Wednesday, 27 January 2010

News For January 27, 2010

Presidential Assassinations of US Citizens

This is a must read: By Glenn Greenwald

American citizens are now being placed on a secret "hit list" of people whom the President has personally authorized to be killed: Continue

Pentagon Calls for ‘Office of Strategic Deception’

By Sahil Kapur

Remember the Pentagon Office of Special Plans that helped collect dubious intelligence that led to the war in Iraq? Or the program where the Pentagon secretly briefed military analysts to promote the Iraq war? Meet the would-be Office of Strategic Deception. Continue

Nothing More Dangerous Than a Recovering "Realist?"

By Stephen M. Walt

Back in 2002, the Council on Foreign Relations sponsored a book by Kenneth Pollack (subsequently director of research at the Saban Center for Middle East Studies at Brookings), entitled The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq. The book argued that Saddam Hussein was irrational and undeterrable and that the United States had no choice but to remove him from power. Continue

Indefinite Detention "Defies Common Sense"

By William Fisher

"By committing to hold suspected criminals indefinitely without charge, the Obama has embraced one of the most lawless and un-American policies of the Bush administration, one that turns the most fundamental principles of the Constitution on their head." Continue

In the West They Say It's Rain

By Amira Hass

January 27, 2010 "Haaretz" -- Israel, via the Interior Ministry, continues to spit in the face of friendly countries, and those countries continue to admire the falling raindrops. Continue

The Kidnapping of Haiti

By John Pilger

The theft of Haiti has been swift and crude. On 22 January, the United States secured “formal approval” from the United Nations to take over all air and sea ports in Haiti, and to “secure” roads. No Haitian signed the agreement, which has no basis in law. Power rules in an American naval blockade and the arrival of 13,000 marines, special forces, spooks and mercenaries, none with humanitarian relief training. Continue

Believe It or Not!

Haiti Gets a Penny of Each U.S. Aid Dollar

By The Associated Press

Of each U.S. taxpayer dollar, 40 cents is going to the U.S. military, paying for security, search and rescue teams, and the Navy's hospital ship USNS Comfort. Another 36 cents funds US AID's disaster assistance - Getting the food to Haitians - paying for freighters, trucks and distribution centers, and the people to staff them, took another 10.5 cents from each dollar. Continue

Focus on Haiti

The Politics of Rice

Video Report By Al Jazeera

How a fertile country became dependent on food aid. Continue

Slavery in US Prisons

Video Interview with Robert King & Terry Kupers

An 18,000-acre former slave plantation in rural Louisiana, the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is the largest prison in the U.S. Today, with African Americans composing over 75% of Angola's 5,108 prisoners, prison guards known as "free men," a forced 40-hour workweek, and four cents an hour as minimum wage, the resemblance to antebellum U.S. slavery is striking. Continue

Police: 11 militants killed in NATO-Afghan strike: A joint NATO-Afghan air and ground assault in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday killed 11 suspected Taliban militants, including two senior commanders, police said.

Roadside bomb kills 5 police in S Afghanistan: Five police were killed as a roadside bomb struck their van in Zabul province south of Afghanistan early Wednesday, a senior police commander Abdul Razaq said.

Australian soldier sentenced to hang in Afghanistan: A former Australian soldier has been sentenced to death in Afghanistan for shooting dead an Afghan colleague then trying to blame the killling on the Taliban, Times Online reported.

When all else fails, try bribery: US, allies plan $500m fund to woo Taliban: The United States and its allies are expected to set up a $500 million integration fund at a conference in London this week to lure Taliban fighters to join the political mainstream. - The United States is offering $100 million to set up the fund.

Sarkozy: No More French Troops In Afghanistan: Germany has pledged an extra 500 troops to the conflict in Afghanistan - hours after French president Nicolas Sarkozy said he would send no more soldiers.

NGOs slam “militarised aid” in Afghanistan: In a joint report eight NGOs, including Oxfam and Care, claim militarised aid usually takes only a short-term approach. They argue that the military should concentrate on improving security, leaving reconstruction to local authorities and aid organisations.

Afghan warlord, accused of atrocities, is reinstated by Karzai : He is among Afghanistan's most notorious warlords, accused of widespread abuses including the massacre of thousands of Taliban prisoners. Now he's back, reinstated by President Hamid Karzai in a top army post despite Western demands for sweeping reform.. More on: Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum

Taliban buying guns from former warlords : "The 8th Army Corps of General Dostum and Atta Mohammad's 7th Corps had more than 35,000 weapons of various kinds," he told IWPR, speaking on condition of anonymity. "But they handed over only 7,000 to the commission and the rest are all in hidden depots belonging to commanders."

Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan tops $1 trillion: The cost to U.S. taxpayers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 has topped $1 trillion, and President Barack Obama is expected to request another $33 billion to fund more U.S. troops this year.

15 militants killed in northwest Pakistan clash: Pakistani security forces have killed 15 militants in a gunfight in a remote tribal district near North and South Waziristan, the military said yesterday.

3 Children killed while opening bomb: Peshawar, Pakistan - A bomb planted near a house in northwestern Pakistan exploded on Wednesday after children playing nearby tried to open it, killing three of them, said police.

Gunmen kill 2 in Baghdad drive-by shooting: Two people have been killed in a drive-by shooting targeting buses carrying Iranian Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, according to Iraqi police.

Al-Qaeda group claims hotel blasts in Baghdad: The attacks on Monday hit three hotels favored by Western journalists and security contractors. At least 41 people were killed.

Iraq war was a crime of aggression: The damning verdict of top Whitehall lawyers which No.10 refused to accept

U.S. deeply involved in secret Yemeni strikes: U.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people

Pakistan joins war against Houthis in Yemen: Report: Pakistan has reportedly sent an army combat unit to Yemen to join the war against the Shia fighters in the country's north.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Iran a threat to the world - Peres: Israeli leaders called Iran a threat to the world today, on International Holocaust Memorial Day, and vowed the Jewish people would never again fall victim to a fanatical regime.

In case you missed it: Does Iran's President Want Israel Wiped Off The Map? - Does He Deny The Holocaust?

Sanctions on Iran may come in February, Merkel says: February will be a crucial month for United Nations in pushing toward sanctions on Iran for its controversial nuclear program, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday, after talking with visiting Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Clinton to push for international support on Iran sanctions: International conferences here this week on Afghanistan and Yemen will also include behind-the-scenes talks on a third country -- Iran -- as the Obama administration continues to press for new sanctions against the government in Tehran over its nuclear program.

China calls for more diplomatic efforts on Iran nuclear issue: China on Tuesday reiterated that more diplomatic efforts were needed from all parties concerned in the Iran nuclear issue to resolve the issue.

China accuses US of online warfare in Iran: Iran election unrest an example of US 'naked political scheming' behind free speech facade, says Communist party editorial

Iran arrests Germans for anti-government riots: state TV: Iran said Wednesday it arrested two German diplomats for allegedly having a hand in deadly anti-government protests which erupted on a Shiite Muslim holy day in December.

Why is Russia comparing Obama to Ahmadinejad?: Russia Today, launched a controversial campaign comparing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Barack Obama.

German court pledges 500 million euros for Jewish ghetto workers: Over 30,000 Israeli Holocaust survivors forced to work by the Nazis set to benefit from backdated claims.

Settler rabbi arrested over West Bank mosque arson: The Shin Bet security service on Tuesday arrested the head of a West Bank religious seminary for his alleged involvement in the torching of a Palestinian mosque in the village of Yasuf last month.

Venezuela Cancels Haiti's Debt: The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez announced on Monday, January 25, that the Venezuelan government will forgive any Venezuelan debts held by Haiti.

Less than 1 cent of US quake aid dollar goes in cash to Haitian government: Graphic shows breakdown of U.S. aid to Haiti

Oregon voters pass tax increasing measures by big margin: Oregon voters bucked decades of anti-tax and anti-Salem sentiment Tuesday, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy to prevent further erosion of public schools and other state services.

Almost one in five US families were unable to buy food they needed in 2009: The Food Research and Action Center in collaboration with Gallup have been tracking what they term "food hardship" over the last two years

America Increasingly Looks Like A Developing Nation : 30% Of Americans Rapidly Approach Poverty: Poverty grew at twice the rate of U.S. population growth from 2000 – 2008, and now encompasses 39.1 million Americans.

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