Friday, 19 February 2010

News For February 19, 2010

Chossudovsky: US Will Start WW3 by Attacking Iran

By RussiaToday

A UN nuclear watchdog report suggests Iran could be developing a nuclear bomb, apparently confirming long-held suspicions in the West. But Tehran denies the claims, again insisting that its atomic intentions are peaceful. Michel Chossudovsky, who's from an independent Canadian policy research group, believes that what Iran says hardly matters, because the U.S. is planning for war. Continue

Behind Clinton's Tough Talk on Iran

By Mark Weisbrot

The goal of Hillary Clinton's rhetoric Seems to be to promote conflict and convince Americans Iran is a threat to their security. Continue

What Should Obama Do Next On Iran?
Act for the Republic and Independence

By Michael F. Scheuer

Explain to the American people that Iran is no threat to the United States unless we or Israel attack it first, and then it would be a serious threat to U.S. access to energy and would likely stage terrorist operations in the continental United States. Continue

Nuclear Iran: Fueled by Fear?

Video By RT

Is it simply fear about nuclear weapons that is fueling this fight or is there more to it? William Weddin says the United States has sought to undermine democracy in Iran and has pushed it to be a military dictatorship ever since the Iranian revolution.

Israeli Agent Claims MI6 Was Tipped Off

By Mail Foreign Service

MI6 was tipped off that Israeli agents were going to carry out an 'overseas operation' using fake British passports, it was claimed last night. Continue

Dubai wants head of Mossad arrested over Hamas assassination

By Hugh Tomlinson in Dubai and Sheera Frenkel

Lieutenant-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim called on Interpol, in a statement last night, to issue a red arrest notice seeking Mr Dagan’s extradition “as a killer in case Mossad is proved to be behind the crime, which is most likely now”. Continue

Terrorism: The Most Meaningless and Manipulated Word

By Glenn Greenwald

Terrorism is simultaneously the single most meaningless and most manipulated word in the American political lexicon. The term now has virtually nothing to do with the act itself and everything to do with the identity of the actor, especially his or her religious identity. It has really come to mean: "a Muslim who fights against or even expresses hostility towards the United States, Israel and their allies." Continue

False Flag Terror

By Washington's Blog

A false flag attack was apparently discussed in order to justify an invasion of the Dominican Republic. Continue

Social Security Will Fall To Obama Before The Taliban Do

By Paul Craig Roberts

We constantly hear from Wall Street gangsters and from Republicans and an occasional Democrat that Social Security and Medicare are a form of welfare that we can’t afford, an “unfunded liability.” This is a lie. Continue

Only 21% Say U.S. Government Has Consent of the Governed

By Rasmussen Reports

Seventy-one percent (71%) of all voters now view the federal government as a special interest group, and 70% believe that the government and big business typically work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors. Continue

Dropping Like Flies

By Danny Schechter

Disillusion is turning into despair with a system that goes on almost robotically with increasingly no connection with the public. Continue

Frustrated Owner Bulldozes Home Ahead Of Foreclosure

By Cincinnati News

Man Says Actions Intended To Send Message To Banks. Continue

The Warning

Must Watch - By Frontline - PBS

Veteran FRONTLINE producer unearths the hidden history of the nation's worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. At the center of it all he finds Brooksley Born, who speaks for the first time on television about her failed campaign to regulate the secretive, multitrillion-dollar derivatives market whose crash helped trigger the financial collapse in the fall of 2008. Continue

Occupation force air strike kills seven Afghan police: ministry: A NATO air strike mistakenly killed seven Afghan police and wounded two others on Thursday, hospital and government officials said, adding to strains on the alliance.

Six Nato occupation force troops killed in Afghan fighting: Nato forces in Afghanistan say that six of their soldiers have been killed in a single day during their major offensive against the Taliban in the south.

25 Afghan Police May Have Joined Taliban: The police officers left their posts in Chak, a remote district of Wardak, just before midnight Wednesday, and on Thursday morning a spokesman for the Taliban claimed that the officers had surrendered to them.

Extrajudicial Killing: Brother of Afghan Taliban Leader Among US Kills 4 In Pakistan Attack: Four people were killed when missiles struck a house on Thursday night in the Dande Darpa Khel of North Waziristan, two Pakistani intelligence officials told The Associated Press. One of the dead was Mohammed Haqqani, the brother of Siraj Haqqani, the officials said.

Pakistan calls on US to repatriate Aafia Siddiqui: Islamabad has appealed to Washington to repatriate the female Pakistani scientist convicted in a US court of attempting to murder US military interrogators and FBI agents.

2 Killed in Ingushetia Explosions: Explosions in Russia's volatile region of Ingushetia have killed at least two people and injured 28 others. Svetlana Gorbakova, a spokeswoman for Nazran's investigative committee, said that there had been "between three and five blasts".

Extrajudicial Killing: Dubai wants head of Mossad arrested over Hamas assassination: Lieutenant-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim called on Interpol, in a statement last night, to issue a red arrest notice seeking Mr Dagan’s extradition “as a killer in case Mossad is proved to be behind the crime, which is most likely now”.

West turns diplomatic screw – but Israel refuses to crack: 'We know nothing', say ambassadors called for talks over how assassins who killed Hamas leader were holding foreign passports

UK official: We knew about Mossad assassination plot: Israel's Mossad had tipped off British intelligence that they were going to use fake British passports before the assassination of the Hamas commander, a new report says.

Growing Row over Dubai killing: Interview With Robert Fisk: Video: If Israel is behind the assassination, then Tel Aviv could find itself in a diplomatic crisis with some of its European allies.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Iran 'already' making bomb: The UN nuclear agency yesterday said it was worried Iran may currently be working on making a nuclear warhead

Iran leader denies nuclear weapons ambition: Iran's supreme leader and armed forces commander-in-chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday the country does not believe in and is not seeking atomic weapons, state television reported.

New chief Amano gives U.N. watchdog more bite on Iran: - He may be staid and cautious in public, but the new U.N. nuclear watchdog chief has wasted no time putting bite in the agency's approach to Iran after what Western powers say was a lack of backbone under his predecessor.

Audio: Israeli Ambassador: ‘Don't Expect Much from Obama on Iran’: Yoram Ettinger, a former U.S. consul in the United States, said that Israel should not expect Washington to take on Iran. "President Obama has decided to attempt to reach Iran through negotiations and discussions, and he is acting in the same manner with North Korea.

IAEA suspects Syrian nuclear activity at bombed site: Uranium particles found at a Syrian desert complex bombed to ruin by Israel in 2007 point to possible covert nuclear activity at the site, the U.N. atomic watchdog said Thursday.

Niger coup leaders face criticism: The African Union, France, and ECOWAS, a West African economic bloc, have condemned a military coup in Niger, a day after dissident soldiers seized the president and dissolved the constitution.

UN in record appeal for Haiti aid: World body seeks $1.5bn to give millions displaced shelter, sanitation and food.

Conyers Slams Authors Of Torture Memos, Announces Hearings: "For years, those who approved torture and abuse of detainees have hidden behind legal memos issued by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel," Conyers said. "

FBI closes investigation into 2001 anthrax attacks: The validity of the FBI's case will never be tested in court because Ivins, a specialist in anthrax vaccines at Frederick's Fort Detrick Army base, committed suicide in 2008 as investigators were preparing to charge him.

1,000 Architects & Engineers Call for New 9/11 Investigation: More than 1,000 worldwide architects and engineers now support the call for a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

UK: Jobless claimant count jumps to highest since 1997: The number of Britons claiming jobless benefit jumped unexpectedly in January and at its fastest rate in 6 months, raising fears that an improvement at the end of last year may have been little more than a blip.

New underground economy: Key indicator: Avoidance of bank accounts

Slump in Tax Revenue Creates State of Siege: U.S. states face a "lost decade," says Raymond Scheppach, head of the National Governors Association. The problem is a broken fiscal model exposed by the recession, and likely to extend the pain beyond the downturn's official conclusion.

A Sight All Too Familiar in Poor Neighborhoods: — Shantana Smith, a single mother who had not paid rent for three months, watched on a recent morning as men from Eagle Moving carried her tattered furniture to the sidewalk.

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