Saturday, 13 November 2010

News For November 13, 2010

Eric Cantor's Pledge of Allegiance

By Glenn Greenwald

Soon-to-be GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor met on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - and vowed that he and his GOP colleagues would protect and defend Israeli interests against his own Government.  Continue

Bush: Mubarak Wanted Me To Invade Iraq

By Mohammad Sagha

While the Arab street was firmly opposed to American intervention in Iraq, Arab heads of states were quietly and secretly either encouraging or tacitly endorsing allegations that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Continue

Bush's Waterboarding Admission Prompts Calls For Criminal Probe

By Dan Froomkin

"The former President's acknowledgment that he authorized torture is absolutely without parallel in American history," the group wrote in its letter to Holder. Continue

Obama is President of Extra-judicial Killing: Guantánamo Inmate

By Mary Fitzgerald

“We say that Bush was the president of torture, but Obama is the president of extra-judicial killing. The difference between the two is that while one used to extra-judicially detain people, the other has gone a step further and extra-judicially kills them.” Continue

Welcome to America
TSA Screener Accosts 3 Year Old Child at Security Checkpoint

Can You Believe This Video?


By Doug Hornig

A computer program that trawls phone conversations, emails, and social networking sites looking for any signs of resentment of the government. Continue

Border Region Poverty
Women Begin Day 4 of White House Hunger Strike

By R. M. Arrieta

The women, from the group La Mujer Obrera (LMO), launched the action to do more than just protest the violence and poverty in the Southwest border region. Continue

Bank of America Is in Deep Trouble
There May Be Financial Disaster on the Horizon

By Joshua Holland

Its stock value has dropped 40 percent since April, and the bank is mum on what losses it's hiding on its $2.3 trillion balance sheet. Continue

Saturday: US kills another 5 people in Pakistan: : Some reports said the dead were suspected militants while Geo News channel quoted its sources as saying that they were local tribesmen.
Friday: US Kills 6 People In Pakistan: : Pakistani intelligence officials said three U.S. drone aircraft launched six missiles and struck a house in the North Waziristan region,
2 NATO tankers set ablaze in Pakistan: Unknown militants have attacked two more NATO tankers in southwestern Balochistan province in Pakistan amid concerns of the rise of such incidents.
Obama ignores facts: It is really disappointing to note the ease with which Obama ignored India’s own human-rights violations and merciless killings of the stone-throwing Kashmiri youths in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.
10 killed in Afghan market bombing: 10 people, including three children, were killed in a motorcycle bombing in a market in a remote area of northern Afghanistan in an attack apparently targeting a local pro-government militia leader.
8 "Militants" Killed in Jalalabad Airport Attack: In the incident that started at 06:00 am on Saturday, 8 insurgents including the suicide attacker were killed, the media office of foreign forces in eastern Afghanistan said.
Saturday: Three occupation force service members killed in southern Afghanistan: NATO says three coalition service members killed in insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan.
NATO:Friday: 15 "insurgents" killed in the southern Afghanistan: The coalition force called in air support and the insurgents were killed by missiles, a 30mm cannon and artillery fire.
6 Afghan "security guards" killed in Taliban hotbed: Six guards of a private security company were killed Thursday when militants ambushed their convoy in Taliban's hotbed Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, provincial administration spokesman Daud Ahmadi said Friday.
Three killed in Kabul suicide bombing: Three people, including the attacker, were killed and four others were injured Friday in a suicide bomb attack near a military camp in Kabul, Xinhua reported.
Report cautions Obama on high cost of Afghan war: "The cloudy picture and high costs raise the question of whether the United States should now downsize its ambitions and reduce its military presence in Afghanistan," the task force said in a 98-page report.
U.S. Still in Afghanistan in 2014? Obama Say it Ain't So!: If the administration decides to continue the current strategy through 2014, it would directly contradict President Obama's own directive, which states that there should be an "accelerated transition to Afghan authorities beginning in July 2011"
Delaying an Afghanistan Drawdown Is Political and Policy Suicide: The President must immediately and unequivocally deny any suggestion that the July 2011 deadline is shifting further into the future. He must take a strong hand with the "unnamed senior officials" who are again working to box him into a decision-making process that predetermines the outcomes in favor of a protracted war.
Audio recording reveals fraud in Afghan election: The Afghan election commission said Thursday that it had opened an investigation into allegations that a top government official pressured an election worker to rig the results of the parliamentary ballot in western Afghanistan.
Iraq Power-Sharing Deal Frays as Maliki Named PM-Elect: A power-sharing pact that saw Nuri al-Maliki named as prime minister-elect was looking frayed Friday after parliament ended in disarray over claims the deal was broken just hours after being sealed.
Clinton offers Netanyahu security pledge : Clinton and the visiting Israeli leader ended a marathon round of talks in New York with a strong declaration of Washington's "unshakable commitment to Israel's security and to peace in the region."
US to boost weapons stockpile in Israel: report: The United States is to significantly increase the amount of military equipment held in Israel as part of a move to upgrade security ties between the two allies, press reports said on Thursday.
Germany presses US to remove nuclear weapons from its soil: Neither the United States nor Germany have ever officially confirmed where the nuclear weapons are kept or how may there are, but it is generally believed there are 10 to 20 nuclear bombs under 24-hour guard at Buechel air force base in western Germany.
Kosovo 'organ trafficking' exposed: Five people including doctors and a former senior health offical are charged in connection with international network.
Native American tribes seek trade ties with Turkey: The Native American tribes belong to sovereign nations that can strike their own trade deals and offer special tax incentive
DNA test casts doubt on executed Texas man's guilt: A DNA test on a single hair has cast doubt on the guilt of a Texas man who was put to death 10 years ago for a liquor-store murder — an execution that went forward after then-Gov. George W. Bush's staff failed to tell him the condemned man was asking for genetic analysis of the strand.
Scanners at US airports 'may be dangerous': US scientists have warned that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe.
TSA checkpoints: Real-life horrors: 'Security is one thing, license to molest people is another'
EU 'will bailout Ireland if needed': EU mulls support for Ireland after Irish bond yields soared to record levels on public debt fears.
Deficit Panel Targets Mortgage Interest Deduction: Among the proposals put forward by the Democratic and Republican co-chairs of President Obama's deficit commission is one idea that could hit homeowners where it hurts: reducing or eliminating the popular mortgage interest tax deduction.

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