Thursday, 25 March 2010

News For March 25, 2010

Have a Nice World War, Folks

By John Pilger

Here is news of the Third World War. The United States has invaded Africa. US troops have entered Somalia, extending their war front from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen and now the Horn of Africa. Continue

Trivializing War

By Cesar Chelala

“Drones are currently killing people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. It should be noted that the United States is not at war with any of those countries, which should mean in a sane world that the killing is illegal under both international law and the US Constitution,” states Philip Girald, a former CIA officer and fellow of the American Conservative Defense Alliance. Continue

When Presidential Sermons Collide

By Glenn Greenwald

Nothing enables the glorification of crimes, and nothing ensures their future re-occurrence, more than shielding the criminals from all accountability.  It's nice that Barack Obama is willing to dispense that lecture to other countries, but it's not so nice that he does exactly the opposite in his own. Continue

Covering up American War Crimes, From Baghdad to New York

By Charles Glass

“The US government does not want it known that it was using chemicals on human beings in a country whose leader it overthrew ostensibly because he retained the capacity to do the same thing.” Continue

More than 250 Congress Members Declare Commitment to 'Unbreakable' U.S.-Israel Bond

By Natasha Mozgavaya, Haaretz Correspondent

More than 250 members of Congress have signed on to a declaration reaffirming their commitment to "the unbreakable bond that exists between [U.S.] and the State of Israel", in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Continue

Obama Squeezed Between Israel and Iran

By Pepe Escobar

The AIPAC 2010 show predictably was yet one more "bomb Iran" special; but it was also a call to arms against the Barack Obama administration, as far as the turbo-charging of the illegal colonization of East Jerusalem is concerned. Continue

Judea Declares War On Obama

By Gilad Atzmon

Jewish lobbies certainly do not hold back when it comes to pressuring states, world leaders and even super powers. AIPAC’s behavior last week reminded me of the Jewish declaration of war against Nazi Germany in 1933. Continue

Israeli Intelligence, Our Constant Companion

By Jeff Stein

Acting on a complaint that the document was circulating on Capitol Hill, the FBI discovered that an Israeli diplomat had acquired the paper and given it to officials at AIPAC, the lobbying group whose annual convention drew both Netanyahu and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week. Continue

Be Sure The Truth Will Find You Out

By Yvonne Ridley

Well it has now emerged that the British Government used spies, lies and community leaders to spew out anti-Palestinian propaganda during the Gaza War. Continue

Next Up: Wall Street Reform

By Danny Schechter

In Britain, the police are raiding Hedge Funds to bust insider traders. In America, the Hedge Funds are still raiding us, even as public opinion calls for a crackdown on Wall Street. One recent poll, in a nation that seems so divided on everything, showed 82% for aggressive action. 82%!  Continue

To Rob a Country, Own a Bank

Must Watch - Real News Video Interview

William Black, author of "Best way to rob a bank is to own one" talks about deliberate fraud on Wall St. Continue

Cantina Tolteca
Pissing away them Kokopelli blues

By Joe Bageant

Money, violence and politics, the three jackals that hunt together, and feast on society's craving for prohibited commodities, alcohol in the thirties and cocaine today. The politicians run the perimeter of the human herd, guiding it this way and that through speeches and legislation, providing distraction, the killers enforce the code of the pack. Continue

Pakistan Says 61 Alledged Militants Killed: Pakistani military airstrikes killed 61 suspected militants in an area near the Afghan border Thursday, including dozens at a seminary where Taliban commanders were believed to be meeting, officials said.
US rockets kill two Afghan children: US forces, after being ambushed by Taliban militants, fired two rockets which did not reach the intended target but hit a house, killing two children and wounding four others, including two women, said our correspondent in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan are committing atrocities, lying, and getting away with it: Jerome Starkey recently reported for The Times of London about a night raid on Feb. 12 in which U.S. and Afghan gunmen opened fire on two pregnant women, a teenage girl and two local officials -- an atrocity which NATO’s Afghanistan headquarters then tried to cover up
Afghan soldiers way below standard, exasperated Marines say: While the Marines praise the Afghan National Civil Order Police force, they can barely conceal their contempt for the Afghan soldiers who live alongside the Americans in this one-time drug den in Marjah.
NATO rejects Russia's demand to destroy Afghan poppy fields: NATO and Russia clashed on Wednesday over how to tackle the drug problem in Afghanistan, where Western nations have been fighting a Taliban-led insurgency for eight years.
5 Iraqi soldiers killed at checkpoint: Gunmen fatally shot five Iraqi army soldiers at a military checkpoint in southern Baghdad yesterday as the country prepared for the scheduled release of election results on Friday.
Teenage bomber kills three in west Iraq blast: – A teenage suicide bomber killed three people on Wednesday in an attack targeting a local anti-terror chief, police said, amid a spate of violence across Iraq that left 10 dead.
Woman, daughter killed in Baghdad: “Three gunmen stormed a house in Jisr Diala region in southeastern Baghdad, killing a woman and her daughter and fled to unknown place,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Iraqi Interior Minister Calls for Vote Results Delay: The interior minister said Thursday the announcement should be postponed until the president, electoral commission and political parties can reach an agreement on how to investigate alleged voting irregularities.
Russia may support Iran sanctions: Russia says it may support new round of sanctions against Iran "if there is no visible progress" in resolving the impasse over Tehran's nuclear program.
Israel approves new illegal building in east Jerusalem: The announcement marked the second time this month that Israel has announced new construction in the disputed section of the holy city during face-to-face meetings between top U.S. and Israeli officials.
PA skeptical about US-Israel crisis: The Palestinian Authority remains unconvinced by what seems to be American pressure on Israel over construction in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
Despite row, U.S. and Israel sign massive arms deal: The deal will be covered by American foreign assistance funds. The Pentagon will issue a formal announcement on the matter on Thursday evenin
Dispute with Israel underscores limits of U.S. power, a shifting alliance: The two-week-old dispute between Israel and the United States over housing construction in East Jerusalem has exposed the limits of American power to pressure Israeli leaders to make decisions they consider politically untenable.
'I was stabbed in the back,' says soldier who used human shield in Gaza: The soldiers, who served as staff sergeants in the Givati Brigade during Operation Cast Lead, allegedly forced a 9-year-old Palestinian boy to open a number of bags they thought might contain explosive materials. The bags turned out to be harmless.
Israel told: no passport promise means no new Mossad diplomat: The Israeli government will not be allowed to replace the senior Mossad station chief expelled from London over the cloning of British passports used in the assassination of a Hamas commander unless it offers a public assurance that UK citizens' documents will never be used again for clandestine operations.
Deadly car bomb hits Colombia city: Colombia's chief prosecutor, said he would not rule out retaliation against his office by drug traffickers, or a fight between rival gangs.
Most Russians believe US is hell-bent on world domination, says poll: ALMOST three-quarters of Russians believe the United States is an "aggressor" nation hell-bent on world domination, a poll suggests.
113 terror suspects arrested in Kingdom: Saudi security forces have arrested 113 alledged Al-Qaeda militants who were planning to carry out terrorist attacks on a number of targets inside the Kingdom including oil installations, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.
Bin Laden threatens Americans: The latest recording purportedly from the al-Qaeda chief was broadcast on Al Jazeera on Thursday.
Iran-Contra operative linked to questionable spy program: Duane "Dewey" Clarridge -- who was pardoned for his alleged role in the Reagan-era scandal by President George H. W. Bush in the waning hours of his presidency in 1992 -- is using contacts in Afghanistan and Pakistan to obtain information for the Pentagon, according to former government officials familiar with the current program.
NY judge: CIA can keep secrets despite ACLU demand: A judge for a second time has denied efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union to force the CIA to release names and documents relating to Sept. 11 detainees who were interrogated harshly
CIA, State Department Apparently Acting on Plan to Destroy Wikileaks: The rise of the internet brings the greatest challenge yet to the globe’s existing centers of power, and those associated with those centers of power are at least partially aware of this.
Pope 'failed to act' over abuse: The pope, then a cardinal leading a Vatican office charged with protecting the moral authority of the church, was repeatedly warned about a priest who might have molested 200 deaf boys, according to church files released as part of a lawsuit.
Death threats plague Democrats who supported Barack Obama's health care bill: Democrats who supported sweeping changes to America's health care system have been subjected to death threats and vandalism as the tide of anger and outrage over the bill grows.
Dubai World announces debt plan: In a statement on Thursday, officials from the emirate said that the government would pump $9.5bn of its own money into the company, swap the funds it is owed for shares, and repay $14.2bn to creditors over the next eight years.
China 'will not bow on currency': US threats to hit China with trade sanctions unless it revalues its currency are unacceptable and Beijing will not bend to outside pressure, a senior Chinese envoy has said.

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