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News Round-Up: American Imperialism in the Middle East

Obama Ordered U.S. Military Strike on Yemen Terrorists

Iran Had a Democracy Before We Took It Away

US to ’simulate’ technically impossible attack by Iran

Obama told China: I can’t stop Israel strike on Iran indefinitely

U.S. President Barack Obama has warned his Chinese counterpart that the United States would not be able to keep Israel from attacking Iranian nuclear installations for much longer, senior officials in Jerusalem told Haaretz.

They said Obama warned President Hu Jintao during the American’s visit to Beijing a month ago as part of the U.S. attempt to convince the Chinese to support strict sanctions on Tehran if it does not accept Western proposals for its nuclear program.

OBAMA: CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO IRAN

Fake Al Qaeda

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . .” — Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook

Airforce gets new 30,000 pound bomb for Iran

Toxic munitions cause of baby deaths and deformities in Fallujah

Iraq inquiry: Blair told Bush he was willing to join, 11 months before war

Iraq report: Secret papers reveal blunders and concealment

On the eve of the Chilcot inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the 2003 invasion and its aftermath, The Sunday Telegraph has obtained hundreds of pages of secret Government reports on “lessons learnt” which shed new light on “significant shortcomings” at all levels.

They include full transcripts of extraordinarily frank classified interviews in which British Army commanders vent their frustration and anger with ministers and Whitehall officials.

Leaked documents reveal No 10 cover-up over Iraq invasion

 Military commanders are expected to tell the inquiry into the Iraq war, which opens on Tuesday, that the invasion was ill-conceived and that preparations were sabotaged by Tony Blair’s government’s attempts to mislead the public.

They were so shocked by the lack of preparation for the aftermath of the invasion that they believe members of the British and US governments at the time could be prosecuted for war crimes by breaching the duty outlined in the Geneva convention to safeguard civilians in a conflict, the Guardian has been told.

Officials knew WMD evidence was tainted

Study: Bushies Lied 935 Times to Sell Iraq Invasion

Tony Blair admits: I would have invaded Iraq anyway

 Tony Blair has said he would have invaded Iraq even without evidence of weapons of mass destruction and would have found a way to justify the war to parliament and the public.

The former prime minister made the confession during an interview with Fern Britton, to be broadcast on Sunday on BBC1, in which he said he would still have thought it right to remove Saddam Hussein from power.

“If you had known then that there were no WMDs, would you still have gone on?” Blair was asked. He replied: “I would still have thought it right to remove him [Saddam Hussein]”.

Iraqi cab driver was source for Iraq WMD claim, British MP says

Indiana soldier is first to die of toxic exposure in Iraq

If Lt. Col. Jim Gentry and his doctors were right about the cause of his cancer, the Indiana National Guard officer didn’t die for his country — he died for defense contractor KBR.

Gentry’s death from lung cancer last week is being recorded as the US’s first fatality from exposure to a cancer-causing toxin in Iraq, according to the Evansville, Indiana, Courier & Press.

In 2003, Gentry commanded a 600-strong force providing security for KBR’s refittal of the Qarmat Ali water-pumping plant, which provided water needed for oil extraction. Gentry and others claim that during that time they were exposed to hexavalent chromium, a cancer-causing toxin that the Iraqis who had built the plant had used as anti-corrosive material.

In a lawsuit filed last year, Gentry and 15 other plaintiffs said KBR, at the time a subsidiary of Halliburton, was aware that soldiers and civilian contractors were being exposed to hexavalent chromium months before they told the people working at the site.

Researchers have linked hexavalent chromium to lung cancer and leukemia, as well as a variety of liver and kidney problems. It’s the same compound that poisoned residents of Hinkley, California, in a case that was made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich.

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UK & EU Fascism News Round-Up

Steps Toward The American Police State are Always Tried-Out in Britain First – There Are No Sunglasses 10/27/09

Now safety police want to check all our smoke alarms  – Daily Mail, UK 11/9/09

Family homes could be invaded by health and safety inspectors checking that parents are keeping their children safe.

Whitehall is recommending that inspectors make sure parents have fitted smoke alarms, stair gates, locks on medicine cupboards, windows and ovens, and temperature controls to stop bath water getting too hot.

The proposed scheme was condemned by critics yesterday as a nightmarish intrusion into family life

Police report pregnant woman to social services over half-decorated home  – Prison Planet 11/10/09

DNA of innocent still to be retained for six years  – Prison Planet 11/11/09

Britain: State to ‘Spy’ on Every Phone Call, Email and Web Search  – Telegraph, UK via Cryptogon 11/11/09

Citizen snoopers recruited to spy on Londoners  – Prison Planet 11/13/09

Sacked – for telling the truth about drugs  – Alethon News 11/2/09

The Government’s drugs tsar was forced to resign last night for stating his view that cannabis, ecstasy and LSD were less harmful than the legal drugs tobacco and alcohol.

The outrageous truth slips out: Labour cynically plotted to transform the entire make-up of Britain without telling us  – Daily Mail, UK 10/29/09

Report: UK police categorize political activists as ‘domestic extremists’  – Raw Story 10/25/09

Police in £9m scheme to log ‘domestic extremists’  – Guardian, UK 10/25/09

Police are gathering the personal details of thousands of activists who attend political meetings and protests, and storing their data on a network of nationwide intelligence databases.

Europe’s own surveillance state  – Prison Planet 11/2/09

Netherlands to Tax Drivers by the Kilometer; GPS Trackers in Every Vehicle  – AFP via Cryptogon 11/14/09

Colour-Coded Revolutions and the Origins of World War III   – Global Research 11/3/09



International News Round-up: UK Fascism, Israel & Palestine, genocide in Sri Lanka, and more

atrocity archives – via Metafilter 2/21/09

EU, NATO, US: 21st Century Alliance For Global Domination – Global Research 2/19/09

CSTO – a NATO for the East? – Global Research 2/9/09

War without Borders: A Geopolitical Assessment of NATO – Global Research 4/2/09 

NATO’s Sixty Year Legacy: Threat Of Nuclear War In Europe – Global Research 3/31/09

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Unveils Global Governance Agenda  – Global Research 3/31/09

Human Slavery Thriving in the Shadows – Alternet 2/23/09

Over 10 million people around the world are victims of human trafficking.

Bolivia: National Revolution and “Communitarian Socialism” – Global Research 4/25/09

Exclusive Interview with El Salvador’s New President on Ending 130 Years of Oligarchy and Military Rule  – Alternet 3/18/09

El Salvador’s Quiet Revolution – Mother Jones 3/16/09

Sri Lankan Humanitarian Crisis Deserves Attention – The Progressive 4/24/09

Killings and Concentration Camps: A Colossal Humanitarian Tragedy is Underway in Sri Lanka and No One is Saying a Word – Alternet 4/1/09 

US, China and the war in Sri Lanka – Global Research 3/24/09

Secret Aussie blacklist leaked – The Register, UK 3/30/09

The inevitable has happened – the secret Australian blacklist of banned websites has been published on the internet.

The list contains some 2,395 sites about half of which do not contain child sexual abuse images. It includes online poker sites, fetish, satanic and Christian sites, Wikipedia pages, gay and straight pornography, a travel operator and even the website for a Queensland dentist.

UAE royal caught torturing man on video – Boing Boing 4/23/09

A video showing a member of the United Arab Emirates’ royal family torturing a man with whips, electrocution and a nail-spiked board has been released. The Minister of the Interior (one of the torturer’s brothers) reviewed the recording and concluded “all rules, policies and procedures were followed correctly by the Police Department.” A man in a UAE police uniform is seen on the tape tying the victim’s arms and legs, and later holding him down as the Sheikh pours salt on the man’s wounds and then drives over him with his Mercedes SUV.

In a statement to ABC News, the UAE Ministry of the Interior said it had reviewed the tape and acknowledged the involvement of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, brother of the country’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed.

Coca-Cola Crisis in India – Desert Peace 4/21/09

Communities across India are under assault from Coca-Cola practices in the country. A pattern has emerged as a result of Coca-Cola’s bottling operations in India.  

Somalia: You Are Being Lied to About Pirates – Global Research 4/15/09 

A Taste of AFRICOM: Somalia did find peace and tried to stop piracy until the US bombed the shit out of it in 2006  – Blog Catalog 4/17/09

In 2006 “the CIA propagated that Al-Qaeda had made its base in Somalia where three senior leaders were residing. CIA then encouraged Ethiopia to invade Somalia in support of weak TFG forces (Transitional Federal Government) against UIC fighters (Union of Islamic Courts) and promised to provide intelligence and air cover. Ethiopian troops backed by USA invaded Somalia on 28 December 2006. The UIC was quickly defeated in a sweeping offensive and the six-month peace period was shattered. It was believed that the UIC leadership fled into Kenya or to Yemen and the hard-line fighters cached their arms and melded back into their clans leaving the mostly untrained, new recruits to face the Ethiopian troops.

Why Spain Can Actually Prosecute Bush and Co. for Their Crimes – Alternet 4/10/09

 

ISRAEL & PALESTINE

Israeli army ordered to devise Iran war  – Global Research 3/17/09

US Army Confirms Israeli Has Nukes – Military.com 3/18/09

Israel Treated Gaza Like Its Own Private Death Laboratory – Alternet 2/13/09

Israel tested out a “focused lethality” weapon that minimizes explosive damage to structures while inflicting catastrophic wounds on its victims.

War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields – Global Research 2/20/09

Israel engaged in covert war inside Iran: report (Reuters)  -Yahoo 2/17/09

A Short History of the Israeli – Palestinian Conflict: Past Is Prologue– Global Research 2/8/09 

Israeli FM: US Will Accept Any Israeli Decision – AntiWar 4/24/09

In particular, Lieberman insisted that despite America’s support for the “two-state solution” which the Israeli administration has rejected, President Obama will not put forth any new peace initiatives unless Israel wants them to. “Believe me,” Lieberman declared, “American accepts all our decisions.” 

 

CREEPING FASCISM IN THE UK

Spy chief: We risk a police state – Telegraph, UK 2/19/09

Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5, has warned that the fear of terrorism is being exploited by the Government to erode civil liberties and risks creating a police state.

We are all extremists now – Guardian, UK 2/21/09

The government is criminalising legitimate dissent under the guise of fighting ‘extremism’, a word for which it has no definition.
 

Secret Police Unit to Spy on British ‘Domestic Extremists’– Daily Mail , UK via Cryptogon 2/9/09

A secret police intelligence unit has been set up to spy on Left-wing and Right-wing political groups. The Confidential Intelligence Unit (CIU) has the power to operate across the UK and will mount surveillance and run informers on ‘domestic extremists’.

Activists: UK nearly a police state – Raw Story 2/28/09

DNA of 1.1m children on database – Guardian, UK 2/26/09

Schools use ‘crowd control’ bouncers – Guardian, UK 4/12/09

Bouncers, ex-soldiers and former police officers are being brought into schools to provide “crowd control” and cover absent teachers’ lessons, a teacher has revealed.

One school, thought to be in London, employed two permanent cover teachers through an agency for professional doormen, the National Union of Teachers annual conference in Cardiff heard today.

Bouncers, who more usually work nights keeping order in pubs and clubs, are being employed in schools because they are “stern and loud”, said Andrew Baisley, a teacher at Haverstock school in Camden, north London.

“I know of bouncers being employed specifically because they are bouncers to cover lessons,” he told the conference.

Recruitment agencies are advertising for people with “ex-marine, prison officer, bouncer, policeman, fireman” backgrounds to become supervisors, who do not need to have any teaching qualifications to oversee lessons.

‘Will you open fire on UK citizens?’ Army personnel being asked – Green Gorilla47 4/9/09