April 14, 2012

A Rare Admission From Israel

By Teymoor Nabili

Israel's Deputy Prime Minister acknowledged that Iran didn't say they will wipe Israel off the map. Continue

Saudi Arabia Dancing to Israel's Tunes

By Kourosh Ziabari

At any rate, the stance which Riyadh has adopted against Tehran is absolutely in line with the anti-Iranian policies of the Israeli regime. Continue

Syrian Insurgents Violate Ceasefire 

By Stephen Lendman
 
It was too good to last. On day one, insurgents violated ceasefire calm. Blame Washington's dirty hands. It manipulates everything going on. Continue

Turkey Threatens Syria

By Strategy Page


Turkey has threatened to use its participation in the NATO alliance to launch a war against Syria.
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Global Peace and Wars: America at War with itself

By Mahboob A. Khawaja

American and British leaders are fighting wars they cannot win, nor afford to lose in the public eyes.
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The Real Criminals in the Tarek Mehanna Case
US Muslims are prosecuted for their political views


By Glenn Greenwald

In one of the most egregious violations of the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech seen in quite some time, Tarek Mehanna, an American Muslim, was convicted this week in a federal court in Boston and then sentenced yesterday to 17 years in prison.
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Washington Leads World Into Lawlessness

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US government pretends to live under the rule of law, to respect human rights, and to provide freedom and democracy to citizens. Washington’s pretense and the stark reality are diametrically opposed.

9/11 And the Cover Up

Was Israel Involved in 9/11?

Video By Ryan Dawson

"Ryan Dawson is clearly stepping into some very dangerous territory here, and I really commend both his courage and his talent. I urge every one of you to take the time to watch this movie."
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10 Big Companies That Pay No Taxes
(and Their Favorite Politicians)


By Gavin Aronsen

If the companies had paid the full 35 percent corporate tax rate, they would have put more than $78 billion into government coffers. Continue

Iceland Forgives Mortgage Debt of its Population

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The government of Iceland has forgiven the mortgage debt for much of its population. This nation chose a very different way of stopping the crisis from the rest of European countries. Continue

'222 dead' in Qaeda battle for Yemen's Loder: At least 222 people, including 183 militants, have been killed in five days of clashes around the strategic southern town of Loder that Al-Qaeda is trying to seize, Yemeni security sources said on Saturday.

Thirteen killed in south Yemen clashes: defense ministry: At least 13 al Qaeda-linked militants and government troops were killed on Saturday in a clash at a checkpoint outside Yemen's southern port of Aden, the Defense Ministry said.

US kills 7 people in Yemen: A U.S. drone strike killed seven suspected al-Qaida members believed to be heading toward a restive province where Yemeni forces have been intensely battling the terror group, Yemeni officials said.

Yemen gave false information: US : US officials suspect that Yemen fed them false intelligence for a 2010 strike against Al Qaeda suspects that killed a local leader locked in a dispute with the president’s family, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Drone death in Yemen of an American teenager: With the house still quiet with slumber, the 15-year-old left a letter for his mother begging forgiveness, then crawled out a second-storey kitchen window and dropped to the garden below.

59 Taliban killed in offensive by Afghan commandos near Pak border: Afghan forces backed by air support from Nato aircraft have launched a broad sweep of the country's northeast borders killing 59 Taliban insurgents in a major offensive in a province that serves as a militant supply route from Pakistan.

Afghan war whistleblower Daniel Davis: 'I had to speak out – lives are at stake': Soldier wrote detailed report claiming US generals 'have so distorted the truth … the truth has become unrecognisable'

How Much Does It Cost to Field an Afghan Cop? More Than You Think: They are paid an average of just $1,872 a year, but the overall cost of training and fielding a police officer is roughly $30,000 per year, while the cost of each soldier is nearly $46,000 per year. the United States bears virtually all of those costs, adding up to more than $3.5 billion a year.

Australian plan to spend millions on Afghanistan uncovered: AUSTRALIA is five weeks away from signing a crucial strategic agreement with Afghanistan that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars and outline Australia's postwar role there, but the government has yet to inform the public of its existence.

US drones kill 35, wounds dozens in southern Somalia: The casualties come after an unmanned aircraft fired several missiles at al-Shabab training bases located between the country’s capital city of Mogadishu and its neighboring city Afgoye on Thursday.

Sudan air raid kills 5 civilians in South Sudan: A Sudanese air raid today on a border city in South Sudan killed five civilians and wounded six.

South Sudan troops 'repel oil town attack': South Sudanese military says Heglig still under its control after overnight clashes and despite Sudanese air raids.

Roadside bomb kills 2 policemen in Iraq: Iraqi officials say a roadside bomb targeting a security patrol has killed two policeman in the western province of Anbar.

Iraq's Sadr slams 'Maliki arrest' of election head: Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday accused the prime minister of having engineered the arrest of Iraq's electoral chief to serve his own purposes of staying in power.

Pakistan Parliment Demands an End to C.I.A. Drone Strikes: In a rare show of unity, the government and opposition joined on Thursday to present the United States with a list of stringent demands, including an immediate end to C.I.A. drone strikes, that were cast in uncompromising word.

US won’t stop CIA strikes in Pakistan: Officials noted that they would work in the near future to try and mend ties with Pakistan, but if suspected terrorist targets are detected by the CIA drone’s hellfire missiles lasers, they will shoot

UN Security Council votes unanimously to authorize observer mission to monitor Syrian cease-fire: Russia, which has veto power on the panel, said Saturday it would back the resolution because Moscow found it "balanced" and it sends a strong message to both the Syrian government and armed opposition forces.

Full Text of resolution 2042 on Syria ceasefire observers:

Syrian TV reports armed groups attack state broadcasting building : Syrian Television reports gunfire in the city of Aleppo on Saturday and says armed groups had blockaded the broadcasting building of Syrian Television.

Armed Group Murders Syrian General at Home : Gunmen murdered in cold blood Brigadier General Walid Jouni in his home in Jaramana near this capital, despite the cease fire abided by the government, a source from the Ministry of Interior informed this Friday.

Despite Truce New Armed Infiltration Attempt Against Syria : According to reports, when confronted, the armed men fled to Turkey, where they receive protection from the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Russian Warships to Patrol Syrian Coast: Russian warships will be continuously deployed for patrol duty off the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean, a high-ranking source in the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.

Iran nuclear talks in Istanbul end; EU reiterates talks 'constructive': European Union's Ashton says world powers are due to meet with Iranian officials for more talks on May 23, in Baghdad.

Senior Iranian Foreign Policy Official Rejects Bilateral Meeting with US: Chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi dismissed a US request for having a bilateral meeting with representatives of Iran on the sidelines of the negotiations between Tehran and the six world powers in Istanbul, Turkey.

Israel plans to block 'flytilla' of pro-Palestinian activists: Up to 2 000 Palestinian sympathisers, mainly from Europe, will attempt to board planes in what has been dubbed a "flytilla" in reference to previous attempts to breach the blockade of Gaza by flotillas of boats.

The occupation reaches Europe: airlines cancel ‘flytilla’ passenger tickets: Three European airlines have canceled the flights of passengers from the Airflotilla2, or flytilla, the campaign in which activists challenge Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories by flying into Tel Aviv and announcing to customs their intent to travel to the West Bank.

Bahraini teenagers wounded after grand prix given go-ahead: Three in hospital after sustaining injuries at a rally after the funeral of a man shot during an anti-government protest

Egypt disqualifies top Islamists, Mubarak VP from vote: The body overseeing Egypt's presidential election disqualfied 10 candidates from the race on Saturday, including the Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat al-Shater, former spy chief Omar Suleiman and ultra orthodox Salafi sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail.

Secrecy surrounds Julian Assange talk show: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will launch his new TV talk show in Russia today, but is keeping the guest list secret. RT editor-in-chief saysAssange's first interview is so controversial that it "will lead to calls to shut us down"

Documents provide rare insight into FBI’s terrorism stings: “I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that there would have been no crime here except the government instigated it, planned it and brought it to fruition,” said U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon at the sentencing of four men from Newburgh, N.Y.

U.S. Secret Service agents leave Colombia over prostitution inquiry: The U.S. Secret Service is investigating allegations of misconduct by agents who had been sent to Cartagena, Colombia, to provide security for President Obama’s trip to a summit that began there Friday.

Gingrich renting out his donor list in desperate attempt to raise cash: First his think-tank declared bankruptcy. Then it was revealed that his campaign was so deeply in debt — to the tune of $4.5 million dollars — that it had had bounched a $500 check. The campaign is so desperate for cash it’s resorting to renting out its donor list for as much as $26,000 per use.

Graphic video of teen being tortured,: The video, which shows former resident Andre McCollins screaming, writhing in pain, and begging for help, was played at the start of McCollins’ trial against the Canton-based Judge Rotenberg Center.

Uncompromising Photos Expose Juvenile Detention in America: The U.S. locks up children at more than six times the rate of all other developed nations. The over 60,000 average daily juvenile lockups, a figure estimated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), are also disproportionately young people of color.

Million Fine For 'Reprehensible' Handling Of One Mortgage: A federal bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana, characterized as "highly reprehensible" Wells Fargo's behavior over more than five years of litigation with a single homeowner and ordered the bank to pay the New Orleans man a whopping $3.1 million in punitive damages, one of the biggest fines ever for mortgage servicing misconduct.

April 12, 2012

Russia Expecting Attack on Iran by Summer
Russia Planning Troops Deployment On Iran's Northern Border

By F. Michael Maloof

The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources.
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The Irrationality of the Case against Iran’s Nuclear Program
"The Stupidest Idea I Ever Heard"


By Gary Leupp

What is the logic of offering Iran a “last chance” to stop doing what it is legally entitled to do?
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Other People’s Blood

By Thomas L. Knapp

This week it’s Syria and Iran. Next week? Uganda or Cuba or the Korean Peninsula or Djibouti. Don’t worry, they’ll find someone, somewhere for you to fight. They always do.
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The War On Terror is Corrupting all it Touches

By Simon Jenkins

Every student agitator is a terrorist, every internet hacker, cafeteria dissident, freedom fighter and insurgent leader.
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The Guantanamo "War" Crimes Tribunal Worse than a Bush-era Horror Show

By Peter Foster

Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, was subjected to mock executions, simulated drowning by water-boarding, scrubbed with stiff brushes until his skin was raw, threatened with a revving power drill as he stood hooded and naked, kept in such filthy conditions his CIA interrogators smoked cigars to mask the stench.
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Starve the Beast of Empire
Ax the Personal Income Tax


By John V. Walsh

That’s right; it takes the entire personal income tax, and then some, to cover the costs of war and Empire.
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Oligarchy in the U.S.A.
The Wealth Defense Industry Protects the Richest of the Rich.


By Jeffrey A. Winters

Mitt Romney, who in 2010 paid 13.9 percent of his $21.6 million income in taxes that year, the same tax rate as an individual who earned a mere $8,500 to $34,500.
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How did Mitt Make so Much Money and Pay so Little in Taxes?

By Robert Reich

The magic of private equity reveals a lot about how and why our economic system has become so distorted and lopsided – why all the gains are going to the very top while the rest of us aren’t going anywhere.
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Wealthy Group Seeks to Reform Election Giving in New York

By THOMAS KAPLAN

An unusual and well-heeled coalition, trying to tap public anger over the flood of money into politics, is pushing to enact a public financing system for elections in New York State.
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U.S. kills 14 "al-Qaida militants" in Yemen's south: The warplane fired two missiles on an al-Qaida convoy on a desert road in the outskirts of Lauder town, about 150 km northeast of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan, killing at least 14 militants and wounding 10 others, the local government official said condition of anonymity.

Battle against Qaeda enters fourth day in Yemen, raises death toll to 177: A battle between al-Qaeda militants and armed civilians fighting for control of the Yemeni town of Louder spread on Thursday to nearby Mudia, as the death toll from four days of clashes reached 177, local sources said.

Five dead in north Iraq ambush: Unknown gunmen firing Kalashnikovs and PK machineguns ambushed a police patrol Thursday in north Iraq, killing two policemen and three civilians and wounding six more, a top police officer said.

Iraq blast kills Shiite mayor, 4 family members, official says: Iraqi officials say a bombing has killed the Shiite mayor of a town northwest of Baghdad along with his wife and three children.

Turkish soldiers killed in PKK clash at Iraqi border: Two Turkish soldiers were killed and three were wounded in clashes with Kurdish militants at the Iraqi border, officials said on Thursday.

Civilians Killed During Protest Over Faryab Mullah’s Night Raid Death: Deadly protests erupted in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province on Thursday after a military night raid killed local Sharia law professor and tribal elder Qari Qiyamuddin, according to local officials.

Two foreign occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan: - Two members of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed by insurgents in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday.

US troops kill Afghan civilian in Kandahar: Afghan officials: The man came under fire when he was walking with his daughter on a road in the area, Atrafi said, adding that the child escaped unharmed.

UN heads encouraged by Syria cease-fire: U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and his envoy said Thursday they were encouraged that a cease-fire appears to be holding in Syria, but urged its government to keep its promises and said a single gunshot could derail the fragile peace.

Report: Syrian officer killed in roadside bomb attack: Syria accused "terrorists" of planting a roadside bomb that blew up in Aleppo, killing one officer and wounding at least 24 cadets and officers in an attempt to sabotage a UN-backed ceasefire, state media said on Thursday.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria: Turkey says NATO has duty to defend Syrian border: - NATO-member Turkey has formally reported an incident in which two Turks were wounded by gunfire from Syria this week to the United Nations and NATO, and said the military alliance had a duty to protect Turkey's borders.

How Neocons Sank Iran Nuke Deal: Two years ago, Washington’s influential neoconservatives – both inside and outside government – shot down a possible resolution to the Iranian nuclear dispute because they wanted a confrontation with Tehran that some hoped would lead to their long-held dream of “regime change.”

Uranium Double-Standard: The U.S., Kazakhstan and Iran : Kazakhstan’s booming uranium mining and expanding nuclear industry -- a massive effort involving U.S. multinational corporations and an authoritarian regime increasingly tied to Washington.

IOF closes off central Palestinian town to vehicles: Soldiers place large boulders across all four lanes of the main entrance to A-Ram, a Palestinian town of 60,000, blocking incoming and outgoing traffic.

IOF admits barring Palestinians' access to own fields: The state has confirmed that, acting without a court order, the army has barred Palestinian villagers from freely accessing their farmland for two years. The admission was made in the state's response to a High Court petition filed last year by Beit Furik residents.

Clinton Overrules Republican Lawmaker's Hold on Palestinian Aid: Ros-Lehtinen: "Where is the accountability for U.S. taxpayer dollars?"

Libya: So it was all about oil after all!: Like Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, or Abelard and Eloise, Oil and Money are probably the West’s most universal and paradigmatic duo. Their love affair has been going strong for many decades.

Libya's failure to hand over Gaddafi son must be referred to UN, says ICC lawyer: Moreno-Ocampo's call for formal complaint follows inadvertent release of scathing report on treatment of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

Shocking Facts About Who’s Arming Human Rights Abusers : Just six countries export a whopping 74 percent of the world’s weapons, with the US making up 35 percent of the global total.

Egyptian Islamist presidential candidate can run, mother not American, court rules: An Egyptian court has ruled that that the mother of a popular ultraconservative Islamist viewed as one of the strongest contenders for president is not a U.S. citizen, likely clearing the way for him to run in May elections.

Guantanamo Judge Avoids Ruling On ‘Torture’ Testimony: Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was tortured by the United States of America. His lawyers say so. The U.S. government has said so.

Poll: Romney weaker than Obama on foreign policy: Americans trust Obama over Romney on international affairs by 53 to 36 percent, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released this week. Foreign policy is one of Obama’s strongest advantages among 18 issues and attributes tested in the poll.

George Zimmerman's trial could be as divisive as OJ Simpson's: George Zimmerman is behind bars. Six weeks after he shot Trayvon Martin, the state of Florida has been pressured, from above and below, to at least contemplate the notion that a man who killed an unarmed child might have a case to answer. He has now been charged with second-degree murder.

Australia: Mounting credit card bills drive bankruptcy boom in western suburbs: MOUNT DRUITT, Campbelltown and Liverpool have emerged as Sydney's bankruptcy hot spots as families succumb to mounting credit card debt and chronic unemployment.

UK: Poorer families to lose up to one-quarter of income due to government austerity: According to the most recent surveys, more than 22 percent of the population is officially below the poverty line. Nationally, one in every three children lives in poverty. In some areas, child poverty is between 40 and 50 percent.

Jobless Claims in U.S. Rose Last Week to Two-Month High: Economy: More Americans than forecast filed applications for jobless benefits last week, reinforcing concern among Federal Reserve policy makers that the labor-market recovery will be slow to develop.

Lenders Again Dealing Credit to Risky Clients: Credit card lenders gave out 1.1 million new cards to borrowers with damaged credit in December. These borrowers accounted for 23 percent of new auto loans in the fourth quarter of 2011, up from 17 percent in the same period of 2009, Experian, a credit scoring firm, said.

April 11, 2012

What's Goin' On at the Turkish-Syrian Border?

By Pepe Escobar

Turkey is sheltering the FSA right on the border, only a few meters - and not kilometers - away from Syrian territory.
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Bogus 'Ceasefire' in Syria as Washington Prepares War Pretext

By Adam Ford

To get some idea of how absurd the Syria situation is, imagine the following scenario.
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Expect War. It's Coming

By Stephen Lendman

While disingenuously supporting peace, Washington, rogue NATO partners, and regional allies continue arming, funding, training, and actively aiding insurgents other ways to violently oust Assad.
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Mitt and Bibi Joined at the Hip

By Philip Giraldi

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Romney is handing the exercise of US foreign policy on the Middle East over to Israel.
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The Dark Side of the West’s ‘Humanitarianism’
How Nato Left Boat People to Die

By Matthew Vella

"We are watching them, they are watching us. We are showing them the dead bodies. We drank water from the sea to show them we were thirsty. The people on the boat took pictures, nothing else," Dan Haile Gebre, a survivor, said.
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Destroying a Continent

By Udo W Froese

Are Africans a lesser people than Caucasian-Semites? Continue

Perverts in Power
The Torture-Lovers Who Rule Us


By Chris Floyd

It is a case of brutal torture against an innocent, defenseless pregnant woman, whose only "crime" was to be married to a man who belonged to an organization which had long been supported by the US and UK -- until the geopolitics of oil made the group expendable. Continue

The Unclassified Zelikow Torture Memo as Evidence of Crimes

By Michael Collins

Zelikow’s charge that the Bush administration hid and tried to destroy his memo shows a conspiracy to withhold evidence. Continue

Cindy vs. The Empire

By Cindy Sheehan

One of my many protest actions is to not pay my income taxes which mostly go for war and other police state tyrannies. Now, the Empire is Striking Back. Continue

America’s Voting System Is a Complete Farce

By Mac Slavo

Why it’s patently impossible for the United States to have a legitimate election. Continue

Yemen army kills 25 militants: At least 25 militants were killed early on Wednesday in a third day of fighting with Yemeni troops in the south of the country, residents and local officials said.

Two NATO occupation force soldiers, local official killed in Afghanistan: Fresh violence reported in Afghanistan, a day after a wave of bombings killed 19 people.

US In Afghanistan For the Long Run: Grossman: "The sooner we can sign the [strategic partnership deal] with Afghanistan, people then will have to realise that there is going to be an American presence in Afghanistan for some time to come," he said.

Night-raid deal in Afghanistan is largely symbolic: The Pentagon won’t come right out and say it, but the agreement that governs night raids in Afghanistan is a largely symbolic document that eases United States-Afghan relations, while having little effect on the U.S. military’s ability to nab Taliban insurgents and other high-value targets.

Six Assad's soldiers killed in Syrian Kurdistan : Unidentified gunmen attacked Syrian army troops killing six of them near Hasaka, said observatory spokesperson Hevin Koka.

Syrian govt to stop military operations Thursday morning: Kofi Annan: "I have received government assurances they will respect the ceasefire. If everyone respects it I think by 6 in the morning on Thursday we shall see improved conditions on the ground," Annan said as quoted by Reuters.

Terrorism Escalated Despite Withdrawal of Army Units from Some Provinces: Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem affirmed on Tuesday that the Syrian government has withdrawn army units from some provinces, yet terrorism activities escalated and spread to other areas, noting that Syria's didn't ask Annan for written guarantees from armed groups and countries sponsoring them,

Shock and Awe: See what the Syrian terrorists are doing: This article contains graphic images, in the form of films, of atrocities carried out by the western-backed Syrian terrorists. For all those who have aided, financed or supported this filth against the Syrian government, I would urge you to watch these movies from beginning to end and then reconsider very carefully what you have started.

Diplomacy has 'failed' in Syria, warns McCain: Diplomatic efforts to halt Syria's bloodshed have "failed" and the world must send military aid to rebels to stop further slaughter, US Senator John McCain said Tuesday at a refugee camp in Turkey.

Australia won't rule out Syrian envoy expulsion: Foreign Minister Bob Carr is not ruling out expelling the Syrian ambassador as part of Australia's response to ongoing violence in the Middle East nation.

Iran halts oil flow to Germany one day after Spain: Tehran has already stopped oil exports to France, Britain, and Greece and is now considering halting crude sales to Italy.

Iran to ban imports from 100 EU companies: Iran's official Press TV says the country plans to ban imports from 100 European companies as part of Tehran's pre-emptive retaliation against an EU embargo that is to go into effect in July.

Saudi Arabia offers Pakistan energy package to abandon Iran pipeline: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has offered Pakistan an "alternative package" to meet Islamabad's growing energy needs in exchange for abandoning its multibillion gas pipeline project with Iran.

Salah case exposes the murky tactics of Britain's pro-Israel lobby: The circumstances surrounding Home Secretary Theresa May's decision to issue an exclusion order against Sheikh Raed Salah is a cause for great concern.

A humble shepherd is run off his grandfather’s grandfather’s land because of settlers’ ‘security’: Video shows exposes humiliations of Palestinians, inflicted by Jewish soldiers

If it’s Obama vs. Romney, the battle for the Jews is on: Jews might sympathize more than others with the Mormon candidate’s need to put on a mask in the company of Christian conservatives.

Iraq Vice-President Hashemi's guards 'die in custody': Iraq's fugitive vice-president says two more of his bodyguards have been tortured to death by security forces during a terrorism investigation.

Clashes near Egypt-Libya border leave two dead: Two people were killed during clashes between residents of an Egyptian town close to the Libyan border and security forces, security officials told AFP on Wednesday.

Egyptian Intelligence Ministry Building Torched: Anger over the death of two protesters killed in clashes with the army over road tolls has burgeoned into arson in Salloum.

Ex-rebels attack Libya NTC headquarters: Furious former fighters open fire against council of ministers HQ after Tripoli’s decision to stop cash handouts.

U.S. condemns attack on U.N. in Libya: Ian Martin, U.N. special envoy to Libya, was among those traveling in a convoy when it was hit by an explosive device while traveling through Benghazi. Hua Jiang, a spokeswoman for the U.N. Support Mission in Libya said no one was hurt in the attack.

Jordan- 'Private hospitals to stop accepting most Libyan patients' : Hospitals affiliated with the Private Hospitals Association (PHA) will stop admitting Libyan patients except emergency cases and those who can pay cash up front, a PHA representative said on Tuesday.

Sudan breaks off talks with South Sudan: Khartoum said on Wednesday it would use "all means" against its newly-independent southern neighbour, following two days of clashes along the border.

UN calls for funds for drought-hit Sahel; Children's aid organisation UNICEF on Tuesday led a cross-agency appeal for funds for the Sahel region where 15 million are suffering from malnutrition, it said.

CIA wins fight to keep MPs in dark on rendition: Court keeps UK role secret – as No 10 calls for police to question Labour ministers

UK 'approved' rendition of Libyan couple: Documents said to be found in office of Libya's ex-spy chief suggest UK had role in rendition of dissident man and wife.

£1m hush money to hide Tony Blair and Jack Straw's collusion in yet more war crimes: Their Iraq lies should have put Blair and Straw behind bars long ago, but here's yet more evidence of war crimes -- this time for their involvement in torture and kidnapping.

Obama poised to give presidential seal of approval to gross labor rights violations in Colombia: U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce that Colombia is complying with the labor rights conditions that were set for a free trade agreement between Bogota to take effect. This approval will only perpetuate the ongoing labor rights violations.

Stock and bond markets rocked by fears of Italian and Spanish debt spirals: Italy's leading MIB index plunged 5pc and Spain's Ibex fell 3pc amid fears that the eurozone's third and fourth biggest economies were in the grip of a deadly and uncontrollable spiral of debt and recession.

Super Rich Still Have Little To Fear From IRS: According to a new study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, the IRS has completed a mere 36 audits from the over-$10 million set since launching the global high wealth group. 

April 10, 2012

Syrian Cease-Fire Looks like a Long Shot

By Patrick Cockburn

Assad needs to make a show of moderation to keep Russia and China on side. Continue

Israel's Useful Idiots
McCain and Lieberman Meet With the Free Syria Army

By Josh Rogin

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) are on a surprise trip to the Turkish-Syrian border to meet with leaders of the Free Syria Army and visit Syrian refugees. Continue

Poll: 84% of US Public Believe Iran is Trying to Develop a Nuclear Weapon

By Eli Clifton

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that the US public, by a sizable margin, opposes military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Continue

Iran/Israel Locked in Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) Deterrence Status

By Franklin Lamb

One pillar of the current mutual deterrence status between the growing Resistance alliances confronting Israel is the weapons ambiguity of Hezbollah. Continue

If Iran Had Nuclear Weapons Most Arab People Would Feel Safer

By Noam Chomsky

The Arab dictators may be in America's pocket but, says Noam Chomsky, polls show repeatedly that it is the United States and Israel that are viewed as the greatest threat to the vast majority of the Arab populations. Continue

US Training Terrorists in Nevada:

Seymour Hersh - Democracy Now!

Seymour Hersh on U.S. Aid to Iranian Group Tied to Scientist Killings. Continue

Why No Sympathy for the Palestinians?
The Disgusting Attacks on Gunter Grass

By Tariq Ali

That the Israeli government pushed the Bush administration to make war on Iraq is hardly a secret. Nor is the statement of the Israeli Ambassador to the US the day after the fall of Baghdad: “Don’t stop. Move on to Damascus and Teheran.’ Continue

Wars Leave Crumbling Infrastructure at Home for US

By Clifford A. Kiracofe

While politicians in Washington recklessly call for bombing Syria and Iran, they ignore the economic costs of failed US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. - A team of US academics, estimates these wars have cost between $3 trillion and $4 trillion through 2011. Continue

Know Thy Enemy

By Linh Dinh

This Obama presidency has been a brilliant move by our ruling class, for this black, personable decoy has managed to pacify vast swaths of an otherwise restless constituency, while enraging others for the wrong reason. Continue

The Killers All Around Us

By Dave Lindorff

Do we want such justifiably outraged citizens, who are simply reacting appropriately to the shredding of their First Amendment right to protest and to petition for redress, to be blown away by police firing hollow-point bullets? Continue

What Is ObamaCare?

By Paul Craig Roberts

Growing up in the post-war era (after the Second World War), I never expected to live in the strange Kafkaesque world that exists today. Continue

Fools! A Cry of Hope!

Must Read - By Jim Macdonald

We should never want to have the kind of power and prestige that the rich and powerful have. They too are fools in choosing a world where only the scattered few have the opportunity to live freely, constantly having to plot ways to stay on top of the pile. Continue

Death toll in Yemeni clashes rises to 127: Yemeni army officials say heavy clashes overnight between the military and al-Qaeda-linked militants in the south have killed 63 people, bringing the two-day death toll in the fighting to 127.

19 killed in three Afghan suicide attacks: Ten policemen are among at least 19 people killed in three suicide attacks in Afghanistan, heralding the start of the spring 'fighting season'.

Syria: Troops being pulled out from provinces: “We have already withdrawn forces and army units from several Syrian provinces,'' Muallem said. "An end of violence must be simultaneous with the arrival of the international observers."

Syrian rebels ‘using Turkish refugee camps as base’: The Syrian army’s pursuit of rebels across the Turkish border has shed light on claims of rebel groups using refugee camps as safe havens. Reports suggest the Free Syrian Army could be treating them as springboards to launch incursions into Syria.

At least three generals 'among Syrian military dead'; The Syrian government said last week that 2,088 soldiers and security agents and 478 police have now been killed since mid-March.

Who Are "The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" SOHR has indicated that they consider reporting on the deaths of government loyalists to be "not in their interest".

UK threatens to step up support for anti-Assad forces: Mr Hague said that if Kofi Annan's peace plan failed, Britain was ready to take the issue back to the UN security council to seek "a united international response."

Turkish PM, Saudi king to meet on Syria; The leaders of Saudi Arabia and Turkey will meet to discuss Syria on Friday, a Saudi official said on Tuesday, in a mark of accelerating diplomacy on a crisis in which both regional powers have condemned Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Iran says 'Israel terror group' found with bombs, machine guns: Iran said the "major terrorist group" it found and which they claim was affiliated to Israel was arrested "while preparing to carry out terrorist acts", adding that a considerable number of bombs, machine guns, military and communication equipments were seized.

Ahmadinejad: Iran can withstand oil embargo 'for years': President of Islamic Republic says country could manage two to three years without selling oil; nuclear talks with West scheduled to begin next week.

‘NATO, US arming Israel over projected, planned Iran war’: A prominent political analyst says NATO and the US are arming “Israel with missile capacities in relation to a projected and planned attack upon Iran.”  

Israel's useful idiot:: Christie in Israel fuels Prez talk : New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie kicked off his first official overseas trip Monday, meeting Israel's leader in a visit that may boost the rising Republican star's foreign policy credentials ahead of November's presidential election. Christie, 49, is mentioned as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2012 and a possible presidential candidate in 2016.

Survey: 62% of U.S. Jews would reelect Obama: According to the survey, while only 62% of Jewish voters in the U.S. would like to reelect Obama, 30% would prefer to see a Republican candidate take the upcoming elections.

Fugitive Iraqi VP Hashemi arrives in Istanbul: During his visit to the kingdom, Saudi officials said that Hashemi might remain in the kingdom until his political foe, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, leaves office.

Saudi Arabia gets two million acres from Sudan for tax-free farming: A prominent Saudi businessman announced last week that the Sudanese government agreed to give his country two million acres of land as a farming investment that would allow the Arab Gulf state to ensure safe and steady food supply.

Egypt's ex-spy chief vows to restore security: Khairat el-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, said Suleiman is trying to 'steal the revolution'

WikiLeaks: Kony 2012 creators spied for Uganda: The Invisible Children NGO, most famous for its Kony 2012 online video, helped the Ugandan government arrest a former child soldier and backed an operation that killed more civilians than militants, cables published by Wikileaks reveal.

Libya halts payments to ex-fighters over fraud: Libya's interim authorities have stopped paying bonuses to former rebels due to widespread fraud costing millions of Libyan dinars, the official LANA news agency reported on Monday.

Libya: Gaddafi son to be tried inside country: "He will be tried for rape, murder, corruption and we expect him to be tried and a verdict rendered before the upcoming elections in mid-June," al-Hareizi told reporters in Tripoli.

MI6 'to offer £1 million' in Libya rendition case: MI6 is reportedly preparing to offer more than £1 million to buy the silence of a Libyan who claims he was kidnapped and sent home for torture at the hands of the Gaddafi regime.

UK terror suspects to be extradited to US: Babar Ahmed along with four others told by European court no rights violation would occur if they are sent to the US.

Cops can request a copy of your complete Facebook activity: If police officers were to file a subpoena for your Facebook information, they would receive a printout of the data from the social network. This printout would be so detailed, complete and creepy that you should strive to be a good law-abiding citizen, just to prevent it from ever existing.

Big Brother ‘legal’ in US: Mumia Abu-Jamal exclusive: RT has become the first TV channel in the world to speak to former journalist and Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal since he was removed from death row in January. Abu-Jamal will spend his life behind bars for killing a police officer in 1981.

Latin American countries pursue alternatives to U.S. drug war: When President Obama arrives in Colombia for a hemispheric summit this weekend, he will hear Latin American leaders say that the U.S.-orchestrated war on drugs, which criminalizes drug use and employs military tactics to fight gangs, is failing and that sweeping changes need to be considered.

Poll: Voters want super PACs to be illegal: Sixty-nine percent of all Americans and voters alike say super PACs, a fundraising vehicle that allows wealthy donors to make unlimited donations in support of a particular candidate or party, should be banned. Just 25 percent said they should remain legal.

Billions In Profits Yet, 26 Major Corporations Paid No Corporate Income Tax For The Last Four Years: Citizens for Tax Justice found that 30 major corporations had made billions of dollars in profits while paying no federal income tax between 2008 and 2010. Today, CTJ updated that report to reflect the 2011 tax bill of those 30 companies, and 26 of them have still managed to pay absolutely nothing over that four year period:

What's the deal with our current tax system?: A full 22,000 households that made more than $1 million in 2009 paid less than 15 percent of their income in income taxes — and 1,470 managed to pay no federal income taxes on their million-plus-dollar incomes, according to the IRS.

April 09, 2012

US Gives Iran 'Last Chance' Warning
Obama demands concessions as crucial talks begin in Istanbul later this week

By Guy Adams

Other "near term" concessions which must be met in the early stages of talks to avoid a potential military conflict, include the suspension of higher level uranium enrichment, and the surrender by Tehran of existing stockpiles of the fuel.
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US Offers to 'Negotiate' if Iran Surrenders;
Thoughts on Negotiation Tactics; Obama Threatens War


By Mike Shedlock

President Obama has stepped up the rhetoric against Iran with an offer to "negotiate". His offer is no offer at all, it is a demand to surrender.
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Western Powers Manipulate Syrian Peace Plan To Prepare For War

By Johannes Stern

The imperialist powers never intended to find a political settlement to the conflict, as they claimed, but sought instead to create a pretext for further provocations against Syria.
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‘I’ve Been Duped’
Reflections on Israel and Palestine


By Rick Steves

Do you know the frustration you feel when you believed in something strongly and then you realize that the information that made you believe was from a source with an agenda to deceive?
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Obama Administration Silencing Pakistani Drone-Strike Lawyer

By Medea Benjamin

The U.S. media has little interest in airing the stories of dirt poor people in faraway lands who contradict the convenient narrative that drone strikes only kill “militants.”
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"Merchant of Death" Sentenced to 25 Years;
Trial Ignored His Ties to U.S., Dick Cheney


By Democracy Now!

Former United Nations arms trafficking investigator Kathi Lynn Austin, says the case allowed American companies to avoid exposure of their collusion with with the U.S. government and private companies linked to Dick Cheney during the Iraq war.
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Only the people can stop this
Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us

By Bill Quigley

Soon, police everywhere will be equipped with handheld devices to collect fingerprint, face, iris and even DNA information on the spot and have it instantly sent to national databases for comparison and storage.
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“To Undo the Folded Lie”


By Phil Rockstroh

Lottery mania and End Time fantasies reveal that the central premise of capitalism is a lie. Continue

Make Your Taxes Disappear!
How Bush-era corporate welfare ran up the deficit.


By Michael Scherer

A classic case study of how the tax code became a slush fund for corporate America.
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The Real Health Care Debate

By Chris Hedges

Medical bills already lead to 62 percent of personal bankruptcies, and nearly 80 percent of those declaring personal bankruptcy because of medical costs had insurance.
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Yemen says 44 killed in Qaeda clashes: Forty-four people, including 14 soldiers, were killed in clashes with Al-Qaeda militants who attacked an army barracks in Yemen's restive south on Monday, a military official told AFP.

Blast kills 12 in southern Somalia market-official: - At least 12 people died in a bomb attack on Monday that targeted Somali and Ethiopian troops in a busy market in the southern city of Baidoa, witnesses and officials said.

Gunmen in Nigeria Kill Four People: Gunmen suspected of being members of a radical Islamist sect have killed at least four people—including a six-year-old girl—in recent attacks in Nigeria's restive northeast, authorities said Monday.

Afghanistan: 7 Taliban militants killed: Seven Taliban militants have been killed and 11 others detained during military operations in the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Monday.

Former Taliban leader flees for safety: Abdul Salam Zaeef, ex-Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, takes shelter in UAE after US troops attempted to raid his home.

Syria rebels kill 6 near Turkey border: Rebels have killed at least six members of the Syrian security forces and customs officials in fierce clashes close to the northern border with Turkey, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Report: More than 100 executed by Syrian authorities: The report "documents the involvement of Syrian forces and pro-government shabeeha militias in summary and extrajudicial executions of defecting soldiers, opposition fighters and opposition supporters, as well as civilians who appeared to have had no part in the confrontation with the authorities other than being residents of opposition strongholds,"

Turkey Accuses Syria of Firing Across Border, Killing 2 People: Turkish officials said on Monday that Syrian government forces had opened fire across the border late Sunday, killing two people and wounding three others close to one of the largest Syrian refugee camps in Turkey.

Report: Fire from Syria border clashes hits refugee camp in Turkey: Turkish officials say bullets hitting Kilis refugee camp originate from clashes between Syrian soldiers and rebel fighters near Turkey's Kilis province.

Rebels refuse regime's demand to disarm when Assad pulls back : Video - The UN-backed peace plan for Syria could be in deadlock, just days ahead of a ceasefire deadline. The rebels have refused to give Damascus any guarantees they will lay down arms before the government troops pull back. RT's Middle East correspondent Paula Slier reports.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria? A ticking clock on Syria: Intervention is likely, and the United States won't wait as long as it did in Bosnia.

Tehran offers nuclear compromise: Atomic Energy Organisation head Fereidoun Abbasi said Iran could pledge to stop producing its most highly enriched uranium while retaining some ability to make nuclear fuel.

U.S. Navy deploys another aircraft carrier to Gulf: Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said on Monday that the deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks only the fourth time in the past decade that the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating at the same time in the region.

U.S. intelligence gains in Iran seen as boost to confidence: The expanded intelligence effort has coincided with a covert campaign by the CIA and other agencies to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program and has enabled an escalation in the use of targeted economic sanctions by the United States and its allies to weaken Iran’s resolve.

Abbas to Netanyahu: Respond favorably to Palestinian peace plan or we return to UN: Abbas gave the PM a month to respond to the Palestinian positions, which will be laid out in a letter to be delivered to Netanyahu next Wednesday during a Jerusalem meeting with Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad.

Gunter Grass accuses Israel of plotting to 'wipe out' Iran: "I admit: I will be silent no longer, because I am sick of the hypocrisy of the West".

Special report: Rendition ordeal that raises new questions about secret trials: In 2004, Fatima Bouchar and her husband, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, were detained en route to the UK, and rendered to Libya. This is the story of their imprisonment, and the trail of evidence that reveals the involvement of the British government

Solitary Confinement as Torture: Some US Prisons Recognize the Problem, as California Inmates Ask the UN to Act.

Japan is Poisoning Other Countries By Burning Highly-Radioactive Debris: Gundersen says that radioactivity from the burnt debris will end up not only in neighboring prefectures, but in Hawaii, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington and California.

Call for full inquest into the death of weapons inspector Dr David Kelly: Former Tory leader Michael Howard tonight put himself at the head of a powerful all-party campaign to force a full inquest into the death of Min­istry of Defence weapons expert Dr David Kelly.

US Police Can Copy Your iPhone’s Contents In Under Two Minutes: It has emerged that Michigan State Police have been using a high-tech mobile forensics device that can extract information from over 3,000 models of mobile phone, potentially grabbing all media content from your iPhone in under two minutes.

A fog of drugs and war: Lawyers are blaming the U.S. military's heavy use of psychotropic drugs for their clients' aberrant behavior and related health problems.

Black in White Plains: The Police Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.: “My name is Kenneth Chamberlain. This is my sworn testimony. White Plains police are going to come in here and kill me.” And that’s just what they did.

Suspects arrested in US shootings: Two men held in Oklahoma state after recent attacks left three African Americans dead and two others critically wounded.

Americans cut back on doctor visits, prescriptions: Americans made fewer visits to the doctor last year and were issued fewer prescriptions, a clear indication that many people are struggling to pay for health care. This decline came despite the introduction of 34 new medicines by the pharmaceutical industry, the largest number in a decade.

April 08, 2012

Putting Syria Into Some Perspective

By William Blum

The Holy Triumvirate recognizes no higher power and believes, literally, that they can do whatever they want in the world, to whomever they want, for as long as they want, and call it whatever they want, like "humanitarian intervention". Continue

Manipulating Public Perceptions
This Week in History: The Toppling Of Saddam Hussein

By MICHAEL OMER-MAN

The dramatic scene of knocking down one of hundreds of statues of the dictator, turned out to be not much more than an opportune media event. Continue

Leaked Video Shows US Contractors Randomly Killing Civilians

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Employees of the US military contracting group Academi (formerly Xe, Blackwater USA and Blackwater Worldwide) are seen in new leaked video shooting their machine guns at random while driving through the streets of Baghdad, crashing into other cars and even running over a pedestrian without hesitation. Continue

Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu Are Old Friends

By MICHAEL BARBARO

The relationship between Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Romney — nurtured over meals in Boston, New York and Jerusalem, strengthened by a network of mutual friends and heightened by their conservative ideologies — has resulted in an unusually frank exchange of advice and insights on topics like politics, economics and the Middle East. Continue

Delusional Milestone

By Lawrence Davidson

Christians United For Israel (CUFI) announced the “registration of their millionth member” on 18 March 2012. This organization, founded in 2006, with the goal of “realizing the political potential of tens of millions of evangelical Americans who support Israel” can also be said to have the goal of destroying, in the name of God no less, the legitimate political aspiration of Palestinian statehood. Continue

American Homicide Abroad
Petition to All Pastors

In the name of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we ask that you forthrightly and unequivocally condemn this blowing apart of our brothers and sisters and their children all around the world just as King condemned it. Continue

Dem Candidate Calls Another A ‘Whore’ For AIPAC During Live Debate

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Things got heated during a Democratic primary debate for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut on Thursday when one candidate told another that he was “whore” over his support of a pro-Israel lobbying group. Continue

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land
U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Video Documentary

How Israel manipulates and distorts American public perceptions. Continue

“Pour Out Your Wrath!”

By Uri Avnery

The commandment to commit genocide against the non-Jewish population of Palestine is taken by many teachers and pupils quite literally.
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George Galloway Won For Some Very Good Reasons

By Patrick Cockburn

It says something about the comatose nature of British politics that an effective critic of these failed wars like Mr Galloway, who beats an established party, should be instantly savaged as a self-serving demagogue.
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The Hunger Games as a Metaphor for the Warfare State

By Joel Poindexter

An impoverished underclass, already forced to pay tribute to the government, has its youth pressed into violent service by the wealthy and politically powerful, for the entertainment and enrichment of this ruling elite. Continue

Guilty Of Telling The Truth
20-Year Veteran to Face Jail Time for Act of Civil Disobedience


2 Minute Video

Bolger, who is a peace activist and the President of Veterans For Peace, interrupted a public hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, commonly known as the Super Committee. Continue

To Protect Freedom
US Jurists Must Pardon Terror Suspects Caught By Entrapment

By Joshua Woods and Jim Nolan

Since 9/11, the majority of criminal convictions in high-profile terror cases in the US relied on sting operations. In many, the FBI crossed the line into entrapment, luring penniless men and teenagers into sophisticated plots they never could have dreamed of on their own.
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U.S. Filmmaker Repeatedly Detained at Border
Government targets U.S. citizens re-entering their own country


By Glenn Greenwald

With no oversight or legal framework whatsoever, the Department of Homeland Security routinely singles out individuals who are suspected of no crimes, detains them and questions them at the airport, often for hours, when they return to the U.S. after an international trip, and then copies and even seizes their electronic devices.
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How the US Uses Sexual Humiliation as a Political Tool to Control the Masses

By Naomi Wolf

History shows that the use of forced nudity by a state that is descending into fascism is powerfully effective in controlling and subduing populations. Continue

38 killed in central Nigeria car bombing: A car bomb exploded along a busy roadway Sunday morning in a central Nigeria city, killing at least 38 people in the latest attack on a region beset by religious, ethnic and political violence, an official said.

Somalia: 10 People Killed in Renewed Fighting in Central Somalia: At least 10 people were killed in a renewed fighting between Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a, pro-government fighters and Al Qaeda-affiliated Al shabab militants in central Somalia, witnesses said Sunday.

Yemen air force, U.S. drone kill 24 Qaeda suspects: A tribal chief told AFP a U.S. drone killed eight al-Qaeda suspects when it fired a missile at their vehicle in the eastern province of Shabwa on Saturday, a tribal chief told AFP.

Main Yemen airport reopens as US praises president: The airport inYemen's capital reopened Sunday after a one-day shutdown over threats from loyalists of a sacked general close to former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, asWashington praised new President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi.

Air Force ramps up drone war: New documents reveal plans to more than quadruple Reaper missions by 2016

9 rebels killed, 6 held in eastern Afghanistan: Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, along with coalition forces, killed five fighters in a shootout in the Manogai district of Kunar province, a statement from the multinational force said.

US, Afghanistan strike deal on night raids: Kabul: Kabul's foreign ministry invited journalists to a signing ceremony for the agreement later Sunday, and President Hamid Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi told AFP: "After the signing of this document all night raids become Afghan-led." "The foreign forces, the US forces, will have a supporting role in the night raids, for instance intelligence sharing."

A dirty deal: Uzbek dictator 'has UK over a barrel': Senior officials admitted yesterday that Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov had the UK "over a barrel", after his country emerged as the favoured route home when British forces are withdrawn from Afghanistan by 2014.

7 killed, 21 injured in Lebanon-Syria border attack: Shiite pilgrims from Lebanon going to Iraq were stopped at the Syrian border for inspection of documents on Saturday, April 7, when unknown assailant shot at the bus from a grenade launcher.

Syria threatens pullout from ceasefire deal unless given ‘written guarantees’: The Syrian government may not withdraw its army units from cities on Tuesday, if it does not receive a written pledge signed by opposition groups to observe the ceasefire. Free Syrian Army refuses the demand.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria: ‘Military intervention in Syria not completely ruled out’: An internationally supported military intervention in Syria could still take place as a last resort for settling the Syrian crisis, given that recent international efforts are unlikely to affect the status quo and the conflict will not end in the near future, political observers have claimed.

Turkey may take 'steps' after Syria deadline: Turkey's prime minister says the country will wait "patiently" to see if Syria abides by a cease-fire deadline, but may take certain "steps" if the violence does not stop after that.

Chavez accuses US of trying to topple Syria leader: Chavez says he spoke by phone on Friday with his ally Syrian President Bashar Assad. He says Assad told him that more than 2,000 Syrian soldiers have been killed along with a larger number of civilians in what the Venezuelan leader calls a “terrorist plan” to remove Assad from power.

Disaffection, fear growing among Syria's Alawites: In the Alawite heartlands of Latakia and the mountainous rural hinterlands surrounding the city, the regime of President Bashar Al Assad still commands overwhelming support, buttressed by patronage networks and deeply entrenched fears of sectarian bloodshed.

Netanyahu: Iran must close Fordow facility, halt 20% enrichment: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday: "The demands of Iran must be clear: to take away the enriched material, halt the enrichment and dismantle the facility in Qom." Netanyahu spoke with visiting Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran : U.S. Defines Its Demands for New Round of Talks With Iran: The Obama administration and its European allies plan to open new negotiations with Iran by demanding the immediate closing and ultimate dismantling of a recently completed nuclear facility deep under a mountain, according to American and European diplomats.

Iran rejects West's 'demands' : Iran yesterday rejected demands the West is reportedly to submit at talks due to take place in days, saying it will neither close its Fordo nuclear bunker nor give up higher-level uranium enrichment.

Report: U.S. operated inside Iran to collect information on nuclear program: The CIA has been operating stealth surveillance drones deep inside Iran for the last three years, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Iran to Connect Caspian Sea to Persian Gulf: Iran will soon launch a plan to connect the Caspian Sea to the central regions of the country and the Persian Gulf, Fars News Agency quoted Energy Minister Majid Namjou as saying.

Bombs kill three cops in Iraq province Sunday: A roadside bomb killed three policemen in Diyala province of central Iraq while a bomb inside a minibus in Baghdad left at least two people dead yesterday, security and medical sources said.

Fugitive Saddam deputy urges resistance in video: The most senior member of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's entourage still at large has criticized the present government and urged former Iraqi Baathists to reorganize their resistance to it, according to a video broadcast on Baathist websites.

Exxon Mobil dispute deepens Arab-Kurd split in Iraq: The dispute’s most contested issue is a deal signed last year in which authorities in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region gave Exxon Mobil permission to explore six tracts of land. The contract infuriated leaders in Baghdad, who have never agreed on a means by which the Kurdish region can develop its resources.

Hamas hangs three Gaza prisoners: Palestinian convicted of collaborating with Israel and two men deemed complicit in murder executed in Gaza City.

Israel declares German poet Gunter Grass persona non grata: Israel's Interior Minister Eli Yishai has declared German Nobel prize-winning poet Gunter Grass a persona non grata in Israel. Grass, who last week published a poem claiming that Israel is endangering world peace by threatening Iran, will be barred from visiting Israel.

"Islamist" fighters execute Tuareg in Mali, witness says: Residents in Mali attempting to flee the northern city of Gao, occupied for the past week by rival rebel factions, said they saw Islamist fighters cut the throat of a gunman, who is assumed to belong to the secular rebel group.

Mali president formally resigns: mediator: Toure's resignation opens the way for the departure of the junta that ousted him.

Sudan: Southern Kordofan: Unfinished Business : Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste travelled to the isolated Nuba Mountains where he found entire communities hiding in caves from a bombing campaign that Khartoum says is aimed only at putting down an armed insurrection.

Hundreds rally in Benghazi against Libyan militias: Hundreds of people, including police and soldiers, protested in Libya's second biggest city, calling on militias to lay down their weapons as the government tries to impose its authority on a myriad of armed groups months after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

Libya to defy UN on handing over Saif Gaddafi, documents reveal: Libya is obliged under UN rules to hand over Saif – who had been tipped to succeed Muammar Gaddafi – to the ICC, where he is indicted for crimes against humanity. However, the Libyan government is determined to hold its own trial and is expected to move Gaddafi to a specially built fortress-prison in Tripoli this week.

Special report: the documents that prove Britain initiated rendition: In 2004, Fatima Bouchar and her husband, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, were detained en route to the UK, and rendered to Libya. This is the story of their imprisonment, and the trail of evidence that reveals the involvement of the British government

Courts struggle to decide whether civilians can be court-martialed: Iraqi-born translator Alaa “Alex” Ali never served in the U.S. military, but the Army still tried him and put him in jail.

'War on drugs' has failed, say Latin American leaders: Watershed summit will admit that prohibition has failed, and call for more nuanced and liberalised tactics

Looking Back on the Limits of Growth : Turner compared real-world data from 1970 to 2000 with the business-as-usual scenario. He found the predictions nearly matched the facts. “There is a very clear warning bell being rung here,” he says. “We are not on a sustainable trajectory.”

China Buys Inroads in the Caribbean, Catching U.S. Notice: China’s economic might has rolled up to America’s doorstep in the Caribbean, with a flurry of loans from state banks, investments by companies and outright gifts from the government in the form of new stadiums, roads, official buildings, ports and resorts in a region where the United States has long been a prime benefactor.

The KaChing! Dynasty: China will soon be home to half the world's billionaires, so can the superrich help the superpower stay in the box seat?

Romney: Why It’s OK to Stick It to Him for Being a Mormon: Mitt Romney will be the Republican to face President Obama in the fall. Tuesday night was the clincher, as the Mormon zealot won in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington DC. He may stumble on, but the Catholic zealot Rick Santorum is finished.

'US has best govt money can buy' : RT's Marina Portnaya talks to socialist equality presidential candidate, Jerry White.

Armed Neo-Nazis Now Patrolling Sanford: The patrols are to protect "white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety" in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting last month, says Commander Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement.

Black community on edge after 5 shootings in Oklahoma: Tulsa's African-American community was on edge Saturday after police said one or more gunmen, in apparently random shootings, had killed three black men and critically injured two more as they walked down Tulsa streets.

10 Unbelievably Sh**ty Things America Does to Homeless People: No population has their human and civil rights so casually and routinely trampled as do homeless Americans.

April 06, 2012

We Want War, And We Want It Now

By Pepe Escobar

Isn't democracy wonderful - when US-allied Persian Gulf monarchies can buy a mercenary army for peanuts? Isn't it great to be a revolutionary with an assured paycheck? Continue

Our Men in Iran?

By Seymour M. Hersh

“The M.E.K. was a total joke,” the senior Pentagon consultant said, “and now it’s a real network inside Iran. How did the M.E.K. get so much more efficient?” he asked rhetorically. “Part of it is the training in Nevada. Continue

Report: U.S. Trained Terror Group

By Glenn Greenwald

If this report is true, it means the U.S. Government actively trained a group that the U.S. Government itself legally categorizes as a “foreign terrorist organization,” a clear felony under U.S. law: Continue

"Babar Ahmad's Case Shames Us All."

BBC Video

He has been held for eight years in a UK jail without charge or trial, during which time he has been fighting extradition to the United States under controversial "war on terror" legislation.
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East Timor: A Lesson In Why The Poorest Threaten The Powerful

By John Pilger

One independent little country astride lucrative natural resources and strategic sea lanes is of serious concern to the United States and its  "deputy sheriff" in Canberra.
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Obama by Default
The Republicans are a sick joke

By Robert Scheer

With Ron Paul out of it and warmongering hedge fund hustler Mitt Romney the likely Republican nominee, the GOP has defined itself indelibly as the party of moneyed greed and unfettered imperialism.
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The Fable of the Century

By Robert Reich

Imagine that the richest people in this country use some of their vast wealth to routinely bribe politicians. Continue

Payola for the Most Profitable Corporations in History
And Why Taxpayers Shouldn’t Stand for It Any More


By Bill McKibben

Most of the men and women who vote in Congress each year to continue subsidies have taken campaign donations from big energy companies. Continue

Strip-Searches: Obama Wants You to Bend Over (Or Squat) and Spread ‘Em

By Glen Ford

“Crushing political dissent, not safety in jails, is what motivates the Obama administration to ally itself with the most reactionary wing of the Republican-dominated U.S. Supreme Court.” Continue

Greek Mourners: It Was Not Suicide, It Was Financial Murder

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Athenians gather in the spot where a 77-year-old man shot himself dead over debts on Wednesday and a woman reads the man's suicide letter to the crowd. Later in the evening the vigil turns to chaos when riot police use teargas on protesters. Mourners say the police attacks were unprovoked. Continue

Ireland: Bailed Out Banks are in Process of Going Bust Again

By David McWilliam

Ernest Hemingway was once asked how did he go bankrupt. The great man thought for a second and then replied: “I went bankrupt in two ways, gradually and then suddenly.” Continue

U.S. Standard of Living Has Fallen More Than 50%

By Jeff Nielson

Western wages have plummeted so low that a two-income family is now (on average) 15% poorer than a one-income family of 40 years ago. Continue

4 Afghan Police Killed; 7 People Die in Truck Fire: Four Afghan policemen were killed on Friday as the Taliban have stepped up their attacks against government and NATO troops to undermine the U.S.-led coalition's effort to build up Afghan forces so they can take the lead in the next few years.

Suicide bomber kills Afghanistan peace councillor: A suicide bomber has killed the influential head of a regional peace council in eastern Afghanistan, security officials say.

U.S. drone attacks from Afghanistan to end after 2014: FM: Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasool said on Thursday Afghanistan would not be used as a launch pad for U.S. drones attacks on neighboring countries after NATO combat forces leave by the end of 2014

Anti-US protests rock Pakistan: Hundreds of Islamist activists hit the streets of Pakistan yesterday, demanding holy war and torching US flags to condemn a $10 million bounty slapped on the founder of a terror group.

Syrian army fighting rebels days before troop pullback (+video) - Syrian troops and tanks battled rebels on Friday, opposition activists said, only four days before a troop pullback agreed by President Bashar al-Assad as part of international envoy Kofi Annan's plan to end a year of bloodshed.

Syria says UN rights chief ignores 'terrorism': Syria lashed out at the UN high commissioner for human rights on Friday, accusing her of turning a blind eye to "terrorism" funded from abroad.

Syrian rebels tell Kofi Annan team they will honour truce: The Free Syrian Army (FSA) met a delegation from peace envoy Kofi Annan this week and confirmed that their fighters will stop shooting if President Bashar al-Assad withdraws his tanks and troops to barracks before a ceasefire deadline next Thursday.

Kurdish opposition quits Syrian National Council: The Syrian Kurdish opposition bloc has walked away from the Syrian National Council, exposing deep and problematic rifts within the umbrella opposition group just days after international leaders granted the body extra recognition after attempts to unify.

Syria crisis: Turkey tells UN it may need refugee help: "We have spared no efforts to accommodate Syrians fleeing the violence back home, but if they continue to arrive at this rate, we will need the UN and international community to step in."

US missile defense plans may signal strike on Iran, Russia warns: A unified missile defense system comprising the United States and six Arab states is a signal that a military strike on Iran could be on the horizon, says the Chairman of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee.

China ups the pressure to prevent a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities: A senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday an attack on Iran would invite devastating retaliation that would envelop the region and destabilize the global economic recovery, and added that the international community had to restrain itself from war.

Egypt: No evidence of Sinai rocket launch: Egyptian officials disputed on Thursday Israeli assessments showing that rockets which struck the city of Eilat were fired from Egypt's Sinai desert.

Tuaregs claim 'independence' from Mali: Rebel group proclaims "independence of Azawad" following gains in northern Mali, as Algerian consulate staff abducted.

Tensions rise in Mali as rebels impose sharia law in Timbuktu: Mali's crisis deepened Wednesday, as officials in the fabled northern city of Timbuktu confirmed that the Islamic rebel faction that seized control of the town over the weekend has announced it will impose sharia law.

NATO nations must help restore order in Mali: The most severe trouble has erupted not in Libya but in neighboring Mali, a poor desert nation that had sustained a fragile democracy for more than two decades.

Small team of U.S. troops still in Mali, on 'stand-by': Over the weekend, AFRICOM dispatched a team of rotating advisory troops to the capital, Bamako.

U.S. Hands Off Mali!: Recent developments in the West African Republic of Mali are raising serious concerns about the possibility of yet another U.S. intervention.

Gaddafi son’s atrocity: Failing to license camels?: The most serious charge against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi that Libya managed to back with evidence is over his failure to obtain a license for his camels, the head of Human Rights Watch says.

Bahrain hunger striker's daughter arrested: Zainab al-Khawaja detained at protest for father, who has been moved to military hospital due to deteriorating health.

Emirates Detain Pair From U.S.-Backed Group: The United Arab Emirates detained two employees of an American-financed pro-democracy organization and barred one of them from leaving the country on Thursday, worsening a diplomatic confrontation with the United States that has embarrassed and puzzled administration officials.

Wealth of Muslim Brotherhood's presidential hopeful worries some Egyptians: El Shater made his money in a range of businesses that included furniture, textiles, car manufacturing and banking. He was regularly detained and imprisoned under Mubarak, whose regime called him the outlawed Brotherhood's top financier and money launderer.

George Galloway: Why Do Muslims Like Me? - Video - Because he has always defended them against bigotry, hatred, occupation and war?

North Korea warns against attempts to intercept satellite: Whoever "intercepts the satellite or collects its debris will meet immediate, resolute and merciless punishment" from the North, the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea in Pyongyang announced in a statement on Thursday.

George Galloway: Why do Muslims like me? - Video - Because he has always defended them against bigotry, hatred, occupation and war?

Tepco Reports Another Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima Plant;Tokyo Electric Power Co. said as much as 12 tons of radioactive water leaked from a pipe at its crippled Fukushima nuclear station, the second such incident in 11 days at the same pipeline, raising further doubts about the stability of the plant.

Former CIA officer indicted for leaking classified information to journalists: FORMER CIA officer John Kiriakou was formally indicted for repeatedly leaking classified information to reporters, including the identity of a covert officer.

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: PCC stood by as I was libelled by media: Site's founder tells Leveson inquiry he faced inaccuracies 'possibly on a scale not seen since the abuse of the McCanns'

Family of Iraqi Woman Killed in California Was in Crisis, Records Show: Court documents made public this week instead reveal details of a family in crisis, with talk of divorce and a daughter resisting an arranged marriage, and of Ms. Alawadi’s survivors themselves coming under scrutiny from investigators.

Where are our jobs going to come from?: As scandalous as Stephen Harper’s fighter jet plan has been (and even more wasteful is his $9 billion expenditure on jails we don’t need) there’s a larger issue: The economy is not growing fast enough to create enough jobs for Canadian workers

Jobs Report Tempers Hopes of Accelerating U.S. Recovery: The country’s employers added a disappointing 120,000 jobs in March, about half the gains posted in each of the preceding three months.

April 05, 2012

US-Israel War on Iran:
The Myth of Limited Warfare


By James Petras

Washington and Tel Aviv claim and appear to believe that their planned assault on Iran will be a “limited war”, targeting limited objectives and lasting a few days or weeks – with no serious consequences.
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Iran War Would be Quick Victory, Long Defeat

By Charles Gray

An attack on Iran, no matter how often we are assured that it will be self-contained, will set into motion powerful forces that we can neither foresee nor control. 
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UN Looks for ‘Broader Mandate’ to Monitor Syrian Ceasefire

By Rt

“What we would need on the ground is a small nimble United Nations presence,” Annan announced during a video-conference briefing from Geneva.
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Saudi Arabia's Syrian Jihad

By Joshua Jacobs

The Saudi decision is a sign that they are once again willing to embrace one of the most potent weapons in the Kingdom's arsenal, state directed jihad.
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We Can't Let Him "Get Away With It."
President Bush and VP Cheney Should Take the Stand on War Lies

By Cynthia L. Cooper

Lying to the U.S. Congress is a federal crime under Section 1001 of the federal code, and working in concert with others to lie to Congress is prohibited by conspiracy laws under Section 371.
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Unmasking the Democracy Promoters

By Robert W. Merry

Does the United States interfere in the internal affairs of nations to subvert regimes by using NGOs to funnel cash to the opposition to foment uprisings or affect elections?
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The Drone and the Cross, a Good Friday Meditation

By Brian Terrell

Were Jesus to preach today as he preached in Jerusalem two millennia ago, instead of a cross of wood the instrument of his passion might be a hellfire missile fired from a predator drone.
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What Marwan Barghouti Really Means to Palestinians

By Ramzy Baroud

Barghouti’s latest statement is clearly targeting the political class that has ruled Palestinians for many years, and is now merely managing and profiting from the occupation.
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Hidden By Our Main Stream Media
The Real Face Of Israeli Occupation

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A view of Israel that the US media tends to leave out.
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‘CIA Failed to Give Britain Details of Terror Plot to Protect Secret Sources’

By Nicholas Cecil and Martin Bentham

The CIA had told MI6 18 months ago of al Qaeda plans against several cities in Europe, which suggested that the seizing and killing of hostages could be involved.
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Economic Rape
Destruction of Spain’s Economy Duplicates Greece


By Jeff Nielson

These swindles involved nothing less than the destruction of entire European economies, solely so that the banksters could profit on approximately $100 trillion in bets they had placed on the debts of these economies.
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The United States as Number Two

By Dean Baker

Political leaders in the U.S. will no doubt catch up with the reality of the new U.S. position in the world - probably about the time that they accept global warming and evolution.
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The People Pay!
Selling Out Regulation

By Ralph Nader

The Republican Party has a sense of humor, however inadvertently. Its ardent advocates regularly accuse the Obama Administration of heavy-handed regulation of business.
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Owe The IRS?
Bill Would Suspend Passport Rights For Delinquent Taxpayers


By CBS

A bill authored by a Southland lawmaker that could potentially allow the federal government to prevent any Americans who owe back taxes from traveling outside the U.S. is one step closer to becoming law. Continue

Remembering MLK: Standing Up to the Dream Killers

By Van Jones

The mortgage crisis and the growing numbers of indentured students undermine what's left of the American dream. In the spirit of Dr. King, we cannot allow this to stand. Continue

26 Killed In Massive Clashes in Libya: New clashes between in the town of Zwarah in western Libya caused the deaths of at least 26 people on 4 April. The fighting first erupted at the weekend between people of the Arab-majority city of Ragdalein and inhabitants of the Berber-dominated town of Zwara.

Libya - UN Mission Voices Concern Over Violence in North-Western Towns: The United Nations mission in Libya today expressed deep concern over the recent intensification of violence in three towns in the north-west and deplored reports of a growing number of casualties.

Warring militias in Libya vow no let-up: The government in Tripoli said it would intervene with force if the two sides do not halt hostilities, but it is looking enfeebled against the powerful mix of divided communities, old vendettas and plentiful weapons that is driving this conflict.

Gaddafi son ‘attacked’ in Libya detention: lawyer: ‘Gaddafi has been physically attacked,’ ICC defence official Xavier-Jean Keita said in a statement accusing Libyan authorities of depriving the country’s onetime favourite son of his fundamental rights.

Experts say NATO intervention in Libya led to chaos, fighting in Mali: When Western forces helped topple Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi they forced hundreds of well-armed Tuareg fighters to flee home to Mali, tipping another fragile African state into chaos, experts say.

Mali slips into chaos despite rebel ceasefire: As the Tuareg trumpeted the success of a decades-old struggle to "liberate" their homeland, their fundamentalist comrades-turned-rivals began imposing sharia in northern Mali, also leaving an embattled junta looking very vulnerable in Bamako.

Tuareg fighters declare Mali ceasefire: Rebels seeking independence say they have achieved goal, as Algeria says its consular staff have been abducted in Gao.

France pledges to back action to crush Mali army revolt: The French government, concerned at the destabilisation of Mali after the March 22 army coup that toppled President Amadou Toumani Touré (ATT), is signaling it will back military action to crush the revolt.

Bosnia to Libya: 20 years of NATO 'peacemaking': The war eventually saw NATO's first-ever peace mission in its history - setting a template for incursions into foreign troublespots. Anti-NATO activist Rick Rozoff believes the Alliance's current interventions make it hard for nations to resolve their conflict themselves.

8 Afghan police killed by Taliban: Men armed with assault rifles stormed the outpost late last night in Farah province's Khaki Safed district, said provincial police chief Shamsul Rahman Zahid.

Afghanistan: Four U.S. soldiers killed in suicide bomb blast: Four U.S. soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber today as they took pictures and went sightseeing in an Afghanistan park.

Afghan official: U.S. impeded Bales investigation: General Sher Mohammed Karimi is the chief Afghan investigator in the Bales case, but says he's never been allowed to even speak with the accused. "This is all I wanted, to be able to just ask him who you are, why you did it, and what were the weapons that you used, you know what was the reason of killing children and women?" Karimi said.

South Yemen airstrikes kill at least 10: official: A local official in southern Abyan province, parts of which are controlled by an al Qaeda-linked group called Ansar al-Sharia, said two strikes targeted Islamists in the village of Umm al-Jabalayn, near the city of Jaar.

"Al-Qaida" fighters mown down in airstrikes: Dozens of al-Qaida fighters in Yemen have been reportedly wiped out in airstrikes, possibly carried out by American forces as U.S. President Barack Obama ramps up his "secret war" against the jihadists.

Six Iraqis killed, 12 injured in bomb blast: Six Iraqis were killed and 12 were injured in a bomb-strapped car explosion that targetted a police convoy travelling in the Salahiddine Province, north of Baghdad on Wednesday. According to medical sources, all of the victims are civilian.

Turkish Soldier Killed in PKK Attack in Southeast, Sabah Says; The officer died yesterday in fighting in the border province near Iran and Iraq in which a sergeant was also wounded, according to the Istanbul-based newspaper.

Annan tells Syria conflict must end at 6 a.m. April 12: U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has told the Syrian government and opposition that the year-long conflict must end at 6:00 a.m. local time on April 12 if the government meets an April 10 deadline to silence its weapons, Annan said on Thursday.

Russia to West: No ultimatum on Syria!: "When we debate the document at the Security Council, we will proceed from the principle 'do no harm'," the Russian foreign minister pointed out. He said Moscow would favor a consensus aimed at facilitating Kofi Annan's efforts and not using the Security Council for threats and ultimatums that “could provoke tensions.”

War criminal: Blair tells ITV News: 'All options on Syria should remain open': In an interview with ITV News, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told Mark Austin that Britain should “keep all the options open” when it comes to Syria.

Exclusive: China ship insurer deals new blow to Iran oil exports: A major Chinese ship insurer will halt indemnity cover for tankers carrying Iranian oil from July, dealing a blow that narrows the insurance options for Tehran's main export already constricted by payment barriers caused by Western sanctions.

Israel asks US for $700 million in military aid: Israel requests Washington to allocate funds for more Iron Dome, Magic Wand anti-missile batteries. Deal will provide Israel with near-complete missile defense until 2015

Newly Declassified 2006 State Dept Memo Says Bush Interrogation Program Violated Convention Against Torture: Yesterday the National Security Archive released a newly declassified February, 2006 memo from then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s top aide, Philip D. Zelikow. “All copies of the memo…were thought to have been destroyed,” the Archive writes.

Mexicans Feel Less Safe After Five Years of Bloody Drug War: According to Gallup the number of people who feel unsafe walking in their own neighborhood alone at night is the highest it has been since the President Felipe Calderon started his aggressive war, with 56% saying they don’t feel safe and only 42% saying they do feel safe.

31K Portraits for Peace In Mexico - Video

Iraq Equipment to Secure US-Mexico Border?: A number of law enforcement officials on the southwest border, along with two members of Congress, have asked the Department of Defense to send surplus military equipment from the war in Iraq to the southern border in an effort to bolster security in the region.

Britain's Sky News admits to email hacking: Broadcaster says it twice authorised practice, but says action was "justified" and "in public interest".

From tracking al-Qaeda to tracking the wayward spouse: What began as a well-intentioned campaign to harden targets and protect the nation from terrorists has metastasized into a sprawling and diffuse enterprise that has little to do with terrorists and a lot to do with government and employers spying on the citizenry — and citizens spying on each other

Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses: Video - The prototype version Google showed off on Wednesday looked like a very polished and well-designed pair of wrap-around glasses with a clear display that sits above the eye. The glasses can stream information to the lenses and allow the wearer to send and receive messages through voice commands. There is also a built-in camera to record video and take pictures.

Cybersecurity Bills Raise 'Big Brother' Fears: Many of the cybersecurity proposals circulating on Capitol Hill could open a back door to vast government surveillance, analysts at the Center for Democracy and Technology said on Wednesday.

CIA Home Invasion: Smart TVs and the 'Internet of Things': Petraeus explained that, because of the rise of gadgets which are connected and controlled by apps, intelligence agencies will no longer need to place spy devices inside your home – you will do it for them.

US police sentenced for Katrina killings: Five ex-police officers given prison terms for roles in shootings and cover-up in days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Exclusive: Cop in Fatal Shooting of Ex-Marine Kenneth Chamberlain ID’d, Sued in 2008 Racism Case: In a broadcast exclusive, we reveal the name of the police officer who allegedly killed 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain, the retired African-American Marine who was shot dead in his own home in White Plains, New York, in November after he inadvertently triggered his medical alert pendant.

Greek suicide seen as an act of fortitude as much as one of despair: Pensioner Dimitris Christoulas wanted to 'send a political message' about the inequities of Greece's crushing debt crisis

Spanish, Italian Bonds Slide: Spain’s 10-year bonds dropped for a third day after demand fell at a debt sale yesterday and an International Monetary Fund spokesman said the nation is facing “severe” challenges. Germany’s two- and five-year note yields dropped to records as investors sought the safest assets.

France borrowing costs rise as eurozone debt nerves return: France raised 8.4 billion euros ($11 billion) in an auction of medium and long-term debt on Thursday, paying higher rates as eurozone debt concerns pressured weaker members such as Spain.

Irish Deal Simply Recycles Zombie Debts: Ireland's complex proposal for renegotiating its debts today recalls the many years of debt restructuring experienced by Third World countries over the last three decades. Far from giving those countries a fresh start, these negotiations kicked the problem down the road.

Americans brace for next foreclosure wave: A painful part two of the slump looks set to unfold: Many more U.S. homeowners face the prospect of losing their homes this year as banks pick up the pace of foreclosures.

New attacks on unemployment benefits in the US: While the Obama administration trumpets the allegedly good news that the official US jobless rate has fallen to 8.3 percent, millions of unemployed workers are facing new attacks on their unemployment benefits, in the form of tightened eligibility standards and cuts in the duration of benefits.

April 04, 2012

Syria: America Steps Onto The Slippery Slope

By Robert Wright

Could we at least be honest about we're doing? The U.S., by giving the rebels this communications equipment, is now officially helping Syrians kill other Syrians.
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Text of Annan's six-point peace plan for Syria

By Reuters

Here is a text of the proposal which calls on the Syrian authorities to:
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The Immense Tolls of Imperial War
Casualty Comprehension


By Christian Sorensen

Juxtaposition provides insight into Pentagon delusion. Over 6,400 uniformed American service-members and 2,330 mercenaries have died in the Global War on Terror since 2001, but their corpses might end up in a landfill when they return to the United States.
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And The Band Played Waltzing Mathilda

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And as our ship pulled into Circular Quay
I looked at the place where my legs used to be
And thanked Christ there was no one there waiting for me
To mourn and to grieve and to pity.
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This Is Your Brain on the Department of Defense

By Azeen Ghorayshi

The Department of Defense has long had its eyes on emerging neuroscience technologies. Should we be worried?
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The Vengeance of "Don’t Retreat, Reload” Vigilantes

By Robert S. Becker

What the Bush Doctrine distilled into unilateral pre-emptive perfidy, executed by Rumsfeld's dire "shock and awe," then justified by Cheney's One Per Cent Doctrine, was domesticated by this in-your-face mandate from a presumptive national leader.
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Black Cop Shot 28 Times By White Cops - Could Spend Life In Jail

By RT

An African-American cop from Chicago is facing 80 years behind prison for attempted murder after four white police officers shot him nearly 30 times and left him for dead.
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Is This Outrageous Or What?
Man in London charged with terrorism offences over al-Qaida document

By Ben Quinn

Mohammed Shabir Ali, 24, is alleged to have possessed copy of 44 Ways to Support Jihad by Anwar al-Awlaki.
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Tongue-cutting at Al Jazeera

By Glenn Greenwald

I’m currently conducting interviews as a follow-up to the rather acrimonious debate that erupted this week from my argument that “terrorism expertise” is not an actual discipline, but rather (like the term “terrorism” itself) just another instrument for legitimizing the violence of the U.S. and its allies.
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Pensioner Commits Suicide at Greek Parliament

Video By Rt - Text By Dow Jones

A 77-year-old Greek man took his life in Athens' central Syntagma Square early Wednesday, leaving a note behind that linked his tragic act to the country's deepening economic crisis, police said, at a time national suicide rates have been on the rise.
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Public Education "Failure by Design,"

By Noam Chomsky

"There has been a shift from the belief that we as a nation benefit from higher education, to a belief that it's the people receiving the education who primarily benefit and so they should foot the bill,"
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22 people killed in Libya in clashes between rival militias: Militias from rival towns in western Libya battled each other with tanks and artillery on Tuesday in fierce fighting that killed at least 22 people, local officials said.

Libyan Exodus:: Rising Tensions in Libya Lead to Congestion at Tunisian Border Crossings: In the past 24 hours alone, between 10,000 and 12,000 Libyans have entered Tunisia, the highest level in months.

16 "Insurgents" Killed In Ongoing Kapisa Operation: Sixteen insurgents were killed and eight others were wounded in joint Afghan and Nato troop operations in the Tagab district of Kapisa province on Tuesday

At least 12 killed in Afghanistan suicide blast: A suicide bomber on Wednesday killed at least 12 people and injured many more in the Faryab province in northern Afghanistan, a Norwegian armed forces' spokesman told AFP.

Three NATO occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan: The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said one service member was killed by an improvised explosive device in the south of the country, one by a similar blast in the east and one by an insurgent attack in the east.

US Drone strike? Seven killed, several hurt in Pakistan blast: The van was carrying 15 men from Khurrakai village to Jamrud, the main town in Khyber district when it was hit while passing through a ravine

U.S. stuns Pakistan with $10 million bounty: Pakistan has previously said it can't act against Saeed because the country's fiercely independent judiciary has cleared him of involvement in the Mumbai attacks. Saeed faces no criminal charges in Pakistan, and he's often appeared in public in recent months, denouncing the United States and calling for Islamabad to end counter-terrorism cooperation with Washington

Pakistani militant leader thumbs nose at U.S. bounty: "I am here, I am visible. America should give that reward money to me," he told reporters Wednesday, mocking Washington for placing a bounty on a man whose whereabouts are no mystery. "I will be in Lahore tomorrow. America can contact me whenever it wants to."

Bomb at Mogadishu theater kills 10, including Somali sports officials: The attack apparently was aimed at assassinating Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali, who was attending a ceremony with many officials of his Western-backed Transitional Federal Government, or TFG.

Car bomb kills five in Iraq: officials: : A car bomb apparently targeting a local police chief killed five people and wounded 10 in central Iraq on Wednesday morning, police and medical officials said.

Fugitive Iraqi vice president on Saudi "pilgrimage": Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, whom Iraqi authorities want to try on charges he ran death squads, arrived in Saudi Arabia from Qatar on Wednesday to perform the Umrah pilgrimage, a Saudi government official said.

Blackwater Videos Show Guards In Iraq Firing Weapons ‘Enthusiastically,’ Vehicles Hitting Civilians: One video shows a contractor randomly and “enthusiastically” firing an AK-47 from the turret of an armored vehicle and another shows a private guard yelling obscenities at passers-by and other armored cars smashing into civilian vehicles:

Russia's FM warns against arming Syrian opposition: "They want to solve the Syrian problem with the opposition only, but it's impossible to settle the situation like that. There must be a dialogue of all the parties involved."

Peres says fall of Assad would be death knell for Hezbollah: report: The Israeli president also described Assad, a key Hezbollah ally, as “more brutal” and “less intelligent” than his father and predecessor, Hafez Assad

Geagea says escapes assassination attempt: Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea said in a news conference Wednesday afternoon that he had escaped an assassination attempt earlier in the day, when shots were fired at his Maarab residence.

Israel issues tender for hundreds of new illegal apartments in occupied East Jerusalem: Construction in Har Homa is considered especially provocative in the eyes of the Palestinians and the international community, as it is the most recent large Israeli neighborhood to be built over the Green Line. It was originally built in the 1990s.

German Nobel laureate Guenter Grass' new poem: Nuclear Israel is a threat to world peace: Grass publishes a poem criticizing Israel's role in the Israel-Iran conflict; Israel embassy in Germany says poem is 'blood libel.'

New report documents systematic abuse of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention: In the past 11 years alone, around 7,500 children, some as young as 12 years, are estimated to have been detained, interrogated, and imprisoned within this system. This averages out at between 500-700 children per year, or nearly two children, each and every day.

Bahrain's government must stop killing its people, and listen to them: We in al-Wefaq want only a genuinely democratic constitutional monarchy built on dialogue, not weapons

First wave of US Marines bound for Australia: Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith is scheduled Wednesday to formally welcome the first contingent of U.S. Marines at a ceremony outside of Darwin, according to The Australian newspaper.

2,500 U.S. Marines In Australia “Not A Military Base”: Despite the fact that the US’s final military presence in the country is to grow into a 2,500-person Marine Air Ground Task Force, Australia’s defense minister Stephen Smith insisted Wednesday morning that the marines and their entourage cannot be qualified as a military base.

Mexico's Former Foreign Minister Slams President Calderon for Escalating Drug War: 'It's Not Worth 50,000 Murders": Jorge Castañeda, the former foreign minister of Mexico, gave a strong interview to NPR's "Tell Me More" program this afternoon. Castañeda, a longtime legalization advocate, supported Pres. Calderon during his campaign, but became a critic over the Calderon drug war escalation.

Gerald Celente on the decline of the US dollar: As the currency weakens many countries that use the dollar are searching for alternatives. China is expected to be the top world economy in a matter of years. To add insult to injury, the BRICS countries have decided to lose the dollar and use their own currencies. So what does this mean for the US dollar?

Robert Reich: How We're Turning America Into a Giant Casino: Organized gambling is a scam. And given who plays, this is one of the most regressive taxes in the nation.

What is the real price of the London Olympics?: The cost of hosting the Olympics has skyrocketed while private funders have evaporated. Welcome to celebration capitalism

April 03/04, 2012

Obama Gives Green Light for Punishing Sanctions on Iran

By Bill Van Auken

These new sanctions, which go into effect on June 28, aim to impose a warlike blockade of the Iranian economy by penalizing any government or private entity that carries out financial transactions with the country’s central bank.
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Israeli Experts Mum on Iran Attack to Support Bibi's Bluff

By Gareth Porter

Netanyahu had “managed to convince the world that Israel is on the verge of a preemptive war” and that he is “playing poker and hiding his most important card — the IDF’s true capabilities to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations.” Continue

What Our Media Don’t Tell Us About The Middle East

By Antony Loewenstein

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,” Continue

The US is Arming the Gulf. Against Whom?

By Volkhonsky Boris

Why the regime changes in several Arab countries where the revolutions succeeded have not led to a triumph of democracy, but rather to a triumph of "Islamists". Continue

True Democracy Still Far Off

By Gibson Nyikadzino

Any talk of “democracy”, “rule of law” and “human rights” is packaged to promote and protect the interests of the wealthy in their exercise of power. Continue

George Galloway: Why I Won't Condemn Attacks on UK Soldiers in Afghanistan

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George Galloway, interviewed after his sensational election victory to become MP for Bradford West, responds to the question, "Do you condemn those attacking British soldiers in Afghanistan?"
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International Criminal Court Rejects Palestinian Bid to Investigate Israeli War Crimes

By Barak Ravid

Arab League representatives submitted a report to the ICC alleging war crimes committed by Israel during Cast Lead.
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Ali Abunimah on History & Culture

By Gilad Atzmon

I contend that since Israel defines itself as the Jewish State and its tanks are decorated with Jewish symbols, we are entitled to ask ourselves who are the Jews and what is Judaism and Jewishness?
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Data Mining You
How the Intelligence Community Is Creating a New American World

By Tom Engelhardt

In the new world of the National Security Complex, no one can be trusted -- except the officials working within it, who in their eternal bureaucratic vigilance clearly consider themselves above any law. 
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When Bankers Rule the World

By David Korten

How we can call out the myths, restructure the banking system, shut down the con game, and take back America. Continue

Someday, U.S. May Catch Up To Mexico on Health Care

By Jay Bookman

Canada, to the north, provides its people with universal health care. Mexico, to the south, now provides it as well. But here in “one of the greatest economies in the world,” as Calderon puts it, we can’t seem to manage it, allegedly because we can’t afford it. Continue

Oh Canada! So Rich - And So Poor
Imposing austerity on world's most resource-rich country


By Sean Fenley

Even the world's most resource-rich country has now been caught in the debt trap. Its once-proud government programs are being subjected to radical budget cuts-cuts that could have been avoided if the government had not quit borrowing from its own central bank in the 1970s. Continue

Yemen Government airstrikes in south have killed 43 "al-Qaida militants": Yemeni government forces regained control of a strategic gateway in the south on Tuesday after intense, three-day shelling of al-Qaida hideouts in the area that left 43 militants dead, military and medical officials said.

14 Insurgents Killed in Afghan Raids: At least 14 insurgents were killed and four others wounded in Afghan security forces operations in past 24 hours in Afghanistan

3 policemen killed, 11 missing in NE Afghanistan: Three policemen were killed and 11 others were missing following an attack launched by Taliban militants in northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan

Militia clash in west Libya kills 14 people: Militias from inside the predominantly Berber town, about 120 km (75 miles) west of the Libyan capital, were exchanging mortars and large-calibre fire with fighters from the nearby Arab settlements of Al-Jumail and Regdalin for a third day.

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.

Syria starts observing peace plan: Russia's Foreign Ministry says Syria's government has informed Moscow that it has started implementing U.N. envoy Kofi Annan's plan aimed at ending its yearlong conflict.

UN team expected in Syria within 48 hours: Peacekeeping unit scheduled to arrive for ceasefire monitoring mission that would have 200 to 250 unarmed observers.

Legitimizing Syria's opposition a devotion of power monopoly: Analysts said the recognition is reminiscent of the principle of totalitarian rule, which runs counter to the foundations of democracy advocated by Western countries.

‘Hotheads’ in Middle East provoking Iran, Russia says: ­Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, warning that the Middle East standoff could boil over into military action at any moment, has called for urgent talks of the Sextet of Middle East mediators with Iran.

Netanyahu: We will strike those who threaten to attack Israel : "We will attack those who threaten to attack us," he said, referring not only to the Iranian threat but to the threats of rockets from the Gaza Strip.

IDF officials: Missile attack on Israel would produce less than 300 casualties: Senior defense official presents Israeli cabinet with assessment of number of people dead should Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas launch missiles at Israel; number is far lower than the one mentioned previously by Defense Minister Barak.

Israeli politicians are playing number games with a war against Iran: There are a number of ways one could understand the leaked security cabinet briefing that Channel 10 reported Monday night, which detailed expectations of a worst-case scenario of an all-out war with Iran on all fronts, resulting in a three-week bombardment and up to 300 civilian casualties.

A History Lesson: U.S. Intervention in Iran from 1953 through 2010 : - Video - This video gives a basic overview of the history of the U.S. imperialist policies regarding Iran that began at the behest of the British Government and big oil interests including British Petroleum (later renamed BP).

Shortages in Mali as coup sanctions start: Malians have lined up outside gas stations holding jerry cans, water bottles and plastic jugs, as the West African nation braces itself for sanctions imposed as a consequence of a coup last month.

Chinese Insider Offers Rare Glimpse of U.S.-China Frictions: The senior leadership of the Chinese government increasingly views the competition between the United States and China as a zero-sum game, with China the likely long-range winner if the American economy and domestic political system continue to stumble, according to an influential Chinese policy analyst.

Mexico and US trade accusations on border violence: "It can have a deteriorating effect overall on the nature of our relationship," Obama said. "And that's something that we have to pay attention to."

Mexico Asks United States to Ban Assault Weapons to Stem Drug War Violence: The Mexican leader warned that "if the traffic (of illegal weapons from the United States) is not halted" and Washington doesn't reinstate a ban on assault weapons, it will be "impossible" to quell the violence in his country.

Police shooting of another African-American teen shocks US: The incident came as public protests continue across the US over the killing of another unarmed 17-year-old African American by an armed neighborhood-watch volunteer.

Supreme Court upholds jail strip searches, including for minor offenses: The Supreme Court ruled Monday that those arrested for even minor violations may be strip-searched before being admitted to jail, saying safety concerns outweigh personal privacy rights.

In case you missed it: Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons - Video - Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?

7.1 Million Americans are in the Prisons system - 3 Minute Video -

April 03, 2012

Imperialists Use U.N. Against Government of Syria

By Joyce Chediac

The Pentagon and Wall Street seek to break the anti-imperialist alliance among Syria, Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and return the area to direct imperialist slavery.
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Welcome to the New Third World of Energy, the United States

By Michael T. Klare

How Big Energy Companies Plan to Turn the United States into a Third-World Petro-State. Continue

Ten Myths About Capitalism

By Lubov Lulko

There is a well-known expression that every nation has the government it deserves. This is not entirely true. People can be fooled by aggressive propaganda that shapes thought patterns, and then are easily manipulated.
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Someone You Love: Coming to a Gulag Near You

By Chris Hedges

The security and surveillance state does not deal in nuance or ambiguity. Its millions of agents, intelligence gatherers, spies, clandestine operatives, analysts and armed paramilitary units live in a binary world of opposites, of good and evil, black and white, opponent and ally.
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Understanding The Slave Mentality

By Brandon Smith

There are many in this world that will laugh at the prospect of the Orwellian nightmare only to happily embrace it when it arrives in full color. 
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Planning a Trip to Canada or the Caribbean?
US Immigration May Have Other Ideas...


By Simon Calder

New rules require British Airways and other airlines flying to certain airports outside America to submit passengers' personal data to US authorities. - Even if the flight plan steers well clear of US territory, travellers whom the Americans regard as suspicious will be denied boarding.
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15 Yemeni soldiers executed by al-Qaida militants: Militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch on Sunday shot dead 15 army soldiers held captives during Saturday's fighting in the southern province of Lahj, a military official told Xinhua.

Yemeni army kills 7 militants in southern clashes: Yemeni forces killed seven Islamist fighters in overnight clashes in a southern city, local officials said on Monday, as the army struggled to gain the upper hand against militants emboldened by a year of political upheaval.

Clashes in Pakistan: 14 militants, 3 security personnel killed: About 100 Taliban fighters attacked a security check post in Pakistan's restive tribal belt, triggering a clash that left 14 militants and three security personnel dead, officials said on Monday.

Taliban target Afghan security forces: Regional Taliban commander tells Al Jazeera that Afghan forces are priority targets now, rather than US forces.

Nigeria: 10 Killed in Boko Haram, Security Forces Gun Duel: Security forces, yesterday, clashed with gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamist group, Boko Haram. By the time the booming of guns went down, 10 people lay dead.

Militias: Clashes near Libya's Tunisia border: A Libyan police brigade moved to quell clashes that broke out between two rival towns on Monday, brokering a cease-fire and securing the release of hostages, a local tribal chief said.

Syria 'agrees' to peace plan deadline, Annan tells UN: Syria has agreed to a deadline of 10 April to begin implementing a six-point peace plan, UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has said.

From rebels to mercenaries? Arab states agree to provide millions to pay Syrian opposition fighters: Arab states in the Persian Gulf have agreed to provide a monthly stipend of several million dollars to pay a “salary” to opposition fighters in Syria and encourage more defections from President Bashar al-Assad’s army, participants at an international conference on the Syrian crisis said Sunday. - Iran Contra all over again - Saudi, Gulf states used as pipeline to pay for regime change in Syria!!

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