March 31, 2012

Obama urges Warren ‘Buffett rule’ passage

President Barack Obama repeated his call Saturday for Congress to act on the so-called Buffett rule — calling the measure “common sense,” not class warfare.

The Buffett rule, named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett, was first floated by Obama late last year after a New York Times op-ed by the Omaha businessman encouraged Congress to raise taxes on the wealthy. Read more.


René González is in Cuba

René González, one of the five anti-terrorist Cuban fighters unfairly given harsh prison sentences in the United States, arrived to Cuba on Friday on a family, private visit in the wake of authorization by a US judge to visit his gravely ill brother.

According to information released by the TV news program, René arrived minutes alter midday. Read more.

Demonstratie tegen Kapitalisme blijft Rustig

UTRECHT - Het is zaterdagmiddag rustig gebleven bij de anti-kapitalistische demonstratie die vanaf station Utrecht Overvecht naar de binnenstad trok. Een paar honderd actievoerders verzamelden zich om hun onvrede te uiten over de aankomende bezuinigingen in Nederland.

Ook de maatregelen die Griekenland opgelegd kreeg vanuit Europa wekten de wrok van de anti-kapitalisten. Lees verder + video.

Analysis: Storm clouds gather over Monti's Italy reform drive

(Reuters) - Storm clouds are gathering over Mario Monti's efforts to transform the Italian economy, with his approval ratings dropping, mounting protests against his reforms and a damaging row with the parties that sustain him in parliament.

Monti shot out of the blocks after being appointed prime minister in November and quickly implemented tough austerity measures to fend off the debt crisis. Read more.

M31 Anti-Capitalist Protest in Frankfurt

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German police attack anti-capitalism protesters - PressTV
Anti-capitalism protests turn violent in Germany (video) - Reuters

US terror drone kills 18 in southern Somalia

At least 18 people have been killed and a dozen others injured in an attack by US assassination drones in southern Somalia, Press TV reports.

The causalities come after an unmanned aircraft fired several missiles at al-Shabab positions in the Daynile District in west Mogadishu on Saturday. Read more.

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NDAA - the first step to the death of individual liberties

A group of journalists and activists made a statement at a court in New York against the National Defense Authorization Act. The group has filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration and are determined to overturn NDAA.

The bill allows the US military to legally detain suspected terrorists indefinitely and without charge or trial - that includes American citizens. This also means that journalists covering terror threats and interviewing terrorists fall under the umbrella.

Raha Wala, an attorney with the law and security programm at Human Rights First talks to RT's Kristine Frazao about some legal implications of the bill.


NSA storing the personal data of Americans?

A new data center has been built in Utah for the National Security Agency, where a whole lot of data is expected to be housed including personal information.

Digital tracking of Americans will be connected to the center and a lot of these technologies to track people are already in place. RT's Marina Portnaya has the story.


Tribal clashes kill 16 people in southern Libyan

At least 16 people have been killed in tribal clashes between members of the tribe of Toubu and the Arab tribesmen in the southern Libyan city of Sabha.

According to a doctor at the Sabha hospital, eight Arab tribesmen have been killed and over 50 other wounded. Read more.

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Occupy Wall Street protesters back after arrests

It was casual Friday for the Occupy Wall Street movement as hundreds walked into the heart of the financial district, instead of marching.

Wearing clothes and carrying items so they could blend in with tourists who not blocked from getting close to the New York stock exchange. Read more

Protest in Morocco against unemployment

Hundreds of people in Morocco took to the streets of the capitol city of Rabat, to protest against government corruption and to demand better job opportunities.


FARC releases are beginning tomorrow: NGO

The organization Colombians for Peace held a meeting today in presence of the international media to convey details about the upcoming releases of the last ten hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to begin tomorrow.

Meanwhile, today the members of Women of the World for Peace are arriving in the country. They will also participate in these operations.


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- Helicopters will depart from Brazil for FARC releases (video) - teleSUR

Obama: Global oil supply sufficient for sanctions on Iran

White House statement says there is enough non-Iranian oil supply worldwide to move forward with the sanctions on Iran's oil exports passed by U.S. Congress last year. 

U.S. President Barack Obama gave the green light Friday for sanctions that will target Iran's oil exports in a bid to pressure it on its nuclear program. Read more.

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Fidel Castro: The Need to Enrich our Knowledge

Havana, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) "The Need to Enrich our Knowledge" is the title of the latest reflection by leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro.

The filmed scenes of the massacre in Libya, starting to be seen, offend for their total absence of humanism and the crass lies that served as an excuse for invading and taking over the natural resources of that country. Read more.

Prensa Latina

PM Gilani urges consensus over review of US relations

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Thursday parliament would decide on terms of re-engagement with the US, NATO and ISAF "in a respectful manner". However, he said any decision should be taken with consensus.

The prime minister was chairing a meeting of parliamentary leaders to evolve a consensus regarding the resolution of parliament on policy recommendations for future interactions with the US and NATO. Read more.

Amnesty tells Bahrain to free activist

Amnesty International has urged the Bahraini regime to release jailed human right activist Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja over his serious health condition.

The NGO warned about the deteriorating health condition of Khawaja, who has lost 16 kilos during his hunger strike over the past seven weeks. Read more.

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Dialog, reform sole solution to Syria crisis: Nasrallah

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah says dialog and reform are the only paths to resolve the Syrian crisis.

The leader of the Lebanese resistance movement said on Friday that Syria has promised reform and dialog, and that it is up to the opposition to take advantage of this opportunity. Read more.

Minority report: Era of total surveillance zooms-in on US?

Ever evolving high-tech gadgets and the Internet have given Big Brother a peep hole into the lives of everyday Americans. Now, without the hassle of planting bugs or breaking and entering, the government can monitor virtually anything it wants.

­The CIA has recently claimed it would be able to “read” devices such as dishwashers or refrigerators, with the Internet – and perhaps even with radio waves from outside the home. Read more.

NDAA in court over indefinite detention of Americans

After much debate on a new law signed by President Barack Obama, House Republicans are throwing around the idea of reviewing the National Defense Authorization Act after the law was challenged in court.

Seven witnesses appeared in front of US District Judge Katherine Forrest in New York on Thursday. Read more.


George Galloway humbles Labor in Bradford

British politician George Galloway has described his sensational victory in a parliamentary by-election in Bradford West as “Bradford Spring.”

In his victory speech on Friday after he secured a landslide victory, the Respect Party politician invoked the Islamic Awakening movements which have toppled dictatorships across the Arab world and referred to his victory as the “Bradford Spring.” Read more.

Terrakota - Sopakota

March 30, 2012

Atheism Rising, But God Is Not Dead Yet: 10 Ways Religion Is Changing Around the World

Religion is alive and well in the 21st century -- but it also looks very different now.

For most of the 20th century, smart people assumed -- with smug certainty and probably more wishful thinking than they'd be willing to admit -- that humanity's long obsession with religion is finally winding down. God is dead -- done in at last by the forces of enlightenment and reason. Read more.


Adamo - Inch' Allah (1967)

Lyric (translated)

Playing for Change - War / No More Trouble

Junk Bonds Feed a Hungry Market

U.S. companies with junk credit ratings are piling into the debt markets at a record pace, seizing on some of the lowest borrowing costs in history and strong demand from investors craving higher returns.

Companies and investors both have benefited. Many corporate borrowers have been able to refinance debt at much lower rates, and others have been able to raise money cheaply for investments. 

And so-called junk bonds, those with below-investment-grade credit ratings, have handed investors among the best returns of any fixed-income asset this year, according to Barclays PLC. Junk bonds pay higher yields because they are considered riskier ...

Bankers, grannies & cocaine


ECB's Kranjec says not sure euro crisis over: paper

(Reuters) - There is still no clear sign of an end to the euro debt crisis although the bloc's solution for Greece is "satisfactory", European Central Bank policymaker Marko Kranjec was quoted on Saturday as saying, emphasizing this was a personal view.

Kranjec, who is also the Slovenia's central bank governor, said Slovenia's gross domestic product will shrink by 1.2 percent this year due to a fall in domestic spending - a deeper contraction than the 0.9 percent forecast by the government. Read more.

Turkey correcting wrong positions on Syria: Iran MP

Member of the Iranian Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee says Turkey is gradually correcting its wrong past stances with regards to the crisis in Syria.

“It is sensed that Turkey is gradually withdrawing from its past positions on [the crisis in] Syria and is correcting these incorrect positions,” Parviz Sarvari noted on Friday. Read more.


‘US hoping Turkey will reduce oil imports from Iran’

US Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone says Washington expects Ankara to abide by the recent sanctions on the Islamic Republic and significantly reduce its imports of Iranian oil.

Speaking at a press conference in Istanbul on Thursday, Ricciardone said the US is in conversation with the Turkish government on reducing oil imports from Iran. Read more.

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China world’s biggest victim of cyber attacks: Report

A report by the National Computer Network Emergency Response Coordination Center of China says the Asian country has become the world's biggest victim of cyber attacks, Press TV reports.
The report adds that 8.9 million domestic computers in china were attacked and controlled by 47,000 overseas Internet Protocol (IP) addresses last year. Read more.

Mali: Toeareg-rebellen rukken op, ECOWAS stelt ultimatum tegen coupplegers

De crisis in Mali als gevolg van de militaire staatsgreep van vorige week wordt nog scherper. Vrijdagmorgen is de stad Kidal in handen gevallen van de salafistische rebellengroep Ansar dine. De junta wordt zowel intern als internationaal meer en meer in de hoek gedreven. 

ECOWAS stelde een ultimatum: tegen maandagavond moet de macht opnieuw in handen van burgers zijn of er volgt een streng embargo. Lees verder.

With the help of a secret investor, Tel Aviv community center to launch bilingual school

An 11th-hour development involving the privately-run CityKids would mark a stunning reversal, just two days after the center’s owners announced a $100,000 commitment had 'fallen through.'

A potential investor who has learned of a Tel Aviv community center’s aborted attempt to launch a full-time bilingual school has reportedly approached the group’s owners and “committed” to moving the project forward. Read more.

Earthrise - Eco Toilets

How an innovative toilet-to-garden process is turning waste into resource in Haiti's camp for the internally-displaced.

Al Jazeera

Mohamed Merah: secret service informant?

Was Mohamed Merah a French secret service informant? So says a former head of an intelligence agency here in France. 

Also, an Italian paper says Merah travelled to Israel in 2010 with the support of French spy agencies.

North Sea Elgin platform gas leak: 'No evidence of human error'

Human error does not appear to be the cause of the North Sea gas leak, according to oil company Total.

The leak at the Elgin platform, 150 miles off Aberdeen, has been ongoing since Sunday, when workers were evacuated. Read more.

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Animation shows North Sea gas leak (video) - Reuters

Ecuador: Courts reviewing background of Chevron case

The latest on the lawsuit brought by the Ecuadorean government against the Chevron-Texaco corporation, one of history's most important lawsuits ever brought as a result of environmental pollution.

Paraguayan Farmers Condemn Land Owners

Asuncion, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Paraguayan farmers gathered in this capital to carry out a demostration through the main streets of Asuncion to the Legislative palace on Thursday, to demand measures against big land owners and for an agrarian reform.

Men, women, and children who arrived in the city from different regions of the country carried banners with their demands, which also included an agricultural insurance that helps them to face the damage caused to their fields by the last three-month drought. Read more.

Synthetic Marijuana, 'Legal Pot,' Banned In New York State

The sale of synthetic marijuana has been banned in New York following a warning issued by the state's health department.

The "legal pot" products have been popping up in bodegas and smoke shops around the state under innocuous names such as Mr. Nice Guy, Spice, and K2 (we always saw these suspiciously pot-looking vials but were too afraid to ask what the hell they were). Read more + video.

Huffington Post

JAXA develops camera that 'visualizes' radiation levels

Japan's space agency says it has developed a camera that can measure radiation levels and determine their distribution patterns.

According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the device will be a boon to surveys of radioactive contamination spewed by the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Read more.

Asahi Shimbun

Troubled nuclear plant near L.A. ordered not to restart

LOS ANGELES--The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on March 27 ordered a ban on the restart of the San Onofre nuclear generating station in southern California until the cause of a problem, which led to a reactor shutdown, is identified.

The Los Angeles Times said the steam generators at the San Onofre plant were manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Read more.

Asahi Shimbun

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Fear grows in O.C. cities near San Onofre nuclear plant - LA Times

Flashpoint Funding: UK doubles Syria rebel cashflow

The UK has announced it will allocate some £500,000 ($795,000) to supply non-military aid to the Syrian opposition. The Foreign Secretary says it will help the 'hard-pressed' opposition groups to register violations by the Assad government.

RT's Laura Smith says exactly what type of support and equipment the opposition will receive is yet to be determined. What is already known is that the aid package is likely to include secure telephones that the British Foreign Secretary hopes will be used to document the regime's violence.


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UK to sabotage Annan’s peace plan for Syria? - PressTV

Obama calls to end oil subsidies

US President Barack Obama urged Congress to eliminate subsidies to oil companies with record profits arguing that the initiative is in response to high oil prices.


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U.S. Senate Protects Interests of Large Oil Firms - Prensa Latina
Oil on troubled waters? US, France want to calm voter rage by releasing strategic reserves (video) - RT

Spain to adopt austerity budget despite protests

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government prepared to approve on Friday a new austerity budget that hundreds of thousands protested against this week in sometimes violent demonstrations, but which Madrid says is vital to avoid financial ruin.

The Cabinet was due to approve €30 billion ($40 billion) in spending cuts and tax hikes in the draft 2012 budget — another taste of painful reforms that fueled popular outrage and culminated in clashes between protesters and police in major cities on Thursday. Read more.


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Demands of the working class in Spain (video) - teleSUR
Spain: high compliance to general strike (video) - teleSUR

Excessive Police Presence for General Strike in Spain - Prensa Latina
Spanish Rampage: General strike erupts in street violence (video) - RT

De Jager voorzichtig tevreden over Spanje - BNR

Freedom & Friendship delegation 2012 arrives in Gaza

The second Irish delegation called "Freedom & Friendship Delegation 2012" has arrived in Gaza via the Rafah border crossing on Thursday evening. The visit is organized by "Derry friends of Palestine" from the city of Derry in Ireland.

The first Irish delegation had entered the Gaza strip on Tuesday bringing badly needed medicines for Gazan patients.

Israeli police disperse protesters with tear gas, water cannons

Israeli security forces have clashed with protesting Palestinians marking Land Day. They used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowds. Some reports say live rounds were used against the protesters.

The clashes erupted after a tense hours-long stand-off at border checkpoints, as Palestinian youths threw stones at riot police, who responded in turn with the occasional tear gas canister, RT’s Paula Slier reports. Read more.

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UK, Argentina clash over nuclear submarine comment

In the run-up to the next month´s anniversary of the war Argentina and the UK fought over the sovereignty of Malvinas Islands in 1982, the South American country renewed its claims against British “militarization” of the South Atlantic.

At the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, Argentine foreign minister Hector Timerman accused Britain, “an extra-regional power”, of deploying a submarine “capable of carrying nuclear weapons” into a nuclear-weapons free zone to patrol the seas around the disputed territories. Read more.

Police attack students in Chile

In Chile, clashes took place between groups of police and students during the commemoration of the National Day for Youth in Struggle.

The police repressed a protest of young people from the University of Santiago Chile, using tear gas against the students.


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Police Burst into Chilean Universities - Prensa Latina
Chile: Over 200 People Arrested on Historic Date - Prensa Latina

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Baghdad Arab Summit Calls for Peacful Solution to Syrian Crisis

Arab leaders on Thursday urged a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria at a landmark summit in Baghdad

Only nine visiting leaders of the 22-member Arab League turned up for the summit, the first to be held in the Iraqi capital in more than 20 years, which was opened with a call for peace by UN chief Ban Ki-moon. Read more.

Al Manar

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And Tomorrow Is Another Day ... - Al Manar

FBI: We are loosing to hackers

In a press conference held Wednesday morning, FBI agent Shawn Henry said the current cyber security of corporations in the US is completely unsustainable. The cyber expert even went as far as to say that companies need to make major changes in the way they use computer networks to avoid National Security and economic threats.

This comes after dozens of high profile attacks by so-called Hacktivists from the Department of Justice to Sony have been targeted and hundreds of millions were sucessfully hacked.

Greg Housh, an Internet activist and CEO of Local SEO Company, joins RT's Liz Wahl to explain.


OWS: 'The rich, don't be surprised we are angry!'

After Wall Street caused the world's financial collapse some 4 years ago, millions of Americans are far from recovery and the majority are unsatisfied with the economic situation today.

According to a survey published in the Financial Times, two thirds of Americans are unhappy with the current economic model.

More about the growing frustration over economic injustice Jesse LaGreca, an activist and writer, joins RT's Liz Wahl.


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Americans and Wall Street Fat Cats -- battle still on (video) - RT  

Israel begins new air and ground assaults on Gaza

Israel has launched an air and ground assault on the southern Gaza Strip, as it continues to step up its attacks on the besieged Palestinian territory, Press TV reports.

A Press TV correspondent said on Thursday that Israeli troops entered the eastern part of the town of Rafah with tanks and bulldozers. Israeli helicopters also opened fire on the same area. Read more.


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Limited Israeli incursion into southern Gaza - Ma'an
Launch Of A Dutch Funded Programme To Support The Palestinian Civil Police - IMEMC

Gaza ambulances out of service due to fuel crisis - Ma'an
Noodlijdend Gaza krijgt diesel van Rode Kruis - NU

March 29, 2012

ECOWAS wil Malinese crisis actief aanpakken

De West-Afrikaanse regionale organisatie ECOWAS is vast van plan de crisis in Mali, die ontstond door de militaire staatsgreep van vorige week, actief aan te pakken. ECOWAS heeft daartoe dinsdag besloten op een buitengewone topconferentie in Abidjan. Op donderdag zou een delegatie naar Bamako gaan om met de coupplegers te overleggen, maar die missie is ter elfder ure afgelast.

Het vliegtuig van de Ivoriaanse president Alassane Ouattara, die als hoofd van de ECOWAS-delegatie naar Bamako zou gaan, bevond zich al in het Malinese luchtruim toen het donderdagmiddag rechtsomkeer moest maken naar Abidjan. Lees verder.

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Israel to deport Palestinian woman on hunger strike to Gaza

Hana Shalabi, a member of the Islamic Jihad, stopped taking food after IDF troops seized her in the occupied West Bank on February 16.

A Palestinian woman on hunger strike in protest at her detention without charges by Israel will be deported to the Gaza Strip under a deal ending her fast, her representatives said on Thursday. Read more.

Five Broken Cameras - Trailer

Assad says foreign aid to rebels must stop under peace plan

(Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday Syria would spare no effort to ensure the success of international envoy Kofi Annan's peace mission but warned it would not work without securing an end to foreign funding and arming of rebels opposing him.

Assad is under international pressure to call his troops and tanks back to their bases, a year into a popular revolt against his iron rule. Read more,

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New high in U.S. autism rates inspires renewed debate

(Reuters) - About one in 88 children in the United States has autism or a related disorder, the highest estimate to date and one that is sure to revive a national argument over how the condition is diagnosed and treated.

The estimate released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention represents an overall increase of about 25 percent since the last analysis in 2006 and a near-doubling of the rate reported in 2002. Read more.

Pesticides linked to honeybee decline

The first study conducted in a natural environment has shown that systemic pesticides damage bees' ability to navigate

Common crop pesticides have been shown for the first time to seriously harm bees by damaging their renowned ability to navigate home.  Read more.


Koch Brothers Exposed

Koch Brothers Exposed

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U.S. Senator protest against racial discrimination

Democrat Senator Bobby Rush took his colleagues by surprise at the U.S. House of Representatives by wearing by wearing the hoodie of a grey sweatshirt during one of his speeches. Following this, he was reprimanded and forced to leave the Congress because his clothes did not comply with the regulations of the institution.

Rush decided to wear these clothes during his speech in order to draw attention on the death of 17 years old African American trayvon Martin who was killed by a neighborhood guard who considered him suspicious for wearing the same kind of clothes.

The Senator also asked for justice to be made in this case and for the end of racial discrimination.


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'Minorities experience institutionalized racism in US' (video) - PressTV

5-times size of Earth: Giant solar tornado caught in rare NASA tape

A giant solar tornado - five times the Earth's diameter - swirling at incredible speed of some 186,000 mph has been captured on video by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

This is the first time giant solar twister has been caught on video.

Mainstream media self-censorship

Plummeting ratings for mainstream media news networks mean one thing - American viewers have had enough and are switching off.

RT's Anastasia Churkina takes a look at why TV viewers seem to be turning elsewhere for real information.


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Mainstream fail - viewers leaving TV for the Internet (video) - RT
AOL censors blogs? (video) - RT

De NAVO weet dat de bombardementen op Libië crimineel waren

De NAVO wist dat de bombardementen op Libië talloze onschuldige burgerslachtoffers maakten en dat er nooit sprake was van een geplande genocide, nochtans de officiële reden voor de oorlog. Hetzelfde scenario wordt zonder aarzelen toegepast op Syrië, met gulle medewerking van de grote media. Daarom ook weigeren Rusland, Brazilië en China eenzelfde VN-resolutie voor Syrië.

De VN richtte een onderzoekscommissie op
Tien dagen na de opstand in Benghazi, in het oosten van Libië, richtte de Raad voor de Mensenrechten van de VN een Internationale Onderzoekscommissie over Libië op. Lees verder.

UNHCR attends Malian refugees in Mauritania

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has wrapped up a visit to Mauritania where some 44,000 Malian refugees have found shelter.

They had fled since mid-January to escape fighting between a rebel Tuareg movement and Malian forces.


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Mali junta announces interim constitution (video) - teleSUR
Mali coup: African Spring (video) - RT

Mali's neighbours threaten sanctions (video) - Al Jazeera

BRICS to change world economy

The BRICS countries' leaders are preparing for their annual meeting. These countries make up 42 percent of the world's population and a quarter of its landmass. They are also responsible for 20 percent of the Global GDP and own a whopping 75 percent of the foreign reserve worldwide.

In these tough times for world economics these countries are trying to find a solution for the situation. RT's Priya Sridhar gives us a sneak peak of the summit from India. 

Two-Party Dictatorship: US choosing lesser evil?

Republican candidates continue to battle it out in the primaries across the country in the hopes of challenging Democratic President Obama for the top job.

But recent gallop polls suggest American's are not satisfied with having only two choices with around 40 percent considering themselves independents. And RT's Gayane Chichakyan reports, most US citizens believe the bi-partisan system is simply outdated.


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Spainfull: 'Cuts catastrophe a devil's alternative'

Tens of thousands of people across Spain are gathering for a general strike, to protest against new labour reforms. It's seen as the first real test for the new Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, whose government has only been in office for three-months.

Executive Director of the investment advisory firm DV Advisors, Patrick Young, says what the Spanish unions don't realise is that Prime Minister Rajoy doesn't hold all the power.


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Labor rage: Arrests as General Strike locks Spain - RT
General strike and rallies in Spain: LIVE UPDATES - RT

Spanish police arrest, injure anti-austerity protesters - PressTV

Number of people per household falls below 2 in Tokyo

For the first time ever, the number per household in Tokyo fell below two people, which makes them more common than any other domestic unit.

According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the average household in 1957 had more than four people living in it. However today, there’s less than two. Read more.


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Katsuto Uchihashi: Japan creating class of the 'poor majority' - Asahi Shimbun

Qatar insists it will not be launching pad for anti-Iran strike

Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani has emphasized that Qatar will not allow any country to use its territory for launching attacks against Iran.

“We will not accept, and this is very clear, any act of aggression against Iran (being launched) from Qatar," said the premier of Qatar, host to US military's regional Central Command (CENTCOM) that is responsible for US military operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. Read more.

Werking antibiotica verantwoordelijk voor allergie-epidemie

Allergie komt anno 2012 veel vaker voor dan in de tijd van onze opa’s en oma’s. In een artikel in het vooraanstaande vakblad Nature Medicine beschrijven de ontdekkers de reden: een onverwacht gevolg van antibioticamisbruik op het gedrag van de darmflora.

Puzzelstukjes al aanwezig
Al voor dit onderzoek was bekend dat één van de oorzaken in onze ingewanden ligt. Lees verder.

Pope criticises US embargo on Cuba

Head of Catholic Church says 50-year-old trade ban unfairly burdens Cubans as he wraps up his visit to communist island.

Pope Benedict XVI criticised the 50-year-old US trade embargo on Cuba as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the island on Wednesday, urging reconciliation and greater freedoms. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Turkey rejects use of force against peaceful nuclear activities

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has voiced Ankara’s opposition against the use of force against countries seeking peaceful nuclear technology.

“No one has the right to use coercive force against a country whose activities are aimed at peaceful nuclear purposes,” Erdogan said at a news conference in the Iranian capital on Wednesday, IRNA reported. Read more.


Yishai calls on Mofaz to join cabinet, after securing Kadima chair

Kadima leader-elect indicates he will emphasize social issues as party head, but a new report by members of the social protest movement finds his record on social issues weak.

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Eli Yishai called Kadima chairman-elect Shaul Mofaz on Wednesday, urging him to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government. Read more.


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Kadima Party in Leadership Battle - Al Qassam

Samsom wil geen zaken met demissionair kabinet

AMSTERDAM - Diederik Samsom wil als het kabinet valt meteen nieuwe verkiezingen. Hij wil geen zaken doen met een demissionair kabinet-Rutte.

Dat zei de PvdA-leider woensdag in Nieuwsuur over de dreigende mislukking van het Catshuisberaad. Lees verder.


March 28, 2012

Fidel Castro and Benedict XVI Meet in Havana

Havana, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro, and Pope Benedict XVI met in this capital on Wednesday, shortly after a mass officiated by the Supreme Pontiff to hundreds of thousands of people.

According to The Vatican´s spokesman, Federico Lombardi, the 30-minute meeting held at the Apostolic Nunciature in Havana was carried out very cordially. Read more.

Prensa Latina

How Hedge Fund Vampires Use Insider Info to Extract Their Dishonest Fortunes

The transformation of Washington into an information feeder arm of Wall Street will continue until an outraged public builds a mass movement to counter Wall Street.

Ever wonder how hedge funds can make 20 percent returns during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, while your savings account grows smaller? Read more.


Rough Justice: UK protester almost killed by cops faces jail

A British student who suffered a near-fatal blow to the head in police clashes during a student demo - is on trial himself for the violence. 

Alfie Meadows and 50 others ended up in hospital after the fighting during protests over tuition fees. He could be jailed for 5 years if convicted but, as Ivor Bennett explains, his supporters want to see the police face justice over brutality.


No smoking guns for Wall St. crooks


Occupy Wall Street: Surviving the winter

Fault Lines follows some of Occupy's key organisers as the movement fights to stay relevant over the winter months.

When Occupy Wall Street faced violent police crackdowns around the country, most people thought it had come to an end. Read more.

Al Jazeera

High radiation levels remain around Fukushima plant

FUKUSHIMA--Despite clean-up efforts, relatively high levels of radiation remain at some locations around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to data from government pilot decontamination programs.

Interim results show that readings of 4-5 millisieverts per hour were detected at three locations at a height of 1 meter above the ground near the plant. Read more.

Asahi Shimbun

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Kaczyński suggests Smolensk catastrophe was an assassination

Jarosław Kaczyński, the Law and Justice (PiS) leader and twin brother of former President Lech Kaczyński, has appealed to EU authorities to investigate the April 10, 2010 Smolensk airplane catastrophe.

He has suggested that foul play helped cause the incident, which claimed the lives of 96 people, including Lech Kaczyński. Read more.

Pakistanis continue protesting the potential resumption of US-led forces supply routes

This latest rally in the capital Islamabad was organized by Defense of Pakistan Council, an alliance of religious and political parties, to oppose the potential reopening of supply lines for the US-led forces in Afghanistan.

Islamabad shut down the vital supply route in reaction to a US airstrike on a Pakistani check post near the Afghan border in November last year. Read more.


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Pakistanis tired of American attacks (video) - RT

Soldaten slikken ‘gevaarlijk middel’

#Lariam Nederlandse militairen op missie slikken een anti-malariamiddel dat psychoses opwekt. ‘Schokkend’, vindt oppositiepartij SP.

Het middel Lariam staat opnieuw ter discussie na een recente moordpartij in Afghanistan. Lees verder.

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Rechter buigt zich over conflict huisarts Van der Linde en RIVM

De poging om het conflict tussen huisarts Hans van der Linde uit Burgh-Haamstede enerzijds en de Nederlandse Staat en het RIVM anderzijds met praten op te lossen, is vanmiddag mislukt.


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Ruzie over griepprik duurt voort - NOS
Is er iemand die dit begrijpt? - Belfort Group

Iran, P5+1 will hold new round of talks on April 13: Salehi

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Tehran and the six major world powers (the P5+1) will hold a fresh round of negotiations on April 13, adding that the venue for the talks will be announced soon.

“Istanbul has expressed its readiness to host these talks and is still one of the probable options for hosting these negotiations,” Salehi told IRNA on the sidelines of a welcoming ceremony for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Wednesday. Read more.

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BRICS to Use Their Own Currencies in Transactions

New Delhi, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) The development and export/import banks of member countries of BRICS are about to agree on the use of their own currencies in commercial and credit operations within the group., said Trade Minister of India Anand Sharma.

Sharma is expected to discuss this and other related issues on Wednesday with his counterparts of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa as a preliminary to their 4th summit. Read more.

Citi: Risks rising for troubled Spain

With the Greek debt issue finally off the agenda following the completion of its debt restructuring and the euro zone still basking in the glow of the European Central Bank’s long-term refinancing operation, which pumped a trillion euros into the banking system, attention has turned to Spain’s finances, according to CNBC.

Having fallen sharply following the ECB’s intervention, Spanish borrowing costs have inched up in recent weeks... Read more.

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Italy faces the worst economic crisis

Italy is one of the five EU countries who is in the so called "axis of the crisis", reforms implemented by the government have impoverished the Italians and haven't solve the problem.


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Monti blames Germany, France for Euro debt crisis - Hürriyet

Militia clashes in southern Libya kill nearly 50

(Reuters) - Three days of clashes between rival militias in southern Libya spread to the centre of the country's fourth largest city Sabha on Tuesday despite the deployment of army troops trying to stop the violence which has so far killed nearly 50 people.

The clashes highlight the problems the government faces in imposing its authority following the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi last year. Read more.


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Libya’s ‘non state’: Tribal war claims 50 lives (video) - RT

Police attack peaceful protesters in Morocco

Moroccan police have attacked and arrested several protesters who took to the streets of Rabat to call for genuine educational reforms and to slam police brutality.

The peaceful rally was staged by Moroccan teachers protesting the country’s unfair educational system and condemning police brutality against peaceful demonstrators. Read more.


Occupy Rotterdam stapt naar rechter

ROTTERDAM - De demonstranten van Occupy Rotterdam willen hun huidige locatie op het Beursplein in het centrum van de stad niet verlaten.

Ze spannen een kort geding aan tegen burgemeester Ahmed Aboutaleb, die wil dat zij hun tentenkamp per 31 maart opdoeken. Lees verder.


CrossTalk: Re-Occupy

How has the OWS movement transformed over the last 6 months? How newsworthy are the ongoing protests? Is OWS fatigue only growing? And has the movement achieved anything on the ground?

CrossTalking with Charles Cooke, Bernadene Zennie and Danny Schechter.


Strain Hunters India Expedition

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Utrecht gaat door met wietexperiment

UTRECHT - De gemeente Utrecht gaat gewoon door met de plannen om wietgebruikers binnen gesloten clubs legaal cannabis te laten kweken.

Dat zei verantwoordelijk wethouder Victor Everhardt woensdagochtend. Lees verder.

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Nutiva - Hemp Can Save the World

US President Obama meets PM Gilani

SEOUL: The meeting between Prime Minister Yousuf raza Gilani and US President Barack Obama has concluded. During the meeting both sides agreed to cooperate against terrorism and regional peace. 

Obama said the United States would continue to cooperate with Pakistan in all sectors and respected the country's sovereignty. Read more.

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Pakistanis stage anti-US demonstration - PressTV

West African leaders open crisis talks on Mali coup

The Economic Community of West African States on Tuesday opened an emergency summit to discuss the situation in Mali, five days after renegade soldiers overthrew the government there.

Seven heads of state from the 15-member ECOWAS were attending the summit in Abidjan called by the grouping's current chairman, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara.


Benedict XVI will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro

Image activaHavana, March 27 (PL) Pope Benedict XVI will be held here today a comprehensive program of activities including a meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, during the second day of the Pope on the island.

According to the agenda of the visit, the dialogue with the administrator of the Caribbean will be held in the afternoon at the Revolution Palace in Havana, where it is expected that both heads of state to conduct a courtesy to the people on the stairs of the building. Read more.

Prensa Latina

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Wat gaat de paus in godsnaam in Cuba zoeken? - De Wereld Morgen

Antioxidants In Popcorn: Study Finds Polyphenols In Corn's Kernels

Could popcorn be good for you?

A new study reveals that the answer is closer to yes than previously thought -- as long as it's not delivered with a robust coating of butter, fake butter, salt or caramel. Read more.

Huffington Post

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Hungry For Change

Learn what you should really be eating. Straight facts about the disturbing reality that is our way of eating and living. Food like products that contain zero or next to zero nutritional value. 

We are a society of overfed and undernourished people who are seemingly oblivious to the hoax being perpetrated upon us. Begin your awakening.

March 27, 2012

Rigoberta Menchu to Mediate FARC Prisoner Liberation

Bogota, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Guatemala Peace Nobel Prize Rigoberta Menchu announced she will mediate the FARC unilateral liberation of ten militaries on her blog on social network Twitter along ex Senator Piedad Cordoba, leader of the group Sociedad Civil Colombianos y Colombianas por la Paz.

Earlier, Menchu said from Guatemala she is guarantor of the two-phased process of April 2nd and April 4th and termed an honor her involvement along Brazilian Socorro Gomez, head of the World Peace Council, among other female personalities. Read more.

New Trial of Mapuche People under Antiterrorist Law in Chile

Santiago, Chile, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court opened a new process against Mapuche indigenous people under the Antiterrorist Legislation, a legal instrument implemented by the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).

To that end, the trial preparations began on Monday in the so-called Guarantee Court in the town of Victoria, in the region of Araucania, against ten local residents, including two minors, on terrorist charges of armed robbery, arson and conspiracy, among other crimes allegedly committed in October 2009. Read more.

Six Nobel Laureates Ask London to Revise Position on Falklands

Buenos Aires, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Six Nobel Peace Prize laureates from four continents asked the British government to revise its refusal to dialogue with Argentina over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich.

The claim is contained in a document submitted by Adolfo Perez Esquivel to implement an international adherence campaign to demand the UK to address the repeated resolutions of the UN General Assembly and to resume negotiations. Read more.

Prensa Latina

UK queen accused of drug trafficking

Britain’s financial regulator has fined the British queen’s bank for money laundering failures as a French presidential candidate has said part of the queen’s fortune “comes from drug trafficking.”

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined the British queen’s bank, Coutts Bank, 8.75 million pounds for failing to carry out correct checks on “politically exposed persons” and prevent money laundering. Read more.

Olmert: Centrist, left-wing parties could keep Netanyahu out of next Israeli cabinet

Speaking to Haaretz in Washington, former Prime Minister says Israelis aren't as right-wing as their leadership, adding that the Israeli public would support a peace deal similar to his 2008 proposal.

Israeli left-wing and centrist parties could garner enough votes in the next elections to block Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from assembling another government, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Tuesday, adding that he thought the Israeli public wasn't as right-wing as its current leadership. Read more.


Israel not cooperating with UN fact-finding team


PA, Egypt sign gas deal to end Gaza crisis

CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Palestine Electricity Company on Tuesday announced a deal with Egypt to provide gas to the Gaza Strip.

Palestine Electricity Company director in Gaza Walid Saad Sayil signed the agreement with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation in Cairo on behalf of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority. Read more.

Barghouti calls on Palestinians to launch popular resistance against Israel

Imprisoned Fatah commander issues unusual missive calling on Palestinians to sever economic and security coordination with Israel and urging an economic and diplomatic boycott.

Former Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who is jailed in Israel, published an unusual message on Monday in which he called on the Palestinian public to launch a widespread resistance against Israel. Read more.


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PA will ask UN summit to end Israeli administrative detention

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- After the UN Human Rights Council voted to launch an international investigation into Israeli settlements last week, the PA prisoners ministry is preparing to ask a UN meeting to force an end to Israel's detention of Palestinians without charge.

Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Monday the PA is launching a legal campaign for the a UN meeting on Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in Geneva starting next Monday. Read more.


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Israel cuts ties with UN Human Rights Council - PressTV
Israel not cooperating with UN fact-finding team (video) - PressTV

Mali: coupplegers meer en meer geïsoleerd

De staatshoofden en regeringsleiders van ECOWAS komen dinsdag 27 maart op een buitengewone top in Abidjan samen over de crisis in Mali. Na de militaire staatsgreep van vorige week werd het land meteen geschorst als lid van de West-Afrikaanse landenorganisatie.

Maandag kwamen tegenstanders van de coupplegers op straat in Bamako. De opstandige militairen lijken compleet geïsoleerd. Lees verder.

De Wereld Morgen

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Coup Leaders in Mali Struggle to Assert Their Control - The NY Times
Arc of instability in Africa may turn into battlefield – Moscow’s envoy - RT

Katsuto Uchihashi: Japan creating class of the 'poor majority'

What does Japan need to make this a year of political renaissance? We asked economics commentator Katsuto Uchihashi.

Question: Where do modern Japan's problems lie?

Uchihashi: A new class is being created in Japanese society. This is the "poor majority," which is largely made up of people who are excluded even from basic social welfare like the national pension program. Read more.

The Asahi Shimbun

Water level in Fukushima plant's No. 2 reactor only 60 cm

The water cooling the core of the crippled Fukushima power plant's No. 2 reactor is only 60 cm deep, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday, all but confirming experts' fears that the unit is breached and can't hold its coolant.

The utility, better known as Tepco, made the discovery by mechanically inserting a 20-meter endoscope into the primary containment vessel to check its coolant level after failing in January. Read more.

The Japan Times

Noda: World must not fall for 'myth of safety' over nuclear plants

SEOUL — The tsunami-triggered meltdown at a Japanese nuclear power plant last year offered important lessons in protecting such facilities from terrorism, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Tuesday.

Noda told a nuclear security summit in South Korea that people in charge of securing nuclear energy facilities around the world must not be lulled into a “myth of safety,” whether in regards to a natural disaster or terrorist attack. Read more.

Japan Today

Guatemalan Peasants' March at Decisive Moment

Guatemala, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of peasants supported by social organizations will arrive on Tuesday in downtown Guatemala City, where President Otto Perez Molina confirmed he will receive them to try to meet their demands.

The demonstrators' march, which started eight days ago in Alta Verapaz department, spent the night at a point of the road to the Atlantic with access to the city to continue their way until they arrive on early Tuesday at Plaza de la Constitution (Constitution Square). Read more.

Prensa Latina