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AU Troops Kill At Least 20 Civilians in Mogadishu Market Shelling -- News from Antiwar.com

AU Troops Kill At Least 20 Civilians in Mogadishu Market Shelling -- News from Antiwar.com: "After raids by militants from multiple factions, African Union troops responded as they so often have in recent months, by shelling the most crowded marketplace in Mogadishu. The attack on the Bakara Market left at least 20 civilians, including a number of women and children, dead and 86 others wounded.

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Arrests of Journalists: Is NATO Censoring Afghan War Coverage? -- News from Antiwar.com

Arrests of Journalists: Is NATO Censoring Afghan War Coverage? -- News from Antiwar.com: "Update 9/24: NATO has released the detained journalists, insisting that they determined they “were not considered a significant security threat.” Officials declined to clear them of accusations that they were in league with the Taliban, however.

Popular television station Al Jazeera today accused NATO of deliberately trying to suppress coverage of the rising violence in Afghanistan by arrested two of its cameramen and accusing them of being in league with the Taliban.

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FBI Launching Mass Raids of Antiwar Activists’ Homes -- News from Antiwar.com

FBI Launching Mass Raids of Antiwar Activists’ Homes -- News from Antiwar.com: "The warrant against antiwar activist Mick Kelly’s home cited efforts to look into his ability to “pay for his own travel” to Palestine and Colombia and appeared to have been little more than a fishing expedition looking for possible links to “foreign terrorist organizations including but not limited to FARC, PFLP, and Hezbollah.” Kelly insists that the raids were about harassing antiwar organizers.

Officials said they were related to a Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation. The JTTF in Minneapolis has a long history of heavy-handed investigations against protest groups, including an attempt in 2008 to infiltrate a vegan potluck.

Most of the raids were conducted in Minneapolis and were related to antiwar leaders in that city. Other raids were also reported in Chicago, Michigan, and North Carolina. Many of the homes targeted were related to the “Freedom Road Socialist Organization” (FRSO) but it is not…

7.5 million acres of fertile Ethiopian land to be leased away | Ethiopia

7.5 million acres of fertile Ethiopian land to be leased away | Ethiopia: "The Oakland Institute has released a report titled (Mis)Investment in Agriculture: The Role of the International Finance Corporation in the Global Land Grab, which points out that more than 13 million Ethiopians are in need of food aid, “but paradoxically the government is offering at least 7.5 million acres of its most fertile land to rich countries and some of the world’s most wealthy individuals to export food back to their own countries.”

The 59-page report explains:

…the leasing of farmland has increased dramatically in Ethiopia the past three years. In what has been called Ethiopia’s great “land lease project”—in an effort to introduce large-scale commercial farming to the country—the government is offering up vast chunks of fertile farmland to local and foreign investors at almost giveaway rates. By 2013, three million hectares of idle land is expected to have been allotted, equivalent to more than…

ei: Palestinians take to Jerusalem streets after killing

ei: Palestinians take to Jerusalem streets after killing: "'I could not believe my eyes. I saw a man lying in his own blood and dying. The settler guards had just shot him in cold blood and watched him dying. He was there, on the ground, for one hour until an Israeli ambulance arrived on the scene, of course they would not allow any of us to get near him. The Israelis did, however, bring over forty settler guards and Border Police to the scene before the he was moved.'

The dead man was named as Samir Sarhan, aged about 30 according to news reports, and the father of five children.

Rajmi spoke clearly while looking me straight in the eye but once could see the rage simmering over the killing. 'This is not a good situation. This is an extremely hard situation and I think that chaos is going to break out here,' he said. 'If another one dies from his wounds sustained last night, I think that Silwan is going to blow up. You just wait and see what happens during the f…

Chilean Economist Manfred Max-Neef: US Is Becoming an "Underdeveloping Nation"

Chilean Economist Manfred Max-Neef: US Is Becoming an "Underdeveloping Nation": "While President Obama is reporting looking into tapping a former corporate executive to become his next top economic adviser, many economists question the path the United States is on. We speak to the acclaimed Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef. He won the Right Livelihood Award in 1983, two years after the publication of his book Outside Looking In: Experiences in Barefoot Economics. [includes rush transcript]


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    CIA’s Afghan Kill Teams Expand U.S. War in Pakistan  :      Information Clearing House: ICH

CIA’s Afghan Kill Teams Expand U.S. War in Pakistan : Information Clearing House: ICH: "September 21, 2010 'Wired' -- Let there be no doubt that the U.S. is at war in Pakistan. It’s not just the drone strikes. According to insider journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, the CIA manages a large and lethal band of Afghan fighters to infiltrate into Pakistan and attack al-Qaeda’s bases. What could possibly go wrong?

Woodward’s not-yet-available Obama’s Wars, excerpted today in the Washington Post and the New York Times, unveils a CIA initiative called the Counterterrorist Pursuit Teams, a posse of anti-Taliban and al-Qaeda locals who don’t respect the porous Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The teams are practically brigade-sized: a “paramilitary army” of 3000 Afghans, said to be “elite, well-trained” and capable of quietly crossing over in the Pakistani extremist safe havens where U.S. troops aren’t allowed to operate. The CIA directs and funds the teams.

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