REAL NEWS Nov. 27
Posted by Xaniel777 on November 27, 2011
TODAY IS : November 27, 2011
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TODAY’S NEWS :
Israel threatens to cut Gaza water, power
Posted by poorrichard at Poor Richard’s Blog
Israel has threatened to cut the supply of water and electricity to the Gaza Strip if rival Palestinian movements, Fatah and Hamas, establish a unity government.
“The foreign ministry is examining the possibility of Israel pulling out of the Gaza Strip in terms of infrastructure,” AFP quoted Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon as telling the daily Yediot Aharonot‘s website on Saturday.
Ayalon, a Knesset (Israeli parliament) deputy for the leftist Yisrael Beitenu party, said a Palestinian unity government “would put an end to any hope for a peace agreement” with Tel Aviv.
On Thursday, acting Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Mahmoud Abbas (leader of Fatah party) held talks with Hamas Political Bureau Chief , Khaled Meshaal, in the Egyptian capital Cairo, where they announced a new era of partnership between the rival Palestinian factions.
The talks seriously irked Israeli leaders who decided to maintain a freeze on the transfer of tens of millions of dollars in tax monies to the PA, to further increase the strain on Ramallah-based authority.
The transfer of funds, which make up a large percentage of the PA’s monthly budget, was frozen in November by Tel Aviv, after the Palestine won full membership of the UN cultural organization, UNESCO.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had in January threatened to cut off water and power to the long-blockaded Gaza Strip.
Israel continues to control the supply of water to Gaza and 70 percent of the territory’s electrical power. The rest of Gaza’s electricity needs are supplied by neighboring Egypt and local power plants, which rarely receive enough fuel to operate under Israel’s blockade.
Israel has tightened its crippling closure on the Gaza Strip since 2007, defying international calls to lift the blockade.
Pakistan Blocks U.S. Supply Routes After Attack
Pakistani security personnel stop trucks carrying supplies for NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan at a checkpoint in Khyber, Pakistan, on Saturday. Islamabad closed the border crossing after NATO aircraft allegedly killed 24 Pakistani troops.( Muhammad Sajjad/AP )
Pakistan on Saturday blocked vital supply routes for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan and demanded Washington vacate a base used by American drones after coalition aircraft allegedly killed 24 Pakistani troops at two posts along a mountainous frontier that serves as a safe haven for militants.
The incident was a major blow to American efforts to rebuild an already tattered alliance vital to winding down the 10-year-old Afghan war. Islamabad called the bloodshed in one of its tribal areas a “grave infringement” of the country’s sovereignty, and it could make it even more difficult for the U.S. to enlist Pakistan’s help in pushing Afghan insurgents to engage in peace talks.
A NATO spokesman said it was likely that coalition airstrikes caused Pakistani casualties, but an investigation was being conducted to determine the details. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest friendly fire incident by NATO against Pakistani troops since the Afghan war began a decade ago.
The Obama administration pledged to conduct a full investigation. In a joint statement Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said they had each spoken to their Pakistani counterparts to express their condolences for the loss of life.
A prolonged closure of Pakistan’s two Afghan border crossings to NATO supplies could cause serious problems for the coalition. The U.S., which is the largest member of the NATO force in Afghanistan, ships more than 30 percent of its non-lethal supplies through Pakistan. The coalition has alternative routes through Central Asia into northern Afghanistan, but they are costlier and less efficient.
Pakistan temporarily closed one of its Afghan crossings to NATO supplies last year after U.S. helicopters accidentally killed two Pakistani soldiers. Suspected militants took advantage of the impasse to launch attacks against stranded or rerouted trucks carrying NATO supplies. The government reopened the border after about 10 days when the U.S. apologized. NATO said at the time the relatively short closure did not significantly affect its ability to keep its troops supplied.
But the reported casualties are much greater this time, and the relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. has severely deteriorated over the last year, especially following the covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani garrison town in May. Islamabad was outraged it wasn’t told about the operation beforehand.
The government announced it closed its border crossings to NATO in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of the Cabinet’s defense committee chaired by Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
It also said that within 15 days the U.S. must vacate Shamsi Air Base, which is located in southwestern Baluchistan province. The U.S. uses the base to service drones that target al-Qaida and Taliban militants in Pakistan’s tribal region when they cannot return to their bases inside Afghanistan because of weather conditions or mechanical difficulty, said U.S. and Pakistani officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive strategic matters.
The government also plans to review all diplomatic, military and intelligence cooperation with the U.S. and other NATO forces, according to the statement issued after the defense committee meeting.
The White House said that senior U.S. civilian and military officials had expressed their condolences to their Pakistani counterparts.
In a statement, the administration said the officials expressed “our desire to work together to determine what took place, and our commitment to the U.S.-Pakistan partnership which advances our shared interests, including fighting terrorism in the region.”
The White House statement did not address Pakistan’s decision to block supply routes for the war in Afghanistan or its demand that the U.S. vacate the drone base.
The Pakistani army said Saturday that NATO helicopters and fighter jets carried out an “unprovoked” attack on two of its border posts in the Mohmand tribal area before dawn, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 13 others. The troops responded in self-defense “with all available weapons,” an army statement said.
Pakistan army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani condemned the attack, calling it a “blatant and unacceptable act,” according to the statement.
A spokesman for NATO forces, Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson, said Afghan and coalition troops were operating in the border area of eastern Afghanistan when “a tactical situation” prompted them to call in close air support. It is “highly likely” that the airstrikes caused Pakistani casualties, he told BBC television.
“My most sincere and personal heartfelt condolences go out to the families and loved ones of any members of Pakistan security forces who may have been killed or injured,” said Gen. John Allen, the top overall commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, in a statement.
The border issue is a major source of tension between Islamabad and Washington, which is committed to withdrawing its combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
Much of the violence in Afghanistan is carried out by insurgents who are based just across the border in Pakistan. Coalition forces are not allowed to cross the frontier to attack the militants. However, the militants sometimes fire artillery and rockets across the line, reportedly from locations close to Pakistani army posts.
American officials have repeatedly accused Pakistani forces of supporting or turning a blind eye to militants using its territory for cross-border attacks. But militants based in Afghanistan have also been attacking Pakistan recently, prompting complaints from Islamabad.
The two posts that were attacked Saturday were located about 1,000 feet apart on a mountain top and were set up recently to stop Pakistani Taliban militants holed up in Afghanistan from crossing the border and staging attacks, said local government and security officials.
There was no militant activity in the area when the alleged NATO attack occurred, local officials said. Some of the soldiers were standing guard, while others were asleep, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Pakistan army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said map references of all of the force’s border posts have been given to NATO several times.
Pakistan’s prime minister summoned U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter to protest the alleged NATO strike, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. It said the attack was a “grave infringement of Pakistan’s sovereignty” and could have serious repercussions on Pakistan’s cooperation with NATO.
Munter said in a statement that he regretted any Pakistani deaths and promised to work closely with Islamabad to investigate the incident.
The U.S., Pakistan, and Afghan militaries have long wrestled with the technical difficulties of patrolling a border that in many places is disputed or poorly marked. Saturday’s incident took place a day after a meeting between NATO’s Gen. Allen and Pakistan army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Islamabad to discuss border operations.
The meeting tackled “coordination, communication and procedures … aimed at enhancing border control on both sides,” according to a statement from the Pakistani side.
The U.S. helicopter attack that killed two Pakistani soldiers on Sept. 30 of last year took place south of Mohmand in the Kurram tribal area. A joint U.S.-Pakistan investigation found that Pakistani soldiers fired at the two U.S. helicopters prior to the attack, a move the investigation team said was likely meant to notify the aircraft of their presence after they passed into Pakistani airspace several times.
A U.S. airstrike in June 2008 reportedly killed 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops during a clash between militants and coalition forces in the tribal region.
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Hugo Chavez Brings First Shipment of Gold to Venezuela From Foreign Vaults as Global Economy Slides
From The Intel Hub
In August Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez announced that he would be repatriating the foreign-held gold reserves in American and European banks and they received the first shipment of gold from European countries on Friday.
The Venezuelan central bank reports that about $300 million in gold was brought in to Caracas by plane and they plan to bring 160 tons held abroad back to Venezuela.
The president of the central bank, Nelson Merentes said that the first shipment came from “various European countries” by way of France and called the arrival of the gold bullion a “historic” moment for his country, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Hugo Chavez said, “Now [the gold] will go to a place from which it should have never left: the central bank vaults [in Caracas]; not those in London or in Europe, but our own land.”
This is likely quite a good move as Western banks are becoming increasingly exposed to massive amounts of derivatives and sovereign debt crises that are wracking several economies.
These crises very well might be engineered by central banks and their “too big to fail” cronies just as the crash in 2008 was, and Chavez might preempting a possible gold run by demanding physical delivery of his gold now before there is no gold to deliver.
While Merentes would not give the specific number of tons of gold brought shipped to Venezuela on Friday, he said that the shipment was worth roughly $300 million.
This comes as U.S. stocks see the worst Thanksgiving drop since 1932 and all indicators show the European sovereign debt crisis continuing to worsen.
Chavez’s repatriation of gold reserves is part of his initiative to nationalize the Venezuelan gold sector, something which the Wall Street Journal says “puzzled economists.”
The Wall Street Journal published speculation that it could have to do with internal arbitration cases involving nationalizations and Venezuela seeking to prevent having their assets seized abroad.
They claim that it reduces transparency and would “raise more questions over the central bank’s declining reserves.”
How exactly they know the status of the reserves is not said, and Venezuelan figures posit a much more logical explanation for the move.
Venezuelan officials said that they were seeking to minimize exposure to the overly indebted Western economies of the United States and Europe, while leveraging the high price of gold that only seems to be rising.
They also said that they were seeking to invest in developing allies like Russia and China which have also been investing in the Venezuelan economy and continue to grow at rates not seen in the West.
There has also been a steady attack on Chavez coming from the United States and the West in general so his choice to demand his gold now prevents Western nations from seizing his assets held abroad as they did to Gaddafi.
The Wall Street Journal does seem to be able to pin down a number of how much gold Venezuela actually has.
First they say that before Friday, Venezuela held nearly $11 billion worth of gold, or 211 tons, out of 365 tons of reserves stored in banks in the United States, Canada and Europe.
According to the World Gold Council, Venezuela holds the 15th-largest gold reserves and Chavez said, “It’s the economic reserve for our kids. It’s growing, and it’s going to keep growing, both gold and economic reserves.”
Unfortunately you’ll never hear Bernanke or one of the countless criminal Western banksters saying such things, all they care about is robbing us blind and making sure we are enslaved by debt for generations to come.
That is not to say that Chavez is a saint, but the fact that a leader would even talk about working for the well being of his people is something wholly foreign to someone like myself in the United States.
“Venezuela is going to become an economic power, not for the bourgeois or capitalism, but for the Venezuelan people,” Chavez added.
Later, they say that the Central Bank of Venezuela holds 154 tons of gold bullion domestically, a number considerably different from the 211 tons cited earlier in the article.
Regardless, the Venezuelans seem to see the writing on the wall, with American stocks seeing the worst loss during the Thanksgiving week since 1932, Belgium getting its credit rating slashed and reports saying Greece is telling bondholders they will have to accept larger losses.
This fueled the pervasive concern that the European debt crisis is worsening and treasuries fell in response.
The S&P 500 continued to slump for the seventh straight day in a row, marking a weekly drop of 4.7% and a daily loss of 0.3%.
The euro declined as well, losing 0.9% along with the S&P GSCI commodity index dropping 0.3% with Bloomberg reporting, “The Markit iTraxx SovX Western Europe Index of credit- default swaps on 15 governments lingered near a record, up 6 basis points at 386.”
The signs are not looking good and Chavez demanding physical delivery of his gold just reflects the global awareness that something is seriously wrong with the world economy and it is not getting better any time soon.
Newt Gingrich is Wrong, The Bill of Rights is Still the Law of the Land, Not Two Sets of Laws Under the Patriot Act! Any Questions?
From Lone Star Watchdog
Posted by realman2020
Newt Gingrich who claims to know history who talks about the Northwest Ordinance and claims to revere the founding documents is a hypocrite. He glorified God in the Iowa family forum talking about the faith of the founders and how he mimics them. I would like to know what Declaration of Independence did he read from? Why I ask this? It is because it is not the same one I read that has the same grievances against the King as we are experiencing today with Washington DC. When there was the GOP debate. How can Newt say there is two sets of laws for Robbery, rape and another for the war on terror? Well, Newt is a two faced politician that talks like a conservative and governs as a globalist. What he says and does are two different things.
The truth is when the Bill of Rights were drafted and ratified by the states. It was clear there was one law of the land and not a separate law to be enforced selectively for one group of people and not another. They say we need the Patriot act to protect America from those evil terrorist. This very act allowed Federal agents and other Law Enforcement agencies to side step the 4th and 5th Amendments to write their own search warrants instead of going before a judge. This has caused the Federal government to abuse its power in the name of stopping a imaginary enemy no one can see. They are looking for ways around the Bill of Rights because these provisions chain down the power of goverment, not enhance it.
Back in the days under reign of King George III. The British monarch and Parliament passed the Stamp Act putting a tax on all documents.Every possession and document had to have the King’s stamp on it. To enforce this Stamp Act. The Parliament passed the Townsend Act that allowed the Redcoats to write their own search warrants to enter a person’s home to see if everything had the King’s stamp on it without going before a Magistrate to ask for a search warrant as directed under the Magna Carta. We are experiencing the same abuses today the early colonist dealt with. No matter what rationalization and excuse the Politicians use why we need the patriot act. The notion we have to give up our liberties for safety is nothing more then political rhetoric to sell fear of a phony enemy.
Newt Gingrich is wrong and he knows it. The Bill of Rights applies to every person. citizen and non citizen. These rights are unalienable. No matter if a person is accused of conspiracy to commit an act of terror or committed an act of Terrorism all the way down to the charge of petty larceny. The goverment has to bring a case before the grand jury to see if there is enough evidence to have a public trial, the accused has a right to a trial by a jury of their own peers. The signers of the Declaration of Independence agreed ” Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;” The war on drugs and the war on terror is no exception. What happened on September 11, 2001 is no reason to usurp the rights of the people. Declaring people enemy combatants by the discretion of the President based on his own judgment without any over site from the congress or the courts is very frightening. The right of Habeas corpus is being denied based on this designation. King George III did the same thing depriving people of basic rights as they are doing today as fallows in this founding document, this Declaration against this British monarchy Thomas Jefferson written so well and eloquently.
-For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:(Police and other agents are immune from any prosecution for abuses against the people, The TSA seems to above the law to grope, steal, and rape)
-For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:(Military tribunals at Gitmo)
-For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offenses:(Federal goverment today fabricating evidence to declare any American enemy combatants to be transported to CIA black site outside these united States)
-For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:(The government has no case most of the time and has to try to keep a jury out of the court room)
There is no two sets of laws. The government is breaking the law. I do not care if they use administrative law, admiralty law or military tribunals to bypass these rights of the accused to bring their own witnesses and evidence in there defense against the charges presented. The war on Terror or Drugs does not establish two sets of laws. The Constitution put limitations on goverment and not empowers them to trample on the rights of the people fighting a phony enemy. If this is how the former Speaker of the House thinks saying there is two sets of laws. Then my assumption is this. Newt Gingrich is not fit to be president or even dog catcher. If he took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Then there is no wiggle room to get around the law of the land. I am just glad Ron Paul is in the debates to set the record straight that liberty must be preserved at all cost even in this phony war on terror. Newt is wrong, the Bill of rights is still the law of the land and not the Patriot act. As the fifth them amendment states very clearly on historical precedent. ” nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” That means torture is not justified nor is killing American citizens without a trial. Any Questions Newt? I did not think so.
STOP ZIONISM NOW! ~~ CALL TO ACTION
Reading and rereading my previous post, I can’t phantom the inhumanity of the Israeli forces responsible for the home demolitions described. It’s freezing here…. 30 human beings were just rendered homeless for no reason at all. Israel does things to Palestinians ‘because they can’ … no other reason.
A Palestinian man rebuilds his home in the northern West Bank village of Khirbet Tana after it was demolished by Israeli troops (Brendan Work, PNN).
What is just as bad as the Israeli actions is the silence from the rest of the world. Silence is complicity …. can you live with that? I wouldn’t be able to…
There are things you can do NOW TO STOP ZIONISM FROM DESTROYING WHAT IS LEFT OF PALESTINE…
Here is contact information for the Israeli government throughout the world… let them know this madness has to end NOW! Most contact info is found HERE.
Can Killer Drones Be Turned on America? 50 Countries Are Trying to Get Their Hands on Military Drone Technology — What Will They Do With It?
China, Iran and even non-state actors are buying or developing drone systems.
November 25, 2011 |
Photo Credit: AFP
Someday soon, you’ll be checking your new Clear Skies app as a routine part of your preparations to go out for the evening. First, you’ll look at your smart gizmo to read your latest email to make sure there hasn’t been any change in plans. A quick glance at Facebook lets you see who’ll be joining your group of friends at the bar. Weather and traffic apps inform you of what to wear and what route to take.
Twitter will tell you about any major news developments you should be retweeting to your tweeps to prime the conversational pump over drinks.
And your new Clear Skies app will let you know if any unmanned drones are hovering 12 miles up in the stratosphere with your head in their sights.
Sound like science fiction? Isn’t drone surveillance and remote kills a problem just for people in the undeveloped regions of the world where life is cheap, collateral damage a daily hazard, and violations of national sovereignty the norm rather than the exception?
No doubt, people in the United States felt the same way about nuclear weapons during that brief period after 1945 when only one country in the world possessed the explosive new technology. Then, on August 29, 1949, the Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb, and Americans no longer felt quite so confident. Indeed, the United States began to experience a pervasive nuclear dread, with children practicing “duck and cover” in the classroom, parents digging out bomb shelters in the backyard, and the thought of fiery apocalypse never far from the thoughts ofa bewildered and terrified populace.
Today, the United States maintains a near monopoly on military drone technology, with only Israel and Britain also deploying these systems. But the landscape is rapidly changing. As David Cortright at the University of Notre Damepoints out, more than 50 countries are developing or buying drone systems, including China and Iran, and even non-state actors want in on the business. The United States is now using drones to patrol borders and collect information about Mexican narcotraffickers. U.S. law enforcement agencies are also eager to use the technology against criminals on U.S. soil, with Texas sheriffs leading the way. Unmanned drones are already used in Japan, Australia, and other countries for such civilian activities as crop dusting and lifeguarding.
Soon, the skies will be very crowded indeed. And the sound of drones that have become part of everyday life in “areas of concern” will someday become part of everyone’s life, as ubiquitously intrusive as flat-screen TVs and annoying ringtones. Perhaps these unmanned aerial vehicles will simply pick you out of a crowd so that the police department can hit you up for unpaid parking tickets or your spouse’s lawyer can verify adultery and grounds for divorce. But that
assumes that drones will be seamlessly integrated into the fabric of legal and social norms, a technology no different from tasers or the Police National Computer.
But what’s happening today in Pakistan is beyond the law. It’s not even subject to the rules of war. The drone wars that the Obama administration has inherited from the Bush years – and expanded dramatically – are conducted by the CIA. The spy agency doesn’t need to abide by the Geneva Conventions or acquire congressional approval for its actions. It doesn’t bother with niceties such as national sovereignty. And, in contrast to other agencies that only dabble in falsehood, breaking the law and not telling the truth are integral to the operations of the CIA.
Here’s but one example. Back in June, Obama’s top counterterrorism advisor John Brennan announced that drone strikes haven’t resulted in any civilian casualties over the past year. “There hasn’t been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, [the] precision of the capabilities we’ve been able to develop,” he said. That’s more than 600 militants killed since May 2010 and not a single noncombatant among them.
( XANIEL’S NOTE : THAT IS INDEED A LIE ! To many non combatants have already been killed with this Drone Technology and Brennan knows it. This, ( among other good reasons ), is exactly why so many people in the world hate the U.S. How does this man sleep at night ?? )
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