“What want these outlaws conquerors should have,
But History's purchased page to call them great?”:
Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel
"Man can find meaning in life, short and
perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to
society" : Albert Einstein -
"It is not necessary that whilst I live I
live happily; but it is necessary that so long
as I live I should live honourably.":
Immanuel Kant(1724-1804) German
“A man does what he must -- in spite of personal
consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers --
and this is the basis of all human morality.":
John F. Kennedy - (1917-1963) 35th
Media's Deafening Silence Over West's and
Israel's Alliance With al-Qaeda in Syria
By John Hilley
We can say with confidence that the mainstream press in the West
supports Israel, and so does not find it convenient to report on this
scandalous Israeli-al-Qaeda alliance in Syria.
To Beat ISIS, Kick Out US-led Coalition
By Sharmine Narwani
Washington has run fewer sorties over Syria and Iraq in the nine months
since inception of its air campaign, than Israel ran in its entire
three-week Gaza blitz in 2008-09.
Delusionary Thinking in Washington
The Desperate Plight of a Declining Superpower
By Michael T. Klare
Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the
United States is a superpower in decline.
U.S. Power and the Godfather Principle
By Noam Chomsky, John Holder and Doug Morris
“International affairs” is very much like the mafia. A major principle
of international affairs is the Godfather cannot brook disobedience.
The Iran Talks Game Changer: An Israeli-Hezbollah
By Trita Parsi and Paul Pillar
There are signs Israel may be at war again this summer.
Israel Is A Discredit To America
You Are Judged By The Company You Keep
By Paul Craig Roberts
These days the new members of congress arrived pre-conditioned to
demonstrate their devotion to the Israeli cause.
Tony Blair Quits As Middle East Peace Envoy –
Only Israel Will Miss Him
By Robert Fisk
Blair tendered his resignation and left one question: how come a war
criminal ever became a “peace envoy” in the first place?
Ahead Of Israel Expulsion Vote U.S. Orders Raid
By Moon Of Alabama
The U.S. ordered Swiss police to raid, incarcerate and extradite to the
U.S. six FIFA officials for alleged corruption.
Anonymous Fear-Mongering About the Patriot Act
from the White House and NYT
By Glenn Greenwald
It’s just government propaganda masquerading as a news article, where
anonymous officials warn the country that they will die if the Patriot
Act isn’t renewed immediately.
Washington’s Two Track Policy to Latin America
Marines to Central America and Diplomats to Cuba
By James Petras
US policymakers are actively involved in promoting ‘client’ opposition
parties, movements and personalities to destabilize independent
governments and are intent on re-imposing US domination.
Washington Protects Its Lies With More Lies
By Paul Craig Roberts
My distrust has deepened of Seymour Hersh’s retelling of the Obama
regime’s extra-judicial murder of Osama bin Laden.
Senior NATO Official Claims We’ll Be at War by
By Joshua Krause
“Said a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO to me today: “We’ll probably be at war
this summer. If we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear.” Let that sink in.”
Former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler.
Ukraine Labor Dares Operation Vulture
By Michael Hudson
Ukraine’s collapse since the February 2014 coup has become an umbrella
Four US Cancer Charities Charged With Misusing
Donations In Excess Of $187m
The Cancer Fund of America raised $86.8m for charity but gave just 1% of
that to cancer patients.
Saudi attack kills 76 people in Yemen:
Saudi-led coalition warplanes have bombed a special forces camp in
Yemen's capital, Sanaa, killing at least 36 people, officials and
witnesses say. Residents of the Bakeel al-Meer area told the Reuters
news agency that at least 40 people had been killed, mostly civilians.
Yemen border strikes kill two Saudis, Yemen death
toll near 2,000: WHO: - Two Saudi
border guards were killed and five wounded by shells fired from Yemeni
territories, an Interior Ministry spokesman said late on Wednesday, as
the United Nations said the war's death toll was close to 2,000.
Turkey, Saudi Arabia Coordinating Plans to Send
ISIL Terrorists to Yemen: "Saudi
Arabia has made the needed coordination with Turkey to dispatch
terrorists and their commanders to Yemen to take part in the attacks
against Ansarullah fighters and Yemeni soldiers," Hamid Hossein al-Hamdani
told FNA on Thursday.
47 killed in clashes with IS militants in central
Iraq: A total of 47 people were
killed on Thursday in separate clashes between the Islamic State (IS)
militants and Iraqi security forces in the provinces of Salahudin and
Anbar, security sources said.
12 ISIS militants killed in aerial bombing in
Samarra District: On Thursday, Iraqi
Ministry of Defense announced, that 12 ISIS militants have been killed
in an air strike by the Iraqi Air Force in the district of Samarra.
Iraq exhumed 470 bodies from Tikrit mass graves:
minister: "We have exhumed the bodies
of 470 Speicher martyrs from burial sites in Tikrit," Adila Hammoud said
at a press conference in Baghdad, referring to the nearby military base
that the massacre was named after.
Pentagon plans to arm Sunni fighters vs. ISIS:
The Pentagon has plans to provide military equipment to Sunni tribal
fighters, a defense spokeswoman said on Wednesday, a shift from its
current policy to provide the equipment only through the central
government in Baghdad.
Iraq army held 10-to-1 advantage during Ramadi
defeat, sources say: Iraqi forces in
Ramadi had held a 10-to-1 numerical advantage over the Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant when the pro-government troops retreated in the face
of an ISIL offensive over a week ago
US needs to rethink Iraq strategy, says Obama:
President Barack Obama said the US and its allies need to examine
whether they are deploying military assets effectively against Islamic
State militants as Iraq mounts a new offensive to recapture territory
west of Baghdad.
Republicans' 'plans' for Isis would drag us into
Iraq for another ground war: News
Analysis - Do you hear that? It’s the sound of the
groundwork being laid for US ground troops to return to Iraq for another
indefinite war with no end game.
Islamic State kills 20 in Palmyra amphitheatre:
monitor: Islamic State militants shot
dead around 20 men in an ancient amphitheatre in the Syrian city of
Palmyra on Wednesday, accusing them of being government supporters, a
group monitoring the conflict said.
Hezbollah uses drone to kill 3 alleged, members
of Nusra Front: A Hezbollah missile
ambushed a group of at least three Islamist militants in Syria’s
Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon Wednesday after being
spotted by a drone, the party’s Al-Manar TV reported.
Rebels storm last government-held city in Syria's
Idlib: monitor: The lightning
offensive saw the Army of Conquest, or Jaish al-Fatah in Arabic, enter
outer districts of Ariha within a matter of hours, the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights told AFP.
Nusra leader: Our mission is to defeat Syrian
government: The leader of the Nusra
Front, one of Syria's most powerful rebel groups, has said that his
group's main mission is to dislodge the regime of President Bashar
al-Assad and that it has no agenda to target the West unless provoked.
US training of Syria mercenaries expands to
Turkey: source: The U.S. military has
started training Syrian opposition fighters in Turkey to combat ISIS, an
expected expansion of a program that first launched in Jordan weeks ago,
a U.S. official told Reuters Thursday.
Russian, U.S. positions on Syria are getting
closer, Lavrov says: "Indeed, I think
our positions with the United States are getting closer, first and
foremost in regard to statements that there can be no alternative to a
political solution in Syria," Lavrov told a news conference.
U.S. "defense" aid to Israel to rise over Iran
deal fears: sources: A current
package worth $3 billion a year expires in 2017. A U.S. official,
speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said negotiators were
close to a new deal that would bring annual payouts to $3.6-$3.7 billion
Tony Blair quits Middle East envoy role:
No-one is going to consider Tony Blair's period as Quartet envoy a
Afghanistan: 37 Insurgents Killed in ANSF
Operations: At least 37 insurgents
including five Pakistani Taliban have been killed in a series of
coordinated operations by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), in
the eastern Paktia province of Afghanistan, a local official said
Six killed in US assassination drone strike in
Afghanistan: At least six people have
been killed in the latest US drone strikes on Afghanistan’s Nuristan and
Kunar provinces. The first of the Wednesday raids in the northeastern
province of Nuristan claimed the lives of five people.
U.S. hopes Chinese island-building will spur
Asian response: By releasing video of
Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive
maritime actions, the United States is signaling a tougher stance over
the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action.
Egyptian police general killed in roadside bomb
attack in Sinai : An Egyptian police
brigadier general was killed in a roadside bomb attack on Wednesday in
North Sinai, the interior ministry said, one of the most high-profile
police deaths in the Islamist insurgency raging in the region.
Libya on verge of economic collapse, U.N. envoy
warns: "Libya is on the verge of
economic and financial collapse. It is facing huge security threats
because of the civil war but also...because of the Daesh threat," he
said, referring to Islamic State militants who have gained a foothold in
the oil-rich country.
Biden cracks door to lethal aid to Ukraine:
The debate over whether to provide lethal defensive aid, such as
anti-tank missiles, to Ukraine is "worth having," Vice President Biden
said Wednesday. Biden accused Russia, led by Vladimir Putin, of flouting
international rules including "brutal" aggression in Ukraine. He called
for strengthening NATO and energy independence for Europe
Putin backs FIFA's Blatter amid corruption
scandal: Russian president says US
probe is "blatant attempt to extend its jurisdiction" as Russia prepares
for 2018 World Cup.
Washington Wages War on International Soccer:
Is there more to what's going on than meets the eye? In January 2011,
FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Russian Sports minister Vitaly Mulko
signed a declaration on Russia's official status as 2018 World Cup host
Prostitution and Poverty in the UK:
In Britain, the recession has left many people struggling to make ends
meet, but reports have shown that young people – young single mothers in
particular, are feeling the worst of austerity, and many are turning to
prostitution in pursuit of financial security.
First-of-its-kind Marine task force deploys to
Central America: About 180 Marines
will remain in Soto Cano, Honduras, as the task force headquarters
element, while the remaining 100 will be dispatched to locations
throughout the region to work with local militaries, officials said in a
Is Canada on the path to totalitarianism?
In Canada, it's almost impossible to
hold citizens for what they may be thinking of doing - for now, anyway.
US Army begins training for the next war, which
may be much different — and bigger:
Fort Riley is putting soldiers such as Staff Sgt. Gilbert Monroe back
into big tanks and simulating wars on a scale grander than Iraq or
WikiLeaks releases more than half a million US
diplomatic cables from 1978: 1978 was
an unusually important year in geopolitics. The year saw the start of a
great many political conflicts and alliances which continue to define
the present world order, as well as the rise of still-important
personalities and political dynasties.
Edward Snowden leaks could bring down part of
U.S. Patriot Act: The section of the
act used by the U.S. to justify phone surveillance could be thrown out
by the Republican-controlled Congress.
Obama Calls on Senate to Act on Patriot Act
During Recess: President Obama called
on the Senate Tuesday to work through their early summer vacation in
order to keep the Patriot Act from expiring in a week.
VICTORY: Nebraska Becomes the 19th US State to
Abolish the Death Penalty!: Red-state
Nebraska (with a few purple splotches) actually has repealed the death
penalty by voting to override the Governor’s veto! And who were the
people responsible for finally pushing this through? A strong coalition
of abolitionists, plus some unlikely suspects, that’s who.
Live Anthrax Was Mistakenly Sent To 9 States And
A U.S. Military Base: Fears of
exposure to the potentially deadly disease has prompted officials to
advise four civilian workers to get preventive care; more than 20
military personnel are also being monitored.
Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From
Hillary Clinton's State Department:
Even by the standards of arms deals between the United States and Saudi
Arabia, this one was enormous. A consortium of American defense
contractors led by Boeing would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced
fighter jets to the United States' oil-rich ally in the Middle East.
Border Patrol Agents Tase an Unarmed Woman Inside
the U.S.: Video of the encounter
suggests another instance of needless escalation and excessive force.
May 26, 2015
Failure of the US coup d’État in Macedonia
By Thierry Meyssan
Macedonia has just neutralised an armed group whose sponsors had been
under surveillance for at least eight months. By doing so, it has
prevented a new attempt at a coup d’État, planned by Washington for the
17th of May.
Washington Blows Itself Up With Its Own Bomb
By F. William Engdahl
This is the real background to the surprise visit of US Secretary of
State John Kerry to Sochi to meet with “Satan” himself, Putin.
Will Aleppo Become the Capital of a New
By Edward Dark
The plan, drawn up by the insurgency’s three most powerful regional
backers - Turkey, Saudi and Qatar - is to overrun the entire northwest
of Syria and create a rebel controlled “safe zone,”
Lack Of U.S. Air Support In Ramadi Points To
Disguised Darker Aim:
By Moon Of Alabama
Why were there so few U.S. air attacks on the Islamic State attackers
when they took Ramadi?
NYT Trumpets U.S. Restraint against ISIS, Ignores
Hundreds of Civilian Deaths
By Glenn Greenwald
Anonymous officials complain that the U.S. cares too deeply about
protecting civilians to do what it should do against ISIS.
Is US Foreign Policy As Barbaric As The Islamic
By William Blum
The Islamic State has done nothing compared to what the United States
did to the people of Fallujah.
The Concept of WMD, and its Use against Syria, in
the Propaganda Systems of Western States
By Stephen Gowans
WMD, applied to chemical, biological, and radiological weapons, is by
design, a term of deception, whose purpose is the manipulation of public
opinion to soften up attitudes to war.
Far from Facing the Truth, the US Is Telling New
Lies about Iraq
By Gary Younge
Extracting a moral from this disaster would demand “unravelling the
deeper meaning” of America’s military impulses, the popular consent it
enjoys and the craven political assent it is accorded.
U.S. Soldiers Died for Empire and Hegemony
By Jacob G. Hornberger
On Memorial Day, Americans honor the soldiers who have died in the
defense of our country. There is one big problem though: Those soldiers
didn’t die in the defense of our country.
War Is A Racket
By Major General Smedley Butler, USMC
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it
seems to the majority of the people.
Austerity Is the Only Deal-Breaker
By Yanis Varoufakis
A common fallacy pervades coverage by the world’s media of the
negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors.
The NSA’s Technotyranny: One Nation Under
By John W. Whitehead
“The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.”—William
Binney, NSA whistleblower.
Syrian army raid kills 140 Islamic State fighters
– agency: The Syrian air force killed
at least 140 members of Islamic State in an air raid on a military base
held by the group in the north of the country, state news agency SANA
said on Tuesday.
Six Hezbollah fighters, 30 militants killed in
Qalamoun clash: source: Monday's
clashes ended with Hezbollah fighters seizing two new hilltops in
Qalamoun, three weeks into an offensive to oust jihadis from the rugged
border region, according to Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV.
Syria says air support to rebels would be
'aggression': Faisal Mekdad's
comments on Tuesday were in response to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut
Cavusoglu, who said Turkey and the U.S. have agreed in "principle" to
provide air protection to rebels being trained and equipped to fight
ISIS militants, once they enter Syrian territory for battle.
Turkey says training of moderate Syrian rebels
"begins" with US: Turkey and the
United States have started training moderate Syrian rebels on Turkish
territory to prepare them to fight Islamic State (IS) militants, the
Turkish foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Mikdad: Turkish FM’s statements proof of Turkey’s direct support
for terrorists: In response to
statements by the Turkish Foreign Minister on providing air support to
terrorists in Syria, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal
Mikdad said that any country that considers providing support to
terrorist organizations are committing aggression against Syria.
'Ditch double standards!' Russia seeks united
anti-ISIS front after Palmyra massacre:
Moscow has condemned the massacre of civilians in the ancient city of
Palmyra, urging the international community to denounce double standards
in its approach to fighting terrorists, and unite against IS (Islamic
State, formerly ISIS/ISIL) aggression.
ISIS leader al-Baghdadi arrives in Nineveh coming
from Syria, along with a number of his assistants: Report:
On Monday, a local source in Nineveh province said, that the ISIS leader
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has entered Nineveh province coming from the Syrian
city of al-Raqqa after he secretly crossed the Iraqi-Syrian borders
alongside a number of his aides.
Iraq forces kill 70 ISIL militants in west
Samarra: Iraqi forces, backed by Shia
volunteer forces, have killed at least 70 militants belonging to the
ISIL Takfiri gro
Iraq's army launches offensive to retake Anbar:
Officials in Anbar told Associated Press news agency on Tuesday of air
strikes and fighting on the ground west and south of the provincial
Iraqi Shi'ite militia claim leadership of
campaign against Islamic State: The
militia fighters have performed better on the battlefield than Iraq's
own army, but their presence risks alienating the Sunni residents of the
area, especially if they emphasize sectarian aims.
Iraqi lack of will to fight ISIS has been 'a
problem': White House: The White
House said on Tuesday that Iraqi troops' lack of will to fight ISIS
militants, an issue cited by the Pentagon chief over the weekend, has
been a concern.
Lack Of U.S. Air Support In Ramadi Points To
Disguised Darker Aim: Why were there
so few U.S. air attacks on the Islamic State attackers when they took
Ramadi? The first excuse put out by the U.S. military was "a sandstorm
ate my lunch". That excuse was placed as news in the NYT:
Seven members of Yemeni family killed in
Saudi-led strike -residents: Seven
members of a family were killed in an overnight strike by Saudi-led
warplanes on a border village in northern Yemen, residents said, as
heavy clashes erupted across the frontier after Houthi fire killed one
Yemen shelling kills 2 in Saudi border region:
Shellfire from Yemen killed one civilian and a member of the security
forces in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, officials said.
Houthis suffer first serious setback in south
Yemen fighting: residents: Local
Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi'ite Houthi rebels from much of the
southern Yemeni city of Dalea on Monday, residents and combatants said,
inflicting the first significant setback on the Iranian-backed rebels in
two months of civil war.
Two thirds of Yemen without clean water, as
outbreak of disease looms: Oxfam:
Oxfam has called for a ceasefire to allow for medical supplies and clean
water to be brought in to alleviate a desperate humanitarian situation
Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper shot dead in Mali's
A Bangladeshi peacekeeper was shot dead and another wounded, the United
Nations said Tuesday, in the second attack in days in Mali's capital on
what is considered the world's most dangerous UN mission.
Libya’s parliament halts session as car burns
outside: Libya’s elected parliament
halted a session attended by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on
Tuesday after protesters set fire to a car outside its base in the
eastern city of Tobruk, lawmakers said.
Pay strikes halt flights at Libya’s main airports:
Libya’s three main airports cancelled flights on Tuesday morning because
of strikes by ground staff complaining they have not been paid for two
months, airport officials said.
EU plan for military intervention against
"refugee boats" in Libya and the Mediterranean:
Today, WikiLeaks is releasing two classified EU documents, outlining the
planned military intervention against boats travelling from Libya to
Italy. The more significant of the two documents was written by the
combined military defence chiefs of the EU member states.
20 killed as deadly Taliban raids hit Afghan
security forces: "In Nawzad, the
standoff has been particularly difficult and has been going on for hours
with the Taliban taking three army checkpoints and surrounding the
Taliban suicide bombers attack Afghan court
killing two: Taliban suicide bombers
attacked a court in Wardak province on Tuesday, killing two police
officers before being shot dead as they entered the compound, the police
China plans blunt move into 'open seas,' warns
foreign powers not to meddle: In a
new strategy unveiled today, the South China Sea continues to be a
potential flashpoint for China and its neighbors, and between Washington
Japan will join a major US-Australian military
exercise for the first time: Japan
will join a major US-Australian military exercise for the first time in
a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions
fester over China's island building in the South China Sea.
Six killed in east Ukraine fighting: officials:
Four separatists rebels, a Ukrainian soldier and one civilian were
killed in clashes that broke out over the past 24 hours in violation of
a February truce deal, officials said Tuesday.
Thousands of Ukrainians protest Kiev regime’s
draconian utility price hikes:
Protests are mounting against decisions by the NATO-backed regime in
Kiev to drastically increase prices for energy, water, and other basic
Russia Adopting 'Increasingly Aggressive Posture'
Says Obama: US President Barack Obama
accused Russia of toughening its battlefield stance today, as he met
with the NATO secretary general to discuss the rolling crisis in
Russia's Landmark $2Bln Deal With Egypt for MiG
Fighter Jets: Russia has agreed to
deliver 46 MiG-29 air superiority fighters to Egypt and is soon expected
to sign a deal worth approximately $2 billion, what might become the
largest order since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia’s business
daily Vedomosti reports, quoting a source close to the aviation
Interview with Podemos Founder: Spain’s 2-Party
System Is Dying : Spain's two-party
system is dead after Sunday’s elections, but the old forces will use
their power to try to stop left-wing Podemos winning November's Spanish
general election, Podemos’ founder, Juan Carlos Monedero told teleSUR in
an exclusive interview.
FARC Leader Killed In New Military Attack:
Commander Roman Ruiz was killed alongside four other militants after
government forces bombed their position in the Choco region.
New Recording Uncovers Another Opposition Plot in
Venezuel: The audio shows a
conversation between two jailed opposition leaders describing upcoming
Cuban Life Expectancy Among the Highest in World
at 78.45 Years : Life expectancy for
women was slightly higher at 80.45 years, with the life span for men at
76.50 years. Cuba is in the top 25 countries in the world for life
expectancy, which is considered an important indicator of human
development and quality of healthcare.
List of countries by life expectancy:
The life expectancy is shown separately for males and females, as well
as a combined figure.
Chicago : 12 Killed, 43 Wounded In Memorial Day
Weekend Shootings: Twelve people were
killed and at least 43 — including a 4-year-old girl — were wounded in
shootings across Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, police said.
Baltimore Bloodshed Continues; 29 Shot, 9 killed
Over Holiday Weekend: It’s the
deadliest month Baltimore has seen in more than 15 years. More than two
dozen shootings over the holiday weekend alone have city police working
around the clock.
May 25, 2015
China State Paper Warns of War Unless US Backs
By GMA News
A Chinese state-owned newspaper said on Monday that "war is inevitable"
between China and the United States over the South China Sea.
China's Plan to Lead the Globe
By Eric Margolis
Will Washington back off and allow China to be the master of Asia? It
seems highly doubtful.
Japanese Nationalism: Decoy for American
By Andre Vltchek
Japan is ready to change its post-war pacifist constitution; it is
rapidly arming itself to the teeth, building battleships and purchasing
A Color Revolution for Macedonia
By Paul Craig Roberts
War is in the making. War with Russia means war also with China. This is
not a war that Washington and its vassals or human life can win.
The Head of the GRU Accuses US and Allies of
Creating the Transnational “Islamist” Terrorist Network
By The Saker
A speech by Colonel-General Igor Sergun, Head of the Main Intelligence
Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia.
By Jeffrey St. Clair
Meet the Real Israeli Defense Force: the US Congress.
Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse
By Chris Hedges
As global capitalism disintegrates, the heresy our corporate masters
fear is gaining currency.
Hillary Clinton and the Manipulation of Populism
By Paul Street
“The Choice is Clear: There is None”
Memorial Day: Praying for Peace While Waging
By Bill Quigley
We must learn the facts and face the truth that the U.S. is the biggest
war maker in the world.
How to Honor Memorial Day
By Ray McGovern
Avoid euphemisms like “the fallen” and expose the lies about what a
great idea it was to start those wars.
28 IS militants killed in airstrikes, clashes in
western Iraq: A total of 28 Islamic
State (IS) militants were killed Monday in the U.S.-led coalition
airstrikes and clashes with the Iraqi security forces in the province of
Anbar, a provincial security source said.
Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, bombs in
Syria: Islamic State poured more
fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries
prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago
in a major setback for the government.
ISIL fighters set Iraq's Beiji oil refinery
ablaze: Black plumes of smoke billow
over Iraq's largest oil refinery as Iraqi forces advance on the
US has 'no will' to fight ISIS: Iran military
official: The chief of the elite Quds
unit in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Major General Qassem Soleimani told
the newspaper Javan the US didn’t do a “damn thing” to stop the advance
by Islamic State on Ramadi.
Syria Says Islamic State Killed Hundreds,
Including Children, In Palmyra: -
Islamic State fighters have killed at least 400 people, including women
and children, in Palmyra since capturing the ancient Syrian city four
days ago, Syrian state media said on Sunday.
Turkey says deal with US on air
support for Syria rebels: The United
States and Turkey have agreed "in principle" to give air support to some
forces from Syria's Western-allied opposition, Turkey's foreign minister
said, in what if confirmed could mark an expansion of U.S. involvement
in the conflict.
Hezbollah Says It Will Increase Presence in Syria
: The leader of the Lebanese Shiite
Muslim Hezbollah movement said on Sunday that his movement's fighters
were to increase presence in Syria to aid the country’s government in
fighting off the Islamic State group and other radical rebels operating
in their territory.
Sayyed Nasrallah: Resistance at Its Utmost
Readiness on All Fronts: Hezbollah
Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stresses that the resistance is
at its utmost readiness on all fronts, noting that although Hezbollah is
fighting in Syria, its eyes are still on Israel.
Black flag's shadow looms large: Islamic State:
After capturing Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, the Islamic State
group has laid the foundations for 'becoming what it claims to be'
Fact or fiction:
Syria government to accept de facto partition of
country: “It is quite understandable
that the Syrian army withdraws to protect large cities where much of the
population is located,” said Waddah Abded Rabbo, director of Syria’s Al-Watan
Dozens killed as Yemen clashes rage in south as
peace talks postponed: There have
been fierce clashes in southern Yemen, reportedly leaving dozens of
people dead and wounded. In the city of Dhalea, militiamen allied to the
exiled government have retaken positions from Houthi rebels. But in Taiz,
to the west, the rebels are reported to have pushed back their opponents
in heavy street fighting.
Houthis suffer first serious setback in south
Yemen fighting: residents: Local
Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi'ite Houthi rebels from much of the
southern Yemeni city of Dalea on Monday, residents and combatants said,
inflicting the first significant setback on the Iranian-backed rebels in
two months of civil war.
Saudi airstrikes in Yemen killed 135 children
since March: UN: The United Nations
Children's Fund (UNICEF) says the Saudi action against Yemen has claimed
the lives of more than 130 children over the past two months.
Saudis Eye Human Rights Chair:
News Analysis - Despite an abysmal human rights
record, Saudi Arabia reportedly hopes to chair the UN’s Human Rights
Council, a test of how far money can go in buying the world’s silence
Ex-Israeli Premier Olmert sentenced to 8 months
in prison: Former Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for
unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter.
Nigeria Army Says It Killed 30 Islamist Militants
in Borno Clash: Troops destroyed two
armored vehicles and captured a grenade launcher and other weapons
during the battle in Mafa, about 53 kilometers (33 miles) east of the
Borno state capital, Maiduguri, he said.
Boko Haram hacks to death 10 in NE Nigeria: local
official: "The attackers went into
the village around 4:00 am (0300 GMT) while residents were still asleep
and used machetes to attack their victims," he added.
Eight killed as soldier opens fire in Tunisia
barracks: The shooter, who had been
moved to “a non-sensitive institution”, was banned from carrying weapons
following his “unstable condition”, but he managed to take a weapon from
a fellow soldier and opened fire on his colleagues during a flag-raising
5 African migrants drown in Egypt boat raid:
Five African migrants drowned on Monday after jumping into the
Mediterranean as Egyptian coastguards raided a boat heading towards
Italy, security officials said.
Demonstrator shot dead as protest erupts outside
Burundi capital: A demonstrator was
shot dead in southern Burundi on Monday, a local official and witness
said, in one of the first confirmed reports of civil unrest erupting
outside the capital Bujumbura.
Libyan government warplanes attack oil tanker
docked at Sirte: Warplanes from
Libya's official government attacked an oil tanker docked outside the
city of Sirte on Sunday, wounding three people and setting the ship on
fire, officials said. "We gave it a chance to evaluate the situation,
then our fighting jets attacked the ship because it was unloading
fighters and weapons," he added.
19 police, 7 soldiers killed in Afghan siege:
Taliban gunmen have surrounded a police compound in the volatile
southern province of Helmand after killing 19 police officers and seven
soldiers in an ongoing siege, a senior police officer said on Monday
from inside the compound.
Bombs kill 11 in Afghanistan as Taliban, IS
supporters clash: A suicide truck
bomb attack and a separate roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan
killed 11 people and wounded dozens more on Monday, as the Taliban
clashed with supporters of the Islamic State group in the west,
Top general predicts longer international
presence in Afghanistan: - The top
coalition commander has been meeting with NATO leaders to hammer out
details of a plan that could keep thousands of international "advisers"
in the country for years to come. Campbell said as many as 1,000 troops
supported by contractors and other civilians could remain in Afghanistan
Massive India heatwave 'kills 500':
At least 500 people are reported to have died in a heatwave sweeping
India, with temperatures reaching 48C (118F) in some areas. Most deaths
have taken place in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh,
where more than 140 people have died since Saturday
In Myanmar, Muslims Arrested for Joining Terror
Group That Doesn’t Exist: The
government of Myanmar, cracking down on the country’s minority Muslims,
has arrested at least a dozen people on charges of belonging to a
terrorist group that defense lawyers and security experts say does not
Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S.
in South China Sea dispute: The
Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to
help its ally, the defense minister said on Monday, as China asserts its
sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea.
Leaking Fukushima containers could lead to
hydrogen explosions: Containers
holding contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant
are at risk of hydrogen explosions, with 10 percent of them found to be
leaking. As many as 333 containers may be defective, according to TEPCO.
Putin signs “undesirable NGOs” Bill into Law
: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill, enabling the
designation of foreign and foreign-funded NGOs as undesirables after the
bill passed both the Lower and Upper House of Parliament.
Interior minister warns Greece will default on
June IMF repayment: Greece cannot
make a repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due on 5 June
as it does not have the money, the interior minister says. "The four
instalments for the IMF in June are €1.6bn, this money will not be given
and is not there to be given," Nikos Voutsis told Greek TV.
The truth about Riga: Yanis Varoufakis:
To fellow Europeans I add this: Perhaps it is time we became a little
more sceptical about the journalism we rely upon as citizens. And
perhaps we should query European institutions in which decisions of
monumental importance are made, on behalf of Europe’s citizenry, but in
which minutes are neither taken nor published.
VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald Explains
How to Keep Your Data Away From the NSA:
Glenn Greenwald explains how tech giants such as Facebook and Google
were “eager” to cooperate with the National Security Agency and offers
important advice that individuals can follow to make it harder for the
NSA to collect private data.
Did the Mexican Army Just Massacre 42 People?:
After a shootout in western Mexico, 42 alleged criminals are dead. The
army said they died in a shootout, but it looks like they were executed.
One-sided death toll in Mexico gunfight raises
questions: "It was a very uneven
fight. A battle where 42 die on one side and only one on the other is
not a battle," said Raul Benitez Manaut, a security expert at the
National Autonomous University of Mexico. He said the gang apparently
offered no resistance.
Police detonate pressure cooker outside US
Capitol: Police said the vehicle had
"odour of gasoline" and found other "items of concern", but they would
not say what those items were. The owner of the car, Israel Shimeles of
Virginia, was later arrested.
May 23, 2015
Obama’s Fail on Saudi-Qatari Aid to al-Qaeda
By Gareth Porter
The Saudi and Qatari governments are aiding the al-Nusra Front and its
fellow al-Qaeda front Ahrar al Sham quite deliberately.
Why Islamic State Is Winning
By Daniel Lazare
Saudi Arabia is a growing political liability. Its policies have become
so toxic that even old allies are abandoning it.
Three Years of Confronting Western Propaganda
By Andre Vltchek
How the Empire tries to destroy Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, Eritrea, China,
South Africa, and Iran – through outrageous propaganda and through
manufacturing of the “opposition movements”.
Prosecuting Crimes against Humanity
By Lawrence Davidson
Israel is attempting to do away with the laws protecting us all from
crimes against humanity.
BRICS trample US in South America
By Pepe Escobar
BRICS members China – and in a smaller measure, Russia - have been no
less than restructuring commerce and infrastructure all across Latin
61 IS militants killed in air strikes, clashes in
Iraq: At least 61 members of the
Islamic State (IS) militant group were killed in U.S.-led airstrikes and
clashes with Iraqi security forces in northern and central Iraq on
Saturday, while security forces freed a small town
Iraq militias start fightback against IS in
Ramadi: About 3,000 militia members
in Iraq have begun moving against Islamic State militants after the fall
of the city of Ramadi last week, officials say. The pro-government
forces say they have retaken Husayba, east of Ramadi.
Syrian dissidents to form new coalition at Cairo
meet: A number of Syrian opposition
factions will gather in Cairo next month to form a new coalition as an
alternative to an exiled West-backed alliance, officials said Saturday.
Arab Airstrikes Hit Military Bases In Yemen:
Saudi-led airstrikes hit three military bases in the Yemeni capital
Sanaa on Saturday and the Yemeni government in exile expressed
reservations about United Nations-led talks aimed at ending the
Saudi clerics urge calm as village hit by ISIS
seethes: Saudi Arabia's top Sunni
cleric on Saturday branded a deadly attack on Shiite Muslims a bid to
sow chaos, after villagers targeted in the bombing vented their anger at
what they saw as the Sunni-dominated government's indifference to their
US blocks nuclear disarmament document over
Israel, Moscow fumes: Moscow has
slammed the US for rendering the four-week meeting futile.
Israel thanks U.S. for stand on Mideast nuclear
arms ban at U.N.: Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for blocking an
Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear weapons ban at a
major United Nations conference, an Israeli official said on Saturday.
18 killed as al-Shabab fighters attack two Somali
towns: Dozens of fighters from the
armed group al-Shabab have attacked two towns in southern Somalia,
sparking clashes with government troops that left at least 18 dead,
according to a Somali military official.
Afghanistan: Two soldiers kidnapped in Herat:
Two soldiers have been kidnapped in Guzara District of western Herat
province, an official said on Saturday.
Pakistan: Three soldiers killed in NWA IED blast:
Security officials said that troops were on a routine patrol when a
roadside IED hit their vehicle resulting in the demise of three
personnel and injuries to three others.
ISIS claims they are close to buy nuclear weapon
from Pakistan: It claims ISIS has
billions of dollars in the bank and describes a ‘hypothetical operation’
which involves it buying a nuclear bomb ‘through weapons dealers with
links to corrupt officials’ in Pakistan.
Rebel commander reported killed in east Ukraine car bombing:
- Russian news agencies have reported the killing of a prominent
separatist commander in eastern Ukraine when his vehicle was ripped
apart by a bomb and then strafed by gunfire.
Russia: If Ukraine defaults, expect a hard line
from us: Russia would adopt a tough
position if Ukraine decided not to pay off debts owed to Moscow by its
previous government, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an
interview broadcast by Russian TV on Saturday.
Ireland backs gay marriage in 'landslide'
victory: Ireland's government
ministers said voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to allow civil
same-sex marriage, making it the first nation in the world to legalize
gay unions through a popular vote.
Mexico gunfight kills 43 as government hits gang
hard: Government security forces
killed 42 suspected drug cartel henchmen and suffered one fatality in a
firefight in western Mexico on Friday, an official said, one of the
bloodiest shootouts in a decade of gang violence wracking the country.
Peru Declares State of Emergency after Mine
Protest Bloodshed At least four
civilians have been killed in clashes at protests against the Tia Maria
copper mining project. The chief of the Ministerial Cabinet, Pedro
Cateriano, told reporters that the right to mobilization, transport, and
meetings were suspended for 60 days after attacks by police left another
citizen dead, bringing the number up to four
FBI admits no major cases cracked with Patriot
Act snooping powers: FBI admits no
major cases cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers
Cleveland policeman cleared over car shooting
deaths: A US policeman who climbed on
to a car bonnet and fired repeatedly through the windscreen at unarmed
black occupants has been cleared of all charges.
Cleveland Protests Not Guilty Verdict In Police
Shooting Case: Demonstrators are
gathering in Cleveland Saturday to protest the acquittal of a white
police officer who was charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed
black suspects. Officials have urged calm in the aftermath of the
WATCH: Virginia cop uses pepper-spray, Taser on
unresisting black man having stroke:
A Virginia police officer resigned from the Fredricksburg Police
Department after body-cam video showed him using his Taser, and then
pepper-spray, on an unresponsive black man sitting in his car.
Kansas Republicans Have Come Up with a
Disgraceful New Way to Screw the Poor
: Starting in July, a new law in Kansas will restrict the
amount of cash a welfare recipient can take out of ATM's to just $25 a
day—a move that critics say introduces a whole new host of financial
burdens—including high ATM fees and travel costs—when they access cash.
Suicide rates on the rise for black children 5 to
11 years old: While the rate of
suicide for white children is declining, the number among young blacks
aged 5 to 11 is on the rise. Though no clear reason behind this trend is
evident, some feel that a declining socio-economic status may be the
root cause. Dr. Lauren Patton explains
Sexual Violence an 'Epidemic' on US Campuses,
Study Confirms: A staggering 37
percent of women have been raped, or subjected to an attempted rape, by
the time they start their second year of college.
Clintons’ foundation has raised nearly $2 billion:
Since its creation in 2001, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton
Foundation has raised close to $2 billion from a vast global network
that includes corporate titans, political donors, foreign governments
and other wealthy interests, according to a Washington Post review of
public records and newly released contribution data.
May 22, 2015
2012 Defense Intelligence Agency Document:
West Will Facilitate Rise of Islamic State “in Order to Isolate the
By Brad Hoff
The document shows that as early as 2012, U.S. intelligence predicted
the rise of the Islamic State, - the report envisions the terror group
as a U.S. strategic asset. Continue
Wahhabis Go Nuclear — Literally
By Pepe Escobar
The House of Saud, for its part, may — and the operative concept is
“may” — already have a bomb, for a long time now, to offset Israel.
They Say "Peace" But It Is Really War
By Andre Vltchek
It seems like, these days, whoever murders, bombs, mutilates and robs is
obsessed with, peace.
The MH-17 Propaganda War
By Greg Maybury
As with all incidents useful to Western governments, the MH-17 tragedy
had served its purpose.
My Big Fat Israeli Arsenal
By Uri Misgav
These deals reflect mainly the American commitment to the American arms
industries. One suspects that Israel is indeed “the American aircraft
carrier in the Middle East.
US Media and Pro-Israel Antics in Congress
By James Zogby
The United States is on the verge of institutionally supporting Israel’s
illegal settlement profiteering, and the mainstream media are saying
Is Being a Critic of Israeli State Policies the
Same as Being an Anti-Semite?
By David Palumbo-Liu
If every time one voices a criticism of Israel one is acting as an
anti-Semite, - then ardent supporters of Israeli state policies have won
a huge victory.
A Plot to Level a Village Isn’t News–When Targets
Are Muslim and Plotter Is Christian
By Jim Naureckas
No crime fascinates US media like terrorism–provided it’s the right sort
of terrorism, that is.
Why Does Greece Not Simply Default?
By Jerome Roos
History has shown that countries that refuse to pay their debts fall
harder but recover faster than those that do not. So why does Greece’s
left-led government not simply get it over with?
Obama, Master of Diversion, Proposes Bogus
Reforms of Militarized Police
By Glen Ford
President Obama’s “ban” on certain military hardware and gear is both
fraudulent and a diversion from the real issue: the oppressive mission
of the police in Black America.
Nearly 300 pro-government soldiers are rounded up
and executed in the streets of Palmyra:
The jihadis have been stalking homes and shops looking for survivors,
using loudspeakers to warn residents not to shelter any troops. Many
locals have come forward to give information about any soldiers who had
melted into the civilian population.
Syrian Rebels Seize Hospital Holding 150
Soldiers: Monitor: Islamist rebels
today overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime
forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a
Islamic State 'seizes key Syria-Iraq border
crossing': Islamic State militants
have seized the last Syrian government-controlled border crossing
between Syria and Iraq, a Syria monitoring group says.
Islamic State fighters press advance east of
Iraqi town: Islamic state fighters
pressed an advance east of Ramadi on Friday after breaching Iraqi
defenses outside the city the insurgents overran last weekend in a major
defeat for the Baghdad government.
Islamic State expands its 'state':
Although many leaders dismissed IS as vainglorious when it declared its
cross-border caliphate in eastern Syria and western Iraq last summer, in
its cohesion and purpose it is now seen by some – particularly Iraq’s
minority Sunnis – as more of a state than the Iraqi government it is
23 ISIS elements killed in aerial bombing western
Anbar, says Interior Ministry: Hawks
intelligence cell of the Interior Ministry said in a press statement,
“Iraqi Air Force Aviation carried out a powerful blow after monitoring a
meeting of ISIS leaders in Qaim, western Anbar province, killing 24
militants and injuring 19 others in a preliminary count. ”
Report: ISIL takes Iraq town, kills Syria forces:
Islamic State militants seized another town in western Iraq's Anbar
province. Meanwhile, in neighboring Syria, activists said Friday that
the militants have killed dozens of pro-government forces since taking
full control of the ancient town of Palmyra earlier this week and
seizing more than half the nation.
Exclusive: Turkish intelligence helped ship arms
to Syrian Islamist rebel areas:
Turkey's state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria
under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according
to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by
Turkish police swoop on Erdogan foes, dozens
detained: Turkish police launched an
operation on Friday to detain dozens of people including businessmen
seen as supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen,
President Tayyip Erdogan's ally-turned-foe, a provincial governor's
Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque,
Islamic State claims attack: A video
posted online showed a hall filled with smoke and dust, with bloodied
people moaning with pain as they lay on the floor littered with concrete
and glass. More than 90 people were wounded, the Saudi health minister
told state television.
Two Saudis killed in rocket attacks launched from
Cross border rocket attacks launched from inside Yemen
have killed two people and wounded five others in southern Saudi Arabia
over the last 24 hours, Saudi Arabia's state news agency SPA reported on
Saudi-led coalition pounds Yemen "rebels" in
three cities: Huge explosions rocked
the outskirts of the capital Sanaa after Friday's air strikes. There
were also raids on second city Aden in the south and Marib province east
of the capital, residents said.
Yemen: Daesh claims Sanaa mosque attack, 13
injured: of the caliphate in Sanaa
have detonated an explosive device in a Houthi mosque in the people’s
district…which led to the death and injury of many of them,” read a
Daesh statement on Twitter.
How UK taxpayers help pay for Saudi Arabia's
incineration of children in Yemen:
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition is using US-supplied cluster munitions in
its airstrikes on Houthi forces in Yemen, Human Rights Watch reported.
Targets include those close to villages, posing a threat from
undetonated submunitions to civilians.
Obama gives $1.9 billion in weapons as welcome
gift to Israel’s racist government:
Among the tens of thousands of bombs included in the weapons package are
3,000 Hellfire missiles, 12,000 general purpose bombs and 750 bunker
buster bombs that can penetrate up to twenty feet, or six meters, of
Gaza Economy on the Verge of Collapse: World Bank:
Youth unemployment rate is now the highest in the world according to the
latest World Bank economic update.
Pro-Israel bias: BBC admits editorial breach in
interview with Israeli defense chief:
Complaints focused on BBC journalist Sarah Montague’s alleged failure to
challenge controversial claims made by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe
Mali separatists say soldiers publicly killed 9
Tuaregs: The nine civilians were
first arrested by an armed group allied with the army in the village of
Tin Hama, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Menaka, said a
statement from the Coordination of Azawad Movements.
Civilians killed as armed groups clash in
northern Mali: Up to nine civilians,
including an aid worker for a European charity, were killed after rebels
attacked a village in northern Mali, armed loyalist and anti-government
groups said on Friday.
Militants attack police official house in
Afghanistan, 3 attackers killed: -
Some three attackers were killed and two persons wounded after militants
attacked a police official's house in eastern Afghanistan's Laghman
province overnight Thursday, said the provincial government on Friday.
China calls US actions in South China Sea
irresponsible and dangerous: China
said on Friday that it was “strongly dissatisfied” after a US military
plane flew over part of the South China Sea near where China is building
artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action
or risk causing an accident.
George Soros Warns "No Exaggeration" That
China-US On "Threshold Of World War 3":
George Soros - warned that unless the U.S. makes 'major concessions' and
allows China's currency to join the IMF's basket of currencies, "there
is a real danger China will align itself with Russia politically and
militarily, and then the threat of world war becomes real."
Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is
rife: Concern about the treatment of
prisoners comes as Ukrainian authorities face scrutiny this week for
publicly parading two men they say were Russian soldiers captured while
fighting alongside separatists.
‘No promises’ on EU membership for Eastern states
at Riga summit: The EU is not ready
to welcome its eastern non-member partners, including Ukraine, according
to a leaked draft resolution ahead of the Eastern Partnership Summit.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned EU leaders not to make false
UK: Intelligence officers given immunity from
hacking laws, tribunal told:
Legislative changes exempting law enforcement officers from ban on
breaking into people’s digital devices were never debated by parliament,
26 "Rebels" Killed in Colombian Raid on Guerrilla
Camp: At least 26 leftist rebels have
been killed in a military raid in western Colombia, President Juan
Manuel Santos announced on Friday, an attack that's likely to further
strain efforts to end the country's half-century conflict.
Colombia rebels cancel unilateral cease-fire
after army raid: Colombia's largest
rebel group on Friday called off a unilateral cease-fire in reaction to
a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters,
further straining negotiations to end the country's half-century-old
Stephen Harper probably wishes the month of May
had never happened: May has been a
splendid month for foes of the Harper government. It's been one
humiliation after another, with only two exceptions all of its own
making. Stephen Harper's rancid chickens are coming home to roost.
All six Baltimore police officers in Freddie Gray
case indicted by grand jury :
Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby announces indictments on
multiple charges, including one of second-degree murder, in the death of
Olympia cop shoots 2 unarmed men suspected of
stealing beer: Two stepbrothers
suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store were not armed
with guns when they were later shot Thursday by a police officer who
confronted them in Washington state's capital city.