February 20, 2012

Syrian Uprising Will Fail But Leave Lasting Divisions

By Michael Jansen

For several months now money and arms have been flowing semi-clandestinely to local militias and the “Free Syrian Army”, composed of army deserters. Continue

'SWIFT Boating' Iran:
Economic War a Prelude to Military Attack


By Tom Burghardt

Despite, though likely because, Iran is ready to restart negotiations with the so-called P5+1 group (the five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) over its civilian nuclear program, belligerent rhetoric and sharply-worded political attacks from Israel and the United States have escalated. Continue

Iran Sanctions Push Oil Prices Into Recession Territory

By Moon Of Alabama

So what will it be? An illegal war of aggression against Iran and a huge recession? No war, sanctions and a recession? No sanctions and peace in our time? Continue

The Butterfly Effect

By Paul Balles

The poverty stricken nobody whose death changed the world, Mohamed Bouazizi, was a 26 year old from Tunisia. Continue

No Dinner for Khader Adnan

Video

"Israel can do what they like, do what the bloody like, and we willl support them" Continue

US in Violation of Geneva in Afghanistan
Mass Child Freezing Deaths, Proof of Mass Starvation


By Ralph Lopez

Within short distances of the camps, at Camp Phoenix outside of Kabul, for example, warehouses are stacked high to the rafters with blankets, sleeping bags, Meals-Ready-to-Eat, heat tabs. Continue

Real Threats?
Reality and the Senate Intelligence Committee


By Lawrence Davidson

Rogue individuals operating “within the ranks” of the intelligence community and armed forces” now constitute a major threat to U.S. security. Continue

New War on the Horizon
“We Are Drowning” On A Road To Nowhere

By Danny Schechter

It’s not enough to chant, “We are the 99%.” We have to explain who rules America and how to change it. Continue

Silencing The Critics

By Paul Craig Roberts

Last week in one fell swoop the last two remaining critics of Washington/Tel Aviv imperialism were removed from the mainstream media. Continue

Acts of Love

By Chris Hedges

Love is not selflessness. It is the giving of one’s best self, giving one’s highest self unto the world. It is finding true selfhood. Selflessness is martyrdom, dying for a cause. Selfhood is living for a cause. Continue

Icelandic Anger Brings Debt Forgiveness

By Omar R. Valdimarsson

Since the end of 2008, the island’s banks have forgiven loans equivalent to 13 percent of gross domestic product, easing the debt burdens of more than a quarter of the population. Continue

How Greece could take down Wall Street

By Ellen Brown

The Houses of Morgan, Goldman and the other Big Five are justifiably worried right now, because an “event of default” declared on European sovereign debt could jeopardize their $32 trillion derivatives scheme.  Continue

'Many killed' in attack on Nigerian market: Nigeria's military said it killed eight suspected radical Islamists who attacked a market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, denying reports that dozens of civilians had been killed in the attack.

Iraq officials: Violence drops as al Qaida group moves to Syria: The departure of al Qaida-affiliated fighters from Iraq to join the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Assad in Syria has had one benefit, Iraqi officials say: Violence has dropped in this country, in some areas by as much as 50 percent in just a few months.

Syrian security has upper hand after weekend unrest: Syrian security forces maintained calm Monday in areas of Damascus rocked by demonstrations over the weekend, as president Bashar al-Assad reiterated that ongoing violence was the result of armed terrorist groups funded by “foreign parties.”

U.S. providing secret aid to Syria opposition: diplomat: Maalouf said the doors of the White House and Congress are open to officials from the Syrian expatriate community, most of whom are supportive of the SNC, adding that the U.S. is secretly providing aid to the opposition, though he did not specify whether this support was financial or military.

Senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham Say U.S. Should Arm Syrian Rebels: The senators, both of whom are on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that rebel fighters deserved to be armed and that helping them take on the Syrian government would aid Washington’s effort to weaken Iran.

China: US and allies push Syria into civil war: US and its allies are pushing Syria into civil war by backing the armed opposition, the newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party writes. The article insists Beijing must stick to opposing any attempt to intervene or regime change in Damascus.

Red Cross negotiating Syria aid ceasefire: Agency holding talks with authorities and opposition to halt violence in order to deliver humanitarian supplies.

Opposition groups to attend Tunis conference: “There has been enough killing. There must be radical political change,” Abdessalem said after meeting with his counterparts from Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal and Spain.

IAEA team in Tehran, may or may not visit nuclear sites: A five-member team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has arrived in Tehran to try and find proof that Iran’s nuclear intentions are not indeed peaceful.

The power of propaganda: Americans consider Iran to be U.S.'s greatest enemy, poll shows: Gallup's World Affairs survey puts China as second on list of 'greatest enemies,' with North Korea a distant third; Republicans more likely to cite Iran than Democrats.

White House: Netanyahu, Obama to meet in Washington on March 5: A White House statement rounding up the recent Israel visit by Obama's National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, which announced the date for the upcoming meeting, indicated that the top advisor discussed the "full range of security issues of mutual concern" during his meetings with Israeli leadership.

Iran conducts war exercise to protect nuclear sites: Iran deployed warplanes and missiles Monday in an ‘exercise' to protect nuclear sites and warned it could cut oil exports to more European Union nations unless sanctions were lifted

India importing Iran oil, slap in face for US: Ex-US Official: “The Indian government’s ill-advised statement last week that it will continue to purchase oil from Iran is a major setback for the US attempt to isolate the Iranian government over the nuclear issue,” Nicholas Burns, former US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs

‘Economic blockade of Iran is an act of war’: Video: RT interviews Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition

Iran threatens to cut oil flow to other EU states: Iran’s Deputy Oil Minister Ahmad Qalebani on Monday hinted at the possibility of a halt in oil exports to Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Italy and Portugal.

Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff: It’s ‘Not Prudent’ For Israel To Attack Iran Now: Video -

Security aid to Israel at 'heart" of US political debate: Republican Jewish Coalition posts web ad accusing Obama of cutting missile defense aid to Israel.

Bahrain uprising may lead to civil war: There is a “dangerous possibility” of civil war in Bahrain unless the government starts opening a dialogue to democracy and discussing the serious qualms of the people, an analyst tells us.

A U.S. double-standard for Bahrain?: The protesters are mainly Shia Muslims, who make up 70 percent of the population but are shut out of almost all government posts. The Sunni al Khalifa family has ruled Bahrain for more than 200 years, with King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa holding nearly complete control of the country.

NATO double game in Libya under UN cover revealed: A Canadian newspaper has revealed an account of NATO’s double-game in Libya and disclosed how the NATO countries collaborated with each other to topple the Libyan regime and secretly supplied most sophisticated weapons and drones to Libyan rebels.

Afghanistan's coldest winter in years kills at least 40: More than 40 people, most of them children, have frozen to death in what has been Afghanistan's coldest winter in years.

Afghan schools open, but under the Taliban's rules: Afghanistan's state-run schools are experiencing a renaissance, with some reopening for the first time in nearly a decade. Acid attacks on girls, murdered teachers, bombings of classrooms - these are on the decline. 

February 19, 2012

Does AIPAC Want War?

By Robert Naiman

If a bill pushed by Lieberman passes, it could give the US "political authorisation for military force" against Iran. Continue

Al-Qaeda Agents Worm Into Syrian Rebel Army

By Pepe Escobar

The EU states are calling for creating humanitarian corridors in Syria, which some fear could open the door to foreign intervention. But Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar says it's already underway. Continue

JINSA: Strengthening Israel by promoting Syrian ‘Chalabi’

By Maidhc Ó Cathail

On February 17, subscribers to the mailing list of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) received a message entitled “Want to Know What’s Going On in Syria?” Continue

Pundits Waiting for a Palestinian Gandhi?
Meet Khader Adnan.


By Peter Hart

His plight is sparsely covered in the U.S. corporate media, and would seem to go unmentioned by these pundits who seem eager to tell stories like his. Continue

Abolishing the Palestinian Authority
An Urgent Prerequisite to Liberation


By Jeff Halper

The Palestinian National Authority, which is nothing but a smokescreen to enable Israel to ethnically cleanse itself while the world and Palestinian quislings are preoccupied with the pursuit of the mirage of a two-state solution. Continue

Israel: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
BDS Movement Is A cult


By Norman Finkelstein

I've earned my right to speak my mind, and I'm not going to tolerate what I think is silliness, childishness, and a lot of leftist posturing. Continue

Syria : From US Ally to Violator of Human Rights

By Mehdi Hasan

In the war on terror America was happy to send suspects to Syria. Now the US cries torture. Continue

Torture, Assassination, and the American Way of Life

By Jacob G. Hornberger

It’s finally starting to dawn on many Americans that they stand in no different position, in principle, from the citizenry in those U.S.-supported dictatorships in Latin America and the Middle East. Continue

Ron Paul: U.S. "Slipping Into A Fascist System"

By AP

"We've slipped away from a true Republic," Paul said. "Now we're slipping into a fascist system where it's a combination of government and big business and authoritarian rule and the suppression of the individual rights of each and every American citizen." Continue

Greece Shows Us How to Protest Against a Failed System

By John Holloway

The rage displayed in Greek cities against austerity measures inspires all who are suffering for the benefit of banks and the rich. Continue

The European Project is Splitting Apart

By Christopher Booker

The European dream has entered a nightmare stage from which there is no rational escape and the consequences will be horrendous, for Europe and the world. Continue

The “Global Crises of Capitalism”; Whose Crises, Who Profits?

By James Petras

The ‘crises of capital’ has been converted into a strategic advantage for furthering the most fundamental interests of capital: the enlargement of profits, the consolidation of capitalist rule, the greater concentration of ownership, the deepening of inequalities between capital and labor and the creation of huge reserves of labor to further augment their profits. Continue

20 People Killed in Iraqi Police Academy Blast: A suicide bomber detonated his car Sunday as a group of police recruits left their academy in Baghdad, killing 20 in the latest strike on security officials that angry residents blamed on political feuding that is roiling Iraq.

Eight Pakistan militias killed in checkpoint bomb: A bomb planted at a checkpoint manned by members of a Pakistani militia fighting a radical group similar to the Taliban and killed eight militia members in north-west Pakistan yesterday, a government official said.

What a joke: US Govt fully respects Pakistan’s sovereignty: Acting Ambassador of the United States in Pakistan, Richard Hoagland on Sunday said that the US government fully respects Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

4 Civilians Killed in Roadside Bomb in Kandahar: Four Afghan civilians were killed in a roadside bomb in southern Kandahar province on Sunday, local officials said.

Syrian rebels gun down legal officials: - Syrian anti-government rebels staged three assassinations Sunday, killing two legal officials and an aide, state media reported.

President Bashar Al-Assad is fighting against Al-Qaeda of Iraq. James Clapper is the first top US official to acknowledge US might indirectly support insurgents.

Israeli report: Dozens of Turkish intelligence officers captured in Syria: Syria has recently published "confessions" that it allegedly gathered from the Turkish officers that they were trained by Israel's Mossad and given instructions to carry out bombings to undermine the country's security.

Israel's ex-spy chief sees opportunity in Syria crisis: Israel's Efraim Halevy believes a collapse of the Assad regime in Syria could deal a blow to ally Iran's regional ambitions and nuclear program.

Fact or fiction? Reports reveal Saudi-US anti-Syria plot devised in 2008: The former Saudi ambassador to the United States and the former US ambassador to Lebanon devised a plot in 2008 to overthrow the Syrian government, reports say.

Iran warships 'dock in Syria's Tartous port': Israel's foreign ministry denounced the deployment as a "provocation" and a "power play".: Youcef Bouandel, professor of international affairs at Qatar University, told Al Jazeera that Iran's deployment has to be viewed as part of a "broader picture" - that it to say that the Iranian government feels that "Syria is the first step towards putting Iran in the corner".

Iran, Russia naval presence in Syrian waters message to US: MP: A senior Iranian lawmaker says the presence of Iranian and Russian naval forces in Syria’s coastal waters is a clear warning to the US to refrain from any possible military adventurism.

U.S. official: Signs pointing to increasing likelihood of Israeli strike on Iran: U.S. wants Israel to wait a few months in order to give the international sanctions against Iran a chance before deciding on an attack.

US Envoy Visits Israel to Discuss Iran Tensions: U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon met with Israeli leaders amid growing American concern Israel is planning a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran? IDF uncovers Iranian-made explosive device in Gaza: Explosive device with unmistakable Iranian trademarks found, dismantled near border fence

Iran stops oil exports to Britain, France in retaliation for EU sanctions: Tehran’s move is seen as warning shot to other EU nations that are bigger consumers of Iranian oil, including Italy, Spain and Greece.

Iranian War Is Imminent: Short video on the role of France and Britain in the 1953 overthrow of Iranian democracy and the installation of the puppet Shah that tortured, murdered and suppressed for a quarter of a century on behalf of the French, British and Americans.

Algeria seizes missiles smuggled from Libya: source: Algerian security forces have found a large cache of weapons, including shoulder-fired missiles, which they believe were smuggled in from neighboring Libya, a security source briefed on the discovery told Reuters on Saturday.

Stranger than fiction: Rick Santorum says: Dutch elderly are euthanized en masse: Republican Rick Santorum, candidate for the presidential elections in 2012, is known for his conservative views. But hey Also Appears to have an Unbridled imagination, at least about the Netherlands' where half or the elderly are euthanized Against Their Will. " According To Santorum

Ron Paul Gets More than Double of Romney's Votes in Washington County: Still on a statewise count, Paul couldn't defeat Romney in Maine, where a recounting was done to include poll results from counties which went unaccounted earlier.

Obama’s Plan to Save the Military From Cuts—at the Expense of Domestic Programs: A startling White House plan has become clear: the administration is seeking to undo some mandatory cuts to the Pentagon at the expense of critical domestic programs.

Riot police guard Greek assembly: - Riot police shielded Greece's national parliament on Sunday as demonstrators protested against austerity measures on the eve of talks in Brussels on a 130-billion-euro ($171 billion) bailout needed to avert bankruptcy.

Live Video Stream Greece Protest -

Irish Home Loans 90+ Days Delinquent Hits 9.2%; Spain Lending Shrinks at Record Pace: Spain and Ireland have economies in shambles over housing bubbles popped long ago. Damage continues to mount. Here are a pair of stories highlighting problems.

February 19, 2012

Another March to War?

By Matt Taibbi

You can just feel it: many of the same newspapers and TV stations we saw leading the charge in the Bush years have gone back to the attic and are dusting off their war pom-poms. Continue

The Assassination of Iranian Scientists
In What Way is Iran a Threat to Israel?

By Prof. Ismael Hossein-Zadeh

The history of Israeli relationship with its neighbors, as well as its uncertain future show, however, that Einstein’s warning is indeed prophetic. Continue

Millions of Christians Want to Start WWIII ”

By Washington's Blog

Neocons are Using Religion to Justify War Against Iran. Continue

Thou Shalt Not Kill (Thyself)

By Uri Avnery

In the Jewish religion, suicide is a sin. It would be ironic if future historians were to conclude that the “Jewish State” committed suicide. Continue

Washing Your Hands of Khader Adnan:
My response to weasel words of EU’s Catherine Ashton


By Ali Abunimah

You have frequently asserted that “human rights” are at the center of your policy. But we know that any such statements come with an asterisk. Palestinians are exempt from such rights, and Israel is exempt from any accountability. Continue

Univision Goes Neoconservative

By Charles Davis

The Spanish-language TV network recently aired a saber-rattling report on Iran, focussing on its ties to Latin America. Continue

Girl Killed By Barack Obama - She Never Saw It Coming

3 Minute Video

Barack Obama says the drone attacks he authorises are targetted only at named people on a list of active terrorists who are a direct threat to America. The facts tell a different story. Continue

Is This Why Judge Andrew Napolitano Was Fired?

Video

Whatever happened to freedom? Continue

You May Already Be an FBI Terror Suspect:
85 Things Not to Do


By Allan MacDonell

The FBI and DOJ have launched the “Communities Against Terrorism” program. The campaign seeks assistance from workers in 25 industries to spy on their fellow citizens ferret out the terrorists among us. Continue

Insider Documents Detail a March 23 Greek Default Plan;
Gov to Freeze Bank Accounts, Eliminate Euro, Restrict Capital Flow


By Mac Slavo

While the mainstream financial media and government officials have tried to spin this story as one that involves only Greek debt, the fact of the matter is that this isn’t isolated to a single country. Italy, Portugal, Ireland and most other European countries are in exactly the same boat. Continue

"Debtocracy"

Video Documentary

For the first time in Greece a documentary produced by the audience. "Debtocracy" seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions, hidden by the government and the dominant media. Continue

 

Manufacturing Illusions

By Robert Reich

The fundamental problem isn’t the decline of American manufacturing, and reviving manufacturing won’t solve it. The problem is the declining power of American workers to share in the gains of the American economy. Continue

 The Illegals: Another Angle

By Fred Reed

Whatever you think of the Latin hordes, it may be interesting to know a little about them. Let's wing it. Continue

20 rebels, 11 police killed in Russia’s Caucasus: Chechnya’s Moscow-backed regional leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, said his forces killed seven rebels Friday near the administrative border with neighboring province of Dagestan.

U.S. intelligence officials offer grim words on Afghanistan: Senior U.S. intelligence officials offered a bleak view of the war in Afghanistan in testimony to Congresy, an assessment they acknowledged was more pessimistic than that of the military commanders in charge.

Afghan president meets Taliban-linked cleric in peace talks: The Afghan president met Saturday with a Pakistani cleric linked to Taliban insurgents, a meeting that marked the first public contact between an Afghan official and members of the Afghan Taliban's support network in Pakistan in Afghanistan's bid to bring the militant movement to the negotiating table.

Pakistani president pledges support for Iran against foreign aggression: The Pakistani president made the pledge during his meeting with the visiting Iranian president who arrived here on Thursday for a two-day Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran trilateral summit.

Syrians flee their homes amid fears of ethnic cleansing: Not everyone is relishing Assad's end. Charlotte McDonald-Gibson meets the members of his Alawite sect living in fear

Report: U.S. drones flying over Syria to monitor crackdown: Pentagon officials say drones used to gather evidence to make case for international response; 40 Turkish intelligence officials captured in Syria, Assad regime claims Israel's Mossad trained them.

Iran to conduct joint exercises with Syria?: An Iranian flotilla has arrived in a Syrian port to provide maritime training to the country’s navy, media reports. It’s only the second time Iranian warships have sailed through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean.

Don't rush to judgement over Valentine's Day bombs: After last week's explosions it's important to take an objective look at the evidence as the story unfolds rather than putting blind faith into the anti-Iran spin from Washington and Tel Aviv

Iran Is NOT Our Enemy! - Video - Despite what all the media are yammering at you

In Iraq, occupation by another name: Even as embassy population is reduced, America is projecting power by adding CIA personnel and Special Operations

Row with US Widens, Egypt Sets Date for Trial of NGO Activists: In an escalating move with the United States, Egypt on Saturday announced it would go ahead with a trial of foreign NGO activists, including nineteen Americans.

Gaddafi supporters outside Libya form new grouping: Members of Colonel Gaddafi's former government outside Libya say they are starting a political movement aimed at radical change, the BBC has learnt.

Thousands rally for West Bank hunger striker: Massive show of support for jailed Palestinian Khader Adnan, who is "in immediate danger of death", medical NGO says.

Palestinian hunger striker appeals to Israel's Supreme Court: Catherine Ashton says EU is following Khader Adnan's case 'with great concern'; Adnan has been on hunger strike for 63 days to protest his administrative detention.

Video: Raymond McCartney, former Irish hunger striker in message of support to Khader Adnan: Raymond McCartney, the former Irish hunger striker and current Member of Northern Ireland’s Legislative Assembly for Sinn Féin is the latest from Ireland to send a message of solidarity to Palestinian political prisoner Khader Adnan, who is entering his 63rd day of hunger strike protesting administrative detention, a policy started by the British and which is illegal under international law.

Prison inmate dies while on hunger strike in California: A 27-year-old convicted murderer has died while on a hunger strike to protest restrictions on access to health, good food, legal services and other amenities in a segregation unit at a California prison, prison officials said on Friday.

Bradley Manning made an example of by the Obama administration? Video - As a whistleblower Manning was held for nine months without being charged for a crime and starting Friday evening Occupy the Truth will kick off in Berkeley. Cindy Sheehan brings us the latest about Occupy the Truth.

FBI nabs Moroccan in Washington bomb sting: Suspect was carrying fake explosives provided by agents posing as al-Qaeda to attack US capital, officials said.
 

Iceland's Viking Victory: Congratulations to Iceland. Fitch has upgraded the country to investment grade BBB – with stable outlook, expecting government debt to peak at 100pc of GDP.

Lessons From Iceland: We have been told that there is no way out of the debt burden that has been imposed on Irish citizens as a result of the collapse of the banks. But that, after all, may be no more than propaganda.

February 17, 2012

It's Time We Recognised the Blair Government's Criminality

By John Pilger

In the kabuki theatre of British parliamentary politics, great crimes do not happen and criminals go free. Continue

Presstitute Alert
Iran Planning An Attack In America? Congressman Peter King

CNN: Video


Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran. Continue

Syria And The Media: “Activists say…”

By William Bowles

Anyone who believes that the Empire is at all concerned about the ‘human rights’ of Syrian citizens and it’s this that motivates its desire to ‘protect’, must have slept through the Empire’s decades-long killing spree. Continue

The Islamist Plot: The Untold Story of the Libyan Rebellion

By John Rosenthal

The uprising in Libya was the realization not of democratic aspirations, but of the longstanding ambitions of Islamic extremists. Continue

“Human Rights” Warriors for Empire

By Glen Ford

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are swigging the ale with their fellow buccaneers. Continue

Khader Adnan: The West Bank's Bobby Sands

By Donald Macintyre

Khader Adnan's two-month hunger strike has made him a hero among Palestinians outraged by Israel's policy of arbitrary detention. Continue

The New Blacklist

By Pat Buchanan

The modus operandi of these thought police at Color of Change and ADL is to brand as racists and anti-Semites any writer who dares to venture outside the narrow corral in which they seek to confine debate. Continue

How Violence Protects the State

By Stephanie Van Hook

Violence in opposition to the State relieves the State and the citizenry of any guilt for a brutal response to all protesters—and it refocuses from the nominal issue to the issue of violence by protesters. Continue

US Taxpayers Bailing Out Big Banks Again

By Jill Schlesinger

The Financial Times is reporting that taxpayers will subsidize a large portion of the $25 billion mortgage settlement, which was broken down into two distinct pieces. Continue
 

Would You Vote For This Man?

By Mike Whitney

A man who'd pick fights with big oil, big pharma and Wall Street? A man who'd shrug off divisive issues --like abortion, stem cells and gay marriage-- and focus on poverty, jobs, redistribution, and class? Continue

31 killed in bombing outside Shiite mosque in Pakistan: A bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque on Friday, killing at least 31 people, in Pakistan's north-western tribal region along the Afghan border, government officials said.

US kills 21 people in Pakistan : At least 21 "suspected" militants were killed on Thursday when U.S. drones carried out two airstrikes in northwest Pakistan's tribal region, Pakistani intelligence officials said. Several others were injured.

Pakistan troops 'kill 17 Taliban in clash': Pakistani troops killed 17 Taliban on Friday in a clash in the country's troubled northwest, with one soldier and three militiamen also dying, security officials said.

Pakistan's president vows to continue with Iran pipeline deal despite US sanctions warnings: The U.S. wants Pakistan to halt the project because it would undercut international pressure to isolate Iran over its nuclear program. The issue is an irritant, though by no means the largest, in already badly strained relationship between Islamabad and Washington.

Pakistan-Afghanistan talks 'end in acrimony': Reports say Karzai's demand that Taliban chief be delivered to the negotiating table was dismissed as "preposterous".

Iraqi VP Hashimi denies involvement in 150 terrorist operations against people, officials: Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi has denied charges of terrorism leveled against him and said that he will leave the country altogether if he has to, in an interview with Al Arabiya on Friday.

Australia's link to secret Iraq prisons: Illegal detention ... Australian troops were "integral" to the operation of a secret Iraqi desert prison. The revelation has led to an Australian human rights organisation investigating such secret prisons to claim that the Australian military might have been complicit in war crimes by handing detainees over to the so-called ''black site'' known as H1.

Officials: US drones monitoring clashes in Syria: "A good number" of unmanned U.S. military and intelligence drones are operating in the skies over Syria, monitoring the Syrian military's attacks against opposition forces and innocent civilians alike, U.S. defense officials tell NBC News' Jim Miklaszewski.

Friendly advice: France, UK to command ousting of Assad?: Coordinating help for Syrian opposition was high on the list in Paris talks between the French and British leaders on Friday. Anti-government troops lack unity and training, so sending military advisors could change the situation, the sides agreed.

Fighters, weapons flow into Syrian war zone: SYRIA has become a magnet for foreign fighters, with al-Qaeda-aligned jihadists streaming across the border from Iraq and rebel soldiers from the Libyan city of Misrata crossing in from Turkey, experts say.

UN General Assembly condemns Syria "crackdown": The UN General Assembly on Thursday demanded an immediate halt to Syria’s brutal crackdown on dissent, in a strongly worded resolution adopted by a 137-12 vote.

U.N. Syrian resolution: Which countries voted no?: Of the 193-member world body, 137 countries voted for the resolution. Seventeen countries abstained from the vote. Twelve countries voted no.

Act of war: SWIFT to exclude Iran banks: SWIFT, the global interbank transfer network, said Friday it was ready to exclude Iranian banks from its system once the EU has enacted new sanctions to that effect against Tehran.

U.S. General: Iran unlikely to strike unless hit: The nation's U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday that if Iran is attacked over its alleged nuclear weapons program, it could retaliate by closing the Strait of Hormuz to ships and launch missiles at regional U.S. forces and allies.

Panetta: No Iranian decision yet on nukes: "The intelligence does not show that they've made the decision to proceed with developing a nuclear weapon." Clapper said it's "technically feasible" that Tehran could produce a nuclear weapon in one or two years if its leaders decide to build one, "but practically not likely."

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran : Israeli Vice Prime Minister Declares Iran Is Pursuing A Nuclear Bomb : Silvan Shalom disagrees with U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's assessment of Iran's nuclear program

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran : Santorum Warns of Iran Attack on North Dakota: The Republican presidential candidate said. “No one is safe. No one is safe from asymmetric threats of terrorism.”

Presstitute Alert: Nuclear Threat! Iran Building Bombs To Attack NYC? : New York Congressman Peter King, who is head of the House's Homeland Security Committee, said, “New York is the No. 1 target,” King said. “New York has all the targets that terrorists want.”

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran: Tensions with Iran raise US safety concerns: The government is worried that Iran will consider a terror attack on American soil, but it has no specific or credible threat about such a plot. Police from Los Angeles to New York City said they were anxious about the risks

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran: US cities on alert for terror attack by Iranian agents: Officials are tracking potential Iranian operatives or anyone with links to the country's terrorist group.

Guess what? FBI foils alleged bomb attack on U.S. Capitol: The FBI has arrested a suspect who was en route to the U.S. Capitol allegedly to detonate a suicide bomb, USA TODAY's Kevin Johnson reports.

Another setup: Exclusive: Feds arrest man allegedly heading to U.S. Capitol for suicide mission after sting investigation: He was nabbed following a lengthy investigation by the FBI, initiated after he expressed interest in conducting an attack. He came onto the radar screen in early December after he told an undercover agent about an earlier plan to bomb a northern Virginia building.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran: Israel: Iran, Hezbollah plotting attacks abroad: - A senior Israeli counterterrorism official claimed Friday that Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah are plotting attacks on Israelis overseas and urged travelers to be vigilant.

Hezbollah not involved in recent bombings that took place in India, Georgia, and Thailand : Hassan Nasrallah: Nasrallah was speaking during a televised speech Thursday evening to commemorate the martyrdom of three of the party's top leaders, Ragheb Harb, Imad Mughniyeh, and Abbas al-Mousawi, on the hands of Israel.

Thousands rally in Gaza, West Bank in support of Khader Adnan's hunger strike: 'We are all Khader Adnan,' chant Palestinians in Gaza, referring to the Islamic Jihad leader who is on the 62nd day of a hunger strike to protest his detention by Israel.

Airport security can't treat Arab Israelis like suspicious objects : Nobody questions the need for airport security checks. But what happens at Israel's airports, and at El Al counters overseas, goes way beyond what is necessary to ensure passenger safety: It entails unnecessary humiliation and being singled out on account of one's ethnic origin.

Egypt's Brotherhood warns US over aid cut-off: Muslim Brotherhood says it may review its 1979 peace deal with Israel if US cuts aid to Egypt over recent NGO dispute.

BBC spent £350,000 on legal battle to keep report on its 'biased' Middle East coverage secret: A seven-year campaign to gain access to the 2004 document, which examined the corporation’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ended in defeat yesterday after the Supreme Court ruled it could remain secret.

BBC to issue global apology for documentaries that broke rules: Independent revealed programmes were made by third-party in pay of governments and firms.

Dozens killed in southeast Libya clashes since last week: tribes: Dozens of people have been killed since last week in clashes between rival tribes over control of territory in the far southeast of Libya, the tribes said on Thursday.

We need a new world order at the World Bank: Robert Zoellick's replacement should reflect changes in global politics – the US has controlled the top position for too long

Greek Cuts Drama: Healthcare doomed, army booms : Cuts and slashes in spending have left hospitals short of medicine, workers short of cash and many ill Greeks out of luck. But, as RT's Jacob Greaves reports, the NATO chief's visit to Greece suggests the military may remain largely immune.

Foreclosure abuse rampant across U.S., experts say: The audit of almost 400 foreclosures in San Francisco found that 84 percent of them appeared to be illegal, according to the study released by the California city on Wednesday.

February 16, 2012

Graham Doesn’t Believe Clapper:
‘I’m Very Convinced’ Iran Is Building Nuclear Weapons

By Eli Clifton

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, repeated his position that Iran has not yet decided whether to develop a nuclear weapon. Continue

Bipartisan Support for World War III

By Philip Giraldi

It is a sad commentary on the state of the United States that ignorant, blowhard warmongers such as the BPC receive money, political support, and press coverage while groups that want to restore sanity and balance to American foreign policy are forced to scramble to raise nickels and dimes. Continue

Iran Seems an Unlikely Culprit for the Attacks on Israeli Diplomats

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

It is hard to imagine that the Iranian government would send Iranian operatives to friendly countries, completely equipped with Iranian money and passports – making the case against them as obvious as possible. Continue

Syrian Gore Or US Awe:
Looking For The Moral High Ground


By Mike Carey

On the ABC's AM program, US president Barack Obama was quoted as describing the killings in Homs as outrageous. Outrageous in what sense? Continue

High-Tech Trickery in Homs?

By Sharmine Narwani

What was surely meant to be a clever display of media-friendly visuals to illustrate Syrian regime violence in Homs, has instead raised more questions than answers. Continue

"Washington’s War in Yemen Backfires,"

By Jeremy Scahill

U.S. Has Ignited Islamist Uprising in Impoverished, Divided Yemen. Continue

450 Bases and Counting

By Nick Turse

The American military in Afghanistan doesn’t want to talk about it, but one day soon, it will be a new hub for the American drone war in the Greater Middle East. Continue

Saving Khader Adnan's Life Is Saving Our Own Soul

By Richard Falk

The world watches as tragedy unfolds beneath its gaze. Khader Asnan is entering his 61st day as a hunger striker in an Israeli prison, being held under an administrative detention order without trial, charges, or any indication of the evidence against him. Continue

Solitary Confinement
A First-Hand Replection On Domestic Torture In A Time Of Terror


By Younus Abdullah Muhammad

I am a pretrial federal inmate housed in solitary confinement and in conditions that best resemble those of Guantanamo Bay. Continue

U.S.- Mexico: Border Battleground

By Ed Warner

There is a state sponsor behind some of Mexico’s cartel violence, but it isn’t Iran. Continue

Guatemala Pres: Seeks Regional Support For Drug Legalization

By ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA

"We are not doing what the United States says, we are doing what we have to do," said Perez, who was elected on promises of an "iron-fist" approach to rampant crime and surprised observers by proposing drug legalization. Continue

It's Official: Money Now Governs America

By Jim Hightower

American politics has developed into a game for the fun and profit of a few superrich narcissists. Continue

Poor America

Must Watch P a n o r a m a [B B C] - Video Documentary

With one and a half million (1.5 million) American children now homeless, reporter Hilary Andersson meets the school pupils who go hungry in the richest country on Earth. Continue

Instead of Being Disgusted by Poverty,
We Are Disgusted By Poor People Themselves


By Suzanne Moore

Empathy has crashed. No more cruel to be kind. We must simply be cruel. Continue

Australia's 'Child Labour Camp'

Video


Right in the middle of a quiet suburb is a place where children are separated from their parents, and forced to work full time for no pay, and live in squalid conditions. Continue

US kills 14 people in Pakistan: A US drone attack today in North Waziristan, in Pakistan has killed about 14 people.

Pakistan's Afghan border remains closed to NATO: The U.S. Embassy says Pakistan's border with Afghanistan remains closed to NATO despite comments by a senior Pakistani official that seemed to indicate the coalition would be allowed to transport some food items.

In Pakistan, rightwing alliance is revived: Bound together by hatred of the United States and support for insurgents fighting in Afghanistan, a revived coalition of supposedly banned Islamist extremists and rightwing political parties is drawing large crowds across Pakistan.

How the CIA's fake aid projects put real humanitarian workers at risk in Pakistan: The US has been exploiting aid operations as cover for CIA agents and black ops.

4 "Taliban" Insurgents Killed in Afghan Raid: Four "Taliban insurgents" were killed in joint Afghan and Nato operation in northern Kunduz province on Wednesday night, the media office of the 303 Pamir Corps based in northern Afghanistan said on Thursday.

Afghan Taliban denies having talks with government: The Afghan Taliban rejected on Thursday claims by President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. and Afghan governments had begun exploratory three-way talks with the Islamist group aimed at reaching a peace deal to end the 10-year Afghan war.

Probe finds Iraqi VP behind death squads: An Iraqi investigation panel says the country's Sunni vice president and his employees were behind years of deadly attacks on security officials and Shiite pilgrims.

Four killed in violence in Syrian province of Daraa, says "watchdog": Three security personnel were, killed in clashes with army defectors in Daraa. One local man was killed when government forces fired randomly during a crackdown on the dissident province, said the "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights".

Syria to Hold Elections and Enact a New Constitution in Less than Two Weeks … Will U.S. and Its Allies Attack Anyway?: Given that the U.S. government has been consistently planning regime change in Syria for 20 years, and that the U.S., Britain, Qatar and other countries have already started a covert war in Syria – it is uncertain whether democratic elections and a new constitution can avoid a Syrian war involving the West.

Al-Qaeda has likely infiltrated Syria opposition, behind recent suicide bombings: U.S. intelligence chief: Clapper voiced concern that Al-Qaeda militants had inserted themselves inside a divided opposition amid the spiraling violence.

Arab League to arm Syrian opposition: Currently, the diplomatic efforts regarding the growing crisis in Syria focus on the development of the idea of ??Arab – U.N. force as proposed by the Arab Ministerial Council. According to Arab sources, the parties wait for discussion and approval of the Arab draft resolution at the General Assembly of the United Nations. This is scheduled to happen before this weekend.

Russia opposes U.N. vote on Syria as Arabs urge implementation of League plan: Russia has opposed a draft resolution on Syria at the U.N. General Assembly, saying it focuses entirely on Bashar Assad’s regime and fails to address the armed opposition, a top Russian diplomat said Thursday.

Russian envoy: Embassies closure in Syria could mean preparations for military intervention: The closure of European and Arab embassies in Damascus could mean possible preparations for a foreign military intervention in Syria, Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said

Russia: West 'slammed door' on Syria at UN: Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday blamed "external actors" for prolonging Syria's agony, suggesting that the U.S. and its allies opposed negotiations to end the bloodshed there and were responsible for torpedoing a U.N. resolution aimed at calming the situation.

Western countries should observe democracy: China Daily Editorial: Western countries should observe democracy in international relations and their media does not speak for everyone

Sen. Graham: US Must 'Break Up' Syrian-Iranian Alliance: Sen. Lindsey Graham says it is in America’s national security interest to break up the Syrian-Iranian alliance and to replace Syria’s President Bashar Assad, because the two countries pose a serious threat not only to the nation but to the world.

Libya invites Syria rebels to open Tripoli office: Libya will let Syria's opposition National Council open an office in Tripoli, Libya's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil told Al Jazeera television on Wednesday Reuters reported

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran: Iran strengthening ties with al–Qaeda, say intelligence chiefs: Iran has improved its ties with al–Qaeda as part of a campaign to target Western interests around the world that could lead to a spectacular attack in Europe, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

Netanyahu: International sanctions against Iran not working: "The United States - and any other country - should be concerned because we have information of ongoing efforts and attempts by Iran to conduct terrorism in many parts of the world. Fortunately until now there has been no loss of life," he said after talks with Cypriot President Demetris Christofias.

Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran's nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC News: - Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran’s leaders.

In case you missed it: When Is a Terrorist Not a Terrorist? : Answer: When he or she is an Israeli Mossad agent or asset.

Bomber hired for Delhi's sticky-bomb attack may be of Indian origin, say sources: 5 big facts: Investigations suggest that the bomber hired may be of Indian origin. Sources have told NDTV

Russian military drafts options for responding to attack on Iran: Makarov said international pressure on Iran has been growing and could be followed by military action. He said the current sanctions on Teheran could lead to a confrontation in mid-2012.

China urges IAEA cooperation with Iran: "The International Atomic Energy Agency should strengthen contact and cooperation with Iran in order to restore the international community's trust in the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program," China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Weimin said on Thursday.

Feds see no specific terror threat against the U.S.: There's "no credible or specific" evidence of an Iranian terror plot targeting the U.S., but officials are closely tracking the threat, the country's top homeland security official said Wednesday.

Libyan militias “torture detainees to death”: While most of the Western world was busy praising the Arab spring as a long-awaited “triumph of democracy”, the voices of t few skeptics were completely ignored. However, soon it turned out that not only did the revolution fail to bring about any improvements, it actually made the situation much worse

Amnesty International report brands Libya's militias 'out of control': Six months since the Libyan civil war ended in Muammar Qaddadi's death, a new report from Amnesty International says hundreds of militias remain active in the country, extorting money and killing their enemies.

Documentary sheds light on events that led to fall of Tripoli: The documentary titled “Businessmen” shows the role of Libya’s businessmen in helping and aiding the rebels, and most importantly, the transformation of these businessmen into revolutionaries.

General Says Russia Could Use Nuclear Weapons to Keep Country Intact: Russia's armed forces would be within their full rights to use nuclear weapons if any threats to the integrity of the country arise, Russian General Staff head Nikolay Makarov said Wednesday.

NATO to spend nearly $4 billion on US drones: NATO will spend US$3.9 billion on five US-built drones over 20 years in an effort to fill the gap exposed in the Libyan air war, an official said on Wednesday.

Heartland Institute claims fraud after leak of climate change documents: The free-market Heartland Institute has moved to contain the damage from explosive revelations about its efforts to discredit climate change and alter the teaching of science in schools, claiming on Wednesday it was the victim of theft and forgery.

Honduras in Flames: The Comayagua fire must be understood in the context of the near-total breakdown of the Honduran state since the June 28, 2009, military coup that overthrew democratically elected President José Manuel Zelaya.

Vote Fraud In Maine. It’s real.: Rachel Maddow "Maine Republicans May Have To Withdraw Their Declaration That Romney Won!"

FBI Purges Hundreds of Terrorism Documents in Islamophobia Probe: An internal FBI investigation into its counterterrorism training has purged hundreds of bureau documents of instructional material about Muslims, some of which characterized them as prone to violence or terrorism.

Department Of Homeland Security Tells Congress Why It's Monitoring Facebook, Twitter, Blogs: One thing is for sure: If you're the first person to tweet about a news story, or if you're a community activist who makes public Facebook posts--DHS will have your personal information.

Moody's may downgrade UBS and Morgan Stanley: It said among 17 banks and securities firms with global capital markets operations, it might cut the long-term credit rating of UBS, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley by as much as three notches following the review. It said the guidance was indicative.

Germany's smear campaign against Greece: Germany’s Wolfgang Schäuble is entering into ever more dangerous waters. His apparent demand that Greece postpone elections scheduled for April, and impose a technocrat junta (a l’Italiana) for another year without PASOK and New Democracy, takes your breath away. Is this really the position of the German government? Greek democracy be damned?

Greek couple stage suicide threat in jobs protest: Video - A Greek couple fearing for their jobs threatened to commit suicide by jumping from the window ledge of their office in Athens.

Poor America: 'Some kids are making ketchup soup': - Video - Children told of going to bed hungry and worrying about their families, while school officials said some children were resorting to eating "ketchup soup".

Unemployment agency extending hours: This coming weekend around 80,000 people in Michigan are set to lose their jobless benefits, so the Michigan Unemployment Agency is offering extended hours to help people with questions.

 

February 15, 2012

Save Us from the Liberal Hawks

By David Rieff

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of (humanitarian) war. Continue

NYT: 'Scrutiny' of Iran's Nuke Sites Means Bombing Them

By Peter Hart

The media coverage of Iran is terrible, and seems to be getting worse. Continue

U.S. Public Takes Strong Stance Against Iran's Nuclear Program

By Pew Research Center

58% of U.S. public supports military force – to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Continue

Iran Propaganda Debunked in Less Than 7 Minutes
Are you afraid of getting nuked in your jammies?

Video

There's a scary, dangerous nuclear weapons threat from Iran? Continue

US Secret Armies Gear Up For Global War

By Bill Van Auken

US militarism has escalated dramatically under the Democratic president and its tide threatens to engulf the entire planet. Continue

Washington’s Insouciance Has No Rival

By Paul Craig Roberts

How is the world so deranged that Washington can murder innocents for years on end and still profess to be the world’s defender of human rights? Continue

The Imperial Way
American Decline in Perspective


By Noam Chomsky

Why exactly is Iran regarded as such a colossal threat? The question is rarely discussed, but it is not hard to find a serious answer. Continue

Clinton Remains Irresistible.. And Not Just To Women

By George Galloway

A decade ago I had a boilerplate gag in my speeches, which went something like this: "I'm in favour of us having a special relationship with the United States, I just don't want us to have the kind that Miss Lewinsky had with President Clinton. One sided, undignified, immoral and with the junior partner always on their knees." Continue

Troika Driving Greece Towards Violent Revolution

By Nigel Farage

Greece is being driven into the ground, and I think, frankly, when it comes to chaos, you ain't seen nothing yet! Continue

The Greek Experiment

By Michael Hudson

Greek crisis used to find out how far finance can drive down wages and privatize. Continue 

Honduras Prison Fire Kills Hundreds : - Video - Trapped inmates screamed from their cells as a fire swept through a Honduran prison, killing at least 300 inmates, authorities said Wednesday. The fire broke out Tuesday night at a prison about 90 miles north of the country's capital

Turkey: 17 killed in rebel clashes: Two Turkish soldiers and 15 Kurdish rebels have been killed in clashes in Sirnak, in the country's south-east.

Syria: Scores Killed In Aleppo Gun Fight: At least 14 people have been killed in gun attacks between security troops and armed forces in Syria's largest city Aleppo.

Raw Video: Syrian Army, Rebels Battle in Homs : : The Free Syrian Army is battling government forces in Homs

Assad sets Syria vote to end near 50-year Baath rule: Syria's embattled president has called a referendum on a new constitution, effectively ending nearly five decades of single-party rule, it emerged Wednesday.

Turkey backs Saudi plan for UN-backed regime change in Syria: Saudi Arabia circulated a new draft resolution backing the Arab plan to make Assad step down for the UN General Assembly to consider

Iran places indigenous fuel rods into Tehran reactor: Iran has placed the first indigenous fuel rods into the heart of Tehran Research Reactor as President Ahmadinejad unveils the country’s latest nuclear achievements.

Iran activates 3,000 new centrifuges: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Tehran has added 3,000 new generation centrifuges to its Natanz facility, increasing the production of 3.5 percent enriched uranium by 50 percent.

EU’s Catherine Ashton has received Iran’s letter on nuclear talks: "I can confirm High Representative Ashton received the letter from Dr. [Saeed] Jalili today," Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for Ashton, told Yahoo News Wednesday. "We are carefully studying the letter and consulting with our E3+3 partners" on their response.

Japan PM to Barak: Israel must not strike Iran over nuclear program: During visit to Japan, Ehud Barak says international community must work together to impose sanctions on Iran.

SWIFT sanctions: West going to extremes to punish Iran: US wants Iran evicted from SWIFT, an independent financial clearinghouse that is crucial to the country's oil sales. This could immediately cripple Tehran’s financial lifeline, but would come with its own costs for the world economy.

Iran cutting oil export to six European states ?: Iran on Wednesday said it's cutting oil exports to six European countries including Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Portugal.

Iran oil ministry denies state media reports on EU oil stop: - "We deny this report ... If such a decision is made, it will be announced by Iran's Supreme National Security Council," a spokesman for the ministry told Reuters.

Iran manipulating oil markets? : Oil prices jump after Iran says is cutting cut flow to EU: The price of oil in global markets hits a six-month high of nearly USD 120 a barrel as Iran says is cutting oil exports to six European countries.

India to step up ties with Tehran; unfazed by US sanctions: Unfazed by US sanctions and Israel linking Tehran to the attack on an Israeli embassy car here, India is set to ramp up its energy and business ties with Iran, with a commerce ministry team heading to Tehran to explore fresh business opportunities.

US bid to crimp Iran oil sales stumbles: American attempts to get major Asian importers of Iranian oil to rein in their purchases are faltering as allies South Korea and Japan give US officials a polite brushoff. Emerging giants India and China may even increase their purchases.

'Bangkok bombers' were assassins not terrorists, says Thai official: The official said the nationalities of the suspects had yet to be confirmed. "They have Iranian passports and documents, but we haven't concluded that they are in fact Iranian, which is why we are looking in detail at this case," he said.

NATO expresses regret for killing 8 Afghan children: “The aircraft dropped two bombs on the group that we believed to be an imminent threat to our people,” Boone told reporters in Kabul. “

US, Afghans near deal on post-2014 mission: Panetta: US and Afghan officials are weeks away from clinching a security pact allowing an American military mission to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday.

Taliban says U.S. to repeat Soviet defeat in Afghanistan: The Taliban used the 23rd anniversary of the humiliating Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan on Wednesday to taunt the United States that it would suffer the same fate as preparations to hand over security to a shaky government are underway.

Pak climb down over NATO routes: NATO is being allowed to use Pakistani airspace and land routes to move food supplies to troops in Afghanistan though border crossings were closed after a cross-border air strike last year, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said on Tuesday

U.S. Bribes Pakistan? Pakistan to receive $ 2.4 billion US "Aid" The press release stated “$2.2 billion in assistance to strengthen "democratic and civil institutions "

Can Pakistan survive without US aid?: The question, however, is to determine first why Americans aided Pakistan and second what was the money intended for. And even more importantly, one should determine if indeed Pakistan’s economic survival rests on American aid.

USAID contractor case renews debate on tactics: The U.S. Agency for International Development faces skepticism from other countries about its true purpose and warnings from critics who say it has strayed too much into the world of clandestine operations.

The Story of How U.S. Special Forces Infiltrated Pakistan: Using valid U.S. passports and posing as construction and aid workers, dozens of Central Intelligence Agency operatives and contractors flooded in without the requisite background checks from the country's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

New clashes rock Libyan desert town: Clashes between the Zwai and the Toubu tribes in the town of Kufra broke out for a third consecutive day today after 17 people were killed in fierce fighting over the first two days.

Libya: a year on: "According to international human rights watchdogs, about 7,000 Gaddafi supporters are locked up in jails, abused and tortured. The new authorities are not in control of the whole of Libya. They are only controlling Tripoli and a stretch of land 130 km west of the city. The rest of Libya’s territory is being controlled by tribes. Libya now resembles a barrel of gunpowder with a blaster fuse."

National survey reveals Libyans would prefer one-man-rule over democracy: Only 29 percent of those surveyed said they would prefer to live in a democracy.

Wikileaks-backed Global Square activist platform due in March: Wikileaks-backed platform will use peer-to-peer technology to avoid government controls

Eurozone crisis: Greece 'can't take any more cuts': The Greek people have been pushed to the limit by austerity measures demanded by the EU and IMF, public order minister Christos Papoutsis says. He said Greeks had made "superhuman" efforts, and "can't take any more".

Poor diet kills 2.6 million infants a year, says survey by Save the Children: Malnutrition is the root cause of the deaths of 2.6 million children each year, and the bodies and brains of 450 million more will fail to develop properly due to inadequate diet over the next 15 years unless immediate action is taken

February 14, 2012

Israel and Proxy Terrorism

By Robert Wright

Should Israel be classified as a state sponsor of terrorism? Continue

Joe Lieberman & Al-Qaeda, United on Syria
(and other wars of ‘Muslim liberation’)


By Maidhc Ó Cathail


Libya (2011) was not the first time that Lieberman et al. were united with al-Qaeda on foreign policy goals. Continue

The US-Bahraini Exchange
Tear Gas From U.S. Kindness in Return

By Medea Benjamin

Not only is the U.S. government going ahead with multimillion dollar arms sales to Bahrain, but the tear gas that was about to envelop us came from the good ‘ol USA. Continue

Special Ops Now Defines the Pentagon's Expanding Wars

By Danny Schechter

Our latest “hero” in the making. Continue

Drone Assaults on Civil Liberties

By Shahdabul Faraz

The left’s outrage at Bush’s policies coupled with their acceptance of Obama’s reveals undeniable hypocrisy. Continue

Flying The Fascist Skies

By Anthony Gregory

Boy, I miss the days when the future depicted in Terminator appeared ridiculously dystopian. Continue

U.S. v. Pakistan on Transparency and Accountability

By Glenn Greenwald

Virtually without exception, the American judiciary has refused to allow any victims of America’s War on Terror abuses — whether foreign national or American citizen — to even have their claims heard in court. Continue

Is Western Democracy Real or a Facade?

By Paul Craig Roberts

The United States government and its NATO puppets have been killing Muslim men, women and children for a decade in the name of bringing them democracy. But is the West itself a democracy? Continue

The Corruption of Democracy

By Simon Wood

The US government is owned by the rich, the banks and the corporations. As their interests rarely, if ever, coincide with those of ordinary people. Continue

“Losing” the World
American Decline in Perspective

By Noam Chomsky

American decline is real, though the apocalyptic vision reflects the familiar ruling class perception that anything short of total control amounts to total disaster. Continue

'Babysitting While White,'

By Scott Henson

"The police should leave you alone. It's not right that they want to arrest you for being my Grandpa." More prescient words were never spoken. Continue

7 killed as Libyan forces regain control of town: Libyan government forces on Tuesday took control of the south-eastern town of Kufra after days of clashes with gunmen loyal to former leader Muammar Gaddafi that killed at least seven people, a government official told dpa.

Libyans fight back against U.S.-NATO puppet regime: Al-Saadi Gadhafi, was interviewed in Niger by Al-Arabiya satellite television on Feb. 13. Saadi noted the widespread disaffection and anger inside Libya resulting from worsening conditions of the majority of people since the overthrow.

Treasury imposes sanctions on supporter of Gadhafi’s son: The Treasury Department on Tuesday imposed sanctions on a key supporter of one of the sons of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Syrian Rebels Kill 3 Government Soldiers In Key Town: An activist group says Syrian rebels have repelled a push by government tanks into a key central town held by forces fighting against President Bashar Assad's regime.

Arab states agree to provide guns to Syria rebels: The message was folded into Article 9 of an Arab League resolution passed on Sunday that urges Arabs to “provide all kinds of political and material support” to the opposition, a phrase that includes the possibility of giving weapons to Assad’s foes. Diplomats at the meeting confirmed this interpretation.

Police: Iranian blows off own legs in Bangkok blasts: An Iranian man carrying grenades blew off his own legs and wounded four civilians in a trio of blasts that shook a busy Bangkok neighborhood on Tuesday, Thai authorities said.

Barak blames Iran for botched Thailand terror attack: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday that the attempted bombing in Bangkok proves that Iran and its proxies continue operating in the ways of terror.

Is Israel using Iranian terrorists?: Iran has accused Israel of working with an Iranian terrorist group to assassinate the country's nuclear scientists. Experts say that a possible partnership between Israel and the MEK, also known as the People's Mujahideen, is not a surprising match.

In case you missed it: MSNBC: Israel trains Iranian terror group to kill nuclear scientists: Active since the 1970s, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran are credited as responsible for five deadly attacks on scientists since 2007.

West may strike Iran by summer - Russian Gen-Staff Chief: The Russian General Staff is closely watching the situation, and is not ruling out the possibility of a coordinated attack on the Islamic Republic, General Nikolai Makarov, head of the Russian General Staff, told reporters on Tuesday.

Gaza power plant stops due to smuggled fuel shortage: The Gaza Strip's only power station, which supplies the Palestinian enclave with up to two-thirds of its energy needs, was shut down on Tuesday because of a shortage of fuel smuggled in from neighbouring Egypt.

US increases Israeli military aid to $3.15 billion The budget proposal increases regular military aid to $3.15 billion from $3 billion this year, in line with the 2007 aid formula reached between the two countries.

Two Separate Blasts Kill 3, Wound 18 in Iraq: A bomb in a parked car exploded around noon near an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern city of Mosul, killing a soldier and a bystander, a police officer said. Twelve other passers-by were wounded in the attack

Pentagon wants $3 billion for the War in Iraq that we thought was over : The American public has been told that the Iraq War is a thing of the past. Even still, the US Department of Defense is asking the federal government for almost $3 billion for “activities” in a country that they shouldn’t be in.

RAF Regiment airman killed in Afghanistan: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) last night (Monday) said that the airman was killed by small arms fire while on a routine partnered patrol in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province.

U.S Buys Pakistan: US proposes $2.4 billion aid to Pakistan: Obama administration Monday proposed $2.4 billion in financial aid to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2012-1. The $2.2 billion is in assistance to "strengthen democratic and civil institutions" that provide a bulwark against extremism

Egypt sends American workers to trial: Ignoring a U.S. threat to cut off aid, Egypt on Sunday referred 19 Americans and 24 other employees of non-profit groups to trial before a criminal court on accusations they illegally used foreign funds to foment unrest in the country.

Bahrain protest anniversary turns violent (VIDEO): The one year anniversary of Bahrain's suppressed protest movement erupted in clashes as security personnel fanned out through the capital, Manama.

Moscow warns against US warships: Russia would respond if the United States deploys warships in the Black Sea or Arctic, Russian Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov said Tuesday.

Russia to upgrade forces on islands claimed by Japan: Russian forces based on two Pacific Ocean islands claimed by Japan will receive major upgrades in air defence weaponry and infrastructure, a senior general said on Tuesday.

Moody's Downgrades Italy, Spain, Portugal And Others; Puts UK, France On Outlook Negative -: Moody's adjusts ratings of 9 European sovereigns to capture downside risks

Greek bailout put on hold: Eurozone finance ministers have put a new Greek bailout on hold, saying the country has failed to meet conditions set by lenders.

Athens Is Burning and Angela Merkel Holds the Spent Match: Athens is besieged by riots, because ordinary Greeks understand what their leaders won't admit. The reforms imposed by Angela Merkel and Greek creditors will delay but not avoid a sovereign default.

These are the 10 countries deepest in debt.: Last year, Standard & Poor’s downgraded both France and the U.S. from perfect AAA ratings. Yesterday, Moody’s gave France and the UK negative outlooks.

February 13, 2012

“The Real Opposition in Syria
is Not the Syrian National Council or Free Syrian Army,”


By Idaf

I’m fed up with the simplified, naive views and the manipulative perception management tactics that aim to draw unrealistic picture about the conflict by conveniently framing it simply as idiot proxies and armed elements (SNC/FSA) vs. the brutal mass-murderer autocratic regime (the regime). Continue

The Arab League Has Misjudged its Actions on Syria

By Abdel Bari Atwan

By misjudging and underestimating the Russian and Chinese response to it has demonstrated a reliance on an outmoded paradigm in which Washington always prevails. Continue

The Covert US War Against Syria

By Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Russians and Chinese - veto makes more and more sense as events on the ground unmask US culpability in the civil war in Syria. Yes, civil war. That’s what you call it when an armed resistance takes up arms against a sovereign government. Continue

Israel's Useful Idiot
Iran and a "Potential" Nuclear Bomb

Video

Warnings from Rudy Giuliani. Continue

Khader Adnan's Heroic Struggle for Justice

By Stephen Lendman

Act on behalf of a man too courageous to let die. Do it now and tell others to show support in solidarity! Continue

'Greece Doomed, Economy Total Farce & Fiction!'

Video By RT

The lawmakers voted early Monday in favor of the bill that will cut 15,000 public-sector jobs and lower the minimum wage by 20 per cent. Continue

What's Inside the New "Austerity Measures"
A Death Sentence for Greece


By Mike Whitney

None of this has anything to do with helping Greece. It’s just corporate pillaging gone haywire. Greece is a big pinata that’s just been cracked open and everyone is pushing and shoving to grab their fistful of candy. Continue

Occupy Draws Strength From the Powerless

By Chris Hedges

here is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement.
Continue

Love, Work, and Dissent
in a Time of Hazmat Suits and Political Hypochondria


By Phil Rockstroh

Many seem at a loss to understand why some are driven to struggle for a more just world, even though, time and time again, their ardor will be met by seemingly implacable, ruthless resistance…that one’s heart will be repeatedly broken. Continue

NATO admits 8 Afghan children killed in Kapisa: Afghan government officials showed gruesome photographs of eight dead boys, and said seven of them had been aged between six and 14, while one had been around 18 years old. They were bombed twice while herding sheep in heavy snow and lighting a fire to keep warm, they said.

Six "Taliban" killed, 19 surrender in Afghanistan : At least six Taliban rebels, including a commander named Fida Mohammad, have been killed in a clash with security forces while 19 have surrendered in separate incidents in Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

Army Officer's Leaked Report Rips Afghan War Success Story: "If the public had access to the classified reports," Davis writes, "they would see the dramatic gulf between what is often said in public by our senior leaders and what is true behind the scenes."

Gilani charged with contempt, pleads not guilty: Pakistan's Prime Minister Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani was today indicted by the country's Supreme Court for contempt for refusing to revive graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, but the PM pleaded not guilty to the charges, conviction for which may cost him his job.

For Iraqis, Aid to Rebels in Syria Repays a Debt: Not so long ago, Syrians worked to send weapons and fighters into Iraq to help Sunnis fighting a sectarian conflict; suddenly, it is the other way around.

Lieberman: US should arm Syrian opposition: Lieberman, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, said the Pentagon is putting plans together and that it is time to "help the brave Syrian freedom fighters."

The West Should Help Assad: A Syrian state crumbling under terror followed by large sectarian slaughter and refugee streams with certain spillover of fighting into all neighboring countries. That can not be in anyone's interest.

The USA Enables the Killing Arab Christians: This morning at church, our pastor read a plea from a Christian pastor in Syria who wrote that the Syrian opposition forces — people endorsed by the U.S. Government — have been murdering Syrian Christians with impunity.

Syria launched "indiscriminate attack" on civilians - U.N.: The failure of the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution on Syria has encouraged Damascus to step up its assault on the opposition and launch an "indiscriminate attack" on Homs, the U.N. human rights chief said on Monday.

Russia balks at Syria peacekeeping plan: Russia's foreign minister has made it clear that Moscow would not support a plan to send United Nations peacekeepers to Syria unless there was a halt to violence by both government forces and their armed opponents.

Russia Not Ruling out Peacekeepers for Syria: “If we agree the terms of the mission’s presence in the country, if the principles of the UN organization charter are fulfilled, there will be no problem,” Russian Presidential Middle East Ambassador Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday.

Mossad chief's secret U.S. visit meant to gauge American response to Israeli attack on Iran : Pardo asked top American officials questions such as : “What is our posture on Iran? Are we ready to bomb? Would we [do so later]? What does it mean if [Israel] does it anyway?” The report added that Israel has ceased sharing a "significant" amount of intelligence concerning its military preparations with the U.S.

Bombs target Israeli diplomats in India, Georgia; 2 injured: The wife of an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi and her driver were injured on Monday when the car they were traveling in was bombed, officials said. A second attempted bombing was defused outside the Israeli embassy in Tblisi, Georgia, at about the same time.

Chabadniks in India deny espionage charge: Chabadniks in the southern Indian city of Kochi on Tuesday vehemently denied a report that appeared in local media earlier in the day accusing them of being part of an Israeli covert operation.

Netanyahu: Iran behind attack on Israeli officials in New Delhi: In wake of car bomb attack, PM says Israel will not cease its fight against international terror, of which Iran is the 'world's greatest exporter.'

Report: Iran summons Azerbaijan envoy over alleged Mossad activity: The report said “terrorists” linked to the killings of Iranian nuclear scientists escaped to Israel through Azerbaijan.

Obama prepares Georgia for Iran war: Analyst: Last week Georgian Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia announced the imminent arrival of a delegation of American military experts, asserting US-Georgia military relations were entering “an entirely new phase.”

Iran presses ahead with dollar "attack": Last week, the Tehran Times noted that the Iranian oil bourse will start trading oil in currencies other than the dollar from March 20. This long-planned move is part of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s vision of economic war with the west.

Palestinian PM: Armed Resistance Best Option for Defense against Israel: "Gun is our only response to Zionist regime. In time, we have come to understand that we can obtain our goals only through fighting and armed resistance and no compromise should be made with the enemy," Haniya said.

Israeli gulag: Israel rejects Palestinian hunger striker's appeal: An Israeli military court on Monday rejected an appeal by a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for more than eight weeks over his detention without charge, his lawyer Jawad Bulus said.

Khader Adnan’s life at risk as hunger strike enters 58th day; solidarity protests spread: Doctors have expressed grave concern for the life of Khader Adnan, who has been on a hunger strike for the 58 days since his arrest. He also recently stopped drinking water.

Egyptian lawmaker: US aid to Cairo 'assured': Senior Muslim Brotherhood official tells 'Al Hayat' if the US cuts aid to Egypt, it would be violation of 1979 peace accords.

Egyptian police detain four over 'incitement': Labour activist and Australian reporter among four people accused of paying Egyptians to protest against authorities.

U.S.-Backed Bahraini Forces Arrest and Deport Two American Peace Activists Acting As Human Rights Observers: On Saturday, Bahrain arrested and detained two American citizens, Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath, for their role in recent protests. They were deported Sunday and returned to New York last night.

Guantánamo: It's time for America to put an end to this shameful scandal : It is staggering to contemplate that the US government has perpetuated this injustice

Fukushima reactor readings raise reheating concern: Concern is growing that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan is no longer stable after temperature readings suggested one of its damaged reactors was reheating.

Greek lawmakers approve austerity bill as Athens burns: Cinemas, cafes, shops and banks were set ablaze in central Athens as black-masked protesters fought riot police outside parliament.

Greece still to convince Europe over rescue deal: Scenes of running battles between police and rioters and flames engulfing cinemas, shops and banks underscored a sense of deepening turmoil in the country after more than four years of recession and two of punishing austerity.

The end of Greece : Within the last four weeks the Germans have outrageously plotted to cunningly take over the Greek Parliament, particularly in relation to its power of expenditure.

Obama budget plan to tax the rich?: The proposal includes $1.5 trillion (£950bn) in new taxes, much from allowing Bush-era tax cuts to expire.

Obama budget proposes new security, airline fees: - Airlines and their passengers would pay up to $32 billion in new air traffic and security fees over 10 years, and grants to big airports would fall sharply under White House budget proposals on Monday aimed at deficit reduction.

February 12, 2012

Russia Says West Arming Syrian Rebels
Accuses West of being "Accomplices" in Violence

By David Blair

"Western states that push the Syrian opposition into uncompromising measures, which arm them and give them advice and instructions, are accomplices in the process of inflaming the crisis,"
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Kings and Ex-Colonial Powers “Championing” Democracy

By Prabir Purkayastha

No wonder that the US and other western countries rejected out of hand Russia's amendments, one of which asked for democracy, not just in Syria but for all of Middle East. Continue

Syria’s Uprising in Context

By Stephen Gowans

Syria remains too much like the socialist state the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party founders envisaged for it, and too little like a platform for increasing the profits of overseas banks, investors and corporations.
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Syria as Tonkin Gulf for Attack on Iran?

By Daniel McAdams

News organizations and websites that have uncritically reported the atrocity stories from these "human rights" groups have helped set the stage for military action against Syria, and have been in fact part of the psychological preparation of the battlefield.
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US Congress Pulsates With War Fever

By Eric Margolis

Iran is next on the chopping block if the US American-Israel Public Affairs Committee has its way.
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Who is Threatening Whom?
45 US Bases Surround Iran


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Each star is a US base. But just to be clear, Iran is the one that is threatening US.
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With Liberty and Justice for Some

Glenn Greenwald & Noam Chomsky - Video -

The United States has a two-tiered judicial system, one for the "haves"and one for the "have-nots." Greenwald presents his thoughts in conversation with political theorist, Noam Chomsky at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Greece: Riots In Syntagma Square

Live Video Stream

GREEK police used tear gas on petrol bomb-throwing protesters outside parliament where lawmakers were debating a new austerity plan aimed at staving off bankruptcy.
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'Responsible Capitalism?'

Video Interview

Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm told Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman that capitalism was concerned only with growth and making profit, not responsibility. Continue

5 Right-Wing Governors Gutting Schools to Fund Prisons,
Tax Breaks for the Rich...And a Bible Theme Park


By Sarah Jaffe

Here's a look at five of the governors taking money away from their states' kids, and a look at some of the things they are still funding. Continue

Rick Santorum’s Plans For America

By Professor Lawrence Davidson

Santorum believes that religious values (at least his religious values) should play a large role in shaping government policies. For those not sure what this means, Santorum has a list of examples. Continue

Arab bloc to request Syria peacekeeping force: The Arab League will ask the United Nations to form a joint peacekeeping force and appoint a special Arab envoy to try to halt the violence in Syria, members have agreed.

Former Jordan minister named as Arab League envoy to Syria: Al-Arabi, meanwhile, accepted the resignation of Sudanese General Mohammed al-Dabi as head of the League's observer mission to Syria. No reason was given for the resignation.

Turkey working to recognize Syria opposition as country's official leaders: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is working to advance a conference of "Syrian friendly nations," geared at recognizing the Syrian opposition as the country's sole representative and as an alternative to Assad's regime.

Russia Says Syrian Opposition Bears 'Responsibility' For Ending Crisis : The Russian Duma on February 10 passed a resolution calling for the UN Security Council not to take sides in Syria and declaring that Russia opposes any military interference in any country without the explicit sanction of the Security Council.

Jihadists, weapons 'moving from Iraq to Syria': Jihadists are moving from Iraq to Syria and arms are also sent across the border to opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, Iraq's deputy interior minister said in an interview with AFP on Saturday.

Fact or fiction: Al-Qaeda behind Syria blasts: US: THE Iraqi branch of al-Qaeda, seeking to exploit the bloody turmoil in Syria to reassert its potency, carried out two recent bombings in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and was probably behind Friday's suicide blasts that killed at least 28 people in the largest city, Aleppo, US officials said.

Al Qaeda leader backs Syrian rebels: In the eight-minute video, entitled “Onwards, Lions of Syria” and posted on an Islamist website, the Egyptian-born Zawahri also urged Muslims in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan to come to the aid of Syrian rebels confronting Assad’s forces

Crimes in Syria committed by terrorists backed by Western and Arab countries; “These crimes were committed by terrorists, backed by Western and Arab countries which do not fulfill their international obligations and seek to undermine security of Syria and its citizens.”

Russia urges AL to verify reports about foreign troops in Syria: Russia on Friday called on the Arab League (AL)'s monitoring mission in Syria to check on reports alleging that foreign troops were deployed in the Middle East country.

‘Foreign military presence in Syria raises ghost of Libya’: Chairman of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov spoke out following reports that a “foreign special task force” has been dispatched to Syria in an effort to provide assistance to the political opposition.

The UK’s Secret mission to Beat Assad? : British efforts to help topple Colonel Gaddafi were not limited to air strikes. On the ground – and on the quiet – special forces soldiers were blending in with rebel fighters.

Gunmen kill senior Syrian official: Gunmen shot dead a senior Syrian military doctor outside his home in northern Damascus, the state news agency SANA said.

Two killed in north Lebanon in clashes over Syria: - Two people were killed and at least eight wounded in street battles in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli on Saturday, a security source said, during a second day of clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Presstitute alert:: In pictures: Syrian military 'artillery deployment': The US state department has published a series of satellite images showing what it says is proof of Syrian government attacks on residential areas.

Satellite Pictures Of Syria - No Artillery "Deployed": The US State Department obviously knows what the pictures really show but is trying to use the lie of artillery deployment against the rebels as a pressure argument for military intervention.

Turkish diplomat: Iran is ready to cut a deal: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also criticized economic sanctions against Iran as ineffective and warned that any military strike against the country’s nuclear facilities would inflame the region while doing little to curb Iran’s ambitions.

Iran: War Drums Beating: The idea of an Islamic bomb exerts a peculiar fascination on American political culture and shines a searchlight on how the gross dysfunctionality of American politics emerges synergistically from the individual dysfunctions of its component parts:

‘Israel funds MKO; MKO funds US politicians’?: “One of the most under-reported political stories of the last year is the devoted advocacy of numerous prominent American political figures on behalf of an Iranian group long formally designated as a Terrorist organization under US law,” Glenn Greenwald wrote on salon.com on Friday.

Israeli attack kills Palestinian in Gaza: Elderly man dies after being wounded during a series of Israeli airstrikes, Gaza medical sources say.

Hundreds in Israeli jails join hunger strike: Palestinian inmates join Khader Adnan, who has gone 56 days without food or water to protest his pre-trial detention.

For the sake of his dignity: After over 50 days of hunger strike against what he terms humiliating Shin Bet interrogation techniques, Khader Adnan's health is deteriorating.

Israel's Mossad still using foreign passports in undercover operations: According to The Times, new evidence indicates that foreign nationals in Israel willingly allow the Mossad to use their passports in order to carry out undercover operations abroad.

83% of US public supports Obama's killing people in Pakistan:: Eighty-three per cent of those asked in the Washington Post/ABC News survey said they backed Obama’s use of unmanned drone aircraft against suspected militants in the tribal belt of Pakistan

Pakistan: US Plans Swoop On N-Bombs: THE United States military plans to seize Pakistan’s nuclear weapons to keep them out of terrorist hands.

7 "Militants" Killed, 18 Detained in Afghan Operation: At least seven "militants" were killed and 18 others were captured in an operation by Afghan and Nato-led troops in the country in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior Affairs said

Militants execute three men in south Yemen: "Islamist" militants in southern Yemen said they had executed three men on Sunday for giving the United States information used to carry out drone strikes in the area.

Guatemalan president to propose legalizing drugs in Central America: “I want to bring this discussion to the table,” he said. “It wouldn’t be a crime to transport, to move drugs. It would all have to be regulated.”

Germany refuses to sign copyright treaty: Germany will not sign an international copyright treaty, despite having already agreed to it in principal, government sources in Berlin said Friday, after protests over its implications for internet users.

Greece: live video : Greece strikes against new cuts: live: A major demonstration is planned for Sunday in Athens to protest the harsh, new cutbacks agreed upon by the Greek cabinet to secure the country's vital rescue loan program.

Ireland: Shocking injustice of austerity taxes revealed: 'Coping class' paid three times more tax than in previous year as take for richest actually drops

Mind-Blowing Charts From the Senate's Income Inequality Hearing: In another sign that Democrats have embraced income inequality as a cause célèbre, the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on the subject today. The committee's ranking Republican, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, managed to look concerned during two hours of testimony about the kneecapping of the Middle Class.

 

February 10, 2012

US Implausibly Denies Role in Israeli Terror Squads

By Tony Cartalucci

US funds, shelters, arms, and trains MEK terrorists for years, now attempting to pawn full responsibility off on complicit Israeli government. Continue

New York Post Says
Iranian Nuclear “Engineers Basically Needed Killing”

By Media Matters Action Network

In an editorial, the New York Post endorses the assassination of civilian Iranian nuclear scientists, adding that the terror group U.S. officials recently confirmed as conducting the attacks might be "far more deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize than a certain president of the United States we could mention." Continue

Israel, MEK and State Sponsor of Terror Groups

By Glenn Greenwald

There are numerous Muslims inside the U.S. who have been prosecuted for providing “material support for Terrorism” for doing far less than these American politicians are publicly doing on behalf of a designated Terrorist group. Continue

Iran War: What Is AIPAC Planning?

By MJ Rosenberg

War enthusiasm will rise to a fever pitch by March, when AIPAC holds its annual policy conference. Continue

Fake “Dying Babies” Story in Iraq? Now Playing in Syria

By Sappho

Read this Wik­ileaks cable from US Embassy in Dam­as­cus back in 2006 and com­pare it with the recent events in Syria: Continue

U.S. Policy in Syria
A New Version of the Eisenhower Doctrine


By Alexey Pilko

"Any opposition group can receive economic, financial, military and other assistance from the United States if it is subjected to pressure from a regime that no longer serves American interests." Continue

How To Start a War
The U.S. Use of War Pretext Incidents


By Richard Sanders

This historical review raises an important issue: Is the Pentagon seeking to trigger military confrontation in the Persian Gulf with a view to providing a pretext and a justification to waging an all out war on the Islamic Republic of Iran? Continue

Learning From La Venezuela

By David Swanson

"They are afraid, the Empire is afraid. The Empire is afraid that the people of the United States might find out about the truth, they are afraid that something like that could erupt in their own territory -- a Bolivarian movement" Continue

The Troika Blackmails Greece

By Mike Whitney

Why does Greece have to grovel for $130 bil loan when the banks can just snap their fingers and get as much money as they want? And why does the IMF have one policy for Europe and another for China? Continue

Propaganda Wars
Their Version – “Markets don’t fail”.

By David Malone

History is written by the victors. It should be no surprise then, that the bankers have developed a very clear story of how the financial debacle happened and who should be blamed. Continue

Pakistan: '11 militants killed' near Afghanistan : Eleven Taliban militants were killed and 19 wounded in northwest Pakistan Friday during a crackdown by the Pakistani military near the border with Afghanistan, according to reports.

Karzai condemns NATO airstrike that killed eight Afghan children: Lieutenant Commander James Williams, a spokesman with the NATO-led international forces confirmed the incident saying a joint NATO assessment team was investigating the circumstances.

Car bombs kill 28 in Syrian city of Aleppo - TV: Two car bombs detonated outside security bases in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday, officials said, killing 28 people in the worst violence to hit the country's northern commercial hub in an 11-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

Report: Free Syria Army claims Halab blasts: French television reported Friday that the Free Syria Army had claimed responsibility for the twin car-bomb explosions that killed 25 people and left 175 wounded

Free Syrian Army blames Assad for Aleppo bombing: Confusion reigned Friday, as the head of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) Col. Colonel Riad al-Asaad denied that his forces were responsible for a twin bombing in the country’s largest city Aleppo. The denial followed an admission by FSA Col. Aref Hammoud to FRANCE 24 that it was indeed his forces who were responsible for the bomb attack

US debates arming Syrian opposition as defense strategy: Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer of the Center for Advanced Defense Studies believes we should use the model the Clinton White House used for getting weapons to the Bosnians, running so-called “black ops” to get weapons to the Syrians. It’s something the U.S. also did to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan after the 1979 invasion.

Syria: US says military options 'may not be avoidable': A senior State Department official told The Daily Telegraph that the Russian-Chinese veto of a UN resolution condemning the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (above) had made military involvement more likely.

Pro- and anti-Syria regime gunmen clash in Lebanon: Shooting broke out on Friday in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli as gunmen deployed heavily in two rival neighborhoods, one group supporting and the other opposed to the regime in Syria.

An Analysis: Barbara Walters' Interviews Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - Video -

The biggest propaganda spectacle on Syria ever: Western media (of course you can add Saudi and Qatari media) are involved in the biggest propaganda spectacle that I have ever seen.

Libya decides to expel Syrian diplomats: The Foreign Ministry also said Libyan's National Transitional Council now stands in solidarity with the Syrian National Council, an umbrella opposition group, and voiced its condemnation against the unabated bloodshed plaguing Syria.

US admits Israel is arming and training terrorist groups in Iran - Video -

Israel's useful idiot: Rick Santorum: Obama helping Iran obtain nuclear weapons: Republican presidential hopeful, coming off a 3-state primary sweep, says American President 'throwing Israel under the bus' over U.S. dependency on oil.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran: Report: Saudi Arabia to buy nukes if Iran tests A-bomb: Citing an unidentified Saudi Arabian source, the Times newspaper in the U.K. said that the kingdom would seek to buy ready-made warheads and also begin its own program to enrich weapons-grade uranium.

Bunker-Buster Bomb Improvements Sought by Pentagon Win Approval: The move to improve the bomb shortly after the Air Force took delivery may have been triggered by Iran’s announcement Jan. 9 that it would begin uranium enrichment at the Fordow facility near Qom that’s tunneled into mountains, said Kenneth Katzman, a Middle East military analyst for the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.

Iran poll: US more supportive of overt/covert action: 44% of Americans support bombing Iran's nuclear installations, versus 18% in Germany, 23% in Britain and 20% in the Middle East.

Gaza Hamas chief arrives in Iran: state TV: The Hamas prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, arrived in Tehran on Friday on a three-day trip and is due to speak at a rally marking the 33 anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution on Saturday, state media reported.

Arms and men out of Libya fortify Mali rebellion: Equipped with heavy weapons from Muammar Gaddafi's looted arsenals, the Tuareg-led rebels who assaulted the town of Aguelhoc in northern Mali last month overwhelmed the remote garrison.

Maldives President and Climate Advocate Forced at Gunpoint to Step Down: Maldives leader Mohamed Nasheed, called the “world’s most environmentally outspoken president” because of his calls for drastically cutting greenhouse gas emissions, was forced to resign—at gunpoint, he claimed

Anonymous Takes Down CIA Web Site: Anonymous has ended a rather busy week with a hack of the CIA website, which is currently offline.

“Torture taxi” business: CIA ‘rendition’ program still divides N.C. town: To the disappointment of human rights groups, the White House has said it will continue to permit extraordinary renditions

Diabetic man is beaten by Henderson police during traffic stop: - Video - The motorist, Adam Greene, will receive $158,000 settlement from the Henderson City Council tonight.

International lenders refuse to approve Greece bailout: EU leaders have set several conditions Greece must fulfill before receiving a second bailout, including more painful austerity measures. In protest unions are staging a 48-hour strike, halting bus and metro services.

Greek police union wants to arrest EU/IMF officials: - Greece's largest police union has threatened to issue arrest warrants for officials from the country's European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders for demanding deeply unpopular austerity measures.

Clashes erupt on sidelines of Greek austerity protest: Greek protesters threw stones and firebombs at riot police who responded with tear gas in Athens on Friday as clashes erupted on the sidelines of a protest against new austerity cuts.

Live Stream Greece Protest - Video -

Greek deputy foreign minister resigns: reports: Greece's deputy foreign minister resigned Friday to protest tough new austerity measures demanded by the euro zone and International Monetary Fund. Lucas Papademos, is the sixth minister to resign over the last two days.

Greek default now inevitable: With Greek economic output in freefall, a messy debt default followed by the country's ejection from the eurozone now looks very much like a question of when rather than if.

This is no bailout for Main Street America: In reality, a $25bn mortgage deal with banks is a drop in the ocean – given US homeowners' $700bn of negative equity

The insiders are selling heavily: On the theory that corporate insiders — officers, directors and largest shareholders — know more about their firms’ prospects than do the rest of us, it can’t be good news that they are selling at such a heavy pace.

Anyone can buy guns, no questions asked: Legal loophole permits weapons powerful enough to down aircraft to be sold without checks

February 09, 2012

Israel Kills Iran's Nuclear Scientists, U.S. officials

By Richard Engel and Robert Windrem

Iranian nuclear scientists are being killed by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News.
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Playing on Iran’s Home Court
The Great Strait of Hormuz Test

By Russ Winter

Iran has the capability of not only closing the Strait for some time, but creating a world of hurt for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.
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The Grand Ayatollah of Nuclear Menace.

By William Blum

Is USrael actually fearful of an attack from a nuclear-armed Iran?
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British, Qatari Troops Already Waging Secret War in Syria?

By RT

Four centers of operation have been established in the city with the troops on the ground paving the way for an undercover Turkish military incursion into Syria. Continue

US and Allies 'Considering Plans' for Military Aid to Syrian Rebels

By NewsCore

The Pentagon had drawn up contingency plans which could include supplying the Free Syrian Army (FSA) with weapons and establishing a humanitarian corridor to deliver aid to civilians, The Times reported today, citing a US official. Continue

America and its Drone Strikes

By Saida Fazal

It is illegal and unethical on the part of the government to allow such murderous assaults on its own people. Continue

Repulsive Progressive Hypocrisy

By Glenn Greenwald

Obama has used drones to kill Muslim children and innocent adults by the hundreds. He has refused to disclose his legal arguments for why he can do this or to justify the attacks in any way. Continue

Banks Avoid Liability
In 49-State Foreclosure Fraud Settlement


By David Dayen

Forty-nine states, every one but Oklahoma, as well as federal regulators will participate in a foreclosure fraud settlement that will release the five biggest banks and their mortgage servicing units from liability for robo-signing and other forms of servicer abuse. Continue

The Federal Reserve's Explicit Goal: Devalue The Dollar 33%

By Charles Kadlec

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) has made it official: After its latest two day meeting, it announced its goal to devalue the dollar by 33% over the next 20 years. Continue

American Drug War:
The Last White Hope


Video


How money, power and greed have corrupted not just drug pushers and dope fiends, but an entire government. More importantly, it shows what can be done about it. Continue

Over 70 killed in Syria, most in Homs: activists said: Germany expels four Syrian diplomats

Comdr. of Syria's al-Farouq rebels killed: Once a high-ranking officer, Talas defected from the Syrian army late last year and his so-called al-Farouq militant group is blamed for terrorist attacks against civilians and security and military forces in Syria.

Humanitarian crisis deepens in Syrian city of Homs: Government forces are trying to crush pockets of violent resistance in Homs, the epicenter of an 11-month-old uprising

Homs under siege: - Video Report - The situation in the Syrian city of Homs is getting worse, as neighborhoods are surrounded and the shelling continues.

Death and Diplomacy: Homs on the brink : Video report - Local journalist, Diana Nemeh, says reports from Homs are difficult to verify.

U.N.-Arab observer mission proposed for Syria: - As violence in Syria reportedly raged anew on Thursday, the United Nations and the Arab League were considering sending a joint observer mission to the war-ravaged Middle Eastern nation.

In case you missed it: Neoconservatives Planned Regime Change Throughout the Middle East and North Africa 20 Years Ago: Obama is implementing these same plans – just with a “kindler, gentler” face.

Libya Can’t Stop Fighters Joining Syria Rebels: Earlier this week, former Libyan rebel fighters from the city of Misurata announced the combat deaths of three Libyan comrades fighting against the Syrian regime. Many former Libyan fighters speak approvingly of heading to Syria to join an increasingly armed uprising against Mr Assad.

Nato Death Toll in Libya 'Cannot be Counted': Britain has no way of knowing how many civilians died in the Libyan conflict as a result of Nato bombing, a group of MPs has admitted.

Libya Struggles to Curb Militias as Chaos Grows: A government whose authority extends no further than its offices, militias whose swagger comes from guns far too plentiful and residents whose patience fades with every volley of gunfire that cracks at night.

Tuareg rebels seize Mali border town: Ban called on the rebel groups "to immediately cease their attacks and to engage in dialogue with the government of Mali to resolve their grievances." He offered UN support for efforts to find a peaceful solution.

US-led airstrike kills 8 Afghans, including 6 children: The civilians were killed while they were feeding their animals on a mountain in Giawa in Nejrab district, witnesses said.

Tiny fraction of Afghan forces self-sufficient, US says: - Only 1 percent of Afghan police and soldiers are capable of operating independently, a top U.S. commander said on Wednesday, raising further doubts about whether Afghan forces will be able to take on a still-potent insurgency as the West withdraws.

US Kills Another Four People in Pakistan: A US drone strike in Pakistan's Waziristan tribal region killed four suspected militants on Thursday, Reuters reported. This comes as a US drone strike on Wednesday killed at least ten (alledged) "Taliban insurgents" in North Waziristan region.

Legal framework required to stop CIA drone carnage: CIA drones are attacking funeral processions and civilian and Taliban rescue teams in Pakistan. A staggering report exposing the practice has outraged NGOs and legal experts, who are demanding international laws to govern drone warfare.

Five killed as Turkish forces clash with PKK militants: Kurdish militants launched an attack on Turkish security forces near the Iraqi border in southeast Turkey early on Thursday, triggering clashes in which one soldier and four Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters were killed, security sources said.

Saudi crackdown kills one, injures 14: Saudi regime forces have opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the kingdom's Eastern Province, killing one person and wounding at least 14 others.

U.S. arms sale to Bahrain raises eyebrows: Little noticed as President Barack Obama denounced the “unspeakable assault” by Syria’s ruthless regime against pro-democracy protestors and demanded Bashar al-Assad to “step aside and allow a democratic transition to proceed immediately” was the resumption of American arms sales to Bahrain.

Moscow warns against Israel's stance on Iran: - Israel's hard-line approach to speculation that Iran is seeking to develop a nuclear weapon could have "catastrophic consequences", a senior Russian foreign ministry official warned Thursday.

Israel's useful idiot: Gingrich Warns of Iranian Nuclear Attack: Newt Gingrich asserted on Wednesday that an Iranian nuclear attack on the United States was “a real danger” and that it could kill and wound hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Support grows for Palestinian hunger striker: Khader Adnan's "life is in danger" after more than 50 days without food in protest against his detention without charge.

IDF submarine fleet bans dual citizenship: The IDF now demands that new candidates for service in Israel's submarine fleet waive their foreign citizenship in order to join the elite unit.

General strike enters second day in Israel: Israel's banks, ports and stock market have remained closed for a second day as half a million workers continued a general strike while the government and the country's main labour union held talks on the status of contract workers.

Greece's unions to hold two-day strike over cuts: The unions, General confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) and Civil Servants Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY), announced on Thursday that their members will go on a two-day strike from Friday in protest at the controversial decision.

Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress: Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s … a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.

US: Government Uses Anti-Terror Laws to Crush Dissent : On January 31, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security’s Behavioral Science Division pointed to the following as indicators of potential terrorism

Wall Street Firms Spy On Protesters In Tax-Funded Center: Wall Street firms, serially charged with corruption, get to sit alongside the New York Police Department and spy on law abiding citizens.

Police officer 'chased himself' after being mistaken for burglar: An undercover police officer "chased himself round the streets" for 20 minutes after a CCTV operator mistook him for suspect.

The Rise of Super PACs and the 2012 Election: Super PACs represent much of what is wrong with American democracy rolled neatly into one package. They are tools that powerful special interests and a tiny privileged minority can use to work their will by drowning out the voices of ordinary Americans in a sea of (sometimes secret) cash.

Some legislators send millions to groups connected to their relatives: Some members of Congress send tax dollars to companies, colleges and community groups where their spouses, children and parents work as salaried employees, lobbyists or board members, according to an examination of federal disclosure forms and local public records by The Washington Post.

February 08, 2012

Intervention in Syria will Escalate Not Stop the Killing

By Seumas Milne

For the US, Britain and their allies to indulge in moral posturing over Syria or pose as friends of its people is preposterous. Continue

US Will Continue to Arm Anti-government Rebels in Syria

By Pepe Escobar

"This is an insurrection funded by foreign governments" Continue

Obama Can Stop Israel from Attacking Iran

By Sheldon Richman

It's not too late to prevent another war in the Middle East. Continue

Will Iran Be Attacked?

By Paul Craig Roberts

There seems to be an infinite supply of foreign leaders who prefer Washington’s money and favor to loyalty to their own countries’ interests. Continue

Playing with Fire

By Mike Prokosch

Instead of firing teachers, closing libraries and senior centers, and cutting bus routes, let's put the Pentagon on a diet. Continue

Children of Immigrants Targeted by Tax Warfare in Congress

By Michelle Chen

The fundamental injustice of the tax system grows clearer as tax day looms ominously over working people and a few horde more and more of the nation’s wealth. Continue

US Kills 10 People In Pakistan: A United States drone targeted a compound in the restive North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan today, killing 10 suspected militants, officials said.

Fact or fiction: Afghan official: Top US envoy met Taliban leaders in Qatar: "I can confirm that Mr Grossman met with the Taliban representatives in Qatar. When the president (Karzai) was in Rome, he came over to his residence and briefed him about his meetings with the Taliban," the official said.

67% Favor Ending U.S. Combat Role in Afghanistan by Next Year: Voters strongly favor the Obama administration’s plan to wrap up U.S. combat action in Afghanistan by the middle of next year

Official: U.S. misjudged al-Qaida capabilities: With the benefit of more than a decade of hindsight, America may have misjudged the true threat posed by al-Qaeda in the immediate aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks, a top Pentagon official said Tuesday.

Suicide car bomb kills 11 in Somali capital: A suicide bomber killed at least 11 people Wednesday in the war-torn Somali capital Mogadishu when he detonated an explosive-laden vehicle near the presidential palace, officials said.

Syria: Civilians, security forces killed in Homs car blast: Several civilians and security forces were killed and injured in a car blast by a "terrorist group" in Homs, Syria's National TV reported.

The killing has to stop : 'Besieged' Homs endures tank assault : Video -Activists said the army was firing rockets and mortar rounds to subdue opposition districts on Wednesday, as tanks entered the Inshaat neighbourhood and moved closer to Bab Amr.

Turkey urges aid for Homs, Syria conference: He said that if the U.N. Security Council failed to protect civilians, then like-minded countries should find ways to end the killing and deliver aid to civilians trapped by military assault, especially those in Homs.

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