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27 April, 2009: IMF: Crisis Becoming ‘Human Calamity’

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,320,110"

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 4,278

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Act Of War
Iran “Arms Ship” Bound for Gaza Downed Near Sudan
By Haaretz Service
An Iranian vessel laden with weapons bound for the Gaza Strip was torpedoed off the coast of Sudan last week, allegedly by Israeli or American forces operating in the area, the Egyptian newspaper El-Aosboa reported on Sunday.

American Exceptionalism
Torture Whitewash from The Dark Side
By Pepe Escobar
Without accepting full responsibility for torture – and illegal, pre-emptive wars – and without accountability, there can be no catharsis in America. Obama is enough of a smart operator to know that if his “going forward” is perceived like “look the other way”, this whole thing will come back to haunt and even destroy his presidency. And if it walks and talks like a whitewash, that’s because it must be … a whitewash.

From Bunker Hill to Baghdad
Pinter’s Dispatch to Obama    
By Mike Whitney
“The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis…It’s a scintillating stratagem.”

Nicaragua – A Nations Right To Survive
Video – A Documentary Film By John Pilger
John Pilger’s 1983 film about the small nation of Nicaragua and its right to survive investigates the corruption in Central America. Pilger describes the achievements of the Sandinistas and their “threat of a good example”.

Obama Has Missed His Moment
By Chris Hedges
Barack Obama has squandered his presidency. He had a fleeting moment to challenge the casino capitalism and financial recklessness of our economic and political elite. He could have orchestrated a state socialism that would have provided a safety net for tens of millions of Americans faced with dislocation and misery.

World Bank, IMF: Crisis Becoming ‘Human Calamity’
By Veronica Smith Veronica Smith
At the end of spring meetings in Washington, the two Bretton Woods institutions on Sunday told their 185 member countries that the worst global slump in generations had already driven more than 50 million people into extreme poverty.

Some Might Call It Treason
By Philip Giraldi
Until the transcripts of Rep. Jane Harman’s telephone conversations are made public, if they ever are, her transgression can only be assessed secondhand. It appears to have consisted of talking with someone who may be an Israeli citizen regarding influencing the outcome of the ongoing trial of ex-American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) officials Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman.

Jane’s Harman Us
By Becky Akers
Few sights are as delicious as a tyrant swinging high overhead, hoist by her own petard. The one currently dangling aloft is Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA). She’s worth half a billion dollars, making her the wealthiest thief in the den of ‘em we call Congress, with a mansion that can host “over 120" guests for dinner.

31 killed in army attack on Pakistani militants:
A local official said the troops were targeting gunmen suspected of killing a local mayor and several police officers.

‘Civilians flee’ Pakistan fighting:
Thousands of people are flooding out of Lower Dir as the Pakistan army takes on Taliban fighters in the district.

16 children killed in Pakistan blasts: –
Four children and their parents were killed in a grenade blast in Pakistan’s restive northwest yesterday, a day after 12 children were killed by a bomb hidden in a football.

Radical cleric breaks off talks in Pakistan’s Swat: –
A radical cleric, acting as the Taliban’s go-between in Pakistan’s restive Swat valley, broke off talks with the government on Monday after a military offensive began in a neighbouring northwest region

Taliban says peace pact with Pakistan is ‘worthless’:
Taliban militants said today their peace deal with the Pakistani government was “worthless” after authorities deployed helicopters and artillery against hide-outs of Islamist guerrillas seeking to extend their grip along the Afghan border.

Pakistan army chief hits back at US:
Pakistan’s army chief has reacted angrily to US dismay that his forces have not acted to repel a Taliban insurgency advancing on Islamabad, the country’s capital and home to some of its nuclear assets.

Gordon Brown ‘snubbed by Pakistan President’:
Gordon Brown received an apparent snub today as he arrived in Pakistan for talks with President Zardari only to be told that he was not available to appear at a joint press conference afterwards.

12 killed in blast in Kandahar:
Five Afghan policemen and two civilians were killed in a roadside bomb blast in a restive southern province, where five Taliban militants were also killed, officials said on Monday.

Taliban kill 1 and Kidnap 9 Cops in Stable Afghan North :
Provincial deputy governor, Azizullah Hashimi confirmed the assault on Borka district, some 40km north-east of Pul-e Khumri city, the provincial capital.

Fact or propaganda?
Australian soldiers kill 100 “Taliban”:
AUSTRALIAN soldiers killed more than 100 “Taliban fighters” in one of the most successful operations of the six-year Afghanistan campaign

U.S. forces say kill 7 al Qaeda suspects in Iraq:
Seven suspected al Qaeda insurgents were killed in clashes with U.S. forces in a largely Sunni Arab province of Iraq, the U.S. military said Monday.

Iraqi PM brands US soldiers ‘criminals’:
Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki says a US raid south-east of Baghdad was a “crime” that violated a security pact between the two countries.

Iraq threatens to prosecute US soldiers:
IRAQI Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has denounced a pre-dawn American raid in which two Iraqis were killed, saying his Government will prosecute US soldiers who carried out the operation.

5 killed as insurgents attack AU peacekeeping bases in Somalia:
Armed fighters attacked two African Union peacekeeping bases in Somalia’s capital, and a witness said he saw the bodies of three civilians killed.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran and Pakistan:
Israel Must Pull a ‘King David’
“Israel must act as King David did, felling the Goliath of Iran – and then U.S. will follow suit and prevent Taliban from snatching Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.” So says MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh).

The danger of an Israeli strike on Iran:
The US needs to make it clear it will not tolerate a first strike.

Iran: We’ve arrested Israel spy ring:
Iranian authorities have arrested a group of people linked to Israel who are suspected of planning bombings ahead of the Islamic republic’s presidential election on June 12, Reuters cited the country’s intelligence minister as saying on Sunday.

Iran will respect a two-state solution:
THE Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says it will be “fine with us” if the Palestinians reach a two-state peace deal with Israel, despite his opposition to the “racist” Jewish nation.

Ahmadinejad Not for Two-State Solution:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks on Sunday that he is behind whatever decision “the Palestinians” make about their destiny does not mean that he recognizes Israel or agrees with the “vision of two states” between the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan,

Abbas: I won’t recognize Israel as a Jewish state:
“I do not accept it,” the Western-backed Abbas said. “It is not my job to give a description of the state. Name yourself the Hebrew Socialist Republic – it is none of my business.”

Israel’s Population stands at 7.4 million:
According to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday, the Jewish population of Israel stands at 5,593,000 and the Arab population is listed at 1,498,000, or 20.2% of the general population.

Amira Hass : Gaza’s separation from the West Bank is Israel’s great triumph:
The total separation of the Gaza Strip from the West Bank is one of the greatest achievements of Israeli politics, whose overarching objective is to prevent a solution based on international decisions and understandings and instead dictate an arrangement based on Israel’s military superiority.

Israel’s secret plan for West Bank expansion:
Palestinians condemn ‘extremely dangerous’ scheme to grow illegal settlement.

CIA ‘Whistleblower’ Told Hastert About Suppression of Harman Wiretap:
 Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert says he learned from a CIA-connected “whistleblower” in 2006 that Bush administration officials were suppressing the existence of a wiretapped conversation between Rep. Jane Harman and a suspected Israeli agent.

Rafael Correa: historic victory in Ecuador
“We are going to emphasize this fight for social justice; for regional justice…we are going to continue the fight to eliminate all forms of workplace exploitation within our socialist conviction: the supremacy of human work over capital,”

Forum on Guevara just part of U.S. rebranding:
The U.S. charm offensive in Latin America took a small but provocative step forward on Friday when the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires sponsored two readings of a new book that explains the enduring iconic power of Ernesto ‘’Che’’ Guevara.

Yes, We Did Execute Japanese for Waterboarding:
It’s kind of awkward to argue that waterboarding is not a crime when you hanged someone for doing it to our troops.

Reagan’s DOJ Prosecuted Texas Sheriff for Waterboarding Prisoners:
Federal prosecutors secured a 10-year sentence against the sheriff and four years in prison for the deputies. But that 1983 case – which would seem to be directly on point for a legal analysis on waterboarding two decades later – was never mentioned in the four Bush administration opinions released last week.

Plan to monitor all internet use:
Communications firms are being asked to record all internet contacts between people as part of a modernisation in UK police surveillance tactics.

Swine flu prompts EU warning on travel to US:
The top EU health official urged Europeans on Monday to postpone nonessential travel to parts of the United States and Mexico because of the swine flu virus, and Spanish health officials confirmed the first case outside North America.

Britain confirms first two cases of swine flu:
Two people admitted to a Scottish hospital after travelling to Mexico have been confirmed as the first cases of swine flu in Britain, Scottish Health Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday.

Obama’s host dies from ‘flu-like symptoms’
According to alarming reports from Mexico City, Felipe Solis, a distinguished archaeologist who showed Mr Obama around the city’s anthropology museum during his visit to Mexico earlier this month, died the next day from “flu-like symptoms”.

U.S. toxic-asset plan stirs fears:
The government will take on a mountain of risk while trying to create an artificial market for the loans and debt securities. Critics worry about possible fraud and further banking system damage.

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