Is Obama walking into an Al-Qaeda trap?

Touch Yemen, Get Burned
By Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Dec. 31, 2009
We are the Awaleq
Born of bitterness
We are the nails that go into the rock
We are the sparks of hell
He who defies us will be burned
This is the tribal chant of the powerful Awaleq tribe of Yemen in which they bid defiance to the world. Its angry […]

Welcome to Orwell’s World 2010

By John Pilger, Dec. 31, 2009
In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell described a superstate called Oceania, whose language of war inverted lies that “passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’, ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past’.”
Barack Obama is the leader of a contemporary Oceania. In […]

Civilian death toll mounts – Afghans protest

Al Jazeera reports that the streets of Kabul have been flooded with protesters, angry at the number of civilian deaths at the hands of foreign forces in the country.
The protests were triggered by an ISAF air raid, that killed ten Afghans, including schoolchildren, in Kunar Province, close to the Pakistani border.
Meanwhile, according to the New […]

Western troops accused of executing 10 Afghan civilians, including children

ASADABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets on Wednesday to protest against the killing of 10 civilians, mostly teenagers, in a raid by foreign forces, which heightened tensions between the Afghan government and NATO.
By Jerome Starkey In Kabul, Times Online, December 30, 2009
Afghan investigators today accused US-led troops of dragging ten […]

Lieberman: Yemen will be ‘tomorrow’s war’ if pre-emptive action not taken

By Jordan Fabian, The Hill, Dec. 27, 2009
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) Sunday said that Yemen could be the ground of America’s next overseas war if Washington does not take preemptive action to root out al-Qaeda interests there.
Lieberman, who helms the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday” that the U.S. […]

Who Are The Four Afghans Released From Guantánamo?

by Andy Worthington, December 23, 2009
Over the weekend, 12 prisoners were released from Guantánamo, as the Justice Department announced in a press release on December 20. I have previously reported the stories of the two Somalis who were released — emphasizing how nothing about their cases demonstrated that they were “the worst of the worst” […]