Thursday, 28 January 2010

News For January 28, 2010

Obama Ignores Key Afghan Warning

By Ray McGovern

Although Obama is not as dumb as his predecessor, he is no less willing to sacrifice thousands of lives for political gain. Continue

CIA Man Retracts Claim on Waterboarding

A study in "enhanced reporting techniques."

By Jeff Stein

He claims that the disinformation he helped spread was a CIA dirty trick: "In retrospect, it was a valuable lesson in how the CIA uses the fine arts of deception even among its own." Continue

An Illegal War is State-Terrorism

By Yamin Zakaria

The war had no mandate from the UN Security Council; it was a unilateral and barbaric act of aggression by the Anglo-US regime. Without a legal backing – the invasion was state terrorism dispensed to the innocent civilians of Iraq. Continue

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran

Senators Seek 'Crippling' Iran Sanctions

By Eric Zimmermann

We abhor the possibility that military action may be necessary to solve this problem. But we have no doubt that a nuclear-armed Iran will be catastrophic for our national security and the rule-based international order. Continue

Does Israel Use The Holocaust As A Blackmail Weapon?


Norman Finkelstein and Israel W. Charny discuss the issue in a heated debate. Continue

You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

Remembering Howard Zinn

By Alison Flood

Howard Zinn, US historian and activist, dies aged 87. Continue

Up to 20 "insurgents" killed in Afghan clash: NATO: Afghan and NATO occupation forces called in air support after coming under attack from a "large number" of militants in northern Afghanistan and killed up to 20 "insurgents", officials said Thursday.

US occupation troops shoot and kill Afghan cleric near Kabul: A U.S. soldiers shot and killed an Afghan cleric as he drove Thursday with his young son near an American base on the eastern edge of occupied Kabul.

Bomb kills US occupation force soldier in Afghanistan: A homemade bomb killed a US soldier in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, as Afghan leaders and Western backers met in London to map the future of the troubled nation.

Karzai seeks Afghan reconciliation: Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has said his country must reach out to its "disenchanted brothers" in an effort to stabilise the war ravaged nation.

Four killed, 10 injured in bomb blast in SW Pakistan: A bomb blast in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province killed at least four people and injured 10 others on Thursday, police said.

Filipino militant not killed in Waziristan strike: report: The Philippine military doubts reports that a Filipino terror suspect was killed in a US missile attack in Pakistan, with one senior officer telling The Associated Press Thursday that the militant was sighted last week in the Philippines’ volatile south.

At least four killed, 15 injured in north Iraq bombings: At least four people were killed and 15 injured on Thursday in bomb attacks across northern Iraq, police told the German Press Agency dpa.

UK: Met police 'hamper' planned protests against Tony Blair: Anti-war campaigners planning to protest when Tony Blair appears before the Iraq inquiry on Friday said today they had been barred from going near the building where he is giving evidence

Thousands will protest at Tony Blair’s Iraq inquiry appearance: Lindsey German, co-ordinator of the Stop the War Coalition, said: "We are calling on everyone who opposes Britain’s foreign wars to do their best to be there."

' Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Iran, Nazi Germany must be compared': Comparisons between contemporary Iran and Nazi Germany are not only appropriate, but pertinent and true, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said while on a visit to Hungary on the morning of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Netanyahu at Auschwitz: World must unite to confront new threats: In what was apparently a thinly veiled reference to Iran, Netanyahu called on the international community to come together to confront "impending dangers".

Russian reports: No obstacles over Iran arms deals: – Russian news agencies are quoting the head of Russia's state arms export monopoly as saying there are no obstacles to military cooperation with Iran, despite international tensions over its nuclear program.

US businesses urge Obama to resist Iran sanctions bill: US business groups warned the White House on Tuesday that congressional plans to expand US sanctions on Iran threaten to significantly undermine US economic and security interests.

Iran protesters unfairly convicted and unjustly killed, says Amnesty: Amnesty International has condemned the execution of two men arrested during protests that followed Iran's disputed presidential election last year.

Israeli vessels open heavy fire at Palestinian fishermen: Israeli military boats opened heavy machinegun fire against Palestinian fishermen sailing off the coasts of Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said.

N Korea detains second US man: North Korea says it has arrested an American man for trespassing on its border with China, the second to be detained in two months.

Chavez writes off Haiti's oil debt to Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez has announced that he will write off the undisclosed sum Haiti owes Venezuela for oil as part of a regional bloc's plans to help the impoverished Caribbean nation after the devastating Jan 12 earthquake.

Honduran Zelaya flies into exile: Zelaya, ousted in a coup last June, boarded a plane that took off for the Dominican Republic shortly after opposition leader Porfirio Lobo, elected in November, was sworn in as president. Thousands of supporters at the airport cheered and shouted as the plane took off

Howard Zinn (1922-2010): A Tribute to the Legendary Historian with Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove

Record foreclosure filings threaten housing recovery: The total of outstanding foreclosure auction notices on Orange County homes hit 10,513 at the end of December, the highest in this housing downturn, reports

Record number of young Americans jobless: The U.S. economic recession has taken a particularly heavy toll on young Americans, with a record one out five black men aged 20 to 24 neither working nor in school

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