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US gives 'secret guarantee' to Israel. 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. " Former US President Jimmy Carter has said Israel has between 200 and 300 nuclear warheads. The US has always supported Israel's policy of "nuclear ambiguity," in line with which Tel Aviv would neither confirm nor deny having the firepower.

Israel sensed a breach in the partnership two months ago when Washington supported an Egyptian proposal to hold a regional conference in 2012 on a nuclear-free Middle East. US given access to Europeans' bank data under deal approved by EU. Ireland seeks to block Israel access to data on EU citizens. If Fascism Comes To America « Coreys Views. June Jobs Numbers And Financial Regulation: What’s Next? America: The World's Master of Double Standards. Bp Republicans. 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. Bush and Dick Cheney occupied the White House for eight years, the oil and gas industry could not win support for repealing bans on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Grass Roots Movement to STOP THE BURNING In The Gulf. Stop Big Oil Bailouts. Uganda bombings: Islamic militant group Al Shabab claims responsibility for bombings - 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.

Uganda bombings: Islamic militant group Al Shabab claims responsibility for bombings -

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. The internationally backed transitional federal government controls a sliver of the capital, Mogadishu. NYP op-ed disappears Bush's politicization of the Justice Department.

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. 'It's Fun to Shoot Some People'  : ICH - Information Clearing House. TomDispatch. Fox amnesia: Doocy ignores Bush-era lawsuit to accuse feds of "overstepping its authority" in AZ case. 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 : Ann Coulter Provokes Conservative Afghan War Debate. We keep learning more about the catastrophe in front of us, but it isn’t helping us solve the problem.

Ann Coulter Provokes Conservative Afghan War Debate

It’s starting to feel like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change could keep issuing its reports from here to eternity. The Fifth Assessment Report, released just in time to avoid April Fool’s Day, continues a steady trend: our knowledge is increasing, just about everything that matters is getting worse, and all we can realistically hope to do is soften the edges of a slow-moving catastrophe. Welcome to Welcome to Our reign of terror, by the Israeli army - Middle East, World. Israel: No ship allowed to reach Gaza. 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.

Op-Ed Columnist - Waiting for Gandhi on the West Bank. CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names. Libya's Qaddafi latest to challenge Israel's Gaza blockade. 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.

Libya's Qaddafi latest to challenge Israel's Gaza blockade

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BP Cuts Payments to 40,000, La. Official Says

Department of Labor officials to discuss the ongoing economic effects of the BP oil spill on July 7, 2010 in Phoenix, Louisiana. The Labor officials are meeting with local fishermen, community-based organizations and state and local elected representatives from Louisiana to Florida as they continue the effort to help people that have been affected by the millions of gallons of oil that have flowed from the Deepwater Horizon spill causing economic hardship throughout the gulf region.

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Getty Images. Hundreds Of Fishermen Missing Checks From BP. GRAND ISLE, La.

Hundreds Of Fishermen Missing Checks From BP

—Hundreds of fishermen from Lake Charles to Moss Point, Miss., were supposed to get checks from BP on Wednesday but didn't. Wednesday night, their lawyer wanted answers. Jeffrey Briet represents more than 500 fishermen, and he said the payment system he set up with BP required his clients to be paid every 30 days. Dahr Jamail - Independent Reporting from Iraq and the Middle East. Story by Dahr Jamail Photography by Erika Blumenfeld Photo by Erika Blumenfeld © 2010 Clint Guidry is a shrimper from Lafitte, Louisiana.

Dahr Jamail - Independent Reporting from Iraq and the Middle East

As we sit together, he shows me a picture of his house with 18 inches of water in it as a result of Hurricane Ike in 2008. In his deep voice, he looks me in the eye and says, “My fear is repeating this situation, but with this water with oil on top of it.” Woman injured after box left in front of her northwest Houston home explodes. HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Local and federal investigators were at a northwest Houston home Friday night where an explosion sent a woman to the hospital. The woman was opening a package left at her doorstep in the 2100 block of Seamist Court Friday evening. Could a "Great Negotiation" End the War in Afghanistan? A commonly proffered argument against negotiations to end the war in Afghanistan has been: "why should the Afghan Taliban negotiate, when they think they are winning?

Could a "Great Negotiation" End the War in Afghanistan?

" For many months, this argument was offered by Administration officials to explain why they would not yet pursue serious negotiations with senior leaders of the Afghan Taliban. More recently, Administration officials are saying that they have moved significantly. Cops Show Marines How to Take on the Taliban. PEACE PROCESS GOING NOWHERE, ISRAELI ELITE DOING FINE – 18 families control 60% of corporate equity says Israeli economist - Reality Asserts Itself. Arizona warned of 2nd lawsuit. The Obama administration could file yet another lawsuit against Arizona if it decides racial profiling is taking place under that state’s new immigration law, Attorney General Eric H.

Arizona warned of 2nd lawsuit

Holder Jr. said. Mr. Holder’s Justice Department sued Tuesday to block the law, arguing that it infringed on the federal government’s right to determine immigration policy. But the lawsuit made almost no mention of racial profiling - a key issue in President Obama’s attacks against the law in the weeks before the lawsuit was filed. Immigration reform: President's speech helps Birther 'Impeach Obama' goal (Videos & transcript) At Impeach Obama Campaign. com, a video clip of President Obama, speaking on immigration reform, saying, "Being an American is not a matter of blood or birth..

Immigration reform: President's speech helps Birther 'Impeach Obama' goal (Videos & transcript)

" is paired with a clip of Representative Steve King as mock confirmation of beliefs that Obama lacks the qualification of birth to be president are legitimate. The reason the King video is included is because King seamlessly slipped an inflammatory "birther" reference into a speech about the national debt. Outside Groups Aiding GOP Cause This Cycle. By Nathan L.

Outside Groups Aiding GOP Cause This Cycle

Gonzales Several Republican outside groups are promising to spend big money in key House and Senate races this fall, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll have the dollars to have an impact. Watch out Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich is 'serious' about running for president in 2012.