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White House Struggles to Get Story Right on Raid

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney pauses during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 3, 2011.
Killing Osama bin Laden was a big victory for the U.S., but how exactly the raid went down is another story - and another, and another.

Over two days, the White House has offered contradictory versions of events, including misidentifying which of bin Laden's sons was killed and wrongly saying bin Laden's wife died in gunfire, as it tries to sort through what the president's press secretary called the "fog of combat" and produce an accurate account.

Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that officials were trying to get information out as quickly as possible about the complex event witnessed by just a handful of people, and the story line was being corrected.

"We provided a great deal of information with great haste in order to inform you. ... And obviously some of the information was, came in piece by piece and is being reviewed and updated and elaborated on," Carney said.

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Palestinians Sign Unity Agreement

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Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed (R) and Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq (L) in Cairo on April 27, 2011
A long-awaited unity deal between Palestinian movements of Hamas and Fatah has been signed in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo.

The signing ceremony was held as representatives of 13 Palestinian factions were present on Tuesday, AFP reported.

Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas attended the meeting.

"We signed the deal despite several reservations. But we insisted on working for the higher national interest," said Walid al-Awad, a politburo member of the Palestine People's Party.

"We have discussed all the reservations. Everyone has agreed to take these points into consideration," he told Egyptian state television.

"Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank will be celebrating this agreement... We must now work to implement what was agreed in the deal," he noted.

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Iraq: Baghdad Car Bomb Kills 16

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A bomb tore through a packed market in Baghdad on Tuesday.

A car bomb tore through a cafe packed with young men watching a football match Tuesday in Baghdad, killing at least 16 people, officials said.

It was the first major attack since U.S. commandos killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, which struck a Shia enclave in a mainly Sunni neighborhood, but it bore the hallmarks of the terror network's chapter in Iraq. Al-Qaeda operatives have vowed revenge for bin Laden's death on Sunday.

Iraqi security officials said Monday that they were increasing security amid fears that insurgents would try to strike immediately following bin Laden's death as a way to show they are still a potent force.

Most of the dead and wounded were young people watching a football match, said police and hospital officials. A vendor selling food near the cafe also was among the 16 killed. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information, said 37 people also were wounded.

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Canada: Duceppe Quits After Bloc Québécois Crushed in Quebec


Bloc Québécois swamped by NDP surge

Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe is quitting his position after an NDP wave swept through Quebec.

Duceppe lost in his riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie, falling to the NDP's Hélène Laverdière.

Duceppe told a crowd of supporters that he accepted responsibility for the dismal electoral performance.

"Democracy has spoken, I respect this choice and I assume responsibility for it," Duceppe said.

"I assume responsibility on behalf of the Bloc Québécois. As a result I announce I am leaving my position."

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Canada: Ignatieff quits as Liberal leader

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Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff announces his resignation as party leader after losing his seat in Monday's federal election on May 2, 2011 in Toronto.
Michael Ignatieff is quitting as the Liberal leader after his party took an electoral drubbing on Monday night.

The Liberals were reduced to 34 seats in the House of Commons down from 77 and won only 18.9 per cent of the popular vote.

Not only did Ignatieff lead the party to its worst showing in its history, but he also lost his Toronto-area seat in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

Ignatieff told a news conference that he will "not remain leader of party" and "will arrange succession in due time."

Ignatieff said he's asked Liberal Ralph Goodale to call a caucus meeting next Wednesday in Ottawa.

Despite his party's disastrous showing, Ignatieff said he believes the party can return as a political force. He said the Liberals were devastated in 1958 by John Diefenbaker's Progressive Conservatives and returned with Lester B. Pearson's minority governments.

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Osama bin Laden dead - but no body. Now for an explosion of conspiracy theories

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Conspiracy theorists will say bin Laden is alive
No body. No photograph or DNA evidence - at least, not yet. [Update: The White House now says there was a DNA match.] between the body and tissue taken from bin Laden's dead sister's brain Conspiracy theorists are an ingenious bunch, but at the moment the White House is making this ridiculously easy for them. Gideon Rachman says he gives it 24 hours before conspiracy theories about Osama bin Laden begin circulating, but they are already flowing vigorously. The Taliban says he's still alive, for example.

The Islamic world is amazingly receptive to what I call "counterknowledge". Let's start by reminding ourselves that most people in Muslim countries have their doubts about 9/11, and millions them believe unquestioningly that it was plotted by the CIA. One of the most important features of what sociologists call the cultic milieu is that political and religious extremists happily exchange conspiracy theories, irrespective of their origin. We've seen this in the popularity of the far-Right Russian Protocols of the Elders of Zion in the Arab world. We've also seen young, Left-wing disciples of Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore happily draw on 9/11 "truther" theories constructed in the American fascist underground.

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Careerism and Psychopathy in the US Military

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"Glibness, Superficial Charm, Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth, Deceitful, Cunning, Manipulative, Lacks Remorse, Callous, Lacks Empathy, Does Not Accept Responsibility for Own Actions, and Impulsiveness ... "

This essay attempts to make it easier for you to identify the quality and character of military officers and civilian bureaucrats, to increase your awareness and recognition of careerism and its consequences. As Americans, we all must exercise more care and caution in our appraisal of our senior military officers and the Washington "suits" that exert dominating influence on the cost of defense and the conduct of American national security policy.

The Department of Defense (DOD) that I have observed all too closely for over three decades is an overgrown bureaucracy committed to standing still for, if not actively promoting, poorly conceived policy agendas and hardware programs funded and supported by Congress. Coupled to that is the task of attracting the blind loyalty of senior military and civilian actors on the Washington, D.C. stage. For the careerists in America's national security apparatus, it is all about awarding contracts and personal advancement, not winning wars.

Careerists serve for all the wrong reasons. They weaken national defense, rob the military of its warrior ethos and drive away the very highly principled mavericks that we need to reverse the decay. This can only be remedied by rekindling the time honored principles of military service (i.e. duty, honor, country) among both officers and civilians.

Comment: An excellent book that gives amazing perspective into how the psychopathic mindset infects normal human beings as well as various organizations is Political Ponerology by Andrew M. Lobaczewski.


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The Real Bogeyman: To What Extent Was Mossad Involved in the Events Leading to 9/11?

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First, consider the following excerpts from an article by former member of the Office of Naval Intelligence, Wayne Madsen which recently appeared at Opinion Maker. The title of the article is Puppet Masters: British Intelligence Reports: Mossad ran 9/11 Arab "hijacker" terrorist operation.

British intelligence reported in February 2002 that the Israeli Mossad ran the Arab hijacker cells that were later blamed by the US government's 9/11 Commission for carrying out the aerial attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. WMR (Wayne Madsen Reports) has received details of the British intelligence report which was suppressed by the government of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair. The contents of this report are as follows:

A Mossad unit consisting of six Egyptian- and Yemeni-born Jews infiltrated "al Qaeda' cells in Hamburg (the Atta-Mamoun Darkanzali cell), south Florida, and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates in the months before 9/11. The Mossad not only infiltrated cells but began to run them and give them specific orders that would eventually culminate in their being on board four regularly-scheduled flights originating in Boston, Washington Dulles, and Newark, New Jersey on 9/11.

Mr. Potato

Bin Laden Is Dead...Long Live Bin Laden!

That's what we all should be shouting today. After all, 'Bin Laden' has died several times already, and there have clearly been several 'Bin Ladens' over the past 10 years:

First there was this Bin Laden:

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Who got a bit older and sicker and turned into this Bin Laden:

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Canada election hampered by false information, possible voter fraud

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Know where to vote - Polls have not changed
Reports are coming in from key swing ridings in Ontario and other other provinces that voters are being called at home with false information that their voting locations have changed, and in some instances sending voters an hour in the wrong direction.

Spokeswoman Francine Bastien said Elections Canada has confirmed that complaints are coming in from several key ridings - ridings many are aware that are important to the success of Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.

In a statement to the CBC "We just want to make sure that both the media and the voters know that there have not been any changes in the voting [locations] ... and that the documents they receive from Elections Canada [and] the Elections Canada website is the accurate information they should trust in order to vote tomorrow," Bastien said.