Sunday, 27 February 2011

Britain Should Pull Out Of Afghanistan, says Gorbachev

By Matthew Bell

The ex-Soviet leader argues the US must take some blame for fanning Islamic fundamentalism. Continue

The Destiny of this Pageant Lies in the Kingdom of Oil

By Robert Fisk

One after another, our satraps are falling, and the people we paid them to control are making their own history – our right to meddle in their affairs (which we will, of course, continue to exercise) has been diminished for ever. Continue

U.S.:Neo-Con Hawks Take Flight over Libya

By Jim Lobe

In a distinct echo of the tactics they pursued to encourage U.S. intervention in the Balkans and Iraq, a familiar clutch of neo-conservatives appealed Friday for the United States and NATO to "immediately" prepare military action to help bring down the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Continue

War Über Alles

By Paul Craig Roberts

War makes money for the politically connected. While the flag-waving population remains proud of the service of their sons, brothers, husbands, fathers, cousins, wives, mothers and daughters, the smart boys who got the fireworks started are rolling in the mega-millions. Continue

How the U.S. Radicalized Conservatism

By Professor Lawrence Davidson

The growing number of conservative elected officials who preach Islamohobia is a clear indicator that this is a fantasy has entered the minds of Republican voters. Continue

Army of Fake Social Media Friends to Promote Propaganda

By Darlene Storm

The U.S. government contracted HBGary Federal for the development of software which could create multiple fake social media profiles to manipulate and sway public opinion on controversial issues by promoting propaganda. Continue

Profit Pathology and Disposable Planet

By Michael Parenti

Corporate America promotes the classic laissez-faire theory which claims that the free  market—a congestion of  unregulated and unbridled enterprises all selfishly pursuing their own ends—is governed by a benign “invisible hand” that miraculously produces optimal outputs for everybody. Continue

The Unsustainability of Modern Capitalism

An interview With John Perkins - By Anthony Wile

Everything today is pretty much run by the big corporations. Obama is very much under the influence of the corporatocracy. Continue

Afghans:Nato killed 65 civilians : Sixty-five civilians, including 40 children, were killed in a NATO assault on insurgents in eastern Afghanistan earlier this month, according to findings of an Afghan government investigation released Sunday.
10 killed in Afghan suicide bombing: Two bomb explosions tore through a crowd of villagers watching a dog fight in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Sunday, killing 10 people, officials said.
'CIA mulls targeting Pakistani agents": The sources also insist that the situation is increasingly turning out to be not merely a loss of the cover of a CIA spy, Raymond Davis, but, actually, the loss of a key asset of the notorious US spy agency, a report said on Saturday.
Report: 50 people killed in clashes in Libyan town: At least 50 civilians were killed Saturday overnight in the oil refining town of Zawiyah in Libya after heavy fighting between protesters and troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Reuters reported quoting local residents.
Gaddafi faces endgame as he bribes civilians to fight for him: Protesters in a large working-class district of the capital, Tripoli, defied security forces, compelling them to retreat. As rebel advances threatened the last redoubt of the leader, he ordered weapons to be distributed to his civilian supporters.
Live Blog - Libya Feb 27 : As the uprising in Libya enters its 13th day, we keep you updated on the developing situation from our Doha headquarters
Clinton: U.S. ready to offer aid to Libyan opposition : Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. is “reaching out” to Libyans trying to organize a post-Moammar Gadhafi government and is “ready and prepared to offer any type of assistance.”
McCain, Lieberman: U.S. should arm Libyan rebels: Clinton says U.S. is ready to aid opposition, is "reaching out" to those trying to organize post-Qaddafi government
Libya: UN Security Council votes sanctions on Gaddafi: They backed an arms embargo and asset freeze while referring Colonel Gaddafi to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity.
US imposes sanctions on Libya: The Obama administration is freezing assets held by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and four of his children in the United States.
At least 19 dead in Iraq as tens of thousands join protests: Tens of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets yesterday in nationwide protests that left at least 19 dead and dozens wounded, but the US military consciously and conspicuously remained on the sideline.
1 killed in attack on Iraqi refinery: The biggest oil refinery in Iraq was shut down Saturday after an early-morning bombing by a contingent of armed men.
Curfew called after protests erupt in Iraq: The Iraqi capital Baghdad is now under curfew following nationwide protests which have called for more government accountability.
DR Congo: Six killed in 'coup bid' against Kabila: An "unidentified group of armed men" attacked the residence of President Joseph Kabila in the capital, Kinshasa, a government spokesman said, describing the raid as an attempted coup.
Oman clashes: Two killed during protests in Gulf state: Two people have been killed in clashes between security forces and protesters in the Gulf state of Oman, witnesses and officials said.
Thousands in Yemen protests Video: Leading Yemeni tribal figure resigns from ruling party during a rally of tens of thousands in Amran.
Yemen President vows bloody rebuff to protests: YEMEN President Ali Abdullah Saleh is vowing to defend his three-decade regime ''with every drop of blood'', accusing opponents of hijacking gathering protests in a ploy to split the nation.
Protesters say Egypt military uses force on them: "Military police used batons and tasers to hit the protesters," Ahmed Bahgat, one of the protesters, told Reuters by telephone. "The military is once again using force. But the protesters have not responded."
Egyptian demonstrators return to Tahrir Square hours after violent crackdown: - Protesters returned to Tahrir Square on Saturday just hours after security forces moved aggressively to disperse them, with some military police beating demonstrators and others using tasers.
Committee drafts constitutional amendments: The proposed amendments to Egypt's Constitution open up presidential elections, limit the leader to just two terms and make a referendum necessary for any extension to the state of emergency
Tunisia PM announces resignation: Mohammed Ghannouchi, Tunisia's interim prime minister, has resigned, as security forces clashed with protesters in Tunis, the capital, who were demanding some of his minsters be removed.
Thousands protest in Bahrain: Thousands of Bahrainis marched in Manama on Sunday calling for the fall of the ruling Sunni dynasty, as 18 opposition MPs submitted their letter of resignation to protest the killing of demonstrators.
Bahrain opposition demands resignation of prime minister: Bahrain's increasingly assertive opposition movement flexed its muscles on Saturday, staging a massive demonstration in central Manama at short notice to demand the ousting of the kingdom's prime minister.
Demanding equal rights in Bahrain: Many Shia citizens of Gulf island demand ouster of PM, and less power for the ruling Khalifa family.
Saudi King Orders Permanent State Jobs For Citizens: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah ordered Sunday permanent state jobs for Saudis on temporary labor contracts amid regional uprisings that have toppled regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and infected neighboring Bahrain.
Iran opposition figures 'detained' : Rights group says Mousavi and Karroubi, accused of illegally organising protests, moved to "safe houses" outside Tehran
Mullen Mideast trip shows US 'worry': Iran general: "The hasty trip of Mike Mullen shows the deep worry regarding the fate of American forces stationed in the region," armed forces chief of staff General Hassan Firouzabadi said in a statement.
Russia to sell anti-ship rockets to Syria: Despite Israeli fears that the rockets could ultimately land in Hezbollah hands, the Russian Defense Minister says plans to sell the rockets are moving ahead.
UK 'to end direct aid to 16 countries': The UK is to stop direct aid to 16 countries, including Russia, China and Iraq, papers seen by the BBC suggest. A draft copy of a government review of its £7.8bn overseas aid budget - to be published this week - also reveals assistance for India will be frozen.
"If law fails, CIA will assassinate Assange" : Video: Former Reagan Administration Paul Craig Roberts says there is a concerted effort to shut Assange up. If the legal attempt fails, he'll be assassinated by a CIA assassination team.
Stranger than fiction: Tennessee bill would jail Shariah followers: A proposed Tennessee law would make following the Islamic code known as Shariah law a felony, punishable by 15 years in jail.

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