Monthly Archives: March 2012

Millions of motorists suffering from Obama’s oil sanctions

President Barack Obama said Friday he was ploughing ahead with potential sanctions against countries that keep buying oil from Iran, including allies of the United States, in a deepening campaign to starve Iran of money for its disputed nuclear program. The world oil market is tight but deep enough to keep the squeeze on Iran, Obama ruled. The sanctions aim to further isolate Iran’s central bank, which processes nearly all of Iran’s oil purchases, from the global economy. Obama’s move clears the way for the U.S. to penalize foreign financial institutions that do oil business with Iran by barring them from having a U.S.-based affiliate or doing business here. Obama’s … Continue reading

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Arap spring brings steep rise in US attacks in Yemen

By Chris Woods and Emma Slater Covert US strikes against alleged militants in Yemen have risen steeply during the Arab spring, and are currently at the same level as the CIA’s controversial drone campaign in Pakistan, a new study by the Bureau reveals. At least 26 US military and CIA strikes involving cruise missiles, aircraft, drones or naval bombardments have taken place in the volatile Gulf nation to date, killing hundreds of alleged militants linked to the regional al Qaeda franchise. But at least 54 civilians have died too, the study found. In the latest attack, US drones struck three areas of the rebel-held city of Zinjibar on March 22, … Continue reading

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Obama opens his heart about killing of 17 year-old black youth

President Obama spoke in highly personal terms on Friday about how the shooting in Florida of a 17-year-old black youth named Trayvon Martin had affected him, saying that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” The comments by Mr. Obama were his first on the explosive case in which a neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, has claimed self-defense after shooting Martin several weeks ago. The case has generated outrage about the state’s so-called Stand Your Ground law. Mr. Obama was asked about his feelings regarding the case during the announcement of his nominee for president of the World Bank in the Rose Garden on Friday morning. The president … Continue reading

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Evangelist Sued in U.S. for Inciting Anti-Gay Hatred in Uganda

By Charundi Panagoda and Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Mar 14 (IPS) – A major U.S. civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit in Massachusetts Wednesday on behalf of a Ugandan gay rights organisation, the Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG), against a right-wing evangelist leader for inciting hatred against homosexuals that has led to increased violence against LGBT persons in the East African country. The lawsuit was filed by the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in the home state of Scott Lively, the defendant, who heads the Abiding Truth Ministries, a fundamentalist Christian group. He is also the author of “The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party”, a 1995 … Continue reading

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Man suspected of killing Afghan civilians in named

WASHINGTON — The American soldier suspected of going on a rampage that left 16 Afghan villagers dead is Staff Sgt Robert Bales of Lake Tapps, Wash., according to a senior American official. The new information comes on the same day that President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan chastised the United States, saying that he was at “the end of the rope” over what he termed the U.S.’s lack of cooperation in investigating the episode. On Thursday, an American official said that the suspect had been drinking alcohol — a violation of military rules in combat zones — and suffering from the stress related to his fourth combat tour and tensions with … Continue reading

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Man who made attempt on Panetta’s life dies

An Afghan man who Western officials say sparked a security scare in the midst of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s high profile visit to Afghanistan Wednesday has died of wounds sustained in the incident, defense officials said Thursday. The attacker, described as a civilian translator for coalition forces, had allegedly stolen a truck from a British soldier – who sustained a broken pelvis during the theft — and raced it onto the runway where Panetta had just landed at Camp Bastion, according to several officials. As Panetta sat in a military transport plane, the man then crashed the truck into a ditch and emerged from the wreck engulfed in flames. The … Continue reading

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