Tuesday, 23 February 2010

News For February 23, 2010

Report From The Afghanistan Resistance
Marjah Operations are an Exemplary Lesson for the Invaders

By Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Despite the preparations, boasts and propaganda stunts, the enemy have not been able to make any headway against a small group of Mujahideen who are not more than 1000 armed men and their weapons are no match with those of the enemy. But still the sacrificing and committed Mujahideen have bravely blocked the invaders’ way successfully. Continue

America’s Warfare State.
Liquidating the Empire

By Patrick J. Buchanan

We invaded Panama and Haiti, smashed Iraq, liberated Kuwait, intervened in Somalia and Bosnia, bombed Serbia, and invaded Iraq again – and Afghanistan. Now we prepare for a new war – on Iran. Continue

The Unstated Script of the Wiesel Open Letter to President Obama

By William A. Cook

Let’s draw up the bill of particulars that is hidden from the world, the subtext, the unsaid prayer no one in this American government wants revealed and certainly no one in Israel wants displayed publicly. Continue

Amateur Night in Dubai

Mossad's Latest Blunder

By Gwynne Dyer

The hit team, though ridiculously large, was less incompetent: the victim died, and they all got out of Dubai safely. The fact that they left enough evidence behind for the Dubai police to figure out what happened does not exclude Mossad from consideration: it has bungled operations before. Continue

Big Story-The Jewish Lobby in Britain

By Press TV

Press TV's journalist Amina Taylor, searches for the truth behind the headlines of the most important stories in the UK. This time it is the Jewish Lobby. Continue

America’s First Suicide Bomber

By Paul Craig Roberts

“Violence,” Stack wrote, “not only is the answer, it is the only answer.” Stack concluded that nothing short of violence will get the attention of a government that has turned its back on the American people. Continue

Is the United States a Failing State?

By Barry Weisberg

The American provision of public services such as health care, education, social welfare or public safety, is a failure. Fewer people are covered by health care than in any industrial country (the World Health Organization ranks the US 37th in health care delivery); the infant mortality rate has sunk from 12th in 1960 to 29 in 1990 and 30th in 2005; Continue

'Death of American Capitalism:'

The 10 Final Scenes

By Paul B. Farrell

Do Main Street's 95 million investors know something Warren Buffett's long-time partner, Charlie Munger, doesn't know? Munger is warning us "It's Over" for America. Yes, "o-v-e-r," America's in decline, at the end-of-days, coming to "financial ruin," says Munger. Continue

Once More For The Record

An update on The Annotated Obama

By Joe Bageant

Obviously Barack Obama has wiped his ass on his campaign promises. That's yesterday's news. Americans demand jazzy new and ever more shocking "news" daily, or else they fall asleep before their TV sets face down in their sausage pizzas from Brooklyn to Beaumont. Continue

Gov't Sued Over Cell Phone Tracking

By William Fisher

If you are a U.S. resident who owns a cell phone, you should care about the outcome of a court case that "could well decide whether the government can use your cell phone to track you - even if it hasn't shown probable cause to believe it will turn up evidence of a crime." Continue

The Drive to Eliminate Social Security Accelerates

By Shamus Cooke

Tackling Social Security has been on the to-do list of the corporate elite for years, and they’re not waiting any longer. Continue

How Advertising Manipulates Our “Caveman” Brains
Why We are Susceptible to Manipulation
By Washington's Blog

Research shows that one of the most powerful ways to stimulate more buying is celebrity endorsement. Neurologists at Erasmus University in Rotterdam report that our ability to weigh desirability and value doesn’t function normally if an item is endorsed by a well-known face. Continue

At least 23 dead in spate of attacks in Iraq: A series of bombings, beheadings and shootings rippled through Iraq on Monday, leaving at least 23 people dead, including nine children, and intensifying concern about a spike in violence with less than two weeks until national elections.
U.S. leader in Iraq says pullout may be delayed: Army Gen. Ray Odierno said his staff had drawn up contingency plans for a delayed withdrawal that he has shared with Pentagon leaders and other U.S. officials during a visit to Washington over the past week.
Bombs kill 10 civilians in Afghanistan: Ten civilians were killed and 17 injured by bombs in eastern and southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said.
Lashkar Gah Blast Kills 8 Civilians : A bomb engineered in a bicycle exploded in the southern Afghan town of Lashkar Gah on Tuesday, killing eight civilians
Romania occupation force soldier Killed in Afghanistan: A soldier was killed and another one wounded in occupied Afghanistan when their vehicle drove over an explosive device, Romania's Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.
Fort Carson Occupation Force Soldier Killed In Afghanistan: The Defense Department says a soldier from Fort Carson was killed in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades.
U.S. Ordered Afghan Strike That Killed 27 Civilians: The airstrike Sunday hit a group of minibuses in a remote part of the south near the border between Uruzgan and Daykundi provinces.
Kucinich Challenges Gates on Civilians Killed in Afghanistan: The buck doesn't appear to be stopping anywhere in Afghanistan.
Anger spreads on Marjah's front line: People in Marjah district in Helmand province, where a Western and Afghan military operation aims to oust the Taliban, say several civilians have been killed in addition to the 12 acknowledged by the International Security Assistance Force, ISAF. They also say the fighting has caused hunger because people cannot leave their homes to fetch food.
Suspect admits New York bomb plot: An Afghan immigrant has pleaded guilty to planning a suicide bomb attack on New York City's subway system. - "To me, it meant I would sacrifice myself to bring attention to what the US military was doing to civilians in Afghanistan."
Top UN official calls for talks with Mullah Omar: The top UN official in Afghanistan has called for direct peace talks with Mullah Omar's Taliban leadership to find a political settlement to the eight year war.
Pakistan warns US over Operation Moshtarak: Islamabad has criticized the US over the ongoing military offensive in neighboring Afghanistan, saying the anti-Taliban offensive could threaten the stability of Pakistan.
British woman among 8 killed in Pakistan suicide blast: Channel 4 News reported that the British woman was married to a local man and lived in the area.
Four militants killed in Kurram Agency blast: Four militants were killed and five others were injured in a bomb blast in the Dar area of central Kurram, officials said.
Hamas to EU: Put Israel on terrorism list: "We urge the EU to include the Zionist entity on the list of countries that support terrorism, as it represents a threat to international peace," Hamas said in a statement released Monday.
Iran grounds plane with Rigi holding US-issued passport: Iran's intelligence minister says the leader of Jundallah terrorist group was at a US base in Afghanistan 24 hours before his capture, in possession of a US-issued, forged Afghan passport.
Iran expounds on Rigi's links with CIA, Mossad: Moslehi said that Rigi had contacts with CIA and Mossad and had even met the NATO military chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in Afghanistan in April 2008.
More British passports found in hunt for Hamas assassins: Eight forged British passports were used in the assassination of a top Hamas agent in Dubai, it was revealed yesterday, as pressure mounted on Israel to co-operate with European investigations into the identity thefts.
New suspects in Dubai terror operation identified: Dubai police have identified four more suspects, carrying British and Irish passports, in the terror operation against Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh last month.
Miliband: Israel should cooperate with fake passports probe: Israel needs to cooperate with the investigation launched by Dubai into the assassination of a Hamas official using forged European passports, British foreign minister David Miliband told his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman on Monday.
Israel refuses to help Britain with inquiry into fake passports: Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman yesterday flatly rebuffed David Miliband's request for cooperation with an investigation into the use of forged British passports in the assassination of a Hamas leader.
Barak heads to U.S. to discuss Iran, Mideast "peace" talks: Barak is to speak with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and senior Pentagon officials, followed by a meeting in New York with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
"What Does Netanyahu Want?" : It is widely accepted that Israel’s hard-line Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, does not want peace with the Palestinians or even with Syria -- or, at least, not the sort of peace that would involve ceding territory. The right-wing coalition he heads would not allow it. But does he want war?
Iran Willing to Swap Nuclear Fuel Inside Iran: Iran says it is willing to swap its low-enriched uranium for more highly processed nuclear fuel, but the exchange must happen on Iranian territory.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Prepare for war with Iran -- in case Israel strikes: Let's be serious for a moment: Barack Obama will not bomb Iran. This is not because he is a liberal, or because he is a peacenik, or because he doesn't have the guts to try and "save his presidency" in this time-honored manner, as Daniel Pipes has urged and Sarah Palin said she would like him to do.
Robert Dreyfuss: Attack Iran?: "Can we live with a nuclear Iran? Well, we're living with a nuclear North Korea (boxed in and contained by its neighbors). And we lived with a nuclear Soviet Union and Communist China.
Tell Congress: No to $3 Billion Budget Request for Military Aid to Israel: Click here to write a letter to your Senators and Representative below telling them that you oppose $3 billion in military aid to Israel this year because of its human rights abuses of Palestinians and that you would rather see that money spent on domestic priorities in your state and Congressional district.
Abbas warns Israel 'heritage sites' may spark religious war: In a speech to the parliament in Brussels, Abbas said Israel's attempt to steal the Palestinian heritage is part of a larger scheme to take over religious Muslim sites.
Palestinian PM Haniyeh calls for West Bank uprising: The democratically elected Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has called for uprisings in the occupied West Bank over a controversial Israeli plan to confiscate two holy sites in the territory as "national heritage."
Clashes over Israel heritage sites: Israeli soldiers have used tear gas and stun grenades against stone-throwing Palestinian protesters in the West bank town of Hebron.
Yemen arrests 80 separatists over southern unrest : Yemen has arrested some 80 suspected separatists after army positions in south Yemen came under fire and shops owned by northerners were burnt, an official and southern residents said Monday.
US approves $150m funding for Yemeni forces: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has approved a $150 million funding to train and equip Yemeni security forces to combat al Qaeda, US defense officials said.
Say ‘No!’ to Corporate Control of Agriculture and Food! : On April 17th 1996, nineteen landless Brazilian peasants who were defending their right to produce food by demanding access to land were massacred by the military police.
MI5 facing five more torture investigations: Te attorney general, has been studying the cases of five British men alleged to have been unlawfully detained and tortured in Pakistan with the complicity of MI5.
Poland admits role in CIA rendition programme: Warsaw air control service confirms that at least six CIA flights landed at disused military air base in northern Poland in 2003
Haiti orphans facing neglect: Homeless earthquake victims said police were halting deliveries of food and water to try to force them to leave their camp on the grounds of the prime minister's office.
Obama's New Budget Increases Funding for Nuclear Weapons Production Facilities: In the new budget request for 2011 the Obama Administration proposes to freeze discretionary domestic spending for programs such as education, nutrition, air traffic control and national parks for three years while dramatically increasing funding for new US nuclear weapons production facilities.
Boeing prepares to cut nearly 800 IT workers: The company sent 60-day layoff notices to the workers, who are at risk of being laid off on April 23. Of those notices, about 800 went to employees of Boeing's engineering, operations and technology unit; most of the people in that unit are in IT, according to Tim Healy, a company spokesman.
Consumer confidence falls sharply in February: The index plunged to 46 from January’s 56.5, following several months of boosts, according to the Conference Board. The economy is stable only when the reading surpasses 90.
The Bloom Box: Video report: Large corporations have been testing a new device that can generate power on the spot, without being connected to the electric grid. Will we have one in every home someday? Lesley Stahl reports.

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