Monday, 28 March 2011

The Kill Team

By Mark Boal

How U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses – and how their officers failed to stop them. Plus: An exclusive look at the war crime photos censored by the Pentagon. Continue

A CIA Commander For Libyan Rebels

By Patrick Martin

The US and European intervention in Libya is aimed not at bringing “democracy” and “freedom,” but at installing in power stooges of the CIA who will rule just as brutally as Gaddafi, while allowing the imperialist powers to loot the country’s oil resources and use Libya as a base of operations. Continue

"Bait and Switch"
Libya and The Holy Triumvirate

By William Blum

Will the state-dominated economy be privatized? Who will wind up owning Libya's oil? Will the new regime continue to invest Libyan oil revenues in sub-Saharan African development projects? Will they allow a US military base and NATO exercises? Continue

Who Are The Libyan Freedom Fighters And Their Patrons?

By Peter Dale Scott

"It may puzzle and perhaps dismay young protesters in Benghazi, Cairo and Tunisia that their democratic hopes are being manipulated by an ultra-conservative Arab elite which has underhandedly backed a surge of militant Islamist radicals across North Africa. " Continue

Joseph Beuys And Coyote Meet "Humanitarian" Bombing Campaigns

By Phil Rockstroh

Images of irradiated rains and bombing campaigns have left many riddled with dread, haunted by the uncertainty of it all…gripped by the feeling that events are hurtling at an exponential rate of speed towards some ill-defined but tragic reckoning. Continue

Is Fukushima About To Blow?

By Mike Whitney

Conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are deteriorating and the doomsday scenario is beginning to unfold. Continue

How The US Let Calderón Save Face

By Rodrigo Camarena

WikiLeaks was a handy excuse, but the US sacrificed its envoy to rescue Mexico's president – a vital ally in the 'war on drugs'. Continue

The Collapse of Globalization

By Chris Hedges

until we awake from our collective self-delusion, until we carry out sustained acts of civil disobedience against the corporate state and sever ourselves from the liberal institutions that serve the corporate juggernaut—especially the Democratic Party—we will continue to be rocketed toward a global catastrophe. Continue

Yemen: 40 killed in clashes in northern governorate of Al-Jawf: The anti-government uprising, backed by opposition parties, has sparked clashes between pro- and anti-government tribesmen in the northern Yemeni governorate of Al-Jawf where at least 40 people have been killed in the past few days
Yemen arms factory blasts kills at least 80 people: Local residents told Al Jazeera that more than 100 men, women and children were looting the left-overs in the factory when the first explosion occurred.
Yemen president scraps offer to step down as Islamic militants take advantage of unrest to seize towns: The militants moved in with no resistance because police had withdrawn weeks earlier - as they did in several other parts of the country - in the face of challenges by anti-government protesters.
Pentagon urged to find ‘Plan B’ for base as Yemeni crisis grows: The Pentagon is being urged to move its counterterrorism operations from Yemen across the Gulf of Aden to Djibouti should the government in Sanaa fall.
20 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing: Three suicide bombers have killed 20 people in an attack on a construction firm in a restive province in southeastern Afghanistan.
Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan: The death toll among Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan rose to 155 Sunday when 24-year-old Corporal Yannick Scherrer of Victoriaville, Quebec, was killed by a roadside bomb.
"Let Me Check Off My Kill" - Graphic Video -
Taliban 'kidnap Afghan policemen': The Taliban gunmen have abducted around 50 off-duty policemen in an ambush in a volatile province in northeastern Afghanistan, the militant group and provincial officials have said.
New coalition airstrikes reportedly underway in Libya; strikes help rebels advance: Days of coalition airstrikes appeared Saturday to have pushed open the door to western Libya for anti-government rebel forces, which retook the strategic city of Ajdabiya as a weakened military loyal to Gaddafi fell back.
Libyan rebels facing tough fight for Sirte: Rebels are attempting to seize control of Muammar Gaddafi's hometown, but government forces are gathered to stop them.
US officials: Libyan operation could last months: U.S.-led military action in Libya has bolstered rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces, but the international operation could continue for months, the Obama administration says.
Libyan Government: “NATO Terrorising, Killing Libyans”: "We believe the unnecessary continuation of the air strikes is a plan to put the Libyan government in a weak negotiating position. NATO is prepared to kill people, destroy army training camps and army checkpoints and other locations."
Defense Secretary: Libya Did Not Pose Threat to U.S., Was Not 'Vital National Interest' to Intervene: In December, 2007, Barack Obama told The Boston Globe that “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
Libyan rebels to start oil exports soon: Oil fields in rebel-held territory in Libya are producing between 100,000 and 130,000 barrels a day, and the opposition plans to begin exporting oil "in less than a week", a rebel representative said on Sunday.
Al Qaeda snatched missiles in Libya: Chad president: "The Islamists of Al Qaeda took advantage of the pillaging of arsenals in the rebel zone to acquire arms, including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries in Tenere," a desert region of the Sahara that stretches from northeast Niger to western Chad, Deby said in the interview.
Syria: Army on Latakia streets after 12 killed: Syrian troops have deployed in force in the northern city of Latakia, where at least 12 people have died in a wave of unrest that has shaken the regime. Twelve people were killed on Saturday during anti-government protests in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, the government has confirmed.
Syria arrests US national 'for spying for Israel': Syria arrested an American national for inciting protests against the regime and spying for the State of Israel, official media reported Sunday
18 killed in Iraq violence: Overnight, gunmen stormed into a notorious and poor district of the northern city of Mosul, killing six women and a man, police and medical sources said
Syrian troops fire teargas at protesters in Deraa: Security forces in Syria are reported to have fired teargas and fired shots in the air as anti-government protests flared again in the southern city of Deraa.
Lieberman: ‘Precedent’ for Syrian intervention: Lieberman, Connecticut independent, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “There is a precedent now … we’re not going to allow Assad to slaughter his own people.”
Assad pledges to scrap arrest law: The president’s spokeswoman, Bouthaina Shaaban, said the laws, in force since 1963, would be lifted but refused to give a timetable for the change. President Bashar al-Assad will address the people in the coming days, state television said.
Al Assad deserves benefit of doubt: Syrians can give president a chance to implement his promises of reform or risk taking the country down a path of chaos and economic misery
Bahrain shuns Kuwait's mediation offer: Bahrain's foreign minister says it is "completely untrue" that Kuwait could mediate to resolve its political crisis.
Israeli strike kills two in Gaza: An Israeli air strike killed two Gaza militants yesterday, threatening to prompt more tit-for-tat attacks a day after militants committed to calm if Israel reciprocated.
US casts only vote for Israel in UNHRC: Six motions condemn Israeli settlement activity and human rights violations in occupied Palestinian territories, Golan Heights. The US was the only country to vote against all six United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolutions on Israel, which were approved in Geneva this Thursday and Friday.
Mubarak under house arrest in Egypt: Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and his family have been reportedly placed under house arrest by the country's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. The council made the announcement through a statement posted on its website on Monday.
America 'must practise what it preaches': PJ Crowley: In an exclusive interview for HARDtalk Mr Crowley told Stephen Sackur he didn't regret expressing his views, but declined to say whether he had been asked to resign.
How the US let Calderón save face: WikiLeaks was a handy excuse, but the US sacrificed its envoy to rescue Mexico's president – a vital ally in the 'war on drugs'
Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico: ATF agents job is to stop gun trafficking across the border. Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen.
Radiation in Japan seawater, soil may be spreading: - Workers at Japan's damaged nuclear plant raced to pump out contaminated water suspected of sending radioactivity levels soaring as officials warned Monday that radiation seeping from the complex was spreading to seawater and soil.
Low-level radiation found in Massachusetts rainwater: Trace amounts of radioactive iodine linked to Japan's crippled nuclear power station have turned up in rainwater samples as far away as Massachusetts during the past week, state officials said on Sunday.
Euro economists expect Greek default, BBC survey finds: Two-thirds of respondents predicted a default. However, most thought the euro would survive in its current form.
Irish banks heading for new bailout: The latest round of bank stress tests in Ireland is expected to show another black hole of between €18bn and €23bn and lead to the fifth bailout in two and half years.
Dems: Potential Cuts to Medicaid Outlined by Administration 'Cruel': The lawmakers are concerned the letter will encourage states to clip health coverage for some of the country's poorest people amid a poor economy when they could use the benefits most.
RIP - Joe Bageant, 1946-2011 -After a vibrant life, Joe Bageant died yesterday following a four-month struggle with cancer. He was 64. Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara, his three children, Timothy, Patrick and Elizabeth, and thousands of friends and admirers. He is also survived by his work and ideas.

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