Monday, 8 February 2010

News For February 08, 2010

The Terror-Industrial Complex

By Chris Hedges

The conviction of the Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui in New York last week of trying to kill American military officers and FBI agents illustrates that the greatest danger to our security does not come from al-Qaida but the thousands of shadowy mercenaries, kidnappers, killers and torturers our government employs around the globe. Continue

Liberals Get a War President of Their Very Own

By Murray Polner

Barack Obama was going to be different, or so my fellow antiwar liberals— and a few antiwar conservatives— hoped. He was to herald the end of that uncompromising and unilateral era of preventive war. Continue

Addicted To Debt.
Wars Sending US into Ruin

By Eric Margolis

Military spending gobbles up 19% of federal spending and at least 44% of tax revenues. During the Bush administration, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars - funded by borrowing - cost each American family more than $25,000. Continue

The Limited Minds of the American Elite
War, Budgets and Blind Ambition

By Chris Floyd

The ending of the imperial wars and the dismantling of America's global military empire -- and its global gulag -- would save trillions of dollars in the coming years. Continue

Saving The Bubble Economy
Obama's Republican Class War Presidency

By Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson, on Obama's State of the Union Speech and its economic consequences. The reappointment Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke. Continue

Time Is Running Out

By Bob Herbert

Speaking at a conference here on Wednesday, Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania said that if we don’t act quickly in developing long-term solutions to these and other problems, the United States will be a second-rate economic power by the end of this decade. A failure to act boldly, he said, will result in the U.S. becoming “a cooked goose.” Continue

Britain, You Better Wake Up

By Gilad Atzmon

British politicians are concerned with legalism. In other words, if someone would manage to prove that the war was ‘legal’ then the murdering of a million and a half Iraqis would be well justified. Let’s all face it, our politicians are corrupted to the bone. Continue

U.S Vows To Bury Goldstone Report At UN

By Saed Bannoura

Israel sources said that Israel will not show “any further cooperation” and that the United States will not allow the report to reach the Security Council. Continue

The "Shock Doctrine" for Haiti

By Ashley Smith

The U.S. is reviving what Haitians call "the plan of death." Continue

Pentagon Looks to Breed Immortal ‘Synthetic Organisms,’

Molecular Kill-Switch Included

By Katie Drummond

The Pentagon’s mad science arm may have come up with its most radical project yet. Darpa is looking to re-write the laws of evolution to the military’s advantage, creating “synthetic organisms” that can live forever — or can be killed with the flick of a molecular switch. Continue

Ten soldiers killed in north Yemen clashes: military source: Ten Yemeni soldiers have been killed, most of them by snipers, and 18 wounded in a fresh outbreak of fighting with Shiite rebels in north Yemen, a military official said today.

Yemen rebels say Saudi strikes killed 2 children: Yemen's Shi'ite rebels said on Monday Saudi rockets had killed two children, while state media reported new clashes between Yemeni forces and northern insurgents.

Three policemen killed in clashes in northeastern Yemen: Three policemen were killed and another five wounded in clashes between security forces and armed tribesmen in Yemen's northeastern province of Marib, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.

Eight troopers killed as Saudi forces attack Yemen: A number of soldiers stormed two houses in the Shia-populated Sa'ada Province, but were ejected by the locals. Eight servicemen were killed in the ensuing conflict, including a lieutenant identifies one Ahmad Nasser Saleh al-Jamili.

At least 9 die in Somalia clashes, group says: At least nine people have been killed and 14 others wounded in heavy shelling in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, according to a human rights group.

Ethiopian troops cross into two Somali towns-locals: - Ethiopian troops in armoured vehicles crossed into two border towns in south central Somalia and seized the family of a man with links to al Shabaab insurgents, residents said on Sunday.

Four policemen killed in Afghanistan blast: The explosion took place in the city of Kandahar, police officials said, adding that two civilians sustained injuries when the bomb planted under a bridge went off.

Two Swedish occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: Two Swedish soldiers, a 28-year-old captain, and a 31-year-old lieutenant, as well as an Afghan interpreter were killed by fire from a handgun in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Two British soldiers killed in Afghan roadside bombing: The attack took place Sunday afternoon in Sangin district of southern province of Helmand when the soldiers were on foot patrol in the area, the British Defence Ministry said on its website.

As US begins Afghan surge, Canada plans its exit: The Afghan police and army, who will be called upon to fill the gap, are understaffed and poorly trained. Their ranks are riddled with corruption, and they are often not respected or trusted by the Afghan people.

Casualties will rise in 2010, US and British officials warn : NATO forces have been fighting in Afghanistan for eight years, but casualties are rising and the insurgency shows no sign of buckling.

Karzai demands end to Nato raids: Afghanistan's president has demanded that Nato forces in his country stop all military raids on local villages.

Karzai: Afghanistan May Institute Conscription: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday he is looking at instituting conscription to build an army big enough to provide security without international help.

Four killed as Pakistani former Minister attacked: At least four people were killed and two others including the minister were wounded when unknown gunmen attacked him Monday evening in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi, said his spokesman.

School bombing exposes Obama’s secret war inside Pakistan: The discovery of the dead US soldiers revealed that America’s shadowy war in Pakistan not only involves drones but also small cadres of special operations soldiers.

Gunmen kill female candidate in northern Iraq: Gunmen shot dead a female Sunni Arab candidate from a secular political group in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, a provincial police source said on Monday.

Memo 'shows Blair Iraq war deal with Bush': The leader of Plaid Cymru's MPs has said he has a memo showing Tony Blair and George Bush struck a secret deal to invade Iraq a year before the 2003 war.

Iraq panel reinstates election ban amid Shi'ite ire:l An Iraqi appeals panel that angered Shi'ite leaders by suspending a ban on candidates accused of links to Saddam Hussein's Baath party until after an election reversed its decision on Sunday, politicians said.

Ahmadinejad orders 20% uranium enrichment: Thousands of Iranian patients, in need of post-surgery drug treatment with nuclear medicine, will suffer if domestic production dries up when a research reactor in Tehran runs out of fuel.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran : Barak: World can't ignore Iran nuclear provocations: Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday urged the international community not to turn a blind eye to Iran's declaration that it would begin enriching uranium to higher levels.

U.S. Senator Lieberman: Impose sanctions on Iran or attack it: Lieberman is the influential chairman of the Senate committee on homeland security. He was speaking a day after Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that his country was ready to accept an international swap of uranium, but only under certain conditions.

Arab media: 2 Israeli Navy ships passed through Suez Canal: Egyptian sources estimate vessels headed to Persian Gulf

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran : Iran says Russia offers missile reassurance: Russian news agencies cite Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi as saying on Thursday “our Russian colleagues have assured us that they will meet their obligations.”

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran : Tories would back war with Iran: A Conservative government would support military action against Iran if the "rogue state" developed nuclear weapons, the shadow defence secretary has revealed.

Iran's Bushehr N plant running after 1 more test: Iran's atomic chief says the long awaited launch of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the South of the country will be complete after one more test.

Iran says CIA agents arrested ahead of Feb. 11 rally: Iran said Saturday it arrested seven people, including two Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operatives, who planned to stoke unrest and violence on a march scheduled for February 11.

Syria vows to respond to any Israeli 'aggression': Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday vowed to stand by Lebanon's side against any Israeli "aggression," in an escalating war of words between Damascus and Jerusalem.

UN likely to refer Goldstone findings to The Hague: Arab states set to force debate that would bring Gaza war crimes claims before international court.

Hezbollah Statement: Mossad Agents Involved In Massacre On Ashura & Arbaeen: Hezbollah condemned the cowardice acts of terrorism that claimed hundreds of lives of innocent and peaceful mourners in Karachi Pakistan and in Karbala and Baghdad (Iraq).

Abbas give in to U.S. pressure for indirect Mideast talks: Senior Palestinian sources confirmed Sunday that Abbas has agreed in principle to the U.S. proposal for indirect talks. According to the same sources, Abbas intends to ask for a number of clarifications with the U.S. administration and will consult with Arab leaders prior to giving Washington his final response.

Chavez: U.S. military bases in Colombia stab to S. America: The president also said that the right-wing in Latin America was being organized to attack the Bolivian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA) and the Union of South American Nations (Unasur)

Japan balks at $2 billion bill to host US troops: Japan's new reformist government is questioning whether it should spend so much on U.S. troops

UK: Unlawful anti-terror powers planned for use during 2012 Olympics: The powers would enable police to stop and search members of the public without any suspicion that they were involved in terrorism.

US fights for access to EU bank data: THE US government has initiated a diplomatic offensive against threatened moves by MEPs to block a deal that gives American intelligence agencies direct access to European bank data.

World bankers meet in Sydney as recovery fears intensify: THE world's top central bankers began arriving in Australia for high-level talks as renewed fears about the strength of the global economic recovery gripped world share markets.

G7 finance ministers dine near Arctic Circle: The trustees of the world's richest nations sat down for a dinner meeting at a hotel restaurant in Iqaluit just 300 kilometers (185 miles) from the Arctic Circle.

G7 pledges to wipe out Haiti debt: Group of Seven countries (G7) have pledged to cancel their bilateral debts with earthquake-ravaged Haiti, and urged international lenders to do the same, Jim Flaherty, the Canadian finance minister, has said.

UK: Insolvency figures hit record high: A total of 134,142 people were declared insolvent in 2009 as the continued credit squeeze drove the figure above the previous record set in 2006

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