Pakistan has warned that US drone attacks on southwestern Balochistan would hinder Islamabad's efforts to confront militancy in the country. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen on Wednesday that drone attacks in Balochistan would be considered as an aggression against the country, the Press TV correspondent reported. Earlier in the day, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abdul Basit said his country will not allow drone attacks on suspected Taliban bases in the province.
The Indian press is abuzz with news that Indian Home Ministry officials are investigating whether a terror suspect in the Mumbai attacks, David Headley from Chicago, was working as a 'double agent' with the US. Indian officials reportedly raised questions about Mr. Headley’s links with US intelligence agencies – even as another terror suspect accused of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks was denied bail by a US federal court. These latest and widely-publicized accusations against Headley are expected to put pressure on India’s ruling Congress Party, which has emphasized closer ties with the US as part of its foreign policy. The US has not allowed Indian authorities to interrogate Headley over the Mumbai attacks, much to India's consternation.
The Israel-based Coalition of Women for Peace has sent a letter to MK Tzipi Livni, who served as Israel’s Foreign Minister during last year’s counter-terrorism offensive in Gaza, siding with those who wish to have her arrested by British authorities for her role in the war. MK Livni received notice of a warrant for her arrest in Britain this week. The Coalition of Women sent her a translation of the Goldstone Report on Wednesday, and explained in an attached letter, "We are convinced that if you refer to the report, you will understand why British citizens and organizations have turned to the courts with a request to issue a warrant for your arrest." AWIP: UK to review war crimes warrants after Tzipi Livni arrest row. Kawther Salam: Austria: Genocide Charges against Ehud Barak: Yesterday, at almost the same time when Ehud Barak was being given military honors at the defense ministry, genocide charges against him were being presented at the office of the Austrian prosecutor, only about 15 minutes walking away. The charges relate entirely to the Gaza massacre committed between December 2008 and January 2009 by Israeli troops under the command of Ehud Barak, and the whole allegation of crimes in the letter to the prosecutor consists of the so-called "Goldstone Report" itself, and it names as witnesses the members of the commission, judge Goldstone and his colleagues, as well as their interview partners. Goldstone Report [Homepage]
'Warming of the past 30 years is likely to be an illusion'. UK climatologists “probably tampered with Russian-climate data” to produce a report submitted to world leaders at this week’s Copenhagen summit, it is claimed. The Met Office’s study, which says the first decade of this century has been the warmest on record for 160 years, is being used to trumpet claims that man is causing global warming. But experts at the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis say the British dossier used statistics from weather stations that fit its theory of global warming, while ignoring those that do not. AWIP: Copenhagen climate change conference. Daily Telegraph: Climategate goes SERIAL: now the Russians confirm that UK climate scientists manipulated data to exaggerate global warming.
In the MIT Climategate Forum, Ronald Prinn trotted out what has become one of the standard “move along” memes in the climate science community: that while the “tone” of the Climategate emails was “unprofessional”, they did not succeed in their “endeavour” to prevent publication of articles in journals or mentions in IPCC. As so often in climate science, Prinn is talking without apparently doing any due diligence. The Climategate Letters provide many examples of CRU and their associates successfully preventing publication of articles in journals.
China has told participants in the UN climate change talks that it sees no possibility of reaching an operational accord this week, an official involved in the Copenhagen talks says. The official, who asked not to be identified by name, told Reuters that the Chinese had suggested instead issuing “a short political declaration of some sort”. Quadrant: COP15: Day 10.
Two hundred sailors raided an upscale apartment complex and killed one of Mexico's top kingpins in a two-hour gunbattle Wednesday, one of the biggest victories yet in President Felipe Calderon's drug war. Arturo Beltran Leyva, the "boss of bosses," and three members of his cartel were slain in the shootout in Cuernavaca, just south of Mexico City, according to a navy statement. A fifth cartel member committed suicide during the shootout.
Pakistan was plunged into fresh political turmoil last night after its Supreme Court overruled a corruption amnesty that had protected leading political figures including President Asif Ali Zardari. In a severe blow to Mr Zardari's already shaky and unpopular rule, the country's highest court also revived corruption charges against him dating back to the 1990s. Al Jazeera: Opposition calls on Zardari to quit.
The list, released on the final day of a three-day anti-corruption conference, includes five senior members within the government of Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, said Hashem Ahelbarra, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Kabul. "Overall the list includes 15 former ministers, five ministers currently holding positions and six governors in Afghanistan," Ahelbarra said on Thursday. "They include Rangin Spanta, the foreign minister, Hanif Atmar, the interior minister, as well as Nematullah Shahrani, the top advisor to the president, and the minister of the economy, Jalil Shams."
Killing the Public Option: "Sen. Joe Lieberman’s latest threat to scuttle health-care reform – vowing to join a Republican filibuster to block an over-55 buy-in to Medicare, a proposal that he has long championed – is raising questions about his motives. But no one is mentioning the unmentionable, the cause that has come to define Lieberman’s career: Israel. Is it possible that Lieberman’s obstructionist behavior doesn’t relate to Connecticut’s insurance industry or to his political ego – the two most cited explanations – but rather to a calculation that he can use his leverage on health care to limit the pressure that President Barack Obama can put on Israel to make concessions on a Mideast peace plan?"
In an honor reserved for such lofty individuals as Adolph Hitler, Nazi supporter Charles Lindbergh, Joseph Stalin, pardoned criminal Richard Nixon, unindicted war criminal Henry Kissinger, Ayatollah Khomeini and the 9/11 sensationalist Rudy Giuliani, Time magazine has selected Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as it's Person of the Year 2009. Okay, I know that they also selected Mohandas Gandhi and Pope John XXIII (who organized the saving of thousands of Jewish children from the Nazi holocaust). What exactly is Time trying to say?
Rep. Alan Grayson: Finally gets to finish one of his speeches. At the end he is "reminded" to not 'call out' anyone by specific name...
Joe Lieberman helped President Bush invade Iraq, endorsed John McCain, personally attacked Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention, and Now, Joe Lieberman is single-handedly gutting health care reform. It's time to hold Senator Lieberman accountable. The People's Voice: WHY LIEBERMAN RULES THE SENATE / AIPAC.
There is no one more qualified than Reg Keys -- whose son Tom was killed in Iraq -- to comment on Tony Blair's admission to the BBC that, if he hadn't used the non-existent weapons of mass destruction to justify a war crime, he would have found another "argument" -- that is, another lie. This is a must-see interview.
Internet search giant Google has come out in opposition to the Federal Government's push to introduce mandatory ISP filtering. "Our primary concern is that the scope of content to be filtered is too wide." While Google accepted there must be some limits on internet content, it condemned the Government's filtering approach as heavy-handed.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has again publicly admitted that the agenda behind the Copenhagen summit and the climate change fraud is the imposition of a global government and the end of national sovereignty. Speaking about the agenda to impose targets on CO2 emissions, as well as a global tax on financial transactions and a direct tax on GDP, Ban Ki-moon told the Los Angeles Times in an interview, “We will establish a global governance structure to monitor and manage the implementation of this.”
The recent arrest warrant issued in London for former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is more than justified. This woman, along with two other Israeli leaders, Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak, stood at the helm of the Israeli government that ordered, supervised and charted the genocidal onslaught against the Gaza Strip this time last year. She was a chief participant in the decision-making process who also supervised the progress of the hideous massacre from the beginning to the end. Needless to say, the decisions taken by Livni, and other suspected Israeli war criminals, did lead to the murder of more than 1440 people, including hundreds of innocent children whose lives were terminated by indiscriminate bombings from air, land and sea. This is in addition to the pornographic destruction of a huge part of Gaza’s civilian infrastructure, including tens of thousands of homes, mosques, and public buildings of every kind. The monstrous, satanic and evil lady knew perfectly what she was doing.
Britain is reviewing procedures for issuing arrest warrants in war crimes cases after a diplomatic row with Israel over allegations against its former foreign minister. David Miliband, the foreign secretary, said tonight the government was "looking urgently" at ways the legal system might be changed following action against Tzipi Livni, Israel's opposition leader, over her role in the Gaza massacres. Livni said today: "I have no problem with the world wanting to judge Israel. A problem arises the moment [Israeli Defence Forces] soldiers are compared to terrorists." Haaretz: Britain apologizes to Livni over arrest warrant. AP: British premier says Livni welcome. Redress: Britain’s Foreign Office wimps surrender to Israeli thugs.
The White House condemns the torching of a mosque, yet respectable Americans contribute to a yeshiva whose rabbi said it's okay to kill gentile babies. It is no surprise that the American administration tacitly, if unenthusiastically, accepted the excuse that the map of national priority zones the cabinet approved on Sunday does not violate the decision to freeze construction in the settlements.
Officials Press Reporters Not to Cover 'Blackout' of Coverage. The Chilcot Inquiry, Britain’s long sought public inquiry into the start of the Iraq War, has had its share of interesting testimony, but today the testimony got a little too interesting when Sir Jeremy Greenstock took the stand. The Guardian: Blair sold Iraq on WMD, but only regime change adds up: The PM seems to have deployed arguments as they suited him. Our weapons inspections were telling another story. First Post: War crime case against Tony Blair now rock-solid.
I have to agree with Arianna Huffington (unfortunately!) that Obama’s war-apologists sound exactly like the Bush crowd, although Sestak’s scare-mongering is just a bit more imaginative: "If Pakistan collapses, we will face an unthinkable situation: a nuclear-armed failed state overrun by the most powerful and most radical jihadist groups in the world. Al Qaeda may organize elsewhere, but there is nowhere on the face of the planet more advantageous to it and more dangerous for the world than where it is right now."
David Headley, alleged CIA agent, may be the key to the Mumbai bombings of 2008. In the Indian parliament, Brinda Karat, leader of the CPI(M) party, has stated, quoting reports, that the American David Headley worked for the CIA, and that the US government helped him make frequent trips to Pakistan.
Activists tag Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior with “Propaganda Warrior” banner; Arctic Sunrise hit with “Ship of Lies” banner earlier in the day. Earlier in the day the activists daringly boarded Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise with neither stealth nor force, but by baffling the crew with doughnuts, and unfurled a banner that read “Ship of Lies” off the starboard side. “Greenpeace has been using these kinds of tactics for decades, and now they can find out what it’s like to have a little taste of their own medicine, “ said CFACT executive director Craig Rucker who masterminded the operation.
This film by the documentary-maker Martin Durkin presents the arguments of scientists and commentators who don't believe that CO2 produced by human activity is the main cause of climate change. It's all to scare the shit out of us folks! The Illuminati set this up to make us, the people of the world, the problem. Don't believe it! Resist the New World Order!!!! AWIP: Copenhagen climate change conference. Daily Telegraph: Climategate goes SERIAL: now the Russians confirm that UK climate scientists manipulated data to exaggerate global warming.
A number of inmates from the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba are set to be transferred to a jail in the US state of Illinois. The prison is expected to hold up to 100 Guantanamo inmates as well as other federal prisoners. AntiWar: Welcome to Gitmo, Illinois. + US: Guantanamo Prisoners Not ‘Persons’.
The White House has agreed to restore 94 days worth of e-mails that vanished during the Bush administration, a liberal watchdog group announced today. Under a settlement announced Dec. 14, the Obama administration said it will rescue the missing e-mails from backup files, then send them to the National Archives and Records Administration for storage. It will also produce several boxes of documents relating to failures in the White House e-mail system and the Bush administration’s response to those problems.
Liberal anger at Sen. Joe Lieberman spread across Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with a House Democrat from Connecticut calling for his recall and Lieberman himself acknowledging the angst he has caused. “No individual should hold health care hostage, including Joe Lieberman, and I’ll say it flat out, I think he ought to be recalled,” Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), said. HillBilly Report: The Health Care Debate Has Exposed America's Real Agenda. HuffPo: Joe Lieberman's Health Care Memo Leaked To Press: "The people who matter already have health care."
The Obama administration has picked the worst possible case for its first torture trial. For close to a year now, the Obama administration has been playing judicial Whac-a-Mole over accountability for Bush administration torture policies. Each time an opportunity arises to assess the legality of Bush-era torture, the Obama administration shuts it down. When another case pops up, the administration slaps it down. This all started last February when the Justice Department invoked the alarming "states secrets" privilege in an effort to shut down an ACLU lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen DataPlan Inc. for its role in Bush's "extraordinary rendition" program.
China has banned individuals from registering internet domain names and launched a review of millions of existing personal websites in the toughest government censorship drive so far on the internet. Internet service providers said they had started to review their client base for potentially fraudulent or “harmful” individually owned sites. The term “harmful” is often used by the government as a catch-all that covers everything from pornography to anti-state activity.
Andy Rennison, the Forensic Science Regulator, is to be given the job of overseeing Britain’s CCTV network and implementing a national CCTV strategy. About bloody time, though why we are spied on by so many of the hideous things when the Home Office’s own studies say they are virtually useless for cutting any crime other than in car parks is a mystery.
Private contractors will make up at least half of the total military workforce in Afghanistan going forward, according to Defense Department officials cited in a new congressional study. As President Obama's escalation of the war in Afghanistan unfolds, the number of contractors will likely jump by between 16,000 and 56,000, adding up to a total of 120,000-160,000, according to an updated study from the Congressional Research Service.
Deal made to recover bailout Firms exempted from rule when U.S. sells its stake. The federal government quietly agreed to forgo billions of dollars in potential tax payments from Citigroup as part of the deal announced this week to wean the company from the massive taxpayer bailout that helped it survive the financial crisis.
This is the moment at which we turn and face ourselves. Here, in the plastic corridors and crowded stalls, among impenetrable texts and withering procedures, humankind decides what it is and what it will become. It chooses whether to continue living as it has done, until it must make a wasteland of its home, or to stop and redefine itself. This is about much more than climate change. This is about us.
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth --- Check out more info at: http://www.AE911Truth.org/
Computer technicians have found 22 million missing White House e-mails from the administration of President George W. Bush and the Obama administration is searching for dozens more days' worth of potentially lost e-mail from the Bush years, according to two groups that filed suit over the failure by the Bush White House to install an electronic record keeping system. The two private groups — Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive — said Monday they were settling the lawsuits they filed against the Executive Office of the President in 2007. SF Gate: 22 million missing Bush White House e-mails found. MSNBC: Bush spokesman: No 'spooky conspiracy' behind recovered messages.
Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has ducked a torture case after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal brought by ex-prisoners of Guantanamo Bay. The Supreme Court said on Monday that it will not hear an appeal brought by the detainees who claim they were tortured. The four men from Britain were arrested in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks and transferred to Guantanamo. They were released without charge in 2004.
The UN international climate change conference is in chaos as the G77, which represents 130 developing countries "pulled the emergency plug" suspending the talks over wealthy countries' reluctance to discuss a legally binding emissions treaty. Empire Burlesque: Boiling Point: Hijacking the Planet for Power and Privilege. NYT: China and U.S. Hit Strident Impasse at Climate Talks. Global Research: Scripting Climate History: The Copenhagen Talks So Far.
It appears bigger things are brewing related to CRU’s Climategate. WUWT: Gore gets caught in a factual fabrication at Copenhagen. Climate Depot: Brochure reveals Gore accurately cited scientist's prediction of ice-free Arctic -- It is the Scientist who has the explaining to do -- not Gore.
1. Politicians and activists say we must tackle global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but there is no real scientific proof that the current warming is caused by the rise of greenhouse gases resulting from human activity.
Christopher Monckton discusses with a Lady from Greenpeace. CFACT: Socialists and Communists march to support global warming agenda. AWIP/Quadrant: Brave New Green World.
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