French Ship Carries Freedom Flotilla’s “Dignity” to Gaza By Begoña Astigarraga

13 July 2011 — IPS


Activists on hunger strike in Spanish embassy. Credit:Bego Astigarraga/IPS

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ATHENS, Jul 12, 2011 (IPS) – The French vessel Dignité-Al Karama is the only boat from the Freedom Flotilla II actually sailing for Gaza in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade imposed in 2006. At the same time, six Spanish members of the humanitarian aid mission went on hunger strike in the Greek capital.

The hunger strikers, who have occupied the Spanish embassy in Athens since Jul. 5, were travelling on the Spanish ship Gernika (Guernica) that was part of the flotilla carrying 500 activists from 45 different countries, and 5,000 tonnes of aid, bound for the Gaza Strip.

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Libya Newslinks 13 July 2011

13 July 2011 —

Libya campaign duration cannot be predicted, Liam Fox warns
The duration of the Libya campaign cannot be predicted Liam Fox has said, suggesting that military commanders could be preparing for the conflict to last for months. The campaign was originally mandated for 90 days but it is now approaching four months …

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Black Agenda Report 13 July 2011: Obama Sells Out Soc Sec / Somalia Worst World Crisis / Atlanta Cheating

13 July 2011 — Black Agenda Report News, commentary and analysis from the black left

Obama’s “Big Deal”: Wallowing with Pigs in Search of a Grand Center-Right Coalition

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Barack Obama is salivating at the prospect of concluding his Big Deal with the Republicans, the one that will move the center robustly – even transformatively – to the Right, where this president really lives. The debt-limit deadline is Obama’s big chance to panic a significant part of the Democratic Party into joining in the rape of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. “When the debt-limit showdown arrives, pray for gridlock, which would at least mean there is still resistance to Republican extortion.”

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World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia: So U.S. Sends in the Marines and Drones

13 July 2011 — Black Agenda Report

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

A U.S. Marine task force is about to be deployed in the war against Somalia, where American drones are stepping up their predations. For the second time in four years, U.S. aggression threatens the lives of multitudes in the Horn of Africa. ‘A United Nations spokesman describes the food and refugee emergency in Somalia as the ‘worst humanitarian crisis in the world,’ with millions at immediate risk. Continue reading

Yemen Newslinks 13 July 2011

13 July 2011 —

YEMEN: TV appearance sparks fresh wave of violence
SANA’A, 13 July 2011 (IRIN) – A surprise 7 July appearance on Yemeni state TV by President Ali Abdullah Saleh is behind a recent country-wide spike in violence, say observers. Analyst Adel al-Shujaa said the TV appearance surprised opposition leaders … Continue reading

Egypt Newslinks 13 July 2011

13 July 2011 —

The Path to Democracy in Egypt
The Atlantic
By Daniel Brumberg Cairo is full of a hundred metaphors for the incoherence, fragmentation, and spirited improvisation that animate Egypt’s unfolding transition. My favorite was the traffic cram that erupted at a major intersection near Cairo …

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Statewatch News Online, No 2 of 2: 13 July 2011 (19/11)

Home page:

  1. ITALY: Statewatch Analysis: Italy: Series of defeats in court for the ‘security package’
  2. UK: Still spooked – Greater emphasis on the Channel project in the revised Prevent strategy gives much cause for concern
  3. EU: Statewatch Analysis: ?The Dialogue for Migration, Mobility and Security with the Southern Mediterranean countries
  4. EU: Council of the European Union: Frontex
  5. EU: Council of the European Union: Minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals
  6. EU: Meijers Committee Opinion on: Use of PNR data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime
  7. EU: Fundamental Rights Agency Report: Migrants in an irregular situation employed in domestic work
  8. EU: “SMART BORDERS”: Commission Background Note
  9. EU: Council of the European Union: Implementing the infamous Returns Directive: Questionnaire
  10. EU: Council of the European Union: Polish, Danish and Cyprus Presidencies: JHA External Relations
  11. COE-EU-ECHR: Draft final agreement: Accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights
  12. EU: 1st reading trilogue discussions between the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament
  13. EU-ACTA: Opinion of European Academics on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
  14. EU: Council of the European Union: Provisional agendas for Council meetings, during the second semester of 2011

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