January 31, 2012

'Moroccans not after regime change'



Morocco's Communications Minister and government spokesman Mustapha el-Khalfi has claimed that the people of the African country mainly demand democratic reforms, not the downfall of the regime, Press TV reports.

In an interview with Press TV on Monday, Khalfi claimed the main demand of the Moroccan protesters is democratic reforms and that they are not "asking [for] the collapse of the regime." Read more.

PressTV

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January 30, 2012

European Politicians in Denial as Greece Unravels

Europe's politicians are losing touch with reality. Greece is broke, and yet Brussels wants to send the country billions in new loans, to which there is growing opposition within the coalition government in Berlin. Rescue efforts are hopelessly bogged down by bickering over who will ultimately step up. 

Martial music booms from the loudspeakers as warlike images gallop across monitors. A short euro crisis film montage shows police officers being posted in front of the parliament building in Athens and the jostling of frantic reporters, then US investor George Soros uses grim words in an appeal to rescue the euro zone. "The alternative is just too terrible to contemplate," he says. Read more.


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Washington used depleted uranium in bombs used in Afghanistan

These Afghan babies were born with severe deformities. And Mohammad Daud Miraki, an Afghan-American doctor blames the U.S forces for these crimes. He says that the U.S used depleted uranium in Afghanistan.

Miraki has described this as genocide in his latest book entitled “Afghanistan after Democracy”. This book gives an insight how grim life is in this country. Read more + video.

Shadow of War: Dozens dead in Damascus as army regains control



Syrian troops backed by tanks and heavy ammunition have reportedly regained control over the outskirts of Damascus.

Activists suggest over sixty people have been killed in the latest fighting, just over a day after the Arab's League mission was frozen.

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Activists call for anti-capitalism day

Thousands of anti-capitalism activists gathering for a forum in the southern Brazil city of Rio de Janeiro have called for a global day against capitalism.

As the meeting, dubbed World Social Forum, came to an end on Sunday, a statement from the attendees urged citizens across the world to “take to the streets on June 5” to press world leaders for social and environmental justice. Read more.

PressTV

Men arrested in Occupy London UBS bank eviction

Two men have been arrested following the eviction of 50 Occupy London protesters from an east London office.

Police said a 45-year-old was arrested regarding an alleged assault and criminal damage. Read more.

'OWS camps banned - where do we convene?'


The Mayor of Oakland has asked courts to throw any Occupy activist with a record of protest arrests out of the city. Her demand follows one of the most dramatic clampdowns on the movement in its history.

More than 400 people were arrested when what began as a peaceful rally against inequality and police brutality turned rough. Riot clad cops jumped into action - firing volleys of tear gas and flash grenades at protesters hiding behind makeshift barriers bearing peace symbols. First-hand accounts say that police were carrying lists of demonstrators with them, which they used to arrest attendants. 

Sara Flounders, from the International Action Center, believes the Occupy movement is like an alarm clock for a dying American dream.


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100.000 kankergevallen in 2010

In 2010 is bij bijna 100.000 mensen de diagnose kanker gesteld. Dat is een stijging van 36 procent ten opzichte van 2000. Toen waren er ruim 70.000 gevallen. Dat blijkt uit cijfers van de Nederlandse Kankerregistratie (NKR).

Borst-, darm-, huid-, long-, en prostaatkanker komen het vaakst voor. Lees verder.

NOS

Israeli researchers say more doctors should recommend marijuana to cancer patients

Most cancer patients currently being treated with medical marijuana are advised of the option only in the advanced stages of the illness, according to researchers.

More than two-thirds of cancer patients who were prescribed medical marijuana to combat pain are reportedly satisfied with the treatment, according to a comprehensive study conducted for the first time in Israel. Read more.

Haaretz

U.S.-Taliban dialogue in Qatar raises peace hope

A former Taliban militant (left) shakes hands with a police official during a joining ceremony with the Afghan government in Baghlan, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Around 40 former Taliban militants from Baghlan province handed over their weapons and joined with Afghan government as part of a peace-reconciliation programme.

Several Taliban negotiators have begun meeting U.S. officials in Qatar, where they are discussing preliminary trust-building measures, including a possible prisoner transfer, said several former Taliban officials on Saturday. Read more.

The Hindu

Clashes continue in Libya's Bani Walid

According to one local, many journalists have not seen this sign. It is a warning to all that you are entering an area were live rounds are used and they were very recently.

Bani Walid is still viewed as a pro Gaddafi town in many quarters. It was one of the last to down weapons - rumors and allegations persist following a string of deadly incidents on revolutionary forces loyal to the National Transitional Council. Read more + video.

January 29, 2012

Cuba's old guard faces a new world

Young and old debate merits of market socialism, balancing politics with pragmatism at latest Communist Party congress.

t has been described as a gerontocracy run by 80-year-olds, and Cuba’s Communist Party convention over the weekend largely lived up to the stereotypes surrounding the country's political leaders, despite the country's slow push towards economic liberalisation. Read more + video.


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Reflections by Fidel: The Genius of Chavez

President Chavez presented his annual report on activities carried out in 2011 and his program for 2012 to the Venezuelan Parliament. After thoroughly carrying out the formalities required by this important activity, he addressed the official state authorities, members of parliament from all parties, and supporters and opposition members who had come to the Assembly to participate in the country’s most solemn act.

As usual, the Bolivarian leader was gracious and respectful to all those present. Read more.

Meshal: Hamas won't tolerate Israeli schemes to turn Jordan into Palestinian homeland

In first visit to Jordan since he was expelled more than a decade ago, Hamas chief welcomes 'this new good start' in developing ties with Jordan.

Hamas chief Khaled Meshal on Sunday made his first official visit to Jordan since the kingdom expelled him more than a decade ago and after talks with King Abdullah insisted that Jordan will not be a substitute homeland for the Palestinians. Read more.


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Iran says to stop some oil sales, inspectors visit

(Reuters) - Iran sent conflicting signals in a dispute with the West over its nuclear ambitions on Sunday, vowing to stop oil exports soon to "some" countries but postponing a parliamentary debate on a proposed halt to such sales to the European Union.

The Islamic Republic declared itself optimistic about a visit by U.N. nuclear experts that began on Sunday but also warned the inspectors to be "professional" or see Tehran reducing cooperation with the world body on atomic matters. Read more.


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Food for Fuel: An 'answer' for world hunger & high prices



It seems the new American way involves a process that is not just from farm to food, but from farm to fuel.

In the name of a cleaner environment ethanol has, over the years, become very political, being blamed for everything from the power of the state of Iowa to world hunger.

It's growth has been largely due to a policy by the U.S. government- a federal subsidy paid to oil companies to incentivize them to use corn ethanol in their gasoline that is then sold to consumers at gas stations across the country. It lasted 33 years and cost more than 20 billion dollars.

Italy: anti-austerity protests reach Sicily



From North to South, the number of Italians dissatisfied with the reforms and tax hikes introduced by the government led by Prime Minister Monti, keeps growing.

In Sicily, a series of strikes organized by protest movements has brought the island to its knees. Read more.

'Goldman Sachs cooked Greece books'

Greece is being pressured to give all control of the Greek budget to the European Union, which it says threatens its national sovereignty.

Press TV has interviewed Max Keiser, economic expert from Paris in a discussion that explains how Greece got into the financial mess that it's in and talks about the lack of enforcement of banking regulation and accountability of bankers and why that is. Read more + video.

Police use teargas on Occupy Oakland protesters

About 300 arrested in Oakland as police use teargas after protesters pelted them with bottles, rocks and burning flares

Police have used teargas and "flash" grenades to break up hundreds of Occupy protesters after some demonstrators started throwing rocks and flares at officers and tearing down fencing. Read more.

Guardian

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Arrests in Oakland protests rise to more than 400 - Reuters

Swiss police, Occupiers clash in Davos

Police have clashed with anti-capitalist Occupy protesters outside the business forum in the Swiss resort of Davos, spraying tear gas at them. 

The scuffles broke out on Saturday when the anti-corporate protesters, known as Occupiers, gathered in Davos and held a demonstration against the World Economic Forum. Read more.

PressTV

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Youssou Ndour voor president: symbool van het nieuwe Senegal?

Na veel twijfels en speculaties over zijn politieke engagement besloot Youssou Ndour begin januari om zich kandidaat te stellen voor de Senegalese presidentsverkiezingen van 26 februari. Hij verraste hiermee vele politieke actoren in binnen- en buitenland, maar tegelijk is zijn kandidatuur een logisch gevolg van zijn sociale engagement voor verandering in Afrika en Senegal.

Youssou Ndour heeft zich meermaals kritisch uitgelaten over de gang van zaken in Senegal: over het beleid van huidig president Abdoulaye Wade, diens poging om de grondwet te veranderen en de excessieve uitgaven van de regering die volgens Youssou Ndour niet in verhouding staan tot de levensstandaard van het volk. Lees verder.


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ACTA Anger: Polish protests grow into anti-govt rage



Protests are raging on in Warsaw against the signing of a new treaty, which enforces intellectual property rights on the internet. Opponents say the international ACTA document is pure censorship, and a violation of human rights.

On Friday, the European Parliament's rapporteur for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement resigned in protest. Kader Arif said drafting of the controversial anti-piracy treaty was accompanied by "never-before-seen manoeuvres" by officials.

In Warsaw, extremely cold weather was definitely not an excuse for demonstrators. Friday's protest culminated a week of mass rallies in Poland. Thursday's signing of the deal by Warsaw drew tens of thousands onto the streets across the country to protest internet censorship.

U.S. Protesters Occupy Vacant Houses due to Mortgage Crisis

Washington, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement plans on Saturday to occupy vacant houses in Oakland, California, to celebrate the Moving Day, on the occasion of the mortgage crisis hitting the United States.

Like millions of people in this country, we do not have a home either, so this January 28 will be the Moving Day. We will try to change that and take a vacant building to turn it into a social center, Occupy Oakland posted on its website. Read more.


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Dutch pension fund ABP sues Goldman Sachs

Dutch pension fund ABP is suing US investment bank Goldman Sachs for knowingly selling it junk mortgages and providing misleading information.

The ABP pension fund for government and education employees is the largest pension fund in the Netherlands and among the three largest in the world. Read more.

RNW

Hungry and poor children in America



1 in 5 children in the U.S. are currently living in poverty. 

RT's Anastasia Churkina takes a look at a harsh reality of America's recession that many would wish to avoid.

RT

Spanish workers call mass protest

Spanish public sector workers have vowed to stage a mass demonstration in Barcelona to protest against budget cuts hitting key services in the Catalonia region.

Police, firefighters, teachers and hospital staff vowed a mass demonstration in Barcelona on Saturday. Read more.

Will Walmart help India or destroy it?



Millions of shop owners in India are fighting for their survival, as the threat of outside competition knocks at the door.

While entry for international supermarket giants has been shelved for now, there are those who argue the move would be good for consumers and employment. RT's Priya Sridhar investigates.

RT

January 28, 2012

Arab League suspends monitoring mission in Syria

(Reuters) - The Arab League has suspended its monitoring mission in Syria because of an escalation of violence, it said on Saturday.

"Given the critical deterioration of the situation in Syria and the continued use of violence... Read more.

Reuters

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Division within Syria grows as protests spread into capital (video) - RT

Youssou N'Dour calls on his supporters to prevent Senegal's elections from going ahead

World music star Youssou N'Dour, whose presidential bid was turned down by Senegal's Constitutional Council, calls on his supporters to prevent the elections from going ahead

Street protests spread through towns across Senegal overnight on Saturday after a top legal body said President Abdoulaye Wade had the right to run for a third term in elections next month. Read more.

Ahram

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Youssou N'Dour to run for Senegal presidency (video) - Guardian
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Youssou Ndour voor president: symbool van het nieuwe Senegal? - De Wereld Morgen

Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - Patience

Algeria says no plan to offset drop in Iran oil exports

ALGIERS Jan 26 (Reuters) - OPEC member Algeria has no plans to increase its oil exports to compensate for any fall in Iranian exports stemming from tighter U.S. and European sanctions, its energy minister said on Thursday.

Asked if Algeria would help off-set a drop in Iranian exports, Youcef Yousfi said in parliament: "We have a programme with regard to oil exports. This programme will not change." Read more.


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January 27, 2012

Ministers vote for Dutch ‘burqa ban’

People wearing burqas, balaclavas or all-in-one motorbike helmets in public in the Netherlands will soon face fines. On Friday, government ministers voted to outlaw all clothing which covers the face.

Interior Minister Liesbeth Spies said what has become known as ‘the burqa ban’ was “incredibly important”. She went on to say that she found it vital that in an open society people’s contact with each other should also be open. Read more.


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Rousseff calls on governments to listen to Occupiers



During her participation at the Thematic Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil President Dilma Rousseff criticized the austherity measures impulsed in Europe to face the economic crisis and called on government to listen to the "Occupiers".

In this Brazilian city, an Occupy camp was installed.

teleSUR

ACTA protests erupt in Poland

It’s not every day parliamentary members identify themselves with a subversive Internet group. But that’s just what happened in Poland when lawmakers from the leftist party Palikot’s Movement covered their faces with Guy Fawkes masks, the look that has become shorthand for Anonymous.

A contentious fight broke out in parliament — and in the streets — over Poland's plans to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Read more + video.

Washington Post

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The Corporate State Will Be Broken

I spent Friday morning sitting on a wooden bench in a fourth-floor courtroom in the New York Criminal Court in Manhattan. I was waiting to be sentenced for “disturbing the peace” and “refusing to obey a lawful order” during an Occupy demonstration in front of Goldman Sachs in November.

Those sentenced before me constituted the usual fare of the court. They were poor people of color accused of mostly petty crimes—drug possession, thefts, shoplifting, trespassing because they were homeless and needed a place to sleep, inappropriate touching, grand larceny and violation of probation. Read more.


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Chris Hedges - Occupy the Courts (video) - YouTube


Filmed January 20, 2012. Chris Hedges, Lawrence Lessig, Virginia Rasmussen on the eve of the 2nd Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision "Citizens United v. F.E.C.".

The video begins with a march from Liberty Plaza a/k/a Zuccotti Park to the rally point at Foley Square across the street from Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse at 40 Centre St. The Rude Mechanical Orchestra plays their "Smash a Bank Polka" followed by Chris Hedges giving an update to his lawsuit against Barack Obama and Leon Panetta.

Virginia Rasmussen offers a historic perspective on the Citizens United decision. Laurence Lessig gives an inspirational speech on restoring democracy. Other speakers: Alexis from Occupy Wall Street, Camille Rivera, and Amy Muldoon.

The video ends with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra finishing of their song.

Venezuela Announces “Irrevocable” Withdrawal from World Bank’s Arbitration Body

Mérida, 26th January 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – The Venezuelan government has announced Venezuela’s “irrevocable” withdrawal from the World Bank affiliated arbitration body the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

According to an official statement released by Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday this week, the move has been taken on the grounds of defending national sovereignty and “to protect the right of the Venezuelan people to decide the strategic orientation of the social and economic life of the nation”. Read more.

Nearly Three Million Mexicans Might Suffer Famine

Mexico, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) Over 2.5 million Mexicans are at risk of being affected by famine if the actions are not taken to counteract the losses that drought has caused to agriculture and livestock, warned a specialist of the Institute of Economic Research.

At least 50 percent of the municipalities of the country and 1.4 million hectares are affected by adverse weather conditions, specialist Emilio Romero told La Jornada newspaper. Read more.

Famine-hit people turn to business in Somalia

Six months ago, thousands of drought affected persons flocked the Somali capital Mogadishu after the United Nations declared six regions of Somalia as famine zones.

The drought claimed thousands of lives and endangered the lives of millions others. Millions were also displaced inside and outside the country. Read more + video.

S.Am Supports Argentina in Falkland Cause

Buenos Aires, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) Argentina has support, without duality, from the South American countries to claim for the sovereignty of the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands, occupied by the United Kingdom since 1833, expert Juan Recce stated on Friday.

This historic support, a setback for London, is the result of the capacity of the government of former President Nestor Kirchner (2003-2007) in the fist place, and then incumbent President Cristina Fernandez, to communicate to the nations the importance of the collective destination that unites them, Recce said. Read more.

Prensa Latina

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Protests against monarchy in Saudi Arabia leave one dead



At least one person has died and three were injured during demonstations against monarchy in Saudi Arabia to demand reforms to the system and the release of political prisoners.

teleSUR

UN official urges Israel to end home demolitions

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The United Nations humanitarian envoy in the Palestinian territories called on Friday for Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes.

"Israel as the Occupying Power has a fundamental responsibility to protect the Palestinian civilian population under its control and to ensure their dignity and well-being... Read more.

Six thousands U.S. activists arrested since September



The Occupy movement in the United States is claiming that, since last September, more than 6000 people have been arrested for protesting against the system.

teleSUR

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Chris Hedges on why he's suing Obama - CBC

Protesters urged to occupy Chicago during G8 and Nato summits - Guardian
Anonymous claims Stratfor spied on OWS - RT

'Free Syrian Army' claims Damascus suburb after fierce fighting



There's been a massive demonstration in a town just outside Damascus, that's fallen under the control of the opposition Free Syria Army.

Some suburbs have seen nearly two dozen killed in the past two days, and buildings heavily-shelled. RT's Sara Firth has exclusive footage from the besieged town.


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Egyptians hold sit-in until army leaves


Hundreds of protesters remain in Cairo's Landmark Liberation Square after the anniversary of the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February last year as they have vowed to sit-in the square until the SCAF steps down and hands all its powers to the newly elected parliament.

Several tents can be seen in and around the square as some of the activists have announced that they'll end their sit-in after the mega protests scheduled to take place on Friday marking last year's Friday of Rage when dozens of peaceful protesters were killed on the hands of the brutal CSF alongside Military police. Read more.

Iran Set to Turn Off Oil Supply to Europe

The European Union embargo on Iranian oil will only come into effect in six months, but the leadership in Tehran wants to act first: Exports to Europe are set to be halted immediately. It is a move which could mean added difficulties for struggling economies in southern Europe.

It's a move which has tit-for-tat written all over it, but one which could nonetheless have a serious impact: The Iranian government wants to present a bill to parliament this weekend calling for an immediate halt to oil deliveries to Europe. Read more.

Spiegel

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Qatif protesters want KSA out of Bahrain

Saudis have staged another anti-government protest rally in the eastern city of Qatif to express solidarity with the revolution in neighboring Bahrain.

Condemning the brutal crackdown in Bahrain, Saudi demonstrators on Friday called for the immediate withdrawal of the kingdom's troops from the country and an end to Riyadh assistance to Manama in suppressing anti-regime protests. Read more.

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Massive austerity protests hit Spain

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have poured into the streets of several cities in eastern Spain to protest against the government's austerity measures.

The protesters marched in the region's three largest cities of Alicante, Castellon and Valencia on Thursday chanting slogans and carrying large banners which read "No to cuts to public services." Read more.

PressTV

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January 26, 2012

Voor begrip voor de staking moet je op Wereld Economisch Forum zijn

Voor een scherpe kritiek op het kapitalisme en de ongelijkheid in de wereld moet je tegenwoordig op het Wereld Economisch Forum (WEF) in Davos zijn. Daar hoog in de Zwitserse Alpen, omringd door dikke pakken sneeuw buigen 2600 ceo's, miljardairs, bevriende politici en een handvol critici zich over de toestand van de wereldeconomie.

Het begon al met de oprichter van het WEF, professor Klaus Schwab. Die vertelde aan de verzamelde pers dat het kapitalisme in zijn huidige vorm geen toekomst meer heeft in deze wereld. Lees verder.

De Wereld Morgen

Occupy Movement Continues Protests against Davos Forum

Davos, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Despite the freezing temperatures, the Occupy movement maintains its protest against capitalist injustice at its camp of igloos built near the venue of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The movement's goal is to denounce the adjustment policies enforced to deal with the debt crisis at the expense of reducing salaries and pensions with rising unemployment and privatizations. Read more.

Prensa Latina

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Reflections by Fidel: The Fruit that Did Not Fall

Cuba found itself forced to fight for its existence against an expansionist power located a few miles off its coast that had declared the annexation of our island and that believed our destiny was to fall into their lap like a piece of ripe fruit. We were condemned to cease to exist as a nation.

Jose Marti was among the glorious legion of patriots who throughout the second half of the 19th century fought against the loathsome colonialism brandished by Spain for 300 years. Read more.


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Arab spring: 'Western-backed exported Islamist revolution’



The string of uprisings in the Arab world boils down to Saudi Arabia and Qatar using money and influence to hijack public dissent and bring Sunni Islamists to power, says John R. Bradley, British author and expert on the Middle East.

He argues that the turbulence that saw several governments overthrown in 2011 came from sectarian divide among Muslims, which the West played on, to support its own allies. Read more.

RT

Syrian troops fight rebels near Damascus

(Reuters) - A 10-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad edged closer to the Syrian capital on Thursday as troops battled rebels in a town just north of Damascus and a provincial governor spoke of negotiating local ceasefires.

A Syrian officer told Reuters clashes had been under way in Douma since the morning. Read more.

Palestinians: Peace negotiations with Israel have ended

Last-minute efforts are underway to head off the talks' collapse, but the prospects seem slim.

The time frame that the Palestinians have allowed for talks with Israel in Amman under Jordanian auspices expires on Thursday. According to diplomatic sources associated with the Middle East Quartet - the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia - last-minute efforts are underway to head off the talks' collapse, but the prospects seem slim. Read more.

Haaretz

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Rosenthal grijpt in bij kritische EU-tekst Israël

Onder druk van minister Uri Rosenthal (Buitenlandse Zaken, VVD) is begin deze week in Brussel een kritische EU-verklaring over Israël aangepast. Dat zeggen bronnen in Brussel en in andere Europese hoofdsteden tegen NRC Handelsblad.

Nederland wilde per se niet dat in de tekst een verwijzing zou staan naar een uiterst gevoelig rapport van de diplomatieke vertegenwoordiging van de EU in Israël. Lees verder.

LA activists protest 'corporate tax dodging'



More than 300 people from struggling Los Angeles communities held a demonstration in Hollywood against corporate tax dodgers.

The protesters included unemployed workers, labor organizations, and Occupy LA activists. They're upset about a recent report that shows 249 of the country's largest and most profitable corporations paid less than the U.S. corporate tax rate. Read more.

PressTV

Fracked-off: Gas extraction 'causes quakes'

Earthquakes in Ohio and the UK are linked to hydraulic fracturing for unconventional gas, worrying residents.

A new technique to extract lucrative hard-to-reach natural gas is causing earthquakes across Middle America, literally.

Hydraulic fracking - pounding streams of high pressure water and chemicals into rock formations to loosen gas deposits - has been hailed as a solution to the US's dependence on foreign petroleum. Read more + video.

Al Jazeera

Argentina's Fernandez attacks UK 'nonsense' on Falklands



The President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez, resumed her activities after thyroid surgery that forced her to stay in bed since last January 4, during a ceremony at Government House Fernandez said the furious response of Britain over Falkland Islands sovereignty was part of a domestic political issue.

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Ahmadinejad ready for nuclear talks

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Tehran is ready for talks with western powers over its nuclear program.

The leader of the Islamic republic also said the sanctions imposed by the EU against Iran’s oil industry will not hurt it. Ahmadinejad made the remarks in Kerman, southeastern Iran on Thursday. Read more.

Iran is willing to grow despite international sanctions



Iran's IRNA news agency reported that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will inaugurate a series of projects that prove Iran's will to develop, despite economic sanctions and the oil embargo imposed by the European Union.

teleSUR

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Palestinian leader Barghuti demands 1967 borders

JERUSALEM — The Middle East conflict will end only when Israel withdraws to the pre-1967 lines and a Palestinian state is established, jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghuti said Wednesday in a rare court appearance.

“The conflict will be finished the moment the Israeli occupation ends, and there is a full withdrawal to the 1967 borders and a Palestinian state is established,” he said in Hebrew at Jerusalem Magistrates Court. Read more.

ACTA action: Poland signs up to 'censorship' as 20,000 rage


After days of protests and hacker attacks, Poland has signed the controversial ACTA copyright protection treaty. Opponents call it an assault on online freedom, since it demands that internet service providers police user activity.

Warsaw’s Ambasador to Tokyo Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Japan on Tuesday. Read more

Prisoners being tortured in Libya, UN says

Human-rights chief Navi Pillay "extremely concerned" about detainees accused by fighters of being Gaddafi loyalists.

Detainees from Libya's war held by fighters continue to be subjected to torture despite efforts by the provisional government to address the issue, according to the UN human-rights chief. Read more.

Bahrain kills 4 activists in 24 hrs

A Bahraini police car runs over a protester in the town of Sitra south of the capital Manama, bringing the number of the opposition activists murdered at the hands of the regime over the past 24 hours to four, Press TV reports. 

The victim, identified as Muhammad Ali Ya'qhoub, died from the incident on Wednesday. Read more.

PressTV

'Misstanden bij Odfjell'



Bij het olieterminalbedrijf Odfjell Terminals in het Botlekgebiedvan Rotterdam doen zich levensgevaarlijke situaties voor. Dat stelt een klokkenluider die zeer goed is ingevoerd bij het bedrijf. De Arbeidsinspectie bevestigt dit beeld.

Grote hoeveelheden kankerverwekkend benzeen verdampen en waaien uit over de omgeving, meldingen worden niet gedaan of aangepast, zo blijkt uit stukken, die in het bezit zijn van EenVandaag. Lees verder.

Eenvandaag

Report on Japan nuclear crisis said millions might need to leave homes; gov’t kept it secret

TOKYO — The Japanese government’s worst-case scenario at the height of the nuclear crisis last year warned that tens of millions of people, including Tokyo residents, might need to leave their homes, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press. But fearing widespread panic, officials kept the report secret.

The recent emergence of the 15-page internal document may add to complaints in Japan that the government withheld too much information about the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Read more.

Washington Post

January 25, 2012

Hundreds of Israelis demonstrate against racism in Tel Aviv

Protesters block major intersection, while chanting slogans such as “the people demand social equality”, and “we will not allow blacks to be miserable.”

Hundreds of Israelis demonstrated in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday night, protesting racism against Israelis of Ethiopian origin. Read more.

Haaretz

Protests in Ramallah over cost of living

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Hundreds of people took part in a mass demonstration in Ramallah on Wednesday to protest the new tax laws and the high cost of living.

Protesters held banners reading "Yes to a national economy that protects the citizen’s dignity”, “People want to overthrow the new tax law”, and “18 shekels for one kilo of chicken, and 80 for meat, that’s if officials don’t know.” Read more.

Ma'an

Reviving Revolt: Crowds back on Tahrir after year of yearning



Thousands of Egyptians are in Cairo's now-iconic Tahrir Square to mark a year since the uprising that toppled President Mubarak.

But there's another reason it's a landmark day - as almost 30 years of emergency rule is partially-lifted, although some key police powers will remain.

RT

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Egyptians mass in Tahrir to honour uprising (video) - Al Jazeera
Egypt's revolution still in progress (video) - PressTV

Thousands of Egyptians gather in Tahrir Square to mark one year since uprising - Haaretz

The spy from Cairo - Kembe

Group calls for U.S. to break up Bank of America

(Reuters) - A group of consumer advocates, academics and economists want to end "too-big-to-fail" banks, starting with Bank of America Corp.

The group, led by consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, plans to file a petition with the Federal Reserve Board and other regulators on Wednesday asking them to carve the bank into simpler, safer pieces. Read more.

Reuters

Return of the Activist

(Reuters) - Hundreds of miles and a vast ideological divide separate Cecily Friday from Tim Dake. But what they share is a passionate dislike and distrust of the American political elite. I caught up with Friday on a bitterly cold, rainy October night in Nashville. That same night state troopers had arrested 29 members of Occupy Nashville for violating a new curfew designed to end the occupation of Legislative Plaza.

They were there, the occupiers said, to protest income inequality, bank bailouts, and corporate involvement in American politics. Read more.

Reuters

Investors see capitalism in crisis

A survey of international investors say capitalism is in crisis due to growing income inequalities in western economies, the idea at the center stage of “Occupy” protests worldwide.

According to the Bloomberg Global Poll released on Wednesday, a majority of investors agree that income inequality hurts the economy and that governments must do something about it. Fewer than one in four say free enterprise is working as it should. Read more.

PressTV

UNSC began debate on Palestinian statehood



The first open debate on the Middle East of the year meant new Security Council members Azerbaijan -- Guatemala -- Togo -- Pakistan -- and Morocco could weigh in on the issue of Palestine's membership application.

A spokesman for Security Council President South Africa says that veto threats notwithstanding -- the vote count is still up in the air. Read more.

PressTV

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Abbas: Jordan talks 'revive hopes' of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations - Haaretz
European union foreign policy chief visits Gaza (video) - PressTV

Spain: Judge on trial who investigated Franco dictatorship



In Spain, the trial against Baltasar Garzon is underway.

Garzon is on trial for having claimed to have legal authority to investigate the crimes committed during the Franco dictatorship.

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Protests erupt as judge Garzon goes on trial in Spain (video) - PressTV

U.S. Candidate Selection: An Idiotic Competition, Fidel Castro Says

Havana, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, described as a competition full of nonsense and ignorance the selection of the Republican presidential candidate for the November elections in the United States.

"Selecting a Republican presidential candidate in that globalized and vast empire is,.. Read more.

Google to track users... like never before!

In a move that has triggered outrage, Google has announced plans to bring all data collected from users’ separate accounts on its sites into a combined profile. Besides raising dubious questions about privacy, this offer is one you… cannot refuse. ­

The changes will take effect on March 1. Before that date, Google will notify its hundreds of millions of users about the new rules of the game.  Read more.

RT

Tensions rise in Argentina after British PM Malvinas statement

Tensions are beginning to get heated again in Argentina after British PM David Cameron accused the South American country of adopting a “colonial” attitude towards Malvinas.

Leftist political organization Evita Movement -which has strong ties with ruling party of president Cristina Fernandez-, staged a massive protest outside Britain´s embassy in Buenos Aires to repudiate Cameron´s recent statements at the House of Commons which they considered to be absurd. Read more + video.

Pro-Gaddafi fighters retake Bani Walid



Loyalists of Libya's deposed leader seize control of former government stronghold and raise Gaddafi's green flag.

Loyalists of Libya's ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi have seized control of the town of Bani Walid, raising the former government's green flag, an official and a commander have said. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Gaddafi's loyalists seize control of Bani Walid (video) - teleSUR
Major challenges lie ahead of Libya - PressTV

Rebellion vs Rebels: 'Libyans kick NTC out of Bani Walid' (video) - RT
Libya on the verge of civil war again (video) - RT

Moroccan police attack protesters

Moroccan security forces have attacked protesters in the capital Rabat after an anti-government demonstration over the death of an unemployed graduate.

The 27-year-old Abdelwahab Zaydoun, who set himself on fire to protest unemployment, died from his burns in hospital on Tuesday. Read more.

UN calls for dialogue between Polisario Front and Morocco



U.N. Special Envoy to Western Sahara, Cristopher Ross, blamed both Morocco and Polisario Front for maintaining exclusionary positions and demanded them to relaunch negotiations.

teleSUR

Hugo Chavez: "opposition is spokesman of imperialism"



President Hugo Chavez criticized Venezuelan opposition ensuring it was subordinated to powerful groups interests and not to people needs, he also called them "imperialism spokespersons".

teleSUR

January 24, 2012

Revolutionary Jose Maria Sison on US Imperialism and a Way Forward for the Philippines

The US government claims he's a supporter of terrorism. Millions of others consider Sison a Marxist theorist and revolutionary.

In 2002, seemingly out of nowhere, then US Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that the USA henceforth considered the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and their armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), to be terrorist organizations. Additionally, they labeled a long-time Philippine revolutionary leader and theorist—Jose Maria Sison—to be a supporter of terrorism. Sison had been living in exile in the Netherlands. Read more.

George Soros: Riots, police state and class war for America

Billionaire investor George Soros has a new prediction for America. While it might be as dire as it gets for the financial wiz, this bet concerns more than just the value of the buck. According to Soros, there's about to be an all-out class war.

Soros, 81, previously bet against the British pound in the early 90s and made $1 billion off its collapse. Read more.

EU urges Greece to close deal with creditors



Greece's rescue plan is off track, so the country needs to take fast and decisive action. The euro zone finance ministers delivered this message at a meeting in Brussels. The leaders urged Athens to complete the stalled talks with its private creditors as a precondition to receiving a second bailout. The goal is to reduce Greece's massive debt by having its private lenders receive half of what they are owed.

The ministers said Greece's creditors should receive average interest rates lower than 4 percent on the debt they hold. Read more.

PressTV

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Dow, S&P end lower as investors worry about uncertain Greece debt deal, US corporate earnings - Washington Post

IMF predicts EU recession for 2012 - PressTV

EU to push Israel, Palestinians to return to full peace talks

EU's top diplomat Catherine Ashton to meet Israeli, Palestinian leaders over next two days; EU is trying to extend exploratory peace talks beyond Thursday deadline.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders over the next two days to try to push exploratory peace talks beyond a Thursday deadline and back to full negotiations. Read more.

Five Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza, Hamas Official Abducted

‘Israeli’ forces have carried out five airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, eyewitnesses said.

The Zionist air force claimed that its warplanes targeted “an arms factory” in the center of the Palestinian territory and also three tunnels allegedly used for smuggling contraband. Read more.

Al Manar

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Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza, no injuries - Ma'an
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Israeli troops 'raid east Salfit village' - Ma'an

Occupy WEF’s Davos message – “Don’t let them decide for you”

In an empty, snow-covered parking lot about a mile outside of the center of the gathering of the world’s elite, the Occupy Davos activists have set up a small camp of igloos and yutes. There are no badges or panels at this gathering – most of the day’s work is focused on building (and re-building) the camp’s series of tunnels and igloos. The handful of activists at the camp on Tuesday were upbeat, but realistic about their chances of changing the World Economic Forum’s agenda.

The Occupy Davos movement, members said, had no real coordination with the protests going on in the U.S., though a few activists came from other areas of Europe and the U.S. Read more + video.


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Colombia, the world's most dangerous country for trade union



In Colombia, 26 trade unionist have lost their life in 2011 in the discharge of their duties according to human rights organisations' informations.

This country is ranking first worldwide in violence against trade unionists. One of the most recent cases occured in Putumayo where a worker and his wife have been killed after participating in a debate on low salaries in presence of oil companies' members. The impunity makes the situation even worst.

Saudi forces fire on Qatif protesters

Several Saudi protesters have been injured in an attack by security forces on a demonstration in the Qatif region of the Eastern Province, Press TV reports.

On Tuesday, Saudi security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Qatif that protested against the ruling Al Saud regime. Some of the wounded are reportedly in critical condition. Read more.

PressTV

Pro-Gaddafi forces strike back, 'Libya out of control'



Fighting has broken out in Libya between supporters of former leader Muammar Gaddafi and forces loyal to the new government.

The head of the National Transitional Council has warned that the country is on the verge of returning to a state of civil war. Our correspondent Maria Finoshina says the NTC doesn't control the situation in Libya.

RT

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Oil-for-gold: Iran to dodge US ban with metal shield?



The EU has delivered on its threat to ban the import of crude oil from Iran, in response to its nuclear programme. 

The latest round of sanctions prohibits any new oil contracts, while allowing for existing deals to run until July. But Tehran is apparently finding ways to keep business pumping.

Reports say Iran will keep supplying one of its biggest customers - India - but will get payment in gold instead of dollars.

RT

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Listening Post - Murder in Tehran



How the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist has exposed the double standards of the international news media.

Murder in Tehran could be the title of the latest Hollywood blockbuster, but this is not a movie.

On January 11, the fourth Iranian nuclear scientist to be assassinated in two years was blown up by a magnetic bomb attached to his car door. And while the media did not reveal Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan's assassin, they did reveal their own agendas and double standards. Read more.

Spain concerned by EU oil embargo on Iran



Many people in Spain are concerned by the E.U.'s recent decision to enact an embargo against oil from Iran, in order to pressure Tehran to resume negotiations regarding its nuclear program.

Iran is Spain's main provider of oil.

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Occupy: de comeback van de jeugd

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Niet Steve Jobs, niet Barack Obama, niet Mark Zuckerberg of Mark Rutte, maar de demonstrant werd onlangs door TIME gekozen tot persoon van het jaar 2011. Wie is de nieuwe demonstrant?

Na 20 jaar rust op straat is de jeugd terug. Eerst in Tunesië, Cairo en Damascus, nu ook in Moskou en zelfs op onze eigen pleinen. Van New York tot Rome en van Madrid tot Amsterdam kamperen jongeren in het zicht van de banken en beursgebouwen die hun toekomst verkwanselden.

Wie zijn deze demonstranten? Tegenlicht zocht het uit, via portretten en videodagboeken, gemaakt door demonstranten zelf.

Magic mushrooms may help with depression, say leading scientists

Active ingredient could allow sufferers to relive happier times, says team including former government adviser David Nutt

A drug derived from magic mushrooms could help people with depression by enabling them to relive positive and happy moments of their lives, according to scientists including the former government drug adviser, Professor David Nutt. Read more.

January 23, 2012

Medical Marijuana Research Could Soon Yield Prescriptions

SAN FRANCISCO - A quarter-century after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, additional medicines derived from or inspired by the cannabis plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, according to drug companies, small biotech firms and university scientists.

A British company, GW Pharma, is in advanced clinical trials for the world's first pharmaceutical developed from raw marijuana instead of synthetic equivalents— a mouth spray it hopes to market in the U.S. as a treatment for cancer pain. Read more.

Huffington Post

BP and EU lobbied U.S. on Iran sanctions: sources

(Reuters) - BP Plc, the British government and the European Union lobbied U.S. lawmakers to have a BP-led project exempted from proposed new U.S. sanctions which seek to stop Western companies doing business with Iran, sources close to the matter said.

U.S. lawmakers are mulling new sanctions to constrict the funding that Western nations suspect Iran is using to develop nuclear weapons. Read more.