Wednesday, 23 December 2009

News For December 23, 2009

USA Spends Trillion Dollars to Make Terrorist War Last Forever

By Sergey Balmasov

“They spent a trillion dollars to add more fuel to the fire of the terrorist war. The Americans crushed Iraq and Afghanistan . There are too many people in these two countries who lost their homes, jobs and loved ones because of the USA, and those people are ready to do anything to harm the Americans. " Continue

The Troops Protect Our Freedom, and Other Lies I Learned in School

By Kevin Carson

The United States’ military does not “defend our freedom.” There hasn’t been a war in my lifetime that involved a genuine foreign military threat to our freedom, and the United States government has been actively involved in suppressing freedom around the world for decades. Continue

Interviewing Ahmadinejad in Shiraz

By Jon Snow

I have been applying for a period of months for an interview with President Ahmadinejad had twice been refused and was settling down for the Christmas break, or the prospect of it, when I was contacted from Tehran and told I would have an interview yesterday. Continue

Obama's Role in the Militarization of Mexico

By Mike Whitney

It is presented as a petition of the Mexican president Felipe Calderon for US help in the war on drugs but in reality it was designed in Washington as a way to "push out the borders" of the US security perimeter, that is, that Mexico would take on US security priorities including policing its southern border and allowing US companies and agents into Mexico's intelligence and security operations. Continue

Obama Double-Crossed Progressives on Health Care

By Matthew Rothschild

If you're a good progressive, and you wanted single-payer health care for all, or, second best, Medicare for All Who Want It, or third best, a robust public option, or fourth best, a paltry public option, now you've got nothing, nada, zippo. Continue

Bomb Blasts Kill 5 Afghan Civilians : At least five civilians were killed and eight others wounded Wednesday in two separate explosions in southern Afghanistan, officials say

Afghan senator killed in ‘police ambush’: An Afghan senator was killed when he drove through a police ambush set for Taliban militants in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said.

British occupation force soldier killed on patrol in Afghanistan: Death is third this week in Helmand province for UK troops

Fighters 'sent to Afghan Taliban': A senior Pakistani Taliban commander has said he has sent thousands of fighters into neighbouring Afghanistan to counter the rising level of US troops.

Pakistan: Eighteen militants killed in Orakzai: Eighteen militants, including a local leader of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, were killed in security forces’ shelling and a clash with a tribal lashkar in lower and upper Orakzai agency on Tuesday.

Zardari breaks all records of keeping foreign gifts: President Asif Zardari has set a new record within a year by taking one-third of all the expensive gifts presented to all Pakistani presidents and prime ministers. Of the gifts totalling Rs160 million, Zardari has taken gifts worth Rs62 million during the first year of his presidency.

Pakistan probe into 'Bhutto mansion millions': A MULTI-MILLION pound estate in Brook, near Godalming, is once again at the centre of an international scandal, as officials in Pakistan prepare to re-open a probe into links with the country's current president.

5 killed, would-be suicide bomber captured in Baghdad: Four policemen and a civilian was killed and three people wounded in separate attacks, while Iraqi security forces arrested a would-be suicide bomber in Baghdad, Iraqi security forces said Wednesday.

Bomb Kills 2 people in occupied Iraq, Targets Historic Church in Mosul: A bomb killed two men and damaged a historic church in a northern Iraqi city on Wednesday, one day ahead of Christmas Eve services that will be heavily guarded for fear of more attacks on the country's Christian minority.

Iraqi general assassinated: A senior Iraqi army officer has been shot dead in front of his home west of Baghdad, an interior ministry official said on Wednesay.

Chilcot's lessons on Iraq: The preparations for the aftermath of the invasion were criminally inadequate, which led to appalling acts of abuse

Brown to Testify at Iraq Inquiry Post-Election: British leader Gordon Brown won't testify before his country's investigation of the Iraq war until after the next general election, the committee behind the inquiry said Wednesday.

Carter apologizes for 'stigmatizing Israel': Former US president offers US Jewish community heartfelt apology for any contribution he may have had to Jewish nation's negative image

Exclusive: Israel wargame sees U.S. sidelining Netanyahu on Iran: Israel will find itself diplomatically sidelined and militarily muzzled as the United States pursues a nuclear deal with Iran next year, according to a closed-door wargame at Israel's top strategic think-tank.

Iran police clash with mourners, 50 arrested: reports: Iranian police clashed with mourners at a memorial service Wednesday for dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, arresting more than 50 and beating women and children, reports said

Demonizing Iran: : Iran behaves increasingly like a 'police state': US: The United States on Wednesday accused Iran of increasingly behaving like a "police state" after Iranian security forces clashed anew with protesters.

Demonizing Iran: Denmark: Muslim leaders criticized for meeting Ahmadinejad: "They should have at least distanced themselves from a regime that imprisons its citizens and punishes students for being homosexuals," said Martin Henriksen, a spokesperson for the Danish People's Party

Propaganda? Report: Bin Laden wife, children under house arrest in Iran: Report: Bin Laden wife, children under house arrest in IranDUBAI — Six of Osama bin Laden's children and one of his wives, missing since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, are under house arrest in Iran, newspapers reported on Wednesday, quoting a family member.

Iran complains about US intercepting its ships in int''l, territorial waters:" For the second time in a week, Iran on Tuesday complained and warned that it would retaliate against the "unlawful" acts by the United States Navy which pursued an Iranian commercial ship on the high seas last October and caused another Iranian fishing boat to sink in Iranian territorial waters last September.

Kidnapped Colombia governor killed: The body of a Colombian state governor who had been abducted, allegedly by leftist fighters, has been found with his throat slit, according to the Colombian president.

Honduras' Manuel Zelaya Stuck In Embassy For Christmas: Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya will spend Christmas with his family stuck inside the soldier-ringed Brazilian Embassy where he has been holed up for months after being toppled in a June coup.

Venezuela, China Sign Oil Deals: Venezuela and China gave a new boost to their thriving economic ties Tuesday, signing a package of agreements that advances China strategy of locking in access to the South American country's vast oil reserves.

Report says 225,000 Haiti children work as slaves: Poverty has forced at least 225,000 children in Haiti's cities into slavery as unpaid household servants, far more than previously thought, a report said Tuesday

Plan to Move Guantánamo Detainees Faces New Delay: Rebuffed this month by skeptical lawmakers when it sought finances to buy a prison in rural Illinois, the Obama administration is struggling to come up with the money to replace the Guantánamo Bay prison.

Ray McGovern: Break the CIA in Two: Covert action and analysis do not belong together in the same agency — never have, never will.

Go Back to the Drawing Board: Without a public option, Senate bill is a sop to the insurance industr

Small-business bankruptcies rise 81% in California: With credit tight and consumers still pinching their pennies, many business owners find they can't go on.

US home foreclosures top one million mark: The number of US homes in foreclosure topped the one million mark for the first time ever, according to figures released this week by federal agencies.

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