Monday, 21 December 2009

News For December 21, 2009

Cruise Missile Attacks in Yemen

By Glenn Greenwald

For many people, the mere assertion by anonymous U.S. Government officials that these attacks targeted "suspected al-Qaeda sites" will be sufficient to deem them justified. Continue

Gaza, Afghanistan and International Law

Interview with Richard Falk

Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and author of "Crimes of War: Iraq" and "The Costs of War: International Law, the UN, and World Order after Iraq" recorded October 17, 2009 in Seattle.

Gaza Must Be Rebuilt Now

By Jimmy Carter

Despite offers by Palestinian leaders and international agencies to guarantee no use of imported materials for even defensive military purposes, cement, lumber, and panes of glass are not being permitted to pass entry points into Gaza. The US and other nations have accepted this abhorrent situation without forceful corrective action.Continue

Bended Knees: Zionist Power in American Politics

By James Petras

The key to the power of the Zionist Power Configuration is that it is a mass grassroots organization, bolstered by the financial support by scores of millionaires and dozens of billionaires and a complicit mass media. Continue

Fidel Castro on Copenahgen:

The Moment Of Truth

By Fidel Castro

“…the wealthy nations should welcome all the immigrants affected by climate change instead of forcing them to return to their countries as they are doing now…” “…our obligation is to save all of humanity and not half of humanity.” Continue

Now I’m Really Getting Pissed Off

By David Michael Green

You know, I've really been trying not to write an article every other week about all the things I don't like about Barack Obama. But the little prick is making it very hard. Continue

They're All Against Jobs

By Sen. Fritz Hollings

Everyone is crying for jobs, but no one seems to understand why there aren't any. And the reason for those opposing jobs is money. Continue

Nader’s Utopia: The World According to Ralph

By Chris Hedges

The fantasy of the rich going to the rescue of ordinary Americans is born out of Nader’s deep despair over the decline of our democratic mass movements. It will take angels—and this is what the super-rich become in the book—to descend from the heights to save the country from corporate neofeudalism. Continue

Saudi attack on Yemen kills 54 people: Yemeni Shi'ite Muslim rebels said Saudi air attacks on northern Yemen killed 54 people on Sunday, many of them women and children.

Images of the dead children killed by the U.S. bombs in Yemen: Warning - Pictures reflect the reality of attacks on Yemen

Mullen praises Yemen air strikes, raises concern over Iran: The top US military officer Admiral Michael Mullen on Sunday praised US military strikes against a suspected Al-Qaeda cell in Yemen.

'US aided' deadly Yemen raids: Video shows women and children killed in attacks

60 People Killed as Suspected al-Qaida leader in Yemen Escapes Raid: Witnesses put the number killed at over 60 and said the dead were mostly civilians, including women and children. They denied the target was an al-Qaida stronghold, and one provincial official said only 10 militant suspects died.

Yemen accused of rights abuses: "Illegal immigration is a big problem for Yemen's government, but hunting asylum seekers down like criminals and sending them back illegally is no way to solve the problem," Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said.

Clashes in Somalia leave 15 people dead: A heavy fighting between Somali government and Islamist rebels has killed more than 15 people, mostly civilians, and wounded 45 others sources said on Monday.

Ethiopian troops back in Somalia: Residents in Beledweyn told AfricaNews that they saw convey of Ethiopian troops digging trenches in Kalabeyr, a town 22Km (14 miles) from the Somali border and Ethiopia

UN Says Nearly Half Somalia's People Need Aid: The United Nations recently appealed for 690 million dollars for humanitarian operations in Somalia throughout 2010. The U.N. says there was a decline in contributions in 2009, so agencies will have little or no money to carry-over for projects in the New Year.

Six militants killed, 17 arrested in Pakistan: At least six militants were killed and 17 others arrested during military operations in northwest Pakistan in the last 24 hours, the army said in a statement on Monday.

Analysis: Hard reality as US pushes Pakistan: A senior U.S. diplomat hinted at a separate agreement that would allow the U.S. itself to take on some of the hidden war against Pakistan's militants.

2 killed as Taliban clash with Afghan forces: Two Taliban fighters have been killed in a clash with Afghan police near a police station in eastern Paktia province, officials have said.

2 occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: Two soldiers of the NATO-led occupation force were killed in the militancy-ridden southern region of Afghanistan, a press release of the alliance said on Sunday.

British occupation force soldier shot and killed in Afghanistan: A British soldier has been shot and killed in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence in London announced Monday.

Five killed in Iraq suicide bombing: The head of the municipal council in the town of Tel Afar, Hussein Mohammed Al al-Kris, was among the dead. The suicide bomber, who had the explosives strapped to his body, was also killed, according to police

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Iran's President: 'Smoking Gun' a U.S. Fabrication: Iran's president is dismissing a newly revealed secret document that purportedly shows Iran has been trying to develop a crucial component of a nuclear bomb, calling it a fabrication concocted by the U.S. government.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran? Iran 'holding bin Laden relatives': Iranian authorities are holding several family members of Osama bin Laden, according to Abdul Rahman bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader's second son.

U.S. won't rule out Iran strike; France touts new nuclear sanctions: Military force would have only limited effect in stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons but must remain an option, the top U.S. military officer said Monday.

No Attack on Iran: “The lesson of George W. Bush invading Iraq and leaving North Korea alone is that if you have a nuclear bomb, the United States will leave you alone.”

Limbaugh Calls For "Massive Bombing Raids," War With Iran (AUDIO): On his show Friday, Rush Limbaugh warned his listeners that "if we don't pound Iran into submission at some point they are going to get the bomb."

Finkelstein: Livni 'proud' of Gaza 'war crimes': Prominent Jewish-American professor says Gaza rockets were 'symbolic resistance' to Israeli siege.

Israel to seek another 1b euros Holocaust in reparations from Germany: Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz will demand between 450 million to 1 billion euros in reparations from Germany on behalf of Jews forced into slave labor during the Holocaust, it emerged on Sunday.

Israel admits to organ thefts: Israel has admitted that it harvested organs from the dead bodies of Palestinians and Israelis in the 1990s, without permission from their families.

Israeli video confirms theft of Palestinian organs: The 57-minute video was filmed by Yehuda Hiss, the director and chief pathologist at the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine, and explains how he authorized organ theft, gave instructions to doctors to do so and said he would sometimes snatch the organs himself.

Chavez warns Colombia not to attack Venezuela: He told his countrymen that they must be calm but fully alert as Colombia has sent two army battalions to the Venezuelan border

President Hugo Chavez to army: Shoot American ‘spy’ planes: President Hugo Chavez yesterday accused the United States of violating Venezuela’s airspace with an unmanned spy plane, and ordered his military to be on alert and shoot down any such aircraft in the future..

Colombia to build new military base on Venezuelan border: Army Commander General Oscar Gonzalez meanwhile announced Saturday that six air battalions were being activated, including two on the border with Venezuela.

Venezuela's Chavez accuses Dutch of aggression: President Hugo Chavez on Thursday accused the Netherlands of planning "aggression" against Venezuela by allowing U.S. troops access to Dutch islands off the Caribbean coast of the OPEC nation.

Colombia 'facing foreign threat': Silva did not specifically mention Venezuela in his interview with El Tiempo, but spoke of the "growing risk" of a foreign power taking action against Colombia.

World’s Sole Military Superpower’s 2 Million-Troop, $1 Trillion Wars: After allotting over a trillion dollars for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq alone and packing off more than two million of its citizens to the two nations, the U.S. military establishment and peace prize president have already laid the groundwork for yet more wars. Boeing, Raytheon and General Electric won’t be kept waiting.

Plan C: Life after Cop15: It's The End Of The World As We Know It And I Feel Fine

Deep South calls in Iran to cure its health blues: In ground-breaking project, one of America’s poorest communities is turning to the Middle East to try to resolve its crisis

Moody's Warns U.S. Could Lose Triple-A Rating: Credit rating agency Moody's (MCO) said Tuesday that the United States, along with 16 other countries, could lose their Triple-A credit rating if fiscal deficits and heavy debts are not effectively managed.

Lenders reject homeowners who apply for Obama plan: Ten months after the Obama administration began pressing lenders to do more to prevent foreclosures, many struggling homeowners are holding up their end of the bargain but still find themselves rejected, and some are even having their homes sold out from under them without notice.

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