Palestinians marching with Palestine and Sandinista National Liberation Front flags in 1989.
The Washington Post reports that “the evidence so far suggests they were ‘self-radicalized’ through Internet sites and U.S. actions in the Muslim world. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has specifically cited the U.S. war in Iraq, which ended in December 2011 with the removal of the last American forces, and the war in Afghanistan.”
He also told interrogators that him and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, acted alone and not at the behest of a foreign militant organization.
The revelation that the attack was motivated by anger at U.S. foreign policy is hardly unique to this terrorist attack. Faisal Shahzad, the naturalized Pakistani-American citizen who tried to blow up a car in Times Square, also cited U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world as a factor in why he tried to carry out his attack. U.S. drones “kill women, children, they kill everybody,” he said in court."
This shit with the UK having police arrest vans idling outside of the Ecuadorian embassy, threatening to break down the door for Julian Assange, is flatly ridiculous, and shows that this standoff is about capitalism/imperialism vs justice, and nothing more. How many times has the British government been happily complicit in protecting a male sex offender in the UK?
More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been poisoned in the second attack in as many months in Afghanistan blamed on conservative radicals in the country’s north, Afghan police and education officials have said.
The attack occurred on Wednesday in Takhar province where police said the Taliban, who are opposed to education of women and girls, had used an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air in classrooms, leaving scores of students unconscious.
Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said the Taliban appear intent on closing schools ahead of a 2014 withdrawal by foreign combat troops."
Ohhh cyber imperialism
Iran has been forced to disconnect key oil facilities after suffering a malware attack on Sunday, say reports.
The computer virus is believed to have hit the internal computer systems at Iran’s oil ministry and its national oil company.
Equipment on the Kharg island and at other Iranian oil plants has been disconnected from the net as a precaution.
Oil production had not been affected by the attack, said the Mehr news agency.
However, the attack is believed to have been responsible for knocking offline the websites of the Iranian oil ministry and national oil company.
The Ministry website was back in action on Monday but the oil company site has remained unreachable.
An Iranian oil ministry spokesperson was quoted as saying that data about users of the sites had been stolen as a result of the attack. Core data about Iran’s oil industry remained safe because it was on computer systems that remain separate from the net, they added.
The terminal on Kharg Island handles about 90% of Iran’s oil exports.
Iran is reported to have mobilised a “cyber crisis committee” to handle the aftermath of the attack and bolster defences.
This committee was set up following attacks in 2010 by a virus known as Stuxnet that was aimed at the nation’s nuclear programme.
(Although given a track record and reputation - alongside an increasing cache of various other incidents of [unbalanced] warmongering against Iran - you can think of a few suspects… Though it should be said, it’s a bit early yet….)
Anti-War Protesters Again Denied Permit For NATO Summit March
A judge on Thursday rejected a request from anti-war protesters to demonstrate during the NATO summit of world leaders in May, but organizers said they would protest anyway and hope to draw 10,000 people or more opposed to war in Afghanistan.
“I can say definitively we are marching on May 20. We will hold a peaceful protest,” leader Andy Thayer said. He said organizers would get together to decide whether to appeal to a higher court.
Anti-war protesters want to march on May 20 and frustrated by the city’s refusal to allow a march that day. Activists have warned there could be a confrontation such as that during the anti-Vietnam War protests at the Democratic convention in 1968, which has marred Chicago’s image ever since.
The judge’s ruling on Thursday agreed with the city of Chicago, which had earlier denied the permit after a hearing at which city officials said the march would clog traffic and over-tax police resources.
The city had granted protesters a permit to hold a virtually identical rally and march on the day before, May 19, which coincided with a scheduled G8 summit prior to the NATO meeting. But the G8 summit was shifted to Camp David, near Washington, and Chicago protesters asked to move their demonstration a day later.
“Common sense tells you the city said it had enough resources to approve our application for May 19, when it had two summits. Now they say they don’t have enough personnel. It totally defies logic,” Thayer said.
A city spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.
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