Tara's Blog – January 2010 Archive (25)

Israel ‘poisoned Hamas leader’

Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv

A HIT squad that killed a top Hamas commander in his Dubai hotel room injected him with a drug that induced a heart attack, photographed all the documents in his briefcase and left a “do not disturb” sign on the door.

The body of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, 50, was discovered by staff at the luxury Al Bustan Rotana hotel after lunch on January 20. There were no suspicious signs and local doctors diagnosed a heart attack.

Nine days later, after… Continue

Added by Tara on January 31, 2010 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Thousands in Tokyo Protest Against US Troops in Japan

Inquiring minds are noting increasing resentment against US militarism in places some might least expect. Please consider Thousands protest in Tokyo against U.S. military presence in Japan

Thousands of protesters from across Japan marched today in Tokyo to protest against U.S. military presence on Okinawa, while a Cabinet minister said she would fight to get rid of a marine base Washington considers crucial.

Some 47,000… Continue

Added by Tara on January 31, 2010 at 4:06pm — 1 Comment

Blackwater's Youngest Victim

The Nation / By Jeremy Scahill

Nine-year-old Ali Kinani died from a gunshot wound to the head in the Nisour Square massacre. His father may be the one man standing between Blackwater and total impunity.

Every detail of September 16, 2007, is burned in Mohammed Kinani's memory. Shortly after 9 am he was preparing to leave his house for work at his family's auto parts business in Baghdad when he got a call from his sister,… Continue

Added by Tara on January 29, 2010 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Taxpayers pay $101,000 for Pelosi's in-flight 'food, booze', Speaker's trips 'are more about partying than anything else'

By Bob Unruh

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Part of the tab for alcoholic drinks on a congressional trip arranged by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

It reads like a dream order for a wild frat party: Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey's Irish Crème, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey … and Corona beer.

But that… Continue

Added by Tara on January 29, 2010 at 11:16am — 2 Comments

Stealing Success Tel Aviv Style

by Philip Giraldi

A curious op-ed "The Tel Aviv Cluster" by the reliably neoconnish David Brooks appeared in the New York Times on January 12th. Brooks enthused over the prowess of Israel’s high tech businesses, attributing their success in large part to Jewish exceptionalism and genius, which must have provided the ultimate feel good moment for Brooks, who is himself Jewish. That Israel has a booming technology sector is undeniably true, but Brooks failed to mention other… Continue

Added by Tara on January 28, 2010 at 10:42am — No Comments

Obama's answer for America: more of me

Jonah Goldberg

There's a story of an exhausted tenor at La Scala who, facing repeated cries of "Encore," responded that he couldn't go on. A man rose in the audience to say, "You'll keep singing until you get it right."

That seems to be the defining principle of the Obama administration -- whose response to every problem, every setback, every hiccup and challenge has been, simply, "more Obama."

Indeed, for people who aren't sticklers for political jargon, it… Continue

Added by Tara on January 28, 2010 at 10:14am — No Comments

Presidential assassinations of U.S. citizens

By Glenn Greenwald

The Washington Post's Dana Priest today reports that "U.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people." That's no surprise, of course, as Yemen is now another predominantly Muslim country (along with Somalia and Pakistan) in which our military is secretly involved to some unknown degree in combat operations without any declaration of war, without… Continue

Added by Tara on January 27, 2010 at 11:44am — No Comments

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

By Chris Hedges

Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, carried out a coup d’état in slow motion. The coup is over. We lost. The ruling is one more judicial effort to streamline mechanisms for corporate control. It exposes the myth of a functioning democracy and the triumph of corporate power. But it does not significantly alter the political landscape. The corporate state is firmly cemented in… Continue

Added by Tara on January 25, 2010 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Haiti: An Unwelcome Katrina Redux

by Cynthia McKinney

President Obama's response to the tragedy in Haiti has been robust in military deployment and puny in what the Haitians need most: food; first responders and their specialized equipment; doctors and medical facilities and equipment; and engineers, heavy equipment, and heavy movers. Sadly, President Obama is dispatching Presidents Bush and Clinton, and thousands of Marines and U.S. soldiers. By contrast, Cuba has over 400 doctors on the ground and is sending in… Continue

Added by Tara on January 22, 2010 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Banks now checking your Twitter and Facebook activity to see if you're worthy of getting a loan

by John Aravosis

Please write financially secure comments to this post:

"Your social networking chit-chat could have an impact on your credit - specifically on whether banks think you are worthy of a loan.

Creditors are checking out what you post to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. They're checking out who your friends are and who the people are in your networks.

The… Continue

Added by Tara on January 22, 2010 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

42 Arrested at U.S. Capitol in Day of Action to Denounce Obama’s Broken Promises on Guantanamo


Press Release: For Immediate Release

January 21, 2010

Contact: Frida Berrigan, 347-683-4928, frida.berrigan@gmail.com

Matt Daloisio, 201-264-4424, daloisio@earthlink.net

42 Arrested at U.S. Capitol in Day of Action to Denounce Obama’s Broken Promises on Guantanamo, America’s Broken Laws, and the Breaking of Lives by Torture

Washington, DC: In a dramatic protest,… Continue

Added by Tara on January 22, 2010 at 1:09am — No Comments

How I fought to survive Guantánamo

Patrick Barkham

For nearly six years, British resident Omar Deghayes was imprisoned in Guantánamo and subjected to such brutal torture that he lost the sight in one eye. But far from being broken, he fought back to retain his dignity and his sanity.

Omar Deghayes: 'I gave them a really hard time.' Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/REUTERS

It is not hot stabbing pain that Omar Deghayes remembers from the day a Guantánamo guard… Continue

Added by Tara on January 21, 2010 at 10:08am — No Comments

Washington shuts door on Haitian refugees

By Tom Eley

The Obama administration has taken extraordinary measures to prevent desperate Haitians from entering the US since a January 12 earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation, killing an estimated 200,000, making at least 1.5 million homeless, and orphaning 1 million children. The effort to bar Haitians from entering the US—including the wounded seeking medical treatment—illustrates that the priority of the US-led intervention is not to save lives, but to establish military… Continue

Added by Tara on January 20, 2010 at 4:37pm — 2 Comments

Israeli hand in Iraq's Abu Ghraib exposed

The former American military chief of the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq reiterates the Israeli involvement in the US-run facility, where hundreds of Iraqi suspects were tortured and sexually abused by US soldiers and interrogators.

Shedding further light on the scandal that has served as a controversy-magnet for Washington ever since its emergence in 2004, the retired US army colonel Janis Karpinski says that Israeli agents were recruited by the US military at Abu Ghraib to… Continue

Added by Tara on January 20, 2010 at 3:49pm — 1 Comment

US Mercenaries Set Sights on Haiti

By Jeremy Scahill

We saw this type of Iraq-style disaster profiteering in New Orleans, and you can expect to see a lot more of this in Haiti over the coming days, weeks and months. Private security companies are seeing big dollar signs in Haiti thanks in no small part to the media hype about "looters." After Katrina, the number of private security companies registered (and unregistered) multiplied overnight. Banks, wealthy individuals, the US government all hired private security. I… Continue

Added by Tara on January 19, 2010 at 6:11pm — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Tragic Story of Mike Connell, Bush/Rove/GOP IT Guru, Breaks in Maxim

The story for which The BRAD BLOG was awarded a 2010 Project Censored award for "Excellence in Investigative Journalism" is "censored" no more. From the February 2010 issue of Maxim hitting mag racks this week...

The February 2010 issue hits newsstands this week, and should be available on the Internet soon, featuring a detailed investigative feature on the mysterious death of Mike Connell, the George W. Bush/Karl Rove/GOP "IT Guru"… Continue

Added by Tara on January 18, 2010 at 4:50pm — 4 Comments

Twitter joke led to Terror Act arrest and airport life ban, Man bailed but suspended by his employer after ordeal by interrogation

By Mark Hughes and Jason Walsh

When heavy snowfall threatened to scupper Paul Chambers's travel plans, he decided to vent his frustrations on Twitter by tapping out a comment to amuse his friends. "Robin Hood airport is closed," he wrote. "You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!"

Unfortunately for Mr Chambers, the police didn't see the funny side. A week after posting the message on the social networking… Continue

Added by Tara on January 18, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Who Killed Massoud Ali Mohammadi?-and why?

by Justin Raimondo

Imagine the following scenario: The chief executive of a foreign country decides to conduct terrorist operations inside U.S. territory, and signs a “presidential finding” to that effect. Furthermore, that “finding” authorizes the foreign government’s agents to engage in “defensive lethal action,” i.e. assassinations. And what if, shortly after this information has been leaked to the public, prominent US government officials and even a nuclear scientist or two are… Continue

Added by Tara on January 15, 2010 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Left and Right Against the Empire

by David Spero

When President Obama made his first post-election visit to San Francisco, two groups of protesters met him in Union Square. About 500 activists (the “Left”) carried signs, sang songs and chanted for an end to the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, for environmental action and Medicare for all.

Sharing space with us were about 250 “tea-baggers” (the “Right”) carrying anti-Obama signs. Their main issues were lower taxes and opposition to “government… Continue

Added by Tara on January 12, 2010 at 8:23pm — 1 Comment


British MP George Galloway was officially deported from Cairo today (Friday), when Egyptian plain-clothes police officers bundled him onto a London plane.

Galloway had been trying to return to Rafah after news broke that seven of the Viva Palestina convoy members were said to be arrested. Police, who at one point were numbered at 25 mainly plain-clothes officers, refused to allow him to return.

Several officers even followed Galloway to the toilet, rest room and a BA… Continue

Added by Tara on January 8, 2010 at 10:02am — No Comments

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