Expected to Have Major Slide in Months Ahead
A drumbeat of disappointing data about consumer behavior, factory sales
and weak hiring in recent weeks has prompted economists to ratchet down
their 2011 economic forecasts to as little as half what they expected
at the beginning of the year.
chief altered Iraqi intelligence A top former British intelligence official had misled
the public about the former Iraqi regime’s weapons program to
pave the way for war, it is now revealed.
Open Door in Afghanistan
President Barack Obama’s speech announcing that the 33,000 “surge”
troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn by “summer” 2012
indicates that he has given priority to the interests of the military
and the Pentagon over concerns by key officials in his administration
over the impact of the war’s costs on domestic socioeconomic needs.
Exposure: US sued for prison abuse legacy The UK failed to track detainees handed over to the U.S., neglecting
to protect them from possible abuse. The shocking revelations, forced
through by British MPs, expose a secret agreement over the treatment
of prisoners passed over to Washington by London.
members ‘confess to spying for CIA’
Hizbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Friday announced that members
of his militant movement had confessed to being CIA agents and accused
arch-foe Israel of turning to the US spy agency when it failed to
infiltrate his Iran-backed party.
vs Japan: The Threat of Radiation Speculation Fairewinds’
chief engineer Arnie Gundersen emphasizes the need to enlarge evacuation
zones around US nuclear plants to 50 miles. Reducing US evacuation
zones to only 10 miles during a nuclear power accident compromises
presses crackdown after 18 deaths
Syrian tanks on Saturday rolled into a village on the border with
Turkey where workers are scrambling to erect a huge tent city for
fear of a new exodus of refugees from the crackdown.
hospital bombing kills 60
A huge car bomb at a hospital Saturday killed 60 in Afghanistan’s
worst attack for three years, days after US President Barack Obama
said 10,000 US forces would leave the country this year. Collapsing
1997 Neo-Con report describes containing and collapsing China.