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Season of Goodwill… West Delivers Sanctions,
Suffering and Conflict
By Finian Cunningham
Kiev is a runaway train wreck, an insatiable Frankenstein monster. Continue
John Pilger: 'Real Possibility of Nuclear War'
Ukraine Crisis Could Start World War 3
With Russia, Pilger says he has never known the truth ‘so inverted’ over
any one issue.
Russia Will Be Able To Overcome Economic Problems
- Chinese Foreign Minister
"If the Russian side needs it, we shall offer all possible support we
may have,” the foreign minister said.
“10 days in the Islamic State”
By Adam Withnall
Inside Isis: The first Western journalist ever given access to the
'Islamic State' has just returned – and this is what he discovered.
Ayatollah Khamenei's 6 Reasons to Prove ISIS
Serves the U.S. and Israel
Take a look at the condition of today's Libya, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and
see against whom the forces and swords of Muslims are being used.
Banning Dissent in the Name of Civility
Truth, Is the Last Thing the Israel Lobby and its Lackeys Seek
By Chris Hedges
Israeli Jews think —we are the chosen people of God, we are chosen to do
anything we damn well please. To take people’s land. Take people’s
Torture’s Time for Accountability
By Ray McGovern
The President still lives in fear of the shady characters at Langley.
Abolishing the CIA
By Robert C. Koehler
One can no more ‘authorize’ torture than rape or slavery. Torture
inhabits that same moral category, which ethicists label intrinsic evil,
always wrong — whether it ‘works’ or not.”
Tea Partiers Are Right: Jeb Is a RINO
By Matt Taibbi
Apparently, the American political establishment isn't just afraid of
new ideas, it's afraid of new people.
42 people killed' in central Yemen:
Dozens of Houthi rebels have been killed in central Yemen in a suspected
revenge attack after at least 40 people from a rival tribe were
kidnapped by the Shia group, sources told Al Jazeera.
40 alleged ISIL militants killed in airstrikes in
Iraq: At least 40 militants from the
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were killed in airstrikes on Sunday
by US-led international coalition forces in the western Iraqi province
Sinjar battle: Kurds 'take control' of large area
from IS: Kurdish authorities say
their Peshmerga forces have taken control of a "large area" of the Iraqi
town of Sinjar from Islamic State militants.
Kurdish fighters move on ISIL's Mosul hub:
Peshmerga forces expand a major offensive against ISIL while also
delivering aid to Yazidi refugees on Mount Sinjar.
US soldiers engage ISIL in first Iraq combat
since 2011: The clashes would mark
the first time that US ground forces have engaged ISIL militants since
President Barack Obama authorised air strikes on the group in August.
20 jihadists killed in failed east Syria airport
attack: At least 20 Islamist State
(IS) group members were killed in the second failed jihadist bid in a
month to take over an air base in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said
Assad tells Iran's Larijani he backs local
truces: Syria's President Bashar
al-Assad told a top official from key supporter Iran on Sunday that his
government is working on "reconciliations" to end the brutal civil war,
state news agency SANA said.
Wars’ Cost to U.S. Since the Sept. 11 2001: $1.6
Trillion : A June cost-of-war
assessment by Neta Crawford, a political science professor at Boston
University, put the potential total cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan
wars and assistance to Pakistan since 2001 at $4.4 trillion, including
$316 billion in interest costs and $1 trillion through 2054 for veterans
Egypt Opens Border Crossing with Gaza:
For the first time in nearly two months, Egypt opened the
Rafah border crossing on Sunday for incoming travelers from the Gaza
Strip, confirmed Palestinian and Egyptian officials. Rafah is the only
crossing with Gaza that does not border Israel.
14 Militants Killed in Egypt Army Raids:
Fourteen militants have been killed and 45 others
arrested in army raids in Egypt's North Sinai region in the past three
days, the military said today.
US delivers Apache helicopters to Egypt:
Ten Apaches delivered to Cairo after part lifting of aid freeze to the
country, according to senior US official.
Qatar announces full support for Egyptian leader:
Qatar has ended more than a year of enmity toward Egypt, announcing its
“full support” for the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Nigeria: 82 killed in Borno gun battle:
No fewer than 80 Boko Haram insurgents and two soldiers lost their lives
when suspected members of dreaded Boko Haram sect laid ambush along the
troubled Maiduguri-Damboa road which was closed down for motorists since
July this year.
Kenya security law: President Uhuru Kenyatta
signs bill: The new anti-terror
legislation gives the security and intelligence agencies the right to
detain terror suspects for up to one year and requires journalists to
obtain police permission before investigating or publishing stories on
domestic terrorism and security issues.
Roadside bomb kills 7 Afghan civilians in Kunar:
"Last evening a pickup truck, with women and children onboard, was blown
up by a roadside bomb, that killed seven people including two little
girls," Nari police chief Mohammad Yousuf told AFP news agency.
Taliban kill 7 Afghan policemen at checkpoint:
An Afghan official says seven policemen were killed in a northern
province after their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents.
At least 5 alleged militants killed by Pakistani
security forces: At least five
alleged militants have been killed by Pakistani security forces in the
area of Bazargarai on the outskirts of Peshawar. The military said in a
statement, a local militant commander was among those killed in the
Pakistan: More executions after Peshawar school
massacre: Pakistan has hanged four
prisoners, the second set of executions since a death penalty moratorium
was lifted after the Peshawar school massacre. On Friday, Pakistan
executed two convicts. This followed the Taliban attack on the school
that left 141 people - 132 of them children - dead.
Russia’s military doctrine remains ‘solely
defensive’ – Putin: Russia is going
to maintain its security “consistently and rigorously,” President
Vladimir Putin has said. And despite NATO’s military buildup close to
Russian borders, the national military doctrine will remain solely
defensive, he said.
Slumping Russian ruble threatens German economy –
top exec: “Thirty-six percent of
companies assume that they have to cancel their projects,” he cited the
results of the poll, recently carried out by the German Chamber of
Commerce in Russia among almost 300 German companies.
Obama says Putin no 'chess master' as Russian
rouble spirals: President Barack
Obama hit back at foreign policy critics in an interview aired this
morning, brushing off claims he had been naively outmaneuvered by
Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis.
EU asks Russia to go ahead with South Stream:
Bulgaria is obliged to stand by its obligations to prepare for
construction work and issue the required permissions, Bulgarian Prime
Minister said after talks with the EU leaders
US “troubled” over slew of deals during Putin-Modi
summit: The outcome of the recent
summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister
Narendra Modi in New Delhi gave an all-embracing boost to the strategic
partnership between Russia and India
Russia to begin food imports from Iran in January
2015: First batches of food products
from Iran will be supplies to Russia already in January 2015, a
representative of the Russian veterinary and phytosanitary authority (Rosselkhoznadzor),
Alexey Alexeyenko, who has just returned from a visit to Iran, told TASS
China and the United States: Who Is Number One?:
A NYT article on China's growth seems to have gotten data from the
International Monetary Fund backward. It told readers:
The FBI told their story about North Korea
attacking Sony. Read what they didn’t tell you.:
No matter how often they lie to us, Americans believe what the
government tells us. They lie, we believe, their lies are exposed —
rinse, repeat. It makes us easy to govern, incapable of self-government,
and quite different than our skeptical unruly forebearers.
Leaked CIA docs teach operatives how to
infiltrate EU: WikiLeaks' ?hief
editor Julian Assange explains that these documents show that “under the
Obama administration the CIA is still intent on infiltrating European
Union borders and conducting clandestine operations in EU member
11 killed as Mexico troops sent to La Ruana after
vigilante shoot-out: The two groups
of vigilantes were set up to fight the local drug cartel, but have since
become bitter rivals and have started fighting each other. Five members
of a group led by Hipolito Mora and six followers of his rival, Luis
Antonio Torres, were killed.
Raul Castro: US Must Respect That Cuba Will
Remain Socialist; "In the same way
that we have never demanded that the United States change its political
system, we will demand respect for ours," Raul Castro told the National
US seeks to overthrow Venezuela government:
official: "This US interference is
aimed at promoting violence... against our institutions" to oust staunch
US critic Maduro, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino told Telesur
Cops' killer angry at chokehold death:
A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs"
in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed
two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight
Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself,
Head of Police Union Declares War on Protesters
After NYPD Cops ‘Assassinated’: Two
NYPD officers were killed Saturday in what a tearful New York City Mayor
Bill de Blasio described as “execution style” as they sat in a patrol
car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Rally against police violence forces partial Mall
of America shutdown: A mass of
demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of
America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality
that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for last-minute
December 20, 2014
Putin is Right
By Gerald Celente
Putin insisted today: “It’s not payback for Crimea. It’s the cost of our
natural desire to preserve Russia as a nation, a civilization and a
"All The Cards Are In Putin's Hands"
Russia, India And China Will Takeover World Leadership
By Paul Craig Roberts
Will Russia’s Response to Washington’s Aggression Be to Release Black
Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives
By Ellen Brown
The preamble to the Dodd-Frank Act claims “to protect the
American taxpayer by ending bailouts.” But it does this through
“bail-in”: authorizing “systemically important” too-big-to-fail banks to
expropriate the assets of their creditors, including depositors.
The “Impending” Russian Maidan
By Tony Cartalucci
The use of armed elements to assist in US-engineered
political subversion is not speculation.
The Syrian "Regime" is Guarding the Borders of
By Linh Dinh
Talking to a Palestinian about Israel, American Dissent, Brainwashing
and Hijacked Protests.
American Exceptionalism and American Torture
By William Blum
If the torturers of the Bush and Obama administrations are not held
accountable in the United States they must be pursued internationally
under the principles of universal jurisdiction.
The Queen of Torture
Meet Alfreda Bikowsky, the Senior Officer
at the Center of the CIA’s Torture Scandals:
By Glenn Greenwald and Peter Maass
This officer, is the same one who “dropped the ball when the C.I.A. was
given information that might very well have prevented the 9/11 attacks;
she gleefully participated in torture sessions afterward;
America, Nation of Torturers:
Stop Saying “This Isn’t Who We Are” — Here’s The Real Truth
By Charles Davis
Terrible findings in the torture report "are not who we are," John Kerry
claims. Well, here's a U.S. history lesson.
Sony Hack - NYT Editors Find New Iraq WMD
By Moon Of Alabama
Yeah - those folks never lie. Right?
Fidel Castro’s Legacy
By Stephen Lendman
This article a snapshot of some of his achievements. Impressive by any
Fact or fiction?
IS executed 100 foreign fighters who tried to
quit: report: The Islamic State group
has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their
headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times reported
Kurdish militants kill 33 IS fighters in northern
Syria: A total of 33 fighters of the
Islamic State (IS) were killed Friday during clashes with Kurdish
militants in Syria's northern city of Ayn al-Arab, or Kobane, bordering
Turkey, the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported.
ISIL 'publicly executes' Syrian in Aleppo:
SITE has obtained footage showing the crucifixion of an alleged
government spy in Aleppo
Massive defense bill authorizing Syrian rebel
training approved by Obama: President
Barack Obama has signed the $585 billion defense policy bill for fiscal
year 2015. It authorizes the training and sending of aid to Syrian
rebels for two years, and provides $5 billion to train Iraqis battling
Bombings kill 12 in Iraq:
Bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol killed 12 people
in and around Baghdad Saturday, Iraqi authorities said.
1,000 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne headed to Iraq:
Approximately 1,000 paratroopers from the Army’s famed 82nd Airborne
Division will deploy to Iraq early next year to help the Iraqi security
forces take on the Islamic State, the Pentagon announced Friday.
Saudi security forces kill four militants in east:
The interior ministry said the men were behind the killing of a soldier
there last Sunday. The soldier was killed when his unit came under fire
from fields near al-Awamiya last Sunday. His colleague was also injured.
Hamas asks Egypt to pressure Israel to abide by
Gaza truce: Hamas says airstrikes a
'major violation' of Gaza ceasefire while Israel says they were in
retaliation for a rocket attack
Secret Tapes: Olmert Calls Sheldon Adleson ‘Dog,
Son Of A Dog’: Secret tapes of former
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, released in public on Thursday, reveal that
Republican casino mogul Sheldon Adelson told President George W. Bush
that Olmert was a “traitor.”
Guess who credits the Mossad with producing the
Iran, 'laptop documents?':
Evidence has continued to accumulate that the documents - sometimes
called the “laptop documents” because they were said to have been on a
laptop computer belonging to one of the participants in the program -
were fabricated by Israel’s foreign intelligence agency (Mossad).
Ex-IAEA Chief Warns on Using Unverified Intel to
Pressure Iran: Former IAEA Director
General Han Blix has called for greater skepticism about the
intelligence documents and reports alleging Iranian nuclear weapons work
and warned that they may be used to put diplomatic pressure on Tehran.
35 Boko Haram militants killed in battle with
Nigerian forces: “The Boko Haram
attacks on Damboa began before Friday prayers and most of them died from
the gun battle,” Haruna Ibrahim, a member of a vigilante militia, which
fights alongside the military, said by phone Saturday.
Ebola death toll reaches 7,373, over 19,000
infections; The latest data, posted
by the World Health Organization (WHO), showed an increase of 500 deaths
compared to statistics published by the UN health agency two days ago on
U.S. drone strike, Pakistan forces kill at least
10 alledged Taliban fighters: Around
200 alledged Taliban fighters killed since Tuesday's school massacre in
Peshawar, which left 148 people dead.
Civilian deaths in Afghanistan war reach new high
in 2014: U.N.: - At least 3,188
Afghan civilians have been killed in the intensifying war with the
Taliban in 2014, making it the deadliest year on record for
non-combatants, the United Nations said on Friday.
Obama vows response to North Korea over attack:
President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyber
attack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the
Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign
dictator imposing censorship in America.
North Korea Hacked Sony? Don't Believe It,
Experts Say: "The U.S.
security-intelligence complex is running amok once again," Sean
Sullivan, a security adviser at Finnish antivirus firm F-Secure,
tweeted. "Washington, D.C., is incapable of saying 'we don't know.'"
North Korea probably not behind Sony Pictures
hack, says cyber security expert -
video : Caroline Baylon, a research associate in cyber security at
Chatham House, discusses why the North Korean government was probably
not behind the hack of Sony Pictures.
North Korea demands joint inquiry with US into
Sony Pictures hack: Pyongyang denies
responsibility for cyber-attack and threatens grave consequences if
Washington continues to blame it
Putin says no one can 'intimidate or isolate'
Russia: President Vladimir Putin said
Saturday no country can “intimidate” or “isolate” Russia, after the West
imposed new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.
Obama authorizes ‘economic embargo’ on Russia’s
Crimea: Obama has issued an executive
order that “prohibits the export of goods, technology, or services to
Crimea and prohibits the import of goods, technology, or services from
Crimea, as well as new investments in Crimea,” according to the
German Foreign Minister Warns Against More Russia
Sanctions: Germany’s foreign
minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, warned against imposing more
sanctions on Russia in an interview that was published on Friday, saying
bringing Russia to its knees would not make Europe safer.
Italian PM urges revision of attitude to Russia,
opposes sanctions: The Italian prime
minister opposed the idea of more sanctions against Russia.
Hollande risks EU split with debate on Russian
sanctions relief: Europe has stumbled
into a debate over the end of sanctions on the economically distressed
Russia after French President Francois Hollande became the first major
leader to dangle the prospect of easing the curbs.
China stakes claim in Central and Southeast
Europe: A Chinese agreement to
finance a high-speed railway from Belgrade to Bucharest was one of
around $10bn worth of investments, mainly in the energy and
infrastructure sectors, signed during a China-Central and Eastern Europe
summit this week. By funding the railway, Beijing hopes to establish a
rapid connection from Greece’s Pireaus Port through the Balkans to the
EU member states of Central Europe.
Dollar's Strength could be Global Economy's
Weakness, Says BIS Report: These
warnings came after China revealed some very disappointing trade figures
last Monday. Further, the dollar rose to a seven-year high against the
yen and a five-year high against the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index, a
mixed basket of 10 currencies.
Skype Opens America’s Borders. Green Cards for
All!: Beginning in 2015 and
escalating from then on, skilled workers from all over the world will
have the digital equivalent of green cards. They will be legal to hire.
They will flood into America’s middle-class job markets.
Cuba 'will not change' communist system, despite
thaw with US: Cuban President Raul
Castro has hailed a recent US move to normalise bilateral relations, but
stressed that Havana will not change its political system. He also
warned that Cuba faced a "long and difficult struggle" before the US
removed its economic embargo.
Torturing Democracy: None of us can any longer
‘Cover Our Eyes’ to CIA abuses: The
torture chambers operated in the dark while Washington gave them cover.
Torture was not the work of a few “bad apples” – in the CIA or the
military – but the result of official policy set at the government’s
Pentagon anti-bomb force 'improperly retained'
information on Americans; The
Pentagon’s taskforce charged with stopping insurgent bombs has -
collected information on American companies and their executives, people
inside the United States, US military personnel and Afghan farmers.
Despite internal Pentagon criticism, it continues to carry out
FBI evidence often mishandled, inquiry finds:
FBI agents in every region of the country have mishandled, mislabeled,
and lost evidence, according to a highly critical internal investigation
that discovered errors with nearly half the pieces of evidence it
13 Years In Prison For Two Marijuana Joints In
Louisiana?: Bernard’s sentence is a
prime example of the draconian nature of the marijuana laws in many
states across the country.
Milwaukee protesters block interstate over police
least 73 adults and one minor have been taken into custody by Milwaukee
police for blocking interstate highway 43 while protesting the killing
of an unarmed and mentally infirm black man by police officer earlier
Your police raid outrage of the day:
Generally speaking, unless you’re certain your local police agency
provides good training for crisis intervention and has a track record of
resolving these situations peacefully, you should be cautious about
calling the police when a loved one is having emotional problems.
Hard Times in a Boom Town: Pennsylvanians
Describe Costs of Fracking: Aikens
pulls a tattered photocopy of a ten cent check from his wallet,
emblazoned with the logo of a division of Chesapeake Energy. It's the
royalty check for the gas produced on his 359 acre farm, after
post-production expenses were deducted from the check.
Sea level rise threatening Kennedy Space Center
in Florida: "There's reason to be
nervous now because the problem is so obvious," Peter Adams, a geology
professor at the University of Florida, told Reuters.
December 19, 2014
Putin’s Next Move Is Crucial
Ruble Takedown Exposes Cracks in Putin’s Defense
By Mike Whitney
Has Putin adjusted to the fact that WW3 will be unlike any conflict in
the past, that jihadi-proxies and Neo Nazi-proxies will be employed as
shock troops for the empire clearing the way for US special forces and
foot soldiers who will hold ground and establish the new order?
What Putin Is Not Telling Us
By Pepe Escobar
This is a doomsday scenario. But don’t provoke the bear, because the
bear could pull that off in a flash.
Western Nations Want to Chain 'the Russian Bear'
Video and Transcript
“Do we place our troops at US borders?
Financial Imperialists Attack Russia
Financial Market Manipulation Is
The New Trend: Can It Continue?
By Paul Craig Roberts
China has a stake in Russia’s strength as part of China’s protection
from US aggression, whether economic or military.
Free Fall of the Ruble
A brilliant Ploy of Russian Economic Wizards?
By Peter Koenig
Russia and China are detaching their economies from that of the West.
Foreign Bankers Rape Ukraine
By William Engdahl
If it were not for the fact that the lives of some 45 million people are
at stake, Ukrainian national politics could be laughed off as a very
In Case You Missed It
Full Spectrum Dominance
Dick Cheney’s Song of America
By David Armstrong
The Plan is for the United States to rule the world. It calls for the
United States to maintain its overwhelming military superiority and
prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage. It
calls for dominion over friends and enemies alike.
In Case You Missed It
Neocon Imperialism, 9/11, and the Attacks on
Afghanistan and Iraq
By David Ray Griffin
The new cause was to shape this new self-definition, thereby getting
Americans ready to accept a policy of global unilateralism.
America's Terror War Torture Shrinks
By Chris Floyd
They are the criminal vanguard of a radical movement that is now holding
the nation hostage. And any political "opposition" that does not
recognize this fact is worse than useless; it is, as we've said before,
complicit in the gang's crimes.
If It's True on Cuba, It's True on Iran
By Trita Parsi and Ryan Costello
America's Cuba policy has long been an open joke in international
Ending the Cold War on Cuba?
From the Freezer to the Chiller
By Finian Cunningham
The move this week by Obama on Cuba is no more than a public relations
Regime Change In Cuba
By Paul Craig Roberts
In short, normalization of relations means regime change in Cuba. Soon
Cuba will be another of Washington’s vassal states.
The Problem with Obama’s Cuba Speech
By Matt Peppe
Raul Castro has demonstrated Cuba’s continued willingness to engage
without animosity the country who has carried out an invasion, decades
of terrorism, and a half-century-long, unprovoked economic war.
Not Just Public Lands
Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles
By Steve Horn
How Big Oil's lobbyists snuck expedited permitting for hydraulic
fracturing (“fracking”) on public lands into the National Defense
Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015.
Non-Violence and the Lost Message of Jesus
By Mairead Maguire
‘Is there such a thing as a just war?’.
Pakistan: Army kills 59
'militants': Pakistan's military says
it has killed 59 militants in ground assaults and air strikes on Taliban
units in areas near the border with Afghanistan.
US kills 8 people along Pak-Afghan border:
At least eight alledged militants were killed when U.S. pilotless
aircraft launched missile strikes along Pakistan-Afghanistan border on
Friday, local media reported.
Wikileaks Reveals CIA Admitted
Drone Strikes Ineffective:
Controversial U.S. drone strikes may be helping rather than hindering
the Taliban in Afghanistan, according to a leaked CIA document released
Bombings kill 11 people in Iraq:
Police officials say the deadliest attack happened Friday morning when a
bomb exploded near a market in Baghdad's northern district of Shaab,
killing four people and wounding nine others.
Mount Sinjar: Islamic State siege broken, say
Kurds: Kurdish forces in northern
Iraq are claiming their biggest victory yet against Islamic State (IS)
militants. They say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, where
thousands of Yazidis and other displaced Iraqis have been trapped since
Islamic State retakes Baiji after Iraqi forces
withdraw: The Islamic State has
retaken control of the central Iraqi city of Baiji after the Iraqi
military ordered its forces to retreat to the nearby refinery. Iraqi
forces withdrew yesterday just one month after taking the city from the
Islamic State with the help of Iranian-backed Shiite militias
More U.S. troops going to Iraq:
Hagel signed orders Wednesday for the first group of U.S. troops to go
to Iraq as part of the administration's recent decision to deploy 1,500
more American forces to the country. The troops are to advise and train
10 people killed as Suicide bombers target Shia
fighters in Yemen: Twin car bomb
attacks targetting Shia fighters have killed at least 10 people in
Yemen's western port city of al-Hudaydah.
US delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup:
The State Department is delaying the release of a volume from its U.S.
foreign relations history that deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an
Iranian prime minister in the 1950s out of concern that publication
could undermine nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic.
UN could vote on Palestine resolution within '24
hours': - The United Nations Security
Council could vote on a draft UN resolution that sets terms for a final
Israeli-Palestinian peace deal within 24 hours, PA Foreign Minister
Riyad al-Maliki said Friday.
Congress and the US-Israel 'strategic
partnership': The US Congress passed
the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 at the
beginning of December. The most important is that it changes America's
political support for Israel; there will be a legal commitment to
guarantee Israel's military superiority, making it "stronger than all
its opponents combined".
33 people killed as Nigeria government says Boko
Haram kidnapped about 200 people. One
witness, who said he helped bury 33 bodies, told the BBC that about 200
women and children had been kidnapped from Gumsuri village in the
north-eastern Borno state.
Nigeria makes further efforts to defend currency:
The naira hit record lows this week of more than 187 against the dollar.
The prolonged fall in the oil price is causing serious problems for
Nigeria, which is heavily dependent on the commodity.
Central African Republic fighting kills at least
28: At least 28 people have been
killed in new clashes between Muslim and Christian fighters in the
Central African Republic, the Red Cross says.
Libya: 25 killed, 103 wounded in 8 days of
Benghazi fighting: At least 25 people
have been killed and 103 wounded in the past eight days of fighting
between pro-government forces and Islamist groups in Libya's second city
Benghazi, medics said on Thursday.
Tunisia: ISIS Fighters Claim 2 Killings:
Tunisian fighters with the Islamic State have claimed responsibility in
a video for the assassinations of the left-wing politicians Chokri
Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi last year and have threatened to carry out
more assassinations before Tunisia’s presidential runoff on Sunday.
Russia warns US over sanctions bill:
Russia has warned that a new US law authorising fresh sanctions against
Moscow could damage relations between the two countries "for a long
European leaders warn against too much economic
pain on Russia: The European Union's
unanimous resolve to punish Russia for its aggression in Ukraine
appeared to be cracking as French, German, Austrian and Italian leaders
voiced concern at an alliance summit of inflicting too much pain on
Moscow as its economy tumbles.
Lavrov: US is organizing a coup d'etat in Russia:
There are serious reasons to believe that the US is using its sanctions
in an attempt to destabilize Russia and change its current political
system, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview to France
Stratfor: Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian
Stance on Syria: The United States
plotted the coup which took place in Ukraine in February 2014 in
response to Russia’s policy in Syria, says George Friedman, the founder
and CEO of Stratfor, known as "Shadow CIA".
Mikhail Gorbachev to RT: America wanted to rule
the world but lost its way: Video -
"America cannot live without its military-industrial complex growing,
weapons sales increasing and war costs soaring - can’t you live without
Russia to supply banks with up to $6.54bn to
fight off crisis: Banks in Russia
will get a government boost to finance debt and projects as the country
risks recession. On Friday, the State Duma passed the last two readings
of a law to allocate up to 10 percent, or $6.54 billion, from a
sovereign wealth fund. The law is essentially a bank bailout from the
Ministry of Finance.
Russia Busts "Gold-Selling" Rumors, Reports It
Bought Another 600,000 Ounces Taking Gold Holdings To New Record High:
The Russian monetary authority made it quite clear, that at least in
November, Russia not only did not sell any gold, but in fact bought
another 600K ounces in the month of November.
China Prepares To Bailout Russia:
It would mark the first time China is called upon to use its currency to
bail out another currency in crisis. The deal was signed by the two
central banks in October, when Premier Li Keqiang visited Russia.
Investment to build ties with Europe:
China is contemplating a fresh investment drive into Central and Eastern
Europe to place its relations with Europe on a firmer footing.
Dumping the dollar: Video
- China and other economies in the emerging world are intent on freeing
themselves from the stranglehold of the US dollar. Is it only a matter
of time before the Chinese currency seriously challenges the dollar?
Why the Western Media Will Never Show Putin's
Three Hour Press Conference: Imagine
a western leader doing a live, three hour Q&A session with a hostile
Dump the Dollar, Says Ecuadorean President:
Ecuador’s use of the U.S. dollar is hurting the country’s economic
growth, President Rafael Correa warned Monday. “Dollarization was a bad
decision,” Correa said. The president said that in the face of low oil
prices, Ecuador would benefit from control of its own currency.
Colombian Guerrillas Declare Indefinite
Cease-Fire: The Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia (FARC) have declared an indefinite cease-fire, saying
that the unilateral move should turn into an armistice for the 50-year
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Says US Sanctions
Will Fail: He stressed U.S. hypocrisy
in claiming Venezuela represses protesters, given the recent CIA torture
report and attacks by U.S. police on black people.
US Congress threat to Cuba thaw:
Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block
his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility.
Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy;
Opponents spoke of holding up money to set up a full-service U.S.
embassy in Havana, blocking Obama's nominee as ambassador to Cuba or
other such steps. But even if they were to pass sweeping legislation to
stop what Obama wants to do, he could veto it and they are unlikely to
muster the two-thirds majority to override a veto.
The Day CIA Backed Anti-Castro Forces Tried To
Bomb The U.N.: The anti-Castro forces
in the United States, backed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),
had mounted an insidious campaign to stop Che Guevera from speaking.
The Latest Twist in the Bizarre Prosecution of
Barrett Brown: Barrett Brown entered
the federal courtroom shackled, with a slight swagger in his step and
squinting into the light. He took his seat next to his defense team and
quietly set about flipping through a stack of loose-leaf papers and then
Wikileaks: Mandela Shows Better to Kill Than
Imprison: A study by the Central
Intelligence Agency that evaluated the pros and cons of assassination
programs has revealed significant insights into the agency’s thinking
about targeted killings, including potential backlash. The study was
published by Wikileaks on Thursday.
The Weird Saga of the Other 'Smoking Gun' Torture
Report the CIA Still Has Under Wraps:
News Analysis - There is a second torture report locked away somewhere
at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The agency says the document
is so sensitive that national security would be at risk if any details
about it were publicly revealed.
How the CIA Covered Up Its Lie on Torture and bin
Laden: News Analysis - The Senate
Intelligence Committee's torture report sheds new light on how the CIA
created and then continued to protect its false claim that it found
Osama bin Laden in part because of its abusive interrogation tactics.
U.S. Laws Criminalizing Homelessness Mount, Even
As Courts Strike Them Down: Across 25
major cities surveyed by the U.S. Conference of mayors, 43 percent saw
an increase in homelessness over the past year. In addition, almost
three-quarters of these cities’ social services were forced to turn away
homeless families with children, due to a lack of emergency beds
December 17, 2014
The Oil Coup
US-Saudi Subterfuge Send Stocks and Credit Reeling
By Mike Whitney
Washington has persuaded the Saudis to flood the market with oil to push
down prices, decimate Russia’s economy, and reduce Moscow’s resistance
to further NATO encirclement and the spreading of US military bases
across Central Asia.
U.S. Gov’t. Seeks Excuse to Attack Russia
By Eric Zuesse
For America’s elite, the Cold War never ended, because it was never
really about communism versus capitalism.
Manufacturing War: A Primer
By Martin Hellman
The Göring Doctrine has proved as tempting to democratic leaders as to
fascist dictators. Witness these examples drawn from recent American
The US: Australia's Dangerous Ally
By Malcolm Fraser
Australia should not embrace America, writes its former prime minister,
but preserve itself from Washington’s reckless overreach. Continue
The US Feels the Heat on Palestine Vote at UN
By Jonathan Cook
The floodgates have begun to open across Europe on recognition of
Whitehall Shockwaves Over Chilcot Draft Report
By Francis Elliott
Extracts from the much delayed report by Sir John Chilcot, which in some
cases run to hundreds of pages, have been sent in recent weeks to those
criticised for their conduct, to give them a chance to respond before
the report is finally published.
Obama Admits US Wasted 50 Years
President Obama Speech on Cuba
The announcement comes amid a series of new confidence-building measures
between the longtime foes, including the release of American Alan Gross
and the freeing of three Cubans jailed in the U.S.
Health Professionals 'May Have Committed War Crimes', Report Says
By Dominic Rushe
Physicians for Human Rights calls rectal feeding technique ‘form of
Jeb Bush v. Hillary Clinton:
The Perfectly Illustrative Election
By Glenn Greenwald
One of those two families exploited its vast wealth to obtain political
power, while the other exploited its political power to obtain vast
Why is Near Term Human Extinction Inevitable?
By Robert J. Burrowes
Extinction might be howling outside our door but, if you have the
courage, you can still fight.
Ignorance Is No Excuse for Wrongdoing, Unless
You’re a Cop
By John W. Whitehead
The Supreme Court gave police in America one more ready excuse to
routinely violate the laws of the land, this time under the guise of
grave of 230 killed by ISIS jihadists found in Syria:
The bodies of 230 people killed by the Islamic State group have been
found in a mass grave uncovered by their relatives in Syria's Deir Ezzor
province, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.
U.S. slaps sanctions on Swiss, Dutch companies
over Syria: The United States on
Wednesday slapped sanctions on Dutch and Swiss oil trading firms for
their dealings with the Syrian government, which has been engaged in
bloody civil war with opposition forces.
Syria air strikes by US "allies" plunge:
As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington's
coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.
Fact or fiction? Iraq:
150 women killed after refusing to marry Islamic
State fighters: Iraq's Ministry of
Human Rights reported the killings in the western province of Anbar,
many parts of which are under IS control
First ground clash between ISIS and US forces in
Iraq: An American force has fought
its actual first battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
“ISIS” organization during a counter-attack that was carried out by
tribal forces and other force of the Iraqi army near Ein al-Asad base,
west of Anbar
16 girls among 26 killed in Yemen:
Some 26 civilians including 16 schoolgirls were among the dead Tuesday
in a double bomb attack in the central Yemeni city of Radaa, authorities
Bomb Kills Five Policemen In South-east Yemen:
Five policemen were killed and four others injured after a bomb hit a
vehicle in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout on Wednesday,
Xinhua news agency reported.
Palestinians: US to veto UN resolution 'to end
occupation': US Secretary of State
John Kerry reportedly told the Palestinians the United States will veto
a proposed Palestinian resolution "to end the occupation" at the United
Nations Security Council on Wednesday, Palestinian sources said.
European Parliament passes motion in favor of
Palestine recognition: The European
Parliament accepted, with a large majority, a decision expressing
support "in principle" of the recognition of a Palestinian state, along
with furthering negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Geneva Conventions invoke rights of Palestinians:
The international community delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel's
settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying
Wednesday the practice violates its responsibilities as an occupying
EU court orders Hamas removed from terror list:
Court delays implementing the ruling to allow appeals, drawing ire from
Israeli PM Netanyahu and praise from Hamas as a 'human rights' victory.
Israel cries foul after EU strikes Hamas from
terror list: The Palestinian Islamic
group Hamas must be removed from the EU’s terrorism blacklist, but its
assets will stay frozen, a European court ruled on Wednesday.
Philip Weiss: Israel will lose all American Jews
but the crazies: Op-Ed : Israel
didn’t look like this when I was growing up. Not to American Jews
Afghanistan: US kills 11 people: official:
A U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan killed four alledged
Pakistani Taliban members and seven other insurgents, a district
government official said Wednesday.
12 including militants killed in Helmand attack:
Seven people have been killed, when a group of five militants stormed a
branch of New Kabul Bank in southern Helmand province.
Pakistan mourns school massacre dead;
Relatives of 162 victims prepare for funerals as PM Sharif lifts ban on
death penalty for terrorism charges.
Pakistan lifts death penalty moratorium:
PM approves abolishing the ban on executions
in terror cases in the wake of Peshawar school massacre, which killed
In case you missed it;
US Kills 160 Children
: In one of the worst incidents of the entire drones campaign, yet one
of the least reported. A CIA strike on a madrassa or religious school in
2006 killed up to 69 children, among 80 civilians. The attack was on a
religious seminary in Chenegai, in Bajaur Agency.
Nigeria: 10 killed, 2 abducted in Borno attack:
Gunmen suspected to be members of dreaded Boko Haram terrorists
Wednesday waylaid motorists in Madari village of Kukawa local government
area of Borno state, killing 10 people, while a young aged woman and her
two years old child were abducted.
Five Cameroonian soldiers killed in blast:
Five Cameroonian soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit explosives
placed on a road by suspected members of the Nigerian Islamist group
Boko Haram, the newspaper Le Jour reported on Wednesday.
Egypt army kills 17 in Sinai in the past 3 days:
“The armed forces have staged several raids…during which 17 terrorists
were killed in exchanges of fire with army and civil forces,” Egyptian
military spokesman Mohamed Samir said on Facebook.
Russian Official Says Delivery of U.S. Weapons to
Ukraine Will Not Solve Crisis: He
said those seeking a solution to the crisis should not supply weapons
"that will be used to kill the Russian-speaking inhabitants of Donbass"
but put pressure on Kiev to hold talks with the rebels.
Russia plans new measures to stabilise the rouble:
The country's central bank said that if necessary, it would provide
additional capital to Russia's banks and financial companies. It also
said it would hold more foreign exchange auctions if needed.
Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises:
Some signs emerged Wednesday that the ruble's freefall may have come to
an end and the currency could recover, at least in the short-term
Ukraine has a high probability of a coup:
The former head of the Ukrainian intelligence Mykola Malomuzh published
the data about the imminent release of the presidency in Ukraine. The
existing system headed Poroshenko may be overthrown.
Chevron Shale Exit Shreds Ukraine’s Hope of
Energy Independence: Shale gas was
supposed to be Ukraine’s ticket to greater energy independence from
Russia. Chevron Corp. (CVX)’s decision to pull the plug has smashed
China, Russia Dump US Treasurys In October As
Foreigners Sell Most US Stocks Since 2007:
China and Russia dumped US Treasurys in October, some $14 billion and
$10 billion, respecitvely, in the process sending China's total Treasury
holdings to just $1,253 billion, the lowest since February 2013 and just
$30 billion more than the TSYs held by America's second largest
(offshore) creditor, Japan.
Mexico vigilantes in deadly shoot-out: 11 killed:
Clash between rival "self-defence" groups in western state of Michoacan
claims more at least 11 lives, officials say..
Cuba releases US prisoner Alan Gross, after 5
years: Jailed Jewish contractor set
free on humanitarian grounds, heading home on a US government plane;
three Cubans to be released in US
US to start talks with Cuba to normalize full
diplomatic relations: AP: The U.S. is
starting talks with Cuba to normalize full diplomatic relations and open
an embassy, according to U.S. officials.
The basics of the major new US-Cuba deal:
The US and Cuba have announced a broad agreement between the countries
that will be a first and historic step toward normalizing relations
after more than 50 years of hostility. Here are the basics of what each
country has agreed to, as is known so far:
US Fines German Bank US$1Bn for Doing Business
with Cuba: A particularly high fine
of US$900 million was placed on the French bank BNP Paribas SA in July.
In response, Arnaud Montebourg, the critical finance minister, told the
Financial Times that the U.S. policy is “economic warfare.”
Americans Are Basically OK With CIA Torture
Methods Like Rectal Feeding: Despite
a scathing report on torture, a majority of survey respondents approve
of the CIA's grisly methods.
Kansas Congressman M.I.A. After Tucking Wall
Street Bailout Into Government Spending Bill:
For all the anger among progressives about a Wall Street bailout
provision that made its way into the just-passed $1.1 trillion
government spending bill, there's been little attention on the person
who put it in there.