Stop the Killing
By Kathy Kelly
The war on the Islamic State will distract us from what the U.S. has
done and is doing to further create despair, in Iraq, and to enlist new
recruits for the Islamic State.
George W. Bush: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
By William Rivers Pitt
The single greatest strength of the American right is their utter and
complete lack of shame.
US War on Iran Takes Bizarre Turn
By Tony Cartalucci
It is not merely hyperbole when it is said the US created terrorist
organizations like Al Qaeda or the so-called “Islamic State.” It is
Kobane: The Nightmare Of Reality
George Galloway Interviews Kurdish Activist Memed Aksoy.
US Bio-warfare Laboratories In Africa Are The
Origin Of The Ebola Epidemic
By Aggeliki Dimopoulou
USA have been using West Africa as an offshore to circumvent the
Convention on Biological Weapons and do bio-warfare work.
Ebola Manufactured By US DoD?: Scientists Allege
By Dr. Cyril Broderick
The U. S., Canada, France, and the U. K. are all implicated in the
detestable and devilish deeds that these Ebola tests are.
Ebola: The Time of Duty
By Fidel Castro
We will gladly cooperate with the US staff in this endeavor, not in the
pursuit of peace between the two States which have been adversaries for
so many years, but, in any case, for world peace, which is a goal that
could and should be pursued.
"We Are Better Off Without US Government" Evo
By Al Jazeera
I have no regrets - in fact, I am pleased to have expelled the US
ambassador, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and to have closed
the US military base in Bolivia.
What ‘Democracy’ Really Means in U.S. and New
York Times Jargon: Latin America Edition
By Glenn Greenwald
“Democracy” in U.S. discourse means: “serving U.S. interests” and
“obeying U.S. dictates.
The American Oligarchy
By Andre Damon
Not only do the politicians do the bidding of the wealthy, they are
themselves increasingly numbered among the rich and super-rich.
Syria: ‘70 militants die’ in battle for Kobani:
IS, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, fired 44 mortars at Kurdish
parts of the town on Saturday alone. Some shells fell inside nearby
Fierce fighting rages in Syria's Kobane:
The Syrian border town of Kobane has been hit by the fiercest fighting
in days as Kurdish forces repelled advancing fighters from the Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a group monitoring the violence has
Analysis: US Airstrikes Against ISIS Have Hurt
Moderate Rebels: Opponents of the
U.S. strikes argue that they have given an indirect boost to Syrian
regime forces, helping them focus their attacks on rebel positions
outside of ISIS-held territory.
Suicide bomber kills 19, wounds 28 outside
Baghdad Shi'ite mosque: A suicide
bomber killed 19 people and wounded 28 others on Sunday outside a
Shi'ite Muslim mosque in western Baghdad, where mourners were attending
a funeral, a police officer and medical official said.
US Air Strikes Kill Tens of Iraqi Popular Forces;
Tens of Iraqi popular forces, fighting the terrorist groups, were killed
in the US air strikes against their positions around Mahmoudiya city,
South of Baghdad.
ISIS adapts to the air strikes and can control
the Baghdad airport, says John McCain
Deal agreed for Australian forces to deploy in
Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says:
Australia has reached a deal with Baghdad for the deployment of about
200 of its special forces to assist Iraqi troops in their fight against
Islamic State (IS) militants, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on
Iraq Opens Air Passage for Anti-IS Coalition,
Excluding UAE: Iraqi Prime Minister:
“The government has allowed overflight of coalition aircraft along the
southern border [of Iraq], away from the cities, into Syria. Overflight
permission has been denied to UAE military aircraft,” Abadi is cited as
saying by Iraq’s AIN news agency.
75 Killed in Five Days of Fighting in Libya's
Benghazi: Nine people were killed on
Sunday in new violence in Benghazi where pro-government forces have
launched an offensive against Islamist militias, raising the toll to 75
dead in five days, medics said.
United troops trying to take back Tripoli:
Libya’s internationally-recognised prime minister said yesterday that
military forces in the strife-torn country had united to try to
recapture Tripoli and the second city Benghazi from Islamist militias.
Abdullah Al Thani also expressed his frustration over a lack of support
from the international community, calling for foreign weapons and
assistance in the fight against the Islamists.
A sick joke!:
U.S. and allies threaten sanctions in Libya:
In a joint statement issued late Saturday by the governments of the US,
UK, Germany, France and Italy, the group threatened sanctions against
violent parties in Libya if a ceasefire and negotiation process is not
Children 'hacked to death' in DR Congo town:
At least 22 people, most of them women and children, have been hacked
and clubbed to death in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, just
days after a similar massacre took place, a government official said.
Blast kills 7 in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula:
They were killed by a remotely detonated roadside bomb on Sunday that
exploded as a patrol responsible for protecting a natural gas pipeline
passed by, the sources said.
Dozens killed in Nigeria 'ceasefire' with Boko
Haram militants: Witnesses say Boko
Haram was behind deadly attacks but government and militants blame gangs
as officials work on deal to free schoolgirls
55 Taliban killed in clashes, Afghan forces lose
five troops: Afghan forces have
killed 51 Taliban and lost five of their own troops in the latest
crackdown against insurgents, according to Afghan authorities.
US Kills 3 People In Pakistan:
At least three alledged Taliban militants were killed following a drone
strike by NATO-led coalition forces in eastern Kunar province.
DOJ pressuring reporter to reveal sources: Video
- New York Times reporter James Risen discusses the unintended
consequences from the open-ended war on terror in the post-9/11 era and
if the Department of Justice will decide to subpoena him in a CIA leaks
Prepare Your Children for “a Lifetime of
Surveillance” : The NSA has nothing
on the monitoring tools that education technologists have developed in
to “personalize” and “adapt” learning for students in public school
districts across the United States.
Germany’s intel agency says MH17 downed by
Ukraine militia – report: Germany's
BND foreign intelligence agency says a local militia shot down Malaysia
Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July, Der Spiegel reports.
The BND is said to possess “ample evidence," though none of it has been
Ukraine says winter gas price deal agreed with
Russia: EU-brokered talks with
Ukraine and Russia have produced a draft accord under which
cash-strapped Kiev would pay $3.1 billion in unpaid bills to Moscow by
the end of October, with a new contract to cover subsequent deliveries.
Military preps team for Ebola response in United
States: The U.S. military is forming
a 30-person "quick strike team" equipped to provide direct treatment to
Ebola patients inside the United States, a Defense Department official
told CNN's Barbara Starr on Sunday.
How the microscopic Ebola virus kills thousands:
People have to wonder: How contagious is this virus — really? Is there
something different and more pernicious about this particular strain of
Why the U.S. Is Building a High-Tech Bubonic
Plague Lab in Kazakhstan: The
country's meager opposition has called the lab a risk to the citizens of
Almaty; the city sits in an active seismic zone, and the lab lies just
outside town, in the midst of a populated suburban neighborhood.
U.S. Accused Of Hiding Chemical Weapons Exposure
To Its Own Troops: The soldiers were
quoted by the Times saying they were told to keep their discovery
secret. As a result, they were denied proper medical treatment and the
Purple Heart which soldiers receive when wounded on the battlefield.
Georgia teen forced to ground at gunpoint for
seat-belt violation: Saying “I could
have been another Trayvon Martin case,” Montre’ Merritt explained to
reporters how the traffic stop in front of his home where officer
Officer Cory Gay held a gun to his head and ordered him onto the ground
still haunts him.
October 18, 2014
FSA Equals Fictitious Syrian Army
By Finian Cunningham
This is a stunning admission, hardly picked up in the Western media.
The Real Secret of Iraq's Germ Weapons
By Eric Margolis
Chemical warfare manufacturing equipment – came from Germany, France and
Holland. The feed stock for the germ weapons came from a US laboratory
in Maryland –approved by the US government.
Dark Clouds Loom
By Noam Chomsky
Chomsky on the threat of nuclear war, the recent escalation of violence
in Gaza, and the growth of ISIS in Iraq.
History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests
By Gareth Porter
The IAEA has long touted the document, which came from an unidentified
member state, as key evidence justifying suspicion that Iran has covered
up past nuclear weapons work.
Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights
By Stephen Zunes
During and after Israel's war on the people of Gaza, bipartisan
congressional majorities have worked to undermine war crimes
investigations by the United Nations and human rights groups.
My Grandson Doesn't Kill Children
What Happens When You Talk With Americans About Drone Murders
By Joy First
This story really illustrates the disconnect and denial going on in our
society, about how much we want to believe that we are the good guys,
that we wouldn’t hurt others.
GINSBURG: Texas Voter Law Is An Intentionally
Racist Poll Tax
By Erin Fuchs
The Texas legislature knew the law could potentially stop 600,000 people
Democracy in Action
By Christopher Brauchli
Since literacy tests are no longer allowed, Republicans have come up
with three new approaches to dilute the minority vote and, where
possible, prevent minorities from voting.
Postcard from the End of America: New Orleans
By Linh Dinh
"Cops are predators, man. They got a gun. They got everything.”
Over 60 Yemenis killed as Houthis clash with
tribesmen: Shiite Houthi rebels
sweeping across Yemen clashed with armed Sunni tribesmen for a second
straight day on Saturday in violence that left at least 36 people dead
in one province over two days and 26 killed in another, medics said.
At least 26 killed in bomb attacks in Baghdad:
At least 26 people were killed and 96 others wounded in three car bomb
attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad Saturday evening, a police
Australia won't be sending ground troops to fight
IS, says Bishop: Speaking at a news
conference with her Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad,
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said "we've not being asked to
and we've not offered" to send ground troops into the country.
U.S.kills 10 civilians in Syria: monitor:
Seven civilians were killed when an air strike hit a gas plant near the
town of al-Khasham is the eastern Deir al-Zor province on Friday, and
three civilians were killed in an air strike on Thursday night in the
north east province of al-Hassakah.
U.S. strikes more
Islamic State targets in Syrian city of Kobani:
U.S.-led coalition forces bombed Islamic State of Iraq
and Syria targets in the Syrian city of Kobani at least six times
Saturday, the latest in an effort to aid Kurdish forces seeking to take
over the area.
US Still Searching for Credible Allies in Syria:
The CIA has secretly trained and is paying more than 1,000 moderates to
help achieve the administration's stated objective of overthrowing
Syrian president Bashar Assad, U.S. officials have said.
It’s official: U.S. will build
new Syrian rebel force to battle Islamic State:
The United States is ditching the old Free Syrian Army and building its
own local ground force to use primarily in the fight against the
Al-Qaeda issues call to support Isil in new
threat to American strategy: Al-Qaeda
branch calls on group to support Isil in blow to American-led coalition,
as monitoring group reports that Isil has been able to fly three Russian
Germany will seize passports of ISIL supporters:
"We do not want to export terrorism from Germany. We do not want men and
women to be radicalized and to experience war in Syria and Iraq, and
then to come back here and to plan attacks," the minister warned.
"Israel's war crimes sometimes have to be
overlooked" EU science chief promised
to be "flexible" towards Israel’s war crimes
22 People Including Women, Children Killed In New
DR Congo Attack: Twenty-two people,
most of them women and children, have been hacked and clubbed to death
by Ugandan rebels in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of
Congo just days after a similar massacre.
Three Men Killed in Libya Car Blast:
Three men have been killed and one badly
injured after a car exploded at a checkpoint in the center of Benghazi,
Libya, a city official said on Saturday.
Death toll in Libya’s clashes hits 52:
At least 18 people were killed in violent battles in the eastern Libyan
city of Benghazi between the renegade general Khalifa Hafter’s forces
and Islamic militias, making the death toll rise to 52, medical sources
said on Friday.
3 Egyptian troops killed in border tunnel
collapse: At least three Egyptian
troops died when a smuggling tunnel on the border with the Gaza Strip
collapsed on them as they were investigating it on Saturday, a military
At least nine militants killed in Pakistani army
offensive in Afghan border:
Pakistan's army extended its offensive against Islamist militants in
mountains along the Afghan border on Friday, killing at least nine
insurgents, military officials said.
Only 84 of 2,379 US drone attacks
victims in Pakistan confirmed Al-Qaeda militants - report:
CIA drones strikes in Pakistan have killed nearly 2,400 people since
2004. But despite US claims it just hits “confirmed terrorist targets,”
only 84 of the victims have been named Al-Qaeda members, a report
Bombings Kill 4 Security Troops in Afghanistan:
A suicide car bomber killed three Afghan security force troops Saturday
as a roadside bomb killed a district police chief, authorities said.
Taliban key commander killed in N. Afghanistan:
Two Taliban militants, including key commander Qari Zubair, were killed
Thursday night in air strikes against insurgents' hideouts in Borka
district of the northern Baghlan province, police spokesman Ahmad Jawed
Basharat said Friday.
Hong Kong protesters clash with police
Four people killed in east Ukraine fighting:
Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in combat with pro-Russian
rebels in east Ukraine, Kiev’s military said on Saturday, as violence
rocked a truce after talks between Kiev and Moscow ended without a
breakthrough.: Correspondents also saw two civilians — a man and a woman
— killed after a shell hit a residential house in the western district
of rebel hub Donetsk.
Ukraine says it agrees on interim gas price with
Russia: Ukraine's and Russia's
leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies
this winter but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday.
'You're moving closer to Russia and blame
Russians for being close to NATO' :
Video - Journalists grill Chuck Hagel's recent claims that Russia is on
the doorstep of NATO during the daily State Department briefing.
Time to reduce reliance on the dollar: Russia PM:
Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told CNBC that the world must
move away from its dependence on the U.S. dollar, arguing that the
global economy would benefit from a more diversified currency system.
Britain Needs A Pay Rise: Workers Rally Across
The UK In Demand For Better Wages:
Tens of thousands of workers, including many who have been on strike
this week, took part in noisy protests today to call for an end to
austerity and to highlight the need for pay to increase.
Port Bars Cruise Ship In Passenger Ebola Scare:
A Mexican port has denied entry to a US cruise ship which has a
passenger under quarantine because of ebola fears, a day after Belize
refused to allow US officials to evacuate the woman.
Ebola outbreaks in Congo, western Africa, have
different sources in nature, virus study finds:
A second, smaller Ebola outbreak has been going on in Africa, and a new
study shows it has a different source in nature than the massive
epidemic raging now in the western part of the continent.
U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola
Training: Soldiers preparing for
deployment to West Africa are given just four hours of Ebola-related
training before leaving to combat the epidemic.
How to avoid being infected with Ebola:
Could I catch Ebola from door handles a patient had touched?
ISIS in Texas?! ABC Fails an Easy Factcheck:
A politician making a ludicrous claim that has no basis in fact about a
major story of the day should be an easy factcheck. But ABC's This Week
(10/13/14) reminded us that corporate news outlets are often not very
good at this.
Judge delays order to release Guantanamo
force-feeding videos Ruling on a
request filed by the Obama administration, US District Court Judge
Gladys Kessler agreed Thursday to grant a one-month delay on the release
of videotapes showing the barbaric force-feeding of prisoners at the
Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
19-year-old dies naked on cell floor of gangrene;
: Three times last year Madison County jailers watched small-time
criminals die before their eyes, according to a series of three lawsuits
filed in federal court. Each argues that Madison County withholds the
most basic medical care in order to save money, banking on the insurance
of the medical contractor to cover any resulting lawsuits.
WATCH: Iowa Police Force Pregnant Woman In Labor
To Ground At GunPoint : Video -
Rachel Kohnen and her husband, Ben Kohnen, were rushing to the hospital
in time to have their fourth child on Tuesday morning. Cops used tire
spikes to stop the car and ordered the couple to the ground after they
refused to pull over.
Juvenile Detainees Locked in Controversial Device
: "It is torture. This should not
happen to kids," said an official investigator. Juvenile detention
facilities across the state are coming under fire for using a disturbing
restraint device that some are calling “torture.”
Secret Service attempted use of fake warrant to
enter home of Obama critic: Nashville Police Chief:
Video - Nashville's police chief is raising stunning new allegations
regarding the U.S. Secret Service, saying local agents once asked his
officers to fake a search warrant.
Breakthrough device heralds future of cancer
detection: “You don’t need to wait
until you have any symptoms, you don’t need to know which disease you
are looking for, you only need 1 milliliter of blood and a relatively
simple array of tools,”
October 17, 2014
A Caliph in a Wilderness of Mirrors
By Pepe Escobar
The Caliph's goons are no less than taking over the whole, notorious
Baghdad belt, the previous "triangle of death" in those hardcore days of
American occupation circa 2004.
The Islamist State
Will Human Decency Survive?
By William Blum
It’s safe to say that the majority of armored vehicles, weapons,
ammunition, and explosives taking lives every minute in the Middle East
are stamped “Made in USA”.
How To Create A No-Fly Zone Over Syria:
By Moon Of Alabama
Just claim that the current boogeyman is using planes and one is free to
shoot ALL planes, especially Syrian government ones, out of the sky.
Safest Place For Tony Blair Is Behind Bars For
His War Crimes
By Robin Beste
Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie Booth, may have been the target of a
terror attack, according to reports of a "secret trial" being held at
the Old Bailey.
Putin: World Economy Would Collapse If Oil Prices
Stay At $80 Per Barrel
President Putin answers questions from the international press.
The Neocons — Masters of Chaos
By Robert Parry
America’s neoconservatives, by stirring up trouble in the Middle East
and Eastern Europe, are creating risks for the world’s economy that are
surfacing now in the turbulent stock markets, threatening another global
Obama Fights Ebola With A Czar and Soldiers
By Paul Craig Roberts
Little wonder ebola conspiracy theories are spreading faster than ebola.
And as far as any of us know, the conspiracies could be true.
Blowing the Whistle on CIA Torture from Beyond
By Cora Currier
Emails show close collaboration between staffers at the American
Psychological Association (APA) and government officials, collaboration
that offered a fig leaf of health-professional legitimacy to the CIA and
military’s brutal interrogations of terror suspects.
The Absurd Illusions of a Shining City on a Hill
By Mark Weiser
Everyday Americans, through propaganda, are persuaded to sacrifice their
lives and tax money for use in the arsenal of weapons to beguile and
wrestle the resources away from people in foreign lands.
Richest One Percent Controls Nearly Half Of
By Andre Damon
If the growth of inequality were to proceed at last year’s rate, the
richest one percent for all intents and purposes would control all the
wealth on the planet within 23 years.
“Beyond the City of Ferguson”
By Paul Street
We all need some civil unrest – a lot actually, on a mass scale.
Approximately 195 people killed in Syria.
Report: 39 civilians, 28 rebels, 15
Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 20 NDF, 29 Regular forces, 17 unknown
rebels, 38 ISIS, 5 YPG, 4 non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces.
Building a new Syrian army would cost billions,
report says: Pollack’s new analysis
paper, “Building a Better Syrian Opposition Army,” released this month,
gives insight into what U.S. President Barack Obama’s long-term game
plan could be in regards to Syria and the Islamic State.
Fact or fiction:
Islamic State training pilots to fly in three
jets: Syria monitor: Iraqi pilots who
have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to
fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on
Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken
to the air.
ISIS fighters withdraw from Syria's embattled
Kobani - Report: Islamic State
fighters have been driven out of Kobani, the Kurdish town that straddles
the Syrian-Turkish border, after weeks of heavy fighting, according to
Kurdish sources. A Kurdish commander said that ISIS retreated overnight
– withdrawing by 2 km east and 9 km west.
US meets with Syrian Kurds linked to terror group:
The State Department said Thursday that it has met directly with a
Kurdish political party in Syria that is linked to a guerrilla group
considered by the U.S. and Turkey as a terrorist organization.
Car bombs kill 24 across Baghdad as violence
rages: Friday: A string of car bombs
killed at least 24 people across Baghdad on Friday night, medical and
police officials said, amid a surge of violence in the capital.
U.S. says ISIS made ‘substantial gains’ in Iraq:
The group “has made substantial gains in Iraq,” and it will take time to
build up local forces that could defeat them in Syria and Iraq, John
Allen, a retired four-star U.S. general, told reporters, according to
Islamic State fighters in new video vow to punish
U.S. for ‘every drop of blood’:
Against a desert backdrop in Dabiq, Syria, three men claiming to be
European nationals fighting for the Islamic State vowed to one day fly
their flag over the White House and avenge “every drop of blood spilt”
by the U.S.-led coalition.
Saudi Arabia Beheaded 59 People So Far This Year
— But Hardly Anyone is Talking About It:
Last month saw Saudi Arabia behead at least 8 people — twice the number
of Western hostages who have so far featured in IS's barbaric execution
videos. In August those executed by Riyadh were sentenced to death for
crimes such as apostasy, adultery and "sorcery."
20 killed in Yemen rebel clashes:
Clashes between tribesmen and Shiite rebels advancing into the mainly
Sunni southwestern province of Ibb killed 20 people Friday, local
government officials said.
Soldier killed in Lebanese bus attack:
A Lebanese soldier was killed Friday as a military bus came under fire
in the country’s north, in the fourth such deadly attack in less than a
month, the army said
Israeli occupation forces shoot, kill 13-year-old
Palestinian near Ramallah: - A
Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces in the village of
Beit Laqiya northwest of Ramallah on Thursday evening. Medical sources
said Bahaa Samir Badir, 13, was shot in the chest after Israeli forces
raided the village.
Leader Urges Palestinian Resistance Groups to
Enhance Defense Capabilities: The
Supreme Leader also urged the Palestinians in the West Bank to intensify
their fight against the Israeli regime, and said, “Fighting the Zionist
regime (Israel) is a war of destiny."
Can Palestinian-American Rasmea Odeh get a fair
trial?: Rasmea’s case looks likely to
become another notorious one in which Israeli intelligence cooperation
with US authorities sees prominent Palestinian/Americans removed from
public life by long prison sentences or deportation.
Cameroon says killed 107 Boko Haram militants in
clashes: The Cameroonian army has
killed 107 members of Nigeria's Boko Haram militant group in Cameroon's
Far North Region on the Nigerian border, Defense Minister Edgard Alain
Mebe Ngo'o said Friday. The Cameroonian army engaged in two simultaneous
clashes with Boko Haram militants in the towns of Amchide and Limani
near the border with Nigeria.
Another 18 people killed in clashes in Libya's
Benghazi: Hospital: At least 18
people were killed Friday as Islamists and pro-government forces clashed
in Libya's second city of Benghazi, hospital sources said. Benghazi
Medical Centre said the dead were mostly soldiers and civilians fighting
alongside the army in the central district of Al-Majouri.
Libya says week of violence kills nearly 100:
Prime Minister Omar al-Hassi - appointed by Islamist-allied militias who
took control of the capital, said fighting between rival militias in the
western town of Kikla left some 80 dead and forced thousands to flee
At Least 6 Killed in Northern Mali:
Clashes between armed groups and pro-government militias killed at least
six people in northern Mali, Tuareg rebels said on Friday, stoking
tensions ahead of a new round of peace talks later this month.
Egypt: 3 policemen killed in blast:
Egypt’s state-run news agency says three police conscripts have been
killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in the Sinai Peninsula.
Carter Center shuts Egypt office over rights
concerns: A human rights group
founded by former US President Jimmy Carter has closed its office in
Egypt because of the restrictions on democratic rights.
Nigeria's missing schoolgirls 'to be released' by
Boko Haram: An agreement between
Nigerian officials and Boko Haram has been reached to secure a ceasefire
and the return of 219 schoolgirls missing for more than six months
At least nine militants killed in Pakistani army
offensive in Afghan border: On
Thursday, fighter jets pounded suspected hideouts in the valley, killing
at least 21 insurgents.
Two Iranian Guards, One Pakistani Officer Killed
In Shootout: Pakistani official told
AFP news agency that a paramilitary officer was killed and four soldiers
wounded when their vehicle came under fire by Iranian border guards.
Only 4% of drone victims in Pakistan named as al
Qaeda members: These findings
“demonstrate the continuing complete lack of transparency surrounding US
drone operations,” said Mustafa Qadri, Pakistan researcher for Amnesty
Chinese Envoy Criticizes US Plans to Deploy
Missile Defense System in South Korea:"
The deployment of a US advanced missile defense system in South Korea
currently under consideration in Washington may trigger a strong
negative reaction from North Korea, China's deputy chief envoy to the
talks urged Friday.
Fresh clashes in Hong Kong as pro-democracy
activists regroup: Hong Kong riot
police used pepper spray and baton charged crowds of pro-democracy
protesters on Friday evening as tension escalated after a pre-dawn
clearance of a major protest zone in the Chinese-controlled financial
New Zealand Cops Raided Home of Reporter Working
on Snowden Documents: Agents from New
Zealand’s national police force ransacked the home of a prominent
independent journalist earlier this month who was collaborating with The
Intercept on stories from the NSA archive furnished by Edward Snowden.
No breakthrough in Milan talks on Ukraine:
The presidents of Russia and Ukraine met on Friday morning in Milan on
the sidelines of the summit of Asian and European leaders in Italy. They
were joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President
Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and European
Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Poroshenko: Ukraine, Russia fail to reach
agreement on gas dispute: Kiev and
Moscow have so far failed to reach an agreement to turn back on gas
supplies before the winter months, Petro Poroshenko said after meeting
Putin promises not to create gas crisis in Europe:
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia would not
create a gas crisis in Europe, but would react to any attempts to steal
gas from pipes that run through Ukraine.
Four London Men Charged Over Terror Offences:
The charges, provided by the Metropolitan Police, allege that the four
men conducted "hostile reconnaissance" of Shepherd's Bush police station
and White City Territorial Army Barracks and took an oath of allegiance
to extremist group Islamic State.
‘Scandalous’: 1.6m UK pensioners living in
poverty – report: The research, How
We Can End Pensioner Poverty, published on Friday, reveals that poverty
among pensioners is rife in Britain, with 1.6 million living below the
poverty line and a startling 900,000 living in “severe poverty.”
Ebola crisis: No impact from pledges of help, MSF
says: International pledges of
deployments and aid for Africa's Ebola-hit regions have not yet had any
impact on the epidemic, a major medical charity says. Christopher Stokes
of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said the disease was still out of
Africa stems Ebola via border closings, luck:
Health officials battling the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than
4,500 people in West Africa have managed to limit its spread on the
continent to five countries - and two of them appear to have snuffed out
the disease. The developments constitute a modest success in an
otherwise bleak situation.
Caribbean countries announce Ebola travel bans:
Jamaica said it would not accept travellers from Liberia, Guinea and
Sierra Leone for the time being. Guyana, the island of St Lucia, Haiti
and Colombia also introduced a ban.
Russian govt orders extra airport facilities to
prevent Ebola: Airports in Russia
will be equipped with extra facilities to prevent the Ebola virus from
spreading, the government's press service reported on Friday. Over a
thousand African students are already under special medical control.
Obama open to appointing Ebola 'czar', opposes
travel ban: Obama's administration is
facing sharp criticism from lawmakers over its efforts to contain the
disease at home. Obama authorized calling up military reservists for the
U.S. fight against Ebola in West Africa on Thursday.
Politicians in America's Heartland Are Spreading
Fear to Get Votes: “I believe that
the Islamic State is an imminent threat to our nation.” Thus proclaimed
Colorado Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner in a televised debate
Wednesday night. Gardner apparently felt no need to provide evidence for
The Ebola Effect Arrives:
Half Of Americans Will Avoid International Air Travel Out Of Ebola Fears
U.S. Senate inquiry into harsh CIA tactics
sidesteps Bush role: A
soon-to-be-released Senate report on the CIA doesn’t assess the
responsibility of former President George W. Bush or his top aides for
any of the abuses of the agency’s detention and interrogation program,
avoiding a full public accounting of one of the most controversial
chapters of the war on terror.
Former ambassador calls Roberts 'congenital liar'
complicit in torture scandal: While
Sen. Pat Roberts is hosting national Republican figures to help out in
his re-election campaign, another national figure is weighing in on the
race, accusing the Kansas senator of being a “congenital liar” who was
complicit in allowing U.S. intelligence agencies to engage in torture.
Extent of inequality in US 'greatly concerns me':
Fed Chair Yellen: Income inequality in the United States is near its
highest levels of the past 100 years, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on
Google Now Giving More Political Contributions
Than Goldman Sachs: Silicon Valley
has become a major force in legally bribing US politicians.
3-D Printed Car From Start To Finish In Less Than
Two Days: Rogers has already produced
the world’s first 3-D printed car, the Strati, a small two-seater that
was unveiled to the world last month at the International Manufacturing
Technology Show in Chicago.
October 16, 2014
Obama Knew Arming Rebels Was Useless, But Did It
By Dan Froomkin
What’s worse: Launching a disastrous military campaign under false
pretenses to achieve goals you wrongly believe are attainable? Or
launching a disastrous military campaign you know is doomed in order to
help your party win an election?
Will Washington Succeed in Having Northern Syria
By Thierry Meyssan
At Kobané, where more than 300,000 Syrian Kurds are threatened with
extermination by the Islamic Emirate, everyone can take the measure of
Sectarianism In Mideast Is Not At All
By Ramzy Baroud
What the US truly founded in Iraq was Sunni militancy, a concept that
has, till recently been alien to the Middle East.
IS And The IDF: Canada’s Double Standard
By Eric Walberg
Why can westerners join the IDF while westerners joining IS are despised
and killed? In what sense is the IDF scenario any less reprehensible
than the IS one?
The Two-state Solution is Ultimately Doomed to
By Jonathan Cook
Israel is losing the moral argument in Europe, where the Zionist
movement began. That tide will spread across Europe and ultimately lap
up against the shores of Capitol Hill and the White House.
The Saudi Oil War Against Russia, Iran and the US
By Pepe Escobar
Geopolitically, it gets juicier when we see that central to the House of
Saud strategy is to stick it to Washington for not fulfilling its “Assad
must go” promise.
West Despotism Behind Saudi Death Sentence
By Finian Cunningham
Strip away the venal rhetoric from Washington and London, and what we
see is the grotesque reality of their unswerving support for despots.
Putin Warns Obama
By Paul Craig Roberts
Vladimir Putin Reminds Obama That Sowing Discord Between Nuclear Powers
Can Undermine Strategic Security.
What Claim Does America Have to Global Dominance?
The belief in America’s right and duty to lead the world towards
democracy is just as nationalist in its way as that of the hard-line
chauvinists who basically hate the rest of the world.
Our Souls Turned into Weapons
By Robert C. Koehler
Military glory — protection of the innocent — is a broken ideal, a
Confronting Battered Citizen Syndrome
By James F. Tracy
Once a citizen recognizes how the psychological torment and terroristic
violence they are suffering from is the fault of their government, it is
only a matter of time before these victims understand the importance of
taking responsibility and escaping their current situation.
Tennessee Highway Is Now Patrolled by TSA
By Conor Friedersdorf
Despite billions spent on airport security, federal bureaucrats have
escaped the terminal. Is your 4th Amendment safe?
In the Blink of an Eye
Stocks Plunge 460 Points on QE Exit
By Mike Whitney
If stocks rode higher on an ocean of Fed liquidity, then how low are
they going to go when the spigot is turned off?
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As -
59 IS militants killed in air strikes, clashes in
Iraq: In Iraq's eastern province of
Diyala, Iraqi army soldiers backed by Shiite militias carried out an
offensive on IS positions in Mansouriyah area, some 100 km northeast of
the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and fought fierce clashes with the
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As -
Iraq : 'At least 50 killed' in wave of terrorist
attacks across Baghdad: The Islamist
group, which controls several major cities and towns surrounding the
Iraqi capital, has claimed responsibility for the most deadly attack in
the Dawlai district.
IS assembles forces strategically near Baghdad:
Fighters from the Islamic State were mustering with tanks, armored
vehicles and heavy weapons Wednesday near a strategically located rural
town about 25 miles west of Baghdad in embattled Anbar province, local
officials said. Militants were approaching the town from north, west and
east and they appeared to be preparing a siege, officials said.
US hits IS with 14 air strikes near Syria border
town: military: US warplanes struck
14 times near Kobane into Thursday, hammering Islamic State jihadists
besieging the strategically important Syrian border town, the American
Syrian Kurdish Official Calls for Arms for Kobani:
It's unclear what friendly countries could do. Weapons for Kurdish
fighters would have to cross through Turkey — a request the Ankara
government is likely to rebuff.
Syrian refugees : UN refugee chief says Europe
must open borders: The head of the
United Nations refugee agency on Wednesday urged countries, particularly
in Europe, to review their laws to allow entry to more Syrians fleeing
their country's civil war.
Russia denies agreement with US to share intel on
Islamic State militants: Moscow on
Thursday denied a US assertion that it had agreed to ramp up
intelligence-sharing with Washington over the Islamic State group,
saying it would provide no such help without UN Secuity Council
US paratroopers conduct largest drills since 9-11
with scenario reminiscent of fighting ISIS
(VIDEO): Late last month, the US Army completed the largest simulated
ground-combat exercise since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 in
preparation for a confrontation with the likes Islamic State, which
blends insurgent tactics with large ground-force maneuvers.
5 killed as Qaeda militants capture town in
southwest Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda
militants have seized control of a town in southwest Yemen a security
official said today. Five policemen were killed in the overnight
offensive by militants on the town of Udain.
IED attack kills two soldiers in Yemen's
Hadhramaut: TWO soldiers were killed
and three others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED),
emplaced by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants
Israel gives Syrians aid so moderate rebels keep
extremists from border, Ya'alon says:
In an extensive interview, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon tells Haaretz
about Israel's external enemies, but saves the emotion for cabinet
Defense Minister Ya'alon: I am not looking for a
solution, I am looking for a way to manage the conflict:
Op-Ed: Moshe Ya’alon is telling it like it is: What you see now in the
West Bank and Gaza is Israel’s solution.
Palestinians still 2 votes short for Security
Council resolution on deadline for Israel:
On Wednesday evening, Abbas met with senior members of the Palestine
Liberation Organization and his Fatah movement in Ramallah to discuss a
request by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to put off any Security
Council initiative until the beginning of next year, participants said.
Exodus campaign to Berlin sparks outrage in
Israel: Thousands of exasperated
Israelis have asked him for help in getting visas. He reasons that if
Israelis vote with their feet and simply leave the country, the
government will be forced to serve the public better.
Iran repeats it may send military forces to
Pakistan: The Islamic Revolutionary
Guard Corps (IRGC) Deputy Commander Brigadier-General Hossein Salami has
repeated that if Pakistan does not take action against Iran’s Baluchi
rebels, the Islamic Republic forces may enter the neighboring country’s
territory, Iranian Fars news agency reported Oct. 16.
21 "militants" killed in Pak air strikes:
At least 21 "militants" were killed on Thursday when Pakistani military
choppers pounded their alledged hideouts in troubled Khyber tribal
district near Afghan border, a day after suicide bomber blew himself up
in a peace committee meeting killing five tribesmen.
15 Taliban Militants Killed In Drone Attack In
Western Afghanistan: At least 15
Taliban militants were killed in a drone attack by NATO-led coalition
forces in western Afghan province of Herat overnight, Xinhua news agency
Car Bomb Kills 8 Afghans From Unit Linked to
C.I.A.: The deaths, caused by a car
bomb, occurred during a raid by the Khost Protection Force, a C.I.A.-trained
paramilitary unit that has carried out operations along the border with
Pakistan for more than a decade.
Rebel attack' in DR Congo leaves 26 dead:
Twenty-six people have been killed in an attack in a major town in
eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with the violence blamed on
Ugandan rebels. The attackers hacked or stabbed their victims to death
in the overnight onslaught in Beni.
Six killed in violence in Central African
Republic's capital: At least six
people were killed and hundreds forced to flee their homes in two days
of violence involving the "anti-balaka" militia in the capital of
Central African Republic, officials said on Wednesday.
UN: 3 peacekeepers killed in Darfur:
Two peacekeepers serving in the joint United Nations-African Union force
in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region were killed in an attack, and a third
later died from his injuries, the U.N. secretary-general said Thursday.
Islamist Militants Resist Assault on Libya's
Benghazi: Islamist militias held
their ground today in the face of an assault by an ex-general backed by
army units aimed at retaking Libya's second city of Benghazi, military
Egypt's Bombing of Benghazi Will Cost Libya
Dearly: With the world's attention so
focused on what the Islamic State is up to in Syria and Iraq, the
conflict steadily building in Libya hasn't received much attention
Putin: If Ukraine siphons gas from pipeline,
Russia will reduce Europe supplies:
“There are large transit risks. If we see that our Ukrainian partners
start illegally taking our gas from the export pipeline as it was in
2008, we will equally reduce the amount of supply as happened in 2008,”
warned Putin on Thursday at a news conference in Belgrade
New Members Join UN Security Council: Venezuela,
New Zealand, Angola, Malaysia And Spain:
Venezuela's foreign minister, Rafael Ramirez, quickly dedicated "this
huge triumph" to late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. He said the
election win came despite a "malign campaign against our country."
Venezuela's Maduro: Eight People and Colombian
Paramilitary Murdered Legislator Serra:
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, revealed on Wednesday details of
the investigation into the murder of legislator Robert Serra. The young
legislator and his partner were murdered in their apartment two weeks
Falling Oil Prices Could Push Venezuela Over The
Edge: While Saudi Arabia tests the
mettle of North American producers, it could be Venezuela that is the
Bolivia’s Transformation: The Victory of Evo
Morales: Evo Morales’ victory in the
Bolivian elections for a third term with just over 60 per cent of the
vote is no minor achievement.
New graves found in Mexico in hunt for missing
students: The latest burial pits were
found by members of a group of vigilantes who had travelled to Iguala to
help with the search.
Ebola in US: Virus will spread around the world
if allowed to 'rage without control' in West Africa
: President Barack Obama insisted that the chances of a serious outbreak
of Ebola on US soil remained “very, very low”, but warned the epidemic
will "spread globally" if allowed the rage without control in West
Obama May Send National Guard to Liberia to Fight
Ebola: Sources: President Barack
Obama is expected to issue an executive order Thursday paving the way
for the deployment of National Guard forces to Liberia to help contain
the Ebola outbreak there, sources told NBC News.
Air France jet isolated at Madrid airport amid
Ebola fear: The passenger on Air
France 1300 from Lagos, Nigeria, had started shivering with a fever
during the flight which landed at Barajas International Airport in the
U.S. Ebola Cases May Exceed Two Dozen by
November, Researchers Say: There
could be as many as two dozen people in the U.S. infected with Ebola by
the end of the month, according to researchers tracking the virus with a
Experts Offer Steps for Avoiding Public Hysteria,
a Different Contagious Threat: As
health officials scramble to explain how two nurses in Dallas became
infected with Ebola, psychologists are increasingly concerned about
another kind of contagion, whose symptoms range from heightened anxiety
to avoidance of public places to full-blown hysteria.
The Planet Just Had Its Warmest September On
Record, Continuing Hot Streak: This
past September was the warmest since records began in 1880, according to
new data released by NASA this weekend. The announcement continues a
trend of record or near-record breaking months, including May and August
of this year.
Sleeping 7-year-old girl shot in
head during no-knock police raid on wrong home:
A Special Response Team shattered a family’s window in the middle of the
night, hurled a flashbang onto a couch next to a sleeping girl, then
charged in and shot her in the head.
FBI and Local Cops Jointly Track “Outside
Agitators”: It has only been a little
over two months since a white cop gunned down Michael Brown, whose body
was left to bake in the summer sun for four hours as if to remind
Brown’s friends and neighbors and the whole Black world that U.S. police
can do whatever they want to a Black teenager in America in the 21st
FBI Director: If Apple and Google Won't Decrypt
Phones, We'll Force Them To: Everyone
is stoked that the latest versions of iOS and Android will (finally)
encrypt all the information on your smartphone by default. Except, of
course, the FBI:
Study: U.S. squanders $150B a year on hospital
bureaucracy; This study of hospital
administrative costs in eight nations found that hospital bureaucracy
consumed 25.3 percent of hospital budgets in the United States, far more
than in other nations.