Wednesday, 18 August 2010

News For August 19, 2010

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Israelis kill Palestinian man in Gaza: Israeli forces have killed a Palestinian in the southern Gaza Strip, claiming they were heading off an attempted bomb attack near the border with Israel.
Bushehr fuel to be loaded Sep 16: A senior Iranian lawmaker says nuclear fuel will be loaded into the long-delayed Bushehr power plant on September 16 to make the nuclear reactor operational.
Iran warns US of military retaliation: A senior Iranian commander warns the US of retaliation in case of an attack on Iran, saying if Washington begins the war, it would not be able to put an end to it.
Obama warns Turkish PM over stance on Israel, Iran: report: President Barack Obama has warned the Turkish prime minister that Ankara's position on Israel and Iran could lessen its chances of obtaining US weapons, a report said Monday.
Dr Kelly: Just one in five believes it was suicide: The survey also reveals that eight out of ten people want a full inquest. With senior MPs making the same demand, the Coalition is under strong pressure to act.
Disease risk for Pakistani children: Millions of children in Pakistan are at high risk from deadly water-borne diseases in the wake of the country's worst flooding in living memory, the UN has warned.
Donate to Pakistan's flood victims: Over 1600 people have already been killed in the Pakistan floods and there seems to be no sign that weather conditions are improving.
France's debt of dishonour to Haiti: After Haiti won independence, France extorted compensation for its slave-owning colonists. Now Nicolas Sarkozy must repay it
How Greed Begets Hunger: The heatwave, forest fires and drought in Russia and central Asia may be unprecedented in recent times. But there is something familiar about the ensuing food crisis, as the price of wheat remains 50% higher than just six weeks ago.
How the US economy is being 'Japanised': Federal Reserve policy is taking a worrying turn towards monetarism. This can only result in an American 'lost decade'
US 'Virtually Certain' to Fall Into A New Recession: Rosenberg: The US economy is almost certainly headed back into a double dip recession, and economists aren't seeing it because they're using "the old rules of thumb" that don't apply this time, well-known economist David Rosenberg told CNBC
Economic Growth Prospects Dim in U.S. After Retail Sales, Trade Reports: Prospects for U.S. economic growth took a hit this week after reports showed the trade deficit swelled and consumers reined in spending.
Banks to benefit most from White House program to help fight foreclosures: Nevada, Arizona and Florida posted the worst foreclosure rates in July, with Nevada reporting the nation's highest foreclosure rate for the 43rd straight month.
Pension check may not be in the mail: Illinois public employees who think the state constitution guarantees that they'll get all their pension benefits may have another think coming.

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.

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