Tuesday, 30 March 2010

News For March 30, 2010

Two-Thirds of Boys in Afghan Jails Are Brutalised, Study Finds

By Gareth Porter

Virtually all the male juveniles said the police beatings were aimed at forcing them to sign a confession. They said they had signed either while being beaten or threatened with being beaten, and that the confessions were then used to convict them. Continue


By Kathy Kelly

The U.S. people are disadvantaged inasmuch as the media and the Pentagon attempt to pacify us, winning our hearts and minds to bankroll ongoing warfare and troop escalation in Afghanistan. Yet it isn’t very difficult to pacify U.S. people. Continue

 9/11 Reconstruction: Mental Before Physical

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

We need Congress to authorize and fund a new 9/11 investigation.  The highly fragmented 9/11 truth movement must unite behind a political strategy to make this happen.  The only reason to fear a new investigation is the likely unsettling finding that, indeed, the US government was a lot more than incompetent and negligent. Continue

Children of Gaza

A Must Watch Video

A moving, must-see video that first aired on Channel 4 (UK)’s Dispatches on 15 March. BAFTA-winning filmmaker Jezza Neumann follows the lives of three children for over a year. The children are amazing: well-spoken, reflective, resilient, understandably vengeful and fearful, but very endearing. The toll this inhumanity has taken is also clear. Continue

Bill Moyers: The Health Bill Is a Bonanza for the Insurance Industry

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship,

It seems like most efforts to reform a system that's gone awry -- to clean house and make a fresh start -- end up benefiting the very people who wrecked it in the first place. Continue

Big Government, Budget Deficits, Entitlements and the “Centrist” Ploy

By Edward S. Herman

The current prize entitlements demanding attention are Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Of course, the Social Security “entitlements” were paid for by those who are currently, or will be later, getting payments, but those surpluses were used by the political elites to fund ordinary expenses. Continue

Eighteen Million, Out in the Road

By David Glenn Cox

RealtyTrac, the California-based authority on property trends and valuations, projects 4.5 million home foreclosures before the end of this year. Continue

Tent Slums Spring Up in America

By Jeffrey Feldman

Concentrations of homeless people are nothing new in America, but recent BBC and Los Angeles Times reports depict a rising trend of shanty slums, such as a "city" of newly homeless people living in tents near the Ontario airport in Los Angeles. Continue

Workhouse Nation
The Plight of Mass Unemployment in America. What are the Causes

By Vi Ransel

The wage slave system wasn't escape-proof enough, so we've been enclosed within a fence of debt from which there is no escape.  To that end wages will be halved - again.  Foreclosures strictly carried out.  Insurance for health, like that for cars, will be mandatory.  Unions have already been neutralized, reduced to shells of their former selves.  Free speech is relegated to zones behind barbed wire fences policed by minions of mammon armed with gas, guns and tasers. Continue

"Christian Warrior" Militia Accused of Plot to Kill Police

By David G. Savage and Richard Fausset

In recent months, Hutaree members had conducted military exercises with live ammunition and allegedly tried to obtain materials for bombs that could be used as "weapons of mass destruction. Continue

28 alledged militants killed in Pak tribal belt: Twenty "militants" were killed when fighter jets bombed a "terror base" set up in a state-run school and dispensary in Arganjo area of Orakzai tribal agency, official sources said, adding 10 insurgents were also injured in the attack.
NATO Occupation Force Soldier Killed in Afghan Bomb Blast: A NATO soldier was killed Monday in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan right after the surprise visit of President Obama, the AFP reports
Afghan Leader Is Seen to Flout Influence of U.S.: Mr. Karzai recently told lunch guests at the presidential palace that he believes the Americans are in Afghanistan because they want to dominate his country and the region, and that they pose an obstacle to striking a peace deal with the Taliban.
Iraq: Three Turkish soldiers killed in blast blamed on outlawed PKK: Three Turkish soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in a blast blamed on the terrorist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) near the Iraqi border, a local governor said on Tuesday.
Mosul: Bomb placed outside Christian home kills 3-year-old: The bombing was the latest in a long series of murderous attacks on the city's Christian minority.
Allawi's lead is now in jeopardy: Sx candidates were banned on the eve of the election. - It is understood at least three are in the Iraqiya party of Iyad Allawi, whose two-seat victory over his rival Nouri al-Maliki, the Prime Minister before the election, gave him the stronger claim on forming a government.
Iraq's new ruling elite show contempt for voters: The west's acclaim of a democratic dawn rings hollow as long as Allawi and Maliki refuse to observe the rule of law
Sadrists to Veto Second al-Maliki Term - Sources: The Sadrist trend and its leader, Moqtada al-Sadr, who remains in Tehran, are currently being courted by Iyad Allawi's Iraqiya bloc and Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition, as both sides attempt to form a majority government.
Palestinian teen killed as Israelis fire on Gaza protests: - A Palestinian teenager was killed and several others were wounded Tuesday as Israeli troops fired on protesters near the Gaza "border" while Israeli Arabs and Palestinians marked "Land Day."
'British MPs seek review of arms exports to Israel': "This is in direct contravention to the U.K. government's policy that U.K. arms exports to Israel should not be used in the occupied territories," the report said.
Report: Algeria arrests Mossad agent with fake Spanish passport: The Mossad agent entered Algeria under the fake identity of a 35-year old Spanish man named Alberto Vagilo, and spent over ten days in the country prior to his arrest.
UK tabloid: Israel 'forged thousands of IDs': The British secret intelligence service (MI6) suspects that airline staff working for the Israeli secret service Mossad may have copied thousands of British passports, some of which were used in the assassination of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, the News of the World tabloid reported Sunday.
Israel allows clothes, shoes into blockaded Gaza for first time: A long list of controlled goods also includes items that critics say have no apparent military value, such as children's crayons and books.
Jewish "leader" doubts Carter's apology on Israel: Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said that Carter's comments during a recent conference on U.S.-Arab relations suggest that he was not sincere in a 2009 apology to the Jewish community.
Iran urges global nuclear disarmament: An Iranian lawmaker has warned against Israel's nuclear arsenals and called for adoption of strict acts to establish a world free from weapons of mass destruction.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran : CIA: Iran capable of producing nukes: Iran is poised to begin producing nuclear weapons after its uranium program expansion in 2009, even though it has had problems with thousands of its centrifuges, according to a newly released CIA report.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran : Imagining an Israeli Strike on Iran: Would Israel take the risk of a strike? And if so, what would follow?
The lie:- China To Play Role In Iran Sanctions Push: The reality:- Clinton says though Beijing remains generally opposed to international sanctions, China agrees Iran must not become a nuclear weapons power.
Russia vows revenge for 'Black Widow' bombings: "My only feeling is to take vengeance. On whom? I don't know yet. But it cannot remain unpunished."
How Did Russian Police Know Who Bombed the Moscow Subway?: How could police know immediately who was wearing a suicide belt on a crowded subway car? Wouldn't the forensic evidence take more than a few hours to sort out?
Moscow blasts may spur a Vladimir Putin takeover: Mr Medvedev's more liberal approach to the problem and could see Mr Putin elbow the President aside to enact tougher measures. Mr Putin cemented his rise to the presidency in 2000 by starting a war against a separatist government in Chechnya.
UK: Exclusive poll: You can both go hang, say voters: 50 per cent say choosing Brown is unthinkable... 51 per cent claim they have no enthusiasm for Tories... 38 per cent would like a hung parliament
Some question US training of Mexican forces: Some of those trained by U.S. forces formed the Zetas, a criminal organization that works as assassins for one of the drug cartels fighting in Juárez, Mexican law enforcement officials said
Who are the Christian militia 'Hutaree' and why was the FBI targeting them?: The Hutaree believe that acts of violence can bring about the final judgment prophesied in the Christian Bible — and therefore have been arming themselves to go to war with the Antichrist, "evil Jews," and Muslims.
Vatican prelates oppose move to report priests: Four senior Catholic leaders, including two Vatican officials and a cardinal widely viewed as a leading candidate to be the next pope, have opposed policies that would require bishops to report sexual abuse charges against priests to the police.
The Demons of Pope Benedict XVI: The next wave of revelations could begin just outside the gates of the Vatican. Even in Italy, where the majority of youth work is in the hands of the church, the code of silence is beginning to crumble.
Obama home-foreclosure relief: Do I qualify for a mortgage refinance?: Here's a quick take on who may be eligible under the new home-loan programs, which include aid to borrowers who become unemployed and incentives for lenders to reduce loan balances for underwater borrowers.

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