November 30, 2012

XTC - Wake Up


Einstürzende Neubauten - Letztes Biest

Lyric | Translated

Chinese Man feat. Mr Raf - One Past

Devil's Greatest Trick - Central Banks Should Exist


SP en CDA bezorgd over Nederlandse goudvoorraad - NU
DNB: goud ligt goed waar het ligt - RTL

Putin Strikes a Pose against 'Thieves and Traitors'

Corruption in Russia | First the defense minister had to go, and now Vladimir Putin's agriculture minister is being pushed out on suspicion of corruption.

State-run television has begun an aggressive hunt for "thieves, traitors and enemies of the people." The main target, however, seems to be that of improving the Russian president's approval ratings. Read more.


Qatar: Outrageous life sentence for ‘Jasmine poet’

A life sentence handed today to a Qatari poet has all the hallmarks of an outrageous betrayal of free speech, Amnesty International has said.

Mohammed al-Ajami, also known as Mohammed Ibn al-Dheeb, was tried on charges of incitement “to overthrow the ruling system”, and “insulting the Amir”. Read more.


Assange: Entire nations intercepted online, key turned to totalitarian rule

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says all the necessary physical infrastructure for absolute totalitarianism through the internet is ready.

He told RT that the question now is whether the turnkey process that already started will go all the way


Wikileaks' Julian Assange: Full interview (video) - BBC

'VS krijgt mogelijk inzage in epd'

De kans bestaat dat de Amerikaanse overheid op basis van anti-terreurwetten toegang krijgt tot het elektronisch patiëntendossier.

Dat bevestigt de opdrachtgever van het nieuwe systeem, de Vereniging van Zorgaanbieders voor Zorgcommunicatie (VZVZ) aan de NOS. Lees meer + video.


U.S. overseeing mysterious construction project in Israel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to supervise construction of a five-story underground facility for an Israel Defense Forces complex, oddly named “Site 911,” at an Israeli Air Force base near Tel Aviv.

Expected to take more than two years to build, at a cost of up to $100 million,.. Read more.


Fukushima inquiry reports become bestsellers

Two of the four inquiries into the Fukushima disaster are selling well in bookstores ahead of national elections in which nuclear power is likely to be a polarizing policy issue.

They have been selling in quantities that would satisfy any writer: The report by the Diet's Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission,.. Read more.

The Asahi Shimbun

Fukushima governor accepts surveys for radioactive waste storage facility - The Asahi Shimbun

UN votes to upgrade Palestinian status

The United Nations General Assembly has voted in favour of upgrading the Palestinians status to that of a non-member observer state.

The vote was taken at a meeting of the body in New York, with 138 countries voting in favour of the upgrade. Nine countries voted against it, and 41 others abstained. Read more.

Al Jazeera

UN implicitly recognizes Palestinian statehood  (video) - RT
In historic vote, Palestine becomes non-member UN state - Haaretz

NAM calls for Palestinians right to sovereignty, independence: Iran UN envoy - PressTV
‘New Palestine status to help move peace talks forward’ - Russia’s UN envoy (video) - RT

November 29, 2012

Washington after Libya-like puppet in Syria: Analyst

An analyst says the United States seeks to establish a Libya-style “pure puppet government” in Syria to deprive Hezbollah and Iran of a necessary ally and fulfill the geopolitical agenda of imperial powers in the region.

The comment comes as nearly 40 people have been killed and over 80 others injured in bomb attacks carried out in a district near the Syrian capital city of Damascus. Read more.


Finkelstein: Palestinians battle Israel's war crimes with UN bid

It's crunch time for Palestinians eagerly anticipating a UN vote which may finally see them granted long sought-after statehood. The autonomy is hoping to be upgraded to the position of 'non-member observer state'.

To talk more on the vote and how the situation in the Middle East is likely to pan out if the Palestinian bid proves successful - RT talks to Norman Finkelstein, American political scientist and activist.

From Cuba, the FARC sent a message of solidarity to Palestinians

The guerrilla Tanja Nijmeijer from Cuba issued a statement in which he says that both the Colombian guerrillas and the Palestinians, have a common enemy: imperialism.

The FARC today expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian people against what they describe as a Zionist "criminal in nature" and noted that the common enemy of both is imperialism. Read more.

El Paí

Colombian Guerrilla Backs Palestinian People - Prensa Latina
Colombia opposition asks Santos to vote for Palestinian state - Colombia Reports

FARC-EP expresa solidaridad con Palestina (video) - PLTV 
Nijmeijer: FARC solidair met Palestijnen - BNR

Gaza Chidren's Return to Classes Is Fraught with Problems

Children of Gaza's return to classes is fraught with serious difficulties because of psychological scars and traumas left on them by Israel's recent bombardment.


OWS Week

Black Friday Walmart Protests were organized by occupiers, unions and workers nationwide to stand in solidarity with Walmart employees.

99ers have also been out to protest the roots of the violence in the tiny Palestinian enclave of Gaza: the long, illegal Israeli siege. Read more.


- More OWS Week (video) - PressTV

Syria: Opposition Using Children in Conflict

Boys Report Serving as Fighters, Guards, and Lookouts

(New York) – Armed opposition groups fighting in Syria are using children for combat and other military purposes, Human Rights Watch said today. Children as young as 14 have served in at least three opposition brigades, transporting weapons and supplies and acting as lookouts,.. Read more.

The US' role in the DR Congo conflict

Is Washington's patronage of Rwanda and Uganda ensuring further conflict and death in DR Congo?

Rebels from the M23 group in the eastern DR Congo (DRC) say they have begun withdrawing from territory they captured from government troops. Read more.

AL Jazeera

Rwandan army prevents M-23 attack (video) - teleSUR

US to deepen Syria intervention by arming militants: Officials

The Obama administration is considering a deeper intervention in Syria, including direct supply of arms to militants and planting CIA and NATO intelligence agents in the country, in efforts to overthrow the Damascus government.

The most urgent decision, expected to come next week, is the deployment of NATO surface-to-air missiles in Turkey,.. Read more.


U.S. Weighs Bolder Effort to Intervene in Syria’s Conflict - NY Times
Qatar arms Syria militants with antiaircraft missiles: Report - PressTV

Syria: Opposition Using Children in Conflict - HRW

Iran doubles Syria peace talks effort amid raging violence

The Syrian opposition based within the country is accusing Turkey of allowing foreign mercenaries access through its territory into Syria, to cause more violence. The group also warned Western and Arab states against meddling in Syrian affairs by backing certain rebel factions.

Turkey, France, Britain and Persian Gulf Monarchies have given their full endorsement for a foreign-based opposition coalition, pledging them more support from abroad in their fight against the government.

As the international community remains divided as to how to end the Syrian crisis, a key regional player Iran is looking to play a greater role in resolving the conflict.


Iran will hold talks with Syrian opposition groups: Salehi - Tehran Times
Qatar arms Syria militants with antiaircraft missiles: Report - PressTV

Officials: Syrian rebels' arsenal includes up to 40 antiaircraft missile systems - The Washington Post
Qatar’s support for Islamists muddles its reputation as neutral broker in Mideast - The Washington Post

US to deepen Syria intervention by arming militants: Officials - PressTV
U.S. Weighs Bolder Effort to Intervene in Syria’s Conflict - NY Times

Syria: Opposition Using Children in Conflict - HRW

U.S. will not support Palestine's bid for statehood

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian negotiator, has announced that the United States will not support his nations entry into the U.N. as an observing member.


Abbas says unafraid of Israel, US threats - Ma'an
Netanyahu: UN can't force Israel to compromise on security (video) - JPost

Germany backtracks on Palestinian bid; Israeli official: 'We lost Europe' - Haaretz
Palestine UN bid: Fanfare in New York, despair on the ground (video) - RT

Palestinian Pursuit: 'If Abbas loses, Hamas wins' (video) - RT
Israel allies, Germany, Czech to abstain in UN vote on Palestine - PressTV

Harper threatened Abbas over Palestinian statehood bid (video) - PressTV
PLO warns of retaliation if Canada goes beyond ‘no’ vote at UN - The Globe and Mail

PA to rethink ties with countries opposing UN bid - Ma'an

Palestina volwaardig lid van Unesco van VN; Nederland teleurgesteld

Palestina wordt volwaardig lid van de Unesco. Dat heeft een ruime meerderheid van de leden van de VN-cultuurorganisatie vandaag besloten. 

Nederland is teleurgesteld dat de Palestijnen volwaardig lid worden. Dat meldde minister Uri Rosenthal (Buitenlandse Zaken) vandaag. Lees meer.


Na Nederland onthoudt ook Duitsland zich van VN-stemming Palestina - Volkskrant

Nobel peace laureates call for Israel military boycott over Gaza assault

Letter with 52 signatories including artists and activists also denounces US and EU 'complicity' through weapons sales

A group of Nobel peace prize-winners, prominent artists and activists have issued a call for an international military boycott of Israel following its assault on the Gaza Strip this month. Read more.

The Guardian

GOP seeks fiscal cliff answers from Goldman Sachs CEO?

Bloomberg View columnists William Cohan and Jonathan Alter examine why Republicans are finding their “fiscal cliff” options increasingly narrow – as well as the irony of bailed out Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein giving advice – and bad advice, at that – on budget cuts.

Push the Middle Class Off the Cliff? No WAY! (video) - DJ Kucinich
The “Fiscal Cliff” Fraud - Global Research

Lisbon Calling: November 14th in Portugal

On November 14th 2012, thousands of people took to the streets of Portugal as part of a European wide general strike. Until recently, the International Monetary Fund held Portugal as an ideal example of the effectiveness of austerity policies, but today, its economy is heading in the same direction as Greece and Spain. 

This short documentary details the week of the November 14th strike in Lisbon and the events surrounding it.

Howard Zinn’s Echoes

By David Swanson | We’re approaching three years since Howard Zinn left us, and to my ear his voice sounds louder all the time. I expect that effect to continue for decades and centuries to come, because Zinn spoke to enduring needs.

He taught lessons that must be relearned over and over, as the temptations weighing against them are so strong. Read more.

A People's History of American Empire (video) - By Howard Zinn

DIY graphic design

The diagram leaked to the Associated Press this week is nothing more than either shoddy sources or shoddy science. In either case, the world can keep calm and carry on.

This week the Associated Press reported that unnamed officials "from a country critical of Iran's nuclear program" leaked an illustration to demonstrate that "Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. Read more.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


Iran’s petrochemical exports exceed $7b in 7 months

TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) – Iran exported about 9.9 million tons of petrochemicals, worth over $7 billion, in the past seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (from March 20 to October 21, 2012), IRIB quoted National Petrochemical Company Managing Director Abdolhossein Bayat as saying on Tuesday.

As much as $80 billion in investment opportunities have been identified in both the upstream and downstream sectors of the Iranian petrochemical industry,.. Read more.

Mehr News

Turkey sees no clash with U.S. over Iran 'gold for gas' - Hürriyet
Iran's Auto Industry Almost Self-Sufficient - Fars News

Germany will not back Palestinian UN status

Germany will not support the latest Palestinian bid to become an “observer state” in the United Nations. Overwhelming approval is likely in the 193-member UN General Assembly vote on Thursday. 

Germany will not vote in favor of an upgrade in the Palestinians' diplomatic status at the United Nations, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin on Wednesday. Read more.


Palestinians win more European support for limited statehood - Haaretz
European Socialists and Democrats: EU Must Say Yes for Palestine at UN - WAFA

J'lem seeks support to dilute meaning of Palestinian UN bid - JPost
Abbas Arrives In New York, US Slams France For Supporting P.A Bid - IMEMC

UN Third Committee Votes For Palestinian Right To Self Determination - IMEMC
Palestina krijgt bestaansrecht als 'non-member observer state' - BNR

November 28, 2012

European Commission lays out eurozone blueprint

The European Union's executive wants to allow the 17 eurozone member states to move faster toward economic integration than the broader 27-nation EU bloc. Germany, however, opposes the plan.

EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told reporters in Brussels Wednesday that the crisis-hit eurozone needs its own budget and the ability to issue common euro bonds to grow stronger. Read more.


'Europe Hasn't Learned Lessons from Greece Crisis' - Spiegel
Together, we will make it, Rehn tells Kathimerini after Greek debt deal - Ekathimerini

Spanish banks receiving EC aid will have to cut balance sheets by over 60 percent

The European Commission will require Spanish banks receiving European funds to recapitalize to slim down their operations by more than 60 percent by 2017, the EC said Wednesday.

The European Union commissioner for competition, Spaniard Joaquín Almunia, said the restructuring was essential to ensure the long-term viability of the banks in question,.. Read more.

El País

Bankia to make record loss of 19 billion euros this year - El País

Banksters see no evil, hear no evil


Russian PM slams France, West over interference in Syrian affairs

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has slammed attempts by France and other Western states to sabotage diplomatic efforts aimed at putting an end to the current unrest in Syria, Press TV reports.

The remarks were made by Medvedev during a Franco-Russian summit held in Paris to boost investment between the two countries. Read more + video.


NAM puts forward proposals to help reform UN Security Council

TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) – In a statement read out at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday, Iran and other members of the Non-Aligned Movement put forward a number of suggestions to help reform the mechanism of the UN Security Council.

The statement was read out by the Iranian ambassador to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee,.. Read more.

Tunisia Riots Injure At Least 177

TUNIS, Tunisia — A strike in a low income region of Tunisia has degenerated into a second day of clashes between police and protesters, leaving 177 people injured, including some seriously, a hospital official said Wednesday.

A local labor union organized a general strike in Siliana,.. Read more.

Huff Post

Tunis Protesters Show Solidarity with Siliana - TunisiaLive
World Bank Pushes for Inclusive Growth in Tunisia - TunisiaLive

Protest: Hurricane Sandy displaced victims "treated like animals"

Richard lost his $400,000 home in Breezy Point. On day 31, it's a Catch 22 of bureaucracy big as Hurricane Sandy as displaced and homeless victims protest about being shipped around between FEMA and the Red Cross and 4 different shelters, in the middle of the night with inhumane conditions worse than Katrina Super Dome.


Residents Displaced By Sandy Protest At Red Cross Headquarters (video) - NY1
New Yorkers affected by "Sandy" protest (video) - teleSUR

Community Media Meeting Opens Today in Colombia

The first Andean and Latin American Meeting on Alternative and Community Communication opens today in Bogota, Colombia, as well as the second District fair and the first Symposium on the Memory of the Media.

Extrajudicial killings in Colombia were state policy: ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed that there is sufficient evidence to believe that the killing of thousands of civilians by members of the Colombian armed forces was a state policy.

According to the ICC, "there is reasonable basis to believe that" the so-called "false positives" cases that have surrounded Colombia's military for years.. Read more.

Colombia Reports

"Yidispolitics Scandal" Hearing Suspended in Colombia (video) - teleSUR

Brazil contrary to lifting suspension of Paraguay from Unasur until April

Brazilian Executive special advisor on International Affairs, Marco Aurelio Garcia anticipated that at the coming summit in Lima, the Union of South American Nations, Unasur, would not lift the suspension on Paraguay which will hold until April’s election.

Garcia made the comment on the sides of the annual conference of the Argentine Industrial Union,.. Read more.


Venezuela Receive First Shipment from Mercosur

The first Andean and Latin American Meeting on Alternative and Community Communication opens today in Bogota, Colombia, as well as the second District fair and the first Symposium on the Memory of the Media.


'Re-opening of debt swap will depend on US Appeals Court's ruling'

Economy Minister Hernán Lorenzino today expressed that “the government is awaiting the decision of the New York Court of Appeals” in the case held against Argentina over ‘vulture fund’ payments by New York Judge Thomas Griesa.

A US court last week ruled that Argentina must pay holdouts of US$1.3 billion dollars to hedge funds Elliott Management’s NML Capital and Aurelius Capital Management,.. Read more.

Buenos Aires Herald

CFK: 'We will keep on paying our debt obligations' - Buenos Aires Herald

Britain to crack down on Caribbean tax havens

LONDON, England - From our news partners Caribbean News Now we received information that a leaked document has revealed that Britain plans to impose its own version of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) on its overseas territories, such as the Cayman Islands, as well as the crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

FATCA, which will come into force next year,.. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Offshore secrets: information sharing - The Guardian
New type of fraud reported in Interbolsa - El Paí

Steven Martina, Minister of Economic Affairs for PAIS

WILLEMSTAD – The first Minister confirmed for the transitional government is Steven Martina. He will be appointed Minister of Economic Development.

This ministerial post was assigned to the political PAIS headed by Rosaria. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Overeenstemming over transitiekabinet - Amigoe

Poverty continues to decline in Latin America, U.N. says

The rate of poverty in Latin America made a slow descent in 2012, settling at the lowest it has been in three decades.

Economic growth and public funding boosted 0.6 percent of the region’s population out from under the poverty line since the last reporting period,.. Read more.

The Santiago Times

Mexico: Nearly 60,000 drug war deaths under Calderon

Mexican President Felipe Calderon will hand over power to Enrique Pena Nieto on Dec. 1st after finishing his six-year term.

His administration was marked by the war on drugs which left over 60,000 casualities according to non-official figures by NGOs and consulting firms.


Police use water cannons against protesters in Chile

Police in the Chilean capital Santiago have used water cannons to disperse fishermen and students, who joined forces to protest against a new fish quota.

Critics say the new law gives preferential treatment to big fishing companies at the expense of local fishermen. Read more + video.


"The Guardian" readers vote Chile's student leader "Person of the Year" (video) - Reuters

Clashes enter 10th day near Tahrir with no end in sight

The 10-day clashes have seen two dead, Gaber Saleh, 19, gunned down by security forces and Fathy Ghareeb who suffocated from the gas and tens injured


- Teargas, Chaos & Death: Egypt on edge of civil war? (video) - RT
- Egypt police fire intense teargas at anti-Morsi protesters in Tahrir Wednesday - Ahram

MOH: 260 injured, 1 dead, in Tuesday events - Aswat Masriya
- ElBaradei to Egypt protesters: Stand your ground - Aswat Masriya

Egypt to vote on controversial constitution  (video) - Al Jazeera
- Egypt's Appeals Court joins strike against Mursi decree - Aswat Masriya

Privacy Generations

Geen landelijk epd voor huisarts

Huisartsen en apothekers worden vooralsnog uitgesloten van landelijke uitwisseling van patiëntgegevens. 

Ze mogen voorlopig alleen regionaal gegevens uitwisselen. Lees meer.

Doorstart EPD maakt één virtuele database - Webwereld

Canadian government under international pressure to pass controversial Internet surveillance bill

OTTAWA — The Harper government, under pressure at home over its controversial Internet surveillance bill, including a renewed push from law enforcement to pass the legislation, continues to come under international pressure to pass Bill C-30.

The legislation, dubbed the “lawful access” bill,.. Read more.

National Post

'Decryptiebevel zal breed worden gebruikt'

Minister Opstelten wil in de wet opnemen dat verdachten verplicht worden bestanden te ontsleutelen. Zo'n bevel zou - net als eerder het tapbevel - terughoudend worden ingezet.

Minister Opstelten van Veiligheid & Justitie stelt dat het verplichten van verdachten een sleutel voor beveiligde bestanden af te geven niet in strijd met de wet is. Lees meer.


‘Cypherpunks’: New Assange book says Internet may enslave us

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has co-authored a book arguing that the world is at a pivotal decision: Whether the Internet will free us, or enslave us. 

Assange, famous for his ‘hacktivism,’ used a decidedly low-tech medium for his latest polemic. Read more.

No Russian involvement in Syrian conflict - Lavrov

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has ruled out Russia's participation in the protracted armed conflict in Syria, stressing Moscow had no intention of supporting any political forces inside the embattled Arab Republic.

Calling the possibility of Russia's involvement in Syria’s conflict “out of the question,”.. Read more.


Thirty-Four Martyrs, Remnants in 10 Medical Covers and Scores of Injured People in Two Car Bomb Blasts in Jaramana

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (SANA)- Terrorists on Wednesday blew up two car bombs loaded with large amounts of explosives in the Main Square in Jaramana city in Damascus Countryside, killing a number of citizens and injuring others and causing huge material damage to the residential buildings and shops.

A source at the Interior Ministry told SANA reporter that the death toll of the two car bomb blasts reached 34 martyrs and remnants in 10 medical covers. Read more.


Wordt de Syrische oppositie geleid door oliemaatschappijen?

De Syrische oppositie heeft een nieuwe leider, Moaz al-Khatib.

Als je deze nieuwe leider gaat Googlen, dan vind je hele mooie woorden over deze man: Lees meer + video.


'Met het leveren van wapens aan het Syrische verzet help je de vijand van morgen' - Volkskrant

Pack of lies: Big Tobacco ordered to issue big apology

A US federal judge has ordered tobacco firms to publicly admit to deceiving the public. An advertising campaign to be paid for by the industry is required. 

It will force firms to adopt specially-chosen ‘slogans’ that spell out the dangers of smoking. Read more.

Smoking 'rots' brain, says King's College study

Smoking "rots" the brain by damaging memory, learning and reasoning, according to researchers at King's College London.

A study of 8,800 people over 50 showed high blood pressure and being overweight also seemed to affect the brain, but to a lesser extent. Read more.

Russia ‘alarmed’ over record Afghan heroin bust

The Federal Drug Service reported that over 175 kilograms of heroin have been seized in a year long police operation in Naberezhniye Chelny. 

The record haul points to failed drug-trafficking efforts by coalition forces in Afghanistan. Read more.


Russia eliminates major drug cartel (video) - PressTV

Van Peyote tot LSD

In deze documentaire een geschiedenis van hoe de Westerste wereld natuurlijke geestverruimende artikelen uit oude culturen leerde kennen tot aan de eigen synthese van LSD in Westerse laboratoria.

Een interessant verslag langs vele gebieden, bijzondere mensen, interessante culturen en geestverruimende middelen. Lees meer.


Compound Found in Rosemary Protects Against Macular Degeneration in Laboratory Model

ScienceDaily (Nov. 27, 2012) — Herbs widely used throughout history in Asian and early European cultures have received renewed attention by Western medicine in recent years. 

Scientists are now isolating the active compounds in many medicinal herbs and documenting their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Read more.


Rosemary Benefits – The Memory Booster and Powerful Antioxidant - Natural Society

Qatar Tries to Decouple Hamas from Iran

Hamid Dabashi: Qatar and Saudi Arabia want to control the region, pushing Hamas towards a Muslim Brotherhood led Egypt


November 27, 2012

Israel's ex-FM Tzipi Livni to head a new party

Israel's former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has announced she is returning to politics and has told supporters she is forming a new party to run in January parliamentary elections.

Despite U.S.-Israeli Pressure; P.A. Refuses To Alter Text Of UN Application

Despite enormous pressures practiced by the United States and Israel, and all threats impose heavy financial sanctions besides the sanctions that are already in place, the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) in the West Bank said that it will not void or alter the text of its UN application that will be voted on at the General Assembly this Thursday.

Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that, after failing to convince President Mahmoud Abbas not to file the Palestinian bid,.. Read more.


J'lem not expected to respond dramatically to PA move at UN - JPost
U.S.: Palestinian UN bid is a 'mistake,' negotiations are only way forward - Haaretz

Britain ready to back Palestinian statehood at UN - The Guardian
France to support Palestinian United Nations status bid (video) - France24

Spain to vote in favor of UN observer status for Palestine - El País
Sweden to Vote in Favor of Palestine at UN - WAFA

100,000 Egyptians protest as ‘Pharaoh’ Morsi digs heels in over power grab

Police in Cairo used teargas against protesters after clashes erupted on Tahrir Square, leaving one dead. 

The violence came before a 100,000-strong rally demanding the country’s Islamist president withdraw decrees vastly expanding his power. Read more + video.


Packed Tahrir Square defiant as deadlock prevails over Morsi decree - Ahram
Egypt Judges Club rejects presidential statement on decree - Aswat Masriya

Egypt arrests 348 in Cairo police confrontations - Aswat Masriya
1 dead, 100 injured in clashes in Cairo - PressTV

FARC highlights people's participation in peace talks

During the seventh day of peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana, the gerrilla group highlighted the participation of people in the advances of this peace process.


FARC-EP Consider Peace Talks with Government to be Harmonious - Prensa Latina
U.S. will not give amnesty to guerrilla Simon Trinidad (video) - teleSUR

Chile: Students’ Strike Announced For Wednesday

The Chilean Students’ Confederation (CONFECH) has annouced that there will be demonstration on Wednesday 28 November, in solidarity with the students of Universidad del Mar, who might loose their education, if the ministry of education removes official recognition of their university.

Afterwards, the students plan to deliver a letter directly to the government. Read more.

The Argentina Independent

Venezuela's Chávez to continue medical treatment in Cuba

Following a nearly two-week absence from the public eye, Venezuelan President Hugo Ch'avez will travel to Cuba for medical treatment, months after he underwent chemotherapy and radiation for cancer there.

Chávez, 58, staged what appeared to be a remarkable comeback from an undisclosed type of cancer diagnosed in June 2011,.. Read more.

Buenos Aires Herald

Supreme Court Rejects Clarín’s Appeal for Extension

The Supreme Court has rejected mass media group Clarín’s request to extend the injunction that currently prevents the full the application of article 161 of the media law, which requires the media group to sell certain amounts of their company.

The deadline for the injunction is 7th December. Read more.

The Argentina Independent

Argentina Unrest: Brought to you by Goldman Sachs - The 4th Media

CFK calls for Unasur members' support against 'vulture funds'

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said today that she would make a plea for members of the Unasur to come together in the fight against ‘vulture funds’ in the region next week, during Peruvian President Ollanta Humala’s visit at the Government House.

The Argentine president referred to next week’s Union of South American Nations (Unasur) meeting in Peru, where she is to push for member countries to unite over the issue. Read more.

Government leaves open door for new debt swap - Buenos Aires Herald

Parties Ready For Distribution Minister Posts

WILLEMSTAD – The parties Pueblo Soberano (PS), PAIS, PNP and independent Member of Parliament Glenn Sulvaran have reached an agreement on the distribution of portfolios for the transition government of the country Curaçao.

This confirms PAIS negotiator and director Stanley Palm to the Dutch newspaper Amigoe. Read more.

Clip ‘Cirkels’ van Fresku en Izaline Calister af

CURAÇAO – Het is inmiddels al alweer twee maanden geleden dat Fresku op Curaçao was voor de opnames van de videoclip van het nummer ‘Cirkels’, een muzikale samenwerking met de Curaçaose zangeres Izaline Calister. 

De clip is nu helemaal af. Lees meer.


Intense debates at EU/ACP meeting

PARAMARIBO–The first day of meetings between MEPs and counterparts from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific was one of intense debates on the Economic Partnership Agreements replacing the preferential trade tariffs, article 8 of the Cotonou agreement between the EU and the ACP countries providing for a regular and deep political dialogue, the threats posed by military coups, the effects of the EU agricultural policy on development countries, healthcare in ACP countries and the preservation of elephants in Africa.

In the run-up to the formal plenary session of MEPs and ACP parliamentary representatives from 27 to 29 November,.. Read more.


Ministeries staan al maanden rood

PARAMARIBO - Verschillende ministeries, waaronder Handel en Industrie (HI), Landbouw Veeteelt en Visserij (LVV) en Transport Communicatie en Toerisme (TCT), kunnen al maanden geen uitgaven meer verrichten voor het voldoen van beleids- en apparaatskosten.

De hiervoor betreffende begrotingsmiddelen zijn namelijk al op. Lees meer.


New deal reached with Iamgold - DevSur
Betoging ex-leden Jungle Commando -

Spain to ask Europe for about 40 billion euros to clean up the banking sector, minister confirms

Economy Minister Luis de Guindos on Monday confirmed that Spain will ask for about 40 billion euros, equivalent to about four percent of its GDP, from its European partners to recapitalize the banking sector.

Quoting government sources, EL PAÍS on Monday reported the figure would be between 40 and 42.5 billion euros. Read more.

El País

Chinese shares dip to near four-year low

BEIJING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese shares closed at a near four-year low Tuesday as investors worried over an anaemic global economy and liquidity shortage on the stock market.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index dipped 1.3 percent, or 26.3 points, to end at 1991.16, the lowest level since February 2009. Read more.


Japan, DPRK to hold talks next month in Beijing

TOKYO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Japan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will hold next round of talks between senior officials on Dec. 5 and 6 in Beijing so as to further discuss issues concerned by both sides, a senior official said Tuesday.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura made the announcement Tuesday and said the DPRK will be represented by Song Il Ho,.. Read more.


NAM calls for reforms in UN Security Council decision-making mechanism

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which has around 120 member states, has called for the reformation of the decision-making mechanism at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

In order to increase transparency in the performance of the UNSC and the efficiency of its methods as well as forging a balance in the council’s approach toward non-member countries,.. Read more.


UN members blast UNSC effectiveness (video) - PressTV

Syrian government is battling Al Qaeda

Loyal troops in Syria are waging a war with well-armed groups of Al Qaeda militants who are trying to destabilize the country and overthrow the legitimate government of President Bashar al-Assad.


Al-Qaeda-linked Terrorists Eliminated, Hideouts Destroyed, Weapons Sized - SANA
Syrian Army Routs Rebels Who Planned to Take Damascus - Prensa Latina

The Second Syrian Front: Arabs and Kurds - IKJ
Veteran PKK Leader: Turkey Uses Armed Groups to Impose Its Agenda in Syrian Kurdistan - Rudaw

Turkish and NATO officials will decide where to deploy Patriot system - AA
'The allies will support Turkey,' NATO chief says - Hürriyet

Mehmanparast: Dialogue Best Way for Crisis in Syria - SANA
Lebanese and Armenian Presidents Emphasize Political Solution Based on Dialogue for Syrian Crisis - SANA

France to support Palestinian UN status bid

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday that France will vote in favour of the Palestinian Authority's bid for Palestine to be granted UN "non-member observer status" at the General Assembly tabled for on Thursday.

France said on Tuesday it would vote in favour of Palestinian non-member observer status at the United Nations, boosting Palestinian efforts to secure greater international recognition,.. Read more + video.


Britain ready to back Palestinian statehood at UN - The Guardian
Spain to vote in favor of UN observer status for Palestine - El País
Sweden to Vote in Favor of Palestine at UN - WAFA

2013 state budget: Final vote takes place amid protests

The highly contentious document was approved this Tuesday amid protests outside parliament in Lisbon. Experts say the budget could spark a contraction of between 2.2% and 2.6%, and not 1% as expected by the government.

Portugal’s state budget for 2013 was approved this Tuesday, as the final vote took place amid protests outside parliament, in Lisbon. Read more.


Parliament witnesses yet another heated austerity debate - The Portugal News
Economy: OECD slashes Portugal growth forecasts - PortugalDailyView

Warren Buffett calls for a minimum tax on the wealthy

(Reuters) - Warren Buffett, the legendary investor who changed the debate about U.S. tax reform in 2011 with a call for the rich to pay more, is now calling for minimum tax rates for millionaires.

In a New York Times editorial printed on Monday, Buffett suggested Congress move immediately to implement minimum taxes of 30 percent on incomes of $1 million to $10 million and 35 percent above that. Read more.


A Minimum Tax for the Wealthy - NY Times

Max Keiser, Horseman of City Apocalypse


Eurozone still biggest threat to economy, OECD says

The OECD has insisted the euro area's protracted sovereign debt crisis will remain the biggest obstacle to a global economic recovery for quite some time to come. It's urged politicians to act faster. 

The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in its latest forecast that slow developments in many eurozone nations would keep standing in the way.. Read more.


SYRIZA dismisses deal as 'half-baked compromise'

Greece's main opposition far-left party SYRIZA on Tuesday dismissed an agreement reached with the country's creditors in the early hours of the day as «a half-baked compromise,» accusing German Chancellor Angela Merkel of being «narrow-minded» and «egotistic.»

Dimitris Papadimoulis, a senior SYRIZA lawmaker, dismissed the agreement between the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund.. Read more.

Greek debt deal reached after marathon Eurogroup

Eurozone finance ministers have agreed on a formula to reduce Greek debt to 124 percent of GDP by 2020, with Athens having to come under even greater fiscal scrutiny but with the opportunity of seeing its debt reduced even further in the next few years.

The third meeting of the Eurogroup in two weeks produced a result after about 12 hours of talks.. Read more.


Lenders agree to give Greece more money - DW
Europe Agrees on New Aid Package For Greece - Spiegel

Eurozone and IMF agree Greek bailout deal (video)  - Al Jazeera
SYRIZA dismisses deal as 'half-baked compromise' - Ekathimerini

OECD sees Greek recovery in 2015, later than expected - Ekathimerini

11.000 Nederlanders weigeren zorgverzekering

Ruim 11.000 Nederlanders hebben geen zorgverzekering omdat ze daar fel tegen zijn. In plaats daarvan dragen ze extra belasting af.

Deze 'gemoedsbezwaarden', vaakstrenggereformeerden, zijn principieel tegen elke vorm van verzekering. Zij laten zich ook bijvoorbeeld niet inenten tegen ziektes. Lees meer.

Britain ready to back Palestinian statehood at UN

Mahmoud Abbas pledge not to pursue Israel for war crimes and resumption of peace talks are UK conditions

Britain is prepared to back a key vote recognising Palestinian statehood at the United Nations if Mahmoud Abbas pledges not to pursue Israel for war crimes and to resume peace talks. Read more.

Israel Is Seeking A Modified Palestinian UN Draft

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, decided to shift the Israeli policy and stance regarding the UN Thursday vote on the Palestinian nonmember status, and is currently tying to tone down and trim the Palestinian application instead of toppling it by a U.S. veto.

Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that Tel Aviv is holding extensive talks with Washington in an attempt to reach a different draft of the application that is more toned down,.. Read more.


Hamas’ Meshaal Supports UN Bid - WAFA

Israeli Report: “Palestinian Killed By Army Fire Across The Border With Gaza”

Israeli sources reported that the army shot and killed, on Monday, a Palestinian man who managed to cross the border fence with Gaza, and managed to reach the home of a family in Sadeh Avram settlement, located hundreds of meters away from the border with Gaza, and also close to the border with Egypt.

Israeli daily, Maariv, reported that the Palestinian man, whose name remains unknown, managed to cut a hole in the barbed-wire and walked several kilometers without being noticed,.. Read more.


Four Injured By Army Fire In Gaza - IMEMC
Woman Dies Of Wounds Suffered During Israel’s War On Gaza - IMEMC

Dutch TV airs fake PM speech on targeting Gazans

"We are trying to maximize the number of civilian casualties," Netanyahu says in a fake satirical video edited to appear genuine.

THE HAGUE - A Dutch news show has stirred controversy by airing a fake satirical video of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu bragging to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about civilian deaths in Gaza. Read more + video.


- Palestine right groups condemn West’s silence on Israel’s killing of children (video) - PressTV
50 Children Killed and 450 Injured in Israeli Attack on Gaza (video) - TRNN  

Nagorno-Karabakh, the time bomb on Europe's doorstep

The enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh is a powder keg at the heart of a 25-year-old dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Its people are mostly Armenian, but under the Soviet Union it was ruled by Azerbaijan. Read more.


-  Erzurum to host FMs of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran in tripartite meeting - Today's Zaman
Insight: Azerbaijan eyes aiding Israel against Iran - Reuters

Einstürzende Neubauten - Nagorny Karabach (video) - Music

Tahrir Battleground: Protest over Morsi 'power grab' turns deadly

Mass protests across Egypt against what's seen as a power grab by President Mohammad Morsi have now turned deadly. A teenager was killed on Sunday and dozens injured during the clashes.

Police fired tear gas at rallying crowds with the opposition staging a sit-in at Tahrir Square. Cairo-based journalist Bel Trew has the details.

Demonstrations erupt as French bank faces extinction

These demonstrators fear, their bank could be extinct in the coming weeks. Clouds of doubt loom large over the future of the bank: some 2500 employees of Credit Immobilier de France could lose their jobs.

These demonstrators behind me insist, demonstrating is one of their last chances to save their bank. Read more + video.


Milky Way: Infuriated farmers spray milk on riot police in Brussels

Thousands of dairy farmers on Monday protested low prices for their product, choking traffic in the Belgian capital with their tractors and spraying European Union headquarters and police with milk.


Mexico: Indigenous Peoples Are the Most Affected by Poverty

The mandate of the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, is coming to an end with a significant increase of the population's poverty level. 

Among all the country's social sectors, the Indigenous peoples are the most affected by poverty. 

The Ecuadorian Mining Dilemma

Ecuador needs revenues from mining in Amazon, but it will destroy nature and many indigenous people's way of life


A Lecture by President of Ecuador Rafael Correa (video) - Yasuní-ITT Initiative

November 26, 2012

Protecting Pachamama: Bolivia’s New Environmental Law

Last month, the Bolivian government passed a controversial environmental law that has been received with scepticism from opposite sides of the Andean country’s society.

The Ley Marco de la Madre Tierra y Desarollo para Vivir Bien was promulgated by President Evo Morales on 15th October after several years of debate and modifications. Read more.

The Argentina Independent

Yusa - Tomando el Centro

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