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US drone attacks leave 21 dead in NW Pakistan in 48 hours

Children gather near a house destroyed
© Press TVChildren gather near a house destroyed in a US drone attack on civilians in northwest Pakistan (File photo)
US assassination drone strikes have left at least 21 people dead in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near border with Afghanistan during the past 48 hours, Press TV reports.

Pakistani officials told Press TV that nine people were killed after a US drone fired four missiles at two vehicles in Mana area of Shawal district in North Waziristan on Sunday morning.

This is while on Saturday twelve people lost their lives when a US drone targeted a building in the same troubled region.
Washington claims its drone strikes target militants, although casualty figures clearly indicate that Pakistani civilians are the main victims of the assaults.
Despite Pakistani government's repeated calls on Washington to end the drone attacks, the US government continues its strikes on the tribal regions of the country.


Iran Calls Israel's Existence an 'Insult,' as Prominent Rabbi Warns It's More Than Rhetoric

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
© The Associated Press

Aug. 17, 2012: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the conclusion of an annual pro-Palestinian rally in Tehran.
Tehran, Iran - Israel's existence is an "insult to all humanity," Iran's president said Friday in one of his sharpest attacks yet against the Jewish state, as Israel openly debates whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said confronting Israel is an effort to "protect the dignity of all human beings."

"The existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to all humanity," Ahmadinejad said. He was addressing worshippers at Tehran University after nationwide pro-Palestinian rallies, an annual event marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.

The comments are "reminiscent" of a letter written about the Jews and signed by Adolf Hitler in 1919, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean of the Simon Wisenthal Center, says.

"Even though Ahmadinejad is attacking the state of Israel, we know what he means," Rabbi Hier said.

Israel considers Iran an existential threat because of its nuclear and missile programs, support for radical anti-Israel groups on its borders and repeated references by Iranian leaders to Israel's destruction.

Ahmadinejad himself has repeatedly made such calls, as has Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Bizarro Earth

Iran Commander 'Welcomes' Possible Israeli Strike

© The Associated Press/Vahid SalemiIranian demonstrators burn an Israeli and British flag during a an annual pro-Palestinian rally marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day, on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) St. in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.
Tehran, Iran - A senior Iranian commander says a possible Israeli airstrike against his country's nuclear facilities is "welcome" because it would give Iran a reason to retaliate and "get rid of" the Jewish state "forever."

The remarks by Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guard's air force, were reported Saturday by the official IRNA news agency.

Hajizadeh says in the event of an Israeli strike, Iran's response would be "swift, decisive and destructive." But he also claims Israeli threats of a strike are just part of a psychological war against Iran.

His comments are the latest in a war of words between the archenemies.

Israel considers Iran an existential threat because of its suspect nuclear program. Iran denies seeking atomic weapons, saying its uranium enrichment is for peaceful purposes only.


Agencies Tamp Down Speculation Over Hollow-Point Ammo Purchases

Obscure federal agencies triggered a firestorm of conspiracy theories this week after they put out orders for thousands of rounds of deadly hollow-point bullets.

But the agencies, most recently the Social Security Administration, are trying to put a damper on the speculation -- noting the ammunition is "standard issue" and simply used for mandatory federal training sessions.

"Our special agents need to be armed and trained appropriately," said a message on the official blog for Social Security's inspector general office explaining the purchases.

The bullet purchases drew widespread attention as the website Infowars.com published several stories on them that were linked off the widely read Drudge Report and other sites. Infowars.com catalogued a string of recent purchases -- first by the Department of Homeland Security, then by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and then the Social Security Administration.

The Social Security Administration solicitation, posted Aug. 7, called for 174,000 rounds of ".357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow point pistol ammunition."

Infowars.com speculated that the purchases were being made in preparation for "civil unrest," imagining a scenario of economic collapse where seniors could cause "disorder" if denied their Social Security benefits.


Israel falsifies documents to deport Sudanese migrants - reports

Sudanese migrants in Israel
© Reuters/Adriane OhanesianSouth Sudanese disembark from a plane from Israel that arrived at the airport in Juba June 18, 2012. Israel deported a planeload of migrants to South Sudan early on Monday, the first of a series of weekly repatriation flights intended as a stepping stone to dealing with much greater influxes of migrants from Sudan and Eritrea.
Israel has deported Sudanese asylum seekers by issuing documents with purposefully incorrect nationalities, a recently published report by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed.

­More than 100 Sudanese nationals in Israel were given passports or birth certificates incorrectly labeling them as citizens of South Sudan, the report said. Israel has no repatriation agreement with Sudan, but can deport the asylum-seekers to the country's neighbor, which seceded last year from the North.

The revelation comes two months after Israel initiated a controversial 'emergency plan' to deport 60,000 African migrants.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified the plan, claiming that "The breach of our borders by infiltrators could threaten the Jewish and democratic state. ... We will begin by removing the infiltrators from South Sudan and move on to others."

Comment: The things some countries will do to protect their xenophobic and racist identities.


Julian Assange Calls on US to Release Bradley Manning, Charged With Leaking Classified Info

Julian Assange calls on US to release Bradley Manning, charged with leaking classified info.

Source: The Associated Press


Racing Towards a Fiscal Cliff - Former U.S. Comptroller General's chilling new warning to Americans

I haven't written about the so-called fiscal cliff because, against increasing evidence, I hold to Abba Eban's quote, "When all else fails, men turn to reason." But maybe not in today's America.The fiscal cliff is the set of budget cuts and tax increases that would automatically kick in next year. That is, unless Republicans and Democrats, the Congress and the White House, can agree to new tax and budget provisions, especially the shape of extending the Bush tax cuts. If we fall off the cliff, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the total effect could mean a 3.9 percent contraction in the growth rate of gross domestic product next year.

The fiscal cliff is replacing the eurozone crisis as the big deal facing the U.S. economy. As the New York Times reports, businesses are reducing their investments for fear that reason won't prevail. "Executives at companies making everything from electrical components and power systems to automotive parts say the fiscal stalemate is prompting them to pull back now, rather than wait for a possible resolution to the deadlock on Capitol Hill."


Julian Assange defies British Government to make statement from balcony of Ecuadorian embassy

Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, is set to defy the British Government as he makes a dramatic public statement on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Mr Assange, 41, was due to make his first public statement this afternoon, two months after he walked into the central London building seeking asylum.

Australian - born Mr Assange is facing extradition to Sweden, where he is accused of the sexual assault of two women, which he denies.

Mr Assange remains at the centre of a diplomatic row involving six countries on five continents, having skipped bail to avoid extradition.

He is currently in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, which, under the terms of the Vienna Convention, British police cannot enter.

His legal adviser Balthasar Garcon emerged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and said: "I have spoken to Julian Assange and I can tell you he is in fighting spirits and he is thankful to the people of Ecuador and especially to the president for granting asylum.


War by other means: NATO's Libyan campaign enters new phase as car bomb attacks kill two

© Mahmud Turkia/AFPThe 'Ulster Method' comes to Libya: car bombs are a favoured tactic of Western intelligence agencies to justify and prop up their puppet regimes.
Three car bombings close to security buildings in Tripoli are the first deadly attacks since Muammar Gaddafi's fall last year

At least two people were killed when three car bombs exploded near interior ministry and security buildings in the Libyan capital on Sunday, the first lethal attack of its kind since Muammar Gaddafi's fall last year, security sources said.

Ambulances and firefighters rushed to the scenes of the blasts and large numbers of police cordoned off the sites before starting to remove the damaged vehicles.

The first bomb blew up near the interior ministry's administrative offices in Tripoli but caused no casualties, the sources said. On arriving at the site of the explosion, police found another car bomb that had not blown up.

Minutes later, two car bombs exploded near the former headquarters of a women's police academy, which the defence ministry has been using for interrogations and detentions, the sources said, killing two people, both civilians, and wounding two.

Comment: Is Reuters referring to the same "peaceful transfer of power" in which NATO murdered 40,000 people from the air?


US Government Spies on Federal Staffers

Several federal agencies have purchased an advanced software application that allows administrators to see every single action, item, mouse click and more performed on their employees' computers. Some say it's being implemented to end whistleblowing.

In the midst of a witch-hunt that has targeted anyone accused of leaking documents, the US federal government has been linked to a massive acquisition of spyware that allows the higher ups to get ahold of essentially any communiqué and comment made by its employees on any electronic device. Some agents with the Food and Drug Administration insist that their personal conversations were unlawfully monitored by their higher-ups using the program, citing their superiors' fears that whistleblowers will continue to come to lawmakers to voice concern over dangerous practices within the FDA.

"We are looking for what we call indicators of compromise," Joy Miller, deputy assistant secretary for security at the Department of Health and Human Services, the FDA's parent agency, says to the Washington Post. "We're monitoring a system, not everybody in that environment."

Journalists with the Post penned an article this week that examines the use of Spector 360, monitoring software made by the SpectorSoft group, within the FDA and other agencies.