This time Max Keiser and co-host Stacy Herbert look at the scandals behind Hank Paulson’s memoir allegations, Hilary Clinton’s threats to cut China’s energy supply, and Barack Obama’s big, big budget. Keiser also talks to former economic hitman John Perkins about whether or not the United States is now being attacked by economic hitmen.
Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon says Israel might use force to prevent Iran from developing “nuclear weapons”, a claim Iran vehemently rejects.
“Iran’s plan will probably be stopped by a regime change or, if there is no other choice, by recourse to force to deprive Iran of its nuclear arms production capabilities,” Yaalon told a security conference in Herzliya.
“It is important to continue to make clear to the extremist regime in Iran that all options remain on the table and that ignoring the demands of the international community will probably end in bitter tears for Iran,” AFP quoted Yaalon as saying on Wednesday.
Sen. Sanders questioned Treasury Sec. Geithner at a Budget Committee hearing and talked about Republican efforts to shift blame for record deficits away from their own unpaid-for spending habits during the Bush presidency.
Despite the U.S government massively increasing spending on its own war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, private security contractors are still flourishing, even though their reputations are at an all-time low. RT’s Dina Gusovsky spoke to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky – who fears the private firms have an even greater capacity to wage war, than America itself.
Romania says it’s prepared to host anti-ballistic interceptors as part of a U.S. defense shield in Eastern Europe. The Romanian president Traian Bashescu says the move has been approved by the country’s supreme defense council and the plan has been submitted to parliament, for its backing.
The latest word is that Romania will be hosting the U.S. Army’s ground-based “missile defense” systems. Russia is not pleased with these developments.
News that the U.S. is also about to deploy a PAC-3 missile battery in Poland led Russia’s ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, to recently state: “Do they really think that we will calmly watch the location of a rocket system, at a distance of 60 km from Kaliningrad?”The deployment of SM-3, with several times the reach of the Patriot, on land and sea (the SM-3 will soon be converted to be deployed on land like the PAC-3) in the same Baltic Sea neighborhood will only makes matters more dangerous.
Media scholar and author, Robert W. McChesney, and editor and author, John Nichols, talk about their latest book, The Death And Life Of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin The World Again.
Congratulations to the Swiss Canton of Jura, which recently accepted the asylum claims of two Uighur prisoners at Guantánamo, and to the Swiss federal government for agreeing to accept Jura’s decision on Wednesday.
The two men in question — Arkin Mahmud, 45, and his brother Bahtiyar Mahnut, 32 — were seized with 20 other Uighurs in December 2001. The US authorities realized almost immediately that all of these men, who are Turkic Muslims from China’s Xinjiang province, had only one enemy — the Chinese government — and had been seized (or bought) by mistake. However, although the majority of the men were cleared for release by 2005, the Bush administration accepted that it could not return them to China, because of fears that they would face torture or other ill-treatment, but then struggled to find another country that would take them instead.
by Prof Peter Dale Scott
Global Research, January 31, 2010
A talk delivered to the New England Antiwar Conference, MIT, January 30, 2010.
Hello everyone! I’m honored to be invited to this important anti-war conference. As I am in the final stages of editing my next book, The Road to Afghanistan, I have been turning down invitations to speak. But I was eager to accept this one, and to join my friends and others in debunking the war on terror, the false justification for the Afghan-Pakistan war.
Let me make my own position clear at the outset. There are indeed people out there, including some Muslim extremists, who want to inflict terror on America. But it is crystal clear, as many people inside and outside government have agreed, that it makes this problem worse, not better, when Washington sends large numbers of U.S. troops to yet another country where they don ‘t belong.