Tuesday, 10 November 2009

News For November 11, 2009

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran

US Rep. Cantor: Answer Enemies with Renewed Vigilance'

By Yoni Kempinski

Republican Whip Eric Cantor reminded the 2009 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is "the man holding the gun with which he vows to kill Israel and the Jews." Continue

Israeli Jews and the One-state Solution

By Ali Abunimah

With the total collapse of the Obama Administration's peace efforts, and relentless Israeli colonization of the occupied West Bank, the reality is dawning rapidly that the two-state solution is no more than a slogan that has no chance of being implemented or altering the reality of a de facto binational state in Palestine/Israel. Continue

Denying Responsibility for the Wars One Cheers On

By Glenn Greenwald

The NYT columnist who has supported 4 wars on Muslims in 6 years decries the Islamic disregard for human life. Continue

Can Attacks on a Military Base Constitute "Terrorism"?

By Glenn Greenwald

If attacks on soldiers now qualify, how is it possible to exclude many American actions? Continue

Making Wall Street Pay

By Dean Baker

Wall Street's irresponsible bankers caused this economic crisis. It's only fair that they pay to clean up their mess. Continue

What Will It Take to Break Our Trance?

By Doug Page

We are a nation of millions of brainwashed individualists, living, working, and acting under false perceptions of reality as if we were all “Manchurian Candidates.” We have forgotten that government is the only effective institution that we have to protect us from the brute force of the Law of the Jungle. If we do not very quickly awaken from our trance, and act together in a cooperative human community, millions of us will perish. Continue

Suicide bomber kills 32 in Pakistan: Tuesday’s blast is the latest in a series of deadly attacks since the army launched an offensive against the Taliban in the restive tribal belt last month.

Pakistan: Militants killed in security operation in border area: At least seven suspected militants were killed and nine others injured as Pakistani security forces pounded militant hideouts in South Waziristan near the Afghan border

Militants open a new front: The attack appears to be part of a larger plan by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in and around Darra Adamkhel and their allies in Khyber Agency to demoralise the leadership and disrupt the local organised resistance to the militants’ onslaught on Peshawar from the south and south-west of the city.

Pakistani Taliban vow tough guerrilla war: "They thought they would capture Waziristan easily but the fight in Waziristan will be tougher than in Kashmir," he said

Afghan Taliban deny links with Pakistan militants: "Our mission is to eradicate from Afghanistan the US and allied forces … who had invaded our homeland. We have no influence over Pakistani Taliban based in the tribal belt."

US occupation force soldier killed: An American soldier was killed in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan on Tuesday. A statement from headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force

Obama narrows US Afghan strategy to 4 options: Gen. Stanley McChrystal — the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan — has told the president that the U.S. mission there is headed for failure unless the president sends an additional 40,000 troops. Sources tell The Associated Press that the president will add tens of thousands more forces, though probably not quite the 40,000 McChystal is seeking.

Gorbachev Says Obama Should Start Afghan Withdrawal : While he said President Barack Obama would be unlikely to take his advice, Gorbachev said he saw no chance of success even with more U.S. troops.

US will give Karzai measures to end corruption: Clinton signalled the Obama administration's growing impatience with Karzai, declared the victor of a fraud-marred election, when she said the steps are needed to leave "no doubt" as to what Washington expects from the relationship.

Karzai hits back against critics: Afghanistan's president has come out fighting against calls by the US to crack down on corruption, arguing that his government is not solely to blame and saying that the West is in his country only for its own ends.

3 people killed in gunfire, bomb attacks in Iraq: Three Iraqi people were killed, two others wounded, and 16 more detained, including a dean of a college, in separate bomb attacks and gunfire in the provinces of Salahudin and Diyala on Tuesday, police said.

Saudi to continue bombing Yemen rebels: minister: "We are not going to stop the bombing until the Huthis retreat tens of kilometres (miles) inside their border," Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan said on a visit to troops in the southwestern province of Jizan.

Saudi navy blockades north Yemen coast: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday imposed a naval blockade on the Red Sea coast of northern Yemen to combat Shiite rebels along its border, an adviser to the government said, in the latest escalation of fighting in the southern Arabian peninsula.

Iran warning over Yemen conflict: Unidentified parties were adding fuel to the crisis, and attempts to help or to take military action would have negative consequences, Mr Mottaki said. Correspondents say his comments appear to have been intended for Saudi Arabia.

Iran denies involvement in Yemen conflict: The Yemeni rebels said on Tuesday they had taken control of more territory on the border with Saudi Arabia. "Full control was taken last night over Qatabar directorate and control of all supplies and ammunition as well as buildings and other military sites," a rebel statement said.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran : U.S. Official Says IAEA Has Evidence Iran Sought Atomic Warhead: A U.S. arms-control official said today there is “strong evidence” Iran sought to develop the means to put a nuclear weapon on a missile prior to 2003 and perhaps afterward.

Obama-Netanyahu talks see no result: The latest attempt by the US president to salvage the Middle East peace talks appears to have come to nothing after his meeting with Israel's prime minister ended with only a brief statement from the White House.

Rahm Emanuel: Dialogue is the only path to peace: The U.S. will remain actively engaged, and Israel's one true friend. The Palestinians must come to the table, recognize Israel's right to exist and reject violence," he went on to say.

French FM: It seems Israel no longer wants peace: France fears that Israel no longer desires a Middle East peace deal, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Tuesday, adding that Paris remained deeply opposed to settlement building in the West Bank.

West Bank rabbi: Jews can kill Gentiles who threaten Israel: Just weeks after the arrest of alleged Jewish terrorist, Yaakov Teitel, a West Bank rabbi on Monday released a book giving Jews permission to kill Gentiles who threaten Israel.

U.S. State Department: Israel is not a tolerant society: Israel dismally fails the requirements of a tolerant pluralistic society, according to a new report from the U.S. State Department.

Benjamin Netanyahu heckled at major US Jewish Conference: Protestors shouted "Peace for everyone, shame on you!" as they were escorted out.

A million infected in Ukraine flu epidemic: minister: Ukraine's epidemic of flu and acute respiratory disorders has now affected more than a million people, the country's deputy health minister said on Tuesday. Vasyl Lazoryshynets said the death toll from the epidemic had risen to 174, as President Viktor Yushchenko warned the country must brace itself for a second wave of infections

Honduras deal collapses, and Zelaya's backers blame U.S.: A U.S.-brokered accord that was supposed to return ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to power has collapsed and his supporters pinned much of the blame Monday on the Obama administration.

Obama honors Fort Hood victims, condemns murders: "No faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor," Obama told the crowd on a steamy Texas afternoon. "And for what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice — in this world and the next."

Marine reservist accused of attacking Greek priest: A Marine reservist was charged with attacking a Greek Orthodox priest he said he thought was a terrorist. Jasen D. Bruce allegedly hit 29-year-old Alexios Marakis over the head with a tire iron and chased him for three blocks Monday evening before Tampa police officers intervened.

Torture Memos Author John Yoo Withdraws from Federalist Society Panel: John Yoo, author of the most infamous of the “torture memos” withdrew as a speaker at the conservative Federalist Society Convention where Alliance for Justice and human rights supporters are scheduled to take action.

UK internet surveillance plan to go ahead: The Home Office says it will push ahead with plans to ask communications firms to monitor all internet use.

China's Premier Warns Obama to Get America's Deficit to an "Appropriate Size": A clear message to the leader of the world's largest debtor nation from its largest creditor.

Commercial mortgage lending down 54%: Commercial and multifamily mortgage lending in the U.S. fell 12 percent from the second quarter to the third quarter and is down 54 percent from year ago levels, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

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