February 29, 2012

Arabia awaits its spring

Staggeringly corrupt and repressed, Saudi Arabia is ripe for revolution. But fear deters reformers from declaring their views

'Let us strangle the last king with the guts of the last priest," the French 18th century philosopher Denis Diderot said. The same phrase is now widely repeated across Arabia – or Saudi Arabia, as it is currently named under the dynastic autocracy. It is only a matter of time before the revolutions that have swept the Arab world in the past year reach the Saudi kingdom. Read more.

The Guardian

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U.S. opposed to a drug legalization debate in Guatemala

In guatemala, many citizens are thinking that, behind drug trafficking, there are interests that would not allow to reach a consensus to hold a debate on drug decriminalisation. 

U.S. Secretary of Security Janet Napolitano made clear to Guatemalean President Otto Pérez Molina that it is not viable to discuss this issue.


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U.S. Tells South America to Shut Up About Legalizing Drugs - Activist Post
Central America confronts narco-trafficking (video) - Al Jazeera

Tarragona village wants to grow marihuana to get out of the recession

Not wanting to sell the crop, a deal could be done for therapeutic use.

A village in Tarragona has come up with a way to beat the recession. They propose to plant marihuana. Read more.

Typically Spanish

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Plantar marihuana para salir de la crisis (video) - 20Minutos.tv

Gemeenten niet blij met wietpas

Gemeenten voeren met grote tegenzin de wietpas in. Ze vrezen een toename van illegale softdrugshandel. Ook zeggen ze extra maatregelen en politiecapaciteit nodig te hebben voor de handhaving van de wietpas en het bestrijden van illegale handel en de daaruit voortkomende overlast.

Dat blijkt uit een enquête van de NOS aan de vooravond van het Tweede Kamerdebat over de wietpas. Lees verder + video.


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'Overheid overdrijft export wiet' - NU          

USA: OWS vs Corporations

Washington, Feb 29 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. movement Occupy Wall Street (OWS) will hold a day of action to shut down the corporations, whose center will be Denver city, Colorado. Protests will extend to New York, Oakland, Mexico City and over 80 other cities.

In Denver, a demonstration will leave Civic Center Park at 15:00 (local time) for the headquarters of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), according to www.occupywallst.org. Read more

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LIVE: #F29 Shut Down The Corporations (livestream video) - OccupyWallStreet

Regisseur documentaire 'Debtocracy': "Reddingsplannen hebben maar één doel: de banken redden"

Interview met Aris Hatzistefanou, één van de twee regisseurs van de Griekse documentaire 'Debtocracy' die voor het ogenblik furore maakt op het internet. Een gesprek over het ontstaan en succes van deze documentaire film en wat dit zegt over onze massamedia.

Aris Hatzistefanou, geboren in Athene, 34 jaar, is sinds zijn jonge jaren als journalist van alle markten thuis. Lees verder.

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- Decbtocracy (video) - Documentaire
Creditors to Greece are getting bailed out, not Greece (video) - RT   

DPRK says it will suspend nuclear activity

PYONGYANG, Feb. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Wednesday it would suspend nuclear tests, long-range missile launches, and uranium enrichment activity at Nyongbyon and allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment, according to the official KCNA news agency.

The move, announced by a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, came after the productive DPRK-U.S. high-level talks last week. Read more.

'Enough is Enough!' Spanish & Greeks unite in austerity rage

It's a day of mass protests across the EU, as people rail against austerity, cuts and economic hardships - which they say are not their fault. Fresh demonstration are brewing across Greece - as the government seeks to implement the drastic austerity measures that came with the latest EU bailout. 

The demonstrations will be synchronous with those in Spain - where people are angry at their own draconian cuts and bleak prospects.


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Enough is enough: EU austerity rage in PHOTOS (video) - RT
Spain police beat anti-austerity student protesters - PressTV

Iran to ditch dollar in foreign trades: CBI governor

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Mahmoud Bahmani says the country can trade in currencies other than the American dollar in its foreign transactions.

“Iran does not just work with the dollar in trade transactions and every country can pay in its own currency,” said Mahmoud Bahmani on Tuesday. Read more.

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Falkland Islands: Argentina Pursuing 'Policy Of Confrontation' Says Number 10

Downing Street today accused Argentina of pursuing a "policy of confrontation" over the Falkland Islands, after reports suggested the South American state's government was calling on companies to stop importing goods from the UK.

Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman said that the Argentine move was "counter-productive" and amounted to a misreading of British resolve over the disputed islands. Read more.

One in three single working Japanese women living in poverty

Over the years, Japan has become wealthy... or that's what you might think given the high fashion and passion for luxury on display.

The Japanese enjoy one of the richest lifestyles anywhere in the world. However, there is another side to society that very few get to see. Read more + video.

Spain Condemns Israeli Settlements in Palestine

Madrid, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Spain condemned on Tuesday the decision of Israeli authorities to authorize the construction of 695 new houses in settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank

In a statement released by the Foreign Ministry, the government of Mariano Rajoy, of the conservative Partido Popular, recalls that those settlements are illegal, according to international law. Read more.

Clashes are growing in Aysen

Clashes between the military police and Aysén's inhabitants have been restarting Monday during the night and have lasted until Tuesday morning in the south of Chile.

This is going on meanwhile Minister of Energy, Rodrigo Alvarez, will be visiting the region to initiate dialogue.


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Turmoil in Chilean Patagonia - Prensa Latina

Anonymous Revenge: Interpol site down after hacktivists arrested

The Interpol website has reportedly become the latest target of the so-called 'Hacktivist Anonymous group' which advocates Internet freedom. 

The attack came as Interpol announced it arrested 25 suspected hackers from the movement in Europe and South America. RT's Tesa Arcilla has more on the story.

Banks gorge on 530 billion euros of ECB funds

(Reuters) - Banks grabbed 530 billion euros at the European Central Bank's second offering of cheap three-year funds on Wednesday, fuelling expectations that credit will flow to businesses and borrowing costs will ease for governments hit by the euro zone crisis.

In the space of two months, the ECB has now injected more than a trillion euros into the financial system, banishing the threat of a credit crunch. Read more.

Spain’s trouble the euro – economist

The economic disaster that heavily indebted Spain has found itself in is clearly a consequence of Spain joining the euro, insists economist Dr. Manuel Balmaseda.

When Spain joined the euro, the EU Central Bank settled overly low interest rates, resulting in Spain receiving“enormous amounts of credit which increased Spanish indebtedness, particularly foreign”. Read more.


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Is Spain the next Greece? (video) - RT   

Spain students protest cuts, police violence

Students across Spain staged sit-ins and planned mass demonstrations Wednesday over crisis spending cuts and recent police violence against protestors.

Students' and pupils' associations called marches in towns across the country to protest the austerity measures they say are disrupting classes and cutting thousands of teaching jobs. Read more.


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Valencia student protest expected (video) - BBC
Spanish Education budget cuts protest (video) - YouTube

One of the demonstrations about the education budget cuts in Valencia, Spain.

'99-percenters need to press ahead with Occupy protests in US'

The 99-percenters in the US have boosted their efforts by mounting pressure on American corporations over the economic inequalities in the country.

Mark Glenn, author and political commentator from Idaho, shares his thoughts on the new targets of the Occupy movement in an interview with Press TV. Read more + video.

The Israeli Military Invade Ramallah and Shutdown a Local TV Station

The Israeli military targeted on Wednesday Watan TV, a local Palestinian television station broadcasting from the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

“Around 2 am a large military force surrounded the station building and stormed our offices; at first we thought they are coming to conduct arrests at the nearby Al Amariy refugee camp.” Hamza al Salaymah, Watan TV reporter, told IMEMC. Read more.


The new face of Colombian paramilitaries

In spite of alleged dismantling of the paramilitary organisations which were conducted during the presidency of former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe Velez, these groups continue to be active in Colombia.

The new paramilitary forces, now hiding behind the facade of gangs of criminals, are finding new ways to commit their crimes, hand in hand with law enforcement.


HRW demands Libyan militia hand over Press TV team

Human Rights Watch has demanded a militia in Libya, who is illegally holding two British journalists working mainly for Press TV, to hand them over to the Libyan government.

In the early hours of Feb. 22, the Saraya Swehli militia arrested Nicholas Davies and his cameraman Gareth Montgomery-Johnson in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, along with two locals. Read more.

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Occupy London activists to continue anti-capitalist protests

Occupy London protesters, whose encampments were destroyed by police and bailiffs, have promised to hold official outdoor “general assemblies” on St Paul’s Cathedral doorsteps to continue their anti-capitalist movement.

Around 300 riot police and 100 bailiffs staged a midnight raid Tuesday, dismantled the camp, and loaded the tents, placards into rubbish trucks. Read more.

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UK: Occupy London camp evicted (video) - teleSUR

February 28, 2012

Elixir of the toxic frog

Zware thema’s in een sappig kikkerstuk

#Toneel De Vlaamse schrijver Peter de Graef laat in de zwarte komedie Boiling Frog zien? dat de wereld gek aan het worden is. Een pasklaar antwoord op onze rat race heeft hij niet.

‘Als ik een kikker in een pan met kokend water gooi, probeert het beest er als een gek uit te geraken. Meteen. Als ik het water echter geleidelijk aan de kook breng, is er geen enkel moment waarop die kikker besluit het water te verlaten. Lees verder.

Spain, South America arrest 25 in hacking probe

Feb 28 (Reuters) - Spain and three South American countries arrested 25 suspected hackers associated with the Anonymous activist group on Tuesday on accusations of defacing government and corporate websites, officials said.

Spanish police also accused one of four suspects picked up in the cities of Madrid and Malaga of releasing personal data about police officers and bodyguards protecting Spain's royal family and the prime minister. Read more.

Anyone's a Terrorist: Fear-mongering machine takes over US

Presidential authorisation for the military to detain terror suspects without charge or trial has left Americans wary.

Washington says it's beefing up national security as part of the war on terror. But critics say fear-mongering is dividing, not uniting the nation. RT's Marina Portnaya reports.


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Cyber War Threat: US to fight enemy it created itself (video) - RT

Colombia: Procedures to Free Prisoners Speed Up

Bogota, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) After the announcement of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) of releasing 10 prisoners, the corresponding bodies are speeding up procedures and taking steps to materialize this promise.

The Colombians for Peace Group (CCP) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) met on Monday to finalize the details of the process, in which Brazil will participate. Read more.

Prensa Latina

Israel violates prisoner swap deal, re-arresting ex-inmates

A human rights activist says the Israeli regime has violated the 2011 prisoner exchange deal as part of its persisting repression against Palestinians, Press TV reports.

Joe Carton, an American activist in the Gaza Strip, told Press TV on Sunday that the re-arrest of five Palestinian prisoners “in violation of the prisoner exchange negotiated with the governments of Gaza and Egypt are part of Israel’s ongoing repression against just resistance by the Palestinian people against the ongoing occupation, apartheid and siege imposed upon their land.” Read more.

Gaza power plant closes again

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Gaza's only power plant has been forced to shut down for the second time in two weeks due to a fuel shortage, the energy authority in the Gaza Strip said Tuesday. 

Energy officials appealed to Egypt to provide Gaza with a sufficient amount of fuel to allow regular operation of the plant, adding that the disruptions were inflicting a heavy toll on the 1.7 million Palestinian residents of the blockaded strip. Read more.

Situation remains tense in Libyan town of Kufra: UN

A UN report states that the situation in Libya’s southeastern town of Kufra remains tense following days of clashes that have claimed the lives of over 100 people.

According to an assessment by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN Humanitarian Country Team, tribal clashes in the town have displaced half of the population in the area although a ceasefire brokered by local officials remains in effect. Read more.

Britain eyeing share in Somalia's future energy industry

British media say the government’s move to offer humanitarian aid and security assistance to Somalia is aimed at winning a stake in country's future energy industry.

In a report published Saturday, The Guardian revealed Britain’s involvement in a secret high-stakes dash for oil in Somalia. Read more.

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Iran may open door to military research sites - envoy to IAEA

The UN nuclear inspectors' latest visit to Iran has left them still of the mind that the country is NOT co-operating enough over its atomic programme.

Their report says uranium enrichment is increasing, but it's in line with what Iran says it's doing. The country's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Asghar Soltani, joins RT live from Vienna.


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Iran 'optimistic' on future of nuclear talks with UN watchdog - Haaretz

"Why in the World are They Spraying?" - Trailer

Coming Fall 2012: "Why in the World are They Spraying? Produced by the Originator and Co-Producer of "What in the World are They Spraying?"

Michael J. Murphy Co-Produced by Barry Kolsky is an investigative documentary into one of the many agendas associated with chemtrail/geoengineering programs, "weather control"

Why Angels

Gemeente Den Haag en Occupy moeten in overleg

DEN HAAG - De gemeente Den Haag en de actievoerders van Occupy die op het Malieveld staan, moeten in gesprek om tot een oplossing te komen in het conflict tussen beide partijen.

Dat heeft de rechtbank dinsdag bepaald. De gemeente was naar de rechter gestapt om de betogers woensdag van het Malieveld te kunnen krijgen. Lees verder.

Make children the cornerstone of urban decision-making, urges Unicef

UN agency casts spotlight on urban inequity, suggesting millions of children are being excluded from vital services

Unicef has urged governments to put children at the heart of urban planning – and to improve services for all – since the majority of the world's children will grow up in towns or cities rather than in rural areas. Read more.


UN Welcomes Announcement by Colombian Guerrillas

Bogota, Feb 27 (Prensa table Latina) The representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Todd Howland, highlighted on Monday the guerrillas´ announcement to ban hostage taking, describing it as a step towards peace.

"The announcement made by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is a good sign aimed at peace or at a negotiation between the parties in conflict," said Howland. Read more.

Millions of Indian workers go on strike to protest soaring prices

Millions of Indian workers have launched a strike to express anger over soaring prices and demand better working conditions.

India's major trade unions and thousands of smaller unions have voiced support for the one-day nationwide industrial action that began midnight Monday and is expected to affect banks, transportation, post offices and ports. Read more.

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'Occupy Wall Street' protests genetically modified foods

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators marched on Monday -- calling for better government regulation of the most basic things -- the food that we eat and the water we drink.

Much of the anger was directed at Monsanto -- a corporate giant that makes genetically modified seeds for corn -- cotton -- soybeans and other staples -- making them more able to survive pesticides. Read more.

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UK: Occupy London camp evicted

London police began to dismantle the "Occupy London" camp at St Paul's Cathedral, in the financial district of the city, the camp grew to about 200 tents, following the Occupy Wall Street protest which is amed to fight against economic inequalities.


Japan Weighed Evacuating Tokyo in Nuclear Crisis

TOKYO — In the darkest moments of last year’s nuclear accident, Japanese leaders did not know the actual extent of damage at the plant and secretly considered the possibility of evacuating Tokyo, even as they tried to play down the risks in public, an independent investigation into the accident disclosed on Monday.

The investigation by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, a new private policy organization, offers one of the most vivid accounts yet of how Japan teetered on the edge of an even larger nuclear crisis than the one that engulfed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Read more.

NY Times

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Japan leaders 'played down nuclear crisis' (video) - Al Jazeera

Anonymous joins forces with OWS against NDAA-supporting politicians

America’s most powerful protest groups are joining forces to warn elected officials that they will be held accountable for their actions. The campaign is called Our Polls and its being launched with help from both Anonymous and the Occupy movement.

The AnonOps Communications website revealed details early Monday this week regarding the hacktivist collective’s latest campaign. Along with the nation-wide Occupy Wall Street movement, Anonymous says they are going after the politicians in America that supported legislation that both entities have largely advocated against. Read more.

February 27, 2012

Vandana Shiva - "Sharing means more for everyone"

India says will continue oil imports from Iran

Indian Oil Minister Jaipal Reddy has brushed aside the recent US and European Union (EU) economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic, saying New Delhi will continue to purchase Iranian crude.

Speaking at the meeting of the Indian Parliamentary Consultative Committee, Reddy said, "We respect UN sanctions but will not honor any other sanction.” Read more.

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Syria says new constitution approved

Charter meant to end decades of one-party rule receives 89.4 per cent approval, state TV says.

Syrian state television has announced that 89.4 per cent of voters said "yes" to new constitution in a controversial referendum. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Syria says nearly 90% of voters approve new constitution amid bloodshed - Al Arabiya
Assad: Syria under media attack - Al Bawaba

Qatari PM urges world to provide Syrian rebels with arms - PressTV
Syria warns West: Arming opposition is 'big mistake' - Haaretz

China: US Criticism over Syria Unacceptable - Al Manar
China: US has no moral right to ‘protect’ Arabs - RT

Syria announces constitutional referendum result, dismissed by opposition - Xinhua
Russia and China will continue supporting Syria (video) - teleSUR

German Parliament Approves Greek Bailout Package

Large Majority

The German parliament on Monday approved the second Greek bailout package with a large majority, as expected. A total of 496 lawmakers voted in favor and 90 against, reports said. Chancellor Angela Merkel succeeded in pushing the vote through but failed to secure an absolute majority in her government.

The German parliament on Monday approved the €130 billion ($175 billion) second bailout package for Greece with a large majority, as expected. Read more.

Engdahl: 'Greek bailout terms remind of Hitler epoch'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging her lawmakers to support the new rescue package for Greece. 

This despite worries that Athens will need even more cash in the future, and suggestions from Germany's Interior Minister that it's time Greece left the Eurozone altogether. 


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Controle Europees noodfonds slecht geregeld

De controle op de bestedingen van het Europees Monetair noodfonds (ESM) is volgens de Algemene Rekenkamer slecht geregeld. Vandaag roept ze Tweede Kamerleden in een brandbrief op om in actie te komen.

Nederland staat voor veertig miljard euro garant in het permanente ESM, bedoeld om de zeventien eurolanden van de Europese Unie en instellingen als banken te redden bij financiële problemen. Lees verder + video.


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Big Food Must Go: Why We Need to Radically Change the Way We Eat

This is not a problem we can solve by going vegetarian or vegan, or buying organic and fair trade.

It is no longer news that a few powerful corporations have literally occupied the vast majority of human sustenance. The situation is perilous: nearly all of human food production, seeds, food processing and sales, is run by a handful of for-profit firms which, like any capitalist enterprise, function to maximize profit and gain ever-greater market share and control. Read more.


'CIA feeds us bad info on Iran nukes' - IAEA ex-head

UN nuclear watchdog IAEA has been closely cooperating with the world's spy agencies, including on Iran, for years, former head of the agency, Hans Blix, told RT.

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Iran's female Ninjas outraged by Reuters

Last month, a report aired on Press TV about Iranian women training for Japanese Ninjutsu got a lot of buzz online and won media attention worldwide. But when Reuters News Agency put a different spin on the story in a separate report filed two weeks later, it outraged these martial arts athletes who say Reuters has distorted the truth.

Swift, powerful, and agile, these young ladies training for Ninujtusu never expected to be described as "assassins" when they opened their doors to Reuters news agency. Read more + video.

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- Iran - Iranian Ninjas (video) - PressTV

Stratforgate: WikiLeaks releases ‘shadow CIA’ mail

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks has exposed more than 5 million emails apparently obtained by the hacking of Stratfor, the private intelligence company dubbed the “shadow CIA”. The leak may be as high-profile as that of the State Department cables.

­The emails, dated between July 2004 and late December 2011, give a glimpse on the inner workings of the company. Read more.

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ETA apologises over armed movement in Spain

MADRID — The political wing of the Basque separatist group ETA apologised publicly for the first time Sunday for the "pain" caused by the armed struggle that was abandoned last year.

"Izquierda Abertzale recognises that through its statements and acts it may have conveyed an image of insensitivity towards the pain caused by ETA's actions," said a manifesto titled "Let Us Build Peace in the Democratic Process". Read more.

Wist je dat het scenario voor de oorlog tegen Syrië is uitgetekend?

De oorlogsopbouw tegen Syrië, inclusief propaganda, gaat in crescendo. Het gestook krijgt meer en meer een religieus karakter en het land dreigt af te stevenen op een falende staat, made in USA.

Je weet misschien nog dat Sarkozy in 2008 president Assad een warm onthaal heeft gegeven in Parijs. Maar wist je ook dat de journalisten van Figaro van hun directie instructies hadden gekregen om niets te schrijven over politieke gevangenen in Syrië? Lees verder.

De Wereld Morgen

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'Bewapenen rebellen Syrië kan al-Qaeda helpen' - NU        

Study says Mayan civilization was wiped out by drought

A recent study has suggested that the conditions caused by a mild drought might have been the reason for the collapse of the Mayan civilization.

The research published in the journal Nature says a continuous 25 to 40 percent drop in rainfall reduced water supplies in the homeland of the ancient Maya civilization located in what is now southern Mexico and Guatemala. Read more.

Clouds are at the Lowest Levels of Past Decade

Washington, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) New Zealand scientists discovered that terrestrial clouds are at the lowest level of the last decade, which may have implications for global climate, highlights an article published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Using satellite observations and measurements specialists at the University of Auckland found that in 10 years the clouds "dropped" from 30 to 40 meters. Read more.

BP oil spill trial delayed a week

NEW ORLEANS — The BP trial in New Orleans to determine how much the British energy giant owes for the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been delayed a week to allow for more settlement talks, a court order said Sunday.

The blockbuster trial, in which tens of billion of dollars are at stake, and in which a federal judge will rule on whether deadly missteps constitute gross negligence leading up to the spill, had been due to start Monday. Read more.

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February 26, 2012

Stop Shell's Arctic Drilling - Greenpeace climbers on the National Gallery


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Syria referendum goes ahead amid military onslaught

(Reuters) - At least 59 Syrian civilians and soldiers were killed on Sunday in bloodshed that coincided with a vote on a new constitution that could keep President Bashar al-Assad in power until 2028.

Assad says the referendum shows his commitment to democratic reform while Western powers and Syrians involved in an 11-month-old revolt against his rule have described it as a farce. Read more + video.

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Syria holds vote on new constitution (video) - Al Jazeera

Libyan investigation into tribal warfare

Two weeks of fighting between rival tribes in a remote corner of Libya has killed dozens of people. The shooting broke out in the southeastern town of Kufra, close to Libya's border with Chad and Sudan.

Government representatives and troops are now in the region trying to negotiate a ceasefire. Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston reports from Tripoli.

Al Jazeera

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France and Libya agree to boost militray cooperation (video) - CNTV

Libya: NTC Chairman Denies Khamis Capture, Warns Neighbouring Countries over Harbouring Pro-Gaddafi Criminals - Tripoli Post
BREAKING NEWS: Khamis Gaddafi Captured by Zintan Forces, Another Blow to Pro-Gaddafi Remnants - Tripoli Post

99-percenters rally in Oakland against police brutality

Anti-corporate protesters in the United States, the 99-percenters, have once again taken to the streets in the port city of Oakland to protest against police crackdown on the protests.

Despite massive police crackdowns on the demonstrators, the unemployed people and members of workers' unions attended the rallies to challenge the US police brutality. Read more.

Colombia's FARC rebels 'to free hostages'

Country's largest left-wing rebel group vows to end once and for all its practice of kidnapping civilians.

Colombia's FARC, the country's largest left-wing rebel group, vowed to free 10 remaining police and military hostages and to end once and for all its practice of kidnapping civilians. Read more.

Radiation fears spark thousands of Malaysians to rally

Thousands of people rallied against the Australian-owned Lynas rare earth plant in the coastal town of Kuantan, a three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's federal capital.

Driven by the fears of possible radioactive leaks and contamination, they held placards and chanted in both English and the local Malay language, demanding the factory be shut down. Read more + video.

'IAEA report proves peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program'

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s team has returned from Iran and filed a report in which it claims Iranian officials refused to provide the Agency with access to a key military installation. But speaking with Press TV, Iranian Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh says there is much more to the story.

The Parchin site was cleared in 2005 according to Ambassador Soltanieh by the IAEA. Read more.

Iran declares strategic policy to strengthen Lebanese army

Iran also denies reports that it refused to give Greece a shipment of 500,000 barrels of crude oil in retaliation for European Union sanctions.

Iran's defense minister says it is Tehran's strategic policy to strengthen the Lebanese army. The comments by Gen. Ahmad Vahidi to his visiting Lebanese counterpart, Fayez Ghosn, were posted on the Iranian defense ministry's website Sunday. Read more.

New Mediterranean oil and gas bonanza

The Middle East could soon see new battles over rights to oil and gas beneath the eastern Mediterranean in the Levant Basin and Aegean Sea. The discovery of huge reserves off Israel's coast is changing the geopolitical balance of power in the region.

­An Israeli leviathan
­Energy self-sufficiency had eluded the state of Israel since its founding in 1948. Read more.

Iran refuses to deliver 500k-barrel oil shipment to Greece

Iran has refused to deliver a 500,000 barrel shipment of oil to Greece in response to EU oil sanctions imposed against the country.

According to a report by Fars News Agency on Sunday, oil tankers that had come to transfer 500,000 barrels of Iranian crude oil to Hellenic refining complex in Greece were forced to return empty-handed after the Islamic Republic refused to deliver the shipment. Read more.

OWS files lawsuit against police violence

Occupy Wall Street protesters in Oakland have accused the state of suppression and have filed a law suit over excessive and unnecessary police violence.

Press TV has interviewed Mark Mason, a prominent Occupy movement protester in Oakland about the physical suppression by the state against citizen’s constitutional rights. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview. Read more.

Ringing the Changes: Thousands rally 'for fair vote' in Moscow

A ring of solidarity - that was the hope of protesters who are calling for free and fair elections in Russia. Thousands of people took part in today's attempt to surround the centre of Moscow.

Holding hands, they wanted to complete the city's Garden Ring, the road which encircles the historic centre. RT's correspondent Peter Oliver, who there right now.


The Miserable Rich - Ringing The Changes

February 25, 2012

BRICS Countries to Discuss Ways Out of European Crisis

New Delhi, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the BRICS Group) is expected to discuss in late March whether to help the Old Continent to escape from the quicksand of the financial crisis.

The issue will be studied during the summit of heads of State and Government of BRICS on March 29 in New Delhi, announced Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Read more.

Perpetual debt machine: U.S. national debt is 5000 times larger than ...

Have you noticed that very few people in the mainstream media ever directly criticize the Federal Reserve? But why should that be the case? Criticizing top politicians from both major political parties has become a national pastime.

Most Americans love to throw mud at either the Republicans or the Democrats. But we are told that the Federal Reserve is "above politics" and that it is absolutely vital that the Fed remain "independent". Read more.

The Miserable Rich - The Time That's Mine

Anger Debtline: Thousands protest after police violence in Spain

Crowds of students in Spain are turning out once again in Valencia against planned education cuts. Earlier this week, the police were accused of being heavy-handed when similar demonstrations ended in clashes.


British banks post record losses

Britain’s disgraced high street banks are once again getting a beating at the hands of public opinion.

Widely blamed for causing Britain’s financial crisis by recklessly gambling money and lending excessively, they subsequently received the biggest taxpayer-funded bailout in history. Read more.

France faces record unemployment

Record unemployment has hit France. One out of every 10 French is now looking for a job. 

31 percent of the French GDP spent as financial aid to the unemployed. Read more.


Conflict in Mali could increase food crisis

Over 75,000 people flee to escape violence in northern Mali between the Tuareg rebels and the army causing overcrowding in refugee camps on the border with Niger, UN missioners and Red Cross fear this mass migration could bring more problems into the region lashed by drought and famine.


9 hurt in clashes after protester's funeral

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Nine Palestinians were injured Saturday in clashes in al-Ram, northern Jerusalem, following the funeral of a Palestinian killed Friday by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank.

Talat Ramia, 25, died in surgery late Friday after Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest with live fire at a protest. Israel's army says the protester had fired fireworks at the soldiers. Read more.


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Fayyad: Death of Palestinian protester proves Israel is emboldened by global inaction - Haaretz
Jerusalem clashes video: Police use flashbangs against Palestinians at Al-Aqsa (video) - RT

Palestinians protest against Israeli aggression (video) - PressTV

Spanish railway workers stage three-hour strike, more to come

Spanish railway workers in the country’s capital, Madrid, have staged a three-hour strike to protest the lack of government employees, Press TV reports.

The employees of Spain’s National Train Company staged a three-hour strike on Friday, saying the railway service is under-staffed and that authorities have failed to comply with an agreement to hire more people. Read more + video.

Anticrisiswapen van Spaans dorp: Utopia

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Chicago Workers Stop Layoffs After Occupying Their Factory

Workers facing layoffs at a Chicago window factory have declared victory after occupying their plant for 11 hours.

Through direct community action, including the support of Occupy Chicago, the workers and their union prevented the California-based Serious Energy company from closing the plant for another 90 days. Read more.


Protests in Greece continue

In Greece, workers from the metallurgical sector as well as students gathered in the nation s capitol, to show their opposition to the austerity measures approved by the government.

These protests are taking place amidst reservations within the international community regarding whether or not the new bailout plan will be effective.


EU Should Admit Greece is Bankrupt

Stop the Second Bailout Package! 

Greece is bankrupt and will need a 100 percent debt cut to get back on its feet. The bailout package about to be agreed by the euro finance ministers will help Greece's creditors more than the country itself. EU leaders should channel the aid into rebuilding the economy rather than rewarding financial speculators for their high-risk deals. Read more.

Tribal violence increases in Libya; at least 50 dead

Tribal violence continues to rock Libya, while the self-named National Transition Council is admitting that it is unable to establish order in the nation. 

50 people have been killed and hundreds injured.


February 24, 2012

Nabi Saleh residents protest Israeli settlers attacks in al-Quds

Palestinians took part in a demonstration against Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian lands and attacks by Israeli settlers in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh. The protesters also voiced their anger against the presence of Israeli settlers in al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem al Quds.

Clashes broke out between the protesters and the Israeli occupation forces at the entrance of the village. Read more + video.


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PCHR Weekly Report: 25 Palestinians wounded, 21 abducted in 74 Israeli incursions - IMEMC

Occupy London protestors to be evicted

Four months ago thousands of anti-capitalism protestors descended on the square outside one of London’s most famous landmarks, St Paul’s cathedral.

Their message was simple - the rich, warmongering elite minority have caused the global financial crisis. And the rest of society shouldn’t have to suffer for their recklessness. Read more.


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UK court rejects Occupy London eviction challenge - Huffington Post

Friends of Syria? Peaceful resolution vs intervention

World leaders and Syrian opposition are attending the "Friends of Syria" forum in Tunisia, seeking a solution to the escalating bloodshed. Humanitarian aid will top the agenda, amid rising suspicions this may be a pretext for military intervention.

RT's Maria Finoshina takes a look at the noose tightening around Damascus.


Syrian rebels confirm receiving arms from Western countries

Syrian rebels have confirmed that foreign countries, including the West, are arming them to fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Speaking at an international conference on Syria unrest in Tunisia, a Syrian opposition source said on Friday that several countries are providing armed groups in Syria with weapons, which are being smuggled into the country.  Read more.

Solidarity with Aysen is felt throughout Chile

Solidarity with Aysén's social movement is causing mobilisations in several cities of Chile. Today, there will be a demonstration in Santiago and a "cacerolazo" in Chillán.

Early in the morning this Friday, the street and road blockades were continuing in Aysén as well as police repression.


‘US per capita government debt worse than Greece’s’

A ranking member of the US Senate Budget Committee has revealed that the per capita government debt of the United States is worse than that of all the European nations, including Greece, the one with the heaviest debt burden in the continent.

The office of Senator Jeff Sessions published a chart online on Thursday that compared the government debt per capita of Greece, Ireland, Italy, France, Portugal, and Spain with that of the United States. Read more.

Iran not seeking nuclear arms: Ayatollah Khamenei

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denied that Iran is seeking to acquire nuclear weapons, his statements came after the departure of an International Atomic Energy Agency mission who made a two-day visit to Teheran.


Activists protest at International Conference on Somalia

While in London is being held the international conference on Somalia, a group of Somalis protested for what they consider a plan of intervention in their territory, the protest's name is "Hands Off Somalia", among other charges, they blamed UK for dumping of toxic waste on Somalia's waters.


February 23, 2012

Conference calls for urgent action in Somalia

Leaders in London warn world will "pay the price" for failing to help the country tackle instability, war and pirates.

Global leaders have called for urgent action on Somalia, warning that the world will "pay the price" for failing to help the country tackle its political instability, civil war and pirates. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Somali govt. forces take full control of 6 towns in south - PressTV

Movement "I DON'T PAY" is spreading across Europe

Occupy Landelijk Demonstratie

Occupy Rotterdam moet weg

Occupy Rotterdam moet verdwijnen van het Rotterdamse Beursplein. De tenten van de demonstranten moeten weg, vanwege de start van het evenementen- en terrassenseizoen in april van dit jaar. Dat heeft burgemeester Aboutaleb laten weten.

Het kamp van de Rotterdamse Occupy-beweging staat sinds oktober vorig jaar op het Beursplein voor de deur van het WTC. Lees verder.

Eastern Block: Iran oil fuels Tiger's appetite

Israel has rebuffed all warnings against striking Iran, which have been consistently coming from the international community. The country's foreign minister says it's Israel's business alone over whether to carry out an attack.

Tel Aviv suspects Iran's atomic activities have military purposes, repeatedly saying there's a need for a pre-emptive strike. But its Western allies haven't backed the idea, saying tough economic sanctions against Tehran need time to work. However there are growing doubts over the effectiveness of penalties. RT's Priya Sridhar reports from New Delhi.



Japan nuclear safety standards defective

The nuclear blame-game is heating up in Japan. In his testimony to parliament, Japan's nuclear safety chief apologized for the country's defective nuclear regulations. 

He was referring to last year's earthquake and tsunami that knocked out the power and cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant that sent its three reactors into meltdown, causing massive radiation leaks. Read more.


OPERA Experiment Reports Anomaly in Flight Time of Neutrinos from CERN to Gran Sasso

The OPERA collaboration has informed its funding agencies and host laboratories that it has identified two possible effects that could have an influence on its neutrino timing measurement.

These both require further tests with a short pulsed beam. If confirmed, one would increase the size of the measured effect, the other would diminish it. Read more.

Science Daily

Firestorm Forecast: 'Syria can set region ablaze'

The UN is seeking to send its humanitarian chief to Syria to secure aid delivery to civilians caught-up in the fighting.

The international body is also preparing to investigate the country's officials over allegations they've committed crimes against humanity. RT's correspondent in Damascus, Maria Finoshina, has been keeping across developments on the ground.


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EU's Ashton criticizes Israel for approval of 'illegal' settlement homes

In statement, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs says Israeli, Palestinians must refrain from 'provocative actions which undermine the prospects for continuing the dialogue.

'The European Union's Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton criticized on Thursday Israel's recent approval of new homes in the West Bank settlement of Shilo, adding that Israeli settlements were "illegal under international law." Read more.

Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine

A brief and crucial history of the United States

February 22, 2012

Saudis rally afresh in east

Protesters have held fresh demonstrations against the ruling House of Saud in eastern Saudi Arabia amid ongoing anti-regime uprising in the kingdom, Press TV reports.

On Wednesday, demonstrators took to the streets in the Eastern Province’s towns of Qatif and Saihat as well as Tarut Island, demanding the release of imprisoned rights activists. Read more.

Kadhafi blijft onrust stoken

Toen hij nog leefde, slaagde Muamar Kadhafi er met enige regelmaat in zijn buurlanden te destabiliseren. De Libische kolonel steunde tal van rebellenbewegingen in Afrika. Zelfs na zijn dood blijkt Kadhafi's rol van regionale stokebrand nog niet helemaal uitgespeeld.

Vooral Mali heeft te kampen met een gewelddadige erfenis. Lees verder + video.

Opkomst HPV-vaccinatie nog steeds te laag


De baarmoederhalskankervaccinaties gaan hun vierde jaar in. Deskundigen twijfelen niet aan de veiligheid van het vaccin. Toch komen er bij de vaccinaties weinig meisjes opdagen. Het opkomstpercentage schommelt tussen de 50 en 60 procent, waar andere vaccinatieprogramma’s vaak boven de 95 procent zitten.

Marina Conyn, hoofd van het Rijksvaccinatieprogramma, baalt hiervan. Lees verder.

'Het vertrouwen zal spoedig herstellen na de geruststellende woorden van deze director research bij ViciniVax een  producent van het HPV-vaccin oncoloog.'

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- Reclame Code Commissie 

Bloedgeld: Laura Bush Children’s Hospital in Basra. Fallujah: verdoemd

In Fallujah werd op 18 februari een besmettingshaard van radio-actief materiaal gevonden. Artsen in Fallujah zijn getuige van een ongekend aantallen aangeboren afwijkingen, miskramen en kankergevallen. Het aantal van deze gevallen is snel toegenomen sinds 2005. Laura Bush is geweldig trots op haar prestatie: al die Iraakse kinderen met kanker die behandeld worden in HAAR ziekenhuis in Basra.

Fallujah is onderhevig aan radioactieve besmetting als gevolg van militaire operaties. Lees verder.

Experts: Occupy Wall Street likely to topple US administration

Occupy Wall Street Movement Conference in Tehran. University professors and scholars from around the world discussed various aspects of Occupy Wall Street Movement.

Scholars talked about the nature of the people that take part in the Wall Street movement , what affects it has had up to now and its future. Some Experts believe that the movement is not composed of jobless people as some claim. Read more.


EU suspends ACTA ratification, refers treaty to court

The EU has suspended the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and referred the text to the European Court of Justice to investigate possible rights breaches.

The European Commission decided on Wednesday to ask the EU's top court "to clarify that the ACTA agreement and its implementation must be fully compatible with freedom of expression and freedom of the internet." Read more.


Combined vaccine tied to fever-related seizures

(Reuters Health) - Babies who got a single shot that included vaccines against tetanus and whooping cough were at higher risk of having a fever-related seizure on the same day in a new study from Denmark.

However, researchers found the chance of having a seizure was still small after the shots, and kids who got them weren't any more likely to go on to develop epilepsy than those who weren't vaccinated, as some evidence had suggested. Read more.


Hubble Reveals a New Class of Extrasolar Planet

ScienceDaily (Feb. 21, 2012) — Observations by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have come up with a new class of planet, a waterworld enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere.

It's smaller than Uranus but larger than Earth. An international team of astronomers led by Zachory Berta of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) made the observations of the planet GJ 1214b. Read more.

Science Daily

Two Western journalists killed in Syria

(Reuters) - Two Western journalists were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday when shells hit the house they were staying in, opposition activists and witnesses said.

They were Marie Colvin, an American working for Britain's Sunday Times, and French photographer Remi Ochlik, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said. Read more.


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Rami Al-Sayed, Syrian Citizen Journalist, Is Killed During Attack On Homs (video) - NPR