APNewsBreak: Assange says WikiLeaks work hampered
"A lot of our resources are tied up in dealing with the situation in the United States and the grand jury and this Swedish extradition case and the banking blockade placed on us by Visa, Mastercard, Bank of America and so on," Assange said. "So, while we are still producing publications every day, a lot of those resources have been taken away to deal with these events."
These events? SUPERPOWER REVENGEhttp://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/ ... 6-11-36-27
Greek default could trigger chain reaction
Beyond the immediate hit to banks, the biggest fear is that of contagion - a difficult-to-predict chain reaction that could roil markets and make it harder for other indebted countries to cope with their debts....http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/ ... 6-13-26-07
Current account deficit increases in first quarter
The deficit in the current account increased 6.3 percent to $119.3 billion in the January-to-March period....
The current account is the broadest measure of foreign trade because it includes not only trade in goods and services but also investment flows between countries.http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/ ... 6-09-21-23
Israel to stop Gaza flotilla regardless of cargo
MILITARY OPERATING IN A PR WORLD
PR world? LIES, AND LOTS OF 'EMhttp://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews ... 16?sp=true
> Special report - In Bahrain, a symbol at the heart of revolt
Land in the Gulf Arab region is largely controlled by a small number of ruling families who use it as a kind of currency, doling out plots to favoured families and developers to forge political relationships and make money. For it to work, the system depends on businessmen like [Esam] Janahi, merchants who ostensibly operate independently from the state but whose success rests, at least in part, on political connections.http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews ... 16?sp=true
On the Caspian shore, a tale of two Turkmenistans
Illuminated by distant gas flares, thousands of construction workers toil through the night to build the next stage of Avaza: a fantasy resort built on the reclusive Central Asian nation's fabulous energy riches.
Avaza is an alien world to the 70,000 residents of Turkmenbashi, an oil-refining port 20 minutes' drive away now bypassed by a motorway that shuttles curious visitors and officials from the region's airport.
In Turkmenbashi, shoppers in the meat section of a local grocery store are offered bones from a plastic crate or sausages covered in flies. The air is thick with sulphur from the oil refinery.http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews ... 15?sp=true
Kuwait ruler warns against unrest, security threats
Kuwait's emir said Wednesday the Gulf state would show "zero tolerance" to anyone threatening the OPEC oil exporter's security, after the opposition held weekly rallies demanding that the prime minister step down.http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews ... O320110615
Analysis - Berlusconi's 17 years of dominance draw to a close
"The Magic Flute is Broken" http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews ... 15?sp=true