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 — williambowles.info

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 …
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/14/world/europe/14iht-letter14.html

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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 — williambowles.info

Reports: US man held in Egypt as Israeli spy
msnbc.com
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 …
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43376531/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/

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Yemen Newslinks for 13 June 2011

13 June 2011 — williambowles.info

Yemen’s opposition ‘in power transfer talks’
Aljazeera.net
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 …
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/06/201161391749979150.html

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Wikileaks Newslinks 13 June 2011

13 June 2011 — williambowles.info

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. …
http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=97258

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

11 June, 2011 — Global Researchfornequiem.com

“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: office@statewatch.org

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: http://www.statewatch.org/conference/conference.pdf
Book Online: http://www.statewatch.org/ordering/order.html
  1. EU: EUROPEAN INVESTIGATION ORDER (EIO): Scope and UK
  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
  10. EU: EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT (EAW) FIGURES
  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
  15. EU: MANDATORY DATA RETENTION OF ALL TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  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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