Israeli border police are seen patrolling in Hebron (MaanImages/File) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three Palestinians Tuesday during a raid of their houses in Herodium area east of Bethlehem, locals told Ma’an. Some 20 vehicles raided the village at around 10 a.m., and forces used dogs to conducts searches which damaged furniture and belongings [...]
Archive for May 8th, 2012
Austerity Can’t Be Just For Regular People by Matt Taibbi It didn’t take long to crank up the backlash against European voters. This is inevitable whenever a socialist wins a major election, but particularly now, when new French president François Hollande rode to victory shouting, “Austerity can no longer be inevitable!”
Austerity Can’t Be Just For Regular People by Matt Taibbi It didn’t take long to crank up the backlash against European voters. This is inevitable whenever a socialist wins a major election, but particularly now, when new French president François Hollande rode to victory shouting, “Austerity can no longer be inevitable!” A protester holds a banner that reads ‘Austerity [...]
Quebec Students Send a Message Against Austerity by Linda McQuaig No wonder those Quebec student protestors have been spooking the English Canadian establishment. If they get their way, the same ideas could catch on here, leaving the best-laid plans for austerity in tatters.
Quebec students hold signs that say ‘For sale: Our education’ during a protest against tuition hikes in downtown Montreal. (CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS) Quebec Students Send a Message Against Austerity by Linda McQuaig No wonder those Quebec student protestors have been spooking the English Canadian establishment. If they get their way, the same ideas could catch on here, [...]
Austerity as a Bridge to Nowhere Tuesday, 08 May 2012 09:42By Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group | Op-Ed
Washington, D.C. – Economic austerity is a dangerous, self-defeating intellectual fad. Perhaps I should say that’s what it was, given Sunday’s election results in Europe. Perhaps I should also say good riddance. Voters in France, Greece and even Germany — a hotbed of the austerity cult — told their political [...]
What We Look Like: A Comic About Women in Media Tuesday, 08 May 2012 10:08By Robyn Chapman and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
“What We Look Like,” with Anne Elizabeth Moore and Robyn Chapman, is a follow-up to “Ladydrawers’” look at women’s participation in the labor force. This time, we look at why the diminished economic status of women isn’t popularly considered, even beyond media’s gendered hiring practices. The representations of women that do result are a far [...]
George Michael: I declined to give Leveson inquiry evidence Singer claims he was asked to appear but says inquiry is ‘bullshit’ and that David Cameron is ‘cowardly’
George Michael criticised the Daily Mail and ‘sham system’ he claimed failed to jail journalists for criminal activity. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA George Michael has claimed he rejected a request to testify at theLeveson inquiry, branding the investigation into phone hacking and media standards “bullshit”. The singer made his remarks in a series of tweets on Tuesday [...]
The holes in Austerity. Eurozone crisis: EU moves to loosen grip of austerity European executive calls for shift towards growth as leftist leader Alexis Tsipras steps up Greece’s eurozone rebellion
Alexis Tsipras, the leader of a group of radical leftists, warned that Greece could walk away from its rescue deal with the eurozone. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/AP The European executive has responded to the electoral earthquakes in France and Greece by calling for a shift towards growth across the EU as the new firebrand leftist leader in Athens [...]
When they say ‘communist’, you say ‘whatever’ US conservatives have ramped up their ‘red-baiting’ rhetoric – but the more they do, the less relevant they become.
Collectivism appears to be on the rise in the United States [AFP] New Haven, CT - When it comes to President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, I’m of two minds. Killing Osama bin Laden? Thumbs up. Killing a US citizen who worked for al-Qaeda? Not so much. But at least he knows what’s going on. When Mitt [...]
Everything you know about Anonymous is wrong Whether viewed as heroes or villains, much of what is stated about Anonymous is exaggeration.
Anonymous‘ primary method of attack is through DDoS – Distributed Denial of Service [AFP] Montreal, Canada - What is Anonymous? To some critics, the protest actions taken under the banner of Anonymous will be used by governments to exercise their repressive impulses. Internet critic Evgeny Morozov puts this position in no uncertain terms: “Hacktivists keep supplying the industry [...]
Annan: Syria plan is only chance to avoid war International envoy says world powers share a “profound concern” that Syria’s violence is spiralling into civil war.
Despite the presence of UN monitors , activists on Tuesday said 20 people were killed across Syria [Reuters] International envoy Kofi Annan has said his six-point peace plan for Syria is a “possible last chance to avoid civil war”. Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy tasked with bringing an end to the violence, said on Tuesday world powers [...]
Drones in U.S. Flight Paths: What Could Go Wrong? By David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/content/drones-us-flight-paths-what-could-go-wrong On March 9th the Federal Aviation Administration requested comments from the public on drone test sites. On May 8th, lengthy comments were submitted by Not 1 More Acre! and Purgatoire, Apishapa & Comanche Grassland Trust. The FAA asked all the [...]
Carnage & Crisis Aversion in the Sudan By Nile Bowie Following the United Nations’ recent approval of Resolution 2046 threatening the nations of Sudan and South Sudan with sanctions , the success of international attempts at conflict aversion in the region appear to be in question. Hostilities between the two nations have [...]
Slamming the door to justice on Palestinians Israel’s ability to commit crimes against Palestinians with impunity relies on international complicity.
The Samouni family narrated the horror they lived through in a short movie named ‘Samouni Street’ [AP] Chicago, IL - There is a determined international effort to ensure that Palestinians are shut out of every legal forum where they could pursue justice for Israel’s crimes against them. Nothing illustrates this better than the horrifying case of [...]
Afghanistan: More questions than answers Do any of Obama’s justifications for extending the war in Afghanistan make sense?
President Obama has said he wants to ‘finish the job we started in Afghanistan’ [GALLO/GETTY] President Obama has been of two minds towards Afghanistan since the outset of his presidency. In December 2009, en route to tripling the US military presence there, he declared that US military forces would begin to withdraw from the country in 18 [...]
Palestinian hunger strikes: Media missing in action Is the mass Palestinian prisoner hunger strike the beginning of the Palestinian Spring?
Settlement expansion and targeted killings have increased as Palestinians move towards political restraint and away from violence [GALLO/GETTY] Santa Barbara, CA - Can anyone doubt that if there were more than 1,500 prisoners engaged in a hunger strikein any country in the world other than Palestine, the media in the West would be obsessed with the story? [...]
Niger is worst country to be a mother, says report Niger’s current food crisis and high levels of maternal mortality place African nation bottom of Save the Children’s list
Mothers in Yama, Niger, crowd with their children to be admitted to the MSF screening field centre for malnourished children. Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian Niger is worst country to be a mother, says report Niger’s current food crisis and high levels of maternal mortality place African nation bottom of Save the Children‘s list [...]
MPs to ask firms to explain how UK taxes helped dictators build arsenals Among questionable ethical deals was £35m lent to Robert Mugabe and spent on BAE’s Hawk fighter jets
Robert Mugabe bought five BAE systems Hawk jets between 1989 and 1992 and deployed them in the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images MPs to ask firms to explain how UK taxes helped dictators build arsenals Among questionable ethical deals was £35m lent to Robert Mugabe and spent on BAE’s [...]
US Admits Killing Innocent Afghan Family in Airstrike The incident did not come to light until the governor in Helmand Province made a public accusation
US Admits Killing Innocent Afghan Family in Airstrike The incident did not come to light until the governor in Helmand Province made a public accusation by John Glaser, May 07, 2012 Print This | Share This The U.S. military has claimed responsibility for an airstrike that killed six innocent members of a family in southwestern Afghanistan and pledged a [...]