Wednesday, 9 December 2009

News For December 09, 2009

Normalising the Crime of the Century

By John Pilger

The purpose of the Chilcot inquiry is to normalise an epic crime by providing enough of a theatre of guilt to satisfy the media so that the only issue that matters, that of prosecution, is never raised. When he appears in January, Blair will play this part to odious perfection, dutifully absorbing the hisses and boos. All “inquiries” into state crimes are neutered in this way. Continue


By William Blum

Why should anyone be surprised at Obama's foreign policy in the White House? He has not even banned torture, contrary to what his supporters would fervently have us believe. Continue

Heroism Under Tyranny - Apathy Under Freedom

By Alex Doherty

There are many factors in the rise of militant Islam but I would aver that one of the reasons for its appeal is that fundamentalists have sensed something true about us. Continue

Ha'aretz Says U.S. Officials Face 'Pro-Israel' Background Check

By Stephen M. Walt

There is an amazing story in Ha'aretz today on the "pro-Israel" litmus test that determines who is permitted to serve in the United States government. Here's the sort of lede you're not likely to read in the New York Times or Washington Post. Continue

The Choice for Israel

Civil War for Peace or the end of Zionism?

By Alan Hart

Unless and until enough Americans are made aware of the truth of history, no American president will have the space to break the Zionist lobby’s stranglehold on Congress. Continue

Is There any Margin for Hypocrisy and Deceit?

By Fidel Castro

To accuse Hugo Chávez, the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, of inciting a war against the people of Colombia and unleash an arms race, to portray him as the mastermind and promoter of drug trafficking, and accuse him of repressing the freedom of expression, violating human rights and other similar misdeeds is a repugnant and cynical action. Continue

People Speak Tells Extraordinary Works of 'Ordinary People'

By Katie Leslie

For many people, history class was a lesson in keeping one's eyes open. Or as writer Anthony Arnove puts it: "It was rote recitation of facts, military battles, great people elevated in society... It had nothing to do with me and my experience." Continue

US Responsible For 9/11

By Howard Zinn

2 Minute Video. Click to view

Why Greece has the E.C.B. by the Shorthairs

By Mike Whitney

If the Greek Finance Minister truly believes that capitalism is the problem, he'll never have a better chance to land a few hearty jabs. Continue

12 killed in twin blasts in Pakistan: At least 12 people including four security men and eight civilians were killed and 20 others injured as twin bomb blasts ripped through an army area in the central Pakistani city of Multan on Tuesday, police said.

'Blackwater' men nabbed, released: Security agencies arrested four suspected members of notorious Blackwater agency while they were trying to force their entry into the Cantonment Area here on Tuesday evening, sources informed. However, they were released two hours later on the intervention of the US Consulate.

4 foreigners refuse police search in Lahore: The police authorities stopped two land cruisers and asked the riders for search near Sherpao bridge area of Lahore.However, four people riding the vehicles refused to allow the police to carry out their search, according to our sources.

Five Americans detained in Pakistan raid: Pakistani police on Wednesday arrested five American men believed to have gone missing from the Washington, D.C. area last month, officials from both countries said. U.S. officials say one of the missing students left what investigators call a farewell video saying Muslims must be defended.

Pakistan President has assets ‘beyond his means’ of $1.5 billion: The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, has assets of $1.5 billion (£920 million) around the world, according to the country’s main anti-corruption body.

Afghan government says NATO raid 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,

General: Attack may have killed Afghan civilians: The No. 2 commanding general in Afghanistan acknowledged Wednesday that a NATO-led attack the day before in eastern Afghanistan possibly resulted in civilian deaths.

Mullen: 'US is losing the war in Afghanistan': US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen painted a disturbing picture on Tuesday, bluntly telling US troops at Ft. Campbell, Ky. - including some bound for Afghanistan - that "we are not winning, which means we are losing and as we are losing, the message traffic out there to insurgency recruits keeps getting better and better and more keep coming."

Gates claims victory near in Afghanistan: Despite record-high violence and an increasing number of casualties, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the war in Afghanistan is moving in the right direction and towards success.

Afghanistan 'unable to pay for troops for 15 years': Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has warned that it will take 15 years before the country is able to pay for the cost of its own security forces.

Killing bin Laden crucial to defeating al Qaida, McChrystal says: Days after his boss said that there was no new intelligence on the whereabouts of al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden , the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan told Congress Tuesday that killing or capturing bin Laden is critical to defeating the terrorist organization.

Emails Show bin Laden was Bush Talking Point, not Target: “Missing” White House emails retrieved from Bush administration records indicate that top Bush Justice Department officials had little interest in the pursuit of Osama bin Laden or Mullah Mohammed Omar, head of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

4 Iraqis killed in Baghdad bomb attacks: Four people were killed and 18 others injured in two separate bomb explosions in Baghdad on Wednesday, a well-informed police source said

Iraq PM fires Baghdad security forces chief: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki fired the head of Baghdad's security forces on Wednesday after bombings in the capital which killed 127 people, a statement from his office said.

Spy Chief: We Knew Iraq Dismantled Weapons: The UK knew Iraq had dismantled its long-range missile before the war, an intelligence chief has told an official inquiry into the invasion.

Sen. Nelson introduces war bonds bill to finance military in Iraq and Afghanistan: Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) unveiled the "United States War Bonds Act of 2009" early this afternoon, which would authorize the Treasury Department to begin selling bonds to fund the wars.

Iran pinpoints five sites for new nuclear plants:" President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that Iran has finalized sites for five of the 10 new nuclear enrichment plants it seeks to build to expand its nuclear program.

Iran: We`ll hit Israel`s nuclear sites if attacked: Iran would strike back at Israeli weapons manufacturing sites and nuclear installations if Israel attacks the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities, Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

US abducted Iran scientist: Larijani: – Parliament speaker Ali Larijani has said that the United States behaved like a "terrorist" by abducting its nuclear scientist who went missing in Saudi Arabia, state television reported on Wednesday.

Netanyahu extends benefits to isolated illegal West Bank settlements: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday that certain illegal settlements outside of the large blocs in the West Bank - enclaves that Israel plans to keep as part of any future arrangement with the Palestinians - would be considered "national priority areas.

Honduran president-elect Lobo wants coup amnesty: The president-elect of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, said Tuesday he wants political amnesty for all those involved in the coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya and isolated the country.

Bolivian president to deepen social revolution: President Evo Morales seems set to push ahead with the implementation of a new constitution to place indigenous peoples at the heart of Bolivia's government and society after his victory in Sunday's presidential election.

US to punish anti-American TV in ME: US Lawmakers claim some Middle Eastern television networks repeatedly publish or broadcast violence against the United States and Americans. The bill reads that such incitement poses danger to American soldiers and civilians in the region and at home, adding that they must be stopped.

Big Brother Programs to Read Our Minds and Emotions: Half-baked Homeland Security is spending millions to develop sensors capable of detecting a person's level of 'malintent' as a counterterrorism tool.

US to provide $3bn in compensation for native Americans : The U.S. government will pay as much as $3.4 billion and institute reforms to settle a long-running class-action lawsuit brought by Indians who claim federal mismanagement of billions of dollars in mineral and grazing royalties from their lands dating to the 19th century.

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