Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year – Felix sit annus novus - Gelukkig nieuwjaar - Onnellista uutta vuotta - Bonne année - Selamat tahun baru - Boldog új évet - Feliz año nuevo - Gott nytt år - Ein gutes neues Jahr - Gleðilegt nýtt ár

US Collects DNA And Data On Foreign Presidential Candidates

By Simon

The information included biographical and financial information but also biometric data including fingerprints, facial images, iris scans, and DNA, on these individuals. Continue

Honor the WikiLeakers

By Alexander Cockburn

The WikiLeaks documents show that the picture of the international business of the United States offered by the major U.S. media to the public is an infantile misrepresentation of reality. Continue

Tortured Until Proven Guilty:
Bradley Manning and the Case Against Solitary Confinement

By Lynn Parramore

"It's an awful thing, solitary," wrote former Vietnam prisoner John McCain in Faith of My Fathers. "It crushes your spirit and weakens your resistance more effectively than any other form of mistreatment." Continue

Guantánamo is "A Piece of Hell that Kills Everything"

By Andy Worthington

Andy Worthington reveals a distressing letter from Guantanamo by Yemeni prisoner Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif. Continue

The Anti-Empire Report
Wikileaks, The United States, Sweden, And Devil's Island

By William Blum

The Wikileaks documents may not produce any world-changing revelations, but every day they are adding to the steady, gradual erosion of people's belief in the US government's good intentions, which is necessary to overcome a lifetime of indoctrination. Continue

Spokespersons and Their Causes

By Lawrence Davidson

It is a stark tragedy that, as of the moment, power is the deciding factor in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For, as history teaches us, power has little regard for fairness, justice, morality, and decent futures. Continue

The TSA's State-mandated Molestation
An Orwellian Assault on American Freedom

By Jennifer Abel

Flying includes the legal obligation I submit to having my genitalia groped by some TSA thug wearing the same latex gloves already shoved down nine dozen other strangers' underwear. Continue

Egypt : Bomb kills at least 21 people at Coptic church in Alexandria: The blast did not originate in any of the cars that were destroyed, a ministry statement said. "It is likely that the device which exploded was carried by a suicide bomber who died among others."
Clashes follow Egypt church bombing: Police and Christian men faced off late on Saturday afternoon, with reports of rubber-coated bullets and tear gas being fired at crowds of young men.
Nigerian bomb blast hits army barracks during New Year celebrations: State TV reports that bomb attack in Abuja has left 30 dead, but police spokesmen cites four dead and 13 injured
US Kills 15 People In Pakistan: A day earlier, five suspected militants were killed by drones in the same region.
Drone attacks up by 134 pc in 2010, deaths up by 56 pc: On average, the US drone attacks, killed 98 people every month, 23 people every week and three people every day in 2010. - As always, most of those killed by the US drones were innocent civilians.
15 Killed As Mogadishu Rocked by Bitter Battle : In Somalia, the New Year started with fierce and deadly battles between Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers and Al shabaab militants, rocking Mogadishu, the most dangerous city around the world, witnesses said Saturday.
Two occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan on first day of 2011: Two foreign occupation force soldiers were killed Saturday in Afghanistan, coalition forces said, in the year's first deaths among NATO-led foreign forces after the war's highest-ever annual death toll in 2010.
Civilians being killed in Helmand operation: residents: "US soldiers have warned us that wherever they come under attack from militants they would retaliate against civilian population and such incidents had happened many times," Haji Khudai Noor, a resident of Kajaki district, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
U.S. to Send Agents to Fight Afghan Cash Smuggling: According to a secret cable released by WikiLeaks, Ahmed Zia Massoud, a former Afghan vice president, visited the United Arab Emirates in 2009 carrying $52 million in cash. Mr. Massoud has denied the report.
Karzai rejects US request to replace minister: The refusal to remove the official despite threats to end U.S. aid highlights how little influence the U.S. has over the Afghan leader on pressing issues such as corruption.
Iraq attacks kill two policemen, mayor's wife: Baghdad gunmen killed two policemen and a bomber killed a mayor's wife in northern Iraq on Saturday, security officials said.
Iraqi senior officer assassinated IN center of Baghdad: A senior officer from the Iraqi Ministry of Interior was killed here Saturday, 200 metres away from a checkpoint near the Ministry of Finance, at the entrance of Muhammed Al-Qassem highway.
Abbas: Latest Palestinian death another Israeli crime against our helpless nation: Woman dies after IDF shoots tear gas at protesters at an anti-separation barrier demonstration in West Bank; PA president expresses condolences to family of protester.
Abbas: Recognitions will push Israel to peace deal: Palestinian Authority President says he expects other Latin American and European nations to soon join Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia in recognizing a Palestinian state.
Holocaust survivors warn of stirrings of neo-fascism: Survivors of the Holocaust have warned of the first stirrings of neo-fascism in Israel following the emergence of a Right-wing campaign to cleanse Arabs from predominantly Jewish parts of the country.
Ivory Coast's Gbagbo decries foreign intervention: Ivory Coast's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to cede power, has accused world leaders of launching a coup to oust him.
W.African army chiefs agree to oust Gbagbo: West African regional military chiefs have set in motion plans to oust Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo if negotiations fail, a Nigerian defence spokesman said on Friday.
Prosecutor Confirms Accusation Against Sudan Leader: The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has confirmed reports that he told diplomats that his office had found evidence that President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan had a huge personal fortune skimmed from his country’s oil income and kept in foreign accounts.
Next Year's Wars: Across the globe today, you'll find almost three dozen raging conflicts, from the valleys of Afghanistan to the jungles of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the streets of Kashmir. But what are the next crises that might erupt in 2011? Here are a few worrisome spots that make our list.
Zapatistas: The war with no breath?: The poverty-stricken people of Chiapas are still marginalised and experiencing great hardship, 17 years after rebellion.
How WikiLeaks Enlightened Us in 2010: The following is a list of the more impactful WikiLeaks revelations from 2010, grouped by region.
FBI raids ISP in Anonymous DDoS investigation: Authorities in the U.S. and Germany have raided Internet Service Providers in hopes of tracking down the hackers who launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against Web sites such as,, and earlier this month.
MasterCard Hosted Mossad Assassins, Blocked WikiLeaks: The Israeli assassins using false Australian passports, used the U.S. MasterCard credit card company to pay bills

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