Can America’s Descent Possibly Be Reversed? By Scott Lazarowitz March 30, 2012 “”LRC” – My articles for LRC have been increasingly difficult and frustrating to write. More recently I have been trying to get people to understand America’s current police state. Yes, I have received some favorable emails when my [...]
Archive for March, 2012
. Protesters in Madrid during yesterday’s general strike (photo: Jesús Pérez Pacheco) Spain’s New Budget: ‘As Austere As It Gets’ Budget is most austere in Spain’s democratic history – Common Dreams staff Spain has unveiled its most austere budget in democratic history today in the wake of massive protests. The government’s budget calls for cuts [...]
Study: ‘Arctic Cold War’ Heats Up Numerous countries are developing military presence in the Arctic – Common Dreams staff
Study: ‘Arctic Cold War‘ Heats Up Numerous countries are developing military presence in the Arctic – Common Dreams staff A new report reports that the Arctic shelf, with its disputed territory and vast energy resources, is becoming increasingly militarized. The study, released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, claims that Russia, Canada, Denmark and Norway are all [...]
Click for more images(MaanImages/HO) HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a teenage boy during a weekly protest held in Hebron village Beit Ummar on Saturday, locals and security officials said. Spokesman of the local anti-separation wall committee Yousef Abu Maria said forces seized Hussain Ramzi, 14, during the demonstration. An Israeli army spokesman said a [...]
(MaanImages/Moti Milrod, File) HEBRON (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court renewed the administrative detention of a Palestinian lawmaker for the third time on Friday, a Hamas-affiliated news site reported. Khalil al- Rabai, an MP with Hamas’ Change and Reform Bloc, has been held without charge since he was detained on Dec. 30, 2010, the Palestine [...]
(MaanImages/Rami Swidan, File) SALFIT (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were hospitalized in the northern West Bank after they were attacked by Israeli settlers near Ramallah on Saturday, locals told Ma’an. Salfit residents said the two men and two women were picking tumbleweed near Mikhmas junction outside Ramallah, when a group of young Israelis approached them. The [...]
By Michael Collins By Michael Collins (about the author) Become a Fan (56 fans) — Page 1 of 1 page(s) opednews.com Ray Adams is a name you will hear more frequently as the latest and perhaps most fatal Murdoch – News Corp. scandal emerges. When Murdoch was setting up his BSKYB cable network in England, he [...]
Afghanistan Chronicles, Part 6: Near Ground Zero and in Af-Pak Region, Two Labyrinths Friday, 30 March 2012 10:17By Suzanne Bauman, Jim Burroughs, Truthout | News Analysis
Ground Zero in New York City. (Photo: Karen Blumberg / Flickr)The endless war on terror in South Asia – with Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, the United States, Great Britain, Russia, India, France, Germany, Spain, all players - must seem like a senseless maze to the people forced to live with daily random violence in this region. In [...]
A woman holds a placard depicting prisoner Hana Shalabi during a rally in support of her hunger strike as well as calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, in front of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City March 24, 2012. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian who was deported [...]
Palestinians mourn next to the body of 20-year-old Mahmoud Zakot during his funeral in the northern Gaza Strip March 30. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli fire killed one young Palestinian man and injured over 30 others in clashes at two sites in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian medical official said Friday evening. Adham [...]
Why the Right to Water Is Under Attack World leaders are trying to roll back momentum that would instill the right to water as an essential human right. March 26, 2012 |
Photo Credit: Shutterstock/ koya979 Why the Right to Water Is Under Attack World leaders are trying to roll back momentum that would instill the right to water as an essential human right. March 26, 2012 | LIKE THIS ARTICLE ? Join our mailing list: Sign up to stay up to date on the latest headlines via [...]
n Pictures: Commemorating Land Day Palestinians commemorate annual holiday marking killing of six protesters over land confiscations by Israel in 1976. Palestinians and activists in the occupied West Bank, Gaza, Israel and neighbouring countires have demonstrated on Land Day in memory of six Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces on March 30, 1976 during protests over land confiscations.
MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty ImagesPalestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip march near the border with Israel to commemorate Land Day. Lior Mizrahi/Getty ImagesA Palestinian woman protests in occupied East Jerusalem on Land Day. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERSPalestinians pray during Friday prayers on Land Day outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty ImagesIsraeli police on horseback disperse Palestinian [...]
How the West de-democratised the Middle East Rather than promote democracy in the Middle East, the West has a long history of doing the exact opposite.
In 1953, a coup backed by the US and UK overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran [AP] Melbourne, Australia - With the momentous convulsion in the Middle East sparked by Mohamed Bouazizi’s martyrdom in January 2011, it is time to ask what happened to the question which for long dominated Western discourse on the Middle East: Is [...]
5 Deadly Threats to Our Precious Drinking Water Supply World Water Day is a chance to stop and realize that humanity is facing a frightening water crisis. March 21, 2012 |
Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Dragana Gerasimoski 5 Deadly Threats to Our Precious Drinking Water Supply World Water Day is a chance to stop and realize that humanity is facing a frightening water crisis. March 21, 2012 | link http://www.alternet.org/story/154648/5_deadly_threats_to_our_precious_drinking_water_supply?page=entire If you brushed your teeth this morning or flushed the toilet or had a cup of coffee, consider yourself lucky. Actually, if you [...]
The politics of science and democracy in India Proposed legislation will rob citizens of their right to justice and biosafety and deregulate dangerous industries.
Thirteen states in India have prevented genetically modified aubergines from being planted [GALLO/GETTY] New Delhi, India - In an interview with the journal Science, Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh chose to focus on two hazardous technologies – genetically engineered seeds and crops, and nuclear power – as vital to the progress of science in India and the “salvation [...]
A pedestrian shields herself from traffic fumes in Hong Kong. Photograph: Mkle Clarke/AFP/Getty Images link http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/bike-blog/2012/mar/30/bad-cycling-cities-hong-kong-auckland How cities fail their cyclists in different ways Share your nominations for cycling no-hoper cities, and others which simply could do better It’s an intermittent, and probably fair, complaint that this blog can get a bit negative. I’m hoping to [...]
Tamil group to bring judicial review against foreign secretary over refusal to declare military attache persona non grata
Foreign secretary William Haguehas warned of the facing the world if Iran acquires nuclear weapons. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images William Hague faces legal action over Sri Lankan diplomat war crimes claim Tamil group to bring judicial review against foreign secretary over refusal to declare military attache persona non grata Sam Jones guardian.co.uk, Friday 30 March 2012 [...]
Police try to escort a truck leaving a food warehouse past picketers in Malaga, southern Spain, at the start of a general strike. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters Spain announces ‘extraordinary’ €27bn budget cuts Prime minister Mariano Rajoy‘s conservative government announced Spain’s most austere budget for more than three decades Giles Tremlett guardian.co.uk, Friday 30 March 2012 19.36 [...]
Phyllis Bennis: The Phases of War: Public Rejects Afghanistan War, Iraq’s Almost Ending — and Who Doesn’t Want War With Iran?
GETTY IMAGES 4 MONTHS AGONEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 02: Members of the New York City chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War and dozens of other uniformed veterans known as ‘Veterans of the 99%’ prepare to march from VietnamVeterans Plaza to Zucotti Park where the Occupy Wall Street movement is centered on November 2, 2011 in New York City. The [...]
Bill O’Reilly of The Fox News Channel Photograph: Dennis Kleiman/Retna Ltd./Retna Ltd/Corbis Why US TV pundits are just like Kim Kardashian The Commentariat, as we know them, are famous for being self-parodies and have to keep getting more ridiculous just to maintain their celebrity link to article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/lostinshowbiz/2012/mar/29/us-tv-pundits-kim-kardashian Lost in Showbiz is no mere newspaper column, [...]
Israel to Deport Hunger Striker to Gaza Strip Over a Month Into Strike, Shalabi ‘Sentenced’ to Three Years in Gaza
Obama Told Pakistan: US ‘Not Ready’ to Stop Drone Strikes ‘No Flexibility’ In Talks by Jason Ditz, March 29, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum The highly anticipated meeting between President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani, potentially the last one before Gilani is [...]
Israel Shields Public from Risks of War with Iran by Gareth Porter, March 30, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling Israelis that Israel can attack Iran with minimal civilian Israeli casualties as a result of retaliation, and that reassuring message appears to have headed [...]
War porn: The new safe sex By Pepe Escobar (This is the much-abridged version of a conference at the XII Seminar of Political Solidarity at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, March 27, 2012.) The early 21st century is addicted to war porn, a prime spectator sport consumed by global couch and digital potatoes. War porn [...]
‘Global March to Jerusalem’: Israel’s Borders on High Alert as Huge Protests Loom – Common Dreams staff
Last year’s Land Day procession in the village of Arabe, March 30, 2011. (Abdallah Shama)Coinciding with Land Day, activists are planning to hold a “Global March to Jerusalem” to protest “Israeli apartheid and ethnic cleansing, to demand access to Jerusalem for all peoples, and to uphold Palestinian rights under international law, including refugees’ right of [...]
A Palestinian woman holds a placard depicting Hana Shalabi during a rally in Ramallah, in support of Shalabi and calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails March 20, 2012. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A deal to release Palestinian hunger-striker Hana Shalabi to the Gaza Strip temporarily was reached late Thursday, [...]
US shut down a series of court cases in order to conceal evidence of intelligence failure shortly before the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: Hubert Boesl/Corbis US acted to conceal evidence of intelligence failure before 9/11 Operation Foxden, delayed by turf war between the FBI and the CIA, given green light three days before the al-Qaida attacks [...]
Tomgram: John Feffer, Islamophobia, Obama, and the Art of Acting Muslim Posted by John Feffer at 9:24am, March 29, 2012.
Tomgram: John Feffer, Islamophobia, Obama, and the Art of Acting Muslim Posted by John Feffer at 9:24am, March 29, 2012. [Note for TomDispatch Readers: I’ll be handing you back off to Tom shortly. If you’d like to welcome him back with a donation -- which is how we keep this site afloat -- please consider [...]
Jessierocks (CC-BY) Young people attend an Occupy demonstration in early October 2011. By Henry Giroux, Truthout This piece originally appeared atTruthout. Link to article at Truthout http://www.truth-out.org/youth-revolt-plague-state-sponsored-violence/1331663173 Young people are demonstrating all over the world against a variety of issues ranging from economic injustice and massive inequality to drastic cuts in education and public services. At the [...]
Does the ICC have an Africa problem? All 28 people indicted by the International Criminal Court so far are from Africa.
In the court’s first conviction, the ICC recently found Thomas Lubanga guilty of war crimes [Al Jazeera] Cambridge, MA - When the Lubanga verdict was handed down at the International Criminal Court, rather than a chorus of celebration, there was qualified applause from pundits and publicists. Almost all the opinion pieces that examined the potential impact [...]
‘The riots haven’t changed a thing’ As an official report into the 2011 London riots is released, an angry, troubled generation is being ignored.
The unrest spread to several London boroughs over five nights of rioting [Al Jazeera] London, United Kingdom - Daniel, an 18-year-old from Newham, in London’s east end, has one regret.“I wish there was more time. More time to have shown them what I really could do.” I asked him: “And what exactly did you do?” [...]
China Beyond the Stereotypes Transition From the Sweatshop of the World by BEHZAD YAGHMAIAN For many the Retraction of the Apple story by This American Life turned Apple from a labor abuser into a corporation with best practices. Others saw this as a proof of yet another corporate cover-up and PR campaign by Apple. Meanwhile, [...]
China Beyond the Stereotypes Transition From the Sweatshop of the World by BEHZAD YAGHMAIAN For many the Retraction of the Apple story by This American Life turned Apple from a labor abuser into a corporation with best practices. Others saw this as a proof of yet another corporate cover-up and PR campaign by Apple. [...]
REFLECTIONS OF FIDEL Difficult times for humanity (TAKEN FROM CUBADEBATE) THE world is increasingly misinformed amidst the chaos of events unfolding at pace never before imagined. Those of us who have lived a few more years and are avidly interested in information can testify to the extent of ignorance with which [...]
Getty Images As Greece struggles to master its devastating debt problem, decades of mismanagement have taken their toll on the country’s once-proud capital. Athens has degenerated into a hotbed of chaos and crime, where tensions between Greeks and immigrants have led to attacks on foreigners by the far-right. Massoud starts walking faster as the shadows lengthen. He glances at the [...]
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: diplomatic immunity’s greatest hits Former IMF head joins an illustrious collection of miscreants who claimed the status to get out of trouble
In invoking diplomatic immunity, Dominique Strauss-Kahn joins a rogues’ gallery of accused international reprobates. Photograph: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP Dominique Strauss-Kahn: diplomatic immunity’s greatest hits Former IMF head joins an illustrious collection of miscreants who claimed the status to get out of trouble From petty thieves and fine-dodgers to drunk-drivers and outright murderers, “diplomatic immunity” has [...]
Foreign Office fights order to disclose ‘key phone call’ between Bush and Blair Conversation days before Iraq invasion believed to relate to whether France would veto UN resolution
Tony Blair meets British soldiers in Iraq in 2006. He repeatedly blamed the French president for failure to get a second UN resolution backing an invasion. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Foreign Office fights order to disclose ‘key phone call’ between Bush and Blair Conversation days before Iraq invasion believed to relate to whether France would [...]
Australian minister wants News Corp hacking claims investigated Communications minister wants police to look into accusations News Corp software firm NDS engaged in ‘dirty tricks’
News Corp’s Australian unit, News Limited, strenuously denied the claims in a statement on behalf of NDS Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Australian minister wants News Corp hacking claims investigated Communications minister wants police to look into accusations News Corp software firm NDS engaged in ‘dirty tricks’ Australia‘s communications minister has called for a police investigation [...]
Bombing for Ethnic Cleansing and Hegemony Rights by Edward S. Herman / March 28th, 2012 In this post-Orwell and post-Kafka age, Israel can threaten to bomb Iran to preserve Israel’s ethnic cleansing rights in Palestine, and the United States can put “all options on the table” in dealing with that dire Iranian threat in order [...]
Maddow Writes on America’s Love Affair With War Tuesday, 27 March 2012 09:51By Rachel Maddow, The Crown Publishing Group | Book Excerpt
(Image: Crown)“Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power” is Rachel Maddow’s devastating and sardonic new book. Using her Rhodes Scholar intellect, Maddow takes on America’s infatuation with military power and war.“Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power” is yours with a minimum donation of $35 – or a monthly donation of $15 – to Truthout. Read [...]
Protester Daniel Ellsberg, above, is led away by Air Force security forces early Saturday after being arrested inside the Vandenberg Air Force Base main gate for protesting the launch of a Minuteman 3 missile at the base. (Frank Cowan/Contributor) For Nuclear Security Beyond Seoul, Eradicate Land-Based ‘Doomsday’ Missiles America‘s 450 launch-ready land-based nuclear-armed [...]
Japan Times: Reactor 2 radiation too high for access 73 sieverts laid to low water; dose too high even for robots By MINORU MATSUTANI
One state – one vote: Rethinking an Israeli Spring There is no denying that settlement construction, Palestinian disunity, and other factors are fast rendering the two-state concept impracticable.
West Bank Photo by: Nir Keidar One state – one vote: Rethinking an Israeli Spring There is no denying that settlement construction, Palestinian disunity, and other factors are fast rendering the two-state concept impracticable. A beleaguered Democratic president, beset by an unpopular war overseas and raging polarization at home, clamps [...]
View PhotoSouth African Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, January 27, 2011. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The BRICS group of countries have broadly agreed they are not bound by “unilateral” sanctions onIran, measures that threaten higher global oil prices and could result in supply shortages, South Africa’s [...]
Ehud Barak with German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere in Berlin, March 20, 2012. Photo by: AP Germany official: Meeting with Israel’s Barak left me ‘more concerned’ of war with Iran Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere says feels some Israeli cabinet members do not give enough thought to the negative consequences that could develop in wake of a strike of Iran‘s nuclear [...]
Double Speak from Benjamin Netanyahu By Philip Giraldi March 28, 2012 “The Passionate Attachment” — The New York Times’ Isabel Kershner reporting from Jerusalem on March 20th described Israeli government rage at a comment made by the European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton relating to the killing of three Jewish children [...]