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General sees no winner in Afghan war

General sees no winner in Afghan war [That's code for 'the war has been lost, but we don't want to leave so we can still fund Blackwater and DynCorp.'] 14 May 2010 The top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, says neither coalition forces nor the Taliban are winning the war in the country. "I'd be prepared to say nobody is winning at this point," General McChrystal said in an interview with PBS radio in Washington on Thursday.

3 NATO soldiers fall in Afghanistan

3 NATO soldiers fall in Afghanistan 14 May 2010  The war in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of three foreign soldiers amid an upsurge in attacks against the US-led troops in the country. NATO said in a statement on Friday that troops were killed in separate attacks over the past 24 hours. A Canadian trooper died in a blast while on a foot patrol in the southern province of Kandahar.

US let BP drill in Gulf without permits

US let BP drill in Gulf without permits 14 May 2010 New information on the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has come to light indicating that the US government allowed BP to drill in the area without proper permits. Federal records show that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP the green light for drilling, in violation of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Obama wants $80 bln to upgrade nuclear arms complex

Obama wants $80 bln to upgrade nuclear arms complex 13 May 2010 U.S. President Barack Obama sent a landmark arms-reduction treaty with Russia to the Senate on Thursday for ratification and called for $80 billion in nuclear funding, which could help win opposition support. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the funds, which would be spent over a decade, were needed to "rebuild and sustain America's aging nuclear stockpile."

Palin Warns "Mama Grizzlies" Will Take Back Country

Palin Warns "Mama Grizzlies" Will Take Back Country [That's right. They can start by devouring Sarah Palin, the polar bear- and wolf-killing terrorist.] 14 May 2010 Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says "mama grizzles" will punish Washington in November's midterm elections. [Mama polar bears - and their cubs - need to learn to *shoot first.*]

Size of Oil Spill Underestimated, Scientists Say

Size of Oil Spill Underestimated, Scientists Say 13 May 2010 Two weeks ago, the government put out a round estimate of the size of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 5,000 barrels a day. Repeated endlessly in news reports, it has become conventional wisdom. But scientists and environmental groups are raising sharp questions about that estimate, declaring that the leak must be far larger... Ian R.

Fungus hits Afghan opium poppies

Fungus hits Afghan opium poppies [Oh dear. The CIA must be *devastated.*] 13 May 2010 A serious disease is affecting opium poppies in Afghanistan, Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said. Mr Costa told the BBC that this year's opium production could be reduced by a quarter, compared with last year. He said the disease - a fungus - is thought to have infected about half of the country's poppy crop.

Unlimited Talk, Only $679 Million: Inside the No-Bid Deal for Afghan Interpreters

Unlimited Talk, Only $679 Million: Inside the No-Bid Deal for Afghan Interpreters By Noah Shactman 12 May 2010 Earlier this week, the U.S. Army handed the Columbus, Ohio, company [Mission Essential Personnel] a one-year, no-bid $679 million extension of its current contract to field a small city’s worth of translators to help out American forces in Afghanistan.

Judge Baltasar Garzón suspended over Franco investigation

Judge Baltasar Garzón suspended over Franco investigation --Move against Spanish magistrate, who pursued Pinochet over human rights abuses, seen as politically motivated 14 May 2010 The stellar career of the crusading Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón may have come to an abrupt end today after he was suspended from his post as an investigating magistrate at Madrid's national court.

Feds tell court they can decide what you eat

Udderly Ridiculous: Feds tell court they can decide what you eat --'Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish' By Bob Unruh 14 May 2010 Attorneys for the federal government have argued in a lawsuit pending in federal court in Iowa that individuals have no "fundamental right" to obtain what food they choose.

Student protesters plan to take off graduation robes during Dimon's address

Commencement 2010: Student protesters plan to take off graduation robes during Dimon's address 12 May 2010 The Take Back Commencement movement has protested the choice of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon as the 2010 Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry commencement speaker.

Suspicious Package Leads to Conn. Airport Evacuation

Suspicious Package Leads to Conn. Airport Evacuation 14 May 2010 (New Haven) Tweed Airport is now clear after being closed on Friday afternoon when a suspicious item was found. The suspicious item appears to be a home safe, Airport Manager Lori Hoffman.  It was found just outside the front door of the airport's terminal, she said.

Israel seeks to silence dissent

Israel seeks to silence dissent --Repressive practices long used in the West Bank and Gaza are now being used to limit civil liberties within Israel By Ben White 11 May 2010 Last Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, a Palestinian community leader's home was raided by Israeli security forces.

Bomb blast rocks Athens amid heightened tensions

Bomb blast rocks Athens amid heightened tensions 13 May 2010 A bomb has exploded outside one of Greece's highest security prisons, injuring two people and damaging homes and shops up to four blocks away, Athens police said Thursday. The bomb was placed inside a garbage container alongside a wall at the Korydallos prison. The explosion could be heard several kilometers away, a witness told news agency Reuters.

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan 14 May 2010 Two NATO soldiers fighting in Afghanistan to quell a Taliban-led insurgency were killed in attacks, the military said Friday. One was killed in an "insurgent attack" in the east of the country on Friday and the other died after a crude TalibanBlackwater-style bomb exploded in the south on Thursday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

U.S. Decision to Approve Killing of American Citizen Causes Unease

U.S. Decision to Approve Killing of American Citizen Causes Unease [It should cause the second American Revolution.] 13 May 2010 The Obama administration’s decision to authorize the killing by the Central Intelligence Agency of a terrorism suspect who is an American citizen has set off a debate over the legal and political limits of drone missile strikes, a mainstay of the campaign against terrorism.

Israel deliberately destroyed Gaza

Israel deliberately destroyed Gaza 13 May 2010 Human Rights Watch says it has proof Israeli soldiers deliberately destroyed Palestinian homes and buildings during the 2008-09 assault on Gaza. HRW, in its 116-page report, 'I Lost Everything': Israel's Unlawful Destruction of Property in the Gaza Conflict, says it has documented 12 separate cases of such during the 22-day "Operation Cast Lead".

81st Civil Support Team Conducts Exercise at Minot Air Force Base

81st Civil Support Team Conducts Exercise at Minot Air Force Base 07 May 2010 North Dakota's 81st Civil Support Team dispatched personnel and equipment though blustery winds to Minot Air Force Base May 5, to practice air load operations onto a C-17 Globemaster sent from McChord Air Force Base, Wash.

Obama to fund Israel's missile system

Obama to fund Israel's missile system 14 May 2010 US President Barack Obama wants Congress to pay Israel more than $200 million to fund a new missile system, the White House spokesman says. Obama has asked Congress to approve the aid so that Israel could deploy a controversial missile system called the "Iron Dome." White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said on Thursday that Washington recognizes the need [?!?] for Israel to have such a system.

Pakistan arrests man with militant ties who says he aided Times Square bomb suspect

Pakistan arrests man with militant ties who says he aided Times Square bomb suspect 14 May 2010 The Pakistani government has arrested a suspect with connections to a Pakistani militant group who said he acted as an accomplice to the man accused of trying to bomb Times Square, U.S. officials said.

9 indicted on charges of accessing Obama records

9 indicted on charges of accessing Obama records 13 May 2010 Nine people have been indicted in federal court on charges they accessed President Barack Obama's student loan records while employed for a Department of Education contractor in Iowa. The U.S. attorney's office says a grand jury returned the indictments Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Davenport. The nine individuals are charged with exceeding authorized computer access.

Report: Israel training to block Freedom Fleet

Report: Israel training to block Freedom Fleet 12 May 2010  Israel's naval forces are allegedly in training to prepare to seize eight boats scheduled to dock in the Gaza Strip on 24 May from Europe, Arabic-language media reported on Wednesday. "About half of the Israeli naval forces will participate in an operation that was approved by the cabinet.

Bankers jailed, sued as Iceland seeks culprits for crisis

Bankers jailed, sued as Iceland seeks culprits for crisis 12 May 2010 More than a year and a half after Iceland's major banks failed, all but sinking the country's economy, police have begun rounding up a number of top bankers while other former executives and owners face a two-billion-dollar lawsuit.

Pakistani men held over links to Times Square bomb suspect, says FBI

Pakistani men held over links to Times Square bomb suspect, says FBI 14 May 2010 Two Pakistani men arrested in raids in Massachusetts yesterday have a direct connection to the Times Square bomb plot suspect, officials said. The men, held on immigration charges during one of a series of FBI raids, are alleged to have provided funds to Faisal Shahzad through the hawala system of Islamic money transfer.

FBI busts three following raids across Northeast in Times Square bomb plot

FBI busts three following raids across Northeast in Times Square bomb plot 13 May 2010 Three Pakistani men who authorities say supplied funds to Times Square car bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad were arrested today in a series of raids across the Northeast as the FBI followed the money trail in the failed attack. Investigators said it was not yet clear whether the three men who gave money knew how the money was going to be used.

Authorities search Boston area home, gas station in NYC bomb case

Authorities search Boston area home, gas station in NYC bomb case 13 May 2010 Federal agents searched a home in Watertown and a gas station in Brookline and arrested two people today in connection with the investigation of the attempted bombing in Times Square earlier this month, authorities said.

PTSD diagnosis could appear on driver's licenses

PTSD diagnosis could appear on driver's licenses 09 May 2010 Some Georgians could soon be carrying a unique driver’s license – one that says they have post-traumatic stress disorder. Lawmakers recently passed legislation that would allow current and former military to request the PTSD designation on their driver’s licenses.

Los Angeles Approves a Boycott of Arizona

Los Angeles Approves a Boycott of Arizona 12 May 2010 The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to ban official travel to Arizona and block future contracts with companies there in protest of that state's new immigration law. The Council has asked officials for the city's port, airport and utilities to review all contracts with companies based in Arizona.

Spanish prosecutors want 13 CIA agents arrested

Spanish prosecutors want 13 CIA agents arrested 12 May 2010 Spanish prosecutors are asking a judge to issue arrest warrants for 13 CIA agents who they believe were involved in the spy agency’s 2004 "extraordinary rendition" of a German citizen, according to Spain's El Pais newspaper.

US military plans mobile phone network for south Afghanistan

US military plans mobile phone network for south Afghanistan 12 May 2010 The US military plans to set up mobile phone antennas in southern Afghanistan to replace towers that have been shut down by Taliban militants, a US official said on Wednesday.

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