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Migrant Workers Dying In Shocking Numbers In Qatar

 Foreign workers in Doha, Qatar

(FEDERALJACK)   After visiting labor camps near the Qatari capital of Doha, an international federation of trade unions has issued a blistering report chronicling the labor and human rights abuses unfolding in the host country of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Drawing on data from the Indian and Nepalese embassies, the International Trade Union Confederation estimates that 4,000 more workers could die before the World Cup gets underway in 2022 if the workforce grows as expected. The group calls Qatar a country with only “a facade of government,” and says that impoverished migrant workers from abroad are living in squalid conditions while beholden to employers who control their identification cards and exit visas. Working in “unbelievable heat” six days a week, such migrants are now dying in “unprecedented numbers,” according to the report’s authors.

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Mohammad Darra Jamo Assassinated In Lebanon

(UNCA)   Mohammad Darra Jamo, a commentator who worked for Syrian state media and often appeared on Arab TV channels to press Assad’s cause, was riddled with bullets by gunmen at home in the southern town of Sarafand, Lebanese security sources said.

Syrian state media blamed an “armed terrorist group” for the killing which took place at around 2 a.m. (7 p.m. ET Tuesday).

Lebanese security sources said supporters of the Syrian rebel opposition were top suspects in the killing in a Shi’ite area of southern Lebanon, where security is normally tight.

Jamo’s wife, who was with him during the attack but not harmed, said on Hezbollah TV that officials from Syria’s ruling Baath party had called her husband on Tuesday and warned him to be careful.

That call came on the day a Hezbollah security official was killed and two wounded when a convoy of vehicles heading to Syria from Lebanon was subjected to a bomb and gun ambush.

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Down The Rabbit Hole w/ Popeye (05-10-2013) Steve Stars on Benghazi, Syria, Israel & WW3

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(FEDERALJACK)    On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcomes back Steve Stars to the broadcast to discuss Syria, Benghazi, Gun Running to the Syrian Rebels (al-Qaeda), Israel’s involvement in the whole mess, and more. If you don’t understand the current geopolitics in the Middle East make sure to tune in for this two hour crash course.

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International Media Coverage of Bahrain Revolution

(PRESS TV)   Ever since the Bahraini revolution broke out in February 2011, international news channels have covered it differently according to their geo-political priorities.

Western news channels have covered the events very sporadically and so have Arab news channels. Yet these same channels have covered unrest in Syria and Libya very closely.

So this indicates that while certain western and Arab media claim to be free and fair, they are in fact closely aligned to their government’s foreign policies.

Also we will look at how media coverage of Bahrain has stoked sectarianism and the role of Bahrain TV itself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFsM5wlB8cQ

CNN International Ignores Bahrain Bloodshed

(RT)   CNN International has brought on some unwanted attention. The Cable News Network affiliate has shed light on the violence in Middle-Eastern countries to viewers all over the world, but has refused to air an award winning documentary called iRevolution which brings a first-hand view of Bahrain’s struggles. Adriana Usero brings us more on CNN’s reasoning for not airing the documentary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=751sENXSpZw

Iran Navy Helps U.S. Ship Attacked By Pirates In Middle East

(Michelle Wiese Bockmann)   Iran’s navy helped a U.S.-flagged cargo ship that was attacked by pirates off the United Arab Emirates, according to the vessel’s owner, Maersk Line Ltd.

The Iranian navy was the first to respond to the initial distress call from the Maersk Texas, Kevin Speers, senior director of marketing at Maersk Line, said by phone today. The vessel was attacked by several skiffs and armed guards on board returned fire, the company said in an earlier statement.

The incident happened at about noon northeast of Fujairah, the biggest port in the Middle Eastfor refueling oil tankers, Maersk said. Iran’s navy provided guidance to the crew of the Maersk Texas by radio, Speers said, declining to comment further pending a debriefing.

U.S., U.K., Chinese, French, German and Russian negotiators — the so-called P5+1 group — are meeting with Iranian officials in Baghdad today over the Persian Gulf country’s nuclear program. The West suspects Iran’s goal is to develop a weapon, while Iran contends it is for civilian purposes.

The European Union’s counter-piracy force said it had reviewed the incident and determined there was “no case of piracy and it’s a false alarm,” Timo Lange, a spokesman for Northwood, England-based EU Navfor, said by phone today. EU Navfor operates nine warships and five maritime patrol aircraft as part of an operation combating piracy in the region, according to data on its website.

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