World Links

July 9, 2008

The US gas garrison While not quite the 100 years that McCain wants, but disturbing nonetheless.

As a result, the US military has come to serve as a global oil protection service, guarding pipelines, refineries and loading facilities in the Middle East and elsewhere. According to one estimate, provided by the conservative National Defence Council Foundation, the “protection” of Persian Gulf oil alone costs the US Treasury $138bn per year – up from $49bn just before the invasion of Iraq.

Kremlin Fingered in Murder Remember this?

A British security services agent has said the Russian government likely played a part in the 2006 poisoning in London of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko.

The accusation was made just hours after President Dmitry Medvedev and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met face to face for the first time at the G8 summit in Toyako, Japan.

Saudi’s treat domestic staff like slaves Who da thunk it? They rape us over the oil. Think this little topic came up at the G8?

Asian domestic workers in Saudi Arabia face routine human rights abuses that in some cases amount to slavery, with employers often escaping any punishment, according to a new report.

Abuses include months or years of unpaid wages, forced confinement and physical and sexual violence, while some workers suffer imprisonment or lashings for spurious charges of theft, adultery, or “witchcraft”, says Human Rights Watch.

Iran threatens to set Israel ablaze I don’t know about you, but it appears to me as though some think “Top Gun” is real.

“The first US shot on Iran would set the United States’ vital interests in the world on fire,” said Ali Shirazi, a mid-ranking cleric who is Khamenei’s representative to the naval forces of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards. “Tel Aviv and the US fleet in the Persian Gulf would be targets that would be set on fire in Iran’s crushing response,” he said.

Mr Shirazi spoke as the Revolutionary Guards launched a new round of war games – dubbed Great Prophet III – to “improve combat capability”. The US on Monday launched “Exercise Stake Net” in the Persian Gulf aimed at “ensuring a lawful maritime order”.


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