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Judge: Mubarak Complicit in Protester Killings -- News from Antiwar.com

Judge: Mubarak Complicit in Protester Killings -- News from Antiwar.com: "The Egyptian junta has released a report detailing the violent crackdown against protesters in February, leading up to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and his replacement with the current interim military government. The report says 846 civilians were killed in the crackdowns.

The report said that snipers and police shot protesters with live ammunition, and a disproportionate number were shot in the eyes. Hundreds of protesters also survived but lost their sight in the attacks.

Egyptian Judge Omar Marwan said President Mubarak was definitely complicit in the attacks, explaining that the use of live fire on protesters would’ve required his direct permission. Either that permission was given or Mubarak simply chose not to hold anyone accountable, but the attacks continued for days.

Mubarak was arrested late last week as protesters continued to demand he be held accountable for his crimes. The president’s s…

Reports: Bahrain Raids Shi’ite Hospitals, Arrests Doctors -- News from Antiwar.com

Reports: Bahrain Raids Shi’ite Hospitals, Arrests Doctors -- News from Antiwar.com: "With the Bahraini government’s state of martial law continuing and 1,500+ foreign troops still operating in the country, the crackdown on Shi’ites is still escalating. A statement from the leading opposition party, al-Wefaq, reports that security forces attacked two hospitals today."

Bush's Pre-War Iraq Oil Deals Alarmed BP | Informed Comment

Bush's Pre-War Iraq Oil Deals Alarmed BP | Informed CommentGeorge W. Bush was quietly approaching US petroleum corporations and trying to do deals with the French and Russian governments and their energy companies regarding Iraqi petroleum fields in fall of 2002, according to British government documents. BP learned of these secret negotiations, and arranged for Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Trade Minister, Lady Elizabeth Symons, to lobby Bush on behalf of BP, which was afraid of being “locked out” of the Iraqi fields after the war.

Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs | The Raw Story

Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs | The Raw Story: "The percentage of Americans who have jobs has fallen to the lowest point in three decades and now hovers just above 45 percent of the total population, according to an analysis of labor data published by USA Today.

The report, based on figures provided by the Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that at 36.7 percent, Mississippi had the lowest percentage of population working.

Employment rates were also low in California and Arizona, where just over 37 percent had jobs. At 55.8 percent, North Dakota had the highest rate of employed residents.

Overall, 45.4 percent of Americans were working, the lowest since 1983. Employment peaked at 49.3 percent in 2000.

'The bad economy, an aging population and a plateau in women working are contributing to changes that pose serious challenges for financing the nation's social programs,' the paper noted.

The news comes at a time when Republican…