Thursday, 10 December 2009

News For December 10, 2009

War, More War Or Morer War

By Ted Rall

What a joke! When you ask a bunch of generals and the secretary of defense for advice about a war, the results are pre-determined: more bang bang, more soldiers, more planes, more bombs, more coffins. The amazing part is how far we've traveled down the path towards all war, all the time. Continue

Iran’s Fuel for Conflict

By Gareth Porter

The Obama administration seems to have adopted a position that makes it impossible to achieve an agreement acceptable to Tehran and move towards a global settlement with the US. If this is the case, the US may have started down the long, dark corridor to confrontation. Continue

Which Side Are You On?
US Terrorizes Iran

By Carl Herman

Official and authoritative US policy for the use of nuclear weapons has first-strike plans to strike targets “intending to use WMD” against a US ally. Continue

US Cutting Gaza Lifeline

By Ann Wright

The American government and the Obama administration has been an active participant in the continued inhumane treatment of the people of Gaza and should be held accountable, along with Israel and Egypt for violations of human rights of the people of Gaza. Continue

Obama Wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Is This a Joke?

By Mehdi Hasan

The cult of Obama has elevated him to a godlike, saint-like, superhuman position in the global political landscape. He is a celebrity, he is an icon, he is a political phenomenon. Continue

Robert Fisk - Obama is a Disaster

3 Minute Video

Robert Fisk makes a few observations about Obama, Imperialism, Afghanistan and the Middle East. Continue

Years Of Deceit:
US Openly Accepts Bin Laden Long Dead

By Gordon Duff/

Since we spent 200 million dollars on "special ops" looking for someone we knew was dead, who is going to jail for that? Since Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney continually talked about a man they knew was dead, now known to be for reasons of POLITICAL nature, who is going to jail for that? Continue

Pakistan troops killed 15 militants in tribal region: Major Fazalur Rehman, a spokesman of the paramilitary Frontier Corps said on Thursday that 10 of the militants were killed during a search operation in Khyber, one of seven tribal districts, where hundreds of troops are hunting the militants.

Afghanistan: Four militants among 15 killed in Laghman: Wardak: Four militants were among the 15 civilians perished in a pre-dawn US soldiers' operation in Armal village of eastern Laghman province, Defense Minister informed the Wolesi Jirga on Thursday.

Afghans protest civilian killings by US forces: Hundreds of Afghans have taken to the streets of the capital Kabul to protest a recent NATO airstrike which killed a number of civilians in the war-ravaged country.

Afghan demonstrators call for trial of "war criminals": The protesters also called on the government to identify and sack all those officials involved in human right violation and war crimes over the past three decades.

Canadian General Now Acknowledges Risk to Afghan Detainees: Canada’s top soldier, said Wednesday that the country’s military had been aware that prisoners it handed over to Afghan authorities risked being abused.

Marines captain from 45 Commando admits Afghan assault: A Royal Marines officer has pleaded guilty to assaulting an Afghan national while serving in the country, according to a court martial spokesman.

Kucinich plans to force vote on US withdrawal from Afghanistan: For congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Afghan President Hamid Karzai's announcement Tuesday that his country would need the US's military support for another 10 or 15 years seems to have been the last straw.

Video: Afghans angry at Obama's Nobel win: From Kabul, Steve Chao reports.

US men in Pakistan 'jihad quest': The men, students in their 20s from northern Virginia, were detained on Monday in the city of Sargodha in Punjab province, 190km southeast of Islamabad, security officials said on Thursday.

Al-Qaida affiliate in Iraq claims responsibility for Baghdad bombings:

Sir John Sawers tells Chilcot inquiry US ignored warnings: Tony Blair’s senior diplomat in Baghdad was ignored when he urged the Americans not to sack 25,000 Baathist officials, the Iraq inquiry was told today.

John Prescott expresses doubt over British support for Iraq invasion: We all know George Bush is crap, former deputy prime minister tells New Statesman

Spoils of war: Big Oil Jumps for Licenses in Iraq: Foreign oil executives are flocking to Iraq as it prepares to open some of its untapped oil assets to Western oil companies.

Details emerge on Ukrainian arms sale to Iraq: A 2.4-billion-dollar Ukrainian weapons sale to Iraq will give Baghdad's army a powerful upgrade and the former Soviet republic's arms industry an unprecedented capital injection, according to news reports Thursday.

Erdogan warns Israel on Iranian spying: Israel would face dire consequences if it violated Turkish airspace to spy on Iran, the Turkish prime minister said in an interview with an Egyptian journalist.

France Urges Immediate Move Toward Tougher UN Sanctions on Iran: China and Russia called for patience and further negotiations with the government in Tehran.

Russia reiterates distaste for Iran sanctions: Russia's top foreign ministry spokesman says Moscow remains opposed to sanctions for Iran over its plans to step up uranium enrichment.

Official: US, Saudi Responsible for Fate of Iranian Scientist: An informed Iranian foreign ministry official said the US and Saudi Arabia are responsible for the fate of Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri who went missing in Mecca.

Chomsky says Israel, 'US military base': "Israel is essentially a US military base, the US positions weapons there, that's a very close military and intelligence tie," the Jewish academic told Press TV on Wednesday while explaining the complexity of relations between Washington and Tel Aviv.

Gideon Levy / Let's face the facts, Israel is a semi-theocracy: Between Stockholm and Tehran, Israel of 2009 is much closer to Tehran.

Irish slam Gaza ban: The Israeli government has been sharply criticised in the Irish parliament for refusing Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin permission to visit Gaza.

UK to shun illegal settlement products?: According to information received at the Ministry Thursday afternoon, the British government recommended that a prominent label be placed on hundreds of Israeli products made in illegal Israeli settlements.

Ari Shavit / Obama awarded Nobel because he's a Democrat, liberal and black: He will be awarded the prize even though he is personally responsible for scores of targeted killings and much slaughter of civilians in aerial bombardments. He will be awarded the prize even though he has just decided to escalate one of the two ineffectual wars he is conducting.

Full text of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech: Remarks of the U.S. president in Oslo

Nobel peace prize: Norwegians incensed over Barack Obama's snubs: According to a poll published by the daily tabloid VG, 44% of Norwegians believe it was rude of Obama to cancel his scheduled lunch with King Harald, with only 34% saying they believe it was acceptable.

Manuel Zelaya refuses to leave Honduras as asylum seeker: Brazil condemned the de facto government's stance as an attempt to humiliate Zelaya. "It is totally unacceptable," said the foreign minister, Celso Amorim.

Citizen of 12 countries singled out for special US airport screening: By contrast, the guidelines reveal that certain politicians including state governors and their deputies and immediate families are exempt from certain extra screening procedures,

Jewish lobby wages war on Christmas trees: Lobby for Jewish values passes out fliers against hotels, restaurants putting up Christmas trees, other Christian symbols ahead of civil New Year, say businesses who do so risk losing kosher certification

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