Monday, 29 March 2010

News For March 29, 2010

Former CIA Asset Allawi Touted as Next Prime Minister

By James Cogan

Under conditions in which a US war with Iran is being openly discussed, Washington does not want the next government in Baghdad to once again be dominated by Iraqi Shiite parties that have longstanding relations with the Iranian regime. Continue

Did Iraq Just Elect a Mass-Murderer?

By Joshua Holland

Allawi was alleged to have committed the gruesome crime just before the “hand-over” of the government to Iraqi nationals in 2004. Continue

Special Relationship?
Why Britain's Affair With the U.S. Is Over


If anyone still doubts that George Bush and Tony Blair were the closest of allies, the text of a July 2002 note from the U.K. premier to the U.S. President, revealed in a new book, should dispel any lingering skepticism. "You know, George, whatever you decide to do [about Iraq], I'm with you," Blair assured his friend. Continue

Samson and the 2nd Nakba
A Short Study of the Jewish Hercules

By Gilad Atzmon

Netanyahu’s political allies are convinced that at least momentarily they will do better without Uncle Sam. They realise that the days of the ‘Jew-only state’ are numbered unless some radical moves are put into action. Continue

Is America ‘Yearning For Fascism?’

By Chris Hedges

The Democrats and their liberal apologists are so oblivious to the profound personal and economic despair sweeping through this country that they think offering unemployed people the right to keep their unemployed children on their nonexistent health care policies is a step forward. Continue

Modern Slavery

By Katrina vanden Heuvel

Slavery still exists in America, and too many consumers and leaders in the food industry simply turn a blind eye. Continue

Very Good Reason to Believe Home Prices Will Collapse

By Peter Schiff

Given the massive support for real estate already afforded by record-low interest rates and massive federal tax and policy incentives, there are very good reasons to believe that home prices will indeed collapse when these crutches are removed. Continue

Ratzinger's Swan Song
It's Time for the Pope to Go

By Mike Whitney

The bottom line is that people's lives have been ruined and someone has to pay. Benedict was the man in charge, which means Benedict's got to go. Continue

Suicide bombers kill 37 in Moscow’s subway: Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on Moscow's subway system as it was jam-packed with rush-hour passengers Monday, killing at least 37 people, officials said
Moscow suspects Caucasus rebels behind deadly bombing: Moscow's battle with rebels in the Caucasus region has heated up recently, with Russian police reporting the death of one militant leader in the Kabardino-Balkariya region last week.
In Russia, ‘The War is Coming To Their Cities’: Russia thought it had the North Caucasus beat. Ten years ago, then-President Vladimir Putin built his reputation by using brute force to bring Russia's most volatile region to heel. On the surface, it seemed to have worked.
22 alledged militants killed in Pakistan: At least 22 "militants" killed on Sunday when Pakistan military retaliated an attack on its base in the northwest tribal region.
Lahore High Court declares Dr. AQ Khan a free man: The Lahore High Court on Monday said that nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan is a free man, however he has been barred from talking about nuclear assets or proliferation in any capacity.
At least 14 killed in triple Iraq bombing : At least 14 people were killed and 74 injured in a triple bombing in the central Iraqi city of Karbala on Monday, medics and witnesses said.
Allawi nominated as next Iraqi PM: - The secular Iraqiya list in Iraq announced it voted unanimously to nominate Iyad Allawi to serve as the next prime minister of Iraq.
Maliki says will lead coalition to form next Iraqi gov''t: Al-Maliki, whose State of Law Alliance came second in parliamentary elections with 89 seats, said the next days would witness the announcement of a coalition that would form the future government.
Moqtada al-Sadr may hold key to power in Iraq: The first in what could be the most crucial series of discussions to form Iraq's new government took place early last week outside the country's borders in the Iranian Shia shrine city of Qom.
Saddam fugitive urges Arabs to talk to Iraq "resistance": He asked Arab leaders meeting at their summit in Libya to "recognise resistance groups, armed and unarmed, break their diplomatic relations with the occupying authority in Iraq and annul all obligations resulting from those relations."
2 Taliban commanders detained, 7 killed in S. Afghanistan: Security forces have killed seven Taliban militants and detained two of their commanders in Afghanistan's southern province Helmand province, a press release of the Interior Ministry said Monday.
NATO occupation force soldier killed in Afghan blast, helicopter crashes: A NATO occupation force soldier was killed on Monday by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, where a helicopter crashed on the same day, injuring 14 military personnel aboard, officials said.
WikiLeaks to release video of civilians, journalists being murdered in airstrike: WikiLeaks to release video of civilians, journalists being murdered in airstrikeWhistleblower Web site WikiLeaks is planning to release a video that reveals what it's calling a Pentagon "cover-up" of an incident in which numerous civilians and journalists were murdered in an airstrike, according to a recent media advisory
US and British deaths double, wounded triple, in Afghanistan: Deaths for the invading armies have doubled in 2010 compared to 2009. Wounded numbers have trippled. And the solution? Send tens of thousands more troops to pointless death in an unwinnable war.
Comparing Military Spending: The chart combines data showing the growth of U.S. defense spending (DoD only) as a share of GDP, and a corresponding decline among all other NATO countries.
Turkey makes case against sanctions on Iran: In meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish PM Erdogan says, 'We are of view that sanctions is not a healthy route is diplomacy'
Israel gets ready to strike at Iran's nuclear sites – media: Israeli air force have practiced simulated strikes at Iran's nuclear facilities using airspace of at least two unidentified Arab countries, a newspaper published in east Jerusalem reported.
Barak: US Gives Israel Aid, Ammunition and Vital Spare Parts: “The United States is a central source for Israel's qualitative edge [over its enemies] in advanced weapons systems, $3 billion in annual financial aid, ammunition and spare parts that are spread out here in American storage facilities within Israel, and upon which the IDF relies as an 'oxygen supply' in time of war,” Barak explained.
Israel fears Obama heading for imposed Mideast settlement: U.S. President Barack Obama's demands during his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Tuesday point to an intention to impose a permanent settlement on Israel and the Palestinians in less than two years, political sources in Jerusalem say.
Netanyahu and Obama are at point of no return : The messages coming to the White House from Riyadh and Amman, then, were starkly clear: If you don't rein in your Israeli friends, Tehran won't be the only Middle East capital where American flags will burn.
Arab league chief: We must prepare for failure of peace process: “We must prepare for the possibility that the peace process will be a complete failure,” Moussa said. “This is the time to stand up to Israel. We must find alternative options, because the situation appears to have reached a turning point.”
DR Congo massacre uncovered: The Lord's Resistance Army killed about 300 people and kidnapped 250 more in a rampage in the Democratic Republic of Congo in December 2009, according to an international rights group and the UN.
Vatican confirms report of sexual abuse and rape of nuns by priests in 23 countries: In extreme instances, the priests had made nuns pregnant and then encouraged them to have abortions.
Court: Seattle police OK to stun pregnant woman: Three Seattle police officers were justified when they used a stun gun on a pregnant mother who refused to sign a traffic ticket, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a case that prompted an incredulous dissent.
Personal Income Drops Across the Country: How state personal income changed in 2009 from 2008. Nevada's 4.8% plunge was the steepest, as construction and tourism industries took a beating. Also hit hard: Wyoming, where incomes fell 3.9%.

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