July 31, 2012

Chilean Students Express Solidarity with Mapuche Community

Santiago de Chile, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Chilean Student Confederation (CONFECH) rejected the government''s decison to increase police troops in the so-called red zone of Mapuche conflict.

Young Chileans felt that the way to unlock a problem described as historic should be another, and that, they felt, deepened after 1973 with the imposition of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). Read more.

Prensa Latina

Chile’s opposition requests UN observer in indigenous conflict - The Santiago Times
Mapuche: Children Injured In Violent Eviction - UNPO

Venezuela is a gateway to the Caribbean for Mercosur: Chávez

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez stated that Venezuela's accession to the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) is very important for the integration of the region since this country represents a "enormous gateway" to the Caribbean.


Not without controversy Venezuela becomes Mercosur fifth full member - MercoPress
Chavez after an energy alliance with Argentina and Brazil in the framework of Mercosur - MercoPress

Regeringscrisis op Curaçao

Op Curaçao is een politieke crisis uitgebroken doordat parlementslid Eugene Cleopa zijn steun aan de coalitie heeft ingetrokken. Daardoor heeft de regering van premier Gerrit Schotte geen meerderheid meer.

Volgens correspondent Dick Drayer stoort Cleopa zich aan corruptie en vriendjespolitiek. Lees meer + audio.


Schotte's coalitie in het nauw (video) - NOS

Syrian Struggles: Life on edge amid security nightmare

US State Department spokesperson said Washington is planning to increase aid on top of a $15 million package already allocated for the opposition.

Anti-Assad forces have also called on their foreign supporters to supply them with sophisticated weapons to use against government tanks and aircraft. That's amid continuing clashes in the country's northern city of Aleppo - where both the army and rebel forces claim progress.

The focus of the battles have shifted to the Syrian commercial hub after regime troops flushed out rebels from Damascus over a week ago. But residents of the capital are on edge and on a very tight budget, reclaiming the basics they used to take for granted.


Syrian forces intensify air assault on Aleppo - Al Jazeera
‘Assad better get the hell out’ – Panetta - RT

Central government's deficit exceeds its target for entire year

The Spanish central government’s deficit in the first six months of 2012 exceeded its target for the full year as Madrid was obliged to step up transfers to the regions and other public administrations in order to prevent a liquidity crunch and as the recession took a toll on revenues.

The shortfall in the government’s finances widened to 4.04 percent as of the end of June from 3.41 percent as of the end of May. Read more.

El País

Spain's Catalonia halts payments for social services

Spain's most indebted region, Catalonia cannot afford to make its grant payments to social institutions such as hospitals and homes for the elderly for the month of July, the Catalan government say.

"It is due to a problem of liquidity," a spokeswoman for the Catalan regional government's economy ministry said on Tuesday. Read more.


Catalonia snubs meeting on regional finances - El País

New wave of Anaheim riots - video of the latest standoff

Protests in Anaheim have been going on for almost ten days now, but they took a new twist this weekend when nine protesters were arrested while rallying against what they say is a corrupt police force.

Citizens of Anaheim are demanding answers from police after cops killed two Latino men a week earlier.


Do police even know where they stand? (video) - RT
ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards) (video) - Submedia

ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards)

1. Rodney King RIP
2. The Mighty Pigs
3. Mining for Resistance
4. Burning Barricades
5. Red Square Army
6. No lock for chilean cops
7. The Cleveland 4
8. Cascadia FBI Attack
9. Rap Al Despertar
10. School’s out for Autumn – CALL FOR CONVERGENCE!
Read more.


Euro-Area Unemployment Rate Reaches Record 11.2%: Economy

The jobless rate in the euro area reached the highest on record as the festering debt crisis and deepening economic slump prompted companies to cut jobs.

Unemployment in the economy of the 17 nations using the euro reached a revised 11.2 percent in May and held at that level in June, the European Union’s statistics office in Luxembourg said today. Read more.


Berkshire Bank Sues Barclays, Citigroup Over Libor

Berkshire Bank, a New York lender with 11 branches, sued 21 banks including Bank of America Corp., Barclays Plc (BARC) and Citigroup Inc. (C) for damages over the alleged manipulation of the London interbank offered rate.

Berkshire sought undisclosed compensation and punitive damages and the right to represent other lenders in a group lawsuit, or class action, in a July 25 filing in federal court in Manhattan. The lender claims in the suit that Libor fraud lowered interest payments it received. Read more.


Berkshire Bank Sues 16 Others Over Alleged Libor Manipulation - Huffington Post

Quebec Students Continue Resistance

Report on the Quebec student movement's July mass protest and future plans


Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian at checkpoint

Israeli soldiers shot dead one Palestinian and wounded two others early Monday at a checkpoint near East Jerusalem.


Israel Opens Fire on Homes in Gaza - IMEMC
Israel Detains 17 Across West Bank - IMEMC

- The Palestine Brief : Haniya Discusses Siege, Electricity with Mursi, Report: Palestinian Children in Military Custody - PNN

Israeli hospitals refusing to treat African patients

Report: Jerusalem’s Bikur Holim Hospital refuses to treat a number of African asylum seekers under the premise that they don’t have health insurance.

In the past week, the Bikur Holim hospital in Jerusalem has turned away at least three Eritrean asylum seekers, according to a report in Maariv (Hebrew). Read more.

July 30, 2012

Argentina plans to explore for oil and gas next to the Falklands

As part of its “Malvinas noose tightening” policy the Argentine government is planning an international tender to offer licenses to explore for oil near the Falkland Islands, reports Buenos Aires main daily Clarin in its Monday edition, citing a letter to Congress by Cabinet chief Juan Manuel Abal Median.

Apparently the international bidding process will be carried out by Enarsa, Argentina’s state owned energy company and will be based on a seismic and geological report contracted by Enarsa with GC Technology Corporation under a plan called “Argentine Span”. Read more.


Anti-nuclear candidate loses Yamaguchi governor election

TOKYO — A candidate who ran on a rare anti-nuclear platform lost Sunday’s election for Yamaguchi governor, even as thousands of people formed “a human chain” around Japan’s Diet building complex to demand the government abandon nuclear power.

In the closely watched election, anti-nuclear candidate Tetsunari Iida trailed former bureaucrat Shigetaro Yamamoto with 185,654 votes to 252,461 votes, the prefecture said Monday. Read more.

Japan Today

Despite loss, anti-nuke candidate gains strong support - The Asahi Shimbun
Majority at public hearings want nuclear-free Japan - The Asahi Shimbun

Nuclear expansion on track despite Fukushima: OECD report

LONDON — Strong expansion of nuclear power as a carbon-free energy source in Asia is expected to press ahead despite the Fukushima accident in Japan that soured sentiment in some countries, a benchmark report says.

An earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant in February 2011, leading to the closure of Japan’s 50 reactors and spurring Germany to pledge to close all of its nuclear reactors by 2022. Read more.

Japan Today

London 2012: Granny in Olympic Missile Accident


Armed forces clear neighborhoods in Aleppo and Damascus countryside from terrorist groups

PROVINCES- The armed forces on Sunday cleared Saladin neighborhood in Aleppo city from armed terrorist group.

An official source told SANA that the armed forces inflicted very heavy losses on the terrorists, some of them non-Syrians of Arab and foreign nataionalities, adding that fleeing terrorists are being pursued and that their hideouts are being raided, with the terrorists being arrested or eliminated. Read more.


Syria foes 'advance' in battle-wracked Aleppo - Al Jazeera
'Nail in Assad coffin': US predicts Aleppo massacre amid spin crossfire (video) - RT

Opposition stands firm against Assad forces in embattled Aleppo - Today's Zaman
Turkey continues military buildup on Syrian border - Anadolu

'West will not intervene Syria, proxy war more likely' (video) - RT
Davutoğlu: Turkey will not let Syria become another Lebanon - Today's Zaman

Syria explicitly accuses Saudi, Qatar, Turkey of supporting armed insurgents - Xinhua
US, NATO to blame for Syria violence: Analyst (video) - PressTV

New UN observer chief says first approach in Syria's Homs "positive" - Xinhua
Syria Denounces Opponents Refusal to Talk - Prensa Latina

'Panetta has blood on his hands for supporting Syria rebels' target="_blank" (video) - RT
Civilians flee Aleppo as assault continues (video) - Al Jazeera

‘British-born jihadists fighting Assad in Syria’ – captured photographer

Radical Islamists with “British accents” are among the coalition forces looking to topple Bashar Assad, says Jeroen Oerlemans, a photographer who was held hostage in Syria for a week. The UK Foreign Office has launched an investigation.

Oerlemans, a famous Dutch photo journalist, and John Cantlie, another photographer from the UK, were captured by a group of between 30 and 100 anti-Assad fighters when crossing the Syrian border from Turkey last week. They were then blindfolded. Read more.


Foreign 'jihadi' fighters reported in Syria - Al Jazeera

Moroccans protest against corruption, unemployment

Moroccan demonstrators have once again taken to the streets of the northern city of Tanjier to protest against high unemployment and social corruption in the country.

The Monday rally was organized by the February 20 Youth Movement-- a group largely consisting of students. Read more.

Israeli Group Maps Palestinian Removals

ROAD 60, OCCUPIED WEST BANK, Jul 30 2012 (IPS) - Sitting in an airconditioned car along Road 60 in the heart of the occupied West Bank, Ovad Arad explained how he goes about his job: driving unannounced into Palestinian towns and villages, taking photographs, having coffee with families, and leaving almost as quickly as he arrived.

“I don’t lie. When they ask me what I’m doing there, I say I’m doing research into the area. I try not to go into deep conversation. I do the work and go,” Arad told IPS. Read more.


Israel has 30 days to find solution for residents of West Bank village set for demolition

Israel's high court says state has responsibility to find alternative for the 27 families living in the West Bank village of Zanuta in the southern Hebron Hills.

Israel's High Court ruled on Monday that the state has 30 days to provide a solution for residents of the West Bank village of Zanuta, which is scheduled for demolition because it was built on an archeological site. Read more.


Water Crisis in the West Bank and Gaza Continues

Israel gives illegal settlers 70 times more water than Palestinians in the West Bank according to the head of the Palestinian Water Authority and Ma’an News.

On Sunday in Ramallah, Shaddad Attili said at a press conference that Palestinians received 105 million cubic metres of water. Read more.


Israel restricts Jordan Valley water access - Al Jazeera

Love Police: Everything is OK Again

The Love Police

US rages at Syria forces success against rebels in Aleppo

The US voices outrage at the Syrian Army’s success in clearing Syria’s largest city of Aleppo of anti-Damascus armed groups.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Sunday that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost all legitimacy by attacking the armed groups in the city. Read more.


Syria says it recaptures Aleppo district after battle - Reuters
- Syrian govt claims victory in Damascus as Aleppo battle rages (photos) - RT

- Syria News 29 July 2012 (video) - Syrian TV

July 29, 2012

Iran Is Not the Problem

A response to the failure of the American mass media to provide the public with relevant and accurate information about the standoff between the US and Iran, as happened before with the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.

We have heard that Iran is a nuclear menace in defiance of the international community, bent on "wiping Israel off the map", supporting terrorism, and unwilling to negotiate. This documentary disputes these claims as they are presented to us and puts them in the context of present and historical US imperialism and hypocrisy with respect to Iran. 

It looks at the struggle for democracy inside Iran, the consequences of the current escalation and the potential US and/or Israeli attack, and suggests some alternatives to consider. (Aron Newman / 2008)

Saudi anti-regime protesters stage rallies in Riyadh, Mecca

Saudi anti-regime protesters have held fresh demonstrations across Riyadh as well as the holy city of Mecca to protest against the arrest of political prisoners.

Chanting anti-regime slogans on Saturday, the angry protesters demanded the release of political prisoners and the downfall of the US-backed monarchy. Read more.


LIBOR - Insider Trading on a Massive Scale

Stephany Griffith-Jones: Major banks fixed interest rates to make short term profits and look stronger

Paraguay zet deur open voor controversiële investeerders

ASUNCION , 29 juli 2012 (IPS ) — In zijn eerste maand als president van Paraguay, heeft Federico Franco de deur opengezet voor controversiële buitenlandse investeringen.

De nieuwe regering heeft versneld toestemming verleend voor de introductie van genetisch veranderde katoen en de bouw van een aluminiumfabriek goedgekeurd. Lees meer.

Venezuela, Argentina Build South American Energy Integration

Venezuela President Hugo Chavez met with Argentine Planning Minister Julio De Vido last Monday in Caracas for discussions that saw the head of the Caribbean nation invite his South American allies to join in the oil exploitation of the largest crude reserves in the world.

The conversations focused on cooperation between the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and the recently re-nationalized Argentine firm YPF to explore and drill in the Orinoco Belt, home to nearly 300 billion barrels of crude. Read more.


Argentine grains futures market in shock: government wants operations in Pesos

Argentina could require that grains futures be listed in the local Peso currency the head of the central bank said on Friday, a move that traders said would paralyze markets in the leading global food supplier.

President Cristina Fernandez is pushing to “de-dollarize” the economy 10 years after officials ended a one-to-one peg to the dollar during a devastating crisis. Read more.


US urges Argentina to normalize relations with international financial community - MercoPress

Grass Greener No More: Ex-refugees flee Syria for home

The ongoing conflict in Syria has seen thousands of people displaced - and for a large number of them, it's not the first time they've been forced to flee.

Many Iraqis who escaped the violence in their homeland took shelter in neighboring Syria, but now they're returning home.


Fierce battles as rebels fight to hold Aleppo - Al Jazeera
Opposition puts up brave fight in battle for Aleppo - Todays Zaman

Infiltration attempt from Lebanon to Syria foiled..Authorities continue hunting terrorist groups in Aleppo..Heavy losses caused to terrorists during Clashes in Daraa, Deir Ezzor - Champress
Clashes intensify on Syria-Lebanon border - PressTV

Army Arrests Lebanese, Syrian Transferring Arms - Naharnet
Syria foreign minister to hold Iran talks - Hürriyet

Syria's Brotherhood condemns Assad, international community - Now Lebanon

US drone kills seven militants in Pakistan

MIRANSHAH: A US drone attack Sunday killed at least seven militants in Pakistan, officials said, days before the country's intelligence chief visits Washington with the contentious raids likely to be discussed.

Attacks by unmanned American aircraft are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, which says they violate its sovereignty and fan anti-US sentiment, but US officials are said to believe the attacks are too important to give up. Read more.


ISI, CIA chiefs to meet in August: drone attacks will be main agenda - Dawn.com

Anti-nuclear protesters surround Diet building

TOKYO — Thousands of demonstrators, some wearing gas masks, marched on the Diet building on Sunday. In the evening, they formed a candlelit human chain to protest the use of nuclear power after the Fukushima crisis.

Starting at about 3:30 p.m., they marched through Tokyo chanting “we don’t need nuclear power” and “stop operating nuclear plants,” in the latest demonstration since a recent decision to resume using nuclear power in Japan following a total shutdown. Read more.

Japan Today

Anti-atom Japanese rally in thousands (video/photos) - RT

De geneeskracht van citroen

Echte bikkels eten een citroen zo op. Je geeft jezelf een natuurlijke vitamineboost, maar ook ultragezonde fytonutriënten komen zo in je lichaam terecht. Ze gaan op zoek naar vrije radicalen die schade aanrichten aan het DNA. Wanneer je een citroen eet of uitgeperste citroensap met water en honing hebt gedronken, voel je je gelijk een stuk beter. Als je dit zure fruit regelmatig eet, heb je geen antirimpelcrèmes meer nodig. Citroen zorgt dat de huid van binnenuit mooier blijft. De huid straalt als je regelmatig citroen eet.

Antivirus en anti-bacterie
Virussen en bacteriën zijn samen de grootste ziekteverwekkers. Citroen heeft een anti-bacteriële en antivirale werking. Lees meer.


Dr. Rath - EU Politiek Perspectief

In deze manifestatie op 13 maart 2012 in Berlijn roept Dr. Rath de mensen in Duitsland en Europa op, verantwoording te nemen. Het is een oproep, gemeenschappelijk een democratisch Europa voor mensen en door mensen op te bouwen -- en een nieuwe, op genezing en voorkoming van ziekten gebaseerde gezondheidswetenschap.

De nu verkrijgbare wetenschappelijk onderzoeksresultaten over natuurlijke geneesmiddelen maken duidelijk, dat deze medicijnen talrijke volksziekten met een behoorlijk aandeel terugdringen kan. Echter deze „Wereld zonder ziekte" wordt ons niet gegund -- omdat al deze ziekten voor de Pharma-Industrie een miljardenmarkt is.

Willen wij deze wereld zonder ziektes voor ons en onze kinderen, dan moeten wij ons verenigen. Nu!

Dr. Rath Foundation

Nazi fundament onder Europese Unie - Gewoon Nieuws
Nazi fundament onder Europese Unie (2) - Gewoon Nieuws

Counter-Olympics network slams high cost of Olympic Games

London has showcased the Best of British at the Olympics opening ceremony
But it’s the morning after the night before. And those who aren’t so happy with the games are showcasing their reasons why. Read more.

China cancels waste project after protests turn violent

QIDONG, China -- Chinese officials cancelled an industrial waste pipeline project on July 28 after anti-pollution demonstrators occupied a government office in eastern China, destroying computers and overturning cars.

The demonstration was the latest in a string of protests sparked by fears of environmental degradation and highlights the social tensions the government in Beijing faces as it approaches a leadership transition this year. Read more.

Turkey is now in trouble on Syria, says CHP leader

Main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu recently criticized the government's stance on Syria, saying Turkey is now "a country in trouble."

"We do not want our people to pay the price for Western interests," Kılıçdaroğlu said. "We do not want Turkey to be dragged into the swamp." Read more.

US blamed for blocking passage of global arms trade treaty

Organizers of UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty have blamed major global arms exporters, especially the US, for obstructing the eventual preparation of a landmark treaty aimed at controlling the billion-dollar industry.

After four weeks of negotiations with the objective of reaching consensus over an agreement that would severely restrict the flow of armaments and ammunition across borders, principal weapons exporters led by the United States effectively blocked the move on Friday by claiming more time is required to draft a final agreement. Read more.

Nigeria: Shell to Invest U.S.$4 Billion in Two Projects in Nigeria

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, operator of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria, Thursday said it would invest about $4 billion with its joint venture partners in two oil and gas projects in the country.

This is coming as the Federal Government said it would conclude the renewal of expired oil leases for Shell, Chevron and Total by next month. Read more.

Iran ready to provide full insurance for tankers carrying its oil: NIOC official

A senior official at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) says Iran is prepared to provide full insurance coverage for both Iranian and foreign tankers shipping its oil.

“Buyers of Iran’s oil have two options. They can either use their own tankers to ship the purchased oil or they can hand over this task to the Iranian fleet,” Mohammad-Ali Khatibi, NIOC’s director for international affairs, said in an interview with Iran newspaper on Saturday. Read more.


Iran says to continue nuclear talks with P5+1 until reaching positive results

TEHRAN, July 28 (Xinhua) -- A senior advisor to Iran's supreme leader has said that the negotiations between Iran and the world major powers (P5+1) over Tehran's nuclear program will continue until they produce positive and constructive results, Tehran Times daily reported on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Ali-Akbar Velayati said that the P5+1 should recognize Iran's right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, according to the report. Read more.


- Ashton says new talks over Iran’s nuclear issue to be held soon: report - Mehr

Coalition leaders ponder cuts ahead of Monday meeting

Greece’s three coalition leaders are to hold a crucial meeting on Monday that is likely to decide what form the 11.5 billion euros of spending cuts for the next two years are likely to take.

It appears that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis have agreed that the measures should not include a further cut to civil servants’ salaries, thereby ending the 13th and 14th monthly payments, nor the imposition of a 1,500-euro per capita ceiling on healthcare coverage. Instead, it will raise from 5 to 15 euros the cost of a visit to a public hospital for treatment. Read more.


July 28, 2012

UN calls for inquiry into Myanmar riots

UN human rights chief says forces sent to quash violence in Rakhine state reportedly targeted Muslims.

The UN human rights chief has called for a “prompt and independent” investigation into the ethnic violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Indigenous suspend talks with government over ministers' no-show

Indigenous leaders in the southwest in Colombia on Friday suspended reconciliation talks with the government after the country's ministers of interior and defense failed to attend the scheduled meeting.

"We have suspended the process," the political adviser of indigenous rights group ACIN, Feliciano Valencia, told Spanish press agency EFE. "The ministers of Interior and Defense never arrived." Read more.

Colombia Reports

Mapuches Maintain Peaceful Occupation of UNICEF Office

Santiago, Chile, July 28 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Mapuche people maintained for the third consecutive day on Sunday their indefinite peaceful occupation of the UN Children Fund (UNICEF) office here, demanding the pullout of special Carabineros (police) from La Araucania.

They are members of the Mapuche Territorial Alliance (ATM) demanding UNICEF to intercede with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to ask the Chilean government for the pullout of police troops from Arauco. Read more.

Prensa Latina

Replacing government 101: Syrian rebels learn democracy in Germany

A group of top Syrian opposition figures took courses in governing a country in Berlin. The training, partially sponsored by the US State Department, is meant to come in handy after the Bashar al-Assad regime falls. ­

The group consisted of over 40 individuals, including Syrian defector generals and members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Read more.


- Post-Assad scenarios on all tables, minister says - Hürriyet

US-backed gangs doomed to fail in Syria: Webster Tarpley

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the United Kingdom promises to increase its support for the armed gangs fighting the Syrian government.

Interview with Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, author and historian


- Aleppo blame game: Conflicting reports from the ground in Syria - RT
Battle for Syria's Aleppo rages - Al Jazeera

Armed forces clear al-Hajar al-Aswad area in Damascus from terrorists, Authorities confiscate weapons in Damascus Countryside.. Two Italian experts abducted by armed groups liberated - Champress

Erdoğan says can’t remain spectator to looming Aleppo offensive - Todays Zaman
- Replacing government 101: Syrian rebels learn democracy in Germany - RT

EU-IMF rescue program destroying Greece: Greek union

Greece’s leading private sector union says international auditors monitoring Greece's compliance with its EU-IMF rescue package would have failed their own evaluation.

"Their program has destroyed us, pushing the Greek economy into recession," Yiannis Panagopoulos, head of the GSEE, an umbrella union with some 700,000 members, said on Friday. Read more.

97% Owned

97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective and explains the inner workings of Central Banks and the Money creation process.

When money drives almost all activity on the planet, it's essential that we understand it. Yet simple questions often get overlooked, questions like; where does money come from? Who creates it? Who decides how it gets used? And what does this mean for the millions of ordinary people who suffer when the monetary, and financial system, breaks down?

97% Owned

Chile: debate over legalisation of marijuana continues

In Chile, the debate continues regarding possibly legalising marijuana. 

The national director for the National Service for Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Rehabilitation believes that this is not the best decision, and must be fully analysed.


Chilean senator's confession heats debate on legalising marijuana (video) - BBC

Mediwiet: Wietolie en wietthee maken met Wernard Bruining

Stichting Mediwiet

British military admits to using U.S. drone planes

The British Air Force has confirmed that it did, in fact, take control of unmanned U.S. drone planes during NATO attacks on Libya last year.


British pilots flew armed US drones in Libya, MoD reveals - The Guardian

Arrests made at mass bike ride on Olympic Ceremony night

A number of cyclists have been arrested by police close to the Olympic Stadium on the opening night of the Games.

There were scuffles between police and cyclists on the outskirts of the Olympic Park. Read more.


MERCOSUR Parliamentarians Witness Outrages in Paraguay

Asuncion, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) MERCOSUR Parliamentarians who visited Paraguay confirmed abuses and serious violations of human rights, reported a Paraguayan official accompanying them in their trip.

The general secretary of the Guasu Front, Ricardo Canese, a coalition of leftist parties and organizations, criticized the media related to the government of Federico Franco, of distorting the capacity of the delegation and concealing the serious facts they found. Read more.

July 27, 2012

La nueva guerra: Latin Spring being sprung? (Op-Ed)

From protests in Chile to a “coup” in Paraguay, the worrying signs come across Latin America that it may have an Arab Spring of its own, but in fact those are the signs of a new form of war waged against the region.

A specter haunts Latin America
Latin America is undergoing increasingly violent turmoil on many fronts. This often makes it difficult to distinguish between spontaneous, bona fide social protest and covert foreign intervention, just as we see today throughout the Arab world. Read more.


Prime minister meets with troika

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met on Friday with troika officials, who briefed the premier on their talks so far with various government ministers on the course of the Greek fiscal adjustment programme.

Sources said that specific measures being mulled by the government were not discussed during Samaras' 90-minute meeting with the IMF's permanent representative in Athens Bob Traa, EC director for the member states' economies Matthias Mors and IMF European department deputy director Poul Thomsen. Read more.

Athens News

Piraeus is absorbing ATEbank - Ekathimerini
EU regulators to probe five bailed-out banks - Athens News

GSEE predicts increasing unemployment in 2013 - Athens News
- EU-IMF rescue program destroying Greece: Greek union - PressTV

Cutbacks, recession see Spain's jobless figures hit historic high

Spain hit an Olympic record on Friday when the unemployment rate soared to an all-time high of 24.63 percent for the second quarter of the year. According to the latest figures released by the National Statistics Institute’s Survey of the Active Population (EPA), 5,693,100 people are out of work.

The Rajoy administration’s severe cutbacks, the ongoing recession and the relaxation of rules governing layoff schemes - known in Spanish as EREs - which make it easier and cheaper for companies to let workers go - are the three factors being blamed for the record number. Read more.

El País

Spain discusses state bailout; ECB seen writing off Greek debt - Reuters

Morocco Reforms: Criminalizing Dissent

It has been over a year since the first pro-democracy protests began in Morocco. Since 20 February 2011, the beginning of the February 20 Movement, Morocco has adopted a new constitution which promises measures of liberalization. Rushed parliamentary elections brought the Islamist Party of Justice and Development (PJD) to the forefront of the new government. 

Supporters of the regime argue that it will take time for the reforms to be enacted, but there is little to indicate that Morocco is truly heading toward a path of democratic reforms. Read more.

Al Akhbar

Secret Turkish nerve center leads aid to Syria rebels

(Reuters) - Turkey has set up a secret base with allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar to direct vital military and communications aid to Syria's rebels from a city near the border, Gulf sources have told Reuters.

News of the clandestine Middle East-run "nerve centre" working to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad underlines the extent to which Western powers - who played a key role in unseating Muammar Gaddafi in Libya - have avoided military involvement so far in Syria. Read more.

A sinister development: Saudi Arabia reaches for nukes

There is a sinister development. It is reported that Saudi Arabia - a feudal and unstable state - is trying to buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan. It is almost certain that the Saudis paid for Pakistan’s nuclear bomb thirty years ago. Now it’s payback time.

It is bad enough that a paranoid, expansionist attack dog - the Zionist entity of Israel - has between two hundred and four hundred nuclear weapons ranging from small uranium bombs to monster hydrogen bombs with neutron bombs in between. Read more.


Saudis protest to demand the release of political prisoners

Hundreds of people staged a protest in Riyadh capital to demand the release of the political prisoners in Saudi Arabia.


- Saudi riot police fire live rounds on Shiite protesters in Qatif - reports (video) - RT
Saudi forces 'open fire' on protesters - Al Jazeera

Mario Draghi pledges to do 'whatever it takes' to save euro

European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said in London that the ECB would "do whatever it takes to preserve the euro" and added, "believe me, it will be enough." Draghi said.


Madrugada - Honey Bee

British bank Lloyds gets Libor subpoenas

(Reuters) - Britain's Lloyds Banking Group has received subpoenas from government agencies investigating a global interest rate rigging scandal that has rocked the banking industry and has not set any money aside to cover a potential fine, it said on Thursday.

Rival Barclays has been thrown into turmoil after being fined a record $453 million by U.S. and UK authorities for manipulating Libor interest rates. More than a dozen other banks are also being investigated and more fines are expected. Read more.


Bhopal victims stage own ‘Olympics’ to protest Dow sponsorhip

Survivors of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, one of the world’s worst-ever industrial catastrophes, have held their own Games to protest against the London Olympics being sponsored by Dow Chemical.

Dozens of kids aged five to 16 have participated in 10 sports in Bhopal during the ‘Special Olympics’. The move was aimed against the company which has a contract with the IOC until 2020 and, in particular, is a sponsor of London Olympics. Read more + photos.

Autopsy of Burgas bomber doesn't fit some witness accounts

Officials: Flights arriving from Israel will not be publicly announced, and Israeli passengers will be kept in separate and secure areas.

SOFIA, Bulgaria - Autopsies have provided some new information about the suicide bomber who killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver in Burgas last week, a local official said yesterday. Read more.

MK Zoabi: Israeli policy to blame for Burgas terror attack

Balad MK says "even when civilians killed, the occupying Israeli policy to blame"; slams Israeli efforts for memorial for Munich massacre victims: "Why don't they commemorate the Palestinians that Israel murdered."

MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) said Thursday that Israeli policy was responsible for the terror attack targeting Israelis in Burgas last week.  Read more.


B'Tselem video: IDF soldier head butts Palestinian (video) - JPost
Israeli Military Raids Hebron Area; Settlers Attack Palestinians - IMEMC

Haneen Zoabi's presentation Russell Tribunal Cape Town (video) - YouTube

Leaders agree bulk of new cuts

About 10 of 11.5 bln euros in savings approved by coalition chiefs, to meet again on Monday

Greece’s three coalition leaders agreed on Thursday on how the country is going to make about 10 of the 11.5 billion euros in cuts that the country’s international creditors, known as the troika, are demanding over the next two years. They have arranged to meet again on Monday to decide where the rest of the savings will come from. Read more.

Greeks Live in Dread of Troika Verdict

'There's No More to Squeeze'

Financial inspectors from the troika have arrived in Greece to draft their final report on whether the country has made enough progress with its austerity and reform efforts. But many Greeks have already lost hope and are counting on the worst -- an exit from the euro zone.

An aluminum bowl filled with pasta, a bottle of water and a bread roll. Read more.

Spain’s regions call on government for bailout

Over the last week, Spain’s regions have asked the central government for access to its credit line. Valencia, Murcia, and Catalonia have combined debts of around 65 billion euros and are on the brink of being unable to pay key public service providers.

The debt crisis in Spain’s regions adds to the financial pressures facing the central government, and could lead to it making a formal request for an EU bailout, say a growing number of observers. Read more + video.

Italian prosecutors probe into Moody's ratings


- 100s protest pension overhaul in Rome - PressTV

Palestinian outrage as EU expands cooperation with Israel

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Bargouthi joined a coalition of rights groups on Thursday expressing outrage at the European Union's expansion of cooperation with Israel.

At the Association Council's meeting between the EU and Israel in Brussels on Tuesday, the EU agreed to develop its cooperation with Israel offering it 60 new activities in 15 fields, and said it would seek to identify areas for future cooperation. Read more.

July 26, 2012

‘OWS does not fear police brutality’

A new report says the officers of New York Police Department have violated the rights of Occupy Wall Street protesters by using excessive force and unjustified arrests during different demonstrations.

The Global Justice Clinic at New York University's School of Law and the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School reported some 130 incidents of alleged abuse on Wednesday. Read more.


OWS Week

This episode of the show reports on Anaheim shootings, NYC ConEd occupy Storefront Picket Support, TIAA-CREF Divest Rally & Occupy Town Square and Casseroles march.

OWS Week also covers events in Jackson Heights as well as LA Solidarity Park and Chalk Walk vigil and Festival Cultural. Also on this edition of the show we report on MacArthur Park march in solidarity with Mexico YoSoy132. Then there's Portland: EPIC Rally for Housing Justice.

- More OWS Week (video) - PressTV

Repetitious, Time-Intensive Magical Rituals Considered More Effective, Study Shows

ScienceDaily (July 26, 2012) — Even in this modern age of science, people are likely to find logic in supernatural rituals that require a high degree of time and effort, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

The study, published in the June issue of Cognition, is the first psychological analysis of how people of various cultures evaluate the efficacy of ritual beliefs. Read more.


Radioactive strontium from Fukushima disaster found in 10 prefectures

Radioactive strontium-90 from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has been detected for the first time in 10 prefectures outside Miyagi and Fukushima, the science ministry said July 24.

The highest reading was in Ibaraki Prefecture and nearly matched the maximum level of strontium-90 recorded in Japan following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Read more.

The Asahi Shimbun

- Edano raps KEPCO chief for remarks on Takahama reactor restart - Japan Today
- Noda's nuclear energy policy will be tested in Yamaguchi election - Japan Today

- Radiation doses 4 times larger for 'outside workers' at nuclear plants - The Asahi Shimbun

Pakistan suspends Nato supply route over security

PESHAWAR: Pakistan has temporarily stopped Nato supply trucks crossing its northwestern border into Afghanistan over security concerns due to fears of attacks, officials said Thursday.

Gunmen on Tuesday attacked a convoy of Nato supply trucks, killing a driver, in the town of Jamrud near the main northwestern city of Peshawar, in the first such attack since Pakistan lifted a seven-month blockade of the border. Read more.


Aleppo On Eve of Battle: Clashes heat up in Syria key hub

Fighting continues in Syria's key city of Aleppo, with troops trying to halt a rebel advance. The country's commercial hub has been plagued by fierce street battles for several days, since opposition fighters began their assaults.

RT's Oksana Boyko is one of the few international reporters still in Syria, and brings us the latest on the conflict.


- Terrorists Suffer Heavy Losses in Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, Hama and Daraa - SANA
- Syrian military bombards rebel strongholds - Al Jazeera

Syria clears more areas of rebels, fighting continues in Aleppo - PressTV

US bent on destabilizing political process in Syria (video) - PressTV
- 'US wants puppet regime in Syria' (video) - PressTV

- Ballots, Not Bullets: 'Syrians want peace, rebels want blood' (video) - RT
- Don't provoke us, Erdoğan says in stern warning to Syrian Kurds - Todays Zaman

Colombian Guerrilla Calls to a Joint Retreat from Cauca Region

Bogota, Jul 26 (Prensa Latina) The top leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Rodrigo Londoño Echeverry, alias Timoleon Jimenez said that if the army, police and paramilitary forces go out of Cauca, the guerrillas will do it too.

If military operations, bombings and shootings, forced displacement and dispossession of land, crimes against the people and impunity stop in Colombia, it will make no sense the existence of the guerrillas, says Jimenez. Read more.

Prensa Latina

Armed conflict is causing internal displacement in Cauca (video) - teleSUR
3,000 troops brought in to reinforce security in Bogota  - Colombia Reports

CIA and FBI establish threat center in London; Secret Service to enforce Trespass Act in Britain?

Athletes from around the globe are now in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but sports stars and spectators aren’t the only ones arriving. The US is sending its top spies from the CIA, FBI and other agencies to aid UK authorities during the games.

British security officials have joined forces with America’s top federal intelligence agencies to establish a "threat integration center" in the UK. Read more.


WRAPUP 2-Olympics-Soccer-North Korea flag incident overshadows action

CARDIFF, July 25 (Reuters) - A major diplomatic incident marred the first day of competition at the London Olympics on Wednesday when the North Korea women's soccer team walked off after the South Korea flag was mistakenly displayed before their match against Colombia.

The error occurred at Glasgow's Hampden Park stadium which was hosting one of the day's six matches kicking off the women's tournament and led to a delay of more than an hour before the game eventually started with the Koreans winning 2-0. Read more.

Olympics London

Tehran says deputy-level negotiations with P5+1 positive

The deputy secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has hailed the talks with European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s deputy in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Ali Baqeri called his negotiations with Helga Schmid held on Tuesday positive and “in line with the agreements and negotiations in Moscow.” Read more.


Madlos sneers Aquino’s SONA

Jorge Madlos or Ka Oris, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front in Mindanao, takes some notes in his laptop while watching President Benigno C. Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 23, inside their camp somewhere in Northern Mindanao.
Read more.


Jorge Madlos aka Ka Oris (video) - MindaNews

Former Citigroup CEO Weill Says Banks Should Be Broken Up

Sanford “Sandy” Weill, whose creation of Citigroup Inc. (C) (C) ushered in the era of U.S. banking conglomerates a decade before the financial crisis, said it’s time to dismantle the nation’s largest lenders.

“What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking,” Weill, 79, said today in an interview on CNBC. “Have banks do something that’s not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that’s not going to be too big to fail.” Read more.


July 25, 2012

Michael Moore: "Wij zijn ongelooflijk goede moordenaars"

Michael Moore staat stil bij de nieuwe slachtpartij in Aurora. In recente tijden heeft elke natie wel een psychopaat of twee gehad om massamoorden te plegen. Er is echter een verschil tussen de rest van de wereld en de VS: wij hebben TWEE Auroras elke dag van elk jaar, aldus Moore. 

Minstens 24 Amerikanen worden elke dag gedood door andere mensen met wapens (8-9.000 per jaar). Lees meer.


Anaheim: the fourth day of riots

It's been four days since those protesting against police brutality took to the streets in Anaheim, California. It all began after police shot at unarmed people killing one of them and later attacked witnesses.

Some protesters believe the incident was racially motivated and is just an example of a corrupt police force in Anaheim. Scott Shackford of www.Reason.com brings his take on what's going.


Balls of wealth in pockets of few


Former Citigroup CEO Weill Says Banks Should Be Broken Up - Bloomberg

Bill Black Reports: LIBOR and HSBC

Bill Black, author of "The Best Way To Rob a Bank is to Own One" begins a regular TRNN feature reporting on financial news


Tanned FitzPatrick bailed after facing bank fraud charges - Independent.ie
Ex-Anglo Irish bank boss arrested (video) - Euronews

Deutsche Bank's own Libor probe clears board - sources - Reuters
Libor Fixing Scandal: Deutsche Bank Internal Probe to Threaten Capital Boost and Risk Cuts? - IBTimes

Libor fixing should become criminal offence, EU says - RT

All NAM member states will take part in Tehran summit: Salehi

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says all member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) will attend the group’s forthcoming summit in Tehran in late August.

“All 120 member states of the movement will participate in the Tehran summit. Read more.

Spain suggests Paraguay should not attend Ibero-American summit in Cadiz

Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel García-Margallo suggested on Tuesday that it would be best for Paraguay not to attend the coming Ibero-American summit scheduled to take place in Cadiz, next November, because of the complex political situation.

“If the situation does not improve, most probably Paraguay will not be able to attend the summit in Cadiz; I think it is a situation which is better for Paraguay, better for Spain as the organizer and host, and better for a group of countries that will be attending”, said García-Margallo in Lima. Read more.


Mercosur tribunal rejects Paraguay's request (video) - teleSUR

Buenos Aires Moves to Dispose of Plastic Bags

Buenos Aires is taking steps to get plastic shopping bags out of the city with a regulation that will slowly take the product away from store checkouts.

Following in the province of Buenos Aires’ footsteps, the regulation will implement a series of steps to gradually replace plastic bags. Read more.

The Argentina Independent

Mexican official: CIA 'manages' drug trade

Spokesman for Chihuahua state says US agencies don't want to end drug trade, a claim denied by other Mexican officials.

Juarez, Mexico - The US Central Intelligence Agency and other international security forces "don't fight drug traffickers", a spokesman for the Chihuahua state government in northern Mexico has told Al Jazeera, instead "they try to manage the drug trade". Read more + video.

Al JAzeera

Colombia: Senator detained for laundering drug money (video) - teleSUR
Colombia's coalition U Party suspends jailed senator  - Colombia Reports

Famous Spanish jurist to lead WikiLeaks-Assange defense team

The prominent Spanish lawyer and international jurist, Baltasar Garzon, will lead the legal team defending WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. Garzon and Assange have already met to discuss their new legal strategy.

A former judge at Spain's central criminal court, Garzon is famous for issuing an international arrest warrant for former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet two decades ago, thus revolutionizing the international justice system and triggering a widespread fight against impunity in Latin America and the rest of the world. Read more.