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Archive for June 2009

Jeremy Scahill gives his opinion on the “withdrawal” from Iraq

June 30, 2009

U.S. forces will indeed remain in Iraqi cities to “to train and advise Iraqi forces,” while huge numbers position themselves just outside the cities and could redeploy or strike in moments. The U.S. hasn’t said how many troops will be in the cities in advisory roles, but the vast majority of the more than 130,000 […]

$2000 for an Afghan or Pakistani life

June 30, 2009

Obama apologized for the air strike which the Afghan government claimed killed well over a hundred civilians. Now the report that the families of those killed can apply to receive up to $2,000 compensation. Shocking? Shame provoking? Embarrassing that no Afghani or Pakistani child or parent has any human rights at all, including the right not to […]

CIA, Seals and Iraqi Torture Killings

June 30, 2009

A report published in The New Yorker magazine reports that the Central Intelligence Agency crucified a prisoner in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. “A forensic examiner found that he (the prisoner) had essentially been crucified; he died from asphyxiation after having been hung by his arms, in a hood, and suffering broken ribs,” the magazine’s […]

Killing of Neda Agha-Soltan “suspicious”

June 29, 2009

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today called the death of Neda Agha-Soltan “suspicious” and urged the country’s authorities to identify those responsible for it. The 26-year-old woman’s death has come to symbolize Iranian resistance to the government’s official election results since it was captured on amateur video. Within hours of its being posted online June 20, […]

Mixed feelings on troop “withdrawal” from Iraq

June 29, 2009

Tuesday marks the long-anticipated deadline for American troops to pull out of Iraqi towns and cities. Iraqis expressed mixed feelings in the run-up to what the government has been describing as National Sovereignty Day. Many Iraqis publicly say they are glad to see Americans out of their neighborhoods, but there are some who are worried […]

Guantanamo’s Youngest Prisoners

June 29, 2009

The long ordeal of Mohammed El-Gharani, Guantánamo’s youngest prisoner, recently came to an end. A Saudi resident and Chadian national, El-Gharani was just 14 years old when he was seized by Pakistani forces in a random raid on a mosque in Karachi. As with all but three of the 22 confirmed juveniles who have been […]

Israeli soldiers testify Palestinian children abused during West Bank operation

June 28, 2009

Two Israeli officers have testified that troops in the West Bank beat, bound and blindfolded Palestinian civilians as young as 14. The damaging disclosures by two sergeants of the Kfir Brigade include descriptions of abuses they say they witnessed during a search-and-detain operation involving hundreds of troops in Hares village on 26 March. The testimonies […]

Congress just gave itself $4Billion for expenses

June 28, 2009

How would you like a job with a six figure salary and the ability to vote yourself an additional healthy chunk of taxpayer money to be used for “expenses?”  Then become a member of the Congressional royalty and you too can wallow in the pork of nearly FOUR BILLION dollars to be used for such […]

U.S. grants for Iranian dissidents

June 28, 2009

The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to fund groups that support Iranian dissidents, continuing a program that became controversial when it was expanded by President Bush. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which reports to the Secretary of State, has for the last year been soliciting applications for $20 million in grants […]

“Americans are cowering spectators!”

June 26, 2009

This video is so worth the six minutes it takes to watch it! Rumor has it that this fellow’s message is so popular that Obama felt obligated to personally call him, and invited him to the White House for  a private chat.