Friday, 22 October 2010

News For October 22, 2010

Pakistani Foreign Minister Suggests U.S. To Blame For Taliban, Al-Qaeda

By Heather Maher

"When the Soviets were defeated and left Afghanistan, the United States quickly packed its bags, leaving us to deal with networks that all of us had jointly created," Qureshi said. "This was the beginning of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda." Continue

It's the Occupation, Stupid

By Robert A. Pape

Extensive research into the causes of suicide terrorism proves Islam isn't to blame -- the root of the problem is foreign military occupations. Continue

Peres: Israel Needs US for Existence

By Press TV

"We cannot exist alone. For our existence we need the friendship of the United States of America. It doesn't sound easy, but this is the truth," he said. Continue

“Zionism and Peace are Incompatible”

By Alan Hart

Why really it is that American presidents will not use the leverage they have to try to call the Zionist state to account for its crimes when doing so would clearly be in America’s own best interests. Continue

The Israel Lobby
Targeting Democrats for Election Day Defeat

By MJ Rosenberg

The fury of the "pro-Israel" lobby lately has truly been something to behold. Continue

Sarkozy Should Retire, says France
The French Are Fighting For All Our Benefits

By Mark Weisbrot

French populist rage is being directed in a positive direction – unlike in the United States where it is most prominently being mobilised to elect political candidates who will do their best to increase the suffering of working- and middle-class citizens. Continue

Vive la France. Vive la RĂ©sistance.
Thank God for France

By Mike Whitney

Thank God for France. While American liberals tremble at the idea of sending an angry e mail to congress for fear that their name will appear on the State Department's list of terrorists, French workers are on the front lines choking on tear gas and fending off billyclubs in hand-to-hand combat with Sarkozy's Gendarmerie. Continue

GOP Plan Dramatically Reduces Social Security Benefits, Actuary Finds

By Sahil Kapur

A high-profile Republican budget plan would slash Social Security benefits in the long-run -- perhaps even by up to half of what they are now, the program's actuary concluded in a new study. Continue

George W. Bush Reveals His Biggest Failure Was Not Privatizing Social Security

By Elyse Siegel

Former President George W. Bush signaled on Thursday that he sees not privatizing Social Security as his greatest failure from the eight years he served in the White House, the Chicago Tribune reports. Continue

Special Report: The Haves, the Have-nots and the Dreamless Dead

By Emily Kaiser

In 2007, when the world was on the brink of financial crisis, U.S. income inequality hit its highest mark since 1928, just before the Great Depression. Coincidence? Maybe not. Continue

Somali forces kill 27 Shabaab rebels at Kenya border: Somali soldiers and allied militia killed at least 27 al Shabaab militants in fighting along Somalia's border with Kenya, local residents and a militia commander said on Friday.
Somalia: Rebels killed by African Union shelling: The coalition of African military forces fighting Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in Somalia have killed at least five rebels near the capital, Mogadishu.
Somali Islamists retake southern town: Somali Islamist fighters from Al Shabaab on Thursday took over a southern Somali border town from pro-government forces only days after the area changed hands between the two warring sides, residents said.
Attacks leaves ten dead in Pakistan: Seven soldiers were killed and two others injured when a blast hit their military patrol in the tribal district of Orakzai.
US bribes Pakistan: US to give Pakistan $2B in new military aid, urge stepped-up anti-terror fight: The Obama administration is laying out a new multiyear, multibillion-dollar military aid package for Pakistan as it presses the Islamabad government to step up the fight against extremists there and in neighbouring Afghanistan, U.S. officials say.
Gul: Are Pakistan’s Generals Finally Breaking with Taliban?: Some officials in the Pakistani Army believe Gen. Petraeus deliberately sent his men into hot pursuit of suspected Taliban fighters. With this, he may have wanted to gauge the Pakistani reaction before intensifying the U.S. military campaign into Waziristan.
US hypocrisy? 'Abusive' Pakistani units lose aid: US cuts off funds to army units accused of extrajudicial killings, reports say, as foreign ministers meet in Washington
Pentagon says it hosted radical cleric after 9/11: The U.S.-born al-Qaida operative is now on a U.S. kill-or-capture list.
3 Killed as NATO convoy attacked in Afghanistan: Afghan officials say Taliban militants have attacked a NATO convoy in southeastern Afghanistan, setting more than a dozen fuel tankers ablaze and killing at least three drivers.
Leading Sunni militant among three killed in Iraq: At least three people were killed, including a leader of a government-backed Sunni militia, and seven people were injured in separate attacks in Iraq, security sources said Friday.
Iraqi leaders not following US advice on gov't:? American influence has so dwindled in Iraq over the last several months that Iraqi lawmakers and political leaders say they no longer follow Washington's advice for forming a government.
US State Dept. will hire another 7,000 security contractors in Iraq: Corbin stated that State Department will hire another 7,000 security contractors once Congress comes through with a 2011 budget, in which State Department has requested USD 2.6 billion for operations in Iraq.
US threatens Turkish bankers arrest if more dealings with Iran: A top U.S. government official increased pressure on Turkey to enforce international sanctions against Iran.
US to check whether Venezuela-Iran deals violate sanctions: The United States will be vigilant of the deals made between Venezuela and Iran to make sure that they do not violate sanctions against Tehran, US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley, said on Thursday.
Israeli settlement building 'alarming', says UN envoy: The UN's Middle East envoy on Thursday criticised Israel's renewed building in West Bank settlements.
Carter: Sheikh Jarrah evictions are against international law: Former U.S. President visits weekly demonstration in the East Jerusalem neighborhood; decries 'injustice' against Palestinians.
Foxman: US must stop Palestinians from declaring state: Anti-Defamation League head says "pipe dream" of declaring statehood without making concessions or sacrifices must be given up.
Public outcry ensues after rabbis tell Jews not to rent to Arabs: Several MKs and nonprofit organizations demand a criminal investigation of Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu and 17 other rabbis.
Israeli driver testifies in Corrie case: A bulldozer driver who crushed a US activist in Gaza in 2003 tells Haifa court he can not recall much about day she died
'Viva Palestina' activists deliver tons of aid to Gaza Strip: Most of the activists arrived at the Egyptian port El-Arish on flights from Syria, while just 30 activists made the journey with the aid supplies by ship.
Indonesia admits torture by troops: Government confirms its soldiers tortured Papuan detainees after online footage showed them being beaten and humiliated.
Filipinos aim to give US army the boot: Some 3,000 United States Marines are currently in the Philippines for joint training exercises with their Filipino counterparts amid mounting opposition calls to scrap a controversial bilateral military pact.
UK scientist (David Kelly) 'committed suicide'? : Secret government files published in attempt to quash "conspiracy theories" over the death of weapons expert in 2003.
US-trained cartel terrorises Mexico: Founders of the Zetas drug gang learned special forces techniques at Ft. Bragg before waging a campaign of carnage.
Two U.S. air marshals flee Brazil after being charged with assault: Two U.S. air marshals who arrested the wife of a Brazilian judge on a flight to Rio de Janeiro -- and were themselves arrested and had their passports confiscated by Brazilian authorities -- fled the country using "alternate travel documents"
Oil could hit $100 a barrel soon, JP Morgan predicts: China's economy was quick to recover from the global downturn and has been growing at a spectactular pace, resulting in rampant demand for oil
French police reopen refinery: French police have ended a blockade by striking workers outside the Total oil company's Grandpuits refinery near Paris as the senate prepares to vote on government plans to raise the retirement age.
UK: Spending review cuts will hit poorest harder, says IFS: Thinktank warns that George Osborne's spending cuts are the deepest since the second world war and will hit the poorest harder than the better off
Food Stamp Usage Soars Among Working Families : "They're doing everything we want: they're working, paying all their bills, taking care of their kids, and they still don't have enough money at the end of the month to put food on the table."
Nation's Biggest Banks Each Hold over $20B in Foreclosures: Report: New data released this week shows that the nation’s largest banks are holding monstrous volumes of soured home loans. Not only has the housing crisis left major lenders knee-deep in an ocean of non-performers, but added exposure to early delinquencies means they could sink even deeper.
Kentucky County Court Order Impacts Foreclosure Complaint Filings: Kenton County foreclosure complaints must also be accompanied by a copy of the note and recorded mortgage with copies of all allonges, endorsements, and assignments necessary to document the chain of title to both the note and the mortgage.
Nine Stories The Press Is Underreporting -- Fraud, Fraud And More Fraud: If it wasn't already blindingly obvious that pervasive fraud was at the heart of the financial crisis and the ensuing foreclosure catastrophe, you would think that the latest news -- that banks have routinely been lying their heads off in the rush to kick homeowners off the properties they fraudulently induced them to buy in the first place -- would pretty much clinch it.

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