Among the most prominent of President Obama’s hope-based initiatives was his promise to re-frame America’s approach to the conflict in Palestine, epitomized in his June 2007 speech in Cairo, where Obama called for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims”, a new dawn based on equality and mutual respect rather than the vestiges of a “colonialism that denied rights and opportunities” to Muslim majorities held prisoner to proxy regimes without regard to the legitimate aspirations of their people. Political Theatrics: US Won’t Pressure Israel, PA To Renew Peace Talks.
Three Americans including two members of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan have been killed by homemade bombs, the military said Saturday. The other casualty was a civilian worker, it said without giving further detail. One of the soldiers died in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement. "In a separate incident an ISAF service member and a civilian contractor, both from the United States, died in an IED strike in eastern Afghanistan," the statement said, without elaborating. AntiWar: Troop Morale Continues to Drop in Afghanistan: A survey taken by the Army shows morale at the platoon level markedly lower than in either 2005 or the 2007 surveys, though they said that suicide prevention training was improved. The survey also noted that morale levels among troops got progressively worse as the number of tours of duty they had increased.
Gerald Celente is one of the world’s best trend forecasters. In the following 4-part radio interview, Celente blasts current political and economic “leadership” as beholden to large corporate and financial interests. As I’ve documented, professionals who work with economics are using unprecedented harsh language in attempt to get Americans’ attention to the loss of trillions of our collective dollars.
Scores of people have been killed in China due to heavy snows, some of which were artificially created. The dead included children crushed when the roof of their school canteen fell in under the weight of the snow. Thousands of homes have also collapsed and half a million acres of crops have been blighted. By Saturday, officials put the death toll at 40 in north-central China. According to the civil affairs ministry website most deaths had been caused in traffic accidents. The snowfall is the heaviest in the northern and central provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Shandong and Henan since record keeping began after the establishment of the Communist state in 1949, the ministry said. It estimates economic losses from the storm of 4.5 billion yuan ($659m). Chinese state media say some of the snow was induced through cloud seeding.
Britain's Ministry of Defense has launched an investigation into new claims that soldiers sexually abused Iraqi detainees and subjected them to mock executions, hooding, and used dogs to incite fear--interrogation methods that were also used by US soldiers and personally approved by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The charges come on the heels of Britian's complete withdrawal from Iraq last summer.
In the first major shakeup among President Barack Obama's senior staff, White House Counsel Greg Craig is being pushed out in favor of veteran Democratic lawyer Bob Bauer because of a dispute over plans to close the U.S. military prison in Cuba, CNN has learned.
A young woman in France has been diagnosed with the crippling illness Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) after a swine flu shot, following reports yesterday about a Virginia teen who was similarly struck down by the disease hours after receiving the H1N1 vaccine. The woman, identified only as a health worker, was diagnosed with GBS six days after she received the swine flu shot, according to the French health ministry.
Legal scholars said they know of only a few cases in U.S. history in which law enforcement authorities have seized a house of worship. Marc Stern, a religious-liberty expert with the American Jewish Congress, called such cases extremely rare.
Jasen D. Bruce, is accused of hitting the Rev. Alexios Marakis over the head with a tire iron and chasing him for three blocks on Monday evening before Tampa police officers intervened. Father Marakis, a Greek Orthodox priest visiting from Crete, told the police he had stopped to ask for help after getting lost. Mr. Bruce told the police he heard Father Marakis yell, “Allahu akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great,” said a police spokeswoman, Laura McElroy. Father Marakis, however, does not speak Arabic, Ms. McElroy said; he speaks Greek. Lance Corporal Bruce’s lawyer said his client was the one attacked.
Watch more at http://www.theyoungturks.com. Existentialist Cowboy: Origins of 'Islamophobia' in US Imperialism and Neo-Colonialism: 'Islamophobia' in the U.S. is a top down phenomenon encouraged and exploited by the right wing. It is easier to whip up war fever if the populace is irrational, mindless, or unduly fearful of an entire class, religion or even race. A crooked, corrupt or illegitimate state is 'motivated' to encourage irrational fears among its populace. This was true of Rome, the Third Reich and it is true of the US. It is, perhaps, one of several harbingers of the fall of empire.
An Italian judge on Wednesday ordered the resumption of a trial against U.S. and Italian spies accused of abducting a terrorism suspect, in a blow to efforts to halt a case that Rome says violates state secrecy rules. The trial in absentia against 26 Americans -- almost all believed to be CIA agents -- is the first anywhere over the U.S. practice of "extraordinary rendition," whereby terrorism suspects are secretly transferred to third countries. Italian spies, including the former head of Italy's military intelligence agency Nicolo Pollari, are accused of helping the CIA team abduct Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr in 2003 and fly him to Egypt. There, Nasr
says he was tortured. : ”Extraordinary rendition” -The hunt for ”Mister Bob” and the 18 bastards: These are the names, real or fake, of the 12 suspected CIA agents, for whom the the Italian Department of Justice has issued arrest orders: Robert Seldon Lady, department manager at the CIA station in Milan, who led the entire operation and probably accompanied Abu Omar to Cairo, to assist at the interrogation; Monica Adler (or Courtney), 32 yrs., born in Seattle, resident of Virginia; Cynthia Logan, 45 yrs., born in Maryland, address unknown; Pilar Rueda, 44 yrs., born in California, address unknown; Gregory Asherleigh, 50 yrs., born in Maryland, resident of Washington, DC; Lorenzo Carrera, 34 yrs., born in Texas, speaks Italian and Spanish fluently; Chamming Drew Carlyle, 40 yrs., born in New York; John (or Kevin) Duffin, 53 yrs., born in Illinois, resident of Pennsylvania; Raymond Harbaugh, 66 yrs., born in Alaska, address: a post box in Virginia; Ben Amar Harty, 61 yrs., born in Iowa, of Arab origin, speaks Arab fluently; George L. Purvis, 46 yrs., born in China, resident of Virginia; Joseph Sofin, 52 yrs., born in Moldavia, resident of Virginia. Michalis Vasiliou, 43 yrs., born in Greece, address unknown. The six other people, whom the Italian Justice Department wants to interview, have been identified as: Eliana Castaldo, Victor Castellano, John Thomas Gurley, Liliana Brenda Ibanez, Anne Lidia Jenkins and Joseph L. Romano. The latter has been clearly identified: he is colonel in the US Army, currently employed at Pentagon and Washington. At the time of the events, he was the one who, being in charge of security at the base, gave the security clearance to the CIA team that entered the US military air base at Aviano near Venice, from where the plane that carried Abu Omar took off. : The Rendition of Abu Omar.
A huge car bomb has targeted foreign soldiers outside a US-run NATO military base in the Afghan capital, shaking Kabul and injuring several troops and Afghan civilians.
The mercenary firm Blackwater has become a symbol of the utter lawlessness and criminality that permeates the privatised wing of the US war machine. The company's operatives have shot dead scores of Iraqi and Afghan civilians, while former employees allege in sworn statements that Blackwater's owner Erik Prince "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe", and that Prince's companies "encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life". Five Blackwater employees will stand trial in federal court in the US on charges that they slaughtered 14 innocent Iraqis, while a sixth Blackwater operative has already pleaded guilty. The company faces allegations of illicit weapons-smuggling and tax evasion, and is being sued for war crimes. The private army is under fire. And yet, despite all the action, none of the legal bullets has – to date – landed a serious blow. An explosive report in the New York Times today could change that. TPV: Blackwater Said to Approve $1 Million in Iraqi Bribes After Shootings.
This multi-multi-millionaire swans around the globe, hobnobbing with fellow illuminati communitarians [Da Silva, the Judeo-Masonic Popes, Bush, Obama, Livni, Peres, Netanyahoo, Kings and Queens, Gates, Blair ...], demanding that the unitiated, the goyim, the profane [lit. those outside of The Temple], be taxed to death in support of the latest Judeo-Masonic scam du jour.
Preliminary data from a Moon probe "indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in a permanently shadowed lunar crater," Nasa said. "The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the Moon," it added in a statement. The data was found after Nasa sent two spacecraft crashing into the lunar surface last month in a dramatic experiment to probe for water. Wired: Lunar Impactor Finds Clear Evidence of Water Ice on Moon.
In Japan, thousands of people are expected to rally against the American military presence in their country as US President Barack Obama arrives in Tokyo. Thousands of demonstrators will march through the capital, Tokyo. Over 16-thousand police have been deployed to guard key sites in Tokyo against possible threats.
A major review of Japanese government spending could spell the end to whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, according to Greenpeace, after the review committee proposed massive cuts in subsidies to a body which funds the so-called scientific research programme. The Spending Review Committee recommended that the Overseas Fisheries Cooperation Fund (OFCF), which gives loans to the Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) to run the discredited science programme, have all of its funding revoked, except monies needed for loans in 2010.
Americans live beyond their means, Asia finances it and China props up the buck so that the US can buy Chinese made stuff at Wal-Mart. Eventually the Asians/Europeans will stop financing the USA, China will pull the plug on the buck and the bubble will burst.
Peter W. Galbraith, an influential former American ambassador, is a powerful voice on Iraq who helped shape the views of policy makers like Joseph R. Biden Jr. and John Kerry. In the summer of 2005, he was also an adviser to the Kurdish regional government as Iraq wrote its Constitution — tough and sensitive talks not least because of issues like how Iraq would divide its vast oil wealth. Now Mr. Galbraith, 58, son of the renowned economist John Kenneth Galbraith, stands to earn perhaps a hundred million or more dollars as a result of his closeness to the Kurds, his relations with a Norwegian oil company and constitutional provisions he helped the Kurds extract.
The parents of soldiers killed in Iraq have already warned that they intend to confront Mr Blair at the hearings. At a pre-hearing last month, Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was among the soldiers killed in the war, said the families wanted to be "face-to-face" with the former prime minister.
A misconstrued text message announcing the passing of a beloved pet has sparked a flurry of diplomatic activity in Canada. Transport Minister John Baird sent a message reading: "Thatcher has died". Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper was soon informed that 84-year-old former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had passed away. But it was actually Mr Baird's beloved cat, named after his political heroine, who had died. The confusion spread around a gala event in Toronto, where some 1,700 luminaries were gathered at a black tie event. Calls to puzzled officials in both 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace followed. Embarrassed aide Dimitri Soudas had reportedly already started preparing an official statement mourning the passing of the Iron Lady.
China equates its takeover of Tibet with American emancipation proclamation abolishing slavery, says Obama should understand because he is black.
VeriChip (CHIP), the company that markets a microchip implant that links to your online health records, has acquired Steel Vault (SVUL), a credit monitoring and anti-identity theft company. The combined company will operate under a new name: PositiveID.
John Yoo, the former Bush administration lawyer who gained notoriety for penning a number of the so-called "torture memos" justifying the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on terrorism suspects, has filed an appeal of a lawsuit against him with a court on whose bench sits another torture "architect" from the Bush administration.
Good Morning America host Chris Cuomo is schooled by four Pakistanis on Bin Laden's CIA connections. Cuomo seems surprised.
It says these centres - known as black jails - are often in state-run hotels, nursing homes or psychiatric hospitals. Among those detained are ordinary people who have travelled to Beijing to report local injustices. China says it is a country ruled by laws, but there are other sources to suggest that black jails do exist.
The former head of the West German Military Intelligence has issued a book revealing secret details of a 1949 US-German treaty, alleging America and its allies have been deliberately suppressing the nations sovereignty.
If attacks on soldiers now qualify, how is it possible to exclude many American actions?
Note: I wrote this article Monday night and feel mine was a normal human response to a horrendous event. Already, however, anomalies with the official story are coming out. How many shooters were there? How could a lone gunman have such a free hand in attacking a huge facility full of combat veterans? Was Hasan “set-up” to take the blame? We may never know. My intuition tells me it was the act of a man who felt trapped within the system.
Top executives at Blackwater Worldwide authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support after a September 2007 episode in which Blackwater security guards fatally shot 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, according to former company officials. The Guardian: The Blackwater plot deepens: For all the scandal, the mercenary firm has escaped any severe legal sanction. That could now change.
The track leading from the school to the new main road joining Jerusalem to Israeli settlements on the south eastern slopes of Palestine is now paved. There are two new school rooms being built where pupils will be taught up to Grade 9, rather than having to leave after Grade 4. They now have a playground. But for the 32 children who live in Tuba and Magher Al Abeed, Palestinian villages encircled by three Israeli settlements, getting to school remains problematic.
Obama is in bed with Wall Street just like Bush (Peter Schiff). Obama is in bed with Wall Street just like Bush Peter Schiff on SBS Dateline More on Peter Schiff at : http://www.PeterSchiffNews.com
Of the 535 members of Congress, over 44% - 237 to be exact - are millionaires. Fifty have net worths of at least $10 million, and seven are worth more than $100 million. By comparison, around 1% of Americans are millionaires. There is no other minority group that is as overrepresented in Congress.
The scramble to piece today a plausible story of Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s insidious ties to global terrorism has not, officials are conceding, yielded any actual evidence to that effect. This has not, of course, stopped speculation. WaPo: Suspect in Fort Hood shootings will be tried in military court.
Athens, Greece - Last Sunday, we visited the ruins of ancient Delphi, two hours or so from here in the Greek capital, an extraordinary site at the base of Mount Parnassus overlooking the Pleistos Valley, almost half a mile below. You could see the acres of olive trees there. The Ionian Sea shimmered on the horizon. AlterNet: How Biased Media Can Brainwash You: Time bomb effect of one-sided news: Only 12% of Europeans claim to trust the media yet new research shows that even the most hardened Europeans may change their political views if they are bombarded with enough biased news.
Apple has reportedly rejected an iPhone app on the basis that it contains “objectionable characters”. They appear to have been referring to the caricatures shown below. You couldn’t make this up.
Andrew Sullivan (The Atlantic), Joe Klein (Time), Thomas Freidman (NYT) and Glenn Greenwald (Salon): If Israel isn't going to stop expanding settlements as the US has requested, it is time to cut off US aid to Israel.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, drawing on his experience of military failure in Afghanistan in the 1980s, said the U.S. can’t win the conflict there and should begin pulling out its soldiers.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a lengthy meeting with US President Barack Obama Monday night which addressed the Middle East peace process, Iran and Israeli security. The one-hour-and-forty-minute parley was accompanied by an unusual news blackout, as the standard photo op and press availability were not held. In addition, Netanyahu canceled a scheduled briefing with Israeli reporters and Defense Minister Ehud Barak scrapped plans for radio interviews following the talks.
Russian Foreign Ministry reports to Prime Minister Putin on the just concluded Monday night ‘secret’ meet held between the American President and his Israeli counterpart at the White House state that Obama and Netanyahu traded ‘threats of war’ for nearly 4 hours before Israel’s Prime Minister ‘stormed out’ of the Oval Office warning that “we’ll see who really runs this damn place.”
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