US Sec. of Defense Gates Memo Sought "Military Option" Against Iran ~ link ~ Gates has now served as Defense Secretary under the two worst presidents in American history. He is a corrupt war hawk that is apt to get most of us killed in the coming months.
Secret US memo urges war with Iran ~ link ~ Insanity to the max!
Bibi Netanyahu wants 'crippling sanctions' against Iran ~ link ~ I wonder how dear old Bibi would respond to crippling sanctions against Israel for it massive nuclear weapons program and its war crimes and gross abuse of the Palestine people? Most likely, he would threaten to nuke Europe and North America. Netanyahu said the possibility Iran could develop a nuclear weapons program represents "the biggest issue facing our times."
UN: Israeli military orders "In Breach of International Human Rights Law" ~ link ~ The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, warned Monday that two Israeli Defense Forces Military Orders* may be in breach of the fourth Geneva Convention and violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Mr. Falk noted that “a wide range of violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law could be linked to actions carried out by the Government of Israel under these Orders, with particular gravity in the event that young persons become victims of their application.”
“The Orders appear to enable Israel to detain, prosecute, imprison and/or deport any and all persons present in the West Bank,” noted the Special Rapporteur, basing his concern on Israel’s new definition of the term ‘infiltrator:’ “A person who entered the Area unlawfully following the effective date, or a person who is present in the Area and does not lawfully hold a permit.”
Israel threatens Syria with war ~ link ~ We'll return Syria to the Stone Age by crippling its power stations, ports, fuel storage and every bit of strategic infrastructure if Hezbollah dares to launch ballistic missiles against us,” the paper quoted an Israeli minister as saying.
Last week, the Syrian Foreign Ministry rejected the Israeli allegations, insisting that the claims were meant to justify military actions against Syria and provide Israel with the excuse to avoid peace.
Haaretz: Connections between Israeli greed and the existential threat ~ link
Erdogan: Isreal speaks in a caeophony ~ link ~ Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Israeli government is made up of a "three-headed coalition with different voices" and added that this is disrupting the peace process. In an interview with CNN, Erdogan said, "I would like to see Israel contribute to peace and the current government in Israel is not doing its part."
He went on to say, "When they speak, it is not a symphony, but a cacophony. We need to be certain that it is a symphony. If there is no harmonious symphony, then we cannot hear the voices of peace."
A Greater Threat Than Terrorism - Outsourcing the American Economy ~ link ~ American economists are so inattentive to outsourcing's perils that they fail to realize that the same incentive that leads to the outsourcing of one tradable good or service holds for all tradable goods and services. In the 21st century the US economy has only been able to create jobs in nontradable domestic services-the hallmark of a third world labor force.
Prior to the advent of offshore outsourcing, US employees were shielded against low wage foreign labor. Americans worked with more capital and better technology, and their higher productivity protected their higher wages.
Outsourcing forces Americans to "compete head-to-head with foreign workers" by "undermining US workers' primary competitive advantage over foreign workers: their physical presence in the US" and "by providing those overseas workers with the same technologies."
The result is a lose-lose situation for American employees, American businesses, and the American government. Outsourcing has brought about record unemployment in engineering fields and a major drop in university enrollments in technical and scientific disciplines. Even many of the remaining jobs are being filled by lower paid foreigners brought in on H-1b and L-1 visas. American employees are discharged after being forced to train their foreign replacements.
Why "Blackwater" is behind suicide bombings in Pakistan - video ~ link ~ This is part of the low-level/below public perception WWIII currently going on. Remember that almost all so-called terrorist attacks are really False Flag Operations.
Pakistan in large war games near India ~ link ~ Fighter jets strafed mock enemy positions and tanks rumbled across this eastern desert in a display of military might signaling Pakistan's readiness to face traditional foe India even as it battles Taliban militants on its opposite flank.
While India and Pakistan regularly carry out army drills, the demonstration close to the Indian border Sunday was part of Pakistan's biggest military exercises since 1989,
In the State of California a Third Party/Independent candidate for Governor is making a major impact and could win in November - check out her site ~ link
Champaign, IL mayor says Obama is NOT an American citizen - video ~ link
Japan's PM Yukio Hatoyama won't resign over US base issue ~ link ~ Japan Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama won’t resign should he fail to resolve a dispute with the Obama administration over a U.S. military base by his self-imposed May deadline, the government’s top spokesman said.
Hatoyama repeatedly has said he will settle the issue of where to relocate the Futenma Marine Base on Okinawa by the end of next month. President Barack Obama asked Hatoyama if he would fulfill his promise at last week’s nuclear summit, the Yomiuri newspaper reported yesterday, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.
PM Brown under pressure to get UK flying ~ link ~ An emergency meeting of ministers will decide today if Britain should reopen its airspace after the Navy was put on standby to rescue holidaymakers stranded by the volcanic ash cloud.
Military and requisitioned commercial ships could be used to pick up thousands of Britons, the Government announced as it came under pressure from airlines to review the ban.
Nick Clegg: polls point to end of 'tired politics' ~ link ~ Voters are starting to believe that the May 6 general election may produce a break from the ''tired choices'' offered by the two parties which have dominated British politics, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said.