Wednesday, 11 November 2009

News For November 11, 2009

US Is Doing No Good in Afghanistan

By Malalai Joya

As an Afghan woman who was elected to Parliament, I am in the United States to ask President Barack Obama to immediately end the occupation of my country. Continue

From Gaza to Pakistan
The Cost of War Abroad and at Home

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Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare, and co-founded Voices in the Wilderness, a group which had openly defied economic sanctions from 1996-2003 by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. Continue

A Nation Of Destroyers

What You Didn't Know About The War


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US Denies Pakistan Nuclear Report

By Al Jazeera

Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer prize-winning writer, said in his report that the US and Pakistan have agreed on a security protocol allowing a special US team to assist in the guarding of Pakistan's nuclear armaments. Continue

Remembering Veterans and the Dead

Blood on Their Hands

By Eamonn McCann

"I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust." Continue

1948 Again, in Sheikh Jarrah

Heroism in a Vanishing Landscape

By Ellen Cantarow

"Disputed” is a word often used about East Jerusalem and homes in Sheikh Jarrah. Would the international community have considered the homes of American blacks attacked by the Ku Klux Kla as “disputed”? Or those of Jews ejected by Brown Shirts in the early 1930s? Continue

Cut Off Economic and Military Aid to Israel?

Department of Meaningless Gestures

By Stephen M. Walt

There's no way to cut the aid package so long as Congress is in hock to AIPAC and the other groups in the status quo lobby. Continue

Day That Shook the World

By Eric Margolis

In 1975, physicist Andrei Sakharov and a group of fellow Soviet academicians warned the Kremlin leadership that unless the nation’s ruinous defense spending was slashed and funds refocused on modernizing the nation’s decrepit, obsolete industrial base and its wretched state agriculture, the Soviet Union would collapse by 1990. Continue

Mishkin's Bubblenomics and the Crash of '08

By by Mike Whitney

At some point, the avalanche of asset liquidation, writedowns and defaults will thunder from the mountaintop sending stocks into hibernation while the anemic greenback stages a comeback. Continue

Still Waiting for Health Care

By Ralph Nader

The House of Representatives debate on the health insurance "reform" is over with the Democrats failing the people and the Republicans disgracing themselves as having left their minds back in the third grade (with apologies to third graders). Continue

Hedge Fund Perps Walk Free

Will Anyone Ever Go To Jail In Connection With Wall Street Crimes?

By Danny Schechter

Senator Christopher Dodd and fellow Senate Democrats are proposing to scale back the regulatory authority of the Federal Reserve and eliminate the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, among many other provisions in a new 1,136-page bill made public on Tuesday. Continue

39 killed in Colombia clashes: Nine soldiers and at least 30 rebels were killed in clashes in the southwestern Colombian province of Cauca, the Colombian Army said Tuesday.

U.S. and Colombia bases deal signed, but what are the real intentions?: After several months of secrecy and controversy, on October 28th the US and Colombia signed an agreement to allow the US military extensive access to seven Colombian bases, notwithstanding serious concerns about true intentions and eventual consequences.

10 Pakistan troops killed: A LANDMINE and separate ambush killed 10 Pakistani troops near the Afghan border on Wednesday, in a sign that violence is spreading away from the frontlines of an anti-Taleban offensive.

9 killed in South Waziristan: : According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) handout, the militants were killed in an intense exchange of fire that took place at a newly-established check post at Fort Knoll. Security forces lost two lives, including an officer.

Musharraf warrants to be executed, NA told: Opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was cheered by desk-thumping from both opposition and treasury benches as he lambasted Mr Musharraf for ‘using such (insulting) words against the elected president of Pakistan’ and, while demanding a government response to it, repeated his Pakistan Muslim League-N’s demand for a high treason trial of the former army chief for his violations of the Constitution.

Suicide raid against NATO occupation force troops kills 2 Afghans: A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of NATO-led forces in Zabul province south of Afghanistan Wednesday killing two civilians and destroyed a military vehicle, military officer at the site of incident Ghulam Jilani Khan said.

1 killed, 2 injured in roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan: A roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province exploded, killing one person and injuring two others on Wednesday, provincial governor Mohammad Omar said.

Afghan Red Crescent angry after NATO-led occupation forces storm compound: The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) expressed anger on Tuesday at NATO-led troops who used explosives to storm a Red Crescent compound and temporarily detain two aid workers.

Taliban expands control of Nuristan: Taliban fighters are expanding their control of Afghanistan's Nuristan province, an area they claim to have recaptured from US occupation troops. Their leaders say they have appointed some local officials and reopened schools.

Veterans To Obama: Do Not Escalate: An Afghanistan War veteran will travel to D.C. to deliver this message to the White House. Make sure your voice is heard.

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.

Blackwater Bribed Iraqi Officials After Killing 17 Civilians: Top executives at Blackwater Worldwide authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support after a September 2007 episode in which Blackwater security guards fatally shot 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, according to former company officials.

The plunder of Iraq’s oil: As the direct result of the Iraq war, major American and other transnational energy conglomerates are now gaining control over some the largest oilfields in the world.

US says Iran violated UN arms embargo: Speaking at the UN Security Council, US deputy ambassador, Alejandro Wolff, and British deputy ambassador, Phillip Parham, raised Israel’s seizure of the cargo vessel on 4 November, during a debate on implementation of the 2006 ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah.

Israeli flights over Lebanon break resolution: UN: All Israeli military flights over Lebanon break a resolution aimed at ending the 2006 hostilities between the two neighbors, a UN envoy said Tuesday.

Iran 'ready to aid Yemeni security': Manouchehr Mottaki, Iran's foreign minister, made the offer on Wednesday, a day after Tehran warned Middle Eastern governments against interfering in the affairs of the the Arab Peninsula country.

Israel wants answers from Solomon Islands over UN vote: ISRAEL is sending a foreign ministry official to the Solomon Islands next week to seek an explanation as to why it was the only country in Oceania to vote at the UN for the Goldstone report condemning Israel's assault on Gaza.

Power cut hits millions in Brazil: The blackouts came three days after a report on US TV network CBS said that several past power outages in Brazil had been caused by hackers attacking electricity control and distribution systems.

UK: Every phone call, email and internet click stored by 'state spying' databases: Every phone call, text message, email and website visit will be stored for a year for monitoring by the state.

Justice Dept. Asked For News Site's Visitor Lists: In a case that raises questions about online journalism and privacy rights, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a formal request to an independent news site ordering it to provide details of all reader visits on a certain day.

American Sues F.B.I., Saying He Was Detained in Africa: A New Jersey man who contends that he was detained and mistreated in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in 2007 with the approval of the United States filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against F.B.I. agents and other unidentified American officials who he says interrogated him and threatened him with execution.

Ted Rall: America Sneezes : Failure on H1N1 highlights a bigger crisis: America's lame (non-)response to the swine flu pandemic isn't a big deal. Not compared to, say, the melting of the polar ice cap. It isn't torture. Or war. It pales next to giving hundreds of billions of dollars to wealthy bankers and nothing to homeowners facing foreclosure. But it sure is interesting.

Dollar falls to 15-month low as euro rises: The dollar dropped to a new 15-month low as the the euro rose above $1.50 Wednesday morning, even as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner reiterated the administration's stance that a strong dollar is good for the U.S. economy.

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