Rachel Maddow: Afghanistan – CIA bombing getting scarier + Bomber was triple agent

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January 05, 2010

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Viva Palestina mission to Gaza by Eric Ruder

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by Eric Ruder
SocialistWorker.org
January 5, 2010

Eric Ruder reports on calls for solidarity from activists on a mission to bring badly needed supplies to the Palestinians of Gaza.

THE VIVA Palestina convoy to deliver humanitarian relief supplies to the besieged people of Gaza is calling on solidarity activists everywhere to call, e-mail and fax officials of the Egyptian government and gather outside consulates and embassies around the world as the convoy embarks on the last leg of its attempt to cross from Egypt into Gaza.

The situation is changing by the hour, so Viva Palestina organizers are asking that activists be prepared to either demand that Egyptian authorities allow the convoy to cross into Gaza or to celebrate the successful and safe passage of humanitarian relief supplies that are urgently needed by 1.5 million Palestinians living under Israel’s blockade in Gaza.

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Terror in the Skies From 9/11 to the ‘Underwear Bomber’ by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
Jan. 5, 2010

I was going through an old floppy disk of mine, mining some health-and-wellness columns that I wrote awhile back for text that I could use presently. I still do quite a bit of such writing and I found that some of that old text, edited and brought up-to-date, could still be quite useful to me. (If you are interested in that side of my work, you can check it out at my own Web site and on an English one on where I publish about a column a month.)

While I was browsing through that old disk, I came across a letter-essay on 9/11 and its aftermath that I had sent to a friend on February 19, 2002. How that essay came to be on that particular health-stuff disk I have no idea. But anyway, reading through it, I thought that I would share it with you here and add a few comments in re the current “Nigerian terrorist” situation. So here goes.
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Viva Palestina Convoy Attacked in Egypt + 55 activists injured in clashes in Egypt

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5 January 2010

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Pennsylvania Borough Gives Homeless the ‘Cold Shoulder’ By Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
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Spectrum Features Syndicate
January 5, 2010

SUGAR NOTCH, Pa.–A regional advocate for the rights of the homeless says actions by Sugar Notch officials to deny shelter to homeless men may be based upon fear and a lack of knowledge.

About 40 homeless men were scheduled to receive temporary shelter at the Holy Family Roman Catholic church in Sugar Notch for a week beginning Jan. 11. About three dozen churches in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region each shelter the homeless for one or two weeks a year. Professional staff usually work with, and stay with, the homeless. However, borough zoning officer Carl Alber, apparently acting under Council direction, issued a letter that threatened the church with a $500 fine for each day it housed the homeless. Councilman Herman Balas, a member of the church, said that Council was acting for safety and citizen welfare. The Rev. Joseph Kakareska told the media he has no plans to deny shelter to the homeless for the week. Sugar Notch is a town of about 950 residents, about five miles southwest of Wilkes-Barre in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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West’s Afghan War: From Conquest To Bloodbath by Rick Rozoff

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by Rick Rozoff
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5 January, 2010

“When the commander in Kabul asked Obama for the extra troops, he knew the USA would end up with one achievement, and that is more civilian casualties.”

“Every time an American soldier gets killed, they bomb an entire village.”

“This thing is going to be $5 billion to $10 billion a month and 300 to 500 killed and wounded a month by next summer. That’s what we probably should expect. And that’s light casualties.”

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On December 29 the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released figures demonstrating that Afghan civilian deaths had risen by 10 percent in the first ten months of 2009, from 1,838 during the same period a year earlier to 2,038. The majority of the killings were attributed to insurgent attacks, including those directed against U.S., NATO and government targets, but almost 500 civilians were killed by American and NATO forces.

Matters only grew worse last November and December, culminating in several massacres of Afghan civilians by Western forces at the end of the year.

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U.S. Venezuelan Relations: Imperialism and Revolution By James Petras

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By James Petras
Axis of Logic
Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010

Historically Latin America has been of great importance to the United States on numerous counts:  the region has in the past, provided the US with a trade surplus; its outflows of licit and ill-begotten funds to US banks, numbers annually in the tens of billions; the US has been, up to recently, the major trading partner in the region; Latin America has provided a lucrative outlet for US buyouts of oil, telecoms, banking and related strategic mining companies during the golden age of imperial pillage (1975 – 1999).  Throughout most of the 20th century the US could rely on the vote of its client regimes in the United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS) and in the international financial institution (IMF, WB, IDB) to back its efforts to sustain its global political and economic expansion.

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2009: The Year that “Perpetual Motion” Ended By Steve Windisch

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By Steve Windisch (jibbguy)
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January 5, 2010

Looking back over the year 2009, we can see many important changes. Interestingly enough, the major changes soon to be related here were mostly not publicized in the Mainstream… Yet they certainly happened nonetheless. This interesting dichotomy comes from how the mainstream scientific community has viewed the topic “Free Energy”; and how their former attitudes on this subject appear to have embarrassingly painted them into a corner; from which there is no extraction without loss of face… and even worse, requiring at least tacit admission of a serious failure in the past to view the science objectively; and pursue the study of many varied energy-related technologies which could, “coincidentally” very favorably compete with the use of Coal and Oil as fuels.

They are not likely to tell us they were “wrong”, so we must point this out for ourselves. The information related here can be easily checked; and if we look at the data objectively, there is little doubt that most will come to similar conclusions. Yet the point is not to place blame; but to move forward, and get the errors and suppressions behind us… so real progress can be made in the genre of alternative energy research: Something that has not happened on this planet in a serious way (with the lone exception of “Nuclear Fission”, inextricably linked to weapons research), for over a hundred years and counting.

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Poison bullets: Depleted Uranium factor covered-up?

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RussiaToday
January 05, 2010

Many American and British soldiers who have returned from Iraq are complaining about Depleted Uranium-related illnesses. They accuse both the Pentagon and the UK Ministry of Defense of covering up the problem.

Poison Bullets follows doctors and experts as they voice their opposing views in the DU controversy and travels to the US, Great Britain, Jordan, Iraq and Spain, where we meet many of those who are victims of both DU-related diseases and the indifference of government officials.

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Welcome To Twenty-Ten: The Year Of Resistance! by Cindy Sheehan

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by Cindy Sheehan
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Jan 4, 2010

Protest Drone Attacks

“An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Three events over the holidays have caused me great consternation and they proved to me that I am not so cynical and jaded that my government can’t still shock me, if anything.

Of course, the first event has to be the “Crotch Bomber.” The Crotch Bomber story poses more questions than answers and, of course, Muttalabad has already been tried, convicted and virtually executed by our media who have formulated an open and shut case against him without questioning any detail except for “lax” security at airports. Credible eye-witnesses have said from the beginning that Abdulmutallab was ushered through the system at Schilpol airport in Amsterdam (an airport I have flown through twice in the last month), by a “sharp dressed man”—but the problem is apparently that we have not been subjected to perverted full-body scans every time we fly. So what is the U.S. regime’s answer to this incident: give more military aid to the unstable regime of Yemen to fight “terrorism” in revenge for Abdulmutallabs’s failed attempt (which was apparent revenge for U.S. drones killing dozens of innocent Yemeni’s just days before) AND subject air travelers to either the full body scan, or full body search.

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