7/7: Seeds of Deconstruction

8 August, 2010

A two and half hour investigative documentary on 7/7: Seeds of Deconstruction, which examines some of the questions and conspiracy theories about 7/7, the July 7th 2005 London Bombings.

See the full video here. It’s in high definition and you’ll need a Div-X plugin to view. Or you can check out the video in 18 segments here.

Wikileaks Afghanistan Latest Stories 3-8 August, 2010

8 August, 2010 — Wikileaks Afghanistan Stories

8/8/10 – Bradley Manning: An American Hero

6/8/10 – NYT Passes Along Anonymous Denial of Civilian Deaths

6/8/10 – WikiLeaks’ Revelations and their Substance By Aurobinda MAHAPATRA (India)

6/8/10 – WHY IS THE US IN AFGHANISTAN – RUSSIA AND CHINA? Wikileaks: The Pakistan connection Pt.3

6/8/10 – CIA AND ISI NURTURED MUJAHIDEEN AND TALIBAN: Wikileaks: The Pakistan connection Pt.2


6/8/10 – Whose Hands? Whose Blood? Killing Civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq

6/8/10 – Targeted Assassinations: Challenging US Policy

6/8/10 – So please tell me again: What’s the war about? The Anti-Empire Report by William Blum

6/8/10 – 9/11 Truth Truth

6/8/10 – Tomgram: Ann Jones, In Bed With the U.S. Army

6/8/10 – U.S. is Friendless in the Middle East

6/8/10 – WikiLeaks “Afghan War Diaries”

6/8/10 – State of Denial: After the Big Leak, Spinning for War

5/8/10 – US demands Wikileaks return files

5/8/10 – URUK Net 3 August 2010 Part 2: Obama, WikiLeaks, the “Good War” Myth, and Silly Liberal Faith in the Emperor

5/8/10 – URUK Net 3 August, 2010: US military, intelligence agencies press attack against Wikileaks

4/8/10 – On Wikileaks (III): “We’d like his cooperation…” By Arthur Silber

4/8/10 – Wikileaks, Resistance, Genuine Heroes, and Breaking the Goddamned Rules (II) By Arthur Silber

4/8/10 – Wikileaks, Resistance, Genuine Heroes, and Breaking the Goddamned Rules (I) By Arthur Silber

4/8/10 – Julian Assange Responds to Increasing US Government Attacks on WikiLeaks

4/8/10 – Comment on WikiLeaks on Sunday State TV by Steve S

Memories of war still fresh in South Ossetian minds – RT Top Stories

8 August, 2010 — RT Top Stories

Two years ago a brief but destructive war in the Caucasus led to a redrawing of the region’s map. It began with Georgia shelling the region of South Ossetia and destroying part of the capital.

Russia sent in troops to protect the republic’s citizens, many of which were Russian passport holders, and some Ossetians were forced to hide in basements and bombed out buildings.

In five days the Georgian troops had been pushed out and Russia recognized South Ossetia’s independence. However, two years on the memory of war still lingers among the residents who suffered the short-lived but tragic conflict.

Doctor Georgiy Gogichaev works at a clinic in the center of the South Ossetian capital Tskhinval, which two years ago was the only medical facility in the city.

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Vestiges of war still present in S. Ossetia two years after conflict – RT Top Stories

8 August, 2010 — RT Top Stories

South Ossetia is remembering the victims of the 2008 war with Georgia. Hundreds were killed and thousands displaced when Tbilisi attacked the republic with artillery and tanks two years ago.

Moscow sent forces to protect the people in the area, many of whom were Russian citizens. After five days of bloody battles, the Georgian troops were pushed back to the border.

On Saturday night, thousands gathered in the center of South Ossetian capital Tskhinval to remember the victims. Candles were lit to mark the tragic events.

Despite the war, Georgians and Ossetians still live side by side.

Yasha Dekanoidze is a Georgian, who lives in South Ossetia. He was born there and did not leave his home, even during the war. He has a small farm and keeps a reasonably-sized garden for his own needs.

‘It’s safe here. Ossetians were telling us, ‘Do not leave, stay here’. Even during the war nobody came and said, ‘You are Georgian, do leave now’,’ he said.

The overwhelming majority of the population in the Ossetian village, where Yasha lives, are Georgian. Most are farmers or small-scale traders. Some regularly travel to Georgia, as that is where their nearest hospital is.

They go through a checkpoint controlled by Russian border guards; their task is not only to secure the republic but also to guarantee free movement of the locals who live in this segment to Georgia and back. This is essential, as many people have relatives on both sides of the frontier.

The roads are bad in the postwar republic, and it can take several hours to reach the capital, so many go to Georgia to shop.

Sergey Gabiev, an Ossetian from the same village, with his Georgian friend Otari Gviniashvili said, ‘We ordinary people do not have problems, we have nothing to partition, as the people in power, the government.’

Otari agrees, ‘All we need is peace; we are all brothers and sisters.’

However, Tbilisi steadfastly refuses to recognize the sovereignty of its former territory. Yet these two old friends, Georgian Otari and Ossetian Sergey, say the time has come to restore relations between Georgia and South Ossetia – as two separate independent countries.

“We did everything to avoid the war” — South Ossetian president

8 August, 2010 — RT.com

On the second anniversary of the war in South Ossetia, the country’s president, Eduard Kokoity, spoke exclusively to RT, sharing his experience of the conflict.

He said South Ossetia was doing everything possible to avoid the worst scenario of events, but Georgia showed no signs of wrapping up the military operation against South Ossetia.

“As the supreme commander-in-chief for 40 minutes [after Georgia’s first attack], I wasn’t giving the order to counter fire, even though we knew the attack was being prepared,” Kokoity told RT. “We did not even announce mobilization so that the international community would not blame South Ossetia for provoking and aggravating the situation. We only called to arms on the [August 8].”

Child Inmates Crowded Into Haiti's Dangerous Post-Quake Prisons By Alice Speri

6 August 2010 — Truthout

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Eleven-year-old Carmen Suze quarreled with a classmate and ended up in jail. Her voice barely audible, she explained that her friend had lifted her skirt and had been the first to throw a rock, and that she didn’t know how badly she had hit her back. Suze’s father offered the girl’s parents some money to take her to a hospital, but they didn’t, and she died eight days later.

Suze is the youngest of 58 minors currently incarcerated in Port-au-Prince’s penitentiaries, held next to adult inmates, with no trial and in degrading conditions, Haiti’s National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH) denounced last month.

Like much of the country’s infrastructure, Haiti’s penitentiary system suffered huge losses in the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince last January. Some 4,000 inmates escaped when the country’s largest prison collapsed, and while hundreds were rearrested in the following weeks, many more remain on the loose.

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Haiti's Ransom By Isabel MacDonald

6 August, 2010 — CommonDreams.org

It has been nearly seven months since a devastating earthquake killed upwards of 250,000 people in Haiti. But judging from recent media coverage, it would appear the country’s future hinges on just one question: “Will Wyclef be the next Haitian president?”

Yet far larger questions loom, on the eve of the August 7 deadline for presidential hopefuls to declare their candidacy for Haiti’s November election.

Where, for instance, is the money that will be required for Haiti’s rebuilding—a task that could cost 14 billion dollars, according to an Inter-American Development Bank study.

More than three months after a UN conference in which 5.3 billion dollars were pledged for Haiti’s reconstruction, only four countries (Brazil, Norway, Estonia and Australia) had paid into the UN’s Haiti Reconstruction Fund.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 7 August, 2010: Israel Plans Mass Forced Removals of Bedouin

7 August, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Protest in Artas against the Israel wall
IMEMC – 7 Aug 2010 – Friday August 06, 2010 – 20:27, The people of the village of Artas west of Bethlehem organized on Friday their weekly march against the construction of the wall on their land.

Anti-wall protest in Ni’lin to commemorate the death of one of its activists
IMEMC – 7 Aug 2010 – Friday August 06, 2010 – 20:16, The villagers of Ni’lin near Ramallah in the West Bank organized their weekly nonviolent protest Friday at noon.

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