All News Articles for 2011-12-28

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
US, Iran Both Squandered Opportunities for Détente
WASHINGTON - Veteran observers of U.S.-Iran relations know better than to be optimistic about the chances for reconciliation between the two countries. It has long been the pattern - indeed the curse - that when one side was ready to engage, the other was not. But even the most jaundiced of Iran experts succumbed to a smidgeon of hope in 2008 that the election of Barack Hussein Obama would shatter a three-decade-old stalemate.
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Iowa's Million-Dollar Attack Ads
The millions of dollars being lavished on attack ads in Iowa is a bad taste of things to come in the 2012 presidential election
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Nouri al-Maliki: A Shia Saddam?
Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister accuses Nouri al-Maliki of acting like "a dictator" amid fears of "chaos and civil war".
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How Banks Cheat Taxpayers
A good friend of mine sent me a link to a small story last week, something that deserves a little attention, post-factum.
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[title] Jeremy Scahill: How US Foreign Policy Has Lurched Rightward
When voters go to the booth next year, will foreign policy weigh heavily in their decisions? What options will they even have given the rightward shift in the US's dealings with the rest of the world?? In this video produced by Francis Reynolds, Jeremy Scahill explains some of the very real dangers of our current policy trajectory. A President Gingrich or Romney would bring disaster to US's relations with countries like Iran and China, Scahill argues. And what's even more frightening? President Obama isn't that much better.
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Indigenous Peoples in India Fight Back Against Corporate Encroachment
LALGARH, India - This small town, barely 150 km away from the bustling eastern metropolis of Kolkata, hit news headlines in December 2008 when adivasis (indigenous people) led by Maoist rebels briefly captured it. By June 2009 security forces had recaptured Lalgarh, though the forested surroundings called ‘Jangalmahal’ have continued to be under the sway of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), banned as a terrorist group since June 2009.
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Israeli Launches Multiple Air Raids in Gaza
Israel has launched multiple air raids in the Gaza Strip, killing a former fighter and wounding at least 10 others, according to Palestinian officials. The Israeli rocket on Tuesday hit a car parked next to a motorcycle belonging to the man. Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian group, said the victim was a former member. Another air attack hit a Hamas police vehicle and injured an officer and four others.
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