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International News Round-up: UK Fascism, Israel & Palestine, genocide in Sri Lanka, and more

atrocity archives – via Metafilter 2/21/09

EU, NATO, US: 21st Century Alliance For Global Domination – Global Research 2/19/09

CSTO – a NATO for the East? – Global Research 2/9/09

War without Borders: A Geopolitical Assessment of NATO – Global Research 4/2/09 

NATO’s Sixty Year Legacy: Threat Of Nuclear War In Europe – Global Research 3/31/09

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Unveils Global Governance Agenda  – Global Research 3/31/09

Human Slavery Thriving in the Shadows – Alternet 2/23/09

Over 10 million people around the world are victims of human trafficking.

Bolivia: National Revolution and “Communitarian Socialism” – Global Research 4/25/09

Exclusive Interview with El Salvador’s New President on Ending 130 Years of Oligarchy and Military Rule  – Alternet 3/18/09

El Salvador’s Quiet Revolution – Mother Jones 3/16/09

Sri Lankan Humanitarian Crisis Deserves Attention – The Progressive 4/24/09

Killings and Concentration Camps: A Colossal Humanitarian Tragedy is Underway in Sri Lanka and No One is Saying a Word – Alternet 4/1/09 

US, China and the war in Sri Lanka – Global Research 3/24/09

Secret Aussie blacklist leaked – The Register, UK 3/30/09

The inevitable has happened – the secret Australian blacklist of banned websites has been published on the internet.

The list contains some 2,395 sites about half of which do not contain child sexual abuse images. It includes online poker sites, fetish, satanic and Christian sites, Wikipedia pages, gay and straight pornography, a travel operator and even the website for a Queensland dentist.

UAE royal caught torturing man on video – Boing Boing 4/23/09

A video showing a member of the United Arab Emirates’ royal family torturing a man with whips, electrocution and a nail-spiked board has been released. The Minister of the Interior (one of the torturer’s brothers) reviewed the recording and concluded “all rules, policies and procedures were followed correctly by the Police Department.” A man in a UAE police uniform is seen on the tape tying the victim’s arms and legs, and later holding him down as the Sheikh pours salt on the man’s wounds and then drives over him with his Mercedes SUV.

In a statement to ABC News, the UAE Ministry of the Interior said it had reviewed the tape and acknowledged the involvement of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, brother of the country’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed.

Coca-Cola Crisis in India – Desert Peace 4/21/09

Communities across India are under assault from Coca-Cola practices in the country. A pattern has emerged as a result of Coca-Cola’s bottling operations in India.  

Somalia: You Are Being Lied to About Pirates – Global Research 4/15/09 

A Taste of AFRICOM: Somalia did find peace and tried to stop piracy until the US bombed the shit out of it in 2006  – Blog Catalog 4/17/09

In 2006 “the CIA propagated that Al-Qaeda had made its base in Somalia where three senior leaders were residing. CIA then encouraged Ethiopia to invade Somalia in support of weak TFG forces (Transitional Federal Government) against UIC fighters (Union of Islamic Courts) and promised to provide intelligence and air cover. Ethiopian troops backed by USA invaded Somalia on 28 December 2006. The UIC was quickly defeated in a sweeping offensive and the six-month peace period was shattered. It was believed that the UIC leadership fled into Kenya or to Yemen and the hard-line fighters cached their arms and melded back into their clans leaving the mostly untrained, new recruits to face the Ethiopian troops.

Why Spain Can Actually Prosecute Bush and Co. for Their Crimes – Alternet 4/10/09

 

ISRAEL & PALESTINE

Israeli army ordered to devise Iran war  – Global Research 3/17/09

US Army Confirms Israeli Has Nukes – Military.com 3/18/09

Israel Treated Gaza Like Its Own Private Death Laboratory – Alternet 2/13/09

Israel tested out a “focused lethality” weapon that minimizes explosive damage to structures while inflicting catastrophic wounds on its victims.

War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields – Global Research 2/20/09

Israel engaged in covert war inside Iran: report (Reuters)  -Yahoo 2/17/09

A Short History of the Israeli – Palestinian Conflict: Past Is Prologue– Global Research 2/8/09 

Israeli FM: US Will Accept Any Israeli Decision – AntiWar 4/24/09

In particular, Lieberman insisted that despite America’s support for the “two-state solution” which the Israeli administration has rejected, President Obama will not put forth any new peace initiatives unless Israel wants them to. “Believe me,” Lieberman declared, “American accepts all our decisions.” 

 

CREEPING FASCISM IN THE UK

Spy chief: We risk a police state – Telegraph, UK 2/19/09

Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5, has warned that the fear of terrorism is being exploited by the Government to erode civil liberties and risks creating a police state.

We are all extremists now – Guardian, UK 2/21/09

The government is criminalising legitimate dissent under the guise of fighting ‘extremism’, a word for which it has no definition.
 

Secret Police Unit to Spy on British ‘Domestic Extremists’– Daily Mail , UK via Cryptogon 2/9/09

A secret police intelligence unit has been set up to spy on Left-wing and Right-wing political groups. The Confidential Intelligence Unit (CIU) has the power to operate across the UK and will mount surveillance and run informers on ‘domestic extremists’.

Activists: UK nearly a police state – Raw Story 2/28/09

DNA of 1.1m children on database – Guardian, UK 2/26/09

Schools use ‘crowd control’ bouncers – Guardian, UK 4/12/09

Bouncers, ex-soldiers and former police officers are being brought into schools to provide “crowd control” and cover absent teachers’ lessons, a teacher has revealed.

One school, thought to be in London, employed two permanent cover teachers through an agency for professional doormen, the National Union of Teachers annual conference in Cardiff heard today.

Bouncers, who more usually work nights keeping order in pubs and clubs, are being employed in schools because they are “stern and loud”, said Andrew Baisley, a teacher at Haverstock school in Camden, north London.

“I know of bouncers being employed specifically because they are bouncers to cover lessons,” he told the conference.

Recruitment agencies are advertising for people with “ex-marine, prison officer, bouncer, policeman, fireman” backgrounds to become supervisors, who do not need to have any teaching qualifications to oversee lessons.

‘Will you open fire on UK citizens?’ Army personnel being asked – Green Gorilla47 4/9/09

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