Tuesday, 3 November 2009

News For November 03, 2009

Karzai Was Hellbent On Victory. Afghans Will Pay The Price

By Peter Galbraith

The declaration of victory caps weeks of farce and failure, especially for the UN. Continue

A War That Can’t Be Won

Starts with candy, ends in napalm

By Serge Halimi

The French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner still hopes to “win hearts and minds with a bullet-proof vest” (2) and McChrystal assures the world that “the American goal in Afghanistan must not be primarily to hunt down and kill Taliban insurgents but to protect the population” Continue

Opium, Rape and the American Way

By Chris Hedges

The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban. The moral lines we draw between us and our adversaries are fictional. Continue

US Used "False Pretext" to Invade Iraq in 2003, ElBaradei Says


Outgoing UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei criticized the United States on Monday for using a 'false pretext' to invade Iraq, costing 'the lives of possibly hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.' Continue

Return to the Middle Ages

By Bouthaina Shaaban

History will condemn those who remain silent towards these crimes and will remember and thank only those who defend Palestinian children and the right of the Palestinian people to live in dignity, freedom, security and safety on their national soil. Continue

Israel's Right To Exist?

By Alan Hart

Zionism, Israel was given its birth certificate and thus legitimacy by the UN Partition Resolution of 29 November 1947. This is propaganda nonsense.Continue

Banks and Bombs
Report Slams Bank Links to Clusterbomb Production

By Olesya Dmitracova

Leading banks have funded arms manufacturers, whose products include cluster bombs, to the tune of $5 billion in the past two years, despite an international accord to ban such weapons, a study said Thursday. Continue

When Is It Legitimate For The Oppressed To Take Up Arms?

By Arundhati Roy

Roy is against the development of nuclear weapons without regard to the lives of the poor, and the refusal to grant Kashmir independence. She has called the US-led war in Afghanistan "another act of terror against the people of the world" and considers US-style capitalism to be the cause of much of the world's instability. Continue

Minsky to Bernanke: "Size Matters!"

By Mike Whitney

Now that the economy is no longer on steroids, the financial system needs to be downsized. Continue

21 "militants" killed in Pakistan's S Waziristan operation: In last 24 hours, 21 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 Tuesday.

7 Taliban militants killed by Afghan troops: Afghan troops backed by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces have killed seven Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, an official said Tuesday.

"Blood price" paid to prop up Afghan government: Former UN Aide: "Among the greatest mistakes of the international community has been its laissez-faire approach to the corruption, cronyism and venality of the Afghan government," he added.

Merkel Tells Congress Afghan Handover Strategy Needed : German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the world must look for a handover strategy in Afghanistan and pledged “zero tolerance” for a nuclear-armed Iran, saying Europe and the U.S. are strongest when they tackle global threats together.

At least one Iraqi killed, six injured, in Mosul: At least one man was killed on Tuesday and six people injured in a string of apparently unrelated attacks in the troubled northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police said.

Spoils of war: Outcry against 'colonial' takeover by BP of Rumaila oilfield in Iraq: The British oil giant BP will today take control of Iraq’s biggest oilfield in the first important energy deal since the 2003 invasion. The move has created uproar among local politicians invoking resentful memories of their nation’s colonial past.

Clinton: Nuclear Offer to Iran Will Not Chang: Clinton says the United States, Russia, France, China, Germany, the United Kingdom and the European Union will not accept any modifications to its terms.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Germany: Iran threat to Israel is a threat to West: Iran's denial of Israel's right to exist is unacceptable and Tehran must be prevented from obtaining a nuclear weapon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday.

In case you missed it: Does Iran's President Want Israel Wiped Off The Map - Does He Deny The Holocaust?: An analysis of media rhetoric on its way to war against Iran - Commenting on the alleged statements of Iran's President Ahmadinejad .

Leader: Iran not seeing US-promised changes: “On the one hand, Americans talk of negotiations. On the other hand, they continue to threaten and say the negotiations must have our desired results or we will take (punitive) measures.”

Iran Receives $1b+ In Air Defense From Russia: The Congressional Research Service said Russia has delivered 30 air defense systems to Iran since January 2007. In a report, CRS identified the
system as the TOR-M1 mobile, short-range surface-to-air missile.

Iran’s Military Power Subject to New U.S. Study Used for China: Iran’s military will be subject for the "first time" to the kind of U.S. assessment reserved for China’s expanding forces as lawmakers seek a more accurate analysis of the Persian Gulf oil power’s strengths and strategy.

US House set to denounce Goldstone Israeli war crimes report: The US House of Representatives on Tuesday was expected to condemn a UN report as unfairly accusing Israel of committing war crimes in its 22-day attack against Palestinian civillians in Gaza.

Israeli Activists Criticize US House for Considering Resolution Condemning Goldstone Report on Israeli War Crimes in Gaza: The United States is the patron of Israel. But it’s not really the administration—it’s Congress—that’s Israel’s trump card.

Let Goldstone testify in Congress before you rush to judgment: The United States provides $3 billion for weapons and military equipment every year to Israel. The Goldstone Report concluded that “ grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention were committed by Israeli forces in Gaza:

Read Goldstone's Report on Gaza: pdf file

"Settlers" force Palestinians out of East Jerusalem home: Rioting settlers forced a Palestinian family from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah out of their home on Tuesday, after the district court denied the residents' appeal to remain on the premises.

Police arrest new suspect in Jewish terrorist case: Teitel, 36 allegedly planted several explosives and murdered two Palestinians. He was arrested three weeks ago and has confessed to a majority of the allegations against him.

Israel accuses Chávez of turning Venezuela into an Iranian outpost: In Latin America, "most countries are not only aware" of the "threat posed by the infiltration of Iran" in the region but "they are also concerned" about it, said the "second in command" in Israeli diplomacy, Efe reported.

Weapons sales are on the rise in Latin America: Only four countries account for 80 percent of all the arms purchases -- Brazil, Venezuela, Chile and Colombia

Argentina puts ex-leader on trial: Argentina's last military ruler has gone on trial accused of involvement in the kidnapping, torture and murder of 56 people at a military base.

North Korea 'weaponizing plutonium': North Korea has announced progress in weaponizing plutonium following the United States' refusal to acknowledge Pyongyang's interest in direct nuclear negotiations.

Canadian sent to Syria can't sue U.S. over torture: Arar filed the lawsuit in 2004. It was the first lawsuit to challenge the U.S. government's policy of "extraordinary rendition," which involves transferring suspects to a third country where there is no prohibition on the use of torture during interrogation.

Cheney Failed to Answer 72 FBI Questions: One has to wonder why Cheney wasn’t subjected to "enhanced interrogation," including waterboarding, which he says is "very effective".

British banks set for sell-offs: Britain has ordered two state-rescued banks to sell off branches and meet new "tough" requirements in an effort to to promote competition and appease EU authorities.

Citigroup, Bank Of America Among Companies Hoarding Cash: The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that, in response to the financial crisis, U.S. companies are hoarding more cash than they have in the last 40 years.

We only have months, not years, to save civilisation from climate change: International agreements take too long, we need a swift mobilisation not seen since the second world war.

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