Taliban Decline US Offer Of 6 Provinces for 8 Bases
By Aamir Latif
"US negotiators had offered the Taliban leadership through Mullah Wakil Ahmed Mutawakkil (former Taliban foreign minister) that if they accept the presence of NATO troops in Afghanistan, they would be given the governorship of six provinces in the south and northeast," Continue
McChrystal Doesn’t Get It—Does Obama?
By Scott Ritter
There is a curious phenomenon taking place in the American media at the moment: the lionization of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the American military commander in Afghanistan. Continue
House to Vote on Resolution to Reject Goldstone Report
By Jeremy R. Hammond
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Tuesday on a resolution calling on President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the ‘Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict’ in multilateral fora.” Continue
Bonaparte Blair & Co
By Gilad Atzmon
Blair was sure that he had the presidency ‘in his pocket’. He was wrong, it is now rather clear that European leaders have woken up. The horrifying dream may be over. Continue
Welcome To The Masquerade
By Jim Kirwan
The government and the constitution has been dead and buried since the 1968 obscenity of the 'Democratic" convention in Chicago-and nothing that has been done since has been able to push back this theft of our FREEDOM to speak or to demand redress for our grievances with the continuing fascist police-state that has existed since those police riots shut down that convention. Continue
Death of 'Soul of Capitalism': Bogle, Faber, Moore
20 reasons America has lost its soul and collapse is inevitable
By Paul B. Farrell
Jack Bogle published "The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism" four years ago. The battle's over. The sequel should be titled: "Capitalism Died a Lost Soul." Worse, we've lost "America's Soul." And, worldwide, the consequences will be catastrophic. Continue
Kucinich: Health Reform Legislation ‘a Bailout for Insurance Companies’
By Stephen C. Webster
According to Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), the Democrats' health reform legislation is basically a sham. Continue
Osama bin Laden Responsible for 9/11 Attacks?
Is This Belief Based on Evidence?
By David Ray Griffin
There is not even any good evidence for the claim that bin Laden was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Accordingly, insofar as the justification for the continuation of the AfPak war is based on the fact that bin Laden in the region both before and after the 9/11 attacks, that justification would seem to be doubly baseless. Continue
36 dead in Somalia violence: Scores have been wounded in three days of fighting in central and southern Somalia, and police and soldiers clash in the north's autonomous Puntland region.
Blast kills senior commander in northwest Somalia: A roadside bomb killed a senior military commander and wounded four others on Sunday in the northwestern Somalia region of Somaliland, local media reports said.
Terrorizing Aid to Somalia: The United States is willfully letting millions of Somalis go hungry in its drive to hunt down terrorists.
Pakistan: 34 killed in blast near Army General HQ in Rawalpindi: The motorcycle-borne bomber detonated his explosives outside a state-run bank, causing considerable damage to the facade of Shalimar Hotel on Mall Road, less than a kilometre from the army's fortified General Headquarters that was besieged by a group of terrorists nearly a month ago.
Twelve "militants" killed in South Waziristan: Twelve "militants" were killed during the past 24 hours in the South Waziristan operation, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Athar Abbas said.
British explosives expert killed on final day in Afghanistan: A SENIOR British explosives expert was killed while trying to defuse a bomb on the last day of his tour in Afghanistan, it was revealed today.
Karzai claims victory as Afghan runoff cancelled: The cancellation of Saturday's vote came one day after former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah announced he was pulling out of the Nov. 7 vote. “We congratulate President Karzai on his victory in this historic election and look forward to working with him” to support reform and improve security, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement. Britain and the United Nations also issued statements of congratulations.
Reform needed after Afghan leader's flawed win: "Karzai has lost his legitimacy, he is a very weak president and he cannot govern without reaching out to Dr Abdullah," said Kabul-based political analyst Haroun Mir. "So the ball is in Dr Abdullah's court right now."
Will the war in Afghanistan bring down NATO?: Afghanistan has shown that the alliance has become "a corpse, decomposing," Hillier concludes. "Unless the alliance can snatch victory out of feeble efforts, it's not going to be long in existence in its present form."
Bicycle bomb kills five in southern Iraq: A bomb attached to a bicycle killed five people and wounded dozens in southern Iraq on Sunday, and at least five others were killed in violence across the country, police said.
Three Iraqi civilians killed in seperate attacks: An Iraqi police source told KUNA that a communication company employee was fired at by armed men in Al-Islah Agricultural town in Mosul. He added that the armed men stormed into a lawyers office and killed a lawyer.
Over 400 killed in Iraq during October: The figures were markedly higher than September, which saw a total of 203 people die as a result of violence
Iraq restricts movement by TV journalists: The government has banned movement by press vehicles with equipment to broadcast live.
Iran seeks review of nuclear deal: Iran has said it wants the UN's nuclear watchdog to establish a committee to review a deal aimed at easing Western fears over its nuclear programme.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran : France warns Iran over stalling tactics: "We are waiting for Iran to formally accept the proposition made by the (UN atomic agency) IAEA. If the Iranian response is to stall, as it seems to be, we will not accept this," he told reporters.
The shadow behind US-Israeli war games: "We're here for some very specific reasons, some specific threats that the Israelis are interested in, that we're interested in. And that's as far as I want to go down that road."
US forces set up radar in Iraq to spy on Iran: According to the sources, the radar is a preparatory measure aimed at providing the United States and its allies advanced control capabilities in event of a US military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.
Netanyahu savours victory after US drops settlement demand: Israel's premier savoured a victory on Sunday after Washington hailed his "unprecedented" stand on settlements and backed his call for peace talks to resume without the construction freeze sought by the Palestinians.
Palestinians accuse US of killing peace hopes: Pointing an accusing finger at the US, the Palestinians yesterday said Washington’s backing for Israeli refusal to halt Jewish settlement expansion had killed any hope of reviving peace negotiations soon.
'There are Jewish terrorists still at large in Israel': The official's comments follow the announcement on Sunday that settler Yaakov Teitel was arrested last month for allegedly killing two Palestinians and carrying out a string of bomb attacks.
How Israel caught the suspected Jewish terrorist: A sweeping gag order; an armed break-in at the suspect's home; the denial of legal representation to the suspect; and the interrogation of his wife - these are just a few of the measures the Shin Bet took against suspected Jewish terrorist Yaakov Teitel and his family.
"Settlements" are fertile ground for Jewish terror: The parade of the self-righteous got underway Sunday night: Yaakov Teitel was described as a "foreign element," "wild thorn" and "rotten apple." Even if he acted alone, spoke and hallucinated in English, even if he was mentally disturbed, as his attorney claimed, it does not change the fact that Jack the Ripper from the West Bank settlement of Shvut Rachel - contrary to his predecessor in London - acted on ground that was fertile like no other.
Palestinians foil attack on Al-Aqsa worshippers: Palestinian security guards have foiled a Jewish gunman's attempt to infiltrate the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a Palestinian official reports.
'Russian who spied on Israel shot near his Moscow home': Shabtai Kalmanovitch, an Israeli immigrant from the former Soviet Union who served time in prison for spying for the KGB, was shot outside his Moscow home, the Russian Interfax news agency reported on Monday. There is no word on the extent of his wounds.
AP admits: Cheney equivocated to the FBI: On 72 occasions, according to the 28-page FBI summary, Cheney equivocated to the FBI during his lengthy May 2004 interview, saying he could not be certain in his answers to questions about matters large and small in the Plame controversy.
How Goldman secretly bet on the U.S. housing crash: In 2006 and 2007, Goldman Sachs Group peddled more than $40 billion in securities backed by at least 200,000 risky home mortgages, but never told the buyers it was secretly betting that a sharp drop in U.S. housing prices would send the value of those securities plummeting.
Goldman takes on new role: taking away people's homes: Unable to identify a lender, the couple could neither capitalize on a mortgage hardship provision that would allow them to defer some payments, nor on a state law enabling them to offset their debt against separate, investment-related claims against Goldman
How States Can Finance Their Own Recovery: Pouring money into the private banking system has only fixed the economy for bankers and the wealthy; it has not done much to address either the fundamental problem of unemployment or the debt trap so many Americans find themselves in.