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Turkish Navy to Escort More Ships to Gaza

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MEKO 200 TN type frigates of the Turkish Navy ...

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In a late-breaking development, Turkey has announced that they will send more ships to aid Gaza, and that this time they'll be accompanied by the Turkish Navy. This is a provocative and dangerous move, and one that is sure to raise tensions in the region.

The implications of Turkey's threat are unknown at this time. Avi Trengo, a columnist at an Israeli news site, implies (before Turkey's announcement) that in a showdown between the two countries, Israel is likely to cave first.

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Israel Attacks Flotilla, Shoots Themselves in Foot

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In a development which is somehow both surprising and not surprising at the same time, the Israeli military has attacked the flotilla of aid ships that was heading from Turkey to Gaza. Anywhere from 10 to 19 civilians have been killed, with many dozens more injured.

After appearing remorseful at first, Israel has now taken a very defensive stance, claiming that its commandos were attacked and possibly even fired upon. Of course the activists claim to be the true victims of aggression, with Greta Berlin, one of the organizers, saying by telephone:… Continues …

How will the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill be stopped?

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History Repeating Itself in the Gulf of Mexico?

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Deepwater Horizon Drill Rig

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After mesmerizing much of America and the rest of the world on Saturday, we're faced with the sobering reality now that BP's top-kill approach has failed to stop the oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico. The White House continues to alternate between pseudo-apologetic and angry, with Obama saying that the failure is "as enraging as it is heartbreaking."

Ixtoc I oil well blowout

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The Deepwater Horizon disaster is not actually the first major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or even the largest. That honor belongs to the Ixtoc I disaster in 1979. The similarities are shocking and many: an explosion aboard an oil rig, a faulty blowout preventer, chemical dispersants, junk shots and top kills - and months of gushing oil. Rachel Maddox summarizes these and other similarities in an excellent and highly recommended video which suggests that history is repeating itself, and that drilling relief wells is the only proven solution.… Continues …

That smoking baby's parents should be thrown in jail

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The Truth about Smoking Babies

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Ardi takes a drag from his favorite brand of cigaretteArdi takes a drag from his favorite brand of cigaretteMeet Ardi Rizal, an overweight 2-year-old boy who lives in Sumatra. Ardi has caused an international uproar over the fact that he smokes two packs of cigarettes a day. His mother claims that he's addicted and that he throws a tantrum if he is denied his smokes, and according to The Jakarta Globe, he "refuses to smoke anything other than his favourite brand". The situation is compounded by the fact that Ardi's father doesn't appear to see anything wrong with his son's habit.

Anti-smoking advocates have seized upon the story as another example of multinational tobacco companies preying on the poor in the developing world. The Boston Herald quotes Matthew Myers of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids:

"The tobacco companies are treating the developing world as the great new growth market and are taking maximum advantage of the lack of understanding among the poorest of the poor in these societies."

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