9 June 2011

Some years back Thomas Franck nailed it in his book, “The Wrecking Crew.” It was subtitled “How Conservatives Rule” and showed how narrow self-interest and well practiced cynicism in the service of partisan warfare has crippled our political system resulting in a deep paralysis despite the threat of a collapse.

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Bahrain Newslinks 9 June 2011

9 June 2011 —

Bahrain official blasts Ecclestone “hypocrisy”
A number of prominent people in Bahrain have criticised Bernie Ecclestone’s u-turn on the country’s 2011 Grand Prix, describing the latest decision as “shameful”. Although the announcement that Bahrain will not now host a race this year has yet to be …

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NATO Newslinks 9 June 2011: NATO rejects Russia’s missile defence proposals

9 June 2011 —

As NATO Bombs Tripoli, World Powers Chart Libya Without Gadhafi
Voice of America
Photo: AP NATO has launched more airstrikes near the residence of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as global powers gathered to discuss a Libya without him. Loud explosions rocked the Libyan capital Tripoli late Wednesday, with the first bombs striking an …

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Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 9, 2011

9 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Defense Chiefs Endorse Extension Of Libyan War To End Of September
  • Pentagon Chief Pressures More NATO Allies For Libyan War Support
  • 83-Day Air War: 10,290 NATO Sorties, Almost 4,000 Combat Flights
  • Namibia: Call For Marches, Other Actions Against NATO’s Atrocities In Libya
  • NATO Escalates Bombardment Of Tripoli
  • Obama’s Fourth War Intensifying, Who Will Be Victim Of Fifth War?
  • Russia Opposes Any UN Resolution On Syria: Foreign Ministry
  • Kazakhstan: Senate Rejects Providing NATO With Afghan War Troops
  • Kazakh People Against Afghan War Deployment
  • Afghanistan: Over 230 NATO Soldiers Killed This Year

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Wikileaks Newslinks 9 June 2011

9 June 2011 —

US had asked Zardari not to humiliate Musharraf: WikiLeaks
Hindustan Times
PTI The US had asked Pakistani leadership not to humiliate Pervez Musharraf after he stepped down as the country’s President on the promise of indemnity against prosecution, according to WikiLeaks cables. “Don’t humiliate Musharraf. …

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Media Lens: Ten Years Of Media Lens – Operation Rheinübung

9 June, 2011 — Media Lens

Or: Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents

Working on Media Lens has given us ten years of first-hand experience of just how tightly discussion can be controlled in an ostensibly democratic society. No matter how carefully we have formulated our questions, no matter how politely we have delivered them, we have been branded angry, irrational, unworthy of attention.

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Special Report: Foreign Military Intervention in Libya

9 June 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation


BEIJING, June 9 (Xinhuanet) –NATO has resumed operations over Tripoli, as aircraft launched strikes on the heart of the capital. The renewed bombardment comes after a brief respite that followed the heaviest day of bombing since the campaign began.

On the ground, at least 12 rebel fighters have been killed and 35 wounded in clashes with Gaddafi’s forces in Zlitan, the frontline town in the battle against the rebel-held city of Misrata.

A rebel spokesman from inside the town says that Misrata is experiencing heavy shelling, and that Gaddafi’s forces are pounding the area from the east, west and south There was no immediate comment from the Gaddafi administration.


Special Report: Foreign Military Intervention in Libya

Information Clearing House Newsletter 8 June, 2011: Gaddafi's daughter files “war crimes” lawsuit related to NATO air strike that killed relatives

8 June, 2011 — Information Clearing House

“Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.” – African Proverb

Libya: A Deafening Silence
By Jody McIntyre
We have been sold on a false premise, and, as Noam Chomsky would say, have allowed the manufacture of our consent.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 8 June, 2011: Israeli forces ransack Nablus offices of the Change and Reform Bloc

8 June, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Wine Bottles Smashed In Al-Aqsa Compound
IMEMC – Wednesday June 08, 2011 – 17:56, Local sources report that a number of Jewish settlers broke into the al-Aqsa compound and began drinking wine and smashing bottles on the floor.

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As Rigging Came to Light: US, EU Backed Haitian Election, Deeming “Too Much Invested” to Pull Out By Dan Coughlin and Kim Ives

7 June 2011 — Haiti-Liberte

The United States and other international donors decided to support Haiti’s recent presidential and parliamentary elections despite believing that the country’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), “almost certainly in conjunction with President Préval,” had unwisely and unjustly excluded the country’s largest party, the Lavalas Family, according to a secret U.S. Embassy cable dated Dec. 4, 2009 provided by WikiLeaks to Haïti Liberté.

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Would A $5-A-Day Minimum Wage Make Life Better In Haiti? By Adam Davidson

8 June 2011 — National Public Radio

Today, The Nation and Haiti Liberte posted a story about some Wikileaks memos that reveal that “Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the U.S. Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers.” In 2009, before the earthquake, Haiti’s parliament passed a new minimum wage law mandating that people working in Haiti’s apparel factories — mostly cutting and sewing t-shirts — must make a minimum of $5 a day.

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WikiLeaks Haiti: Cable Depicts Fraudulent Haiti Election By Dan Coughlin and Kim Ives

8 June 2011 — The Nation

The United States, the European Union and the United Nations decided to support Haiti’s recent presidential and parliamentary elections despite believing that the country’s electoral body, “almost certainly in conjunction with President Preval,” had “emasculated the opposition” by unwisely and unjustly excluding the country’s largest party, according to a secret US Embassy cable.

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