US-Syrian Accord on Air Strikes: Report
By Robert Parry
Source says Syria’s President Assad has quietly agreed to permit strikes
in some parts of Syria.
John Cantlie - Lend Me Your Ears
Islamic State Release Video of British Hostage
The Islamic State (IS) released a video on Thursday that purported to
show a British hostage vowing to expose the “truth” about the group’s
“systems and motivations” over the course of a “few programs”.
House Votes To Give Weapons And Training To
‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels
Hopefully the 114 Democrats who supported dragging American into yet
another war in the Middle East are proud of that vote because they will
likely be hearing about it for awhile.
Obama's ‘War on Terror’ Looks Set to Backfire
By Sharif Nashashibi
US President Barack Obama, having criticised his predecessor's quagmire
in Iraq, looks set to create his own.
Traces of Evil
By Robert Koehler
Hurray! God bless drones and "mission accomplished" and a million Iraqi
dead and birth defects in Fallujah. God bless torture. God bless the
CIA. But guess what?
A War is Not A War Unless They Call It A War
By E.F Nicholson
“This is not a war, it humanitarian mission with military elements “.
The United States Heading for a Crash in the
By Immanuel Wallerstein
"How easy it is for officials and the media to “spin the public into a
Perpetual Fear Under Empire
By Jacob G. Hornberger
Lots of Americans are extremely upset about ISIS. They’re not sleeping
well, and they’re pacing the floors. They are convinced that ISIS is
coming to get them, drag them from their homes, cart them away to some
Arabian desert, and behead them.
The Guns of August
The Reasons Behind the Cease-Fire
By Israel Shamir
Washington would prefer the Russians of Russia and Ukraine to fight each
other to death, but it had to consider the weakness of Kiev forces.
How The NSA Enabled Israel Military Intelligence
To Politically Persecute Innocent Palestinians
By Mike Masnick
Data was gathered on Palestinians’ sexual orientations, infidelities,
money problems, family medical conditions and other private matters that
could be used to coerce Palestinians into becoming collaborators or
create divisions in their society.
Rewards and Punishments for Gaza
How the Israel Lobby Reshapes its Message
By Philip Giraldi
Israel and its powerful friends in both the US and international media
as well as in government circles are energetically rewriting the story,
not only regarding Gaza, to restore Israel’s status as the beleaguered
little democracy in the Middle East and America’s only true friend and
Irate NSA Staffer Doesn’t Like Being Filmed in
Public, for Some Reason
By John Cook
In two videos you can watch Beale politely question Mr. Z. about NSA
programs, and watch Mr. Z. attempt to parry those queries with blatant
Theodore Roosevelt and American Racism
By Margaret Kimberley
“Roosevelt made clear that he lusted for death on a mass scale.”
Over 100 People Killed in Iraq Airstrikes,
Clashes: Over 100 people were killed
and 79 others wounded in Iraq Thursday in US air strikes and clashes
between the Iraqi security forces and insurgent militants, including
those with the Islamic State(IS), officials and security sources said.
Series of Attacks Kills at Least 15 in Iraq:
The deadliest attack struck a shopping street in the Toubachi
neighborhood in northwest Baghdad, where a bomb blast killed four people
and wounded 10, police said.
Hollande confirms French jets to strike IS
militants in Iraq: French fighter
jets will soon strike targets against Islamic State militants in Iraq
once reconnaissance missions have identified targets, President Francois
Islamic State captures 21 villages in northern
Syria as Kurds issue a call to arms:
Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on
Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call
to arms from Kurds in neighbouring Turkey, who urged followers to go and
help resist the group's advance.
After Obama speech, Islamic State wins new
recruits in Syria-monitor: Islamic
State has won new recruits in Syria since President Barack Obama
signaled last week that air strikes against the group will be expanded
from Iraq to its strongholds in northern and eastern Syria, a group
monitoring the war said on Wednesday.
US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months:
Speaking to a small group of reporters after meeting with his French
counterpart, Dempsey said it will take three or four months to begin the
$500 million training program, which the House approved on Wednesday and
sent to the Senate, where members of both parties predicted easy
U.S. House votes to arm Syrian rebels, but
questions remain: The amendment does
not include $500 million the White House says it needs to arm and train
the rebels, who have been waging a three-year-long battle against Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad. It was written to quickly provide the
authority Obama wanted while avoiding a debate on the money.
CIA Privately Skeptical About New Syria Strategy,
Sources Say: At a recent closed-door
congressional briefing on the administration's new strategy to combat
the Islamic State, a top CIA official left little doubt among those in
the room about the agency's attitude toward the project.
Top US general says half of Iraq's army
unsuitable to partner with US against Islamic State:
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former
wartime commander of U.S. training programs in Iraq, said a renewed U.S.
training effort might revive the issue of gaining legal immunity from
Iraqi prosecution for those U.S. troops who are training the Iraqis.
Fact or fiction:
Australia; Tony Abbott confirms police believed
terrorists planned 'demonstration killings':
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says intelligence indicates people in
Australia were allegedly planning a public beheading to be carried out
in the name of militant group Islamic State.
Yemen Army, Houthi Rebel Clashes Move Toward
Center of Sana’a: Fighting between
Yemen’s army and Houthi-Shiite rebels moved closer to the center of the
capital as a deal to end the violence evades the government of President
Abdurabu Mansur Hadi.
24 militants killed during Afghan army
operations, MoD says: Taliban
militantsAt least 24 Taliban militants were killed following military
operations by Afghan national army (ANA) forces in the past 24 hours.
Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said the operations were
conducted in three different provinces.
40 more militants killed in Pakistan air strikes:
Fighter jets carried out air strikes early on Wednesday against
suspected militant hideouts in Datakhel tehsil of North Waziristan
Agency, killing scores of militants and destroying their hideouts.
Afghan President seeks US help to break poll
deadlock: President Karzai said, "The
international community should not make Afghanistan a battle-field for
its covert polices," adding that US should play its role in resolving
the ongoing electoral crisis.
Ukraine leader appeals to US for lethal aid:
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has appealed to the US Congress to
give his soldiers lethal military equipment for their fight against
pro-Russian separatists, saying that one cannot win the war or keep the
peace with blankets and night vision goggles.
Russia has no plans to punish West with
retaliatory sanctions — Putin: "First
of all, we are thinking about our own interests and development goals,"
Russian President Vladimir Putin says
UN says 5 peacekeepers killed, 3 wounded in Mali
blast: The United Nations mission in
Mali said five of its Chadian peacekeepers were killed and another three
wounded when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in the north
of the country on Thursday.
Assassination of Libya ex-air force chief in
Benghazi: A former Libyan air force
chief was shot dead overnight in the country's violence-ridden second
city of Benghazi, medical and army sources said on Thursday.
Libya army chief calls for jihad:
Libyan army chief General Abdel-Razzaq al-Nazouri on Thursday called for
"jihad" against "outlaws" amid clashes between Islamist militias and
their rivals, including some army units.
Libya's civil war focuses on control of central
bank assets: Possibility of two rival
central banks emerges in Libya as bank chief sacked by House of
Libya's elected parliament rejects PM's new
cabinet as oil sector takes hit: -
Libya's elected parliament has rejected the new cabinet of Prime
Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, dealing a fresh blow to the acting premier
whose government was forced to flee the capital Tripoli last month after
it was taken over by militants.
Leaked dossier shows Egypt's links to Libya:
A leaked document obtained by Al Jazeera this week demonstrates the
extent to which the country has turned into a proxy battleground for
larger regional rivalries.
Madrid conference seeks end to Libya crisis:
Representatives from Libya's armed groups are not attending the
conference, which opened on Wednesday and is being attended by
representative from 16 nations, the UN and the Arab League. Al Jazeera's
Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Madrid, said the conference may not
reconcile the warring sides.
Scottish independence campaign - live:
The news, video and comment as Scotland votes in an independence
UK Archbishop unsure of God’s existence:
Britain’s’ most senior clergyman has said that thinking about global
injustices has made him question the existence of God.
Air Force dumps ‘so help me God’ from enlistment
oath: Members of the U.S. Air Force
will no longer be required to say “so help me God” during their
enlistment oath. A legal review of rules that required the phrase
occurred after the American Humanist Association threatened to sue on
behalf of an atheist airman.
House passes bill to audit Federal Reserve:
Passed 333-92, the bill would require the comptroller general to conduct
an audit of the Federal Reserve's board of governors and banks within
one year and submit a report to Congress on the findings. A total of 106
Democrats joined all but one Republican in support of the measure.
September 17, 2014
Flames Of War
Islamic State Replies To Obama Declaration Of War
"Fighting has just begun"
Fear of ISIS Triggers Double Threat to Checks and
By Hina Shamsi
We now have a Congress so anxious to avoid tough votes that it is
ducking any decision on whether to go to war in Iraq and Syria, and a
president who is grabbing unprecedented power to take the country to war
all on his own.
'US Seeks to Use IS to Weaken Each State in the
By Soraya Sepaphour-Ulrich
This is not really a fight against a group of terrorists - of the making
of Americans themselves and their allies - but it is really to reoccupy
the Persian Gulf region.
The Presidential Leadership Scholars Program
By Chris Floyd
And thus do our mediocre murderous masters replicate themselves,
generation after generation ….
A Morally Reprehensible Article
Don’t Focus on Civilian
By Robert Goldich
We — that is, the world — pay far too much attention to civilian
casualties, both in reporting about war and in thinking about war.
After the Ceasefire
By Omar Robert Hamilton
On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed. Since then
Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done
anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the
Ukraine and neo-Nazis
By William Blum
In the past week the dirty little secret has somehow poked its head out
from behind the curtain a bit.
Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp
By Kathy Kelly
"We need not choose blindness, or the hatred that lets us be herded in
fear. We can reach out with truth, with compassion, with the activist
courage that leaps from heart to heart, rebuilding sanity, civility,
community, humanity, resistance."
An Unbearable and Choking Hell:
The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11
By John W. Whitehead
We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a
representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade a
freedom-loving people to march in lockstep with a police state.
Can You Pass The "China Threat" Quiz?
By Jeffrey Rudolph
1. How many military bases does China have on foreign soil?
No God's and Precious Few Heroes : Dick Gaughan
Video and Lyrics
So don't talk to me of Scotland the Brave
For if we don't fight soon there'll be nothing left to save
Or would you rather stand and watch them dig your grave
While you wait for the Tartan Messiah?
Syria : Almost 50 people killed in strikes on
Talbiseh: Six children were among
those who died as Talbiseh, in Homs province, was bombarded for two
days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Syria: 36 Children Die After Receiving
'UN-Sponsored Contaminated Measles Vaccine':
Parents accused the Syrian opposition - which controls Idlib - of
negligence when storing the vaccines and of supplying out-of-date
Free Syrian Army commander says the IDF should
establish anti-Assad no-fly zone:
“Israel could down any plane above that area and no one would blame it,”
he continued. “Refraining from doing this means collaborating with the
Assad gang in our murder.
Free Syrian Army will not join US-led coalition
against IS: The group’s founder,
Colonel Riad al-Asaad, stressed that toppling Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad is their priority, and that they will not join forces with
US-led efforts without a guarantee that the US is committed to his
IS quits Syria bases as US poised to strike:
Jihadists in a Syrian stronghold near Iraq have abandoned some bases and
redeployed their forces and armour from other positions, with the US
military poised to strike, activists said Wednesday.
ISIS goes underground in Syrian stronghold:
- Islamic State has gone underground in its Syrian stronghold since
President Barack Obama authorised US air strikes on the group in Syria,
disappearing from the streets, redeploying weapons and fighters, and
cutting down its media exposure.
Rebels on Syria’s southern front ‘closer to the
doorstep of Damascus’: After weeks of
heavy fighting, rebel groups announced the seizure of 80 per cent of
Qunietra province on Saturday, including areas along the border with
Israel. The territory could prove to be a key link between opposition
forces in the south and those fighting in and around the Syrian capital.
Iraq claims 50 Islamic State fighters killed in
air raids: More than 50 fighters with
the Islamic State jihadist group were killed in two air raids north of
Baghdad on Wednesday, Iraqi security officials said
Bombings kill 11 in Iraq:
Two bombings, including a suicide attack on a security post outside
Baghdad, have killed at least 11 people in Iraq.
Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq:
American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in
the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the
nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an
election-year debate of Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and train
Iraq Prime Minister 'Won't Allow' Foreign Troops,:
Foreign troops are "out of the question. Not only is it not necessary,
we don't want them. We won't allow them," says Iraq's new prime minister
Haider al-Abadi. Uh, he may want to tell that to the Obama
Congressional Leaders Back Plan to Train "Rebels"
to Fight Islamic State: The House is
scheduled to vote Wednesday on the White House request as an amendment
to the spending bill Congress must pass this month to prevent a partial
government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins in October.
Manufacturing Consent For US
House Dem: 'We'll have many more 9-11s' if no
action on ISIS: Rep. Eliot Engel of
New York, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee,
warned Tuesday that the U.S. could risk another terrorist attack if
Congress does not act against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
More than 30 killed in Yemen clashes since Monday:
More than 30 people have been killed in Yemen in clashes between Shia
Houthi fighters and army-backed tribesmen. In the latest incident, 11
people were killed in clashes in Hamdan on the northern outskirts of the
capital Sana’a on Tuesday.
Six explosions rock Yemen's capital, fighting set
to intensify: Houthi rebels shelled
by government forces near to President Hadi's residence in the capital
Hamas makes arrests over Gaza mortar fire, as
unity tensions spiral: Hamas keen to
preserve ceasefire with Israel after mortar fire, as the Fatah-Hamas war
of words escalates over migrant tragedy
Report: Snowden Leaked NSA 'Deal' with Israel:
Former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden has accused the US
National Security Agency of routinely passing private, unedited
communications of Americans to Israel, an expert on the intelligence
agency said Wednesday.
Pakistan says air strikes killed 40 militants:
Pakistan’s military said on Wednesday it killed 40 insurgents and
destroyed five of their hideouts in fresh air attacks as part of a major
offensive against the Taliban in the northwest.
14 killed in attack from Afghanistan:
Pakistani troops Tuesday morning repulsed a terrorist attack from
Afghanistan in the North Waziristan Agency, killing 11 terrorists and
apprehending another. Three FC troops were martyred during an exchange
6 Soldiers killed in suicide bombing in Kabul:
A Taliban suicide bombing has killed at least six soldiers, including
three members of the NATO occupation force ISAF, and wounded more than
25 others near the US embassy in Kabul, according to police sources in
Gunmen kill 15 at college in north Nigeria's Kano:
Gunmen stormed a higher education college in northern Nigeria on
Wednesday, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an
attack that killed at least 15 people and wounded 35, police said.
Nine killed, 30 wounded in new clashes in Libya's
Benghazi - medic: Heavy clashes broke
out on Tuesday between a former Libyan general's forces and Islamist
fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least nine people,
Three civilians killed in shelling in Ukraine’s
Donetsk: Three civilians were killed
in renewed shelling in the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine
on Monday despite a ceasefire, the local authority said.
Grim Luhansk wary of Ukraine's shaky truce:
Luhansk is licking its wounds. After a long summer of bombardment by
government forces, it is mourning its dead and slowly coming back to
life. But it is a grim, pessimistic place, full of hardship and queues.
Russia's Lavrov says Ukraine ceasefire holds:
"In general, our assessment and the assessment of colleagues from other
countries is that the ceasefire is holding and that incidents that are
taking place now should diminish," RIA quoted Lavrov as saying in Addis
Russia Yevtushenkov arrest prompts Sistema share
dive: Russian billionaire Vladimir
Yevtushenkov has been placed under house arrest on suspicion of
money-laundering, prompting shares in his company Sistema to plunge. The
Moscow Exchange temporarily restricted trading in Sistema as shares in
the oil and telecom group fell 37%.
Uruguayan President On Gitmo: U.S. 'Made A
Business Out Of That Prison': Mujica
said he would “take responsibility” for “dismantling a human disgrace,”
according to a statement posted to the Uruguayan presidency’s website.
The comments were reported Friday by Latin American media, but not
widely circulated in the English-language press.
Confessions of a drone veteran:
Why using them is more dangerous than the government is telling you
Sony Forecasts $2B Loss as Smartphones Lag:
Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled
dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing
down the value of its troubled smartphone business.
New Record: Pound of Ground Beef Tops $4 for
First Time: In August, the price
index for food rose 0.2 percent, with the average price for a pound of
ground beef rising to $4.013 per pound--the first time it has ever
topped $4 per pound.
U.S. National Debt Surges $1 Trillion In Just 12
Months : The U.S. financial position
continues to deteriorate badly and in the last 12 months has increased
by over $1 trillion dollars.
Number of billionaires hits record high in 2014:
A new survey shows that 155 new billionaires were minted this year,
pushing the total population to a record 2,325 – a 7 percent increase
from 2013. Credit goes to the United States – home to the most
billionaires globally – where 57 new billionaires were recorded this
year, according to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014 released
September 16, 2014
ISIS Beheadings on Cue from Washington and
By Finian Cunningham
It’s hard to imagine a more repugnant act of cruel depravity to turn
public opinion away from its erstwhile opposition to war toward giving
consent for military action to, as Cameron put it, “hunt down this pure
Someone’s Already Fighting ISIS: The Syrian Arab
By Tony Cartalucci
For the West to pose as “fighting” ISIS by creating a coalition
consisting of the very nations sponsoring the terrorist organization,
illustrates the audacity afforded to the West by its immense unwarranted
power and influence.
Syria and Iran, are our Natural Allies in the
Fight Against ISIL
By Sergey Lavrov
One cannot but feel concerned by publicly stated intentions to attack
the ISIL positions in the Syria’s territory without any interaction with
the Syrian government.
Assad Lures Obama Into His Web
By Robert Fisk
The US President will now have to explain yet again why he cannot
collaborate against America’s “apocalyptic” enemies with a Syrian regime
which he has also sworn to overthrow – even though this regime is
fighting exactly the same enemies.
CBS: 'We Have No Choice' but to Attack ISIS
'Before We All Get Killed'
By Peter Hart
After the release of another gruesome beheading video, CBS's Face the
Nation host Bob Schieffer had this exchange with White House chief of
staff Denis McDonough:
The New "Regime Change" Plan - Attack Damascus
From The South
By Moon Of Alabama
There are serious active preparations for a new attack on Damascus.
Anti-government forces, including the Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra,
have been trained and equipped in Jordan and are now moving into their
starting position in Quneitra governate in south-west Syria.
Will Obama's Bombs Stop Beheadings?
By Russell Brand
"Obama has no principles"
Losing Credibility: The IMF’s New Cold War Loan
By Michael Hudson
Waging civil war is expensive, and Ukraine’s currency is rupturing.
Why Americans Know So Much About Sports But So
Little About World Affairs
By Noam Chomsky
They might as well live in a fantasy world, and that's in fact what they
Understanding Organizational Stupidity
By Dmitry Orlov
Bearing witness to the fast-approaching end of the nation as a going
concern may be of help here. How could we have been so *ucking stupid?
The "Long Con"
By Philip A Farruggio
The Two Party Monte! Using an embedded media, the ‘Two Party, One Party
‘political system (created by our Military Industrial Empire) keeps
The Fourth Estate Is Dead
We No Longer Have A Free Media: Ray McGovern
“The Fourth Estate in his country has been captured by government and
corporations, the military-industrial complex, the intelligence
apparatus. Captive! So, there is no Fourth Estate.” - - Ray McGovern.
In America the ‘Terrorists’ All Too Often Are the
By Linn Washington Jr.
Politicians, press pundits and preachers across America, portray
terrorism as having a foreign face. Yet, for far too many Americans, the
terrorists that they encounter daily are the police.
Dozens of Nusra fighters killed along
Lebanon-Syria border: The Lebanese
Army clashed with fighters from Nusra Front overnight, as the militants
sought to cross into Lebanon after suffering heavy casualties in clashes
with the Syrian army.
7 killed in bomb attack near Syria-Turkey border:
At least seven people were killed and many others wounded Tuesday when
an explosives-laden vehicle exploded near a rebel-held Syrian-Turkish
border, activists and al-Mayadeen TV reported.
Iraqi official meets Syria's Assad on ISIS:
Iraq's national security adviser briefed Syrian President Bashar Assad
on efforts to counter ISIS Tuesday, Syrian state media reported, the
first such meeting since the United States launched airstrikes on the
radical group in Iraq.
Report: U.S. providing Assad regime with
anti-Islamic State intelligence:
Syrian newspaper says Washington informed Damascus of IS leaders’
whereabouts prior to successful attacks on Islamists.
Islamic State shoots down Syrian war plane:
monitor group: Islamic State fighters
shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the
first time the group has downed a military jet since declaring its
cross-border caliphate in June, a group monitoring the civil war said.
US weapons makers sense rising demand for air defense systems,
tanks: Military crises around the
world are boosting foreign demand for U.S. weapons, especially air and
missile defense systems, spy equipment and armored vehicles, according
to U.S. government and industry officials.
US ready to strike Syria, may use up to 1,600
troops to fight ISIS in Iraq: US
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the US Central Command has a plan to
take “targeted actions against ISIS safe havens in Syria,” including
striking infrastructure. Hagel also unveiled a plane to boost Iraqi
forces by 1,600 US "military advisers.
White House Has No International Legal
Justification for Hitting ISIS in Syria:
The Obama administration is working through several possible legal
justifications the administration could try to apply to airstrikes
against ISIS inside Syria. But each is problematic and controversial in
its own way.
Obama mulling combat role for US
troops in Iraq: General Martin
Dempsey says president ready to look at a ‘case by case’ basis for
Kurdish militias capture 14 villages from IS in
northern Syria: - The Kurdish
People's Protection Units (YPG) have recaptured 14 villages in Syria's
northern al- Qamishli province from the Islamic State (IS) terror group,
the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Monday.
14 IS Militants Killed as Their Rocket Explodes:
At least 14 members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group were
killed Tuesday near Baghdad when a rocket whose warhead they were
filling with "chlorine gas" exploded.
Contradicting Obama, Dempsey
Calls for Iraq Ground Operation: US
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told the
Congress on Tuesday that he recommends deploying US ground forces
against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, in a direct contradiction of
US President Barack Obama's largely hands off approach.
U.S. Hits ISIS Position Near Baghdad in New Phase
of Strikes: Official: U.S. attack
aircraft hit an ISIS fighting position southwest of the capital in
support of the Iraqi security forces, defense officials said.
Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight
Islamic State: "I saw no point in
cooperating with a country whose hands are dirty and intentions murky,"
the Iranian leader said in quotes carried on state news agency IRNA. He
accused Washington of "lying" by saying it had excluded Iran from its
coalition, saying it was Iran that had refused to participate.
11 killed as Yemen Rebels Clash With Loyalist
Tribesmen: A Shiite Hawthi rebel
stands on a vehicle in Amran city, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north
of Sana. (Associated Press ) Sanaa: Yemeni rebels camped out across the
capital for weeks seeking greater political clout clashed with
pro-government tribesmen on Tuesday, leaving 11 people dead, a tribal
American Imprisoned In Yemen Makes Emotional Plea:
'They're Gonna Kill Me In Here': An American citizen, who has been
missing inside the prison system of Yemen for seven months, has made
contact with his wife in a furtive phone call during which he alleged
that his US-allied captors are torturing him and may kill him.
Qaeda groups urge jihadists to unite:
An unprecedented joint statement from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb urged their “brothers” in Iraq and
Syria to “stop killing each other and unite against the American
campaign and its evil coalition that threatens us all.”
31 Pakistani militants killed in fighting:
Officials: Pakistan's military said
on Tuesday it killed 31 militants in air strikes and ground clashes
along its restive border with Afghanistan, as three soldiers also died
in the fighting.
Pakistan: Yes, Senator Rehman Malik, you deserved
to be booted off that plane!: There
are times when something you dream of actually happens, like Senator
Rehman Malik getting booted off that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
2 U.S. occupation force soldiers among 3 killed
in Kabul suicide bombing: In a
separate blast Tuesday, the International Security Assistance Force said
one of its service members was killed by a man wearing an Afghan
US kills 2 people on Afghanistan:
: An airstrike by a US assassination drone has
killed at least two people in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar.
Afghan Vote Audit Farce Nears Conclusion:
Analysis - Security forces, governors and IEC employees all
took part in the fraud? Those are the very people who were supposed to
assure voters that the process would be fair and impartial.
Nine killed, 30 wounded in new clashes in Libya's
Benghazi-medic: Heavy clashes broke
out on Tuesday between a former Libyan general's forces and Islamist
fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least nine people,
One killed as airstrikes by unknown party target
Libya's Islamist-allied militias: A
militia commander said the strikes targeted Libya Dawn ammunition
warehouses and were aimed at helping rival militias return to Tripoli.
Libyan/CIA general to bomb Benghazi if port not
closed: Forces loyal to former Libyan
army general Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi threatened to bomb the eastern
city's port unless authorities there closed it to cut off arms supplies
to extremists, a senior commander said on Monday.
Roadside bomb kills 6 policemen in Egypt's Sinai:
A powerful explosion killed five Egyptian police conscripts and an
officer near the border town of Rafah in the restive Sinai Peninsula
early Tuesday, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a local
al-Qaida-inspired group, Egyptian security officials said.
100 children among migrants 'deliberately
drowned' in Mediterranean: Up to 100
children may have been among about 500 migrants who drowned in the
Mediterranean when their boat was sunk by people smugglers, an
intergovernmental group has said after further interviews with
Obama commits 3,000 troops to fight Ebola:
As the worst-ever Ebola epidemic rages on in Africa, President Barack
Obama announced today that the US will ramp up efforts to to combat the
the virus as part of "the largest international response in the history
of the CDC."
Ukraine shelling kills 6, tests cease-fire:
Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in rebel-held Donetsk,
the city council reported Monday -- the worst violation yet of the
cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops that took
effect Sept. 5.
Ukraine approves historic EU
deal, breaking ties with Moscow: The
Association Agreement is approved by Ukraine's parliament, paving the
way for European Union membership and distancing the country from Russia
Special status to E. Ukraine regions, amnesty to
combatants - parliament: The
Ukrainian parliament has approved laws on special status for the Donetsk
and Lugansk Regions, as well as amnesty for those participating in the
Ruble plunges to new lows, authorities tell
Russians not to panic: Russian
authorities told people not to panic on Tuesday as the battered ruble
plunged to record lows, floored by tensions with the West over Ukraine,
new sanctions and falling oil prices.
Russia to boost Crimea troop numbers, worries
over military build-up at borders:
The plan released by Sergey Shoigu is due to the increased “presence of
foreign military” in “the immediate vicinity” of Russia’s borders.
Watch: Angry mob throw Ukraine MP into rubbish
bin: The group, screaming curses and
insults, hurled Vitaly Zhuravsky into a large waste container outside
the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv.
Health crisis we're facing is
unparalleled in modern times: WHO:
The unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa requires a $1 billion
response to keep its spread within the "tens of thousands" of cases,
United Nations officials said on Tuesday.
Governments spy on journalists with weaponized
malware – WikiLeaks: The weaponized
surveillance malware, popular among intelligence agencies for spying on
“journalists, activists and political dissidents,” is produced by
FinFisher, a German company
Video Surfaces that Shows Venezuelan Opposition Activists
Planning Violence: Venezuelan state
television, VTV, released a video conference recording Monday night in
which Venezuelan opposition activists are shown to be planning terrorist
activities against the government of President Maduro.
Poor Americans Debt Burden Highest in History:
The poorest Americans now owe 156% of their pretax income to creditors,
according to a new study by the Federal Reserve Bank. The poorest have
more debt relative to their net worth in American history, owing $1.37
for every dollar they own.
September 15, 2014
Washington’s War Against Russia
By Paul Craig Roberts
The US economy is now dependent on looting and plunder, and Washington’s
hegemony is essential to this corrupted form of capitalism.
Isis 'Cannot be Beaten' as Long as There is War
By Patrick Cockburn
Why American air power may be less effective than many imagine.
Another Failed War to Re-arrange The Middle East
By Ramzy Baroud
Experience has taught us that not all “acts of genocide” are created
equal: Some are fabricated, and others are exaggerated.
Obama's ISIS Project is Nothing but a Pretext to
Murder and Destroy Syrian Society
By Dr. Denis G. Rancourt
For Syria, this means complete annihilation of the national defence
forces, and total destruction of civilian infrastructure to bring the
population to its knees and lay siege to any resistance.
Watch the Last Four U.S. Presidents Announce That
We're Bombing Iraq
Did the primetime presidential speech announcing expanding authorization
for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria feel kind of familiar? Like you've
heard it before?
That's probably because you have.
America’s Deadliest Export - Democracy
By William Blum
There must be millions of people in the United States and elsewhere who
have thoughts about ‘terrorist acts.’ I might well be one of them when I
read about a gathering of Bush, Cheney, and assorted neocons that’s
going to take place.
In Case You Missed It
Bin Laden Outlines Plan to Bankrupt U.S. Through
By Demian McLean
``All that we have to do is to send two mujahedeen to the furthest point
East to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaeda, in order to
make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic,
and political losses "
Since 9-11 America's Insane Foreign Policy
Has Killed a Million and Created ISIS
By Nicolas J.S. Davies
A sophisticated propaganda campaign has politically justified 13 years
of systematic U.S. war crimes, exploiting the only too human failing
that George Orwell examined in his 1945 essay, "Notes on Nationalism."
Nation of Cowards
By John Chuckman
What else can you fairly call a people who attack a population of
refugees confined to a small space surrounded on every side by fences
and machine-gun towers.
Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America
By Chris Hedges
We have undergone a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. It is over.
They have won.
The Moment of Truth
Auckland Town Hall meeting to publicize, New Zealand's spying on
Glenn Greenwald, Kim Dotcom, Robert Amsterdam, Julian Assange, and
Why We March - Stepping Forth for a Planet in
By Eddie Bautista, La Tonya Crisp-Sauray, and Bill McKibben
If you were a betting person, perhaps you’d say we have only modest hope
of beating the financial might of the oil and gas barons and the
governments in their thrall.
ISIS executes eight Sunnis in northern Iraq:
ISIS militants publicly executed eight Sunni men in a small northern
Iraqi village at the weekend for allegedly plotting against the group,
an eyewitness from the village told Reuters Sunday.
Car bombing kills 3, injures 15 in Southern
Baghdad: A source within the Iraqi
police force on Monday stated that 3 were killed and 15 wounded by a car
bomb explosion that happened in the Abu Dashir neighborhood in southern
Iraqi Government Accused of Bombing Fallujah
Hospital: A hospital in the Islamic
State-occupied Iraqi city of Fallujah was shelled on Sunday, just one
day after Iraq's prime minister Haider Al-Abadi publicly announced he
would end bombardment of civilian areas.
HRW: Iraq must investigate airstrikes that killed
31 civilians: Rights group calls on
US to ensure that weapons sent to the Iraqi government 'are not being
used to break international law'
No Need for Arab Powers to Strike Islamic State:
Iraq President : Iraq's president
says Arab powers Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia do not
need to join airstrikes against the Islamic State group. President Fouad
Massoum also expressed regret that Iran was not invited to take part in
the 26-nation conference in Paris on Monday to try to counter the
UAE and Saudis offer help in coalition attack on
Isis: “There is a very real
possibility that we could have the Saudi air force bombing targets
inside Syria,” the source said. “That is a remarkable development, and
something the US would be very pleased to see.”
Graham: No U.S. Boots In Syria Is A 'Fantasy':
“This idea that we’re never going to have boots on the ground in Syria
is fantasy. All this has come home to roost after the last three years
of incompetent decisions,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s
delusional in the way they approach this.”
Australia answers US call to join
coalition fighting Islamic State:
Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday a 600-strong force
comprising some 400 airforce personnel and 200 special forces soldiers
would be deployed to a US military base in the United Arab Emirates.
France begins reconnaissance flights over Iraq:
French planes carried out their first reconnaissance flights over Iraq
Monday in support of the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS jihadists.
US will not coordinate airstrikes with Syria as
it hails Arab support: “We will
certainly want to deconflict and make certain that they’re (Syria) not
about to do something that they might regret even more seriously,” Mr
Kerry said in the interview on CBS’s Face the Nation. “But we’re not
going to coordinate, it’s not a cooperative effort.”
17 Jihadists killed in airstrike against their
camp in Syria; At least 17 members of
the jihadist Islamic State died in airstrikes launched by the Syrian
army against an IS training camp in the northeastern part of the country
Austrian teenage girl jihadist 'killed in Syria':
One of a pair of Austrian teenage girls who left Vienna homes in April
to join Syrian jihadists reportedly killed
Report: Obama would "retaliate"
if Syria shoots at US military flights:
If that were to happen, Obama said he would order U.S. forces to destroy
Syria’s air defense system, the Times report said. That scenario could
also lead to Assad’s overthrow, Obama said, according to one Times
Obama sought repeal of Bush war statute now used
to justify Islamic State strikes:
“The AUMF is now nearly 12 years old,” he said. “Unless we discipline
our thinking, our definitions, our actions, we may be drawn into more
wars we don’t need to fight, or continue to grant presidents unbound
powers more suited for traditional armed conflicts between nation
The war on ISIS already has a winner:
The defense industry:
Makers of munitions and unmanned aircraft top the list of private-sector
ISIS war chest grows by an estimated $3M every day:
Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors
for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning
more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft
and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private
25 killed in clashes in northern Yemen:
Yemeni security and tribal officials say at least 25 people were killed
in clashes between Sunni tribesmen affiliated to the country's Muslim
Brotherhood group and Shiite rebels in a northern city.
Yemen's Houthis suspend talks with government:
Yemen's Houthis have suspended their ongoing negotiations with the
government due to what they call the blatant interference of foreign
Bill Clinton strays from Hillary’s Israel script
and knocks Netanyahu: In a
conversation with pro-Palestinian activists in Iowa, the former
president agrees: the Israeli PM won’t make peace 'unless he’s forced
Rebels among 18 killed in Afghan violence:
As many as 18 insurgents were killed and 12 others, including six Afghan
Local police (ALP) personnel, wounded during clashes and an explosion in
different parts of Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.
in Afghan election dispute: president spokesman:
Afghanistan's disputed presidential election inched towards a possible
conclusion Monday with a senior government official hailing a
"breakthrough" in talks between the two candidates, who both claim to
have won the vote.
Pak army kills 15 militants; 3 die in attacks
targeting police: On Monday Pakistani
military choppers pounded militant hideouts and killed 15 insurgents in
the restive North Waziristan tribal region, once considered a bastion of
Taliban fighters, even as three persons died in attacks targeting police
in the country’s northwest.
Three troops killed in strike on army fort in
Pakistan's northeast: Three
paramilitary soldiers were killed when a group of militants launched a
rocket attack on a mountain fort in Pakistan's troubled northwest early
Sunday, security officials said.
Six killed in Ukraine's Donetsk, ceasefire under
strain: Six people were killed in
shelling in Ukraine's rebel-held city of Donetsk on Sunday, municipal
authorities said on Monday. The rebels' main leader in Donetsk on Monday
accused Ukrainian forces of violating the truce repeatedly and suggested
it could not hold much longer.
NATO Countries Are Delivering Arms to Ukraine,
Defense Minister Says: Ukraine's
defense minister has said NATO countries are delivering weapons to his
country to equip it to fight
US and Nato troops begin Ukraine military
exercise: About 1,300 troops from 15
countries - including the US and other Nato members - have begun a
military exercise near Lviv in western Ukraine.
Ukraine President Poroshenko Faces Backlash Over
EU Trade Deal Delay: On Friday,
Ukraine and the EU agreed to put off implementing a landmark trade deal,
which is part of a broader pact aimed at strengthening their ties, after
Moscow threatened trade restrictions that would have crippled Ukraine's
already limping economy.
Argentine Companies Look to Increase Trade with
Russia: Representatives from over 100
Argentine companies will be involved in talks in Russia to increase the
export of goods by the South American country to Russia on Monday and
10 "Militants" Killed, 17 Arrested in Egypt:
Military spokesperson Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said 10 militants
were killed during exchange of fire with the army over the past two
days. He said other that the 17 militants, 183 illegal immigrants were
Soldier killed in Mali land mine blast:
A U.N. military vehicle struck a land mine Sunday in the volatile Kidal
region of northern Mali, killing a Chadian soldier and wounding four
other peacekeepers, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in the West African