Britain’s Election: Welcome to No Choice Democracy – Finian Cunningham

(GlobalResearch) – British voters go to the polls on Thursday in a general election that promises to be historic – for all the wrong reasons.

Firstly, voter turnout threatens to hit a post-Second World War record low. Over the past six decades, the percentage of eligible Britons casting their vote has steadily fallen from 80-70 per cent to around 60 per cent. With public apathy and antipathy towards the three main political parties – the incumbent Labour government, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats – running at all-time highs, there is a real prospect that the British general election of 2010 will see as many citizens forfeiting their democratic right as those turning out to vote. Continue reading

World War

(WSWS) – Pentagon Paints Bleak Picture of Afghanistan War as More Civilians Die

A semi-annual report released by the Pentagon on the Afghanistan war recorded a sharp increase in attacks on occupation troops and scarce support for the corrupt US-backed puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.

The progress report, mandated by the US Congress, presented a grim picture of the state of the nearly nine-year-old, US-led war, even as a series of incidents in which civilians were killed by US and NATO troops unleashed renewed popular anger against the foreign occupation. Read More Here

(JPost) – ‘Iran violating key nuclear treaty’

Iran is in clear violation of a treaty designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday. Read More Here

(Guardian) – Unconditional support for Israel ‘is dangerous’, say leading European Jews

More than 3,000 European Jews, including prominent intellectuals, have signed a petition speaking out against Israeli settlement policies and warning that systematic support for the Israeli government is dangerous.

The petition’s signatories include French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a Greens leader in the European Parliament. Read More Here

(Uruknet) – Preparing Haiti for Exploitation and Plunder

Over 15 weeks post-quake, Haiti’s imperial takeover is proceeding. It began straightaway after the calamity, Haitians victimized by denied aid, appalling repression, and now dispossession of their land, homes, and communities. More on that below. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Biological Warfare: Priority to Bioweapons Research over Public Health – Sherwood Ross

The priorities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the area of bacteriology have been “catastrophically re-ordered” by emphasizing bioweapons research over non-bioweapons research, a prominent authority states.

Giving priority to bioweapons research at NIH, started under the Bush Administration and continuing under President Obama, “diverts resources from critical public-health and scientific objectives,” says Richard Ebright, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. Read More Here

(BRusselsTribunal) – Iraq: Bloody Policies and Criminal Authorities: Arrests, Assassinations, Deportation of Millions, Torture

For the BRussells Tribunal, its supporters and audience, secret prisons in Iraq are no surprise. We made repeated alerts during years that repression in the “New Iraq” is systematic. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – A Tradition of Dehumanizing: The CIA’s Psycho-War and Torture Schemes in The Philippines

The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) occupies center-stage again in the Philippines, the laboratory in 1950-1960s for the Phoenix assassination program in Vietnam inspired by CIA agent Edward Lansdale who is credited for defeating the communist-led Huk uprising. Attention is being given to the CIA systematization of coercive techniques in handling prisoners, including diverse forms of torture, zealously implemented by the police/military officials of the corrupt, unpopular Gloria Arroyo regime. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Media Coverup on the Corporate Pillage and Destruction of sub-Saharan Africa – Dr. P. Wilkinson – Read More Here

(Gizmodo) – Drone Pilots Could Be Tried for “War Crimes,” Law Prof Says

It’s part of an ongoing legal debate about the CIA and U.S. military’s lethal drone operations, which have escalated in recent months – and which have received some technological upgrades. Critics of the program, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have argued that the campaign amounts to a program of targeted killing that may violate the laws of war. Read More Here

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Economy

(Bloomberg) – US Households Lost $100,000 From Crisis, Study Says

The financial crisis and recession cost US households an average of about $100,000 in lost wealth and income, according to a study by former Treasury Department economist Phillip Swagel. Read More Here

(InternationalForecaster) – Global Financial Conflagration: The World of Fiat Money is Buckling under the Pressure of Unpayable Debts – Bob Chapman

America and the world face a financial conflagration of immense proportions. The world of fiat money and massive credit is buckling under the pressure of unpayable debt. Each day the safe haven of gold and silver related assets become more attractive. We ask where else do you go for safety? A conflagration is a fire out of control and that is exactly the conditions the world faces today. The inflationary depression has smoldered for 14 months and it will soon accelerate. Read More Here

(IPSNews) – U.S. States Consider Starting Their Own Banks

At least eight U.S. states are considering proposals to start state-run banks in the wake of an economic crisis where many private banks ceased or greatly decreased their lending, literally shrinking the money pool available in state economies. Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – Should a Stock Market Decline Stop the Goldman Prosecutions?

As of 2007, the bottom 50% of the U.S. population owned only one-half of one percent of all stocks, bonds and mutual funds in the U.S. On the other hand, the top 1% owned owned 50.9%.

From the San Francisco Chronicle: Read More Here

(TimesOnline) – Merkel misled Germans

She was initially hailed as the “Iron Chancellor” for holding out against a bailout for the Greeks. But this weekend Angela Merkel was accused of having misled voters after it emerged that Germany would contribute more than €25 billion (£21.7 billion) towards a rescue package. Read More Here

(Uruknet) – Confessions Of A Wall St. Nihilist: Forget About Goldman Sachs, Our Entire Economy Is Built On Fraud – Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Pakistan facing bankruptcy

Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves are so low that the country can only afford one month of imports and faces possible bankruptcy. Read More Here

(BitsOfNews) – Pol/Econ: The 401k Scam

“The 401(k) will turn out to be the greatest systemic financial hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.” – William Wollman, The Great 401(k) Hoax
Like most people I was told to plow as much money into my 401k pension plan as possible. So like millions of other workers out there, I did as I was told. By 2003 I had accumulated a nice little nest egg…that I couldn’t touch. Then one day I was in a bookstore and I happened across a book called The Coming Generational Storm. What I read about 401k’s that day made me immediately stop all contributions. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Carnivores’ Dilemma Widens as Pork Signals Record Meat Prices

U.S. meat prices may rise to records this summer after farmers reduced hog and cattle herds to the smallest sizes in decades, the result of surging feed costs linked to demands for more ethanol. Read More Here

(CatoInstitute) – Video: Advice to Tea Partiers

The Tea Party movement may endure, but its endurance will be a testament to its ability to understand that cutting government means having a long-term focus. John Samples, author of The Struggle to Limit Government and Director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Representative Government, offers an assessment of what Tea Partiers should do if they want to sustain an effort to cut government. Continue reading

MSM: Oil spill disaster is now ‘out of control’

(LondonTimes) – President Barack Obama will today visit the Gulf of Mexico coastline threatened by the giant oil spill, as experts warn that the spill from a ruptured oil rig might be growing five times faster than previously estimated.

The oil is gushing from BP’s sunker Deepwater Horizon rig at 25,000 barrels a day and could reach 50,000 barrels a day according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Earlier estimates had put the leak at 5,000 barrels a day.

Professor Ian MacDonald, an ocean specialist at Florida State University, said the new estimate suggested the leak had already spread 9m gallons of heavy crude oil across the Gulf. This compares with 11m that leaked from the Exxon Valdez tanker when it hit a reef off Alaska in 1989.

Miami University researcher Hans Gruber said satellite images of the slick on Friday showed it was three time bigger than estimated, covering an area of 3,500 square miles (9,000 square kilometers), similar in size to Puerto Rico. Full article here

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(LATimes) – Video: BP’s containment problem is unprecedented

The company must stop a relentless gush of oil nearly a mile below the surface, in a situation that hasn’t been dealt with before. – Video Link Here

(ABCNews) – BP Fought Safety Measures at Deepwater Oil Rigs

BP, the company that owned the Louisiana oil rig that exploded last week, spent years battling federal regulators over how many layers of safeguards would be needed to prevent a deepwater well from this type of accident. Read More Here

(LATimes) – Gulf oil spill: The Halliburton connection

Investigators delving into the possible cause of the massive gulf oil spill are focusing on the role of Houston-based Halliburton Co., the giant energy services company, which was responsible for cementing the drill into place below the water. The company acknowledged Friday that it had completed the final cementing of the oil well and pipe just 20 hours before the blowout last week. Read More Here

(TampaBay) – Oil hits Louisiana coast, could reach Florida by Sunday

An oil spill that threatened to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez disaster spread out of control with a faint sheen washing ashore along the Gulf Coast on Thursday night as fishermen rushed to scoop up shrimp and crews spread floating barriers around marshes. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Oil Spill’s ‘Fisheries Failure’ May Signal End of Coastal Towns – Read More Here

Video: Greece erupts as men from IMF prepare to wield axe

(SundayTimes) – MAY DAY protests in Greece turned violent yesterday as youths in gas masks and hoods set fire to vehicles, smashed shop fronts and threw molotov cocktails and rocks at police in an explosion of fury over austerity measures they claim will hurt only the poor.

Tourists were cut off from their hotels as thousands of communists, civil servants and private-sector workers converged on a main square in Athens to vent their rage at the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Continue reading

Time Square Car Bomb

(AP) – Video: NYPD – Car Bomb Contained Nonexplosive Fertilizer

New York City police investigating a botched car bombing in Times Square say the bomb contained fertilizer that was incapable of exploding. They are trying to determine what was in the bomb, why it failed, and who is responsible. Video Link Here

(AP) – Video: N.Y. Police: No Taliban Link in SUV Bomb

New York City’s police commissioner says there’s no evidence of a Taliban link to a failed bomb found in an SUV parked in Times Square. Officers will talk to a man who believes he may have recorded a bombing suspect on his video camera. Video Link Here

(LondonTelegraph) – Media Speculates Car Bomb Was Reprisal For South Park Controversy

“Luckily, no one is hurt, and now the full attention of city, state and federal law enforcement will be turned to bringing the guilty party to justice in this act of terrorism,” New York Governor David Paterson said.
The bomb, which failed to detonate, was left in a sport utility vehicle close to a Broadway theatre where a production of The Lion King was showing. Read More Here

(IsraeliUncensoredNews) – Times Square bomb: terrorism or PR?

In what might be a watershed development, police defused a car bomb at New York’s Times Square. The bomb was of the classical Iraqi type: propane cylinders and gasoline. Fireworks were used instead of explosives. Amateurish, yes, but simple and efficient. Read More Here

(CNN) – Official: ‘Too early’ to call Times Square a terror incident

It is too early to tell whether the incident in New York’s Times Square was a terror incident involving al Qaeda or another terror network, a federal official briefed on the situation told CNN early Sunday. Read More Here

(ITNNews) – Will Feds Blame Car Bomb On Patriots? – Read More Here

(MyFoxNy) – Pentagon Front Group Releases Video Claiming “Taliban” Behind New York Car Bomb “Attack”

Question: If you were a real terrorist group who wanted to appear fearsome and mighty, would you really release a statement claiming responsibility for an “attack” that amounted to little more than a car full of fireworks that killed nobody, injured nobody, and was an abject failure? This claim of responsibility holds about as much credibility as if Barney the Purple Dinosaur had made a video saying he did it. Read More Here

(KurtNimmo) – Video: Feds Characterize Smoldering Car in Times Square as “Potential Terrorist Attack”

The government has portrayed the jumble of propane gas cylinders, gas cans, wiring, batteries and fireworks found in a car parked in Times Square yesterday as a terrorist bomb.

DHS boss Napolitano took to the Sunday talk shows this morning and characterized the “amateurish type of bomb” as “a potential terrorist attack.” She told NBC’s David Gregory that it was “too soon to tell… who or what groups were responsible.” Continue reading

BP using toxic chemicals to ‘disperse’ spilled oil

(RawStory) – The chemicals BP is now relying on to break up the steady flow of leaking oil from deep below the Gulf of Mexico could create a new set of environmental problems. Continue reading

Canada: 9/11 Truth Storm in Mainstream Media

(911Blogger) – A recent bombshell in Quebec’s newspaper “La Presse” talking about the World911Truth conference May 3rd in Montreal with Richard Gage, AIA and Dr. David Ray Griffin has created a coast to coast storm in the mainstream media. From major TV in Quebec, to mainstream radio, to the most popular newspaper in Canada, the Toronto Star, this 9/11 truth debate is being carried out this week-end and is not over.

We invite you to read this article from the Toronto Star: Continue reading

MSM: Fears for crops as shock figures from America show scale of bee catastrophe

(Guardian) – Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter.

The decline of the country’s estimated 2.4 million beehives began in 2006, when a phenomenon dubbed colony collapse disorder (CCD) led to the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of colonies. Since then more than three million colonies in the US and billions of honeybees worldwide have died and scientists are no nearer to knowing what is causing the catastrophic fall in numbers. Continue reading

US root of global terror: Ahmadinejad

(PressTV) – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he has ‘documented evidence’ that Washington and Israel are linked to leading terrorist organizations in the world.
“We have documents that prove [Washington] is the root of world terrorism. It has been aiding and abetting extremist groups over the past years,” said President Ahmadinejad in a Saturday ceremony marking World Labor Day. Continue reading

Video: Health Ranger interviews health freedom attorney Jonathan Emord

(NaturalNews) – Health freedom attorney Jonathan Emord talks about the global censorship of health information and “state-sponsored drug monopolies.” Find out why the FTC and FDA want to censor the health information you need to know. Continue reading