August 31, 2012

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Celebrating the Blue Moon

A total of 120 archaeological sites and museums will be open free of charge on Friday evening under the light of the full moon, the month’s second.

Eighty-five sites will feature music and theatre performances, guided tours and film screenings on the same night. Read more.

Athens News

Bernanke: With unemployment ‘a grave concern,’ Fed will do more if conditions don’t improve

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — Chairman Ben Bernanke sent a clear message Friday that the Federal Reserve will do more to help the still-struggling U.S. economy.

His remarks left two questions: What exactly will the Fed do? And when? Read more.

Washington Post

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Bernanke hints additional moves to aid U.S. labor market, recovery - Xinhua

Rush to finalize package of measures

Representatives of the three parties in the coalition government are to continue talks over the weekend in a bid to overcome differences on 11.5 billion euros’ worth of painful new austerity measures that Greece must approve to clinch crucial rescue loans.

The package -- which is harsher than anticipated, foreseeing 4.5 billion euros in cuts to pensions -- was discussed by the Cabinet on Friday and is to be approved by party leaders on Monday. Read more.


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Spain’s Bankia reports massive loss



Nationalised Spanish lender Bankia has announced losses of 4.45 billion euros between January and June. That was worse than its total for the whole of 2011.

Immediately afterwards Spain’s national bank-rescue fund said it will inject emergency cash into Bankia to keep it solvent. It did not say how much. Read more.


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Report: U.S. General Dempsey says he does not want to be 'complicit' in Israeli attack on Iran

The Guardian reports that U.S. General Martin Dempsey said that an Israeli attack on Iran would delay but not stop its nuclear program.

The White House said on Thursday that it was closely studying a UN report that showed Iran has possibly expanded uranium enrichment machines and increased stockpiles of nuclear material. Read more.


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Assange blasts ‘perverse transnational totalitarianism’ – interview

The West’s “perverse” empire is leading to the collapse of human rights, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said. The whistleblower, currently holed up in the UK’s Ecuadorian embassy, expects to leave in a year if Sweden drops its case against him.

"The Swedish government could drop the case. I think this is the most likely scenario. Maybe after a thorough investigation of what happened they could drop the case,” Assange said, adding that he hopes his case will be solved through diplomacy “in between six and 12 months.” Read more.


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Ecuadorian columnist sentenced to jail and million dollars fine granted asylum in the US

A newspaper columnist who fled Ecuador after he was sentenced to jail and ordered to pay millions of dollars in a libel case pushed by President Rafael Correa has been granted asylum in the United States, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Emilio Palacio, a columnist at El Universo, one of Ecuador's leading newspapers, has been living in Miami since last year. Read more.

MercoPress

Former Colombian congresswoman sentenced to 32 years

Colombia's disgraced former Congresswoman Yidis Medina has been sentenced to 32 years for kidnapping, according to a press release from the Prosecutor General's Office on Friday.

The court found Medina guilty of the aggravated kidnapping of municipal officials Ricardo Sequea and Juan Carlos Carvajal Torres in 2000, and sentenced her to 32 years with a fine of 300 statutory minimum wages. Read more.

NAM resolved to nullify unipolar world order: Iran official



Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman reaffirms the Non-Aligned Movement’s (NAM) determination to transform the world’s unipolar structure and establish a global management system based on justice, Press TV reports.

“We (the NAM members) call for establishment of justice in the international relations and abolition of the monopoly on the global management system by a number of Western countries who have put their interests before everything and trample the other countries’ rights,” Ramin Mehmanparast said in an exclusive interview with Press TV on the sidelines of the 16th NAM Summit in the Iranian capital in Tehran on Friday. Read more.

No-fly zone over Syria 'not ruled out' by France, UK



Britain and France say they're not ruling out any options in Syria, including a military-enforced no-fly zone. The deadlocked UN Security Council has again held a meeting on the crisis, with Turkey also pushing for the creation of a buffer zone.

Professor Paul Sheldon Foote of California State University, who specializes in Middle Eastern affairs believes the US and its allies are using the humanitarian situation in Syria to pursue their agenda in the region.

RT

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UN chief urges Syria to end violence - Al Jazeera
Humanitarian aid to Syria must be neutral - Russia's UN ambassador - RT

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Summit fails to meet Turkey’s expactations - Hürriyet

Egypt activists call for Friday rally to voice 5 key demands

Revolutionaries call for Friday protest to demand trials for SCAF members with blood on their hands, release of military detainees, rejection of IMF loans, and LE1500 monthly minimum wage

Egyptian revolutionary groups are calling for a march on Friday evening in downtown Cairo to put their demands before President Mohamed Morsi. The planned march comes following calls by socialist leader Kamal Khalil for a million-man protest by all political forces. Read more.


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'We can't take Morsi at face value'

It’s no surprise that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi delivered a speech calling the Syrian government an “oppressive regime,” journalist and broadcaster Neil Clark says.

­Egypt still depends on billions of dollars of US aid, so it was predictable that Morsi would turn up at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit and denounce Syria, Clark said. Read more.

'US plots to isolate Iran fail as 120 nations attend NAM summit'



The Syrian delegation has walked out on a session of the Non-Aligned movement in Tehran after Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi called the Syrian regime "oppressive".

In his speech, Morsi added that Assad's government had lost its legitimacy, and urged attending nations to support the rebels.

Anti-war activist Sara Flounders says Morsi is trying to do America's bidding, who didn't want to see the meeting go ahead.

RT

Occupy Wall Street details anniversary showdown

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters will mark the first anniversary of the anti-capitalism movement’s inception by trying to blockade the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), organizers say.

They say they plan to mark the occasion with three days of events, culminating on September 17, dubbed S17, according to the organizers’ website s17nyc.org. Read more.

Week's classes cancelled in six departments at the Université de Montréal

MONTREAL - Following two days of raucous protests and numerous arrests, all was calm at the Université de Montréal Wednesday after administrators cancelled classes for the rest of the week in six departments that voted to continue the boycott.

Meanwhile, dozens of protesters, most wearing masks, paraded through downtown Montreal Wednesday afternoon followed by police, chanting for an end to tuition hikes and capitalism and tossing garbage cans and trash into the streets. Read more.

Montreal Gazette

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Protests go quiet at U de M as classes cancelled - Montreal Gazette
Locked out Quebec students file class action lawsuit over (student) strikes - National Post

The "Red Line" in Syria



Over the course of the Syrian crisis, a number of events have been used to portray Assad as a genocidal madman and military intervention as a necessary step.

As things come to a head in the terrorist-torn nation, the lies, half-truths and exaggerations behind this "red line" thesis are gradually being exposed.

GlobalResearchTV

Britain, France see little hope for Syria safe zones

UNITED NATIONS — Major obstacles confront any bid to set up safe zones for refugees fleeing Syria's civil war, the foreign ministers of France and Britain warned Thursday, while insisting they would not rule out future action.

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague and France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius highlighted the military and diplomatic hurdles blocking special zones ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on Syria's humanitarian crisis. Read more.


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Manmohan in Tehran, asks NAM to take clear stand on Syria

TEHRAN: The Syrian conflict sharpened divisions saw the NAM summit's first walkout on Thursday, with the Syrian delegation rising in protest against the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's characterization of the crisis there as an uprising against an "oppressive regime".

In his first address to the NAM summit in Tehran, Morsi openly expressed solidarity with the Syrian opposition. Read more.

Times of India

Jordan’s Prince Hassan slams West stance on NAM



Jordan’s Prince Hassan bin Talal has slammed the West’s stance on the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), saying that members of the organization should not be blocked from meeting, Press TV reports.

“We should not be blocked from the possibility of meeting, talking and hopefully thinking together,” Prince Hassan told Press TV on Thursday. Read more.

US Marines Operating in Guatemalan Coasts

Guatemala, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) Some 200 US soldiers are currently in Guatemalan coasts, supposedly to fight drug trafficking, despite the fact that their country is the world´s main illegal drug consumer, according to the UN.

This is the first deployment of US Marines in the region, said US Marine Staff Sgt. Earnest Barnes, as the Guatemalan government stages today a crusade against drug trafficking in this nation. Read more.

August 30, 2012

Drone attacks boosting terrorism

The controversial drone strikes by the US spy agency, CIA may have eliminated a number of militants but simultaneously, they are contributing to swelling the ranks of terrorists. The US and its allies have been at war in Afghanistan since 2001 but the first drone strike was not executed till 2004.

They remained sporadic till 2008, when President Obama accelerated the number of attacks and 2010 became "year of the drone" when a total of 118 drone strikes were launched, resulting in a maximum number of 993 lives lost. Read more.

PakTribune

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Israeli Navy Chases Fishing Boats, Tries To Sink Them



A Palestinian cameraman from the Gaza Strip managed to capture on tape, an attack carried out by Israeli Navi boats, on Wednesday, against small Palestinian fishing boats.

The video shows the Israeli Navy boats encircling the boats flooding them with water, and even blocking their way as they tried to sail back to the shore. Read more.

IMEMC

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PCHR Condemns Continued Israeli Violations against Palestinian Fishermen in the Gaza Strip - IMEMC

Including Children; Soldiers Kidnap 13 Palestinians In The West Bank

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, several Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, broke into several homes and kidnapped 13 residents, including children, the Palestine News & Information Agency (WAFA), reported.

Local sources reported that the army invaded Beit Awwa town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, broke into and searched several homes, and kidnapped five children. Read more.

IMEMC

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 – 29 Aug. 2012)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

A Palestinian woman was seriously wounded by IOF in the Gaza Strip. Read more.

Military tanks retreat to secondary zone in Sinai

Following reports of an extensive military operation in Sinai Wednesday, Egypt's armed forces order the retreat of tanks from the Egypt-Gaza border

Egypt’s armed forces command on Thursday ordered its military tanks to retreat from their positions in Sinai's “Zone A” to “Zone B,” approximately 50 kilometres away from the Rafah border crossing. Read more.

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Gaza to be Unlivable by 2020 -- UN Report



Gaza may not be ''a livable place'' by 2020 unless intensive efforts are made to improve infrastructure and services in fields like energy, health, water, and sanitation, a United Nations report concluded this week

Saved to Struggle: 'Slow death' for Syria refugees in Jordan camp



Jordanian security forces at a massive refugee camp on the border with Syria are on high alert after 200 refugees turned on the guards over the camp's conditions.

And as Paula Slier reports dealing with the immense influx of refugees is far beyond what Jordan can handle.

Assad blames Turkey for bloodshed

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad blamed the Turkish government yesterday for violence in a 17-month-old uprising in the country, in which thousands have died.

"Turkey bears direct responsibility for the blood being shed in Syria," Assad told the local television channel Addounia. Read more.


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Oil Companies are Security Guarantee for Kurdistan, Experts Say

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -- The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is determined to give oil contracts to multinational oil companies despite pressure from the Iraqi government.

Observers believe that these oil companies will bring security to the Kurdistan Region. Read more.

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Protesters slam chemical company sponsorship of Paralympics



As the 24-hour Paralympic Torch Relay got under way in London, a smaller, but more poignant point was being made outside parliament.

A Candle Lit vigil in solidarity with the communities around the world, affected by one of the Paralympics biggest sponsors - Dow Chemical. Read more.

PressTV

Report reveals maintenance gaps in Amuay

The report was prepared early in May

An external audit conducted in March in the two refineries of Paraguaná peninsula, including Amuay, found a long list of maintenance glitches. Read more.


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Oil spill reported at Venezuelan refinery in Curacao

Local authorities reported the event on August 17, yet the Venezuelan oil company did not respond to the emergency until August 25

Curacao's local press has informed about a spill of hydrocarbons in Venezuelan refinery Isle, located in Curacao. It has been reported that officials from Venezuelan state-run oil company Pdvsa responded ten days after the spill occurred. Read more.


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Venezuela investigating alleged massacre of indigenous people in the Amazon

Venezuela announced it is investigating an alleged massacre of indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest, after a tribal group told the government that a village of 80 natives was attacked in July from a helicopter.

In a statement, the government said it had received word of the alleged attack by a group representing the Yanomami tribe, an indigenous people native to southern Venezuela. Read more.

MercoPress

Cauca indigenous and government seek to end tensions

The Colombian government and the indigenous communities of Cauca have installed commissions to look for an end to the conflict in the troubled area.

Local media reported Wednesday that a table of dialogue "Land and Territory" will be launched between the government and indigenous leaders Thursday in Popayan, the capital of the southwest Cauca department, to advance an end to fighting in the region. Read more.

Chile to support Colombia in negotiations with FARC

Chile and Venezuela will act as ‘escorts’ in negotiations, Norway and Cuba will host.

A document released to Colombia’s Radio RCN on Wednesday revealed that Chile will play a supporting role in anticipated peace talks between the Colombian government and the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC), the largest guerrilla group in Latin America. Read more.

Santiago Times

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Colombia's Congress wants FARC victims involved in peace talks - Colombia Reports
Talks with FARC win support in Colombia (video) - Al Jazeera

Iran slams UN for 'overt dictatorship'

Iran’s supreme leader opened the fifth day of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran by blasting the UN as an “overt dictatorship.” The remarks were made in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

NAM’s tri-annual gathering is attended by leaders of 120 developing nations – including India, Pakistan, and Lebanon – and represents the largest single voting bloc in the UN General Assembly. Read more.

RT

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UN chief highlights NAM’s key role in global peace, justice - PressTV
NAM members must be standard bearers of security and peace (video) - teleSUR

Khamenei: Time for new world order - Ynet

OWS Week



The 99ers appeared out of nowhere to protest Tampa's Republican National Convention and spoil Mitt Romney's party.

OWS Week has had a busy seven days also covering Occupy the Midwest Conference in Detroit with the theme "another world is possible" and Women's equality day in the big apple.

OWS Week also took a trip across the land to shed light on LAPD Oppression and Harassment of Homeless and Occupiers.


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VVD'er Ivo Opstelten over Bilderberg



Op 25 augustus 2012, tijdens het partijcongres van de VVD te Rotterdam, bevroeg WRC Holland Ivo Opstelten.

De demissionair Minister van Veiligheid en Justitie, laat zien hoe
transparant de VVD is over haar betrokkenheid bij de Bilderberg Conferenties.

Japan anti-nuclear protesters battle government on nuclear policy



Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's Cabinet is swaying on its nuclear policy The administration is being pulled in two directions as it explores the future of nuclear energy in Japan.

Press TV's Catherine Makino reports from Tokyo.

NAM member states must use their collective power: Ghana FM



Ghana’s Foreign Minister Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni has urged the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) members to use their collective power to improve bilateral relations.

“The 16th NAM summit is a very crucial one, especially in the presence of the world economic dynamics. Read more.

PressTV

Morey highlights Latin America's contribution to the NAM



Henry Roman Morey, the Peruvian Government's envoy to the Summit of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM), evokes that this bloc was created more than 50 years ago and Peru was one of its founding countries.

Morey, who is also Peru's Embassador to the U.N., also highlights the role that Latin America has been playing over the years in this organisation.

teleSUR

'Poverty is back in Europe': Brands adapt sales for record unemployment



Record high unemployment in the EU has forced some of the larger consumer goods companies to shift marketing strategies. They target poverty-stricken Europeans’ demand for cheaper goods in the midst of an economic crisis.

Unilever – the third-largest consumer goods company in the world, which manufactures hundreds of brands like Aviance, Ben & Jerry’s, Dove and Lipton – will be doing just that. Jan Zijderveld, head of Unilever’s European division, said in an interview with Financial Times Deutschland that “poverty is returning to Europe.” Read more.

RT

August 29, 2012

Het verband tussen neoliberalisme en het aantal mensen met psychische problemen

opinie | De neoliberale maatschappij maakt mensen niet zomaar ziek; ze vernietigt de eigen sociale verbanden. De Vlaamse psycholoog en psychoanalyticus Paul Verhaeghe werkt als gewoon hoogleraar aan de universiteit van Gent. Dit is een uittreksel uit Identiteit (De Bezige Bij), dat vanaf deze week in de boekhandel ligt.

Er zijn van die films die op het netvlies van een generatie gebrand staan. Lees meer.

'US becoming increasingly isolated'



The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Tehran to take part in the Summit of the Non-Aligned movement... that's a bloc of countries that don't consider themselves in union with the U.S.

Washington has voiced criticism of the UN chief's visit to Iran and of the gathering in general.

Despite Iran's willingness and ability to help find a solution to the Syria crisis, any ideas put forward by Tehran could be met with resistance, says author and journalist Afshin Rattansi.

RT

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'NAM summit a direct challenge to US hegemony in region' (video) - RT

PM: NAM summit in Tehran is a disgrace to humanity - JPost
Netanyahu: States taking part in Iran conference forgot lessons of the Holocaust - Haaretz

US drone attack kills 26, injures dozens in Somalia

At least 26 people have been killed and dozens wounded in an air strike carried out by a US assassination drone in Somalia, Press TV reports.
The incident happened in Kismayo, located 528 kilometers southwest of the Mogadishu on Wednesday. Read more.
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US must immediately end deadly drone strikes in Pakistan: Khar



Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has called on the US to immediately end its “unlawful” and “counter-productive” assassination drone strikes in her country, Press TV reports.

The foreign minister made the statement in an interview with Press TV, after arriving in the Iranian capital Tehran for the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Read more.


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NAM ministerial meeting wraps up in Tehran

Ministers and diplomatic envoys from the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) have wrapped up their meeting in Tehran, highlighting the Palestinian plight in their final document.

The high-ranking officials agreed on the formation of a workgroup in New York to address issues related to Palestine. Read more.


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PM: NAM summit in Tehran is a disgrace to humanity

Netanyahu says large presence at conference proves "never again" is a hollow pledge; Abbas arrives in Iran for summit.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening strongly condemned the Non-Aligned Movement summit taking place in Tehran, calling it a disgrace. Read more.


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UN should not pull punches on total nuclear disarmament: Leader

TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the United Nations should not pull punches on the issue of total nuclear disarmament.

“Do not show leniency toward any power in regard to the issue of nuclear disarmament and properly use the opportunity that has been provided to you,” the Leader said in a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who had visited Iran to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement summit. Read more.


Syria: Fighting continues in Aleppo



The Syrian government announced that it has almost recovered full control over the district of Saif Al-Dawla in the city of Aleppo and that the citizens are beginning to return home.

teleSUR

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NAM Foreign Ministers Reject Foreign Aggression on Syria - Prensa Latina
NAM Approve Start of Joint Efforts with UN to Resolve Crisis in Syria - Fars

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FARC, ELN willing to cease fire: Piedad Cordoba

Former Senator Piedad Cordoba said Wednesday that guerrilla groups FARC and ELN are willing to agree on a cease fire while negotiating peace with the government.

"The FARC and ELN are willing to accept a cease fire," Cordoba, who is barred from holding office over her alleged ties to the FARC, said in a press conference. Read more.

Colombia Reports

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Colombia military supports peace process: Minister - Colombia Reports

Argentina blasts UK “arrogant” approach to Assange case and Falklands’ dispute

The Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alicia Castro said on Tuesday that the UK’s “arrogant” approach to the Julian Assange’s case “was similar” to its approach to Argentina and particularly, the sovereignty dispute over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands.

“For us Argentines, this fact, that shows us the arrogance of British diplomacy, does not surprise us. Read more.

MercoPress

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Latin America Accuses USA of interfere in their decisions



Progressive governments of Latin America accuse the government of the United States of interfering in their internal issues.

About that situation comments, the specialist in themes related to Washington, Carlos Alzugara

PLTV

Largely peaceful march in Chilean capital marred by late violence

After calm march, 13 police injured, more than 200 arrested, police allegedly break boy’s legs.

One of the largest demonstrations of the year went ahead almost without incident Tuesday, as thousands of workers, students and teachers demonstrated their support for education reform. Read more.

Santiago Times

Spanish banks witness huge withdrawal of deposits

The Spanish banking system suffered record outflows of private deposits last month, but the authorities downplayed the significance of the development.

According to figures released Tuesday by the European Central Bank, 74.228 billion euros was withdrawn from bank accounts in July, the biggest monthly amount since September 1997. Read more.


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Leaders' meeting on measures inconclusive

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met on Wednesday morning with his coalition partners -- socialist PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis -- for talks on a package of some 11.5 billion euros in austerity measures for 2013 and 2014 that have been demanded by Greece's foreign creditors -- the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, known as the troika.

But the meeting did not appear to yield a final agreement between the three party leaders on all issues. Read more.

Ekathimerini

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Coalition leaders to continue austerity talks - Athens News

Police clash with garbage collectors in Athens

Riot police fired tear gas in central Athens on Wednesday after municipal trash collectors protesting spending cutbacks tried to drive garbage truck toward the main offices of the Interior Ministry.

Protesters clashed with riot police officers on and around Menandrou Street and chemicals were fired but there were no reports of injuries.

Municipal employees have called a 48-hour strike to protest the impact of reduced budgets on their salaries.


Unused nuclear fuel from Fukushima No. 4 reactor pool intact

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it found no significant abnormalities in a bundle of unused nuclear fuel rods removed from the storage pool of the No. 4 reactor of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Two unused fuel rod bundles were removed in mid-July in a preliminary effort to ascertain whether they were damaged by a hydrogen explosion that rocked the reactor building after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami last year. Read more.

Assad Says More Time Needed to End Syria Conflict

Syria needs more time to end the conflict raging across the country, President Bashar Assad said in a television interview to be broadcast by pro-regime al-Dounia channel on Wednesday.

Assad also scoffed at an idea being championed by Turkey of creating buffer zones within Syria to receive those displaced by the conflict, in advance excerpts of the interview screened by the private channel. Read more.

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Syria’s Assad Says ‘Time Is Needed’ in Fight Against Rebels - NY Times
Syria's Assad refutes "buffer zone" (video) - Reuters

Syrian conflict has left 18,000 dead and 2.5 million IDPs (video) - teleSUR
UN, Turkey gearing up for 200,000 refugees - Hürriyet
Turkey wants UN to house refugees inside Syria - Today's Zaman

NAM Foreign Ministers Reject Foreign Aggression on Syria - Prensa Latina
Syrian PM arrives for Tehran NAM summit - PressTV

Egypt broadens Sinai campaign against militants

CAIRO, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Egypt's military said on Wednesday it would broaden its offensive against militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a campaign that has raised concerns in Israel about the movement of heavy armour into the area near its border.

After militants attacked and killed 16 border guards on Aug. 5, Egypt launched an operation using the army and police to raid militant hideouts, arrest suspects and seize weapons, including rockets and other arms, that are rife in the area. Read more.


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Sufi elder, 14 others killed in Dagestan

A prominent Sufi elder, six of his followers, and eight Russian servicemen have been killed in two separate incidents in the Republic of Dagestan in the North Caucasus region of Russia.

Said Atsayev, a 74-year-old Sufi Muslim spiritual leader also known as Sheikh Said Afandi al-Chirkavi, and six of his followers were killed on Tuesday in a bomb attack on his residence in the village of Chirkei, the Interfax news agency reported. Read more.


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National Demostration Rocks Santiago de Chile´s Alameda Avenue

Santiago de Chile, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of students, workers, and citizens marched down the emblematic Alameda Avenue here in Santiago today, in response to the call for a national strike for free public education.

Demonstrators began to concentrate at 11:30 local time (15:30 GMT) in the vicinity of the University of Santiago in a compact and colorful demonstration that covered the entire avenue. Read more.

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N. Korea, Japan hold first direct talks since 2008

Japan and North Korea are set to meet Wednesday in their first face-to-face talks in four years as diplomats see if they can start laying the groundwork to overcome a troubled history.

Ties between the countries have long been strained amid decades of mutual distrust, though they periodically try to resume dialogue with the ultimate -- and so far elusive -- goal of establishing formal diplomatic relations. Read more.

Clinton to address territorial disputes during Asia tour

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will warn against the use of force between China and its neighbors on a tour of Asia that comes amid mounting tension over sea disputes, officials said Tuesday.

On her third visit to Asia since May, Clinton will become the first U.S. secretary of state to take part in a summit of Pacific islands—an area where China’s influence has been growing—and to stop in East Timor. Read more.


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Australia, the US, and the Asia-Pacific Pivot



Formalized under the so-called ANZUS treaty in 1951, the military alliance between Australia and the United States has long defined Australia’s role in the security context of the Asia-Pacific region.

Formed in the wake of World War II when memories of Japanese aggression in the Pacific were still fresh in the minds of Australians, it was invoked most prominently during Australia’s commitment of over 60,000 troops in the Vietnam war from 1962 to 1975. Read more.

Corbett Report

Condoleezza Rice Protested At Republican National Convention By Anti-War Activists

TAMPA, Fla. — Police in Tampa stopped a dozen anti-war protesters from entering an event attended by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice after the group said it intended to arrest her for war crimes.

The protesters from Code Pink carried handcuffs Tuesday and tried to enter a performing arts center. Rice was attending an event in conjunction with the Republican National Convention. Read more.

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Archbishop Tutu dodges event over Blair

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has decided not to take part at a leadership event in South Africa in protest at the presence of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the event.

The Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in Johannesburg was due to be held with the presence of Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Tutu, Tony Blair and chess grandmaster and Russian activist Garry Kasparov. Read more.


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August 28, 2012

Palestinians put UN recognition bid on hold

Foreign Minister says president Abbas decides not to apply at the General Assembly session next month, though he will informally appeal for recognition in a speech.

The Palestinian foreign minister says the Palestinians are putting their quest for international recognition at the UN on hold for now. Read more.


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Montreal police arrest 11 people for assault as university tuition protests resume

MONTREAL — Montreal police arrested 11 people at a university today as students staged more protests on the second day of classes.

A spokesman for the city’s police department says the protesters face charges of assaulting officers and security guards at Universite de Montreal. Read more.

National Post

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U de M protest results in 11 arrests - Montreal Gazette

Citizens' group submit petition to Shizuoka gov't, demanding referendum on nuclear plant restart

SHIZUOKA — A citizens’ group in Shizuoka Prefecture said Tuesday that it has collected enough signatures to call for a referendum on the restart of the idle Hamaoka nuclear power plant, operated by Chubu Electric Power Co.

The group, calling itself Genpatsu Kenmin Tohyo Shizuoka (A vote on nuclear power by Shizuoka people), said it presented a petition containing 165,127 signatures to the local government on Monday, Fuji TV reported. Read more.


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Chilean Students and Workers Return to the Streets

Santiago de Chile, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) In an effort to seek unity, Chilean students and workers have called for a national strike in defense of public education and for the establishment of free education at all levels.

We will give a strong signal of unity regarding education, said the spokesman of the Chilean Confederation of Students, Gabriel Boric. Read more.

U.S.: Occupy Movement protests at the Republican Convention



A protest organised by the Occupy Movement near the area where the Republican Convention is being held in Tampa, Florida, was repressed by the police forces.

Several demonstrations and rallies are scheduled for this week to protest against the Republican Convention.

teleSUR

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Protesters march through Tampa on the eve of RNC (video) - RT
The 99% Take on the Republican National Convention - Alternet

At Republican National Convention, Tampa's Homeless Compete With Protesters For Food, Shelter  (video) - Huff Post
One arrested during peaceful — and wet — day of protest at Republican National Convention - Tampa Bay Times

RNC kicks off despite the hurricane warning (video) - RT
Wilkerson on GOP Convention (video) - TRNN

Ron Paul Rally draws thousands on the heels of RNC (video) - RT
Republican convention officially opens, with tension over party rules - Washington Post

IDF aerial video: Israel airstrike hits Hamas compound in Gaza



Israeli warplanes struck two compounds run by Hamas in northern Gaza Strip early Tuesday, wounding two Palestinians.

The Israeli army said in a statement published on Tuesday said that they targeted a weapon storage site and manufacturing facility, in response to earlier rocket fire by Gaza militants towards southern Israel. The Israeli Defence Force later released aerial footage of one of the compounds being hit.

RT

French unemployment nears three million in July

The number of French job seekers has risen for the 15th month in a row and is tipped to hit three million next month, according to unemployment figures released on Monday.

AFP - The number of registered French job seekers saw the sharpest monthly rise in three years rising to 2.99 million people in July, the 15th consecutive month the country's unemployment line increased, the labour ministry said Monday. Read more + video.

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Catalonia to seek five-billion-euro bailout from Madrid

The Catalonia region is to seek a 5.023-billion-euro bailout from the central administration to meet debt maturities falling in the rest of this year, the spokesman for the regional government, Francesc Homs, said Tuesday.

Catalonia had been mulling tapping the Regional Liquidity Fund (FLA) set up by Madrid for financially stressed regions before the summer recess, and has now formally decided to do so. Read more.


'Poverty is back in Europe': Brands adapt sales for record unemployment


Record high unemployment in the EU has forced some of the larger consumer goods companies to shift marketing strategies. They target poverty-stricken Europeans’ demand for cheaper goods in the midst of an economic crisis.

Unilever – the third-largest consumer goods company in the world, which manufactures hundreds of brands like Aviance, Ben & Jerry’s, Dove and Lipton – will be doing just that. Jan Zijderveld, head of Unilever’s European division, said in an interview with Financial Times Deutschland that “poverty is returning to Europe.” Read more.

RT

Portugal welfare system faces crisis



Those relying on welfare to survive in Portugal are facing tough times.

Social Security had already spent sixty seven per cent of its annual budget for social subsidies until July. Read more.

PressTV

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West's Oil Embargo on Iran Fails after Tehran Boosts Supply to 2mln bpd

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iranian official underlined failure of the US and EU ban on Iranian crude supplies, announcing that the country has increased daily exports to over 2 million barrels this week.

"Fortunately, the efforts made by Iran to increase oil exports and confront the sanctions have yielded results," the informed source told FNA on the condition of anonymity on Tuesday. Read more.

Fars

FM: Tehran Ready to Expand Ties with N. Korea

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi met his North Korean counterpart Pak Ui Chun and underscored Tehran's readiness for expansion of bilateral relations in all arenas.

During the meeting held on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran on Sunday, Salehi referred to Iran's competence and experience in the various fields of economy, industry, commerce, and agriculture, and expressed Tehran's readiness for the expansion of the bilateral relations in the all areas. Read more.

Santos confirms Colombia will begin peace talks with FARC

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday confirmed his government has agreed to talk to the FARC and seek a negotiated end to the country's nearly 50-year armed conflict.

Santos' televised statement followed several media reports on upcoming peace talks with the rebels. Read more.


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Komt er na 66 jaar een einde aan het Colombiaans conflict?

BOGOTA - De geheime contacten tussen de Colombiaanse regering en de linkse FARC-rebellen zijn al anderhalf jaar geleden begonnen. Ze leidden maandagavond tot de voor velen verrassende mededeling dat beide partijen straks vredesgesprekken beginnen in Oslo 

Maandagavond raakte bekend dat de Colombiaanse regering en de FARC-rebellen vanaf 5 oktober formele onderhandelingen starten om een einde te maken aan het conflict waarin ze al sinds 1946 – met onderbrekingen – verwikkeld zijn. Dat gebeurt in Oslo. Lees meer.

Turkish Police Repress Kurdish Activists' Protest



A confrontation between Kurdish activists and police took place in southwest Turkey. 

The incident occurred after the authorities prevented a demonstration in support of the pro-independence militant group.

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Israel court: activist Rachel Corrie’s death ‘accidental’



An Israeli court has ruled that the state was not at fault over the death of an American pro-Palestinian activist during a protest in Gaza.

Rachel Corrie was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer in 2003 while trying to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes. The judge called it a “regrettable accident” but as it happened in a war-time situation the state was not responsible. Read more.


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Lack of sufficient services in Gaza could get worse without urgent action, UN warns

27 August 2012 – Gaza’s problems in water and electricity, education and health will only get worse over the coming years unless remedial action is taken now, a senior United Nations official warned today.

“Gaza will have half a million more people by 2020 while its economy will grow only slowly. In consequence, the people of Gaza will have an even harder time getting enough drinking water and electricity, or sending their children to school,” said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory, Maxwell Gaylard. Read more.

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Syria proxy war: 'Back to good old colonial games'



Paris has made its latest move in the political gambit over the Syrian crisis. French President Francois Hollande has called on Syria's opposition to form a provisional government, saying France won't hesitate to recognise it.

Our correspondent Tesa Arcilla reports on what this means for the conflict.

RT

Stolen sovereignty: IMF's grand Greek heist



RT

Nederlandse banken dumpen Zuid-Europa

Nederlandse banken en verzekeraars hebben de afgelopen twaalf maanden staatsobligaties van Zuid-Europese landen (plus Ierland) massaal van de hand gedaan.

De zes grotere financiële instellingen die hun halfjaarcijfers al hebben gepresenteerd, hebben hun posities met meer dan € 7 mrd teruggebracht tot ruim € 5 mrd. Read more.

“Nonsense Economics” and the Deepening Greek Crisis



Costas Lapavitsas: Greece is being destroyed as all the players prepare for next stage of austerity measures   

TRNN

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'Kid or adult - IDF makes no difference in Palestine'



Israel has blocked around a hundred international pro-Palestinian activists from crossing into the West Bank from Jordan. They were trying to bring school supplies to children in Bethlehem's refugee camps. But the incident is not the only one involving Palestinian children.

RT talks to Avihai Stollar, a former soldier in the Israeli army and now a member of Breaking the Silence rights group, which blew the whistle on abuses by Israeli soldiers.


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The NAM Summit is progressing in Tehran



A final document was issued following the NAM Summit plenary session, and is intended to be delivered to foreign ministers for further analysis and discussions by the heads of state next Friday.

teleSUR

Ecuador receives full support from OAS Ministers in dispute with UK over Assange case

The Foreign Ministers of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved last Friday a resolution supporting the inviolability of diplomatic premises, in accordance with the provisions of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, in the context of the situation created between Ecuador and the United Kingdom.

“It was a very positive meeting, with a successful outcome: no one was excluded, everyone spoke -including the representative of the United Kingdom-, there were disagreements, but in the end between us we put together a satisfactory agreement,” said the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza. Read more.


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