Thursday, 20 May 2010

News For May 20, 2010

Iran Sanctions 'Holding Up Nuclear Treaty Negotiations'

By David Usborne in New York

Egypt, backed by most of its Arab neighbours, is threatening to hold the so-called review conference in New York hostage to its demand that firm steps be taken towards establishing a nuclear-free zone for the Middle East, as promised in a special resolution at the end of the 1995 review. Continue

US/Israel Challenged on Iran

By Ray McGovern

The times may be a-changin’ – at least a bit – with the United States and Israel no longer able to dictate to the rest of the world how crises in the Middle East must be handled, though the new reality has been slow to dawn on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her neocon friends in Congress and the U.S. media. Continue

Special Place in Hell
Rebranding Israel As A State Headed For Fascism

By Bradley Burston

No one knows fascism better than Israelis. They are schooled, drilled in the history, the mechanics, the horrendous potential of fascist regimes. Israelis know fascism when they see it. In others. Continue

Creeping Terror:
The New American Way of War

By Chris Floyd

The American way of war is a marvelously ingenious thing. And thoroughly modern too. No more of that "don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes" jazz; your modern "warfighter" (they aren't called "soldiers" anymore, you know)  prefers to view his targets through, say, a computer screen safely ensconced back in the Homeland. Continue

Putting the Pentagon on a Diet

By Christopher Hellman

With the current economic situation bringing suffering, foreclosure, and unemployment to millions, and concerns about spiraling deficits as well as a staggering national debt, the first faint signs of a possible mood change in Washington on the issue of the Pentagon budget are appearing.  Continue

A Loser White House, Guilty by Association

By Robert S. Becker   
Between victory and governance, Obama “reform” switched from promises to make government serve people to insure government serves business. Continue

Will the PIGS Blow Up Europe?

By Pat Buchanan

The EU just took a great leap forward to force Europe's most indebted nations to surrender their economic independence or be expelled from the European Monetary Union. The PIGS — Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain — may rebel. Continue

CIA Domestic Ops Go Far Beyond Shahzad Probe

By Jeff Stein

People upset about the CIA’s involvement in domestic interrogations might be surprised to learn that the spy agency’s most explosive growth in recent years has been right here in the USA -- not in the back alleys of Karachi or in the mountains of Afghanistan. Continue

Supplanting the United States Constitution:
War, National Emergency and the "Continuity of Government"

By Peter Dale Scott

Plans drafted by a secret committee, including corporation heads not in the government, have provided rules that allegedly override public law and the separation of powers that is at the heart of the Constitution. Continue

Confiscating Your Property

By John Stossel

This reverses a centuries-old safeguard in Anglo-American law against arbitrary government power. Continue

Welcome to the USA?


Audio of incident between Canadian citizen and US immigration officer. Continue

TSA's Program to Spot Terrorists a $200M Sham?

By Armen Keteyian

CBS News has learned that the program is failing to catch terrorists. It's never even caught one. Continue

Most Americans Endorse Terrorist Expatriation Act

By Angus Reid Global Monitor

A large proportion of people in the United States would support a proposed law that would strip all Americans with links to terrorist organizations of their U.S. citizenship, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 77 per cent of respondents approve of the bill currently being discussed in Congress. Continue

25 militants killed in Pakistani air strikes: At least 25 militants were killed as fighter jets hit their hideouts in Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas, an official said Thursday.
Death toll in Karachi target killing reaches 28 : The toll in the ongoing target killings rose to 28 on Thursday as eight more people became victims in different parts of Karachi. Reports said that five vehicles were also torched.
Pakistani major arrested in New York bomb plot: The Washington Post said the extent of the Pakistani major’s alleged involvement remained unclear, but that unnamed law enforcement sources told the paper he had met Shahzad in Islamabad and had cell phone contact with him.
Taliban kills 2, wounds 5 in S Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents in their armed campaign against establishment killed two persons in the southern Ghazni province and injured five others in the neighboring Wardak province, officials said Thursday.
US opens Afghan civilian deaths probe: Illegal drug use, assault and conspiracy are also included in the allegations
Six killed in Musayyib explosion: Iraqi officials say six people were killed and another 10 were injured when a car bomb went off in a town south of Baghdad.
Policeman killed in suicide attack in northern Iraq: A policeman was killed and 10 people were wounded, including policemen, in a suicide bomb explosion near a police patrol in Mosul
Turkey 'bombs Kurd targets' in Iraq: Some 20 warplanes hit around 50 positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), in the ZAP-Khakurk region on Thursday, Turkish broadcaster NTV said.
At least one killed as Madagascar rivals exchange fire: 20 members of the National Gendarmes Intervention Force, an elite military unit, battled security forces on Thursday in Antananarivo, in what one police colonel called an attempted mutiny.
Brazil: Iran is willing to talk, other countries must do the same: Brazil President says Iran has been 'sold to the world as the devil' but now would like to see others live up to conditions they imposed on Iran
Iran 'may cancel uranium swap deal if UN imposes sanctions': "If [the West] issues a new resolution against Iran, we will not be committed to Tehran's statement and dispatching fuel outside Iran will be cancelled," prominent lawmaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar was quoted as saying by Iran's Mehr news agency.
'No chance for new Iran sanctions': Mottaki said that his Turkish and Brazilian counterparts have briefed him on their negotiations about the declaration, which the three foreign ministers signed in Tehran on Monday, adding that they believed that there is no chance for a new UN Security Council resolution against Iran
Russia: Bushehr plant due in August: Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant, which is being built by Russia, is scheduled to begin operating in August regardless of any new sanctions against Tehran.
Gideon Levy: Democracy according to Reichman : As Israel closes its gates to anyone who doesn't fall in line with our official positions, we are becoming more and more like North Korea.
In order to change its image, Israel must change its behavior: Saying Israel is progressive and creative doesn't work when its politicians focus on victimhood and aggression.
Blaming North Korea, South offers detailed account of how torpedo sank Cheonan : In the campaign to generate international support for condemnation of North Korea, South Korea’s Defense Ministry meticulously summarized critical information in fairly simple language on the basis of conclusions reached by a Joint Civilian Military Investigation Group that included experts from 10 Korean agencies as well as the United States, Australia, Britain, and Sweden.
North Korea and South Korea: military capacity and nuclear capability: North Korea has a million-strong army and enough plutonium for six to eight nuclear weapons, according to US experts
American Citizen Sent Money to Al Qaeda: A Moroccan-born naturalized United States citizen pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he sent money to Al Qaeda, in the latest terrorism-related case to arise involving an American.
Kagan helped shield Saudis from 9/11 lawsuits: Elena Kagan, President Barack Obama's latest nominee to the Supreme Court, helped protect the Saudi royal family from lawsuits that sought to hold al Qaeda financiers responsible in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Arizona Says It Will Pull Plug on LA's Electricity: Arizona Fights Back Against Boycott Threats Due to Immigration Law
Gulf oil spill videos: This video, shows the previously unseen second leak just above the Deepwater Horizon's dysfunctional blowout preventer. No efforts have been made to stop this leak
General strike paralyses Greece: "We are here to send a strong message to the government, the Brussels directorate, the IMF and all those pencil-pushers who are targeting the social, labour, pension and economic rights of employees,"
America's Lowest-Paying Jobs 2010: The U.S. economy is predominantly a "service economy." - The positions that rank among America's lowest-paying jobs in 2009, based on a recent summary compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics are all service jobs.

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