US Attacks in Pakistan Killed 700 Civilians in 2009
By The Peninsula.
Of the 44 Predator strikes carried out by the American drones in the tribal areas of Pakistan in 12 months of 2009, only five were able to hit their actual targets, killing five key Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, but at the cost of around 700 innocent civilian lives. Continue
The US and China:
One Side is Losing, the Other is Winning
By James Petras
Asian capitalism, notably China and South Korea are competing with the US for global power. Asian global power is driven by dynamic economic growth, while the US pursues a strategy of military-driven empire building. Continue
US General Urges Strip Search of Muslim Men
By Press TV
A retired US general and member of Iran Policy Committee (IPC) says all 18 to 28 years old Muslim men should be strip searched at airports as "one of these bombers" will explode an airliner in the coming days. Continue
5 Myths about Keeping America Safe from Terrorism
By Stephen Flynn
The greatest threat isn't posed by the direct harm terrorists could inflict; it comes from what we do to ourselves when we are spooked. It is how we react -- or more precisely, how we overreact -- to the threat of terrorism that makes it an appealing tool for our adversaries. Continue
Telling The Truth
By Yvonne Ridley in Cairo
I am in Egypt now following the Free Gaza Movement of 1400 peace activists who gathered in Cairo from more than 40 different countries. Their week-long efforts to get to Gaza to give humanitarian aid and messages of goodwill and solidarity to the Palestinians have been thwarted with the utmost vigour and enthusiasm by the Egyptian Government. Continue
Rabbis Want Palestinians Ethnically Cleansed From The West Bank And Gaza?
Rabbis to US Ambassador: Time to 'Go Biblical' with Arabs
By Gil Ronen
The ambassador was visibly moved by Rabbi Sholom Gold, a leading rabbi in Jerusalem, who described the suffering that the Jewish People have endured ever since the implementation of the Oslo Accords and the agreements that followed. Continue
Is the Fed Juicing the Stock Market?
By Mike Whitney
Policymakers seem to believe that blanket government guarantees and stock market manipulation are enough to forestall another disaster. But critics think that a day of reckoning is fast approaching. Continue
An Introspective Look at the Future of America
By Craig Harris
Late in 2008 and throughout 2009, events have happened in the US which would have been labeled unfathomable just a few short years ago, and yet already these monumental changes are expected to be filed into the memory hole and Americans are expected to believe nothing has changed. Continue
Prostitution in the US Government
By Paul J. Balles
January 03, 2010 "Redress" -- MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, in a special commentary, referred to Senator Joe Lieberman as a "senatorial prostitute" for selling himself to the US insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Continue
At Least 30 Killed in Central Somalia Fighting: The insurgent group al-Shabab attacked the town of Dhusamareb Saturday, trying to seize it from Ahlu-Sunna Wal-Jamaa, a group that backs the Somali government.
Colombia attacks leave 22 dead: The attack on the "rebel camps" by air force planes and special operations forces on the ground also captured eight members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), five of whom were wounded, General Javier Florez told reporters.
25 "Taliban" killed in northern Afghanistan - governor: Afghan troops and US Occupation Forces killed 25 Taliban militants in a clash in northern province of Kunduz, the provincial governor said Sunday.
Official: 512 foreign occupation troops killed in Afghanistan in 2009: Among those killed, 448 were in military operations and 64 in other incidents
Taleban deputy leader warns of more attacks in Afghanistan in 2010: The deputy leader of the Taleban, Mullah Berader, has said that if the foreign "aggressor forces" persist with their activities in Afghanistan, they should not expect the Taleban to "soften their posture" either and if they wanted peace they must withdraw their forces.
Karzai suffers cabinet vote setback: The Afghan parliament has rejected two-thirds of the ministers nominated by the country's president.
Exclusive: CIA Attacker Driven in From Pakistan: The suicide bomber who killed at least six Central Intelligence Agency officers in a base along the Afghan-Pakistan border on Wednesday was a regular CIA informant who had visited the same base multiple times in the past, according to someone close to the base's security director.
8 militants, 2 soldiers killed, 22 suspects arrested in Waziristan: Pakistani security forces Sunday said that eight militants and two soldiers were killed and twenty-two suspects were arrested in the ongoing operation in South Waziristan tribal agency, along the Afghan border.
Fresh US attacks kill 5 in Pakistan: Fresh attacks by American unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) on Sunday killed five people in Pakistan's North Waziristan.
Pakistan village mourns 88 bomb deaths: Villagers in Shah Hasan Khel held funeral services from some of the at least 88 victims on Saturday, as rescuers searched through the rubble for more bodies.
Pakistan minister among four people killed by a roadside bomb: Ghani-ur Rehman, a former irrigation minister in North West Frontier Province (NWFP), died in a an explosion in Bagto village, about 10km from the city of Hangu, on Sunday.
At least 12 killled as Saudi jets 'continue' targeting Yemen villages: Saudi airstrikes on northern Yemeni villages on Sunday killed over a dozen civilians in the beleaguered area, Houthi fighters said.
U.S., British embassies in Yemen close on Qaeda threat: The United States and Britain closed their embassies in Yemen on Sunday over security concerns about possible militant attacks after the failed bombing of a U.S.-bound plane on Christmas Day.
Canada to help defend Yemen from al-Qaida reinforcements: A Canadian warship involved in NATO-led counter-piracy operations off Somalia’s coast now has an additional task after Somali Islamic militants said Friday they planned to send fighters across the Gulf of Aden to help al-Qaida fight the Yemeni government.
UK to follow US intervention in Yemen: Upon the orders of Obama, the military warplanes on December 17 blanketed two camps in the North of the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, claiming there were "an imminent attack against a US asset was being planned." The attacks killed scores of civilians, according to Yemeni opposition groups.
Yemeni air attacks on al-Qaida fighters risk mobilising hostile tribes: Killing of tribal leader's wife and children sparks condemnation of Sanaa and the west.
In case you missed it: "That was the most expensive vote you will have cast." : In an action that appeared to demonstrate Washington's pique at Yemen for voting against the United States during a crucial U.N. Security Council debate on the gulf crisis, the State Department disclosed that it has slashed aid to the Arab nation from a planned $22 million to less than $3 million.
Iraq: Gunmen kill 3 guards in Mosul: Three guards have been killed by unknown gunmen in western Mosul City, a local police source said on Sunday.
Female British soldier sexually humiliated Iraqi prisoners: A female British soldier has been accused of sexually humiliating and abusing prisoners in Iraq in a series of claims about British troops in Basra, The Times has learnt.
Fact or fiction? Report: Obama backs Egypt plan for Mideast peace: Barack Obama's administration supports Egypt's vision for a Middle East peace plan that would include a complete halt of construction in West Bank settlements as well as the release of senior Palestinian officials from Israeli prisons, the Qatar-based news network Al-Jazeera reported on Sunday.
Palestinian reconciliation 'close': A senior Hamas leader has said that the Palestinian group is close to reconciliation with the rival Fatah movement.
Israel rejects bill allocating equal land to Jews and Arabs "The Israeli government has proven that it is avoiding the principle of civil equality," Tibi said in response to the ruling. "The same government which approved the selection bill of [Jewish] MKs David Rotem and Israel Hasson, ignores Arabs' rights, and hasn't approved the building of a new Arab village since 1948.
Viva Palestina Convoy To Leave For El-arish, Egypt By Chartered Flight: Viva Palestina convoy leader, Kevin Ovenden said the Egyptian authorities had given verbal permission but the convoy was pushing for a written confirmation for the contingent members to land in the Egyptian territory.
Vanunu: our duty to speak up: The absurd persecution of nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu did not relent on his release
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: US wants new UN sanctions against Iran's 'continuing' nuclear ambitions: Washington believes Tehran working on weapon design despite spy reports that programme has ended.
Iran issues ultimatum to West over nuclear fuel swap: "The international community has only one more month to make a decision. Otherwise, Tehran will enrich uranium to a higher purity needed for the fuel," he said, adding that "This is an ultimatum."
US baulks at Iran's nuclear demand: THE White House has told Iran that it is ''standing in its own way'' by imposing an ultimatum on world powers to accept that it will only send its low-enriched uranium to be swapped for nuclear fuel in stages.
French media caught red-handed: Honduras coup protest photo presented as Iranian: The German daily Junge Welt reported  that the French public national television channel "France 2" has diffused an image of a protest in Honduras against the June 2009 military coup and portrayed it as young Iranians resisting security forces during the Ashura day protests in Tehran.
The August Attempt on Saudi Prince Mohammed - and the Link to Flight 253: National security sources tell ABC News that the al Qaeda terrorist who tried to kill Saudi prince and counterintelligence chief Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in August used the same technique -- an underwear bomb -- and the same PETN explosive that Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab tried to use in his attempted Christmas Day attack.
Customs official confirms report of 2nd man held from Flight 253: A federal customs and border protection official reversed himself today, admitting a passenger from Northwest Flight 253 was placed in handcuffs, searched and released after a canine alerted officers to his carry-on luggage.
The Strange Case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab: The closer one looks at the available evidence surrounding the strange case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the more sinister alleged "intelligence failures" become. As this story unfolds it is becoming abundantly clear that U.S. security officials had far more information on the would-be lap bomber than we've been told.
Emirates is top US military customer: In November that in the last fiscal year the UAE became the largest foreign purchaser of US defence equipment with sales of $7.9bn, ahead of Afghanistan ($5.4bn), Saudi Arabia ($3.3bn) and Taiwan ($3.2bn).
Uganda army 'kills rebel leader': Brigadier Bok Abudema of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) was killed in the town of Djema on Friday amid an ongoing operation against the group by Ugandan forces across several countries in the region.
U.S. Air Forces Africa support with first Super Hercules flight: The first C-130J Super Hercules mission in support of U.S. Air Forces Africa, or 17th Air Force, opened up doors to a future partnership of support between the 86th Airlift Wing and upcoming missions into Africa.
Business fears as Chavez to break relations with Colombia: Chavez spoke of an “eventual” break of relations. “This is going to happen, we will be preparing for it because this Colombian bourgeoisie hates us,” he declared during a meeting at Miraflores where he bid farewell to the departing Cuban ambassador.\
“US plans military aggression against Venezuela”: The Foreign Ministry’s official statement says recurrent violations of Venezuela’s air space by American military planes is “irrefutable” proof that the United States, supported by the Netherlands, is planning and aggression against Venezuela.
U.S. military eyes Guam as staging post to counter threats: The United States plans to fortify Guam, upgrading its military base on the island into a strategic staging post that would allow rapid access to potential flashpoints in the Pacific region.
Tony Blair’s £1m-a-year paymaster seeks giant Iraqi oil deal: A Middle Eastern investment fund that pays Tony Blair about £1m a year as an international adviser is in talks to develop one of Iraq’s biggest oilfields.