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Sep 27 01:36

U.S. Is Working to Ease Wiretaps on the Internet

WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.

Sep 26 18:44

UN ‘to appoint space ambassador to greet alien visitors’

Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response if and when extraterrestrials make contact.

Aliens who landed on earth and asked: “Take me to your leader” would be directed to Mrs Othman.

She will set out the details of her proposed new role at a Royal Society conference in Buckinghamshire next week.

Sep 26 18:43

Activists: FBI raids an ‘attempt to intimidate anti-war movement’

Two anti-war activists said Saturday that a 12-hour search of their Chicago home by the FBI was an attempt to intimidate them and silence the peace movement.

Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, said the government targeted them because they’ve been outspoken against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S. funding of conflicts abroad. They denied any wrongdoing.

Sep 26 18:17

AFTER THE JOURNEY— A UN MAN’S OPEN LETTER TO TONY BLAIR

By Hans von Sponeck — UN humanitarian co-ordinator from 1998-2000, demands answers from the former prime minister to a simple question: Why is Iraq in such a mess? Tony Blair.

Dear Mr Blair,

You do not know me. Why should you? Or maybe you should have known me and the many other UN officials who struggled in Iraq when you prepared your Iraq policy. Reading the Iraq details of your “journey”, as told in your memoir, has confirmed my fears.

Sep 26 16:03

I attended a Conservative 9/11 event with “US wars are unlawful” flyers. 4 of 6

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This article series explains what happened when I interacted with participants of a 9/11 event to welcome home US soldiers and honor the victims of 9/11, then provides the e-mail exchange with the sponsoring group’s leadership.

Sep 26 13:29

Computer attacks linked to a wealthy group or nation

Lolita C. Baldor
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A powerful computer code attacking industrial facilities around the world, but mainly in Iran, probably was created by experts working for a country or a well-funded private group, according to an analysis by a leading computer security company.

The malicious code, called Stuxnet, was designed to go after several "high-value targets," said Liam O Murchu, manager of security response operations at Symantec Corp. But both O Murchu and U.S. government experts say there's no proof it was developed to target nuclear plants in Iran, despite recent speculation from some researchers.

Sep 26 12:36

2010: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-209

Censored 2010:
Stories of 2008-2009
#1: US Congress Sells Out to Wall Street
#2: US Schools are More Segregated Today than in the 1950s
#3: Toxic Waste Behind Somali Pirates
#4: Nuclear Waste Pools in North Carolina
#5: Europe Blocks US Toxic Products
#6: Lobbyists Buy Congress
#7: Obama’s Military Appointments Have Corrupt Past
#8: Bailed out Banks and America’s Wealthiest Cheat IRS Out of Billions
#9: US Arms Used for War Crimes in Gaza
#10: Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate
#11: Private Corporations Profit from the Occupation of Palestine
#12: Mysterious Death of Mike Connell-Karl Rove’s Election Thief
#13: Katrina’s Hidden Race War
#14: Congress Invested in Defense Contracts
#15: World Bank’s Carbon Trade Fiasco
#16: US Repression of Haiti Continues
#17: The ICC Facilitates US Covert War in Sudan
#18: Ecuador’s Constitutional Rights of Nature
#19: Bank Bailout Recipients Spent to Defeat Labor
#20: Secret Control of the Presidential Debates
#21: Recession Causes States to Cut Welfare
#22: Obama’s Trilateral Commission Team
#23: Activists Slam World Water Forum as a Corporate-Driven Fraud
#24: Dollar Glut Finances US Military Expansion
#25: Fast Track Oil Exploitation in Western Amazon

US Congress selling out to Wall St (aka the international PRIVATE Banksters) should be the #1 story every year.

Sep 26 11:38

FBI raids war protesters' homes

The FBI raided the homes of five political activists and an office Friday in Minneapolis as part of an investigation into possible links between local anti-war activists and terrorist groups in Colombia and the Middle East.

An FBI spokesman said agents were "seeking evidence related to an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism."

"There is no imminent threat to the community, and we're not planning any arrests at this time," said FBI Special Agent Steve Warfield of the Minneapolis office.

The homes of Anti-War Committee organizers Mick Kelly, Jess Sundin and Meredith Aby were among those searched. The organization's office also was searched.

"I have no idea what all this is about," said Kelly's attorney, Ted Dooley. "Mr. Kelly is an activist; he's a socialist or perhaps a communist and has been forever. He never hides his political views. They're fishing. They're casting big nets into the sea of political activism."

Sep 26 11:34

Eight US universities say yes to apartheid

Lawrence Davidson argues that by signing student exchange agreements with Israeli universities that practise apartheid, eight US universities, including Harvard, Columbia and Michigan, are lending themselves to the destruction of the very educational virtues they claim to cherish.

Sep 26 11:33

US Zionists in uproar over article showing Israelis don’t care about peace

Paul J. Balles reviews the uproar created among Israeli and American Zionists following an article in Time magazine analysing the results of a poll which showed that most Israelis don’t care about peace. He argues that Israel’s apologists and stooges have been lying and brainwashing others for so long they believe in their own propaganda.

Sep 26 09:53

Breast cancer cases fell as HRT use dropped: study

Breast cancer rates fell as women turned away from hormone replacement therapy(HRT), a study has shown, boosting understanding of how the two are linked.

Use of HRT to combat the effects of the menopause halved in Britain after studies suggested it could increase the risk of breast cancer.

A study conducted in Canada has now found that as use of the treatment dropped, the number of cases of breast cancer detected also reduced.

However after several years breast cancer rates began to increase again which, researchers said, suggests that not using HRT simply led to their tumours growing more slowly.

The hormone, oestrogen, contained in some forms of HRT can fuel certain types of breast cancer.

Sep 26 08:47

Alcohol Lobby Now Openly Spending Against CA's Legal Pot Initiative in Alliance with Police Industrial Complex

According to the California Secretary of State's office, the beer lobby donated $10,000 to Public Safety First on September 7, 2010. The donation came just days before PSF issued an online mailing alleging that the passage of Prop. 19 -- which would legalize the private adult use and cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis, and allow local governments the option of regulating its commercial production and retail distribution -- would inevitably lead to stoned school bus drivers and crossing guards, and will cause California public schools to "lose as much as $9.4 billion in federal funding." (Needless to say, passage of the measure would do none of these things.)

How about a war on drugs category Mike?

Sep 26 05:37

Jewish peace activists set sail for Gaza from Cyprus

A boat carrying Jewish activists from Israel, Germany, the U.S. and Britain set sail on Sunday for Gaza, hoping to breach Israel's blockade there and deliver aid.

Richard Kuper, an organizer with the U.K. group Jews for Justice for Palestinians, said one goal is to show that not all Jews support Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

Sep 26 02:04

GORDON DUFF: TERROR CONFERENCE IN TEHRAN WILL FALL SHORT OF THE MARK

AHMADINEJAD CALLS FOR UN INVESTIGATION OF 9/11

When President Ahmadinejad announced, before the United Nations that most people in the world believe that the U.S. government was involved in the planning and execution of the 9/11 attacks, he told the truth.

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Sep 25 20:21

International Law Expert: Ahmadinejad is Right about 9/11!

An international lawyer says many now question the truth behind the 9/11 attacks, and that American citizens are demanding an international probe into the incident. Source: Press TV “Ahmadinejad is absolutely rational and correct on this, that the American people are now coming to the point of demanding an international inquiry (into the 9/11

Sep 25 20:00

SEPTEMBER 11: Towards a UN Inquiry Commission

By Thierry Meyssan — Voltaire Net

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, I initiated an international debate to challenge that rendition of the events and to condemn the logic of the “clash of civilizations”. In 2002, I appealed for the establishment of a United Nations commmission of investigation into 9/11. In 2005, through the Axis for Peace conference, I layed the foundation for an international movement of intellectuals opposed to this domination agenda.

Sep 25 19:25

The Terrorism Fraud - Philip Giraldi

The reader must decide if the terrorism “threat” justifies spending a trillion dollars a year while waging an unending war on multiple foreign battlefronts. And then there are all the American soldiers and local inhabitants who have to die in the process of making the homeland “safe” while the homeland itself becomes increasingly a draconian national security state

Sep 25 18:41

ALAN SABROSKY — THE COMPLICATED FACES OF ANTI-SEMITISM

Anti-Semitism Reconsidered

By Dr. Alan Sabrosky

I cannot speak for the situation elsewhere, but in the US, I doubt if there is another definable group that equals or surpasses Jews in their achievements in so many different fields, their support for civil liberties and civil rights, and their philanthropy or general support of charitable causes.

But, when Israel enters the equation, those truly admirable qualities are often set aside. Israeli bigotry, atrocities and crimes against humanity are largely ignored, excused or vociferously supported, and Jewish-dominated institutions such as the mainstream media pointedly refrain from publishing or reporting blatant contemporary examples of Israeli misconduct.

Sep 25 17:32

PRESS TV — TALKS TO IRAN’S ENVOY AND JAMES MORRIS ABOUT THE ANTI-ISRAEL IAEA RESOLUTION

Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh discusses the rejection of the 51 mostly Western countries of a resolution urging Israel — reportedly the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East — to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and allow UN inspections of its covert nuclear facilities

Sep 25 17:18

Obama argues his assassination program is a "state secret"

At this point, I didn't believe it was possible, but the Obama administration has just reached an all-new low in its abysmal civil liberties record. In response to the lawsuit filed by Anwar Awlaki's father asking a court to enjoin the President from assassinating his son, a U.S. citizen, without any due process, the administration last late night, according to The Washington Post, filed a brief asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit without hearing the merits of the claims. That's not surprising: both the Bush and Obama administrations have repeatedly insisted that their secret conduct is legal but nonetheless urge courts not to even rule on its legality.

Sep 25 16:55

Paul Balles: Voices for peace?

When Time Magazine carried an article on “Why Israel Doesn’t Care about Peace”, a whole coterie of American Zionist supporters reacted as if Time had become anti-Semitic.

Sep 25 16:09

PAUL BALLES — VOICES FOR PEACE?

When Time Magazine carried an article on “Why Israel Doesn’t Care about Peace”, a whole coterie of American Zionist supporters reacted as if Time had become anti-Semitic. For any writer to cast the slightest aspersion on Israel’s claim to wish for peace is tantamount to alleging that there never was a Sermon on the Mount...

Sep 25 15:00

I attended a Conservative 9/11 event with “US wars are unlawful” flyers. 3 of 6

*hyperlinks live at source*

This article series explains what happened when I interacted with participants of a 9/11 event to welcome home US soldiers and honor the victims of 9/11, then provides the e-mail exchange with the sponsoring group’s leadership.

Sep 25 13:32

A Suspected Terrorist Speaks

The public became aware of Michael Finton September 24th, 2009. That’s when he appeared in a Springfield court facing alarming charges, especially for sleepy Springfield, Illinois. Finton was not being charged with fraud. It was not rape. Finton was not being charged with assault and robbery, as he was convicted of in 1999. No, Finton was there facing charges of terrorism.

He was arrested after calling a cell phone twice. It’s charged he called the cell phone to detonate a van packed full of explosives that he parked downtown. That was nearly a year ago. Now, the man, known as Talib Islam, is in legal limbo.

Sep 25 12:29

UK Lib Dem leader Clegg now singing off Zionist hymn-sheet

Stuart Littlewood shows how Britain’s Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has done an about face by rapidly retreating from his previously principled position in support of justice in the Holy Land and is now aligning himself with Israel and Zionism.

Sep 25 12:27

What links HSBC, Asil Nadir and Dr David Kelly?

Christopher King detects a whiff of corruption linking the death of Iraq war whistleblower Dr david Kelly, the relationship between the former director of the now-bankrupt company Polly Peck and the takeover of the UK’s Midland Bank by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, HSBC.

Sep 25 11:55

Is Harris County Openly Poisoning Citizens in the Name of Mosquito Control?

On Friday, Harris County Texas officials sprayed insecticide throughout multiple neighborhoods in order combat West Nile Virus. Sounds noble right?

This is open depopulation. The chemicals that are being sprayed directly into multiple neighborhoods are TOXIC. They damage wildlife, kill fish and are toxic to humans. Why is this going unnoticed?

This is very similar to spraying Corexit on the population! The only difference is that government agencies aren’t covering up this chemical rape as they are with dispersant spraying near the oil disaster.

Sep 25 10:30

Obama at the UN: The Arrogant Voice of Imperialism

President Barack Obama used his speech at the United Nations General Assembly Thursday to defend US wars and state terror abroad and to proclaim that the economic crisis has been resolved thanks to his Wall Street bailout.

The US president received a noticeably tepid response from the assembled UN delegates. While in his first address to the body last year, he was able to pose as a fresh alternative to the crimes carried out by the Bush administration, by now it has become clear to most on the international stage that his administration’s policies are largely in continuity with those of its predecessor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to Bush's third term in office, courtesy of President Barak Obama.

Sep 25 10:23

Centrist Central: How Stewart and Colbert are Selling the Neocon Agenda to the Left

As the neocon/neoliberal agenda moves on, shills like Stewart and Colbert are doing their part to rebrand the cruelty and inhumanity of their corporatist agenda to make it palatable to their audience; the left. These two recent propaganda efforts only prove how tightly the threads of “centrism” are woven in our dominating culture.

Sep 25 10:19

Alternative Media and Ahamadinejad's Speech. Total Silence! Total Censorship.

I looked at Alternet, CommonDreams, Truthout, DemocracyNow, Counterpunch, antiwar.com. I did see a small mention of the speech on DemocracyNow, as part of their news rundown. No details. I didn't see anything on antiwar.com's listing of headlines around the world that normally would have had information about the speech.

I think this is a clear indication that our progressive and independent alternative media is completely controlled. By whom? Well, it seems by the big foundations that help fund these sites. If you go to the foundational support for any of these sites, you will find foundations that link back to the likes of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Charles Steart Mott Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and many others.

Michel Chossudovsky explains in his article at Global Research, "Manufacturing Dissent", that this funding is part of a plan by the elites to actually control the content and actions of the so called "people's movement", in that while allowing these groups to actively dissent against the globalization movement of the international powerful elites, they actively fund them so that limits can be placed where necessary.

Sep 25 10:15

Our Next Wars: Yemen and Somalia

Those who thought there might be some kind of peace dividend with the Democrats holding the presidency can bid those thoughts goodbye. The administration is clearly thinking beyond Afghanistan (and even Iran), anticipating the next battlefronts in Yemen and Somalia. It is assiduously gathering resources to enter the fray, including setting up business fronts that can be used by covert operatives.

Why go through the subterfuge? First there is the American side of the story. Given the shrinking public support for Afghanistan, the White House does not want to telegraph that it is planning escalation into yet another war or even two wars, depending on how you count them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government, State Department, and the Pentagon appear to be gearing up for wars without end.

What I cannot understand is the absence of fury on the part of the American people about what their government is getting ready to do with their tax dollars and in their name, while infrastructure here crumbles, and homeless Veterans sleep in our streets.

Sep 25 09:33

IAEA rejects resolution calling on Israel to join Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, has rejected an Arab-proposed resolution calling on Israel to join a global anti-atomic arms treaty.

The general assembly of the 151-member IAEA blocked the resolution at its meeting in Vienna on Friday. Fifty-one member states voted against the resolution while 46 voted in favour and 23 abstained.

Israel had warned the UN nuclear watchdog that an Arab-led push to target the Jewish state in a resolution could deal a "fatal blow" to future co-operation on boosting Middle East security.

"Adopting this resolution will be a fatal blow to any hope for future co-operative efforts towards better regional security in the Middle East," Ehud Azoulay, Israel's IAEA envoy said, shortly before the vote.

The delegate made the statement during a tense debate on the draft resolution, which called on Israel to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Sep 25 09:27

FBI terrorism warrants in Minn., Chicago; include anti-war group members

Minneapolis — Members of a Minneapolis anti-war group say FBI agents raided their homes Friday morning.

FBI spokesman Steven Warfield confirmed that agents working with a federal Joint Terrorism Task Force served six search warrants in Minneapolis and two in Chicago. Warfield said the FBI is seeking "evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism."

The homes of Minneapolis anti-war activists Mick Kelly, Jess Sundin and Meredith Aby were among those searched, activists said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Aby said she and several others also received subpoenas Friday to appear before a grand jury next month.

Sundin said agents took boxes of papers, her cell phone and CDs from her home. Sundin said her group, the Anti-War Committee, opposes U.S. involvement in civil wars in other countries.

Sundin said she wasn't arrested, nor were some of the other activists whose homes were raided.

Sep 25 09:05

Clinton to unveil US funds for clean cookstove push - Costing USA Taxpayers $50 Million

NEW YORK, Sept 21 - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce on Tuesday a U.S. contribution of more than $50 million toward providing clean cooking stoves in developing countries to reduce deaths from smoke inhalation and fight climate change.

The U.S. funding, which will be spread over five years, is part of a Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves being started to combat a problem officials equate with malaria and unclean water in terms of their health impact worldwide.

Sep 25 07:11

Texas Board Of Education Approves Resolution To Limit Islam References

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education adopted a resolution Friday that seeks to curtail references to Islam in Texas textbooks, as social conservative board members warned of what they describe as a creeping Middle Eastern influence in the nation's publishing industry.

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Sep 25 02:34

IS Harris County Openly Poisoning Citizens in the Name of Mosquito Control?

On Friday, Harris County Texas officials sprayed insecticide throughout multiple neighborhoods in order combat West Nile Virus. Sounds noble right?

This is open depopulation. The chemicals that are being sprayed directly into multiple neighborhoods are TOXIC. They damage wildlife, kill fish and are toxic to humans. Why is this going unnoticed?

This is very similar to spraying Corexit on the population! The only difference is that government agencies aren’t covering up this chemical rape as they are with dispersant spraying near the oil disaster.

Sep 25 00:02

PRESS TV — TALKS TO IRAN’S ENVOY AND JAMES MORRIS ABOUT THE ANTI-ISRAEL IAEA RESOLUTION

Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh discusses the rejection of the 51 mostly Western countries of a resolution urging Israel — reportedly the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East — to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and allow UN inspections of its covert nuclear facilities.

Sep 24 19:45

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Speech at the United Nations

Iran’s president sparked a mass walk-out by US delegates yesterday after telling a UN summit that most people believe the American government was behind the 9/11 attacks.
Sep 24 19:05

President Obama’s Ahistorical World : by Dr. Lawrence Davidson

We can surmise two probable reasons why Abbas is presently sitting at the table with the Israelis: One – the Obama administration has twisted his arm, perhaps by threatening to abandon him if he does not “negotiate.” They probably hope they can pressure him into signing a “peace” deal that no other Palestinian leader would ever touch.

Sep 24 18:51

ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS FOR 9/11 TRUTH HIT THE AMERICAN MAINSTREAM

Veterans Today

Nobody in his right mind, nobody with the least critical thinking could possibly buy into the 9/11 official story of the reason why the world trade center towers collapsed – at free fall speed- like a house of cards into their basements in just few seconds- WTC building 7 collapsed in exactly 6.5 seconds. Something only very precise demolition can accomplish, something which takes days if not weeks to prepare.

Whoever planned the 9/11 operation and whoever managed to fool the masses of terrorized people and tricked them into believing that al Qa`ida and its members of Afghanistan cave dwellers pulled this thing off did not consider that scientists and trained specialists would be the ones to finally expose the conspiracy and unravel 9/11 mystery.

Sep 24 17:12

The Truth About Ahmadinejad’s UN Speech And Call For 9/11 Investigation

The Corporate media launched a massive campaign of propaganda against the statements made by Iranian President Ahmadinejad during his UN Speech and his calls for a 9/11 investigation. Find out what he really said and how Americans really feel about his calls for a new investigation.

Sep 24 16:38

U.S. CONGRESSMEN TO OBAMA: Free Pollard to facilitate Mideast peace

An American Jew Jonathan Pollard, steals American secrets for the sake of a foreign country, Israel, and committed one of the most serious national security compromises in American history has U.S. Congress on his side. Does this not illustrate sufficiently the power of the Israel Lobby to influence the US Congress?

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Sep 24 16:06

The Same Old Same Old don't say my Name

Bad shit happens in the world and it happens to much larger groups of people so… civilizations must have rules along which to operate for both moral and functional reasons. This doesn’t just apply to a small group of mercenary carpet baggers, it applies to any union of psychopaths who want to go into any kind of business.

Sep 24 13:01

Breaking: ‘Global Governance 2025? by US & EU Intelligence Agencies

Yes, it is true. You may read this September 2010 report, courtesy of our Freedom of Information Act, at cia.gov. Since the bulk of what this report discusses apparently has to do with international cooperation, why then, did they not choose that apparently appropriate phrase, instead of “Global Governance?”

“Global Governance” – in case you need to recheck your eyes and mind.

Sep 24 12:32

Corn, Soybeans Hit Two Year High While Cotton Jumps To 15-Year Peak

Reuters

Oil jumped 2% on Monday and sharp gains in cotton, corn and soybeans also helped boost a commodities index to eight-month highs, while gold extended record highs as investors waited to see if the Federal Reserve would signal any plans to stimulate the U.S. economy.

The Reuters-Jefferies CRB, an index that tracks commodity prices across 19 mostly U.S.-traded futures markets, was up almost half a percent by 12:00 p.m. EDT after soaring to its highest level since Jan. 20.

Sep 24 12:24

There Must Be Something More, Take a Step Back and Look At the Big Picture

It’s easy to become cynical in today’s world, especially for those who follow current events and have a desire to stay informed. Too many people are blind or dulled to both the great evil and goodness in the world. I invite you to take a step back and look at the big picture; notice the beauty that still surrounds us. There is something behind that beauty that is rarely discussed, something that is in our very genetic code and the natural world that we inhabit.

“The genetic code is 3.6 billion years old. It’s time for a rewrite.” — Tom Knight, professor at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab

Sep 24 11:53

Patriot Richard Fine: His Darkest Moment in the LA County Jail(Nazi Prison)

Richard Fine was held in solitary confinement for 18 months. Basically, this patriot was put in a NAZI type of jail because he exposed judicial corruption in California. Judges throughout California are taking payoffs and illegally helping prosecutors.

This is what happens in America when you expose judicial corruption. You are held like a caged animal and slandered throughout the media. The entire United States judicial system is a system of good old boys that cover for each other no matter how illegal and corrupt one may be.

Sep 24 11:13

Where Is Israel Located?

One young teacher described the Jewish religious school, called a Hesder, where he works one hour per week and earns $300 monthly as follows:“We do not teach math, science, English, history or literature. After morning prayer, we teach the Torah only.” Israel spends 7 million dollars annually on these schools and the government often receives fake and fraudulent progress reports in return.

Sep 24 10:32

Rep. Weiner: Glenn Beck's Goldline ‘grossly overcharges’ for gold coins

Talk show host Glenn Beck and Goldline International, a California-based gold retailer, have colluded to use fear mongering tactics to bilk investors, according to a stinging report issued Tuesday by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).

The report alleges that Goldline grossly overcharges for the gold coins that constitute the bulk of its business, uses misleading sales techniques and takes advantage of fears about President Barack Obama’s stewardship of the economy – which are stoked by its stable of paid conservative endorsers including Beck, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and Fred Thompson – “to cheat consumers.”

“This industry goes beyond Goldline, but the Goldline circle has been particularly cynical in its cultivation of these conservative commentators,” he said. “There are two industries that are intertwined here in this cynical play: the media industry and the online gold industry, and there is a lot of blame to go around.”

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Sep 24 09:52

Santos to Meet With Obama on Security After Killing Colombia's `Bin Laden'


“we don’t have to discuss drug trafficking and violence and kidnappings and the traditional topics that we were used to,” he said. “Now we’re sitting down as I did with the European countries with the rest of Latin America talking about social development.


Translation:
Now we have the whole market for our self and can split the loot.

Sep 24 09:28

The City that Ended Hunger

To begin to conceive of the possibility of a culture of empowered citizens making democracy work for them, real-life stories help—not models to adopt wholesale, but examples that capture key lessons. For me, the story of Brazil’s fourth largest city, Belo Horizonte, is a rich trove of such lessons. Belo, a city of 2.5 million people, once had 11 percent of its population living in absolute poverty, and almost 20 percent of its children going hungry. Then in 1993, a newly elected administration declared food a right of citizenship. The officials said, in effect: If you are too poor to buy food in the market—you are no less a citizen. I am still accountable to you.

Sep 24 09:23

Why the EU banned Avandia but the FDA didn't

Dr. Steven Nissan and his colleague sorted through a study conducted by GSK on Avandia's safety, and found that the drug significantly increased a patient's risk for heart disease.

Sep 24 08:13

ObamaCare Flatlines: ObamaCare Taxes Home Sales - Clobbers Middle-Class Americans

“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes,”
President Obama, September 12, 2008

Beginning January 1, 2013, ObamaCare imposes a 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income, including the sale of single family homes, townhouses, co-ops, condominiums, and even rental income.

Sep 24 07:12

Death by Vaccination: The Gates Foundation and the New Eugenics

Gates has followed in the footsteps of the Rockefellers' lead to usher the New Green Revolution, an aggressive onslaught of genetically modified seeds (GMOs) to increase large scale corporate-influenced agriculture in Africa, India and elsewhere. The international GMO initiatives have devastated small cooperative farms that have served as the lifeline of food for centuries and as resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of farmers. Of course nobody among the oligarchic elite, such as Gates, Rockefeller and Monsanto execs, will suffer from the consequences of this failed revolution.

Sep 24 05:48

Saeb Erekat: “I am a liar”

This US State Department scripted and funded commercial was delivered by the so-called ‘Chief Palestinian Negotiator’ Dr Saeb Erekat. Please watch it and pass it on specially to all those you know in Palestine so they realise that it is not the Israelis Erekat is ‘disappointing’ but his own people whom he is deceiving and selling down the drain. But because he is doing it ‘for himself’, as he claims in the commercial, he becomes even more of a traitor to the thousands of massacred Palestinians,

Sep 24 05:44

Obama speaks at the UN… Goodbye to Peace

Perhaps most depressing of all was Obama’s statement about the need for an independent Palestinian state. It is required, he said, to provide Israel with “true security”.

Sep 24 05:42

UN REPORT: Israel Flotilla Raid ‘Broke Law’

How could it be otherwise? Piracy is still an offence as is pre-meditated murder, both of which were committed in this instance. What is disgraceful is that such a horrific international crime has been turned into yet another fiasco when swift and decisive action should have been taken from the very beginning – a naval escort provided for the flotilla to complete its journey to Gaza, and the killers responsible arrested under international warrants and brought to trial outside of Israel.

Sep 24 03:47

ALAN HART: OBAMA SPEAKS AT THE UN….GOODBYE TO PEACE

On marks out of ten for his speech to the UN on the subject of ending the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, I’d give President Obama minus five.

Earlier this month (on 4 September) I wrote a piece with the headline Obama has signalled his coming complete surrender to Zionism and its lobby. That surrender, it seems to me, is now effectively a fait accompli.

Sep 24 00:01

SPREADING FALSEHOODS ABOUT IRAN: “United Against Nuclear Iran”

By publishing propagandistic reports and articles on the purported hazard of Iran’s nuclear activities, UANI also functions as a mouthpiece which is exclusively dedicated to fear-mongering and spreading falsehood about Iran.

By Kourosh Ziabari (source: Global Research)

Those who regularly follow the developments of Iran might have come across the website of “United Against Nuclear Iran”, a “non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization” that seeks to “prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional super-power possessing nuclear weapons”

Sep 23 18:11

Decrypting the Shadow behind Hamid Karzai

The tug of war between Kabul and Washington has become so desperate, former CIA Near East, South Asia Chief Dr. Charles Cogan recently opined that the situation was fast approaching a “Diem Moment.” Cogan even suggested that while Diem’s removal had been “horribly botched,” “a removal of Mr. Karzai might turn out to be more straightforward.” Given the similarities to America’s quagmire in Vietnam, invoking Diem raises more than a few dark memories. Yet despite vast differences in the two wars another even more deeply unsettling similarity is emerging. Hamid Karzai is in a political fight for his life like South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem. But (strange as it might seem) his contradictory behavior and the chaos and corruption surrounding it may be no accident. In fact it could be exactly the consequence that his main neoconservative backer, former RAND director, U.S. Ambassador and Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, had long intended.

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Sep 23 15:16

Obama speaks at the UN... Goodbye to peace

Alan Hart argues that US President Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations demonstrates beyond doubt that he is not interested in a just solution of the Palestine-Israel conflict and is not prepared to declare openly and sincerely that the occupation must end.

Sep 23 14:32

Horror as mother 'locks her five small children in 6ft closet while she goes out for 10 hours... then comes home to find two dead'

Edyan Farah, 28, allegedly put all five of her children - aged one through to seven - into the small closet and pushed a bed in front of the door so they could not get out.

The closet was 6ft long and about 18in deep.

Farah left for ten and a half hours to visit a friend on Sunday. When she came back to her home in Indianaopolis, she opened the closet to find her five-year-old daughter Zuhur and three-year-old son Zakariya 'stiff and unresponsive'.

She told officers she carried them downstairs but did not call for help or try to revive them.

Sep 23 12:49

Turkey : Beware of the Israeli Snake

It is crystal clear that Israel, the arrogant, fanatical and belligerent Jewish state is trying hard to undermine Turkey. Israel feels that its hegemony in the Middle East is being challenged by Turkish efforts to reassert the country’s national interests by enhancing relations with Islamic neighbors and also by courageously opposing Israeli ethnic cleansing and other manifestly criminal policies against the Palestinians.

Sep 23 12:45

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Iran’s President (Tries to) Speak Out

As soon as the Iranian president took the podium and began speaking the audio feeds supporting the UN translators started to have “technical” problems. It is a sign of the suspicious world we live in that few astute observers are ready to believe that explanation without further proof. On the other hand, very few media outlets even commented on the glitch. Al-Jazeera, however, did prosaically refer to the incident as “Ahmadinejad lost in translation.”

Sep 23 12:23

Abbott recalls infant formula on bug contamination

WASHINGTON – Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday it is recalling millions of containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula that may be contaminated with insect parts.

The voluntary action affects up to 5 million Similac-brand powder formulas sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some Caribbean countries. The company said the products may contain a small beetle or larvae, which could cause stomach ache and digestion problems.

The recall does not affect any liquid formulas or other Abbott-brand products.

A company spokeswoman said Abbott uncovered the insects last week in one section of a manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan.

Sep 23 12:21

Censorship Bill Would Claim Copyright on Commentary

Editors Note: We NEED to call our Senators and Congressman and DEMAND that they squash this bill. If you have EVER had a reason to call them it is now. This is extremely important. We must defeat this censorship bill! This bill will essentially give the government the ability to claim copyright on COMMENTARY if it was talked about in a mainstream news article. Anyone that votes for this bill should be considered an enemy of the Constitution and prosecuted accordingly.

Bill would let feds block pirate websites worldwide

Copyright enforcement as censorship

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco

Sep 23 12:13

Ugly Side of U.S. Law? - Aafia Siddiqui

Sep 23 10:20

Authorities bust huge child porn ring

The ring used a variety of online and traditional payment methods, elaborate defense measures and a franchise business model one Interpol agent compared to a fast food chain to make millions of dollars providing 10,000 Americans and 20,000 others across the globe access to images and videos of sexually exploited boys and girls, some reportedly as young as 3 years old.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since 3 year olds hardly think about money, just who was being paid for their participation in these "productions?"

Sep 23 09:37

Authorities bust huge child porn ring

Among the U.S. child-porn buyers identified by the investigation were doctors, police officers, sheriff's deputies, school teachers, attorneys and church preachers. Also snared were Department of Defense personnel or contractors, including several with top-secret security clearances.

Proof that this sickness is not just in the Catholic church.

Sep 23 09:32

TIM KING: Ken O’Keefe Arrives in Northwest

In addition to helping out with Ken’s Northwest talking tour, Salem-News.com is shooting a documentary to counter a very poor use of information in a program that was highly disingenuous;

the BBC Panorama’s ‘Death in the Med’

Ken O’Keefe, a former U.S. Marine who battled Israeli commandos last May when they raided the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, arrived in Portland tonight. He went through scrutiny from Homeland Security, but this peace activist that Israel dubbed a terrorist, was treated well by U.S. authorities, unlike his experience with Israel’s.

Sep 23 08:51

Obama Deplores World Poverty: Welcome to the Theatre of Absurd

US President Barack Obama is the latest voice from the “great and good” to bemoan the lack of achievement in the United Nation’s Millennium goals, first declared 10 years ago, to drastically reduce world poverty and generate sustainable development.

Obama’s foray was particularly absurd and insidious. While he oversees a foreign policy involving mass murder and war crimes in several countries, Obama exhorts to the world to get serious about fighting poverty and human suffering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time I hear Obama speak in public, I am reminded that the late George Orwell was not only a brilliant writer, but also a prophet.

Sep 23 08:42

Israeli Flotilla Raid Violated International Law, U.N. Council Says

Frank Jordans
Associated Press

GENEVA — A report by three U.N.-appointed human rights experts Wednesday said that Israeli forces violated international law when they raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla killing nine activists earlier this year.

The U.N. Human Rights Council's fact-finding mission concluded that Israel's naval blockade of the Palestinian territory was unlawful because of the humanitarian crisis there, and described the military raid on the flotilla as brutal and disproportionate.

Sep 23 08:08

US Officials Renew Focus on ‘Homegrown Terrorists’

A number of top officials in the Obama Administration testified before Congress today to warn of the growing risk of “homegrown terrorists,” suggesting that al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda styled groups are being increasingly successful in recruiting Americans.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I – CT) termed the number of Americans turned militants “astoundingly high” while FBI Director Robert Mueller warned of “domestic radicalization” become more and more pronounced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Domestic radicalization" has become "astoundingly high"?!?

If Mueller and Lieberman are making these allegations, where are statistics which back these allegations up?!?

They most probably can't be proven, because they don't exist.

But allegations like these are being used to cow the American people into accepting a quasi-martial law status as being the "new normal".

Sep 23 07:38

Seeing The Internet As An 'Information Weapon'

Using the term "mass psychologic brainwashing," the agreement said that the dissemination of information "harmful to the spiritual, moral and cultural spheres of other states" should be considered a "security threat."

Sep 23 07:29

Keiser Report: THE SHADOW INVENTORY

In the following Keiser Report Max talks about how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are keeping home prices artificially high by keeping their millions of homes off the real estate market...

Sep 23 07:23

A dirty great wrap of Big Food news

Unhappy meals (for when “happy meals” make you sick)

Junking up carrots Do we really need to market carrots as junk food to get people eating them? Apparently so, in the US, at least.
Health-washing the junk Meanwhile, on the other side of the same sorry coin, the junk is being health-washed.
World hunger – a marketing solution for obesity-promoting companies? It’s interesting how many of the companies whose products are implicated in contributing to globesity are so very keen to tackle world hunger.

Sep 23 07:00

US official: CIA runs elite well-paid Afghan fighting force

Kimberly Dozier and Adam Goodman
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The CIA has trained and bankrolled a well-paid force of elite Afghan paramilitaries for nearly eight years to hunt al-Qaida and the Taliban for the CIA, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Modeled after U.S. special forces, the Counterterrorist Pursuit Team was set up in the months following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2002 to penetrate territory controlled by the Taliban and al-Qaida and target militants for interrogations by CIA officials.

Sep 23 06:53

B'nai Brith: La Presse Cartoon Anti-Semitic Propaganda

B’nai Brith has asked a Quebec newspaper to remove a political cartoon from its website that appears to have a Star of David drawn on the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.

However, Canadian Jewish Congress CEO Bernie Farber rejected the idea that Badeaux’s cartoon is anti-Semitic.

“The cartoonist in question is a friend of the Jewish community,” Farber told Shalom Life. “He has, in fact, been part of a program that we sponsored a year or so ago called ‘Cartoons for Peace’ that had cartoonists involved in doing editorial cartoons showing the way for peace in the Middle East. He has spoken extensively at synagogues, [and is] very much a friend of the community.”

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I love the addition of the yellow "slippery road" sign - how true!

Sep 23 06:43

Italy To Abandon Airport Body Scanner Project

AFP - After a six-month test, Italy's government will drop the use of full-body scanners for security checks in airports, judging them slow and ineffective, Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported Thursday.

The scanners in the airports of Rome, Venice and the southern city of Palermo are no longer in use, and Milan's airport is likely to stop using the machines in the near future.

Sep 23 05:48

RNN Video: Gaza-Bound Land Convoy Leaves UK


More at The Real News

The fifth land convoy en route to Gaza left the United Kingdom on Saturday. Its aim is to break the closure on Gaza. In July the Israeli government eased its siege on the strip following massive international pressure due to Israeli commando's attack on the Freedom Flotilla. According to Israeli government spokesperson, Mark Regev, the ease means there are no restriction on the flow of civilian items anymore, however Sari Bashi of the Israeli NGO Gisha, says that even after the lifting of restrictions only 40% of imports actually enter. Bashi also says exports are still prohibited from leaving the Gaza strip, continuing the crippling of the Gazan economy. The Real News' Lia Tarachansky reports the latest on the status of the Gaza closure and the international attempts to break it.

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Sep 23 04:55

Bishop Eddie Long | Radio interview, press conference canceled in wake of 3rd lawsuit

Mega-church leader Bishop Eddie Long has canceled a previously announced appearance on the Tom Joyner Morning Show Thursday after a third man filed a lawsuit accusing the prominent minister of using his pastoral influence to coerce him into a sexual relationship. In addition, Long's attorneys canceled plans for a press conference to address the growing scandal.

Sep 23 04:46

Senators probe inaction against Stanford

Lawmakers sharply questioned Rose Romero, the director of the SEC's Fort Worth regional office, and Robert Khuzami, the agency's national enforcement director, about a report from the agency's independent inspector general.

It found that the Fort Worth compliance office decided at least four times not to act on findings by SEC staffers that Stanford appeared to be operating a Ponzi scheme.

Sep 23 04:38

JUSTIN RAIMONDO: The Pollard Principle

Why Jonathan Pollard is a national hero in Israel

Yes, in Israel they’re counting the days until this traitor is released, and their message – hand the traitor over – is now being projected by Israeli negotiators, who are pressing the US for Pollard’s release in exchange for yet another temporary halt to their aggressive “settlement” building campaign. The settlements have become a big sticking point obstructing the peace process, with unelected Palestinian “President” Mahmoud Abbas threatening to walk if the Israelis don’t lay off.

Sep 23 02:01

UN REPORT: Israel flotilla raid ‘broke law’

How could it be otherwise? Piracy is still an offence as is pre-meditated murder, both of which were committed in this instance.

What is disgraceful is that such a horrific international crime has been turned into yet another fiasco when swift and decisive action should have been taken from the very beginning – a naval escort provided for the flotilla to complete its journey to Gaza, and the killers responsible arrested under international warrants and brought to trial outside of Israel. That is all.

Sep 22 20:35

Stiffed with the bill: A private banquet at civil society's expense

In Journey to a Revolution, Michael Korda writes of the Hungarian Revolution:
"the general object of fascism was to stifle dissent, and bolster the existing establishment, while producing much drama in the way of rallies, parades, and propoganda, and the occasional foreign adventure to siphon off the energy of the lower middle class and the working class, who might otherwise have moved towards radical social reform."

The Olympics? The G8 and the G20? The Pan Am Games? Bread not circuses, anyone? In addition to ceaseless pageantry, Harper deliberately prorogued parliament a second time to enact a bill, more powerful than NAFTA to undercut our sovereignty, the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This far reaching bill will provide sub-national access to municipal services, and undermine the public sector even further, losing thousands of good, Canadian jobs to international outsourcing.

Put it together. Civil society is no longer is prioritized by our government, our country is being sold off to corporations and banks, enabled by a newly armed police state, and expanding prison system, and jobs in our public sector are about to be slashed for international corporations to profit through CETA. This is a Conservative agenda campaign, military in execution, orchestrated by Harper, against local economies and the right to self-determination. Provincially, McGuinty is designing his own policies through corporate gladhanding of governmental contracts

Sep 22 19:21

September 11th 2001 – Counter-insurgency For The World

Perhaps the real problem then is that our species’ rather poor track record of benevolent leaders is not simply due to inherent flaws in ‘human nature’ but rather the presence of specific ‘types’ of humans who LACK certain natural human traits, empathy and compassion being the most important ones. As many readers will already know, psychopaths fit this profile particularly well.

When this type of human being accedes to a position of power, the normal human beings over whom they rule are in trouble. It is a certainty that such leaders will immediately begin to manifest evidence of corruption and greed and will come to view the people as the means through which they can accrue more power and wealth. At the same time however, it must be obvious that the people also constitute a clear threat to this ‘elite’ and their privileged position. The people can, theoretically, at any moment rebel and overthrow their masters. For the elite then, the people play the role of both cash cow and a potentially deadly enemy that must be contained by whatever means.

Sep 22 18:01

Obama’s Trilateral Commission Team

From Project Censored's list of 25 most censored stories 2009-2010:

Barack Obama appointed eleven members of the Trilateral Commission to top-level and key positions in his administration within his first ten days in office. This represents a very narrow source of international leadership inside the Obama administration, with a core agenda that is not necessarily in support of working people in the United States.

Obama was groomed for the presidency by key members of the Trilateral Commission. Most notably, Zbigniew Brzezinski, co-founder of the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller in 1973, has been Obama’s principal foreign policy advisor.

According to official Trilateral Commission membership lists, there are only eighty-seven members from the United States (the other 337 members are from other countries). Thus, within two weeks of his inauguration, Obama’s appointments encompassed more than 12 percent of Commission’s entire US membership.

Sep 22 17:34

Reality Report: Legislative Action Alert -- 9/22/2010

In this Legislative Action Alert, Gary breaks down 5 bills you should be looking out for.

Sep 22 13:19

Honor Cross Used In Pro-Immigration Piece

On the front page of the Arizona Republic newspaper based in Phoenix, Arizona the states capital and Arizona’s largest city is a picture of a 14 foot high metal fence on the east side of Nogales, Arizona bordering the two countries.

he 74th Engineer Company (AFB,R) and elements of 62nd Engineer Battalion and 13th COSCOM from Fort Hood, Texas were deployed in the spring of 1995 to assist the U.S. Border Patrol under operation Joint Task Force 6 in putting up the green fence, sub-terrain-al engineer work and the creation of obstacles of reinforcing border security throughout Arizona. Out of the over 300 soldiers deployed we had lost a special soldier by the name Omar C. Johnson a mechanic assigned to Support Platoon within the 74th Engineer Company.

Sep 22 13:01

Blockbuster expected to file Chapter 11

Blockbuster Inc is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy within the next few days, a source familiar with the video rental chain's plans said on Wednesday.

The Dallas-based retailer said earlier this year it would close nearly 10 percent of its stores. Customers have moved away from renting films through its outlets in favor of online services such as Netflix...

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