300 to 500 Killed and Wounded a Month:
Surge in Casualties Predicted in Afghanistan
By Gina Cavallaro
Americans should prepare to accept hundreds of U.S. casualties each month in Afghanistan during spring offensives with enemy forces. Continue
The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See
By Chris Hedges
War is brutal and impersonal. It mocks the fantasy of individual heroism and the absurdity of utopian goals like democracy. In an instant, industrial warfare can kill dozens, even hundreds of people, who never see their attackers. Continue
Yemen Dismisses Al Qaeda Threat as 'Exaggerated'
By Borzou Daragahi
Yemeni officials on Sunday dismissed the threat posed by Al Qaeda in their country as "exaggerated" and downplayed the possibility of cooperating closely with the United States in fighting Islamic militants. Continue
U.S. Kicks Hornet's Nest in Yemen
By Eric Margolis
Just before the Detroit air incident, U.S. warplanes killed 50-100 Yemeni tribesmen fighting the American-backed regime. U.S. special forces, warplanes and killer drones have been active since 2001, assassinating Yemeni militants and anti-government tribal leaders. It was only a matter of time before Yemeni jihadists struck back at the U.S. Continue
Walls Never Work: in the Middle East or in Ireland
By Robert Fisk
The story of the Protestant "settlements" in Ireland provides a ghostly narrative of those modern-day "settlements" in the West Bank, where the Israelis insist on fighting the world's last colonial war with the assistance of that great anti-colonial nation known as the United States. Continue
Noam Chomsky: “Gaza: One Year Later”
By Democracy Now
On December 27, 2008, Israel began one of the bloodiest attacks on Gaza Since 1948. The three week assault killed some 1400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis. One year later, little to no rebuilding has taken place and the siege in Gaza continues. Speaking in Watertown, Massachusetts on December 6, 2009, linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky delivered a talk entitled “Gaza: One Year Later.” Continue
Bernanke in Atlanta:
"Easy Money did not Cause the Housing Bubble"
By Mike Whitney"
Greenspan spearheaded the public relations campaign for Wall Street, heaping praise on every leverage-enhancing innovation while turning a blind-eye on regulation. He was supported throughout his tenure by his right-hand man, Ben Bernanke. Both men are equally guilty. Continue
"We're OK With It All"
The American Idiot
Video capturing how the dumbed down American people have no idea as to what is truly going on and could careless as they sit and sip suds, watching dancing with washed up celebrities. Continue
Saudi attack kills sixteen Yemenis: Saudi Arabia has carried out a series of lethal air raids across the border with Yemen, killing 16 civilians and wounding 19 others, Yemen's Shiite rebels said on Monday.
Two suspected Al Qaeda militants killed in Yemen: Security forces killed two suspected Al Qaeda militants in clashes outside the Yemeni capital on Monday, officials said, as the U.S. and British embassies extended their closure for a second day because of threats of attack by the terror group's offshoot here.
'Orchard of fighters' grows out of poverty and mistrust in Yemen: “A US intervention, will provoke a backlash” among normal Yemenis, a conservative and poorly educated population distrustful of what they considered to be an aggressive West, Saeed al-Jemhi, the author of AlQaeda in Yemen, said. “This can only work in al-Qaeda’s favour.”
In case you missed it: Yemen seizes 'Israel-linked' cell: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said the security forces have arrested a group of alleged Islamist militants linked to Israeli intelligence.
At least seven killed, 23 injured, in Iraq attacks: - At least seven people were killed and 18 injured in six attacks in and around the northern Iraqi cities of Mosul and Kirkuk on Monday, police told the German Press Agency dpa.
Four U.S. Occupation Force Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan: Four U.S. soldiers died in a roadside explosion in Afghanistan, making them the first U.S. casualties of the war in the New Year, military officials said.
UK occupation force soldier killed in southern Afghanistan: The soldier from 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment was killed as a result of an explosion in the Nad-e Ali area of Helmand province on Sunday.
Police personnel killed by Taliban militants in Afghanistan: Taliban militants in its latest wave of violent attacks on a police checkpoint in southern Afghanistan's Ghazni province killed a police personnel and injured another on Monday.
Eighth man killed in CIA attack in Afghanistan a Jordanian spy: The eighth man killed in a suicide bomb attack on a secret CIA base in Afghanistan last week was a captain in the Jordanian spy service known as the General Intelligence Department (GID).
"The suicide bomber was a Jordanian national.": "It was a revenge for the killing of Baitullah Mehsud and the killing of al Qaeda's Abdullah by CIA," the message said. Baitullah Mehsud was the former Pakistani Taliban leader killed in an August missile attack, while the reference to Abdullah was unclear. "The suicide bomber was a Jordanian national. This will be admitted by the CIA and the Jordanian government," the message said.
Brown criticises Afghan war protest: The British prime minister, has criticised plans by an Islamic group to hold a march against the Afghanistan war in a town where dead UK soldiers are commemmorated.
Karzai orders Afghan parliament to suspend break: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday ordered parliament to suspend a winter break so that it can vet and vote on new cabinet nominees after lawmakers rejected over two thirds of his original candidates.
Pakistan: Foreigners among five killed in US attack: Five people, two of them locals and three foreigners, were killed and a few others sustained injuries in a missile attack by a CIA-operated spy aircraft on a Hujra and an adjacent house in Mosaki village in Mirali subdivision, North Waziristan, on Sunday evening.
EU lawmakers confirm calling off Iran trip due to US protest: A delegation of EU legislators canceled a planned trip to Iran after US congressmen sent a letter of protest to Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament, EU Parliament spokesman Thomas Dudrap confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Monday.
Iran postpones European Parliament visit: In a statement released from Brussels, delegation chairwoman Barbara Lochbihler, a German Green Party MEP, said group planned to talk about the recent political upheaval in Iran and "state repression."
Iran: Foreigners Conducting "Psychological Warfare": Iran claimed that several foreigners who conducted "psychological warfare" against the government were arrested during last month's renewed opposition protests, according to a Reuters report Monday.
Palestine convoy sails for Arish: The vehicles carried with the Turkish ship Ulusoy 6 are part of a Gaza-bound international aid convoy that is partly organized by Turkey’s IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation. Fifty activists are travelling with the ship, while the remaining 380 people are planning to go to Arish by plane the following day.
Israel’s hidden friends ramp up campaign to distract Palestine activists from core issues ": Palestine is and shall remain at the centre of the struggle for justice for the Palestinian people. We Palestinians and Arabs played no part in your Holocaust and we have nothing to do with anti-Semitism, past or present, real or imagined. It is us, not you, who are continuing to suffer from the legacy of the Nazis. Go forth and take your Jewish issues elsewhere. We shall have nothing to do with you."
Aaronovitch Miliband & Me by Gilad Atzmon: “With these two Jewish Chronicle writers supporting a criminal war at the midst of British press”, I said, “a possible rise of anti Semitism should never take us by surprise”.
Mark LeVine: The $30bn pair of underpants: Will the US ramp up its efforts in a new country each time there is an attempted attack, putting US "boots on the ground" against an enemy that is impossible to defeat? Such a policy would fulfill al-Qaeda's wildest dreams, as the US suffers death by a thousand cuts, bleeding out in an ever wider web of interconnected and unsustainable global conflicts.
Tighter checks for US-bound flights: Beginning on Monday, all passengers flying from or via at least 14 countries, including Nigeria and Yemen, will be patted down and have all carry-on luggage searched before boarding flights bound for the US.
Drone for Spying on Americans Outed: Orwell would be proud
U.S. Treasuries Post Worst Performance Among Sovereign Markets: Investors in U.S. debt lost 3.5 percent on average through Dec. 30, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch indexes, the biggest annual slide since at least 1978.