Roberto Abraham Scaruffi: September 2011

Friday, 30 September 2011

Information Clearing House Newsletter
News You Won't Find On CNN
September 30, 2011

Plato and Aristotle define a tyrant as, "one who rules without law, looks to his own advantage rather than that of his subjects, and uses extreme and cruel tactics -- against his own people as well as others".


"He (Obama) may prove the most disastrous president in our history in terms of civil liberties." - Jonathan Turley - professor of law at George Washington University.


"But if you say, you can still pass the violations over, then I ask, hath your house been burnt? Hath your property been destroyed before your face? Are your wife and children destitute of a bed to lie on, or bread to live on? Have you lost a parent or a child by their hands, and yourself the ruined and wretched survivor? If you have not, then you are not a judge of those who have." Thomas Paine - (1737-1809) - Source: Common Sense, 1776


"When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out."
Reverend Martin Niemoeller - (1892-1984) German Lutheran pastor, was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to Dachau in 1938. He was freed by the allied forces in 1945. - Source: Poem in 1976 translated from German


"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope." - Robert Francis Kennedy quotes ( U.S. attorney general and adviser, 1925-1968)


Take The Pledge

"I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza until our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning."


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Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq "1,455,590"

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq:  4,794

Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,745


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001


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Obama Kills US Citizens In Yemen

By Al Jazeera

Tribal sources told the AFP news agency that Awlaki, the US-born 40-year-old father of five, was killed early on Friday in an air strike that hit two vehicles traveling through an al-Qaeda stronghold in central Yemen.


Extrajudicial Executions
Ron Paul Condemns Killing of "al Qaeda's" Awlaki

By Elizabeth Williamson

"Nobody knows if he ever killed anybody," Mr. Paul said after a breakfast at Saint Anselm College's New Hampshire Institute of Politics. "If the American people accept this blindly and casually...I think that's sad."


The Due-process-free Assassination of U.S. Citizens is Now Reality

By Glenn Greenwald

From an authoritarian perspective, that's the genius of America's political culture.  It not only finds way to obliterate the most basic individual liberties designed to safeguard citizens from consummate abuses of powe.  It actually gets its citizens to stand up and clap and even celebrate the destruction of those safeguards.


Extrajudicial Executions
Obama Can Kill Anyone He Wants To

By Robert Dreyfuss

American citizens are supposed to have legal and civil rights that protect them from political or prosecutorial assassinations, even if they're bad guys. Apparently, no longer.


He Kills His Own People
Obama: A Disaster for Civil Liberties

By Jonathan Turley

He may prove the most disastrous president in our history in terms of civil liberties.


Is The War On Terror A Hoax?

By Paul Craig Roberts

When I observe the gullibility of my fellow citizens at the absurd "terror plots" that the US government manufactures, it causes me to realize that fear is the most powerful weapon any government has for advancing an undeclared agenda.


The FBI Again Thwarts Its Own Terror Plot

By Glenn Greenwald

The FBI has received substantial criticism over the past decade -- much of it valid -- but nobody can deny its record of excellence in thwarting its own Terrorist plots.


Mutiny on the Titanic

By Uri Avnery

Can you really chant "the People Demand Social Justice" and ignore the daily oppression of four million Palestinians in the occupied territories? When you abandon your principles on the way to power, what are you likely to do with that power?


Blair to be Declared 'Persona Non Grata'

By Press TV

The PLO decided that Blair is no longer trusted to be an international representative as he is strongly lobbying European powers to decline a Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN Security Council, and that they would declare him 'persona non grata' in the next few days.


The Best Among Us

By Chris Hedges

There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history.


US kills 21 people in Somalia:

On Friday, a Somali government official confirmed that the US drone had killed at least 21 "fighters" and injured many more late Thursday night, forcing many to flee the Qooqani and Taabto districts.


Bomb kills 15 at Shiite funeral south of Baghdad:

The explosion triggered new anger at Iraq's leaders and their security forces, who will soon take over responsibility for the country's security on their own as U.S. troops rapidly leave the country.


11 killed in Pakistan attack:

Ten militants and a security official were killed in a clash in northwest Pakistan on Thursday. The militants staged an attack on security personnel engaged in a search operation in upper Orakzai.


US kills four people in Pakistan:

The assault took place in Baghar village of South Waziristan tribal district on Friday when the drone fired two missiles at a vehicle.


US will only kill Pakistani people from the sky:
U.S. will not send troops into Pakistan (again) : U.S. official - :

"There will be no boots on the ground," the official said. "That has been communicated to them (the Pakistanis).,0,1761250.story


China to accord consistent support to Pakistan::

"China will continue to work together with Pakistan to push our strategic partnership of cooperation to a new height"


US announces sanctions on 'Haqqani men':

Targeted five individuals accused of being "financiers and facilitators" for Taliban, Haqqani group and al-Qaeda.


4 NATO occupation force members killed in Afghanistan: :

Three NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members were killed in an attack and another died in a non-battle related injury in Afghanistan, according to ISAF press releases issued on Thursday.


Arundhati Roy : The Dead Begin to Speak Up in India :

Kashmir is one of two war zones in India from which no news must come. But those in unmarked graves will not be silenced


War criminal:
Obama praises killing of al-Awlaki:

Obama also says it "marks another significant milestone in the broader effort to defeat al'Qaida."


Anwar al-Awlaki killed in Yemen - live coverage:

Follow our live coverage as Anwar al-Awlaki, the US-born al-Qaida leader, is said to be killed in Yemen by drone strike


Yemeni President refuses to quit:

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said yesterday that he will not stand down as promised if his opponents are allowed to stand in elections to succeed him.


Syrian clashes kill at least 10:

SANA reported seven soldiers and police officers and at three least civilians died, the BBC reported Friday.


Dissidents in Syria reject foreign intervention: Kilo:

"The opposition within the national council are in favour of foreign intervention to resolve the crisis in Syria, while those at home are not," Kilo claimed in remarks to AFP at his home in Damascus.


With Libya still smoldering, Russia rejects UN resolution on Syria:

Russia, wary of more military intervention, has rejected the latest version of a UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria, where the government of President Bashar al-Assad is cracking down on violent anti-government protests.


Libyans flee as NATO supported rebels attack city of Sirte:

Aid agencies said this week that a humanitarian disaster loomed in Sirte amid rising casualties and shrinking supplies of water, electricity and food.


Snipers halt NTC fight for Kadhafi hometown:

In some of the fiercest fighting for days, the NTC fighters pounded Sirte with 106mm anti-tank guns, rocket-launchers and machineguns. "If we want we can destroy Sirte completely. said Nasser Obeidi, leader of a group operating four Russian-built 130mm artillery canons.


NTC seeks UN help for Sirte wounded:

Libya's interim government has asked the United Nations for fuel for ambulances to evacuate its wounded fighters from the besieged city of Sirte amid reports of heavy casualties, a UN source in Libya said on Thursday.


Sirte Besieged: 'No water, no power, people flee to desert' ICRC :

Dubeh Sakhr from the international Committee of the Red Cross, says with the city critically short of water, food and medicine, the refugees have little choice but to head into the desert.


Civilians urge NTC to control Libyan militias:

Libyan civilians rallied in central Tripoli today to press the Nato-backed NTC regime to rein in its heavily armed militias, which they accused of intimidating residents and raiding homes with impunity.


Libya Media Front: 'No NATO success without Al Jazeera':


Chavez: Libya's new UN representative a 'puppet':

"Of course, that guy was there (at the United Nations) supported by the Yankees and NATO, that's why he sat there. They sat him there. He's a puppet, a dummy," said Chavez.


Propaganda alert::
"NATO is the indispensable alliance": Rasmussen :

"Our Libya operation showed once again the value of our Alliance. And it was not a one-off."


Nato's Interference in internal affairs must not be covered by concept of protecting civilians : Russian Foreign Ministry:

"We cannot side-step the polemics [at the 66th session of the UN general Assembly] on the concept of responsibility for the protection [of civilians], which some speakers cited while justifying the use of force in internal conflicts, including in Libya," he said at a press briefing in Moscow on Friday.


Egyptians gather to 'reclaim revolution':

Thousands protest in Tahrir Square over slow pace of reform since Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power.


Jordanians call for resignation of PM:

Thousands of Jordanians have taken to the streets in the capital, Amman, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit and the dissolution of the lower house of parliament.


Outcry as Bahrain jails medical staff who aided activists:

TWENTY Bahraini doctors and nurses who treated activists wounded during anti-government protests have been jailed for between five and 15 years in sentences denounced by medical bodies and human rights groups worldwide.


U.S. Congress Urged to Reject Arms Sale:

More than a dozen U.S. and international human rights and arms control groups are urging Congress to block a proposed 53- million-dollar arms sale to Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, until it ends its crackdown against the opposition and adopts serious reforms.


Exporting Democracy One Bomb At A Time:
U.S. Now Controls More than Half of World Arms Sales:

The United States overwhelmingly dominates arms sales to the Near East, with the bulk of sales in the last four years going to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Iraq.


Israeli Warplanes Fly Low over Turkish Exploration Ship:

Low-flying Israeli jet fighters "harassed" a Turkish seismic research ship exploring for natural gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean near Cyprus on Thursday night, according to Turkish media reports, in what seemed to be a further escalation in the already fraying ties between the once longtime allies.


Germany reprimands Israel over new illegal Jerusalem construction:

Chancellor Angela Merkel calls Benjamin Netanyahu over planned construction in Gilo neighborhood over the Green Line, says Israel must prove it is serious about resuming negotiations with Palestinians.


Fall of Empire, End to Wars:

Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung, predicts the fall of the "US Empire" by 2010


Canadian protesters call for arrest of Dick Cheney:


Plutonium 'detected outside Fukushima plant' :

A limited amount of plutonium has been detected in soil outside Japan's troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant which was crippled by the March 11 quake-tsunami disaster, the government said Friday.


Germany will leave the euro, says leading commentator:

'My view is that it is Germany that will have to pull out of the euro,' said Malmgren, speaking at Threadneedle Investments' European conference in London on Thursday. 'The decision has already been made by the government that leaving the euro is a possibility.'


Watchdog: Regulators Bowed to Banks on Bailout

 Federal regulators bowed to pressure from big banks seeking a quick exit from the financial bailout program and did not uniformly apply the government's own conditions set for repaying the taxpayer funds, a new watchdog report says.


Bank of America faces outrage over debit card charge:

Bank of America got pummeled by investors and its customers Friday, a day after announcing that it would charge many debit card users a $5 monthly fee when they shop.


"Let us be peace and joy"

Tom Feeley

+++ Titel:

Chinas Traumhaus im All
Experimente zum Aufbau einer eigenen Weltraumstation beginnen
Von René Heilig

+++ Inland:

Morgen gibt es ein neues deutschland!
Wichtige Änderung für e-Paper-Kunden

Heimatlos und doch zufrieden
Nur jeder fünfte Ostdeutsche zwischen 50 und 65 fühlt sich voll integriert
Von Fabian Lambeck

Na klar, wir gehören zusammen!
Der Fraktionsvorsitzende der LINKEN im 
Bundestag, Gregor Gysi, setzt für die
Zukunft seiner Partei auf mehr Charakter

Den Schulen gehen die Rektoren aus
Lehrerverband VBE warnt vor Schulleitermangel
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Wieder mehr  Stasi-Überprüfungen

Von Nahostkonflikt bis Vergesellschaftung
LINKE in Hessen und Niedersachsen bereitet sich auf Bundesparteitag und nächsten Wahlkampf vor
Von Hans-Gerd Öfinger

Das Hohelied der Alternativlosigkeit
Der Bundesrat hat nichts am erweiterten Euro-Rettungsschirm auszusetzen
Von Marian Krüger

»Keine Veränderung unter Grün-Rot«
Polizeieinsatz Stuttgart 21: Aufklärung gefordert / Aktivisten rufen zu Boykott des Volksentscheides auf
Von Gesa von Leesen

Rainer Griesbaum kommissarischer Generalbundesanwalt beim Bundesgerichtshof
René Heilig

Freundliche Kleinschreibung?
Birgit Lukowski über das neue nd-Design

Gläubigerjagd auf Kirchenmaus
In Augsburg beginnt am Mittwoch ein neuer Prozess gegen Ex-Staatssekretär Pfahls

Tønsberg-Betreiber in Glinde will 200 000 Euro
Von Dieter Hanisch, Glinde

Dem Welterbe auf der Spur
Im Oberharz werden derzeit verschüttete Gräben des »Wasserregals« freigelegt

Saar-Wahl 2009 gültig
Verfassungsgericht weist Beschwerden zurück

Mittelalter zum Anfassen
200 Jahre lang war Halle Hansestadt. Ein aktuelle Schau erklärt fast vergessene Stadtgeschichte

Vorbilder an 
der Schultafel
Hannover sucht Lehrer aus Zuwandererfamilien

+++ Ausland:

Evakuierung um Fukushima aufgehoben

Streit um Belarus 
belastet EU-Gipfel
Gemeinsame Schlusserklärung scheiterte
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Erneut Angriff mit US-Drohne in Pakistan
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Ringen um Resolution
Syrien-Frage im Sicherheitsrat umstritten
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Dschibril will gehen
Libyens Ratschef: Nicht in neuer Regierung

»Der USA-Justiz geht es um Rache«
George Pumphrey über die Verhaftung des Afroamerikaners George Wright

+++ Wirtschaft/Soziales:

Kein Grund zum Feiern
Vor 25 Jahren ging das Atomkraftwerk Brokdorf ans Netz
Von Reimar Paul

Gleiche Bedingungen noch immer Zukunftsmusik
Auch 21 Jahre nach der Vereinigung ist eine Kluft zwischen Ost und West geblieben

Letztes Schiff aus Wismar
Von René Heilig

+++ Feuilleton:

Zwischenzeit dieser wilden Jahre
TV-Tipp: Wende '89

Der Westen lässt sich testen
Karikatur-Ossis in Hannover
Von Harald Kretzschmar

Der Tod und die Tüte
Michael Thalheimer inszenierte am Deutschen Theater Berlin »Unschuld« von Dea Loher

Dieter Hanisch

+++ Berlin/Brandenburg:

Für 18. März als Gedenktag

Im Hafen der Realität
Tobias Riegel über die Normalisierung der Piraten

Millionen für Olympiapark

Verrat als Prinzip
Das Kino Arsenal präsentiert eine Olivier-Assayas-Retrospektive

Ein 50-Euro-Gutschein und seine Folgen
Vorsitzende des Hauptpersonalrates wegen Vorteilsnahme verurteilt

Bürger machen Haushalt
Anwohner bewerteten Vorschläge/Bezirksbürgermeisterin Emmrich (LINKE) unterwegs
Von Ariane Mann

Wie überlebt der Dorfladen?
Ein Modellprojekt forscht in fünf Orten im Landkreis Teltow-Fläming
Von Birgit Keilbach, dpa

Schüler pöbelten  antisemitisch

110 wählen und warten
Nur Sekunden sollte es dauern, bis ein Polizist den Hörer abnimmt

+++ Sport:

Stevens kommt nach Hamburg
Schalker erfreuen sich vor HSV-Spiel am begehrten Trainer - die Gegner suchen weiter
Von Alexander Ludewig

Jetzt soll die Medaille her
Volleyballerinnen erreichen EM-Halbfinale
Von Kirsten Opitz, SID

Silvia Neid hat etwas erkannt
Turbine-Trainer Bernd Schröder im Interview
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+++ Meinung/Kolumne:

Unten links

Marktkonforme Volksvertreter
Von Otto Köhler

Teures Passbild
Kommentar von Silvia Ottow

Kommentar von Olaf Standke

Kommentar von Ines Wallrodt

+++ Debatte:

Es darf ruhig etwas teurer sein!

Streitfrage: Muss der Spitzensteuersatz erhöht werden?

So viel Last, das muss nicht sein!

+++ Menschen & Leben:

Am Haken
Nach jahrelangem Verhandeln rückt die deutsche Anglereinheit allmählich näher
Von Wolfgang Hübner

Die Liebe im Schraubstock
ZUR SEELE: Erkundungen mit Schmidbauer

Der verzierte Körper
Die Liebe, die ein Mensch sich selbst entgegenbringt
Von Carsten Grün

+++ ExperimeND:

Knallhart, doch mit Spaß dabei
Das Theater Eukitea spielt deutschlandweit gewaltpräventive Stücke an Schulen
Von Jenny Becker

Die Geschichte fühlen
Das alternative Theater Trono in Bolivien sucht nach neuen Wegen des gesellschaftlichen Miteinanders
Thomas Guthmann

+++ Geschichte:

Geltung und Verdrängung
Vor 65 Jahren wurden die Urteile im Prozess gegen die deutschen Hauptkriegsverbrecher verkündet
Von Rolf Badstübner


Nicos  Poulantzas

»Was sind Worte, was die Feder ...«
Vor 70 Jahren ermordeten die deutschen Okkupanten 33 771 Juden im ukrainischen Babi Jar

+++ Natur & Wissenschaft:


Unmoralische Sphinx
Ethikrat gegen Mensch-Tier-Mischwesen
Von Karl-Heinz Reith, dpa


+++ Forum:

Wenn es ernst wird, hilft nur lügen
Nachdenken über Politik und Wahrheit auf dem Kongress der Redenschreiber

+++ Reise:

Im Schlemmerland der kreativen Dickköpfe
Mit Genuss fängt man Gäste: Kötschach-Mauthen wirbt für sich als »das köstlichste Eck Kärntens«
Von Heidi Diehl

Oh, wie schön ist Panama¶
Das mittelamerikanische Land hat viel mehr zu bieten als den berühmtesten Kanal der Welt
Von Nicole Schmidt

+++ Medial:

SPENDEN im Internet: Crowdfunding
Digitaler Klingelbeutel


Occupation-Wall-Street1Thinking about Revolution
Once again the time has come for revolution in America. Instead of a British king we have a ruling class of bankers and billionaires who control the government and all the important institutions of society.
vt-top-101Veterans Today
Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today's News - September 30, 2011
vanunuEileen Fleming
The 3rd of this October and Vanunu Mordechai
The Wonderful World of Tony Blair
Sean Penn in Tahrir square, Cairo's iconic landmarkDr. Ashraf Ezzat
Sean Penn takes part in Egypt's Tahrir demo
125-skullEd Mattson
The 50-year "Hangover"
911 nowCaptain May
9/11 Was Good For Us: The Case Against Israel
obstructing-palestinian-statehoodStephen Lendman
Obstructing Palestinian Statehood Begins
U.S. Department of Defense Contract Awards for Sept. 29, 2011
financial bubbleStephen Lendman
Imploding Bubble Economies
instructionNiall Bradley
Thought Crime and the French State - Investigated For Being a "Cult" by Toulouse Police
Tom Dillman : Oh No! Queen Repeals 1776 - With Stern Conditions.
Veterans News Now : On the Abbas Statehood Speech to the UN General Assembly
John Vogel : Kingfisher Systems Inc Offering Careers
9/11 Economy Editors Picks Health Living Military Politics

Interview : Bruno Nielly, préfet maritime de la Manche et de la mer du Nord
Préfet maritime de la Manche et de la mer du Nord depuis février 2011, le vice-amiral d'escadre Bruno Nielly arrive aujourd'hui, à bord de l'Abeille Languedoc, dans le port de Boulogne-sur-Mer. C'est là que le remorqueur...

Pollution : La relaxe du capitaine et de l'armateur du Tian Du Feng inquiète les communes bretonnes
Le 20 septembre dernier, le tribunal correctionnel de Brest a prononcé la relaxe du commandant et de l'armateur du vraquier Tian Du Feng, prévenus dans une affaire de rejets illicites en date du 16 février 2010. Ce jour ...

Guardex : Comment traiter l'urgence sur un navire de 5000 passagers ?
La France préside depuis le début de l'année le forum des gardes-côtes de l'Atlantique Nord. Et, comme thème de travaux, elle a choisi les navires à passagers de grande capacité, dont les plus grands, régulièrement en ...

FREMM : L'Aquitaine tient ses promesses
Dans le port de Lorient, une centaine de salariés de DCNS et de ses sous-traitants s'active sur l'Aquitaine. Rentrée le week-end dernier de sa dernière campagne d'essais en mer, la tête de série du programme des frégates...

Libye : La marine française continue d'intervenir
Tirs au canon contre des cibles terrestres, déploiement d'hélicoptères de combat depuis la mer... La Marine nationale continue d'intervenir en Libye, où les combats se poursuivent. Du 22 au 29 septembre, le groupe aéromo...

La plateforme hélicoptère du VN Partisan homologuée
Caïman Marine, Dauphin, Panther, Lynx, Alouette III, mais aussi Gazelle, Puma et Fennec... Après trois semaines d'essais avec différents types de machines, la plateforme hélicoptère du VN Partisan a été homologuée. Le na...

Blohm&Voss pourrait être racheté par un fonds d'investissement britannique
La presse économique allemande a révélé cette semaine que ThyssenKrupp serait actuellement en discussion avec un fonds d'investissement britannique, Star Capital Partner, pour la vente d'une part importante des chantiers...

Eoliennes offshores : Areva va installer son usine au Havre
Selon les informations du quotidien Les Echos, confirmées par le maire Edouard Philippe, Areva a choisi le port du Havre pour installer sa première usine de construction d'éoliennes offshores en France. Toujours selon le...

Sète : Le trafic fruitier relancé par GF Group
Quelques jours après la liquidation judiciaire d'Agrexco, société israélienne principale cliente du terminal de Sète, le groupe italien GF Group, un des investisseurs du terminal sétois, a annoncé la création d'une nouve...

Le port de Nantes Saint-Nazaire peine à attirer les croisiéristes
Cette année, le port ligérien n'accueillera que 5 navires de croisière, soit 2228 passagers et 977 passagers. Par rapport aux années précédentes, la baisse est significative, puisque 8 bateaux étaient venus en 2009, pour...

Happy Cruises cesse ses opérations
La compagnie de croisière Happy Cruises a brutalement cessé, le week-end dernier, ses opérations. Les trois navires exploités en Méditerranée, les Gemini, Ocean Pearl et Happy Dolphin ont débarqué normalement leurs passa...

JFA se positionne sur le marché du catamaran semi-custom
Le chantier concarnois vient d'enregistrer une première commande pour son nouveau concept de catamaran de grande croisière développé avec l'architecte Marc Lombard. Ce bateau de 85 pieds mesure 26.25 mètres (hors tout)...
Vet News WarZone World

Jane Rosenstein
VT At Vinexpo Paris 2011
Every two years, Vinexpo, the world's largest professional wine and spirits show attracts international buyers and sellers at the Bordeaux Exhibition Centre in Bordeaux, France. »»
Vinexpo Paris 2011
Michael Farrell
If Only The Stooges and Goons Revolt...Or Weren't Stooges And Goons After All!
You can decide who is actually speaking what they think based on some sort of objective reality as opposed to fantasy, greed or calculation by how quizzical and bemused their expression and the calmer their response. »»
Veterans Today
Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today's News - September 29, 2011
The Cincinnati VA Medical Center's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program for COPD recently received certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, making it the second VA program of its kind to receive this certification. »»
planes-agent orange
Veterans Today
Agent Orange Update
Information about Agent Orange, possible health-related problems and VA benefits »»
John Vogel
Kingfisher Systems Inc Opens Doors To Vets
Kingfisher Systems Inc has recently joined forces with leading online military job board Hire Veterans. They have partnered up in an attempt to bring rewarding to careers to one of the largest pools of talented Veterans available. »»
Dr. Ismail Salami
Age of Ignorance Lingers in Saudi Arabia
In a primitive society where women find themselves in such a farcical situation where they are not even allowed to drive, a simple word like 'driving' which is per se devoid of any archetypal undertones has come to carry a meaning far beyond ordinary. »»
Phillip Giraldi
Robo-Death: Made in the USA
Death by drone is a peculiarly American way of waging war: bloodless for the initiators, high-tech, and akin to a video game. There is also a much larger issue: the proliferation of drones and possible reciprocity. »»
How robot drones revolutionized the face of warfare(CNN)
Kevin Barrett
"Al-Qaeda," "9/11 Truth": Case Studies in Controlled Opposition
Anyone who accepts the official version of this event obviously has lost the ability to tell bad TV fiction from reality. »»
Eileen Fleming
Peace Talks and the Pieces of the Holy Land
On Tuesday Israel announced plans for 1,100 new Jewish only housing units in the south Jerusalem settlement of Gilo, which is outside of the 1967 boundaries. »»
Johnny Punish
Alabama Gets Played by Global Predators Blames Juan the Janitor
Alabama enacted the most stringrent draconian immigration law in the country with a Federal Judge standing right behind them in goosestep while Banksters prowl the streets stealing everyone's wallet. »»

today's cartoon
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RFE/RL Caucasus Report
9/30/2011 7:45:50 PM
A review of RFE/RL reporting and analysis about the countries of the South Caucasus and Russia's North Caucasus region.

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Armenia Opposition's 'Nonstop Rallies' Armenia Opposition's 'Nonstop Rallies'
Armenian opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian "consulted" thousands of his supporters at the latest in a series of gatherings in central Yerevan before declaring the start of what he described as "nonstop rallies" to put more pressure on government officials to resign. More
At Summit, EU Chides Minsk, Kyiv At Summit, EU Chides Minsk, Kyiv
It was a meeting that was supposed to highlight Poland's attempts to bring some of the European Union's eastern neighbors closer to the EU. Instead, the Eastern Partnership summit in Warsaw will be remembered for the EU's strong condemnation of the situation in Belarus and its concerns about the fate of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. More
Shakira To Ramzan: No Thanks Shakira To Ramzan: No Thanks
Remember when Ramzan Kadyrov turned 30 and gave himself the Chechen presidency as a present? It's been a struggle ever since to top that one, although the Chechen leader has tried his best, alternately opening racetracks, treating himself to million-ruble Arabian stallions -- and now inviting Colombian-born pop star Shakira and a host of other Western celebrities to share in the festivities as he turns 35. More
Report Alleges Azerbaijan Seeking To Buy Olympic Boxing Gold In 2012 Report Alleges Azerbaijan Seeking To Buy Olympic Boxing Gold In 2012
The boxing world is shaken when a BBC investigative report charges that Azerbaijan made millions in secret payments to international boxing organizers in an effort to guarantee two Azerbaijani fighters win Olympic gold at London in 2012. More

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9/30/2011 7:48:50 PM
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With Bolshoi, American Dancer Makes Historic Leap With Bolshoi, American Dancer Makes Historic Leap
When David Hallberg becomes the first American in history to leap onto the Bolshoi Ballet stage in November, he will do so with echoes of Soviet defectors in the background and a chance to leave his mark on one of the jewels of Russian culture. More
Lawyer Hopeful For Release Of Iranian Christian Pastor Facing Death Lawyer Hopeful For Release Of Iranian Christian Pastor Facing Death
The lawyer of Yusef Naderkhani, an Iranian pastor sentenced to death for apostasy, says there is a good chance his client will be acquitted. More

At Summit, EU Chides Minsk, Kyiv At Summit, EU Chides Minsk, Kyiv
It was a meeting that was supposed to highlight Poland's attempts to bring some of the European Union's eastern neighbors closer to the EU. Instead, the Eastern Partnership summit in Warsaw will be remembered for the EU's strong condemnation of the situation in Belarus and its concerns about the fate of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. More
Al-Awlaki Death A 'Blow To Al-Qaeda' Al-Awlaki Death A 'Blow To Al-Qaeda'
The militant whom Washington considered the biggest threat to its homeland security, Anwar al-Awlaki, has been killed in Yemen. More
From Our Bureaus

Armenia Opposition's 'Nonstop Rallies' Armenia Opposition's 'Nonstop Rallies'
Armenian opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian "consulted" thousands of his supporters at the latest in a series of gatherings in central Yerevan before declaring the start of what he described as "nonstop rallies" to put more pressure on government officials to resign. More
Nazarbaev Son-In-Law Offends Strikers Nazarbaev Son-In-Law Offends Strikers
Striking oil workers in western Kazakhstan are seeking an apology from the president's son-in-law for describing them as a messy bunch led by repatriates. More
Forest Fires Threaten Russian City Forest Fires Threaten Russian City
Minister for Emergency Situations Sergei Shoigu told President Dmitry Medvedev in a televised meeting that the fires are approaching Bratsk and the situation is very serious. Medvedev expressed dissatisfaction with the local authorities' failure to contain the situation. More
Warsaw Protest For Kyrgyz Activist Warsaw Protest For Kyrgyz Activist
Dozens of Kyrgyz rights activists and their supporters have held a protest in Warsaw to demand the release of a prominent rights activist jailed in Kyrgyzstan over last year's ethnic violence. More
Parents: Don't Move TB-Infected Kazakh Prisoners Parents: Don't Move TB-Infected Kazakh Prisoners
Parents of inmates at a notorious jail in central Kazakhstan for convicts with tuberculosis held a protest at the prison today to demand their sons are not moved elsewhere. More
Jailed Belarusian Candidate Endures 'Tough Ordeal' Of Prison Transfer Jailed Belarusian Candidate Endures 'Tough Ordeal' Of Prison Transfer
Jailed former Belarusian presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau has been moved for the third time in just over a week. More
177 Kyrgyz Mosques Face Closure 177 Kyrgyz Mosques Face Closure
Nearly one-quarter of the mosques in Kyrgyzstan's southern region of Osh face closure because they are not officially registered. More
Iraq Gets Funds For Giant Port Project Iraq Gets Funds For Giant Port Project
The Iraqi Transport Ministry announced it has received 95 million euros ($135 million) in state money for constructing the delayed Al-Faw al-Kabir port project in southern Iraq. More
Belarus Oppositionist Sought By Police Belarus Oppositionist Sought By Police
A Belarusian opposition leader and former presidential candidate has been summoned by police after returning to Minsk from an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) conference on human rights in Warsaw. More

Eastern Partnership Summit Only A Bit Player
On my way to the Eastern Partnership summit this morning, I picked up a free copy of the Polish version of the newspaper "Metro," expecting that the current meeting in Warsaw, which brings together heads of governments from most EU countries and the six Eastern partner countries, would top the headlines. More
Did Ban Ki-Moon Eat Crow For Turkey? Did Ban Ki-Moon Eat Crow For Turkey?
As questions linger about last week's brutal scuffle between UN security and the security detail of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan, a message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to UN staff could be interpreted as tacit acknowledgment that UN personnel acted appropriately. More
Persian Letters

Where is Ahmadinejad’s Closest Aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei? Where is Ahmadinejad’s Closest Aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei?
The Iranian president's right-hand man, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, is reportedly back in Tehran amid speculation concerning his whereabouts. More
The Blender

Podcast: Russian Political High Jinks And Pakistan's Sassy Veena Malik Podcast: Russian Political High Jinks And Pakistan's Sassy Veena Malik
In Episode 38 of The Blender, a closer look at the televised blow-up between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his finance minister; a Pakistani TV star talks about women's rights and her on-air clash with a castigating cleric; and we examine a physics experiment that could undermine Einstein's famous theory. More