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Russia Warns of Libya Conflict After Qaddafi’s Death, RIA Says

October 20, 2011—Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s special envoy warned of persistent conflict in Libya even if the news of Muammar Qaddafi’s death is confirmed, RIA Novosti reported. “A guerrilla war against the National Transitional Council is possible even without the involvement of the colonel, and NATO can’t continue bombing endlessly,” the state news service cited Mikhail Margelov as saying.

Senate blocks votes on jobs bills

—“Every single Republican in the United States Senate has chosen to obstruct.”

October 21, 2011—Democrats and Republicans tried to force versions of a jobs bill through the Senate late Thursday, but both fell short of the 60 votes [due to GOP obstruction on evvery bill] they would have needed to bring their proposals to the floor. In a 50-50 vote, senators blocked a component of President Barack Obama’s jobs bill—$35 billion for states and localities to hire more teachers and first responders while preventing current ones from being laid off. The funding would have been paid for by a 0.5% tax increase on people earning more than $1 million a year. Republicans opposed the tax increase.

U.S. girls dropping dead from Gardasil vaccine

—Unearthed documents reveal new deaths from “mandated” shot

October 19, 2011—Gardasil, the controversial drug that took the early Republican presidential debates by storm, is back in the news as newly unearthed documents reveal 26 additional deaths associated with the shot. The public-interest group Judicial Watch has obtained the documents through the Freedom of Information Act from the Food and Drug Administration detailing reports of harmful reactions to the vaccination for human papillomavirus, also known as HPV. “The adverse-reaction reports detail 26 new deaths reported between Sept. 1, 2010, and Sept. 15, 2011, as well as incidents of seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short-term memory loss and Guillain-Barré Syndrome,” Judicial Watch said.

Car Company Gets U.S. Loan, Builds Cars In Finland

October 20, 2011—With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work. Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department’s $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the job of assembling the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car has been outsourced to Finland.

Greenpeace slams Japan radiation screening

October 20, 2011—Greenpeace called on Tokyo to toughen radiation screening and food labelling rules on Thursday after it said low levels of radiation had been detected in seafood sold at Japanese stores. The environmental pressure group said it tested 60 seafood samples bought at stores in eastern Japan operated by five major supermarket chains and found 34 of them with radioactive caesium-134 and caesium-137. The survey discovered readings of up to 88 becquerel per kilogram (Bq/kg) with the radiation believed to be from the ongoing nuclear accident.

Secret CIA-FBI files of NUMEC nuclear diversions to Israel could aid $170 million toxic cleanup

October 20, 2011—Recently declassified wiretap transcripts of conversations between Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) founder Zalman Shapiro and venture capitalist David Lowenthal reveal that illegal storage practices led to a dangerous nuclear spill. Obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by IRmep’s Center for Policy and Law Enforcement, the files were heavily censored by the Central Intelligence Agency which blocked release of 225 pages. The transcript details that Shapiro and Lowenthal’s interest in completing NUMEC’s sale to Atlantic Richfield Company outweighed public safety concerns. This week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) $170 million cleanup of NUMEC’s toxic waste dump had to be halted after contractors experienced unanticipated difficulties handling 55-gallon radioactive waste drums.

Judge dismisses lawsuit by ten members of Congress over Libya “mission”

October 20, 2011—A federal court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit ten members of Congress filed in June challenging Obama’=’s right to keep U.S. military forces in the NATO campaign that contributed to the fall of Qadhafi’s government and his ultimate demise. In a 23-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Walton ruled that the lawmakers lacked standing to challenge the military campaign in large part because they had and have the opportunity through legislative action to shut down the Libya operation. “They have not demonstrated that they are without a legislative remedy,” Walton wrote.

Lebanon: U.S. “plot” claim incredulous

October 21, 2011—Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour has dismissed the U.S. allegation of Tehran’s involvement in a plot to assassinate the Saudi envoy to Washington, describing them as unbelievable. At a Thursday meeting in the Lebanese capital Beirut with the Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Rokn-Abadi, Mansour said that no diplomat could ever believe Washington’s accusation against Iran, Mehr News Agency reported. Iran has even been denied access to Mansour Arbabsiar, the used-car dealer Washington says is behind the alleged plot. Arbabsiar has a criminal record [think CIA] and is described as hopelessly disorganized by his family and friends.


This link roundup originally appeared at

  Tom Engelhardt: Bailing Out the Complex: Is the National Security Complex too big to fail? More
  Rebecca Solnit: Letter to a Dead Man About the Occupation of Hope: This land is your (occupied) land. More
  Nick Turse: Mapping America’s Shadowy Drone Wars: America’s secret empire of drone bases—its full extent exposed for the first time. More
  Aaron Shulman: Letter from Spain: Occupy Wall Street Abroad: A look at how Occupy Wall Street is inspiring global demonstrations, including Spain’s 15th of May movement. More

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