Monday, 12 April 2010

News For April 12, 2010

The 'Obama Doctrine': Kill, Don't Detain

By Asim Qureshi

George Bush left a big problem in the shape of Guantánamo. The solution? Don't capture bad guys, assassinate by drone. Continue

Hamid Karzai, R.I.P.

A Prediction

By Justin Raimondo

The war in Afghanistan, which George W. Bush started and Barack Obama pledged to win, is over – and we lost. No one realizes this, quite yet, but give them time – because the fruits of our defeat are already a veritable cornucopia. And the reason can be summed up rather neatly in two words: Hamid Karzai. Continue

Take This Empire and Shove It!

By Cindy Sheehan

What about this Cult of Troop Worship? Even the antiwar movement is so careful to not criticize anything The Troops do. We are constantly admonished to “hate the war, but love the warrior.” Continue

US Military Warns Oil Output May Dip Causing Massive Shortages By 2015

By Terry Macalister

Shortfall could reach 10m barrels a day, report says • Cost of crude oil is predicted to top $100 a barrel. Continue

Preparing For Ethnic Cleansing?
New Law Could Deport Thousands of West Bank Palestinians


The new order makes it a criminal act for anyone to live in the West Bank without a permit. Violators can be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. Continue

One Marine’s ‘Liberty Walk’ for the Rest of Us

By Chris Hedges

“People are scared,” he said. “They want to live their lives, raise their children and be happy. This is not possible. They don’t know if they can make their next mortgage payment. They see their standard of living going down.” Continue

Is the Fed Helping the Big Banks to Cook the Books?   

By Mike Whitney

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal revealed details of a cover up by the nations largest banks that have been engaged in potentially-criminal accounting activities to conceal the amount of debt on their balance sheets. Continue

Looting Main Street

How the nation's biggest banks are ripping off American cities.

By Matt Taibbi

If you want to know what life in the Third World is like, just ask Lisa Pack, an administrative assistant who works in the roads and transportation department in Jefferson County, Alabama. Continue

The Age Of Ignorance And The Federal Reserve
The Great Con Job - There Is No Money!

Video and Transcript

In America today we are getting closer to fully exposing the greatest con and cover-up in this history, it involves our banks, the federal reserve, our congress, and, of course, you and me. Continue

43 killed in Pakistan attack: More than 100 militants armed with rockets and automatic weapons attacked two security checkpoints in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, sparking intense fighting that left at least 41 insurgents and two soldiers dead, officials said.
6 killed in riots over renaming of Pakistan's northwest province: Irate protestors attacked and torched police station and vehicles before exchanging gunfire and fighting pitch battles with police following an early baton charge and tear gas shelling by the law enforcers, leaving six persons dead and dozens injured on Monday morning in Abbottabad in the northwest.
Pakistan to curb presidential power: Pakistan’s senate is considering a bill that would take away much of the president's powers.
U.S. occupation troops fire on bus in Afghanistan, 4 civilians killed: American soldiers opened fire on a bus passing through Kandahar province Monday morning, killing four civilians and potentially aggravating a population already wary about the influx of thousands of new American troops headed their way.
Afghans protest killing of civilians: Hundreds of Afghan people have rallied in the southern city of Kandahar to condemn the killing of civilians by US-led troops, according to authorities.
Four Afghan policemen killed, Afghans protest NATO : Four Afghan police officers were killed and two injured on Monday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the northern province of Faryab, police said.
Afghanistan: Canadian occupation force soldier killed form roadside bomb: A Canadian soldier was killed after being hit by a roadside bomb near the Afghan city of Kandahar, according to a statement issued by the Canadian Minster of Defense Peter MacKay.
Suicide attacks leave eight dead, dozens injured in Iraq: Two attacks carried out by suicide bombers targeting Iraqi security forces left dozens dead and injured in different areas of the country, security sources said on Monday.
Iraq's PM demands election probe: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's political party says its investigation into the March 7 parliamentary election has thrown into question about 750,000 votes, enough to change the results of the nationwide poll.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Netanyahu: Iran wants to destroy Israel and the world remains silent: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres used the platform at yesterday's Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial ceremony at Yad Vashem to urge countries around the world to work unwaveringly to stop Iran's nuclear program.
Medvedev: Israeli strike on Iran to lead to global catastrophe: Israel may strike on Iran, President Dmitry Medvedev told ABC News.
U.S., Israeli attack on Iran would be 'unacceptable' - Russia military: Any airstrike against Iran by the United States or Israel would be "unacceptable," the chief of the Russian General Staff Nikolai Makarov said on Monday.
Israel must denuclearize, Erdogan says: The Turkish premier says the international community should take action to disarm Israel as part of the efforts to make the Middle East a nuclear weapons-free zone.
'Israel may drag US into new war': Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has expressed fears that Israel may attempt to involve the US in a new aggression against Lebanon or the Gaza Strip.
Turkey to Challenge Israel, Support Hamas: Turkey is planning a gesture that will challenge Israel and provide support to Gaza's Hamas leaders next month. A flotilla of ships funded by Turkey will approach Gaza in May, in an attempt to challenge Israeli control at sea - or, as organizers put it, “break Israel's illegal blockade on Gaza.”
Gaza militant: Hamas stopping rocket fire into Israel: Hamas is forcing other Gaza Palestinian factions to guarantee they do not launch rockets or mortar bombs at Israel, a source told the French AFP news agency on Monday.
I stole IDF documents to expose West Bank war crimes, Anat Kam says: Classified documents reveal that the Israel Defense Forces had committed war crimes in the West Bank, Anat Kam, the former soldier indicted for espionage over an alleged theft of top secret material, told the court
Israeli groups fight orders allowing army to jail West Bank residents: Israel's leading human rights groups are trying to stop two new Israeli military orders which will make any resident of the occupied West Bank who does not have an Israeli-issued permit liable for deportation or jail.
Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day with sirens, memorials: Israel fell silent on Monday morning as a two-minute-long siren wailed across the country to mark Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Day.
Glenn Greenwald: More Cause and Effect in the War Against Terrorists: The very policies justified in the name of fighting Terrorism (invasions, occupations, bombings, lawless detentions, etc.) are the precise ones that most inflame and exacerbate that threat.
Ousted Kyrgyz leader appeals for UN peacekeepers: report: Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev on Sunday appealed to the United Nations to send peacekeepers to help secure order in the Central Asian state, Russian news agency RIA-Novosti reported.
Call to dissolve Thai ruling party: Thailand's election commission has found the ruling party guilty of misusing poll donations and recommended its dissolution.
Wikileaks 'to release video of US strike on Afghan civilians': Wikileaks, the whistle-blower website, is reportedly preparing to release secret video of a notorious US air strike said to have killed scores of Afghan civilians.
Secret pact covered jurisdiction of U.S. military crimes committed in Japan: In a 1958 secret agreement with the United States, the Japanese government effectively ceded the right to try U.S. military personnel for crimes committed in Japan, Foreign Ministry sources said
Ron Paul : Conservatives ‘like the empire’: He was met with both disapproval and applause during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference for describing conservatives as hypocritical when they call for a return to Constitutional values while supporting foreign wars.
Greece To Receive 30bn Euros For Bail Out: Eurozone countries have announced a 30bn euro (£26bn) aid package of loans to help debt-ridden Greece.
Risk of Japan going bankrupt is real, analysts say: Greece's debt problems may currently be in the spotlight but Japan is walking its own financial tightrope, analysts say, with a public debt mountain bigger than that of any other industrialised nation.
33 states out of money to fund jobless benefits: With unemployment still at a severe high, a majority of states have drained their jobless benefit funds, forcing them to borrow billions from the federal government to help out-of-work Americans.
Paul Krugman: Banks Gone Wild: Georgia on My Mind: I’m not sure how many people know that Georgia leads the nation in bank failures, accounting for 37 of the 206 banks seized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation since the beginning of 2008. These bank failures are a symptom of deeper problems
The Guy Who Brought Down AIG - and Maybe the World Economy - Gets Off Scott-Free, and Gets to Keep $315 Million in Loot: Jospeh Cassano, the guy who brought down AIG - and maybe the world economy - with trillions in risky derivatives deals which AIG couldn't back up, is getting prosecuted ... and the government will claw back all the money he made, right? Uh, no.
Scheming to steal workers' pensions: Amy Muldoon looks behind the hype about how public-sector workers get "exorbitant" pensions--and finds a cabal of right-wing politicians and CEOs out to bash unions.
Chavez Fuels the South Bronx : CITGO’s profits have now funded numerous social projects in what is one of the poorest congressional districts in the United States.

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