Thursday, 11 August 2011

Waging a Savage War on Libyan People

By Lizzie Phelan

I watched their heartbroken and incensed loved ones bury the 33 children, 32 women and 20 men. Continue

Bring NATO War Criminals To Justice
Does the international community exist?

By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

NATO is committing war crimes daily in Libya. Continue

More Lost By the Second

By Kathy Kelly

Imagine it. People in an Afghan village pass sleepless nights, anxious that their home might be targeted by a U.S.-led night raid. Continue

AIPAC’s Iran Strategy
Mirrors Run-Up To Iraq War Tactics

By Eli Clifton

Sanctioning Bank Markazi might, as mentioned by the Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon, be interpreted as an act of war. But that doesn’t seem to bother AIPAC. Continue

Why S&P Was Right To Downgrade U.S. Debt

By Philip Greenspun

The U.S. almost surely will default on some of its currently acknowledged obligations. The only question is whether it will be public employee pensions, Social Security, Medicare, or bonds. Continue

Romney: 'Corporations Are People'

By Maggie Haberman

Video of Mitt Romney's tense moments at the Iowa State Fair. Continue

An Explosive New 9/11 Charge

By Philip Shenon

Ex-national security aide Richard Clarke suggests the CIA tried to recruit 9/11 hijackers—then covered it up. Continue

Bombs kill 6 NATO occupation force soldiers in Afghanistan: The attacks occur in southern Afghanistan, where most of the foreign forces are American or British.
Up to six people killed, 14 injured, in two “coordinated” blasts in Pakistan: Bombers killed up to six people on Thursday in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, where a woman suicide attacker blew herself up and roadside explosives struck a police vehicle, officials said.
US has killed at least 168 children in Pakistan : In just a single attack on a madrassah in 2006 up to 69 children lost their lives.
Drones: Tyranny of flying terror: The morally bankrupt Obama administration insists on using brutal and massive force against unarmed and hapless civilians in gross violation of international law and in flagrant breach of basic human rights.
Pakistan: Report lifts veil on military and intelligence apparatus’ repression in Balochistan: A report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) late last month is a devastating exposure of the brutal and inhumane tactics Pakistan’s military and security agencies are using to suppress Baloch secessionists and nationalists in the country’s poorest province.
Syrian forces kill five in swoop on northern towns: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had the names of five people killed and 16 wounded in morning raids by security forces backed by tanks on Qusair, near the Lebanon border, after overnight protests calling for Assad’s removal.
Obama, Erdogan agree need for Syria 'transition': White House: US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed during a phone call Thursday on the need for a "transition to democracy" in Syria, the White House said.
Rebels fight Gadhafi troops in key oil terminal: Mohammed al-Zawawi says two rebels died and 16 were wounded in Thursday's clashes.
Patrick Cockburn: Libya's Ragtag Rebels are Dubious Allies: Rebels, from the Wars of the Roses up to the present civil war in Libya, usually try to postpone splitting into factions and murdering each other until after they have seized power and are in full control. However deep their divisions, they keep them secret from the outside world.
Press Conference by Moussa Ibrahim on Majer/Zlitan Massacre by NATO (English): People should ask themselves why Libya is so resilient and why the Rebels need so much foreign support for bombing fellow Libyans. If there really was so much popular support the uprising would have ended many months ago.
Libya: Weapons Transfers - the French and Qatar Connections: Arms controls continue to be flouted in the context of the Libyan armed conflict. Both France and Qatar have openly admitted to supplying arms to the rebels as a complementary strategy to the NATO-led air strikes.
US troubled by rising anti-Americanism in Egypt: The Obama administration on Wednesday expressed concern about a "creeping" trend of anti-American sentiment in Egypt, where it says it has noticed mounting attacks and criticism of U.S. aid and motives as the country transitions to democracy.
Three killed in twin west Iraq blasts: Twin bomb attacks against the home of a police officer in western Iraq killed at least three people and wounded 24 others Thursday evening, security and medical officials said.
Demonizing Iran: CNN Pundits Blame Iran For Attack On American Helicopter In Afghanistan: You know, the Iranians don’t always come in the front door and oftentimes they work through proxies and they insert themselves to cause Americans and American forces difficulty around the world
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Texas Congressman: Keep Tehran in check: We must not underestimate the threat of Iran.
Israel approves 1,600 illegal "settler" homes in occupied East Jerusalem: The ministry is expected to approve the building of a further 2,700 homes, an official has said.
In case you missed it: International law is clear: Israeli settlements are illegal: A recent Times Op-Ed article got it wrong: The Fourth Geneva convention explicitly prohibits colonizing occupied territories.
Israel Lobby Dominates Congress, Media Covers it Up: You might think that 20 percent of the American Congress going on all-expenses-paid, weeklong junkets to a foreign country — paid for by a lobby for that country — would be newsworthy, especially when the top congressional leaders of both parties are leading the trips.
US asks China to explain why it needs aircraft carrier: The United States said Wednesday it would like China to explain why it needs an aircraft carrier amid broader US concerns about Beijing's lack of transparency over its military aims.
David Cameron considers banning suspected rioters from social media: PM says sites such as Twitter and Facebook 'can be used for ill' and that broadcasters should hand footage of riots to police
A tortured choice in famine: Which child lives?: Wardo Mohamud Yusuf walked for two weeks with her 1-year-old daughter on her back and her 4-year-old son at her side to flee Somalia's drought and famine. When the boy collapsed near the end of the journey, she poured some of the little water she had on his head to cool him, but he was unconscious and could not drink.
Greece begins €50bn privatisation drive: The starting gun for one of the biggest fire-sales in western history was fired as Greek officials began appointing advisers for the country's ambitious privatisation drive.
Beijing Downgrades US-Treasury to A+ - Is Anybody Listening?: The most important voice in the debate about the credit worthiness of America’s debt, is not the twisted opinions of the US-credit rating agencies, but rather, that of China’s credit rating agency
Jim Rogers: US Will Default: "Geithner Is Incompetent: Video -
Tea Party activists: Bring on defense cuts: Groups affiliated with the conservative grassroots movement say defense cuts should be on the table as the supercommittee tries to compile at least $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts.
Debt Panel Co-Chairman Murray Counts U.S. Defense Industry as a Top Donor: As the newly appointed co-chairwoman of the 12-member, bipartisan committee charged with finding $1.5 trillion in budget savings, Murray’s campaign supporters now are sure to come calling for her help.
Bank Of America's Backdoor Bailout - Dumping Mortgage Trash Onto Taxpayers Via Fannie Mae: - The official bailout of the financial system may be over, but the government is apparently far from finished propping up big banks, as evidenced by the news that Bank of America has struck a deal to dump a bunch of near-worthless home loans on U.S. taxpayers.

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