Friday, 13 November 2009

News For November 13, 2009

Stealing Money, Selling Heroin and Raping Boys

Meet Our Afghan Ally

By Patrick Cockburn

There is a dangerous misunderstanding outside Afghanistan about what ‘corruption and mismanagement’ mean in an Afghan context and a potentially lethal underestimation of how these impact on American and British forces. Continue

The Sleazy Advocacy of a Leading "Liberal Hawk"

By Glenn Greenwald

The New York Times today details the unbelievably sleazy story of Peter Galbraith, one of the Democratic Party's leading so-called "liberal hawks" and a generally revered Wise Man of America's Foreign Policy Community. Continue

Morality vs. Material Interests

Myths of Our Time

By Paul Craig Roberts

Humanity has endeavored for millennia to control evil with morality. In the American “superpower,” this effort has collapsed and failed. Continue

Fort Hood & the Perversion of Language:

“The Shooter Was a Soldier”

By Jason Adams,

The inconvenient truth is the deplorable act committed by Major Hasan cannot be a shock because we knew it was coming; in fact, it was foreseeable, unavoidable, and inevitable to a moral certitude. It takes no leap of imagination to understand this act as a predictable outcome of criminal wars of aggression, torture, and indifference to the slaughter and displacement of foreign peoples under the guise of freedom, democracy, and the market. Continue

US to Seize Mosques Linked to Iran


US Federal prosecutors are seeking to take over four mosques and a New York City skyscraper owned by a Muslim organisation suspected of being controlled by the Iranian government. Continue

Detainees to Get 'The-State-Always-Wins' System of 'Justice'

By Glenn Greenwald

What we have here is not an announcement that all terrorism suspects are entitled to real trials in a real American court. Instead, what we have is a multi-tiered justice system, where only certain individuals are entitled to real trials: namely, those whom the Government is convinced ahead of time it can convict. Continue

Army Sends Infant to Protective Services, Mom to Afghanistan

By Dahr Jamail

U.S. Army Specialist Alexis Hutchinson, a single mother, is being threatened with a military court-martial if she does not agree to deploy to Afghanistan, despite having been told she would be granted extra time to find someone to care for her 11-month-old son while she is overseas. Continue

UN Investigator Accuses US of Shameful Neglect of Homeless

By Chris McGreal in Los Angeles

UN special rapporteur says wealthy US ignoring deepening homeless crisis while pumping billions into bank rescues. Continue

'War criminal go home,' Brazil protesters shout at Peres: Dozens of protesters in Sao Paulo demonstrated Thursday against President Shimon Peres' visit to Brazil and Israel's actions in Gaza.

39 People Killed in Pakistan: The Pakistani army says over 500 militants and around 50 soldiers have been killed since the offensive began on October 17th.

20 people killed as bombers hit ISI office, police station in Pakistan: Suicide bombers on Friday struck Pakistan's powerful ISI hitting its operational headquarters in northwestern city of Peshawar and a police station nearby in Bannu, killing 20 people, including seven personnel of the spy agency.

A nuclear power's act of proliferation: Accounts by controversial scientist assert China gave Pakistan enough enriched uranium in '82 to make 2 bombs

Pak rejects report of uranium supply from China: Pakistan on Friday angrily rejected a US newspaper report that China provided the nuclear-armed Muslim state with weapons grade uranium for two bombs in 1982.

2 killed in blast outside U.S. base in Kabul: Two Afghans died when a bomb exploded outside a U.S. military base on the outskirts of Kabul on Friday morning, a spokesman for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said.

Taliban govern openly in Nuristan: The Taliban and their commander Dost Mohammed recently flaunted their control of the district to Al Jazeera. Dost, who some had claimed was killed during US and Afghan raids in Nuristan, granted an interview with the news organization from Kamdesh.

How the US army protects its trucks – by paying the Taliban: Insurance, security or extortion? The US is spending millions of dollars in Afghanistan to ensure its supply convoys get through – and it's the Taliban who profit

Germany sending 120 more troops to Afghanistan: Guttenberg announced the modest increase during a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where Germany has the third largest contingent in the NATO-led mission with 4,200 troops.

Brown: Britain Will Send More Troops to Afghanistan: Prime Minister Gordon Brown said British envoys are being sent out to talk with coalition partners and NATO allies to make the case for sending more troops to Afghanistan.

US envoy warns against troop surge in Afghanistan: Memos from Eikenberry state extra troops 'not a good idea' until Karzai government tackles corruption, according to reports

Why the Afghan Surge Will Fail: Before the Obama administration buys into General Stanley McChrystal's escalation strategy, it might spend some time examining the August 12 battle of Dananeh, a scruffy little town of 2,000 perched at the entrance to the Naw Zad Valley in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province

Tony Blair to give evidence to Iraq war inquiry: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will be called to give evidence to the Ira war inquiry early next year, Britain's Sky News reported Friday.

Israeli occupation forces kill Palestinian civilian: : Gazan medics said they retrieved the body of a 16-year-old boy, who they described as an unarmed civilian, near the Karni crossing.

'War criminal go home,' Brazil protesters shout at Peres: Dozens of protesters in Sao Paulo demonstrated Thursday against President Shimon Peres' visit to Brazil and Israel's actions in Gaza.

Goldstone to Haaretz: U.S. does not have to protect Israel blindly: Judge Richard Goldstone told Haaretz Thursday that President Shimon Peres' remarks criticizing him were "specious and ill-befitting the head of State of Israel."

Israel 'personally attacking human rights group' after Gaza war criticism: America's leading human rights organisation has accused Israel and its supporters of an "organised campaign" of false allegations and misinformation, including "extremely personal attacks" on its staff, in an attempt to discredit the group over its reports of war crimes in Gaza.

Assad, in Paris: Israel doesn't want peace with Syria: Assad reiterated his complaint that Israel is not fully committed to talks mediated by Turkey. He said the mediator and Syria are ready but what is missing is an Israeli partner ready to move forward and "ready to reach a result.

Houthi claim Saudis bombed villages: Yemen's Houthi fighters have accused Saudi Arabia of flying over their territory and firing scores of rockets on villages.

Saudis flee villages in Yemen clash: At least 240 villages have been evacuated in southwestern Saudi Arabia due to fighting between Saudi forces and Yemeni rebels along the border, the UN children's fund (Unicef) has said.

Saudi Arabia imposes blockade on Yemen coast: SAUDI Arabia has imposed a naval blockade on northern Yemen’s Red Sea coast, in an effort to halt the transfer of arms to shi’ite insurgent groups, with warships instructed to stop and search any vessels deemed suspicious.

US says no military cooperation deal with Yemen: Yemen's official Saba news agency said on Wednesday that the two countries had signed a military cooperation agreement during talks in the capital Sanaa.

Iran's Top General Raps Russia Over S-300: A top Iranian commander has criticized Russia for its procrastination over delivery to Iran of the sophisticated anti-aircraft system known as S-300.

Iran shrugs off 'another year of US sanctions': An officials say the US decision to extend the sanctions imposed on the country for another year will not force Tehran to submit to Washington's will.

U.S. Marshals serve notice to Potomac Islamic school: Three armed U.S. Marshals delivered notices initiating possible seizure proceedings against the Islamic Education Center in Potomac on Friday morning as authorities moved against properties tied to a New York foundation they say has links to the Iranian government.

Muslims decry move to seize Houston mosque: The news provoked confusion and anger among Houston's Shia Muslims, many of whom worship at the center's mosque or send their children to an Islamic school that occupies the same large white building at 2313 S. Voss.

US does 'about-turn' over Honduras: Manuel Zelaya said on Thursday that US officials "have suddenly declared they are going to wait for the elections because they changed their position midstream."

9/11 suspects face New York trial: : Prosecutors in the US are expected to seek the death penalty for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks when he is transferred for trial in New York, the US attorney-general has said.

In case you missed it: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 'waterboarded 183 times': A 2005 Justice Department memorandum revealed that the simulated drowning technique was used on Mohammed 183 times in March 2003.

Khadr to face US military tribunal: A Canadian held at the Guantanamo Bay prison who is accused of killing a US soldier in Afghanistan will face a military commission.

Exporting blame to China: Pinning America's economic woes on China is too easy. The real villains are Wall Street bankers and their influence

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