Steve Fainaru: Big Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq

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Nov. 19, 2008

Steve Fainaru on “Big Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq”

Top Justice Department prosecutors are reportedly reviewing a draft indictment against six Blackwater security guards who opened fire in a crowded Baghdad square more than a year ago killing seventeen Iraqi civilians. The indictments would mark the first time armed private contractors from the United States face justice. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post correspondent Steve Fainaru about his new book Big Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq.

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Mosaic News – 11/18/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Pirates seize Saudi tanker off Kenya,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Iraq: Sunni roadblock to US security agreement,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“British FM says Syria ‘essential’ to Mideast stability,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Israeli Mines Continue to Kill Lebanese,” Syria TV, Syria
“Egypt court freezes Israel gas deal,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Quintuplets in Gaza,” Al Aqsa, Gaza
“Netanyahu loads Likud list with generals for elections,” IBA TV, Israel
“Fuel shortage triggers confusion in Jordan,” Dubai TV, UAE
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Mystery surrounds CIA Somalia trip

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Press TV
Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:36:37 GMT

Operatives from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have entered the Somali breakaway region of Puntland under a cloud of suspicion.

The CIA agents arrived in the town of Bossaso on Wednesday and are holding meetings with Puntland’s high-ranking officials, a Press TV correspondent reported.

This comes as US policy regarding Somalia has been hit with criticism. An international advocacy group blasted Washington in its recent report, saying US air strikes in the Horn of Africa country had caused devastation for aid workers on the ground.

“To stabilize the situation … US policy requires a complete overhaul,” reported Refugees International, adding that the US approach to terrorism is hypocritical and defines terror in a narrow manner.


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Rahm Emanuel on Obama Administration Agenda Formulation

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Turkey’s PM Erdogan: Those who warn Iran should not possess nuclear weapons in the first place

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19 November 2008

Turkey’s PM Erdogan: Those who warn Iran should not possess nuclear weapons in the first place

links to the original news items in Turkish:

Dünya Bülteni (14 November 2008) & Radikal (15 November 2008)

Editorial note: The excerpt below is from a speech delivered by Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC on Friday November 14th.

“Nuclear energy to be used for humanitarian purposes vs nuclear energy being used for mass destruction. We in Turkey support the former. It would not be proper for us to support the latter. When we discuss this matter with Iran they tell us that they are interested only in the former. The International Atomic Energy Institute [IAEA] is not doing anything tangible. There’s nothing conclusive.

Whilst we are of this view, it is also paramount that if Iran is actually building nuclear weapons of mass destruction, those who are telling Iran ‘not to’ should not possess these nuclear weapons in the first place. You have them and you are telling the other party not to have them. It is only natural that the other party will react defensively, every country would do the same. I see this as a dilemma. We should all get together and review this approach first.

Today in the world we live the biggest spending is allocated for armament and not for the development of poor countries. If Iran is engaged in the latter usage of nuclear energy, she must be doing so for this reason. We always maintain our proper persuasion [in this matter] and shall continue to do so in the future.”


Israeli Air Force Major General: All Options Are on the Table

The Deployment Game: Livin’ FOBulous by Casey J. Porter

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Updated: Dec. 10, 2008 Replaced video; apparently Youtube took his video down, not him.  But it’s back online via LiveLeak. ~ DS


Take an inside look at the fleecing of Soldiers while they are deployed to Iraq. Every single day Soldiers are suckered out of their money by major corporations which tempt the young enlisted “Joe” to spend, spend, spend. All of these businesses are here in Iraq with permission of the U.S. Government, a willing partner in the race to make as much money as possible. See as I go undercover into these stores to give you the proof of these acts. Also see as Soldiers must bathe right next to air conditioning units and wash their hands and brush their teeth with brown water. All provided for Soldiers by those fine people at KBR. Greed, corruption, and putting Soldiers lives in harms way in this, our latest film, The Deployment Game: Livin’ FOBulous

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Russia to put military bases in South Ossetia and Abkhazia

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Russia will place bases in the newly independent states of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and build relations with the two countries, Russian president Medvedev announced at a meeting with the media in the city of Izhevsk.

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Israeli Air Force Major General: All Options Are on the Table

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18 November 2008

1) Israeli Air Force Major General: ‘All Options Are on the Table’

2) Israeli Leaders Warn of Iran

3) Military action against Iran: The Iranian perspective

4) Address by the President of the State of Israel to the British Parliament, on the occasion of his visit to the U.K.


excerpt from ‘All Options Are on the Table

by Christoph Schult, Spiegel Online, 17 November 2008

In order to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb, the Israeli army is preparing itself for a possible military strike on Iran. “We are ready to do whatever is demanded of us,” Israeli Air Force Major General Ido Nehushtan tells SPIEGEL in an exclusive interview.


Israeli Leaders Warn of Iran

United Jewish Communities, 17 November 2008

For several years, including at the 2006 GA in Los Angeles, Israeli leaders have warned about the dangers of a nuclear Iran. The issue remains very much Topic A in Israel, and both Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Shimon Peres focused on it during their plenary speeches.

“Iran has not terminated its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Iran has not ceased its funding and training of terrorists in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority and around the world. Iran has not stopped its pursuit of regional hegemony and creating chaos in this tormented region,” Olmert said.

We must unite our forces, as part of the international community, led by the United States of America; We must confront Iran’s malevolent diligence and thwart it with greater force.”

Peres, meanwhile, said Iran is a danger not only because of its nuclear development and long-range missiles, but for its “ambitions. Iran is the only country in the world with imperial ambitions,” he said.


Military action against Iran: The Iranian perspective

by Ephraim Kam, INSS, November 2008


excerpts from:

Address by the President of the State of Israel to the British Parliament, on the occasion of his visit to the U.K.

19 November 2008

Hezbollah is stubbornly belligerent. And the Iranian leadership is obsessed with its quest for regional religious domination. This quest is supported by long range missiles, enriched uranium and fanatic incitement – all fueled by the excessive price of oil. The Iranian leadership’s grand design is to convert the Middle East from a region of nations into one religious bloc.
They attempt to impose their version on everyone. Whoever disagrees is deemed a heretic and is doomed to disappear.

The conflict in the Middle East serves as fertile ground for Ahmedinejad.

There is a need for a joint effort to stop the Iranian threat. To answer fear with hope. The moderate Arab leaders feel that ending the conflict must come before the conflict may bring an end to the Middle East.  The international community should prevent Iran from shattering the already fragile stability in the region.

On one hand, we see how Iranian radicalism thrives on the division of the international community and the disproportionate cost of oil. It permits them to invest fortunes in weapons of mass destruction in spite of their feeble economy.

This Iranian policy is a grave danger to world security. The way to confront it now is an economic strategy that will value development and punish belligerency.


We are not at war with the Iranian people. It is the Iranian leadership that calls for war against us – non-Muslims and Muslims who refuse to adhere to their attempt to gain hegemony.



Al Qaeda says order given for US attack far bigger than 9/11

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18 November 2008

Al Qaeda says order given for US attack far bigger than 9/11

DEBKAfile, 16 November 2008

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