Wednesday, 30 December 2009

News For December 30, 2009

Welcome to Orwell’s World 2010

By John Pilger

In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell described a superstate called Oceania, whose language of war inverted lies that “passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’, ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past’. Continue

Stranger Than Fiction: Underwear Bomb

EXCLUSIVE: Photos of the Northwest Airlines Flight 253 Bomb


A singed pair of underwear with a packet of powder sewn into the crotch, seen in government photos obtained exclusively by ABC News, is all that remains of al Qaeda's attempt to down an American passenger plane over Detroit. Continue

Detroit Airliner Terror Incident

A Convenience Theory

By Grant Lawrence

I am not one that sees conspiracies everywhere, but I do like a good Convenience Theory. Like the one that is coming together out of the botched terror attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up an airliner in Detroit just as it was arriving. Continue

New Year's Resolution: Don't Apologize for Democrats

By Jeff Cohen

For the new year, let's resolve: Don't defend Democrats when they don't deserve defending. And that certainly includes President Obama. Let's further resolve: Put principles above party and never lose our voice on human rights and social justice. Continue

Viva Palestina Update:

Egypt To Allow Convoy To Enter Gaza - Galloway Statement

1 Minute Video

George Galloway gives a statement explaining a deal that has been reached between the Turkish side of the Viva Palestina Convoy the Egyptian Government allowing the convoy to proceed to Gaza. Continue

23 Killed as deadly blasts hit western Iraq city: Another 57 people were injured in the blasts on Wednesday in Anbar province, including Qassim Mohammed Abid, the provincial governor.

10 militants killed, 15 arrested in Pak's northwest: Pakistani troops killed 10 militants in a clash in the Mohmand tribal region while 15 rebels were arrested during operations in the northwestern Swat valley, authorities said today.

Pakistani "Taliban" in attack claim: Pakistan's Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed up to 44 people in the commercial capital Karachi, and threatened more attacks.

8 Americans killed in Afghan attack: U.S. embassy: Eight Americans have been killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, an embassy official and NATO said on Wednesday.

Afghans condemn US for 10 'civilian deaths': "Obama! Obama! Take your soldiers out of Afghanistan!" the protesters chanted, wearing blue headbands with the words: "Stop killing us!"

U.S. intelligence: 'Time is running out' in Afghanistan: Intelligence officials are warning that the Taliban-led insurgency is expanding and that "time is running out" for the U.S.-led coalition to prove that its strategy can succeed.

Afghans turn to Taleban justice as insurgents set up shadow government: Corruption and incompetence in President Karzai’s Government — particularly at local level — have forced a growing number of people to seek the services of the Taleban.

Seventy killed in clashes in northern Nigeria: According to a foreign news agency 42 bodies were on the floor of the morgue in the city of Bauchi, all with bullet or machete wounds. Another 25 bodies, mostly young people including minors, had been placed in cold storage rooms.

U.S. Seeks to Boost Yemen For Expanded Al Qaeda Fight: - The United States is looking at ways to expand military and intelligence cooperation with the government of Yemen to step up a crackdown on al Qaeda militants believed to be behind a failed plot to blow up a U.S. passenger jet, American officials said on Wednesday.

US, Yemen gear up for flight 253 "retaliatory" strike: Washington and Sana'a are reviewing targets for a possible retaliation strike on Yemeni soil in the wake of a failed Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound airliner, which al-Qaeda in Yemen claims to have organized.

Kazakhstan, Iran Refute Uranium Deal Reports: -The governments of Kazakhstan and Iran Wednesday refuted media reports that Iran is close to securing a deal to secretly import 1,350 metric tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan.

US Senator McCain calls for sanctions against Iran: US Senator John McCain on Wednesday called for “immediate sanctions” against Iran in the wake of a violent crackdown on protests, which left at least eight people dead.

Ahmadinejad: U.S can't influence Iran: The United States and others trying to interfere with Iran's domestic politics have no influence, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday.

Iran opposition leaders told to repent or else: Hundreds of thousands of government supporters took to Iran's streets on Wednesday in a show of force against the opposition, with a senior cleric telling their leaders to repent or face death.

Robert Fisk: The silent cleric who holds the key to Iran's future: We like to believe – and newspapers and television like us to believe – that the battle for Iran is being fought on the streets of Tehran, of Isfahan, of Najafabad. Untrue.

China mulls overseas naval base: Chinese naval vessels have been operating in the Gulf of Aden off the Horn of Africa for a year, escorting both Chinese and foreign ships through the waters where Somali pirates operate.

Egypt's Gaza wall months from completion - Israel: Cairo has played down the scope of the dig on the 14-km (8-mile)-long frontier but Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers condemn it as a "wall of death" that could seal an Israeli-led blockade by smothering smuggler tunnels from the Egyptian Sinai.

'Israel is the persecutor,' says Holocaust survivor on hunger strike for Gaza: “There comes a time in one’s life when one has to step up and risk one’s own body,” she told The Daily Star. “We’re in a desperate situation here, but not as desperate as the people in Gaza.”

The Global War on Stealth Underwear: There is no "war" against terrorism. What George W. Bush launched and Barack Obama insists on perpetuating does not qualify.

Obama: Air security system failed: He said errors had emerged in the process of collecting and sharing intelligence and in the homeland security system which could have prevented the attack.

Dutch to use full-body scanners: The Dutch government has said that it will commence using full-body scanners on flights to the US from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport within three weeks, after a failed Christmas Day airliner bomb attack.

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