Sunday, 11 April 2010

News For April 11, 2010

Why Netanyahu Canceled His DC Visit, and Why the GOP Is Applauding

By Daniel Levy

Speaking to Republican party loyalists at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Liz Cheney in a manner that was not only very predictable but also as one imagines Netanyahu would have scripted her -- attacked the president of her own country for what she called his "shabby" and "disgraceful" treatment of Israel. The party faithful applauded. Continue

1974 CIA Estimate Declared,
“We Believe That Israel Already Has Produced Nuclear Weapons.”

By Nate Jones

The CIA stated that it believed Israel had produced nuclear weapons because the Israeli government had acquired “large quantities of uranium, partly by clandestine means,” because of  its efforts in uranium enrichment, and because it had made “a large investment in a costly missile system designed to accommodate nuclear warheads.” Continue

The Reality Of Life In Gaza
Two Journalists Recount Their Experiences Reporting from Gaza

By Democracy Now!

We speak with two journalists who have covered Gaza extensively about the dangers and difficulties of reporting from the Occupied Territories. Continue

US Puppet Cuts His Strings

By Eric Margolis

Thwarted by the American government on compromise with Taliban, Karzai has begun openly defying his patrons. Continue

'As I watch The Footage, Anger Calcifies In My Heart'

By Haifa Zangana

A novelist and former prisoner of Saddam Hussein's regime gives her reaction to the Wikileaks Iraq video. Continue

The Cowboy President

By Yvonne Ridley

Now that Obama has decided to dispense with judge and jury he is returning the US to the days of the Wild West … which could make him more of a cowboy president than Bush ever was. Continue

The Enduring Power of Machiavellian Political Science!

By Zahir Ebrahim

From Huxley to Orwell to Russell to Strauss to his mistress Ayn Rand, all have not been merely prescient, but rather have explained the actual blueprint of the future reality of totalitarian scientific dictatorships where commonsense is replaced by zerosense, and moralsense by secular-humanism! Continue

Nine Myths about Socialism in the US

By Bill Quigley

Glenn Beck and other far right multi-millionaires are claiming that the US is hot on the path towards socialism. Part of their claim is that the US is much more generous and supportive of our working and poor people than other countries. People may wish it was so, but it is not. Continue

Annie Leonard on Life After Stuff

By Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard reveals what gives her strength, even as she and her popular film, The Story of Stuff, are attacked as un-American. Continue

Ill Fares the Land

By Tony Judt

Something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today. For thirty years we have made a virtue out of the pursuit of material self-interest: indeed, this very pursuit now constitutes whatever remains of our sense of collective purpose. We know what things cost but have no idea what they are worth. We no longer ask of a judicial ruling or a legislative act: Is it good? Is it fair? Is it just? Is it right? Continue

The Inverse Relationship Of The Real Economy And The Stock Market In USA

By Sam Hamod, PH.D.

If you watch CNBC and other such channels talking about the economy, they continually talk as if the stock market is the economy; this is phony as a $3.00 dollar bill. Continue

Seventy civilians among 136 killed in Pakistan clashes: Seventy civilians were reportedly among 136 people killed in airstrikes over the weekend in Pakistan's tribal region near Afghan border, officials and locals said on Sunday.
Thai protesters vow not to compromise after 21 killed in clashes: Sixteen protesters were killed, many of them shot in the head, as well as Hiro Muramoto, a Japanese cameraman with the Reuters news agency.
Afghan officials say Pakistan's arrest of Taliban leader threatens peace talks: Senior Afghan officials are now criticizing as counterproductive the arrest in Pakistan this year of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the No. 2 Taliban official. Its main effect, the Afghan officials say, has been to derail Afghan-led efforts to secure peace talks with the Taliban, making that peace ever more remote.
Pakistan intelligence releases Taliban men: report: The Pakistani intelligence service has set free at least two senior Afghan Taliban militants even as it helped the United States detain the Taliban's second-ranking commander in the area, The Washington Post has reported.
10 killed in Afghan violence: Nine Afghans and a NATO soldier were killed in a series of clashes in explosions as violence appeared to be escalating in Afghanistan on Sunday.
Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, threatens to block Nato offensive: Karzai threatened to delay or even cancel the operation — one of the biggest of the nine-year war — after being confronted in Kandahar by elders who said it would bring strife, not security, to his home province.
Afghan soldier fires on NATO occupation troops : An Afghan soldier opened fire on NATO troops, lightly wounding one alliance soldier, the international force in occupied Afghanistan said, the latest in a string of attacks by rogue Afghan forces.
Italians 'confess' to murder plot in Afghanistan: Three Italian aid workers seized by Afghan police in Helmand have confessed to their part in a plot to assassinate the provincial governor, Afghan officials claimed today.
Iraq bombs kill child, four police and soldiers: A 10-year-old and four police officers and police were killed Saturday in insurrectionist bomb attacks near Iraq's restive northern city of Mosul, a senior police officer said.
Bomb kills three Iraqis from US-allied militia: Three brothers who were members of the US-allied Sahwa "Sons of Iraq" militia that helped tame the nation's insurgency were killed when a roadside bomb engulfed their car on Sunday, officials said.
Al-Maliki's coalition urges vote recount after "proof of fraud": 'We have conclusive evidence that there were fraud cases in the results in five cities, which led the coalition to lose 750,000 votes,' coalition spokesman Hajem al-Hosny told reporters.
Iran backs unity government in Iraq with Sunnis: Iran urged leaders in neighboring Iraq on Saturday to form a national unity government that included Sunni Muslims.
A Short History of Iran: Video
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Iranian Spy for CIA: ‘Weak West’ Will Cause War with Iran: The American-led "engagement” policies towards Iran is going to result in the very war it wants to prevent, according to an Iranian CIA spy. He says the only way to prevent a possible nuclear war with Iran is to attack the country now.
'All bets are off' if US under WMD attack: Clinton: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday the United States could not rule out using nuclear weapons if it came under biological attack, saying in that case "all bets are off."
Iran to go to U.N. over Obama nuke 'threat': Iran will file a formal complaint with the United Nations against the United States after President Obama excluded Iran from a pledge not to use nuclear weapons against countries that do not have them, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
Israel viewed as world's sixth nuclear power: analysts: Analysts at British defence specialists Jane's believe the Jewish state has between 100 and 300 nuclear warheads, putting them among the more advanced nuclear weapons states and roughly on a par with Britain.
Turkey: World is turning a blind eye to Israel's nuclear weapons: Turkey's prime minister said Sunday that the world is turning a blind eye to Israel's nuclear program and that he intends to raise the issue at the nuclear summit in Washington.
In case you missed it: Israel's Secret Weapon: Broadcast on BBC : This film is the story of the bomb, Vanunu and Israel's wall of silence.
Russia eyes U.S. air base in Kyrgyz turmoil: Russian-backed coup or not, the uprising in Kyrgyzstan means the United States may have to bargain hard to keep its last military base in Central Asia.
Yemen declines to pursue cleric targeted by U.S.: The United States has not handed over evidence to support allegations that Anwar al-Awlaki, 38, is recruiting for al-Qaeda's offshoot in the impoverished country on the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, the minister said.
Gates Defends Soldiers in Iraq Shooting Video, Says Footage Lacks Context: Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday defended the soldiers shown firing on a group of people near Baghdad in a classified military video released last week, saying the troops were caught in a "split-second" situation and the video doesn't show the "broader picture."
Whistleblowers on US ‘massacre’ fear CIA stalkers: Activists behind a website dedicated to revealing secret documents have complained of harassment by police and intelligence services as they prepare to release a video showing an American attack in which 97 civilians were killed in Afghanistan.
Cable Ties Kissinger To Chile Assassination Storm: Former Secretary Of State Canceled U.S. Warnings Against Carrying Out Assassinations To South American Countries
Sovereign debt crisis at 'boiling point', warns Bank for International Settlements: Sovereign debt is already starting to cross the danger threshold in the United States, Japan, Britain, and most of Western Europe, threatening to set off a bond crisis at the heart of the global economy.
42nd US bank failure in '10 is South Carolina bank: Regulators on Friday shut down a bank in South Carolina, marking 42 bank failures in the U.S. so far this year amid mounting loan defaults, especially in commercial real estate.
Over Half Of Detroit Homeless Population At Risk Of Dying On City Streets: The homeless in Detroit face a dire situation. The Detroit Free Press reports, that living on the streets puts more than half of them at risk for dying -- a far greater percentage than in any other American city.
Richard Dawkins: I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI: RICHARD DAWKINS, the atheist campaigner, is planning a legal ambush to have the Pope arrested during his state visit to Britain “for crimes against humanity”.

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