Thursday, 24 December 2009

News For December 24, 2009

Mr. 10%: Our Man in Islamabad

By Eric Margolis

Now, in a delicious irony, Washington is finally getting the democracy it has been calling for in Pakistan - and it's the Mother of all Backfires. Continue

Welcome to Pashtunistan
The Aim of America’s Secret War?

By Shaukat Qadir

Pakistan’s conspiracy theorists have long held that the real object of Xe, acting on behalf of the CIA, is to destabilise Pakistan so as to have an excuse to take over or destroy its nuclear assets, because Israel and the US remain uncomfortable with a nuclear Pakistan. I have long disputed this theory, but am finding it increasingly difficult to continue doing so. Continue

Christians United for War

By Philip Giraldi

As today is Christmas Eve, it might be useful for those of us who call ourselves Christians to recall the teachings of Jesus Christ regarding humility, charity, tolerance, and peacemaking. Continue

America is not a Democracy

By Noam Chomsky

America is not a democracy, nor was it intended to be.


Superpower presents a view of US foreign policy, which lies in stark contrast to that depicted by corporate media, popular pundits, and US heads of state.

This Is A Must Watch Movie

The heart of Superpower lies in the analysis produced from a re-examination of history through a series of interviews with historians, documentarians, and academians such as Bill Blum, Chalmers Johnson, Michael Chossudovsky, and Noam Chomsky, and others with expertise in this subject such as the Executive Producer of The Unit, Command Sergeant (Ret.) Eric Haney; former Chief Economist for the US Department of Labor, Morgan Reynolds; three-time Noble Peace Prize nominee, Kathy Kelly; and Lt. Col. (Ret) Karen Kwiatkowski. Continue

Viva Palestina Update
Plea to Egypt to Open Rafah

By Press TV

George Galloway makes a plea to Mubarak of Egypt to open the Rafah Crossing and let the convoy through. Continued

A Patient’s View of the Senate Christmas Healthcare Gift

By Donna Smith

So, all the great fanfare and all the king's horses. The great and almighty U.S. Senate has spoken. I will have to buy private health insurance -- forever, amen. The defective product that has left me wanting for real healthcare for all of my adult life is now a step closer to being the law of the land. Continue

Extrajudicial Killing: Yemeni air strike kills 30, targets home of US cleric: "If the American government helped in attacking one of [its own] citizens, this is illegal," said Aulaqi, his voice cracking. "Nidal Hassan killed 13 people and he's going to get a trial. My son has killed nobody. He should face trial if he's done something wrong."

Iraq bomb explosions leave 23 people dead: A series of bomb attacks has killed at least 23 people in Iraq. The latest attacks, which appeared to target Shia Muslims, saw eight people killed in predominately Shia areas of the capital Baghdad.

Paskistan: 5 Killed in Peshawar Suicide Attack: A suicide bomber has killed at least five people and injured many more in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, after detonating explosives near an army and police checkpoint, police say.

US ground attacks reported in Pakistan: Amid a deepening political crisis in Pakistan and growing popular unrest over US missile strikes and mercenaries, it has been revealed that over the past five years US special operations troops have conducted a number of clandestine cross-border raids into the country’s tribal areas.

Mumbai terror suspect David Headley was ‘rogue US secret agent: A key terror suspect who allegedly helped to plan last year’s attacks in Mumbai and plotted to strike Europe was an American secret agent who went rogue, Indian officials believe.

Afghan police say at least 3 people killed in explosion: Afghan police say at least 3 people killed in explosion near hotel in southern Kandahar city.

Afghan militia commander survives bombing; two guards killed: An anti-Taliban militia commander survived a roadside bombing Thursday in northern Afghanistan but two of his bodyguards were killed in the blast, officials said.

Canadian occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan: A Canadian soldier serving under NATO has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, the alliance said Thursday.

British occupation force soldier killed in Afghan explosion: A British soldier has been killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran Iraq military lacks resources for Iran frontier: US soldiers: Iraq's border forces lack the resources to properly police the country's long frontier with Iran and keep out insurgents and smugglers, US soldiers engaged in training them say.

Israeli killed in West Bank shooting attack: An Israeli man was killed Thursday afternoon in a shooting attack near the illegal West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron. Militants opened fire at an Israeli vehicle on the road between Shavei Shomron and another illegal settlement, and hit the man, apparently a resident of the settlement.

UN expert slams 'tragic' international failure in Gaza : Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestinian Territories urges Israel's European, North American allies to threaten it with economic sanctions if blockade not lifted; calls for swift implementation of Goldstone Report conclusions.

Demonizing the Goldstone report: PM: Israel faces the 'Goldstone threat': "Goldstone is a codeword for an attempt to delegitimize Israel's right to self defense," Netanyahu told the lawmakers.

Russia will develop new nuclear missiles: The development comes as on December 19, the US and Russia failed to reach a new agreement to cut their nuclear arms despite the termination of an earlier Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed in 1991.

Under the radar, Obama pushes for Patriot Act renewal: With key sections of the U.S. Patriot Act set to expire Dec. 31, the Obama administration - essentially tiptoeing through the corridors of Congress and using the raucous health care debate as cover - has quietly maneuvered for renewal of the controversial provisions, which he opposed as a senator.

Flaherty Says Russia, China May Buy Canada Dollars: Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said China, with the world’s largest currency reserves of $2.3 trillion, may be poised to buy Canadian dollars as it seeks to shield its reserves against the U.S. dollar’s decline.

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