June 30, 2012

Corbett Report Radio – Truth Music IV

Tonight we take a moment out of the news, doom and gloom to listen to some music to a message.

Whether it’s exposing the left/right political illusion, questioning the nature of our reality or speaking out against would-be authorities, tonight we play songs that make you think, and we have fun doing it. Read more.

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US seeks deeper military ties with India

The US is seeking deeper military ties with India. The aim is to win big contracts for defence equipment and also to foster a closer strategic relationship. One of the major steps in this direction is reforming United States export control system for sensitive dual-use technology and weapon systems.

In a speech in Washington, the US secretary of Defence Leon Panetta said the US administration is going to reform its export control system, which would benefit countries like India. Read more + video.

Pakistan not to change stance on US apology

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Naveed Qamar on Friday said that Pakistan's stance regarding US apology over the Salala incident would remain unchanged.

He however clarified that negotiations on Pakistan-US ties were proceeding in the right direction and expressed hope for an early decision pertaining to restoration of NATO supplies. Read more.

Annan: Russia, West agree on transition government for Syria

The Syrian crisis is to be resolved by a transition government consisting of the current authorities and opposition leaders. The proposal was announced by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan after talks in Geneva.

The unity government should be formed on the basis of mutual consent, said Annan. The Syrian-led transition should take place within a fixed period of time. The envoy hopes this may happen till the end of this year. Read more.

Thousands of social protesters set to march in cities across Israel

A week after the violent protests in Tel Aviv, rallies were scheduled to take place on Saturday in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Afula.

In Tel Aviv, activists will march from Habima Sqare to the Tel Aviv Museum. Among the speakers are retired Major General Ze'ev Even-Hen, who lost his daughter Topaz in the 2010 Carmel fire disaster, and Prof. Yossi Yonah, who was part of the alternative team of experts who advised the protesters last summer. Read more.


- Israelis protest rising cost of living, social inequalities - PressTV

Official: Abbas-Mofaz meeting postponed indefinitely

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Sunday's meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli vice premier Shaol Mofaz has been postponed indefinitely, an official said Saturday.

The senior Fatah official, who asked not to be named, told Ma'an the meeting was postponed for several reasons including public opposition under the current circumstances. Read more.

'Without asylum Assange heading straight to US for torture'

With his life and liberty at stake, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to stay under the protection of the Ecuadorian government while his asylum appeal is considered, says lawyer Susan Benn from the Julian Assange Defense Fund.

Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst, talks to RT. He says unless Assange is granted asylum, US prosecutors getting their hands on him is a done deal. And considering the "draconian espionage act of 1917" under which he would be tried, getting to Ecuador becomes a life and death matter for the WikiLeaks founder.


Quebec teachers to join students against government plans

Student protests in Canada’s eastern province of Quebec are expected to build up steam before the end of the summer with teachers becoming involved in the demonstrations against the government's plans.

Quebec teachers will reportedly engage in student protests as differences with the provincial government over their demands still remain unsettled. Read more.

Oil price up 9%, Iran sanctions backfire

Oil prices have risen more than 9 percent on concerns about the potential results of sanctions on Iran’s oil industry and the strong gains in world stock markets on the back of the recent European Union summit.

The oil surge happened on Friday when heavy trading led to the fourth largest daily gain on record, Reuters reported. Read more.


Mysterious NROL-15 Launched On Secret Delta IV Heavy

One of the most secret and mysterious space flights ever flown by the National Reconnaissance Office is underway with the spectacular launch today of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy on the NROL-15 mission.

The 235 ft. tall triple barreled 4H lifted off on nearly 2.4 million lbs. thrust at 9:15 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Read more.

John Lennon - Happiness is a Warm Gun

Lavrov-Clinton talks: ‘Very good chance’ of progress on Syria in Geneva

Washington and Moscow have a good chance of progressing on Syria in Geneva on Saturday, said Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov as he emerged from an hour of tense talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Unfortunately, no significant agreement has been reached but Lavrov voiced cautious optimism about the upcoming talks stressing that Friday’s meeting with Clinton in St Petersburg was “one of the most productive” so far. Read more.


Merkel Secures Vote for Euro Treaties

Parliament Approves ESM and Fiscal Pact

As expected, more than two-thirds of the lawmakers in Germany's parliament moved on Friday to approve the permanent euro rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism, and a fiscal pact long championed by Chancellor Angela Merkel. However, the treaties still face a review by the country's highest court before they can be ratified.

It's been a rough few years and a particularly long and stressful day for Angela Merkel. Read more.


Japan probes website attacks by Anonymous hacker group

Japan probed attacks on government websites Wednesday after hacker collective Anonymous lashed out at beefed-up laws against downloading copyrighted works, and warned of more to come.

A site purporting to speak for the group said newly enacted laws that could mean jail for anyone downloading copyrighted music and movies “will result in scores of unnecessary prison sentences to numerous innocent citizens”. Read more.


Assailants attack Microsoft HQ in Athens

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Assailants attacked the offices of Microsoft in Athens early Wednesday, driving a van through the front doors and setting off an incendiary device that burned the building entrance, police said.

There were no reports of injuries in the pre-dawn attack on the U.S. company's headquarters in the Greek capital, located in the Maroussi suburb north of the city center. Read more.


Aanslag op kantoor Microsoft Athene (video) - NOS

June 29, 2012

Tipping Point Democracy

A collection of distinguished voices on the left—journalists, activists and organizers, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges—sued the Obama administration over the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. 

In interviews that occurred during or after the March court hearing, they spoke to the deep, grim causes of the deterioration of Western societies. Read more.

Yemenis march to protest against US interference

Yemenis have staged an anti-US rally in the northern city of Sa’ada to protests against what they call Washington’s interference in their country’s internal affairs.

The demonstrators said Washington’s policies are a major source of trouble for Yemen. Read more.


Syrian forces kill terrorists in Douma suburb of the capital Damascus

Syrian forces have raided hideouts of armed groups fighting against the government in Damascus suburb of Douma, killing and wounding dozens of terrorists.

Many terrorists were also arrested in the military operation on Friday, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported, adding the terrorist-held buildings were destroyed during the clashes. Read more.

- Syria forces bombard opposition strongholds - Al Jazeera
- Competent Authorities Continue Cracking Down on Terrorist Groups in Douma, Kill Dozens of Terrorists - SANA

- Lavrov-Clinton talks: ‘Very good chance’ of progress on Syria in Geneva (video) - RT

Police unleash water cannons, tear gas on thousands of Chilean students

Clashes erupted after tens of thousands of students marched in the Chilean capital of Santiago for education reform. Spanish press reported 15 police injured, and 250 students arrested.

Student leaders say over 150,000 protestors marched through heavy rains on a 5 kilometer march that wound through the Chilean capital on Thursday. Police put the number at closer to 40,000. Read more.

PCHR Weekly Report: “4 Killed, 32 Wounded By Israeli Fire”

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), based in the Gaza Strip, published its weekly report on Israeli violations against the Palestinians in the occupied territories, for the period between June 21 – June 27, stating that four Palestinians were killed, and 32, including one child and two women, were wounded by Israeli military fire.

The PCHR stated that the Israeli army continued its military escalation and the systematic attacks targeting the civilian population and property in the occupied territory. Read more.


Saudi-backed Bahraini forces attack protesters again

Saudi-backed Bahraini regime forces have once again attacked people protesting against the Al Khalifa rule in towns and villages outside the capital, Manama.

Bahraini protesters took to the streets in several areas on Thursday, despite the regime’s ongoing brutal crackdown. Read more.

Japanese protesters fill streets as nuclear re-start looms

(Reuters) - More than 15,000 anti-nuclear protesters blocked streets outside the Japanese prime minister's office on Friday, beating drums and chanting slogans against the restart of reactors nearly 16 months after the world's worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.

The crowd blocked off a six-lane road and adjoining streets leading to the Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's official residence in central Tokyo. Read more.

Landing zone ready for Shenzhou-9's return

To ensure the safe landing of the astronauts, Aki Guro Ranch, in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, has again been chosen for the site of a Shenzhou mission landing. This time, the landing zone is getting ready for Shenzhou-9’s return.

As the three astronauts are ready to come home, the rescue team down on the earth is also fully prepared to locate and find them. Read more.


Video of China Shenzhou-9 crew landing after docking mission success (video) - RT  

Gamera II - human powered helicopter flight record: 50 seconds

Gamera Human Powered Helicopter: Crash, Repair, Fly (video) - YouTube

Scientists validate Moringa as cheap water purifier, medicine

More studies are validating the status of Moringa oleifera as 'miracle and cure all tree.' CHUKWUMA MUANYA writes.

THE American Chemical Society (ACS) has joined the list of organisations validating the efficacy of Moringa oleifera as a cheap and sustainable product for purifying drinking water, and tackling malnutrition, communicable and non-communicable diseases in developing nations. Read more.

Moringa The Miracle Tree (video) - MoringaTree

June 28, 2012

Is mainstream media dying?

When you turn on your television it is obvious that the mainstream media's news coverage is superficial. With the decline of news ratings in recent years, many are seeking real news through alternative sources. So where can audiences go for real news? 

For more, Journalism Professor at Georgetown University Christopher Chambers joins us.


- HBO's The Newsroom vs. Mainstream media lies (video) - RT
- Media wars: Question more (video) - RT

Paraguayan Lawyers to Appeal to IACHR Regarding Coup

Asuncion, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) A group of lawyers will appeal to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) to rule against the removal of President Fernando Lugo from office, as mass protests continue today in the country against the new Paraguayan government.

The lawyers will base their appeal to the IACHR on the removal of Lugo by the Paraguayan Congress, violating the rights to a fair trial and a defense lawyer, and causing an institutional failure in the South American country. Read more.

Prensa Latina

- Venezuela Condemns “State Coup” in Paraguay, Cuts Oil Shipments - Venezuelanalysis

Anti Riot Chilean Police Charge Against Demostrators

Santiago de Chile, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Chilean students and workers packed La Alameda, in the capital, to demand a fairer and egalitarian nation in a cold and rainy day.

It is particularly symbolic that in the route of the march around La Alameda, the demonstrators will walk in front of the Presidential Palace, La Moneda, and the Ministry of Education. Read more.

Prensa Latina

Chilean President grants partial debt forgiveness to businesses - Santiago Times
Indebted Chilean homeowners storm president’s house in protest - Santiago Times

Bahrain Protesters Denounce US Support for Dictatorship

Reem Khalifa: Bahrain government plans to form union with Saudi Arabia as arrests and violence towards protestors continues


- Bahrain police hit senior rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja - PressTV
- Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab vows to continue anti-regime protest - PressTV

Three Injuries in Terrorist Blast inside the Parking of Justice Palace in the Center of Damascus

DAMASCUS, (SANA) - A terrorist blast hit the parking of Justice Palace in the Center of Damascus at al-Marjeh area.

SANA reporter said that the terrorist blast left behind three injuries and material damage to 20 cars in the parking. Read more.

US airstrikes on al-Shabab training bases kill 46 in south Somalia

At least 46 people have been killed and several others injured during heavy US airstrikes in southern Somalia, Press TV reports.

The casualties come after heavy airstrikes on al-Shabab training bases located in the outskirts of Elasha Biyaha, between the capital city of Mogadishu and its neighboring city of Afgoye on Thursday. Read more.


JPMorgan Trading Loss May Reach $9 Billion

Losses on JPMorgan Chase’s bungled trade could total as much as $9 billion, far exceeding earlier public estimates, according to people who have been briefed on the situation.

When Jamie Dimon, the bank’s chief executive, announced in May that the bank had lost $2 billion in a bet on credit derivatives, he estimated that losses could double within the next few quarters. Read more.

NY Times

OWS Week

This episode of the show covers a solidarity anti-foreclosures action for Cruz family Minnesota.

OWS Week also covers the Occupy Catholics General Assembly with the US Catholic bishops calling for a "Fortnight for Freedom" open-air general assembly and Night of the Living Debt: a rally by protesters dressed up as zombies for the fourth weekly Casseroles event in NYC.

Last but not least, a Solidarity Rally for Healthcare Justice hunger strikers who are demanding medical treatment for their community.


- More OWS Week (video) - PressTV

Space scavenger attack: Pentagon builds cannibal satellite

The Pentagon’s “mad scientists’ division” wants to harvest dead communication satellites for spare parts and re-use them in orbit. The program, called Phoenix, may hold an orbital trial phase by 2015.

­The project kicked off last year and has entered a new phase this week, after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) issued a bid to commercial satellite owners. Read more.

2045: A New Era for Humanity


- Surrogates (video) - Trailer
- Code 46 (video) - Trailer

Gary Hesketh - Create Myself

Biggest banks preparing Plan B in case of fall

The biggest US banks J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs Group, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America are preparing plans for quick liquidation in an emergency without hurting the nation’s economy. ­

The financial majors have to provide the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp and the Federal Reserve with their roadmaps by the July 1. Read more.


June 27, 2012

Merkel Blasts Euro Partners on Eve of Summit

'Self Deception and Sham Solutions'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has signalled she is ready for a fight at Thursday's summit, criticizing the euro reform blueprint presented by top EU officials and again ruling out jointly issued debt in the strongest of terms. She warned that Germany can't save the euro on its own.

Chancellor Angela Merkel reinforced her Nein to euro bonds on Wednesday and sharply criticized euro zone reform proposals presented by top EU officials this week. Read more.


'PIIGS too heavy for Berlin bailout backers' (video) - RT  

Scientists warn of 3 faults under soon-to-restart reactors

Thousands of protesters in front of his office last week weren’t enough to dissuade Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda from his plan to restart Japan’s nuclear reactors, starting with a pair in Oi, Fukui Prefecture.

On June 26, two seismological experts took their turns, speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo. Read more.

The Asahi Shimbun

No. 3 reactor at Oi expected to reactivated on July 1 - Japan Today
9 utilities reject all shareholders' anti-nuclear appeals - The Asahi Shimbun

Fishermen release their haul back into radioactive waters - The Asahi Shimbun

Oceania is Largest Per Capita Marijuana Consumer

Canberra, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Australia and New Zealand are the largest per capita consumers of marijuana in the world, according to a UN report.

The document, published in the Australian capital, is based on data collected in 2010 and states that between 9.1 and 14.6 percent of the population in the two aforementioned countries are marijuana users. Read more.


Surfers take on Colombia's Pacific waves

A group of American surfers traveled to Nuqui to try out the waves of Colombia's Pacific coast. 

According to surfers' weblog Windsurf Colombia, it was second time the Blueline Paddlesurf team from Santa Barbara hit the Colombian waters.

Colombia Reports

Syria's Assad faces growing rebel, foreign threat

(Reuters) - With a high profile attack on a government TV station, escalating fighting around Damascus and talk of increasing covert foreign support, Syria's rebels are bringing the fight ever closer to Bashar Al Assad.

In a speech on Tuesday night, Assad said the country was now "at war" and that all sectors of the government and country must devote their energies to the war effort. Read more.


- Syria in 'state of war' as Iran issue stalls calls for talks (video) - RT

Iran, Saudi Arabia not invited to UN summit of world powers on Syria

Iran and Saudi Arabia have not been invited to UN summit of world powers on Syria as peace negotiator Kofi Annan convenes the meeting in Geneva the coming weekend.

“I have sent invitations to the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America – and Turkey,” Kofi Annan has said in his statement. Read more.


UN says Annan will engage Iran in Syria peace efforts - PressTV

Stockton, California to file for bankruptcy

(Reuters) - Stockton, California will become the largest U.S. city to seek protection from its creditors after its leaders approved a budget on Tuesday night based on the city filing for bankruptcy.

A Chapter 9 bankruptcy by the city of nearly 300,000 in California's Central Valley, about 85 miles east of San Francisco, could come as early as Wednesday. Read more.

Italy’s BMPS bank to slash workforce amid eurozone crisis

Italy’s oldest bank Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS) has announced plans to cut some 4,600 jobs within the next three years.

This comes after the bank sought the government funds to prevent its imminent failure. Read more.


Lugo: There are currently two government in Paraguay

The ousted President of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, has stated that there are currently two government in his country: an illegitimate one and another which is constitutional, elected by the people and legitimate.

In an exclusive interview with teleSUR, Lugo has stated the impeachment trial that he faced Friday was, in fact, a state coup.


- Context of coup d'etat in Paraguay (video) - teleSUR
- Paraguay ratified its representative to the OAS (video) - teleSUR

Dozens of Protests Begins Action Plan vs. Paraguay

Asuncion, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Organizations belonging to the National Front for the Defense of Democracy in Paraguay carried out dozens of protests in the country''s nine departments to apply an action plan in rejection to the removal of Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo.

Activities included marches and rallies in public squares, where Lugo's restitution in his post and the end of the government in power through the violation of constitutional and internationally recognized precepts were demanded. Read more.

Prensa Latina

- Paraguayan protesters demand Fernando Lugo's return (video) - teleSUR

Carter criticizes the Obama administration for HR violations

The former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, has criticised his country's government for human rights violations during the war on terrorism.

In an article published in the New York Times, Carter has stated that the drone attacks and the targeted killings are worrying evidence of this administration's behaviour.


A Cruel and Unusual Record - NY Times

- US drone strikes form of shadow war (video) - teleSUR
- US drone strikes ‘could be war crimes’ and set risky precedent - UN - RT

From Hitler to Panetta : The Limits of Patience - PakTribune

From Hitler to Panetta : The Limits of Patience

With respect to the Sudeten German problem my patience is now exhausted! I have made Mr Benes an offer, which contains nothing but the realization of what he himself assured us would be done. The decision is in his hands! Peace or war! 
Adolf Hitler, Berlin, September 26, 1938 

We are reaching the limits of our patience here, and for that reason it is extremely important that Pakistan take action to prevent this kind of safe haven from taking place [sic] and allowing terrorists to use their country as a safety net in order to conduct their attacks on our forces. 
Leon Panetta, Kabul, June 7, 2012

So what is Leon Panetta going to do if militant attacks on US forces in Afghanistan continue? Read more.

US drone attacks kill 29 in eastern Somalia

US assassination drone strikes have claimed the lives of at least 29 people in eastern Somalia, Press TV has learned.

Dozens more have been injured in the attacks in the eastern town of Balad. Read more.

Drone strike 'kills five' in Pakistan

A US drone strike targeting a compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal area has killed at least five people, security officials said.

The unmanned aircraft fired two missiles late on Tuesday into a compound in the Shawal area of South Waziristan, around 50 kilometres southwest of Miranshah, the biggest town in the region near the Afghan border. Read more.

Syria: Attack on TV staff 'worst massacre against journalism'

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi put the responsibility for killing of seven TV staffers on the EU, Arab and International organizations. He called it “the worst massacre against journalism and the freedom of media.”

­Seven journalists and workers in the Syrian al-Ikhbaryia Satellite Channel were killed on Wednesday morning in an attack by an armed group targeting the headquarters of al-Ikhbaryia. The assault occurred some 20 kilometres south of the capital Damascus. Read more + photos.

EU sanctions on Iran oil will hurt Tehran-P5+1 talks: Mehmanparast

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says the European Union (EU) sanctions on Iran’s oil exports will damage talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group.

Speaking at a weekly press conference in Tehran on Tuesday, Mehmanparast said that negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany would produce desired results only if an ambiance of cooperation and pragmatism is created between the two sides. Read more.


Russia Accepts Annan's Invitation to Int'l Meeting on Syria, Says Iran Must Attend

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has agreed to attend an international meeting on the Syria conflict in Geneva on Saturday, Russia's U.N. envoy said Tuesday.

U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan wants to hold the meeting of the major powers in Geneva in a final bid to get agreement on a political transition plan for Syria. Read more.

Mursi Meets Military Rulers as He Mulls New Cabinet

Egyptian President-elect Mohammad Mursi started mulling a new cabinet, as he met with the country military rulers who took power following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt's first civilian president, and its first elected leader since an uprising ousted president Hosni Mubarak early last year, went straight to work after he was declared the election winner on Sunday, a senior aide said. Read more.

Al Manar

Egypt Supreme Court blocks arrest powers for military, hailed by experts - Ahram
Mohammed Mursi: An Oath of Obedience - Al Akhbar

Egypt 'to continue efforts' for Palestinian reconciliation

CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Cairo will continue its efforts to support Palestinian reconciliation, Egypt's Foreign Minister Muhammad Amro said Tuesday.

Amro said Egypt supported the Palestinian cause as part of its Arab commitment and its national interests, speaking to reporters after meeting UN envoy Robert Serry, the PA's official Wafa news reported. Read more.


- Egypt Closes, Re-Opens The Rafah Terminal - IMEMC

Outernational - Blood On The Streets

Lyric / Outernational

Coconut Oil Touted as Alzheimer's Remedy

Researchers say the ketones found in coconut oil have slowed the progression of Alzheimer's disease in some people and may actually prevent it.

Adding Cholesterol to Diet Reduces Autism Symptoms

Dr. Eugene Arnold of the Ohio State University Medical Center is researching the cholesterol link to Autism. 

Realizing that our brains are made up of a significant amount of cholesterol, he starts with the assumption that those with Autism may not be suffering from too much cholesterol, but in fact may be suffering from too little. Read more.

June 26, 2012

High cholesterol diet may help brain fatal genetic disease

German researchers suggest a cholesterol-rich diet may protect individuals against a fatal genetic brain disease known as Pelizaeus-Merzbacher.

There is a defect in the growth of the myelin sheath, the fatty covering of nerve fibers in the central nervous system in those suffering from Pelizaeus-Merzbacher (PMD). Read more.


Cholesterolrijk dieet kan beschadigd brein herstellen - Niburu

The Greek Anarchists

This week an exclusive interview with Antonis Vradis of Occupied London. Antonis filled us in on the history and actions of the anarchists in Greece.

The Master's Revenge

Poem written and performed by Anthony Anaxagorou - Music by Goldmund 


Latin America: Is “Arab Spring” coming to town? (Op-Ed)

A wave of protests have rolled across Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia - countries taking a strong stance against the US and its allies’ policies in the region. Are we witnessing a “Latin American Spring”?

Whilst engineering violent insurgency does not yet seem to be on the agenda of the Global Power Masters, there are indications of growing PsyWar activity by “pro-democracy”, “pro-human rights”, “aid” agencies and NGO’s acting through local players aligned to US/UK/EU interests. Read more.


Glucose Deprivation Activates Feedback Loop That Kills Cancer Cells, Study Shows

ScienceDaily (June 26, 2012) — Compared to normal cells, cancer cells have a prodigious appetite for glucose, the result of a shift in cell metabolism known as aerobic glycolysis or the "Warburg effect." 

Researchers focusing on this effect as a possible target for cancer therapies have examined how biochemical signals present in cancer cells regulate the altered metabolic state. Read more.


New Clues About Cancer Cell Metabolism: Smallest Amino Acid, Glycine, Implicated in Cancer Cell Proliferation - ScienceDaily

Clashes at Republican Guards HQ near Damascus, reports of British forces in Syria

Syrian government forces and the armed opposition are fighting in two Damascus suburbs, while there were also reports of overnight shelling in the capital.

The clashes have been happening in the suburbs of Qudsaya and Hammah, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports. Read more.


S. Africa must reform white-dominated economy-Zuma

JOHANNESBURG, June 26 (Reuters) - South Africa's economy is still largely under the control of whites who held power under apartheid, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday, and he called for a "dramatic shift" to redress the wealth balance more evenly in favour of the black majority.

Such calls have been a staple of ANC strategy documents for years and Zuma's policy speech comes months before he will seek re-election as leader of the faction-ridden movement in December. Read more.

The Julian Assange Show: Noam Chomsky & Tariq Ali

A surprise Arab drive for freedom, the West's structural crisis and new hope coming from Latin America. 

That's the modern world in the eyes of Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali, two prominent thinkers and this week's guests on Julian Assange's show on RT.


Abbas calls for peace conference in Moscow amid Putin visit

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas called on Tuesday for an international peace conference in Moscow after meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Putin, who met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, is on a brief Middle East visit that analysts say is to shore up Russia's clout in the region amid the unpopularity of its support for the Syrian regime. Read more.


Abbas: Netanyahu Hasn’t Responded to Conditions to Resume Negotiations - PNN

India wants Iran to insure, ship oil in sanctions bypass scheme

India has allowed its state refineries to import Iranian oil on the condition that Tehran arranges for insurance and shipping of the crude oil. This will give India a chance to continue buying Iranian oil after EU sanctions come into force on July 1.

Despite the US exemption of India in the forced compliance with its unilateral sanctions on Iran's oil industry, Indian refiners would have faced problems with insurance from Western-based protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs after July 1. Read more.


EU Iranian Oil Ban a 'Non-Event': Former Shell CEO (video) - CNBC
South Korea gives up Iranian oil - RT

China says oil imports from Iran fair, reasonable (video) - PressTV
Japan's Mitsubishi Corp renews oil purchase deal with Iran - PressTV

‘If West stops military aid to opposition, Syria will be at negotiation table the very next day’

Tensions are running high around Syria as Turkey vows "proportionate” retaliation for its downed jet, be it new sanctions or a “political option”. Damascus insists Western military aid to opposition the only obstacle to peaceful conflict resolution.

­Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Al-Mikdad explained to RT the government's stance on a solution to the ongoing crisis, and his reaction to international efforts to mediate, or in his view, to fuel the conflict. Read more.


- Turkish PM vows to help 'liberate Syria from dictatorship' - RT
- NATO chief condemns Syria over jet's downing - Al Jazeera

- Turkey: No intention of war, but Syria's downing of jet won't go unpunished - Todays Zaman
- Makdessi: Turkish Military Aircraft Violated Syria's Sovereignty, Syrian Response Was Defensive Act - SANAA

Paraguay's neighbors recalled their ambassadors after coup

Paraguay faces an increasing regional isolation on Monday after several of its neighbors recalled their ambassadors out of the country due to the coup against Fernando Lugo.


Bolivian government sees coup threat from police

Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera said that behind police riots it's being brewing a coup d'etat against the government of President Evo Morales.


Bolivian police clashes with civilians

Bolivian police officers, who are on strike over low pay, have clashed with supporters of President Evo Morales in Bolivia capital La Paz. Social movements have denounced the presence of infiltrators seeking to destabilize the situation.


Social Movements Attacked by Insurgents in Bolivia - Prensa Latina

Iran will invite Saudi King Abdullah to NAM summit

A senior Iranian official dismisses reports about Tehran’s refusal to invite Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to the upcoming Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran, saying an invitation will be presented to him.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will extend [President] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s invitation to the Saudi King to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told IRNA on Monday. Read more.


Iran invites Indonesia to attend Non-Aligned Movement Summit - Antara

Egypte: de liquidatie van een revolutie

Het inperken van het demonstratie-recht, verzamelings-recht, stakings-recht, een niet aflatende hghstroom rechtzaken tegen “oppositionelen” met schimmige procedures voor militaire rechtbanken (in een korte jaar tijd meer als ooit onder Mubarak) en toenemend politiegeweld.

Nog voordat Egypte überhaupt een kans heeft gekregen om een democratische model te ontwikkelen is de Egyptische revolutie van 2011, de belangrijkste omwenteling tijdens de zogenaamde Arabische Lente, vermoord door degenen waarbij de volksbeweging in al haar naïviteit bescherming zocht. Het leger. Lees meer.


- Staatsgreep in Egypte - De Wereld Morgen
Clinton to let military aid to Egypt continue: State Department official - Reuters

Pakistan army protests to NATO, Afghans over attack

PESHAWAR: Pakistan protested to NATO and the Afghan military on Monday, accusing them of failing to act against militant safe havens in Afghanistan after a cross-border attack killed 13 Pakistani troops, a military official said.

The move is likely to intensify tension between Islamabad and Washington, just when they are trying to repair a rift caused by events such as a cross-border NATO air attack last November which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Read more.


- Pakistan censures NATO over militant safe havens in Afghanistan - PressTV
- Seven Pakistani soldiers ‘beheaded’ by Afghan militants: military officials - Dawn.com

June 25, 2012

Spain formally requests eurozone bank aid

MADRID, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Spain on Monday lodged a formal request to its eurozone partners for financial aid of up to 100 billion euros (about 125 billion U.S. dollars) for its troubled banking sector.

Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos made the request in a letter to Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker. Read more.


And then there were five: Cyprus seeks EU aid

(Reuters) - A fifth euro zone country turned to Brussels for emergency funding on Monday when Cyprus announced it was seeking a lifeline for its banks and its budget, hours after Spain submitted a formal request to bail out its banks.

Global share prices and the euro slid as investors bet that European leaders - due to meet this week for the 20th time since the currency zone's debt crisis hit Greece in 2010 - would fail to come up with radical measures to back up weak countries. Read more + video.


The Disastrous Consequences of a Euro Crash

Imagining the Unthinkable - As the debt crisis worsens in Spain and Italy, financial experts are warning of the catastrophic consequences of a crash of the euro: the destruction of trillions in assets and record high unemployment levels, even in Germany.

It wasn't long ago that Mario Draghi was spreading confidence and good cheer. "The worst is over," the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) told Germany's Bild newspaper only a few weeks ago.  Read more.


Paraguay suspended from Mercosur summit which begins Monday

Mercosur countries decided on Sunday “to suspend with immediate effect” the participation of Paraguay in the coming Mercosur summit and preparatory meetings set to begin Monday until next Friday in Mendoza because of the removal of President Fernando Lugo.

The release from the Argentine Foreign Affairs ministry since Argentina holds the rotating chair of Mercosur, “energetically condemns the rupture of the democratic order in the Republic of Paraguay for not having respected the right to due process”. Read more.


- Paraguayan Gov't Shaken by Rejection of President's Dismissal - Prensa Latina

Paraguay's ousted president forms shadow government‎ - PressTV
- Lugo saiys he had no time to present his defense (video) - teleSUR

16 Palestinians, Including 4 Children, Killed In One Week

Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that one resident was killed, and ten others were wounded, when the Israeli army bombarded, on Saturday evening, an area West of Gaza City. 

The latest attack brings the death toll to 16, including 4 children, in one week; at least 73 Palestinians, including children and women, were wounded in more than 40 strikes carried out by the Israeli military. Read more.


- 16 Palestinian Injured Near Bethlehem - IMEMC
- Clashes Reported In Hebron After Soldiers Kidnap Child - IMEMC

Negotiator: UN bid underway, US asked for delay

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- PLO negotiator Muhammad Ishtayya said Monday that the US and other foreign nations were pressing the Palestinian leadership to suspend its campaign for membership of UN bodies until after the US presidential election.

Ishtayya told the official PA radio Voice of Palestine that the leadership had initiated the process of obtaining a UN General Assembly resolution which recognizes a Palestinian state on borders prior to Israel's occupation in 1967. Read more.


The Great Olympic Greenwash

We investigate alleged violations of environmental standards by a key sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In April of this year, while the 2012 Olympics test events were continuing apace in the pools and stadiums of London, I was with a documentary film crew in Salt Lake City, Utah - driving up, and into, one of the largest open-pit mines in the world. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Olympische medailles komen uit vervuilende mijn - BNR
- London Olympics occult symbolism in the medals (video) - YouTube

Superbug vs. Monsanto: Nature rebels against biotech titan

A growing number of rootworms are now able to devour genetically modified corn specifically designed by Monsanto to kill those same pests.

A new study shows that while the biotech giant may triumph in Congress, it will never be able to outsmart nature. Western corn rootworms have been able to harmlessly consume the genetically modified maize, a research paper published in the latest issue of the journal GM Crops & Food reveals. Read more.


Demo held in Paris in solidarity with Quebec student protests

French students have held a rally in the streets of the capital, Paris, to show solidarity with students protesting against tuition hikes in Canada’s French-speaking Quebec Province.

The students on Sunday marched all the way to the Eiffel Tower and shouted slogans in support of their peers in Quebec. Read more.


June 24, 2012

BREAKING: Brotherhood's Mursi beats Mubarak's last prime minister to become Egypt's first civilian president

Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi beats off military man Ahmed Shafiq to become Egypt's first post-uprising president

The Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate, Mohamed Mursi, has been named the fifth president of Egypt after narrowly beating off competition from rival, Ahmed Shafiq, in the hotly-contested presidential elections' runoffs. Read more.


Thousands of Israeli protesters block streets in Tel Aviv, clash with police

Police arrest 89 after protesters smash windows of banks at Rabin Square, block major highway.

Police arrested 89 demonstrators after more than 6,500 people converged in and around Tel Aviv's Habima Square on Saturday night, protesting the arrest on Friday of Daphni Leef, a leader of last summer's social protest movement. Read more.


Tel Aviv rally against police brutality turns violent (video) - RT
- Thousands of Israelis Join "Citizen's Mutiny"  (video) - TRNN

Jet Escalation: 'Turkey probing Syrian anti-air defense'

Syrian air defenses have destroyed a Turkish fighter-jet, after it violated airspace in the country's north. Ankara however is now vowing 'decisive action' in response.

Colin Cavell, an academic and Middle East specialist, talks to RT. He says the intrusion into Syrian airspace by a Turkish warplane, was no accident.


Fighter jet downed by Syria ‘impossible to ignore’ – Turkish President - RT

June 23, 2012

New Bahrain crackdown: Opposition leaders wounded

Riot police in Bahrain dispersed protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets as disorder in the country’s capital Manana continued. The opposition claims its leaders have been wounded in the clashes.

The Opposition Al Wefaq organization claims its secretary-general Sheik Ali Salman was shot in the shoulder and back with rubber bullets during demonstrations in Manama. Another opposition leader, Hassan al-Marzooq, was shot and wounded in the chest. Read more.


Iranian president arrives in Venezuela

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Venezuela on the last leg of his tour of three Latin American countries.

Ahmadinejad arrived in Caracas on Friday to meet his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez. Read more.


President ousted, Paraguay in turmoil

Paraguayans have clashed with police outside the Congress building in Asuncion, shortly after it was announced that the Senate had voted to remove President Fernando Lugo from office.

The lower house of the Paraguayan Congress impeached Lugo on Thursday, and the Senate opened his trial on Friday and quickly reached a guilty verdict, ousting Lugo. Read more.


Police violently disperse protests in Paraguay (video) - RT
Latin American nations refuse to recognize Paraguay’s new leader - PressTV

Medics: 1 killed as Israel bombs Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike on Friday killed one man in the central Gaza Strip, medics said.

Israel warplanes bombed an area east of al-Bureij camp, signaling an end to an Egyptian-brokered truce reached Wednesday. Read more.

One Palestinian militant killed, two wounded in IAF strike in Gaza Strip - Haaretz

Decision to oust Caterpillar from influential ethical investing index linked to Israeli use of tractors

Role of Israel’s use of the tractors in the decision suggests that a sustained campaign by pro-Palestinian groups has had some effect.

The sale of Caterpillar tractors to Israel was a factor, but not the determining one, in the delisting of the company from an influential index that prioritizes good governance and human rights. Read more.


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