The "Make Me Do It" Myth, Obama's Offensive, Black Moms Jailed — BA Report for May 18, 2011

18 May 2011 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

bela-obama.jpgHarry Belafonte Explodes the Presidential “Make Me Do It” Myth

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Does President Obama really want us to “make him do it,” to organize and agitate and create the conditions that will let him end the wars, cut the military budget, create jobs and address the hyper-incarceration of black and brown youth? Or is the “make me do it” president an urban legend who lives only inside our heads? A recent presidential encounter with Harry Belafonte tells more than some of us may want to know.

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WikiLeaks cables show that it was all about the oil By Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers

16 May 2011 — The Real News Network


Kevin G. Hall, is the national economics correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers. Previously he served as Latin America correspondent. During his career he has reported from Mexico City, Saudi Arabia, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., for the Journal of Commerce and United Press International. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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NATO’s Secret Ground War in Libya By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

17 May, 2011 — Global Research

The War on Libya – PART III

In Part I of this text, the events which led up and set the backdrop for the present conflict in Libya were discussed.
Part II examined the central role of media distortion and misinformation in justifying the NATO war on “humanitarian grounds”.

The following text examines US-NATO war plans and intelligence operations pertaining to Libya, prior to the onset of the insurrection in Eastern Libya and the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1973.

From the outset, the conflict in North Africa was intended to lead into an all out NATO war. The Pentagon and NATO are not only arming the Transitional Council in violation of international law, they also had forces on the ground from the start.

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Stop NATO News: 17 May, 2011

17 May 2011 — Stop NATO

Updates on Libyan war: May 17, 2011

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

  • NATO Helicopter Attack Wounds Two Pakistani Soldiers
  • U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 238 Pakistani Civilians So Far This Year
  • Two NATO Oil Tankers Destroyed In Pakistan
  • Afghanistan: NATO Loses Two More Soldiers
  • Interceptor Missiles In Europe: U.S.-Russia “Reset” At Stake
  • Morocco: U.S. Marines Strengthen AFRICOM’s Ties With “Important Ally”
  • Libyan Model: NATO Upgrades Urban Warfare Capabilities

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Israeli Officials and History Affirm the Power of BDS

18 May 2011 — U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

By Anna Baltzer, National Organizer, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Are boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) proving effective at isolating Israel as a form of pressure to end its violations of Palestinian rights? We at the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation think so, but you don’t have to take our word for it.

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“Situation at Fukushima out of control” — RT

17 May 2011 — RT

The situation at the Fukushima plant is currently out of control, says Professor Christopher Busby from the European Committee on Radiation Risks, who gave RT his insight into the recent developments in Japan.

The situation at the Fukushima plant is currently out of control, says Professor Christopher Busby from the European Committee on Radiation Risks, who gave RT his insight into the recent developments in Japan.
‘Of course, it’s time for the Japanese government to take control. But having said that, it’s very hard to know how you could take control of the situation. The situation is essentially out of control,’

Busby stressed.

‘I believe personally that it’s a global problem – and not the Japanese government’s problem only,’ he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that his government was determined to ‘take responsibility’ for Japan’s crippled nuclear plant ‘right to the end’ as the operator of the plant said a revised roadmap to resolve the crisis would stick with the existing timeline.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Vice President Sakae Muto said the operator would maintain the revised plan but will add new tasks, such as boosting preparedness for tsunamis and improving conditions for workers.

Reports say there are signs that two further reactors, Nos. 2 and 3, at Japan’s troubled Fukushima plant may have gone into meltdown. Earlier it was confirmed that similar problems had occurred at the number one reactor during the first 16 hours following the plant’s being hit by the earthquake and tsunami.”

Libya Newslinks 17-18 May 2011: WikiLeaks Reveals US Wanted to Keep Russia out of Libyan Oil

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18 May 2011

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 17 May, 2011: 4 Biggest US Banks Guilty of Fraud

17 May, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Israeli Media Reveals U.S. President’s Forthcoming Mideast Speech
By Xinhua
Obama To Call on Israel to Withdraw to the 1967 Borders. The president will label the West Bank settlements as “illegal” and emphasize that Israel must halt their construction.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 17 May, 2011: Israel’s Nightmare: Nonviolent Palestinians

17 May, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Local Palestinian Elections Due To Be Delayed
IMEMC – Tuesday May 17, 2011 – 15:00, The Palestinian Authority has stated it will delay local elections due to be held in July. The elections are now due to be held on the 22nd of October in order to give time to allow for voters to be registered in the Gaza strip.

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