Tuesday, 9 November 2010

News For November 09, 2010

Bush Admits He Considered Attacks on Iran and Syria

By Ewen MacAskill and Chris McGreal in Washington

George Bush ordered the Pentagon to plan an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities and considered a covert attack on Syria, the former president reveals in his memoirs. Continue

Let's Attack Iran!

By Fred Reed

Oh good. I see that Senator Lindsey Graham wants to attack Iran. The US, he says, should "sink their navy, destroy their air force and deliver a decisive blow to the Revolutionary Guard." Continue

"Damn Right": Bush Boasts about Waterboarding

By Ray McGovern

For such a frank admission of high-level criminality, we can say, with ample justification, Shame on Bush. Continue

Butchers Persecute and Accuse Their Victims
Former president of the UN General Assembly, calls to free Tariq Aziz


I am, extremely sad and angry to see yet another great injustice perpetrated by the United States, who, in my country alone Nicaragua, recently promoted, directed, armed and financed an undeclared war of aggression that resulted in the death of 50000 people. Continue

George Bush's "All-Time Low"
He's got to be joking, right? No, he isn't.

By Mehdi Hasan

It's been nearly two years since he left the White House with the lowest domestic and global approval ratings of any US president in living memory. But, it seems, we still can't get enough of George W. Bush. Continue

Netanyahu Tests Obama, Again

By MJ Rosenberg

Netanyahu, who grew up in the United States, is as much a Republican as he is a Likudnik (he worked with Speaker Gingrich against President Clinton) and will do everything he can to sink Obama and the Democrats. Continue

Arundhati Roy: "These Wars Cannot Be Won"

By Democracy Now!

Arundhati Roy about the struggle of the Maoist rebels in India and her assessment of President Obama. Continue

Illusions and Empire

By Charles Scaliger

May America find the humility to turn back from the path that so many other nations, from Nineveh and Tyre to Ottoman Turkey and Britain, have followed. Continue

Capitalism and the War on Public Education

By Charles Sullivan

The problem isn’t big government; it is the merging of corporations and big business with government and the philosophical system that engenders it: the market fundamentalism spawned by rapacious capitali. Continue

Wall Street Wins Again

By Nomi Prin

The Republicans may have stormed the House, but it was Wall Street and the Fed that won the election. Continue

Outrage, Misguided

By Noam Chomsky

When the bubble bursts, the risk-takers can flee to the shelter of the nanny state. Bailouts—a kind of government insurance policy—are among many perverse incentives that magnify market inefficiencies. Continue

Pilgrims among 28 killed in Iraq : Three car bombings in mainly Shi'ite southern Iraq, two of which targeted Iranian pilgrims visiting holy cities, killed at least 28 people yesterday, police and military sources said.
Gates: US open to request from Iraq to stay: The United States is open to the idea of keeping troops in Iraq past a deadline to leave next year if Iraq asks for it, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.
Power-sharing deal eludes Iraq: Deadlock remains after first day of talks in Irbil between rival political parties aiming to form coalition government.
U.S. calls for Iraqi president to step down: "We've been under tremendous pressure by the Americans in ... clearly asking President Talabani to step down," said a Kurdish source close to the talks. He said both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have asked Talabani to step aside in recent phone calls.
Iraqi reconstruction a sham – former contractor: O'Brien worked as a US Department of Defense contractor in Iraq as an advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, advising on infrastructure issues.
British troops may face Iraq war crimes trial: Interrogators at secret jail dubbed 'UK's Abu Ghraib' referred to chief military prosecutor
Waterboarding is torture, Downing Street confirms: No 10 dismisses George Bush's claim in his memoirs that interrogation technique is legal and helped foil attacks on Heathrow and Canary Wharf
Waterboarding Is No Basis for Truth: George W Bush has resorted to the most obvious and, he apparently believes, convincing, defence of torture - namely, that it has saved lives.
District Governor Killed in Afghanistan: A road-side mine blast hit the car of Ali Abad, the sub-governor of Shawak district at 08:00 am on Tuesday in the district's Ibrahimkhil area when he was on his way to his office, a spokesman for the governor of Paktia, Rohullah Samoon, told TOLOnews reporter.
Taliban call on US to send fact-finding team to Afghanistan: The Taliban called on the US Congress on Sunday to send a "fact-finding mission" to Afghanistan to investigate what they called the lies and propaganda spread by American military chiefs to prolong the war.
Change? What Change? George W. Bush praises President Obama's Afghanistan surge: He expresses gratitude that Obama “stood up to critics by deploying more troops, announcing a new commitment to counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, and increasing the pressure on Pakistan to fight the extremists in the tribal areas.”
Yemen: Military official 'assassinated' in south: A high-ranking Yemeni military official was assassinated Tuesday in the southern Shabwa province, according to news agency al-Masdar.
Radical Yemeni cleric calls for killing of Americans 'without hesitation': US and‘Israel are controlling our ummah, soon Iran will interfere to get its share of the pie’
US says it has legal authority to kill American-born Anwar al-Awlaki: An ACLU lawsuit is challenging the legality of including Anwar al-Awlaki on a secret 'kill list.' The US says killing the cleric, an Al Qaeda member, would safeguard national security.
Palestinians demand immediate statehood to counter Israeli 'unilateralism': Raising the stakes in the deadlock over stalled peace talks, Saeb Erekat said it was clear from the latest announcement of building plans in East Jerusalem and Ariel that Israel wants settlements, not peace.
Obama: East Jerusalem building plans 'unhelpful' to peace efforts: EU urges Israel to 'reverse' plan for 1,300 East Jerusalem homes; Israel also announces plans to build 800 homes in Ariel.
Israel needs a Leftist revolution to stop the fascism: A social-democratic revolution on the left is the necessary condition to stop the time of fascism exemplified by a loyalty oath to a 'Jewish and democratic state.'
Help the Palestinians. Go See This Movie: A big challenge to turning Americans on to the idea of action to support the human rights of Palestinians is that the situation appears to many as a) far away and b) totally hopeless.
El Al apologizes for strip-searching U.S. professor: Neuroscientist Heather Bradshaw was subjected to a physical search despite an invitation from Hebrew University.
Netanyahu to press U.S. for military threat on Iran: In comments signaling growing Israeli impatience with diplomacy, the sources said Netanyahu, beginning a five-day U.S. visit, argued that economic sanctions have failed to persuade Iran to stop its nuclear program.
Iran hawks step up pressure on Obama — some see echoes of Iraq: Emboldened by President Obama's political struggles, foreign-policy hard-liners are stepping up efforts to press the administration to take a tougher stance -- and perhaps even launch an attack -- on Iran.
Jalili sets date for Iran-P5+1 talks: The date and venue for Iran's talks with the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany -- were announced in a letter sent by the office of Saeed Jalili, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC).
Nuclear bomb material found for sale on Georgia black market: Exclusive: Georgia trial reveals how sting netted highly enriched uranium that had been smuggled via train inside lead-lined cigarette box
Pilots boycott full-body scanners over health fears: THE world's largest pilot's association has boycotted full-body scanners over health risks but passengers wishing to avoid the devices may instead be faced with "invasive" pat-down searches.
The Indignity About the Full Body Scanners: The odds of being subject to a terrorist attack on a domestic (US) commercial airliner today are greater than 22 BILLION, 173 MILLION, 750 THOUSAND to 1 (22,173,750,000)!
Ireland's new toxic loans will spark social conflict, says economist: A leading economist who predicted Ireland's property collapse is forecasting a new wave of toxic debt could sink the country entirely, this time related to domestic mortgages
U.S. Banks Failing At Fastest Pace In 2 Decades: Regulators shut down four more banks Friday, bringing the 2010 total to 143, topping the 140 shuttered last year and the most in a year since the savings-and-loan crisis two decades ago.
Banks spying on your bills, rent payments, paychecks: report: The age of the plain old credit score is gone, says a report at the Wall Street Journal, and it's been replaced by ever more intrusive efforts by banks and credit agencies to gauge exactly what you're worth, and what you can pay.

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