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We Know The Cruelty of Isis – But All Too Little
About Who They Are
By Robert Fisk
There are two truths that the West is going to have to face about
al-Baghdadi’s savage and dotty “Caliphate”:
Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed
By Patrick Cockburn
The Underrated Saudi Connection.
Israel Kills Wife and Baby Son of Hamas Leader
By Patrick Martin
In an action that can only be described as a terrorist murder, Israeli
warplanes killed the wife and baby son of Hamas military commander
Mohammed Deif, in a targeted air strike Tuesday night.
The ICC Should Live Up To Its Mandate
By César Chelala
under pressure from the US and the European Community, the ICC has
avoided opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in Gaza.
Everything You Know About Hamas is Wrong
By Tim Holmes
"Hamas is led by pragmatic political leaders who have settled for a
two-state solution along the 1967 lines, and who have made every effort
to end the conflict by diplomatic means.”
Eastern Ukraine People’s Republics Between
Militias and Oligarchs
By Boris Kagarlitsky
Over several weeks the entire leadership of the Donetsk and Lugansk
republics has effectively been replaced.
Fascism in America
The Devil Went Down to Georgia
By Philip Giraldi
What distinguishes this sort of thinking from European style fascism?
Not much, though it does have a particularly American flavor of
American Terror Lives On
By Margaret Kimberley
Can America ever overcome its terrible history of conquest, genocide and
enslavement? Those horrors are deeply embedded in the American psyche
and legal system, and allow for repeated aggressions at home and abroad.
A Night in Ferguson: Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas,
and a Jail Cell
By Ryan Devereaux
We were frightened. The police, who made no verbal commands that we had
heard, had clearly demonstrated their willingness to shoot us.
Turning America Into a War Zone, Where ‘We the
People’ Are the Enemy
By John W. Whitehead
Life in the American police state is an endless series of don’ts
delivered at the end of a loaded gun.
52 killed as Kiev government troops take over
much of Luhansk: After days of street
battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made significant gains
Wednesday into rebel-held territory, capturing a large part of the city
of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city,
in fighting that left at least 52 dead.
Russian Humanitarian Convoy May Proceed to
Luhansk on Friday: Ukrainian border
guards have begun inspecting the Russian humanitarian convoy with tons
of food, medicine and other basic necessities for the people of Donbas.
Germany: Russia sanctions, Ukraine probably
contributed to second-quarter contraction:
The German economy's surprise second-quarter contraction was probably
due to Russian sanctions and confidence being eroded by the Ukraine
crisis as well as the comparison with a bumper first quarter, the
finance ministry said on Friday.
Israeli airstrikes kill 38 across Gaza despite
Palestinian peace offer: Palestinian
negotiations team says Israel still had not responded to truce offer as
Israeli bombs continue to fall across Gaza, bringing total death toll
4 killed by airstrikes while burying relatives in
Gaza cemetery: Israeli forces killed
four Palestinians in Gaza City on Thursday after targeting a cemetery in
the Sheikh al-Radwan district, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Qidra
3 senior Hamas military leaders killed in Israeli
airstrike on Gaza: An Israeli
airstrike on a house in Gaza overnight killed three high-ranking members
of Hamas’ military wing, the Qassam Brigades, the militant group said
Thursday. Seven civilians were also killed.
20 militants killed in attacks in Iraq:
A total of 20 insurgent militants were killed on Thursday in separate
attacks which aimed at seizing a city and a town in western and central
Iraq respectively, security sources said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
Pentagon: Isis is 'beyond anything we've seen'
and must be contained: Defence chiefs
describe militants as ‘apocalyptic’ group that will need to be defeated
but maintain limited strikes are sufficient
U.S. could send another 300 military personnel to
Iraq: official: - The U.S. State
Department has requested additional military personnel to provide
security in Iraq, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.
US Attempted To Rescue James Foley, Other ISIS
Hostages, Failed : The United States
attempted a rescue operation recently to free a number of American
hostages held in Syria by ISIL. This operation involved air and ground
components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL.
Islamic State militants seize four more foreign
hostages in Syria: Jihadists flush
with arms and relying on shock tactics abduct Europeans and Japanese
national as US strikes continue
'Our brother died a martyr
fighting in Syria': Last summer,
Jaman left his job in a call centre and signed up with the deadliest
rebel group in Syria. Isis are accused of savage atrocities – and yet,
Jaman's death is now being eologised by some British Muslims.
Houthis threaten to topple Hadi government;
Crisis deepens in the capital:
President Hadi convened an urgent meeting in the presence of state
leaders on Wednesday morning, calling for immediate action to put an end
to escalating tensions between the Houthis and the government.
5 killed as heavy fighting erupts in Libya's
Benghazi: Clashes between irregular
forces of a renegade general and Islamists erupted in Libya's eastern
Benghazi city on Wednesday, killing at least five people, medical and
military sources said.
Libya: US, Nato and the Destruction of Libya - the Western Front
of a Widening War: Analysis: NATO
claimed that its intervention in Libya was a historic success. But three
years later, Libya is in complete chaos. Some 1700 militias have a
combined total of 250,000 men under arms. Another external intervention
seems necessary to stabilize the country. But the US and NATO must never
4 militants killed as Egypt's troops press on
with daily offensives in Sinai:
Security forces have killed four militants in shoot-outs in the Sinai
Peninsula, where troops have been battling an Islamist-oriented
insurgency since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi last summer,
state news agency MENA reported.
Two killed in attack on Nato supply convoy in
Pakistan: At least two persons were
killed and two oil tankers destroyed when unidentified militants on
Thursday attacked a Nato supply convoy on the Pak-Afghan highway in
restive northwest Pakistan.
Who is US to declare Nawaz a democratic PM: Imran
Khan: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
Chairman, Imran Khan Thursday night questioned the US authority of
declaring Nawaz Sharif a democratic Prime Minister, saying ‘if we are to
become a nation, we will have to stop taking dictation from America’.
N.C.-based paratrooper killed in Afghanistan:
The Department of Defense said Thursday that Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew
I. Leggett died the prior day. The 39-year-old from Ruskin, Florida, was
assigned to the headquarters battalion of the 18th Airborne Corps. No
details were provided about where or how Leggett was killed.
St. Louis Police Release Video Of
Kajieme Powell Killing That Appears At Odds With Their Story: Video
- Newly released cell phone footage undermines the statement, showing
Powell approaching the cops, but not coming as close as was reported,
with his hands at his side. The officers began shooting within 15
seconds of their arrival, hitting Powell with a barrage of bullets.
Powell Shooting (Cell Phone Camera) Full Video
Police Officer: 'if you don’t want to get
shot...just do what I tell you.': "If
you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton
or thrown to the ground," warns Officer Sunil Dutta of the Los Angeles
Police Department, "just do what I tell you."
Cop Pointing Rifle At Ferguson Protestors: "I
Will Fucking Kill You": Video -
Unrest and distrust in Ferguson: Video
- The shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson
police officer Darren Wilson prompted protests and riots in the St.
Louis suburb but also revealed the lack of trust in the local police.
Video produced by Madeline Marshall
US police given billions from Homeland Security
for 'tactical' equipment: The
program, which distributed more than $11bn between 2003 and 2011, exists
with little oversight, the report said.
August 20, 2014
US Journalist James Foley Beheaded
The victim was made to read a statement blaming the US for his own
Staged Provocations Ahead Possible US-Syrian War
By Tony Cartalucci
Another dead American reporter could perhaps tip the scales in terms of
public support for a possible US military intervention in Syria.
The Neocons’ Grim ‘Victory’ in Iraq
By JP Sottile
Wolfowitz’s declaration of victory may not be ironic or delusional; it
may have some measure of truth – at least from his perspective.
Energy Ballet: Iran, Russia and 'Pipelineistan'
By Pepe Escobar
Washington plays The Great Pretender, faking it full-time that Israel is
not a nuclear-armed power while trying to convince the whole planet
Israel is entitled to amass as many weapons as it wants.
Ukraine Crisis Continues
By Paul Craig Roberts
The Russian government cannot rely on diplomacy and good will if the
West is relying on violence.
Washington’s Grand Ambition Explains Its
Pressures on Russia
By Michael S. Rozeff
This is why Putin’s attempts to bring Russia into a Greater Europe
cannot be tolerated by the U.S.
"Norman Finkelstein Israel Mowing the Lawn in
Norman Finklestein connects the dots of the many incidents in detail
leading up to the present war that occurred between Israeli and the
Palestrina’s in Gaza.
Ferguson Unmasks the War on Black America
By Glen Ford
The Black people of Ferguson have compelled the police to flaunt their
military nature and mission before the eyes of the world.
We Are Above the Law Declares County Attorney
By Paul Craig Roberts
The rot in government accountability that began in Washington has now
reached the local level.
48 alleged militants killed in Pakistan
airstrikes: The Pakistani military on
Tuesday killed at least 48 "militants" in fresh air strikes targeting
Taliban hideouts in the country’s troubled northwest, as six persons,
including two infants and three women teachers, died in a roadside bomb
Govt has accepted all of Imran’s demands except
PM resignation: Sirajul Haq:
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief, Siraj-ul-Haq revealed that the government
has accepted all demands of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran
Khan except the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
NATO soldier stabbed, killed near Kabul airport:
The victim was stabbed by a suspected
Taliban member, police said.
Kabul orders US reporter to leave over poll story:
Afghanistan yesterday ordered a New York Times correspondent to leave
the country after he wrote an article saying government ministers and
officials were threatening to seize power to end a stand-off over
34 people killed in Donetsk fighting:
The Donetsk regional administration quoted the death toll of 34 as of
noon on Wednesday in a statement on its website. Earlier, a Ukrainian
official said nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in a town
near Donetsk as the government battled to gain control of a major
railroad and highway.
Ukrainian warplane shot down over rebel-held
territory: : A Ukrainian warplane was
blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory on Wednesday (Aug 20) as
fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left
dozens of civilians dead.
Ukraine Overnight Interest Rates Soars to 17.5%;
External Debt Cannot Be Paid Back;
: It's crystal clear Ukraine has no interest in a
ceasefire under any terms. Instead it demands rebels lay down weapons
and for Russia to stop intervention. In short, Ukraine demands
Obama vows to fight IS 'cancer' after killing:
US President Barack Obama has vowed that his country will not be swayed
from airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) group after it beheaded
an American journalist, an act he said was proof that the fighters stand
for no religion.
James Foley’s murder will see calls for military
action – just what Isis wants:
‘war on terror’ has made jihadism stronger than ever. The west must be
careful not to fuel the fear upon which Isis thrives
US Official: More Airstrikes in Iraq:
According to a senior U.S. official, the number of additional troops
currently under discussion would be fewer than 300, but there has been
no final decision yet by Pentagon leaders. Officials said that the
forces were requested by the State Department and, if approved, would
mainly provide extra security around Baghdad.
McCain calls for dramatic increase in US
airstrikes against Islamic State:
McCain told Reuters that the beheading of American journalist James
Foley by Islamic State militants should serve as a turning point for
President Barack Obama's deliberations on how to deal with the group.
Top Kurdish minister rejoins Iraqi government:
A Kurdish minister who suspended his participation in the government of
outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has rejoined the administration,
in an apparent sign of reconciliation in the politically fractured
Official: 22 killed by Israeli strikes since
truce collapsed on Tuesday: At least
six children among dead as Israeli forces renew strikes on Gaza, health
ministry spokesman says.
Family of Hamas military chief buried in Gaza:
Thousands gather to mourn death of wife and baby son of Mohammed Deif,
as sides trade blame over collapse of ceasefire.
Hamas says military chief alive, calling shots in
Gaza war: His remarks were made after
an Israeli air strike leveled a six-story house in Gaza City, killing
Deif's wife and infant son.
Desmond Tutu: My plea to the people of Israel:
Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine:
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz,
calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians
to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in
the Holy Land.
New York Times strengthens Israeli impunity:
By undermining human rights workers in Gaza,
President Correa: Socialism is the Way Forward
for Latin America: His comments came
as part of a larger critique against neo-liberal policies and
Washington's intervention in internal affairs around the region.
Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting
Michael Brown, says source: Wilson
suffered a fractured eye socket in the fracas, and was left dazed by the
initial confrontation, the source said. He is now "traumatized, scared
for his life and his family, injured and terrified" that a grand jury,
which began hearing evidence on Wednesday, will "make some kind of
example out of him," the source said.
Protesters back on the streets in US suburb:
Demonstrators say they will persist until white police officer is
charged over killing of unarmed black teenager.
Bank of America agrees to $17bn fine over
mortgage fraud - report: The bank
will pay out $10 billion in cash and $7 billion for consumer relief –
such as modified home loans and refinanced mortgages, AP reports, citing
officials close to the negotiations. The final verdict is due on
The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare:
109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from
one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as
welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released
Tuesday by the Census Bureau.
August 19, 2014
US Journalist James Foley Beheaded
The victim was made to read a statement blaming the US for his own
How the Islamic State Became the Juggernaut It Is
By Patrick Cockburn
Every derogatory story I had ever heard about the Iraqi army being a
financial racket in which commanders bought their posts in order to grow
rich on kickbacks and embezzlement turned out to be true.
The American Cult of Bombing
By William J. Astore
Like cults everywhere, it’s best not to question the core belief and
practices of its leaders -- after all, bombs bursting in air is now as
American as the "Star Spangled Banner."
Patriots Don’t Torture
Why Excusing it is an American Catastrophe
By Falguni A. Sheth
Obama’s words suggested that the decision to torture was
collectively considered and endorsed by Americans: “We” tortured some
Interview with Sergei Glaziev - Advisor to
This man really *knows* what is going on. Furthermore, he is one of the
leading "Eurasian Sovereignists" and he is therefore absolutely hated by
the pro-US circles in Russia.
From The Holocaust To The Massacre In Gaza
Through Ben-Gurion Airport
By Miko Peled
Ending the insufferable, brutal and racist regime that was created by
the Zionists in Palestine is the call of our time. Criticizing
Palestinian resistance is unconscionable.
How Israel Undermines International Law Through "Lawfare"
By Jeff Halper
Operation Protective Edge was part of an ongoing assault on
international humanitarian law (IHL) by a highly coordinated team of
The Militarization of the Police Has Produced a
By Paul Craig Roberts
The gratuitous violence employed by police is no more justified than the
gratuitous violence employed by the Israeli military toward
Ferguson is Everytown, U.S.A.
By Nusrat Choudhury
The tragic killing of Hamilton bears a striking – and deeply troubling –
resemblance to the killing of Michael Brown.
Brussels Demand on Argentina – Arrogance and
By Peter Koenig
While the BRICS are getting their act together, it is conceivable that
Russia and China will issue shortly their own combined currency – the
‘Ruyuan’ or the ‘Yuanru’, delinked from the corrupt, predatory western
Reports: Islamic State group kills hundreds of
Syria tribesmen: The extremist
Islamic State group shot and beheaded hundreds of tribesmen from eastern
Syria over the past two weeks after crushing an uprising they led amid
the country’s civil war, activists said Monday.
Air strikes kill 11 people in Syria's Al-Hasakah:
11 people were killed in air strikes by government forces targeting
anti-government militants in the neighbourhood of Gweran in the city of
Al-Hasakah in Syria's Al-Hasakah governorate
Syrian rebels have stockpile of anti-aircraft
weapons: The report cites Sudan,
Qatar and Saudi Arabia as likely sources for MANPADS smuggled into Syria
but says their origins are far from certain.
Clashes kill 21 in Iraq while Yazidis released:
Seven fighters from the self-proclaimed 'Islamic State' were among 21
killed in fighting between rebels and joint Kurdish and Iraqi government
forces on Monday.
Islamic State fighters halt Iraqi offensive to
recapture Saddam's home town: Iraqi
forces halted a short-lived offensive on Tuesday to recapture Tikrit,
home town of Saddam Hussein, due to fierce resistance from Islamic state
fighters who have also threatened to attack Americans "in any place".
6,000 new militants join Syria ISIL, hits record:
monitor: More than 6,000 new
militants joined the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
in Syria last month in the militant group's fastest expansion to date, a
body monitoring the war said Tuesday.
Fact or fiction?
Baghdadi 'Mossad trained':
The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward
Snowden, has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the
Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
Israel strikes Gaza targets after rocket fire:
Israel has launched air raids on "terrorism targets" in Gaza and
recalled negotiators from Cairo after three rockets were fired from Gaza
into Israel, as efforts to agree a permanent ceasefire appeared to
Report: US exerting pressure on
ICC not to open war crimes probe against Israel:
The US and other western powers have exerted pressure on the
International Criminal Court at the Hague to prevent a war crimes probe
of Israel's operation in the Gaza Strip, The Guardian reported on
Monday, quoting former court officials
US corporations boycott Glasgow
over Gaza support: The visitors
represented major US corporations such as Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil and
Coca-Cola, and were due to visit the Glasgow as a reward for investing
millions into its economy.
3 killed as Libyan militia fire rockets into
affluent Tripoli residential district:
Unidentified militiamen fired Grad rockets into the Hay Andalus and
Gargaresh districts, among the most well-to-do in Tripoli, killing three
people, residents said. A health ministry official had no casualty
Libyan general claims air strikes on Tripoli:
Renegade General Khalifa Haftar's air force was responsible for strikes
on Islamist-leaning militia in Tripoli on Monday, one of his commanders
said, after weeks of fighting for the capital in Libya's worst violence
since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.
3 killed, 15 captured in Boko Haram attack in
Cameroon: "Boko Haram militants
killed at least three civilians and abducted a dozen others – presumably
all Cameroonians," the source said.
Taliban launches major Afghan offensive:
Some 700 Taliban rebels battle Afghan forces
near Kabul as military's capacity to deal with security is tested.
Afghan troops ordered: take no
prisoners: Struggling to hold the
insurgents back, the riposte from commanders of the Afghan security
forces has been clear: across the country, they are now telling their
men to kill captured Taliban fighters instead of taking prisoners.
The Coup Announcement In Afghanistan:
This in the New York Times reads like an early announcement of a
democratic pro-U.S. coup in Afghanistan.
Donetsk shelled as Ukraine army advances:
Residents flee homes as rebel-held city comes under artillery fire amid
reports of fighting near the centre.
Ukraine says battles raging in Lugansk:
Ukraine said on Tuesday fighting had erupted in the heart of major rebel
stronghold Lugansk, as the bodies of 17 civilians fleeing the city were
recovered from wreckage of their destroyed convoy.
No Weapons Seen Crossing Russian-Ukrainian Border
- OSCE: On August 15, Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko claimed Ukrainian artillery destroyed Russian
military hardware that had allegedly crossed into Ukraine at night.
An interview with an insurgent from the Eastern
Ukraine. He lives and fights in an
area where the Ukrainian army was shattered three weeks ago, close to
the Russian border in the Donetsk region.
Want to know how fracking will affect you? Sorry,
that's a state secret!: Another week,
another fracking fiasco. The Government has just published a report on
the likely effects of the drilling on Britain's countryside communities
– including its possible impact on house prices – that is so heavily
redacted it might instead be devoted to a military assessment of options
for intervention in Iraq.
Another Police Shooting In St. Louis, Just 3
Miles From Ferguson: "Suspect Dead At
The Scene" : Residents heard at least 5 shots fired. The suspect
approached the officers with a knife in an open-hand grip and screamed
"shoot me, kill me now." One witness described it at 'suicide by cop'.
31 Arrested in Ferguson Protests Overnight; 2
Shot During Unrest: Police are
claiming they came under "heavy gunfire" and that unknown suspects shot
two people over the course of the night. Highway Patrol Captain Ron
Johnson blamed what he called a small group of "lawbreakers."
National Guard, police tighten grip on Ferguson,
Missouri: Video report: The arrival
of a contingent of the Missouri National Guard has heightened the
police-state atmosphere in this suburb of St. Louis.
Hedy Epstein, 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor,
Arrested During Michael Brown Protest:
"I've been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn't think I would
have to do it when I was 90," Epstein told The Nation during her arrest.
"We need to stand up today so that people won't have to do this when
Fact or fiction:
Caller says she has the officer's side of the
Ferguson shooting: Video - When
Wilson tried to get out of his cruiser, Brown first tried to push the
officer back into the car, then punched him in the face and grabbed for
his gun before breaking free after the gun went off once, the caller
Ferguson Police Militarization: Cash Flowed To
Lawmakers Who Voted To 'Militarize' Police:
A debate is suddenly raging over how municipal police forces came to
resemble military units. A new report suggests the trend may, in part,
have to do with campaign contributions to congressional lawmakers.
'Spotlight' on Police Violence Fails to
Illuminate: Video - He found a police
officer standing over a man lying on the sidewalk, telling him, “I’m
going to beat the fucking Mexican piss out of you, homey. You feel me?”
and kicking him in the head.
Cost of Medical Bills for Baby Hit by SWAT
Grenade? Over $800,000. County’s Refusal to Pay? Priceless:
Remember back in May when a gang of uniformed thugs from the Habersham
County SWAT team threw a flash-bang grenade right on top of a sleeping
Jamie Dimon's $13 Billion Secret:
There are many people eager to claim a large dollop of credit for
bringing Dimon and JPMorgan to heel, and nary a soul at the bank willing
to explain how or why it happened in the first place.
August 18, 2014
Et Tu, Mullah?
Did Iran Just Knife Putin in the Back?
By Mike Whitney
Clearly, Rouhani has been busy behind the scenes cozying up to Obama.
And it’s paid off too.
Why Have the Media and Obama Administration Gone
Silent on MH17?
By Niles Williamson
The deafening silence of the US media and government about the
investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 one
month ago reeks of a cover-up.
Fear Brings the Enemies of Isis Together at Last
By Patrick Cockburn
If Isis is able to maintain its "sanctuary" in eastern Syria, the
caliphate will be able to reinforce its "capabilities in Iraq and
steadily increase the threat to Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
and other neighbouring states".
Let Congress Vote on Iraq War III
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Congress must be forced to debate and vote on this war, first, so we can
hold them accountable for what is to come.
While Israel Kill Gaza's Children, Media Shield
The Truth About Hamas
By John Hilley
We're fed the relentless myth that Israel left Gaza with 'benign
intent', 'gifting all those greenhouses', all that 'goodwill
infrastructure', to those 'thankless' Palestinians, who only went on to
Why Latin American Leaders Are Standing Up To
By Laura Carlsen
Colombia, Mexico and Panama. These countries receive significant amounts
of Israeli arms, which reached at least $107 million in sales to the
region in 2012, often with U.S. aid.
Century of Disaster
Riddles, Lies, and Lives -- from Fidel Castro and Muhammad Ali to Albert
Einstein and Barbie
By Eduardo Galeano
The twentieth century, which was born proclaiming peace and justice,
died bathed in blood. It passed on a world much more unjust than the one
Rebellion in Ferguson:
A Rising Heat in the Suburbs
By Chris Hedges
Being the object of unwarranted deadly force by police officers is part
of what it means to be black and poor in America.
Ten Facts About Police Violence in Ferguson
By Bill Quigley
While the Governor of Missouri is sending in the National Guard to
Ferguson, it is worth considering where the real violence is coming
Pentagon’s 1033 Program is Preparing for War
Against the Civil Population
By Martin Armstrong
This was the design of the military to prepare for civil unrest because
the government WILL default on social welfare and social security not to
mention confiscating pensions.
‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Improve Psychological
Health Long Term
By Maia Szalavitz
The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may have lasting medical and
spiritual benefits, according to new research from Johns Hopkins School
Air raids kill 31 jihadists in Syria's Raq:
The gov forces carried out 13 raids on the city of Raqa and 11 on the
town of Tabqa in Raqa province, killing at least 31 jihadists and
wounding dozens of them, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on
Rebels caught in north Syria two-pronged
onslaught: Western-backed rebels in
northern Syria are fighting to survive in the face of advances on their
strongholds both by jihadists and government forces, analysts and regime
Iraq: Military claims control of Mosul dam:
There are conflicting reports about whether Kurdish Peshmerga fighters
and Iraqi troops have fully retaken Mosul dam from Islamic State (IS)
Obama Says Mission In Iraq Is Not Over
: While the U.S. military has made "important
progress" in Iraq, the mission is not over. The Islamic State of Iraq
and Syria (ISIS) still "poses a threat to all Iraqis and to the entire
region," President Barack Obama said Monday. "The work is not yet done."
Israel reportedly agrees to extend cease-fire for
24 hours: The reported deal comes
after significant progress was made in Egyptian-mediated cease-fire
talks between Israel and Hamas, according to Palestinian sources.
Israel bars Amnesty, Human Rights Watch workers
from Gaza: Human Right Watch
investigators have been barred from entering Gaza via the Erez crossing
since 2006, while Amnesty’s people have been barred since June 2012.
U.S. military aid to Israel exceeds $100 billion:
For about the past 20 years, under the American-Israeli agreement, the
grants from the United States are used for the purpose of purchasing
arms and other security equipment (for example fuels) that Israel needs
for propelling its war machine
Gaza: a testing ground for Israeli military
technology: Israel may be a
relatively small state, but it is the largest per-capita weapons
exporter in the world.
Death to Arabs!’: Jewish-Muslim wedding brings
out bitter tensions in Israel: Mahmud
and Morel never imagined that on the happiest day of their lives, they
would walk down the aisle to racist chants by extremists opposed to the
marriage of a Muslim and a Jew.
Pro-Palestinians block Israeli cargo ship in
California: Zim vessel prevented from
unloading in protest against Israeli policies in West Bank and Gaza
Not kosher: Supermarket removes Jewish food amid
anti-Israel protests: A central
London branch of a major UK supermarket emptied its kosher food shelf
after its manager feared anti-Israeli protesters outside would attack
the store, the grocery giant has confirmed.
Report: Israelis key players in 'cash for
kidneys' black market: NYT says
Israelis play 'disproportionate role' in global organ trade, with
brokers arranging kidney transplants at cost of more than $100,000.
Six Killed in Mystery Airstrikes in Libyan
Capital: Airstrikes launched by an
unknown party targeting Islamist-led militias in Libya's capital killed
six people today, authorities said, as the interim government vowed to
investigate the strikes amid raging street battles.
Egypt policeman killed, another wounded in
shooting: Attackers open fire from
parked car in Nile Delta province of Gharbia, then make their escape
Islamic militias continue spread beyond the
Middle East into African nations: An
Islamist group has gained ground in the northeastern Libyan city of
Benghazi, declaring it an Islamic territory and raising fears that
radical Islamist militias may spread in the rest of Africa.
Dozens killed as Luhansk refugee convoy hit by
rocket and mortar fire: Government
and rebel forces blame each other for the attack, which has killed
evacuees trying to escape the conflict
Russia Has Right to Security Measures as War
Rages Near Its Borders - Lavrov:
"There is war on the other side of the border, with artillery, aviation,
multiple-launch rocket systems and, according to some reports, missiles
being used to attack Luhansk. It all takes place literally a few
kilometers away from our border," he said.
EU compensates fruit and veg growers:
The EU announces emergency funding of 125m euros (£100m) for fruit and
vegetable growers hit by Russian sanctions targeting Western food.
9 Taliban militants killed, 14 others injured
during operations: At least 9 Taliban
militants were killed or injured during military operations by Afghan
national security forces in the past 24 hours.
Imran Khan's MPs set to resign Pakistan assembly
seats: Imran Khan's opposition party
in Pakistan says it has decided to resign all its seats in the national
assembly. A senior member of party said they were trying to force Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down.
Julian Assange speaks of 'leaving' Ecuador
embassy: He said he understood from
Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson he would be "leaving the embassy"
after two years' refuge but gave no more details.
Julian Assange has had his human rights violated,
says Ecuador foreign minister;
Ricardo Patino told the Guardian that he believed the UK was violating
Assange's human rights by refusing to allow him to leave the building
without fear of arrest.
Governor sends National Guard to Ferguson:
Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis
suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black
teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters
off the streets well ahead of a curfew.
Police enforce 'static assembly' ban in Ferguson:
Authorities have been seen Monday urging people to keep moving and avoid
standing in one place. Journalists who gathered by midday at a
burned-out convenience were also being dispersed.
Militarized US police face-off with Ferguson
protesters LIVE UPDATES: Missouri
Governor Jay Nixon has lifted the curfew in Ferguson, MO following the
deployment of the US National Guard.
This Is The Most Important Reform Ferguson Can
Enact To Give Its Black Residents If
you compared the racial makeup of Ferguson, Missouri’s population as a
whole to that of its government, it would be easy to mistake the city
for an enclave of Jim Crow. Although nearly 70 percent of Ferguson is
black, 50 of its 53 police officers are white.
Watch: 'Get the f*** out of here!' Ferguson cops
threaten to shoot, mace reporters
Watch: Police Gas Residents of Ferguson
: Video -
Michael Brown was shot "at least"
six times, twice in the head.: One of
the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head
was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according
to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City
of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to
conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit
him, he said.
Group Rallies In Support Of Darren Wilson, Police
Officer Who Shot Michael Brown: A few
dozen people showed up in downtown St. Louis on Sunday afternoon to show
solidarity with the officer who killed the 18-year-old.
UN chief calls for protection of rights in
Missouri protests: U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on U.S. authorities on Monday to
ensure the protection of the rights of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri,
where there have been demonstrations and rioting over the fatal police
shooting of an unarmed black teen.
More Than 46 Million People Turn To The Feeding
America Food Bank Network To Make Ends Meet:
One in seven Americans, more than 46 million people, including 12
million children, rely on food pantries and meal service programs to
feed themselves and their families, according to a new study released
August 17, 2014
In The West Respect for Truth No Longer Exists
By Paul Craig Roberts
Western media comprises either a collection of ignorant and incompetent
fools or a whorehouse that sells war for money.
Back in Iraq: We Only Want to Save You
By Danny Schechter
Once again, we are the good guys charging in to protect and defend, save
Israeli Analyst Explains that the "Special
Relationship" Benefits Israel, NOT the US
By Alison Weir
The United States has not only vetoed more than 50 anti-Israel
resolutions at the United Nation's Security Council, it has also
provided military aid totaling more than $140 billion.
How I Became A "Self-hating Jew"
It’s a lonely world for the Jew who questions their "homeland".
Not Just Ferguson
11 Eye-Opening Facts About America’s Militarized Police Forces
By Alex Kane
Local law enforcement agencies are using weapons found on the
battlefields of South Asia and the Middle East.
When Will They Shoot?
By Peter Frase
Defenders of the warrior cop - argue that all of these trappings of
military occupation are necessary because of the oh-so-dangerous
environment the police supposedly face.
31 fighters from ISIL killed in Syria:
At least 31 fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL)
Sunday were killed and dozens wounded in the air strikes launched by
forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad in Raqqa city and the
surrounding areas, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Australia to take 4,400 refugees from Syria, Iraq
: The minister said a minimum of 2,200 places would be for Iraqis,
including ethnic and religious minorities fleeing the violence in the
north of the country. “The government has also committed a minimum of
2,200 places for Syrians, including those now living in desperate
conditions in countries such as Lebanon,” he added.
Iraqi forces retake part of strategic Mosul Dam
as U.S. bombs ISIS strongholds:
Kurdish forces retook part of Iraq’s largest dam after battling Islamic
State of Iraq and Al-Sham fighters in nearby villages in an attempt to
push back the Sunni-Muslim insurgents from the north with the help of
Iraqi Kurds battle Islamic State fighters:
Peshmerga forces recapture towns near Mosul dam, seized by fighters
earlier this month, as US air strikes continue.
Inside The Islamic State:
Video - In the first week of August alone, Islamic State fighters have
taken over new areas in northern Iraq, encroaching on Kurdish territory
and sending Christians and other minorities fleeing as reports of
Isis: a portrait of the menace that is sweeping
Analysis The avalanche of Isis is
powerful and it is not difficult to see that worse is still to come.
Beyond these military and practical factors, it is important to view the
Isis phenomenon as part of two wider trends within Sunni Islam that will
make Isis a long-term ideological menace, even if it is reined in
Five ‘Qaeda’, three Yemen troops killed:
Five suspected Al-Qaeda militants and three Yemeni troops died in
clashes Sunday in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, scene of many
recent attacks on the army, a local official said.
US kills three "suspected" al Qaeda militants in
Yemen: official: "The three armed men
were traveling in a vehicle along a desert stretch between Yemen and
Saudi Arabia's border when the drone shot two rockets at them. All three
are dead," the local official said.
Hamas: The failure to fulfil our people's demands makes the
truce unattainable: The Hamas
Movement said that Israel's refusal to accept the "just" humanitarian
demands of the Palestinian people in Gaza makes it difficult to reach a
truce deal with it.
Israel’s Long-Term Goal Is To Exterminate
Palestinian Population By Genocide:
According to Mnar Muhawesh, Editor in chief of Mint Press News, Israel's
actions amount to Israel being a terrorist and apartheid state actively
engaged in genocide.
225 Jewish Survivors of Nazi Genocide Condemn the
Massacre of Palestinians: 225 Jewish
survivors and descendents of Jewish survivors of the Nazi genocide have
signed a letter condemning Israel’s massacre in Gaza and calling for an
end to the genocide of the Palestinian people. In the letter, they also
speak out against the abuse of their histories to promote the
dehumanization of Palestinians.
Israeli court allows protesters to picket
Palestinian-Jewish wedding: Mahmoud
Mansour, 26, a Palestinian from Jaffa, has had to hire dozens of
security guards after an anti-Arab group, Lehava, published details of
his wedding reception online and called for Israelis to come and picket
the wedding hall.
Activists declare first victory as Israeli ship
delays docking at Oakland: San
Francisco Bay Area Palestine activists have declared their first victory
in attempting to prevent the offloading of an Israeli cargo vessel at
the Oakland Port
Tesco store trashed by Gaza protesters:
Demonstrators, who want the supermarket to stop selling Israeli food,
entered Tesco in Hodge Hill, Birmingham, threw produce to the floor and
shouted at staff and shoppers.
18 Taliban Militants Killed, 20 Injured in Afghan
Army Operations: At least 18 Taliban
militants including their local commanders were killed following
counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours across Afghanistan.
Over 700 Taliban militants attack check posts in
Logar province: According to local
authorities in central Logar province of Afghanistan, at least 5 Taliban
militants were killed following clashes with the security forces in this
province. The officials further added nearly 750 Taliban militants
launched coordinated attacks on security check posts in Azra district
early Sunday morning.
Thousands of Protesters Demand Re-Vote in
Pakistan: Anti-government cleric
Tahir-ul-Qadri and Pakistan's most famous cricket player, Imran Khan,
have led dual mass protests that have disrupted life across Islamabad.
They demand Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in
the country's May 2013 election, something Sharif has refused to do.
Ten Civilians Killed in Donetsk in Last 24 Hours
- City Council: "A total of 10
civilians died and eight received injuries of various severity in one
day on August 16 as a result of military action in Donetsk... The
situation in the city remains tense. According to the residents, shots
from heavy weapons can be occasionally heard in all districts," the City
Council said in a statement.
Ukrainian army captures police station in Lugansk:
The Ukrainian government forces have taken control of a regional police
headquarters in the eastern city of Lugansk after fierce fighting with
pro-Russia forces, an army spokesman says.
Ukrainian fighter plane shot down by pro-Russia
rebels: The French president,
François Hollande, called for Ukraine to show "restraint and good
judgment" in its military operations
Ukraine officially recognizes Russian aid convoy
as humanitarian: The ICRC will be
supervising the delivery of the aid and will go ahead after it receives
security guarantees from the warring sides in Ukraine.
'At least 34' massacred in Central Africa:
Local sources say suspected ex-Seleka rebels killed at least 34 people
ahead of arrival of new peacekeeping force.
Suicide bomber attacks U.N. base in northern
Mali, kills two: - Two U.N.
peacekeepers were killed and nine others injured in a suicide attack on
a patrol base in northern Mali, the U.N. peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA)
said on Saturday.
Warring militias fight for Libya's capital:
Violence forces thousands to flee as rival militias battle for control
of Libya's capital, Tripoli.
Chadian troops rescue 85 Nigerian hostages from
Boko Haram: Dozens of Boko Haram
insurgents stormed the Doron Baga fishing and farming village on the
shores of Lake Chad late Sunday through Monday and took away 97 young
men and boys plus several women, residents said. The raiders killed 28
residents and burned scores of homes, according to residents.
Gangs, guns and Judas Priest: the secret history
of a US-inflicted border crisis:
Central America didn't always have a gang epidemic. We exported that
Missouri governor points finger at Ferguson
police chief for new violence: The
governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, on Sunday effectively blamed the local
police chief in Ferguson for the renewed violence in the city at the
weekend after the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a patrol
officer a week earlier.
Neighbor live-tweeted Brown shooting; may be
damning evidence against officer: A
Ferguson, MO man live-tweeted the shooting death of Michael Brown last
Saturday with a raw account that contradicts what police reported to the
media — Brown was shot twice in the back and five times in the front,
according to the witness’ tweets.
One person shot and seven others arrested after
curfew in Ferguson, Missouri: One
person was shot and critically wounded and seven arrested early on
Sunday as police in Ferguson, Missouri, clashed with protesters when a
curfew was imposed following days of unrest over a black teenager being
shot dead by a white police officer.
What I Did After Police Killed My Son:
After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside
his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all
wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they
can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going