Tuesday, 21 September 2010

News For September 21, 2010

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The “Right Thing” in Iraq?
A Depressing Statistic

By Gary Leupp

58% of U.S. residents believe that the U.S. “did the right thing” in going to war in Iraq. This reflects the fact that most have been persuaded that combat is over, the troops having succeeding in toppling a dictator and establishing a democracy. Continue

Newly Disclosed Documents Shed More Light on Early Taliban Offers, Pakistan Role

By Jeremy R. Hammond

The Taliban were “‘looking for a way out’ of the problem with bin Laden”. The U.S. was urged to “find a way to compromise with the Taliban”, and possible “ways that the U.S. and the Taliban might use to break the impasse” were suggested, including “the possibility of a trial in a third (Muslim) country” Continue

The Intriguing Case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui
Condemned By Their Silence

By Yvonne Ridley

Men without courage or backbone are more to be pitied, I suppose as cowardice is a dreadful affliction in the battlefield that is life. Continue

Lindsey Graham says U.S. Must Prepare to Attack Iran

By James Rosen

Graham, a military lawyer and a senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, became the first senator to support direct U.S. military intervention in Iran, saying it should not involve ground troops but be launched by U.S. warplanes and ships. Continue

How Dangerous Is Iran Really?


Glenn Greenwald and Dylan Ratigan Discuss Neocon Warmongering for Attack on Iran. Continue

Unipolar World Will Lead to War: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Video Interview RT

Speaking on the UN summit sidelines, Iran's leader says the biggest trouble facing the world is domination by the United States. In an exclusive interview with RT, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad explains how he wants to change the existing world order. Continue

Wall Street's Greatest Heist: The TARP

By Dean Baker

The notion that without the $700bn bailout we would be reduced to bartering was a ruse by the banks to get taxpayers' money. Continue

Republicans Cry “Class Warfare” When They’re Winning the War

By Matthew Rothschild

In our economy, and in our political system, it’s the richest and the greediest who win the class war, no matter what you call it. Continue

14 Taliban militants killed in south Afghanistan: Fourteen Taliban militants were killed after joint Afghan and NATO-led forces patrol repelled insurgents attack on Monday in Taliban hotbed Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a press release Tuesday.
9 NATO occupation force troops killed in copter "crash" in Afghanistan: The Taliban claimed to have shot down the helicopter, but NATO said there were no reports of hostile fire.
Afghanistan: Six 'workers' killed by roadside bomb: The victims were employed by a local construction company.
Civilian shot dead by foreign troops: NATO Special Forces killed a civilian and wounded two others during a nighttime operation in southeastern Khost province, officials said on Monday.
Whistling in the dark: Our troops in Sangin did not die in vain, says Cameron: premier insists handover to us marines is not a sign that uk mission failed
'Quality' of Afghan vote in doubt: Country's largest election monitoring group reports "serious concerns" but Karzai praises the vote.
US Kills 19 People In Pakistan:: 'The attack was conducted on the information that the commander Shamsullah was present in the house, but he was not there,' said an intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity. 'The attack killed at least seven people and destroyed the mud compound.'
Iraqi soldiers, policemen among 10 killed in attacks: Ten people, including soldiers and policemen, were killed and around 24 injured in separate attacks in northern Iraq on Tuesday, military sources said.
Support For Iraq's Maliki Puts U.S., Iran In Same Camp: Current Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is beginning to shore up support for a coalition he has formed in order to remain in the top job for a second term — despite the fact that his party lost by a narrow margin in parliamentary elections March 7.
Somalia: 10 People Killed, 25 Others Injured Fighting: At least 10 people have been killed and 25 other wounded fighting between Somali government backed by African Union Troops at the main Bakara Market in Somali Capital Mogadishu, Radio Garowe Reports.
Mogadishu: Heavy Fighting In North Of City: Heavy fighting continues for a second straight day in northern areas of the capital Mogadishu, particularly the Hodan district. According to the local media, also this morning government troops and African Union peacekeepers are clashing with insurgents.
Somali PM resigns as insurgency rages: Thousands of African Union peacekeeping troops have been sent to support the interim administration, but hardline militants now control much of the capital Mogadishu and huge chunks of the country's south and central regions.
5 Al Qaeda suspects killed in south: Yemen: Yemeni troops killed five suspected Al Qaeda militants and a sniper shot dead a coast guard, both in the country’s troubled south on Sunday, security officials said.
Yemeni officials deny reports cleric surrounded: The Yemeni army destroyed five homes suspected of hiding al-Qaida militants Tuesday as a siege of a southern village entered its second day, but officials denied reports that U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was among those surrounded.
Al-Qaeda gives Yemen 48 hours to release two members: Al-Qaeda gave Yemen's government 48 hours to release two of its members and in return for unveiling the fate of senior security official captured in north Yemen last month, a statement said on Tuesday.
Ahmadinejad addresses UN summit: "Those who only seek their own interests into consideration will never be able to bring justice and prosperity to the world," he said.
Quartet to urge Israel to keep settlement freeze: The Quartet statement, to be issued after a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, increases pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to extend a 10-month settlement freeze due to expire at the end of September.
Israel's investigations of Gaza conflict inadequate, say UN experts: A United Nations committee has accused Israel of failing to investigate abuses allegedly committed during its offensive in Gaza nearly two years ago, raising the prospect of International Criminal Court indictments.
Genetically Engineered Salmon: Coming to a Plate Near You?: Unlike clones, which are copies of an animal and which the FDA has already ruled safe to eat, genetically modified animals are those which have had their genetic code altered.
Machu Picchu train halted over water protests: Authorities suspend tourist route to ancient ruins amid protests over irrigation scheme that could leave town without water
No Happy Ending in Honduras: Honduras is experiencing the worst political turmoil in Latin America--thanks in part to the Obama administration's embrace of a regrettable U.S. foreign policy tradition.
Brazil's huge new port highlights China's drive into South America: Investments guarantee Chinese access to soy, oil and other badly needed resources
13 States post double-digit jobless rates: . Thirteen states posted double-digit unemployment rates in August, up from 11 in July, according to figures released Tuesday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Jobless rate remains at record pace: At 14.4 percent, Nevada still leads nation in unemployment
Small Business Owners: Recession Not Really Over: The recession may be officially over, but many small business owners don’t see it that way.
Here's Why The NBER's Declaration Of The Recovery Is A Joke: So, the recession technically ended 15 months ago; tell that to the 15 million unemployed and the 42% share of these ranks that have been looking for a job fruitlessly for at least six months.
Moody's Forecast for Housing and the Economy: Dim: In the agency’s ResiLandscape report issued last week, they warn that there’s a stronger chance the country will slide back into a recession, and they are forecasting a “longer and deeper housing correction.”
Golden State Home Sales Continue Downward Spiral: August home sales in California were down 2.7 percent from July and 14 percent from a year ago, MDA DataQuick recently reported.

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