August 31, 2013

5 soldiers killed in southwest Colombia FARC attack

An attack on Colombia’s army by main rebel group FARC has left 5 army members dead and another wounded.

A statement from the military said that the attack, which took place Friday in a rural district of Tolima,.. Read more.

More than 30 road blockades in Nariño, Colombia

The Agricultural and Popular National strike continues in Colombia. In the department of Nariño, there are more than 30 road blockades.


- Colombian natives reject president's position over national strike (video) - teleSUR
President Santos Militarizes Colombia - Prensa Latina

Santos orders suspension of talks with strikers, militarization of Bogota after violent protests - Colombia Reports

Aquino, Hagel discuss expanding US military presence in Philippines

President Benigno Aquino and Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel discussed expanding the US military's presence in the Philippines on Friday as the Asian ally looks to defend its territorial claims in disputed waters.

MANILA: President Benigno Aquino and Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel discussed expanding the.. Read more + video.

Channel NewsAsia

Hagel assures Philippines no new permanent U.S. bases - Reuters
Hagel urges Philippines for extended access to military bases (video) - PressTV

US wants extended access to PH bases - The Manila Times
- CPP denounces Hagel visit, Aquino subservience to US government - PRWC

Thousands of Bahrainis hold fresh anti-regime rally

TEHRAN, Aug.31 (MNA) – Tens of thousands of Bahraini people have taken to the streets near the capital Manama in a fresh protest rally against the decades-long rule of the Al Khalifa royal family.

The protest took place on Friday in the Shiite village of Jad Fahs where anti-regime protesters chanted slogans against the “dictatorship.” Read more.

Mehr News

Bahrain: Martyrs fathers, children detained, women remain in jail - Shafaqna

All-Out War? Iran vows 'immediate destruction' of Israel if Syria attacked

The likelihood of military strikes around Syria has put its neighbors on high alert, and as RT's Paula Slier reports, some worry it could be the catalyst for a large-scale regional war.


IRGC cmdr. warns of regional consequences of US attack on Syria - PressTV
Iranian Revolutionary Guard chief: US Syria strike will have regional consequences - JPost

US attack on Syria to engulf entire ME: Rafsanjani - Alalam
Rebels wait to exploit US attack on Assad's forces - JPost

Obama Aides to Brief Senators; Support Sought for Syria Attack

WASHINGTON — The United States edged closer to a new conflict in the Middle East on Saturday as President Obama tried to shore up domestic and international support for a military strike to punish the Syrian government for a chemical attack that killed more than 1,400 of its own citizens.

Confronting deep skepticism at home and abroad, Mr. Obama planned to deliver a statement in the Rose Garden at 1:15 p.m. to discuss Syria but.. Read more + video.

NY Times

- Obama: Says U.S. Should Strike, but Debate Is Crucial for America (video) - NY Times
U.N. inspectors leave Syria, open door for U.S. strikes - The Washington Post

- Experts Fear U.S. Plan to Strike Syria Overlooks Risks - NY Times
- The Post’s View: U.S. must act against crimes against humanity - The Washington Post

- 'If US so confident of Assad's crimes, why don't they publish evidence?' (video) - RT
- Saudi Prince Bandar behind chemical attack in Syria: report - Tehran Times

UN: Suggestion of leaving Syria to allow US strikes is 'grotesque' - JPost
- Syria Suffering: 'No boots on the ground' means 'only Syrians' blood will be spilt' (video) - RT

PM Erdoğan says 'limited' intervention not enough, President Gül insists on political strategy - Hürriyet

Turkish president urges consultations with Iran, Russia over Syria: TV - IRNA
Turkey says limited Syria strikes not enough, regime change should be aim - Today's Zaman

People in US and Australia protest against US strike on Syria (video) - PressTV
In New York, protestors object to intervention in Syria (video) - teleSUR

Putin to (Nobel Prize winner) Obama: 'Think about future Syria victims'

The Russian president has expressed certainty that the strategy for a military intervention in Syria is a contingency measure from outside and a direct response to the Syrian government's recent combat successes, coupled with the rebels' retreat from long-held positions. Read more.


Russia sharply steps up criticism of U.S. over Syria (video) - The Washington Post

Who Is Really Behind the Syrian War?

Given that the pretext for attacking Syria is falling apart before the public’s eyes, why is the US preparing to wage war on that country?

Who benefits from the ongoing destabilization of Assad’s government? Read more.

Corbett Report

7 dead as pro-Morsi rallies in Egypt draw smaller numbers than expected

Tens of thousands demonstrate in support of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi; violent clashes with local residents and security forces leave seven dead and dozens injured

Seven protesters have been confirmed dead after violence flared at rallies in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Giza, Zagazig and Port Said on Friday. Read more.


- Clashes between Mursi supporters, police forces in Tanta - Aswat Masriya
One dead, 20 injured in Port Said violence - Aswat Masriya

Ministry: Two killed in attack on Cairo police checkpoint - Aswat Masriya
- Violence flares between Mursi allies, Damanhour residents - Aswat Masriya

August 30, 2013

Ashrawi Calls on Royal HaskoningDHV to End its Involvement in Israeli Project in East Jerusalem

On Thursday 29th August, PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi called on the Dutch engineering firm, Royal HaskoningDHV, to quickly end its involvement in the development of an Israeli project in occupied East Jerusalem framed by some members of the Dutch parliament as a project that serves Palestinian interests:

"Such claims are erroneous and highly misleading. Read more.


Israel's bedouin battle displacement

Bedouin in the Negev desert are fighting a government plan that could spell dispossession for thousands.

Negev Desert, Israel - Holding Palestinian flags and chanting, "The people want to bring down the plan", hundreds of Palestinians and Palestinian bedouin gathered at a major road junction north of Be'er Sheva earlier this month, for a "Day of Rage". Read more.

Al Jazeera

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians and wounded 18 others, including 5 children, in Qalandya refugee camp. A child was wounded by a live bullet to the head at the entrance of 'Ayda refugee camp.

 Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank. Read more.


Obama says Syria chemical weapons attack threatens Israel, Jordan

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the chemical weapons attack in Syria threatened U.S. allies Israel and Jordan and said his preference would have been for the international community to move forward on a response.

While meeting with visiting leaders at the White House,.. Read more.


Amid Syria tensions, IDF deploys Iron Dome battery in greater Tel Aviv area - JPost
Obama: U.S. looking at limited action in Syria; chemical weapons threaten allies - Haaretz

- Washington’s threats to attack Syria unacceptable – Russia - RT
US and France press on with Syria strike plans as NATO opts out - Al Akhbar

Al-Nusra leader meets CIA officials

The leader of al-Nusra militant group has met with two CIA officers as well as Saudi deputy minister of defense Prince Salman bin Sultan in Jordan capital city of Amman.

According to former Austrian general, Matthias Ghalem, who was leading international troops in occupied Golan Heights, al-Nusra Front leader Abu-Mohammad al-Jolani.. Read more.

The Fugs - CIA Man


Kerry Outlines Evidence of Chemical Attack by Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry declared on Friday there was “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the government of President Bashar al-Assad used poison gas against its citizens, as the Obama administration released an unclassified intelligence report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

“Read for yourselves the evidence from thousands of sources,” Mr. Kerry said.. Read more + video.

NY Times

John Kerry makes forceful case for U.S. military intervention in Syria - The Washington Post
US intelligence report stops short of confirming Assad is responsible for chemical attack - RT

'Syrian rebels take responsibility for the chemical attack admitting the weapons were provided by Saudis' - sourse

In an interview with Dale Gavlak, a Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press and Mint Press News, Syrian rebels tacitly implied that they were responsible for last week’s chemical attack.

“From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families….many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief,.. Read more.

Voice of Russia

Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack - MPN
- Evidence: Syria gas attack work of U.S. allies - WND

Rejected: Cameron's Syria intervention case bombed by UK MPs

Any possibility of British involvement in a military campaign in Syria has been effectively ruled out after British lawmakers voted down the prospect in parliament, costing the US the nation's closest ally in a potential strike. Read more.


Syria crisis: David Cameron still wants 'robust response' to chemical weapons - The Guardian
David Cameron says he does not have to apologise to Barack Obama over failure to secure vote on Syria - The Independent

Eurozone unemployment steady at record 12.1% in July

BRUSSELS — Eurozone unemployment was unchanged at an "unacceptable" record 12.1 percent in July but another slight fall in the total jobless after an improvement in June offered some hope, official data showed on Friday.

The number of people without work in the 17-nation eurozone fell 15,000 to 19.23 million, after a drop of 35,000 in June, the Eurostat statistics agency said. Read more.


- Euro area unemployment rate at 12.1% (pdf) - Eurostat

Welfare claims top 400,000

The number of people in the Netherlands claiming welfare benefits (bijstand) reached 400,000 by the end of June as 21,000 people joined the ranks of the long-term unemployed.

In 2012 as a whole there were 12,000 new claims. Read more.


Japan inflation rises to highest in nearly five years

Consumer price inflation in Japan rose to an annual rate of 0.7 per cent in July, its highest level in almost five years, as the effects of a weaker yen pushed up the cost of fuel and electricity.

The headline figure is likely to be viewed with some satisfaction by policy makers trying to overturn more than a decade of deflation in Japan,.. Read more.


Portuguese Constitutional Court rejects 'lay-off' bill

Portugal's highest court has rejected a bill aimed at phasing out surplus public sector workers by reducing pay and then laying them off.

This was the court's second ruling against cuts needed to secure bailout funds. Read more.


Greek civil servants march to protest cuts

About 1,500 people rally in Athens against layoffs and transfers, part of an overhaul of Greek public sector.

About 1,500 civil servants have marched in Athens, police said, to protest job layoffs and transfers that are part of an overhaul of the public sector demanded by Greece's creditors. Read more.

Turkish protesters hold demo against military strike on Syria

Turkish people have held a demonstration outside a US military installation in the south of the country to protest against a possible military intervention in Syria.

On Thursday, the demonstrators gathered outside Turkey's Incirlik air base.. Read more.


August 29, 2013

Study Finds Fracking Fluid From 2007 Kentucky Spill May Have Killed Threatened Fish Species

A joint study from the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released Wednesday found that a fracking fluid spill in Kentucky in 2007 likely caused the widespread death of several types of fish.

Nami Resources Company, a London, Ky.-based oil and gas exploration company,.. Read more.

Huff Post

Unasur summit will formally receive Paraguay at its summit in Suriname

Unasur leaders will welcome Paraguay’s return to the group and will honour the memory of deceased Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez during this week’s summit in Suriname that will be taking the chair of the group from Peru.

According to Ike Antonious head of the Suriname delegation the summit will be the first international meeting attended by.. Read more.


Unasur foreign ministers meet in Suriname, ahead of leaders' summit - Andina
- Suriname assumes the presidency of UNASUR’s electoral council - Ecuador Times

- Unasur Paraguay will welcome and pay tribute to Chavez in Suriname - AN
Paramaribo-verklaring Unasur bijna rond - DWT

Colombian workers demand a response from government

More than a million Colombian farmers and their family members are without land. Only one percent of land owners in Colombia control 70 percent of the land.


- Santos admits Colombia’s agricultural sector is in ‘crisis’ - Colombia Reports
- We Are Going through a Storm, Says Colombian President - Prensa Latina

Students join day of national anti-government protests, warn for pending strike - Colombia Reports

Millions of children have been affected by the war in Syria

In the Zaatari camp in Jordan, more than 120,000 refugees escaping the Syrian war have found shelter. According to UNICEF, more than four million children have been affected by the war in Syria.


Moral Obscenity: Toxic background to US chemical 'highground'

While the British Parliament stands divided over whether to strike at Syria, Washington claims there's a moral reason to attack. But the use of chemical weapons was of no concern in the wars that the US waged in the past.


Chemical Hypocrisy: Lies and Disinformation on the Road to War (video) - Corbett Report

Study: Air pollution causes 200,000 early deaths each year in the U.S.

New MIT study finds vehicle emissions are the biggest contributor to these premature deaths.

Researchers from MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment have come out with some sobering new data on air pollution’s impact on Americans’ health. Read more.


Obama ‘not yet made a decision’ on Syria as UK political rows stall intervention

Facing strong opposition in the UK parliament, military action against the Syrian regime over the alleged use of chemical weapons could be delayed. 

Meanwhile, US president Barack Obama said he has not yet made a final decision about the military attack. Read more + video.


- Austria's political parties opposed to military strike against Syria - Xinhua
France: political solution the ultimate goal for Syria - Reuters

- Egypt won't partake in strike against Syria: Foreign Minister - Ahram
PM says Italy will not join Syrian operation unless U.N. backs it - Reuters

Poland will not join strikes on Syria -
- U.N. experts should continue chemical weapons probe in Syria: Russia - Xinhua

- International community rejects military attack against Syria (video) - teleSUR
- Argentina condemns military attack on Syria, calls for 'UN humanitarian intervention' - Buenos Aires Herald

- Bolivia rejects possible military intervention in Syria (video) - teleSUR
- No justification for attacking Syria: Nicolás Maduro (video) - teleSUR

- Kerry belt Timmermans pas morgen (video) - NOS
- Amerikaanse geheime dienst CIA niet zeker dat Assad achter chemische aanval zit - Trouw

Strike against Assad regime stalled by British political rows

Military response to alleged Syria chemical attack may be delayed until Tuesday as Obama warns Syria of 'international consequences'

Allied air strikes against the Syrian government over the alleged use of chemical weapons could be delayed.. Read more.

The Guardian

U.N. chief says Syria inspectors need another four days (video) - Reuters

Poland against military operations in Syria

Poland’s prime minister has ruled out Polish armed forces being involved in any military operations in Syria, saying he does not believe force will have the desired effect.

“Poland will not participate in any type of military intervention in Syria,” Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Wednesday morning. Read more.

- Austria's political parties opposed to military strike against Syria - Xinhua
France: political solution the ultimate goal for Syria - Reuters

Experts urge Japan to break away from ‘failed’ nuclear reprocessing program

In a proposal submitted to The Asahi Shimbun, researchers at an international group of nuclear experts outlined steps they say Japan must take to break away from its “failed” nuclear fuel recycling policy.

Masafumi Takubo and Frank von Hippel of the International Panel on Fissile Materials noted that Japan currently has 44 tons of already separated plutonium,.. Read more.

The Asahi Shimbun

Niigata governor calls for TEPCO to be liquidated - Japan Today
Fukushima water leak likely went undetected for more than a month - The Asahi Shimbun

- Fukushima crisis new blow to fishermen’s hopes - The Asahi Shimbun
- Large methane hydrate deposits likely in Sea of Japan - The Asahi Shimbun

The power of food

Food banks evolve into community centres inspiring social change

They don’t work. By simply handing out emergency hampers of donated food and sending people on their way, food banks to do little to solve or even address the profound problems of hunger or poverty, say veterans of these community organizations. Read more.

Montreal Gazette

- Community Food Centres Canada (video)

August 28, 2013

Hackers threaten to reveal secrets of New Zealand MPs behind snooping bill

The Anonymous hacker group has threatened to post New Zealand MPs’ secrets online after the country’s parliament passed an NSA-style spying bill.

It follows a hack by the group against the NZ government that took out the Kiwi secret services’ website. Read more.


Bitcoin May Not Be So Anonymous, After All

Bitcoin is many things to many people. To some anarchists, criminals, and their antagonists in law enforcement, it’s primarily seen as a way to conduct financial transactions in private.

To others, it’s also a volatile commodity for brave-hearted speculators and.. Read more.

Syrian TurmOil: War panic sends black gold prices to 2-year high

Washington and London's push for military intervention has taken its toll on the financial world. The threats have spurred oil and gold prices - while investors have rushed to pull their money from stock markets.

RT's Katie Pilbeam looks at how the rhetoric has affected the world economy. Read more.


Lira, markets dip to new lows as Ankara reiterates need for calm

The Turkish lira remained weak against the US dollar throughout the week's final day of trading, with the greenback seeing the TL 2 level, a psychological barrier for the long-suffering lira.

A dollar hit TL 2.02 by Friday afternoon,.. Read more.

Today's Zaman

- Turkish Lira continues sinking amid Central Bank’s auction moves - Hürriyet

Brazil’s Mantega admits ‘mini-crisis’; blames the US Fed confusing messages

Brazil's economy is going through a “mini crisis” stemming from global markets turbulence made worse by confusing messages from the US Federal Reserve, complained Finance Minister Guido Mantega.

Speaking to business leaders in Sao Paulo, Mantega said that.. Read more.


Wide political support in Argentina for Cristina Fernandez new debt swap proposal

The opening of a new sovereign debt swap announced by Argentine President Cristina Fernández on national television on Monday has received strong support from allies, pledges of neutrality from the main opposition party but also criticisms.

The first to ratify the official move was Buenos Aires province, Argentina’s largest electoral district (37% of national vote),.. Read more.


Argentina's international reserves at a six year record low, and sliding …. - MercoPress
Argentine bonds lose ground following the debt swap announcement - MercoPress

Melconian: Vulture funds are 'goodwill people,' Argentina is 'untrustworthy - Buenos Aires Herald
Hedge funds celebrate US Court ruling: ‘Argentina is not above the law’ - Buenos Aires Herald

Fidel Castro speaks on prospects of attack in Syria

The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, speaks about the imminent U.S. and U.K attack on Syria, justified by the supposed use of chemical weapons by the al-Assad regime.


- Reflexiones del compañero Fidel (translated) - ACN
Fidel Castro slams report Cuba blocked Snowden flight as ‘lie and libel’ - RT

Santos prepared to talk with FARC leader Timochenko to accelerate peace talks

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has confirmed that he would consider meeting FARC rebel leader Timochenko to accelerate talks aimed at ending 50 years of conflict but warned the nation will continue at war if Colombians reject what is agreed at the negotiating table.

Santos, who started peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, back in November, said on Tuesday.. Read more.


- Colombia’s Inspector General criticizes proposed referendum on FARC peace deal - Colombia Reports
Colombia and the FARC: Talking about Peace while Making War - The Argentina Independent

- Colombia's ELN free Canadian geologist Jernoc Wobert (video) - teleSUR
- Red Cross ‘ready to mediate peace talks’ between ELN and Colombia government - Colombia Reports

Colombian Pres. Santos recognizes farmers complaints are valid

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has publicly recognized that the complaints and concerns of protesting farmers are valid and that, in his words, "they make complete sense."


- Social unrest in Colombia spreads as govt fails to reach out to strikers - Colombia Reports

Teachers plan massive demonstration in Mexico City

Teachers belonging to the National Council of Educational Workers (CNTE) are planning a large-scale protest in Mexico City today to express their ongoing rejection of the education reform that was passed this past February.


A dozen Mapuche held under Chile’s terrorist law absolved

Twelve Mapuche men accused in a 2009 bus attack acquitted after many were held for more than a year in ‘preventive custody’ facing charges of terrorism. 

Weeks after the U.N. slammed Chile for the application of its anti-terrorism law,.. Read more.

The Santiago Times

Cornel West Says Civil Rights Leaders Have Failed The Movement

In an exclusive interview with The Real News, Cornel West argues civil rights leaders have failed to hold president Obama accountable


- Obama Commemorates King’s ‘Dream’ Speech - NY Times

'Prozac Killings': agressief door antidepressiva

Moorden door daders die antidepressiva slikken en plotseling door het lint gaan roepen de vraag op of er een oorzakelijk verband is. 

Volgens de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen wel. Lees meer.


Minder probleemgedrag bij mensen met verstandelijke beperking na stoppen antipsychoticagebruik

Een derde deel van de bewoners van instellingen voor mensen met verstandelijke beperking gebruikt. Vaak zijn deze niet vanwege een psychotische ziekte voorgeschreven, maar om gedragsproblemen te bestrijden.

Stoppen of verminderen van het gebruik van antipsychotica leidt juist tot afname van afwijkend gedrag. Lees meer.


- Arts: antipsychotica verhelpen probleemgedrag niet (audio) - NOS
Decrease in Problem Behaviour following discontinuation of antipsychotics in Individuals with Intellectual Disability - RUG

Peace Palace marks centenary as Syria strikes loom

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is celebrating the centenary of the Peace Palace in The Hague, even as major world powers appear to be moving toward punitive military strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad for what the United States and its allies say was a deadly chemical weapons attack last week.

The timing of Wednesday's celebrations in The Hague is uncomfortable;.. Read more.


- Vredespaleis vandaag 100 jaar (audio) - NOS
- Viering Vredespaleis in teken Syrië - NOS

The Fugs - Kill For Peace

Obama administration lays groundwork for probable military strike against Syria

The Obama administration readied Tuesday for a probable military strike against Syria, assembling allied backing and collecting an important Arab endorsement of its view that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is almost certainly to blame for an alleged mass gassing of civilians.

The Arab League blamed the Syrian government for the alleged chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds near Damascus last week. Read more.

The Washington Post

- Obama considering limited military strike on Syria: paper - Xinhua
- Pentagon Sees Syrian Military, Not Chemical Sites, as Target - NY Times

Brzezinski: Syria strategy is a 'well-kept secret' - DW
US response to Syria chemical weapons attack 'not aimed at regime change' - JPost

Turkey urges response to 'crime against humanity' in Syria - Hürriyet
Iran Warns Turkey to Stay Away from War on Syria - Fars News

France ready to 'punish' those behind Syria gas attack (video) -France24
World from Berlin: 'Humanitarian Wars Are Also Wars' - Spiegel

The Fog of the Syrian Civil War

The use of chemical weapons by Assad is still in question, and instead of focusing on military intervention, the US should be supporting a negotiated peace between both sides 


Not Easy to Hide a Chemical Attack, Experts Say

Scientists have discovered that sarin, a deadly nerve agent, can be detected long after its use on the battlefield.

In one case, forensic experts went to a Kurdish village in northern Iraq four years after Iraqi warplanes had dropped clusters of bombs there. The experts found a unique chemical signature of the lethal toxin in contaminated soil from bomb craters. Read more.

NY Times

Syria challenges West to offer proof of chemical weapons use - Xinhua
Foreign Minister: Armed forces in Syria have never used chemical weapon…any military aggression on Syria comes in interest of Israel - SANA

Putin to Cameron: No evidence Syria chemical weapons attack took place - RT
Biden: ‘No doubt’ Syrian regime used chemical weapons (video) - The Washington Post

Syrian Electronic Army Suspected In Web Attack On New York Times, Twitter And HuffPost

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a Pro-Assad regime hacker group, claims it now has control over a handful of web domains of major media sites including Twitter, The New York Times, and Huffington Post.

The group said in a tweet that it took over the domain. Read more.

Business Insider

August 27, 2013

Greek stores face mass closure despite bank rescue, survey warns

A survey is warning that some 40,000 small businesses in Greece are likely to close in the second half of 2013 at a cost of up to 90,000 jobs despite a major bank rescue program implemented before the summer.

However, the small business survey conducted by the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals,.. Read more.


- Scheme launched providing 5-month contracts to 50,000 unemployed - Ekathimerini

Unemployment benefits, welfare payments up over 10%

The Portuguese state spent 10.5% more on unemployment payments until July this year than in 2012, draining €1.637 billion according latest to budget numbers.

In the first seven months of the year the state spent a total of €12.999 billion on welfare payments, a 6.9% increase over the same period in 2012. Read more.

The Portugal News

Syrian rebels get 400-ton shipment of arms

Syrian opposition's sources informed on Monday that Gulf-based supporters have sent a 400-ton shipment of arms to Syria's rebels, one of the biggest to reach them in the two-year-old conflict.


Tony Blair says UK and US should intervene in Syria

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on London and Washington to go to war in Syria to end what he claimed to be attacks on civilians “not seen since the dark days of Saddam”.

"People wince at the thought of intervention. But contemplate the future consequence of inaction and shudder," Read more.


Cameron recalls parliament to vote on Syria response - The Guardian
Syria crisis: UK Parliament recalled to vote on response as Russia warns of 'catastrophic consequences' of military intervention - The Independent

Syria crisis: Foreign minister denies chemical attacks (video) - BBC
Western strikes against Syria 'within days' (video) - Al Jazeera

- Muscle-Flexing: UK deploys warplanes in Cyprus, 100km from Syria (video) - RT
- Syrian rebels get 400-ton shipment of arms (video) - teleSUR

Russia ‘regrets’ US decision to shelve Syria talks

Moscow has voiced “regret” over a US decision to put off bilateral talks over Syria.

Russia has sought to placate calls for military action over the alleged use of chemical weapons, saying there is no evidence of the Assad regime’s complicity. Read more.


Brewing Storm: 'Western military intervention will worsen Syria'

To help answer the growing amount of questions on Syria, Lode Vanoost in Brussels - a journalist who's widely-covered events in Syria, and who is also a former deputy speaker of Belguim's parliament joins RT.


Chemische oorlogsvoering in Syrië: veel te vroeg voor conclusies - De Wereld Morgen

Kerry Says Chemical Arms Attack in Syria Is ‘Undeniable’

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the use of chemical weapons in attacks on civilians in Syria last week was undeniable and that the Obama administration would hold the Syrian government accountable for what he called a “moral obscenity” that had shocked the world’s conscience.

In some of the most strident language used yet by the administration,.. Read more + video.

NY Times

Tony Blair says UK and US should intervene in Syria - PressTV

August 26, 2013

Hysteria around chemical attack suits those who want military intervention in Syria - Lavrov

Following last week’s chemical attack, the West has engineered a media campaign to facilitate a military incursion, says Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The minister also cast doubts on the veracity of US and European claims about the incident. Read more + video.


CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history -- and still gave him a hand.

The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America's military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing... Read more.

Foreign Policy

Palestinian official: Peace talks meeting canceled after IDF kills 3 in West Bank clashes

AFP quotes PA official as saying meeting with Israelis scheduled to take place in Jericho Monday is shelved "because of Israeli crime committed in Kalandiya"; Abbas spokesman warns of "repercussions" to incident.

The Palestinian Authority has canceled a meeting with Israeli peace negotiators scheduled to take place Monday in response to the.. Read more.


- PA cancels Jericho peace talks over Qalandia deaths - Ma'an
- P.A. Denounces Israeli Military Escalation - IMEMC

„Royal HaskoningDHV stapt uit Israëlisch project na waarschuwing”

Ingenieursbureau Royal HaskoningDHV overweegt zich terug te trekken uit een Israëlisch bouwproject na waarschuwingen van het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken dat het project in strijd is met het internationaal recht.

Dat schrijft de Israëlische krant Ha’aretz maandag. Read more.


- Dutch government urges local firm to cancel East Jerusalem project - Haaretz

Mugabe threatens Western firms in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean president suggests tit-for-tat response against Western firms if sanctions against his country did not end.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has threatened to retaliate against Western countries that have imposed sanctions on his rule, saying that British and US firms could be targeted for action. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Donors Attribute Africa's Economic Growth to Aid, But Numbers Tell Different Story

Leonce Ndikumana: While increased aid to Africa is only a small fraction of resources, donors attempt to take credit for Africa's economic euphoria


The Pop Group - Feed the Hungry


US to relax quantitative easing but emerging markets grow tense

As the US Federal Reserve tapers QE and interest rates rise, there are reasons not to fear a repeat of the Asian crisis

Brazil last week became the latest country to take emergency action to shore up its currency as anxious investors piled out of emerging markets. Read more.

The Guardian

- Central Bankers Say Emerging Economies Will Be Ready for Fed Exit - NY Times
- IMF’s Lagarde urges caution over withdrawing stimulus - France24

Questions on Fed succession nag in background at Jackson Hole - Reuters

IMF’s Lagarde urges caution over withdrawing stimulus

IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned the world’s major central banks Friday against prematurely withdrawing their support from struggling economies. 

Lagarde said stimulative policies are still needed in key regions, particularly Europe and Japan... Read more.


Greeks Want Aid Outside EU

Unhappy with the way they are being treated by the European Union, part of a Troika of international lenders ordering harsh austerity measures in return for $325 billion in two bailouts, Greeks want their government to look elsewhere for aid, primarily from China, the U.S. and Russia, a survey showed. 

After three years of pay cuts,.. Read more.

Greek Reporter

Schools reopen to feed students

Onésimo Redondo is one of the oldest elementary schools in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. It dates back 110 years, over the course of which thousands of children have passed through its classrooms. But never in summer.

In response to a worsening economic crisis, the school has set up a summer program.. Read more.

El País

August 25, 2013

UK child poverty hits 3.6 million: Report

Around 3.6 million children are currently growing up in relative poverty in Britain, compared to 2 million recorded in 1969, a new study shows.

According to a report seen by The Guardian, child poverty is now a bigger problem than.. Read more.


- Child poverty in Britain is causing 'social apartheid' - The Guardian

How is Privatization Failing America?

Paul Bucheitt: From healthcare to education, research shows an increase in privatization leaves the public with the losses and corporations with the gains


- 8 Ways Privatization Has Failed America - Common Dreams

Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides

Radio wave-treated water could change agriculture as we know it. Its Irish pioneers meet Tom Prendeville

A GROUNDBREAKING new Irish technology which could be the greatest breakthrough in agriculture since the plough is set to change the face of modern farming forever. Read more.

Energized, Structured Water (video) - YouTube

Libya: Heavy Fighting West of Tripoli Leaves Many Dead, Wounded

Zawia, Libya-- At least 10 people have been killed and over twenty more wounded from a three-day fighting between Zawia and Werrshifana tribes located 25 kms west of the capital Tripoli.

Speaking to the media Saturday night, the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan said the fighting.. Read more.

Tripoli Post

- Government Infighting Deepens Security, Instability Crisis in Libya - Tripoli Post
- Tripoli Torment: Libya crippled by jihad & oil brawl 2 yrs after Gaddafi ouster (video) - RT

Venture Capital: Oil in the sand

Who controls Libya's oil industry: is it the government or regional tribal warlords? With crude exports accounting for 95% of the country's earnings, ongoing strikes are now threatening the nation's lifeline. 

Moscow is gearing up for the MAKS international air show -- as the latest jets take to the skies we'll tell you about the billion-dollar deals to be struck on the ground.

Greece's state TV has been switched on, but is the government switched off when it comes to the country's finances?

RT's in-house trader Sean Thomas manages to keep his shirt and even his pants this week as he battles with the bulls and bears on the Russian stock market.


Hedge funds celebrate US Court ruling: ‘Argentina is not above the law’

Hedge funds celebrated the decision of the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, denying the payment strategy presented by the national Government to cancel an unpaid debt from 2001.

Theodore B. Olson, Elliott Management’s attorney stated “The ruling confirms that Argentina is not above the law”. Read more.

Buenos Aires Herald

Falklands’ oil companies banned 20 years from operating in Argentina by Cristina Fernandez

Four London AIM listed oil companies carrying out exploration work in Falkland Islands waters have been barred from operating in Argentina.

The measure affects Borders & Southern Petroleum, Desire Petroleum, Argos Resources and Falkland Oil and Gas. Read more.


Chile nears one month without mail service as protests continue

With their red emblazoned jackets Chile’s striking postal workers have been a conspicuous presence for the last few weeks around the country — asking for donations, marching, waving banners and even camping out on the banks Santiago’s Río Mapocho.

This week local branches of the five unions representing.. Read more.

The Santiago Times

Colombia’s national protests – Week 1 resumed

According to reports from organizers and government forces, protests during the first five days of Colombia’s coordinated national strikes produced two deaths, 175 arrests and countless injuries to person and property.

No deal has been reached on the national level between protest leaders and government officials.. Read more.

Colombia Reports

- Colombians Increasingly Joining Strike - Prensa Latina

NSA spied on UN, German report says

The UN headquarters were being wiretapped by American intelligence agency NSA, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel.

If confirmed, it would be against a long-standing agreement between the US and the UN. Read more.


Neue NSA-Dokumente: US-Geheimdienst hörte Zentrale der Vereinten Nationen ab - Spiegel

Mark Stewart & Maffia - The Paranoia Of Power

short fragment video clip (1984)

August 24, 2013

Merkel ally fuels Greek aid row before election

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's commissioner to the European Commission said on Saturday he expects a new bailout for Greece to amount to a little more than 10 billion euros, fuelling a debate that could hurt Chancellor Angela Merkel in next month's election.

Although Guenther Oettinger, EU Energy Commissioner, does not deal directly with euro zone debt issues,.. Read more.


- Dijsselbloem blasted for comment on third Greek bailout - Ekathimerini
- Greece hopes to convince troika to delay decision on new cuts for 2015-16 - Ekathimerini

Keiser Report: Dutch Blues & Bubble Markets

Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the Dutch blues and the pay per gaze advertising coming to a pair of glasses near you. Max proposes a scheme of mortgages collateralized by food stamps.

In the second half, Max talks to Ann Pettifor of about the Alice in Wongaland economy in the United Kingdom where people borrow from payday lenders in order to live and, instead of lending to the economy, the economy is lending to banks. They also discuss interest rate apartheid, carry trades and public unrest.


Air War in Kosovo Seen as Precedent in Possible Response to Syria Chemical Attack

WASHINGTON — As President Obama weighs options for responding to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, his national security aides are studying the NATO air war in Kosovo as a possible blueprint for acting without a mandate from the United Nations.

With Russia still likely to veto any military action in the Security Council,.. Read more.

NY Times

It's 1999 in Syria - Foreign Policy
- Obama mulls Syria options after 'gas attack' (video) - Al Jazeera

thisquietarmy - Warchitects

Iran blasts US Hagel remarks for possible military meddling in Syria

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi lashed out at the US for possible military intervention against Syria, and warned any provocative move or remark could fuel tension across the region.

"Iran has announced several times that there is no military solution to Syrian crisis,.. Read more.


Thousands take to streets in Bahrain to protest for democracy

Thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets in a march for democratic reform outside the capital Manama, 10 days after a police crackdown on a similar demonstration organized online by activists inspired by the Egyptian protests.

The protesters marched west of the capital on Friday,.. Read more.

Tehran Times

Feel of Poppies

Topman NSA naar Den Haag

De topman van de Amerikaanse veiligheidsdienst NSA, Keith Alexander, komt op uitnodiging van KPN volgende maand naar Nederland.

Hij spreekt op een congres van KPN over internetveiligheid. Lees meer.


- 'Snel betere cyberveiligheid nodig' - NRC

UK’s secret Mid-East internet surveillance base is revealed in Edward Snowden leaks

Data-gathering operation is part of a £1bn web project still being assembled by GCHQ

Britain runs a secret internet-monitoring station in the Middle East to intercept and process.. Read more.

The Independent

Snowden: UK government now leaking documents about itself - The Guardian
- Snowden 'not the source' of Middle East surveillance leak – Guardian - RT

- Scam Scan Spreads: UK operates secret Mideast digi-spy base (video) - RT

Windows Watching? Germany fears OS provides NSA with remote access

Leaked German security documents have shown the country doesn't trust the new Windows 8 system - fearing it provides the NSA with remote access. That's according to one of the country's newspapers - although the German government denies it.

Earlier reports indicated the country was a major target for US intelligence - let's remind you how much data the NSA collected there. Read more.


- NSA paid millions to Internet companies to cover surveillance program costs - RT

Stepping Up: US Experts Want More Leadership from Germany

Germans aren't the only ones with interests at stake in next month's election. The US is watching too -- and Washington is hoping that, once the campaign is history, Germany will show more leadership on global issues.

 Germans seem to have already made up their mind. Read more.


Germany v. France: Berlin Flexes Diplomatic Muscles on Syria

Germany has urged caution in response to French calls for the use of force in Syria. Its stance is more than a mere aversion to military intervention, however.

The country is quietly asserting itself and fleshing out its foreign policy. Read more.


August 23, 2013

Tunisia: New Life for Old Regime as Crisis Unfolds

Tunis – Two years and seven months after the fall of the former Tunisian regime, the stalwarts of the former ruling Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) are back. 

They began appearing in public after months of silence and anonymity. Read more.

Al Ahkbar

Tunisian Opposition Fails to Present United Front - Tunisia Live
Tunisia’s opposition plans national rally to topple government (video) - PressTV

Regulatory Authority Alleges Bias in Tunisian State-Run Media - Tunisia Live

IAF strikes target in Southern Lebanon

The Israeli Air Force struck a target near Beirut in South Lebanon early on Friday morning, the IDF said in a statement.

The airstrike was made in response to rockets fired from Lebanon into Northern Israel on Thursday. Read more.


- Israel launches air strike on Lebanon after rocket attack (video) - PressTV
- Lebanon to File Complaint against Israeli Raid over Naameh - Al Manar

Death toll rises to 50 in Tripoli, hundreds wounded

The death toll from the two powerful explosions that rocked Tripoli, Lebanon’s northern capital Friday, August 23 resulted in the killing of at least 50 people and the wounding of over 350 according to Nader Ghazal, the mayor of the city.

The explosions took place outside the Al-Taqwa Mosque.. Read more.

Ya Libnan

- Scores dead in north Lebanon twin blasts (video) - Al Jazeera
Lebanon: Saudi Arabia Takes Off the Gloves - Al Akhbar

- Hezbollah: Tripoli Blasts Reflect Int’l-Regional Scheme to Plant Sedition - Al Manar

FARC suspends peace talks with Colombian government

Rebel group FARC  announced on Friday that they are suspending ongoing peace talks with Colombia’s government to study a proposal on a referendum sealing an eventual peace deal.

Rebel negotiator “Pablo Catatumbo” read a statement from Havana in which he claims the rebel group.. Read more.

Colombia Reports

- Colombian president seeks referendum to reach peace agreement (video) - teleSUR
- Referendum on potential peace agreement with FARC to coincide with 2014 elections - Colombia Reports

Colombian students join national strike

University student in Colombia have joined the National Farmers' Strike, not only in an act of solidarity but asking for solutions to their own problems and for higher education to be more democratic.


- Who in Colombia is striking against the government and why? - Colombia Reports
FARC-EP Condemn Gov't Actions vs. Protests in Colombia - Prensa Latina