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Taliban Resistance Slows Coalition Forces in Marja, Afghanistan

Published on Thursday, February 18, 2010 by the Washington Post Foreign Service by Rajiv Chandrasekaran MARJA, Afghanistan — Lt. Col. Cal Worth, who commands one of two Marine battalions leading the offensive against Taliban fighters here, set off at 7 a.m. Wednesday for the return journey to his battalion headquarters …

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Iraq War To Be Rebranded ‘Operation New Dawn’

Published on Friday, February 19, 2010 by Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s administration plans to rebrand its military operation in Iraq “Operation New Dawn,” beginning September 1, a Pentagon memorandum shows. The memo, signed by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, shows the Pentagon approving a request to switch …

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World’s Top Firms Cause $2.2 Trillion of Environmental Damage

Published on Friday, February 19, 2010 by the Guardian/UK Report for the UN into the activities of the world’s 3,000 biggest companies estimates one-third of profits would be lost if firms were forced to pay for use, loss and damage of environment by Juliette Jowit The cost of pollution and …

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US missionaries in Haiti charged with child abduction

  Haiti has charged 10 US missionaries with child abduction and criminal conspiracy for allegedly trying to smuggle 33 children out of the country.    Haitian officials said their cases would now be sent to an investigating judge who would decide how to proceed.   If convicted they face lengthy …

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Afghan ‘Geological Reserves Worth a Trillion Dollars’

Published on Monday, February 1, 2010 by Agence France-Presse   Karzai exclaims ‘very good news for Afghans’, but perhaps history tells us that regular Afghans should be very cautious of such news   KABUL – Afghanistan, one of the world’s poorest countries, is sitting on mineral and petroleum reserves worth …

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Rising Turkey Versus Receding Arabs

31 January 2010 – Political Opinion Khalid Amayreh Desert Peace   While most Arab states are basking in their impotence and bickering amongst themselves over a long list of issues, Turkey is slowly, but definitely, asserting itself as a leading power in the Middle East, besides Israel and Iran. Turkey, …

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Why does the US turn a blind eye to Israeli bulldozers?

Robert Fisk   Saturday, 30 January 2010     “Palestine” is no more. Call it a “peace process” or a “road map”; blame it on Barack Obama’s weakness, his pathetic, childish admission – like an optimistic doctor returning a sick child to its parents without hope of recovery – that …

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China attacks US for online warfare in Iran

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 04:56:14 GMT   A Chinese Communist Party editorial says the election unrest in Iran was an example of US ‘naked political scheming’ behind a facade of free speech.   The United States used “online warfare” to stir up unrest in Iran after last year’s election, the …

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Report: US weapon test aimed at Iran caused Haiti quake

(If you wondered why the US rushed to secure Haiti as if it were a military operation, the article below might be the answer)   Sat, 23 Jan 2010 10:34:46 GMT   An unconfirmed report by the Russian Northern Fleets says the Haiti earthquake was caused by a flawed US …

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