Maliki Blasts Blackwater Firm
Thu Sep 20, 2007 16:30

t r u t h o u t | 09.20

Maliki Blasts Blackwater Firm
Leila Fadel of the McClatchy Newspapers reports, "Blackwater security guards who protect top U.S. diplomats in Iraq have been involved in at least seven serious incidents, some of which resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki said Wednesday."

George Lakoff | Oil and Betrayal in Iraq
George Lakoff, writing for Truthout, states: "Think about what it means for our troops and for the people of Iraq. Our troops were told, and believed because they trusted their president, they were in Iraq to protect America, to protect their families, their homes, their friends and neighbors, our democracy. But they were betrayed. Those troops fought and died and were maimed and had their marriages break up for oil company profits."

Netanyahu "Admits Israeli Strike"
BBC News reports, "The Israeli opposition leader, Binyamin Netanyahu, has made the first apparent admission of Israel's involvement in an alleged air strike against Syria."

Thousands Rally in Support of Jena Six
The Associated Press reports, "Thousands of chanting demonstrators filled the streets of this little Louisiana town Thursday in support of six black teenagers initially charged with attempted murder in the beating of a white classmate."

Johanns Resigns as Agriculture Secretary
The Congressional Quarterly reports, "Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns resigned Thursday amid reports he will run for the Senate in his home state of Nebraska."

"Body of War" a Disturbing Iraq War Critique
John DeFore, writing for Reuters, reports, "A matter-of-fact but pointedly critical commentary on the Iraq War, "Body of War" focuses on how soldiers got sent to Iraq and the shape in which they're coming back.

Pierre Haski | Odor of Corruption Over Saudi "Contract of the Century"
Rue89 co-founder Pierre Haski highlights the extraordinary cynicism that accompanied Britain's signing of a 4.5-billion-pound contract to supply Saudi Arabia with 72 Typhoon Eurofighter jets in contempt of OECD corruption rules.

Stephen Lendman | Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine"
Stephen Lendman, writing for Truthout, looks at Naomi Kleins documentary "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism". Klein describes a worldwide process of social and economic engineering she calls "disaster capitalism" with torture along for the ride to reinforce the message - no "New World Order" alternatives are tolerated.

Maliki points to seven incidents of civilian deaths attributed to Blackwater employees; George Lakoff describes how our troops have been betrayed for oil; Netanyahu admits Israel's strike on Syria; thousands support six black teens charged with attempted murder; agriculture secretary resigns; documentary "Body of War" presents disturbing picture; Stephen Lendman reviews Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine"; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at

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