NEWS (Last Updated: Oct. 15, 2009)

Obama’s Wars (Last Updated: Thu. Oct. 15)

11 people killed in Iraq explosions
Thu. Oct. 15 – At least 11 people have been killed and 44 others injured in a series of blasts and violence-related incidents in Iraq, security sources say.

US drone attack kills 4 in Pakistan
Thu. Oct. 15 – At least four people have been killed in a new US drone attack targeting a house in northwestern Pakistan, a security official says.

85,000 people killed in post-war Iraq
Thu. Oct. 15 – Iraq’s government says more than 85,000 people have died from 2004 to 2008 in violence-related incidents, following the US invasion of the country.

Iraq blasts kill 10, wound 14
Wed. Oct. 14 – Bomb blasts across Iraq have reportedly killed 10 people, including two Iraqi soldiers and a leader of the government-allied Sunni fighters, wounding 14 others.

Brown to announce Afghan troop surge
Wed. Oct. 14 – The British prime minister is expected to announce that his country will deploy hundreds of extra troops to Afghanistan, extending the UK’s commitment to the unpopular war.

Pakistan blast kills dozens, injures scores
Tue. Oct. 13 – A bomb explosion has killed at least 41 people and injured 45 others near Pakistan’s northwest of Swat valley, police officials say.

Series of bomb blasts wound several Iraqis
Tue. Oct. 13 – Dozens of people have reportedly suffered injuries as a spate of bomb explosions ripped through northern parts of violence-plagued Iraq as well as the capital, Baghdad.

US approves 13,000 troops for Afghan war
Tue. Oct. 13 – Washington will send an additional 13,000 US troops to Afghanistan in addition to the 21,000 President Barack Obama announced publicly in March, a report says.

Death toll rises to 19 in Iraq’s triple bombings
Mon. Oct. 12 – The death toll of the bombings in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, has risen to 19.

US ‘fails to reach civilian goals in Afghanistan’
Mon. Oct. 12 – As Afghanistan’s eight-year-old war is claiming countless lives, a new report says that the United States has not reached its civilian goals in the war-ravaged country.

Pakistan blast kills dozens, injures scores
Mon. Oct. 12 – A bomb explosion has killed at least 30 people and injured 45 others near Pakistan’s northwest of Swat valley, police officials say.

As trooper dies, UK mortalities in Afghanistan hits 221
Sat. Oct. 10 – The British death toll in Afghanistan surpasses 220 as another soldier dies in the conflict-torn country’s southern province of Helmand.

2 Polish soldiers killed, 4 injured in Afghanistan
Sat. Oct. 10 – A roadside bomb has killed two more Polish soldiers and wounded four others in Afghanistan, amid rising death toll for foreign soldiers there.

UN extends controversial US war in Afghanistan
Fri. Oct. 09 – Despite widespread discontent over the US’ handling of war in Afghanistan, the UN Security Council has extended the mandate of foreign troops for one more year.

Spanish soldier dies in Afghanistan blast
Thu. Oct. 08 – An explosion has killed a Spanish soldier serving with the US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan, amid widespread discontent over the foreign forces’ handling of the war.

Huge blast hits India embassy in Kabul
Thu. Oct. 08 – A huge blast has hit the center of the Afghan capital city of Kabul, killing at least 12 people and injuring 83 others, says Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry.


Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Wed. Oct. 14)

NAM wants Israel to be responsible for Gaza crimes
Wed. Oct. 14 – 115 countries of the Non-aligned Movement (NAM) have called on the UN Security Council to hold Israel responsible for atrocities committed in Gaza during its offensive.

Israel feels the heat over UN meeting on Gaza war
Wed. Oct. 14 – On the eve of a UN meeting on the atrocities Israel carried out during the Gaza war, the Zionist regime prime minister has declared that Israeli officials will not submit to prosecution for war crimes.

Israel to raze 150 Palestinian homes
Wed. Oct. 14 – Israel has announced plans to demolish 150 Palestinian homes in the mostly Arab east Jerusalem Al-Quds in a move that would displace more than 1,000 Palestinians.

Israeli airplanes bombard Gaza tunnels
Wed. Oct. 14 – A Palestinian youth has been killed and four others wounded in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza’s feeding tunnels on the border with Egypt.

UN backs debate on Goldstone’s Gaza report
Tue. Oct. 13 – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon backs a Palestinian bid to re-launch the debate on the Goldstone report, which accuses Israel of war crimes as well as crimes against humanity during its weeks-long onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

International probe into Israel organ theft called for
Tue. Oct. 13 – Freelance Swedish journalist Donald Bostrom has reportedly demanded an international war crimes investigation into claims that Israeli soldiers harvest organs of dead Palestinians.

Israel shuts Gaza crossings, bombs tunnels
Sat. Oct. 10 – Israel shuts down all crossings into the Gaza Strip without prior notice, as its warplanes sever more Palestinian tunnels on the Rafah border with Egypt.

Palestinians call for UN debate on Israeli crimes
Sat. Oct. 10 – Palestinian diplomats in Geneva are seeking to bring forth a UN Human Rights Council debate on Israeli war crimes as the occupying regime resorts to new violence against Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

UN ‘concerned’ over Israeli aggression at Al-Aqsa
Fri. Oct. 09 – The United Nations has expressed concerns over the situation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem (Al-Quds), caused by ongoing Israeli aggression.

‘Israel not after real peace with Palestine’
Thu. Oct. 08 – The Israeli Foreign Ministry’s documents suggest Tel Aviv is not after a real peace deal but rather a shelter from international frustration and Palestinian armed response.


More News (Last Updated: Thu. Oct. 15)

Mussolini ‘British agent’ in WWI
Thu. Oct. 15 – A British historian has claimed that Benito Mussolini, the famous Italian Dictator, had in fact been a paid agent for British Intelligence during the First World War.

US continues to threaten Iran with sanctions
Wed. Oct. 14 – The US says the Iranian economy is vulnerable to new sanctions it may face if Tehran refuses to halt its uranium enrichment program.

UN admits ‘fraud’ marred Afghan election
Mon. Oct. 12 – After facing allegations of attempting to cover up evidence of cheating in Afghanistan’s presidential election, the head of UN mission in the country admits “significant fraud” affected the August vote.

Chavez laments ‘forgetful’ Nobel committee’s decision
Mon. Oct. 12 – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has joined the fray over Nobel Laureate Barack Obama, saying the US president does not deserve the prize.

35 killed in Mexican Drug violence
Sat. Oct. 10 – Drug-related brutal attacks and crimes spanning five Mexican states, kill 35 people in one single day, security officials say.

Israeli’s bid to buy Al-Jazeera from Qatar
Fri. Oct. 09 – An Israeli media tycoon has offered to buy the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite television network from the government of Qatar.

US lawmakers extend wiretap legislation
Fri. Oct. 09 – A Senate Judiciary Committee, drawing criticism from both liberals and conservatives, has voted to extend provisions of the expiring PATRIOT Act.

Poland gets US guarantee of Patriot missiles
Thu. Oct. 08 – Poland has received American assurance that it would receive an air defense battery armed with 100 missiles.

US budget deficit may hit record $1.4 trillion
Thu. Oct. 08 – The US budget deficit is expected to hit a record 1.4 trillion dollars in 2009, some 950 billion dollars greater than the shortfall recorded last year.


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