Monday, 20 September 2010

News For September 20, 2010

CNN Censored Footage of Iraq ‘War Crime’

By Daniel Tencer

A former CNN Iraq correspondent suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder says his employers wouldn't run footage he filmed of what he describes as a war crime by US troops. Continue

Did U.S. Soldiers Create Afghan Killing Club?:

Video Report

U.S. soldiers charged with targeting Afghan civilians; Army ignored pleas by soldier's father. Continue

Did Tony Blair Endorse Preventive War on Iran?

By Stephen M. Walt

Blair's tacit support for military force in this case is without foundation. Continue

President Ahmadinejad's Interview With ABC's Christiane Amanpour


In an exclusive interview on "This Week with Christiane Amanpour," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he is open to diplomatic discussions with the United States on the subject of Afghanistan. Continue

Twenty-eight Years not Enough to Heal Wounds of Sabra-Shatila Massacre

By Franklin Lamb

Eyewitness are just beginning to emerge from deep trauma or self-imposed silence. Continue

Watch: As Israel Slides Toward Fascism, Citizens and Supporters Swear Their Loyalty

By Max Blumenthal and Joseph Dana

Swearing a loyalty oath to Israel as an ethnic state is gaining legitimacy; a video produced by the authors shows the willingness of Israeli residents to pledge allegiance. Continue

Imperialism and Imperial Barbarism

By James Petras

The overall picture is grim for the future of militarist imperialism. In Latin America, Africa and especially Asia, China has displaced the US as the principal trading partner in Brazil, South Africa and Southeast Asia. In contrast the US wallows in unwinable ideological wars in marginal countries like Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan. Continue

Twenty-First Century Energy Superpower
China, Energy, and Global Power

By Michael T. Klare

If you want to know which way the global wind is blowing (or the sun shining or the coal burning), watch China.  That’s the news for our energy future and for the future of great-power politics on planet Earth.  Washington is already watching -- with anxiety. Continue

Immigration Economics

By Mark Engler

Facts or no facts, many people simply do not want to believe that undocumented immigrants coming to this country don’t steal jobs and undermine the American economy. When economic studies come along that challenge their preconceptions, they don’t take kindly to the troublesome conclusions. Continue

IG: FBI Gave Inaccurate Statements Claiming Terror Link to Anti-war Rally

By The Associated Press

The FBI gave inaccurate information to Congress and the public when it claimed a possible terrorism link to justify surveilling an anti-war rally in Pittsburgh, the Justice Department's inspector general said Monday in a report on the bureau's scrutiny of domestic activist groups. Continue

50 Dead, 128 wounded in Iraq Attacks: As Iraq continues to muddle along with no new government all these months after the March 7 parliamentary elections, insurgents struck in the capital.
23 Soldiers killed in Tajikistan ambush: Convoy targeted in district near Afghanistan border in latest of a string of attacks blamed on opposition fighters.
Colombia says it killed 22 "rebels": The Colombian military says it killed at least 22 (alledged) leftist guerrillas on Sunday in an offensive involving aerial bombardment and ground troops near the border with Ecuador.
Six children killed in Afghanistan: At least six children were killed when a rocket exploded in a village today in northern Kunduz province, a provincial official and the Afghan interior ministry said.
Five occupation force service members killed in Afghanistan: All except one of the casualties were killed as a result of three separate insurgent attacks. Two of the fatalities were identified as British soldiers, while the nationalities of the other casualties were not immediately released.
War criminal: Powell unsure whether U.S. is winning in Afghanistan: Mr. Powell also said that neither the United States nor Israel is likely to launch a military strike on Iran any time soon.
Members of Stryker Combat Brigade in Afghanistan accused of killing civilians for sport: The U.S. soldiers hatched a plan as simple as it was savage: to randomly target and kill an Afghan civilian, and to get away with it.
Violence, fraud and cronyism keep millions away from Afghan poll: Almost as quickly as the international community rushed to praise Saturday's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, complaints of widespread irregularities began pouring in, echoing the protracted wrangle over vote-rigging that returned President Hamid Karzai to power last year.
US Attack Kills 8 In Pakistan: At least eight people were killed and two others injured in a U.S. drone strike launched Monday afternoon. One of the missiles reportedly hit a vehicle carrying five local welfare workers and all of them were said to be killed.
Militants attack checkpost in Pakistan, paramilitary trooper killed, 2 wounded: A paramilitary trooper was killed and two were wounded when militants attacked a security checkpost in a Pakistan tribal agency, bordering Afghanistan, on Monday, said sources.
Five militants, coast guard killed in Yemen: Yemeni troops killed five suspected Al Qaeda militants and a sniper shot dead a coast guard, both in the country’s troubled south yesterday, security officials said.
Thousands flee fighting in Yemen's Shabwa province More than 8,000 civilians have fled their homes in southern Yemen, as government forces launched an assault on "al-Qaeda" militants, officials said.
Obama advisor meets Saleh for more anti-terror cooperation: The Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and John Brenna discussed bilateral cooperation against the threat of Al Qaeda in Yemen
Netanyahu: We tried and failed to stop Russian missile sale to Syria: Russian plans to go ahead with the delivery of P-800 anti-ship missiles to Syria is "problematic" for Israel, PM tells cabinet.
Israeli official: We'll sell arms to Russia's enemies: Jerusalem angered at sale of Russian cruising missiles to Syria, calls it 'prize for extremist states
Abbas: Peace talks won't continue 'a single day' if settlement freeze ends: Abbas told AFP that "the negotiations will continue as long as the settlement remains frozen," but stipulated "I am not prepared to negotiate an agreement for a single day more."
Hamas: We agreed in the past to state within '67 borders: Group's Gaza leadership says it passed messages to Washington requesting dialogue with US, supporting 2 state solution.
IDF still using banned weapon against civilian protestors: Military court hearing reveals that the army continues to use the Ruger 10/22 rifle to break up protests, defying a ban by the military advocate general.
Peres: We are ready to enter direct negotiations with Syria: President stresses Israel's desire for peace, condemns Iranian president at the UN's Millennium Development Goals summit in New York.
Obama says military action against Iran not ideal: U.S. President claims military action is an option but army commanders warn of region destabilization.
After Friday's Panic, Will Ireland Go the Way of Greece?: Some are already saying that the Irish situation seems to repeat that of Greece, where market panic exacerbated an already-bad debt problem. Others, though, say problems at the country formerly known as the Celtic Tiger are nowhere near those of Greece.
U.S. Exits Longest Recession Since World War II: More than eight million jobs were lost in the slump that was triggered by dodgy Wall Street mortgage investments. President Barack Obama said the end of the "Great Recession" would come as little solace to the millions of people who are still out of work
For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again: Since the economic collapse, there are not enough jobs being created for the population as a whole, much less for those in the twilight of their careers.
The Illusion of Pension Savings: Texas saved millions of dollars this year after raising its retirement age for future hires and barring them from counting unused sick leave in their pensions.
Wall Street Faces a Grim Third Quarter: After two months bankers would like to forget, Wall Street may need a September to remember to avoid the worst quarter for investment banking and trading revenue since the peak of the financial crisis. "
The housing recession isn't over: The spate of foreclosures is particularly problematic since it continues to add to the housing glut. And until the number of homes on the market comes down, it's tough to imagine how sales and prices will improve all that dramatically.

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