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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Richard Goldstone, Bill Moyers,

THE ROVING EYE : Jundallah versus the mullahtariat - Sunday's suicide bombing in Iran has set off a war: it's the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps against Pakistani Balochistan-based Jundallah and the massive drug trafficking network in the area. In terms of the turbulent, internal political equation in Iran, the show of force against a key element of the mullahtariat could not be more devastating. - Pepe Escobar

Bill Moyers: How Can the U.S. Be an Empire and a Democracy at the Same Time? - An interview with Mark Danner, whose new book, Stripping Bare the Body, explores the strange notion of a democratic empire and the wars it wages.

China opens a new front in Kashmir - China, by issuing residents from Indian-administered Kashmir visas different from those given to Indians from other parts of the country, is treating the disputed area as a sovereign entity. This is a surprising departure from Beijing's traditional policy of leaving the Kashmir issue to India and Pakistan to resolve. Delhi suspects a hidden agenda. - Sudha Ramachandran

My mission - and motivation - Richard Goldstone - In Gaza, I was surprised and shocked by the destruction and misery there. I had not expected it. I did not anticipate that the IDF would have targeted civilians and civilian objects. I did not anticipate seeing the vast destruction of the economic infrastructure of Gaza including its agricultural lands, industrial factories, water supply and sanitation works. These are not military targets. I have not heard or read any government justification for this destruction.

Spell "Quagmire" A-F-G-H-A-N-I-S-T-A-N - Joshua Holland - We don't know whom we're fighting and "success" is impossible to define.

Going Green Means Having Fewer Kids By Emily Badger - There are already just too many people on the planet. What are we supposed to do about it?

Peru Will Hold Torturers Accountable: Why Can't the U.S. Do the Same? By Allison Kilkenny - The door will be left open for future abuses as long as the U.S. skirts the issue.

UK Judges Order Release Of Details About The Torture Of Binyam Mohamed By US Agents
By Andy Worthington on UK politics -In August 2008, while British resident Binyam Mohamed still languished in a prison cell in Guantánamo, two British High Court judges attempted to inform the public about what, in May 2002, the CIA had told their British counterparts about how they had treated him while he was being held in Pakistani custody, shortly before a

Saudi-Iranian hostility hits boiling point - Escalating tensions between Riyadh and Tehran may have played a role in Sunday's suicide strike that killed seven senior commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps as well as 42 other people in Iran's southeast. Riyadh is concerned that Iran's growing power will erode Saudi pre-eminence in the region, and the Saudis might have a vested interest in disrupting the United States-Iran nuclear talks. - M K Bhadrakumar


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