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30 June, 2010

Kashmir In Turmoil: The Boys vs The State
By Inshah Malik

The year 2010 has been marked as the ‘year of teenage killing' in Kashmir for the reasons that are obvious to people. Since January 2010, 16 children have been killed by the Indian troopers so far

Military Governance In
Indian-Administered Kashmir


Between January-June 2010, reportedly 40 civilians have been killed (25 of whom were killed by security forces), 107 persons identified as militants have been killed, and 57 soldiers have been killed (of the 57, 28 soldiers were killed by militants, 14 committed suicide, 2 died in fratricidal killings, 7 died in grenade/mine explosions, and 6 were killed by unidentified gunmen). Those killed by the Central Reserve Police Force and police were all young men, all Muslim

Maoists Ambush Indian Police Patrol; 26 Killed
By Aljazeera

Suspected Maoist rebels have killed at least 26 police officers during an ambush in the Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh state on Tuesday

Living On A Dying Delta
By Dahr Jamail

Dahr Jamil journeys through the BP ravaged Louisiana coast

Inheritance Lost: Must Baby Turtles
Die For Oil Rigs To Live?

By Robert S. Becker

Sidestepping this week’s oncoming hurricane, my wife and I just returned from the south Texas coast where we observed 116 soup spoon-sized hatchling sea turtles marching boldly into the Gulf. It was a heartrending turtle release full of beauty, promise and dread, an emblem of the fierce battle between life and death on the Gulf. Today’s scorecard favors the grim reaper as spreading oil pollution menaces both our largest shrimp-turtle-fish nursery and up to one-third of the world’s oceans

Stimulus or Austerity: The People vs. The Banks
By Shamus Cooke

The most powerful nations in the world met recently at the G-20 in Toronto and managed to agree on only one thing of significance: the need to reduce deficits, “half by 2013.” Implied by the statement is the need to lower deficits via “austerity,” meaning eliminating or reducing social programs. Why does every mainstream political pundit or corporate CEO fanatically agree that reducing deficits is the most important thing to do now

We Can’t Afford War
By Amy Goodman

The U.S. will eventually negotiate its withdrawal from Afghanistan. The only difference between now and then will be the number of dead, on all sides, and the amount of (borrowed) money that will be spent

Guess Who Wants To Kill The Internet?
By Maidhc Ó Cathail

In his latest attempt to censor the internet, does Lieberman really want to protect the American people from imaginary cyber-terrorists? Or is he just trying to protect his treasonous cronies from the American people?

Responding To Avigdor Lieberman
By Don Emmerich

So this Palestinian "state" you’re proposing isn’t actually a state at all. In other words, you’re proposing that things remain essentially as the are, the main difference being that Palestinians are to start referring to the occupation as "statehood." Okay, thanks for clarifying that

IHH Releases Flotilla Assessment - Full Report
By Ma'an news

The Turkish humanitarian group IHH has released an assessment of the flotilla mission last month in which nine activists died when Israeli forces raided the vessel in international waters

Death Squad Terror In Honduras
By Stephen Lendman

Hondurans have endured death squad terror at the hands of the military whose officers from captain on up have been trained for decades at the infamous School of the Americas , renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation

Development: Who Said People Matter?
By Sarika Sinha

Two decades after displacement from the Bargi dam, the villagers of Chutka, Kunda and Tatighat are about to be uprooted again. This time, again, for a greater common good? Yes, a nuclear power plant which is proclaimed to be the most esteemed thing happening to Madhya Pradesh. Deepchand, one of the activists of the Chutka Parmanoo Sangharsh Samiti laments ‘It took two generations for us to recover after being ousted by the Bargi dam. Now its going to take three more. Our lives are completely ruined!’

Grabbing Hindutva By Its Horns
By Rakesh Kumar

Meet the man—a temple priest no less— who takes on the Hindutva brigade at its very epicentre

29 June, 2010

Jerusalem Politicians Face Expulsion
By Jonathan Cook

Israeli human-rights groups and Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, have condemned a decision by Israel to expel four Palestinian politicians from East Jerusalem by the end of this week. The Israeli government revoked their residency rights in Jerusalem a few weeks ago, after claiming they were “in breach of trust” for belonging to a “foreign parliament”, a reference to the Palestinian Legislative Council

Israeli Government Releases Blueprint For
East Jerusalem 'Master Plan' Including
Expulsion Of Arabs

By Saed Bannoura

Expanding on the Jerusalem master plans of 2006 and 2008, the Jerusalem Planning Committee of the Israeli Ministry of the Interior has released the text of a new 'master plan' which they are scheduled to approve in the coming weeks

Sticking The Public With The Bill
For The Bankers’ Crisis

By Naomi Klein

How else can we interpret the G20’s final communiqué, which includes not even a measly tax on banks or financial transactions, yet instructs governments to slash their deficits in half by 2013. This is a huge and shocking cut, and we should be very clear who will pay the price

Count Your Days For An Impending
Economic Collapse

By Devinder Sharma

G-20 refuses to pick up the broken pieces of a fraudulent pyramid of growth

Terrorizing The Democratic Space
By Gladson Dungdung

Terrorizing of human rights activists in Jharkhand

Leader of Deathsquads Wins Colombian Election
By James Petras

Juan Manuel Santos, notorious Defense Minister in the regime of outgoing President Alvaro Uribe and closely identified with high crimes against humanity “won” the recent Presidential elections in Colombia, June 2010

BP In The Gulf -- The Persian Gulf
By Stephen Kinzer

How BP helped eestroy democracy in Iran

Going Horizontal At The U.S. Social Forum
By Billy Wharton

If one political concept dominated the proceedings of the US Social Forum, it was horizontalism. Organizers mentioned it in relation to media access, workshop panelists offered it as an alternative to top-down NGOs and political parties and participants already engaged in politics employed it as a measurement of their own groups’ internal functioning

Natural Gas As Panacea: Dubious Path
To A Green Future

By Daniel B. Botkin

Maintaining our high standard of living, our creative and innovative civilization, will not come easily. It needs lots of energy. It’s the great challenge of the future that must be approached openly, beyond special interests and ideologies. We can do it — there is a safe, sustainable, abundant-energy future. The question is, will we do it? Do we have the political will, the funding for inventiveness, and a government sufficiently independent of special interests for this to happen?

Creating A Post-Peak Future You Want To Live Into
By Andre Angelantoni

The future most people are living into is beginning to disappear. The financial crisis threw the first punch, but oil depletion will deliver the knockout blow

Sri Lankan Authorities Ban Student Group
From Jaffna Campus

By Subash Somachandran

Authorities at Jaffna University in northern Sri Lanka prevented a group of student leaders from the Inter University Student Federation (IUSF) from visiting the campus on June 12. While the IUSF was the immediate target, the broader aim behind the ban was to suppress all political activity on the campus

Australia: Mining Giants Dictate Terms
To New Prime Minister

By Patrick O’Connor

The major transnational mining corporations have delivered a blatant ultimatum to new Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard—unless their demands are satisfied on the government’s proposed Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT) in the next few days, the campaign against the tax and against the government will resume and intensify

Feminism, Ecology And Socialism:
Need For Convergence

By Asit Das

After sixty years of independence, our society has reached a crisis stage where the entire country is sold to the corporate interests by our rulers; therefore it is imperative that feminists, socialists, communists and ecologists should unite together resisting the corporate interests and to struggle for an egalitarian, sustainable and democratic India

Shopian Rapes And Murders:
Shakeel Seeks Fresh Enquiry

By Syed Basharat

Disappointed and disillusioned with the results of investigations carried by different agencies so far, Shakeel Ahmad Ahangar husband of Neelofar and brother of Asiya Jan today filed a protesting petition before a city court here seeking fresh enquiry into Shopian rape and murder incident

Sacking McChrystal: Testimony To A Lost War
By Stephen Lendman

Under McChrystal, it was death squad terror, mostly against civilians, what he was trained to do as head of the Pentagon's Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), what Seymour Hersh called an "executive assassination wing" post-9/11, what Rolling Stone writer Michael Hastings called "a handpicked collection of killers, spies, geniuses, patriots, political operators and outright maniacs," Petraeus perhaps mandated to escalate with greater than ever counterinsurgency (COIN)

On The Question Of Israel's “Right To Exist”
And On Israel's Racism

By Denis G. Rancourt

Did Nazi Germany have a “right to exist”? Germany exists today and its criminal behaviour has been stopped. It has no nuclear weapons and its security arises from its respect for international law and for its neighbours. Its internal security arises from respecting human rights. I wish the same for Israel. The right of return is a human right

No Blow Movement Grows
By Shepherd Bliss

The Orinda Summit may have been the birthplace of a national movement that will struggle against one machine, the leaf blower, and probably expand its restriction beyond the dozens of California cities and hundreds of U.S. cities that already restrict its use, dating back to Carmel in l975

Swine-flu Vaccine: A Ray Of Hope
By Sheikh M Ashraf

Sheikh M Ashraf argues that the indigenously developed vaccine (Vaxiflu-S) against H1N1 sub type of influenza virus A offers a ray of hope

Indian Environmentalist Arbitrarily Arrested
And Illegally imprisoned

By William Gomes

Mr. Moirangthem Ashnikumar Singh, an environmentalist and Vice-President of Thanga Elfare Committee, Secretary of Keibul Lamjao National Park Forum, was arbitrarily arrested on 27 April by the Bishnupur police in Bishnupur district of Manipur state

28 June, 2010

Attack On Iran Imminent, Warns Fidel Castro
By Fidel Castro

I have absolutely no doubt that as soon as the American and Israeli warships are deployed –alongside the rest of the American military vessels positioned off the Iranian coasts-- and they try to inspect the first merchant ship from that country, there will be a massive launching of missiles in both directions. At that moment exactly the terrible war will begin. It’s not possible to estimate how many vessels will be sunk or from what country

G-8 'Fully Believes' Israel Will Attack Iran,
Says Italy PM

By Yossi Melman

World leaders "believe absolutely" that Israel may decide to take military action against Iran to prevent the latter from acquiring nuclear weapons, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Saturday

US Warships Stationed off Iranian Coast
By Daniel Tencer

As unconfirmed reports of an imminent Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities pick up steam in the Middle Eastern media, a US-based strategic intelligence company has released a chart showing US naval carriers massing near Iranian waters

The Toronto G20 Riot Fraud: Undercover Police Engaged In Purposeful Provocation
At Tax Payers' Expense

By Terry Burrows

Toronto is right now in the midst of a massive government / media propaganda fraud. As events unfold, it is becoming increasingly clear that the 'Black Bloc' are undercover police operatives engaged in purposeful provocations to eclipse and invalidate legitimate G20 citizen protest by starting a riot. Government agents have been caught doing this before in Canada

500 Arrested At G20; Black Bloc May Be Psyops
By Rady Ananda

The Law Union of Ontario Movement Defence Committee [MDC] has issued an a ppeal for broad political support for the G20 arrestees, estimated at nearly 500. Not arrested were members of the supposed anarchist group, Black Bloc, which is suspected of being a police psyops group ordered to start the G20 riot yesterday. Among the protestors, two professional journalists were also reportedly beaten and one arrested

The G-8, 20 And The Power Deprived
By Timothy Reeder

In its familiar stenographic, unquestioning fashion, the corporate “Fourth Estate” has once again dictated the news agenda for the rest of us with reporting designed to carry a message of fear and intimidation. They chose to focus on the inordinate security preparations in Toronto without investigating what justifies such overkill

Competing Ideologies: G20 v US Social Forum
By Stephen Lendman

An analysis of idealogies espoused by G20 and US social forum

One Year Later: Honduras Resistance Strong
Despite US-Supported Coup

By Bill Quigley & Laura Raymond

Moving forward from this unfortunate anniversary, one thing is certain -- the people’s movement in Honduras is only growing. The resistance has gone ahead with organizing for a constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution. Today there will be massive demonstrations throughout Honduras. We must stand with this dramatic and powerful social movement and challenge our own government to support the forces of democracy, not destroy them

Pictures That Turn A Generation; Armies That Lie
By Trevor Selvam

Let this picture then tell the lie about India shining. Let this picture be the turning point of the struggle for genuine democracy. Let this picture be carried around in every demonstration to show the world how G20 Manmohan’s India follows the Geneva convention

Economics That Causes Militancy:
W(h)ither The Republic?

By S.G.Vombatkere

Armed militants ambushing or attacking State power is bad news concerning everyone. But neglecting first causes and suppressing the symptoms by up-scaling police action (like Operation Green Hunt) only enlarges the circle of innocent adivasi people caught in the crossfire and paying with their lives and livelihoods. The nation as a whole loses

The Boys Of Srinagar
By Kavita Pai

Hartals and the boys of Srinagar whose lives and dreams are shattered by the unending cycle of violence

Bhopal GoM Is A Letdown
By Praful Bidwai

The GoM has proposed, and the Cabinet has approved, enhanced compensation, which may look impressive. But it is paltry, even mean. It will cover only 42,208 people and exclude 91 percent of those affected. This is grossly unjust and lets down the victims

The End Of Oil, And Government
By Jan Lundberg

Many changes for the better can result from the terrible dislocations caused by petrocollapse, but to maximize the positive it would help if much more public discussion and planning happened -- whether one is a flag-waving anti-immigration Republican or a pagan member of a Unitarian fellowship. We’re all in the same boat, and can see the oil slick and smell the methane escaping

The Journey From Anger To Anguish:
Responding To Eco-Cide

By Carolyn Baker

In the process of preparing emotionally to navigate the coming chaos, it is crucial to examine each stage of grief, to note where we have been in the process, to look at where we are in the moment, and to honor each emotion along the way

A Different Jihad
By Asghar Ali Engineer

Many Arab countries have the rich oil resources and when used generates high carbon emissions which leads to global warming. When the Prophet was asked what the best form of jihad is, he replied telling the truth in the face of a tyrant ruler. Can these Arab rulers tell the truth to western and other nations, especially to USA to reduce their oil consumption and face the consequences? It would be a great jihad

The Land Where Theories Of Warfare Go to Die
By Robert Dreyfuss

Obama, Petraeus, and the Cult of COIN in Afghanistan

Bloodless Coup d'état in Australia
By Ghali Hassan

This article is not about supporting Kevin Rudd or the Labor Party; it is about the destruction of Australian democracy and the flagrant disregard for the democratic right of the Australian people in choosing their leaders through the ballot box. It is about how mafia-like groups of faceless political assassins masquerading as powerbrokers exerting total control on the Australian political system

"I Have A Dream…"
By Nahida the Exiled Palestinian

A poem

Friedman’s Disingenuous Columns Hide
Israel’s Crimes

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

A critique of Thomas Friedman's writings on Turkey

The Good, The Bad And The Wimpy
By Case Wagenvoord

Last week Senate Republicans shot down a bill that surely would have fed ammo to a black-hatted deficit when they killed legislation that would have extended unemployment benefits for the estimated 1.2 million Americans whose jobless benefits will be exhausted by the end of the money

The Media Empire Strikes Back:
Reviewing Reviews of South of the Border

By Cyril Mychalejko

Honest criticism of Stone's film should be welcome. It is certainly debatable whether South of the Border will be a popular and effective "101 introduction to a situation in South America that most Americans and Europeans don't know about.” I hope it is. I hope that it reaches a broad audience and moves viewers to seek out more information on the history and current events of Latin America. But the reviews aforementioned do little more than expose the ideological biases that dominate the U.S. media and the laziness that afflicts journalists today

The Austerity Agenda
By Jeff Berg

No country that has followed the IMF austerity program - the economic equivalent of a hair shirt - has ever gotten wealthy from doing so. Alternately pretty much every country that defied this regressive economic program has markedly improved their economic fortunes as a result

Your Humanitarian Work Could Land You In Jail
By Mary Shaw

On June 21, in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is not unconstitutional for the government to block speech and other forms of advocacy supporting a foreign organization that has been officially (and arbitrarily) labeled as terrorist, even if the aim is to support such a group's peaceful or humanitarian actions

Afghanistan: The Limits Of Military Power
By Mir Adnan Aziz

The need for change of military command in Afghanistan should be cause for rethinking the entire policy by understanding the limits of military power

Denizens Of The Other India
By D Bandyopadhyay

It was time that one should check up what type of governance tribals had before the civil administration collapsed? A basic ingredient of any civil administration is the administration of justice. How was it done before the territories were “lost” to the Maoists?

Microfinance: Profiting From The Poor
By Kavaljit Singh

Due to growing public concern, efforts are being made to launch a self-regulation code to discipline MFIs. But self-regulation code is voluntary and non-binding and therefore can not stop greedy promoters from reckless profiteering. At best, self-regulation code can complement the regulatory measures

Imprudence Of Riyaz Punjabi
By Abdul Majid Zargar

It was imprudent of Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University, Mr. Riyaz Punjabi, to participate in the Seminar organized by Dr. Shyma Prasad Mukerjee foundation in Kashmir on 23rd June 2010 & share stage with communal & fascit forces of the country, whome even the ordinary indians look down upon with contempt & disgust

Tamil North Sinhalaisation: What Does It Mean?
By Chandi Sinnathurai

The TamilNet website reports under the lead caption (28 June 2010): "Colombo schemes Sinhalicised capital for North."

27 June, 2010

Kashmir Burns Again
By Sameer Bhat

Still coming to terms with the death of three kids in police firing in Srinagar in the last few weeks, bullets flew thick and fast in Sopore, North Kashmir. In less than ten minutes, two boys were sent to their graves on Friday. Prematurely. Suddenly. Coldly. Kashmir has stopped keeping a count of its injured. That is a mere footnote in our pursuit of justice. As I write, Sopore has been completely curfewed over

Toppling Game In Kashmir
By Raja Jaikrishan

Not a day passes when one or two youth don’t get killed in the Kashmir valley. Some of them are angry demonstrators, others members of militant outfits or security forces. These boys dare the paramilitary with violent protest and in retaliation the forces open fire and the boys get killed

Kashmir: Collecting Stones For Freedom
By Inshah Malik

Over past one year children have died on the roads of Kashmir and the frequency of getting rid of them is faster that any of the state functionaries. This feeds into decades of mistrust and injustice between state and its subjects vigorously

Obama Internet Kill Switch Plan
Approved By US Senate

By Grant Gross

A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack

Israeli Foreign Minister Wants Palestinians
Stripped Of Citizenship And Relocated

By Jonathan Cook

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s far-right foreign minister, set out this week what he called a “blueprint for a resolution to the conflict” with the Palestinians that demands most of the country’s large Palestinian minority be stripped of citizenship and relocated outside Israel’s future borders

Lives Lived And Lost In Time:
Remembering Chatila

By William A. Cook

This is the second in a series as I wait for the Boat Brigade to leave from Tripoli , an event that may or may not happen as politics and legalities intertwine. This is not intended to be news reportage, but rather a reaction to the broader issues revolving around the boat flotillas attempting to breech the siege of Gaza

Profiles In Courage, Huwaida Arraf
And Adam Shapiro

By Steve Amsel

Two special people, one special cause

Mission Accomplished? Not For The Iraqi People
By Hadani Ditmars

Almost a fifth of Iraq's population are refugees or internally displaced, and almost half live in abject poverty - despite $53 billion in "aid" spent since the 2003 invasion

Pro-Zionist Betrayal in Australia's 2010
Gillard Labor Coup

By Dr Gideon Polya

There has been a dramatic change of leadership in Australia. Australia 's PM Kevin Rudd, who only 30 months ago led Labor to a famous landslide victory after 11 years in the political wilderness, was abruptly removed from power in a ruthless process taking less than 1 day. Australia has had an astonishing bloodless coup

Obama's Comments In Cairo On Palestine,
One Year On

By Javier Sethness

A look back at the promises Obama made at Cairo, one year on

The Mainstream Media Mind Warp
By Sean Fenley

Oh yes, the MSM is a psy-op. Read the European media, or media elsewhere, I’m fairly certain that there is a concerted effort to keep the American people in the dark

Palestinian Centre For Human Rights 2009
Annual Report

By Stephen Lendman

Life in Occupied Palestine remains grim, Israeli imposed viciousness creating enormous hardships for millions of victimized Palestinians, ongoing for 62 years, 43 under occupation brutishness - illegal, unjustifiable, and unconscionable by a so-called civilized state, in fact, run by hooligans, war criminals, respecting might alone over right, what grassroots activism no longer can tolerate nor should anyone of conscience anywhere

Who Is The Terrorist: Hamas or Israel?
By Dr. Elias Akleh

Israel, the Bush administration, and Abbas with his security chief Dahlan conspired to overthrow Hamas as was reported by Vanity Fair. Fortunately, Hamas was aware of the conspiracy and kicked Fatah’s security forces out of Gaza. Since then the US added Hamas to the terrorist list, and Israel started its choking siege against Gaza

Saving Democracy From The Corporate Veil
By Gopal Krishna

Five things the US should do to quell the global outrage after the recent verdict in the Bhopal gas leak case and provide some justice to the victims

The Cost Of An Indian Life
By Dr. Vispi Jokhi

Bhopal is a mere symptom of a deep rooted disease which needs to be tackled by systemic change and course correction in favor of a sustainable economic growth pattern based on human happiness sound ecological principles. I do not see any attempt to do this in all the sound and fury of the outrage which the Bhopal verdict has elicited among the middle class

Now, Get Ready To Drench Your
Crop Fields With Herbicides

By Devinder Sharma

After having destroyed soil fertility from excessive and continuous application of chemical fertilisers, agricultural scientists are now telling you to kill the remaining 'life' in your soils by drenching the crop fields with chemical herbicides. Funds from the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna are being used to promote 'zero tillage' across the country, a flawed technology that is being pushed at the behest of the pesticide companies

A River Runs Through Him
By Sethu Das

In a world where high-profile activists strip themselves to bring fame and funds to their cause, one activist dons the uniform of an ordinary guard to continue his activities from the little earnings. SETHU DAS in conversation with V J JOSE, popularly known as ‘Periyar Riverkeeper’, who has been protecting the River Periyar for the last three decades…

RSS Stance Against The Floodgate Of
Startling Revelations: Prevarication

By Mustafa Khan

Prevarication is dodging facing the truth. Prevaricating in matters of national interest where the unity and integrity of the country is involved is even worse treachery. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has hallmark of this prevarication. The RSS has spawned numerous organizations as a tactic in their strategy to have India as a Hindu Rashtra with minorities existing, if at all, at their sufferance

26 June, 2010

Maoists Respond To Chidambaram
By Sanhati

Letters from P. Chidambaram and CPI(Maoist) to Swami Agnivesh regarding the possibility of dialogue

Petroleum Taxes: The Untold Story
By Dipankar Mukherjee

Central excise duty on petrol was Rs 5.32 per litre and on diesel Rs 2.55 per litre in 2000-01 when the crude price was 23 dollars per barrel. Today the excise duty on petrol and diesel is Rs 14.75 and Rs 4.75 per litre. If the crude price has increased 3 times to 70 dollars per barrel during the last decade, the central duties have also not lagged behind

Shalit, For Example
By Uri Avnery

Gilad Shalit has become a living symbol - a symbol of Israeli reality, of the inability of our leaders to make decisions, of their moral and political cowardice, of their inability to analyze a situation and draw conclusions

Did 9/11 Justify The War In Afghanistan?
By Prof. David Ray Griffin

Using the McChrystal Moment to Raise a Forbidden Question

“Energy Security In Exchange For Independence”
By Dr. Jumma Khan Marri

The idea of the concept of "energy Security in Exchange for Independence", containing some evaluations of the nature of the Baloch Resistance and the goals of national strategy to end this stale mate and revival of the Baloch Nations state hood, has been prepared by (The Baloch unities National Center for Strategic Research and Political Technologies, Dr Jumma Khan Marri, Democratic Republic of Balochistan) to put this idea among Baloch nation to discuss and give their feedback so that we could sit and write the concept of Baloch national dream of state hood and self determination and move forwards to build international consensus

Climate Change And Social Justice:
Towards An Ecosocialist Perspective

By Asit Das

Only through an ecosocialist politics we can avoid the impending ecocatastrophe, thus saving the planet and human beings, argues Asit Das

The Doomer's Curse
By Mickey Foley

A doomer's confession

A Doctored History: An Interview
With William F. Pepper

By Calvin Sloan

The official story goes that Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered by a lone merciless assassin, James Earl Ray, in a symbolic act of hate that reinforced our country's bitter racial conflicts. The story is continually told to us by our media and educational institutions. It is part of our collective national narrative. And, it's entirely false. The real history, uncovered by Dr. William F. Pepper, former attorney to the King family and to the now-deceased Ray, is much more sinister

Sirhan Sirhan: In His Own Words
By Stephen Lendman

With respect to both Kennedys and King, official accounts obscured the events, suppressed key facts, enough to question the guilt of the alleged suspects, concealing the real culprits and why men of this stature were assassinated

Mac And Jack: Roughing It
In The Sandwich Islands

By Guy R. McPherson

A trip to Hawaii and a sneak peak at the coming collapse

Over 200,000 Narmada Dam Oustees
Still To Be Rehabilitated; A Crime That Goes
Unpunished For 25 Years

By Devinder Sharma

For 25 years now, they have struggled to get justice. In a peaceful and democratic manner, over 200,000 people displaced from the rising waters of the Narmada dams, have waited endlessly for a rehabilitation package, which is their legitimate right. Justice has been denied to them

Neelum Jhelum Hydroelectric Project -
An Environment Disaster

By Dr Shabir Choudhry

At a time when different provinces and politicians of Pakistan were arguing with each other whether to construct the Kala Bagh Dam or not, puppet leaders of Islamabad in Pakistani Administered Kashmir said : for sake of Pakistan we will build 100 dams in Azad Kashmir

Communalism Is Terrorism: Shiv Sena At 45
Does Not Know Terrorism!

By Mustafa Khan

Bal Thackeray had occasionally remarked that he wished Tamil Tigers or the Naxalites would help Hindus retaliate what Himani Savarkar (true to her name, sharp edge weapon) calls bomb for bomb revenge against the Muslims whom they view as just terrorists. Will the claiming of responsibility be far behind? Or, has it begun. Shiv Sena and MNS activists who unleashed terror on North Indians have made no bones of it. When it comes to sons of the soil ideology they would use force call what you may, if this is terrorism they are happy to be terrorists

25 June, 2010

US Senators Urge Obama To Stand By Israel
By Ma'an News

In a letter, 87 American senators told President Barack Obama that the US "must continue" to stand with Israel. In a senate of 100 members, the group of 87 represents a strong majority. The group suggested the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation, which was involved in the attempt to send aid to Gaza, should be listed as a terrorist organization and congratulated Obama administration for preventing the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution calling for an international probe into Israel’s deadly raid on Gaza flotilla

Can You Pass The Hamas Quiz
By Jeffrey Rudolph

A quiz on Hamas from Jeffrey Rudolph, author of the widely distributed “Can You Pass the Israel-Palestine Quiz” and “Can You Pass the Iran Quiz”. This quiz is intended to provide needed context to the reporting on Hamas in the mainstream media

Is Petraeus McChrystal's Replacement Or Obama's?
By Paul Craig Roberts

Once the Roman senate, the legislative branch, collapsed, the caesars, the executive branch, became the captives of the military. Now with Gen. Petraeus once again moved to the fore as McChrystal’s replacement in Afghanistan, we have Obama elevating Petraeus to the Republican presidential nomination in the next election. Thus has Obama replaced himself with a man who will unify the military and executive branch

Fighting Talk: The New Propaganda
By Robert Fisk

Journalism has become a linguistic battleground – and when reporters use terms such ‘spike in violence’ or ‘surge’ or ‘settler’, they are playing along with a pernicious game, argues Robert Fisk

62 Years On, The Battle For Palestinian
Civil Rights In Lebanon Is Joined

By Franklin Lamb

Seven years after Arafat’s deathbed confession and plea, on June 15, 2010 , Lebanon’s Parliament, for the first time appeared to begin serious debate over whether to grant the most universal and elementary civil rights to her hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees who few in Lebanon deny live in near unimaginable squalor. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt opens the Parliamentary debate

The Arab Flotilla To Gaza, Now Scheduled For
Wednesday, June 30

By Franklin P. Lamb

Twenty-two American citizens will be among the more than two hundred persons who will be sailing aboard the Arab flotilla to Gaza, now scheduled for Wednesday, June 30. The flotilla of Arab ships are hoping to break the blockade on Gaza, despite the harsh Israeli reaction to an earlier flotilla from Turkey and other Mediterranean states killing nine peace activists, causing an international incident

The Golden Rings Of Betrayal
By William A. Cook

Dr William A. Cook is in Lebanon to organize the next contingent of ships set to sail for Gaza

Blockade ‘Eased’ As Gaza Starves More Slowly
By Jonathan Cook

As Israel this week declared the “easing” of the four-year blockade of Gaza, an official explained the new guiding principle: “Civilian goods for civilian people.” The severe and apparently arbitrary restrictions on foodstuffs entering the enclave – coriander bad, cinnamon good – will finally end, we are told. Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants will have all the coriander they want

Kyrgyzstan: Picking Up The Pieces
By Eric Walberg

Kill the victim and go to his funeral. Is NATO poised to move into the heart of Central Asia, even as its war in Afghanistan implodes, marvels Eric Walberg

America Detached From War
By Tom Engelhardt

In the 1990s, we were said to be in an era of "globalization" which was widely hailed as good news. Now, the U.S. and its detached populace are pioneering a new era of killing that respects no boundaries, relies on the self-definitions of whoever owns the nearest drone, and establishes planetary free-fire zones. It's a nasty combination, this globalization of death

Israelis Keep The Trigger Tight
By Mel Frykberg

Two weeks ago 41-year-old Ziad Julani from East Jerusalem was shot a number of times at close range in the head and abdomen by Israeli special forces as he lay wounded on his stomach on the ground. An ambulance took the critically injured man to hospital but he died shortly afterwards

A Widow Mourns, An Army Lies
By Kara Newhouse

Last week Israeli police shot and killed Shu’fat resident 39-year-old Ziad Jilani in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi Joz. Now his widow, a U.S. citizen, reflects on her husband’s life and death, and the journey he’s taken her on. Reporting from Kara Newhouse

A Mother's Message From Gaza: We Embrace Hope
By Dr Suma Baroud

The following is an edited and translated version of a speech that was prepared to be delivered at an UNRWA event in Gaza, but was rejected by the UN organizer for being 'too political’

Seeing The Trees For The Forest:
The Bunco Game Of The “One State Solution"

By William C. Carlotti

In defense of the two solution in Israel-Palestine

Occupied Palestine: Good News And Bad
By Stephen Lendman

Good and bad news from Palestine

Who Is Allan Rock And Why Was
Denis Rancourt Fired?

By Prof. Denis Rancourt

Analysis of a temper tantrum gone viral

This Year Anti-Incumbency Movement
Succeeds Or Fails

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

For some years a number of groups have mounted an anti-incumbency campaign aimed at ridding Congress of the huge majority that keep getting reelected despite miserable performance. This year's midterm elections provide the ultimate test for all the anti-incumbency sentiment that has bubbled up over many years

Tamils:Vacant Voice In The Wilderness
By Chandi Sinnathurai

The Ceylon Tamils in the North and East in Sri Lanka are no doubt going through a wilderness phase - not in terms of post-war development necessarily. But in terms of power politics. There is no credible voice who could stand up for their cause with intellectual integrity, moral weight and political acumen

For Whom Are The Forests Turning Red ?
By M Suchitra

A journey through Chhattisgarh, the heartland of maoist- government conflict

The Summer Of Our Discontent
By Javed Iqbal

Summer 2010, and it is becoming evidently clear that the adivasi refugees from the Maoist-Salwa Judum conflict in Dantewada, residing in Khammam district have either no access to water nor food. There are an estimated 16,024 IDPs identified in 203 settlements in Khammam district alone with a 110 settlements in the Reserve Forest. At the same time, the Forest Department is struggling to prevent the clearing of forests by the IDPs for podu cultivation

Attack On CRPF Camp Or Fake Encounter?
By Tusha Mittal

The government story of a a Maoist attack on a CRPF camp at Lalgarh in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district may be fake

Hurriyat (G) Calls For 'Quit J&K'
By Syed Ali Safvi

Sixty four years after Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah gave the call of “Quit Kashmir” against Maharaja Hari Singh, Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference today called for “Quit Jammu Kashmir” campaign, raising the pitch of separatist rhetoric

24 June, 2010

Famine Imperils The Lives Of Millions
In West Africa

By Javier Sethness

The development NGOs Oxfam and Save the Children reported on Monday 21 June that some 10 million people face starvation this summer in the countries of Niger, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria, all of which lie on the semi-arid Sahel belt south of the Sahara. Nearly 400,000 children are said to be at risk of dying in the coming months for lack of food

Implications Of The McChrystal Affair
By Patrick Martin

Two aspects of the McChrystal affair deserve consideration. First, and most obviously, the firing of McChrystal demonstrates the worsening position of the US intervention in Afghanistan. The second key element in the McChrystal affair is what it has revealed about the internal state of affairs in the US military

Three Things You Missed In Rolling Stone's
McChrystal Profile

By Tom Andrews

Michael Hastings' piece is about more than an adolescent general and his buddies' school-yard shenanigans in Kabul and Paris. It was about a failing strategy in Afghanistan and the disconnect between how the administration portrays the war in public and the reality of how the war is actually being waged

McChrystal Drama Is Sideshow;
Can Obama Define A Realistic Goal?

By Juan Cole

No wonder McChrystal was so frustrated that he went around his line of command to the press. The real reason for this contretemps is that Obama does not have a realistic, sharply defined set of goals in Afghanistan, and he has not been good about cracking the whip and getting everyone in his administration on the same page on AfPak

McChrystal Method Out: Sacked By The Truth
By Timothy Reeder

General Stanley McChrystal wasn’t fired for the name calling and sarcasm in the recent Rolling Stone article, or for a lack of military decorum and good discipline. He was fired for telling the truth about the mission in Afghanistan in a statement he made in March

Afzal Guru Case: Sharp Reaction In Kashmir
By Kashmir Times

The union government’s recommendation for rejection of mercy petition filed by the wife of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru has evoked severe reactions from the separatist camp as well as his family

A Wife's Appeal For Justice
By Tabassum

Mohammad Afzal's wife Tabassum's appeal for justice

Stories And Strategies On Day Two
Of The US Social Forum

By Billy Wharton

Day two of the US Social Forum was dominated by workshops put on by every political formation imaginable. There were so many possibilities that meetings stretched out from Cobo Hall across the city to Wayne State University

Another World Is Possible,
Another Detroit Is Happening

By Amy Goodman

From urban gardens to collective businesses to electric cars, Detroit is beginning to chart an alternative path. As the great Indian writer Arundhati Roy has said, “Another world is not only possible, she’s on the way, and, on a quiet day, if you listen very carefully, you can hear her breathe.”

5 Ways To Know If You’re Making A Difference
By David Korten

David Korten’s newly revised and greatly expanded 2nd edition of Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, outlines an agenda to create a new kind of economy: locally-based, community oriented, and devoted to creating a better life for all. In this special pre-publication excerpt Korten explains how to tell if your actions are helping to build the new economy that “must be lived into being from the bottom up.”

Swedish Dockworkers Boycott Israeli Ships
By Asociated Press

Some 1,5000 members of Swedish Port Workers Union impose boycott in all country's ports which handle 95% of foreign trade to protest Israel's raid on Gaza-bound flotilla, which included several Swedish nationals

Palestine On The map?
A Must Watch Video

Palestinian Refugees In Lebanon:
Righting A Perpetual Wrong

By Ramzy Baroud

Finally, a parliamentary debate in Lebanon over the human rights of Palestinian refugees

Guide To Ending The Siege Of Gaza
By Yacov Ben Efrat

The Palestinian people, like all people in the Middle East, from Iraq to Afghanistan, is waiting for fundamental change in the US and the West, and not for all kinds of plots intended to retain doubtful leaders such as Hamid Karzai, Iyad Allawi and Abu Mazen in positions of power. Radical Islam will also come to an end when these nations break the bonds of servitude and occupation and obtain freedom, but such a development, sadly, is not going to happen soon

Bhopal: Trivializing The Tragedy
By Anand Teltumbde

Swaminathan S Ankalesaria Aiyar crudely trivialized Bhopal showing it as a minor killer than the Mumbai rail system. His core point was to make out Bhopal as an ordinary accident which was not worth raising a hue and cry about

Making India ‘Safe' For Foreign Investors,
‘Unsafe’ From Hazardous Chemicals,
Asbestos And Nuclear Industries

By Gopal Krishna

Civil Society Condemns Lobbying for non-liability of Independent Directors like Keshub Mahindra. Indira Gandhi’s Govt gave Industrial License to Union Carbide’s Pesticide Plant & Dubious Research & Development Centre . Bhopal Liability linked to the fate of Liability from Nuclear Damage Bill . GoM guided by CEO Forum going the Telangana Way

High Court Injustice
By Stephen Lendman

Two June 2010 decisions show the workings of a right wing High Court, with five Federalist Society members - Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy, and Samuel Alito. Once confirmed, Elana Kagan will solidify their control when the Court reconvenes in October

Bengladesh: Need For Justice To The victims Of
The 1971 Genocide

By Dr. Peter Custers

Speech delivered at the International Conference on Secular Humanism and the Trial of War Criminals, Dhaka, June 20, 2010

Burma: Monk Imprisoned Over Alleged
Anti-Government Activity

By William Gomes

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has obtained detailed information about a case of a monk U Gawthita in Burma who has been imprisoned for alleged anti-government activity. AHRC said the authorities accused U Gawthita of travelling to Thailand unlawfully and getting support from groups there

The Print Media And Minority Images
By Chandan Mitra

Biases do exist every where. But just as there are biases, there are also people who go out of the way to try and correct them. These are both part of the fractured Indian reality that we should recognize, and try to widen the space, widen Muslim participation in the media, and have more people talking about real Muslim issues, going beyond those issues that unfortunately help intensify stereotypes

Indian Muslims: Problems And Voting Pattern
By Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer

Recent election results of Municipal Corporation of Kolkata and other Municipalities in West Bengal were shocking for the Left Front. Of course there are very complex reasons for Left Front loosing its grip over voters of West Bengal. Experts and academics will analyse these results over a period of time. One of the important factors, as admitted by some Left Front leaders also, has been the loss of Muslim votes

Banning The Niqab
By Zara Syed

By banning the Niqab, Eastern and Western politicians will be forcing these women inside their houses, thus depriving them of their right to be recognized as intelligent and liberated human beings, and as informed and empowered citizens who challenge the status quo of female exploitation. But for patriarchal dictators in the Middle East as well as misogynistic Western politicians who are swept into office by media conglomerates that have reduced women to nothing more than inarticulate sex symbols, perhaps nothing could be more relieving

Developing A Discourse Of Gender Justice In Islam
By Yoginder Sikand

In sharp contrast to many other Muslim-majority countries, women in Indonesia play a very significant role in the public sphere, even in the realm of the production of Islamic discourses. The history and experiences of Indonesian Muslim women, including their role in Islamic scholarship, and also the prolific writings of a number of Indonesian male scholars championing gender justice using Islamic arguments, is largely unknown to Muslims elsewhere

Unorganised Sector In Globalisation Phase
By T.Venkateshwarlu

Working class have got no single right without hundreds of struggles in history, workers particularly unorganized workers have to organize themselves and wage prolonged struggles along in participating model building. This is the only one way to the workers of the unorganized sector to protect their rights, life and livelihoods

23 June, 2010

Palestinian Authority Undermined
Turkey's Push For UN Flotilla Probe

By Asa Winstanley

A document sent to Ibrahim Khraishi, Palestinian Authority representative at the UN in Geneva, proves that the PA attempted to undermine Turkey's push for a UN Human Rights Council investigation in to Israel's attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

US Commander Recalled From Afghanistan
After Mocking Obama

By Bill Van Auken

Following the appearance of an article in which he and his aides disparaged President Barack Obama and other top civilian officials, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan, has been ordered to return to Washington for a White House meeting with the Obama administration’s security team

McChrystal Sideshow Masks Murderous Reality
By Chris Floyd

Some people seem to think that the question of which uniformed goober is in charge of the imperial bloodbath in Afghanistan is a vitally important issue, worthy of endless exegesis. It is not. It is a meaningless sideshow. What does matter, vitally, deeply, urgently, is the imperial bloodbath itself, and the fact that it will go on, and on, no matter what Barack Obama does or doesn't do about Stanley McChrystal

The Coming Era of Energy Disasters
By Michael T. Klare

BP-Style Extreme Energy Nightmares to Come. Four Scenarios for the Next Energy Mega-Disaster

Palestinians Versus The Samson Option Blackmail
By Nahida the Exiled Palistinian

Nahida the Exiled Palistinian's critique of Alan Hart's article "Zionism’s Colonial Enterprise Is Doomed, But…"

Mass March Opens The US Social Forum
By Billy Wharton

Day one of the US Social Forum began with a thunderous demonstration through the streets of Detroit. Around 35,000 people representing social movements from throughout the country marched through the Downtown area. There was no united demand from the crowd other than the general sentiment that the system is failing them and grassroots organizing offers a way out

The Fate of the Internet, Decided in a Back Room
By Tim Karr

The Wall Street Journal just reported that the Federal Communications Commission is holding "closed-door meetings"with industry to broker a deal on Net Neutrality – the rule that lets users determine their own Internet experience

Relentless: A Review Of " The Strenght Of The Pack"
By Douglas Valentine

By Adam Engel

Meticulous is the disclosure of truth about the real “war on drugs,” as chronicled by Douglas Valentine in THE STRENGTH OF THE PACK (“PACK”). There may be other historians out there with Valentine's attention to detail and access to solid resources, including interviews with agents themselves, but if there are, I haven't read them

Detroit: Dying Of Capitalist Proportions
By Li Onesto

Detroit is a painful and clear example of how we need a whole new way, a whole new system, a whole new society. And we need revolution to bring this into being

I Am That Dolphin Dying In The Gulf Of Mexico
By Mary Hamer

I am that dolphin dying in the Gulf of Mexico -- Due to the man-made environmental disaster caused by an Oil spill and toxic dispersants

Indonesia Moves To Tame
Speculative Capital Flows

By Kavaljit Singh

Within three days of South Korea imposing currency controls, Indonesia (a member of G-20) unveiled several policy measures to regulate potentially destabilizing capital flows. The policy announcement by Indonesia is the latest initiative by emerging markets to tame speculative money which could pose a threat to their economies and financial systems

Stanley Sporkin: BP's Ombudsman Fixer
By Stephen Lendman

A profile on Stanley Sporkin, BP's ombudsman fixer

Earth Receive An Honoured Guest
By C.P Surendran

A tribute to C Shart Chandran, documentary film maker and social activist, who died recently in an accident

22 June, 2010

Five Thousand Gulf Oil Spills
By Real Climate

That’s the rate that people are releasing carbon to the atmosphere from fossil fuel combustion and deforestation today. I know, it’s apples and oranges; carbon in the form of oil is more immediately toxic to the environment than it is as CO2 (although CO2 may be more damaging on geologic time scales). But think of it — five thousand spills like in the Gulf of Mexico, all going at once, each releasing 40,000 barrels a day, every day for decades and centuries on end. We are burning a lot of carbon!

Deepwater Horizon: The Worst-Case Scenario
By Richard Heinberg

We all want the least-bad outcome here. But what if events continue on the current trajectory—that is, what if the situation keeps deteriorating? Just how awful could this get?

Stock Markets Will Lead
To The Extinction Of Humans

By Devinder Sharma

Growth economics is nothing but violent economics. While the economic benefits would be reaped by the rich and the crooked, you and me will have to live with the violence it unleashes. I am not sure how many of us will survive this violence

The Anguish Of The Age:
Emotional Reactions To Collapse

By Robert Jensen

To be fully alive today is to live with anguish, not for one’s own condition in the world but for the condition of the world, for a world that is in collapse

The Coming Dark Age
By Guy R McPherson

From the day I predicted the new Dark Age would begin by the end of 2012, the criticism has been continuous. Most critics, citing no evidence and no understanding of peak oil and its economic consequences, claim we’ll surely adjust and adapt and generally demonstrate our big-brained brilliance with a long descent into peace, prosperity, and infinite good times. Adding balance in a mainstream media kind of way, the occasional critic optimistically — without recognizing the optimism — claims the Dark Age will begin well before 2012. We should be so lucky

History Made June 20th in San Francisco–
Dockworkers Refuse to Cross Picket Line
to Unload Israeli Cargo ship in Oakland

Hundreds of demonstrators, gathering at the Port of Oakland before dawn, prevented the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship. The demonstrators, demanding an end to Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, picketed at Berth 58, where a ship from Israel’s Zim shipping line is scheduled to dock later today. The day shift of longshoremen agreed not to cross the picket line

Choose Peace – End The Siege Of Gaza
And Occupation Of Palestine

By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

It is time for Israel to choose peace. It is time for world leaders and the international Community to join together and call on Israel to lift the siege of Gaza completely, End the occupation of Palestine and allow the Palestinian people their right to Self-determination

We Are Struggling To Restore
The Palestinian Rights: HAMAS

Interview With Abu Obeida By Nilantha Ilangamuwa

An Exclusive Interview with Abu Obeida, Spokesman to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades of HAMAS

Palestinian Women Under Occupation
By Stephen Lendman

Like heroic Palestinian men and children, women have struggled for liberation for over six decades - socially, politically, and at times militantly for justice, in spite of enormous pressures and responsibilities as wives, mothers, caregivers, and, as needed, freedom fighters

Updating Lynne Stewart's "Love Struggle:" Part II
By Stephen Lendman

For doing her job honorably, ethically, responsibly, and pro bono when asked, Lynne was imprisoned to discredit, silence, and disbar her, as well as intimidate other lawyers not to defend unpopular clients too vigorously or face similar treatment, Judge Koeltl to rule at resentencing, hopefully affirming his original decision, despite enormous pressure to be harsher

SCOTUS lifts partial ban on GM alfalfa in
Monsanto v Geertson Seed, Condemns
District Court for taking “middle course”
instead of “extreme action”

By Rady Ananda

On June 21, the US Supreme Court released its long awaited decision on the first case involving genetically modified crops, allowing the USDA to impose a partial deregulation, should it so choose. This would permit the sale of Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa (RRA). However, i n its 7-1 ruling, the court also upheld the lower decision to ban complete deregulation

The Gulf Oil Disaster Will Not Change
U.S. Energy Policy

By Shamus Cooke

As is typical with U.S. politicians and media, an extremely serious topic has nearly been reduced to absurdity. Once the urgency of the Gulf oil eruption has been fully sterilized, the stage will be set for business as usual politics — with the corporations comfortably in the driver seat

The Despised State Of Israel Cannot Survive
For Long: Christopher Bollyn

Christopher Bollyn Interviewed By Kourosh Ziabari

An in-depth interview with Christopher Bollyn in which the post 9-11 "War on Terrorism" project devised by the Bush administration, the complicity of the state of Israel in the 9-11 attacks, the fate of Israeli regime in the wake of its growing isolation, the stance of United States administration towards Iran's nuclear dossier and the double standards it exercises with regards to the Israel's military nuclear program are discussed

The Buffoonization Of Hugo Chavez
By Sean Fenley

Since, the Obama State Department and its auxiliaries are incapable of debunking the unequivocal success of the Bolivarian revolution, and since the CIA’s forays into the Bolivarian Republic have been far from a success; the corporate MSM seems to be employing the strategy, that if you can’t beat ‘em, then you might as well throw a whole bunch of mud in their eye

Kashmiriyat Revisited
By Ram Puniyani

This Kheer Temple congregation is a signal of revival of the spirit of Kashmiriyat, the heart and souls of Kashmir. One hopes and wishes this spirit will strengthen in times to come, aspirations of people of Kashmir will be expressed and implemented through the democratically elected Governments of Kashmir and India-Pakistan are able to cultivate the friendly relations, which is the best guarantee for peace in the region

20 June, 2010

Chomsky's Hypocrisy
By Ghali Hassan

How could Chomsky, who claims to defend the rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination, be prepared to meet with an unelected stooge of a Vichy-like collaborationist regime? To present Salam Fayyad as a saviour for the Palestinian people is to ignore his despicable record of collaboration with the criminal oppressors of the Palestinians

Flotilla Attack Reinforced The Campaign
To de-Legitimize Israel : Richard Falk

Interview With Richard Falk By Elias F. Harb

I think the global shock resulting from the May 31st attacks have strengthened the campaign to de-legitimize Israel. The aftermath of these attacks demonstrates the effectiveness of the tactics of delivery of humanitarian goods by sea of the Freedom Flotilla, and before it of the Free Gaza Movement

A Flash Of Lightning
By Uri Avnery

Our government's action against the Gaza aid flotilla was a lightning flash. Israelis normally live in darkness as far as seeing the world is concerned. But for that instant, the real landscape around us could be seen, and it looked frightening. Then the darkness settled down over us, Israel returned to its bubble, the world disappeared from view. This split second was enough to reveal a dismal scene. On almost all fronts, the situation of the State of Israel has worsened since the last flash of lightning

Gaza's Humanitarian Catastrophe
By Saleh Al-Naami

While Israel says there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, in reality there is a catastrophe, writes Saleh Al-Naami

Cutting Through The Confusion
About Israel/Palestine

By Richard Forer

A letter written to a college student who had written the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel asking the group to remove a billboard that said "Tell Congress. Stop Killing Children. No More Military Aid to Israel."

Lessons From Tiger, Lance, And Andre
By Robert Lipsyte

On sports stars and their fathers

BP Oil Spill Has The Makings Of A Perfect Storm
By Robert Palmer

Message to Obama on the Gulf Coast Guard

Pre-Oil Pelicans
By David Swanson

A visit to Florida Keys when the ocean was still ocean

Flotilla Assault Serves To Isolate Israel
By Kourosh Ziabari

Israel's brutal nature is comprehensibly evident to everyone. The independent nations of the world in Asia, Africa and Latin America know well that Israel's existence is blended with inhumanity and violence

Horrific Conditions In Los Angeles County Jail
By Stephen Lendman

As in all prisons nationwide, many LA County inmates suffer "serious mental illness." Incarceration exacerbates it. They need treatment, but aren't getting it

19 June, 2010

Wikileaks Founder Fears For His Life
By Simon Lauder

Julian Assange the founder of Wikileaks is said to be under threat with reports that the site has hundreds of thousands of classified cables containing explosive revelations

Three Weeks After Arrest, Still No Charges
In Wikileaks Probe

By Kim Zetter & Kevin Poulsen

An Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking classified information to Wikileaks has still not been charged with any crime, three weeks after being arrested and put in pre-trial confinement. PFC Bradley Manning, 22, is being held at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, and has been assigned a military defense attorney

I Have Seen Her Crying
By Gladson Dungdung

The horrible story of Jasinta, a 25 year old Adivasi woman and mother of three children who was killed by the security forces

Why, Really, Was The USS Liberty
Attacked By Israel?

By Alan Hart

Alan Hart's keynote address to the annual re-union dinner of the Liberty Veterans’ Association

Zionism’s Colonial Enterprise Is Doomed, But…
By Alan Hart

After the obscenity of the Nazi holocaust, and because of it, the giant of anti-Semitism would have gone back to sleep and, very probably, would have died in its sleep – if the major powers had not allowed Zionism right or wrong to have its way

World Cup Domination And Entertaining
The Empire: One Aim Changes Everything

By Nima Shirazi

This summer's World Cup tournament is providing yet another way for the United States to project its power across the globe, though not as a result of the American national team's action on the pitch

Chabad-Lubavitch: The Worm Is In The Can
By Nahida the exiled Palestinian

A critique on the ideology and practice of Chabad-Lubavitch

Echoes From The Warsaw Ghetto In Gaza
An Interview with Cecilie Surasky By Christiana Voniati

Deputy Director of the global organization “Jewish Voice for Peace”, Cecilie Surasky, discusses Israel's “anti-Jewish” crimes and the inescapable comparison between the sufferings of Gazans and the gradual crushing of Jewish life in the Nazi ghettos in the period that led to the Final Solution . More significantly, the Jewish activist for peace reveals and explores the relationship between Jewish collective trauma and Israel 's aggression

The Pentagon Still Subsidizes BP
By Nick Turse

Even as the tar balls hit Gulf beaches, their tax dollars are subsidizing BP and so far, President Obama has not shown the slightest indication that he plans to stop their flow into BP coffers, despite the recent call of Public Citizen, a watchdog group, to end the nation’s business dealings with company. In fact, the Department of Defense, which has a longstanding, multi-billion dollar business relationship with BP, tells TomDispatch that it has no plans to sever current business ties or curtail future contracts with the oil giant

Gulf Oil Spill: A Hole In The World
By Naomi Klein

The Deepwater Horizon disaster is not just an industrial accident , it is a violent wound inflicted on the Earth itself

Kevin Neish: Eyewitness To The Israeli Assault
On The Mavi Marmara

By Dave Lindorff

Kevin Neish, a Canadian activist aboard the Mavi Marmara, witnessed the Israeli commando assault on the Flotilla bound for Gaza

A Zionist State Of Mind, A Dreamscape Of Ghosts:
One Jew's Hard Awakening

By Phil Rockstroh

With much sorrow, I came to the sad realization that the dream of the State of Israel was based on European chauvinism and exceptionalism. This reckoning has been a difficult one for me to bear -- the hardest awakening of my adult life

God's Chosen People, The Nazionists
By Gulam Mitha

It’s certainly an enigma why certain rightist Christians have so blindly prescribed to the Zionist ideology regarding the Biblical prophecies about the extent of the lands that God has granted the Jews or their right to terrorize the people on the lands they unjustifiably claim

The Hunger Scam: Removing Malnutrition
With Rs 4 to Rs 6 per Day per Beneficiary

By Devinder Sharma

In a country where a large number of more than 150 million children below the age of six live in economic and social environment which impedes child's mental and physical development, and where as per UNICEF 47 per cent children under the age of five are stunted, India provides a paltry support, not enough even to fill the stomach of your pet puppy what to talk of meeting its nutrition needs, to malnourished children and nursing mothers

Let's Chant: Free, Free Palestine
By Kourosh Ziabari

Let Mr. Obama find a pretext which he thinks will exempt him from condemning the felony of Israel. We are the citizens of the world who all chant together: "Free, Free Palestine!"

It’s A Freaking Miracle!
By Case Wagenvoord

Talk about a miracle, out of nowhere over a trillion dollars worth of minerals and raw materials are popping up all over Afghanistan. And if we believe government spokesfolk, the Pentagon has just now stumbled onto them

War And Sex: Dangerous Liaisons
By Farzana Versey

Anri Suzuki wants to use her body to cure historical wrongs. She is not a card-holding pacifist but a history teacher and porn artiste who has offered to have sex with Chinese students at her college in Tokyo to make amends for the shameful Japanese invasion of China in 1937

Oval Office Duplicity:
Cover For Corporate Criminality

By Stephen Lendman

When will the public realize they've been fooled again, scammed, betrayed, Obama no different from the rest, and, in fact, worse, by fiddling, lying, obfuscating, and concealing the truth while America and other nations face a potentially catastrophic disaster? When will they understand that only grassroots activism brings change when it's determined enough to demand nothing less - and what better time to try than now?

Easing Gaza's Siege: Bogus And Unacceptable
By Stephen Lendman

Israel partial easing of Gaza siege is bogus

Blowing Bubbles:
[The situation of the Ceylon Tamils]

By Chandi Sinnathurai

The Sinhala masses have to be re-educated and weaned out of archaic racist theories. It is the politicians who prefer their voters to be shackled to the past...In this way they can always play the racist card and play on the fear psychosis of the masses and win the race. The moment the masses begin to think out-side-the-box that'll be the day of Independence

Dimensions Of Malegaon Blasts: Samjhauta Express
By Mustafa Khan

Three years ago the Haryana sleuth were doing a commendable work that matched what their counterpart in Hemant Karkare was doing for the Malegaon blast. They found the leads that led to Indore and went cold as in Malegaon 2006 case, too

Unrest In Pakistan: Moving Beyond
U.S. National Interest

By Josh Brollier & Kathy Kelly

Sporadic outbursts of anger in Pakistan won’t coalesce into a people’s revolution anytime soon. The demonstrators are too disorganized. But, the sheer volume of daily protests shows that many sectors of Pakistani society have pressing needs and priorities that do not include enlistment as foot soldiers in a proxy force for the United States’ War on Terror

Pakistani Extremism Tied To Curricula,
Jihadi Literature

By Zia Ur Rehman

School curricula, mainstream media, sectarian speeches and easy access to jihadi literature and websites are key to the radicalisation of Pakistani youth

17 June, 2010

Iceland Becomes "New Media Haven"
By Julian Assange

The WikiLeaks advised proposal to build an international "new media haven" in Iceland, with the world's strongest press and whistleblower protection laws, and a "Nobel" prize for for Freedom of Expression, has unaminously passed the Icelandic Parliament

Death And The Maiden
By S V Rajadurai and V Geetha

A photograph featured in The Hindu, dated 17-06-2010 shows security personnel in West Bengal , carrying the body of a woman killed in a purported raid on a Maoist hideout. The woman's body had been trussed up like the carcass of a dead animal. The photo speaks volumes of how the Indian state views those it considers a threat to the internal security of the nation - as people beneath its contempt and consideration

Rights And Wrongs Of Armed Resistance
By Gautam Navlakha

A discussion on armed resistance in the context of the Maoist resistance in India

Israel’s New Humanitarianism
By Neve Gordon

Last week, Israel permitted the transport of jam, halva and shaving razors into Gaza

Middle East Is Changing, And Ankara Knows It
By Ramzy Baroud

According to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Israel doesn’t adhere to the code of conduct embraced even by the vilest of criminals. The statement alone indicates the momentous political shift that’s currently underway in the Middle East. While the shift isn’t entirely new, one dares to claim it might now be a lasting one

Critiquing Masculinity At The Corps
By Robert Jensen

My task in the next half hour is to explain that porn is a big deal and that we should be concerned about men's use of pornography

Grow Up or Die, But How?
By Carolyn Baker

A commentary on Clinton Callhan's Directing The Power of Conscious Feelings

What Would Stephen Hawking Say
On The Gulf Oil Spill

By Gary Corseri

An exclusive (some what apocryphal) interview with Stephen Hawking on the gulf oil spill

Helen Thomas: A Courageous Lady,
Who Dared To Speak

By Paul Craig Roberts

The propagandists for the Israel Lobby, who occupy the Wall Street Journal editorial page while pretending to be journalists, are determined to remove Helen Thomas from the annals of journalism

White House Correspondent Helen Thomas:
A Casualty of Zionist Duplicity

By James M. Rockefeller

Zionist operatives ambushed veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, a friend and a great American. When they won, America lost

Child Homelessness In America
By Stephen Lendman

The National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH) studies and reports on the phenomenon, including its causes and consequences. On March 10, 2009, it launched a Campaign to End Child Homelessness, and on the same day released "America's Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness." It discovered one in 50 homeless children annually (about 1.5 million), saying it's dedicated to ending the problem - now even greater than during the timeline of the study, largely preceding the current economic crisis

Gaza Flotilla Massacre: Goldstone Commission II Essential
By Stephen Lendman

The internal commission announced by Israel is illegitimate, even with international observers (chosen for supporting Israel), nonetheless endorsed by the White House, its paymaster/partner in crime, colluding in the coverup. A new Goldstone commission II is essential

South Korea Imposes Currency Controls
For Financial Stability

By Kavaljit Singh

On June 13, 2010, South Korea announced a series of currency controls to protect its economy from external shocks. The new currency controls are much wider in scope than foreign exchange liquidity controls announced earlier in 2009

15 June, 2010

Wiki Leaks Under Attack
By Julian Assange

A letter from Julian Assange , Editor in Chief of WikiLeaks

Hundreds Killed And Wounded
In Ethnic Pogroms In Kyrgyzstan

By Barry Grey

Mobs of ethnic Kyrgyz continued to attack ethnic Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan for the fourth consecutive day on Monday, bringing the government’s official casualty toll to 124 killed and 1,685 wounded

Afghanistan Mineral Riches: Beware The Hype
By James Joyner

News that "United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself" should be taken with several doses of salt

BP Is Destroying Evidence
And Censoring Journalists

By Riki Ott

BP is using federal agencies to shield itself from public accountability and is actually disappearing oiled wildlife

US Backs Israeli Inquiry Into Aid Flotilla Massacre
By Patrick O’Connor

The Israeli government’s announcement yesterday of a so-called Independent Public Commission into last month’s bloody Israeli commando raid on a Gaza aid flotilla underscores the Zionist state’s contempt for international law and world opinion

The Case For An Impartial Turkish Inquiry
By Ahmad Amr

A robust Turkish inquiry might uncover some uncomfortable truths

The Helen Thomas' Resolution
By Gilad Atzmon

Like the rest of humanity, Old Helen Thomas is tired of Jewish power and Israeli barbarism, she touched the nerve exactly where it hurts by saying the plain truth. “Get the hell out of Palestine”. Truth, it seems, echoes ethics and reason

Why The French Hate Chomsky
By Diana Johnstone

A letter which grew into an article

No Nukes/No Empire: The Abolition Of
Nuclear Weapons Requires The End Of
The U.S. Empire

By Robert Jensen

If we are serious about the abolition of nuclear weapons, we have to place the abolition of the U.S. empire at the center of our politics

A Gusher Of Light Sweet Terror
By Bob Higgins

Take out a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle creating two columns. Label one column 'Terrorists' and the other 'Corporations.' Now using Google and the Internet and beginning with the year 1950 or 1984 (Bhopal) or any date of your choosing, list all the acts, events, 'accidents' and crimes historically attributed to corporations or terrorists and enter them on your paper in the appropriate column. Large corporations are more dangerous, by far, than al Qaeda or any other non state terrorist groups that you can name... in the aggregate

End The Gaza Siege
By Stephen Lendman

Throughout its history, Israel has been belligerent, lawless, and out-of-control, reigning terror on Palestine and the region. Under Netanyahu, the danger is global, given its nuclear and missile delivery system capability, and stated intention to use them if threatened, now under an extremist, very unstable leader if Yatom's analysis is accurate. If he and Obama escalate regional or global war, the Flotilla massacre, by comparison, will look inconsequential

Can We Trust Israeli Security Companies?
By Gordon Duff

Did Israel give us the disease to sell us the cure?

Warren Anderson, Bhopal And Gandhi
By Partha Banerjee

The new Indian rulers along with their judiciary now perhaps decided to apply top-gear Gandhism, and let all the old and new real, possible and probable perpetrators and law-violators off the hook. Ahimsa at its best. Union Carbide today, Monsanto, Coke, McDonald’s, GM, IBM tomorrow -- should there be, God forbid, another catastrophe. Another Bhopal coming up? Some old-fashioned journalist already signaled a red flag, just the way they did it six months before the 1984 disaster? We’ll look the other way and stick the other cheek they can slap

Killing Of Trade Unions: Strangulation Of Freedom
By Prabhat Sharan

Corporate dictatorship is gradually extending its tentacles to envelope the country and its people. The recent de-recognition of unions and sacking of protesting leaders by the Indian Civil Aviation Ministry and Air India management is a case in point

Rape As A Weapon Of War
By Javed Iqbal

Rape as a weapon in the war between the Maoists and the Indian government

Wars Against People
By Raja Jaikrishan

An environment has been created where the abuse of power by the governments of the Indian subcontinent is visible and invisible at the same time. It is like a mirage, which disappears as we draw close to it. The institutions of democracy are being used to muzzle screams of victims and numb their thinking

14 June, 2010

Lock Down In Srinagar, Victim’s Family
Awaits Justice

By Dilnaz Boga

This is not the first teenager to be killed on the streets of Srinagar this year. Here, unfortunately, draconian acts that have been put in place have managed to stamp out the expectation of justice, while protecting those who carry out cold-blooded murders in the name of national security and preventing terrorism

Serial Killings Of Teenaged Boys In Police Action
Cause Anguish, Fear Psychosis Among Parents

By Bismah Malik

The killing of Tufail Ahmad, a teenaged boy in police action at Gani Memorial Stadium is yet another indicator of the unabated killings of teenaged boys, continuing despite assurance of zero tolerance to human rights violations, in Kashmir

Operation Green Hunt's Urban Avatar
By Arundhati Roy

While the Indian Government considers deploying the army and air force to quell the rebellion in the countryside, strange things are happening in the cities

Bhopal Tragedy: Urgent Need
For A Political Cleanup

By Devinder Sharma

While everyone is wanting Warren Anderson to be sent back to India, what is equally important is to take these powerful politicians and bureaucrats to task. The nation cannot let them get away so easily. At the same time, it is important to include (in this list) all those politicians who have been battling in the court for the multinational companies

Kottacheru: A Short History Of Violence
By Javed Iqbal

This is the story of Kottacheru. But this can also be the story of thousands of villages in India

Abbas NOT Calling For Unconditional
Lifting Of Gaza Blockade

By Ali Abunimah

In a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington on 10 June, Abbas made it clear his position has not changed. He believes the Gaza siege should effectively remain in place until his US-trained and Israeli-approved collaborator militias return to Gaza in the context of "reconciliation" with Hamas, it being clear that "reconciliation" means Hamas' capitulation to Abbas' control and authority

UN Recognition Of Israel Is Fatally Flawed
By Christopher King

Christopher King argues that beneath Israel’s litany of crimes against the Palestinians, and most recently its murder of humanitarian workers aboard the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla, lies the fact of its own illegality

Hope And Anxiety At Rafah Crossing
By Rami Almeghari

After three years of siege, a great deal is at stake with the opening of the Rafah crossing for the average Palestinian from Gaza. While diplomatic efforts to end or at least ease the siege continue behind closed doors, travelers like Jamila Hammouda wait with uncertainty in the hot dusty air of Rafah's terminal

Women- Israeli Mother Addresses
European Parliament

By Nurit Peled-Elhanan

Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan is the mother of Smadar Elhanan, 13 years old when killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem in September 1997. Below is Nurit's speech made on International Women's Day in Strasbourg

Why Anger Towards BP Is Largely Misplaced
By Erik Lindberg

This high-stakes gambling, the sort of gambling that humans are in fact making with the very inhabitability of our planet, is not driven simply by corporate greed or by lax government regulations. It is driven by us and our insatiable thirst for oil

Extreme Warming In Arctic Will Cause
Colder Winters—And Political Gridlock

By Tom Laskawy

A warmer Arctic climate is influencing the air pressure at the North Pole and shifting wind patterns on our planet. We can expect more cold and snowy winters in Europe, eastern Asia and eastern North America

When Will Direct Action Blossom?
By Mickey Z.

It's time to blossom, comrades. Even with all the fear, pain, dread, and uncertainty we may (or may not) experience while blossoming, remaining tight in the bud is no longer an option…for us or for the planet. Just leap and the net may appear

The Gated State
By Case Wagenvoord

The point is reached when fear ceases to be an emotion and becomes a way of life. The right, particularly in Arizona, appears to be in the vanguard leading us into the fetid swam of fear and paranoia where dreams die

OCHA's Special Focus On Occupied Palestine
By Stephen Lendman

On June 9, McClatchy and other publications revealed some of what's rarely, if ever, acknowledged in the press - that Israel's blockade of Gaza is "economic warfare," not for security as most commonly reported, based on an Israeli document the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement's lawsuit obtained

Crimes By Israel, Sanctions For Iran
By Kourosh Ziabari

Israel autonomously violates international regulations, defies the calls of UN and human rights organizations and even disregards the calls of its own citizens who sympathize with the subjugated and anguished people of Palestine. UNSC ignores all of these crimes and felonies indifferently and adopts a resolution against Iran to punish the country for its civilian nuclear program, overlooking the 200 nuclear warheads which are accumulated in the arsenals of Israeli regime. That is something which even exceeds double standards. This is the inhumanity of UNSC

The American Pirate Nation
By Timothy V. Gatto

We have become a nation that operates out of the gutter. It pains me to hear school children “Pledge allegiance” to a government that has become nothing more than a criminal organization, much like the Mafia was. We are turning into a Pirate State. How does that grab you my fellow Patriots?

Social Profiling: Indian Style
By Subhash Gatade

Whether racial/social profiling is practised in India ? If one were to pose the question before the powers that be then we would encounter a strict 'no'. The case of Maulvi Noor Ul Huda, who runs a Madarassa in Faizabad, who was forcibly alighted from an international flight and put in detention by the Delhi police because a lady co-passenger complained about his 'suspicious behaviour', tells another story

Who Has Compromised In Gilgit Baltistan?
By Dr Shabir Choudhry

Legally and constitutionally areas of Gilgit Baltistan are part of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, but practically Pakistan has annexed these areas. Irony is Pakistan still present itself as a champion of Kashmiri peoples right of self determination and many people are so gullible that not only they accept this, but also urge others to fall in line or else they will be declared anti Pakistan or pro India

13 June, 2010

Who Is Afraid Of A Real Flotilla Inquiry?
By Uri Avnery

If a real Commission of Inquiry had been set up (instead of the pathetic excuse for a commission), here are some of the questions it should have addressed

Pentagon On A Manhunt For Wikileaks Founder
By Philip Shenon

Anxious that Wikileaks may be on the verge of publishing a batch of secret State Department cables, investigators are desperately searching for founder Julian Assange

Targeting Whistleblowers:
Truth Telling Endangered

By Stephen Lendman

The arrest of Bradley Manning and targeting of Wikileaks endangers truth telling in America

"Bhopals Will Happen, But The Country
Has To Progress,"India's PM Manmohan Singh

By Devinder Sharma

There can be nothing more disgusting and deplorable. Only an Indian Prime Minister can make such a statement and get away. Imagine if the US President Obama had ever said this, even in the context of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the people of the US would have castigated him by now

For Our Masters, With Love
By B. F Firos

History will never forgive the Indian establishment for treating its people as flie

Bhopal’s Industrial Catastrophe
Caused Due To Emergency

By Gopal Krishna

The affidavit from Central Bureau of Investigation’s most recent affidavit in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Bhopal provides information that implies that had Emergency been not imposed Bhopal’s catastrophe caused by the US Corporation’s acts of omission and commission would not have happened

Oaths, Promises, Lucre And Bhopal
By Mukul Dube

Words can be no more than empty sounds. These days we see, and not just in one field, that the Government of India is systematically and consistently working against the interests of the people of India. It is in many ways attacking the citizens who authorised it to govern their country. The two most visible examples of this are Operation Green Hunt and matters to do with the Bhopal gas leak of 1984. I deal here with the second

Museum of Tolerance: Round Two
By Jonathan Cook

Jerusalem: Israeli authorities are pressing ahead with plans to build a courthouse complex on a large historic Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem that is already at the centre of protest over plans to locate a “Museum of Tolerance” there

The One State Solution Sounds Like
A Good Idea, But...

By Roger Tucker

Solving the problem of Israel/Palestine isn’t rocket science: the solution is obvious. We just have to get serious about it

The Godsend Of American Hostility
By Ali Quli Qarai

America’s hostility and enmity are the greatest gifts that any nation may enjoy in moral and material terms, and its friendship and support are the biggest plague and curse that may alight on any nation!

Thank You Helen Thomas For Telling The Truth
By Salim Nazzal

Thank you Helen Thomas that you ended your long and successful career by telling the truth about Palestine. Your few words summarized the whole conflict. Your few words made the right diagnosis for all the wars that have taken place in the Middle East

Israel : Strategic Ally or Liability?
By Stephen Sniegoski

As a result of the Gaza flotilla massacre, which has caused a world-wide uproar against Israel , the value of Israel to the United States is being publicly questioned in more mainstream foreign policy forums

There's Nothing Christian About Zionism
By Eileen Fleming

Christian Zionism is a modern theological and political movement that embraces the most extreme ideological positions of Zionism, thereby becoming detrimental to a just peace within Palestine and Israel. The Christian Zionist program provides a worldview where the Gospel is identified with the ideology of empire, colonialism and militarism. In its extreme form, it laces an emphasis on apocalyptic events leading to the end of history rather than living Christ's love and justice today

Aby Sayyaf, Trojan Horse Of U.S Imperialism
By E. San Juan Jr.

Marginal Comments of the Bangsamoro Struggle for Self-Determination

Private Contractors And Covert Wars
In Latin America

By Cyril Mychalejko

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) threatened to issue subpoenas against the U.S. Defense and State Departments last month if they continue to refuse to accurately account for billions of dollars spent on private contractors assisting Washington in the 'war on drugs' in Latin America. But McCaskill's concerns raise broader questions about oversight and transparency of a controversial industry and its ever expanding role in Washington's foreign policy

Torture Research And Experimentation:
Official Policy Under Bush And Obama

By Stephen Lendman

Under George Bush, torture became official policy. It remains so under Obama throughout America's offshore gulag on US bases, ships, facilities of complicit allies, and other secret locations worldwide

Who’s Afraid Of Caste Census?
By Kancha Ilaiah

Let all castes — not just OBCs — be counted for strengthening our democratic system. I know that even mine is a blind-spot theory but it may have the effect of an antidote

A Climate Call From The Coast - Video
By The Fish Pond

This documentary film by KP Sasi is a call from coastal communities in Kerala state of south India, who are beginning to see the impacts of global warming and climate change at close quarters

Implications Of Western Foreign Policy Trends
For Bangladesh

By Rumman Ahmed

Bangladesh, if it is strategic minded, and stradling South and South-East Asia, can certainly play a pivotal role, in moving the way forward for the SAARC and ASEAN countries, and their other Asian associates, to form an Asian Union of economic, political, and defence co-operation, with an eventual tariff-free trade zone and single currency. The pan-Asian dream of its National Poet Nazrul Islam, China's first president Sun Yat-sen and many others may yet come to fruition! Though it may take another 20 or 30 years!! Those who dare wins!!!

Gilgit Baltistan And Shafqat Inquilabi
By Dr Shabir Choudhry

For the first time in the past 63 years, rulers of Pakistani Administered Kashmir were allowed to visit Gilgit Baltistan, area of the State which has been under direct and oppressive rule of Pakistan

11 June, 2010

Bhopal: Justice Buried
By Devinder Sharma

It is time to kick the butt of our own people involved in this great cover-up. It is Indians who have failed India

The Victims Of 1984’s Disaster Wait For Justice
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

The verdict from Bhopal has shocked the nation. After 25 years the victims of this monumental disaster got nothing while Union Carbide and Anderson are safe in America

Oil Spill Reaches Alabama,
Florida Inland Waterway

By David Walsh

Oil continues to gush from the spill in the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of tens of thousands of barrels a day. At least 50 to 75 million gallons of crude oil, and perhaps far more, along with vast quantities of toxic dispersant, have poured into the sea over the course of seven weeks, poisoning the environment and damaging the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. There is no end in sight to the nightmare

The BP Oil Spill - Classic Case Of
Negative Externalities

By Girish Menon

One could conclude that abnormal profits of most firms may include the negative externalities that they may have passed on to the tax payers of that country. Hence there is a greater need to redistribute this wealth

Disaster In The Gulf
By Stephen Lendman

As more information surfaces, a potentially biblical disaster is unfolding, threatening to make vast parts of the Gulf dead zones, animals and plant species so contaminated and unsafe that Gulf communities may face "the total end of fishing, according to Carl Safina, Blue Water Institute ocean biologist

Israeli Commandos Execute American Citizen

New Video Smuggled Out From Mavi Marmara
Of Israel’s Deadly Assault On Gaza Aid Flotilla

By Democracy Now

A sneak preview of previously unseen raw footage from the Mavi Marmara

The Crucifixion Of Kindness
By Gilad Atzmon

The Israelis are starting to blame each other. This may look like a positive move, however, not a single Israeli is yet to ask for forgiveness. Seemingly no one in Israel grasps the scale of the atrocity in the high seas. No one in Israel comprehends the level of outrage amongst the nations. Up until now, they fail to see that in the high seas, they have managed to kill Christ again

The State Of The Jewish People
By William Blum

The worst thing that ever happened to the Jewish people is the Holocaust. The second worst thing that ever happened to the Jewish people is the state of Israel

Shocking Testimonials From The Mavi Marmara Survivors.And One Israeli Fembot
By Lauren Booth

One of the most striking trends following the flotilla attack has been how quickly Israeli hasbara is being exposed by internet journalists. The internet now shapes the world’s story, not the Israeli Foreign Ministry

Israel's Strategic Error: A New Alliance
And A Turning Point?

By Gulam Mitha

Israeli arrogance and the US support for Israel may well prove to be Israel’s Achilles heel. This alliance is probably in its infancy and if Pakistan the one country that can make a big difference joins the bandwagon, the US-NATO will have to rethink their hegemony strategy

Fixing Planet Earth: A Not-So-Modest Proposal
By Michael N. Nagler

Only a nonviolent revolution, like the one led by Gandhi, can meet the challenge of the climate crisis

The Futility Of UNSC Resolutions
By Kourosh Ziabari

Although the United Nations Security Council, which some politicians believe is one of the most undemocratic organizations in the world, voted in favor of a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its uranium enrichment program, the global public opinions are well aware of the fact that 15 countries, 5 of which are entitled to remain in an unquestionable monopoly and dominance, cannot in reality represent the interests of the international community

Bangladesh: Suppressing Media Freedom
By Dr. K. M. A. Malik

War on Amar Desh and Mahmudur Rahman

Whither Dalit Politics?
By Neerja Dasani

Reflections on Dalit identity and politics in the context of a documentary film festival held in Chennai called ‘Imaging Dalit Reality: Politics of Visual Representation’

10 June, 2010

Bhopal: Evidence Of PMO's Collusion
With Dow Chemicals

By Gopal Krishna

The 55 page Prime Minister's Office (PMO) documents gathered using Right To Information Act (RTI) shows manifest collusion between ministers, officials and Dow Chemicals to protect it from the liabilities of Industrial catastrophe of Bhopal. The documents reveal how some of the ministers who have been made part of Group of Ministers (GoM) by the Prime Minister have been acting to safeguard the interest of the US corporation in question, which is liable for Bhopal disaster

UN Security Council Tightens Sanctions On Iran
By Patrick Martin

The United Nations Security Council voted Wednesday for its fourth sanctions resolution against Iran, as part of a US-led effort to isolate and weaken the Tehran regime, using Iran’s nuclear power program as a pretext. The resolution was adopted by a 12-2 vote, with Turkey and Brazil opposing and Lebanon abstaining

Obama's Charade On Iran Sanctions
By Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett

Today, the United Nations Security Council will adopt a new resolution imposing sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear activities. Predictably, the Obama Administration is working to spin its "victory" in New York as both a great diplomatic achievement and a serious intensification of international pressure on Iran over the nuclear issue. It is neither

Iran’s Green Movement: One Year Later
By Juan Cole

How Israel’s Gaza Blockade and Washington’s Sanctions Policy Helped Keep the Hardliners in Power

Another Blockade: Manipur’s Fate
And The North East States

By Farzana Versey

There is a blockade in Manipur for 60 days now. It isn’t making big news in the international press; within India too it is a sidelight. No one seems to care that it is one state against another in the North East that is at war

Kashmir Valley’s Spiraling Drug Abuse
By Dilnaz Boga

This 26th June, the Valley has little to show for, as the world observes International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Several studies carried out on addiction in the Valley reveal a strong correlation between conflict and drug abuse. The studies show that in Kashmir, drugs are not used for recreational purposes but as a coping mechanism to deal with the stresses of conflict in the most militarized region in the world

Haiti: A Country ‘Forgotten'
By Katie Kane

Yes, the world has forgotten Haiti. But, this forgetting, this global turning away, is not final. We must find a way to truly see into Haiti’s camps. We must truly try to understand the lives and suffering of the people who live there. We must insist that the money we helped raise and gather for our fellow human beings be spent wisely, but spent now, and spent in consultation with Haitian people at the grassroots as well as governmental levels

'We'll Be Back - With Bigger Flotillas'
By Mel Frykberg

Mel Frykberg interviews Huwaida Arraf,leader of the Free Gaza flotilla

The Crimes I Saw On The Mavi Marmara
By Lubna Masarwa

Lubna Masarwa was a Free Gaza Movement representative aboard the Mavi Marmara and wrote this essay from her house arrest in Kfor Qara, Palestine

AIPAC: The Voice Of America
By Anthony Lawson

A two part video series

Israel's Political Occupation Of
Obama's Press Corps

By Yvonne Ridley

What they have proved by their swift action against Heln Thomas is that while Israel conducts a military occupation in Palestine it is conducting a political occupation of The White House Corps

A Defence Of Helen Thomas
By Jonathan Cook

Ms Thomas let her guard down and her anger and resentment show. She generalised unfairly. She sounded bitter. She needed to -- and has -- apologised. But she does not deserve to be pilloried and blacklisted

Get Helen Thomas
By Dan Lieberman

Organized attack on most revered member of White House Press Corp

Israel’s Cult Of Victimhood
By Jonathan Cook

The angry demonstrations sweeping the country against the world’s denunciations; the calls to revoke the citizenship of the Israeli Arab MP on board -- or worse, to execute her -- for treason; and the local media’s endless recycling of the soldiers’ testimonies of being “bullied” by the activists demonstrate the desperate need of Israelis to justify every injustice or atrocity while clinging to the illusion of victimhood

A Bit Less Righteous, But A Bit More Wise
By Maryam Sakeenah

The world’s senses still reel from the shock of the brazen violation of law, human rights and basic morality that was witnessed. It will go a long way, to teach us that it is more important to be ‘a little more righteous’, and that this in fact is the highest wisdom. As a friend wrote, ‘I see the winds of change blowing.’

To the Apartheid State
By Huda Jawad

To the Apartheid State of the Twenty-First Century

Obama's National Security Strategy (NSS):
A New Direction or Continuity

By Stephen Lendman

Obama's National Security Strategy is old wine in new bottles, rebranded to appear softer

They're Coming: Freedom Flotilla Two
And Others Planned

By Stephen Lendman

Preparations for an even larger Freedom Flotilla Two are well advanced, and will be launched in the coming weeks

Shabnam Hashmi Resigns From
National Integration Council

By Ram Puniyani

Shabnam Hashmi resigned from the National Integration Council, in the aftermath of appointment of Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray on the council

08 June, 2010

Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Company Raj Is Back In India
By Devinder Sharma

With 15,274 dead, 5,74,000 affected, and a verdict that should have been delivered in 26 days taking 26 long years, and that too a mockery of justice, no heads have rolled. The fact of the matter is that the Indian democracy has over the years been reduced to "of the industry, by the industry and for the industry."

God Bless Helen Thomas
By Roger Tucker

She has seen it all, and if there's anyone who knows what the truth is, it is Helen Thomas. She saw the pressure and treachery applied by the Zionist mafia that led to the birth of Israel as an American protectorate in the Middle East. She saw her country that she so loved fall prey to a ruthless fifth column that has turned America into an obedient puppet of what a French diplomat once called "that shitty little state."

Dear Helen Thomas With A PS To
All Her 'Colleagues' And Every American

By Eileen Fleming

Ninety-year old Journalist Helen Thomas has taken a lot of heat for daring to address the fact that any Jew without any historical connection to Israel is encouraged to settle-as in colonize-upon legally owned Palestinian land

Israeli MP Who Joined Flotilla Faces Witchhunt
By Jonathan Cook

An Israeli parliamentary committee recommended stripping an Arab MP of her privileges yesterday in a move to prepare the ground for putting her on trial for participating last week in the Gaza-bound aid flotilla attacked by Israeli commandos

Jewish Ideology And Psychosis –
A Danger To World Peace

By Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon considers the deep religious and psychotic roots of the genocidal impulses of Israelis, as most recently demonstrated in the cold-blooded murder of humanitarian activists aboard the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla, and warns of the implications for humanity unless urgent decisive action is taken against the rogue Jewish state

The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger
By Chris Hedges

Time is running out. If we do not act, American fascists, clutching Christian crosses, waving American flags and orchestrating mass recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance, will use this rage to snuff us out

The Soul Seeker
By Robert Jensen

A neuroscientist’s search for the human essence

Where Is The American Freedom Flotilla?
By Dr. Sama Adnan

Reacting to the complicity of their governments, the European Freedom Flotilla took the initiative to shed light on Israel’s policies in the occupied territories. The American peace movement should emulate their success by setting its Freedom Flotilla a-sail

Israel 's Crimes Against Humanity
By Dr. Elias Akleh

How could the world trust this mad Israeli dog with nuclear weapons threatening nuclear war in the Middle East that would, certainly, touch every country in the world in one way or another?

The Old Gaza Boy And The Sea
By Ramzy Baroud

But despite the pain that is now too deep, the lives that were so unfairly taken, the tears that were shed across the world for the Freedom Flotilla, I know now that my fantasy was not a child's dream. That there were people from Australia, France, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, the US and many other countries, who were coming to us in boats loaded with gifts from those who, for some reason, really liked us

Israel Is Fueling Anti-Americanism
Among U.S. Allies

By Nicola Nasser

Washington has found its diplomacy faced with an Israeli fait accompli to be involuntarily embroiled in what the Israeli media harshly criticized as a tactical failure, which engulfed the U.S. administration in the roaring Arab and Muslim anger to be accused of being a partner to the Israeli adventure, thus fueling anti – Americanism

Evidence Indicates That The Bush Administration Conducted Experiments And Research On Detainees To Design Torture Techniques And Create Legal Cover
By Physicians for Human Rights

In the most comprehensive investigation to date of health professionals’ involvement in the CIA’s "enhanced" interrogation program (EIP), Physicians For Human Rights has uncovered evidence that indicates the Bush administration apparently conducted illegal and unethical human experimentation and research on detainees in CIA custody

A Challenge To Mubarak: Part -I
By Mostafa Omar

This year has seen a dramatic increase in political dissent and workers' protests in Hosni Mubarak's Egypt. In the first installment of this three-part series, Mostafa Omar looks at the political challenger who is shaking up national politics

Roger Waters' Tribute To Gaza :
"We Shall Overcome"

A Video

Israel Steps Up Operations In Gaza
By Patrick O’Connor

Israeli naval commandos killed four Palestinian militants off the coast of Gaza yesterday morning in an operation designed by the Israeli government to send a signal to the Palestinian people and the world—that its illegal blockade of the territory will continue despite mounting criticism following the May 31 massacre of nine Turkish activists

Why You Won't See Me On The BBC
By Yvonne Ridley

Apart from a few moments of journalistic integrity and clarity – John Humphrys on Radio 4’s Today programme, for example – the BBC’s coverage of Israel’s assault on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla has thrown the corporation’s gold standard for journalistic integrity into a tail spin. The reputation of the world’s best known broadcaster is lying in tatters, not because of the quality of the journalists it employs but because of the sinister political agenda pushed by its Director-General and a few of his cronies

The Flotilla Massacre: Historical Perspective,
Aftermath And Implications

By Stephen Lendman

some of Israel's most incompetent leaders, including Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, Ariel Sharon, and Netanyahu are rewarded with new chances to repeat mistakes, perhaps because of Washington's unflagging support, but for how long, given the price America pays for damaged goods, compounding its own appalling record abroad and at home with a shelf life of definite limits and an ability to preserve it running out of cash

Will Roe Survive The Roberts court?
By Mary Shaw

In April Nebraska criminalized abortions after 20 weeks. However, under Roe, a woman has the right to an abortion until fetal viability, which is generally believed to occur somewhere between 24 and 28 weeks. Some might expect that the Nebraska law will find its way into the courts. And some might expect that it would ultimately be struck down based on Roe. But I'm not so confident

Cowardly Progressives
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

After listening to a number of speeches at a national conference of progressives I come to this conclusion: Progressives are more than eager to take credit for electing President Obama and even to complain about the many failures of him and his administration. They overwhelmingly feel that his campaign promises were far, far better than what he has delivered. They are disappointed. They are frustrated. They are sad. But ultimately they are also cowards

Water In The Middle East – Shaping
Civilizations Of The Past And Future

By Gitanjali Bakshi

Over the course of history, numerous civilizations have peaked and then gradually fettered out or even disappeared abruptly. In many cases, the cause of both their rise and disintegration was the same: Water. This precious resource has been a driving factor of progress in the past and will prove to be a determining factor for development in the future as well

The Politics Of Science On A Dying Planet
By Frank Joseph Smecker

At this juncture in time we have to decide: science and technology? or an animate planet with intact ecosystems with all sorts of life and culture arising from unique places, each year becoming more diverse and enriched than the last? We can steward the latter into happening, if only we take on the responsibility

Committing “Ecocide:” Tipping Point Between
Evolution or Extinction?

By Robert S. Becker

Ecocide, the ruination of our ecosystems, is wounding us grievously, the upshot of political and corporate mismanagement, overpopulation, climate dislocation, and collective choices – done with a shocking disregard for how fragile, and exceptional, life is

The Real BP --- Something Else To Think About
By Jim Gries

Mr. President, if you and your fellow rig operators won't talk about the real BP, then maybe there's only one logical conclusion. You and your fellow rig operators are the BP, Big Problem

Kashmir: A Journey To Paradise And Back!
By Gagan Rism

Apart from ethereal beauty, Kashmir had lot many lessons to give, esp. in image-difference. What Kashmir is portrayed in media, and what it in reality is, are so different. Kashmir is not about militancy alone as media portrays it to be; it is about people, like you and me – their hopes, needs and aspirations, their daily struggle to keep alive with dignity and of course, it is about beautiful landscape, soft music of those old romances. True, rest-of-India perception, at times, fails in Kashmir

Blood Is But Blood But Not For USA
By Raja Jaikrishan

The US administration has different scales to measure justice at home and abroad. It goes after British Petroleum for blowing up an oilrig in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 workers and damaged the ecology. But soft words for Union Carbide, perpetrators of Bhopla gas tragedy

Bhopal: Verdict For Future Shocks!
By Rajkumar

This is not a simple judgment. But it is the symbol of Indian judicial subservience to global corporate particularly to Uncle Sam. Thanks to the Pro-US obedience of Manmohan and gang

On Smart Ways Of Handling Dissent
By K.P. Sasi

Well known activist intellectual C.R. Neelakandan was invited to speak at a public function in north Kerala. As per the reports, DYFI, the youth wing of the CPI(M), along with their local leaders jumped to the dias and physically assaulted him badly. After the incident of violence on CR, it is obvious that there will be more people vocal against the attitude of the CPI(M). How many people can you beat up?

07 June, 2010

Is Bhopal Gas Tragedy A Street Crime?
By Gopal Krishna

The verdict of June 7 by the Bhopal court convicting seven people of the Indian subsidiary of a US Corporation will have the world believe that worst of corporate crimes such as industrial genocide is the same as street crimes. This sets a precedent for nuclear disasters too to be treated like traffic accident. All the seven convicts in the Bhopal gas tragedy have been sentenced to two years in jail and a fine of Rs 1 lakh each and, got bail for a surety of Rs 25000 each. The Union Carbide's subsidiary in India has been found guilty and is fined of Rs 5 lakh for the industrial disaster

Bhopaloshima Verdict or A Bad Joke
By Raja Jaikrishan

The verdict is yet another disturbing reminder that the poor don't matter in India

Video: Children Of Gaza
By Jezza Neumann

A Must Watch Documentary

Imminent Oil Shortages Ahead
By Lionel Badal

In a March 2010 interview with the French journalist Auzanneau, Glen Sweetnam made some unusually bold comments about the coming oil crisis and, coincidence or not, he soon after left the EIA “on a yearlong reassignment”. Officially at least, this was not related to his declarations

U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested In
Wikileaks Video Probe

By Kevin Poulsen & Kim Zetter

Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted of giving classified U.S. combat video and hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records to whistleblower site Wikileaks. SPC Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, was stationed at Forward Operating Base Hammer, 40 miles east of Baghdad, where he was arrested nearly two weeks ago by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division

Right-Wing Zionist Thugs Try To Assault
Peace Activist Uri Avnery After Tel Aviv Rally

By Joshua Holland

A dozen rightist thugs attacked Gush Shalom’s 86 year old Uri Avnery, when he was on his way from the rally in the company of his wife, Rachel, Adam Keller and his wife Beate Siversmidt. Avnery had just entered a taxi, when a dozen rightist thugs attacked him and tried to drag him out of the car. At the critical moment, the police arrived and made it possible for the car to leave

Photos Show Mavi Marmara Passengers
Protecting, Aiding Israeli Soldiers

By Ali Abunimah

Photographs have emerged that show that the Israeli soldiers injured in Mavi Marmara being protected and cared for by the passengers in the ship

No Escape From Guantánamo:
Uighurs Lose Again in US Court

By Andy Worthington

Today the court appears to conclude that a habeas court lacks authority to order that a non-"enemy combatant" alien be released into the country (as distinct from be admitted under the immigration laws) when the Executive can point to no legal justification for detention and to no foreseeable path of release

The Deadly Closing Of The Israeli Mind
By Ilan Pappé

The decline in Israel's reputation since the brutal attack on the Gaza flotilla is unlikely to influence the country's leaders

The Truth Behind The Israeli Propaganda
By Robert Fisk

I wasn't personally at all surprised at the killings on the Turkish ship. In Lebanon, I've seen this indisciplined rabble of an army – as "elite" as the average rabble of Arab armies – shooting at civilians. I saw them watching the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Palestinians on the morning of 18 September (the last day of the slaughter) by their vicious Lebanese militia allies. I was present at the Qana massacre by Israeli gunners in 1996

An Act Of State Terrorism
By Lee Sustar & Kevin Ovenden

Kevin Ovenden is an organizer of the Viva Palestina solidarity group and veteran of two convoys to Gaza. He spoke to Lee Sustar about the murderous Israeli assault on the peace flotilla--and he makes the case that the Palestinian solidarity movement must seize the moment to build wider support for ending the siege

The Flotilla Tragedy: A Turning Point?
By Chandra Muzaffar

In the wake of the flotilla tragedy of 31st May 2010, are there signs to suggest that the struggle of the Palestinian people and other Arabs for justice and peace has entered a new phase? Are some elements of the shift more obvious than others? How should we encourage the change that may be taking place? There are five signs that we may want to focus upon

Israel's Challenge To Turkey
By Jeremy Salt

Through its destructive policies of the past six decades, Israel has turned itself into a country whose policies no government and no people with any sense of moral responsibility or commitment to international law could support. It is not the world that has turned Israel into a pariah state. Israel has done it all by itself

What Happened To Us Is Happening In Gaza
By Iara Lee

At least nine of my fellow passengers were killed by the Israeli military for attempting to defy the ban on delivering aid. Far more Palestinian civilians have died as a result of the siege itself. What happened to our Flotilla is happening to the people of Gaza on a daily basis. It will not stop until international law is applied to all countries, Israel included

Gaza Flotilla: Israel, The United States,
And A Special Relationship

By Sean Fenley

There seems to be a double standard in the application of the principles in the War on Terrorism. The inhuman acts that unbreakable allies perpetrate upon defenseless humanitarian aid givers, are apparently perfectly fine and good. It seems it is the activists’ word, versus the Likudnik government of Israel at this point, and the Obama administration — like finely tuned clockwork — appears to be siding with the latter of the two

Gaza Occupation And Siege Are Illegal
By George Bisharat

Actions taken to enforce an illegal siege cannot themselves be legal. Israel's blockade violates the human rights of Gaza Palestinians and must be brought to an end

Krauthammer: Gaza Flotilla A Threat To
Israel's Existence

By Adil E. Shamoo

Charles Krauthammer's columns defending Israel's handling of the Gaza flotilla demonizes Muslims

Erdogan: The New Hero Of Islamic World
By Kourosh Ziabari

Mr. Erdogan who has determinedly warned Israel that it might lose one of its most important friends in the Middle East is gaining a growing popularity in the Muslim world due to his recent categorical statements about the Israeli regime

Ecological Effects Of Gulf Oil Eruption
Will Last For Years

By John Curnutt

The visible effects of the release of toxic oil into the Gulf, as horrific as they are, represent only a small fraction of the devastation underway. The ultimate magnitude of ecological damage caused by this unnecessary and ill-conceived attempt to tap oil reserves in the deep sea will only be revealed after decades. Species declines and disappearance, disrupted food webs, and habitat degradation will continue long after the beaches are scrubbed of oil and the corpses of the wildlife are disposed of

If There Was Ever A Moment to Seize
By Bill McKibben

Will Obama Stand Up to Big Energy in Deeds as Well as Words?

Coming Soon: Corporate Town Halls
Against Social Security

By Shamus Cooke

Take for instance Social Security. The corporate-elite have written tirelessly on this subject recently. They agree that it should be reduced, and that you should wait until you reach an older age before receiving it. Working people disagree

Growing Hunger Pushes Pakistan Deeper Into Cisis
By Devinder Sharma

It isn't only cricket where India and Pakistan compete with each other. Both the countries are neck-to-neck when it comes to the percentage of population living in hunger. Despite faring below many of the Sub-Saharan countries in the hunger report card, India and Pakistan lack the political will to fight hunger

Shaitan Is Smiling In Balochistan
By Peter Chamberlin

It is nearly impossible for the outside world to really know what is going on in Pakistan, which probably explains why the most closed-off part of Pakistan's tribal regions, Balochistan, has been chosen for the final act of the terror war/drama

International Implications Of Malegaon Blasts
By Mustafa Khan

We are closer to Israel today than we ever were. Malegaon blasts has implications across the seas

Lost Youth Employment in Illinois
By Stephen Lendman

Food stamp usage is at record highs, and millions have no health coverage because the state of working America is dire and worsening for millions facing greater than ever challenges on their own with government indifferent to their plight. Is it any wonder they're disillusioned, pessimistic, fed up and angry!

Dhulia Firing: Fact Finding Report
By All India Secular Forum

Fact Finding on May 6th 2010 Police Firing And Reaction at Dhulia, Maharashtra

When The One Man Army Never Kept Quiet
By K.P. Sasi

A salute to C. Saratchandran, a committed documentary film maker from Kerala, who passed away recently in an accident

Arundhati Roy, Operation Green Hunt
And The Indian Middle Class

By Abhijit Dutta

Abhijit Dutta argues that the Indian Middle Class should be engaged rather than castigated in the people's movement against government of India's "Operation Green Hunt"

05 June, 2010

Gaza Aid Ship Taken To Israeli port
By Aljazeera

Israeli soldiers have boarded an aid ship bound for the Gaza Strip and forced it to head to the Israeli port of Ashdod instead. The Israeli military said in a statement that troops boarded MV Rachel Corrie on Saturday after the activists aboard the ship ignored warnings to divert to Ashdod


Flotilla Choir Presents: We Con The World
A Video

An Israeli video response to the freedom flotilla massacre

Kill A Turk And Rest
By Uri Avnery

Many believe that the “Exodus” incident was the turning point in the struggle for the creation of the State of Israel. Britain collapsed under the weight of international condemnation and decided to give up its mandate over Palestine. There were, of course, many more weighty reasons for this decision, but the “Exodus” proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back

Protecting America’s Security From
The USS Liberty To The Freedom Flotilla

By William A. Cook

Perhaps it is time for Israel to consider that to fester as a boil inside the mid-east, distrusted and isolated, bodes ill for their future and the future of their best friend, the United States, that has supported them blindly these past 63 years. Perhaps for the sake of that friendship they might consider justice for the Palestinians and peace for the world

Gaza: Infant Dies Due To Ongoing Siege
By Saed Bannoura

Palestinian medical sources reported Friday that an infant died at a hospital in Gaza after Israel refused to allow his family to transfer him to an Israeli hospital to receive specialized medical treatment

The Right To Exist: Who has it? Where is it? Why?
By Gary Corseri

The Zionist state demands the right to exist as a Zionist state—a non-signatory of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, bristling with nuclear weapons. Did Yahweh come out of the clouds and declare that this state alone can break all the rules of international decorum with impunity, without censure?

Israel Vs The Rest Of Humanity
By Salim Nazzal & Kate Howarth

After the flotilla massacre, the Freedom of Palestine has become a human responsibility

America's Spiritual Suicide
By Mary Hamer, M.D.

This paper is about America’s addiction to oil and the tragic consequences of this obsession -- that has led to the Gulf of Mexico Oil spill. This American addiction to oil, Oil wars, the Autoculture and other excessive Oil consumption diseases are leading to America’s overdose and suicide

Israel Invites The World To Revolt!
By Kourosh Ziabari

Israel which is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and one of the three non-signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has blatantly rejected the appeal of the 189 signatories of the NPT, including its key ally the United States, to sign up to the treaty and put its nuclear facilities under the comprehensive safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

World Environment Day 5th June
By Marianne de Nazareth

Today is World Environment Day . What have you planned for the day and the years ahead? Think of how you can contribute – it will help you, not only future generations

Illinois: A State in Crisis
By Stephen Lendman

Illinois is a microcosm of the nation. Facing the largest per capital budget deficit in America, equal to half its operating budget, it's in deep crisis, one of many problems being poverty

USA: Acronym For
United States Of Assassinations?

By Sherwood Ross

The bottom line today is that CIA officials seated at computers in Langley, Va., can decide who lives or dies most anywhere on the planet without regard for international law or fear of prosecution from Obama’s Justice Department. And we have a president formerly employed by the CIA who is empowering its crimes, including assassination

04 June, 2010

India's War On People
By Gautam Navlakha & Arundhati Roy

Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights held a public lecture by Gautam Navlakha and Arundhati Roy on the 2nd of June in Mumbai. This was purportedly Arundhati Roy's first public meeting in India after her visit to Maoist controlled territories in Dantewada. She outlines her views and clarifies a lot of her 'controversial' opinions and paints it in the larger canvas of the nation and the globe as a whole. Gautam Navlakha, another writers and a passionate opponent of state brutalities on people and who has also lived amongst the Maoists and written a beautiful essay, puts across his views.- A Video Series

Israel Defends Murderous Assault On
Gaza Aid Flotilla

By Jean Shaoul

The Israeli government remains belligerent in the face of worldwide outrage at its acts of piracy and murder of at least nine unarmed passengers aboard the international flotilla taking much needed aid to Gaza

Letter From Israel: The Flotilla In The Israeli Press
By Ran Ha Cohen

In any normal place, you would expect masses to take to the streets and protest. Indeed, precisely this happened all over the globe. Not in Israel. A few hundred people did demonstrate in Tel Aviv and in several other towns, but then again a few hundred gathered to throw eggs at the Turkish embassy. On the internal front, the Israeli government has nothing to worry about. How is this consensus achieved? How can you turn millions of fairly educated citizens into silent lambs, or worse, into supporters of their own state’s terrorism?

'No Citizenship Without Loyalty!’
By Neve Gordon

In Israel, almost all of the protests against the navy’s assault on the relief flotilla took place in Palestinian space. In Jewish space, by contrast, business continued as usual. Except for a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Defence in Tel Aviv, which brought together a few hundred activists, the only site where there was some sign of a grassroots protest against the raid was on Israeli university campuses

US Media's Pro-Israeli Bias: Response
To The Freedom Flotilla Slaughter

By Stephen Lendman

An analysis of the US media reporting on the Freedom Flotilla slaughter

Missing the Boat: Skewed Responses To
Israel’s Attack On Gaza Flotilla

By Dan Lieberman

Much has been said, but too much is missing from the reactions to Israel’s attack on the Gaza flotilla

Israel's Attack On Flotilla Mirrors
Daily Reality In Gaza

By Eva Bartlett

The world should question not only the killing of non-threatening civilians in international waters, but also the validity of Israel’s jurisdiction in the whole matter. Does Israel occupy Gaza, or not? If so, why are malnutrition and poverty levels rising in the Gaza Strip?

Is Israel Planning Act Of Desperation?
By Gordon Duff

It still holds two stolen nukes for possible port attack

Activists On The Ship 'Rachel Corrie' Challenge
Israel's Unjust Gaza Blockade And Zionist Myths

By Ira Chernus

Another ship is steaming across the Mediterranean toward Gaza,loaded with humanitarian supplies, posing another impossible dilemma for the government of Israel

Sabotage On The High Sea
By Greta Berlin

On Tuesday,, Colonel Itzik Tourgeman told the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday that two more ships are on their way to try and break the naval blockade of Gaza. The head of research in the operations division said, "The ships have not reached their target as of today because covert action was taken against them."

The Hypocrisy Of Netanyahu
By Juan Cole

The defiant speech on Wednesday of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu defending the Israeli boarding of an aid flotilla headed for Gaza, and his insisting that the blockade of Gaza would continue displayed all the problems with hyper-nationalist Israeli discourse, of inappropriate analogies, factual errors, propaganda, and magical thinking. These fallacies have dominated the narrative presented by members of the Netanyahu government and those who support it

What Is Obama Doing At Bagram? (Part One):
Torture And The “Black Prison”

By Andy Worthington

For eight and a half years, the US prison at Bagram airbase has been the site of a disturbing number of experiments in detention and interrogation, where murders have taken place, the Geneva Conventions have been shredded and the encroachment of the US courts — unlike at Guantánamo — has been thoroughly resisted

British Government Investigates
Resource Shortages

By Matthew Wild

This British review of global resource shortages could be presented as an economic, free-trade issue, but, on closer examination, it becomes difficult to avoid the prospect of people going hungry, and possibly also facing aggressive military intervention. It is a humanitarian crisis

The End Is Nigh - Deepwater Horizon And
The Technology, Economics, And Environmental
Impacts Of Resource Depletion

By Richard Heinberg

Following the failure of the latest efforts to plug the gushing leak from BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, and amid warnings that oil could continue to flow for another two months or more, perhaps it's a good time to step back a moment mentally and look at the bigger picture—the context of our human history of resource extraction—to see how current events reveal deeper trends that will have even greater and longer-lasting significance

Facebook And Muslim Outrage:
Gleaning The Wrong Lesson, Again

By Ramzy Baroud

Why are these ‘academics’ and ‘intellectuals’ eager to discredit Islam? And why are Muslims playing right into their hands?

Pakistan: Massacre Of Innocent Worshippers
By Aftab Alexander Mughal

Though minorities are losing hope in the government but still there are many who have been raising voice for their rights and security. It was an encouraging sign that people from all walks of life boldly condemned the attacks on Ahmadis, except some religious hardliners, but still, at the end, it’s the responsibility of the state to provide respect, equal rights and a sense of security to all its citizens without any discrimination

03 June, 2010

Washington Comes To Aid Of Israel
By Jean Shaoul

The Obama administration has come to the aid of Israel in its efforts to quell criticism of its murderous act of piracy on the international aid convoy to Gaza and to manage the worsening diplomatic fallout. The early Monday morning raid has sparked international condemnation, against a background of global protests and calls for Israel to lift its three-year blockade of Gaza

America Complicit In Israel's Crimes
By Paul Craig Roberts

Obama made America complicit once again in Israel's barbaric war crimes. Just as the US Congress voted to deep-six Judge Goldstone's report on Israel's war crimes committed in Israel's January 2009 invasion of Gaza, Obama has deep-sixed Israel's latest act of barbarism by pretending that he doesn't know what has happened

The Day The World Became Gaza
By Ali Abunimah

It was not just "expendable" Palestinians or Lebanese who were Israel's victims - but people from 32 countries and every continent. It was the day the whole world became Gaza. And like the people of Gaza, the world is unlikely to take it lying down

Evidence Belies Israeli Claim
By Ayman Mohyeldin

The freedom flotilla travellers were called "terrorists and al-Qaeda sympathisers"... they were "armed and had planned a premeditated attack". But what an Aljazeera reporter saw on the ship was children's toys, medicines, text books, wheel chairs and much more... not exactly a list of contraband posing a risk to Israel's security as it has claimed

The Legality Of Freedom Flotilla Attack
By Yvonne Ridley

According to international law, the actions of the Israeli military were beyond the law and those involved should be treated no differently than, say, the Somali pirates who are also in the habit of boarding ships by force. Any rights to self defence in such dramatic circumstances rests purely with the passengers and crew on board. Under international maritime law you are legally entitled to resist unlawful capture, abduction and detention. What those on board the Freedom Flotilla did was perfectly legal

The Urgency Of This Moment
By Radhika Sainath

Let us not overlook the urgency of this moment. Let's urge our representatives to end military aid to Israel. Let's not invest in Israeli corporations or buy Israeli products. Let's follow the historic example of the South African trade unionists and refuse to offload Israeli ships and planes. Now is the time for us to call on our governments to be on the right side of history. Another humanitarian ship is en route to Gaza; what besides our pressure will guarantee its safe passage?

Israel's Mad Dog Diplomacy
By Jonathan Cook

The mad dog is baring his teeth, and it is high time the international community decided how to deal with him

Israeli MP’s Terror On Aid Ship
By Jonathan Cook

An Arab member of the Israeli parliament who was on board the international flotilla that was attacked on Monday as it tried to take humanitarian aid to Gaza accused Israel yesterday of intending to kill peace activists as a way to deter future convoys

Why Did Israel Attack Civilians
In The Mediterranean?

By Thierry Meyssan

Israel weighed in advance the consequences of its attack against a humanitarian convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip. What were its objectives in triggering a world diplomatic crisis, and why did it defy its Turkish ally as well as its U.S

The Real Motive Behind
The Freedom Flotilla Attack

By Rannie Amiri

The latest Israeli operation against 700 activists delivering humanitarian supplies to Gaza is only the latest in a series of criminal endeavors meant to quash any hope for peace, negotiation or conflict resolution between Israel, its neighbors and the Palestinians

Time For A Wide Political And Legal Action
Against The Crimes Of Israel

By Salim Nazzal

The victims and their relatives must sue the state of Israel in the international court to let it pay for its brutality. And the international society must put more pressure on Israel to ensure its respect to international laws

Rights Groups Call For Investigation Of
Israeli Attack On Flotilla

By Mary Shaw

A coalition of more than 30 NGOs from around the world, who had gathered at an International Criminal Court (ICC) Review Conference in Uganda, signed a statement condemning the killing and injury of the civilians carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza, and calling on the international community "to immediately take all appropriate measures in response to this unacceptable violence."

Israel Is Already Singled Out
By Kourosh Ziabari

Israel has not been singled out in the final document of the NPT review conference. Israel is already a singled-out country which kills, imprisons, destructs, invades and exploits without being questioned or held accountable

The Flotilla Attack Spin: How The BBC
Spends Your Licence Money

By William Bowles

I think it’s worth analyzing a ‘complete analysis’ by the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent [sic] Jonathan Marcus as to how they pull off the stunt of pulling the wool over the reader’s eyes

How And Why I got 'On-Board'

By Eileen Fleming

I am an American without a drop of Arab blood within me and my org has been an endorsing org of the FREEDOM FLOTILLA, since I learned about it on the final day of the 27th annual American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's Washington, D.C. Conference on 10 June 2007

Canada on Israel - Defending Oppression -
Criminalizing Dissent

By Diane V. McLoughlin

Open letter to Members of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA) et al, via the kind assistance of the Office of the Secretariat

Life In Occupied East Jerusalem
By Stephen Lendman

Its longstanding neglect and abuse are especially evident in East Jerusalem and Gaza under siege. But the entire Palestinian population is affected, including Israeli citizens, enduring relentless persecution, discrimination and systemic violence to crack their spirit and dispossess them - something Israel's failed at for over six decades, showing its mindlessness to the Palestinian spirit to endure, survive, and eventually overcome what can't be sustained nor will be, no matter how many more decades of struggle it takes

The Dark Shadow Of Corporations
By Wanda Marie Woodward, M.S.

Since the desires and behaviors of these multinational corporations---and, yes, of the public---are threatening all life on the planet in the mineral, plant, animal, and human arenas, this issue of the dark shadow is no small or joking matter of which Jungian analysts are so intimately aware. Would that we could all be so aware

The Real War Heroes
By William T. Hathaway

The opening chapter from the just-published book, RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War, which presents the first-person experiences of war resisters, deserters, and peace activists in the USA, Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan

Obama, Oil, Lies And Money
By Ann Robertson

The BP oil disaster in the Gulf region, which is irreversibly destroying sensitive wildlife habitats while putting thousands of people out of work whose livelihood depended on the environment, offers yet one more example of how the government operates, whether Democrats or Republicans are at the helm

Terror In the Name Of Terror
By M Shamsur Rabb Khan

A probe report by Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police that has accused an army Major and his team of entering a criminal conspiracy to abduct three Kashmiri youths, who were later killed in an alleged fake encounter, is a chilling reminder of the criminal intimidation of Muslims in the name of terrorism

Orissa Situation Worsening
By Surya Shankar Dash

The situation in Orissa is gradually worsening in every area where people have put up brave resistances against forcible land acquisition and mindless mining and industrialization at the cost of life and livelihoods of millions of people. It is very difficult to say if these movements can withstand the disaster which looks so imminent

Maoists Nurse Grassroots
By Raja Jaikrishan

The success of evicting Tata from Singur catapulted Mamata Banerjee as the savior of adivasis in Singur. She maintained since that land couldn’t be taken from unwilling peasants. She has humbled the CPM in Bengal, twice –first during the Lok Sabha poll and now in the civic body poll with the support of the Maoists

01 June, 2010

Israel Assaulting Our Future
By Satya Sagar

Once again the Israelis have carried out a despicable act of wanton destruction, this time killing over a score peace activists aboard aid ships headed for Gaza. Watching the unfolding outrage a simple question very high on many minds must be “How in hell does this artificially concocted child of European guilt and American ambition get away with all this again and again and again?’

The Rachel Corrie MV Continues To Sail
Towards Gaza In Defiance Of Israeli Threats

By Michel Chossudovsky

Following Israel's criminal raid in international waters on May 31st, the Rachel Corrie MV continues to sail towards the Gaza coastline in defiance of Israeli threats. In an act of tremendous courage, the Rachel Corrie MV is determined to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza

Passengers Recount Mid-Sea Horror
By Aljazeera

Israel has started releasing some of the 700 activists it captured after it troops stormed a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza. Here are excerpts of what some of the freed passengers had to say

3 Dead In Israeli Air Strike On Gaza
By Ma'an News

Medics in the Gaza Strip confirmed three dead following an Israeli air strike on the northern Strip near the town of Beit Lahiya on Tuesday afternoon

The Tyranny Of Disequilibriated Diplomacy
By Iqbal Alimohamed

It would be a sheer travesty of international diplomacy, if the Israelis were once again allowed to talk their way out of their errant and abhorrent behavior

US Navy Veterans Continue To Seek Justice
For Israeli Attack

By Dahr Jamail

This is not the first time the Israeli military has attacked a nonthreatening entity in international waters. On June 8, 1967, while sailing in international waters, the US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked by air and naval forces of the state of Israel. Of the Liberty's crew of 294, more than half were killed or wounded. More than 40 years later, survivors are still seeking justice

Felled By Pathocracy: Rachel Corrie, Palestinians
And 20 Newly Dead Humanitarians

By Rady Ananda 

Yesterday, Israel added to its war crimes by attacking a Gaza humanitarian aid ship in international waters. Twenty people are reported dead, and the remaining 700 passengers abducted. Today, on Memorial Day, many of us pause to remember those who died in the cause of social justice, rather than imperial aims. One of those fallen heroes is Rachel Corrie (1979-2003), who has become an international icon for the horrific and ongoing genocide being perpetrated on Palestine by Israel

My Letter To The President
By Mirza Yawar Baig

My question to you Mr. President is, ‘How do you want to be remembered by your daughters? As a man who stood for what is right even though it cost him his job? Or……

Attack On Freedom Flotilla- Come On Obama,
Earn Your Nobel!

By Dr. Shah Alam Khan

The Israeli attack on the Turkish boats carrying humanitarian aid to the caged people of Gaza is an opportunity thrown by history towards President Barrack Obama to earn his Nobel Peace Prize

BRussells Tribunal Petition Against
Apartheid Israeli Piracy

By Dr Gideon Polya

The eminent BRussells Tribunal has issued a powerful statement over the latest Israeli mass murder and piracy and urges good people to sign the Petition

Direct Bias Showed On BBC On Flotilla Crime
By Palestinian Return Centre

The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) expressed its deep apprehension and anger over the BBC coverage regarding freedom Flotilla

Israel’s International Piracy
By Dr. Elias Akleh

Those countries claiming to be partners in fighting global terror should also join in fighting Israeli terror. Those countries, which are fighting Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, should also fight Israeli piracy in the Mediterranean

Has Israel Declared War On
The International Community?

By Pablo Ouziel

One cannot predict the outcome of this massacre; nevertheless, there are clear signs pointing to the potential beginning of a new epoch, for Israel, for Palestine, for the Middle East, and for the citizens of the world. Defining this epoch will revolve around determining whether Israel¹s latest act, is an act of war against numerous members of the International community

Intentational Law And Israel's War On Gaza
By Francis A. Boyle

The UN must help uphold Human rights and Justice for Palestinian People, by seriously considering establishing an International criminal tribunal for Israel, (ICTI) in order that Israeli Gov., be held accountable for war crimes

Crushing Exploitation Of The European People –
But For How Long?

By Garda Ghista

Let us not wait for leaders. Let us become the leaders the world waits for. Let us adore the suffering human beings everywhere and work day and night to accelerate change in the economic and social order, so that their suffering comes to an end. We can do no less

The Indian Government Should Surrender
To The Maoists: An Immodest Proposal

By Jesse Ross Knutson

Jesse Ross Knutson suggests that Indian state will do well to avoid a confrontation with Maoists and surrender to their policies

Charu Mazumdar's Vision
By Nirmalangshu Mukherji

Charu Mazumdar’s “annihilation campaign” enshrined in his “vision” was widely applied in West Bengal and elsewhere during 1970-72. After the movement virtually died out in Bengal, it basically shifted to the forests of Andhra and Bihar. What about the new areas in which the party is trying to extend its influence?

Gyaneshwari Train Derailment:
Weaving A Whodunit Tale

By Raja Jaikrishan

Electoral expediency has cast a long shadow over the whodunit story. Once again human lives have been sacrificed at the altar of power

American Denial
By Tom Engelhardt

I feel no pride over the oil-slimed, war-making, money-blowing country that my generation has left you. Not for a second. I wouldn’t chose to be you, not given the tools we’ve left you to work with. But you are, of course, you. That’s the one choice you can’t make, so make something of it

Ask Not What Your Eco-System Can Do For You…
By Mickey Z.

Any granola worth his or her patchouli wants global warming reversed, animal extinctions halted, and all noxious chemicals outlawed yesterday ...but that's not the only reason why we make the sometimes unpopular eco-choices day-in and day-out. It's also because we believe in doing the right thing for our eco-system—regardless of what the long term impact may or may not be

Canada's War on Islam: The Case of
Mohamed Harkat

By Stephen Lendman

Like in America post-9/11, Canadian Muslims have been victimized, vilified, and persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, prominence, and activism. Mohamed Harkat is one of many prime examples, an innocent man victimized for political advantage, so far denied due process and judicial fairness

Half Muslims And Non-Muslims
By Farzana Versey

A reflection on Muslim minorities in the context of the attack on Ahmadi community in Lahore

Projecting Retrograde Fatwas:
Reinforcing Stereotypes

By Ram Puniyani

From within the Muslim community more voices are coming up against these fatwas and there is need that that more voices, including those of women should be projected against such retrograde fatwas. While the majority of the people of the country must realize that the fatwas do not represent a homogenous community waiting to lap them up. It is obligatory on the part of media to give equal projection of those Muslims who are opposed to the cult of such fatwas

31 May, 2010

Israel Attacks Freedom Flotilla: 19 Killed
By Aljazeera

Israeli commandos have attacked a flotilla of aid-carrying ships off the coast of the Gaza Strip, killing up to 19 people on board. Dozens of others were injured when troops raided the convoy of six ships, dubbed the Freedom Flotilla, early on Monday

World Outcry Over Israeli Flotilla Attack
By Ma'an News Agency

International outcry is pouring over Israeli flotilla attack

End Israeli Impunity Now
By Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney Mourns the Dead of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza: People of the U.S. and the world must end Israeli impunity now!

The Gaza Flotilla – Your Move, Mr. President
By Alan Hart

As I write from America, with the drama and implications of Israel’s murderous attack on the Gaza Flotilla still being played out, I find myself wondering if President Obama will have the balls to say to Israel, “Enough is enough”

“Those Responsible Must Be Held
Criminally Accountable”

By Richard Falk (UN Rapporteur for Palestine)

This incident should serve as a wakeup call for a complicit international community

Israel: Massacre At Sea
By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar

The cold-blooded massacre of 20 unarmed peace activists by commandos from the Israeli army in the eastern Mediterranean in the early hours of 31st May 2010 has once again revealed to the world what this rogue regime is all about. It is evil incarnate

Brave Israeli Commandos Slaughter
Aid Activists at Sea

By Stephen Lendman

Even America's major media can't duck a crime this grave - attacking and slaughtering up to 20 Gaza Freedom Flotilla activists and injuring dozens more

“Criminal Pirate” Israel Makes A Fool Of The OECD
Only Days After It Clasped The Viper To Its Bosom

By Stuart Littlewood

This morning I’m hearing reports of 20 or more dead and dozens injured after Israeli forces attacked the Free Gaza flotilla in international waters and gunned down unarmed crew and passengers. This is no surprise. Israel had been threatening for weeks to use violence, as is its style, to intercept the peaceful mission

Welcome To BBC Israel
By William Bowles

The BBC has outdone itself this time with an outrageous piece of blatant Israeli propaganda

Attack On Freedom Flotilla Was Beyond The Pale
By Gul Jammas Hussain

The blood of the men and women who sacrificed their lives on Monday for the cause of Palestine will not have been spilt in vain and will usher in a new era of hope for the oppressed people of Palestine