Monday, 26 October 2009

News For October 26, 2009

Americans Pull Strings in Afghan Election

By Eric Margolis

Henry Kissinger once observed that being America's ally can be more dangerous than being its enemy.

Welcome to 2025

American Preeminence Is Disappearing Fifteen Years Early

By Michael T. Klare

It may take a decade or two (or three) before historians will be able to look back and say with assurance, "That was the moment when the United States ceased to be the planet's preeminent power and was forced to behave like another major player in a world of many competing great powers."

Are You Ready for the Next Crisis?

By Paul Craig Roberts

Evidence that the US is a failed state is piling up faster than I can record it.

After the Billionaires Plundered Alabama Town,
Troops Were Called in ... Illegally

By Mark Ames

One of this year's more disturbing stories that were ignored was the illegal Army occupation of Samson, Alab., in March following a shooting spree that raged across two towns by a disgruntled worker, leaving 11 people dead.

Detroit House Auction Flops For Urban Wasteland

By Kevin Krolicki

After five hours of calling out a drumbeat of "no bid" for properties listed in an auction book as thick as a city phone directory, the energy of the county auctioneer began to flag. "OK," he said. "We only have 300 more pages to go."

The US Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex

By Larry Wilkerson:

The beginning of the American "Imperial Rome" and Eisenhower's warning.

"Will the Dollar Still be the World's Reserve Currency in 5 Years?"

Interview with Prof. Menzie D. Chinn

By Mike Whitney

The Fed's measures have probably weakened the dollar over the short term; but in staving off a worse recession in the US (and a collapse in the financial system), it has probably meant a stronger currency over the medium term.

Hosts and Parasites

The Consequences of Default

By Michael Hudson

What happens when a country goes broke?

Self-defence Stories from Gaza

By Paul J. Balles

The UN Human Rights Council’s Goldstone report called Israel’s military assault on Gaza “a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish its local economic capacity both to work and to provide for itself, and to force upon it an ever-increasing sense of dependency and vulnerability”.

In case you missed it
The Invention of the Jewish People

Book review by Gilad Atzmon

“When And How the Jewish People Was Invented” is a very serious study written by Professor Shlomo Sand, an Israeli historian. It is the most serious study of Jewish nationalism and by far, the most courageous elaboration on the Jewish historical narrative.

War Is a Hate Crime

By Chris Hedges

The Democratic majority in Congress, under the cover of protecting some innocents, authorized massive acts of violence against other innocents.

Iraq steps up security after bombs kill 155: Iraqi security forces blocked streets around the capital Monday and conducted intense searches at checkpoints as authorities investigated the massive security failure that allowed two truck bombs to strike what was supposed to be one of the city's safest areas and kill 155 people.

25 killed in Pakistani tribal area operation: At least 19 militants were killed during military operation in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal area in the last 24 hours, while six security men lost their lives and 20 were wounded, an army statement said Monday.

Around 200,000 Pakistanis flee heavy military losses: Pakistan's huge anti-Taliban offensive has displaced around 200,000 people as soldiers suffered their deadliest 24 hours since the assault began, the military said Monday.

14 Americans killed in separate helicopter "crashes" in Afghanistan: In the first crash, a helicopter went down in the west of the country after leaving the scene of a firefight with insurgents, killing 10 Americans — seven troops and three civilians working for the government. Eleven American troops, one U.S. civilian and 14 Afghans were also injured.

Afghan governor escapes assassination bid: The governor of Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province survived an assassination attempt on Monday which saw one of his attackers gunned down in a shoot-out, an official said.

Afghan police open fire at demonstration: Afghan police Monday opened fire and turned a water cannon on demonstrators angry about allegations that Western troops torched a Koran, wounding at least three people, officials and witnesses said.

Karzai questions US reliability as partner: Karzai said a partnership to him was "where the Afghan lives are respected, where Afghan property is respected, where the Afghan traditions are respected.

Afghan challenger considers runoff boycott: The challenger to President Hamid Karzai is considering boycotting the upcoming runoff if his demands are not met to remove the leaders of Afghanistan's election commission who he believes are biased against him, campaign officials said Sunday.

Cost of Afghanistan project soars, benefits exaggerated: Among Afghans, the power plant became known as "Karzai's winter coat" -- designed to keep him comfortably in power through the winter of 2009 -- and also a project that the Bush administration could hold up as a success before George W. Bush left office

12 mln Afghans live under poverty line: ministry: Afghan Minister for Public Health Syed Mohammad Amin Fatimi has revealed that 12 million out of the total 30 million Afghans, including 3 million children, live under poverty line in the war-torn country, a local newspaper reported Saturday.

Pakistan detains 11 Iranian Guards on its border: Pakistani security official said Iranian border officials had told them that the encroachment was accidental and happened after the Guards launched an operation against Jundollah militants near the border.

Iran hints at acceptance of nuclear deal with West : Mottaki said Iran could either send part of its low-enriched uranium (LEU) stockpile abroad for specialized processing into fuel for a Tehran nuclear medicine facility

France warns of risk of Israeli strike on Iran: He said the world's leading powers must break the deadlock before Israel ''reacts'' to Iran's military aims. Agreement must be reached with Iran over its nuclear program to remove the risk of an Israeli pre-emptive strike.

FM Downplays Israeli War Rhetoric against Iran: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here on Monday dismissed the aggressive remarks uttered by Israeli officials against Tehran, and underlined that the Zionist regime does not dare to attack Iran as it lacks the required strength, capabilities and resources.

Turkey chastises the West on Iran: Turkey's prime minister has accused the West of treating Iran unfairly over its nuclear programme. Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Britain's Guardian newspaper Western fears Iran wanted to build the bomb were "gossip".

Report: Turkey PM says Lieberman threatened to nuke Gaza: Turkey's prime minister has further inflamed simmering Israel-Turkey tensions, claiming that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to use nuclear weapons against Gaza, The Guardian reported Monday.

Erdogan: Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction by Israel in Gaza is a Fact: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the use of weapons of mass destruction by Israel is a fact, and that it is unfair to remain silent while civilians are targeted with white phosphorus bombs.

Survey: US support for Israel strong: The American people's strong support for Israel remains constant and their support for action to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power has substantially increased, according to a new nationwide survey released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday.

Meshaal urges Arab action on Aqsa: "It is the first step towards dividing the mosque, a prelude to demolishing it and building a temple," Meshaal said in a speech in the Syrian capital Damascus, where he is based.

Somali fighters execute 'spies': Al-Shabab hold public execution of two teenagers accused of "spying" for government.

Uruguay heads for vote runoff: A former left-wing guerrilla appears set to take first place in Uruguay's president election, but narrowly missing the minimum 50 per cent of the vote needed to avoid a runoff.

Venezuela ups border security after 10 slayings: Ten men who belonged to the same soccer team were slain execution-style nearly two weeks after being abducted in a crime that Venezuela said Sunday could be the work of warring factions in neighboring Colombia.

UK: Police in £9m scheme to log 'domestic extremists': Police are gathering the personal details of thousands of activists who attend political meetings and protests, and storing their data on a network of nationwide intelligence databases.

The Cover-Up Continues: The Obama administration has clung for so long to the Bush administration’s expansive claims of national security and executive power that it is in danger of turning President George W. Bush’s cover-up of abuses committed in the name of fighting terrorism into President Barack Obama’s cover-up.

Capmark Files for Bankruptcy With $21 Billion in Debt : Capmark, based in Horsham, Pennsylvania, is one of the largest U.S. commercial real estate finance companies, with more than $10 billion in originations, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

A desert for jobs and no end in sight: While millions of workers are struggling to get by on inadequate unemployment benefits, millions more are cut off completely as joblessness rises, reports

October 25, 2009

Car bombs kill at least 136 in Baghdad: Black smoke could be seen billowing from the frantic scene, as emergency service vehicles sped to the area. Even civilian cars were being commandeered to transport the wounded to hospitals.

15 killed in Pakistan's S Waziristan operation: In last 24 hours, 15 militants have been killed during the Pakistani security forces operation in the country's tribal area of South Waziristan, according to an army press release Sunday.

Three soldiers die in Waziristan offensive: officials: Three Pakistani soldiers were killed and several wounded in the past 24 hours as troops pressed a major anti-Taliban offensive in the northwest.

Pakistan provincial minister killed: Armed attackers have shot and killed the education minister of Pakistan's Balochistan province, officials have said.

US soldier, several rebels killed in Afghan unrest: The US soldier was killed on Saturday, the third American to lose his life since Friday. A Danish soldier also attached to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed on Friday.

Protesters burn Obama's effigy in front of Afghan parliament: U.S. soldiers, according to locals, during operations against Taliban militants in Wardak province, 40 km west of Kabul, couple of days ago raided a mosque and burned Quran.

12 Million Afghans Live Under Poverty Line: Ministry: Afghan Minister for Public Health Syed Mohammad Amin Fatimi has revealed that 12 million out of the total 30 million Afghans, including 3 million children, live under poverty line in the war-torn country, a local newspaper reported Saturday.

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