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Chomsky Says US is World’s Biggest Terrorist
By Euro News
“In the global scene we are racing towards a precipice which we are
determined to fall over which will sharply reduce the prospects for
If Support to Terrorism Continues
al-Qaeda Will be the Future of Europe and the Region: President al-Assad
President Bashar al-Assad warned that the terrorism imported to Syria
will “bite” its backers whenever it has the chance.
Why Does The World Wage War Against The People Of
By Moon Of Alabama
Nearly the whole world, seemingly paid off by Saudi money, is waging war
Don't Let Hillary Clinton Escape the Blame for
By Michael Brendan Dougherty
Death and civil war in Libya were unacceptable outcomes for America when
Moammar Gadhafi was alive. But death and civil war continue unabated, —
and somehow it's not in the American interest to stop it.
Lawfare, Israel’s Continuation of War by Other
By Jonathan Cook
Right-wing Israeli organisations have been quietly escalating “legal
warfare” against the Palestinian leadership in an attempt to dissuade it
from bringing war crimes charges against Israel at the International
For the Conference on the Israel Lobby—Press
Blackout at the Press Club
By Ralph Nader
“The Israel Lobby: Is it Good for the US? Is it Good for Israel?”
The Anthrax Coverup Exposed
By Paul Craig Roberts
MacQueen’s book established that there indeed was a conspiracy–a
conspiracy inside the government.
US Democracy Is In “Very Serious Decline,” –
By RT Staff
The US retains a democratic veneer, but actual manifestations of
democracy are dwindling.
Troops Referred To Ferguson Protesters as 'Enemy
Forces', Emails Show
By Joanna Walters
Troops used highly militarised language such as “enemy forces” and
“adversaries” to refer to citizen demonstrators.
Yemen: 45 Killed, 100 Injured in Fresh Saudi
Attacks on Sa'daa: At least 45
Yemenis were killed and 100 others injured in Sa'daa province on
Saturday, as Saudi warplanes continued to hit civilian areas on the 24th
day of Riyadh's aggression.
At least 76 killed in Yemen air raids, fighting:
At least 76 people were killed in Yemen Friday as Saudi-led warplanes
pounded rebels heading to bolster an assault on loyalists in Aden and
fighting raged in Taez, officials said.
Saudi soldier killed in Yemen border clash:
Fighting along Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen has killed a soldier
from the kingdom, the Saudi-led coalition spokesperson said on Saturday.
U.S. arms sales fuel wars across the Middle East:
To wage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is using F-15 fighter jets bought
from Boeing. Pilots from the United Arab Emirates are flying Lockheed
Martin’s F-16 to bomb both Yemen and Syria. Soon the Emirates are
expected to complete a deal with General Atomics for a fleet of Predator
drones to run spying missions in the region.
Yemen weapons depot falls to al Qaeda fighters:
Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch routed government forces from a large weapons
depot in the country’s east on Friday, seizing dozens of tanks, Katyusha
rocket launchers and small arms, security officials said, as air strikes
by a Saudi-led coalition intensified in the capital, Sanaa, and also in
Yemen’s second-largest city.
Yemen militia says it is besieging rebels at
strategic base: Militiamen loyal to
Yemen's embattled president besieged an air base once crucial to the
U.S. drone program targeting Al-Qaeda militants in the country, trying
to dislodge the Shiite rebels holding the complex, a spokesman said.
Iran submits four-point Yemen peace plan to
United Nations: The plan, which
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced earlier this month,
calls for an immediate ceasefire and end of all foreign military
attacks, humanitarian assistance, a resumption of broad national
dialogue and "establishment of an inclusive national unity government."
Iran Sends Ships Toward Blockaded Yemen Port,
Raising Fears Of Escalating Conflict With Saudi Arabia:
Iran is sending a small armada of naval vessels toward Yemen, sparking
concern among U.S. defense officials that a naval conflict between Iran
and Saudi Arabia could escalate the Yemen conflict from a proxy war into
a full-scale international conflict, according to media reports.
Iranian ships ‘not allowed’ in Yemeni waters:
Speaking to reporters in Riyadh, Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri
made the remarks in a reference to Iran’s decision to send two warships
to the Gulf of Aden earlier in the day.
Pakistan agrees to send ships to block arms
shipments to Yemen rebels: Yielding
to pressure from staunch ally Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has agreed to help
an Arab military coalition enforce an arms embargo against Houthi rebels
in Yemen and is expected to announce the deployment of navy warships to
the busy commercial shipping lanes off Yemen’s coast.
In public relations exercise :
Saudi Arabia pledges $274m to meet UN call for
aid: Saudi Arabia, which is leading
an air campaign against rebels in Yemen, has pledged to provide exactly
the amount of emergency aid to the country as called for in a UN appeal
on Friday. The official Saudi news agency said it has promised $274m
(£183m; €255m) in humanitarian aid.
In tightly ruled Saudi, Yemen war is 'something
good': This is wartime in Saudi
Arabia, a tightly controlled Islamic kingdom where almost every audible
voice is behind the three-week-old air campaign against Shiite rebels in
Hezbollah Blames Saudi Arabia for Spread of
Extremism : Nasrallah noted that
Saudi Arabia is fighting IS group in Iraq and Syria while sharing the
same extreme religious ideology with it.
Bombings kill 12 people in Iraq:
A series of bombings in and north of Baghdad on Saturday killed 12
people, including a soldier and his entire family, said Iraqi officials.
Car bomb claimed by Isil kills three outside US
consulate in Iraq's Kurdish capital:
Such attacks are relatively rare in Kurdistan, which has managed to
insulate itself from the worst of the violence afflicting the rest of
Iraqi forces retake most of Iraq's largest
refinery: officials: The insurgents
attacked Iraq's Baiji refinery a week ago by blasting through the
security perimeter around it and taking over several installations,
including storage tanks.
Secret Documents: ISIL Planned Occupation of
Syria Long Ago: The secret documents
contain information about the strategy and structure of the terrorist
group. They also explain how the terrorists managed to gain the upper
hand in most parts of Syria.
Alleged Syria Gas Attack Video Moves UN Security
Council Envoys to Tears : Video of
what some are calling a gas attack in Syria left U.N. diplomats in tears
as the state continues to deny allegations of the attacks.
Israel “directly targeted” children in drone
strikes on Gaza, says rights group:
Of the 2,220 Palestinians killed during Israel’s 51-day bombing
campaign, at least 1,492 were civilians, including at least 547
Israel can now legally seize Palestinian homes in
Jerusalem: Haaretz reports that in
recent years, the law has “become a tool for right-wing groups seeking
to increase the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem”, which is
traditionally dominated by Arab neighbourhoods.
3 Main Zionist Propaganda Lies:
An Interview with Alan Hart
Israel analysts shocked by Obama’s comments on
sanctions, S-300 supply: ‘This is the
new America. We had better get used to it,’ says TV commentator after
president leaves door open to Iran’s sanctions demand, defends Putin’s
Obama got Senate to reject ‘two of Netanyahu’s
demands’ on Iran (but the ‘NYT’ won’t touch that angle);
Op-Ed: The American public is overwhelmingly behind the deal, two to one
according to polls, Gould says. That speaks to the political landscape.
Who is against a deal with Iran? Only the rightwing Israel lobby.
Afghanistan suicide bomb in Jalalabad kills 33:
The attack targeted government and military workers waiting for their
salaries. A spokesman for a group claiming to represent Islamic State in
Afghanistan said it carried out the attack
Raw Video - : Dozens killed in Afghanistan blast
US kills 4 people in E Afghanistan:
While Washington claims the targets of the drone attacks are Taliban
militants, local officials and witnesses maintain that, in most cases,
civilians have been the victims of the attacks over the past few years.
Russia to Lend Pakistan $2 Billion for Gas
Pipeline Construction: Pakistan and
Russia have finalized an agreement under which Moscow will lend
Islamabad $2 billion to lay a pipeline that will transport liquefied
natural gas (LNG).
At least 21 killed in fighting near Tripoli:
"14 soldiers, four fighters from Fajr Libya, and three women were killed
today in Tajoura," said a pro-government military source, adding that
the women were killed accidentally in rocket fire.
Boko Haram slit throats of 12 as army tries to
save civilians: sources: "Just as
troops were trying to evacuate some civilians from the hills so as to
safeguard them from a planned air strike ... some Boko Haram attacked
them and slit the throats of 12 people," a military source said of
UN: Assailants attack convoy, kill 2, wound 1 in
north Mali: Two assailants attacked a
United Nations convoy of civilian workers in northern Mali, killing two
and wounding another, the peacekeeping mission said Saturday.
Al Shabaab militants kill regional Somali
lawmaker in capital: Gunmen from
Somali Islamist group al Shabaab killed a regional lawmaker on Saturday
after he had taken his wife to hospital in the capital Mogadishu, the
group and officials said.
Gunfire and explosions heard in Libyan capital;
Clashes broke out in a district and a suburb of Libya's capital on
Saturday, home to groups opposing an alternative government controlling
Tripoli and parts of western Libya, residents said.
Mysterious disease kills patients within 24 hours
in Nigeria: The unknown disease has
so far killed 17 people in a southeastern Nigerian town and officials
have ruled out Ebola.
Italian Paper Breaks Silence Over Assassinations
in Kiev: La Repubblica has denounced
"a ruthless sweeping away of every form of political opposition taking
place in Kiev". The paper was reacting to yet another assassination in
Ukraine — this time of a popular journalist Oles Buzina
Ukraine: Email claim for Kiev
killings: A Ukrainian nationalist
group has said it was behind the deaths of two public figures in Kiev
earlier this week.
Ukraine crisis: Rebel leader warns truce 'could
fail': A senior separatist leader in
eastern Ukraine has claimed an agreed ceasefire deal will fail unless
Kiev recognises the independence of rebel-held areas. Aleksandr
Zakharchenko said the truce agreement brokered by the West in Minsk was
not being properly implemented by Kiev. "Ukraine doesn't want to resolve
all the issues," he said.
Russia hasn't reached deal to provide $3.2-$5.4
billion to Greece: RIA cites Kremlin spokesman:
Earlier on Saturday, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Greece
was poised to sign a gas deal with Russia as early as Tuesday which
could bring 3 billion to 5 billion euros into depleted government
Greece Might Allow Russia to Use Its Military
Bases – Greek Defense Analyst: Greek
defense analyst Ilias Iliopoulos noted that in the interests of closer
military-technical cooperation with Russia, Greece could allow the
country to use of its military bases, and that this possibility may well
be discussed during the Greek Defense Minister's visit to Moscow later
Spain's new 'gag law' and the media:
The law – which will come into effect in July - will make many forms of
public gathering and demonstrations illegal. Protestors will be barred
from assembling outside Congress, permission must be sought before any
public gathering and fines can be issued if anyone is caught breaking
Australian teenagers held over alleged Melbourne
terror plot: Police in Australia say
they have foiled an Islamic State-inspired plot to carry out an attack
at a World War One centenary event. Police arrested five teenage
suspects, charging one 18-year-old with conspiring to commit a terrorist
New Zealand Plotted Hack on China With NSA:
New Zealand spies teamed with National Security Agency hackers to break
into a data link in the country’s largest city, Auckland, as part of a
secret plan to eavesdrop on Chinese diplomats, documents reveal.
Witnesses Contradict Official Story on Military
Clash with FARC : Cristian Delgado, a
member of the verification team that traveled to the rural area of
Colombia, told Contagio Radio that the witnesses he spoke to said that
there had been a lengthy gun battle, contradicting army claims that they
had been ambushed and could not respond to the attack.
Gang leader's arrest sets off riots in Mexican
city: Gun battles erupt and vehicles
burn in Reynosa, in Tamaulipas state, after arrest of El Gafe, a leader
of Gulf Cartel.
Argentina launches lawsuit against Falkland oil
drillers: Argentina has begun legal
proceedings against three British and two US companies for drilling oil
near the Falkland Islands. "I want to make it clear for the directors of
these companies - that Argentina will use the full force of the law -
both national and international law - "Argentina has extradition
treaties around the world and we intend to use them."
Want to Record The Cops? Know Your Rights:
Citizen videos of law enforcement encounters are more valuable than
ever. And for those who are wondering—it is legal to record the police.
Iris Scanner Identifies a Person 40 Feet Away:
Police traffic stops are in the news again, tragically, sparking a new
round of discussion on whether and how to outfit police with cameras and
other technology. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab
Biometrics Center have been testing an iris recognition system that can
be used to identify subjects at a range of up to 40 feet.
April 17, 2015
A U.S.-Russia War Over Ukraine?
By Pat Buchanan
Will the U.S. train the Ukrainian army and then greenlight an offensive
to retake the rebel-held provinces? Would Russia intervene and rout that
Al Qaeda Is Beating the Islamic State
By DAVEED GARTENSTEIN-ROSS and BRIDGET MORENG
Get ready for the clash of caliphates.
In the Middle East, Our Enemy's Enemy Must Be Our
By Patrick Cockburn
The ghost of Osama bin Laden will have been chuckling this month as he
watches the movements he inspired conquer swathes of the Middle East.
Fearing Yemen Defeat, US-Saudis Stack the Deck
By Finian Cunningham
The American-Saudi lynch mob wants the legalistic mechanism of the UN
to aid and abet its nefarious purpose in Yemen.
What the Hell Are We Doing in Yemen?
By Sheldon Richman
What looks like failure may be the intended outcome. Quagmires have
their benefits — to the ruling elite — if American casualties are
The New World Disorder
By Tariq Ali
There is ongoing debate around the world on the question of whether the
American empire is in decline.
Footing the Bill While Israel Thumbs Its Nose
By Chris Toensing
Put US military aid to Israel on the chopping block.
Islamophobia on Wheels
By Lawrence Davidson
This is all about the ongoing battle to control the message: that is the
history and reporting of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
US Murdered First Elected Prime Minister Of
By Pakistan Today
US declassified documents disclose US killed Khan through Kabul man in
quest for Iran’s oil.
Clinton and Bush: Hawk Versus Hawk
By Matt Carr
America is facing the prospect of a contest between members of the two
families that governed America from 1989 to 2009, and which also
presided over some of the disasters we are now witnessing.
Iraqi Forces Unearth ISIL Sleeper Cells, Kill 130
Militants in Tikrit: Iraqi security
forces located several Islamic State jihadist group (IS, or ISIS)
sleeper cells in the northern city of Tikrit and killed 130 militants,
Ahmed Jubouri, Iraqi Minister of State for Provincial Affairs said,
local media reported Friday.
Bombings Kills 40 People in Iraqi Capital:
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but violence
has escalated both in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq in the wake of
Islamic State group's capture of large swaths of territory in the
country's west and north during a blitz last year
Bomb attack kills 4 near US consulate in Iraq’s
Kurdistan: At least four people have
been killed and a number of others wounded in a bomb attack near the US
consulate in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, sources say.
Saddam Hussein's Right-Hand Man, Killed in Iraq:
Al-Douri, 73, was a former Iraqi general and a commander of the Army of
Saddam Hussein's regime. He was an Iraqi military commander and Vice
Chairman of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council, until the 2003
US-led invasion of Iraq. Following the US invasion, intelligence reports
showed that he was leading rebel operations in Iraq.
IS Gunmen Advance In Central Ramadi, Take Control
Of Government Buildings: IS gunmen
have managed to take over a number of important government buildings
amid fierce fighting in downtown Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's embattled
Anbar Province, RFE/RL's correspondent in Iraq reported in the early
afternoon of April 17.
Iraqi forces fight IS militants at gates of Anbar
provincial capital: Iraqi security
forces fought Islamic State militants at the gates of the western city
of Ramadi on Friday, and local authorities warned it was in danger of
falling unless reinforcements arrived soon.
Iraqi PM warns Isis could become unstoppable as
key city threatened: Islamic State
fighters have launched an offensive aimed at seizing the capital of the
Iraq’s central Anbar province, as the country’s prime minister warned
that if unchecked, the militants could become unstoppable.
Iraqi forces recapture 2 towns from ISIS near
crucial refinery: A senior Iraqi
military official with the Salahuddin Command Center says Iraqi security
forces have gained full control over a contested area south of the
country's largest oil refinery.
ISIS beheads 'six Syrian soldiers' in front of
young children: 'Soldiers' were
sentenced to death by Islamic Court 'for waging war on God' - Masked
executioner beheads the men before wiping his blood-stained blade
Hollywood recruited to help fight IS, hacked
emails show: Secret exchanges between
the US State Department and Sony have also included a bizarre plan to
recruit hip-hop artists to produce a Muslim We Are the World video to
support the fight against Islamic State (IS). US diplomats are looking
for "the Muslim Bob Geldof" to lead the campaign.
Saudi-Led Airstrikes, Rivals' Fighting Kill 36
People in Yemen: At least 36 people
were killed and several others were injured as a result of the Saudi-led
airstrikes on Yemeni city of Aden as well as Taez's fighting between
revolutionaries and the fugitive president's forces, officials said on
Al-Qaida consolidates hold of Yemen province:
Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen consolidated control over much of the
country's largest province on Thursday, capturing a major airport, an
oil terminal and the area's main military base, and striking an alliance
with local tribal leaders to administer the region.
UN calls for almost $274 million in urgent aid
for Yemen: The United Nations has
launched an appeal for hundreds of millions of dollars in donations, in
a bid to help civilians caught in the escalating Yemen conflict. The
bulk of the fund would be intended for supplying food.
American general: US military option in Iran
'intact' despite Russian missiles:
"We have known about the potential for that system to be sold to Iran
for several years and have accounted for it in all of our planning,"
General Martin Dempsey told a news conference at the Pentagon.
Iran defense minister: Tehran, Beijing will work
to broaden defense ties: Brigadier
General Hossein Dehqan made the remarks in a meeting with China’s
Defense Minister Chang Wanquan in Moscow, Russia, on Friday.
Israel coalition talks run against the clock:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was holding talks Friday with
potential partners to form a coalition government, less than three weeks
from a deadline to form a new Cabinet.
Republicans place Israel's interests over
America's: Poll: Americans
self-identifying as Republicans place Israel's interests ahead of
America's and feel more sympathetic to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu than to President Barack Obama, a new poll finds.
Six Taliban Insurgents Killed in Afghan Army's
Kapisa Operations: At least six
Taliban insurgents were killed and eight others injured in the Afghan
military forces' operations in the Central Kapisa province, local
US murdered Liquat Ali Khan: Declassified docs:
Americans murdered the first elected prime minister of Pakistan through
Afghan government, declassified documents of US State Department
China kills 2 alleged terror suspects near
Vietnam border: Two people believed
to be terrorism suspects by Chinese authorities were killed Friday near
the Chinese-Vietnamese border after an intense clash with armed forces,
state media said.
18 Militants Killed in Egypt Army Raids:
Four wanted militants belonging to the Sinai-based militant group, Ansar
Beit el-Maqdes, which changed it's name to Sinai Province after it
pledged allegiance to Islamic State, were also arrested yesterday as the
army had launched ground and aerial offensives against terrorists'
hideouts in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah, a security source said.
Boko Haram militants kill at least 10 in north
Cameroon: army: - Fighters from
Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram killed at least ten people in
overnight attacks on two villages in neighboring northern Cameroon, two
senior army sources told Reuters on Friday.
Anti-immigrant violence spreads in South Africa:
Arrests made in Gauteng province following overnight street battles in
Australia fears 150 homegrown ISIL fighters pose
threat: Long protected from homegrown
terror threats by geographical isolation, Australia is now confronting
terrorism inspired by the Islamic State that has washed up on its
Australia reportedly uses navy ship to return
asylum seekers to Vietnam: The
Australian government has reportedly used a costly navy vessel to return
a number of asylum seekers to Vietnam.
Australia tops Deutsche Bank's global list of
expensive countries: Sydney and
Melbourne have both cracked the list of top 10 most expensive major
cities to live in at fifth and eight respectively, while Sydney had
actually been in the cheapest 10 only 14 years earlier.
Moscow condemns killing of pro-Russian journalist
in Ukraine: Ukrainian police say a
journalist known for his pro-Russian views has been shot and killed in
the capital Kiev, a day after a pro-Russian lawmaker was found dead
Personal details of murdered journalist & ex-MP
found posted on Ukrainian 'enemies of state' database:
The journalist and ex-MP who were gunned down in Kiev this week were on
an ‘enemies of the state’ database – a social media website supported by
the aide to Ukraine's interior minister. The bloggers also have a
Twitter account to share ‘successes.’
No Russian troops in Ukraine, Putin says:
"On the question whether or not our military is in Ukraine, I am telling
to you directly and clearly: there are no Russian troops," Vladimir
Putin said during a televised call-in show with the nation on Thursday.
US troops arrive in Ukraine for training
exercises: About 300 US Army
paratroopers have arrived in Ukraine for training exercises with
national guard units, a move criticized by the Kremlin and eastern
Ukraine's Russia-backed separatist rebels.
Germany is the Tell-Tale Heart of America’s Drone
War: A TOP-SECRET U.S. intelligence
document obtained by The Intercept confirms that the sprawling U.S.
military base in Ramstein, Germany serves as the high-tech heart of
America’s drone program.
'I killed six people, now off to barbecue':
The pilot sitting next to the camera operators would pull a trigger on a
joystick, a missile would snake down from 4572m, and about 15 seconds
later, whatever was in the camera lens would vanish in a cloud of dust.
If the target was an al Qaeda VIP, staff might even cheer.
Over 11,000 migrants land in Italy in six days:
As the wave of refugees trying to get to Europe grows, the Italian navy
said it managed to recapture an Italian fishing trawler that had been
attacked by Libyan gunmen off the chaotic war-torn country.
IMF rules out Greek debt repayment extension:
IMF's Lagarde says no extension to billion-euro payment due in early
May, as thousands protest over spending cuts.
One and a half billion people live on less than
$1.25 per day: A new study by the
UK’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI) reports that the number of
people globally living on less than $1.25 per day is likely to be far
higher than the already staggering 1.2 billion estimated by the World
Colombian Military Started Clash That Killed
Soldiers : At a Thursday press
conference from the ongoing peace negotiations in Havana, a spokesman
for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) denied the group
had broken their unilateral ceasefire, saying rebels were acting in
US Threatens to Cut Aid to El Salvador for
Backing Venezuela : The United States
is threatening the small Central American country of El Salvador with
financial repercussions for having supported Venezuela's campaign
seeking the repeal of sanctions against the country.
Mexico's 'New Generation' cartel takes police
head-on: The town still bears the
scars from the unprecedented offensive launched by a powerful Mexican
drug cartel against government forces: bullet-pocked buildings and blood
stains on the street.
NSA and FBI fight to retain spy powers as
surveillance law nears expiration:
With about 45 days remaining before a major post-9/11 surveillance
authorization expires, representatives of the National Security Agency
and the FBI are taking to Capitol Hill to convince legislators to
preserve their sweeping spy powers.
Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, Ohio's Syria-Trained
Terror Suspect, Pleads Not Guilty; An
Ohio man whose brother was killed on the battlefields of Syria pleaded
not guilty in federal court Friday to charges he wanted to help the
terrorist group Al-Nusrah Front and kill U.S. soldiers or police.
VIDEO: Unarmed Married Couple Beaten By Police In
Front Of Screaming Children: Married
couple Forrest and Chadon Boggs claim that Metropolitan D.C. police
assaulted them in front of their two small children. Officers were
apparently responding to a report of people fighting at the 1500 block
of E Street NE, but when officers arrived, there was no one fighting.
22-Year Old Commits Suicide at Capitol to Send
Congress a Message: A 22-year old man
took his own life with a gun on the Capitol grounds with a protest sign
taped to his hand. According to the Washington Post, the sign read: “Tax
the one percent.”
Rand Paul In 2011 Book: U.S. Intervention
Increased Threat Of Islamic Terrorism:
“Before we went to war with Iraq, there had never been any al-Qaeda or
even a suicide bomber in the history of that country.”
Clinton charity to allow 6 countries to donate,
not others: The new policy appeared
aimed at insulating Clinton from future controversies by stopping the
flow of millions of dollars already donated by Mideast governments
accused of repression of dissenters and women's rights. Some of the
millions from foreign governments were donated during Clinton's
four-year tenure as secretary of state.
$75k income not enough to keep a third of US
households from living paycheck-to-paycheck:
A third of higher income Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, even
when they earn $75,000 a year because they would rather spend money on
eating out and experiences than save money for retirement, according to
a new survey.
April 16, 2015
Noam Chomsky: We’re Facing a New Cold War
By Noam Chomsky
The linguist and philosopher on the warped coverage of Putin's Russia
and the ways we whitewash our war crimes.
“Operation F**k Putin” Hits a Wall, as the
Russian Economy Returns to Growth
By Mark Chapman
Despite the low oil prices and the sanctions and the provocations and
the constant vilification in the western press, Russia just puts its
head down, and keeps on keeping on.
Direct line with Vladimir
Putin annual Q&A session 2015
Video and Transcript
During the live broadcast that lasted 3 hours and 57 minutes, the
President answered 74 questions out of the almost 3 million that were
America’s Weaponising of Ignorance
By Finian Cunningham
The contract killing of two opposition figures in Kiev this week is
stark evidence that the country under the Western-backed regime is
descending into a fully-fledged state of chaos and criminality. Continue
History of Ukraine Told by Assassinated Ukrainian
Writer Oles Buzina
By RI Staff
Can you imagine what would happened if, in Russia, three opposition
figures, a well-known writer and two politicians, were killed in the
span of two days?
Mandarin for the Warlords: The Harvard School of
By James Petras
What matters is that the US, while it is a declining world power, is
still militarily powerful, dangerous and destructive, even as its empire
building is weakening and its forces are in retreat.
Syrian Rebels Caught in ‘False-Flag’ Kidnapping
By Robert Parry
The U.S. government almost went to war in Syria
over a Sarin attack, suspicions that it was a rebel “false-flag” were
ridiculed. But new disclosures about a rebel role in kidnapping NBC’s
Richard Engel several months earlier show the rebels knew such
How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons Program
By AVNER COHEN and WILLIAM BURR
An exclusive look inside newly declassified documents shows how Israel
blocked U.S. efforts to uncover its secret nuclear reactor.
Can the President Kill Americans?
The Short Answer Is: Yes, But Not Legally.
By Andrew Napolitano
Candidates are proposed for execution and the collective wisdom of the
officials then recommends execution to the president, who then accepts
or rejects the recommendation.
U.S. Blocked Declaration of “Right to Health
Care”, Says Bolivia’s President
By Eric Zuesse
Said Mr. Morales: “One point (in the drafted declaration) was important:
health as a human right, and the U.S. government did not accept that
health should be considered a human right …
Imagine Obama Defending US Citizens. Not easy,
By Joe Emersberger
If the world’s most powerful, and arguably richest, country had the
world’s lowest child mortality rate, then the USA should have about
17,000 fewer child deaths per year.
Eduardo Galeano on Haiti
By Kim Ives
The United States occupied Haiti for twenty years and, in that black
country that had been the scene of the first victorious slave revolt,
introduced racial segregation and forced labor.
Report: Children killed in shelling of Damascus
suburbs: At least 10
people have been killed according to a monitoring network after Syrian
government forces shelled the southeastern suburbs of Damascus, an area
that has come under intensive assault by regime jets and artillery in
NBC News Alters Account of Correspondent’s
Kidnapping in Syria: NBC News on
Wednesday revised its account of the 2012 kidnapping of its chief
foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, saying it was likely that Mr.
Engel and his reporting team had been abducted by a Sunni militant
group, not forces affiliated with the government of President Bashar
al-Assad of Syria.
Islamic State militants clash with security
forces inside Iraq's largest refinery:
The insurgents suffered a major defeat this month when Iraqi troops and
Shi'ite paramilitaries routed them from the city of Tikrit, but are now
striking back at Baiji refinery and in the western province of Anbar.
Thousands flee as IS group advances on Iraq's
Ramadi: The extremist group, which
has controlled the nearby city of Fallujah for more than a year,
captured three villages on Ramadi's eastern outskirts on Wednesday. The
advance is widely seen as a counteroffensive after the Islamic State
group lost the city of Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, earlier this
Airstrikes in Yemen kill 597 people in 3 weeks –
Health Ministry: Yemen’s Health
Ministry has said 597 people have been killed and 1,493 wounded during
three weeks of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in the country, TASS
reported. The ministry said hospitals may have to stop helping people
soon because of electricity shortages and lack of medicines, citing the
air and sea blockade
Cargo ships stuck off Yemen as fighting worsens
food supply: At
least five merchant vessels carrying food are stuck off Yemen, shipping
data showed on Wednesday, as warships from a Saudi-led coalition search
them for weapons bound for Iran-allied Houthi rebel forces, with delays
adding to a humanitarian crisis.
UN envoy to Yemen resigns as civilian hardships
mount: The UN is to choose a new
envoy to Yemen after Jamal Benomar resigned amid criticism from Saudi
Arabia. Civilian suffering is mounting in the country, with hundreds
killed and tens of thousands fleeing for their lives.
Press Reports Claim Houthis to Hand over Arms:
Saleh is believed to be aligned with his old foes the Houthis to regain
his position as the president of Yemen. Report also suggests that
Houthis and Saleh are offering to hand over weapons to the Yemen army
forces aligned with the Saudi-led coalition currently attacking Yemen.
Yemen's new PM calls for international
intervention: "The international
community has to intervene urgently so citizens can live in an
appropriate way and in order to end a catastrophe," Bahah, was recently
appointed by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi
Iraq PM Says Yemen Could Engulf Region In War,
Slams Saudi Operations: The White
House, however, denied Obama had criticized Saudi Arabia in his talks
with Abadi and renewed U.S. support for the anti-Houthi military
campaign by the Saudis and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council
Iran urges India, China & Russia to counter NATO
missile system: Iran has announced
its readiness to cooperate with Russia, China and India on the issue of
NATO’s missile shield and related threats from the military bloc, the
head of its defense ministry said in Moscow.
US ‘crossed all imaginable lines’ forcing Ukraine
to do its bidding – Russian Def. Min.:
“A group of countries that presume to be the winners in the Cold War”
are trying to impose their will on other nations Shoigu said.
Netanyahu warns of second Holocaust from Iran:
In a speech already winning attention in Washington, Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday compared Washington's deal with
Iran to Europe's appeasement of Adolf Hitler which led to the Holocaust
and world war.
'Thousands' of Israeli Arab homes threatened with
demolition: "I'm annoyed because I
tell myself: who gives them the right to destroy our house," she says,
her young voice shaking with anger. "The land is not theirs, it belongs
to my family and the house is not theirs because it is my family who
built it! "
Michelle Bachmann: Obama's poor relationship with
Israel will bring the return of Jesus:
Former Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann is not afraid of the
end of days, rather she says that “these are the most exciting days in
history” because nothing is more important than the return of Jesus
Christ. Christians who believe this think that God will punish those who
do not bless Israel.
10 Nigerians killed as xenophobic attacks spread
in South Africa: Ten Nigerians have
been killed so far since last Friday when after angry South Africans
launched a xenophobic attack on African migrants in Johannesburg.
According to reports, five Gabonese, 10 Somalis and five Congolese
students were also killed with some of their bodies set ablaze during
Foreign Investment Driving Ethiopians off
Ancestral Lands : The Ethiopian
government is driving communities from their homes to make way for
commerical agricultural projects to benefit foreign investors.
China-Pakistan to Negotiate US$46B Megaproject
: The deal would open a new route for China's energy imports, while
providing Pakistan with massive infrastructure investment. Once
completed, the PCEC will include a network of highways, pipelines and
railways stretching almost the entire length of Pakistan.
Another Ukrainian Politician Dies in Suspicious
Circumstances: In Ukraine, a new
murder has prompted further suspicion that a wave of what appeared as
unrelated deaths of opposition politicians may be politically motivated.
Russia blames U.S. for security crises and
turmoil in Ukraine: Top Russian
officials accused the United States on Thursday of seeking political and
military dominance and sought to put blame on the West for international
security crises, including the conflict in east Ukraine.
41 migrants drown in Mediterranean boat tragedy:
As many as 41 migrants drowned after a small boat carrying refugees sank
in the Mediterranean, Italian media said today, days after 400 were lost
in another shipwreck
Migrants 'throw fellow passengers overboard' in
religious row: Italian police said
Thursday they had arrested a group of African migrants after witnesses
said they threw 12 passengers overboard following a row about religion
on a boat headed to Italy.
Assange agrees to be questioned in London:
lawyer: WikiLeaks founder Julian
Assange has agreed to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London
over rape allegations, his Swedish lawyer Thomas Olsson said on
New investigation reveals 3.4m displaced by World
Bank: “If you love your life, move
out!” the officers shouted. Thousands of people grabbed what belongings
they could carry and fled.
Former IMF chief ‘under investigation for money
laundering’: Online publication
Vozpopuli claims he ‘cleaned’ the ‘dirty’ money outside of Spain, before
declaring it: notably in the tax havens of Gibraltar and the Virgin
Australia to authorize guards to 'beat asylum
seekers to death' – report: The new
powers, applying to immigration officers, would let them use “reasonable
force against any person” to maintain order and security, which in fact
could lead to “beating asylum seekers to death.” The immunity from civil
and criminal liability will include private contractors – people, who
are less trained than police officers.
'Ah look, I'll get it wrong' - John Key doesn't
know ISIS leader's name either: New
Zealand prime minister, John Key has fumbled through an attempt to name
the head of Islamic State, echoing an interview where Australia's
Defence Minister had his credibility destroyed by an ABC journalist over
the same question.
Colombia to resume bombing of FARC targets:
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has ordered the resumption of
bombing raids against FARC rebels after an attack he blamed on the group
killed 10 soldiers, a move that will intensify combat after efforts to
Colombia's Supreme Court Accuses Uribe of Bribery
Scandal: The high court stated that
high-ranking officials in Uribe's government were acting on his orders
when they bribed lawmakers.
40% of Venezuelans to Have Public Housing by 2019
: Nearly half of Venezuela's population will be living in free or low
cost housing provided by the government by the end of the decade,
planning minister Ricardo Menendez said Wednesday.
US Senate passes “milestone” bill to means-test
Medicare, ration health care: The US
Senate voted Tuesday to pass a health care “reform” bill that
incentivizes care providers to cut services for Medicare patients and
expands the means testing of the program, requiring recipients with
higher incomes to pay more in premiums.
Schumer may shatter fundraising records for
Democrats: The New York Democrat has
developed a reputation as a tenacious money magnet who doesn’t take no
for an answer. When handed a $25,000 check, he’s been known to respond,
“You can do a little better than that.”
April 15, 2015
Geopolitical Ramifications of US-Saudi Armed
Interventionism in Yemen
By Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu
The sad truth is that US never cares to propagate democracy in the
Did Money Seal Israeli-Saudi Alliance?
By Robert Parry
If Saudi Arabia’s petrodollars helped secure Israel’s assistance in
creating such a potential hell on earth, the Saudi royals might consider
it the best money they ever spent.
Religious Fanaticism is a Huge Factor in
Americans’ Support for Israel
By Glenn Greenwald
Almost half of all Americans want to support Israel even if its
interests diverge from the interests of their own country.
Why We Must Return to the US-Russian Parity
By Stephen F. Cohen
The current best hope to avert a larger war is being assailed by
political forces, especially in Washington and in US-backed Kiev, that
seem to want a military showdown with Russia’s unreasonably vilified
president, Vladimir Putin.
Will Washington Kill Us All?
By Paul Craig Roberts
The propagandistic American “media” and the crazed neoconservatives have
set humanity on the path to destruction.
TIME Magazine Invaded by Kremlin Troll Army?
By Finian Cunningham
The TIME 100 annual survey of its readers elected Putin as the most
influential world figure in 2015.
Cuba, Iran and American Lies
By Margaret Kimberley
There is a long history of claims made about America’s relations with
other nations that have been revealed as cynical, bald faced lies.
Who’s Protesting in Brazil and Why?
By Bryan Pitts
Don’t believe the right-wing media’s emphasis on corruption—the recent
demonstrations are motivated by entrenched elite discontent over
expanding economic and political inclusion for the nation’s majority.
Hillary Clinton – the ‘Liberal’ Puppet for War
By Finian Cunningham
There is no difference between any of the American presidential
candidates, whether they are Democrat or Republican. All are
bought-and-paid-for by the top one per cent of super-rich in American
Joy Oh Joy, Hillary is Running
By John Chuckman
I wish a woman could run for President, but must the candidate be
someone who resembles Richard Nixon in drag and shares views the late
ogre, J. Edgar Hoover?
No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss
Will Be the Same as the Old Boss
By John W. Whitehead
We will continue to be forced to march in lockstep with the police state
in all matters, public and private.
Thirty four, including seven children killed in
Syria airstrikes: The aerial
bombardment against areas in the northwestern city of Idlib and its
suburb Saraqeb left 24 people killed, including two children, said the
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
'Islamic State' withdraws from Yarmouk camp in
Syria, Nusra remains: Islamic
fighters have largely withdrawn from a Palestinian refugee camp in
Yarmouk, Palestinian officials and residents said.
Officials say bombs kill 11 people around Iraq's
capital: Police officials say the
deadliest attack took place Wednesday night when a bomb exploded inside
a cafe in Baghdad's southeastern suburb of Jisr Diyala, killing six
people and wounding 11 others.
Fierce clashes in Iraq as IS seizes villages near
Ramadi: The Islamic State group
launched an offensive in Iraq's western Anbar province on Wednesday,
capturing three villages near the provincial capital of Ramadi and
forcing villagers to flee from their homes as fierce clashes were
underway between the extremists and government troops, residents said.
Islamic State reverses some losses in Iraq:
The so-called Islamic State attacked
villages on the outskirts of Ramadi in apparent preparation for an
attempt to take full control of the last population center outside its
hands in Iraq's westernmost province.
Iraq's prime minister says seeks U.S. arms, with
payment deferred: Iraq's Prime
Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Wednesday he would seek a sustainable
flow of weaponry from the United States during talks in Washington, with
payment deferred, as Baghdad battles a cash crunch due to plunging oil
5 killed, 8 hurt in Saudi air raids on Yemen:
At least five civilians have been killed and eight others injured in
fresh Saudi airstrikes against Yemen as Riyadh pushes ahead with its
military campaign against Popular Committees, including Houthi
Ansarullah fighters, in the impoverished Arab country.
If the children in Yemen are not killed by bombs
and bullets, they will be killed by a lack of food
: Everybody is desperately worried about the future.
Community members tell me our emergency food rations are a life-saver,
but what happens when they run out?
Refugees flee Yemen for Horn of Africa:
"The difficult situation in Yemen is pushing people to make the
dangerous journey across the Gulf of Aden in extremely difficult
conditions," UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told the Thomson Reuters
Iran Calls for Truce In Yemen Conflict:
Mr. Zarif proposed a four-point plan that included a cease-fire,
humanitarian assistance, a dialogue among local factions, and an
agreement by regional and other powers that Yemen should have “a
broadbased government friendly to all its neighbors
Impunity, Death, and Blowback: Report Exposes
Illegal US Drone War in Yemen: With
hundreds of civilians killed, US drone campaign set 'dangerous'
international precedent as Yemenis face even greater threat from
US-backed coalition attack
Iran repeats its demand of lifting sanctions at
once for signing nuclear deal; Iran
said on Wednesday it would only accept a deal over its contested nuclear
program if world powers simultaneously lifted all sanctions imposed on
Obama Backs Down to US Senate Pressure on Iran
Deal : White House Press Secretary
Josh Earnest announced that the President Obama would be willing to sign
off on a new bill, approved Tuesday, which would allow Congress
oversight on a possible Iran deal.
Iran not negotiating nuclear deal with US
Congress: Rouhani: Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani downplayed Wednesday the threat of US congressional
action against an eventual nuclear deal, saying Tehran is not
negotiating with the lawmakers but with world powers.
Israel happy at compromise deal on Iran between
Congress-Obama: minister: "We are
certainly happy this morning. This is an achievement for Israeli
policy," Steinitz told Israel Radio, citing a March 3 speech by Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress in which he argued against a
then-emerging framework agreement with Tehran on curbing its nuclear
A Really Bad Idea: A 'Limited' War with Iran:
- American hawks are fuming about the agreed
framework regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The public announcement of
the diplomatic breakthrough had barely occurred when the usual suspects
mounted a new campaign to undermine the accord.
33 Afghan Soldiers Killed, Wounded and Beheaded
in Badakhshan: At least 33 service
members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) were martyred, wounded or
kidnapped following an attack by the Taliban militants in northeastern
Badakhshan province. Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of
Defense (MoD), said at least 20 militants were killed and 7 others were
injured during the clashes
Anti-Immigrant Violence in South Africa kills 5
: . Two Ethiopians were among the dead, petrol-bombed in the container
they slept in and ran a small business from. ?Most of the recent
violence has occurred in and around the coastal city of Durban.
According to local media, thousands of people gathered in the streets of
Durban Tuesday in rejection of migrants living in the country.
At least 3 killed, 16 injured in Mali suicide
attack: UN: A suicide bomber attacked
a UN barracks in northern Mali on Wednesday, the United Nations said,
killing three civilians and wounding 16 people, including several
Bomb in north Egypt kills 2 military academy
students: officials: Two students
from an Egyptian military academy were killed and six were wounded on
Wednesday when a bomb targeting a minibus exploded in the northern city
of Kafr al-Sheikh, two health ministry officials said,
Libya appeals for Russia support over arms
embargo: Abdullah al-Thani asked for
Moscow's assistance in removing the United Nations' weapons ban during a
meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Violence spikes in E. Ukraine, OSCE blames Kiev
forces: Military action between the
Ukrainian troops and the self-defense fighters has renewed in the
vicinity of Shirokino, following intense strikes from Kiev’s military,
the daily report by Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
(OSCE) stated on Tuesday.
Lifting Russia sanctions is tied to fulfilling
Minsk - G7 ministers: Western
sanctions against Russia can only be lifted once Moscow fulfills the
ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk in February and respects Ukraine's
sovereignty, foreign ministers from the Group of Seven foreign ministers
said in Germany on April 15.
Russia criticizes Canada for sending troops to
Ukraine: Russia called Canada's
decision to send 200 military trainers to Ukraine "counterproductive and
deplorable" on Wednesday.
Ukrainian parliament recognizes militia that
collaborated with Nazis: The Simon
Wiesenthal Center condemned Ukraine’s recognition of the group as well
as a second bill that equated communist and Nazi crimes.
Greece is 'close to the abyss' as black hole in
public finances widens: Government's
budget surplus shrinks by more than two thirds as finance ministers warn
country is heading towards a euro exit
‘End ECB dick-tatorship!’ Protester attacks
Draghi during keynote speech (VIDEO)
: A protester, apparently from the FEMEN protest movement, interrupted a
televised speech by European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, when
she jumped onto the table and showered him with confetti, while shouting
“End ECB dictatorship!”
Germany to allow phone data retention for up to
10 weeks: The German government plans
to introduce legislation allowing phone and Internet records to be
retained for up to 10 weeks, a new effort to push through a
crime-fighting measure that has run into trouble in European courts.
Australian Defense Minister Sends Troops to Iraq
but Can't Name Islamic State Group Chief
: Australia has just committed to sending 330 troops to Iraq to fight
the Islamic State group. As his government committed a significant
number of troops to Iraq to fight the Islamic State group, Australia's
Defense Minister seems to know astonishingly little about the militant
10 soldiers killed by apparent rebel attack in
Colombia: Ten soldiers were killed
and 20 injured in an apparent attack by leftist guerrillas in Colombia,
a possible violation of the rebels' pledge of a unilateral cease-fire
that could jeopardize the future of peace talks.
Cuba Recognizes US Exclusion From Terrorist
Sponsor List: The island's Foreign
Ministry greeted President Obama's decision but reminded the numerous
terrorist acts that Cuba has faced.
Why was this 17-year-old shot twice in the back
by police?: Just five hours after
Walter Scott was killed by a South Carolina police officer as he was
running away unarmed, police in a Chicago suburb killed a 17-year-old
named Justus with two shots to the back.
Arizona cop takes suspect down with cruiser
(CHILLING VIDEO): The video released
by authorities shows the eye level view from a police cruiser as Mario
Valencia, the alleged suspect, was walking down a street in Marana,
Death Penalty Off Table in Police Shooting Case:
In a statement, Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said she has
reviewed South Carolina's death penalty statute and concluded that the
case - borne of Slager's shooting Scott five times in the back as the
unarmed man fled from a traffic stop - does not include any of the
aggravating circumstances that would make it a death penalty case.
Protests in U.S. cities against police violence
prompt arrests: Protesters in several
U.S. cities blocked highways and swarmed police precincts, leading to at
least two dozen arrests in demonstrations touched off by fresh cases of
police violence against unarmed black men.