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Taliban’s Supreme Leader Signals Willingness to Talk Peace

By Stephen Grey in Kandahar

In an interview with The Sunday Times, two of the movement’s senior Islamic scholars have relayed a message from the Quetta shura, the Taliban’s ruling council, that Mullah Omar no longer aims to rule Afghanistan. They said he was prepared to engage in “sincere and honest” talks. Continue

Ninety-Four Percent of Kandaharis Want Peace Talks, Not War

By Gareth Porter

An opinion survey of Afghanistan's Kandahar province funded by the U.S. Army has revealed that 94 percent of respondents support negotiating with the Taliban over military confrontation with the insurgent group and 85 percent regard the Taliban as "our Afghan brothers". Continue

"We'll return Syria to the Stone Age"
Israel Warns Syria over Hezbollah Attacks

Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv

The warning, which was conveyed to Damascus by a third party, was sent to reinforce an earlier signal by Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister. “If a war breaks out the Assad dynasty will lose its power and will cease to reign in Syria,” he said earlier this year. Continue

Picnicking on Mount Vesuvius?

By Franklin Lamb

The Hezbollah Secretary-General is not the only one questioning whether the Us Embassy operates as “a normal foreign embassy” with acceptable ” mild spying and information gathering” or operates as ” an espionage network” for Israel. Continue

Gates Says U.S. Lacks Strategy to Curb Iran’s Nuclear Drive

By David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker

A senior administration official described last week in somewhat clearer terms that there was a line Iran would not be permitted to cross. Continue

Lie to Congress; Get Fourth Star
Cyber-Warfare Chief's Deception

By Ray McGovern

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander may well be harboring the proverbial thought attributed to prevaricator Oliver North upon being spared punishment -- and instead getting rewarded handsomely -- for lying about the Iran-Contra Affair: “Is this a great country or what!” Continue

Two U.S. Soldiers From Wikileaks ‘Collateral Murder’ Video Apologize

"Letter Of Reconciliation"

We are both soldiers who occupied your neighborhood for 14 months. Ethan McCord pulled your daughter and son from the van, and when doing so, saw the faces of his own children back home. Continue

Humanity and Its Absence

By David Kennedy

Robotic planes now deliver death from the sky on innocent civilians.  These are the modern-day equivalents of the olden day thunderbolts of vengeful gods.  They are controlled by vengeful and evil men, men that WE elect into power. Continue

Deir Yassin Remembered


Early in the morning of April 9, 1948, commandos of the Irgun (headed by Menachem Begin) and the Stern Gang attacked Deir Yassin, a village with about 750 Palestinian residents. In all over 100 men, women, and children were systematically murdered. Continue

Murder City
Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields

Must Watch / Listen Interview With Charles Bowden

"This thing started in 2006 with the new president, as a statement of his personal power. You know, mano dura—“I’m a strong man.” He ripped the mask off Mexico. In other words, he was going to claim he’s the big guy. And the mask he ripped off revealed what’s really going on in Mexico: mass poverty and social disintegration. Now it’s turned into a war by the Mexican government against the Mexican people." Continue

High Frequency Trading
High-tech Highway Robbery

By Mike Whitney

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) knows that High-Frequency Trading (HFT) manipulates the market and bilks investors out of tens of billions of dollars every year. But SEC chairman Mary Schapiro refuses to step in and take action. Continue

A Greater Threat Than Terrorism
Outsourcing the American Economy

By Paul Craig Roberts

In effect, the US is giving away its technology, which is rapidly being captured, while US firms reduce themselves to a brand name with a sales force. Continue

Corporations Aren't Persons

By Matthew Rothschild

Make no mistake about it: The court’s ruling in Citizens United, if left to stand, will destroy whatever hope we may ever have had of democracy in this country. It will entrench corporate power as never before. And the promise of America will be dashed. Continue

I Believe: 'We Can Realize the Impossible':

By Samir Doshi

Unfortunately, many do not see a worldwide transition toward a sustainable and desirable future without a catastrophic event that awakens people to transition past the current direction of the status quo. The thought being that unless we are on the brink of a collapse, our society as a whole will not act, as our priorities lie elsewhere. Continue

29 militants die in fighting in north Afghanistan: At least 29 militants, including two commanders, have been killed over four days of intense fighting aimed at protecting supply routes through occupied northern Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.
Two Dutch soldiers killed in Afghanistan: Two Dutch troops have been killed by insurgents in Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan, the Netherlands Defence Ministry said late Saturday in The Hague.
UN guard probably killed by Afghan police: A United Nations guard killed during a Taliban attack on a U.N. guest-house last year was probably deliberately shot by Afghan police, not by a militant as originally thought, U.N. officials said on Friday.
Army Researchers: Why the Kandahar Offensive Could Backfire: The southern Afghan province of Kandahar trusts the Taliban more than the government. And that’s according to a survey commissioned by the U.S. Army.
Afghanistan: A conspiracy of silence: An IoS poll shows 77 per cent of Britons want our forces to come home and a majority believe our presence makes UK streets less safe from terrorist attack. Yet all three parties are ducking this most critical issue.
Suicide bombers killed 41 people at a Pakistani refugee camp: The victims were among more than 200,000 people who have fled an escalating military offensive against insurgents in Orakzai, a militant hub near the Afghan border.
Suicide bomb at police station kills 7 in Pakistan: A suicide bomber rammed a truck loaded with explosives into a police station in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing a child and six other civilians, police said. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
Pakistan army admits killing civilian: More than 40 people were killed in what the army claimed was an attack on militants in a small village in the Khyber area. They belonged in fact to a tribe that was pro-government and had resisted Taliban influence, correspondents say.
Somalia violence kills 14, parliament fails to meet: A land mine blast in the Somali capital Mogadishu killed eight people, and mortar rounds fired by insurgents at the city airport as the president returned killed six, eyewitnesses and medics said Sunday.
Sudan poll fell 'short of standard': Sudan's first multi-party elections in 24 years have failed to meet international standards, observers from the US and EU said.
Al-Qaeda using 'H-bomb' to kill: The renting of residential buildings for targeted bombings has forced police and the army to adapt their operations, in a bid to prevent more of the attacks that have killed dozens since the country's inconclusive March 7 election.
'Dehumanizing, part of US training': A former US Army specialist, who was part of the same unit that killed Iraqi civilians from a helicopter in 2007, says dehumanizing is part of basic US army training.
Ahmadinejad calls for U.S. to destroy its nuclear arsenal first: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad drew applause at a nuclear disarmament conference in Tehran attended by representatives of 60 countries when he called for the destruction of all atomic weapons, starting with those in the U.S. arsenal.
Iran nuclear summit urges Israel to join non-proliferation treaty: A concluding statement from the two-day conference in Tehran also criticized what it called the double-standard by some nuclear powers that call for disarmament but ignore the atomic arsenal the Israel is widely believed to possess.
Jordan's King warns of summer war: Jordan's King Abdullah II has warned of a new regional war should an upcoming Arab summit on the Middle East peace process prove futile.
Israel: The worm is in the can: Imagine for one moment the corridors of power and influence, from presidential palaces to military command centres, being populated by the likes of Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists etc, who utter such racist nonsense that one race had been responsible for most of humanity's great achievements, that they are more apt at ruling the world's affairs!
Interview with Carlos Latuff: I don't trade ideology for money: Carlos Latuff has drawn numerous cartoons which depict the pains of oppressed nations around the world; from the Palestinians being suffocated under the Israeli occupation to the Iranians receiving the spates of psychological operation co-manufactured by the White House and Tel Aviv.
Unrest still crumbling Kyrgyzstan: Supporters of ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev continue to hold a government building in the country's volatile south.
The image Microsoft doesn't want you to see: Too tired to stay awake, the Chinese workers earning just 34p an hour
Catholic Church is 'like the Mafia': The Catholic Church in Malta was as devious as the Mafia in covering up years of sexual abuse against orphans, one alleged victim said ahead of the Pope's visit to the Mediterranean country on Saturday.
Gang violence increases as angry Haitians see quake aid benefiting the wealthy elite: Former supporters of President René Préval arm themselves against government amid claims that poor's plight is ignored.
Detroit one of the most dangerous cities on the planet: : Joining Detroit on the dubious list are such hotspots as Bagdad, Karachi, Pakistan, Beirut and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Goldman Sachs set to pay £3.5bn in bonuses: GOLDMAN SACHS, the world’s biggest investment bank that is now assailed by accusations of fraud, is poised to reignite controversy over bankers’ bonuses by paying its staff more than £3.5 billion for just three months’ work.
A volcanic cloud over Wall Street: The charges against Goldman could have far wider consequences
Now we know the truth. The financial meltdown wasn't a mistake – it was a con: The global financial crisis, it is now clear, was caused not just by the bankers' colossal mismanagement. No, it was due also to the new financial complexity offering up the opportunity for widespread, systemic fraud
Major lender signals surge in local foreclosures: Bank of America, the nation's largest mortgage lender, ramped up its foreclosure activity in March, sending hundreds of letters warning delinquent borrowers in the region that it could sell their homes at auction in as little as three weeks, according to North County Times analysis of data from ForeclosureRadar.
California Underemployment Rate at 24 Percent – 100,000 Workers Will Lose their Unemployment Insurance
Foreclosures up 33% in new jersey, OUTPACING national rate: Foreclosure filings in New Jersey rose 33 percent in the first quarter of 2010, compared with the same period in 2009, according to RealtyTrac, a California company that follows the foreclosure market. Nationally, foreclosure filings were up 16 percent in the same time span.
1 in 3 Americans Failed to Return Census Forms: As of early Friday, the mail participation rate was 68 percent. The mail participation rate, which the bureau is using this year for the first time, is the percentage of forms mailed back by households that received them.n

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