Wednesday, 10 February 2010

News For February 10, 2010

Binyam Mohamed Torture Evidence Must be Revealed, Judges Rule

By Richard Norton-Taylor

Three of Britain's most senior judges have ordered the government to reveal evidence of MI5 complicity in the torture of British resident Binyam Mohamed – unanimously dismissing objections by David Miliband, the foreign secretary. Continue

Binyam Mohamed: Read the Secret Torture Evidence

By The Guardian

The government has published the seven paragraphs about the treatment of Binyam Mohamed after a ruling in the court of appeal. Continue

Who Wants to Bomb Iran?


Meet the men calling on Barack Obama to launch airstrikes against the Islamic Republic. Continue

"My Country Has Been Hijacked"

Munich Peace Rally Speech

By Cynthia McKinney

President Obama is guilty of every item I cited in my Articles of Impeachment against President Bush. Continue

The 700 Military Bases of Afghanistan

Black Sites in the Empire of Bases

By Nick Turse

After nearly a decade of war, close to 700 U.S., allied, and Afghan military bases dot Afghanistan. Until now, however, they have existed as black sites known to few Americans outside the Pentagon. Continue

Why The Oscars Are A Con

By John Pilger

This year’s Oscar nominations are a parade of propaganda, stereotypes and downright dishonesty. The dominant theme is as old as Hollywood: America’s divine right to invade other societies, steal their history and occupy our memory. Continue

Oh. My. God. Obama Clueless

By Paul Krugman

President Barack Obama said he doesn't "begrudge" the $17 million bonus awarded to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon or the $9 million issued to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO Lloyd Blankfein, noting that some athletes take home more pay. Continue

The Case Against Corporate Speech

By Ralph Nader and Robert Weissman

Corporations, first chartered into existence over 200 years ago by the states, were meant to be our servants, not our masters. Continue

The Inflationary Depression

By Bob Chapman

Not only is the US bankrupt, but also so is the rest of the world. It is now only a question of when the dominos will fall. Continue

Globalization Is Killing The Globe: Return to Local Economies

By Thom Hartmann

Globalization is killing Europe, just as it's already wiped out much of the American middle class. Continue

Double Doom Deflected: McCainiac & Sarah Sycophant

By Robert S. Becker

As McCain devolved into Joe the Plumber, the poised, educated Obama was cleaning his clock, proving few president hopefuls match him as orator or cheerleader. When brains and know-how mattered, McCain went dumb and dumber. Continue

Haiti death toll reaches 230,000: Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue, the communications minister, said on Tuesday that the new figure does not include bodies buried by private funeral homes in private cemeteries or the dead buried by their own families.

24 dead in fresh Somalia violence: Violence in Mogadishu killed at least 24 people yesterday, and thousands of Somalis fled the capital fearing a government offensive against rebels.

Somalia: How Colonial Powers drove a Country into Chaos: Somalia could have been a great power in the region. But the reality is completely different: famine, wars, lootings, piracy, bomb attacks. How did this country sink? Why has there been no Somali government for approximately twenty years?

10 killed in Pakistan attack: An attack by a suicide bomber has killed more than 10 people, including seven policemen, in northwest Pakistan, on the border with Afghanistan, officials say.

4 Killed In Iraq Attacks: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol killed two policemen and wounded four others on the western outskirts of Baghdad, police said.

Iraq orders guards linked to Blackwater to leave: Iraq has ordered hundreds of private security guards linked to Blackwater Worldwide to leave the country within seven days or face possible arrest on visa violations, the interior minister said Wednesday.

US frees Iraqi photographer held for 17 months: The US military in Iraq freed an Iraqi freelance journalist working for the Thomson Reuters media group on Wednesday after holding him for 17 months without charge, the company said.

War casualties 'increasing' ahead of Afghan assault: – The Red Cross warned on Wednesday that war casualties were increasing around a Taliban bastion where US Marines are gearing up to launch a massive assault.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: U.S. unveils offer to help Iran purchase medical isotopes: "I think that we have bent over backwards to say to the Islamic Republic of Iran that we are willing to have a constructive conversation," he said. But, he added, "the door's still open."

Iran rejects US offer over medical isotopes: "Shutting down the reactor or stopping the production of medicine is not the solution. The solution is that the other side cooperates to increase the number of these reactors as well as their production to meet the needs of patients," he further explained.

Soltanieh says Iran's 20% enrichment legal: "Iran has the right to enrich uranium to 20 percent to provide fuel for the Tehran research reactor," Soltanieh said in an interview with the Al-Alam News Network on Wednesday.

IAEA suggests Iran's new enrichment modest: The document, shared with The Associated Press, says that only 164 enriching centrifuges are being used. And it says that only five kilograms - 11 pounds - of low-enriched uranium has been selected for the initial effort to enrich to 20 percent.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Obama: New Iran Sanctions Being Developed Quickly: U.S. President Barack Obama announced that major new sanctions on the Iranian government are being developed. The president says Tehran is still pursuing a program that would lead to nuclear weapons.

Gates wants Iran sanctions in 'weeks, not months': Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters Tuesday that Gates "clearly thinks time is of the essence."

U.S. looks beyond UN for Iran sanctions: Nuclear program; Lack of support from China spurs decision

Bolton: Either Iran Gets Nukes Or ‘Israel Or Somebody Else Uses Military Force To Stop It’: On Fox News, John Bolton declared that “Iran simply has no intention of being talked out of its nuclear weapons program” and that “very severe sanctions” will not work. Later, when host Gregg Jarrett asked if military action is “the only answer,” Bolton agreed:

Iran to launch domestically-built anti-missile system: "To protect our nuclear installations, particularly the ones in Tehran and Esfahan, we have devised a set of defense strategies to sabotage any attempt or plan to attack us," he said.

Goldstone co-author: Hamas fired 'something like two' rockets before Gaza war: The report quotes an extensive interview with Travers in the Middle East Monitor, in which he also says that Hamas had sought "a continuation of the cease-fire" prior to Israel's offensive in Gaza.

Saudis carry out 33 airstrikes on northern Yemen: Saudi fighter jets have launched a new round of airstrikes on Houthi positions in northern Yemen despite a truce offer put forward by the Shia fighters.

Makarov: US anti-missile shield targets Russia: Nikolai Makarov, the chief of Russia's general staff, brushes aside Washington's statements of reassurance regarding US plans to deploy an anti-missile shield in Europe, saying the system is aimed at targeting Russia.

Britain faces 'oil crunch' within five years, Richard Branson warns: An oil crunch more serious than the financial crisis threatens to strike Britain within five years, Sir Richard Branson and other business leaders have warned.

Binyam Mohamed: text of letter which reveals court's criticism of 'deliberately misleading' security service: Here we publish a lawyer's letter detailing how the Master of the Rolls condemned MI5 for withholding intelligence from the foreign secretary and the courts over complicity in torture

In case you missed it: Britain 'complicit in mistreatment and possible torture' says UN: Human rights report indicates clear evidence of UK role in secret detention of British Muslims

Former boy soldier, youngest Guantanamo detainee, heads toward military tribunal: Khadr is drawing the Obama administration into a fierce debate over the propriety of putting a child soldier on trial.

“The CIA Is Welcoming Itself Back onto American University Campuses”: Tthe anthropologist David Price reveals the US intelligence community has established academic outposts at twenty-two US universities over the past four years.

Feds admit wrongly tracking Wis. abortion groups: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducted a threat assessment of local pro- and anti-abortion rights activists before an expected rally last year, even though they did not pose a threat to national security.

Millionaire gives away fortune which made him miserable: Austrian millionaire Karl Rabeder is giving away every penny of his £3 million fortune after realising his riches were making him unhappy.

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