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Thursday, November 15

15.Nov.2012 - SPECIAL ISRAEL+GAZA ISSUE: Costs and Benefits of Israel Striking Gaza, Palestine UN Bid Pushed Back by Israel, Operation PIllar of Cloud, Israel Most Militarized Nation, Pakistan Armed Drone Program, Wall Street's Front Group, Israel Assassinates Hamas Leader, Israeli Ground War, Gaza Timeline, Campaigns to Label GMO Foods Heating Up, Doctored Movie Trailer

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For Israel, costs and benefits of striking Gaza
Israel assassinated a senior Hamas militant Ahmed Jabari today. How much further will the Gaza strikes go?

Israel pushes back on Palestinian bid for new UN status
The Palestinians are seeking a global mandate for statehood at the United Nations. Israel warns the move would nullify the Oslo Accords.

State petitions to secede from US: Are they just helping liberals?
Some on the right are concerned that the petitions to secede, posted on a White House website by angry voters, are setting conservatives up as easy targets for the mockery of liberals.

'All Options on the Table' as Israel Launches 'Operation Pillar of Cloud'

Multiple airstrikes already started, ground invasion may follow

Obama's First Priority: Economy, Not Climate Change

During President Barack Obama's first press conference since his re-election, reporter Mark Landler of The New York Times asked Obama how he plans to tackle climate change -- an issue that was largely ignored during Obama's campaign. Though Obama used several key phrases that may keep climate change activists happy, he still made it clear that climate change was not his first priority.

Israel Ranked World’s Most Militarized Nation

Israel tops the list of the world’s most militarised nations, according to the latest Global Militarisation Index released Tuesday by the Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC).

Pakistan Announces Armed Drone Program

Pakistan, which is home to endless lethal drone strikes conducted by the US, has decided to carry armed drones of its own, according to officials in Islamabad.

Wall Street Uses "Liberal" Front Group to Lead Its Assault on Social Security

Third Way, lobbyists for and from Wall Street who are leading the effort to enrich Wall Street by privatizing Social Security, was created by Wall Street to fool some of the people all of the time. I have written previously here and here to expose their fictional claims to be a moderate or liberal Democratic group.

Cybersecurity Bill’s Outlook Still Bleak

When sweeping cybersecurity legislation failed to advance in the Senate in August, it went down with a barrage of finger-pointing and posturing. And aides from both parties say that nothing really has changed since it was filibustered.

Congress expands whistleblower protections in bill

The Senate on Tuesday gave final congressional approval for a bill that would significantly expand protections for federal employees who expose fraud, waste and abuse and make it easier to punish supervisors who try to retaliate against the whistle-blowers.

Former CIA Inspector General Frederick Hitz, shown testifying on Capitol Hill on Oct, 3, 2002. (Associated Press)

CIA able to keep its secrets on budgets, bad apples

IG documents reveal porn, fraud, other misconduct

Police in Fall River, MA have a new surveillance tool, ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection system. It consists of audio sensors installed on buildings and utility poles that are supposed to detect gunshots and alert police to their exact locations within minutes. ShotSpotter may or may not reduce crime, but it may also reduce privacy, by detecting and recording conversations that police have no right to hear.

Drudge Goes All in With "Secession" Meme as the Republican War on the Constitution Escalates

There is no greater oxymoron in America's political discourse than the “Constitutional conservative.”
Gaza Under Attack: Israeli Military Assassinates Hamas Leader in First Salvo of Bombing Campaign
Israel has killed a senior Hamas leader for the first time in almost four years. More Hamas members continue to be targeted, while reports come in of civilians in Gaza being killed and injured.
Israel Ignores Intl Law With Gaza Bombing, Enjoys US, UK Support
US President Barack Obama “reiterated US support for Israel's right to self-defense in light of rocket attacks from Gaza” in a phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

Obama's Kill List Policy Compels US Support for Israeli Attacks on Gaza
Israel's escalating air attacks on Gaza follow the depressingly familiar pattern that shapes this conflict. Overwhelming Israeli force slaughters innocent Palestinians, including children, which is preceded (and followed) by far more limited rocket attacks into Israel which kill a much smaller number, rocket attacks which are triggered by various forms of Israeli provocations -- all of which, most crucially, takes place in the context of Israel's 45-year-old brutal occupation of the Palestinians (and, despite a "withdrawal" of troops, that includes Gaza, over which Israel continues to exercise extensive dominion). The debates over these episodes then follow an equally familiar pattern, strictly adhering to a decades-old script that, by design at this point, goes nowhere.

Ground War? Israeli Forces Amass on Gaza Border

Assault on Palestinian territory continues as Netanyahu tells Israelis to expect further action and regional leaders condemn 'viciousness'

Death and Tragedy in Gaza: A Timeline

How Israel shattered Gaza truce leading to escalating violence

5 Ways the Right-Wing Is Taking Crazy to New Heights

Political madness is on full display, from the halls of power to the legions of frothing conservative foot soldiers.

Obama Vows to Take Personal Charge of Climate Change in Second Term

President acknowledges first term made only limited progress on the contentious issue that has lit up since hurricane Sandy.

Look Out Monsanto: Campaigns to Label Genetically Engineered Foods Are Heating Up

Organizers in more than 30 states have begun building labeling campaigns, under the banner of the Coalition of States for Mandatory GMO labeling.
No Austerity for the American Empire: Obama Providing Massive Stimulus for His Base-Building Spree

A billion dollars from the federal government--that kind of money could go a long way toward our own infrastructure.

What does Israel hope to achieve by striking Gaza?

Israel says the goal is not to remove Hamas but to reassert Israel’s “deterrence” capability.

Doctored (movie trailer)
Who tells the doctor what to say?

General Strike Sweeps Europe as Millions Reject Austerity as Solution to Economic Crisis

Glenn Greenwald: While Petraeus Had Affair with Biographer, Corporate Media Had Affair with Petraeus

Glenn Greenwald: Starting with Fiscal Cliff, Obama’s 2nd Term Rests on Organizing, Not Cheerleading

As Bradley Manning Offers Guilty Plea, Admin Wins Dismissal of Torture Suit Against Donald Rumsfeld

Noam Chomsky on Gaza, and the 2 Positives of Election 2012: The Worst Didn’t Happen — and It’s Over

The "Fiscal Cliff" Fiction

Netanyahu Speaks On Israeli Morality


Rolling Jubilee: Buying Up Distressed Debt, Occupy Offshoot Bails Out the People, Not the Banks

"Chasing Ice": New Film Captures Melting of the Planet Through the Lens of Photographer James Balog

Breaking Truce, Israeli Strikes Kill "Moderate" Hamas Military Chief, Palestinian Civilians in Gaza

Naomi Klein: Sandy’s Devastation Opens Space for Action on Climate Change and Progressive Reform

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