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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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 kidnapping of Haiti

With US troops in control of their country, the outlook for the people of Haiti is bleak

by John Pilger
Published: Jan. 28, 2010 – New Statesman

The theft of Haiti has been swift and crude. On 22 January, the United States secured “formal approval” from the United Nations to take over all air and sea ports in Haiti, and to “secure” roads. No Haitian signed the agreement, which has no basis in law. Power rules in a US naval blockade and the arrival of 13,000 marines, special forces, spooks and mercenaries, none with humanitarian relief training.

The airport in the capital, Port-au-Prince, is now a US military base and relief flights have been rerouted to the Dominican Republic. All flights stopped for three hours for the arrival of Hillary Clinton. Critically injured Haitians waited unaided as 800 American residents in Haiti were fed, watered and evacuated. Six days passed before the US air force dropped bottled water to people suffering dehydration.

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Oil in Haiti – Economic Reasons for the UN/US Occupation

This article was first published in October 2009. – Another economic reason for the ouster of President Aristide and current UN occupation (Haiti’s Riches:Interview with Ezili Dantò on Mining in Haiti)

Oil in Haiti and Oil Refinery – an old notion for Fort Liberte as a transshipment terminal for US supertankers

by Marguerite Laurent
First Published: Jan. 13, 2010 – Open Salon

There is evidence that the United States found oil in Haiti decades ago and due to the geopolitical circumstances and big business interests of that era made the decision to keep Haitian oil in reserve for when Middle Eastern oil had dried up. This is detailed by Dr. Georges Michel in an article dated March 27, 2004 outlining the history of oil explorations and oil reserves in Haiti and in the research of Dr. Ginette and Daniel Mathurin.

There is also good evidence that these very same big US oil companies and their inter-related monopolies of engineering and defense contractors made plans, decades ago, to use Haiti’s deep water ports either for oil refineries or to develop oil tank farm sites or depots where crude oil could be stored and later transferred to small tankers to serve U.S. and Caribbean ports. This is detailed in a paper about the Dunn Plantation at Fort Liberte in Haiti.

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“US plans military aggression against Venezuela”

Jan. 02, 2010 – RT

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry has accused the US of plotting a military aggression from the nearby Dutch islands of Aruba and Curacao, off the Venezuelan coast.

The Foreign Ministry’s official statement says recurrent violations of Venezuela’s air space by American military planes is “irrefutable” proof that the United States, supported by the Netherlands, is planning and aggression against Venezuela.

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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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The Annexation of Colombia to the US

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

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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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.


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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.

NEWS (Last Updated: Mon. Sep. 14)

Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Mon. Sep. 14)

Palestinian dies of Israeli bullet wounds
Mon. Sep. 14 – Palestinians hold Israel responsible for the death of a 25-year-old Hebron (al-Khalil) resident injured by Israeli bullets last month.

‘Israel plans to grab more Arab land’
Sun. Sep. 13 – Palestinian sources say Israel is working on a new settlement plan that is equal to the grab of nearly 140-thousand acres of Arab land near Jerusalem (al-Quds).

Israeli gunman opens fire on Palestinians
Sat. Sep. 12 – An Israeli gunman has shot and wounded two Palestinians in East Jerusalem, where Tel Aviv continues to expand its settlement activity despite international opposition.

Chavez accuses Israel of genocide in Gaza
Thu. Sep. 10 – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has described Israel’s deadly offensive on the Gaza Strip as an attempt to exterminate the Palestinians.

Israeli court orders demolition of Palestinian homes
Thu. Sep. 10 – Israel’s High Court has ordered the demolition of what it terms as “illegal constructions” built by the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

Shocking figures from Gaza war
Wed. Sep. 09 – A human rights group says the deadly Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip killed at least 773 Palestinians who had not taken part in any military activities.

Israel steps up harassment of defiant village
Wed. Sep. 09 – Over the past three months, Israeli forces have increased nocturnal raids on Palestinian towns, breaking into civilian houses and kidnapping non-combatants.

Israel pushes ahead with Jerusalem settlements
Wed. Sep. 09 – Israel pushes ahead with plans to build hundreds of homes in East Jerusalem, despite warnings that the move could threaten stalled peace talks with Palestinians.

UN: Gaza Offensive May Cost Palestinians 4 Billion Dlrs
Tue. Sep. 08 – The Israeli occupation military offensive in the Gaza Strip in December and January caused four billion dollars of losses to the Palestinian economy, a UN think tank said Tuesday.

UN blames Israel for blocking food aid to Gaza
Tue. Sep. 08 – As Israel claims its imposed siege on Gaza is for security reasons, basic foodstuffs are being blocked from reaching the impoverished strip.

Israel’s new settlement ‘brushes out peace’
Tue. Sep. 08 – The Israeli government faces condemnations over its decision to erect hundreds of housing units in the illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israel defies world, pledges to build more
Mon. Sep. 07 – Despite increasing international concerns over Israeli settlement activities Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will authorize construction of ‘hundreds of new homes’ in the West Bank.

Israel enters Gaza, kidnaps shepherds
Mon. Sep. 07 – At least four Bedouin Shepherds have been arrested after a special Israeli army unit stormed a village in the northern Gaza Strip.

EU: Illegal Israeli settlements must stop
Sun. Sep. 06 – The European Union has called on Israel to scrap plans to build new settlements in the West Bank, saying the settlements are ‘illegal’.

Israeli soldiers kill Gazan teenager
Sun. Sep. 06 – A Palestinian teenager has succumbed to death because of grave injuries he suffered after Israeli soldiers opened fire at him in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.


Obama’s Wars (Last Updated: Mon. Sep. 14)

US seeks to fragment Iran and pakistan
Mon. Sep. 14 – A former Pakistani intelligence chief asserts that the ultimate goal of the United States in Pakistan is cutting out a ‘favorable state’ out of parts of Iran and Pakistan to run its regional operations.

September 4 NATO strike killed 69 Taliban, 30 civilians
Mon. Sep. 14 – An Afghan government-appointed commission finds that at least 30 civilians were killed in the US-led air strike on September 4 in an area of northern Afghanistan.

US drone attack kills 5 in Pakistan
Mon. Sep. 14 – A US drone has fired missiles in the tribal belt of troubled northwest Pakistan, killing at least five people and injuring several others, officials say.

Blast kills 4 in Pakistan’s Baluchistan
Mon. Sep. 14 – At least four people have been killed in a landmine explosion in southwestern Pakistan, as violence continues to take its toll in the conflict-riddled country.

Gunmen kill policeman’s sleeping family in Iraq
Sun. Sep. 13 – BAGHDAD – Gunmen broke into the home of a Kurdish policeman in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk while he was away early Sunday, killing his wife and three children as they slept, authorities said.

2 killed in attack on Pakistani troops
Sun. Sep. 13 – ISLAMABAD – A bomb blast killed two paramilitary troops Sunday in Pakistan’s Khyber region, where security forces are pressing ahead with an offensive to secure a major supply route for foreign forces in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan claims two more US soldiers
Sun. Sep. 13 – A roadside bomb has killed at least two US soldiers in troubled eastern Afghanistan, where insurgency has skyrocketed over the past months.

Violence in Afghanistan claims 50 lives
Sun. Sep. 13 – At least fifty people, including 32 civilians, have been killed in a string of attacks across Afghanistan in the past two days.

Taliban kill 7 Afghan policeman, including chief
Sat. Sep. 12 – Seven Afghan policemen including a police chief have been killed after gunmen attacked their checkpoint in Imam Sahib district in Northern Konduz province.

Giant US military base in Iraq under attack
Sat. Sep. 12 – A giant US military base has come under mortar attack as the war-ravaged country is being rocked by a string of deadly bombings.

ICC to probe war crimes in Afghanistan
Fri. Sep. 11 – Media reports said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization — which includes US and other western troops — could potentially become the target of an ICC prosecution.

Twin blasts kill 4, injure 30 south of Baghdad
Fri. Sep. 11 – At least four people have lost their lives and 30 have sustained injuries after two consecutive bomb explosions ripped through a popular market south of Baghdad.

Car bomb explosion kills 8 in Iraq’s Kirkuk
Thu. Sep. 10 – A powerful car bomb explosion in the restive Iraqi oil-rich city of Kirkuk has claimed eight lives Wednesday, police say.

Gates: US won’t abandon Afghanistan, Pakistan
Thu. Sep. 10 – The US defense secretary states plans for a long-term stay in Afghanistan, claiming US has learned a lesson from the past and will not abandon the country again.

Attack on NATO base kills two people
Thu. Sep. 10 – A bomb attack in a NATO base in Afghanistan has reportedly killed at least two civilians and injured several foreign troops and local residents.

Truck bombing kills 17 in Mosul
Thu. Sep 10 – A deadly truck bomb explosion in a Kurdish village near Iraq’s northern city of Mosul has left more than 17 people dead and at least 25 more wounded.

US suffers 4 more casualties in Afghanistan
Wed. Sep. 09 – With insurgency on its peak in Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents kill four American soldiers and 10 Afghan troops in the troubled east.

Canada loses 2 soldiers in Afghanistan
Tue. Sep. 08 – Two Canadian soldiers serving under ISAF command in Afghanistan have been killed in the southern part of the country, a Canadian official has confirmed.

US troops ‘raid’ Swedish charity hospital
Tue. Sep. 08 – A Swedish aid agency has accused American troops of storming through one of its hospitals in Afghanistan, breaking down doors and tying up staff, searching for wounded ‘Taliban fighters.’

Bomb blast leaves 5 dead in volatile Baquba
Tue. Sep. 08 – At least five people have been killed and 20 others injured in a suicide bomb explosion in the city of Baquba, the capital of Iraq’s restive Diyala province.

US drone kills seven in NW Pakistan
Tue. Sep. 08 – A US drone has fired missiles on two houses in the tribal area of North Waziristan in Pakistan, killing seven people and injures five others.

Baghdad rocked by bombings, attacks
Tue. Sep. 08 – At least one civilian has been killed and fifteen others injured in a recent spate of lethal attacks in the disrupted Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Explosion hits Kabul’s international airport
Tue. Sep. 08 – A strong explosion has been reported at Kabul’s international airport, killing two Afghan civilians and injuring four foreign soldiers including three Americans.

Renewing Blackwater contract illegal – IAF legislator
Mon. Sep. 07 – BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: A lawmaker from the Sunni Iraqi Accord Front (IAF) said renewing the contract of the private U.S. security firm Blackwater, which killed several Iraqis in al-Nusoor incident in 2007, would be running counter to the law.

Gunmen kill 5 in Iraq’s Mosul
Mon. Sep. 07 – Five Iraqis, including a two-year-old child and her grandmother, have been killed in a series of shootings in the restive northern city of Mosul.

Taliban attack claims another US troop
Mon. Sep. 07 – Another US soldier has been killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan, bringing to 184 the number of US troop fatalities in 2009.

Fatal rocket attack kills 3 in Kabul
Mon. Sep. 07 – A rocket attack in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has claimed three more civilian lives, as violence continues to take its toll in the strife-ridden country.

Car bomb kills 7, wound 16 in Iraq
Mon. Sep. 07 – A car bomb explosion in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi has left at least 7 dead and 16 others wounded, police have reported.

‘US building mini-Pentagon in Islamabad’
Su. Sep. 06 – Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam blames the US for problems facing the country, saying Washington is trying to change Islamabad into its military base.

More dead in renewed Iraq violence
Sun. Sep. 06 – A series of bomb attacks across strife-plagued Iraq have reportedly taken the lives of many civilians and inflicted injuries upon several more.

Poland suffers another casualty in Afghanistan
Sun. Sep. 06 – Amid insurgency on its peak in Afghanistan, one polish soldier has been killed and five others injured after a bomb exploded near their military convoy in the east of the country.


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Morales: US planning coups in L America
Mon. Sep. 14 – The Bolivian president has accused the United States of planning coups in Latin America after Washington reached an agreement with Colombia over military bases.

Survivor: On 9/11, blast hit WTC before plane
Sat Sep. 12 – One of the 9/11 survivors claims that a huge interior explosion preceded the plane crash into one of the buildings hit during the catastrophic attacks.

On 9/11, Putin warns against Iran war
Sat. Sep. 12 – On the eighth anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks that ignited a war on Iran’s neighbor, Afghanistan, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says an attack on Iran would be “dangerous” and “unacceptable.”

US lawmakers to vote on cutting gasoline delivery to Iran
Fri. Sep. 11 – The US House Committee on Foreign Affairs is likely to vote next month on imposing sanctions on Iran’s gasoline imports, according to the committee chairman.

In US, nearly 40 million people in poverty
Fri. Sep. 11 – Nearly 40 million people in the US have lived below the bread line last year as the recession snuffed out jobs and dragged down incomes.

Israel: Deployment site for US missile shield?
Thu. Sep. 10 – The United States may pick Israel over Eastern Europe as the deployment location for the partial installation of its controversial global missile defense shield.

US leads world in weapons sales
Tue. Sep. 08 – The United States snatched the lion share of the global arms sales in 2008 which amounted to more than two-thirds of all foreign armaments deals, a government report says.

UN: Over 1.5 million displaced in Somalia
Tue. Sep. 08 – Over 250,000 people have fled violence in Mogadishu since May, bringing the total number of displaced within Somalia to over 1.5 million, the UN says.

New deals cement Iran-Venezuela alliance
Mon. Sep. 07 – Iran and Venezuela sign three cooperation agreements in the fields of medicine, oil and trade at the end of President Hugo Chavez’s two-day visit to Tehran.

Iran, Venezuela vow to form anti-imperialism front
Sun. Sep. 06 – As relations between Iran and Venezuela continue to blossom, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Tehran and Caracas are determined to form a united front against imperialism.

DOCUMENTARY – The War on Democracy (2007)

By John Pilger
Produced by Wayne Young
96 min.

The War on Democracy demonstrates the brutal reality of the America’s notion of ‘spreading democracy’; that, in fact, America is actually conducting a war on democracy, and that true popular democracy is now more likely to be found among the poorest of Latin America whose grassroots movements are often ignored in the west.

Reporter John Pilger conducts an exclusive interview with President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Pilger also goes to the United States and in some remarkable interviews, speaks exclusively to US government officials who ran the CIA’s war in Latin America in the 1980s. This reveals more about US policy than all the statements and postures of recent times; it also reveals how what’s happened in Latin America is a metaphor for how the rest of the world is being “ordered.”

The War On Democracy (English subtitles) from John Pilger on Vimeo.