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by grtv. The American military presence in the world is global, blogger and author Tom Engelhardt told RT. “The Pentagon usually admits yearly to about 800 military bases or sites from macro to micro, but in their account they do not include anything in war zones,” he said. “It is particularly strange because bases traditionally more or less were the way you kept colonies, but for us the bases are actually the thing.” “The US military now has a kind of secret mili

Protesters shot dead as Haiti cholera toll tops 1,000 By Bill Van Auken

17 November 2010 — WSWS

Haiti remains tense in the wake of Monday’s violent clashes between protesters and United Nations troops that left at least two dead and 16 wounded in Cap-Haitien, the country’s second largest city.

The port city, approximately 300 kilometers north of the capital of Port-au-Prince, was still largely paralyzed on Tuesday, with schools, public offices and businesses shut, streets blocked by barricades of burning tires and sporadic gunfire reported. The bridge leading to the city’s airport was blocked with welded metal barriers.

The United Nations sent a contingent of Spanish troops to reinforce its garrison in Cap-Haitien.

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Jury Appears Deadlocked in Landmark Civilian Trial of Gitmo Prisoner

17 November, 2010 — Democracy Now

A federal jury in New York is deliberating in a landmark trial of the first former Guantánamo detainee to be tried in the civilian court system. On Monday, the jury appeared deadlocked after a juror asked to be excused, saying she was being attacked for her conclusions about the defendant, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani. A Tanzanian national, Ghailani faces conspiracy and murder charges related to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people and wounded thousands. We speak to Karen Greenberg of the Center on Law and Security at the New York University Law School. [includes rush transcript]

Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on Law and Security at New York University Law School and author of the book The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days.

Rush Transcript

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Religious and Racist Extremism Will Block Agreement

17 November, 2010 — The Real News Network

Israel: A refuge or a colonial project? Pt.6 Israeli historian Tom Segev

Tom Segev is an Israeli historian, author and journalist. He is associated with Israel’s New Historians, a group challenging many of the country’s traditional narratives. He worked during the 1970s as a correspondent for Maariv in Bonn. and he was has been a visiting professor at Rutgers University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Northeastern University.

National Security Archive Update, November 13, 2010: Justice Department Censors Nazi-Hunting History

13 November, 2010 — NSA

Archive FOIA request and lawsuit opens 45 redacted pages;

Breakdown of FOI system sparks leak of full 600-page report

Name of office head blanked out from text, also all “personal opinion” expressed;
Justice Department violates own Attorney General’s directive on open government

For more information contact:
Tom Blanton – 202/994-7000 or

Washington, DC, November 13, 2010 – The Department of Justice censored dozens of pages of a candid history of Nazi-hunting (and Nazi-protecting) by the U.S. government to such a self-defeating extent that former officials leaked the entire document to the New York Times this week, instead of fulfilling the Freedom of Information request and lawsuit filed by the National Security Archive and its counsel David Sobel.

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National Security Archive Update, October 4, 2010: THE IRAQ WAR — PART III: Shaping the Debate

4 October, 2010 — NSA

U.S. and British Documents Show Transatlantic Propaganda Cooperation

Joint Drafting & Editing of White Papers “Fixed the Facts”

Edited by John Prados and Christopher Ames

For more information contact:
John Prados – 202/994-7000

Washington, DC, October 4, 2010 – For nearly a year before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the British government of Prime Minister Tony Blair collaborated closely with the George W. Bush administration to produce a far starker picture of the threat from Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction (WMD) than was justified by intelligence at the time, according to British and American government documents posted today by the National Security Archive.

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National Security Archive Update, October 1, 2010: THE IRAQ WAR — PART II: Was There Even a Decision?

1 October, 2010 — NSA

U.S. and British Documents Give No Indication Alternatives Were Seriously Considered

For more information contact:
John Prados – (202) 994-7000

Washington, DC, October 1, 2010 – Contrary to statements by President George W. Bush or Prime Minister Tony Blair, declassified records from both governments posted on the Web today reflect an early and focused push to prepare war plans and enlist allies regardless of conflicting intelligence about Iraq’s threat and the evident difficulties in garnering global support.

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National Security Archive Update, September 22, 2010: THE IRAQ WAR — PART I: The U.S. Prepares for Conflict, 2001

22 September, 2010 — NSA

U.S. Sets “Decapitation of Government” As Early Goal of Combat

Talking Points for Rumsfeld-Franks Meeting in November 2001 Outline Policy Makers’ Aims for the Conflict and Postwar Rule of Iraq

Declassified Documents Show Bush Administration Diverting Attention and Resources to Iraq Less than Two Months after Launch of Afghanistan War

For more information contact:
Joyce Battle – 202/994-7000

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 16 November, 2010: More Reasons to Hate the TSA

16 November, 2010 — ICH

Terror Attacks Continue As US Kills 20 People In Pakistan
By Awais Saleem
Pakistan publicly criticises the drone attacks, saying they cause resentment and increase support for militants, but its intelligence agencies are believed to cooperate in identifying the targets.

Gruesome Find Told at US Hearing into Afghan Killings
By Laura Onstot
If proved in a full court martial, the crimes would be among the worst committed by US forces in Afghanist.

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Haiti Cholera Protest Turns Violent

15 November, 2010 — Common Dreams

Protesters clash with UN peacekeepers in second-largest city of Cap Hatien over epidemic that has killed more than 900.

Clashes and gunfire have broken out between protesters and UN troops in Haiti, where a cholera epidemic has claimed over 900 lives in about three weeks.

Protesters, who hold Nepalese UN peacekeepers responsible for the cholera outbreak, threw stones and threatened to set fire to a base in the country’s second-largest city of Cap Hatien on Monday, Haitian radio and eyewitnesses reported.

There are also unconfirmed reports that five protesters and one UN peacekeeper have been shot dead.

The UN disputes the claims against the Nepalese mission, but the suspicion persists.

Troubled relationship

Al Jazeera’s Cath Turner, en route to Cap Hatien, said that the situation “has been brewing for a while” with “very tense relations” between the UN peacekeepers stationed there and the local community.

“Back in August, a 16-year-old boy was found dead – he was hanging from a tree. And the Haitians believed that he was killed by the troops up there,” she said. But the troops claimed the boy had committed suicide, and there was never a formal investigation into the boy’s death, she added.

“As you can see, this is really the next phase of this deadly cholera outbreak – this real frustration against the troops – and these people in this community also believe that the UN troops, particularly the Nepalese, are responsible for bringing cholera into this country.”

There are Nepalese as well as Chilean troops in Cap Hatien.

This isn’t the first protest in Haiti, where crowds have taken to the streets, expressing anger at the Haitian government and the UN for failing to contain the outbreak.

Spreading epidemic

There are now cholera cases in every part of Haiti and UN agencies expect a “significant increase” in the number of people affected, a top UN official said on Monday.

“We have cases in every department,” Nigel Fisher, a UN humanitarian co-ordinator in Haiti, said.

The UN and Haiti government had started a review of the epidemic and Fisher said that officials “foresee a significant increase” in the number of cases. He also said it was not unusual for hundreds of thousands of people to be hit by cholera in such an epidemic but added that many would be mild cases.

The Haitian health ministry’s latest figures put the number of dead at 917 with more than 14,600 people treated in hospitals.

Ruling on Behalf of Wall Street’s “Super Rich”: The Financial End Time has Arrived By Prof. Michael Hudson

16 November, 2010 — Global Research

Now that President Obama is almost celebrating his bipartisan willingness to renew the tax cuts for the super-rich enacted under George Bush ten years ago, it is time for Democrats to ask themselves how strongly they are willing to oppose an administration that looks like Bush-Cheney III. Is this what they expected by Mr. Obama’s promise to rise above partisan politics – by ruling on behalf of Wall Street, now that it is the major campaign backer of both parties?

It is a reflection of how one-sided today’s class war has become that Warren Buffet has quipped that “his” side is winning without a real fight being waged. No gauntlet has been thrown down over the trial balloon that the president and his advisor David Axelrod have sent up over the past two weeks to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% for “just” two more years. For all practical purposes the euphemism “two years” means forever – at least, long enough to let the super-rich siphon off enough more money to bankroll enough more Republicans to be elected to make the tax cuts permanent.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 16 November, 2010: VIDEO – Footage contradicts arson allegations / Residents say settlers behind torched grove

16 November, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Palestinians and Arab League likely to reject US proposal
IMEMC – 16 Nov 2010 – Tuesday November 16, 2010 – 16:58, According to Maan News, a proposal from the United States for a 90-day temporary freeze on construction in Israeli West Bank settlements might not be enough to entice the Palestinians into renewing Middle East peace talks.

Meridor: “No cabinet freeze vote until U.S. gives proposal in writing”
IMEMC – 16 Nov 2010 – Tuesday November 16, 2010 – 16:22, In an interview with Israeli Army Radio today, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said U.S. promises were needed in writing before the Cabinet votes on a 3 month settlement freeze.

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Media Lens: “Put the Palestinians on a Diet”

17 November, 2010 MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media


Israel has been forced to reveal what Palestinians and other observers on the ground have known for a long time: that the blockade of Gaza is state policy intended to inflict collective punishment, not to bolster Israeli “security”.

An Israeli human rights group has won a legal battle to compel the Israeli government to release three important documents. These outline state policy for permitting the transfer of goods into Gaza prior to the May 31 attack on the peace flotilla in which nine people were killed by Israeli forces. The group, Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, is demanding Israeli transparency. Meanwhile, Israel refuses to release documents on the current version of blockade policy which was “eased” after international condemnation following the flotilla attack.

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200 Israeli war Criminals

17 November, 2010 —

The following information was received anonymously; presumably from a member of the Israeli Military. It was presented as follows:

war-criminals.jpgUnderlining the following people is an act of retribution and affront. They are the direct perpetrators, agents for the state of Israel that in Dec.- Jan. 2008- 2009 attacked scores of people in the besieged Gaza. The people listed here held positions of command at the time of the attack therefore not only did they perform on behalf of a murderous state mechanism but actively encouraged other people to do the same. They bear a distinctive personal responsibility. They range from low-level field commanders to the highest echelons of the Israeli army. All took an active and direct role in the offensive.

In underlining them we are purposefully directing attention to individuals rather than the static structures through which they operate. We are aligning people with actions. It is to these persons and others, Like them, to which we must object and bring our plaints to bear upon.

This information was pirated. We encourage people to seek out other such similar information, it is readily available in the public sphere and inside public officials’ locked cabinets. This is a form of resistance that can be effectively sustained for a long while.

This project for one, has only just begun, do your bit so that this virtual list may come to bear upon the physical.

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They are the direct perpetrators, agents for the state of Israel that in Dec.- Jan. 2008- 2009 attacked scores of people in the besieged Gaza.?

The names, the photos, the ranks, the positions and the addresses

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17 November, 2010

The International League for Human Rights has awarded MORDECHAI VANUNU with the CARL VON OSSIETZKY MEDAL 2010 for his courageous dedication to nuclear disarmament as well as to civil and human rights.

Please join this international campaign to help get Mordechai Vanunu out of Israel in order to accept the Carl von Ossietzky Medal in Berlin on December 12. (Carl von Ossietzky was a German journalist and pacifist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace for 1935.)

I am sending you an open letter to Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the Israeli Ministers for defense and interior affairs, that we published in various languages together with IALANA and IPPNW earlyer today.

On our website you will find a poster announcing the medal award ceremony – also to be dissiminated and shown on web sites.

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