Saturday, 23 January 2010

News For January 23, 2010

Dutch Inquiry Finds Iraq War Illegal

By Ann Talbot

The attempt to maintain the lie that the war was legal is becoming increasingly difficult. The Dutch report entirely rejects the central argument used to justify the actions of the British government and claim that there was a legal basis for the invasion. Continue

Wars Without Heroes

By Iftekhar A. Khan

Can a CIA operative who pushes the joystick button to launch hellfire missiles by a Predator or a Reaper drone to kill mostly innocent people in mud hamlets in FATA be called a war hero? Continue

American Gulag
Obama to Indefinitely Imprison Detainees Without Charges

By Glenn Greenwald

The administration is claiming the power to imprison whomever it wants without charges whenever it believes that -- even in the face of the horrendously broad "material support for terrorism" laws the Congress has enacted -- it cannot prove in any tribunal that the individual has actually done anything wrong. Continue

Israeli Minister Warns of New War With Hezbollah


Israel is heading toward a new war with Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah, a cabinet minister warned Saturday in remarks carried by military radio and the popular Ynet news website. Continue

"Why is Nasrallah Demonized in the Western Media?"

An interview with Franklin Lamb, PhD

By Mike Whitney

He is demonized because he is a threat of US-Israeli plans to dominate the Middle East, obtain its oil resources and exercise hegemony. His appeal to too broad and it is growing across sectarian lines. Continue

Los Angeles Jews For Peace Rally


LA Jews for Peace and friends make their voices heard in front of the Federal building on the 1 year anniversary of Israel's Operation "Castlead " Continue

Stranger Than Fiction?

Report: US Weapon Test Aimed at Iran Caused Haiti Quake

By Press TV

An unconfirmed report by the Russian Northern Fleets says the Haiti earthquake was caused by a flawed US Navy 'earthquake weapons' test before the weapons could be utilized against Iran. Continue

American Corporatocracy

By Paul A. Moore

The US government has been hollowed out during the rise to absolute power of the corporations. Elections have become an elaborate "reality show" that plays out on corporate television for viewers entertainment. Continue

My Country 'tis of thee--Corporatocracy! Of Thee I Sing

By Daniel Patrick Welch

I know, I know. I've seen the blogosphere screeching about the Death of Democracy now that the Supreme Court has rolled back restrictions on corporate donations to political campaigns. Whiners. Haven't you all stopped for even a moment to think how this might benefit humanity? Sure, sure, we're all aware of the downside, but would it kill us to think positive for a change? Continue

Reagan Brought Back From Grave

By David Sirota

Republicans aren't responsible for the revival of Reaganism. Democrats are. Continue

The Day ObamaCare Died

Sung by Barack Obama.

Click To Vew Video

29 killed in clashes, suicide attack in Pakistan: Militants ambushed Pakistani security forces at checkpoints in two regions close to the Afghan border Saturday, sparking gunbattles that left 22 insurgents and two troops dead, officials said.

8 Pakistani soldiers killed in Taliban ambush: The Taliban carried out ambushes on Pakistani forces near the Afghan border killing eight soldiers even as a suicide bomber hit a police station in nearby lawless South Waziristan.

C.I.A. Deaths Prompt Surge in U.S. Drone Attacks: Beginning the day after the attack on a C.I.A. base in Khost, Afghanistan, the agency has carried out 11 strikes that have killed about 90 people suspected of being militants, according to Pakistani news reports

Pakistan Govt stumped over Blackwater debate in Senate: The minister failed to address the issue after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Zafar Ali Shah, citing US Defence Secretary Robert Gates’ statement that the security agency was indeed operating in Pakistan, demanded that Interior Minister Rehman Malik tender his resignation.

26 killed in Afghanistan: 22 Taliban fighters were killed in a series of blasts and clashes in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday. Three women, who were traveling in a vehicle in the south-eastern province of Paktika, were killed when suspected Taliban insurgents opened fire on their passenger car on Saturday, a separate ISAF statement said.

Four Afghan soldiers killed: Four Afghan soldiers were killed in an attack on the convoy of an Afghan provincial governor, who escaped unhurt, his office said Saturday.

2 US occupation force3 troops killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan: A roadside bomb killed two U.S. service members in occupied southern Afghanistan on Saturday as the country's top NATO commander acknowledged an increased risk to foreign troops will accompany an influx of reinforcements aimed at routing the Taliban.

British occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan, bringing death toll to 250: The soldier from A Company 4 Rifles, who was serving as part of 3 Rifles Battle Group, was on foot patrol when he was killed by the blast in Sangin, in central Helmand Province, on Friday afternoon.

Afghans protest occupation force killing of civilians for second day: "These people, these foreigners who attacked this house, showed how wild and cruel they are," said Hashim Nasiri, another protester.

Taliban kidnap Afghan district police chief: Taliban militants attacked a police patrol in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday, capturing a district police chief and two other officers, police said.

Taliban 'part of the fabric', Robert Gates concedes: Mr Karzai said the major powers would fund his new scheme to tempt Taliban fighters to lay their weapons aside and head home to their communities and integrate into "legitimate" society.

Buying the Taliban? Karzai wants to pay Taliban to lay down their arms: Afghan President Hamid Karzai unveiled an ambitious Western-funded plan Friday to offer money and jobs to tempt Taliban fighters to lay down their arms in an effort to quell a crippling insurgency.

Taliban not for sale: Taliban again spurn Karzai offer to lay down arms: He said the first thing Karzai and occupation forces should understand was that the Taliban were united. “They are neither rigid nor moderate but fighting to gain the willingness of Allah Almighty and independence of their country. They are fighting against foreign invaders,” Yousuf Ahmadi said.

Yemen: Saudi army find 20 bodies of soldiers killed in clashes with Houthis: Twenty bodies of Saudi soldiers were found near the borders with Yemen in southern Saudi Arabia, out of 26 still missing in hostilities with outlawed Houthis, a senior Saudi official said Saturday

Propaganda alert: Saudi claims Yemeni rebels linked to al Qaeda: Saudi Arabia said again on Saturday it believes Yemeni Shi'ite rebels have links to the Sunni militant group al Qaeda, even though it acknowledged it had found no such evidence in combat.

Yemen’s human rights atrocities fuel al Qaeda, rights group says: The rights group warned western nations about allying themselves too closely with the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a chronic violator of human rights noting, “Government repression has often targeted – and alienated – Yemenis who might otherwise be supportive of government efforts against AQAP.” The Saleh regime is widely reviled in Yemen due to its corruption as well as brutality.

Dead man talking: Head of Yemen's Hauthis denies death report: video "All these allegations are fabricated and baseless," the leader said in the video in response to reports that he was dead or had been wounded.

Iraqi killed, policeman injured in Mosul: An Iraqi civilian was killed and a policeman was injured in Mosul, while three bodies were bodies were found in the northern Iraqi city, a police source said Saturday.

Moqtada Sadr Defends Iraqi Resistance: Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr blasted Shiite leader Ammar al-Hakim on Friday for tacitly supporting an extended stay for foreign troops in Iraq.

Chalabi back in action in Iraq: Ahmad Chalabi, the controversial, ubiquitous Iraqi politician and one-time Bush administration favorite, has re-emerged as a central figure in the latest U.S. strategy for Iraq.

Haiti quake toll tops 110,000: Meanwhile, authorities in Haiti have ended search and resuce operations, a day after two survivors were pulled alive from the rubble of collapsed buildings in the capital, Port-au-Prince, 10 days after they were buried.

Michael Parenti : The Myth Of Under Developement -

Horror of Nigeria clashes uncovered : Video: An estimated 300 people have died in violence between Muslims and Christians in northern Nigeria.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran Report: Sarkozy warns Israel may strike Iran over "nuke threat": French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that Israel will not sit idly by while Iran continues work on its nuclear program, Israel Radio reported Saturday quoting London-based newspaper Al-Hayat.

Canada's man in Tehran was a CIA spy: Ken Taylor, the Canadian diplomat celebrated 30 years ago for hiding U.S. embassy personnel during the Iranian revolution, actively spied for the Americans and helped them plan an armed incursion into the country.

Netanyahu: Israel has no plans to attack Lebanon: PM responds to minister's remark that Israel and Hezbollah are headed toward inevitable military conflict.

Meshaal: Hamas gives priority to resistance: "Hamas will keep rejecting the occupation and refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the Zionist entity. Priority will remain building and developing the resistance," Meshaal said.

Britain raises terror threat level to "severe": The decision to raise the level from 'substantial' means security services now consider an attack in Britain, a key US ally, to be "highly likely" but the government said it had no information to suggest an attack was imminent.

Bolivia, Morales starts 2nd term by declaring colonialism dead: Moraleswas sworn in wearing a sash on which traditional national figures were replaced by two 19th-century heroes of indigenous resistance.

Chávez replies to Chilean president-elect: Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez lambasted on January 20 the remarks made by Chilean president-elect Sebastián Piñera, who claimed that he did not share the practice of democracy in Venezuela.

Another Five Banks Fail; : Regulators seized five banks in Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington, lifting the total number of failures this year to nine as financial institutions struggle with loan defaults and a weak economy.

California Layoffs Database: See if your company is planning big layoffs in 2010: California's WARN law requires certain companies with more than 75 employees to provide 60 days advance notice of a plant closing or mass layoff involving 50 or more employees.

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