Tuesday, 20 July 2010

News for July 20, 2010

Amiri Told CIA Iran Has No Nuclear Bomb Programme

By Gareth Porter

Contrary to a news media narrative that Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri has provided intelligence on covert Iranian nuclear weapons work, CIA sources familiar with the Amiri case say he told his CIA handlers that there is no such Iranian nuclear weapons programme, according to a former CIA officer. Continue

By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter

She told the inquiry: "Our involvement in Iraq radicalised, for want of a better word, a whole generation of young people - not a whole generation, a few among a generation - who saw our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as being an attack on Islam. Continue

Requiem for the Antiwar Movement

By Cindy Sheehan

This article and these observations are going to piss some people off—but oh well. You will be angry with me, even though I am not the one who is ordering more war, paying for more war, torturing people and imprisoning them without due process, destroying the economy and the environment, blah, blah, blah. Continue

Operation "Cast Lead"
"To Shoot an Elephant"

Must Watch Video Documentary

Members of the International Solidarity Movement were present in Gaza when the bombing started on December, 27th 2009. Together with two international correspondents from Al Jazeera International (Ayman Mohyeldin and Sherine Tadros), they were the only foreigners who managed to write, film and report for several radio stations what was happening inside the besieged Palestinian strip. Continue

Bad Translation Makes Fundamentalists Of Us All

By Marie Dhumières

Religious phrases are scattered liberally throughout Arabic languages. The secret to translating is not to take them literally. Continue

Israeli Operatives in the U.S.

By Jeff Gates

A long misinformed public lacks the tools to grasp how they are being deceived. Without those tools, Americans will continue to be frustrated at being played for the fool. Continue

Double-Dip Days

By Nouriel Roubini

Fasten your seat belts for a very bumpy ride.Continue

Stage Two of the Credit Crisis
Austerity Measures Could Force a Depression

By Bob Chapman

Sovereign bonds and CDOs are not worth the paper they are written on. Worse yet, they, like US banks and other corporations, are carrying two sets of books. If one set of books were kept all the toxic waste would have to be written off and that would deplete their capital and most likely put them out of business. Is it no wonder banks do not want to lend to each other? Banks and nations are lying. Continue

Obama a 'Socialist'? I Wish

By Matthew Rothschild

I got an e-mail from a group called 21st Century Democrats, bemoaning the fact that a recent poll shows that 55% of likely voters said that the word "socialist" describes Obama and his policies. Continue

The Ministry of Truth
Obama's War on the Internet

By Philip Giraldi

All records of each and every internet usage, to include credit information and keystrokes that register everything that is written or sent, is accessible to the government authorities on demand, not through the action of a court or an independent authority. Continue

15 killed, 45 injured in Mogadishu: Al-Shabab fighters, with the aim of toppling the weak president backed by African Union troops, have launched a new offensive to take Mogadishu.
Who are al-Shabab?: The group was formerly the military wing of the deposed Islamic Court Union (ICU) that controlled much of central and southern Somalia in late 2006. However, they were forced out of Somalia by Ethiopian troops in support of the largely powerless UN-backed interim government.
From Minneapolis to Mogadishu: At least 20 young American men of Somali background secretly left their homes in Minneapolis to return to Somalia and fight alongside a militant group called al-Shabab, with links to al-Qaeda. They wanted to resist an US-backed invasion of their homeland by neighbouring Ethiopia.
10 Afghan forces, two US "civilians" killed in attacks: The two civilians died alongside two Afghan soldiers when a local army trainer opened fire at a weapons training centre in a military base near Mazar-e-Sharif, capital of Balkh province.
Karzai wants 2014 security handover: Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has told delegates at an international conference in Kabul that he wants Afghan forces to take over security across the country in four years.
No quick exit for troops in Afghanistan, Nato head says: There will be no quick exit for international forces from Afghanistan, the secretary general of Nato warned this morning at a high-level conference in Kab
US military build-up in Kandahar will bolster Taliban, warns security monitor: Nato's counterinsurgency tactic shows no signs of success, says Afghanistan NGO Security Office
Audio message purportedly from Ayman al-Zawahiri claims battlefield victories, blasts Arab leaders: "Poor Obama came to Kabul and vowed that Taliban will never be back in power ? We will show you who will be soon fleeing Kabul, in defeat, fear and humiliation."
Plane carrying U.N. secretary-general diverted by rocket attack in Kabul: A plane carrying U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was forced to divert less than a mile from Kabul when the airport came under rocket fire.
Five militants killed in Pakistan: Five insurgents were killed Tuesday when the Pakistani army foiled an attempt to blow up a military training centre in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, security officials said.
Eight killed, 25 injured in Iraq blasts: A total of eight people were killed and 25 injured Tuesday in two attacks in Iraq, police and government sources said.
'Iraq war led to surge in terrorist plots against Britain': Britain's involvement in the invasion of Iraq led to an almost unmanageable increase in the number of terrorist plots against it, a former head of British intelligence revealed Tuesday.
U.S. bears responsibility for disorder in Iraq: Shiite cleric: Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al- Sadr said Monday the United States is responsible for the disorder in Iraq.
Allawi meets Sadr seeks support: Following the first meeting ever between the once bitter rivals, al-Sadr said he is ready to end all of his disagreements with Iraqi politicians for the benefit of the country.
PKK militants kill 7 Turkish troops: Militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have killed seven Turkish soldiers near the Iraq border as clashes escalate between outlawed group and the army.
In sign of warming ties, Turkey FM reportedly meets Hamas chief: Davutoglu and Meshal discuss ways to break Israeli siege on Gaza, Palestinian reconciliation efforts, and Turkey's demands in aftermath of flotilla raid, according to Anatolia news agency.
Report: Russian military confirms no S-300 missile for Iran: A Russian military official said Moscow would not deliver the S-300 missile system to Iran in accordance with UN sanctions restricting its sale, Russia's Interfax news agency said Tuesday.
‘World bodies misused by US’: Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani said on Monday that international bodies such as the United Nations were misused by the United States and other powers, leading to the increased insecurity.
Suriname elects former coup leader: Suriname has elected Desi Bouterse, a former coup leader and convicted drug trafficking, as its new president.
Oil Cap Leaking: Seepage Detected Two Miles From Wellhead: Oil is leaking from the cap on BP's ruptured oil well, but federal officials intend to leave it in place for now.
Sea floor leak now confirmed: May have been hidden by Gulf oil spill media blackout
What Does the Seep Mean for the Gulf?: What is clear is if this seep is related to the capped well, the situation at the bottom of the gulf is verging on a nightmare scenario for BP and everyone affected by the oil spill.
Laser used to shoots down planes: Laser beams have been used for the first time in naval warfare to shoot down aircraft, it can be disclosed.
Inmates say they witnessed man's death when jailers restrained, shocked him repeatedly: When Booker, who was being processed on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, didn't obey, he was held down, hit with electric shocks and then placed facedown in a holding cell, according to two inmates who watched it unfold. Booker never got up. He was pronounced dead later that morning.
Trading in death: Rapacious bankers are making fortunes by forcing up the price of food and leaving millions to starve.
Italians protest health budget cuts: Italy's medical workers are out on strike in protest to fiscal cuts in the heath sector, leaving patients stranded and forcing postponement of surgeries.
The 18 States Facing The Most Brutal Austerity Cuts: Even the sober Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says 46 states are facing a Greek-like crisis. These state governments must inaugurate an austerity regime to cut spending by $112 billion for FY2011.
More Than 40 Pct. Leave Obama Mortgage-Aid Program: More than 40 percent of homeowners seeking help from the Obama administration's flagship effort to rescue those at risk of foreclosure have dropped out of the program.

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