May 31, 2012

More than 101 reasons to use coconut as a home remedy to improve your health naturally

(NaturalNews) Coconuts are a versatile superfood providing nutrition, health benefits, and amazing medicinal properties all wrapped in one delicious package.

Coconuts are totally natural, easily available and affordable; and every part of the fruit is useful. Read more.

‘EU gap grows: Austerity or free rights?’



EU's Economics Commissioner Olli Rehn said that a "default or disintegration" would likely cause much greater pain for Europe's citizens than further unpopular austerity.

Rehn warned on Thursday that European leaders must anchor their actions in more austerity if the eurozone is to avoid "disintegration" and "depression” amid the economic crisis. Read more.

PressTV

Miners’ strike: 14 injured as thousands rally in Madrid



At least 14 people have been injured, including two journalists and eight policemen, during a demonstration of nearly 10,000 miners in Madrid. Clashes have erupted as workers from all over Spain protested against the budget cuts to the industry.

­The clashes started with miners throwing firecrackers at police officers surrounding the Ministry of Industry building. Police had to disperse the violent crowd using batons, reportedly firing rubber bullets as well. Read more + photos.

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Damascus finds armed groups responsible for Houla massacre, US does not believe



The Syrian government says the massacre of more than a hundred people in the Syrian town of Houla was the work of armed terrorist gangs. This, as the U.S. Secretary of State admits military planning for action in Syria is already going ahead, but Moscow has vowed to block any moves for outside interference at the UN.

Activist Sara Flounders talks to RT. She says Washington was never interested in a diplomatic solution in Syria.

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US corporate-sponsored channels propagate wars: Analyst

The number of the primetime viewers of America’s mainstream cable news network CNN has dropped to its lowest in over 20 years.

According to the latest figures in the United States, the network had its lowest-rated month in over a decade in April. Read more + video.

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Mental Health Movement Resists Chicago Austerity Measures



Chicago Shuts Down 6 of the City’s 12 public mental health centers, moves towards privatization of services  

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Study: Marijuana Linked to Lower Mortality Rate for Patients with Psychotic Disorders

According to a new study, the use of cannabis is associated with lower mortality risk in patients with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders.

May 30, 2012  | The use of cannabis is associated with lower mortality risk in patients with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders, according to a forthcoming study to be published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. Read more.

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OWS Week

Chicago Shut down Boeing protests, Teachers Union demos, Quebec solidarity demos New York, Occupy General assembly meeting, Occupy farms



This episode of the show covers the Chicago Boeing protests, Teachers' Union demos and Stand Up Chicago anti-corporate tax dodgers protest.

OWS Week's correspondents also attended the Occupy general assembly for planning in Washington and Chicago and compiled a report on Occupy farms: A movement to counter genetically modified crops.

Protests Against Brutal Repression and Draconian Law in Quebec



Lawyers join students in protest against Quebec Bill 78

Facts in Scientific Drug Literature May Not Be

ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) — A growing concern with fraud and misconduct in published drug studies has led researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research to investigate the extent and reasons for retractions in the research.

"We were surprised to find the proportion of retractions due to scientific misconduct in the drug literature is higher than in general biomedical literature," said Simon Pickard, associate professor of pharmacy practice and senior author of a study published in the journal Pharmacotherapy. Read more.

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NASA: East Japan quake/ Tsunami disturbed upper atmosphere

WASHINGTON -- The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit eastern Japan last year wreaked havoc in the skies above as well, disturbing electrons in the upper atmosphere, NASA reported.

The waves of energy from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that were so destructive on the ground reached into the ionosphere, a part of the upper atmosphere that stretches from about 50 to 500 miles (80 to 805 km) above Earth's surface. Read more.

Argentine government tightens dollar exchange controls



Over the past decades, Argentina’s peso currency has lost the struggle as a money-saving shelter against US dollar.

Thousands of Argentineans have long gone in search of greenbacks for the future with millions worth of capital flowing out of the country in recent months. Read more.

China to start direct currency trading with Japan

SHANGHAI -- China and Japan have agreed to start direct trading of their currencies from June 1 as Beijing moves toward making the yuan more of a global currency.

Until now, China has only allowed direct trading between the yuan and the U.S. dollar, under tight limits that have been loosened only gradually. Read more.


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Pakistan wants close ties with Russia: PM Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan is keen to promote cooperation with Russia in defence, energy, narcotics control, and trade sectors He was speaking to Ambassador Zamir N. Kabulov, Russian President's Special Envoy on Afghanistan, who called on him at PM's House here Wednesday.

He said that enormous commonalities existed between Pakistan and Russia on regional issues and bilateral cooperation. Read more.

Pashtuns urge withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan



Pakhtuns from Afghanistan and Pakistan held a two-day National jirga in metropolis Peshawar with the efforts to find ways to end the years-long insecurity, unrest and violence on their region which they believed has been caused by the US invasion of Afghanistan.

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ACTA rejected by EU Parliament committees in crucial vote

The European Parliament has opposed the controversial ACTA treaty, after three of its influential committees said the trade agreement should be rejected.

The Legal Affairs Committee (JURI), the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) all voted against implementing the agreement, which caused mass protests in several European countries this year. Read more.

Quebec student protests: legal challenge to Bill 78 delayed to Friday

MONTREAL - A legal challenge against Quebec's controversial protest law will now be heard Friday.

The case was scheduled to proceed today but a spokeswoman for one of the student federations contesting the law says logistical reasons forced the delay. Read more

Alison Redford At Bilderberg: Alberta Premier Attends Shadowy Meeting Of Global Influence-Wielders

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford is defending a $19,000 trip to a private meeting of world government and business leaders in Virginia this week.

Wildrose Opposition Leader Danielle Smith says Redford's taxpayer-funded trip to the Bilderberg conference near Washington, D.C., will serve only to beef up Redford's resume. Read more.


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Ireland's Test Vote on Merkel's Fiscal Pact

High-Stakes Referendum

All of Europe is looking to Ireland as the country prepares to vote on Thursday in a referendum on the unpopular fiscal compact for greater budgetary discipline. If the Irish reject the new treaty, it won't just be a major blow to its main advocate Angela Merkel. It could also spark panic on the financial markets. 

Though past referendums on European Union issues in Ireland have proven to be problematic, this time things are expected to go off without a hitch. Read more.

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Fareed Zakaria's Neo-Liberal Defense of Germany



Zakaria's (of CNN and Time Magazine) analysis of the Greek crisis is nonsense that misses the entire context of the problem

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'It's in Europe's Interest to Lift the Austerity Diktat'

Greek Leftist Leader Alexis Tsipras

Alexis Tsipras, head of the leftist Syriza party, wants an end to austerity in Greece. Ahead of Greek general elections in mid-June, he speaks with SPIEGEL about the dangers his country poses to the euro, the failure of economization measures thus far and why Chancellor Angela Merkel would be to blame if the Greek economy collapses.

Tsipras, the 37-year-old rising star in Greek politics, lays his Ray-Ban sunglasses on the table. Read more.


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EU places Spain on top of list of Europe critical economies

The European Commission says Spain is on top of the list of the eurozone 12 critical economies as new reports show investors flee Spain amid the deepening financial crisis.

Affected by Greece’s economic woes, the Commission on Wednesday listed Spain and Cyprus as two European states in "very serious" trouble. Read more.

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May 30, 2012

Sovereignty over Water Demanded in Chile

Santiago de Chile, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Opposition MPs and civil society organizations warned today on water privatization in Chile and demanded recovering sovereignty over this resource.

"In all countries water is a national asset for public use and not a commodity, while Chile is the only country in the world where water is private, said the senator and outgoing president of the Senate, Guido Girardi. Read more.

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Cuba: State Visit Deepens Relations With Iran

With the second Iranian state visit to Cuba, the vice-president of Iran seeks to give a further boost to the already-friendly bilateral relations between two of the fiercest US enemies.

Alì Saeed Lou arrived yesterday in Havana for the second state visit on the island led by the communist regime of Raul Castro. Read more.

Chavez Talks of Venezuela's Relations with Colombia

Caracas, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government wants to maintain and strengthen relations of friendship with the Republic of Colombia, President Hugo Chavez reiterated.

"You will not go to be derailed us. You will not reach it and I am sure that President Juan Manuel Santos will be firm there (in Colombia)," Chavez stated during a Council of Ministers held at the Miraflores Palace. Read more.

FARC releases French journalist

FARC rebels in Colombia released French journalist Romeo Langlois to negotiators on Wednesday at 1:30PM, after a month-long international effort to free the kidnapped reporter.

"I have never been tied up. I was treated like a guest," Langlois said upon liberation. "Hopefully the army will continue to take journalists to conflict areas." Read more.


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No agreement yet on transition; peace panels to refer issue to principals

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/29 May) — The executive session between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels ended Monday with both panels agreeing to refer the issue on transition to their respective principals and returned for the second-day talks Tuesday to discuss power and wealth sharing.

“That’s still a rough area,” Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed, the Malaysian facilitator, said, referring to transition. Read more.

China, Phillippines agree to show restraint



Defence chiefs from China and the Philippines agreed to show restraint in the South China Sea as a stand-off over Huangyan island continues.

The two met on the sidelines of an ASEAN defence meeting in Phnom Penh. Chinese defence minister Liang Guanglie reaffirmed that Huangyan Island is the indisputable territory of China. Read more.

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Iran produces software to detect and neutralize Flame virus

The head of Information Technology Organization of Iran says the country’s experts have managed to produce antivirus software that can spot and remove the newly detected computer virus Flame.

Ali Hakim Javadi said Wednesday that the antivirus defense was produced by the MAHER center, the Iranian national computer emergency response team. Read more.

Russia will veto military intervention in Syria at UNSC - Foreign Ministry

Russia is firmly dedicated not to let pass an initiative of foreign military intervention into Syria in the UN Security Council.

­“We always said we’re strongly against any kind of external interference into the Syrian conflict, because it would only worsen the situation and bring unpredictable consequences for Syria and the whole region,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax. Read more.


Ehud Barak: If negotiations fail, Israel must consider unilateral withdrawal from West Bank

Israel's defense minister says current broad governing coalition presents an opportunity for progress in talks with the Palestinians.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday that Israel should consider unilateral moves if negations with the Palestinians fail to bear fruit. Read more.

Israeli Soldiers Invade Various Neighborhoods in Hebron

Several neighborhoods in the city of Hebron were invaded on Wednesday morning by Israeli soldiers who then proceeded to take photographs of several homes in the area.

The WAFA News Agency reported that Israeli soldiers stormed as-Salam Street and the as-Saheb neighborhood in the south of Hebron, invaded several homes and took pictures of the properties. Read more.

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Film on U.S. oil companies shown at film festival



The Venezuelan documentary, "Petroleum Company", was presented at the 14th annual Human Rights Film Festival, being held in Buenos Aires.

The documentary describes the involvement of the United States in the oil industry of Venezuela. It describes the struggle of Venezuela's people to regain control of their country's natural resources.

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Quebec Student Movement Grows with Popular Support



People from Montreal's communities bang pots and pans to show support as students broaden demands

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US drone strikes kill 31 in 72 hours



US terror drones and attack helicopters have killed 31 people in Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan over the course of 72 hours.

A non-UN sanctioned US assassination drone strike in the southern Yemeni province of Bayda left seven people dead on Monday. The drone fired missiles on a convoy of three cars near the town of Radda, 160 kilometers south of the Yemeni capital Sana'a.

A local official said the target of the strike was al-Qaeda's leader in Bayda province, Qaed al-Dahab, and his brother, both of whom escaped uninjured.

PressTV

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Puerto Rico Demands Release of Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera

San Juan, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Dozens of people demanded the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera, who turns today 31 years in jail in U.S. for fighting for the independence of Puerto Rico.

The demand for the release of Lopez Rivera, whom the government believes led the extinct National Liberation Armed Forces (FALN) of Puerto Rico in Chicago and New York, occurred at the Capitol, headquarters of the Legislative Assembly, in the entry of the so-called Old San Juan. Read more.

Russia slashes U.S. report on human rights

MOSCOW, May 28 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday called "non-objective" a human rights report published by the U.S. State Department last Thursday.

"The part concerning Russia is not objective. The American partners, unfortunately, do not want to notice the massive works being done by the Russian leadership," Konstantin Dolgov, the ministry's representative for human rights, democracy and law, said in a comment. Read more.

Chinese Foreign Ministry: US human rights report biased


China’s Foreign Ministry says the US State Department’s annual human rights report is "filled with bias".

The remark comes after the US State Department released the annual report, saying human rights conditions in China had “deteriorated”. Read more.


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May 29, 2012

U.S. Not Qualified to Talk about Human Rights Issue, Issue of People′s Living: DPRK FM Spokesman

Pyongyang, May 29 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry issued the following statement on Tuesday denouncing the U.S. for malignantly slandering the DPRK and other independent countries opposed to its hegemony in the "2011 human rights report" on May 24:

It is the inveterate bad habit of the U.S. to regard the human rights issue as a political tool for realizing its strategy for world domination. The U.S. considers any country kowtowing to it as "guiltless" but declares any country opposed to its domination "guilty" without verifying truth about human rights. This is the real picture of the trial of human rights issues repeated by the U.S. every year. Read more.

Statement: Venezuela Rejects Human Rights Report Presented by U.S.

The Venezuelan government has strongly denounced the “Human Rights Report” published by the U.S. State Department last Thursday in an official statement.

The Attorney General of the Republic, Luisa Ortega Diaz, stated her opinion yesterday that the U.S. lacks the moral authority to issue human rights reports on other countries. Read more.

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Truth behind BBC’s vicious tactic

Britain’s state-run broadcast BBC has been heavily criticized for using a fake photo of Iraqi dead children in order to sell a new NATO-led invasion, this time targeting Syria.

On May, 2012, the BBC published a photo showing several rows of dead Iraqi children to illustrate a recent massacre in the Syrian city of Houla. Read more.

PressTV

Turning healthy people into psychiatric patients

Diagnoses of psychiatric conditions like ADHD have increased explosively in recent years. Dutch experts say boisterous or easily-distracted children are being wrongly labelled as patients, largely to make money for pharmaceutical companies. They are afraid the new internationally-used manual for psychiatry unnecessarily brands even more healthy people as sick.

In 2008, Professor Roel Verheul, an expert in the field of personality disorders, was proud to be asked to take part in the preparations for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). However, in April this year, he and Canadian colleague John Livesley resigned from the personality disorder working group after having repeatedly criticized – to no avail - the contents of the US ‘bible of psychiatry’. Read more.

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Dead on arrival? Dutch Parliament kills ACTA before EU vote

Lawmakers in Holland have voted to strike down the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), slammed by many as a free speech and information access choker. Dutch MPs have also ruled the government will never sign any such agreement.

The Dutch parliamentarians have opted not to wait for the EU’s vote on ACTA which is set for June, with consultations kicking off already this Thursday. Read more.

Guldenmark? Geuro? What’s next for the eurozone?


Guldenmark – it doesn’t sound pretty, but political economy expert Markus Kerber says the introduction of the new parallel currency in the eurozone is part of a necessary Plan B to save debt ridden EU states from sinking for good.

“We need to have a parallel currency in current account surplus countries to give them a bank of stability,”Markus Kerber, professor of political economy at Berlin Institute of Technology, told RT. Read more.

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Demonstrations against Shafik are spreading to Alexandria



Egyptian demonstrators took the streets of Alexandria in order to protest against the candidacy of the former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik who will be running against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi.

The runoff election will be held next Sunday.

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Fukushima-contaminated tuna caught off California coast

A new study has revealed elevated radioactivity in bluefin tuna caught off the coast of San Diego, California. Contamination concerns have plagued Japan after a massive earthquake and nuclear crisis rocked the country over a year ago.

­A fish prized for its market value and as a delicacy in sushi restaurants worldwide, bluefin tuna are known for their great migratory patterns that start in coastal Japanese waters and span the entire Pacific Ocean, taking them as far San Diego. Read more.


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EDITORIAL: We support plan to phase out nuclear power as early as possible

An industry ministry panel has put forward a range of proposals for the government’s new basic energy plan.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster has prompted the government to set out to develop a new plan for Japan’s energy future, which is expected to include the composition of the nation’s power sources in 2030. Read more.

Chilean students and workers protest against high cost of living



Thousands of Chilean students and workers protested against the high cost of living in demonstrations that took place close to the National Congress while it was presenting the third annual government report.

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Syrische volk is belangrijkste verliezer van bloedbad in Houla

De wereld reageert met afschuw op de slachtpartij in Houla, niet ver van de opstandige steden Homs en Hama in centraal Syrië. Dinsdag is nog onduidelijk wie er verantwoordelijk is. Maar onafgezien van de verantwoordelijken, is alvast de schade voor het Syrische regime enorm.

Volgens de berichten zijn er 116 mensen gedood, vooral vrouwen en kinderen die op gruwelijke wijze zijn geëxecuteerd. Lees verder.

Blackwater agents involved in Syria unrest: Political analyst

The agents of the US company Blackwater are operating inside Syria and are involved in the deadly turmoil in the Arab country that began in March 2011, a political analyst tells Press TV.

“We have real evidence now that the Blackwater company is working in Syrian territories,” said Taleb Ibrahim, a political analyst from Damascus, in an interview with Press TV on Monday. Read more + video.

Pro-Palestine protesters disrupt Israeli performance

Pro-Palestine campaigners have disrupted a performance by the Israeli regime’s theatre company at London's Globe Theatre by standing up during the performance with Palestinian flags and banners denouncing “The Israeli Apartheid regime.”

On May 28, when Israel’s Habima Company was performing Shakespeare's ‘The Merchant Of Venice’ during the Globe to Globe festival, a group of 15 demonstrators started waving Palestinian flags. Read more.


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Top student negotiator arrested just moments after Quebec tuition talks close

MONTREAL — Tuition talks are set to resume today after riot police moved in during a Quebec City protest Monday night and arrested 84 people. Among those detained was Philippe Lapointe, chief negotiator for hardline student group C.L.A.S.S.E.

The group said a negotiator named Justin Arcand had also yet to be released from custody, but a source said only one negotiator was held and later released. Read more.

Julian Assange's 'The World Tomorrow': Occupy Movement


The Occupy movement has united hundreds of thousands across the world to fight social and economic inequality.

In the latest edition of Assange's very own interview programme Julian Assange meets with prominent Occupy activists who say their collective efforts target global institutions.

Greek Misery: Looted, suicidal, desperate



Facebook fury has forced the head of the International Monetary Fund to express sympathy with Greece's financial struggle. Christine Lagarde caused outrage by saying she had more sympathy for poor African children than Greeks suffering economic problems.

She suggested that the Greek culture of tax evasion was the main cause of their hardship, prompting tens of thousands of furious messages on her page. For more on the story RT talks to George Katroungalos, attorney and professor of international law.

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FARC questions the anti-drug operation



FARC's commander, Colacho Mendoza questioned the "alleged" anti-drug operation conducted by the government, where the French journalist Romeo Langlois was detained a month ago.

teleSUR

Mexican students demand to democratize the media



The young Mexicans of the movement "Yo soy 132" (I Am 132), went to the Federal Electoral Institute to demand the national chain transmission of the second presidential debate which is scheduled on June 10.

The movement members have proposed to democratize the media in order to generate different visions of the candidates before the elections day.

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Occupy London Global Spring Day



Inca Stafrace reports that on 12 May 2012, the Occupy, Indignados and Take the Square movements all over the world called for a global day of action which saw thousands of people taking to the streets.

This piece is a detailed report of how the Occupy London's day progressed fom talks in St Paul's Cathedral to 11 arrests under section 14 of the 1986 Public Order Act at the Bank of England.

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UK anti-cuts group holds rally in London



This is parliament in 2012. Where the British flag flies high and the politicians make their decisions. And on this unusually sunny day in London, there's a good old British street party going on. But it's not a celebration.

Press TV's Nargess Moballeghi reports from London.

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May 28, 2012

WHO condemns Israel Gaza blockade



The general assembly of the World Health Organization "WHO" has adopted a draft resolution submitted by Arab countries condemning the Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip, calling for an end to the closures and restrictions at Gaza crossings.

Press TV's Yousef al-Helou reports from Gaza.

Quebec students, government to resume negotiations over tuition increases

MONTREAL — Quebec students and the provincial government will return to the bargaining table on Monday in a high-stakes attempt to put an end to a months-long dispute over tuition fees.

The latest round of talks comes at a crucial time for the Quebec government, with thousands taking to the streets nightly in protest and Montreal’s peak tourist season fast approaching. Read more.


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TEPCO plans removal of unused nuclear fuel as early as July

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is giving thought to removing unused nuclear fuel stored in the pool of the No. 4 reactor of its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant as early as July, sources said.

The issue was expected to be discussed at a May 28 meeting between central government and TEPCO officials to determine medium- and long-term measures for decommissioning the reactors at the stricken facility northeast of Tokyo. Read more.


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Commercial Sale of Firearms and Ammunition Banned in Venezuela

Mérida, 25th May 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – From 1 June the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition will be banned in Venezuela, confirmed Venezuelan Justice and Interior Relations minister Tareck El Aissami yesterday.

Since the measure was first passed on 29 February over 805,000 rounds of ammunition have been recovered by Venezuelan authorities as part of an auditing process of gun stores. Read more.

‘Blair is war criminal!’ Ex-PM cut down during media inquiry



An activist interrupted Tony Blair at a media ethics inquiry, breaking in to accuse the former PM of war crimes. But while the man was dragged out of sight, the allegations of unethical behavior will likely trail Blair for some time.

In a quintessentially British way, the activist greeted onlookers with an appeal to excuse him before launching into a tirade in which he shouted “This man [Tony Blair] should be arrested for war crimes!” Read more.

RT

Guns & Prayers: Syrian rebels 'major clients' of Lebanese arms dealers



And as the strife in Syria drags on - the rebels are getting strong support from Lebanon. Everything from medical treatment to weapons.

And as RT's Maria Finoshina reports, it's not just profit driving the daily and deadly trade in guns.

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Powerful "Flame" cyber weapon found in Iran

(Reuters) - Security experts discovered a highly complex computer virus in Iran and the Middle East that they believe was deployed at least five years ago to engage in state-sponsored espionage.

Evidence suggest that the virus, dubbed Flame, may have been built on behalf of the same nation that commissioned the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran's nuclear program in 2010, according to Kaspersky Lab, the Russian cyber security software maker that claimed responsibility for discovering the virus. Read more.

Russia calls for internet revolution

Russia backed by China and India is pushing through a takeover of the internet by a UN supranational agency to make the web truly universal. The aim of the plan is to standardize the behavior of countries concerning information and cyberspace.

­Leading emerging economies supported by other United Nations members initiated the discussion around handing over internet regulation to a UN agency. At present it is controlled by private shareholders. Read more.


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AFRICOM Expands Mission In Africa



Maurice Carney: A U.S.-based unit has been selected as the Army's first "regionally aligned" brigade, and by next year its soldiers could begin conducting operations in Africa.

Tens of thousands protest against Morocco government

CASABLANCA, Morocco — Tens of thousands of Moroccans took to the streets of Casablanca on Sunday in the largest opposition protest since an Islamist-led government took office, reflecting mounting tensions over unemployment and other social woes.

The protest was organised by trade unions which accuse Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of failing to deliver on the pledges of social justice that brought his party to power in the wake of the Arab Spring. Read more.

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US assassination drones kill 8 in northwestern Pakistan

A US assassination drone strike has killed eight people and injured several others in the northwestern Pakistan tribal region near the Afghan border.

The attack took place in the Hassokhel town, 25 kilometers east of Miranshah, the main town of the North Waziristan area early on Monday, an Urdu-language Pakistani TV channel, Dunya News reported. Read more.


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UK secret courts plan conceals MI6's role in rendition

The British government's plans to expand secret hearing into civil courts could dash hopes of the disclosure of MI6’s role in the illegal rendition of two Libyans tortured under Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

Sami al-Saadi and Abdel Hakim Belhadj are expected to begin legal action against Jack Straw, the British former foreign secretary, and the British government next month, accusing them of complicity in their illegal rendition and torture. Read more.


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China : US human rights report is full of distoration & false accusations



China has hit back at the US State Department’s controversial annual human rights report, saying it is full of distortion and false accusations. 

China says the US should stop pointing its finger at human rights situations in other countries and regions, a notorious practice of interfering in their internal affairs. Read more.

Crossover: Opinion on US human rights report



China has hit back at the US State Department's controversial annual human rights report, saying it is full of distortion and false accusations.

China says the US should stop pointing its finger at human rights situations in other countries and regions, a notorious practice of interfering in their internal affairs. In a further response, China has released its own report into the US's Human Rights Record last year. Read more.


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Wasps released to protect wild fruit forest in Xinjiang

URUMQI, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Forestry scientists have released 800,000 wasps into Asia's largest wild fruit forest this summer, hoping they will kill many of the beetles threatening it.

"It's the fourth time we have released parasitic wasps to destroy the insects eating the apple trees. The measure has so far proved very effective," said Wang Zhiyong, researcher at Chinese Academy of Forestry. Read more.

Anarchy vs. London Olympics: Radicals prepare war on ‘police state’

Anarchists in Britain “don’t want rich tourists,” they want “civil war.” As the London Olympics draw nearer, those flying the black flag are going for gold in sabotage.

On the eve of the Olympic Games, the Federazione Anarchica Informale (FAI) seems fired up by unprecedented security measures being taken by British police. The British cell of the Italian anarchist group finds the “escalating police state frankly offensive.” Read more.


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Mali government rejects north's independence



Official categorically rejects idea of Islamic Azawad state declared by Tuareg separatists and Ansar Dine fighters.

Mali's embattled transitional government has rejected the declaration by an alliance of northern rebels of an independent Islamic Tuareg state. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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UN Security Council holds urgent meeting over Houla massacre

The UN Security Council has convened for an urgent session in New York to hear a report over the shelling in Syria's Houla, which killed at least 90 people on Friday. Britain and France are pressing for a statement condemning the Syrian government.

­Norwegian General Robert Mood, who heads the UN observer mission in Syria, tells the Assembly 116 people were killed, 300 injured in massacre in Houla, reports Reuters. Read more.


Palestinian farmers injured near Gaza 'buffer zone'

The agricultural sector in the Gaza Strip has been struggling to cope with the Israeli so-called buffer zone along the border fence east of the impoverished territory.

In 2008, Israel declared a 300 meter no-go area and anyone who ventures inside risks being shot by the Israeli army. Read more + video.

‘P5+1 demands from Iran, never-ending’


Interview with political commentator, Ralph Shoenman

The demands of Western powers regarding Iran’s nuclear case are acts of war designed to undermine the Iranian government, which will not come to an end and will continually increase, an analyst says.

The comment comes as the Iranian envoy to the UN, Mohammad Khazaei, has lashed out at the warmongering remarks by Israeli officials regarding military strikes against Iran, stating that such comments are a threat to international peace. Read more.

Chávez's economics lesson for Europe

Hugo Chávez's rejection of the neoliberal policies dragging Europe down sets a hopeful example to Greece and beyond

Some years ago, travelling on the presidential plane of Hugo Chávez of Venezuela with a French friend from Le Monde Diplomatique, we were asked what we thought was happening in Europe. Read more.

The Guardian

Commotie om nieuw handboek psychiatrie

sitestat

In mei 2013 moet er een nieuw handboek komen om psychiatrische ziekten te herkennen en benoemen. Er is nu veel commotie rondom de nieuwe criteria die opgesteld zijn. Volgens critici leiden deze tot medicalisering van normaal gedrag.

Het boek heeft grote invloed op de Nederlandse geestelijke gezondheidszorg. Verzekeraars vergoeden alleen een behandeling die gebaseerd zijn op diagnosen uit het betreffende handboek.

Eenvandaag

Protest or block party? 10,000 Canadians take to the streets



Demonstrating in Canada does not necessarily mean clashing with riot police. Some 10,000 protesters on the streets of Montreal proved it by turning a Saturday march into a free-spirited festival resembling the world-famous Love Parade.

­Protesters, most of them students, waved everything from the flag of Quebec to banners denouncing the latest national emergency laws curtailing the right to demonstrate. Read more + photos.

They Do Not Represent Us: Barcelona 12M-15M



From May 12-May 15th, protesters throughout Spain marked the first anniversary of the 15M movement by re-taking the streets and squares of over 80 cities. 


The 15M movement inspired people all over the world to occupy their local squares, to self-organize general assemblies and to build networks of solidarity in the face of severe economic policy. This short documentary documents the 15M anniversary protests in Barcelona.

WB Jourdan

Nosaltres

 Manifesto against repression in Barcelona




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Malian rebels and Islamist fighters merge

Two groups that took control of north Mali agree to merge and create an Islamic state in area the size of France.

The two groups that seized control of Mali's north have announced that they agreed to merge and create an independent Islamic state in the northern half of the west African nation. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Mali Tuaregs, Islamist rebels agree to merge, create new state - Reuters
Interim Mali PM meets ECOWAS chief over crisis - France24      

Severe Nuclear Reactor Accidents Likely Every 10 to 20 Years, European Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (May 22, 2012) — Western Europe has the worldwide highest risk of radioactive contamination caused by major reactor accidents.

Catastrophic nuclear accidents such as the core meltdowns in Chernobyl and Fukushima are more likely to happen than previously assumed. Read more.

ScienceDaily

Jordanian activists protest nuclear reactor plan

AMMAN, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of Jordanian activists on Saturday demonstrated in protest of their country's plan to build a nuclear reactor.

At the sit-in in front of the prime ministry's headquarters, the activists denounced the plan as detrimental to the environment, saying the project entails environmental and health risks. Read more.


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Nuclear-Strength Kola

TOL Special Report: In Russia’s northwest, a scrappy bunch of young environmentalists faces off against a powerful nuclear lobby.

MOSCOW | Murmansk Oblast in northern Russia has one of the highest concentrations of nuclear energy on earth. Nuclear submarines and icebreakers of the Russian Northern Fleet sail the White and Barents seas, and the Kola nuclear power plant is still going strong nearly 40 years after its first reactor hummed into life. Read more.

TOL

U.S. Personalities Demand Freedom for the Cuban Five

San Francisco, USA, May 26 (Prensa Latina) Artists, intellectuals and scholars reiterated the demand for the release of four Cuban antiterrorists imprisoned in U.S. jails and another held against his will in this country.

The writer Alice Walker, actor Danny Glover and filmmaker Saul Landau, among other U.S. personalities joined the Cuban intellectual Miguel Barnet and a group of scholars of his country, who traveled to San Francisco to participate in the 30th Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), in the claim for the return of The Five to their homeland. Read more.

Prensa Latina

Not guilty: Socrates narrowly acquitted 2,400 years after death

Crisis-enduring Greece received a bit of hope for belated justice. A re-trial of Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates in Athens, the very city that sentenced him to death in 399 BC, ended with his acquittal.

A panel of ten judges from Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland and the United States was hearing the case at the event at the Onassis Foundation. Five of them cast their votes for “guilty” verdict while five other said “not guilty”. Read more.

RT

When Arabs devise devilish plan

The recently declared plan by the members of Persian Gulf Cooperation Council to annex the soil of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia and form a greater Arab union attests that the tyrannical and merciless rulers of Arab sheikhdoms in the Persian Gulf are still obliviously living in the colonial era, dating back to the early 1550s, when the world's major colonial powers relied on the power of arms and ammunitions to conquer and attain new territories and put the rivals' nose out of joint in a conspicuous show-off of muscle-flexing.

It's more than one year that the spirited, courageous youths of Bahrain have refused to leave the streets of capital Manama and other major cities of the country, continuously demanding the downfall of the dictatorial regime of Al Khalifa which is unconditionally financed, armed and backed by the United States and its puppet allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Read more.

Tom Waits - "God's Away On Business"

Wist je dat? Onthutsende cijfers over de eurocrisis

Het begint stilaan op een systeemcrisis te lijken. De economie draait vierkant, de sociale malaise neemt hand over hand toe en de politieke wereld maakt er een puinhoop van. Dit kan zo niet blijven duren.

De afgelopen 14 maand zijn er in Syrië volgens de VN 9.000 doden gevallen. Dat is veel, maar wist je dat er in diezelfde periode in Hondurasen El Salvador samen zo’n 13.400 dodelijke slachtoffers vielen? Dat is verhoudingsgewijs 2,4 maal zoveel. In Mexico vielen tijdens de eerste drie maanden van dit jaar al meer dan 5.000 doden in de drugsoorlog. In Honduras alleen al werden sinds 2010 24 journalisten vermoord. Sancties, veroordelingen noch waarnemers. Lees verder.