Tuesday, 27 April 2010

News For April 27, 2010

Why Soldiers Get A Kick Out Of Killing

By John Horgan

Surveys of WWII infantrymen carried out by U.S. Army Brig. Gen. S.L.A. Marshall found that only 15 to 20 percent had fired their weapons in combat, even when ordered to do so. Marshall concluded that most soldiers avoid firing at the enemy because they fear killing as well as being killed. Continue

Iran a Threat? I Mean, Really?

By Ray McGovern

First, on the chance you missed it, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said publicly that Iran "doesn't directly threaten the United States." Her momentary lapse came while answering a question at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar, on Feb. 14. Continue

Manuel Noriega - From US Friend to Foe

By Mark Tran

Noriega was recruited as a CIA informant while studying at a military academy in Peru. He received intelligence and counterintelligence training at the School of the Americas at Fort Gulick, Panama, in 1967, as well as a course in psychological operations at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was to remain on the CIA payroll until February 1988. Continue

America Is Losing Its Imperial Status
IMF As Grim Reaper of Austerity?

By Washington's Blog

The IMF has already performed a complete audit of the whole US financial system, something which they have only previously done to broke third world nations. Continue

The Shrinking Influence of the US Federal Reserve

By Gabor Steingart in Washington

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the United States Federal Reserve Bank, faces a general investigation by the International Monetary Fund. Just one more example of the Fed losing its power. - No Fed chief in US history has been forced to submit to the kind of humiliation that Ben Bernanke is facing. Continue

Financial Reform: Empower the People

By Ralph Nader

Anyone modestly familiar with the history of regulatory failures knows that the gross disparity of power and organized advocacy between big business and consumers outside of government leads to an absence of fair standards and law enforcement. Continue

Democrat: Arizona Law Like 'Nazi Germany'


“It is absolutely reminiscent of second class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II when they had to have their papers with them at all times and were subject to routine inspections at the suspicion of being Jewish,” Continue

Lawmakers: Military Could Quell Chicago Violence

By The Associated Press

Two Illinois lawmakers say violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the National Guard must be called in to help.Continue

Why Americans Are So Lonely

By Bill McKibben

Access to cheap energy made us rich, wrecked our climate, and made us the first people on earth who had no practical need of our neighbors -- that has to change. Continue

Pakistan: Thirteen militant suspects killed in Orakzai: Officials say Pakistani troops have killed 13 suspected insurgents in the Orakzai tribal region near Afghanistan.
Pakistan: Key militant commander 'among six killed in Swat': A key militant commander was killed along with five other militants in Pakistan's northwestern Swat district on Monday, a security official said, quoted by DawnNews on Tuesday. One security man was also wounded in the action, according to the report.
3 Afghan civilians, NATO occupation force soldier killed in attacks: The nationality of the soldier, who died of wounds from insurgents' small arms fire, was not revealed in the statement issued by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Two university students killed, one injured in Iraq shooting: Two university students were killed and a third was injured Tuesday in a drive-by shooting in the northern city of Kirkuk, police said.
US military escalates its dirty war in Afghanistan: The New York Times reported Sunday that American special forces units are operating in and around the Afghan city of Kandahar, assassinating or capturing alleged leaders and militants of the Taliban resistance ahead of the major US-NATO offensive scheduled for June.
Mortars kill 2 Iraqi soldiers, injure 14 in Baghdad: Two Iraqi soldiers were killed Tuesday in an overnight mortar attack on a security station in a Shiite neighborhood in northern Baghdad, police and hospitals officials said.
Election Ruling in Iraq Favors Prime Minister: Seven weeks after Iraqis went to the polls, a special elections court disqualified a winning parliamentary candidate, most likely reversing the narrow defeat of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s alliance and possibly allowing him the first chance to form a new coalition government.
Iran hopes nuclear fuel swap in near future: FM: Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here on Tuesday that Iran hopes a nuclear fuel swap will be implemented in the near future.
Iran hardliner issues Strait of Hormuz warning to U.S.: The head of a hardline Iranian political party warned the United States Tuesday against attacking Iran, saying it could hit back by choking "the West's throat" at a waterway crucial for global oil supplies.
Obama meets with Israeli defense minister: President Barack Obama assured a top Israeli official Monday that the U.S. has an unshakable commitment to Israel's security despite recent tension over Jewish settlement construction in East Jerusalem.
AIPAC: The Voice of America — Video: The Orange and the Pea : The discrepancy between the power AIPAC wields, compared to the rest of the American population, is immense, and that power benefits one nation: Israel.
Chaos marks Ukraine base debate: Opponents hurled eggs and detonated smoke bombs inside the parliament chamber, disrupting Tuesday's debate over the agreement. Thousands of protesters also gathered outside the parliament building to demonstrate against the deal, which will allow Russia to keep its Black Sea fleet in Ukraine until 2042.
Colombia's "Genocidal Democracy" May Have Claimed Over 150,000 Lives: . Given that the U.S. has aided the Colombian military with over $7 billion in military assistance since 2000, all the while knowing the military's close collaboration with the murderous paramilitaries, the U.S. itself is complicit in the paramilitaries' crimes.
U.S. Advises Security Apprenticeships in Colombia : "Colombia's success against terrorists and narco-traffickers does offer a lot of opportunities for them to share their expertise. We certainly would like to see . . . other countries take advantage of Colombia's strengths."
Coca Cola's Role in the Assassinations of Union Leaders Explored in Powerful New Documentary: "The Coca-Cola Case" explores allegations of tragedy at bottling plants in Colombia, trade union murder capital of the world.
Welcome to the New Honduras, Where Right-Wing Death Squads Proliferate: The new regime in Honduras is assassinating union leaders, teachers and journalists. Why does the U.S. support it?
US extradites Noriega to France: The former army general and one-time CIA informant, now 76-years-old, was taken from his jail cell and put on board an Air France flight from Miami which was due to arrive in Paris on Tuesday morning.
In case you missed it: The Panama Deception: This film shows how the U.S. attacked Panama and killed 3,000 or 4,000 people in an invasion that the rest of the world was against. (Sound familiar?) It won the Academy Award for best documentary.
CIA chief promises spies 'new cover’ for secret ops: CIA Director Leon Panetta told employees today that the spy agency is going to give undercover operatives more ways to avoid exposure overseas.
For $10 Billion of "Promises" Haiti Surrenders its Sovereignty: This “better” Haiti envisions some 25,000 farmers providing Coca-Cola with mangos for a new Odwalla brand drink, 100,000 workers assembling clothing and electronics for the U.S. market in sweatshops under HOPE II legislation, and thousands more finding jobs as guides, waiters, cleaners and drivers when Haiti becomes a new tourist destination.
Brit MP George Galloway: Should he be allowed into Canada?: Controversial British MP George Galloway will have to wait until Wednesday to try to have his ban from visiting Canada overturned in Federal Court.
Will George Galloway earn Respect victory in Poplar and Limehouse?: Bangladeshis form 35% of votes in this newly redrawn seat. The former Labour MP argues he is the person who can represent their interests best
Protests over Immigration Law : CBS: Video report: Arizona's controversial new immigration law allows police to ask anyone for documents proving they're in the state legally. Supporters of both sides continued to protest, John Blackstone reports.
Mexico leader condemns Arizona law: Felipe Calderon, the Mexican president, has criticised a new immigration law in the US state of Arizona which permits authorities to question and detain suspected illegal immigrants even if they are not believed to have committed a crime.
Look, it's an illegal, right?: Arizona's anti-immigration law looks like it will take racial profiling to work.: If Arizona's Republican legislators weren't so dumb, they'd be dangerous. Or maybe they're dangerous because they're dumb.
More American Expatriates Give Up Citizenship: “Before, no one would dare mention to other Americans that they were even thinking of renouncing their U.S. nationality. Now, it is an openly discussed issue.”
Goldman Sachs faces new accusations: More evidence has been found that the investment bank Goldman Sachs developed a strategy to profit from the housing meltdown at the expense of clients, US senate investigators say.
Goldman's White House connections raise eyebrows: While Goldman Sachs' lawyers negotiated with the Securities and Exchange Commission over potentially explosive civil fraud charges, Goldman's chief executive visited the White House at least four times.
G.O.P. Blocks Debate on Financial Oversight Bill: vote was 57 to 41, as Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off a filibuster of the motion to proceed to the bill. One Democrat, Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, sided with Republicans apparently out of concern over a provision related to tightening the rules on derivatives trading.
US court strikes blow to Wal-Mart in sex bias suit: A landmark sex-discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) may proceed as a class-action case, a federal appeals court said, dealing the retailer a major blow and exposing it to billions of dollars of potential damages.
Supreme Court to Decide if Big Business Can Judge Itself: The ever-more business friendly Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a case that has the potential to shut a whole lot of regular Americans out of the justice system.

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