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AlterNet: Only One Thing Unites Iraqis: Hatred for the U.S.

AlterNet: Only One Thing Unites Iraqis: Hatred for the U.S.: "As British forces come to the end of their role in Iraq, what sort of country do they leave behind? Has the United States turned the tide in Baghdad? Does the fall in violence mean that the country is stabilizing after more than four years of war? Or are we seeing only a temporary pause in the fighting? American commentators are generally making the same mistake that they have made since the invasion of Iraq was first contemplated five years ago. They look at Iraq in over-simple terms and exaggerate the extent to which the US is making the political weather and is in control of events there."

allAfrica.com: Somalia: Insurgent Attacks Kill, Wound People in Baidoa And Beletwein (Page 1 of 1)

allAfrica.com: Somalia: Insurgent Attacks Kill, Wound People in Baidoa And Beletwein (Page 1 of 1): "A roadside bomb intended to blow up an Ethiopian army convoy in south-central Somalia missed its target, but subsequent gunfire opened by Ethiopian soldiers wounded nine people, including seven Somali soldiers nearby, witnesses said."

blackagendareport.com - Freedom Rider: Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Neocon in Black Face

blackagendareport.com - Freedom Rider: Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Neocon in Black Face: "The young, attractive Somali woman has become a darling of the American corporate media. Ayaan Hirsi Ali started out as a heroine to a portion of the Dutch public, who rewarded her with a parliamentary seat for denouncing all things Muslim. Apparently, flagellating one's own non-white, non-Christian people is a sure route to success in Europe, just like in the U.S. Ms. Ali lost her halo in The Netherlands when it was discovered she had lied on her immigration papers, but was soon recruited into the self-hating Black grouplet at the right-wing American Enterprise Institute, where she pretends to be a 'scholar.' America - what a country! Denounce your own people, and they'll make you a star."

blackagendareport.com - Oprah & Obama: Corporate Marketing for a Corporate Campaign

blackagendareport.com - Oprah & Obama: Corporate Marketing for a Corporate Campaign: "Two of the best marketers in the U.S. teamed up for a three-state weekend extravaganza of vapid, substance-devoid entertainment posing as presidential politics. Oprah Winfrey – a certified genius of self-salesmanship – and the faux progressive, fraudulent anti-war candidate Barack Obama wowed crowds in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire in a mega-media celebration of celebrity, itself. Political theater has devolved to theater without politics. Corporate “journalists” behave like sports “color” commentators, minus real stats and facts. Next stop: Broadway – if the world doesn’t explode before curtain-time."

Al Jazeera English - News - Us To Review Afghan Mission

Al Jazeera English - News - Us To Review Afghan Mission: "The White House has reportedly begun three detailed reviews of the US mission in Afghanistan amid a rise in attacks by the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

The reviews - by the US military, state department and the Nato alliance - will look at the security, economic and diplomatic aspects of the conflict, the New York Times said on Sunday."

Al Jazeera English - News - Turkey Says Us Backed Raids On Pkk

Al Jazeera English - News - Turkey Says Us Backed Raids On Pkk: "The US gave the go-ahead for cross-border attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq, according to Turkey's military chief.

General Yasar Buyukanit reportedly made the claims on Turkish television late on Sunday as the Iraqi government summoned Ankara's ambassador in Baghdad and demanded an end to the air raids."

Balkanized Homecoming - washingtonpost.com

Balkanized Homecoming - washingtonpost.com: "The thorny issues were evident when the first and so far only group of families was bused back from Syria by the Iraqi government on Nov. 28. According to the United Nations, only about a third of the 30 families returned to their original homes. Most of the rest, finding a new sectarian makeup in their neighborhood or their property pillaged, moved in with already overburdened relatives in other parts of the Baghdad area.

For many Iraqis, the homes they left no longer exist. Houses have been looted, destroyed or occupied. Most Baghdad neighborhoods, where Shiites and Sunnis once lived side by side, have been transformed into religiously homogeneous bastions where members of the other sect dare not tread."