Tuesday, 6 April 2010

News For April o6, 2010

"After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there was Fallujah."
The United States Takes the Matter of Three-headed Babies Very Seriously.

By William Blum

The BBC correspondent - saw children in the city who were suffering from paralysis or brain damage, and a photograph of one baby who was born with three heads. He added that he heard many times that officials in Fallujah had warned women that they should not have children. Continue

Iraq Slaughter Not An Aberration

By Glenn Greenwald

Shining light on what our government and military do is so critical precisely because it forces people to see what is really being done and prevents myth and propaganda from distorting those realities. That's why the administration fights so hard to keep torture photos suppressed, why the military fought so hard here to keep this video concealed. Continue

Video Shows US Killing Unarmed Civilians

By WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Continue

Pakistan Is In Pieces

By Robert Fisk

The drones – Predators and Reapers, or "Shadows", as the Americans call them when they follow US troops into battle – have acquired mythical proportions in the minds of Pakistanis, a form of spaceship colonialism, imperialism from the sky. Continue

Why There Are No ‘Israelis’ In The Jewish State 
Citizens classed as Jewish or Arab nationals

By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

A group of Jews and Arabs are fighting in the Israeli courts to be recognised as “Israelis”, a nationality currently denied them, in a case that officials fear may threaten the country’s self-declared status as a Jewish state. Continue

Rule by Law or Defiance

By William A. Cook

Because Israel controls our Congress, the President is essentially powerless to confront the forces that maneuver behind the scenes to thwart any U.S. government, Republican or Democrat, from moving toward a just and balanced resolution of the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Continue

China's Metamorphosis:

"From Export Juggernaut To a Credit Addict"

By Mike Whitney

Americans have a fundamental misunderstanding about the US/China relationship. China is not in the driver's seat and neither is the United States. There's a third party involved, but that party remains mostly invisible. And that's how they like it. Continue

India: 70 Police killed by Maoists: Left-wing Maoist rebels in India have killed at least 70 paramilitary police in an attack in the central state of Chhattisgarh, officials have said.
Bombs kill 49 in Baghdad in attacks targeting apartment buildings: At least five bombs ripped through apartment buildings across Baghdad Tuesday and another struck a market, killing 49 people and wounding more than 160, authorities said.
6 in Shiite family gunned down in Iraq: A Shiite couple and four of their children were gunned down in their home outside Baghdad yesterday, the latest in a string of attacks that have killed about 70 people since Friday, police said.
Ret. intel officer: US troops violated Rules of Engagement in Reuters shooting: Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, said that based on what he saw in the video, it appeared to be a violation of the military's Rules of Engagement.
Five civilians, 27 Taliban killed in Afghanistan: A series of firefights and a NATO airstrike in Afghanistan on Tuesday left five civilians, including two women and two children and 27 Taliban fighters dead, officials said.
25 Afghan civilians allegedly killed in air raids: Locals said Tuesday that air strikes claimed the lives of 25 civilians on Monday in Gereshek district of Helmand province in south Afghanistan.
U.S. forces' horrifying Afghanistan cover-up: Our troops killed five non-insurgents at a birthday party in Paktia. Could they at least give us an explanation?
Taliban Reaction to Karzai’s Words : The Taliban reacted against yesterday’s speech by President Karzai saying, “They are Afghans, and Karzai is their brother”
Afghan Poll Body Backs Karzai on Electoral Row: Afghanistan's election commission said on Tuesday it backed a decree by President Hamid Karzai that limits foreigners' role in elections, scoring him another point in a dispute that has put him at odds with Washington.
Karzai defends Afghanistan US fraud claim: "What I said about the election was all true," he said in his first public remarks since the comments. "It does not reduce from our partnership; it adds to it."
Pakistan police kill 2 suspected bombers in NW: - Police killed two suspected suicide bombers during a raid in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said, further rattling the Afghan border region following attacks on the U.S. Consulate and a political rally that killed at least 53 people.
Pakistan army accused of extrajudicial killings, human rights abuses: The extrajudicial execution of up to 300 alleged Taliban supporters and sympathizers in the area around Mingora, the Swat capital, has been documented by New York-based Human Rights Watch, which conducted interviews with more than 100 Swat families in February and March.
U.S. Defends Legality of Extrajudicial Killings With Drones : The United Nations Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial Executions and some legal scholars have questioned whether it is legal for the U.S. to target and execute individuals in countries the U.S. isn't at war with. Professor Mary Ellen O'Connell of the University of Notre Dame law school has called the drone program "unlawful killing," and says it violates international law.
UN: 3 UN personnel killed in north Congo clashes: The U.N. Mission in Congo said in a press release that a South African pilot and a U.N. peacekeeper from Ghana were killed during the two days of clashes in northern Congo. The U.N. said one of its subcontractors also died Sunday of a heart attack during the fighting.
Obama to limit U.S. use of nuclear arms, but not on Iran: President Barack Obama is making clear that "nuclear-defiant" states like Iran and North Korea will remain potential targets.
Iran vows to strike Israel immediately if attacked: "The enemies know if they fire a missile toward Iran, the dust from explosions by Iranian missiles will rise in Tel Aviv even as their missile is still in the air," a report by the semiofficial Fars news agency on Tuesday quoted cleric Mojtaba Zolnour as saying.
Jordan King: Israel's long-term future is in jeopardy: Pointing to the "tremendous tension" in the Middle East, Abullah warned that the "status quo is unacceptable."
Palestinian official: U.S. bid to revive Mideast talks at dead-end : Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned the Palestinian Authority this week against plans to declare independence unilaterally next year, saying such a move could prompt Israel to annex parts of the West Bank and annul past peace agreements.
Chicago terrorism suspect pleads not guilty: A Chicago cab driver pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he attempted to aid al-Qaida by sending money to a terrorist leader believed to be in Pakistan.
More Americans Give Up Citizenship As IRS Gets Aggressive Overseas: The number of American citizens and green-card holders severing their ties with the U.S. soared in the latter part of 2009, amid looming U.S. tax increases and a more aggressive posture by the Internal Revenue Service towards Americans living overseas.
Canadian dollar hits parity vs. U.S. dollar: The Canadian dollar rose to one-for-one footing with the U.S. currency on Tuesday, hitting its strongest level since July 2008, boosted by rising commodity prices and expectations for higher domestic interest rates.
America's future? U.S. cities going bust: In what may be the beginning of an explosion of city insolvency across the U.S., the city of Vallejo, Calif., with a population of 117,000 in the San Francisco Bay area, has filed bankruptcy, Jerome Corsi's Red Alert reports.
California's $500-billion pension time bomb: The state of California's real unfunded pension debt clocks in at more than $500 billion, nearly eight times greater than officially reported.
ExxonMobil paid no federal income tax in 2009.: Exxon tries to limit the tax pain with the help of 20 wholly owned subsidiaries domiciled in the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands that (legally) shelter the cash flow from operations in the likes of Angola, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi.

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