Monday, 15 February 2010

News For February 15, 2010

U.S. Forces Kill Children,
Other Civilians in Marjah, Afghanistan, with "Precision" Weapons

By Derrick Crowe

An errant American rocket strike on Sunday hit a compound crowded with Afghan civilians in the last Taliban stronghold in Helmand Province, killing at least 10 people, including 5 children, military officials said. Continue

"A Night Of Killing"
Civilian Deaths Anger Iraqis

2 Minute Video Report - al Jazeera

US and Iraqi troops have been accused of killing several civilians during a military operation in Iraq's Maysan province, on the border with Iran. Continue

The Torture Memos Show
How Illegal Wars Turn Even The Nicest People Bad

By Simon Jenkins

The deceit, the slaughter, the atrocity, the abuse of human rights. Today, Hannah Arendt's banality of evil is everywhere. Continue

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and Justice in the Service of Empire

By Zahir Ebrahim

The masses are well aware that the Pakistani elite, the ever patriotic praetorian guards, and their coterie of miserable sycophants have already learnt that while one's abject service to empire can sometimes be hazardous to one's existential wellness, it also routinely calls for new faces in many a chief's seat and presents the fabulous opportunity to loot and plunder anew in the name of patriotism. Continue

As Defense Budget Soars
Security Firms Reap Huge Profits

By Tom Burghardt

While the overall budget deficit will balloon to a staggering $1.6 trillion in 2011, the result of massive tax cuts for the rich, declining revenues, a by-product of capitalism’s economic meltdown, imperial adventures abroad and general corporate malfeasance (the old tax-dodge grift), the administration plans to cut $250 billion over three years from non-military “discretionary spending” on domestic social programs. Continue

Bread and Circuses

The Art of Corporate Mind Control

5 Minute Video

Television is the most powerful weapon of psychological warfare in history and yet it is a member of the family in most households. The programming that we are constantly assaulted with conditions us to a particular worldview. This fake reality changes our behavior making us less active and more compliant with society's shortcomings. Continue

You Think Greece Has Problems?
Latvia's Road to Serfdom

By Prof Michael Hudson and Prof. Jeff Summers

It is indeed time to start worrying about whether the Baltics may be a dress rehearsal for what we are about to see in the United States. Continue

America, the Land of Inequality

By Tom Eley

New studies reveal that the social divide between rich and poor in the US has grown much starker in the current economic crisis, and that even before it hit the country was the most unequal of the advanced economies, with great wealth and extreme poverty having become virtually hereditary conditions. Continue

The Economic Elite Have Engineered an Extraordinary Coup,

By David DeGraw

It has now become evident to a critical mass that the Republican and Democratic parties, along with all three branches of our government, have been bought off by a well-organized Economic Elite who are tactically destroying our way of life. The harsh truth is that 99 percent of the U.S. population no longer has political representation. Continue

Republicans Want to Do Away with Democracy for All

By Mark Ames

There's a dangerous right-wing alignment in the making; race-baiters proposing 'civics literacy tests' and elite free market ideologues who see democracy as inefficient. Continue

The Family
Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

By Northwestrain

The wall between church and state have been breached; the Constitution is becoming a meaningless document filled with meaningless words that have no relationship to the Nation of God that the Secret Fundamentalists want for America. Continue

Afghanistan: US rockets kill 12 civilians: Two U.S. rockets slammed into a home Sunday outside the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah, killing 12 civilians after Afghanistan's president appealed to NATO to take care in its campaign to seize the town.

British soldier killed in fire-fight in southern Afghanistan: The soldier from 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died in the Musa Qaleh district on Sunday evening.

Change! What Change? Cheney 'a complete supporter' of Obama Afghan effort: "I'm a complete supporter of what they are doing in Afghanistan. I think the president made the right decision to send troops in. I'm not a critic, in teems of how they're dealing with that situation," Cheney told ABC's This Week program.

Pakistan: New US attack kills 3 in North Waziristan: A US drone fired a missile into a vehicle in Pakistan's tribal belt on the Afghan border killing at least three" militants" on Monday, in the second such strike in 24 hours, officials said.

US attack kills seven in Miramshah: Missiles from a US drone aircraft killed seven "militants" at a training compound in North Waziristan Agency on Sunday, officials said. Two missiles slammed into a building near Miramshah, the main town in NWA.

Troops kill seven Taliban in Bajaur: Security forces killed three Taliban in the Charmang area of Bajaur Agency, while a would-be suicide bomber and three other Taliban were killed in a blast on Sunday.

Three Iraqis killed, one injured in separate attacks: Three Iraqis were killed and one was injured in two separate attacks by militants in the city of Mosul on Monday, police said.

"A massacre in every sense of the word" US troops and their proxy Iraqi security forces killed at least five people on Friday during a raid on Ali ash Sharqi, a village near the Iranian border in Maysan province, about 265 kilometres south-east of Baghdad.

All out for the March 20th March on Washington!: People from all over the country are organizing to converge on Washington, D.C., to demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Iran’s 20% uranium for hospitals is legal; President Obama, like his war-making predecessor, is lying to the American public and the world regarding Iran’s lawful right to produce medical isotopes under the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Iran says new nuclear proposals received: "After Iran's decision to domestically produce 20 percent-enriched uranium, we received some proposals from Russia, America and France," Salehi told the Iranian Labor News Agency. "We are currently studying them along with other proposals from different countries."

No reason to stall Iran missiles deal, Moscow says: Russia sees no reason to stall on the sale of its S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Iran, the Kremlin's powerful Security Council said Sunday, hours before the premier of Iran's adversary Israel was due to visit Moscow.

Over 25% of Israeli settlements violating freeze: Despite a moratorium on new illegal settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, more than a quarter of settlements have begun building new homes in the region.

U.S. congressman: U.S. should break Israel`s blockade of Gaza: "We ought to bring roll-on, roll-off ships and roll them right to the beach and bring the relief supplies in, in our version of the Berlin airlift," Rep. Brian Baird, a Democrat from Washington state said.

Two U.S. Democrat congressmen visit Gaza: Two U.S. Democrat congressmen visited on Sunday the Gaza Strip to review the situation of the enclave that has been under Israeli blockade for more than three years, Hamas officials said.

'Livni may cause own arrest to shame U.K. into changing law': Livni reportedly added that getting herself arrested was the only way to "shame" the British government into changing the law giving judges the power to arrest visiting Israeli politicians and generals.

Begin's grandson: 'murderous blood flows in Israeli arteries': Avindav Begin, who is also the son of the current Likud Knesset member Benny Begin, refuses to stand during the Israeli national anthem "Hatikva" and participates in protests against the Apartheid Wall. He does not see himself as a Jew or a Zionist and believes that his grandfather did not make real peace with Egypt.

Lebanon troops fire at 4 Israeli warplanes flying overhead: The Lebanese army said in a statement that its units used anti-aircraft fire Sunday to force the Israeli warplanes out of Lebanese airspace.

China v world as a trade war comes closer: The president feels he needs China, which is why he abased himself before his hosts on his visit to Beijing. Most of all, Obama hopes the Chinese will back him at the UN when he calls for sanctions on Iran.

Greece: Cash Business Transactions Over €1500 Will Be Outlawed in 2011: "From 1. Jan. 2011, every transaction above 1,500 euros between natural persons and businesses, or between businesses, will not be considered legal if it is done in cash. Transactions will have to be done through debit or credit cards"

Goldman Sachs: the Greek connection: Goldman Sachs, the giant investment bank, is today at the centre of the row over the Greek government's finances, amid recriminations over complex financial deals that allowed the eurozone nation to skirt its debt limits.

Goldman Goes Rogue – Special European Audit To Follow: We learn – from Der Spiegel last week and today’s NYT – that Goldman Sachs has not only helped or encouraged some European governments to hide a large part of their debts, but it also endeavored to do so for Greece as recently as last November.

Commercial Real Estate Losses Could Hit $300 Billion:: Losses from defaults on commercial real estate loans maturing in the next few years could go as high as $300 billion, threatening to topple nearly 3,000 community banks nationwide, a federal watchdog group has concluded.

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.

Child 'mini-marketeers' paid by junk food firms to secretly push products among their friends: Children are being paid up to £25 a week to promote sugary soft drinks and other products through social networking sites and playground chat.

£45 shops ‘bribe’ for cervical cancer jab for teenage girls: Teenage girls are being rewarded with shopping vouchers for having the cervical cancer jab.

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