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23 February, 2009: The Economic Outlook: 2012 and Beyond

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,311,696"

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 4,247

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Caught On Tape
Israeli Occupation Forces Shoot Unarmed Gaza Farmer
2 Minute Video
Israeli forces shot a twenty year-old Palestinian farmer as he worked his land in the village of Al-Faraheen, east of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip.

The Cleanser
By Norman Finkelstein
Lobby Whistles Up Cordesman to “Prove” Israel Waged a Clean War in Gaza

Erase my Grandfather’s Name at Yad Vashem
To the President of the State of Israel and the Director of the Yad Vashem Memorial
By Jean-Moïse Braitberg
I ask you to honor my request, Mr. Chairman, because what took place in Gaza, and more generally, the injustices to the Arab people of Palestine for sixty years, disqualifies Israel to be the center of the memory of the harm done to Jews, and thus to all humanity.

A Message to Israel:
Time to Stop Playing the Victim Role
By Philip Slater
“Poor little Israel” just sounds silly when you’re the dominant power in the Middle East. When you’ve invaded several of your neighbors, bombed and defeated them in combat, occupied their land, and taken their homes away from them, it’s time to stop acting oppressed.

Revealed: Full Horror of Gitmo Inmate’s Beatings
By Mark Townsend
Binyam Mohamed will return to Britain suffering from a huge range of injuries after being beaten by US guards right up to the point of his departure from Guantánamo Bay, according to the first detailed accounts of his treatment inside the camp.

Propelling Prisoners’ Heads into Concrete Walls
By David Swanson
Savage beatings with fists and rifles that left prisoners crippled, hanging prisoners by the arms with their arms strung up behind them, depriving prisoners of sleep for weeks on end, which has been thought the worst torture possible for 500 years, causing prisoners to freeze — sometimes to death, and waterboarding are but a partial list of the torture methods ordered by America’s highest officials.

Obama, Tell Us The Whole Truth
The Independent Leading Article
‘Having considered the matter, the government adheres to its previously articulated position.” With these words, Acting Assistant Attorney General Michael Hertz ended a dream. The dream that Barack Obama’s presidency would inaugurate a transcendent world order on a new moral plane.

Can Iran Build a Nuclear Bomb?
Iran’s Nuke Program not Weapons-capable, UN Official Says: Report
By Jeremy Gantz
Obama administration officials have called Iran’s uranium enrichment activities an “urgent problem,” differing little from former president George W. Bush’s administration on the issue, although Obama has said he’s willing to negotiate with Iran.

Kill The Messenger
 By Sibel Edmonds – Video Documentary:
 Most Americans have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will. The former FBI translator turned whistleblower tells a chilling story of corruption at Washington’s highest levels-sale of nuclear secrets, shielding of terrorist suspects, illegal arms transfers, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, espionage

Secret U.S. Unit Trains Commandos in Pakistan
By Eric Schmitt and Jane Perlez
The Americans are mostly Army Special Forces soldiers who are training Pakistani Army and paramilitary troops, providing them with intelligence and advising on combat tactics.

The Problem with “A nation of Cowards”
By Bill Noxid
The most disturbing consequence of the election of the first African-American president is the delusional rush to pretend that this country that was founded ( and continues to function ) on genocide and slavery, is somehow “past” racism. Obviously, nothing could be further from the truth, and the fact that society as a whole still refuses to face it is – as Attorney General Eric Holder stated clearly – nothing less than cowardice.

The Economic Outlook: 2012 and Beyond
By Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar
The US government under Bush spent close to one trillion dollars, and now the Obama administration is promising to spend trillions in the years to come to stimulate the economy. With official US debt now close to 11 trillion dollars and climbing fast, the situation is becoming untenable. According to, last year (2008) US government paid $451 billion dollars interest on its debt. Add to this the Medicare and social security obligations and suddenly things look a lot worse than they appear.

Economic Freefall
A Blessing in Disguise
By Jon Ronnquist
One thing we should not overlook when taking in the impact of the current economic situation is that it is both inevitable and invaluable in equal measure. That there was no escaping the consequences we are now facing has been a well known fact among those in the know for many years. If anything, it is amazing that we have staved it off for so long. For this we have the hard working men and women of the real world to thank, who toiled on in the name of pride, dignity and responsibility until the burden of debt simply became to great to bear.

Herbert Hoover Copycat
By Ismael Hossein-zadeh
How the Current Financial Rescue Schemes are Following the Failed Model of the Hoover Administration.

As New Scammers Emerge, Is It Jailout Time Yet?
By Danny Schechter
The Right Mobilizes Against The Stimulus While We Sign Petitions:

NATO air strike kills 16 Taliban: police:
“We requested air support from the international forces. As a result of the aerial bombardment, 16 Taliban have been killed,” Ikramuddin Yawar, police chief for western Afghanistan told AFP.

Twin suicide bombings kill 1 police, wounds 2 in W Afghanistan:
One Afghan police was killed and two others sustained injuries as two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Nimroz province west of Afghanistan Monday, provincial governor Ghulam Dastgir Azad said.

‘Death to Canadians’: Afghans protest blast that kills 2 boys:
Dozens of angry protesters shouted “death to Canadians” and paraded the bloody bodies of two dead boys in front of a government office in Kandahar Monday, after an explosion southwest of the city near a village for disabled people.

More U.S. Troops For Afghanistan:
The United States is sending 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan. President Barack Obama said in a written statement that the increase was “necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.” He noted that “the Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan, and al-Qaida supports the insurgence and threatens America from its safe-haven along the Pakistani border.”

Taliban declares ceasefire in Pakistani tribal area:
“We made this announcement of a unilateral ceasefire in the interest of Pakistan and our region,” said Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) deputy chief Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, in a 30-minute speech broadcast on radio. “We advise our people not to take action against security forces.”

Taliban Commander Pledges Second Pakistan Truce:
A Taliban commander announced a unilateral cease-fire Monday in a northwestern Pakistan region where the military says it has killed around 1,500 militants in an ongoing offensive.

Imran Khan advises US to strike a deal with Taliban:
Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has urged the United States to strike a deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan on the pattern of the Swat pact, saying that the real threat was from the Al Qaeda.

Iraq: Seven killed in attacks: Iraq attack:
Bombers and gunmen killed at least six people in attacks in Iraq on Monday, the interior ministry said. Three people, two of them troops, died when gunmen opened fire at an army checkpoint in Ghazaliyah, a mainly Sunni suburb of western Baghdad

3 US soldiers, interpreter killed in Iraq:
A statement says the soldiers and their interpreter were killed Monday in Diyala province.

Iraqi Sunni MP denies terror charges:
An Iraqi Sunni lawmaker who was accused of masterminding terrorist attacks, including a suicide one in the Iraqi parliament, rejected the charges on Monday, describing the accusations as “fabrication”.

Iraq faces a new war as tensions rise in north:
Violence between Iraqi Kurds and Arabs is threatening an all out conflict that could complicate US plans to withdraw troops

Veteran Organization: ‘More Soldiers Will Only Lead to More Death; Not Stability and Peace’:
“After people call their elected leaders they should talk to their neighbors, family and friends. We need to persuade the public that there is a better way than war. That more war in Afghanistan will not solve the problems there and that we can be part of a peaceful and just world.”

Ethnic cleansing?
Israel orders Palestinian homes razed:
1500 people were living in the threatened houses in the neighbourhood abutting the Old City

Arms embargo against Israel urged:
Amnesty International has released a report calling for a global arms embargo against Israel because of its conduct during the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Amnesty International: Gaza white phosphorus shells were US made:
White phosphorus bombs used by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip were produced and supplied by American arms manufacturers, according to an Amnesty International report that called for a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel today.

US Pledges $900 Million to Rebuild Gaza:
The money, which needs U.S. congressional approval, will be distributed through U.N. and other bodies and not via the militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, said one official.

‘Ramallah helped Israel hit Hamas, Gaza’:
Hamas accuses the Palestinian Authority of providing Tel Aviv with a map of the locations targeted by the Israeli army during the Gaza War.

Ehud Olmert sacks Israel’s top negotiator in Gaza peace talks:
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert dismissed Israel’s top negotiator in Gaza truce talks for publicly criticizing his demand that Palestinian militants hand over a captured Israeli soldier before any deal is clinched, officials said Monday.

Labor snubs Likud, teams up with Kadima:
“The voter sent Labor to the opposition, and that’s where we’ll go,” said the chairman of the left-wing party after a meeting with far-right Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.

Israeli speaker pelted with shoes:
During a talk at the Apollo Hotel in Amsterdam on Sunday, Israeli speaker Ron Edelheit was pelted with shoes thrown by members of the audience.

Israel goes low profile to sway Obama on Iran:
Israel has formulated a fresh strategy toward Iran after the UN watchdog released its latest report on the country nuclear developments.

UK presses Russia over Iran missiles deal:
Britain is raising concerns with Russia that it is supplying Iran with missile systems to defend its nuclear plants, MPs heard Monday.

Russia postpones Iran missile deal:
Russia Today TV reports Russia keeps missile sale on table as it holds cards in Afghanistan

Trial launch of reactor at Bushehr NPP planned for February 25.:
A trial launch of a reactor at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant will take place on February 25 in the presence of Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom), the Iranian news agency ISNA said on Monday, quoting Mohsen Delaviz, the official spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI).

IAEA clarifies misleading media reports on Iran:
In response to questions by Dr. Kaveh Afrasiabi, the IAEA spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, has issued a statement clarifying the IAEA’s position regarding the misleading articles in the US and European press concerning Iran’s production of low-enriched uranium.

11 African soldiers killed in Somalia: –
A suicide car-bomb attack against African Union peacekeepers in Somalia yesterday killed 11 Burundi soldiers and wounded 15 others, the deadliest attack against AU troops since their deployment two years ago.

Somalia’s Shabaab vows more attacks on African troops:
Somalia’s hardline Islamist insurgent group al Shabaab pledged on Monday to launch more attacks on African Union “peacekeepers” after the deadliest strike yet killed at least 11 soldiers from Burundi.

Some 3.2 mln Somalis need urgent aid – U.N.:
About 3.2 million people, or 43 percent of population in insurgency-hit Somalia need urgent help to get them through a growing humanitarian and food security crisis, the United Nations’ food agency said on Monday.

Somalia: Agencies Alarmed By Child Malnutrition:
One in six children in Somalia is acutely malnourished because of high food prices and lack of access to staple foods due to ongoing conflict, according to an early warning report.

Nine Security Agents Killed in Algerian Bombing:
A bomb attack killed nine security guards and injured three in northern Algeria near a power facility, officials and Algerian media said Monday.,2933,498604,00.html

Aid workers killed in Darfur:
Two Sudanese workers for a French aid group have been shot dead in Sudan’s western Darfur region.

Ecuador’s Correa: US diplomat directed CIA in Ecuador:
The U.S. Embassy’s first secretary in the office of regional affairs, was declared a “persona non grata” on Wednesday and ordered to leave the country within 48 hours because of what the government called “unacceptable meddling” in Ecuadorean affairs.

Obama sides with Bush on Bagram detainees:
President Barack Obama’s administration has sided with predecessor George W. Bush on the rights of detainees at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, saying they cannot challenge their detention in US courts.

Britain’s omertà on torture is a crime:
David Miliband claims the UK is bound by a pledge of confidentiality to the US not to discuss shared intelligence on terrorism. On the contrary, says Binyam Mohamed’s lawyer. If it relates to the violent abuse of suspects, to suppress it is illegal.

Probe finds Army charity is hoarding millions:
Military’s biggest charity is stockpiling cash, rather than using it for aid

Obama pledges to halve US deficit:
The Obama administration, which has just pushed through a $787 billion economic stimulus package, also announced more funding for ailing US banks on Monday amid a continuing economic crisis.

In Latest Plan for Banks, U.S. Could Demand Voting Stake:
The Obama administration put the nation’s biggest banks on notice Monday that the government could become their biggest shareholder if regulators decide they are not strong enough to weather a deeper-than-expected downturn in the economy.

Get ready for a wave of bank failures:
In less than two months, regulators have seized 14 banks. Experts think many more banks will collapse before the financial crisis is over.

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