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Top International News Round-Up

IMF chief hails ‘new era of collaborative global governance’ – Raw Story 10/4/09

Dead or Alive? Osama bin Laden: A Marketing Tool for US-NATO Military Operations – Global Research 9/11/09

Thinking the Unthinkable: NATO’s Global Military Roadmap – Global Research 10/3/09

An Imperial Strategy for a New World Order: The Origins of World War III – Global Research 10/15/09

Britain: Supranational Banking Organization May Be Needed – Reuters / Cryptogon 10/16/09

Dangerous Crossroads: U.S. Expands Asian NATO Against China, Russia – Global Research 10/17/09

Far from being an isolated case, the joint U.S-Indian operation is emblematic of unprecedented military cooperation between the two nuclear nations over the past few years, in fact a strategic military partnership whose major purposes are to supplant Russia as India’s decades-long main defense ally and arms supplier and to consolidate a U.S.-led military bloc in the Asia Pacific region aimed at containing China and furthering the encirclement of both that nation and Russia.

US to make Blackwater-style entry into Somalia – Global Research 10/17/09

Scientists Warn: South Africa to Run Out of Surface Water – Treehugger 9/30/09

AFRICOM: The Pentagon’s First Direct Military Intervention In Africa – Global Research 8/25/09

Money and Mandarin lessons fuel China’s African invasion – Independent, UK 10/15/09

US documents point to secret Japan nuclear pact – Agence France Presse / There Are No Sunglasses 10/14/09

China Detects Sarin Gas Along Border with North Korea – Cryptogon 10/10/09

Warning Ireland could become police state – There Are No Sunglasses 9/24/09

Former Director BBC Denounces Conspiracy Against Democracy – There Are No Sunglasses 9/23/09

Human guinea pigs! Israel Forces People to Drink Uranium?– Political Theatrics 9/25/09

Israel’s Nuclear Chronology – Nuclear Threat Initiative

VIDEO: Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Factory – Global Research 9/28/09

Goldstone Report Endorsed by UN Human Rights Council – Faster Times 10/16/09

The Faster Times has just learned that the United Nation’s Human Rights Council in Geneva has just voted to endorse the recommendations of the Goldstone Report in a special session held in Geneva. The Goldstone Report was the product of a UN investigation into Israel’s three week military operation codenamed “Cast Lead” that killed upwards of 1400 Palestinians in Gaza, between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009. The report calls for the UN Security Council to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court if the Israelis or Palestinians fail to investigate the alleged abuses themselves.

The vote in the Council was 25 states for, 6 against with 11 abstentions. The recommendations of the Goldstone report will now make its way to the General Assembly where it will be discussed and voted on. If it passes, the report will continue on to the UN Security Council, where it would again have to be voted on to go any further. Israel had lobbied hard to prevent the report’s passage, as the bulk of its findings implicate Israel for conducting alleged war crimes.

A copy of the Human Rights Council resolution can be read here

A copy of the Goldstone Report can be read here

The U.S. Invades and Occupies Pakistan – There Are No Sunglasses 8/30/09

Blackwater suspected of being in Pakistan – Wayne Madsen via Prison Planet 9/8/09

The Decapitation of Pakistan by Its Own Military! – Dissident Voice 10/5/09

Growing questions on death of Benazir Bhutto – There Are No Sunglasses 9/29/09

Head of U.N. Afghan Mission Acknowledges Election Fraud – NYTimes 10/11/09

The Deceit of Depleted Uranium use in Afghanistan – Uruknet 10/14/09

AfPak: War on Two Fronts – Global Research 10/14/09

I was ordered to cover up President Karzai election fraud, sacked UN envoy says – Times, UK 10/5/09

Is Bagram Obama’s New Secret Prison? – Prison Planet 9/17/09

Afghanistan: Where Empires Go to Die – Global Research 9/19/09

Afghanistan for Dummies – Information Clearinghouse 9/3/09

Obama Secretly Authorizes 13,000 More Troops to Afghanistan – Prison Planet 10/13/09

Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has also authorized — and the Pentagon is deploying — at least 13,000 troops beyond that number

Obama Rules Out ‘Biden Option’ on Afghanistan – Yahoo 10/8/09

In a meeting designed to reassure the most hawkish elements of Congress that the war in Afghanistan isn’t going to undergo any sort of radical change, President Obama has reportedly assured that the so-called “Biden Option” is officially off the table.  A long time advocate of war in Afghanistan, and indeed most everywhere else, Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly come to the conclusion that the disastrous war in Afghanistan is no longer worth the effort and has been advocating more scaled back goals and a refocusing of attacks along the Pakistani border

Colombian paramilitaries killed 25,000 people: report – Global Research 10/3/09

Imperial Globalization and Social Movements in Latin America – Global Research 10/17/09

Mercenaries and paramilitaries arrive in Honduras – There Are No Sunglasses 10/13/09

Chemicals, Sonic devices being used in Honduras – Narco News 9/29/09

In El Salvador, An Invasion of American Agriculture – There Are No Sunglasses 9/23/09

Hitman: $25 million bounty on Hugo Chavez – Political Theatrics 9/27/09

Pre and Post-Coup Honduras – Global Research 9/8/09

Worth Watching: Argentina’s Disappeared – The Progressive 9/22/09



INT’L NEWS ROUND-UP: LATIN AMERICA

US Special Forces briefing to Congressman Miller exposes involvement in 19 Latin American countries during 2009 including Honduras, 17 May 2009 – Wikileaks 5/17/09

Latin America: Social Movements in Times of Economic Crises – Global Research 8/12/09

U.S. Privatizes Colombian War with its Transnational Mercenaries – There Are No Sunglasses 8/13/09

What Kind of “Hope” Is Obama Offering to Latin American Countries Still Traumatized by U.S. Empire? – Alternet 7/10/09

CIA Organization Linked to Plot Against Evo Morales – Political Affairs Magazine 5/18/09

The Bolivian district attorney’s office has identified Hugo Achá Melgar who, according to the AFP news agency, is Bolivia’s representative to the U.S. Human Rights Foundation (HRF), as providing the bulk of the funds for the terrorist gang foiled in Santa Cruz while plotting to assassinate President Evo Morales.  The HRF is a New York-based nongovernmental organization known for its activities of interference and CIA links.

Nikolas Kozloff : Chiquita in Latin America: From Arbenz to Zelaya – CounterPunch 7/17/09

More Human Rights Allegations Against Mexican Army – Mother Jones 7/8/09

[analysis] Venezuela: A “Critical Evaluation” of the Bolivarian Process III – Summary – VenezuelAnalysis 7/9/09

Washington behind the Honduras coup: Here is the evidence – Global Research 7/15/09

Mel Zelaya Admits His Election Was Rigged – Proceso Digital 10/3/08

(An older piece in Spanish, but something that has been overlooked by those who have turned Mel Zelaya into a martyr.) “…President Zelaya of Honduras admitted his election was rigged, and that up to 10% of the votes that counted for him in his election were bought. Zelaya won by a narrow 4% margin. He begun the conversation by stating that every single Honduran election in the past 30 years was fraudulent. He claimed insider knowledge of this by observing his own party.

Honduras Coup: the US Connection – Global Research 7/26/09

Surreal Honduras: Putting the Narrative Together in the Local Press – Dissident Voice 7/24/09

Honduras: Photo-essays of ongoing crisis by James Rodriguez – Boing Boing 7/6/09

Compromising Democracy in Honduras – Global Research 7/9/09

Message from President Zelaya to the Honduran people, (from Sunday July 5) – Axis of Logic 7/11/09

High Stakes in Honduras  – CounterPunch 7/9/09

Honduran leader headed home – Raw Story 7/16/09

Zelaya plans to raise alternate government, preps for ‘final battle.’

Honduran Coup Pits Power vs. People – Consortium News 7/7/09

Honduran coup resistance ‘growing’ – Raw Story 7/7/09

HRW: Honduran soldiers fired on unarmed crowd – Raw Story 7/8/09

Nikolas Kozloff : Honduran Destablization, Inc.: Otto Reich and the International Republican Institute – CounterPunch 7/9/09



The Honduras Coup and other Latin America News

The United States’ Anti-Democratic Pattern in Honduras – The Progressive 6/29/09

Chavez threatens to invade as Honduran army stages coup – Global Research 6/30/09

Honduras for Dummies – Mother Jones 7/1/09

Honduran Leader’s Populism Is What Provoked Military Violence – Alternet 7/1/09

High Noon in Honduras – Alternet 7/4/09

Honduras Withdraws From Group of Nations – NYTimes 7/4/09

The US and the Honduran coup – Global Research 7/1/09

The Honduran coup: another US destabilization operation – Global Research 6/30/09 

Military Coup in Honduras – Global Research 6/28/09

Key leaders of Honduras military coup trained in U.S. – Institute for Southern Studies 6/28/09

At least two leaders of the coup launched in Honduras today were apparently trained at a controversial Department of Defense school based at Fort Benning, Georgia infamous for producing graduates linked to torture, death squads and other human rights abuses.

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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



Latin America News Round Up
February 21, 2009, 2:34 pm
Filed under: International news, Latin America, news, politics

Latin America: Perspectives for Socialism in a Time of a World Capitalist Recession/Depression – Global Research 1/20/09  

The Revolution in Mexico has began – American Chronicle 1/23/09

According to a spokesperson for a new radical group calling itself the Juárez Citizens Command is threatening to strike back against lawlessness that has gripped Mexico for a long time, they say that they are going to strike back by killing one criminal a day until order and piece is restored. Similar groups are popping up all across Mexico.

Economic Decline Lifts the Prospects of a Vocal Populist – NYTimes 2/3/09

The dominant political figure of Mexico’s left seemed to be heading toward irrelevance, but the recession has created opportunities for his brand of economic populism.

Brazil Does Have the Potential to be a Great Power – Global Research 2/5/09 

Morales kicks DEA out of Bolivia – Raw Story 1/31/09

Bolivia nationalises energy firm – BBC 1/23/09

Evo Morales hails ‘new Bolivia’ as constitution is approved – Guardian, UK 1/26/09

Bolivia: Divided We Stand – Mabblog 1/31/09

On the divisions the recent constitutional vote highlights

Bolivia’s New Constitution: Progressive Change or Business as Usual? – Global Research 1/28/09

Bolivia has half of world’s valuable lithium – Seattle Northwest Intelligencer 2/5/09

In the rush to build the next generation of hybrid or electric cars, a sobering fact confronts both automakers and governments seeking to lower their reliance on foreign oil: Almost half of the world’s lithium, the mineral needed to power the vehicles, is found in Bolivia — a country that may not be willing to surrender it easily.

Venezuela and Argentina sign Raft of Bilateral Agreements – Global Research 1/24/09

[analysis] The Chávez Administration at 10 Years: The Economy and Social Indicators– VenezuelAnalysis 2/6/09

This paper looks at some of the most important economic and social indicators during the 10 years of the Chávez administration in Venezuela, as well as the current economic expansion. It also looks at the current situation and challenges.

 

[analysis] The Path of the Revolutionary Student Movement – VenezuelAnalysis 2/6/09

What Effect has 10 Years of Hugo Chávez Had on Venezuela? A Debate – VenezuelAnalysis 2/4/09

Francisco Toro, one of the writers of the anti-Chavez blog Caracas Chronicles, and Redmond O’Neil, the director of the Venezuela Information Centre in London, enter into a written debate on 10 years of the Chavez presidency.

[news] Venezuela’s Chávez Denounces Violence By Militant Government Supporters – VenezuelaAnalysis 2/9/09



Latin America News Round-Up
January 16, 2009, 9:57 pm
Filed under: International news, Latin America, news, politics

Bolivian President Evo Morales: 20 Ways to Save Mother Earth and Prevent Climate Change – Alternet 12/15/08

Competition and the thirst for profit without limits of the capitalist system are destroying the planet.

Cuba offers direct talks with US – BBC 1/3/09

Brazilian taskforce frees 4,634 slaves after raids on remote farms – Guardian, UK 1/2/09

Brazil, Russia, India and China: BRIC Nations Expected to Drive 70% of Global Growth – Global Research 12/27/08

Mercenaries Playing Increasingly Prominent Role in Latin America – Alternet 12/26/08

Mercenaries hired by private military and security companies are playing an increasingly broad range of roles in Latin America. 

Colombia Spies on Fellowship of Reconciliation and Other Human Rights Groups – The Progressive 12/24/08

The Global Crisis and Mexico – Global Research 12/24/08

Soldiers arrest police chief at cockfight – Raw Story 12/25/08

Soldiers arrested the deputy police chief of a Mexican resort town and six other officers who were allegedly protecting drug cartel members at a cock fight, the Defense Department said Thursday.

Latin American Debt Legitimacy Under Scrutiny – Forbes 12/24/08

Hundreds of Brazil’s eco-warriors at risk of assassination, according to new report – Guardian, UK 12/21/08

50 years after revolt, Cubans earn $20/month – CNN 1/1/09

Unlike U.S. citizens, all Cubans have free health care. And the nation’s literacy rate surpasses that of many world powers. That’s the upside of Fidel Castro revolution 50 years ago today. But there’s little else to brag about. In fact, when Cubans say “revolution” they mean the country’s aging government that limits Internet access and keeps them on a travel lockdown



World Economic News Round-up

World’s hungry ‘close to one billion’ – Financial Times, UK 12/9/08

Global Crisis Hits Overseas Workers Hard – Alternet 12/27/08

Exporters meet to create ‘gas Opec’ – Financial Times, UK 12/23/08 

S&P downgrades 11 of world’s top banks – Financial Times, UK 12/19/08

The ratings agency said the current downturn could be longer and deeper than previously thought

Asia Economic Crisis: Spotlight on Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam – Implode Explode 12/27/08

Japanese Rating Agency Chief Recommends Marshall Plan for US – Implode Explode 12/24/08

Japan Should Scrap U.S. Debt; Dollar May Plummet, Mikuni Says  – Bloomberg 12/24/08

China says lending to US will not go on forever – AFP/Yahoo 12/17/08

Japan cuts rates to near-zero amid dire world economic outlook (AFP)  – Yahoo 12/19/08

Japan doubles size of rescue plan – BBC 12/12/08

Japan’s roadmap for the U.S. economy – Raw Story 12/19/08

Brazil, Russia, India and China: BRIC Nations Expected to Drive 70% of Global Growth – Global Research 12/27/08

The Argentine debt crisis & its US parallel – Implode Explode 12/24/08

Argentina tries gov’t car loan plan – CNN 12/6/08

Ecuador defaults on soverign bonds – Financial Times UK 12/12/08

Ireland Props Up Three Banks and Takes Control of One  – NYTimes 12/21/08

Poor families’ loan interest fear – BBC 12/20/08

Interest rates of up to 26.8% could apply to state emergency loans, under reforms being considered by ministers.

Bank of England mulls “nuclear option” of cash injection – Telegraph, UK 12/4/08

The Bank of England is working on radical plans to inject cash directly into the economy – the nuclear option to be used only when interest rates approach zero. 

Sweden offers $3.4 billion auto bailout – CNN 12/11/08

Bailiffs get power to use force on debtors – Times, UK 12/21/08 

The government has been accused of trampling on individual liberties by proposing wide-ranging new powers for bailiffs to break into homes and to use “reasonable force” against householders who try to protect their valuables.  Under the regulations, bailiffs for private firms would for the first time be given permission to restrain or pin down householders. They would also be able to force their way into homes to seize property to pay off debts, such as unpaid credit card bills and loans.

Oligarchs Seek $78 Billion as Credit Woes Help Putin – Bloomberg 12/22/08

Russians Buy Jewelry, Hoard Dollars as Ruble Plunges – Implode Explode 12/11/08

India unveils $4bn stimulus plan – BBC 12/7/08

Ottawa gives autos $3.5 bil aid package – Raw Story 12/12/08