Saturday, 15 January 2011

Tonight We Are All Tunisians

By Yvonne Ridley

Perhaps the biggest show of cowardice in this whole sorry episode has come from The White House. Continue

The US/Israeli Coup in Beirut

By Mike Whitney

The United States and Israel have executed a stealth coup that has precipitated the collapse of Lebanon's unity government. Continue

The War on WikiLeaks

By John Pilger

The incitement to murder trumpeted by public figures in the United States, together with attempts by the Obama administration to corrupt the law and send Assange to a hell hole prison for the rest of his life, are the reactions of a rapacious system exposed as never before. Continue

8 "militants" killed in Afghanistan's Wardak province: Afghan and NATO-led forces killed eight Taliban militants during search operation in Afghanistan's Wardak province, 35 km west of capital Kabul, a statement of provincial administration received here Saturday said, Xinhua reported.
U.S. marine kills Afghan policeman after dispute: A U.S. marine shot and killed an Afghan police officer on Saturday after a dispute between the pair during a security operation in southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
20 NATO tankers torched in Pakistan's Balochistan province: At least 20 fuel containers caught fire due to gunshots, while the fierce blaze also gutted nearby shops and hotels, witnesses said.
3 U.S. occupation force soldiers killed in Iraq: Two U.S. soldiers were killed by an Iraqi trooper who opened fire on them during a training exercise Saturday. Another soldier was killed Saturday during a military operation in central Iraq, making it one of the deadliest days for U.S. forces in the country in months.
Israel demolishes homes and classroom in West Bank village: In a bleak but beautiful landscape of undulating stony hills I watched a group of Palestinian schoolchildren take their lessons yesterday in the open air next to a heap of rubble that, until this week, was their classroom.
'South African groups seek arrest warrant for Livni': Pro-Palestinian groups want Kadima leader arrested for her role in the Gaza war two years ago, South African media outlets report; Livni due to visit South Africa next week.
Egypt postpones trial of suspected Mossad agent: Trial of Egyptian businessman Tareq Abdelrazek delayed after lawyer resigns, citing his refusal to represent a 'traitor.'
Army on streets amid Tunisia unrest: The main train station in Tunis has been torched, while gunfire was heard as soldiers intervened in attempts to stop looting in the city.
Tunisian president lands in Saudi Arabia: Flight to France left without Ben Ali's relatives : Ben Ali found a plane to take him to Saudi Arabia Friday night. Other Arabic media reported that some members of Ben Ali's entourage fled Tunisia by car for Libya.
WikiLeaks Activist Searched, Questioned At Seattle Airport: Jacob Appelbaum, an American citizen in his late 20s, was questioned and searched for 30 minutes at Seattle Tacoma International Airport on Monday evening after returning from Iceland
Glenn Greenwald: Homeland Security's laptop seizures: : Homeland Security's practice of detaining American citizens upon their re-entry into the country, and as part of that detention, literally seizing their electronic products -- laptops, cellphones, Blackberries and the like -- copying and storing the data, and keeping that property for months on end, sometimes never returning it.
Local Blogger Probed By Feds: Clay Bowler, who lives in Christian County, says he was shocked to find an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation at his doorstep. Accompanying the agent was Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott.
City puts a stop to homeless outreach: Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people in downtown Houston every day. That ended two weeks ago when the city shut down their "Feed a Friend" effort for lack of a permit.
U.S. Bills States $1.3 Billion in Interest Amid Tight Budgets: As if states did not have enough on their plates getting their shaky finances in order, a new bill is coming due — from the federal government, which will charge them $1.3 billion in interest this fall on the billions they have borrowed from Washington to pay unemployment benefits during the downturn.
Home price drops exceed Great Depression: Zillow: Home prices fell for the 53rd consecutive month in November, taking the decline past that of the Great Depression for the first time in the prolonged housing slump, according to Zillow.
The Foreclosure Dump: Today's report from RealtyTrac serves as a warning to big banks, Fannie, Freddie and local communities; The foreclosure glut is coming, and they'd better be ready to get rid of that glut in a big way.

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