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Canada Court Says its Officials Knew US Abused Detainee


Former boy soldier, youngest Guantanamo detainee, heads toward military tribunal

Khadr is drawing the Obama administration into a fierce debate over the propriety of putting a child soldier on trial.

Khadr Routinely Trussed Up In Cage, Hearing Told

By Paul Koring

Omar Khadr, then a gravely wounded 15-year-old, was routinely trussed up in a cage "in one of the worst places on Earth," according to a hulking former military interrogator nicknamed Monster who says he felt sorry for the Canadian and brought him books and treats.

The Torture of Omar Khadr, a Child in Bagram and Guantánamo:

Are we so inured to the implementation of torture by the Bush administration that we no longer recognize what torture is?

Spanish prosecutors want 13 CIA agents arrested

Spanish prosecutors are asking a judge to issue arrest warrants for 13 CIA agents who they believe were involved in the spy agency's 2004 "extraordinary rendition" of a German citizen, according to Spain's El Pais newspaper.

From Information Clearing House


Omar Khadr's Trial Continues; Interrogation Video Introduced

Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald: "An Army Special Forces officer testified Saturday that he altered a field report to directly implicate a Canadian detainee now being held at Guantanamo in a fatal grenade attack in Afghanistan years later because he realized that he got it wrong and wanted to fix the historical record."

Interrogator Says Guantanamo Detainee Omar Khadr Was Told He'd Likely Be Raped in US

Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald: "To get teen terror suspect Omar Khadr to cooperate, a former U.S. Army interrogator testified Thursday, he told the wounded Canadian a 'fictitious' tale of an Afghan youth who was gang-raped in an American prison and died."

Die Rezession soll angeblich zu Ende sein

In Deutschland und Frankreich wurde angeblich bereits zweiten Quartal wieder ein geringes kleines Wachstum verzeichnet.

Die US-Einzelhandelsumsätze brechen weiter ein

Überall wird das Ende der Rezession gepredigt und auch in den USA hatte die Notenbank (FED) in den Chor eingestimmt.

Military action is dangerous fantasy

We could live with a nuclear Iran

Pre-emptive strikes have no part in serious debate. We must deal with the clerics as self-interested statesmen, not fanatics.

U.N. experts say Iran tortured to extract confessions

Three independent United Nations human rights experts have accused Iran of torturing confessions from detainees charged with fomenting political unrest, the international organization said Thursday.

From Information Clearing House

Gates: It's A "Mystery" How Long US Forces Will Be In Afghanistan

The Pentagon presented a grim portrait of the Afghanistan war Thursday, offering no assurances about how long Americans will be fighting there or how many U.S. combat troops it will take to win.

Afghanistan passes 'barbaric' law diminishing women's rights

Rehashed legislation allows husbands to deny wives food if they fail to obey sexual demands.

From Information Clearing House


Afghanistan's Women Yearn for More

Laura King, The Los Angeles Times: "One is the face of despair; the other, of hope. Zeinab, 22, believed that only death could provide an escape from her husband's merciless beatings. So she set herself on fire, leaving one-third of her body covered with oozing, blistering burns. She faces a lifetime of disfigurement and, unless she returns to her abusive husband, the likely loss of her two children. Twelve-year-old Nazira's classroom is a sweltering tent, and her desk is a plastic mat on the ground. But her teachers say she is one of their brightest pupils, encouraged by a mother and father who want her to get as much education as she can. Her eyes sparkle when she describes her ambition: to become a doctor."

California Man Tasered While Sitting on His Porch


Black man tazed on his front porch, showing no signs of aggression. The cops just walk up and taze him.

Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma

By Ryan Grim

The memo, which according to a knowledgeable health care lobbyist was prepared by a person directly involved in the negotiations, lists exactly what the White House gave up, and what it got in return.


Ralph Nader on Secret White House Agreements with the Drug Industry

By Democracy Now!

What we'll end up with is another patchwork piece of legislation, allowing huge and expanded profits for the health insurance companies and the drug companies, and continuing this pay-or-die system that has plagued this country for decades, a system that takes 20,000 lives a year, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. That's about fifty to sixty people who die every day.

If US health Care's So Good, Why Do Other People Live Longer?

By Carrie Peyton Dahlberg

People live longer in just about every industrialized nation, from Canada to our north, throughout much of Europe, and around the Pacific in Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Six Lobbyists Per Lawmaker Work on Health Overhaul

By Jonathan D. Salant and Lizzie O'Leary

If there is any doubt that President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul U.S. health care is the hottest topic in Congress, just ask the 3,300 lobbyists who have lined up to work on the issue. That's six lobbyists for each of the 535 members of the House and Senate, according to Senate records, and three times the number of people registered to lobby on defense.


Move Over 'Insurance' Reform: Oil Lobby Has Astroturf of Its Own


"Sensitive" Oil Industry Memo Lays Out Plan For Astroturf Rallies Against Climate Change Bill

Zachary Roth, Talking Points Memo: "A leaked memo sent by an oil industry group reveals a plan to create astroturf rallies at which industry employees posing as 'citizens' will urge Congress to oppose climate change legislation. The memo - sent by the American Petroleum Institute and obtained by Greenpeace, which sent it to reporters - urges oil companies to recruit their employees for events that will 'put a human face on the impacts of unsound energy policy,' and will urge senators to 'avoid the mistakes embodied in the House climate bill.'"'Leary

Green Shoots or Scorched Earth?

Bulletins From Clunkerville

By Mike Whitney

Toxic assets, falling home prices, widespread malaise in the credit markets are just part of the problem. The deeper issue is the dismal condition of the US consumer who has seen his home equity dissipate, his retirement funds sawed in half, his access to credit curtailed, and his job put at risk.

US Economic Myths Bite the Dust

By Mark Weisbrot

If we look at what percentage of our overall labour force is self-employed, or what percentage of manufacturing workers or high-tech workers are employed in small businesses - well, the US ranks at or near the bottom among high-income countries.

Toxic Loans Topping 5% May Push 150 Banks to Point of No Return

More than 150 publicly traded U.S. lenders own nonperforming loans that equal 5 percent or more of their holdings, a level that former regulators say can wipe out a bank's equity and threaten its survival.

From Information Clearing House

Healthcare Plan Based on Economic Fantasy

The Creation of a Health Care Class System

Tax-Qualified Retirement Plans

The Stimulus Disguise

Why You Should NEVER EVER Sleep Where Your Cat Sleeps

Geomag and EM influences - short vid + Dr Mercola's text comments on domestic EM avoidance.

Biological Warfare and the National Security State



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