Friday, 1 October 2010

News For October 01, 2010

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran
Obama Pressed to Weigh Iran Strike

By Yitzhak Benhorin

Both Senator Joe Lieberman and Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, have urged the president to consider setting a time limit of just a few months on the effectiveness of the most recent sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic for its nuclear advances. Continue

Tea Party vs. War Party?

By Patrick J. Buchanan

The neocons are nervous the Tea Party may not sign up to soldier on for the empire. Continue

In Struggle With The American Mind

By William Blum

I direct these remarks to readers who have to deal with Americans who turn into a stone wall upon hearing the United States accused of acting immorally; America, they are convinced, means well; our motives are noble. Continue

State of Emergency in Ecuador

By Ruth Collins

Turmoil in the South American country continues, as the President, police and army all wrestle for control. Continue

Global Unemployment to Trigger Further Social Unrest, UN Agency Forecasts

By Julia Kollewe

The United Nations work agency today warned of a long "labour market recession" and noted that social unrest related to the crisis had already been reported in at least 25 countries, including some recovering emerging economies. Continue

Wall Street Brings Class War to America?

By Les Leopold

The financial crisis is squaring up a new class struggle: The handful of financial elites versus the rest of us. Where's our common interest? What's good for them (a $10 trillion bailout) costs us jobs and public services, and deepens the public debt. Financial elites have effectively hijacked our economy and there will be hell to pay to get it back. Continue

Will Americans Act to Prevent Economic and Environmental Collapse?

By Ted Rall

Americans have lost faith in "their" government's willingness or ability to address their needs and concerns. But Americans' pessimism is deeper and broader than I thought. And their rage is burning white hot. Continue

Neoliberal Experiment and Europe's anti-Austerity Strikes

By Michael Hudson

How far can a population have its living standards slashed before it rebels. Continue

One in 28 US Kids Has a Parent in Prison: Study

By Daniel Tencer

More than one in 100 Americans is in prison, and the cost of prisons to states now exceeds $50 billion per year, or one in every 15 state dollars spent -- a figure the study describes as "staggering." Continue

I'll Quit Whining When You Start Fighting

By Peter Birkenhead

A recent poll from Democracy Corps found that 55 percent of likely voters in this November's elections believe Barack Obama is a socialist. - He hasn't raised taxes, nationalized a single industry, or cut a red cent from the defense budget. So why have more than half of likely voters fallen for the right-wing caricature of our decidedly centrist President as the second coming of Che Guevara? Continue

US-led airstrike kills 15 in Afghanistan: A US-led airstrike has killed at least 15 people in northeastern Afghanistan amid growing discontent over the rising number of civilian deaths in the war-torn country.
Six foreign occupation troops killed in Afghanistan: Taliban attacks killed six international soldiers in Afghanistan's south, the alliance and Afghan authorities said on Thursday, as the war drags on towards its 10th year.
Gunmen attack 27 Nato tankers in Afghanistan: Police official Mir Ahmed Chandio said the tankers were parked at a terminal when gunmen opened fire, forcing people to flee before setting the vehicles on fire.
Pakistan: Attack on NATO convoy kills 3: t least three people have been killed and five others injured when unknown militants blew up 40 NATO containers in southern Pakistan.
Musharraf launches new party: Ex-Pakistani president announces that his new All Pakistan Muslim League will contest the planned 2013 general election.
Eight killed in Shiite rebel clashes in north Yemen: Yemeni Shiite rebels killed two soldiers and six pro-government tribesmen in fresh clashes on Wednesday which enabled the rebels to seize a large-scale region in northern Yemen, a security official said, Xinhua reported.
Yemen confirms US air strikes: Yemen’s foreign minister acknowledged the United States has launched attacks on Al Qaeda in his country in an interview published on Thursday, the first confirmation from Sanaa of a US military role.
8 Killed as blasts mar Nigeria anniversary: At least eight people have been killed and another three wounded after two car bombs exploded in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, as the country marks its 50th independence anniversary.
Iraq: IED kills 3 Sahwa fighters, wounds 7 in Baghdad: Three Sahwa fighters were killed and seven others were wounded Friday in an improvised explosive device blast in southern Baghdad, a police source said.
Two members of Iraqi security killed in Mosul: One Iraqi soldier died when a bomb exploded near an army foot patrol, while a police officer was shot dead in the downtown.
Shiite bloc confirms Maliki as Iraq prime minister; election deadlock nears end: A coalition of Shiite political blocs chose incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as their candidate for Iraq's top government job on Friday afternoon, breaking a months-long deadlock and pushing government formation forward.
Maliki only four seats shy of premiership: With State of Law's 89 and INA's 70 seats, the National Alliance is just four seats short of the 163 needed for a governing majority.
European oil firms resist U.S. pressure to quit Iran: European oil majors resisted pressure from the United States on Friday to stop doing business with Iran, in spite of Washington's drive to isolate Tehran over a nuclear program the West suspects is aimed at making bombs.
Did the West attack Iran's nukes...? Was Stuxnet specifically designed to attack Iran?: It looks that way. At least 60 percent of the known infected computers are in Iran, and several security experts openly speculate that it was designed to sabotage Iran's burgeoning nuclear power program
Israeli cyber unit responsible for Iran computer worm – claim: An elite Israeli military unit responsible for cyberwarfare has been accused of creating a virus that has crippled Iran's computer systems and stopped work at its newest nuclear power station.
Israel's unit 8200: cyber warfare: Israel demonstrated its intent to conquer cyber warfare in the 1990s by presenting the country's legions of hackers with a choice between prison and working for the state.
U.N. Report finds Israel "summarily executed" U.S. citizen on flotilla: The report has been largely ignored in the American media despite the fact (or, more accurately: because) it found that much of the Israeli force used "was unnecessary, disproportionate, excessive and inappropriate and resulted in the wholly avoidable killing and maiming of a large number of civilian passengers"
Court: Irish Nobel laureate to be deported from Israel: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, who was deported from Israel after joining a Gaza-bound aid ship, is currently in a detention facility at the airport pending an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Zbigniew Brzezinski says AIPAC is bad for USA / Israel - Video - While Israeli settlers relax in their swimming pool below are Palestinians with no running water and their olive groves have been cut.
Study: vets' health costs could top $900 billion: A new study estimates that health costs for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars could top $900 billion, leading one congressman to call for setting up a veterans' trust fund.
Bin Laden Calls a New "Well-funded" Relief Organization : "If governments spent [on relief] only one percent of what is spent on armies, they would change the face of the world for poor people," he said.
Latest (Alledged) Osama bin Laden Audio Message- Arabic
'They asked about Osama Bin Laden, then took my DNA': Hundreds of British Muslims leaving and returning from holidays abroad face harassment and intimidation by security forces when they pass through UK airports and seaports, an investigation has found.
Ecuador calm after revolt; Correa alleges coup : Ecuador was under a state of siege Friday, the streets quiet with the military in charge of public order, after soldiers rescued President Rafael Correa from a hospital where he'd been surrounded by police who roughed him up and tear-gassed him earlier.
Corruption, poverty behind Ecuador crisis: The greatest disparities are found among Ecuador's indigenous and Mestizo communities -- 90 percent of an estimated 14.7 million population -- and among black citizens, who comprise 3 percent of the total. The largest privileged groups are found in the 7 percent of the population that is of European origin.
Chávez urges the US "to keep its imperialist hands" out of the region: The Venezuelan president warned that the United States "provides millions of dollars to far-right wing movements; many of them are trying to destabilize the governments of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA),"
U.S. Apologizes for Guatemala Syphilis Experiment: The United States apologized on Friday for an experiment conducted in the 1940s in which U.S. government researchers deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates, women and mental patients with syphilis.
China labour strikes gain momentum: Labour union movements seeking better wages and working conditions have stepped up strikes and protests across China at an unprecedented rate. It has been described as nothing short of a revolution.
Ireland reveals full horror of banking crisis: The Central Bank warned that the state rescue of Anglo Irish could cost as much as 34.3 billion euros (46.6 billion US dollars) and will help push the public deficit to a record 32 percent of gross domestic product this year.
Spain: Ten million workers take part in general strike: Nearly 70 percent of Spanish workers—10 million—took part in Wednesday’s general strike. In some sectors, such as mining, metal, auto manufacture, electronic, fishing and other industries, participation was nearly 100 percent. The movement also encompassed many self-employed workers and small businesses.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz calls for second federal stimulus: “We will see in the next two years the real cost of there not being a second round of stimulus,” he said. “We will see the economy slow down at a very high economic cost.”
JPMorgan Halts Foreclosures, "Robo-Signers" Appear Commonplace: JPMorgan Chase has stopped foreclosures in 23 states to review the accuracy of its filings. According to the bank, the cases may contain “defects” and “flawed paperwork” which could give homeowners reason to contest court-ordered evictions. JPMorgan’s foreclosure suspension affects some 56,000 borrowers.
Foreclosures and REOs Were 24% of Q2 Sales: RealtyTrac: New data released by RealtyTrac Thursday shows that foreclosure and REO homes accounted for 24 percent of all residential sales during the second quarter.
Tens of thousands lose stimulus-subsidized jobs: With the program expiring, many of the adults have been told not to report to work anymore. And it won't be easy for them to find a new position at time when the unemployment rate continues to hover at 9.6%

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