How Putin Blocked the U.S. Pivot to Asia
By Mike Whitney
Putin: “Today we are witnessing an almost
uncontained hyper use of force that is
plunging the world into an abyss of
permanent conflicts…The United States, has
overstepped its national borders in every
Western Officials Have No Desire to Combat
By President al-Assad
Syrians are determined to continue fighting terrorism, defending their
country, and defying hegemony.
The "Cataclysmic Conflict" Yet to Come
And what we can do to stop it.
By Tony Cartalucci
The question of whether or not one will eventually be affected by this
conflict is not a matter of if, but a matter of when.
Financial Collapse Leads To War
By Dmitry Orlov
What US military involvement in recent memory hasn't resulted in a
fiasco? Maybe failure is not just an option, but more of a requirement?
The Long History of Israel Gaming the 'Iranian
By Gareth Porter
Netanyahu bears personal responsibility for having created a conflict
with Iran that had never existed before. But it is not the conflict that
he has been alleging all these years.
The Nuclear Agreement is Doomed
On Four (Plus One) Issues which Block the Negotiations With Iran
By Meir Stieglitz
the Israel-Neocon axis are on the verge of preventing an agreement and
enshrining their status as masters of the universe.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s Ideologically Dictated
By Lawrence Davidson
Prime Minister Netanyahu is the most publicly unpleasant Israeli leader
since Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir, both of whom were unrepentant
Netanyahu Choreographs a Humiliated Congress
This video should go viral. It is from the Israeli media.
Gen. Petraeus: Too Big to Jail
By Ray McGovern
The virtual immunity enjoyed by the well connected – even when they lie
to the FBI or tell whoppers in sworn testimony to Congress (as Director
of National Intelligence James Clapper has done) – feeds the propensity
to prioritize one’s own personal ambition and to delegate a back seat to
legitimate national security concerns.
Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace
By Chris Hedges
No civil rights movement has sprung up uniting the citizens against mass
surveillance. Neoliberalism has effectively destroyed solidarity and
empathy, helped by new technology. It is a culture of narcissism.”
Don’t Believe Media Coverage of Venezuela
By Sonali Kolhatkar
The U.S. has long been involved in attempts to destabilize Venezuela’s
Nigeria: 60 killed in fresh attack on Borno
village: In spite of the current
successes recorded by the military in the anti-terror war, Boko Haram
insurgents sneaked into a Borno State village, killing 60 residents.
Gunmen attack Libyan oilfield, kill eight guards:
Unidentified gunman have attacked Al Ghani oilfield in Libya, where
petroleum installations increasingly are becoming a target as various
factions vie for control of the country. Eight guards were killed in the
attack, a spokesman for the national oil company said on Friday.
Libya's rival governments a step closer to peace
deal: Representatives from Tobruk and
Tripoli find some agreement on security issues and the prospect of a
U.S. Syria strategy falters with collapse of
rebel group: The Hazzm movement was
once central to a covert CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels, but the
group's collapse last week underlines the failure of efforts to unify
Arab and Western support for mainstream insurgents fighting the Syrian
IS eager to confront US ground forces in Iraq:
IS appears to be planning, or hoping, to challenge the United States in
a ground fight in the vast areas of Iraq and Syria. IS believes that no
matter how strong and numerous US regular forces are, they will not be
able to win against its trained irregular fighters who have been
confronting Iraqi forces in northwestern Iraq.
War authorization in trouble on Hill:
Key Democrats are hardening their opposition to President Barack Obama’s
proposal for attacking Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, raising
fresh doubts the White House can win congressional approval of the plan
as concerns grow over its handling of crises around the globe.
ISIL fighters bulldoze ancient Assyrian palace in
Iraq: Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant (ISIL) fighters have used a bulldozer to start destroying a
3,000-year-old Assyrian city near Mosul in Iraq, archaeologists and
other sources have told Al Jazeera.
Iran buries 7 Afghan fighters killed in Syria:
The bodies of seven Afghan fighters killed in Syria fighting the ISIL
were buried in Iran's Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan province, media reports
Iran hints might be open to 10-year partial
freeze of nuclear work: U.S.
President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a
verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for
a landmark atomic deal to be reached between Tehran and six world
Ex Israeli Spy Director says Netanyahu Creating
Apartheid State: In an interview with
Israeli TV, former Mossad head Meir Dagan claimed the policies of
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were leading to an “apartheid
Israel: No changes in ties with Palestinian
Authority: Officials say defense,
civil coordination continue, day after PLO calls to end security
cooperation following freeze of tax funds
Afghanistan’s U.S.-Funded Torturers and
Murderers: Op-Ed: The United States
continues to fund and support a network of abusive Afghan strongmen in
the name of security. It's time to stop.
China cuts growth forecast, warning of
“deep-seated” economic problems: “The
downward pressure on China’s economy is intensifying. Deep-seated
problems in the country’s economic development are becoming more
obvious. The difficulties we are facing this year could be bigger than
last year. The next year is a crucial year for deepening all-round
reforms.” Chinese Premier Li Kequiang said.
Beijing Strikes Back in US-China Tech Wars:
Foreign tech firms will either have to comply with intrusive
surveillance requirements or risk being substituted by Chinese
Russia, Germany urge OSCE to increase Ukraine
observers to 1,000: Moscow: Russian
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his German counterpart Franck-Walter
Steinmeier "called on the OSCE to make a quick decision on extending the
mandate of its special monitoring mission and ramping up its size to
1,000 observers," the foreign ministry in Moscow said.
Two Russian banks's assets frozen in US ammount to around $640
million— media: The United States has
frozen assets of two Russian banks worth some $637 million, US media
reported Thursday. "Banks controlled by three billionaire friends of
Russian President Vladimir Putin have seen about $640 million of assets
frozen in the US" over the situation in Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal
Ukraine’s international reserves drop to $5.6 bln
as of March 1 — National Bank of Ukraine:
The international reserves of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) dropped
in February 2015 by 12.4% to $5.6 billion, the regulator reported
Thursday. "According to preliminary data, as of March 1, 2015
international reserves in Ukraine totaled $5.625 billion," the report
Putin slashes 10% off his own salary — Kremlin:
The president has also slashed the salaries of the prime minister,
prosecutor general, head of Investigative Committee, Cabinet members and
U.S. aircraft carrier and part of its escort
“sunk” by French submarine during drills off Florida:
If you thought aircraft carriers were invincible you were wrong.
Ex-French minister in custody over Gaddafi funds:
Former Interior Minister Claude Gueant questioned over allegations
ex-Libyan leader helped fund Sarkozy's 2007 campaign.
Almost 100 families evicted daily in Spain –
statistics: At least 95 families were
evicted every day in Spain in 2014, fresh statistics say as Spaniards
struggle to meet mortgage payments. Home foreclosures have become a
stark symbol of the 7-year economic crisis, with 2014 seeing a further
rise in numbers.
Greece outlines radical immigration reforms:
Greece's new left-wing government wants to abolish detention centres for
migrants who entered illegally.
Mexico: Troops kill 4 in gunbattle near border
with Texas: Security officials in the
northeast Mexico state of Tamaulipas say they have killed four gunmen in
a town near the U.S. border. The Tamaulipas Coordination Group says in a
statement Thursday that a military patrol in Ciudad Mier came under
attack early Tuesday from a four-vehicle convoy.
Edward Snowden's Warning to Canada:
World famous whistleblower talks Bill C-51 and 'weak' oversight of our
Canadian risks prison for not giving up phone's
passcode: A Canadian charged for
refusing to give border agents his smartphone passcode was expected
Thursday to become the first to test whether border inspections can
include information stored on devices.
US Drone Pilots Are Quitting In Record Numbers:
A combination of lower-class status in the military, overwork, and
psychological trauma appears to be taking a mental toll on drone pilots.
Child Protective Services Kids Found in Human
Trafficking : Video - National Safe
Child founder Tammi Stefano takes a look at the problem and reveals
cases of CPS children who ended up working in the growing human sex
March 05, 2015
The Demonisation Of
Russia Risks Paving The Way For War
By Seumas Milne
Politicians and the media are using Vladimir
Putin and Ukraine to justify military
expansionism. It’s dangerous folly.
Putin Predicted Washington Would Employ
Assassination Tactic Against Russia
By Paul Craig Roberts
Part of the circumstantial evidence that Nemtsov’s murder was a CIA
tactic to destabilize Russia is the orchestrated US media.
What The BRICS Plus Germany Are Really Up To?
By Pepe Escobar
German exports are changing their recipient address. Only 40 percent -
and going down – now goes to the EU; the real growth is in Asia.
U.S., Qatar Plan To Rebrand AlQaeda Into "Moderate"
By Moon Of Alabama
"Moderates", Clapper used gestural scare-quotes, is anyone who is not
part of the Islamic State. That would, it seems, include Jabhat al-Nusra
who three years ago parted from IS and kept their allegiance to AlQaeda.
‘Christian US’ Overseeing End of Christianity in
By Finian Cunningham
As ancient Christianity gets wiped off the map in the Middle East – the
birthplace of the religion – the ultimate author of its demise is the
self-righteous United States.
Benjamin Netanyahu Speech to Congress - March 03,
Video and Transcript
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel warn against what he called
a “bad deal” being negotiated with Iran to freeze its nuclear program.
Netanyahu, 'Censored Voices,' and the False
Narrative of Self-Defense
By Marjorie Cohn
Netanyahu failed to mention that Israel has an arsenal of 100 or 200
Noam Chomsky: Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal,
Israel’s Goal Isn’t Survival — It’s Regional Dominance
Video and Transcript
"They have a common interest in ensuring there is no regional force that
can serve as any kind of deterrent to Israeli and U.S. violence, the
major violence in the region."
Archbishop Tutu: The West Committed The Holocaust
While Palestinians Pay Historic Price”
By IMEMC News
Tutu also denounced Israel’s persistence to force the Palestinians to
recognize it as a Jewish State.
The “Snowden is Ready to Come Home!” Story: a
Case Study in Typical Media Deceit
By Glenn Greenwald
What rational person would ever willingly submit themselves to a penal
state that imprisons more of its citizens than any other in the world,
run by people with this mentality?
Dissecting the Media -
The Words They Use, The Minds They Sway
By Dennis Bortko
How the mainstream media is used to push specific agendas, to deny any
alternative storylines, and to maintain a specific worldview, which is
considered acceptable and to demonize any alternative explanations.
Tony Blair's Save the Children Award: An
By Felicity Arbuthnot
If State Honours, Knighthoods etc., can be withdrawn from those
subsequently deemed unworthy of their bestowal, surely so can Save the
Children's woefully misplaced Global Award. Continue
US and Venezuela: Decades of Defeats and
By James Petras
Introduction: US policy toward Venezuela is a microcosm of its larger
strategy toward Latin America.
Banned Delhi Nirbhaya Documentary
Powerful film by Leslee Udwin about the rape & murder of Jyoti Singh
that set India alight. Banned in India ahead of its planned broadcast.
Iraqi Forces Kill 38 Daesh Militants In Anbar:
Iraqi security forces, backed by the US-led international coalition and
tribal fighters, killed 38 Daesh militants Wednesday in Anbar province
in western Iraq, security sources said.
Seven people killed in Baghdad explosions:
Seven people lost their lives and 23 others were injured, including two
soldiers, on Thursday in multiple explosions that rocked Baghdad, police
Thousands flee Iraqi advance on Tikrit:
The operation to retake Tikrit, involving some 30,000 soldiers and Shia
militiamen, is now in its fourth day. They are trying to encircle the IS
fighters, but their advance has been slow due to the roadside bombs and
booby traps planted since the city was overrun last June, says the BBC's
Jim Muir in Beirut.
Video shows Iraq soldiers, militia execute child:
A video posted on the internet on Wednesday showed Iraqi soldiers
shooting to death at close range a captured child suspected to have
fought with militants in the Diyala Province.
From eastern flank, Iran-backed force advances on
Tikrit: Wearing military fatigues and
a white turban, the Shi'ite cleric gave an eve-of-battle address to
Iran-backed fighters preparing to attack Islamic State militants in
Tikrit, praising them for defending their faith and urging them to fight
Saudi FM urges coalition to face IS challenge 'on
the ground': Saudi Foreign Minister
Prince Saud al-Faisal called Thursday on the US-led coalition conducting
air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq to fight
the jihadists on the ground.
Syria: Blast at intelligence HQ kills 50
government troops: "For the past
three months, rebel groups have been digging a tunnel under the
headquarters in the western district of Jamiat al-Zahra," local activist
Abu Firas al-Halebi told The Anadolu Agency. Halebi said that the rebel
groups included, among others, the Nusra Front, Muhajireen Army, Levant
Front, and the 1st Artillery Regiment.
At least 18 killed by barrel bomb in Syria:
At least 18 civilians have been killed in a single regime barrel bomb
attack in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, a pro-rebel, monitoring group
Top al Qaeda Commander in Syria Killed in
Airstrike: Sources: A blast targeting
senior members of al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front,
killed the group's General Military CommanderAbu Humam al-Shami on
Thursday, two insurgent sources told Reuters.
Syria’s Nusra Front may cut al-Qaida ties, get regional backing
against Islamic State, Assad; Leaders
of Syria’s Nusra Front are considering cutting their links with al-Qaida
to form a new entity backed by some Persian Gulf states trying to topple
President Bashar Assad, sources said.
Palestinian leaders cut security
coordination with Israel: PLO;
Leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), led by President
Mahmoud Abbas, decided on Thursday to stop all forms of security
coordination with Israel, Palestinian officials said.
Netanyahu Speech Flops As Democratic Senators
Withdraw Their Support For Iran Bill:
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress continues to
backfire, as key Democratic senators have withdrawn their support for a
Senate bill that would have reviewed any nuclear agreement with Iran.
Rouhani: people are too clever to listen to
Politicians in Iran, including the president, express their disgust at
the Israeli prime minister’s address to the US Congress
Iran has saved Jews three times in its history
and threatens nobody: Iranian foreign minister:
Zarif accused Netanyahu of “seeing peace as an existential threat.”
Time to boycott Israel?:
Author and activist Norman Finkelstein discusses whether the two-state
solution can solve the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Iranian special forces rescue kidnapped diplomat
in Yemen: An Iranian diplomat held
hostage in Yemen for nearly two years was rescued in a military
operation and returned to Tehran on Thursday.
‘68 killed, kids among them’: Boko Haram attacks,
burns Nigeria village: At least 68
people have been killed by Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria
close to Maiduguri, the capital of the Borno state, witnesses said. Many
kids are reported to be among those killed, as a village was stormed and
then put on fire.
Libya says 11 oil fields shut down after ISIS
attacks: Libya's state-run oil
corporation has declared 11 oil fields in the country non-operational
after attacks by suspected Islamic State militants, opting for a force
majeure clause that exempts the state from contractual obligations.
Morocco hosts Libya peace talks;
UN-backed talks start in Rabat, hours after airplanes bomb airport in
Tripoli amid continuing conflict.
29 Insurgents Killed in Afghan Military
Operations: At least 29 insurgents
were killed and 18 others were wounded during an Afghan security forces
clearing operation in past 24 hours around the country, according to the
Ministry of Interior (MoI) statement.
Two Afghan cops, two militants killed in
Balochistan; The Afghan cops, who
belonged to Helmand province of Afghanistan, were en route to Quetta for
medical treatment when the attack took place.
Irate Indian mob lynches rape accused;
Man dragged out of prison in Nagaland state before being beaten to death
and strung up a tower.
India threatens BBC over rapist interview:
India's home minister has threatened action against the BBC, after it
aired a film in the UK featuring an interview with an Indian rapist on
South Korea US envoy Lippert 'well' after knife
attack; A militant Korean nationalist
has slashed the face of the US ambassador to South Korea at a breakfast
meeting in Seoul, but the envoy narrowly survived serious injury.
Ukraine military says one soldier killed in past
24 hours in east: - One Ukrainian
soldier was killed and another wounded fighting pro-Russian separatists
in the east, a military spokesman said
Top U.S. General Says Washington Should Consider
Arming Ukraine: The U.S. military’s
leading general says Washington should now consider providing Ukrainian
forces with lethal aid to help combat the nation’s pro-Kremlin
NATO is using Ukraine crisis to advance towards
Russian borders - Defense Ministry:
"We've noticed that NATO member states are using the situation in
southeastern Ukraine as a pretext to discard all diplomatic conventions,
tricks and slogans and push forward, closer to the Russian border."
US Army Official: Atlantic Resolve May Expand:
The US military's plans to send troops into Romania and Bulgaria as a
deterrence to Russian aggression could expand to include Hungary, the
Czech Republic and Russia's southern neighbor, Georgia, according to a
US Army official spearheading the effort.
Despite Russian Warnings, US Will Deploy A
Battalion To Ukraine By The End Of The Week:
"Before this week is up, we’ll be deploying a battalion... to the
Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces for the fight that's taking place,"
stated US 173rd Airborne Brigade Commander Colonel Michael Foster said
at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC
NATO maritime group enters Black Sea as Ukraine
crisis continues: Six ships make up
the current group,one of two immediate-reaction forces under the
alliance’s maritime arm. The group is commanded by U.S. Navy Rear Adm.
Brad Williamson, who is embarked with his staff on the guided-missile
cruiser USS Vicksburg.
Syriza Offers Free Food and Electricity in First
Legislation: As the left-wing
government seeks to eradicate the “humanitarian crisis,” 300,000 of the
poorest Greeks will receive food vouchers.
New Zealand spying on Pacific islands, Snowden
leaks say: New Zealand is conducting
mass surveillance over its Pacific neighbours, reports citing documents
leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden say. Calls, emails and social
media messages were being collected from Pacific nations, the New
Zealand Herald said.
Snowden GCSB revelations / Russel Norman says
GCSB 'breaking the law': GCSB
collects phone calls, emails and internet data from NZ's closest and
most vulnerable neighbours, secret papers reveal
Air Force Captain Admits Maduro's Resignation Was
to Be Demanded: A Venezuelan Air
Force captain implicated in the coup attempt against the government of
President Nicolas Maduro admitted Tuesday that the video revealed by
Speaker of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello is authentic.
UK Backs Mexican President on Human Rights:
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron “welcomed [Enrique Peña Nieto's]
approach [on human rights] and supported U.K.-Mexico cooperation on
policing and justice,” stated a joint-communique released by the prime
UK Deputy Prime Minister Slams Mexico During Peña
Nieto Visit: “We should remember the
estimated 100,000 people killed in Mexico … since 2006,” Clegg wrote in
a joint article with Richard Branson.
Discrimination in Ferguson: full extent of police
bias laid bare in damning report: The
full extent of the racial persecution of black residents in Ferguson,
Missouri, by the city’s overwhelmingly white law enforcement authorities
was disclosed on Wednesday in a damning report by the US Department of
Homeless man shot and killed by Los Angeles
police in skid row – video: A video
posted to Facebook appears to show the moment a homeless man is shot
dead by Los Angeles police officers. In the video a group of officers
can be seen scuffling with two people. One man is held on the floor and
repeatedly punched, while apparently being shocked with a stun gun.
February 27, 2015
Nemtsov Murder: Putin Warned About Exactly This
Type of “False Flag”
By The Saker
Two years ago, Putin was warning Russians about exactly the kind of
false flag which we just saw happening with the murder of Nemtsov. See
Fascism is Coming Alive Again
By Eric Margolis
Purging the media of free-thinking journalists is a basic step. This has
happened in the US and Canada.
10 Reasons to Pray for AIPAC’s Decline
By Medea Benjamin
When a small group like this has disproportionate power, it hurts
everyone—including Israelis and American Jews.
Varoufakis vs. the Troika
Showdown in Athens
By Mike Whitney
Varoufakis will either have to get with the program or face the
consequences. That’s the way it works in Mafia-land; you either pay the
piper or you find yourself in the East River in cement booties.
Why the Rise of Fascism is Again the Issue
By John Pilger
If we remain silent, victory over us is assured, and a holocaust
The Neoconservative Threat To International
By Paul Craig Roberts
Why is this threat to all of humanity supported by the majority of the
US Congress, by the entirety of the presstitute media, and by academics
and think-tank inhabitants in the US?
NATO Finds Arab Backdoor to Arm Kiev
By Finian Cunningham
The tiny UAE with its $13 billion military budget is a NATO arsenal par
GOP Platform: War Without End
By Patrick J. Buchanan
"Nearly three-quarters of Republicans now favor sending ground troops
into combat against the Islamic State," says a CBS News poll.
Washington’s Destruction of Trust Between Nuclear
Powers is the Crime of the Century
By Paul Craig Roberts
Washington’s propaganda is driving the situation toward war.
American Sniper vs. Baghdad Sniper
By Pepe Escobar
"Juba" was the nickname given by the invading/occupying US forces to an
Iraqi pop phenomenon; a sniper who became legendary for his kills
in southern Baghdad.
Israel is Galloping to the Next War in Gaza
By Gideon Levy
The next war will break out in the summer. Israel will give it another
childish name and it will take place in Gaza. There’s already a plan to
evacuate the communities along the Gaza Strip border.
Shut Down AIPAC!
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliated
organizations have long been bending politicians’ ears and filling their
pockets, supporting the brutal occupation of Palestine and trying to
push the US into war with Iran.
If Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats?
Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture its Own Plots
By Glenn Greenwald
The FBI’s terrorism strategy — keep fear alive — and it drives
everything they do.
The National-Security State’s ISIS Racket
By Jacob G. Hornberger
What a racket. It’s amazing that so many Americans continue to fall for
Postcard from the End of America: Center City,
By Linh Dinh
Totalitarianism makes the stupid even more imbecilic, the wise cynical
and the brave dead. The next chapter of our history has already been
written by our masters.
Is the U.S. Mainstream Media’s Climate Coverage
By David Ray Griffin
Besides being guilty of betraying the public trust, the U.S. mainstream
media’s climate coverage is guilty of facilitating the move toward the
ultimate crime, terracide.
Syria’s Kurds kill 175 IS militants:
The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) killed 175 IS militants and
captured a contested Syrian town in the al-Hasaka province after
week-long battles with the Islamic State terrorists, a monitoring group
Car bomb kills 11 outside Damascus: activists:
Eleven people were killed on Friday in a car bomb blast in a rebel-held
area outside the Syrian capital, while seven people died in regime air
raids, an activist group monitoring the war said.
Human Rights Watch Accuses Syria Of "Barrel Bomb"
Damage Created By U.S. Attacks:" It
is interesting, and non-credible, that Human Rights Watch feels the need
to use a picture of "good" U.S. created destruction to demonstrate
destruction created by the "bad" Syrian army in its fight against U.S.
Nusra Front, FSA group at war again in Idlib
province; The Nusra Front has
declared all-out war against an American-backed Syrian rebel group in
the north of the country, accusing it of kidnapping and killing several
of its fighters.
Turkey, US to begin training Syria "rebels"
Sunday: The United States and Turkey
will begin training and equipping thousands of moderate Syrian rebel
forces on Sunday as part of a deal the two NATO allies signed last week,
an official said.
Iraq: 20 civilians killed by U.S.-led airstrikes:
Reuters reports at least 17 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed
along with nine civilians when aircraft from an unspecified coalition
nation—more than 80 percent of airstrikes are carried out by US
warplanes—bombed al-Qaim, a town on the Euphrates River on the Syrian
border some 330 km (200 miles) northwest of Baghdad.
20 killed as ISIL seizes strategic bridge in
Iraq's Anbar: Reports say fighters
from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group have seized a
strategic bridge between the cities of Baghdadi and Haditha in the
western Anbar province, killing more than 20 Iraqi soldiers.
Bombings, mortar fire kill 10 people in Baghdad
and near Iraqi capital, officials say:
A series of bombings and mortar strikes in and near the Iraqi capital
killed 10 people on Friday as Baghdad police discovered six bodies with
gunshot wounds, officials said. In the capital's southern district of
Dora, mortar shells killed two people inside their homes early in the
morning, and wounded four others.
ISIS Kidnapped 100 Tribesmen:
ISIS fighters have abducted 100 Sunni Muslim tribesmen near the city of
Tikrit, local tribal leaders said on Wednesday, apparently to neutralize
suspected opponents before a widely expected army offensive.
Mission to retake Mosul from Islamic State
doomed, general says: Retired Lt.
Gen. Michael Barbero said Mosul is booby-trapped with explosives and
controlled by thousands of suicidal fighters. Evicting them will take a
coordinated ground and air campaign with precise intelligence on enemy
ISIS killer Jihadi John ‘radicalized by UK govt,’
claims charity: “Like Michael
Adebolajo, suffocating domestic policies aimed at turning a person into
an informant but which prevent a person from fulfilling their basic life
needs would have left a lasting impression on Emwazi. He desperately
wanted to use the system to change his situation, but the system
ultimately rejected him.”
Iraqi Kurdistan's Texas oil tanker unloads in
Israel: An oil tanker from Iraqi
Kurdistan that was blocked for months from unloading in Texas by a
Baghdad legal challenge has sailed back to the Mediterranean and
delivered its cargo to Israel, according to trading sources and
Why Iran Believes ISIS is a U.S. Creation:
First to engage Muslims against each other, to waste their energy and in
this way Israel’s security would be guaranteed or at least enhanced,”
says Ganji. “Secondly, an ugly, violent and homicidal face of Islam is
presented to the world. And third, to create an inconvenience for Iran.”
Gunmen kill 4 soldiers in southern Yemen:
Gunmen ambushed a military truck during a night-time attack in a
southern province, officials said, killing all four soldiers in the
vehicle in a raid claimed by Yemen’s Al Qaeda branch.
Netanyahu pledges to do ‘everything’ to prevent
nuclear deal: PM says planned speech
before Congress next week ‘the final brake’ before an agreement
Former Mossad chief slams Netanyahu on Iran:
Ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu's contentious speech to Congress, Meir Dagan
says "the person who has caused the greatest strategic damage to Israel
on the Iranian issue is the prime minister."
AIPAC Mobilizing Members To Pressure Democrats To
Attend Netanyahu Speech: The American
Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is asking its members to urge
members of Congress to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s controversial speech in Washington next week.
Rebuilding Gaza could take a century if Israel
keeps blockade - Oxfam: The
rebuilding of homes, schools and hospitals in Gaza could take more than
a century to complete unless an Israeli blockade restricting imports of
construction materials into the Gaza Strip is lifted, aid agency Oxfam
said on Thursday.
At least 32 killed in Nigeria bomb attacks amid
Boko Haram violence; A suicide bomber
killed at least 17 people at a bus station in Biu, witnesses say, while
a second bomber was caught by a crowd and reportedly beaten to death. In
Jos, three bombs thrown from a car killed 15 people at a bus station and
Policeman killed in drive-by shooting in Egypt's
Fayoum: A policeman was killed and
two police conscripts injured during five separate attacks on police
targets in the governorate of Fayoum early on Friday, state news agency
Russian participation in Libya’s naval blockade
is welcome: Egypt FM: Cairo welcomes
a possible participation of Russian warships in a potential naval
blockade of Libya to prevent arm supplies for terrorists, Russian News
Agency TASS quoted Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry Friday.
All-Out War in Libya Predicted without Further
Peace Talks: Analysis - “The most
likely medium-term prospect is not one side’s triumph, but that rival
local warlords and radical groups will proliferate, what remains of
state institutions will collapse… and hardship for ordinary Libyans will
increase exponentially,” the ICG said in a report, ‘Libya: Getting
Report: General known as 'Libya's Sisi' set to
meet Israeli officials in Amman :
Former Libyan army general Khalifa Haftar, who has set himself up as a
warrior against Islamist terrorism and who some see as their savior, has
plans to meet with Israeli officials on a visit in Amman, an Arab
2 Taliban insurgents killed
: At least two Taliban insurgents were killed in a failed rocket attack
on Afghan national security forces in eastern Paktika province. The
provincial governor spokesan Nabiullah Pir Khel said the incident took
place in Bermal district late on Thursday night.
US-Bangladesh blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death:
Attackers in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have hacked to death a
US-Bangladeshi blogger whose writings on religion angered Islamist
Fresh soldier deaths rattle Ukraine truce:
Ukraine said on Friday three soldiers
had been killed, the first fatalities in several days in the war-torn
east, as a shaky truce with pro-Russian rebels appeared to gain some
traction with an apparent weapons pull-back.
Ukraine military has begun heavy weapons
withdrawal – military spokesman: The
movement of artillery pieces is already underway and should take about a
day, a Ukrainian military spokesperson said. The hardware will be pulled
back 25km from the disengagement line.
U.S. military vehicles paraded 300 yards from the
Russian border: U.S. military combat
vehicles paraded Wednesday through an Estonian city that juts into
Russia, a symbolic act that highlighted the stakes for both sides amid
the worst tensions between the West and Russia since the Cold War.
Top U.S. intelligence official backs arming Ukraine forces
against Russia: The administration is
under growing pressure from some lawmakers to provide lethal weaponry to
Ukraine. President Obama has said he is considering doing so, and some
members of his Cabinet are said to favor sending arms.
West unwilling to facilitate peace in Ukraine:
Russian FM: “Behind these calls [for
sanctions] lies the unwillingness of these figures, these relevant
countries, the United States, the European Union, to seek the
implementation of what was agreed in Minsk on February 12,” Lavrov said
on Thursday in reference to a peace deal reached earlier in the
Anti-government protest in downtown Kiev
escalates: An anti-government
demonstration in downtown Kiev escalated in scuffles on Wednesday
afternoon, with 1,000 people already taking part in the event, TASS
Police beating people protesting currency
collapse in Kiev: Video -
Guardian Corrects Anti-Russian Story Based on
'Research' of Own Reporter: The
Guardian was forced to correct an article by Eliot Higgins, a
self-styled "citizen journalist", who claimed Russian military units
fired on the Ukrainian Army from inside the Russian border on the basis
of his jointly authored research with the Guardian's Diplomatic Editor.
West's offer to rebuild Ukraine faces reality
check: Donors say the former Soviet
republic, crippled by war and corruption, is unable or unwilling even to
identify how many roads, power plants and schools its 45 million people
need, let alone meet new European standards for farms and factories.
In Midst of War, Ukraine Becomes Gateway for
Jihad: In Ukraine, you can buy a
passport and a new identity. For $15,000, a fighter receives a new name
and a legal document attesting to Ukrainian citizenship. Ukraine doesn’t
belong to the European Union, but it’s an easy pathway for immigration
to the West.
New US Sanctions Against Russia May Meet Painful
Response – Deputy FM: Another round
of US sanctions against Russia, if imposed, may provoke "painful
countermeasures" in return, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei
Ryabkov said Friday.
Chinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia's
security concerns over Ukraine: -
Western powers should take into consideration Russia's legitimate
security concerns over Ukraine, a top Chinese diplomat has said in an
unusually frank and open display of support for Moscow's position in the
Russia may accept Chinese control of oil and gas
fields: Russia has overcome a
"psychological barrier" and is ready to deepen its economic ties with
China, Deputy Prime MinisterArkady Dvorkovich said
German MPs back Greek bailout extension.:
Dozens of activists hurled petrol bombs and stones at police and set
cars alight after a march involving hundreds of protesters. Some carried
banners calling for Greece to leave the EU and for its debt to be
Greek debt crisis: Violence in Athens:
Police and protesters have clashed in Athens after the first
anti-government demonstration since Greece's leftist Syriza party took
power last month. Dozens of activists hurled petrol bombs and stones at
police and set cars alight after the march.
China outpaces America in sub numbers – US
admiral: “They may not be the same
quality, but their submarine forces are growing at a tremendous rate.
They now have more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than we have,”
the admiral told the lawmakers. “They are producing some fairly amazing
submarines and they are actually deploying them.”
FBI investigating ISIS suspects in all 50 states:
FBI Director James Comey revealed Wednesday that his agency is
investigating suspected supporters of the Islamic State in Iraq and
Syria (ISIS) in every state across the U.S.
Confidential Informant Played Key Role in FBI
Foiling Its Own Terror Plot; Left
unmentioned in the FBI statement, however, is the integral role a paid
informant appears to have played in generating the charges against the
men, and helping turn a fantastical “plot” into something even remotely
tangible. It appears that none of the three men was in any condition to
travel or support the Islamic State, without help from the FBI
Did the FBI tamper with a witness in OKC bombing
evidence case?: A federal judge has
indicated he wants more investigation into allegations the FBI tampered
with a witness in a trial over evidence and the Oklahoma City bombing.
Feds raid Texas political meeting; fingerprint
and photograph all attendees, seize phones:
Federal and local police forces raided a political meeting, taking
unusual measures to document every attendee by taking fingerprints and
photographs, and seizing every cell phone and all recording equipment in
the meeting hall.
'Gestapo' tactics at US police 'black site' ring
alarm from Chicago to Washington: The
US Department of Justice and embattled mayor Rahm Emanuel are under
mounting pressure to investigate allegations of what one politician
called “CIA or Gestapo tactics” at a secretive Chicago police facility
exposed by the Guardian.
Man shot dead by police in Washington State after
throwing rocks (VIDEO): Video shows
the victim, fleeing on foot from three Pasco police officers across a
busy intersection with arms akimbo. The man then turns and faces the
cops with his arms in front of him when a barrage of gunfire — as many
as 13 shots, according to some accounts — is fired from their guns,
fatally wounding him.
Morgan Stanley strikes $2.6bn deal to settle
mortgage bubble case: The investment
bank said late on Wednesday the $2.6bn will go to “resolve certain
claims” the Justice Department intended to bring against Morgan Stanley.
The settlement was disclosed in regulatory filing.
Scott Walker Says He Can Take On ISIS Because He
Took On Labor Unions: Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker (R) on Thursday said his experience undermining labor
unions in Wisconsin has prepared him to take on the threat of the
Islamic State in the Middle East.
Shameful American Democracy Ranks 45th In The
World In Electoral Integrity : A new
report places America’s “electoral integrity” on par with Colombia and
Bulgaria at 45th among the world’s democracies. Those nations are
arguably not shining examples of democratic Utopias, so America’s being
in their company is not a very encouraging statistic to anyone except
February 25, 2015
The Amherst Cauldron
By Albert Bates
In the Ukraine the nightmare is real,
ongoing and will not end well for anyone—not
even for the oligarchs who started it.
Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?
By Robert Parry
That the Nazis are now being depicted as defenders of Western ideals has
to be the ultimate man-bites-dog story.
US Backing for 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels: Long
Reported, Continually Forgotten
By Adam Johnson
That the US is arming and training Syrian rebels has been
well-documented for over two years, yet Western media have historically
suffered from a strange collective amnesia when reporting this fact.
ISIS Is Proof Of The Failed “War On Terror”
By Patrick Cockburn
Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Jordan may now be frightened by the
Frankenstein’s monster they have helped to create, but there is little
they can do to restrain it.
Domestic Fear Is the Price of Empire
By Sheldon Richman
We don’t have to live this way. The empire is just not worth it.
The Grand Illusion
By John Chuckman
The truth is that the risk of an American being killed by terrorism is
close to zero, having been calculated at 1:20,000,000.
Obama’s Admission Not Enough: US Spin on Middle
East Violence Must Change
By Ramzy Baroud
America’s mainstream intellectuals and journalists refuse to accept the
most prevalent truth about the roots of the current crisis.
Netanyahu Goes Nuclear… Now Wait For The Fallout
By Jonathan Cook
The contents of a secret report by Israel’s Mossad spy agency on Iran’s
nuclear programme leaked to the media this week are shocking and
predictable in equal measure.
Mike Huckabee: There’s No Such Thing As The
By Luke Brinker
GOP presidential contender makes inflammatory claim -- again.
Year of the Sheep, Century of the Dragon?
By Pepe Escobar
Geopolitically, Russia, India, and China have just sent a powerful
European Banks vs. Greek Labour
Michael Hudson says Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is
proposing austerity on the banking class, rather than the working class,
to balance the budget.
More Than 130 Islamic State Fighters Killed In
Syria Clashes, Airstrikes: Monitor:
The Kurdish YPG forces which drove Islamic State from Kobani last month
with the help of U.S.-led air strikes had seized 70 villages in the
offensive, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported overnight.
Syrian Kurds cut ISIS supply line near Iraq:
Kurdish militia pressed a big offensive against the Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of
its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians
abducted by the hardline group that recently beheaded 21 Egyptian Copts.
Fears grow for Christians held by IS:
There are fears that more Assyrian Christians were abducted by Islamic
State in north-east Syria than at first thought, as fighting in the area
ISIS 'planning to murder 150 Christian hostages if the US does
not stop its air strikes' : Islamic
State militants are planning to murder 150 Christian hostages they
kidnapped after sweeping through villages in Syria if the U.S. does not
stop air strikes, it has been reported.
68 terrorists killed and wounded in Iraqi aerial
bombardment targeted their hideouts western Baghdad:
According Operations Command “ the Iraqi Air Force and the Army Aviation
carried out an operation on dens of the terrorists within Abu Ghraib
Sector that killed 50 terrorists and wounded (18), as well as the
destruction of (nine) hideouts of terrorists and four vehicles
US arms flow to Iraq ahead of planned Mosul
offensive: Some 10,000 US M-16 rifles
and other military supplies worth about $17.9 million arrived in Iraq
this week as US troops pushed ahead with training and supplying Iraqi
security forces battling Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL)
fighters, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
10 killed as Yemen Houthis take over US-trained
special forces base: The clashes,
which lasted around six hours, started late on Tuesday when Houthis
shelled the camp with heavy weapons.
Autopsy Reveals Israeli Forces Shot Palestinian
Teen at “Close Range”: The killing
was "similar to an execution" because he was shot from a very close
range, Aloul said.
Saudis ‘would let Israeli jets use their air
space to attack Iran’: Kingdom merely
wants ‘some sign of progress’ on Palestinian issue, according to unnamed
senior European source in TV report
'Ex-Israeli agents' threatened cyber attack on S
Africa: Leaked secret report
describes cyber threat from 'former Mossad spies' demanding an end to
Boycott Israel campaign.
31 killed as suicide bombers hit Potiskum, Kano:
Thirty-one persons died yesterday in two separate suicide bomb attacks
in Potiskum, Yobe State, and Kano with several others injured.
8 alleged militants killed in Egypt’s North Sinai:
At least eight militants were killed and 12 others injured in army raids
in Egypt's volatile North Sinai over the past 24 hours, the military
said on Wednesday.
In leaked recording, Egyptian minister calls for
machine-gunning protesters: “Do not
wait for 100 to swell into 1,000 or 2,000 or 3,000, then we are all
helpless before them,” he said. He also advised the CSF on how to murder
protesters without turning them into martyrs.
Libya: mounting evidence of war crimes in the
wake of Egypt's airstrikes: New
eyewitness testimonies gathered by Amnesty International indicate that
the Egyptian Air Force failed to take the necessary precautions in
carrying out an attack which killed seven civilians in a residential
neighbourhood in the Libyan city of Derna last week.
Afghanistan: Three ANA Soldiers Killed in Khost
Blast: At least three Afghan National
Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and another soldier wounded in a mine
blast Wednesday in eastern Khost province, local officials said.
UN report: Torture in Afghan prisons is
'widespread': It identified 14
methods of torture and ill-treatment practices, including beatings, a
threat of execution and sexual abuse. Some were given electric shocks to
extract confessions or obtain information.
Kiev says no troops killed in past day for first
time since truce: There were also no
reports of any civilian deaths from around the conflict zone as Kiev
said clashes with pro-Russian rebels had dropped off considerably for
the second day running.
Ukraine Rebels Show Withdrawal of Weapons;
Kiev Doubtful:m Journalists in rebel-held territory watched 10 trucks
carrying howitzers roll through Makiivka, near rebel-held Donetsk.
Rebels said the guns were on their way from Donetsk towards Amvrosiyvka,
a town far from the front and close to the Russian frontier.
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine
'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office':
One of Russia's leading independent newspapers says it has received a
bombshell document showing Putin's office put together a 'step-by-step'
guide to taking Crimea and other eastern Ukrainian provinces more than a
Putin: Gas supplies to Europe could suffer in 3-4
days if Kiev doesn't pay: Russia will
cut off gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev fails to pay in “three or four
days,” President Vladimir Putin said, adding that this "will create a
problem" for gas transit to Europe.
No Time for Laughter: Gas Prices in Ukraine to
Increase Fourfold on April 1:
Starting April 1, gas prices in Ukraine will increase by four times,
according to the country’s Minister of Energy and Coal Industry
Kiev's Gas Cut Off in East Ukraine 'Smacks of
Genocide': Russian President Vladimir Putin:
"It's not enough that there's already hunger there, and the OSCE has
reported a humanitarian catastrophe, but then to switch off their gas
supplies too! What do you call that? That already smacks of genocide,"
Putin said in televised comments.
Ukraine Enters Hyperinflation: Currency Trading
Halted: Exchange kiosks on the
streets in Kiev were selling limited amounts of dollars for 39 hryvnias,
around 20 percent worse than the rates advertised in the windows of
commercial banks where dollars were not available.
Ukraine Signals It Needs Cash Fast as Capital
Controls Tightened: Conditions are
deteriorating so quickly that the International Monetary Fund’s $17.5
billion bailout, pledged less than two weeks ago, may no longer be
Russia ratifies $100bn BRICS New Development Bank:
The Russian State Duma has ratified the $100 billion BRICS bank that’ll
serve as a pool of money for infrastructure projects in Russia, Brazil,
India, China and South Africa, and challenge the dominance of the
Western-led World Bank and the IMF
Greece’s Syriza government proposes list of
social cuts to European Union: The
Syriza government confirms not only its complete submission to the hated
diktat of the EU, it announces social cuts going well beyond those
implemented by previous conservative and social-democratic governments.
Paris police arrest al-Jazeera journalists over drone:
Three al-Jazeera journalists have been arrested for the alleged illegal
flying of a drone in Paris, prosecutors say.
Assange Launches ‘Final’ Appeal to Throw Out
Arrest Warrant: It is not currently
known when the Supreme Court will reach its decision, but Assange’s
lawyers have told the Swedish press that even if today’s appeal is not
successful, they would be prepared to start legal proceedings all over
again, by applying to the District Court of Stockholm, or appealing to
the European Court of Human Rights.
Venezuelan teenager killed in San Cristobal
protest: Local reports say the
student was hit in the head by a rubber bullet during a clash between
hooded protesters and the police. Home Affairs Minister Carmen Melendez
confirmed the arrest of a policeman, who has been named as 23-year-old
Javier Mora Ortiz.
Mexico: Extreme Police Violence in Guerrero State
Strikes Again: Shocking pictures of
injured protesters from the state of Guerrero occupying the Acapulco
Airport to demand owed pay were published Tuesday night after police
violently attacked the demonstration.
CSE monitors millions of Canadian emails to
government: Canada’s electronic spy
agency collects millions of emails from Canadians and stores them for
“days to months” while trying to filter out malware and other attacks on
government computer networks, CBC News has learned.
Sheldon Adelson signals he’ll bankroll effort to
stop Rand Paul: Hawkish GOP megadonor
determined to keep Kentucky senator from securing GOP nomination
Glenn Greenwald blasts Hillary Clinton:
“The ultimate guardian of bipartisan status quo corruption”:
Journalist says Clinton's glide path to Democratic nomination is