Bin Laden Files Debunk Neocon Hysteria Over Iran The claim of a deal between Iran and Al-Qaeda has been discredited by former officials in the wake of publication of documents from Osama bin Laden’s files. May 10, 2012 | The U.S. Treasury Department‘s claim of a “secret deal” between Iran and Al-Qaeda, which had become a [...]
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Bin Laden Files Debunk Neocon Hysteria Over Iran The claim of a deal between Iran and Al-Qaeda has been discredited by former officials in the wake of publication of documents from Osama bin Laden’s files.
The Struggle Over Iran by RAMZY BAROUD Israel is currently experiencing the kind of turmoil that may or may not affect its political hierarchy following the next general election. However, there is little reason to believe that any major transformations in the Israeli political landscape could be of benefit to Palestinians. [...]
Climate change impacts for Northwest NSW The Climate Commission has released an climate change impact statement for New England and Northwest NSW. The impact statement accompanies The Critical Decade report and highlights key climate change impacts and opportunities for the New England/Northwest NSW region, which are: Koala nutrition may be impacted by climate change. Photo credit: Tourism Australia [...]
EU leaders set for showdown on fate of euro as crisis deepens Angela Merkel and François Hollande to have first face-to-face talks in Berlin after eurozone finance ministers meet in Brussels
German chancellor Angela Merkel is to have face-to-face talks with François Hollande in Berlin. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP link http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/may/13/eu-leaders-showdown-eurozone-crisis Europe is braced for a crucial 48 hours of high-stakes summitry likely to decide whether Germany and France can strike a grand bargain aimed at dispelling growing pessimism over the chances of the single currency surviving in its current form. [...]
Al Jazeera’s ex-Beijing correspondent says she covered country honestly and equitably, after having credentials revoked.
‘Goodbye to China, country of contradictions’ Melissa Chan, China correspondent since 2007, filed nearly 400 reports during her five years in the country Earlier this week, I left China after five years as an Al Jazeera English correspondent following the decision by the government to revoke my press credentials. At a subsequent Foreign Ministry press briefing, [...]
Q&A: What happens if Greece leaves the euro? A Greek exit from the euro could have wide-ranging consequences for other European countries.
Most Greeks say they want their country to remain in the eurozone [EPA] Will Greeceleave the euro – and if so, what would happen next?The question has been bandied about for a few years now, but has gained more attention after Greek elections gave big boosts to parties opposed to the terms of the country’s [...]
Merkel dealt ‘heavy blow’ in German vote Exit polls show Chancellor’s conservatives have suffered a crushing defeat in Germany’s most populous state.
The election is likely to return the SPD-Greens coalition to power with a stronger mandate [Reuters] Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s conservatives have suffered a crushing defeat in an election in Germany‘s most populous state, exit polls showed, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up attacks on her European austerity policies. The election on [...]
Long Live “Our” Gulf Bastards by Pepe Escobar / May 12th, 2012 Life is a golden gift from Allah if you’re a certified member of the Gulf Counter-Revolution Club (GCC), also known as the Gulf Cooperation Council; Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates can torture, [...]
(Photo: Scott*)The history of equality from antiquity onward reveals that the notion of equality has been considered a constitutive feature of justice whether in its formal, proportional or moral sense. Until the 18th century, human beings were considered unequal by nature, an idea that collapsed with the introduction of the notion of natural right first developed [...]
Cuba, The Drug War, And The Isolation Of The U.S. By Noam Chomsky May 11, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — Though sidelined by the Secret Service scandal, last month’s Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, was an event of considerable significance. There are three major reasons: Cuba, the drug [...]
Empty Stomachs, Clenched Fists: How Palestinians Are Fighting Israel’s Unaccountable Prison System Israeli policy toward Palestinian prisoners is now facing unprecedented scrutiny due to a mass hunger strike aimed at ending administrative detention and other harsh policies.
Empty Stomachs, Clenched Fists: How Palestinians Are Fighting Israel’s Unaccountable Prison System Israeli policy toward Palestinian prisoners is now facing unprecedented scrutiny due to a mass hunger strike aimed at ending administrative detention and other harsh policies. By Anna Lekas Miller May 13, 2012 “Information Clearing House” – Thaer [...]
US Concerned Israel May Attack Iran “at Any Moment” – Common Dreams staff The Obama administration is worried that Israel’s new coalition government in could signal an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities at “any given moment,” one of Israel’s leading TV stations reported Thursday night. Netanyahu and MofazShaul Mofaz and his Kadima party’s joining a [...]
Honoring a ‘Terror War’ Architect by Ray McGovern Since even readers of the New York Times are aware of deputy national security adviser John Brennan’s open identification with torture, secret prisons and other abuses of national and international law, Fordham University’s invitation to him to give the commencement address on May 19 brought, well, shock and awe to many Fordham [...]
How ego and ideology are destroying the world’s greatest public university Universities are the canaries in the coal mine for determining the health of society at large.
The university continues to clamp down on student protest [GALLO/GETTY] Irvine, CA - The University of California is home to many of the country’s leading scholars in dozens of fields, and for decades it has been an important laboratory for social change in the United States. It has also been at the forefront of many [...]
China warns of unstable times at Asian summit Country’s premiere sounds warning as China, South Korea and Japan meet in Beijing for talks on North Korea and trade.
S Korea’s Lee Myung-bak, China’s Wen Jiabao and Japan’s Yoshihiko Noda are attending the summit [Reuters] Wen Jiabao, China’s premier, has warned that Asia faced an “unstable and uncertain” situation as he sat down with leaders of Japan and South Korea for discussions likely to focus on dealing with North Korea.A trilateral free trade pact was also expected [...]
Peru’s coffee growers turn carbon traders to save their farms from climate change Global warming threatens the future of Peru’s poorest coffee farmers, but one brand thinks it has found an answer on the financial markets
Farmers begin planting saplings to reforest Peru‘s Choco hills. The carbon captured by the trees will be traded to local benefit. Photograph: Stanton Media In the foothills of the Andes, in the Sierra Piura region of Peru, the problems faced by coffee farmers are clear. Up to 6,600 farmers produce here for the Central Piurana de Cafetaleros co-operative [...]
Spain’s indignados return to the streets amid fears of crackdown Protesters plan four-day campaign to mark the anniversary of Madrid’s ‘occupy’ movement
Demonstrators occupy Puerta del Sol in Madrid last year in May. Photograph: Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images link to article http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/13/spain-protests-indignados-first-anniversary The exhibition at Madrid’s Ateneo cultural centre is full of precious artefacts carefully conserved to tell the story of a remarkable event in Spanish history; a moment when the world looked on in amazement at the eruption [...]
George Osborne’s secret meeting with Murdoch clan at country estate Chancellor entertained Rebekah Brooks at official residence in Buckinghamshire as BSkyB bid was planned
Rebekah and Charlie Brooks, pictured with George Osborne at the Mayfair club Tramp, were guests at the chancellor’s residence Dorneywood. Photograph: Dafydd Jones George Osborne was dragged deeper into the furore over the Murdoch empire’s links to government as it emerged that he entertained Rebekah Brooks for a weekend at his country residence as Rupert Murdoch was planning [...]