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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Noynoy Aquino inauguration as Philippine president

June 30, 2010 | Benigno Aquino III was sworn in on Wednesday as the Philippines' 15th president, leading a Southeast Asian nation his late parents helped liberate from dictatorship and which he promised to deliver from poverty and pervasive corruption..

Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Cojuangco Aquino III (born February 8, 1960) is the fifteenth President of the Philippines and is currently the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Aquino is a fourth-generation politician: his great-grandfather, Servillano "Mianong" Aquino, served as a delegate to the Malolos Congress; his grandfather, Benigno Aquino, Sr., held several legislative positions from 1919–44 and his parents were former President Corazon Aquino and former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. Aquino is a member of the Liberal Party.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Paikin on police attack against peaceful protest.

Steve Paikin, veteran Canadian journalist, describes arrest and beating of Guardian newspaper journalist.

US detains alleged Russian secret agents

June 28, 2010 | US authorities have arrested 10 alleged Russian spies accused of serving as undercover secret agents with the goal of penetrating government policymaking circles.

The arrests came after a secret investigation over several years that used extensive surveillance of communications and phone taps, including putting listening devices into the homes of the accused.

The suspects, who were charged in court with conspiracy to act as an agent for a foreign government, were accused of being trained and tasked by Russia to gain intelligence about topics ranging from nuclear weapons, the CIA, congress and positions on Iran.

G20 Exposes Ontario 'Martial Law'

TheRealNews | June 28, 2010 - Paul Cavalluzzo: Ontario Public Works Act removes probable cause & right to free and peaceful assembly. Allows a decision by Cabinet to invoke near martial law.

G20 Exposes Ontario 'Martial Law'.

TheRealNews | June 28, 2010 | Paul Cavalluzzo: Ontario Public Works Act removes probable cause & right to free and peaceful assembly. Allows a decision by Cabinet to invoke near martial law.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Bangladesh paralysed by political strikes

AlJazeeraEnglish | June 27, 2010 Bangladesh has been paralysed by a dawn to dusk general strike - as pressure grows for an early election.Opposition parties accuse the government of failing to deliver on a series of promises. Dozens of activists have been arrested during protests in the capital, Dhaka.

Al Jazeera's (video inside) Nicolas Haque has more.

Real News journalist at Toronto G20 summit.

Real News journalist attacked at Toronto G20

TheRealNews | June 27, 2010 - TRNN's Jesse Freeston, one of the members of media attacked or arrested at G20

G20: Interview with Toronto Mayor David Miller.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Violence mars Toronto 2010 - G20 summit.

June 27, 2010 | Police have arrested more than 400 protesters at the G20 summit in Toronto, Canada. Video 1 ;

Broken windows, burnt cars left by G20 riots in Toronto

June 27, 2010 | Riot police have arrested more than 150 G20 protestors in Toronto, after an angry crowd started burning cars and smashing windows.

Around ten thousand demonstrators have taken part in the rallies. Video 2:

World leaders split over economy

June 27, 2010 | Leaders of the world's richest nations have met in Toronto since Saturday in Canada for G20 discussions after the G8 summit concluded on Friday.

Delegates at the G8 summit faced deep divides over how to tackle the global economic crisis, which was a central topic. Other important issues discussed range from Israel's blockade on Gaza to Iran and North Korea's nuclear programmes, which were severely criticised.

Toronto Tension: G20 protesters

June 26, 2010 | The world's leading powers are in Canada for G8 and G20 summits. They're covering economic recovery, global security and humanitarian aid commitments among other key points. But as the delegates calmly debate - outside is a very different story with Toronto hit by violent demonstrations.

Police abandon cars at G20 protests amid $1 billion security clampdown, more video :

Egypt's looming food shortage

June 26, 2010 | Egypt's government fears that food production will not keep pace with a growing population. And scarce water resources do not make the situation any easier.

Officials claim the country is facing shortage in a number of crops, including important grains.
Rawya Rageh reports from the north of Egypt.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Obama removes General McChrystal from Afghanistan,General David Petraeus takes over.

General David Petraeus, the head of US Central Command, has replaced General Stanley McChrystal as commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, following the latter's removal.

Petraeus is widely seen as being instrumental in turning around US fortunes in the Iraq war, and many are waiting to see if he can he do the same in Afghanistan.

itnnews | June 23, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

General Stanley McChrystal in hot water, why the furor?

June 22, 2010 — General Stanley McChrystal, the top US and Nato commander in Afghanistan, in hot water over article and has been rebuked by Barack Obama, the US president, and summoned to Washington to explain comments he made about senior administration officials, including his commander-in-chief.

There are reports in the US media that McChrystal has offered to resign but Obama has said he wants to speak directly with the general before making any decision. Video inside:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

U.S. Money in Hands of the Enemy

(CBS) Billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are fuelling corruption in Afghanistan and funding the insurgency, according to a six-month investigation by the House subcommittee on National Security and Foreign affairs.

The committee's chairman, Rep. John F. Tierney, D-Mass., told CBS News: "the business is war and the war is business and you've got 'Warlord Inc.' going on over there."

Committee investigators found that private contractors in Afghanistan have been paying local warlords, criminals, government officials and a list of others for security on Afghanistan's roads, to get much needed supplies to U.S and NATO bases. But even worse, anecdotal evidence indicates that U.S. tax dollars are also going into the hands of the Taliban, who own many of the roads and areas through which the trucking convoys have to pass, reports CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Right wins big in Colombia.

June 21, 2010 — Forrest Hylton: Defense minister linked to 'False Positives' murders becomes president.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

General David Petraeus collapses during Senate hearing.

He slumped over his desk a little over an hour into the morning hearing on the current situation in Afghanistan.

It happened just as Sen John McCain saluted him as a "national hero" but questioned if the intended July 2011 withdrawal of troops remained on track.

Military personnel immediately rushed over to the general. After a few moments, the he was revived and was escorted out of the committee room, walking unaided. He returned about 25 minutes later to applause and appeared to be in good spirits.

B.P. Suppressing Evidence!

June 14, 2010 MSNBC Keith Olbermann Riki Ott Amazing Interview!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Kyrgyz unrest

From RussiaToday — June 11, 2010 — At least 45 people have been killed and more than 600 injured in Kyrgyzstan's second largest city - Osh. The clashes are said to be fueled by inter-ethnic tension between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks. People are building barricades, fearing a night of riots as crowds flock to the city. A curfew and a state of emergency have been imposed. Fighting sparked late on Thursday as gangs of youths clashed in the center - shops were looted and cars torched. Andrew McEntee, an International human rights lawyer and former European security observer in Kyrgyzstan, lays out his view on the latest events in the country.

Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

AlJazeeraEnglish; Riz Khan - June 12, 2010 : It has been more than 50 days since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. The rig burned and sank but BP is still struggling to plug the leak that is pumping millions of litres of oil into the ocean. On this episode of the Riz Khan show, we look at the short- and long-term impact of the spill on the residents of the Gulf coast who depend on those waters for their livelihood.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pressure mounts on BP over US spill fallout.

AlJazeeraEnglish — June 10, 2010 — The environmental disaster and ensuing bad press have taken a toll on confidence in BP, with its share prices hitting the lowest level since 1997.

The company says it can pay for what it calls "legitimate claims" arising from the worst oil spill in US history.

Senior BP officials, wedged between angry government officials and unhappy shareholders, are expected to meet the Obama administration next week.

Al Jazeera's Cath Turner reports. (June 11, 2010) Video below

Thursday, June 10, 2010

BP and the US Oil Spill

Boris Johnson fears UK damage from US oil spill: Vid 1

itnnews — June 10, 2010 — Boris Johnson has warned against "anti-British" sentiment as BP shares fall in trading.

Ongoing surface containment operations: Video 2

DeepwaterHorizonJIC — June 09, 2010 — HOUMA, La. - A fleet of vessels span out around the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in an offensive strategy aimed at controlling the spread of oil, Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Attacking the spill on the surface, vessels skim thick oil from the top of the water and pump it into barges. Others, using fire-resistant containment boom, collect the oil into pockets and burn it offshore. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Luke Pinneo.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Nethelands: Dutch Far-Right Set to Double Seats

france24english — June 09, 2010 — NETHERLANDS - For a country with a reputation as one of the most tolerant in Europe, immigration has become the hot topic which could play an important role in the general election taking place this Wednesday. Right wing politician Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party have made huge gains in popularity and for a while it looks like this would be his first chance at making it as the countrys new Prime Minister. But as the economic crisis deepened, passion for his controversial views has waned.

Oil spill crisis: Follow the money!

09 June, 2010, 10:14

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has now gone on for 50 days. Many argue that the spill is a result of money, and lots of it.

“The money that plays into this is the enormous quantities of lobbying and enormous expenditures in lobbying that BP and the rest of the oil industry have been pouring into congress, particularly over the last two years since the Obama administration came into play.

Obama's crackdown on whistleblowers targets press freedom?

RussiaToday — June 07, 2010 — In the past few weeks the U.S. has witnessed an aggressive crack down on whistleblowers. For many the Obama administration's tough investigative stance on unauthorized press leaks goes against the president's own election promises to bring back openness and transparency. Moreover, some journalists now accuse the Obama government of actually attacking press freedom.

Helen Thomas resigns: Anti-Israel opinion sinks US press legend.

RussiaToday — June 08, 2010 — "Jews should get out of Palestine" - That's the comment which looks to have ended the sparkling 50 year career of U.S. White House reporter Helen Thomas. Her outburst led to accusations of anti-semitism and forced her resignation. But U.S. filmmaker and blogger Danny Schechter told RT it's hypocritical of the American media to castigate one of its all-time greats.

Move To Put Venezuela On List Of Countries That Sponsor Terrorism!

Senator LeMieux

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill : Dick Cheney Legacy & The Russian Nuke Experience.

Dick Cheney & Halliburton's Role In The Gulf Oil Spill:

Nuke the oil spill: Could nuclear bomb be answer for huge leaks as at US Gulf coast?

RussiaToday — May 05, 2010 — A giant funnel to be installed at the scene of last month's devastating explosion off the U.S. coast, is BP's best hope of halting the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The device,

Monday, June 7, 2010

Egyptian-Israeli relations.

AlJazeeraEnglish — June 07, 2010 — Three decades after a peace treaty was signed between Egypt and Israel, Egypt's supreme court has upheld a ruling that strips Egyptian men married to Jewish Israeli women of their Egyptian citizenship. On this episode of Inside Story, we ask if relations between the two countries will ever truly be normalised.