Thursday, 5 August 2010

News For August 05, 2010

The US Isn't Leaving Iraq, It's Rebranding the Occupation

By Seumas Milne

Obama says withdrawal is on schedule, but renaming or outsourcing combat troops won't give Iraqis back their country. Continue

Tony Blair Must Be Prosecuted

By John Pilger

Blair conspired in and executed an unprovoked war of aggression against a defenseless country, which the Nuremberg judges in 1946 described as the "paramount war crime." This has caused, according to scholarly studies, the deaths of more than a million people, a figure that exceeds the Fordham University estimate of deaths in the Rwandan genocide. Continue

US-led Raid Killed 39 Civilians

By Press TV

President Hamid Karzai's office said late on Wednesday the inquiry shows 39 civilians -- all women and children -- were killed in the attack. Continue

Whose Hands? Whose Blood?
Killing Civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq

By Tom Engelhardt

The men who led us down this path, the presidents who presided over our wars, the military figures and secretaries of defense, the intelligence chiefs and ambassadors who helped make them happen, will have libraries to inaugurate, books to write, awards to accept, speeches to give, honors to receive. Continue

The Lunatic’s Manual

By Bob Herbert

The way to fight a war is to mobilize the country — not just the combat troops — behind an integrated wartime effort. To do that, leaders have to persuade the public that the war is worth fighting, and worth paying for. Continue

The Next War

By Robert Koehler

"I'm going to be killing people. I'm actually joining the Marines and will be doing this in real life." Continue

So Please Tell Me Again: What's The War About?

By William Blum

When facts are inconvenient, when international law, human rights and history get in the way, when war crimes can't easily be justified or explained away, when logic doesn't help much, the current crop of American political leaders turns to what is now the old reliable: 9/11. Continue

NATO And The US: Protectors of Global Corporate Capitalism
"The American Media Empire of Managed News"

By Guns and Butter - with Dr. Peter Phillips.

NATO and the US with all these bases are the protectors of global corporate capitalism, they are the protectors of the world bank, that's the agenda. Those are the oppressors. Continue

The Century of the Self

Must Watch Documentary By Adam Curtis

How politicians and business learned to create and manipulate mass-consumer society. Continue

In Case Missed It
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons

Must Watch Video Documentary

Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq? Continue

Fannie and Freddie's Foreclosure Barons

By Andy Kroll

How the federal housing agencies and bailed-out banks are helping shady lawyers make millions by pushing families out of their homes. Continue

Food Stamp Use Hit Record 40.8m in May

By Bloomberg News

The number of Americans who are receiving food stamps rose to a record 40.8 million in May as the jobless rate hovered near a 27-year high, the government reported yesterday. Continue

Do the Rich Need the Rest of America?

By Robert Frank

Do you think the rest of America matters anymore to the rich? Continue

Joe Bageant,: "I Don't Like Liberals...


An interview with Joe Bageant, author of "Deer Hunting with Jesus" Continue

Hanging A Hammock Between Death And The Abyss
A Götterdämmerung Of Kitsch

By Phil Rockstroh

Does one get the feeling that the more powerless we feel, collectively, about the rising levels of economic exploitation exacted upon us and the accelerating rate of ecocide committed on the planet by corporate oligarchs, the more celebrity "news" and other tropes of empty distraction and denial will froth forth from the idiot imaginings of the pop culture douche-scape? Continue

Child Confronts Israeli Forces Over Father's Detention


Four-year-old child begging Israeli forces to release his father from detention. "I want daddy. Give me my dad," cried Khalid Fadel Al-Ja’bari. Continue

Nine civilians killed in roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan: The civilians were on their way from Khan Nishin district to the provincial capital when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, Daoud Ahmadi said.
Afghanistan: 'At least 6' police killed by suicide bomber: At least six Afghan policemen were killed and 13 people injured Thursday when a suicide bomber attacked a joint convoy of Afghan and Nato forces in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz.
Nato admits killing Afghan civilian: The undetermined number of deaths occurred on Thursday in the Shirzad district of Nangarhar province. Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) promised in a statement that the families of the victims would be compensated.
Pakistan: 12 more killed, dozens shops torched in Karachi: At least twelve more persons were killed during incidents of violence and firing while four markets were set on fire in Karachi, said police.
Four killed in Iraq violence: Violent incidents in northern Iraq have reportedly taken the lives of four people, including one militant and three government-allied militiamen.
Belarus has not sold S-300 air defense systems to Iran”: The Belarusian State Military-Industrial Committee denied the information on the delivery of S-300s to Tehran. “Belarus has held no negotiations with Iran, nor has it supplied any S-300s or components for them to that country,” the committee’s spokesman Vladimir Lavrenyuk told Interfax.
Iran pays 25 pct more for gasoline: Sanctions on Iran's fuel imports are forcing the Islamic Republic to pay well above the market rate for its gasoline, figures from the Turkish government seen by Reuters showed on Thursday.
Congress may pull Lebanon military aid: Some members of Congress are threatening to reassess US aid to the Lebanese military following its border clash with Israel on Tuesday. Klein was speaking by phone from Israel, where he happened to be visiting when the incident, which also left two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist dead, took place.
Only we're allowed: After Tuesday's border clash, Israel will continue to ignore UNIFIL and the Lebanese army. Those bastards, the Lebanese, changed the rules. Scandalous. Word is, they have a brigade commander who's determined to protect his country's sovereignty. Scandalous.
Sending a Canadian boat to Gaza is moral thing to do: Does Israel occupy Gaza or doesn't it? The answer cannot be sometimes one and sometimes the other. If Israel occupies Gaza, then it is responsible for the needs of the 1.5 million Palestinians who live there. If it no longer occupies it, then it has no right to block access to it by sea or air, or to restrict the movement of people in and out.
Swedish activists get ready to set sail for Gaza: Solidarity activists at a meeting in Stockholm announced on Wednesday that a major flotilla will attempt to break Israel's illegal blockade of Gaza before the end of the year.
Alleged Israeli Spy, Extradited: An alleged Israeli spy will be extradited from Poland to Germany within 10 days to face charges linked to his suspected involvement in the slaying of a senior Hamas operative in Dubai earlier this year, a Polish appeals court ordered Thursday.
US charges 14 over links to Somalia's al-Shabab: US officials have charged 14 people with providing money, personnel and services to the Somali militant group al-Shabab. The charges stem from four separate indictments in the US states of Minnesota, Alabama and California.
Lawsuit over Awlaki can proceed: The US government has granted two civil rights groups the right to represent the father of a US-born religious scholar who has reportedly been targeted as a result of his alleged al-Qaeda ties.
Pentagon bars staff from visiting WikiLeaks site: Asked if the Pentagon is making the site off-limits, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told The Times that all four services "have put out such messages."
Pentagon demands WikiLeaks hand over documents ": The Pentagon demanded on Thursday that whistle-blower web site WikiLeaks immediately hand over about 15,000 secret documents it had not yet released over the war in Afghanistan and erase material it had already put online.
Mexican president Felipe Calderon calls for debate on legalisation of drugs: Mexican president, Felipe Calderón has said that he supports a debate on the legalisation of drugs after new figures showed that 28,000 people had been killed in cartel wars.
A flawed system? U.S. boasts highest prison incarceration numbers in world. : With it's harsh drug laws, minimum sentencing guidelines and repeated imprisonment of non-violent offenders, the country has literally thrown the shackles on millions of individuals. In fact, the great superpower has more than 2 million of it's citizens imprisoned at this very moment.
America’s Solitary Confinement Nightmare: Of course we torture, Ridgeway says. Right here in America. In our own prisons. An estimated 80,000 Americans are in solitary confinement.
In Case Missed It: Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons: Video Documentary: Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?
Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images: The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that "scanned images cannot be stored or recorded." Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all.
Lawsuit challenges airport full-body scanners: A privacy advocacy group is suing the Department of Homeland Security to suspend the use of the controversial full-body scanners employed at airports across the country, including at every major checkpoint at Logan International Airport.
Russia bans exports of grain: Russia has banned grain exports for the rest of the year after a severe drought engulfing the country destroyed 20 per cent of its wheat crop.
Argentina Has Colder Winter Than Antartica, Spurring Record Power Imports: Argentina is importing record amounts of energy as the coldest winter in 40 years drives up demand and causes natural-gas shortages, prompting Dow Chemical Co. and steelmaker Siderar SAIC to scale back production.
Scientists Cast Doubt on Claims BP Spill's No Threat to Gulf: Many scientists say they're skeptical of a widely publicized government report Wednesday that concludes much of the oil that gushed from BP's leaking well is gone and poses little threat to the Gulf of Mexico.
"The Crime of the Century: What BP and US Government Don’t Want You to Know"
Bernanke eating crow amid gloomy reports: A day after Ben Bernanke said rising wages would likely spur household spending, a spate of weak economic reports is painting an entirely different picture.
Senate Cuts Food Stamp Funds; Leaves Oil and Gas Subsidies Intact: About half of food stamp users are children and the elderly; about one-quarter are working-age women and 14 percent are working-age men. Most have jobs, but about 90 percent fall below the poverty line.
Iowa Couple Sentenced to Prison for Burning Foreclosed Home: The Associated Press recently reported that a LeClaire couple will spend up to 10 years in prison for burning down the house they lost in foreclosure.

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