Sunday, 12 September 2010

News For September 13, 2010

Tony Blair and the Great Islamic Threat

By Gwynne Dyer

Blair has never publicly acknowledged that Saddam was actually an enemy of radical Islam: admitting that would drain the last dram of logic from his justification for invading Iraq. So he only talks in general terms about fighting “radical Islam” and hopes that the more ignorant part of the public will think that includes the Iraq war. Continue

Quran Burning and US Inconsistency

By Lamis Andoni

Why does the US government think burning Qurans is less civilized than drone attacks on civilian populations? Continue

If That 'Mosque' ISN'T Built, This Is No Longer America

By Michael Moore

I am opposed to the building of the "mosque" two blocks from Ground Zero. I want it built on Ground Zero. Continue

Collapsing America

By Linh Dinh

Despite being lied to repeatedly, almost daily, Americans are strangely gullible to incoherent, even ridiculous narratives dished up by their government. Brainwashed by the bromide that their nation is always a force for good, anywhere, worldwide, Americans can’t imagine that Washington could be complicit in the murder of its own citizens. Continue

US Poverty Rate Expected to Post a Record Increase

By Hope Yen

Should those estimates hold true, some 45 million people in this country, or more than 1 in 7, were poor last year. It would be the highest single-year increase since the government began calculating poverty figures in 1959. The previous high was in 1980 when the rate jumped 1.3 percentage points to 13 percent during the energy crisis. Continue

I Have A Dream, 2010 Version

By David Michael Green

This week, Barack Obama called for a $50 billion spending program to launch a long-term public works infrastructure upgrade of road, rail, airport and other transportation facilities over the next six years. Continue

The Trickledown Revolution

By Arundhati Roy

On the sixty-fourth anniversary of India’s Independence, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh climbed into his bullet-proof soap box in the Red Fort to deliver a passionless, bone-chillingly banal speech to the nation. Listening to him, who would have guessed that he was addressing a country that, despite having the second highest economic growth rate in the world, has more poor people than 26 of Africa’s poorest countries put together? Continue

8 killed as Iraqi army clashes with militants : Eight people, including three militants, were killed Sunday, mostly in clashes between Iraqi security forces and insurgents.
British servicemen suspected of murdering Iraqi civilians: Exclusive: Soldiers and airmen are suspected of killing significant number of civilians, but have not been put on trial
Nelson Mandela 'felt betrayed by Tony Blair over decision to join Iraq invasion': Furious phone call to cabinet minister in protest at military action
Journalist: Women raped at Abu Ghraib were later ‘honor killed’: Some women who were raped at the US's Abu Ghraib prison facility in Iraq were later "honor killed" by their families, says a Jordanian reporter who writes on women's issues.
NATO: 5 "Insurgents", Taliban Commander Killed in Afghanistan: The "insurgents" were killed after they "displayed hostile intent" as the forces moved in on the compound, it said in a statement.
Two Afghan protesters killed as Quran tensions simmer: Afghans protested violently for the third day on Sunday despite a US pastor giving up plans to burn copies of the Quran, with three other cases of desecration of the Muslim holy book likely to stoke their anger further.
NATO chief says forces to stay in Afghanistan to finish job: "Defeat is not an option, we will win. The Taliban will never win, nor will they return to power. Never will we allow Al-Qaeda to have refuge Afghanistan," the newspaper ABC quoted Rasmussen as saying in its Spanish translation.
British troops investigated for heroin smuggling: Military police are investigating claims that British soldiers may have trafficked heroin from Afghanistan.
At least six killed in US attack kills 6 in Pakistan: : The Pakistani Taliban said they would continue to target Pakistani security forces with suicide attacks in revenge for the US drone strikes.
'India involved in suicide attacks in Pakistan': Federal State Minister for Interior Affairs Tasnim Qureshi said he has 'concrete evidence' citing Indian elements' involvement in terror activities in Pakistan, The News International reported.
Explosion kills five Somali soldiers: Five Somali soldiers died on Saturday when a bomb ripped apart their vehicle in the capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.
Israeli attack kills 3 in Gaza: Israeli shelling has killed Palestinians working in the fields in a Gaza farm village. One, a 91 year old farm caretaker was killed along with a 20 year old worker.
Israeli PM: Current settlement curbs won't remain: Israel's 10-month freeze on new housing starts in illegal West Bank settlements expires at the end of this month and is a key point of contention in newly launched peace talks with the Palestinians.
2,066 settlement homes to be built as soon as freeze ends: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting earlier Sunday that while Israel wouldn't necessarily continue its freeze on settlement construction, it was possible that a compromise could be reached in which construction would resume at a slower pace.
Settler leader: Extending West Bank freeze will end Netanyahu gov't: A continuation of a moratorium on West Bank settlement building would usher the end of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, a prominent settler leader said on Sunday, thus commenting on what many consider to an earlier remark by the premier.
Israel refuses to meet European ministers for settlement talks: The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported the meetings had been cancelled because the European ministers intended to pressure Israel over the settlements. A British embassy spokeswoman said Mr Hague's trip was postponed because of scheduling difficulties.
Danny Yatom urges strike on Iranian nuclear sites: Former Mossad director Danny Yatom has spoken in favor of attacking Iran's nuclear facilities on Sunday. Speaking at the international conference on the war on terror in the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya he said, "There is no other way to stop the Iranian arms race."
U.S., allies should accept a nuclear-armed Iran: Until now, nuclear weapons have conferred stability, not undermined it. No nation — except the U.S. — has employed an atomic bomb against another. Having nukes would almost certainly encourage Iran to behave better.
Defence cut threat to the special relationship: Inflicting deep cuts on the Armed Forces could threaten the Special Relationship between Britain and the US, President Barack Obama’s defence department has warned the Government.
Australia paying troops who 'torture': Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which receives millions of dollars from Australia each year, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating them in detention.
Colombia: The Heirs: Video report: Right-wing paramilitaries, the heirs of the infamous death squads, have started to re-emerge in Colombia.
Untangling the Bizarre CIA Links to the Ground Zero Mosque: From 2006 to 2008, R. Leslie Deak worked as a "business consultant" to this super-secretive security contractor with ties to the CIA and counterterrorism forces, and in those same three years he also donated nearly $100,000 in seed money to the foundation now advocating the construction of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque.
Ground Zero mosque Imam blames Sarah Palin for 'growing Islamophobia': The Muslim cleric behind plans to build a mosque close to the Ground Zero site has blamed politicians such as Sarah Palin for fuelling a "growing Islamophobia" that led to the burning of Korans on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Sarah Palin's trip to Iowa points to presidential bid: Attendance at Republican dinner seen as sign that Palin aims to take on Obama in 2012

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