Stephen Hawking urges humans to leave Earth to avoid disaster

(CanadianPress) – Stephen Hawking is suggesting the survival of the human race will likely depend on changing neighbourhoods and moving to another planet.

The famed physicist says in the centuries ahead, it will be hard for Earthlings to avoid a disaster of biblical proportion on their home turf, and he recommends they avoid putting all their eggs in one basket – or planet.

Hawking writes on the website BigThink.com that he sees great dangers ahead for the human race, noting such close calls as the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

He warns about a ballooning population using up the Earth’s finite resources and the growing ability of humans to alter their environment for good, or ill. Read entire article

MSM: Japan, Russia and U.S. warships to dock in S.F.

(SFChronicle) – San Francisco will host sailors from three different navies this weekend, including a port call by a U.S. cruiser, a Japanese training squadron and a rare visit by a Russian guided missile cruiser.

All the ships – except the cruiser USS Bunker Hill – will be open for public tours next week.

The first vessels to arrive will be three ships from the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, as the Japanese navy is called. The three, led by the training vessel Kashima, are expected at the Golden Gate Bridge around 12:30 p.m. today. They will anchor in the bay and tie up Monday at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero. A welcome ceremony, open to the public, will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m.

The Japanese ships will be open to the public that day from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. Read entire article

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(IraqWar) – Hezbollah warns Israel over gas fields‎

With Israel set to lay claim to natural gas fields recently discovered in the Mediterranean, the resistance movement of Hezbollah moves to warn Tel Aviv against extracting from Lebanon’s resources. Read More Here

(AP) – Official: 30 killed in Kyrgyzstan village – Read More Here

(Akhbar) – Massive arms deals between Russia and “Israel” – Read More Here

(Guardian) – Death toll grows as Kyrgyzstan ethnic violence escalates

Interim government gives police shoot-to-kill powers as death toll exceeds 100 in Uzbek-Kyrgyz clashes Read More Here

(JPost) – Israel, US hold joint strike drill

IAF says it has increased overseas exercises by 40 percent. Read More Here

(AsiaTimes) – Neo-cons lead charge against Turkey – Read More Here

(PressTV) – Kyrgyz riot police authorized to kill

A government decree on Saturday authorized lethal force to repel attacks against the authorities, stop the destruction of government and private property, and protect civilians, AFP reported. Read More Here

(PressTV) – ‘US troops attack Iraqi home, kill 5’

Five Iraqis, including 2 who were standing on their rooftop witnessing the arrival of US infantrymen, have lost their lives after their house was attacked by the troops. Read More Here

(Aangirfan) – CIA SEEKS CHAOS IN KYRGYZSTAN?

Creating chaos in Kyrgystan seems to suit the drugs trade.

It also suits the USA which does not want Kyrgyzstan to become a strong and stable partner of Russia. Read More Here

(PressTV) – Russia assures Iran over S-300 deal

Russia’s Foreign Ministry says Moscow is not obliged to freeze a deal to deliver the S-300 missile defense system to Iran under the newly imposed UN sanctions.

Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said Thursday that the deal is not referenced in the fourth round of UN sanctions imposed against Tehran which mainly target financial and military sectors. Read More Here

REPOST (AntiWar) – Russia Moves Forward on Defense Missiles, Nuclear Plants for Iran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced today that they are in new talks with Iran on construction of additional nuclear power plants in the nation, and that they may still deliver the S-300 Missile Defense System to Iran, though no date was given for this delivery. Read More Here

(TimesOnline) – We want troops out as soon as we can, says Cameron

David Cameron promised yesterday that British troops would not remain in Afghanistan a day longer than necessary as he flew into the country for the first time as Prime Minister. Read More Here

(AFP) – Obama has made ‘big mistake’ with Iran: Ahmadinejad – Read More Here

(PressTV) – ‘US cannot garner support for Iran war’

A former chief UN weapons inspector says the UN Security Council would never approve an attack on Iran, amid US efforts to punish the country for its nuclear work. Read More Here

(PressTV) – More US missiles kill 18 in Pakistan

Another US missile strike has killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens in a tribal area in northwest Pakistan, officials say.

According to Pakistani security officials, a drone fired six missiles 50 kilometers west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan on Friday. They say a house in Bahadar Khel village was the target of the attack.

Reportedly, the previous drone strike killed three people late Thursday at a house in the village of Khaddi, 15 kilometers east of Miranshah.

Almost 1000 Pakistanis have been killed in US drone strikes since 2008.

The issue of civilian casualties has strained the Islamabad-Washington relations.

Washington claims the attacks target militants whereas most of them have killed civilians.

Islamabad has repeatedly called for an end to the attacks, saying they violate Pakistan’s sovereignty. – Source: PressTV

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(TheIndependent) – US persuades Security Council to impose new Iran sanctions

Washington claimed it has reached an agreement with its allies, including China and Russia, for tough new sanctions against Tehran. Sweeping aside a putative deal announced by Brazil and Turkey on Monday, which was meant to assuage Western concerns about Iran’s nuclear activities, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, claimed that a draft sanctions package tabled to the full UN Security Council last night had the endorsement of all five of the permanent members – France, Britain, Russia, China and the US – as well as Germany. Read More Here

(Breitbart) – Video: Bangkok Burning – Thai Protesters Set Fire to Landmark Buildings During Deadly Gunbattles

The New York Times: As they retreated, protesters set fire to the country’s stock exchange and a number of buildings including a major shopping mall, two banks, a movie theater and a television station.

But the crackdown did not appear to have become the large-scale bloodbath that many had feared. By dusk the government said five people — including an Italian news photographer — had been killed and 52 injured, some critically. Video Link Here

(Fox) – Iran Nuke Agreement Not Enough for Hoyer

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., pushed hard for the passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act Tuesday, despite a pledge from the Islamic republic to send most of its nuclear material outside the country. Read More Here

(AFP) – Study: US missile defense plans based on ‘technical myths’

US missile defense plans are based on “technical myths” and interceptors have mostly failed to knock out incoming warheads in military tests, a new study argues.

Two American scientists reviewed 10 tests of the SM-3 “kill vehicle,” designed to take out ballistic missiles, and concluded that the interceptor succeeded in directly hitting mock warheads in only one or two cases. Read More Here

(RussiaToday) – Video: Tarpley – Iran nuclear swap deal a defeat for US policy of isolation

Iran’s deal to ship its’ uranium to Turkey, while insisting on continuing to enrich nuclear fuel, is getting a mixed response globally. Russia’s giving it a guarded welcome, but the U.S. and Britain are far from convinced. They’re continuing to push the UN into more sanctions against Tehran. The sticking point for the United States is Iran’s insistance to carry on enriching its own uranium. But U.S. investigative journalist Webster Tarpley says the deal means his country’s strategy to isolate Tehran has failed. Continue reading

The Dangers of Nuclear War: U.S.-Russian Nuke Deal no Cure for Real Threat

(GlobalResearch) – After nearly a year’s negotiations, the U.S. and Russian governments finally reached an agree-ment on further reduction and limitation of nuclear weapon arms. The agreement will be signed on April 8, limiting the total number of warheads to less than 1,550. Overall, it is good for world peace and stability as well as the prevention of nuclear proliferation, but we shouldn’t be over-optimistic about the treaty.

The motivations behind the treaty are clear. Russia is opposed to the U.S. missile defense system and its deployment in Eastern Europe. The U.S. continues to expand the scope of the missile defense system, which constitutes a real threat to Russia in Eastern Europe. Continue reading

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(RussiaToday) – Video: Another Mossad Assassination?

RT Contributor Wayne Madsen investigates an assassination in Hungary that is eerily similar to the January killing of a Hamas operative in Dubai Video Link Here

(GlobalResearch) – ‘At war’ US justifies drone attacks in Pak as act of ‘self-defence’

Amid growing discontent in Pakistan over the continuous drone attacks in the ungoverned tribal regions near the Afghan-Pak border, the United States has justified the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) operated missile hits against Al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists citing the right to “self-defence” under international law. Read More Here

(PressTV) – India test-fires two nuclear-capable missiles – Read More Here

(PressTV) – Japanese rally against US base – Read More Here

(XinhuaNet) – UN chief says Israeli settlement activities illegal

UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon said Israeli settlement activities are illegal and against the international law, stressing that they should come to an end. Read More Here

(LAHT) – Ecuador, Venezuela Discuss Military Cooperation – Read More Here

(CBN) – U.N. Suspects Iran of Planning More Nuke Sites

Western intelligence officials and United Nations inspectors said they suspect Iran is planning to build more nuclear sites, according to The New York Times. Read More Here

(PressTV) – Erdogan: Nuclear armed countries urge Iran sanctions

‘Erdogan then wondered why the international community refused to impose sanctions against the Middle East’s sole nuclear weapons power, in an apparent allusion to Israel.’ Read More Here

(WAPost) – Tens of thousands protest Israel in Syria

Tens of thousands of Syrians and Palestinians have gathered in a Damascus square in a government-orchestrated “march of anger” against Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem. Read More Here

(DW) – German foreign minister backs tough G8 stance on nuclear Iran

Germany’s foreign minister has called for a hard line on Iran as G8 leaders met in Canada. The question of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions was a key one on the opening day of talks among foreign ministers. Read More Here

(Retuers) – Europe unlikely to join any new yuan offensive – Read More Here

(AP) – SKorean president orders military on alert – Read More Here

(WSWS) – Is a US attack on Iran imminent?

In recent weeks there has been a series of press reports as well as statements by military experts that strongly indicate that either the Obama administration or the Israeli government, or both, may be moving toward an attack on Iran. Read More Here

(Breitbart) – Canada tells Clinton troops are leaving

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan will end in 2011. Read More Here

(ETravel) – Medvedev vows to “destroy” Moscow metro masterminds – Read More Here

(RiaNov) – Lavrov sees foreign backing in Moscow metro blasts – Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – Pacified

If the U.S. public looked long and hard into a mirror reflecting the civilian atrocities that have occurred in Afghanistan, over the past ten months, we would see ourselves as people who have collaborated with and paid for war crimes committed against innocent civilians who meant us no harm. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – 100 Million Americans Question or Find Fault with the Official 9/11 Story – Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – US-NATO Atrocities Committed in Afghanistan: How Did We Become this Pacified to War?

If the U.S. public looked long and hard into a mirror reflecting the civilian atrocities that have occurred in Afghanistan, over the past ten months, we would see ourselves as people who have collaborated with and paid for war crimes committed against innocent civilians who meant us no harm. Read More Here

(TheHindu) – Beijing Challenges the US-NATO-Israel Military Agenda: China’s Stance Boosts Iran

Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister of China, a veto-wielding member, spelt out clearly his country’s opposition to fresh sanctions in early February. Later in March, at a press conference, he said pressure and sanctions are not the fundamental way forward to resolving the Iran nuclear issue. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Media Disinformation regarding America’s Afghan War – Prof. Marc Herold – Read More Here

Iran Starts Mass-Production of Nasr 1 Cruise Missiles

(Fars) – The Iranian Defense Ministry started mass-production of Nasr 1 (Victory 1) cruise missiles on Sunday.
“Nasr 1 missile is a cruise missile capable of destroying 3-ton weighted vessels,” Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said at a ceremony to inaugurate Nasr 1 production line at the defense ministry’s Aerospace Industries Organization. Continue reading