Wednesday, 7 April 2010

News For April 07, 2010

Obama Authorizes Murder of US Citizen
Muslim cleric Aulaqi is 1st U.S. citizen on list of those CIA is allowed to kill

By Greg Miller

Because he is a U.S. citizen, adding Aulaqi to the CIA list required special approval from the White House, officials said. The move means that Aulaqi would be considered a legitimate target not only for a military strike carried out by U.S. and Yemeni forces, but also for lethal CIA operations. Continue

In Kyrgyzstan the Tulips Turn Blood Red

By Scott Horton

The presence of fully-outfitted riot police discharging live ammunition into a crowd usually brings demonstrations quickly to a halt. The Kyrgyz demonstrators, however, regroup and strike back violently at the military and police forces deployed against them. Continue

Afghan Official Says U.S. Raiders Hid Killings

By Gareth Porter

The head of the Afghan Ministry of Interior investigation said publicly for the first time his investigators had accepted the testimony of family members of the victims of the Feb. 12 raid by U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) that the U.S. troops had dug bullets out of the bodies of their victims in an apparent effort to cover up the killings and that Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal had agreed with the team's conclusions. Continue

Does the Flag Condone Murder?

By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

If the killers were not waving US flags, they would be called murderers. Terrorists.  Terrorizing civilians to achieve political change. Continue

Iran’s Calls For N-free Mideast Should Be Backed

By Linda Heard

As long as the West turns a blind eye to Israel’s nuclear arsenal the chances of regional proliferation will always exist. If the world fears Iranian nukes it must demand a nuclear-free Middle East without exception. Continue

Major Jewish American Organizations Defend Israel's Humiliation of America

By James Petras

Whatever the insults and crimes of the moment, the conflict between Israel and the US is not about Netanyahu's hyper-arrogance or a new series of Jerusalem land grabs, or even the frothy spittle on Vice President Biden's face. Continue

ICE Out of Control:
Time to Rein in Rogue Agency and Pass Immigration Reform

By Frank Sharry

Pandering to the extreme right wing with its insatiable – and unworkable –– appetite for deportation is a fool's errand. Continue

What Happens When We Don't See the Tipping Points

By Bernard Weiner

Often in our busy daily lives, we miss the significance of a piece of news. Sometimes it's not until years later that we realize how very important that news event was in shifting the paradigm. Continue

At least 100 killed as protests sweep Kyrgyzstan: Anti-government protests swept across the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday as thousands of protesters stormed the main government building, set fire to the prosecutor’s office and looted state TV headquarters. At least 100 people were killed and least 180 wounded in clashes.
Interior minister killed in Kyrgyzstan uprising: Opposition followers killed Kyrgyzstan's interior minister, took the deputy prime minister hostage and captured state television in a deadly revolt Wednesday against President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.
27 alledged Taliban reported killed in western Afghan fighting: In addition to the 27 Taliban bodies collected, one Afghan soldier was killed and five wounded, he said. One US occupation force soldier was reported wounded.
Afghanistan: Four civilians killed in Nato airstrike: An air strike by Nato jets killed four civilians including a child during a fire fight with Taliban militants in occupied Helmand province Afghan officials have said.
CIA victim said to have rescued future Afghan pres: The only prisoner known to "have died" in the CIA's network of secret prisons once rescued Hamid Karzai, wading through rocket and small-arms fire to take the wounded future president to safety in Pakistan, according to his brother and former associates.
Aide denies Karzai threatened to join Taliban: Hamid Karzai's spokesman denied reports that the Afghan leader threatened to join the Taliban insurgency if he were pressured further by foreign backers, in an apparent attempt Wednesday to calm worsening tensions with Washington.
Puppet Master criticizes puppet: White House could cancel Karzai visit: The White House said Tuesday it would consider cancelling the visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai if he continues to make controversial accusations against Western interference in the central Asian country.
Demonizing Karzai : US-Afghan relations sink further as Hamid Karzai accused of drug abuse: Former UN diplomat Peter Galbraith questions Afghan premier's mental stability
Demonizing Karzai : How to Save Afghanistan From Karzai : Regardless of the coalition’s success at the district level, an obdurate and erratic Mr. Karzai is an obstacle to progress.
The US needs Hamid Karzai: Shortly after Obama left Kabul, US media quoted unidentified senior officials saying Karzai's half-brother, Ahmed Walid Karzai, head of Kandahar's provincial council, should have his name added to a "kill" list.
Three killed, student kidnapped separate attacks in northern Iraq: Two civilians and one policeman were killed and a female high school student was kidnapped in separate attacks in the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi security sources said Wednesday
Pentagon 'hiding report on killed journalists': "This is another crime added to the crimes of the U.S. forces against Iraqi journalists and civilians," the head of the journalists' union Mouyyad al-Lami said. "I call upon the government to take a firm stance against the criminals who killed the journalists."
'Ha ha I hit them' - moment that US gunship fired on Iraqi civilians: The black-and-white video images of the dusty streets of Baghdad are grainy and shaky but they are clear enough to show American helicopter gunships carrying out an unprovoked attack that killed a dozen Iraqis, including two employees of the Reuters news agency.
Iraq ex-premier Jaafari wins Sadr 'referendum': Figures released by ballot organisers showed that Maliki, who succeeded Jaafari, came a distant fourth, followed by Allawi, who was Jaafari's predecessor as Iraqi prime minister.
Kyrgyzstan at the hub of superpowers’ plans : Kyrgyzstan has found itself in the cockpit of what has been dubbed the new "great game" in the region - so-called because the modern big powers jostling for influence there appear reminiscent of the 19th Century contest between the British and Russian empires over access to India.
Russia reserves opt-out of arms treaty with US: Russia's foreign minister says that Moscow reserves the right to withdraw from the new arms control treaty with the United States if it consider prospective US missile defense systems threaten its security.
U.S. covering up reality in Honduras: State Department campaign denies the systemic repression that continues, nine months after coup
U.S.-born cleric added to CIA “kill list”: This makes al-Awlaki only the second U.S. citizen since 2001 whom CIA agents have authorisation to kill or capture.
Black America: Sinking to a New “Bottom”?: Official labor statistics show Black unemployment rose to 16.5 percent in March, up from 15.8 percent the month before, while white joblessness remained steady at 8.8 percent.

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