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Is the Black Bloc a COINTELPRO operation?

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Black Bloc anarchist attacks bank window in London protests in March.
It happens over and over again, wherever a successful left-wing protest movement is underway. A peaceful march is going along, and suddenly mysterious black-clad ninja wannabes step out of the crowd and start throwing rocks through windows and throwing rocks, bottles, and firecrackers at police officers. In response, TV news shows only the violence and covers the cause that the protest was about not at all, newspapers print outraged editorials about how violent, vile and despicable left-wingers are, and the majority of people shake their heads and turn on Rush Limbaugh, who, after all, has never thrown a brick through a window.

Is the Black Bloc a COINTELPRO operation? That's certainly a question worth asking. The fact that they show up *only* at left-wing protests, not at any other events that attract crowds, is rather... odd. As is the fact that they show up in geographically far-removed places with no visible means of funding for such widespread travelling. And while the Black Bloc claims to be anarchists, anarchists of my acquaintance have nothing but disdain for the Black Bloc and their tactics, pointing out that smashing the windows of a Starbucks is hardly the same thing as smashing the power structures that anarchists believe must be removed in order to bring anarcho-paradise of voluntary syndics of like-minded people blah de blah.

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Activists: Gaza boat passengers refuse deportation deal

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Activists detained in Israel after they attempted to sail to Gaza are refusing to sign a deportation agreement, a spokeswoman for the group said Sunday.

The document states that they entered Israel voluntarily and in an illegal manner, which the imprisoned boat passengers dispute, Huwaida Arraf said in a statement.

Their refusal to sign the deal, which would see them deported immediately, means they will be held for 72 hours before an Israeli immigration judge reviews their deportation, Arraf added.

The Irish-flagged Saoirse ("Freedom") and the Canadian ship Tahrir ("Liberation") -- carrying 27 activists and reporters from nine countries -- were intercepted by Israeli naval commandos in international waters off the Gaza coast and taken to Israeli port Ashdod on Friday.

Bad Guys

US: Nebraska tries to draw line in sand over Keystone pipeline

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Nebraska may try to draw a line in the sand when it convenes a special session of the state legislature on Tuesday to debate whether to seek changes to a planned $7 billion oil pipeline traversing the state.

At issue is whether TransCanada's Keystone pipeline from Canada to Texas should cross the ecologically sensitive Sand Hills area of Nebraska, which sits atop a major source of the region's water, the Ogallala aquifer.

Opposition to the pipeline has grown so much in Nebraska that Republican Governor Dave Heineman, who once said a special legislative session would be a waste of time and money, changed tack last week and called just such a conclave.

Heineman said the purpose of the session is to "find a legal and constitutional solution to the siting of the pipeline within the state."

"I believe Nebraskans are expecting our best efforts to determine if alternatives exist ... that could impact the route of the pipeline," he said.

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Greek prime minister George Papendreou to step down after deal agreed with opposition leader

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Greek President Papoulias holds a meeting with PM Papandreou and leader of conservative New Democracy party Samaras in Athens
Greece political leaders sealed a pact to form a national unity government on Sunday night after the prime minister announced his imminent resignation under pressure from a European ultimatum.

European leaders forced George Papendreou to act under the threat of national bankruptcy.

An agreement in principle was reached between Mr Papandreou and Antonis Samaras, the conservative opposition, leader after an hour and a half meeting with the president on Sunday night.

The two men will meet on Monday to decide on the composition of the new government, which will take office after Mr Papandreou formally tenders his resignation. A presidency statement said they will discuss who would head the coalition government, but that Papandreou would not lead the new administration.

"Tomorrow there will be new communication between the prime minister and the opposition leader on who will be the leader of the new government," the statement said.

The statement made no mention of how long the interim government would last.

The European Union gave Greece 24 hours on Sunday to explain how it will form a unity government to enact a bailout agreement.

Heart - Black

Making Fortune on Poverty: JP Morgan's Big Food Stamp Business

While most Americans are struggling hard to overcome the hardships of the recession, the profits of national banks continue to rise. JP Morgan is among those cashing-in ... and it's a contract to process food stamp payments that's helping it on its way. RT's Maria Portnaya found out how the rich benefit off the back of the poor.


Stormtrooper

Copwatch@Occupy Oakland: Police Infiltrators and Provocateurs Caught on Camera

Produced by Jacob Crawford with assistance from Ali Winston and Josh Wolf.

Undercover cops have been caught red-handed, infiltrating the Occupy Wall Street movement in the US in order to try to get protestors "to do things we want them to do" - instigating violence, vandalising things, starting fights and generally causing mayhem.


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Foxes and Reptiles: Psychopathy and the Financial Meltdown

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The present financial meltdown may only be the latest example of the incalculable harm done to civilization, and countless individual lives, by psychopaths, a subspecies of Homo sapiens. The purpose of this essay is twofold. First, I will provide a brief tour of the psychopath subspecies so that you understand who they are and how they operate. You probably already know psychopaths, and it is overwhelmingly likely that at some point in your life a psychopath that you encounter personally will try to harm you. Second, I will draw the correlative between psychopathy and the present financial meltdown and provide a suggestion of a relatively simple change that could decrease the likelihood of the sort of abuses that could lead to future meltdowns.

Part One: What is a Psychopath?

History

Kunlangeta is a word Yupik Eskimos apply to "a man who . . . repeatedly lies and cheats and steals things and . . . takes sexual advantage of many women -- someone who does not pay attention to reprimands and who is always being brought to the elders for punishment." In a Harvard University study conducted by anthropologist Jane M. Murphy in 1976, an Eskimo man was asked how his people might deal with a Kunlangeta, to which he replied, "Somebody would have pushed him off the ice when nobody else was looking."

USA

Washington's Man in Libya

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Tripoli being bombed by NATO airstrikes. Now it is "free".
After ousting independent leaders, Washington replaces them with puppets. Mustafa Abdul Jalil is interim chairman. Until October 23, Mahmoud Jibril was prime minister.

Abdurraheem el-Keib replaced him, a dual US/Libyan citizen. He lived in America, holds a doctorate in electrical engineering, and taught at North Carolina State University and the University of Alabama for years.

A businessman and prominent Tripoli family scion, he also taught at the UAE's Petroleum Institute. Big Oil giants fund it.

He played no part in the conflict. Last August, Washington parachuted him in as their man. Past puppet rulers were installed the same way.

After WW II, Syngman Rhee came in from Hawaii to run South Korea. In 1955, Ngo Dinh Diem became South Vietnam's president the same way, brought in from New Jersey.

In February 2004, after US marines ousted Haiti's Jean-Bertrand Aristide, south Florida's Gerard Latortue was anointed interim prime minister. Ordinary people had no say each time.

Keib's not only Washington's man, he's Big Oil's man, chosen to assure they control Libya's oil, gas and whatever else they want. Forget about sovereign rights. Only imperial and corporate ones matter.

Bad Guys

'Rabid dog' is eager to strike: Attack on Iran 'more likely'

Israeli President Shimon Peres said late on Saturday "an attack on Iran" by Israel and other countries was "more and more likely."

He told Israeli private television's second channel: "The intelligence services of the different countries that are keeping an eye on (Iran) are worried and putting pressure on their leaders to warn that Iran is ready to obtain the nuclear weapon," Israeli media reported.

"We must turn to these countries to ensure that they keep their commitments ... this must be done, and there is a long list of options," Peres declared.

Israel on Thursday completed a major civil defence drill in the Tel Aviv region aimed at simulating a response to conventional and non-conventional missile attacks, the military said.

Dollar

U.S. Approaches $15 Trillion Debt Limit

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It will be the latest sobering economic milestone that few were hoping to see: The U.S. national debt - any day now - will soar above the $15 trillion mark.

As of this writing, the total debt is $14.97 trillion, so moving beyond the symbolic $15 trillion is a foregone conclusion. When the unwelcome milestone is reached, it will come at a volatile time both in this country and abroad.

Across the Atlantic, President Obama is in Cannes, France, for the G-20 summit that takes place as Europe is trying to finalize a bailout for debt-ridden Greece.

Back on the home front, Obama is preparing for a difficult re-election fight next year. Republican candidates from Mitt Romney to Herman Cain have pounced on the country's economic woes in their bids to win the GOP nomination and the chance to oppose Obama. Meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street protests directed at the nation's financial inequalities continue to rage across the country.