Friday, 9 April 2010

News For April 09, 2010

George W. Bush 'Knew Guantánamo Prisoners Were Innocent'

By Tim Reid

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld covered up that hundreds of innocent men were sent to the Guantánamo Bay prison camp because they feared that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq and the broader War on Terror, according to a new document obtained by The Times. Continue

In Case You Missed it
The President's Real Goal in Iraq


As it turns out, this is not really about Iraq. It is not about weapons of mass destruction, or terrorism, or Saddam, or U.N. resolutions. Continue

Olbermann on Obama's Assassination Program

By Glenn Greenwald

There are many legitimate criticisms voiced about Keith Olbermann, but he deserves substantial credit for his coverage night of a story that is as self-evidently significant as it is under-covered:   Barack Obama's assassination program aimed at American citizens. Continue

The Pay-Any-Price Principle

By David Sirota

When choosing between frugality and security, history shows that America almost always selects the latter. To paraphrase President John F. Kennedy, we'll pay any price and bear any burden to protect ourselves. Continue

PTSD, Infertility and other Consequences of War

By Bob Nichols

The American war machine has consequences. PTSD is just one of them. The poison gas cannot be contained, undone or recalled. There is no antidote; there is no cure. There is no escape. Continue

"The Accountability Movement"
Leading Journalists Expose The Myth of a Free Press" :
By Guns and Butter

Interview with investigative reporters and authors, Kristina Borjesson, Charlotte Dennett and Peter Dale Scott. Continue

Blowback in Kyrgyzstan

By Joseph Huff-Hannon

US foreign policy semantically dedicated to human rights – that looks the other way while "strategic allies" loot their countries' assets, murder their journalists, and send troops out to gun people down in the streets. Continue

The Surveillance Regime

Editorial - The Nation

Ever since Barack Obama took office, accountability for rights violations during the "war on terror" has been thin. Victims of wrongful overseas detention, surveillance and torture have received no apology and no reparations. Continue

Fact Or Fiction?
Where America Stands: World Power

By Lara Logan

The report card shows America's foundation is in peril. Most alarming? Deficits are projected to average over $900 billion a year through 2020. The average? $976 billion. Continue

The Coming European Debt Wars
EU Countries sinking into Depression

By Prof. Michael Hudson

The choice that Europe ends up making will likely drive millions into the streets. Political and economic alliances will shift, currencies will crumble and governments will fall. The European Union and indeed, the international financial system will change in ways yet to be seen. Continue

Greenspan's Testimony:
Two hours of buck-passing  
By Mike Whitney

What a shameful, cowardly man. Instead of regret or contrition, all he thinks about is covering his ass. Continue

29 militants killed at checkpoint: Pakistani security forces killed 29 militants in two troubled tribal regions near Afghanistan on Friday, officials said,
Suicide bombers blow themselves up after clashes with Pakistani police: Two suicide bombers blew themselves up Friday in a northern Pakistani district after exchanging fire with police that left at least five law enforcement personnel wounded, said police.
5 "Taliban" Killed In Afghanistan: : US occupation troops killed three "Taliban militants", including a commander, in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, its governor said Friday, while police fatally shot two in a neighbouring province.
4 killed as Nato helicopter downed in Afghanistan,: A spokesman for the Taliban said its forces had shot it down, although an Afghan official said it appeared to have crashed due to mechanical failure, causing four deaths.
Inquiry puts spotlight on U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan: A joint U.S.-Afghan investigation into a raid in February may shed light on the secretive role of Special Forces, who are said to account for a disproportionate number of civilian deaths.
Karzai 'powerless' to talk peace with Taliban: The prospects for peace between Afghan president Hamid Karzai and the Taliban are bleak because the president is "powerless" and the US has "corrupted" the government, according to a former Taliban minister.
Gunmen kill 2 cops in Mosul: “Two policemen were killed on Friday by gunmen in Bab al-Toub region in central Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
EXCLUSIVE: One Day After 2007 Attack, Witnesses Describe US Killings of Iraqi Civilians: We play never-before-seen eyewitness interviews filmed the day after the attack.
Iraq War Vet: We Were Told to Just Shoot People, and the Officers Would Take Care of Us": "Something else we were encouraged to do, almost with a wink and nudge, was to carry 'drop weapons', or by my third tour, 'drop shovels'. We would carry these weapons or shovels with us because if we accidentally shot a civilian, we could just toss the weapon on the body, and make them look like an insurgent."
Sadr tells Iraqis they must oust American forces: Muqtada al-SadrShiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday called on Sunnis and Shi'ites to unite to oust American forces. In an address read to tens of thousands of supporters at a rally to mark the seventh anniversary of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Sadr said that without Iraqi unity "the occupation and its advocates will stay in Iraq without fear".
Iraqis rally on anniversary of US occupation: They trampled on American, British and Israeli flags and called for an end to the presence of foreign troops and military contractors in Iraq.
Fall of Baghdad anniversary marked: Thousands of Iraqis have been holding demonstrations throughout Iraq to mark the fall of Baghdad during the 2003 US-led invasion.
In case you missed it: A tale of two photos: If there is one thing this war has taught us all, it's that we can't believe what we're told.
Reuters Chief Spikes Story on Killing of His Own Staffers In Baghdad: The editor in chief of Reuters, declined to run a story by one of his own reporters containing claims that the 2007 killings of two Reuters staffers in Baghdad by U.S. troops may have been war crimes.
Gaza in blackout as Israeli blockade continues: The only power plant in the blockaded Gaza Strip has shut down as a crippling Israeli closure keeps the impoverished region stripped of much needed fuel.
Youth despair as Gaza jobless rate hits 60 per cent: Young people in Gaza are desperately trying to leave the blockaded enclave. The blockade has raised unemployment to one of the highest rates in the world, putting it at about 60 per cent.
Netanyahu won't attend nuke summit in US: PM cancels trip after discovering that several Muslim states will be seeking to bring up Israel's failure to sign NPT during Washington summit.
Israel's nuclear standoff: Binyamin Netanyahu's refusal to attend a summit in the US is less to do with defence and more about East Jerusalem
Israeli journalist Anat Kam under secret house arrest since December: Woman faces treason trial after allegedly leaking documents that suggest military breached court order on West Bank assassinations
In Israel, reality hides under a 'top secret' stamp: Some of the same prominent politicians and security figures who are today expressing shock at Kam's alleged misdeeds have, during my decades of journalism, in fact given me material for countless articles related to strategic issues.
Iran says new generation of centrifuges tested: The new centrifuges, each 200 millimeters in diameter, are ten times as powerful as the ones operating in the Natanz uranium enrichment plant.
P5+1 talks end with Russia preaching 'diplomacy' on Iran: A closed-door meeting between world powers on Iran's nuclear issue ended Thursday with signals from Russia that it prefers to resolve the deadlock with “negotiations” rather than sanctions.
Kyrgyzstan moves to shut US-run Menas air base: Kyrgyzstan's new leaders have said they intend to remove a US military base, which currently serves as the premier air mobility hub for the US-led forces in Afghanistan, from their soil.
Kyrgyzstan: The Revolution's Leaders Cozy Up to Russia: It seems clear now that Kyrgyzstan will quickly return to Moscow's sphere of influence after months of strained relations with Russia, making the U.S. military presence in the country all the more precarious.
Prisoner demands compensation for Guantánamo nightmare: Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson’s serious accusations against the Bush White House over Guantánamo Bay are made to support the cause of Adel Hassan Hamad, a former detainee who is now seeking compensation from the United States.
American Debt Threatens Status as World Power: Can America Still be the World's Greatest Power, as the World's Greatest Borrower?

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