Wednesday, 28 July 2010

News For July 28, 2010

Who Voted for War With Iran, Mr. Obama?

By Philip Giraldi

House of Representatives resolution 1553, introduced by Congressional Republicans, and currently working its way through the system will endorse an Israeli attack on Iran, which would be going to war by proxy as the US would almost immediately be drawn into the conflict when Tehran retaliates. Continue

Leaked Files Indicate U.S. Pays Afghan Media to run Friendly Stories

By John Cook

Buried among the 92,000 classified documents released Sunday by WikiLeaks is some intriguing evidence that the U.S. military in Afghanistan has adopted a PR strategy that got it into trouble in Iraq: paying local media outlets to run friendly stories. Continue

Government Has Run Amok Since 9/11

By Sheldon Richman

Those who understand the exploitative nature of big government suspected that the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks had little to do with the security of the American people and much to do with power and money. Continue

Time for the Palestinians to Call Israel’s Bluff?

By Alan Hart

“Politically, Israelis now operate strictly on fear and aggression; look at them cross-eyed and they think Hitler’s back and they’re ready to drop the big one. Politically they’re nuts. A danger to others and themselves.” Continue

The Palestinian Authority is Imprisoning Gazans

By Amira Hass

The same government that includes a call to end the blockade on Gaza, in practice aids in imprisoning the Gazans by preventing them from holding valid Palestinian passports. Continue

Wall Street Gets Trillions While Workers Get Bupkis

By Mike Whitney

The bottom line? When Wall Street is hurting, money's never a problem.  But when the states are on the brink of default and 14 million workers are scrimping to feed their families, there's not a dime to spare. Explain that to your kids.

Iconic Teddy Roosevelt, White Supremacist

By Crawford Kilian

History suggests Roosevelt created the template for American imperialism. Continue

25 killed as Afghan bus hits bomb: A roadside bomb ripped through a crowded Afghan bus on Wednesday, killing up to 25 civilians in a southwestern province on the Iranian border in one of the deadliest such attacks in months.
Two Italian occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: Two Italian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Wednesday moments after successfully dismantling another such makeshift device, the defense ministry said.
Taliban capture a NATO plane in northern Afghan province: An official with NATO-led forces in Kunduz province also confirmed the incident. "A reconnaissance UAD plane made emergency landing in Yangariq area of Qalai Zal district this morning," Lieutenant Colonel Weber told Xinhua.
U.S. Congress Passes $59 Bn Afghan War Funding Bill: The new funding is on top of the $130 billion Congress already approved for Afghanistan and Iraq this year.
Democrats abandon Obama on Afghanistan war: The House's vote yesterday on emergency funding for the Afghanistan war shows a significant eroding of support for President Obama's war policy -- from members of his own Democratic Party.
Kucinich, Paul Force Pakistan Debate: The two congressmen offered a resolution ordering President Barack Obama to withdraw U.S. military personnel from Pakistan, saying their presence violates the War Powers Act since it was not approved by Congress.
Cameron sparks diplomatic row with Pakistan after 'export of terror' remarks: David Cameron today sparked a furious diplomatic row with Islamabad after accusing elements of the Pakistani state of promoting the export of terrorism.
22 killed in Iraq violence : Two attacks Wednesday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul left at least six people dead, including a young girl, and wounded several others. Earlier, police said rockets launched by militants killed 16 people in the Shia holy city of Karbala, and injured another 22 people
WikiLeaks Iraq Cache More Than Three Times As Big: The cache of classified U.S. military reports on the Iraq War as yet unreleased by WikiLeaks may be more than three times as large as the set of roughly 76,000 similar reports on the war in Afghanistan made public by the whistle-blower Web site earlier this week, Declassified has learned.
17 Civilians killed in Somalia clashes: "The ambulance servicemen collected 10 civilian bodies and 46 others who were injured in the clashes yesterday afternoon," Ali Musa, the head of Mogadishu's ambulance services, said.
France Kills 6 People in North Africa: The attack was the country's first strike against an "al-Qaeda" base, and six "fighters" were reportedly killed.
Iran offers terms to halt 20 percent uranium enrichment: Turkish FM says Iran has given an assurance that it would stop enriching uranium to 20 percent purity if world powers agreed to a proposed nuclear fuel swap.
House Republicans Giving Green Light for Israeli Strike on Iran: Nearly one third of the Republican congressmen in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a resolution that would support Israel's right to use “all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by Iran”, including military force.
'US Gave 1 Billion To Fund Sedition Leaders To Topple Iran'?: "I have acquired documents showing that the Americans paid one billion dollars to leaders of sedition through Saudi individuals who are currently the US agents in regional countries,” ILNA quoted Head of the Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati as saying on Tuesday.
Iran cmdr. guarantees US shame in ME: "Americans can be certain that in the event of a ground, naval or aerial attack against our country, they will be faced with a crushing and decisive response which will be much more fatal and crushing than their initial act [of aggression]," Mehr News Agency quoted the commander as saying.
Explosion rocks Japan oil tanker in PG: Japan's transport ministry has said the incident may have been an attack, noting that one crewmember had seen a flash in the horizon before the explosion.
Israel linked to exiled sheikh's bid for 'coup' in Gulf emirate of RAK: Israel is aiding an exiled Arab sheikh who is vying to seize control of a strategically important Gulf emirate only 40 miles from Iran.
ADL chief: Oliver Stone's apology about remarks on Jews, Holocaust 'insufficient': "While [Stone] now admits that Jews do not control Hollywood, the media and other industries, he ignores his assertion that Jews are “...the most powerful lobby in Washington” and that “Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy.” This is another conspiratorial anti-Semitic canard that Mr. Stone needs to repudiate," Foxman said.
Gilad Atzmon: Oliver Stone apologized for Telling the Truth: Stone’s apology confirms Stone’s argument. We are subject to constant assault by Jewish and Israeli gatekeepers who insist on controlling the political and historical discourse and defy any possible criticism of Jewish national affairs.
Haim Saban to CBS: Cancel Oliver Stone's Showtime Series: The billionaire and outspoken media mogul told TheWrap he had contacted CBS chief Leslie Moonves to urge him to pull the series.
Desmond Tutu backs U.S. food co-op boycott of Israeli products: South African Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu issues statement of support for boycott announced by food co-op in Rachel Corrie's hometown of Olympia, Washington.
Israel's sex slavery trade booming: 3,000 and 5,000 women are smuggled to Israel annually and sold into the prostitution industry, where they are constantly subjected to violence and abuse.
UK: Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu stopped and searched by police EIGHT times: The Archbishop of York yesterday revealed he has been stopped and searched by police eight times, as he warned new anti-terrorist powers are a threat to civil liberties.
Court dilutes Arizona migrant law: The law will still take effect as scheduled on Thursday, but parts of the legislation have been suspended, including a provision that requires police officers to determine the immigration status of people they detain.
Anti-Illegal Immigration Group Calls for 'Safe Passage' of Illegals Out of U.S.: Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is urging U.S. citizens to pressure the White House and the Homeland Security Department to establish "safe departure" border checkpoints along the U.S. border for illegal immigrants so they can leave without fear of being detained or prosecuted for immigration crimes.
Senate postpones Lockerbie hearing: The UK government has rejected criticism from the United States of British witnesses who refused to attend a planned Senate hearing into the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
New oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: The spill in Barataria Bay, which is surrounded by wildlife-rich wetlands, is at least the third leak since in the area since the BP oil catastrophe began on April 10.
U.S. Rescue May Reach $23.7 Trillion, Barofsky Says: - U.S. taxpayers may be on the hook for as much as $23.7 trillion to bolster the economy and bail out financial companies, said Neil Barofsky, special inspector general for the Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program.
Goldman reveals where bailout cash went: Goldman Sachs sent $4.3 billion in federal tax money to 32 entities, including many overseas banks, hedge funds and pensions, according to information made public Friday night.

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