September 30, 2011

Anthony J. Hall Characterizes Dick Cheney's Criminality in Front of the Vancouver Club

Anthony J. Hall's interview with a reporter for Canada's CTV in front of the Vancouver Club on September 26, 2011. The subject of both the discussion and of the protest rally is the failure of Canadian officials to enforce domestic and international law by arresting former US Vice-President Dick Cheney.

Cheney clearly fills all the criteria of a person who should have been charged under the terms of the Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, 2000.


Rage Against The Machine - Testify

Jeremy Scahill on can the CIA kill whoever they want

A drone strike over Yemen today killed two al-Qaeda operatives that were born in America. President Obama authorized the executions, but neither man was ever charged with a crime or given a trial.

Can the CIA bypass the constitution to do as they wish? Jeremy Scahill of The National weighs in.


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Anwar al-Awlaki killed in Yemen - Al Jazeera
Noam Chomsky to RT: Bush torturer, Obama just kills (video) - RT

Fighting intensifies in Tripoli as Libyan Defence forces enter CIA headquarters

According to new reports, Libyan Defence forces have captured CIA headquarters, and have managed to retrieve important and confidential documents. Many other strategic locations have been captured by the Libyan Elite forces who are operating in teams of 30.

These documents are crucial for future attacks and assaults against NATO and its mercenaries, it will also reveal important information which will help the resistance stay one step ahead of foreign aggressor. Read more.


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As Promised: Jamahiriya Exerts Control Over Tripoli, Routing CIA, NATO, 'Rats' (video) - Mathaba

Libya: Gaddafi mouthpiece caught 'fleeing dressed as a woman' - The Telegraph
Dr. Ibrahim Moussa is safe and sound!! (confirmed) - Ozyism
Libya rebels' council denies capture of Gadhafi spokesman - Ha'aretz

Update on the Imperialist War Against Libya and Africa - Pan-African News Wire

Student protesters, police clash in Chile

Student protesters in Chile have clashed with the police in the capital, Santiago while the Chilean government and student representatives were holding talks.

According to organizers of student protests, as many as 100,000 young people marched in Santiago on Thursday, Associated Press reported. Read more.

Press TV

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Chilean students meeting government for talks (video) - Al Jazeera

'Euro has 6 months left'

It may have secured another €211 from Berlin to help it avoid bankruptcy, but the Greek government's problems are far from over.

It now faces unprecedented hostility from its own people who have point-blank refused the prescribed austerity measures. RT talks to economics professor Joachim Voth.


Beurzen zwaar onderuit in derde kwartaal

AMSTERDAM (ANP) - De Europese beurzen zijn vrijdag op de laatste handelsdag van het derde kwartaal met stevige verliezen gesloten. Europese aandelen leden over de afgelopen 3 maanden de grootste kwartaalverliezen in bijna 3 jaar. Vooral de financiële fondsen moesten het flink ontgelden.

De AEX-index in Amsterdam sloot met een verlies van 3,80 punten (1,3 procent) op 280,18 punten. De AEX leverde daarmee in het afgelopen kwartaal bijna 18 procent in. Lees verder.

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Zorgen over recessie drukken Wall Street -

Wall Street ends worst quarter in nearly 3 years - Xinhua
New steps to solve Eurozone's debt crisis (video) - Al Jazeera
Looking at the recent history of stock markets (video) - Al Jazeera

Greek Financial Herpes


Venezuela announces freeze of oil investment in US

Venezuela will not make any further investments in the U.S. in the hydrocarbons sector, as announced by director of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, Jesus Luongo, a move that responds to a political decision made by President Chavez.

Luongo also reported that Venezuela has already withdrawn from the refinery system Lyondell-Citgo, which was sold in 2006. Read more.

Buenos Aires conf. debates Arab, EU revolutions

One of the most prestigious public universities in Buenos Aires has organized an international seminar on the two political and social events that have certainly shaken the global scenario this year: the Arab Spring and the European Revolutions.

Prominent experts discussed the current developments in North Africa and the Middle East, the spirit of demonstrations in Britain, Italy and France and the “Rebellion of the indignant” in Spain. Read more + video.

Bombed-out Sirte is a humanitarian disaster zone

Thousands of civilians are fleeing the Libyan city of Sirte en masse, as fighting between Gaddafi loyalists and the former rebel forces reaches a climax.

The two-week siege has given rise to an serious humanitarian situation in the city of 100,000 people.  The number of casualties and wounded among the civilians is unknown, but those who have escaped the city report of thousands of deaths. Read more.


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Libyans flee raging battles in Sirte - Al Jazeera
Libyan rebels take control of Sirte's airport (video) - teleSUR

Israeli warplanes raid central Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes raided the central Gaza Strip early Friday morning causing damage but no injuries, medics and the army said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli fighter jets fired on a site used by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, near al-Maghazi refugee camp. Read more.

Wall Street demos ongoing

Press TV

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US: Indignant to March Against Use of Pepper Spray - Prensa Latina

Libya Media Front: 'No NATO success without Al Jazeera'

One of those Arab uprising countries which Obama blames for his economic strife is Libya where NATO's still trying to force Gaddafi loyalists into submission. 

Anti-regime fighters have now taken control of the airport in the fugutive Colonel's hometown of Sirte, the last stronghold of his loyalists. Civilians continue to flee the violence, saying NATO's hitting their homes.

Sukant Chandan joins us from London. He's from 'British Civilians For Peace in Libya'.


September 29, 2011

7 months of bombing: NATO war in Libya

Anti-Gaddafi fighters have taken control of the airport in the fugutive Colonel's hometown of Sirte, the last stronghold of his loyalists. Reinforcements have been called in ahead of a fresh assault, in the face of stiff resistance. 

Civilians continue to flee the violence in the besieged city, blaming NATO for only adding to their problems. RT talks to Sara Flounders from the anti-war group the International Action Centre.


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Libyan fighters seize Sirte airport (video) - Al Jazeera

Palestinians: Quartet peace plan contains 'encouraging elements'

PLO secretary general Yasser Abed Rabbo says Palestinians eager to restart talks, but Israel has to first impose settlement freeze.

A senior Palestinian official said Thursday that the Middle East Quartet's proposal for renewing negotiations with Israel contained some encouraging elements, after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas convened top officials to discuss the matter. Read more.

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Drug agency’s bid for cannabis superpower

Drug and agriculture officials have called for the revival of mass cannabis cultivation in Russia. They say the project has a plethora of benefits, from bringing cash into state coffers to curbing pot-smoking.

­The counterintuitive initiative from the body, which many Russians see as an overzealous watchdog eager to forbid anything with even the most tenuous link to drugs, including poppy seed toppings for baking, has much rationale behind it. Read more.

Noam Chomsky to RT: Bush torturer, Obama just kills

Pinning its hopes on the sole support of the US, Israel risks a collapse if it is ever withdrawn - much like apartheid-era South Africa, prominent scholar Professor Noam Chomsky warns. ­

He recalls how South Africans felt safe to ignore a UN embargo and corporations pulling out of their country throughout the 1980s, as long as the Reagan administration continued to support them. As soon as the US withdrew its support, the apartheid regime collapsed. 

"For 35 years, the US and Israel have been rejecting a political settlement that is supported virtually by the entire world. A couple of months ago, there was a meeting of the oligarchs -- people who pretty much run the economy [of Israel]," Chomsky says, "and they warned the government that it better accept something like this resolution, because otherwise, Israel will be, as they put it, South Africanized: even more isolated, with boycotts, refusal to load ships, and their economy will collapse."


Fidel Castro maakt Obama belachelijk

HAVANA - De voormalige Cubaanse president Fidel Castro heeft donderdag de Amerikaanse president Barack Obama belachelijk gemaakt.

Obama zei eerder dat hij bereid is het Amerikaanse beleid omtrent Cuba aan te passen, maar dan moeten er eerst veranderingen op het eiland zelf plaatsvinden. Lees verder.

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Castro: Obama Is 'Stupid' - Huffington Post

Ongoing Social Protests in Chile

Santiago de Chile, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) Primary health care workers and the Social Movement for Free and Public Education on Thursday will join together in a new day of anti-neoliberal protests around the country.

On Thursday, the students movement called for another national mobilization to oppose for-profit education, while being supported by dozens of social organizations including public health unions, which organized a 72-hour strike against privatizing the sector. Read more.

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Libyan NTC troops suffer heavy losses in Sirte

Anti-Gaddafi forces have taken heavy losses as they push towards the ousted despot's compound in his birthplace Sirte, while also being beaten back in his other remaining bastion, Bani Walid.

On the political front, a member of Libya's new ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) said formation of a transitional government, already delayed by disputes over power-sharing, had been postponed until they had won control of the entire country. Read more + video.

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Reality Struck: BBC's 'Goldman Sachs Rules' eye opener

Mainstream media is thrown into a tailspin after an independent trader tells the BBC how the world of big money and politics looks from the inside.

Here's our report from Washington on why this was such an eye opener.


Greek unions capture ministries

Desperate Greek taxpayers have taken over several ministry buildings in a new wave of protests against burdensome austerity measures, after the government tightened the nation’s belt another notch to please European auditors.

Nearly all major Greek ministries were occupied by protesting staff on Thursday. According to the Adedy union, the list includes the ministries of finance, development, justice, labor, health, interior affairs and agriculture. Read more.

Bahrain medical staff sentenced over protests

Thirteen doctors and nurses who treated anti-government protesters during demonstrations in Bahrain earlier this year have been jailed for 15 years for crimes against the state.

Seven other medical professionals were given sentences of between five and 10 years by a special tribunal that was set up during the emergency rule that followed the demonstrations. Read more.

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Americans made slaves to corporate power

American people are made slaves to corporate power and the very wealthy, an activist says.

"It's very obvious to most people that we are cut out, the ordinary people have been cut out and we are being made slaves once again to corporate power and the very wealthy. The wealth inequality in this country is the worst it's ever been," Maria Allwine told Press TV's U.S. Desk in an interview on Wednesday. Read more.

Press TV

Massive demos held in Buenos Aires over minimum wage

During the 90´s, unemployment reached alarming rates in Argentina. Thousands of workers were left aside from the labor system without any regulatory framework to contain their demands.

After years of informal activities and low average productivity, the South American country experienced the 2001 collapse and began an impressive recovery mainly since 2003. Read more.

US activists take on Wall Street

Al Jazeera

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Hundreds protest unemployment in LA (video) - Press TV
-  'Occupy Chicago' protest enters fifth day (video) - Press TV

US elite to survive Occupy Wall Street? - Press TV

Air and water pollution cause 1.3 millions of deaths

Pollution causes 1.3 millions of deaths on the whole planet according to a World Health Organization report.

India, China and African countries hold the highest figures. Venezuela, Peru, 21% to 25% of deaths in Bolivia, Russia and Mongolia are due to the same cause. The figures for Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Mexico range between 17% to 20%. In the US and Mexico, 5000 of people die because of air pollution.


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Preventable urban air pollution kills more than a million people each year – UN News
Jaarlijks meer dan twee miljoen doden door luchtvervuiling - De Morgen

September 28, 2011

Fresh anti-regime rallies held in Yemen

Tens of thousands of anti-regime protesters have once again taken to the streets in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a, as anti-government rallies continue in the Middle Eastern country.

The protesters that participated in the Wednesday rallies demanded the ouster of Ali Abdullah Saleh. Read more.

Press TV

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Tribesmen shoot down Yemeni warplane - Al Jazeera

Border Backfire: 'Civil war unfolding in Kosovo'

NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo have brought in more troops to a disputed border crossing in the ethnic Serb north, a day after several people were hurt in clashes.

Both sides blame each other for starting the violence, which saw rubber bullets and tear gas used by Alliance forces. Anger rose in late July when Kosovan authorities tried to seize the frontiers to enforce a trade embargo. 

Peace analyst John Laughland says the region was doing fine until the EU stepped in.

Boete tegen wanbetalers zorgverzekering werkt niet

De in 2009 ingevoerde boete voor mensen die hun zorgverzekering niet betalen blijkt niet effectief. De doelstelling om de 300.000 wanbetalers jaarlijks met 50.000 te verminderen wordt niet gehaald. Dat blijkt uit een nog geheime evaluatie in handen van RTL Nieuws.

In 2009 is besloten dat iemand die zes maanden achter elkaar zijn premie niet betaalt een boete krijgt van 30% van de premiekosten. Lees verder + video.

Mexicaanse griep kostte onnodig 144 miljoen

De Mexicaanse griep heeft de belastingbetaler onnodig 144 miljoen euro gekost. Dat komt omdat twintig miljoen griepvaccins zijn weggegooid omdat een grote uitbraak uitbleef. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van RTL Nieuws.

In het voorjaar van 2009 besluit voormalig minister Klink van Volksgezondheid op advies van de Gezondheidsraad 34 miljoen vaccins tegen de Mexicaanse griep te bestellen. Lees verder + video.


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Onderzoek naar rol farmaceutische lobby bij inkoop griepvaccins - NRC

'Thousands at risk of death in Somalia'

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that the humanitarian situation remains "highly critical" in Somalia as the conflict-plagued nation struggles against drought and famine.

"The situation in Somalia remains highly critical. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis are still displaced from their homes in search of security and food," the ICRC said in a statement on Wednesday, AFP reported. Read more.

NATO Bombs Sirte; Resistance Persists in Some Fronts

Tripoli, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) NATO warplanes strengthened on Wednesday the air raids over Sirte backing the rebels´ land offensive although those loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi continue resisting in this city and other two southern strongholds.

Reports coming from Sirte, Gaddafi´s hometown, noted that pro-Gaddafi forces control fronts downtown the city despite NATO´s four-day-in-a-row air raids. Read more.

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Humanitarian guns for hire: West's mercenary mission

With the UK and other Western forces still in Libya, a prominent British journalist argues that control of oil was the real motivating factor. Rebels in oil-rich countries everywhere can count on the West as a mercenary army in their revolutions.

I do not believe that sovereign states have a legal right or an obligation or a duty to interfere in other sovereign states… This was not a country that threatened Britain, it didn’t threaten any of its neighbors and didn’t invade a neighbor. It was going about its own business,” British author and Guardian journalist Simon Jenkins told RT.


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Kamer achter langere missie Libië (video) - NOS

Greece prepares for audit as nation boils over

A European audit team is expected in Greece to monitor progress in reducing its debt before deciding whether to release further bailout cash. Fresh austerity measures have sparked a new wave of violent protests outside the Greek parliament.

The ‘troika’ audit team from the European Union, European Central Bank and IMF is expected to arrive in Greece this week. Their main goal is to check if the country is capable of meeting fiscal targets set by its creditors. Read more.

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Greek workers strike on property tax (video) - Press TV

Vuile handen voor de 'Cuban Five'

BREDENE - Jonas Geirnaert, Joke Devynck, Dirk Tuypens en Daan Hugaert vroegen het publiek zaterdag 24 september op Manifiesta 2011 in Bredene om hun handen vuil te maken voor de 'Cuban Five'.

Zo wilden ze 4.760 'handtekeningen' verzamelen, één voor elke dag dat de vijf Cubanen reeds opgesloten zitten in de VS. De actie past in het kader van de Europese oproep om een miljoen handtekeningen te verzamelen om de eis tot vrijlating van de Vijf te ondersteunen.

De Wereld Morgen

Fidel Castro: Chávez, Evo and Obama (Part Two)

If our Nobel laureate is deluding himself, something that is still to be proven, perhaps that explains the incredible contradictions in his thinking and the confusion sown among his listeners.

There is not one shred of ethics, and not even of politics, in his attempt to justify his announced decision to veto any resolution to recognize Palestine as an independent State and member of the United Nations. Even politicians, who in no way share socialist philosophy and lead parties that were closely allied with Augusto Pinochet, are proclaiming Palestine´s right to be a member of the UN.

There is not one shred of ethics, and not even of politics, in his attempt to justify his announced decision to veto any resolution to recognize Palestine as an independent State and member of the United Nations. Read more.

Prensa Latina

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Fidel Castro: Chávez, Evo and Obama (Part One) - Prensa Latina
Castro calls out Obama for genocide in Libya - RT

'Occupy Wall Street has just begun'

An analyst says American banks hold on to trillions of dollars given by the US administration as bail-out, while the American taxpayers are left high and dry.

Wall Street protests against corporate greed in the US have been going on since September 17th. Scores have been arrested, while dozens more have been injured during New York City police crackdowns. Read more.

September 27, 2011

One World One Revolution

'Israel impunity intact on ground, Palestine bid a fixed game'

Israel's given the go-ahead to building 11-hundred homes in the disputed area of east Jerusalem.

It's likely to further complicate relations with the Palestinians and the frozen Middle East peace talks. The EU reacted by saying the decision should be reversed.

'UK shows hypocrisy on media freedom'

A prominent political analyst says that the British government encourages the use of social networking media in the Middle East region while limiting its own people's access to web communication.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV, Clare Solomon, former University of London Union President, has shed light on the British government's hypocrisy on media freedom. Read more.

Press TV

NATO and Libyan rebels siege Sirte, under Gaddafi's control

NATO has intensified the bombings over the town of Sirte, where the Libyan rebels are tryng to gain ground. 

The city remains under the control of Muammar Al Gaddafi's loyalist troops.


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- Libyan Rebels Present Conflicting Reports over Combats in Sirte - Prensa Latina

NATO intensify attacks on Sirte and Bani Walid (video) - teleSUR
NTC troops gain foothold in Sirte - RT
UN: Libya's Bani Walid, Sirte still unaccessible - Xinhua

Libya's NTC postpones announcement of new gov't - Xinhua

Fidel Castro: Chávez, Evo and Obama (Part One)

I take a break from the tasks that are occupying all of my time these days to dedicate a few words to the unique opportunity presented by the political science of the sixtieth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The yearly event demands singular effort from those taking on the greatest of political responsibilities in many countries. For them, it constitutes a tough test; for the fans of that art, and there are many since it vitally affects everybody, it is difficult to remove oneself from the temptation of observing the interminable but educational show.

In the first place, there are infinite thorny subjects and conflicts of interests. For a great number of the participants it is necessary to take positions on events that constitute flagrant violations of principles. For example, what position to take on the NATO genocide in Libya? Read more.

Prensa Latina

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Fidel Castro: Chávez, Evo and Obama (Part Two) - Prensa Latina
Fidel criticizes military intervention in Libya (video) - teleSUR

Occupy Wall Street spreads across America

Cops might be cracking down on Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City, but activists are now bringing their big-bank bashing across the country with demonstrations springing up from coast-to-coast.

More than a week after protests began in Lower Manhattan, the Occupy Wall Street movement is moving, well, off of Wall Street. Read more.

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Bailout addiction: Greece craves cash injection

Prime Minister George A. Papandreou is fighting for another vital cash injection for his collapsing country. He is in Berlin, convincing creditors that his country is enforcing its reforms and can successfully emerge from its debt crisis.

­Speaking to members of German industry in Berlin, Papandreou used very positive rhetoric, saying that he “can guarantee that Greece will live up to all its commitments.” Read more.

SOROS: Failing To Resolve The Euro Debt Crisis Will Trigger A Breakdown Of The Global Financial System

George Soros said on Saturday on CNN that failing to resolve the sovereign debt crisis in Europe could lead to a "real meltdown" of the global financial system.

And suddenly, he's not convinced that authorities can do what it takes to resolve it. Read more + video.

Wie is hier nou gek?

#Depressief Miljoenen zouden gebaat zijn bij een slim placebo zonder bijwerkingen.

Antidepressiva zijn zeer populair en werken niet of nauwelijks. Houdt de farmaceutische industrie ons al twintig jaar voor de gek?

Voor wat de perceptie betreft, maken de antidepressiva zware tijden door. Lees verder.

De Pers

Optocht boze toga's in Leuven

Het ontslag van Barbara Van Dyck, nadat zij een actie tegen genetisch gemanipuleerde aardappelen op televisie had verdedigd, heeft veel ongenoegen opgewekt.

Op de opening van het academisch jaar van de KULeuven werd in een optocht van de boze toga’s een petitie met meer dan 4000 handtekeningen aan rector Mark Waer overhandigd.

De Wereld Morgen

September 26, 2011

Het begin van de sociale oorlog

Wie de afgelopen maanden de ontwikkelingen in Griekenland heeft gevolgd, kan er moeilijk omheen: we zijn het tijdperk van enorme veranderingen ingetreden. Sommigen noemen het een rechtse revolutie, anderen hebben het over het begin van de sociale oorlog.

Eén ding is zeker: onder het mom van het oplossen van een economisch probleem wordt een heel samenlevingsmodel aan een razende snelheid afgebouwd. In zes maanden tijd wordt datgene vernietigd wat gedurende zeventig jaar werd opgebouwd.

We zijn getuige van de afschaffing van de democratie door de financiële markten, wie dit ook moge zijn. Lees verder.

Wall Street protests enters ninth day

Hundreds of anti-corporatism protesters in New York's Wall Street have held rallies for a ninth consecutive day against growing greed and financial corruption across the United States, Press TVreports.

The angry protesters have been camping out around the clock in Lower Manhattan, near the stock exchange in New York since the protests began on September 17. Read more.

Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online

JERUSALEM — Two thousand years after they were written and decades after they were found in desert caves, some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls went online for the first time on Monday in a project launched by Israel's national museum and web giant Google.

The appearance of five of the most important Dead Sea scrolls on the Internet is part of a broader attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts – who were once criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholars – to make them available to anyone with a computer. Read more.

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The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls - Israel Museum Jerusalem

Libya: Sirte Remains Unbeatable, Frustration Grows Among Rebels

Tripoli, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Libyan rebels attacked again Sirte on Monday after withdrawing very quickly from this city, an action the rebels´ leaders described as "tactical" worsening the rebels´ frustration due to the resistance of those loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Military forces of the National Transitional Council (NTC) returned to the attack backed by NATO air force, which bombed Sirte´s downtown areas despite many civilians remained there.  Read more.

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Greeks return to streets for protest against gov't policies

European Union and Central Bank officials have been very clear about Greece: Shrink the state infrastructure or default.

After the latest meeting of Greek Finance Minister and IMF officials in Washington on Sunday, debt inspectors are to return to Athens this week, according to reports, to seal the deal. Read more.

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UK marching banned: Police call the tune

People in Britain have long been able to march in protest - but those voices are being silenced in parts of London - for an entire month.

The government's letting police slap a blanket ban on public gatherings in the capital. For some it's putting freedom of expression under threat, as Laura Emmett reports.


Four Horsemen - Trailer

Featuring: Noam Chomsky, Max Keiser, Joseph Stiglitz, Prof. Herman Daly, Dr. Ha-Joon Chang, Simon Johnson, Michael Hudson, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, John Perkins, Tarek Al Diwany, Camila Batmanghelidjh, James Turk, David Morgan, Hugo Salinas Price and more...

'Occupy Wall Street needs organization'

Protests known as "Occupy Wall Street" against Washington's management of the American financial system as well as Wall Street practices continue in New York.

The following is the transcript of Press TV's interview with Karol Gould, author and political commentator, about the issue:.. Read more.

New Boss, Old Bias: Draconian IMF cuts call under fire

Eurozone leaders are preparing a rescue plan to prevent the escalation of the financial turmoil threatening to send the global economy back into recession. It comes as the IMF has warned it may not be able to help out bigger European economies struggling to tackle their debt. 

With a Greek default now widely considered a matter of time, the priority is to prevent bigger states such as Italy and Spain being dragged down. Greece has been hit by another wave of public protests against government austerity measures. But as RT's Gayane Chichakyan reports, the IMF is accused of being too tough on some countries while being too soft on others, like the U.S., where the 2008 crisis began.


Fresh protests held in Bahrain

Fresh anti-regime protests have been held in several villages in Bahrain despite the country's heavy-handed crackdown on people, Press TV reports.

Bahraini regime forces clashed with the protesters in several villages including Dair, Sitra, Nuwaidarat and Muqaba on Sunday night. Read more.

Press TV

BP wants to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

The British oil company BP has asked the US government for permission to begin drilling for new oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

It is the first application since the company's 2010 Macondo well blowout that caused the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and spilled nearly 800,000 cubic metres of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

BP said in the application that it wants to sink four wells in nearly 6,000 feet of water about 300km off the Louisiana coast.

September 25, 2011

'BBC, front for British spy agency'

Iran's Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says the British intelligence service used the BBC as a cover for its anti-Iranian activities.

Moslehi told IRNA on Sunday that the intervention of the Intelligence Ministry and the arrest of those cooperating with the BBC were aimed at preventing others from falling into the trap of the British spy agency. Read more.

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Libya Resistance News Agency Created in Venezuela

Mérida, September 20th 2011 ( – The Libyan Resistance News Agency (ANRL) was inaugurated yesterday in Caracas at a forum in the Gallegos Foundation Centre for Latin American Studies (CELARG). It aims to break the “information blockade imposed by the international mass media” regarding what’s going on in North Africa and the Middle East.

The agency came out of an “autonomous” proposal by popular collectives and national and international journalist movements,.. Read more.

US media ignore Wall Street protests

Press TV

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OccupyWallStreet Day 8: Recap - Anarchiel
Wall St protests: Police harsh, media silent? - RT
Occupy Wall St S24 Police Riot (video) - Zaplog

Gaddafi Opponents Pay Dearly for Sirte Conquest

Tripoli, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Backed by NATO, Libyan insurgent troops on Sunday launched new attacks against Sirte, in an effort to conquer the city, but paying a high price due to the tenacious resistance from the forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

News sources reported that the rebels of the self-styled National Transitional Council (CNT) occupied a strategic crossroads one kilometer (0.62 miles) from Tripoli, but were stopped by fire from the pro-Gaddafi forces. Read more.

US cold shower for 'Palestinian spring'

Palestinian officials have accused the US of putting pressure on members of the UN Security Council to keep them from voting in favour of a free Palestine.

Analysts say that Washington is keen to be spared the embarrassment of having to veto the bid, which would be disastrous for its credibility as a peace-maker. RT's Marina Portnaya reports from New York.


President Abbas receives hero's welcome in West Bank, declares 'Palestinian Spring'

Thousands gather in Ramallah as Palestinian President returns from New York; Abbas expected to convene top ministers to discuss the Quartet's proposal for renewing peace talks.

Thousands of Palestinians cheering and waving flags gave President Mahmoud Abbas a hero's welcome in the West Bank Sunday, as he told them triumphantly a "Palestinian Spring" had been born following his historic speech to the UN last week. Read more.

Cuba Demands End of U.S. Blockade at UN General Assembly

United Nations, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) For 20th consecutive year, the world demand for an end of the U.S. blockade of Cuba has gained strength at the UN General Assembly's plenary session, after fourth days of discussions.

The issue is included in the world forum's program under the heading: "The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America against Cuba," to be debated in October. Read more.

Prensa Latina

Libyan NTC fighters pull back from Sirte

Fighters regrouping after forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi mount strong resistance in former leader's home city.

Libya's interim government forces have retreated from Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, after fighters loyal to the former leader mounted stiff resistance to an attempt to seize the city. Read more

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L. Americans urge end to UN veto power

Latin American countries have called for the abolition of the veto right for the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC), Press TV reports.

At the 66th UN General Assembly session, Latin American leaders have expressed their desire for major changes with respect to the composition of the UNSC as well as the right, reserved for its permanent members, to veto any resolution they deem against their own interests. Read more + video.

September 24, 2011

My Name Is Music - We Are Terrorists

Chris Hedges - Reality of Psychopaths

Chris Hedges talks on how spying and television allows the corporate state to take control of our minds and souls.

The consequences of which resulted in a liberalism that has become profoundly bankrupted. Author of The Death of the Liberal Class and other great books.

Video of heavy smoke over Tripoli after blasts in harbour

A series of explosions went off at a warehouse for military vehicles near Tripoli's harbour on Saturday afternoon and heavy black smoke poured out of the facility. The cause was not immediately known.

So far, since the revolutionaries took over in early August, there have been no significant attacks in the capital. A single firetruck battled the fire, which charred the roof of the building.

Meanwhile in the city of Sirte, backed by rockets and heavy artillery, hundreds of Libyan former rebels pushed into Gadhafi's hometown from the West on Saturday in the first significant assault in about a week.


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Al Jazeera - Mouthpiece for the US State Department?

The Arab Spring has changed the dynamics of the Arab world and it also changed the dynamics between Arab media and the US - especially when it comes to Al-Jazeera.

It wasn't long ago that Washington was criticizing the TV network for running Osama bin Laden videos, for instance. But now the tune has changed with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praising the network and other alternatives to the mainstream. RT's Annissa Naoui has more.

Jeb Corliss flies through Tianmen Hole

A special flying show takes place Saturday over in Hunan world-renowned wingsuit flights are getting ready the performance in Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie.

Wingsuit flying is the sport of flying the human body through the air using a special jumpsuit, called a wingsuit, which adds surface area to the human body to enable a significant increase in lift. Read more + videos.


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Iran Ahmadinejad: It´s not too late to fix US ties


September 23, 2011

Een hypocrisie te zwaar om dragen

Een Palestijnse staat kan er alleen maar komen op basis van onderhandelingen, aldus de VS en een aantal Europese leiders. Ze hebben nochtans de situatie mee helpen verzieken door goede relaties met de bezettingsmacht aan te knopen terwijl de kolonisatie elke dag voortschrijdt. Een hypocrisie die te zwaar wordt om dragen, vindt Ludo De Brabander.

Een Palestijnse staat kan er alleen maar komen op basis van onderhandelingen. Lees verder.

De Wereld Morgen

Gaddafi´s Forces Delay Opposition Offensive in Libya

Tripoli, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) The resistance of forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, in Sirte and Bani Walid, on Friday forced the armed opposition to redefine its strategy, in spite of ongoing attacks by NATO air strikes.

One month after taking the capital, forces of the self-called National Transitional Council (NTC) continue incapable of advancing on the two cities, considered Gaddafi´s bastions, while being affected by an undeniable deterioration of credibility and unfulfilled successive threats of a "final attack". Read more.

Robert Mugabe highlights peaceful role played by AU in Libya

Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, highlighted the role played by African Union (AU) in order to recover peace in Libya. 


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Leidt oprichting Palestijnse staat tot oplossing voor Palestijns probleem?

De Palestijnse staat werd 23 jaar geleden al eens uitgeroepen, op 15 november 1988 om precies te zijn. Niemand die het zich nog herinnert. Ik wel. Ik woonde toen in Dar es Salaam en de Palestijnse ambassadeur organiseerde er een champagnefuif. Met 103 flessen, zoveel als er landen waren die de staat erkenden. De flessen waren snel leeg. Ook de staat bleek een lege doos, schrijft Lucas Catherine.

Nochtans besloot de Algemene Vergadering van de VN in 1988 onder meer dit: "Wij erkennen de uitroeping van de Palestijnse staat door de Palestijnse Nationale Raad op 15 november 1988. Lees verder.

De Wereld Morgen

Abbas at UN: Palestinians ready to return to talks based on 1967 borders

Palestinian President speaks to world leaders in New York after he officially submits the Palestinian application for full UN membership.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Assembly Friday that he is ready to return to peace talks with Israel based on 1967 borders. Read more.


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Cannabis Coffee Shops: Should America Adopt Dutch Marijuana Regulations?

SAN FRANCISCO -- Should Americans be able to buy marijuana in coffee shops?

A new study by U.C. Berkeley Law and Policy Professor Robert MacCoun explores whether the United States would benefit from regulating cannabis like the Dutch. MacCoun examined the effects of the drug on Dutch society over the course of more than 30 years and discovered that America might have a lot to learn from what he dubs "quasi-legalization." Read more.

Huffington Post

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RT reporter caught in chaos as clashes erupt on Israel-Palestine border

Anticipation is building among Palestinians ahead of a formal request for UN recognition expected to be submitted later on Friday.

That's despite a U.S. promise to veto it - and reports that the Security Council won't hold a vote on the issue for some time. Clashes errupted at one of the checkpoints at Palestinian-Israeli border - RT's Paula Slier is at the scene of the unrest ...


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Max Keiser: Expect new crashes unless #occupywallstreet demands met!

Fears have increased over a second wave of worldwide economic recession, as Asian markets opened with a slump, after an arduous session on Wall Street. 

It's the second straight day of bad trading, after Thursday's global markets had their worst drop for a month. Max Kaiser, host of 'The Keiser Report', says banks are to blame...


Jewish activists support Palestinian Statehood bid in NY protest

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will take the podium at the United Nations on Friday to make a plea for a Palestinian Statehood, just days after US President Barack Obama delivered his message of support and sympathy for Israel rejecting the Palestinian bid.

The US President's statements garnered strong support from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called the president's stance a "badge of honor". Read more.

Press TV

Beurzen laten hoop varen

AMSTERDAM (ANP) - De Europese beurzen lieten vrijdag aan het begin van de middag de hoop weer varen. De belofte van de G20-landen om met een krachtig antwoord op de crisis te komen, zorgde kortstondig voor enige opluchting. De aanhoudende onzekerheid over Griekenland drukte de hoop echter weer de kop in.

,,De AEX beweegt zich rond de 265 punten en dat is zo'n beetje de onderkant van de bandbreedte. We moeten daar niet te veel uitvallen, want dan kunnen de valluiken richting de 230 punten opengaan. Lees verder.

Looking to Iran to cure Delta's health blues

Baptist Town, Mississippi is the home of blues—and one of the poorest communities in America. In Mississippi, infant mortality rates reach third-world levels, life expectancy is far lower for blacks than whites and more than 20% of the population doesn't have health insurance.

Which is why Doctors Aaron Shirley and Mohammad Shahbazi have looked to an unlikely model to cure the Delta's health blues—Iran's rural health houses. RT's Kaelyn Forde takes a look inside the plan to build health houses, staff them with welfare recipients and improve community health in Mississippi one house at a time.


Particles found to break speed of light

(Reuters) - An international team of scientists said on Thursday they had recorded sub-atomic particles traveling faster than light -- a finding that could overturn one of Einstein's long-accepted fundamental laws of the universe.

Antonio Ereditato, spokesman for the researchers, told Reuters that measurements taken over three years showed neutrinos pumped from CERN near Geneva to Gran Sasso in Italy had arrived 60 nanoseconds quicker than light would have done. Read more.


September 22, 2011

Bahrainis remain committed to revolution

Anti-regime protesters in Bahrain have once again poured onto the streets of the city of Sitra despite the ongoing crackdown by the Manama regime.

The protesters chanted slogans against the country's Saudi-backed monarch. Read more.

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Clashes Continue in Libya, NATO Puts off Aggression

Tripoli, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Rebel forces launched a new offensive Thursday to try to take two important strongholds of Muammar Gaddafi, encouraged by the NATO decision to put off its attack on Libya for another 90 days.

The opposition gunmen led by the self-proclaimed National Transition Council concentrated their resources, and redoubled their operations against Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown, and Bani Walid. Read more.

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Chileans Retake the Streets to Defend Public Education

Santiago de Chile, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Chilean students and workers hoped to hold another national day of protest on Thursday to demand far-reaching social and political changes, and to oppose government education policy.

After four months of mass demonstrations, more than 80 percent of the Chilean population is expected to support the demands of students and teachers for free, high-quality public education, and against profiteering in the sector. Read more.

Austerity strike hits Greek capital

Greeks in Athens have reacted angrily to the government's tougher austerity measures by staging a strike in the capital over further taxes and public spending cuts.

Athens was brought to a standstill on Thursday by a 24-hour public transport strike while teachers and municipal workers also staged walkouts. A four-hour work stoppage by air traffic controllers also forced airlines to cancel or reschedule flights. Read more.

Press TV

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US extreme capitalism a problem for the world - Ahmadinejad

Every popular uprising around the world against US-supported dictatorships is actually fueled by the “rejection of the extreme capitalist system which is inhuman at its core,” the Iranian president genuinely believes.

­Ahead of his speech at the UN General Assembly, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shared with RT his views on the Palestinian push for statehood, and the situation in the Middle East and his country in general. Read more.


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AEX hard onderuit door zorgen in Amerika

De beurs in Amsterdam is donderdag fors onderuit gegaan. Direct na opening daalde de AEX 2,6 procent. Rond het middaguur bedroeg het verlies 3,0 procent. De AEX-index in Amsterdam zakte in het eerste handelsuur 2,6 procent tot op 268,50 punten. De MidKap-index verloor 2,8 procent tot 454,05 punten.

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Ook de andere Europese beurzen doken naar beneden...  Lees verder.

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Aandelen massaal gedumpt -