Friday, May 20, 2011 22:00 BST Fukushima
Ocean Contamination: Worse Than Chernobyl
Scientists have discovered that the radioactive impact on surrounding
oceans from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has already outstripped the
1986 Chernobyl disaster, meaning that the figure of nearly a million
cancer deaths as a result of Chernobyl is set to be replicated over
the coming decades.
Orders You Tube To Censor Protest Videos
In a frightening example of how the state is tightening its grip around
the free Internet, it has emerged that You Tube is complying with thousands
of requests from governments to censor and remove videos that show protests
and other examples of citizens simply asserting their rights, while
also deleting search terms by government mandate.
appears to question Osama`s death
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday appeared to question
Washington’s account of how al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was
killed by special US forces in Pakistan this month.
of Arab Rage: Imperialism in the making?
When President Obama gives his major Middle East speech on Thursday,
he’s expected to announce American cash support for the revolutionary
Arab states. The buzzwords are likely to be about supporting democracy.
But, as Gayane Chichakyan reports, not everyone’s fight for freedom
fits Washington’s plan.
What kind of place is America in 2011? Sadly, it is one giant sea of
conformity. If you traveled across the United States 40 or 50 years
ago, you would encounter a vast array of cultures and you would meet
a wonderful mix of people.
loss far less severe than feared: study The pace at which humans are driving animal
and plant species toward extinction through habitat destruction is at
least twice as slow as previously thought, according to a study released
As Adolf Hitler noted, “all propaganda has to be popular and
has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent
of those whom it seeks to reach.” Certainly the writers handing
US President Barack Obama his “Middle East speech” had
a particularly ignorant audience in mind.
Sis and DHS Push ID Program for Travelers
Department of Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano told a conference
of travel and tourism industry leaders gathered in Las Vegas that
the prospect of shoe bombing remains a threat to aviation.
Demands Answers About Secret Surveillance Law Memo
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) suit against the Department of Justice (DOJ),
demanding the release of a secret legal memo used to justify FBI
access to Americans’ telephone records without any legal process
Praises Romney for ‘Assist’ in Passing Obamacare
S peaking to Democratic contributors near Boston Wednesday, President
Barack Obama gave a tip of the hat to former Massachusetts Gov.
Mitt Romney – a potential opponent in the 2012 presidential
race — for an “assist” in passing national health
Change at the IMF: The Frame-Up of Dominique Strauss-Kahn?
The arrest of IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has all
the appearances of a frame-up ordered by powerful members of the
financial establishment, in liaison with France’s Nicolas
Sarkozy, whose presidency has served the interests of the US at
the expense of those of France and the European Union.
Need To Be Watching What’s Developing In Spain Right Now Protests have been raging in Spain since
Sunday, May 15. The one we’ve been seeing pictures of is in
Madrid, in the famous Puerta del Sol. But there were protests in
60 different locations on Sunday, and they’re still raging
in different parts of the country.
PM Rejects Obama ’1967 Borders’ Plan
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected calls from
the US president for a Palestinian state based on the borders of
1967 – ahead of a highly anticipated meeting between the two
Gives Pakistan 50 Fighter Jets
China has agreed to immediately provide 50 JF-17 fighter jets to
Pakistan, a major outcome of a visit by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza
Gilani to Beijing this week, Pakistani officials said Thursday.
U.S. Diplomat: We Are Becoming the USSR Chas Freeman was President Nixon’s
interpreter during Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972.
Now, nearly 40 years later, after an impressive diplomatic and defense
career, he’s interpreting China for the rest of us.
senators press president on War Powers deadline As the U.S. military campaign in Libya approaches
the 60-day mark this Friday, six Republican senators wrote President
Obama asking if he will comply with the War Powers Act, which says
Congress must authorize action that lasts more than 60 days.