Dienstag, 12. Januar 2010

Dirty Truths About Iraq

Nick Mottern, Truthout: "It's probably safe to say that most Americans think the US military involvement in Iraq is coming to an end this year - that the Iraq War is effectively over. There are, however, some very nasty facts having to do with detention, torture and execution that must be considered in judging what will be happening this year for Iraqis and US soldiers."



Iraq Invasion in 2003 Was Illegitimate: Dutch Probe


Only fools rush into Yemen

by Patrick Cockburn


Al-Qa’ida in Yemen is small, its active members numbering only 200-300 lightly armed militants in a country of 22 million people who are estimated to own no less than 60 million weapons. Al-Qa’ida has room to operate because central government authority barely extends outside the cities and because it can ally itself with the many opponents of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in office since the 1970s. The power of al-Qa’ida is not its military expertise or sinister training camps in the mountains of Yemen. Its strength is rather its ability to lure the US and Britain into commitments in dangerous countries like Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq, where the state is weak and its rule contested. It can do this because in the wake of 9/11 the US instinctively over-reacts to the most amateur and unsuccessful attack on the homeland...


The empire discovers Yemen

by Philip Giraldi


Yemen’s sudden emergence makes you wonder a bit about the $70 billion annual intelligence budget. I realize that they are somewhat preoccupied in dodging suicide bombers while wiping out Afghan wedding parties with hellfire missiles, but didn’t they know Yemen was there? It admittedly is a bit hard to find on a map, tucked away as it is on a corner of the Arabian Peninsula, but surely there were some smart guys in Washington who knew that al-Qaeda in Yemen was doing a lot of searching in websites advertising underwear. Now that Yemen has been discovered it changes the way we should think about the security of the United States. Al-Qaeda, which only a couple of weeks ago was slinking around in caves, is suddenly possessed of infinite guile and resourcefulness. How else would those fiends incarnate have come up with an underwear suicide bomber?


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Yemen cleric warns against US occupation

Yemen's most influential Islamic cleric has warned that the United States-backed fight against so-called al-Qaeda could lead to "foreign occupation" of the country.


From Information Clearing House


Der stille Amerikaner

Die US-Amerikaner sind Idealisten, wollen allen, von denen sie kaum etwas wissen, die Erlösung bringen und verursachen dadurch schreckliche Katastrophen wie im Irak, in Afghanistan und nun vielleicht auch im Jemen.



U.S. heads for record overseas arms sales in 2009

The United States is close to a new peak in government-to-government arms sales, poised to top last year's record $36.4 billion. Way back in second place was Russia with $3.3 billion or 7.8 percent of such agreements. France was third with $2.5 billion or 5.9 percent, the report said.


From Information Clearing House


UK troops 'executed Iraqi grandmother'

UK government ministers are to be given previously unseen police reports from a Basra crime unit which conclude that Mrs Talib's body was dumped on a roadside in a British body bag in November 2006. There was a bullet hole in her abdomen and her face had injuries consistent with torture, police reported.


From Information Clearing House


The Implosion of the American Political Consciousness

By David Michael Green

Health Insurers Funded Chamber Attack Ads

Just as dealings with the Obama administration and congressional Democrats soured last summer, six of the nation's biggest health insurers began quietly pumping big money into third-party television ads aimed at killing or significantly modifying the major health reform bills moving through Congress.


US Health Insurers Reap Record Profits in 2009

By Kate Randall

The five largest US health insurance companies set new profit records in 2009, while the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression sent millions of Americans onto the unemployment line and into poverty.


From Information Clearing House


Obama Received $20 Million from Healthcare Industry in '08


Comeback der Gentechnik stoppen!



Anarchy in the UK (and US, Too)?



Private jobs disappear as government jobs metastasize



Some truth about Afghanistan

Afghan 'Dirty War' Escalates


16 "Taliban" killed in drone attacks in Afghanistan

At least 16 "Taliban militants" were killed in US-led airstrikes carried out by pilotless aircraft in southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led Occupation Force said Tuesday.


NATO-led occupation forces' kill 13 civilians in S Afghanistan: locals

NATO-led troops opened fire in Germsir district of Helmand province in south Afghanistan on Tuesday, leaving 13 civilians dead and two dozen others injured, locals said.


Afghans say Western occupation troops fired on demonstration

Afghan villagers with bullet wounds were taken to a hospital in the volatile south of the country on Tuesday, and relatives said Western troops had fired on demonstrators protesting against a raid.


Afghan officials say 6 killed in Quran protest

Protesters claiming that international troops destroyed copies of the Quran clashed with Afghan and foreign security forces on Tuesday, leaving six people dead, Afghan officials said.


Exporting Corruption: 3/4 of Afghan Corruption Cases Involve Westerners

McClatchy Newspapers reports that it's not just the corrupt Afghan government that's feeding at the trough. The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says about three-quarters of its active corruption investigations involved Westerners.


We can't defeat Taliban: Army chief

The Afghan people must be persuaded to reject the insurgency and take responsibility for their own security, said Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson, Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion The Rifles Battlegroup.


UN: Afghans forced to pay billions in bribes

Corruption in Afghanistan is so entrenched that Afghans had to pay bribes worth nearly a quarter of the country's GDP last year, according to a United Nations report.


US occupation forces kills 4 civilians in Afghanistan

On Thursday, about 500 angry demonstrators chanted slogans against the United States and the Afghan government after four people were killed in a raid the night before in a village southwest of Kabul. NATO said the four killed were insurgents but villagers insisted they were civilians.


Afghans protest occupation force killing of civilians for second day

"These people, these foreigners who attacked this house, showed how wild and cruel they are," said Hashim Nasiri, another protester.


NGOs slam "militarised aid" in Afghanistan

In a joint report eight NGOs, including Oxfam and Care, claim militarised aid usually takes only a short-term approach. They argue that the military should concentrate on improving security, leaving reconstruction to local authorities and aid organisations.


From Information Clearing House


Some truth about Afghanistan


Civilian-death incidents in Afghanistan generate little or no media follow-up


Why the Fed Likes Independence


Federal Reserve Seeks to Protect U.S. Bailout Secrets

The FED Seeks Control, Not Profits


It Takes a Pillage

By Nomi Prins

Behind the Bailouts, Bonuses, and Backroom Deals From Washington to Wall Street.


Tasering for passive resistance



Challenging the violence done by Tasers

Informant: Dorothee Krien



Informant: gotemf


Tallies Cost of War: $747 billion for Iraq, $299 billion for Afghanistan

National Priorities Project: Tallies Cost of War through September 30, 2010: $747 billion for Iraq, $299 billion for Afghanistan



Osama bin Laden Is Winning


The Shadow War: Making Sense of the New CIA Battlefield in Afghanistan



What I've Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy


The history of the terrorism conducted by the CIA, since the end of the World War II when countries in Asia and Latin America, were trying to make changes to improve their economical and political situation, the Unite States of North America realized that it was not good for their status as new super power; and began a new campaign, with only one rule, Anything Goes. This is the story of the terrorism of the CIA.



Eight Years of Guantanamo: What's Changed?


If Military Commissions Are So Great, Why Only 3 in 8 Years?


Guantanamo Bay Guard Meets British Ex-prisoners

By BBC - Video

A former Guantanamo Bay guard has had an emotional reunion with two of his former prisoners from Britain.


"We Hooded Them, Shackled Them and Shipped Them To Guantanamo"

By Press TV

Interview with Lawrence Wilkerson (former Chief of Staff for Colin Powell).

Holding Corporations Accountable for Apartheid Crimes

By Amy Goodman

"Who is a corporation and what are its responsibilities? If companies can affect lives in ways that make those lives worse, so that people are suppressed or terrorized ... you are basically ascribing to eternity the fact that companies can act with both impunity and immunity."


Obama’s countdown to failure on Guantanamo

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington


Barring some frankly unattainable miracle, this will be the week that President Obama’s international credibility, regarding his promises to undo the Bush administration’s ‘war on terror’ detention policies, takes a nosedive. The president began well, freezing the much-criticized military commissions trial system on his first day in office, and, on his second day, issuing executive orders requiring Guantanamo to be closed within a year, and upholding the absolute ban on torture that had been so cynically manipulated by the Bush administration...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The Crime of Not 'Looking Backward'

The Blind Law of State Violence


Murders at Guantanamo: Exposing the Truth About the 2006 Suicides

Andy Worthington, Truthout: "It's hard to know where to begin with this profoundly important story by Scott Horton, for next month's Harper's Magazine, but let's try this: The three 'suicides' at Guantanamo in June 2006 were not suicides at all."



Giuliani's False Terror Claim



CIA Planned to 'Rendition' Suspects in Germany



Iraqis Decry Settlements in Blackwater Shootings



Iraqis authorize government to sue Blackwater

Iraq's government has started collecting signatures for a class-action lawsuit from victims who were wounded or lost family in incidents involving the U.S. private security firm formerly known as Blackwater.


Iraq orders guards linked to Blackwater to leave

Iraq has ordered hundreds of private security guards linked to Blackwater Worldwide to leave the country within seven days or face possible arrest on visa violations, the interior minister said Wednesday.


Iraq booting 250 Blackwater employees, minister confirms

"A total of 250 employees working for the U.S. security firm Blackwater have been dismissed and given seven days to leave Iraq, the Iraqi minister of interior said on Wednesday, according to the semi-official al-Iraqiya TV."


2 Ex-Workers Accuse Blackwater Security Company of Defrauding the U.S. for Years

Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security company of defrauding the government for years by filing bogus receipts, double billing for the same services and charging government agencies for strippers and prostitutes, according to court documents unsealed this week.


From Information Clearing House


Lawsuit: Blackwater Put Filipino Prostitute On Government Tab


Wall Street Will Be Back For More

US Banks Brace for Bonus Backlash

Plunder, a Wall Street Story

Wall Street Will Be Back For More

Greedwashing on Wall Street


Labor Leader: Democrats Inviting Historic Electoral Losses


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