Friday, 12 March 2010

New For March 12, 2010

Taboo Inhibits Frank Iran/Israel Talk

By Ray McGovern

If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu feels he can thumb his nose at the U.S. President (and Vice President) on the signal issue of Israeli settlements, is there reason to believe that Netanyahu is inclined to take into account repeated “please pleas” from the likes of Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen, who has warned the Israelis publicly that an attack on Iran would be a “big, big, big problem for all of us?” Continue

Did Chomsky Say
Iran Pursuing Nuclear Weapons Out of Fear

By Matthew W. Hutchins

He cited to the hypocrisy of the U.S. position in its historical relationships with the three nations that did not ratify the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty: Israel, India, and Pakistan. These three nations, said Chomsky, have all received nuclear technology from the United States in violation of security council resolutions, but most Americans would not realize this, given the pro-government bias of the media. Continue

Palestinians Should Now Declare Their Independence

By Johann Hari

This week the Obama administration - who give Israel $3bn a year, more than they dole out to any other nation on earth - made a meek and craven request for Israelis to simply have a pause in seizing even more land, and to sit down with the Palestinians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded with a big concrete slap. Continue

War on the Horizon in Latin America

By Eva Golinger

The Empire will stop at nothing to find mechanisms and techniques to achieve its final objective, and we cannot disregard the possibility of a military conflict in the near future. If the US places Venezuela on the “terrorist list” this year, we could be on the verge of a regional war. Continue

French Bread Spiked with LSD in CIA Experiment

By Henry Samuel in Paris

In 1951, a quiet, picturesque village in southern France was suddenly and mysteriously struck down with mass insanity and hallucinations. At least five people died, dozens were interned in asylums and hundreds afflicted. Continue
Why America Should Apologize

By Connor Boyack

Should the ignorance and/or arrogance of current politicians be tolerated when they declare that "we should not apologize for America"?

Was "Jihad Jane" a Real Terrorist Threat? Or a Mentally Unstable Loner?

By Liliana Segura

No one knows quite what to make of Colleen LaRose. But get ready to hear a lot more about "homegrown terrorism" -- and why we need more surveillance to stop it.

Forbes: Crisis Hits Only Low Income Earners

By Vlad Grinkevich

The current global financial and economic crisis once again confirms the fact that during economic upheavals the rich get richer and the poor become even more destitute. - As of late 2009, the number of billionaires soared from 793 to 1,011 and their total fortunes from $2.4 trillion to $3.6 trillion.

How 'Bankquakes' Shake People from Their Homes

By Danny Schechter

Here's a story I was told about a middle class woman on Long Island, who happens to be Haitian. I am sure its not the worst case--and certainly not the best outcome. Read it and weep-but as you do remember this bell may toll for more of us.

Welcome to America, Sucker
Ponzi Nation: How Get-Rich-Quick Crime Came to Define an Era

By Andy Kroll

Every great American boom and bust makes and breaks its share of crooks. The past decade -- call it the Ponzi Era -- has been no different, except for the gargantuan scale of white-collar crime. A vast wave of financial fraud swelled in the first years of the new century. Continue

Back to Market Fundamentalism

How champions of Neoliberal economics are reversing New Deal economics

By Ismael Hossein-zadeh

The New Deal and Social-Democratic reforms that evolved out of the Great Depression and World War II were not courtesy of “benevolent” capitalism, voluntarily bestowed upon the poor and working people. Continue

45 killed in Lahore bomb blasts: A third bomb has exploded near a police station in the Pakistani city of Lahore, after earlier attacks on the military killed at least 45 people.
Senior cleric, three others killed in Pakistan attack: - Four people, including a senior Muslim cleric, were killed in a drive-by shooting in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, police said Friday.
More Than 50 People Killed in Somalia Fighting: Heavy fighting continued to rock Somalia capital of Mogadishu for the third day running, the fighting is between the Somalia insurgent group of Al-Shabab and the transitional federal government troops allied to sheikh sheriff sheikh Ahmed administration.
Somalia - Thousands fleeing deadly clashes in Mogadishu: . Since February, some 33,000 Somalis have been driven out of their homes by the continuing conflict in Mogadishu. - There, they are jammed in makeshift settlements which are already home to over 366,000 internally displaced people (IDPs). Thousands also fled to other parts of the country.
Somalia: US backs puppet government’s planned military offensive: The United States’ military is working closely with its Somali counterparts in planning a major offensive against Islamist militias who control the bulk of the country, including almost all of the capital, Mogadishu.
Taliban claim killing 5 US troops in Afghanistan: A Taliban militant group claims its forces have killed five American soldiers in eastern Afghanistan amid growing casualty figures among foreign troops.
Afghan insurgents kill 3 police in attack on post: Insurgents attacked a police post in eastern Afghanistan with guns and then detonated a roadside bomb as reinforcements sped to the scene, killing three members of an elite strike force, police said Friday.
US occupation force troops open fire on journalist and her husband, killing both: Morgue officials confirmed the deaths and said the bodies of Aseel al-Obeidi and her husband were riddled with bullets in Wednesday's shooting in the Tobchi neighbourhood.
Lula Says Leaders Afraid Israel May Attack Iran If Talks Fail: “The leaders I spoke to believe that we must act quickly, otherwise Israel will attack Iran,” Lula said, adding that sanctions against Iran could be counterproductive
UN humanitarian chief warns of disaster if Gaza siege continues: The United Nations humanitarian chief warned Thursday of an impending humanitarian disaster if Egypt succeeds in blocking the tunnels that pass under it's border into the Gaza Strip.
Israel clamps West Bank closure: Israel has imposed a full closure of the occupied Palestinian territory of West Bank, announcing that no one will be allowed in or out for 48 hours.
Deputy FM tells U.S.: Israel won't make any "more" concessions: Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon on Thursday defended Israel's decision to approve construction of 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem, saying sovereignty over the capital has never been negotiable and that Israel would not make any more concessions for peace.
U.S. gave Israel green light for East Jerusalem construction : Just in case anyone failed to realize how impartial a mediator the U.S. is, Biden said in his Tel Aviv speech that the U.S. has "no better friend" than Israel.
Deafening silence from corporate media (on silent IDF dinner protest): I asked Dorothy Zellner, a founding member of Jews Say No!, whether the hundreds of people who showed up to march and the two dozen or so organizations who co-sponsored the action was indicative of a larger shift in public opinion regarding Israel.
Rachel Corrie's sister to Haaretz: U.S. encouraged family to sue Israel : The family has met with many senior American officials, she added, and more than 70 congressmen signed a letter demanding a serious investigation.
Capital Anglos mobilize against practice of spitting at Christians: Shocked by growing reports about Ultra-Orthodox Jews spitting at Christians in Jerusalem's Old City, a group of Anglo residents is now mobilizing against this ugly practice.
Hostage reveals horrific torture details: A UK man held hostage in Iraq for more than two-and-a-half years has revealed harrowing details of the torture meted out to him by his captors.
Rove 'proud' of US waterboarding terror suspects: In a BBC interview, Karl Rove, who was known as "Bush's brain", said he "was proud we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists".
Internet aids terrorist recruiting, radicalization, Pentagon says: Militant groups can radicalize individuals and train them to carry out terrorist acts much more quickly today, in part thanks to the Internet, according to military and counter terrorism experts testifying on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
Government finds 21.1 percent unemployment rate for young veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan wars: That's well above the 16.6 percent jobless rate for non-veterans of the same ages, 18 to 24.
The Most Powerful Corporate Business Club Most Americans Have Never Heard of: The Business Roundtable, an organization representing Fortune 500 CEOs, is at the heart of the Economic Elite's power center.
Report Details How Lehman Hid Its Woes: It is the Wall Street equivalent of a coroner’s report — a 2,200-page document that lays out, in new and startling detail, how Lehman Brothers used accounting sleight of hand to conceal the bad investments that led to its undoing.
Mortgage Principal Writedown Won't Save Housing: And so it begins. Big gun lawmakers are making the move toward principal writedowns as the last resort to save the housing market.
New round of foreclosures threatens housing market: The housing market is facing swelling ranks of homeowners who are seriously delinquent but have yet to lose their homes, and this is threatening a new wave of foreclosures that could hit just as the real estate market has begun to stabilize.
Officials: 2.5 million Floridians on food stamps: More than 2.5 million Floridians are on food stamps, up from three years ago where 1.2 million residents received assistance.

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