Friday, August 10, 2007

Executive and Congress and the people of the US are anti Christian Monsters. That included those of you who remain silent.

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In America's War on Iraq 1,000,985

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq 3,684

Cost of America's War in Iraq

To see more details, click here.

Key Articles

Bush Has Cautionary Words For Maliki On Iran

By Matt Spetalnick

U.S. President George W. Bush insisted on Thursday that Iran is a destabilizing force in Iraq despite Tehran's assertion to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that it is helping secure his country. Continue

Eventually, The US Will Have To Negotiate Its Way Out

By Seumas Milne

Expectations of an early withdrawal from Iraq are premature. Only broader resistance is likely to break the American grip. Continue

British Criticize U.S. Air Attacks in Afghan Region

By Carlotta Gall

A senior British commander in southern Afghanistan said in recent weeks that he had asked that American Special Forces leave his area of operations because the high level of civilian casualties they had caused was making it difficult to win over local people. Continue

The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945: The Untold Story

By Gary G. Kohls

62 years ago, on August 9th, 1945, the second of the only two atomic bombs (a plutonium bomb) ever used as instruments of aggressive war (against essentially defenseless civilian populations) was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, by an all-Christian bomb crew. The well-trained American soldiers were only "doing their job," and they did it efficiently. Continue

US Hegemony Spawns Russian-Chinese Military Alliance

By Paul Craig Roberts

This new potent military alliance is a real world response to neoconservative delusions about US hegemony. Neocons believe that the US is supreme in the world and can dictate its course. The neoconservative idiots have actually written papers, read by Russians and Chinese, about why the US must use its military superiority to assert hegemony over Russia and China. Continue

Good Ol' Bill, The Liberal Hero

By John Pilger

The Clinton scam is symptomatic of the death of liberalism – not its narcissistic, war-loving wing ("humanitarian intervention"), which is ascendant, but the liberalism that speaks against crimes committed in its name, while extending rungs of the economic ladder to those below. Continue

Iraq: Over 1 Million Killed Since U.S. Invasion : The number is shocking and sobering. It is at least 10 times greater than most estimates cited in the US media, yet it is based on the only scientifically valid study of violent Iraqi deaths caused by the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003.

At least 25 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on: Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims converged on Baghdad's Kadhimiya shrine in the northern part of the capital to commemorate the death of a revered imam in Islam.

Four British troops killed in Iraq in 48 hours: Two British soldiers were killed in Iraq early on Thursday, taking the death toll to four in about 48 hours.

U.S. Labor Dept: 1,001 mercenaries have died in Iraq: More than 1,000 civilian contractors have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion more than four years ago, according to Labor Department records made available Tuesday.

Bomb attacks on US troops at highest level: Roadside bomb attacks on American troops in Iraq reached an all-time high last month, accounting for more than one third of all combat deaths.

U.S. occupation force soldier told to 'finish off' Iraqi is no murderer, attorney says: The lawyer for a Georgia soldier charged with the premeditated murder of an detainee in Iraq said Wednesday that the detainee had already been shot when a platoon sergeant then ordered Army Spc. Christopher P. Shore to shoot and "finish him off."

Murder Charges Dropped Against US Marine in Haditha Killings : Sharratt was accused of killing three Iraqi brothers in response to a roadside bombing in the Iraqi city.

US withdrawal needed for security, Iran tells Iraq: An end to violence in Iraq depends on the United States withdrawing its troops, Iran told Iraq's prime minister on Thursday, seeking to deflect accusations from Washington that it is responsible for bloodshed there.

Tough "security" sends Iraq's Falluja back centuries: While some welcome the increased security, many complain that it is a form of collective punishment against a town which is synonymous with the insurgency against U.S. forces in Iraq's western Anbar province.

Iraq imposes 'Saddam style' ban on oil union: Iraq's energy ministry is using a Saddam-era decree to crack down on trade unions and stifle dissent against foreign exploitation of the country's vast oil reserves, the Basra-based oil workers' union claims.

Iraq's middle class escapes, only to find poverty in Jordan: Rents are high, schools cost money, and under-the-table jobs pay little. A survey of 100 Iraqi families this spring found that 64 percent were surviving by selling off their assets.

Fact or fiction: Iranian Rockets Spotted in Insurgent Video: The U.S. military here said it has captured dramatic insurgent-produced video showing militants setting up and firing dozens of Iranian-made rockets at an American military base south of Baghdad.

US 'loses track' of Iraq weapons : The US military cannot account for 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to the Iraqi security forces, an official US report says.

Republican Commission: Iraq War is Over: It doesn't say that America "lost." According to the conservative NY Sun, "A commission formed to assess the Iraq war and recommend a new course has ruled out the prospect of victory for America."

12 militants killed in Pakistan:16 Pakistani soldiers missing Arshad said the militants tried to escape in two trucks and the trucks were also destroyed in the attack. Twelve militants were reportedly killed, he said.

Five Killed As Local Taliban capture Darra village: Local Taliban militants captured a village in Darra Adamkhel Frontier Region on Wednesday when rival tribesmen surrendered to them after clashes which left five people dead and about 10 others injured, sources said.

‘UK worried over Taliban’s advance’: UK ministers believe that if Afghanistan falls into the hands of the Taliban, Pakistan may also fall, with dire consequences for British security. According to a report in the Guardian, Britain has been pressing for greater cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan, but recognises that the border means little to local tribes.

UK asked to withdraw troops from Afghanistan: The British Pukhtuns Association on Wednesday appealed to the United Kingdom to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and stop spending huge amount on military activities in the embattled country to bring a durable peace to the region.

War with the Taliban to last some time, says Canadian colonel in Afghanistan: Col. Christian Juneau distanced himself from predictions made a few days ago by Kandahar Gov. Asadullah Khalid that NATO forces would defeat the Taliban in the not too distant future.

Israeli occupation forces shoot 2 Palestinians "planting bomb" near Gaza fence: An IDF force spotted two Palestinian gunmen planting a bomb along the border fence between Israel and Gaza on Thursday afternoon.

Top Democrat: Our policy on Iraq won't imperil Israel, leave chaos : Hoyer made his comments ahead of a planned trip to Israel, starting next Sunday, in which he accompanies a group of 20 other Democratic legislators. A similar number of Republican legislators from the House are visiting Israel this week.

Up to 80 congressmen visit israel in August: They should just hold their next session in Tel Aviv and do away with the useless formality of meeting on Capitol Hill.

Israeli occupation army, Abbas’s forces hound, round up Hamas activists: Israeli occupation forces and masked militiamen belonging to the American-backed Palestinian Authority regime in Rmallah have been raiding Palestinian population centers, arresting dozens of Hamas supporters and activists, local sources and relatives of the detainees said.

An Army Mutiny in Israeli Settlements?: The Hebron incident has resounded like an explosion deep inside Israeli army barracks. Many Israeli soldiers and officers in the elite combat units were raised in illegal settlements within the occupied Palestinian territories, and their sympathies lie with their religious Zionist brethren in Hebron.

Overstretched US withholds aid to Israel: America has been forced to withhold funding from its key ally in the Middle East amid the strain of paying for its expensive military campaign in Iraq.

Russia sparks Cold War scramble : Russian bombers have flown to the US island of Guam in the Pacific in a surprise manoeuvre reminiscent of the Cold War era.

Russian Fleet Worries Israel: Russia’s plans to restore its permanent naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea are causing serious concern in Israel. The Israelis think that the Syrian ports the Russians are most likely to use will turn into major centers of electronic surveillance and air defense centers and, as such, threats to Israel’s national security.

Facts and Lies / Pat Tillman Case: The Pat Tillman case could bring down the Cheney/Bush Administration for every key top level official, both Pentagon and white House, is involved and they are all apparently lying.

Same Agencies to Run, Oversee Surveillance Program: The Bush administration plans to leave oversight of its expanded foreign eavesdropping program to the same government officials who supervise the surveillance activities and to the intelligence personnel who carry them out, senior government officials said yesterday.

Civil rights group seeks court's spying rulings: A U.S. civil liberties group said on Wednesday it is asking a federal court to disclose its recent legal opinions on the Bush administration's authority to engage in secret wiretapping of Americans.

U.S. Stocks Tumble on Credit Concerns; Banks, Brokers Retreat : ``The fear is feeding on itself,'' said Jeffrey Kleintop, who helps oversee more than $173 billion as chief market strategist at LPL Financial Services in Boston. ``It's what you don't know that seems to be taking over the market.''

Dow Plunges 387 on Subprime Concerns: Wall Street plunged again Thursday after a French bank said it was freezing three funds that invested in U.S. subprime mortgages because it was unable to properly value their assets. The Dow Jones industrials extended its series of triple-digit swings, this time falling more than 380 points.

Welcome to America: When writer Elena Lappin flew to LA, she dreamed of a sunkissed, laid-back city. But that was before airport officials decided to detain her as a threat to security ...


Uncle Sam, Your Banker Will See You Now

Paul Craig Roberts

Early this morning China let the idiots in Washington, and on Wall Street, know that it has them by the short hairs. Two senior spokesmen for the Chinese government observed that China’s considerable holdings of US dollars and Treasury bonds “contributes a great deal to maintaining the position of the dollar as a reserve currency.”

Beyond Disaster

By Chris Hedges

The war in Iraq is about to get worse -- much worse. The Democrats' decision to let the war run its course, while they frantically wash their hands of responsibility, means that it will sputter and stagger forward until the mission collapses. This will be sudden. The security of the Green Zone, our imperial city, will be increasingly breached. Command and control will disintegrate. And we will back out of Iraq humiliated and defeated. Continue

The Pentagon’s latest Big Lie

By Mike Whitney

The War Dept.’s latest fraud appeared in this week’s newspapers under the ominous-sounding headline: “US Kills Mastermind of Iraq Shrine” The article is similar to hundreds of other stories we’ve seen in the passed few years boasting of the murder of an “alleged” terrorist kingpin whose evil deeds have prevented democracy from flourishing in Iraq. Oh, please. Continue

The Terror America Wrought

By Robert Scheer

During a week of mayhem in Iraq, in which terrorists have rightly been condemned for targeting schoolchildren, it is sobering to recall that this week is also the 62nd anniversary of a U.S. attack that deliberately took the lives of thousands of children on their way to school in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Continued

Let Us Now Praise an Infamous Woman -- and Our Own Possibilities

By Norman Solomon

A grand total of two people in the entire Congress were able to resist a blood-drenched blank check for the Vietnam War. Decades later, a single Congress woman stood up after September 11, 2001 and voted against the gathering madness.

We Are The Enemy

By Marcus Karr

How elegantly simple and effectively deceptive the method of revolution really is! All it takes is to convince the people of a serious and imminent threat, and then, with panic and fear sown in their hearts, they will hand over their liberties without thought or hesitation. The 'serious and imminent threat' of the hour, which is naught but hallucinated menace, has heretofore been of the strange and external variety: 'They' are 'over there', where we must meet them with courage and conviction, lest 'they' come 'over here' once again, and do us real harm. This myth has served its purpose well enough – we are occupying Iraq. Continue

"Cracks in the Constitution"

A Review By Stephen Lendman

Lundberg is firm in debunking the notion that America is a government of laws, not men. It's "palpable nonsense of the highest order," he said. Governments enacting laws are composed of men who lie, connive, misinterpret and pretty much operate ad libitum discharging their duties as they see fit for their own self-interest. Continue

Occupation 101

Award-winning documentary film on the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A Must Watch Video

A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict -- 'Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions. Continue

Freedom Next Time:

Audio and transcript

Filmmaker & Journalist John Pilger on Propaganda, the Press, Censorship and Resisting the American Empire. Continue

Iraq Deaths Due To U.S. Invasion and ocupation reach over one million: It is at least 10 times greater than most estimates cited in the US media, yet it is based on the only scientifically valid study of violent Iraqi deaths caused by the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003.

At least 68 killed in another bloody day of U.S. occupation: The U.S. military said about 30 suspected militants were killed in raids in Baghdad's Shi'ite slum of Sadr City. Hospital sources said 13 people were killed while police put the toll at 11, including women and children.

Iraqis protest civilians' killing in US airstrik: Protests broke out in al-Tareq district in eastern Baghdad's predominately Shiite Sadr City, with demonstrators carrying the coffins of people killed during a US air strike on Wednesday morning, Iraqi state-run al-Iraqiya TV reported

Presstitute and war pimp alert: U.S. Says Iran-Supplied Bomb Kills More Troops : Attacks on American-led forces using a lethal type of roadside bomb said to be supplied by Iran reached a new high in July, according to the American military.

Iraqi Leader Arrives in Iran: The premier, who is a Shiite and is deemed a close ally of Iran's Shiite regime, said he would also discuss and sign a number of cooperation memorandums with Tehran. He did not elaborate.

Two British soldiers killed in Iraq : British Defence Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that two British soldiers had been killed in Basra, southern Iraq, this month

US uneasy as Britain plans for early Iraq withdrawal: The Bush administration is becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of an imminent British withdrawal from southern Iraq and would prefer UK troops to remain for another year or two.

The surge: a special report by Patrick Cockburn : It was supposed to mark a decisive new phase in America's military campaign, but six months after George Bush sent in 20,000 extra troops, Iraq is more chaotic and dangerous than ever. In a special despatch, Patrick Cockburn reports on the bloody failure of 'the surge'

Simon Tisdall: Iraq's hall of mirrors: Britain and the US are maintaining positive illusions about the situation in Iraq, but the unvarnished truth is less comfortable

Juan Cole: A surge of phony spin on Iraq: Bush's backers are peddling a sunny view of the president's strategy -- despite Iraq's political chaos and soaring death counts.

Disaster looms as 'Saddam dam' struggles to hold back the Tigris : As world attention focuses on the daily slaughter in Iraq, a devastating disaster is impending in the north of the country, where the wall of a dam holding back the Tigris river north of Mosul city is in danger of imminent collapse.

Poll: Iraqis Oppose Oil Privatization: A new public opinion poll has found nearly two thirds of Iraqis oppose plans to open the country’s oilfields to foreign companies.

Top Iraq MP: No oil law under occupation : A top member of the Iraqi prime minister's party says a law governing oil reserves should be delayed until occupation forces leave the country.

Syria: Won't Force Iraqis to Return: Syria will not force any Iraqi refugees to return to their homeland despite the exchange of harsh words between the two countries, the U.N. refugee chief said Thursday.

Japan opposition chief says "No" to Afghan mission: The head of Japan's main opposition party reiterated his opposition to extending support for U.S.-led operations in Afghanistan and said his party might submit a bill to scrap Tokyo's mission to help rebuild war-torn Iraq.

US Envoy, Japanese Opposition Leader Spar Over Involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan : Ozawa says the U.S.-led operations, in which Japan currently participates, do not have United Nations Security Council authorization.

Pakistan: Musharraf pulls out of jirga with Afghanistan : On the eve of the US-backed Pakistan-Afghanistan peace jirga or tribal council to discuss terrorism, Pakistani president General Pervez Musharraf has decided that he will not attend the event in Afghanistan on Thursday due to security reasons.

U.S. surprised by Musharraf's snub of Afghan meeting with Karzai: Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf decision on Wednesday to pull out of a planned meeting in Afghanistan with Afghan President Hamid Karzai was met with dismay in Washington

Pakistan 10 killed : Musharraf chides Americans: President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that discussion of U.S. military strikes against al-Qaida in Pakistan only hurts the fight against terrorism. Meanwhile, 10 people were killed as his troops bombarded militant hideouts in their strongest response yet to a month of anti-government attacks.

Afghan police kill 4 militants in area where South Koreans were kidnapped: Taliban militants clashed with police in the same district where 23 South Koreans were abducted by Afghan insurgents, police said Wednesday. Four militants were killed and six wounded.

Simon Jenkins: It takes inane optimism to see victory in Afghanistan: This war against the Taliban is part of a post-imperial spasm. The longer it is waged, the graver the consequences

It's easy for soldiers to score heroin in Afghanistan: Simultaneously stressed and bored, U.S. soldiers are turning to the widely available drug for a quick escape.

Britain is protecting the biggest heroin crop of all time: Afghanistan now exports not opium, but heroin. Opium is converted into heroin on an industrial scale, not in kitchens but in factories. Millions of gallons of the chemicals needed for this process are shipped into Afghanistan by tanker. The tankers and bulk opium lorries on the way to the factories share the roads, improved by American aid, with Nato troops.

Iran sees US plot to topple its leadership: An Iranian minister said he believed the United States had dropped the idea of attacking Iran but wanted to topple its leadership through what he called a “soft revolution”.

Iranian speaker warns Russia over further delay in nuclear project : "The Bushehr project is symbol for Iran-Russia cooperation... a delay would have a negative impact in the minds of the Iranian government and nation," Hadad-Adel told state news agency IRNA.

Israeli occupation troops kill three Hamas gunmen in Gaza: An Israeli army spokesman said a force patrolling the border had shot and killed two militants after pursuing them into Palestinian territory.

Haneya Ready To Quit For Talks With Abbas : The deposed Hamas-led Palestinian coalition government's Prime Minister, Ismail Haneya, isolated in Gaza Strip under Israeli closure of all crossings and under severe financial crunch, Tuesday expressed his willingness to quit the premier post if such a move could help resume dialogue with President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.

Abbas insists no talks with Hamas: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday insisted there would be no dialogue with Hamas until the Islamists return Gaza to his "legitimate" authority after seizing the territory in June.

Abbas government pays Hamas militia: The government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas inadvertently paid one month's salary to 3,500 members of the Hamas militia he outlawed, Finance Ministry officials said.

Couple ‘smoked out’ of moshav: Local residents carry out threats against non-Jewish couple wishing to rent home in Galilee moshav; landlord cancels contract with couple after house set on fire, calls attack 'sheer racism'

Two soldiers, four militants killed in Lebanese camp battles : Two Lebanese soldiers and four Islamist militants were killed on Wednesday in fierce battles at a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, security sources said.

Hizballah's Christian Soldiers?: Sunday's Lebanese parliamentary by-election was planned to strengthen the country's U.S.-backed government against the ongoing campaign by opposition forces allied with Iran and Syria to bring it down. But once the votes were counted, the election appears to have strengthened the hand of the opposition and highlighted the weakness of the current power arrangement in an increasingly divided country.

UK adopts a tough stance to demand release of five prisoners from Guantanamo: MINISTERS have demanded the return of five former UK residents being held in Guantanamo Bay, in a dramatic break by Gordon Brown with Tony Blair's refusal to intervene on behalf of non-British nationals.

Biological Terrorism ?: UK: Sabotage is suspected over foot-and-mouth: The deliberate release of viral material, possibly in an act of sabotage, may have caused the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, officials said last night.

Foot-and-mouth phial 'went missing': Reports that a phial containing the foot-and-mouth virus went missing from the Porton Down research laboratories have been raised at a public inquiry into the disease.

Merck, Sanofi lab probed for foot-and-mouth: A vaccine laboratory in England that is being investigated for a potential link to a foot-and-mouth outbreak at a nearby farm is owned by vaccine manufacturers Merck and Sanofi-Aventis.

Secret call log at heart of wiretap challenge : In open court and legal filings it's referred to simply as "the Document." Federal officials claim its contents are so sensitive to national security that it is stored in a bombproof safe in Washington and viewed only by prosecutors with top secret security clearances and a few select federal judges.

Subprime fallout deepens in Germany: Germany, which last week became the first European country infected by the woes in the American mortgage market, suffered another blow Monday when a Frankfurt-based asset management firm closed one of its funds to halt withdrawals by rattled investors.

American Express fined $65mln over money laundering: American Express Co. (AXP.N) agreed to pay $65 million for failing to detect drug-related money transactions laundered through a subsidiary over several years, U.S. authorities said on Monday.

Travellers from US face EU crackdown: US business travellers and tourists flying to the European Union are facing the threat of the same laborious registration requirements that Washington has demanded of Europeans in the latest US security crackdown.


The US arsenal lost in Iraq

· 110,000 AK-47s
· 80,000 pistols
· 135,000 bits of armour

By Ewen MacAskill in Washington

The failure of the US to account for so many weapons is an embarrassment for the Bush administration after months in which it has repeatedly accused Iran of supplying weapons and explosives to the insurgents. Continue

The Uncounted Casualties of War

By Amy Goodman

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Lucey is not counted among the Iraq war dead. But he did die, when he came home. He committed suicide. His parents are suing the Department of Veterans Affairs and R. James Nicholson, the secretary of veterans affairs, for wrongful death, medical malpractice and other damages. Continue

At U.S. base, Iraqis must use separate latrine

By Mike Drummond

Here at this searing, dusty U.S. military base about four miles west of Baqouba, Iraqis — including interpreters who walk the same foot patrols and sleep in the same tents as U.S. troops — must use segregated bathrooms. Continue

The Other War

By Cindy Sheehan

The peace movement is not united on Afghanistan, because many people think that it is a “good war.” I believe no such thing and I promise you that I will be more vigilant about exposing that war crime, too.” Continue

The Mamma Mia Anti-War Movement

By Gabriele Zamparini

I give all my sympathy to the Iraqi and Afghan resistance movements. They are fighting for their land in their land and that’s all we need to know. If we have to use an abused word, they are the real heroes. Not those mass murderers who fly their fat asses on those expensive death toys and drop tons of bombs upon homes, mosques, schools and hospitals. Continue

White Elephants

By Uri Avnery

Well, the Saudis are selling oil to the Americans for dollars. A lot of oil, a lot of dollars. The United States, with a huge gap in its balance of trade, cannot afford to lose these billions. So, in order to make it possible for the US to carry this burden, the Saudis must give back at least a part of the money. How Quite simple: they buy American arms that they don't need. Continue

The Checkered History of American Weapons Deals

By Siegesmund von Ilsemann

Karsten Voigt, the German government's Coordinator for German-American Cooperation, was completely gobsmacked last week. How Washington could encourage democratic change in the Middle East by selling Saudi Arabia billions of dollars in weapons, he said, was "a huge question mark." The Islamic kingdom might be a US ally in name, but it wasn't "particularly democratic," said Voigt, and its oppressive family regime continued to be a fertile breeding ground for Islamic terrorists. Continue

Lebanese strike a blow at US-backed government

By Robert Fisk

They've done it again. The Arabs have, once more, followed democracy and voted for the wrong man. Continue

The Attempted Murder of Palestine

Siren Song of Elliott Abrams

By Kathleen Christison

"Coup" is the word being widely used to describe what happened in Gaza in June when Hamas militias defeated the armed security forces of Fatah and chased them out of Gaza. But, as so often with the manipulative language used in the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel, the terminology here is backward. Continued

A Sort of Peace in Gaza

By Andrew Lee Butters / Gaza City

The rule of law has returned to Gaza. Just two months ago, this beachfront slice of sand dunes and concrete jungles, home to about 1.5 million Palestinians, was one of the most dangerous places on earth. In June, after a few days of internecine warfare, Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, took control of Gaza from its rival, Fatah. Since then, Gaza has been under siege. Continue

Market Meltdown

Must Watch 5 Minute Video

Jim Cramer's breaks ranks and tells it likes it is. Continue

Iraq: At least 44 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on: Sixteen bodies were found in various districts of Baghdad in the past 24 hours, police said.

Roadside bombs kill 4 U.S. soldiers in Iraq: Four more U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, the military said on Tuesday, raising the U.S. death toll for the first six days of the month to 21 as thousands of troops battle militants in intense summer heat.

British soldier dies as troops fight in Basra: A BRITISH soldier has been killed in an attack in Basra, the Ministry of Defence said today.

British forces failed in Basra, says US official: "The British have basically been defeated in the south," the intelligence official told the Washington Post.

Iraqi political crisis grows: Iraq's political crisis worsened Monday as five more ministers announced a boycott of Cabinet meetings – leaving the embattled prime minister's unity government with no members affiliated with Sunni political factions.

Iraqis suffer as Maliki’s coalition govt collapses: The latest boycott — by four ministers from a non-sectarian party — brought to 17 the number of members of the Shiite-led coalition to have walked out, tendered their resignations or withdrawn from cabinet meetings.

US troop level in Iraq reaches record high: The United States has more troops in Iraq now than at any previous time in the war, with around 162,000 members of the military in the country, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Turkish soldier killed in roadside attack: A Turkish soldier was killed and two other security personnel were wounded on Tuesday when their vehicle was blown up by a remote controlled mine laid by Kurdish rebels, security forces said.

UK says no blanket asylum for Iraqi translators: Britain will not grant automatic asylum to dozens of Iraqis who work for British forces in Iraq, the government said on Tuesday, despite fears that they face persecution or even death once the troops pull out.

Turkey wins Iraq pledge on PKK, wants action: Turkey won promises from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday to crack down on Kurdish rebels who use northern Iraq as a base, but said it now needed to see his words being put into action.

Manufacturing Consent For War With Iran: Bush levels dubious Iran nuclear arms charge: US President George W. Bush charged Monday that Iran has openly declared that it seeks nuclear weapons -- an inaccurate accusation at a time of sharp tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Bush calls Iran a destabilizing force: The president said Monday that Tehran is a destabilizing influence ``wherever they are,'' including Afghanistan where the Taliban have staged a comeback.

Russia says it won't deliver fuel to Iranian reactor : A U.S. official also tells the AP the Russians are holding back on other promises that would allow Iran to switch on the nuclear reactor. The official suggests the delays are Russia's attempt to pressure Tehran to become more compliant with U.N. demands.

Iran stands firm on nuclear policy: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country would continue pursuing nuclear energy and would refuse to talk with any countries that did not recognise Iran's right to civilian nuclear power.

Prospects of Armageddon: The logic that defends past nuclear atrocities is now used to support a strike against Iran

Bush to Karzai: Will You Just Shut Up About Iran? : Things got a little testy at the Camp David Summit between Afghan President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and American President George Bush.

35 Taliban, six Afghan police killed in fresh battles : Fresh battles in insurgency-plagued Afghanistan on Tuesday left 35 Taliban fighters and six policemen dead, officials said.

Taleban in rare frontal assault : The US military said about 75 militants tried to overrun Camp Anaconda in the southern province of Uruzgan.

Taliban issues warning after Bush, Karzai rule out concessions: The spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said Bush and Karzai must accept Taliban demands that militant prisoners be released in exchange for the lives of South Koreans or there will be a "bad result."

Army: At least 10 militants killed in Pakistan tribal region : At least 10 suspected militants were killed and eight others injured when Pakistani security forces shelled their hideouts in a tribal region Tuesday, the army spokesman said.

Pakistan Opposition Leader Says Musharraf Must Give Up Military Position : Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto says President Pervez Musharraf will have to relinquish his role as military chief if he wants to reach a political accommodation with the opposition.

Troops capture weapons and ammunition in northern Lebanon, 1 soldier killed: The Lebanese army announced Tuesday that troops have seized a large number of weapons and ammunition in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon where it has been fighting Islamic militants for more than two months.

Fatah al-Islam deputy killed : The deputy leader of the Fatah al-Islam group fighting Lebanese soldiers at the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp has been killed.

Israeli Shell Kills Two Children In Gaza blast : Two Palestinian children were killed in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday after an Israeli shell they were playing with exploded, witnesses and medics said.

Haneya aide: Hamas, Fatah in secret talks : Secret talks are going on between the rival movements of Fatah and Hamas to resume the general dialogue, which collapsed following Hamas' takeover of the Gaza Strip, an aide to sacked Hamas prime minister Ismail Haneya revealed on Tuesday.

Bush Officials May Face New Subpoenas : High-profile Bush administration officials could be called to the witness stand if two deposed pro-Israel lobbyists have their way in a court case that is moving toward a January 2008 trial date.

In case you missed it: Ex-AIPAC staffers say Condi leaked them classified info: Two former lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee say Condoleezza Rice was their informant on sensitive national security matters.

The Black Sites: A rare look inside the C.I.A.’s secret interrogation program.

China threatens 'nuclear option' of dollar sales: The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if Washington imposes trade sanctions to force a yuan revaluation.

Venezuela's Chavez lobbies South America with petrodollar largesse Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sought to expand his petrodollar influence in South America on Monday, starting a four-nation tour during which he will offer energy and financial deals to allies and promote his country's entry into the Mercosur trade bloc.

New Law Gives Government Six Months to Turn Internet and Phone Systems into Permanent Spying Architecture : A new law expanding the government's spying powers gives the Bush Administration a six-month window to install possibly permanent back doors in the nation's communication networks. The legislation was passed hurriedly by Congress over the weekend and signed into law Sunday by President Bush.

Wall Street shaken by late-day market surges: The late surges have surprised traders, who don't see a catalyst for the jump. The gains may falsely indicate in easing in investor skittishness over a tightening of credit, when in fact concerns may still abound.

Freedom or Totalitarianism, The Choice Is Yours

By Sgt. Kevin Benderman

The apathetic American public needs to pull their heads out of the comfortable little hole in the sand where it has been for far too long and do something about the way our country is being stolen from us by an administration that has its well-being and only its well- being in mind.

In Bush We Trust - Or Else

By John Diaz

It doesn't require a subpoena of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales or a brave whistle-blower to find President Bush's latest affront to the U.S. Constitution. It's in plain view on the White House Web site: "Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq." Continue

Headlines Continued Here

News Headlines are sent once daily.


The views expressed in the Information Clearing House News Wire and Daily Email News Digest are the sole responsibility of the author (s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the webmaster or the transmitter.

No comments: