Washington’s War Against Russia
By Paul Craig Roberts
The US economy is now dependent on looting and plunder, and Washington’s
hegemony is essential to this corrupted form of capitalism.
Isis 'Cannot be Beaten' as Long as There is War
By Patrick Cockburn
Why American air power may be less effective than many imagine.
Another Failed War to Re-arrange The Middle East
By Ramzy Baroud
Experience has taught us that not all “acts of genocide” are created
equal: Some are fabricated, and others are exaggerated.
Obama's ISIS Project is Nothing but a Pretext to
Murder and Destroy Syrian Society
By Dr. Denis G. Rancourt
For Syria, this means complete annihilation of the national defence
forces, and total destruction of civilian infrastructure to bring the
population to its knees and lay siege to any resistance.
Watch the Last Four U.S. Presidents Announce That
We're Bombing Iraq
Did the primetime presidential speech announcing expanding authorization
for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria feel kind of familiar? Like you've
heard it before?
That's probably because you have.
America’s Deadliest Export - Democracy
By William Blum
There must be millions of people in the United States and elsewhere who
have thoughts about ‘terrorist acts.’ I might well be one of them when I
read about a gathering of Bush, Cheney, and assorted neocons that’s
going to take place.
In Case You Missed It
Bin Laden Outlines Plan to Bankrupt U.S. Through
By Demian McLean
``All that we have to do is to send two mujahedeen to the furthest point
East to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaeda, in order to
make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic,
and political losses "
Since 9-11 America's Insane Foreign Policy
Has Killed a Million and Created ISIS
By Nicolas J.S. Davies
A sophisticated propaganda campaign has politically justified 13 years
of systematic U.S. war crimes, exploiting the only too human failing
that George Orwell examined in his 1945 essay, "Notes on Nationalism."
Nation of Cowards
By John Chuckman
What else can you fairly call a people who attack a population of
refugees confined to a small space surrounded on every side by fences
and machine-gun towers.
Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America
By Chris Hedges
We have undergone a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. It is over.
They have won.
The Moment of Truth
Auckland Town Hall meeting to publicize, New Zealand's spying on
Glenn Greenwald, Kim Dotcom, Robert Amsterdam, Julian Assange, and
Why We March - Stepping Forth for a Planet in
By Eddie Bautista, La Tonya Crisp-Sauray, and Bill McKibben
If you were a betting person, perhaps you’d say we have only modest hope
of beating the financial might of the oil and gas barons and the
governments in their thrall.
ISIS executes eight Sunnis in northern Iraq:
ISIS militants publicly executed eight Sunni men in a small northern
Iraqi village at the weekend for allegedly plotting against the group,
an eyewitness from the village told Reuters Sunday.
Car bombing kills 3, injures 15 in Southern
Baghdad: A source within the Iraqi
police force on Monday stated that 3 were killed and 15 wounded by a car
bomb explosion that happened in the Abu Dashir neighborhood in southern
Iraqi Government Accused of Bombing Fallujah
Hospital: A hospital in the Islamic
State-occupied Iraqi city of Fallujah was shelled on Sunday, just one
day after Iraq's prime minister Haider Al-Abadi publicly announced he
would end bombardment of civilian areas.
HRW: Iraq must investigate airstrikes that killed
31 civilians: Rights group calls on
US to ensure that weapons sent to the Iraqi government 'are not being
used to break international law'
No Need for Arab Powers to Strike Islamic State:
Iraq President : Iraq's president
says Arab powers Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia do not
need to join airstrikes against the Islamic State group. President Fouad
Massoum also expressed regret that Iran was not invited to take part in
the 26-nation conference in Paris on Monday to try to counter the
UAE and Saudis offer help in coalition attack on
Isis: “There is a very real
possibility that we could have the Saudi air force bombing targets
inside Syria,” the source said. “That is a remarkable development, and
something the US would be very pleased to see.”
Graham: No U.S. Boots In Syria Is A 'Fantasy':
“This idea that we’re never going to have boots on the ground in Syria
is fantasy. All this has come home to roost after the last three years
of incompetent decisions,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s
delusional in the way they approach this.”
Australia answers US call to join
coalition fighting Islamic State:
Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday a 600-strong force
comprising some 400 airforce personnel and 200 special forces soldiers
would be deployed to a US military base in the United Arab Emirates.
France begins reconnaissance flights over Iraq:
French planes carried out their first reconnaissance flights over Iraq
Monday in support of the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS jihadists.
US will not coordinate airstrikes with Syria as
it hails Arab support: “We will
certainly want to deconflict and make certain that they’re (Syria) not
about to do something that they might regret even more seriously,” Mr
Kerry said in the interview on CBS’s Face the Nation. “But we’re not
going to coordinate, it’s not a cooperative effort.”
17 Jihadists killed in airstrike against their
camp in Syria; At least 17 members of
the jihadist Islamic State died in airstrikes launched by the Syrian
army against an IS training camp in the northeastern part of the country
Austrian teenage girl jihadist 'killed in Syria':
One of a pair of Austrian teenage girls who left Vienna homes in April
to join Syrian jihadists reportedly killed
Report: Obama would "retaliate"
if Syria shoots at US military flights:
If that were to happen, Obama said he would order U.S. forces to destroy
Syria’s air defense system, the Times report said. That scenario could
also lead to Assad’s overthrow, Obama said, according to one Times
Obama sought repeal of Bush war statute now used
to justify Islamic State strikes:
“The AUMF is now nearly 12 years old,” he said. “Unless we discipline
our thinking, our definitions, our actions, we may be drawn into more
wars we don’t need to fight, or continue to grant presidents unbound
powers more suited for traditional armed conflicts between nation
The war on ISIS already has a winner:
The defense industry:
Makers of munitions and unmanned aircraft top the list of private-sector
ISIS war chest grows by an estimated $3M every day:
Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors
for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning
more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft
and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private
25 killed in clashes in northern Yemen:
Yemeni security and tribal officials say at least 25 people were killed
in clashes between Sunni tribesmen affiliated to the country's Muslim
Brotherhood group and Shiite rebels in a northern city.
Yemen's Houthis suspend talks with government:
Yemen's Houthis have suspended their ongoing negotiations with the
government due to what they call the blatant interference of foreign
Bill Clinton strays from Hillary’s Israel script
and knocks Netanyahu: In a
conversation with pro-Palestinian activists in Iowa, the former
president agrees: the Israeli PM won’t make peace 'unless he’s forced
Rebels among 18 killed in Afghan violence:
As many as 18 insurgents were killed and 12 others, including six Afghan
Local police (ALP) personnel, wounded during clashes and an explosion in
different parts of Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.
in Afghan election dispute: president spokesman:
Afghanistan's disputed presidential election inched towards a possible
conclusion Monday with a senior government official hailing a
"breakthrough" in talks between the two candidates, who both claim to
have won the vote.
Pak army kills 15 militants; 3 die in attacks
targeting police: On Monday Pakistani
military choppers pounded militant hideouts and killed 15 insurgents in
the restive North Waziristan tribal region, once considered a bastion of
Taliban fighters, even as three persons died in attacks targeting police
in the country’s northwest.
Three troops killed in strike on army fort in
Pakistan's northeast: Three
paramilitary soldiers were killed when a group of militants launched a
rocket attack on a mountain fort in Pakistan's troubled northwest early
Sunday, security officials said.
Six killed in Ukraine's Donetsk, ceasefire under
strain: Six people were killed in
shelling in Ukraine's rebel-held city of Donetsk on Sunday, municipal
authorities said on Monday. The rebels' main leader in Donetsk on Monday
accused Ukrainian forces of violating the truce repeatedly and suggested
it could not hold much longer.
NATO Countries Are Delivering Arms to Ukraine,
Defense Minister Says: Ukraine's
defense minister has said NATO countries are delivering weapons to his
country to equip it to fight
US and Nato troops begin Ukraine military
exercise: About 1,300 troops from 15
countries - including the US and other Nato members - have begun a
military exercise near Lviv in western Ukraine.
Ukraine President Poroshenko Faces Backlash Over
EU Trade Deal Delay: On Friday,
Ukraine and the EU agreed to put off implementing a landmark trade deal,
which is part of a broader pact aimed at strengthening their ties, after
Moscow threatened trade restrictions that would have crippled Ukraine's
already limping economy.
Argentine Companies Look to Increase Trade with
Russia: Representatives from over 100
Argentine companies will be involved in talks in Russia to increase the
export of goods by the South American country to Russia on Monday and
10 "Militants" Killed, 17 Arrested in Egypt:
Military spokesperson Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said 10 militants
were killed during exchange of fire with the army over the past two
days. He said other that the 17 militants, 183 illegal immigrants were
Soldier killed in Mali land mine blast:
A U.N. military vehicle struck a land mine Sunday in the volatile Kidal
region of northern Mali, killing a Chadian soldier and wounding four
other peacekeepers, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in the West African
Former Libyan general claims new air strike in
western Libya: - Forces loyal to
former Libyan (CIA) army general Khalifa Haftar claimed an air strike on
an armed group near Tripoli on Monday, a senior commander said, in what
would be the first air strikes in western Libya for three weeks.
Libyan PM accuses Qatar of sending planes with
weapons to Tripoli: - Libyan Prime
Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said on Sunday Qatar had sent three military
planes loaded with weapons to a Tripoli airport controlled by an armed
opposition group, accusing a second country of interfering in the
lawless oil producer.
Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie
to life in jail: An Egyptian court
sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's top official Mohammad Badie and 14
others to life in jail Monday on charges of murder and inciting violence
during a protest near Cairo last year.
Up to 500 migrants feared dead after smugglers
'capsize their boat': Migrants say
people smugglers rammed boat after they refused to move to smaller
Snowden: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Isn’t
Telling the Truth About Mass Surveillance:
Let me be clear: any statement that mass surveillance is not performed
in New Zealand, or that the internet communications are not
comprehensively intercepted and monitored, or that this is not
intentionally and actively abetted by the GCSB, is categorically false.
Australian police spend millions on spyware –
WikiLeaks: Police in the Australian
state of New South Wales have spent over $2 million on powerful spy
programs to monitor the smartphones and notebooks of Australian
citizens, according to the latest revelations from WikiLeaks.
Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott governs from
indigenous area: The prime minister,
who is staying in a tent at a site sacred to the local community near
Nhulunbuy on the north-east tip of the Northern Territory, was given a
traditional welcome when he arrived on Sunday.
Global warming is so much worse than we thought.
Here's the chart that proves it: If you've been waiting for the right
moment to freak out about the environment, that time is probably now.
No rain for decades: Stand by for the
‘megadroughts’, scientists warn:
Megadroughts – which are generally defined as lasting 35 years or more –
will become considerably more frequent as global warming increases
temperatures and reduces rainfall in regions already susceptible, warns
Cornell University’s Dr Toby Ault, the author of the new report.
Mexico and Iran to Strengthen Relationship:
Mexican officials travelled to Tehran to meet with Iranian Chancellor
Mohammad Javad Zarif. Mexico and Iran have agreed to strengthen their
relationship in various areas including education and trade.
Ferguson’s massive cover-up: How police
departments are protecting Michael Brown’s killer:
Basic evidence is being kept from the public. And investigators aren't
showing proper zeal to figure out the truth
FBI launches national facial recognition system:
The system is designed to expand biometric identification capabilities
across the country and eventually replace the FBI's current fingerprint
Kohl’s & The Rest of the Retailers are in Deep
Doo Doo: Yesterday, the government
produced retail sales numbers for August that were weak and the
corporate MSM propaganda machine immediately threw up bold headlines
declaring how strong these numbers were.
Unseen Toll: Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past
Debts: A new study provides the
first-ever tally of how many employees lose up to a quarter of their
paychecks over debts like unpaid credit card or medical bills and
US Retirees Owe US$18 Billion in Student Loans:
The U.S. government garnishes the pensions of an increasing number of
retirees to pay their federal student loans.
September 14, 2014
US-backed Rebels and Islamic State sign
By Rebecca Shabad
Free Syrian Army will not join US-led coalition against IS.
ISIS Beheads Briton David Haines
Threatens to Execute Another Briton, Alan Henning
Video - Does Not Include Beheading
The mystery man calls Prime Minister Cameron US Preident Barack Obama's
James Foley Is Not a War Ad
By David Swanson
Try to imagine Foley accepting the use of his killing as propaganda for
Obama Got Trolled by ISIS
- By Ted Rall
ISIS knew Americans would freak out when we saw those beheading videos.
So why’d they post them? Were they stupid? Hell, no.
The Scourge Of War
The Shameless Marketing of Violence
By Bruce Gambrill Foster
We are rapidly devolving the character of our interactions into
kill-or-be-killed, take-no-prisoner, only-the-strong-survive clichés.
A Third Decade of Bombing Iraq
By Nat Parry
Bombing ISIS amounts to attacking a symptom rather than finding a cure.
But the cure would require addressing politically sensitive issues, such
as Israel oppressing Palestinians and Saudi Arabia financing Islamic
extremism. So the U.S. does what it knows best – blowing stuff up.
Hamas does not equal ISIL, no matter what Israel
By Jonathan Cook
Netanyahu has tarred all Palestinians as bloodthirsty Islamic
extremists. And here we reach Israel’s true goal in equating the two
What Is The Solution?
Prince Ea - The World is Coming to an End
More people want 15 seconds of fame
Than a lifetime of meaning and purpose
Because what’s popular is more important than what’s right
Ratings are more important than the truth
Money in Politics and the 'Real' Issues We Face
By Marge Baker
I'm not going to forget on Election Day which senators cast their vote
this week for everyday Americans and which ones cast their vote for
billionaires and corporations.
Syrian airstrike kills 50 IS fighters:
Some 50 fighters of the Islamic State (IS) group were killed on Saturday
by Syrian airstrikes against a training camp in the eastern province of
Deir al-Zour, the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported.
Syria Warns US About Consequences of Unilateral
Attacks : Deputy Foreign Minister
Faisal Mekdad today reaffirmed that any attack against the Syrian
territory with the pretext of fighting terrorism without the
Government''s approval will be considered an aggression.
Do not launch air strikes on Syria, Russia warns
Obama: Responding to the plan for an
offensive Russia warned that air strikes against militants in Syria
would be a "gross violation" of international law.
US airstrikes in Syria 'act of war': Former CIA
analyst: “The United States is not at
war with Syria [and] to attack Syrian territory as they’re planning on
doing is an act of war and in fact to do it in this fashion is a war
Canada signs up for Washington’s new Mideast war:
With the full support of the country’s ruling business elite, Canada has
joined the new “coalition of the willing” that US imperialism has
organized to wage war in Iraq, Syria and beyond.
Iran says US seeks to topple Assad with anti-IS
strikes: Iran warns the United States
against attacking Assad's forces 'on the pretext of fighting against the
Islamic State' in Syria.
Syrians attacked in Lebanon after soldiers
killed: Syrian refugee Ibrahim Abbas
Ali and his family awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of
gunfire outside their tent in Lebanon, and for a second time they raced
off into the fields, fleeing a war that now seems to have followed them
across the border.
How Serious a Threat Is ISIS?:
Analysis - U.S.
officials say the extremist group could harm the homeland. But does the
danger justify another military campaign in the Middle East?
Kurdish forces kill 25 IS militants in Iraq:
The bodies of 25 Islamic State (IS) militants killed in an ambush by
Kurdish forces were found near this city in northern Iraq, a Kurdish
political leader said
Iraq's speaker warns of civilian deaths from US
air strikes: - Iraq's parliament
speaker Salim al-Jabouri has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that
air strikes on Islamic State should not kill civilians, the speaker said
to Reuters in an interview.
Iraqi Government's illegal barrel bombing of civilian areas 'to
be stopped': The new Prime Minister,
Haider al-Abadi, ordered a stop to air strikes on civilian populations
on Saturday to comply with conditions set by moderate Sunni Muslim
tribal leaders supporting the Government’s military campaign.
Hamas calls for implementing 'national unity'
deal: The exiled leader of the
Palestinian movement Hamas called for the implementation of a unity
agreement with Fatah on Friday, dismissing as untrue charges by
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas that it was running a "shadow
government" in Gaza.
Univ. of Illinois Challenged on Pro-Israel
Donor’s Role in Salaita Firing; The
board of trustees of the University of Illinois voted Thursday to reject
the appointment of Steven Salaita as dozens of student and faculty
supporters of the professor packed the meeting room at the
What if a Muslim comic said about Jews what Joan
Rivers said about Palestinians?: It’s
the the U.S. media and entertainment establishment’s blind spots about
its own prejudice and callousness that shocks me in the aftermath of
Joan River’s death.
Muslim Brotherhood Says Qatar Ousted Its Members:
An Egyptian leader of the Muslim Brotherhood said Saturday that several
of the group’s prominent members had been asked to leave Qatar, in an
apparent concession to a campaign by other Persian Gulf monarchies to
pressure Qatar away from its support for the group.
100 Boko Haram militants killed after Nigerian
army 'repels' attack on key city: The
Nigerian army says it has killed more than 100 Boko Haram militants,
repelling an attack in the north-eastern Borno state. The Islamist group
has taken over a series of towns and villages in recent weeks and
militants appeared on the verge of claiming the city of Maiduguri, the
Borno state capital.
Secret Intelligence Report Links Ex-Governor Sheriff, Chad
President to Boko Haram Sponsorship:
New facts showing stronger links between former governor of Borno state,
Ali Modu Sheriff, and the Boko Haram sect have emerged, further fuelling
suggestions the ex-governor is a major financier of the terrorist sect.
Foreigners urged to leave:
Egypt and several western states on Sunday urged their citizens to leave
Libya amid spiralling violence after two weeks of fighting in the
capital Tripoli left 97 people dead.
High alert in Uganda after terror plot foiled, US
issues warning: Hotels and public
places have been closed in Kampala, Uganda, after local authorities said
that they had uncovered a terrorist plot by a Somali militant group. The
US embassy warned its nationals to stay indoors as the
"counter-terrorist" action continues.
15 Taliban Insurgents Killed in Kunar:
At least 15 Taliban insurgents and an Afghan soldier were killed in
crossfire's when the insurgents attacked several Afghan military forces
outposts in eastern Kunar province early Saturday, local officials said.
US kills 7 PEOPLE on Pak-Afghan border:
The US drone fired a couple of missiles on a compound near Komal village
of Paktika province of Afghanistan.
Explosions, shattered nerves mark Ukraine truce:
- Sleeping in cellars, listening nervously for the next artillery
attack, and too poor even to flee: welcome to the reality of Ukraine's
ceasefire for residents of rebel-held Makiivka.
Ukraine forces 'repel rebels in Donetsk airport':
All Saturday morning gunfire was heard from the area, controlled by
government forces despite rebel victories in the rest of the eastern
E.Ukraine’s Lugansk to start distributing Russian
aid Monday, trucks return home: The
last truck from Russia’s second humanitarian aid convoy to the Eastern
Ukrainian city of Lugansk has returned home after delivering its cargo.
Russian Retaliation Begins: Gazprom "Limiting EU
Gas", Cuts Poland Supplies By 24% In Past Two Days:
Putin will now have no choice but to really ramp up the retaliatory
escalation, which following the food ban can only mean one thing: a
staggered reduction in gas flow to Europe.
EU seeks billions of euros to revive economy:
The European Union sought ways on Saturday to marshal billions of euros
into its sluggish economy without getting deeper into debt, casting the
net wide to consider options from a pan-European capital market to a
huge investment fund.
Jackal Stone brings elite forces together in Germany:
U.S. special operations forces and partners from nine other countries
began a major exercise in Baumholder, Germany, on Friday as part of an
effort to forge closer ties between the U.S. and Europe’s most elite
Glenn Greenwald rattles New Zealand with ‘spying’
claims: US journalist Glenn
Greenwald, who broke the story on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, said
New Zealand officials are spying on their citizens, a charge that has
provoked a harsh response from NZ Prime Minister John Key.
Despite Obama’s Pledge to Curb It, NSA Mass
Surveillance Wins Rubber Stamp: Mass
surveillance just earned another 90-day blank check, nine months after
President Obama promised to rein in the NSA’s spying powers.
Pope says conflicts may amount to 'third war':
Head of Catholic Church talks of a "piecemeal" Third World War as he
pays a visit to Italy's largest war memorial.
Sotloff's parents told they could be prosecuted
for paying ransom to IS: Statement
from journalist's family follows comment by James Foley's mother about
World Bank warns of global jobs crisis:
The world is facing a global jobs crisis that is hurting the chances of
reigniting economic growth and there is no magic bullet to solve the
problem, the World Bank warned on Tuesday.
American credit-card debt hits a post-recession
high: Americans added $28.2 billion
to their credit cards in the second quarter of 2014, the largest amount
in the last six years and nearly 200% more than in the second quarter of
40 million Americans now have student loan debt:
On average, borrowers are carrying roughly four student loans each, up
from less than three in 2008. Meanwhile, the average balance has
increased to $29,000 from $23,000.
West Virginia cop caught threatening woman
filming rough arrest of terminally ill man:
Video -Bane was charged with battery on an officer, disorderly conduct
and obstruction of justice. But his nephew, Josh Bane, said in a
statement to the Free Thought Project that he actually suffers from
Huntington’s Disease, which he described as being “very similar to
Double Standard: After Going Easy on Ray Rice,
Prosecutor Torments Single Mom:
County prosecutor in New Jersey, who is going easy on NFL player Ray
Rice for violently attacking his girlfriend, he’s throwing the book at a
single mother of two for having the wrong paperwork on her gun.
September 13, 2014
Obama Declares War on Syria
Why the Real Target is Assad Not ISIS
By Mike Whitney
This is pure demagoguery, the likes of which we haven’t heard since
Bush’s ”The Axis of Evil” speech.
Neocons Revive Syria ‘Regime Change’ Plan
By Robert Parry
President Obama plans to violate international law by launching
airstrikes inside Syria without that government’s consent, even though
Syria might well give it.
The Forever War
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Obama wants Congress to appropriate $500 million to train and arm those
doctors and pharmacists and send them into battle against an army of
jihadist terrorists who just bit off one-third of Iraq.
Mickey Mouse and Genghis Khan
Here’s Another Force of Evil to be ‘Vanquished’
By Robert Fisk
One can see how difficult these lessons in Middle East history must be
for the average American
News Organizations Finally Realize Obama’s War
Plan Is a Hot Mess
By Dan Froomkin
Rudderless and without a compass, the American ship of state continues
to drift, guns blazing.
Will NATO Liberate Jihadistan?
By Pepe Escobar
The Caliph is not exactly quaking in his Made-in-USA desert boots.
NATO Loses Ukraine
By Margaret Kimberley
“Peace is the last thing that the Nobel Peace Prize winning president
wants to see.”
Say ‘No’ to War and Media Propaganda
By Mairead Maguire
We are at a dangerous point in our history of the human family and it
would be the greatest of tragedies for ourselves and our children if we
simply allowed the war profiteers to take us into a third world war.
Scotland: Vote Yes for World Peace
By Finian Cunningham
The breaking up of the United Kingdom would be an imminently good thing
for the sake of world peace.
Our Terrorist In Chief
Video And Lyrics By David Rovics
It's September 11th and Obama gave a speech
On the War on Terror and its mighty reach
The arm of the law is long and victory will be ours
As long as we cooperate with certain powers.
The End of History?
By Noam Chomsky
The short, strange era of human civilization would appear to be drawing
to a close.
80 Boko Haram fighters killed in Nigeria's
Konduga?: Some 80 Boko Haram fighters
were reportedly killed on Friday in clashes with army troops in
Nigeria's troubled northeastern Borno State, a top military source has
Syrian air raids 'kill 42 near Damascus':
Syrian government air raids on a rebel-held area near Damascus killed 42
people, including seven children, a monitoring group said Friday, giving
an updated toll.
U.S. Bypasses Security Council on Impending
Invasion of Syria:
Analysis - The U.N.
Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to
declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the
widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine,
Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine.
Syria airstrikes need boots on the ground, AF
officer says: U.S. special operations
forces will be needed on the ground in Syria to make the expanded air
war President Obama has ordered there more effective, a senior Air Force
commander told USA TODAY.
Analysis: Ignore What You Preach? : US to Bomb
Syria without Damascus' Approval :
Video - Syrian leaders say American strikes in their country will be
considered an act of aggression. On Wednesday Barack Obama announced a
broad US air assault on Islamic State jihadists inside both Syria and
IS has 20,000-31,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria:
CIA: Among those in Syria are 15,000
foreign fighters including 2,000 Westerners, some of whom have joined
IS, a US intelligence official told AFP.
Congress may finally vote to arm Syrian rebels:
"It is increasingly impossible to sort out the so-called vetted moderate
rebels from the truly bad rebels," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., the
chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations panel on Europe, said in a
Sept. 11 floor speech.
Obama's New War on ISIS May Be
Illegal: Legal experts were shocked
to learn Wednesday that the Obama administration wants to rely on that
2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force against al Qaeda for the
new ISIS war.
‘Vetted Moderate’ Free Syrian Army Commander
Admits Alliance with ISIS: The Daily
Star in Lebanon quoted a FSA brigade commander saying that his forces
were working with the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s
official Syrian affiliate — both U.S.-designated terrorist organizations
— near the Syrian/Lebanon border.
Why Turkey Is Sitting Out the ISIS War:
Ankara’s position recalls its refusal in 2003 to allow the deployment of
U.S. ground troops for the attack on Saddam Hussein’s forces in Iraq.
That reluctance later seemed prudent.
Obama speech evokes mixed reactions in Middle
East: A primetime presidential
address aimed at uniting the American people in the fight against the
Islamic State (IS) appears to have had the opposite effect in the Middle
US opposes Iran's presence at French-hosted
conference on Iraq: Accusing Iran of
being “a state sponsor of terror” and backing Syria’s brutal regime,
Kerry said it would be inappropriate for Iranian officials to join an
Iraq conference in Paris on Monday to discuss how to curb a jihadist
movement that has seized a third of both Iraq and Syria.
Syrian troops capture key central town:
By retaking the town of Helfaya in Hama province, troops will be better
positioned to defend nearby Christian and Alawite communities that
support President Bashar Assad.
17 killed in bomb blast attacks in Iraq:
Car bombs in three Shiite cities south of Baghdad and an explosion in
the capital have killed 17 people.
Analysis: PA 'balking' at war crimes probe:
After a document obtained by Al Jazeera revealed the Palestinian
Authority (PA) has stalled the launch of a formal investigation into
alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza, Palestinian legal and human rights
experts remain dubious that the PA ever truly intended to join the
International Criminal Court (ICC).
Israeli soldiers from elite wire-tapping unit refuse to use
'extortion', 'blackmail' on Palestinians:
Soldiers from Israeli's elite wire-tapping unit are refusing to spy on
Palestinians in a rebuke to prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Nine Taliban Insurgents Killed in Afghan Army's
Operations: At least nine Taliban
militants were killed and 13 others were injured during an operation led
by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in Kohistanat district of
Sar-e-Pul province, local officials said.
NATO Occupation Force Soldier Killed in
Afghanistan: The soldier identity is
not clear yet, but during security patrolling lost his life in the south
of the country.
Abdullah Abdullah threatens protests over
disputed election: A powerful backer
of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said on Thursday his
supporters would launch street protests and occupy government buildings
if they were unhappy with the outcome of a disputed election.
Pakistan: Blast leaves one dead 13 injured in
Quetta: A man was killed and over
dozen others injured in a blast apparently targeting a vehicle of a
paramilitary force in Satellite Town area of the provincial capital on
Russia slams the West over Ukraine sanctions:
Russian ruble sinks as Lavrov says Western sanctions hurt the chances of
a lasting peace in eastern Ukraine.
Russia to appeal against US, EU sanctions to WTO:
Russia considers the latest round of Western sanctions illegal and is
ready to appeal against them to the World Trade Organization (WTO),
Russian Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukaev told reporters on Friday.
Putin: West Makes Use of Ukrainian Crisis to
Destabilize International Situation:
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that the West uses the
crisis in Ukraine to destabilize the international situation, while the
country itself is of no interest to anyone.
First trucks of Russia’s second Ukraine aid
convoy cross border: The first trucks had passed
through Russia’s ‘Donetsk’ checkpoint into the buffer zone shortly
before midnight on Friday, local customs spokesman Rayan Farukshin told
End Of Empire - The 'De-Dollarization' Chart That
China And Russia Are Banking On :
China’s economy will overtake America’s in purchasing power terms within
the next few years. The US is now no longer the world’s sole economic
superpower and indeed its share of world output (on a PPP basis) has
slipped below the 20% level which we have seen was a useful sign
historically of a single dominant economic superpower.
China, Russia reported to build huge seaport in
North Asia: China and Russia are to
build one of the largest ports in northeast Asia on Russia's Sea of
Japan coast, Chinese media reports. It is the latest step by Beijing and
Moscow to bring their economies closer, and diversify from Western
James Foley's mother claims she was threatened with PROSECUTION
if family paid ransom: 'As an
American I'm embarrassed and appalled'
‘National security’ follow-up: Turkey’s Erdogan
signs law to have users’ browsing history stored for 2 years:
The Turkish President has further tightened
government control of the internet as he approved a law that lets the
country’s telecoms authority block sites as it deems necessary and
forces hosting providers to store users’ browsing history for two years.
Yahoo $250,000 daily fine over NSA data refusal
was set to double 'every week': The
US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it refused to
hand over user data to the National Security Agency, according to court
documents unsealed on Thursday.
'His hands were up!'
New footage shows Ferguson witnesses reacting to teen's
Living near fracking sites deteriorates health -
study: Those who live in close
proximity to fracking sites exhibited a greater likelihood to suffer
skin and respiratory problems than those who lived farther away from
natural gas wells, according to a new study of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus
Stock Ownership at 18-Year Low, Stocks at
All-Time High. How?: Video - The S&P
500 index is near a record high yet the U.S. has the lowest level of
stock ownership since 1995. What explains the lofty market prices? See a
chart that provides insight.
Marc Faber: McDonald’s tells us why the market
will collapse: Marc Faber has long
predicted that a collapse in U.S. stocks is coming. On Thursday he
reiterated that call, saying there is fresh evidence that a bear market
is ahead—courtesy of the Golden Arches.
More car owners fall behind on auto loan payments:
The auto loan delinquency rate — borrowers who are at least 60 days
behind on their loans — rose to 0.95% in the second quarter, up more
than 9% from 0.87% the same quarter a year ago, reports TransUnion, the
big credit bureau.
America's Poor, Deeper in Debt Than Ever:
As of 2013, the debts of the quarter of families with the lowest net
worth stood at about 156 percent of pretax income, according to the Fed
data. That's more than in 2007, before the financial crisis hit. It's
also more than any of the wealthier groups -- something that hadn't
happened before 2010.
September 12, 2014
Breaking The Last Taboo
Gaza and the Threat of World War
By John Pilger
The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity
under siege and a warning that the threat of a new world war is growing
by the day.
What I Saw and Experienced In Gaza
By Mustafa Barghouti
t me tell you frankly, after all these days and all this suffering, I
have no patience for diplomatic talk.
Obama Takes Hypocrisy to New High Levels
By Alan Hart
"From Europe to Asia, from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn
capitals of the Middle East, we stand for freedom, for justice, for
How the West Created the Islamic State
… With a Little Help From Our Friends
By Nafeez Ahmed
The Third Iraq War has begun. With it, longstanding neocon dreams to
partition Iraq into three along ethnic and religious lines have been
Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS
By Phyllis Bennis
As horrifying as the beheading of the two U.S. journalists was, revenge
is never a good basis for foreign policy.
Reporter in Iraq: There Are Already US Boots on
By Susan Jones
"They are troops who are staying away from reporters, they are embedded
with local fighters,"
US, Israel Main Patrons of ISIL - Iranian
"The criminal US created, equipped and armed the ISIL terrorist group"
Pity the Syrian Children
Report From The Front Line In Syria
By Dr Declan Hayes
Syrian adults will be as seriously flawed as the Free Syrian Army rebels
who raped Kasab and who brought their little children along for the
entertainment of watching innocent Christians being beheaded.
The US and Global Wars: Empire or Vampire?
By James Petras
The US claims to ‘world leadership’ is based exclusively on failed-state
Governments Around the World Admit, They Use False
“False flag terrorism” is defined as a government attacking its own
people, then blaming others in order to justify going to war against the
people it blames.
Warning to War Supporters
By David Swanson
Nobody thinks well when they’re scared. That’s why the government likes
to scare you. That’s why your hearing all this nonsense about ISIS
coming to your neighborhood.
Obama ISIS Speech Depresses Nation
By Peter Van Buren
Following Obama’s address to the nation Wednesday, America’s
psychiatrists and liquor stores stocked up on anti-depressants and
massive amounts of alcohol. States allowing for legal marijuana report
17 killed in bomb blast attacks:
Police officials said a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in the
Shiite city of Diwaniyah, killing six people and wounding 16.
Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Iraq should not
cooperate with 'occupiers': "We wish
for Iraq to cooperate with the neighbouring countries and its allies,
but not with the occupiers," said Sadr,
Russia warns US against strikes on Islamic State
in Syria: A Russian foreign ministry
spokesman said any such action, without the backing of the UN, would be
"an act of aggression".
Germany, Britain say won't take part in anti-ISIS
airstrikes in Syria: "To quite clear,
we have not been asked to do so and neither will we do so," German
Foreign Minister: His British counterpart Philip Hammond said "Let me be
clear: Britain will not be taking part in any air strikes in Syria. We
have already had that discussion in our parliament last year and we
won't be revisiting that position."
Syria : Rebels release Fijian UN peacekeepers:
Forty-five Fijian UN peacekeepers
captured by an al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group in the Syrian Golan
Heights have been released, the UN says.
No current intelligence Islamic
State plotting attacks on U.S.: Homeland Security:
There is no current intelligence suggesting Islamic State militants are
plotting attacks on the U.S., Homeland Security officials told Congress
on Wednesday, but they acknowledged the dangers of a terrorist trying to
sneak across a porous southern border or a lone wolf attack inspired by
the insurgents’ advances in Iraq and Syria.
Four Hezbollah fighters killed near Lebanese
border village: At least four
Hezbollah fighters were killed overnight Wednesday during clashes with
jihadists on the outskirts of a Lebanese border village in the Bekaa
Valley, security sources told The Daily Star Thursday.
US kills 4 people in Yemen:
A drone strike in Yemen’s south killed four Al Qaeda "suspects" on
Thursday, a local government official told reporters.
Is the PA stalling Gaza war
crimes probe?: The Palestinian
Authority has so far prevented the launch of a formal investigation into
the alleged war crimes committed by Israel and Palestinian factions
during the 50-day Gaza war last July and August, according to officials
at the International Criminal Court.
HRW: Israel likely to have committed Gaza war
crimes: The New York-based rights
watchdog said in a statement that in three cases it examined, Israel
caused "numerous civilian casualties in violation of the laws of war."
Hamas opens door to direct negotiations with
Israel: Senior official says direct
negotiations aren't forbidden under sharia law; Fatah suggests Hamas
seeks to position itself as alternative to PLO.
Afghanistan: Nine Taliban Insurgents Killed in
ANSF Operations: At least nine
Taliban militants were killed and 13 others were injured during an
operation led by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in
Kohistanat district of Sar-e-Pul province
Afghan Presidential Candidate Reaffirms
Commitment to Unity Government: Ghani
defeated his rival Abdullah Abdullah in a run-off election in July, but
Abdullah refuted the outcome of the election and demanded an audit. The
audit, which has been overseen by U.S. and foreign observers, appears
likely to show that Ghani did indeed win the election.
Latest Russia sanctions will take effect Friday,
EU says: Russia said it will respond
to Western sanctions with equal strength, and last week Prime Minister
Dmitry Medvedev said that closing Russian airspace to European airlines
was an option being considered.
Russia reduces gas exports to Poland:
Russia's gas supplies to Poland have dropped by 45%, Poland's state gas
firm PGNiG says, amid tensions over Ukraine. The news came just hours
after Poland stopped providing gas to Ukraine through "reverse-flow"
Russia, China in talks to make alternative to
SWIFT — deputy PM: Russia and China
are discussing setting up a system of interbank transactions which will
become an analogue to International banking transaction system SWIFT,
First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov told PRIME on Wednesday after
negotiations in Beijing.
5 killed as Libyan bloodshed continues:
Special forces commander Fadhil al-Hasi told Reuters on Wednesday that
militants belonging to a group called Majlis al-Shoura had attacked an
army checkpoint in Benghazi on Tuesday, killing five soldiers.
Egyptian civilian killed in Sinai shooting;
An Egyptian civilian was shot and killed by unidentified assailants
Thursday, taking the number of people killed in 24 hours up to three, a
security source told Aswat Masriya news website.
Militants 'surround' Nigeria city:
Nigeria's militant Islamists have "completely surrounded" Maiduguri, the
main city in north-eastern Borno state, traditional elders have warned.
A Justice Department Memo Provides the CIA's
Legal Justification to Kill a US Citizen:
"This white paper sets forth the legal basis upon which the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) could use lethal force in Yemen against a
United States citizen who senior officials reasonably determined was a
senior leader of al-Qaida or an associated force of al-Qaida."
Who own your politician?
U.S. Billionaires Political Power Index:
Darrell West's U.S. Billionaires Political Power Index is a ranking of
the top U.S. billionaires in terms of overall political power. There are
a number of existing rankings that rate the net worth of billionaires,
but no one has assessed their overall political influence.
Man Tries to Inform Cops that his Son is
Autistic, So he is Assaulted, Tased, and Arrested:
Video - All charges have been dropped against Roy Sherman, the man who
was tased, arrested and charged with assaulting a deputy, all for trying
to inform officers his son was autistic during a routine traffic stop in
Marion County, Florida CopWatch reports.
September 11, 2014
President Obama Speech on US War Strategy Fight
Video and Transcript
"I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as
Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten
America, you will find no safe haven." Continue
Don’t Listen to Media Hawks About the Islamic
By Malcolm Harris
Whether reluctant or gung-ho, they lost all credibility in the Iraq War.
A U.S. Strategy Against the Islamic State
The American strategy is fixed: Allow powers in the region to compete
and balance against each other. When that fails, intervene with as
little force and risk as possible. For example, the conflict between
Iran and Iraq canceled out two rising powers until the war ended.
U.S. Meddling Dims Prospects for Peace
Uncle Sam Does Ukraine
By Mike Whitney
What Obama and his lieutenants really want is “to break up Russia,
subjugate its economic space, and establish control over the resources
of the giant Eurasian continent.
Mapping a New World Order: The World After World
By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
The end goal of the US and NATO is to divide (balkanize) and pacify (finlandize)
the world’s biggest country, the Russian Federation, and to even
establish a blanket of perpetual disorder (somalization) over its vast
The Ukraine Crisis Remains Unresolved
By Paul Craig Roberts
This would bring an end to Washington’s assault on Russia.
Obama Threatens War on Humanity
By Stephen Lendman
Destroying countries to save them. Raping and pillaging them. Stealing
their resources. Exploiting their people.
The Zionist-Anglo-Saxon caliphate vs the BRICS
By Peter Koenig
The western Zionist-Anglo-Saxon controlled financial system has the same
objective of Full Spectrum Dominance, as does the supreme caliphate and
U.S.-U.K. Genocide Against Iraq Killed 3.3
By Sherwood Ross
Approximately 3.3 million Iraqis, including 750,000 children, were
“exterminated” by economic sanctions and/or illegal wars conducted by
the U.S. and Great Britain between 1990 and 2012, an eminent
international legal authority says.
Criticize Israel At Your Own Risk
By Mitchell Plitnick
Enough with the false allegations of anti-Semitism.
9/11 After 13 years
By Paul Craig Roberts
Americans remain comfortable with the fact that their government has
destroyed in whole or part seven countries based on a lie Washington
told to cover up an inside job.
Resistance is Futile:
The Violent Cost of Challenging the American Police State
By John W. Whitehead
This is a battlefield, a war zone—if you will—governed by martial law
and disguised as a democracy.
Remembering Eugene V. Debs’ Imprisonment for
Speaking Against War
By Adam Dick
"I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a
sycophant and coward in the streets."
Obama orders Syria airstrikes:
President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he will launch airstrikes in
Syria against the Islamic State and expand strikes in Iraq, pledging a
U.S.-led coalition to destroy the militants “wherever they exist,” as he
expanded the U.S. role in an armed conflict he spent years trying to
A look at Obama's 4-point plan to 'ultimately
destroy' Islamic State terror group;
“I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our
country, wherever they are,” the president said from the White House.
The Four Most-Depressing Moments in Obama’s
Speech: Somalia and Yemen are
successes? Good lord.