Thursday, 4 November 2010

News For November 04, 2010

Chomsky: US-led Afghan War, Criminal

By Press TV

Noam Chomsky says US invasion of Afghanistan was illegal since to date there is no evidence that al-Qaeda has carried out the 9/11 attacks. Continue

"The Truth Is There Is No Al Qaeda”
Yemen’s Drive on Al Qaeda Faces Internal Skepticism


The Yemeni government has used jihadists as proxy soldiers in the past, and sometimes conflates the Qaeda threat and the unrelated political insurgencies it has fought in northern and southern Yemen in recent years. Continue

U.S. Covert War Provokes Terrorism in Yemen

By Sheldon Richman

The U.S. government and mainstream media continue to play dumb about threats to Americans from the Muslim world. Continue

Al-Qaida No. 2 Vows Revenge for Imprisoned Woman


Many across Pakistan's political spectrum believe the U.S. has fabricated charges against her and may have even held her in a secret prison during a five-year period in which she went missing. Continue

Dr Aafia Siddiqui To Be Incarcerated In CarsHELL

By Yvonne Ridley

Once again the US has shown its contempt towards the wishes of the Pakistan Government and its vindictive persecution of a woman who has been renditioned, raped, tortured and abused since March 2003. Continue

In Case You Missed It
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons

Video Documentary

Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq? Continue

US Mid-Term Elections:
The Death of Hope and Change

By Andy Worthington

To be brutally honest, those of us concerned with “national security” issues could tell by May 2009 that “hope” and “change” were dead in the water. Continue

The Obama Postmortem
An Autopsy of a Political Suicide

By Ted Rall

It’s the day after the Republican sweep we all knew was coming. If Obama had any dignity, if he was honest with himself and with us, he would resign. It’s abundantly clear that he isn’t up to the job. Continue

A Tale of Two Ghettoes

By Kalle Lasn

Last week, in a move to silence criticism of Israeli policies, the Canadian Jewish Congress labelled Adbusters -- and anyone who makes the above historical analogy -- anti-Semitic. Continue

US kills 13 people in NW Pakistan: At least 13 people were killed in three U.S. drone attacks on Wednesday in northwest Pakistan's tribal area, near the border with Afghanistan, local TV channels reported
10 suspected militants killed in assault, Afghan police chief says: Afghan and NATO-led troops killed at least 10 suspected militants, including two foreign fighters, in the northern province of Kunduz, a police official said Thursday.
229 Afghan civilians killed in October: Official: 15 percent increase in compare with the previous month," Bashari told a press briefing here, Xinhua reported.
Five killed, 15 injured in Iraq attacks: Three soldiers were killed by a bomb aimed at a military patrol near the city of Salah el-Din, some 170 kilometres north of Baghdad. Nine people, including civilians, were also injured in the blast.
Tariq Aziz faces judicial murder in Iraq: The sentencing of former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz to hang is a barbaric act of political vengeance by the US puppet government in Baghdad and yet another in the litany of war crimes committed by Washington since the 2003 invasion.
South Yemen car bomb kills two, wounds 22: security official: A car bomb targeting security forces killed two people Thursday in Yemen, where troops are hunting Al-Qaeda jihadists believed behind two US-bound parcel bombs as well as radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi.
Officials deny Yemen bomb defused 17 minutes before it was set to go off: A claim by the French interior minister that one of two mail bombs sent from Yemen last week was defused 17 minutes before it had been set to explode was today disputed by officials familiar with the investigation.
War criminal: Bush makes clear he approved use of waterboarding: In a memoir due out Tuesday, Bush makes clear that he personally approved the use of that coercive technique against alleged Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheik Mohammed, an admission the human rights experts say could one day have legal consequences for him.
Wikileaks founder takes US to task over abuses: “If the United States is to be seen as a credible country that obeys the rule of law and those it has committed to and promoted, it must conduct investigations into plausible violations of those laws,” the 39-year-old Australian told reporters in Geneva, adding that the US should open up "instead of covering up".
CIA lawyer: U.S. law does not forbid rendition: Daniel Pines, an assistant general counsel at the CIA, has asserted in a law journal that the abduction of terrorism suspects abroad is legal under U.S. law, even when the suspect is turned over to countries notorious for torture.
IDF spokeswoman completely denies hinting Israel coordinated Gaza murder with Washington: Asked whether Israel had coordinated the murder on Mohammed Nimnim, a commander in the Army of Islam group, with its American ally, the spokesman did not respond.
Arrest fears prompt Israel to relocate strategic forum with U.K.: U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague says Britain will soon change a law that has threatened Israeli officials with arrest for war crimes if they visit Britain.
Israel sparks legal row during William Hague visit: Israel sparked a diplomatic row today on William Hague's first visit as foreign secretary by linking the postponement of a high-level meeting between the two countries to Israeli fears that officials and politicians could be arrested in the UK over war crimes claims.
Benjamin Netanyahu retains control of U.S. Congress: One prominent pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington is already praising the GOP takeover of the House of Representatives as a net benefit for Israel.
AIPAC lauds re-election of pro-Israel stalwarts: "Many of the strongest friends and supporters of the U.S.-Israel relationship were reelected on Tuesday," the group said in a statement.
Jewish Settler Leaders Praise Republican Gains: The U.S. midterm elections heartened some right-leaning Israelis, including settler leaders, who have seen President Barack Obama’s Mideast policy as antagonist and now view his repudiation in the polls as a sign he may be less able to pressure Israel into concessions in stalled peace talks.
Iran arrests four over 'British-linked assassination plot': Iranian authorities have arrested four people they say were paid by someone based in Britain to carry out assassinations
Iran: Analysis: UK: Espionage-led diplomacy: John Sawers, the chairman of Britain's spying apparatus MI6, has conceded a few days ago that his agency was carrying out espionage operations in Iran.
Colombia Suspends 7 in Military After Children’s Killings: Colombia’s army has suspended seven officers and soldiers for failing to control their troops in connection with the brutal murders last month of three impoverished children near Colombia’s northeast border with Venezuela.
Scariest speed camera of all... It checks your insurance, tax and even whether you are tailgating or not wearing a seatbelt
Privacy advocates fear massive fed health database: U.S. Office of Personnel Management wants to collect data from three health programs
UN report warns of threat to human progress from climate change: The United Nations warned today that a continued failure to tackle climate change was putting at risk decades of progress in improving the lives of the world's poorest people.
Global financial crisis leaves two million Australians in poverty: Two studies have provided a damning picture of the immense social distress being caused by the restructuring of working and living conditions in Australia following the financial crash of 2008.
French Workers Block Cars Outside Airports in Pension Protest: French airline workers blocked traffic outside several airports Thursday to protest a new law that has raised the country's minimum retirement age from 60 to 62.
Ireland: Student protest brings chaos to Dublin streets: Dublin city centre was the scene of violent clashes yesterday during a student protest against a rise in registration fees.
Applications for jobless aid rise sharply: The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for unemployment aid rose by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 457,000 for the week ending Oct. 30. Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had expected a smaller rise.
Fitch Says 7M Homes in the Shadows Will Take 40 Months to Clear: Fitch Ratings puts the industry's shadow inventory - meaning loans that are seriously delinquent, in foreclosure, or REO - at 7 million homes.

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