Counterterrorism in Shambles - Why?
By Ray McGovern and Coleen Rowle
Launching PR “wars” on terrorism, drugs, crime, poverty, etc. misleads the average person into believing that these ills can be totally conquered or eliminated. In reality, even if the experts were so enlightened/lucky as to make no mistakes and do everything right, it’s only possible to reduce the frequency of such adverse things. Continue
A Portrait of Social Misery
By Tom Eley
The new decade finds the US working class suffering a level of social misery not seen since the Great Depression. Unemployment, poverty, hunger, utility cutoffs, homelessness, foreclosures and bankruptcies have become common experiences for millions. Continue
Make Us All Citizens of the World
By Paul deLespinasse
We must make it a criminal act to give or sell food to anybody who cannot document that they are a citizen or here with official government approval. Continue
Nine killed in Afghan market bombing: A suicide bomber struck a crowded market in restive southeast Afghanistan, killing nine people including a senior Afghan commander, while another blast hit a neighbouring province's governor's office.
Deadly Explosion Arouses New Afghan Anger at U.S.: American forces inspecting an engineering project in eastern Afghanistan paused to toss candies to a clutch of curious Afghan children on Wednesday when a large explosion tore through the crowd.
Afghan govt. demands arrest of US "death squad": Kai Eide, UN Representative to Afghanistan confirmed the Afghan government’s investigative conclusions that US troops handcuffed and then executed eight students enrolled in grades 6 through 10 in a night raid on December 27, 2009. The US military and NATO responded the troops involved were non-official. The most likely source of para-military “non-official” troops in Afghanistan is Blackwater/Xe.
Three children killed daily in Afghanistan: At least three children are killed in Afghanistan every day in attacks, bombings and armed clashes between insurgents and US/NATO occupying forces, Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM),a non-governmental organization said on Wednesday.
US forces in Afghanistan ‘should expect up to 500 casualties a month’: The anticipated increase would produce around 3,000 American casualties this year, and a total for Western forces in Afghanistan of around 5,000 killed and wounded — the equivalent of seven infantry battalions.
Taliban groups continue to grow: Local offshoots of the Taliban are cropping up across Afghanistan, where the fight against US-led Nato forces is ongoing.
At least six killed, 27 injured in fresh Iraq attacks: In western Iraq's heavily Sunni al-Anbar province, three bombs exploded in a residential neighbourhood, killing the chief of the local counterterrorism police force, Walid al-Haiti, police said.
Former SEAL killed in CIA suicide attack worked for Xe (Blackwater) : Jeremy Wise, the former Navy SEAL killed in a suicide bomber's attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan last week, was working for Xe, the Moyock, N.C.-based security company previously known as Blackwater.
US security company (Blackwater) reaches deal over compensation for killings in Iraq: Settlement amounts to implicit admission that guards were responsible for series of unjustifiable killings
15 Civilians Killed in Yemen Attack: Rebels in north Yemen say 15 civilians have been killed in an air strike by government planes.
Three policemen killed in south Yemen attack: A Yemeni officer and two policemen were killed Thursday in an attack by unidentified men in the south of the country, a local security source told AFP.
'Yemen to let US set up air base on its soil': Al-Ahmed added that his sources have revealed that the Yemeni government has decided to let the US military establish the air base on an island called Socotra located off the coast of Yemen.
Yemeni Jews refuse to leave for Israel: An official at the World's Jewish Congress Foundation, Moshe Nahum, said they have tried in vain in the past three decades to convince Yemeni Jews to move to Israel.
Iran strike could destabilize Middle East - Pentagon: "I think that outcome is potentially a very, very destabilizing outcome ... on the other hand, when asked about striking Iran, specifically, that also has a very, very destabilizing outcome," Mullen told a gathering at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think-tank.
Israeli warplanes violate Lebanese airspace, fire at areas near borders: - Israeli military aircraft flew over Lebanese airspace and fired at areas near the southern borders between Israel and Lebanon, a Lebanese security source said on Thursday.
Viva Palestina Convoy Report On Democracy NOW!: Report on the Convoy and interview with George Galloway.
USS Ramage destroyer heads from Norfolk to Mediterranean: The guided-missile destroyer left Naval Station Norfolk on Tuesday for a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a routine deployment, but recent developments have made life somewhat less routine.
Honduran generals face coup charges: Honduras' attorney-general has charged the country's senior military chiefs with "abuse of power" for a coup that removed Manuel Zelaya, the ousted president, according to a supreme court spokesman.
Plane suspect 'recruited in London': A Nigerian man accused of the attempted bombing of a US-bound plane on Christmas Day was recruited by al-Qaeda in London and met a radical American Muslim cleric in Yemen, a top Yemeni official has said
U.S. learned intelligence on airline attack suspect while he was en route: U.S. border enforcement officials discovered alleged extremist links in a database while the suspect was headed to Detroit on Christmas Day, new disclosures show.
Ottawa ordered airline scanners months ago: Baird: Baird announced Tuesday afternoon that body scanners that can see through the clothes of air travellers will be installed at airports across Canada over the next two months.
Publishers dumbfounded by airplane book ban: Canadian publishers are dumbfounded by new airport security measures that seem to forbid passengers from bringing books and magazines purchased pre-flight onto airplanes bound for the U.S.
Report: Few U.S. Muslims radical: Anew report released Wednesday by scholars at Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill says the number of radicalized Muslim-Americans remains small
Britain threatens to freeze Iceland out of EU as loan payback vetoed: The Treasury expected Reykjavik to rubberstamp the terms of repayment for the loan extended by Britain and the Netherlands at the height of the financial crisis. The loan meant that 400,000 savers with deposits in Icesave did not lose their money.
Six million in the US with no income but food stamps: Some six million Americans—one in 50 people in the US—are living on no income other than $100 or $200 a month in food stamps, according to an analysis of state data by the New York Times.
Severe unemployment worsens in cities: The number of U.S. metropolitan areas with jobless rates above 15% increased in November, according to government figures released Tuesday, despite the biggest one-month drop in the national rate in more than three years.
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