmetic changes obscure the authoritarianism and US influence that remains; how international [...]
Should We Allow NATO Free Rein to Attack and Kill People? The airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers is just the latest in a series of mistakes that raise doubts about NATO’s credibility by Pratap Chatterjee Why did NATO forces kill two dozen Pakistani soldiers at a border post in the Mohmand region, some 300 yards [...]
Internet Has Become ‘Surveillance Machine’: Julian Assange HONG KONG – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange blasted the mainstream media, Washington, banks and the Internet itself as he addressed journalists in Hong Kong on Monday via videolink from house arrest in England. The Internet itself had become “the most significant surveillance machine that we have ever seen,” [...]
Scott Horton Interviews Steve Horn and Allen Ruff Scott Horton, November 29, 2011 Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum Steve Horn and Allen Ruff discuss their two-part article at Truth-Out, “How Private Warmongers and the US Military Infiltrated American Universities;” how the allies of empire (from neoconservatives to liberal hawks) united to promote “Grand [...]
Here’s a 5pm roundup of Paul McMullan’s evidence: • Andy Coulson brought phone hacking “wholesale” to the News of the World, says Former NoW deputy features editor says • Paul McMullan brands Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks “the scum of journalism” • He describes Brooks as “arch criminal” and “criminal-in-chief” • Hacking Milly Dowler’s phone was [...]
Paul McMullan, former News of the World deputy features editor, gives evidence at the Leveson inquiry Photograph: ITN Leveson inquiry: Nick Davies, Paul McMullan, Richard Peppiatt – live • Former News of the World deputy features editor brands Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks ‘the scum of journalism’ • Hacking Milly Dowler‘s phone was ‘not a [...]
American Airlines files for bankruptcy Third-largest carrier in US says it is taking action after cost-cutting measures in recent years proved insufficient.
American Airlines had been the only major US carrier to avoid bankruptcy in the past decade [Reuters] After failing to secure a labour deal with pilots and suffering from mounting fuel costs, American Airlines and its parent company AMR Corp have filed for bankruptcy. AMR, the third-largest US airline behind United Continental Holdings and Delta Air [...]
Photo: Kate Ausburn Toowoomba protests coal seam gas Saturday, June 25, 2011 By Jim McIllroy, Brisbane About 150 protesters rallied at a mining expo in Toowoomba on June 22 to protest the expansion of coal and coal seam gas mining in the Darling Downs region. They confronted state mining minister Stirling Hinchliffe to demand that other areas [...]
Kyoto protocol may suffer fate of Julius Caesar at Durban climate talks How many nations secretly conceal a dagger and intend to join the countries in Durban hoping to kill Kyoto off?
Will the Kyoto protocol suffer the same fate as Julius Caesar? Photograph: Cine Text/Allstar/CINETEXT Kyoto protocol may suffer fate of Julius Caesar at Durban climate talks How many nations secretly conceal a dagger and intend to join the countries in Durban hoping to kill Kyoto off? reddit this Comments (10) Just one day into the [...]
Occupy Foreign Affairs It’s not the topic of George Packer’s latest essay that’s particularly surprising. Inequality, he writes, is undermining democracy. Progressives have been hammering home this message for years if not decades. Nor is the choice of publication necessarily a shocker. Foreign Affairs is the flagship publication of the elite that runs American foreign policy. [...]
Egyptians Seek to Block Shipment of Tear Gas from United States By davidswanson - Posted on 29 November 2011 Above is the headquarters of Combined Systems. Not so far from Cleveland. Here’s what this company is up to: Suez port employees reveal 21-ton US tear gas order for interior ministry A group of customs employees at the Suez seaport [...]
Fishermen pictured off Gaza’s coast. (MaanImages/file) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained eight fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip and took them to an unknown destination, a Palestinian union official said Tuesday. Mahfouz al-Kabarety, head of the Palestinian society for fishing and marine sports, said the navy seized two fishing boats on [...]
Two Palestinians arrested by Israeli troops squat against a closed shop in Hebron. (AFP/Hazem Bader, File) JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli military courts in the West Bank have a 99.74 percent conviction rate for Palestinians brought before them, according to data published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Tuesday. The newspaper, citing data from an annual [...]
Occupy Wall Street’s anarchist roots The ‘Occupy’ movement is one of several in American history to be based on anarchist principles.
The ‘Occupy’ movement is ‘a genuine attempt to create the institutions of a new society in the shell of the old’ [AFP] London, UK – Almost every time I’m interviewed by a mainstream journalist about Occupy Wall Street I get some variation of the same lecture: “How are you going to get anywhere if you refuse [...]