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Afghan Leaders Call Surge, "Imbecilic and Tragic"

By Gordon Duff

The word is out: Our “invasion” that combined Afghani forces with American and British has not gone after Taliban strongholds at all but rather attacked areas controlled by Karzai opponents who were ready to negotiate a legitimate government. Continue

Obama, The War President

By Helen Thomas

President Barack Obama does have a foreign policy. It's called war. Continue

Obama's Secret Prisons In Afghanistan Endanger Us All

By Johann Hari:

He was elected in part to drag us out of this trap. Instead, he's dragging us further in. Continue

What Do Empires Do?

By Michael Parenti

Empires are enormously profitable for the dominant economic interests of the imperial nation but enormously costly to the people of the colonized country. In addition to suffering the pillage of their lands and natural resources, the people of these targeted countries are frequently killed in large numbers by the intruders. Continue

The Goal of Modern Propaganda: Mythocracy

By Cindy Sheehan

During my campaign against House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, in 2008, it became so clear to me that the only relevant division in this nation, indeed world, is a class division. I know I have been late to this game and analysis, but remember less than six years ago my entire world was my family and this suburban intellectually challenged sinkhole. Continue

The Monopolization of America

By Russell Mokhiber

One single multinational corporation dominates the world supply of eyeglass stores. One dominates the milk supply. Barry Lynn goes down the list of industries. And he finds a similar story across the board. Continue

"Born Again American"


“Born Again American is … proof that when people come together with a common cause and passion, they can achieve great things.” Continue

The Retrogression
New Phase, Not Just Another Recession

By Ismael Hossein-zadeh

Political theatrics within the ruling circles over “how to create jobs” should not mask the fact that delays in job creation are deliberate: they are designed to further subdue American workers and bring down their wages and benefits in line with those of workers in countries that compete with the U.S. in global workers. Continue

It Is Too Late To Prevent The Collapse Of The G-7;

Greece Is Irrelevant, We Are All Now Insolvent

By Tyler Durden

For Greece, with on and off balance sheet liabilities at over 800%, it's game over. For the Eurozone, with the same ratio at about 500%, it is also game over. For the US, at 500%+, it is, you guessed it (sorry Joseph Stiglitz), game over, but since we have the printers, it will simply take a little longer. Continue

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

By David Michael Green

Barack Obama and his congressional co-conspirators in cowardice will soon be toast, the victims - both directly through their own inadequacies and indirectly through their unwillingness to counter attacks upon them by the most destructive elements of American politics - of their own failings of character. Continue

Dreyfus, The Protocols and Goldstone

By Gilad Atzmon

Alan Dershowitz on Judge Goldstone: “But now I see him as a traitor… It’s as if they would have taken a Jew to edit the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. He uses his Jewish last name to kosher his slander of the Jewish People.” Continue

27 killed as NATO's Afghan offensive enters day two: NATO's most ambitious offensive against Taliban strongholds in occupied Helmand province entered its second day Sunday, with officials claiming 27 insurgents killed.

Karzai says 10 civilians killed in Afghan assault: Ten civilians have been killed during a major US-led military offensive to clear a southern Afghan region of Taliban militants, the Afghan president said Sunday.

7 More foreign occupation troops killed in anti-Taliban operation on Saturday: Two ISAF service members, three American soldiers, a Canadian soldier and a British trooper were among the dead.

US attack kills five in Pakistan: A US drone missile attack has killed at least five "suspected militants" at an alleged training compound in Pakistan's North Waziristan region.

Iraq: Raid On "Arms Smugglers" in Iraq Kills 10 Civilians: Maytham Lafta, a Maysan provincial council lawmaker, said at least 10 people were killed — including two women — and five others were wounded. Lafta identified the dead as "all innocent people."

Iraqi officials confirm Sunni candidate ban: Iraqi officials confirmed yesterday that appeals by prominent Sunni politicians against a move to ban them from next month’s election had failed, opening the door to sectarian recriminations that could mar the vote.

Iran president: Era of nuclear weapons over: "We believe that not only the Middle East but also the whole world should be free of nuclear weapons because we see such weapons as inhumane," Ahmadinejad said in an interview with Russia's NTV channel.

Ex-IDF chief: Israel can't handle nuclear Iran alone: Israel may lack the military means for successful preemptive strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities, former Chief of Staff Dan Halutz told Channel 2 news on Saturday.

Israel pushes for crippling Iran sanctions; U.S.: We'll sway China : Netanyahu to press for Russian support; U.S. military chief due in Israel to discuss Iran's nuclear work.

Israel is accused of waging covert war across the Middle East: Israel is waging a covert assassination campaign across the Middle East in an effort to stop its key enemies co-ordinating their activities.

Israelis warned of Hezbollah threat abroad: The advisory warns that Hezbollah has vowed recently to avenge the killing of its military commander Imad Mughniyeh and that Iran has also blamed Israel for the assassination last month of a nuclear scientist in Tehran, making Israelis susceptible to attacks.

India police: Pune bomb likely meant for Chabad House: Explosion at Pune cafe left at least 9 dead, 53 wounded; no one has yet claimed responsibility.

Yemeni rebels to hand over Saudi soldiers: report: Yemeni Shi'ite rebels are expected to hand over five captive Saudi soldiers in less than a week, a Saudi-owned newspaper reported on Sunday, following a 48-hour ultimatum set by Riyadh.

Torture is a crime, not a state secret: It's a convenient argument for both governments, but the Binyam Mohamed ruling will not harm UK-US intelligence co-operation

Moazzam Begg: 'British intelligence were there at every stage of my detention': British Muslim held at Guantánamo Bay says Binyam Mohamed revelations are no surprise considering his own experience

U.S. reviewing terrorism suspects procedures: report: The White House is reviewing a plan that would require the Justice Department and FBI to consult with the intelligence community before deciding whether to inform terrorism suspects arrested in the United States that they have the right to remain silent and to consult with an attorney

Former Uruguayan dictator sentenced to 30 years: Former dictator Juan Maria Bordaberry was sentenced to 30 years in prison for violating the constitution when he led a 1973 coup that began 12 years of dictatorship in Uruguay, the prosecutor said Wednesday.

Obama Making Plans to Use Executive Power: With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.

During the Olympics, The Feds Will Be Reading Your Tweets – And the Blotter: T Among the sites listed in a privacy impact statement filed Friday afternoon by DHS are the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post, Twitter, Google and this web site, the Blotter.

Angela Merkel dashes Greek hopes of rescue bid: German chancellor refuses to rescue Greece's ailing economy amid Berlin's domestic austerity

Collapse of the euro is 'inevitable': Bailing out the Greek economy futile, says FRENCH banking chief

Euro zone GDP recovery falters, bumpy road ahead: Recession continued in Ireland, Greece and Cyprus, while Portugal stagnated. Austria and the Netherlands expanded.

Welcome to boarded-up Britain: One in eight shops now stand empty as recession hits high streets: A report shows 12.4 per cent of shops in town centres are empty, compared to 4 per cent in the summer of 2007.

Obama Signs Bill Lifting Federal Debt Limit to $14.3 Trillion: The debt limit was increased from $12.4 trillion to keep the U.S. from going into default. Obama signed the bill privately Friday at the White House.

Credit Suisse Declares the U.S. a Riskier Investment Than Indonesia: Countries ranked less likely to default include corruptocracy Kazakhstan, less-than-reform-minded Indonesia, the debt-ridden Philippines and violence-ridden Colombia

US banks facing $1.4tn crisis over commercial property loans: America's fragile high street banks are bracing themselves for a fresh financial crunch as a wave of commercial property mortgages go sour on offices, shops and factories, causing losses of up to $300bn (£192bn) hitting nearly 3,000 small- and medium-sized financial institutions.

Foreclosure numbers may foretell delinquency surge: The number of U.S. households facing foreclosure in January increased 15 percent from the same month last year, and a surge in cash-strapped homeowners who've fallen behind on mortgages could be on the way.

Metro Atlanta foreclosures skyrocket this month: Foreclosure notices in metro Atlanta jumped 27 percent in February, compared with January. They were up 34 percent when compared to a year ago, according to data just released from Equity Depot.

Dallas/Fort Worth quarterly foreclosure postings jump 22%: Foreclosure filings on homes in the first quarter of 2010 jumped 22 percent when compared with the same period last year, a new report from Foreclosure Listing Service Inc. said Thursday.

February foreclosure forecast: Bleak to bleaker: "Among states, Nevada posted the nation's highest foreclosure rate, followed by Arizona, California, Florida and Utah. Rounding out the top 10 were Idaho, Michigan, Illinois, Oregon and Georgia." That according to a report in earlier in the week.

The Coming Foreclosure and Commercial Real Estate Storms: There's near-universal agreement that principal reduction is the key, but we are left with lame programs, like this one announced yesterday by CitiMortgage. The so-called "strategic non-foreclosure" continues the "extend and pretend" policy that bank lenders have pursued over the past year.

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