(MaanImages/Wissam Nassar, File) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zahri said on Monday that Palestinians envoys meeting their Israeli counterparts this week were “reproducing a failed policy.” Hamas calls on the Palestinian Authority to boycott the meeting, set for Tuesday in the Jordanian capital, Abu Zahri said. The only beneficiary of the summit [...]
Archive for January 2nd, 2012
A view of flooded fields near a section of the Israeli separation wall that surrounds the West Bank city of Qalqilia after a heavy rainfall on Dec. 13, 2010. (MaanImages/Khaleel Reash) TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli military officials plan to build a new wall on the country’s northern ceasefire line with Lebanon, Israeli media [...]
The Number One Catastrophic Event That Americans Worry About: Economic Collapse By Economic Collapse Blog January 02, 2012 “Economic Collapse” – Can you guess what the number one catastrophic event that Americans worry about is? There are certainly many to choose from. Many Americans are deathly afraid of a major [...]
The Delusional Assumptions of Capitalism by Doug Harvey One of the more delusional aspects of capitalism is the idea that if one pursues the acquisition of private wealth with abandon, that this is somehow automatically “good” for human society. The laissez-faire advocate and novelist Ayn Rand wrote that if one does not support this notion [...]
Spaniards Ring in New Year of More Austerity by Katell Abiven MADRID — Luis Zorrilla wants to celebrate the New Year and forget, at least for a day, Spain‘s economic crisis and government spending cuts that have triggered the “indignant” protest movement. Protestors from the 15-M movement gather during the New Year’s celebrations in Madrid, [...]
Occupy Activists Retake Wall Street while police focus on New Year’s Eve in Times Square ‘Whose Year? Our Year’
Celebration: Protesters returned to the park en masse shortly before midnight in downtown Manhattan.The Occupy Wall Street movement made a surprise invasion of Zuccotti Park last night while the police focused on New Year‘s Eve celebrations elsewhere in New York. Around 800 demonstators piled up metal barricades, hoisting American flags and banners while scuffles broke [...]
CNN reports: graphic from ProPublica State leaders have ordered that four fluid-injection wells in eastern Ohio will be “indefinitely” prohibited from opening in the aftermath of heightened seismic activity in the area, an official said. Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer had announced on Friday that one such well — which injects “fluid deep [...]
Exxon awarded $908m over Venezuela dispute International arbitration body orders compensation for nationalisation of assets, less than 10 per cent of that sought.
Exxon‘s project in the Orinoco Belt was nationalised in 2007 [EPA] An international arbitration body has awarded US oil firm Exxon Mobil nearly $908m in a dispute with Venezuela over compensation for the nationalisation of its assets, the company says. Exxon requested arbitration after President Hugo Chavez‘s government nationalised an oil project in the country in 2007. The [...]
Mubarak appears briefly in court Trial of former Egyptian president adjourned amid speculation he could be acquitted.
The trial of Mubarak and his aides resumed last week amid tight security [AFP] Egypt‘s former President Hosni Mubarak has briefly appeared in court, before the trial was adjourned until Tuesday. State television showed footage of Mubarak being wheeled on a stretcher into the police academy at the outskirts of Cairo on Monday as the court convened for [...]
Arab League says ‘killings continue’ in Syria Head of Arab bloc calls for “complete ceasefire”, but says government has withdrawn heavy weapons from cities.
Nabil El-Araby, the Arab League secretary-general, called on Syria to ‘fully commit to what it promised’ [Reuters] Syria’s military has withdrawn from residential areas and is on the outskirts of the country’s cities, but gunfire continues and snipers are still a threat, according to the secretary-general of the Arab League. Nabil El-Araby said on Monday that [...]
A World in Denial of What It Knows By Geoffrey Wheatcroft January 01, 2011 “NYTimes” — COULD there be a single phrase that explains the woes of our time, this dismal age of political miscalculations and deceptions, of reckless and disastrous wars, of financial boom and bust and downright criminality? Maybe [...]
Imperialism and the “Anti-Imperialism of the Fools” By James Petras January 01, 2012 “Information Clearing House” - One of the great paradoxes of history are the claims of imperialist politicians to be engaged in a great humanitarian crusade designed to liberate nations and peoples, while practicing the most barbaric conquests, destructive wars and large scale [...]
Graphic: Mapping a superpower-sized military Despite the pending troop withdrawals in Iraq and those in Afghanistan between now and 2014, the United States remains a superpower on a scale not seen since the days of the Caesars. With this in mind, the National Post’s Richard Johnson takes a look at the scale of [...]