Saturday, 24 October 2009

News For October 24, 2009

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We Do Not Defer To Any Authority"

By Noam Chomsky

If someone was watching this from Mars, they’d collapse in ridicule. The United States is telling Iran to stop its aggressive militarism? I mean we occupy two countries on their border, US spending on arms is approximately equal to the rest of the world combined, we’re threatening them with attack and violation of the UN Charter and on and on.

The Times They Are A-Changin'

Citizens Arrest, Disruption of Olmert in San Francisco


Mass disruption of former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert speaking in San Francisco.

Paranoia for Breakfast

By David Michael Green

If there was ever a guy in the White House who was more innocuous, less offensive, and more happy-faced than Pleasant Obama, I can’t imagine it. If regressives today are this freaked out by the Kumbaya Kid, what would they do if they had a pugnacious liberal like Harry Truman or Lyndon Johnson to deal with?

A Few Good Kids?

By David Goodman

How the No Child Left Behind Act allowed military recruiters to collect info on millions of unsuspecting teens.

US Kills 27 People In Pakistan: A U.S. drone aircraft Saturday fired missiles at a suspected hideout of the Taliban-linked militants in northwest Pakistan's tribal area, leaving 27 persons dead and several others injured

Panetta defends 'targeted assassinations': I think that's what this country has to do if we're going to defend ourselves," said Panetta. "I think we have to do what's necessary in order to defend ourselves and that's what we're doing."

In Case You Missed it: "We Do Not Defer To Any Authority": Noam Chomsky: HARDtalk interview with American linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky recorded in 2002 - a few months after 9/11

21 militants killed in Pakistan: At least 21 militants were killed in fighting with the security forces in Pakistan's South Waziristan region, officials said Saturday.

12 militants, three foreign occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: The slain soldiers included two Americans and one from the ISAF. The statement said the American soldiers died as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) blast, while the ISAF soldier died of wounds he had suffered in a fire fight incident.

Four Afghan civilians killed by US occupation forces: American forces in Afghanistan have opened fire on a vehicle killing four civilian aboard, including a woman and two children.

Afghans oppose U.S. hit list of drug traffickers: A U.S. military hit list of about 50 suspected drug kingpins is drawing fierce opposition from Afghan officials, who say it could undermine their fragile justice system and trigger a backlash against foreign troops.

Britons believe 'Afghan war is failing': An overwhelming 84 per cent believe British troops are currently losing the war in Afghanistan, a Channel 4 News poll finds, as thousands prepare to march on London urging an end to the conflict.

UK: Protesters urge end to Afghan war: Soldiers and military families are among 5,000 protesters in London demonstrating against UK military operations in Afghanistan.

3 Iraqi security forces killed in Nineveh violence: Shootings and a bombing have killed two policemen and a soldier overnight in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul, capital of Nineveh province, a provincial police source said on Saturday.

At least two killed in suicide attack on Iraqi political party: A man killed himself and a guard outside the local offices of an Iraqi political party in the central Iraqi city of Tikrit on Saturday, witnesses told the German Pres Agency dpa.

Soldier's mother wants Tony Blair to answer for Iraq war: The mother of a teenage soldier killed in Iraq broke down today as she told an inquiry she wanted Tony Blair to be held to account for the "illegal war".

Iran finds new evidence on deadly blast: "Based on our latest findings, the bomber was none other than Abdolvahed Mohammadizadehhad, who had recently gone to Pakistan to recieve specialized terrorist training," Jalal Sayyah, Deputy Chief for security affairs in the Sistan-Baluchestan Province, said early Saturday.

Ex-CIA agent confirms US ties with Jundullah: "American intelligence has also had contact with Jundullah. But that contact, as Iran almost certainly knows, was confined to intelligence-gathering on the country," Robert Baer, a former Middle East CIA field officer wrote on the, IRNA reported early on Saturday. However, he noted that the US-Jundullah relationship "was never formalized, and contact was sporadic."

US says it can wait 'a few days' for Iran nuclear response: "I think we can stretch things a few days," said US State Department spokesman Ian Kelly. "But we're not going to wait forever."

Abbas sets Palestinian poll date: The announcement on Friday said elections will be held across the Palestinian territories including the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Hamas: Abbas' election call serves US, Israel: Hamas protests against the Palestinian Authority's decision to hold presidential and legislative elections in January, calling the move 'destructive to unity' and in favor of enemy.

Obama makes "very important" call to Abbas: Abbas later received a call from US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the two discussed 'efforts to revive the peace process,' according to an official unattributed statement.

US military base in Romania to become permanent: Lt. Col. Daniel Herrigstad says the U.S. government invested $48 million to modernize the base.

Japan govt coalition partner rejects US base proposal: A coalition partner of Japan's centre-left government on Saturday voiced opposition to a fresh proposal for keeping a controversial US base within the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.

Peter Schiff Death Of The Dollar, Hyperinflation

Bank failures hit 106 on year: Seven more banks failed Friday, pushing the 2009 total to 106 and marking the first year since 1992 that at least 100 have gone under.

Electrolux plant closing: Appliance maker Electrolux announced Friday that it would close two Iowa plants by spring 2011, putting 850 people out of work as operations are moved to Mexico.

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