Tuesday, 19 January 2010

News For January 19, 2010

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The Rule of Law Has Been Lost

By Paul Craig Roberts

What is the greatest human achievement? Many would answer in terms of some architectural or engineering feat: The Great Pyramids, skyscrapers, a bridge span, or sending men to the moon. Others might say the subduing of some deadly disease or Einstein’s theory of relativity. Continue

Who's the Enemy?

By John O'Kane

Obama's Nobel acceptance speech was an embarrassing justification for the potential of war to produce peace. Continue

I Am The Resistance

You can call me names but history knows I am a hero

3 Minute Video

Whenever there is injustice, there are people fighting it with every possible means. We have seen it so many times before: the oppressed rise up, the oppressor dehumanizes them calling them such names as "terrorists", "saboteurs", "death loving" extremists... It is only normal that the oppressor will always lie to justify his actions and its crimes. Continue

Yemen, Where Dead Men Eat Lunch

By Brian Whitaker

The wily Yemeni president knows how to spin out his war on al-Qaida to win western support – and hype achievements. Continue

Accepting Various Truths

By Helen Thomas

No one in the Obama administration is going to acknowledge that our foreign policy in the Middle East has alienated many Arabs. The U.S. pro-Israel policy and our shocking neglect of the beleaguered Palestinians underlie almost every initiative or tactical tilt that comes out of Washington. Continue

Haiti Earthquake Survivors Scavenge for Food

Video Report By Al Jazeera

While at the airport the debate rages over the prioritising of military flights over civilian aid flights, in makeshift relief camps some earthquake victims are going hungry while others are fighting for food. Continue

Haiti: Guns or Food?

By Real News

Ansel Herz reports live from Port-Au-Prince on the role that the deployed US troops are playing, while author Peter Hallward weighs in on the role that the US has played in Haiti's recent history and shares his concerns that post-earthquake Haiti will further cement the domination of the Haitian people by foreigners. Continue

US Security Company Offers to Perform "High Threat Terminations"

Confront "Worker Unrest" in Haiti

By Jeremy Scahill

We saw this type of Iraq-style disaster profiteering in New Orleans and you can expect to see a lot more of this in Haiti over the coming days, weeks and months. Continue

The Disaster Within The Disaster

Its Time To Investigate the Aid Fiasco

By Danny Schechter

It is time to speak up and speak out about a charade that promised so much and delivered so little, at all the preventable deaths and suffering caused by a massive screw-up. Our good intentions are now being buried in a mass grave in Haiti. Continue

Evo Morales To Be Inaugurated This Week

By Judy Rebick

With the horror in Haiti, we could all use some good news that we will not hear about from the mainstream media. On Thursday January 21, Aymara elders and Indigenous people from across Bolivia and the Americas will gather at the inauguration of Evo Morales as leader of Abya Yala, the Indigenous name meaning Our America. Continue

What I've Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy


The history of the terrorism conducted by the CIA, since the end of the World War II when countries in Asia and Latin America, were trying to make changes to improve their economical and political situation, the Unite States of North America realized that it was not good for their status as new super power; and began a new campaign, with only one rule, Anything Goes. This is the story of the terrorism of the CIA. Continue

Taking Back America

By Peter G Cohen

The House and the Senate, with the help of thousands of lobbyists, have become the servants of the corporations and we, the people, are left without effective representation in the Congress. Continue

13 Taliban militants killed in W Afghanistan: Clashes elsewhere in west Afghanistan claimed the lives of over a dozen insurgents and two policemen, police chief in the western region Ikramudin Yawar said on Tuesday.

Two American Occupation Troops Killed in Afghan Blast: Two U.S. occupation force members were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, a day after a brazen Taliban attack on the capital showed militants are stepping up their fight against the U.S. and its allies.

UN: Afghans forced to pay billions in bribes: Corruption in Afghanistan is so entrenched that Afghans had to pay bribes worth nearly a quarter of the country’s GDP last year, according to a United Nations report.

12 killed as 'Saudi jets bombard N Yemen': According to a statement released by the fighters on Monday, Saudi forces carried out 17 aerial attacks on Dammaj, destroying a mosque in the northern region.

11 Die In Shelling In Mogadishu: Residents said most of the missiles landed in the northern neighborhoods of the Somali capital and most of the victims were civilians in the houses at the time, Shabelle Media Network reported.

UN: 60,000 fled homes in latest Somalia fighting: 'Somalia continues to be one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world,' Fleming said, noting that 1.5 million people were internally displaced and over half a million have fled to neighboring countries.

Ten militants killed in South Waziristan clashes: Two soldiers lost their lives when an Improvised Explosive Device went off in the Udin Sar area near Janata.

New US Attack in Pakistan kills another 6 people: A suspected U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing six militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Five killed as death squads return to Baghdad: Masked gunmen walked into the office of a charitable foundation in a Sunni part of central Baghdad and executed five employees.

Soldier disgusted by officer's assault on Iraqi prisoner: In evidence to an inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa, the soldier alleged that his commanding officer at the time, Colonel Jorge Mendonca, punched the man in the side of the face in front of more than 100 army personnel after a raid on a derelict building.

Cameron on energy: the UK is vulnerable: David Cameron said that energy supply is critical for the functioning of society and the UK is in jeopardy.

US accused of 'occupying' Haiti as troops flood in: France accused the US of "occupying" Haiti on Monday as thousands of American troops flooded into the country to take charge of aid efforts and security.

US troops take over palace as Haiti : Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne division arrived in at least four Black Hawk helicopters to secure the executive mansion, a once elegant white building that collapsed in last week's quake and is now surrounded by a vast refugee camp.

Haiti earthquake aid pledged by country: Haiti's quake has apparently galvanised the world. Find out how much different countries and organisations have pledged to the aid effort

Officials try to prevent Haitian earthquake refugees from coming to U.S.: As a massive international relief effort lurches into gear, U.S. officials are stepping up measures to prevent last week's earthquake in Haiti from triggering a Caribbean migration not seen in two nearly two decades.

Pennies for Haiti, Billions for Israel, Egypt: Consider this: in fiscal 1998 Haiti received $106 million from the U.S, the No. 9 nation among foreign aid recipients. - Compare that to the more than $5 billion paid out to Israel and Egypt.

Larijani: US powered Israel's war on Gaza: Iran's parliament speaker says the US and its European allies provided Israel with behind-the-scenes support during its 22-day war on Gaza.

Israel’s war on Gaza verges on genocide, says British Jewish leader: “The West, United States and Britain in particular, are to be blamed for the misery of Palestinians. The world has so far shared very little positive progress in helping relieve the Palestinians from the Zionist crimes.”

Syria's Mufti: Islam commands us to protect Judaism: Syria's foremost Muslim leader declared on Tuesday that Islam commands its followers to protect Judaism, according to Army Radio.

Israeli occupation forces seize 17 Palestinians in West Bank: A large number of Israeli occupation troops cordoned off and ransacked the residents' houses in pursuit of 'documents.' The Palestinians were taken to military detention camps to be questioned.

China urges flexibility on Iranian nuclear issue: The Chinese spokesman noted that Beijing was aware of alleged Western proliferation concerns, but insisted that Iran had the right to a peaceful use of nuclear energy.

In case you missed it: U.S. Killed Detainees During Interrogations in Afghanistan and Iraq : According to the documents, 21 of the 44 deaths were homicides. Eight of the homicides appear to have resulted from abusive techniques used on detainees, in some instances, by the CIA, Navy Seals and Military Intelligence personnel. The autopsy reports list deaths by ""strangulation,"" ""asphyxiation"" and ""blunt force injuries."

Juan Cole: Top Ten Counter-Terrorism Scandals 2010: The entire premise of combating al-Qaeda as though it were an enemy army, using the Pentagon as the lead agency, while simultaneously militarizing the CIA, needs to be questioned

Non-Christians need not apply: World Vision hires only Christians under its $250 million in US government foreign aid grants. Obama promised to change that. So why hasn't he?

FBI broke law for years in phone record searches: The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 U.S. telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records, according to internal bureau memos and interviews. FBI officials issued approvals after the fact to justify their actions.

Nicaragua invites Russia to help build canal between Atlantic, Pacific Oceans: “The Nicaraguan side asked the Russian side to participate in the construction of the canal running across Nicaragua and linking the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans,” a Transport Ministry spokesman said. According to an expert assessment, the project will costs 18 billion U.S. dollars.

One in 7 U.S. mortgages foreclosing or delinquent: A record one in seven U.S. mortgages were in foreclosure or at least one payment past due in the third quarter, according to fresh data signaling the recovery in the housing market will be tepid at best.

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