Monday, 6. September 2010

Shield Laws, WikiLeaks and The Public's Right To Know

Nepal Suspends Swine Flu Vaccine Due To 'Complications'

Vampire Capitalism

Afghanistan: Karzai says airstrike killed civilians


NATO said an airstrike in northern Afghanistan on Thursday killed about a dozen insurgents, but President Hamid Karzai said the victims were campaign workers seeking votes in this month’s parliamentary elections. NATO said its airstrike on a car in northern Takhar province’s normally quiet Rustaq district killed or wounded as many as 12 insurgents, including a Taliban commander and a local head of an allied insurgent group, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, responsible for attacks in Kabul and elsewhere...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

More than 400 US Banks Will Fail

More than half of the 800-plus US banks on the "critical list" are likely to go bust, according to renowned economist Nouriel Roubini of Roubini Global Economics.

Sellers Cut Prices on 50% of Homes

Seven cities saw price reductions on more than half of their inventory, with Jacksonville, Phoenix and Minneapolis on top with 55 percent, 54.4 percent and 52.4 percent, respectively.

Survey of employed finds 25 percent lost a job during recession

Just over a quarter of the nation's 139 million currently employed workers endured a bout of unemployment during the Great Recession, according to results of a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday. And they tend to be less satisfied in their current jobs than are other workers.

From Information Clearing House

Obama will only sink us ever deeper

Moving Into Bonds: From Frying Pan to Fire

Central Bankers Are Destroying Savers and Investors

The BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Disaster

Rejoinder on the BP Oil Spill


Greenpeace Response to BP Report

Food & Water Watch: Fitting with Tradition, BP Investigates Itself for Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Regulatory Capture of Oil Drilling Agency Exposed In Report

Do ‘Environmental Extremists’ Pose Criminal Threat to Gas Drilling?


Reckless and Wanton Conduct of Oil Companies


Laura Flanders, GRITtv: "The oil companies' conduct in the Gulf of Mexico are the 'equivalent of getting drunk on a fifth of liquor, driving 80 miles an hour through a school zone and killing a child,' says Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire radio host and attorney representing Gulf residents in their lawsuit against BP. But despite such conduct, BP wants to keep drilling, claiming it'll cost jobs if they don't keep pumping out oil."

'Combat in Iraq is not over, and we should not uncritically repeat suggestions that it is'

Memo from the AP's standards editor

US 'likely' to keep troops in Iraq after 2011

The United States likely will need to keep thousands of troops in Iraq beyond 2011 to keep a lid on sectarian tensions and to bolster Baghdad's fledgling military, experts and former officers say.

The true cost of the Iraq war: $3 trillion and beyond

This price tag dwarfed previous estimates, including the Bush administration's 2003 projections of a $50 billion to $60 billion war.

First US "Non-combat" Troops Killed in Combat Since "End of Combat Operations" Declared in Iraq

From Information Clearing House


Despite formal combat end, US joins Baghdad battle

Southern California Press-Enterprise


Days after the U.S. officially ended combat operations and touted Iraq’s ability to defend itself, American troops found themselves battling heavily armed militants assaulting an Iraqi military headquarters in the center of Baghdad on Sunday. The fighting killed 12 people and wounded dozens. It was the first exchange of fire involving U.S. troops in Baghdad since the Aug. 31 deadline for formally ending the combat mission, and it showed that American troops remaining in the country are still being drawn into the fighting...

Despite Obama’s claim, war not over

Freedom Politics
by Thomas J. Lucente Jr.


‘Tonight, I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over.’ So sayeth Barack Obama. Unfortunately, the president’s speech Tuesday night did not tell the American people the real story. While liberals say Obama has taken us closer to ending this illegal, immoral and unjust war, his speech and the official ‘change-of-command ceremony’ in Iraq were nothing but political theater and a way for Obama to claim, wrongly, that he kept a campaign promise...

Defending our ‘freedoms’

Liberty For All
by Harry Browne

We are told over and over again that the terrorists aren’t upset with American foreign policy; it’s our freedoms they can’t stand. They want to destroy us because we’re free. Unfortunately, those who say this don’t spell out the particular freedoms that the terrorists are upset about. Is it our freedom to divert 47% of our national income to taxes collected by the federal, state, and local governments?... (written 05/02; posted 09/04/10)

Despite celebration, Iraq War continues

In These Times
by David Sirota


Something about 21st-century warfare brings out Washington’s lust for historical comparison…. 9/11 was Pearl Harbor. Colin Powell’s Iraq presentation at the United Nations was Adlai Stevenson’s Cuban Missile Crisis confrontation. Embedded journalists in Afghanistan strutted around like the intrepid Walter Cronkite on a foreign battlefield. George Bush was a Rooseveltian ‘war president.’ The Iraq invasion was D-Day. … The trouble is that the announcement is anything but, because the war isn’t even close to over. And we know that because the military is quietly acknowledging as much...

Faux exit from Iraq

Independent Institute
by Charles Pena


The stated rationale for the U.S. withdrawal was to avoid ‘an occupation of undetermined length, with undetermined costs, and undetermined consequences.’ With 50,000 U.S. troops still there, however, the withdrawal is a faux exit. Until all U.S. troops — combat or otherwise — have vacated Iraq, we are left with an occupation of undetermined length, with undetermined costs and undetermined consequences...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


What US Left Behind in Iraq is Even Uglier Than You Think

MPs to vote on strategy for Afghan withdrawal

The British Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, will this week face calls to set out a detailed timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan in the first major House of Commons vote since the war began almost nine years ago.

From Information Clearing House

Our Long National Nightmare Isn't Over, It's Just Beginning

By David Michael Green

I'm an American. I live in a country - nay, an empire! - that insists on destroying itself. I'm part of the generation of decline.

$12.8 Trillion: The True Cost Of The Bank Bailout


We all know about TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which spent $700 billion in taxpayers' money to bail out banks after the financial crisis. - But it turns out that that $700 billion is just a small part of a much larger pool of money that has gone into propping up our nation's financial system.

The Real Economy is Jobs and Paychecks

By Robert Reich

Many big American companies have been showing profits because they're doing ever more business in China while cutting payrolls at home. American consumers aren't buying much of anything because they've lost their jobs or are worried about losing them, and are still trying to get out from under a huge debt load (the latest figures show more consumer debt delinquent now than last year and a surge in personal bankruptcies).

Richest Lawmakers Grew Wealthier as Economy Faltered

By Rachel Rose Hartman

The rest of the country is still struggling with high unemployment amid a sluggish-at-best economic recovery -- but the wealthiest members of Congress are in high cotton. Indeed, the top 50 wealthiest lawmakers saw their combined net worths increase last year.

Drowning in Debt: US Students Helpless to Pay Off Education

By Russia Today

A ticking time bomb of American debt. Over $830 billion are owed by college students in the US with $3 thousand more added on every second. The most traditional financial baggage for Americans was credit card debt. For the first time, debt belonging to college students has over taken that number one spot.

Tony Blair sieht im radikalen Islam die weltweit größte Gefahr

In einem BBC-Interview bestreitet der ehemalige britische Premierminister, dass die Kriege des letzten Jahrzehnts dem Terror Nahrung gaben.

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