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Iraq Was Illegal
Blair Acknowledges That Warning Ignored

By Radio New Zealand

Tony Blair has acknowledged that he ignored the warning of his then-Attorney General that attacking Iraq was illegal without United Nations approval. Continue

Blair Says Force May be Needed Against Iran

By Channel 4 News

Former Premier Tony Blair tells the Iraq Inquiry the West must end its "wretched posture of apology" towards Islamic extremism and may need to use force to tackle the "looming challenge" of Iran. Continue

Peace in the Holy Land?
Why We Fail

By Lawrence Davidson

The unavoidable question is why is the Obama administration wasting its time and our money doing this? The answer has to be first and foremost domestic politics. Continue

'US Wars to Continue Until its Economy Busts'

By Chris Hedges

American wars will continue until the country's giant corporations, which pay the politicians in Washington's corridors of power, become financially unsustainable, says senior fellow at the Nation Institute, Chris Hedges. Continue

Tunisia And US Smugness
The Financial Elite In America - Same As Dictators Elsewhere

By Sam Hamod, PH.D

The parallels between Tunisia and America are not that far off, it’s only a matter of degree and size—but we have our own dictators who are in charge, and they are called the Democratic and Republican parties, our presidents, our congress’, our corporations and our warlord generals. Continue

Australia Opens Probe of CIA Rendition

By Scott Horton

Australian authorities announce that they believe that Habib was transferred to Egypt from Pakistan through a CIA renditions process. They also state that Australian intelligence figures might have been complicit in the rendition to torture and may have been present or close by as he was tortured. Continue

How Can the Richest 1 Percent Be Winning
This Brutal Class War Against 99% of Us?

By Larry Beinhart

How has a tiny fraction of the population – which is diverse in many ways – arranged for their narrowest economic interests to dominate the economic interests of the vast majority? And, while they’re at it, endanger the economic well-being of our nation, and bring the financial system of the whole world to the brink of collapse. Continue

Pakistan: Six killed in Kohat attack: Four Frontier Constabulary (FC) men and two workers of a foreign oil and gas company were killed when militants attacked their convoy in Lachi Tehsil on Thursday, official sources said.
Anti-US rally held in Pakistan: Over 2,000 demonstrators in the tribal city of Miranshah held Washington and the US spy agency CIA, responsible for the soaring civilian deaths. They called for an immediate end to US missile attacks in North Waziristan region along the Afghan border.
2 killed in Afghanistan: A bomb killed two guards assigned to protect a provincial leader in southern Afghanistan on Friday. The remote-controlled bomb attached to a bicycle was detonated as his vehicle travelled past it.
Marines kill Afghan tribal leader after thrown rock breaks nose of U.S. commander : Kennedy’s security detail "responded immediately by firing on the individual, killing him," NATO’s International Assistance Force in Kabul said.
25 Tons of US Bombs Wipe Afghan Town Off Map: It’s hard to understand how turning an entire village into dust fits into America’s counterinsurgency strategy — which supposedly prizes the local people’s loyalty above all else.
Blair ?gung-ho? on Iraq war a year before invasion: A full year before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair told his chief of staff the West should be “gung-ho” on toppling Saddam Hussein, a panel looking into the conflict disclosed Friday
Iraq: Downing Street ordered a 'cover up', explosive new evidence reveals: Downing Street ordered a cover-up after Jack Straw made an 11th-hour attempt to stop Tony Blair going to war in Iraq, it was claimed last night.
Iraq War Inquiry website deletes memo: The Chilcot Inquiry into the war on Iraq has released several declassified documents which open the door to quite serious evidence about the build-up to the US-led invasion of the country.
Iraq war inquiry: 'Tony Blair's taken away something that we'll never get back' – video: Rose Gentle believes that Tony Blair is responsible for the death of her son, Gordon, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2004. She travelled to London to hear the former prime minister give evidence to the Chilcot inquiry for the second time
Lebanon's Druze leader backs Hezbollah: Walid Jumblatt said on Friday his group would support Hezbollah ahead of parliamentary talks on Monday to pick a new prime minister. With Jumblatt's support it is almost certain Hezbollah and its allies, with 57 seats in parliament, will win a majority to endorse Sunni politician Omar Karami to lead a new government.
US warns Palestinians over Security Council resolution: The Palestinian resolution against Israel's building in the occupied territories and East Jerusalem was formally put to the 15-member council on Tuesday night with Lebanon, Brazil and South Africa as the council sponsors.
Huge spy hub uncovered in Israel: It has been described as Israel's ‘big ears' – a huge facility where it is claimed phone calls and emails from all across the Middle East and beyond can be monitored for intelligence.
Sanctions? What sanctions? China renews Iran crude deal with steady volume-sources: China has renewed crude import pacts with Iran for 2011 by keeping the total supply amount almost the same as last year at about 460,000 barrels per day
Yemen jails journo who wrote of US missiles that killed civilians: The Yemeni journalist who had written about US involvement in missile attacks has been imprisoned for alleged links with al-Qaeda. Abdul Elah Hayder Shae has been sentenced to five years in prison followed by two years of house arrest.
Wrong men convicted of Daniel Pearl murder: probe: The wrong men were convicted of killing US reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and beheaded in Pakistan in 2002, and US officials have stood in the way of the real murderer being brought to justice, according to a new report.
WikiLeaks : US Embassy Cable points to US meddling in Haiti: US embassy cables reveal how anxious the US was to enlist Brazil to keep the deposed Jean-Bertrand Aristide out of Haiti
List of charges against Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier continues to grow: Yemen jails journo who wrote of US missiles that killed civilians: The Yemeni journalist who had written about US involvement in missile attacks has been imprisoned for alleged links with al-Qaeda. Abdul Elah Hayder Shae has been sentenced to five years in prison followed by two years of house arrest.
Court Rules Government Can Continue To Suppress Detainee Statements Describing Torture And Abuse: These transcripts are being suppressed not to protect national security, but to shield former government officials from accountability.”
"Obama's National Security State" with Michael Ratner: Audio: Current law and practice regarding the writ of habeas corpus, the right to challenge detention; preventive detention; secret sites; Guantanamo and Bagram Air Base; extraordinary rendition; targeting of American citizens for assassination; surveillance and infiltration of political groups
US teen allowed to return home: A US teenager stuck in Kuwait for a month after being placed on the US government's no-fly list was reunited with his family at a Washington airport. Mohamed claims he was blindfolded, beaten and tortured while he was detained for nearly a month in Kuwait at the behest of the US authorities.
Republicans to Cut Everything but Military: The House GOP today unveiled an eye-popping plan to eliminate $2.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Gone would be Amtrak subsidies, fat checks to the Legal Services Corporation and National Endowment for the Arts, and some $900 million to run President Obama's healthcare reform program.
Bank of America to Take $2 Billion Charge on Home Loans: Bank of America reported Friday that it had a $1.2 billion loss in the fourth quarter of last year, including a previously announced charge of $2 billion reflecting a decline in the value of its home loans and insurance business.
6.87 Million Mortgages Delinquent or in Foreclosure: Of the 6.87 million mortgages in the country that were behind on payments at the end of last year, 2,196,000 have been referred to an attorney for foreclosure
Banks drop foreclosures in Southwest Florida: Hundreds of lawsuits dismissed: Banks in recent weeks have been dropping hundreds of their Southwest Florida foreclosure lawsuits instead of facing defendants at trial, according to local attorneys and court records.
Home Buyers Are at Risk in Bad-Foreclosure Case at Massachusetts Top Court: Massachusetts’ highest court will consider whether a home buyer can rightfully own a property if the bank that sold it to him didn’t have the right to foreclose on the original owner.
California Declares Fiscal Emergency: Jerry Brown, California’s governor, declared a state of fiscal emergency on Thursday for the government of the most populous US state to press lawmakers to tackle its $25.4 billion budget gap.
Path Is Sought for States to Escape Debt Burdens: Policy makers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers.

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