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Archive for April 20th, 2009

Geithner Faces Critical Report on Bailout

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20 Apr 09 | FT

Tim Geithner, US Treasury secretary, will face lawmakers in Congress on Tuesday morning, hours after publication of a report that criticises aspects of the bank bail-out and days before stress test results that could lead to the government taking larger stakes in the financial sector. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 April 2009 at 11:55 pm

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Obama Reassures CIA After Torture Memos’ Release

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20 Apr 09 | AWC

“That’s how we learn.” President insists.

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20 April 2009 at 9:55 pm

A Bigger, Bolder Role for the IMF in ‘New Economic World Order’

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20 Apr 09 | WaPo

Changes suggest shift in how global economy is run.

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20 April 2009 at 9:50 pm

Obama Wants $100bn for IMF

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20 Apr 09 | Raw Story

U.S. President Barack Obama Monday asked Congress to back an expansion of an IMF emergency fund by $500 billion in a move designed to expand its reach to big emerging-market nations.


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20 April 2009 at 7:46 pm

Power, Humiliation and Torture

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by Paul Woodward

20 Apr 09 | War in Context

In the wake of 9/11, no phrase more succinctly projected the upwelling of popular jingoism across the United States than the words “Power of Pride.”


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20 April 2009 at 7:42 pm

Zuma to Lead South African Democracy Hurt by His Rise

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20 Apr 09 | Bloomberg

The African National Congress, which led the fight to end apartheid, may be the biggest threat to South Africa’s democratic institutions even as it prepares for victory in April 22 elections.

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20 April 2009 at 7:25 pm

NBC Owners Hail New Era of Fascism

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20 Apr 09 | FT

General Electric and Cisco Systems hailed yesterday a new “era of public-private partnerships” that will enable companies to win a large share of the billions of dollars spent by governments around the world to stimulate their economies. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 April 2009 at 6:39 pm

Civil Lawsuit Against U.S. Government Over Katrina Begins

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20 Apr 09 | NYT

A groundbreaking civil suit begins in federal court here today to consider claims by property owners that the Army Corps of Engineers amplified the destructive effects of Hurricane Katrina by building a poorly designed navigation channel adjacent to the city.

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In Shift, Obama Doesn’t Plan to Reopen NAFTA Talks

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20 Apr 09 | NYT

The administration has no plans to reopen negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement to add labor and environmental protections, as President Obama vowed to do during his campaign, the top trade official said on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 April 2009 at 5:13 pm

Proponents of Torture May Yet Face Universal Justice

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Analysis by William Fisher

20 Apr 09 | IPS

Human rights advocates who were critical of President Barack Obama’s decision not to prosecute Central Intelligence Agency operatives who tortured war-on-terror prisoners are hailing a Spanish judge’s order to pursue a criminal investigation into the actions of six Bush administration lawyers for providing legal cover for torture – despite a recommendation from his prosecutors that the case not go forward. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 April 2009 at 4:00 pm

Sri Lanka Gives Tigers 24 Hours to Surrender

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20 Apr 09 | CSM

Tens of thousands of civilians fled Monday as the government breached rebels’ defensive wall. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 April 2009 at 3:55 pm

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Hamas Should End Killings, Torture in Gaza

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20 Apr 09 | HRW

During Israels attack on Gaza, from December 27, 2008, to January 18, 2009, Hamas moved violently against its political opponents and those deemed collaborators with Israeli forces. The unlawful arrests, torture, and killings in detention continued even after the fighting stopped, mocking Hamas claims to uphold the law. Senior Emergencies Researcher Fred Abrahams discusses Human Rights Watch’s findings (3:21):

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20 April 2009 at 3:44 pm

U.S. Gov’t Considers Becoming Bank Shareholder

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20 Apr 09 | AFP

US President Barack Obama’s economic advisers have determined that they can shore up top US banks without asking Congress for more money by converting loans into stock, The New York Times reported.


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20 April 2009 at 3:39 pm

Imprisoned Journalist Roxana Saberi Used as ‘Pawn’ in US-Iranian Relations

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20 Apr 09 | AI

US-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi is a pawn to the ongoing political developments between Iran and the USA and should be considered a prisoner of conscience, Amnesty International said today as it called for Saberi’s immediate and unconditional release. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 April 2009 at 3:34 pm

Will Afghanistan Be Worse Than Vietnam?

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by William Astore

20 Apr 09 | AlterNet

Seven tough questions to ask Obama before he sinks us into new quagmire. These are the questions on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan that Obama should be asked at his press conferences. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 April 2009 at 3:30 pm

Israel Criticism Sparks U.N. Walkout

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20 Apr 09 | AJE and PTV

Dozens of delegates have walked out of a United Nations conference on racism after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president, described Israel as a “racist government”.

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20 April 2009 at 3:25 pm

Russia ‘May Cancel NATO Meeting’ Over War Games in Georgia

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20 Apr 09 | BBC

Russia has threatened to pull out of a meeting with senior Nato commanders if the alliance goes ahead with planned exercises in Georgia next month. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 April 2009 at 2:55 pm

‘Obama has Violated International Law’

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20 Apr 09 | RT, NYT and Raw Story

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak has accused US President Barack Obama of violating international law for not bringing CIA torture agents to court (4:53):

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20 April 2009 at 2:37 pm

The Next Forgotten War

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by Ryan McCarl

20 Apr 09 | AWC

Human beings have strong emotional immune systems, and human societies have a remarkable capacity for collective forgetfulness. Milan Kundera, writing of the effect of the news cycle on historical memory, once said: “The bloody massacre in Bangladesh quickly covered the memory of the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia, the war in the Sinai desert made people forget Allende, the Cambodian massacre made people forget Sinai, and so on and so forth until ultimately everyone lets everything be forgotten.” Read the rest of this entry »

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20 April 2009 at 2:14 pm

Wiretap Recorded Congresswoman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC

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19 Apr 09 | CQ Politics

Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 April 2009 at 2:09 pm

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