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Now it's 'Obama's War': President sees same number of U.S. troops - 575 - die in Afghanistan as during Bush years

August 19th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1303963/Obamas-War-Same-number-US-troops-die-Afghanistan-Bush-years.html

Grim milestone: The same number of American soldiers have died in Afghanistan during Barack Obama's presidency as during George Bush¿s entire time in office Afghanistan was dubbed ‘Obama’s War’ last night after it was revealed that as many American soldiers have died in the conflict during his presidency as during George Bush’s entire time in office.

The Message of the Bulldozers

August 19th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2010/08/19/the-message-of-the-bulldozers

Shocking footage of the abuse of Palestinian residents, by settlers and Israeli soldiers, has been exposed by these cameras. (Intifada -Voice of Palestine)On the day before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began, at 2:30 in the morning, workers sent by the Israeli authorities, protected by dozens of police, destroyed the tombstones in the last portion of the Mamilla cemetery, an historic Muslim burial ground with graves going back to the 7th Century, hitherto left untouched.

Fat cats profiting off disaster

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2010/08/18/fat-cats-profit-off-disaster

WHEN THE earth bakes, the markets catch fire. Intense heat and the most severe drought in a hundred years have shrivelled a swath of Russian farmland from the Black Sea to Siberia, destroying the grain harvest and prompting the Medvedev government to ban exports in an effort to consolidate supplies.

A Washington scandal in perspective

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2010/08/18/a-scandal-in-perspective

Do the allegations of ethics violations against Reps. Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters measure up to all the media attention they've gotten? WHEN TWO high-ranking, liberal African American members of Congress are the targeted in simultaneous ethics investigations, it's hard not to see this as only the latest phase in the right-wing attempt to whip up hysteria against Black faces in high places.

US housing slump deepens

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/aug2010/hous-a18.shtml

New data released this week shows that the US housing market remains mired in a slump, belying the Obama administration’s claims that its policies are producing an economic recovery. On Tuesday, the Commerce Department reported that single-family housing starts in July fell to their lowest rate since May, 2009, the deepest point of the recession that followed the September, 2008 financial panic. Housing starts fell 4.2 percent, the fourth straight monthly decline.

The “Ground Zero mosque”: Obama cowers before right-wing hysteria

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/aug2010/pers-a18.shtml

With the US mid-term elections less than three months away, the issue that has become the focus of this campaign season is a telling indicator of the intensely reactionary character of official politics in America and of both big business parties.

Iraq war has forced millions from homes

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m68955&hd=&size=1&l=e

Surviving 17 gunshot wounds was a feat in itself, but enduring life as a refugee was a second battle for al- Mortaji Abdel-Moneim al-Kaabi, a displaced Iraqi in Syria. 'I still suffer from a lot of diseases, but thank God I'm alive, although I feel like I am psychologically bleeding because I cannot forget the painful memories,' said al-Kaabi, an Arabic language teacher...

Thank God Global Warming is a Hoax

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/18-4

I mean, right? You know? Because gosh Jesus in angry apocalyptic heaven, wouldn't it be just terrible if it were all true? Wouldn't it be horrible if all this stunning, insanely mounting, irrefutable evidence -- death, floods, fires, heat waves, the worst this and the most violent that in 1,000 years -- were some sort of surefire, cumulative sign that we have, if not directly caused, then wildly accelerated and amplified the imminent implosion of this planet? But we didn't! And we haven't! And we aren't! I mean, whew.

Other Countries Probing Bush-Era Torture--Why Aren't We?

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/detainee-torture-cases-proceed-overseas-us-stonewalls62439

In June, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a Canadian man who contends that U.S. authorities mistook him for an al Qaida operative in 2002 and shipped him to a secret prison in Syria, where he was beaten with electrical cables and held in a grave-like cell for 10 months.

Palin defends Dr. Laura over N-word rant: ‘Be thankful for her voice, America’

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0818/palin-defends-dr-laura/

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Wednesday defended Laura Schlessinger, the radio host whose recent racially-charged remarks to a black caller led her to announce the end of her program. Video- Dr Laura N-Word Rant

Dismantling America

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26179.htm

The Constitution has been a continuing challenge to those who think ordinary people should be ruled by their betters. We the people” are the familiar opening words of the Constitution of the United States — the framework for a self-governing people, free from the arbitrary edicts of rulers. It was the blueprint for America, and the success of America made that blueprint something that other nations sought to follow.

America's Runaway Military Spending

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26183.htm

The August 9 announcement by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates of cost-containment measures at the Defense Department should not obscure two underlying facts. First, as he conceded, these proposed economies will not result in cutting the overall Pentagon budget, which is slated for expansion. And, second, as a Washington Post article reported, "defense officials characterized them as a political preemptive strike to fend off growing sentiment elsewhere in Washington to tackle the federal government's soaring deficits by making deep cuts in military spending."

America Cannot Go to War for Israel

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, War

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ahmed-moor/america-cannot-go-to-war-_b_682467.html?ref=email_share

The mongrel dogs of war are foaming at the bit. For years they've cowered in their damp trenches, bristling in the heat. But they're back now. They've gathered their sagging flesh and cast their milky, crusty eyes at Iran. The mongrel dogs of war are planning another war.

Recovery? How About 'Relapse'?

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.lewrockwell.com/celente/celente46.1.html

Three weeks later [after early June 2010] the celebrated property rebound, along with the stock market, ran out of bounce. After the hefty government tax credits that had propped up sales expired in April, May purchases of new homes fell 33 percent to a record low, the fewest sales since 1963. Note that the US population stood at 190 million in 1963, compared to 310 million in 2010 … a 60 percent increase.

Fisherman Demand Real Representation, Instead are Blamed for Causing, “Bad Press” - Video

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://theintelhub.com/2010/08/18/fisherman-want-real-representation-mocked-at-town-hall/

This is absolutely disgusting. These fisherman have had their lives destroyed and when they finally had a platform to voice their concerns, they were not only mocked but actually BLAMED for destroying the fishing industry. Who do the representatives at the town think they are kidding?

U.S. may sue Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio for not cooperating in investigation

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/17/AR2010081703637.html?hpid=moreheadlines

A federal investigation of a controversial Arizona sheriff known for tough immigration enforcement has intensified in recent days, escalating the conflict between the Obama administration and officials in the border state.

Big Brother: the series that made surveillance acceptable

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=13260

Soon it will all be over. Next Tuesday, the nation will decide whether John James, the handsome but peevish Australian, or Sam Pepper, the goofy prankster, or jolly Josie, the farm girl turned MC, or indeed somebody quite unforeseen is the housemate who should win the prize money of £50,000 plus a brief sojourn in the national limelight. And with that, Big Brother 11 will be over – the last-ever series – and an era will have come to an end.

Ruling Against US Access to Bases Helps Ease Colombia's Isolation

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=52532

When the Colombian government announced in November that it had reached a deal to give the U.S. armed forces access to seven military bases, the news provoked surprise and protests, like when an unfair clause is discovered in a contract that was blindly signed.

New Study Identifies Revenues for Doubling of Social Security Payout

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/08/18

For millions of Americans, the dream of a secure retirement has been threatened by the Great Recession. Since WWII, retirement has been conceived as a "three-legged stool," with the three legs being Social Security, pensions, and personal savings centered around homeownership.

Scientists discover that radiation causes breast cancer (gee, really?)

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://www.naturalnews.com/029503_cancer_brst_risk.html

Girls who undergo chest radiation as a cancer treatment are significantly more likely to develop breast cancer as little as eight years later, according to a study conducted by researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Playing the Never Again Card, Again

August 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/08/18/playing-the-never-again-card-again/

Zionism - Kill and lie - The phony intelligence used to induce our March 2003 invasion of Iraq has been dusted off. This time it’s being deployed to take us into Iran. Same scam. Same storyline. Same fraud—even featuring some of the same players. Except that this time around their deception lacks the broader context required to gain traction for their phony content. That key difference makes today’s perpetrators far more transparent—for those willing to look.

US Says Bankruptcies Reach Nearly 5-Year High

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.cnbc.com/id/38744090

U.S. bankruptcy filings have reached the highest level since 2005, government data released on Tuesday show, as the economy slows and the unemployment rate hovers just below double digits. There were 422,061 bankruptcy filings between April and June, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, up 9 percent from 388,148 in the prior three-month period, and up 11 percent from 381,073 a year earlier.

Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? Why You'd Probably Be Healthier and Wealthier in Germany

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.alternet.org/world/147859/were_you_born_on_the_wrong_continent_why_you%27d_probably_be_healthier_and_wealthier_in_germany/

How Europe makes people's everyday life much more pleasant to live in. Americans may believe the United States is set up for the middle class, and Europe is set up for the bourgeois. Or let's put it this way: America is a great place to buy kitty litter at Wal-Mart and relatively cheap gas. But it is not designed for me, a professional without a lot of money. That's who Europe is for: people like me.

China Swallows Obama Stimulus Meant for U.S. Economy: Andy Xie

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-17/china-drains-obama-stimulus-meant-for-u-s-economy-commentary-by-andy-xie.html

Deflation prophets in the West are in for a rude awakening. Eastern fire will turn Western ice into a mess, and 2012 looks like it will be the year of melting. The fuel for the fire is coming from deflation-fighting stimulus programs, such as that of U.S. President Barack Obama. Stimulus is prescribed as a panacea for recession. In today’s global economy, it isn’t effective in the best of circumstances and is outright wrong for what ails the West now.

Drug companies accused of 'conning' the public

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7950243/Drug-companies-accused-of-conning-the-public.html

Drug companies have been accused of conning the public in a report that claimed more than four fifths of new medicines offer few benefits. An estimated 85 per cent of drugs coming onto the market offer only slight advances on existing treatments while having the potential to cause serious harm due to toxicity or misuse, the study concluded.

Gilad Atzmon: BBC Panorama, An Exemplary Work of Clumsy Journalism - Videos

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.gilad.co.uk:80/writings/gilad-atzmon-bbc-panorama-an-exemplary-work-of-clumsy-journa.html

BBC’s Panorama failed yesterday in its attempt to cover the Israeli Massacre on the Mavi Marmara. 'Death on the Med' is an exemplary work of clumsy journalism. It broadcasted video footage stolen from peace activists on board. It repeated Neocon terminology by referring to Islamic driven political activism as 'Islamism'. It promised to provide some new evidence. But, instead, it recycled footage presented by the Israeli military that has long since been proven (and admitted as) faked.

The withdrawal that isn't

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2010/08/17/the-withdrawal-that-isnt

OBAMA recently announced that he was fulfilling his promise to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Iraq. Is the U.S. really bringing the occupation to an end? ON THE surface, that appears to be case, but it's not in fact true. Obama plans to retain 50,000 soldiers in Iraq after the supposed withdrawal of combat troops. He is merely re-branding these remaining combat troops as advisers and trainers.

Relief wells delayed over fears of a new spill

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/aug2010/spil-a17.shtml

As of Monday, BP had yet to resume drilling of two relief wells which aim to permanently seal off its Macondo well. The latest delay arose over concerns that the operation might create a new spill.

Indianapolis auto workers drive UAW executives out of meeting

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/aug2010/inds-a17.shtml

Workers at a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis, Indiana chased United Auto Workers executives out of a union meeting Sunday, after the UAW demanded workers accept a contract that would cut their wages in half. As soon as three UAW International representatives took the podium, they were met with boos and shouts of opposition from many of the 631 workers currently employed at the plant. The officials, attempting to speak at the only informational meeting on the proposed contract changes, were forced out within minutes of taking the floor. The incident once again exposes the immense class divide between workers and union officials, who are working actively with the auto companies to drive down wages and eliminate benefits.

Petraeus beats the drums for endless war in Afghanistan

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/aug2010/petr-a17.shtml

In a series of interviews with the US media this weekend, General David Petraeus, the new US commander in Afghanistan, indicated that he is not compelled to withdraw any US troops in July 2011, despite the deadline set by President Obama last December. Petraeus was clearly aiming his media blitz at the mounting domestic opposition to the US war in Afghanistan. He gave interviews to the New York Times and Washington Post and to several network television correspondents in Kabul, the Afghan capital, as well as making an extended appearance on the NBC television program “Meet the Press,” broadcast Sunday morning.

A Coup Credentialed, US Embraces Honduran Thugocracy

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m68920&hd=&size=1&l=e

On June 28 President Obama officially accepted the credentials of Jorge Ramon Hernandez Alcerro, the new envoy to the U.S. from the post-coup regime in Honduras. At the ceremony Obama gushed effusively about the new Honduran government's deep love of democracy, freedom and human rights, and about all the wonderful values Honduras shares with the United States. Barely 48 hours later the Tegucigalpa police abducted Edwin Robelo Espinal, an active member of the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP), off the streets of the Honduran capitol. They blanketed him with pepper spray, tasered him repeatedly, beat him up and hauled him off to police substation #4 in the capitol city.

Death and Joblessness: How Suicide Dogs the Long-Term Unemployed

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/08/17-2

He hit "publish" on the last Wednesday in July, in the middle of a long afternoon. "I also have become homeless and am on the verge of suicide. I slept out in the wood last night and didn't gett very much sleep. I hate to bring you people down with my problems but I thought you would like to know this. I don't know what else to say except I'm very sorry it turned out like this but I can take the strain of living like this very much longer." (All posts are reproduced as published.)

Israel Has '8 Days' to Hit Iran Nuclear Site: Bolton

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Iran

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/08/17-4

WASHINGTON – Israel has "eight days" to launch a military strike against Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility and stop Tehran from acquiring a functioning atomic plant, a former US envoy to the UN has said.

States of Paralysis: America's Surrender to the Spectacle of Terror

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/states-paralysis-americas-surrender-spectacle-terror62387

As the link between the media and corporate power becomes more integrated, the visual theater of terror mimics the politics of the "official" war on terror. Echoing the discourse of the "official" war on terror, the violence of extremist groups as well as state-sanctioned and corporate violence are understood almost exclusively within the discourse of moral absolutes pitting good against evil. Whether it is former President George W. Bush's claim, "You are either with us or against us," or Osama bin Laden's injunction, "You are either a believer or an infidel,"

Are Handouts for Billionaires More Important Than Feeding Children?

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/zach-carter-are-handouts-for-billionaires-more-important-than-feeding-children62388

The crazy conservative assault on government spending has become one of the most irrational economic policy debates in recent years. The Republican Party is trying to maintain the fiction that direct economic relief for millions of working Americans is a fiscally irresponsible splurge, while simultaneously backing hundreds of billions of dollars worth of economically useless tax cuts for the wealthy. The demands are staggering: cut food stamps for the poor, but preserve perks for billionaires.

US Congress cadre wants Internet kept neutral

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://rawstory.com/news/afp/US_Congress_cadre_wants_Internet_ke_08172010.html

Four members of Congress bashed a "net neutrality" proposal made by Google and Verizon, calling on US regulators to find their own way to insure all data is treated equally online. "Rather than expansion upon a proposal by two large communications companies with a vested financial interest in the outcome, formal FCC action is needed," the legislators said in a letter to Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski.

Most US students think Beethoven is a dog

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h2RPrV9gsoCLqar4c6gx9CsO8RoA

Most young Americans entering university this year can't write in cursive, think email is too slow, that Beethoven's a dog and Michelangelo a computer virus, according to an annual list compiled by two academics at a US college.

Report Finds 79% of Oil Remains In Gulf

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/17/report-finds-79-of-oil-remains-in-gulf-contrary-to-popular-belief/

Contrary to what the media is telling you, a report from the Georgia Sea Grant and the University of Georgia released yesterday says that a whopping 79% of the oil from the Gulf oil spill still remains in the waters there. The report concludes that the media is way off in their estimates — they are saying that a mere 25% of the oil remains — and that the effects of this spill will be following us for decades while the oil slowly dissipates. The report notes that the large plumes of oil present deep underneath the surface of the Gulf are most likely still present and perhaps will be for years to come. White House: 75 percent of spilled Gulf oil gone

The Government Lies to the American People About the Safety of Gulf Seafood

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/08/government-lies-to-american-people.html

The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) just announced: For the seafood to pose a health risk, the food would have to be heavily contaminated with oil, and would therefore have a strong odor and taste of oil. That is patently untrue. “Oil is a complex mixture containing substances like benzene, heavy metals, arsenic, and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons -- all known to cause human health problems such as cancer, birth defects or miscarriages,” said Kenneth Olden, founding dean of New York’s CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, who is monitoring a panel on possible delayed effects. Corexit breaks down oil into constituent chemicals. So there could easily be toxic levels in the Gulf of compounds that don't smell anything like oil.

British SIS Hit Team Kills Top US Oil Expert For Breaking Gulf Oil Spill News Blackout

August 17th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1399.htm

A grim Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) report prepared for Prime Minister Putin states that a British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, also known as MI6) ‘hit team’ was behind the assassination Matthew Simmons [photo top left] who was one of the United States top oil experts and the most outspoken critic of the US and BP’s handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil leak catastrophe.

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