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Thousands rally in Tunis as teachers strike

Thousands of protesters rallied in the main government quarter in Tunis on Monday calling for Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi to resign after the fall of veteran leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Security forces fired tear gas and sealed off the area with barbed wire as some protesters threw stones,…

Pakistan on strike over blasphemy laws

Businesses were shut across Pakistan on Friday in a protest strike over moves to amend a blasphemy law that permits the death penalty and which rights campaigners say encourages Islamist extremism. Conservative religious groups called for a national strike in a bid to block any intended amendment after thousands of…

Athens crippled by anti-austerity protest

Hundreds of unionists protested in Athens on Tuesday against proposed wage cuts in Greece’s inefficient public utility services as a transport strike sparked huge traffic snarl-ups in the capital. The protesters gathered in front of the Greek parliament as the chamber discussed salary cuts of up to 25 percent for…

Georgia inmates use cellphones to stage historic nonviolent strike

Using cellphones, inmates in as many of 10 of Georgia’s correctional facilities have successfully organized a peaceful protest against what they see as cruel and unusual punishment. The prisoners acquired phones from guards, enabling them to plan their grassroots demonstration. “The protest began Thursday, but inmates said that organizers had…

Pyongyang vows ‘unpredictable consequences’ for US, Seoul war games

North Korea warned Saturday of “unpredictable consequences” if the United States and South Korea go ahead with naval exercises in the Yellow Sea, days after launching a deadly attack on the South. The USS George Washington aircraft carrier and its battle group were planning four days of exercises with South…

Senator Lindsey Graham: US should launch pre-emptive strike to ‘sink and destroy’ Iran

Graham says military operations may be necessary, Gates says political-economic approach is working Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the United States should use military force to provoke regime change in Iran if economic sanctions do not halt the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Speaking to attendees of the Halifax International Security…

French worker strike shuts down oil refineries, strangles airport fuel stocks

French workers poured onto the streets Saturday to defend their right to retire at 60, as rolling strikes shut down oil refineries and threatened to leave Paris airports without fuel. High school students bolstered nationwide protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to increase the minimum retirement age to 62, and Finance…

Poll: Vast majority opposes attack on Iran

Two-thirds want US to be neutral in Israeli-Palestinian conflict Americans increasingly accept torture, survey finds Fewer than one in five Americans would support a US military strike on Iran if the Middle Eastern country continued to pursue its nuclear program in the face of international sanctions, a new poll indicates.…

Israel has ’8 days’ to hit Iran nuclear site: Bolton

Update: Former US envoy to UN tells Israel Radio deadline has slipped to 3 days “Bolton claimed Israel has only three days to strike before Russia ‘begins the fueling process for the Bushehr reactor this Friday,’ after which any attack would cause radioactive fallout that could reach as far as…

Israeli generals, intel officials oppose attack on Iran

WASHINGTON — Pro-Israeli journalist Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in The Atlantic magazine was evidently aimed at showing why the Barack Obama administration should worry that it risks an attack by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran in the coming months unless it takes a much more menacing line…

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