Tuesday, 16 February 2010

News For February 16, 2010

Joya Condemns 'Ridiculous' Military Strategy

By Glyn Strong

"It is ridiculous," said Malalai Joya, an elected member of the Afghan parliament. "On the one hand they call on Mullah Omar to join the puppet regime. On another hand they launch this attack in which defenceless and poor people will be the prime victims. Continue

Former IAEA Head Hans Blix
'Iran Won't Simply Sit There and Accept an Attack'

By Bernhard Zand

It's easy to let the bombs fall, and a military strike could set the nuclear program back by a few years -- something that would be very welcome. But what would the long-term consequences be? Iran won't simply sit there quietly and accept an attack. Continue

Is Iran Running a Bluff?

Did Robert Gibbs let the cat out of the bag?

By Pat Buchanan

If Iran does not "have the capability" to enrich to 20 percent for fuel rods, how can Iran enrich to 90 percent for a bomb? Continue

‘Mossad Assassination Squad Used British Passports’

By Hugh Tomlinson in Dubai

These are the faces of 11 suspects wanted in connection with the murder of a senior Hamas Comander. Continue

China Cuts Holdings of U.S. Treasuries

By The Associated Press

The government said Tuesday that foreign demand for U.S. Treasury securities fell by the largest amount on record in December with China reducing its holdings by $34.2 billion. Continue

A Country of Serfs Ruled By Oligarchs

By Paul Craig Roberts

The media has headlined good economic news: fourth quarter GDP growth of 5.7 percent ("the recession is over"), Jan. retail sales up, productivity up in 4th quarter, the dollar is gaining strength. Is any of it true? What does it mean? Continue

Inverted Totalitarianism
Fighting Corporate Rape of US

By Chris Hedges

American journalist and Pulitzer winner Chris Hedges told RT the United States has developed a new form of corporate totalitarianism. Continue

The Great Bi-Partisan Deception

By Shamus Cooke

Some cancer is too aggressive even for chemotherapy. The US political system is infected with such a disease; and we may be witnessing the first death spasms. In a country ravaged by war and economic crisis, with tens of millions of people suffering, politicians are capable of doing absolutely nothing to help ordinary people. Continue

Marc Faber : Collapse of Capitalistic System

Video Interview

Marc Faber talks about total disaster with a collapse of capitalistic system. Continue

Capitalism Cut Adrift

Have we really been brainwashed?

By William Bowles

There has been much talk expended over the years on the degree to which the media—and hence culture—is central to maintaining the capitalist system. Leading the charge have been Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, so much so that they now more resemble sainted objects than social/political analysts, but then this is nothing new for the left, who unfortunately for the most part are happy to let others do the thinking for them. Continue

Gerald Celente: Begining Of Financial Wars

Video Interview

Gerald Celente on the Annual economic report. Continue

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

By Case Wagenvoord

Since Americans believe that there is no class but the middleclass, the working class came to believe that an above-ground pool and two cars in the garage made it middleclass. So it flocked to a Republican Party that proceeded to screw it. Continue

In Hard Times, Americans Blame The Poor

By Alfred Lubrano

There is, some say, a deep American anger toward the poor for violating the near-sacred belief that all people can pull themselves up by their bootstraps. It's connected to a notion, rooted in Puritanism, "that the poor must have done something wrong because they weren't blessed by the heavens, as the prosperous are," Continue

American Gulag
Lindsey Graham: White House Mulling Indefinite Detention


The White House is considering endorsing a law that would allow the indefinite detention of some alleged terrorists without trial as part of efforts to break a logjam with Congress over President Barack Obama’s plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday. Continue

The Media Response to the Growing Influence of the 9/11 Truth Movement.

A Survey of Attitude Change in 2009-2010

By Elizabeth Woodworth

Eight countries – Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Russia – have allowed their publicly-owned broadcasting stations to air the full spectrum of evidence challenging the truth of the official account of 9/11. Continue

Eight More Civilians Killed in occupied Afghanistan: Eight more civilians were killed in fighting in southern Afghanistan by occupation troops. Coalition commander Stanley McChrystal issued an apology after the incident

Taliban commander, 4 Arab fighters killed in S Afghanistan: Afghan forces raided Taliban hideout in Washir district of the southern Helmand province, killing a Taliban local commander and four Arab fighters, spokesman for provincial administration Daud Ahmadi said Tuesday.

British occupation force solider killed in explosion in southern Afghanistan: The MoD said he was engaged in IED clearance operations to the north-east of Sangin district centre in Hlemand province when he was caught in the explosion on Monday afternoon.

Six killed, nine injured in separate attacks in northern Iraq: Six people were killed and nine injured in separate attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, local police sources said on Tuesday.

Revealed: Shocking picture of British soldier grabbing hair of Iraqi prisoner blindfolded with gaffer tape: Holding a prisoner by a clump of hair, a bare- chested British soldier poses for the camera in an 'appalling' display of abuse in Iraq.

US Soldiers Shoot Bomber, Grenade Explodes In His Hands (VIDEO) - WARNING -

Iran: US acting as military dictatorship in ME: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the US is acting as a military dictatorship in the Middle East by killing countless number of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

'Israel planning war next spring': Ahmadinejad reportedly warns Jewish state will be "finished" if it starts a war.

No options ruled out on Iran, White House says: The White House on Tuesday would not rule out any options, including the military option, for dealing with Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Iran 'still open to nuclear deal': Iran's president has said insisted that a UN-drafted uranium exchange deal remains a possibility with talks on the proposal "not yet closed".

Iran says will respond to any new sanctions: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday any country that tried to impose new sanctions on Iran would regret its actions, as the United States and Russia voiced shared concern about Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Ahmadinejad says Iran to install advanced centrifuges: "If anybody seeks to create problems for Iran, our response will not be like before," Ahmadinejad told a press conference in the capital city of Tehran.

Russia tells Netanyahu it will hold off on sale of air defense system to Iran: The truck-mounted S-300, which can shoot down hostile missiles or aircraft up to 150 km [90 miles] away, could help Iran thwart any attempt by Israel or the United States to bomb its nuclear facilities.

Saudi plays down oil incentive for China on Iran sanctions: Saudi Arabia on Monday played down suggestions it could encourage China not to block sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme by giving Beijing oil supply guarantees.

Ahmadinejad Says Clinton Not Taken Seriously In Iran: Iran on Tuesday dismissed remarks by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who claimed the country was drifting toward a military dictatorship before the world's eyes.

Nasrallah: Hezbollah will hit Tel Aviv airport if attacked: Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned that the movement will strike Israel's infrastructure, including its airports and refineries, in the event of any Israeli attack on Lebanon.

Must read: We should focus on Pro-Palestinian priorities and strategies: Common Activist Errors and Some Proposals to Rectify Them

Report: Three Israelis share names with Dubai assassination suspects: At least three Israelis share names with suspects named by Dubai police investigating the January assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al Mabhouh, Israel's Channel 2 news reported on Tuesday.

Ireland confirms 'Irish' Dubai killers used fake passports: The trio of alleged Irishmen identified Monday in Dubai as Gail Folliard, Evan Dennings and Kevin Daveron do not appear in Ireland's records of legitimate passport-holders, said the government.

Death squad caught on CCTV hunting for Hamas leader: How many high class assassins does it take to kill one Hamas leader?

Greeks strike amid debt crisis: Greece has been hit by a fresh wave of strikes as European Union ministers put pressure on the debt-ridden nation to toughen its deficit-reduction plan.

US black farmers seek compensation; African-American farmers have staged a massive protest in Washington DC calling on the US government to deliver on cash payments promised to the group years ago.

Loan guarantees pave way for first new U.S. nuclear reactors in years: President Obama announced $8.3 billion in loan guarantees Tuesday for two nuclear reactors to be built in Burke County, Georgia.

A Mother’s Personal Mission: Healthcare Not Warfare: My son leaves for his volunteer tour of duty in Afghanistan. And I won’t be there to say goodbye. Because I advocate a position of peace, my son believes my priorities are off kilter, and for some time now he has believed that he goes to war so whiners at home can keep griping about less critical concerns — like healthcare or economic justice.

Five Million Workers to Exhaust Unemployment Benefits by June: According to the BLS, there are a record 6.31 million workers who have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks (and still want a job). This is a record 4.1% of the civilian workforce. (note: records started in 1948).

You won't believe the sweetheart deal that the Indymac boys were given by the FDIC. Video

Rich Getting Richer Rewards as Credit-Card Law Refutes Bankers: Credit-card write-offs, or loans deemed uncollectible, jumped 59 percent to $89 billion last year from $56 billion a year earlier

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