Tuesday, 7 September 2010

News For September 07, 2010

Sentencing Terrorism Suspects to Death -- Without Trial

By Anthony D. Romero and Vincent Warren

We simply cannot accept the proposition that the government should have unchecked authority to carry out extrajudicial killings, including of U.S. citizens, far from any actual battlefield. Nor can we accept the contention that the entire world is a battlefield. Continue

The Triumph of Evil

By Prof. John Kozy

Modern societies have justified their adoption of criminal activities by claiming that such techniques are necessary to combat evil. But the war against evil by the good cannot be won using evil tactics. Evil never yields goodness, and by using these evil practices, the amount of evil in the world increases both in amount and extent. Continue

Tony Blair: Cheney’s vision ‘not stupid,’ possible ‘over time’

Don't rule out attack on Iran, Blair says

By David Edwards and Daniel Tencer

Vice-President Dick Cheney's vision of completely redrawing the map of the Middle East following the 9/11 attacks is "not stupid," and is "possible over time," former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says. Continue

Blair Was Told Iraq Threat Not A Concern

By Humberto

Lady Manningham-Buller, Director General of the UK Security Service from 2002 until 2007, told the investigators that Mr Blair's fears over Saddam arming terrorists were a mere "hypothetical theory", and certainly "not a concern in the short term or medium term to my colleagues or myself" — the information available was simply not "substantial enough". Continue

9 Shameless Warmongers Who Call Fox News Home

By , Media Matters for America

Media Matters takes a look at the track record of wrong predictions and shoddy analysis about the war in Iraq by many of Fox News’ contributors and analysts. Continue

Will Our Generals Ever Shut Up? 
The Military’s Media Megaphone and the U.S. Global Military Presence 

By Tom Engelhardt

To grasp the changing nature of military influence domestically, consider the military’s relationship to the media.  Its media megaphone offers a measure of the reach and influence of that behemoth, what kinds of pressures it can apply in support of its own version of foreign policy, and just how, under its weight, the relationship between the civilian and military high commands is changing. Continue

‘They Kill Alex’

By Chris Hedges

Military recruiters, who often have offices in high schools, prey on young men like Alex, who was first approached when he was 16. They cater to their insecurities, their dreams and their economic deprivation. Continue

Obama Signalled His Complete Rurrender To Zionism

By Alan Hart

He did it with seven words. “Ultimately the U.S. cannot impose a solution.” Continue

'Honor' Killing: The Crimewave that Shames the World

By Robert Fisk

It's one of the last great taboos: the murder of at least 20,000 women a year in the name of 'honor'. Nor is the problem confined to the Middle East: the contagion is spreading rapidly. Continue

EU Banks Are Still Wobbly

By Mike Whitney

The EU banking system is in big trouble. That's why European Central Bank (ECB) head Jean-Claude Trichet continues to purchase government bonds and provide "unlimited funds" for underwater banks. It's an effort to prevent a financial system meltdown that could plunge the eurozone back into recession. Continue

Is the Economy as Broke as Lehman Was?

By Michael Hudson

Why bail out Wall Street – and not the quarter of U.S. homeowners unfortunate enough also to suffer “negative equity” but not qualify for the help that the officials they elect gave to Wall Street’s winners by enabling Bear Stearns, A.I.G., Countrywide Financial and other gamblers to pay their bad debts? Continue

Happy *uckin' Labor Day!

By Michael Moore

Before there were unions, there was no middle class. Working people didn't get to send their kids to college, few were able to own their own *ucking home, nobody could take a *ucking day off for a funeral or a sick day or they might lose their *ucking job. Continue

19 killed in Pak suicide blast: Pakistan’s Taliban claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack in the town of Lakki Marwat, warning the government not to use lashkar, or militias, to fight the group. “If they do not stop, then the next target will be members of the lashkar,” Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.
US kills five people in Pakistan: A United States unmanned aircraft fired two missiles into Pakistan's tribal region along the Afghan border on Monday, killing five people, security officials said.
Blast rocks police installation in Kohat; four killed: Four people were killed and more than 20 wounded in a bomb attack targeting a police headquarters in Kohat on Tuesday, police said.
Donors put faith in charities linked to terrorism: Pakistanis are donating to a flood-relief appeal run by a front organisation for a banned terrorist group because they believe it to be more effective and trustworthy than others soliciting support, especially the government.
Taliban kill NATO soldier, senior Afghan official: A US soldier was killed fighting insurgents in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, NATO said, a day after rebels killed a senior government official in the country's north.
Petraeus seeks 2,000 more troops for Afghanistan: The mission would come on the heels of the deployment of tens of thousands of soldiers who were sent as part of a surge strategy aimed at crushing a resilient Taliban insurgency, the official said.
US to Spend $6B a Year on Afghan Troops: The United States expects to spend about $6 billion a year training and supporting Afghan troops and police after it begins pulling out its own combat troops in "2011", The Associated Press has learned.
Afghan bank officers' assets frozen: Move targets leading shareholders and borrowers of Kabul Bank in the wake of serious liquidity crisis.
3 civilians killed in Mogadishu fighting: reports: Three civilians were killed in fightings between Somalia's Islamic militants and the African Union (AU) backed government forces in the Horn of Africa nation's capital Mogadishu
Death toll in Mogadishu fighting hits 230: The UN refugee agency said Tuesday that 230 civilians had been killed during fighting between government forces and Islamist rebels over the past two weeks in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.
US military says gunman in Iraqi army uniform kills 2 American soldiers in northern Iraq: A military statement says the Americans were among a group of U.S. soldiers meeting with Iraqi security forces Tuesday at an Iraqi army compound near the city of Tuz Khormato, about 130 miles (210 kilometres) north of Baghdad.
'IAEA report confirms Iran's clean slate': "After seven years of constant inspections, the report once again confirms the non-diversion of Iran's nuclear activities towards military and banned objectives."
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran : Iran has enough fuel for 2 nuclear warheads, report says: Iran has produced more than enough nuclear fuel to power two atomic warheads if it were to further enrich its supply and disregard its treaty obligations, according to a report issued Monday by the world's nuclear energy watchdog.
Iran on brink of nuclear weapon, warns watchdog: Iran has passed a crucial nuclear threshold, weapons inspectors have warned, and could now go on to arm an atomic missile with relative ease.
Russian official: U.S. hindering resumption of talks with Iran: The comments, made to a discussion group of Russia experts, appeared aimed at nudging Washington towards restarting stalled UN-backed talks to provide Iran with nuclear fuel for a Tehran research reactor.
Poll: Half of Israeli teens don't want Arab students in their class: Study polling 500 teens aged 15 to 18 finds that most don't think Arabs enjoy equal rights in Israel, and most of those don't think Arabs deserve equal rights.
Who is reading your email: Foreign report: Israel has one of world's largest 'eavesdropping' intel bases: According to the report, the base has 30 antennas and satellite dishes of different sizes and types, capable of eavesdropping on telephone calls and accessing the e-mail of "governments, international organizations, foreign companies, political groups and individuals.
Israel's Sharon family 'in bribery case': An Austrian billionaire has reportedly paid 4.5 million dollars in bribes to the sons of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Israeli police say.
ElBaradei urges election boycott : He said that parliamentary elections scheduled for November would be marred by fraud, and called for a complete boycott.
13 killed as Mozambique lowers cost of bread: Cabinet holds emergency meeting following three days of clashes between police and demonstrators that left 13 dead.
French unions hold pensions strike: Workers stage strikes and nationwide protests over Sarkozy's overhaul plans, disrupting public transport and services.
The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street
Pre-existing health condition insurance premium too expensive for many: Of the estimated 4 million Americans eligible for the program, only about 2,000 had applied as of Aug. 1
Obama to introduce $200 billion business tax cut: In another move aimed at stabilizing the still-shaky economy, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will introduce a new $200 billion tax cut giving businesses across the country an incentive to buy new equipment in the short term, according to a senior administration official.
The Ten American Industries Which Will Never Recover: Here is the list of the ten jobs categories that will not recover based on 24/7 Wall St. research:
Future hiring will mainly benefit the high-skilled: Professional fields with higher pay. Think lawyers, research scientists and software engineers. Lower-skill and lower-paying jobs, like home health care aides and store clerks. And those in between? Their outlook is bleaker. Economists foresee fewer moderately paid factory supervisors, postal workers and office administrators.

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