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Archive for May 16th, 2009

IAEA Chief: ‘Israel Would Be Insane to Attack Iran’

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16 May 09 | JPo

Israel would be “utterly insane” to attack Iran, outgoing International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei said in an interview with German daily Der Spiegel Saturday.

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16 May 2009 at 7:31 pm

U.N. Signals ‘No’ to A.U. Request for Somalia Peacekeepers

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16 May 09 | VOA News and BBC

The United Nations Security Council has told the African Union it will not take over the A.U. peacekeeping mission in Somalia under current conditions. But African officials remain hopeful the world body will change its mind.


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16 May 2009 at 7:21 pm

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U.S. Drone Strike in North Waziristan Kills 40

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16 May 09 | AWC News

Missiles attacked village religious school. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 May 2009 at 7:13 pm

Greek Nationalists Protest Bilderberg Club Meeting

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16 May 09 | AP

Police heavily guarded a luxury resort in Greece on Saturday where a secretive annual rendezvous of top politicians and business leaders reportedly took place.Several dozen Greek demonstrators gathered outside the Astir Palace hotel in the coastal town of Vouliagmeni to criticize the Bilderberg Group, an international group that was founded half a century ago in the Netherlands.

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The Impotent President

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by Paul Craig Roberts

15 May 09 | Counterpunch

Who runs America?

What do you suppose it is like to be elected president of the United States only to find that your power is restricted to the service of powerful interest groups? Read the rest of this entry »

Barak: Netanyahu to Back Palestinian State, Israel MP Says Otherwise

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16 May 09 | Ha’aretz, Raw Story and PTV

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Saturday said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ready to declare his support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


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Israel Would Use U.S. Bombs to Attack Iran

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16 May 09 | Ha’aretz and PTV

Israeli government ministers and Knesset members who will help make the decision about whether to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities do not have to wait any longer for a preparatory briefing by the Israel Air Force.


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16 May 2009 at 2:04 pm

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers ‘Defeated’

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16 May 09 | AJE

Sri Lanka’s president has declared that the island’s Tamil Tiger fighters have been “defeated,” after the military said it had captured the area of coastline held by the separatists. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 May 2009 at 1:39 pm

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Congress Alliance Wins First Post-26/11 Indian Election

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16 May 09 | FT

The Congress Party on Saturday claimed an emphatic victory in India’s parliamentary elections as voters backed secular leadership over communal politics and the continued premiership of Manmohan Singh. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 May 2009 at 1:35 pm

The Elite Gather in Greece for a Not-So-Secret Meeting

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15-16 May 09 | WSJ and Guardian

The Astir Palace hotel in this Greek coastal town wasn’t open for coffee Friday. Greek media, apparently tipped off, were abuzz over the reasons behind the heightened security at the hotel: a gathering of the Bilderberg Group, a secretive annual rendezvous of top politicians and business leaders. Read the rest of this entry »

Boy Scouts Train in Post-9/11 Law Enforcement Methods

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14 May 09 | NYT

Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.

The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks affixed.

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16 May 2009 at 3:34 am

Chinese Yuan: Next World Currency?

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by Nouriel Roubini

14 May 09 | NYT

The 19th century was dominated by the British Empire, the 20th century by the United States. We may now be entering the Asian century, dominated by a rising China and its currency. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 May 2009 at 3:23 am

Sri Lanka: Military Conflict vs. Propaganda War?

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by Thalif Deen

15 May 09 | IPS

The Sri Lankan government, which has come under heavy fire for the massive humanitarian crisis in the country’s war zone, is winning the 25-year-old military conflict but is on the verge of losing the propaganda war overseas. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 May 2009 at 3:11 am

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Military Commissions: Neither Court Nor Tribunal

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15 May 09 | LAT and PTV

President Obama’s decision Friday to revive military tribunals to try suspected terrorists will likely fail to erase the taint of illegitimacy over the courts despite efforts at reform, civilian and military legal experts said. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 May 2009 at 3:09 am

A.U. May Seek NATO Help in Somalia Crisis; U.S. Blames Eritrea for Somali Instability

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15 May 09 | PTV and AWC News

The African Union says if the situation gets further out of control, it may ask assistance from NATO forces stationed in Somalia’s pirate-infested waters. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 May 2009 at 2:56 am

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Obama’s 48-Hour Makeover

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by Jason Ditz

15 May 09 | AWC News

President departs from last vestiges of change mantra.

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16 May 2009 at 2:48 am

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