Thursday, 2 December 2010

Pakistan Denies WikiLeaks Disclosure it Tolerates Drone Attacks


The whistleblower website WikiLeaks quoted a secret cable sent by former US ambassador in Islamabad, Anne Patterson, that Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani had promised to tolerate the strikes. Continue

Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe

By David Corn

WikiLeaks cable shows that when Spain considered a criminal case against ex-Bush officials, the Obama White House and Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution. Continue

Wikileaks and the El-Masri case:
Innocent CIA Torture Victim More Than Just a Leaked Cable

Video Report

El-Masri's futile efforts at receiving justice in the U.S. are well-known, but cables recently leaked by Wikileaks reveal that the U.S. also warned German authorities not to allow a local investigation into his kidnapping. Continue

Wikileaks: UK, US Planned to Pressure IAEA on Iran, Tie Tehran to Pyongyang

By Juan Cole

London and Washington intended to get hold of Amano as soon as Elbaradei had departed, and twist his arm to be more alarmist in his reports on Iran. Continue

WikiLeaks is Holding US Global Power to Account

By Seumas Milne

The WikiLeaks avalanche has exposed floundering imperial rule to scrutiny – and its reliance on dictatorship and deceit. Continue

How the US Media is Dumping on WikiLeaks
- and Censoring the Cable Disclosures

By Roy Greenslade

The Times story said the newspaper had made the decision not to publish 'at the request of the Obama administration'. Continue Stops Hosting WikiLeaks On Its Servers

By Ellen Nakashima

After being dumped by Amazon, WikiLeaks quickly sent out a response via its Twitter site: "If Amazon are so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books." Continue

The Moral Standards of WikiLeaks Critics

By Glenn Greenwald

The ringleaders of this hate ritual are advocates of -- and in some cases directly responsible for -- the world's deadliest and most lawless actions of the last decade. Continue

A Government Caught Up in Mendacity and Lies

By Paul Craig Roberts

The reaction to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, tells us all we need to know about the total corruption of our "modern" world, which in fact is a throwback to the Dark Ages.  Continue

Nigeria to Charge Dick Cheney in Pipeline Bribery Case

By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo

Nigeria will file charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and officials from five foreign companies including Halliburton Co. over a $180 million bribery scandal, a prosecutor at the anti-graft agency said. Continue

A Foreclosure Story
The Borrower and the Billionaire


The mortgage had passed from Ameriquest to Lehman Brothers to Chase Manhattan, which in turn relied on yet another company, Ocwen, to act as the loan's servicer. Ocwen collected Ozenne's payments and, after he couldn't keep up, foreclosed on the home where he'd lived half his life. Continue

Five killed, 11 wounded in Iraq's violence: Five people were killed and eleven wounded in separate bomb and gunfire attacks in northern and central Iraq on Thursday, the police said.
NATO: 3 occupation force service members killed in Afghanistan: Three NATO occupation force service members have been killed by bombs and insurgent fighting in the south and east, both areas that have seen heavy fighting since 30,000 American reinforcements arrived, NATO said Thursday.
Afghan president: NATO killed ex-local official: President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that coalition forces killed an innocent former local government official in southern Afghanistan, but NATO insisted the man was shot after threatening the troops with a grenade.
US soldier admits to sport killing of Afghan civilians: Staff Sergeant Robert Stevens, 25, an Army medic from the State of Oregon, was only sentenced to nine months in prison on Wednesday for killing Afghan civilians, after pleading guilty.
Afghan officials free top Taliban fighters: Afghan security forces are freeing captured senior Taliban for payment or political motives, with President Hamid Karzai and his powerful brother among those authorising and requesting releases.
Patrick Cockburn: What Afghans will do to get friends out of jail: Almost any method from straight bribery to family, political, or tribal influence is likely to be used.
The (Not So) Secret (Anymore) US War in Pakistan: US military Special Operations Forces have been conducting offensive operations inside Pakistan, helping direct US drone strikes and conducting joint operations with Pakistani forces against Al Qaeda and Taliban forces in north and south Waziristan and elsewhere in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
Israel approves plan for 625 new (illegal) housing units in East Jerusalem: Move comes despite wide international opposition to Israeli construction beyond the Green Line
Palestinians: Israel has chosen West Bank settlements over peace The United States should openly blame Israel for the "collapse" of the peace process, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday, in one of the bleakest assessments yet on Middle East peace efforts.
Ireland 'blocked' weapons to Israel: Released cable says Irish blocked US arms shipments to Israel during war with Lebanon.
Senior Turkey official says Israel behind WikiLeaks release: Deputy leader of Turkish PM Erdogan's AKP party hints that Israel engineered the release of U.S. diplomatic cables as a plot to pressure Turkey, the daily Hurriyet reports.
WikiLeaks cables: Secret deal let Americans sidestep cluster bomb ban: Officials concealed from parliament how US is allowed to bring weapons on to British soil in defiance of treaty
WikiLeaks founder's plea rejected: Sweden upholds order to arrest Assange as court issues new international arrest warrant over alleged sex crimes.
Wikileaks chief: What will he do next?: Despite accusations that Julian Assange is on the run, The Independent has learnt that Scotland Yard has been in contact with his legal team for more than a month but is waiting for further instruction before arresting him.
Nigeria to charge Dick Cheney in $180 million bribery case, issue Interpol arrest warrant: A spokesman for Cheney declined to comment.
Harvard pair sue TSA over screenings: Two Harvard Law School students are suing the Transportation Security Administration, claiming the so-called “nude body scanners” and intrusive pat-downs used to screen airline passengers are unconstitutional.
Republicans block child nutrition bill: – House Republicans have temporarily blocked legislation to feed school meals to thousands more hungry children.
Professor, Author Jacob Hacker on "Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class"
Bernie Sanders: $9 Trillion in Bailouts to Corporations Exposed: Video The biggest single transfer of taxpayer money to corporate America
UK banks borrowed more than £640bn from US Federal Reserve: British banks borrowed more than $1 trillion (£640bn) from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis, led by Barclays following its swoop on the US business of Lehman Brothers.

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