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Video: US & S.Korean bombers and jets fly over peninsula in display of force

Two B-1B and four F-35B fighter jets from the US military joined four F-15K jets from South Korea as they flew from the Marine...

Pink Floyd Founder Roger Waters: BDS Is Admirable Display of Resistance

Today we spend the hour with the world-famous British musician Roger Waters, founding member of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd. In recent years,...
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Video: Pink Floyd Founder Roger Waters: BDS is One of “Most Admirable” Displays of...

https://democracynow.org - Today we spend the hour with the world-famous British musician Roger Waters, founding member of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd. Via Youtube
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Video: ‘Russian Knights’ team perform amazing display at Army 2017 show

The Russian Knights aerobatic team roared through the skies at the 'Army-2017' International Military-Technical Forum in Kubinka on August 26, 2017 ... Via Youtube

Kushner meets with Egyptian officials amid dispute over slashed American aid

Published time: 23 Aug, 2017 15:26 Edited time: 23 Aug, 2017 19:17 US President Donald Trump’s...
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Video: Military equipment seized from ISIS and Al-Nusra put on display at Army 2017

Military equipment seized from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Jabhat al-Nusra was put on display at the International ... Via Youtube
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Video: Rome police disperse rioting migrants with water cannons

Rome police have used water cannons to disperse more than a hundred migrants. Crowds of migrants had taken to the streets in protest over...

Met Police chief Cressida Dick ignoring ‘racially disproportionate’ stop & search, activists tell RT

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is not taking the disproportionate use of stop and search...

Trump condemns ‘display of hatred, bigotry & violence on many sides’ after Charlottesville clashes

President Trump has condemned the violent clashes and a car ramming incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying...

Walmart gun display sign says, ‘Own the school year like a hero,’ internet loses...

An apparent miscommunication resulted in a mixup with a sign in a Walmart store. A showroom case of long guns was tagged with a...

UK to send warship to South China Sea amid maritime dispute – defense sec

Published time: 27 Jul, 2017 13:09 The Royal Navy will deploy a warship to the...
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Video: NATO gets involved in Germany-Turkey dispute as tensions rise

Berlin's right to visit German troops at a NATO Konya airbase in Turkey is non-negotiable, says Chancellor Angela Merkel, adding she will “flatly” deny...

Republicans Set to Lose a Vote, if Mississippi Union Dispute Goes Before NLRB

If workers at a Nissan plant in Mississippi vote to be represented by the United Auto Workers, it will create a bargaining unit of...

Australian cricket pay dispute escalates

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First DREAMer deported under Trump files new evidence, disputing government's account

Eyewitnesses claim that immigration officers illegally forced a “dreamer” over the border, according to court documents...
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Video: Devastation in Mosul: Iraq Seizes City from ISIS, But Battle Left Thousands Dead...

https://democracynow.org - Iraq's nine-month-long battle to retake Mosul from the self-proclaimed Islamic State is coming to an end, but the humanitarian crisis is ... Via...
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Video: Clash of G20: Police uses tear gas to disperse raging protesters

Violence continues in the streets of Hamburg, which is seeing a mass protest against the G20 summit. The police are dispersing the protesters with...

Vijay Prashad on Displaced People

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Racial disparity in US infant mortality increasing – study

The gap between black and white infant mortality rates is growing wider after a decade of...

Samantha Cameron has ‘no disposable income’ despite aristocratic family & ex-PM husband’s wealth

Samantha Cameron, wife of former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and daughter of a multi-millionaire...

Contending With the Trump Regime's New Immigration Practices: A Dispatch From the Trenches

Silvia Maceda, a native of Mexico who lives in Staten Island under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, at a march in New...
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Video: White Helmet member allegedly caught on camera disposing of beheaded soldiers (GRAPHIC)

A member of the so-called White Helmets which has been hailed by the western media as 'peace-bearing heroes' has been caught on camera helping...
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Video: ‘Combat fight contest’: Kim enjoys N Korea’s air force display

North Korea's leader enjoys air force display RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday ... Via Youtube
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Video: ‘Luxury car vending machine’: Million-dollar supercars on display in Singapore

A futuristic 15-story showroom in Singapore dubbed the 'world's largest luxury car vending machine,' has opened, offering customers million-dollar supercars ... Via Youtube

Hate on display: Noose found in DC African American museum & N-word scrawled on...

Published time: 1 Jun, 2017 03:54 A noose was found at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of...

Bomb disposal unit deployed in Wigan in connection with Manchester attack investigation

Residents were forced to leave their homes in Wigan for the second time in five days as a bomb disposal unit was deployed in...

Alleged Russia-Taliban Arms Link Disputed

Exclusive: Recent Russia-bashing has included U.S. claims that Moscow is arming the Afghan Taliban, but a senior U.S. intelligence official...

Army and bomb disposal units respond to incident in Manchester

Published time: 25 May, 2017 09:50 Edited time: 25 May, 2017 10:47 Manchester police say...
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Video: ‘Day of Rage’: IDF disperses Palestinian rally over hunger strike with rubber bullets...

Clashes broke out between protesters and soldiers from the Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Hebron, Friday, during a rally in support...

"Clean This Place, Don't Displace": Activists Battle for Environmental Justice in Washington, DC

April 25, 2016, protest of soccer stadium groundbreaking residents from Syphax Gardens, Q St. Corridor and Greenleaf. (Photo: Kari Fulton) Want to see more coverage...

US immigrant population at record level, with Asians set to overtake Hispanics – study

A new study finds that the immigrant population in the US has reached an all-time high,...
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Video: Chilean police disperse May Day demo with water cannon

Police used water cannon against demonstrators who took to the streets of Santiago on International Workers' Day, Monday. Protesters gathered in the centre of...

Striking for Sanctuary and Protection: A May Day Dispatch From the Cosecha Movement

Protesters take part in an action at the Suffolk County corrections facility in Boston on April 24, 2017. (Credit: Cosecha) Since election night 2016, the...
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Video: ‘Prisoner Day’ Clashes: IDF disperse Palestinian protesters in Bethlehem

Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem as Palestinians marked Prisoners' Day. Via Youtube

Iraqis Making Freelance Bomb Disposal Into a Lucrative New Business

When someone gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right? And so it goes in Freedom Land of Iraq, where for many, now out from under...
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Video: Pyongyang Parade: North Korea displays new ICBMs & submarine-based missiles

Amid regional “military hysteria,” North Korea has marked the 105th birth anniversary of its founding leader Kim Il-sung with a military parade in Pyongyang,...
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Video: Batons & Horses: Dutch police disperse Anti-Fascist demo at PEGIDA march in Groningen

Scuffles broke out between police and hundreds of people taking part in a counter-protest against a demonstration organised by the far-right, anti-Muslim group ... Via...
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Video: ‘No dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons’ – Trump on US military...

The US has launched 50 to 60 Tomahawk missiles against the Syrian military base near Homs after President Donald Trump ordered the strikes in...
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Video: Divorce dispute: Will Gibraltar stay with UK after Brexit?

As the UK officially starts the process of leaving the European Union, there's yet another problem London faces in its negotiations with Brussels -...

CrowdStrike Rewrites Part of Disputed Russian Hacking Report

U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has revised and retracted statements it used to buttress claims of Russian hacking during last year's American presidential...

DOJ dispatches immigration judges to expedite deportations

Published time: 18 Mar, 2017 03:00 Judges are being temporarily reassigned to immigration courts in 12 major...
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Video: Mass exodus: Almost 100,000 displaced in West Mosul in 19 days

Almost 100000 people have been displaced from the Western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul in the last 19 days, over which the...
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Video: Just take my money: Russia manufacturer displays wooden toy firearms building kit

Russian manufacturer T.A.R.G. displayed wooden gun building kit for 'fathers and sons'. The lineup of models includes historical weapons for collectors, sports ... Via Youtube
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Video: Police disperse crowds of Turkish protesters in Rotterdam

Hundreds of pro-Turkey protesters scuffled with police early on Sunday as authorities tried to end a demonstration outside the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam. Via Youtube
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Video: Millions displaced by humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, more than 80% relying on aid–...

A Saudi airstrike has reportedly hit a marketplace in Yemen, killing 20 civilians, including children. That's according to medics and military sources on the...
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Video: ‘No cooperation agreement’ as number of civilians displaced from Mosul is increasing

More than half of those who have fled are children and the majority of the rest women. Iraq's minister of displacement and migration said...
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Video: 3-week miners’ strike dispersed by tear gas and water cannons in Chile

The three-week strike by workers at the Escondida copper mine in northern Chile turned violent on Wednesday after protesters blocked a highway, prompting ... Via...
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Video: Future of garbage disposal: China tests flame-throwing drones

It may be some time yet before we see such drones cleaning streets around the world. Workers no longer need to climb a high...

DHS report disputes need for Trump travel ban, declassified docs show

Published time: 25 Feb, 2017 02:48 At least one intelligence officer determined that President Donald Trump’s executive...

Video of cop firing gun in dispute with teens sparks LA protests & 24...

Published time: 23 Feb, 2017 12:04 Hundreds of people took to the streets of Anaheim, California on...

Massive French flag captured by Nelson’s fleet to go on display after 100yrs

A massive French flag captured by British maritime legend Admiral Nelson will go on display...
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Video: Water Cannons & Shoving: Turkish police disperse protesters outside Kocaeli University

Police clashes with a group of protesters at Kocaeli University in Izmit, Monday, using water cannon and riot shields to disperse the crowd. The...
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Video: ‘Now you can screw Donald back’: Trump sex doll on display in Berlin

An inflatable doll modeled on US President Donald Trump went on display at DildoKing Berlin, a sex shop in the German capital, on Tuesday....

ICE Head Ducks Meeting With Hispanic Dems for 'Political Cover' on Raids

The Trump administration is again being accused of "ducking accountability" after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Thomas Homan abruptly backed out of...
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Video: In hot water? Beijing warns Trump to stay out of South China sea...

Beijing has warned the new US administration to stay out of the territorial dispute in the South China Sea. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to...

Pruitt Confirmation a Display of Polluter Influence

Friends of the EarthToday Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is testifying before the Environment and Public Works Committee in his confirmation to head the...

Top Trump aide hints ‘disproportionate’ sanctions against Russia may be rolled back

Kellyanne Conway, President-elect Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and choice for White House counsel, is criticizing...
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Video: Sydney celebrates New Year with fireworks display

Sydney is celebrating New Year's Eve with a spectacular fireworks display. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Black, Hispanic Crime Overwhelms US Cities

Black and Hispanic crime—often drug- and gang-related—resulted in at least 1,044 homicides and over 5,742 shootings in Los Angeles and Chicago alone in 2016—an...

Shkreli's scheme to boost drug price on display in Senate report

US senators have labeled "the hedge-fund model of drug pricing" employed by the likes of Turing...

Five Hispanics Arrested After Assaulting Police at Chuck E. Cheese

Editor's Note: Illegal immigrants? Perhaps the children of illegal immigrants? One can only wonder. Five adults have been arrested after police...

The Valley Whispers

by Emanuel E. Garcia / December 18th, 2016 My temple is a glade,The brook is my baptismal font,And at the high altar of the sunThe...

'Massive disparities' in mortality rates of urban, rural counties from drugs, mental illness

A new study finds that while some parts of America are seeing improvements in their mortality...

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

As the hysteria about Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election grows, a key mystery is why U.S. intelligence would...

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

As the hysteria about Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election grows, a key mystery is why U.S. intelligence would rely on “circumstantial evidence”...

Britain’s post-Brexit trading via WTO could be ‘blocked over territorial disputes’

Britain’s push for a new post-Brexit World Trade Organization (WTO) settlement could be thwarted by countries with which it has territorial disputes such as...
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Video: Chemicals & gas cylinders in schools: Following bomb disposal units in eastern Aleppo...

Syrian government forces are retaking neighbourhood after neighbourhood in eastern Aleppo. But getting rid of the extremists, is only the first stage in making...
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Video: Russian bomb disposal unit departs for Aleppo on de-mining mission

COURTESY: Defense Ministry Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4XiRAh7Crc Russian sappers left the Moscow region to conduct a mine clearance ... Via Youtube

Dispatch From Little Rock: A Local Win in the Ongoing Fight Against Police Violence

Spencer Ellison, whose unarmed father was shot to death by police officers in his own home, addresses attendees at the City of Little Rock's...

FBI hacked into 8k computers in 120 countries using single disputed warrant – report

The FBI hacked into more than 8,000 computers in 120 countries during an investigation into a child pornography website with just one warrant, a...

New Rutgers Report Reveals University's Ties to Slavery and Displacement of Native Americans

A sweeping new report reveals ties to slavery and the displacement of the Native Americans at one of the country's top colleges. The findings...
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Video: Sweeping New Rutgers Report Reveals University’s Ties to Slavery & Displacement of Native...

http://democracynow.org - A sweeping new report reveals ties to slavery and the displacement of the Native Americans at one of the country's top colleges. Via...

15yo grandson of Chicago congressman shot dead in dispute over shoes

The 15-year-old grandson of Congressman Danny Davis was shot dead in his Chicago home, reportedly in...
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Video: Rebels disperse protesters with machine gun fire in Aleppo, at least 17 killed...

At least 17 people were killed by heavy gunfire and about a dozen more were rounded up and executed after hundreds of civilians trying...

Gay Neoliberal Candidate in San Francisco Disproves Myths About LGBT Values

If Scott Wiener is the future of gay electoral politics, many queer people -- particularly people of color and those with lower-incomes...

Obama’s humility: ‘We really are an indispensable nation’

Humility in foreign policy “is useful trait,” outgoing President Barack Obama said, adding that America is...

Written By the Whispers of the Wind

by Scott Thomas Outlar / October 30th, 2016 I wanted to write a poemabout the perfectionof this moment,but the windwhistled all the words awayas the...
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Video: North Dakota soldiers disperse pipeline protest, at least 117 arrested

Hundreds of police in riot gear and with heavy military equipment have moved Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from their encampment on private land in...

FCC passes tougher regulations on data sharing by internet companies, angering ISPs

New rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prohibit internet providers from sharing a user's...
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Video: Robo-fish and artistic androids on display at World Robot Conference in China

Robots able to work underwater, draw human portraits and give massages were among those on display at the World Robot Conference in Beijing. COURTESY:...

Lament for an Indispensable America

America’s "exceptionalism" is alive and well. It’s resurfaced wearing a wig in current presidential politics. Clinton speaks about America the "indispensable" nation....

Almost 90% of juveniles tried as adults in New Jersey are black or Hispanic...

Since 2011, prosecutors in New Jersey requested that 1,251 minors be tried for crimes as adults....

The Unmourned Plutonium Disposal Deal

Exclusive: An apparent casualty of the New Cold War was a U.S.-Russian agreement for eliminating weapons-grade plutonium but the deal’s...

Peres’ Disputed Funeral

Many years ago, Haim Hefer produced a Hebrew adaptation of Norman Byfield Thomas’ “Naughty Little Flea“, depicting an...

No house, no clothes, no problem: Nudist resort offers to take in displaced Loma...

After California fires destroyed eight homes, a resort is offering to house anyone who was displaced...
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Video: U.N. Summit for Refugees & Migrants Creates New Urgency for Global Crisis of...

http://democracynow.org - The first-ever United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants has produced a declaration for 193 member countries to conduct a ... Via Youtube

Thousands of refugee lifejackets in eerie London ‘graveyard’ display

Londoners were greeted with the sight of 2,500 lifejackets used by refugees to cross the...

Decolonize "Hispanic Heritage Month" or Get Rid of It

Since the end of the Reagan administration, organizations and government entities have been annually celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month between Sept. 15 --...

Hispanic Activist Who Criticized Trump’s Mexican Rapist Comments Arrested for Raping Illegal Immigrant

You might remember a Hispanic political activist named Tony Yapias, who was extremely critical of Donald Trump’s assertion that some illegal Mexican...

Military recruiters disproportionately targeting Scottish schools – petition

A petition challenging the military’s access to Scottish schools, where it presents an “unbalanced” narrative...
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Video: Leading Economists Oppose TPP Provision Giving Corporations Upper Hand in Investor-State Disputes

http://democracynow.org - As the Obama administration begins a new push to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as the TPP, more than 200 of the...

Leading Economists Oppose TPP Provision Giving Corporations Upper Hand in Investor-State Disputes

As the Obama administration begins a new push to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as the TPP, more than 200 of the...
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Video: Baltimore Water Price Hike Will Disproportionately Impact Low-Income People and Senior Citizens

Jorge Aguilar of Food & Water Watch says that the city should instead opt for income-based water service billing in order to fund new...

Britain & Vietnam cozy up on defense amid deepening South China Sea dispute

Britain and Vietnam are building fresh ties after their respective defense ministers quietly met to...

50mn children displaced by war & poverty worldwide – UNICEF

Almost 50 million children worldwide have been forcibly displaced from their homes by war and...

Man allegedly added hydrochloric acid to lubricant dispenser in Sydney gay club

A man has been arrested and charged after allegedly putting hydrochloric acid inside what is understood to be a lubricant dispenser at...

America: the Indispensable Nation…Not!

Hillary Clinton affirmed “American exceptionalism” in a speech to the American Legion in Cincinnati on August 31. If there’s one core belief that has guided...

Landscapes of Dispossession: the National Park Service at 100 Years

Late June, late afternoon. I speed the rental westward on CA-120, past where Jeffrey pines loom, then brake at Mono Lake. The sun falls...

China must 'abide by international law' in South China Sea dispute – Obama

As China looks to assert itself internationally, US President Barack Obama is urging Beijing to be...

Russia’s Misplayed Hand with Iran

Iran’s annoyance that Russia over-played its hand in going public about its use of an Iranian airbase shows the risk...

100K Displaced Around Mosul; 52 Killed in Iraq

100K Displaced Around Mosul; 52 Killed in Iraq The United Nations refugee agency says operations leading up to an invasion of Mosul...

Team Refugee and the Normalization of Mass Displacement

Team Refugee (Photo: IOC / Olympic.org) It was after midnight when the small refugee Olympic team strode into the stadium in Rio, the very last...

May urges Argentina to allow more flights & oil exploration around disputed Falklands

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on Argentina to run more flights to the...

Dispelling Illusions

Welcome to the wonderful world of illusions. This is the world where few people can see the difference between reality and fantasy. And maybe...

Uproar after Harrisburg police kill man, as claim he held knife to mother’s throat...

A man with a knife to his mother’s throat refused to drop the weapon, police say,...

Displaced Persons Immolated; 92 Killed in Iraq

Displaced Persons Immolated; 92 Killed in Iraq Although an operation to liberate Mosul could be months away, people from surrounding areas have...

To fight Trump, journalists have dispensed with objectivity

Why are the rules of journalism being rewritten this election year? My local newspaper, the Sonoma County Press-Democrat, is so clearly in...
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Video: Dave Zirin: Protests by Athletes and Displaced Rio Residents Accompany Opening of 2016...

http://democracynow.org - Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine, says protests highlighting racial and economic injustice are expected from athletes ... Via Youtube

Dave Zirin: Protests by Athletes and Displaced Rio Residents Accompany Opening of 2016 Olympic...

Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine, says protests highlighting racial and economic injustice are expected from athletes attending the 2016...

Climate Victims: Every Second, One Person Is Displaced by Disaster

Felix Condoni, Llapallapani's mayor and a former fisher, with a boat in the dry bed of Lake Poopo outside of Llapallapani, Bolivia,...

‘No, it’s meth’: Florida police mistake Krispy Kreme icing for hardcore drug

Police in Florida appear to have made ‘dopes’ of themselves after they arrested a man for...
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Video: Mosul Offensive Will Create More Refugees, Displacement, and Humanitarian Disaster

Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis says the fightback against ISIS requires the abandonment of more military force, and the pursuit of diplomacy...
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Video: ‘In hot water’: Beijing holds military drills in disputed South China Sea

Beijing has announced that it is closing off part of the South China Sea for military exercises this week, warning that freedom of navigation...
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Video: South China Sea dispute intensifies: Philippines wins Hague ruling, China slams decision

China is refusing to recognise The Hague's historic court ruling over territory in the South China Sea, in favour of the Philippines. Beijing says...
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Video: RAW: Russia’s first 3D-printed surveillance drone on display

A 3D-printed surveillance drone, already successfully flight-tested, weighing a mere four kilograms and with a range of 50 kilometers, has been presented at the...
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Video: RAW: Chinese navy holds massive combat drills in disputed South China Sea

Warships, supporting vessels and planes from China's Northern, Eastern and Southern Fleet were mobilised for the exercises, according to CCTV. Via Youtube

‘Suspect down’: Video footage, dispatch tape from Alton Sterling police shooting released

“Shots fired, shots fired!” one of the Baton Rouge police officers who shot and killed Alton...

Poll Disputes Claim of Obama’s Weakness

Democrats’ hawkishness is fed by fear that Republicans will attack them as doves, a concern heightened by the charge that...

Connecticut cops use Tasers more against Hispanics & blacks – report

Police in Connecticut are using Tasers more often on unarmed men and minorities, a new report...

Census Data: Most Common Age For Whites Is 56, 9 For Hispanics

U.S. Census data of American residents shows that the most common age for white Americans is by far the oldest. The most common...
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Video: White House displeased with Brexit but Obama says UK-US ties endure

Another concern sparked by the move is the future of the close ties between London and Washington. The US President has been quick to...

Woman guns down 2 daughters in ‘family dispute’, shot dead by Texas police

A Texas woman has shot dead her two daughters in what appears to have been a...

Fallujah Displaced Desperate; 69 Killed in Iraq

Fallujah Displaced Desperate; 69 Killed in Iraq Nasr Muflahi, Iraq head of the Norwegian Refugee Council, is calling on the international community to...
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Video: UN Report: A Record 65.3 Million Displaced

On World Refugee Day, Glen Ford says that the US has had a hand in almost all displacement described in UN High Commissioner for...

One-armed man hit in-law with samurai sword over pot dispute

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with attempted criminal homicide, after attacking his brother-in-law with a...

US-China Maritime Disputes: Too Close for Comfort

Two recent close encounters between US spy planes and Chinese jets spell trouble for relations between Washington and Beijing. The first, between...

US-China Maritime Disputes: Too Close for Comfort

Sunset on the South China Sea (Wikipedia) Two recent close encounters between US spy planes and Chinese jets spell trouble for relations between Washington and...
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Video: RAW: Police use tear gas, batons to disperse England fans in Lille

Tensions on the streets of Lille are heating up with English fans clashing with local police, who responded with tear gas in an attempt...

From Olympic Stadium To Olympic Display of Human Suffering

Hellinikon Stadium was the official field hockey venue during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Today it’s home – or prison – to some...
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Video: Sanders Campaign Disputes Media Claims that Clinton is Presumptive Nominee

The Associated Press reported Monday that Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, but the Sanders campaign points out super ... Via Youtube

D-Day plan handwritten by General Monty goes on display in London

The one-page master plan for the D-Day landings by Britain’s most famous World War II...

UK arms dealers face jail over bribe to win £5mn bomb disposal deal

Two British arms dealers face jail over a £120,000 (US$175,000) bribe handed to a US...

Not the time or the place: Grab-happy visitor wrecks museum’s clock display (VIDEO)

A visitor to America’s National Watch & Clock Museum in Pennsylvania is no doubt wishing he...

G7 Boldly Displays Its Lies Regarding Anti-Russia Sanctions

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker The official statement from the G7 group, of leading industrialized countries, publicly exposes the entire G7 group, by...
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Video: Birds-eye view: Moscow V Day firework display shot from drone

Moscow firework displays marking the 71st anniversary of victory in World War II filmed from drone by RT crew. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to...

Egypt's Atlantis: Amazing artifacts from ancient underwater world go on display (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Objects from two lost underwater cities recently discovered off the Egyptian coast are being revealed...
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Video: Russian jets rehearse Red Square V-Day aerial display

The Russian military is rehearsing for the V-Day parade, which will take place on May 9 on Red Square, marking the 71st anniversary of...

God's Red Pencil? CRISPR and the Three Myths of Precise Genome Editing

For the benefit of those parts of the world where public acceptance of biotechnology is incomplete, a public relations blitz is at...

When NYT Real Estate Stories Read Like 19th Century Colonial Dispatches

The New York Times‘ Real Estate section depicts “pioneer” Michael Trebek “in front of his multi-family brownstone in Harlem.” (photo: Jacqueline Mia Foster/NYT) The New...
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Video: PART 2: Seymour Hersh’s New Book Disputes U.S. Account of Bin Laden Killing

http://democracynow.org - Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh discusses the reporting he did for his new book, The Killing of Osama bin Laden in...

SAS, US troops reportedly team up against ISIS amid whispers of Mosul mass assault

US and UK special forces will team up to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL)...

UK Special Forces are in Libya but govt silent, Crispin Blunt tells RT (VIDEO)

Britain’s SAS shadow war in Libya must be explained to the public, Foreign Affairs Committee...
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“America’s Afghan Refugee Crisis”: 15 Years into War, U.S. Urged to Resettle More Displaced...

http://democracynow.org - By the time the next president takes office in January, U.S. troops will have been in Afghanistan for over 15 years. It...
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Video: Police use tear gas to disperse migrants protesting at Greek-Macedonian border

Macedonian police have fired tear gas at refugees protesting on the Greek side of the barbed wire fence dividing the two countries. The asylum...
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Video: Nagorno-Karabakh frontline report: Shaky truce in disputed region as sides agree ceasefire

After days of fierce fighting, military activity in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh is reported to have halted. RT's Murad Gazviev visited the position...

Why Are Disproportionate Numbers of Islamic Extremists Engineers?

Is it the personality type of engineering students or the nature of their educations? (Photo: EDIWeekly) In a wide-ranging article (highly recommended) in the Chronicle...
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Video: Police use tear gas to disperse migrants storming trucks in Calais

Police officers used teargas on hundreds of refugees in the southern part of the Calais 'Jungle' refugee camp on Wednesday. The incident occurred after...

UK Junior doctors dispute at a crossroads

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Statement by NHS Fightback The UK junior doctors’ dispute has entered a...
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Video: Turkish police use water cannons to disperse Kurds celebrating Newruz

At least 10 people have been arrested after Turkish police broke up the Kurdish Newroz festivities in the town of Silopi. Officers deployed water...

Media Love to Criticize Trump –When It Helps Disparage US Enemies

Daily Beast “photo illustration” (3/14/16) of the supposed “bromance” between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump released an ad on March 17 in which...

Among delinquent youth, Whites more likely to abuse hard drugs vs Blacks or Hispanics

Defying both stereotypes and mass incarceration demographics, a new study found that among delinquent teenagers, African-Americans...
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Video: North Carolina Voter ID Law Takes Effect, Disproportionately Bars Blacks, Young People from...

http://democracynow.org - We turn now to North Carolina, where one of the country's most controversial and restrictive voter identification laws took effect for the...
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Video: North Carolina Voter ID Law Takes Effect, Disproportionately Bars Blacks, Young People from...

http://democracynow.org - We turn now to North Carolina, where one of the country's most controversial and restrictive voter identification laws took effect for the...

Cops caught on camera eating sweets after raiding medical marijuana dispensary will be charged

Police who were filmed passing around candy bars and joking about feeling “light headed” after raiding...

Rising sea levels could displace 13m in US by 2100 – study

The impact of climate change on sea levels could force as many as 13 million US...

Yarl’s Wood detainees display banner alleging sexual assault by guards

Detainees at the Yarl’s Wood immigration removal facility hung a banner from one of the...

Florida sheriff threatens to ‘lock the Apple CEO up’ over dispute with FBI

The sheriff of Florida’s Polk County has strongly sided with the FBI in its battle with...
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Video: ‘Cooker bomb’ or ‘Cucumber’?: Child mispronounces word, teacher reports to police in UK

A four-year-old Asian boy who mispronounced “cucumber” as “cooker bomb” was recommended for a de-radicalization program by staff at a UK nursery, the ... Via...

Elderly artist sectioned under Mental Health Act after disputing eviction – activists

Eighty-one-year-old artist Tony Healy disputed an eviction order from Lambeth Council in early March, but...

Trouble in sanctuary: Baltimore’s Hispanics complain of aggressive policing

(RT) - Three police raids in a month have convinced the owner of one Baltimore Mexican...

Syria Dispatch: Most Syrians Support Assad, Reject Phony Foreign “Revolution”

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"Penned in St. Louis by Jane Henderson:"

Tim Fleming, 60, grew up in an Irish Catholic family and began reading books about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination when he was just a kid. “It’s been a lifelong obsession,” he says. Now a retired English teacher who lives in O’Fallon, Ill., Fleming uses history as a backdrop for his novel “The President’s Mortician” (Neverland, 242 pages, $16.95).

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If he helped cover up facts about the shooting, why haven’t historians paid more attention to him and any survivors who knew him? • His work was done in secret, and few people even knew of his existence. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a close relative of Liggett, who told me his story.

You also send Liggett on a fictional trip to St. Louis? • Yes, Liggett was not only a master mortician, but also a contract killer who was jailed for murders he committed in Dallas. I have him commit a fictional murder in St. Louis to bring the narrative close to the area I know best.

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"We are currently surrounded by about 75 cops, all guns drawn. Several are in military fatigues. Rubber bullets have been fired in the woods. Molotovs were thrown earlier from warrior side. Currently still in standoff."

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"The New Brunswick RCMP has arrested at least 40 people for various offences including firearms offences, uttering threats, intimidation, mischief, and for refusing to abide by a court injunction on Route 134. . . ."

The Real News spoke to Pamela Ross, one of the activists that had been in the blockade.

Pamela Ross, Protester, New Brunswick, Canada: This has been a peaceful protest all along, and people have been misled on what the whole warrior society and what warriors, First Nations warriors are in the first place. You know, they're protectors of the people. So that's why the warriors were the first people arrested, because they are willing to put themselves out in front of everybody else.

Everyone's protesting because the government of New Brunswick, originally the Liberal government of New Brunswick, introduced shale gas fracking to New Brunswick. And people were totally against it. And then an election came around, and the Conservative government was very critical and criticizing the Liberal government, you know, about the shale gas, and a lot of people voted for them because they thought that the Conservative government was against it. But the Conservative government has turned around, and they seem to be all for it as well.

León: A live shot was reported, but neither side took responsibility for it. Five police cruisers were set on fire after the initial raid. Images like this one published in News World YouTube channel circled around the internet and TV newscasts. While it is presumed that Mi'kmaq people did it, until now no evidence has surfaced onto who set the cars on fire.

This is a video of the aftermath of the arrest published by Chris Sabas, an independent reporter working in Toronto with Christian Peacemaker Teams. She had been following the story.

The siege that started on Sunday, September 29, 2013, after months of active nonviolent direct action by native Acadian [incompr.] communities, and after years of campaign against shale gas, protesters draw the line.

Worth mentioning is Submedia's TV coverage of the blockade. This is part of one of their special reports from the side of the blockade.

Unidentified: We have Mi'kmaq, we have Acadians, we have English. So we all came together. That's why we became a unity camp. Before, we were like this, we weren't getting along, until when they started messing our water. Then we became this.

León: This is a video by Chris Saban of Chief Aaron Sock entering the blockade.

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After the arrest, demonstrations of people protesting in solidarity were reported by mainstream media as well as social networks. Ontario Provincial Police reported that 30 to 40 First Nation protesters [inaud.] and shut down Highway 6 in southern Ontario between the communities of Hagersville and Caledonia.

Just one day before, speaking on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II,--

David Johnston, Gov. Gen. of Canada: I bear the happy wishes and deep affection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.

León: --Governor General David Johnston, in the annual Speech from the Throne in Parliament Hill, Ottawa, pointed at the immense importance raw natural resources have for the Crown and the Commonwealth.

Johnston: Since Canada's earliest days, our economy has been built on our abundant natural resources. Directly and indirectly, the natural resource sector employs 1.8 million Canadians, many in skilled, high-paying jobs. Resource development generates $30 billion annually in revenue that supports health care, education, and programs Canadians cherish. Canada's energy reserves are vast, sufficient to fuel our growing economy and supply international customers for generations to come.

León: The Canadian indigenous fight to preserve its resources from industrial exploitation has many similar characteristic compared to those of the South American indigenous. In Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador, they all advocate for the necessity to balance civilization's growth and the well-being and preservation of our planet and its biosphere.

For The Real News, this is Oscar León.

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ReThink9/11: Revealing Truths, Dispelling Lies


ReThink 9/11: Revealing Truths, Dispelling Lies

by Stephen Lendman

ReThink911 is a new 9/11 truth initiative. More on it below.

9/11 is the Big Lie of our time. Truth is its mortal enemy. Revealing it is vitally important. Spreading it lets many others know. 

Growing numbers of architects, engineers, physicists, pilots, former military and intelligence officers, and other members of the public reject the official 9/11 myth.

They do so for good reason. It's a bald-faced lie. It's by far the most harmful one in modern times. Wars on humanity followed. They continue unabated. They risk the unthinkable. WW III is possible.

In 10 books, numerous articles and lectures, David Ray Griffin provided exhaustive evidence too important to ignore. He revealed truths. He dispelled lies. He did so courageously. 

So have Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth). It's a non-profit, non-partisan organization. 

It's "dedicated to exposing the falsehoods and to revealing facts abut the complete destruction of all three World Trade Center high-rises on September 11, 2001."

It substitutes "scientific facts and forensic evidence" for "misinformation and disinformation."

It "educat(es) and motivat(es) thousands of architects and engineers as well as the public at large."

It aims for "mainstream media coverage" of the Big Lie of our time.

It calls for "a truly open and independent investigation…in the pursuit of justice."

On September 11, 2010, AE911Truth founder Richard Gage said:

"The people of New York need to see the light - that a third WTC skyscraper not hit by any plane was destroyed on September 11th." 

"They have been deceived about what happened on that terrible day." 

"We are shining the spotlight, literally, on the fact that the official story of what happened at Ground Zero simply cannot be true and that a truly independent new investigation is needed both as a matter of national security and as the key to justice for the victims of the Twin Towers."

Griffin, Scholars for 9/11 Truth founder James Fetzer, AE911Truth, and others provided clear evidence. 

It shows World Trade Center (WTC)  buildings 1 (North Tower), 2 (South Tower), and 7 (the separate 47-story high-rise) weren't destroyed by jets, fires, or "crazed Arabs."

State-sponsored controlled demolitions bear full responsibility. Coverup and denial prevents truth and full disclosure from being revealed publicly.

Media scoundrels substitute lies for truth. Search engines are complicit. On October 5, Elizabeth Woodworth headlined "Search Engine Manipulation: Google and YouTube Suppress Controversial 9/11 Truth?"

Doing so begs the question. If best evidence truths weren't so compelling, why else would such extraordinary coverup and denial efforts persist?

Given growing public skepticism about the official 9/11 story, "keeping the lid on a public debate for over 12 years has been nothing short of miraculous," said Woodworth.

Google and YouTube are very much involved. They're part of the problem. They suppressed a Russia Today (RT) program titled "The Truthseeker: 9/11 and Operation Gladio (E23)."

It began going viral. Within three days of release, 131,000 viewers saw it. 

A MOXNEWS copy titled "Russia Today News Declares 9/11 An Inside Job False Flag Attack!" got over 80,000 views in days.

Other uploads got more. Early viewing totaled over 250,000 people. Google and YouTube pulled the plug. 

Their search engines failed to locate the above videos. Doing so shows their complicity in suppressing vital truths everyone needs to know.

Woodworth's article is important. It needs to be carefully read. It needs to be passed on to others. Everyone needs to know. 9/11 truth is vital.

Woodworth was clear and unequivocal saying:

Her "essay is offered to all citizens who believe the government should be investigated when state crimes against democracy are suspected."

"It is further offered to all who pay taxes for government care, protection, and the guarantee of constitutional freedoms - and in particular to citizens who may have encountered chilling indications of covert state interference in their lives."

Woodworth is involved in a separate initiative. It's called Consensus 9/11. It's extremely important. It seeks compelling truths. It dispels official lies. 

It does so through "best evidence" proof. It does it because it matters. It publishes regular updates. It's compiled overwhelming 9/11 truths too important to ignore.

Exposing the Big Lie of our time is vital. ReThink911 is involved. It's a public awareness campaign.

On September 1, AE911Truth launched it. A coalition of organizations support it. 

It aims to raise "public awareness by introducing viewers to the destruction of World Trade Center Building 7 and informing the public that over 2,000 architects and engineers have signed a petition calling for a new investigation into the destruction of Building 7 and the Twin Towers."

In September, it ran ads or billboards in major US, Canadian, UK and Australian cities.

They included New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, London and Sydney.

"Did you know a 3rd tower fell on 9/11," they asked? Enough funds were raised to maintain a 54-foot-tall billboard at 47th St. and 7th Ave. in New York's Time Square.

On October 8, Global Research headlined "Rethink911: Confront the Lies of the Mainstream Media."

"Over the next five days," ReThink911 supporters worldwide will flood five major New York newspapers with a tsunami of emails.

They include The New York Times, the Daily News, the New York Post, Village Voice and Newsday.

"Join this media blitz campaign…" Tell New York major print media publications there's been "a giant ReThink911 billboard in Times Square since September 3rd."

It's too important to ignore. Only half the US public know about WTC Building 7's collapse. Major media ignore this and other vital 9/11 truths. 

ReThink911 and other organizations want them revealed. Growing support can help do so. It's vital. Email The New York times at:


CC or BCC [email protected]. Doing so enables keeping an updated progress tally.

Instructions to reach the other four major New York publications will follow. Contact information is available online. 

Flood them with emails and/or letters. Do it because it matters. Tell others to do it. Demand they report 9/11 truth.

ReThink911 seeks additional funding for a January 2014 campaign. It hopes to reach everyone in New York, Washington and Toronto:

  • 800 New York taxi top ads = 100% market saturation

  • so do 375 Washington taxi top ads and

  • 825 Toronto subway posters

Other targeted messages include "information-packed door blockers" and 30-second YouTube ads (unless blocked or denied) "targeting those most likely to become ReThink911 supporters…"

The campaign hopes to build a multi-million online base.

ReThink911 Visionary Circle donors are sought. For $10,000, they receive an 8x6x4 foot Vancouver transit shelter poster.

Donations in any amount can be made by check or money order made payable to AE911Truth. Note on the memo line  "ReThink911," and the city the funds are intended for.

Mail donations to:

AE911Truth: ReThink911
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Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 292-4710
Fax: (925) 938-1489

Support local 9/11 truth campaigns. Join nationwide ones. Urge others to do it. 

Dispel the Big Lie of our time! Do it because it matters! Do it because it's the right thing to do!


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Published time: March 08, 2013 09:34

A woman reacting as she pays last tribute to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, at the Military Academy chapel on March 7, 2013 in Caracas. (AFP Photo / Efrain Gonzalez)

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Chavez’ political heir has revealed that the Venezuelan leader is to be embalmed and preserved just like Lenin, and laid out in the ‘Mountain Barracks’ where he devised a failed coup. The venue will be turned into a Museum of the Revolution.

“We have decided to prepare the body of our Comandante President, to embalm it so that it remains open for all time for the people. Just like Ho Chi Minh. Just like Lenin. Just like Mao Zedong,” said Nicolas Maduro, the provisional president, on state TV. He is Chavez’s designated successor.

Chavez is to be kept in a glass casket in the museum so that he can be seen for “eternity” and his people “will always have him.”

Maduro also said that the former President will lie in state for seven more days, at a military museum, so that people can continue to pay their respects to the leader. The farewell to Chavez was extended as mourners flocked to bid farewells at the military academy since Wednesday, where his glass-topped casket is currently on display.

Venezuelan soldiers push the protective fences as supporters wait in line to pay last respects to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. (AFP Photo / Leo Ramirez)

Inside the casket, the former leader was wearing olive green military dress, a black tie and his signature red beret. He had a red sash across his torso, with the word ‘militia’ on it – the name of the 120,000-strong force which he created.

The government estimated the turnout figure to be around the 2 million mark in a country with a population of 29 million. Many kept a nighttime vigil.

Chavez’s body was transported seven hour procession on Wednesday from the hospital where he died to its current resting place. The official funeral is to take place on Friday, but the announcement that he is to be embalmed came as a surprise, only hours before it was planned to occur. Maduro said that the demand to see the deceased leader was far too great to ignore.

Guards keep supporters behind a fence as they wait to pay respects to late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. (AFP Photo / Ronaldo Schemidt)

A reported 55 heads of state or government are due to attend, which will include Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The service is still expected to go ahead in Caracas, the capital, to mark the transfer of Chavez’s body, prior to the embalming.

The ‘Mountain Barracks’ are where Chavez arranged a failed coup against then-President Carlos Andres Perez on February 4, 1994. The slum was an area of concentrated Chavez support, and his arrest as a result of the planned coup turned him into a hero, resulting in election victory in 1998.

Maduro implied that his move there may not be permanent. There is widespread support for Chavez to be taken to the national pantheon to lie alongside Simon Bolivar, the Latin American independence hero, in whose honor Chavez constructed the mausoleum.

Chavez often called himself a Bolivarian patriot, and ‘Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200’ was the name of the grouping which first attempted the coup. His socialist rule lasted for 14 years, and he played a pivotal role in re-nationalizing the oil industry.

After a two-year battle with cancer, he died from a heart attack at the age of 58.

Cuban president Raul Castro during the funeral of President Hugo Chavez, in Caracas, on March 7, 2013. (AFP Photo / Presidencia)

“Chavez was a brave and very thorough man who was able to showcase strong character to go through with his plans. He genuinely wanted to rid the country’s poor citizens of their plight and improve their lives. Chavez became the symbol of independence throughout Latin America while he was still alive. He’s joined the legendary ranks of Simon Bolivar, Fidel Castro, and Che Guevara,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Fellow Latin American presidents also lauded the late president.

“This liberation process, not only of the Venezuelan people, but also of all the Latin American peoples must continue,” said Bolivian President Evo Morales.

“Chavez allowed us to restore faith in Latin America regions, so that a profound transformation in the region can be carried out,” said President Rafael Correa of Ecuador.

Maduro will be sworn in as acting president on Friday, and will later call elections. The national electoral council will set the date for elections, which must take place within 30 days of the president’s death, according to the constitution.

He will go head to head with opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski. However, Capriles lost to Chavez in October’s presidential polls.  A further recent opinion poll has suggested that Chavez’s anointed successor, Maduro, is likely to with the election.

‘Chinese ships seen near disputed isles’

A Chinese surveillance ship and a Japanese Coast Guard ship are seen near the disputed islands in the East China Sea. (File photo)

Japan says three Chinese surveillance ships have entered the waters surrounding the disputed group of islands in the East China Sea.

On Thursday, Japan’s Coast Guard said the ships had entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial zone off one of the islands called Uotsuri shortly after 7:00 a.m. local time.

Earlier in the week, Chinese Foreign Minister Hua Chunying issued a statement saying that Beijing had positioned buoys near the disputed islands in order to carry out “maritime weather observations.”


The disputed islands are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

On February 24, Japan’s Coast Guard said that three Chinese surveillance ships had entered its territorial waters near the same location.

Tokyo and Beijing have long been at loggerheads over the sovereignty of the islands, which would give the owner exclusive oil, mineral, and fishing rights in the surrounding waters. The islands are controlled by Japan and form part of Okinawa prefecture.

Tensions heightened between the two countries after Japan signed a deal on September 11, 2012 to buy three of the islands from their private Japanese owner in line with plans to nationalize the archipelago. Hundreds of Chinese held several anti-Japan demonstrations following the Japanese move.

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Falklands dispute: Argentina accuses UK of ‘defiance’ of anti-nuke treaty

February 26, 2013 01:51

A field artillery battery fires during a military exercise at Mount Pleasant British base, Falklands. (AFP Photo / Daniel Garcia)

Argentina has lashed out at the UK for allegedly violating an international treaty and sending submarines with nuclear weapons capacity to the Falkland Islands - a nuclear-free zone.

“We currently are in an unstable stage of the implementation of the Tlatelolco treaty, which bans nuclear arms in Latin America and the Caribbean. [The Treaty] is being defied by the United Kingdom,” MercoPress quoted Eduardo Zuain, Argentina's Foreign Relations secretary, as saying prior to the Disarming Conference at the UN.

Zuain also blamed London for a strong military presence in the Atlantic,“including submarines with the capacity to transport nuclear armory to a nuclear-free area,” alleging they were dispatched to the area 30 years ago during the conflict between Buenos Aeros and London.

“This is why Argentina in several opportunities has expressed its concern, before different international forums over the possibility that the UK could have introduced nuclear weapons to the South Atlantic,” Argentina’s representative said in Geneva.

Zuain pointed out that Falklands constitute one of the world’s most militarized territories with more than 1,500 British soldiers and 3,000 citizens.

The diplomat went on to argue that such a military presence also threatens other countries in the region.

“We deplore that the UK government so far has not provided requested clarifications on the incidents reported, nor has it given any information which could corroborate or deny recent displacements of nuclear submarines with the capacity to carry atomic weapons,” Zuain stated.

The 1969 Treaty of Tlatelolco banned nuclear arms in Latin America and the Caribbean and established a nuclear-free zone.

Conflict over the archipelago in the south-western Atlantic Ocean has been simmering since 1982 when the two countries fought a war that the British won. In 2010, a British company began oil exploration near the archipelago, which has led to an exacerbation of the conflict.

Recently, the President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sent a letter to the British Prime Minister David Cameron calling to negotiate the return of the archipelago to Buenos Aires. The British prime minister replied that the population of the islands support the UK’s sovereignty, which he stipulates would be confirmed by a public referendum in March.

Bahrain police disperse funeral procession with tear gas, stun grenades (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Bahraini protesters rush away after riot police fired tear gas during clashes following the funeral of a teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

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Violent clashes broke out in Bahrain at the funeral of a teenager killed in protests marking the anniversary of the revolt of the Shiite majority against the ruling monarchy. The procession was blocked and dispersed with stun grenades and tear gas.

­Scuffles erupted after armed security forces blocked access to Hussein al-Jaziri's funeral in the village of Daih on Saturday. The authorities used stun grenades and tear gas to push out those who came to pay their respects.

Thousands of people attended the funeral after which the crowd of protesters marched on "Pearl Square" in Manama, the center point of the 2011 uprising.

Several people sustained injuries when police fired tear gas to disperse them, local witnesses report.  

In the village of Sanabis west of the capital, local witnesses reported police using force to disperse a crowd hurling rocks and petrol bombs. Police fired tear gas during clashes with the protests.

Saturday’s events are the latest in a series of tussles between Shiite protesters and the authorities since Thursday, when the country’s opposition marked the second anniversary of revolt in the small island nation hosting the US fifth fleet.

The violence escalated following the death of a teenager on Thursday who was shot by security forces during protests against the kingdom's rulers. One policeman was also killed in that clash.

Although Thursday’s march had been authorized, Bahrain’s information minister Samira Rajab told RT that the killed teenager, along with a group of provocators, were in a forbidden zone “heading towards the police” with Molotov cocktails in their hands.

Two police officers had been placed in “preventive detention” in connection with this week’s events.

On Friday violence erupted after a crowd blocked a highway linking a number of Shiite villages to the capital.

Earlier authorities announced the arrest of four people in an overnight assault on law enforcement that wounded four policemen.

Bahrain’s two-year struggle has taken an estimated 80 lives, with torture and illegal detention allegations also brought against the regime by human right advocates.

On February 10 the Sunni dominated government started talks with Shiite opposition in order to fulfill oppositions’ demands for democratic reforms.

The coffin of Hussain Ali Al Jazeeri, a Bahraini teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, is carried during his funeral on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
The coffin of Hussain Ali Al Jazeeri, a Bahraini teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, is carried during his funeral on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

Bahraini protesters throw back tear gas canisters fired by riot police during clashes following the funeral of a teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
Bahraini protesters throw back tear gas canisters fired by riot police during clashes following the funeral of a teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

Bahraini take part in the funeral of Hussain Ali Al Jazeeri, a teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
Bahraini take part in the funeral of Hussain Ali Al Jazeeri, a teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

Bahraini protesters throw back tear gas canisters fired by riot police during clashes following the funeral of a teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
Bahraini protesters throw back tear gas canisters fired by riot police during clashes following the funeral of a teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

Bahraini riot police move forward to disperse protesters during clashes following the funeral of a teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
Bahraini riot police move forward to disperse protesters during clashes following the funeral of a teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

A Bahraini protester waves a giant national flag during clashes with police forces following the funeral of a teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
A Bahraini protester waves a giant national flag during clashes with police forces following the funeral of a teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, on February 16, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

CISPA, the Privacy-Invading Cybersecurity Spying Bill, is Back in Congress

It's official: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act was reintroduced in the House of Representatives yesterday. CISPA is the contentious bill civil liberties advocates fought last year, which would provide a poorly-defined "cybersecurity" exception to existing privacy law. CISPA offers broad immunities to companies who choose to share data with government agencies (including the private communications of users) in the name of cybersecurity. It also creates avenues for companies to share data with any (Photo: Kai-Huei Yau/ Tri-City Herald)federal agencies, including military intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA).

EFF is adamantly opposed to CISPA. Will you join us in calling on Congress to stop this and any other privacy-invasive cybersecurity legislation?

As others have noted, “CISPA is deeply flawed. Under a broad cybersecurity umbrella, it permits companies to share user communications directly with the super secret NSA and permits the NSA to use that information for non-cybersecurity reasons. This risks turning the cybersecurity program into a back door intelligence surveillance program run by a military entity with little transparency or public accountability.”  

Last year, CISPA passed the House with a few handful of amendments that tried to fix some of its vague language. But the amendments didn't address many of the significant civil liberties concerns. Those remaining problems were reintroduced in today's version of CISPA. Here's a brief overview of the issues:

Companies have new rights to monitor user actions and share data—including potentially sensitive user data—with the government without a warrant.

First, CISPA would still give businesses the power to use "cybersecurity systems" to obtain any "cybersecurity threat information" (CTI)—which could include personal communications—about a perceived threat to their networks or systems.  The only limitation is that the company must act for a "cybersecurity purpose," which is vaguely defined to include such things as "safeguarding" networks.

CISPA overrides existing privacy law, and grants broad immunities to participating companies.

At the same time, CISPA would also create a broad immunity from legal liability for monitoring, acquiring, or sharing CTI, so long as the entity acted “in good faith.”  Our concern from day one has been that these combined power and immunity provisions would override existing privacy laws like the Wiretap Act and the Stored Communications Act. 

Worse, the law provides immunity “for decisions made based on” CTI. A rogue or misguided company could easily make bad "decisions" that would do a lot more harm than good, and should not be immunized.  

CISPA also raises major transparency and accountability issues.

Information provided to the federal government under CISPA would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other state laws that could otherwise require disclosure (unless some law other than CISPA already requires its provision to the government).  

Users probably won't know if their private data is compromised under CISPA, and will have little recourse. 

CISPA's authors argue that the bill contains limitations on how the federal government can use and disclose information by permitting lawsuits against the government. But if a company sends information about a user that is not cyberthreat information, the government agency does not notify the user, only the company. 

CISPA is a dangerous bill

These are just a couple of reasons of why CISPA is a dangerous bill and why President Obama threatened to veto the bill last year. CISPA essentially equates greater cybersecurity with greater surveillance and  information sharing. But many of our cybersecurity problems arise from software vulnerabilities and human failings, issues CISPA fails to address. For instance, the recent series of hackssuffered by New York Timeswere suspected to be from spearphishing and victims downloading malicious software masked as email attachments—the types of issues that CISPA doesn't deal with.

We were heartened to hear that President Obama's new Executive Order on cybersecurity will encourage government agencies to more readily share cybersecurity information with companies, and may even reduce unnecessary secrecy around cybersecurity information. Let's use the momentum from the Executive Order to turn a new leaf in the cybersecurity debate, beginning a broader public dialogue about cybersecurity that doesn’t assume that surveillance is the right solution.

Please join EFF in opposing CISPA by contacting Congress today.

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Mark M. Jaycox

Mark M. Jaycox is a Policy Analyst and Legislative Assistant for EFF.

Greek Consumers Most Pessimistic On Earth: 40% Have No Disposable Income

Chronicling the collapsing Greek socioeconomic reality would be an interesting business school case study of what a zombie monetary regime kept alive at all costs does to the "weakest link(s)" (most recently "Greek Economy Grinds To A Halt As New Cons...

ACLU Responds to Executive Order on Cybersecurity; Opposes CISPA

WASHINGTON - February 13 - President Obama tonight signed an executive order to protect U.S. critical infrastructure from cyberattacks by improving cybersecurity information sharing between the government and owners and operators of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Unlike legislation that will be introduced into the House tomorrow, the president’s executive order seeks to protect Americans’ digital privacy when information-sharing occurs, according to the ACLU.

"The president’s executive order rightly focuses on cybersecurity solutions that don’t negatively impact civil liberties. For example, greasing the wheels of information sharing from the government to the private sector is a privacy-neutral way to distribute critical cyber information," ACLU Legislative Counsel Michelle Richardson said. "More encouragingly, the adoption of Fair Information Practice Principles for internal information sharing demonstrates a commitment to tried-and-true privacy practices – like consent, transparency, minimization and use limitations. If new information sharing authorities are granted—especially the overbroad ones being pondered by the House—these principles will be more important than ever. We look forward to working with the administration to make sure that the devil isn’t in the details when privacy regulations are drafted."

In Congress, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) will reportedly reintroduce the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) tomorrow, which passed the House last Congress but failed to gain traction in the Senate.

"The ACLU still opposes CISPA, which once again allows companies to share sensitive and personal American internet data with the government, including the National Security Agency and other military agencies," Richardson said. "CISPA does not require companies to make reasonable efforts to protect their customers’ privacy and then allows the government to use that data for undefined ‘national-security’ purposes and without any minimization procedures, which have been in effect in other security statutes for decades."

The ACLU continues to support the strong privacy protections in the Senate’s cybersecurity bill from the last Congress, which is expected to be reintroduced sometime soon.

"The Senate bill and the executive order make significant progress in the privacy arena and it is discouraging that the House persists in taking the low road," Richardson added.

Should An Armed Drone Be Dispatched to Kill Christopher Dorner?

Christopher Jordan Dorner has declared 'war' against former LAPD colleagues and their families in a manifesto posted online. (Photograph: Reuters)A major manhunt has been underway in the Los Angeles area for Chris Dorner, the former LAPD officer, Navy reservist, and trained marksman who is the prime suspect in the murder of three people, including the daughter of an LAPD captain (who previously represented him in a disciplinary proceeding) and her fiance. A lengthy Facebook message attributed to Dorner vows that he will continue to kill not only members of the LAPD but also their children and spouses until he receives a public apology for what he believes was his unfair firing:

"This will be a war of attrition . . . . I will utilize OSINT to discover your residences, spouses workplaces, and children's schools. IMINT to coordinate and plan attacks on your fixed locations. . . . HUMINT will be utilized to collect personal schedules of targets. I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I'm terminating yours. . . . I know your significant others routine, your children's best friends and recess. I know Your Sancha's gym hours and routine. I assure you that the casualty rate will be high."

Surveillance drones are now being used to try to locate him. LAPD are so apprehensive that they have already mistakenly shot at innocent people when they saw vehicles resembling the one they thought belonged to Dorner. Authorities suspect he's hiding in "the icy wilderness" of Big Bear east of Los Angeles which, reported AP, is "filled with thick forests and jagged peaks, that creates peril as much for Dorner as the officers hunting him."

Here's my question: if the surveillance drones detect his location, should the lives of law enforcement agents be risked, along with other civilians, in an attempt to apprehend this highly-trained warrior? Why shouldn't an armed drone instead be immediately dispatched once his location is ascertained and simply kill him?

For those of you who believe it's possible to know someone's guilt without a trial, there is very little doubt about his guilt. Nobody has contested the authenticity of the confession posted in his name, nor the threats of further killing. He admitted and justified the killings on his Facebook entry.

For those of you who believe there is a clear definition of "terrorism", Dorner meets it easily. LAPD chief Charlie Beck today said that Dorner was engaging in "domestic terrorism". That's because he has not only threatened to kill random LAPD officers but also their children and family members in order to terrorize the department into publicly apologizing to him. He vowed to wage what he called "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" in pursuit of his goal. As intended, the entire community is in terror. If that's not "domestic terrorism" under the conventional defintion, then nothing is.

Now obviously, if attempts are made to apprehend Dorner and he uses lethal force to resist, then shooting or killing him would be justified, uncontroversially so. The FBI just killed a kidnapper in Alabama when he began shooting at the agents who tried to arrest him, and nobody objected. Law enforcement agents always have the right to defend themselves against people they're trying to arrest if lethal force is used to resist. That's an easy case, and not what I'm asking.

Instead, suppose the LAPD locates Dorner in a cabin in a remote area of the California wilderness, just sitting alone watching television. Why should they possibly risk the lives of police officers to apprehend him? Why would anyone care if this terrorist's rights are protected? What's the argument for not simply killing him the moment he's located? Given that everyone seems certain of his guilt, that he's threatened further killings of innocents, that he declared himself at "war", and that the risk from capturing him would be high, what danger is created by simply shooting a Hellfire missile wherever he's found?

Or suppose that, as feared, he makes his way into Mexico. What's the objection to sending an armed drone to killing him there?

The impetus for my asking is obviously the widespread support for killing US citizen Anwar Awlaki without a trial or charges based on suspicions of guilt: it's far from clear that apprehending Awlaki would have been infeasible, and Dorner poses at least as much risk to Americans as Awlaki did, almost certainly more so. But leave that aside: independent of comparisons to any other case, including Awlaki, what would be wrong or dangerous, if anything, about simply droning this domestic Terrorist to death even in the absence of lethal resistance? What would be the harm from doing that? What are the reasons not to, if any?

Question posed on CNN

As Cenk Uygur notes in the video clip below, this question - why not send an armed drone to kill Dorner? - was posed with obvious sincerity by CNN's Erin Burnett late last week. Given how trained the citizenry has become to think this way, this sort of approach is inevitable and therefore deserves serious discussion:

UPDATE

This doesn't pertain to any of the substantive points raised here, but while some media reports (including the one linked above) have stated that surveillance drones are being used in the hunt for Dorner, other accounts call that claim into question.

© 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited

Glenn Greenwald

Dispatches From Cairo: Bragging About Gang Rape

Dispatches From Cairo: Bragging About Gang Rape

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An Egyptian protester throws a tear gas canister back during clashes with riot police in front of the presidential palace in Cairo.

By Lauren Unger-Geoffroy

We asked Lauren Unger-Geoffroy, an international artist who lives in Cairo, to share her perspective of life in Egypt after the revolution. In this entry, she writes about a frightening walk home in the new Egypt.

Returning a few evenings ago in the crowded women’s metro train car from a meeting in Garden City—the once-plush Cairo neighborhood of embassies and mansions that’s now filthy and filled with crumbling, grimy buildings and garbage-strewn streets like the rest of the city—I was full of brutal and disturbing thoughts.

Just as I had arrived at my stop, the electricity went out as it does at random times almost daily. As I walked toward the unlit tunnel crossing under the tracks toward my street, I shuffled quickly to clump behind a couple with a baby, moving in close to them for security. The darkness in the tunnel was pierced only by the occasional weak light of a cellphone, and I tripped once in a hole, but caught myself.

I was relieved to reach the end and come out into the open, if dirty, air where car headlights gave some illumination. I was thankful that my neighbors, who are always milling in the street among the shouting and honking, couldn’t see me and didn’t stop for the usual friendly greetings. I made my way up my building’s five flights of dim stairs with the aid of my cellphone. Too tired to light more than one candle, I sat in the dark in my apartment for the hour and a half until the electricity came on, thinking about the teenager I had overheard downtown that day bragging to his friend about participating in a gang rape in Tahrir Square.

He couldn’t have been more than 19. His clothes were cheap and his sparse yet unshaven facial hair was indistinguishable from the dirt on his cheeks. He was with another kid on the other side of a kiosk and couldn’t see that I was listening.

He was telling his friend that the women who go to Tahrir Square are hoping to get raped because they want sex. He had heard that sentiment from the popular Salafi TV preacher and ex-presidential candidate Abou Ismail. He said Ismail explained that most of these women are anti-Islam crusaders, and the rest are widows who are looking for sex. They are all devils, he pronounced.

“It is their fault; they are making us do it,” he said laughing, boasting that he was in a group that seized one such devil. He got his fingers inside her, he claimed, and made sure he got her good.

“We are doing a job,” he crowed. “This will keep them from coming to Tahrir. These are not good girls; they are coming for sex. They are rubbing against the men. It is what they want, so we show them what they get.”

His friend asked, “What if your sister goes to Tahrir?”

“She won’t go. She is 11 years old,” he responded. “Anyway, I would beat her if she tried.”

He did not say anything about receiving money for his behavior. Rumors have been circulating that thugs are being paid to rape women to discredit the revolution.

Listening to him I had the same feeling of nausea that I had had when a Salafi friend explained to me the virtues of genital mutilation known as female circumcision.

More than 30 women have been sexually assaulted by mobs in Cairo in the past two weeks of demonstrations. At least one was attacked with a bladed weapon, leaving cuts on her genitals. Twelve women required medical attention. These raping mobs form like random whirlpools in the vast ocean of the crowd, inescapable and invisible from the outside. Their increasing frequency is a symptom of the intensifying disrespect for the authority of the government, and the almost total lack of coherent law enforcement.

This climate of disrespect toward women was further fueled by a recent shocking speech by Prime Minister Hesham Kandil in which he claimed that nursing villager women are so ignorant that they are giving their babies diarrhea by not cleaning their breasts. He also spoke of women being raped in the fields while the men are in the mosque.

These last few weeks of gang rapes have exposed the rotting cultural base of ignorance and misogyny that underlies some elements of Egyptian society and prevents the country from building a stable structure.

A recent front page of the newspaper Al-Ahram Arabic carried the headline “Farmers to be given soft loans enabling them to be able to afford to marry three wives.” The Farm Credit and Development Bank held a news conference along with the minister of agriculture to explain that these loans are being made available to promote the practice of polygamy, which is supposed to help end the problem of unmarried women. Interest paid on a loan for a second wife will be 6 percent, whereas for the third wife it goes up to 15 percent.

Coming home on that night that I had overheard the despicable young rapist, Egypt’s vulnerable women filled the ladies only train car. There was one bedraggled unveiled woman. As usual, the sellers came shouting down the aisle, peddling every cheap thing you can imagine out of their big bags. Everyone looked exhausted—mothers with children, seniors, working women and poor ones. Wealthier people have automobiles or drivers and do not have to endure the metro. A one-legged female beggar was helped through the car by several women pushing her chair. Many gave a coin. The bareheaded woman kept her eyes on the ground the whole way.

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Obama to ‘bypass Congress’ on CISPA with cybersecurity executive order

U.S. President Barack Obama. (Reuters / Jonathan Ernst)

U.S. President Barack Obama. (Reuters / Jonathan Ernst)

Unable to reach a deal with Congress, President Obama plans to use his power to exert executive actions against the will of lawmakers. The president will issue orders addressing controversial topics including cybersecurity.

Although President Obama has issued fewer executive orders than any president in over 100 years, he is making extensive plans to change that. Due to conflicts with a Congress that too often disagrees on proposed legislation, Obama plans to act alone and fully exercise his executive powers.

Obama’s first executive order is expected to be issued this week when the president calls for the creation of new standards on what private-sector companies must do to protect their computer systems from a cybersecurity breach.

The order is a direct response to Congress’ refusal to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) last year, which the administration deemed crucial to prevent crippling attacks on the nation’s infrastructure. But members of Congress who opposed the legislation cited serious privacy concerns with giving the government greater access to Americans’ personal information that only private companies and servers might have access to.

Despite opposition from lawmakers, the president will use his executive powers to issue an order addressing cybersecurity initiatives.

“It is a very dangerous road he’s going down contrary to the spirit of the Constitution,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) told the Washington Post. “Just because Congress doesn’t act doesn’t mean the president has a right to act.”

But the president has increasingly been issuing executive orders, including 23 actions addressing gun violence after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The 23 orders angered lawmakers who are opposed to tighter gun legislation. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused the president of demonstrating a “king complex” by exerting so many orders.

Major executive actions implemented by the president also include orders delaying deportations of young illegal immigrants and orders to lower student loan payments.

The president plans to have a greater impact during his second term by increasing his number of executive actions. He is currently considering extending anti-discrimination protections for homosexuals employed by the government and working with the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions. He is also planning to allow nearly 11 million struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages at low interest rates.

The White House has made it clear that if Congress continues to disagree on issues that Obama considers important, the president will go ahead and use his power to pass new laws on his own.

And even though the president has passed executive orders at a lower rate than most of his predecessors – including former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, doing so has not come without criticism.

"Obama's increasing reliance on executive orders to push policy and skirt congressional deliberation is worrisome," tweeted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

The president is expected to reference some of his imminent executive actions in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Israeli Army Raids Palestinian Tent Village, Dispersing Hundreds

The Israeli army has forced the evacuation of hundreds of Palestinian activists protesting Israeli settlement building in the southern West Bank, dismantling the tent encampment they erected in an effort to reclaim their occupied land.

Protesters hide under a tent as Israeli soldiers (not in picture) spray foul-smelling water to disperse Palestinian activists trying to set up a new encampment on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Hebron, on February 9, 2013. (Photo: AFP) "We came here to build a Palestinian village upon Palestinian land, and to freely use our land in the way we want as Palestinians have rights and own this land," said activist Younis Araar.

Declaring the site a "closed military zone," the Israeli army overran two encampments early Saturday, dismantling the steel-framed tents being erected and dispersing over 100 activists, AFP reports.

They continue:

Soldiers dismantled tents that were being erected in two different areas near the town of Yatta in the southern West Bank, and forced activists to leave, the Palestinian witnesses said.

At the first site no arrests were made, but soldiers used water cannon to disperse activists at the second and arrested six people, including two photographers.

Two protesters were injured and taken to hospital in nearby Hebron.

While clearing the second encampment, five Palestinian and two Israeli activists were arrested, according to an Israeli army spokesperson.

The activists attempted to build the tent village—named Canaan—in an effort to secure farmland for local villagers in areas where Israel plans to build new settlements, Haaretz reports.

"It is our natural right to develop, reclaim, improve, use, and live on all our lands, free and without threats from the occupiers," said activist Mazen Qumsiyeh.

This is the fifth such protest camp erected in the West Bank since mid-January.

Israeli Army Raids Palestinian Tent Village, Dispersing Hundreds

The Israeli army has forced the evacuation of hundreds of Palestinian activists protesting Israeli settlement building in the southern West Bank, dismantling the tent encampment they erected in an effort to reclaim their occupied land.

Protesters hide under a tent as Israeli soldiers (not in picture) spray foul-smelling water to disperse Palestinian activists trying to set up a new encampment on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Hebron, on February 9, 2013. (Photo: AFP) "We came here to build a Palestinian village upon Palestinian land, and to freely use our land in the way we want as Palestinians have rights and own this land," said activist Younis Araar.

Declaring the site a "closed military zone," the Israeli army overran two encampments early Saturday, dismantling the steel-framed tents being erected and dispersing over 100 activists, AFP reports.

They continue:

Soldiers dismantled tents that were being erected in two different areas near the town of Yatta in the southern West Bank, and forced activists to leave, the Palestinian witnesses said.

At the first site no arrests were made, but soldiers used water cannon to disperse activists at the second and arrested six people, including two photographers.

Two protesters were injured and taken to hospital in nearby Hebron.

While clearing the second encampment, five Palestinian and two Israeli activists were arrested, according to an Israeli army spokesperson.

The activists attempted to build the tent village—named Canaan—in an effort to secure farmland for local villagers in areas where Israel plans to build new settlements, Haaretz reports.

"It is our natural right to develop, reclaim, improve, use, and live on all our lands, free and without threats from the occupiers," said activist Mazen Qumsiyeh.

This is the fifth such protest camp erected in the West Bank since mid-January.

Russia braces for Japan ‘propaganda’ as territorial disputes flare

A general view shows the coastline on Kunashir, part of a disputed chain of islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan (Reuters / Yuri Maltsev)

A general view shows the coastline on Kunashir, part of a disputed chain of islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan (Reuters / Yuri Maltsev)

Tokyo is preparing to promote Japan’s position regarding its territorial dispute with Russia, as well as with other Pacific nations, by opening a new government agency.

In an effort to win over global opinion over the disputed South Kuril Islands, Tokyo’s new government agency, called the Territorial Sovereignty Office of Planning and Coordination, will “address issues involving territories and sovereignty,” Yoshihide Suga, Japanese chief cabinet secretary, told a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The South Kurils – comprised of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and the Habomai Rocks – fell under control of the Soviet Union at the end of World War II and are now considered part of the Russian Federation. Tokyo, meanwhile, argues that the Northern Territories, as it calls the island chain, are Japanese property and should be returned.

The dispute, which continues to hamper Russian-Japanese relations, prevented a formal peace treaty from being signed between Moscow and Tokyo following the end of World War II.

According to Suga, the new office will be assigned the task of studying and analyzing the positions of other countries regarding the issue of territorial problems.

Japan has territorial problems with nearly all of its closest neighbors – Russia, China, and South Korea.

In addition to laying claim to the South Kuril Islands, Japan also declares ownership of the uninhabited Dokdo Islands (called ‘Takeshima’ by Japan), which are now administered by South Korea.

The territorial dispute between Tokyo and Seoul escalated in August 2012, when South Korea's then-President Lee Myung-bak paid a visit to Dokdo, triggering a harsh response from Japan.

The uproar was reminiscent of the diplomatic fallout that occurred between Moscow and Tokyo when Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the South Kurils in July, 2012, calling the island chain “an important part of Russian territory.”

In February 2011, then-President Medvedev invited Japan to work with Russia in the South Kurils.

"We are prepared for the joint use of the islands, to offer opportunities for investment, to protect Japanese investment and create conditions for doing business,” Medvedev said.

Tokyo, however, argued that the two countries should first solve their sovereignty dispute over the islands before there can be talk of any joint initiatives.

Meanwhile, Tokyo is involved in yet another territorial dispute with China over a group of uninhabited islands in the East Asian Sea – known as the Diaoyu in China and the Senkaku in Japan – that both nations claim.

Robert Bridge, RT

City of Oakland Battles Obama Administration in Federal Court Over Medical Marijuana Dispensary

WASHINGTON - January 30 - The Obama Administration will argue for the dismissal of a lawsuit Thursday brought by the City of Oakland in an effort to halt the forfeiture of property currently being used by Harborside Health Center, one of the most resp...

City of Oakland Battles Obama Administration in Federal Court Over Medical Marijuana Dispensary

WASHINGTON - January 30 - The Obama Administration will argue for the dismissal of a lawsuit Thursday brought by the City of Oakland in an effort to halt the forfeiture of property currently being used by Harborside Health Center, one of the most resp...

Government to Dispose of Radioactive Waste By Putting It In Our SILVERWARE

114982596706602958 cAlWuJMP b Government to Dispose of Radioactive Waste By Putting It In Our SILVERWARE

 

The overwhelming scientific consensus is that any amount of radiation – no matter how small – can cause cancer and other serious health effects.

(Current safety standards are based on the ridiculous assumption that everyone exposed is a healthy man in his 20s – and that radioactive particles ingested into the body cause no more damage than radiation hitting the outside of the body.  In the real world, however, even low doses of radiation can cause cancer. Moreover, small particles of radiation – called “internal emitters” – which get inside the body are much more dangerous than general exposures to radiation. See this and this.  And radiation affects small children much more than full-grown adults.)

But the Department of Energy – the agency which is responsible for the design, testing and production of all U.S. nuclear weapons, promotes nuclear energy as one of its core functions, which has been covering up nuclear accidents for decades, and has used mutant lines of human cells to promote voodoo, anti-scientific arguments – proposes letting radiation into our silverware.

Counterpunch notes:

Even the deregulation-happy Wall St. Journal sounded shocked: “The Department of Energy is proposing to allow the sale of tons of scrap metal from government nuclear sites — an attempt to reduce waste that critics say could lead to radiation-tainted belt buckles, surgical implants and other consumer products.”

Having failed in the ‘80s and ‘90s to free the nuclear bomb factories and national laboratories of millions of tons of their radioactively contaminated scrap and nickel, the DOE is trying again. Its latest proposal is moving ahead without even an Environmental Impact Statement. Those messy EISs involve public hearings, so you can imagine the DOE’s reluctance to face the public over adding yet more radiation to the doses we’re already accumulating.

Congressman Markey writes:

A Department of Energy proposal to allow up to 14,000 metric tons of its radioactive scrap metal to be recycled into consumer products was called into question today by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) due to concerns over public health. In a letter sent to DOE head Steven Chu, Rep. Markey expressed “grave concerns” over the potential of these metals becoming jewelry, cutlery, or other consumer products that could exceed healthy doses of radiation without any knowledge by the consumer. DOE made the proposal to rescind its earlier moratorium on radioactive scrap metal recycling in December, 2012.

The proposal follows an incident from 2012 involving Bed, Bath & Beyond stores in America recalling tissue holders made in India that were contaminated with the radio-isotope cobalt-60. Those products were shipped to 200 stores in 20 states. In response to that incident, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesperson advised members of the public to return the products even though the amount of contamination was not considered to be a health risk.

This is not the first time this has happened.

As the Progressive reported in 1998, radioactive scrap metal was ending up in everything from silverware to frying pans and belt buckles:

The Department of Energy has a problem: what to do with millions of tons of radioactive material.  So the DOE has come up with an ingenious plan to dispose of its troublesome tons of nickel, copper, steel and aluminum.  It wants to let scrap companies collect the metal, try to take the radioactivity out, and sell the metal to foundries, which would in turn sell it to manufacturers who could use it for everyday household products: pots, pans, forks, spoons, even your eyeglasses.

You may not know this, but the government already permits some companies under special licenses, to buy, reprocess and sell radioactive metal: 7,500 tons in 1996, by one industry estimate. But the amount of this reprocessing could increase drastically if the DOE, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission … and the burgeoning radioactive metal processing industry get their way.

They are pressing for a new, lax standard that would do away with special permits and allow companies to buy and resell millions of tons of low-level radioactive metal.

A couple of years later, Congressman Markey successfully banned most radioactive scrap … but now DOE is trying to bring it back.

Radioactive scrap is a global problem.  As Bloomberg reported last year:

“The major risk we face in our industry is radiation,” said Paul de Bruin, radiation-safety chief for Jewometaal Stainless Processing, one of the world’s biggest stainless-steel scrap yards. “You can talk about security all you want, but I’ve found weapons-grade uranium in scrap. Where was the security?

More than 120 shipments of contaminated goods, including cutlery, buckles and work tools such as hammers and screwdrivers, were denied U.S. entry between 2003 and 2008 after customs and the Department of Homeland Security boosted radiation monitoring at borders.

The department declined to provide updated figures or comment on how the metal tissue boxes at Bed, Bath & Beyond, tainted with cobalt-60 used in medical instruments to diagnose and treat cancer, evaded detection.

***

The general public basically isn’t aware that they’re living in a radioactive world,” according to Ross Bartley, technical director for the recycling bureau, who said the contamination has led to lost sales. “Those tissue boxes are problematic because they’re radioactive and they had to be put in radioactive disposal.”

Abandoned medical scanners, food-processing devices and mining equipment containing radioactive metals such as cesium-137 and cobalt-60 are picked up by scrap collectors, sold to recyclers and melted down by foundries, the IAEA says.

Dangerous scrap comes from derelict hospitals and military bases, as well as defunct government agencies that have lost tools with radioactive elements.

Chronic exposure to low doses of radiation can lead to cataracts, cancer and birth defects, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A 2005 study of more than 6,000 Taiwanese who lived in apartments built with radioactive reinforcing steel from 1983 to 2005 showed a statistically significant increase in leukemia and breast cancer.

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India and China were the top sources of radioactive goods shipped to the U.S. through 2008, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Bartley, a metallurgist who has tracked radioactive contamination since the early 1990s, said there’s no evidence the situation has improved.

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Two years after an Indian scrap-metal worker died from radiation exposure, the world’s second-most populous country hasn’t installed alarms, the Ministry of Shipping said in December.

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The same thing could easily happen again tomorrow,” said Deepak Jain, 65, who owns the yard where the worker died. “We have no protection. The government promised a lot, but has delivered absolutely nothing.”

Indeed, we are being bombarded with low-level radiation from all sides:

  • In Japan, radioactive crops are being mixed into non-irradiated foods

What can we do?  Counterpunch notes:

You can tell the DOE to continue to keep its radioactive metal out of the commercial metal supply, commerce, and our personal items. You can demand a full environmental impact statement. Comment deadline is Feb. 9, 2013. Email to: [email protected] (with an underscore after “scrap_”). Snail mail to: Jane Summerson / DOE NNSA / PO Box 5400, Bldg. 401K. AFB East / Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185

Homeland Security’s Napolitano invokes 9/11 to push for CISPA 2.0

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.(Reuters / Baz Ratner)

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.(Reuters / Baz Ratner)

In an attempt to scare the public with a looming cyber attack on US infrastructure, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is once again pushing Congress to pass legislation allowing the government to have greater control over the Internet.

Napolitano issued the warnings Thursday, claiming that inaction could result in a “cyber 9/11” attack that could knock out water, electricity and gas, causing destruction similar to that left behind by Hurricane Sandy.

Napolitano said that in order to prevent such an attack, Congress must pass legislation that gives the US government greater access to the Internet and cybersecurity information from the private sector. Such a bill, known as CISPA or  Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, was already introduced last year, but failed to pass in Congress due to concerns expressed by businesses and privacy advocates.

“We shouldn’t wait until there is a 9/11 in the cyber world. There are things we can and should be doing right now that, if not prevent, would mitigate the extent of the damage,” Napolitano said in a speech at the Wilson Center, a Washington, DC think tank.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has also been a strong advocate for increased governmental grip on the web and in October warned that the US is facing a possible “cyber-Pearl Harbor” by foreign hackers.

“A cyber attack perpetuated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack of 9/11,” he said during a speech. “Such a destructive cyber terrorist attack could paralyze the nation.”

Last September, Napolitano reiterated disappointment with Congress for failing to pass the cybersecurity legislation in August.

“Attacks are coming all the time,” she said in a speech at the Social Good Summit. “They are coming from different sources, they take different forms. But they are increasing in seriousness and sophistication.”

Despite Homeland Security’s constant warnings that hackers could shut down critical US infrastructure, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was shot down by the Senate in August, even though the Obama administration had pushed for the bill in numerous hearings and briefings.

Privacy advocates had expressed concern that the US government would be able to read Americans’ personal e-mails, online chat conversations, and other personal information that only private companies and servers might have access to. The head of the National Security Agency promised it wouldn’t abuse its power, but critics have remained skeptical.

A coalition of Democrats this year pledged to make this legislation a priority.

“Given all that relies on a safe and secure Internet, it is vital that we do what’s necessary to protect ourselves from hackers, cyber thieves, and terrorists,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the new chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.

The White House is also working on an executive order that would encourage companies to meet government cybersecurity standards.

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Spain takes Iran’s Hispan TV off air

In another blow to freedom of speech, Spain has taken Iran's Spanish-language channel Hispan TV off the air.

The Spanish government has ordered Madrid’s regional government to stop Hispan TV's broadcast as of Monday.

Meanwhile, Spain’s third biggest party, the United Left, has reacted to the move, demanding in an official letter an explanation from Madrid on taking Iran’s Hispan TV and Press TV channels off Hispasat earlier this month.


This is not the first time that Iran’s media are being targeted.

Hispan TV, along with Iran's 24-hour English-language news channel Press TV, have been already targeted by Hispasat's fellow European satellite providers Eutelsat and Hotbird.

The ban on Press TV and Hispan TV in Spain followed a similar move by France's Eutelsat company, which had already taken several Iranian satellite channels and radio stations off the air, claiming that the channels were removed because of “a wider interpretation of EU regulations.”

Hispasat is partly owned by Eutelsat, whose French-Israeli CEO is blamed for the recent wave of attacks on Iranian media in Europe.

Eutelsat SA and Intelsat SA, which stopped the broadcast of several Iranian satellite channels in October, 2012, have cited pressure by the European Union as the main reason.

The EU has, however, denied the claims by the European satellite companies.

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Spain takes Iran’s Hispan TV off air

In another blow to freedom of speech, Spain has ordered Madrid's regional government to take the Iran's Spanish-language channel Hispan TV off air. AR/HJL

California’s Hispanics to outnumber whites by the end of the year

California will no longer be a white-majority state by the end of this year: a new report predicts the Hispanic population will be equal to whites as early as July, and outnumber them by the end of the year.

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2013-14 budget proposal revealed the new ethnicity trends while also outlining declining birth rates. In July, the most populous US state will be about 39 percent Hispanic and 39 percent white, with the former being predominantly younger.

Eighty percent of California Hispanics are younger than 50, while only 73 percent of non-Hispanic whites are, the report says.

“One of the positive attributes of California’s cultural diversity is that not everyone gets old at once,” the report states. “That also means the workplace will change, as many in the non-Hispanic white population retire, they will be replaced by a more diverse workforce.”

Nationwide, Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic and by the time 2013 comes to an end, they will make up the majority in California. In New Mexico, the majorities have already shifted, with Hispanics making up 46.7 percent of the population and non-Hispanic whites making up 40.2 percent.

The report claims that the numbers will rise at a faster rate when the economy improves, with an annual growth of 340,000 Hispanics in California, most of which will be born there.

“It’s a seismic shift, period,” Larry Gerston, professor of California politics at San Jose State, told the Huffington Post. “We’re talking about demographic changes that will be reflected in a demographically changed legislature.”

Hispanics have already gained a greater ‘political muscle’ in California by making up 20 percent of the electorate in the 2012 election, Gerston said. In 1998, the Hispanic population made up only 12 percent of the electorate. With 5.9 million eligible Hispanic voters, the ethnic group has the ability to sway the outcome of elections – especially if more chose to register. Those who do choose to vote have most often identified with Democrats, making it difficult for political figures to gain support without addressing Hispanic concerns.

“Latinos are a window for the GOP that’s rapidly closing,” Gerston said. “Unless Republicans can pick issues that Latinos can identify with, it’ll be almost impossible for them to gain a majority.”

Even though birth rates are low, Hispanics will be California’s largest ethnic group in just a few months, likely bringing Latino issues to the political forefront as the former minority gains a greater voice in America’s most populous state.

Eutelsat takes Iran Hispan TV off Hotbird

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Beijing slams US over island dispute comments

Disputed islets, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, December 13, 2012 (Reuters / State Oceanic Administration of People's Republic of China / Handout)

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Beijing has spoken out against Washington’s warning to China not to challenge Japan’s control of disputed islands in the East China Sea – a brewing argument between the two Asian countries that has intensified in recent months.

­The Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed its displeasure a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured Tokyo of American support for its territorial rights and warned China against any unilateral action in the dispute. 

On Friday, Clinton in a press conference meeting with the Japanese Foreign Minister did not mention China directly but said she wanted the dispute to be resolved peacefully.

"Although the United States does not take a position on the ultimate sovereignty of the islands, we acknowledge they are under the administration of Japan," Clinton said, adding "we oppose any unilateral actions that would seek to undermine Japanese administration, and we urge all parties to take steps to prevent incidents and manage disagreements through peaceful means."

China is "strongly dissatisfied with and resolutely opposes" the comments made by Clinton, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement.

The maritime quarrel which has been going on for years  intensified last year when Tokyo nationalized the islands. China’s response was to increase maritime and air patrols of the Senkaku /Diaoyu islands. Japan meanwhile sent fighter jets over the disputed territory. No clashes have yet taken place. 

"We urge the US side to treat the issue of the Diaoyu islands with a responsible attitude," Qin said, asking Washington to be "careful in words, cautious in actions" and to take "realistic actions to protect the peace and stability of the region and Chinese-US relations."

George Koo, the founder of International Strategic Alliances, believes the US is stoking the conflict between the two Asian powers.

“The US has created this mess and the US is continuing to prolong the problem between the Japan and China. The US is again playing the strategic ambiguity game by on the one hand saying, we’re neutral about this, and we’re not taking sides between China and Japan but on the other hand we recognize that Japan has administrative control and therefore, we would be opposed to any unilateral action. But how did Japan get military control? The US turned it [the islands] over to them. From the beginning to end, the US was responsible for this particular mess,” Koo told RT.

The Islands historically belonged to China for centuries, but Japan assumed control of the territory following 1894-95 Sino-Japanese War.

 "After the WWII the terms of unconditional surrender specifically excluded any of the offshore islands as being part of Japan. But somehow the terms of surrender were changed during the peace treaty written in San Francisco. The Chinese had no part in forming of that treaty," Kono explains.

In 1971, the US and Japan agreed on a deal giving Japan so-called "administration" over the islands. Washington insists it is a neutral party in the dispute yet says the islands are under Japan's de facto administration. The islands are believed to be rich in natural resources.

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Spain takes Iran Hispan TV off air

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Spain takes Iran Hispan TV off air

Spanish government has ordered the communications satellite service provider Hispasat to take Iranian channel Hispan TV off the air in a clear assault on the freedom of speech. MP/

China set to survey disputed isles

File photo shows the disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea.

China is set to carry out a detailed survey of the disputed isles claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing in a bid “to safeguard its maritime rights and interests.”

According to a statement issued by China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation on Tuesday, the geographical survey is part of a comprehensive program to map the country’s “territorial islands and reefs.”

No other details are given regarding the program.

The announcement comes a day after Japanese media said Tokyo would deploy two more patrol ships near the disputed islands in the East China Sea for defensive purposes.


According to Japanese public broadcaster, the NHK, the vessels, including a 3,100-ton Chikuzen and a 335-ton Kurose, are set to be positioned at the regional coast guard in August and October.

Japan and China have long been in a dispute over the sovereignty of the islands, which would give the owner exclusive oil, mineral and fishing rights in the surrounding waters.

The islands, which are controlled by Japan and form part of Okinawa prefecture, are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

China presented the United Nations with a detailed explanation of its sovereignty over the disputed islands based on certain geological features in December 2012.

Tensions heightened between the two countries after Japan signed a deal on September 11, 2012 to buy three of the islands from their private Japanese owner in line with plans to nationalize the archipelago. Hundreds of Chinese held several anti-Japan demonstrations following the Japanese move.

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Unchartered waters: Japan and China scramble fighter jets in island dispute

Chinese J-10 fight planes. (AFP Photo)

Chinese J-10 fight planes. (AFP Photo)

The standoff between Japan and China escalated to a new level after both sides sent their jets to tail each other in airspace near the cluster of disputed islands that has created tension between the two powers.

A Chinese Y-8 transport plane flew near the vicinity of the Diaoyu or Senkaku islands (as they are known by the Chinese and the Japanese respectively) on what the Defense Ministry in Beijing described as a “routine patrol” on Thursday. It was immediately tailed by a Japanese F-15. Chinese authorities then ordered two more J-10 planes into the air, to perform “verification and monitoring” on the Japanese aircraft.

"Aircraft from Japan's Self-Defense Forces have intensified their surveillance activities against China, and expanded the area of their scope, disturbing the normal patrols and training of Chinese civilian and military aircraft," said a spokesman from China’s Ministry of Defense.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman followed with another statement, accusing Tokyo of “creating tension”.

Japanese officials responded by claiming that Chinese planes have increasingly intruded into the airspace above the islands, which are currently owned by Japan. They noted that over the past year alone jets protecting the area had to be scrambled over 150 times, though it is not clear how many of those were a reaction to China’s presence.

apan′s Air Self-Defense Force F-15 jet fighter (AFP Photo/Kazuhiro Nogi)
apan's Air Self-Defense Force F-15 jet fighter (AFP Photo/Kazuhiro Nogi)

The Senkaku Islands, located in the East China Sea, have been controlled by Japan since 1895, but China insists that it has historic rights to them dating back to the 16th century. The archipelago, which is halfway between both countries, is currently uninhabited, but the ground below could house significant mineral resources.

"Our stance that we will adamantly protect our waters and territories has not changed at all. As I said before, there is no room for negotiations," said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the wake.

Japan has just increased its defense budget for the first time in 11 years, while China’s has more than quintupled over the past decade and now trails that only of the US.

For some time the islands have proven a blight in relations, with nationalist politicians from both sides increasing their rhetoric in recent years, but tensions have grown rapidly since the Japanese government purchased all privately owned islands in September last year.

This provoked outrage in China, which turned into several violent demonstrations, with Japanese stores ransacked across the country. Some Chinese workers also organized strikes against Japanese employers.

Economic ties between Asia’s two biggest economies, which amount to an annual trade of $340 billion, have also been damaged, with Japanese businesses withdrawing investment, and Chinese ones looking for suppliers elsewhere. Some have estimated that Japan has lost up to 1 per cent of GDP as a result of the dispute.

his file aerial shot taken on September 15, 2010 shows the disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea. (AFP Photo/JIJI Press)
his file aerial shot taken on September 15, 2010 shows the disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea. (AFP Photo/JIJI Press)

China warns Japan over disputed islands

A Chinese patrol ship cruises near the disputed islands in the East China Sea which are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. (File photo)

China’s Foreign Ministry has warned about infringement of its sovereignty by Japan with regards to a disputed group of Islands in the East China Sea.

"The Diaoyu islands and its affiliated islets have been China's inherent territory. Patrols conducted by Chinese planes and ships in waters off the islands represent normal administrative activities for the purpose of exercising jurisdiction," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters on Wednesday.

Lei made the remarks following reports indicating that Japan had allegedly fired warning shots at Chinese planes, which were patrolling the disputed islands.


Japan and China have long been in a dispute over the sovereignty of a group of islands in the East China Sea, which would give the owner exclusive oil, mineral and fishing rights in the surrounding waters.

The disputed islands are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

On December 15, China presented the United Nations with detailed assertion as to its sovereignty over the islands.

The dispute between Tokyo and Beijing over the islands reached its peak in mid-September after Japan announced that it planned to buy the islands from their Japanese private owners.

Hundreds of Chinese held anti-Japan demonstrations following the announcement. Chinese ships have also since been sailing around the islands, eliciting angry reaction from Japan.

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Chinese ships enter disputed waters

Chinese ships enter waters around Japan controlled disputed islands State-owned Chinese ships have reportedly entered waters of disputed islands claimed by both China and Japan in the East China Sea. MAM/MA

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