Wednesday, 27 October 2010

News For October 27, 2010

War Should Be an Election Issue

By Amy Goodman

The WikiLeaks release, dubbed “The Iraq War Logs,” has been topping the headlines in Europe. But in the U.S., it barely warranted a mention on the agenda-setting Sunday talk shows. Continue

Senate Report Concludes
Private Security Contractors in Afghanistan Fueling the Taliban

By Scott Horton

To meet their security concerns, the contractors have turned to “warlords and strongmen linked to murder, kidnapping [and] bribery.” The report also documents incidents in which contractors have tendered payments to the Taliban. Continue

Mikhail Gorbachev: Victory in Afghanistan is 'Impossible'

By The Telegraph

Mr Gorbachev, who pulled Russian troops out of Afghanistan in 1989 after a 10-year war, said the US had no alternative but to withdraw troops. Continue

High Time Progressives Support the Insurgency and End this War
As Ground is Laid for Resource Plunder

By Younus Abdullah Muhammad

It is the latest attempt to implement the neoliberal economic policies that are the norms of  'globalization' as America, on behalf of the corporations and international elite it serves, tries to turn a profit and sustain control of the corporatist world order. Continue

WikiLeaks Should be Declared 'Enemy Combatants

By Sam Jones

A Fox News contributor and former state department adviser has accused WikiLeaks of conducting "political warfare against the US" and called for those behind the whistleblowing website to be declared "enemy combatants" so they can be subjected to "non-judicial actions". Continue

WikiLeaks Founder Lashes out at New York Times

By Christopher Alessi

"Is it that only journalists with bad character work for the Times?" he added, before quickly shifting gears to argue that that the paper is beholden to the US military-industrial complex and, as a result, too often confuses a false sense of balance with accuracy. Continue

America Has Sown Chaos Across The Globe: President Assad

By The Associated Press

"Is Afghanistan stable? Is Somalia stable? Did they bring stability to Lebanon in 1983?" Assad asked, referring to U.S. intervention in Lebanon's 15-year civil war that ended in 1990. Continue

Report: Western Presence Fuels Yemen, Somalia Insecurity

By Selah Hennessy

A new report says Western security measures in Yemen and Somalia are fueling militancy because local populations see it as a form of aggression. Continue

Dear Jon, Sane People Protest Crazy Wars

By Medea Benjamin

It's too bad that Jon Stewart, the liberal comedian, is putting anti-war activists, tea partiers and black bloc anarchists in the same bag. And it's sad that he's telling his audience -- many of whom are young progressive thinkers -- that activism is crazy. Continue

The Supreme Court Sold Out Our Democracy
How to Fight the Corporate Takeover of Our Elections

By Joshua Holland

Election 2010 is being fought on a wave of campaign dollars unleashed on the American people by the Supreme Court in its Citizens United v. FEC decision. The court, led by a majority of staunch right-wingers, struck down limits on third-party “electioneering” ads based on a tortured interpretation of the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. Continue

Airport Security Checks are Completely Redundant, BA Chairman says

By Peter Hutchison

Passengers are needlessly removing their shoes and having their laptops inspected due to pointless security checks at airports, the chairman of British Airways has claimed. Continue

Bernanke's Dilemma

By Mike Whitney

Congress must get involved and threaten to levy import duties and tariffs on China if they refuse to let their currency appreciate. Continue

US Attack Kills 7 People In Pakistan: There have now been at least 19 suspected US missile strikes in Pakistan this month, many of them in North Waziristan. There were 21 such attacks in September, nearly double the previous monthly record.
184 US Attacks Have killed 1,863 People In Pakistan Since June ’04: Statistics show a total of 53 drone attacks were carried out in Pakistan by the unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) of US during the last year killing 709 people, mostly innocent tribesmen including women and children.
Three killed in Quetta blast: Three people, including a policeman, were killed and nine others were injured in a grenade attack in Pakistan's Quetta city Wednesday, a media report said
5 Taliban militants killed in northern Afghan province: Official: Security forces raided Taliban hideouts in northern Baghlan province eliminating five insurgents early Wednesday, provincial governor Munshi Abdul Majid said
Coalition occupation force soldier killed in Afghan attack: : A coalition service member was killed after a bomb blast in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
Afghan civilians killed by British forces: The Guardian newspaper obtained documents from the Ministry of Defence under the UK’s freedom of information legislation. The files show three British military units killed or wounded civilians on 21 occasions.
9 Nato Supply Vehicles Torched in Afghanistan: The incident occurred when a convoy of Nato supply vehicles was on its way from Kandahar to Herat, a police official told TOLOnews reporter on Wednesday on condition of anonymity.
Russian military could be drawn back into Afghanistan: Nato officials explore joint initiatives ahead of landmark alliance summit, which is to include President Medvedev
No Russian soldiers in Afghanistan - Rogozin: In the Ambassador’s words, Moscow is not planning to supply Afghanistan with “cannon fodder” and “Russian soldiers will be where they are to be, that is on the territory of the Russian Federation”.
We've been in Afghanistan, we didn't like it - Russia's NATO envoy: Russia's envoy to NATO on Wednesday dismissed reports that Russian troops could be sent back to Afghanistan two decades after the Soviet Union's Red Army was forced out by U.S.-backed mujahedeen.
Private Security Contractors in Afghanistan Fueling the Taliban: To meet their security concerns, the contractors have turned to “warlords and strongmen linked to murder, kidnapping [and] bribery.” The report also documents incidents in which contractors have tendered payments to the Taliban.
US concerned over Afghan ban of security contractors: "We're not aware that any U.S.-funded projects have stopped operating, but without clarity our partners are making plans for the possibility they are unable to continue their work here," said Caitlin Hayden, the U.S. Embassy spokeswoman in Kabul.
Afghan contractor deadline delayed: President Karzai expected to allow private security contractors to operate in the country until next March.
UN urge stepped-up supervision of US contractors in Afghanistan: The findings of the report by the US Senate Committee on Armed Services are consistent with that of the experts following their visit to Afghanistan last April, said Alexander Nikitin, the chairperson of the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries.
Report: Iraq, Afghanistan among most corrupt: An international watchdog group says Afghanistan remains the world's second most corrupt country, and Iraq is not far behind.
4 killed, 10 wounded in Baghdad violence: An explosive charge planted near the Sunni Endowment office in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Sabie Abkar, detonated in the morning, killing two guards and wounding four others, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Sticky bomb kills, wounds 2 civilians in Baghdad: One civilian was killed and another one was wounded by a sticky bomb in southern Baghdad on Wednesday, according to a security source.
UN urges Iraq not to execute to Tareq Aziz: The United Nations on Wednesday urged Iraq to spare the life of Tareq Aziz, the former deputy premier and aid to Saddam Hussein who has been sentenced to die.
Bushehr activities under IAEA safeguards: UN nuclear chief: Both Iran and Russia say Bushehr poses no nuclear risk of nuclear weapons proliferation. Amano said potential negotiations were among the issues he discussed with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran Obama aide: Iran prefers defiance and secrecy to transparency and peace: United States President's special assistant Dennis Ross, who served as a special Middle East coordinator under former U.S. President Bill Clinton, spoke to attendees of the AIPAC National Summit in Hollywood, Florida.
Ross warns Israel failed talks could imperil its security: Top White House adviser tells AIPAC all options remain on the table in dealing with Iran; real progress in peace talks needed.
Netanyahu 'salutes' commandos who killed activists on Gaza flotilla: PM tours top-security Shayetet 13 base in show of defiance against international censure of raid on Mavi Marmara.
U.N. envoy demands Israel act against settler attacks: A senior U.N. official condemned attacks by Jewish "settler extremists" on Palestinians' olive trees in the occupied West Bank and called on Israel to "combat violence and terror by Israelis.
27 Killed as Somali forces 'foil al-Shabab raid': Civilians reportedly among the 27 people killed after al-Shabab launched attempt to retake town near Kenyan border.
Yemen under U.S. pressure to hit al-Qaida: Yemen's government, under intense U.S. pressure to step up its campaign against al-Qaida, is recruiting tribesmen to hunt jihadists the CIA says pose a greater danger to the United States than al-Qaida Central in Pakistan.
Terrorism suspect given 'victim' status by Polish legal authorities: The status gives credence to allegations by Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi citizen suspected by the US of involvement in the bombing of the warship USS Cole in 2000, that he was held at an airfield in Poland and subjected to harsh interrogation tactics, including being threatened with an electric drill, by American intelligence officers in 2002.
Mikhail Gorbachev: 'Russian democracy has problems': He has accused the ruling party, led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, of deviating from democracy to try to stay in power.
UN assembly calls for end to US embargo on Cuba: The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted Tuesday for a resolution calling on the United States to end its five-decade old embargo of Cuba.
Pentagon says WikiLeaks has more secret documents: Defense Department spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told reporters Tuesday the Pentagon suspects the group may have even more classified U.S. data than previously reported, but declined to characterize it.
Character assassination? 'You should be ashamed': WikiLeaks boss blasts astonished Larry King : ‘It’s not right to bring in sensational and, in fact, false claims, a relatively trivial matter compared to the deaths of 109,000 people.
Pack Assange off to Guantanamo, US conservatives tell Obama: The White House and the Pentagon have failed to confront and contain the threat to national security posed by WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange who should be arrested as an "enemy combatant", voices on the US conservative right insisted yesterday.
Tea Party Nation Founder: ‘A majority of Tea Party members…are not fans of Islam’: Tea Party members ought to “seriously consider” whether they should vote for a candidate who adheres to Islam.
From Pakistan to Paris: How The Rest Of The World Views The Tea Party: The US elections are a big story elsewhere in the world. And the Tea Party movement has not gone unnoticed in other countries.
France approves pension reform: France's parliament has given its final approval to a bill that will raise the age of retirement from 60 to 62, a reform that has sparked weeks of strikes and protests.
Vote threatens Romania's government: Thousands of people take to streets to support no-confidence motion over spending cuts and tax rises.
Congress debates Web ‘kill switch' for Obama: The executive branch already tracks and surveils Internet users and it can demand and obtain records from Internet and communications companies without court orders, with cursory court orders and with actual warrants, she said.
BP dispersants 'causing sickness' : "The dispersants are being added to the water and are causing chemical compounds to become water soluble, which is then given off into the air, so it is coming down as rain, in addition to being in the water and beaches of these areas of the Gulf," Naman added.

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