Tuesday, 25 May 2010

News For May 25, 2010

'US to Send Secret Military Teams to Iran'
U.S. Is Said to Expand Secret Actions in Mideast


Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate. Continue

U.S. Moves Goalposts On Iran And Changes Uranium Details


I believed Obama was ready to think anew on Iran. It seems not. Presidents must lead on major foreign policy initiatives, not be bullied by domestic political considerations, in this case incandescent Iran ire on the Hill in an election year. Continue

Former CIA Officer on Iran: Brazil and Turkey are Vital Checks and Balances

By Graham E. Fuller

Shouldn’t the world welcome the actions of two significant, responsible, democratic, and rational states to intervene and help check the foolishnesses of decades of US policy on Iran? Continue

Ruled by Paranoia

By Paul Balles

Barack Obama, the pre-emptive Nobel Prize Winner as New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd referred to him, will eventually have to decide on whether to keep or scrap the Bush doctrine. Israel and its supporters in America desperately want it misused against Iran. Continue

U.S. Night Raid In Afghanistan Elicits Outrage

By Laura King

The father's eyes reddened with tears as he hefted an English textbook that had belonged to his ninth-grade son, Habibuddin. The boy, along with eight other people, was shot dead this month when American special-operations forces swooped down on the family's remote mud-brick compound in the dead of night. Continue

Afghans Believe US is Funding Taliban

By Daniella Peled

It's near-impossible to find anyone in Afghanistan who doesn't believe the US are funding the Taliban: and it's the highly educated Afghan professionals, those employed by ISAF, USAID, international media organisations – and even advising US diplomats – who seem the most convinced. Continue

Children Taunted In Iraq: U.S. Soldier Under Investigation


An Alaska-based soldier is under investigation for a video on his Facebook page that taunts smiling Iraqi children by asking if they're gay, if they engage in certain sex acts and if they would grow up to be terrorists. Continue

Grayson's Smart Calculus Makes War Cost Real for Taxpayers

By John Nichols

“What George Orwell wrote about in 1984 has come true. What Eisenhower warned us about concerning the ‘military-industrial complex’ has come true,” the congressman argues. “War is a permanent feature of our societal landscape, so much so that no one notices it anymore.” Continue

Warning: Crash Dead Ahead. Sell. Get liquid. Now.

By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch

Main Street lost 20% last decade ... yet like sheep keep going back. Continue

Long-Term Unemployment: No Help For The 99ers

By Arthur Delaney

Hundreds of thousands of people have exhausted their extended unemployment benefits. In some states, laid-off workers can receive checks for 99 weeks -- and that's all they're going to get. This bill isn't for the "99ers" and there's no proposal on deck to give them additional weeks of benefits. Continue

Gulf Oil Disaster
Interior Probe Finds Fraternizing, Porn and Drugs at MMS Office in La.


Federal officials who oversaw drilling in the Gulf of Mexico accepted gifts from oil companies, viewed pornography at work and even considered themselves part of industry, the Interior Department inspector general says in a new report. Continue

Revealed: How Israel Offered to Sell South Africa Nuclear Weapons

By Chris McGreal

Exclusive: Secret apartheid-era papers give first official evidence of Israeli nuclear weapons. Continue

The Greeks Get It

By Chris Hedges

Here's to the Greeks. They know what to do when corporations pillage and loot their country. Continue

Merkel's Savage Blitz through Euroland

By Mike Whitney

Do the Euro leaders really think they're smart enough to pull the wool over Wall Street's eyes? Wall Street invented fraud; they're not about to be duped by prissy politicians in tweed suits. Continue

Memorial Day 2010
Corporations Profit from Permanent War

By Bill Quigley

Boeing's directors include a former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, a former White House chief of staff, a former vice chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a former U.S. Ambassador and U.S. Trade Representative. It hosts the 10th largest political action committee, giving away more than one million dollars to federal candidates in 2009. Since 1998, it has spent $125 million lobbying Congress. Continue

Pakistan: Over 100 militants killed in Orakzai blitz: Over 100 militants, including four commanders, were killed and their seven hideouts destroyed when jet fighters blitzed targets in upper parts of Orakzai Agency on Sunday, official and tribal sources said.
Two killed in Quetta rickshaw blast: Two persons were killed and 14 others, including three females and seven children, were injured — some of them seriously — in a powerful bomb explosion in a rickshaw parked on the Airport Road here on Monday.
13 Taliban killed in attack in Ghazni, Afghanistan: Foreign and Afghan forces killed 13 Taliban in an attack involving an air strike on Monday in an area of Ghazni province, an official said.
Elder, five civilians killed in Afghanistan: A bomb ripped through a minibus in western Afghanistan on Monday, killing five civilians and wounding another eight, some critically, the interior ministry said. The Toyota Coaster bus had been taking passengers from the district of Pusht Rod in Farah province to Khaki Safed district.
Two NATO occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: "An ISAF servicemember died following a small-arms attack in eastern Afghanistan today," a statement from the alliance said. NATO had earlier announced another soldier had been killed by a roadside bomb of the type used by the Taliban in the country's south.
Afghanistan: US troop numbers surpass Iraq: The Pentagon has announced that more US forces are now serving in Afghanistan than in Iraq for the first time since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The Pentagon said on Monday that 94,000 troops had been deployed in Afghanistan compared to 92,000 soldiers in Iraq.
Jamaica drug raid toll reaches 27: At least 27 people, almost all civilians, have died in gun battles in Jamaica, police have said, as the hunt continues for a suspected drug lord.
Jamaica : Defiant residents vow to die for reputed druglord Christopher Coke: A BBC correspondent said bodies were in the street. Four police stations and a school were reportedly ablaze. At least two cops were dead.
Jamaica attacks reveal ties between gangsters and politicians: The Jamaica attacks this week, which saw militants aligned with alleged drug trafficker Christopher 'Dudus' Coke assault a downtown Kingston police station, show how strong Jamaica's gangs have grown thanks to their involvement in local politics.
Gunmen kill 14 in Baghdad gold heist - police: Police said at least ten gunmen armed with pistols, bombs and Kalashnikov assault rifles attacked five goldsmiths and a money exchange on a bustling shopping street in the Bayaa district of southwest Baghdad.
Sunni official’s death may destabilize Iraq: Gunmen in northern Iraq killed a newly elected lawmaker from a Sunni-backed list that narrowly won Iraq’s March elections, officials said, in a slaying certain to rattle the fragile political system.
'Secret Ops' cause of US deaths in Iraq: Speaking to Press TV on Saturday, Director of the War and Peace Foundation Kevin Sanders said the fact that the US soldiers are killed off-base in Iraq shows that the US is violating certain restrictions.
CIA wanted to create fake Saddam Hussein sex video: The CIA's Iraq Operations Group considered creating a video that would the then-Iraqi leader having intercourse with a teenage boy.
Five killed as communist rebels attack in Philippines: Five people were killed as communist rebels facing an intensified government offensive attacked a group of soldiers in the southern Philippines, the military said Tuesday, reports AFP.
Iran 'ready for new chapter of co-operation' - UN envoy: In an interview Tehran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) urged the UN Security Council to respond positively.
China still opts for diplomacy on Iran: Amid US-led efforts to gain support for new UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions against Iran, China says diplomacy can still work to resolve Tehran's nuclear issue.
Israel threatens to block Gaza solidarity fleet: Israel warned Tuesday that it would block a fleet of nine ships carrying some 700 international pro-Palestinian activists and supplies from reaching the Gaza Strip later this week.
Turkey urges Israel to let in humanitarian convoy: Turkey urged Israel on Tuesday to lift its blockade of Gaza and allow a Turkish-led convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to enter the Hamas-controlled enclave.
Israel favors 'crippling' Iran sanctions: Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor says Tel Aviv favors the imposition of more 'crippling' UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Netanyahu: Radical Islam with nukes – danger to mankind: Netanyahu tells Russian-speaking journalists, 'Great tragedies occurred when dangers were not recognized in time'; calls on Moscow to help efforts to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions
'Israeli Retaliation Must Include Major Muslim Sites': A new paper from the BESA Center for Mideast Security and Policy says any Israeli response to a non-conventional attack from Arab countries must include an attack on sites of “major symbolic importance for the Muslim world”.
Australia expels Israeli diplomat over Dubai hit: Australia's government said on Monday it had ordered the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat over the use of fake passports in the assassination of a top Hamas militant in Dubai in January.
Australia intelligence chief in Israel: Australian intelligence chief has visited Israel to investigate Tel Aviv's role in an alleged identity theft in the case of a senior Hamas commander's murder in Dubai.
A Right-Wing Zionist Threat: Vandals Strike Tikkun Editor’s Home: Please try to raise awareness in your communities that this sort of thing is happening in the Jewish world to people who critique Israeli policies.
N. Korea severs all ties with rival S. Korea: The announcement was a tit-for-tat response to Seoul's imposition of sanctions on the North for (allegedly) sinking one of its warships.
North Korea puts military on combat readiness - Yonhap: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has ordered his military to be on a combat footing, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday.
South Korea resumes psychological warfare with North: South Korea blared propaganda broadcasts into North Korea on Tuesday after a six-year halt and Pyongyang said its troops were bracing for war as tensions spiked on the divided peninsula over the sinking of a warship.
Arrest warrant for former Thai PM: He is accused of financing recent red-shirt protests in the Thai capital that left 88 people dead and thousands wounded following a military crackdown.
EU monitors slam Ethiopia polls: The European Union's chief election observer in Ethiopia has said that last weekend's poll was conducted on an "uneven playing field" that favoured the party of the prime minister.
U.S. oil drilling regulator ignored experts' red flags on environmental risks: The federal agency responsible for regulating U.S. offshore oil drilling repeatedly ignored warnings from government scientists about environmental risks in its push to approve energy exploration activities quickly, according to numerous documents and interviews.
Satellite Image Of Oil Spill:
Why Is BP Controlling Louisiana’s Cops?: Mother Jones reporter Mac McClelland spent two days recently trying to get out to the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge, “stymied at every turn” by law enforcement officials who claim they’re getting their marching orders from BP.
Spain must make wide ranging reforms, weak recovery-IMF: "The challenges are severe: a dysfunctional labor market, the deflating property bubble, a large fiscal deficit, heavy private sector and external indebtedness, anemic productivity growth, weak competitiveness, and a banking sector with pockets of weakness," the IMF said in an annual report on Spain.
Home prices fell 0.5 percent from February to March: The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index showed that prices of single-family homes were down 0.5 percent between February and March, the sixth consecutive month-over-month decline in prices.
Home Prices Are Falling Again: The decline came even as the government and the Fed threw the kitchen sink at the housing market, an effort that included the Treasury paying people to buy houses and the Fed buying more than $1 trillion in mortgage bonds.
Stranger than fiction: Man faces jail for recording out of control cop
Killed for shoplifting crayons and toothpaste?: Investigators decide shoplifting suspect's death was accidental: Ann Marie Balboa paced up and down a Little Village alley sobbing Monday as she searched for the precise spot where her ex-husband was choked to death after he shoplifted crayons and toothpaste from a pharmacy over the weekend.

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