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Egypt says siege 'failure,' opens Rafah indefinitely

Egypt says siege 'failure,' opens Rafah indefinitely 07 Jun 2010 An Egyptian security official declared the blockade on Gaza a failure and announced its borders indefinitely open, the Associated Press reported on Monday, as Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad said he would "stand by every decision" Turkey made to lift the siege. Egypt opened its crossing with Gaza shortly after a deadly Israeli attack on an aid fleet en route to the coastal enclave, which left at least nine activists dead.

Rangel slams Obama for being like Dick Cheney - fighting in Iraq only for oil

Charles Rangel slams President Obama for being like Dick Cheney - fighting in Iraq only for oil 06 Jun 2010 Rep. Charles Rangel compared President Obama to former Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney Saturday for their shared commitment to the Iraq War, one the Harlem Democrat argues is based on the country's hunger for oil. "I challenge anyone to tell me we aren't there because of the oil," said Rangel, who kicks off his re-election campaign for a 21st congressional term in Washington Heights Sunday. "The lack of an honest explanation [for the war] is consistent with Bush and Cheney," he told the Daily News during an hour-long interview... A Korean War hero, Rangel criticized the Obama White House for staying in Bush-triggered wars, saying, "We are trying to buy our friends there ... stuff like that makes Cheney look good."

Helen Thomas retires after Israel remark flap

Helen Thomas retires after Israel remark flap 07 Jun 2010 Longtime Washington journalist Helen Thomas abruptly retired Monday as a columnist for Hearst News Service following remarks she made about Israel that were denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues. The 89-year-old Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, has long been a fixture in Washington and has been lauded as a pioneering journalist who has covered presidents since 1960.

US intelligence analyst arrested over security leaks

US intelligence analyst arrested over security leaks 07 Jun 2010 A US military analyst, Bradley Manning, has been arrested on suspicion of leaking classified combat video and documents to a whistle-blower website. Specialist (Spc) Manning, 22, was detained during a tour of duty in Iraq. He is being held in Kuwait pending further investigations. The WikiLeaks website posted a video which it says shows the US military shooting civilians in Baghdad in 2007 [a war crime].

Bush Administration Tortured, Experimented On Detainees: Report

Did the Bush Administration Experiment on Detainees? Not only were terrorism suspects tortured, they were also used as human guinea pigs, a new report alleges. By Nick Baumann 06 Jun 2010 In the course of trying to prove that its "enhanced" interrogation program was legal, the Bush administration may have broken the law, according to a new report by Physicians for Human Rights. The watchdog group claims that in an attempt to establish that brutal interrogation tactics did not constitute torture, the administration ended up effectively experimenting on terrorism detainees prisoners. This research, PHR alleges, violated an array of regulations and treaties, including international guidelines on human testing put in place after the Holocaust.

Judges orders two N.J. men held without bail on terror charges

Judges orders two N.J. men held without bail on terror charges 07 Jun 2010 The two New Jersey men charged with trying to join an overseas Islamist militant group were ordered held without bail today during a brief hearing today in federal court in Newark. Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte appeared shackled for the three-minute hearing, overflowing with reporters. The two men are charged with conspiring to murder, maim, and kidnap outside the United States.

Men arrested at JFK bound for terror group

Men arrested at JFK bound for terror group 07 Jun 2010 Two New Jersey men were arrested late on Saturday at a New York airport trying to catch flights for meetings with militant groups in Somalia with the intent to kill people, authorities said on Sunday. Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park, were arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport as they tried to board separate flights to Egypt on their way to Somalia, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey said.

Jihadi Calls For 'Suspicious Bags' to Be Left Throughout DC and NYC

Jihadi Calls For 'Suspicious Bags' to Be Left Throughout DC and NYC --FBI Warns of Potential New Terror Tactic As Summer Tourist Season Begins 07 Jun 2010 A recent internal FBI report warns federal, state and local authorities to be alert for a potential new tool in the jihadi CIA false flag terror arsenal -- the placing of suspicious, but harmless, bags in public places to inspire fear, disrupt public transportation and tie up police and bomb squads. The so called "battle of suspicious bags" was encouraged by an unknown poster to a known jihadi website.

Cleaning the Oil-Drenched Pelicans

Cleaning the Oil-Drenched Pelicans 07 Jun 2010 Vegetable oil and diluted dish detergent are used to clean the birds. (ABC News video)

Obama hit on whaling turnaround

Obama hit on whaling turnaround 06 Jun 2010 U.S. President Barack Obama is breaking a campaign promise as his administration backs an effort to lift a 24-year ban on commercial whaling, critics say. Environmentalists, already unhappy with the administration's allegedly lackluster response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, say the president is going back on his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales, FOX News reported Sunday.

Afghanistan: Security Companies Using American Money to Fund Insurgents, Bribe Taliban

'We're funding both sides of the war.' Afghanistan: Security Companies Using American Money to Fund Insurgents, Bribe Taliban --Official: Millions of dollars 'making their way to the Taliban' 06 Jun 2010 Although the investigation is not complete, the officials suspect that at least some of these security companies -- many of which have ties to top Afghan officials -- are using American money to bribe the Taliban. The officials suspect that the security companies may also engage in fake fighting to increase the sense of risk on the roads, and that they may sometimes stage attacks against competitors. "We're funding both sides of the war," a NATO official in Kabul said.

Coast Guard Sees Cleanup of Spill Lasting Until the Fall

Coast Guard Sees Cleanup of Spill Lasting Until the Fall 06 Jun 2010 The Coast Guard commander in charge of the federal response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico warned on Sunday that even if the flow of crude was stopped by summer, it could take well into autumn -- and maybe much longer -- to deal with the slick spreading relentlessly across the gulf. The area of gulf shoreline potentially affected by the spill has continued to grow, extending from central Louisiana to Port St. Joe in the middle of the Florida Panhandle, a 400-mile front in a widening sea, air and land war.

Nato warns of military strike against cyber attackers

Heads up! USociopaths are trolling for an excuse to shut the Internet -- and start more wars -- after their next false flag: Nato warns of military strike against cyber attackers 06 Jun 2010 NATO is considering the use of military force against enemies who launch cyber attacks on its member states. A team of Nato experts led by Madeleine Albright, the former US secretary of state, has warned that the next attack on a Nato country "may well come down a fibre-optic cable". A report by Albright’s group said that a cyber attack on the critical infrastructure of a Nato country could equate to an armed attack, justifying retaliation.

Israel blames 'stowaway mercenaries' for violence on Gaza aid ship

Israel blames 'stowaway mercenaries' for violence on Gaza aid ship [Who writes their material?] 07 Jun 2010 Israel deported 19 activists arrested on an Irish ship taking aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip and accused a previous aid convoy of harbouring mercenaries who had joined the flotilla by stealth and attacked Israeli forces. Israeli naval forces intercepted the Irish-flagged MV Rachel Corrie on Saturday. The first seven passengers from the Rachel Corrie, mostly Malaysians, were deported across the border with Jordan yesterday, officials said. The remaining 12 -- including Mairead Maguire the Irish Nobel peace laureate -- were to be expelled later in the evening from Tel Aviv airport, bound for Germany.

A Little Bird Mired In Oil Illuminates A Big Problem

A Little Bird Mired In Oil Illuminates A Big Problem 04 Jun 2010 People around the world on Friday picked up newspapers or clicked on computers to see a heartbreaking image of a single bird covered in a layer of gunk that looked like melted chocolate. That gunk, of course, was oil, and that bird was found along the coast of East Grand Terre Island, La. And despite the horrific image, that little bird -- a laughing gull -- is lucky, according to Jay Holcomb, executive director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center, where the creature is being treated. Holcomb tells NPR’s Michele Norris that the bird was rescued early -- "so even though it's covered in oil and it's tired, it's in relatively decent shape."

BP boss has 'no fear' of jail threat

BP boss has 'no fear' of jail threat 05 Jun 2010 Tony Hayward, the chief executive of BP, says he does not fear the threat of jail and has vowed to still be in his job a year on from the oil company's catastrophic spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a wide-ranging interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Hayward said the thought of stepping down "had not crossed [his] mind", despite US public hostility to his handling of the crisis. Federal agents have already launched a criminal inquiry into BP's conduct, with some suggesting that charges could be brought against company executives.

BP could face massive fines under Clean Water Act

BP could face massive fines under Clean Water Act [Yeah, but the High Wh*re Court will overturn that ruling in about six picosends. BP will end up paying about 700 dollars in fines, fifteen years hence.] 04 Jun 2010 If the Obama administration is serious about holding BP and others responsible for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill [which they aren't], it can start with the federal Clean Water Act, which could allow the federal government to collect as much as $4.7 billion in civil fines just for the oil that's spilled so far. Even if the courts allow the fines, however, there are no guarantees that the money would go to the cleanup and economic recovery of the Gulf Coast, according to legal experts.

Autopsy shows Gaza activists were hit 30 times: report

Autopsy shows Gaza activists were hit 30 times: report 04 Jun 2010 Nine Turkish activists killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship [Mavi Marmara] were shot a total of 30 times and five died of gunshot wounds to the head, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Friday. Autopsy results showed the men were hit mostly with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range, the Guardian said, quoting Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine which carried out the autopsies on Friday. Israeli commandos stormed a flotilla of aid ships planning to break the Israeli sea blockade of Gaza on Monday.

Mobile phones responsible for disappearance of honey bee

Mobile phones responsible for disappearance of honey bee --The growing use of mobile telephones is behind the disappearance of honey bees and the collapse of their hives, scientists have claimed. 29 May 2010 Their disappearance has caused alarm throughout Europe and North America where campaigners have blamed agricultural pesticides, climate change and the advent of genetically modified crops for what is now known as 'colony collapse disorder.' ...Now researchers from Chandigarh's Punjab University claim they have found the cause which could be the first step in reversing the decline: They have established that radiation from mobile telephones is a key factor in the phenomenon and say that it probably interfering with the bee's navigation senses.

Gaza aid workers 'face deportation'

Gaza aid workers 'face deportation' 06 Jun 2010 Aid workers whose ship was blocked from delivering relief supplies to Gaza are facing deportation from Israel. The 11 passengers from Ireland and Malaysia on the MV Rachel Corrie cargo ship arrived Saturday evening in the port town of Ashdod after the ship was taken over by Israeli forces. The military seized the 1,200-tonne boat at sea. No resistance was encountered and the aid workers were taken to a detention centre near Tel Aviv.

'US cluster bombs killed 55 in Yemen'

'US cluster bombs killed 55 in Yemen' 06 Jun 2010 Amnesty International says the United States used cluster bombs on a cruise missile in Yemen, killing 55 people, most of whom were civilians. The attack, according to the rights group, targeted Al-Maajala in the Abyan province at a time when Washington was pushing hard to project militants in the country. "Amnesty International is gravely concerned by evidence that cluster munitions appear to have been used in Yemen," said Mike Lewis, the group's arms control researcher, AFP reported.

As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather

As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather 04 Jun 2010 Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that's new to human history. To make preparations, authorities in Washington DC are holding a meeting: The Space Weather Enterprise Forum at the National Press Club on June 8th. Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division, explains: "The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we're getting together to discuss." [Sounds like HAARP coverage to me.]

BP, Halliburton, Transocean Build Legal Teams

BP, Halliburton, Transocean Build Legal Teams 02 Jun 2010 Facing multiple investigations, including one from the U.S. attorney general, companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have secured legal teams with deep Department of Justice and White House ties. Oil giant BP PLC recruited WilmerHale, an international firm with 1,000 attorneys. Partner Jamie Gorelick in Washington, D.C., will lead the effort. Gorelick during the Clinton administration worked as deputy attorney general of the United States, the second-highest job at Justice. Transocean Ltd., which owned and leased to BP the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded and sank, recruited Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Halliburton Co. has hired Patton Boggs.

Another aid ship to set sail for Gaza

Another aid ship to set sail for Gaza 06 Jun 2010 Pro-Palestinian activists have launched a campaign to send another aid ship to the Gaza Strip in continuing efforts meant to break the siege of Gaza. The organizers of the initiative, "Free Palestine Movement" and "Reporters Without Limits," say the vessel will be carrying educational supplies for children of the besieged Palestinian strip. The two non-governmental groups say the ship is slated for departure from a Lebanese port next week in hope of putting an end to the Israeli blockade.

BP spill spreads to Pensacola, Florida: White beaches blotted with oily tarballs

BP spill spreads to Pensacola, Florida: White beaches blotted with oily tarballs 04 Jun 2010 The BP plague has spread to Pensacola. Tourists and locals woke up Friday to disgusting oily tarballs despoiling their once pristine white sand beaches. They knew oil from the ruptured rig deep in the Gulf of Mexico was heading their way. "It's Armageddon right here in Pensacola," Susan Pigott, 48, said as she walked her beloved beach with her 17-year-old son, Colten, picking up tar bells and placing them in a bucket. "It's sickening. It's going to kill everything out here."

Obama told how bad Gulf oil spill would be days after BP's rig exploded: report

Obama told how bad Gulf oil spill would be days after BP's rig exploded: report 05 Jun 2010 As criticism of the Obama administration's response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf, a new report claims the president was told by a government official in April just how much damage BP's exploded offshore rig would cause. Days after the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up, Carol Browner, head of the White House's Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama the explosion would result in a never-before-seen disaster, senior White House aides told The Daily Beast. [This means that Obusha crisis spokesman, BP tarball Thad Allen, kept pimping for BP, despite WH knowledge of the depths of the disaster. --LRP]

Bomber hits Iraq police station

Bomber hits Iraq police station 06 Jun 2010 A suicide car bomber has killed at least four policemen and injured 10 outside a police station in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, an official in the interior ministry has said. The attacker drove a vehicle packed with explosives into a gathering of police during a shift change at a station in the mainly Shia Amil district, in the southwestern area of Baghdad, the source said on Sunday.

Two British soldiers killed in firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan

Two British soldiers killed in firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan 05 Jun 2010 Two British soldiers have been killed in a gun battle in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today. The men, from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, attached to The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group, died in small arms fire in a battle with Taliban soldiers in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand, yesterday afternoon.

Tide of oil threatens to wipe out the iconic pelican

'The pelicans are in dire trouble.' Tide of oil threatens to wipe out the iconic pelican 06 Jun 2010  For more than a decade, the hundreds of brown pelicans that nested among the mangrove shrubs on Queen Bess Island, south of New Orleans, were living proof that a species brought to the edge of extinction could come back and thrive. The island was one of three sites in Louisiana where pelicans were reintroduced after pesticides wiped them out in the state in the 1960s. But on Thursday, 29 of them, their feathers so coated in thick brown sludge that their white and grey markings were obscured, were airlifted to a bird rehabilitation centre in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the latest victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  

2 candidates from Iraq's Sunni-backed party killed

2 candidates from Iraq's Sunni-backed party killed 05 Jun 2010 Gunmen killed two candidates from the Sunni-backed coalition that won the most seats in Iraq's March parliamentary election, slayings that the alliance said Saturday were part of a politically motivated campaign of assassinations. The killings were the third and fourth of candidates from the secular Iraqiya alliance in recent months, raising concerns about political intimidation of the top vote-getting bloc in the March 7 'election.'

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