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Report: US warships stationed off Iranian coast

As unconfirmed reports of an imminent Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities pick up steam in the Middle Eastern media, a US-based strategic intelligence company has released a chart showing US naval carriers massing near Iranian waters. The chart, published by Stratfor and obtained by the Zero Hedge financial blog,…

Former Israeli intelligence chief calls for preemptive strike on Iran

Israel should launch a pre-emptive strike to prevent arch-foe Iran from going nuclear, a former head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency said on Monday. “I am of the opinion that, since there is an ongoing war, since the threat is permanent, since the intention of the enemy in this case…

Sound Strike! Rage, Kanye, others refuse to perform in Arizona

What’s more important to Arizonans, the state’s new immigration law or the opportunity to continue attracting musicians to perform? Vocalist Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine is leading a growing cadre of musicians to boycott performances in Arizona as a result of the state’s controversial immigration crackdown.…

12,000+ Minnesota nurses walk off jobs in show of union force, solidarity

Organizers, hospitals call 1-day event the largest nurse strike in America’s history More than 12,000 nurses walked off the job Thursday for a one-day strike at 14 Minnesota hospitals, a show of force being watched by many across the country as a test of how fiercely a new national nurses’…

Washington Post: Qaeda ‘martyrdom’ statements more ‘reliable’ than US officials

ABC Nightline poll: Should US increase drone attacks ‘even at the cost of significant collateral damage’? Ever since the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, critics have suggested that reports of deaths of key al Qaeda figures have been — as Mark Twain might put it — “greatly exaggerated.” Many times,…

US eyes plan for unilateral military strike on Pakistan

US military planners are looking at options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan, for use if a successful attack on US soil is traced to Pakistani tribal areas, The Washington Post reported late Friday. US retaliation would be contemplated only under extreme circumstances, unnamed senior military officials told the Post.…

Cannes award-winning director imprisoned in Iran since March

Update (at bottom): Celebrated director on hunger strike Auteur/colleague Abbas Kiarostami blasts Iranian government’s crackdown on artists CANNES, France — Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami premiered his new film at Cannes Tuesday and used the festival to slam his government’s crackdown on artists and call for the release of jailed director Jafar…

15,000 kids skip school to protest oil pollution in Kuwait

ALI SABAH AL-SALEM, Kuwait — Thousands of students began a two-day strike on Sunday in protest at high pollution levels caused by oil facilities in a remote residential area of southern Kuwait. “The strike was total today. All 15,000 students stayed at home,” Ahmad al-Shuraian, head of the area’s environmental…

Pentagon backtracks: Iran attack not ‘off the table’

WASHINGTON — US military action against Iran has not been ruled out, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday, after a top official said such an option was off the table in the “near term.” The Defense Department faced questions about US policy on Iran after Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for…

Fox preemptive strike against Mellencamp: ‘He’s way over there’

The rocker behind Farm Aid is evidently too subversive for the gang at Fox and Friends. Although it’s probably safe to assume that the Fox morning hosts don’t know much about John Cougar Mellencamp, other than he sang about “Small Towns.” Democrats at Daily Kos and at other blogs have…

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