Thursday, 16 December 2010

The United States of War Criminals

By Mickey Z.

Roughly one million tax dollars per minute are spent to fund the largest military machine (read: global terrorist operation) the world has ever known. Continue

Wikileaks Did Not Commit a Crime, House Judiciary Chairman Says

By Sahil Kapur

"Being unpopular is not a crime, and publishing offensive information is not either. And the repeated calls from politicians, journalists, and other so-called experts crying out for criminal prosecutions or other extreme measures make me very uncomfortable." Continue

Obama's War on WikiLeaks -- and Us

By Michael Brenner

One should be fierce in denouncing this violation of our principles and laws whatever/whomever the object of the abuses. Continue

Who Is the FBI Really Trying to Entrap?

By Glen Ford

The FBI has not been engaged in "uncovering and preventing terrorist attacks," as Eric Holder claims, but rather, it has spent tens of millions of dollars and many thousands of man-hours concocting, financing, and providing training and equipment for crimes purely of its own invention. Continue

Wikileaks: Documents Confirm US Plans Against Venezuela

By Eva Golinger

Not only has Washington been actively funding anti-Chavez groups in Venezuela, but it also has engaged in serious efforts during the past few years to convince governments worldwide to assume an adversarial position against President Hugo Chavez. Continue

Israel Never Really Wanted Peace

By Elie Podeh

Netanyahu and his cabinet are representative of Israeli society today. Public opinion polls point to increasing extremism, bordering on racism, in Jews' opinion of Arabs, as well as to alienation and a distrust of the other side's goals and intentions. Continue

The Farce of a Secular and Democratic Jewish State

By Gideon Levy

Convinced and trying to convince others that the Jews are a chosen people, to which entry and even contact with those deemed inferior is forbidden, they live in their narrow pale of settlement, most of them boorish and ignorant of what happens outside. Continue

Michael Hudson: Why Government is More Afraid of Debt than Depression

By Real News

Deficit Hawks Want a One Two Punch Against the Economy. Continue

Minibus hits mine; 14 Afghans killed: A minibus traveling to an engagement party in western Afghanistan struck a roadside bomb, killing at least 14 family members, a local official said.
NATO mistakenly killed 4 Afghan soldiers: Afghan official says NATO mistakenly killed 4 Afghan soldiers in airstrike in country's south.
Nato Bombs Kill Afghan civilian, children hurt in strike: NATO aircraft killed an Afghan civilian and wounded two children, the coalition said on Wednesday, the latest incident involving civilian casualties which have strained ties between Kabul and Washington.
Speaking from clouded cuckoo land, Obama says: US: Afghan war 'on track' : Obama on Thursday said progress was sufficient to permit a "responsible reduction" of US forces to begin in July, though the scope and size of the likely drawdown appear limited.
CIA report undermines Obama's upbeat assessment of Afghan war: The downbeat estimates by America's intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency, directly contradicts the claim last week by the US Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the army offensive against the Taliban in south Afghanistan is making significant gains.
Poll: 60 percent of US Americans say the war in Afghanistan has not been worth fighting : Public dissatisfaction with the war, now the nation's longest, has spiked by 7 points just since July. Given its costs vs. its benefits, only 34 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say the war's been worth fighting, down by 9 points to a new low, by a sizable margin.
US Kills 7 People In NW Pakistan: A United States drone aircraft fired missiles into a Pakistani tribal region and killed at least seven people on Thursday, local TV channels reported.
US Kills Two Britons In Pakistan: CIA agents killed two Britons in a drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region last week, according to reports published on Thursday.
One killed, 26 hurt in Peshawar blast: One child was killed and 26 others, including four women and eight children, were injured in a bomb blast in Pakistan's Peshawar city Thursday.
Nine killed in Ivory Coast clashes: At least nine protestors have been killed as supporters of Alassane Ouattara came up against troops loyal to self-declared Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo on the streets of Abidjan.
Three dead in south Yemen clashes: Two soldiers and a southern militant were killed in armed clashes on Thursday in south Yemen's Lahij province, the defence ministry's news website said.
US officials attacked at restaurant in Yemen: Eyewitnesses reported seeing parts flying off the vehicle during the explosion. Three American staffers were inside the vehicle at the time, but none were hurt.
US twisted Ethiopia’s arm to invade Somalia: The cable suggests that Ethiopia had no intention of invading Somalia in 2006 but was encouraged and pressured to do so by the US, which pushed Ethiopia behind the scenes.
Palestinians appeal to European countries: Recognize statehood even without peace deal: Palestinian negotiators on Thursday asked a number of individual European countries to recognize a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip - even without a peace deal with Israel.
Israel condemns Norway's upgrade of Palestinian standing in Oslo to 'diplomatic delegation': Foreign Ministry official warns that Palestinians won't want to renew peace talks with Israel if they start attaining political goals without negotiations.
US House against Palestinian state: The US House of Representatives has declared its opposition to the recognition of an independent Palestinian state, urging Palestinians to stop their efforts to push for such a move.
Terrorism is new charge in Detroit bomb case: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction when authorities say he tried to detonate a bomb in his underwear as the aircraft approached Metro Airport.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange freed on bail: Speaking on the steps of the High Court to dozens of journalists, Mr Assange said: "It's great to feel the fresh air of London again."
U.S. Tries to Build Case for Conspiracy by WikiLeaks: Justice Department officials are trying to find out whether Mr. Assange encouraged or even helped the analyst, Pfc. Bradley Manning, to extract classified military and State Department files from a government computer system. If he did so, they believe they could charge him as a conspirator in the leak, not just as a passive recipient of the documents
In case you missed it: US military plan to destroy Wikileaks leaked: Counterintelligence agency hatched strategy to discredit leak site
Peru: Leaked US Cables Reveal Two-Faced Politics by US: "It’s not surprising for the United States to cooperate with military or government officials in Peru about which it has information linking them to serious crimes,"
US Cables Portray a Different Side of Brazil's Lula da Silva: The leaked U.S. cables, which chronicle Lula's eight years in power, show a leader all too willing to placate Washington and double-cross fellow leftists throughout the region.
WikiLeaks: Castro's Death Won't Change Cuba Much: Most Cuban's Conservative Nature and Personal Admiration for Castro to Keep Things Quiet for a Long Time, Leaked Cable Claims
Mexican drug cartel urged to stand firm after death of 'The Doctor': "We are fighting for our people and for our cause. This is a just cause, a social cause born of the way we have been treated."
Michoacan narcos mobilize the masses: Events in the state of Michoacan to the west of Mexico City continue to be rather astounding. Following two days of intense unrest last week, which included the torching of dozens of vehicles and gunfire in city streets, the drug gang known as La Familia Michoacana (LFM) mobilized masses of people to take to the streets.
U.S. Illegal Experiments Went Far Beyond Guatemala: The illegal experiments conducted on human beings by a U.S. medical team in the 1940s went far beyond Guatemala, according to local news reports.

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