Like all my blogs, this is a work in progress. I have many many thousands of pages of writings, articles and archived material from the past ten years which currently reside on hard drives and in boxes. My intention is to get all of this onto this blog in some form or other over the next few years.
Any entires that start looking rather good will be promoted to my main blog, Just Say Noam, and Twittered to death.
Until that day - please watch this space. Or not....


economic failure continues

rollback of rights in much of Europe

police corrupt, banks corrupt, media corrupt, working classes attacked

Obama wins 2nd term and only then mentions climate change


weird weather

NASA - new moon mission

Report claims just one in fifty victims of 'surgical' US strikes in Pakistan are known militants. Jerome Taylor reports on a deadly new strategy 

November 01, 2012 "Foreign Policy in Focus" --  President Hugo Chavez's 10-point margin of victory over opposition candidate Henrique Capriles stands as a testament to the enduring popularity of his participatory democracy programs and his government's focus on addressing the needs of the poor.
Capriles campaigned on a platform that supported the government's social programs, while criticizing inefficiencies in many government sectors and capitalizing on fears over high rates of violence and unchecked corruption. In reality, as former key supporters revealed, and the majority of voters affirmed at the ballot box, Capriles and his allies backed a sweeping neo-liberal program fundamentally opposed to the current government's state-led, pro-social economic policies and support for direct collaboration with citizens in improving their wellbeing.
In contrast to his prior contempt for the democratic decisions of Venezeulans—including a failed coup in 2002—Capriles formally conceded defeat shortly after the election results were announced. Although media coverage of Venezuelan politics might have led one to think otherwise, these presidential elections were about much more than Chavez, as significant as he may be as torch-bearer of the poor and marginalized.


The US are now conducting drone assassinations and undeclared wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Iraq and many other places. 
2 million people incarcerated, with 5% of the world’s population we have 25% of the world’s prisoners, more than any other country including China.The stimulus cost nearly 4 million dollars per “job” created

Estonia joins the Eurozone.
Lithuania receives chairmanship of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
January 9 – Southern Sudan referendum on independence.
January 14 – 2010–2011 Middle East and North Africa protests: The Tunisian government falls after a month of increasingly violent protests; President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia after 23 years in power.

January 24 –36 killed and more than 100 others wounded in a bombing at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia.

February 11 – 2010–2011 Middle East and North Africa protests: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned after widespread protests calling for his resignation, leaving control of Egypt in the hands of the military until a general election can be held.
February 22 - March 14 – The uncertainty of continued Libyan oil output causes crude oil prices to rise 20% over a two week period following the 2010–2011 Middle East and North Africa protests.

March 11 – A 9.1-magnitude[8] earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the east of Japan, killing over 14,000 and leaving another 11,000 missing. Tsunami warnings are issued in 50 countries and territories. Emergencies are declared at four nuclear power plants affected by the quake.
March 17 – The United Nations Security Council votes 10-0 to create a no-fly zone over Libya in response to allegations of government aggression against civilians.
March 19 – In light of continuing attacks on Libyan rebels by Gaddafi forces, military intervention authorized under UNSCR 1973 begins as French fighter jets make reconnaissance flights over Libya.

In Tunisia and Egypt, the recent popular uprisings have won impressive victories, but as the Carnegie Endowment reported, while names have changed, the regimes remain: "A change in ruling elites and system of governance is still a distant goal." The report discusses internal barriers to democracy, but ignores the external ones, which as always are significant.
The U.S. and its Western allies are sure to do whatever they can to prevent authentic democracy in the Arab world. To understand why, it is only necessary to look at the studies of Arab opinion conducted by U.S. polling agencies. Though barely reported, they are certainly known to planners. They reveal that by overwhelming majorities, Arabs regard the U.S. and Israel as the major threats they face: the U.S. is so regarded by 90% of Egyptians, in the region generally by over 75%. Some Arabs regard Iran as a threat: 10%. Opposition to U.S. policy is so strong that a majority believes that security would be improved if Iran had nuclear weapons -- in Egypt, 80%. Other figures are similar. If public opinion were to influence policy, the U.S. not only would not control the region, but would be expelled from it, along with its allies, undermining fundamental principles of global dominance.

Libya hits Europe much worse than most of the rest of the world because Libyan oil is one of the few crude oils low enough in sulphur to meet European consumer standards at a reasonable cost. Libya has the really good stuff, light sweet crude, once you get hooked on it like the Europeans have you cannot go back to the ordinary stuff easily, European engines will actually start to fail if fuel with too much sulphur is used in them. The US with a higher sulphur allowance isn’t confined to competing for the same pool of crude as Europe. China has even lower consumer standards than the US and has an even bigger pool of crude which it is competing for. This is complicated by the fact that most non-US refineries cannot even process non-sweet crude oil, although US (and some other countries, it’s not solely the US but mostly the US) refineries can process much more sour (non-sweet) crude.
While Libya represents about 2% of the world supply of crude oil, it represents about 40% of the potential European consumer supply and (at a guess, I haven’t checked in several years) about 8% of the potential US consumer supply, while the 2% number is fine for China’s potential consumer supplies. 2% is a good number for US refinery supply but not for European or Chinese or even Japanese refineries. In-elasticity is one factor but not the greatest factor in the price of gasoline in the current oil universe.  (Quote)
Libya sells to European refineries for the European market, and the increased Saudi production is heavier and sourer than European refineries can handle, and far more expensive to refine to usable standards for US use much less European use. The way displacement can happen is if instead of shipping Libyan crude a short distance to European refineries, Saudi crude is sent to the US or Canada (which have refineries capable of handling heavy sour crude) and light sweet crude from Oklahoma is sent to Europe (freeing up capacity in the US & Canadian refineries). But that imposes significant increases in shipping and refining cost, and oil wells don’t start overnight which is good because tankers don’t sail across oceans in hours and refineries can’t convert from light sweet to heavy sour instantly. Add in that the production the Saudi’s are bringing on line produces less fuel per barrel than the high grade Libyan stuff it is replacing, and it doesn’t look so good for prices going down.TRUE?

Libya had no debt and the highest standard of living and education and medicine in Africa according to the UN
 NATO killing reporters at Libyan Television

April 11 – Former Côte d'Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo is arrested in his home in Abidjan by supporters of elected President Alassane Ouattara forces with support from French forces thereby ending the 2010–2011 Ivorian crisis and civil war.

April 24th
Obama recently announced a breakthrough on a pending trade agreement with Colombia that has languished since 2006. Colombia promises better protection of the safety of its union leaders, addressing a human rights issue raised by Democrats.The administration says a stalled deal with Panama is ready to go to Congress too. Panama has agreed with an administration demand for greater transparency on tax policy.That leaves a long-delayed trade agreement with South Korea. U.S. officials say that is also near completion.These steps sound like a breakthrough. But these are still promises. Let's see if the Obama administration can draw the votes of skeptical Democrats to pass these agreements.

April 24th Syria
Since the lifting after almost 50 years of emergency rule Syria the country appears to be drifted into a far more serious situation compared to the unrest of the past several weeks.
The escalated social unrest and reports alleging Syrian security forces killing Syrian civilians coincided with reports that United States has started using predators in the NATO-led operation in Libya to stop “security forces” loyal to the Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime killing Libyan “civilian” people waging an armed uprising against Tripoli and who indeed established a “government” in Benghazi which is preparing to host soon a distinguished guest, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France.

April 25th UK police becoming increasingly politically motivated:

April 29 – An estimated 2 billion people[14] watch the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London. Weapon of mass distraction.

Record breaking storms – but still no definitve link to climate change warming.
The string of tornadoes that ravaged the South this week broke records, killed more than 300 people, and left many searching for an explanation of nature’s wrath. Could climate change be to blame?
The bottom line: It’s plausible that the warming of our planet could affect the frequency and intensity of tornadoes, though there's little solid evidence to back up the claim.
Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has studied the impact of climate change on severe weather extensively and found that it could be responsible for an increase of between 4 percent and 5 percent in water vapor in the lower atmosphere. He says that effect could have amounted to an extra inch of rain during Hurricane Katrina, for example, but what it means for tornado frequency and severity is less than clear. “I don’t think we can say anything concrete one way or the other for tornadoes with regard to climate change, although I think it would be wrong to completely dismiss it,” he says. If there is a lurking, as yet undiscovered link, though, it could take several more decades of research to discover it.

May 1st OBL killed
Typical of the sort of stories that cam out in the immediate aftermath:
Bin Laden went down firing: US official
Washington - A US official says Osama bin Laden went down firing at the Navy Seals who stormed his compound.
An official familiar with the operation says bin Laden was hit by a barrage of carefully aimed return fire.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because aspects of the operation remain classified.
The official says two dozen Seals in night-vision goggles dropped into the high-walled compound in Pakistan by sliding down ropes from Chinook helicopters in the overnight raid.
US officials say bin Laden was killed near the end of the 40-minute raid.
The Seals retrieved bin Laden's body and turned the remaining detainees over to Pakistani authorities.


One of Osama bin Laden's wives witnessed his death, and she and a 12-year-old bin Laden daughter are now in U.S. custody. According to the BBC, the girl told Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence that her father had been killed. If the two are eventually allowed to speak, their accounts of the raid could be more important than any visual evidence the U.S. releases. On Tuesday night, outgoing CIA director Leon Panetta told NBC's Brian Williams that photos of bin Laden's body will "ultimately" be released.

“For starters, there are bin Laden’s years of service to the CIA, which employed him and his followers in the 1980s during the U.S. war to bring down the pro-socialist, secular government in Afghanistan. Since 2001, U.S. forces have been back in Afghanistan fighting against “enemies” Washington created. The U.S. establishment wants that part of bin Laden’s résumé forgotten.
Then there is the question of his relations with the Saudi monarchy, which is very tight with the oil-soaked U.S. ruling class, especially the Bush family and its two U.S. presidents, George H.W. Bush and his son. What might bin Laden have revealed about the secret deals they made over Iraq and its oil, for example?
And there is the question of 9/11 itself. One would think that would have been a prosecutor’s dream — to try bin Laden for the deaths at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But no. They quickly finished him off — and with him any attempts to clarify the many lingering questions.
The capitalist media — just about all of them — are dutifully whipping up a triumphal, celebratory mood around this strange denouement. It can’t last. Once the march-in-lockstep hoopla is over, the questions must come creeping out of their temporary hiding places.”

But the mass revolutions in the Arab world over the past four months mean that al-Qa'ida was already politically dead. Bin Laden told the world – indeed, he told me personally – that he wanted to destroy the pro-Western regimes in the Arab world, the dictatorships of the Mubaraks and the Ben Alis. He wanted to create a new Islamic Caliphate. But these past few months, millions of Arab Muslims rose up and were prepared for their own martyrdom – not for Islam but for freedom and liberty and democracy. Bin Laden didn't get rid of the tyrants. The people did. And they didn't want a caliph
But talking of caves, Bin Laden's demise does bring Pakistan into grim focus. For months, President Ali Zardari has been telling us that Bin Laden was living in a cave in Afghanistan. Now it turns out he was living in a mansion in Pakistan. Betrayed? Of course he was. By the Pakistan military or the Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence? Quite possibly both. Pakistan knew where he was.
Not only was Abbottabad the home of the country's military college – but it is headquarters of Pakistan's Northern Army Corps' 2nd Division. Scarcely a year ago, I sought an interview with another "most wanted man" – the leader of the group believed responsible for the Mumbai massacres. I found him in the Pakistani city of Lahore – guarded by uniformed Pakistani policemen holding machine guns.
Of course, there is one more obvious question unanswered: couldn't they have captured Bin Laden? Didn't the CIA or the Navy Seals or the US Special Forces or whatever American outfit killed him have the means to throw a net over the tiger? "Justice," Barack Obama called his death. In the old days, of course, "justice" meant due process, a court, a hearing, a defence, a trial. Like the sons of Saddam, Bin Laden was gunned down. Sure, he never wanted to be taken alive – and there were buckets of blood in the room in which he died.
But a court would have worried more people than Bin Laden. After all, he might have talked about his contacts with the CIA during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, or about his cosy meetings in Islamabad with Prince Turki, Saudi Arabia's head of intelligence. Just as Saddam – who was tried for the murder of a mere 153 people rather than thousands of gassed Kurds – was hanged before he had the chance to tell us about the gas components that came from America, his friendship with Donald Rumsfeld, the US military assistance he received when he invaded Iran in 1980.

On whether torture was used to find OBL:
When I was a defense attorney in the Office of Military Commissions in Guantanamo, President Obama issued an executive order on interrogation policy that ended the CIA’s secret detention program and required that all US interrogators comply with the Army Field Manual. He also ordered the closure of Guantanamo within one year.
After the order was issued, I taped it to my office door and highlighted the portion that said, “the detention facilities at Guantanamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order.” I truly believed the U.S. had closed the door on abusive detention and interrogation forever.
“National security is diminished by the false leads torture can produce, and devastating consequences may ensue. When Ibn Sheikh al Libi was tortured while in CIA custody, he claimed a link to Iraq and weapons of mass destruction that then-Secretary of State Colin Powell used in his speech to the United Nations to justify the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Of course, as we now know, that information was utterly false.
Each time the U.S. has strayed from core values there have been national security consequences.
By contrast, when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was arrested for the attempted Christmas bombing of a U.S. airliner bound for Detroit, he provided intelligence to the FBI immediately upon his apprehension, despite being interrogated in a purportedly lawful manner. He continued to do so after he was charged. The Department of Justice has touted the significant intelligence obtained from L’Houssaine Kherchtou, an early member of al Qaeda. He has not only provided valuable information, but has testified in the trials of numerous terrorism suspects, including that of Ahmed Ghailani, a Tanzanian convicted of conspiracy in U.S. federal court in November 2010 and now serving life in prison for his role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa. Many others have provided and continue to provide information to U.S. authorities used in preventing terrorist attacks and prosecuting terrorism suspects, without the use of coercive interrogation techniques.” How Illegal Interrogations Hurt the U.S. by Andrea J. Prasow

It stretches credulity to think that a mansion of that scale could have been built and occupied by bin Laden for six years without its coming to the attention of anyone in the Pakistani Army.
This – an attempt to pin responsibility on Pakistan.

The US knew where Bin Laden was in February, says Dutch expert, Friday 06 May 2011
A Dutch defence specialist was indirectly told by US special forces that Osama bin Laden was being kept under surveillance north of Islamabad in Pakistan during a visit to the region in mid-February, Trouw reports on Friday.
Rob van Wijk says in a column in the paper Bin Laden’s house ‘came up’ in conversation during the visit, but declined to say any more because he had been sworn to secrecy.
'At the end of the regular morning briefing by Special Operations Force, by chance Osama bin Laden's house came up,' he writes. 'It was apparently north of Islamabad. The briefing also showed confusion over the identity of a courier.'
'So Bin Laden was alive. It was clear where he lived. An eye was being kept on him. So why was no action taken?'
In the column, Van Wijk goes on to speculate that the US waited so long before raiding the compound in order to maximise their intelligence advantage.

Internet censorship - Turkey
"Ridiculous practices without any legal basis are being introduced in Turkey. Officials are trying to take Internet users from all ages under control through practices disguised as 'protection of minors'. By the means of filters and bans, a fundamental [block] of Internet censorship has been established," said Yaman Akdeniz, a professor of Internet law at Bilgi University, in an interview with EurActiv Turkey.
Professor Akdeniz added: "Turkey's Internet policies are becoming more and more in compliance with those of China, rather than the EU."
"With this regulation government will develop a censorship infrastructure. Even the standard profile is a filter system. There are no other countries within the EU or Council of Europe that has a similar system. And the decision also states that if anyone who tries to circumvent the system, further action may be taken," the professor said.
"Thousands of websites have been blocked in Turkey. Although the government claims that it only blocks access to pornographic websites, hundreds of alternative media websites, especially websites dealing with the Kurdish debate are also blocked for political reasons," he continued.

Recession changed nothing – rich continued to get richer:

May 8th Sunday
The issue of OBL’s support mechanism seems to be becoming more significant – conflict between US and Pakistan?
The U.S. was supposed to permit more access for Mexican trucks years ago. The U.S. stalled, and in 2009 Mexico retaliated by restoring tariffs on dozens of American products.

In Libya the west "knowingly armed and trained the very people our “War on Terror” is designed to imprison and assassinate against a secular government".

US congressman and former presidential candidate made astonishing claims

"In an interview inside his Northwest D.C. home last week, the noted civil rights leader, told the Afro that he watched French and Danish troops storm small villages late at night beheading, maiming and killing rebels and loyalists to show them who was in control.
"'What the hell' I'm thinking to myself. I'm getting out of here. So I went in hiding," Fauntroy said.
The rebels told Fauntroy they had been told by the European forces to stay inside. According to Fauntroy, the European forces would tell the rebels, "'Look at what you did.' In other words, the French and Danish were ordering the bombings and killings, and giving credit to the rebels."

Ethnic cleansing in Libya


Chilcot rumbled on
Blair, Clair Short
Obama washes his hands of Palestine – see Fisk

Conspiracy theories used against Obama

US intervention in Yemen – special forces

Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, nephew of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, stated he did not want to be prime minister of Lebanon. Which meant he probably did. This phenomenally wealthy man was planning to spend billions on a kilometre high tower.   actual pm of Lebanon too office 9th November 2009

January 1 – Spain takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Sweden.
January 1 – A suicide bombing occurs at a volleyball game in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 95, and injuring over 100.[2]
January 4 – The tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is officially opened.[3][4][5]
January 8 – The Togo national football team is involved in an attack in Angola, and as a result withdraws from the Africa Cup of Nations.[6]
January 12 – A 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti, devastating the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince. With a confirmed death toll over 230,000[7][8][9] it is one of the deadliest on record.
January 15 – The longest annular solar eclipse of the 3rd millennium occurs.
January 25 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people on-board.

February 2010

February 3 – The sculpture L'Homme qui marche I by Alberto Giacometti sells in London for £65 million (US$103.7 million), setting a new world record for a work of art sold at auction.[10][11][12]
February 12–28 – The 2010 Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada.
February 18 – The President of Niger, Tandja Mamadou, is overthrown after a group of soldiers storms the presidential palace[13] and form a ruling junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy headed by chef d'escadron Salou Djibo.[14]
February 27 – An 8.8-magnitude earthquake occurs in Chile, triggering a tsunami over the Pacific and killing 497.[15] The earthquake is one of the largest in recorded history.

NASA’s moon project cancelled
UK squeeked out of recession

Haiti earthquake

Israel clampdown

Labour try to cover up torture allegations

17th February
Mossad agents caught red-handed

Nuclear power revival

Greece bailout – Eurozone depressed

March 2010

March 16 – The Kasubi Tombs, Uganda's only cultural World Heritage Site, are destroyed by fire.[16]
Elections in Iraq during March

April 2010
April 2010
April 7 – Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev flees Bishkek amid fierce rioting during the 2010 Kyrgyzstan crisis. Former foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva is placed at the head of an interim government as the opposition seizes control.[17]
April 10 – The President of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, is among 96 killed when their airplane crashes in western Russia.[18][19]
April 13 – A 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurs in Qinghai, China, killing at least 2,000 and injuring more than 10,000.[20]
April 14 – Volcanic ash from one of several eruptions beneath Eyjafjallajökull, a glacier in Iceland, begins to disrupt air traffic across northern and western Europe.[21][22][23]
April 20th – The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico killing 11 workers. The resulting oil spill, one of the largest in history, is not stopped for several months and causes considerable environmental damage to the waters and coastline of several states in the United States and affecting other nearby nations.[24]
During March and early April, several platform workers and supervisors expressed concerns with well control. At approximately 9:45 p.m. CDT on 20 April 2010, methane gas from the well, under high pressure, shot all the way up and out of the drill column, expanded onto the platform, and then ignited and exploded.[30][33] Fire then engulfed the platform.[34] Most of the workers were evacuated by lifeboats or were airlifted out by helicopter,[35][36] but eleven workers were never found despite a three-day Coast Guard search operation, and are presumed to have died in the explosion.[33][37] Efforts by multiple ships to douse the flames were unsuccessful. After burning for approximately 36 hours, the Deepwater Horizon sank on the morning of 22 April 2010.[38] As a result, the drilling riser running from the wellhead on the ocean floor up to the oil rig was destroyed.
On the afternoon of 22 April, a large oil slick began to spread at the former rig site.[39] Two remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) unsuccessfully attempted to cap the well.[40] BP announced that it was deploying a ROV to the site to assess whether oil was flowing from the well.[41] On 23 April, a ROV reportedly found no oil leaking from the sunken rig and no oil flowing from the well.[42] Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry expressed cautious optimism of zero environmental impact, stating that no oil was emanating from either the wellhead or the broken pipes and that oil spilled from the explosion and sinking was being contained.[43][44][45][46] The following day, 24 April, Landry announced that a damaged wellhead was indeed leaking oil into the Gulf and described it as "a very serious spill".[47] BP has not given a cause for the explosion.[48] According to the US Congressional investigation the rig's blowout preventer, a fail-safe device fitted at the base of the well, built by Cameron International Corporation, had a hydraulic leak and a failed battery, and therefore failed.[49] ~ Wikipedia
BP did all they could to avoid taking the blame; then tried to wriggle out of paying compensation – lying if necessary.

April 27th – Standard & Poor's downgrades Greece's sovereign credit rating to junk four days after the activation of a €45-billion EU–IMF bailout, triggering Stock markets worldwide and the Euro currency decline, [25][25][26] and furthering a European sovereign debt crisis.

May 2010

May 2 – The Eurozone and the International Monetary Fund agree to a €110 billion bailout package for Greece. The package involves sharp Greek austerity measures.[27]
May 12 – Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 crashes at runway at Tripoli International Airport in Libya, killing 103 of 104 on board.
“Brazil and Turkey — both currently hold seats on the Security Council — are eager to play larger international roles. And they are eager to avoid a conflict with Iran. We respect those desires. But like pretty much everyone else, they got played by Tehran.”

After its Security Council misdeed last year, Turkey was warned by Obama's top diplomat on European affairs, Philip Gordon, that it must "demonstrate its commitment to partnership with the West." A scholar with the Council on Foreign Relations asked, "How do we keep the Turks in their lane?" -- following orders like good democrats. Brazil's Lula was admonished in a New York Times headline that his effort with Turkey to provide a solution to the uranium enrichment issue outside of the framework of U.S. power was a "Spot on Brazilian Leader's Legacy." In brief, do what we say, or else.
An interesting sidelight, effectively suppressed, is that the Iran-Turkey-Brazil deal was approved in advance by Obama, presumably on the assumption that it would fail, providing an ideological weapon against Iran. When it succeeded, the approval turned to censure, and Washington rammed through a Security Council resolution so weak that China readily signed -- and is now chastised for living up to the letter of the resolution but not Washington's unilateral directives -- in the current issue ofForeign Affairs, for example.
While the U.S. can tolerate Turkish disobedience, though with dismay, China is harder to ignore. The press warns that "China's investors and traders are now filling a vacuum in Iran as businesses from many other nations, especially in Europe, pull out," and in particular, is expanding its dominant role in Iran's energy industries. Washington is reacting with a touch of desperation. The State Department warned China that if it wants to be accepted in the international community -- a technical term referring to the U.S. and whoever happens to agree with it -- then it must not "skirt and evade international responsibilities, [which] are clear": namely, follow U.S. orders. China is unlikely to be impressed.
Noam Chomsky in 2011

May 22 – Air India Express Flight 812 overshoots the runway at Mangalore International Airport in India, killing 158 and leaving 8 survivors.[36]
May 28 – In terrorist attacks against two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, 98 are killed.
May 29–30 – Tropical Storm Agatha causes widespread flooding across Central America, killing at least 180 people.
May 31 – Nine activists are killed in a clash with soldiers when Israeli Navy forces raid and capture a flotilla of humanitarian ships attempting to break the Gaza blockade.

The foreign policy literature is full of proposals as to how to counter the threat. One obvious way is rarely discussed: work to establish a nuclear-weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the region. The issue arose (again) at the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference at United Nations headquarters last May. Egypt, as chair of the 118 nations of the Non-Aligned Movement, called for negotiations on a Middle East NWFZ, as had been agreed by the West, including the U.S., at the 1995 review conference on the NPT.
International support is so overwhelming that Obama formally agreed. It is a fine idea, Washington informed the conference, but not now. Furthermore, the U.S. made clear that Israel must be exempted: no proposal can call for Israel's nuclear program to be placed under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency or for the release of information about "Israeli nuclear facilities and activities." So much for this method of dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat.
Chomsky 2011

June 2010

June 9 – Ethnic riots in Kyrgyzstan between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks results in the deaths of hundreds.[39]
June 25–26 – The 36th G8 summit is held in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada.
June 26–27 – The 4th G20 summit is held in Toronto, Canada.

July 2010

Tony Hayward goes.
July 8 – The first 24-hour flight by a solar powered plane is completed by the Solar Impulse.[46]
July 25 – Wikileaks, an online publisher of anonymous, covert, and classified material, leaks to the public over 90,000 internal reports about the United States-led involvement in the War in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.[47]
Elite contempt for democracy was revealed dramatically in the reaction to the WikiLeaks exposures. Those that received most attention, with euphoric commentary, were cables reporting that Arabs support the U.S. stand on Iran. The reference was to the ruling dictators. The attitudes of the public were unmentioned. The guiding principle was articulated clearly by Carnegie Endowment Middle East specialist Marwan Muasher, formerly a high official of the Jordanian government: "There is nothing wrong, everything is under control." In short, if the dictators support us, what else could matter?

July 29 – Heavy monsoon rains begin to cause widespread flooding (pictured) in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Over 1,600 are killed, and more than one million are displaced by the floods.[48]

August 2010

September 2010

October 2010

October 13 – Thirty-three miners near Copiapó, Chile, trapped 700 metres underground in a mining accident in San José Mine, are brought back to the surface after surviving for a record 69 days.[52]
October 22 – The International Space Station surpasses the record for the longest continuous human occupation of space, having been continuously inhabited since November 2, 2000 (3641 days).[53][54]
October 23 – In preparation for the Seoul summit, finance ministers of the G-20 agree to reform the International Monetary Fund and shift 6% of the voting shares to developing nations and countries with emerging markets.[55]
October 25 – An earthquake and consequent tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, kills over 400 people and leave hundreds missing.[56]
October 26–ongoing – Repeated eruptions of Mount Merapi in Central Java, Indonesia, have killed at least 240 people and forced hundreds of thousands of residents to evacuate.[57][58][59]

November 2010

November 4 – Aero Caribbean Flight 883 crashes in central Cuba, killing all 68 people on board.[60]
November 11–November 12 – The G-20 summit is held in Seoul, South Korea. Korea becomes the first non-G8 nation to host a G-20 leaders summit.[61]
November 13 – Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi is released from her house arrest.[62]
November 17 – Researchers at CERN trap 38 antihydrogen atoms for a sixth of a second, marking the first time in history that humans have trapped antimatter.[63]
November 20 – Participants of the 2010 NATO Lisbon summit issued the Lisbon Summit Declaration.
November 21 – Eurozone countries agree to a rescue package for the Republic of Ireland from the European Financial Stability Facility in response to the country's financial crisis.[64][65][66]
November 23 – North Korea shells Yeonpyeong Island, prompting a military response by South Korea. The incident caused an escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula and prompted widespread international condemnation. The United Nations declared it to be one of the most serious incidents since the end of the Korean War.[68][69][70]
November 28 – WikiLeaks releases a collection of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables, including 100,000 marked "secret" or "confidential".[71][72]
November 29 – The European Union agree to an €85 billion rescue deal for Ireland from the European Financial Stability Facility, the International Monetary Fund and bilateral loans from the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden.[73]
November 29–December 10 – The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference is held in Cancún, Mexico. Also referred to as the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16), it served too as the 6th meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 6).[74][75]

December 2010


January 2009
Obama rules
Crisis deepens
US pulling out of Iraq only to strengthen forces in Afghanistan

In the UK – police making a bid for political power
G20 violence and man dies
Climate protesters arrested under terror laws.

2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict
January 1 – Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, and Uganda assume their seats on the United Nations Security Council.
January 1 – The Czech Republic takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union[4] from France.
January 1 – Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, becomes the American Capital of Culture and Vilnius and Linz become the European Capitals of Culture.
January 1 – Slovakia adopts the euro as its national currency, replacing the Slovak koruna.[5]
January 3 – Israel launches a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip as the Gaza War enters its second week.[6]
January 7 – Russia shuts off all gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin publicly endorses the move and urges greater international involvement in the energy dispute.[7]
January 13 – Ethiopian military forces begin pulling out of Somalia, where they have tried to maintain order for nearly two years.[8]
January 17 – Israel announces a unilateral ceasefire in the Gaza War. It comes into effect the following day,[9] on which Hamas declares a ceasefire of its own.[10][11][12]
January 20 – Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th, and first African American, President of the United States.[13]
January 21 – Israel completes its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.[14] Intermittent air strikes by both sides of the preceding war continue in the weeks to follow.[15][16][17]
January 22 – Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda is captured by Rwandan forces after crossing over the border into Rwanda.[18]
January 26 – The first trial at the International Criminal Court is held. Former Union of Congolese Patriots leader Thomas Lubanga is accused of training child soldiers to kill, pillage, and rape.[19]
January 26 – The Icelandic government and banking system collapse; Prime Minister Geir Haarde immediately resigns.[20]

February 2009
Bearing Point Bankruptcy and financial irregularities in major Iraq contractor.

February 7 – The deadliest bushfires in Australian history begin; they kill 173, injure 500 more, and leave 7,500 homeless. The fires come after Melbourne records the highest-ever temperature (46.4°C, 115°F) of any capital city in Australia. The majority of the fires are ignited by either fallen or clashing power lines or deliberately lit.
February 8 – The Taliban releases a video of Polish geologist Piotr Stańczak, whom they had abducted a few months earlier, being beheaded. It is the first killing of a Western hostage in Pakistan since American journalist Daniel Pearl was executed in 2002.[23]
February 10 – A Russian and an American satellite collide over Siberia, creating a large amount of space debris.[24]
February 11 – Morgan Tsvangirai is sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Zimbabwe following the power-sharing deal with President Robert Mugabe signed in September, 2008.[25]
February 17 – The JEM rebel group in Darfur, Sudan sign a pact with the Sudanese government, planning a ceasefire within the next three months.[26]
On 18 February the European Commission adopted a proposal for a binding Regulation to bring in biometric personal data - a facial image with an option for fingerprints as a second identifier - on all EU passports. Everyone wanting a passport will have to "enrol" in "enrolment centres" (the term makes it sound like a voluntary step) where their pictures will be taken with special cameras. These "pictures" will be digitised and made into a template which will be put onto a microchip in the passport (which may be a paper passport or a plastic card). These "pictures" and identifying personal data will be placed on national databases which can be accessed by law enforcement agencies (police, customs, immigration and internal security agencies). In stage 2 a "European Passport Register" will be set up and at this stage the giving of fingerprints will also become compulsory. This biometric "Register" will join the VIS database (on all visas issued) and residence permits on the planned SIS II.
February 26 – Former Serbian president Milan Milutinović is acquitted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia regarding war crimes during the Kosovo War.[27]

March 2009

March 2 – The President of Guinea-Bissau, João Bernardo Vieira, is assassinated during an armed attack on his residence in Bissau.
March 3 – Gunmen attack a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, Pakistan, killing eight people and injuring several others.[29]
March 4 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Al-Bashir is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the ICC since its establishment in 2002.[30]
March 7 – NASA's Kepler Mission, a space photometer which will search for extrasolar planets in the Milky Way galaxy, is launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA.

UK Government backs down on data sharing legislation after PI campaign  08/03/2009
Privacy International campaign
The government announced it will immediately abandon clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill.
the reversal is likely to be temporary as the Government considers how to consult and reintroduce its plans in future legislation.
Simon Davies: "This is an extraordinary U-turn but we cannot be led into a false sense of security. We congratulate the Government on its decision, but it was inevitable given how badly the clause have been drafted and how morally corrupt its outcome would have been. Nobody should be under the illusion that the Government has changed its colours with regard to its zeal for surveillance. This could be merely a blip, so we all have to remain vigilant for the next assault of privacy."
Phil Booth, National Coordinator of NO2ID and Advisory Board member of PI, said: "The public backlash against Clause 152 has been phenomenal. NO2ID has been working closely with Privacy International and others to focus grassroots and organisational opposition, but the reality is that people just won't put up with the hypocrisy of politicians who want to keep their own details secret, or who support shadowy police databases on protestors, yet who clearly still think that the state can do just as it wants with our personal information. It can't - the people have spoken. Let's hope the scrapping of Clause 152 is the first nail in the coffin of the database state."
Helen Wallace, Director of Genewatch and Advisory Board member of PI also said: "This is a victory for all those people who took action to stop this massive sell-off and abuse of their private information. We hope the Government has learned its lesson and will not sanction further raids on people's medical records and genetic information in a desperate bid to prop up the crumbling economy."

March 17 – The President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, is overthrown in a coup d'état, following a month of rallies in Antananarivo. The military appoints opposition leader Andry Rajoelina as the new president.[31]
March 30th qaddafi drama 

April 2009
“The worst coverage of the Iraqi war was probably at the beginning and at the end of the conflict. At the beginning there was the uncritical acceptance that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. In the last two years Washington had equal success in selling the “surge”, the limited reinforcement of US troops employing more aggressive tactics, as turning the tide in favour of the US. A danger now is that myth will take on a life of its own leading to similar methods being employed in Afghanistan and the far right in the US blaming President Obama for withdrawing from Iraq just as victory was being won.”
P.Cockburn, Indie, 25/04/09

April 1 – Albania and Croatia are admitted to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
April 2 – The second G-20 summit, involving state leaders rather than the usual finance ministers, meets in London. Its main focus is an ongoing global financial crisis.
April 3–4 – The 21st NATO Summit is held, 60 years after the founding of the organization. Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen is appointed as the new Secretary General of NATO.
April 5 – North Korea launches the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket, prompting an emergency meeting of—but no official reaction from—the United Nations Security Council.[32]
April 6 – A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing nearly 300 and injuring more than 1,500.[33]
April 7 – Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.
April 10 – A political crisis begins in Fiji when President Josefa Iloilo suspends the nation's Constitution, dismisses all judges and constitutional appointees and assumes all governance in the country after the Court of Appeal rules that the government of Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is illegal.[34]
April 11–12 – The Fourth East Asia Summit is postponed after Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declares a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas.[35][36]
April 17 – Thirty-four heads of state and government meet in Port of Spain, Trinidad for the 5th Summit of the Americas.
April 18 – Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist, is sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage by an Iranian court.[37] She is released the following month, after an appeals court reduces and suspends her sentence.
April 21 – UNESCO launches The World Digital Library.[38]
April 24 – The World Health Organization expresses concern at the spread of influenza from Mexico and the United States to other countries.[39][40][41] International cases and resulting deaths are confirmed.
April 29 – Amidst Russia's effort to improve relations with NATO and with the West in general, NATO expels two Russian diplomats from NATO headquarters in Brussels over a spy scandal in Estonia. Russia's Foreign Ministry criticises the expulsions.[42]

24th April - Obama revived Nixon’s war on cancer – Nixon promised a cure for cancer by 1976.
Billions of dollars to be pumped in - $10bn over 2 years. National Insitiute for Health - $1.26 bn for cancer research.
Survival rates improved?
Some facts
NYTimes – cancer death rates in the US have fallen just 5% since 1950s
Compared to 64% fall in heart disease mortality
And 74% decline in death from strokes.
In the UK almost half cancer patients living for over 5 years
In 1986 – Vincent De Vita promised that with his budget doubled he’d have a cure for 2000. Ho got the money – but found no cure.
His successor – Andrew von Eschenbach said – 2003 that he’d have it sorted by 2015.
Benefits of early diagniosis and prevention being ignored even though they have provided the greatest breakthroughs agiant death from cancer.
Fall in smoking has led to big fall in lung cancer
Stomach cancer rates down by 85% since 1930s thanks to improved diets.
Does this prove that Obama owned by medical/ drugs industry? Big Pharma. Rockefeller stooge.
Over 200 cancers and each cancer may be several diseases in themselves. Over 200 different diseases.

G20 protests in London in April
the press, produced a series of scare stories and pronounced that hordes of ‘international anarchists’ were converging on The City to wreak havoc.
Tomlinson’s death and as the stories of violent policing at the G20

Secret CIA prisons - Poland
15.04.2009 @ 09:28 CET
Journalists from Polish TV station TVP and daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita say they have obtained new evidence that Poland ran a secret CIA prison used for extra-judicial extradition of terrorism suspects.
The evidence - documents and witness statements related to a Polish judicial investigation to see if the facility undermined Polish sovereignty - point the finger at the country's former Socialist government.
The new information suggests that in December 2001, Poland designated 20 secret service agents to help in Washington's new war on terror and leased part of a military base in Stare Kiejkuty in the northwest of the country to the US.
Clandestine US flights to the nearby Szymany airport begn in December 2002. At least five subsequent flights by a suspicious Gulfstream jet landed in Szymany in 2003.
On four occasions, the flights had top security clearance, which could only have been granted by a handful of senior Polish officials.
On two occasions - 8 February and 6 March 2003 - the European civil aviation authority, Eurocontrol, was told the planes had landed in Warsaw when they had in fact stopped in Szymany.
A witness called by the Polish investigation has stated that in 2003 he saw "People in handcuffs, with blindfolds on, led from the plane."

May 2009

May 18 – The third C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group meets in Seoul.
May 18 – Following more than a quarter-century of fighting, the Sri Lankan Civil War ends with the total military defeat of the LTTE.
May 23 – Former President of South Korea Roh Moo-hyun, under investigation for alleged bribery during his presidential term, commits suicide.[45]
May 25 – North Korea announces that it has conducted a second successful nuclear test in the province of North Hamgyong. The United Nations Security Council condemns the reported test.[46]

June 2009

June 1 – Air France Flight 447, en route from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris, crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 on board.
June 11 – The outbreak of the H1N1 influenza strain, commonly referred to as "swine flu", is deemed a global pandemic,[47] becoming the first condition since the Hong Kong flu of 1967–1968 to receive this designation.
June 13 – Following the reelection of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, supporters of defeated candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi accuse the government of fraud, and launch a series of sustained protests.[48]
June 18 – NASA launches the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/LCROSS probes to the Moon, the first American lunar mission since Lunar Prospector in 1998.
June 20 – The death of Neda Agha-Soltan, an Iranian student shot during a protest, is captured on what soon becomes a viral video that helps to turn Neda into an international symbol of the civil unrest following the presidential election.
June 21 – As a step toward total independence from the Kingdom of Denmark, Greenland assumes control over its law enforcement, judicial affairs, and natural resources. Greenlandic becomes the official language.[49]
June 25 – The death of Michael Jackson
June 28 – The Supreme Court of Honduras orders the arrest and exile of President Manuel Zelaya, claiming he was violating the nation's constitution by holding a referendum to stay in power.[54] The coup d'état is condemned by the United Nations, the Organization of American States,[55] and multiple nations around the world.
June 30 – Yemenia Flight 626 crashes off the coast of Moroni, Comoros, killing all but one of the 153 passengers and crew.[56]

July 2009
14th July
July 2009 America releases the five Iranian diplomats.

July 1 – Sweden assumes the presidency of the European Union.[57]
July 4 – The Organization of American States suspends Honduras due to the country's recent political crisis after its refusal to reinstate President Zelaya.[58][59]
July 5 – Over 150 are killed when a few thousand ethnic Uyghurs target local Han Chinese during major rioting in Ürümqi, Xinjiang.
July 7 – A public memorial service is held for musician Michael Jackson. It is regarded as one of the most prominent funerals of all time.[60][61][62]
July 15 – Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crashes near Qazvin, Iran, killing all 168 on board.
July 16 – Iceland's national parliament, the Althingi, votes to pursue joining the EU.[63]
July 22 – The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurs over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.

August 2009

August 3 – Bolivia becomes the first South American country to declare the right of indigenous people to govern themselves.[64]
August 4 – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il pardons two American journalists, who had been arrested and imprisoned for illegal entry earlier in the year, after former U.S. President Bill Clinton meets with Kim in North Korea.[65]
August 7 – Typhoon Morakot hits Taiwan, killing 500 and stranding more than 1,000 via the worst flooding on the island in half a century.[66]
August 20 – Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, imprisoned for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, is released by the Scottish government on compassionate grounds as he has terminal prostate cancer. He returns to his native Libya.[67]

September 2009

Saturday, 26 September 2009
26th September
The dark secrets of the trillion-dollar oil trade

28th September - Guinea – death of dicator – hundreds gathered at football stadium to hear opposition speeches and presidential guard opend fire on them – over 150 killed. The UN came in to investigate.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

September 25 – At the G-20 Pittsburgh summit, world leaders announce that the G-20 will assume greater leverage over the world economy, replacing the role of the G-8, in an effort to prevent another financial crisis like that in 2008.[68]
September 26 – Typhoon Ketsana begins to cause record amounts of rainfall in Manila, Philippines, leading to the declaration of a "state of calamity" in 25 provinces.[69]
September 28 – At least 157 demonstrators are killed in a clash with the Guinean military.
September 29 – An 8.3-magnitude earthquake triggers a tsunami near the Samoan Islands. Many communities and harbors in Samoa and American Samoa are destroyed, and at least 189 are killed.
September 30 – A 7.6-magnitude earthquake strikes just off the coast of Sumatra, killing around 1,000 in Indonesia.[70]

October 2009

Thursday, 1 October 2009
Iran is the New Iraq
Corruption Charges against BAe
More Troops In Afghainstan?
Taliban Leader's Brother Dead
Isreal Defends Gaza Atrocities
Britons More Polluting Than We Thought
Creationists - Stick this Up Your Oriface
Fundamentalists Beaten By Gay Penguins

Darfur: A deadly new chapter
Africa's most feared rebel army arrives in region, threatening to reignite the conflict
By Daniel Howden, Africa correspondent 17th Ocotber
Cherie Blair has reopened the row over her husband's commitment to the decision to go to war in Iraq, with a public observation that it was a "51-49" decision.
A day after Tony Blair was told that he had "blood on his hands" by a father who lost his son at the start of the campaign in 2003, Mrs Blair undermined the former prime minister's argument for toppling Saddam Hussein by suggesting his support for the invasion was not an obvious decision. "A lot of the time these choices are not clear-cut. They are not black and white," she told an audience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. "Instead of being 80-20, many of them are actually more like 51-49. When taking those decisions, Tony is able to step back, absorb all the information and then choose."
However, she added: "He is also very good at then convincing everybody else that it was a 70-30 decision all along. I think it [the Iraq war] was one of those 51-49 questions."

Thursday, 8 October 2009
Energy Resources Nearing End?
Oil peak is nigh - Guardian
August - price reached 2009 high

Friday, 9 October 2009
Obama was nominated for nobel prize within two weeks of taking office!

Britain's role in treatment of terror suspect to be revealed
By Robert Verkaik and Kim Sengupta
Saturday, 17 October 2009

Pakistan attacks

Riots in China

Israel-US "defence" drill

Guantanamo bill passed

afghan poll sackings

UN Iran deal

Unequal societies create instability 24th 2009 Stephen Foley

Iran ignores deadline and takes nuclear talks to brink, Kim Sengupta 24th October

US strikes at Mexican drug cartel 24th October

Pakistan army punishes civilians 24th October

Nato backs McChrystal in snub to Biden plan 24th October

Mississippi Turning Daniel Howden 24th October

We forget our soldiers legal fears over iraq, Richard ingrams
Is world’s most wanted man in these wild and lawless lands? Worldfocus, omar waraich
What lies beneath the rainforest? Huw hennessy amazon oil , 31st October
The truth about the middle east is buried beneath the headlines, Robert fisk, 31st October
End of Honduran crisis, guy adams, 31st october

Moment of the announcement of Rio de Janeiro as the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics
October 2 – The International Olympic Committee awards the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.
October 2 – Ireland holds a second referendum on the EU's Lisbon Treaty. The amendment is approved by the Irish electorate,[71][72][73][74][75] having been rejected in the Lisbon I referendum held in June 2008.
October 20 – European astronomers discover 32 exoplanets.[76]

November 2009
Abdullah to call for Afghan poll boycott: Kim Sengupta, Indie, November 1st 2009
Pakistan presses the Taliban in its lawless heartland, Omar Warach, Andrew Buncombe, November 1st, 2009.
MOD’s Nimrod disgrace, Indie, Nov 1st.
So the US is on the mend, but what about the invisible cut-backs? Michael Mandel, Nov 1st

“Army killer” – Nidal Hasan – November 5th – survived - ??

Brown Tells Karzai to sort out corruption or else…November 7th, Indie, Andrew Grice.

7th November – Israel rejected UN war crimes vote. Gaza. Findings issued by a panel led by south African jurist Richard goldstone.

Honduran unity cabinet collapses – coup in June – Zelaya was ousted. Micheletti moved to form new overnment without Zelaya.

8th November, Indie
Patrick Cockburn, Afghanistan, Time To Leave.
Foreign Office warns Mann to keep quiet.  Brian Brady.
Why Can’t The US learn to lve its government, Rupert Cornwell.

Major Nidal Malik Hasan – killed 13 on US base – Joan Smith.

HBOS collapse – Andy Hornby
The unanswered questions around the emergency HBOS cash call, Ian Fraser

Obama can make change happen, Gary Younge, Guardian, November 13th
China – 1989 – Berlin Wall – Timothy Garton-Ash, 13th November, Guardian, How the year 1989 changed the world.

Justice at Ground Zero for September 11 accused
Five men set to leave Guantanamo Bay to face trial in a civilian court in New York
By David Usborne in New York
Saturday, 14 November 2009

Britain's Abu Ghraib: Did Britain collude with US in abuse of Iraqis?
By Robert Verkaik, Law Editor
Saturday, 14 November 2009

Vast majority of Britons back IoS call for UK forces to leave. November 15th 2009
Four Scenrios rejected by Obama.

Climate Change – Little Mermaid Award – Indie 15th November – “Angry Mermaid”
Destructive corporate lobbying
Climate change saboteurs – Coalition for Clean Coal Electricty; American petroleum industry; European chemical lobby; the International Emissions Trading Association is also mentioned; Monsanto for presenting GM as a solution; South Arfican company Sasol lobbying ofr carbon capture and storage while investing in  oil extraction from Canandian tar sands.

British soldiers sexually abused us, claim Iraqis. Robert Verkaik, 15 November, Indie

Toxic Munitions may be cause of baby deaths and deformities in Fallujah. 15 November, David Randall. Babies showing high rate of mortality and deformities.

Obama will be on trial with 9/11 accused, Rupert Cornwell, 15 November.

America’s first pacific president woos China, North Korea and Burma, Patrick Zengerie and Caren Bohan, 15 november.
Obama is haunted by Gorbchev’s Ghost, James Fergusson, 15 November, Indie.

19th November

22nd November
US builds up it’s bases in oil-rich South America, Hugh O’Shaugnessy
The United States is massively building up its potential for nuclear and non-nuclear strikes in Latin America and the Caribbean by acquiring unprecedented freedom of action in seven new military, naval and air bases in Colombia. The development – and the reaction of Latin American leaders to it – is further exacerbating America's already fractured relationship with much of the continent.

The Accidental Uprising – Victor Sebestyen – Czech Republic

The Key Question – is blair a war criminal? Oliver Miles
Yet it is a fact that the campaign to overthrow Saddam Hussein was initiated, well before 9/11, by a group of influential American neocons, notably Perle, Feith and Wolfowitz (once described by Time magazine as "the godfather of the Iraq war") nearly all of whom were ardent Zionists, in many cases more concerned with preserving the security of Israel than that of the US.
Given that undeniable fact, the pro-Israeli bias of Sir Martin Gilbert and Sir Lawrence Freedman, both of them supporters of the 2003 invasion, is a perfectly respectable point to raise. It is equally legitimate to ask if at any point the panel will investigate or even refer to the US neocons and their links to Israel. Call me snide if you like, but I very much doubt they will.

1953 manual detailing tricks of the agency’s trade is published:

The Governor of California has been embarrassed by claims that he is being pursued for almost $80,000 [£49,000] by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for back-taxes that he apparently still owes the federal government from 2004 and 2005.

27th November

emirate's default 29th November

American Politics turns into one big ‘reality’ show, Rupert Cornwell, Indie, 29th November 2009

Bhopal: The victims are still being born

Iraq: The war was illegal
Then Attorney General Goldsmith was 'pinned to the wall and bullied into keeping quiet' while the Prime Minister kept the Cabinet in the dark

Afghanistan: The hokey-cokey strategy
On eve of Obama's surge, Brown aims to convince voters he has a plan for withdrawal. Handover 'could begin by end of 2010' – but PM is set to commit 500 more troops
By Jane Merrick in Port of Spain and Rupert Cornwell in Washington

November 2009
November 3 – The Czech Republic becomes the final member-state of the European Union to sign the Treaty of Lisbon, thereby permitting that document's initiation into European law.[77]
November 3 – The Prime Minister of Belgium, Herman Van Rompuy, is designated the first permanent President of the European Council,[78] a position he takes up on 1 December 2009.[79][80][81]
November 13 – Having analyzed the data from the LCROSS lunar impact, NASA announces that it has found a "significant" quantity of water in the Moon's Cabeus crater.[82][83]
November 20 – CERN restarts the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland; they had shut it down on September 19, 2008.[84][85]
November 23 – In the Philippines, at least 57 are abducted and killed in an election-related massacre in the province of Maguindanao. This appears to be the deadliest attack on journalists in recent history.[86]
November 27 – Dubai requests a debt deferment following its massive renovation and development projects, as well as the late 2000s economic crisis. The announcement causes global stock markets to drop.[87]

December 2009

Chilcot Enquiry 
They all seemed to be playing a game of pinning the blame on Blair and Brown, as if these two had managed to drag the country into an illegal war almost single-handedly.

Senior Foreign Office officials said reconstruction efforts were hampered by funding and staff shortages. Admiral Lord Boyce, then Chief of Defence Staff, said geoff Hoon, Defence Secretary, blocked hum from ordering equipment and mobilising his troops for several months because ministers did not want the secret plans to become public.

Dominic Asquith, former ambassador in Baghdad, said that Brown refused to provide extra £13m needed in 2006 to restore normality to Baghad.

Chilcots tame professor – see Richard Ingrams on 5th December 2009.
It's supposed to be an inquiry but there's not much sign of any inquiring going on. I have been studiously following reports of the current investigation into the Iraq war and have even seen bits of it on television and I have yet to read or see a single case of any of the five-strong panel asking a question of those giving evidence. One by one the civil servants and the army generals queue up to say their piece and that's about all there is to it.
The lack of probing questions ought not to surprise us given the composition of the panel, all of them with close links to the political establishment. One of them, our old friend Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, provided further evidence of this when during Tuesday's session he volunteered the information that he had "instigated" a pre-war seminar for Blair to discuss Iraq because, he said, "I was aware of misgivings among some specialists in Iraq about the direction of policy". He added that this was "my only direct engagement in Iraq policy making". We were not told how a professor of history came to be in a position to organise such a seminar for the Prime Minister, nor, for that matter, whether there might have been some indirect engagements subsequently on the part of Freedman.
This hitherto unreported seminar is further proof of Sir Lawrence's close links to Blair. We already know that he provided the bones of a speech Blair made in Chicago in 1999 justifying the military intervention in rogue states. Later, in a TV interview, Freedman spoke of the "rather noble criteria" which lay behind the illegal invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Thursday, 3 December 2009
PM accused of 'muzzling' Iraq inquiry
Gordon Brown has been accused of “muzzling” the Iraq inquiry after refusing to alter rules that allow Government departments to withhold crucial documents from the public. 

Friday, 4 December 2009
Hoon 'banned armed forces from preparing for Iraq war'
Geoff Hoon held back military preparations for the Iraq invasion when he was Defence Secretary, because he wanted to keep the plans secret from the public, his armed forces chief has revealed.

Gordon Brown faced a diplomatic rift with Pakistan after its Prime Minister rejected British accusations that it was not doing enough to hunt down Osama bin Laden.

General Richards said: “There is a risk in this... My soldiers are an intelligent lot. They know this is unsustainable over time. At the very moment, on the back of President Obama’s decision, that success becomes much more attainable the last thing they want is for the public at home to go wobbly on them. We know this thing is doable and we must help persuade others of it.

“We have not made enough effort over the last few years to explain what we are doing and why we must succeed. From the Prime Minister down, we are making big efforts now to learn this lesson and I sense the tide may just be turning back in the right direction.”

Misuse of anti terror legislation by Britain's police.
5th December – police U turn on photographers, Indie, Jerome Taylor and Mark Hughes.

Now this is Obama’s war.    December 5th
Obama pledged extra 30,000 US troops for Afghanistan
Obama’s performance nearly a year in to his term. Healthcare looks like it might die in the Senate; Iran kicking off; recession not going away – a second period of recession looking 50:50 in second half of 2010; president plunged America further into warin Afghanistan – General Stanley McChrystal likely to get his 40,000 if NATO chip in – withdrawal then likely to be in mid 2011 just as Obama will be seeking re-election…may placate liberals .
The west failed to stop Al Qaida, if indeed, that was what the war was for. In fact helped spread the “virus” to Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, etc. So why not continue the war in these countries? Or end it altogether. 51% of Americans support the strategy. Made comparisons with Johnson and his ambitious domestic agenda.
NATO pledged about 7,000 extra troops raising total foreign forces in Afghanistan to about 140,000.
Canada & NL plan to withdraw in 2011 and 2010 respectively.

Somalis with al Qaida link deny hotel blast – 5th December – killed 22; al Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage denied responsibility.
“Taliban Strikes At The Heart Of The Pakistani Army” by Omar Waraich: at least 40 killed; army targeted; major offensive against Taliban militants in South Waziristan (previous offensive in Swat) launched two months ago – 30,000 troops dispatched into harsh and mountainous SW claims that it has cleared vast swathes of territory and killed over 600 militants; guerrillas scattered according to military analyst Hasan Askari-Rizvi;  weeks ago – gunmen attacked military HQ in Islamabad; a wave of violence that has so far killed around 400 people;

Guinea – former French colony; upheaval since death of long term dictator Lansana Conte.
Junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara was shot by certain members of the presidential guard who had been involved in the 28th September massacres  - brutal stadium massacre, at least 157 killed - and felt threatened by the UN commission of inquiry.
Mining deals?
Camara was seriously wounded.
Guinea Plunge Into Chaos by Daniel Howden, Indie, 5th December 2009.

Berlusconi in court – accused of cutting deal with the mafia to attain power – early 1990s. Gaspare Spatuzza – jailed mafia hitman told the court.
Rumours of mafia connection persisted snce investigators learned of cosa nostra htiman Vittorio Mangano worked as Berlusconi’s stable master at his villa near Milan in 1970s. – speculation has centred around the origins of his vast wealth.

December 7th

December 8th

December 9th

December 10th

pants bomber

December 1 – The Treaty of Lisbon comes into force.[88]
December 7 – December 18 – The UNFCCC's United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 conference is held in Copenhagen, Denmark.[89]
December 16 – Astronomers discover GJ1214b, the first-known exoplanet on which water could exist.[90]