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Hungering for a True Thanksgiving

By Amy Goodman

“In the next 60 seconds, 10 children will die of hunger,” says a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) online video. It continues, “For the first time in humanity, over 1 billion people are chronically hungry.” Continue

13 VS. 2,000,000

Fort Hood Shootings a Shocker...Why Not U.S. War Crimes?

By Ted Rall

American lives are worth a lot. - The lives of foreigners, on the other hand, are pretty much worthless. Continue

Obedience to God or Obedience to Orders?

By Jacob G. Hornberger

What if the U.S. government is the aggressor, not the defender, in a particular war? What if the president orders soldiers to kill people who have done nothing against the United States? What if the U.S. government itself starts a war against a much weaker nation? Continue

Hell Comes Home

Killing is the ultimate traumatic experience

By Robert C. Koehler

There’s no armor, it turns out, for conscience. So our men and women are coming home from the killing fields wounded in their heads, used up, greeted only by the military’s own meat grinder of inadequate health care and intolerance for “weakness.” Continue

Secret CIA 'Torture' Prison Discovered

ABC News Finds the Location of a "Black Site" for Alleged Terrorists in Lithuania


The CIA built one of its secret European prisons inside an exclusive riding academy outside Vilnius, Lithuania, a current Lithuanian government official and a former U.S. intelligence official told ABC News this week. Continue

International Law And Israeli Propaganda

This is a must watch: Norman Finkelstein Interviewed on Danish TV

"Hamas is not obliged under international law to accept the legitimacy of the state of Israel." Continue

Iran Began Preparing for U.S. Bombing in 2002

By Gareth Porter

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published new evidence Monday that Iran had been building "contingency centres" in the event of a U.S. bombing attack as early as 2002, years before it began building the second enrichment facility at Qom. Continue

Joe Hill, "Ain't Never Died."

By Dick Meister

It's Nov. 19, 1915, in a courtyard of the Utah State Penitentiary in Salt Lake City. Five riflemen take careful aim at a condemned organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World, Joe Hill, who stands before them straight and stiff and proud. "Fire!" he shouts defiantly. Continue

Pakistan: 20 killed in Taliban suicide attack outside court: According to witnesses the bomber stepped out of a taxi and walked towards a crowd of prople waiting at the entrance to a court building. He detonated his suicide vest as he was being frisked by a police inspector.

11 militants killed by Pak forces: The Pakistani military killed 11 militants during operations in the country’s restive tribal belt and destroyed several rebel hideouts, authorities said on Wednesday. Six militants were killed in fighting over the past 24 hours in South Waziristan.

Pakistan Kill 7 Civilians: Two women, three children and two men were killed when military planes accidentally bombed some houses in Hangu on Wednesday.

Extrajudicial Killing: U.S. attack kills 4 people in Pakistan: At least four suspected militants were killed and five others wounded in a suspected United States drone missile strike in North Waziristan tribal agency, local TV channel reported Thursday.

10 civilians killed in Afghan suicide bomb attack: Ten civilians were killed and many others injured Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan, the police said.

2 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghan Blast: Lt. Col. Todd Vician says the two were killed by a bomb explosion in Zabul province late Thursday morning

Military policeman killed in Afghanistan: A British soldier from the Royal Military police has been killed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.. He did not have any further details.

Hamid Karzai: foreign troops out of Afghanistan in five years: President Hamid Karzai today signalled the beginning of the end of foreign military intervention in his country, when he pledged that Afghan security forces would take the lead in combating the Taleban over the next three to five years.

Private security companies will leave Afghanistan within two years: President Karzai told private security companies that they would have to cease operating in Afghanistan within the next two years.

'Liberation was just a big lie': "Karzai has not only insulted, but betrayed the Afghan people."

Canadian diplomats ordered to hold back information on Afghan prison torture: There was a fear that graphic reports, even in censored form, could be uncovered by opposition parties and the media through access-to-information laws, leading to revelations that would further erode already-tenuous public support.

Iraq: : At least four killed in Mosul attacks: At least four people were killed and six injured in two attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday.

Nidal Malik Hasan sought prosecutions for 'war crimes confessions': Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood gunman, had sought military prosecutions against soldiers he claimed confessed "war crimes" to him during counselling sessions.

Saudi soldier killed in clashes in Yemen: report: A Saudi soldier has been killed in clashes with Yemeni Shiite rebels at the border between the two countries, Saudi media reported on Thursday.

Yemen troops 'kill Houthi rebel leader': Yemeni government forces fighting Houthi rebels in the country's north have killed a leader and forced his supporters into retreat, officials say.

Houthis destroy Saudi tanks, Humvees: On Wednesday, the Houthis accused Saudi Arabia of relentless missile attacks and artillery fire against civilians on the Yemeni soil.

Iran sends warships to Yemeni waters: The deployment, announced Saturday in Tehran, could bring closer the prospect of a confrontation with Saudi Arabia, its regional rival, amid rising tension in the Gulf and Red Sea regions, both vital oil arteries.

Iran to send more warships to fight Somali pirates: Fariborz Qaderpanah, said Wednesday that the navy has decided to send more ships to the Gulf of Aden to protect Iranian merchant containers and oil tankers from Somali pirates in the volatile waters.

Iran Wants 100% Guarantee on N. Fuel Issue: Iranian ambassador to IAEA said Wednesday night Iran is ready for final round of talks for acquiring fuel for Tehran Research Reactor, but "we want 100% guarantee".

Major powers to hold Iran nuclear talks on Nov 20: Representatives from major world powers will meet in Brussels Friday to discuss developments with Iran's nuclear programme, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana's office said Thursday.

Obama renews threats against Iran: US President Barack Obama says the door is still open for Iran to accept the IAEA-backed proposal on a nuclear fuel deal but warned of “consequences” if Tehran does not change its mind.

Iran FM: New sanctions not a wise move: “I think they [the world powers] are wise enough not to repeat failed experiences. Of course it's totally up to them," he added.

Iranian Laptop With Nuclear Data Stolen in Tehran: A laptop computer belonging to an Iranian nuclear scientist and carrying confidential data about Iran’s atomic facilities was stolen in Tehran.

Hamas vows to win Palestinian rights by resistance: "Not much hope could be upheld for a future Palestinian state as long as the Zionist occupation persists; Israel pushes ahead with plans to build more homes for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem Al-Quds as well as the West Bank; and Palestinians are shorn of the right to free decision-making," Meshaal told al-Jazeera TV network on Wednesday.

Abbas: Mideast peace deal won't happen with me: Abbas said he had made clear during talks with U.S. President Barack Obama that he did not see himself as likely to convince Israel to halt construction in West Bank settlements. "I told President Obama, if you can't halt [settlements] why could I?"

Israel builds Jewish homes with one hand, destroys Arab homes with the other: The World Likud movement held a cornerstone-laying ceremony yesterday for the expansion of the neighborhood of Nof Zion, despite - or possibly because of - American pressure against building in East Jerusalem. The Jewish settlement is in the middle of the Arab village of Jabal Mukkaber. Meanwhile, the Jerusalem municipality razed two Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem yesterday.

Netanyahu senses Obama's weakness on Jerusalem: If there is anything that irks the White House more than news from the American consulate in Jerusalem about new West Bank settlements, it is a newspaper report on a new neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

Netanyahu party member slams 'racist' Obama: "President Obama should not interfere with the rights of the Jewish people to live in Jerusalem," said Likud Knesset Member Danny Danon. "This ... is a racist demand"

U.K. Jews lambaste TV 'exposé' of Britain's pro-Israel lobby: A television program purporting to expose the unknown power and influence Britain's pro-Israel lobby has triggered a wave of condemnation by British Jews, some of whom accused the report of stoking anti-Semitism.

In case you missed it: Inside Britain's Israel Lobby: Dispatches investigates one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel.

Russia extends death penalty ban: A Russian court has effectively outlawed the death penalty in the country, ruling that a moratorium on capital punishment due to expire in January must remain in force.

UK: Judges attack UK secrecy over public documents: Senior judges say the foreign secretary is stopping them releasing details of CIA interrogation techniques - even though the US has published them.

Fair trial? Main 9/11 plotter will be convicted, executed: Obama: US President Barack Obama, defending plans to try accused September 11 author Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court, predicted Wednesday that he would be convicted and executed.

FBI tracked Studs Terkel for decades: The FBI spent 45 years tracking Terkel as a suspected communist, according to his 269-page dossier. Only 147 pages were released.

$4.8 trillion - Interest on U.S. debt: Unless lawmakers make big changes, the interest Americans will have to pay to keep the country running over the next decade will reach unheard of levels.

1 million jobless face benefits loss in January: Extended benefits will expire unless Congress acts. Recent extension only covers workers through Dec. 31.

Your congressman's padded retirement plan: Opinion polls show that Americans today have a special contempt for Congress. They might be even more upset if they knew what kind of retirement deal congressmen have given themselves at the taxpayers' expense

Bank Bonuses Surge; While many Americans will count themselves lucky to be drawing any kind of income at all this year, bonus payments will rise by 40 percent for most bankers, according to a recent survey conducted by New York-based Options Group.

Restore law and split up banks: Ten years ago, the Republican-controlled Congress — egged on by that champion deregulator, former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm — passed legislation that arguably did more to plunge the United States into our crippling great recession than anything else: It repealed the Great Depression era’s Glass-Steagall Act.

Geithner, under fire, defends AIG bailout: - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended on Thursday the costly bailout of AIG and urged swift regulatory reform to safeguard the economy from the failure of big financial firms.

India’s billionaires outstrip US counterparts: The combined fortunes of India’s 100 richest have reached $276bn, well outstripping their Chinese peers’ $170bn, according to data compiled by Forbes magazine. Though the net worth of the 100 richest Americans has fallen by 18 per cent, they still amounted to the wealthiest national group with $775bn.

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