Wikileaks Newslinks for 24 June 2011

24 June 2011 —

WikiLeaks Sheds Light on Legal Standstill Over ‘Well Regarded’ Fugitive on …
New York Times
But new insight into the international tug of war over Pluimers can be found in a diplomatic cable released earlier this year by the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. That cable, written in 2006 by officials at the US embassy in The Hague, indicates that …

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State Department Officials Have an Obligation to Speak Out Against Israeli Threats to Attack U.S. Boat to Gaza

24 June 2011 — US Boat to Gaza

Athens, June 24, 2011 – U.S. peace activists preparing to set sail on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, expressed profound disappointment over a statement issued by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Instead of calling on the Israeli government to let a flotilla of unarmed civilians sail to Gaza, the United States government is pressuring its own citizens to refrain from legal acts. Continue reading

Why Recent Bad Economic News Means It’s Time for Working Less By Juliet Schor

24 June 2011 — Economics and SocietyThe Bullet Socialist ProjectE-Bulletin No. 520

The economic news of the last few weeks has not been encouraging. In Europe, the various national debt crises remain unresolved, with a continued monopoly of banker-friendly austerity programs, and their predictable consequences of rising unemployment and stagnation. Debtor countries are being forced into the same financial orthodoxies that prolonged the depression of the 1920s and 30s, so we shouldn’t be surprised at the failures they will bring. More recession may also be the future of the countries enforcing these once-discredited policies, as weak demand across the region represses consumer demand, investor confidence, and government spending.

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The Plan to Destabilize Syria By Thierry Meyssan

23 June 2011 — Global ResearchVoltaire Network – 2011-06-19

The efforts to overthrow the Syrian government have a lot in common with what has been undertaken in Libya. However, the results are substantially different owing to each country’s social and political background. The project to break up these two States simultaneously was initially brought up by John Bolton on 6 May 2002 when he was serving as Undersecretary of State in the Bush administration. It’s implementation by the Obama administration nine years down the line – in the context of the Arab Awakening – is not without problems.

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Syria Newslinks 23-24 June 2011

24 June 2011 —

24 June 2011
More than 1500 refugees flee Syria in one day
The Associated Press
BEIRUT (AP) — More than 1500 Syrian refugees streamed across the border to safe havens in Turkey in one day as Syria’s 3-month-old pro-democracy movement braced for another day of mass protests Friday. The refugees crossed into Turkey on Thursday as …

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Libya Newslinks 23-24 June 2011

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24 June 2011

23 June 2011

Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 24, 2011

24 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • U.S. AFRICOM Chief Defends Drone Missile Attacks In Libya
  • NATO Headquarters: Bloc’s Number 2, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Discuss Libya War
  • Cuba Reiterates Need For Cease-Fire In Libya
  • Netherlands Extends Libya War Role By Three Months
  • EU Sanctions Are Declaration Of War: Syrian Foreign Minister
  • Baghdad: NATO Trains Senior Iraqi Military Leaders
  • Afghan Officials Say NATO Killed Farmers

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FAIR Media Advisory: Defining ‘Withdrawal’ From Afghanistan

23 June 2011 — FAIR

Media’s selective memory on Obama escalations

Barack Obama’s June 22 announcement of a phased troop withdrawal from Afghanistan was often portrayed as a major step towards ending the war, with many outlets neglecting to accurately explain the pace of escalation that has happened under his watch.

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