Wednesday, 21 September 2011

U.S. Night Raids Aimed at Afghan Civilians

By Gareth Porter

"If you can't get the guy you want," said the officer, "you get the guy who knows him." Continue

War Games
The World of Drone Warcraft

By Boris Volkhonsky

U.S. officials have disclosed plans for further deployment of its drone planes in East Africa. A base on the Seychelles for Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, another one is to be established in Ethiopia in addition to the existing one in Djibouti. Continue

From The Archives
The Plan is for the United States to rule the world.

By David Armstrong

The overt theme is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination. It calls for the United States to maintain its overwhelming military superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage. It calls for dominion over friends and enemies alike. Continue

Those Terrorists We See in the Mirror… They Are Us

By Ben Tanosborn

Politics, the media, wealth and power… they are all enmeshed in this nation that we proclaim to be free and democratic. Continue

Obama Flip Flopped on Palestinian State

By Ahmed Amr

Obama is promising to veto a Palestinian state for reasons that he has yet to clearly articulate. The president could always come out and explain his dramatic change of heart in plain language – but that might prove a little embarrassing. Continue

Another 'Symbolic Victory': Abbas' New Political Gambit

By Ramzy Baroud

For months, Palestinian intellectuals, historians, legal experts and academicians have warned against Abbas’s haphazard, understudied move. Continue

US Desperate to Thwart Palestinian Statehood Bid

By Linda S. Heard

Exercise of its veto at UN will highlight Israel’s diplomatic isolation along with Washington’s slavish posture. Continue

Rick Perry Travel Bankrolled by Activist Rabbi Irwin Katsof


Rick Perry is talking up his travels to Israel on the stump — a line that’s likely music to the ears of an activist rabbi who made the governor’s last two trips happen. Continue

‘Tears of Gaza’

The Movie

‘Tears of Gaza’ by Vibeke Lokkeberg is a documentary film that should be watched by every American, to see how Israel spends our taxes. Every European should watch it, to see the true face of Israel. Continue

War and Shopping
An Extremism that Never Speaks its Name

By John Pilger

The forced impoverishment of Greece with exorbitant returns demanded by German and French central bankers is likely to produce another fascist military coup.

Warren Tells It Like it Is:
"No One in This Country Got Rich on his Own"

By jpmassar

My prediction is if she continues to "Tell It Like It Is", Senator Brown is going to find himself a very ex-Senator.

"Rome Wasn't Burned In A Day"
Replacing Liberal Timidity With Leftist Passion

By Phil Rockstroh

Why is it that self-termed progressives are in full retreat (and have been for decades) from the witless army of angry clowns and hack illusionists of the U.S. rightwing? Continue

Rep. Says Can’t Afford A Tax Hike
Because He Only Has $400K A Year After Feeding Family

By Alex Seitz-Wald on

The average household income in the U.S. in 2010 was just under $50,000 — down 2.3 percent from 2009 and lower than it was in 1997. Continue

Wall Street Occupation Continues

By Allison Kilkenny

Formerly (and perhaps more aptly) named Liberty Park, the plaza has become home to the activists and the center point of an increasingly bitter standoff between protesters and police. Continue

Wall Street Sips Champagne While Watching Protesters (Video)

By Christine Dantz

The video shows unidentified occupants watching protests from the balconies of Wall Street in amusement while sipping champagne. Continue

At least 16 killed as clashes shatter Yemen truce: At least 16 people were killed Wednesday in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, in fresh clashes between troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and dissident military forces, shattering a short-lived ceasefire.
US Kills 10 People In Yemen: Ten al-Qaida suspects were killed while a top leader in the network escaped death as U.S. drones carried out several air strikes on their strongholds in Yemen’s south, local officials said Wednesday.
Eleven police die in Afghanistan terrorist attack: At least 11 police officers were killed in a terrorist attack in the Afghan Province of Ghazni on Wednesday night, a local police chief said.
Insurgent attack kills 2 NATO occupation force soldiers in Afghanistan: Two coalition service members were killed as a result of an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
U.S. sharpens warning to Pakistan: The Obama administration has sharply warned Pakistan that it must cut ties with a leading Taliban group based in the tribal region along the Afghan border and help eliminate its leaders, according to officials from both countries.
US and Pakistan agree to limit troops: The United States and Pakistan have reportedly agreed to limit the number of American troops in that country, amid frayed relations between the two nations and a struggle to repair them.
Three more Yemeni protesters killed: Three more Yemeni protesters have been killed after forces loyal to the country's dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh fired mortars at opposition supporters in the capital.
U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say: The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign
Six killed in Syrian crackdown, Turkey PM warns of sanctions: Syrian forces killed at least six civilians in military operations in central and northwestern regions yesterday, residents said, following an increase in attacks on the army by defectors sheltering in rural areas.
Libya 2.0: France's Sarkozy urges UN to support Syrian people: French President Nicolas Sarkozy took a swipe at Syria on Tuesday for its harsh military repression of pro-democracy protesters, calling on the UN to give the Syrian people the same assistance given to the Libyans, dpa reported.
Iraqi official denies Baghdad urging Assad to resign: The media advisor to Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki “absolutely” denied statements reported by The New York Times this week that the Iraqi government urged the Syrian president to step down.
Iraq VP: US pull-out on schedule: Iraqi Vice President Khudair al-Khuzaie says in line with a bilateral security accord, the US forces deployed in the country will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of this year.
Clashes between NATO supported Rebels and Pro-government loyalists in Tripoli: Clashes took place between the fighters of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) and members of the security troops of the fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi around nightfall on Tuesday in central Tripoli, a Xinhua witness said.
NATO’s top decision-makers authorize 90 more days for bombing Libya : NATO’s decision-making body granted approval Wednesday for the military alliance to continue its mission over Libya for another 90 days.
Imperialism will be buried in Africa: The North Atlantic tribes, under the banner of NATO, and their Arab flunkies are lining up for a showdown in Sirte. Muammar Qaddafi and the Al Fateh revolutionary forces remain defiant and have issued statements saying that they will never surrender. Their extraordinary resistance has most certainly earned them a place in the history of modern warfare.
Tiny Burkina Faso confronts Gadhafi's enormous legacy: The Burkinabe, as Burkina Faso's residents are known, credit Gadhafi with starting banks, hospitals, university buildings, roads, mosques and women's education centers.
Turkish opposition is against NATO's radar: Turkey’s opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has strongly condemned plans to deploy a NATO early-warning radar system in the country, CNN Turk TV channel reported today. CHP stated that it will oppose the authorities’ decision.
Palestinians disappointed by Obama's UN speech: PLO Secretary-General, members of PLO delegation in Washington say U.S. president's speech was 'double standard' when he praised the Arab Spring but did not express support for Palestinian state.
Palestinians Rally in Support of Statehood Bid: In the de-facto capital of Ramallah, the epicenter of the rally took place at the newly-constructed Arafat Square where Al-Aashiqeen, a Palestinian band, performed following fiery speeches delivered by leaders of political factions.
Obama gets a kosher seal of approval: After perhaps the warmest pro-Israel speech given at an annual UN General Assembly meeting by any U.S. president, Barack Obama now has 'seal of approval' from no less an authority than Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Troy Davis willing to take polygraph test, lawyers say: Troy Anthony Davis is willing to take a polygraph test before he is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night to show he is not a cop killer, his lawyer said late Tuesday evening.
Troy Davis issues parting cry before execution: Troy Davis, an American convicted two decades ago of killing an off-duty policeman, has urged opponents of the death penalty to fight on after he is executed Wednesday following a failed bid for clemency.
Greece must default and quit the euro. The real debate is how: A Greek default and exit must be taken in the people's interests – not entrusting the process to the EU, IMF and banks
IMF Sees 300 Billion-Euro Credit Risk to Europe Banks: The European debt crisis has generated as much as 300 billion euros ($410 billion) in credit risk for European banks, the International Monetary Fund said, calling for capital injections to reassure investors and support lending.
IMF Downgrades Growth Outlook for Canada: Canada's unemployment rate will climb higher through the rest of this year and in 2012, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday
Moody's downgrades three US banks: Moody's Investor Service has downgraded the debt ratings of three major US banks, amid worries over the lack of government support for top lenders in case of crisis.
A rough 10 years for the middle class: - It's official. The first decade of the 21st century will go down in the history books as a step back for the American middle class.

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