Friday, 15 January 2010

News For January 15, 2010

Afghan Govt. Demands Arrest of US "Death Squad"
Who handcuffed, executed 8 children. US refuses

By Carl Herman

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. Continue

For Israel, a Reckoning

By John Pilger

In the United States and Europe, trade unions, academic associations and mainstream churches have brought back the strategies and tactics that were used against apartheid South Africa. Continue

Yemen - The Return Of Old Ghosts

This is a must read By Adam Curtis

What I find so fascinating about the reporting of the War on Terror is the way almost all of it ignores history - as if it is a conflict happening outside time. The Yemen is a case in point. Continue

Nuclear Deceit – The Times And Iran

By kanan48

On December 14, The Times announced that it had obtained documents about Iran’s nuclear programme that revealed “a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator. This is the component of a nuclear weapon that triggers the explosion”. - The Times had no doubts about the authenticity or significance of the document: Continue

Earthquake Survivors Dying as Aid Struggles to Reach Haiti

Democracy Now!

Reports are that those who survived Tuesday’s massive earthquake are now dying in huge numbers, and clean water, food and medical supplies are desperately needed. Dead bodies lie everywhere on the streets, and the Red Cross says it has run out of body bags. Continue

Not Everyone Surprised by Haiti Earthquake;
Geologists Sounded Alarm for Years

By Jane Musgrave

For years, scientists have warned that it was only a matter of time before another major earthquake hit Haiti or the Dominican Republic. In 2006, a group of scientists, even predicted it's strength: magnitude 7.2. Continue

Hate is a Growth Industry
The Right-wing Media React to Haiti

By Jamison Foser

If Limbaugh and Robertson are any indication of the way the conservative media think about Haiti, maybe it's for the best that Fox's top-rated shows are ignoring the tragedy. Continue

The Battle for the American Soul is Over and Jay Leno Won

By Joe Bageant

Some 300 million Americans fancy themselves as middle class, chiefly because they: (A) own microwaves and a car with plastic bumpers; and (B) live in perpetual hock to MasterCard and Visa. Debt, stress and insecurity being the only observable characteristics of middle class America, they rally round those things in a show of class solidarity. Continued

A Note of Appreciation from the Rich

By Author Unknown

Always remember that if everyone like you were economically secure and socially privileged like us, there would be no one left to fill all those boring, dangerous, low-paid jobs in our economy. And no one to fight our wars for us, or blindly follow orders in our totalitarian corporate institutions. Continue

A Time to Break Silence

This is a must read/listen By Rev. Martin Luther King

I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered. Continue

Flight 253: Anatomy of a Cover-Up

By Tom Burghardt

New revelations about the failed Christmas Day attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 continue to emerge as does evidence of a systematic cover-up. Continue

Obama Staffer Wants ‘Cognitive Infiltration’ of 9/11 Conspiracy Groups

By Daniel Tencer

Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor, co-wrote an academic article entitled "Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures," in which he argued that the government should stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine" those groups. Continue

Haiti official: Death toll estimated at 140,000: Haitian authorities have buried 40,000 victims who died after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean country earlier this week and believe another 100,000 people to be dead, a senior official said on Friday.

Chile reports 45 survivors in Haiti rubble: The Chilean government said Friday that international rescue workers had located 45 survivors in the rubble of collapsed buildings in Haiti

In pictures: Haitian earthquake : - Warning - Contains some disturbing images

US sending 10,000 troops to earthquake-hit Haiti: Up to 10,000 US troops will be on the ground or off the coast of Haiti by Monday to help deal with the earthquake aid effort, US defence officials say.

US attack kills 11people in Pakistan: officials: Two US drone missile attacks killed at least 11 militants in Pakistan's tribal belt on the Afghan border Friday, destroying their compounds, Pakistani officials said.

Roadside Bomb Kills 5 in Afghanistan: Local officials in Kandahar province say the blast occurred in the Spin Boldak district Friday as the five were on their way home from a shrine.

US occupation force soldier killed in Afghan blast: Attacks by militants in Afghanistan have killed 15 US soldiers in 2010.

Japan ends refueling mission for US forces: Incoming reports say Defense Minister Tishimi Kitazawar ordered all naval ships and their hundreds of personnel to return home after nine years of helping supply oil to vessels used by foreign forces that are engaged in a controversial war in landlocked Afghanistan.

Saudi airstrikes claim 13 lives in Yemen: According to the Houthis, Saudi warplanes carried out 12 attacks the details of which are yet to be released. The raids come only a day after the Houthis said some four civilians were killed by Saudi forces.

Iran-Saudi Arabia come to blows over Yemen: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at Saudi Arabia for its violent military offensive against the civilians in northern Yemen. "Saudi Arabia was expected to mediate in Yemen's internal conflict as an older brother and restore peace to the Muslim states, rather than launching military strike[s] and pounding bombs on Muslim civilians in the north of Yemen,"

Obama aid to Yemen could risk backlash in Arab world: "Any association with the (Yemeni) regime will only confirm al Qaida's narrative, which is that America is only interested in maintaining corrupt and despotic rulers and is not interested in the fate of Arabs and Muslims," warned Bernard Haykel, a Princeton University professor.

Rarely used flying bomb strikes new targets in Iraq: U.S. troops stationed at an outpost in southern Iraq heard a chilling whistle, and then a 60-pound airborne bomb punched through a concrete blast wall and sent shrapnel flying, wounding three Americans.

At least 2 killed as Kenya protest turns deadly: "You can see one of them is dead and his body is lying there. Another has died on the way to hospital," a medic from a Nairobi hospital said on Friday.

British lawmaker Gerald Kaufman calls Gaza blockade 'evil': Israelis who authorized the use of white phosphorous in densely populated Gaza should be tried for war crimes, British Labour Party legislator Gerald Kaufman said Friday, after entering the Strip with 60 European parliamentarians.

Honduras to try 'coup generals': Senior Honduran military officers are set to stand trial for alleged abuse of power over the coup d'etat that sent Manuel Zelaya, the president, into exile.

Discrediting the witness: Was Scott Ritter Setup?: Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter caught in online sex sting: Ritter, 44, is facing up to ten years in jail and a lifetime on the sex offenders register after being charged with child endangerment.

A Growing Underclass: Slowly but surely, longer-term unemployment seems to be becoming the norm. - Here’s a look at how many weeks the average jobless person has been jobless for:

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