Samstag, 2. Januar 2010

2009: The Year Wall Street Bounced Back and Main Street Got Shafted

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "The five largest remaining banks are today larger, their executives and traders richer, their strategies of placing large bets with other people's money no less bold than before the meltdown. The possibility of new regulations emanating from Congress has barely inhibited the Street's exuberance. But if Wall Street is back on top, the everyday lives of large numbers of Americans continue to be subject to overwhelming trauma, chaos and disruption."

The "Coalition of the Willing" in Iraq Becomes an Army of One

Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers: "The British said cheerio back in July, around the same time the Romanians cleared out 'Camp Dracula,' their compound on a US base in southern Iraq. Tonga and Kazakhstan left ages ago, and no one seems to remember if any Icelandic forces ever made it to Iraq. It doesn't matter now, anyway, because as of Friday, former president George W. Bush's 'coalition of the willing' formally ceased to exist, leaving only the US military's 130,000 or so forces to shepherd their Iraqi counterparts through a volatile election season before a full American troop withdrawal that's expected by the end of 2011."

Hartz IV bekämpft Arbeitslose, nicht Arbeitslosigkeit

Campaigners lose Northumberland phone mast fight

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Drone war provoking horrific ripostes in Pakistan


US Attacks in Pakistan Killed 700 Civilians in 2009

By The Peninsula

Of the 44 Predator strikes carried out by the American drones in the tribal areas of Pakistan in 12 months of 2009, only five were able to hit their actual targets, killing five key Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, but at the cost of around 700 innocent civilian lives.

CIA Attacker Driven in From Pakistan

The suicide bomber who killed at least six Central Intelligence Agency officers in a base along the Afghan-Pakistan border on Wednesday was a regular CIA informant who had visited the same base multiple times in the past, according to someone close to the base's security director.

Fresh US attacks kill 5 in Pakistan

Fresh attacks by American unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) on Sunday killed five people in Pakistan's North Waziristan.

Pakistan: Foreigners among five killed in US attack

Five people, two of them locals and three foreigners, were killed and a few others sustained injuries in a missile attack by a CIA-operated spy aircraft on a Hujra and an adjacent house in Mosaki village in Mirali subdivision, North Waziristan, on Sunday evening.

US attack 'kills 15' people in Pakistan

At least 15 people were killed and several more injured in two suspected attacks by US drones in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal district on Wednesday, a security official said.

US Kills 4 People In Pakistan

Four "suspected militants" were killed and two injured in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal district Friday by a missile fired from a what was thought to be a US pilotless aircraft, an intelligence official said.

US hunt for Haqqani network 'a nightmare for Pakistan

The US will push Pakistan hard to take the risky move of going after the Haqqani militant network if the group is linked to a Jordanian who killed seven Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employees in Afghanistan.\01\08\story_8-1-2010_pg1_8

US Attack In Pakistamn Kills Five People

Five more people were killed and six others sustained injuries in yet another US drone attack on a remote village in Dattakhel Tehsil in the troubled North Waziristan tribal region on Saturday night.

US attack kills 11people in Pakistan: officials

Two US drone missile attacks killed at least 11 militants in Pakistan's tribal belt on the Afghan border Friday, destroying their compounds, Pakistani officials said.

From Information Clearing House


Pakistan: Three US drones flatten house, kill 13

Daily Times [Pakistan]


Three US drones targeted a house in the Dattakhel tehsil of North Waziristan on Wednesday, killing 13 people. Two of the three missiles fired hit the house in Sumzalai, 50 kilometers west of Miranshah, at around 4pm, killing seven people, while the third missile struck the same house at around 4:50pm, killing six people...

Pakistan: US drone strikes kill “ten militants”

BBC News [UK]


Two US drone missile strikes have killed 10 suspected militants in a tribal region of north-west Pakistan, Pakistani officials say. The missiles struck a compound in the Pasalkot area in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border. … Reports said the missiles landed early Thursday morning in a sprawling compound which was used as a religious school in the past. It is the fifth suspected US drone attack in North Waziristan since the beginning of the year...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Nicht nur die Rechtsprechung prägt eine negative Bilanz von fünf Jahren Hartz IV

Verfassungswidrige Säule

Deutschland wird nicht nur am Hindukusch verteidigt

Nach der offiziellen Doktrin müssten Deutschland und die USA nicht nur in Afghanistan und Pakistan, sondern etwa auch im Jemen oder in Somalia verteidigt werden.


19. Januar 2010

DIE LINKE unterstützt Protest der Friedensbewegung gegen Truppenaufstockung

Christine Buchholz, Mitglied im Geschäftsführenden Vorstand der Partei DIE LINKE, erklärt:

Obama ist in seinem ersten Amtsjahr von der Friedenstaube zum Kriegstreiber geworden. Er schickt dreimal so viele US-Soldaten an den Hindukusch wie Bush. Merkels und Guttenbergs Politik, erst die deutschen Kampftruppen zu erhöhen und den Abzug für 2011 zu versprechen, ist nichts als Augenwischerei. DIE LINKE begrüßt, dass die SPD die Truppenaufstockung ablehnt, denn mehr Kampftruppen bedeuten tatsächlich keine Verbesserung. Das gilt nach Meinung der LINKEN aber auch für die bereits anwesenden deutschen Kampftruppen und die Ausbildung von afghanischen Soldaten. SPD-Chef Sigmar Gabriel kettet sich zudem beim Abzug der Bundeswehr an die Entscheidung der USA. Damit unterstützt er den Krieg weiter und verschiebt den Abzug auf den Sankt Nimmerleinstag. Nur ein sofortiger, bedingungsloser Abzug kann den Krieg beenden und Frieden schaffen. Um so wichtiger ist es, den Protest gegen den Krieg öffentlich sichtbar zu machen und den Druck auf Regierung und SPD zu erhöhen. 71 Prozent der Bevölkerung sind für den schnellstmöglichen Abzug der Truppen, sogar mehr als 80 Prozent lehnen die Aufstockung der Truppen ab. Gemeinsam mit der Friedensbewegung wird DIE LINKE gegen die Truppenaufstockung und für den sofortigen Abzug der Bundeswehr aus Afghanistan am 20. Februar in Berlin demonstrieren. Wir hoffen, dass sich viele Christen, Sozialdemokraten, Grüne und viele andere an den Protesten beteiligen.

2010: U.S. to Wage War Throughout the World

Harvard Takes it Back and Says Swine Flu was Oversold

Was the swine flu pandemic ever a threat? New research reveals the massive deception and manipulation of the truth.

Secret army unit accused of abuse in Iraq

A secret army interrogation unit accused of being responsible for the widespread abuse of Iraqi prisoners is being investigated by the UK Ministry of Defence, it was revealed Friday.

U.S. Killed Detainees During Interrogations in Afghanistan and Iraq

According to the documents, 21 of the 44 deaths were homicides. Eight of the homicides appear to have resulted from abusive techniques used on detainees, in some instances, by the CIA, Navy Seals and Military Intelligence personnel. The autopsy reports list deaths by ""strangulation,"" ""asphyxiation"" and ""blunt force injuries."

From Information Clearing House

Afghanistan far deadlier than Iraq for U.S. troops in 2009

More than twice as many U.S. troops died in Afghanistan in 2009 than in Iraq, U.S. casualty records show, and Afghanistan is likely to become an even deadlier place for American forces as reinforcements are rushed there to battle insurgents.

From Information Clearing House


Success of Afghanistan Troop Surge Doubted Widely

Sherwood Ross, The Public Record: "'There isn’t the slightest possibility that the course laid out by Barack Obama in his Dec. 1 speech (at West Point) will halt or even slow the downward spiral toward defeat in Afghanistan,' writes Thomas Johnson in a report published Dec. 10 in Foreign Policy magazine. And for emphasis, he adds the word 'None.' 'The US president and his advisors labored for three months and brought forth old wine in bigger bottles,' Johnson wrote, noting, 'The speech contained not one single new idea or approach, nor offered any hint of new thinking about a conflict that everyone now agrees the United States is losing.'"


Fighting the wrong wars

The American Conservative
by Patrick J. Buchanan

Obama just ordered 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan. Yet, even if Gens. David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal pull it off and pacify Kandahar, how does that protect the American homeland from suicide bombers hell-bent on blowing up airliners? How does turning the tide in Afghanistan stop radical Muslim youth in Africa or Arabia from being trained to board planes with bombs and blow them up over the Atlantic? How do 130,000 U.S. soldiers in Iraq make us more safe from an al-Qaida that has moved into Waziristan, Baluchistan, Yemen, Somalia and North Africa? The Sept. 11 massacre may have been decided upon in Afghanistan. But the perpetrators were Saudis and Egyptians who plotted, planned and trained in Germany, Boston, Delray Beach and Northern Virginia...

CIA caught in dirty and secretive war against al-Qaeda on Afghan border

CIA Vows "Revenge" in Afghan Bombing

The CIA vowed on Thursday to avenge the deaths of seven officers in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan and to investigate security breaches that allowed the second deadliest attack in agency history.

CIA caught in dirty and secretive war against al-Qaeda on Afghan border

The deaths of seven CIA agents in Khost province have brought into the limelight the secretive and dirty war being fought by America's intelligence agencies - and the Taleban and al-Qaeda - in the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

CIA Agents assassinated in Afghanistan worked for "contractor" active in Venezuela, Cuba

Since June 2002, USAID has maintained an Office for Transition Initiatives (OTI) in Venezuela, through which it has channeled more than $50 million USD to groups and individuals opposed to President Hugo Chávez.

From Information Clearing House

Breaking With Obama?

By Ralph Nader

Those long-hoping, long-enduring members of the liberal intelligentsia are starting to break away from the least-worst mindset that muted their criticisms of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign.

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