Sunday, 4. July 2010

At least 2,405 people killed in 2010 in Iraq, says rights group

An Iraqi rights group said that 2,405 people were killed in Iraq in the past six month, as violence spiked amid political post-election tensions, the Yaqen website reported Saturday.

From Information Clearing House

Drone attacks have increased terror acts

The chief justice of the Lahore High Court ON Wednesday remarked that drone attacks are against the integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan, and if these are not being carried out with the government consent, it should take measures to stop them.

Extrajudicial Killing: US Kills 10 People In Pakistan

A drone reportedly fired three missiles at a house in the Datakhel area of North Waziristan, which was allegedly used by militants. The house has been completely destroyed, a Press TV correspondent reported. Officials claimed the building was being used by militants, but local sources told Press TV that the house belonged to a tribesman.

From Information Clearing House

Put Away the Flags

By Howard Zinn

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Declare Your Independence

By Kevin Zeese

Looking back at this history would you have voted for either one of the slave parties? Or, would you have voted to end slavery even though your candidate had no chance of winning?

FBI admits probing 'radical' historian Zinn for criticizing bureau

FBI files show bureau may have tried to get Zinn fired from Boston University for his political opinions.

From Information Clearing House


Reassembling America's Democracy


Questions for West Point and US

Nick Mottern, Truthout: "Shortly after the occasion of Independence Day, I want to report on going to West Point on June 28, 2001, with six colleagues to raise questions for incoming cadets about the legality and purpose of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Why West Lost Afghan War

By Michael Scheuer

The bottom line is that the United States and NATO stand defeated in Afghanistan. Under McChrystal, Petraeus, or Obama himself the counterinsurgency strategy now being flogged has been intellectually bankrupt from its inception.

The Occupation Supplemental: A Rundown

Let's walk through just what happened last night in the House of Representatives on the war supplemental, and its multiple implications.

Afghanistan is "War of Obama's Choosing"

Republican National Committee Chairman: He can be heard suggesting that President Obama failed to understand that waging war in Afghanistan has been shown throughout history to be a losing proposition.

Afghanistan: 90 killed as Petraeus takes command

'We must demonstrate to the people and to the Taliban that Afghan and ISAF forces are here to safeguard the Afghan people,' Petraeus said at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters.

McChrystal Probe of SOF Killings Excluded Key Eyewitnesses

The follow-up investigation of a botched Special Operations Forces (SOF) raid in Gardez Feb. 12 that killed two government officials and three women, ordered by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal Apr. 5, was ostensibly aimed at reconciling divergent Afghan and U.S. accounts of what happened during and after the raid.

Study says Afghan graft worsening

Afghans paid nearly $1bn in bribes last year, and corruption has become far more widespread since 2006, according to a new survey from a Kabul-based NGO.

Only way to end the Afghanistan war

US peace deal with the Taliban: Nearly six months into the United States surge in Afghanistan and six months prior to the White House's review of the Afghan war strategy, it's clear our mission in Afghanistan is not only failing, but beyond repair.

Former US envoy calls for Afghanistan's partition

A former US ambassador to India, warns that the Obama administration's counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan "seems headed for failure" and the best option for Washington is to partition Afghanistan.

Study says Afghan graft worsening

Survey finds Afghans paid nearly $1bn in bribes last year to avail government services.

Women and Suicide by Self-Immolation in Afghanistan

Images from photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair's Whitney Biennial exhibition: "Self-Immolation: A Cry for Help" can be seen at her website.

From Information Clearing House


Why Did It Take a Rock Magazine to Report the Military's Total Disaster in Afghanistan?

Peter Richardson, Alternet: "The controversial Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal didn't just expose poor judgment on the part of the U.S. military's key leader in Afghanistan. It also illustrates one of the most persistent shortcomings of American corporate journalism."

Losing in Afghanistan

Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: "Last week, the House of Representatives voted 215-210 for $33 billion to fund Barack Obama's troop increase in Afghanistan. But there was considerable opposition to giving the president a blank check. One hundred sixty-two House members supported an amendment that would have tied the funding to a withdrawal timetable. One hundred members voted for another amendment that would have rejected the $33 billion for the 30,000 new troops already on their way to Afghanistan; that amendment would have required that the money be spent to redeploy our troops out of Afghanistan."


Petraeus takes over Afghan fight, vows “to win” it

Fort Dodge Messenger News


‘We are in this to win,’ Gen. David Petraeus said as he took the reins of an Afghan war effort troubled by waning support, an emboldened enemy, government corruption and a looming commitment to withdraw troops — even with no sign of violence easing. Petraeus, who pioneered the counterinsurgency strategy he now oversees in Afghanistan, has just months to show progress in turning back insurgents and convince both the Afghan people and neighboring countries that the U.S. is committed to preventing the country from again becoming a haven for al-Qaida and its terrorist allies...

Bill Kristol must resign

by Justin Raimondo


Bill Kristol is demanding the head of GOP national chairman Michael Steele, who, in a moment of honesty, questioned the wisdom of invading and occupying Afghanistan. Yet Kristol has never been elected to anything: indeed, the pretentious little gremlin once threatened to quit the GOP, back in the 1990s, when the Republicans in Congress voted to deny funding to Bill Clinton’s Balkan adventure. Kristol, who had thrilled at the opportunity to ‘crush Serb skulls,’ as he put it, stamped his foot and declared his imminent defection. Too bad he never followed through on his promise. Now he’s assuming the mantle of Republican kingmaker: based on his atrocious record as the GOP’s grand strategist, it’s Kristol, not Steele, who should resign...

War, the fourth, and struggling Americans

Huffington Post
by Gary Hart


Virtually without exception, Americans supported the initial focused invasion of Afghanistan to crush al Qaeda and prevent its return to sanctuary in Afghanistan. We were a nation out for vengeance and right was on our side. In addition, the national economy was booming (that is, before the bubble burst). In that almost-decade’s time, things have changed. Mostly, around 2005, our mission changed. We decided to broaden the mission to include the creation of some kind of stable, self-sustaining democracy in that perpetually troubled land. History will show that was a big mistake. History will also show that the new President Obama would have been well-advised to adopt the original, not the replacement, mission...

The dark legacy of General McChrystal

by Kelley B. Vlahos


Gen. Stanley McChrystal might have left town through the back door with his four stars barely intact, his 35-year career in the Army humiliatingly cut short by a lack of judgment with a counterculture magazine. But in reality, he got off easy...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

This May be Britain's Abu Ghraib

By Phil Shiner and Tessa Gregory

The Guardian article this week, which reported that many more civilians died in army custody than previously thought, should shock the conscience of the nation.

Kleiner Dienstweg zwischen Behörden und Wirtschaft

Die Deutsche Bank wird bei Hausdurchsuchungen offenbar vorgewarnt.

Bundestag stimmt für das Verbot von Leerverkäufen

Die Wetten gegen Nicht-Euro-Staaten dürfen aber auch in Deutschland weitergehen.

Armutsgrund Behinderung

Interview mit Konstantin Bender über soziale Probleme bei Behinderten.

The Food Wars

Crucial analysis of how the West created the global food crisis.

Conscious choice of food can substantially mitigate climate change

Reducing the consumption of meat and dairy products and improving agricultural practices could decrease global greenhouse gas emissions substantially.


Oakland Institute: Tackling the Global Food Crisis: A Mission Unaccomplished

Politik des Hungers

Der Zweite Weltkrieg dauerte sechs Jahre und hat 60 Millionen Menschen das Leben gekostet. Ein anderer Weltkrieg schafft das in nicht mal einem Drittel der Zeit, und das regelmäßig: Innerhalb von zwei Jahren sterben etwa 70 Millionen Menschen, weil sie nicht genügend zu essen haben.

Wie viel Boden braucht der Mensch?

Jeder sechste Mensch auf der Welt hat nicht genug zu essen, insgesamt wird die Zahl der Hungernden weltweit inzwischen auf etwa eine Milliarde geschätzt; das 21. Jahrhundert wird schon als „Hungerjahrhundert“ bezeichnet. Ein Grund für diese alarmierende Entwicklung ist nicht zuletzt unser sorgloser Umgang mit dem Fundament unserer Existenz, der Ressource Boden.

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