Tuesday, 16 November 2010

News For November 16, 2010

Terror Attacks Continue As
US Kills 20 People In Pakistan

By Awais Saleem

Pakistan publicly criticises the drone attacks, saying they cause resentment and increase support for militants, but its intelligence agencies are believed to cooperate in identifying the targets. Continue

Gruesome Find Told at US Hearing into Afghan Killings

By Laura Onstot

If proved in a full court martial, the crimes would be among the worst committed by US forces in Afghanist. Continue

US Torture Victims To Receive Payouts Of Up To £1Million

By Nigel Morris and Tom Peck

British former inmates of Guantanamo Bay are to set to receive large payments from the Government to drop claims that British secret agents knew they were being tortured. Continue

Blood on His Hands

By Sheldon Richman

Bush has disgraced the country, but don’t expect him to be asked to account for himself. Continue

Bush Can’t Travel Abroad Without Risking Arrest

By Matthew Rothschild

The confessed waterboarder is a marked man. If he travels abroad, other countries can—and should—nab him and try him for the crime of torture. Continue

U.S. Envoy Secretly Offered Troops in Iraq after 2011

By Gareth Porter

A special envoy from President Barack Obama raised the possibility in a secret meeting with senior Iraqi military and civilian officials in Baghdad Sep. 23 that his administration would leave more than 15,000 combat troops in Iraq after the 2011 deadline for U.S. withdrawal. Continue

The Real Obama-Clinton Game Plan For Israel/Palestine?

By Alan Hart

My speculation here will convince many that I have taken leave of my senses  – is that Obama might have an ace up his sleeve. Continue

This Congress won't give Obama a free pass on Israel

By Moshe Arens

The new Congress can be expected to be openly supportive of Israel. That means that if the president were to resume his tactic of pressuring Israel he will find himself in opposition to many in the Congress. Continue

Cantor Recants

By MJ Rosenberg

It is Cantor's statement of loyalty to Netanyahu that is the shocker. Specifically, it is his promise that he would ensure that Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives "will serve as a check" on U.S. Middle East policy. Continue

U.S. Taxpayers are Paying for Israel's West Bank Occupation

By Akiva Eldar

Travelers along the "original" West Bank roads, the ones enabling drivers to bypass Palestinian villages, can see signs declaring "USAID from the American People." Continue

Senior Republican Against US Aid to Palestinians

By Yitzhak Benhorin

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, who stands to head House Foreign Affairs Committee, opposes transfer of $150 in aid because Palestinian leadership 'failing to live up to commitments' Continue

Ireland's Debt Crisis Could Kill the European Union Stone Dead

By Mail Foreign Service

The debt crisis facing Ireland, Greece and Portugal could threaten the future of the whole European Union, EU President Herman Van Rompuy warned today. Continue

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Two killed in attack on Afghan mayor: A bombing Tuesday targeting the mayor of the northern Afghan city of Kunduz killed the man's brother and a candidate in September's parliamentary elections, police said.
Nato chief says there is no alternative to staying in Afghanistan: His comments came as Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's president, said intrusive foreign military operations in Afghan communities were exacerbating the threat from the Taliban.
Holbrooke denies exit strategy for Afghanistan: Special US representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, on Monday said there will be some drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan next year but the US combat mission will not end until 2014.
Mulla Umar refused Karzai's 35,000-govt jobs offer for Taliban fighters: l US, Afghan, Saudi and Pakistani officials have claimed that all efforts to organise the first-ever direct talks between Taliban and the Karzai administration in Saudi Arabia after Hajj have failed and the Taliban have refused to send any delegation to Jeddah, The News reported.
Report: US preparing for extensive Yemen operation: The US is planning an extensive military operation against Al-Qaeda in Yemen, Washington is moving military and intelligence forces in order to aid US and Yemeni military strikes against Al Qaeda targets.
US Propose New Bases In Yemen: The proposed bases would vary in size, but could each accommodate scores of troops, including specialized Yemeni commando units, which are trained by the U.S
Gates: Attack on Iran Won't Help: U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that a military action against Iran would not halt Tehran's nuclear program, and would only make the government there more determined to forge ahead with the program.
Iran security agents strike French diplomats: ministry: Iranian security agents struck French diplomats in scuffles at a Tehran embassy residence, prompting France to summon Iran's ambassador and complain of "unacceptable violence", officials said Tuesday.
Egypt police blamed for death: Police in the Egyptian city of Alexandria have been accused of beating to death an unarmed man, bringing to the fore once again the issue of police brutality two weeks before parliamentary elections in the country.
In case you missed it: Congress must pass legislation to protect Jewish students from anti-semitic harassment: Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) introduced legislation last week that would require that Jewish students be protected from harassment and intimidation on their campuses.
Guantánamo Bay prisoner payouts a first step to ending legacy of torture: Government agrees compensation for 16 former detainees as it seeks to draw a line under British complicity in abuses
EU criticised for 'complicity' in CIA rendition programmes: Amnesty International says EU has failed to hold Britain and other countries accountable for involvement in the CIA's illegal rendition and detention
CIA renditions unlawful: Amnesty: European governments should not follow the United States' reluctance to shed light on unlawful intelligence operations carried out against suspected Islamist terrorists, Amnesty International said in a report published on Monday.
Haiti cholera clashes: UN troops shoot man dead: Peacekeepers kill at least one person in clashes as Haitians blame epidemic on Nepalese force
Haiti hospitals running out of space for cholera patients: This Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical facility in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince has 70 beds but is receiving 300 cases a day.
Hi-tech eye scanners that track passengers as they walk through airport go on trial in UK: High-tech machines that can recognise an individual's iris as they walk around will be installed at Manchester Airport at check in during the government-backed pilot.
NYPD Commences Use Of Iris Scans Of Suspects: The process takes about five seconds. Every suspect will be scanned again using a handheld device shortly before they are arraigned to make sure the irises match.
Ireland's debt crisis could kill the European Union stone dead, EU president warns: He spoke out as finance ministers tried to keep Ireland's market turmoil from triggering a domino effect that could topple other vulnerable nations and rock the region's currency union.
More US households short of food: US authorities say that figure is the highest they have seen since they began collecting data in the 1990s
TSA promises $10,000 fine for refusing sexual assault: At the San Diego International Airport yesterday, about one-fifth of the travelers were selected for sexual assault by transportation security agents

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