Wednesday, 13 January 2010

News For January 13, 2010

Haiti Devastated by Largest Earthquake in 200 Years

Thousands Feared Dead

By Democracy Now!

We get the latest on Haiti, a country rocked by natural as well as political crises. We speak with journalist Kim Ives of Haiti Liberté and Haitian American novelist Edwidge Danticat, her family at the epicenter of the quake.

Obama’s Alternate Universe

By Scott Ritter

2010 will be a very bad year for the American people, and the world as a whole, simply because those who can make a difference are operating in an alternative policy universe governed by the self-serving interests of those who use politically induced fear as a mechanism of placating a public oblivious to the fact that they are sleepwalking ever closer to a demise of their own making. Continue

Petty Games of Foreign Ministers

By Yvonne Ridley

In a few years time the names of Aboul Gheit and Miliband will be long forgotten in their own countries nevermind overseas, but I'd like to bet the name of George Galloway will live on for a few generations in the Middle East. Continue

Guantanamo Bay Guard Meets British Ex-prisoners

By BBC - Video

A former Guantanamo Bay guard has had an emotional reunion with two of his former prisoners from Britain. Continue

"We Hooded Them, Shackled Them and Shipped Them To Guantanamo"

By Press TV

Interview with Lawrence Wilkerson (former Chief of Staff for Colin Powell). Click to view

Holding Corporations Accountable for Apartheid Crimes

By Amy Goodman

"Who is a corporation and what are its responsibilities? If companies can affect lives in ways that make those lives worse, so that people are suppressed or terrorized ... you are basically ascribing to eternity the fact that companies can act with both impunity and immunity." Continue

US Must Cut Spending to Save AAA Rating, Warns Fitch

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Fitch Ratings has issued the starkest warning to date that the US will lose its AAA credit rating unless acts to bring the budget deficit under control, citing a spiral in debt service costs and dependence on foreign lenders. Continue

Engineering Poverty

Food Stamp Profits?

Audio Report By Stacy Herbert & Max Keiser

How JP Morgan gets rich with increased poverty. Continue

Pizza Shop Heckler:

Bush Sr. a ‘Murderous, Zionist Piece of Shit’

By Stephen C. Webster

At an unidentified pizza shop visited by George H.W. Bush recently, one of the customers decided to give the former president a slice of his mind, replete with generous toppings. Continue

27 killed in Somalia clashes: At least 27 people were killed in a third day of fighting between pro-government militias and Al Shabab rebel group in central Somalia, witnesses and a rights group said yesterday.

Seven children killed in Somalia shelling: Seven children were among ten people killed in shelling by Somali government forces in Mogadishu Wednesday as the troops backed by African Union peacekeepers fired mortars into districts held by insurgents.

Blackwater in Somalia?: Reuters reports a spokesperson from the Islamist Al-Shabaab group in Somalia claiming that the US mercenary group Blackwater/Xe Services is in Somalia, is recruiting and is planning a series of spectacular terrorist attacks against civilians to discredit his movement in Mogadishu.

Afghanistan: Seven killed in violence : Afghan official: Seven people were killed during protests in southern Afghanistan sparked by rumours that foreign troops had desecrated a Koran, an official said Wednesday, blaming Taliban for inciting the violence.

4 Afghan police and 2 US occupation forrce troops killed in blasts: Two US service members and four Afghan policemen were killed today in separate explosions in eastern Afghanistan, an area rife with violence, officials said.

French occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan: A French serviceman was killed Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan, the third one in three days, the Defense Ministry said.

Iraq: 7 killed in Iraq suicide bombing: Seven people were killed and six injured Wednesday when a suicide bomber blew up an explosives-packed truck in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, a police source said.

Three policemen killed in Iraq's Diyala province: Three policemen were killed and five others injured in a car bomb explosion near their vehicle in the volatile province of Diyala in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, a provincial police source said.

Civilian killed in Iraq's Diyala violence: A civilian was killed and five others injured in separate incidents in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala on Wednesday, a provincial police source said.

Obama will seek additional $33 billion for wars: Obama will seek additional $33 billion for warsThe Obama administration plans to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, on top of a record request for $708 billion for the Defense Department next year, The Associated Press has learned.

Terrorist group claims responsibility for Iran nuclear physicist death: report: The Iran Royal Association, a group seeking to reestablish the Pahlavi reign in Iran, announced Tuesday in a statement that its " Tondar Commandos" were behind the assassination of Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, a particle physics professor in Tehran University, according to the report.

US denies role in Iran terror despite claims by Iran Royal Association: The American denial comes despite the fact the US-based monarchist group, the Iran Royal Association, declared responsibility for the terrorist attack only hours after the incident. It announced in a statement that its "Tondar Commandos" were behind the assassination of Dr. Massoud Ali-Mohammadi.

Iran: Larijani slams US for terror of Iranian scientist: "We had received information a few days before the incident that intelligence services of the Zionist regime [Israel] intend to carry out terrorist acts in Tehran in cooperation with the CIA," Larijani said on Wednesday.

Iran criticises Saudi over Yemen conflict: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticised Saudi Arabia's military involvement in Yemen's conflict, calling on Riyadh to play a mediator's role rather than to bomb fellow Muslims.

US think tank seeks to connect Iran, Yemen, Qaeda: A report says a high-profile neoconservative think tank in the United States is reportedly working to establish a link between Iran, the Yemeni opposition groups and al-Qaeda militants.

Yemen kills 'al-Qaeda cell leader': Yemeni soldiers have killed the head of an al-Qaeda cell in the eastern province of Shabwa, the governor of the province says.

GOP Congressman wants to deport every Iranian: The National Iranian American Council is on high alert after a South Carolina Congressman announced this week that he will introduce legislation which would require the deportation of all Iranians living in America.

Congressman seeking to bar Iranians from US: The STEP Act, a bill that was originally presented in 2003, would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to bar citizens of Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States.

Turkey rejects Israeli 'apology': Turkey has threatened to recall its ambassador from Israel if a row over the envoy's treatment is not resolved within hours, dismissing Israeli statements aimed at appeasing Ankara.

Earthquake leaves Haiti ‘worse than a war zone’: Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after the strongest earthquake to hit the poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped.

Venezuela to reinforce troops on Colombia border with Russian tanks: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced plans for the deployment of new Russian-made tanks and combat helicopters on the border with Colombia.

Venezuela imposes energy rationing: Hugo Chavez, the president, has said rationing is necessary to prevent water levels in the country's main dam from falling to critical lows and causing a widespread power collapse

Health Insurers Funded Chamber Attack Ads: Just as dealings with the Obama administration and congressional Democrats soured last summer, six of the nation's biggest health insurers began quietly pumping big money into third-party television ads aimed at killing or significantly modifying the major health reform bills moving through Congress.

SEC suit: Bank of America failed to disclose ’staggering financial losses’: Bank of America failed to disclose staggering financial lossesFederal regulators sued Bank of America Corp. on Tuesday, accusing the company of failing to disclose "staggering financial losses" at Merrill Lynch before shareholders approved a combination of the companies.

U.S. Prime Jumbo RMBS Delinquencies Nearly Triple to 9%; CA Drives Trend: Overall, prime RMBS 60+ days delinquencies rose to 9.2% for December 2009, up almost three times compared to the same period last year (3.2% in December 2008). The 2006/2007 vintages combined rose to 12.7% from 4.3%.

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