Mosaic News – 11/13/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Pakistan,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Court-ordered closure halts slide on Kuwait Stock Exchange,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Al Qaeda Leader Arrested in Iraq,” Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq
“Sunken Ships Obstruct Shipping Lanes in Iraq,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“GCC Expo Opens in London,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Learning About the Golan,” Syria TV, Syria
“With crossings closed, food aid runs out for Gaza,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Peres lauds Saudi King peace plan,” IBA TV, Israel
“Arab Women’s Conference in Abu Dhabi,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
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With Iran, Obama Needs More Carrot, Less Stick By Scott Ritter + Ahmadinejad – Guns N’ Roses

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By Scott Ritter
ICH, November 14, 2008
“Truthdig”, November 13, 2008

The American people have spoken, and the next president of the United States will be Barack Obama. Running on a platform of change, the president-elect will be severely tested early in his administration by a host of challenges, be they economic, military, environmental or diplomatic in nature. How Obama handles these issues will define his tenure as America’s chief executive, and there will not—nor should there be—a honeymoon period. The challenges of these times do not permit such a luxury, something the president-elect had to know and comprehend when he chose to run for office. John McCain and Hillary Clinton, Obama’s defeated rivals, were both correct when they noted that the next president would need to be ready to govern on day one. Barack Obama has until the 20th of January to get his policies in order, because at one minute past noon on that day, he becomes the most powerful man in a volatile world. While the problems he will face are many, I will focus on what I believe are the four most critical issues that will need to be addressed in the first weeks and months of the Obama administration: Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Russia. This will be done in a series of articles, the first of which will deal with Iran.

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C.I.A. Dir Hayden: Future Priorities of the Central Intelligence Agency

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71 min

November 13, 2008 C-SPAN

General Michael Hayden, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, talked about current and future priorities and challenges for the U.S. intelligence community, and the transition to a new U.S. administration. This was an event of the Program on International Security’s Global Intelligence Series.

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Obama’s Intelligence Agenda by Tom Burghardt

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by Tom Burghardt
Global Research, November 14, 2008
Antifascist Calling

More of the Same from the “Change Administration”

While expectations may be high that the incoming Obama administration will reverse many of the worst features of the Bush regime–from warrantless wiretapping, illegal detention, torture, “targeted assassinations” and preemptive war–now that the cheering has stopped, expect more of the same.

According to The Wall Street Journal, “President-elect Barack Obama is unlikely to radically overhaul controversial Bush administration intelligence policies, advisers say, an approach that is almost certain to create tension within the Democratic Party.”

With hyperbolic “change” rhetoric in the air, Obama is relying on a gaggle of former intelligence insiders, warmed-over Clinton administration officials and “moderate” Republicans, many of whom helped Bush craft his administration’s illegal policies.

With U.S. street cred at an all-time low, due in no small measure to Washington’s hubristic fantasies that it really is an empire and not a rapidly decaying failed state, ruling elites have literally banked on Obama to deliver the goods.

During his run for the White House, the Illinois senator may have mildly criticized some of the administration’s so-called “counterterrorism” policies including the Bushist penchant for secrecy, the disappearance of “terrorist” suspects, driftnet surveillance of American citizens and legal residents, CIA “black site” gulags and the crushing of domestic dissent.

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China trying to force 6-months pregnant woman to abort + Why Does the US Trade With China? by Lo

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By Tim Johnson
McClatchy Newspapers
November 14, 2008

BEIJING — A Muslim Uighur woman who’s more than six months pregnant remained under watch in a hospital in China’s far northwest Friday awaiting a forced abortion by authorities who don’t want her to have a third child.

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The Worst Is Not Behind Us By Nouriel Roubini

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By Nouriel Roubini
ICH
November 14, 2008
Forbes” November 13, 2008

Beware of those who say we’ve hit the bottom.

It is useful, at this juncture, to stand back and survey the economic landscape–both as it is now, and as it has been in recent months. So here is a summary of many of the points that I have made for the last few months on the outlook for the U.S. and global economy, as well as for financial markets:

–The U.S. will experience its most severe recession since World War II, much worse and longer and deeper than even the 1974-1975 and 1980-1982 recessions. The recession will continue until at least the end of 2009 for a cumulative gross domestic product drop of over 4%; the unemployment rate will likely reach 9%. The U.S. consumer is shopped-out, saving less and debt-burdened: This will be the worst consumer recession in decades.

–The prospect of a short and shallow six- to eight-month V-shaped recession is out of the window; a U-shaped 18- to 24-month recession is now a certainty, and the probability of a worse, multi-year L-shaped recession (as in Japan in the 1990s) is still small but rising. Even if the economy were to exit a recession by the end of 2009, the recovery could be so weak because of the impairment of the financial system and the credit mechanism that it may feel like a recession even if the economy is technically out of the recession.

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via The Worst Is Not Behind Us      : Information Clearing House – ICH

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Wall Street’s Bailout is a Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene — Why Aren’t the Dems Doing Something About It? By Naomi Klein

Listen to Richard C. Cook Live 11.15.08 on Monetary Reform

Illegal tax scheme gives $140 billion to biggest US banks

A Credit Crisis or a Collapsing Ponzi Scheme?

Paulson the Bungler By Mike Whitney

Will the US default on its foreign debt? Interview with Michael Hudson

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

Coroner rules taser death homicide

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KOMU.com
November 13, 2008

MOBERLY – Randolph County Coroner ruled the death of Stanley Harlan a homicide.

On Aug. 28, 23-year-old Harlan was making his way home when police claim they caught him driving while intoxicated. Police said Harlan resisted arrest and so they used a taser, or an electroshock device, to apprehend him.

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There has been controversy involving police use of taser devices, which helped Harlan’s family gather more than 1,400 signatures to outlaw tasers permanently.

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via KOMU.com – Coroner Rules in Moberly Man’s Death – Coverage You Can Count On plus short video report

h/t: Dan

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Man dead after shock from Taser + Columbia police expect backlash

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Making an Invisible Minority Less Invisible by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
featured writer
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www.walterbrasch.com
Nov. 14, 2008

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama was called mentally unstable; his supporters were called unpatriotic. At Sarah Palin rallies, in newspaper letters-to-the-editor, on conservative radio and TV talk shows, supporters spewed hatreds, resorting to the Bush tactics of fear mongering to support their own candidate.

At many rallies, the word “kill” was often shouted. The ultra right wing, which infiltrated the McCain campaign, told us Obama is a (gasp!) Muslim, not understanding that not only isn’t Obama a Muslim, but that the Constitution prohibits religion as a test for federal office. Falsely linking Muslim to terrorist, these ultra-patriots said that Obama pals around with terrorists. They said Obama is a thief, a liar, and a scoundrel.

Not so subtly disguised beneath a lot of the hatred is the reality that Obama is multiracial, and that means he isn’t White. Some of the racism isn’t even covert. In comments to newspapers and on radio, Obama was called “Monkey ears” and other terms that would denigrate every person of color. At one rally, a McCain–Palin supporter waved around a stuffed monkey with a blue-and-white headband with one word: Obama. It didn’t even take an investigative journalist to find supporters who brazenly claimed they just couldn’t vote for anyone who’s “colored”; many even used even more derogatory terms.

Ironically, although the establishment media did an admirable job of covering speeches, they did a poor job of covering the racial hatred present at rallies. It was up to sites like Keystone Progress, which videotaped numerous rallies and posted them on You Tube, to help a nation better understand not only the political division but the racial hatreds that still exist in the country. Mike Morrill of Keystone Progress says that he noted a significant difference not only between the Obama–Biden and McCain–Palin rallies—”hope versus fear”—but more racist anger in the rallies where Palin was the primary speaker.

There is still that anger and fear among a part of the conservative movement, but something changed with the election.

On television, you’ll find there are more Blacks in TV commercials. More Blacks are being interviewed. The news media have developed a fascination with Blacks who were in the Civil Rights movement of the ’60s. Blacks whose parents were in the civil rights movement. Blacks who were first time voters.

Barack Obama’s campaign and election have not only revitalized America’s Black population, they have revitalized media interest in minorities.

For a couple of centuries, most newsrooms were staffed only by White men. And then there were a few women. And then a few other minorities. Blacks. Latinos. Asian-Americans. Native Americans. Jews. And an occasional Buddhist or Muslim. Staffing has come a long way. Almost 14 percent of newsrooms have at least one minority, up from 4 percent 30 years ago, according to studies conducted by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. However, one-third of America is composed of minorities, so there is still a long way to go. Even today, four decades after Martin Luther King’s murder, and with a heavy campaign by several journalism organizations, about 40 percent of all newspaper newsrooms still have no minorities.

In many rural and suburban cities, just about the only time a newspaper reader sees a minority in a picture is not for an achievement, with the exception of the sports pages, but during an arrest.

For a long time, radio believed that a white male voice was more authoritative than a female voice, or a voice that sounded Black. For most of TV’s first 20 years, there were no Blacks on air. And when the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s shocked America to realize that Blacks might be just as competent as Whites, TV reluctantly hired Blacks—as long as they looked, acted, and spoke White.

We’re now seeing more coverage of Blacks About Blacks. If it isn’t a “fad,” if the media, especially TV, don’t return to their never-ending focus upon celebrities and fluff, maybe in four years there will be more minorities in our newsrooms, and Americans will understand that most Blacks aren’t on welfare, in gangs, or in prison.

[Walter Brasch’s latest book is the second edition of Sinking the Ship of State: The Presidency of George W. Bush (October 2007), available through amazon.com, bn.com, and other bookstores. Dr. Brasch has covered several Presidential campaigns, usually away from the “press gaggle.” You may contact Brasch at brasch@bloomu.edu or through his website at: www.walterbrasch.com]

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Reflections on class and race in America by Barry Grey

William Ayers: Setting The Record Straight

Barack Obama — a wolf in sheep’s clothing or just the shepherd? By William Bowles

Beware The Obama Hype What “Change” In America Really Means By John Pilger

November 4th 2008 – The Day Democracy Changed

The People Sang–U.S. History and the Obama Victory

Pres-Elect Obama, No To Anti-Freedom War-Hawk Jane Harman!! + ‘Thought crime bill’ writer on short list

Obama’s Historic Victory By Howard Zinn

America Has Already Changed by William Cox

Bill Moyers Journal: Changing Times + Obama + Racism + Studs Terkel

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McCain-John

Palin-Sarah

Sec Henry Paulson interview

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http://cspanjunkie.org/ November 13, 2008 PBS News Hour

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Elijah Cummings Is No Chump! Kucinich: Who are you working for?

Wall Street’s Bailout is a Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene — Why Aren’t the Dems Doing Something About It? By Naomi Klein

Illegal tax scheme gives $140 billion to biggest US banks

Paulson the Bungler By Mike Whitney

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

A Wanted Man in Burma By Jeremy R. Hammond

By Jeremy R. Hammond
featured writer
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Foreign Policy Journal
November 14, 2008

Crossposted on Foreign Policy Journal

Writer Antonio Graceffo has become the target of a disinformation campaign by the ruling junta in Burma for opposing the oppressive regime.

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Elijah Cummings Is No Chump! Kucinich: Who are you working for? + Racketeering On A Scale This Country Has Never Seen Before

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CSPANJUNKIEdotORG

http://cspanjunkie.org/ November 14, 2008 C-SPAN

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Dennis Kucinich: Racketeering On A Scale This Country Has Never Seen Before!!!

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Wall Street’s Bailout is a Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene — Why Aren’t the Dems Doing Something About It? By Naomi Klein

Illegal tax scheme gives $140 billion to biggest US banks

Paulson the Bungler By Mike Whitney

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

Barazani warns of “civil war” if pact not signed

compiled by Cem Ertür
featured writer
Dandelion Salad
14 November 2008

1) Iraq spokesman says US security offer not enough
2) Iraq’s cabinet expected to meet on US pact as deadline looms
3) Barazani warns of “civil war” if pact not signed
4) Iran: crushing response to aggressors

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http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j7g6UUABta3tWw73QQ846-R45TKwD94CCEHG0

Iraq spokesman says US security offer not enough

by Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press, 10 November 2008

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081110/wl_mideast_afp/iraqusmilitary_081110194037/print

excerpts from ‘Iraq’s cabinet expected to meet on US pact as deadline looms

by Benjamin Morgan, AFP, 11 November 2008

“The council of ministers will wait until we have a complete translation in Arabic of the American proposal [Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)] and have consulted legal advisors before making a final decision,” Science and Technology Minister Raid Jahid Fahmi told AFP.

In a press conference after meeting with Arab League chief Amr Mussa, National Security Minister Sharwan al-Waeli said Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had assured Arab countries in a letter that the arrangement had met two main Iraqi demands.

“The agreement contained two main guarantees: that there will be no transgressions against neighbouring, Arab or friendly states,” a statement by the Arab League quoted him as saying.

Waeli said the agreement “forbids any movement or aggression or clash with any neighbouring state” and it “will not take away from Iraq’s sovereignty and the Iraqi people’s rights.”

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http://en.aswataliraq.info/?p=102982

Barazani warns of “civil war” if pact not signed

Aswat al-Iraq, 12 November 2008

President of the Iraqi Kurdistan region on Wednesday expressed his doubts that the proposed Iraqi-U.S. security pact [Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)] would be signed, warning of a “civil war” in Iraq if the pact is not approved, as Iraqi security forces are “unable” to control the situation.

“If the pact is not signed, the situation in the country may deteriorate to the point of a civil war,” Barazani said in a press conference in Arbil that was attended by Aswat al-Iraq.

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http://www.presstv.ir/Detail.aspx?id=75143&sectionid=351020101

excerpts from ‘Iran: crushing response to aggressors

Press TV, 12 November 2008

On Wednesday, Iranian armed forces successfully test fired a new generation of surface-to-surface missiles [called ‘Sejil’] as part of their defensive drive.

Iran has promised to respond to any aggression by targeting Israel and 32 US bases in the region with its long-range missiles.

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Mosaic News – 11/12/08: World News from the Middle East

William Ayers: Setting The Record Straight

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Updated: Nov 25, 2008 added Part 2

Democracy Now! Exclusive (Part 1): Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn on the Weather Underground, the McCain Campaign Attacks, President-Elect Obama and the Antiwar Movement Today

Democracy Now!

Nov. 14, 2008

In the late stages of the presidential race, no other name was used more by the McCain-Palin campaign against Barack Obama than Bill Ayers. Ayers is a respected Chicago professor who was a member of the 1960s militant antiwar group the Weather Underground. In their first joint television interview, Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn discuss the McCain campaign attacks, President-elect Obama, the Weather Underground, the legacy of 1960s social justice movements, and more. [includes rush transcript]

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Wall Street’s Bailout is a Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene — Why Aren’t the Dems Doing Something About It? By Naomi Klein

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by Naomi Klein
Speaking Truth to Power
ALTERNET
Friday, 14 November 2008

The more details emerge, the clearer it becomes that Washington’s handling of the Wall Street bailout is not merely incompetent. It is borderline criminal.

In a moment of high panic in late September, the U.S. Treasury unilaterally pushed through a radical change in how bank mergers are taxed — a change long sought by the industry. Despite the fact that this move will deprive the government of as much as $140 billion in tax revenue, lawmakers found out only after the fact. According to the Washington Post, more than a dozen tax attorneys agree that “Treasury had no authority to issue the [tax change] notice.”

Of equally dubious legality are the equity deals Treasury has negotiated with many of the country’s banks. According to Congressman Barney Frank, one of the architects of the legislation that enables the deals, “Any use of these funds for any purpose other than lending — for bonuses, for severance pay, for dividends, for acquisitions of other institutions, etc. — is a violation of the act.” Yet this is exactly how the funds are being used.

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via Carolyn Baker – NAOMI KLEIN: THE WALL ST. BAILOUT IS A TRILLION DOLLAR CRIME SCENE: WHERE ARE THE DEMS?

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Illegal tax scheme gives $140 billion to biggest US banks

A Credit Crisis or a Collapsing Ponzi Scheme?

Paulson the Bungler By Mike Whitney

The New World Order Monetary System

Sign Petition for a Monetary System That Puts People First – Open Letter to G-20

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

Obama-Barack

Listen to Richard C. Cook Live 11.15.08 on Monetary Reform

by Richard C. Cook
featured writer
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richardccook.com

November 14, 2008

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 15, I will be part of an internet TV/radio presentation for the World Review program produced by George Butler and Charlotte Littlefield Brown out of Austin, Texas. The first segment will be at George Mason University from 2-4 p.m., where I will be speaking on the history of the U.S. monetary system and what a truly democratic currency would look like. The second will be from 8-10 p.m. from Buffalo Billiards, a restaurant in Washington, D.C., where I will discuss the recent citizens’ petition to the G20 for democratic monetary reforms. The access information is below.

From George:

Location:
George Mason University
Fairfax Campus 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030
Science and Technology Building II Room 7
2pm ET Sat. Nov. 15, 2008

Host:
Dana Vogel
Office Manager
Economics Department
tel: 703-993-1130
fax: 703-993-1133
Web: economics.gmu.edu

There will be two ways to view the broadcast, the pure address is:
mms://wm15.spacialnet.com/bootlegDC99453

The other way is to go to:
www.worldreview.tv and there will be a live broadcast button on that page.

Richard C. Cook is a former U.S. federal government analyst, whose career included service with the U.S. Civil Service Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Carter White House, NASA, and the U.S. Treasury Department. His articles on economics, politics, and space policy have appeared in numerous websites and print magazines. His book on monetary reform, entitled We Hold These Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform, is published. He is the author of Challenger Revealed: An Insider’s Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest Tragedy of the Space Age, called by one reviewer, “the most important spaceflight book of the last twenty years. His website is www.richardccook.com. Comments or requests to be added to his mailing list or to purchase his special report on the 2008 election may be sent to EconomicSanity@gmail.com.

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Sign Petition for a Monetary System That Puts People First – Open Letter to G-20

Response to ‘Sign Petition for a Monetary System That Puts People First – Open Letter to G-20′

The lame duck economic summit

Global Pulse: G20: A New World Order

Paulson the Bungler By Mike Whitney

Crisis Is Beyond The Reach of Traditional Solutions By Paul Craig Roberts

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse