The G-20 will announce Friday that "the G-20 will be the permanent council for international economic cooperation," replacing the G-8, a senior Obama administration official said. "It's a reflection of the world economy today and the players that make it up," the official said. President Obama took the lead in initiating this after the G-8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy. The G-8 nations are the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Russia and Japan. You Tube: Armored Police Seize University of Pittsburgh Campus, Attack Students, Then Claim They Were Stopping Anarchists @ G20 + Pittsburgh Police sound cannon Weapons Tear Gas At G20 Summit. ChiMericana: G20 Pittsburgh - LRAD sound cannon used against protesters: BREAKING NEWS: the LRAD sound cannon is a non-lethal crowd control device that's been known to DAMAGE THE MIDDLE EAR so powerful is the sound blast. You basically can't stand up in the line of this thing. It goes off you go down. Why am I mentioning this? Well, report has it that the Police (with support from the U.S. Army) are using LRADs on a permitless Peaceful Protest on the street at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh -- like since when do you need a permit to peacefully protest? This is happening right now on your street in America. Martial Law is in effect across the USA and this is the most visceral sign to date. Oh, they have the MICROWAVE WEAPONS also(!) Oh, and now they've tear-gassed protestors. "I DECLARE THIS TO BE AN UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY. YOU MUST LEAVE THIS VICINITY IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU DO NOT LEAVE THIS VICINITY YOU WILL BE ARRESTED." announcement on the streets.
An arrest that was made occurred on a side street near Baum Ave & S Millvale Ave. The "Group of 20" is meeting today and tomorrow in Pittsburgh. People have been demonstrating to counter the G20, a group of the richest, most powerful people from the richest, most powerful countries who make decisions which impact all of us. The past few times they have met they decided to bail out big banks, including the biggest, baddest bank of them all, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which does nothing to help people. In addition, G20-style globalization policies have harmed the environment and threatened democracy everywhere.
On Wednesday, the Justice Department said that President Obama may continue to hold “terror suspects” indefinitely and without judicial review based on the congressional Authorization to Use Military Force that came in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington—the same rationale used by Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush. The move aims to institutionalize the previous administration’s assault on habeas corpus—the bedrock principle of democratic rights and the civil liberties laid down in the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
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Congress Should Hold Hearings on Alternatives to Major Escalation. Embedded in General Stanley McChrystal's classified assessment of the war in Afghanistan is his conclusion that a successful counterinsurgency strategy will require 500,000 troops over five years. This bombshell was dropped by NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday:
The numbers are really pretty horrifying. What they say, embedded in this report by McChrystal, is they would need 500,000 troops - boots on the ground - and five years to do the job. No one expects that the Afghan Army could step up to that. Are we gonna put even half that of U.S. troops there, and NATO forces? No way. [Morning Joe, September 23, 2009]
Mitchell got the figure from an independent source. It was not revealed in the redacted version of the once classified report released by the Pentagon earlier this week. McChrystal has warned the administration that without an infusion of more troops the eight-year war in Afghanistan "will likely result in failure." Zimbio: Taliban is Winning in Afghanistan: Gen. McChrystal TomDispatch / Uruknet: How to Trap a President in a Losing War.
The Danish Military tries to stop elite soldier's autobiography, and fail. Then they try to stir up a controversy by leaking a "discovered" Arabic translation to the press. A translated version into Arabic of a controversial book about Danish commandos, appears to have been collated by the military. Denmark was awash yesterday with reports of an Arabic translation of a controversial book about Danish commandos that the defence forces have unsuccessfully attempted to win an injunction against. The translation, however, was later shown by the tabloid B.T. to be an automatic, on-line translation of the book and largely unreadable.
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Norway is no ethical leader – its pension fund, oil policy, environmental record and arms exports give the lie to its image. Can the European left look to Norway to push the world's powerful nations to act morally abroad? A Labour/socialist left coalition government is celebrating electoral victory there, the first time an incumbent government has won re-election in 40 years. Four years ago, it promised to act as a "peace nation" to support a "more democratic world order" and human rights. Yet socialist-led Norway – still living on its benign image abroad – has instead become the home of four dirty little secrets.
The Dalai Lama, left, stands on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, in Memphis, Tenn., and looks up at the location pointed out by Rev. Benjamin Hooks, right, where the bullet was fired that killed Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. The Dalai Lama is in Memphis to accept the 2009 International Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.
Through declassified documents, Wired.com has revealed that “a fast-growing FBI data-mining system billed as a tool for hunting terrorists (sic) is being used in hacker and domestic criminal investigations, and now contains tens of thousands of records from private corporate databases, including car-rental companies, large hotel chains and at least one national department store.”
Swedish Journalist, Donald BostrÖm, who published the organ harvest article, accusing Israel of illegal removing the organs of Palestinians killed by the Israel army, stated during a Wednesday evening press conference in Algeria, that Israel illegally harvested body parts of more than 1000 Palestinians.
Eight children between the ages of 10 and 17 were arrested and detained by Israeli soldiers during military raids Monday night and Tuesday morning in the northern West Bank cities Nablus and Qalqilia. Defence for Children International (DCI) Palestine has released a statement that the number of children detained in Israeli jails and temporary Israeli army detention centres this year has risen by 17.5 percent compared with 2008. "The average number of Palestinian children held in Israeli detention in 2009 remains high, at 375 per month compared with an average of 319 in 2008," says DCI.
Following yesterday’s comparatively brief speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, today belonged firmly to the anti-Iran crowd, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu getting the ball rolling on what was a day of calls for harsh action against the nation.
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The death toll from a US drone strike in Pakistan's troubled northwestern tribal Waziristan region has risen to ten after tribesmen pulled more bodies from debris. "Ten dead bodies were recovered from the debris of the house and two militants were wounded in the attack," a regional security official told AFP on condition of anonymity. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured were said to be in critical condition.
The strike from CIA-operated spy drones was the fourth this month in North Waziristan region. Since August 2008, nearly 60 such attacks by US spy planes have killed more than 550 people in the volatile region. Earlier reports said four people were killed in the latest lethal incident which took place around five kilometers (three miles) northwest of Miransha in the North Waziristan tribal district on Thursday night. The drone planes continued low-altitude flights in several towns of Waziristan region over the past weeks. The air strikes, which are common in Pakistan, allegedly target pro-Taliban militants in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan. AntiWar: Obama May Escalate Pakistan Drone Strikes.
The sun is setting on the US dollar as the ultra-loose monetary policy of the US Federal Reserve forces China and the vibrant economies of the emerging world to forge a new global currency order, according to a new report by HSBC.
Canadians are bullish on giving government officials permission to restrict personal freedoms in a flu pandemic, with half of those surveyed agreeing that violation of a quarantine order would be tantamount to manslaughter. As well, 90% of Canadians surveyed for a research report in pandemic ethics believe doctors and nurses have an obligation to report to work during a pandemic, provided safety precautions are in place. Almost half — 48% — say that health care workers who do not show up for work without a legitimate excuse should be fired or lose their professional licenses.
Those living in the United States tend to be more conservative and prefer to stick close to home, said Samantha McAra, senior research manager with Ipsos Reid, a Canadian public opinion research firm that studied how young adult North Americans differ on the two sides of the 49th Parallel.
Scientists see no temperature increase (on average) in the oceans or on the surface of the Earth over the last decade. That hasn't stopped an activist group from infiltrating high schools with the panicky message that we are on the verge of a "planetary emergency" due to global warming.
The US and its European allies have exploited this week’s UN session to threaten tough new sanctions against Iran ahead of a meeting on October 1 between the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Tehran over its nuclear programs. US President Barack Obama focussed attention on Iran by yesterday pushing a resolution through the UN Security Council on nuclear non-proliferation. While non-binding and largely a compilation of previous measures, Washington will undoubtedly use the resolution to justify future actions against Iran and North Korea. Financial Times: China hostile to Iran sanctions.
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