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'Israeli commandos are wild dogs'

'Israeli commandos are wild dogs' --Ahmadinejad calls for strong UNSC resolution over flotilla raid. 01 Jun 2010 The Iranian president on Tuesday demanded a strong UN Security Council resolution against Israel over its raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip. In a speech broadcast live on state TV, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the Security Council to adopt a resolution that would "cut off" Israel's hands, thus preventing it from committing more "crimes."

Several blasts near peace meet in Kabul

Several blasts near peace meet in Kabul 02 Jun 2010 Several blasts have been heard in Kabul as Afghan President Hamid Karzai was speaking at the opening of a long-delayed peace meeting known as "jirga." According to AFP, at least one rocket hit near the Intercontinental Hotel, not far from a giant tent where the conference of tribal elders, religious leaders and members of the parliament is being held.

Iraqi civilian toll in May highest this year

Iraqi civilian toll in May highest this year 01 Jun 2010 The number of Iraqi civilians killed in acts of violence in May was the highest monthly tally so far this year, figures released on Tuesday showed. Overall, 337 people -- 275 civilians, 45 police and 17 soldiers -- died as a result of attacks in May, according to data compiled by the health, interior and defence ministries.

Deep Underwater, Oil Threatens Reefs

Deep Underwater, Oil Threatens Reefs 01 Jun 2010 The reef lies just 20 miles northeast of BP’s blown-out well, making it one of at least three extensive deepwater reefs lying directly beneath the oil slick in the gulf... The latest research team in the gulf to detect these plumes observed one extending roughly 22 miles northeast of the well site, in the vicinity of at least two major deepwater reefs. Preliminary images of the plume show layers of it touching the sea floor. Marine scientists have no firm grasp yet on what the impact on the corals will be, but they are bracing for catastrophe. "The worst-case scenario is that there’s oil coating some of the corals," Dr. Cordes said. "It would basically suffocate them."

U.S. authorities take custody of man removed from flight amid security risk

U.S. authorities take custody of man removed from flight amid security risk --Flight made sudden stop in Canada after American officials asked that it be diverted from U.S. 01 Jun 2010 A man whose presence on a transcontinental flight last weekend caused the plane to be grounded in Montreal has been abruptly shipped to the United States. The Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Abdirahman Ali Gaal was turned over to U.S. officials at 4 p.m. Tuesday. "Mr. Gaal, a legal permanent resident (of the U.S.), was returned to the United States where he is currently being questioned by DHS," department spokesman Matt Chandler wrote in an email from Washington.

Commodities’ Biggest Drop Since Lehman Is Bear Signal

Commodities’ Biggest Drop Since Lehman Is Bear Signal 01 Jun 2010 The biggest slump in commodities since Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed is undermining Wall Street forecasts for accelerating economic growth and higher prices for everything from copper to crude oil. The Journal of Commerce Industrial Price Commodity Smoothed Price Index that tracks the growth rate of steel, cattle hides, tallow and burlap plunged 57 percent in May, two years after a decline that foreshadowed the worst recession in half a century.

'Next time we'll use more force'

'Next time we'll use more force' --Navy prepares for expected arrival of 2 more activist ships. 01 Jun 2010 Israel will use more aggressive force in the future to prevent ships from breaking the sea blockade on the Gaza Strip, a top Navy commander told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. "We boarded the ship and were attacked as if it was a war," the officer said. "That will mean that we will have to come prepared in the future as if it was a war." [Ok, if it's a war, the activists have every right to properly prepare themselves for that war, and I better not hear any simpering, sycophantic media trolls yelp about how the activists were 'armed.' --LRP]

Wasilla paper warns Palin expose writer of law allowing use of deadly force

Wasilla paper warns Palin exposé writer of law allowing use of deadly force 01 Jun 2010 Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin's hometown newspaper has in an editorial posted on its website warned journalist Joe McGinniss that there is a law that allows the use of deadly force to defend one's property. McGinniss had moved into the house next door to Palin's as he conducts research for a book on her. The editorial, titled "Wasilla fence fascinating for national media outlets", paints a disparaging portrait both of McGinniss's work and the national media's coverage of his controversial decision to take up temporary residence so close to Palin. "Finally, those who are fond of Joe McGinnis [sic] might remind him (if he doesn't already know) that Alaska has a law that allows the use of deadly force in protection of life and property," the concluding sentence of the post read. [And, the nation --as well as every polar bear and wolf on the planet -- hopes that Joe McGinniss is cognizant of the law, too. --LRP]

Egypt opens Gaza border after Israel ship clash

Egypt opens Gaza border after Israel ship clash 01 Jun 2010 Egypt will open its border with the Gaza Strip to let Palestinians cross, officials said on Tuesday, following a storm of international criticism of Israel's bloody enforcement at sea of its blockade on the enclave. The decision, urged by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas against whom the embargo has been directed, prompted dozens of people to race to the crossing point in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, although the gates remained closed.

Red Cross visits wounded activists

Red Cross visits wounded activists 01 Jun 2010 Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross for Israel and Gaza went on Tuesday to hospitals where foreign civilians from countries without diplomatic relations with Israel who were injured in the Mavi Marmara ship conflict attack were being treated. They were also given access to detention centers where those who were not wounded were being held.

Gaza flotilla - Eye witness accounts of Israeli raid

'They came up and used plastic bullets, we had beatings, we had electric shocks, any method we can think of, they used.' Gaza flotilla - Eye witness accounts of Israeli raid 01 Jun 2010 Passengers aboard the Gaza-bound aid flotilla have been describing the drama of the moment that Israeli forces raided their ships. Speaking on their return to Germany, Greece and Turkey on Tuesday, the activists said that commandos had administered electric shocks and beaten passengers during the assault.

Israel raid on Flotilla like 9/11: Turkey

Israel raid on Flotilla like 9/11: Turkey 01 Jun 2010 Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu draws a parallel between an Israeli attack against a Gaza-bound aid convoy and the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US. "Psychologically this attack is like 9/11 for Turkey," said Davutoglu, who is in Washington for talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The minister also expressed Turkey's dissatisfaction with the US stance after Washington only regretted "the loss of life" aboard the Freedom Flotilla aid convoy.

High Court Limits Miranda in 5-4 Ruling

High Court Limits Miranda in 5-4 Ruling

Silence Right Must Be Invoked Explicitly, Court Says 01 Jun 2010 Criminal suspects must explicitly invoke their right to remain silent to force police to stop questioning, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled. The 5-4 decision upholds the Michigan murder conviction of a man who sat silent throughout most of a three-hour interrogation by police. The ruling blunts the force of the landmark 1966 Miranda v. Arizona decision, which required police to inform suspects of their rights. The ruling divided the court along what have become familiar lines, with Chief 'Justice' John Roberts and 'Justices' Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito joining Kennedy in the majority.

Hundreds detained at Ashdod port

Hundreds detained at Ashdod port --Soldiers, officers bring passengers of Marmara ship under arrest at Ashdod port, first questioning each separately and then transferring them to Beersheba Prison 01 Jun 2010 IDF and police forces continued efforts Tuesday to bring the 500 passengers of the Mavi Marmara ship to Ashdod port. Hundreds disembarked at the dock, including seven Israelis. Four of them were arrested, among them the head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, Sheikh Raed Salah, who was taken in for questioning.

Israel jails 480 Gaza aid activists

Israel jails 480 Gaza aid activists 01 Jun 2010 Israel has jailed 487 international activists captured during its deadly commando strike on a Gaza aid convoy, while 48 others are to be "expelled." Those detained remain in custody at the southern Israeli prison of Ashdod, while the other 48 will be taken to Ben Gurion international airport to be sent back to their home countries, AFP quoted a report by Israel's public radio as saying on Tuesday. The international activists were interrogated by Israeli police on Tuesday, a day after the Gaza-bound flotilla they traveling on was stormed by Israeli forces in international waters, 150km (90 miles) from Gaza.

Security Council slams Gaza aid raid

Security Council slams Gaza aid raid 01 Jun 2010 The UN Security Council has condemned Israel's deadly attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy, demanding the immediate release of the ships and the civilians onboard. The Security Council condemned "those acts which resulted in the loss of at least 10 civilians and many wounded," AFP quoted a statement by the Council's President. The UN body further called for the immediate release of all ships and civilians held by Israel, urging an impartial investigation into the Israeli attack against the aid flotilla.

Polar bear population could fall by 30 per cent in a year: study

Polar bear population could fall by 30 per cent in a year: study 27 May 2010 A mathematical analysis for the first time has uncovered the prospect of a sudden, dramatic decline among Canadian polar bears as they starve to death. "This is much, much different. This is not a gradual change," said Dr. Andrew Derocher, one of the world’s leading polar bear authorities and co-author of the study. "We’re looking at a decrease by 20 or 30 per cent or even much more in a year."

American general to take command of British troops in Helmand province

American general to take command of British troops in Helmand province 01 Jun 2010 An American general will today take over command of all British forces in Helmand province in a symbolic move that underlines Britain’s diminished role in southern Afghanistan. The handover may also signal the beginning of the end of the British mission in Helmand -- where the majority of the 289 British deaths in Afghanistan have occurred -- as 20,000 US Marines exercise increasing authority across the south.

Royal Marine killed in bomb blast on foot patrol near Sangin

Royal Marine killed in bomb blast on foot patrol near Sangin 31 May 2010 A Royal Marine was killed last night in a bomb blast while on a foot patrol near Sangin, a notorious area of northern Helmand that will come under direct US command from tomorrow. The Marine, from 40 Commando Royal Marines, is the eighth British service personnel to die over the past month, a sign that the annual summer fighting season is gathering pace.

Two French journalists held in Peshawar

Two French journalists held in Peshawar 28 May 2010 Security agencies on Friday arrested two foreign journalists from Peshawar over charges of making videos of sensitive locations. According to sources, they were detained in the limit of Police Station East when they were recording videos of sensitive buildings. Both journalists are French, says sources. They were shifted to an unknown location for investigation.

BP Lacked Well Control Six Weeks Before Blowout, E-Mails Show

BP Lacked Well Control Six Weeks Before Blowout, E-Mails Show 30 May 2010 BP Plc told U.S. regulators six weeks before its Gulf of Mexico well blew out that workers had difficulty maintaining control, according to e-mails released today by the House Energy and Commerce Committee investigating the spill. A March 10 e-mail to Frank Patton, the Minerals Management Service’s drilling engineer for the New Orleans district, from BP executive Scherie Douglas said the company planned to sever the pipe connecting the well to the rig and plug the hole.

Barack Obama and BP warn of risks in oil spill 'open heart surgery'

Barack Obama and BP warn of risks in oil spill 'open heart surgery' --Operation to cut broken pipe deemed too risky earlier --BP boss describes 'open heart surgery on TV for everyone' 31 May 2010 Under immense pressure to plug its catastrophic American oil leak, BP is preparing for a hazardous last-ditch salvage operation that risks making the gush of crude into the Gulf of Mexico even heavier if its robotic submarines fail in an inch-perfect exercise to cut through a broken pipe a mile beneath the ocean's surface. After the failure of a "top kill" effort to stuff the leak with mud and rubbish, BP's managing director, Bob Dudley, stressed the difficulty of a new plan to pipe spurting oil to a ship on the ocean's surface, describing it as highly challenging for engineers who will be asked to perform "the equivalent of open heart surgery on television for everyone".

UN Chief Lambastes Israeli Assaults

UN Chief Lambastes Israeli Assaults 31 May 2010 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a fatal Israeli attack on a humanitarian aid convoy en route to the impoverished Gaza Strip. "I condemn this violence," Ban said on Monday. "It is vital that there is a full investigation to determine exactly how this bloodshed took place." "I am shocked by reports of killings and injuries of people on the boats carrying supplies," said the UN chief. The Israeli navy stormed the Freedom Flotilla earlier on Monday, killing at least 20 people, mostly Turkish nationals and injuring 50 others, al-Aqsa television reported.

Fisherman files restraining order against BP

Fisherman files restraining order against BP 31 May 2010 A fisherman who was hospitalized after becoming ill while cleaning up oil in the Gulf of Mexico has filed a temporary restraining order in federal court against oil company BP. John Wunstell Jr., is asking BP to give the workers masks and not harass workers who publicly voice their health concerns. Wunstell, a shrimper, said he was paid by BP to use his boat, Ramie's Wish, to clean up oil that has been gushing into the Gulf since an oil rig sank about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, gushing an estimated 19,000 barrels (798,000 gallons) of crude a day. In an affidavit, Wunstell wrote he started experiencing severe headaches and nasal irritation on May 24... On Friday, Wunstell was airlifted to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, Louisiana, where he remained hospitalized Sunday.

Media Reports Death of Al-Qaeda No. 3 Killed in 2008

Media Reports Death of Al-Qaeda No. 3 Killed in 2008 --It's the holiday weekend recycled al-Qaeda 'good' news dump By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 01 Jun 2010  Oh dear. IDF sociopaths are set loose on a Gaza aid flotilla, BP's eco-terrorism is destroying the planet, and Barack Obama's killer drone war crimes are under fire by the UN. Ergo, the Pentagon needs a distraction... and pronto! It's time to recycle an al-Qaeda No. 2 3! ...On Monday evening and Tuesday morning, The New York Times and The Washington Post both 'broke' a story. 'Al-Qaeda's third-ranking operative, an Egyptian who was a founding member of the terrorist network and a key conduit to Osama bin Laden,' has been killed in Pakistan by a US drone strike. The alleged al-CIAduh No. 3, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, is also known as Sheikh Saeed al-Masri. However, Saeed al-Masri was reported 'killed' in August 2008.

H1N1 pandemic status reviewed

H1N1 pandemic status reviewed 31 May 2010 An expert panel advising the World Health Organization is weighing whether to declare the[ir] H1N1 flu pandemic over. The advisory committee of scientists and public health officials will hold a teleconference Tuesday to decide whether to: --Maintain the current pandemic designation, also known as Phase 6. --Declare that pandemic activity is in a "post-peak period," the time when flu activity returns to the normal levels usually seen with seasonal influenza. --Declare the pandemic over.

Princess Diana 'was killed for planning to expose senior Brits involved in the land mine trade'

Princess Diana 'was killed for planning to expose senior Brits involved in the land mine trade' 31 May 2010 Diana, Princess of Wales was killed because she planned to expose senior members of the British arms trade involved with land mines, a leading lawyer claimed today. Michael Mansfield QC, who represented Mohamed al-Fayed in the inquest into the death of his son Dodi and the former royal, said Diana claimed she had an 'exposure diary' in which she was going to unmask the people most closely involved with the British manufacturing of land mines.

Bomber Drops Flowers In Memorial Day Tribute to Fallen CIA In Afghanistan

Bomber Drops Flowers In Memorial Day Tribute to Fallen CIA In Afghanistan 31 May 2010 Memorial Day celebrations in New York on Monday include a B-17 bomber flying over the Atlantic to drop flowers in honor of seven dead agents of the Central Intelligence Agency. A bomber from the American Airpower Museum, escorted by other historic aircraft, will drop flowers in the waters near the site of the World Trade Center. The flight will pay tribute to seven operatives who died Dec. 30 in Afghanistan.

Death toll from Gaza aid attack hits 20

Death toll from Gaza aid attack hits 20 31 May 2010 The death toll from the Israeli navy's takeover of a Gaza aid convoy has risen to 20 while Israel carefully censors reports on the casualties from the attack. Gaza Freedom Flotilla came under fire early on Monday by Israeli navy forces in international waters more than 150km (90 miles) off the coast of Gaza. The six-ship aid fleet was soon stormed by commandos descending from helicopters. At least 20 people were killed in the takeover of the Gaza aid convoy, al-Aqsa TV channel reported, saying that more than 50 people were wounded in the attack.

Israeli soldiers allegedly submit children to sex abuse

Israeli soldiers allegedly submit children to sex abuse 31 May 2010 An international children's rights group has said it has evidence that Palestinian children held in Israeli custody have been subjected to sexual abuse. The Geneva-based Defence for Children International has collected affadavits from over one hundred Palestinian children to say that efforts to extract confessions from them came with threats of rape and other abuses... The organisation has now submitted its evidence to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture to try to get Israel to stamp out the alleged abuse.

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