Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Kill Teams in Afghanistan: The Truth

By Malalai Joya

These disgusting photos of murdered Afghans reveal the aggression and racism underpinning the occupation of my country. Continue

Libyan Rebel Leader Spent Much of Past 20 Years in Langley Virginia

By Chris Adams

Since coming to the United States in the early 1990s, Hifter lived in suburban Virginia outside Washington, D.C. Badr said he was unsure exactly what Hifter did to support himself, and that Hifter primarily focused on helping his large family. Continue

American Media Silent on CIA Ties to Libya Rebel Commander

By Patrick Martin

The selection of a longtime CIA collaborator as commander of the rebels makes nonsense of the official claim that the United States is intervening militarily in Libya to protect civilian lives. Continue

Arming Libya Rebels Not Allowed by UN Resolutions

By Robert Booth

The US is likely to be in breach of the UN security council's arms embargo on Libya if it sends weapons to the rebels, experts in international law have warned. Continued

The Euro-US War on Libya: Official Lies and Misconceptions of Critics

Must Read - By James Petras and Robin Eastman-Abaya

If not to prevent genocide, grab the oil or promote democracy (via Patriot missiles), what, then, is the driving force behind the Euro-US imperial intervention? Continue

How to Waste Money and Lives: The American Prison System

By Celia Chazelle

In 1970, fewer than 200,000 Americans were incarcerated. Today, with some 2.3 million in prison or jail, the US has more people and a higher percentage of its population locked up than any other country. Continue

Governor Cuomo to New York's Poor and Middle Class: Drop Dead

By James Ridgeway

Andrew Cuomo has turned out to be just another craven neoliberal. In his most meaningful action to date, he has embraced a budget that would make any Bushite salivate. Continue

This Is The U.S.A.?
Department of Transportation Removes Basketball Hoop:


Delaware Department of Transportation crews escorted by state police tore down basketball hoops? Continue

Iraq: 58 killed in Tikrit attack on Council: Security forces stormed the provincial council building in former dictator Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit on Tuesday after an hours-long shootout with gunmen that left 58 dead and 97 wounded, a police official said.
Libyan rebels retreat from key oil port after Gadhafi forces attack, NATO planes strike: Moammar Gadhafi’s ground forces recaptured a strategic oil town Wednesday and were close to taking a second, making new inroads in beating back a rebel advance toward the capital Tripoli.
Libyan rebels retreat to Brega:" Libyan rebels say their fighters are retreating from the key oil port of Ras Lanouf along the coastal road leading to the capital after they came under heavy shelling from ground forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Libya: al-Qaeda among Libya rebels, Nato chief fears: Libyan rebel forces may have been infiltrated by al-Qaeda fighters, a senior American military commander has warned.
Regime change: Allies Renew Demand for Qaddafi to Give Up Power: Mrs. Clinton met a second time with a senior leader of the opposition, Mahmoud Jibril, deepening the administration’s wary embrace of the provisional political council created to represent the rebels, both politically and militarily.
US and Britain may arm Libya rebels: Hillary Clinton and William Hague claim arming rebel groups may be legal under the recent UN resolution
The wisdom and legality of arming Libyan rebels: If the U.S. wants to arm the rebels, it will do so regardless of whether it violates any U.N. arms embargo, and few supporters of this war -- most of whom justify it by pointing to these U.N. Resolutions -- will care very much, if at all. Once wars begin, and positions harden, nothing matters less than legalities.
Russia: Coalition troops in Libya must stay within UN mandate: - Coalition forces involved in military action in Libya must operate strictly within the United Nations mandate, said Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's ambassador to NATO, on Tuesday.
Russia: Libyan people, not foreign 'meddling', should bring about democracy: The foreign minister appealed to NATO to stick to its pledge to remain impartial, and called for an immediate ceasefire and the start of talks to resolve the conflict.
China tells France force will won't work in Libya: Chinese President Hu Jintao admonished French President Nicolas Sarkozy over the Western bombing campaign in Libya on Wednesday, saying force will not resolve the conflict in the North African country.
No military solution to Libya crisis--NATO chief: Declines to "guess" how long NATO's Libya mission will go
US Congressmen: Libya attack illegal: On Tuesday, Representatives Timothy Johnson of Illinois and Justin Amash of Michigan introduced the draft legislation that aims to suspend all fundings to measures involving US President Barack Obama's decision to intervene in Libya
Suicide bomber kills 13 in Pakistan: Blast at checkpoint comes minutes after prominent Islamist politician and Afghan Taliban supporter had passed through.
Pakistan's secret dirty war: In Balochistan, mutilated corpses bearing the signs of torture keep turning up, among them lawyers, students and farm workers. Why is no one investigating and what have they got to do with the bloody battle for Pakistan's largest province?
2 more NATO occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: Two more soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed Tuesday, bringing to five the number of military alliance casualties in a single day, ISAF said in a statement on Wednesday.
Investigation finds 4 Afghan civilians killed by occupation forces: A joint Afghan and NATO investigation team found NATO airstrikes, on Friday March 25 killed four civilians and injured three others in southern Helmand province, the military alliance said on Wednesday.
Karzai slams US soldiers' murder of Afghan teenager: "It is a tragic story and reading it hurts our feeling. This crime committed by those soldiers who are addicted with heroin and hashish," President Karzai said
Taliban seizes eastern Afghan district: Taliban fighters have seized the poorly armed eastern Afghanistan district of Waygal in a rare show of force.
Israeli air raid on Gaza kills one: Palestinian medics: A Palestinian was killed and another wounded in a dawn raid on Wednesday by Israeli warplanes near the southern town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources said.
Israel considering annexing illegal West Bank "settlements": Israel is considering annexing major occupied West Bank settlement blocs if the Palestinians unilaterally seek world recognition of a state, an Israeli official said Tuesday
UN chief: Israel's occupation is 'morally, politically unsustainable': "the occupation that started in 1967 is morally and politically unsustainable, and must end. The Palestinians have a legitimate right to the establishment of an independent and viable State of their own.
Syria's Assad warns of 'conspiracy': Syrian president fails to lift emergency laws in his first speech since security forces curbed anti-government protests.
Yemen: Saleh makes new offer to protesters: Yemen's president has made a new offer to protesters demanding his ouster, proposing he stays in office until elections are held but transferring his powers to a caretaker government, an opposition source said on Wednesday.
AlJazeera news loses credibility in Yemen: Video footage of Iraqi prisoners being kicked, whipped and beaten were recently screened on Al Jazeera TV news channel that reported these scenes as being from Yemen.
Bahraini attacks on protesters persist: Bahraini police, backed by Saudi military forces, used force to disperse protesters in Manama, a the regime's forces were reportedly spotted using violence against the protesting public in the villages of Diraz, Nuwaidrat and Sanabis as well as the township of Belad Al Qadeem.
Bahrain downs Iran's Press TV channel: Bahrain's illegal measure comes following the extensive coverage by Press TV of its brutal suppression of Bahraini protesters, backed by military forces of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that were deployed to the country.
Pro-Ouattara Forces Enter Ivory Coast Capital: Spokeswoman for New Forces rebels says fighters entered Yamoussoukro Wednesday, after making major advances across country
'Suicide squads' paid huge sums amid fresh fears for nuclear site: The radioactive core in one reactor at Fukushima's beleaguered nuclear power plant appeared to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel, an expert warned yesterday, sparking fears that workers would not be able to save the reactor and that radioactive gases could soon be released into the atmosphere.
Radiation levels soar in Japan sea water: Search for quake and tsunami survivors goes on, as readings show radioactive iodine levels hit 3,355 times legal limit.
China economist blasts dollar dominance on eve of G20: - Dollar dominance is sowing the seeds of financial turmoil, and the solution is to promote new reserve currencies, a Chinese government economist said in a paper published on the eve of a G20 meeting about how to reform the global monetary system.
The Declining Purchasing Power of the Dollar: A dollar today would buy one less than a nickel’s worth of goods and services in Woodrow Wilson’s time.
2/3rds of US Corporations Pay Zero Federal Taxes: : From coast-to-coast, more than forty cities joined in a day of action protesting the tax-dodging of massive corporations that they see as the real source of the country's deficit.
Housing market: 13% of all U.S. homes are vacant: And it's only getting worse: The national vacancy rate crept up to just over 13% according to last week's decennial census report. That's up from 12.1% in 2007.
Home Prices Fall for 7th Straight Month: U.S. single family home prices fell for the seventh straight month in January, bringing prices to just above April 2009 lows, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday.

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