Wednesday, 17 February 2010

News For February 17, 2010

Offensive in Marja Directed at US Public Opinion

By Real News

Porter: The attack on Marja is meant to prepare Americans to accept negotiations with Taliban. Continue

USA's Global Military Dominance

Real Reason for Sanctions Against Iran

By Eric Sommer

The U.S.-sponsored drive to impose new economic sanctions on Iran has nothing to do with the noble cause of limiting proliferation of nuclear weapons on the planet. It is directly linked to the U.S. military doctrine of establishing 'full spectrum dominance' - i.e., military dominance on land, sea, air, and outer space over all other countries in the world. Continue

America’s Global Weapons Monopoly

By Frida Berrigan

Global arms trade? Send that one back to the Department of Euphemisms. Pimps and pushers with a lucrative global monopoly on a killing drug -- maybe that’s the language we need. And maybe, just maybe, it’s time to launch a “war on weapons.” Continue

Talk to Hamas

By Arik Diamant and David Zonsheine

As Israeli soldiers we hang our heads in shame over last year's attack on Gaza's civilian population. Dialogue, not war, is needed. Continue

Mossad's Licence to Kill

By Gordon Thomas

The killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh bears the hallmarks of the ruthless Israeli intelligence service. Continue

Passport to the Truth in Dubai Remains Secret

By Robert Fisk

Why didn't the British immediately express their outrage at the use of forged British passports? Continue

Grounds for Hope and Despair

By Paul Craig Roberts

Senator Bayh got tired of being a whore for the corporate lobbyists who rule the U.S.

The Media's Billion Dollar Ad for Evan Bayh

By Cenk Uygur

Evan Bayh is such a pure and innocent person and he just couldn't take the corruption of Congress anymore. He was so fed up with the partisanship and like any great man decided he must strike out on his own and leave DC?

Wall Street’s War against Main Street America

By Prof. Michael Hudson

As Mr. Obama’s chief of staff Emanuel Rahm put it, a crisis is too good a thing to waste. It’s a con man’s old trick to pressure the victim to make a decision fast. Having created the crisis, Wall Street wants to use its momentum to knock out any potential checks to its power. Continue

Real, Uglier American Unemployment

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

As bad as the jobless data you hear are, you have not been told the whole truth. If you think the terrible impact of America ’s Great Recession is shown by an official unemployment rate of about 10 percent, think again. Continue

The Richest 1% Have Captured America's Wealth

What's It Going to Take to Get It Back?

By David DeGraw

The U.S. already had the highest inequality of wealth in the industrialized world prior to the financial crisis -- and it's gotten even worse. Continue

America: Land of Unlimited Anger

By Christoph von Marschall

America is becoming impossible to govern. Voters want neither Obama nor the Republicans. Continue

The Ultimate Revolution

By Aldous Huxley

"We are in process of developing a whole series of techniques which will enable the controlling oligarchy who have always existed and presumably will always exist to get people to love their servitude." Continue

A dozen "militants" killed in Afghanistan: Without revealing name and nationality of the fallen soldier, the statement said the casualty was relating to the Operation Mushtarak.
In eastern Afghanistan, the international forces reported killing more than a dozen suspected militants in an air strike.

Taliban invite journalists to S. Afghanistan to watch "defeat" of Afghan and foreign troops: The Taliban on Tuesday invited journalists to south Afghanistan to watch what is called the " shameful defeat" of Afghan and international forces during a massive military operation conducted since Saturday.

Missile that killed Afghan civilians not faulty: NATO forces in Afghanistan have resumed using a type of rocket that killed 12 civilians after concluding that the missile hit its intended target and did not veer off course, a NATO commander said on Tuesday.

Secret Afghan peace meeting: AFGHAN government and Taliban representatives held a secret meeting last month at a holiday resort in the Maldives, an official source said Wednesday.

Pakistan: Six militants killed in Kurram Agency: Central Kurram is the main strong hold of Mullah Toofan and his group of Taliban fighters. Their leader, Mullah Toofan is one of the people who have been considered as a replacement for the TTP's leader, Baitullah Mehsud.

US attack kills 4 in Pakistan: The residents said the Wednesday attack targeted a house in Tapi Tolkhel village, just five kilometers from the border with the Afghan province of Khost.

Pakistan confirms Taliban arrest: Pakistani officials have officially confirmed the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Brader, the Afghan Taliban's senior military commander and trusted friend to Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader.

Two policemen killed in separate attacks in northern Iraq: Two policemen were killed in separate attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police sources said on Wednesday.

Jundallah Warns Of Attacks Against Iran: The Pakistan-based Jundallah said it carried out a June attack at the Ali Ibn Abi Taleb mosque in Sistan-Baluchistan province that killed as many as 21 people and wounded more than 70 others.

US missile system ready against Iran: Foreign analysts conclude that the deployment of the elements of the US missile defence system in the Gulf under pretence of protection from possible actions of the Iranian authorities looks like an aggressive and a provocative move, especially against a background of a possible pre-emptive attack on Iran.

US senators seek regime change in Iran: Two Republican senators have once again introduced a draft bill in the US Congress seeking full support for the Iranian opposition and the overthrow of the Islamic Republic government in Iran.

Iran: We will never give up enrichment at any price: Netanyahu: The 'gap in understanding' between Israel and the world over Iran nuclear threat is narrowing.

Brazil Resists Push for Tougher Sanctions on Iran, Envoy Says: Brazil has told the U.S. and France that it doesn’t support tougher United Nations sanctions on Iran and will continue, over the objections of the Obama administration, to seek more trade with the Islamic government.

Israeli Arrogance?? U.S. lawmakers in Israel 'puzzled' by Ayalon boycott: A delegation of U.S. Congress members on Wednesday said they would seek clarification from Israel after an apparent snub by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

Israeli Ambassador Booed Off Stage: Demonstration of peaceful and vocal protest at Michael Orens speech to UCI

Israeli FM vague over Dubai murder: Israel's foreign minister has said there is "no reason" to believe that his country's spy agency was behind the killing of a senior Hamas figure in the United Arab Emirates, but did not explicitly deny involvement.

South Yemenis to launch an uprising: leader: Residents of south Yemen will launch an intifada, or uprising, on Saturday with the aim of obtaining independence for the region, separatist leader Tareq al-Fadhli said on Wednesday.

Somalia Prepares for Offensive: Residents flee Mogadishu as government seeks to expand control.

UN says US aid restrictions on Somalia are hurting millions of hungry Somalis: "What we are seeing is a politicization of humanitarian issues," Bowden told journalists in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. "The options for a lot of Somalis look pretty bleak."

Russia hits Latin American trail as US remains mute on missile defense: Much of Lavrov’s trip – which took him to Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico – was dedicated to the promotion of Russian culture and pressing humanitarian issues, there were several announcements that may turn some heads in the region, and especially north of the border.

Venezuela Sells Products at Fair Prices through Nationalised Hypermarket Chain: Over the weekend Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez inaugurated some of the new government run hypermarkets which are taking the place of the recently nationalised Exito hypermarket chain.

Gangs use online scams to target Haiti cash: BBC probe: "They're taking money people want to give to the victims of these natural disasters and they're stealing it.

Haiti: Christian Right kidnappers: Nicole Colson reports on the accusations against missionaries who were arrested after trying to take Haitian children out of the country--and the media's tolerant attitude.

USAID Steers No-Bid Haiti Contract to 'Politically Connected' Firm of Bill Clinton Friend: The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded another lucrative no-bid contract, Fox News has learned -- this time to a "politically connected" lobbyist and high-profile friend of former President Bill Clinton

China in record US debt sell-off : According to Treasury figures released on Tuesday, Beijing sold off more than $34bn of its holdings in the final month of 2009, cutting its holding of US debt by just over 4 per cent to $755.4bn.

Foreigners cut Treasury stakes; rates could rise: A record drop in foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury bills in December sent a reminder that the government might have to pay higher interest rates on its debt to continue to attract investors.

Suburban homeless: Rising tide of women, families: Homelessness in rural and suburban America is straining shelters this winter as the economy founders and joblessness hovers near double digits — a "perfect storm of foreclosures, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing," in one official's eyes.

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