Tuesday, 8 December 2009

News For December 08, 2009

Iraqi Cab Driver was Source for Iraq WMD Claim

By John Byrne

A British parliamentarian claimed in an report published Tuesday that an Iraqi cab driver was the source of an infamous claim made by Prime Minister Tony Blair that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Continue

Bomb, bomb McCain turns Boom Box!

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Boom box McCain may have lost the 2008 bid for the White House, but he has not lost his determination to promote the neocon agenda.

Who Wants War?

By Ron Paul

One has to ask, if the people who elected these leaders so obviously do not want these wars, who does? Eisenhower warned of the increasing power and influence of the military industrial complex and it seems his worst fears have come true. Continue

Going South

Militaristic, corrupt America increasingly resembles a Third World state.

By Ximena Ortiz

Disproportionate military spending threatens economic wellbeing. Industry has its hand so deep in the government’s purse that private enterprise is becoming public property. The currency falters, the infrastructure crumbles. And a supine media, once a watchdog of the powerful, happily licks the strongman’s hand. Continue

Pearl Harbour as Japanese Blowback

The United States, its abandonment of law and worse

By Christopher King

We have entered a period of government lawlessness, led by the United States, with inevitably serious consequences for everyone. Nuclear war is a possibility.

The Speech Barack Obama Won’t deliver

As Dictated to Daniel Simpson

Putting America first should not require us to put the lives of other peoples second. When our nation became mired in Vietnam, sacrificing millions to its quest to contain Communism, Dr King called us “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world”. A year to the day after speaking those words, he was murdered.

Larry Summers is Steering the Economy Towards "Structural Adjustment"

By Mike Whitney

There's no fixed number of greenbacks in a vault at the Treasury which limit how much the federal government can spend. Since the US pays its debts in its own currency--it can print as many dollars as it pleases.

Bolivia: Revolutionary Change

By The Guardian - Editorial

The Indian majority is getting back the voice denied to it for centuries. South Africa remembers Nelson Mandela, and eastern Europe the fall of the Berlin Wall. What a former herder of llamas has achieved in one of the world's poorest nations may be no less momentous. Continue

Exclusive: Honduran Elections Exposed

By The Real News Network

Honduran coup regime's claims of more than 60% participation in free and fair election revealed as fraud.

What Leaving Honduras Hanging Says About Obama

The Man Who Wasn't There

By Brendan Coone

It’s a dangerous precedent for the people of Latin America when President Barack Obama sides with coup-mongering oligarchs, as he did in recognizing the tainted presidential elections in Honduras. But it’s an even more dangerous precedent for the world, because it shows how easily he caves in to right-wing extremists in Washington. Continue

The US Cash Behind Extremist Settlers

The Hebron Fund is raising vast sums for Israeli settlements that violate the Geneva convention, with little scrutiny

By Andrew Kadi and Aaron Levitt

"A search of IRS records identified 28 US charitable groups that made a total of $33.4m in tax-exempt contributions to settlements and related organisations between 2004 and 2007." Some of the larger organisations, including Friends of the Ateret Cohanim and Friends of Ir David, both leading the Jewish settler takeover of Palestinian East Jerusalem, are based in New York City. Continue

Does Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Have a Point?

By Alan Hart

Writing in The Wall Street Journal (which has a preference for Israeli propaganda), Michael B. Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., said that advancing a peace process now depends not on Netanyahu and his government or President Obama but the Palestinians. Continue

Copenhagen Climate Summit in Disarray after 'Danish Text' Leak

By John Vidal in Copenhagen

Developing countries react furiously to leaked draft agreement that would hand more power to rich nations, sideline the UN's negotiating role and abandon the Kyoto protocol. Continue

At least 120 killed in Iraq bomb blasts: At least 127 people have been killed and more than 200 others wounded in a series of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, police say.

Iraq shifts election date to March 7 - spokesman: Iraq's presidency council on Tuesday pushed back the date of next year's general election by one day to March 7, 2010, presidential Chief of Staff Naseer al-Ani told Reuters.

Pakistan: 54 killed, 150 injured in Moon Market blasts: : As many as 54 persons including 28 male, 11 female, six children and nine unidentified persons were killed and 150 others injured in the Moon Market blasts here Monday night.

12 killed in suicide attack targeted at Pakistan's ISI: At least 12 people, including three children, were killed in Multan city Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew up a mini truck stuffed with explosives near a building housing Pakistan's spy agency.

Pakistan: Bomb kills 4 people: Police say at least 4 killed, 7 wounded in blast in central Pakistani city of Multan

US attack kills three people in Pakistan: officials: The New York Times on Friday reported that the The White House had authorised the CIA to expand the use of unmanned aerial drones in Pakistan to track down and strike suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda members.

US threatens tough action in Pakistan against Taliban: report: The United States has warned Pakistan that its forces will chase Taliban forces into Pakistan if the Islamabad government does not get tough with the insurgents.

Pakistan is a target and not a US ally: The USA-UK-Israel-India-Afghanistan have ganged up to trap Pakistan under the garb of friendship so that it could be denuclearised and ultimately reduced to a vassal state.

11 "Taliban militants" killed as massive operation continues in S. Afghanistan: As the joint U.S. and Afghan military operation entered its fifth day, 11 Taliban insurgents were killed in a single day Tuesday in the troubled Helmand province, Commander of Afghan forces in southern region said.

Afghans protest after civilian killed in US-led raid: Hundreds of Afghans have held anti-US and anti-government demonstrations against a recent US-led attack which reportedly claimed the lives of 15 non-combatants.

Afghan government says occupation force killed six civilians: NATO officials on Tuesday disputed a report by the Afghan government that a NATO raid in eastern Afghanistan earlier in the day had killed six civilians, saying only seven militants died in the operation.

Obama Speech Increased U.S. Support for Afghan Occupation, Poll Finds: President Barack Obama’s decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan won approval from most U.S. voters, who increasingly see the conflict as the right thing to do, according to a poll released today.

Karzai: Afghans Need Military Aid for 15 Years: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday it will be at least 15 years before his government can bankroll a security force strong enough to protect the country from the threat of insurgency.

Taliban shadow officials offer concrete alternative: Many Afghans prefer decisive rule to disarray of Karzai government

Orwell Would Be Proud: Obama to mention Afghan war in peace prize speech: U.S. President Barack Obama will not shirk from mentioning Afghanistan and his decision to send more troops to the war zone when he accepts the Nobel Peace Prize this week, the White House said on Monday.

Iran ready for fuel swap if West wins back trust: "Because of the attitude of some Western countries, we have lost trust in them. They have never kept their promises. Naturally we cannot so easily trust them [but] if they can provide conditions in which they can win our trust then we will be ready to exchange fuel."

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Obama security adviser: Picture on Iran not good: The clock is ticking toward the end of the year, Jones said during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union. That is the deadline Obama gave with regard to when it would be clear if Iran was ready to work with the United States, other United Nations Security Council members and Germany to assure the world it was not trying to build a nuclear weapon.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Nuclear Iran threatens world, German defence minister tells US Jews: German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said on Tuesday that Iran's nuclear programme threatened not just Israel but the entire free world, in a speech to military officers and the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

Iran accuses US of abducting nuclear scientist:: IRANIAN Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has accused the United States of abducting its nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri who went missing in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

Saudi Arabia transfers Iranian nuclear scientist to U.S: Presently, 11 Iranian citizens, including nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, are imprisoned in the U.S, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying by the Iranian Irna news agency.

Erdogan resists US calls for Iran sanctions, urges diplomacy after meeting with Obama: President Barack Obama failed to win immediate new pledges of support from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday for U.S. goals toward Iran and Afghanistan.

Iran rules out Turkey's mediation on nuclear row: "We have clearly expressed our views on the nuclear issue ... Turkey wants to play a role in solving the nuclear issue," Ramin Mehmanparast told a weekly news conference. But we don't think our transparent views needed to be interpreted by other countries."

Spokesman: Talks with US Not on Iran's Agenda: Iran announced on Tuesday that holding bilateral negotiations with the US is not on its agenda, brushing off speculations that the two countries have been striving for an improvement in their relations.

Iran police 'clash with protesters': Police have reportedly clashed with thousands of anti-government protesters in Tehran, as Iranians mark Student Day.

Iran Protests LIVE On Twitter: Watch the opposition protests in Iran live through our curated Twitter lists. Do you know a tweeter who's perfect for one of these lists?

Five Turkish soldiers killed in terrorist attack: Several soldiers were reportedly also injured in the attack, which took place near a village in the Tokat region. The soldiers were on patrol when they came under attack, possibly by members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK).

Three Yemen troops killed in attack on rebels: commander: Three Yemeni soldiers were killed yesterday in an army operation against Shia Zaidi rebels barricaded in the old district of the northern city of Saada, a military commander said.

Sa'ada siege 'continues unabated' despite intl calls: Houthi fighters say the government has imposed a siege on the northern city of Sa'ada, preventing people from leaving the city for the past three months.

Israel bans foreign dignitaries not to visit Gaza: The Jerusalem Post daily said the government of hardline Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, since taking office in March, had imposed a de-facto ban on the entry of foreign diplomats into Gaza.

EU foreign ministers: Jerusalem must be joint capital of Israel, Palestinian state: European Union foreign ministers on Tuesday called for negotiations over the status of Jerusalem, saying a way should be found to make it the capital of two nations, Israel and a future Palestinian state.

Gilad Atzmon?: You Want to Understand Anti-Semitism? Just Look in the Mirror :. If Israel and its supporters want to tackle anti-Jewish resentments they should stop chasing their critics at once. They instead better look in the mirror and understand once and for all that the problem is inside.

Russia wins India nuclear contracts: Russia's state nuclear company said Tuesday it could build four to six nuclear reactors in eastern India, a day after Moscow led international nuclear cooperation with New Delhi.

Mercosur rejects Honduran election: The presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela expressed Tuesday in Montevideo their 'total' rejection of the recent general election in Honduras.

'Poor Obama' is stuck in the past on Honduras: Chavez: Addressing Obama, Chavez said: "you're supporting thug-ism behavior... I don't think you've read the book" I gave you.

Chavez prepares Venezuela for 'US-provoked war': President Hugo Chavez says Venezuela must be ready to defend itself against what he called the US and Colombia's gearing up for initiating a military conflict.

Chile judge charges six over ex-president's 1982 death: A Chilean judge has charged six people over the death in 1982 of the country's ex-President, Eduardo Frei Montalva.

In case you missed it: The Pinochet files: A series of declassified US documents have revealed the extent of America's role in the Chilean coup, reports Jonathan Franklin

In case you missed it: Declassified documents confirm US role in 1973 death of Charles Horman: More than a quarter century after the execution in Chile of Charles Horman, an American freelance journalist, Washington has released a document admitting that US intelligence agents played a role in his death.

Driven insane: Parliament 'misled over rendition of militants captured in Iraq': The government has been accused of misleading parliament over the rendition of two alleged militants captured in Iraq and then turned over to the Americans to be secretly sent to Bagram in Afghanistan. One of the men has allegedly gone mad and is being treated for mental problems, according to the legal charity, Reprieve.

Study faults Guantanamo death probe: Minimum standards 'not met' in investigation into alleged suicides of three detainees.

White House wants suit against Yoo dismissed: - The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit accusing former Bush administration attorney John Yoo of authorizing the torture of a terrorism suspect, saying federal law does not allow damage claims against lawyers who advise the president on national security issues.

Court rebuffs Gitmo prisoner review: The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to take charge of the case of a Guantanamo prisoner still held after apparently being cleared for release.

Lawyers Fight to Halt Ohio Execution Condemned as Human Experimentation: Lethal injection involves anaesthetic used on pets • Change of method follows previous failures in state

Moody's Downgrades Dubai Companies: Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday downgraded the credit worthiness of a raft of Dubai government-controlled companies, citing a lack of government support over the emirate's debt obligations.

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