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Obama to introduce another business tax cut

Obama to introduce another business tax cut 07 Sep 2010 In another move aimed at stabilizing the still-shaky economy, President [Wall Street troll] Barack Obama on Wednesday will introduce a new $200 billion tax cut giving businesses across the country an incentive to buy new equipment in the short term, according to a senior administration official. The tax cut would allow businesses to write off 100 percent of new investments in plants and equipment made between now and the end of 2011, according to the senior administration official.

Tony Blair scrapped London book signing to avoid protest 'hassle'

Tony Blair scrapped London book signing to avoid protest 'hassle' --Former prime minister worried BNP might have caused trouble, and says he wanted to prevent 'extra strain on police resources' 07 Sep 2010 Tony Blair yesterday took a last-minute decision to cancel his key book signing in central London because of security fears, after unrest at a signing in Dublin saw the former prime minister pelted with eggs and shoes. Blair said he was cancelling the event, due to take place tomorrow at Waterstone's bookshop in Piccadilly, central London, "to avoid the inconvenience to the public it would have caused".

US eyes more troops for Afghanistan

US eyes more troops for Afghanistan 06 Sep 2010 Commander of the US-led forces in Afghanistan wants 2,000 extra troops in the country as foreign soldiers are experiencing their deadliest year since the 2001 invasion. General David Petraeus claims the extra troops are intended to mainly train Afghan security forces, a NATO official said on Monday. The mission comes in addition to the 30,000 extra troops sent by US President Barack Obama to bolster the unpopular war. [See: "Hope-and-Change," A Hoax By Michael Rectenwald and Lori Price 27 May 2010.]

US drone attack kills five in Pakistan

US drone attack kills five in Pakistan --US-led strikes have killed at least two dozen people over the past four days. 06 Sep 2010 A fresh US strike has killed at least five people in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, amid growing discontent over climbing number of civilian casualties. The unmanned plane fired two missiles at a vehicle in Data Khel area of North Waziristan Agency on Monday, a Press TV correspondent reported. The vehicle was destroyed in the attack. Security officials in the area say several others have been wounded in the attack. [There's not enough discontent. Civilians need to start destroying these killing machines.]

Afghan captors release Japanese reporter

Afghan captors release Japanese reporter 06 Sep 2010 A Japanese journalist who was abducted by militants in Afghanistan five months ago has been freed by his captors and left the country, Japan's Foreign Ministry said. Kosuke Tsuneoka, a freelance journalist and veteran of war zones, was kidnapped on April 1. He was released Saturday night to a Japanese embassy and appeared tired but otherwise unharmed, the ministry said in a statement.

The News reporter tortured, humiliated after abduction

The News reporter tortured, humiliated after abduction 06 Sep 2010 Umer Cheema, reporter of The News Investigation Cell was tortured and humiliated during 6-hour captivity after abduction by unidentified men from Islamabad on Saturday. Giving account of the events of abduction and torture following his release, Umer Cheema said he was picked up by some unknown men in police uniforms from Islamabad Sector I-8 when he was returning home early in the morning at Sehri time and taken to an unknown place at 45 to 50 minutes drive... "I was held in illegal captivity for 6 hours during which I was continuously tortured and humiliated in nude. They stripped me out of my clothes, hanged me upside down and shaved off my head and moustaches," the senior reporter of the country’s leading English daily recounted.

US actors back boycott of West Bank theater

US actors back boycott of West Bank theater 06 Sep 2010 Following the movement of Israeli theater professionals who authored a letter refusing to perform in the settlement of Ariel, American counterparts have come together with their own statement of support. "As American actors, directors, critics and playwrights, we salute our Israeli counterparts for their courageous decision," the letter says. Organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, a Jewish-American organization, the statement has been signed by over 150 theater and film professionals representing some influential artists in theater and film.

Engineering lab finds dispersant in Biloxi water

Engineering lab finds dispersant in Biloxi water --Team found significant chemical concentrations of 780 parts per billion 01 Sep 2010 A Boston-based engineering company, hired by a New Orleans law firm to take samplings in Gulf waters, recently found high concentrations of dispersant near an oil patch between Horn Island and Biloxi. Boston Chemical Data Corp. President Marco Kaltofen said his group was collecting samples Aug. 9 at Horn Island when they came across a brown, foamy material near an iridescent sheen of oil. The team a detected chemical odor, he said.

Stay Vigilant, Bird Flu Could Spark Next Global Outbreak, Urges Expert

Pimping their new pandemic: Stay Vigilant, Bird Flu Could Spark Next Global Outbreak, Urges Expert 05 Sep 2010 Robert Webster, an influenza expert, says health authorities worldwide need to remain watchful for possible influenza outbreaks, despite swine flu being much less deadly than people had originally feared. Webster, chairman of the virology and molecular biology department at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, says that bird flu remains a possible threat and could be the cause of the next global outbreak... Some prestigious medical journals, as well as leading experts expressed concern that billions of dollars of public money was wasted, with not much achieved except for the pharmaceutical industry's profits.

Foreign report: Israel has one of world's largest 'eavesdropping' intel bases

Foreign report: Israel has one of world's largest 'eavesdropping' intel bases 05 Sep 2010 Israel has one of the largest signals intelligence (SIGINT) bases in the world in the western Negev, Le Monde Diplomatique reported. The base, near Kibbutz Urim, is central to the activities of the main Israel Defense Forces signals intelligence unit, 8200, the report says. According to the report, the base has 30 antennas and satellite dishes of different sizes and types, capable of eavesdropping on telephone calls and accessing the e-mail of "governments, international organizations, foreign companies, political groups and individuals."

Three NATO trucks burn in Pakistan

Three NATO trucks burn in Pakistan --Over the past few weeks, militants have destroyed more than twenty NATO oil tankers. 05 Sep 2010 Militants in Pakistan have torched three oil tankers carrying fuel supplies to NATO and US forces stationed in neighboring Afghanistan. The oil tankers were intercepted by unknown gunmen riding motorcycles in southwestern Balochistan Province, Pakistani police officials told Press TV. Police confirmed that the militants took the people on board hostage at gunpoint and set the trucks on fire in the Mongechar area of Kalat district late Saturday.

3 LAX terminals shut down after guard leaves post

3 LAX terminals shut down after guard leaves post 05 Sep 2010 Officials say three terminals at the Los Angeles International Airport were briefly shut down after an airport contract worker left an exit from a secure area unattended. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Jon Allen says an officer discovered about 4:30 a.m. Saturday that an exit from one of the terminals was unguarded. He says three checkpoints were closed and officers reviewed videotape from all three exits.

Israeli says not guilty of 'largest human trafficking case in U.S. history'

Israeli says not guilty of 'largest human trafficking case in U.S. history' 05 Sep 2010 The Israeli head of a labor recruiting company accused of exploiting 400 workers from Thailand and forcing them to work on U.S. farms pleaded not guilty Friday, in part of what the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls the largest human-trafficking case U.S. history. Los Angeles-based Global Horizons Manpower CEO Mordechai Orian, 45, surrendered to federal authorities in Honolulu earlier Friday, a day after the FBI had tried to arrest him at his Southern California home but found he wasn't there.

Twelve dead after Baghdad attacks

Twelve dead after Baghdad attacks 06 Sep 2010 Twelve people were killed yesterday when suicide bombers attacked a military headquarters in Baghdad - two weeks after an attack on the same base pointed to the failure of Iraqi forces to plug even the most obvious holes in their security. Iraqi soldiers were helped to repel the attack by American troops who were training them at the compound at Rusafa, in the east of the capital.

Israeli police accused of targeting Jerusalem's Arab residents

Israeli police accused of targeting Jerusalem's Arab residents 06 Sep 2010 A leading civil-rights group has accused Israeli police of systematic discrimination against the Arab residents of East Jerusalem as growing numbers of hardline religious Jews take up residence in Palestinian areas. A report from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (Acri) found that violent confrontations between Jewish residents and their Palestinian neighbours had risen rapidly, but that Israeli police have largely ignored Palestinian complaints.

'Anti-terror data' found in the street

'Anti-terror data' found in the street 05 Sep 2010 Police were today investigating the contents of a computer memory stick said to contain sensitive anti-terror material which was reportedly found in the street outside a police station. The four-inch USB storage device was alleged to have contained more than 2,000 pages of confidential information, including strategies on combating terror attacks. The memory stick was found by a 36-year-old businessman on a pavement outside the station in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, said the Daily Star on Sunday.

U.S. troops join Baghdad battle

U.S. troops join Baghdad battle --Fighting comes just days after official end to American combat operations 05 Sep 2010  Days after the U.S. officially ended combat operations and touted Iraq's ability to defend itself, American troops found themselves battling heavily armed militants assaulting an Iraqi military headquarters in the center of Baghdad on Sunday. The fighting killed 12 people and wounded dozens. It was the first exchange of fire involving U.S. troops in Baghdad since the Aug. 31 deadline for formally ending the combat mission, and it showed that American troops remaining in the country are still being drawn into the fighting.

Two British soldiers killed by Afghanistan explosions

Two British soldiers killed by Afghanistan explosions 05 Sep 2010 A British soldier has died in hospital in the UK while another was killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

3 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan

3 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan 05 Sep 2010 Three foreign troops, including one American, are killed in southern Afghanistan, bringing the number of the US soldiers killed in the country since the beginning of this year to 328. NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the casualties in separate insurgent attacks in the troubled south on a Sunday statement. An American died in the war-torn Afghanistan on Saturday following a Taliban-style bomb attack, AFP reported.

Doctors demand David Kelly inquest

Doctors demand David Kelly inquest 04 Sep 2010 A group of leading doctors will go to the high court next week in an attempt to force an inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly. The six doctors claim it is not possible to prove that Dr Kelly committed suicide based on the medical information available. They want to obtain a court ruling that would require Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, to seek a new inquest.

Court throws out $926 million Rocky Flats award

Court throws out $926 million Rocky Flats award 04 Sep 2010 A $926 million award to thousands of Colorado homeowners in a lawsuit involving plutonium contamination from a now-defunct nuclear weapons plant was thrown out Friday by a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel also tossed the jury verdict in the case and ruled that homeowners failed to prove their properties were damaged or that they suffered bodily injury from plutonium that blew onto their properties from Rocky Flats northwest of Denver. Taxpayers have paid the contractors' legal bills and would have paid any penalties under Energy Department contracts indemnifying the companies. [WHY are *taxpayers* subsidizing these socipaths?]

Oil company owned by Tea Party's billionaire brothers gives $1 million to fight Calif. climate change law

Oil company owned by Tea Party's billionaire brothers gives $1 million to fight Calif. climate change law 04 Sep 2010 An oil company headed by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch has contributed $1 million to the campaign to suspend the state's landmark climate change global warming law. On Thursday, the Kansas-based refining and chemicals manufacturer  [Flint Hills Resources] threw its weight behind Proposition 23, the ballot initiative that seeks to suspend California's greenhouse gas reduction law until the economy 'improves.'

30 False Fronts Won Contracts for Blackwater

30 False Fronts Won Contracts for Blackwater --Since 2001, CIA has awarded up to $600 million in classified contracts to Blackwater and its affiliates 04 Sep 2010 Blackwater Worldwide created a web of more than 30 shell companies or subsidiaries in part to obtain millions of dollars in American government contracts after the security company terrorists came under intense criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq, according to Congressional investigators and former Blackwater officials. While it is not clear how many of those businesses won contracts, at least three had deals with the United States military or the Central Intelligence Agency, according to former government and company officials.

The true cost of the Iraq war: $3 trillion and beyond

The true cost of the Iraq war: $3 trillion and beyond 05 Sep 2010 Writing in these pages in early 2008, we put the total cost to the United States of the Iraq war at $3 trillion. This price tag dwarfed previous estimates, including the Bush administration's 2003 projections of a $50 billion to $60 billion war. But today, as the United States ends combat in Iraq, it appears that our $3 trillion estimate (which accounted for both government expenses and the war's broader impact on the U.S. economy) was, if anything, too low. 

Broken equipment found at Gulf oil spill site

Broken equipment found at Gulf oil spill site 05 Sep 2010 Engineers in the US have been assessing the piece of equipment that could show the cause of the worst oil spill disaster in the country's history. On the weekend, they hoisted the so-called blow-out preventer out of the Gulf of Mexico and have been studying it for flaws. The 300-ton device, which was supposed to seal off BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well, but failed during the emergency, was brought up by a giant crane on Saturday.

Security stepped up at Kabul Bank

Security stepped up at Kabul Bank --Meanwhile the US Treasury has denied it is preparing to bail out the bank. 05 Sep 2010 Armed police in pick-up trucks have been stationed outside the main branch of Kabul Bank as customers continue to withdraw money amid fears the Afghan bank may collapse. Barbed wire has also been placed across the road to hold back the crowds. The run on the bank began earlier this week after allegations of corruption and mismanagement, although officials have maintained the bank will not fail.

Iraq WMD dossier was 'reviewed' to match Labour spin, memo reveals

Iraq WMD dossier was 'reviewed' to match Labour spin, memo reveals 05 Sep 2010 A Foreign Office official involved in drafting the discredited dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction suggested that he might have to review an assessment of Saddam's nuclear capabilities so that it was in line with briefings from Labour spin doctors, an internal Whitehall memo shows. The March 2002 memo, written by Tim Dowse, head of the Foreign Office non-proliferation department, and sent to a special adviser to the then foreign secretary, Jack Straw, has been obtained by the Observer under the Freedom of Information Act.

Gaza tunnels exploded by IAF forces

Gaza tunnels exploded by IAF forces 05 Sep 2010 Israeli aircraft have been striking at smuggling tunnels in southern Gaza. The air-force started a campaign on Saturday night, as peace talks were being held in Washington between the Israelis and Palestinians. The IAF struck targets in the Khan Younis and Rafah area, wounding at least two Palestinians by trapping them in collapsed tunnels.

Suicide bus driver kills two in Baghdad: officials

Suicide bus driver kills two in Baghdad: officials 05 Sep 2010 A suicide bomber in a minibus killed two people on Sunday at an Iraqi defence ministry complex that three weeks ago was hit by a massive suicide attack that killed dozens, security officials said. The bomber blew up his vehicle at the rear gate of the Rusafa Military Command headquarters in east Baghdad, security force spokesman Major General Qassim Atta said. Eight people were also wounded, Atta and a defence ministry official added.

US 'likely to stay in Iraq beyond 2011'

US 'likely to stay in Iraq beyond 2011' 05 Sep 2010 Despite US announcement of complete withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, Washington will reportedly keep thousands of soldiers in the war-torn nation. American military experts said the remaining forces are expected to stay in Iraq beyond 2011 as a 'peacekeeping force' for a decade, AFP reported. ...About 50,000 US troops remain in Iraq supposedly on 'training' and 'advisory' roles until a complete pull out. Meanwhile, US officials are planning to employ thousands of private contractors mercenaries to conduct operations formerly performed by US troops.

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CLG's Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. and Lori Price receive the Patrick Henry Think Tank's American Hero Award 02 Nov 2005 The Patrick Henry Democratic Club --A Think Tank working to give the government back to the people. "Give me liberty or give me death!"

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