Friday, 10 October 2008 see All News
Afternoon Edition, War & Alliances
NEW ALLIANCES / OLD ALLIANCES:
Elites continue to draw and re-draw the lines among themselves, treat free human beings as pawns in their chess game...
Russia stunned by UN-NATO cooperation deal
Full article: http://en.rian.ru/russia/
Excerpt(s): Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that Russia was shocked the UN and NATO had secretly signed a cooperation agreement without all UN member states reading the draft. "Before such agreements are signed, their drafts should be submitted to member states for reading. But in this case this did not happen, and the agreement between the secretariats was signed secretly," Sergei Lavrov told journalists after a CIS foreign ministers' meeting in Bishkek... He also said it was surprising that although the document implied cooperation between the two secretariats, its text contained provisions related to immediate prerogatives of member states, including the intention to cooperate in maintaining international security on the basis of the UN Charter and certain international directives.
Moscow calls for anti-US alliance (WARNING: article contains blatant disinformation regarding Russia-Georgia conflict)
Full article: http://article.wn.com/view/
Excerpt(s): THE President of Russia has called on Europe's leaders to create a new world order that would minimise the role of the United States... In order to end the "unipolar" model in which the world depended on the US, he proposed creating new financial systems to challenge the dominance of the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation, both of which had fallen under Washington's spell. Attacking the enlargement of NATO, which he said had advanced provocatively towards Russia, he proposed a new European security treaty. The new European pact would include "a clear affirmation of the inadmissibility of the use of force - or the threat of force - in international relations" and would be built on the principle of the territorial integrity of independent nations.
NATO, Georgia in high-level military talks (WARNING: article contains blatant disinformation regarding Russia-Georgia conflict)
Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/afp/
Excerpt(s): NATO and Georgia hold their highest-level defence talks Friday with the focus on how to help rebuild the Georgian military in the wake of Russia's assault in August... US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, whose country has proved Georgia's staunchest ally, has called the commission talks, to start at 0930 GMT, a "historic event" and underlined the support Tbilisi can expect to find... Ahead of the meeting, Gates and Georgian Defence Minister Davit Kezerashvili discussed Georgia's military needs ahead of more in-depth talks in Washington later this month... NATO has assured Tbilisi, and Kiev, that its doors are open but so far has not taken any formal decision to work towards membership for Georgia, although the allies will discuss its prospects in Brussels in December. The 26 NATO nations are divided over whether bringing Georgia into the alliance would increase stability in a volatile region or feed insecurity by angering a more assertive and increasingly powerful Russia.
New World Order: Global co-operation, nationalisation and state intervention - all in one day
Full article: http://eldib.wordpress.com/
Excerpt(s): IT WAS a day of desperate global action, unprecedented in both scale and cost, intended to stymie the international devastation being wrought by the financial crisis. As the London stock market steeled itself to open again following days of vicious battering, Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, rose to stake the future of the country and the Cabinet on an audacious £500 billion banking bail-out. And barely had the City begun to digest the hugely complex and unorthodox scheme when it was sent reeling again by an unscheduled interest rate cut – mirrored across the world – by the Monetary Policy Committee. It was the first such co-ordinated approach since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 – yet another indicator, had one been needed, of the gravity of the situation.
Active rebuttal of Lisbon "misinformation" urged
Full article: http://www.irishtimes.com/
Excerpt(s): IN THE wake of the Irish vote on the Lisbon Treaty, the European Commission's vice-president has called for a more vigorous engagement by the commission in responding to "misinformation" about the treaty and the EU. Sweden's commissioner Margot Wallström, in an internal letter to fellow commissioners on the lessons to be drawn from the Irish vote for EU communications policy, calls for the setting up of a "rebuttal function" within the EU executive to counter the type of misinformation she argues was spread by anti-EU forces during the referendum campaign... "We cannot treat the Irish No as merely a national issue or only a treaty ratification problem. The difficulties in explaining to citizens the rationale of the Lisbon Treaty and in clarifying that the EU needs to be equipped for today's and tomorrow's challenge are difficulties which we encounter across the union," the letter argues.
Peruvian cabinet set to resign
Full article: http://english.aljazeera.net/
Excerpt(s): The entire cabinet of Alan Garcia, Peru's president, is set to resign amid a corruption scandal over oil concessions. Garcia has been facing calls from opposition leaders to sack cabinet members after audio tapes emerged linking some of them to a plan to award oil contracts in exchange for bribes. Jorge del Castillo, the Peruvian prime minister - one of those named during conversations caught on the tapes - has denied any wrong-doing. Leaving congress on Thursday with the rest of the cabinet, Del Castillo said: "We are going to the presidential palace to offer our posts to the president so he can decide."
NEW WARS / OLD WARS:
Continued escalations towards Total War
Iraqi MP killed in bomb attack
Full article: http://english.aljazeera.net/
Excerpt(s): An Iraqi member of parliament has been killed in a roadside bomb attack in eastern Baghdad, officials say. At least two other people were also killed in the attack on the convoy of Saleh al-Auqaeili, a member of the Sadrist bloc, on Thursday... He became the first Iraqi MP to be killed since the April 12, 2007 suicide bombing of the national parliament, where one politician and seven other people died... Al-Auqaeili was a senior member of al-Sadr political bloc, which has 30 seats in the 275-member parliament. The attack raised concerns of a rise in violence before provincial elections scheduled to be held in 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces next year.
Three foreigners, 4 others killed in US drone attack
Full article: http://dailytimes.com.pk/
Excerpt(s): At least seven people, including three foreigners, were killed in a missile attack by a suspected United States drone, 20 kilometres east of Miranshah, local witnesses said on Thursday. The attack on Ghundai village in North Waziristan Agency targeted the house of Muhammad Sultan, son of Zaley Gul. Local tribesmen recovered seven bodies from the bombed site and feared the toll could rise. “There are three foreigners among the dead,” they said.
Water crisis in Gaza - A report denounces Israeli responsibilities
Full article: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=
Excerpt(s): "Israel violated international law by creating a water crisis in the Gaza Strip", accuses a report released by the Palestinian Union of Agricultural Committees, denouncing the "drastic reduction in water sources in Palestinian territory since Israel has built several small dams to block surface water that used to reach Gaza through river valleys". According to the study, groundwater has become the main water resource for 1.5 million people in Gaza, who consume 86 litres of water per person per day: "short of the 100 litres recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the minimum quantity for basic consumption", says the researcher Alaa Matar, who carried out the study, underlining that "by contrast Israelis consume 330 liters per person per day".