(PressTV) – Max Keiser – Continue reading
(Fox) – Commentary from 27-year CIA veteran Ray McGovern. Ray served 7 US Presidents, presenting the morning briefings for many of them. Continue reading
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(FreeGaza) – Why do Israeli authorities only allow 81 items into Gaza? According to journalist Amira Hass, the Israeli Advocacy organization, Gisha, filed a suit against the government of Israel claiming that commercial interests inside Israel and their lobbying power, were determining what came into Gaza.
Governments continue to let Israel get away with starving and depriving the people of Gaza the right to live in dignity. Therefore, we, the people of the world, will do what our governments refuse to do, deliver vitally needed supplies to the imprisoned people of Gaza so they can rebuild their homes, schools and hospitals. Follow our boats as we begin our journey to Gaza from Ireland Continue reading
(AP) – More than half of the federal judges in districts where the bulk of Gulf oil spill-related lawsuits are pending have financial connections to the oil and gas industry, complicating the task of finding judges without conflicts to hear the cases, an Associated Press analysis of judicial financial disclosure reports shows.
Thirty-seven of the 64 active or senior judges in key Gulf Coast districts in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida have links to oil, gas and related energy industries, including some who own stocks or bonds in BP PLC, Halliburton or Transocean — and others who regularly list receiving royalties from oil and gas production wells, according to the reports judges must file each year. The AP reviewed 2008 disclosure forms, the most recent available. Read More Here
(RawStory) – A US cruise missile carrying cluster bombs was behind a December attack in Yemen that killed 55 people, most of them civilians, Amnesty International (AI) said on Monday.
The London-based rights group released photographs that it said showed the remains of a US-made Tomahawk missile and unexploded cluster bombs that were apparently used in the December 17, 2009 attack on the rural community of Al-Maajala in Yemen’s southern Abyan province.
“Amnesty International is gravely concerned by evidence that cluster munitions appear to have been used in Yemen,” said Mike Lewis, the group’s arms control researcher. Continue reading
After seeing passengers shot at close range they tried to grab the weapons to stop the killing. Kenneth Nichols O’Keefe was later beaten by the Israelis.
A US war veteran said yesterday he confronted Israeli commandos when they raided a Gaza-bound aid ship which he had boarded as a peace activist, Anatolia news agency reported.
Kenneth Nichols O’Keefe, his face bruised and still stained with blood, flew to Istanbul from Tel Aviv, on his way to Ireland, the report said.
“We overpowered three Israeli commandos. They looked at us… They thought we would kill them, but we let them go,” O’Keefe said, adding he took the weapon of one of the soldiers and emptied it, according to Anatolia.
The ex-marine said he saw five people being killed on board the Mavi Marmara. Continue reading
(WCBSTV) – As New York City said thank you to the heroes of September 11, many who still suffer psychological trauma were told they will be losing their mental health benefits early next year.
“Long term it’s going to have a devastating effect on a lot of the members,” said Frank Ancona, retired firefighter.
About 4,500 people who were in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 and don’t qualify for other programs are enrolled in the City-funded benefit plan.
On Friday the City notified them that as of January 7, 2011, they will no longer be reimbursed for counseling services or medication related to mental health issues. Read More Here
(Guardian) – Counterterrorism police have targeted hundreds of surveillance cameras on two Muslim areas of Birmingham, enabling them to track the precise movements of people entering and leaving the neighbourhoods.
The project has principally been sold to locals as an attempt to combat antisocial behaviour, vehicle crime and drug dealing in the area. But the cameras have been paid for by a £3m grant from a government fund, the Terrorism and Allied Matters Fund, which is administered by the Association of Chief Police Officers. Read More Here
(GoldScents) – STILL JUST A BABY BULL
It’s sad to say but I’m afraid 90/95% of all retail traders/investors are not going to successfully ride the gold bull. The reason of course is that they are deathly afraid of draw downs. It’s glaringly apparent every time gold pulls back or suffers the slightest correction. Immediately a slew of traders come on the blog and warn of impending doom. “Gold is going to $600” (think Elliot wave). Some are even brave (maybe I should say ‘foolish’) enough to short. Here is one we hear alot lately, “miners are going to get crushed if the stock market enters a new leg down in the secular bear market”.
Let me show you what happened to gold and miners during the 2000-2003 bear market. Read More Here
(Alternet) – Why Banks Try to Make Borrowers Feel Like Sinners When They Can’t Pay off Their Mortgages
Crazy views about homeownership are helping the very bankers who screwed us in the first place. Read More Here
(TheComingDepression) – World economies on verge of currency revaluations to deal with debt
“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” — Henry Ford
Basically what the world central banks are doing is increasing their money by devaluing it (printing more than it’s worth) and giving it to banks so that they can lend it. Then, when things pick up, simply take the money back and destroy it. Read More Here
(Telegraph) – Euro ‘will be dead in five years’
The euro will have broken up before the end of this Parliamentary term, according to the bulk of economists taking part in a wide-ranging economic survey for The Sunday Telegraph. Read More Here
(DailyMail) – An oil field discovery in the Falklands was hailed yesterday as potentially the biggest discovery of its kind since North Sea Oil.
Shares in Rockhopper exploration soared 52 per cent yesterday as the company said it expected to pump out at least 242 million barrels of oil from the ‘Sea Lion’ well – the expedition’s first major oil find.
And some predicted there could be millions more barrels of oil lying untapped in the area – sparking hopes that the region could hold as much oil as the North Sea. Read More Here
(News8Austin) – There was an overwhelming response to the Austin Police Department’s first ever “Guns for Groceries” event.
Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to exchange unwanted guns for vouchers to buy groceries.
“The line is very shocking to me. We had people in the parking lot at 7:30 a.m. waiting to turn their guns in, and the event did not start until 9 a.m,” APD’s Sgt. Ely Reyes said. Video Link Here
(WorldCantWait) – Casualty figures are still arriving in the wake of Israel’s Sunday night-Monday morning commando attack on an unarmed flotilla trying to bring relief supplies to the 1.5 million Palestinians crowded into Gaza.
Already, at least nine civilian passengers aboard the ships are reported killed, and dozens wounded.
Yet, seldom has an act of aggression been so well advertised in advance. Israel had made clear that it would use force to prevent the ships from reaching Gaza and heard no stern protest from President Obama, who apparently could not overcome his fear of Israel’s legendary political clout. Continue reading
(GlobalResearch) – The Israeli Naval Commando had prior knowledge of who was on the Turkish ship including where passengers were residing in terms of cabin layout. According to Swedish author Henning Mankell, who was on board the Marmara , “the Israeli forces attacked sleeping civilians.”
These were targeted assassinations. Specific individuals were targeted. Journalists were targeted with a view to confiscating their audio and video recording equipment and tapes.
“We were witnesses to premeditated murders,” said historian Mattias Gardell who was on the Mavi Marmara. Continue reading
(Infowars) – Alex Jones breaks down the significant developments that have emerged from sources inside the 2010 Bilderberg meeting in Spain. There is a contentious and urgent atmosphere behind the scenes of the secret meeting. Attendees are reportedly concerned about the potential collapse of the Euro, war with Iran and the rise of political dissent against world government. Continue reading
(BMJ) – Video: Conflicts of Interest – WHO and the pandemic flu “conspiracies”
Key scientists advising the World Health Organization on planning for an influenza pandemic had done paid work for pharmaceutical firms that stood to gain from the guidance they were preparing. These conflicts of interest have never been publicly disclosed by WHO, and WHO has dismissed inquiries into its handling of the A/H1N1 pandemic as “conspiracy theories.” Deborah Cohen and Philip Carter investigate Video Link Here
(Telegraph) – California to ban plastic bags
California is to become the first US state to ban plastic bags in supermarkets in a move Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called a “great victory for the environ Read More Here
(ABCNews) – More Teens May Be Getting High off Prescription Drugs
One high school student in five has taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s order, according to a nationwide survey. Read More Here
(NaturalNews) – WHO scandal exposed: Advisors received kickbacks from H1N1 vaccine manufacturers – Mike Adams
A stunning new report reveals that top scientists who convinced the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare H1N1 a global pandemic held close financial ties to the drug companies that profited from the sale of those vaccines. This report, published in the British Medical Journal, exposes the hidden ties that drove WHO to declare a pandemic, resulting in billions of dollars in profits for vaccine manufacturers. Read More Here
(TheNation) – The Secret History of Lead
The next time you pull the family barge in for a fill-up, check it out: The gas pumps read “Unleaded.” You might reasonably suppose this is because naturally occurring lead has been thoughtfully removed from the gasoline. But you would be wrong. There is no lead in gasoline unless somebody puts it there. And, a little more than seventy-five years ago, some of America’s leading corporations–General Motors, Du Pont and Standard Oil of New Jersey (known nowadays as Exxon)–were that somebody. They got together and put lead, a known poison, into gasoline, for profit. Read More Here
(Stuff) – Video: Anti-Israeli protesters pelt US consulate
Protesters opposed to the Israeli blockade of supplies for the Gaza Strip burnt American and Israeli flags on Auckland’s Customs St. Video Link Here
(SFGate) – What happened to us is happening in Gaza
In the predawn hours of May 31, I was aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, part of a convoy of humanitarian vessels aiming to deliver aid to besieged civilians in Gaza, when we were attacked in international waters by a unit of Israeli commandos.
Our ship had been inspected by customs agents in Turkey, a NATO member, who confirmed that there were no guns or any such weapons aboard. Indeed, the Israeli government has produced no such arms. Read More Here
(TehranTimes) – ‘Israelis threw 4 injured into the sea’
Activist Idris Simsek, who was on board one of the six ships of the Freedom Flotilla during the Israeli attack, claims that four wounded activists were thrown into the sea. Read More Here
(LobeLog) – Rep. Sherman: Prosecute U.S. Citizens involved with Gaza Flotilla
On a press call hosted by a pro-Israel organization, Rep. Brad Sherman, Democrat of California, told reporters that he intends seek the prosecution of any U.S. citizens who were aboard or involved with the Freedom Flotilla. Read More Here
(Uruknet) – Popular Anger Grows As World Leaders Let Flotilla Killers Off The Hook
With as many at least nine young lives taken in international waters and the Middle East once again plunged into crisis, the so-called leaders of the world have done nothing but petition Israel to investigate and punish itself. Reporting from Aaron Dearborn. Read More Here
(FireDogLake) – IDF Released Several Faked Photos – How Can They Be Trusted in ANY Investigation?
Proof has surfaced today that many of the so-called “evidence” photographs being distributed by the Israeli government as examples of terror weapons on board the Gaza aid flotilla date back years:
The bulletproof vest photos on the Israeli flickr page are dated February 2006.
The axe photo was taken in 2003.
The pepper spray photos – 2003
The iconic pictures of knives and other weapons on the Saudi flag and other stuff: Read More Here
(Voltaire) – Israeli War Crimes: From the U.S. Liberty to the Humanitarian Flotilla
It is unthinkable that Israel’s premeditated deadly assault on the humanitarian flotilla could have gone ahead without a nod from Washington. James Petras lambastes Barack Obama and the U.S. Government for their refusal to condemn Israel and their outrageous political cover-up of a deliberate criminal act. Read More Here
(NCoal) – Massacre on the Mediterranean: Synopsis (1) – Read More Here
(TimesOnline) – Israeli commando who shot six passengers in aid convoy in line for medal
Six of the nine passengers killed in an Israeli raid on an aid convoy bound for Gaza were shot by a single Israeli commando, who is being considered for a medal of valour for saving his injured comrades as passengers attacked them with clubs, knives and even guns they had taken from downed Navy Seals. Read More Here
(Aletho) – Israel censors news on deadly Flotilla raid – Read More Here
(Forward) – Most Members of Congress Remain Committed to Israel’s Blockade of Gaza – Read More Here
(Voltaire) – Open letter to president Obama
Following the attack by Israeli commando pirates against a humanitarian convoy in the Mediterranean Sea, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich has drafted an open letter to President Obama. It is awaiting the signature of other members of Congress. A preview of the text is published below. Read More Here
(AlterNet) – The Gaza Blockade Is Illegal and the Flotilla Attack Was an Illegal Act of War
Because the blockade of Gaza itself violates international law, Israel committed an illegal act of war attacking the convoy, regardless of who attacked whom first. Read More Here
(WSWS) – Israel’s massacre at sea
The Israeli military’s killing of nine civilians and wounding of scores more on a ship carrying humanitarian supplies in international waters was an act of cold-blooded murder and a war crime.
For millions of people around the world, this military assault on an aid convoy carrying wheelchairs, cement, water purification systems, children’s toys and notebook paper to Gaza—all items barred by Israel’s blockade of the occupied territory—epitomizes the role played by Israel, as well as that of its US sponsor, in global affairs. Read More Here
(Independent) – The other side of the Gaza blockade
Ramzi al Burai knows better than most what it means to be imprisoned. This week’s botched commando raid on the flotilla of pro-Palestinian aid activists trying to reach Gaza has swung the global spotlight on the Israeli-imposed blockade as never before, but the Al Burai family have been living that reality for the past three years. Read More Here
(Independent) – Robert Fisk: The truth behind the Israeli propaganda – Read More Here
(France24) – Video: Turkish activists’ bodies riddled with bullets, says autopsy report
Autopsy results on the nine Turkish activists killed in Monday’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship showed they had been shot a total of 30 times, many at close range, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday. Read More Here
(Aletho) – Eyewitnesses, both activists and reporters, contradict Israeli account – Read More Here
(Truthout) – Iraq war veteran Eric Jasinski, after seeking treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is being punished by the Army.
Jasinski turned himself in to the Army late last year, after having gone absent without leave (AWOL) in order to seek help for his PTSD. Help, he told Truthout, he was not receiving from the Army, even after requesting assistance on multiple occasions. Continue reading