Syria On The Boil, U.S. Warship In The Black Sea By M K Bhadrakumar

13 June, 2011 — Asia Times

-Without doubt, the US is stepping up pressure on Russia’s Black Sea fleet. The US’s provocation is taking place against the backdrop of the turmoil in Syria. Russia is stubbornly blocking US attempts to drum up a case for Libya-style intervention in Syria. Moscow understands that a major reason for the US to push for regime change in Syria is to get the Russian naval base in that country wound up.

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NATO Newslinks for 13 June 2011

13 June 2011 —

Beginning of the End for NATO?
New York Times
In a speech on Friday in Brussels, his last in Europe before he leaves office, Mr. Gates lambasted NATO. Mr. Gates warned the Europeans that unless they improved their military capabilities, spent more on defense and pooled resources, NATO faced “the …

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Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 13, 2011

13 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Pentagon Chief Praises NATO’s Arab Monarch Allies For Libyan War Aid
  • U.S., NATO Hold Proliferation Security Initiative Drills In Mediterranean
  • Libya: NATO Conducts 10,822 Sorties, 4,102 Strike Missions
  • German Foreign Minister In Benghazi
  • Syria On The Boil, U.S. Warship In The Black Sea
  • Poland: Permanent U.S. Air Base, NATO Detachment Next Year
  • U.S. To Deploy Military Personnel To Maintain Air Base In Poland
  • U.S. Air Force In First Direct Arctic Overflight For Afghan War
  • Revived 4th Fleet: U.S. Guided Missile Ships In War Games Off Chile
  • 10-Member Pakistani Delegation To Visit NATO Headquarters

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Video: Palestinian Political Prisoner: ‘I reject Israel’s laws’

13 June 2011 — The Real News Network

Bassem Tamimi of Nabi Saleh delivered a court statement at the start of his trial last Sunday saying ‘I reject [these laws] and cannot recognize their validity.’

Last Sunday the trial of Bassem Tamimi began. Tamimi is the central activist in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, North East of Ramallah and was arrested on March 24th of this year. In his appearance before the court, Tamimi delivered a statement saying “I do not know if my actions violate your Occupation laws. As far as I am concerned, these laws do not apply to me and are devoid of meaning. Having been enacted by Occupation authorities, I reject them and cannot recognize their validity.†The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky spoke with his wife, Neriman Tamimi, as well as to Diana Alzeer, an activist with the March 15 Movement whose demand for Palestinian national unity helped create pressure in the recent reconciliation between the Fateh and Hamas parties.

Special Thanks to Ronnie Barkan for helping film.

Video: Guilty as Charged

13 June 2011 — The Real News Network

Lawrence Wilkerson Pt7: Before Powell’s UN presentation I wrote my resignation but didn’t submit it

Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on US national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department at the George Washington University entitled “National Security Decision Making.”

Egypt Newslinks for 13 June 2011

13 June 2011 —

Reports: US man held in Egypt as Israeli spy
CAIRO — Egypt arrested a man on Sunday — identified in Israeli media reports as a US citizen — suspected of spying for Israel and recruiting agents to destabilize Egypt, a prosecutor and judicial sources said. A 19-year-old woman who is seven months …

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Yemen Newslinks for 13 June 2011

13 June 2011 —

Yemen’s opposition ‘in power transfer talks’
Opposition sources in Yemen say that they are in talks with Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the vice president, to discuss a transfer of power within a transitional period. The sources said they are worried that President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s son and …

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Wikileaks Newslinks 13 June 2011

13 June 2011 —

Benazir Bhutto had US support, clearance to return to Pakistan: WikiLeaks
Pakistan Observer
Karachi—The latest WikiLeaks cables have revealed that President Asif Ali Zardari said US is “our safety blanket” and recounted how Benazir had returned despite the threats against her because of support and “clearance” from the US. …

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Media: The Spreading of False Ideologies into our Culture By Steven J. M. Jones

11 June, 2011 — Global

“Propaganda Steers our Opinion Exactly where it is Intended to Go.”

By its own definition it is media’s job to tell us about ourselves and the world around us, to enable us to make informed decisions in a democratic society. That’s the theory.

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Statewatch News Online,No 2 of 2: 13 June 2011 (16/11)

13 June 2011 — Statewatch – e-mail:

STATEWATCHING EUROPE: Civil Liberties, the state and the European Union Saturday 25 June 2011 (10.00-17.30)
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Programme and Registration form:
Book Online:
  2. EU: Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings: State of Play after the Trilogue
  3. EU: Council of the European Union: Intra-corporate transferees and Seasonal workers
  4. EU: Council of the European Union: Readmission, migration and travel documents
  5. EU: TRAFFICKING: Council of the European Union
  6. EU: SINGLE PERMIT FOR THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS: Multi-column document: “trilogue” discussion
  7. EU: European Commission: Immigration and asylum
  8. EU: European Commission: Establishment of a “Preconfiguration team” of a CERT
  9. EU: MANDATORY DATA RETENTION: Working Group on Data Retention
  11. EU: UN Report of the Special Rapporteur: the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue
  12. EU: Council of the European Union: proposal for a Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings
  13. UK: Home Affairs Select Committee report: The work of the UK Border Agency
  14. FINLAND: Anti-racism campaigners slam Finnish colour-coded ID cards
  16. ITALY-GENOA: AED – EDL Conference: Genoa 2001-2011: Ten Years of attacks on fundamental rights
  17. EU: Draft Directive on sexual abuse and child exploitation: Multi-column document
  18. EU: Council of the European Union: 1st reading deal on creation of EU IT Agency after 8 secret trilogue meetings

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Libya Newslinks 12 June 2011

12 June 2011 —

Fighting Continues in Libya, Creeps Toward Capital
Voice of America
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have hammered rebels in the west with heavy weapons, as separate fighting creeps toward the capital, Tripoli. Reporters at the frontline near the rebel-held western town of Zintan say government forces …
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NATO actions should be a wake-up call – political scientist — RT

13 June 2011 — RT

Adrian Salbuchi, a Buenos Aires-based author and political researcher, says that the West is trying to turn the UN into an instrument to implement its own agenda, with Syria being the latest example.

­‘The United Nations, let’s be very blunt about this, is merely an international organization working to promote the interests of its most powerful members, notably the United States, Britain and, as far as the Western world is concerned, also France and other countries in the European Union,’ he told RT.

Salbuchi noted that the West is considering cracking down on the Syrian government, having previously turned a blind eye to the recent repression of protestors by the government in Bahrain and Egypt.

On Friday Syrian government troops stormed the rebel border town of Jisr Al-Shugour with tanks and helicopters. The army entered the city in order to, according to the authorities, ‘cleanse it’ from rebellious armed groups that reportedly killed at least 120 police officers last week.

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Hidden Agenda in Syria

12 June 2011 — RT

Tensions are peaking in Syria, government troops have stormed the rebel northern border town of Jisr Al-Shugour with tanks and military helicopters. The army has entered the city in order to “cleanse it” from rebellious armed groups, which killed at least 120 police officers last week. Meanwhile, Britain and France are still pushing for a UN resolution, condemning the brutal crackdown against anti-government activists in Syria. Russia, which opposes any attempts to intervene in the Syrian conflict, said it won’t back the move.

Lie To Me By Joel S. Hirschhorn

12 June 2011 — Delusional Democracy

What is the main lesson from the recent fiascos of former Senator John Edwards and Representative Anthony Weiner? If you follow the news shows you saw a number of video clips where each of them had lied many times about what eventually they confessed to, their stupid, sleazy sexual misconduct. As I watched the videos I was amazed how good their lying behavior was, without any hint of their blatant dishonesty in how they looked or sounded. Of course, I was also reminded how terrific a liar Bill Clinton was when he went on television to lie about his sexual misconduct.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 12 June, 2011: I’m either an illegal citizen of one state, or an inferior citizen in another

12 June, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Troops Kidnap Three International Activists Near Hebron
IMEMC – Sunday June 12, 2011 – 09:20, Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Saturday afternoon three international peace activists participating in the weekly nonviolent protest against the Israeli Annexation Wall and settlements in Beit Ummar town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

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