BREAKING NEWS: Humanitarian Ship to Enter Gaza Territorial Waters, Break the Blockade By Michel Chossudovsky and Julie Lévesque

23 May, 2011 — Global Research

UPDATE Monday 23 May At 8.33am EDT (14.33pm local time)

The Spirit of Rachel Corrie lifted anchor and started sailing towards Gaza.

UPDATE: 9:53pm EDT, Egypt time 3:53pm

“The Egyptian Navy is forcing us out of their territorial waters and has asked us to go to international waters. One Egyptian patrol boat is coming very fast from behind with a gun pointing at us.” Everyone is calm and steady. We are okay.”

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Jeju Island: My Solidarity Fast Begins Today Bruce K. Gagnon

23 May 2011 — Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

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I have decided to begin an open-ended fast today in solidarity with Yang Yoon-Mo and the other eight leaders recently arrested for trying to stop the Navy base construction in the Gangjeong village on Jeju Island. By my calculations, professor Yang is now on his 49th day of his hunger strike.

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BBC is ‘confusing cause and effect’ in its Israeli coverage By Tim Llewellyn

23 May 2011 — The Guardian

A controversial book concludes the Corporation still fails to present a fair and balanced picture of conflict

British broadcasters’ coverage of the Arab awakening over recent months has been brave and honest. These are difficult and dangerous stories. But the BBC – and in this article I am going to concentrate on the BBC, because it is the broadcaster we are taxed to enable and sets worldwide standards of fairness – and its teams have made every effort to report with balance and application.

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: 23 May, 2011: NATO To Deploy Attack Helicopters For Libyan War

23 May 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Libya: Nearly 8,000 NATO Air Missions, Over 3,000 Combat Flights
  • NATO To Deploy Attack Helicopters For Libyan War
  • U.S. Missiles In Europe Can Fuel New Arms Race: Russian Military Chief
  • Four NATO Soldiers Killed In Eastern Afghanistan
  • U.S. Drone Attack Kills At Least Four In Pakistan
  • United Arab Emirates To Open First Arab Embassy At NATO Headquarters
  • Iran Denounces United Arab Emirates Move Toward NATO

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Disclosure and Deceit: Secrecy as the Manipulation of History, not its Concealment By Dr. T. P. Wilkinson

21 May, 2011 — Global Research

The declassification of official secrets is often seen as either a challenge or a prerequisite for obtaining accurate data on the history of political and economic events. Yet at the same time high government intelligence officials have said that their policy is one of ‘plausible deniability’. Official US government policy for example is never to acknowledge or deny the presence of nuclear weapons anywhere its forces are deployed, especially its naval forces. The British have their ‘Official Secrets’ Act. When the Wikileaks site was launched in 2007 and attained notoriety for publication of infamous actions by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, this platform was heralded and condemned for its disclosures and exposures.
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Libya Newslinks 21-23 May 2011

22 May 2011 — williambowles.info

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The Tunisian Revolution Did Not Come Out Of Nowhere

23 May 2011 — The Bullet – Socialist Project E-Bulletin No.505

Interview with Sadri Khiari

The Tunisian revolution has been the detonator of the wave of protests and uprisings which have spread across North Africa and the Middle East since January, 2011. Sparked by the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi on December 17, 2010, the Tunisian revolution quickly spread from the towns in the central mining and agricultural regions of the country to the coastal cities, including the capital Tunis. Mass demonstrations, riots and strikes compelled President Ben Ali to flee the country on January 14. The ultimate outcome of the still fluid revolutionary process remains undetermined. So far popular mobilization and the forces activated by them – a series of parties, associations, unions, and intellectuals now organized in a loose coordinating committee (Le comité de salut public à la tunisienne) – have succeeded in forcing the retreat and partial dissolution of the networks of repression of the Ben Ali regime, changing the composition of the interim government a number of times and implementing their demand for a constituent assembly, from which Ben Ali’s old ruling party, Le Rassemblement constitutionnel démocratique (RCD) will be excluded for ten years. Governed by a new electoral law passed on April 11, elections for this assembly are scheduled for July 24.

Sadri Khiari is a Tunisian dissident now living in France, where he is a leading intellectual of Le Parti des Indigènes de la République (PIR), an anti-racist political party founded in 2010. He has published a number of books on Tunisia – Tunisie, le délitement de la cité – coercition, consentement, résistances (Paris: Karthala, 2003) and on the post-colonial situation in France [Pour une politique de la racaille (Paris: Textuel, 2006); La contre-révolution coloniale en France (Paris: La Fabrique, 2008), and Sainte Caroline contre Tariq Ramadan (Paris: La Revanche, 2011)].

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