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The Three Fallacies that have Driven the War in Afghanistan

Case for escalating the war is based on premises that turn to dust on inspection

By Johann Hari

Obama has to decide now whether to side with the American people and the Afghan people calling for a rapid reduction in US force, or with a small military clique demanding a ramping-up of the conflict. Continue

Obama's Delay, or Why Israel Might Nuke Iran

By Chris Meserole

Hopefully I'm wrong. But something is clearly brewing, and I fear the stakes are far higher than losing Kandahar or Helmand. Continue

The War on J Street

By Daniel Luban

As the dovish pro-Israel lobby J Street prepares for its first conference next week, a familiar array of Likudniks and neocons has mobilized to destroy it. The anti-J Street campaign has marked something of a watershed for the organization. Continue

StandWithUs Money Trail Reveals Neocon Funders

By Eli Clifton

"In the old days, if any president put pressure on Israel, the Jewish community would rise up against him. But the community strongly supports this president and these guys are pushing back on Netanyahu's behalf." Continue

PSYOPS Program Directed at American Public
Pentagon Used Psychological Operation On US public, Documents Show

By Brad Jacobson

“It’s hard to think of a more blatant example of propaganda than this program,” Continue

"Fat and Happy"
How Did America Fall So Fast?

By Washington Blog

The best possible time to pillage is when your victim is at the peak of wealth. With America in a huge bubble phase of wealth and power, the Wall Street looters sucked out vast sums through fraudulent subprime loans, derivatives and securitization schemes. Continue

The Warning

This is a must watch - By PBS

Michael Kirk unearths the hidden history of the nation's worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. At the center of it all he finds Brooksley Born, who speaks for the first time on television about her failed campaign to regulate the secretive, multitrillion-dollar derivatives market whose crash helped trigger the financial collapse in the fall of 2008. Continue

The Movement Against the Banks

By Ruth Conniff

A massive rally in Chicago next week aims to express public displeasure with the massive bank bailout outside the American Bank Association annual meeting. Continue

Michael Moore's Action Plan

15 Things Every American Can Do Right Now

By Michael Moore

You want something to do? Well, you've come to the right place! 'Cause I got 15 things you and I can do right now to fight back and try to fix this very broken system. Continue

A Case of Innocence Executed

By Bernard Lagan

It is unlikely you've ever heard of Cameron Todd Willingham. He was an out of work Texas mechanic in the state's poor rural north-east who cared for his three small children while his 22-year-old wife worked in bar. Continue

Mortar bombs kill 30 in Somalia: Mortar bombs killed at least 30 people in Somalia's capital Mogadishu today after rebels launched shells at the president's plane and African Union (AU) peacekeepers responded with heavy artillery fire.

24 militants killed in Pakistan's tribal area operation: At least 24 militants were killed during military operation in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal area in the last 24 hours, while two security forces personnel lost their lives and four others were injured, an army statement said Thursday.

Pakistan army chief killed in broad daylight: A high-ranking military officer and his driver were killed in broad daylight in an upmarket area of the city when gunmen on a motorcycle sprayed their car with bullets.

Video: Thousands flee Pakistan attacks: About 150,000 people are thought to have fled South Waziristan ahead of the assault, only to find that no preparations have been made for civilians caught up in the conflict.

Army in Pakistan must stop harassment of Mehsud tribe: The Pakistani military must stop its harassment of civilians from the Mehsud tribe as they flee the government’s latest offensive against the Pakistani Taleban in the northwest of the country, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

Firefight leaves 2 militants dead, 3 Afghan police wounded in North: Two Taliban fighters were killed and three police sustained injuries as they came in contact in Kunduz province north of Afghanistan, provincial governor Mohammad Omar said Thursday.

Roadside bomb kills 2 Afghans, wounds 9: A roadside bomb struck an army van in southern Afghan Zabul province leaving two persons dead, both civilians, and injured nine others including seven civilians, police said Thursday.

British Occupation Force Soldier Killed in Afghanistan: A British soldier from the Royal Military Police was killed in an explosion

Holbrooke's plea for talks with Taliban leader: US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke had requested talks with Taliban's leader Mullah Omar during his July visit to Pakistan.

Civilian killed, 5 injured in Baghdad bomb attacks: A civilian was killed and five people were injured in two bomb explosions in Baghdad on Thursday, a well-informed police source said.

Pickens says U.S. firms 'entitled' to Iraqi oil: Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens told Congress on Wednesday that U.S. energy companies are "entitled" to some of Iraq's crude because of the large number of American troops that lost their lives fighting in the country and the U.S. taxpayer money spent in Iraq.

Russia pledges to continue arms supplies to Iran: Russia on Thursday said it would continue military cooperation with Iran amid widespread unease in the West over Moscow's controversial contract to sell advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Tehran.

Iran: Uranium Deal to Expose West : "In principle we have in fact accepted this offer for this Tehran ... reactor in spite of the fact that we are capable of producing the fuel," said Soltanieh.

Iran lawmaker rejects nuke "deal": Bahonar's remark is the first reaction on the draft in Tehran. But he does not speak for the government, which is to decide on the matter.

Iran, Israel press at odds over IAEA deal: The Iranian press welcomes the deal as a victory for its stance on the nuclear issue, while Israeli commentators fiercely oppose the plan, arguing that it gives Iran more time to develop nuclear weapons and limits the chances of a military operation against Tehran.

Report: Israel, Iran Meet in Cairo: Israeli and Iranian officials met in Cairo last month to discuss regional nuclear issues, according to international media reports based on statements from Israeli and Egyptian officials.

Iran denies secret nuclear talks with Israel: official: Tehran strongly rejects reported claims by an Israeli daily that the Iranian and Israeli delegations held secret talks during a September meeting of the International Committee on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in Cairo, the satellite Press TV reported.

Report: Israeli, Iranian nuclear officials were at same meeting: The representatives sat at the table during the regional dialogue but did not have any real "dialogue or interaction," a commission spokeswoman said Thursday.

Israel 'must be serious on peace': Israel must decide whether it is serious about peace or whether it will pay "only lip service" to the idea, Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, has said.

Ex-U.S. envoy: Livni told Palestinians to reject Olmert peace offer: During her tenure as foreign minister, Tzipi Livni advised the Palestinian Authority to reject then-prime minister Ehud Olmert's proposals for a peace agreement, former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk said on Thursday.

Goldstone tells Obama: Show me flaws in Gaza report : Goldstone tells Al Jazeera he would be happy to respond to Washington's claims that report is one-sided.

Full Text The "Goldstone Report' - UN Fact Finding Mission finds strong evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Gaza conflict; calls for end to impunity

Israel refuses to comment on receiving US classified information : Israeli officials have declined to comment on the arrest of Mr Nozette, who has been accused in the US of passing classified information to agents he believed were working for the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency.

Steve Rosen: CIA, FBI paranoid about Mossad: Charges of espionage against US Defense Department scientist Stewart Nozette reflect "extreme views" against Israel that could harm US-Israel relations, former AIPAC staffer Steve Rosen told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Ex-FBI Translator Claims Spying at DoD: Sibel Edmonds described a Pentagon where key personnel helped pass defense secrets to foreign agents or provided them names of knowledgeable officials who were vulnerable to blackmail or co-option.

Rape used as weapon in DR Congo war: 5,400 cases of rape against women were reported in the South Kivu province during the first six months of the year.

U.S. pressures Japan on military package: The Obama administration warned the Tokyo government Wednesday of serious consequences if it reneges on a military realignment plan formulated to deal with a rising China.

Cheney accuses Obama of 'libel' against CIA interrogators: Mr. Cheney’s criticized the Obama White House in a wide-ranging address on foreign policy matters for abandoning commitments to allies in Poland and the Czech Republic in favor of the Russians, sacrificing American intelligence officials to satisfy the political left and "dithering" on taking action in Afghanistan, among other things.

W.H.: Cheney failed on Afghanistan: A day after former Vice President Dick Cheney charged the Obama administration with "dithering" over its strategy for the war in Afghanistan, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs returned fire with guns blazing.

French official says U.S. trying to inflate away debt: The United States is pumping out liquidity to try to inflate away its debt, leading to the depreciation of the U.S. dollar, Henri Guaino, a top advisor to French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Tuesday.

3 signs of the next real estate collapse: The latest bubble is about to burst, but this time it's in the commercial market. Here's how to see it coming.

'Double bubble' means more real estate trouble: Developers face huge crunch as downturn hits office buildings, malls, hotels

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