Who Dies in Yemen Drone Strikes? By Rebecca Hellmich

12 August 2013 — FAIR Blog

FireShot Screen Capture #573 - 'Drone kills suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen - CNN_com' - www_cnn_com_2013_08_08_world_meast_yemen-drone-strikeA headline is sometimes worth a thousand words, and this was definitely the case after a deadly drone strike occurred in Yemen last week.

 “Drone Strike Kills Six Suspected Militants in Yemen,” a Reutersheadline (8/7/13) declared.  “More Suspected Al-Qaeda Militants Killed as Drone Strikes Intensify in Yemen,” aCNN.com headline  (8/8/13) offered. Whatever the language, one message was clear: “Suspected terrorists” or “militants” had been killed.

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VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 11 August 2013:

11 August 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Young Palestinian musicians perform in prestigious world festival
IMEMC – On August 8, seventeen young Palestinian musicians put Palestine on the ‘map’ of one of the world’s most prestigious international music festivals, the BBC Proms. Aged twelve to twenty-three years, they are members of the Palestinian Strings, a brainchild of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, Palestine’s preeminent music institution. …

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ICH 11 August 2013

11 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

Burqas and Empire, Again

By Zillah Eisenstein

The lead up to the Afghan war in post-9/11 used the rhetoric of “women’s rights” to mobilise the American public. We were supposed to save their women from the Taliban and their “backward ways”.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35814.htm

 

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Boston’s Custom Designed Terror: “Operation Urban Shield” By James F. Tracy

12 August 2013 — Global Research

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On  June 6, 2013 “Operation Urban Shield Boston” published videos via its YouTube Channel highlighting the so-named 2011 and 2012 law enforcement and emergency response drills that bore a remarkable resemblance to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by Tamarlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev.

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The Class Struggle Platform

3 August, 2013 — Left Unity

[See Socialist Platform Statement of Aims and Principles and The Left Party Platform, the two other ‘platforms’ proposed by ‘factions’ within Left Unity.

CStruggleIntroducing – the Class Struggle Platform

We have drafted a third ‘platform’ to extend the debate within Left Unity. Having read the two platforms currently circulating – the Left Party Platform and the Socialist Platform – we were struck by an obvious similarity between them. Neither address the immediate issues confronting the working class in Britain today, which are not run of the mill concerns, but critical to all our futures.

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South Africa: Licenced to Kill By Richard Pithouse

22 July 2013 — The South African Civil Society Information Service

Last week Inigo Gilmore’s documentary, South Africa’s Dirty Cops, was screened on British television. It deals with the torture and murder that have become common at the hands of the South African police and includes an examination of the two most high profile cases of political violence on the part of our police in recent years – the murder of Andries Tatane in Ficksburg in April 2011 and the Marikana Massacre in August last year.

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FBI suspected of cyber-attack on anonymous web-hosting and email services By Mark Blackwood

12 August 2013 — WSWS

On August 5 malicious software (malware) in the form of a Java Script (JS) attack code was discovered embedded in multiple websites hosted by the anonymous hosting company Freedom Hosting (FH), the largest hosting company on the anonymous Tor network. Initial research into the malware by experts suggests that it originated from and returned private data back to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or other US government agencies.

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Site under attack, but all is well…

13 August 2013

Update: It seems the site has been under a sustained ‘Denial of Service’  or DDoS attack since Saturday. My excellent ISP (who have hosted my site for over 10 years) have installed a raft of security measures over and above the usual array, so hopefully this will do the trick. But because of the additional security, I’ve had to disable some tools that the site uses eg, related posts and translation, as they use routines that can be exploited by attackers.