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Israel Reconsiders Military Action Against Iran
By Jerusalem Post
Whether Israel still has the ability to strike Iran, without American
assistance, is an open question.
How The U.S. And Israel Support Al-Qaeda in South
By Moon Of Alabama
When the Obama administration said it bombed the "Khorasan group" in
north Syria experts wondered what that meant. There was and is no such
ISIS – Fighting The Modern Wahabis
By Eric Margolis
ISIS uses the idiom of Islam, but it’s a bloodthirsty mob of enraged
young men who understand little about Islam.
All-Out War in Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’
By James Petras
There are clear signs that a major war is about to break out in Ukraine:
Biden in Kiev on US Regime-Change Victory Tour
By Finian Cunningham
In spite of a dearth of evidence, Western governments, NATO and the
Western mainstream media continue to assert that Moscow is the guilty
party for the conflict in Ukraine.
West 'Seeks Russia Regime Change' Lavrov
The West doesn’t want to change Russia’s policies. They want a regime
change. Practically nobody denies that”
Washington Plays Russian Roulette
By Pepe Escobar
So the logic of escalation is on. The economically devastated EU is a
joke; the only thing that counts for the US is NATO.
Readers Comments Show anti-Putin Propaganda Not
By Mike Whitney
Readers Comments Show anti-Putin Propaganda Not Working.
In Israel, Only Jewish Blood Shocks Anyone
By Gideon Levy
Murder by ax is more appalling than murder by rifle.
The US War Industry
Blazing The Terrorism Trail
By CJ Werleman
There are “more than 1,200 government organisations and nearly
2,000 private companies working on counterterrorism, homeland security,
and intelligence programs,”
Obedience is the True Character Flaw
By Paul Street
We can and must reverse the prevalent establishment psychological
messaging on radical dissent and mass obedience
Up to 80 people killed by suspected Ugandan
rebels in Congo: group: Suspected
Ugandan ADF-NALU rebels have killed between 50 and 80 people in attacks
near the eastern Congolese town of Beni, slitting the throats of many of
their victims, local sources and witnesses said on Friday.
28 people killed in Kenya bus attack:
Al-Shabab fighters from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya's north and
killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the
rest of the passengers, police officials said.
Children 'killed and snatched by Mali rebels':
Suspected al-Qaeda-linked rebels have kidnapped 10 children and killed
two others who tried to escape near two towns in Mali, capping a week of
violence in the West African country's desert north, a senior Malian
military official said.
Plague outbreak kills 40 in Madagascar:
WHO warns of deadly disease spreading in densely populated capital city
with weak healthcare system.
Islamic State kills at least 25 Iraqi tribesmen
near Ramadi: officials: Islamic State
militants have killed at least 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe in a
village on the eastern edge of the provincial capital Ramadi, local
officials said on Saturday, in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to
the radical Islamists.
Iraq: ISIL launches fierce assault on Iraq's
Ramadi: Major offensive under way in
capital of Anbar, where only a few small areas of province remain under
government control. Tens of Iraqi soldiers had been abducted near Ramadi
while at least 20 Iraqi soldiers and eight ISIL fighters had been killed
in the fighting.
Iraqi forces repel Islamic State attack on Ramadi:
The Islamic State offensive, which began on Friday, was described as the
militants' most ambitious effort yet to seize Ramadi, about 95
kilometres west of the capital, Baghdad. Islamic State has controlled
parts of Ramadi and environs for months.
U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with
AK-47s, RPGs, mortars: The United
States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s,
rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle
against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a
Pentagon document prepared for Congress.
A breakdown of all the weapons the U.S. wants to
give Iraq to fight militants: Top
U.S. officials said earlier this month that they would ask Congress to
spend $1.6 billion in fiscal 2015 to help equip security forces across
Iraq. A new Defense Department document outlines what that money will go
Islamic State stockpiles silver, gold to make own
currency: The Islamic State is
accumulating gold, silver and copper in markets throughout northern and
western Iraq, dealers report, in an apparent effort to stockpile enough
precious metal to follow through on a pledge to mint its own currency.
U.S. has killed 910 people in Syria: monitor:
Air strikes by U.S.-led forces in Syria have killed 910 people,
including 52 civilians, since the start of the campaign against Islamic
State and other fighters two months ago, a group monitoring the conflict
said on Saturday.
12 Syrian soldiers killed near Damascus - SOHR:
At least 12 Syrian soldiers and pro-government militiamen were killed in
battles against Al-Nusra Front and other Islamist opposition groups in
Zabdean town, eastern Ghouta, on the rural outskirts of Damascus on
Russia accuses US of seeking to topple Assad:
Russia on Saturday said the US-led operation against Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists in Syria could be a guise for trying to
“surreptitiously” topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.
Bashar al-Assad Says 'Real' Cooperation Needed to
Crush Islamic State: "Terrorist
groups, led by IS, did not emerge from nothing but are the fruit of the
mistaken and aggressive policies of those who have waged war on Syria,"
state news agency SANA quoted him as saying.
Revealed: UK ‘mercenaries’ fighting Islamic State
terrorist forces in Syria:
The Britons appear to have been recruited
by an American called Jordan Matson on behalf of the “Lions of Rojava”,
which is run by the Kurdish YPG movement and whose Facebook page urges
people to join and help “send [the] terrorists to hell and save
Al-Qaeda in Yemen denounces ISIS:
Yemen's Al-Qaeda branch has denounced
ISIS for declaring a caliphate on territory it seized in Syria and Iraq
and its plans to further expand its area of control.
Iran: Nuclear deal impossible before deadline:
A member of Iranian negotiating team in Vienna told an Iranian news
agency that Iran and the six main powers involved in the high-level
talks in the Austrian capital were discussing the possibility of
extending negations if the parties failed to arrive to an agreement
43 US Senators 'Alarmed' by Reports of Obama-Iran
Nuke Deal: Scathing letter by
Republican senators warns Obama against plans to circumvent Congress on
a deal with Iran.
Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian protests
across West Bank: Israeli forces
opened fire and injured dozens of Palestinians across the West Bank on
Friday, as hundreds marched in a number of cities and villages in
protest against the Israeli occupation and recent Israeli violence in
occupied East Jerusalem.
Abbas warns Israel against 'religious war':
His comments came as Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian protesters
in the occupied West Bank, amid growing fears that Israel wants to
change the status quo at Jerusalem's Haram al-Sharif by allowing Jewish
Israeli mayor bans Arab workers from his city,
prompts outrage: The mayor of Israeli
city Ashkelon, Itamar Shimoni, has imposed a partial ban on employing
Arab-Israeli workers in his city
Majority of Jews in Israel support Ashkelon
mayor's decision to ban Arab workers:
A poll shows that a majority of Jews in Israel back Ashkelon Mayor
Itamar Shimoni's decision to ban Arab workers from constructing bomb
shelters in city kindergartens, Israel media reported.
Protesters clash with Bahraini forces, call
election ‘farce’ (PHOTOS, VIDEO):
Security forces in Bahrain have engaged anti-regime protesters with tear
gas as crowds of activists across the nation attempted to block the
streets in protest against parliamentary elections which they see as
farce and sham.
3 Afghan soldiers martyred following IED attack
in past 24 hours: Afghan armyAt least
three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following
roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack.
Obama signs order expanding U.S.
war on Afghanistan: NYT: U.S.
President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing a broader
military mission in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, the New
York Times reported on Saturday.
Afghanistan parliament approves US, NATO
agreements: Afghanistan's parliament
has approved a bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington
allowing international troops to remain in the country past the end of
3 killed as Ukraine accuses Russia of
cross-border shelling: One government
soldier was killed and 18 others wounded in confrontation with rebels,
according to the press service of the Ukrainian military operation. In
addition, two civilians were killed in eastern Ukraine in the past day,
the press service said
Kiev says Russia has 7,500 troops in Ukraine:
Russia has 7,500 troops in the east of the country, where pro-Moscow
separatists have been fighting government troops for months, Ukraine's
defense minister said.
UK troops in largest armored deployment in
Eastern Europe for six years: Britain
is carrying out its largest armored deployment in Eastern Europe for six
years, in a joint exercise with Poland to reassure it in the wake of
Russia's (alledged) intervention in Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense
said on Friday.
Joe Biden retreats from angry crowd in Ukraine:
Vice President Joseph R. Biden retreated from an angry crowd in Kiev
Friday when his Secret Service agents decided the situation was not
Chinese diplomat declares support for Russia's
approach toward Ukraine: China
supports Russia's position on measures aimed at overcoming the Ukrainian
crisis, says Gui Congyou, acting director-general of the Chinese Foreign
Ministry Department of European-Central Asian Affairs.
US, Canada & Ukraine vote against Russia’s
anti-Nazism resolution at UN: UN
General Assembly’s Third Committee passed a Russia-proposed resolution
condemning attempts to glorify Nazism ideology and denial of German Nazi
war crimes. The US, Canada and Ukraine were the only countries to vote
On The Looming Wall Of Chinese Defaults,
Restructuring Firm Warns "You Know It's Coming":
The news this week of China's largest corporate bankruptcy - Haixin Iron
& Steel Group - amid crashing iron ore and steel priceswas followed by
analysts noting it "will be followed by others
Petitioning Save the Children: Rescind or
apologise for giving an award to Tony Blair.
Tony Blair was jointly responsible for starting an illegal war. Had he
been a "Third World Despot" he would almost certainly have been charged
with war crimes.
UK Security Enforced Media Blackout of Government
Child Abuse: Two British newspaper
bosses claim that national security services prevented them from
publishing allegations of a government pedophile ring in the 1980s on
the grounds that it was intelligence that might damage national
UK police spied on reporters for years, docs
show: Freelance video journalist
Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown
paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his
life laid out in shocking detail.
UK: New web data powers plan for police:
A law forcing communications firms to keep details that could help
identify criminals using the internet is being planned by the home
UK paved way for Sweden’s new demand for
Assange’s extradition: The decision
of the Stockholm Appeals Court to uphold the arrest warrant issued
against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over four years ago is the
product of high-level collusion between the Swedish, British and US
American Surveillance Now Threatens American
Business: A new study finds that a
vast majority of Americans trust neither the government nor tech
companies with their personal data.
School of the Americas Morphs Into US Training
Industrial Complex: In a long,
200-year history of US interventionism, covert action and troubling
support for repressive regimes, the story of the US Army School of the
Americas (SOA) at Ft. Benning, Georgia, stands out as a grotesque
example of militarism run amok.
Latin America applauds Obama's immigration plan:
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised President Barack Obama on
Friday for his executive orders granting new rights to millions of
people living illegally in the United States, calling it "an act of
Ferguson grand jury decision not expected before
Monday: Multiple sources tell CBS
News that the announcement of a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown
shooting case is not expected before Monday.
'Totally innocent' unarmed 28yo 'accidentally'
shot dead by NYPD police: A rookie
NYPD officer “accidentally” shot and killed an unarmed African-American
man in a staircase in a New York apartment block. It happened as
Ferguson is tensely waiting for a grand jury decision on a police
officer who shot Michael Brown.
Europe Veering From US Abyss Over Russia?
By Finian Cunningham
American politics is arguably the most corporate-controlled,
brainwashed, intellectually devoid and dangerous institution that the
world has ever known.
Delusional US ‘Group Think’ on Syria, Ukraine
By Robert Parry
Despite the craziness of this we-must-take-out-Assad thinking, it has
become the “group think” of Official Washington.
Black Flags In Libya
Samantha Power Warns Against Intervention Fatigue
By Moon Of Alabama
U.S. leadership is needed now more than ever amid global threats.
Uncomplicated, in Afghanistan
By Kathy Kelly
There are numerous, obvious solutions to problems in Afghanistan which
NATO countries could consider, could even attempt if the alliance wasn’t
there for the mineral wealth.
The Biggest Threat to Democracy and Freedom
By Jacob G. Hornberger
Ike was right about the grave danger to democracy and freedom posed by
national-security state governmental apparatuses. Just ask Egyptians. Or
Mexico in Turmoil
By Mel Carriere
Is it any wonder, then, that the chefs who cook the news have been
keeping a tight lid on the simmering Mexican pot?
US Political Prisoners Seek Justice at UN
Committee on Torture
By Glen Ford
They say that charity begins at home – and so, it should be added, does
Ferguson and the 'Us vs. Them' Illusion
By Robert Koehler
gun sales at local shops are through the roof and the local Klan is
stirring, distributing fliers warning protesters that they've awakened a
Wall Street is Taking Over America’s Pension
By Murtaza Hussain
“There is a massive transfer of power and wealth happening from the
public to Wall Street, through pensions,”
JPMorgan Chases Profits
By Christopher Brauchli
JPMorgan had discovered yet another way to make money at the expense of
its customers. It did this by ignoring part of the bankruptcy laws.
At least 60 people killed in Iraq:
Dozens of people killed including 38 ISIL
militants in clashes between militants and Iraqi army.
U.S. to send new troops to Iraq even before
Congress OKs funds: Some of the 1,500
new U.S. troops authorized to advise and train Iraqi forces in their
fight against Islamic State militants will deploy to the country in the
next few weeks without waiting for Congress to fund the mission, the
Pentagon said on Thursday.
‘Can’t guarantee’ no civilians were killed in
anti-ISIS bombings, Canadian military says:
Navy Capt. Paul Forget, a spokesman for the country’s operations
command, said there’s no way to know for certain if Canada’s most recent
two missions caused any civilian casualties.
Syrian army kills tens of 'terrorists' near
Kobane: Report: The Syrian troops on
Thursday killed tens of "terrorists" in the countryside of the
predominantly Kurdish city of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobane, in
northern Syria, according to the state news agency SANA.
Al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front attacks Syrian
government-held town in Golan Heights:
The insurgents were locked in street fighting with government troops in
the city centre overnight and were pushed back to the outskirts on
Thursday, activists said. Thousands of Baath City's 30,000 residents
have already fled.
Mutiny Inside Yemen's Special Forces:
Officers suspected to be loyalists of ousted President Ali Abdullah
Saleh are leading a mutiny inside the headquarters of an elite
paramilitary unit, seeking to oust their commander on Thursday,
officials said. The officials say gunfire was heard Thursday afternoon
inside the Special Forces headquarters
45 killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria:
Boko Haram have killed at least 45 people in a village near Mafa city in
the northern Nigerian state of Borno, media reported citing municipal
sources and witnesses.
Six killed in CAR clashes:
Six people were killed and around 10 were injured in western Central
African Republic during clashes pitting Christian militia fighters
against UN peacekeepers, a town residents and local journalist said on
U.S. kills six people in northwest Pakistan:
officials: Two missiles struck a
house in Mada Khel village of the North Waziristan tribal region near
the Afghan border on Thursday night, said a security official based in
Bomb kills 2 soldiers in northwest Pakistan:
A bomb attached to a motorcycle struck an army vehicle in northwestern
Pakistan on Friday, killing two soldiers, a police official said. The
Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
U.S. increasing non-lethal military aid to
Ukraine: The United States plans to
increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries
of the first Humvee vehicles, having decided for now not to provide
weapons, U.S. officials said.
Biden Visits Ukraine as NATO Accuses Russia Over
Weapons: Russia’s military
intervention in Ukraine is “unacceptable” and separatist elections
earlier this month were a “Kremlin-orchestrated farce,” U.S. Vice
President Joe Biden said during a visit to Kiev.
EU disburses 260-million-euro loan to Ukraine:
The EU has disbursed 600 million euros (USD 768 million) under two EU
MFA programs this year. Another 750 million euros (USD 960 million)
remains available under the two programs, provided Ukraine shows
satisfactory progress with the accompanying reforms,
Tony Blair honoured with Save The Children's
Global Legacy Award : Tony Blair was
last night recognised for his humanitarian work at a glamorous gala to
raise funds for a global children's charity – in front of guests
including Lassie the dog.
US sends Guantanamo prisoners to Georgia,
Slovakia: The release of the men,
four Yemenis and a Tunisian, brings the prison population to 143, about
100 fewer than when President Barack Obama took office pledging to close
the detention center.
Ayotzinapa protests in Mexico:
Hundreds of thousands Mexicans marched Thursday. Despite the threats of
the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto of further force against
protestors, the Ayotzinapa missing students protests all around Mexico
are still ongoing
Obama extends deportation reprieve to 5 million
undocumented immigrants: President
Barack Obama announced an executive order on immigration reform
Thursday, which he will sign on Friday. The actions will affect up to 5
million undocumented immigrants in the US, many of whom are the parents
or spouses of legal residents.
Torture Report Fight Erupts In Chaos:
"It makes a lot of people who did really bad things look really bad,
which is the only way not to repeat those mistakes in the future," he
continued. "The public has to know about it. They don’t want the public
to know about it."
Before Snowden, some in NSA warned of a backlash:
Dissenters within the National Security Agency, lwarned in 2009 that the
program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing
enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed,
current and former intelligence officials say.
Julian Assange: Swedish court rejects appeal to
lift arrest warrant: Ruling means
WikiLeaks founder still faces extradition to Sweden if he leaves Ecuador
embassy in London
Russell Brand : Why Are We REALLY Being Spied On?
Police arrest demonstrators ahead of expected
grand jury ruling in Michael Brown case:
The arrests are an escalation of the police crackdown on protesters
ahead of an expected grand jury ruling in the coming days on whether or
not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed unarmed
teenager Michael Brown in August.
2-Year-Old Hospitalized After Police Raid Wrong
Home, Threw Grenade into His Bedroom:
A Mother and her two older children told officers there was a 2-year-old
in the room. Police ignored them, told them to cover their ears, and
threw a smoke bomb into the room as the 2-year-old Justin stood near the
November 20, 2014
Obama Remains High-Handed—And Wrong—About Ukraine
By William Pfaff
Is it possible that no one in his own government has yet worked up the
courage to tell Mr. Obama that it was his own United States State
Department that arranged a public uprising in Kiev last February.
Obama’s Gun-running Operation
By Trevor Timm
If you thought the Isis war couldn't get any worse, just wait for more
of the CIA.
Obama's Orwellian War in Iraq
We Created the Very Threat We Claim to be Fighting.
Cashing In on the ISIS Crisis
By Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
No matter how pointless these wars prove, America’s military-industrial
complex makes a killing.
US Prepares to Sell Saudi Arabia Warships to Help
Take Down Iran
By Bruce K. Gagnon
This likely $20 billion weapons sale indicates just how corrupt and
immoral the US 'experiment' in democracy has become.
A 'Child' Is Missing–From a New York Times
By Jim Naureckas
Palestinian Shot by Israeli Troops at Gaza Border - Think for a second
about what kind of image that calls up. How much does that image change
when you read the story's second sentence? A spokeswoman for the
hospital said the Palestinian was a 10-year-old boy.
Talk of a Third Intifada: Where to from Here,
By Ramzy Baroud
It is the awakening of a whole society, joined by a painstaking attempt
at redrawing all priorities as a step forward on the path of liberation.
Who Rules the World?
By Benjamin Dangl
How a concentration of wealth and political power undermines democracy.
NY Times Report Documents Metastasizing of the
Police State of America
By Dave Lindorff
One can no longer speak in terms of the US as a country that is moving
towards becoming a police state. We are living in a police state.
Is Texas Getting Ready to Kill An Innocent Man?
By Jordan Smith
In a small southern town like Bastrop, an affair between a black man and
a young white woman engaged to a white police officer…could be extremely
dangerous if it was revealed.
Syria: 118 people killed on Wednesday : Report:
Those killed are : 31 civilians, 17 rebels, 12 Non-Syrian Islamic
fighters, 16 NDF, 22 Regular forces, 7 unknown rebels, 4 Non-Syrian
fighters allied to regime forces .
Islamic State: Senior IS leader reportedly killed
in air strike in Mosul: They said
Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, who they described as the radical militant
group's leader in Mosul, was killed with his driver when their car was
hit in a western district of the city on Wednesday afternoon.
US advisers spread out through Iraq:
The US security personnel sent to help Iraqi forces combat the Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will be on the front lines alongside
Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces, but will not engage in fighting unless
for self-defence, Iraqi officials said.
France to send six fighter jets to Jordan to
target Islamic State: France will
send six Mirage fighter jets to Jordan to strike Islamic State fighters
in Iraq, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday.
Tripoli still boils after militants driven out:
So many bullet holes cover the apartment blocks and shops in the Bab Al
Tabbeneh district of northern Lebanon’s main city Tripoli that you can
hardly tell which conflict they are from any more.
Israeli occupation force soldiers protect
settlers attacking Palestinian villagers
(VIDEO): The IDF troops did nothing to stop Israeli settlers from
attacking Palestinian villagers, according to videos released by the
Yesh Din rights group, showing soldiers pointing guns at Palestinians
while Israelis are throwing stones from behind their backs.
Egypt prosecutor asks for death sentence for
ousted President Morsi: Former
Egyptian leader accused of leaking state secrets to Iran and cooperated
with Hamas to destabilize Egypt.
Military leader becomes Burkina Faso PM:
The military initially had picked Zida to lead Burkina Faso after it
took control in the power vacuum after longtime President Blaise
Compaore resigned on October 31, ending a 27-year-rule.
Seven Taliban Insurgents Killed in Badakhshan
Operation: At least seven Taliban
insurgents were killed and three others arrested in an Afghan security
forces operation in northeastern Badakhshan province on Wednesday night,
local officials said.
4 Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan attack:
Four Taliban fighters who attacked a compound housing foreign workers in
the Afghan capital have been killed in a failed assault there.
Ukraine: Donetsk without water after shelling:
Residents in large areas of rebel-held Donetsk were left without water
after power supplies to a filtration plant were hit by shelling,
according to the city's independent mayor.
Ukraine rejects Moscow's call for direct talks
with rebels: Lavrov said in Moscow
that the "party of war" — supporters of Kiev's military campaign against
the rebels — had tried to exclude the separatists from the peace effort
and to "force the West to seek the consent of Russia to act as a side in
Lavrov: Russia Not Planning to Beg West to Lift
Sanctions: "Sanctions are not our
choice at all, but we are not planning on begging Western countries to
lift these sanctions, though sometimes they do hint about it [by saying]
'let's agree on certain criteria, we'll tell you what you need to do and
then we'll lift sanctions.' We're not going to play those games,"
Video Shows French ISIS Fighters Calling for
Attacks in France: A new propaganda
video from the militant group Islamic State shows three French fighters
calling on Muslims in France to carry out attacks in France or to join
the group’s fight in Iraq and Syria, according to a jihadist monitoring
FBI tracking 150 people who may have travelled to
Syria 'to fight': Number of Americans
suspected of fighting for Islamic State in Syria much higher than
After 13 years, 2 wars and trillions in military
spending, terrorist attacks are rising sharply:
Worldwide, the number of terrorist incidents increased from less than
1,500 in 2000 to nearly 10,000 in 2013.
More than 80 percent of last year's terrorism
fatalities occurred in just five countries.
Of the 17,958 people who died in terrorist attacks in 2013, 82 percent
were in one of five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, and
Did The National Archives Give The CIA Permission
To Destroy Evidence?: The agency's
watchdogs say the emails are vital to the oversight process, and that,
due to its history of secrecy, the CIA shouldn’t be trusted to judge
what’s worth saving and what isn’t.
Think tank: U.S. citizens 21st in personal
freedoms: The U.S.’s worst ranking
was 31st, in the safety and security category — a broad category
focusing on how safe citizens feel.
Banking breeds cheating for financial gain -
Swiss researchers: Society expects
bank employees to be honest when entrusting them with money. However,
new research involving bankers suggests they are more likely than other
professionals to be dishonest if they are reminded about their
Mayor of London, refuses to pay US tax bill:
All US citizens, including those with dual citizenship, are legally
obliged to file a tax return and liable to pay US taxes, wherever they
are living, even if the income is earned abroad.
Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, irking
Republicans: President Barack Obama
will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy for as
many as 5 million people, bypassing Congress and angering Republicans.
GOP senator warns of violence after immigration
order: "You're going to see —
hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. ... You could
see violence." Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn said.
US media silent over “state of emergency”
declaration in Missouri: The decision
by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to declare a preemptive “state of
emergency” and activate the National Guard is an extraordinary and
unprecedented act, with enormous implications for democratic rights in
the United States.
Police, protesters argue over ‘rules of
engagement’ ahead of Ferguson decision:
Following weeks of intense negotiations, local police officials and
Ferguson protesters have agreed to a dozen policies for how any future
protests will be policed — but have yet to reach consensus over whether
tear gas and riot gear will be used.
Police must respect protesters' rights in
Ferguson – HRW: Human Rights Watch
said Wednesday that the police in Ferguson, Missouri must allow peaceful
protest after the coming decision by a grand jury on the Michael Brown
case, and that law enforcement abuses like those of August are
Global protests target Walmart and 'world's
richest' family, the Waltons:
Protesting Walmart workers are calling for the world's largest private
employer and its owners – the Waltons - to provide "decent wages and
good jobs." The countries joining in the protests include United States,
Canada, Mexico, India and Brazil.
November 19, 2014
On Media Outlets That Continue to Describe
Unknown Drone Victims As “Militants”
By Glenn Greenwald
There is a very compelling case to make that continual, sustained drone
warfare in places such as Pakistan and Yemen meet the U.S.’s formal
definition of “terrorism”
Russia invades Ukraine. Again. And again. And yet
again … using Saddam’s WMD
By William Blum
“The United States has photographs that show the Russian artillery moved
into Ukraine, American officials say.
Putin: ‘US Wants To Subdue Russia"
"Throughout history no one has ever managed to do so toward Russia – and
no one ever will," Putin said.
US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with
Hostility to Russia
By Finian Cunningham
This desperate clinging to waning American hegemony, supported by
European vassals, is serving to drive the world economy into deeper
malaise and poverty. Continue
Living with Insanity
Harper, Abbott, and Cameron at the Brisbane G-20
By John Chuckman
Harper only pretends America is a great and non-threatening friend.
Lemmings Race For War
The collective psychopathy of modern America
By Butler Shaffer
I asked myself how seemingly loving parents could encourage their
children to partake in such destructiveness.
The Green Fields Of France
The Fureys and Davey Arthur. Written By Eric Bogle
I see by your gravestone you were only 19
When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916,
Well, I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean
Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?
Millions Of People Feel The Need To Escape, But
By E.F Nicholson
What drives any compulsive form of escapism is temporary relief from
pain – be it physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.
The “USA Freedom Act”?
The Irrelevance of the U.S. Congress in Stopping NSA Mass Surveillance:
By Glenn Greenwald
There is a real question about whether the defeat of this bill is good,
bad, or irrelevant.
Happy Talk About the Climate
By Dmitry Orlov
This deal does nothing to forestall a complete, total, unmitigated
Syria: Thirty-five reported killed in Aleppo
bombardment: Video report
Dozens of ISIL Fighters Killed in Iraq's Babil:
Report: Iraqi troops launched a major ground offensive against the ISIL
Takfiri group in Babil province, killing and injuring dozens of
Iraq Violence Spills Into Kurdish Capital as Car
Bomb Kills Five:
At least five people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside the
governor’s office in Erbil, capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish
region, according to Iraqi media.
Iraqi Kurds: West not providing enough arms to
defeat ISIS: The president of Iraqi
Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, accused Western countries Wednesday of not
providing enough heavy weapons to help his 'peshmerga' forces deliver a
"decisive blow" against ISIS militants.
Patrick Cockburn: Baghdad hails the retaking of
the Baiji oil refinery: Analysis -
Iraqi security forces have re-entered the country’s biggest oil refinery
at Baiji, the recapture of which would be the Baghdad government’s most
important military success since Isis seized most of northern and
western Iraq during the summer.
Isis has enough weapons to carry on fighting for
two years, UN warns: Even if the
US-led bombing campaign continues to destroy the group’s vehicles and
heavier weapons, the UN report states, it “cannot mitigate the effect of
the significant volume of light weapons” Isis possesses.
Iraq says Islamic State stole 1 million tonnes of
grain, took it to Syria: Iraq
believes Islamic State militants have stolen more than one million
tonnes of grain from the country's north and taken it to two cities they
control in neighboring Syria, the agriculture minister has said.
Blair 'has seen Chilcot findings':
Letters detailing conclusions of public inquiry into Iraq war are sent
to main participants
Riyadh fears Islamic State wants sectarian war in
Saudi Arabia: - Tighter security in
Saudi Arabia has made it hard for Islamic State to target the government
so the militants are instead trying to incite a sectarian conflict via
attacks on the Shi'ite Muslim minority, the Saudi Interior Ministry
9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui claims Saudi
involvement: The 46-year old French
national is claiming that Saudi Embassy officials were involved in a
plot to shoot down Air Force One to assassinate Bill Clinton and/or
Hillary Clinton during a trip to the United Kingdom.
Clashes near Egypt's border with Gaza kill 10
civilians: sources: Ten civilians
were killed overnight during fighting between the army and Islamist
militants near Egypt's border with Gaza, where the military has launched
a crackdown in recent weeks, security and medical sources said
'Collective punishment': Israel demolishes East
Jerusalem home after synagogue attack:
Human rights groups have criticised the policy. Amnesty International
said on Tuesday: "Punishing the families of suspects by destroying their
homes is collective punishment and is prohibited by international law."
Israeli forces destroy home of East Jerusalem car
attack suspect: Israeli occupation
forces entered the area after midnight, surrounded the five-story
building where the al-Shaludi family lives, and forced residents out of
the building without allowing them to bring any of their possessions
with them, witnesses said.
Shin Bet chief: Abbas is not inciting to terror:
While Netanyahu points accusing finger at Palestinian president, Yoram
Cohen says MKs going on Temple Mount, vengeance killing of Palestinian
teen Abu Khdeir main factors behind Jerusalem violence.
Police chief: Lone wolves apparently carried out
deadly attack at Jerusalem synagogue:
National Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino said Tuesday's terror
attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem appeared to be a grassroots,
independent attack carried out by lone wolves, though he added that the
investigation is not yet complete.
Spanish parliament easily passes measure
recognizing Palestinian state: The
symbolic motion, which echoes similar votes last month in Britain and
Ireland, received the backing of all the political groups of the lower
US kills 18 people in E Afghanistan:
Twelve people were killed after a vehicle was
attacked in the Bati Kot district on Tuesday. Local police authorities
said six people were also killed in another US-led drone strike in the
Haska Mina district.
Germany and Italy to keep up to 1,350 soldiers in
Afghanistan: Germany aims to retain
up to 850 soldiers in Afghanistan, a German defense ministry spokesman
said, while Italy will go with an average of about 500, according to the
UN announces 12-hour ceasefire in Libya's
Benghazi: U.N. Special Representative
Bernardino Leon says the ceasefire started on Wednesday morning and
could be extended by the parties. The Red Crescent will evacuate
civilians from affected areas as well as retrieve bodies of those killed
in the fighting.
Black Flag of Isis Raised Over Libya's Derna Just
200 Miles From EU Coast: Fighters
loyal to the jihadist group are now in control of the city of Derna,
which has a population of about 100,000, is close to the Egyptian
border, and about 200 miles from the shores of the European Union.
Seventh Sierra Leone doctor killed by Ebola -
source: A Sierra Leonean doctor died
of Ebola on Tuesday, a medical source said, bringing to seven the number
of doctors killed by the virus savaging the nation's healthcare system
Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone:
Felix Baez is the first to contract virus, out of 165-member medical
team deployed by island nation to Sierra Leone.
Tour the Destruction of a Ukrainian Battlefield
Through the Eyes of a Drone:
Bombed-out fields dotted with what appear to be fox holes and artillery
explosions litter the grim landscape. The flatness of the Ukrainian
plains brings to mind images of WWI, especially how the leafless trees
and the dying grass mimic trench scenes from Belgium or France.
NATO Sees Military Buildup In Ukraine, Urges
Russia To Pull Back: NATO
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says there has been a "serious
military buildup" both in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine and on the
Russian side of the border, and he has urged Moscow to pull back its
Ukraine: Russia wants guarantees from Nato:
Dmitry Peskov said that Russia would like to receive a guarantee that
Ukraine will not join Nato, as they are fearful of the Nato-affiliated
countries on their borders.
Putin says relations with US must be based on
equality: Russia is ready for
cooperation with the United States, provided it is based on respect for
each others' interests and non-interference in domestic affairs,
President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
PUTIN: Ukraine Is Great, But It's Missing One
Thing ...: "It lacks, it seems to me,
the understanding that to be successful, stable, prosperous, it's
necessary that all people who live in that territory, regardless of
which language they speak — whether Hungarian, Russian, Ukrainian, or
even Polish — have a feeling that the territory is their Motherland,"
Ukraine Admits Its Gold Is Gone: "There Is Almost
No Gold Left In The Central Bank Vault":
In an interview on Ukraine TV, none other than the head of the Ukraine
Central Bank made the stunning admission that "in the vaults of the
central bank there is almost no gold left.
"Don't sanitize the war" ‘My God, people should
see this’: Video - War critic Donahue
on Tomas Young’s life after Iraq
Senate Republicans block landmark NSA
surveillance reform bill: The USA
Freedom Act, a bill introduced last year that sought to end the NSA’s
ongoing daily collection of practically all US phone data, failed to
reach a 60-vote threshold to cut off debate and move to passage.
Senate defeats Keystone XL pipeline:"
The U.S. Senate defeated a bill to authorize construction of the
Keystone XL oil pipeline. The bill failed to overcome a 60-vote
threshold for passage by a narrow 59-41 decision. All 45 Republican
senators voted for it, but Landrieu could not clinch the necessary last
FBI Warns Ferguson Decision ‘Will Likely’ Lead to
Violence : The FBI is warning law
enforcement agencies across the country that the decision “will likely”
lead some extremist protesters to threaten and even attack police
officers or federal agents.
California Tells Court It Can’t Release Inmates
Early Because It Would Lose Cheap Prison Labor:
By employing prison inmates who are paid less than $2 per day, the state
saves some $1 billion, according to a recent BuzzFeed feature of the
More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover
Operations: The federal government
has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with
officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare
recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret
out wrongdoing, records and interviews show.
Canadian woman hit with $950K medical bill after
unexpectedly giving birth in US hospital:
She and her husband can’t afford to pay the $950,000 the insurance
carrier has billed them, and they said if they begin paying they’ll be
stuck paying the rest of their lives.