Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Is Obama Above The Law?

By George F. Wills

The U.S. intervention in Libya’s civil war, intervention that began with a surplus of confusion about capabilities and a shortage of candor about objectives, is now taking a toll on the rule of law. Continue

"Business is Booming";
Wall Street's Role in Narco-trafficking  

By Mike Whitney

Imagine what your reaction would be if the Mexican government agreed to pay Barack Obama $1.4 billion to deploy US troops and armored vehicles to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago to conduct military operations, set up check points, and engage in fire-fights that end up killing 35,000 US civilians on the streets of American cities. Continue

Pat Robertson: Muslims are the New Nazis

By Tim Murphy

On his television show, The 700 Club, Robertson delivered a warning to a weary nation: Muslims are the new Nazis: Continue

Deluded, Greedy and Obese:

By Steve Salmony

Never in the course of human history have so few acted in ways that are detrimental to so many. Continue

In Prison For Debt?


If owing money isn't a criminal offense anymore in America, why are so many debtors being sent to prison? Continue

Yemen Reinforces Troops in Sana’a as Deaths From Street Battles Rise to 41: Fighting resumed in the northern al-Hasaba neighborhood as Saleh’s security forces tried to regain control of a police station and the Ministry of Local Authority that were occupied by supporters of Sadiq al-Ahmar, leader of Hashid, Yemen’s most influential tribe, to which Saleh belongs.
33 killed in crackdown in two Syrian towns: A government crackdown on two Syrian towns in the country’s centre and south killed at least 33 people, including an 11-year-old girl shot dead by troops during a fierce shelling, activists have said.
Syria: Bashar al-Assad 'grants general amnesty': It said the amnesty would cover all political movements, including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
Syria says 13-year-old boy was not tortured: Syria said on Wednesday that Hamzah al Khateeb, 13, the boy opposition activists charged Syrian security forces had tortured to death, had in fact died from bullet wounds.
Longer Libyan Commitment Sets Up Showdown With Congress: House Republican aides tell Power Play that a vote scheduled for today on Ohio Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s bill that would force the U.S. to withdraw from the Libyan civil war was yanked from the schedule only after it became clear that it might succeed.
NATO raids killed 718 civilians: Gaddafi aide: Libya has accused NATO of killing 718 civilians and wounding 4,067 in 10 weeks of air strikes, as African efforts for a truce stalled and Italy said Muammar Gaddafi's regime is "finished."
NATO extends Libya military campaign: NATO has decided to extend its military mission in Libya until the end of September, 2011 as the Western coalition continues to pound targets in Tripoli and its suburbs.
Fierce fighting in Mogadishu : Video: Battles rage in Mogadishu as government and African Union forces advance on a strategic rebel-held market. Travis Brecher reports
Under-Fives Make Up Almost Half of Mogadishu Casualties: Hundreds of children younger than five have been wounded in the latest round of fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, accounting for almost half of all trauma cases in May, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
15 Killed In Afghan Attacks: Two NATO soldiers were killed in insurgent attacks in eastern Afghanistan, while two Afghan police officers and nine suspected insurgents died in blasts elsewhere in the country, officials said Wednesday.
3 US Occupation Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan: Three Fort Bragg-based Special Forces soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, the Pentagon said today.
Seven policemen killed in checkpoint attack in NW Pakistan: At least seven policemen were killed in a checkpoint attack launched Wednesday morning by unknown militants in Dir Balla of northwest Pakistan, reported local Urdu TV channel ARY.
Egypt limiting passage through Gaza border crossing, Hamas says: Hamas claims number of people let into Egypt falling dramatically in past few days, say numbers allowed entry through Rafah border crossing are 'disappointing.'
Mubarak and sons to stand trial in August: Former Egyptian president and his two sons to go on trial on August 3 for graft and killing of protesters
Egypt’s Military Censors Critics as It Faces More Scrutiny: Even the mildest criticism of the Egyptian military was too much for Mahmoud Saad, a television host on the newly founded, independent Tahrir television network.
Obama's new security staff may approve attack on Iran: Obama has chosen the summer of 2011, about a year before the election season warms up in 2012, to refresh his national security staff, a move that may have serious repercussions on Israel.
US Pentagon to treat cyber-attacks as 'acts of war': Cyber-attacks from foreign nations that threaten widespread US civilian casualties, like cutting off power supplies or shutting down emergency-responder networks, could be treated as an act of aggression under the new policy.
Inside The United States' Secret Sabotage Of Iran: The United States has used cyberattacks, assassinations and defections. As it turns out, these efforts have had some success.
Lockheed Martin suffers ‘significant and tenacious’ hacking attack: News of the attack comes just days after a Chinese official confirmed the existence of the Blue Army, a group of around 30 computer specialists whose job is to keep China ahead of other nations in the race to develop cyber-security systems.
Tech leaders call for cyberweapon nonproliferation treaty: The chairman of one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies says that cyber attacks are being developed so rapidly that a new nonproliferation treaty is needed to control their use.
Pentagon files death penalty case against five accused 9/11 plotters: The new charge sheet reflected a political setback for the Obama administration, which not only came in to office pledging to close the prison camps in southeast Cuba that today hold 171 foreign men as war prisoners but also decided after study to have a civilian judge and jury hear the 9/11 trial in New York.
Terror suspects charged in Kentucky: Iraqi-born terror suspects Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi have been charged with aiding al Qaeda insurgents. Bob Orr speaks to Jeff Glor about the case.
WikiLeaks lifts the veil of diplomatic secrecy via 1,903 US Embassy cables: Former Taoisigh, senior cabinet members, diplomats, drug traffickers, alleged Muslim terrorists, businessman, oil companies, Vatican insiders and kidnapped aid workers all feature in the Ireland Cache, comprising 1,903 US embassy cables and totaling an astonishing 2,398,124 words.
WikiLeaks: How the USA got access to Ireland’s secrets: The United States is routinely given access to sensitive information by the highest levels of the Irish government through an extensive network of official – but highly confidential – contacts.
WikiLeaks Northern Ireland secrets revealed: Classified documents uncovered by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks detail the full extent of ongoing American involvement and concern in the region's affairs – years after the onset of the peace process and formation of a power-sharing Executive.
'Double-Dip' in Housing Prices Even Worse Than Expected: U.S. single-family home prices dropped in March, dipping below their 2009 low, as the housing market remained bogged down by inventory and weak demand, a closely watched survey said Tuesday.
Share of Population on Food Stamps Grows in Most States: After a temporary plateau in February, the number of Americans receiving food stamps ticked up again in March. Nearly 44.6 million received food stamps in March, up more than 11% from the same time a year ago, the Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.
Lest we forget: U.S. has second worst newborn death rate in modern world, report says: Only Latvia, with six deaths per 1,000 live births, has a higher death rate for newborns than the United States, which is tied near the bottom of industrialized nations with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia with five deaths per 1,000 births.

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