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021 President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu (Oval Office - official White House video, 20 May 2011)

Whitehouse via youTube


President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to the press after meeting in the Oval Office on May 20, 2011, and, according to Obama, "following prolonged and useful negotiation." Following Obama's summary of their talks, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu issues a rare public rebuke to a U.S. president in his own office, telling Obama that Israel will never accept his proposal that it negotiate a peace deal based on borders existing before the Six Day War. The awkward moment, in front of television cameras, came after a 90-minute meeting, presumably focused on Obama's call for Israel to base peace talks on pre-1967 borders, accompanied by some land swaps with the Palestinians. Also, read full transcript.

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022 The Last Mountain (video trailer, May 2011)

Official site for "The Last Mountain" via youTube


In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal.

The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America's struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal.

See Democracy Now for a conversation with environmental activist Robert Kennedy, Jr. and filmmaker Bill Haney that took place Monday, 23 May 2011.

Support groups in Appalachia fighting against mountaintop removal mining and promoting sustainable economies:

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023 Melancthon Mega Quarry (campaign video, May 2011)

Kathryn Heming via YouTube


The North Dufferin Agricultural Community Taskforce (NDACT) is a local citizens' group fighting an aggregate license application by US-based hedge fund company, The Highland Companies, to mine for Amabel Dolostone (limestone) in the Township of Melancthon, Ontario. The proposed mega quarry would be the second largest in North America and the largest in Canada. Melancthon is located approximately 120 kms north west of Toronto. This area is classified as Class 1 agricultural land, boasting a rare and unique soil called Honeywood Silt Loam which grows a multitude of vegetables (especially potatoes) and serves as a source of local food production for the Greater Toronto Area.

The Highland Companies, owned by a US-based hedge fund operation with offices in Boston, Massachusetts, has submitted Canada's largest ever quarry application in order to extract limestone to a level 200 feet below the water table.

The Highland Companies has amassed landholdings in Melancthon and Mulmur Townships, in the County of Dufferin, of over 7,000 acres of prime agricultural land. When amassing their land holdings, they had previously stated that they wanted to be the biggest potato farming operation in Ontario. However, evidence of significant core sampling, well testing, tree cutting, archaeological and other studies that have been conducted on the lands have all been consistent with pre-testing for aggregate/limestone extraction. The Highland Companies is presently clearing the land on a daily basis, burning and removing homes and barns that have been in place for generations. The Highland Companies have demolished and/or have permits to demolish structures on 28 properties and the total assessment on these properties is $6,951,751.00 million. The landscape is truly altering already.

The application by The Highlands Companies may be viewed at the company's website.

To find out more: NDACT | The Council of Canadians | Citizen's Alliance for a Sustainable Environment (CAUSE)
Follow @nomegaquarry

Additionally, listen to exellent interview with Dr. Neal denHollander, contributor to NDACT, North Dufferin Agriculture and Community Taskforce, discusses the proposed limestone quarry in North Dufferin, and the environmental impact of this project on Zoomer Radio, Toronto (15 Apr 2011).

Film by: Kate Heming and Andrew Sheppard. Music by: Tom Juhas and Geoff Wylie.

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024 Batalla campal en Barcelona. Desalojo Plaza Cataluña (Plaza de Cataluña square in Barcelona, 27 May 2011)

Atukelly22 via YouTube


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Carga Policial Plaza Cataluña (Plaza de Cataluña square in Barcelona, 27 May 2011)



Spanish police fired rubber bullets and beat protesters with truncheons in a vicious attempt to clear anti-austerity demonstrators from the Plaza de Cataluña square in Barcelona. See WSWS article and additional videos uploaded to YouTube.

"The first attempt by police to clear demonstrators involved in the nationwide movement that began May 15 was done using the pretext of Saturday's Barcelona/Manchester United football game in London. The square, the police claimed, would be needed for celebrations in case of a Barcelona victory. Police also cleared an encampment at the nearby Plaza Ricard Vinyes in Lleida using the same excuse, arresting two. That evening up to 20,000 protesters demonstrated in the Plaza de Cataluña in defiance of the actions of the police."

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025 Richard Falk on the Golan Clashes (news report/interview, 05 Jun 2011)

Al Jazeera via YouTube
NOTE: No longer available to American audiences due to launching of AlJazeera.com/America.


Media reports say that Israeli troops opened fire on Sunday, June 5, 2011, on unarmed demonstrators as hundreds of protesters from Syria stormed the ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights. This was a repeat of demonstrations held last month. Syrian authorities reported 23 people killed and 225 wounded.

According to AFP, its reporter saw "at least 20 people with injuries, some soaked in blood as they were evacuated from the scene".

It noted, 'On the Israeli side, Majdal Shams's locals pleaded with soldiers to stop firing as troops used loudspeakers to warn demonstrators in Arabic that anyone who came close to the fence would be responsible for their own blood.'

Sunday's protest was held to mark the 44th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war, when Israel captured the Golan Heights, as well as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, where Palestinians want to establish a state.

The Irish Times commented, "The event took on the trappings of a spectator event on Israeli television, which broadcast the scene live with running commentary from reporters on the ground. 'Hopa!' exclaimed a correspondent for Israel's Channel 10 television. 'A Palestinian youth just bolted from a trench. An Israeli sniper fired at him three times, but it looks like he missed'".

Israel Radio (aka Kol Yisrael) reported that a large number of people were also hurt when an anti-tank mine was detonated at Quneitra, another protest site near the border.

Richard Falk comments on the incident in this Al Jazeera interview. Falk is the UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian Territories.

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026 Bill Moyers: Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series (prepared remarks, 29 Oct 2010)

Boston University via YouTube


The first Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture is delivered by veteran journalist, Bill Moyers. Citing Howard Zinn as his inspiration, Moyers focuses on the challenges facing democracy. He decries a 30-year trend to a plutocracy where the rich get ever richer at the expense of the average citizen.

Howard Zinn is the political activist and author who taught for 24 years in the College of Arts & Sciences political science department at Boston University. Howard Zinn died 27 Jan 2010.

The full text of this lecture is available at Free Speech for the People.

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027 No Recovery for Toledo, Ohio Workers (worker interviews, Jun 2011)

Socialist Equality Party via YouTube


On June 3, Barack Obama came to Toledo, Ohio to proclaim the recovery of the U.S. auto industry. But what Obama called a recovery is nothing but a new found profitability for the automakers, based on thousands of job cuts and a 50 percent wage reduction for new hires.

The day Obama was in Toledo, the Department of Labor said the U.S. unemployment rate grew for the second consecutive month. More than two years since the Wall Street crash, the conditions of life for the working people of this city are getting worse every day.

In this video, Toledo workers and social service providers speak about the the crisis of poverty and unemployment in the city, and the implications for society as a whole.

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028 Amnesty International - 50 Years: Standing Up for Freedom (promo, May 2011)

Carlos Lascano via Vimeo


Prague-based international motion art company Eallin produced this animated video to celebrate human rights organization Amnesty International's 50th anniversary. AI was founded in July 1961, by Peter Benenson.

Director: Carlos Lascano
Music: Hans Zimmer - Lorne Balfe
Production Companies: Eallin Motion Art (Prague) - Dreamlife Studio (Madrid)
Producers: Lukáš Skalník, Carlos Lascano, Martin Hovorka, Paula Lema
Production Managers: Ivanna Kozak, Pavla Martinovská, Martin Štefan
Script: Carlos Lascano, Paula Lema

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029 Fault Lines - Mexico: Impunity and Profits (Part 1 of 2) (documentary, 13 Jun 2011)

AlJazeeraEnglish via YouTube
NOTE: No longer available to American audiences due to launching of AlJazeera.com/America.


Once known as a booming industrial city and a model of economic progress in Mexico, the border city of Juarez has become infamous as the murder capital of the world. More than 8,000 people have been killed there since 2008, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent in the army to carry out his offensive against the drug cartels.

The official story is that the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels are fighting for the city and the access it provides to the multi-billion dollar US drug market only a few hundred metres away.

On this episode of Fault Lines, Josh Rushing travels to Ciudad Juarez, and asks how human life there came to be worth so much less than the drugs being trafficked through.

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030 Fault Lines - Mexico's Hidden War (Part 2 of 2) (documentary, 19 Jun 2011)

AlJazeeraEnglish via YouTube
NOTE: No longer available to American audiences due to launching of AlJazeera.com/America.


The spectacular violence of Mexico's drug war grabs international attention. Some 40,000 people have been killed in Mexico since 2006, when President Felipe Calderon deployed Mexican military and security forces in the so-called war against the cartels -- often in gruesome and sadistic ways.

But behind the headlines, under cover of impunity, a low-intensity war is being waged.

In the second episode of a two-part series, Josh Rushing and the Fault Lines team travel to the state of Guerrero to investigate claims that Mexican security forces are using the drug war as a pretext to repress indigenous and campesino communities. In one of Mexico's poorest and top drug-producing states, where struggling farmers are surrounded by the narco-economy, we ask about the cost of taking the struggle against dispossession into your own hands.

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