Wednesday, 5 May 2010

News For May 05, 2010

Times Square Terror: Drone Payback?

By Noah Shachtma

Faisal Shahzad tried to bomb Times Square as payback for American drone attacks in Pakistan. Continue

Were US Special Forces Involved in the Arrest of Faisal Shahzad?

By Jeremy Scahill

"In the end, it was secret Army intelligence planes that did him in. Armed with his cell phone number, they circled the skies over the New York area, intercepting a call to Emirates Airlines reservations, before scrambling to catch him at John F. Kennedy International Airport." Continue

Classic example of anti-Islamic propaganda:
Why Pakistan Produces Jihadists


Carved out of the Muslim-majority areas of British India in 1947, it was the world's first modern nation based solely on Islam. Continue

Did You Hear the Joke About the Predator Drone That Bombed?

By Medea Benjamin and Nancy Moncias

Obama's 'joke' at the White House correspondents' dinner was no laughing matter to the relatives of the hundreds of people killed in Pakistan by drones. Continue

Iraq in Pieces

By Hadani Ditmars

With $53 billion in ‘aid’ seemingly evaporated into bloated projects that only served to line the pockets of foreign contractors and local officials, 70 per cent of Iraqis lack potable water, and unemployment hovers near 50 per cent, officially, and much more, unofficially. Today Iraq is ranked the fifth most corrupt country in the world by Transparency International. Continue

"Did You Actually Say, Israel Needs To Be Wiped Off The Map?"


Ahmadinejad Interview With Russian Television. Continue

NPT 101: Is Iran Violating The Nuclear Treaty?

By Scott Peterson

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Iran had 'violated' the treaty ahead of this week's NPT Review Conference in New York. But the UN nuclear watchdog has never used that term. Who's right? Continue

Colombia:  State Terror in the Name of Peace

By James Petras

The first casualty of state terror is the corruption of language, the invention of euphemisms, where words mean their opposite and slogans cover great crimes. Continue

Three Killed As Greek Austerity Protest Turns Violent

By John Carr in Athens and Joanna Sugden

Buildings and cars were set alight and burning barricades set up in the streets by demonstrators angry at proposed austerity measures. Continue

Socialism? Un-American? I Think Not!

By Tim Gatto

We are fed the same nonsense from cradle to grave with platitudes such as “You can be anything you want to be in America.” “There is always room at the top for hard workers.” “Everyone has the same opportunity for success.” Continue

At least 12 killed as Taliban hits government compound: Nine fighters armed with guns and suicide vests launched the attack in the town of Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz province on Wednesday, police and local officials said.
US scraps Kandahar assault: Nato commanders scrapped a helicopter assault by hundreds of US and Afghan troops last week because the Afghans weren’t able to take charge, a US military officer familiar with the planning said.
Military operation in Taliban spiritual heartland Kandahar still on track: Afghan official : The planned military operation against Taliban militants in Kandahar province south of Afghanistan is still on track but needs more time and deliberation, General Zahir Azimi the spokesman of Afghan Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
German militant killed in Pakistan: A militant wanted by the police for his affiliation with a group convicted of plotting attacks on US facilities in Germany has been killed in Pakistan
Drones kill low-level militants, few civilians: U.S.: The number of so-called combatant and noncombatant casualties in the U.S. government tally is sharply lower than some Pakistani press accounts, which have estimated civilian deaths alone at more than 600.
In case you missed it: US Attacks in Pakistan Killed 700 Civilians in 2009: For each Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorist killed by the American drones, 140 civilian Pakistanis also had to die.
Link emerges between Times Square bomb attempt and Pakistani militant group: One of the men arrested in Pakistan in connection with the failed attempt to bomb New York's Times Square is a member of Jaish-e-Muhammad, an Al Qaeda-allied Pakistani militant group, intelligence sources in Karachi said Wednesday.
Car bomb suspect says he trained in Pakistan: The man spoke freely to investigators, officials said, admitting his role in the attempted attack and saying he had received explosives training in Waziristan, a lawless border region of Pakistan.
Cellphone led FBI to Times Square car bomb suspect arrest: The number from a disposable cellphone led FBI agents to the suspect arrested Monday night for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on Saturday evening, according to a senior official.
How New York bomb suspect was caught: Authorities started tracking down Faisal Shahzad using email address he had given the seller of SUV
Muslim leader says US enemies should leave: "We have to stand up and say that this is nonsense, this is not acceptable to us. If our loyalties are somewhere else, why should we be here and enjoy the benefits of this beautiful country?" he told a news conference.
Prominent Iraqi cleric among 7 killed in Iraq attacks: Seven people were killed in a string of attacks in Iraq, including a prominent Sunni cleric, and 20 wanted individuals were arrested, Iraqi security sources said on Wednesday.
Maliki allies with rival Shia party: The political bloc of Nouri al-Maliki, the incumbent Iraqi prime minister, has joined forces with its main Shia rival, the Iraqi National Alliance (INA), leaving the newly formed bloc just four seats short of a parliamentary majority.
Iraq to get new government: Incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, however, appeared likely to be the main casualty of the deal, as it is believed the price of a coalition between his State of Law bloc and the Iraqi National Alliance (INA) was that he would not continue in his post.
Talabani Calls Iran "Iraq's Real Friend": "Iran is the friend of our dark and hard days and Iranians are our real friends," Talabani said during a visit to an Iranian cultural exhibition in Iraq's Sulaymaniyah province.
Robert Dreyfuss: Tehran's Coup in Iraq: Sadr, who has been living in Iran for the past three years, is the strongest force within the INA, and it’s possible he will emerge as kingmaker in the new government.
Ahmadinejad Hails U.S. Arms Disclosure, Warns Against Sanctions: The Obama administration, which took a “positive step forward” by disclosing the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, risks the failure of its diplomatic game plan by pursuing new sanctions on Iran, its President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.
Is China filling the gap in Iranian gasoline imports?: Reuters report on Wednesday suggests that the country’s motor fuel imports may have drop as much as 20 per cent in May, compared to last month.
Arab states: Israel's nuclear program is destabilizing Mideast: On the second day of the month-long meeting at the United Nations, Arab countries were reiterating calls for a nuclear-free Middle East with criticism of Israel's unacknowledged nuclear arsenal and failure to sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).
Israeli troops shell Palestinian homes in E. Rafah: Palestinian sources told KUNA that Isreali troops stationed at the eastern borders of Rafah opened fire at Palestanian homes and farmland in Nahda district, but said that no casualties were reported.
Obama Tries to Mend Fences With American Jews: President Obama had lunch on Tuesday with Elie Wiesel, the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, as part of an effort to mend fences with American Jews upset by the administration’s stance against the Israeli government’s construction of Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem.
British candidates court U.K. Jews ahead of election: The three candidates were sitting up on the stage last Wednesday night: One wearing a skullcap (though he is not Jewish), the second waxing poetic about his trip to Israel, and the third furious about anti-Semitism in Europe and twice mentioning his personal role in getting Holocaust Remembrance Day put on the national calendar.
3.4mn Yemenis on verge of starvation: Some 7.2 million people, one third of Yemen's population, suffer from chronic hunger, about 3.4 million of who depend on food aid, said the UN agency. More than one in 10 children suffers from acute malnutrition and more than half of those under five are underweight, it added.
3 killed as Greek demonstrations turn deadly: Three people have been killed in a petrol bomb attack on a bank in central Athens. Athens police were put on a "general state of alert" as firemen evacuated around 20 people still trapped inside the wreckage of a Marfin Bank branch, set on fire as protesters hurled firebombs and smashed shop windows.
Euro zone warned of contagion; European leaders warned on Wednesday the euro zone debt crisis could spread beyond Greece and investors sold stocks and the euro
The Taserification of America: Unless you've been living in a Waziristan cave for the last 24 years, you've heard about the unfortunate misdemeanor-breaking dude who got Tasered at a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park.

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