Monday, 3 January 2011

US Killed 2,043 People, Mostly Civilians, in Pakistan: Report


Regarding civilian causalities and attacks on women and children, the report said: "People in the tribal belt usually carry guns and ammunition as a tradition. US drone will identify anyone carrying a gun as a militant and subsequently he will be killed." Continue

US Senator Wants US Military in Afghanistan Forever

By The Irish Sun

A senior Republican senator has said a plan should be devised for American troops to remain permanently in war-ravaged Afghanistan. Continue

Networks of Empire and Realignments of World Power

By James Petras

The US Empire still retains major clients and nearly a thousand military bases around the world. As client and puppet regimes decline, Washington increases the role and scope of extra-territorial death squad operations from 50 to 80 countries. Continue

Feminist Human Rights vs. the Conning of Patriotism

By Kathleen Barry

The military, treat anyone who is not their military buddy in a combat zone as an enemy whose life has no value, who the soldiers are trained to think of as not even having a life. Continue

The U.S. Lied?
Netanyahu: Israel Agreed to New Settlement Freeze

By Jonathan Lis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he had agreed to the U.S. suggestion of a three-month extension to the West Bank settlement freeze, but the Americans were the ones who retracted the offer. Continue

Israel: The Next War

By Alain Gresh

Netanyahu, like his predecessors, claims to want peace but he wants the humiliating peace imposed by conquest and based on denial of Palestinian rights. Continue

A Short Anthology of Racism in Israel

By Niva Lanir

"Get out of here, you sluts," the students shouted at them. "This place is ours, and there is no room for Arabs." Continue

Choosing Suppression Over Justice
Acknowledging Political Islam

By Robert Grenier

The US has historically supported suppressive secular regimes in the Middle East, a policy with obvious shortcomings. Continue

“Greatest Nation” Rhetoric Roars Back

By Robert Jensen

The United States has brought prosperity to the world, protecting all that is decent against evil. Yes, we’ve had to muscle others out of the way on occasion, but that was necessary to bring order and liberty. Continue

TSA: Airports Are Only the Beginning

By Becky Akers

Unless we abolish this vile agency, the TSA will carry its war on Americans from airports, bus stations, and political events to highways, shopping malls, even sidewalks. Continue

Ralph Nader: ‘The Left Has Nowhere to Go’

By Chris Hedges

Either we begin to practice a fierce moral autonomy and rise up in multiple acts of physical defiance that have no discernable short-term benefit, or we accept the inevitability of corporate slavery. The choice is that grim. Continue

End of the Recession? Who's Kidding Whom?

By Immanuel Wallerstein

“The United States wants to believe in an economic upturn.” Exactly, they “want to believe” it, and not only people in the United States. But is it so? Continue

The Secret of Oz

Video By Bill Still

Foreclosures are everywhere, unemployment is skyrocketing – and this is only the beginning. America’s economy is on a long, slippery slope from here on. The bubble ride of debt has come to an end. Continue

US Kills 8 People in Pakistan: US missile strikes targeting the same building killed eight people in a region near Afghanistan today, including at least two people who were retrieving bodies from the first attack, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
Key party pulls out of Pakistan's ruling coalition: The second largest party in Pakistan's ruling coalition said Sunday it is quitting the government and joining the opposition, depriving the country's pro-U.S. government of a parliamentary majority and throwing its future into doubt.
Two occupation force troops die in Afghanistan : Two foreign 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.
One civilian killed, five injured in western Afghanistan: One Afghan civilian was killed and five others including a policeman injured Monday by a bomb in the western province of Herat, officials said.
We can see everything’: USAF launches ‘airborne surveillance system’
Three Iraqis, two US occupation force soldiers killed in Iraq: Gun and bomb attacks killed three Iraqis and wounded 15 on Monday, security officials said, while the US military said two US soldiers had been killed, the first to die in Iraq this year.
Four people killed, 16 wounded in Iraq's violence: Four people were killed and 16 others were wounded in separate bombing and gunfire attacks in northern and central Iraq on Sunday, the police said.
How The Media Inflated The Toppling Of The Saddam Statue: Propaganda has been a staple of warfare for ages, but the notion of creating events on the battlefield, as opposed to repackaging real ones after the fact, is a modern development.
In case you missed it: : The photographs tell the story... : Is This Media manipulation on a grand scale? : How Information Clearing House reported the Saddam statue propaganda event.
In case you missed it: : Army Stage-Managed Fall of Hussein Statue: The colonel — selected the statue as a "target of opportunity," the psychological team used loudspeakers to encourage Iraqi civilians to assist, according to an account by a unit member.
Tension flares amid Israeli attacks: One Palestinian shot dead at checkpoint in the West Bank and two more injured in Gaza as Israeli jets attack refugee camp.
Israelis kill man carrying bottle: ISRAELI troops shot dead a Palestinian carrying a bottle at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus late yesterday, less than 48 hours after a female protester died after being teargassed.
Chile, Paraguay to recognize Palestinian State: Uruguay also expected to recognize independent Palestinian state based on 1967 borders in March; Ecuador also due to open PA embassy.
Opposition groups urge Jordanian government to severe ties with Israel: A coalition of Jordanian opposition parties and trade unions on Monday rebuked the government for secretly receiving the chief of Israel's National Security Council, Uzi Arad, in Amman last week, and urged the rupture of ties with Israel.
US Embassy Cables:: Israel preparing for war against Hamas, Hezbollah: Although approximately 1400 Palestinians, many of them civilians, were killed during Operation Cast Lead, Israel's incursion into the Gaza Strip in December 2008, Ashkenazi vowed that the next round of fighting in Gaza would entail an even greater cost in human life, saying that Israel would not again accept "any restrictions on warfare in populated areas.
Iran says it shot down two western spy planes over Persian Gulf: Iran has shot down two unmanned western reconnaissance drone aircraft in the Gulf, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday.
India to drop US dollar in Iran oil dealing: India may drop the US dollar as payment for oil from Iran. The replacement would be the Japanese yen and the Emirates dirham.
Iran, India working out mechanism to continue trade: A week after the Reserve Bank of India barred dollar and euro trade transactions with Iran, the central banks of the two countries on Friday discussed new mechanisms for two-way trade but the talks remained inconclusive.
Euro stands just 20pc chance of survival in next decade: The euro stands just a one in five chance of surviving in its current form for ten years, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
China-Russia oil pipeline opens: New pipeline effectively to double Russian exports of crude oil to world's largest energy consumer.
A bridge too far? China unveils world's longest sea bridge: The road bridge, which took four years and cost a cool £5.5billion to build, will be open for use in the New Year and is almost three miles longer than the previous record-holder, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana.
Bolivia rescinds fuel subsidy cuts: After week of strikes and demonstrations, South American country cancels decree that saw fuel costs soar.
Britain's anti-terror control orders condemned as 'trademark of despots': Human rights groups across the world attack one of the 'most serious violations' of natural justice in developed democracies
UK: Police hoarding data on the millions who call to report a crime: Millions of innocent people have had their details recorded and stored on police databases after reporting a crime, it has emerged.
After 16 Years Behind Bars for an $11 Robbery, the Scott Sisters Will Be Free at Last: "To date, the sisters have served 16 years of their sentences and are eligible for parole in 2014. Jamie Scott requires regular dialysis, and her sister has offered to donate one of her kidneys to her. - "Gladys Scott's release is conditioned on her donating one of her kidneys to her sister"
Now the Rich Get Richer Quicker: If a just society is defined by the relationship between the well off and the very poor, we have big trouble.
Millions of Americans Are Heading to Foodbanks for the First Time in Their Lives: More and more working Americans, many earning what were once middle class incomes, are spending their time and scarce money to find their next meal.

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