Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Obama’s “Kill-at-Will” Strategy

By Glen Ford

Obama’s masquerade as a purveyor of U.S. “soft power” is over. Thinly cloaked as NATO, the Americans displayed their ability to ‘kill-at-will’ with the attack on Gaddafi’s residence, the same weekend that bin Laden was erased.” The intended audience includes all who would resist U.S. empire. Continue

"We're a Nation of Laws?"

By Ted Rall

President Obama murdered Osama bin Laden. I am surprised that the left has been so supportive--not of the end result, but of the way it was carried out. Continue

China: The New Bin Laden

By Paul Craig Roberts

Fear and war were used to keep everyone in line, but not even Orwell anticipated Homeland Security feeling up the genitals of air travelers and shopping center customers. Continue

Gasbag Hillary Blasts China on "Human Rights"

By Mike Whitney

Is there anything more irritating than listening to US officials blabber about "human rights"? Continue

Really Dumb Lying -- Legacy of Palin the Prevaricator

By Robert S. Becker

Like any huckster selling remedies and wisdom she doesn't possess, Sarah Palin is hardly the first or worst (or is it best?) of our venomous media liars. Continue

Fascism in the Gulf

By Lawrence Davidson

If you want to see how an ostensive religious regime can be corrupted into something close to fascism, just take a look at contemporary Bahrain. Continue

How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico's murderous drug gangs

By Ed Vulliamy

"For the time period of 1 May 2004 through 31 May 2007, Wachovia processed at least $$373.6bn in CDCs, $4.7bn in bulk cash" – a total of more than $378.3bn, a sum that dwarfs the budgets debated by US state and UK local authorities to provide services to citizens. Continue

More Than 20 Killed in Northern Somalia Fighting: Officials in Somalia's Puntland region say at least 26 people have died in fighting between government soldiers and Islamist insurgents.
Rights group says nine killed in Syrian Homs shelling: More than 500 people have been arrested in the province since Monday, and were being held at a football stadium in the provincial capital, also called Homs.
2 Syrian troops killed in clashes: Two Syrian soldiers were killed and five others wounded in clashes with "armed terrorist gangs" in the protest hubs of Homs and Daraa, the state news agency SANA reported on Wednesday.
Two killed during protests in southern Yemen city: Yemeni sources said that two demonstrators were killed and five others were wounded on Wednesday when security forces tried to disperse an opposition sit-in in Taez, while protesters took control of the headquarters of the Ibb governorate.
French occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan: A French military engineer was killed on Tuesday by a homemade bomb that exploded while his mine-clearing unit tried to open up a route in Afghanistan's eastern highlands, the defence ministry said.
Libyan rebels capture Misrata airport: They celebrated the victory by cheering in the streets and setting ablaze tanks left behind by Gaddafi troops. Three bodies slain Gaddafi soldiers were seen lying nearby.
Nato co-ordinates air attack with rebel ground forces: NATO LAUNCHED its most ambitious air attack of the Libyan war yesterday, co-ordinating strikes with rebel ground forces in what may be a sign of things to come west of the town of Ajdabiya. In a plan pre-arranged with the western alliance, the rebels launched an attack towards the Gadafy-held oil town of Brega
Iraq Withdrawal Date For U.S. Troops May Be Pushed Back Beyond 2011: The Status of Forces Agreement signed by Iraq and the United States during the Bush administration says all U.S. troops must leave Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011. But the contract also leaves the door open to further negotiations that would delay withdrawal.
U.S. occupation forces raids Sadr headquarters in Iraq: They told Iran's Fars News Agency that the staff of the Sadr Movement was arrested and all computers in the headquarters building were confiscated by the soldiers.
CIA to let some senators see bin Laden photos: The CIA has informed two Senate committees that their members can view post-mortem photos of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden if they wish, a congressional aide said on Tuesday.
Al-Qaida leader warns of 'worse to come' in eulogy to Bin Laden: "What is coming is greater and worse, and what you will be facing is more intense and harmful," said Wuhayshi in a eulogy to Bin Laden posted on the Islamist militant website As-Ansar.
Expert: bin Laden’s DNA results are inconsistent: A Fort Worth DNA expert says that no results from DNA samples from Osama bin Laden’s body after he was killed in a U.S. raid on his hideout in Pakistan have been disclosed by U.S. government officials and that any media reports about the DNA are inaccurate.
Schoolgirls 'beaten' in Bahrain raids: In a secretly filmed interview, 16-year-old tells how she was severely beaten as Gulf kingdom cracked down on protests.
Bahrain state oil firm sacks hundreds: Bahrain's major oil company has fired hundreds of its employees in recent weeks for taking part in the ongoing anti-government protests in the Middle Eastern country.
Muslim Brotherhood leader to run for Egypt presidency: A leader of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement will run for the post of Egyptian president as an independent candidate, the al-Masry al-Youm newspaper said on Wednesday.
Israel stripped 140,000 Palestinians of residency rights, document reveals: Thousands of Palestinians who left the West Bank to work or study between 1967 and 1994 had residency rights revoked
Erekat: Israel's cancelation of Palestinian residency is a 'war crime': Comment by top Palestinian official comes in response to official document quoted by Haaretz, according to which Israel covertly canceled the residency status of 140,000 West Bank Palestinians between 1967 and 1994.
Israel is getting away with robbing Palestinian taxes: Israel is getting away with 'robbing' the Palestinians of $105 million by withholding tax funds; we all know that the robber will not be punished.
EU lawmakers pledge to take part in new Gaza flotilla: A number of European Union parliamentarians have said they will take part in the flotilla, which is due to reach waters off Gaza in June; Israel's EU ambassador calls activists' plans an unnecessary 'provocation.'
Chomsky UCLA May 7 2011 on Palestine Q & A : Video
The WikiLeaks Grand Jury and the still escalating War on Whistleblowing: As Julian Assange wins the Sydney Peace Prize for "exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights," NPR reports that "a federal grand jury in Virginia is scheduled to hear testimony on Wednesday from witnesses" in the criminal investigation of his whistle-blowing group
Presstitute alert: ... Colombian Farc rebels' links to Venezuela detailed: New analysis has set out the complex ties between Colombia's Farc rebels and the government of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.
What the Farc files really reveal: A conservative thinktank's attempt to reheat widely discredited Colombian military claims about Farc is pure black propaganda
Mexicans Reject US-Backed Drug War : The Calderón administration has responded with mounting frustration to the popular movement against its drug war.
2 other imams forced to miss flight: Two more Muslim clergy - a father and son from New York - have hired a local attorney after one of them was removed from a Charlotte-bound flight and the other was never permitted to board at all.
Greece launches massive fire sale to service growing debt as riot police clash with violent protesters: The Greek government said it was putting vast areas of state-owned land on the market to raise £44billion in the next four years.
Ireland taxes pensions to fund job creation: The Irish government says it is planning to tax private pension savings and spend the proceeds on a programme to create new jobs. The 0.6% levy will raise €1.9 billion (£1.7 billion) over four years, or €470m a year.

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