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Top International News Round-Up

IMF chief hails ‘new era of collaborative global governance’ – Raw Story 10/4/09

Dead or Alive? Osama bin Laden: A Marketing Tool for US-NATO Military Operations – Global Research 9/11/09

Thinking the Unthinkable: NATO’s Global Military Roadmap – Global Research 10/3/09

An Imperial Strategy for a New World Order: The Origins of World War III – Global Research 10/15/09

Britain: Supranational Banking Organization May Be Needed – Reuters / Cryptogon 10/16/09

Dangerous Crossroads: U.S. Expands Asian NATO Against China, Russia – Global Research 10/17/09

Far from being an isolated case, the joint U.S-Indian operation is emblematic of unprecedented military cooperation between the two nuclear nations over the past few years, in fact a strategic military partnership whose major purposes are to supplant Russia as India’s decades-long main defense ally and arms supplier and to consolidate a U.S.-led military bloc in the Asia Pacific region aimed at containing China and furthering the encirclement of both that nation and Russia.

US to make Blackwater-style entry into Somalia – Global Research 10/17/09

Scientists Warn: South Africa to Run Out of Surface Water – Treehugger 9/30/09

AFRICOM: The Pentagon’s First Direct Military Intervention In Africa – Global Research 8/25/09

Money and Mandarin lessons fuel China’s African invasion – Independent, UK 10/15/09

US documents point to secret Japan nuclear pact – Agence France Presse / There Are No Sunglasses 10/14/09

China Detects Sarin Gas Along Border with North Korea – Cryptogon 10/10/09

Warning Ireland could become police state – There Are No Sunglasses 9/24/09

Former Director BBC Denounces Conspiracy Against Democracy – There Are No Sunglasses 9/23/09

Human guinea pigs! Israel Forces People to Drink Uranium?– Political Theatrics 9/25/09

Israel’s Nuclear Chronology – Nuclear Threat Initiative

VIDEO: Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Factory – Global Research 9/28/09

Goldstone Report Endorsed by UN Human Rights Council – Faster Times 10/16/09

The Faster Times has just learned that the United Nation’s Human Rights Council in Geneva has just voted to endorse the recommendations of the Goldstone Report in a special session held in Geneva. The Goldstone Report was the product of a UN investigation into Israel’s three week military operation codenamed “Cast Lead” that killed upwards of 1400 Palestinians in Gaza, between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009. The report calls for the UN Security Council to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court if the Israelis or Palestinians fail to investigate the alleged abuses themselves.

The vote in the Council was 25 states for, 6 against with 11 abstentions. The recommendations of the Goldstone report will now make its way to the General Assembly where it will be discussed and voted on. If it passes, the report will continue on to the UN Security Council, where it would again have to be voted on to go any further. Israel had lobbied hard to prevent the report’s passage, as the bulk of its findings implicate Israel for conducting alleged war crimes.

A copy of the Human Rights Council resolution can be read here

A copy of the Goldstone Report can be read here

The U.S. Invades and Occupies Pakistan – There Are No Sunglasses 8/30/09

Blackwater suspected of being in Pakistan – Wayne Madsen via Prison Planet 9/8/09

The Decapitation of Pakistan by Its Own Military! – Dissident Voice 10/5/09

Growing questions on death of Benazir Bhutto – There Are No Sunglasses 9/29/09

Head of U.N. Afghan Mission Acknowledges Election Fraud – NYTimes 10/11/09

The Deceit of Depleted Uranium use in Afghanistan – Uruknet 10/14/09

AfPak: War on Two Fronts – Global Research 10/14/09

I was ordered to cover up President Karzai election fraud, sacked UN envoy says – Times, UK 10/5/09

Is Bagram Obama’s New Secret Prison? – Prison Planet 9/17/09

Afghanistan: Where Empires Go to Die – Global Research 9/19/09

Afghanistan for Dummies – Information Clearinghouse 9/3/09

Obama Secretly Authorizes 13,000 More Troops to Afghanistan – Prison Planet 10/13/09

Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has also authorized — and the Pentagon is deploying — at least 13,000 troops beyond that number

Obama Rules Out ‘Biden Option’ on Afghanistan – Yahoo 10/8/09

In a meeting designed to reassure the most hawkish elements of Congress that the war in Afghanistan isn’t going to undergo any sort of radical change, President Obama has reportedly assured that the so-called “Biden Option” is officially off the table.  A long time advocate of war in Afghanistan, and indeed most everywhere else, Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly come to the conclusion that the disastrous war in Afghanistan is no longer worth the effort and has been advocating more scaled back goals and a refocusing of attacks along the Pakistani border

Colombian paramilitaries killed 25,000 people: report – Global Research 10/3/09

Imperial Globalization and Social Movements in Latin America – Global Research 10/17/09

Mercenaries and paramilitaries arrive in Honduras – There Are No Sunglasses 10/13/09

Chemicals, Sonic devices being used in Honduras – Narco News 9/29/09

In El Salvador, An Invasion of American Agriculture – There Are No Sunglasses 9/23/09

Hitman: $25 million bounty on Hugo Chavez – Political Theatrics 9/27/09

Pre and Post-Coup Honduras – Global Research 9/8/09

Worth Watching: Argentina’s Disappeared – The Progressive 9/22/09



OBAMA NEWS ROUND-UP: POLICIES & APPOINTEES

Report says Obama’s small-donor base claim is off – USA Today 11/24/08

Despite attracting millions of new contributors to his campaign, President-elect Barack Obama received about the same percentage of his total political funds from small donors as President Bush did in 2004

Obama to be next neocon US president? – Global Research 12/1/08

In Barack we trust?– Salon 11/29/08

Wielding his campaign’s massive e-mail list, the new president could mobilize supporters to press Congress for a new New Deal. Or, he could mobilize that army to blunt pressure on his government for a new New Deal. The point is that Obama alone gets to choose — that for all the talk of “bottom-up” politics, his movement’s structure grants him a top-down power that no previous president had.
For better or worse, that leaves us relying more than ever on our Dear Leader’s impulses. Sure, we should be thankful when Dear Leader’s whims serve the people — but also unsurprised when they don’t.

The U.S. will work “with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks,” Obama’s transition team said in a statement – Bloomberg 11/27/08

Barack Obama plans 20,000 troop surge to boost Afghan effort  – Telegraph, UK 11/27/08

Major Green Groups Offer Plan to Obama   – Alternet 12/1/08

How should Obama act on the environment? A report by 29 major enviro groups gave Obama a list of actions and policies.

 

OBAMA & THE ECONOMY 

Obama’s Treasury Pick Is Making Bad Economic Decisions Right Now – Alternet 11/25/08

Obama is too smart to allow the past to define his presidency. But Timothy Geithner is an architect, and now an enabler, of the unfolding crisis.

Obama picks a budget chief – CNN 11/25/08

President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated Peter Orszag to head the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is the president’s chief number-crunching department.

Obama Crushes Hopes of Progressives with Rubinesque Economic Team – The Progressive 11/24/08

Obama Proposes New Economic Stimulus Plan – NYTimes 11/22/08

Barack Obama offered a broad sketch of a plan to put Americans back to work through infrastructure and energy projects. 

ANALYSIS OF OBAMA APPOINTEES, AND MORE BACKGROUND

Would appointing Sen. Clinton to State be unconstitutional? – Raw Story 11/26/08

This is Change. 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama’s White House – Global Research 11/22/08

The war Cabinet at a glance – Politico 12/1/08

5 things the war Cabinet says about Obama – Politico 12/1/08

Obama’s odious entourage – Global Research 11/26/08

McCain and Obama Camps Coordinated on Building Staff Rosters for Next Government – Washington Note 11/23/08

A senior Obama campaign official shared with The Washington Note that in July 2008, the McCain and Obama camps began to work secretly behind the scenes to assemble large rosters of potential personnel for the administration that only one of the candidates would lead.
Lists comprised of Democrats and Republicans were assembled, sorted into areas of policy expertise, so that the roster could be called on after the election by either the Obama or McCain transition teams.
This kind of out-of-sight coordination is rare between battling presidential camps and provides some indication that both Obama and McCain intended to draw expertise into their governments from both sides of the aisle — or at least they wanted to appear interested in doing so if the information leaked out about the list development process.

22 to Know: Pick for an Obama Cabinet – In These Times 9/26/08

Obama Cabinet Picks: A Who’s Who of Establishment Insiders – Charting Stocks.net 11/24/08

Obama Crushes Hopes of Progressives with Rubinesque Economic Team – The Progressive 11/24/08

Barack Obama decided to please Wall Street instead of deliver on his promise of change.

Ramzi Kysia : An Administration in Search of a Progressive: the Team Obama Should Have Picked – CounterPunch 11/24/08

Hillary Clinton’s Disdain for International Law – Parts 1 & 2 – Alternet 12/1 & 12/2/08

Are Key Obama Advisors in Tune with Neocon Hawks Who Want to Attack Iran? – Alternet 12/3/08

Leaked Memos Reveal Holder’s Involvement In OKC Murder Cover-Up  – Prison Planet 12/4/08

More on the unanswered questions of the Murrah bombing here

Berkeley economist to head Obama economic council – Politico 11/24/08

Holder and the Marc Rich pardon – Raw Story 11/23/08

Players emerge in Obama national security team – CNN 11/24/08

Obama’s Treasury Pick Signals Continuity with Bush’s Failed Economic Policies – Alternet 11/25/08

Obama’s Treasury Pick Is Making Bad Economic Decisions Right Now – Alternet 11/25/08

Obama is too smart to allow the past to define his presidency. But Timothy Geithner is an architect, and now an enabler, of the unfolding crisis.

New AG Choice Advocated To Stifle Speech On Web – NewsBusters 11/21/08

Damien Millet / Eric Toussaint : Obama’s Economic Team: Records of Failure – CounterPunch 12/1/08

Why Robert Gates is a Terrible Pick – Alternet 12/1/08

The appointment of Robert Gates — a vocal critic of Obama’s Iraq withdrawal plan who will undoubtedly shape policy– is alarming.

With Gates, Obama Opts for Empire – The Progressive 11/26/08

Obama’s OMB Head Would Cut Social Security – The Progressive 11/25/08

Obama’s Treasury Pick Signals Continuity with Bush’s Failed Economic Policies – Alternet 11/25/08

Video: Barack Obama and Alistair Darling’s economic plans compared – Guardian, UK 11/25/08



The Upcoming Obama Administration – Business as Usual

ANALYSIS OF OBAMA APPOINTMENTS

Obama’s transition: A who’s who of imperialist policy – Global Research 11/19/08

The Agents of Change on Obama’s Transition Team – Mother Jones 11/18/08

The Progressive Transition–Putting Pressure on Obama – The Progressive 11/19/08 

It could be a very short honeymoon for progressives who supported Obama, with all the Clinton Administration officials crowding into the cabinet

Obama Throws No Bones to Progressive Base  – The Progressive 11/19/08

Antiwar groups fear Barack Obama may create hawkish Cabinet – LA Times 11/20/08

This is Change? 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama’s White House – Alternet 11/20/08

Key new members of Obama WH staff – Raw Story 11/17/08

 

ABOUT THE APPOINTEES

Report: Top Obama Transition Staffer Led “Backdoor” Lobbying Campaign For Fannie Mae – TPMuckraker 11/7/08

Ex-CIA Officials Tied to Rendition Program and Faulty Iraq Intel Tapped to Head Obama’s Intelligence Transition Team – Democracy Now! 11/17/08

John Brennan and Jami Miscik, both former intelligence officials under George Tenet, are leading Barack Obama’s review of intelligence agencies and helping make recommendations to the new administration. Brennan has supported warrantless wiretapping and extraordinary rendition, and Miscik was involved with the politicized intelligence alleging weapons of mass destruction in the lead-up to the war on Iraq. We speak with former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman and Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights

Obama to pick Holder as Attorney General: report (Reuters)  – Yahoo 11/18/08

Lawyer for Chiquita in Colombia Death Squad Case May be Next U.S. Attorney General – Huffington Post via Cryptogon 11/20/08

Will Eric Holder Shift Justice Away From The Bush Model? – TPMuckraker 11/19/08

Mario A. Murillo : Holder, Chaquita and Colombian Death Squads – CounterPunch 11/19/08

NBC: N.Y. Fed’s Timothy Geithner to be tapped for Treasury chief  – USA Today 11/21/08

Arab Americans Should Be Worried About Rahm Emanuel – Alternet 11/20/08

Emanuel’s history and positions give plenty of cause for concern.

The story of how Rahm got rich – Politico 11/19/08

The incoming White House chief of staff’s career as an investment banker was short but sweet.

Obama may consider Summers as Fed chief: Democrat (Reuters)  – Yahoo 11/21/08

Tracy McLellan : Obama’s Crony Democracy: the Return of Tom Daschle – CounterPunch 11/20/08

Obama taps Arizona governor for homeland security: report (Reuters)  – Yahoo 11/20/08

 

INDICATIONS OF UPCOMING OBAMA POLICIES

Nader: Obama just more of the same – Raw Story 11/20/08

Obama leaves hawkish hints – Politico 11/20/08

The latest buzz: Obama will go for big, liberal projects on domestic policy and tack right on foreign policy.

Obama’s Heavy Agenda: Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine …  – Global Research 11/20/08

Obama’s “Coalition of the Willing” Against Iran? – Global Research 11/20/08

What the Antiwar Movement Should — and Shouldn’t — Do Now – Alternet 11/18/08

In the wake of Obama’s victory, the antiwar movement must be ready to identify new pressure points or it risks losing credibility and relevance.

Obama advisers: Bush war criminals to walk – Raw Story 11/17/08

Early Test for Obama on Domestic Spying Views – NYTimes 11/17/08

Obama-tied Group wants ‘Dramatic’ Shift in Policy Towards Pakistan – Global Research 11/19/08

George C. Wilson : Perils of Pakistan: Will It Prove to be Obama’s Cambodia? – CounterPunch 11/18/08

Obama Promises “New Chapter” in Climate Leadership  – Alternet 11/21/08

Obama made big promises to the international community, despite turning down an invite to attend the next meeting in Poland.

The Trail of Broken Promises: Why Nothing Will Change Under the Democrats – CounterPunch 10/29/08

Obama might get rid of daylight saving time – Boing Boing 11/21/08

What Obama Should Do for Women – Alternet 11/20/08

From women’s reproductive health worldwide, to child care and equal pay, women activists are ready to speak with Obama about what needs to be done.

Obama calls on Net army to march again – Raw Story 11/20/08

President-elect Barack Obama’s 3 million campaign volunteers got re-enlistment notices this week.
Campaign manager David Plouffe, in a mass e-mail sent Wednesday to former workers, asked how much time they can spare for four missions integral to Obama’s effort to transform his victory into a broader political movement.
The volunteers’ options are, Plouffe wrote:
  • Campaign for progressive state and local candidates  
  • Undertake grassroots local efforts to advance Obama’s agenda  
  • Train others in Obama’s organizing techniques  
  • Focus on local political issues.