Thursday, 29 July 2010

News For July 29, 2010

'It's Taken a Year to Move 20km'


As the war in Afghanistan enters its final chapter, Sean Smith's brutal, uncompromising film from the Helmand frontline shows the horrific chaos of a stalemate that is taking its toll in blood

Video depicts the reality and horror of War and should only be watched by a mature audience. Click to view

A Plea for Common Sense
Why NATO Should Withdraw from Afghanistan

By Christoph Schwennicke

It is difficult for politicians to admit they were wrong. But when it comes to Afghanistan, the consequences of not doing so could be high. It is time for the West to cut its losses and withdraw. Continue

"The Real Terrorist Was Me"
Speech By War Vetran

Video & Transcript

Our real enemies are not those living in a distant land whose names or policies we don't understand; The real enemy is a system that wages war when it's profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it's profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it's profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it's profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us. Continue

American Soldiers Brainwashed with "Positive Thinking"

By Bruce E. Levine

“As far as I can tell this is the largest, deliberate, psychological intervention in human history. . . . We don’t know when the global war on terrorism is going to end so we’re preparing to have to be engaged for a long period of time.” Continue

The End of (Military) History?
The US, Israel, and the Failure of the Western Way of War

By Andrew Bacevich

"In watching the flow of events over the past decade or so, it is hard to avoid the feeling that something very fundamental has happened in world history." Continue

Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring

By Noah Shachtman

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future. Continue

Orwell Rolls in His Grave


"Could a media system, controlled by a few global corporations with the ability to overwhelm all competing voices, be able to turn lies into truth?..." Continue

Who Is Behind the 25,000 Deaths In Mexico?

By Charles Bowden and Molly Molloy

Calderón's war, assisted by the United States, terrorizes the Mexican people, generates thousands of documented human rights abuses by the police and Mexican Army and inspires lies told by American politicians that violence is spilling across the border (in fact, it has been declining on the US side of the border for years). Continue

Militants kill 23 security forces across Iraq: The worst attack came in Baghdad's Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah when 16 Iraqi security troops died in what appeared to have been coordinated killings by militants in a bold, daylight attack in the neighborhood that was once an insurgent stronghold, Iraqi police and army officials said.
Lack of Iraq government 'embarrassing': FM: The lack of a government nearly five months on from parliamentary elections is "embarrassing" and is impeding any long-term decision-making, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told AFP on Thursday.
Rewriting history: Biden: US troops halted 'chaos' and 'destruction' in Iraq: US Vice President Joe Biden declared Wednesday that anti-US forces who wanted to consign Iraq to "chaos and destruction" had failed, as he welcomed home a much decorated military unit.
Pakistan: 13 killed in clash: Three security personnel were killed and 10 others suffered injuries when militants attacked a convoy in the Pash Ziarat area of South Waziristan here on Tuesday evening, intelligence sources said on Wednesday.
Fact or fiction? Nuke-smuggling network in demand: Two U.S. intelligence officials and other U.S. officials with access to intelligence reports said information compiled over the past seven months showed that agents from several foreign governments — including Brazil, Burma, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Sudan and Syria — pursued members of the network named after Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist considered to be the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program.
10 killed in Afghan clash: A clash between Taliban militants and guards of a private security company left 10 people dead in Ghazni province. 'The clash occurred in Andar district and as a result seven guards of the company Watan Risk and three Taliban rebels were killed,' provincial police chief Khayalbaz Shirzai told Xinhua.
Fierce fighting in Afghan valley: Video - US and Afghan soldiers have launched a series of raids against the Taliban in the Arghandab Valley in southeastern Afghanistan. With the American soldiers being ill-prepared for the kind of war the Taliban is fighting, attempts to defeat the enemy have not yet been successful.
Former Afghan Taliban group commander assassinated at home by militants: Taliban commander Mullah Abdullah who joined government two months ago was killed at his home in northern Kunduz province, provincial governor Mohammad Omar said Thursday.
Second captured US sailor's body found: "The coalition told our criminal police director of the district that the body belonged to the foreign soldier they were looking for," Mohammad Rahim Amin, a local government chief in the Baraki Barak district in western Logar, said. Newlove and another sailor, Justin McNeley, went missing last week in Logar province. McNeley's body was recovered on Sunday.
'US-led forces hit Afghan civilian bus' killing 25: : The Taliban claim that US-led forces in Afghanistan created the explosion against a civilian bus to blame the group for the killing of innocent people of the country.
Taliban congratulates Dutch on Afghan withdrawal: The Taliban’s spokesman for southern and western Afghanistan, Yusuf Ahmadii, has been interviewed by the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant. He told the paper that the rebels wanted to “offer the people and government of the Netherlands heartfelt congratulations on their courage in making this independent decision”. He hopes other countries will follow suit.
Why NATO Should Withdraw from Afghanistan: It is difficult for politicians to admit they were wrong. But when it comes to Afghanistan, the consequences of not doing so could be high. It is time for the West to cut its losses and withdraw.
Leaks reveal 'friendly fire' deaths: Wikileaks documents suggest that four Canadian soldiers who died in 2006 were actually killed when a US jet dropped a bomb on a building they were occupying.
Graham: Prosecute WikiLeaks: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday called for the criminal prosecution of Wikileaks, the website that published classified military documents this week. “I’m willing to prosecute anybody who led to undermining the war effort,” Graham said during an appearance on Fox News.
FBI chief says agents assisting Pentagon on WikiLeaks investigation: FBI Director Robert Mueller says the bureau is assisting the Defense Department in its criminal investigation into the release of some 91,000 secret U.S. military documents on Afghanistan.
Iran ready to 'rethink' 20% enrichment: Iran's nuclear point man says Tehran is ready to rethink its uranium enrichment to 20 percent if it is guaranteed that it will be supplied with fuel for its Tehran research reactor.
Turkey: Tehran declaration still valid: Under the May 17 deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey, Iran agreed to send 1,200 kg of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for fuel for the medical research reactor in Tehran. The US and its European allies snubbed the declaration and used their influence on the UN Security Council to impose a fourth round of sanctions against Iran.
Robert Dreyfuss : United States, Iran to Restart Talks: Talks on Iran's nuclear program will resume in September, and despite the war bluster from neocons and the far right, the Obama administration seems prepared to try once again.
Oil tanker 'attacked' off Oman: A suspected explosion that damaged a Japanese oil tanker in the Straits of Hormuz, between Iran and Oman, could have been caused by an "attack", the ship's owners have said.
Yemen rebels free 200 soldiers: Yemeni Shia rebels freed yesterday 200 soldiers they had captured two days earlier and promised to release other prisoners, both civilian and military, a mediator said.
Russian forces foil plane hijack: Russian special forces have foiled the attempted hijacking of an aircraft on a domestic flight from the Caucasus region to Moscow's Domodedovo airport.
Exclusive: Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring: The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future.
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity: The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.
FBI's Robert Mueller supports record-keeping on prepaid cell phones: FBI Director Robert Mueller has endorsed anti-terrorism legislation that would require prepaid cell-phone sellers to keep records of buyers' identities.
FBI defends guidelines for domestic surveillance: Under fire from civil liberties groups, the FBI is defending domestic surveillance guidelines that critics fear could unfairly target innocent Muslims in terrorism and other criminal investigations.
Greek drivers ordered to end strike: The Greek government has ordered fuel-truck drivers who have been on strike for three days to go back to work, with fuel shortages affecting the country. Police used tear gas on Thursday to disperse protesting drivers who had gathered outside the transport ministry after the requisition was issued.
FDIC flashes SOS – 1,000 bank failures before recession is over : By the end of the recession, there will be approximately 1,000 bank failures. Does this sound extreme? It should but the numbers don’t cover the entire story. Since 2008 the number of bank failures has reached 269 and this doesn’t include consolidations done through the FDIC where bigger banks ate up smaller banks before they officially failed.

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