"An unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people fed only partisan information and opinion that confirm their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda, is less inclined to put up a fight, ask questions and be skeptical. That kind of orthodoxy can kill a democracy - or worse." - -Bill Moyers
"If those who support aggressive war had seen a fraction of what I've seen, if they'd watched children fry to death from Napalm and bleed to death from a cluster bomb, they might not utter the claptrap they do". -John Pilger(13/11/2005)
"The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human" -Aldous Huxley (1936)
Air strikes in Afghanistan are up 50 per cent and now Defense Secretary Gates has ordered a second aircraft carrier, the USS Lincoln, into the fight. Two carriers operating off the coast of Pakistan means about 120 aircraft available for missions over Afghanistan. And that's not counting U.S. Air Force missions flown out of Bagram and Kandahar.
Afghanistan: The Principles of Defeat
By Anwaar Hussain
America's exit from Afghanistan is around the corner. Anyone with his ear to the ground and an eye cocked on the horizon can tell as much. As American military philosophers will be averse to identify the causes of the rout for some time yet, this scribe helps them in advance.
Jimmy Carter Embraces Hamas Leader
Says Palestinians Live in a 'Cage'
Wall Street, White House Blame Homeowners in Foreclosure Crisis
By Tom Eley
Wall Street has raised its voice against any government moratorium on foreclosures, even as evidence mounts that banks systematically and illegally falsified documents in order to expedite hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of foreclosures.
Foreclosuregate's Price Tag: $70 Billion?
By Andy Kroll
To a degree, Wall Street's big banks are bracing for the pain. As the Times reported, JPMorgan has set aside an additional $3 billion in reserves to cover the repurchasing of mortgage loans. Still, no bank has $70 billion in reserves, and as some rightly fear, a prolonged foreclosure crisis could cripple some of the country's largest financial players.
Foreclosure Moratorium Is Only Sane Response to Shocking Wall Street Mortgage Scams
By Dean Baker
If the Wall Street banks were like the rest of us, the policy response would be simple: follow the frigging law. If banks want to foreclose then they should have to present the court with the proper documents, end of story. Anyone who has ever bought a house or refinanced a mortgage knows the headaches involved.
The fighting broke out on Monday in the Celgal and Qowlad areas, situated 15 kilometers (9 miles) north of Baladweyn town in the Hiran region, Radio Garowe reported.
The Taliban's influence in northern Afghanistan has expanded in recent months from a few hotspots to much of the region, as insurgents respond to the U.S.-led coalition's surge in the south by seizing new ground in areas once considered secure.
Afghan leader says prisoner killed in NATO custody:
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation into the killing of an Afghan detainee held by NATO-led troops in a Taliban stronghold in the volatile south of the country, his office said on Tuesday.
NATO aircraft breach Pakistani airspace once again:
Pakistan Demonstrates US Influence:.Warns on Tehran "nukes":
In some of Pakistan's strongest statements on Iran's controversial nuclear program, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said yesterday that he wanted to avoid "another major crisis in the region".
U.S. readies $2B security aid for Pakistan: -
A security assistance package of as much as $2 billion for Pakistan to fight extremists is under a final review, U.S. officials said.
1 officer killed, U.N. diplomat unhurt in targeted Iraq bombing:
A roadside bomb targeted a convoy that was transporting the top U.N. diplomat in Iraq on Tuesday afternoon, but the diplomat was not harmed, U.N. and Iraqi officials said.
Kurds are Iraq's kingmakers:
In Iraq's current political stalemate, it is the Kurds that hold the power to determine the country's direction
Iran tells Iraqi prime minister 'get rid of America':
"The Iraqi nation is vigilant and aggressors cannot dominate this country again," Mr Khamenei told Mr Maliki, according to a statement put out by his office. "May God get rid of America in Iraq so that its people's problems are solved."
Ahmadinejad welcomes Chavez : Video:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez continues his tour of friendly nations as he arrives in Tehran, where he is welcomed by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran confirms its planes were being refused fuel in Europe:
Iran confirmed on Tuesday that some companies were refusing to refuel its planes at European airports and said it would retaliate if the situation continued.
Report: Suspect in Dubai Hamas assassination arrested in Canada:
Detainee connected to another main suspect who was caught on surveillance footage with Hamas official Mabhouh inside an elevator in the hotel where he was killed, according to UAE newspaper.
6 killed in Chechnya parliament attack:
Six people lost their lives in the fight between militants and police forces that carried out an operation to set the parliament building free. The dead include two police officers, a parliamentary official, and three militants, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.
Pentagon cautions news media on WikiLeaks documents:
The Pentagon urged news organizations on Monday not to publish classified U.S. documents due to be released by WikiLeaks as U.S. officials brace for a mass disclosure of leaked Iraq war files by the whistle-blower website.
Foreign governments urge their citizens to leave Yemen:
Foreign governments are becoming increasingly worried about foreign nationals residing in Yemen with statements released this week by the French and Australian governments urging their citizens to leave the country.
A judge in the Manhattan-based federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that transnational corporations who participate in gross human rights abuses cannot be held responsible for torture, genocide, war crimes and the like because, as corporations, their activities fall outside the jurisdiction of international law.
Extracts from David Hicks' memoir, Guantanamo Bay: My Journey :
We are publishing three extracts from Hicks' book, Guantanamo Bay: My Journey which is available from today.
To prison anyway - despite acquittal?:
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan - the judge in the first trial in a federal civilian court of Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani (charged with grave acts of terrorism) - has shocked President Obama and his puppet Attorney General, Eric Holder. Judge Kaplan prohibited the testimony in the case of a key prosecution witness, Hussein Abebe.
Video shows Papuans being tortured:
A graphic and disturbing video shows a Papuan man being poked in the genitals with a fiery stick as he is interrogated by a group of men who appear to be members of Indonesia's security services.
The head of the IMF on Monday warned central bankers that the global recovery would be "in peril" if the world's major economies do not keep working together, amid mounting fears of a currency war.
Witness: signatures were faked at foreclosure firm:
An office manager at a Florida law firm under investigation for fabricating foreclosure documents would sign her name to 1,000 files a day without reviewing them and would allow paralegals to sign her name for her when she got tired, her former secretary said in a deposition released Monday.
'Foreclosure Mill' Employees Got Gifts For Altering Documents, Witness Says:
Citi Posts $2.2B Profit, Emphasizes Integrity of Foreclosure Procedures:
Citigroup Inc. reported Monday that it pulled in a profit of $2.2 billion, or 7 cents per share, during the third quarter of this year. The company outperformed analysts' expectations of 6 cents per share as it boasted its third straight quarter of positive gains.
Bank of America starts thaw in foreclosure freeze:
Seven Million U.S. Mortgages Past Due or in Foreclosure: LPS:
There are 7,018,000 mortgages in the United States that are 30 or more days delinquent or in the process of foreclosure, according to new data from Lender Processing Services (LPS).
America's Poor: Where Poverty Is Rising In America (INFOGRAPHIC):