Iraq Talks Could Pave Road Home for America
By Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent
The Iranian-Syrian-US-Iraqi talks in Baghdad at the weekend might – and it’s a very flimsy “might” – be the beginning of America’s road home from its disastrous invasion and occupation of Mesopotamia.
Iraq: Pulled Out Or Pushed Out
By Robert Dreyfuss
Few Americans pay attention to Iraqi politics, but over the past few days something has occurred that could change the course of the war. For the first time since the Iraqi election of 2005, a coalition of Sunni and Shiite Arab parties and leaders is starting to take shape, across the sectarian divide that has fueled the civil war. ‘
Total Withdrawal? Who are you kidding?
By Barry Lando
Though U.S. legislators voted against appropriating funds for permanent bases in Iraq, the White House and Pentagon have ignored that prohibition by portraying the huge construction projects to be for temporary facilities tied to the on-going conflict.
The Future Has Caught Up With Us
By Paul Craig Roberts
For the past five years, the Bush Regime has held people in secret prisons without warrants, charges, or access to an attorney. Most detainees have been tortured and abused. Bush’s real world victims suffer from more disorientation and hopelessness than Kafka’s character, Josef K.
Killing the Constitution
By Irene Rheinwald
Impeachment is not enough. Our society is in need of a political and economic overhaul. We need to align civic duty with genuine compassion, the desire to make a better world. – Our entire society needs to shift from a materialistic, elitist theocracy living by outdated norms of colonialism to a truly progressive one, where the dignity of all, regardless of nationality, is honoured.
UN committee: Israel should let Palestinians return to their land
By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent
A United Nations committee has called on Israel to allow Palestinian refugees to return to their property and land in Israel and to ensure that the bodies responsible for distributing property, such as the Jewish National Fund, not discriminate against the Arab population.
Netanyahu and Meshal Forever
By Gideon Levy
Enough empty talk about “a Jewish state.” There is no such thing. The fact that the Palestinians live under unequal conditions does not make them subjects of another entity. On the contrary, the state’s control of their lives is immeasurably greater than its control over its Jewish citizens.
Hugo Chavez: “Bush Should Get The Gold Medal For Hypocrisy”
By Mike Whitney
Bush’s trip to Latin America has turned into another public relations disaster. Every time Airforce 1 touches down in a southern capital, the streets turn into battlegrounds between incensed protestors and fully-armored, truncheon-wielding Robo-cops. At the same time, Bush has to be whisked away in an armored-plated limousine to an undisclosed spider-hole in the Andean outback.
Hugo Chavez to George W. Bush: Gringo Go Home
Audio and Transcript
As President Bush tours Latin America, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spoke before tens of thousands at an anti-imperialist rally in Argentina of Friday. We broadcast excerpts of Chavez’s stinging attack on Bush who was in Uruguay, just thirty miles away across the River Plate.
Iraq: At least 27 killed in ongoing U.S. occupation:
A total of 20 bodies were found shot dead on Sunday in different districts of Baghdad, police said.
Five U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq : -
A total of five U.S. soldiers were killed and three others wounded in Iraq on Sunday, the U.S. military said on Monday.
In New Tactic, Militants Burn Houses in Iraq :
Sunni militants burned homes in a mixed city northeast of Baghdad on Saturday and Sunday, forcing dozens of families to flee and raising the specter of a new intimidation tactic in Iraq’s evolving civil war, Iraqi officials and witnesses said.
The Army is ordering injured troops to go to Iraq:
At Fort Benning, soldiers who were classified as medically unfit to fight are now being sent to war. Is this an isolated incident or a trend?
Military compiling Iraq backup plan:
U.S. military planners have begun plotting a fallback strategy for Iraq that includes a gradual withdrawal of forces and a renewed emphasis on training Iraqi fighters in case the current troop buildup fails or is derailed by Congress.
Cheney says Congress’ anti-war efforts undermine troops in Iraq:
Lashing out at lawmakers who profess to bac
k the troops but oppose Bush’s plans in Iraq, Cheney said proof of their commitment would come as they consider legislation to provide nearly $100 billion for the rest of this yearÕs costs of the wars.
Pepe Escobar : The fall guy in Iraq :
As Lewis “Scooter” Libby was the fall guy in Washington, Premier Nuri al-Maliki will be the fall guy in Baghdad.
UK: Foreign Office helped set up Iraqi oil deals :
The British Government intervened to help UK and US energy giants in their attempts to secure lucrative contracts to exploit Iraq’s ruined oilfields.
Halliburton plans move to Dubai :
Halliburton, the oil services company formerly headed by US Vice-President Dick Cheney, is moving its headquarters from Texas to Dubai.
Leahy On Halliburton Move: ‘T
his Is An Insult To The U.S. Soldiers And Taxpayers’: House Government Oversight Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) said he will soon hold a hearing on the matter to “understand the ramifications for the U.S. taxpayer and national security.”
Switch to private maintenance company may have left Walter Reed Army Medical Center understaffed:
The scandal over dilapidated housing for outpatients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center has focused attention on the decision to replace Army employees who maintained the hospital with a contractor connected to the Bush administration and to a Halliburton subsidiary.
‘Support the Troops’: Just a slogan?:
Please, Mr. President: Tell us one more time how much your administration supports our troops!
War Veterans Mentally damaged :
A quarter of the Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans treated with US government-funded health care have been diagnosed with a mental disorder.
Nine police killed in Afghan blast :
Police said that the newly-appointed district police chief and eight of his officers were killed on Monday when the bomb destroyed their vehicle.
British soldiers fighting ‘appalling’ hospital care:
A shocking picture of neglect and the appalling treatment of wounded British troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan emerged yesterday in a remarkable series of letters from soldiers’ families.
NATO Occupation Forces kill 5 Afghan civilians: tribal leader :
Air force of the NATO-led International Occupation Force (ISAF) bombarded the house of Hajji Yar Mohammad in Gereshk district at around 3:00 a.m. local time, killing five civilians including women and children and wounding four others, a tribal leader Mira Jan Adil told Xinhua.
2 suspected Taliban killed, 1 NATO soldier wounded in occupied Afghanistan:
NATO and Afghan troops clashed with suspected Taliban insurgents Monday in southern Afghanistan, shortly before calling in an airstrike on a compound that left two militants dead, a spokesman said.
Cheney: Iraq withdrawal may harm Israel:
Cheney said that a possible withdrawal of US forces from Iraq before goals for a stable Iraqi government were completed could damage Israel.
Cheney says U.S. ‘unflinching’ on Israel :
The U.S. vice president said support for Israel is unflinching and steadfast in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference
US dismisses Iranian leader’s UN overture, presses on with sanctions:
The United States dismissed on Monday a bid by Iran’s hardline president to defend Tehran’s nuclear program at the United Nations, instead pressing ahead with efforts to impose more sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Decoding Bush: ‘Iran, you’re next? :
A noted neocon and unabashed war hawk, Richard Perle told a journalist that a short message could be delivered to other hostile regimes in the Middle East, ‘You’re next.’
Sam Gardiner: Game of Strategic Chicken: What’s behind the surge on Iran?
We are repeatedly told the Administration has no plans for a strike on Iran. The forces, the message and the justification are being put in place. These moves point to an attack, but it is more like a game of strategic chicken.
New Iran military strike warning:
Israeli support for military action against Iran’s nuclear ambitions is dangerously misguided, a new report argues today.
Missing Iranian official was kidnapped: relatives:
The relatives of an Iranian ex-deputy defense minister who went missing in Turkey accused Iran’s arch enemies the United states and Israel of kidnapping him, state radio reported on Monday.
Iran nuclear plant launch postponed :
Russia will also not deliver nuclear fuel as planned this month to Iran’s Bushehr power station due to delays in payment, Irina Yesipova, a spokeswoman for Atomstroiexport, said on Monday.
Egypt uses posion gas to put Gaza tunnels out of commission
FOR almost 36 hours from last Monday, eight Palestinian soldiers dug frantically through the soil of Gaza’s southernmost border for a team of smugglers trapped underground.
Armed men kidnap BBC TV correspondent from car:
Alan Johnston, who is the BBC’s primary journalist in Gaza, was snatched from a car on Palestine Street in Gaza City not far from his office.
Blair aides ‘plotted’ to foil police:
THE Sunday Times can reveal details of the alleged plot that Tony Blair’s inner circle hatched to subvert the police inquiry into the cash for honours scandal.
UN: Sudan guilty of Darfur crimes :
The Sudanese government has been taking part in international crimes in Darfur and has “failed to protect the population” in the region a human rights mission from the UN says.
Salim Lone: The last thing we need:
The new US command for Africa will militarise the continent and inflame a string of regional conflicts
A network of the US secret prisons in Africa:
According Le Monde newspaper that the US started a regional network of US secret prisons in East-Africa violating international law.
Democrats call for resignation of Gonzales :
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign following disclosures of mass firings of federal prosecutors and a report the FBI improperly obtained information on private citizens, top Democratic senators said Sunday.
Foreclosures May Hit 1.5 Million in U.S. Housing Bust:
Hold on to your assets. The deepest housing decline in 16 years is about to get worse.
US mortgage lender loses credit, sparking fallout fears :
A major player in the high-risk segment of the US mortgage market said Monday its credit was being cut off, prompting renewed concerns about fallout into the overall financial system.
Climate Report Warns of Drought, Disease:
The harmful effects of global warming on daily life are already showing up, and within a couple of decades hundreds of millions of people won’t have enough water, top scientists will say next month at a meeting in Belgium.
The Drugging of our Children : Video documentary:
Many school systems actually
work with government agencies to force parents to drug their children, threatening those who refuse with the prospect of having their children taken from the home unless they cooperate.