Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,331,578"
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq 4,327
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Afghanistan : Video of Captured US Occupation Force Soldier
The U.S. soldier who went missing June 30 from his base in eastern Afghanistan and was later confirmed to have been captured, appeared on a video posted Saturday to a Web site by the Taliban.
CIA Claims of Cancelled Campaign are Hogwash
By Eric Margolis
The U.S. has been trying to kill al-Qaida personnel (real and imagined) since the Clinton administration. These efforts continue under President Barack Obama. Claims by Congress it was never informed are hogwash.
Killing “Everything That Moves”
The Johnny Procedure
By Uri Avnery
This is the principle that guided the Israeli army in the Gaza War, and, as far as I know, this is a new doctrine: in order to avoid the loss of one single soldier of ours, it is permissible to kill 10, 100 and even 1000 enemy civilians.
We Have Given Our Blessing to Israel’s Crimes
By Sheila Samples
There is no subject more restricted nor more controlled in the United States than a critical discussion of Israel. Balanced argument is ignored while each word is parsed — and condemned. It’s strange that we are free to rant and rave and point out the war crimes of our own administration — of all other administrations throughout the world — but not those of Israel.
In an Impotent World even the Bankrupt can Prevail
By Paul Craig Roberts
America and Israel’s wars of aggression are preceded by years of propaganda and international meetings, so that by the time the attack comes it is an expected event, not a monstrous surprise attack with its connotation of naked aggression.
War Without Purpose
By Chris Hedges
No one seems to be able to articulate why we are in Afghanistan. Is it to hunt down bin Laden and al-Qaida? Is it to consolidate progress? Have we declared war on the Taliban? Are we building democracy? Are we fighting terrorists there so we do not have to fight them here? Are we “liberating” the women of Afghanistan? The absurdity of the questions, used as thought-terminating clichés, exposes the absurdity of the war.
Obama Administration’s Statements Endanger Lives of Hondurans
By Dan Beeton
There has not been a single statement from the Obama administration since President Zelaya was overthrown on June 28, condemning the violations of human rights and civil liberties committed by the coup government. These violations include shootings and beatings; arrests, intimidation and deportation of journalists; and the closing of independent radio and TV stations.
Canadian Health Care
A Reality Check on a Reality Check
By Julie Mason
In Senator McConnell’s home state of Kentucky, one out of three people under age 65 do not have any health insurance. They don’t have to worry about wait times for hip or knee replacement or cancer surgery — they can’t get care.
14 Afghan civilians killed in bomb blast, mistaken shooting :
Eleven civilians including a woman and a child were killed in a bomb blast in south-western Afghanistan, while NATO-led German forces killed three civilians after mistaking them for Taliban militants in the northern region, officials said Monday.
Four U.S. Occupation Force Troops Killed by Roadside Bomb in Afghanistan:
Four Americans were killed Monday when a roadside bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan, NATO said, making July the deadliest month for U.S. troops in this war.
German occupation force soldiers kill 2 Afghan civilians: military:
German soldiers shot dead two Afghan civilians and seriously injured two more Sunday when they opened fire on a vehicle speeding towards them, the “German armed forces said”.
Australian Occupation Force Soldier Killed in Afghanistan:
An Australian soldier was killed and another seriously wounded by an explosive device in Afghanistan, the Department of Defence said.
British occupation force soldier killed in explosion in Afghanistan:
The MoD said the soldier — the 186th British soldier to be killed since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 — was on foot patrol in Sangin, Helmand province, when the explosion hit on Sunday.
Americans won’t accept ‘long slog’ in Afghanistan occupation, Gates says:
The Defense secretary says forces must show progress in a year or risk losing public support — especially as casualties mount with at least 50 U.S. and NATO deaths in July, the deadliest month yet.
14 Taliban men killed in Swat:
At least 14 militants and three security personnel, including a Major, were killed in fighting in Pakistan’s volatile northwest on Monday, as the military faced fresh resistance in the Swat valley where they had claimed to have snuffed out the Taliban.
Five cops shot dead in Peshawar:
As many as five policemen including a police sub-inspector were gunned down by unknown militants during firing at a police mobile van here in Sarband locality on Monday.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Pakistan:
Clinton says 9/11 ringleaders are in Pakistan:
U.S. officials “firmly believe” that al-Qaida leaders who planned and carried out the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are hiding in Pakistan near its border with Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday.
Eight killed in Iraq violence:
Eight people were killed, including six police officers, in attacks in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Ramadi on Monday, security and medical officials said.
U.S. occupation force marine killed in W Iraq:
The statement said the Multi-National Force-West (MNF-W) marine was killed on Sunday in “a combat-related incident as a result of enemy action,” but failed to give further details.
Syria: President meets Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr:
The pressing need for reconciliation among Iraqis and Syria’s support for this goal as well as the poverty of most Iraqi Shias were also on the agenda during al-Assad and al-Sadr’s meeting, according to Sana.
Russia set to build up its naval facilities in Syria: –
The Russian Navy will expand and modernize its Soviet-era naval maintenance site near Tartus in Syria to support anti-piracy operations off the Somali coast, a high-ranking navy source said on Monday.
Poverty drives Iraq human organ trade:
About 23 per cent of Iraqis live in poverty, meaning that they are forced to survive on $2.2 a day or less, according to government figures.
Israel defies US on settlements:
The Israeli prime minister had defied US demands to suspend a settlement construction project in East Jerusalem, sparking what Washington calls “intense” negotiations between the allies.
How US Bingo Dollars are Funding Israeli Settlements:
For the winning punters chancing their luck at Hawaiian Gardens’ charity bingo hall in the heart of one of California’s poorest towns, the big prize is $500. The losers walk away with little more than an assurance that their dollars are destined for a good cause.
Iran’s Khatami wants referendum on government’s legitimacy: –
Iranian reformist former president, Mohammad Khatami, called for a referendum on the legitimacy of the government, challenging the supreme leader who has backed the result of the disputed June presidential poll.
Guardian Council tells critics to back off:
The Guardian Council has reacted to recent criticism by influential cleric Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani who has questioned the post-election conduct of the body.
In South America, Israeli FM seeks to block Iran:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s 10-day visit to Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Colombia comes at a time of rising Iranian influence in Latin America.
Honduras’ “interim government” rejects mediation for Zelaya’s return:
Micheletti, spokesman for the coup government, said that no mediation proposal in terms of Zelaya’s return to power will be accepted and the interim government’s position on this issue is “not negotiable.”
“Civil war” fear for Honduras after talks collapse :
”We have started organizing internal resistance for my return to the country,” Zelaya told reporters in Nicaragua, where he has been based since he was forced out by the army on June 28.
EU suspends $90m aid to Honduras:
The European Union has suspended more than $90m (63m euros; £54m) in aid to Honduras in the wake of a coup there. It follows the failure of talks to resolve the country’s political crisis.
Clinton issues stern warning to Honduras:
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said that Ms. Clinton helped “helped him (Roberto Micheletti) understand the potential consequences of a failure to take advantage of this mediation.”
Nicaragua’s Ortega Says U.S. Intelligence Planned Honduran Coup:
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega accused unnamed U.S. intelligence agencies of planning the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya without the knowledge of President Barack Obama.
Somalia okays French military intervention:
Somalia has sanctioned French military intervention inside the country aimed at releasing French servicemen recently kidnapped by militants.
India signs arms pact with US:
Accord signed during Clinton’s visit to Delhi allows sale of US arms to India.
Tax Group: Obama’s $4 Trillion Tax Increase:
Americans for Tax Reform doesn’t like taxes or President Obama much. But even Obama fans might choke on the additional 10-year tax bill that the group tallied under the president’s plans: $4 trillion.