Friday, October 14, 2011

Republicans Adopt Obama’s “Bad Movie” Iran Terror Plot

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Republicans Adopt Obama's "Bad Movie" Iran Terror Plot

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 06:55 AM PDT

Despite the fact experts on Iran and its Quds force have responded with skepticism to an alleged plot and many have dismissed it as fantasy, a number of establishment politicians are demanding the Obama administration take action.

Popular Assad: No place for apathy in Syria?

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 04:12 AM PDT

Syria's President says he's planning a new constitution, just a day after tens of thousands came out in a mass show of support for him. Bashar Assad is still struggling to quell a nation-wide uprising despite promises of reforms. But his supporters say the government needs more time to push through change. RT's Tessa Arcilla reports from the center of Damascus.

'US schemes plots to justify wars'

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 04:10 AM PDT

An alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the United States has made headlines.

FBI Insider: Obama Administration Likely Manufactured Dubious Terror Plot

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 04:00 AM PDT

No information about plot exists within FBI channels

Pepe Escobar: Iranian plot was an inside job

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 03:45 AM PDT

A US government informant acting as a member of the Zetas, a drug cartel in Mexico, helped thwart an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States on American soil. Now Obama's top national security aides are seeking new international sanctions against Iran. Pepe Escobar, correspondent for the Asia Times, tells us who's to gain from the situation.

Fast and Furious: Transparent Lies from the Division of Dumb and Dumber

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 02:50 AM PDT

So now, the incredibly corrupt, Eric Holder of Fast and Furious Fame; a division of Dumb and Dumber has come up with a bad network TV shitcom plot of a fabricated event, that actually took place in June, though it probably didn't even happen then. Oh, let's go out on a limb and say that none of what's reported really happened but that whatever happened was constructed by Holder's neo-con Israeli masters, who pretty much control what remains of the so-called American government, as well as the American economy and that can be seen in the stupendous and outrageous wealth consolidated in the holdings of this small minority of dual nationals in the occupied American territories. Of course, that statement is anti-Semitic due to its being true.

Declaration of a Bantustan in Palestine

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 02:48 AM PDT

The "induced euphoria" that characterises discussions within the mainstream media around the upcoming declaration of an independent Palestinian state in September ignores the stark realities on the ground and the warnings of critical commentators. Depicting such a declaration as a "breakthrough", and a "challenge" to the defunct "peace process" and the right-wing government of Israel, serves to obscure Israel's continued denial of Palestinian rights while reinforcing the international community's implicit endorsement of an apartheid state in the Middle East.

Iran vs Saudi vs Mexican Zetas: Not so much a murder plot as a screenplay

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 02:13 AM PDT

You couldn't make it up. An Iranian-American paying $1.5m to Mexican drugs gangsters to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, and all at the behest of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps back in Tehran. All we needed was a beautiful blonde to entrap the Arab and Jason Bourne to rescue him from certain death and the scenario would be complete.

'US anti-Iran allegation implausible'

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 01:36 AM PDT

US claims that Iran plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington are utterly implausible, an Iranian academic says.

Wall Street Journal caught buying its own papers to improve circulation

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 01:24 AM PDT

One of Rupert Murdoch's most senior European executives has resigned following Guardian inquiries about a circulation scam at News Corporation's flagship newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.

The economics of the Arab Spring

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 12:34 AM PDT

After emergency laws are lifted, constitutions are drafted and elections are held, policymakers in the Middle East will be faced with a tough practical challenge: how to create economic opportunities for its teeming millions? Arab revolutions had a clear economic underpinning: they were fuelled by poverty, unemployment and lack of economic opportunity. At the heart of these uprisings is a search for social and economic justice. While political repression in the Middle East remains a subject of continuous discussion in media and academic circles, the scale and intensity of the region's economic repression has gone relatively unnoticed. The Middle East has long been trapped in a vicious development cycle. The region's excessive dependence on natural resources has prevented the emergence of a strong private sector, which, in turn, has prevented the emergence of a strong constituency for economic diversification.

Iran, the US, and Saudi Arabia

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 11:22 PM PDT

The alleged recent plot to murder the Saudi ambassador to the United States has triggered anxieties about Iran's policies toward Arab countries, specifically Saudi Arabia, and its intentions for regional hegemony.  With the advent of the Arab Spring, Iran has been attempting to affect developments in almost every nation it believes it has a claim to - Bahrain, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. Many Arab nations view these actions as unwelcome Iranian interference in the internal affairs of the "Arab world," particularly Saudi Arabia.

Protesters – And Perhaps States – Consider Launching Their Own Currency

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 10:02 PM PDT

David DeGraw – a key organizer in the Occupy Wall Street protests – reports:

What Will Work, Part 11 (Installment I): Our Inability to Resist Evil

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 08:11 PM PDT

Is it not perplexing how low we have sunk? The abnormal, unnatural passivity with which our folk reacted to the London race riots was well articulated in two recent TOO articles (by Alex Kurtagic: London Feels the Strength (8-9-11) and by Edmund Connelly: Honestly, What Will It Take? (8-11-11). It has been said that a liberal is someone who won't take his own side in a fight. Yet, is not the opposite true? For it is the Left who has fought, and it is the Right who has not. We were indeed the Silent Majority; now we rapidly becoming the Silent Minority.

Panic of the Plutocrats

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 07:49 PM PDT

It remains to be seen whether the Occupy Wall Street protests will change America's direction. Yet the protests have already elicited a remarkably hysterical reaction from Wall Street, the super-rich in general, and politicians and pundits who reliably serve the interests of the wealthiest hundredth of a percent.

And this reaction tells you something important — namely, that the extremists threatening American values are what F.D.R. called "economic royalists," not the people camping in Zuccotti Park.

Dr. David Kelly: The Battle for an Inquest -- GRTV Backgrounder

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 05:46 PM PDT

On July 18, 2003, British biowarfare expert and UN weapons inspector David Kelly was found dead on Harrowdown Hill, near his home in Oxfordshire. Ruled a suicide by the official judicial inquiry chaired by Lord Hutton, now a group of British doctors is challenging the Attorney General's decision not to hold a coroner's inquest into the death, citing the overlooked, suppressed and modified evidence suggesting Dr. Kelly was murdered. This is the GRTV Backgrounder on The Death of Dr. David Kelly.

Rick Perry's Revolutionary War 'History'

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 05:37 PM PDT

British activist stopped entering Canada

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 05:07 PM PDT

On October 11, 2011 – the Director of British civil rights group Cageprisoners, British-born Moazzam Begg (born in 1968), was denied entry to Canada at Montreal's airport. Begg arrived at the airport from Paris on Air France flight. However, Canadian border guards refused to let him step outside the airport on the lame excuse that his name is on a US no-fly list and that he served prison sentence at Guantanamo concentration camp for allegedly an Al-Qaeda member.

Sarah Gillespie's How The West Was Won (video)

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 05:00 PM PDT

Brilliant performance by Sarah last weekend in Derby

This is a song about extraordinary rendition.

Supremacy Revisited

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 05:00 PM PDT

A few days ago I compared two critiques of my new book 'The Wandering Who". One was by rabid Zionist Mark Gardner and the other by American academic Kevin MacDonald. I called my piece 'Supremacists on The Wandering Who'.

In my article I labeled Gardner as a 'Jewish supremacist' and MacDonald as a 'White Supremacist'. However, since the publication of my column it has been pointed out by a few readers that I may have been insufficiently careful in the way I attributed supremacism to Kevin MacDonald.

Poor Wittle Mitt Womney

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 04:10 PM PDT

Poor wittle Mitt "the Wussy" Womney. Someone said his non-mainstream religion is a cult and hurt his pwetty feewings.  Poor baby. And he ran home to mommy crying all about it and mommy reported the perp to the ADL and the ADL said the perp was a naughty little boy and told everyone to stop being a bully.

The Four Exit Paths From The Greatest Starvation

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 02:56 PM PDT

By my estimate, at least 3 million Americans will commit suicide rather than starve to death. Look at Greece as the future of America and of northern Europe. The Greek suicide rate is up 17% even though the Greatest Starvation has not yet hit with full force and fury.

Afraid of Truth: Van Jones Scurries Away from We Are Change

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 02:11 PM PDT

Earlier this week at the OWS on Manhattan, Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change tried to interview the former Special Advisor for Green Jobs in the Obama administration, Van Jones, about the demand by the families of 9/11 victims for a new investigation.

Why Did You Shoot Me?: Must Watch Video

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 02:01 PM PDT

Since 2003 No More Victims has secured treatment for children injured by US forces. After ten years of war, it's time for Americans to act decisively: we must end the wars and commit our resources to creating jobs and rebuilding the ramshackle infrastructure of our own country. As Eisenhower said: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed."

The Myth of American Exceptionalism: BY Stephen M. Walt

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 02:00 PM PDT

Over the last two centuries, prominent Americans have described the United States as an "empire of liberty," a "shining city on a hill," the "last best hope of Earth," the "leader of the free world," and the "indispensable nation." These enduring tropes explain why all presidential candidates feel compelled to offer ritualistic paeans to America's greatness and why President Barack Obama landed in hot water -- most recently, from Mitt Romney -- for saying that while he believed in "American exceptionalism," it was no different from "British exceptionalism," "Greek exceptionalism," or any other country's brand of patriotic chest-thumping.

Civil Disobedience Is The Only Way Now

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 01:59 PM PDT

"There are two types of humanity in war: there are worthy victims and unworthy victims... None of it happened. It didn't happen even as it was happening."

"The war on Afghanistan was a fraud right from the beginning, just as the attack on Iraq was a fraud and the invasion of Libya is a fraud."

The Real Story of How Israel Was Created

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 01:42 PM PDT

The common representation of Israel's birth is that the UN created Israel, that the world was in favor of this move, and that the US governmental establishment supported it. All these assumptions are demonstrably incorrect.

"Champion of Israel" in UK Cabinet Liam Fox self-destructs

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 01:30 PM PDT

The prime minister has foolishly declared "full confidence" in Liam Fox and was echoed by Conservative MPs, who closed ranks around their colleague and dutifully spouted the same drivel. But in the foreword to the Ministerial Code, issued in May 2010, David Cameron wrote.

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The price of torching mosques: Israel lays ground for anti-apartheid struggle

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 01:29 PM PDT

Jewish far-right groups responsible for a series of arson attacks on West Bank mosques over the past year broke dangerous ground last week when they turned their attention for the first time to holy places inside Israel. A mosque was torched, followed days later by an attack on Muslim and Christian graves.

WeAreChange chases Van Jones out of OccupyWallStreet

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 12:11 PM PDT

How To Guarantee the Protests Will Succeed

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 12:09 PM PDT

While millions admire the courage of the protesters in the face of police harassment and agree with their message, many don't know how to join them. Sure, you can send them pizza and suits (both are helpful).

Iranian films nominated for APSA 2011

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 11:56 AM PDT

A number of feature-length Iranian productions have been nominated for the 2011 edition of the annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

Kurt Haskell Says He Will Sue Feds in Underwear Bomber Case

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 11:36 AM PDT

Appearing on the Alex Jones Show today, Michigan attorney Kurt Haskell said he plans to file a civil lawsuit against the government in the underwear bomber case now that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has suddenly reversed course and decided to plead guilty.

'Champion of Israel' in UK Cabinet Self-destructs

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 11:05 AM PDT

Werrity, a onetime flat-mate of Fox's and best man at his wedding, has been traipsing around the world after the defence secretary, popping up "by amazing coincidence" in the same cities and organising and appearing at meetings where Fox discussed state business. And he turned up at Fox's London office so many times that tongues began to wag.

US playing the Saudi envoy game

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 10:56 AM PDT

In a 'united against Iran campaign,' the US government has accused Tehran of orchestrating an assassination plot against the Saudi envoy in Washington, a move which is to be seen as part of US stratagem to carry on with its plan of demonizing and isolating the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Massacre in Maspero: The Second Egyptian Uprising

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 10:55 AM PDT

The thrill is gone, the euphoria has faded and our mass delusions have been swept away to make room for the reality that there never was an Egyptian revolution. Eight months after deposing the old despot, Egypt is now in the firm grip of a new and improved military dictatorship – The Supreme Counsel of the Armed Forces. Any lingering doubt about the intentions of the generals to retain command and control of the ship of state vanished on Bloody Sunday.

Event Review: The Cold War on British Muslims - The Instigators and Funders

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 10:45 AM PDT

On Tuesday 11th October, the Middle East Monitor (MEMO) and the Cordoba Foundation (TCF) co-hosted the authors of the recent SpinWatch report on the spread of Islamophobia in the UK. The event took place in the House of Parliament and was sponsored by Simon Danczuk, MP for Rochdale, and chaired by the former foreign affairs editor for the Guardian, Victoria Brittain. The report entitled 'Cold War on British Muslims: An Examination of Policy Exchange and Centre of Social Cohesion' was presented by the co-authors Professor David Miller, Tom Griffin and Tom Mills, who briefly described their findings and their analyses. They were joined on the panel by Dr Robert Lambert, former head of the Muslim Contact Unit and co-director of the European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC) at the University of Exeter and a part time lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews.

'US uses Yemen as launchpad in ME'

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 10:36 AM PDT

Tens of thousands of Yemeni anti-government demonstrators gathered in the capital Sana'a to urge the UN Security Council (UNSC) to take action against Ali Abdullah Saleh.

US: 'How to save Israel and itself'

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 10:35 AM PDT

On September 11, 2011 – former ambassador in Washington and head of Saudi intelligence agency, Prince Turki al-Faisal, warned Obama in the New York Times OP-Ed, not to veto Mahmud Abbas' bid for Palestinian statehood at UN security Council. Not that he is a friend of Palestinians but because he wanted to convey a message to the White House through his friends in the Jewish Lobby. That's a veto will be a death blow to secular Palestinian Authority (PA) and rise of Iranian influence via Hamas and Hizbullah.

'Price Tag': Israel Lays Ground for Anti-apartheid Struggle

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 10:27 AM PDT

In each case the settlers left their calling card – the words "Price tag", indicating an act of revenge – scrawled on their handiwork.

The fast and furious plot to occupy Iran

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 10:16 AM PDT

No one ever lost money betting on the dull predictability of the US government. Just as Occupy Wall Street is firing imaginations all across the spectrum - piercing the noxious revolving door between government and casino capitalism - Washington brought us all down to earth, sensationally advertising an Iranian cum Mexican cartel terror plot straight out of The Fast and the Furious movie franchise. The potential victim: Adel al-Jubeir, the ambassador in the US of that lovely counter-revolutionary Mecca, Saudi Arabia. 

Nigel Farage: United States of Europe insane politics

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 10:05 AM PDT

Slovakia's opposition leader says the deal to approve expanding the EU bailout fund has been reached and it will be voted in later this week. Earlier, the country's parliament voted against it, which caused the collapse of country's ruling coalition. Slovakia was the only member to say 'no' to increasing the facility, which already got the green light from 16 of the 17 Eurozone members. RT talks to British Euro MP Nigel Farage.

1000 for One: Israel ready to ransom Gilad Shalit

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 10:02 AM PDT

Hamas officials have agreed a prisoner swap deal with Israel that secures the release of over a thousand Palestinians in exchange for Jewish soldier Gilad Shalit. He's been held in captivity in Gaza for five years. RT's Paula Slier reports.

Iran Bomb Scare: 'Murder plot bizarre comedy show'

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 09:46 AM PDT

Washington says the thwarted plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US will further isolate Iran, with the allegations expected to increase sanctions on Tehran. Two Iranians were charged over trying to hire members of a Mexican drug cartel to carry out the attack - something Tehran dismissed as a 'comedy show'. RT's Gayane Chichakyan reports from Washington. Also, RT talks to Professor of political communication, Foad Izadi from Tehran University

US, KSA must stop meddling in Yemen

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 09:29 AM PDT

Western authorities at the UN Security Council have called for quick action to stop the violence in Yemen, as the clashes rise between the protesters and Saleh's forces.

US, KSA must stop meddling in Yemen

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 09:29 AM PDT

Western authorities at the UN Security Council have called for quick action to stop the violence in Yemen, as the clashes rise between the protesters and Saleh's forces.

US, KSA must stop meddling in Yemen

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 09:29 AM PDT

Western authorities at the UN Security Council have called for quick action to stop the violence in Yemen, as the clashes rise between the protesters and Saleh's forces.

Gilad Shalit handover "victory for Palestinians'

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 08:57 AM PDT

Hamas and Israel have confirmed that Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held hostage for five years by the Palestinian group Hamas, will be freed in November in exchange for 1000 Palestinian militants held by Israel. To get a perspective from the Gaza strip RT talks to to Dr. Ayman Shaheen, Professor at Al-Azar University.

Gilad Shalit handover 'victory for Palestinians'

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 08:57 AM PDT

Hamas and Israel have confirmed that Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held hostage for five years by the Palestinian group Hamas, will be freed in November in exchange for 1000 Palestinian militants held by Israel. To get a perspective from the Gaza strip RT talks to to Dr. Ayman Shaheen, Professor at Al-Azar University.

Pain in the Asset

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 08:45 AM PDT

Watch the full Keiser Report E196 on Thursday. This week Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, talk about the Sarkozy-Merkel dog and pony show announcing the plan without a plan and about when an asset isn't really an asset. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser interviews Ellen Brown, author of Web of Debt, about the German Landesbanks and a Swiss community currency.

The Seven Biggest Economic Lies

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 08:45 AM PDT

The president's jobs bill doesn't have a chance in Congress - and the occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere can't become a national movement for a more equitable society - unless more Americans know the truth about the economy.

Here's a short (2 minute 30 second) effort to rebut the seven biggest whoppers now being told by those who want to take America backwards.

The Suicide of Liberty: The Transformation of the US into a Police State

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 08:39 AM PDT

Pat Buchanan's latest book, Suicide of a Superpower, raises the question whether America will survive to 2025. The question might strike some readers as unduly pessimistic and others as optimistic. It is unclear whether the US, as we have known it, will survive its next presidential election.

Underwear Bomber Guilty Plea Shields Government Complicity

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 08:32 AM PDT

Reversal means identity of "well-dressed man" will remain unknown

Occupy US: Main Street vs. Wall Street

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 08:03 AM PDT

The collective demands of the Occupy Wall Street movement were already granted to the US citizens, centuries ago, with the adaptation of the Declaration of Independence. With time, however, the statements of the Founding Fathers lost their meaning as administration after administration began to increasingly lie to the people, and at the same time to hoard more and more money from tax-payers, without ever delivering any of their promises.

Putin: US feeding off global dollar monopoly

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 07:53 AM PDT

Pushing through energy deals and boosting cooperation with the aim of balancing out the economic and political dominance of the West. Russia's Prime Minister is on a visit to China where an important agreement on the price of oil is already in place. RT's Marina Kosareva reports from Beijing.

Ship Oil Spill: New Zealand 'worst disaster' keeps leaking

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 07:52 AM PDT

The condition of a stricken cargo ship stuck on a reef and leaking oil off the coast of New Zealand worsened on Wednesday, with about 70 containers falling overboard and the vessel moving onto a steeper lean. Aerial footage shows the ship has a large crack on one side and is listing sharply. Hundreds of tons of heavy fuel oil have spilled from the hull, leading New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key to call it the country's biggest maritime environmental disaster.

US uses false documents to wage war

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 07:44 AM PDT

Iran has categorically rejected US claims that Tehran was involved in an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington.

Shrouds-clad Iranians March in a Military Parade

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 07:37 AM PDT


Edited/Translated by MEMRI, Mossad's free misinterpretation service for Middle-Eastern languages.

America's growing anti-intellectualism

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 07:26 AM PDT

The first high-profile article to offer a sensible explanation of Occupy Wall Street came from anthropologist David Graeber, author of the recently-published book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years. In his op-ed, "Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination", he wrote:

Al Jazeera's truth to power

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 06:53 AM PDT

Nine months ago, when Al Jazeera and the Guardian jointly published the Palestine Papers, revealing the scale of concessions secretly made by Palestinian negotiators in a decade of talks with Israeli leaders, we were accused of biased, agenda-driven coverage. As head of the investigative team that produced the papers, I was accused on live television by the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, of being a CIA agent on a mission to destroy the chances of Palestinian statehood. Today Ofcom, which was asked by the PLO to investigate whether our coverage had been unfair to both it and to Erekat, published a 19-page ruling that unequivocally vindicates our coverage.

Obama's Depression

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 06:49 AM PDT

By Stephen Lendman

Aliens vs. Femi paradox

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 06:39 AM PDT

There are more than 500 billion habitable planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. However, there is still no hope for mankind to come into contact with extraterrestrial civilizations in the near future. Moreover, there is no evidence to prove that such contacts could be possible in the past. Skeptics refer to the Fermi paradox: even if aliens exist, it is impossible for humans to meet them.

CrossTalk on Occupy Wall Street: The 99%

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 06:13 AM PDT

Where do these Occupy Wall Street protesters come from? Are they just violent slackers who need to lay blame on others? Or do they really represent the 99 percent of society? How reasonable is it to point the finger at Wall Street? And can they become a new force in politics? CrossTalking with Tony Katz, Kevin Zeese and Jason Del Gandio on October 12.

Two More European Banks Nationalized Following Dexia's Example

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 05:45 AM PDT

Thank god for Dexia's implosion this morning, or else the world would be forced to pay attention to the fact that Greece is still as insolvent as ever and still without a formal Troika approval for disbursement of the critical 6th tranche that Greece needs or else. Also, were it not for Dexia someone might notice that two other banks bit the nationalization bullet in the past 24 hours as the contagion, not from Dexia, but from the fact that there is simply not enough money around: as a result Danish Max Bank and Greek Proton Bank just handed the keys to their HQs to their primary regulators, with the management teams quietly riding off into the sunset. They are the lucky ones: in a few months it won't be nearly as easy to find "nationalization" funding and keep your depositors away from the "tar and feathers" tool shed.

Sirleaf: A controversial laureate?

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 05:04 AM PDT

Widely admired and celebrated abroad, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has an international profile that is the envy of many a public figure. Awarding her the Nobel Peace Prize has only cemented her celebrity status on the political circuit. Yet unlike her fellow co-winners Leymah Gbowee (also of Liberia) and Tawakkul Karman (Yemen), "Ma Ellen" has a past linking her to a violent rebel movement and since 2006, she has led an administration plagued by corruption. Even though she has been received with adulation overseas since she was first elected, she has always gotten a much tougher reception at home. These contrasts will be brought into sharp relief on Tuesday as Liberians return to the polls for national elections and Sirleaf fights for her political life.

A Nobel for the Arab Spring

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 05:01 AM PDT

The shared Nobel Peace Prize given to human rights activist Tawakul Karman is rightly deserved. It's more deserved than the award given to Obama in 2009. Partly, it is an accolade for the entire Arab Spring and its unsung heroes. Partly, it recognises the revolutionary kudos of woman power in the advent of the Arab Spring.

A farewell to nuclear arms

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 04:18 AM PDT

Mikhail Gorbachev writes, "Reagan and I shared the strong conviction that civilised countries should not make such barbaric weapons a linchpin of their security." [GALLO/GETTY]

Indigenizing 'Occupy Wall Street'

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 03:09 AM PDT

Up to now, the Occupy Wall Street movement has been a mostly white and a mostly middle-class affair.

America's lost decade

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 02:57 AM PDT

Food pantries picked over. Incomes drying up. Shelters bursting with the homeless. Job seekers spilling out the doors of employment centres. College grads moving back in with their parents. The angry and disillusioned filling the streets.

Europeanisation of the Balkans?

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 01:54 AM PDT

Leon Trotsky, the most prominent figure of the Russian Revolution of 1917 after Lenin, was sent to cover the Balkan War as a war correspondent by the Russian newspaper Kievskaya Misl. In the Fall of 1912, Trotsky entered the areas populated by Muslims after the retreat of the Ottoman armies and was shocked by the massacres.

Development in an age of economic uncertainty

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 01:45 AM PDT

The adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 marked a significant moment in history that addressed issues of universal human importance. It was a hopeful moment in which there was a global conviction that human deprivation could be alleviated through the coordinated and sustained effort of the world's nations.

Southern Africa: Breaking the negative cycle

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 01:35 AM PDT

A chronic food security crisis has unfolded across Southern African since early 2000, with many more people than during the 1990s now living "close to the edge" and increasingly unable to absorb shocks or stresses.

Did Merck buy off California legislators who voted to pass AB499 vaccination consent bill?

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 12:00 AM PDT

After months of quietly making its way through both the California House of Representatives and the Senate, Assembly Bill 499 (AB 499) has now officially been signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill allows for children as young as 12 to be vaccinated against sexually transmitted diseases like Hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV) without parental knowledge or consent.

Exposing the fraud and mythology of conventional cancer treatments

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 12:00 AM PDT

Treating cancer is BIG business in America -- in fact, it's a $200 billion a year business. Yet 98 percent of conventional cancer treatments not only FAIL miserably, but are also almost guaranteed to make cancer patients sicker.

Four New York politicians propose eliminating First Amendment, turning 'free speech' into a government-granted privilege

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 12:00 AM PDT

A proposal put forth by four members of the New York State (NYS) Senate have surely caused the Founding Fathers of the US to roll over in their graves. Hinged upon the stated goal of protecting children against "cyberbullying," NYS Senators Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange), and David Valesky (D-Oneida) have proposed the passage of a ridiculous new bill that will essentially criminalize free speech.

New Sheikh of Al-Azhar Warns against Shiitization of SUnni Socieites and States

Posted: 11 Oct 2011 08:50 PM PDT


Edited/Translated by MEMRI, Mossad's free misinterpretation service for Middle-Eastern languages.

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