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The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: "A Moment of Courtesy? No, a Moment of Double Standard (Zionist) bigotry and Racism. Cheap propaganda (that you expect in NYT). The New York Times printed this picture today on the front page with the headline 'A Moment of Courtesy' and this caption: 'Israeli riot police officers met resistance on Tuesday as they removed Jewish settlers from illegal residences in the West Bank city of Hebron. As one settler was carried off near the market, an officer rushed to pick up the man’s glasses from the ground.' Of course, it is courtesy. The man in question is NOT ARAB. Did you get it, o national newspaper? You missed the main point, as usual. If here were Arab, he would be dead by now."

British Criticize Air Attacks in Afghan Region - New York Times

British Criticize Air Attacks in Afghan Region - New York Times: "SANGIN, Afghanistan — A senior British commander in southern Afghanistan said in recent weeks that he had asked that American Special Forces leave his area of operations because the high level of civilian casualties they had caused was making it difficult to win over local people. Other British officers here in Helmand Province, speaking on condition of anonymity, criticized American Special Forces for causing most of the civilian deaths and injuries in their area. They also expressed concerns that the Americans’ extensive use of air power was turning the people against the foreign presence as British forces were trying to solidify recent gains against the Taliban."

Another Day in the Empire

Another Day in the Empire: "Is it possible Markos Alberto Moulitsas Z�iga, leader of the “Kossaks,” that is to say followers and fawners of the Daily Kos, is a CIA operative? Francis Holland, posting on the My Left Wing messageboard, details Moulitsas’ relationship with the CIA:

“Markos Moulitsas Z�niga, owner of the DailyKos website, now admits that he spent six months in the employ of the US Central Intelligence Agency in 2001,” writes Holland. “In a one-hour interview on June 2, 2006 at the Commonwealth Club, Moulitsas, also known as ‘Kos,’ admitted that he was a CIA employee and would have ‘no problem working for them’ in the present.”"

Fewer Mexican Immigrants Are Sending Money Back Home, Bank Says - New York Times

Fewer Mexican Immigrants Are Sending Money Back Home, Bank Says - New York Times: "This year a smaller percentage of Mexican immigrants in the United States sent money back to their homeland than in 2006, according to a report released yesterday by the Inter-American Development Bank. The bank said the reduction had left at least two million people in Mexico without the same financial help they had once received.

Bank officials, pointing to a survey of Mexican immigrants in the report, said the decline reflected a rising sense of insecurity and uncertainty about whether they would stay in the United States. Anticipating a possible move back to Mexico, these immigrants appear to be saving more."

Cold blooded murderers go free!

General Failure -- In These Times

General Failure -- In These Times: "Largely unrecognized by the American public, unacknowledged by those in power, and denied by professionals in uniform, the United States suffers today from an enduring crisis in civil-military relations. The tacit social contract of mutual rights, obligations and expectations that binds the three parties to this relationship—the military, its civilian overseers and society—is seriously frayed.Largely unrecognized by the American public, unacknowledged by those in power, and denied by professionals in uniform, the United States suffers today from an enduring crisis in civil-military relations. The tacit social contract of mutual rights, obligations and expectations that binds the three parties to this relationship—the military, its civilian overseers and society—is seriously frayed."

America under surveillance | Salon News

America under surveillance | Salon News
In the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 1, 2005, a U-2 surveillance aircraft known as the Dragon Lady lifted off the runway at Beale Air Force Base in California, the home of the U.S. Air Force 9th Reconnaissance Wing and one of the most important outposts in the U.S. intelligence world. Originally built in secret by Lockheed Corp. for the Central Intelligence Agency, the U-2 has provided some of the most sensitive intelligence available to the U.S. government, including thousands of photographs of Soviet and Chinese military bases, North Korean nuclear sites, and war zones from Afghanistan to Iraq.

But the aircraft that took off that September morning wasn't headed overseas to spy on America's enemies. Instead, for the next six hours it flew directly over the U.S. Gulf Coast, capturing hundreds of high-resolution images as Hurricane Katrina, one of the largest storms of the past century, slammed into New Orleans and the surrounding region.

The Iran Attack That Wasn't | The American Prospect

The Iran Attack That Wasn't | The American Prospect: "On July 2 and 3, The New York Times and the Associated Press, among other media outlets, came out with sensational stories saying that either Iranians or Iranian agents had played an important role in planning the operation in Karbala, Iraq last January that resulted in the deaths of five American soldiers. Michael R. Gordon and John F. Burns of The New York Times wrote that 'agents of Iran' had been identified by the military spokesman as having 'helped plan a January raid in the Shiite holy city of Karbala in Iraq in which five American soldiers were killed by Islamic militants …' "

The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945: The Untold Story by Gary G. Kohls

The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945: The Untold Story by Gary G. Kohls: "The US bomber command had spared Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Kokura from the conventional bombing that had burned to the ground 60+ other major Japanese cities during the first half of 1945. One of the reasons for targeting relatively undamaged cities with these new weapons of mass destruction was scientific: to see what would happen to intact buildings – and their living inhabitants – when atomic weapons were exploded overhead.
Early in the morning of August 9, 1945, a B-29 Superfortress called Bock’s Car, took off from Tinian Island, with the prayers and blessings of its Lutheran and Catholic chaplains, and headed for Kokura, the primary target. (Its bomb was code-named 'Fat Man,' after Winston Churchill.)
The only field test of a nuclear weapon, blasphemously named 'Trinity,' had occurred just three weeks earlier, on July 16, 1945 at Alamogordo, New Mexico. The molten lavarock that resulted,…

Roadside bomb attacks in Iraq reach an all-time high - Independent Online Edition > Middle East

Roadside bomb attacks in Iraq reach an all-time high - Independent Online Edition > Middle East: "Roadside bomb attacks on American troops in Iraq reached an all-time high last month, accounting for more than one third of all combat deaths.
The increase in the number of casualties caused by the explosive devices comes at the height of the 'surge' of US forces which, the Pentagon claims, is broadly a success. Washington and London have blamed Iran for supplying the devices which have been used with lethal effect against American and British troops."

Over 2,000 Ugandans joins Iraq gold rush

"KAMPALA, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- More Ugandans joined the Iraq gold rush for better pay as another batch of 169 Ugandans has left for the war-torn country as security guards early this week.
The batch left Uganda following a deal between Connect Financial Services, a Ugandan firm and Triple Canopy, a U.S. firm. They will be deployed in the Iraq capital Baghdad.
Connect financial managing director Kenneth Onekalit was quoted by state-owned New Vision on Thursday saying that the contingent would be in Iraq for one year.
'Their contract is for one year but they could be renewed,' he said.
So far, over 2,000 Ugandans have been contracted to work as security guards in Iraq."

Alive In Baghdad

Alive In Baghdad
At the end of July Oxfam released a report detailing the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. It was only the international community that needed this report, Iraqis know well how their country is falling apart around them. Neighborhoods such as Adhamiya lack even the most basic social services.