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US IMPERIALISM UPDATE: Global War of Terror Continues Under Obama

2010: U.S. To Wage War Throughout The World

Beginning with the October 7, 2001 missile and bomb attacks on Afghanistan, American combat operations abroad have not ceased for a year, a month, a week or a day in the 21st century.

RAND Corporation Blueprint for Militarized “Stability Police Force”

Outsourcing War: The Rise of Private Military Contractors (PMCs)

Obama’s War for Oil in Colombia

Obama Authorizes Covert Economic War Against Venezuela

Africom – Latest U.S. Bid to Recolonise the Continent

CIA has Distributed 400 Million Dollars Inside Iran to Evoke a Revolution

The USA’s alliance with Iran

Obama Approves $30 Billion Military Aid To Israel Over Next Decade

NBC News Investigation: Toxic water in Iraq

Iraq littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, study finds

More than 40 sites across Iraq are contaminated with high levels or radiation and dioxins, with three decades of war and neglect having left environmental ruin in large parts of the country, an official Iraqi study has found.

Areas in and near Iraq’s largest towns and cities, including Najaf, Basra and Falluja, account for around 25% of the contaminated sites, which appear to coincide with communities that have seen increased rates of cancer and birth defects over the past five years. The joint study by the environment, health and science ministries found that scrap metal yards in and around Baghdad and Basra contain high levels of ionising radiation, which is thought to be a legacy of depleted uranium used in munitions during the first Gulf war and since the 2003 invasion.

U.S. Marines end role in Iraq

Ministers WERE told invading Iraq was illegal, Foreign Office law chief tells Chilcot inquiry

Lord Goldsmith: I changed my mind about legality of Iraq war after talks with Bush’s lawyers in Washington

Commander: US to Experience Imminent Military Failure in Region

“The United States’ collapse is evident in economic aspects and in military dimensions too it is on the verge of a collapse, given its failures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine,” Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani said.

Miqani further cited views of the western theoreticians, and said they also believe the fall-in of the US is for sure and imminent.

US Steps up Drone Attacks, Assassinations in AfPak “Surge”

The Secret US War in Pakistan

At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and grabs” of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found.

Pentagon backtracks after Gates ‘admits’ Blackwater operating in Pakistan

US Finally Admits Blackwater Operating in Pakistan

‘Blackwater, DynCorp Working in Pakistan’: US Considering Giving Pakistan Drones: Gates



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.


Obama’s Choices Show the New Boss is the Same as the Old Boss

“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”  – Douglas Adams

Obama’s Foreign Policy: No Sharp Break From Bush – Global Research 11/11/08

The Foreign Policy of an Obama Administration – Global Research 11/12/08

Obama may turn out to be less red in the practice of his presidency than his words and aspirations would imply – BBC 11/5/08

Richard Rhames : Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss – CounterPunch 11/7/08

Obama’s Council on Foreign Relations Crew – Global Research 11/9/08

War in Afghanistan could Doom Obama Presidency – Global Research 11/7/08

Why Iraqis, Afghans, Palestinians, and Others Might Be Nervous About President Obama – Alternet 11/7/08

A Progressive Agenda for Obama – Alternet 11/8/08

Ron Paul Warns of Great Shift Toward Global Government Under Obama – InfoWars via Cryptogon 11/8/08

Obama transition points to more war and repression – Global Research 11/14/08

Obama Meets With New Econ Team — How Populist, How Corporate? – Mother Jones 11/7/08

VIDEO: Obama Supports Interests of Big Business – Global Research 11/6/08

Three Things Obama Should Do First – Alternet 11/6/08

Eight Ways Obama Can Make Change Immediately – Alternet 11/10/08

Obama Pushes for $50 Billion for Automakers, Oversight Czar  – Bloomberg 11/13/08

60 groups ask Obama to revoke Bush secrecy orders – Raw Story 11/12/08

Obama ‘to honour’ missile plans – BBC 11/8/08

 

Obama to use executive orders for immediate impact (AP)  – Yahoo 11/10/08

Obama vows far-reaching review of US government (AFP)  – Yahoo 11/12/08

An army of top-notch specialists is set to fan out across US government agencies to delve deep into the records and prepare for the arrival of president-elect Barack Obama on January 20.

Ralph Nader : Obama and the Rogue Regime – CounterPunch 11/13/08

Beware The Obama Hype – Global Research 11/13/08

Obama and the Crisis of Expectation – Global Research 11/13/08

Obama Website Scrubs Mandatory Community Service Call  – InfoWars 11/10/08

Agendas vanish from Obama’s transition Web site  – CNet 11/10/08

Last week, President-elect Barack Obama launched a Web site detailing his plans for tech, Iraq, and health care. Now those plans are gone, and the campaign isn’t saying why. 

Obama’s Change.gov revs up – Raw Story 11/6/08

Is the Nation Ready for Obama’s Energy Plan? – Alternet 11/13/08

Obama’s 30-point energy agenda calls for big changes to address carbon emissions, fuel efficiency, renewable power and efficiency

Can Obama Stop the Bush Administration’s Final Economic Heist?  – Alternet 11/6/08

Terrible looting of public capital has a habit of taking place during periods of dramatic political transition, and Bush has one underway.

Obama versus Medvedev: Nuclear Standoff in New Europe – Global Research 11/9/08

Brzezinski in Deutsche Welle: Obama may be tested – via PressTV Iran 11/8/08 

 

EVALUATING THE CHOICES FOR OBAMA’S TRANSITION TEAM & CABINET ANNOUNCEMENTS

Obama Cabinet: Good and Bad News – Global Research 11/7/08

Mary Lynn Cramer : Obama’s Brain Trust: Seems Like Old Times – CounterPunch 11/14/08

Obama’s Intelligence Agenda: More of the Same from the “Change Administration” – AntiFascist Calling 11/14/08

Is Obama Screwing His Base with Rahm Emanuel Selection? – Alternet 11/7/08

Obama has asked conservative Clinton vet Rahm Emanuel to be his chief of staff — it’s not a good sign for progressives.

Emanuel Was Director Of Freddie Mac During Scandal – ABC 11/7/08

The Brothers Emanuel – NYTimes 6/15/97

Rahm Emanuel: One of the Biggest Recipients of Wall Street Money in Congress – Cryptogon 11/7/08

Kissinger backs Clinton for top US cabinet job  – Financial Times, UK 11/16/08 

In light of all of the corruption and cronyism that have marked the career of Lawrence Summers, why is Obama considering him for treasury secretary?

Obama readies DoD transition – Raw Story 11/12/08

Obama hires Sam Nunn, Stephanie Cutter to lead Pentagon transition.

Former Goldman Sachs CEO Corzine is being considered for Treasury secretary – New Jersey Star-Ledger 11/5/08

Keep Larry Summers as Far as Possible from the U.S. Treasury – Alternet 11/12/08

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