Monday, 28 December 2009

News For December 28, 2009

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists

By Chris Hedges

This corruption of our legal system, if history is any guide, will not be reserved by the state for suspected terrorists, or even Muslim Americans. In the coming turmoil and economic collapse, it will be used to silence all who are branded as disruptive or subversive. Continue

“Genocide in Slow Motion.”

By Alan Hart

It’s not enough to say that the governments of the Western powers (and others) are complicit in Israel’s on-going collective punishment of 1.5 million Palestinians, 53% of whom are children. Continue

Fighting for the Family of Man

By Peter Chamberlin

American foreign policy is a pathological assault upon the rest of the human race. Anyone with an unsuppressed conscience, a true love of his or her country, or an ounce of human decency has to be disturbed to the point of exploding over what is being done by American hands. Continue

The Economic Crisis Ends; the Political Crisis Begins

By Shamus Cooke

First Iceland, then Ireland, now Greece. Much of Europe is mired in inescapable debt and bankrupt nations, the result of crashing banks, bank bailouts, and soaring unemployment. The U.S. and U.K. watch from a distance, knowing their turn is next. Continue

Pakistan: Suicide bomber kills 25 people in Karachi: At least 25 people were killed and 60 others injured in this Pakistani port city today when a suicide bomber, defying a major security clampdown targeted the main Muslim Shia religious Ashura procession, marking the tenth day of the holy month of Muharram.

11 militants, 2 policemen killed in NW. Afghanistan: Locals say that air strikes against Taliban hideouts in Balamirghab district claimed the lives of three civilians and injured four others. But Sami declined to make comment.

Occupation forces kill ten Afghan civilians in airstrike: " Elders of the village have told us that 10 people have been killed in this airstrike, eight of them school children," Kunar governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahedi told Reuters.

Ten Afghan civilians killed: Karzai: "President Karzai strongly condemns the operation which caused civilian deaths and has appointed a delegation to investigate the incident," it said.

Taliban fighters, police killed in Afghan violence: Taliban-linked militants stormed a police post in northwestern Afghanistan, sparking a gunfight that killed two police and left three others missing, an official said Monday.

15 protesters killed as Iran rises against the regime: AT least 15 anti-government protesters, including a nephew of Iran opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, have been shot dead by security forces in Tehran as the smouldering confrontation between the regime and the so-called Green Movement finally erupted.

Iran protests: BBC Video Report

Deadly clashes rock Iran: Video: Al Jazeera's Nazanine Moshiri reports.

Iran arrests pro-reform opposition figures: Iran arrested at least 10 leading opposition figures on Monday, a day after eight people were killed in anti-government protests that erupted during a Shi'ite Muslim religious festival, an opposition website said.

Commander Warns about Enemies' Soft War against Iran: "Today enemies are striving to coerce Iran into surrender through launching a vast and massive soft war," Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said while addressing a group of commanders from Division 23.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Israel Says Iran Can Build Nuclear Bomb by 2011: Iran will possess the technology to build a nuclear bomb by early 2010 and be able to produce one the following year, Israeli media quoted Israel's defense minister as saying Monday.

Iran nuclear plant 'immune to conventional strike': "The new site near Qom is meant for enrichment. What was revealed by the Iranians had been built over years and is located in bunkers that cannot be destroyed through a conventional attack," Barak told parliament's foreign affairs and defence committee.

In case you missed it: Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran: ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.

Israel to issue gas masks to population: The gas mask distribution has, however, raised questions as to Israel's potential plans to launch an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Gaza aid convoy stuck in Jordan declares hunger strike: More than 400 members of an international aid convoy to Gaza declared a hunger strike on Sunday to protest Egypt's refusal to allow them entry into the Hamas-ruled territory via the Red Sea.

Holocaust survivor stages hunger strike for Gaza: An 85-year-old Holocaust survivor was among a group of grandmothers who began a hunger strike in Cairo on Monday to protest against Egypt's refusal to allow a Gaza solidarity march to proceed.

Cairo forces Viva Palestina to take detour: Thanks to Cairo's obstruction, Viva Palestina humanitarian convoy en rout to the Gaza Strip will take a detour and head to Syria Latakia, in a bid to enter Egypt through El-Arish.

Israel plans illegal settlement expansion: Israel housing ministry has approved plans to build almost 700 new apartments in three illegal Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem.

Five Shiite pilgrims killed in Iraq blast: A bomb killed five Shiite pilgrims in a procession in northeast Iraq today and blasts in Baghdad killed two more pilgrims as millions of people marched to commemorate the most important Shiite religious observance.

U.S. Widens Terror War to Yemen: In the midst of two unfinished major wars, the United States has quietly opened a third, largely covert front against Al Qaeda in Yemen.

CIA present in Yemen since 2008: Report: Mohamed al-Anisi had told the Saudi Arabian newspaper Okaz that the Yemeni forces were cooperating with the US military on attacks against al-Qaeda camps.

Senator Lieberman calls for ‘preemptive’ attack on Yemen: "Iraq was yesterday’s war," Lieberman explained. "Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war. That’s the danger we face."

The NEXT War?: Warmongers, like Lieberman — clearly believe that merely dropping bombs on people is effective.

Fact or fiction? 9/11 hijackers spiritual leader ordered bombing of US airliner: Al Qaeda commander and spiritual leader of the 9/11 hijackers and Fort Hood gunman Major Nidal Hasan is said to be behind the failed plot to blow up an US airliner on Friday.

Jet bomb 'not part of larger plot': Investigators have found no evidence that the man arrested for allegedly trying to blow up a US airliner on Friday was part of a larger plot, a senior US official has said.

Justin Raimondo: The Lap Bomber Mystery: Why, when Umar’s own father – a prominent banker – contacted the US embassy, and met with the CIA as well as the Nigerian intelligence agency, and warned them his son might pose a danger, was Umar allowed on a plane entering the US?

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