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Friday, September 30, 2011

Call for Robin Hood tax raises ire.

Uploaded by NewsOnABC on 29 Sep 2011 - Eurozone senior partner Germany has approved a bigger bailout fund but investors are still nervous about calls for banks to pay a Robin Hood financial transaction tax.

"Private Bills" save immigrants from deportation.

Published on 29 Sep 2011 by CBS - Only a tiny handful of the 12 million people living illegally in the U.S. have been lucky enough to be part of a little-known legislative measure that can save them from deportation. Nancy Cordes reports on "private bills" - who gets them and why.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Occupy Wall St : Demands

80 People Arrested at "Occupy Wall St."

 Uploaded by TheRealNews on 27 Sep 2011 - Protesters vow to continue occupying Wall St. until demands are met.

Who says there is freedom in America?

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Maced / Pepper Sprayed by NYPD Police

 Uploaded by USLAWdotcom on 24 Sep 2011 - Subscribe for updates at Slow motion video analysis of NYPD mace deployment near Union Square on September 24, 2011.

Occupy Wall Street -- America's own Arab Spring?

Uploaded by RTAmerica on 19 Sep 2011 - Crowds gathered in New York's financial district to protest Wall Street greed, corruption and lack of accountability. RT's Anastasia Churkina dove into the rally to find out whether this could be the beginning of America's own Arab Spring.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The BRICs to the rescue in Europe?

Counting the Cost : Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on Sep 24, 2011 - The emerging club of Brazil, Russia, India and China could potentially be the lifeline that Europe needs to stay afloat. Can the BRIC nations act as mortar for Europe's shaky house? And what could they possibly gain from the region's debt crisis?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Iranian President Addresses United Nations General Assembly

Uploaded by PBSNewsHour on Sep 22, 2011 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took to the podium at the U.N. General Assembly Thursday.

Pakistan: Neglected Millions of Sindh Floods

The 2010 floods in Pakistan displaced millions and were a major setback for the national economy. They affected vast areas mainly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh and took a toll of hundreds of lives. Despite the repeated statements from the government, no practical steps were taken to tackle the possibility of future floods and the consequence of this gross negligence is that floods are yet again wrecking havoc this year.
Unlike last year, the eye of the storm this year is Sindh where flood waters have razed in numerous villages and displaced millions. According toAsian Human Rights Commission, the loss of crops due to floods in Sindh is estimated to have caused 5.6 billion rupees in damages. The extent of inundation can be gauged from the fact that out of 23 districts of Sindh, 22 have been directly or indirectly affected by the deluge.
Aerial view of Shahdadpur, which has been inundated by widespread flooding. Image by Rajput Yasir, copyright Demotix (18/9/2011).
Aerial view of Shahdadpur, which has been inundated by widespread flooding. Image by Rajput Yasir, copyright Demotix (18/9/2011).
Lamenting the utter lack of efficiency on the part of the government to tackle the situation, the Human Rights Commission article states:
It is only now that the government is examining the conditions of the bunds and embankments which are only just, if at all, holding the flood waters at bay. In the meantime hundreds ofthousands of people are trapped due to the flooding of the roads and it is the women and children who are suffering the most due to the lack of safe drinking water, milk and food. As was seen in the last catastrophe the response from the government was very slow due to the lack of a proper relief system and resources.
Like last year, a number of social initiatives have been launched to help out the displaced flood affectees. Among these efforts is the one launched by Faisal Kapadiaand Dr Awab Alvi, two notable social activists and bloggers (and Global Voices authors).
Full Report - Global Voice | 21Sept 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Why 'Occupy Wall Street' makes sense.

Occupy Wall Street Anti-Bank Protest
Protesters at the 'Occupy Wall Street' rally at Bowling Green Plaza, New York City, 
on 17 September; the demonstrations continue this week. 
Photograph: Steven Greaves/Demotix/Corbis
If 2,000 Tea Party activists descended on Wall Street, you would probably have an equal number of reporters there covering them. Yet 2,000 people did occupy Wall Street last Saturday. They weren't carrying the banner of the Tea Party, the Gadsden flag with its coiled snake and the threat "Don't Tread on Me". Yet their message was clear: "We are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%." They were there, mostly young, protesting the virtually unregulated speculation of Wall Street that caused the global financial meltdown.
One of New York's better-known billionaires, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, commented on the protests: "You have a lot of kids graduating college, can't find jobs. That's what happened in Cairo. That's what happened in Madrid. You don't want those kinds of riots here."
Riots? Is that really what the Arab Spring and the European protests are about?
Perhaps to the chagrin of Mayor Bloomberg, that is exactly what inspired many who occupied Wall Street. In its most recent communique, the Wall Street protest umbrella group said:
"On Saturday we held a general assembly, two thousand strong. … By 8pm on Monday we still held the plaza, despite constant police presence. … We are building the world that we want to see, based on human need and sustainability, not corporate greed."
Speaking of the Tea Party, Texas Governor Rick Perry has caused a continuous fracas in the Republican presidential debates with his declaration that the US's revered social security system is a "Ponzi scheme" Charles Ponzi was the con artist who swindled thousands in 1920 with a fraudulent promise for high returns on investments. A typical Ponzi scheme involves taking money from investors, then paying them off with money taken from new investors, rather than paying them from actual earnings. Social security is actually solvent, with a trust fund of more than $2.6tn. The real Ponzi scheme threatening the US public is the voracious greed of Wall Street banks.
I interviewed one of the "Occupy Wall Street" protest organisers. David Graeber teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has authored several books – most recently, Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Graeber points out that, in the midst of the financial crash of 2008, enormous debts between banks were renegotiated. Yet only a fraction of troubled mortgages have gotten the same treatment. He said:
"Debts between the very wealthy or between governments can always be renegotiated and always have been throughout world history. … It's when you have debts owed by the poor to the rich that suddenly debts become a sacred obligation, more important than anything else. The idea of renegotiating them becomes unthinkable."
Read all : Amy Goodman - 21Sept 2011 :

Monday, September 19, 2011

Largest arms fair offers new weapons.

Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on Sep 15, 2011 - The world's largest arms fair offers any number of ways to kill, destroy, and conquer, by land, sea, and air.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jordanian's PM and casino deal

Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on Sep 13, 2011 - Documents obtained by Al Jazeera's Transparency Unit shows that the prime minister of Jordan personally authorised a 2007 casino deal.Maroof Bakhit approved of the deals, despite going against the warning of the justice minister who said that it would violate Jordanian law, which explicitly forbids gambling. The scandal has caused controversy as an investigation cleared Bakhit from any wrong doing. Al Jazeera's Nisreen El Shamayleh reports from Amman.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pakistan Flooded again!

Uploaded by hjmanan on Sep 11, 2011 - part of Pakistan hit by massive flooding.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

High Food Prices Expected to Climb.

Uploaded by VOAvideo on Sep 9, 2011 - The UN world food price index hit a high in January and hasn't come down since.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

9/11 eye-for-an-eye wars.

911 & America's imposed wars :

Published on Sep 8, 2011 by Euronews - In a chronology of conflict, 9/11 propels the US to war. In the immediate aftermath, Osama bin Laden is the prime suspect behind the attacks. 
A vast manhunt is launched. Bin Laden stakes claim to his mastermind role well after 9/11. The US military is long since in Afghanistan. Autumn 2001: the 'War on Terrorism' declared by the George W. Bush administration includes aerial bombardment of the Taliban. 
The Northern Alliance militia in Afghanistan are also given support to overthrow the regime accused of protecting the al Qaeda chief.

The Real Face of The European Union (EU).

Uploaded by maf1989a on Jan 4, 2011   | The EU has been sold to Britain as our best hope for the future . . . But behind the scenes, has another, more unsettling agenda been unfolding? The European Economic Community (EEC) began for Britain as a free-trade agreement in 1972. Today's European Union is well on its way to becoming a federal superstate, complete with one currency, one legal system, one military, one police force รข even its own national anthem. In this shocking new documentary featuring EU insiders and commentators, independent author Phillip Day covers the history and goals of the European Union, as well as the disturbing, irrevocable implications this new government has for every British citizen. Whether the viewer is for or against Britain's participation, this film asks the troubling questions the mainstream media has refused to confront.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Concerns over US intelligence reforms.

Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on Sep 5, 2011 - In one week, 10 years would have passed since the September 11 attacks of 2001. Part of an extensive coverage on the impact of the event on the world, Al Jazeera asks whether the US has learned from its intelligence failures and if reforms have actually boosted national security since the 9/11 attacks. Alan Fisher reports from outside the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in Washington DC, which is a massive complex that aims to ensure all federal agencies share intelligence and work together to prevent another attack on the country.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

EDL static demo in East London.

Uploaded by presstvlondon on 3 Sep 2011 - Just one week after the Home Secretary banned marches in 6 London Boroughs, the English Defense League held a static protest in Tower Hamlets, while through a kilometer of police, Unite Against Fascism held a counter protest.


Iceland-China resort deal stirs controversy.

Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on 2 Sep 2011 - Iceland's government is divided over a plan to sell a large area of the island to a Chinese tycoon. Huang Nubo has a preliminary agreement to buy a remote area of land for almost $9m to build a resort. But there are concerns the deal is a cover for China to gain a strategic foothold in the area.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Aftermath :

Australian court blocks Malaysia refugee swap 

Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on 1 Sep 2011 - Australia's immigration department is refusing to speculate about what will happen to asylum seekers being held on Christmas island. The refugees were on their way to Malaysia as part of a swap deal, but on Monday, the high court ruled the deal illegal.