Thursday, 9 September 2010

News For September 09, 2010

Mullah Omar : Taliban Victory 'Imminent,' Demands U.S. Withdraw

By Al Jazeera

In a section addressing US citizens, he said: "They have wasted hundreds of billion(s) of dollars of your tax money in the shape of financial expenditures and your manpower in Afghanistan and have still been wasting them. You shall be witness to another economic melt-down." Continue

"Why America Cannot Win In Afghanistan"

By Guns and Butter

Interview with Pakistani General Hamid Gul. Continue

US Soldiers 'Killed Afghan Civilians for Sport and Collected Fingers as Trophies'

By Chris McGreal in Washington

Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three Afghan men who were allegedly killed for sport in separate attacks this year. Continue

Fruit Flies in a Bottle

By Ernest Partridge

What are we doing, or failing to do, that might prompt future generations to ask the question of us: How could they not have seen what was in store for them? Continue

A Better Way to Fix the US Housing Crisis

By Joseph Stiglitz

Indeed, the foreclosure rate is increasing. Two million Americans lost their homes in 2008, and 2.8 million more in 2009, but the numbers are expected to be even higher in 2010. Continue

Why Are People Against Unions?

By Dan Voorhis

A February survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that only 41 percent of people had a favorable opinion of labor unions, while 42 percent were unfavorable. Continue

Car bomb kills 16 in Russia's N Ossetia: An explosives-laden car, parked near the entrance to the central market in Vladikavkaz, was detonated on Thursday. The explosive device placed in the trunk of the car was stuffed with metal rods and bolts and was equivalent to 40 kilograms of TNT, Interfax news agency reported.
Powerful blasts kill 14 in Somalia: Twin bomb blasts have killed at least 14 people and wounded several others in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, as violence continues to sweep through the African nation.
13 killed in Pakistan terror attacks: At least 13 people, including women and children, were killed and nine others injured today in a powerful explosion outside the home of a provincial minister in Quetta and a landmine blast in Kurram tribal area, the latest in a slew of terror strikes across Pakistan.
More terrorism: 4 Children Among 18 Killed In US Attack In Pakistan: Fourteen suspected militants and four children were killed when US drones carried out three attacks in North Waziristan on Wednesday.
2 Afghan Police, 1 Soldier Killed in W. Afghanistan: At least 2 Afghan police and 1 soldier were killed Thursday morning in a road-side mine blast in the western Herat province
US soldier 'kept Afghan body parts': Officer charged in conspiracy to murder civilians kept bones and tooth as souvenirs, report says.
Soldiers' families call for pullout from 'unwinnable' war in Afghanistan: Relatives of those who have died or who are serving to present letter to parliament before MPs debate on conflict's future
Afghan security forces beat angry customers to prevent run on Kabul Bank: Afghanistan's biggest bank, caught in a corruption scandal, closes all its branches bar one just before Muslim holiday
Karzai brother’s Kabul Bank villa deal revealed: Karzai, who owns 7 per cent of the ailing Kabul Bank, said in an interview Monday there was “nothing wrong” with the transaction.
Car bomb blast kills, wounds 13 people in Baghdad: A vehicle packed with explosives went off in the northern sector of the Iraqi capital killing and wounding 13 people including five military soldiers, a security source said on Thursday.
Iraqi official foresees a U.S. military presence until 2016: "Maybe endlessly," said Obeidi when asked how long U.S. support may be necessary.
Yemeni soldier killed in ambush: Gunmen have opened fire on soldiers in southern Yemen, killing at least one and wounding others.
China Opposes South Korean Sanctions Against Iran: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Thursday China does not approve of the unilateral sanctions. She said the Chinese government hopes countries will instead stick to diplomatic efforts and seek a resolution through dialogue and negotiations.
Iran to release one of three US hikers - report: Iran is to release on Saturday one of three detained American hikers accused of espionage, reports say.
Report: Ahmadinejad to visit Lebanon's border with Israel: Lebanese media reported that Ahmadinejad, who is scheduled to arrive in Lebanon on October 13, was expected to tour the southern part of the country and to visit the county's shared border with Israel.
Hamas warns PA over recent arrests: Group in charge of Gaza Strip says Palestinian Authority will be targeted if it continues arresting Hamas members.
PA releases dozens of Hamas-linked detainees despite rising tensions: The Palestinian Authority released from detention dozens of Hamas operatives and political activists affiliated with the organization at the behest of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas overnight Wednesday.
Clinton says Mexico morphing into "what we would consider an insurgency".: Clinton also suggested that "we need to figure out what are the equivalents" for Mexico and Central America of the US Plan Colombia - in which American special forces teams train Colombian troops and US advisers are attached to Colombian military units.
Hillary Clinton on America's future: US retains role as world leader: “The United States can, must, and will lead in this century,” Secretary Clinton told an audience of foreign policy specialists and practitioners at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington. The “complexities of this world” require “a new American moment,” she said.
Obama: Koran burning "recruitment bonanza" for al-Qaeda : US President Barack Obama Thursday said a Florida pastor's plan to burn copies of the Koran would be a 'recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda' and called it a 'stunt' that would endanger the lives of US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In case you missed it: Orthodox Jewish youths burn New Testaments in Or Yehuda: Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land.
Most Americans object to planned Islamic center near Ground Zero, poll finds: Most Americans say the planned Muslim community center and place of worship should not be built in Lower Manhattan, with the sensitive locale being their overwhelming objection, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Former CIA officer accused of abusing suspect now training other operatives: Former CIA officer accused of abusing suspect now training other operativesA former CIA officer accused of revving an electric drill near the head of an imprisoned terror suspect has returned to U.S. intelligence as a contractor, training CIA operatives after leaving the agency
Federal appeals court tosses lawsuit over CIA 'torture' flights: In siding with the Obama administration's executive privilege arguments, a bitterly divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lawsuit could not proceed that alleges five former CIA detainees were transported to foreign countries and subjected to brutal interrogation tactics.
Sheriffs want lists of patients using painkillers: The state sheriff's association pushed the idea Tuesday, saying the move would help them make drug arrests and curb a growing problem of prescription drug abuse. But patient advocates say opening up people's medicine cabinets to law enforcement would deal a devastating blow to privacy rights.
In Latin America, U.S. exports are losing market share: Here's something that should be sounding alarm bells in Washington: Latin American countries — which have long been big buyers of U.S. goods — are increasingly making a larger chunk of their purchases from other parts of the world.
Goldman Sachs Fined $30.9 Million in UK: Report: Goldman Sachs has been fined 20 million pounds ($30.9 million) by the UK's financial regulator for failing to disclose it was under fraud investigation by its U.S. counterpart, the BBC reported on Wednesday.
Consumers cut back on credit card use once again: Consumer borrowing fell again in July as households cut back on their credit card use for a 23rd consecutive month, adding more drag on an economy struggling to mount a sustained rebound.

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