Wednesday, 21 October 2009

News For October 21, 2009

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America's Phoney War in Afghanistan

By F. William Engdahl
One of the most remarkable aspects of the Obama Presidential agenda is how little anyone has questioned in the media or elsewhere why at all the United States Pentagon is committed to a military occupation of Afghanistan. There are two basic reasons, neither one of which can be admitted openly to the public at large. Continue

The Lost History Of Hemland

This is a must read - By Adam Curtis

If you look beyond the soldiers, and into the distance, what you are really seeing are the ruins of one of the biggest technological projects the United States has ever undertaken. Its aim was to use science to try and change the course of history and produce a modern utopia in Afghanistan. Continue

Sy Hersh: Military 'In War Against The White House'

By Susie Madrak

The army is also “in a war against the White House — and they feel they have Obama boxed in,” Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh told several hundred people in Duke University’s Page Auditorium on Tuesday night. “They think he’s weak and the wrong color. Yes, there’s racism in the Pentagon. We may not like to think that, but it’s true and we all know it.” Continue

Pakistan Feels The American Raj

By Eric Margolis

The eight-year war in Afghanistan has now set Pakistan on fire. What began in 2001 as a supposedly limited American anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan has now become a spreading regional conflict that involves the United States, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Iran and Russia. Continue

The US Massacre at Al-Sukkariya

Attack on Syria Cover Up

By Real News

Erlich: The US massacre at Al-Sukkariya, Syria in 2008 was a clear violation of international law. Continue

Iranians Mourn Blast Victims

Video Report -

Iranian mourners have filled the streets of the capital, Tehran, to mark the deaths of their loved ones in Sunday's suicide attack in southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan. Continue

Why Liberals Kill

By Thaddeus Russell

The left may be pressuring President Obama to exit Afghanistan. But their heroes—from FDR to JFK—promoted U.S. involvement in more wars than all modern GOP presidents combined. Continue

US Joins Ranks of Failed States

By Paul Craig Roberts

In any failed state, the greatest threat to the population comes from the government and the police. That is certainly the situation today in the USA. Americans have no greater enemy than their own government. Washington is controlled by interest groups that enrich themselves at the expense of the American people. Continue

A Postal Strike In Britain Is The War At Home

By John Pilger

The Brown government is to mount a “fire sale” of public assets and services worth £16bn. Unmatched since Margaret Thatcher’s transfer of public wealth to a new gross elite, the sale, or theft, will include the Channel Tunnel rail link, bridges, the student loan bank, school playing fields, libraries and public housing estates. The plunder of the National Health Service and public education is already under way. Continue

Pensions: the Next Casualty of Wall Street

By Mark Brenner

Nobody wants to admit it, but the next casualty of the Wall Street meltdown will probably be your golden years. Continue

Zooming In on the Year’s Biggest Hoax

By Robert Scheer

The people I want to know more about are the superrich who expect to be rewarded for their failures, like the folks at Goldman Sachs who will receive $16.71 billion in bonuses—an average of $530,000 per employee—this year after their company did as much as any to bring the world economy to the brink of disaster. Continue

Dollar Trouble

By Mike Whitney

The notion that the dollar will crash, has become an article of faith among doomsayers, Libertarians, survivalists, leftists and goldbugs. (I'm as guilty as anyone) But is the theory supported by the facts? Continue

The Dollar: Dive or Survive

Real News

Leo Panitch: Lower dollar will harm developing countries; will offer little help to US workers. Continue

2009 US Economy:
Largest Transfer of Wealth to Financial/Political Elite in Global History

By Carl Herman

Political “leadership” of the two oligarchy parties spin their economic policy as being for the public benefit. Continue

Pakistan army kills 15 militants in Taliban strongholds: The army said three security forces personnel including an officer were killed and seven others were injured in separate clashes in the last 24 hours during the ground assault in various areas in the tribal agency near the border with Afghanistan.

Pakistan: US Attack Kills 3 as army advance in tribal area: The reports said the unmanned aircraft fired missiles at a village in Miranshah of North Waziristan, killing at least three people and injuring more others.

Obama Steps Up Killer Drone Raids Despite Deaths Of Civilians: Since taking office, President Obama has sanctioned at least 41 Central Intelligence Agency(C.I.A.) drone strikes in Pakistan that have killed between 326 and 538 people, many of them, critics say, “innocent bystanders, including children,” according to reliable reports

US encouraged by South Waziristan offensive: Gates: I think that the terrorist attacks that have been launched inside Pakistan in recent days made clear the need to begin to deal with this problem,” he said. “And so we obviously are very supportive of what the Pakistanis are doing

Pakistan: All schools, colleges closed nationwide: The provincial governments on Tuesday ordered the closure of government and private educational institutions across the country following an attack on the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in which six people, including three female students, were killed and 29 others injured.

US buys Pakistan: US Congress may set new curbs on Pakistan aid: The military spending bill would impose new restrictions on how Pakistan gets reimbursed out of a 1.6-billion-dollar fund for logistical and military support of US-led efforts to battle Islamist insurgents.

US occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan: A US soldier was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan, the military said on Wednesday. Without giving more details, the military statement said the soldier died on Tuesday.

Finland to withdraw soldiers from Afghanistan: The troops were to help maintain peace during the August 20 presidential election, but will leave before the second round of voting is held on November 7.

Australia Eyes Early Afghanistan Withdrawal: The Australian government has asked military commanders to find ways to complete their missions in Afghanistan as soon as possible. The announcement is being seen as a clear hint that Canberra may pull its 1,500 troops out of Afghanistan earlier than expected.

UN: Afghan drug flow wreaks global havoc: The smuggling of Afghan opiates is fueling addiction and drug use along trafficking routes from Iran to Central Asia as well as spreading diseases and funding insurgents, the U.N. warned Wednesday.

Iran gets two days to back nuclear deal: The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog organisation, Mohamed ElBaradei, said the draft agreement to ship out 75% of Iran's enriched uranium for processing abroad "could open the way for a complete normalisation of relations between Iran and the international community".

Iranian Envoy Names Russia as Main N. Fuel Supplier for Tehran Reactor: Following three days of multilateral talks in Vienna, Tehran has eventually picked up Russia as the main supplier of nuclear fuel for its Tehran research reactor, Iran's Envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asqar Soltanieh announced on Wednesday.

Russia to lose 'billions' if S-300 missile deal with Iran scrapped: Iranian media, citing senior security officials, have repeatedly reported that Russia has started delivering elements of the advanced version of the S-300 missile to Tehran under a 2005 contract, but Russian arms industry officials have invariably denied such reports.

Mottaki: US behind abduction of Iran nationals: Amiri was kidnapped in Saudi Arabia, Asgari went missing in Turkey and Ardebili was abducted in Georgia, the foreign minister said.

'U.S. To Assist Israel In Avoiding War Crimes Charges: Rice promised that the United States will continue to stand by Israel as a loyal friend in the fight against the Goldstone report.

US urges end to 'anti-Israel vitriol' at UN: – US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice called on Wednesday for an end to "anti-Israel vitriol" at the United Nations, where the General Assembly is expected to debate a Gaza war crimes report.

Michael Lerner: A war crime whitewash: The global choir of ethical cretins who condemn Goldstone's Gaza report do Israel no favours

Israel refuses to let French FM visit Gaza: Netanyahu sent a message to the French minister saying he could not accede to his request as Hamas would likely take advantage of the visit to create a media frenzy and parade the damages caused by Israel during the Gaza war earlier this year.

State won't prosecute officers filmed beating Palestinians: Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan rejected an appeal against the decision not to investigate Border Police officers who documented themselves abusing Palestinians.

Yemeni fighters capture key government positions: As Yemen's military offensive against Houthi fighters in the north enters its tenth week, Shia fighters say they have seized a number of key government positions in Saada province.

Somalia militant groups in fierce clash: “The attackers left behind dead bodies,” he added.

Video: Guinea accused of cover-up: Almost a month has passed since presidential guard troops opened fire on an opposition rally in Guinea, killing scores. But the relatives of the victims have still not been able to bury their loved ones.

Uighurs 'disappeared' in crackdown: Dozens of ethnic Uighurs, including several children, remain unaccounted for more than three months after China launched a crackdown on ethnic unrest in the country's far west, a human right group has said.

Poland to Accept U.S. Offer on Shield: Poland, smarting after President Obama announced last month that he would scrap Bush-era plans to deploy an antiballistic missile system in Eastern Europe, will accept an offer to host parts of a new, more mobile, missile defense system, Polish officials said Tuesday.

Honduras regime harasses Brazil embassy, talks stall: Honduras' de facto regime blared loud music at the Brazilian embassy to intensify pressure on deposed President Manuel Zelaya, as talks on the months-long crisis were in limbo Wednesday.

The School of the Americas: New Legislation Brings Limited Transparency: Congress has approved the release of information on the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas, the military training facility infamous for producing some of Latin America’s most notorious human rights violators.

Alledged war criminal in Canada: Former U.S. president George W. Bush garners noisy protest in Edmonton: While former U.S. president George W. Bush talked about democracy inside a downtown Edmonton conference centre on Tuesday, hundreds of protesters were outside exercising their right to free speech with signs, songs and screams.

Congress Approves Trial Of Guantanamo Detainees On U.S. Soil: The bill--which largely mirrors existing restrictions--does not allow those acquitted to be released into U.S. soil, including overseas territories like Guam or Puerto Rico, even if no other country is willing to accept them. Also, those who have been convicted cannot serve their sentences in U.S. prisons.

Judge rules FBI can continue to gag recipient of National Security Letter: Under the Patriot Act, the FBI can use such letters to demand personal records about customers from internet providers, financial institutions and credit card companies without a warrant, and then keep the companies from disclosing even that they'd received such a letter.

US spies invest in internet monitoring technology: American spies are investing in technology designed to monitor websites including blogs, Twitter, YouTube and even reading habits on Amazon.

UK: : 'Never has so much money been owed by so few to so many': With City bonuses set to top £6bn this year, the Governor of the Bank of England echoes Churchill in devastating indictment of the banks

The rumours of the dollar’s death are much exaggerated: The dollar jumped 20 per cent between July 2008 and March of this year. Since then it has lost much of its gains. Thus, the dollar’s fall is a symptom of success, not of failure.

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