Tuesday, 17 November 2009

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Who Needs Trials? Kill Terror Suspects!

By Nat Hentoff

Is it possible that the CIA would actually commit alleged war crimes — and the U.S. government would not hold the CIA and itself accountable in any way? Is water wet? Continue

Welcome Home Soldier, Now Shut Up

Challenging Our Thinking About Military Service And War

By Paul Rockwell

Moral courage - "requires the bearer to walk away from the warm embrace of comradeship and denounce the myth of war as a fraud, to name it as an enterprise of death and immorality, to condemn himself, and those around him, as killers. It requires the bearer to become an outcast." Continue

God, the Army, and PTSD

Is religion an obstacle to treatment?

By Tara McKelvey

The trauma of war seems to be especially acute for men and women whose faith in a benevolent God is challenged by the carnage they have witnessed. Continue

The Degradation of America's Military is Taking a Toll

By Digital Journal

Because America's military is morally bankrupt, soldiers and their families have become expendable. Continue

U.S. Army Underreporting Suicides, Says GI Advocacy Group

By Dahr Jamail

“I see the ugly,” Luther told IPS. “I see soldiers beating their wives and trying to kill themselves all the time, and most folks don’t want to look at this, including the military.” Continue

The Real Story Of The Terrorist "Mad Doctor Hasan"

By Jeff Gates

When Army Major Nidal Hasan killed U.S. troops on the nation's largest military base, was this evidence of "militant Islam"? Or did this military psychiatrist snap under pressure while treating returning vets on a base averaging ten suicides a month? Is there an undisclosed agenda behind those seeking to portray this act as the work of "Islamo fascists"? Continued

Addicted To Occupation

By Gideon Levy

I think that Israel needs an adult who will save it from its own addiction to the occupation. It needs a guide who'd push or lead or any other way to take us out from the impossible situation that we are stuc in. Continue

Erekat: It’s Time to Recognize a Palestinian State

By Ma'an News Agency

“it is time to recognize a Palestinian state on the borders of 4 June 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital.” Arguing the case, Erekat argued that the EU recognized the State of Kosovo before other official channels supported its claim for independence. Continue

The New State Solution

By Chris Hedges

The Israelis have orchestrated acute misery and poverty in the Palestinian territories over the past two decades in an effort to subdue and ethnically cleanse the captive population. They have reduced Palestinians, many of whom now live on less than $2 a day, to a subsistence level. Continue

Britain must de-Zionise Itself Immediately

By Gilad Atzmon

After running the show for so many years, the Jewish lobby’s purchasing of British politicians and media presence is in the open. Continue

Dispatches: Inside Britain's Israel Lobby

This Is A Must Watch Video - Channel 4 UK

Despite wielding great influence among the highest realms of British politics and media, little is known about the individuals and groups which collectively are known as the pro-Israel lobby. Continue

Why Did Obama Win?

Stephen Sackur Interviews Noam Chomsky

When he published his first political critique 40 years ago, he was fired up by the war in Vietnam. Today he is still raging against America's malign influence and calls the war in Afghanistan 'immoral'. Continue

Hawkish Hillary Pro-Surge & Anti-Savvy Majority, Again

By Robert S. Becker

For years, common wisdom, expert and amateur, was sure the U.S. would elect a woman before any dark-skinned, or demonstrably ethnic minority, took the White House. Continue

Obama's China Junket:

"We're Opening Doors for Wall Street and Nothing More"

By Mike Whitney

Geithner and Co. see the US economy languishing in a low-grade Depression for the foreseeable future, therefore, Wall Street must progressively move its base-of-operations eastward. Continue

Rockets kill 12 in Afghan market: Rockets slammed into a market northeast of Kabul yesterday, killing 12 civilians but missing their presumed target: a meeting between France's top general in Afghanistan and dozens of tribal elders and senior local officials.

4 security guards of construction company killed in N Afghanistan: A gun battle between security guards of a construction company and unknown armed men Monday night left four guards of the company and an attacker dead in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, an official said on Tuesday

Taliban militants behead 2 Afghan civilians: Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the beheading, saying they were punished for spying for foreign troops.

UK: Taliban must be in government: Britain's foreign secretary has suggested that senior Taliban figures be given positions in the Afghan government to bring an end to the violence in the country.

Army tells its soldiers to 'bribe' the Taleban: British forces should buy off potential Taleban recruits with “bags of gold”, according to a new army field manual published yesterday.

World’s most corrupt nations? Afghanistan at No. 2: In Transparency International's latest rankings, Afghanistan is the second most corrupt country, only beat by Somalia. Afghanistan's anticorruption czar says not carrying through with punishment for corrupt officials is the problem.

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) Table shows a country's ranking and score, the number of surveys used to determine the score, and the confidence range of the scoring.

Main Taliban bases in South Waziristan captured: Army: Pakistani forces have captured most main Taliban bases in their offensive in South Waziristan and will soon fan out into the rugged countryside to hunt for militants there, commanders said on Tuesday.

Mogadishu: 7 Civilians killed in clashes: "Mortars fired by the insurgents against the military base missed the target and hit surrounding homes", said a resident of the nearby Daynile neighbourhood, explaining the high number of civilian casualties in the fighting.

Kenya Recruits Somali Refugees To Fight Islamists Back Home In Somalia: For months, 18-year-old Ahmed Abdullahi had dodged the mortar shells that whizz daily through Mogadishu, the war-ravaged capital of Somalia. The one that finally drove him from Somalia tore though his family's house and ripped a cousin to bits, splattering Ahmed with blood and body parts.

4 killed and 5 others including South Sudan minister wounded in ambush: Four were killed and five others wounded, two in critical condition, as the vehicle carrying minister Dr. Samson Kwaje of Agriculture and Forestry was riddled with more than twenty bullets by assailants.

245 rebels killed - Ethiopia: "Their attacks last week were simply the desperate act of a dying force and about 245 of their fighters were killed.

Iraq: 5 Killed In Attacks: A bomb planted inside a stationary store exploded, killing two soldiers and wounding six civilians, in southern Baghdad's Doura district, police said.

3 killed in bomb explosion in Iraq: At least three people were killed and two injured Monday when a bomb exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police said.

Civilian killed, 7 injured in Iraq's Diyala violence: A civilian was killed and three others wounded when unknown gunmen opened fire on an orchard in northern the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Iraq receives poor marks in survey of corruption: Iraq dropped 23 places to 160th and now ranks alongside Guinea and Myanmar.

Obama threatens Iran, Hu urges dialogue: "Iran has an opportunity to present and demonstrate its peaceful intentions but if it fails to take advantage of this opportunity it will face consequences," said Obama in a joint press conference with Hu Jintao in Beijing on Tuesday.

U.N. Nuclear Chief in Secret Talks With Iran Over Deal to End Sanctions: According to a draft document seen by The Times of London, the 13-point agreement was drawn up in September by Mohamed ElBaradei, the directorgeneral of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in an effort to break the stalemate over Iran’s nuclear program before he stands down at the end of this month.

US Air Force seeks to boost its role in UAE: He did, however, praise America’s relationship with the small oil-rich federation and said there was potential to deepen the Air Force’s training activities in the country, which sits just across the Persian Gulf from Iran .

Iran warns Saudi Arabia over Yemen offensives: Iran's chief of staff has warned Saudi Arabia over its military offensive against Shiite Yemeni rebels, saying it signals the start of "state terrorism" and endangers the entire region.

MP says Russia "sold" Iran to US once more: A senior Iranian MP on Tuesday criticised Russia over delay of Bushehr reactor startup and comments during Obama meeting.

US against unilateral Palestinian state move: The United States voiced its opposition on Monday to unilateral Palestinian moves to seek recognition for an independent state, saying negotiations with Israel were the best way forward.

Israel backs illegal settlement expansion: Israel has given the go ahead for the construction of 900 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem, rebuffing a reported US request that it block construction at the Gilo settlement, officials have said.

Over 1.2 billion people suffering from hunger: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has declared that over 1.2 billion people across the globe are starving.

Protest targets Goldman's billions: A crowd of protesters have gathered outside the Washington DC headquarters of banking giant Goldman Sachs. The protesters were angry at the more than $20bn in bonuses paid to Goldman Sachs executives.

Sixteen Deaths Per Day: Sixteen workers are killed a day in the United States because of reckless negligence on the part of their employers. Under existing laws, these employers get a slap on the wrist, or walk away scot-free. Meanwhile, workers who blow the whistle face threats and retaliation at the workplace.

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