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Obama's Thanksgiving gift to Afghanistan (and this is during a time of sensitive negotiations for the forever war arrangements after he just issued a letter to Karzai about how the troops will respect the Afghan people going forward with their night raids and strikes).

Thanksgiving in Afghanistan: Drone Strike, Dead Child
Anger erupts after Thursday drone attack leaves civilians dead and injured

As most Americans sat down to eat a large Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, a U.S. drone attack in Afghanistan left one child dead and two adult women injured as NATO forces claimed they were trying to kill a lone "known militant" riding on a motorbike in Helmand Province.
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Following news of the latest attack and the death of the Afghan child killed by the missile strike, Karzai said, "For as long as such arbitrary acts and oppression of foreign forces continue, the security agreement with the United States will not be signed.”

“This attack shows that American forces are not respecting the life and safety of Afghan people’s houses,” he continued. “For years, our innocent people have become victims of the war under the name of terrorism, and they have had no safety in their homes.”

Karzai says U.S. drone strike killed child, won’t sign security deal if similar attacks continue

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the United States of launching a drone strike that killed a 2-year-old child Thursday and vowed not to sign a long-term security agreement if similar attacks continue.

In a statement, Karzai said a suspected U.S. “pilot-less aircraft” fired into a house shortly before noon in Helmand province, killing the child and wounding two women. He said the information was relayed to him by Mohammad Naem, the governor of the province.

In a statement Friday morning, the U.S.-led international coalition confirmed it had conducted the airstrike while targeting an “insurgent riding a motorbike.”

But the coalition said it has also received reports that the airstrike mistakenly killed a child in addition to the intended target.

Weekly Address: Wishing the American People a Happy Thanksgiving

Two turkeys stay in a luxury hotel and Pres. Obama pardons them for Thanksgiving but can't refrain from blowing people up in Afghanistan for that holiday.
President Obama Pardons White House Turkey

U.S. Student Homelessness Up 10% Since Last Year

Highest increases of homeless children seen in states like North Carolina where austerity policies predominate

This is pretty hilarious. Nebraska and Kansas, I have bad news for you.  If New Jersey sucks so much, how come most people can identify it?  Is its sucky reputation internationally known?  On second thought, don't answer that.
It’s Thanksgiving So We Asked Brits To Label The United States — We’re So Sorry, America

What do you mean there’s no such place as Further South Dakota?! [Update: Turns out Americans aren’t so great at Europe either.]

Bond-Buying Spree: Wall Street 'feasts' while Americans lose

Looks like Greenwald got the best of another BBC host.
BBC HARDtalk - Glenn Greenwald - Journalist (28/11/13)

Japan And South Korea Fly Military Aircraft Through Chinese Air Defense Zone Unannounced

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