October 31, 2012

One million uncounted votes spark controversy in Chile

Voting irregularities across Chile cause protest, accusations of fraud and confrontation.

The Chilean government is facing accusations of voter fraud for perceived inconsistencies in the recent municipal elections after more than one million votes were apparently left unaccounted for in the final tallies. Read more.

The Santiago Times

Chile between abstention and social mobilisation (video) - teleSUR
Chilean students protest municipal elections - The Santiago Times

President Correa denounced a U.S. intention of preventing his re-election

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa affirmed this week that there is a possible intention of the CIA to prevent his re-election in the voting that will take place next February 17 in that South American country.


Correa to Visit US Research Centers - Cubadebate

Why Chavez Won Again

By Danny Glover | I had the privilege of traveling to Venezuela and witnessing the country's October 7 presidential election and watching the South American country's extraordinarily active and engaged citizenry in action.

An impressive 81 percent of the electorate participated in a transparent and secure electoral process that former president Jimmy Carter reportedly referred to as the best in the world. Read more.


Drones violate sovereignty, Pakistan tells UN

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday termed the drone attacks counter-productive, unlawful, against international law, and violation of sovereignty.

In her opening statement at the 14th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the foreign minister said Pakistan strongly supports the promotion and application of universally recognised human rights. Read more.


Drone attacks kill 80pc innocent people: Malik - PakTribune

Team Anna NGOs under lens over foreign funds

NEW DELHI: NGOs affiliated to Team Anna members are under scanner for foreign funds utilization, the Centre informed the Delhi High Court Wednesday.

Filing a status report the home ministry told a division bench, comprising Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw,.. Read more.

The Times of India

Waves of anger: Japan tsunami victim aid spent on whalers, officials and fighter pilots

A quarter of Japan’s tsunami relief fund has been spent on unrelated projects, including renovating a government office and subsiding whaling. 

The revelations have ignited outcry as more than 320,000 tsunami victims remain displaced. Read more.


Japan spent rebuilding money on unrelated projects - The Asahi Shimbun

Ministry finds sloppy Fukushima dose monitoring

A government study has found poor monitoring of the radiation doses suffered by workers at the disaster site, citing 19 breaches including data input errors and cases of personnel not wearing one of two required dosimeters.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare reported the failings on Oct. 30,.. Read more.

The Asahi Shimbun

Chinese think tank urges end to one-child policy

BEIJING--A Chinese government think tank is urging the country's leaders to start phasing out its one-child policy immediately and allow two children for every family by 2015, a daring proposal to do away with the unpopular policy.

Some demographers see the timeline put forward by the China Development Research Foundation as a bold move by the body close to the central leadership. Read more.

The Asahi Shimbun

China's gender imbalance alleviated but still grave - Xinhua

Growing dispute over Senkaku - Diaoyu islands

The growing territorial disputes in the Pacific region have called attention of defense officials from several countries gathered in Tokyo.

At this point Japan is seeking support from its international allies in the territorial dispute with China over the rocky Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.


Patrolling around Diaoyu Islands normal activity: FM (video) - CNTV
Diplomat: U.S. cannot be neutral over Senkakus - The Asahi Shimbun

Frequent Osprey flight violations reported in Okinawa in first month

Feeling betrayed by Tokyo, local officials in Okinawa Prefecture are scrutinizing flights of the U.S. military’s Osprey transport aircraft--and have reported numerous safety violations in its first month of operations there.

Osprey training flights began on Oct. 4. The following day,.. Read more.

The Asahi Shimbun

Broken Anvil: Miskitu Communities Fight Militarization

Communities organize amid escalating violence in Honduras


Bolivia asks Sean Penn to help lobby in the dispute with Chile over a sea outlet

Bolivia asked visiting Oscar-winner Sean Penn Tuesday to help lobby for La Paz to regain a bit of Pacific coast, and escape the ranks of landlocked states.

Evo Morales, the populist president of the arid nation high in the Andes, asked the US actor to help its campaign to press Chile to overhaul treaties that ended a 19th-century war that cost Bolivia its coast and gave the land to Chile. Read more.


Sean Penn meets with Evo Morales in La Paz (video) - teleSUR

Greek labor unions call general strike for November 6 and 7

Greece's two biggest labour unions called a 48-hour strike for Nov. 6-7 to protest against the latest wave of austerity measures demanded by foreign lenders set to be voted in parliament next week.

"We will strike to stop the measures from being voted in parliament,.. Read more.


Greece's budgetary bright spot dims, recession worsens

ATHENS, Oct 31 (Reuters) - The Greek government on Wednesday predicted worse-than-expected recession in 2013 and downgraded a rare positive note in its budget, highlighting the toll of repeated rounds of austerity.

The government more than halved its forecast for a budget surplus before debt interest payments are taken into account, dimming one of the few bright spots in a final 2013 budget bill. Read more.


Eurozone unemployment hits record high

The 17-nation bloc had a jobless rate of 11.6 per cent in September, while inflation eased slightly in the last month.

Unemployment in the eurozone hit a record high in September, with nearly 150,000 more jobs lost as the debt crisis continues to undermine an economy slumping into recession, official data show. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Unemployment in Europe: get the figures for every country - The Guardian
Euro area unemployment rate at 11.6% (pdf) - Eurostat

Journalists Resist: 'Where is the freedom of speech?'

Greek journalists have walked out of their jobs, angry at what they see as government censorship and changes to labour laws.

This follows the suspension of two TV presenters, after they criticized the interior minister on air and denounced police for beating up activists detained during protests. RT talks to Panagiotis Sotiris, who's a sociologist from the University of the Aegean.

‘Latin America needs independence to prosper’ – President of Nicaragua

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega believes Latin America requires freedom from external influence to flourish. For Nicaragua, this means building a canal for self-sustainability. He told RT that all this is possible as hegemony is in decline.

Ortega argues that the world needs multi-polarity. Moreover, it is already heading in that direction. Read more.


Wiels suggests dual nationality

WILLEMSTAD – It looks as though the leader of the Pueblo Soberano, Helmin Wiels is advocating for a lighter independence. According to Wiels an independent Curaçao should offer the possibility of dual nationality.

He also wants a free traffic of persons between Curaçao and the Netherlands, according to the same rules between the countries in the European Union. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

"Praten over onafhankelijk Curaçao" - NOS

How Cannabinoids May Slow Brain Aging

Stoners aren’t known for their memory prowess but a new review suggests that drugs similar to marijuana’s active ingredients may hold promise for preventing— or even reversing— brain aging and possibly Alzheimer‘s and other degenerative brain diseases.

Since the mid 2000′s researchers have been building an appreciation for the power of marijuana-like substances that make up the brain’s cannabinoid systems. Read more.


Why I’m Voting Green

By Chris Hedges | The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us. And if we do not immediately engage in this battle we are finished, as climate scientists have made clear.

I will defy corporate power in small and large ways. I will invest my energy now solely in acts of resistance, in civil disobedience and in defiance. Those who rebel are our only hope. Read more.


Mideast peace, Arab Spring and looming US elections

In exclusive interview with Ahram Online, former US president Jimmy Carter reflects on apparent demise of two-state solution, ongoing 'Arab Spring' and domestic economic policies favouring America's rich

Ahram Online: You said in a recent interview that Israel 'never' keeps its promises regarding the rights of Palestinians. Were there any changes on the ground that prompted the so-called 'Elders' to visit the region to attempt to restart peace talks? Read more.


Tanja Nijmeijer begins journey to peace negotiations: Reports

Dutch FARC guerilla Tanja Nijmeijer allegedly left the jungle Tuesday on her way to Havana, Cuba where she will take part in the upcoming peace talks with the Colombian government.

Although Nijmeijer's whereabouts have not been confirmed,.. Read more.

Colombia Reports

- Guerrilla from Colombia Tanja Niejmeijer Travels to Cuba - Prensa Latina

'Tanja Nijmeijer al een jaar niet meer in Colombia' - AD
'Tanja Nijmeijer op weg naar Cuba' - NOS

PM: Strike on Iran would be good for Arab world

Netanyahu tells French magazine Israeli strike on Tehran could remove a potential threat and ease tensions in the Middle East.

PARIS - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sought on Tuesday to convince Arab states that an Israeli military strike on Iran would benefit them, removing a potential threat and easing tensions across the Middle East. Read more.


Tehran: P5+1 must recognize our nuclear rights - JPost
Iran: Rumors about Tehran-Washington Talks Aim to Influence US Elections - Mehr

Who gets to vote in Israel's democracy?

If we exclude Gaza, one in every 4.5 people living under Israeli rule doesn’t have the right to vote in the coming elections; that one person is (almost) always Palestinian. If Gaza is included, it’s one in three who is not represented.

The Israeli Knesset is the sole sovereign between the sea and the Jordan River, with the possible exception of the Gaza Strip, which exercises a certain degree of independence since the 2005 disengagement. Read more.


Lapid slams Left, Right over approaches to peace - JPost

Pro-BDP protesters clash with police in SE over hunger strike

There were clashes between Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) supporters and police forces on Tuesday in the cities of several provinces of the predominantly Kurdish Southeast, as residents supporting several hundreds are on hunger strikes throughout Turkish prisons demanding an end to the isolation of terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) chief Abdullah Öcalan staged unauthorized demonstrations. 

Stores didn't open, garbage wasn't collected and children didn't go to school in many provinces as residents supported a call from the BDP to “stop life” in support of inmates who are on hunger strikes. Read more.

Today's Zaman

Firebombs and water cannons: Kurdish protesters clash with police in Turkey - RT
Leaders Warn of Worsening Health Conditions for Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Turkey - Today's Zaman

Öcalan brother unsure about visit to PKK chief - Today's Zaman

October 30, 2012

Ban Ki Moon condemns violations of ceasefire in Syria

The Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki Moon, has condemned the massacre of civilians that took place during the Muslim festival of sacrifice, Ramadan, in violation of the agreement between Bashar Al Assad s government and the armed opposition.


Syria air raids continue as diplomacy falters (video) - Al Jazeera
Armed Forces Inflict Heavy Losses upon Terrorists in Several Areas - SANA

Turkey rules out dialogue with Syria as ‘pointless' - Today's Zaman
Clash between Syrian rebels and Kurds left 30 people dead - KurdSat

Premier al-Halqi Condemns Terrorist Groups' Violations during Eid al-Adha - SANA

Report: Russia, Turkey in secret talks for return of seized cargo - Today's Zaman
Lieutenant Back Homeland: Turkish Government Facilitates Weapon Smuggling into Syria - SANA

PM Erdoğan says Turkey not giving up on EU membership goal

Amid mounting questions over the new orientation and preferences of Turkish foreign policy, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, currently in Berlin as part of an official visit, said Turkey has not abandoned its main goal of EU membership.

Speaking on Tuesday, he said Turkey has not given up on its primary goal of membership because it believes in the prospect and success of the EU. Read more.

Today's Zaman

Ankara and Berlin: A unique partnership - DW
10,000 to protest Erdogan in Germany - KURDpress

Iran vs the Empire: Fighting dollarization

The West's attempts to destroy the Iranian economy through heightened sanctions-including most imports, oil exports and use of banks for trade operations-is having its affect.

According to Johns Hopkins University Professor Steve Hanke, Iran is facing hyperinflation, with a monthly inflation rate of nearly 70% per month and its national currency, the rial, plummeting in value against western currencies. Read more.


VK Singh joins Anna Hazare to attack anti-people govt

Former army chief General VK Singh, who has joined social activist Anna Hazare in his crusade against corruption, launched a scathing attack on the UPA government at the Press Club here on Monday.

Demanding immediate dissolution of Parliament, the former army chief said the government is "anti-people" and that it is "bending" before the corporates. Read more.

India Today

Parliament must be dissolved: General VK Singh (video) - IBN

PM says negotiations with troika are over

The office of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Tuesday afternoon issued a statement saying that negotiations with Greece's creditors are over and a deal has been reached with inspectors from the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank -- known as the troika -- over the country's fiscal adjustment program.

Samaras's office said the negotiations with the troika have been concluded «successfully» and that «significant improvements were made." Read more.


German, French finmins push for Greek solution in November - Reuters

Inconclusive meeting on labour law changes - Athens News
Major Losses on Athens Stock Exchange - Greek Reporter

Kuwait arrests opposition leader ahead of mass protest

Kuwaiti authorities arrested a prominent opposition figure over his criticism of the Gulf Arab state's ruler. 

It came days before an expected mass rally protesting against a reform, which critics say undermines opposition political forces. Read more.


Protests banned by Bahrain government

Gulf state's decision expected to raise pressure on Shia Muslim organisations engaged in organising opposition marches.

Bahrain has imposed a ban on all protest gatherings and is threating legal action against groups considered backing escalating demonstrations and clashes. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Bahrain bans protests after cops tear gas & fire on rally (video) - RT

Activists protest Canadian parliament donation to oil, gas companies

Hundreds of activists came to the Canadian parliament on Monday to protest the government’s 1.4 billion dollar donation to oil and gas companies, while they're cutting the jobs and services Canadians depend on.

The rally which was organized by Powershift, a grassroots organization that advocates for a just and sustainable future, demanded that the government adopt a more responsible environmental policy. Read more.

Top Bank of England director admits Occupy movement had a point

Andrew Haldane praises ‘loud and persuasive’ protesters who succeeded because ‘they are right’

The Occupy movement received vindication from unlikely source tonight, as a senior executive at the Bank of England credited it with stirring a “reformation of finance”. Read more.

The Independent

Chuck D van Public Enemy: "Mensen zouden meer zelf nieuws moeten maken."

Het Vrijheidsfestival wist dit jaar de belangrijkste politieke hiphopgroep ter wereld naar Brussel te halen. Public Enemy speelde op vrijdag 26/10 in Théâtre National een uitverkocht concert.

Achteraf had DeWereldMorgen.be een gesprek met frontman Chuck D. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

Sandy ConEd Explosion at Lower Manhattan

Con Edison workers trapped in NY power plant by Sandy -Reuters witness - Reuters
Blackouts affect 1.5mn as Hurricane Sandy approaches East Coast - PressTV

Superstorm Sandy reaches US East Coast - RT

Official promise fails to halt China protests

Residents of eastern Ningbo city still angry despite promise that petrochemical plant expansion will not go ahead.

Residents of an eastern Chinese city who have been protesting over a new chemical plant have reacted warily to news that the project would be halted, with some continuing to demonstrate. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Libya army has 'no control' in Bani Walid: defence minister

Libya's defence minister said Monday that the army has no control over Bani Walid, one of the last bastions of Moamer Kadhafi's regime, and that armed groups there prevent families from returning home.

"The chief of staff has no control over the town and therefore armed men are able to prevent families from coming back," Osama al-Jueili told journalists in Tripoli, adding that "gunmen" hold a checkpoint leading to the town. Read more.


Drone attacks render Pakistan’s anti-terror efforts ineffective: Malik

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik demanded a halt to US drone attacks in Pakistan, adding that, the attacks were rendering Pakistan’s efforts to countering terrorism ineffective, DawnNews reported on Monday.

In an interview to a US-based television channel, Malik said that despite having all the resources, the United States was not making sufficient gains in Afghanistan. Read more.

Exclusive - Shell seeks Iran sanctions workaround via Cargill grain barter

(Reuters) - Oil major Royal Dutch/Shell is seeking to work around international sanctions by repaying a $1.4 billion oil debt to Iran with a grain barter deal via U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill, industry sources said.

 Shell wants to repay a debt that is growing larger because of unpaid interest,.. Read more.


'West imperia agenda is to keep Iraq weak'

Bombings have increased in Iraq, leaving dozens of civilians, including women and children, dead.

Press TV has interviewed Ms. Dahlia Wasfi, political and justice activist, Wilmington, USA about the developing state of Iraq since the forced departure of US troops from the country. Read more.

Iraqi Ambassador: The Dutch Interested in Business from Basra to Kurdistan

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Iraqi ambassador to the Netherlands, Sa'ad Al Ali, says Dutch businessmen are interested in business in Iraq.

“Sometimes they say we cannot afford to go to unsafe places,” he said. “Then we say, ‘OK, go to Kurdistan. Read more.


Ministry sources say family will be allowed to visit PKK leader

Sources from the Justice Ministry have said family members of jailed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan can visit him on the İmralı prison island in the Marmara Sea, in an effort to end a collective hunger strike on the part of Kurdish inmates in various prisons around the country.

The Taraf daily reported on Monday that unnamed ministry sources said there would be no obstacles for three known relatives of Öcalan to visit him on the island if they file a request. Read more.

Today's Zaman

Republic Day celebrations held amid controversy

Clashes between Turkish police and protesters who insisted on holding a banned rally cast a shadow over the Republic Day celebrations held on Monday.

For the first time, Republic Day, which marks the foundation of the Turkish Republic on October 29, 1923, was celebrated at two separate events in Ankara,.. Read more.

Today's Zaman

Turkish PM: Republic Day rally was provocated - Hürriyet
Turkey police disperse pro-secular protesters - Al Jazeera

Turkish police teargas thousands-strong secularist demo (video/photos) - RT
Turkish police fire tear gas at banned secularist march - SAMAA

October 29, 2012

Lagarde List: 'EU clientalism protects the powerful'

The Greek government is now being accused of failing to go after tax dodgers. A journalist who published a list of the country's political and business elite who have Swiss bank accounts now faces a trial after being arrested.

For more on the story RT's joined by George Katroungalos, attorney and professor of constitutional law.


Greek healthcare system collapses amid new austerity

Healthcare system in Greece has been seriously affected as the government agreed to a new austerity package of budget cuts and tax increases, including a two-billion-euro (2.6 US dollars) cut to the health system.


Iranian civilians, main target of US-EU sanctions

Desperately waiting for life-saving medications;

This is the fate of many Iranian patients, whose lives are at stake due to the shortage of medicines resulting from the unilateral sanctions by the US and European Union against Iran over its civilian nuclear energy program. Read more.


U.S Food products purchased by Cuba decreased due to the Washington's blockade

The United States food products that Cuba purchase decreased in the last years due to the harsh conditions imposed by the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Washington to those imports.


Cuba Slams Impact of Blockade on Poultry Sector - Prensa Latina

In Focus: Shell destroying Nigeria?

Nigerians have risen up and asked for reforms after years of corruption in the country's oil industry. Questions are being asked about how much power does Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's new government have? Or is it the government or the oil companies that really hold the power in the country?

Nigeria is a major player in the oil business and the 12th biggest exporter in the world. Eighty percent of the country's revenue comes from oil and half of that is from the British/Dutch Company, Shell.

In 1995, nine local environmental activists were hanged by the Nigerian government for protesting against Shell activities. Similar atrocities continue today and many point the blame at Shell's hidden hand. On this week's INFocus, we will look into the many human rights abuses committed by Shell in North African country.


Who Owns the World? Noam Chomsky on U.S.-Fueled Dangers, from Climate Change to Nuclear Weapons

In the week when President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney debated issues of foreign policy and the economy, we turn to world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and MIT professor, Noam Chomsky.

In a recent speech, Chomsky examined topics largely ignored or glossed over during the campaign: China, the Arab Spring, global warming, nuclear proliferation, and the military threat posed by Israel and the U.S. versus Iran. Read more.

Democracy Now

Troika Calls for New Debt Relief for Greece

Another Default | Greece's international creditors are calling for a new debt haircut for the country so as to bring down its massive debt load.

This time, however, taxpayer money from Germany and other donor countries would be involved. Resistance, not surprisingly, is substantial. Read more.


Germany supports ECB Greek debt buyback plan, rejects write-off - Ekathimerini
Final stretch for Greece before Eurogroup - Ekathimerini

Troika wants 150 reforms in Greece - now! (video) - RT

President for the 1%: Wall St. warchest fuels billion-dollar US election

Hurricane Sandy has caused chaos to the U.S. presidential election, with rallies cancelled and early voting disrupted. But it's the economic storm over the last few years which is worrying the electorate.

RT's Marina Portnaya looks at criticism thrown at the two major candidates over their links to the rich who are still hogging the wealth of the nation.


Disappointed Brahimi vows to press on

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says the situation in Syria is "bad and getting worse." But the veteran diplomat insists he will not allow the failure of a ceasefire truce he brokered to stop peace efforts.

The truce was set to come into effect on Friday and continue over the four-day Muslim religious holiday Eid al-Adha. Read more.


Ongoing clashes end Syria's failed truce - Al Jazeera
Brahimi seeks peace for Syria in Russia amid blame-shifting over broken truce (video) - RT

Syrian opposition discusses post-Assad transition in İstanbul - SNC
Moscow implores global community to support Syrian ceasefire - RT

Gaza activists' new weapon: Carrier pigeons

Military officials believe birds found onboard Gaza-bound ship 'Estelle' were used to document Israeli soldiers as they seized vessel

When Israel Defense Forces soldiers nine days ago overtook the "Estelle" ship, which sought to breach Israel's naval blockade on Gaza, encountered a strange surprise. Between the crates containing toys and medications, they discovered a carrier pigeon. Read more.


Iran possesses advanced drone technology, says defense minister

Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says Tehran has far more advanced drones than the one Hezbollah launched into Israel this month.

Iran possesses drones that are far more advanced than the unmanned aircraft Iranian-backed Hezbollah launched into Israeli airspace this month, Iran's defense minister was quoted as saying on Sunday. Read more.


'Drone transmitted photos of 'sensitive bases' to Iran' - JPost

U.S. army chief in Israel to discuss joint missile defense drill

Dempsey met Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv late Sunday.

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey was in Israel on Monday to discuss a joint missile defense drill that began a week ago. Read more.


Army Carries Out 4 Airstrikes Targeting Gaza

The Israeli Air Force carried out, late on Sunday evening, at least four airstrikes targeting different areas in the Gaza Strip causing excessive damage; one injury was reported.

Local sources reported that the army fired a missile at a civilian home that belongs to Al-Boheiry family north east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp, in central Gaza, leading to excessive damage but no injuries. Read more.


15 rockets, mortars hit the South; IAF strikes Gaza - JPost

October 28, 2012

Hague tribunal to investigate Iran massacre of political prisoners

The world’s seat of international law, the Peace Palace in The Hague is host to a historic even this week – an investigation into the massacres of Iran’s political prisoners throughout the 1980s.

While this is the home of the International Court of Justice, this tribunal is a symbolic event underway through the voluntary efforts of human rights lawyers, judges, academics, and activists. Read more.

Vancouver Observer

Bush, Blair wanted for crimes against humanity: Boyle (video) - PressTV

US dollar declines for second week in Iran

The US dollar at its lowest level since September, when the Iranian rial dropped in value and many thought it would never recover. Now with the US dollar at subdued levels, the Iranian rial is holding at its rebound level for a second week.

The news has convinced money changers that the Iranian currency is on a path to recovery. But has it also convinced the rial skeptics? Read more + video.


Iran breaks US dominance over region: Larijani

Iran’s Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic succeeded in breaking the United States dominance over the region and countering its unilateralism.

“Americans who failed to achieve their political and military dominance in the international community, now seek to play the role of economic police in the world,” Larijani said in Iran’s northwestern province of Ardebil on Sunday. Read more.


Chavez supports Colombian peace talks

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent a supportive message to his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos within the framework of the peace talks launched by the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas.


FARC calls on media to 'contextualize' and 'objectively' report on peace process

Colombia's largest rebel group FARC calls on national media to "contextualize" ongoing peace talks with the government and to "objectively explain" the preliminary deal between guerrillas and government to avoid "confusion" among citizens.

According to the group, Colombia's mainstream media, "even though it goes against their metallic,.. Read more.

Colombia Reports

Rafael Correa promotes Latin America integration

During a visit to Chile, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa urged Latin America to be united in the struggle to against poverty and inequality Friday in a special address to the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago.


Assange will stand for rights in London

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will not leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London unless the US government drops its “immoral” investigation into the WikiLeaks website.

Assange has sheltered in the embassy of Ecuador in the UK capital since June,.. Read more.


US will go on trial when it tries Manning - PressTV

Spain unemployment and economic situation only comparable to Franco’s days

Spain's unemployment rate hit a record high in the third quarter, with one in four out of work and more expected to lose their jobs in 2013 as the next phase of government cutbacks kicks in.

At exactly 25.1%, Friday's official number was the highest since the Franco dictatorship ended in the mid-1970s, and gives fresh impetus to calls by labour unions for a general strike next month. Read more.


IMF: Portuguese bailout in a more challenging phase

The IMF approved the disbursement of Portugal’s fifth tranche of the €78bn bailout Wednesday and confirmed the country was on track, but admitted Thursday that austerity was having a greater negative impact than previously thought, meaning a potential risk of further fiscal slippage and higher public debt.

Portugal’s bailout programme has entered a more challenging phase,.. Read more.


Troika 'seeks 150 new Greek reforms'

International auditors will demand that Greece carry out a further 150 reforms to its recession-battered economy, as it teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, German newsweekly Spiegel reported Sunday.

Citing an interim version of the findings of the troika of creditors, Spiegel said Athens would get an extra two years to carry out the reforms in its programme but this delay would cost billions of euros (dollars). Read more.

Journalist due in court over list of Greeks

The investigative journalist Costas Vaxevanis was arrested on Sunday and then quickly released after his magazine Hot Doc published on Saturday a list of more than 2,000 names that it claimed was the infamous «Lagarde list» of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts given to Greece by French authorities in 2010 to be probed for tax evasion.

The journalist is to appear in court at noon on Monday when the date of his trial, on charges of violating laws relating to the privacy of personal data, is to be set. Read more.

Palestinian officials: Abbas moving forward with bid for UN recognition

Despite continued pressure from both the U.S. and Israel, the Palestinian president is expected to ask the UN General Assembly to approve request for "nonmember state" status in November

Palestinian officials say Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is moving forward with his plan to seek upgraded observer status at the United Nations next month, despite American and Israeli threats of financial or diplomatic retaliation. Read more.


PA will seek UN recognition next month despite pressure - PressTV

Clashes in Peruvian capital market leave 4 dead

Two more people were killed in week-long clashes in Lima, bringing the death toll to four as police battled locals to shut down a market. 

Over 100 were arrested in what the mayor dubbed a mission to bring order to a neighborhood of “chaos and filth.” Read more + video.


Two Killed, Many Injured During Clash at Lima’s La Parada Market - Peruvian Times
President Humala: La Parada Riot Was “Shameful” - Peruvian Times

International Hearing on Human Rights Violation in Paraguay

Asuncion, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) An Inter-American hearing to inquire about denunciations of human rights violations in Paraguay will be held on Thursday, with Federico Franco''s government as the accused.

Submissions about the population suffering abuse, disrespect to the right to live, unjustified layoffs due to political reasons and backing down in the right to health and education, which were guarantees in the government of overthrown Fernando Lugo, are some of the accusations. Read more.

For 3rd Day, Terrorist Groups in Deir Ezzor, Damascus Countryside and Aleppo Continue Violations of Ceasefire

PROVINCES, (SANA)-For the third day, the terrorist groups in Deir Ezzor continued on Sunday their violations of the declaration of the cessation of military operations which the Armed Forces have committed to.

An official source told SANA reporter on Sunday that the Army units confronted an armed group that violated the cease-fire near al-Halabiya traffic circle in the city,.. Read more.


Syrian ceasefire: Going up in smoke (video) - Al Jazeera
Violence rages on in Syria despite cease-fire - DW

Assad's jets bombard suburbs in Damascus, truce in tatters - Today's Zaman
Syrians are trying to survive in the tents with the food packages given by relief organizations - AA

Syrian Arab Red Crescent: 9 Thousand Members, 14 Branches and 80 Centers across Syria - SANA

Origin of Syrian shells into Turkey unclear, US general says - Hürriyet
- Turkish military says no US military personnel deployed in Turkey over Syria crisis - AA

Origin of Syrian shells into Turkey unclear, US general says

It is not clear who is shooting shells from Syria into Turkey, the commander of the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling has said, private television channel NTV yesterday.

"We are not sure if these shells are from the Syrian army, from rebels who want to get Turkey involved in the issue or from the PKK [Kurdish Workers’ Party]," he said. Read more.


Misfire: NATO mortar ‘gift’ from Turkey to Syrian rebels – newspaper - RT
NATO FSA Terrorists Behind Mortar Shell Attack On a Turkish Village, Excuse to Attack Syria (video) - First Post

US assassination drone attack kills four in northern Yemen

Another U.S. assassination drone strike left at least four people dead in northern Yemen on Sunday.

A local official said that a drone attacked two houses in the Abu Jabara area in Saada Province, killing four people. Read more.


Thousands march in Madrid against government austerity measures

A massive police escort accompanied tens of thousands of Spaniards marching on the country’s parliament in Madrid as part of anti-austerity protests. ­

The 2.3-kilometers march organized by the "Surround parliament" protest group was closely guarded by law enforcement with dog teams, vans with reinforced windows, officers in full riot gear as well as mounted police. Read more + video.


Israeli airstrike kills one Palestinian, injures another in Gaza Strip

At least one Palestinian has been killed and another injured in an Israeli airstrike on the southern Gaza Strip, as the wave of aggression on the besieged territory continues unabated, Press TV reports.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, a remote-controlled Israeli assassination drone fired missiles at targets in the town of Rafah, killing one person and injuring another. Read more.


US ‘interrogates’ Imran Khan on drones

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani politician Imran Khan has said he was pulled off a New York-bound plane by US immigration officials and interrogated about his view on American drone strikes in his country. 

Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), was headed to New York to attend a fund raiser organised by his party when he was stopped by US officials in Toronto on Friday, he said. Read more.


Are US drone strikes a war crime? (video) - Al Jazeera

Spain police protest austerity measures in Madrid

Hundreds of Spanish police officers have taken to the streets to protest against harsh austerity measures imposed by the government.

Protesters held the Saturday demonstration outside the Interior Ministry in the capital Madrid to express their discontent with the budget cuts and removal of benefits. Read more.


Thousands protest Italian austerity measures

Tens of thousands of Italians marched through Rome in what was dubbed "No Monti Day," in reference to some unpopular policies put forward by Prime Minister Mario Monti.

According to organizers, some 150,000 people demonstrated in No Monti Day on Saturday, a response to austerity and taxation policies initiated by the prime minister. Read more.


Italy protest video: Police clash with 'No Monti Day' activists (video) - RT

October 27, 2012

Het belang van de bankier weegt zwaarder dan dat van Jan met de pet

Nee, het gaat niet over Jiskefet. Deze column gaat over een nieuwe politieke breuklijn, die zich sinds de financiële zondvloed van 2008 heeft geopend.

Als je het eenmaal weet, zie je het overal. Steunacties die zijn bedoeld om de Griekse overheid in staat te stellen haar renteverplichtingen na te komen. Lees meer.



Het is waarschijnlijk het belangrijkste Europese document sinds het Verdrag van Maastricht. Dat markeerde het begin van het onzalige pad dat naar de euro leidde.

Dit markeert een al even onzalig pad naar een bankenunie, fiscale unie en – uiteindelijk – politieke unie. Lees meer.

De Groene Amsterdammer

Maya exhibit at Houston museum debunks "doomsday" prophecy

HOUSTON, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- An exhibition was inaugurated Friday at the Houston Museum of Natural Science to demystify the ancient Maya culture and debunk the myth that the Mayans predicted that "2012 will be the last year for human beings."

The exhibit, Maya 2012 Prophecy Becomes History, gives visitors an overview of the about 3,000 years of the Maya culture and explain to them why the "world end" claim is not true, said Dirk Van Tuerenhout, curator of anthropology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Read more.


No science behind economics, just voodoo


The Code S01E01: "Numbers"

- Pi (video) - Trailer

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Static (Intro) "A Flight Through the Universe"

Panetta admits the attack on US Consulate occured too fast

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta admitted the negligence of its security forces in responding to the attack on this country's consulate in the city of Benghazi, Libya.

He stated that the Marines did not intervene immediately as they should have.


Panetta on military response to Benghazi attack (video) - CBS

FMLN Leader Demands Anti-terrorists Release to the U.S.A

San Salvador, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) General Secretary of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), Medardo Gonzalez reiterated the demand to the United States of releasing the five Cubans imprisoned in that country since 1998.

In an interview with Prensa Latina, Gonzalez explained that in El Salvador there is a movement aimed to support and work for the achievement of the Cuban people's aspiration. Read more.

Prensa Latina

Cuba recalls the terrorist attack against a Cubana airplane 36 years ago

Sabotages, murders and other terrorist acts promoted by the government of the United States have caused serious damages to Cuban families.

Every October Cubans recall one of the worst events of that kind, an attack to a Cubana airplane in 1976 in Barbados.


Rumors abound over delayed troika report

Is it getting better, or will the country go bust? The immediate future of Greece very much depends on the latest assessment by the so-called troika.

But the group's investigation is taking an unusually long time. Read more.


PM calls ministers' meeting for Saturday - Ekathimerini

The Walkmen - The Rat

October 26, 2012

Dutch not willing to give Greece more time

The Netherlands isn’t willing to give Greece more time to implement its reforms, acting Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager said.

“We always have said we’re against any delay in the measures the country should take,” De Jager told reporters in The Hague today. Read more.


PM calls ministers' meeting for Saturday - Ekathimerini
Opposition SYRIZA leader rejects new cuts but won't force poll - Ekathimerini

ECB cannot solve root causes of banking crisis: Praet - Reuters
'Germany enforces same austerity that paved way to Third Reich' (video) - RT

Eurofascisme - De Groene Amsterdammer

US military expands drone program in North Africa

In a recent report by The Washington Post, the US military and the Central Intelligence Agency have quietly expanded the drone program in Northern Africa.

Camp Lemonnier, located in Djibouti, receives $38 million per year to lease the camp and now a $1.4 billion expansion is underway in the deprived nation. Scott Horton, contributing editor for Harper's Magazine, brings us more on the unmanned craft expansion.


Remote U.S. base at core of secret operations - The  Washington Post
AP Exclusive: France to send surveillance drones to West Africa as it talks with US about Mali - The Washington Post

U.N. to probe drone attacks by U.S., others resulting in civilian deaths - The Washington Post

General Command of the Armed Forces Stresses that Armed Groups Violated Cease Fire in Several Provinces

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said that the armed terrorist groups attacked several military posts on Friday, till 12.30 pm.

In a statement, the General Command considered the attacks as clear violation of the announcement of suspending of military operations which the Command adhered to on October 25th, 2012. Read more.


Dempsey: US sent troops to Turkey many times to assist in anti-terror efforts

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey has said there have been many times when the US sent teams to Turkey to assist the country in fighting against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

In response to a question at a recent Pentagon press conference about the cooperation between Turkey and the US,.. Read more.

Today's Zaman

'Germany enforces same austerity that paved way to Third Reich'

One in four people are now officially out of work in Spain as unemployment in the debt-ridden country reaches another record. The grim news comes as Madrid's transport workers go on strike, adding to a sixth day of protests in the capital against austerity cuts.

That's as another epicentre of the EU crisis - Greece - looks likely to miss its promised deficit deadline. The forecast from the International Monetary Fund's debt inspectors comes a year after EU leaders applauded what they considered a key deal to save Athens.

Author and publicist William Engdahl, says all the measures the EU leaders are imposing are failing to address the core problems on the continent.


UN condemns latest Myanmar ethnic strife

Violence between Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya leaves 64 people dead and 2,000 homes destroyed, say officials.

The United Nations has warned Myanmar that the country's nascent reforms are "likely to be jeopardised" if communal violence in the west of the country, which has left at least 64 people dead in recent days, is not stemmed. Read more.

Al Jazeera

UN independent expert calls for boycott of businesses profiting from Israeli settlements

25 October 2012 – A United Nations independent expert today called on the world body’s General Assembly, as well as civil society, to take action against Israeli and international businesses that are profiting from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.

“My main recommendation is that the businesses highlighted in the report – as well as the many other businesses that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise – should be boycotted, until they bring their operations into line with international human rights and humanitarian law and standards,”... Read more.

PCHR Weekly Report: 4 Palestinians killed, 9 wounded by Israeli forces this week

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 18- 23 Oct. 2012, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that 4 members of Palestinian resistance groups were killed and 9 others were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces used force to disperse peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. Dozens of protesters sustained bruising and suffered from tear gas inhalation. Read more.


European inspectors praise Spanish banking reform

European inspectors have lauded Spain for the progress made in its financial sector. They have said Madrid has so far met all deadlines required to secure a bailout for the country's ailing lenders.

Inspectors from the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Commission on Friday said that Spain has made considerable progress in reforming its banking sector. Read more.


Bankia suffers biggest ever loss by Spanish bank - El País
Jobless rate moves above 25 percent for the first time on record - El País

Labor reform blamed on rising unemployment in Spain - Prensa Latina
'Germany enforces same austerity that paved way to Third Reich' (video) - RT

Killing Joke - Money Is Not Our God


Major Banks, Governmental Officials and Their Comrade Capitalists Targets of Spire Law Group, LLP's Racketeering and Money Laundering Lawsuit Seeking Return of $43 Trillion to the United States Treasury

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Spire Law Group, LLP's national home owners' lawsuit, pending in the venue where the "Banksters" control their $43 trillion racketeering scheme (New York) - known as the largest money laundering and racketeering lawsuit in United States History and identifying $43 trillion ($43,000,000,000,000.00) of laundered money by the "Banksters" and their U.S. racketeering partners and joint venturers - now pinpoints the identities of the key racketeering partners of the "Banksters" located in the highest offices of government and acting for their own self-interests.

In connection with the federal lawsuit now impending in the United States District Court in Brooklyn, New York (Case No. 12-cv-04269-JBW-RML) - involving,.. Read more.


Radiation forecast creates hurdle in resuming nuclear plant operations

Municipalities are demanding a greater say in whether utilities can restart their reactors after the new industry watchdog placed more communities in the danger zone of possible nuclear accidents.

Electric power companies, however, appear reluctant to accept those demands. Read more.

The Asahi Shimbun

Cesium levels in fish off Fukushima not dropping

Radioactive cesium levels in most kinds of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima haven't declined in the year following Japan's nuclear disaster, a signal that the seafloor or leakage from the damaged reactors must be continuing to contaminate the waters -- possibly threatening fisheries for decades, a researcher says.

Though the vast majority of fish tested off Japan's northeast coast remain below recently tightened limits of cesium-134 and cesium-137 in food consumption,.. Read more.

Jobless rate moves above 25 percent for the first time on record

Spain’s employment rate has topped the 25-percent mark for the first time on record, while Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy continues to mull the merits of a second bailout.

According to the National Statistics Institute’s (INE) Active Population Survey (EPA), the number of people out of work on the third quarter jumped by 85,000 to 5.778 million. Read more.

El País

Spanish young people hit by the crisis (video) - teleSUR
Labor reform blamed on rising unemployment in Spain - Prensa Latina

Minister Spies: Curacao decides if it wants independence

WILLEMSTAD – THE HAGUE – Minister Liesbeth Spies of Kingdom Relations finds it too far to conclude that the elections in Curaçao proves that the population wants independence from the Netherlands.

The demand for independence was in itself not a dominant theme in the election campaign. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

U.S. military base causing distrust in Curaçao

The United States and the Netherlands are two allied countries on the level of political and military strategies. As part of that fellowship, Dutch authorities authorized the installation of a Southern Command military base in Curaçao.

From there, aircraft are often departing and their flight plans are kept secret.


Libya: Clashes between militias and Gaddafi's supporters in Bani Walid

The Libyan town of Bani Walid is going through moments of tension as clashes are opposing the government militias and supporters of deceased leader Muammar Gaddafi.


Foreign mercs attack Bani Walid - witness (video) - RT
Gaddafi and 66 Others Murdered After Capture - Human Rights Watch (video) - TRNN

Nine more banks added to Libor probe

Nine of the world’s biggest banks are facing increased scrutiny from US state prosecutors probing alleged attempts to manipulate the lending gauge known as Libor.

Eric Schneiderman, New York attorney-general, and George Jepsen, Connecticut attorney-general, have sent subpoenas to  Bank of America, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Credit Suisse, Lloyds Banking Group, Rabobank, Royal Bank of Canada, Société Générale, Norinchukin Bank and West LB... Read more.


‘Rabobank gedaagd om Libor’ - ND