Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Bin Laden’s Daughter Confirms
Father Captured Alive Then Killed By US Special Forces

By Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Islamabad

Osama was neither armed nor did inmates at the compound fire at the US choppers or commandos. Continue

Some Ruminations on Children of Empire

By William Bowles

Obama, cultured, educated, informed blah-blah, sat and watched in air-conditioned luxury whilst his capos blew up men, women and children with the press of a button. Continue

This Was Revenge
Obama Snatches Defeat from Jaws of Victory

By Yvonne Ridley

Real justice would not have involved shooting an unarmed man in front of his wife and children – there were no bodyguards in the house in Abbottabad in Pakistan. Continue

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead -Again!

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Why would the U.S. put an expiration stamp on the Osama card when it had served the empire so well? Continue

Bread and Circuses
For Obama, Big Rise in Poll Numbers After Bin Laden Raid


The glow of national pride seemed to rise above partisan politics, as support for the president rose significantly among both Republicans and independents. In all, 57 percent said they now approved of the president’s job performance. Continue

What If Bush Did It?
A Nation Celebrates What It is Told

By Chris Floyd

In a dramatic late-night appearance in the White House press room, President George W. Bush announced that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction had been found in a secret stronghold near the Syrian border. Continue

Keith Olbermann: Special Comment
The Death of Osama bin Laden

By Keith Olbermann

“Torture was necessary, laws were not,” Continue

Stranger Than Fiction
Blackwater’s New Ethics Chief: John Ashcroft

By Spencer Ackerman

Ashcroft will head Xe’s new “subcommittee on governance,” designed to “promote the highest degrees of ethics and professionalism within the private security industry.” Continue

At least 11 Afghan Taliban militants killed in secuirty operation: During the operation, another 10 people, members of the Gujjar Tribe, went missing.
One civilian, six Taliban killed in NATO night raid in Afghanistan: NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed a civilian and six Taliban militants in the country's south-east, officials said Wednesday.
Ivory Coast: Dozens die as Laurent Gbagbo's militia fight on: Liberian mercenaries in Abidjan still resisting three weeks after Alassane Ouattara deposed beaten president
Explosing in southern Yemen kills 5 soldiers, 4 civilians killed in firefight: Local resident Ali Dahmas said Wednesday that after the explosion, the panicked surviving soldiers opened fire, killing at least four people and wounding over 20.
Baghdad Car bomb explosion kills 16 in Shia area: Baghdad Car bomb explosion kills 16 in Shia area(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A car bomb blast in a predominantly Shia area of southern Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, killed at least 16 people and left dozens wounded on Tuesday, Al Jazeera reported citing security officials.
Clashes between Yemen police, gunmen kill seven: Seven people, including four policemen and a soldier, were killed in clashes between security forces and gunmen in Yemen's restive south on Wednesday, a security official and medics said.
Yemen women rally in support of to President Saleh: Hundreds of Yemeni women rallied in southern provinces of Shabwa and Ibb in support of the constitutional legitimacy of President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Tuesday, state Saba news agency reported.
Yemen Jews rally in support of Saleh: The demonstrators gathered outside the US embassy and handed over a letter demanding that Saleh remain in office until his latest term ends in 2013.
Five Killed in Misrata Siege, IOM Evacuates Wounded: A ship chartered by the International Organization for Migration docked amid the shelling Wednesday, and workers boarded evacuees and delivered basic supplies ashore
Libya: UN Security Council powers dispute coalition : UN Security Council powers publicly crossed swords over the Libya conflict on Wednesday with Russia and China leading criticism of international coalition air raids.
Hypocrisy Alert: Libya: UN continues to send aid as Security Council debates crimes against humanity: The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor will ask the court’s judges to issue arrest warrants for three people who he said seem to bear the greatest responsibility for crimes against humanity committed in Libya since a pro-democracy movement emerged in mid-February.
The ICC arrest warrants will make Colonel Gaddafi dig in his heels: The international criminal court wants to arrest key Libyans. With Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in the frame, negotiated peace is less likely
Libya's Gaddafi still alive, U.S. spy chief says: U.S. intelligence officials believe Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who has not been seen in public since a NATO missile attack reportedly killed his son, is still alive, CIA Director Leon Panetta told NBC television on Tuesday.
Deadly attack follows Erdogan rally: Policeman killed in northern city of Kastamonu after campaign visit earlier in the day by Turkish prime minister.
CIA denies bin Laden was captured before his killing: The CIA categorically denies two stories coming out of Pakistan, sourced to bin Laden family members:
Was Bin Laden's Killing Legal?: Americans are celebrating, but there are serious doubts about whether the targeted killing was legal under international law and the laws of war.
Pakistan 'Told US About Osama Home In 2009': Pakistan government and intelligence services have insisted they shared key information about Osama bin Laden's compound up to two years ago with their American counterparts.
US troops were yards from Osama bin Laden house in 2008 : Wikileaks: US Embassy Cables: US forces were stationed just a few hundred yards from Osama Bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in October 2008, according to reports within the WikiLeaks embassy cables.
Osama bin Laden hideout 'worth far less than US claimed': Pakistan property experts say US government description of '$1m mansion' was way off the mark, as further exaggerations come to light
In case you missed it: Bush rejects Taliban offer to surrender bin Laden: After a week of debilitating strikes at targets across Afghanistan, the Taliban repeated an offer to hand over Osama bin Laden, only to be rejected by President Bush.
In case you missed it: USA refused Bin Laden's capture February 27th 2001 : On 21st February 2001 (7 MONTHS BEFORE 9/11) The Taliban offered to hand over Osama Bin Laden in return for lifting the sanctions that were placed on the country.
Drone Attacks : A New Frontier Legally, Politically, and Morally: Covering Obama’s Secret War: When drones strike, key questions go unasked and unanswered
Kill Teams: A short history of the most memorable state-ordered hits in foreign lands.
'Terrorists' arrested in Daraa, Syria says: Security forces in the Syrian city of Daraa arrested members of a militant group and found a large cache of weapons, the Syrian government announced.
Syrian tanks deployed; hundreds detained: Syrian tanks and armoured vehicles deployed around the town of Rastan on Wednesday, witnesses said, raising fears of another crackdown on protests challenging President Bashar al-Assad's rule.
SYRIA: Who is Behind The Protest Movement? Fabricating a Pretext for a US-NATO "Humanitarian Intervention" What the media failed to mention is that among the demonstrators there were armed gunmen as well as snipers who were shooting at both the security forces and the protesters.
Fatah, Hamas proclaim landmark reconciliation pact: Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday proclaimed a landmark reconciliation pact aimed at ending their bitter four-year rift that has left them with competing governments in the territories envisioned for a future Palestinian state, but Israel’s leader denounced it as a “mortal blow to peace.”
UN official: Israeli occupation killed 1,300 Palestinian children since 2000: A UN official has confirmed that Israel's occupation forces have killed more than 1,300 Palestinian children during the last decade.
US to examine possible sanctions against Venezuela: Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla. said that Venezuela is violating US sanctions on Iran
Bahrain: Emergency law's renewal signals more repression: The Bahraini government must end its relentless crackdown on human rights, Amnesty International said today after the country's parliament voted to extend a repressive state of emergency amid continued arrests of dissidents.
Spies in blue: San Francisco cops assigned to the FBI's terrorism task force can ignore local police orders and California privacy laws to spy on people without any evidence of a crime.
US Hosts World Press Freedom Day in the Midst of Prosecuting Media Publisher WikiLeaks: There is little indication that anyone with the ability to influence power will be moved to address the hypocrisy of the US hosting a World Press Freedom Day when those running the US are largely incapable and unwilling of upholding the universal principle of freedom of the press.
Julian Assange Facebook an 'Appalling Spy Machine': Assange believes that it is “…the world's most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations, their communications with each other, their relatives…all accessible to U.S. intelligence."
FBI using surveillance software to track suspects online: . The software allows the FBI to collect a variety of information from a computer every time it connects to the Internet, including the IP address, Media Access Control (MAC) address, open communication ports, list of the programs running, URLs visited, and more.
Anti-Islam message widely denounced; mayor weighs in: Graffiti that celebrated Osama Bin Laden’s death and also appeared to threaten local Muslims was scrawled onto the community center at 118 Anderson St. sometime yesterday morning.
U.S. should legalize drugs, says former Mexican president Fox: He said the drug violence threatens to rip his country apart. It has claimed more than 37,000 lives in Mexico since 2006
Drug Decriminalization in Portugal:: On July 1, 2001, a nationwide law in Portugal took effect that decriminalized all drugs, including cocaine and heroin. Under the new legal framework, all drugs were "decriminalized," not "legalized."
The dollar is at its lowest value in four decades: A weak currency should be good news for a country’s exporters, but that hasn’t stopped America from running a persistent trade deficit.
Texas uses animal euthanasia drug to execute inmate: Texas has carried out its first execution using a sedative often used to euthanise animals.
U.S. Treasury: China Has Decreased Its Holdings of U.S. Debt: Mainland China has decreased its holdings of U.S. Treasury securities since last October, according to a report updated today by the U.S. Treasury Department.
US ‘Currency Crash’: : "The biggest story in the market is the currency crash right now occuring in the US"
10 States Where Pensions Are Running Out of Money: 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the pension funds of all 50 states collected by Pew as of 2009, the latest period when data is available for all of them.
South Carolina Chief Justice Puts Brakes On Foreclosures: South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal has issued an injunction staying all foreclosure proceedings in the state while borrowers and servicers negotiate potential loan workouts.
About 1 in 7 in U.S. Receive Food Stamps: Growth in the food stamp program appeared to reach a plateau in February — with 14.3% of the population relying on the safety net program.

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