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31 December, 2009: Afghanistan: Civilians Handcuffed And Killed By US Occupation Forces: Report

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: 4,689
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,566

Cost of War in Iraq
Cost of War in Afghanistan

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 Afghan Civilians Handcuffed And Killed By US Occupation Forces: Report
Western troops accused of executing 10 Afghan civilians, including children
By Jerome Starkey In Kabul
American-led troops were accused yesterday of dragging innocent children from their beds and shooting them during a night raid that left ten people dead.

Threats to Yemen Prove America Hasn’t Learned the Lesson of History
By Patrick Coburn
There is ominous use by American politicians and commentators of the phrase “failed state” in relation to Yemen, as if this some how legitimised foreign intervention. It is extraordinary that the US political elite has never taken on board that its greatest defeats have been in just such “failed states”

The Fear Decade
Since 9/11, We’ve Embraced Our Inner Coward
By Ted Rall
Home of the free and the brave. Live free or die. Shoot first; ask questions later. Kill ‘em all, let God sort ‘em out. These were the mottos of a brash, impetuous, audacious-to-a-fault nation. That nation is dead.

Viva Palestina Update
Back On The Move Towards Gaza
Press TV Video
Update on the Viva Palestina 3 Convoy that was stuck in Jordan due to Egyptian issues. Now back on the move and onwards to Gaza.

US Congressmen Fighting for Gaza
By Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera’s Todd Baer caught up with two US Democratic congressmen whose efforts to lift the Israeli blockade on Gaza are being met with stiff resistance.

Lining Up for the Wall Street Gravy Train
By Mike Whitney
The banks are not only taking depositors money and using it in high-risk derivatives transactions and currency “carry trades”, they’re also propping up the long daisy-chain of insolvent creditors whose default could domino Lehman-like through the entire financial system. Funny how the media skips little tidbits like this when they give their rosy evening roundup.

Humanity’s Right to Life
The failure of the Copenhagen Summit
By: Fidel Castro
I want to insist on how unfair and outrageous were the remarks of the Prime Minister of the UK and the Yankee attempt to impose as the Summit Accord a document that was at no time discussed with the attending countries.

Iraq attacks leave 30 dead:
Blasts in central and western Iraq killed 30 people and wounded the Anbar provincial governor on Wednesday, the latest in a series of attacks against government targets in recent months.

8 U.S. CIA agents killed in Afghan suicide blast:
U.S. officials said the dead Americans – killed in a suicide bombing on a military base in southeastern Khost province on Wednesday – were CIA agents. It was one of the highest foreign non-military death tolls in the eight-year war against the Islamist Taliban.

Taliban claims responsibility for suicide bombing that killed 8 CIA agents:
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attacker at the CIA base in Khost Province was a “well-dressed” officer in the Afghan army.

Four Canadian occupation force soldiers, one journalist killed in Kandahar:
Five Canadians – four soldiers and a journalist – were killed Tuesday in Afghanistan by a bomb that exploded as their armoured vehicle passed by, a Canadian general announced on Wednesday.

NATO airstrikes kill eight Afghan civilians:
At least eight civilians have been killed in the latest airstrikes by NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, witnesses say. The attacks took place in Nadali district of Helmand province on Wednesday, Afghan witnesses told Press TV on Thursday.

Another 7 civilians killed in S. Afghanistan:
“NATO-led troops carried out air strike outside Helmand’s provincial capital Lashkargah on Wednesday, killing seven civilians and wounding two others,” spokesman for provincial administration Daud Ahmadi told Xinhua.

Karzai calls for US troops in Afghan custody:
Afghanistan has demanded that foreign troops responsible for the killing of 10 civilians be handed over to the custody of the government.

Afghan civilian death prompts anti-US rallies:
The protestors chanted “death to Obama” and “death to foreign forces.” The demonstrators also torched a US flag and an effigy of US President Barack Obama.

Taliban beheads six Afghan ‘spies’: police:
Taliban militants beheaded six Afghans they accused of spying for the government of President Hamid Karzai, police said Thursday, confirming the men had “cooperated with the authorities”.

Pakistan: 10 militants killed in Mohmand:
According to a spokesman, security forces also destroyed a hideout of the militants. Action against militants in the area has been continuing for the last two days. Chamar Kand was an important hideout of the militants.
5 killed in raid at Pakistan hospital:
The eight hours of fighting took place at Hafiz Medical Center in the South Waziristan town of Wana, beginning at 11 p.m. Wednesday. A Sudanese man, three men from unidentified Arab countries and a woman of unknown nationality were killed, the officials said.

Two killed as militants attack Nato tankers in Kalat:
Militants opened fire on the tankers going through the Chaman Pass to supply fuel to Nato forces in Afghanistan.

US sharply steps up military, economic aid to Yemen:
The Pentagon, through the 1206 funds, has been helping Yemen since 2006 to train and equip its forces, including providing them with radios, helicopter spare parts, trucks and patrol boats, according to Bryan Whitman, a spokesman.

U.S. Arms Feed Yemen’s Gun Culture:
The Obama administration “is essentially initiating a low-level war in Yemen with little or no public discussion about its potential consequences”.

Yemen: Visa Of Bomb Suspect Expired:
Officials Say Passport Control Should Have Prevented Suspect From Leaving

French Gaza Freedom March activist killed in Cairo:
Organizers of the “Gaza Freedom March” report the death of a French citizen from injuries sustained at the hands of security forces during a demonstration in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

US commander ‘certain’ hostage was held in Iran:
But the Foreign Office played down the reports today and said there was no evidence the British hostages were held in Iran following their abduction.

‘No evidence’ hostage held in Iran:
The Foreign Office has insisted it has seen “no evidence” to back up claims that Iran was directly involved in the kidnap of five Britons and the murder of four of them.

EU Mission to Tehran Draws U.S. Ire:
An 11-person European Parliament delegation is scheduled to visit Tehran next week, drawing a rebuke from U.S. lawmakers concerned the visit could legitimize Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government.

Film Review: Avatar, A Humanist Call from Mt. Hollywood by Gilad Atzmon:
Avatar may well be the biggest anti War film of all time. It stands against everything the West is identified with. It is against greed and capitalism, it is against interventionalism, it is against colonialism and imperialism, it is against technological orientation, it is against America and Britain.

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