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Hillary’s Free-Speech Hypocrisy by Kevin B. Zeese -- Antiwar.com

Hillary’s Free-Speech Hypocrisy by Kevin B. Zeese -- Antiwar.com: "During that speech Ray McGovern, a veteran who also served for 27 years as a CIA analyst, exercised his freedom of speech by standing and silently turning his back on Secretary Clinton. He was protesting the ongoing wars, the treatment of Bradley Manning and the militarism of U.S. foreign policy. He did not shout at the Secretary of State or interrupt her speech. He merely stood in silence. See the video here of the incident.



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New Afghan war plans could cost US taxpayers an extra $125 billion - CSMonitor.com

New Afghan war plans could cost US taxpayers an extra $125 billion - CSMonitor.com: "Crunching the numbers

So how much extra would it cost if the bulk of the withdrawal starts rather than finishes around 2014? About $125 billion, says Mr. Harrison at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, at that's just through 2014. He uses two different troop level scenarios – one high, and one low. He calculates costs based $1.1 million per soldier per year, which reflects the five-year average in Afghanistan.

The lower cost – $288 billion – assumes that the troops involved in Obama’s surge would be withdrawn by 2012, and that by the end of 2014 only 30,000 US troops would remain. The higher cost – $413 billion – assumes no drawdown will happen until 2013, and 70,000 US troops would remain by the end of 2014. The difference: $125 billion.

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18 Bahrain MPs Resign in Protest Over Killings -- News from Antiwar.com

18 Bahrain MPs Resign in Protest Over Killings -- News from Antiwar.com: "Nearly half of Bahrain’s Council of Representatives, all 18 members of the opposition resigned today in protest of the overnight attack on civilian protesters by security forces, which left six dead, several hundred wounded, and tanks rolling through the capital city’s streets.

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Report: 19 Killed in Crackdown on Libya Protests -- News from Antiwar.com

Report: 19 Killed in Crackdown on Libya Protests -- News from Antiwar.com: "First Tunisia, then Egypt. The popular uprisings against “president for life” dictators across Northern Africa and the Middle East has spread at a rapid pace, and while any number of regimes could be “next,” Libya is certainly skyrocketing to the top of the list.

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