Settler Sewage Ruins Palestinian Crops, Drinking Water

(DesertPeace) – Residents of this Palestinian village refuse to buy the idea that the flood of raw sewage from the adjacent Israeli settlement of Kfar Etzion, that destroyed vineyards and contaminated their drinking water, was an accident.

The Israeli Civil Administration, which administers the occupied West Bank, claims the spillage was the result of an accidental power malfunction which caused excess settlement sewage to overflow onto Palestinian land. Continue reading

New Revelations Tear Holes in Nuclear Trigger Story

New revelations about two documents leaked to The Times of London to show that Iran is working on a “nuclear trigger” mechanism have further undermined the credibility of the document the newspaper had presented as evidence of a continuing Iranian nuclear weapons programme. Continue reading

A Military Health Care System Over-stretched by Two Ongoing Wars – Dahr Jamail

With a military health care system over-stretched by two ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more soldiers are deciding to go absent without leave (AWOL) in order to find treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Continue reading

Mind The Gap – The Widening, Worsening Pay Gap Between the CEO and the American Worker

According to the Institute for Policy Studies (www.ips-dc.org) which has been tracking executive pay since 1994, there’s a widening compensation gap between U.S. CEOs and American workers, and there’s no end in sight. Continue reading

ElBaradei Foes Leak Stories to Force His Hand on Iran

Western officials leaked stories to the Associated Press and Reuters last week aimed at pressuring the outgoing chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, to include a summary of intelligence alleging that Iran has been actively pursuing work on nuclear weapons in the IAEA report due out this week. Continue reading

Links: 2009 Severe Drought News

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MSM: School – No shortage of volunteers for swine flu vaccine trials

(CNN) – Days after the U.S. government announced upcoming trials for an H1N1 flu vaccine, Saint Louis University has been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from people volunteering for the study. Continue reading

U.S. Uses False Taliban Aid Charge to Pressure Iran

The Barack Obama administration has given new prominence to a Bush administration charge that Iran is providing military training and assistance to the Taliban in Afghanistan, for which no evidence has ever been produced, and which has been discredited by data obtained by IPS from the Pentagon itself. Continue reading

Washington Might Have Picked Iran’s Future King and Premier

Continuing his series of articles aimed at exposing Washington’s “foolhardy” policy regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran, American scholar and writer William O. Beeman says in its quest for regime change in Iran, the United Sates might have “already picked the new rulers of that country”. Continue reading

Report Ties Dubious Iran Nuclear Docs to Israel

A report on Iran’s nuclear programme issued by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month generated news stories publicising an incendiary charge that U.S. intelligence is underestimating Iran’s progress in designing a “nuclear warhead” before the halt in nuclear weapons-related research in 2003. Continue reading