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Revolution in Tunisia: News Round-Up

Unity Government Is Sought in Tunisia After Days of Clashes

Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Ruling Family

The citizens of Tunisia rise up, burning banks and the mansions of the presidents’ corrupt family

Tunisia: The Revolution will not be Televised

Revolution in Tunisia: When the Media is Silent, Twitter Takes the Spotlight

The long and short of it is that long-time President and dictator, Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali, has been run out of the country by the violent protests that have been going on over the last few days, and the military has taken charge of Tunisia, with no end to the riots in sight.

Power Again Changes Hands in Tunisia as Chaos Remains

Bowing to the continuing uprising, the prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, an ally of the ousted president, ceded authority to the speaker of the Tunisian Parliament.

Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Rulers

Dyab Abou Jahjah, “Notes on the Tunisian Revolution”

Revolution in Tunisia: Al Jazeera Breaks Report of Military Takeover

The protests in North Africa: What’s happening?

Riots sweep Tunisia, police fire tear gas in capital

Tunisia Leader Flees and Prime Minister Claims Power

In Tunisia, Cyberwar Precedes Revolution

Tunisia: Double or Quits

Tunisia: The Last Days of Ben Ali



News Round-Up: American Police State at Home and Imperialism Abroad

AT HOME

UN report cites US Human Rights abuses

Whistleblower: Coast Guard Implementing Martial Law

VIDEO: Martial Law: U.S. Army Prepares to Invade the U.S.

Why Is Indiana Putting Armed Security Guards Into 36 Unemployment Offices Across The State?

Private Security Continues to Invade American Towns

Government Trains Troops To Run American Cities

Towards Martial Law in America: Authority to Deploy Troops Domestically during ‘National Emergencies’

Earlier this month, the United States Coast Guard upheld its self-declared status as a ‘special’ branch of the military with the ability to prosecute civilians in military tribunals. This startling declaration, unreported in the media, came in a Decision on Appeal related to the case of Lieutenant Eric Shine, a commissioned Naval officer in the Merchant Marines and a graduate of Kings Point Military Service Academy, and was penned by the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard.

Police State Update: Random Searches of Clothing, Pockets, Bags and Vehicles

Police Abuse is the Rule, Not the Exception

Torture Inc.: America’s Brutal Prisons

Secret Tape Has Police Pressing Ticket Quotas

Random Pat-Downs Turn PATCO Into Police State

96 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States

Cutbacks Forcing Police Stations Around The Country To Curtail Calls For Some Crimes

Federal court: 4th Amendment standard does not always apply to mobile phone location data

Dead Souls: The Pentagon Plan to Create Remorseless ‘Warfighters’

Video: The Chipping of America: Secret RFID Implants

‘About 90% of Americans are walking around with a portable tracking device all the time, and they have no idea’

Google CEO: “We Know Where You Are. We Know Where You’ve Been. We Can More Or Less Know What You’re Thinking About.”

Secretive Executive Order Establishes ‘Big Brother’ Health Bureaucracy

Executive Order 13544, Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council is a short document outlining the goals and scope of the order. The title gives the appearance that it only creates a Council, but buried within are detailed plans to carry out the “goals” of the Executive Order.  Let’s take a closer look at the order.

Worth reposting: Inside Top Secret America

A major investigation reveals the extent of America’s vast and heavily privatized military-corporate-intelligence establishment.

Georgia Man Fined $5000 for Growing Vegetables

Police Harassing Citizens Who Film Them

Homeland Security works for the oil companies

The US Department of Homeland Security has been spying on people who don’t like gas drilling and handing on the data to the oil companies.

FBI Forwards Letters to Political Prisoners to Local Law Enforcement Agencies

LAPD Creates “Pre-Crime” Database for “Predictive Policing”

Marshals: Innocent People Placed On ‘Watch List’ To Meet Quota

The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they’re required to submit at least one report a month. If they don’t, there’s no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.

Veterans sue CIA, Army for Involuntary Mind Control Experiments

The Green Police

Is someone out behind your house digging through your trash? Don’t worry, it is probably just the government. When Audi ran their now famous “Green Police” commercial during the Super Bowl last year, most Americans laughed it off and thought that nothing like that could ever happen in America…In 2009, the city of Cleveland has issued 2,900 tickets for trash violations,  which was almost five times more tickets than in 2008. In 2010, the city of Cleveland is on track to issue over 4,000 tickets for trash violations.

US Courts Legalize CIA Abduction, Overseas Detention, Torture Of Innocent American Citizens

It has also ruled that innocent civilians tortured and detained, even after release, have no rights for recourse against the CIA or corporations involved because litigation would jeopardize state secrets and top secret classified information critical to National Security.

Executive Order on “Controlled Unclassified Information”

President Obama’s new Executive Order on “Controlled Unclassified Information” {four page pdf} issued today builds on recommendations from open government groups and the findings of the National Security Archive’s 2006 audit of “Pseudo-Secrets” that uncovered 28 different and uncoordinated policies on marking and restricting official unclassified information.

 

ABROAD

Ongoing Iran War Preparations? Arabian Sea: Center Of West’s 21st Century War

A quarter of the world’s nuclear aircraft carriers will soon be in the Arabian Sea.

NPR Confirms 3,000 Man CIA Army Conducts Operations In Pakistan

Weaponizing The World: From 2006-2009, the United States made $68.7 billion in conventional arms transfers to developing nations

140,000 U.S. soldiers diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iraq, Afghan tours

77,000 Iraqis killed from 2004 to August 2008, U.S. military says

Obama ramping up CIA infiltration of Pakistan: report

Hellfire from the Sky: Targeting of Innocent Civilians by Unmanned Drones

CIA lawyer: U.S. law does not forbid rendition

Norway Probing Reports of Mass US Surveillance in Oslo

Labor Rights in Occupied Lands: US Busting Labor Unions in Iraq

Poisonous US weapons in Iraq kill thousands and mar generations

‘Child cancer skyrocketing in Iraqi city’

US DEPT. OF DEFENCE DIRECTIVE ALLOWS EXPERIMENTATION ON PRISONERS AT GUANTANAMO

9 million Afghans live in extreme poverty

“Underground” Group of Cadets Say Air Force Academy Controlled by Evangelicals



Palestine News Round-Up: Continuing Occupation and War Crimes in Gaza, West Bank and beyond

UN Security Council Members Demand Israel End Blockade

Gaza siege must be “broken”: Arab League chief

Leaked Vatican document: Israeli occupation ‘unjust’

Israeli Document: Gaza Blockade Isn’t About Security

Collective punishment is illegal under international law.

800,000 kids bearing brunt of Gaza blockade

The Gaza Blockade Is Illegal and the Flotilla Attack Was an Illegal Act of War

Gaza: 95% of factories are closed, 93% of water is polluted

David Cameron: Israeli blockade has turned Gaza Strip into a ‘prison camp’

Gazans Denied Medical Care under Siege

WHO: Medical equipment still banned from Gaza

Oxfam: Palestinian village & nearly $30,000 of aid destroyed by Israeli military

Brazil donates $14 million for Gaza reconstruction

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia call upon Nations to Rise Against Israel

Palestinian Holocaust: Children Victims of Cast Lead

Exclusive Intifada Interview with Greta Berlin – Free Gaza Movement

The Siege against Gaza: America’s Ongoing Support of Israeli Military and Intelligence Operations

Norwegian Port Union Boycotts Israeli Ships

Dockworkers, Worldwide, Respond to Israel’s Flotilla Massacre and Gaza Siege

Swedish Dock-Workers Union Joining Protest, Block Israeli Cargo

Historic Victory at Oakland Port – Israeli Ship Blocked from Unloading

The Simplicity of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Egypt Lifts Its Side Of Gaza Blockade

Gaza’s humanitarian catastrophe

According to a report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 50 per cent of the children in Gaza suffer from anemia and malnutrition. Also, one million Palestinians depend on humanitarian relief for sustenance; 80 per cent of Gaza residents live below the poverty line; and employment has reached 65 per cent, especially among the youth and university graduates. Average income per day per person is only $2.

The Ringworm Children: Zionist Eugenics of the Sephardim

Gazans: We were used as ‘human shields’

A series of testimonies in a report probing Operation Cast Lead suggest that IDF soldiers used Gazans as human shields.  The report – exclusively obtained by Ynet – was compiled by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, and focuses mainly on violation of Palestinian prisoners’ rights by the Israeli military during the Gaza war.

The report criticized Israel’s use of the “unlawful combatant” clause of the International Law, which effectively strips a detainee of any rights reserved for prisoners of war under International Law. The application, said the report, allowed Israel to essentially ignore International Humanitarian Law directives.

Torture Of Palestinian Child Prisoners “Widespread And Institutionalised”

Each year around 700 Palestinian children are arrested, interrogated and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. From 100 testimonies, from different age groups and locations, DCI found that 69% were beaten or kicked and 81% made forced confessions during interrogations, which would commonly take place with the prisoner blindfolded and handcuffed. 32% signed confessions in Hebrew.

DCI also submitted 50 cases of children suffering extreme abuse. These include ’M.S’, 16, who was “arrested at 2am, threatened with rape, beaten with a chair, then signed a confession in Hebrew”. ’Muhammad H.’, also 16, “breaks leg during arrest, hit with helmet and iron rod, nose broken”.

Sea blockade of Gaza was “temporary” – 15 years ago

A Glimpse of Life in Gaza: Why Do They Risk Their Lives Working in Tunnels?

The United Nations (UN) reports that “15-20% of essential medicines are commonly out of stock and there are shortages of essential spare parts for many items of medical equipment,” further noting that 80% of what comes into Gaza does so via the tunnels.

Unemployment is at nearly 60%, and 98% of industry, including factories and businesses, have been decimated by the siege and the Israeli war on Gaza.

The over 1000 tunnels running from Egypt to Gaza employ upwards of 20,000 people and allow in what is banned by Israel and closed borders: foodstuffs, oil, cooking gas, cars and car parts, medicines, appliances, clothing and shoes, building materials, livestock, school materials, cola, milk formula, cigarettes, and even people.

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Documenting the Ongoing Crimes of Israel

Israeli War Crimes: From the U.S.S. Liberty to the Humanitarian Flotilla

The Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty

Israeli Professor:’We Could Destroy All European Capitals’

‘Israel may have ordered Kurdish terror attack’

Acres of land burnt by Israeli war games

War Preparations? Israeli War Game Rehearses “Iran Attack”

Israel refuses to stop using internationally banned phosphorus bombs

107 Israeli Crimes Against Palestinian Journalists Year to Date

AP, DPA, Reuters journalists targeted by Israeli forces

Israel paves the way for killing by remote control

It is called Spot and Shoot. Operators sit in front of a TV monitor from which they can control the action with a PlayStation-style joystick.  The aim: to kill.  Played by: young women serving in the Israeli army.

Amnesty International Slams Ongoing Israeli Human Rights Violations

Amnesty International on Wednesday lashed out at Israeli ongoing human rights violations, IRNA office in Berlin reported.  Unveiling its annual 2009 report on the global state of human rights at a press briefing here, the head of Germany branch Monika Lueke said there are daily human rights violations, and the Israeli seige of Gaza is an example of breaching human rights.  To date, some 1.5 million Gaza-based Palestinians have been cut off from vital food supplies and 8,000 North Gazans have no access to water.

Israeli Experts: Ofek 9 Will Detect Iranian Activity

The chairman of the Israeli Space Agency (ISA) says the new Ofek 9 spy satellite will be able to detect any material transferred by the Iranians.  Israeli experts explain that Israeli satellite, which was successfully launched Tuesday evening, will be able to broadcast images from around the world within days. Its abilities, they say, are much higher than what has been cleared for publication.

Revoking Israel’s UN Membership

Not once, during the past 60 years, has Israel shown any intention of living up to the requirements stipulated by the UN, in connection with the country’s membership in 1948, namely that the Palestinians who had been evicted from their homes should be allowed to return at the earliest possible opportunity. Moreover, Israel holds the hardly flattering world record of ignoring UN resolutions.

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR ADMITS ROGUE OPERATIONS, SPYING AND WORSE

In this instance, secrets meant to defend NATO from Soviet invasion were useful to Israel who traded them in order to get Jews released from Russia and allowed to immigrate to Israel. Israel contended that it was their inherent right to that information because they had a vital need for it. In that information, along with locations of all vital NATO nuclear facilities, were the names of all CIA operatives working behind the Iron Curtain and details on their contacts. After this information went to Israel, then to Russia, all involved, CIA handlers, agents and their families were murdered, the biggest intelligence disaster in American history.

Shocking Video Emerges of Netanyahu Bragging About Derailing the Oslo Accords

US gives ‘secret guarantee’ to Israel

Flashback: Ha’aretz says U.S. officials face ‘pro-Israel’ background check

Former CIA Officers McGovern & Giraldi: Israel Controls U.S. Government & Media

Israel Declares new missle a Success, Production Will Depend on US Funding

A Conservative Estimate of Total Direct U.S. Aid to Israel: Almost $114 Billion

US Slams Mention of Israeli Nukes at IAEA Meeting

US officials reacted angrily today at the inclusion of Israel’s nuclear arsenal as a topic of discussion for the IAEA meeting, insisting that it was “untimely and uncalled for.”

Threatening World Order: US and Israel Quietly Announce Plans to Reconstitute Their Nuclear Stockpiles

The Most Perilous Nuclear Arsenal in the World: Israel invites the World to Revolt

According to the Federation of American Scientists, Israel possesses more than 200 nuclear warheads which are simply adequate to evaporate the whole world in a matter of moments.  Israel which is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and one of the three non-signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has blatantly rejected the appeal of the 189 signatories of the NPT, including its key ally the United States, to sign up to the treaty and put its nuclear facilities under the comprehensive safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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Update on the War of Terrorism: Afghanistan

The 700 Military Bases of Afghanistan

Top U.S. officer warns Afghan war will get worse

President of the Council on Foreign Relations on Afghanistan: ‘It’s not worth it’

Afghan conference endorses indefinite occupation

The international foreign ministers conference held in Kabul Tuesday formally endorsed President Hamid Karzai’s proposed 2014 target for Afghan forces to assume the lead responsibility for the country’s security, while acknowledging that the foreign occupation will continue indefinitely.

Fool Me Twice: Biden Says No Exit from Afghanistan

Afghan War: Petraeus Expands U.S. Military Presence Throughout Eurasia

Trash Burn Pits in Afghanistan are Killing Active Duty Military & Veterans

U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Drinking Unsafe Water

Afghanistan: The Longest Lost War

Despite almost a decade of warfare, including an invasion and occupation, the US military and its allies and client state armed forces are losing the war in Afghanistan. Outside of the central districts of a few cities and the military fortresses, the Afghan national resistance forces, in all of their complex local, regional and national alliances, are in control, of territory, people and administration.

Afghanistan, Inc.: A CorpWatch Investigative Report (2006)

Afghanistan’s Other War: Army vs. Police

Secret Prisons and Torture to Continue under Obama

According to a Los Angeles Times report, a senior U.S. official stated the Obama administration wants to detain and interrogate non-Afghan terrorism suspects captured in countries outside Afghanistan in a section of the Bagram prison, even after it turns the prison over to Afghan “control.”  This is consistent with Obama’s record of continuing and expanding the national security state begun by the Bush regime. Bagram is one of the pre-eminent hellhole prisons currently run by the U.S. military. In many respects it is even worse than Gitmo, with torture and death being the result for many prisoners detained there.

U.S. Troops To Serve Under 150,000-Troop NATO Command

A top U.S. military official in Afghanistan says a major restructuring is under way to bring virtually all American forces in that country under NATO command.

President Obama’s Secret: Only 100 al Qaeda Now in Afghanistan

Fake Al Qaeda

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . .” — Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook”

Previous Afghanistan Posts



Update on The War of Terrorism: Iraq – 1,000,000 innocent civilians killed, the horrors of Fallujah and more

Former IAEA chief: Iraq war killed “a million innocent civilians”

Briton Who Led MI5 Disputes Reasons to Invade Iraq

Soldier’s Shocking Allegation: Troops Ordered to Engage in ’360 Rotational Fire’ Against Civilians

Menzies Campbell: Iraq was always wrong. Now we have proof

Before Chilcot, we had to rely on leaked documents such as telegrams from diplomats, accounts of meetings held round the sofa at No 10, and, for lawyers, the crown jewels of the Attorney General’s written advice to the Prime Minister. The Hutton and Butler inquiries helped to fill in some of the blanks, though qualified by their restricted remits and security considerations. But slowly and with only occasional fanfare the whole sad, sorry story is being systematically laid out in evidence before the Chilcot inquiry. Chilcot has not been about surprises but rather about confirmation, less about revelation and more about corroboration of what we thought we knew.

State Dept Wants Own ‘Combat Force’ for Iraq

Tenuous though it may be, the Obama Administration maintains that it still intends to complete the Iraq military pullout by the end of December 2011. Even that won’t be the end of combat operations, however.  Now the US State Department is looking to get into the war fighting business in its own right, saying it needs its own combat force to meet the “extreme security challenges in Iraq.”

Humanitarian Disaster In Fallujah: Unprecedented Numbers of Birth Defects, Miscarriages and Cancer Cases

Fallujah: Anatomy of an Atrocity

Photos Iraq babies born deformed depleted uranium — US Veterans becoming sick with DU — Children living lives with DU

In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital, Iraq, had 170 new born babies, 24% of whom were dead within the first seven days, a staggering 75% of the dead babies were classified as deformed.  This can be compared with data from the month of August in 2002 where there were 530 new born babies of whom six were dead within the first seven days and only one birth defect was reported.  Doctors in Fallujah have specifically pointed out that not only are they witnessing unprecedented numbers of birth defects but what is more alarming is: “a significant number of babies that do survive begin to develop severe disabilities at a later stage.”

Fallujah children’s ‘genetic damage’

“Falluja Worse Than Hiroshima “

As some of you know, Falluja is a forbidden city. It was subjected to intense bombardments in 2004, with DU bombs and White phosphorus, and since it has become a no go zone – meaning that both the Iraqi puppet authorities and the U.S invading/occupying forces do not allow anyone to conduct any real study in Falluja. Falluja is basically under siege.  Obviously both the Americans and the Iraqis know something and are hiding it from the public. And this is where Prof. C.Busby comes in the picture. He was/is adamant to get to the bottom of what took place in Falluja in 2004.

US War Crimes: Cancer Rate in Fallujah Worse than Hiroshima

Law Suit against 4 US Presidents & 4 UK Prime Ministers for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity & Genocide in Iraq

Witness: Secret Iraq prison for women and children

‘US Army sent ‘hardcore’ neo-Nazi troops to Iraq and Afghanistan’

Gordon Brown on Saddam Hussein: “This New World Order That We Were Trying to Create Was Being Put at Risk”

Hexavalent chromium case: Iraq contractor cut deal for lawsuit immunity

American taxpayers — and not KBR– will likely pay if the war contractor is found to have harmed Oregon Army National Guard veterans who say they were exposed to cancer-causing chemicals in Iraq. The startling details emerged in documents related to a U.S. District Court hearing Monday that illuminate the secretive world of defense contracting.  Documents show that within days of the 2003 Iraq invasion, Kellogg, Brown and Root delivered an ultimatum to the Pentagon: Either the Army cover the potential cost of any soldier or civilian killed or harmed on a KBR project – or the defense contractor would not carry out its no-bid contract restoring Iraqi oil.



Wikileaks Exposes: Afghanistan War Logs

Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010 (Wikileaks)

Afghanistan: The War Logs (Guardian, UK)

Text From a Selection of the Secret Dispatches (NYTimes)

Explosive Leaks Provide Image of War from Those Fighting It (Der Spiegel)

Nearly 24 hours after the release of these materials, several things stand out:

1) The government and media have in large part rushed to dismiss the leaked files as ‘old news’, a common disinformation tactic.  The basis for the claim is that the reports end in late 2009, prior to Obama’s ‘surge’ policy.  There is little counter-evidence however, that many of the conditions detailed in the reports have changed since late 2009.

2) At the same time the government dismisses the contents of the leaks, they denounce the transparency as a ‘threat to national security’.  This Wikileaks scoop may provide a justification for further restrictions on data sharing and internet surveillance.

3) Much of the discussion centers on the reports indicating that the Pakistani ISI is involved in providing support to the Taliban (while also benefiting tremendously by ‘playing ball’ with the US).  In 2003, $1 Billion in Pakistani debt was forgiven, and untold billions in military aid have been sent to Pakistan since.  This incident will be used to encourage complacent acceptance of US military escalation in Pakistan, by US citizens and Pakistanis.

Which raises the question – if these are the logical outcomes, what is the purpose of the leak; who benefits?

Secret Military Files Reveal Shocking Details About Failed War in Afghanistan

Wikileaks releases classified Afghanistan war logs: “largest intelligence leak in history”

The WikiLeaks Afghanistan leak

90,000 U.S. military reports leaked

Wikileaks Releases Stunning Afghan War Logs — Is Iraq Next?

WikiLeaks Releases 91,000 Documents on Afghanistan War

Wikileaks takes new approach in latest release of documents

Leaks expose Afghan war secrets

Wikileaks Releases Nearly 100,000 Internal Military Documents From Afghanistan [Wikileaks]

Transcript: Wikileaks Afghanistan docs ‘alarming’

Wikileaks: hard facts and a hacker ethos

WikiLeaks Bombshell on Afghan War: What You Need to Know

WikiLeaks war logs show unreported plight of contractors

UPDATE THURSDAY 7/29:

WikiLeaks Report Fictitious, Says Pakistan’s Ex-Spy Chief Hamid Gul

Why Wikileaks’ Doc-Dump Is Such a Big Deal (Even if There’s Nothing New Within)

US Threatens to Pull Pakistan Aid Over WikiLeaks Details

WikiLeaks: We don’t know source of leaked data

Document leak part of U.S. plot, says Pakistani ex-General

Previously: Afghanistan Posts




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