Friday, 27 November 2009

News For November 27, 2009

In Afghanistan and At Home, We're Being Driven Off a Cliff

By Ron Smith

President Obama made the war in Afghanistan his war. The anti-war people are silent because he's their man. Leading Democrats in the House are proposing a "surtax" on income to be used for paying the mounting costs of battling insurgents on the other side of the world. And we're reduced to shouting "C'mon man" as we are driven over that cliff. Continue

Three Trillion Dollars
The Hidden Cost of War

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In 2003 Donald Rumsfeld estimated a war with Iraq would cost $60 billion. Five years later, the cost of Iraq war operations is over 10 times that figure. So what's behind the ballooning dollar signs? Continue

Deception Has Always Been The Name Of Zionism’s Game

By Alan Hart

Netanyahu is not stupid. He knows that some of us know he is not remotely interested in peace on terms the Palestinians could accept. So what then is his real game plan of the moment? Simple. He is seeking to make peace with the Obama administration. And its response suggests that with the help of the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress he’s got that matter firmly under control. Continue

A Letter to the Presidents of the Hemisphere

By Manuel Zelaya Rosales President of Honduras

At this moment in Honduras we are in a de facto State. There is no Constitution. Nor are there Constitutional powers because they have been destroyed by force by the military Coup d’Etat on that ominous day of June 28, 2009. Continue

The Great Marginalization

Planning for Poverty?

By Carl Ginsburg

The word from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at last week’s community meeting in the Bronx was disappointing, to say the least. After promising “good jobs” during a recent campaign, how could a man with so many billions, and now fresh from a re-election victory, oppose a $10-an-hour wage? Continue

The Economic Crisis And What Must Be Done

By Richard C. Cook

The United States does not control its own destiny. Rather it is controlled by an international financial elite, of which the American branch works out of big New York banks like J.P. Morgan Chase, Wall Street investment firms such as Goldman Sachs, and the Federal Reserve System. They in turn control the White House, Congress, the military, the mass media, the intelligence agencies, both political parties, the universities, etc. Continue

What Is Totalitarianism?

By Michael Kleen

If the United States came under the control of a totalitarian regime, would we recognize it? This question is of utmost importance today, when many of us harbor fears that some time in the near future ideas such as freedom, liberty, and privacy will be alien to our society. Continue

Pakistan kills 30 "militants" in tribal belt: Pakistani troops killed 30 militants in the country's lawless tribal region where a key anti-Taliban leader was assassinated in a bomb attack on Friday, officials said.

Pakistan's president facing military anger over his U.S. ties: Suspicions by Pakistan's powerful army that the country's civilian leadership is growing too close to the United States are fueling a political crisis that analysts here believe threatens the survival of the government and could divert attention from the battle against Islamic extremists.

8 Taliban militants killed in E Afghanistan: Eight militants were killed as Afghan and U.S.-led forces responded their attack in eastern Paktika province in Afghanistan, provincial administration spokesman said on Thursday.

Taliban reopen northern front in Afghanistan: The turnabout vividly demonstrates how security has broken down even in unexpected parts of Afghanistan.

Afghan children 'die from neglect': Afghan refugees who fled the war-torn south have claimed they are so neglected by government in Kabul that their children are dying from hypothermia for want of the most basic supplies.

9 Saudi soldiers missing as Yemen fighting rages: A Saudi defense ministry spokesman told the official SPA news agency on Thursday the Yemen-based fighters may have taken the soldiers prisoner, and that Houthis are 'entirely responsible for their wellbeing.'

IAEA censures Iran over atomic site: The UN nuclear watchdog's governing body has voted overwhelmingly to censure Iran for developing a uranium enrichment site in secret, and has demanded it freeze the project immediately.

Israel welcomes IAEA Iran decision: "The adoption of the decision by a large majority indicates that the international community has reached the conclusion that Iran's nuclear programme, which is advancing secretly through concealment and deception, is becoming an urgent and real danger to world peace.

Iran: IAEA resolution puts cooperation in jeopardy: Opposed by Malaysia, Venezuela and Cuba, the resolution also urges Iran to clarify what it calls the purpose and the chronology of the plant's construction. It also wants Iran to confirm it has no more hidden nuclear plants and no intentions whatsoever to build one.

Envoy Defends Iran's Peaceful N. Program at IAEA: Full text of Iranian Ambassadors statement in the Board of Governors meeting (Vienna, November 26-27), which focused on implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran

U.S. says patience with Iran fading: The U.S. envoy to the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday international patience with Iran was running out and a group of six world powers could not continue "round after round" of fruitless talks for talks' sake.

Iran nuclear crisis: are new sanctions on the way?: The IAEA resolution, censuring Iran's secret construction of another uranium enrichment plant, was supported by Russia and China. This does not mean they will join in a new round of international measures against Iran. But it does mean that Iran cannot count on them for diplomatic support.

'Iran less of a threat than North Korea': Iran is not as great a threat to global security as other nuclear-proliferating countries such as North Korea and Pakistan, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told European Jewish leaders in a meeting in Moscow on Thursday afternoon.

Iran ‘expects Russian missiles within 2 months’: Iran expects Russia to deliver powerful S-300 air-defence missile systems within two months despite fierce objections from the United States and Israel, Tehran's ambassador to Moscow has said.

Israeli strike on Gaza Palestinian resistance squad kills one: army : The Israel Air Force bombed a group of Palestinian fighters who were about to fire a rocket at southern Israel Friday morning, killing one of the militants, a military spokesman in Tel Aviv said.

Israel police 'arrest Mossad spy on training exercise': The young trainee was spotted by a female passer-by as he planted a fake bomb under a vehicle in the city.

Israel okays 28 new settlement buildings, despite freeze: Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday ordered the IDF to issue a temporary freeze order, but at the same time allowed the construction of 28 new public buildings in settlements.

Abbas says Netanyahu chose "settlement, not peace": Abbas accused Netanyahu of not committing to relaunching negotiations, which in the Palestinian leader's view would require putting an end to the construction of settlements altogether.

UN: US Block on Goldstone Report Must Not Defer Justice: Given its responsibility for forcing a deferral of the vote and its criticism of the mission led by Justice Richard Goldstone, the United States bears a special responsibility to ensure that Israel commences investigations that are credible, impartial and meet international standards

Honduras prepares for elections: Honduras prepares for election, but only US has said it will recognise the result.

No Fair Election In Honduras Under Military Occupation: As the Honduran election approaches this Sunday, let's be clear about the conditions under which it is taking place. Human rights abuses are rampant, freedom of speech is under attack, and the election process is in the hands of the very people who perpetrated the coup.

Brazil says won't recognize new Honduran government": Brazil will not recognize the winner of this weekend's election in Honduras as a legitimate president, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said on Thursday, setting the stage for a potential showdown with Washington.

Indian Newspaper: American Suspect Eyed In Chabad House Attack, Might Be A CIA Double Agent: The tantalising possibility that David Coleman Headley may have been a US undercover agent who turned rogue is vexing many here as American authorities keep the US-based Lashkar jihadi out of the reach of Indian investigators.

Four charged in 2d Hezbollah case: An alleged Hezbollah arms dealer was arrested in Philadelphia on Saturday, and U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy said, "We are dealing with two different groups trying to buy M4s."

Dubai asks to delay paying creditors: The chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Fiscal Committee, stressed that the call to defer for at least six months at least some of $60 billion owed to creditors by Dubai World, the emirate’s chief investment arm, was “carefully planned” and aimed at taking decisive action.

Dubai debt triggers investor panic: Asian and European banks distance themselves from Dubai World fearing debt default.

UK: Recession 'is even worse than feared': Chancellor predicts steepest slump ever

Americans Toss Out 40 Percent of All Food: While some have plenty of food to spare, a recent report by the Department of Agriculture finds the number of U.S. homes lacking "food security," meaning their eating habits were disrupted for lack of money, rose from 4.7 million in 2007 to 6.7 million last year.

Who Needs God When We've Got Mammon?: The world's most prosperous (and happiest) countries are also its least religious, new research states.

Atheism and Diversity: Is It Wrong For Atheists To Convert Believers?: Is the very act of atheist activism (trying to persuade people that atheism is correct and working to change the world into one without religion) an act of attempted conformity? Are atheists trying to create a drab, gray, uniform world, where everyone else is just like them?

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