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Europe Veering From US Abyss Over Russia?
By Finian Cunningham
American politics is arguably the most corporate-controlled,
brainwashed, intellectually devoid and dangerous institution that the
world has ever known.
Delusional US ‘Group Think’ on Syria, Ukraine
By Robert Parry
Despite the craziness of this we-must-take-out-Assad thinking, it has
become the “group think” of Official Washington.
Black Flags In Libya
Samantha Power Warns Against Intervention Fatigue
By Moon Of Alabama
U.S. leadership is needed now more than ever amid global threats.
Uncomplicated, in Afghanistan
By Kathy Kelly
There are numerous, obvious solutions to problems in Afghanistan which
NATO countries could consider, could even attempt if the alliance wasn’t
there for the mineral wealth.
The Biggest Threat to Democracy and Freedom
By Jacob G. Hornberger
Ike was right about the grave danger to democracy and freedom posed by
national-security state governmental apparatuses. Just ask Egyptians. Or
Mexico in Turmoil
By Mel Carriere
Is it any wonder, then, that the chefs who cook the news have been
keeping a tight lid on the simmering Mexican pot?
US Political Prisoners Seek Justice at UN
Committee on Torture
By Glen Ford
They say that charity begins at home – and so, it should be added, does
Ferguson and the 'Us vs. Them' Illusion
By Robert Koehler
gun sales at local shops are through the roof and the local Klan is
stirring, distributing fliers warning protesters that they've awakened a
Wall Street is Taking Over America’s Pension
By Murtaza Hussain
“There is a massive transfer of power and wealth happening from the
public to Wall Street, through pensions,”
JPMorgan Chases Profits
By Christopher Brauchli
JPMorgan had discovered yet another way to make money at the expense of
its customers. It did this by ignoring part of the bankruptcy laws.
At least 60 people killed in Iraq:
Dozens of people killed including 38 ISIL
militants in clashes between militants and Iraqi army.
U.S. to send new troops to Iraq even before
Congress OKs funds: Some of the 1,500
new U.S. troops authorized to advise and train Iraqi forces in their
fight against Islamic State militants will deploy to the country in the
next few weeks without waiting for Congress to fund the mission, the
Pentagon said on Thursday.
‘Can’t guarantee’ no civilians were killed in
anti-ISIS bombings, Canadian military says:
Navy Capt. Paul Forget, a spokesman for the country’s operations
command, said there’s no way to know for certain if Canada’s most recent
two missions caused any civilian casualties.
Syrian army kills tens of 'terrorists' near
Kobane: Report: The Syrian troops on
Thursday killed tens of "terrorists" in the countryside of the
predominantly Kurdish city of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobane, in
northern Syria, according to the state news agency SANA.
Al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front attacks Syrian
government-held town in Golan Heights:
The insurgents were locked in street fighting with government troops in
the city centre overnight and were pushed back to the outskirts on
Thursday, activists said. Thousands of Baath City's 30,000 residents
have already fled.
Mutiny Inside Yemen's Special Forces:
Officers suspected to be loyalists of ousted President Ali Abdullah
Saleh are leading a mutiny inside the headquarters of an elite
paramilitary unit, seeking to oust their commander on Thursday,
officials said. The officials say gunfire was heard Thursday afternoon
inside the Special Forces headquarters
45 killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria:
Boko Haram have killed at least 45 people in a village near Mafa city in
the northern Nigerian state of Borno, media reported citing municipal
sources and witnesses.
Six killed in CAR clashes:
Six people were killed and around 10 were injured in western Central
African Republic during clashes pitting Christian militia fighters
against UN peacekeepers, a town residents and local journalist said on
U.S. kills six people in northwest Pakistan:
officials: Two missiles struck a
house in Mada Khel village of the North Waziristan tribal region near
the Afghan border on Thursday night, said a security official based in
Bomb kills 2 soldiers in northwest Pakistan:
A bomb attached to a motorcycle struck an army vehicle in northwestern
Pakistan on Friday, killing two soldiers, a police official said. The
Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
U.S. increasing non-lethal military aid to
Ukraine: The United States plans to
increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries
of the first Humvee vehicles, having decided for now not to provide
weapons, U.S. officials said.
Biden Visits Ukraine as NATO Accuses Russia Over
Weapons: Russia’s military
intervention in Ukraine is “unacceptable” and separatist elections
earlier this month were a “Kremlin-orchestrated farce,” U.S. Vice
President Joe Biden said during a visit to Kiev.
EU disburses 260-million-euro loan to Ukraine:
The EU has disbursed 600 million euros (USD 768 million) under two EU
MFA programs this year. Another 750 million euros (USD 960 million)
remains available under the two programs, provided Ukraine shows
satisfactory progress with the accompanying reforms,
Tony Blair honoured with Save The Children's
Global Legacy Award : Tony Blair was
last night recognised for his humanitarian work at a glamorous gala to
raise funds for a global children's charity – in front of guests
including Lassie the dog.
US sends Guantanamo prisoners to Georgia,
Slovakia: The release of the men,
four Yemenis and a Tunisian, brings the prison population to 143, about
100 fewer than when President Barack Obama took office pledging to close
the detention center.
Ayotzinapa protests in Mexico:
Hundreds of thousands Mexicans marched Thursday. Despite the threats of
the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto of further force against
protestors, the Ayotzinapa missing students protests all around Mexico
are still ongoing
Obama extends deportation reprieve to 5 million
undocumented immigrants: President
Barack Obama announced an executive order on immigration reform
Thursday, which he will sign on Friday. The actions will affect up to 5
million undocumented immigrants in the US, many of whom are the parents
or spouses of legal residents.
Torture Report Fight Erupts In Chaos:
"It makes a lot of people who did really bad things look really bad,
which is the only way not to repeat those mistakes in the future," he
continued. "The public has to know about it. They don’t want the public
to know about it."
Before Snowden, some in NSA warned of a backlash:
Dissenters within the National Security Agency, lwarned in 2009 that the
program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing
enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed,
current and former intelligence officials say.
Julian Assange: Swedish court rejects appeal to
lift arrest warrant: Ruling means
WikiLeaks founder still faces extradition to Sweden if he leaves Ecuador
embassy in London
Russell Brand : Why Are We REALLY Being Spied On?
Police arrest demonstrators ahead of expected
grand jury ruling in Michael Brown case:
The arrests are an escalation of the police crackdown on protesters
ahead of an expected grand jury ruling in the coming days on whether or
not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed unarmed
teenager Michael Brown in August.
2-Year-Old Hospitalized After Police Raid Wrong
Home, Threw Grenade into His Bedroom:
A Mother and her two older children told officers there was a 2-year-old
in the room. Police ignored them, told them to cover their ears, and
threw a smoke bomb into the room as the 2-year-old Justin stood near the
November 20, 2014
Obama Remains High-Handed—And Wrong—About Ukraine
By William Pfaff
Is it possible that no one in his own government has yet worked up the
courage to tell Mr. Obama that it was his own United States State
Department that arranged a public uprising in Kiev last February.
Obama’s Gun-running Operation
By Trevor Timm
If you thought the Isis war couldn't get any worse, just wait for more
of the CIA.
Obama's Orwellian War in Iraq
We Created the Very Threat We Claim to be Fighting.
Cashing In on the ISIS Crisis
By Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
No matter how pointless these wars prove, America’s military-industrial
complex makes a killing.
US Prepares to Sell Saudi Arabia Warships to Help
Take Down Iran
By Bruce K. Gagnon
This likely $20 billion weapons sale indicates just how corrupt and
immoral the US 'experiment' in democracy has become.
A 'Child' Is Missing–From a New York Times
By Jim Naureckas
Palestinian Shot by Israeli Troops at Gaza Border - Think for a second
about what kind of image that calls up. How much does that image change
when you read the story's second sentence? A spokeswoman for the
hospital said the Palestinian was a 10-year-old boy.
Talk of a Third Intifada: Where to from Here,
By Ramzy Baroud
It is the awakening of a whole society, joined by a painstaking attempt
at redrawing all priorities as a step forward on the path of liberation.
Who Rules the World?
By Benjamin Dangl
How a concentration of wealth and political power undermines democracy.
NY Times Report Documents Metastasizing of the
Police State of America
By Dave Lindorff
One can no longer speak in terms of the US as a country that is moving
towards becoming a police state. We are living in a police state.
Is Texas Getting Ready to Kill An Innocent Man?
By Jordan Smith
In a small southern town like Bastrop, an affair between a black man and
a young white woman engaged to a white police officer…could be extremely
dangerous if it was revealed.
Syria: 118 people killed on Wednesday : Report:
Those killed are : 31 civilians, 17 rebels, 12 Non-Syrian Islamic
fighters, 16 NDF, 22 Regular forces, 7 unknown rebels, 4 Non-Syrian
fighters allied to regime forces .
Islamic State: Senior IS leader reportedly killed
in air strike in Mosul: They said
Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, who they described as the radical militant
group's leader in Mosul, was killed with his driver when their car was
hit in a western district of the city on Wednesday afternoon.
US advisers spread out through Iraq:
The US security personnel sent to help Iraqi forces combat the Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will be on the front lines alongside
Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces, but will not engage in fighting unless
for self-defence, Iraqi officials said.
France to send six fighter jets to Jordan to
target Islamic State: France will
send six Mirage fighter jets to Jordan to strike Islamic State fighters
in Iraq, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday.
Tripoli still boils after militants driven out:
So many bullet holes cover the apartment blocks and shops in the Bab Al
Tabbeneh district of northern Lebanon’s main city Tripoli that you can
hardly tell which conflict they are from any more.
Israeli occupation force soldiers protect
settlers attacking Palestinian villagers
(VIDEO): The IDF troops did nothing to stop Israeli settlers from
attacking Palestinian villagers, according to videos released by the
Yesh Din rights group, showing soldiers pointing guns at Palestinians
while Israelis are throwing stones from behind their backs.
Egypt prosecutor asks for death sentence for
ousted President Morsi: Former
Egyptian leader accused of leaking state secrets to Iran and cooperated
with Hamas to destabilize Egypt.
Military leader becomes Burkina Faso PM:
The military initially had picked Zida to lead Burkina Faso after it
took control in the power vacuum after longtime President Blaise
Compaore resigned on October 31, ending a 27-year-rule.
Seven Taliban Insurgents Killed in Badakhshan
Operation: At least seven Taliban
insurgents were killed and three others arrested in an Afghan security
forces operation in northeastern Badakhshan province on Wednesday night,
local officials said.
4 Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan attack:
Four Taliban fighters who attacked a compound housing foreign workers in
the Afghan capital have been killed in a failed assault there.
Ukraine: Donetsk without water after shelling:
Residents in large areas of rebel-held Donetsk were left without water
after power supplies to a filtration plant were hit by shelling,
according to the city's independent mayor.
Ukraine rejects Moscow's call for direct talks
with rebels: Lavrov said in Moscow
that the "party of war" — supporters of Kiev's military campaign against
the rebels — had tried to exclude the separatists from the peace effort
and to "force the West to seek the consent of Russia to act as a side in
Lavrov: Russia Not Planning to Beg West to Lift
Sanctions: "Sanctions are not our
choice at all, but we are not planning on begging Western countries to
lift these sanctions, though sometimes they do hint about it [by saying]
'let's agree on certain criteria, we'll tell you what you need to do and
then we'll lift sanctions.' We're not going to play those games,"
Video Shows French ISIS Fighters Calling for
Attacks in France: A new propaganda
video from the militant group Islamic State shows three French fighters
calling on Muslims in France to carry out attacks in France or to join
the group’s fight in Iraq and Syria, according to a jihadist monitoring
FBI tracking 150 people who may have travelled to
Syria 'to fight': Number of Americans
suspected of fighting for Islamic State in Syria much higher than
After 13 years, 2 wars and trillions in military
spending, terrorist attacks are rising sharply:
Worldwide, the number of terrorist incidents increased from less than
1,500 in 2000 to nearly 10,000 in 2013.
More than 80 percent of last year's terrorism
fatalities occurred in just five countries.
Of the 17,958 people who died in terrorist attacks in 2013, 82 percent
were in one of five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, and
Did The National Archives Give The CIA Permission
To Destroy Evidence?: The agency's
watchdogs say the emails are vital to the oversight process, and that,
due to its history of secrecy, the CIA shouldn’t be trusted to judge
what’s worth saving and what isn’t.
Think tank: U.S. citizens 21st in personal
freedoms: The U.S.’s worst ranking
was 31st, in the safety and security category — a broad category
focusing on how safe citizens feel.
Banking breeds cheating for financial gain -
Swiss researchers: Society expects
bank employees to be honest when entrusting them with money. However,
new research involving bankers suggests they are more likely than other
professionals to be dishonest if they are reminded about their
Mayor of London, refuses to pay US tax bill:
All US citizens, including those with dual citizenship, are legally
obliged to file a tax return and liable to pay US taxes, wherever they
are living, even if the income is earned abroad.
Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, irking
Republicans: President Barack Obama
will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy for as
many as 5 million people, bypassing Congress and angering Republicans.
GOP senator warns of violence after immigration
order: "You're going to see —
hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. ... You could
see violence." Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn said.
US media silent over “state of emergency”
declaration in Missouri: The decision
by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to declare a preemptive “state of
emergency” and activate the National Guard is an extraordinary and
unprecedented act, with enormous implications for democratic rights in
the United States.
Police, protesters argue over ‘rules of
engagement’ ahead of Ferguson decision:
Following weeks of intense negotiations, local police officials and
Ferguson protesters have agreed to a dozen policies for how any future
protests will be policed — but have yet to reach consensus over whether
tear gas and riot gear will be used.
Police must respect protesters' rights in
Ferguson – HRW: Human Rights Watch
said Wednesday that the police in Ferguson, Missouri must allow peaceful
protest after the coming decision by a grand jury on the Michael Brown
case, and that law enforcement abuses like those of August are
Global protests target Walmart and 'world's
richest' family, the Waltons:
Protesting Walmart workers are calling for the world's largest private
employer and its owners – the Waltons - to provide "decent wages and
good jobs." The countries joining in the protests include United States,
Canada, Mexico, India and Brazil.
November 19, 2014
On Media Outlets That Continue to Describe
Unknown Drone Victims As “Militants”
By Glenn Greenwald
There is a very compelling case to make that continual, sustained drone
warfare in places such as Pakistan and Yemen meet the U.S.’s formal
definition of “terrorism”
Russia invades Ukraine. Again. And again. And yet
again … using Saddam’s WMD
By William Blum
“The United States has photographs that show the Russian artillery moved
into Ukraine, American officials say.
Putin: ‘US Wants To Subdue Russia"
"Throughout history no one has ever managed to do so toward Russia – and
no one ever will," Putin said.
US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with
Hostility to Russia
By Finian Cunningham
This desperate clinging to waning American hegemony, supported by
European vassals, is serving to drive the world economy into deeper
malaise and poverty. Continue
Living with Insanity
Harper, Abbott, and Cameron at the Brisbane G-20
By John Chuckman
Harper only pretends America is a great and non-threatening friend.
Lemmings Race For War
The collective psychopathy of modern America
By Butler Shaffer
I asked myself how seemingly loving parents could encourage their
children to partake in such destructiveness.
The Green Fields Of France
The Fureys and Davey Arthur. Written By Eric Bogle
I see by your gravestone you were only 19
When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916,
Well, I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean
Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?
Millions Of People Feel The Need To Escape, But
By E.F Nicholson
What drives any compulsive form of escapism is temporary relief from
pain – be it physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.
The “USA Freedom Act”?
The Irrelevance of the U.S. Congress in Stopping NSA Mass Surveillance:
By Glenn Greenwald
There is a real question about whether the defeat of this bill is good,
bad, or irrelevant.
Happy Talk About the Climate
By Dmitry Orlov
This deal does nothing to forestall a complete, total, unmitigated
Syria: Thirty-five reported killed in Aleppo
bombardment: Video report
Dozens of ISIL Fighters Killed in Iraq's Babil:
Report: Iraqi troops launched a major ground offensive against the ISIL
Takfiri group in Babil province, killing and injuring dozens of
Iraq Violence Spills Into Kurdish Capital as Car
Bomb Kills Five:
At least five people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside the
governor’s office in Erbil, capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish
region, according to Iraqi media.
Iraqi Kurds: West not providing enough arms to
defeat ISIS: The president of Iraqi
Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, accused Western countries Wednesday of not
providing enough heavy weapons to help his 'peshmerga' forces deliver a
"decisive blow" against ISIS militants.
Patrick Cockburn: Baghdad hails the retaking of
the Baiji oil refinery: Analysis -
Iraqi security forces have re-entered the country’s biggest oil refinery
at Baiji, the recapture of which would be the Baghdad government’s most
important military success since Isis seized most of northern and
western Iraq during the summer.
Isis has enough weapons to carry on fighting for
two years, UN warns: Even if the
US-led bombing campaign continues to destroy the group’s vehicles and
heavier weapons, the UN report states, it “cannot mitigate the effect of
the significant volume of light weapons” Isis possesses.
Iraq says Islamic State stole 1 million tonnes of
grain, took it to Syria: Iraq
believes Islamic State militants have stolen more than one million
tonnes of grain from the country's north and taken it to two cities they
control in neighboring Syria, the agriculture minister has said.
Blair 'has seen Chilcot findings':
Letters detailing conclusions of public inquiry into Iraq war are sent
to main participants
Riyadh fears Islamic State wants sectarian war in
Saudi Arabia: - Tighter security in
Saudi Arabia has made it hard for Islamic State to target the government
so the militants are instead trying to incite a sectarian conflict via
attacks on the Shi'ite Muslim minority, the Saudi Interior Ministry
9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui claims Saudi
involvement: The 46-year old French
national is claiming that Saudi Embassy officials were involved in a
plot to shoot down Air Force One to assassinate Bill Clinton and/or
Hillary Clinton during a trip to the United Kingdom.
Clashes near Egypt's border with Gaza kill 10
civilians: sources: Ten civilians
were killed overnight during fighting between the army and Islamist
militants near Egypt's border with Gaza, where the military has launched
a crackdown in recent weeks, security and medical sources said
'Collective punishment': Israel demolishes East
Jerusalem home after synagogue attack:
Human rights groups have criticised the policy. Amnesty International
said on Tuesday: "Punishing the families of suspects by destroying their
homes is collective punishment and is prohibited by international law."
Israeli forces destroy home of East Jerusalem car
attack suspect: Israeli occupation
forces entered the area after midnight, surrounded the five-story
building where the al-Shaludi family lives, and forced residents out of
the building without allowing them to bring any of their possessions
with them, witnesses said.
Shin Bet chief: Abbas is not inciting to terror:
While Netanyahu points accusing finger at Palestinian president, Yoram
Cohen says MKs going on Temple Mount, vengeance killing of Palestinian
teen Abu Khdeir main factors behind Jerusalem violence.
Police chief: Lone wolves apparently carried out
deadly attack at Jerusalem synagogue:
National Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino said Tuesday's terror
attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem appeared to be a grassroots,
independent attack carried out by lone wolves, though he added that the
investigation is not yet complete.
Spanish parliament easily passes measure
recognizing Palestinian state: The
symbolic motion, which echoes similar votes last month in Britain and
Ireland, received the backing of all the political groups of the lower
US kills 18 people in E Afghanistan:
Twelve people were killed after a vehicle was
attacked in the Bati Kot district on Tuesday. Local police authorities
said six people were also killed in another US-led drone strike in the
Haska Mina district.
Germany and Italy to keep up to 1,350 soldiers in
Afghanistan: Germany aims to retain
up to 850 soldiers in Afghanistan, a German defense ministry spokesman
said, while Italy will go with an average of about 500, according to the
UN announces 12-hour ceasefire in Libya's
Benghazi: U.N. Special Representative
Bernardino Leon says the ceasefire started on Wednesday morning and
could be extended by the parties. The Red Crescent will evacuate
civilians from affected areas as well as retrieve bodies of those killed
in the fighting.
Black Flag of Isis Raised Over Libya's Derna Just
200 Miles From EU Coast: Fighters
loyal to the jihadist group are now in control of the city of Derna,
which has a population of about 100,000, is close to the Egyptian
border, and about 200 miles from the shores of the European Union.
Seventh Sierra Leone doctor killed by Ebola -
source: A Sierra Leonean doctor died
of Ebola on Tuesday, a medical source said, bringing to seven the number
of doctors killed by the virus savaging the nation's healthcare system
Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone:
Felix Baez is the first to contract virus, out of 165-member medical
team deployed by island nation to Sierra Leone.
Tour the Destruction of a Ukrainian Battlefield
Through the Eyes of a Drone:
Bombed-out fields dotted with what appear to be fox holes and artillery
explosions litter the grim landscape. The flatness of the Ukrainian
plains brings to mind images of WWI, especially how the leafless trees
and the dying grass mimic trench scenes from Belgium or France.
NATO Sees Military Buildup In Ukraine, Urges
Russia To Pull Back: NATO
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says there has been a "serious
military buildup" both in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine and on the
Russian side of the border, and he has urged Moscow to pull back its
Ukraine: Russia wants guarantees from Nato:
Dmitry Peskov said that Russia would like to receive a guarantee that
Ukraine will not join Nato, as they are fearful of the Nato-affiliated
countries on their borders.
Putin says relations with US must be based on
equality: Russia is ready for
cooperation with the United States, provided it is based on respect for
each others' interests and non-interference in domestic affairs,
President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
PUTIN: Ukraine Is Great, But It's Missing One
Thing ...: "It lacks, it seems to me,
the understanding that to be successful, stable, prosperous, it's
necessary that all people who live in that territory, regardless of
which language they speak — whether Hungarian, Russian, Ukrainian, or
even Polish — have a feeling that the territory is their Motherland,"
Ukraine Admits Its Gold Is Gone: "There Is Almost
No Gold Left In The Central Bank Vault":
In an interview on Ukraine TV, none other than the head of the Ukraine
Central Bank made the stunning admission that "in the vaults of the
central bank there is almost no gold left.
"Don't sanitize the war" ‘My God, people should
see this’: Video - War critic Donahue
on Tomas Young’s life after Iraq
Senate Republicans block landmark NSA
surveillance reform bill: The USA
Freedom Act, a bill introduced last year that sought to end the NSA’s
ongoing daily collection of practically all US phone data, failed to
reach a 60-vote threshold to cut off debate and move to passage.
Senate defeats Keystone XL pipeline:"
The U.S. Senate defeated a bill to authorize construction of the
Keystone XL oil pipeline. The bill failed to overcome a 60-vote
threshold for passage by a narrow 59-41 decision. All 45 Republican
senators voted for it, but Landrieu could not clinch the necessary last
FBI Warns Ferguson Decision ‘Will Likely’ Lead to
Violence : The FBI is warning law
enforcement agencies across the country that the decision “will likely”
lead some extremist protesters to threaten and even attack police
officers or federal agents.
California Tells Court It Can’t Release Inmates
Early Because It Would Lose Cheap Prison Labor:
By employing prison inmates who are paid less than $2 per day, the state
saves some $1 billion, according to a recent BuzzFeed feature of the
More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover
Operations: The federal government
has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with
officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare
recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret
out wrongdoing, records and interviews show.
Canadian woman hit with $950K medical bill after
unexpectedly giving birth in US hospital:
She and her husband can’t afford to pay the $950,000 the insurance
carrier has billed them, and they said if they begin paying they’ll be
stuck paying the rest of their lives.
November 18, 2014
IS Promotes Its Bloody Multinationality - Obama
Says Assad Stays
By Moon Of Alabama
Video showed a row of 18 Islamic State fighters each beheading a
captured Syrian officer or pilot.
How Many Islamic State Fighters Are There?
By Ray McGovern
On his flight back to Washington, Dempsey will have time to ponder
whether he has the courage to pass on this discouraging word to
President Barack Obama about ISIS.
The Next Presidential Election Will Move The
World Closer To War
By Paul Craig Roberts
Hillary as president would mean war with Russia.
It’s All Right, Ma, I’m Only Bleeding
By Chris Floyd
Clinton’s budding campaign is being lovingly embraced by unreconstructed
neo-cons, who see a Clinton presidency as a restoration of the glory
days of the PNAC crowd.
It's No Accident
Afghan Opium Production Hits All-Time High
By Mike Whitney
The proliferation of drugs helps to keep the “little people” in line so
the adults can get on with the business of looting.
By Brian Terrell
How the U.S. Department of Justice Makes Murder Respectable, Kills the
Innocent and Jails their Defenders.
US Policemen Visit Israel to Learn New Strategies
Police officers from the United States, which is one of the countries
with the most militarized police corps, visited Israel, which has one of
the most repressive security agencies, to learn “cutting-edge policing
strategies and technologies.”
Ten Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in
By Bill Quigley
When the Michael Brown verdict is announced, people can expect the
police to take at least ten different illegal actions to prevent people
from exercising their constitutional rights.
Are ‘We the People’ Useful Idiots in the Digital
By John W. Whitehead
If free speech is not vigilantly protected, democracy is more likely to
drift toward fear, repression, and violence.
Too Dumb for Democracy?
Should Americans feel bad that we are the second-most-ignorant country
in the world?
28 killed in clashes, car bombings in Iraq:
In the western province of Anbar, dozens
of IS militants attacked an army headquarters near the village of
Majjara, near Fallujah, some 50 km west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a
provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
25+ ISIS fighters killed in Mosul by US-led
coalition fighter jets:
“This evening, the international
coalition conducted air strikes against ISIS targets in an area near
central Mosul. The air strikes resulted in killing at least 25 ISIS
elements and destroying their shelters and checkpoints around the area.
The operation was based on intelligence received from reliable sources.”
ISIS Killed 1,432 Syrians Outside Battle Since
The militant Islamic State group has killed 1,432
Syrians off the battlefield since the end of June when it declared a
caliphate in the territory under its control, a group monitoring the war
said on Monday.
Islamic State Claims Beheading of Former U.S.
Army Ranger/Aid Worker Peter Kassig
- (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
Gruesome Islamic State Video Announces Death of
Peter Kassig: The video also
graphically shows brutal footage of a group of Syrian soldiers being
beheaded by the group.
US backed Syrian rebels abandon Aleppo, leader
flees to Turkey: The Free Syrian Army
(FSA), the recognized armed opposition group against the Bashar al-Assad
in Syria, has ceased its resistance in Aleppo, Syria’s second biggest
city, withdrawing its 14,000 militia from the city, a ranking Turkish
security source told the Hürriyet Daily News on Nov. 17.
Syrian Kurds advance in heart of Kobani, says
monitor: Syrian Kurds fighting the
ISIS group in the flashpoint town of Kobani made new gains on Tuesday,
expelling the militants from several central buildings and seizing
weapons, a monitor said.
Mossad-Backed Jundallah Pledges Support for ISIS:
Jundallah is primarily a Balochistan separatist group, active in both
Pakistan’s far west and in southeastern Iran. In recent years, the
group’s attacks have mostly centered on Iran, and there is evidence they
have been backed by Israel’s Mossad in doing so.
Prelate warns that Syria could turn into another
Libya: An archbishop in northeastern
Syria has warned of the disastrous consequences of potential airstrikes
by the United States against Syrian government forces.
6 people killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack:
Two Palestinians armed with a gun and axes attacked a Jerusalem
synagogue on Tuesday killing four Israelis, police said. The two
assailants were shot dead.
Occupied East Jerusalem Under 'Collective
Punishment': After months of unrest,
municipal officials in Jerusalem have begun a widespread crackdown on
the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, enforcing the finest points
of the law in what rights groups have dubbed an act of "collective
Israel to step up demolition of Palestinian homes:
Israel has sent notices to the families of several Palestinians in the
West Bank implicated in attacks against Israelis to vacate their homes
ahead of their impending demolitions. The development indicated that
Israel is intensifying its much maligned policy of punitive destructions
of homes of suspected attackers.
Haaretz obtains full document of EU-proposed
sanctions against Israel: Sanctions
could apply to Israeli politicians opposed to the two-state solution,
which could include Bennett and Rivlin; steps against European companies
working in settlements; punitive measures against Palestinians over
Blast kills senior Islamist politician in Yemen:
A car bombing Tuesday killed a leading member of Yemen's powerful Sunni
Al-Islah party whose supporters have been battling Shiite militias, a
security official said.
At least 12 killed by female suicide bomber in
Nigeria: Video report:
4 killed in revenge attacks after Kenya mosques
raid: Four people were stabbed to
death in Kenya's volatile port city of Mombasa following security raids
on mosques in which a man was killed and over 200 people arrested,
police said on Tuesday.
Seven Soldiers, Three Police Officers Killed in
Ukraine: Seven Ukrainian soldiers and
three policemen were killed in east Ukraine during the last 24 hours,
amidst the conflict between the government troops and the pro-Russian
separatist forces despite truce, official sources announced Monday.
Ukraine : Petro Poroshenko says country is 'ready
for total war' with Russia: Ukrainian
president Petro Poroshenko says his country is "prepared for total war"
as fighting continues around the pro-Russian rebel stronghold of Donetsk
in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine scraps human rights treaty for rebel
areas, cuts services, freezes banks:
Kiev has suspended the protection of human rights and ordered the
withdrawal of its institutions from areas controlled by local militia in
the nation's east. Rebels have branded the decree, which hits the
population on winter’s eve, an ‘act of genocide.'
Poroshenko: "Their children will hole up in the
basements - this is how we win the war!":
Video - 'We will have our jobs. They will not. We will have our
pensions. They will not. We will have care for children, for people, and
retirees. They will not. Our children will go to schools and
kindergartens. Theirs will hole up in basements"
Ukraine: EU fails to agree on new Russia
sanctions: The EU's foreign ministers
have agreed to move towards placing more Ukrainian separatists under
sanctions but not to increase sanctions on Russia
Russia and Poland expel diplomats in tit-for-tat
measures: Russia calls Polish action
‘unfriendly and unfounded’ and says Polish diplomats left for activities
‘incompatible with their status’
'Obama is a lame duck': Gorbachev comments after
G20: "Obama is a lame duck. One must
not finish the job in such a mediocre way. He just decided to throw
accusations around. He will be of no avail any more, unfortunately. I've
thought better of him," the former leader of the USSR told Rusnovosti
Russian and Venezuelan State Oil Companies Close
Exportation Deal: Russian state oil
company Rosneft has signed a deal with the Venezuelan government which
will see the state entity import 1.6 million tonnes of oil and 9 million
tonnes of oil derivatives from Venezuela’s state owned oil company,
The Real Reason For Cheap Oil and Gas:
In this video Luke Rudkowski explains the greater geopolitical chess
game that is causing gas and oil prices to drop globally.
Four Killed in Attack on Contractors' Camp in
Kabul, Afghanistan: Four people were
killed when a suicide car bomb detonated at a perimeter wall of a camp
housing foreign contractors in the Afghan capital on Tuesday morning
Musharraf warns of proxy war with India in
Afghanistan: The departure of NATO
combat forces from Afghanistan could push India and Pakistan towards a
proxy war in the troubled state, Pakistan’s former military ruler
General Pervez Musharraf warned in an interview with a foreign news
China will never use force to achieve goals, Xi
vows: President Xi Jinping vowed
yesterday never to use force to achieve Beijing's goals, including in
maritime disputes, just days after US President Barack Obama warned of
the dangers of outright conflict in Asia.
Abe calls snap Japan poll, delays tax hike:
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his party Tuesday he was calling a snap
election and delaying a sales tax rise after figures showed Japan was in
Global terror attack deaths rose sharply in 2013,
says report: There were nearly 10,000
terrorist attacks in 2013, a 44% increase from the previous year, the
Global Terrorism Index 2014 report added.
Over 35 mn subject to modern day slavery across
the world: Among its definition of
modern day slavery are: forced into in a life of cotton picking,
cannabis growing, prostitution, fighting wars, cleaning up after the
wealthy, debt bondage, forced marriage and the sale or exploitation of
children, as well as human trafficking.
US/India WTO Agreement: How Corporate Greed
Trumps Needs of World's Poor and Hungry:
'The big question is why do governments even need the WTO to decide
whether they can guarantee the right to food to their people?'
Missouri governor declares state of emergency as
national guard called in to Ferguson:
The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency on Monday,
authorising the national guard to assist the policing of protests
expected in Ferguson after it is announced whether a white police
officer who shot dead an unarmed black 18-year-old will face charges.
US Faces Child Homelessness Epidemic:
A new study has found that one in 30 children in the U.S. is homeless,
while up to 25 percent of homeless pre-school children have mental
Rampant Use of Solitary Confinement in the US
Constitutes Torture: George Ruiz is
72 years old. For the past 30 years, he has spent every day alone —
locked in a cramped, windowless cell inside the Security Housing Unit (SHU)
first at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, then at Tehachapi
Nearly half of Florida households are struggling
financially, United Way reports:
Nearly half of Florida households do not earn enough to pay for basic
necessities, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Way
that seeks to cast a light on the large group of state residents who
struggle financially but do not meet the official criteria for being in
25% Of Americans Prefer Socialism Over Capitalism:
While Americans are preached that "free market capitalism is the best
path to prosperity," it appears that not everyone is buying it.