US gives 'secret guarantee' to Israel US President Barack Obama The United States has secretly given a "written guarantee" to Israel that obliges Washington to sell Israel nuclear fission materials, Israeli sources say. The materials will be used to "produce electricity," Israeli Army radio, which is an official Israeli news source, reported. Washington has also vowed to "publicly announce" that Israel is a responsible entity and can "contain its capabilities."
The US insists the Swift deal is critical to fighting terrorism, as part of the US Terrorist Financing Tracking Programme (TFTP), set up in the wake of the September 2001 attacks. Senior figures, including Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, lobbied the Parliament. In another innovation, the EU police agency Europol will assess whether specific data requests are necessary for the fight against terrorism.
“I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.” - Thomas Jefferson (NOTE: Conservative Christian, these folks are more dangerous the those who planes on 9/11, because they have infiltrated our Congress, trying to make laws that follow the bible, taking away a woman’s right to choose, give Christianity special rights and recognition an many more very scary things that will effect each and everyone of…our daily lives, most far reaching is how these people believe MORE taxes from hard working Americans should be used in religious run and religious private schools and support the destruction of public schools where that money will be stolen from. They are very pro war and would like to just nuke the whole Middle East, because a dead Muslim is a good Muslim.
It's really a monumental job that we have to keep all these nations under some kind of semblance of control and compliance; but, then again, someone has to do it and we are the best qualified for the job. That's why we have established the set rules that we expect the rest of the world to follow. But wait, is that not a contradiction? Isn't that a double standard, defined as "when something is deemed acceptable for use by one group of people, but is considered unacceptable for use by any other group?"
This industry, which includes multinational and independent oil and gas producers and refiners, natural gas pipeline companies, gasoline service stations and fuel oil dealers, has long enjoyed a history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 million to candidates and parties since the 1990 election cycle, 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans. Though former oilmen George W.
Burning oil on the gulf. Image from video by John Wathen bpoilslick.blogspot.com I have been a pretty lonely voice over the last few weeks, talking about the clear and huge Public Health Dangers down-wind from the primitive burning going on at the site of the BP Gulf Disaster. A few good people have written or spoken about this danger,and provided much pertinent information. But there have been ZERO reports on the clear health hazards to residents down-wind from this burning in the corporate-owned U.S. national mainstream media.
Reporting from Kampala, Uganda, and Johannesburg, — A powerful Al Qaeda-affiliated militant faction in Somalia claimed responsibility Monday for two bomb attacks in Uganda's capital that killed at least 74 people who had gathered to watch a broadcast of Sunday's World Cup championship game, sparking fears that Somalia's long and bloody conflict may spill into neighboring countries. The twin bombings in Kampala, within minutes of each other, were the first known attacks Al Shabab, or "The Youth," has mounted outside Somali borders. The attacks, which tore through a rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant as fans watched Spain play the Netherlands, were designed to punish Uganda for its part in a United Nations-backed peacekeeping force in Somalia to protect the country's weak transitional government, a spokesman for the group said.
New York Post : "Behind US v. Arizona: pure politics" -- unlike "past administrations" Bush administration adviser Kobach claimed that Obama DOJ's decision to sue AZ over immigration law is "pure politics" and accused Obama administration of politicizing the Justice Department. In a July 12 editorial, Kobach -- former counsel and chief adviser to Bush Attorney General John Ashcroft and one of the drafters of the controversial Arizona immigration law -- accused the Obama administration of politicizing the Department of Justice, using as examples its decision to challenge the constitutionality of Arizona's immigration law and its decision to drop voter intimidation charges against some members of the New Black Panther Party. From the New York Post : The Obama administration's lawsuit against the state of Arizona offers a revealing window into the Holder Justice Department.
July 13, 2010 9:09 am ET — 43 Comments Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy said that the Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona's controversial immigration law is "just the latest example of what some say is a federal government that is overstepping its authority and getting too big." However, Doocy omits that the Bush administration sued Illinois seeking to have an immigration statute ruled unconstitutional, and legal experts agree Arizona law is "unconstitutional." Doocy: "Some say" the "federal government is overstepping its authority" in challenging AZ immigration law . From the July 13 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends : DOOCY: Despite strong opposition from lawmakers and voters across the country, the Department of Justice refuses to back down from its lawsuit against Arizona.
Ann Coulter is suddenly relevant again. In a recent column , the right-wing polemicist expressed doubts about the Afghan War that immediately transformed how conservatives debate the subject. Skepticism of nation building in Afghanistan is not new.
The birds are singing as he describes in detail some of what he did and saw others do as an enlisted soldier in Hebron. And they are certainly criminal: the incidents in which Palestinian vehicles are stopped for no good reason, the windows smashed and the occupants beaten up for talking back – for saying, for example, they are on the way to hospital; the theft of tobacco from a Palestinian shopkeeper who is then beaten "to a pulp" when he complains; the throwing of stun grenades through the windows of mosques as people prayed. And worse.
Israel: No ship allowed to reach Gaza Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Israel insists it will not allow any seaborne convoy to reach the Gaza Strip, which it has kept under an all-out siege for more than three years. "I say very clearly, no ship will arrive in Gaza. We will not permit our sovereignty to be harmed," Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Army Radio on Sunday, Reuters reported. The comments came following the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla aid convoy, which resulted in the death of nine Turkish activists, and as the Libyan Amalthea has set sail to break the Gaza siege.
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Six weeks after Israeli commandos killed nine pro-Palestinian activists to prevent a Turkish aid ship from reaching the Gaza Strip , tensions are on the rise as a Libyan -sponsored vessel sets out to challenge Israel's naval blockade of the Hamas -controlled territory. Skip to next paragraph Subscribe Today to the Monitor Click Here for your FREE 30 DAYS of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition Backed by a charity headed by the son of Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi , the ship Amalthea is carrying a cargo of 2,000 tons of food.
BP has decided to reduce payments to tens of thousands of people whose claim files are incomplete, the secretary of Louisiana's Department of Children and Family Services said. Special Section: Disaster in the Gulf "This action is irresponsible and in complete contrast to BP's repeated promise that they will 'make things right,'" the secretary, Kristy Nichols, wrote in a letter sent Friday to federal oil spill claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg. It was not immediately clear how severe the payment cuts would be.