Tuesday, 11 January 2011

What U.S. "Justice" Signifies Around The World

By Glenn Greenwald

We have the spectacle of Julian Assange's lawyers citing the Obama administration's policies of rendition and indefinite detention at Guantanamo as a reason why human rights treaties bar his extradition to any country (such as Sweden) which might transfer him to American custody. Continue

Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich

By Chris Hedges

Power does not rest with the electorate. It does not reside with either of the two major political parties. - Power rests with corporations. And corporations gain very lucrative profits from war, even wars we have no chance of winning. Continue

Appropriators Sound Support for Israel Missile Defense

By Bridget Johnson

Two key pro-Israel appropriators say that record funding for missile defense systems in the Middle East remains a top priority despite political pressure to make deep spending cut. Continue

US Dollar 'Unstable' Reserve Currency

By Press TV

Sarkozy considered the current model which uses the US dollar as the primary reserve currency as "unstable" and stressed that it "makes part of the world dependent on American monetary policy." Continue

Wage Drop Has Been Worst In Decades

By William Alden

Wages for American workers have fallen dramatically since the financial crisis, in what will likely turn out to be the worst such plunge since the Great Depression, the Wall Street Journal reports. Continue

Geithner Says U.S. Insolvent

By Michael S. Rozeff

The U.S. government is insolvent. Who says so? Timothy F. Geithner, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Continue

Reagan Budget Director Warns
America Has ‘Reached The Point Of No Return

By Nathan Diebenow

"There are no real seriously armed enemies left in the world that can possibly justify an $800 billion national defense and security establishment, including Homeland Security." Continue

A European Strategy for the Left

By Michel Husson

Having shifted the debt from the private sector to the public the working class has to be made to pay. This shock therapy is delivered through austerity plans which are all broadly similar – a cut in socially useful spending and hiking up the most unfair taxes. Continue

15 Men Decapitated in Acapulco
The Unreported War in Mexico

By Mike Whitney

The war on drugs is a fraud, but its costs are quite real. Just ask any of the family members of its 30,000-plus victims. Continue

10 South Sudan voters killed in ambush: At least 11 more people have been killed in violence over southern Sudan's historic referendum, officials have said.
60 killed in Sudan's Abyei clashes: referendum official: More than 60 people have been killed in Sudan's disputed region of Abyei over the past three days in a series of clashes involving local Dinka police force and militia allegedly associated with the nomadic tribe of Misseria
Tunisia anger grows as 50 reported killed in riots: Anger over a crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of unrest while artists and hospital staff joined demonstrations.
Need a laugh? Pope rebukes Pakistan blasphemy law: Pope Benedict XVI has called for Pakistan to repeal its anti-blasphemy law and demanded that governments in predominantly Muslim countries do much more to protect minority Christians from violent attacks.
At least five dead in Ivory Coast clashes: Clashes in Ivory Coast killed at least five people on Tuesday in the latest outburst of violence between backers of presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara and forces loyal to incumbent Laurent Gbagbo.
Ouattara rejects vice-president job: Recognised winner of Cote d'Ivoire presidential poll has reportedly rejected incumbent president's offer to end impasse.
Pakistan: Five militants killed in clash between rival militant groups: Five militants, including a local commander, have been killed when two rival groups clashed in Pakistan's central Kurram tribal region on, sources said.
Policeman killed, 5 people wounded in Iraq's violence: A policeman was killed and five people, including a professor in Baghdad University, were wounded in separate bomb attacks on Tuesday in Baghdad and northern Iraq, the police said.
Israeli airstrike kills Palestinian: Israeli fighter jets have pounded the Gaza Strip, leaving a Palestinian dead in the densely populated coastal enclave.
Israeli attack kills alledged member of Palestinian resistance in Gaza: A "senior Islamic Jihad militant" was killed Tuesday by an Israel Air Force missile while he was driving a motorcycle in the southern Gaza Strip, according to local Palestinian officials.
EU envoys in 'East Jerusalem call': European Union envoys in the Middle East have urged Brussels to treat East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state and severely criticised Israeli polices there, according to a leaked report.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Netanyahu: Only 'credible military option' can stop nuclear Iran: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tuesday that Iran would not stop its nuclear program unless economic sanctions were backed with a "credible military option."
Iran broadcasts 'confession' of man it says was part of assassination plot: Majid Jamali-Fash says he was hired by Israel as part of network ordered to kill Iranian scientist Masoud Ali-Mohammadi
Iran vows to bring Israel to justice for 'crimes against humanity': After publicly accusing Mossad over murder of nuclear scientist, Iran's foreign ministry says it will seek international action.
Afghanistan: ISAF occupation force attack caused '$100 mln damage in Kandahar': A major coalition military operation under way in Kandahar has caused about 100 million dollars worth of damage to property in Afghanistan's volatile southern province, a government delegation said on Tuesday.
Propaganda: US troops wage war with cash in Afghanistan: At the entrance to a military base in southern Afghanistan, US Army Staff Sergeant Andrew Cunningham hands out money to locals employed to help rebuild their villages devastated by war.
Afghanistan reconstruction auditor resigns: A U.S. auditor for Afghanistan reconstruction, who said waste and fraud in efforts to rebuild the war-torn country may have cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars, resigned on Tuesday.
Joe Biden: U.S. Could Stay In Afghanistan Beyond 2014: The United States is not in Afghanistan to "govern," but will stay beyond a scheduled 2014 security handover if Afghans want, visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday
WikiLeaks Founder Said to Fear ‘Illegal Rendition’ to U.S.: Lawyers acting for Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks antisecrecy group, said on Tuesday they would argue against a demand for his extradition to Sweden on the grounds that he might subsequently face “illegal rendition” to the United States, risking imprisonment at Guantánamo Bay, or even the death penalty.
Soldier's inhumane imprisonment: Pfc. Bradley Manning, can't reasonably complain that the military has him in custody. But the conditions under which he is being held at the Marine detention center at Quantico, Va., are so harsh as to suggest he is being punished for conduct of which he hasn't been convicted.
Missouri: Ex-C.I.A. Officer Will Be Extradited: A federal judge on Monday ordered a former C.I.A. officer to be transferred to Virginia to face charges that he leaked classified government information to a reporter.
Tom DeLay, former U.S. House leader, sentenced to 3 years in prison : Tom DeLay, the brash Texan who helped build and tightly control a Republican majority in his chamber until resigning in 2005, was sentenced by a state judge on Monday to three years in prison for illegally plotting to funnel corporate contributions to Texas legislative candidates.
Will Tom DeLay go to prison? Don't count on it: A defiant DeLay vowed to beat sentence on appeal.
Author Brad Meltzer was recruited in government agency, 'horrified' at how easy it is to attack U.S.: I was a real-life secret agent. I didn't have the hand-grenade cuff links or the poison-dart pen, but in 2004 I was recruited by the Department of Homeland Security for its Red Cell program.
Could the U.S. central bank go broke?: The U.S. Federal Reserve's journey to the outer limits of monetary policy is raising concerns about how hard it will be to withdraw trillions of dollars in stimulus from the banking system when the time is right.
Deepening crisis traps America's have-nots: The US is drifting from a financial crisis to a deeper and more insidious social crisis. Self-congratulation by the US authorities that they have this time avoided a repeat of the 1930s is premature
Job Openings in U.S. Decrease for Third Time in Four Months: The number of positions waiting to be filled decreased by 80,000 to 3.25 million, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The number of people hired dropped from the prior month and separations climbed.

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