Gen Martin E Dempsey speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon. The course was suspended when a student objected to the material. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP A course for US military officers has been teaching that America’s enemy is Islam in general and suggesting that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina [...]
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US military course taught officers ‘Islam is the enemy’ Pentagon suspends course after study materials posted online suggested that Mecca and Medina may have to be obliterated
Greece: Civil war, but not as you know it As the economic situation in Greece worsens, so too does its political climate.
Loverdos is a minister for so-called Social Solidarity – hardly what one would expect from his issuing of compulsory health certificates for all migrants, says the author [AP] London, United Kingdom - On April 1, 2012 two ministers of the Greek coalition government held a joint press conference: Michalis Chrisochoidis, minister for Citizen Protection (administering the [...]
Growing up, Falling in Love Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 The AP story on military maneuvers in the Arctic reads like the gleeful report of a mugging.
Despite Fukushima and Chernobyl Has World Learned Nothing? On Anniversary of Chernobyl Ukrainians, Greenpeace Decry Nuclear Energy – Common Dreams staff
Ukrainians hold candles commemorating the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Kiev, Ukraine,Thursday, April 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) Despite Fukushima and Chernobyl Has World Learned Nothing? On Anniversary of Chernobyl Ukrainians, Greenpeace Decry Nuclear Energy – Common Dreams staff link http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/26-1 “The Chernobyl disaster underscored that mankind [...]
Text of AP Story on Afghanistan Agreement Translated into Human By David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/content/text-ap-story-afghanistan-agreement-translated-human Here’s an Associated Press story on an agreement for another decade of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, an agreement between two governments that do not represent their peoples, a story that was clearly translated from the [...]
George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin case – live updates • Special prosecutor to announce charges at 6pm ET
George Zimmerman. Photograph: Orlando Sentinel/AP George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin case – live updates • Special prosecutor to announce charges at 6pm ET • Trayvon Martin’s family to hold news conference today • Martin, 17, was unarmed when he was shot on way home • Zimmerman claimed he feared for his life 4.09pm: Further pictures of [...]
Israelis Protest Against War on Iran by John Glaser, March 24, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Hundreds of Israelis marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest against a possible unilateral Israeli military strike on Iran, as more Israeli citizens begin to reach out to Iranians. The protest sprung up independently after a Facebook campaign by [...]
Afghan Villagers Say Shootings Were Revenge By Deb Riechmann and Mirwais Khan The Associated Press March 21, 2012 “CSM” — Several Afghans near the villages where an American soldier is alleged to have killed 16 civilians say U.S. troops lined them up against a wall after a roadside bombing and told [...]
Israel Intelligence Agrees Iran Is Not After N-bomb: Report By Press TV March 19, 2012 “Press TV” – – Despite their saber-rattling, Israeli officials have generally accepted the US intelligence assessment that Tehran is not building a nuclear bomb, a report says. The Associated Press report said Sunday that although Israeli leaders have [...]
A partnership between Washington and Kabul is doomed to fail, the authors write. | AP Photo Close Afghanistan shooting shows U.S. should stop treading water By MALOU INNOCENT and ROBERT NAIMAN | 3/12/12 9:22 PM EDT The rogue U.S. soldier’s massacre Sunday of 16 Afghan villagers — nine of them children — follows the violent anti-American [...]
Mass murder in Kandahar US soldier who killed civilians during shooting spree faced no resistance because residents are now used to night raids.
Some of the bodies of the victims were badly burned, but it remains unclear whether the fire in this Kandahar home was set deliberately or caused by the shooting itself [AFP] In Australia after a few words of condolence and the very insincere sounding efforts of Gillard the unelected PM it is full speed ahead to complete [...]
Global Warming May Force Pacific Nation of Kiribati to Move to Fiji In what could be the first climate-induced relocation of a country, the leaders of the low-lying archipelago of Kiribati plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji in case rising tides force their entire population to leave. Villagers have already seen seawater [...]
Free Syrian Army fighters chant antigovernment slogans as they hold up their weapons near a building hit by a Syrian Army tank in Idlib, north Syria, Sunday, March 4. Rodrigo Abd/AP Chinese envoy to press Syria for cease-fire China‘s special envoy to Syria is expected to press authorities for a cease-fire to end the country’s crisis. Beijing is opposed to any [...]
WASHINGTON – Top Pentagon officials are considering putting elite special operations troops under CIA control in Afghanistan after 2014, just as they were during last year’s raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, sources told The Associated Press. The plan is one of several possible scenarios being debated by Pentagon staffers. [...]
It should prove an interesting event at Davos as those who espouse the virtues of inequality, hegemony and consumerism attempt to work out another fix for the capitalist system. At the moment it seems that the usual idea of starting up the presses and printing more money may have a very limited value. The [...]
Occupy Davos: Attendees Confront a New Wave of Anger – Common Dreams staff This years’ World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, marks the start of the perennial capitalist meet-and-greet summit season. Members of the Occupy WEF movement gather at their camp site in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 22, 2012. The Occupy WEF [...]
Thousands Hit Athens Streets Demanding End to Austerity Strikes affect public transportation, other services
Thousands Hit Athens Streets Demanding End to Austerity Strikes affect public transportation, other services – Common Dreams staff watch video at http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/17-1 Agencies are reporting that thousands of Greeks have taken to the streets and have taken part in strikes in ongoing protests over the country’s harsh austerity measures. Greece has entered its [...]
Gul Rahman Qazi , center, head of an Afghan investigative commission speaks during a media conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Afghan President Karzai had charged the commission with investigating the detention of some hundreds of suspected militants and the investigative commission has accused the U.S. military of abusing detainees at its largest [...]
A military base ‘on the brink’ The toll of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is catching up with the Washington state communities near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the form of suicides, slayings and more.
The memorial flier from Army Staff Sgt. Jared Hagemann’s funeral. He died of a gunshot wound to the head this year after eight combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as another deployment to Afghanistan loomed. (Elaine Thompson, Associated Press / December 26, 2011) ALSO Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program aims to equip troops mentally [...]
The year’s top story is not getting coverage The financial industry may end up doing what the media isn’t – exposing its abuses and bringing itself down.
Earlier this month, six Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives were charged with securities fraud [GALLO/GETTY] New York, NY - As every media critic learns, the worst sin of our press is not its blatant biases, or crimes of commission, but rather the pervasive patterns of omission; what’s left out! Already, with two weeks to go, [...]
Photo: AP It’s Anna Hazare versus the Indian government yet again. The 74-year-old Gandhian activist is going on his third fast this year, demanding the government pass his version of a strong anti-corruption law. This, by the current session of parliament, which officially ends today. But the government is under pressure and that session [...]
I often say that critics of Israel and America’s unconditional support for it are wrong to call the monster that has Congress by the testicles the “Israel lobby“. That description of it implies that it speaks for all Israelis. It does not and in Ha’aretz recently there was a remarkably good analysis of what’s happening in Israel which illustrates, proves, my [...]
Germany: Israel settlement building ‘devastating’ In a joint statement at the UN meeting, France, Britain and Germany said the Jewish-only communities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem “are illegal under international law, an obstacle to peace and constitute a threat to a two-state solution.”
Spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel Georg Streiter said Israel‘s recent tenders for over 1,000 settlement houses was “devastating” for peace on Monday. (MaanImages/Inbal Rose, File) BERLIN (Ma’an) — The German government issued a rare condemnation of Israeli settlement building on occupied Palestinian land on Monday, news reports said. Spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel Georg Streiter [...]
A Masked Palestinian fighter in Gaza. (Zoriah.net) By Ramzy BaroudEssam Al-Batsh and his nephew, Sobhi Al-Batsh, are the latest in a long line of reported Palestinian ‘militants’ killed by Israel. The civilians were both targeted while driving in a car in downtown Gaza on December 8. According to an Israeli army [...]
An man inspects a mosque in northern Israel which was torched in the Bedouin village of Tuba Zangaria. (AFP/Jinipix Ancho Gosh, File) SALFIT (Ma’an) — A mosque was set on fire on Wednesday by settlers in the West Bank village of Bruqin, near Salfit, local officials said. The governor of Salfit Isam Abu Bakr told [...]
The Pentagon is facilitating contracts for one of the most corrupt governments in the world to exploit natural resources
The Pentagon is facilitating contracts for one of the most corrupt governments in the world to exploit natural resources by John Glaser, December 06, 2011 Afghanistan Opens Bids to Western Investors for Mineral Deposits | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Afghanistan opened bids on Tuesday to foreign investors to mine the country’s [...]
Vladmir Putin’s United Russia party expected to see its support fall as people tire of prime minister’s strongman style
Russian women casting their vote in Tskhinvali: Vladimir Putin‘s party could see its support fall from a current majority of two-thirds to 53%. Photograph: Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters Russians vote in national parliamentary elections Vladmir Putin’s United Russia party expected to see its support fall as people tire of prime minister’s strongman style reddit this Associated Press [...]
Image by The U.S. Army via Flickr Dying to Corrupt Afghanistan by James Bovard, Posted November 30, 2011 American soldiers are dying so that Afghan politicians can continue looting U.S. tax dollars. Foreign aid has long been notorious for creating kleptocracies — governments of thieves. The $50+ billion foreign aid that the United States has dumped on Afghanistan [...]
Are Muslims allowed rights? The New York Police Department and the FBI’s targeting of Muslim communities is unfounded and must stop, authors say.
The NYPD and FBI have indiscriminately spied on Muslim communities in the US, angering many American Muslims [EPA] New York, NY – The Associated Press recently reported on know-your-rights trainings happening in New York City’s Muslim communities. This was one of the latest installments in the wire agency’s series confirming what Muslim New Yorkers had long [...]
Australian PM flags early end to Afghan mission CANBERRA, Australia — Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Monday that the Australian military training mission in Afghanistan could be completed before the 2014 target date, after an Afghan army commander told a newspaper that Australian troops should be withdrawn immediately. Gillard’s speech to Parliament [...]
Abdullah al-Senoussi, former head of Libyan intelligence, was found at his sisters house, revolutionary fighters said. Photograph: Dario Lopez-Mills/AP Gaddafi’s intelligence chief captured, says Libyan minister Revolutionary fighters catch Abdullah al-Senoussi in southern desert region near where Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam was found reddit this Agencies guardian.co.uk, Sunday 20 November 2011 17.16 GMT Article history [...]
Gutless UK to abstain on Palestine UN-membership vote Foreign minister Hague says Palestine “largely meets the criteria,” but returning to peace talks the priority.
Mahmoud Abbas submitted Palestine‘s full-membership application in September [Reuters] Britain has said that it will abstain from voting if Palestine’s application for full-membership at the UN was taken up in the UN Security Council. William Hague, the British foreign secretary, said on Wednesday that his government had decided to abstain from voting in the hope [...]
UN Envoy: Much of Libya’s Weaponry Already Looted Says Missing Missiles a ‘Very, Very Serious Cause for Concern’
UN Envoy: Much of Libya’s Weaponry Already Looted Says Missing Missiles a ‘Very, Very Serious Cause for Concern’ by Jason Ditz, November 06, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum In an interview today with the Associated Press, UN envoy to Libya Ian Martin cautioned that many of Libya’s weapons depots still [...]
Bangkok residents make their way through floodwaters near Don Muang airport in Thailand. Photograph: Apichart Weerawong/AP Freakish weather disasters — from the sudden October snowstorm in the north-east US to the record floods in Thailand — are striking more often. And global warming is likely to spawn more similar weather extremes at a huge cost, says [...]
Bogotá mayor Gustavo Petro, a former leftist rebel, acknowledges supporters as he celebrates his win. Photograph: Fernando Vergara/Associated Press Colombians install anti-corruption crusader Gustavo Petro as mayor of Bogotá after peaceful end to volatile elections reddit this Associated Press and agencies guardian.co.uk, Monday 31 October 2011 13.20 GMT Article history A former leftist rebel [...]
The Unesco executive meets in Paris. It decided on Monday to accept Palestinian membership. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters Controversial move endorsed in UN cultural agency vote despite US threat of withholding £50m in funds reddit this Associated Press in Paris guardian.co.uk, Monday 31 October 2011 13.11 GMT Article history Palestine has become a full member [...]
Uruguay lawmakers revoke Dirty War amnesty AP – Nun Sor Genevieve Jeanningros, from France, niece of missing French nun Sor Leonie Duquet, looks on as … By RAUL O. GARCES, Associated Press – Thu Oct 27, 10:40 am ET MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Uruguay’s Congress revoked amnesty for military officials charged with human rights abuses on Thursday, ending a deal between left and right [...]
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra warned that parts of the capital could be flooded Continue reading the main story Related Stories Floods: ‘We may be evacuated’ Flood complacency evaporates in Bangkok Thailand flooding ‘to last weeks’ All parts of Bangkok are now vulnerable to flooding, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has warned. In a televised address, she [...]
Romney: Rebuild defense, add 100,000 troops By Bruce SmithAssociated Press / October 6, 2011 E-mail| Print| Comments (1) Text size – + MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.—Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Thursday America must not economize on security but rather strengthen national defense by rebuilding the Navy and Air Force and adding 100,000 active duty personnel. Tweet Be the first [...]
Romney: God Wants U.S. to Lead, Not Follow You can always call God in aid of sheer warmongering and killing. George Ikners ikners.com Published October 07, 2011 Mitt Romney, the leading Republican presidential candidate, is calling for a century of American dominance in his first major foreign policy address, outlining plans to strengthen the U.S. military while [...]
I Am a History Teacher, and I Lie to My Students. A world wide problem in teaching what the elites completely ignore
I Am a History Teacher, and I Lie to My Students by Dr. Brian Phillips, October 05, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum On Sept. 30, 2011, I woke up and began my daily routine, preparing for another day of teaching history to high school students. In the course of an average school year, I [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) – Public disclosure of graphic photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed in May by U.S. commandos would damage national security and lead to attacks on American property and personnel, the Obama administration contends in a court documents. In a response late Monday to a Freedom of Information [...]
A man accused of running an illegal contractor spy ring in Afghanistan has resigned from the Air Force, still maintaining his innocence, and still facing possible criminal charges.
By KIMBERLY DOZIER updated 9/27/2011 8:43:30 AM ET Print Font: WASHINGTON — A man accused of running an illegal contractor spy ring in Afghanistan has resigned from the Air Force, still maintaining his innocence, and still facing possible criminal charges. Two investigations continue in a case that has tested the definition of what contractors are allowed to do [...]
Saudi woman to be lashed for defying driving ban Saudi women are forced to rely on live-in drivers or male relatives to drive them to work, the shop or the doctor because of the ban. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP Shaima Jastaina sentenced to 10 lashes after being found guilty of driving without permission reddit this [...]
‘Ground Zero mosque‘ opens quietly Islamic cultural centre sparked debate last year for being planned near New York’s World Trade Center site. The Islamic cultural centre drew national attention when it was embroiled in controversy last year [EPA] An Islamic cultural centre close to the site where New York’s World Trade Center once stood has opened [...]
Official inquiries as a result of the phone hacking scandal are rocking the British media landscape [REUTERS] Can the media industry in Britain restore public trust, which is ebbing away in the wake of the scandal over phone-hacking by employees of the Murdoch-owned News International? The grand institutions of British media are taking a long [...]
Walter Fauntroy, Feared Dead in Libya, Returns Home—Guess Who He Saw Doing the Killing It wasn’t the Libyans 54 by Valencia Mohammed Special to the AFRO Inset: Former U.S. Congressman Walter Fauntroy. Larger photo: AP Photo, Gaia Anderson – Rebel fighters take control of a military vehicle, centre, positioned to defend what used to [...]