Thursday, 22 July 2010

News For July 22, 2010

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"What Was My Father's Crime?"


Afghan Man Tells Story of His 92-year-old Father's Killing by U.S. Special Forces. Continue

Obama's Afghan War in Perspective

By Gary Leupp

Practically everyone now understands that the war in Afghanistan is going very badly. This is not because the Taliban and other “insurgent” forces are strong and their foreign foes weak. It is because of the Afghans’ indomitable spirit of independence that is only intensified by each civilian death due to house raids or bombs. Continue

The peace movement needs to stand with Bradley Manning and Wikileaks in their efforts to let Americans see the truth about what the military is doing in our name. Continue

Rebuild America, or Bomb Afghanistan? Bring Our War $$ Home!

By Lisa Savage

The current war in Afghanistan costs in excess of $48,000 a minute. Meanwhile, a National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is talking about cuts to Social Security, Medicare and the home mortgage deduction to address the nation's growing budget deficit. Continue

Why Jordan is Occupied by Palestinians

By Robert Fisk

Some very serious men are complaining that Jordan is in danger of becoming Palestine. They moan that 86,000 Palestinians have received Jordanian passports unconstitutionally since 2005, that too many Palestinians are now in the Jordanian government, that corruption and a rigid adherence to American-Israeli policies are laying the groundwork for Israel to expel the West Bank Palestinians across the Jordan River. Continue

Antony Loewenstein & Ali Abunimah: The Real Peace Process


Peace process, proximity talks, one state, two state...though these terms are often tossed around the mass media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they have been rendered virtually meaningless. Continue

Whatever Happens, Israel Can Always Count On U.S. Evangelicals

By Natasha Mozgovaya

Thousands of Christians from across the United States descended on Capitol Hill on Thursday in order to lobby Washington lawmakers on behalf of Israel. Continue

Protofascism Comes to America:
The Rise of the Tea Party

By Ted Rall

Tea Partiers haven't called for extralegal solutions to the problems they cite--but neither did the National Socialists prior to 1933. Then again, they're not in power yet. Wait. Continue

Why Socialism?

Must Read - By Albert Einstein

I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. Continue

The New Order Of Oz

By John Pilger

John Pilger describes the rise of Julia Gillard, Australia's first female prime minister who, in following her "role model" former prime minister Bob "Silver Bodgie" Hawke, has capitulated to the mining companies and reaffirmed Australia's race-based refugee policies and tradition of fighting in other people's wars. Continue

In Case You Missed It
Lockerbie: Megrahi Was Framed

By John Pilger

The hysteria over the release of the so-called Lockerbie bomber reveals much about the political and media class on both sides of the Atlantic, especially Britain. From Gordon Brown’s "repulsion" to Barack Obama’s "outrage," the theater of lies and hypocrisy is dutifully attended by those who call themselves journalists. Continue

39 Taliban militants killed in Pak tribal region: A clash between troops and Taliban in Sarki Khel area of Orakzai left 24 militants dead and 11 injured, officials said. Fifteen more militants were killed and six others injured when helicopter gunships targeted militant positions in Khadezai and Gundaki areas of the tribal region.
U.S. Forces Step Up Pakistan Presence: U.S. Special Operations Forces have begun venturing out with Pakistani forces on aid projects, deepening the American role in the effort to defeat Islamist militants in Pakistani territory that has been off limits to U.S. ground troops.
2 Americans Killed in Afghanistan Copter "Crash" : Taliban Claims It Shot Down the Craft, but NATO Says It Is Still Investigating
Two British soldiers killed helping colleague in Afghanistan: The death of the soldiers, shot yesterday in Helmand province, brings to 324 the British toll in the Afghan campaign since 2001
Danish soldier killed in Afghanistan: A Danish soldier was killed and another injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, the Danish military command said Wednesday.
Congress' confidence in Obama's war strategy slides: Concerns about the lack of progress in Afghanistan are rising as U.S. lawmakers consider an emergency funding bill.
Cameron: British forces will pull out of Afghanistan by 2015: 'I don't want to raise expectations about that because that transition should be based on how well the security situation is progressing,' he said.
U.S. sanctions three Afghan financiers for Taliban: Added to the Treasury's terrorism blacklist were Gul Agha Ishakzai, identified as a childhood friend and financial adviser to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar; Amir Abdullah, a senior Taliban treasurer; and Nasiruddin Haqqani, a leader of the Haqqani Network, an insurgent group allied with the Taliban and believed to have close links to al Qaeda.
USA admits ISI-Taliban link, allays India's Afghan worries: Days after India-Pakistan talks broke down on the issue of terror, the USA today pointed out links between the Taliban and Pakistani spy agency ISI and assured India that its role in Afghanistan was "not being diminished" to the advantage of Islamabad.
At least 69 dead in north Yemen clashes: Fighting overnight between Shiite rebels and army-backed tribes in Yemen's restive north killed 20 people on both sides, a tribal official said on Thursday, raising the death toll in five days of fighting to over 69.
Five policemen killed in Yemen: Gunmen attacked a police vehicle in eastern Yemen Thursday, killing five policemen and injuring a sixth officer before taking their car, officials said.
Yemen country profile: Since the summer of 2009, hundreds have been killed and more than a quarter of a million people displaced by clashes between government troops and northern Houthi rebels belonging to the minority Shia Zaidi sect.
Dozens killed in clashes between Somali government forces and Islamist militants: - Intense clashes between U.S.-backed Somali government forces and Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda killed at least 53 civilians and wounded scores over the past week, a Somali human rights group said Tuesday.
AU troops harming Somali civilians: African Union peacekeepers are indiscriminately shelling residential areas of Somalia's capital, according to internal AU reports reviewed by The Associated Press.
4 killed in drive-by shootings in Iraq: A Mosul police official said a policeman and two civilians were killed Thursday when gunmen in a speeding car opened fire on a police checkpoint in the city.
Three "contractors" killed in Green Zone rocket attack: Three "security contractors" working for the US government were killed in a rocket attack on Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone on Thursday, the American embassy said.
State Dept. planning to field a small army in Iraq: Can diplomats field their own army? The State Department is laying plans to do precisely that in Iraq , in an unprecedented experiment that U.S. officials and some nervous lawmakers say could be risky.
Iraqi city has higher cancer rates than Hiroshima : The survey found that in the five years following the 2004 attacks by USA-led forces there has been a four-fold increase in all cancer. The types of cancer are similar to that in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors who were exposed to nuclear fallout.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Iran supports three insurgent groups in Iraq: US general: Iran is supporting three Shiite extremist groups in Iraq that have been attempting to attack US bases, General Ray Odierno, the top US commander in Iraq, said Wednesday.
Iran Avoids Taking Dollars, Euros for Oil Payments, Vice President Says: “We have different contracts with different countries, but what is important is to move away from euro and dollar,” Rahimi said when asked about reports that Iran wants to sell some of its oil for dirhams.
Saudi Arabia to pursue nuclear energy: "We have no concern with these countries (Saudi, the UAE) developing conventional nuclear power," Luis Echavarri, director general of the Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency, told Reuter
Israeli soldiers kill unarmed Palestinian in occupied West Bank: - Israeli soldiers Thursday morning shot dead a Palestinian who they thought was trying to infiltrate a Jewish settlement on the northern West Bank, the military said.
'Israel needs war to exist': It is only constant confrontations and standoffs which keep the Israeli society from falling apart, said Ilan Pappe, who used to work as a senior lecturer at the University of Haifa in northern Israel.
N. Korea warns U.S., South that exercises threaten region: North Korea warned the United States and South Korea on Thursday to call off military exercises scheduled for this weekend and to back off any new sanctions against the communist country or risk placing the entire region in danger.
Venezuela cuts ties with Colombia: Venezuela has broken off diplomatic relations with Colombia after Bogota charged that its guerrilla leaders were in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has said.
Colombia recalls envoy from Caracas: Colombia has recalled its envoy to Caracas in a fresh escalation of a diplomatic row over claims that anti-Colombia leftist rebels operate in Venezuela.
Costa Ricans protest military pact with U.S: The political opposition in the Central American country of Costa Rica is raising questions about an announced agreement that would allow 7,000 U.S. troops to operate on Costa Rican soil, coordinated with 46 U.S. ships in territorial waters.
US-ROK Military Exercises: With the Chinese government jumping in to protect North Korea from international fallout over the sinking of the Cheonan, it should come as no real surprise that the two allies have united in their disdain for planned US-South Korean military exercises.
China Oil Spill PHOTOS: Official Warns Of 'Severe Threat': China's largest reported oil spill had more than doubled by Wednesday, closing beaches on the Yellow Sea and prompting an environmental official to warn the sticky black crude posed a "severe threat" to sea life and water quality.
Speculating on food can starve the world's poorest: Sudden price spikes and falls in food prices cannot be explained away – the banks are making a killing from betting on food.
World stocks, dollar fall on Bernanke economy view: World stock markets slid Thursday and the dollar fell, undermined by worries about the global recovery after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned the U.S. economy faces uncertain prospects.
Jobless Claims in U.S. Increase: The figures underscore projections that a lack of jobs will restrain consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy, and lead to slower growth in the second half of the year.

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