Remarks On The Future Of European Security - Hilary Clinton (5/2/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 February 2010 08:53

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Israeli Commander: 'We Rewrote The Rules Of War For Gaza' - Civilians 'Put At Greater Risk To Save Military Lives' In Winter Attack - Revelations That Will Pile Pressure On Netanyahu To Set Up Full Inquiry - By Donald Macintyre (5/2/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 February 2010 08:48

The Independent, UK

A high-ranking officer has acknowledged for the first time that the Israeli army went beyond its previous rules of engagement on the protection of civilian lives in order to minimise military casualties during last year's Gaza war, The Independent can reveal.

The officer, who served as a commander during Operation Cast Lead, made it clear that he did not regard the longstanding principle of military conduct known as "means and intentions" - whereby a targeted suspect must have a weapon and show signs of intending to use it before being fired upon - as being applicable before calling in fire from drones and helicopters in Gaza last winter. A more junior officer who served at a brigade headquarters during the operation described the new policy - devised in part to avoid the heavy military casualties of the 2006 Lebanon war - as one of "literally zero risk to the soldiers".



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Fannie, Freddie Kept Off Budget, Dividends Counted (Update3) - By Dawn Kopecki (4/2/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:01

Bloomberg

President Barack Obama’s budget blueprint for the next fiscal year excludes the $6.3 trillion in liabilities of government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and delays for a second time a decision on restructuring the mortgage-finance companies that were seized 17 months ago.

The companies may need $54.4 billion more in U.S. Treasury Department preferred stock purchases to stay afloat in the current year that ends Sept. 30, and $23 billion more for the next fiscal year, according to calculations made from the Obama administration’s 2011 budget proposal to Congress today.

“The administration continues to monitor the situation of the GSEs closely and will continue to provide updates on considerations for longer-term reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as appropriate,” the Obama administration said.



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What’s Next For The Dollar? - By Axel Merk (4/2/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 February 2010 08:57

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Mock This Campaign If You Like, But How Else Can Blair Be Held To Account? - With The Limits Of Power In Britain So Ill-Defined, The Only Way A Reckoning For Iraq Will Ever Come Is Via A Citizen's Arrest - By George Monbiot (4/2/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 February 2010 08:52

The Guardian, UK

What else can you do? When the entire administration is engaged in a criminal act, when there is no clear separation of powers between the government and the judiciary, when those appointed to hold the government to account are as scary as a litter of kittens, where do you turn? Do you appeal to the attorney general's office to prosecute itself?

The forensic failure of the Chilcot inquiry illustrates what we learnt from the banking scandals: self-regulation doesn't work. The independence of the inquiry is as stark a lie as any of the claims made by its star witness. In truth this panel of pussycats is a quango appointed and instructed by the prime minister, who will himself appear as a witness. If ever you needed more evidence that the power of the prime minister's office is insufficiently defined in the United Kingdom, here it is.



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