August 31, 2011

Obama makes opening salvo on jobs with speech date

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday sought a high profile and politically provocative venue to unveil new economic proposals, asking to address Congress on the same night Republican presidential candidates hold a debate.

In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama asked for a joint session of the House of Representatives and Senate at 8:00 p.m. EDT on September 7 to lay out his plan to create jobs and boost economic growth while reducing the U.S. deficit. Read more.


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- Obama: One million jobs at risk without funding bill (video)  - CBS

Debt Union: Czech pres doesn't want 'Euro straitjacket'

Being in the Eurozone is not so different from being in a straitjacket - that's according to the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus. Speaking at an economic summit in Austria, the president also blamed the Euro for being responsible for the debt crisis that's currently ravaging the European Union.

His comments echo growing hostility towards the single currency among nations once queuing to join the prestigious club. That as the Czech Prime Minister also questioned his country's requirement to sign up with the currency bloc, saying they were told it was a monetary union, not a debt union.

But the EU leadership maintains the crisis is temporary, and the Euro is safe and secure - something that Johan Van Overtveldt, the editor-in-chief of Trends magazine, disagrees with.


'Er ís helemaal geen eurocrisis'

Docters van Leeuwen wil AIVD inzetten tegen euro-speculatie

De AIVD moet onderzoek doen naar de ‘ongenuanceerde speculatie tegen kleine landen met slechte economieën’. Dat zegt Arthur Docters van Leeuwen deze week in een interview in Vrij Nederland. ‘Als ik nog baas was van de AIVD, zou ik tegen mijn medewerkers zeggen: “Ga eens gauw kijken wat daar aan de hand is.”’ Lees verder.

Saffron has anti-cancer potentials: Study

Researchers at the United Arab Emirates University have found that food seasoning and yellow spice acts as an antioxidant and can inhibit certain cancers.

The team discovered that the spice suppresses a large number of cancer-related compounds and develops several beneficial ones, Science Daily reported. Read more.

'NATO used UN resolution as chewing gum'

NATO says it has no immediate plans to leave Libya as there is still a danger to civilians despite the rebels now controlling most of the country. However, Russia's envoy to NATO says the alliance’s arguments are hard to take seriously.

­“We have to be very careful with regards to what official NATO representatives say today, because statements of tens of thousands of bombs and other ammunition being dropped on Libya having no adverse effect on civilians – that’s what NATO has been claiming – that’s very hard to believe,” Dmitry Rogozin told RT. “That defines that we should be careful with regard to official statements from Brussels.” Read more.


Somalia: hungry in a war zone

Somalia is suffering the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world today, according to the UN. The population is forced to flee famine-stricken provinces. Some choose to seek help in Mogadishu, a war-torn city where humanitarian organisations are facing huge difficulties to help them.

Nearly 100,000 refugees have arrived since January. They live around Mogadishu in makeshift huts made of branches and rags. All have emaciated faces, with glazed expressions, washed out by hunger and endless days of walking under a blazing sun. Read more.

France 24                

'NATO may maintain Libya no-fly zone

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization may maintain its no-fly zone over Libya and enforce an arms embargo against the North African country even after the Libyan war, a NATO official says.

The unnamed official told AFP on Wednesday that NATO insists that it will not send any ground troops to Libya whenever the war ends. Read more.

Profligate Profit: 'US sponsors Taliban & wastes $30 billion'

The US senate committee into wartime contracting has found 30 billion  dollars of taxpayer's money missing or stolen by contractors. 

The report claims the money was squandered due to poor planning, a lack of oversight and outright fraud by U.S. contractors and federal employees. It also suggests to implement stricter measures to control the spendings over the possibility that another 30 billion could be wasted in the future.

The findings are now to be presented to congress, as a cash-strapped Washington prepares to trim defence spending to tackle its enormous debt. An assistant Editor at Antiwar DOT com - John Glaser - says this report is only one of many others describing large-scale waste in the US.

Anonymous Netherlands - Message To NOS RTL SBS News

Missile hit Pentagon on 9/11: Video

On the verge of the 9/11 tenth anniversary, leaked videos confirm eye-witnesses' accounts that the attack was made by a cruise missile rather than a passenger plane, an editor told Press TV's US Desk.

"There were 85 videos; another video was released yesterday (August 29). Now it hasn't been carefully vetted but it appears to be quite genuine that clearly shows a cruise missile from another angle hitting the Pentagon," Gordon Duff, senior editor of Veterans Today, told Press TV's US Desk on Tuesday. Read more.

Press TV

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9/11: Video of Missile Hitting Pentagon Leaked (video) - Veterans Today

Solar bottle-bulbs bring light to Filipinos

A simple, innovative and cheap idea is bringing light to many poor people without electricity.

Millions of the poorest people in the Philippines live without electricity. Read more.

Al Jazeera

August 30, 2011

Geloven we nog in onze westerse idealen?

#Blog Domme Westerse angst

Heel, heel lang geleden werd ik uitgenodigd een lezing te geven op de jaarlijkse toogdag van de Nederlandse Vereniging van Vrijdenkers. Een bescheiden aantal grijze dames en heren kwam naar me luisteren, in een Rotterdams klaslokaaltje. De beweging had zijn beste tijd gehad, dat was duidelijk.

Waar ik over sprak, ik weet het niet meer, maar tijdens de discussie kwam het onderwerp 'de islam' op de proppen. Lees verder.

Wilders' Duitse bondgenoten

Geert Wilders bezoekt in Berlijn Die Freiheit, de zusterpartij van de PVV. Het begin van een zegetocht voor de Freiheit-leider?

Als een wereldster wordt Geert Wilders volgende week door de Duitse rechts-populisten in Berlijn onthaald. De Nederlandse Politstar is hun held. 'Ons aller idool,' dweept Stefan Herre, de beheerder van de populaire, islamofobe blog Politically Incorrect. Lees verder.

U.S. Consumer Confidence Falls to Two-Year Low

Confidence among U.S. consumers plunged to the lowest level in more than two years as Americans’ outlooks for employment and incomes soured.

The Conference Board’s index slumped to 44.5, the weakest since April 2009, from a revised 59.2 reading in July, figures from the New York-based research group showed today. It was the biggest point drop since October 2008. A separate report showed home prices declined for a ninth month. Read more.


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Obama changes advisers, can't change the economy (video) - RT

Turning Tables: 'Israel illegal occupier if Palestine recognized'

The Israeli Defence Force is reportedly preparing settlers for the mass uprising of Palestinians, expected after the UN votes on a Palestinian statehood in September. The preparations include handing out tear gas and stun grenades to civilians.

Military resistance to Palestinians will only bring international sanctions on Israel after Palestine is recognised in September's vote. That's the view of Jeff Halper, a political activist and co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

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'West silent on Bahrain crack down'

Thousands of protesters in Bahrain have been holding peaceful anti-government demonstrations since mid-February, demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty in the tiny Persian Gulf sheikdom.

A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has recently warned that the situation in Bahrain remains “tense and unpredictable” as the Manama regime continues its brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrations. Read more + video.

August 29, 2011

Palestinian Authority condemns Tel Aviv terror attack

Palestinian Authority releases statement condemning 'all attacks against civilians,' including Tel Aviv attack and IDF strikes on Gaza.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the terror attack in Tel Aviv in a statement released on Monday.

In the statement, the PA not only condemned the attack in south Tel Aviv early on Monday morning, but also the recent Israel Defense Forces strikes on Gaza, and attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank and in Jerusalem. Read more.


NATO Bombs Tripoli, Rebels Surround Sirte

Tripoli, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) NATO air raids caused several explosions on Monday in Tripoli in areas, where forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi continue clashing, sporadically, with the rebels, who now insist on taking over the city of Sirte.

The insurgents keep patrolling and inspecting the Bab Aziziyah complex, where the Libyan leader lived, as they augment the search for Gaddafi, as well as for his relatives and supporters. Read more.

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‘Free Syria: From whom? From what?’

At least six people have been killed on Monday in clashes between Syrian security forces and the opposition across the country. Meanwhile, residents of Latakia doubt whether their future under a new president would be any better.

At least five people – one of them reportedly a child – were killed in a search operation in Idlib province in Syria’s northwest, say peace activists. Another 60 people were wounded in the operations, which also partially destroyed six houses, says Agence France Presse citing local rights groups.


Read also,
Russia to Syria: Stop violence now! (video) - RT
Syria forces surround town after 'defections' - Al Jazeera

'US trains anti-Syrian gangs in Iraq' (video) - Press TV

Arab League proposes Syria peace plan - The Telegraph
Syria's Permanent Representative to Arab League: Syria Is Proceeding with Reform, Defending Its Stability, Security and National Unity - SANA

Everything Must Go!

1. Insurrectionist Brits
2. Syrian Resilience
3. Social Media Censorship
4. B.A.R.T.!
5. Shooting Sheriffs Saturday
6. Where is My Mind?
7. Anarchist Panther Ashanti Alston


Bahrain troops attack protesters

Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have attacked anti-government protesters after the demonstrators took to the streets across the Persian Gulf sheikdom to protest a speech by the Bahraini king.

Thousands of anti-regime protesters took to the streets across Bahrain on Sunday shortly after the country's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa delivered a televised speech calling for national unity in a bid to bring normality back to the country. Read more.

Debtend: 'Euro needs surgery, not pills & plasters'

The EU has called for the President of the European Central Bank, among other officials, to stand before a special financial committee, as the debt plague sweeping the bloc threatens its very unity.

Talks, which are underway, focus on halting the spread of contagion, as fresh data sows panic with revelations even such economic giants as Germany are not immune. Another priority is addressing investor concerns that Finland's demands for collateral, could derail a second 160 billion euro bailout for Greece.
Patrick Young,

Executive Director of the investment firm DV advisors, believes the rifts between the EU nations make it impossible to offer a meaningful solution to the crisis.


'IMF verlaagt prognoses wereldeconomie'

ROME - Het Internationaal Monetair Fonds (IMF) heeft de prognoses voor de internationale economische groei in 2011 en 2012 verlaagd.

Dat meldde het Italiaanse persbureau Ansa maandag op basis van IMF-documenten. Lees verder.

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War for Africa: 'Libya key to new US bases, cheap labor & resources'

The rebels in Libya have rejected the possibility of staging talks with Muammar Gaddafi. The National Transitional Council says they want to see him in jail - and not at the negotiating table.

Middle East expert Dan Glazebrook says NATO is using the rebels to make Libya a failed state.


Read also,
Over 200 African Leaders: NATO's Libyan War Part Of Plan To Recolonize Continent - Mathaba
Wesley Clark - This Country was Taken Over by a Group of People - YouTube

Feature: Local efforts to aid Somali famine victims grow as world leaders flock in

MOGADISHU, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia is the latest world figure to arrive in the Somali capital Mogadishu in an effort to assess the humanitarian crisis unfolded by the severe drought and famine in the Horn of African nation.

Saudi Arabia is one of the Gulf States that has launched national campaign to collect donations for the famine stricken east African nation. Read more.


Read also,
'West has no appetite to help Somalia' (video) - Press TV
More famine-hit Somalis flee to Kenya (video) - Press TV
More Somali famine victims fleeing to Yemen: UNHCR - Reuters

August 28, 2011

Africa Rising

Venezuela Reduced Poverty by 50%, Affirms Eclac

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez provided information this week on his country’s social and economic achievements, especially the nation’s reduction of poverty, citing statistics from the Economic Commission for Latin America andthe Caribbean (ECLAC).

“In ten years, we have been able to reduce poverty in half”, proclaimed the Venezuelan President. “The Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC) pointed out that from 1990 to 2010 poverty in some countries of Latin America and the Caribbean increased. Read more.


Iran Tells the USA to Accept Its Peaceful Nuclar Program

Tehran, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Ali Larijani has called on the US Government to accept Iran''s peaceful nuclear program, and said his country is willing to study a recent proposal by Russia.

In statements made public Sunday by the Iranian News Agency MEHR, the legislative leader said "Iran will study the proposal, step by step, but the US Government should understand they are dealing with a country that has developmental technology on peaceful atomic energy." Read more.

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Coriander oil can tackle harmful bacteria

ScienceDaily (Aug. 24, 2011) — Coriander oil has been shown to be toxic to a broad range of harmful bacteria. Its use in foods and in clinical agents could prevent food-borne illnesses and even treat antibiotic-resistant infections, according to the authors of a study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

The researchers from the University of Beira Interior in Portugal tested coriander oil against 12 bacterial strains, including Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica, Bacillus cereus and meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Read more.

Science Daily

Spain: Demonstrations against Constitutional Reforms

Madrid, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) Several protests have taken place Sunday against the Spanish Government''s decision to introduce in the Constitution a cap on deficit limit and in demand that the proposal be subject to a binding referendum.

Spanish cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Vitoria, Valencia, Murcia, Logroño, Cáceres, Málaga and Jerez have been the stages of rallies against the constitutional reform. Read more.

Prensa Latina

'Enorme crash kan binnen weken uitbreken'

Op de website van de Engelse krant The Telegraph kwam ik een alarmerend artikel tegen. De Credit Default Swaps op obligaties van grote Europese banken zijn namelijk gestegen tot een historisch hoog niveau.

De premies voor de verzekeringen liggen inmiddels hoger dan tijdens de kredietcrisis die volgde na de val van Lehman Brothers. Een Credit Default Swap (CDS) is een overeenkomst tussen twee partijen waarbij het kredietrisico van een derde partij wordt overgedragen. Lees verder.

Libya is not an advertisement for intervention

Several claims have been made about Nato's involvement in Libya that have little basis in reality.

Nato – chiefly Britain – appears to have toppled the Gaddafi regime in Libya to "liberate" its people. The days are over where the mere triumph of arms justifies itself. The rightness of a war and the honesty of its methods are vital if the new "liberal interventionism" is to carry its proclaimed moral clout. The Libyan operation is already being declared a classic success for the ideology. The following claims have been made for it over the past six months. Read more.


Media Manipulation: 'NATO in a hurry to wrap up war in Libya'


Rebels reject Col Gaddafi negotiation plea

The National Transitional Council has rejected a plan to form a transitional government alongside the regime.

Moussa Ibrahim reportedly telephoned the New York headquarters of press agency AP on Saturday night. The agency said they identified the chief spokesman by his voice. Read more.

The Telegraph

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Gaddafi extends olive branch? (video) - RT

Fighting Focuses On Gaddafi's Home Town (video) - Sky
Tripoli hit by shortages as focus shifts to Sirte (video) - France 24

People of Tripoli defend their City against Nato-Rats Rebels (video) - Libyan Free Press
- Rebels cleanse Tripoli's Abu Slim area (video) - Voltaire Network

Libya [Eng Sub] (video) - Rayyisse
Green Soliders capture rats (video) - Rayyisse

Inside Story - Why won't the AU back the Libyan rebels?

After more than eight hours of deliberations, the African Union (AU) has decided not to throw its support behind the Libyan rebel administration. It is a decision that some see as proof of Muammar Gaddafi's lingering influence over the organisation he headed as recently as two years ago.

But just how significant is AU recognition - or the lack of it - for the National Transitional Council (NTC)? Read more.

Al Jazeera

UN envoy Prosor: Israel has no chance of stopping recognition of Palestinian state

Sources in the Prime Minister's Office say Netanyahu is considering sitting out this year's General Assembly, sending Peres to face likely diplomatic barrage in his stead.

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, sent a classified cable to the Foreign Ministry last week, stating that Israel stands no chance of rallying a substantial number of states to oppose a resolution at the UN General Assembly recognizing a Palestinian state in September. Read more.

Creatieve ideeën weinig geliefd bij de meeste mensen

Voel je je onbegrepen als je met een vernieuwend idee komt? Het ligt niet aan jou, blijkt uit nieuw onderzoek. De meeste mensen zijn zelfs niet in staat om een creatief idee te herkennen, laat staan te waarderen. Ook verklaart dit waarom mensen in onzekere omstandigheden des te koppiger aan bestaande gewoonten blijven vasthouden, hoewel dat in feite erg dom is.

Creativiteit is hot. Mensen willen creatief zijn en met creativiteit geconfronteerd worden. Creativiteit zorgt er immers voor dat er ontwikkeling komt. Lees verder.


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Het wonderlijke brein van de iconoclast (deel 1) & (deel2) - Zapruder

The National - Fake Empire

Silversun Pickups - The Royal We

August 27, 2011

Britain enacts blanket ban on protests

The British government has applied a blanket ban on all kind of marches and protest gatherings in London amid fears of violence and disorder.

The Home Office announced the blanket ban on all marches in five London boroughs for 30 days starting from September 2, the Independent reported. Read more.

Ten of thousands take to the streets in social protests across Israel

Social demonstrations have taken place six straight Saturday nights; Noam Shalit participates in Tel Aviv rally.

Tens of thousands of Israelis took to the streets on Saturday night to participate in demonstrations protesting the high cost of living in Israel. Read  more.

Leftists Protested During Beck Rally

Peace Now activists protested during Glenn Beck's openly pro -Israel rally. "These friends only weaken us ," said former MK Mossi Raz.

As Glenn Beck was holding his ‘Restoring Courage’ rally in Jerusalem on Wednesday, calling out to the world not to fear and to join him in support for Israel and justice, a handful of members of the leftist Peace Now organization protested against him. Read more.

Arutz Sheva

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Glenn Beck takes his gospel to Israel (video) - RT

Israelis to resume anti-regime protests

Israeli protesters have announced plans to hold fresh anti-regime demonstrations after having cancelled rallies scheduled to be held last weekend.

During the rallies, Israelis will protest the increasing costs of living in Israel, a Press TV correspondent reported on Saturday. Read more.

African Union: Libya Rebels Won't Be Recognized At This Time

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that African, Arab and European organizations agreed on the urgent need to end the fighting in Libya and restore order with help from international police if the new government requests security assistance.

The U.N. chief told reporters after a videoconference with top officials of the African Union,.. Read more.

Huffington Post

Upcoming US presidential elections - On the Edge with Max Keiser

In this edition of On the Edge, Max Keiser interviews Alex Jones from

Press TV

Escobar: Al-Qaeda asset is military commander of Tripoli

Speaking to RT today live from Brazil, Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar said that an al-Qaeda asset is now leading the military of rebel-controlled Libya.

According to Escobar, Abdelhakim Belhadj, who commanded a military offensive in Libya over the weekend, has become the de facto commander of the Tripoli armed forces. Belhadj has also, says Escobar, was trained in Afghanistan by a “very hardcore Islamist Libyan group.” Read more.


Islamofobie wordt met miljoenen gesteund

In de afgelopen tien jaar is er meer dan 42 miljoen dollar (ruim 29 mln euro) gedoneerd om moslimhaat te bevorderen. Dat zegt het Center for American Progress in een 130 pagina's tellend rapport (.pdf). Het rapport publiceert de namen van de geldschieters, hoeveel ze hebben gegeven en wie het hebben ontvangen.

Het Islamophobia Network, zoals de groep in het rapport wordt genoemd, zou zich de afgelopen jaren hebben beziggehouden met anti-islampropaganda. Lees verder.


Zie ook,
Fear, Inc. The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America - Center for American Progress

Islamic pacifism

The Western media is on a quest to convince our societies that the religion of Islam and terrorism belong to each other. The Foreign Policy Journal puts it like this: “since the collapse of the Soviet Union the general drift of Western concerns has been to portray Islam as the main enemy of the West and the Muslim world as a hotbed of terrorism that threatens Western civilization and its democratic values.” Why does the West always need an enemy?

As a result of the Western media’s “hard work” in this direction, everybody in the whole world knows who Osama Bin Laden was. But how many have heard of Badshah Khan or Jawdat Saeid? Muslim heroes who promote peace and non-violent struggle are somehow just not exciting enough to make it into a news piece. Read more.


Badshah Khan: The Frontier Ghandi

Excerpt from 'The Frontier Ghandi'

Excerpt from 'The Frontier Ghandi'

Railway shock therapy springs up in Indonesia

Desperately sick Indonesians are flocking to railroads in a Jakarta suburb for an unconventional take on electric therapy from passing trains. The questionable practice stems from the poor health care in the country. CCTV’S correspondent Andy Saputra reports on this unique but dangerous phenomenon.

This is the latest miracle cure in Indonesia. The railway shock therapy. Read more + video.


Innerpartysystem - American Trash




August 26, 2011

China announces support for Palestinian UN statehood bid

China joins Spain and other countries in pledging support for Palestinian Authorities’ September bid for nationhood, a bid vehemently opposed by Israel. 

China says it supports a Palestinian plan to seek full membership in the United Nations next month. Read more.

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Abbas praises China's support for Palestine's UN bid - Xinhua

U.S.: We will stop aid to Palestinians if UN bid proceeds

U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, Daniel Rubinstein, tells chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat U.S. 'will take punitive measures' against Palestinian Authority if it seeks to upgrade position at UN General Assembly.

The United States will stop all financial aid to the Palestinian Authority if they proceed with plans to ask the United Nations for recognition of an independent state in September, a U.S. official warned Friday. Read more.


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Jimmy Carter to Haaretz: Recent Cairo protests threaten Israel-Egypt peace treaty - Ha'aretz
'Million man' anti-Israel rally in Cairo attracts only hundreds - Ha'aretz

Martin Luther King Memorial made in China

Born in Atlanta, killed in Memphis and made in China.

It might not be the most likely of locales to be associated with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., but the monument to him revealed this week on Washington DC’s National Mall has some rather peculiar ties to the Far East that’s now causing a controversy. Read more.


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Martin Luther King memorial made in China (video) - The Telegraph
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Tribute (video) - YouTube

European Endgame

If you owe your bank a hundred dollars, you have a problem. But if you owe it a million, it has a problem, the saying goes. Today we can add that if the governments of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Ireland owe your banks one trillion dollars, we're all dead. And that might be where the Euro-zone is headed.

Instead of fixing the financial crisis, the EU postponed it with a get-poor-quick pyramid scheme, by sending the debts of households to banks, who sent it to governments, and governments passed it on to the Euro-zone. Read more.

Huffington Post

Greek university reform sparks protests

The reform -- the second in four years -- was put to a vote on Wednesday after a two-day debate in parliament. It was passed by an overwhelming majority.

Prior to the vote, student groups demonstrates in Athens and Thessaloniki later in the day. The reform package have also been criticised by university boards. Read more.

The Australian

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Students protest in Athens (video) - Euronews

Freedom fight or balance killer: Syria 'mess' intensifies

Thousands of people have once again taken to the streets across Syria, in protest against President Bashar Al-Assad's regime.

At least eight protesters were reportedly killed in crackdowns on demonstrators on Thursday. RT's Irina Galushko is in the Syrian capital Damascus.


Read alao,
Syrian forces kill 8, protesters hail Libya - Reuters
An Officer, 7 Soldiers Martyred in Two Ambushes Set by Armed Terrorist Groups - SANA

Staged Syria: Can amateur videos be trusted? (video) - RT

Chile: Teenager Shot Dead, Over 1,000 People Arrested

Santiago de Chile, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) A 14-year old teenager died Friday of a chest wound afer being shot by the Chilean police forces during a mass protest Thursday against the government''s neoliberal policies.

Chilean Historians Support Call to Constituent Assembly

During the mass rallies, at least 200 people were injured and 1,300 arrested, according to a government official. Read more.

Prensa Latina

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Teen shot in Chile anti-Pinera protest dies: police - Reuters
Polizei gegen Demonstranten in Chile (video) - Bild
Thousands Chileans protest for more social spending (video) - CNTV

Sarkozy cuts & runs, France 'riot-ready'

The richest sector of French society are pledging another 3 per cent of their annual income to help the country battle its deepening debt crisis.

That's as the French Prime Minister announces some 12 billion Euro worth of cuts, alongside gloomy forecasts for growth. But as RT's Daniel Bushell explains, the move could be too little too late, with fears social unrest could follow.


Bernanke Offers No Plan for New Stimulus

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — The Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, said Friday that the economy was recovering and the nation’s long-term prospects remained strong, an upbeat assessment that offered little indication of any plans for additional measures to bolster short-term growth.

Mr. Bernanke’s much-anticipated remarks follow the Fed’s announcement earlier this month that it intended to hold short-term interest rates near zero until at least the middle of 2013, a reflection of its view that growth will not be fast enough during that period to drive up wages and prices. Read more.

Jeb Corliss: "Grinding The Crack"

Music: AWOLNATION - Sail

Israel's social justice activists squat a second Tel Aviv building

For the second time in a week, activists enter a city-owned building that has been abandoned for years to protest the lack of affordable housing in Israel.

Dozens of social justice activists entered a mostly abandoned building in central Tel Aviv that is owned by the city. Read more.


Beurzen lager in afwachting Bernanke

AMSTERDAM (ANP) - De Europese beurzen lieten vrijdagmiddag verliezen zien. De verhandelde volumes op de beurzen waren echter laag. De meeste beleggers willen eerst weten watFed-voorzitter Ben Bernanke vrijdag zal gaan zeggen.

,,We zitten in de wachtstand tot Bernanke. Het is zeer rustig en de omzetten zijn laag. Er zijn weinig impulsen. Ook op de obligatiemarkten en de valutamarkten gebeurt er weinig'', aldusprivatebanker André Sirks van Theodoor Gilissen. Lees verder.

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Alle ogen op Bernanke - NU

America heading toward second banking crisis?

The earthquake aside, it's been a shaky week for Bank of America. And the financial giants' momentous problems are casting a shadow over the entire US financial system.

Press TV

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Warren Buffett to invest $5 billion in Bank of America - Reuters

HRW to India: Probe Kashmir deaths

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urges India to immediately open an independent and credible investigation into the case of mass graves in the Indian-administered Kashmir, the country's the northernmost state.

"For years, Kashmiris have been lamenting their lost loved ones, their pleas ignored or dismissed as the government and army claimed that they had gone to Pakistan to become militants,"

Meenakshi Ganguly, the HRW's South Asia director, said on Wednesday in a statement cited by a Press TV correspondent. Read more + video.

August 25, 2011

Anna's proposals on Jan Lokpal to be discussed in Parliament

On a day of fast-paced developments, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday reached out to the fasting anti-corruption crusader, Anna Hazare, with a new formula to break the log-jam on the contours of the proposed Lokpal institution: a debate in Parliament over his proposals with a promise to refer the sense of the House to the Standing Committee for its consideration.

This was followed by an extraordinary gesture from the Lok Sabha, which joined Dr. Singh's appeal to Mr. Hazare to end his fast. Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj associated herself with this call, as did Speaker Meira Kumar. Read more.

The Hindu

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- Should Anna Hazare end his fast now?  (video) - IBN
Fasting Indian activist offered concession - Al Jazeera

Kailash Kher -  Song on Anna Hazare (video) - YouTube
Anshanna- a dedication to Anna Hazare (video) - YouTube
Anna Hazare Protest Song (video) - YouTube

Regering India: Hazare moet hongerstaking stoppen (video) - NOS
India in de ban van strijd tegen corruptie - De Wereld Morgen

British hypocrisy: Gaddafi is a foe

Britain has been a close trade partner of Libya over the past years, yet what London is doing now is hypocritically condemning Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi rather than apologizing for the partnership.

Britain's trade with the Gaddafi regime stood at an estimated £1.5 billion last year - most of its oil imports from Libya -- and London kept its diplomatic ties with Gaddafi well into 2011 after the revolutionaries began fighting against his regime. Read more.

Wat doen buitenlandse inlichtingendiensten in Libië?


Jarenlang was hij spion voor de Britse geheime dienst, Matthew Dunn. Nog steeds mag hij niets schrijven zonder toestemming van zijn oude baas, de MI6. Toch schreef hij een roman. Fictief. Over een spion. Zelf heeft hij inmiddels 70 missies achter de rug in risicovolle gebieden.

In EenVandaag zijn commentaar op de gebeurtenissen in Libië en de betrokkenheid van buitenlandse inlichtingendiensten en commando's. Wat doen ze daar en hoe lang zijn ze al bezig? Een exclusief gesprek met een voormalig MI6-officier.


Zie ook,
Libya: SAS leads hunt for Gaddafi - The Telegraph
Was the CIA behind the Gaddafi oust? (video) - RT

'NATO playing dirty tricks in Libya war' (video) - Press TV
US hawks flip flop on Libya (video) - RT

Toezichthouders verlengen verbod short selling

AMSTERDAM – In Spanje, Frankrijk en Italië blijft een verbod op short selling van financiële fondsen actief. De toezichthouders verklaren dat er nog steeds te veel volatiliteit in de markt zit. Dit maken de drie toezichthouders donderdag nabeurs bekend.

De ban op het verkopen van geleende aandelen wordt nu verlengd tot 30 september. Lees verder.

Griekse rente terug op recordhoogte

ATHENE - De rente op Griekse staatsleningen is donderdag opnieuw opgelopen tot het recordniveau dat half juni werd bereikt.

Investeerders tonen daarmee aan weinig vertrouwen te hebben in de reddingsplannen voor het noodlijdende land. Lees verder.

France unveils a €12 billion austerity plan

France has announced it will seek a further €12 billion in savings in an effort to keep on track with its budget deficit targets. Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Wednesday the government had cut its growth outlook to 1.75% from 2%.

AFP - France unveiled on Wednesday a 12-billion-euro ($17.3-billion) deficit cutting package that raises taxes on the rich and closes tax loopholes as the country strikes to placate jittery markets. Read more + video.

Beurzen duiken in het rood

AMSTERDAM (ANP) - De Europese beurzen doken donderdagmiddag in het rood door tegenvallende berichten over de Amerikaanse arbeidsmarkt. Een miljardeninvestering van superbelegger Warren Buffett in Bank of America gaf de koersen even steun, maar dat effect verdween al snel.

De AEX-index in Amsterdam noteerde een klein uur voor het slot 1,1 procent lager op 278,36 punten. Lees verder.

Saudi-backed raids continue in Bahrain

Saudi-backed security forces in Bahrain continue their brutal crackdown against protesters who are demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa regime in the country, witnesses say.

Latest footage posted online showed police firing teargas to disperse peaceful demonstrations in the town of Sanabis, the capital of Manama. Read more.

Israel kills six Gazans in 24 hours

Medical sources in the Gaza Strip say at least six people have been killed in Israeli attacks against the coastal sliver in the past 24 hours.

Five people were killed and 30 others wounded in a series of pre-dawn Israeli attacks that continued into the early hours of Thursday, AFP Adham Abu Selmiya, a spokesman for Gaza's emergency services, as saying. Read more.

Press TV

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Israel kills 11 Palestinians in 24 hrs - Press TV
Tensions flare as barrage of rockets strikes southern Israel - Ha'aretz
More deaths in airstrikes on Gaza (video) - Al Jazeera

Wie redt Libië van zijn westerse bevrijders?

In maart gingen westerse machten en Arabische autocratieën een coalitie aan voor wat werd voorgesteld als een korte militaire operatie “ter bescherming van de Libische burgerbevolking”.

Op 17 maart werd in de VN-Veiligheidsraad resolutie 1973 aangenomen waarmee deze 'coalitie van de willenden' groen licht kreeg om haar kleine oorlog op te starten. Deze begon met controle over het Libische luchtruim, dat vervolgens werd gebruikt om door de NAVO lukraak gekozen doelen, te bombarderen. Lees verder.

De Wereld Morgen

Over 200 African Leaders: NATO's Libyan War Part Of Plan To Recolonize Continent

A group of African intellectuals has written an open letter criticising the NATO-led military attacks on Libya, saying Africa ran the risk of being re-colonised.

"Nato has violated international law... they had a regime change agenda," said one of the signatories, University of Johannesburg head of politics, Chris Landsberg.

"The re-colonisation of Africa is becoming a real threat," he told reporters in Johannesburg. Read more

Fail Trail: 'Gaddafi idiotically embraced neo-liberalism'

A spokesman for Colonel Gaddafi's regime has promised Libya will become a "volcano of fire".

Loyalist forces have continually vowed to keep fighting, pointing to a prolonged civil war. RT gets more analysis from author and journalist Afshin Rattansi.


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- British hypocrisy: Gaddafi is a foe - Press TV

Foreign forces in Libya helping rebel forces advance

Washington (CNN) -- Special forces troops from Britain, France, Jordan and Qatar on the ground in Libya have stepped up operations in Tripoli and other cities in recent days to help rebel forces as they conducted their final advance on the Gadhafi regime, a NATO official confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

British forces, in particular, have assisted rebel units by "helping them get better organized to conduct operations," the official said. Some of these forces from all the countries have traveled with rebel units from towns across Libya as they advanced on Tripoli. Read more + video.


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Libya: SAS leads hunt for Gaddafi (video) - The Telegraph

Howard Zinn: de man die onze kijk op de Amerikaanse geschiedenis veranderde

In zijn boek 'A People’s History of the United States' introduceerde de Amerikaanse historicus Howard Zinn een nieuwe kijk op de geschiedenis van de VS. Hij vertelt die geschiedenis vanuit het standpunt van achtergestelde en onderdrukte groepen. Zinn overleed in 2010 op 87-jarige leeftijd. Naar aanleiding van zijn verjaardag, 24 augustus, publiceren we nog een interview met hem uit 2008.

In 2008 had de kans om Howard Zinn te interviewen naar aanleiding van de Nederlandse vertaling van 'A People's History'.

Howard Zinn overleed op 27 januari 2010. Hij werd 87. We zetten het interview dat Jeroen der Kinderen met hem had nog eens in de kijker naar aanleiding van zijn verjaardag op 24 augustus. Lees verder.

De Wereld Morgen

Venezuela: Social Investment Over the $ 4 Billion USD

Caracas, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has assigned more than $4 billion USD to improve the quality of life of the people, said on Wednesday Elias Eljuri, president of the National Statistics Institute(INE).

The amount shows a policy that is focussed on the wellness of the human being and on reducing extreme poverty. The number of poor has dropped in Venezuela from 21 percent in 1999 to 6,9 percent today, Eljuri reminded. Read more.

UK police kill 3 with Taser, pepper spray

Dale Burns, 27, died after the police tasered him several times in Cumbria, the United Kingdom, last week.

The British police have killed three people with Taser guns and pepper spray, amid rising concerns over the use of brutality by the police in the United Kingdom.

The Metropolitan Police shocked 53-year-old Philip Hulmes to death, the third man to be killed by the British police in eight days, while trying to arrest him in Over Hulton, near Bolton. Read more.

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Koopbereidheid woningmarkt historisch laag

AMSTERDAM – De koopbereidheid van consumenten op de woningmarkt is lager dan tijdens de crisis van 1978 tot 1982. Dat stelt het economisch bureau van ING donderdag in zijn Kwartaalmonitor Woningmarkt.

Negen op de tien Nederlanders gaan de komende twaalf maanden ‘zeker niet’ een huis kopen of laten bouwen, zo bleek uit een enquête van het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS). Lees verder.


Huizenmarkt zal niet verbeteren in 2012

Weinig positief nieuws in het nieuwe kwartaalbericht van de Rabobank over de Nederlandse woningmarkt. Volgens de Rabobank zullen Nederlandse huizen in 2011 op nationaal niveau 2,0% minder waard worden. In 2012 blijven de huizenprijzen ook dalen. De Rabo, die overigens een kleine 2 miljard euro winst heeft geboekt in het eerste halfjaar van 2011, verwacht dat er in 2012 nogmaals 2,5% van de gemiddelde huizenprijs af gaat. Een quote uit het rapport:

'De markt voor bestaande koopwoningen heeft een slecht tweede kwartaal achter de rug. Lees verder.

August 24, 2011

Nato will not put troops on ground in Libya

Nato will continue to deploy strike aircraft, spy planes and unmanned drones over Libya but will not put any troops on the ground to help the transitional council maintain law and order, alliance officials made clear on Wednesday.

If any international organisation were to take on the task of a stabilisation force, it would be the UN, they said. "It is a classic case for blue helmets," said one official. Read more.

Russia urges talks to end Libya war

Russian president Dmitri Medvedev has urged the fugitive Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi and opposition fighters to end the ongoing war in the North African country.

"We would like (the fighting) to stop as soon as possible and for them to sit down at the negotiating table and reach an agreement on Libya's future." Medvedev said on Wednesday. Read more.

N. Korea pledges return to nuke talks

North Korea is ready to return to the Six-Party negotiation table unconditionally and to do so, Kim Jong-il promised his country will impose moratorium on nuclear testing and nuclear weapons production.

Presidential Press Secretary Natalia Timakova announced these results of the meeting on Wednesday. Read more.


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Korean gas pipeline moves back onto agenda after leaders meet (video) - RT

'Iran accepts basis of Russian proposal'

Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Seyyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi says the Islamic Republic has only accepted Russia's 'step by step' nuclear proposal in principle.

Sajjadi said on Wednesday that Russia presented the written proposal to Iran during the visit of Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to Moscow and is currently being studied in Tehran. Read more.

Press TV

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'N. Korea supplied Iran with nuclear computer software' - Jerusalem Post

Venezuela Tackles Illegal Gold Mafias as Chávez Nationalises Gold Industry

Coro, August 23rd 2011 ( – This Tuesday military chief Henry Rangel Silva revealed that over 40,000 hectares of land had been recovered and 15,000 people freed from conditions of “slavery” as part of Plan Caura, the Venezuelan government’s anti-illegal mining project.

Silva, Chief of Venezuela’s Operational Strategic Command, is currently head of the anti-illegal mining initiative, formed in 2010 when the Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) were given the task of stemming Venezuela’s growing problem with illegal mining activities in the south eastern part of Bolivar state. Read more.

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National Strike in Chile Starts with Pot Banging

Santiago, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Pot banging and vehicle honking marked the start Wednesday of the citizens nationwide strike in Chile to demand deep changes in the socio-political structure in the country.

The pot banging as a political protest in Chile, used during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, began at midnight in squares and streets of cities like Valparaíso, Concepción, Valdivia, Puerto Montt, Pucón, Talca, San Carlos and Santiago, reported local radio stations and Twitter users. Read more.

Prensa Latina

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Student uprising leader brings charisma to a Chilean winter

Chilean protesters clash with police - Al Jazeera
Chilean workers clash with police (video) - Reuters

Wist je dat? Libië

In deze rubriek brengt veellezer Marc Vandepitte markante feiten, cijfers of quotes van over heel de wereld die in de andere media weinig of geen aandacht kregen, maar zeker het vermelden waard zijn om de chaotische wereld van vandaag te begrijpen.

In november 2010 sloten Frankrijk en Groot-Brittannië een merkwaardig militair samenwerkingsakkoord. Onderdeel daarvan was een belangrijke militaire ‘oefening’ gepland voor 21 tot 25 maart tegen een denkbeeldig vijandig land: ‘Zuidland’. Lees verder.

Western Media Manipulation over Libyan Situation Denounced

Kigali, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) A Rwandan sociologist denounced on Wednesday that the Western media has manipulated the Libyan crisis as part of a psychological warfare to weaken the troops supporting leader Muammar Gaddafi to ultimately make the leader to surrender.

A professor of the National University of Rwanda, who wishes to remain anonymous, noted that the distortion of facts on the Libyan issue proves that "the Western media is manipulated by politicians linked to the Libyan conflict". Read more.

Prensa Latina

Captive journalists walk free from Tripoli hotel

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Dozens of international journalists trapped in one of Tripoli's most glittering hotels for five days walked free Wednesday, ending what some were beginning to fear was a hostage situation.

CNN Senior International Correspondent Matthew Chance called the experience a "nightmare" and "very frightening" after he got out of the Rixos Hotel. Read more.


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Intl media no longer trapped in Tripoli hotel (video) - RT

Gaddafi's son escapes from custody

Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's eldest son Muhammad has escaped from the custody of opposition fighters with the help of Gaddafi loyalists.

The pro-Gaddafi forces stormed the house where Muhammad was held in Tripoli on Monday and set him free after clashing with the guards, Al Jazeera reported. Read more.

Press TV

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Gaddafi's son Muhammad captured (video) - Guardian

Man from the Mountains of the Moon

Could an ancient herb be the answer to both poverty and malaria in Africa?

Clovis Kabaseke lives and farms in the Fort Portal area of western Uganda, in the shadow of the Mountains of the Moon. He is the founder of the Botanical Gardens there and cultivates the ancient Artemisia herb in the hope that it will combat both the malaria and the poverty that blights his community. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Zeina Khodr reports from Tripoli

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr gives an overview of the latest developments in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

Al Jazeera

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Journalists under siege in Libyan hotel - Press TV
Intl media trapped in Tripoli hotel (video) - RT
Journalisten hotel Tripoli nog steeds vast (video) - NOS

Fog of War: 'Disinfo on both sides of Libya fight' (video) - RT
US involvement in Libya hypocritical? (video) - RT

US Analysts Criticize Legitimacy of Libyan Rebels

Washington, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) The appearance of Seif-al-Islam, son of Muammar el Gadafi in Tripoli puts the legitimacy of rebel groups´ statements in doubt and shows that the struggle for control in Libya is not concluded, according to US analysts.

Tripoli Remains a Battle Field
Ecuador Condemns Invasion of Libya

US agency Strategic Forecasting Inc. (Stratfor), based in Texas, confirmed that Seif-al-Islam Gadafi appeared early Tuesday morning in the Rixos Hotel, Tripoli, in the presence of a large group of foreign reporters. Read more.

Prensa Latina