ICH 15 March, 2010: Wiping the Spit Off His Face

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran
Pakistani Scientist Khan Describes Iranian Efforts to Buy Nuclear Bombs
By R. Jeffrey Smith and Joby Warrick
The father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program has written an official account that details an Iranian attempt to buy atomic bombs from Pakistan at the end of the 1980s.

Final Destination Iran?
Exclusive: Rob Edwards
Hundreds of powerful US “bunker-buster” bombs are being shipped from California to the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for a possible attack on Iran.

A Matter of Timing
Wiping the Spit Off His Face
By Uri Avnery
The Government of Israel has insulted the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, one of the greatest “friends” of Israel (meaning: somebody totally subservient to AIPAC) and spat in the face of President Barack Obama. So what? It’s all a matter of timing.

“This is Starting to Get Dangerous”
By Scott Horton
According to a report in Yedioth Ahronoth, Biden responded: “This is starting to get dangerous for us. What you’re doing here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. That endangers us and it endangers regional peace.”

The Petraeus Briefing:
Biden’s Embarrassment Is Not The Whole Story
By Mark Perry
The Mullen briefing and Petraeus’s request hit the White House like a bombshell.

Israeli Crackdown Puts Liberal Jews on the Spot
By Chris Hedges
The government of Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting to shut down Israel’s premier human rights organizations, including B’Tselem, the New Israel Fund (NIF) and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

Spy Takes US/Israeli Secrets to Grave
By Robert Parry
Extensive evidence now exists that Begin’s preference for Reagan led the Israelis to join in a covert operation with Republicans to contact Iranian leaders behind Carter’s back, interfering with the President’s efforts to free the 52 American hostages before the November 1980 elections.

Contractors Tied to Effort to Track and Kill Militants
Under the cover of a benign government information-gathering program, a Defense Department official set up a network of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan to help track and kill suspected militants, according to military officials and businessmen in Afghanistan and the United States.

Noam Chomsky on Obama’s Foreign Policy
By Democracy Now!
Chomsky talks about President Obama’s foreign and national security policies, the lessons of Vietnam, and his own activism. “You just can’t become involved part-time in these things,”

The Video That Will Put Geithner Behind Bars
By Mike Whitney
You gotta see this! If this doesn’t convince you that the Timothy Geithner knew about the securities shenanigans that were going on at Lehman, than I don’t know what will.

Geithner and Bernanke’s Possibly Criminal Roles
Lehman Brothers Scandal Rocks the Fed
By Mike Whitney
After a year-long investigation, court-appointed bank examiner Anton Valukas has produced a deadly 2,200 page report which details the activities that led to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. The report is a keg of dynamite.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Governing
By David Michael Green
Barack Baby, I know you couldn’t care less about the American public, but just in case you might still care about your own legacy and perhaps even winning a second term, might I be of some assistance?

Democrats’ Crack-cocaine Compromise Is Still ‘Racist’
By Dr. Boyce Watkins
The Anti Drug Abuse Act of 1986 was the product of America’s broad-stroke reaction to increased drug use of the 1980s. The law gave a sentence 100 times greater for possession of crack cocaine (more likely to be possessed by blacks) than the one given for powder cocaine (possessed in greater proportion by whites), creating a black incarceration rate of holocaust proportions.

35 killed in southern Afghanistan blast: Kabul.
At least 35 people were killed and 57 were wounded when a series of explosions described by the Taliban as a message to NATO hit Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province

Afghan government claims coalition troops killed 12 civilians:
President Hamid Karzai’s deputy spokesperson Hamed Elmi said the casualties, which included women and children, occurred during two separate airstrikes in the country’s Kandahar and Kunar provinces.

Afghan forces kill Taliban commander, six foreign fighters
The Afghan Defence Ministry said Sunday that troops backed by NATO troops killed six foreign fighters allied with Taliban insurgents in Asmar district of eastern province of Kunar on Saturday.

Afghan police shot dead 5 would-be suicide bombers:
“Five suicide bombers equipped with small arms entered Barmal district this morning to blew themselves up in different parts of the bazaar of the district, were identified by police and gunned down,” the press release added.

Afghan family killed as special forces defy night raid ban:
The body of his cousin, a 32-year-old construction engineer who had taken a break from his job in a far-off province to visit his family, lay sprawled next to those of his wife and their seven-year-old son. Blood ran in dark pools on the mud floor of the terrace outside their door.

Survivors of family killed in Afghanistan raid threaten suicide attacks: report:
A family whose members were killed in a botched night raid in eastern Afghanistan have rejected “blood money” from the Government and vowed to carry out suicide attacks unless the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Anti-US rally held in Afghanistan:
Protesters took to the streets in the eastern province of Kunar on Monday to condemn the killing of ten Afghan civilians by American troops.

Rocket Attack Kills 1 at NATO Base in Afghanistan:
The attack targeted the sprawling Bagram Air Field, north of the capital of Kabul. A NATO spokesman would not say whether the victim was a service member or a civilian.

Kandahar slides into lawlessness as Taliban attacks force government to retreat:
In theory, the Afghan government is in place in Kandahar, but its authority is nominal. Bombings and assassinations have left the government largely isolated behind concrete barricades and blast walls.

16 Taliban militants killed in Pakistani airstrikes:
Pakistani fighter jets pounded several Taliban hideouts Sunday, killing 16 militants and injuring several more in north-western tribal region near Afghan border, security officials said.

At least 10 killed in Pakistan suicide attack:
The bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a building used by security forces in Saidu Sharif, on the edge of Mingora, the main town in Swat, where the military said last year it had quelled a Taliban uprising.

3 killed in firing in Pakistan’s Peshawar:
Three people were killed including a member of Local Peace Committee in northwest Pakistan’ s Peshawar on Saturday when unidentified persons opened fired at them, police sources said.

Iraq: Car Bomb in Iraq’s Falluja Kills 7, Wounds 20: Police:
A car bomb in Iraq’s western Anbar province killed seven civilians and wounded 20 others on Monday, as Iraq struggles to end years of sectarian violence after a pivotal national vote.

Two policemen killed, three injured in northern Iraq :
Two policemen were killed and three injured Monday in separate attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a local police source said.

Partial Count In All Provinces Has Prime Minister In The Lead:
It appears Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will keep his job. The coalition he heads is leading in seven of Iraq’s 18 provinces following last Sunday’s parliamentary elections, including the key cities of Baghdad and Basra. Ballots are still being tallied.

Allawi takes surprise Kirkuk lead:
Control of Iraq’s parliament hangs in the balance as the latest election results show the coalitions of Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, and his chief rival, Iyad Allawi, leading in important but geographically distinct regions.

Map: Election Results in Iraq:

EU’s Ashton to be urged to lodge formal Iraq vote protest: –
European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton will next week be urged to lodge a formal protest over “widespread fraud” during the Iraqi election count.

EU ready ‘to take unilateral sanctions against Iran’:
The statements were the first clear declarations by European officials that the bloc is ready to order sanctions outside of a UN framework, a measure which only recently several member countries had opposed.

Netanyahu: Israel will keep building in Jerusalem:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said that Israel would continue to build in Jerusalem in the same way that it has over the last 42 years.

Clinton reprimands Netanyahu; West Bank clashes continue :

AIPAC: White House statements on Israel ‘a matter of serious concern’:
AIPAC said in a statement Sunday. “… The Administration should make a conscious effort to move away from public demands and unilateral deadlines directed at Israel, with whom the United States shares basic, fundamental, and strategic interests.

‘Israel, US relations at lowest level in 35 years’:
Israel’s envoy to Washington said ties between the two allies have hit “the most severe crisis since 1975″ over Tel Aviv settlement plan that embarrassed the US administration at a time that it was promoting indirect peace talks with the Palestinians.

Jumblatt apologises to al-Assad:
Walid Jumblatt, a Lebanese MP and leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, has made a public apology for “indecent comments” he made in the past against Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president.

At Least 17 Killed in Central Somalia Violence:
The clashes erupted Saturday in Somalia’s Mudug region, where the clans have been in conflict over land and water rights

SOMALIA: Without food and unable to bury the dead in Mogadishu:
Five days of fighting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, have left residents without food, cut off from their homes and unable to bury their dead, civil society leaders in the city said. .

Car bombs hit Nigeria oil city:
The explosions occurred after the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) emailed a statement saying it had planted three bombs.

China calls U.S. a hypocrite over human rights:
China accused Washington of hypocrisy on Friday for its criticism of Beijing’s restrictions on the Internet and dissent, blaming the United States for the financial crisis and saying its own rights record was terrible.

Full Text of Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009:
China’s Information Office of the State Council published a report titled “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009″ here Friday. Following is the full text:

Mexico: Stop union-busting at PEMEX:
Union members are being informed that in order to retain their jobs they are required to sign two documents, one calling for the cancellation of the union’s registration and the other a resignation from the union.

Obama to face ‘mock attack’ during visit:
US President Barack Obama will come under a mock attack when he visits Australia this month, with an anti-war veterans group mobilising a fleet of cardboard drones.

9/11 truthers find home in New Hampshire:
9/11 is on the ballot this spring in 12 towns in New Hampshire. People throughout the region are encouraging their neighbors to “vote for answers.”

AP Exclusive: Pentagon gun was from Tenn. police:
Two guns used in high-profile shootings this year at the Pentagon and a Las Vegas courthouse both came from the same unlikely place: the police and court system of Memphis, Tenn.

Wars Sending U.S. Into Ruin: Eric Margolis:
Obama the peace president is fighting battles his country cannot afford

China defends currency policy:
China’s prime minister has rejected foreign calls for allowing the yuan to appreciate and blamed the US for strained ties between Washington and Beijing.

Credit Agency Warns U.S. and Others of Risk to Top Rating:
Major Western economies have moved “substantially” closer to losing their top-notch credit ratings, with the United States and Britain under the most pressure, Moody’s Investors Service said Monday in a reminder that the global debt crisis is not limited to the small or weak.

More than half of mortgaged homes in St. Lucie, Martin are ‘under water’:
The report by California-based First American CoreLogic found that 56 percent, or 62,696, of all residential properties with a mortgage in the Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Statistical Area were in a negative equity position for the fourth quarter of 2009. That’s more than double the national rate of 24 percent.

Foreclosures are still on the Rise in Illinois:
Foreclosures in Illinois increased 22% in February, 2010. The high foreclosure rate can be attributed to the high unemployment rate and declining home prices.

Md. foreclosure filings skyrocket in February:
The county’s filings increased 71 percent from last February, pushing Maryland to the 10th-worst rate in the country, according to the online foreclosure tracking company RealtyTrac.

Foreclosure starts up nearly 20 percent in California:
After four consecutive months of decline, Notice of Default filings bounced up by 19.7 percent to 31,004 statewide. Filings of Notices of Trustee Sale, which sets the date and time of the foreclosure auction, increased slightly as well, rising 3.6 percent to 28,195 filings, according to ForeclosureRadar.

Jacksonville mortgage delinquencies rise above 10%:
The number of Jacksonville homeowners who have fallen behind on mortgage payments rose steadily over the past three years and today stands at more than 10 percent, according to a national credit monitoring company.

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,366,350″

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,701
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,685

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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