Rethink Afghanistan (Part 3): The Cost of War

Israel will not cooperate with UN Gaza inquiry

from Reuters News Agency

Israel does not plan to cooperate with a U.N. agency’s investigation into alleged war crimes by Israeli troops and Hamas militants during fighting in Gaza, an Israeli government official said on Wednesday.

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Obama pledges more bank bailouts, cuts in social programs

(Barack Obama was given the greatest opportunity of any democrat in our recent history. With popular support and a friendly House and Senate, he could have taken this country in a whole new direction. Instead he sold us out to the Clintons and the Bush Junta… we have never been so betrayed by any democrat that I can remember. Even Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, something I don’t think Obama would have the courage to do.)

by Tom Eley, WSWS

In what was billed as a major economic policy speech, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration’s multitrillion-dollar taxpayer bailout of Wall Street, claiming it was moving the economy toward recovery. At the same time, he outlined a policy of budget austerity that will hinge on containing health care costs and exacting funding cuts from basic social programs.

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