Monday, 18 October 2010

News For October 18, 2010

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By Gareth Porter

New information on the Central Intelligence Agency's campaign of drone strikes in northwest Pakistan directly contradicts the image the Barack Obama administration and the CIA have sought to establish in the news media of a programme based on highly accurate targeting that is effective in disrupting al Qaeda's terrorist plots against the United States.

Obama's Robot Wars Endanger Us All

By Johann Hari

Imagine if, an hour from now, a robot-plane swooped over your house and blasted it to pieces. The plane has no pilot. It is controlled with a joystick from 7,000 miles away, sent by the Pakistani military to kill you. It blows up all the houses in your street, and so barbecues your family and your neighbours until there is nothing left to bury but a few charred slops. Continue

A World Made by War
How Old Will You Be When the American War State Goes Down?

By Tom Engelhardt

Are you sure that you want your tax dollars to go, above all, into building pyramid-equivalents in Iraq or Afghanistan instead of tunnels at home, or into fighting a multigenerational war on terror planet-wide, instead of into putting the unemployed to work here?  Continue

The Choice is Ours

By Sheila Samples

Is it possible that a majority of Americans can be lured again into the tent of horror to support yet another bloody war? Have we learned nothing from history -- the blatant lies that catapulted us into Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Pakistan? It's amazing how easily our handlers control us; enrage us; shape our beliefs, our opinions. Continue

Will Abbas Sell Out On Palestinian Right Of Return?
 With Statehood, Palestine Ready to End All Claims
  By Karin Laub, Associated Press Writer –

The Palestinians are ready to end all historic claims against Israel once they establish their state in the lands Israel occupied in the 1967 Mideast War, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday, addressing a long-standing Israeli demand. Continue

Exclusive : Iran Brokers Behind-the-scenes Deal for Pro-Tehran Government in Iraq

By Martin Chulov in Baghdad

US Fears over Iran's influence after secret talks involving Syria, Hezbollah and the highest authorities in Shia Islam. Continue

How Propaganda is Disseminated: WikiLeaks Edition

By Glenn Greenwald

his is how the U.S. government and American media jointly disseminate propaganda: Continue

Cutting the Payroll Tax Will Kick-start the Economy

By Mike Whitney

Instead of inflating equities and commodities, the Fed's liquidity would give the nation's working people a well-deserved raise in pay that they'd use to kick-start the economy. That's the best way to create demand and beat deflation.

Crumbling America Has a $2.2 Trillion Repair Bill

By Rupert Cornwell

The US needs to update its roads, railways and airports – but recession and a shift to the right have put big infrastructure projects in jeopardy. Continue

Heroes for the Beaten, Foreclosed on, Imprisoned Masses

By Chris Hedges

Staughton Lynd could have built an enviable career as an academic but for his conscience. His conscience led him as a young undergraduate disgusted by the elitism around him to drop out of Harvard, and tortured him when he returned to finish his degree. Continue

Eleven al-Qaeda suspects killed in fighting with Yemeni troops: A security source told the German Press Agency dpa that the clashes, which flared up between al-Qaeda members and security forces backed by military units in the Moudia and Loudar districts of the southern Abyan province, killed 11 members of the group.
3 Yemeni soldiers killed in ambush: Al Qaeda gunmen ambushed a military convoy and killed three soldiers in south Yemen on Saturday, a security official said, two days after a similar ambush killed five soldiers in the same region.
At least one civilian dead in Yemen air strike against "Qaeda": Two air strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda hideouts in southern Yemen killed at least one civilian on Sunday, security and medical sources said.
29 killed, 50 injured in Karachi poll violence: Gunmen shot to death at least 29 people and injured over 50 in Karachi over the weekend, deepening tensions as a by-election was held to replace a lawmaker who was murdered in August
Monday: 9 Afghan guards killed by Taliban: Nine private security guards have been killed and three wounded in a Taliban attack on a checkpoint set up to protect a construction site in southern Afghanistan.
9 militants killed in military operation in NE. Afghanistan: Official: Afghan National Army (ANA), police and NATO-led troops launched a military operation in Khoja Bahawudin district killing nine militants and injuring 15 others, provincial administration spokesman said Monday.
Karzai reverses ban on foreign firms: The move comes days after notorious American contractor Xe Services LLC, formerly known as Blackwater was awarded a five-year State Department contract worth up to USD 10 billion for operations in Afghanistan.
Widespread Fraud Is Seen in Afghan Elections: Afghan and Western officials indicate that fraud was pervasive and that nearly 25 percent of the votes are likely to be thrown out.
Monday: US Kills Another 6 People In Pakistan: : "The identities of those killed in the strike is not yet known," the official said on condition of anonymity.
US understates civilian casualties in Pakistan, makes no amends : An American NGO working to raise awareness of the civilian victims of conflict has argued, in an extensive report, that the number of civilians killed or injured because of US airstrikes using unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” is larger than the US government admits
12 killed in Baghdad robbery: Two gunmen, two police officers, a soldier and four civilians died in the shootout.
2 civilians killed in Baghdad: Two civilians were killed as two improvised explosive devices attached to their vehicles went off in western Baghdad city on Sunday, according to a local security source.
Soldier killed, officer wounded near Mosul blast: A soldier was killed and an officer wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near their patrol west of Mosul city on Sunday, an Iraqi army source in Ninewa said.
Iraq police death toll close to insurgency's darkest days:" A WAVE of targeted attacks on soldiers, police, traffic officers and senior officials is steadily picking off the custodians of Iraq’s streets at rates that are nearing the darkest days of the insurgency, according to security commanders.
Sunnis leaving Awakening groups to join insurgents: Members of US-allied Awakening Councils have quit or been dismissed from their positions in significant numbers in recent months, prey to an intensive recruitment campaign to rejoin the Sunni insurgency, according to government officials, current and former members of the Awakening, and insurgents.
U.S. won't support a Maliki-Sadr alliance: Washington said it would no longer back incumbent Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki unless he breaks ties with Moqtada Sadr, a source said.
White propaganda: - U.S. now urges Iraqis to take their time in forming government: The change in approach comes as an anti-American occupation cleric's political faction agrees to support Maliki, a deal that would run counter to U.S. interests and risk f"urther destabilizing the country".
How Iran brokered a secret deal to put its ally in power in Iraq: Tehran's influence in Baghdad politics described by western official as 'nothing less than a strategic defeat' for US
US says China ignoring Iran sanctions: The United States believes some Chinese firms are helping Iran improve its missile technology and develop nuclear weapons, and has asked Beijing to prevent such activity, The Washington Post reported late on Sunday.
World Powers Bolster Trade with Iran despite Sanctions: The trade exchanges between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) has witnessed a 12% increase during the past six months despite the UN Security Council sanctions and the West's so-called unilateral boycotts against Tehran.
Chavez Due in Iran Monday: : During his stay, Chavez will meet with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other senior Iranian officials.
U.S. To Monitor Venezuela's Relations With Nuclear Nations: The United States on Friday reacted with caution to the reports that in addition to talks with Iran and others, Venezuela has reached an agreement with Russian Federation to build the first nuclear plant in Venezuela.
One killed, two injured in Israeli attack on northern Gaza: According to Palestinian reports, Israel Navy attacked a Hamas training facility north of Gaza city. Gaza hospital confirmed that one man was killed and two other were wounded, one of whom in critical condition.
Israeli forces await Viva Palestina': The Israeli forces are awaiting the arrival of the fifth Gaza-bound aid convoy, sent by the UK-based charity Viva Palestina, a source with Israel's military says.
Turkish PM describes Israel flotilla raid "state terrorism," demands apology: Turkey's prime minister has again accused Israel of "state terrorism" and called on the Jewish state to apologize and compensate victims of a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
Arab League urges world leaders to boycott OECD conference in Jerusalem: Call issued in light of continued Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank comes after Turkey, Britain and Spain said they would not attend.
Israel takes center stage in Illinois election campaign:" In fight for Congress seat in Illinois – a struggle between two Jewish candidates – Israel has made its way to the top of the political agenda. The contest: Who does more to protect the Jewish interest?
Did Canada's support for Israel cost it a seat on UN Security Council?: United Nations Security Council seat goes to Portugal in secret vote; Islamic states thought to have voted as a bloc against Ottawa.
WikiLeaks: Iraq War Documents Dump Not Coming Today, But 'Soon': Contrary to commonly held rumors, WikiLeaks will not be releasing 400,000 secret military documents relating to the war in Iraq, AFP is reporting. But that doesn't mean the Pentagon can breathe a sigh of a relief quite yet.
Sweden denies WikiLeaks founder Assange residence permit: Sweden's immigration authority on Monday rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request for residency, a potential setback in his efforts to gain protection from Swedish press freedom laws.
CIA paid Liverpool buyout tycoon use his jet for 'torture' flights: A jet owned by a senior executive in the US firm which has bought Liverpool Football Club was chartered by the CIA and used in flights allegedly linked to the rendition of terror suspects.
Federal Agents Urged to 'Friend' People on Social Networks, Memo Reveals: Websites the government is spying on include Twitter, MySpace, Craigslist and Wikipedia, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which filed the FOIA request.
Defiant millions take to the streets in battle over Nicolas Sarkozy's cuts: The return of students and workers in mass protests made the right shiver. But there was no battle of the barricades
Mortgage Damage Spreads: Big Bank Stocks Hit Again as Modern Finance Collides With the Legal System
CNBC predicts Congress will retroactively legalize foreclosure fraud: Congress will pass a bill to "forgive" banks the potentially criminal errors made in foreclosure proceedings, a senior CNBC editor predicts.
Poverty In Suburbs Increasing Rapidly During Economic Downturn: A pair of analyses by the nonprofit Brookings Institution paints a bleak economic picture for the 100 largest metropolitan areas over the past decade and in coming years, and finds that suburbs now are home to one-third of the nation's poor, and rising.

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