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Ticker Tape Ain’t Spaghetti

Food riots are erupting around the world. Behind the hunger, behind the riots, are so-called free-trade agreements, and the brutal emergency-loan agreements imposed on poor countries by financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Burning Down the House

From the L.A. Times: “In what appears to be the latest symptom of the nation’s mortgage meltdown and credit crisis, insurers, law enforcement officials and state agencies nationwide report a jump in home and automobile fires in the last year believed to have been set by owners unable to pay their debts.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


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It Ain’t Argentina This Time

The International Monetary Fund, the darling lending institution of neoliberal capitalists, believes that the U.S.‘s current mortgage crisis is dragging down the world economy. The IMF is predicting at least a two-year global economic downturn, led by the U.S. credit crunch, that also has a gambling chance of turning into a “global recession.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Seven Years of Scandal

The latest plot twists are stunners, even as they unfold against the scandalous backdrop of the Bush administration’s sorry regulatory record.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


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A Submarine to Fight al-Qaida?s Navy

A trillion dollars here, a trillion dollars there, and soon you’re talking real money. But when it comes to reporting on what the Bush war legacy has cost American taxpayers, the media have been shockingly indifferent to the highest run-up in military spending since World War II.

Posted on Apr 1, 2008 READ MORE


McCain?s Age Is No Joke

At the end of two terms, a President McCain would be 80. Should voters care about that? The question is an important one that shouldn’t be avoided just because it’s uncomfortable.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Sgt. Armando Monroig, U.S. Army

U.S. Troop Levels Likely to Stay Level in Iraq

Americans serving in Iraq will have to wait until the next president takes office before they can expect any substantial changes in troop numbers, if Bush follows the latest recommended plan from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


Whatever Happened to Ending the War?

Back in 2006, the Iraq Study Group said that all U.S. combat brigades in Iraq should be out by now. They also warned that an escalation, or “surge,” “would not solve the fundamental cause of violence in Iraq.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


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1 in 100 American Adults in Jail

So much for the “war on crime”: According to a new report from the Pew Center on the States, 1 in 100 American adults is now in jail. The report states that “current prison growth is not driven primarily by a parallel increase in crime, or a corresponding surge in the population at large”; instead, “it flows principally from a wave of policy choices that are sending more lawbreakers to prison and ... keeping them there longer.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Kosovo Could Start a Trend

The Mosaic Intelligence Report examines several statements from Palestinian officials and asks whether the Palestinians, with their own unique problems, are planning to follow Kosovo’s example by making a unilateral declaration of independence.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


Justice Investigates Itself Over Waterboarding Approval

The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating memos and opinions rendered by the department that endorsed the practice of waterboarding, which many consider to be torture. The inquiry is unrelated to the FBI’s criminal investigation of the CIA, which destroyed video recordings of the waterboarding of suspects.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


The Poppy Problem

While Pakistan steals headlines, neighboring Afghanistan offers a more realistic opportunity to crack down on the incubation of terrorists—if only the United States and other interested governments are willing to think outside the box.

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE


Eliyahu Winograd
plusnews.fr

Israel Inquiry Slams Political and Military Leaders

A government probe of Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon has not only found that the war was a blunder but revealed “serious failings” in the political and military leadership of the country. The panel criticized the unnecessary loss of life and found that Israel’s ability to deter its enemies had been seriously damaged. Above, inquiry leader Eliyahu Winograd.

Posted on Jan 30, 2008 READ MORE


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CIA Says It Gave Probers What They Asked For

Tapes?  Oh, those tapes!  CIA officials are justifying their failure to hand over videotapes of “severe interrogation” methods by saying they were not specifically asked for them.  The officials were reacting to criticism by former 9/11 Commission members.

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 READ MORE


Scott Ritter
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Scott Ritter on War With Iran

The Truthdig columnist (and WMD expert) warns that war with Iran could be inevitable, despite the National Intelligence Estimate report that says Iran dismantled its nuclear program in 2003. Bush, Ritter argues, doesn’t let facts get in the way of what he wants.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Giuliani:  Military Action Against Iran Not Off the Table

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani went on “Meet the Press” on Sunday to talk about his chances for winning the nomination (he’s ahead in some states) and his stance on several key issues, including the U.S.‘s relations with Iran. It looks like he’s still siding with the hawks. 

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Ahmadinejad Declares Victory

The “Mosaic Intelligence Report” examines the fallout of the new NIE report, which says Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is being touted as the winner in the Middle East—except in Israel—and George Bush’s America is being called the loser.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Olbermann: Bush Either ‘Pathological Presidential Liar’ or ‘Idiot-in-Chief’

Not one to mince words, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann ripped into President Bush for beating the WWIII war drums about Iran months after the gist of the NIE report on Iran was known to the White House:  “It is the nightmare scenario of political science fiction: a critical juncture in our history and ... a president manifestly unfit to serve and, behind him in the vice presidency, an unapologetic warmonger who has long been seeing a world visible only to himself.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


9/11 Commission
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CIA Withheld and Destroyed ‘Severe Interrogation’ Tapes

The New York Times has discovered that the CIA destroyed “at least two videotapes” showing agents using severe interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects. Those interrogations were part of the evidence in the official 9/11 investigation, yet the CIA never told the 9/11 Commission of the existence of the tapes or transcripts. The agency cited a “serious security risk” for destroying the evidence.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


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It Turns Out Ahmadinejad Was the Truthful One

Bush is such a liar. Or is he just out to lunch on the most important issue that he faces? In October, he charged that Iran’s nuclear weapons program was bringing the world to the precipice of World War III, even though the White House had been informed at least a month earlier that Iran had no such program and had stopped efforts to develop one back in 2003.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Scott Ritter on the NIE Report and War With Iran

The Truthdig columnist (and WMD expert) warns that war with Iran could be inevitable, despite the National Intelligence Estimate report that says Iran dismantled its nuclear program in 2003. Bush, Ritter argues, doesn’t let facts get in the way of what he wants.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Still Hawkish on Iran Despite Nuke Report

A day after the release of the National Intelligence Estimate assessment on Iran’s purportedly halted nuclear weapons program, President Bush once again demonstrated his well-practiced ability to repurpose facts or opinions to better serve his administration’s aims.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


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mcclatchydc.com

A British Reality Check on Progress In Iraq

BBC: “The UK will hand over control of Basra to Iraqi forces despite failing in its goal to establish security there, an MPs’ [members of Parliament] report says. The city is dominated by militias and the police contains ‘murderous’ and ‘corrupt’ elements, the report added.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Giuliani Under the Microscope

In this Politico video news report, a particularly preppy host (all Capitol Hill style, no doubt) delivers the latest about Giuliani’s alleged use of New York taxpayer funds to hook up with his now-wife Judith in the Hamptons—and as it turns out, Rudy apparently hooked Judy up with her own “police driver and city car” before she was officially known as his extramarital side dish.

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


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whitehouse.gov

Airport Security Fails to Catch Bomb Components

While the rest of us have been struggling to survive air travel without our precious liquids and gels, federal investigators managed to sneak liquid explosives and detonators through airport security, according to a Government Accountability Office report issued Wednesday.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007 READ MORE


Take the Cost of the War and Double It

According to the calculations of congressional Democrats, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already cost about $1.5 trillion. That’s nearly double the (already staggering) $804 billion that’s been appropriated or requested. Lawmakers arrived at the revised estimate by considering larger economic factors, including interest on debt and health care costs for wounded veterans.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Colbert’s Campaign Hits a Snag

All those hand-wringers out there who’ve been vexed and perplexed by Stephen Colbert’s presidential campaign might be heartened to hear that the South Carolina Democratic Party—“a shadowy organization whose rituals are shrouded in mystery,” says Colbert—has thrown a major wrench into the works.

Posted on Nov 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Mosaic on America’s Sanctions Against Iran

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Report looks at the U.S.‘s newly imposed sanctions against Iran’s military—the first time, the Link TV report points out, that the U.S. has sought to punish another country’s military this way.  Could America’s latest move constitute a prelude to war?  Iranian officials have reacted angrily, saying the sanction strategy is “doomed to failure.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Iraq Demands Blackwater Exit Strategy

Iraqi authorities have given the U.S. six months to cut ties with Blackwater, and are demanding custody of the private security guards who, according to a government investigation, recklessly opened fire on Iraqi civilians while escorting a State Department convoy.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE


Report Points to Blackwater’s Excessive Violence

According to a devastating new report from the House Oversight Committee, Blackwater USA employees engaged in at least 195 “escalation of force” incidents since 2005, with the private security firm firing 80 percent of the first shots (despite its purely defensive mandate). What’s worse, the State Department has provided little if any oversight, instead assisting the company as it carried out damage control.

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Colbert Unleashes the Fearsome Power of Name-Calling

The take-away from the recent showdown between MoveOn.org and Bush administration members (not to mention the Senate) over the now-infamous “General Betray Us” ad should be, according to Stephen Colbert, that the full force of our nation’s military power can best be unleashed on the world stage in the form of ... deadly schoolyard taunts. 

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Colbert and Wolf Talk Fascism, Blackwater, Vodka

For his part, Stephen Colbert doesn’t see Naomi Wolf’s point about Blackwater USA’s recent shameful shenanigans in Iraq somehow heralding a fast-approaching era of fascism in America.  Instead, the faux-pundit believes the trend is more toward “a bull market for shooting people” these days.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Help With Petraeus’ Testimony

Political comedian Will Durst provides the answers to some frequently asked (and vexing) questions about Gen. David Petraeus’ testimony.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


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spmedia.canada.com

The 10 Most Polluted Places in the World

The Blacksmith Institute, a U.S.-based environmental group, has identified the 10 most polluted places on the planet. Cities in Russia, China, India, Zambia, Peru, the Ukraine and Azerbaijan made the list, which focuses on the impact pollution has on the local population.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


Coming Apart at the Seams

Gen. David Petraeus likes to describe the Iraq he envisions as a patchwork quilt. You establish security in a neighborhood over here, bring peace to a village over there, create more and more of these scraps of relative tranquility—and then stitch the heterogeneous pieces together. The problem is with the seams. They have a tendency to unravel.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


Daily Show

Stewart Critiques Petraeus’ Performance

Boy, has it ever been a tough week to be Gen. David Petraeus!  First he had to face the congressional firing squad with only a flimsy array of stats to substantiate his insistent refrain, delivered in wooden monotone, that the “surge” in Iraq just might, maybe, someday, sort of work.

Posted on Sep 12, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq by the Numbers with Petraeus

Opening his testimony before Congress on Monday with the insistence, “I wrote this testimony myself,” and adding that his Iraq progress report hadn’t been vetted in advance, Gen. David Petraeus trotted out figures and charts to argue that “the military objectives of the surge are, in large measure, being met.”

Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE


Lack of Progress Report: Iraq’s ‘Dysfunctional’ Security

A new independent report from a congressionally appointed panel of retired senior military officers criticizes Iraq’s “dysfunctional” Interior Ministry, noting rife sectarianism and corruption. The report also blames Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for problems with Iraq’s army, which it says will not be self-sufficient for at least two years.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


GAO Report: Only 3 out of 18 Iraq Goals Met

The Washington Post has obtained a draft of the Government Accountability Office’s “progress” report—quite the euphemism in this case—about Iraq.  The 69-page draft, which the paper describes as “strikingly negative,” was apparently passed along by a government official worried that the final draft would be altered to lessen its detrimental impact.

Posted on Aug 30, 2007 READ MORE


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smh.com.au

CIA Report Blames Tenet for 9/11 Failure

A newly released internal CIA report lays the “ultimate blame” for a lack of strategy to combat al-Qaida before 9/11 on former Director George Tenet, who calls the charge “flat wrong.” Congress ordered the declassification of the scathing document, which was completed in 2005.

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


Army Suicide Rate at Quarter-Century High

According to the U.S. military, 99 active-duty soldiers committed suicide in 2006, a number that may rise after ongoing investigations into other cases conclude, making last year’s suicide rate the highest in 26 years. 

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Colbert on ‘the War on Error’

As savvy spin-maestro Stephen Colbert knows, rhetoric is key to any successful political campaign—ideally, it would involve simple, catchy, even alliterative phrases (e.g. “freedom fries”) that fit easily on your average bumper sticker.  So, it’s no surprise that the pseudo-pundit doesn’t cotton to the Democratic presidential candidates’ complex takes on “the war on terror.”

Posted on Aug 11, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Rendition Ignored British Protest

A British committee investigating possible UK involvement in extraordinary rendition has found that the U.S. ignored British intelligence caveats and concerns, possibly straining a historically close intelligence relationship. The committee also recommended a ban on cooperation that could lead to secret detention, which it said “is of itself mistreatment.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bush’s Baffling Optimism Defies Harsh Reality in Iraq

Scrambling to shore up support for the Iraq war, President Bush has released a report claiming progress has been made. To many, it seems that the administration is playing its last cards. Patrick Cockburn, in an article originally published in Britain’s The Independent, analyzes the situation.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Report: ‘Surge’ Only Shifts Violence

Further evidence that the U.S. military buildup in Iraq is failing to quell violence in the country came Wednesday with the release of a Pentagon report detailing the sobering statistics about widespread bloodshed in Baghdad and other areas.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Colbert on Bushmania in Albania

Americans need to catch up with Albanians in terms of showing President Bush some serious love, according to pseudo-pundit Stephen Colbert, who laments that Albanians have renamed a street after our commander in chief and dedicated stamps to him; in fact, he’s so popular over there that “gypsies actually put money in his pockets” during his Albanian love-in.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


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makeshiftblog.wordpress.com

Veterans Face High Suicide Risk

A new study of American veterans who served between 1917 and 1994 found that returning soldiers are more than twice as likely to kill themselves, compared to civilians. While the research did not include veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the overall trend and reports of poor mental health care are cause for concern.

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


Report: Secret CIA Prisons in Poland, Romania

A new report from the Council of Europe accuses Poland and Romania of housing secret CIA prisons, and also blames Germany and Italy for blocking investigation into the matter. The report’s author says his sources are limited, but “well placed” and even “implicated” in abuses. The CIA said the document was “distorted” but did not categorically deny its accusations.

Posted on Jun 8, 2007 READ MORE


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