Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The Legend of Sirte

By Jeremy Salt

In Sirte a handful of men have set an example of bravery in the face of impossible odds that will eventually find its place in Arab history. Continue

Syrian Bloodshed
The West's Abdication of Journalistic Responsibility

By Peter Lee

Anti-government violence by armed groups is one of the inconvenient truths about the Syrian uprising. Continue

U.S. Hawks Behind Iraq War Rally for Strikes Against Iran

By Jim Lobe

"It is time for President Obama to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and stand up to tyrants who kill Americans and threaten our interests," Continue

The FBI Goes Rogue On Iran

By Lawrence Davidson

There has always been a fine line dividing the criminal from the police. Continue

Ahmadinejad Rejects US 'Murder Plot' Claims

Ahmadinejad said that anyone who heard the claims "laughs", but warned the US to be mindful of the allegations it made. Continue

Who is Really Behind It?
The Implausibility of an Iranian Plot

By Esam Al-Amin

The clear winners of any escalation with Iran are those who want to attack Iran militarily in the region, namely Israel and Saudi Arabia. Continue

Iran Says Plot was Mujahedin Put-Up Job

By Michael Rubin

It would not be the first time the Mujahedin al-Khalq has forced intelligence agencies and the press to scramble with an elaborate hoax. Continue

America’s Foreign Dictatorship

By Jacob G. Hornberger

We now live in a country in which the ruler wields the omnipotent power to send the entire nation into war for whatever reason he wants, bogus or not. Continue

Another US Citizen Murdered By Obama
Family Speaks Out

By Peter Finn and Greg Miller

Third American killed in Yemen in as many weeks. Continue

Millionaires and Corporations
Using Tax Breaks to Help Sway Public Opinion

By George Monbiot

Rightwing thinktanks profess a love of freedom, but their refusal to reveal who funds them is deeply undemocratic. Continue

Occupy Wall Street
My One Demand

By Jinger Dixon

Would you go back to *ucking the rest of the world to have your cable TV and your steel belted radials? Continue

Don’t Be Suckered Into Buying a House Now

By Mike Whitney

When a 30-Year Mortgage is a 30-Year Prison Sentence. Continue

Afghanistan: NATO Claims It Killed More Than 100 "Militants" Killed in Kunar Offensive: The operation to clear militants was conducted in Ghazi district of the province. Three local commanders and 115 other fighters were killed, according to Isaf.
Karzai Asks Nato to Explain Killing of Former Afghan Senator's Family: Karzai is demanding to know what actionable intelligence Nato had that led to the raid on former senator Sameh Jan Sherzad's family, the president's office said in a statement. Noor Agha, the brother of Mr Sherzad, and two his young daughters were killed in the operation.
Afghanistan: The lost platoon: The joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker unit allowed murder, an investigation shows.
UK: Soldier who beheaded Taliban soldier in Afghanistan cleared to return to duty: A Gurkha solider who beheaded a Taliban gunman and carried his head back to base in a bag has been cleared to resume his duties.
Nine Pakistani troops killed in northwest: Militants ambushed Pakistani troops yesterday, killing nine soldiers in gunbattles that lasted several hours on the outskirts of Peshawar
Pakistan under pressure with US troops at Afghan border: Daily: The US and NATO have shifted hundreds of troops, heavy arms and helicopter gunships to the border along North Waziristan and completely sealed it.
Islamabad warns US over cleric: Pakistan said yesterday that Afghan and U.S-led forces had failed to take action against a Taliban cleric responsible for a spate of cross-border raids. The raids in which militants loyal to Maulvi Fazlullah took part have left about 100 members of Pakistan’s security forces dead, angering the military which faces threats from multiple militant groups.
Roadside bomb kills 6 in southeastern Turkey: A roadside bomb explosion has killed four policemen and two civilians, including a 2-year-old girl, in Turkey's southeastern province of Bitlis.
Mosul celebrates US forces withdrawal: Ninewa province organized today a central festival to celebrate the U.S. forces withdrawal form Mosul city. The festival was attended by senior governmental officials.
Blast outside Somali ministry kills 16: The death toll is expected to rise as many of the injured are in critical condition.
US drone crashes in Somalia, kills five: A US unmanned aerial vehicle has crashed near a military facility in southern Somalia, killing at least five government soldiers, Press TV reports.
Uganda: US Troops Deploy to Fight Lord's Resistance Army: U.S. troops are landing in Uganda and from there may deploy to the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and southern Sudan - areas were the L.R.A. - a scattered force whose numbers are estimated to be around 400 - are operating.
Uganda to start refining its own oil in 2014: The east African nation discovered commercial oil deposits in 2006 in the Albertine basin along its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and reserves of about 2.5 billion barrels have been confirmed.
Sirte destroyed by NTC-NATO offensive in Libya: The Libyan town of Sirte has been all but destroyed and its inhabitants turned into homeless refugees. This situation has gone largely unreported, but those press reports that have emerged paint a picture of a city being reduced to ruins by attacks of the National Transitional Council (NTC) “rebels” and NATO bombing raids against which it has no defense.
Kenyan forces advance on key Somali town: Kenyan troops advanced towards a strategic "rebel-held" Somali town on Tuesday as heavy air strikes battered al Shabaab militant positions, army officials said.
Abbas greets newly released Palestinian prisoners: You are freedom fighters: Arrivals of the prisoners set off ecstatic celebrations in Palestinian territories, where large crowds and dignitaries greet them.
Iran: Unfolding a plot: Mossad at work: Despite its evidently make-believe facade, the cooked-up story of the Saudi envoy assassination plot does not seem to be something which can be easily banished from the minds of the American powers that be.
Says Mossad Gave Supposed Iranian Terrorist Arbabsiar Fake Papers: The so called Iranian terror plot has continued to come apart at the seems. Today, a Pakistani Intelligence official told the Pakistani Urdu-language daily that the Mossad gave Mansour Arbabsiar fake id papers only three months ago.
'Saudi envoy plot suspect is MKO man': Interpol has gained information about the second suspect in the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States indicating that he is a key member of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO).
Da Nang International Airport – Agent Orange and the Removal of Dioxin: For ten years the US Air Force flew nearly 20,000 herbicide spray missions in order to destroy the forest cover as well as agricultural lands in key areas of southern Vietnam. By 1971, 12 percent of the total area of South Vietnam had been sprayed with defoliating chemicals, which were often applied at rates that were 13 times as high as the legal USDA limit.
US Army to fly 'kamikaze' drones: A miniature "kamikaze" drone designed to quietly hover in the sky before dive-bombing and slamming into a human target will soon be part of the US Army's arsenal, officials say.
Europe's lost decade as $7 trillion loan crunch looms: Europe’s banks face a $7 trillion lending contraction to bring their balance sheets in line with the US and Japan, threatening to trap the region in a credit crunch and chronic depression for a decade.
The silence of the elites: By Katrina vanden Heuvel,: Nero’s fiddling while Rome burned may be nothing compared to the folly of Washington and Wall Street’s inaction while the world economy teeters on the verge of global depression. No wonder the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators have spread across the world. By raising a din, they might wake folks up.
Surviving Zuccotti Park: How the Protesters Stay Warm, Fed, and Cheery: They don’t need any money. Many kids told me they spent their last dollars getting to New York, but since then, they haven’t had to spend a cent to eat well or acquire basics like a sleeping bag, warm clothes, clean socks and underwear, primary medical care, and even the occasional shower and good night’s sleep indoors.

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