Wednesday, 20 January 2010

News For January 20, 2010

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Bubble Bursts on Iran Nuclear Options

By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

The stage is now set for non-UN sanctions by the United States, which, along with Israel, has proposed "crippling sanctions" against Iran in the belief that it could use its atomic energy program to make nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and in line with its rights under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Continue

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran

Review: Iran Never Halted Nuke Work in '03

Intelligence estimate contradicts '07 report

By Eli Lake

US. intelligence agencies now suspect that Iran never halted work on its nuclear arms program in 2003, as stated in a national intelligence estimate made public three years ago, U.S. officials said. Differences among analysts now focus on whether the country's supreme leader has given or will soon give orders for full-scale production of nuclear weapons. Continue

Crimes Against Humanity

Complaint Filed Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al

International Arrest Warrants Requested

Professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, U.S.A. has filed a Complaint with the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.) in The Hague against U.S. citizens George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, and Alberto Gonzales (the “Accused”) for their criminal policy and practice of “extraordinary rendition” perpetrated upon about 100 human beings. Continue

Israel's Assassination Policy

Video and Transcript By Real News

In recent weeks Israel has escalated its practice of assassinations in the West Bank and Gaza. At the end of December, Israeli special forces broke into the Nablus homes of Anan Subih, Raed Surkaji, and Ghassan Abu Sharekh and killed them. - TRNN interviews relatives of recently assassinated men in Nablus. Continue

We Must Not Renege On War Crime Laws

By The Palestine Solidarity Campaign

We are shocked at suggestions by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Ivan Lewis and foreign secretary David Miliband that Britain may consider changing its laws to avoid any future attempts to prosecute suspected war criminals, Israeli or otherwise. Continue

My Children Were Tortured, This Trial is a Sham: Aafia

By Press TV

Pakistani citizen Aafia Siddiqui has told jurors at her trial that she was held in a secret prison in Afghanistan, her children were tortured, and the case against her is a sham. Continue

Stop Terrorizing The World

“War on Terror” as a Cover for US Terrorism

By Paul J. Balles

It's ironic. It's hypocritical. It's a fraud. The "war on terrorism" branded by America is a propaganda cover for the worst terrorists in the world. Continue

Military to Lawmakers: Next Round’s on Me

By Alexandra Andrews

According to today’s Wall Street Journal, the military has dispatched officials to accompany lawmakers on dozens of trips abroad – and shower them with "thousands of dollars worth of alcohol, food and other amenities." In doing so, the Journal reports [2], the "military exploits its official escort role on these trips to foster relationships with lawmakers who approve departmental budgets and top appointments. Continue

A Very American Coup

Coming Soon to a Hometown Near You

By William J. Astore

As long as we continue to live in perpetual fear in an increasingly militarized state, we establish the preconditions under which Americans will be nailed to, and crucified on, a cross of iron. Continue

Reality in Haiti is Even Worse Than it Looks

By Steven Edwards

When looking at images from the disaster, we need to multiply by ten times our reaction of horror ... because when the reality of the event is before your eyes, as it has been before mine this past week, only doing that can give you a true picture of what is going on in a place that has become hell not far from our shores. Continue

An Unwelcome Katrina Redux

By Cynthia McKinney:

I remember the bogus reports of chaos and violence the led to the deployment of military assets, including Blackwater, in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. One Katrina survivor noted that the people needed food and shelter and the U.S. government sent men with guns. Continue

Afghan forces kill 4 militants, arrest 7: Afghan forces have killed four militants and detained seven others over the past 24 hours in the war-torn country, a press release of Defense Ministry said Wednesday

Taliban ambush kills three, wounds police commander in S Afghanistan: Taliban militants ambushed a police convoy in Ghazni province of southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding a police commander and his two sons, provincial police chief Khayalbaz Shirzai said.

2 U.S. occupation force troops killed; Kabul security tight: Two U.S. service members were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan yesterday, a day after a Taliban attack on the capital showed that militants are stepping up their fight against the U.S. and its allies.

It was less corrupt under the Taliban, say Afghans: Six out of 10 Afghans view corruption as a bigger problem than violence, the dossier, compiled by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), found. It showed that many illicit payments – totalling $2.5bn (£1.5bn) – were made to officials in order to obtain essential public services.

5 Taliban militants killed in Pak: Five militants, including a key Taliban commander, were killed in Pakistan's restive tribal belt while 37 rebels were arrested during operations by security forces in the country's northwest.

One soldier killed, 8 injured in Pakistan's tribal area: At least one soldier of Pakistani army was killed and eight others sustained injuries on Wednesday when a remote controlled bomb exploded in Odinsar area of South Waziristan, the tribal belt of Pakistan, local TV channels reported.

Manufacturing Consent: Al Qaeda could provoke new India-Pakistan war: Gates: Al Qaeda is seeking to de-stabilise the entire South Asia region and could trigger a war between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates told reporters on Wednesday.

Manufacturing Consent: India’s Pakistan Restraint Tested by Qaeda Threat, Gates Says: India’s restraint toward Pakistan might waver if militants allied with al-Qaeda mount a similar attack to the 2008 Mumbai assault that killed 166 people, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

Navy chief warns against seeing Afghanistan as 'only game in town': "We need to ensure that we, as a nation, have the strategic flexibility to deal not just with Afghanistan, but also the broad range of other threats and challenges to our national interests today and in the future," he told a defence breakfast meeting held in the City of London.

Three killed, dozens wounded in Iraq violence: In Mosul, meanwhile, a suicide car bomber targeted an Iraqi army base, wounding at least 30 people including 20 members of the security forces, a military official said.

45 minute claim included in Iraq dossier to add ‘local colour’: Sir David Omand, who was the Government’s security and intelligence co-ordinator, said that the way the dossier was produced to “make a case” for military action was a “big mistake”.

Israeli hand in Iraq's Abu Ghraib exposed: Retired US army colonel Janis Karpinski says that Israeli agents were recruited by the US military at Abu Ghraib to interrogate the prisoners suspected of attacking US forces in Iraq.

Israel withholding NGO employees' work permits: Organizations affected by the apparent policy change include Oxfam, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, Terre des Hommes, Handicap International and the Religious Society of Friends (a Quaker organization).

Detained U.S. journalist opts to leave Israel: An American journalist working for a Palestinian news agency voluntarily left Israel on Wednesday after being detained for a week and risking deportation, his lawyer said. Castro Daoud said his client, Jared Malsin, chose to leave because he could no longer endure the conditions of his detention.

U.S. indicts four Israelis in international bribery case: The United States Justice Department indicted four Israeli businessmen Tuesday for allegedly attempting to bribe the defense minister of an African country in order to secure a multimillion-dollar contract to supply his country with military equipment. 18 other businessmen were indicted in the same case.

Obama's lost senate seat is a victory for Netanyahu: The Republican upset in the race for the U.S. Senate seat held for nearly half a century by liberal Edward M. Kennedy reflects a huge victory for opponents of U.S. President Barack Obama - and also for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Iran awaits West response on fuel swap: Iran's Foreign Ministry says Tehran has not made any new proposal regarding a proposed fuel swap deal, describing reports to the contrary as "Western media hype."

Sanctions to deter Iran from "nuclear path": At a meeting of major powers on Saturday, intended to discuss prospects for further sanctions against Iran, China made clear it opposed more punitive action, at least for now.

Iran says may hit Western warships if attacked: - Iran's defence minister warned on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic could strike back at Western warships in the Gulf if it were attacked, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Iran in billion-euro gas deal with Germany: The contract provides for the unnamed German firm to transfer the know-how to build, install and run the equipment needed to exploit and transport gas, said Iran's Gas Engineering and Development Company head, Ali Reza Gharibi.

Yemen jets raid 'al-Qaeda hideout': A Yemeni tribal source said a number of people had been killed in Wednesday's air raids in Erq al-Shabwan village in Maarib province, about 130km east of the capital Sanaa.

UK suspends direct Yemen flights: "We have agreed with Yemenia airlines - pending enhanced security - that they suspend their direct flights to the UK from Yemen with immediate effect," Brown said.

Some 63,000 Somalis displaced in first weeks of 2010 : UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming said: "The number of Somali casualties and displaced civilians continues to grow as the fighting in central areas of Somalia rages on."

'Only the strong' get Haiti aid: Haiti's ambassador to the United States has called for an end to the chaotic helicopter drops of earthquake aid, saying the general population needs stable relief. "We don't like it... because when they make [aid] drops, only the strong get it," said ambassador Raymond Joseph.

Solar-powered Bibles sent to Haiti: As international aid agencies rush food, water and medicine to Haiti's earthquake victims, a United States group is sending Bibles.

Homeless Haitians Told Not to Flee to U.S.: America has a message for the millions of Haitians left homeless and destitute by last week’s earthquake: Do not try to come to the United States.

Haiti earthquake: US ships blockade coast to thwart exodus to America: A US aircraft carrier is spearheading a blockade of Haiti's waters as America prepares for a mass sea exodus of Haitians with thousands fleeing the devastated capital of Port-au-Prince.

"The Real Looting in Haiti": "The real looting in Haiti is not the people trying to get food to survive. The real looting of Haiti is the economic policies of the U.S. and France, as well as institutions such as the IMF and World Bank, in addition to the disaster capitalism that is fast setting in.

Astonishing Report: We're Executing Gitmo Prisoners and Calling It Suicide: The three "suicides" in June 2006 were not suicides at all. The men were killed during interrogations in a secret prison block and the murders were disguised to look like suicides.

What Would Jesus Shoot? U.S. Guns in Afghanistan and Iraq Bear Biblical Inscriptions Praising Christ

FBI 'fabricated terror emergencies to get phone records': Justice department to accuse FBI of invoking crises to obtain details of more than 2,000 calls, Washington Post reports

We need to change anthem's last stanza: The people of the United States have shown in a recent McClatchy-Ipsos poll that 51 percent of them agree "it is necessary to give up some liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism."

Bank of America losses USD 5.2 billion: Brian Moynihan, the bank's newly-appointed CEO, described the company's latest results as "disappointing," saying that the state of the US economy is a cause for concern.

Illinois enters a state of insolvency: While it appears unlikely or even impossible for a state to hide out from creditors in Bankruptcy Court, Illinois appears to meet classic definitions of insolvency

US housing starts unexpectedly fall in Dec: New U.S. housing starts unexpectedly fell in December, pulled down by a drop in construction activity for single-family dwellings, a government report showed on Wednesday.

U.S. Housing Starts Down 39% in 2009: For the full year, housing starts were down 38% to an estimated 553,800 housing units versus the 2008 figure of 905,500.

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