Flow the trailer

1 October, 2010 — Flow, the film

Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis.


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Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?”

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

Pakistan Blocks off Key NATO Supply Line

1 October, 2010 — The Real News Network

Newsy: Pakistan has closed off a key supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. This after Pakistani officials reported a coalition helicopter crossed its border and killed three Pakistani border.

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Ecuador President Defiant After Failed Coup

1 October, 2010 — The Real News Network

Wilpert: Right-wing forces use recession, President Correa’s faltering popularity to launch failed coup


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Gregory Wilpert is a sociologist, freelance journalist, editor of Venezuelanalysis.com, and author of the recently published book, Changing Venezuela by Taking Power.

What really happened when the boat was boarded By Glyn Secker Captain, the ‘Irene’

30 September 2010 — Jews for Justice for Palestinians – followed by an interview with Yonatan and Itamar Shapira

The IDF brought two boats alongside us, one on port side one on starboard side. All the crew and passengers (apart from myself as I was steering) linked arms.They boarded us simultaneously from both sides. At that moment we cut the engines and sat over the access points to the cut offs to prevent them restarting the engines. The wheel is on the starboard side of the boat. I was surrounded by three commandos, I held on to the wheel as hard as I could. One grabbed my left arm, another my right arm. The third stood by with a Tazer gun. After a struggle they managed to prize my hands from the wheel and threw me down on the floor. I managed to crawl behind them and remove the engine starter keys but one of them saw me and prized them from my hands.

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Venezolana de Televisión, "Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa Rescued by Armed Forces"

1 October, 2010 — MRZine

From the Carondelet Palace, President Correa expressed his condemnation of the attitude of police. He congratulated the people for their courage. With such loyalty no one can defeat us, he said. He thanked the world leaders and organizations that expressed their support for the government. He declared that Ecuador will not submit to anyone.

President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, from the Carondelet Palace, expressed his gratitude and saluted thousands of people who welcomed him with applause and shouts of Viva the Citizen Revolution.

Correa condemned the destabilizing and coup-plotting mindset of some policemen, criminals who in vain shed the blood of their fellow policemen and citizens who were wounded during his rescue.

In this regard, he asked the country to hold a minute of silence in respect for and solidarity with the families of the fallen.

Correa said that the policemen who revolted against the government and kidnapped him were infiltrators in service of former president Lucio Gutiérrez.

‘This morning, we were, as is our custom, going to have a dialogue to explain to them what we wanted to do, for no one has supported the police or improved their salaries as much as our government, but seeing the reaction I felt betrayed by them. There I realized who was behind it: some of them called me ‘a liar’ and said that Lucio [Gutiérrez] had given them more support,’ he said in condemnation,

He said that this ‘is a day of great sadness that I never thought would come to pass under my government of peace, justice, and dignity, which is only seeking to establish the wellbeing of the people and help the poorest — especially those policemen, who were being manipulated.’

He thanked the leaders of all the countries of the Union of South America (UNASUR) and of the Bolivarian Alliance (ALBA) and numerous other countries in the world for their messages and actions of support for the government of Ecuador.

President Correa celebrated, together with his people, the new triumph of the Citizen Revolution defeating the Right’s coup attempt.

The original article ‘El Presidente de Ecuador Rafael Correa fue rescatado por el ejército‘ was published by Venezolana de Televisión on 30 September 2010. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi.

The Neoliberal Experiment and Europe’s anti-Austerity Strikes: Governments must Lower Wages or Suffer Financial Blackmail By Michael Hudson

30 September, 2010 — Global Research

While Labor Unions celebrate Anti-Austerity Day in Europe, the European Neoliberals raise the ante:

Most of the press has described Wednesday’s European-wide labor demonstrations and strikes across in terms of the familiar exercise by transport workers irritating travelers with work slowdowns, and large throngs letting off steam by setting fires. But the story goes much deeper than merely a reaction against unemployment and economic recession conditions. At issue are proposals to drastically change the laws and structures of how European society will function for the next generation. If the anti-labor forces succeed, they will break up Europe, destroy the internal market, and render that continent a backwater. This is how serious the financial coup d’etat has become. And it is going to get much worse – quickly. As John Monks, head of the European Trade Union Confederation, put it: “This is the start of the fight, not the end.”

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Statewatch News Online – 1 October 2010 (17/10)

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  1. EU: Parliaments to have no say over the “harmonisation” of national ID cards
  2. EU: Schengen Information System: SIS II to hold 100 million records
  3. EU-FRONTEX: AI and ECRE: Briefing on Commission proposal
  4. USA: Government Accountability Office: Fusion centres
  5. UK: European Commission: Refer UK to Court over data protection
  6. EU: “State of play”: Directive on minimum standards and protections
  7. EU: European Commission:  Schengen: Border Guards Handbook amended
  8. EU-ROMA: Council of Europe
  10. Updated: EU-PAKISTAN: Readmission Agreement
  11. EU: Schengen: 3rd annual report on vehicle registration checks
  12. UN: Special Rapporteur report on rights and terrorism
  13. EU-ROMA: European Commission: Assesses developments
  14. FRANCE: French Immigration Bill
  15. EU-USA: SWIFT-TFTP Agreement Report: 2nd Report  by Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere
  16. USA: New power for internet interceptions
  17. EU-ROMA: Readmission agreements with Kosovo
  18. CoE: Dublin II undermines refugee rights: Human Rights Commissioner, Thomas Hammaberg
  19. EU: France and Italy press ahead with anti-Roma policies
  20. EU: EP and Council: Directive on minimum standards – international protection
  21. ECHR: Court of Human Rights hands  down an important judgment of the right of journalists to protect their sources
  22. UK-EU: Statement on European Union Bill
  23. EU-PAKISTAN: Undocumented Pakistanis face expulsion
  24. UK suspends sending asylum-seekers to Greece
  25. EU: European Commission:  Communication on Passenger Name Record (PNR) to third states
  26. EU: Speech by Commissioner Malmstrom (Home Affairs – Internal security and immigration)
  28. FRONTEX-NETHERLANDS: the Dutch position

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 1 October, 2010: Beware of Governments Trumpeting Terror Threats

1 October, 2010 — ICH

‘Horrifying’ Swat Valley Executions
By Jane Perlez
WARNING- Video Contains Graphic Images
An Internet video showing men in Pakistani military uniforms executing six young men in civilian clothes has heightened concerns about unlawful killings by Pakistani soldiers supported by the United States, American officials said.

New U.S. Raids on Pakistan Constitute ‘Naked Aggression’
“It’s high time that the Pakistani government wake up to the potential costs of its trickery with its own people. … Even on Sunday, as ISAF officials and their Afghan puppets were crowing that their gunships had killed ‘militants’ in two sorties in North Waziristan, local politicians were in complete denial that any incursion had occurred.”

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Haiti: The catastrophe continues By G. Dunkel

29 September, 2010 — Workers World

money.jpgThe situation for the homeless in Port-au-Prince is so grim that a 10-minute rain storm with high winds on Sept. 24 left at least five people dead, hundreds injured and thousands of shelters tents, tarps and sheets destroyed. As of Sept. 26 the government had not reported the toll for towns outside of the capital.

The Haitian Solidarity Network of the North East had called the Sept. 25 protest before this latest episode in the Haitian catastrophe, but all of the 150 people who participated in this march from the Haitian Consulate to the United Nations had it on their minds.

Standing in mud, Yvrose Chery told French TV: “We have been here for nine months. But the tents are only good for three months. The government is not responsible for the earthquake, they could at least show some compassion. … We are all human beings.”

Eight months after the earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, between 1.5 and 2 million people are still living in temporary shelters in over 1,000 and sites scattered throughout the city. Rain leaves many sites filled with mud, with large pools of standing water. Sanitation garbage disposal and waste facilities are hit or miss. Many homeless in Port-au-Prince have trouble finding drinkable water and enough food for themselves and their families. Jobs are few and far between.

While the government and Minustah, the U.N.’s occupation force, put out claims that “humanitarian needs of the people are being met,” a survey this summer by Mark Schuller and his students found only one family in eight had tents and three in five have tarps. This means that most families have to share space or use sheets and branches.

Schuller is an anthropologist at York College with long experience in Haiti. His team found only 70 percent of the camps had toilets and only 60 percent had water, but according to people just back from Haiti conditions have drastically deteriorated since the summer.

People with enough political clout to claim to be the landlords or owners of a tent site though much proof of ownership was lost in the government buildings collapsed by the earthquake have started evicting the homeless from their mud patches or charging them rent.

The figure for tent-site evictions some nongovernmental organizations use is 20 percent. The most common rent, according to a speaker at the Sept. 25 protest, is 55 gourdes a week or $1.50. This may look like little in the U.S. but for a Haitian family with no regular income it is a big effort to pay this much for a mud patch.

The HSNNE demonstration was focused around the question, “Where’s the money?”

Over $11 billion was pledged to Haiti after the earthquake by various governments. Donations to charities like Oxfam, the Red Cross, UNESCO and so on amounted to another $1 billion.

Only 3 percent of the $11 billion from governments has been dispersed and about 60 percent of the private contributions.

Kim Ives, a journalist with Haïti-Liberté, pointed out that a large amount from the private contributions has gone to supporting the staffs of the 10,000 NGOs currently in Haiti. When Ray Laforest, a Haitian labor organizer in New York spoke, he demanded that Haitians control all the aid that is spent in their country to serve their own needs.

Haitians have a proud history, filled with bravery and courage in resisting tyranny and oppression that at the time seemed overwhelming. They smashed the French army that Napoleon sent to re-enslave them. They resisted the 1915-1934 U.S. occupation. They resisted the U.S.-backed Duvaliers. They elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1990.

Reconstructing Haiti after the devastation of Jan. 12 is another epic challenge for the Haitian people.

UN: Israel Executed Flotilla Activists By Gareth Porter

30 September, 2010 — The Real News Networkt r u t h o u t

Gareth Porter: UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis “Executed” US Citizen Furkan Dogan

Gareth Porter is a historian and investigative journalist on US foreign and military policy analyst. He writes regularly for Inter Press Service on US policy towards Iraq and Iran. Author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 30 September, 2010: Forget the old two-state solution: Tackling the hard stuff in Israeli-Palestinian negotiation

30 September, 2010 — VTJP


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Army Fires At Farmers, homes, In Rafah
IMEMC – 30 Sep 2010 – Thursday September 30, 2010 – 22:49, Palestinian farmers stated Thursday evening that Israeli soldiers stationed near the border in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, fired rounds of live ammunition at them, their lands and homes. No injuries were reported.

Israeli Police Detains 12 Palestinians In Jerusalem
IMEMC – 30 Sep 2010 – Thursday September 30, 2010 – 22:28, Israeli Police Detains 12 Palestinians In Jerusalem, Israeli policemen detained on Thursday 12 Palestinians near the Al Aqsa Mosque and took them to unknown destinations.

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