Gulf States to Pay Salaries for Syrian Free Army: Representatives of 60 countries pledged financial assistance to the main Syrian opposition group on Sunday, in an effort to encourage further defections from President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Was this money destined for Syrian Rebels? Libyan caught with $2.5 million at Istanbul Atatürk Airport: A Libyan national who missed a connection at Istanbul Atatürk Airport while traveling from Jordan to Libya was apprehended after $2.5 million was discovered in his suitcase.

War criminal: Hillary Clinton Says Syrian President Assad 'Must Go': "We think Assad must go," Clinton told ABC today after attending the one-day Friends of the Syrian People conference in Istanbul. "The sooner the better for everyone concerned."

Yeah Right! Nato opposes arming Syria rebels: Nato's chief on Monday said the alliance was opposed to providing arms to the Syrian opposition seeking to counter a regime crackdown, warning that it would fuel a proliferation of weapons in the region.

'High noon' in Syria: three things to watch as talk of ‘proxy war’ grows: The key decisions relate to the creation of a $100-million fund to pay rebel fighters and woo soldiers to defect from the Assad regime. Also, the United States has announced that it will provide communications equipment aimed at helping Syrian rebels in their struggle against the much better equipped Syrian Army.

Iraq slams Qatar, Saudi Arabia on arms for Syria rebels: Iraq's Shiite prime minister on Sunday slammed Sunni-ruled Qatar and Saudi Arabia's stance on arming Syrian rebels, as Doha hosted Baghdad's fugitive vice president who is accused of running a death squad.

“Curveball” Reiterates Confession About Iraq War Lies : "We went to war in Iraq on a lie. And that lie was your lie," the interviewer said to Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi — codenamed “Curveball.” Al-Janabi replied simply: "Yes."

Iraq urges Qatar to hand over fugitive VP Hashemi: Iraq says Qatar's welcoming of fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi is 'unacceptable' and urges Doha to hand him over.

Bahrain Hunger Striker's Life in Peril as US-Backed Forces Continue Anti-Democracy Crackdown: Video - The U.S.-backed monarchy in Bahrain continues the crackdown on protesters, with reports of many injuries and at least one death over the weekend. We speak to Zainab Alkhawaja, the daughter of jailed human rights leader Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, who is now on the 54th day of his hunger strike.

Marwan Barghouti placed in solitary confinement in Israel jail after call for popular uprising: Imprisoned Fatah commander called on Palestinians to sever economic and security coordination with Israel, urged economic and diplomatic boycott.

Former White House reporter Helen Thomas honored by Abbas: After a long silence following her infamous ‘Jews should go back to Germany’ comment, Helen Thomas receives a medal from PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington.

Colombia: 8 Israelis suspected of drug trafficking: Local media reports claim Israeli 'former military men' also suspected of money laundering, exploitation of minors. Suspects deny allegations: 'We're legit businessmen'

Peace activists in failed bid to swarm NATO HQ: Hundreds of peace activists on Sunday tried in vain to break into the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels, with 483 of them arrested by police.

Confirmed: CIA secret prison in Poland: Another CIA-run interrogation 'black site' has been exposed after the confessions of top-ranking Polish officials blew the lid on the dirtiest secret in Eastern Europe.

UK: Email and web use 'to be monitored' under new laws: The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon.

Harper government monitoring online chats about politics: The Harper government has been monitoring political messages online, and even correcting what it considers misinformation. One local expert says the government is taking things too far.

Police are using phone tracking as a routine tool: The practice has become big business for cellphone companies, too, with a handful of carriers marketing a catalog of “surveillance fees” to police departments to determine a suspect’s location, trace phone calls and texts or provide other services. Some departments log dozens of traces a month for both emergencies and routine investigations.

April 01, 2012

Man Whose WMD Lies Led to Iraq War Confesses All

By Jonathan Owen

Defector tells how US officials 'sexed up' his fictions to make the case for 2003 invasion.
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Thomas Friedman’s “Festival of Lies”

By Lawrence Davidson

There are lies aplenty when it comes to U.S. actions in the Middle East. However, they are not lies we tell to others but rather to ourselves. And from that, nothing good can come.
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Obama Plans Regime Change in Syria

By Stephen Lendman

Insurgents intend to keep fighting. Assad's obligated to confront them. Failure is dereliction of duty. No responsible leader would refuse. Nonetheless, he's condemned for doing his job. 
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War Porn: The New Safe Sex

By Pepe Escobar

Iran is the new Iraq; and whatever the highway, to evoke the neo-con motto, real men go to Tehran via Damascus, or real men go to Tehran non-stop.
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Mexican Drug War Reality TV

By Jorge Gato

The global drug trade is a key underlying factor in understanding world events. It has become the blood vessel of the global economy without which the system would collapse.
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The Decline of the U.S. Dollar

By: Julian DW Phillips

The question that the BRIC nations are now asking is, "Must we be subject to the financial will of the U.S.?"
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At least 147 killed in 6 days of clashes in southern Libya: The clashes in the oasis region some 400 miles (650 kilometers) south of Tripoli show the fragile authority of the Libyan government, particularly in the isolated settlements that dot the southern desert.

16 dead in tribal clashes in Libya’s Sabha: At least 16 people were killed yesterday in new clashes between the Toubou people and Arab tribesmen in the southern Libyan desert oasis of Sabha, local and medical sources told AFP.

Mali rebels raise their flag in Timbuktu: lawmaker: Malian rebels have planted their flag in the northern town of Timbuktu after government forces fled the ancient trading post, a local lawmaker and a resident told Reuters.

More questions than answers in Mali: Sanogo has conceded to the demands of ECOWAS. But no one is certain who will stand in the elections, let alone who will win. And the other major question is what can the army do about the advances of the Tuareg rebels in the north?

Uganda Oil: US Africa Command, a tool to Recolonize the African Continent: The United States of America has no right to prescribe Africom on Africa even at the expense of dividing Africa and weakening the African Union. America wants its own interests to prevail over those of Africa.

41 killed in battle between army and militants in Yemen: More than 40 people were killed yesterday after militants suspected of links to Al Qaeda staged a surprise attack on a Yemeni army camp.

7 Yemeni police killed in "Al-Qaeda" attack:" "Al-Qaeda" militants killed seven policemen Sunday, April 1 in an attack on a checkpoint in Yemen's southeast, a security official said, a day after clashes between the army and militants left 40 dead, AFP reported.

11 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan: At least 11 Taliban militants were killed, 13 were arrested and 35 surrendered in a countrywide operation in Afghanistan, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

Police: Roadside bombs kill 5 in Afghanistan: A remote-controlled bomb in southern Afghanistan killed a police official Sunday who had survived multiple previous attempts on his life, police said.

Assad’s forces capture Free Syrian Army commander in Damascus area: Colonel al-Moatasim Billah Abu al-Walid is the deputy of Colonel General Khaled Habous who heads the FSA’s operations in the capital and the surrounding area.

Syria rebels: We'll cease fire if tanks, big guns go: Syrian rebels are ready to stop fighting the moment the army withdraws its tanks, artillery and heavy weapons from opposition areas, a spokesman for Free Syrian Army commanders inside Syria said on Saturday.

Gulf nations agree to bankroll Syrian rebels: Saudi Arabia and other US-backed Gulf monarchies agreed at an Istanbul summit on Sunday to create a multimillion-dollar fund to bankroll the waning Syrian insurgency. The fund will be used to pay salaries of the rebel Free Syrian Army and soldiers who defect, according to participants in the Friends of the Syrian People conference.

Syria rebels 'have a right to weapons from abroad': Rebels fighting the forces of Bashar Al Assad have the right to weapons supplies from other countries if the world fails to stop the bloodshed, Turkey's foreign minister told The National on the eve of a second international conference on Syria.

Iraq warns against arming Syrian opposition: Iraq on Sunday warned Arab countries against supplying weapons and financial support to opposition fighters fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying such moves risked escalating the conflict.

Israels Useful Idiot: John Bolton accuses administration of leaking story on Israeli planning along Iran border: Former U.S. diplomat John Bolton alleged Thursday that the Obama administration leaked a story about covert Israeli activity in order to foil potential plans by the country to attack Iran's nuclear program.

Did the US just break the secret Israeli-Azerbaijani alliance against Iran?: The intention of the Obama administration was to make the plans public to disrupt any secret agreements between the two governments that would leave the US in the dark. These plans would also grant Israel much needed airfields for a strike on Iran

Israel not given airbase access for Iran strike: Azerbaijan: "We have stated on numerous occasions and we reiterate that there will be no actions against Iran... from the territory of Azerbaijan," Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Hasanov told journalists in Baku.

China rejects US sanctions on Iran oil: China rejected President Barack Obama’s decision to move forward with plans for sanctions on countries buying oil from Iran, saying on Saturday that Washington had no right to unilaterally punish other nations.

Fugitive Iraqi VP Tariq al-Hashemi leaves for Qatar: Report: Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi has traveled to Qatar, despite an arrest warrant issued for him by Baghdad.

Kurdish oil exports stopped in payment dispute with Baghdad: The regional government in Iraqi Kurdistan has ordered oil producers in the region, including Norway's DNO, to halt exports in a payment conflict with the central government in Baghdad, the regional oil ministry and DNO said on Sunday.

I wonder why? 3 CentAm leaders reject legalization of drugs: Mauricio Funes of El Salvador, Porfirio Lobo of Honduras and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua issued a joint statement after meeting Friday saying they don't support Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina's proposal to legalize drugs.

UK plans new snooping laws: Britain is set to announce a new sweeping legislation that will allow real-time monitoring of all calls, e-mails, texts and Web site visits to tackle crime and terrorism, a move critics say likened the country to China and Iran.

Florida protesters demand arrest in black teen's murder: Thousands of protesters marched on Saturday in the Florida city where unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin was shot dead a month ago to demand that police arrest the neighborhood watch volunteer who says he was acting in self-defense when he pulled the trigger.
 

Ireland Faces Popular Revolt Over New Property Tax: The government said less than half of the country's 1.6 million households paid the charge by Saturday's deadline to avoid penalties. And about 5,000 marched in protest against the annual conference of Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael party.

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March 30, 2012

Anatomy of a Massacre
Eye Witness Report Of Recent Afghan Massacre


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Yalda Hakim travels to the villages where the massacre took place and interviews survivors of the attack.
Many Afghans, including some of the survivors that night, believe more than one U.S. soldier was present in the two villages where the killings took place. Continue

The Burial Brigade of Homs
An Executioner for Syria's Rebels Tells His Story

By Ulrike Putz in Beirut

One member of a rebel "burial brigade" who has executed four men by slitting their throats defended his work. Continue

How the West De-democratised the Middle East

By Irfan Ahmad

Rather than promote democracy in the Middle East, the West has a long history of doing the exact opposite. Continue

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The New Mandela

By Uri Avnery

Marwan Barghouti has given up all hope of achieving Palestinian freedom through cooperation with Israel, or even Israeli opposition forces. Continue

George Galloway Wins Shock Election in Bradford, U.K.

By Agence France-Presse

Britain's mainstream parties were reeling Friday after firebrand George Galloway, a fierce critic of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, won a sensational return to parliament.
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US Anti-terrorism Law Curbs Free Speech and Activist Work, Court Told

By Paul Harris in New York

A group political activists and journalists has launched a legal challenge to stop an American law they say allows the US military to arrest civilians anywhere in the world and detain them without trial as accused supporters of terrorism. Continue

Will The Koch Brothers Buy The White House?

By Bob Abeshouse

The Kochs are planning to raise and spend more than $200m to defeat Obama in 2012. But the brothers could easily kick in more without anyone knowing due to loopholes in US law. Continue

US House of Representatives Approves Plan to Destroy
Medicare, Medicaid and Food Stamps


By Patrick Martin

The US House of Representatives has adopted a budget resolution that calls for privatization of Medicare and the elimination of Medicaid, food stamps and many other federal entitlement benefits. The resolution is part of a bipartisan campaign to slash spending on social programs. Continue

Supreme Court Judges Have Access to Guaranteed Care, Shouldn’t You?

By Rose Ann DeMoro

They won’t have to worry about being bankrupted by medical bills, about being denied needed treatment their doctor recommended because some insurance bean counter deemed it ‘experimental’ or ‘not medically necessary.’ Continue

Can America’s Descent Possibly Be Reversed?

By Scott Lazarowitz

To say that America is becoming like Nazi Germany is not an exaggeration. But too many people glance over such assertions in disbelief, perceiving such things as absurdities. They are in denial, and just do not want to believe what’s going on. Continue

Pakistan Says 21 Militants Killed In Orakzai Tribal Area: Fighting broke out when a group of more than 50 militants attacked a military outpost in the Khadizai area.

U.S. kills 5 suspected "Qaeda militants" in S.Yemen - officials: One bystander was also killed and five were wounded, officials and residents told Reuters.

Afghan policeman kills nine colleagues: An Afghan policeman in the eastern province of Paktika drugged, then shot and killed, nine of his colleagues as they slept early Friday morning

NATO Says Two Occupation Force Troops Killed In Southern Afghanistan: NATO said two of its soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan -- one in a roadside bomb explosion, the other in a suspected militant attack.

US says former Afghan governor ordered killing of American soldiers: President Hamid Karzai's administration has rejected requests to prosecute Ghulam Qawis Abu Bakr for the killings and for alleged corruption, saying evidence is lacking. Abu Bakr, who remains a power broker in his province of Kapisa just north of Kabul, has denied the US allegations.

U.S. kills 4 people in Pakistan: A US drone launched a missile attack on a militant compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border early Friday, killing four insurgents, security officials said.

U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan villagers 'had many accomplices', survivors of massacre claim: Several survivors claim to have seen more than one American soldier, and as many as 20, during the atrocity earlier this month.

Annan: Damascus must take first step to end Syria violence: Ceasefire negotiations with the opposition could only start after government forces laid down their arms, he said. At the same time, Fawzi acknowledged that there were two sides to the conflict.

Syria's Assad says will cooperate with UN peace plan if rebels halt violence: Syrian President Bashar Assad says will spare no effort to make the mission of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan a success but he demands that armed opponents commit to halting violence, it was reported on Thursday.

Saudis/US Seek to Funnel Arms to Syria Rebels: Gulf Kingdom Is Pressing Jordan for a Route to Border, Officials Say; Iraq Warns of 'Regional and Global Proxy Wars'

Iran will defend Syria's regime: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: "Iran will defend Syria because of its support for the anti-Zionist regime resistance," Khamenei said as he received Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad, state television reported.

Turkey to reduce reliance on Iran oil by 20 pct through Libya imports: Turkey plans to purchase oil from Libya in an attempt to reduce its dependence on Iranian oil by 20 percent, a move that is expected to help the country bypass sanctions the US plans to impose on countries buying oil from Iran.

Attacking Iran: Did US just torpedo Israeli deal for a base in Azerbaijan?: Israel is developing a 'secret staging ground' in Azerbaijan for a possible attack on Iran, reports Foreign Policy magazine. US officials aren't happy with that, and may have leaked the story.

One Killed in 'Land Day' clashes: Tear gas & tension as Palestinians protest : Video - At least one person is reported killed as Israeli police use tear gas and water cannons against Palestinian protesters, marking Land Day. They are remembering the death of six Arabs killed by police in demonstrations against a land grab by Israel in 1976. RT's Paula Slier reports from the scene.

Israel seals off West Bank for Land Day protests: Supporters in neighbouring Arab countries are also planning marches near Israel's borders in solidarity events.

Live blog - Land Day and Global March to Jerusalem: Live blog wil cover all the news from Friday's Earth day and Global March to Jerusalem demonstrations: come here for regular updates about developments.

Israeli plan earmarks 10 percent of West Bank for illegal settlement expansion: Newly released maps indicate Civil Administration secretly setting aside additional land for illegal "Jewish settlements", presumably with the intention of expanding them.

Israel to "deport" Palestinian woman on hunger strike to Gaza: A Palestinian woman on hunger strike in protest at her detention without charges by Israel will be deported to the Gaza Strip under a deal ending her fast, her representatives said on Thursday.

PA: Israel deportation policy 'a war crime': Israel's policy of deporting Palestinians is a war crime, a top Palestinian Authority official said Thursday after a deal to send a detainee to Gaza.

Libya's humanitarian catastophe the West doesn't care about because it caused it: Video - Journalist Neil Clark says now regime change has been achieved in Libya the Western powers don't care about the humanitarian catastrophe their intervention has caused and the Western media isn't interested in reporting it.

Mali coup leader seeks help as rebels take town: Mali's junta leader appealed on Friday for outside help to secure the West African country after separatist Tuareg rebels took the strategic northern town of Kidal.

France arrests "suspected Islamists", Sarkozy eyes more raids: "There will be further operations, allowing us to expel a number of people who have no business in the country," he said in an interview on Europe 1 radio.

French Anti-Terror Raids: A Sarkozy Election Gambit?: Sarkozy indicated the operation was also part of an offensive against “a form of radical Islam and in full accord with the law.” The aim, he said, was to counter a public security threat that—as Merah’s murderous acts proved—must not be taken lightly or ignored. “What took place this morning will continue,” Sarkozy vowed.

Four Muslim preachers banned from entering France: Former mufti of Jerusalem Akrama Sabri and Egyptian preacher Safwat Hegazi among 4 Muslim clerics banned from entering France to attend conference on grounds they are a threat to public order

Rallies Worldwide to Mark the 9th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Aafia Siddiqui: On Saturday, outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London, I will be speaking at an event marking the ninth anniversary of the disappearance in Pakistan of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who vanished for five years and five months

Iraqi Immigrant’s Killing in California Horrifying: An Iraqi immigrant woman’s recent murder in California is a warning of the dangers of Islamophobia.

Pope criticises US embargo on Cuba: Head of Catholic Church says 50-year-old trade ban unfairly burdens Cubans as he wraps up his visit to communist island.

The Department Of Homeland Security Is Buying 450 Million New Bullets: The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer "optimum penetration for terminal performance."

US exports to China hit record high of $103.9 billion: With this level of exports, China has emerged as the third most common destination for US overseas shipments, just behind Canada and Mexico, US-China Business Council said.

U.S. Companies Mum On China High Tech Export Opportunity: Here’s a billion-dollar opportunity American companies are shy about discussing publicly: supplying China with high-technology that could be used by its military.

Demand for U.S. Debt Is Not Limitless: In 2011, the Fed purchased a stunning 61% of Treasury issuance. That can't last.

March 29, 2012

McCain Resolution Calls For Arming the Syrian Opposition

By Josh Rogin

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and five like-minded lawmakers unveiled a new resolution on Syria Wednesday that calls for establishing safe zones inside Syria for civilians and support for arming the opposition against the government of Bashar al Assad.
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Iran Could Recover From Attack Within Six Months, Says U.S. Report

By Haaretz

U.S. congressional report says Israel and U.S. do not know exact location of Iran nuclear facilities, which may be dispersed in such a way that an Israeli attack would not be successful.
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Bibi: First We’ll Take Tehran, Then We’ll Take Istanbul

By Richard Silverstein

Yesterday, brought ominous news regarding yet another aggressive Israeli projection of its military power in the Mideast.
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Yeah, Bales Was Such A Rogue...

By The Agonist

Better to mount a cover-up with a single rogue patsy to blame.
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Symmetry of Slaughter

By Gwynne Dyer

The Bales atrocity, is already being written off by the American media and public as a meaningless aberration that tells us nothing about US foreign policy or national character. Not so.
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Mohamed Merah: Secret Service Informant?

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Was Mohamed Merah a French secret service informant? So says a former head of an intelligence agency here in France. Also, an Italian paper says Merah travelled to Israel in 2010 - with the support of French spy agencies.
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FBI Taught Agents They Could ‘Bend or Suspend the Law’

By Spencer Ackerman

One FBI PowerPoint - stated: “Under certain circumstances, the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law to impinge on the freedom of others.”
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Good Night, America, and Good-Bye

By Philip Giraldi

Who but the gaggle of foreign policy experts surrounding the three leading Republican presidential candidates, all of whom are salivating for war, can deny that America is in steep decline?
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On The Nature Of Self-Defeating Convictions
A missive to an estranged southern friend

By Phil Rockstroh

We live in a culture that worships the god of violent death.
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30 killed in attack on NATO convoy in Afghanistan: An attack on NATO forces in Afghanistan has left more than 30 people dead, including 14 militants, five Afghan security guards and a soldier. However the Taliban's disputed the figures, saying ten of their members were injured and 40 Afghan forces were killed, Press TV reported.

‘Guardian angels’ to protect US troops in Afghanistan U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan have assigned “guardian angels” — troops that watch over their comrades even as they sleep — and have ordered a series of other increased security measures to protect troops against possible attacks by rogue Afghans.

Afghan army, police pose growing risk to U.S., NATO troops: Nearly one out of every five NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year were killed by Afghan police or army forces. Nine of the 16 victims were U.S. soldiers

U.S. to pay more for Afghan security guards, auditor says: The cost of providing security for U.S. development work in Afghanistan will increase sharply as program managers are forced to rely on an Afghan government-run security enterprise, according to the preliminary findings of a U.S. government audit.

No U.S. access to sites of Afghan massacre, officials say: "There is no crime scene. The military has not even been back to the villages where this allegation stems from. They haven't been back there. So there's no crime scene, there's no DNA, there's no fingerprints, there's no confession," he said.

Billions in cash smuggled out of Afghanistan: It is estimated $8 billion in cash was lugged out of the country last year by car, private jets and border crossings. That is almost double the entire country’s budget for 2011.

Former US official gets prison over Afghanistan bribe: A federal judge in Atlanta sentenced a former U.S. Defense Department official on Wednesday to a year and eight months in prison for taking nearly $100,000 in bribes from a company seeking a contract in Afghanistan.

Pakistan: U.N. staffer among 6 killed by gunmen: Gunmen killed six people Thursday in a pair of attacks in southwestern Pakistan, one of which targeted local employees of a U.N. agency, officials said.

MKO is US’ only hope to stop Iran nuclear program: Rudolph Giuliani: The former mayor of New York says the terrorist group of Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) is the United States’ only hope to stop Iran's nuclear energy program through a military attack.

70 killed in Libya tribal clashes: government spokesman: Three days of clashes between tribes in the southern Libyan town of Sabha have killed more than 70 people, Libyan government spokesman Nasser al-Manaa said on Wednesday, AFP reported.

Assad demands Syria rebels halt attacks: Syria’s president promised to do all he can to ensure U.N. envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan for his country succeeds but demanded that Annan secure a commitment from his opponents to halt violence even as rebels carried out a string of bold attacks, killing two army colonels and kidnapping a high-ranking pilot.

Arming Syria rebels will lead to 'proxy war', Iraq warns: Arming Syria's opposition fighters would only lead to a "proxy war" and "infringe on the sovereignty of a brother Arab country" Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned Arab leaders at a summit in Baghdad on Thursday.

Hague pledges £500,000 to Syria "opposition": Britain will provide a further £500,000 to support Syria's political opposition in the face of president Bashar Assad's regime, the Foreign Secretary said.

Islamists find foothold in Syria revolt: Hardline Sunni Muslims in Lebanon are manoeuvring for influence over Syrians across the border who have spent the last year fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Israel's plan to attack Iran put on hold until next year at the earliest: Damning U.S. war simulation forces Ehud Barak to reconsider attack plans; Americans pledge more money for Iron Dome antimissile system.

US gears up for land operation in Persian Gulf?: The US is sending an amphibious assault group and a couple of thousand US Marines to the Persian Gulf. With another US carrier making its way to Iran’s doorstep, US military still insist that this is a “regularly scheduled deployment”.

Qatar refuses US strike on Iran from its territory: Qatar said Wednesday it opposes any military strike on Iran, and will not allow the United States to launch an attack from its soil, Al Jazeera reported.

'Azerbaijan granted Israel access to air bases on Iran border': Foreign Policy quotes U.S. diplomats as saying that 'Israel is deeply embedded in Azerbaijan' and says intelligence officials worried that Israel's military involvement in Azerbaijan would complicate efforts to reduce Israeli-Iranian tensions.

Baku: No Strike on Iran From Azeri Soil: Azeri president Ilham Aliyev says the lease of four airbases to Israel does not mean he will allow a strike on Iran from his country.

Turkish premier voices support for Iran nuclear position: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has voiced his country's unwavering support for Iran's nuclear energy program in a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

BRICS states warn about terrible consequences of conflict in Iran: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa warn about catastrophic aftermath if the situation around Iran escalates into a conflict.

US drone raids in Yemen 'kill hundreds': Report says drone attacks have become as frequent as in Pakistan, with scores of civilians killed.

US could fly spy drones from Australian territory: Australia said Wednesday it may allow the United States to use its territory to operate long-range spy drones, as part of an increased US presence in the Asia-Pacific that has rankled China.

US missile shield fosters Asian arms race: North Korea and Iran are named by Washington as the targets of the missile defense system, though it is clear the real targets are China and Russia. China should firmly oppose it.

Hubris is major threat to U.S., experts say: “Hubris is thinking everybody likes us,” he said, when in reality, the U.S. image overseas “is deeply troubling.”

Gallup: 85% of Egyptians opposed to US aid: Gallup research has revealed strong opposition by Egyptians regarding U.S. money sent to political groups in the country. Egyptians', however, are becoming increasingly opposed to aid not only from the U.S., but also from international organizations and Arab governments.

Was Toulouse killer a police informant?: Media reports point to close relationship with French security service despite official denial

DEA: Wannabe Cartel Hit Squad Included Former U.S. Soldiers: A DEA sting operation targeting a cell of would-be cartel assassins ended in a violent warehouse showdown over the weekend. Among their ranks: one active-duty Army soldier, and one former G.I.

Bolivia seizes weapons from US Embassy vehicle: Bolivia’s interior minister says his government has seized three shotguns, a revolver and more than 2,300 rounds of ammunition from a vehicle owned by the U.S. Embassy.

Trayvon Martin aftermath video casts doubt on George Zimmerman's account: Police video recorded after shooting shows George Zimmerman without wounds he claimed Trayvon Martin inflicted

Funeral director: No injuries on Trayvon’s hands: The funeral director who prepared Trayvon Martin’s body for burial told HLN’s Nancy Grace Wednesday that he did not see any cuts or bruises on the teen’s hands that would have been indicative of a struggle with George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed the Florida teen.

Zimmerman: Dad worked as magistrate: Some have speculated Zimmerman’s father may have used that position to get a 2005 charge against his son thrown out (although, while the charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer was dropped, there is no proof Zimmerman’s father played any role in making that happen).

BRICS agree to local currency credits to ease dollar dependency: The BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - have agreed to provide credit to each other in local currencies. Officials say the deal will facilitate economic growth in times of crisis.

Brazil to rally BRICS against rich countries: Brazil will push for its large emerging-market peers including China to denounce what it sees as unfair monetary policies by Europe and the United States, raising the stakes in a global confrontation over economic imbalance

Violent protests erupt in Spain over government austerity measures: Scuffles broke out with police after demonstrators answered calls from Spain's two main labour unions to walk-out and protest against a labour reform that would make it cheaper for companies to lay off staff.

March 28, 2012

War on Iran?
It is too soon to reminisce about Iraq, let alone have a repeat


By Marina Hyde

The Class of 2002 are beating the drums on Iran, failing to learn from a war that's not yet history. Well, it shows chutzpah. Continue

For Nuclear Security Beyond Seoul, Eradicate Land-based 'Doomsday' Missiles

By David Krieger and Daniel Ellsberg

America's 450 launch-ready land-based nuclear-armed ballistic missiles are the opposite of a deterrent to attack. In fact, their very deployment has the potential to launch World War III and precipitate human extinction – as a result of a false alarm. We’re not exaggerating. Continue

Syria: Way to Peace

By Boris DOLGOV

The information war against Syria continues.
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Double Speak from Benjamin Netanyahu

By Philip Giraldi

The fact that Netanyahu and Lieberman can be taken seriously and reported in the New York Times when they rant about how humane the Israeli Army is demonstrates that there is an operating assumption in the media that the American public can believe just about anything when it comes to Israel. Continue

The Myth of Freedom in the Land of the Free

By John Stoehr

The US touts itself as the land of free, but it has laws which are designed to crush criticisms of the state. Continue

Government Guidelines Gives Authorities Vast Access to Private Info of Innocent Americans

By Trevor Timm

The Bush and Obama administrations have continued to use terrorism as a justification for expansive laws, and Americans’ constitutional rights have become collateral damage. Continue

U.S. Ranks 5th On Global Execution Scale, Amnesty International Reports

By PETER JAMES SPIELMANN

"If you look at the company we're in globally, it's not the company we want to be in: China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq," Suzanne Nossel, executive director of Amnesty International USA, told The Associated Press. Continue

It's Up to Us
An End To Authoritarianism and Plutocracy in the United States:


By Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson

Can we, the American people, make this, once again, a great and proud nation -- a nation that lives up to its original promise? We can achieve that -- if only we will. Continue

Clashes in Southern Libya Kill Nearly 50: Three days of clashes between rival militias in southern Libya spread to the center of the country's fourth-largest city on Tuesday despite the deployment of army troops trying to quell the violence, which has so far killed nearly 50 people.

Mali coup is 'spill-over' from EU-led war in Libya: As EU countries face calls to arm rebels in Syria, security experts have noted that the putsch in Mali is partly a consequence of the EU-and-US-led war in Libya.

13 killed as deadly landmine blast hits Indian police: Indian "Maoists" have killed 13 policemen in a landmine blast in the western state of Maharashtra, media reports citing officials say.

At least 13 killed in Syria violence: The "Britain-based group" said nine of those killed were civilians, among them one man who died in intense clashes near the central town of Qusayr, near the border with Lebanon.

3 Syrian soldiers die in clashes with rebels: Three Syrian soldiers died in clashes with rebels in the central province of Homs on Wednesday, an activist group said, just a day after President Bashar Assad said he has accepted a U.N. plan to resolve the country's crisis.

Armed groups kill Syrian general: Armed terrorists in Syria have killed Brigadier General Khleif al-Abdullah in the country’s northern province of Aleppo, Syria’s state news agency reports.

Syrian army takes control of border region: The Syrian troops took control of the area in a few hours and put a heavy defeat on the Turkish security forces, according to the source.

Syrian forces targeting children, says UN's human rights chief: "Children shot in the knees, held together with adults in really inhumane conditions, denied medical treatment for their injuries, either held as hostages or as sources of information," she said.

Syrian Rebels Caught Embellishing on Tape: A new documentary provides an intimate look at Syria’s video activists—and reveals how they staged a report to appear more dramatic. Mike Giglio gets an exclusive preview.

Russia not to attend 2nd Friends of Syria conference: On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters in Moscow that the conference does not seek a settlement in Syria and is setting the stage for intervention.

Iran backs Annan's Syria peace plan: Iran backs a U.N.-sponsored peace plan for Syria that calls for the withdrawal of troops that are crushing an uprising but does not demand the removal of Tehran ally President Bashar al-Assad, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Germany official: Meeting with Israel's Barak left me 'more concerned' of war with Iran: Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere says feels some Israeli cabinet members do not give enough thought to the negative consequences that could develop in wake of a strike of Iran's nuclear facilities.

Bill to ramp up Iran sanctions fails in US Senate: A U.S. Republican lawmaker on Tuesday blocked Democrats from passing legislation designed to further punish Iran for developing its nuclear program, and each side blamed the other for its failure in a presidential election year that will put extra scrutiny on President Barack Obama to be tough on Tehran.

Rand Paul blocks Iran sanctions bill: "Before sending our young men and women into combat, we should have a mature and thoughtful debate over the ramifications of war, over the advisability of war and over the objectives of war."

BRICS agree not bound by "unilateral" sanctions on Iran -: The BRICS group of countries have broadly agreed they are not bound by "unilateral" sanctions on Iran, measures that threaten higher global oil prices and could result in supply shortages, South Africa's trade minister said on Wednesday.

More $ for Israel: U.S. officials initiate Iron Dome Support Act meant : The Pentagon will approach Congress to enlarge the amount aid the United States awards Israel toward the production of the Iron Dome anti-missile systems, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

One state – one vote: Rethinking an Israeli Spring : When Begin addressed the cabinet in 1967, he outlined the concept of a "bi-ethnic" state, allowing both Jews and Arabs to develop as culturally distinctive peoples, and ruled by the majority, rather than a bi-national state with power shared equally, regardless of the numerical majority or minority.

U.S. seeks more money for Afghan force: At least $1.3 billion would come from existing foreign donors, triple the amount they currently spend. The Afghan government would contribute $500 million, and the United States would pay the rest.

Iraqi government orders closure of Saddam’s tomb, transfer of remains: The Iraqi government sent an official order to late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein’s clan, ordering the closure of his tomb and the transfer of his remains.

Very high radiation, little water in Japan reactor: One of Japan's crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool it, according to an internal examination that renews doubts about the plant's stability.

Reactor 2 radiation too high for access: Radiation inside the reactor 2 containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has reached a lethal 73 sieverts per hour and any attempt to send robots in will require them to have greater resistance than currently available, experts said Wednesday.

News Corporation firm NDS accused of ITV Digital hack: A News Corporation subsidiary company used a computer hacker to sabotage Sky TV's biggest rival, BBC Panorama has reported.

March 27, 2012

The Massacre of the Afghan 17 and the Obama Cover-Up

By James Petras

The ever-complicit Obama regime constructed an elaborate cover-up, exposing the Administration up to charges of conspiracy to suppress the essential facts, falsify data and obstruct justice: All are grounds for criminal prosecution and impeachment. Continue

Obama Takes Bush’s Secrecy Games One Step Further

By Glenn Greenwald

The Obama presidency is cementing the worst abuses of the Bush presidency: the very same ones he so inspirationally vowed to reverse. Continue

What Ever Happened to "Extremism in Defense of Liberty is No Vice"?

By A. Barton Hinkle

It’s more than a little ironic that conservatives think the first order of business when fighting terror is to sacrifice freedom. Continue

Empires Then and Now

By Paul Craig Roberts

Bush and Obama have doubled the national debt, and the American people have no benefits from it. No riches, no bread and circuses flow to Americans from Washington’s wars. So what is it all about? Continue

U.S. Leaders Had Better Heed Israel's Warnings on Iran

By Ari Shavit

On the one hand, we cannot exclude the possibility that the senior Israeli officials briefing us are bluffing. On the other hand, what we journalists hear in closed rooms is staggering. Continue

Who Is Normal?

By Lawrence Davidson

Maybe it is a variant on “the battered child syndrome” that has led the Israelis to batter the Palestinians and then, when they resist, call them anti-Semites. Continue

Imperial Ignorance

By Aijaz Zaka Syed

So this is how the cookie crumbles. From burning books to butchering babies, it seems everything is fair game as the victors near their tether. Four years after Barack Hussein Obama offered a “new way forward”; the gulf between America and the world’s Muslims is at its widest. Continue

"I Don't Work For You No More"
"I Am No Longer the Monster I Once Was"

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"The reason I am doing this," said former Marine Jon Turner, Until people hear what is going on with this war, it will continue to happen, and people will continue to die.
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On the Death of Shaima Alawadi
Murdered by a Decade of Militarist Demagoguery

By Justin Raimondo

It sickens me to write this, to report on the latest manifestation of the hate that has enveloped my country and spread out across the world like a giant oil spill. Continue

The Receding Tide
Becoming Uzbekistan


By Fred Reed

Several things characterize countries of the Third Word, whatever precisely "Third World" means. The first is corruption. America is rotten with it, but American corruption is distinct from corruption in, say, Guatemala or Thailand, being less visible and better organized. Continue

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Quantitative Easing Explained

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Doctor says 20 people killed in Libyan power struggle: The deadly clash underlined the fragile nature of Libya after the fall of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. The central government has failed to impose its authority, and Libya is ruled instead by squabbling tribes and militias.

NATO’s Secrecy : How many civilians did NATO slaughter in Libya? : The results, by the available evidence, were a horror. By the time NATO’s planes departed, at least 34 people had been killed, many of them women and small children, according to investigations by journalists, human-rights organizations and the United Nations.

Ten killed in Afghan bombing: Official : Eight Afghan security personnel and a foreign soldier were among 10 people killed in a Taliban-style roadside bombing in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said yesterday.

Former Afghan MP among 4 killed in roadside bomb : A former Afghan member of parliament was among four people who were killed Saturday in a roadside bomb attack in the country's central region, local media reported on Sunday.

Two British occupation force soldiers killed by Afghan army soldier: Two British soldiers have been killed by a member of the Afghan national army inside a Nato base in southern Afghanistan, the UK defence secretary has confirmed.

How much more blood on David Cameron's hands in Afghanistan?: The news that two soldiers have been killed at the hands of an Afghan soldier only underlines the desperate failure of the war and the senseless loss of life.

Four killed in northern Iraq amid summit preparations: Four people were killed Monday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul when a roadside bomb went off and gunmen opened fire on a police patrol, local security chief Mohamed al-Jabouri said, dpa reported.

Heavy shelling on Homs, as Syrian rebels intensify attacks: Ten people and three army soldiers were killed Monday when Syrian forces shelled the province of Homs and opposition rebels intensified their hit-and-run attacks against troops in restive provinces across Syria, activists said.

Homs shelling kills five: Troops shelled Khaldiyeh district in the flashpoint city of Homs on Monday, with at least five people dying in the onslaught and two more killed elsewhere in Syria, activists and monitors said

U.N. gets reports of child soldiers with Syria rebels: Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad have been accused of using children as fighters in violation of international conventions banning the recruitment of child soldiers, a senior U.N. official said on Monday.

Annan studies Syria response: Rebel neighbourhood in homs shelled for seventh day as Russia warns of civil war

Turkey Closes Embassy In Syria As Border Clashes Escalate: Turkey closed its embassy in Damascus on Monday, citing the deteriorating security situation, as the once close ally moved closer to suspending diplomatic ties with Syria, according to various news reports.

BRICS warns US against action on Iran: While the central banks of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are set to sign agreements for promoting trade amongst the five nations in local currencies, the BRICS leaders may this week also close ranks to warn US and Israel against any military action on Iran and try to iron out differences within the five-nation bloc on international response to the crisis in Syria.

Palestinian prisoners fight Israeli atrocities with ‘empty stomachs’: OCCUPIED RAMALLAH Inspired by Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, who pressured Israel with a 66-day hunger strike, a growing number of his fellow detainees are launching similar protests.

Questions emerge over police handling of Toulouse, France killings: Details emerging about Mohamed Merah, the alleged gunman in a series of murders in the Toulouse area from March 11 to March 19, raise serious questions about the conduct of French intelligence and police agencies.

Merah may not have been attached to al-Qaeda : Investigators in France have said a suggestion by gunman Mohamed Merah that he was linked to al-Qaeda may have been false. They have found no sign that the gunman was under the umbrella of al-Qaeda or any other militant terror group.

British PM sold seats at family dinner table to wealthy donors: Britain's prime minister, facing new questions about party fundraising, disclosed Monday the names of major donors to his Conservative Party invited to intimate meals at his family's Downing Street apartment and his official countryside mansion.

David Cameron publishes details of donor dinners in cash-for-access row: Hours after the Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, said details would not be released, Downing Street published a list of dinners in Downing Street attended by 11 donors and their spouses.

Calls for probe into possible wrongful conviction of Lockerbie bomber: The report, which has remained secret for five years, alleges the Crown Office withheld evidence from the defence. It also says there were six grounds on which it believes a miscarriage of justice may have occurred

Read the report that could have cleared Megrahi of Lockerbie-bombing: pdf format - File make take a moment to download.

'The Pope will visit Cuba - so what?' : The dance between the pope and the Cuban authorities is distressing, especially if one keeps in mind that this is a religious leader with a dreadful record when it comes to dealing with the Latin American left

Lavish spending of America's first family of televangelism revealed in bitter legal feud: America's "first family" of televangelism is being torn apart in a bitter legal feud which includes allegations of lavish spending on private jets, mansions and a $100,000 motor home for their pet dogs.

Only 10 percent of countries, 20 out of 198, carried out executions last year: The United States was again the only country in the Americas and the only member of the G8 group of leading economies to execute prisoners – 43 in 2011. Europe and former Soviet Union countries were capital punishment-free, apart from Belarus where two people were executed.

The killing of Trayvon Martin: The killing of Trayvon Martin is a consequence of the dominance of political reaction in the United States for more than 30 years

Raw Video: Okla. Police Drag Man Face Down: The arrest of a man at an Oklahoma Airport is under investigation. Officials released surveillance video of officers dragging the man face down across the floor.

New surveillance system can compare your face against 36 million others in a single second: The system processes footage from both still images and live footage, recognizing faces in real-time. Recognized faces are displayed as thumbnails and grouped with matching footage, allowing the operator to look at all of the actions of a given person immediately.

Subliminal Santorum Ad Flashes Obama’s Face When Talking About ‘Sworn American Enemy’: A paranoid Rick Santorum campaign ad, “Obamaville,” briefly replaces a picture of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad with President Barack Obama’s face, as the narrator talks about a “sworn American enemy”:

Brics’ move to unseat US dollar as trade currency: South Africa will this week take some initial steps to unseat the US dollar as the preferred worldwide currency for trade and investment in emerging economies. Thus, the nation is expected to become party to endorsing the Chinese currency, the renminbi, as the currency of trade in emerging markets.

EU Gas Now Over $10: Charting The Global Gas Pump Price Shock: For the first time since June 2011, the average price for Gas across the 27 European nations just broke above USD10/gallon. With the US on average above USD4/gallon

March 25, 2012

The Dangerous Mess in Syria Grows Murkier

By Eric Margolis

US, British and some European media keep depicting Syria’s civil war as a simple passion play pitting the evil Asad regime in Damascus against mostly unarmed democratic protestors.
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Robert Bales – Lone Nut or Scapegoat?
What are the Americans hiding?


By Justin Raimondo

The murder of 17 Afghan civilians – most of them children – by staff sergeant Robert Bales may be far worse than we think at present.
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Robots Kill, But the Blood Is on Our Hands

By David Swanson

Torturing someone to death is not what former CIA General Counsel John Rizzo calls “clean.”  Blowing them and anyone near them into little bits is “clean.” 
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The Two Saddest Words In Any Language Are 'If Only...'

By The White Rose Society

Why do you not act, why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one set of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanized state system presided over by criminals and fools?
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Incarceration Nation

By Fareed Zakaria

"Land of the Free" U.S. Jails More of its Citizens Than Any Other Nation, More Than Stalin.
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Are Police Building a Massive DNA Database?

By Scott Lemieux

A new law permits police to get genetic samples from almost anyone convicted of any crime in New York state.
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Dick Cheney Gets New Heart
 
 By Bobbot
 

Dick got a heart transplant. At age 71. Did he shoot the donor himself or did he have someone else do it?
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Pakistan: 16 killed in clashes: Fighting in Pakistan's northwestern region has left at least four soldiers and a dozen militants dead, a security official said.

U.S. Plans No Charges Over Deadly Strike in Pakistan: The United States military has decided that no service members will face disciplinary charges for their involvement in a NATO airstrike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers

Opposition to block NATO supplies restoration: Opposition to block NATO supplies restoration Islamabad—Opposition parties have vowed that they would block every move towards restoration of NATO supply. The opposition parties had a meeting at Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman’s residence in Islamabad.

Blast kills 9 people in Afghanistan: One foreign soldier and Afghan police among nine killed by an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province.

Three Nato-led Occupation Force Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan: An Isaf statement said that one of the soldiers died in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, another one in an insurgent attack in the west, and the third one as a result of a non-battle related injury in the east.

Robert Bales Took a One-Hour Killing Break: Officials: U.S. investigators now believe that Bales walked off his base that night and killed several people in one of the villages, then went back to the base. The American officials, who are privy to some details of the investigation, said they do not know why Bales returned, how long he stayed or what he did while there.

U.S. paid out $50,000 per death in Afghan massacre: They were told that the money came from U.S. President Barack Obama, Mr. Lalai said.

Turkish forces kill 15 Kurdish women fighters: Female unit of Kurd separatist movement PKK wiped out by Turkish army in Bitlis province, interior ministry says.

Eight killed in clashes in southern Syria: Five Syrian army defectors and three government force members have died during clashes in the southern Syrian province of Daraa, a rights group said Sunday, dpa reported.

Obama: Window for diplomatic solution to nuclear Iran is closing: U.S. President reiterates position on Iran nuclear issue after talks with Turkish PM Erdogan; remarks come week and a half after Russian daily reported that United States had asked Russia to deliver ultimatum to Iran.

Peretz: It would be better if US struck Iran: Former defense minister Amir Peretz said on Saturday that a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities would be better if the US carried it out instead of Israel. "We should prefer an outside actor does it because Israel doesn't need to be confronted by the whole Muslim world," Peretz said.

An Attack on Iran Would Be Illegal. What Does the Media Say?: The United Nations Charter outlaws the ‘threat of the use of force’, an act in which much of the media, in its uncritical stance towards government threats, has made itself complicit.

International Association of Democratic Lawyers Opposes Military Force Against Syria and Iran: The UN Charter commands that all Members settle their international disputes by peaceful means. Members must refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state or in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations. The Charter does not permit the use of military force under the pretext of humanitarian intervention.

Report: Israeli teams monitor Iran's nuclear program on the ground: The Sunday Times cites western intelligence sources as saying that special IDF forces are searching for 'smoking gun' evidence in Iran, disguised as Iranian military personnel.

‘Don’t attack Iran!’ Anti-war protests hit UK and Israel: UK activists from the ‘Stop the War Coalition’ have held a day of action to speak out against war with Iran. Protesters took to the streets of 15 major British cities. In Israel, hundreds marched in Tel Aviv protesting the war.

Palestinian hunger striker ‘at risk of death’ highlights injustice of administrative detention: The Israeli authorities should immediately release a Palestinian detainee or charge her with a recognizable criminal offence and promptly try her, Amnesty International said amid fears that the woman could die in detention after 37 days on hunger strike.

French police question Merah alliance with al-Qaeda: Investigators in France have said a suggestion by gunman Mohamed Merah that he was linked to al-Qaeda may have been false. They have found no sign that the gunman was under the umbrella of al-Qaeda or any other militant terror group.

French gunman's brother under investigation: Prosecutors allege Abdelkader Merah helped his brother Mohammed carry out killings in Toulouse and Montauban and was also planning terror attacks himself.

US approves 1.3 billion dollars military aid to Egypt: Clinton waived conditions placed on the 1.3-billion-dollars of aid by Congress - that had insisted Egypt meet certain democratic reforms before being granted the funds - saying the move was in the United States' national interest.

Leader of Mali military coup trained in U.S.: Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo, who led a renegade military faction that on Thursday deposed Mali’s democratically elected president, visited the United States several times to receive professional military education, including basic officer training, said Patrick Barnes, a U.S. Africa Command official based in Washington.

Libyan tribe closes border crossing with Egypt: The tribesmen seized control of the Libyan side of the Salloum crossing from the smugglers and former rebels late Friday, he said.

Militia storms hotel in Libya after guest told to pay overdue bill: Armed militiamen stormed a Turkish-owned hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, firing shots and detaining its Turkish manager in a dispute over an unpaid bill, an employee said, highlighting the continuing volatility in the North African country.

Guatemala's president urges debate on drug legalisation: "We have seen that the strategy that has been pursued in the fight against drug trafficking over the last 40 years has failed," he said. "We have to look for new alternatives. We must end the myths, the taboos, and tell people you have to discuss it," he added.

Policy For Sale: Tory sold access to Prime Minister, Sunday Times alleges: Secretly filmed footage apparently showed the Conservative Party co-treasurer offering access to the prime minister for a donation of £250,000 a year.

Graft-tainted former Irish PM quits party: The tribunal found that Ahern failed to truthfully account for a total of 165,214.25 Irish punts ($262,000) passing through accounts connected with him.

Hate crime? Iraqi woman severely beaten in California: A woman from Iraq who was found beaten next to a threatening note saying “go back to your country, you terrorist.” has died, and police are investigating the possibility of a hate crime.

March 23, 2012

Worrisome Security Council Presidential Statement on Syria

By Stephen Lendman

Washington's longstanding policy wants pro-Western leadership replacing Assad. All means will be employed to achieve it, including war. Continue

Israel and US Disagree on Timetable for Iran Attack

By Associated Press

Barak said that 2012 is a “highly important” year for a possible strike and speculated that the timeframe for a “surgical intervention” — a precision hit on Iranian targets — is not a matter of weeks, but it is not a matter of years either. Continue

Special Report - Intel Shows Iran Not Nuclear "Threat"

By Reuters

Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead. Continue

Nuclear Watchdog Chief Accused of Pro-western Bias Over Iran

By Julian Borger

Former officials warn of parallels between IAEA approach to Iran and mistakes over Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction.
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US' Double Standards

China Daily Editorial

Once again the United States is trying to throw its weight around and impose its unilateral vision on other countries.
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The Burial Of Our Species
The Roads Leading to Disaster

Must Read- By Fidel Castro

Does anyone by chance think that the United States will be capable of acting with the independence that will keep it from the inevitable disaster awaiting it? Continue

'Belambai' is Afghanistan's 'My Lai'

By Paul Rosenberg

Both Vietnam and Afghanistan were lost wars from the very beginning, as futile as they were immoral, begun by men abysmally ignorant of history, culture and geography.
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An Administration Gone Rogue
No money for undeclared wars!


By Rep. Ron Paul

Who is to blame that Congress as a body will not stand up and demand that the president treat the Constitution as more than an anachronistic piece of paper, or merely a set of aspirations and guidelines?
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Obama Guidelines Permit Data on U.S. Citizens to be "Held Longer"

By Sari Horwitz and Ellen Nakashim

The Obama administration has approved guidelines that allow counterterrorism officials to lengthen the period of time they retain information about U.S. residents, even if they have no known connection to terrorism.
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Big Brother On Campus

By Michael Gould-Wartofsky

From breaking up Occupy protests to spying on Muslim students, homeland security is targeting college kids.
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Biden to Latin America: Drop Dead

By Peter Passell

The laws of economics show why the United States has little chance of victory in the war on drugs.
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'Big Government' Isn't the Problem, Big Money Is

By Robert Reich

Progressives must take back our economy and our democracy from a regressive right backed by a plutocracy that has taken over both. Continue

Paul Ryan's Focus on Dignity

By Greg Kaufmann

Ryan hands out about $4.4 trillion in tax cuts that primarily benefit the very best off, and pays for it with $4.15 trillion in spending cuts to programs that primarily benefit the poor and middle class. Continue

US warships kill 29 people in Yemen: U.S. warships shelled suspected al Qaeda hideouts in southern Yemen on Thursday, days after a Yemeni terrorist cell tied to the group claimed responsibility for the murder of an American citizen.

US drone attack kills 30 in south Yemen: Remote-commanded unmanned US warplanes, so-called drones, targeted alleged al-Qaeda bases in south Yemen, in the city of Zinjibar, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens of others. According to eyewitnesses, not only alleged bases were targeted, but US missiles were launched also against vehicles driving through the city centre.

Landmines kill 10 in northern Yemen battle zone: - At least 10 people were killed by landmine explosions on Friday in a part of northern Yemen where Shi'ite Muslim fighters and tribal militiamen have fought running battles for months, the defence ministry said.

Street protests across Yemen demand trial of ex-president for deaths of demonstrators: Tens of thousands of protesters streamed into city centers across Yemen on Friday, demanding that their ex-president be stripped of immunity from prosecution and be put on trial for the deaths of demonstrators during the yearlong uprising.

4 security members killed near Baghdad: Four Iraqi soldiers and policemen were killed when defusing a bomb in a suburb of Iraq's capital Baghdad on Thursday evening, an Interior Ministry source said.

Army deserters kill two Syrian soldiers, capture 18 in attack near Turkish border: Syrian anti-government fighters killed two government soldiers and captured 18 others, including two officers, in an attack on a Syrian army unit on Friday near the border with Turkey, Al Arabiya correspondent reported from the Turkish side of the border.

Kurd militants threaten Turkey if it enters Syria: Turkish Kurd militants threatened on Thursday to turn all Kurdish populated areas into a "war zone" if Turkish troops entered Syria, a sign the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has allies in Syria may be taking sides in the conflict there.

10 militants killed in suicide attack on mosque in Pakistan: At least 10 militants were killed and several injured when a suicide bomber today targeted a mosque inside a base of the banned terror group in the Khyber tribal region of northwest Pakistan, officials said.

4 Pakistani soldiers killed: Gunmen ambushed a Pakistani paramilitary checkpost on Friday, killing four soldiers and abducting four others in the southwestern province of Balochistan, officials said.

US soldier charged in 17 Afghan murders: Bales "could" face the death penalty for 17 counts of murder with premeditation, along with six counts of attempted murder against additional civilians in Kandahar province, US forces in Afghanistan said in a statement.

Afghan villagers live in fear of another massacre: "Are the American soldiers coming back, papa?" This is a question Fateh Mohammad hears almost every night. He and his family live in Zangabad, a small village around 40 kilometers away from Kandahar.

U.S. general backs plan to pause Afghan drawdown in 2013: The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Thursday indicated that he believes there should be no American troop drawdowns in 2013, leaving the total at the 68,000 who will remain following scheduled withdrawals this year.

Western countries scramble for Afghan exits: As international forces prepare for withdrawal from Afghanistan, Western countries are already in talks with Afghanistan's Central Asian neighbors to bring their troops and military equipment back home.

Karzai says West to fund army for $4b a year: Karzai told a graduation ceremony at a military academy in Kabul: "It's set that post-2014, for the next 10 years until 2024, the international community, with the U.S. in the lead and followed by Europe and other countries, will pay Afghanistan security forces $4.1 billion annually."

West tensions against Iran worse than 2011 quake for Japan: Tanaka: Former executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) says Western tensions against Iran could hit Japan with an economic impact greater than that from the March 2011 earthquake.

More $ for Israel: U.S. Congress supports additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome systems: Meanwhile, the House Foreign Affairs Committee has questioned continued funding for the Palestinian Authority

Would-be Spy for Israel Gets 13 Years in Prison: A former government space scientist was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison after admitting he tried to sell space and defense secrets to Israel in what turned out to be an FBI sting operation.

US journalist fired after calling Israeli occupation 'brutal': A veteran American journalist has been fired after referring to Israel's occupation of Palestinian and Syrian land as "brutal."

French intelligence chief: Toulouse shooter arrested by Israel Police in 2010 for possession of a knife: He said that French intelligence tracked him and investigated to see if he is suspicious, but found that he had not been engaging in any ideological activism or religious activity.

French President Sarkozy Sees Opportunity for Censorship, Seizes It: President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has begun calling for criminal penalties for citizens who visit web sites that advocate for terror or hate. "From now on, any person who habitually consults Web sites that advocate terrorism or that call for hatred and violence will be criminally punished," Sarkozy was reported as saying.

Army Sgt. Robert Bales to be charged with 17 counts of murder: Bales’ civilian attorney, John Henry Browne, said Friday without commenting on the specific charges that he believes the government will have a hard time proving its case and that at some stage in the prosecution his client’s mental state will be an important issue.

Internet rumours of coup in China: The rumours of a military coup in China continue on social media. So much so that on China's version of Twitter, Weibo, the word 'coup' has been censored. The latest rumour I have heard is that artillery was being moved to the capital from a nearby province.

Damaging coup rumours ricochet across China: Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of reporting on China in the past few days. Coup rumours ricocheted back and forth, most over the internet, but some were picked up by western newspapers. China's microblogs were awash with speculation. Hard facts were non-existent.

Tuareg rebels take Mali town, threaten 3 more: Tuareg rebels on Friday threatened three strategic northern towns, including the famed ancient city of Timbuktu, as leaders of the two-month-old rebellion took advantage of a power vacuum caused when government soldiers stormed the presidential palace and ousted the democratically elected president.

Rights groups warn of Libya's shaky peace: Human Rights Watch said it documented killings, torture and forced displacement by militias of innocent civilians or people suspected of sympathies with the late leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Global 'water war' threat by 2030 - US intelligence: Nations will cut off rivers to prevent their enemies having access to water downstream, terrorists will blow up dams, and states that cannot provide water for their citizens will collapse. This is the future - as painted by a top US security report.

NSA Chief Appears to Deny Ability to Warrantlessly Wiretap Despite Evidence: The former NSA official held his thumb and forefinger close together. “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state,” he says.

How the rich took over airport security: Security checks were one of America's most democratic places -- until rich passengers got their own speedy lines

 

March 22, 2012

War Crimes Must Be Stopped
No Matter Who Does Them


By War Criminals Watch

People of conscience must insist on accountability for the actions of U.S. officials, no matter who is president. It is our obligation.
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The Ascendence of Sociopaths in US Governance

By Doug Casey

Sociopaths – are now fully in control of major American institutions. Their beliefs and attitudes are insinuated throughout the economic, political, intellectual and psychological/spiritual fabric of the US.
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'Terrifying New Reason' To Be Worried About Iran

Iran May Have 'Hundreds' Of Hezbollah Agents In U.S.

By TPMLivewire

Rep. Peter King, during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Wednesday, said there could be "hundreds" of Iranian-backed Hezbollah agents in the U.S. CNN's clip showed Hezbollah agents marching -- but not in the U.S.
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UN Security Council Resolution, Syria

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The UN Security Council adopted this resolution concerning Syria on March 21, 2012.
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A Year Later, Libya is Still a Mess

By Daniel Larison

After the West's much-ballyhood intervention, Libya is dominated by a complex tangle of violent militias — and the chaos is spilling into neighboring countries.
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Dying for Justice 

By Stephen Lendman

Hana demands simple justice: freedom or death.
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Up, Up And Away:
How Money Power Works Down Under

By John Pilger

As in Britain and America, the unions have long been tamed, co-opted and policed by their own leaderships.
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34 killed in attacks on "al-Qaeda militants" in Yemen: At least 29 people were killed Thursday in a joint attack by Yemeni and US forces on suspected al-Qaeda militants in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula country, Al Arabiya broadcaster reported.

Ten killed on bus fleeing Syria violence: monitors: Ten people, including women and children, were killed on Thursday as they were fleeing violence in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on board a bus headed to Turkey, monitors said.

UN Security Council backs Syria peace plan: The Syrian National Council, Syria's main opposition group, said the UN statement will simply give the government more time to continue killing its own people.

Clashes rage across Syria despite UN cease-fire call: Opposition sources said Syrian tanks had heavily shelled a large neighborhood in the city of Hama on Thursday after fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and Syrian government forces.

Rebels warn of hit-and-run strikes in Damascus: The rebel Free Syrian Army has set up a military council to coordinate hit-and-run strikes around Damascus, as it brings the year-old conflict to the capital, it announced on Thursday.

Turkish troops kill seven "PKK militants" in clash: Turkish security forces killed seven Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey near the Iraqi border on Thursday, security officials said, in a second day of clashes after violent unrest in the region over the Kurdish new year.

Iraq’s Sunni lawmakers accuse government of torturing to death fugitive VP’s jailed bodyguard: The guard was held on suspicion of terrorism. Authorities say he died of kidney failure on March 15.

Baghdad turns into a 'virtual prison' ahead of Arab League summit: Tens of thousands of soldiers and police reinforcements have been brought into the city for the summit and the extra patrols and checkpoints are disrupting normal life. Bitter arguments are breaking out between frustrated commuters and the military and police.

British Soldier Killed in Helmand: A British soldier was killed while on foot patrol by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to military officials.

Gates: Proceed Warily on Iran: Former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has joined the chorus of past and current officials warning that a military strike against Iran could produce dire consequences.

West misstep against Iran will jeopardize Israel existence: Iran MP: “Should the Western countries want to commit the slightest of errors regarding Iran, they will be gripped by such ramifications that will endanger the existence of the Zionist regime,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Thursday

Israel thanks Germany's Merkel for sixth Dolphin submarine: Israel thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday for selling the country its sixth Dolphin submarine at a subsidized price.

Israel's useful idiot: 'We have a duty to prepare for the worst': Peter King warns Iran has 'hundreds' of Hezbollah agents in the U.S.: Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah may have hundreds of operatives based in the United States, and Hezbollah - not al-Qaida - poses the greatest terrorist threat to Americans, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Peter King, said today.

Global water issues likely to affect U.S. security in coming decades, report finds: Study also warns of potential for water to be used as weapon

Mali soldiers say seize power, close borders: Renegade Malian soldiers declared on state television on Thursday they had seized power in the West African state in protest at the government’s failure to quell a nomad-led rebellion in the north.

A Coup In Mali - Made In Libya?: Mali wasn't exactly the "bastion of democracy" in West Africa that Hillary Clinton is making it out to have been and that the coup is another of the forseen-but-unplanned-for consequences of intervention in Libya last year.

French shooting suspect leaps to death while firing: The suspect in a three-attack killing rampage jumped from a window to his death while firing his weapon as police were entering his apartment early today, France's interior minister says.

U.S. soldier accused of Afghanistan massacre 'told comrades he killed several men: Staff Sergeant Robert Bales did not tell the other soldiers that he had also shot women and children, even though nine of those who died were said to be children.

After Bales' arrest, military tried to delete him from Web: Several former military officers said they were perplexed that the Army would try to remove information that already had been public. One called it "unusual."

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Calls for Destruction of Churches in Region : Since Christianity is already forbidden in Saudi Arabia and no churches exist there, the implications of the cleric’s words were that the church ban should extend to other countries in the region, including Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates

Marine facing dismissal over Obama criticism: The Marine Corps on Wednesday notified a sergeant who has been openly critical of President Barack Obama that he is violating Pentagon policy barring troops from political activities and that he faces dismissal.

Congress: The $$$ is all in the family: How lawmakers are using their positions to benefit their families.

Ex-Irish PM Bertie Ahern took secret payments, judges say: Former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern received at least $209,779 (CDN) in secret payments while in office and repeatedly told lies about this under oath, a mammoth fact-finding investigation ruled Thursday in a long-awaited verdict.

Donations by former MEP Flynn sought 'wrongly and corruptly': THE TRIBUNAL is satisfied that an IR£50,000 donation sought "wrongly and corruptly" by former MEP Padraig Flynn from Tom Gilmartin was used for his personal benefit.

Republic of Ireland falls back into recession: Its economy shrank by 0.2% from October to December, following a contraction of 1.1% in the third quarter.

Strike brings Portuguese services to a halt: Union group calls for general strike against austerity measures amid fears eurozone country could need second bailout.

March 21, 2012

Afghan Villagers Say Shootings Were Revenge

By Deb Riechmann and Mirwais Khan

Several Afghans near the villages where an American soldier is alleged to have killed 16 civilians say U.S. troops lined them up against a wall after a roadside bombing and told them that they, and even their children, would pay a price for the attack.
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Obama’s Afghanistan Massacre Deniers
Why do liberals ignore millions of non-American war deaths?


By Terry Michael

Victims in the village of Kandahar are just the latest among six million who have perished in America's wars-of-choice in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and now the Central Asian graveyard of empires, Afghanistan.
Continue

Toulouse Cannot be Explained as an Isolated Hate Crime

By Lindsey German

The shootings in south west France are the terrible and disastrous outcome of the West's war policies and anti-Muslim racism. Continue

Aggression Begets Aggression

By John Perkins

It may serve our egos to remember the good ole days of our own people’s triumphs, but it also serves to perpetuate the myth that aggression is honorable. Continue

Details of Talks with IAEA Belie Charge Iran Refused Cooperation

By Gareth Porter


The first detailed account of negotiations between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran last month belies earlier statements by unnamed Western officials portraying Iran as refusing to cooperate with the IAEA in allaying concerns about alleged nuclear weaponisation work.
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The Three Amigos and the Misuse of History

By Paul Pillar

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and John McCain of Arizona — whom their staffers affectionately refer to as the “three amigos,” are most immediately interested in getting the United States involved in the civil war in Syria.
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The Ex-FBI Informant with a Change of Heart
'There Is No Real Hunt. It's Fixed'

By Paul Harri

Craig Monteilh describes how he pretended to be a radical Muslim in order to root out potential threats, shining a light on some of the bureau's more ethically murky practices. Continue

Bolivia Has Transformed Itself by Ignoring the Washington Consensus

By Luis Hernández Navarro

By breaking with orthodox prescriptions for progress, Evo Morales has helped to forge a new Bolivia centered on 'living well' Continue

Capitalism: A Ghost Story

By Arundhati Roy

Capitalism’s real “grave-diggers” may end up being its own delusional Cardinals, who have turned ideology into faith. Despite their strategic brilliance, they seem to have trouble grasping a simple fact: Capitalism is destroying the planet.
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Real Estate 4 Ransom
What role did real estate play in the crashing of the global economy?


Video Documentary

The 40 min documentary looks at whether genuine freedom has been delivered by the democratic system. Continue

Afghan official: 3 civilians killed, 15 wounded by insurgent rocket that explodes in bazaar: Gen. Zirawer Zahid, the police chief in Ghazni province, said insurgents who fired the rocket Wednesday were targeting the police headquarters, but it fell in a market area of Muqur district instead.

Afghan villagers say massacre was premeditated : In accounts to The Associated Press and to Afghan government officials, the residents allege that U.S. troops lined up men from the village of Mokhoyan against a wall after the bombing on either March 7 or 8, and told them they would pay a price for the attack.

Lawyer: 'no proof' Sgt Bales massacred 16 Afghan civilians: His lawyer John Henry Browne told reporters yesterday: "We've all heard the allegations. I don't know that the government has proved much. There is no forensic evidence, there is no confession."

Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Iraq bombings that killed almost 50: Al Qaeda's front group in Iraq claimed responsibility Wednesday for a wave of attacks that killed 46 people across the country this week and said the violence exposes how weak government security is ahead of the upcoming Arab League summit in Baghdad.

UN Security Council backs Syria peace plan: The statement expressed the council's "full support" for Annan's efforts, and called upon both the government and the opposition "to work in good faith with the envoy towards a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis" and to fully implement his six-point proposal.

Syria rebels committed serious abuses, Human Rights Watch says: Human Rights Watch alleges Syrian opposition fighters have carried out kidnappings and torture, and reportedly executions, in contrast to their freedom fighter image.

US Mercenary “Took Part” in Gaddafi Killing; Sent to Assist Syrian opposition: US government officials requested that an American private security firm contact Syrian opposition figures in Turkey to see “how they can help in regime change,” the CEO of one of these firms told Stratfor in a company email obtained by WikiLeaks and Al-Akhbar.

Turkey readies Syrian buffer zone plan: Turkey has discreetly begun preparations for a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the border between the two countries. - One official said about 500 specialised soldiers had arrived in the area recently to look at military options for the buffer zone and the handling of more refugees.

Iran will produce nuclear weapons if attacked: Russia: Russia warned Tuesday that Iran would have no option but to develop nuclear weapons if it came under attack from either the United States or Israel over its contested atomic programme.

Former Mossad chief: Israel will know before Iran begins producing nuclear weapons: Speaking at an event in a Haifa hospital, Dagan said that currently Israel must not attack Iran, and that a strike on its nuclear facilities should be the last resort.

Rep. King: Israeli attack on Iran won't be 'surgical' strike: House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday suggested that an Israeli attack on Iran could involve the United States in a military conflict with Tehran, but cautioned that the possibility should not weaken resolve to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

Kuwait says Iran has assured it will not shut Hormuz: - Iran has assured Kuwait it will not try to close the vital Strait of Hormuz shipping route, Kuwait's ruler said in remarks carried by state-run news agency KUNA on Tuesday.

U.S. Exempts Japan and 10 Other Countries From Sanctions Over Iran Oil: The Obama administration on Tuesday exempted Japan and 10 European nations from the prospect of biting sanctions intended to punish countries that continue to buy oil from Iran, but it left open the fate of other major importers, including China, India and South Korea.

US war game foreshadows Israeli attack on Iran: Details of a recent Pentagon war game, leaked yesterday in the New York Times, underscore the advanced character and recklessness of the Obama administration’s preparations for war against Iran.

Germany to sell Israel new nuke-capable submarine: Germany has announced that it will sell Israel a sixth Dolphin-class submarine capable of carrying nuclear warheads with an operating range of 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles).

Israeli Violation of Lebanese Airspace Unacceptable - Russia: The violation of Lebanese airspace by the Israeli Air Force is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday after a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart.

French police prepare to storm building: French police were preparing to storm an apartment building in Toulouse today if a gunman suspected in seven killings and claiming allegiance to al-Qa'ida doesn't surrender, a top police official said.

Toulouse siege: live: Live coverage of the siege at the home of the suspected Toulouse serial killer responsible for the murders of four people outside a Jewish school and three paratroopers in south west France.

March 20, 2012

Afghanistan Massacre
No One Asked Their Names

By Qais Azimy

Mainstream media outlets channelled a significant amount of energy into uncovering the slightest detail about the accused soldier . But the victims became an anonymous footnote. Just the number 16. No one bothered to ask their ages, their hobbies, their aspirations. Worst of all, no one bothered to ask their names. Continue

Don't be Fooled by Afghanistan Massacre:
US Marines are Saints Says New Army Video

By Robin Beste

After the massacre of 16 civilians in Afghanistan, the US Army has released a new video to restore the true image of US marines as dedicated servants of humanity opposing tyranny and injustice.
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Where Is The Outrage Over The Murder of a U.S. Citizen?

By Leonard Pitt

A U.S. citizen is dead and the U.S. government killed him. Without trial. Without due process. Without hesitation. And many of those who loudly deplored George W. Bush for smaller excesses seem content to allow Barack Obama this larger one. Continue

Ironies in American Justice and Political Cheerleading

By Glenn Greenwald

Yesterday, the Obama administration — which, in the past six months alone, has killed three American citizens in Yemen: Anwar Awlaki, Samir Khan, and Awlaki’s 16-year-old son Abdulrahman — smashed the limits of all known irony charts: Continue

Redefining Imminent
Are Obama's Efforts to Justify Drone Warfare Aimed at Iran?

By Thomas Darnstädt, Marc Hujer and Gregor Peter Schmitz

Obama had actually come into office promising to end the "imperial presidency" of his predecessor, George W. Bush, whose administration had claimed absolute power unlike anything seen since the Watergate scandal of former President Richard Nixon. Continue

Is Iran Being Pushed to Build the Dirty Bomb?

By Thaha Muzammil

It is disgusting to note the deafening silence of the Secretary General of the United Nations, in the face of blatant violation of rights of a member country and looming WWIII. Continue

Israeli Propaganda Video?
Peres to Iran: If You Bomb, Nobody Will Bomb You Back?:

Video and Transcript

"If you won't hate, you won't be hated. If you won't threaten, you won't be threatened. If you'll show friendship, you will get friendship." Continue

Syria and the Western Media:
Peddling Mythologies in the Garden of Good and Evil

By Matt Carr

Western journalists have learnt nothing from 10 years of spinning the '9/11' wars and have collectively abandoned their analytical and critical faculties when it comes to Syria. Continue

Abu Ghraib US Soldier Feels No Compassion For Her Victims

By AFP

"Their lives are better. They got the better end of the deal," England was quoted as saying. "They weren't innocent. They're trying to kill us, and you want me to apologise to them? It's like saying sorry to the enemy." Continue

Dear Department of Justice:
Please Investigate Your Old Boss for Material Support of Terrorism!

By Coleen Rowley
Former FBI Special Agent

We might have just helped you bag another material supporter of terrorism this week! And you'll never believe who the culprit is!
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Who Benefited
Insider Trading 9/11 ... The Facts Laid Bare

By Lars Schall

Is there any truth in the allegations that informed circles made substantial profits in the financial markets in connection to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, on the United States?
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In Case You Missed It
The Fourth World War

Video Documentary

Despite the titanic struggles of dispossessed peoples around the world, the wealth of nations continues to reside in fewer and fewer hands. The economies of poor countries collapse under vicious IMF policies, and capitalism's global 'clubs' thrive ever and ever upward. Meanwhile, people keep struggling, ultimately downward. Continue

“Social Security is Broke”—and Other Corporate Scare Tactics

By Lisa Graves

For years, corporations have been peddling myths to rally us behind their interests. Here are three things everyone “knows,” and why they're wrong. Continue

Will Noam Chomsky Vote For Obama?
Conversation with Noam Chomsky


The State Journal

"Obama is quite different from the Republican candidates, and the constituencies of the two political organizations differ, which helps lead to different policies" Continue

Iraq: At least 44 killed, 190 others wounded in spate of explosions: At least 15 explosions hit various Iraqi cities and towns earlier on Tuesday, extending a spate of militant violence ahead of next week’s Arab League summit in Baghdad.

13 killed in Pakistan tribal region: At least 13 people were killed and over 15 others injured in a bomb attack and clashes between security forces and militants in the restive tribal belt of northwest Pakistan, officials said on Monday.

Pakistan Tells America: Remove Your Drones: On Tuesday a Pakistani Parliamentary Commission demanded that American drones end military operations inside the country.

Glenn Greenwald: Afghanistan and American imperialism: Demands that the atrocity be investigated by Afghans are grounded in part by reports that Bales did not act alone. While US military officials decreed from the start that Bales was the lone culprit, eyewitnesses in the villages reported the presence of multiple attackers.

Soldier Accused Of Afghan Atrocity Made Disturbing Facebook Comment About Shooting "Hagi" "Giving money to Hagi instead of bullets don't seem right."

Suspect in Afghan massacre has memory loss, lawyer says: An Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians was not drunk at the time, but doesn't remember what happened and is in shock, his attorney told CBS News on Monday.

Afghan Killings Suspect Owes $1.5 Million in Fraud Case: The soldier accused in the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians owes $1.5 million from a 2003 arbitration ruling that found him guilty of securities fraud.

Yemen army kills five "Qaeda suspects" in south: The Yemeni army shelled suspected hideouts of Al-Qaeda militants in the southern province of Abyan, killing five of them, a local official told AFP on Tuesday.

Syria rebels quit eastern city, army on offensive: Rebel fighters were forced to flee the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Tuesday in the face of a fierce army assault, suffering the latest setback in their bid to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian rebels abusing regime troops, says Human Rights Watch: An international human rights group Tuesday accused some in Syria’s armed opposition of carrying out serious abuses, including the kidnapping and torture of security forces, in a sign of the growing complexity of the year-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.

Fact or fiction? Russian Anti-Terror Troops Arrive in Syria: A Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was "a bomb" certain to have serious repercussions.

Syria denies receiving special forces from Russia: A Syrian military source on Monday refuted as "baseless" some media reports about the arrival of Russian warships carrying military staffs by the Syrian shores, according to state-run SANA news agency.

Russian special forces arrive in Syrian port: "opposition sources": Israeli-based open source military intelligence website DEBKAfile has also reported that two Russian naval vessels have anchored at the Syrian port of Tartus.

Russia Calls For Humanitarian Ceasefire In Syria: Russia on Monday called for enforcing a daily two-hour humanitarian ceasefire in un-rest Syria, following a meeting between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and chief of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Moscow.

Presstitute Alert: Al Jazeera obtains secret Syria files: Papers prepared for President Assad by intelligence and security chiefs throw light on his strategy to quell protests.

Russia’s Lavrov warns against attacking Iran: A military strike against Iran would be a great mistake, followed by a catastrophic outcome, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Iran will attack to defend itself - Ayatollah Khamenei: "We do not have nuclear weapons and we will not build them but in the face of aggression from the enemies, whether from America or the Zionist regime, to defend ourselves we will attack on the same level as the enemies attack us," said Khamenei in a New Year speech broadcast live on television.

US, Israeli military chiefs hold another face-to-face: The two generals meet for the third time in six months and discuss Iran and Syria

When 'pro-Israel' means comparing Israel to the Nazis: It’s time for American Jews to examine their Zionist organizations, and think about whether they really are pro-Israel or not.

Palestinian hunger striker Hana Shalabi hospitalized: “Hana Shalabi was transferred this evening to Israel's Meir hospital after her state of health deteriorated,” Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqaa said on Monday.

NATO must pay for errors in Libya - Amnesty: The watchdog said it has documented 55 cases of named civilians, including 16 children and 14 women, killed in air strikes in the capital Tripoli and the towns of Zliten, Majer, Sirte and Brega.

Pentagon says it has no records of bin Laden's death; : The Pentagon said it could not find any death certificate, autopsy report or results of DNA identification tests for bin Laden, or any pre-raid materials discussing how the government planned to dispose of bin Laden's body if he were killed.

12 Mexican police killed in highway ambush: Twelve officers killed on their way to investigate the beheadings of 10 people in Guerrero state.: The La Familia cartel and its offshoot, Los Caballeros Templarios (The Knights Templar), are among the gangs fighting for territory in the region. The heads had been left with a message threatening the La Familia gang, local media reported.

 

March 19, 2012

Israel Intelligence Agrees Iran Is Not After N-bomb: Report

By Press TV

Several senior Israeli officials, who spoke to AP in recent days clearly, said Israel has come around to the US view that no final decision to build a bomb has been made by Iran. Continue

Syrian Rebels are Foreign-backed Terrorists

By Tony Cartalucci

Latest terrorist attack in Damascus illustrates illegitimacy of both Syria's rebels & the UN/NATO backing them. Continue

Libya: “Dawn” Turns Into Chaos

By Garibov Konstantin

Right now, tribal discords advance to the level of genocide, with some African tribes being slaughtered. Continue

Rape and Murder in Afghanistan

By Stephen Lendman

Major media scoundrels whitewashed the crimes by shamelessly blaming one soldier to absolve others, and most of all, higher-ups responsible for permitting a culture that condones and encourages them. Continue

Murder Is Not an Anomaly in War

By Chris Hedges

The scale of our state-sponsored murder is masked from public view. Continue

Man in Search of Humanity
Afghan Saga - Killing One Person is Killing Humanity

By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD

Mankind continues to be victimized by the cancerous ego and cruelty of the few Western warlords. Continue

What Motivates Americans to Kill Muslims?
Discussing the Motives of the Afghan "Shooter"

By Glenn Greenwald

Here’s a summary of the Western media discussion of what motivates Muslims to kill Americans: they are primitive, fanatically religious, hateful Terrorists. Continue

The Ground Truth : The Human Cost Of War
Sometimes the greatest act of courage is to tell the truth


Video Documentary

"The Ground Truth" is a documentary that should be watched by everyone who has a friend, relative or loved one who's served--or is about to serve--in Iraq and Afghanistan. Continue

Netanyahu as the Messiah?
Netanyahu Addresses Evangelical Christian Gathering in Jerusalem


By Nir Hasson

American Evangelical pastor John Hagee - who heads the largest pro-Israel lobby group in the United States - half jokingly compared Benjamin Netanyahu to the Messiah on Sunday night, as he waited for the delayed prime minister to arrive at a Jerusalem hotel to address the crowd. Continue

Selling Out?
AIPAC Policy Conference 2012 Highlights

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Is This The Act Of A Dictator?
President Obama Signs Executive Order Allowing for Control Over all US Resources

By Kenneth Schortgen Jr

On March 16th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order which expands upon a prior order issued in 1950 for Disaster Preparedness, and gives the office of the President complete control over all the resources in the United States in times of war or emergency. Continue

Police State Blues

By Phil Rockstroh

The defining creed of a violent gang, such as the NYPD, is to ensure their own survival by the modus operandi of violently crushing perceived rivals. Continue

51 "militants" killed in gunfights, air strike: On Sunday, Pakistani planes bombed a tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, killing 26 militants, a senior paramilitary official said.

53% Favor Immediate Withdrawal of All U.S. Forces From Afghanistanin : A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters support the complete pullout of U.S. forces from what has become America’s longest-running "war". Just 31% are opposed, while 16% are not sure.

Report: US sent detainees to banned Afghan prisons: Afghanistan's "international allie" are still failing to ensure that people captured on the battlefield are treated humanely despite a massive reform program in recent months.

30 killed after Syrian cities hit by car bombs: A car bomb hit Syria's second city Aleppo yesterday, a day after explosions killed 27 in Damascus, and security forces arrested and beat activists at a rare anti-Government protest in the centre of the capital.

Four killed in Damascus clash: state television: Three "terrorists" and a member of Syria's security forces were killed in a clash in a district of Damascus on Monday, state television said.

Saudi Arabia is arming Syrian rebels : "Saudi military equipment is on its way to Jordan to arm the Free Syrian Army," the diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Franklin Lamb: How many violations of US arms laws are too many?: In accordance with American law, the U.S. Government is mandated to enforce strict conditions on the use against civilians, of weapons it transfers to foreign recipients.

Israel agrees Iran hasn't decided on atom bomb: Despite sabre-rattling from Jerusalem, Israeli officials now agree with the US assessment that Tehran has not yet decided on the actual construction of a nuclear bomb, according to senior Israeli government and defence figures.

Presstitute alert: Israel: Iran nuke site soon immune to strike: Iran's nuclear program, Barak said, "is steadily approaching maturation and is verging on a 'zone of immunity' — a position from which the Iranian regime could complete its program without effective disruption, at its convenience."

Fact or fiction: SWIFT reaction: Iran 'will retaliate', closing Hormuz Strait: As long as the West ignores international law to promote its interests, Iran will retaliate, he said. ­Closing the strait would be a response equal to the West’s unlawful severing of Iran from global commerce, believes Iran’s senior spokesman on Western sanctions and former intelligence minister Ali Falahian.

‘Iran oil exports increase in January despite sanctions’: Iran, the second-biggest producer of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), exported 2.265 million barrels a day in January, its highest monthly figure since December 2008, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

Four killed in shooting at Jewish school in France: French police said that the man opened fire with an automatic pistol of the same kind that was seen at two previous attacks on soldiers in Toulouse and the nearby town of Montauban, the report said. Three soldiers died in those two incidents, and one was seriously wounded.

Cynthia McKinney Interviews Gilad Atzmon about Israel, Zionism, and Jewish Identity Politics: Audio

World citizenship instead of tribalism: The problem is that religious fundamentalists try everything to shield their children from global perspectives, fearing that it will undermine their separatist agenda. It is one of our most daunting tasks to convince them that humanity can no longer afford hatred of the other, bigotry and limited horizons.

Militants kill American teacher in Yemen: Gunmen linked to al Qaeda shot dead an American teacher in Yemen on Sunday, accusing him of Christian "proselytizing", and officials said government forces had killed a dozen militants in clashes and attacks on their strongholds.

Militia and Gaddafi loyalists clash outside Tripoli: At least one person was killed outside Tripoli in a fight between a powerful militia group from Zintan and local residents loyal to slain leader Muammar Gaddafi, reports the Associated Press.

NATO failed to investigate (own crimes) Libya civilian deaths: Amnesty: Echoing similar criticisms aired this month by Russia, Amnesty said scores of Libyans, who were not involved in the conflict, had been killed or injured in NATO bombings but there had been no proper investigations into their deaths.

Libya: The forgotten victims of NATO Strikes: Amnesty International Report -

Villages razed in Sudan's South Kordofan: Thousands flee to mountains, fearing Sudanese attacks, as Al Jazeera finds homes burnt down and crops destroyed.

Chevron executives barred from leaving Brazil over spill: A Brazilian court on Saturday barred 17 executives from Chevron and Transocean from leaving Brazil, pending criminal charges related to a high-profile oil spill last November.

Indian call centres selling YOUR credit card details and medical records for just 2p: Crooks offering information on customers of major High Street banks

David Cameron unveils plan to sell off the roads: Sovereign wealth funds to be allowed to lease motorways in England, says prime minister

Police Get Violent As OWS Retakes Zuccotti Park: Video -On Saturday, hundreds of protesters marked the six-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street by attempting to retake Zuccotti Park. By the end of the night, 73 had been arrested and the park forcefully cleared.

March 18, 2012

Is This The Act Of A Dictator?
President Obama Signs Executive Order Allowing for Control Over all US Resources

By Kenneth Schortgen Jr

On March 16th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order which expands upon a prior order issued in 1950 for Disaster Preparedness, and gives the office of the President complete control over all the resources in the United States in times of war or emergency. Continue

Up to 20 US Troops Behind Kandahar Bloodbath/Rape – Afghan Probe

By RT

He appealed to the international community to ensure that the responsible parties were brought to justice, stressing the Afghan parliament would not rest until the killers were prosecuted. Continue

Washington’s dirty little secret is out!
The Kandahar Massacre

By: M A Niazi

It is an unfortunate truth that in a culture that glorifies violence, the armed forces attract the very kind of persons prone to such sudden outbursts. Continue

The Ground Truth : The Human Cost Of War
Sometimes the greatest act of courage is to tell the truth


Video Documentary

"The Ground Truth" is a documentary that should be watched by everyone who has a friend, relative or loved one who's served--or is about to serve--in Iraq and Afghanistan. Continue

Afghanistan: $2 Billion a Week for Hatred is Too Much, FBI Says Now It's Coming Here

By Ralph Lopez

I want a better deal on the hatred we are buying. Continue

Azerbaijan: The High Cost of Protection

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

A 2009 U.S. embassy political dispatch compared Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to a mafia crime boss. An apt comparison given that Aliyev and the Azeri political elite have been living under the protection of the Capo Crimini – Israel. Continue

How Mossad Justified Its Murder of an Innocent Iranian Electrical Engineer

By Gareth Porter

On July 23, 2011, a 35-year-old Iranian electrical engineering student named Darioush Rezaeinejad was gunned down as he and his wife, who was also wounded in the attack, waited for their child in front of a kindergarten in Tehran. Continue

America and the Middle East:
Psycho Warriors Who Deceive Humanity

By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD

Global peace, humanity and security of the Middle East region are the net causality of Obama’s egomaniac rhetoric. Continue

Social Media Scam Alert:
Top Ten Ways to Tell Kony is Phony

By Bruce A. Dixon

Kony 2012 is not a search for justice. Kony 2012 is a corporate-style PR and psy-ops campaign, a cynical hoax engineered to justify US and Western military intervention to control the incredibly lucrative oil, mineral, water and strategic resources of the heart of Africa.  Continue

Watch What You Say
‘Total Information Awareness’ Surveillance Program Returns, Bigger Than Ever


By Stephen C. Webster

A computing systems that could suck up every electronic communication on the planet and filter them through a smart super-computer that would flag certain conversations, emails, transactions and other items of interest for further review. Continue

Democratic Senators Issue Strong Warning About Use of the Patriot Act

By Charlie Savage

A handful of Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee have warned that the government is secretly interpreting its surveillance powers under the Patriot Act in a way that would be alarming if the public — or even others in Congress — knew about it. Continue

America's Hidden History
The Plot To Overthrow FDR

Video

The Plot To Overthrow FDR reveals how, inspired by political trends in Germany and Italy, this group conceived of a plan to either overthrow the newly-elected president or force him to take orders from them. They envisioned a paramilitary organization of disgruntled WWI veterans as the force to intimidate the government. The man they chose to inspire and lead this veteran's army was retired Marine General Smedley D. Butler. Continue

And Now for Something Completely Different
Galaxy Song

3 Minute Video

A little song about the universe and how insignificant we are. Continue

At Least 27 Killed As Car Bombs Rip Through Syrian Capital : . Gruesome images of the scene were aired, with mangled and charred corpses, bloodstained streets and twisted steel.

Palestinian forces targeted in Syria explosion: A vehicle belonging to the Palestine Liberation Army exploded in Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp on Saturday, killing several people, sources in the city told Ma'an.

Syrian troops clash with army deserters: Syrian troops clashed with army defectors in several areas near the capital Damascus in the first significant battles there since President Bashar Assad’s forces regained control of the suburbs weeks ago, activists said Friday.

Five Syrian opposition groups form new coalition: Five Syrian opposition groups on Saturday announced the formation of a new coalition, a sign of how difficult opponents of the Damascus regime find it to cooperate, a year after the start of the protest movement.

Top diplomat: Saudi Arabia is smuggling arms to Syria: Arab diplomat says Saudi Arabia is delivering military equipment to Free Syrian Army ‘to stop bloodshed by Assad's regime’.

U.S. 'Concerned' About Iranian Flights to Syria: The United States has expressed concern that Iranian cargo planes overflying Iraq may be shipping weapons to Syria.

Iraq: Iran warned against sending arms to Syria: Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh on Saturday said the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad has been warned against shipping arms through Iraq's borders or airspace

Franklin Lamb: : How many violations of US arms laws are too many? The prohibitions against Israel’s use of American weapons against civilians have not, are not and in all likelihood will never be enforced against Israel given the regimes continuing occupation of much of the US government.

Turkey urges citizens to leave Syria, set to cut consular services: Move comes as reports indicate 4 members of the Gulf Cooperation Council will close their embassies in Syria over the ongoing political crisis.

U.K's Cameron: No justification for Israeli attack on Iran: There is no current justification for an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview to NBC published on Thursday

4 Taliban killed, woman injured in Afghan operation: Four armed insurgents were killed and a woman injured during a joint operation in northern Afghan province of Faryab on Saturday, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

Probe team: Women sexually assaulted before killing in Panjwai: US soldiers were alleged to have sexually assaulted two female victims before they were killed in the Panjwai massacre in southern Kandahar last Sunday, a high-level Afghan probe team revealed.

Kandahar slaughter preplanned, executed by squad – Afghan top brass: The Afghan Army Chief of Staff says the slaughter of 16 civilians, including nine children, in Kandahar province was a premeditated assassination carried out by a number of servicemen, RIA Novosti reports, citing Afghan media.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales named as suspect in Afghan massacre: Bales was angry about being passed over for a military promotion, and as a civilian had brushes with the law and spent time in anger management. He pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in 2002 and was cited for a misdemeanor hit-and-run incident in 2008, for which he paid a $250 fine and received a deferred 12-month sentence.

Moqtada Sadr-linked Iraq militants free 'US soldier': A video of the news conference shows a man in US military uniform telling the camera he was kidnapped in June.

Ethiopia stages fresh attacks inside Eritrea: Government official says attacks on alleged rebel bases took place in north of the country and were "successful".

Eritrea says attack by Ethiopia is meant to divert attention from border dispute: The Eritrean government said Friday that an attack on its military outposts by neighboring Ethiopia was carried out with the help of the U.S. and meant to divert attention from a decade-old border dispute between the two countries.

Aussie Soldiers in AFRICA: Australian media this past week claimed Canberra had deployed special forces to the three African countries on “intelligence-gathering missions”.

White House Says Child Soldiers Are Ok, if They Fight Terrorists: The administration stunned human rights groups last month by sidestepping a commitment to help countries curb the military exploitation of children.

WikiLeaks’ Assange plans to run for Australian Senate: “We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained. Julian has decided to run,” WikiLeaks announced on Twitter.

$100 to Fly Through the Airport: Hate the full-body scans, pat-downs and slow going at TSA airport security screening checkpoints? For $100, you can now bypass the hassle.

Now even the eurozone admits it has condemned Greece to never-ending austerity: There's a general view out there that with private creditors having agreed their 50pc haircut, the "Greek problem" has been solved, at least for now. Unfortunately, it has not.

March 17, 2012

"The End Of Israel"
Israel Too Small to Last Even One Week of Real War


Video

“If Israel ever makes that mistake [attacking Iran's nuclear sites], that will set the time for the end of Israel. They know it very well…. We don’t consider Israel a country. Israel is an entity, the extension of the US influence in the Middle East…. So, the real threat is the US,” he said. Continue

U.S. Navy Launches Huge Iran Surge
Gunboats, Super-Torpedoes, Sea-Bots:


By Spencer Ackerman

Consider it Teddy Roosevelt’s gunboat diplomacy for the 21st century. Continue

Israel’s Willing Executioners:

By James Petras and Robin Eastman Abaya

From March 4th to March 9th, 2012, 13,000 militant Israel Firsters, took over “political Washington” and imposed a foreign regime’s (Israel) political agenda to the rousing applause and appreciation of their captive vassal US legislators. Continue

Netanyahu v Obama
"The most dangerous man in the world"


By Alan Hart

What, really, worries Netanyahu most – the prospect (not real) of Iran posing an existential threat to Israel or the prospect (real) of a second-term Obama? Continue

The People’s Resolution

By Camillo mac Bica

Expressing the sense of the PEOPLE regarding the importance of a peaceful resolution of differences and preventing the Governments of the United States and Israel from continuing/escalating the aggression/terrorism against the PEOPLE of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Continue

A Tale of Two Tales
What Real World?

By Fred Reed

When you recruit citizens of a country to kill their own people in the name of a widely hated puppet government, their enthusiasm is likely to be exiguous. Continue

Maid in Lebanon Abuse Video Kills Herself

Video By Aljazeera

Suicide comes days after footage emerged of Ethiopian woman being violently dragged on Beirut street by male employer. Continue

China’s Impending Financial Crash

By Gwynne Dyer

"This time will be different” is the traditional formula used to reassure nervous investors in the last years before a great economic bubble collapses" Continue

J.P. Morgan Chase's Ugly Family Secrets Revealed

By Matt Taibbi

In a story that should be getting lots of attention, American Banker has released an excellent and disturbing exposé of J.P. Morgan Chase's credit card services division. Continue

Corporate Malfeasance – And Why It Corrupts

By John Perkins

Today's tycoons exemplify the mutant form of capitalism we have misguidedly embraced and been infected with – the exploitation of the many by the few. Continue

Why Republicans Aren’t Mentioning
The Real Cause of Rising Prices at the Gas Pump

By Robert Reich

The rise in gas prices has almost nothing to do with energy policy. It has everything to do with America’s continuing failure to adequately regulate Wall Street. But don’t hold your breath waiting for Republicans to tell the truth. Continue

Government Explained

Short Video

An inquisitive alien visits the planet to check on our progress as a species, and gets into a conversation with the first person he meets. Continue

Turkish soldiers, Afghan civilians killed in helicopter crash: Twelve Turkish soldiers and at least two Afghan civilians were killed Friday when a helicopter belonging to foreign forces crashed into a house in Kabul.

Officials disclose new case of American Marine killed by Afghan soldier: An Afghan soldier shot to death a 22-year-old Marine at an outpost in southwestern Afghanistan last month in a previously undisclosed case of apparent "Afghan treachery" that marked at least the seventh killing of an American military member by his supposed ally in the past six weeks

Pentagon: Afghan security breach was more serious than reported: The Pentagon acknowledged Thursday that a security breach during Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s visit to Afghanistan was much more serious than officials first reported

Afghan leader blasts U.S. over shootings probe: Afghan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States on Friday, saying he is at the "the end of the rope" because of the lack of U.S. cooperation into a probe of a killing spree allegedly carried out by an American soldier.

Afghanistan: Villagers in town where civilians were killed suspect U.S. conspiracy: “Why did they not stop the killings? These soldiers at the camp spy with expensive equipment on all that happens, from the ground and from the air,” he added. “It’s too difficult to believe that one of their colleagues could get away with this.”

Afghan massacre suspect on flight to US: The soldier is expected to arrive at Fort Leavenworth on Friday afternoon, says his civilian attorney, John Henry Browne.

Afghan fury as US soldier accused of massacre is flown to Kuwait: “It was the demand of the families of the martyrs of this incident, the people of Kandahar and the people of Afghanistan to try him publicly in Afghanistan,” said Mohammad Naeem Lalai Hamidzai, a Kandahar lawmaker who is part of a parliamentary commission investigating the shootings.

Cameron declares Afghanistan a success at 9/11 memorial: Standing next to the water memorial on the site of the north tower, the prime minister said the Nato mission in Afghanistan had succeeded and would draw to a close over the next two years.

One Killed as clashes over federalism break out in eastern Libya: Hundreds of people held a demonstration after Friday prayers in support of a federal system of governance and a plan to divide the country into three self-governing regions. The supporters and opponents of federalism threw stones at each other and exchanged gunfire.

Annan sending team to discuss Syria monitors: Annan has presented a five-point peace plan including a ceasefire, access for humanitarian aid and political dialogue with the Syrian opposition.

Syria: Assad tells the UN 'we want to cooperate with Annan': Bashar Assad, the Syrian president said that, "the Syrian government is determined to disarm the terrorists and is continuing to seek a peaceful solution to the crisis by cooperating with the special envoy Kofi Annan.

Turkey may create buffer zone, recall envoy in Syria, PM says: Turkey has said it is considering setting up a “security” or “buffer zone” along its border with Syria and may withdraw its ambassador to Damascus after Turkish citizens inside the neighboring country return home.

Fox News Poll: 78% of Voters Oppose Sending Troops to Syria: American voters oppose U.S. military involvement in Syria, where the government has killed an estimated 7,500 people as it tries to end a year-long uprising. In addition, a majority thinks there should be a national debate before the U.S. intervenes in hot-spots around the world.

'Strike on Iran could be counterproductive': A recently retired US general now working for a Jewish national security think tank cautioned Tuesday that military strikes against Iran could be counterproductive.

Top Iran official calls for cooperation from West : Ultimately, Iran is willing to allow "full transparency" of its nuclear program with "permanent human monitoring," Larijani said, but not right away and only if Western powers give Iran all the rights allowed under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Iran Takes 'Urgent Steps' As Saturday Cut-Off Looms: Money exchange houses in the Gulf said they were ceasing dealing in the risky Iranian rial, in another blow to Tehran's trading channels.

Iran Deleted From the World's Banking Computers: Once the SWIFT codes for Iranian banks are deleted, Iranian banks will no longer be able to transfer funds to and from other worldwide banks, turning Iranian international commerce into a barter operation.

Will SWIFT ban on Iran strangle Spain?: In an attempt to pressure Tehran, technocrats in Brussels might actually be leading Spain to the scaffold.

Iran’s Crude Oil Exports to Fall 50% on Embargo, IEA Says: Iran exported just below 2 million barrels a day last month, compared with 2.6 million in November, the IEA, adviser to 28 industrialized nations, said in a report today. Iran’s oil minister said exports haven’t decreased.

Who profits? Exclusive: Iran sanctions seen spurring more Saudi oil sales to U.S.: Saudi Arabia is preparing to extend this year's unexpected jump in oil sales to the United States, adding to speculation about the response of the world's top oil exporter to sanctions against Iran and a rally in prices.

China will ensure tankers can haul Iran oil: China, the biggest buyer of Iranian oil, will take steps to prevent European trade sanctions disrupting shipments from the Persian Gulf nation, said tanker operator China Shipping Development Co.

Israel takes Iran nuclear concern to partner China: Israel Friday took its concern about Iran’s nuclear program to one of Iran’s main partners, China, and hinted it could launch a pre-emptive attack on the Islamic Republic despite repeated calls by China to allow diplomacy to take its course.

Ex-US officials investigated over speeches to Iranian dissident group on terror list: Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton have received federal subpoenas as part of an expanding investigation into the source of payments to former top government officials who have publicly advocated removing an Iranian dissident group from the State Department list of terrorist groups

In case you missed it: Former U.S. Officials Make Millions Advocating For Terrorist Organization: Onstage next to former FBI director Louis Freeh sat Ed Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania and current MSNBC talking head; former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean; former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton; former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Togo West; former State Department Director of Policy Planning Mitchell Reiss; former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James T. Conway; Anita McBride, the former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush; and Sarah Sewall, a Harvard professor who sits on a corporate board with Reiss.

U.S. urged to clarify destination of arms shipment near Suez: Egypt denied Friday a U.S. arms shipment headed to the Suez Canal would be unloaded in the country, after rights group Amnesty International warned that Egyptian security forces could abuse the weapons.

Eritrea calls Ethiopia raid 'deceitful ploy': Red Sea state says attack on its soil is meant to divert attention from neighbour's "illegal occupation" of border area.

Attorney asks for dismissal in WikiLeaks case: He asked that charges against his client be dismissed because the government has "hopelessly" messed up the document turnover in the nearly two years his client has been incarcerated.

Honduras: When Engagement Becomes Complicity: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Honduras on March 6 with a double mission: to quell talk of drug legalization and reinforce the U.S.-sponsored drug war in Central America, and to bolster the presidency of Porfirio Lobo. 

Wilmington, Delaware Passes ‘Sperm Person’ Resolution: The Wilmington, Deleware city council voted 8-4 for a “tongue-in-cheek” resolution “that asks state legislatures and U.S. Congress to enact laws that forbid men from destroying their semen" last week. The resolution was the idea of city councilwoman Loretta Walsh

Federal jobless aid ending for 80,000 S.C. residents: Extended federal unemployment benefits are being phased out for almost 86,000 jobless workers in South Carolina despite the state's high 9.3 percent jobless rate.

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