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News For December 15, 2009

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Obama Lies:

"America Has Never Fought a War Against a Democracy."

By Carl Herman

A lie of omission is a lie; it intentionally leaves out crucial information to create a false representation of reality. Obama lied in omission in his Orwellian Peace Prize acceptance speech by claiming, “America has never fought a war against a democracy.” Continue

Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War

By Chris Hedges

I have spent enough time inside the American military to have tasted its dark brutality, frequent incompetence and profligate ability to waste human lives and taxpayer dollars. Continue

Secret Reports, Secret Budgets, Secret Operations, Secret Courts ...

A Secret Government!

By Sibel Edmonds

If these points don’t sound outrageous and if they don’t make the state of our liberties look dire and pathetic, then we are all in deep trouble. Continue

American Fascism

By political definition the US is now fascist, not a constitutional republic

By Carl Herman

The definition of “fascism” has some academic variance, but is essentially collusion among corporatocracy, authoritarian government, and controlled media and education. This “leadership” is only possible with a nationalistic public accepting policies of war, empire, and limited civil and political rights. Continue

Are Americans a Broken People?

Why We've Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of Oppression

By Bruce E. Levine

A psychologist asks: Have consumerism, suburbanization and a malevolent corporate-government partnership so beaten us down that we no longer have the will to save ourselves? Continue

“Saving Israel” or Assisting it to Commit Suicide?

By Alan Hart

The real reasons for Israel’s worsening image in the world are the extraordinary self-righteousness of its leaders, their contempt for international law and their policies, policies which currently amount to completing the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by stealth. Continue

16 Afghan policemen killed in 2 attacks: Taliban fighters attacked checkpoints in northern and southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing a total of 16 members of the Afghan National police, officials said.

Canada kept Afghan governor in power despite torture reports: A former governor of Kandahar who's accused of personally torturing Afghans might have been removed from office back in 2006 if Canadian officials hadn't defended him.

Military bishop regrets Taliban remarks: The new bishop for Britain's armed forces voiced regret on Monday if he caused offence by saying the Taliban could be admired for their religious conviction and sense of loyalty..

Pakistan; Five militants killed, two soldiers injured: Five suspected militants were killed while two soldiers were injured during the military operation, Rah-e-Nijat, in South Waziristan during the last 24 hours.

Manufacturing Consent For Attacks On Pakistan Mullen: Taliban-Pakistan Link "Growing": America's top military officer is expressing concern about the "growing level of collusion" between Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan and al Qaeda and other militants across the border in Pakistan.

US mulls Predator strikes in Pakistani cities: report: Senior US officials are pushing to expand CIA drone strikes beyond Pakistan's tribal region and into a major city in an attempt to pressure the Pakistani government to pursue Taliban leaders based in the city of Quetta, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Two killed in occupied Iraq's Diyala violence: Two people were killed and three Iraqi soldiers wounded on Monday in gunfire and roadside bomb attacks across Iraq's volatile province of Diyala, northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source said.

Tony Blair's attitude to Iraq war 'a disgrace': The ex-director of public prosecutions has accused Tony Blair of "sycophancy" towards President Bush. Sir Ken MacDonald called the 2003 Iraq war a "foreign policy disgrace of epic proportions".

Air strike 'kills 70 civilians' in Yemen: Bani Maan, the village hit by the air raid is in the border region between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The Yemeni army has reportedly claimed it carried out the attack, not Saudi Arabian forces.

'US fighter jets attack Yemeni fighters': The US has used modern fighter jets and bombers in its offensive against the Yemen fighters, Houthis said in a statement. - The development comes as The Daily Telegraph on Sunday reported that the US has sent its special forces to Yemen to train its army.

US 'sends special forces to Yemen' amid crisis: US special forces have reportedly been sent to Yemen to train its army, as the Yemeni military backed by the Saudi Arabian army has been fighting local Houthi fighters in the north of the country.

Iran does not insist on uranium swap inside the country: FM: "This proposal, which was previously discussed in bilateral talks, was offered by Iran as a goodwill gesture."

Tehran's nuclear trigger: The mullahs could have the bomb any day now.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Iran's secret nuclear trigger document : translation of full document

In case you missed it: : What I Didn't Find in Africa: Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Binyamin Netanyahu must decide whether to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities: The moment is fast approaching when Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, may have to make the most difficult decision of his career — whether to launch a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities and risk triggering a conflagration that could spread across the Middle East.

Officials: World power meeting on Iran canceled: In Vienna, Defense Minister Barak urges world to agree to tough new sanctions while suggesting that military strikes remain an option

US to apply financial pressure on Iranian Revolutionary Guard investments: The White House has approved an aggressive plan to squeeze Iran's economy, said the Treasury Department Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levy in an interview with Newsweek.

Palestine will determine world’s fate: Ahmadinejad: The defeat in the wars against Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, the United States’ inability to restore its reputation after U.S. President Barack Obama came to power, and the failures in Iraq and Afghanistan are some of the defeats that the arrogant powers, the U.S. and Israel in particular, have suffered in recent years, the Iranian president said.

Hamas vows to continue resistance to Israeli occupation: : "Negotiations have failed, and the negotiators said after 18 years that the result is zero," he told the crowd, who were dressed in the party's green and waving flags.

US army installs Gaza monitoring system: The initiative includes the installation of below-ground, state-of-the-art sensors capable of detecting sound or movement nearby. US experts began the process about one year ago, and it is nearing completion.

'Arrest warrant for Livni issued in UK': A British court on Monday issued an arrest warrant for Opposition leader and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, Channel 10 reported, citing an Al-Jazeera report. The warrant was issued for "war crimes" when she was foreign minister during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip last winter.

Livni cancels UK trip on arrest fears: Based on a report published by Israeli daily Haaretz, the former foreign minister canceled her participation in a Jewish conference in London after a British court issued a warrant for her arrest.

Report: U.N.-Backed Congo Troops Killing Civilians: A U.N.-backed Congolese military operation to oust rebels from eastern Congo has caused more civilian casualties than damage to rebels, with more than 1,400 people deliberately killed over a nine-month period, human rights groups said Monday.

A Mounting Suicide Rate Prompts an Army Response: Neither the U.S. military nor the American public would tolerate a conflict in which U.S. losses mounted for five straight years. Yet, that's what's happening in the Army's battle with suicides

Copenhagen stalls decision on catastrophic climate change for six years: World leaders will not agree on the emissions cuts recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and are likely instead to commit to reviewing them in 2015 or 2016.

Walkout triggers Copenhagen breakdown: The Copenhagen climate summit is in chaos after poor countries walked out en masse on Monday morning.

SCOTUS ruling means torture could return: civil rights group: SCOTUS ruling means torture could return: civil rights groupThe United States Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by four former Guantanamo inmates who want to sue the US government for torture they say they endured during their stay at the prison camp, a move the inmates' lawyers say could pave the way for future torture practices by the US military.

Pair sentenced for aiding terrorists with videos of U.S. landmarks: One of the videos, which was played for jurors at both men's trials, showed the two driving by the Pentagon as Sadequee said: "This is where our brothers attacked the Pentagon."

World 'losing faith in debt-laden UK': Bank's warning over the nation's credit rating

Outrage At 2,000% Loans : GREEDY lenders are exploiting struggling families by offering Christmas loans with crippling annual interest rates of 2,350 per cent.

For feds, more get 6-figure salaries: The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.

How bankers destroy £7 for every £1 they create: Hospital cleaners are more valuable to society, say researchers

81% Of Dems Want Lieberman Punished For Health Care Filibuster: More than 80 percent of Democrats say they believe Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn) should be stripped of his powerful chairmanship in the Senate if he ends up supporting a Republican filibuster of health care reform, according to a new poll.

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