Antiwar.com Newsletter | October 19, 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
- Top News
- Opinion and analysis
This week’s top news:
CIA Seeks White House Backing for More Drones: With an eye on launching more strikes in more nations, the CIA is pushing for White House approval to acquire yet more attack drones to add to their inventory, saying that they need to be able to expand quickly into Northern Africa without pulling drones out of Pakistan.
US-Led Iran Sanctions Putting Millions of Lives at Risk, Iranian Charity Says: US-led economic sanctions are putting millions of Iranian lives are at risk by blocking the importing of medicines and hospital equipment, according to country’s top medical charity.
Yemeni MP: Drones ‘Prepare the Ground for al-Qaeda’: With public anger rising over the drone war, Yemeni politicians are sharply criticizing Hadi and US drone strikes. “These air strikes prepare the ground for al Qaeda and terrorism,” said parliamentarian Ali Abd-Rabbu al-Qadi.
US Begins Talks to Extend Troop Presence in Afghanistan Beyond 2014: The US has begun negotiations with the Kabul government over the extension of troop presence past 2014, despite repeated claims by the Obama administration that the war in Afghanistan will come to an end that year.
Israel Counted Minimum Calorie Needs in Gaza Blockade, Documents Reveal: The Israeli military meticulously and callously calculated the number of calories Gaza residents would need to consume in order not to starve, and used those calculations to inform how to impose a harsh economic blockade on the Palestinians, according to newly released documents.
Prosecutors: Constitution Only Applies to Some Detainees: Guantanamo tribunal judge Col. James Pohl is being asked to issue a formal advisory opinion on whether or not the detention center at the US Naval Base really is the legal black hole that critics have often complained it is and that prosecutors, when it suits them, argue that it must be.
Opinion and Analysis
- Justin Raimondo reviewed the vice-presidential and presidential debates and told the odd story of Trotskyites for Romney.
- Muhammad Sahimi urged the U.S. government to stop supporting separatist groups in Iran.
- Kelley Vlahos pondered the empire’s designs on Mali.
- Ivan Eland warned that the real enemy is among us.
- Richard Silverstein responded to cyberwar fearmongering.
- Philip Giraldi graded President Obama’s foreign policies.
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