Saturday, 6 March 2010

News For March 06, 2010

Kucinich Forces Congress to Debate Afghanistan

By Robert Naiman

On Thursday Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced H. Con Res. 248, a privileged resolution with 16 original cosponsors that will require the House of Representatives to debate whether to continue the war in Afghanistan. Debate on the resolution is expected early next week. Continue

"This Time We Went Too Far"
Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion

By Norman Finkelstein

Public outrage at the Gaza invasion did not come out of the blue but rather marked the nadir of a curve plotting a steady decline in support for Israel. Continue

Liz Cheney Says Terrorists Have No Rights.

Also, you're a terrorist.

By Dahlia Lithwick

Ten years ago, an accused terrorist still had the right to a trial, for instance. But thanks to people like Liz Cheney and her dad, the Sixth Amendment right to a "speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury" is gone, once you've been branded a terrorist. Continue

Paul Craig Roberts Owes Iraqi People Apology

By Qais Nawwaf

One wonders whether Mr. Roberts would’ve displayed this same white man’s burden, vilifying misbehaving oppressed peoples, by admonishing Native American tribes who may have been at odds during the theft of their land by white settlers. Continue

Does the Financial System need New Guard Rails?

By Mike Whitney

Confidence is flagging because unemployment is high. And unemployment is high because demand is weak. That means that the money that should be going to people who will generate more economic activity, is actually going to prop up lending institutions that don't lend and banks that operate as casinos. Continue

Our World Balances on a Sea of Debt

By Darius Guppy

The banks that control the world’s supply of money are no better than counterfeiters – and their system of juggling debt has left the global economy teetering on the brink of ruin. Convicted fraudster Darius Guppy offers a provocative personal view. Continue

Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-Winning Economist, Says Federal Reserve System 'Corrupt'

By Shahien Nasiripour

One of the world's leading economists said Wednesday that the very structure of the Federal Reserve system is so fraught with conflicts that it's "corrupt." Continue

President Obama: Replace Rahm With Me open letter from Michael Moore

By Michael Moore

I will come to D.C. and clean up the mess that's been created around you. I will work for $1 a year. I will help the Dems on Capitol Hill find their spines and I will teach them how to nonviolently beat the Republicans to a pulp. Continue

More Than 20 Killed As Shias Targeted in Pakistan Blast: The victims were passing through a petrol station in the town of Hangu on Friday when the lone attacker on foot set off the bomb, Akram Ullah, a police official, said.
Leading Pakistani Taliban deputy believed killed: Maulvi Faqir Mohammed was believed to be among a number of insurgents killed Friday at a sprawling compound in the northwest Mohmand tribal region, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said.
Politician shot dead in Pakistan: Gunmen Saturday shot dead a leader of the main opposition political party in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province
U.S. Sees a Terror Threat; Pakistanis See a Heroine: “The prime minister has suggested to visiting American delegations that releasing Aafia Siddiqui unconditionally would greatly improve the image of the Americans in the public’s eyes,” a close aide to Mr. Gilani said.
3 NATO Occupation Force Soldiers Killed in Southern Afghanistan : NATO announced on Friday the deaths of three its soldiers in the volatile southern Afghanistan
UK occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan blast: A British soldier has died from wounds sustained in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) said Saturday.
Afghan lawmaker survives attack on her convoy: Fauzia Khofi, who represents the far northern province of Badakhshan, says insurgents fired on her seven-vehicle convoy early Saturday as it was traveling from Nangarhar province to Kabul.
Pentagon concerned over Blackwater's work in Afghanistan: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is concerned about possible misconduct in Afghanistan by the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater and has promised to review the issue, the Pentagon said.
Seven Dead in Blast in Iraq Holy City on Election Eve: A car bomb near a Shiite Muslim shrine in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf killed seven people today, including four Iranian pilgrims, a day before parliamentary elections that insurgents vowed to disrupt.
Judge won't dismiss suit naming Rumsfeld: A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss a civil lawsuit accusing former Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of responsibility for the alleged torture by US forces of two Americans who worked for an Iraqi contracting firm.
'Temple Mount clashes may spark religious war' : Pan-Islamic body calls for international intervention to end 'Israeli aggression,' reports
Irish FM urges EU to pressure Israel to end Gaza blockade: Ireland's foreign minister on Friday called the Israeli blockade of Palestinian-ruled Gaza inhumane and unacceptable and he urged the European Union and other countries to increase pressure on Israel to end it.
US fails in its attempt to orchestrate anti-Iran consensus: Chairman of Majlis Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Saturday that the Chinese and Russian objection to a new series of sanctions on Iran indicates the US failure to orchestrate an anti-Iran consensus.
West softens stance on Iran nuclear sanctions: Diplomats take aim at Iranian finances in Europe but drop call to blacklist Tehran central bank.
U.S. criticized on Iran sanctions: The Obama administration is pushing to carve out an exemption for China and other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council from legislation pending in the Senate and the House that would tighten sanctions on companies doing business in Iran, administration and congressional sources said.
Iran, China sign $143mn drilling deal: China, which now gets more than 15 percent of its oil from Iran, reportedly has commitments of more than $80 billion in the country's energy sector.
Iran vents frustration with Moscow, expels Russian pilots: Signs of growing anger in Tehran as Russia stalls on missile deal and backs nuclear sanctions.
Iran warns of Italy's 'Mafia-style' approach to N-issue: The Association of Iranian Journalists and Reporters describes the arrest of TV correspondent Hamid Masoumi-Nejad in Italy as 'a Mafia-style tactic' to pressure Iran over its nuclear program.
'Jewish lobby behind U.S. Armenia genocide vote': Pro-Israel lobbyists had previously backed Turkey on the issue ? but changed tack in retaliation for Turkish condemnation of Israel's policies in the Gaza Strip, the Al-Quds Al-Arabi daily said in an editorial, according to Israel Radio reports.
US 'may back Somali offensive: US special operations forces could help the Somali government with an offensive to dislodge al-Shabab fighters from the capital, Mogadishu, a US newspaper report says.
US Troops Aid Somalia Against Militants: The US military is sharing intelligence and providing training to Somali government troops preparing a major offensive against militants, with American special forces are on standby to join the offensive.
US: Senate Debates Indefinite Detentions: Civil liberties advocates and U.S. constitutional law scholars lost no time in condemning proposed legislation introduced in the Senate Thursday that would hand the government the power to indefinitely detain terrorism suspects without charge and to conduct trials through military commissions only.
Change. What change? White House considering military trials for 9/11 suspects: In a potential reversal, White House advisers are close to recommending that President Barack Obama opt for military tribunals for self-professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four of his alleged henchman, senior officials said.
McCain, Lieberman Attempt to Ban Civilian Trials for 'Enemy Combatants': The legislation by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., would result in banning all civilian trials for terror suspects who have been classified as enemy combatants and forcing their cases into military commissions
Group Presses Holder on Lawyers Who Defended Gitmo Detainees: Keep America Safe, the organization launched by former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney, put out a new video today pressing the Justice Department to release the names of all the lawyers on staff who either represented or advocated on behalf of Guantanamo detainees.
UK involved in my torture, says suspect: Britain may have colluded with America in the rendition of terror suspects that involved "torture flights" from UK territory, judges were told yesterday.
11-year-old spends $44 million on Dubai homes: Boy’s shopping spree puts spotlight on alleged corruption in Azerbaijan
Iceland votes on bank payback deal: Icelanders have headed to the polls in a referendum on repaying the equivalent of $5.3bn to the UK and the Netherlands in the wake of the collapse of Iceland's online Icesave bank.
Clashes erupt in debt-ridden Greece: Greek police and protesters have clashed in Athens as anger over government spending cuts in the debt-ridden nation continues to fester.
Regulators close banks in four states: U.S. bank regulators closed four banks in as many states on Friday, bringing the number of failures so far this year to 26 as deteriorating loans continued taking a toll on financial institutions
15,000 S.F. workers given layoff notices: Newsom ordered the layoff notices be sent to most of the city's 26,000 workers and said the overwhelming majority of them will be hired back within two weeks to work 37.5 hours a week instead of their current 40 - meaning they'll see a 6.25 percent cut to their paychecks.
Jobless rates rose in every state in ‘09: The sharpest rise occurred in Michigan, where the average jobless rate for 2009 was 13.6 percent, up 5.3 points from 2008’s average of 8.3 percent.
US students rally over budget cuts: Students have carried out rallies at dozens of universities and schools across the United States in protest against cuts to public education funding.
Wrongful foreclosure ruling in King County court: SEATTLE In one of the first home-foreclosure cases to reach a jury verdict in Washington, a judge has ordered a $230,000 settlement after a disabled senior's Whidbey Island home was wrongfully auctioned off.

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