Thursday, 22 April 2010

News For April 22, 2010

Drawing Back the Veil on the 'Death State'

By Chris Floyd

The Nobel Peace Laureate who is temporarily managing the Death State is now pushing hard for even more sanctions on the Iranians for the crime of ... developing a nuclear energy program as allowed by international treaty and inspected to a fare-thee-well by international observers. Continue

Tony Blair Stands Accused
Malaysia must not allow this mass murderer to be immune from justice.


Blair repeatedly and deliberately deceived the UN, his allies and his own people that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction that could be rained on anyone within 45 minutes. In deceit and conspiracy, he incited passions for an illegal war. Continue

Nick Clegg Should Stick To His Guns

Under bombardment from the rightwing media, Clegg must not tack back to the middle ground
By John Kampfner

The evidence so far is that Clegg will not tone down some of his more "controversial" policies. I put the word in inverted commas because many of the points he is making are blindingly obvious to sensible voters. In a speech to London-based foreign correspondents this week, Clegg spoke candidly of the need to end the self-delusion of the "special relationship" with the United States. Continue

Disposable Soldiers

By Joshua Kors

According to figures from the Pentagon and a Harvard University study, the military is saving billions by discharging soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan with personality disorder. Continue

U.S. Lawmaker:
Obama Should Deal With Iran Nukes, Not Criticize Israel

By Natasha Mozgavaya

"Iran's leaders are getting away with this stunning assault on U.S. and global security while we and our allies appear to be doing nothing but huffing and puffing. And the world is watching. Continue

Wikileaks Video Revisited:
What Needs To Happen Now

By Dan Froomkin

Where's the outrage? Where's the responsibility? Where's the oversight? Hell, where's the basic curiosity? Has anyone on the Hill even asked any questions of the Pentagon or the White House? Hey, President Obama, are you OK with this? Does your member of Congress give a shit? Continue

The Weird Theology of Glenn Beck and His Cohorts
The New Christian Right and Christianity

By Robert Fantina

It is an unfortunate truth that organizations ranging from the mildly amusing to the extremely dangerous have all co-opted the term ‘Christian.’  Christian Right, Christian Coalition, etc., all use the term without, apparently, knowing what it means. It has reached a point where even Christians cringe when they hear the word in political commentary. Continue

Sheep Getting Restless
Bill Clinton's Warning on "Extremist" Mood In US

By Ewen MacAskill

Amid growing concern in the White House about the anti-government mood and a marked rise in radical fringe groups, Clinton said the internet made it easier to spread ideas to reach "the unhinged". Continue

The Failure Of The Liberal Class In The United States

Must Watch Video By Chris Hedges

"I have largely given up on the liberal class in this country" Continue

There Ain't No Escape From Collapse

By Joe Bageant

I would suggest that in planning for the future, you first spend many days pondering the question: How can I best go about giving up the world as I have known it -- which, after all, is the root of our pain and of our catastrophe -- and serve others every day and in as many ways large and small as possible. In other words, sacrifice. In truth, the sacrifice will not be sacrifice, but liberation, because Americans are buried under so much material shit and petty notions as to entitlement, that shedding such things is a blessing. Continue

26 militants, two soldiers killed in NW Pakistan: Pakistan's security forces on Thursday killed 26 militants, while two soldiers also died in fighting in the northwest, a bastion of Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked fighters, officials said.
Propaganda alert: US directly interrogating Mullah Baradar: US interrogators, allowed direct access by Pakistan to question Mullah Baradar, the Afghan Taliban’s No 2, have starting to produce useful intelligence on the group and its operations against US forces across the Pakistani border, American officials said on Tuesday.
Pakistan holding thousands in indefinite detention, officials say: The Pakistani military is holding thousands of suspected militants in indefinite detention, arguing that the nation's dysfunctional civilian justice system cannot be trusted to prevent them from walking free, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.
Unknown gunmen assassinate four in Afghanistan, police say: Suspected Taliban militants have assassinated four people including government officials and a tribal chief, in the latest series of targeted attacks in Afghanistan, officials said Thursday.
No friendly waves only hatred for British troops in Afghan town: In Sangin all you can feel is the intense hatred of people who hate everything you stand for, says photographer David Gill.
3 killed as series of blasts hit Thai capital : Five blasts on Thursday in the Silom area also injured about 75 others, including foreigners, according to authorities and hospital officials.
Iraqis allege 'secret jail' abuse: Video report: Al Jazeera has obtained interviews with two men who were allegedly tortured in the al-Muthanna air base prison in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Dead? Again?: The death of the two top leaders of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia — one of whom was supposedly fictional — did little to illuminate the secrets of their shadowy lives and the state of the insurgency in Iraq today.
US soldier took 1.4 million dollar bribes from contractors: A US Army sergeant who oversaw dining facilities at two military bases in Kuwait pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting 1.4 million dollars in "illegal gratuities" from private contractors.
U.K. Election Campaign Enlivened by Come-From-Behind Politician Who Wants A ‘Rebalanced’ Transatlantic Relationship: The customarily third-place “Lib Dems” have jumped 10 points in a week, putting Clegg’s party either in the lead or close behind the Conservatives and pushing Labor into third place in terms of votes overall.
Lib Dem foreign policies - Clegg's achilles heel?: "We first need to acknowledge the fact that we still too readily put ourselves in a position of unthinking subservience to American interests", Clegg has said
Nick Clegg interview - on ForeignPolicy : 3 Minute Video - Nick Clegg speaks to about Foreign Policy
In case you missed it: Nick Clegg's Speech to the Liberal Democrats 2009 Conference : Video - Nick Clegg MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats making his speech to the Liberal Democrats 2009 Conference in Bournemouth
Israeli apologist says: Nick Clegg’s Israel-bashing is sickening: With Thursday night’s foreign policy debate looming, it’s important to take a look at Nick Clegg’s willingness to vilify Israel, and his inclination towards bashing the Israelis over the head.
Demonizing Clegg: Anti-Israel Iraqi billionaire's dinner with Nick Clegg: How the Lib Dem leader dined with oil scandal billionaire who funded Galloway’s Gaza convoy
Netanyahu: There will be no building freeze in Jerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday that Israel does not intend to comply with the American demand that it halt settlement construction in East Jerusalem.
Obama to U.S. Jews: Nothing will distance us from Israel: As relations between Israel and Washington lurch from crisis to crisis, President Barack Obama has had to face down criticism over his Middle East policy from within the United States.
'All options' open if Syria gives Hezbollah missiles: US: The United States said Wednesday it considered "all options" on the table if Syria is found to have supplied Scud missiles to Hezbollah, posing a major threat for Israel.
US: Missile transfers could lead to war: US to keep 'all options on table' to press Damascus over scud missile transfers to Hezbollah, senior American official says; Syria's moves could affect war and peace in the Middle East, he says
US to Pursue Ties with Syria "Despite Concerns": Clinton did not confirm reports that Syria has been providing Hezbollah militants in Lebanon with Scud missiles that could be used against Israel. But she called the reports deeply troubling.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Israel Weighs Merits of Solo Attack on Iran: Officials, Seeing Impending Policy Split With U.S., Debate Prospect of a Military Strike Without Washington's Consent
Biden: Israel won't attack Iran before sanctions allowed to work: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he expects new United Nations sanctions on Iran by late April or early May and dismissed the notion that Israel might attack the Islamic Republic before first allowing sanctions to take their course.
What will would Iran do with nuclear weapons? Probably nothing: Wouldn’t possession of an atomic bomb enable Iran to bully other nations? Nuclear missiles did not do much for the old Soviet Union, even enable it to bully its weak neighbor Afghanistan. Nuclear bombs haven’t helped China bully anyone – Beijing still has little credibility in Tibet, despite its fantastic edge in power
Court documents put spotlight on minister in banning of British MP: The curious case of the banning of British socialist MP George Galloway from Canada
Wholesale prices rise in March as food costs jump: Wholesale prices rose more than expected last month as food prices surged by the most in 26 years.
Financing World Hunger: How the financial markets create hunger and make huge profits
Rise of the Corporate Court: How the Supreme Court is Putting Businesses First
Privacy Groups Challenge U.S. Airport Body Scanners: More than 30 privacy and civil liberties organisations have filed a formal petition with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), urging the federal agency to shut down the use of 'full body scanners' (FBS) at the nation's airports.
ACTA treaty aims to deputize ISPs on copyrights: One section of the proposed digital copyright treaty says that immunity from lawsuits would be granted to Internet providers "disabling access" to pirated material and adopting a policy dealing with unauthorized "transmission of materials protected by copyright." If the ISPs choose not to do so, they could face legal liability.
White supremacists arrested in raids after booby trap attacks on California police: The Southern California homes of dozens of white supremacists were raided Tuesday as part of a probe into a string of potentially deadly booby trap attacks targeting police officers, authorities said.
Feds launch inquiry into Florida GOP credit-card expenses: Federal authorities have begun a probe into Republican Party politicians and officials related to charges totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars on party-issued American Express cards.
Big Fat Greek Debt: Engdahl on bailout way out : The financially stricken Greek government is beginning talks with the EU and the International Monetary Fund about a possible bailout. Greece has found borrowing from banks too costly recently and is struggling to refinance old debts. Let's get some analysis with economist and author William Engdahl.
Layoff notices sent to thousands of US teachers: Hundreds of thousands of public school teachers across the United States are facing possible layoffs this coming academic year
Pandemic of panic: The great volcanic shutdown was the price we pay for a society that overreacts to any risk.

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