Sunday, 15 August 2010

News For August 16, 2010

What Should A Poor Warmongering Neoconservative Do?

By Juan Cole

This political grouping includes WASPS such as former CIA director James Woolsey and former UN ambassor John Bolton, but at its core is politically active and extremely wealthy Jewish former Democrats who broke with their party in the 1980s to become war hawks in Republican administrations, and most of whom are rooted in Rightwing Zionism as exemplified in the thought of prominent fascist theorist Vladimir Jabotinsky. Continue

US Death Squads Roam The Globe
Secret Assault on "Terrorism" Widens on Two Continents


As American counterterrorism operations spread beyond war zones into territory hostile to the military, private contractors have taken on a prominent role, raising concerns that the United States has outsourced some of its most important missions to a sometimes unaccountable private army. Continue

They Can't Cage A Song
Punishing the WikiLeaker Misses the Point

By Eric Margolis

A true journalist’s job is to expose government wrongdoing and propaganda, skewer hypocrites, and speak for those with no voice. And wage war against mankind’s two worst scourges: Nationalism and religious bigotry. Not to lick the boots of government. Continue

By Noam Chomsky

The CIA memorandum should remind us that states have an internal enemy: their own population, which must be controlled when state policy is opposed by the public.

Crisis. What Crisis? Profits Soar!

By James Petras

While progressives and leftists write about the “crises of capitalism”, manufacturers, petroleum companies, bankers and most other major corporations on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific coast are chuckling all the way to the bank. Continue

Jobless Millions Signal Death of the American Dream for Many

By Paul Harris

Whether it's the poor of Camden or Colorado Springs or Atlanta, or among the growing throngs of the 99ers, millions of Americans are discovering that working hard, doing the right thing and obeying the rules are no longer enough. Continue

Extrajudicial Killing --- US attack kills 18 people in Pakistan: Two separate US attacks in one day in North and South Waziristan have killed 18 people, Geo News reported on Sunday.
100 US attacks in Pak in 18 months under Obama compared to 45 in entire Bush term: Over 700 people have been killed in such attacks under Obama, compared to 200 under, George W. Bush.
16 people killed in Pakistan violence: At least 16 people, including five security personnel, have been killed in two separate attacks in Pakistan's troubled south-western province of Balochistan.
3 killed in attack on Afghan police: Insurgents led by an Uzbek militant group attacked an Afghan police station killing one policeman, with two militants later killed in a NATO air strike, officials said Sunday.
NATO Acknowledges Killing Civilians: NATO acknowledged on Sunday that five Afghan civilians appeared to have been killed by one of its air strikes. The strike was carried out on Thursday
60% of foreign military deaths in Afghanistan are Americans: 2002 troops have been killed since 2001, 1,226 of them Americans. British losses total 331, with the remaining 445 shared among the other 44 Nato partners in the International Security Assistance Force.
Petraeus stresses that July 2011 drawdown is 'conditions-based': Gen. David Petraeus on Sunday stressed that the July 2011 Afghanistan withdrawal date is a target to spur progress and not necessarily a pullout event.
Media Failing to Ask Tough Questions on Afghanistan War…Again: General Petraeus is on a media tour to sell the idea that the U.S. military is “making progress” in Afghanistan, a well-worn message aimed at convincing elites to extend this brutal, futile war. So far, it looks like the mainstream media is buying it, hook, line, and sinker.
Petraeus denounces 'reprehensible' Wikileaks: The top US military commander in Afghanistan on Sunday blasted as "reprehensible" the release of Afghan war documents, saying that US partners named in them have been put at risk.
WikiLeaks to shift base to friendly Sweden: Julian Assange said he would apply for a Swedish publishing license this week in order to maximize legal protections for the sources who provide WikiLeaks with documents that some governments don't want released to the public.
Bradley Manning's guilt — and ours: The accused leaker to WikiLeaks appears to have acted out of idealism. Now that we've seen the results of our wars, can we say the same?
11 people killed, 29 wounded in Iraq's violence: Up to 11 Iraqis were killed and 29 others were wounded in gunfire and a series of bomb attacks across the country on late Saturday and Sunday, the police said.
Killing the unborn: Iraqi child cancer 'linked to US weapons': Video Report: Stories are now emerging of increased deformities in the country's newborn babies as well as a dramatic rise in the number of children with cancer
Iraq: Al-Dawa Party 'Unanimously' Vote to Drop Al-Maliki: Al-Hakim's alliance stopped its negotiations with Al-Maliki's coalition over a week ago and demanded changing Al-Maliki and submitting a candidate who is acceptable by the components of the National Alliance, particularly the Al-Sadr Trend and the other blocs as a condition for resuming the talks.
Dr David Kelly was on a hitlist, says UN weapons expert: A leading UN weapons inspector last night added his voice to the growing clamour for a full inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly.
Neocon: John Bolton: Russia's Loading of Nuke Fuel Into Iran Plant Means Aug. 21 Deadline for Israeli Attack: "If they're going to do it that's the window that they have," Bolton declared. "Otherwise as I said before, once the rods are in the reactor, if you attack the reactor you're going to open it up and radiation will escape at least into the atmosphere and possibly into the waters of the Persian Gulf.
Nuclear inspection of Israel sought: In a letter sent ahead of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting scheduled for September, the Arab League also sought support for a resolution that calls on Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
U.S.-Saudi Arms Plan Grows to Record Size: Addition of Apaches, Black Hawks Swells Deal to $60 Billion
Al-Qaeda tirade against Turkey: "The Turkish government shows sympathy with the Palestinians through statements or sending some relief aid, but actually recognises Israel, engages in trade, carries out military training and shares information with it," the Egyptian-born al-Zawahiri said.
20 Million Made Homeless in Pakistan by Floods; Cholera Outbreak Feared: Impact of Pakistan floods as bad as 1947 partition, says prime minister
Hunger kills five children in flood-stricken Pakistan: Five children have died of malnutrition in the north-western region of Pakistan hit hard by the floods currently plaguing the country, a media report said on Sunday
UN chief: Pakistan needs more aid: Ban Ki-moon says floods are the worst disaster he has ever seen after visiting flooded areas.
China mourns landslide victims: China has been observing a national day of mourning for the more than 1,200 people who died after a torrent of mud swept through a town in the country's remote northwest.
Climate Scientists in Race to Predict Where Natural Disaster Will Strike Next: The world's leading climate scientists will gather this week in the United States to hammer out plans to set up an early warning system that would predict future meteorological disasters caused by global warming.
In Weather Chaos, a Case for Global Warming: “The climate is changing,” said Jay Lawrimore, chief of climate analysis at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. “Extreme events are occurring with greater frequency, and in many cases with greater intensity.”
'Half of Niger's population hungry': Niger is facing the worst hunger crisis in its history, with almost half of the population (or 7.3 million people) in desperate need of food, the UN's World Food (WFP) Program says.
Wheat is the new gold in time of plenty for America’s breadbasket: As fires wreck Russia's harvests and poor countries brace for shortages, it's boom time for Kansas farmers.
Global Food Prices Hysteria, Hunger and Riots Forecast: Extreme weather conditions have affected many parts of the globe this year, not just Russia alone. Torrential rains in Brazil and Colombia affected the harvest of cocoa beans. In India, crop acres of rice have declined as a result of massive floods. The reduction of the wheat production is expected in Canada, where floods also caused severe damage to the national agriculture
UK: The food prices up 58%: With many facing a freeze on wages, the cost of groceries has rocketed since 2007
Ireland:: Food prices set to soar within weeks: According to a report from the European Commission, prices for the main dairy commodities have increased significantly since June last year.
Fresh curfews amid Jamaica unrest: Jamaican authorities have imposed new curfews in the west of the capital, Kingston, after 10 people were killed in gang violence and a shootout with police.
Bolivia protesters demand talks with Evo Morales: Attempts to end more than two weeks of strikes and blockades that have disrupted mining and daily life in south-west Bolivia have so far failed.
In U.S., Confidence in Newspapers, TV News Remains a Rarity: Americans' confidence in newspapers and television news is on par with Americans' lackluster confidence in banks and slightly better than their dismal rating of Health Management Organizations and big business.
Dead Fish Are Washing Up Everywhere . . . Is It Due to BP Oil Spill and Dispersants?
Debt costs rise on Irish, Greek fears: INVESTORS ARE braced for renewed turmoil in euro-zone bond markets as fears about the health of Ireland and Greece pushed the borrowing costs of highly indebted nations sharply higher.
Another bankrupt bank: Regulators close Illinois bank: Regulators on Friday shut down a bank in Illinois, bringing to 110 the number of U.S. banks failures this year amid mounting loan defaults.
Debts Rise, and Go Unpaid, as Bust Erodes Home Equity: The delinquency rate on home equity loans is higher than all other types of consumer loans, including auto loans, boat loans, personal loans and even bank cards like Visa and MasterCard, according to the American Bankers Association.
US Cities Face Up to Massive Cuts: US outrage over public service cutbacks across America has found a rallying point in the death of 12-year-old Frank Marasco
Income Slips in 45 of Biggest Cities: Total personal income declined last year in 45 of the nation’s 50 biggest markets, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Jobless claims jump to 5-month high: - The number of first-time filers for unemployment insurance rose to the highest level since late February last week, according to a weekly government report released Thursday.
Unemployment Rate by State: The percent of the labor force that is unemployed - Graph
Global Youth Unemployment Hits Record High: The report from the ILO says 81 million out of 630 million 15-24 year olds where unemployed at the end of 2009, some 7.8 million more than at the end of 2007.

No comments:

Post a Comment