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Michael Brenner: Palestine and Washington’s Alchemy

The Obama administration is turning its alchemic powers toward Palestine. It is aiming to fashion a ‘success’ out of the shambles created by its lame failure to stand up to the Israeli government of Bibi Netanyahu. This is the sternest test to date of its talent at conjuring virtual realities. A tip-off as to what the latest Middle East machinations ...

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Jacob Heilbrunn: Obama’s Unpersuasive Iraq Speech

It’s hard not to examine President Obama’s speech on Iraq and the economy without experiencing a sinking feeling. Obama employed a number of nautical metaphors about sailing through turbulent seas and storms in his speech, but even he seemed a little queasy about it all. Nothing could have made clearer the extent to which he remains a hostage of the ...

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US wars: People vs Generals | Al Jazeera Blogs

While the Obama administration continues to affirm its intention to withdraw US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the US’ military presence in the Muslim world is actually expanding and this is exacerbating tensions and inflaming animosities. Barack Obama’s promise to open a new page with the Muslim world on the basis of mutual respect and interests – supplemented and enforced ...

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Questions Mount About White House’s Overly Rosy Report On Oil Spill

Two congressmen on Thursday questioned why the Obama administration made a major announcement about what happened to the oil in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month without the science to back it up . Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ed Markey demanded that NOAA surrender the data and algorithms behind its increasingly controversial estimate, so that independent scientists could assess the ...

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Atrocities in Afghanistan: A Troubling Timetable Updated | Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Since April of 2010, Voices activists have maintained a partial listing of unarmed civilians killed by U.S. led ISAF/NATO troops in Afghanistan. All of the information we’ve assembled is available in the mainstream news. We realized that we ourselves were not paying close enough attention, – we weren’t pausing to ask questions and absorb the details, and so we’ve tried ...

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Norman Solomon: Gen. Petraeus Goes to Media War

It’s already history. In mid-August 2010, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan launched a huge media campaign to prevent any substantial withdrawal of military forces the next summer. The morning after Gen. David Petraeus appeared in a Sunday interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to promote the war effort, the New York Times front-paged news of its own interview with him ...

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The U.S. isn’t leaving Iraq, it’s rebranding the occupation

For most people in Britain and the US, Iraq is already history. Afghanistan has long since taken the lion’s share of media attention, as the death toll of Nato troops rises inexorably. Controversy about Iraq is now almost entirely focused on the original decision to invade: what’s happening there in 2010 barely registers. That will have been reinforced by Barack ...

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Chavez Rejects Obama’s New US Ambassador

Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has said he will meet with his Colombian counterpart on Tuesday to try to end a diplomatic rift between the two countries. Juan Manuel Santos was inaugurated as the Colombian president on Saturday and immediately offered to talk with Chavez in hopes of mending Colombian-Venezuelan ties. via Chavez agrees to meet Santos – Americas – ...

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