Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Noam Chomsky: Breaking the Israel-Palestine Deadlock

By Noam Chomsky

While intensively engaged in illegal settlement expansion, the government of Israel is also seeking to deal with two problems: a global campaign of what it perceives as “delegitimation” – that is, objections to its crimes and withdrawal of participation in them – and a parallel campaign of legitimation of Palestine. Continue

Obama Should Read WikiLeaks on Afghanistan

By Ray McGovern

Perhaps President Barack Obama should give himself a waiver on the ban prohibiting U.S. government employees from downloading classified cables released by WikiLeaks, so he can better understand the futility of his Afghan War strategy. Continue

War Is A Drug
The Urge to Surge : Washington’s 30-Year High 

By Tom Engelhardt

Sooner than later, Washington, the Pentagon, and the U.S. military will have to enter rehab.  They desperately need a 12-step program for recovery.  Until then, the delusions and the madness that go with surge addiction are not likely to end. Continue

WikiLeaks' Most Terrifying Revelation
Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us

By Fred Branfman

Wikileaks has shown that our government and military form a 'vast lying machine' that perpetrates mass murder in our name. Continue

Psychologists Protest ‘Inhumane, Harmful’ Treatment of Bradley Manning

By Daniel Tencer

"History suggests that solitary confinement, rather than being a rational response to a risk, is more often used as a punishment for someone who is considered to be a member of a despised or 'dangerous' group," the letter stated. Continue

US Justice On Trial

By Yvonne Ridley

America’s international standing as a fair and just country does not match its superpower status as the world's greatest democracy. When it comes to basic human rights it is there in the gutter alongside some of the world's most toxic, tinpot dictatorships and authoritarian regimes. Continue

In Case You Missed It
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons

By Deborah Davies

Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq? Continue

The Rise of the New Global Elite

By Chrystia Freeland

F. Scott Fitzgerald was right when he declared the rich different from you and me. But today’s super-rich are also different from yesterday’s: more hardworking and meritocratic, but less connected to the nations that granted them opportunity—and the countrymen they are leaving ever further behind. Continue

Poll: To Reduce Deficit, Most Americans say Tax the Rich More

By Stephanie Condon

As many as 61 percent said they would prefer increasing taxes on the rich over three other options: cutting defense spending, cutting Medicare or cutting Social Security. Another 20 percent chose cutting defense spending as the best option. Continue

America Is About To Slide Into Third World Status?


Economist Michael Hudson joins Thom to talk about countries looking for alternatives to US dollar and rescued banks teetering towards collapse. Continue

America in Decline
Why Germans Think We're Insane

By Democrats Ramshield

A look at our empire in decline through the eyes of the European media. Continue

The New Stealth Bailout Of Bank Of America

By Joe Weisenthal

Bank of America just settled for about $.01 on the dollar. Continue

12 rebels killed in Afghan unrest: About 220 kilometres (about 130 miles) northeast of the capital, hundreds of police swept Tuesday through villages, killing at least eight rebels in an operation against militants, a police commander said.
Gunmen open fire in mosque of Afghan capital, killing four: A fifth person was killed in a bombing outside a butcher’s shop in the western part of the country, officials said Monday.
NATO forces killed in Afghanistan: Two US-led service members have been killed in southern Afghanistan on New Year's Day as 2010 was marked as the bloodiest year in the nine-year-old invasion of the country.
US forces 'interfere' in Afghan affairs: "I ask our foreign friends not to interfere in our internal affairs, not to interfere in our constitution,'' Karzai said on Tuesday
Afghan resistance statement: Response of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Reaction to Senator Lindsay Graham Remarks to Maintain us Permanent Bases in Afghanistan.
Top Pakistan governor shot dead: The powerful governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, Salman Taseer, dies after being shot in Islamabad, as the country's political crisis deepens.
Abbas suspends Dahlan from Fatah over 'coup plot': Mohammed Dahlan has been suspended from Fatah's central committee pending an investigation into the allegations, which he describes as "fantastical".
Netanyahu makes official request to Obama: Free Pollard: PM sends letter to Obama calling for convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard's release on humanitarian reasons; U.S. Justice Department declines to comment on the matter.
Iran invites foreign diplomats to nuclear sites: The offer was reportedly extended to Russia, China and several EU countries, but not the US.
EU Said Likely to Reject Iran Atomic Site Invitation: The European Union is inclined to reject an offer from Iran to tour atomic sites there before resuming negotiations this month, European officials said.
US Embassy Cables: : Documents expose Egyptian regime as stooge of US imperialism: The leaked documents, personally despatched from Cairo by US Ambassador Margaret Scobey, expose leading Egyptian politicians as unscrupulous agents of the US.
Wikileaks Reveals That The US Won't Comply With Treaty Obligations Concerning Investigations Into CIA Rendition: The US Justice Department is failing to comply with its treaty obligations with other countries in their investigations into US (mainly CIA) "rendition" operations, where they take people captured elsewhere and find some place to torture them.
How the Government wants to change the way we think: Shame, vanity, laziness and the desire to fit in are all to be used as tools of Government policy by ministers acting on the advice of a new psychology unit in Whitehall.
Court OKs searches of cell phones without warrant: The California Supreme Court allowed police Monday to search arrestees' cell phones without a warrant, saying defendants lose their privacy rights for any items they're carrying when taken into custody.
Miami-Dade police buy drones: "At this point, it doesn't really matter if you're against this technology, because it's coming," says P. W. Singer, author of Wired for War and an expert on drones. "The precedent that is set in Miami could be huge."
European nations begin seizing private pensions: Hungary, Poland, and three other nations take over citizens' pension money to make up government budget shortfalls.
Bank of America Scrambling to Mount Defense Amid Threat of Devastating WikiLeaks Reveal: A team of Bank of America officials is scrambling to investigate its own documents and executives' hard drives in an effort to be prepared, should WikiLeaks release devastating materials about the bank.
BofA bribes government: BoA Settles $2B Claim On Home Loan Fault: Bank of America has paid out $2.6 billion over allegations leveled by U.S. mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that it sold loans based on faulty information
U.S. Home Foreclosures May Top 100,000 In January: Yun says there is a massive shadow inventory — homes not yet on the market where the owners are more than 90 days behind on their payments. "It's just inevitable that they will go into a foreclosure," he says.
Number of Uninsured Americans Soars to 50 Million: The number of uninsured rose to 50.0 million in 2009, an increase of 4.3 million.
US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform: Republican leaders have begun a bid to overturn the healthcare law signed by US President Barack Obama in 2010.

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