Thursday, 14 January 2010

News For January 14, 2010

Red Cross: Up to 50,000 Killed in Haiti Quake

January 14, 2010

The Haitian Red Cross has said that between 45,000 and 50,000 people were killed by Tuesday's earthquake, with a further 3 million hurt or homeless. Continue

Help Haiti

The Unforgiven Country Cries Out

By Chris Floyd

Hope must not be blind; you have to acknowledge the grim realities in order to know just what you're up against. So let's take a long, hard look.Continue

Our Role in Haiti's Plight

By Peter Hallward

If we are serious about assisting this devastated land we must stop trying to control and exploit it. Continue

Haitian Earthquake:

Why the Blood Is on Our Hands

By Ted Rall

As grim accounts of the earthquake in Haiti came in, the accounts in U.S.-controlled state media all carried the same descriptive sentence: "Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere..." Gee, I wonder how that happened? Continue

Pat Robertson: Haiti 'Cursed' By 'Pact To The Devil'


"They got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you'll get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal. Continue

Palin, Fox, 'Jesus on Acid' and the End of the World

By Frank Schaeffer

She's all for unbridled US military action. She's for this because theologically speaking the more war the better, at least in the Middle East. Jesus needs war to fulfill "prophecy" so he can "come back"! Continue

Bilderbergs of the World Unite!

By William Bowles

The turning point when oil took centre stage came significantly as the 20th century began with the world’s most powerful imperial navies, the German and British switching from burning coal to burning oil. From that point on the destinies of Persia and the Arab world irrevocably became central to Western imperial ambitions. Continue

The United States, Israel and the Retreat of Freedom

By Ali Abunimah

Freedom House's report reveals more about the groupthink of the US establishment -- especially with respect to its continued efforts to dominate the Middle East and ensure Israel's supremacy -- than it does about the countries surveyed. Continue

Obama Wants Record $708B for Military Wars Next Year


President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of a record $708 billion for the Defense Department next year. - The extra $33 billion in 2010 would mostly go toward the expansion of the war in Afghanistan. Continue

Millions More US Children in Poverty

By Tom Eley

In 2008, one in five US children under age 18 lived in families below the official poverty level, according to Census Bureau data released in September 2009. The figure now is significantly higher, according to Brookings researcher Julia B. Isaacs. Continue

25 killed in three bomb blasts in Iraq's Najaf: The death toll from the three explosions in Iraq's southern holy city of Najaf Thursday afternoon has risen to 25, with 72 others wounded, an Interior Ministry official said.

U.S. Companies Join Race on Iraqi Oil Bonanza: A wave of American companies have been arriving in Iraq in recent months to pursue what is expected to be a multibillion-dollar bonanza of projects to revive the country’s stagnant petroleum industry

At least 20 killed in Afghan suicide bomb attack: The lone bomber was spotted by a guard entering a money-changing market at lunchtime and detonated explosives attached to a waistcoat before he could be stopped.

Exporting Corruption: 3/4 of Afghan Corruption Cases Involve Westerners: McClatchy Newspapers reports that it’s not just the corrupt Afghan government that’s feeding at the trough. The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says about three-quarters of its active corruption investigations involved Westerners.

US Attack in Pakistan Kills at Least 18 People: : Two missiles were fired at a compound on Thursday, where Hakimullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban chief, was believed to have been.

CIA drone strike missed Mehsud, say Pakistani Taliban: Leader left Waziristan compound before attack, say insurgents, while intelligence source concedes it is highly unlikely he died

ACLU Requests Information On Predator Drone Program: In a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed today, the American Civil Liberties Union asked the government to disclose the legal basis for its use of predator drones to conduct "targeted killings" overseas.

4 U.S. occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan attacks: The deaths raised to 14 the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan so far this year

Senator Carl Levin wants clandestine action, drones in Yemen: Veteran United States Democratic Senator Carl Levin called on Wednesday for military operations in Yemen such as drones, clandestine missions and airstrikes.

In Yemen, 158 clerics vow jihad against US military intervention: Prominent Islamist clerics in Yemen warned on Thursday that they would lead a jihad against any foreign forces that occupied their impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation to fight Al Qaeda militants there.

Risk-averse Britain may lose stomach for war, warns minister: “We, sadly, face a series of threats, the nature of which will require the projection of power beyond our borders to protect our national security,” he said. “My great fear is that we as a nation will become so risk-averse, cynical and introverted that we will find ourselves in inglorious and impotent isolation by default.”

Graham: U.S. may have to use military action against Iran: The U.S. may have to act militarily, he said, if other methods fail.“It would be better to use military force to go after Iran before they get the bomb,” Graham said. “I told the president the same thing.”

‘US, Israel attack plan known’ Iran speaker accuses Obama of state terrorism: Iran received information days ago that Israeli and US intelligence intended to carry out terrorist acts in Tehran, its parliament speaker said on Wednesday, after the killing of a university scientist.

China sending lower level rep to six-power meet on Iran: "We are aware that the representation will be below the level of political director," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said. "It will be a useful meeting to have regardless of the Chinese representation."

Report: Turkey warns Lebanon that Israel may be planning attack: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week warned Lebanese leaders that Israel may be planning an attack on its northern neighbor, Lebanese sources told the London-based Arabic language daily A-Sharq al-Awsat on Thursday.

EU delegation to assess Gaza damage: Fifty parliamentarians from across Europe are on their way to the Gaza Strip to assess conditions in the Palestinian enclave following the Israeli offensive a year ago, sources say.

Video-photos: Gaza Support Rally at Israeli Consulate, Boston : About 50 pro-Gaza activists rallied in front of the building where the Israeli Consulate is located to protest the US-Israeli oppression of Gaza. Across the street was a pro-Israel counter protest.The police stood between the 2 opposing rallies.

Disaster capitalism: IMF provides USD 100 million in emergency loans to Haiti: The IMF indicated that the USD100 million in new funding is subject to approval by the IMF Executive Board, which could consider the augmentation under accelerated procedures.

Haiti Disaster Capitalism Alert: Stop Them Before They Shock Again: Readers of the The Shock Doctrine know that the Heritage Foundation has been one of the leading advocates of exploiting disasters to push through their unpopular pro-corporate policies.

Limbaugh: Obama will use Haiti to boost credibility with "light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this count

Haiti: Limbaugh was Bad, but ...: From a website promoting Anti-Obama and Anti-Democratic Party rants, Republicans in general, the Tea Party Movement and Conservative politicians comes one of the worst examples of political opportunism over the disaster in Haiti I've seen to date.

Soldiers Accused of Extrajudicial Killings Freed: Over the last two weeks, 31 Colombian soldiers accused of the forced disappearance and murder of 11 young men from the poor Bogotá suburb of Soacha have been released from prison on the grounds that they were not formally indicted within 90 days of their arrest, as established by Colombian law.

UK: Government to release secret files that 'prove MI5 colluded in torture of terror suspect': Government lawyers have spent the past four months fighting a desperate legal battle to avoid disclosing the potentially deeply-shameful information.

Man gets through security with gun at MT airport: The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that screeners at Gallatin Field near Bozeman inadvertently allowed a passenger with a firearm in his carryon luggage through security last month.

Meet Mikey, 8: U.S. Has Him on Watch List: “Meet Mikey Hicks,” said Najlah Feanny Hicks, introducing her 8-year-old son, a New Jersey Cub Scout and frequent traveler who has seldom boarded a plane without a hassle because he shares the name of a suspicious person. “It’s not a myth.”

Demonizing Ritter? Former Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Nabbed in Teen Sex Sting: Former chief United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter was arrested in a Pennsylvania sex sting in November on a litany of charges involving a lewd Internet conversation with a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl..

Dollar Crisis Looms if US Doesn't Curb Debt: Experts: The United States must soon raise taxes or cut government spending to curb its debt, and failure to act will risk a crippling dollar crisis as investor confidence ebbs, a panel of experts said on Wednesday.

US Foreclosures Up 21% in 2009: The number of U.S. residential properties receiving at least one foreclosure filing jumped 21% in 2009 to a record 2.82 million, reports RealtyTrac.

US : New unemployed rise for second week: New claims for jobless insurance benefits in the United States rose for the second consecutive week amid persistent labor market concerns even as the economy recovers from recession.

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