Wednesday, 22 September 2010

News For September 22, 2010

CIA Directs and Funds Terrorism In Pakistan
CIA’s Afghan Kill Teams Expand U.S. War in Pakistan

By Spencer Ackerman

The teams are practically brigade-sized: a “paramilitary army” of 3000 Afghans, said to be “elite, well-trained” and capable of quietly crossing over in the Pakistani extremist safe havens where U.S. troops aren’t allowed to operate. The CIA directs and funds the teams. Continue

War Is Murder

By Karen Kwiatkowski

A spirit of brutality, righteous judgment, self-pity because we want so much to "do good" to the ungrateful, a spirit of hate, and a spirit of self-indulgence. That’s American foreign policy in a nutshell, and it’s not new. Continue

Our Endless War

Bangor Daily News Editorial

Hardly any American can be comfortable with the assertion of a senior Pentagon planner, Brig. Gen. Mark O. Schissler, that “We’re in a generational war.” Continue

"The United States of America Has Gone Mad"

By John le Carré

America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War. Continue

What Do Empires Do?

By Michael Parenti

While we hear a lot about empire, we hear very little about imperialism. Continue

Nuclear Winter and Peace

By Fidel Castro

Albert Einstein said: “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.” Continue

Iran Deal with Russia for Air-defence Missiles Scuppered by US and Israel

By Ian Black

Russian military chief says sale is off after concerns Tehran would use S-300 weapons system to protect nuclear facilities. Continue

In Case You Missed It
Iran's President Ahmadinejad Answers Questions on theHolocaust

Video Interview

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is asked by MSNBC anchor Brian Williams to clarify his statements about the Holocaust. Continue

Tell Larry Summers, Don’t Delay!

By Mary Bottari

On Wall Street, Summers will be greeted like a conquering hero. Never have so many financiers been made so rich because of the actions of one man. Continue

Bolivian President Evo Morales Tells Obama ‘Stop Deporting Immigrants’

By Annie Correal

“I was convinced a black man and an indigenous man were going to work like a pair of oxen for the whole world,” said the indigenous Morales. “It doesn’t make sense that one discriminated party would discriminate against another.” Continue

US Is Becoming an "Underdeveloping Nation"

Democracy Now!

Interview with Chilean Economist Manfred Max-Neef. He won the Right Livelihood Award in 1983, two years after the publication of his book Outside Looking In: Experiences in Barefoot Economics. Continue

The Great Dictator
Greed Has Poisoned Men's Souls


You are not machines, your are not cattle, you are men. - Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age security. Continue

30 "militant" killed in army operation in Peshawar, Pakistan: At least 30 "militants" were killed Tuesday when Pakistani security forces and police carried out a search operation in the northwestern city of Peshawar
US Kills At Least 28 People In Pakistan: There have been over 200 US attacks, which have killed over 900 people, mostly civilians, in the troubled northwest tribal areas of Pakistan since 2008.
'Al Qa’eda’ woman faces life sentence in US: Aafia Siddiqui has been called “Lady al Qa’eda” and “terror mom” in the United States but to some in Pakistan she is a victim and heroine.
25"militants" killed in Afghan attack: Insurgents attacked a NATO and Afghan army outpost in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border and at least 25 of the militants were killed in the resulting skirmish, officials said on Wednesday.
NATO occupation force soldier,killed in Afghan attack: : The latest death took to 531 the number of NATO-led troops killed in Taliban-linked violence so far this year, according to an AFP count based on the independent website.
C.I.A. has a 3,000-man “covert army” in Afghanistan: President Hamid Karzai on drugs: The C.I.A. has a 3,000-man “covert army” in Afghanistan called the Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams, or C.T.P.T., mostly Afghans who capture and kill Taliban fighters and seek support in tribal areas. Past news accounts have reported that the C.I.A. has a number of militias, including one trained on one of its compounds, but not the size of the covert army.
Afghan election agency's memos indicate serious fraud: Internal reports from Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission on Tuesday provide new evidence of serious fraud in Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, including turnouts that exceeded 100 percent in many southeastern districts under the control of the Taliban or other militants.
Bob Woodward book details Obama battles with advisers over exit plan for Afghan war: President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes and documents cited in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward
Iran terror attack kills 12, injures 70: Twelve people have been killed and 70 injured in a terrorist attack in northwestern Iranian city of Mahabad in West Azarbaijan Province.
Barak: Options against Iran on the table: As far as Israel is concerned, all options concerning Iran's nuclear program are on the table, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.
Israeli Official Says Strikes on 'Bottlenecks' Could Cripple Iran's Nuke Program: Ayalon said, "I would say that it would be enough to just take out a few bottlenecks, important ones, just to put their program behind for years."
The War Against Iran Has Already Started: And according to the latest article in the magazine, speculation is rife that Israel may have been behind the worm – and that it was designed to sabotage or even take control of the operating systems for Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor.
What did Russia gain for this? Medvedev cancels arms deal with Iran: Russian President cancelled a planned arms deal with Iran because of the UN sanctions against the country, the Kremlin announced late Wednesday. The presidential decree forbade the transfer of tanks, artillery, war ships, helicopters and missile defence systems to Iran. Tehran had ordered the missile defence system S-300 two years ago.
Israel refuses to join anti-nuclear treaty: Israel’s nuclear chief said on Tuesday that it was against Israel’s interests to join a global anti-nuclear arms treaty and that the UN atomic watchdog was ‘overstepping’ its mandate in demanding it to do so.
Three killed, 56 injured in explosion in Iraq: Three civilians were killed and 56 injured Wednesday when explosive devices went off in a residential area south of Baghdad, police sources said.
3 policemen killed in triple bomb explosions in northern Iraq: Three policemen were killed and 19 people wounded in three coordinated bomb explosions which targeted a police patrol in Mosul, the capital city of Nineveh province
Four Yemeni soldiers killed in raid on suspected al-Qaeda fighters: Four Yemeni soliders were killed in Wednesday morning raids in a military offensive on suspected al-Qaeda militants in southern Yemen, according to the military.
Two civilians killed as Yemen storms militant strongholds Reports of indiscriminate shelling in the southern parts of the country have emerged, with two civilians killed and another three wounded, local government and medical officials have said.
US Bombs Yemen? Commander of al-Qaida Killed in Yemen-U.S. Airstrike: The Yemen-based al-Qaida regional wing said Thursday that one of its field commanders, a former Guantanamo detainee, was killed in a Yemeni-U.S. air raid early this year.
Riots in Temple Mount, Western Wall area after unarmed Palestinian shot dead by Israeli guard: At least 10 Israelis wounded in clashes which broke out following funeral of man shot dead in Silwan earlier in the day.
"Settlers" Open Fire at Funeral Procession, Police Cars Burning: Around 2 PM "settlers" were firing live ammunition from the settlements at the funeral procession of one of the martyrs killed this morning by the private settler security guards here in Silwan.
Abbas signals renewed settlement construction won't end talks: According to a transcript of the event in New York, the Palestinian president said: "I cannot say I will leave the negotiations, but it's very difficult for me to resume talks if Prime Minister Netanyahu declares that he will continue his activity in the West Bank and Jerusalem."
Bill Clinton: Russian immigrants in Israel are an obstacle to peace: Former U.S. President says that Russian immigrants are those least interested in peace in Israel; sparks outrage among leading Russian politicians.
Israel rejects UN criticism of its Gaza war probe: "Israel is a democratic and law abiding country that carefully observes international law and, when need be, knows how to investigate itself," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ygal Palmor said in a statement.
Ahmadinejad: Israeli PM an assassin: Netanyahu should be tried in court for blockading Gaza and massacring innocent Palestinian women and children," Ahmadinejad said in an interview with CNN's Larry King on Wednesday.
Indigenous resistance, from Colombia to Palestine: "They only see our water, our land, our trees. They don't care about us. They want the land -- without the people on it."
The City that Ended Hunger: A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S. cities have yet to do: end hunger.
A giant leap into the unknown: GM salmon that grows and grows: Its many detractors have called it the "Frankenfish". They say it will leave poison on our dinner plates and spoil the marine environment. Its proponents, meanwhile, argue that a genetically modified salmon could help preserve the oceans and feed the world for decades to come.
Major insurers to drop child policies ahead of coverage mandate: Just days away from the implementation of new rules that will prevent insurers from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, numerous major insurers have opted to end the sale of child-only policies.
5 Outright Illegal Scams That Should Put Wall St. Bankers Behind Bars: From laundering drug money to gouging you on overdrafts, here are five scams where Wall Street ran afoul of the law.
Good News? Ally Financial legal issue with foreclosures may affect other mortgage companies: The legal predicament compelled Ally Financial, the nation's fourth-largest home lender, to halt evictions of homeowners in 23 states this week. Now it appears hundreds of other companies, including mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, may also be affected because they use Ally to service their loans.
Los Angeles Mayor: We Will Not Go Bankrupt: The city of Los Angeles will not be bankrupt, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told CNBC, dismissing former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan's gloomy prediction that the city will be bankrupt by 2014.

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