Tuesday, 20 October 2009

News For October 20, 2009

Civilians Killed in Pakistan Attack

Video Report By Al Jazeera


The pictures are too gruesome to show. The charred bodies lie under a makeshift shroud. Someone near the camera holds up an identity card - giving one corpse a name, a history, a dignity that's now been stolen. Continue

Obama is Only Making It Worse

Farce in Kabul, Tragedy in Pakistan


Karzai has been a total disaster but so has the occupation that implanted him in Kabul. Now with a war going badly wrong and the insurgents controlling large swathes of territory, Karzai is being scape-goated for sins for which he is not exclusively responsible. Continue

Rumours of Western Support for Iranian Dissident Militia Groups have Broad Backing

By Catherine Philp and Sheera Frenkel

Iranian accusations of Western backing for Jundallah, the Sunni rebel group, may not be as fanciful as they seem. Continue

In Case You Missed It
Preparing the Battlefield

By Seymour M. Hersh

The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran. Continue

Goldstone: Lieberman Doesn't Want Mideast Peace Process

By Haaretz Service

The author of a damning report on Israel's winter offensive against Hamas in Gaza, Richard Goldstone, has said that Foreign Minster Avigdor Lieberman does not want there to be an Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Continue

UN Body Adopts Goldstone Report

How They Voted

By Thalif Deen

As expected, the United States threw a protective arm around Israel and voted against the resolution, along with some members of the European Union (EU): Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovakia, as well as Ukraine.

The First Step

Israel Into The Dock

By Dr. Alan Sabrosky

Netanyahu knows that AIPAC has too much money for anyone else to outspend it within America, and the US (if it uses it) has too much muscle to be ignored by many of the smaller UN members. Give the US six months to lobby for votes, and this whole thing could fail. If that happens, a unique opportunity will be lost. Continue

Time and Again, US Backs Israel

By Linda S. Heard

Washington will attempt to keep the resolution out of the Security Council, failing which, if push comes to shove, the US will use its veto.

The Second American Revolution

The Worst Is Yet To Come

Video - Interview With Gerald Celente

Their is No Economic Recovery-Its A Coverup. Continue

Revised Formula Puts 1 in 6 Americans in Poverty


A revised formula for calculating medical costs and geographic variations show that approximately 47.4 million Americans last year lived in poverty, 7 million more than the government's official figure.Continue

Americans, Their Smiley-Face Facade, and Reality

By Robyn Blumner

Every working stiff in the bottom 80 percent should be outraged and politically motivated to force change. But if everyone is convinced of the convenient nostrum that our own attitude controls how much we are paid, then workers won't band together to demand a larger share of our national prosperity. Continue

Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets

By Noah Shachtman

America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon. In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. Continue

NATO troops killed six militants in Afghanistan: The Afghan and international troops killed six militants and detained several suspects during an operation in central Afghanistan.

Karzai Agrees to Nov. 7 Runoff in Afghanistan: Under heavy international pressure, President Hamid Karzai conceded Tuesday that he fell short of a first-round victory in the nation’s disputed presidential election, and agreed to hold a runoff election with his top challenger on Nov. 7.

Afghan run-off is a chilling prospect: Afghanistan's long-suffering voters may write off this convoluted election process as the bastard product of 'western meddling'

Tajikistan police kill 4 militants amid concerns violence spilling over from Afghanistan: Ministry spokesman Makhmadullo Asadulloyev said the gunmen were believed to be members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, or IMU, a militant group whose members have fought in Afghanistan.

16 killed in NW Pakistan tribal area attack: At least 12 militants were killed and four soldiers lost their lives during ongoing military operation in northwest Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal area in the last 24 hours, an army statement said Tuesday.

Up to seven killed in twin Islamabad blasts: official: A double suicide bombing at a university campus in Pakistan's capital on Tuesday killed up to seven people, including the two bombers, an administration official said.

Taliban retake town; university bombed : The army on Monday captured the small town of Kotkai, the birthplace of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on the approach to an insurgent base in South Waziristan, but militants struck back to retake it, security officials said.

Refugee flood reveals human cost of South Waziristan's invisible war: Pakistani forces accused of hitting civilians. Up to 260,000 people may flee battle against Taliban

Pakistan cuts deal with anti-American militants: The deals increase the chances of an army victory against Pakistan's enemy No. 1, but indicate that the 3-day-old assault into the Taliban's strongholds in South Waziristan may have less effect than the U.S. wants on a spreading insurgency across the border in Afghanistan.

Pakistan's intelligence agencies involved in terrorism in Baluchistan: Iran's national security minister: The Iranian National Security (Ettelaat) Minister, Ayatollah Heydar Moslehi said that he has enough evidence on the ISI's cooperation with Jundallah, ILNA reported.

Iran warns Pakistan over hosting terrorists: Minister: "We have good evidence and documents ... which show that Abdulmalek Rigi (Jundallah leader) and all his terrorist agents are in contact with Pakistani intelligence system," Moslehi was quoted as saying. "An Iranian delegation is due to visit Pakistan to present them with the documents," he told reporters.

Hunt for Jundallah may cross into Pakistan: Iran MP: An Iranian member of parliament on Monday raised the prospect of a possible cross-border military operation into Pakistan against the terrorist group blamed for a deadly attack on the elite Revolutionary Guards.

Iran Commander Urges Bombers Held or Pursuit Allowed (: “Abdolmalek Rigi, the head of the terrorist group, is no doubt in Pakistan and members are being trained there by certain oppressive countries like the U.S. and the U.K.,” said the Guards’ ground-forces chief, General Mohammad Pakpour, according to the state-run Fars news agency

Pakistan assures Iran of full cooperation on "Jundullah case": Foreign Minister Shah Mehmoud Qureshi, said that Pakistan contacted Iran after the incident and not only strongly condemned the incident but also assured the Iranian side of full cooperation on the part of Islamabad.

Profile: Iran's Jundullah militants : Although it has been alleged to receive support from the US Government, the US denies any involvement even though several sources, such as Abdolmalek Rigi's own brother testify that the CIA is funding the budget

Iran arrests three over bomb blast: Authorities are also seeking a man who accompanied the suicide bomber, Marziah said.

Probe by Israel would stop UN push': Israel could stop the UN's pursuit of the Goldstone Report's findings if it held an independent inquiry into its offensive in Gaza last winter, South African jurist Richard Goldstone told American rabbis in a telephone conference call on Sunday night.

Israel wants law of war changed: ISRAEL'S Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed his government to draw up proposals to amend the international laws of war after a damning UN report on its war in Gaza.

Tide Is Turning Against Israel: Terming “anti-Semitic” the 25 member states that voted to back the report’s recommendations, last Friday, will make them even more determined to see Israel before the International Criminal Court. And it is worth remembering that two, Russia and China, hold veto-power in the UN Security Council.

'You're a terrorist': Tony Blair taunted by young Palestinian in West Bank mosque

Israel spying devices found by UN: Israeli spying devices that were planted during the 2006 war with Hezbollah have been discovered in southern Lebanon, the UN has said.

US Scientist Charged with Attempted Spying for Israel: Nozette allegedly offered to reveal additional classified information that directly concerned nuclear weaponry, military spacecraft or satellites, and other major weapons systems," DOJ said.

Israel aerospace giant 'hired' espionage scientist: Israeli sources have confirmed that an American scientist who worked for the US government and was arrested for attempted espionage has had deals with Israel Aerospace Industries.

Kenya denies 16 soldiers killed near border with Sudan: Kenyan authorities have denied media claims that 16 of its soldiers had been shot dead by Toposa militia along the Kenya-Sudan border over the weekend.

Talks set to test US-Japan ties: Yukio Hatoyama, Japan's new prime minister, has taken a more independent-minded stance than his predecessors, recently announcing the Japanese navy would end its refuelling mission in the Indian Ocean in support of the US-led war in Afghanistan.

UK: Homebuyers face questions on alcohol and smoking under new mortgage rules: Spending on shoes, clothes and childcare could also be assessed under a new, industry-wide "affordability test".

Countries with the Biggest Gaps Between Rich and Poor: Top 11 Countries With the Biggest Gaps Between Rich and Poor

Ever upward trend for bankers' pay: Some people were outraged last week by a report that a member of the kitchen staff of bailed-out Wall Street firm AIG had received a $7,700 bonus.

Don’t bail on Wall Street outrage: PRESIDENT OBAMA is far too absent of outrage over Wall Street’s continued abuses.. Just a year after the bailout, the Wall Street Journal last week reported that the nation’s top 23 banks and investment firms plan to give out a record $140 billion in bonuses.

US treasury faces bonds lawsuit: The US federal government is facing a lawsuit over $16bn in unclaimed bonds going back as far as World War II, with six states arguing that the US treasury department should pay them out.

Sorry, no jobs. This is California: Employers in California, the most populous U.S. state, are expected to keep cutting staff in 2010 as the wider U.S. jobs market recovers.

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