Damaging Our Country from Wars of Choice
By Ralph Nader
The Republican Party, led by war-at-any-cost Senators Lindsay Graham and
John McCain, wants a bigger military buildup which can only mean U.S.
soldiers on the ground.
Blocking a ‘Realist’ Strategy on the Mideast
By Robert Parry
Just last month President Barack Obama dismissed the idea of arming
“moderate” rebels in Syria as a “fantasy” that was “never in the cards”
Another Western War Won’t End Terror in Iraq or
By Seumas Milne
Calculated acts of gruesome cyberterror softened up the US public for
the renewed bout of western warmaking in the Middle East planet.
NATO v. ISIS?
By Eric Margolis
There’s nothing like bombing Arabs to sell military hardware, as Israel
has long shown.
IS Releases Full Video Documentary
“Flames of War: Fighting Has Just Begun”
The video provides viewers with the Islamist group’s perspective on its
history and objectives.
ISIS Beheadings And the American Death Penalty
By Pierre Tristam
When it comes to capital punishment, not much separates us from the
butchers of the Islamic State. That we do it in English, with more
recognizable uniforms and behind closed doors doesn’t make it any less
backward, any less barbaric, any less repulsive.
Ending Israeli Occupation Starts With Removing
The Palestinian Authority
By Ahmad Moussa
Since the death of former Palestinian Authority President,
Yasser Arafat, Fatah and the Palestinian Authority has, and continues to
be a detriment to the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.
Is this Fairness? Is this Justice?
Post-9/11 Muslim Charity Prosecution
By Katherine Hughes
If he does not get relief soon, he will almost certainly die in prison.
Julian Assange: Google Has Revolving Doors with
The interview also reveals 'an extremely alarming phenomenon': how more
and more security-cleared Americans are joining the ranks of the 'state
within a state' – 6 million to date.
5 Things the People's Climate March Is Doing
Right, and Why You Should Be There
By Justin Haaheim
Beyond the political battles and rhetoric is one of the most significant
justice issues the world has ever faced.
Business as Usual in Manhattan
How the People's Climate March Became a Corporate PR Campaign
By Arun Gupta
I’ve never been to a protest march that advertised in the New York City
subway. That spent $220,000 on posters inviting Wall Street bankers to
join a march to save the planet.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As -
71 Killed, 86 Wounded Across Iraq As Bombers Hit
Baghdad Again: At least 71 people
were killed and 86 more were wounded across Iraq. More than half of the
fatalities were civilians. Baghdad suffered a bombing spree for the
second day in a row.
Fact or fiction:
Dozens of "IS fighters" killed in airstrikes by
French: FOUR French airstrikes have
killed dozens of fighters from the Islamic State group in a contested
area of northern Iraq. French president Francois Hollande said Rafale
fighter jets struck a logistics depot in north-eastern Iraq and the
target was "entirely destroyed".
Army chief: More ground troops needed in Iraq:
Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chi ef of staff, said he would not rule out
the need to send small numbers of U.S. ground troops into combat
Top Iraqi Shi’ite Cleric 'Ayatollah Sistani'
Warns of Western Interference: The
sermon went on to caution that cooperation with the ISIS war must not be
used as a “pretext to impose foreign decisions on events in Iraq,
especially military events.”
I despised Saddam’s police state, but the Islamic State would
not exist under his rule: Op-Ed:
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2009, I’ve realized that most Americans
don’t understand that Iraq used to be a modern, Westernized and secular
IS jihadists capture 60 Kurdish villages in
Syria: Islamic State jihadists have
seized 60 Kurdish villages near the Turkish border in a lightning
two-day campaign, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on
Putin says Obama must get permission from Assad
to attack ISIS: Video: Interview with
Video shows militants executing another Lebanese
soldier: Video - Mohammad Hamiyeh was
among over two dozen Lebanese soldiers that have been held by the al-Nusra
Front and ISIL for more than a month now.
More than 60,000 Kurds flee Syria, cross into Turkey in 24 hours
: More than 60,000 mainly-Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the
past 24 hours, as Islamic State (IS) militants seized dozens of Syrian
villages close to the border.
Kurdish fighters pour into Syria to fight Islamic
State: Hundreds of Kurdish fighters
entered Syria from Turkey and Iraq Saturday to defend Syrian Kurds from
attack by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces.
Turkish hostages held by Isis
have been freed and returned home, PM says:
Dozens of Turkish hostages who were seized by Islamic militants in Iraq
have been freed and safely returned to Turkey, the prime minister, Ahmet
Davutoglu, said on Saturday.
71 killed in army, rebels clashes in Yemen:
Shiite Houthi rebels on Friday clashed with the army and Sunni militia
in northwest of Yemen’s capital Sanaa for the second day, which left 71
people killed, including 30 solders and eight civilians, and drove
hundreds to flee their homes in an escalation of violence after weeks of
hostility in the city’s outskirts.
Yemen's Houthi rebels advance into Sanaa:
On Saturday, heavy fighting broke out
at the state television building and explosions were heard earlier in
the day near the Interior Ministry in the northern part of Sanaa. The
Shia fighters shelled the state television building on Friday as they
advanced into the city.
Yemen: Night-Time Curfew Imposed, Fierce Fighting
Hits Across The Capital: The fighting
between the Houthi militants, army troops and pro-Islah gunmen continues
for five days now in the north and south of the capital Sana’a, as both
sides have been using medium and heavy artilleries.
Yemen's airport closed for a second day:
Flights to the Yemeni capital were suspended for a second straight day
Saturday as the toll mounted from clashes between pro-government forces
and rebels despite UN efforts to reach a ceasefire.
Yemen agrees truce with Shia Houthi fighters - UN
envoy: The deal to end the crisis was
struck "after intense consultations with all the political parties", UN
envoy Jamal Benomar said.
US pays 1/4 of Israel's defense budget.
Half of US military aid worldwide goes to Israel. Leverage if US wanted.
36 killed as Boko Haram attacks Nigerian Town :
Fighters from Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram stormed the
northeastern town of Mainok on Friday, sparking a gun battle that killed
at least 36 people and continued into Saturday, two security sources
10 activists, officers killed in Libya:
Targeted killings in Libya over two days left 10 rights activists,
journalists, and members of the security forces dead in the country's
east, local security officials said Saturday.
Libya: Spate of assassinations shocks Benghazi on
a day dubbed 'Black Friday': Murder
of two teenage activists in Benghazi has seen an outpouring of grief and
anger at their 'shameful' killing by unidentified gunmen
Rival prime ministers address Libyans,
highlighting divisions: Libya's rival
prime ministers both addressed the nation, with each claiming legitimacy
and denouncing the other side, highlighting deep divisions in the oil
Four killed in cross-border Boko Haram attack in
northern Cameroon: Four civilians
were killed in the remote north of Cameroon in a cross-border attack by
Boko Haram militants, according to state radio.
The Conscience of a Benghazi Whistleblower:
Raymond Maxwell claims he witnessed top Hillary Clinton aides purge
State Department files. Here's why you should believe him.
35 "Taliban militants" killed in Afghanistan:
At least 35 militants were killed Friday by Afghan security forces
during armed operations against Taliban militants across the country,
according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.
Power-Sharing Deal Struck in Afghan Election:
Ashraf Ghani will become the country’s president and Abdullah Abdullah,
or someone he appoints, will become the CEO — a role similar to prime
minister — and power will be divided equally, according to a sources
from both camps involved in the talks. The agreement could be signed as
soon as Sunday.
Pakistan: 15 Militants, One Soldier Killed in
North Waziristan: At least 15
militants were killed today in airstrikes by Pakistani military in the
restive North Waziristan tribal region, where the security forces have
launched a major offensive to wipe out the Taliban.
Shells hits Donetsk chemical plant - district
council : The first explosion was
caused by a shell that had hit the plant and the second was caused by
the detonation of the remaining explosives, he said.
War over? Both sides in Ukraine conflict sign
treaty banning military action: Kiev
and self-defense forces signed a memorandum aimed at effectively halting
all fighting in eastern Ukraine after talks in Minsk. It creates a
buffer zone, demands a pullback of troops and mercenaries, and bans
military aviation flybys over the area.
NATO members, Poland and Lithuania form joint
military unit with Ukraine: Poland
and Lithuania launched a joint military force on Friday that Polish
President Bronislaw Komorowski said could start its first exercises next
year. Polish defense officials said the new joint unit could take part
in peacekeeping operations, or form the basis of a NATO battle group if
one was needed in the future.
Fact or fiction?
CIA stops spying on friendly nations in W. Europe:
The pause in decades of espionage was designed to give CIA officers time
to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate
whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a
U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.
Dem Rep. says FBI watching 40 Islamic State
fighters back from Middle East: Rep.
Tim Bishop (D., N.Y.) warned during a recent speech that up to 40
radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of
Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United
States, where they could pose a terrorist threat.
US police kill 104 people in August:
These killings are part of a general pattern of abuse carried out by an
increasingly militarized police force.
Ferguson officer Darren Wilson testifies before
grand jury: Darren Wilson, the
Ferguson, Missouri police officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown,
testified for four hours in secret this past week. All indications are
that the St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, a Democrat, is
intent on using the grand jury as political cover for a decision he has
already made not to prosecute Wilson.
Withheld Evidence Will Cost Los Angeles Cops:
Two Los Angeles police officers who deliberately withheld evidence of a
man's innocence, causing him to spend 27 months in jail, must pay
$106,000, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday.
Meet the neighborhood watch that's policing the
police: Eric Garner’s chokehold death
put a spotlight on efforts to reform the NYPD from inside and outside
‘There Are No Human Rights on a Dead Planet’
Why On Earth Is Amnesty International Joining the People’s Climate
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September 19, 2014
The Folly Of Obama’s “War” On ISIS
By David Stockman
In truth, the whole thing is a giant, pathetic farce. There will be no
coalition, no strategy, no boots, no ISIS degradation, no gain in
genuine safety and security for the American homeland.
What Will Victory Look Like?
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Where is the morality in a superpower decision to arm Syrians and send
them into a war they cannot win.
More Unlawful Presidential Killing
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Last year the president wanted to help ISIS indirectly by degrading the
Syrian military. Now he wants to help Syria indirectly by degrading
ISIS. And he is prepared to violate the Constitution, break the law and
lie to the American people to achieve his purposes.
Obama's 'Stupid Stuff' Turned Upside Down
By Pepe Escobar
Ukrainian oligarch turned president Petro Poroshenko
visits The Caliph's nemesis in Washington
Puppet President: Petro Poroshenko Address to Congress
Video and Transcript
“If they (Russia) are not stopped now,
they will cross European borders and spread throughout the globe,” he
warned. And the American politicians answered his speech with standing
Dutch MH17 Investigation Omits US "Intel"
By Tony Cartalucci
Had the US actually possessed any credible information to substantiate
its claims that MH17 was shot down by a missile, such evidence surely
would have been submitted to and included in the Dutch Safety Board's
The U.S. and Israel’s Shared Values
Perpetual War, Indefinite Detention, and Torture
By Adam Hudson
Under perpetual war, the United States and Israel can justify a litany
of draconian policies, such as indefinite detention, torture, and
War, Circus and Injustice Down Under
By John Pilger
There are times when farce and living caricature almost consume the
cynicism and mendacity in the daily life of Australia's rulers.
On the Internet There’s No Such Thing as a True
By Tina Dupuy
There was a time when we thought the Information Superhighway would make
everyone more informed, better educated. Instead its enabled the
misinformed to find places to permanently nestle in confirmation bias.
The NFL and Beyond
There Should Be No Debate about Corporal Punishment
By Laura Finley
“I-was-spanked-and-I turned-out-OK” is not a legitimate reason to
continue a practice that has been so widely documented as potentially
Woman As Aggressor: The Unspoken Truth Of
By Edward Rhymes
There’s something very important that we’re not talking about when we
talk about domestic violence.
Yemen: 80 Killed as Clashes in Sanaa has Yemenis
Fearing Sectarian Strife: Houthi
rebels overrun the capital battling army units for control of a suburb,
leaving at least 80 dead
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As -
30 "ISIL" Killed by Iraqi Attack Aircraft in
Mosul: The Iraqi attack bombers
launched massive strikes on the positions of the ISIL terrorists in
Hammam Al-Aleel area located South of Mosul, and killed thirty members
of the Takfiri group, Almanar reported.
22 killed in Iraq bombings:
Bombings in and near the Iraqi capital and a blast in the northern city
of Kirkuk killed at least 22 people on Friday, security and medical
France launches first attack on IS in Iraq:
A statement said planes had attacked an IS depot in north-east Iraq, and
there would be more raids in the coming days.
Bomb kills two Lebanese troops at Syria border:
Two Lebanese soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb near the Syrian
border on Friday, security sources said, the first such attack since
jihadist militants from Syria staged a deadly incursion there last
Syria's Nusra Front kills Lebanese soldier:
Al-Qaeda-linked group says it has killed one of 10 Lebanese soldiers it
is holding in hopes of a prisoner exchange.
White House, military divided on use of troops
against Islamic State: Flashes of
disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between
President Barack Obama and U.S. military leaders, the latest sign of
strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship.
Kerry: ‘We must shut borders’ to defeat ISIS:
“We must shut borders,” he said. “There are guarantees to help on
foreign fighters, on financing, on borders – border control, on
military, on aid, training, and even on direct military action.”
US Senate Approves Plans To Arm Syrian Rebels
: Congress approved the $500 million plan on Thursday, enabling the US
to provide support for rebels fighting the Sunni extremists.
How did your Senator vote?
YEAs - 78: NAYs - 22
Turkey opens border to Syrian Kurds fleeing IS:
TV footage showed exhausted people, mostly women and children, crossing
into the south-eastern border village of Dikmetas under tight security.
Israel envoy warns US
: Israel’s ambassador to the United States warned against
including Iran in any coalition to derail the jihadist group.
30 militants including Pakistanis killed in
Paktika airstrike: At least 30
militants including Pakistanis have been killed in an airstrike in
southeastern Paktika province, said official on Friday.
US-led airstrike leaves 8 people dead in east
Afghanistan: A Taliban commander is
said to have been killed in the attack, which apparently had no civilian
Six Killed in Boko Haram Attacks in Cameroon:
Six people, including four civilians, were killed on Thursday in the far
north of Cameroon following two incursions by Boko Haram militants,
sources told AFP on Friday.
Third mystery airstrike in Libya after 'state of
emergency' announced: Libya Dawn
militias are hit by third strike from unknown planes near Tripoli, after
army Chief of Staff recalls all soldiers for coming escalation
Protests spread across Egypt in commemoration of
Sisi's first 100 days: “Protests
began on Friday morning in most of Egypt’s towns and villages while
larger demonstrations took off from mosques after Friday prayers,” said
Islam Tawfiq, one of the demonstrators in Cairo.
Deadly attack in Guinea on Ebola team:
Eight bodies, including of three journalists, found in remote village
following attack on team trying to educate locals.
Obama declines weapons to Ukraine:
- The president of Ukraine came to Washington Thursday seeking special
ally status and lethal aid to fight the Russians. He walked away with
neither but declared he was happy to get what he did get, new non-lethal
Russia critical of MH17 inquiry, wants bigger
U.N. role: "The preliminary report of
the DSB (Dutch Safety Board) is not very informative and doesn't contain
convincing information about the circumstances of the crash," Russia's
U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the 15-member council.
New Zealand votes in 'dirtiest' poll:
Voters in New Zealand head to the polls after what is being called the
dirtiest campaign in the nation's history.
Salmond resigns after losing Scottish
independence referendum: Scots voted
to stay in the UK following an intense campaign. The ‘No’ campaign
rallied 55 percent of votes against 45 percent ‘Yes’ votes.
Was Scottish Vote Rigging Caught On Tape?: Video
- : The following clip suggests the possibility that more was afoot than
that. As the commentator blasts, "Busted! Absolutely busted!" You
Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to
secession: - The failed Scottish vote
to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some
in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their
states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
Five US Surveillance Programs Undermining Global
Human Rights: Those of us in the
United States often like to think—rightly or wrongly—that our overall
human-rights record is in pretty good order. However, even those who
view the US as a global human-rights leader have had to take a deep
breath when considering the past year of Big Brother-like surveillance
Spying and storing: Assange says 'Google works
like NSA': “Google’s business model
is the spy. It makes more than 80 percent of its money by collecting
information about people, pooling it together, storing it, indexing it,
building profiles of people to predict their interests and behavior, and
then selling those profiles principally to advertisers, but also
others,” Assange told BBC.
GlaxoSmithKline fined $490m by China for bribery:
China has fined UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m)
after a court found it guilty of bribery.
Alibaba Overtakes Amazon as Most Highly Valued
Online Retailer : Video - Alibaba
Group Holding Ltd. is knocking Amazon.com Inc. off its perch as the
world’s largest online retailer by market capitalization, signaling the
ascendance of a global rival for investor and consumer dollars.
Wealth of world’s billionaires: $7.3 trillion:
There are a record 2,325 billionaires in the world, up from 2,170 in
2013 and 1,360 in 2009, the first year following the financial collapse.
US-Syrian Accord on Air Strikes: Report
By Robert Parry
Source says Syria’s President Assad has quietly agreed to permit strikes
in some parts of Syria.
John Cantlie - Lend Me Your Ears
Islamic State Release Video of British Hostage
The Islamic State (IS) released a video on Thursday that purported to
show a British hostage vowing to expose the “truth” about the group’s
“systems and motivations” over the course of a “few programs”.
House Votes To Give Weapons And Training To
‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels
Hopefully the 114 Democrats who supported dragging American into yet
another war in the Middle East are proud of that vote because they will
likely be hearing about it for awhile.
Obama's ‘War on Terror’ Looks Set to Backfire
By Sharif Nashashibi
US President Barack Obama, having criticised his predecessor's quagmire
in Iraq, looks set to create his own.
Traces of Evil
By Robert Koehler
Hurray! God bless drones and "mission accomplished" and a million Iraqi
dead and birth defects in Fallujah. God bless torture. God bless the
CIA. But guess what?
A War is Not A War Unless They Call It A War
By E.F Nicholson
“This is not a war, it humanitarian mission with military elements “.
The United States Heading for a Crash in the
By Immanuel Wallerstein
"How easy it is for officials and the media to “spin the public into a
Perpetual Fear Under Empire
By Jacob G. Hornberger
Lots of Americans are extremely upset about ISIS. They’re not sleeping
well, and they’re pacing the floors. They are convinced that ISIS is
coming to get them, drag them from their homes, cart them away to some
Arabian desert, and behead them.
The Guns of August
The Reasons Behind the Cease-Fire
By Israel Shamir
Washington would prefer the Russians of Russia and Ukraine to fight each
other to death, but it had to consider the weakness of Kiev forces.
How The NSA Enabled Israel Military Intelligence
To Politically Persecute Innocent Palestinians
By Mike Masnick
Data was gathered on Palestinians’ sexual orientations, infidelities,
money problems, family medical conditions and other private matters that
could be used to coerce Palestinians into becoming collaborators or
create divisions in their society.
Rewards and Punishments for Gaza
How the Israel Lobby Reshapes its Message
By Philip Giraldi
Israel and its powerful friends in both the US and international media
as well as in government circles are energetically rewriting the story,
not only regarding Gaza, to restore Israel’s status as the beleaguered
little democracy in the Middle East and America’s only true friend and
Irate NSA Staffer Doesn’t Like Being Filmed in
Public, for Some Reason
By John Cook
In two videos you can watch Beale politely question Mr. Z. about NSA
programs, and watch Mr. Z. attempt to parry those queries with blatant
Theodore Roosevelt and American Racism
By Margaret Kimberley
“Roosevelt made clear that he lusted for death on a mass scale.”
Over 100 People Killed in Iraq Airstrikes,
Clashes: Over 100 people were killed
and 79 others wounded in Iraq Thursday in US air strikes and clashes
between the Iraqi security forces and insurgent militants, including
those with the Islamic State(IS), officials and security sources said.
Series of Attacks Kills at Least 15 in Iraq:
The deadliest attack struck a shopping street in the Toubachi
neighborhood in northwest Baghdad, where a bomb blast killed four people
and wounded 10, police said.
Hollande confirms French jets to strike IS
militants in Iraq: French fighter
jets will soon strike targets against Islamic State militants in Iraq
once reconnaissance missions have identified targets, President Francois
Islamic State captures 21 villages in northern
Syria as Kurds issue a call to arms:
Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on
Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call
to arms from Kurds in neighbouring Turkey, who urged followers to go and
help resist the group's advance.
After Obama speech, Islamic State wins new
recruits in Syria-monitor: Islamic
State has won new recruits in Syria since President Barack Obama
signaled last week that air strikes against the group will be expanded
from Iraq to its strongholds in northern and eastern Syria, a group
monitoring the war said on Wednesday.
US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months:
Speaking to a small group of reporters after meeting with his French
counterpart, Dempsey said it will take three or four months to begin the
$500 million training program, which the House approved on Wednesday and
sent to the Senate, where members of both parties predicted easy
U.S. House votes to arm Syrian rebels, but
questions remain: The amendment does
not include $500 million the White House says it needs to arm and train
the rebels, who have been waging a three-year-long battle against Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad. It was written to quickly provide the
authority Obama wanted while avoiding a debate on the money.
CIA Privately Skeptical About New Syria Strategy,
Sources Say: At a recent closed-door
congressional briefing on the administration's new strategy to combat
the Islamic State, a top CIA official left little doubt among those in
the room about the agency's attitude toward the project.
Top US general says half of Iraq's army
unsuitable to partner with US against Islamic State:
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former
wartime commander of U.S. training programs in Iraq, said a renewed U.S.
training effort might revive the issue of gaining legal immunity from
Iraqi prosecution for those U.S. troops who are training the Iraqis.
Fact or fiction:
Australia; Tony Abbott confirms police believed
terrorists planned 'demonstration killings':
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says intelligence indicates people in
Australia were allegedly planning a public beheading to be carried out
in the name of militant group Islamic State.
Yemen Army, Houthi Rebel Clashes Move Toward
Center of Sana’a: Fighting between
Yemen’s army and Houthi-Shiite rebels moved closer to the center of the
capital as a deal to end the violence evades the government of President
Abdurabu Mansur Hadi.
24 militants killed during Afghan army
operations, MoD says: Taliban
militantsAt least 24 Taliban militants were killed following military
operations by Afghan national army (ANA) forces in the past 24 hours.
Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said the operations were
conducted in three different provinces.
40 more militants killed in Pakistan air strikes:
Fighter jets carried out air strikes early on Wednesday against
suspected militant hideouts in Datakhel tehsil of North Waziristan
Agency, killing scores of militants and destroying their hideouts.
Afghan President seeks US help to break poll
deadlock: President Karzai said, "The
international community should not make Afghanistan a battle-field for
its covert polices," adding that US should play its role in resolving
the ongoing electoral crisis.
Ukraine leader appeals to US for lethal aid:
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has appealed to the US Congress to
give his soldiers lethal military equipment for their fight against
pro-Russian separatists, saying that one cannot win the war or keep the
peace with blankets and night vision goggles.
Russia has no plans to punish West with
retaliatory sanctions — Putin: "First
of all, we are thinking about our own interests and development goals,"
Russian President Vladimir Putin says
UN says 5 peacekeepers killed, 3 wounded in Mali
blast: The United Nations mission in
Mali said five of its Chadian peacekeepers were killed and another three
wounded when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in the north
of the country on Thursday.
Assassination of Libya ex-air force chief in
Benghazi: A former Libyan air force
chief was shot dead overnight in the country's violence-ridden second
city of Benghazi, medical and army sources said on Thursday.
Libya army chief calls for jihad:
Libyan army chief General Abdel-Razzaq al-Nazouri on Thursday called for
"jihad" against "outlaws" amid clashes between Islamist militias and
their rivals, including some army units.
Libya's civil war focuses on control of central
bank assets: Possibility of two rival
central banks emerges in Libya as bank chief sacked by House of
Libya's elected parliament rejects PM's new
cabinet as oil sector takes hit: -
Libya's elected parliament has rejected the new cabinet of Prime
Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, dealing a fresh blow to the acting premier
whose government was forced to flee the capital Tripoli last month after
it was taken over by militants.
Leaked dossier shows Egypt's links to Libya:
A leaked document obtained by Al Jazeera this week demonstrates the
extent to which the country has turned into a proxy battleground for
larger regional rivalries.
Madrid conference seeks end to Libya crisis:
Representatives from Libya's armed groups are not attending the
conference, which opened on Wednesday and is being attended by
representative from 16 nations, the UN and the Arab League. Al Jazeera's
Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Madrid, said the conference may not
reconcile the warring sides.
Scottish independence campaign - live:
The news, video and comment as Scotland votes in an independence
UK Archbishop unsure of God’s existence:
Britain’s’ most senior clergyman has said that thinking about global
injustices has made him question the existence of God.
Air Force dumps ‘so help me God’ from enlistment
oath: Members of the U.S. Air Force
will no longer be required to say “so help me God” during their
enlistment oath. A legal review of rules that required the phrase
occurred after the American Humanist Association threatened to sue on
behalf of an atheist airman.
House passes bill to audit Federal Reserve:
Passed 333-92, the bill would require the comptroller general to conduct
an audit of the Federal Reserve's board of governors and banks within
one year and submit a report to Congress on the findings. A total of 106
Democrats joined all but one Republican in support of the measure.
September 17, 2014
Flames Of War
Islamic State Replies To Obama Declaration Of War
"Fighting has just begun"
Fear of ISIS Triggers Double Threat to Checks and
By Hina Shamsi
We now have a Congress so anxious to avoid tough votes that it is
ducking any decision on whether to go to war in Iraq and Syria, and a
president who is grabbing unprecedented power to take the country to war
all on his own.
'US Seeks to Use IS to Weaken Each State in the
By Soraya Sepaphour-Ulrich
This is not really a fight against a group of terrorists - of the making
of Americans themselves and their allies - but it is really to reoccupy
the Persian Gulf region.
The Presidential Leadership Scholars Program
By Chris Floyd
And thus do our mediocre murderous masters replicate themselves,
generation after generation ….
A Morally Reprehensible Article
Don’t Focus on Civilian
By Robert Goldich
We — that is, the world — pay far too much attention to civilian
casualties, both in reporting about war and in thinking about war.
After the Ceasefire
By Omar Robert Hamilton
On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed. Since then
Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done
anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the
Ukraine and neo-Nazis
By William Blum
In the past week the dirty little secret has somehow poked its head out
from behind the curtain a bit.
Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp
By Kathy Kelly
"We need not choose blindness, or the hatred that lets us be herded in
fear. We can reach out with truth, with compassion, with the activist
courage that leaps from heart to heart, rebuilding sanity, civility,
community, humanity, resistance."
An Unbearable and Choking Hell:
The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11
By John W. Whitehead
We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a
representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade a
freedom-loving people to march in lockstep with a police state.
Can You Pass The "China Threat" Quiz?
By Jeffrey Rudolph
1. How many military bases does China have on foreign soil?
No God's and Precious Few Heroes : Dick Gaughan
Video and Lyrics
So don't talk to me of Scotland the Brave
For if we don't fight soon there'll be nothing left to save
Or would you rather stand and watch them dig your grave
While you wait for the Tartan Messiah?
Syria : Almost 50 people killed in strikes on
Talbiseh: Six children were among
those who died as Talbiseh, in Homs province, was bombarded for two
days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Syria: 36 Children Die After Receiving
'UN-Sponsored Contaminated Measles Vaccine':
Parents accused the Syrian opposition - which controls Idlib - of
negligence when storing the vaccines and of supplying out-of-date
Free Syrian Army commander says the IDF should
establish anti-Assad no-fly zone:
“Israel could down any plane above that area and no one would blame it,”
he continued. “Refraining from doing this means collaborating with the
Assad gang in our murder.
Free Syrian Army will not join US-led coalition
against IS: The group’s founder,
Colonel Riad al-Asaad, stressed that toppling Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad is their priority, and that they will not join forces with
US-led efforts without a guarantee that the US is committed to his
IS quits Syria bases as US poised to strike:
Jihadists in a Syrian stronghold near Iraq have abandoned some bases and
redeployed their forces and armour from other positions, with the US
military poised to strike, activists said Wednesday.
ISIS goes underground in Syrian stronghold:
- Islamic State has gone underground in its Syrian stronghold since
President Barack Obama authorised US air strikes on the group in Syria,
disappearing from the streets, redeploying weapons and fighters, and
cutting down its media exposure.
Rebels on Syria’s southern front ‘closer to the
doorstep of Damascus’: After weeks of
heavy fighting, rebel groups announced the seizure of 80 per cent of
Qunietra province on Saturday, including areas along the border with
Israel. The territory could prove to be a key link between opposition
forces in the south and those fighting in and around the Syrian capital.
Iraq claims 50 Islamic State fighters killed in
air raids: More than 50 fighters with
the Islamic State jihadist group were killed in two air raids north of
Baghdad on Wednesday, Iraqi security officials said
Bombings kill 11 in Iraq:
Two bombings, including a suicide attack on a security post outside
Baghdad, have killed at least 11 people in Iraq.
Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq:
American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in
the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the
nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an
election-year debate of Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and train
Iraq Prime Minister 'Won't Allow' Foreign Troops,:
Foreign troops are "out of the question. Not only is it not necessary,
we don't want them. We won't allow them," says Iraq's new prime minister
Haider al-Abadi. Uh, he may want to tell that to the Obama
Congressional Leaders Back Plan to Train "Rebels"
to Fight Islamic State: The House is
scheduled to vote Wednesday on the White House request as an amendment
to the spending bill Congress must pass this month to prevent a partial
government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins in October.
Manufacturing Consent For US
House Dem: 'We'll have many more 9-11s' if no
action on ISIS: Rep. Eliot Engel of
New York, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee,
warned Tuesday that the U.S. could risk another terrorist attack if
Congress does not act against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
More than 30 killed in Yemen clashes since Monday:
More than 30 people have been killed in Yemen in clashes between Shia
Houthi fighters and army-backed tribesmen. In the latest incident, 11
people were killed in clashes in Hamdan on the northern outskirts of the
capital Sana’a on Tuesday.
Six explosions rock Yemen's capital, fighting set
to intensify: Houthi rebels shelled
by government forces near to President Hadi's residence in the capital
Hamas makes arrests over Gaza mortar fire, as
unity tensions spiral: Hamas keen to
preserve ceasefire with Israel after mortar fire, as the Fatah-Hamas war
of words escalates over migrant tragedy
Report: Snowden Leaked NSA 'Deal' with Israel:
Former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden has accused the US
National Security Agency of routinely passing private, unedited
communications of Americans to Israel, an expert on the intelligence
agency said Wednesday.
Pakistan says air strikes killed 40 militants:
Pakistan’s military said on Wednesday it killed 40 insurgents and
destroyed five of their hideouts in fresh air attacks as part of a major
offensive against the Taliban in the northwest.
14 killed in attack from Afghanistan:
Pakistani troops Tuesday morning repulsed a terrorist attack from
Afghanistan in the North Waziristan Agency, killing 11 terrorists and
apprehending another. Three FC troops were martyred during an exchange
6 Soldiers killed in suicide bombing in Kabul:
A Taliban suicide bombing has killed at least six soldiers, including
three members of the NATO occupation force ISAF, and wounded more than
25 others near the US embassy in Kabul, according to police sources in
Gunmen kill 15 at college in north Nigeria's Kano:
Gunmen stormed a higher education college in northern Nigeria on
Wednesday, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an
attack that killed at least 15 people and wounded 35, police said.
Nine killed, 30 wounded in new clashes in Libya's
Benghazi - medic: Heavy clashes broke
out on Tuesday between a former Libyan general's forces and Islamist
fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least nine people,
Three civilians killed in shelling in Ukraine’s
Donetsk: Three civilians were killed
in renewed shelling in the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine
on Monday despite a ceasefire, the local authority said.
Grim Luhansk wary of Ukraine's shaky truce:
Luhansk is licking its wounds. After a long summer of bombardment by
government forces, it is mourning its dead and slowly coming back to
life. But it is a grim, pessimistic place, full of hardship and queues.
Russia's Lavrov says Ukraine ceasefire holds:
"In general, our assessment and the assessment of colleagues from other
countries is that the ceasefire is holding and that incidents that are
taking place now should diminish," RIA quoted Lavrov as saying in Addis
Russia Yevtushenkov arrest prompts Sistema share
dive: Russian billionaire Vladimir
Yevtushenkov has been placed under house arrest on suspicion of
money-laundering, prompting shares in his company Sistema to plunge. The
Moscow Exchange temporarily restricted trading in Sistema as shares in
the oil and telecom group fell 37%.
Uruguayan President On Gitmo: U.S. 'Made A
Business Out Of That Prison': Mujica
said he would “take responsibility” for “dismantling a human disgrace,”
according to a statement posted to the Uruguayan presidency’s website.
The comments were reported Friday by Latin American media, but not
widely circulated in the English-language press.
Confessions of a drone veteran:
Why using them is more dangerous than the government is telling you
Sony Forecasts $2B Loss as Smartphones Lag:
Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled
dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing
down the value of its troubled smartphone business.
New Record: Pound of Ground Beef Tops $4 for
First Time: In August, the price
index for food rose 0.2 percent, with the average price for a pound of
ground beef rising to $4.013 per pound--the first time it has ever
topped $4 per pound.
U.S. National Debt Surges $1 Trillion In Just 12
Months : The U.S. financial position
continues to deteriorate badly and in the last 12 months has increased
by over $1 trillion dollars.
Number of billionaires hits record high in 2014:
A new survey shows that 155 new billionaires were minted this year,
pushing the total population to a record 2,325 – a 7 percent increase
from 2013. Credit goes to the United States – home to the most
billionaires globally – where 57 new billionaires were recorded this
year, according to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014 released