ICH 22 March, 2010: Soldiers on Sale… Who’s In Charge of These Hired Killers?

Soldiers on Sale…
Who’s In Charge of These Hired Killers?

By Eric S. Margolis
Private mercenary firms like Xe (formerly Blackwater) and DynCorp have raked in fortunes running private armies for the US. They are major donors to the far right of the Republican Party. Deeply worried civil libertarians call these private armies potential Brownshirts, after the Nazi Party’s private army in the late 1920’s.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran
Hilary Clinton Threatens Iran With “Painful Consequences”
By Hillary Clinton
Video – U.S. Secretary of State Speaking At AIPAC Conference.

AIPAC’s Talking Points On Iran and Palestinians

By Lara Friedman
More on AIPAC message – New Talking Points Memo, Text of Senate Sign-On Letter.

Israel’s ‘No renting to Arabs’ policy

Jewish couple lose court battle to help Bedouin friends
By Jonathan Cook in Nevatim
“I have always loved Israel,” said Mrs Zakai, 43. “But to see the depth of the racism of our neighbours has made me question why we live in this country.”

Zionism’s Dark Forces Don’t Want the Lights On

By Alan Hart
At the opening of AIPAC’s annual foreign policy conference its new president, Lee Rosenberg, was not a happy man. As he put it, “In recent days we have witnessed something (the Obama administration’s initial public anger with Netanyahu and his government) very unfortunate.”

Obama’s Bloody War in Juarez

By Mike Whitney
Domestically, the “drug war” has always been a pretext for social control, going back to the racist application of drug laws against Chinese laborers in the recession of the 1870s.

Wealth Creates Poverty?
“Terrorism, Globalization and Conspiracy”

By Dr. Michael Parenti
Globalization is an attempt to extend corporate monopoly control over the whole globe. Over every national economy. Over every local economy Over every life.

The Ultimate Revolution

By Case Wagenvoord
Our houses are filled with screens that divert our attention from the real world even as they paint a distorted view of that world. The problem with this ubiquity of screens is not mind control ala 1984; it is mind apathy.

Defeat in Victory: the Democrat’s Health Care Bill
By Shamus Cooke
What looks like a big victory for Obama and the Democrats may be their greatest undoing. It’s true that the passage of Obama’s health care bill represents a significant political victory for the Democrats. But sometimes a battle won could equal a lost war.

The Health Care Hindenburg Has Landed
By Chris Hedges
Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s decision to vote “yes” in Sunday’s House action on the health care bill, although he had sworn to oppose the legislation unless there was a public option, is a perfect example of why I would never be a politician.

Keep The Change
By Sheila Samples
Each time it appears that Republicans can’t get any nastier, any more bereft of morality, they wrap themselves in the flag, grab their guns and Bibles, and manage once again to hit the bottom of the ethical barrel.

Pakistan: Twenty-eight militants killed in Kurram, Orakzai:

At least 28 militants were killed and several others injured in air strikes on suspected militant positions in Central Kurram and Orakzai tribal regions on Sunday.

US Kills Another 8 People In Pakistan:

At least eight people were killed and four injured in two suspected US drone strikes in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal district of North Waziristan Sunday, security officials said.

Four killed in suicide attack in Pakistan:

At least four people were killed and a dozen injured on Sunday when a suicide bomber riding on a bicycle hit a police van in Quetta, capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province.

Taliban behead three tribesmen in Pak:

A note left beside the bodies said the men were beheaded for spying on the Taliban for the US.

Gates admits concerns on US assassins in S. Asia:

The US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says he is concerned “in principle” about the existence of an alleged private network of assassins in Afghanistan and Pakistan run by the Pentagon.

Two NATO occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: –
Two members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in separate bomb explosions in southern Afghanistan on Monday, the military said.

10 Afghans killed in blast in Helmand:
Provincial spokesman Dawood Ahmadi says the bomber targeted an Afghan army patrol Sunday at a bridge in Gereshk, a town just north of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah

The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight:
Six billion dollars later, the Afghan National Police can’t begin to do their jobs right-never mind relieve American forces.

Karzai meets Afghan insurgent delegation: spokesman:
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has met personally in Kabul with a senior delegation of Hezb-i-Islami, one of the main insurgent groups fighting against his government, Karzai’s spokesman said on Monday.

Afghan group on ‘Kabul mission’: Al Jazeera report:
A senior delegation representing one of the main Afghan anti-government movements is in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, with a plan for peace talks with the Afghan government, a presidential spokesman has said.

This is a must listen interview with Kai Eide, the UN’s Special Representative to Afghanistan:

He is strongly critical of Pakistan for its recent arrest of Taliban leaders which shut down these channels of communication. Kai Eide says it is a setback to finding a lasting solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

U.S. Turns a Blind Eye to Opium in Afghan Town:

The effort to win over Afghans on former Taliban turf in Marja has put American and NATO commanders in the unusual position of arguing against opium eradication, pitting them against some Afghan officials who are pushing to destroy the harvest.

Six killed in spate of Iraq attacks:

Six people, including a policeman and a soldier, were killed in a spate of attacks across Iraq on Sunday, security and ministry officials said.

2 police killed in Baghdad attack:
Two Iraqi policemen have been killed in an armed attack in the capital Baghdad, a local police source said on Monday.

‘Renegade torture unit’ in Iraq run by British intelligence officers:
British military intelligence ran a secret torture unit in Iraq, with prisoners deprived of sleep and kept hooded for long periods in intense heat, according to fresh evidence.

Iraq PM rebuffed in recount call:
Latest figures from the election commission based on 95 percent of ballots cast showed State of Law trailing the Iraqiya bloc of secular former premier Iyad Allawi by around 11,000 votes nationwide.

GOP congressmen: Everyone agrees Iraq war a ‘horrible mistake’:
Two GOP congressmen say most Republicans on the Hill now believe the Iraq war was a mistake, and “more than half the Republican caucus” believes the way in which the US entered the Afghanistan war was also a mistake.

Support a Blair War Crimes Foundation:
A petition to the United Nations General Assembly and the UK Attorney General, to uphold the UN Charter, the Geneva and Hague Conventions, and International Law, and to indict Tony Blair for war crimes.

US protesters mark Iraq invasion:
Thousands of anti-war protesters have marched through the US capital to call for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, on the seventh anniversary of the US-led invasion.

Cindy Sheehan Arrested At War Protest In D.C.:

Scott Horton Interviews Cindy Sheehan:
Cindy Sheehan discusses the start of the Peace of the Action civil resistance against war and empire in Washington, DC, the scarcity of both peace activists who are willing to challenge a Democratic president and pro-war hecklers who demand obedience to “Commander in Chief” Obama

Israeli troops kill two more Palestinians: :
Bringing the weekend’s total to four

PA accuses Israel of killing Palestinian teens ‘in cold blood’:
Khatib cited witness accounts that the two had been shot only after being arrested, while Mahmoud al-Aloul, a senior figure in the Fatah party led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said the youth had been killed in “cold blood”.

Spitting on the dead:
US slams UN report on Gaza war crimes as ‘flawed’:
Addressing the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Clinton condemned the Goldstone report, calling it “deeply flawed.”

In Gaza, UN chief calls Israel siege ‘unsustainable and wrong’.
“I have repeatedly made it clear to Israeli leaders that their policy of closures is not sustainable and is wrong … It causes unacceptable suffering,” Ban said.

Egypt destroys tunnel under Gaza border in bid to starve Palestinians :
A lucrative smuggling trade in basic commodities, drugs, weapons and even cars and motorcycles has grown along the border since Israel and Egypt imposed an embargo on the Gaza Strip

Report: Current Knesset most racist of all time:
Much beyond loyalty bill and Nakba Law, annual racism report issued by Mossawa Center states 21 bills deemed ‘discriminatory and racist’ laid on legislature’s table in 2009, a 75% increase since previous year

Squeeze Israel by cutting US aid? Not likely:
The diplomatic crisis between the U.S. and Israel has sent a tremor through their alliance, but one key part of the bond seems virtually untouchable: the roughly $3 billion a year in U.S. military aid.

Former Obama Aide New Head of AIPAC:
Lee “Rosy” Rosenberg, a jazz recording industry veteran capitalist who accompanied U.S. President Barack Obama on his campaign trip to Israel two years ago, takes over on Sunday as the new president of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Rosenberg also served on the president’s national campaign finance committee.

AIPAC opens conference amid US-Israel tension:
Top pro-Israel lobby seeks to reduce US pressure on Tel Aviv, divert attention to Iran.

Israel to ask US for bombs in the fight against Iran’s Nuclear sites:
Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will use a visit to Washington this week to press the US to release sophisticated bunker-busting bombs needed for a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear sites.

In Iran, Leader assails hypocrisy in US approach:

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Sunday the actions of the United States run counter to its call for establishing amicable relations with Iran.

China warns U.S. that ‘trade war’ will hurt Americans even more:
China’s minister of commerce warned that United States on Sunday that if it launches a “trade war” against China by leveling punitive tariffs on Chinese imports, the United States would suffer the most.

35 cities suffer unemployment above 15%:
California and Michigan remain the hardest hit, with 19 cities in California showing rates above 15%, according to the Labor Department. Michigan logged the next highest number, with 6.

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: 4,704

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,696

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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