Thursday, 1 April 2010

News For April01, 2010

What Makes Chechen Women So Dangerous?

By By ROBERT A. PAPE, LINDSEY O'ROURKE and JENNA McDERMIT

As we have discovered in our research on Lebanon, the West Bank, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and elsewhere, suicide terrorist campaigns are almost always a last resort against foreign military occupation. Chechnya is a powerful demonstration of this phenomenon at work. Continue

Our Government Is Planning to Stay at War for the Next 80 Years

Anyone Got a Problem with That?

By Tom Hayden

Without public debate and without congressional hearings, a segment of the Pentagon and fellow travelers have embraced a doctrine known as the Long War. Continue

MLK: A Call to Conscience

Video Report

Tavis Smiley Reports examines Martin Luther King, Jr.'s stand against the Vietnam War and the influence of his legacy today. Tavis speaks with scholars and friends of King, including Cornel West, Vincent Harding and Susannah Hesche. Continue

The Criminal NSA Eavesdropping Program

By Glenn Greenwald

While torture and aggressive war may have been the most serious crimes which the Bush administration committed, its warrantless eavesdropping on American citizens was its clearest and most undeniable lawbreaking. Continue

Prosecutor: Agent Infiltrated Christian Militia

By COREY WILLIAMS and JEFF KAROUB

The agent infiltrated the Hutaree group and had built explosives under Stone's direction. Continue

Timothy Geithner is a Sniveling Scamster

By Mike Whitney

Whew. That was fast. It didn't take long for Wall Street to figure out how to game Obama's new mortgage modification program, did it? The plan was hyped as help for "struggling homeowners", but it turns out, it's just another stealth bailout for pudgy bank-execs. Continue

Failed Banks and Failed Billions

By Bob Chapman

Now that most of the evidence is in, it is apparent that Lehman Brothers management created a colossal fraud even bigger than that of Enron with its Repo 105 maneuvers and was assisted by its accounting firm of Ernst & Young, and by the NY fed under the direction of our current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Continue

The old America is Fading

By Garrison Keillor

Slowly, slowly, the simple fact dawns on the electorate that the Democrats have passed a moderate Republican healthcare reform. Continue

Out-Republicaning the Republicans

By Ted Rall

Obama is a Republican. A right-wing Republican. Thanks to triangulation gone wild. Continue

When 'We the People' Lost America

By Len Hart

One day, a new generation will awaken to the harm done this country during those halcyon years when Uncle Ronnie made the 'gopper-inclined' feel good about themselves as only goppers and the gopper-inclined can feel good about themselves while stepping over people made homeless by their policies. Continue

Taliban leader escapes as 18 militants killed in Pakistan's Orakzai: Pakistani Taliban leader Mulla Toofan made a narrow escape, leaving behind his vehicle while the death toll of militants rose to 18 on Thursday, as the security forces' offensive continued in northwest Pakistan's Orakzai tribal area.
Air strike kills 2 militants in E. Afghanistan: Two Taliban militants were killed as they came under air attacks in Khost province east of Afghanistan on Thursday, a military local official said.
British occupation force solder killed in Afghanistan: A BRITISH soldier from 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards died in an explosion in occupied southern Afghanistan today, the Ministry of Defence said.
Karzai blames foreigners for 'election fraud': "There was fraud in presidential and provincial council elections. No doubt that there was a very widespread fraud, very widespread. But Afghans did not do this fraud. The foreigners did this fraud," he told a meeting with Afghan election commission workers in Kabul.
Hamid Karzai’s brother to stay in power despite heroin trade claims: US officials have abandoned efforts to persuade President Karzai to force his controversial brother out of his power base in southern Afghanistan, an about-turn that demonstrates how hard it will be to root out government corruption.
Two police officers killed in attack in northern Iraq: The police patrol was moving through the area of New Mosul, in the western part of the city, when the device exploded.
Iraq health official killed at his Baghdad home: Iraqi officials say gunmen fatally shot a health ministry official at his home in Baghdad in the latest slaying apparently targeting government employees.
Maliki appeals poll results; Sadr plans referendum: Iraq’s prime minister said yesterday that his party had formally appealed the results from the country’s tight parliamentary elections, a move that could further delay the formation of a new government.
Bombs in Dagestan, Kill 12 People: Chechens Claim Moscow Blasts : Video report: Suicide blasts killed at least a dozen in southern Russia Wednesday, as a Chechen rebel leader claimed responsibility for the deadly subway blasts in Moscow. Russia's president promised to continue to fight against terrorist activity.
Russia's Medvedev promises 'crueler' measures: President Dmitry Medvedev made a surprise visit Thursday to the violence-wracked southern province of Dagestan, telling police and security forces to use tougher, "more cruel" measures to fight the "scum" responsible for terrorist attacks.
Moscow Bombings: A New Cycle of Chechen Retaliation?: "[Russian security forces] are violent with us, and we have the right to act out in violence against them, to defend ourselves and our relatives. So this idea, this word terrorist, when it is applied to people fighting in the Caucasus, is an artificial word that was made up to discredit the resistance," she said.
China to attend U.S. nuclear summit, still wary of new Iran sanctions: Beijing would not officially confirm reports that it would support sanctions, and a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday that it still favored a diplomatic approach to the row.
Iran issues challenge to the world's nuclear powers: The press release put out today makes clear the focus of the Tehran conference will be the nuclear powers and their alleged failure to carry out the disarmament part of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty .
'US tests ballistic missile in Saudi Arabia': The US has reportedly test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile in a joint secretive military drill with Saudi Arabia.
ElBaradei: Western policy in Mideast a total failure: Former IAEA chief slams Western support for tyrants, calls for policy based on dialogue, understanding
IDF drops leaflets over Gaza warning of imminent attack: The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday denied Palestinian reports that its troops had disseminated notices over a residential area of the Gaza Strip warning of an upcoming military strike.
Israeli who trained Colombia guerillas wins appeal against extradition: Gal Yair Klein, born in 1943, was tried in absentia in 2001 for training the "death squads" which were used by Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha and Pablo Escobar, leaders of the notorious Medellin drug cartel,
MLK: A Call to Conscience: Tavis Smiley Reports examines Martin Luther King, Jr.'s stand against the Vietnam War and the influence of his legacy today. Tavis speaks with scholars and friends of King, including Cornel West, Vincent Harding and Susannah Heschel.
NSA Wiretap Program Declared Illegal: The National Security Agency broke the law when it wiretapped two American lawyers working for the El-Haramain Charity Foundation, an judge ruled Wednesday.
CIA given details of British Muslim students: Outrage as personal files of undergraduates at Detroit bomb suspect's college handed to US
US Recants Claims on "High-Value" Detainee Abu Zubaydah: The Justice Department has quietly recanted nearly every major claim the Bush administration had made about "high-value" detainee Abu Zubaydah, a Guantanamo prisoner who at one time was said to have planned the 9/11 attacks and was the No. 2 and 3 person in al-Qaeda.
Special U.S. prisons unconstitutional: lawsuit: U.S. prison units specially designed to muzzle communications by inmates considered extremist are unconstitutional and discriminate against Muslims, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Drill, Barack, drill: Obama to open up US East Coast for oil exploration
Banks Could Be Biggest Winners in Obama's New Foreclosure Plan: . The initial foreclosure relief program unveiled a year ago was supposed to help up to four million struggling homeowners. So far fewer than 200,000 borrowers have been granted permanent loan modifications.
Job cuts surge 61% - Challenger: Employers announced plans to cut 67,611 jobs in March, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. That's up 61% from February, when 42,090 jobs were lost
California Hotel Foreclosures Climb as Unemployment Cuts Travel: Foreclosures, including the 469-room Los Angeles Marriott Downtown, rose to 79 properties from 62 in the first three months of 2009. Defaults increased 6.5 percent to 327
Cartoon of the Day: Tom Tomorrow's "Healthcare Reformageddon"
In a world gone crazy: Great-grandmother given an electronic tag and curfew for selling a goldfish to a 14 year-old: Joan Higgins, a pet shop owner, was caught selling the fish to the teenager in a 'sting' operation by council officials. She was then prosecuted in an eight month court process estimated to have cost the taxpayer more than £20,000.

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