Monday, 9 November 2009

News For November 09, 2009

Afghanistan’s Sham Army

By Chris Hedges

American military advisers who work with the Afghan National Army, or ANA, speak of poorly trained and unmotivated Afghan soldiers who have little stomach for military discipline and even less for fighting. They describe many ANA units as being filled with brigands who terrorize local populations, exacting payments and engaging in intimidation, rape and theft. Continue

'These People Just Want To Be Left Alone'

By Real News

Sean Smith spent a month embedded with the US Army's 501st Parachute Regiment in June this year. With inadequate vehicles, relations with Afghan security forces at a standstill and the constant threat of IEDs, the soldiers are losing heart for a fight they feel their presence is only prolonging. Continue

Afghanistan: Karzai Rival 'Withdrew Under US Pressure'

By Syed Saleem Shahzad

The United States put pressure on Afghan president Hamid Karzai's rival, Abdullah Abdullah, to withdraw from the country's presidential race and hand victory to Karzai, sources have told Adnkronos International (AKI). Continue

Admiral Mullen Announces Afghanistan Strategy

Prepare to Nonviolently Resist
By Jeff Leys

Instead, it’s a matter of the Obama Administration now leading us down the path of the most expensive year in war funding since President Bush began the so-called “Global War on Terror” (now morphed into the “Overseas Contingency Operations” under President Obama). Continue

Air Force Document Reveals Intentions Behind the US-Colombia Military Agreement

By Eva Golinger

An official document from the Department of the US Air Force reveals that the military base in Palanquero, Colombia will provide the Pentagon with “…an opportunity for conducting full spectrum operations throughout South America…” Continue

Kucinich Withdraws Amid Uproar over His Israel Stance

By George Bennett

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich lasted less than 24 hours as headliner for the Palm Beach County Democratic Party's annual fundraising dinner after some of the party's elected officials blasted the Ohio Democrat's stance on Israel and threatened to skip the event. Continue

Profit Not Solutions To Hunger


Corporate investors lead rush for control of poor countries' farmland. Continue

Free Market Flawed, Says Survey

By James Robbins

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a new BBC poll has found widespread dissatisfaction with free-market capitalism. n the global poll for the BBC World Service, only 11% of those questioned across 27 countries said that it was working well. Continue

The Battle in Seattle; 10 years after WTO

By Mike Whitney

The images of cops dressed in black stormtrooper gear, firing concussion grenades, plastic bullets and tear gas at protesters, business people and shoppers on the streets of America's most self-consciously progressive (and white) city revealed how thoroughly infected the nation's police forces had become with these brutal tactics and anti-constitutional measures. Continue

NATO officials, Afghans claim 130 Taliban fighters killed in Kunduz: However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said only five fighters had died, and called the death toll given by NATO and Afghan officials "propaganda."

Allied occupation forces ‘may abandon most of northern Helmand’: A new strategy for Afghanistan that could lead to a British troop withdrawal from a former Taleban stronghold in northern Helmand province sparked immediate controversy yesterday.

Karzai Claims Mystery Helicopters Ferrying Taliban to North Afghanistan: While the Western press has been occupied recently with accounts of fraudulent elections in Afghanistan and the alleged role of President Hamid Karzai’s brother as a paid CIA agent, a stranger but perhaps more instructive story was playing out in Afghanistan that reveals the rather shallow penetration NATO and Coalition efforts have made in building trust and confidence in that country

Seven security personnel among 17 killed in Pakistan violence : Seventeen people, including six soldier and a policeman, were killed Monday when Taliban militants targeted security personnel with a suicide bombing, rocket attack and a roadside blast in restive north-western region, the officials said.

3 U.S. occupation force personnel killed in Iraq: Three American service members, including two pilots, were killed in two incidents in Iraq on Sunday, the U.S. military said Monday.

Ex-UK occupation force soldier says colleagues caused Iraqi's death: A former British soldier told an inquiry on Monday into allegations of abuse by British troops in Iraq that he saw two of his colleagues kick and hit a handcuffed Iraqi detainee shortly before he died.

U.S. top brass: Nuclear Iran is existential threat to Israel: Mullen said he would prefer that the U.S. work diplomatically to keep the country from acquiring nuclear weapons, but hinted that should such efforts fail, the U.S. air force and navy could be put into action as well.

Iran accuses Americans of spying: The US government and the families of Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 31, and Josh Fattal, 27, say they were on a hiking holiday and crossed the Iranian border by mistake.

Israeli envoy tells U.S. Jews: Push for sanctions on Iran : Israel's Ambassador to the United States on Sunday told American Jewish groups that they must press for sanctions on Iran, and condemned the findings of a United Nations commission on the Gaza conflict between Israel and Hamas, which he said helped to "cast widespread doubts about Israel's legitimacy."

Full text of Netanyahu's speech at Jewish Federations of North AmericaA: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly on Monday. The following is the full text of his address:

UN Calls for Israel to Open Crossing for Goods: The United Nations and its non-governmental organization (NGO) partners today called yet again on Israel to immediately open crossings into the Gaza Strip to give Palestinians access to desperately needed materials, especially in view of the coming winter and rainy season.

Study: Israeli employers prefer not to hire Arabs: Israeli employers prefer not to hire Arabs, Ethiopians and Haredis - even those holding at least an undergraduate degree, according to a study published on Monday.

Yemen rebels show 'seized' Saudi: Yemeni rebels have released a video of a man who they identify as one of several Saudi soldiers in their custody, as fighting between Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government spilled over into Saudi Arabia.

Thousands protest at Japanese US air base: Thousands of Japanese gathered in sweltering heat on the southern island of Okinawa yesterday to demand that a US Marine base be moved out of the region, days ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama.

Soldiers not surprised by Fort Hood massacre: “It’s basically that the Army has an awesome way of getting you ready for war,” he continued. “It gets you in that mindset to go over there and fight, but whenever you come back, they don’t have a way of turning that switch off.”

Officials: U.S. Army Told of Hasan's Contacts with al Qaeda: U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.

Demonizing Islam: Top US lawmaker sees base attack as 'Islamist extremism': – The chairman of the Senate's Homeland Security committee, Joe Lieberman, on Sunday said that the deadly shooting at Texas' Fort Hood military base was an act of "Islamist extremism."

AIG taps $2.1 bln from US for ILFC share purchase: American International Group Inc (AIG.N) tapped the U.S. government for another $2.1 billion to buy shares of its aircraft leasing arm, International Lease Finance Corp, or ILFC, the insurer said in a regulatory filing on Friday.

U.S. Joblessness May Reach 13 Percent, Rosenberg Says: Rosenberg said the recession, the deepest since the Great Depression, “is truly secular in nature” and said the economy is “in a post-bubble credit collapse.”

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