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American Karma - The Boomerang of Death

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When you look at the carnage in our world..not the accidental or incidental episodes, but the state sponsored mega death rituals we continually watch, don't you wonder?

Who can stomach this kind of senseless murder and maiming of innocents? We're told there's this marauding band of super evil terrorists just waiting to inflict harm on "us innocent bystanders". (Remember, this is all according to what we're told.)

So what's the apparent response?

Inflict senseless murder and maiming of innocents as "collateral damage" to arrest this vast charge of invading murderers.

Sound fishy To You?

Yeah, obviously. But does anyone say anything anymore? And if so, who and how many? And do you even hear about it?

Che Guevara

Activists Demonstrate in al-Quds Against Israeli Occupation


As many as 2000 activists showed up for a demonstration in East Jerusalem al-Quds against Israel's occupation of Palestine. The demonstration, was peaceful in nature, and the largest against the Israeli occupation in the city in many years. Some even said the largest in over two decades.

Demonstrators first gathered outside one of the western gates of the old city of Jerusalem al-Quds and then began their march towards Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood chanting along the way only free people can negotiate and together we march to liberate Palestine.

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Palestinians Protest Construction of Separation Wall

Palestinians from the village of Bil'in in West Bank, along with international peace activists demonstrated against the construction of the separation wall and nearby settlements built on confiscated Palestinian land.


The demonstration turned into a confrontation after occupation forces fired tear gas canisters and rubber coated bullets at the demonstrators, injuring some protestors.

Palestinian young protestors said they retaliated by throwing stones at the occupation forces.

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U.S. national debt: dancing on the brink of a world crisis

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U.S. President Barack Obama
Budget and debt problems are once again racking America. Barack Obama has failed to persuade the Republican majority in Congress to raise the national debt ceiling. That much is nothing new, and similar attempts will be unlikely to succeed in the future. Since July 10, the White House has been holding daily consultations on raising the ceiling. The current ceiling of $14.3 trillion must be raised by several hundred billion, or the Department of the Treasury will run out of money by August 2.

Looming crisis

The Americans raise their debt ceiling on a regular basis. Since 1993, they have come close to defaulting 16 times. In 1995, the government even shut down for a week. In the past, the world perceived these exercises as a matter of course, whereas now the unwritten rule of the U.S. budget is increasingly becoming a sore subject.

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Timeline of the worst massacre in the Bosnian war: Siege of Srebrenica

In the summer of 1995, two years after being designated a United Nations Safe Area, the Bosnian town of Srebrenica became the scene of the worst massacre in the Bosnian war.

This is an account of the critical days leading up to the killings.


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6 – 10 July 1995: The Bosnian Serb Army attacks Srebrenica – within a UN safe area previously held by the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Civilians taking refuge there are under the protection of Dutch forces.
6 - 8 July 1995: Bosnian Serb forces had laid siege to the Srebrenica enclave, where tens of thousands of civilians had taken refuge from earlier Serb offensives in north-eastern Bosnia.

They were under the protection of about 600 lightly armed Dutch infantry forces. Fuel was running out and no fresh food had been brought into the enclave since May.

Serb forces began shelling Srebrenica. Bosnian Muslim fighters in the town asked for the return of weapons they had surrendered to the peacekeepers but their request was refused.

The Dutch commander called UN Headquarters in Sarajevo asking for "close air support" after shells and rockets landed close to refugee centres and observation posts manned by peacekeepers.


Comment: The above article is largely NATO propaganda along the lines of "history is written by the victors (or aggressors)". For a more accurate account of what has come to be called the "Bosnian war" see the articles at this link.


Bad Guys

Palestinians may turn directly to General Assembly to better chances for UN recognition

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah in May, 2011.
Palestinian sources and European diplomats say Palestinians will seek recognition by the General Assembly instead of Security Council in order to avoid a U.S. veto.

Wishing to avoid an American veto at the Security Council, the Palestinian Authority is considering turning directly to the United Nations General Assembly in September in order to gain international recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Palestinian sources and European diplomats say that the Palestinians will give up their effort to be accepted as a full member of the UN - a move that would require approval by the Security Council - and will seek instead recognition by the General Assembly of a Palestinian State within the 1967 borders, which will not be a full member of the organization.

Che Guevara

Gaza-bound ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists sets sail from Greece

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Fuelling the Dignite-Al Karama ship at Kastellorizo port, Greece, on July 15, 2011.
Ten activists head to Gaza aboard the French Dignite-Al Karama ship, regarding themselves as representatives of the entire abortive flotilla.

Somewhere in the East Mediterranean - On Saturday evening a Gaza-bound boat left Greek territorial waters. Its 10 participants regard themselves as representatives of the entire abortive flotilla to Gaza, and are determined to exhaust all possibilities in order to reach their destination, or at least carry out the symbolic act of protesting the blockade. They are well aware of the Lilliputian dimensions of their venture, compared with the massive impact organizers had initially planned to have with the 10-odd vessel flotilla.

Dignite-Al Karama, one of two yachts purchased by the French delegation in the second Freedom Flotilla, left a port in Corsica on June 25. Thus, it was spared the fate of eight other boats which were supposed to sail out of Greek ports, but were impounded by Greek authorities.

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Pakistan: Call to end 'mysterious disappearances'

The Defence of Human Rights and Public Service Trust has protested the mysterious disappearance of thousands of innocent Pakistanis and appealed to the prime minister to take steps to stop the illegal kidnappings of innocent Pakistani citizens in the name of the so-called 'war on terror'.

Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club here on Friday, Defence of Human Rights and Public Trust Service chairperson Amina Masood Janjua and other office bearers said the Defense of Human Rights had been raising voice against forced kidnappings since 2005 and it had brought 400 such people back to their homes.

Bad Guys

Festering disputes: Address injustices, Pakistan tells UN

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© Agence France-Presse
Responsibility to protect cannot be delegated: delegate.
Pakistan has told the UN General Assembly that the doctrine of responsibility to protect the international understanding to intervene and stop atrocities from taking place would remain a 'hollow concept' without addressing the historical injustices such as festering disputes and foreign occupation.

"The use of regional mechanisms or early warning systems and need for prompt response are equally important for new and old disputes/situations," Pakistani delegate Raza Bashir Tarar said in the course of the General Assembly's interactive dialogue on the responsibility to protect.

"Addressing all situations in an impartial manner is the key to achieving consensus on this concept," Tarar added.

Agreed at a summit of world leaders in 2005 and sometimes known as "R2P", the concept holds states responsible for shielding their own populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and related crimes against humanity and requires the international community to step in if this obligation is not met.

Intervening in the debate, the Pakistani delegate made it clear that responsibility to protect remains the primary responsibility of the state and cannot be arrogated by or delegated to other actors in defiance of the established UN charter principles of non-intervention, national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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UK Anti-Corruption Drive has US Companies Sweating

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U.S. companies, already sweating under heightened enforcement of anti-corruption laws at home, are nervously reviewing their policies on how they wine and dine business contacts abroad in the wake of tough new regulations imposed in Britain.

The new law, which took effect July 1, bans all so-called facilitating payments and does not expressly allow entertainment of government officials and others.

The jury is still out on how rigorously British authorities will choose to enforce the law. Companies in the defense, pharmaceuticals, energy and telecommunications sectors are seen as particularly vulnerable.

At the same time, U.S. companies are grappling with tighter rules at home too. New whistleblower rules approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have also spurred companies to scrutinize their existing compliance programs, according to legal experts in the United States and Washington.

"We have definitely seen an uptick in our business in the anti-corruption and anti-bribery area," said Ed Rubinoff, a Washington-based expert on export controls and foreign corruption with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld.