What does Obama have planned next for Latin America?

by Wayne Madsen
Published: Jul. 13, 2010 – Online Journal

President Obama’s Latin American policy resembles more Richard Nixon’s Operation Condor and its assassinations and covert operations than President Kennedy’s Alliance for Progress and its advancement of economic progress and democracy. Obama’s reactionary Latin American policies appear to be aimed more at currying favor with south Florida’s emigré right-wing exiles from Cuba, Venezuela, and Central America than in advancing democracy in the region.

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Militarization of Central America and the Caribbean: The U.S. Military Moves Into Costa Rica

by Mark Vorpahl
Published: Jul. 19, 2010 – Global Research

Nestled between Panama to its south and Nicaragua to its north, Costa Rica is a Central American nation roughly the size of Rhode Island.

If another nation were to send Rhode Island a force of 7,000 troops, 200 helicopters, and 46 warships in an effort to eradicate drug trafficking, it is doubtful that the residents of Rhode Island would consider this offer “on-the-level.” Such a massive military force could hardly be efficiently used to combat drug cartels. The only logical conclusion is that the nation whose troops now are occupying this other country had another agenda in mind that it didn’t want to share.

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Militarizing Latin America

by Noam Chomsky
First Published: Mar. 04, 2010 – ZSpace

The United States was founded as an “infant empire,” in George Washington’s words. The conquest of the national territory was a grand imperial venture, much like the vast expansion of the Grand Duchy of Moscow. From the earliest days, control over the Western Hemisphere was a critical goal. Ambitions expanded during World War II, as the US displaced Britain and lesser imperial powers. High-level planners concluded that the US should “hold unquestioned power” in a world system including not only the Western Hemisphere, but also the former British Empire and the Far East, and later, as much of Eurasia as possible.

A primary goal of NATO was to block moves towards European independence, along Gaullist lines. That became still more clear when the USSR collapsed, and with it the Russian threat that was the formal justification of NATO. NATO was not disbanded, but rather expanded, in violation of promises to Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not even fully extend to East Germany, let alone beyond, and that “NATO would be transforming itself into a more political organization.” By now it is virtually an international intervention force under US command, its self-defined jurisdiction reaching to control energy sources, pipelines, and sea lanes. And Europe is a well-disciplined junior partner.

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US Bases in Colombia Rattle the Region

by Benjamin Dangl
Published: Mar. 19, 2010 – Common Dreams

On the shores of the Magdalena River, in a lush green valley dotted with cattle ranches and farms, sits the Palanquero military base, an outpost equipped with Colombia’s longest runway, housing for 2,000 troops, a theater, a supermarket, and a casino.

Palanquero is at the heart of a ten-year, renewable military agreement signed between the United States and Colombia on October 30, 2009, which gives Washington access to seven military bases in the country. Though officials from the U.S. and Colombian governments contend the agreement is aimed at fighting narcotraffickers and guerrillas within Colombian borders, a U.S. Air Force document states the deal offers a “unique opportunity” for “conducting full spectrum operations” in the region against various threats, including “anti-U.S. governments.”

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Permanent Agression: War on the Horizon in Latin America

by Eva Golinger
First Published: Mar. 11, 2010 – Postcards from the Revolution

The Empire will stop at nothing to find mechanisms and techniques to achieve its final objective, and we cannot disregard the possibility of a military conflict in the near future. If the US places Venezuela on the “terrorist list” this year, we could be on the verge of a regional war.

Latin America has suffered constant aggressions executed by Washington during the past two hundred years. Strategies and tactics of covert and overt warfare have been applied against different nations in the region, ranging from coup d’etats, assassinations, disappearances, torture, brutal dictatorships, atrocities, political persecution, economic sabotage, psychological operations, media warfare, biological warfare, subversion, counterinsurgency, paramiliary infiltration, diplomatic terrorism, blockades, electoral intervention to military invasions. Regardless of who’s in the White House – democrat or republican – when it comes to Latin America, the Empire’s policies remain the same.

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The US game in Latin America

US interference in the politics of Haiti and Honduras is only the latest example of its long-term manipulations in Latin America

by Mark Weisbrot
Published: Jan. 29, 2010 – Guardian

When I write about US foreign policy in places such as Haiti or Honduras, I often get responses from people who find it difficult to believe that the US government would care enough about these countries to try and control or topple their governments. These are small, poor countries with little in the way of resources or markets. Why should Washington policymakers care who runs them?

Unfortunately they do care. A lot. They care enough about Haiti to have overthrown the elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide not once, but twice. The first time, in 1991, it was done covertly. We only found out after the fact that the people who led the coup were paid by the US Central Intelligence Agency. And then Emmanuel Constant, the leader of the most notorious death squad there – which killed thousands of Aristide’s supporters after the coup – told CBS News that he, too, was funded by the CIA.

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Obama’s War for Oil in Colombia

A War Against Human Rights and the Environment

by Daniel Kovalik
Published: Jan. 27, 2010 – CounterPunch.org

This past summer, President Obama announced that he had signed an agreement with Colombia to grant the U.S. military access to 7 military bases in Colombia. As the UK’s Guardian newspaper announced at the time, “[t]he proposed 10-year lease will give the US access to at least seven Colombian bases – three air force, two naval and two army – stretching from the Pacific to the Caribbean.” And, these bases would accommodate up to 800 military and 600 civilian contractors of the United States. As the Guardian explained, this announcement caused outrage in neighboring Latin American nations and “damaged Barack Obama’s attempt to mend relations with the region.”

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A New World War for a New World Order

The Origins of World War III: Part 3

This article is Part 3 in the Series, “The Origins of World War III.”

Part 1: An Imperial Strategy for a New World Order: The Origins of World War III
Part 2: Colour-Coded Revolutions and the Origins of World War III

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Published: Dec. 17, 2009 – Global Research

Introduction

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I have analyzed US and NATO geopolitical strategy since the fall of the Soviet Union, in expanding the American empire and preventing the rise of new powers, containing Russia and China. This Part examines the implications of this strategy in recent years; following the emergence of a New Cold War, as well as analyzing the war in Georgia, the attempts and methods of regime change in Iran, the coup in Honduras, the expansion of the Afghan-Pakistan war theatre, and spread of conflict in Central Africa. These processes of a New Cold War and major regional wars and conflicts take the world closer to a New World War. Peace can only be possible if the tools and engines of empires are dismantled.

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Documentary – U.S. Foreign Policy: Secret Wars of the CIA

The history of the terrorism conducted by the CIA, since the end of the World War II when countries in Asia and Latin America, were trying to make changes to improve their economical and political situation, the Unite States of North America realized that it was not good for their status as new super power; and began a new campaign, with only one rule, Anything Goes. This is the story of the terrorism of the CIA.

 

 

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An Imperial Strategy for a New World Order: The Origins of World War III

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The CIA’s involvement in Iran Today: A Realistic Assessment

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US Strategic Interests in Latin America: The Militarization of Colombia


US builds up its bases in oil-rich South America

From the Caribbean to Brazil, political opposition to US plans for ‘full-spectrum operations’ is escalating rapidly

by Hugh O’Shaughnessy
Published: Nov. 22, 2009 – The Independent

The United States is massively building up its potential for nuclear and non-nuclear strikes in Latin America and the Caribbean by acquiring unprecedented freedom of action in seven new military, naval and air bases in Colombia. The development – and the reaction of Latin American leaders to it – is further exacerbating America’s already fractured relationship with much of the continent.

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Global Warfare USA: The World is the Pentagon’s Oyster

US military operations in all major regions of the World

“Not only does one country account for the overwhelming plurality of world military expenditures, but that nation also has troops and bases on all six habitable continents (as well as a 54-year military mission in Antarctica, Operation Deep Freeze) and eleven aircraft carrier strike groups and six navy fleets that roam the world’s oceans and seas at will. It is also expanding a global interceptor missile system on land, on sea, in the air and into space that will leave it invulnerable to retaliation.”

by Rick Rozoff
Published: Nov. 16, 2009 – Global Research

On January 20, a changing of the guard occurred in the United States White House with two-term president George W. Bush being replaced by former freshman senator Barack Obama.

Bush had continued the policies of his predecessor Bill Clinton in relation to the Balkans, Iraq and Latin America – with troops and a massive military base in Kosovo, regular bombings of Iraq and a monumental expansion of military aid to Colombia – and in addition launched two wars of his own, those against Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq two years later.

Obama, so thoroughly does U.S. polity predetermine individual administrations’ policies, entered office by intensifying the deadly drone missile attacks in Pakistan begun by Bush in late 2008 and announced that he was doubling the number of American troops in Afghanistan.

Already presiding over the world’s largest military budget, officially 41.5% of world expenditures in 2008 and far larger with non-Defense Department spending factored in, in April the new president requested from Congress an additional $85 billion in supplemental funding for the war in Afghanistan and the occupation of Iraq.

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The Annexation of Colombia to the US

by Fidel Castro
First Published: Nov. 06, 2009 – Cuba.cu

Anyone with some information can immediately see that the sweetened ‘Complementation Agreement for Defense and Security Cooperation and Technical Assistance between the Governments of Colombia and the United States’ signed on October 30, and made public in the evening of November 2, amounts to the annexation of Colombia to the United States.

The agreement puts theoreticians and politicians in a predicament. It wouldn’t be honest to keep silence now and speak later on sovereignty, democracy, human rights, freedom of opinion and other delights, when a country is being devoured by the empire as easy as lizards catch flies. This is the Colombian people; a self-sacrificing, industrious and combative people. I looked up in the hefty document for a digestible justification and I found none whatsoever.

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US Strategic Interests in Latin America: The Militarization of Colombia

by Prof James J. Brittain
Published: Oct. 28, 2009 – Global Research

It is not difficult to obtain information related to the many social movements and progressive political mechanisms working to implement social reforms throughout contemporary Latin America. Venezuela continues to experience support for the presidency of Hugo Chávez [1999-] and the changes therein via the Bolivarian Revolution; Bolivia has witnessed the successful promotion of nationalization projects through Evo Morales’ Movement for Socialism (Movimiento al Socialismo, MAS) [2006-]; and president Rafael Correa [2007-] has garnished significant applause for his administrations consistent denunciation of US intervention in the region, as shown through Ecuador’s disallowance of Washington to resume activities at the port and airport in Manta. Alongside the aforementioned electoral shifts, the on-going civil war within Colombia has, contrary to state and popular media reports, seen the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias Colombianas-Ejército del Pueblo, FARC-EP) remain a consistent threat to dominant political-economic interests in both Colombia and the United States (Brittain, 2010). For years the FARC-EP have been “the most powerful and successful guerrilla army in the world” leading it to be seen as “the most important military and political force in South America opposing imperialism” (Escribano, 2003: 299; Petras and Brescia, 2000: 134; see also Petras and Veltmeyer, 2003). A testament of their consequential Marxism, administration after administration in Colombia (and the United States) have diligently fought to halt the FARC-EP’s struggle of emancipation fearing that the country’s elite could lose their entrenched class dominance. If such events were to occur a further destabilization of domestic and foreign interests would subsequently arise within a region increasingly moving away from a well-entrenched conventional political-economic system dominated by the United States. While 2008 witnessed the insurgency implement a tactical withdrawal, the FARC-EP remains to be the largest and longest-established insurgency movement in Latin American history (Brittain, 2010; Petras, 2008).

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Surveillance Societies

by Sarah Meyer
Published: Oct. 31, 2009 – Index Research

In the name of “National Security“, one of the biggest lies is “making you safer .” This absurd promise applies to surveillance as well as to the reason for prisons, torture, rendition (kidnapping), etc. But “Making you safer” is really about making money for corporations.

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NEWS (Last Updated: Mon. Nov. 02)

Obama’s Wars (Last Updated: Mon. Nov. 02)

Hundreds of Pakistanis gather in anti-US rally
Mon. Nov. 02 – Hundreds of Pakistanis have demonstrated against a US bill that the army and opposition say have negative impacts on Pakistan’s national security.

Karzai declared Afghan president
Mon. Nov. 02 – Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission has declared Hamid Karzai as the country’s president after the cancellation of a presidential run-off.

Mortar hits US base in Iraq, causes blasts
Sun. Nov. 01 – A mortar attack has targeted a US military base in Western Iraq, causing seven consecutive explosions, an Iraqi source has said.

250,000 displaced in Pakistan’s Waziristan offensive
Sun. Nov. 01 – Pakistan’s military offensive against pro-Taliban militants in a northwestern tribal area has forced nearly 250,000 civilians to flee their homes.

33 militants killed in S Waziristan
Sun. Nov. 01 – The Pakistani military says its troops have killed 33 pro-Taliban militants in the ongoing offensive in the South Waziristan tribal area.

Several dead, wounded in Iraq car, bike blasts
Sun. Nov. 01 – The explosion of a bicycle loaded with explosives has killed five people and wounded 37 others in a market south of Baghdad, Iraqi police say.

Roadside bomb claims 7 Pakistani soldiers
Sat. Oct. 31 – At last seven Pakistani soldiers have been killed after a roadside bomb hit their military vehicle in the restive northwestern tribal region of Khyber.

Seven militants dead in NW Pakistan clashes
Fri. Oct. 30 – Pakistani troops have launched fresh attacks on hideouts of pro-Taliban militants in the northwest as insurgency and violence continues to plague the country.

US military suffers another GI loss in Iraq
Fri. Oct. 30 – The United States military has lost another soldier to a non-combat incident at Camp Adder, located outside Nasiriyah, in the south central part of conflict-stricken Iraq.

 

 

Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Sat. Oct. 31)

Report: 4,524 Palestinians detained by Israel since the start of this year
Sat. Oct. 31 – GAZA Researcher in prisoners’ affairs Abdelnasser Farwana reported Friday that he documented 4,524 Israeli arrests of Palestinian citizens since the start of 2009, 412 of them took place in October.

Israel demolishes more Palestinian homes
Fri. Oct. 30 – Israeli soldiers demolish two Palestinian residents in East Jerusalem Al-Quds, while illegal settlers destroy olive groves as part of efforts to Judaize the city.

War crimes arrest awaiting Olmert’s UK visit
Fri. Oct. 30 – Former Israeli premier Ehud Olmert would probably face arrest on war crime charges if he visited Britain, a leading British newspapers has quoted a lawyer as saying.

 

 

More News (Last Updated: Mon. Nov. 02)

US allocates more funds to anti-Iran broadcasts
Mon. Nov. 02 – The United States has incorporated a bill into its annual military budget, which will allocate millions of dollars for Persian-language broadcasts.

Iraqi parliament: BP oil deal illegal
Mon. Nov. 02 – The Iraqi parliament has expressed concern over what it calls an ‘illegal’ multibillion-dollar agreement that British company BP is to sign Tuesday with the Iraqi government.

Nearly 3 million Britons out of work by 2010
Mon. Nov. 02 – As the economic recovery fails to boost the jobs market in the UK, a new report finds that nearly three million Britons will be out of work by the end of next year.

Israel confirms running spy networks in Lebanon
Sun. Nov. 01 – Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon has confirmed that Israel is running intelligence-gathering networks in Lebanon.

British soldiers support anti-war Glenton
Sun. Nov. 01 – British trooper, Joe Glenton, who faces jail for refusing to return to Afghanistan after a tour of duty in 2006, says soldiers support his cause.

Israeli spy in US wanted $2 million for his secrets
Fri. Oct. 30 – The celebrated American scientist charged with spying for Israel had asked for $2 million for his secrets, federal prosecutors has revealed.

Honduran interim gov’t to restore Zelaya
Fri. Oct. 30 – Honduran de facto leader, Roberto Micheletti, has announced a deal to reinstate the deposed President, Manuel Zelaya, in a move to end the country’s political turmoil.


NEWS (Last Updated: Oct. 29, 2009)

Obama’s Wars (Last Updated: Thu. Oct. 29)

Kabul shootout over, 12 killed
Thu. Oct. 29 – A deadly attack on a guesthouse in central Kabul has ended with the deaths of three gunmen and six foreign UN employees staying at the hostel, an Afghan official has said.

Six dead, dozens wounded as violence rages in Iraq
Thu. Oct. 29 – At least six people have been killed and dozens of others have been wounded in the latest in a series of bomb attacks in Iraq.

Peshawar blast death toll reaches 105
Thu. Oct. 29 – The death toll from a car bomb in Pakistan’s Peshawar has reached 105, a day after the blast struck a market in the country’s most populous northwestern city.

Seven militants dead in NW Pakistan clashes
Thu. Oct. 29 – Pakistani troops have launched fresh attacks on hideouts of pro-Taliban militants in the northwest as insurgency and violence continues to plague the country.

200,000 displaced in South Waziristan
Tue. Oct. 27 – The Pakistan’s army says around 200,000 people have fled their homes in South Waziristan since the military launched a major offensive against militants in the area.

First US official resigns in protest at Afghan war
Tue. Oct. 27 – The US-led war in Afghanistan has forced the first American official to resign his post, questioning the reason behind Washington’s military presence in the country.

3 more NATO troops killed in Afghanistan
Mon. Oct. 26 – Roadside bombs and ambushes have left three more NATO soldiers dead in southern Afghanistan as casualties rise among the foreign forces occupying the country.

‘US using Jundallah in plot to destabilize Iran’
Mon. Oct. 26 – The US is trying to destabilize Iran’s borders by making use of the terrorist group Jundallah, a retired Pakistani general says.

Death toll rises to 147, Baghdad to mourn 3 days
Mon. Oct. 26 – The death toll in the double bombing that hit Baghdad on Sunday has risen to 147 and Iraq has declared a three-day national mourning period.

Anti-West protest in Kabul turns bloody
Mon. Oct. 26 – The second day of protests in Afghanistan over the report of burning of the Muslims holy book has turned bloody after at least three demonstrators were wounded.
 
14 Americans killed in Afghanistan crashes
Mon. Oct. 26 – The US military says a helicopter crash has killed 10 Americans in western Afghanistan after an earlier crash claimed lives of four US soldiers.

 

 

Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Tue. Oct. 27)

Prisoner Society: more than 2,000 cases of torture in Israeli prison during past year
Tue. Oct. 27 – Ramallah / PNN – President of the Palestinian Prisoner Society, Qaddura Fares, reported today that during the past year there have been more than 2,000 cases of torture in Israeli prison.

Israel denying Palestinians access to clean water
Tue. Oct. 27 – As a result of Israel’s ‘discriminatory’ policies, Palestinians’ access to water supply is far below the minimum recommended by the World Health Organization.

Netanyahu insists Israel is only for Jews
Mon. Oct. 26 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has openly voiced the Israeli government’s plans to expel indigenous Palestinian Arabs from their occupied lands.

OIC warns Israel over Al-Aqsa abuses
Mon. Oct. 26 – The Organization of the Islamic Conference has warned Israel of ‘dangerous consequences’ for acts of sacrilege in the holy Al-Aqsa mosque compound In Jerusalem.

Israel to drop ‘ethnic cleansing’ from schoolbooks
Mon. Oct. 26 – The Israeli Education Ministry plans to omit a passage in their history books that tells the story of the expulsion of Palestinians in 1948, describing it as ‘ethnic cleansing.’

 
 

 

Totalitarian Tiptoe to the New World Order (Last Updated: Tue. Oct. 27)

Brussels ‘Home Office’ plot to snoop on all of Europe
Tue. Oct. 27 – Brussels bureaucrats are plotting a massive expansion in the use of surveillance and controversial extradition powers, a report warned last night.

UK: Police in £9m scheme to log ‘domestic extremists’
Mon. Oct. 26 – Police are gathering the personal details of thousands of activists who attend political meetings and protests, and storing their data on a network of nationwide intelligence databases.

Atlanta seeks to add 500 surveillance cameras
Mon. Oct. 26 – What you might call Real Pedestrians of Atlanta is a rather modest video surveillance: a few dozen cameras monitoring select locations in the city every second. But the city has applied for millions in federal stimulus funds so it can train about 500 more cameras on city streets.

 

 

More News (Last Updated: Thu. Oct. 29)

Colombia, US to sign a military pact this week
Thu. Oct. 29 – Bogota is on the verge of signing a military pact with Washington, granting the US access to Colombia’s bases, in what the two allies describe as an enhanced war on “narcoterrorism.”

Fidel Castro’s sister Juanita was a CIA agent
Tue. Oct. 27 – Today, Donna was revealed to the rest of the world as Juanita Castro – the sister of Fidel and Raúl, rulers of Cuba and legendary conquerors of US espionage efforts – when she blew the whistle on her career as a CIA agent.

Bishop fined €12,000 for denying Holocaust
Tue Oct. 27 – British Bishop and Holocaust-denier Richard Williamson has been fined over remarks on Swedish television that fewer than 300,000 Jews died in Nazi death camps.

Zelaya confident about return to power
Mon. Oct. 26 – Ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya says he is confident that he will eventually be reinstated, despite the collapse of negotiations with de facto leader Roberto Micheletti.


War is peace. Ignorance is strength

by John Pilger
Published: Oct. 15, 2009 – JohnPilger.com

Barack Obama, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, is planning another war to add to his impressive record. In Afghanistan, his agents routinely extinguish wedding parties, farmers and construction workers with weapons such as the innovative Hellfire missile, which sucks the air out of your lungs. According to the UN, 338,000 Afghan infants are dying under the Obama-led alliance, which permits only $29 per head annually to be spent on medical care.

Within weeks of his inauguration, Obama started a new war in Pakistan, causing more than a million people to flee their homes. In threatening Iran – which his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said she was prepared to “obliterate” – Obama lied that the Iranians were covering up a “secret nuclear facility”, knowing that it had already been reported to the International Atomic Energy Authority. In colluding with the only nuclear-armed power in the Middle East, he bribed the Palestinian Authority to suppress a UN judgment that Israel had committed crimes against humanity in its assault on Gaza – crimes made possible with US weapons whose shipment Obama secretly approved before his inauguration.

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NEWS (Last Updated: Wed. Oct. 07, 2009)

Obama´s Wars (Last Updated: Wed. Oct. 07)

16 Iraqis killed in terrorist attacks
Wed. Oct. 07 – At least sixteen people have reportedly lost their lives and dozens more were injured in separate militant attacks across Iraq.

NATO ‘to increase troops in Afghanistan’
Wed. Oct. 07 – British Home Secretary Alan Johnson says NATO member countries, including the UK, will dispatch more troops to Afghanistan in the near future.

‘Symbol of US cruelty’ may not be closed by Jan. 2010
Wed. Oct. 07 – US Attorney General Eric Holder has declared meeting Obama’s January 2010 deadline for closing the Guantanamo detention center will be “difficult”.

UN blasts attack on UN Islamabad office
Tue. Oct. 06 – The United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has condemned a deadly bomb attack on the UN food agency’s headquarters in Pakistan as a ‘heinous crime’.

Bomb explodes at Iraqi funeral, six die
Tue. Oct. 06 – At least six people have been killed in a bomb explosion at a funeral ceremony in the western Iraqi province of al-Anbar, police say.

One killed, nine wounded in Baghdad bombings
Mon. Oct. 05 – At least one person has been killed and nine others wounded in separate bombings that took place in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Afghanistan: Canadian troops kills two teens
Sun. Oct. 04 – KABUL:  Two teenage boys travelling by motorcycle through the dangerous Panjwai district southwest of Kandahar city were shot and killed by Canadian soldiers on patrol.

Eight US soldiers killed in east Afghanistan
Sun. Oct. 04 – Eight US soldiers serving under ISAF command have been killed in eastern Afghanistan in “complex” attacks by militants, the US military says.

Three US troops die in Afghanistan
Sat. Oct. 03 – Three American troops have died in two separate incidents in southern and eastern Afghanistan, says the US-led coalition force in the conflict-torn country.

Brown to consider Afghanistan troop boost
Fri. Oct. 02 – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is “open-minded” about whether to increase the kingdom’s military presence in Afghanistan, his office has claimed.

Pakistan warns US against drone strikes
Fri. Oct. 02 – A Pakistani minister has warned the United States that Islamabad will not allow strikes on suspected pro-Taliban hideouts in the troubled Balochistan Province.

Netherlands admits killing civilians in Afghanistan
Fri. Oct. 02 – A Dutch warplane has dropped a bomb, which the Afghan authorities say killed nine civilians and four Taliban fighters in the south of the country.

US loses another GI in war-torn Iraq
Fri. Oct. 02 – The US military has lost another soldier in conflict-stricken Iraq as his base on the western edge of the capital, Baghdad, came under a mortar attack.

Afghan civilians killed in new US airstrike
Thu. Oct. 01 – At least nine people have been killed in an airstrike on a compound in southwestern Afghanistan, says a local tribal leader.

Obama making Guantanamo off-limits to press
Wed. Sep. 30 – The Obama Administration is denying journalist access to the Guantanamo detention facility despite pledging ‘transparency’ about the infamous prison.

Pressed for more troops, Obama asks world to chip in
Wed. Sep. 30 – US President Barack Obama has painted a collaborative picture of the Afghan war amid a determined opposition pushing for additional troops in the country.

At Least 18 Killed in US Drone Attacks on Waziristan
Wed. Sep. 30 – US drones have launched a pair of attacks on houses today, one in South Waziristan and another in North Waziristan in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), killing at least 18 people and injuring an unknown number of others.

30 Killed in Kandahar Bus Bombing
Wed. Sep. 30 – At least 30 civilians were reported killed today and another 39 wounded when a roadside bomb hit a bus nearing the outskirts of the major city of Kandahar.

 

Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Wed. Oct. 07)

Israeli tanks enter eastern Gaza
Wed. Oct. 07 – Fighting has broken out between Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters in eastern Gaza Strip after Israeli tanks and armored bulldozers crossed the border into the coastal region.

Al-Aqsa mosque under siege by Israeli police
Tue. Oct. 06 – Israel has deployed thousands of security forces in and around the Al-Aqsa mosque compound amid heightened tensions over the closure of the holy site in East Jerusalem Al-Quds.

Israel to build 800 more units in illegal settlements
Tue. Oct. 06 – Tel Aviv is going to construct some 800 new housing units across the occupied West Bank despite international calls for a halt to all settlement activities.

Israel shuts down Al-Aqsa mosque, turns violent
Sun. Oct. 04 – Israeli police have fired tear gas at Palestinians protesting the closure of Al-Aqsa holy compound (Temple Mount) in the occupied Jerusalem.

Israel to seal off West Bank border for 9 days
Fri. Oct. 02 – Israel has announced plans to shut down the West Bank border for almost ten days so that Jewish Israelis can celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).

Israeli army jeep ‘deliberately’ runs over Palestinian
Thu. Oct. 01 – A seventeen-year-old Palestinian teenager has been hit and killed by an Israeli military vehicle near the West Bank city of Jenin.

Israel ‘knowingly’ hit civilians in Gaza
Thu. Oct. 01 – The head of the UN Human Rights Council commission on Gaza war says Israel intentionally targeted some civilian sites during the 23-day offensive in the Gaza Strip.

UK protesters call for arrest of Israeli war minister
Wed. Sep. 30 – British lawmakers and pro-Palestinian activists have pilloried the governing Labour Party for entertaining Israeli War Minister Ehud Barak at their annual conference instead of calling for his arrest for war crimes committed against the Palestinians.

Israeli aircraft pound Gaza tunnels
Wed. Sep. 30 – Israeli fighter aircraft have struck a number of food and provision tunnels in the blockaded Gaza Strip in response to an alleged rocket attack from the coastal sliver.

 

More News (Last Updated: Wed. Oct. 07)

60 anti-war protesters detained at White House
Wed. Oct. 07 – US Police have arrested 60 protesters during a demonstration condemning the ongoing wars on the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

NASA to bomb the moon for water
Wed. Oct. 07 – NASA is preparing to launch the LCROSS mission to bomb the moon’s South Pole, as part of the agency’s search for water in space.

Man arrested for steering G20 protests using Twitter
Tue. Oct. 06 – The FBI has arrested Elliot Madison, a self-described anarchist and New York social worker, for using Twitter to assist protesters evade the police at the G20 summit.

One in three votes for Karzai fraudulent, says US diplomat
Mon. Oct. 05 – A former senior United Nations diplomat in Kabul has launched a scathing attack on the UN’s handling of Afghanistan’s disputed elections, claiming that almost one in three of the votes cast for president Hamid Karzai were fraudulent.

So our 1,000 years of history ends like this
Mon. Oct. 05 – The creation of a European superstate has moved a step closer, after the Irish people voted to accept the Lisbon Treaty, paving the way for a powerful new President of Europe.

Colombia says ‘no’ to US bases
Sun. Oct. 04 – Amid reports of a deal reached for the establishment of US military bases in Colombia, the country’s foreign minister says there is no need for more American personnel.

Italian lawyers seek detention of CIA operatives
Sat. Oct. 03 – Italian prosecutors have pressed on with a bid to arrest 26 US Central Intelligence Agency officers over their ‘grave crime’ of abducting a ‘terror suspect’ in 2003.

Over 145 killed in September in Somalia
Sat. Oct. 03 – Clashes between rival factions have resulted in the death of over 145 people and the injury of 280 more in various parts of war-torn Somalia last month, the UN reported.

8 FARC rebels killed in clashes
Sat. Oct. 03 – At least eight rebels have been killed in a major army raid at a central region in Colombia where FARC leader Alfonso Cano is believed to have taken refuge.

Carter says Iran nuclear program ‘legal’
Fri. Oct. 02 – Former US president Jimmy Carter says Iran’s nuclear program is “legal,” urging Washington and Tel Aviv to stop making threats against Iran.

US lawmakers OK fuel sanctions on Iran
Fri. Oct. 02 – US lawmakers have approved legislation to punish companies exporting gasoline to Iran, in a move to mount pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.

Indonesia quake death toll hits 529
Thu. Oct. 01 – An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale has claimed at least 529 lives in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, a day after another powerful earthquake struck the area.

Israel receives more N-capable German subs
Thu. Oct. 01 – Israel has received two German-made submarines which are capable of launching missiles equipped with nuclear warheads.

‘More than 6,000 killed at US-Mexican crossing’
Thu. Oct. 01 – More than 6,000 people have been killed trying to cross the US-Mexican border illegally in the past 15 years, the American Civil Liberties Union says.


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Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Sun. Sep. 27)

24 wounded in clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque
Sun. Sep. 27 – At least 24 people have been wounded when clashes erupted between Israeli police and Palestinians in al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli missile strike kills 3 fighters in east Gaza
Sun. Sep. 27 – At least three Palestinian fighters have lost their lives when the Israeli air force fired a missile at the vehicle they were driving at a crowded district in eastern Gaza.

Israel planning new settlement in al-Quds
Fri. Sep. 25 – Despite mounting international pressure, Israel is planning to construct yet another settlement in Ras Amud, in east Jerusalem (al-Quds).

Israeli settlers, troops break into Ibrahimi Mosque
Fri. Sep. 25 – Around 150 Israeli settlers, backed by Israeli soldiers, break into the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Ishakiyya area in al-Khalil (Hebron), in the West Bank.

Israel approves 37 more settler units in WB
Fri. Sep. 25 – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has authorized the construction of 37 additional housing units at a settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory of West Bank.

US bends again on Israeli settlement freeze
Thu. Sep. 24 – Facing strong Israeli resistance over its demand for a full settlement freeze, the US seems to play down the key issue as a precondition to restart the so-called Middle East peace talks.

Israel defies calls for halt in settlement work
Thu. Sep. 24 – Israel has given the go ahead to the construction of more houses in the occupied West Bank amid the world’s calls for a complete freeze in such activities.

Ahmadinejad: Zionist Regime committing genocide
Thu. Sep. 24 – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Israeli regime is committing “genocide” against the Palestinian people.

Israel army changes story on killing Palestinian
Wed. Sep. 23 – Israeli troops have shot and killed a Palestinian man near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.
Although the Israeli Army initially reported that the man tried to break through a military roadblock, it changed its account of the incident and claimed the Palestinian drove off away from a check point without security check.

Israel refuses to file Palestinians’ complaints
Wed. Sep. 23 – Israeli police have refused to file a complaint by Palestinian villagers who say Israeli settlers destroyed two of their houses under construction.

 

Obama’s Wars (Last Updated: Sun. Sep. 27)

2 US, 1 British troops killed in Afghanistan
Sun. Sep. 27 – Two US and one British soldiers serving under ISAF command have been killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan, according to an official statement.

US drone hits political party’s office in Iraq
Sun. Sep. 27 – A US reconnaissance drone has crashed into the office of one of Iraq’s biggest political parties, the US military has said.

UN: 1,500 Afghan civilians dead in 8 months
Sun. Sep. 27 – A United Nations report has noted that a total of 1,500 civilians have lost their lives in insurgency-hit Afghanistan from the beginning of the year to August.

Afghan civilian deaths hit record high in August
Sat. Sep. 26 – KABUL – Rising violence ahead of Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election made August the deadliest month of the year for civilians, the U.N. said, warning in a new report that attacks could spike again when the final vote results are announced.

Huge blast kills 6, injures 10 in Pakistan
Sat. Sep. 26 – Six people have been reportedly killed and over ten others injured in a car bomb attack on a main road leading to the primary army compound in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar.

15 Iraqi soldiers ‘killed in accidental blasts’
Fri. Sep. 25 – MOSUL, Iraq — Fifteen Iraqi soldiers were killed accidentally during what were meant to be controlled explosions in a town outside the northern city of Mosul on Friday, a defence ministry official said.

US Mulls Increasing Drone Strikes in Pakistan
Fri. Sep. 25 – In a move reportedly being spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden, the United States is reportedly considering a dramatic increase in the number of drone attacks on Pakistani soil.

US drone attack leaves four dead in Pakistan
Fri. Sep. 25 – A US drone has fired missiles into Pakistan’s troubled northwestern tribal Waziristan region, killing at least four people and injuring several others.

US missile strike rises threefold in Pakistan
Fri. Sep. 25 – The death toll from a US drone strike in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern tribal Waziristan region has risen to 12 after tribesmen pulled more bodies from debris.

5 more US troops fall victim to Taliban
Fri. Sep. 25 – The Taliban ambushes and roadside bombs have reportedly killed five more US soldiers in the troubled southern Afghanistan where insurgency has skyrocketed over the past months.

2 more foreign soldiers slain in Afghanistan
Wed. Sep. 23 – NATO says that two of its soldiers, including an American, have been killed in two separate bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan.

Study: CIA torture tactics cause brain damage
Wed. Sep. 23 – Recent studies of harsh interrogations in CIA-run prisons reveal the devastating results of controversial techniques on the minds of detainees.

Another US soldier charged with murder in Iraq
Wed. Sep. 23 – A US soldier has been charged with murder, following the killing of a civilian contractor on a US base in Iraq.

 

More News (Last Updated: Sat. Sep. 26)

Thousands protest against G20 summit in US
Sat. Sep. 26 – Thousands have streamed through the streets of Pittsburgh in a peaceful protest against the leaders of the world’s top economies.

US May Face ‘Armageddon’ If China, Japan Don’t Buy Debt
Fri. Sep. 25 – The US is too dependent on Japan and China buying up the country’s debt and could face severe economic problems if that stops, Tiger Management founder and chairman Julian Robertson told CNBC.

Brazil defends Iran nuclear rights
Fri. Sep. 25 – Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said Iran is entitled to the same rights as any other country in its use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Obama ‘planning missile bases in Poland’
Fro. Sep. 25 – After the White House announced shelving a planned missile shield in Eastern Europe, Washington is planning to establish missile bases in Poland, according to a report.

Tehran dumps dollar for euro
Thu. Sep. 24 – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered the replacement


NEWS (Last Updated: Tue. 22 Sep. 2009)

Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Tue. Sep. 22)

Two Palestinians killed by Israeli tank shells
Tue. Sep. 22 – At least two Palestinian fighters have reportedly lost their lives when Israeli tank shells landed in the proximity of Jabaliya refugee camp, in northern Gaza.

Israel raids West Bank, fires sound bombs
Fri. Sep. 18 – Israeli soldiers, who conduct regular overnight raids in Palestinian neighborhoods, have attacked a number of West Bank communities, injuring five civilians.

UK labor unions vote to support Israeli boycott
Fri. Sep. 18 – Britain’s labor unions have voted to support a massive boycott movement on Israel in response to its December-January offensive in Gaza.

Israelis abduct more Palestinians in West Bank
Thu. Sep. 17 – Israeli security forces have kidnapped seven more Palestinians, including a woman, in various areas of the occupied West Bank.

UN probe: evidence of war crimes in Gaza conflict
Wed. Sep. 16 – UNITED NATIONS – A U.N. investigation concluded Tuesday that both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, raising the prospect that officials may seek prosecution in the International Criminal Court.

Israel rejects independent inquiry into Gaza war
Wed. Sep. 16 – JERUSALEM – Israel said Wednesday it would not appoint an independent inquiry into its conduct in the Gaza Strip war, rejecting a key recommendation from an explosive U.N. report that accused the Jewish state of war crimes.

Netanyahu: East Jerusalem settlements not up for discussion
Tue. Sep. 15 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Settlement construction in East Jerusalem will “go on as planned,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Knesset members in a meeting Monday, as the Israeli leadership continues to negotiatie with the United States on a settlement freeze.

US denies deal with Israel over settlement freeze
Tue. Sep. 15 – The US rejects reports that Washington and Tel Aviv have struck a deal regarding cessation of Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank.

 

Obama’s Wars (Last Updated: Tue. Sep. 22)

British soldier falls in Afghanistan
Tue. Sep. 22 – A roadside bomb has killed a British soldier in southern Afghanistan, bringing to 217 the overall British fatalities in the war-ravaged country.

UK troops tortured Iraqi detainees, Inquiry finds
Tue.  Sep. 22 – British troops have violated international law in Iraqi prisons on numerous occasions through the “banned interrogation methods,” a public inquiry reveals.

Huge blast rocks Afghan capital
Fri. Sep. 18 – At least six Italian soldiers and 10 Afghans have been killed after a huge blast took place on a road leading to the Afghan capital Kabul’s international airport.

New attacks claim more lives across Iraq
Fri. Sep. 18 – At least seven people, including four security officers, have been killed and nine others sustained wounds in a spate of attacks that struck war-shattered Iraq.

US military death toll in Afghanistan at 757
Fri. Sep. 18 – The US Defense Department confirms that 757 members of the US army have been killed in Afghanistan as a result of its invasion of the country eight years ago

60 percent rise in Afghanistan violence
Fri. Sep. 18 – Violent unrest in Afghanistan has risen by 60 percent compared with last year and Taliban insurgents have “expanded their strength and influence,” General David Petraeus says.

US soldier shoot and kill Iraqi shoe thrower
Thu. Sep. 17 – American soldiers have killed an Iraqi civilian after he hurled his shoe at their military convoy in the central city of Fallujah.

Two UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Thu. Sep. 17  – Two more British soldiers have been killed in separate blasts in southern Afghanistan, the UK Ministry of Defense has announced.

US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,344
Wed. Sep. 16 – As of Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at least 4,344 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

More U.S. troops needed for Afghan war: Mullen
Wed. Sep. 16 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even more U.S. troops will likely be needed in Afghanistan beyond the 68,000 who will have deployed there by the end of this year, the top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands displaced in new Pakistan offensive: officials
Tue. Sep. 15 – ISLAMABAD — Between 56,000 and 100,000 people have fled their homes since Pakistani troops launched a new anti-Taliban offensive in the tribal Khyber district, UN and Pakistani officials estimated Monday.

Three killed, 20 wounded in Iraq violence
Tue. Sep. 15 – At least Three people have lost their lives and twenty others have sustained injuries in the latest string of attacks to hit conflict-plagued Iraq.

30 militants killed in northwestern Pakistan
Tue. Sep. 15 – Attacks by government troops and a US drone have killed at least 30 pro-Taliban militants, leaving several others injured in northwestern Pakistan.

Four more foreign troops killed in Afghanistan
Tue. Sep. 15 – Four more troops and service members operating under the ISAF command, including two US soldiers, have been killed in separate insurgent attacks across Afghanistan.

Missile kills 4 in Pakistan; 18 die in stampede
Tue. Sep. 15 – MIR ALI, Pakistan – A missile fired from a suspected unmanned U.S. drone slammed into a car in a Pakistani tribal region close to the Afghan border Monday, killing four people, intelligence officials and residents said.

 

More News (Last Updated: Tue. Sep. 22)

Ahmadinejad: No power will dare to invade Iran
Tue. Sep. 22 – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that Iranians offer a message of peace for all nations, while stressing no power will ever dare to think of invading Iran.

‘45000 uninsured Americans die annually’
Fri. Sep. 18 – A new study reveals that nearly 45,000 Americans die annually due to lack of health insurance while the Obama administration tries to pass a healthcare reform plan.

Colombia suspends gas exports to Venezuela
Fri. Sep. 18 – Amid increasing tensions between Colombia and Venezuela, Bogota says that it has suspended gas exports to Caracas for technical reasons.

EU threatens Honduras with new sanctions
Thu. Sep. 17 – The European Union has threatened the coup-installed government of Honduras with new sanctions in case they block efforts to resolve its current crisis.

Without sanctions, Israel will be ‘forced to attack Iran’
Thu. Sep. 17 – Days ahead of much-anticipated talks between Iran and the West, a former Israeli defense official says Iranian nuclear sites will come under attack by Israel if crippling sanctions are not imposed on Tehran by the year’s end.

Venezuela signs $16-bln oil deal with China
Thu. Sep. 17 – The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has unveiled a 16-billion-dollar deal with China to drill for oil in the resource-rich Orinoco basin.

Iraqi shoe-thrower tells tales of torture
Wed. Sep. 16 – Upon release, Iraqi shoe-thrower journalist says he was tortured after his arrest, vowing to reveal the names of senior Iraqi officials involved in his mistreatment.

Israel ups anti-Iran psywar with ’secret weapon’
Tue. Sep. 15 – Amid heated speculation about the “secret” visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Russia and the pirate attack on a Russian freighter, a mysterious Israeli “secret weapon” has joined the arsenal of psychological warfare against Iran.

IAEA ‘bans’ attacks on nuclear installations
Tue. Sep. 15 – An Iranian proposal prohibiting military attacks against nuclear installations worldwide has been approved by the UN nuclear watchdog’s general conference, an Iranian official says.