America -- The World's Arms PusherMon May 21, 2007 16:46
One day you’re gonna wake up, America.
America -- The World's Arms Pusher
By Frida Berrigan
Consider some of the areas in which the United States is still No. 1:
Overthrow, America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
By Stephen Kinzer
The recent of Saddam Hussein may have turned "regime change" into a contemporary buzzword, but it's been a tactic of American foreign policy for more than 110 years. Beginning with the ouster of Hawaii's monarchy in 1893, Kinzer runs through the foreign governments the U.S. has had a hand in toppling.
At least 50 Killed As Lebanese Army Shells Refugee Camp:
The death toll from Sunday's violence climbed to near 50, but it was not known how many civilians have been killed inside the Nahr el-Bared camp on the outskirts of the northern port city of Tripoli, the scene of the heaviest fighting.
Lebanon battles kill another 9 civilians:
Lebanese tanks shelled Islamist militants in a Palestinian refugee camp on Monday and at least nine civilians were killed, raising the death toll in two days of fighting to 66, security sources said.
At least 16 killed in another bloody day of U.S. occupation:
Gunmen shot dead an interpreter working with the U.S. forces in Bashaer area, 40 km (25 miles) south of Kut, police said.
Another seven killed when minibus attacked near Baghdad:
Gunmen in two cars attacked a minibus heading to Baghdad from a Shiite town north of the capital Monday, killing seven passengers, including a child, police said.
Patrick Cockburn Exclusive: Secret US plot to kill Al-Sadr :
The US Army tried to kill or capture Muqtada al-Sadr, the widely revered Shia cleric, after luring him to peace negotiations at a house in the holy city of Najaf, which it then attacked, according to a senior Iraqi government official.
Inside Sadr city : 2 minute video:
A clip from BBC news: A clip from BBC "Inside Sadr city" shows how the Americans are firing on civilians hospital
Iraq draws up plans if U.S. forces leave:
Iraq's military is drawing up plans on how to cope if U.S.-led forces leave the country quickly, the defense minister said Monday.
U.S. Imperial Ambitions Thwart Iraqis' Peace Plans:
Last week, a majority of Iraqi lawmakers demanded a timetable for U.S. and other foreign troops to leave their country. The very next day, the Al Fadhila party, a Shi'ite party considered moderate by the (often arbitrary) standards of the commercial media, held a press conference, in which they offered a 23-point plan for stabilizing Iraq.
UK: 'Brown to cool relations with Bush':
Mr Bush is said to have been briefed by White House officials to expect an announcement on troop withdrawals by Britain during the first 100 days of Mr Brown's premiership, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
"Mine is a dirty and miserable life" :
Nineteen-year-old Nafisa Ridwan says she was forced to work as a sex worker to feed her younger brothers after her father died in an attack in the capital, Baghdad. With her mother seriously sick with a heart condition and without anyone to look after the family, she had to resort to prostitution after failing to find other work.
Iraqi VP Blasts US-Iran Talks : -
Iraq's Sunni vice president spoke out Sunday against the upcoming U.S.-Iran talks on the situation in his country, saying the dialogue was ``damaging to Iraq's sovereignty.''
Israel bombs Gaza, killing at least 5:
Hamas said only two of the eight killed in Sunday's attack were gunmen
Israeli minister issues death threat to Hamas leaders:
All Hamas leaders should be killed to end rocket attacks from Gaza, a senior Israeli cabinet official said today, as Israeli planes carried out new air strikes in the territory.
Israel stokes up Hamas-Fatah strife in Gaza, considers ground invasion:
Israel is intervening in the mounting factional strife in Gaza between Fatah and Hamas, with the explicit aim of eliminating Hamas as a military and political force.
The people of Palestine must seize power now :
If there was ever a time for the Palestinian people to wrest control of their own destiny from the parties, factions and foreign proxies that will lead them to oblivion, that time is now.
Al-Jazeera News May 21, 2007 : Video
News from Al-Jazeera English, recorded at 16:00 hrs UTC on May 21, 2007.
Shin Bet: Wiretaps can be used to guard state's Jewish nature :
The Shin Bet considers itself authorized to use surveillance techniques that violate privacy, such as wiretaps, when activity that "sabotages the state's Jewish character" is carried out, even if this activity is not illegal.
Israel Should Give Up 'Not One Inch' of Land, GOP Presidential Candidate Says:
If he becomes president, Rep. Duncan Hunter says he will continue to hold the position that Israel should surrender "not one inch" of disputed territory to the Arabs in exchange for pledges of peace.
Airstrikes kill 25 Taliban in Afghan:
Suspected Taliban ambushed a US-led coalition and Afghan patrol in the volatile south, sparking a battle and airstrikes that killed 25 insurgents, officials said on Monday.
Taliban attacks kill 14 Afghan police:
New Taliban attacks killed 14 Afghan policemen, police announced Monday, as the US-led coalition said its warplanes had bombed rebel compounds in hours of intense fighting that left 25 militants dead.
Civilian casualties mount as US, NATO turn to airpower:
Over the past month, Afghan officials reported 50 civilians killed in US air strikes in fighting in the western province in Herat, and another 21 in south central Helmand province.
US Pays Pakistan to Fight Terror, but Patrols Ebb :
The United States is continuing to make large payments of roughly $1 billion a year to Pakistan for what it calls reimbursements to the country's military for conducting counterterrorism efforts along the border with Afghanistan, even though Pakistan's president decided eight months ago to slash patrols through the area where Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters are most active.
Just in the Name of Democracy : 2 Minute Video:
We don't really believe in democracy in America, nor have we ever done so. America stands for domination. Period.It is domination that is being exported to the Middle East, just as it was exported 100 years ago to Indian Country; to Oklahoma, and to Mexican territories.
Iran describes nuclear progress:
The head of Iran's nuclear effort said Sunday that the Islamic republic's nuclear program was moving ahead as scheduled and reiterated that Tehran would not suspend uranium enrichment, the country's official news agency IRNA reported.
Kyrgyzstan will close U.S. base if used against Iran:
Kyrgyzstan will close a U.S. military base on its territory if the United States uses it for purposes other than to support an antiterrorism campaign in Afghanistan, the parliamentary speaker said in an interview with RIA Novosti Monday.
India to go slow on Iran gas pipeline:
The government has put on hold the signing of the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline deal, pending the conclusion of the 123 nuclear agreement with the United States.
The Globalization of Military Power: NATO Expansion :
Ultimately NATO is slated to become a global military force. Moreover, part of the objectives of NATO as a global military alliance is to ensure the "energy security" of its member states. What this signifies is the militarization of the world's arteries, strategic pipeline routes, maritime traffic corridors used by oil tankers, and international waters.
Kuwait drops dollar peg in blow to Gulf currency union:
Kuwait unshackled its dinar from the tumbling US dollar on Sunday and switched the exchange rate mechanism to a basket of currencies, throwing plans for currency union with other Gulf Arab oil producers into disarray.
David Hicks' trial was a political fix by two governments:
NOW that David Hicks is back in Australia to serve out the rest of his sentence at Yatala, it is opportune to reflect on the implications of his "trial" for the future of the US military commission process. It is not a pretty picture.
At Padilla terror trial, a witness's surprise effect:
A witness for the US government has painted a less-than-menacing picture of a terrorist training camp.
Secrets of CIA: Video:
This documentary explains how CIA pioneered, developed,manipulated prisoner abuse, sold drugs, changed regimes and killed people world wide.
Army Recruiters Caught on Hidden Camera:
The United States Army insists that it's not so desperate that it would recruit the mentally ill to serve on the front lines. But now an exclusive NewsChannel 5 investigation has the Army investigating three Middle Tennessee recruiters, along with their Dishonorable Deceptions.
U.N. barred from Texas detention center
U.S. immigration officials blocked a U.N. observer from visiting a detention facility for illegal aliens in Texas, the ACLU reported.
Racism goes on trial again in America's Deep South:
The prosecution of three black Louisiana youths reveals the rise of discrimination by stealth
Why Working Less is Better for the Globe:
Americans are working harder than ever before. The dogged pursuit of the paycheck coupled with a 24/7 economy has thrust many of us onto a never-ending treadmill. But of workaholism's growing wounded, its greatest casualty has been practically ignored -- the planet.
Tale of last 90 minutes of woman's life:
Parked in the emergency room lobby in a wheelchair after police left, she fell to the floor. She lay on the linoleum, writhing in pain, for 45 minutes, as staffers worked at their desks and numerous patients looked on.
Anti-war items target of new laws in 5 states:
Incensed by the sale of anti-war T-shirts and other paraphernalia emblazoned with the names and pictures of America's military dead, some states are outlawing the commercial use of the fallen without the permission of their families.
Peace & Joy
One day you’re gonna wake up, America.
He who allows oppression, shares the crime." : Erasmus Darwin
A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself: Joseph Pulitzer
Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy" : John Pierpont Morgan
We have got rid of the fetish of the divine right of kings, and that slavery is of divine origin and authority. But the divine right of property has taken its place. The tendency plainly is towards .. "a government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich." : Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president.
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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America's War On Iraq - At Least 655,000 + +
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America'sWar On Iraq 3,442
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Scores dead as Lebanese army battles Islamists in bloodiest day since civil war
By Robert Fisk
Here are a few facts. A group of armed men tried to rob a Tripoli bank on Saturday and got cornered in an apartment block. Others holed up in the Nahr el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp north of the city. When I arrived yesterday, army tank fire was bursting in the camp and black-hooded policemen were preparing to storm, Iraqi-style, into the city-centre building. But the robbers were said to have stolen only $1,500. Was that worth this massacre?
And Now, a Fetus
By Gideon Levy
Memorial posters decorate the walls of the Rafidiya government hospital in Nablus, covering earlier posters of countless young people who have been killed. But this poster is like nothing we have seen before: a fetus covered in its own blood, its tiny head blown up by the bullet that struck its mother, and the caption - "Who gave you the right to steal his life?"
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