Friday, 19 November 2010

News For November 19, 2010

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Pentagon Blows up Thousands of Homes in Afghanistan
Repeating the horrors of the Vietnam War

By Brian Becker

The Obama-ordered surge in Afghanistan has been secretly blowing up thousands of homes and leveling portions of the Afghan countryside. Continue

General: More Troops Need African Language Skills

By Lolita C. Baldor

Army Gen. Carter Ham, who has been nominated to head U.S. Africa Command, told a Senate committee that the threat of terror from Somalia and other areas of East Africa is one of the command's greatest challenges. Continue

4 Common Myths about the War on Terrorism

By Reese Erlich

The US will never win the War on Terrorism. The term will simply fade into the history books, along with the empire itself. Continue

Al-Qaeda’s Christian Massacre
Aiding and Abetting the Occupation of Palestine

By Maidhc Ó Cathail

In contrast to al-Qaeda’s efforts to drive a wedge between Islam and Christianity, the solidarity between the world’s two largest religions in Palestine poses a real threat to the Israeli occupation. Continue

Evidence of Iran Nuclear Weapons Program May Be Fraudulent

By Gareth Porter

The evidence that documents at the center of the case for a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program are fraudulent suggests the need for a strategic reset on Iran policy. Continue

The Allegations Against Him are False
Statement by Julian Assange's Counsel
By Mark Stephens

Thousands of news articles and 3.6million web pages now contain his name and the word “rape”. Indeed, three out of four webpages that mention Mr. Assange’s name also now mention the word “rape”—a direct result of incompetent and malicious behavior by Swedish government prosecutors. Continue

Defend Julian Assange

By WikiLeaks Staff Editorial

Because of the nature of the work performed by WikiLeaks both the organization and Julian Assange are constantly under attack. Continue

China Has Tied Bernanke's Hands
The Least We Can Do Is Be Grateful

By Mike Whitney

Bernanke went on and on about how mean China is and how they manipulate their currency to gain competitive advantage. It was surreal; like listening to a serial arsonist complain about his wife smoking in bed. Continue

Ireland: The Bank That Ate A Country


Like the mythical Atlas holding the world on his shoulders, the Irish coalition government heaped the financial institutions on the shoulders of the Irish state. Continue

The 'Porno Scanners'
A Bizarre Tale of Graft and Sleazy Political Opportunism

By Michael Collins

Chertoff was caught red handed shilling for full body scanners on behalf of a company that was a client of Chertoff's consulting company. Continue

The First Victory Against The Police State May Come Against The TSA

By Saman Mohammadi

This opportunity must be seized because another one may not come for a long time. Continue

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans Had Mental Illness in 2009

By Reuters

More than 45 million Americans, or 20 percent of U.S. adults, had some form of mental illness last year, and 11 million had a serious illness, U.S. government researchers reported on Thursday. Continue

13 insurgents killed in N.E. Afghanistan : A combined Afghan and NATO force killed 13 insurgents while conducting a patrol in the SirKani district of Kunar province Thursday.
5 Taliban militants killed in southern Afghanistan: Afghan and NATO troops killed five Taliban insurgents and detained a handful of militants in Afghanistan's restive southern Helmand province, the military alliance said Friday.
IED blast kills NATO OCCUPATION FORCE soldier in S. Afghanistan: A soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed Friday in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strike in southern Afghanistan, the military alliance said, Xinhua reported.
U.S. deploying heavily armored battle tanks for first time in Afghan war: The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics that have been employed by American forces this fall to attack the Taliban.
Analysis: Assertive Karzai bewilders allies: With the war at a critical stage, Afghanistan's president is publicly berating his NATO allies, criticizing military tactics and occasionally reminding them that they are not the only players in his country.
US Kills 4 People In Pakistan: US missiles have destroyed a moving vehicle near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, killing four alleged militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
U.S. ready to offer Israel written guarantees if it would restart "peace" talks: Netanyahu hopeful his cabinet will approve renewing settlement freeze in exchange for diplomatic and defense enticements from Washington.
Young Jewish and Proud: Young Jews with the Jewish Voice for Peace Leadership Institute use nonviolent direct action to advance the cause of Palestinian human rights and reclaim the mantle of Jewish leadership based on universal justice.
Israeli who allegedly trained Colombia guerillas released from prison in Russia: Lt.-Col. Yair Klein wanted in Colombia on charges of training the 'death squads' released from jail and is on his way back to Israel.
Germany says Namibia terror alert was a security test: Package on Air Berlin plane was a 'real-test suitcase' and passengers were not at risk, says German interior minister
US outfit confirms manufacturing of Namibia fake bomb : The owner of a small firm in California confirmed Friday that he was the manufacturer of a fake suitcase bomb, intended for security training, that was found in a Namibian airport.
Was it a training exercise? Loch Lomond forest blast is linked to Al Qaeda: An explosion on the shores of Loch Lomond is being investigated as a possible Al Qaeda bomb test.
George W. Bush can’t fight for freedom and authorise torture: It is not yet clear whether George W Bush is planning to cross the Atlantic to flog us his memoirs. The real trouble — from the Bush point of view — is that he might never see Texas again.
President Obama to award George H.W. Bush the Presidential Medal of Freedom: The magnanimous gesture of bestowing the nation’s highest civilian honor to the 41st U.S. President came a day after ex-President George W. Bush gave a respectful nod to Obama at the groundbreaking of his library in Dallas.
Texas Gov. Perry: May need troops in Mexico: Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the United States should consider deploying military forces into Mexico to stem the drug-related violence afflicting the border region.
Welcome to America: Airport staff 'exposed woman's breasts, laughed': A WOMAN is suing over an incident where airport staff allegedly pulled down her top and joked about her breasts in public view.
Airports consider congressman's call to ditch TSA: In a climate of Internet campaigns to shun airport pat-downs and veteran pilots suing over their treatment by government screeners, some airports are considering another way to show dissatisfaction: Ditching TSA agents altogether.
Judge refuses to stop construction of Tenn. mosque: A judge refused Wednesday to stop construction of a proposed mosque in Tennessee that was opposed by some local residents who tried to argue that there was a conspiracy by Muslims to impose extremist law on the United States.
Cops bust seven men playing chess in upper Manhattan park: A squad of cops in bulletproof vests swooped into an upper Manhattan park and charged seven men with the "crime" of playing chess in an area off-limits to adults unaccompanied by kids -- even though no youngsters were there.
Allied Irish says it's lost 17 percent of deposits: Allied Irish Banks says it has lost a staggering euro13 billion ($18 billion), or 17 percent, of its total deposit base since June in the latest evidence of cash flight from Ireland's debt-crippled banking sector.
In case you missed it: Real IRA says it will target UK bankers: Exclusive: Republican terror group vows to resume mainland attacks with banks and bankers now potential targets
Ireland overestimating bank credit losses -Goldman: - Ireland's National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) may have overestimated the scale of the country's banking problem and the government may end up overcapitalising the sector, investment bank Goldman Sachs said.
House GOP blocks extension of jobless benefits: House Republicans voted Thursday to deny an extension of unemployment benefits for jobless Americans and tried to cut off public funding for National Public Radio, moves that reinforced the GOP's direction following its midterm election gains.

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