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Make Love, then War

By Linh Dinh

Maybe Dylan will surprise us all by refusing to receive his Freedom Medal from such a war-monger, and break all protocols by ambushing his bloody host with, “Come you masters of war.
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"We Assassinate Their leaders"

John Perkins - CNBC Video

"My job was to corrupt high officials in countries and get them to accept huge loans to sign off on them to make a lot of money."
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The NSA Is Watching You

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Three targeted Americans: - None of these U.S. citizens was charged with a crime, but they have been tracked, surveilled, detained—sometimes at gunpoint—and interrogated, with no access to a lawyer.
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How The "Cyber Intelligence Sharing And Protection Act" Would Affect You (faq):

By Declan McCullagh

CISPA would "waive every single privacy law ever enacted in the name of cybersecurity," Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat and onetime Web entrepreneur, said during the debate. "Allowing the military and NSA to spy on Americans on American soil goes against every principle this country was founded on."
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In Case You Missed It
The Spy Factory

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An eye-opening documentary on the National Security Agency. NOVA exposes the ultra-secret intelligence agency's role in the failure to stop the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent eavesdropping program that listens in without warrant on millions of American citizens.
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Joseph McCarthy Reborn

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

Rep. West, beware: In the flammable pool of toxic paranoia that passes these days as patriotism in America, a single careless match can light an inferno.
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EuroSpeak for "Starve the Beast"
The Meaning of “Austerity Measures”

By Mike Whitney

Unemployment in Spain is the highest in Europe at 24 percent. (Youth unemployment is over 50 percent) Even so, Spain’s right wing PM Mariano Rajoy is attempting to reach the deficit targets demanded by the troika which will push unemployment higher while further deepening the depression.
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Austerity Measures Leading Europe To ‘Suicide’, Nobel Economist Says

By Zoe Schneeweiss

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said Europe is in a “dire” situation as a focus on austerity pushes the continent toward “suicide.”
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Food Stamps In Crosshairs Of Republicans' Plan To Save Military

By Arthur Delaney

The latest Republican plan to reconcile the budget and preserve defense spending extracts even deeper cuts from programs to help the poor.
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16 killed in clashes between rebels and Syrian troops: Twelve rebels and four soldiers were killed in clashes Saturday in several areas across Syria, while the government claimed it had foiled an attempted "terrorist" infiltration by sea, DPA reported.

Syria : Suicide Bomber Hits Damascus, Killing At Least 10 : - A suicide bomber blew himself up across the street from a mosque in the Syrian capital Friday, killing at least 10 people and wounding nearly 30, state TV said. Three other smaller explosions also were reported in the capital, killing one person

Russia condemns "barbaric" attacks in Syria: Russia on Saturday condemned what it called "barbaric" attacks in Syria, stepping up criticism of rebels a day after an explosion authorities blamed on a suicide bomber killed at least nine people in the capital Damascus.

Lebanon says intercepted weapons shipment headed for Syrian rebels: The Lebanese navy intercepted three containers of weapons destined for Syrian rebel forces on board a ship originating from Libya, a security official told AFP on Saturday.

Russia backs delivering decisive rebuff to terrorists in Syria: The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that "we are convinced that the terrorists operating in Syria need a decisive rebuff.” “All domestic and outside players need to prevent any support" from reaching the armed gangs, it added.

Russia, EU circulate UN drafts on Syria monitors: A key difference is the EU text, which diplomats say was drafted by France, "underlines the need for the Syrian government to agree rapidly with the United Nations the independent use of air assets" by the observer mission.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran: Barak: Iranians Determined to Fool the World: Defense Minister says Israeli "stopwatch" on Iran is ticking faster than that of the US.

Israel ex-spy warns against "messianic" war on Iran: A former Israeli spymaster has branded the country's leaders unfit to tackle the Iranian nuclear program and "messianic" in the strongest criticism from a security veteran of threats to launch a pre-emptive war.

At Least 8 Killed In Bomb Attack On Iraq Coffee Shop : At least eight people have been killed and more than 20 injured after a coffee shop in Iraq's eastern Diyala province was struck by two near-simultaneous bombs, media reports citing Iraqi officials said late on Thursday.

Prison riot in Libya kills 3, injures 13: At least three people have been killed in Libya and 13 injured in a prison riot that broke out in the oasis town of Kufra. A group of armed men attacked the prison to free a prisoner involved in the death of Gen. Abdel Fattah Younes

Courthouse bomb in Libya's Benghazi injures one: A bomb exploded at a courthouse in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, wounding one person and damaging surrounding buildings in a fresh challenge to the post-Gaddafi government's struggle to restore stability.

Gaddafi 'funded' 2007 Sarkozy campaign: The government of the late Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi agreed to fund French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign with an estimated $66m, a French news website has reported.

French President Sarkozy appeals to neo-fascist vote: Sarkozy is desperate to win the votes of the 6.5 million people who voted for the third placed candidate, the neo-fascist Marine Le Pen. He needs them to overtake Hollande in the runoff on May 6.

Saudi closes embassy in Egypt over protests: Cairo demonstrations over Egyptian lawyer arrested in Saudi Arabia lead Riyadh to recall ambassador and close missions.

Obama campaign questions Romney on bin Laden death: Barack Obama's campaign sought to make the death of Osama bin Laden a central part of the U.S. presidential election on Friday with a video that questioned whether Republican rival Mitt Romney would have made the same call to approve the mission that killed the al Qaeda leader.

Images of Osama bin Laden killing not to be released, judge orders: A US federal court has backed the Obama administration in refusing to release pictures or video from military operation

Osama bin Laden's family preparing to live incognito in Saudi Arabia: The 14 members of Osama bin Laden's family who survived the US Navy Seal raid which killed him in May last year were on Friday preparing to live incognito - but apparently in some luxury - in Saudi Arabia after being deported from Pakistan

A cost of war: Soaring disability benefits for veterans: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expects to spend $57 billion on disability benefits next year. That's up 25% from $46 billion this year, and nearly quadruple the $15 billion spent in 2000, before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.

Little Evidence That Torture Treatment Used By CIA Produced Any Counter-Terrorism Breakthroughs : People familiar with the inquiry said it consisted of as much as 2,000 pages in narrative accounts of how the CIA interrogation program worked, including specific case histories in which enhanced interrogation tactics were used.

Padilla takes torture case to US Supreme Court: US citizen Jose Padilla, who was jailed for four years as an "enemy combatant" and claims to have been tortured, has asked the Supreme Court to reinstate his civil case against top US officials.

Military judge rejects motions to reduce charges against Bradley Manning: An Army judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a charge of “aiding the enemy” in the government’s prosecution of accused whistleblower Bradley Manning, who faces military court martial this fall.

CISPA : Congressman Johnson " I know its 2012 but it sure Feels like 1984": Congressman Hank Johnson, who represents the eastern suburbs of Atlanta in the U.S. Congress, speaks against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) on the House floor. Apr 26, 2012.

Houstonians Revolt Over TSA On Buses: Dozens of outraged residents attended a Houston METRO board meeting yesterday to express their disgust at how TSA workers were used to interrogate passengers on buses during a so-called “anti-terror” exercise last week.

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Is Far From Over: Spent reactor fuel, containing roughly 85 times more long-lived radioactivity than released at Chernobyl, still sits in pools vulnerable to earthquakes.

Romney's religion: Who are evangelicals to question Mormonism?: Jokes about polygamy and funny long underwear aside, Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has not been, and will not become, a factor in the presidential campaign of 2012.

More than 68,000 US guns seized in Mexico: Many guns involved in Mexican violence were sourced from the US. The flood of tens of thousands of weapons underscores complaints from Mexico that the US is responsible for arming the drug cartels plaguing its southern neighbour.

Hundreds of Economists: Marijuana Prohibition Costs Billions, Legalization Would Earn Billions: Over 300 economists, including three Nobel Laureates, recently signed a petition that encourages the president, Congress, governors and state legislatures to carefully consider marijuana legalization in America.

New Poll: Almost Everyone Thinks It's Wrong to Jail People for Pot: Majorities of respondents in the three countries (Britain 56%, Canada 68%, United States 74%) welcome the concept of using alternative penalties—such as fines, probation or community service—rather than prison for non-violent offenders

Eurozone Retail Sales Plunge at Strongest Pace Since Late-2008; German Retail Sales Plunge Into Contraction; French Retail Sales Plunge at Record Pace; Record Job Losses, Record Retail Plunge in Italy

Ireland’s Noonan Says Will Cut Growth Forecast by Almost Half: Irish growth may be about 0.75 percent this year, Noonan said in an interview with Dublin-based broadcaster RTE today, down from a December estimate of 1.3 percent.

US economic growth slows to 2.2% rate, official figures show: US government cutbacks mean growth rate slows from 3% in the final three months of 2011

Exxon Makes $104 Million In Profit Per Day So Far In 2012: Last year, ExxonMobil, one of the world’s most profitable companies, earned $1,300 in profits per second. As consumers paid record-high springtime gas prices, Exxon posted first quarter profits of $9.45 billion.

Wife of Active Duty Marine Shot 37 Times by Local Deputy and CHP Can Proceed to Trial: A wrongful death suit against a San Diego deputy sheriff is proceeding to trial after the deputy along with a group of California Highway Patrol officers killed an active duty Marine who was a veteran of the Iraq war, by shooting him 37 times after pinning his car at the side of the freeway.

 

April 26/27, 2012

Obama Approves More Killing In Yemen

By Glenn Greenwald

Here’s yet another war that Obama is escalating, now ordering people’s death with greater degrees of recklessness, now without even bothering to know who is being targeted.
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Evidence in British Court Contradicts CIA Drone Claims

By Chris Woods

A major case in the British High Court has revealed fresh evidence of civilian deaths during a notorious CIA drone strike in Pakistan last year.
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Why I Refused to Return to Fight in Afghanistan's Brutal Occupation

By Joe Glenton

Those sending our young men and women to die or be mutilated for nothing have no authority to say what is honourable, courageous, heroic, or cowardly.
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How Obama Recycled a Lie about Iran

By Elizabeth Murray

Obama said: “Let’s begin with a basic truth that you all understand: no Israeli government can tolerate a nuclear weapon in the hands of a regime that … threatens to wipe Israel off the map.”
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More Bad Apples?
Wasted Drunk U.S. Marines Fighting!

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Revolution In The Air
John Pilger Speaks At Marxism 2012


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John Pilger on the mass media and propaganda.
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A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC
Neoliberal Dragons, Eurasian Wet Dreams, and Robocop Fantasies


By Pepe Escobar

Is the emergence of BRICS a signal that we have truly entered a new multipolar world?
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How Europe's Double Dip Could Become America's

By Robert Reich


A recession in the world's third-largest economy, combined with the current slowdown in the world's second-largest (China), spells trouble for the world's largest.
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'70 killed' by explosion at bomb factory: The Syrian authorities have reported that at least sixteen people have died in what the Syrian state news agency described as a bomb-making factory in the city of Hama.

Syria, rebels trade blame over fragile U.N. ceasefire: - The Syrian government and rebels traded blame on Thursday for a huge explosion which killed 16 people in the city of Hama, as a two-week-old U.N.-backed ceasefire looked increasingly fragile.

Syria records 1,300 violations by "terrorists" of UN-led truce Syrian Minister of Information Adnan Mahmoud announced Thursday that a total of 1,300 violations of the UN-backed cease fire have been committed by armed groups since the truce went into effect on April 12, state-run SANA news agency reported.

Russia accuses Syrian rebels of using tactics of terror, accuse West of arming them: Russia accused Syrian rebels on Thursday of using terror tactics and suggested they were more to blame for ceasefire violations than President Bashar al-Assad’s troops, as a top rebel military leader said the U.N. monitoring mission to Syria is doomed to fail.

New Syrian group claims legitimacy to rival SNC: Nofal al Dawalibi, a Saudi-based businessman whose father Maarouf was prime minister before President Bashar al-Assad's family took power in the 1960s, said his Free Syrian Transitional National Government could unite the opposition in a way the SNC had failed to do.

21 "Taliban Insurgents" Killed in Clashes: Afghan forces launched an operation in the Chakan district of Waradak province to clear it of insurgents in which 17 Taliban insurgents were killed and one other was wounded last night, spokesman for provincial police chief Abdul Wali said.

Taliban kill four Afghan police, capture 16: Dozens of Taliban rebels have stormed police posts in the remote northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan, killing four officers and capturing at least 16 others

Three NATO occupation force soldier killed in E. Afghanistan: Three NATO soldier were killed on Thursday in a blast in eastern Afghanistan, the military alliance confirmed on Thursday.

Afghan soldier kills US occupation force service member: An Afghan soldier fatally shot an American service member and a local interpreter in southern Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, the latest in a string of attacks against U.S. and other foreign forces by their Afghan partners.

Report: NATO Misleads With 'Afghan-Led' Label: A new report Wednesday by a Kabul-based think tank accuses international forces of misleading the public by calling military operations "Afghan-led" even in cases where NATO or U.S. forces are the only troops on the ground.

Pakistani prime minister 'suspended' after contempt verdict: Pakistan's premier has been convicted of contempt by the Supreme Court, but already served his sentence of 'imprisonment' which lasted a mere few minutes. Observers fear the verdict could have far-reaching implications.

US Double Standards: India's Ballistic Missile Test and Pakistan, the Whipping-Boy: India successfully tested ballistic missile with a range of more than 5,000km-going uncriticised by USA which has shown an obsession over the years about a ‘supposed’nuclear programme by Iran, and a huge concern for the failed rocket launch by North Korea a few days earlier.

14 killed in Iraq robbery, attacks: Attacks against Al Qaeda's favorite targets in Iraq killed 14 people Monday as insurgents struck security forces, a government office and jewelry stores

Robert Fisk: The Children of Fallujah - families fight back: Abandoned and afraid, the parents of Iraq's suffering children wait in vain for help suffer in silence in Iraq?

Nigeria: Seven killed in newspaper office bombs: The Islamist sect Boko Haram has bombed two Nigerian newspaper offices, killing at least seven people and injuring 26.

US Kills 3 People In Yemen: At least three suspected al Qaeda-linked militants were killed in a drone air strike in Yemen on Thursday, a local official and residents said, as the new president struggles to stem the growing influence of armed Islamists in the south.

White House approves broader Yemen drone campaign: The United States has begun launching drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen under new authority approved by President Obama that allows the CIA and the military to fire even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known, U.S. officials said.

'America may have to strike Iran': Potential Republican vice presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday said a unilateral "military solution," from the United States may be needed to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb.

Gantz says ‘other forces’ could strike Iran: IDF chief predicts that Iran will never get nuclear weapons.

IDF chief: Other countries are prepared for possible Iran strike: IDF Chief of Staff strongly hints that other nations could be backing military action.

Israel’s new ties to Azerbaijan worry neighboring Iran: The burgeoning relationship between Israel and Azerbaijan is raising eyebrows throughout the Middle East, not least of all because Azerbaijan is Iran’s neighbor to the north and shares close cultural and demographic ties with Iran.

More Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike: Human rights groups say 2,000 are on hunger strike against indefinite detention without charge and alleged ill-treatment

UN, UK condemn Israel’s legalization of ‘illegal’ outposts in the West Bank: United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Tuesday expressed concern after Israel's decision to formally approve three outposts in the West Bank, which they both described as 'illegal.'

Libya’s ruling council fires Cabinet citing incompetence: The move throws into question the country’s ability to hold its first national election in June.

UN says up to 6,000 Libyans held by brigades: The United Nations estimates that up to 6,000 Libyans are detained in facilities run by revolutionary brigades that helped oust Muammar Qaddafi. It urges Libya to hurry its process of putting the facilities under government control.

International Criminal Court rejects Libya bid to try Gaddafi's son: Libyan authorities are resisting surrendering him, saying they want to put him on trial at home. Wednesday's decision heaps more pressure on Tripoli to send Seif al-Islam to The Hague.

War crimes court finds Charles Taylor guilty: A UN-backed international court has convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor of war crimes - the first African head of state to be found guilty by an international tribunal.

10 questions Leveson should ask Rupert Murdoch about his relationship withTony Blair: What was it about the relationship with Murdoch that made Tony Blair feel it was appropriate to take a phone call from a newspaper proprietor just hours prior to the most momentous decision a prime minister can make: ordering the country's armed forces to war?

Murdoch admits 'cover-up' over phone hacking: Rupert Murdoch has told the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics that there was a "cover-up" over phone hacking at his now defunct News of the World tabloid, but that it was kept hidden from him and senior executives in his media company.

Suicide riddle of weapons expert who worked with David Kelly: Scientist tells wife he is going for a walk, then takes his life in a field... just like his friend

Controversial Cybersecurity Legislation Moves Forward: The House of Representatives has approved Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act with a vote count of 248-168. The bill is now headed for the Senate. President Barack Obama will be able to sign or cancel it pending Senate approval.

‘CISPA: Patriot Act for the web’ – Internet activist: With the House of Representatives' approval of the controversial CISPA bill, Internet users are worried about possible consequences. RT spoke to Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who said CISPA could be used to spy on people.

US Military Course Considering “US at War with Islam” Receives Objection: The Pentagon stated on Wednesday that the top U.S. military officer has ordered a review of training material after a course for officers was found to consider that the United States is at war with Islam, Reuters reported.

US Taxpayers Shelling Out Billions for Faulty Weapons:: The Pentagon has frittered away billions in taxpayer cash on not fully tested arms, a government watchdog report says. While the policy grants the military access to cutting-edge technology, the public can be left footing the bill for faulty weapons.

A farewell to U.S. factories: Although the absolute number of jobs in American manufacturing was rather constant at about 17 million from 1969 to 2002, manufacturing’s share of jobs continued to decline from about 28% in 1962 to only 9% in 2011.

41% of Americans Live in Counties with Dangerous Levels of Air Pollution: For the time period from 2008 to 2010, 41 percent of Americans -- that's a full 127 million -- lived in counties with "unhealthful levels of either ozone or particle pollution"

Medical Debt Collectors Accused of Bullying Emergency Room Patients and Others: Accretive stands accused of posing debt collectors as employees in emergency rooms who in some cases demanded payments before patients received treatment.

April 25/26, 2012

Bradley Manning: A Show Trial of State Secrecy

By Michael Ratner

The US government's suppression of all accountability and transparency in prosecuting the WikiLeaks suspect is totalitarian. Continue

A fish rots from the head
Trials Without Crimes Or Evidence

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US government relies on secret evidence in its cases against alleged terrorists, claiming that national security would be threatened if the evidence were revealed. This is abject nonsense. Continue

Thank You for Your Service? No Thanks!

By Gary D. Barnett

It would be very difficult for me to think of any term that disgusted me more than those words uttered continuously in the presence of virtually any soldier in the United States: "Thank you for your service."
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Obama Invokes Holocaust to Ratchet Up War threats on Iran, Syria

By Bill Van Auken

President Barack Obama used a visit to Washington’s Holocaust Memorial Museum Monday to unveil a set of new sanctions against Iran and Syria and to promote the administration’s use of “human rights” as a pretext for aggressive war and regime change.
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Demonizing Iran
Panetta: Iranian Influence in South America Akin to 'Expanding Terrorism'

By Carlo Munoz

Hamas and Hezbollah have also leveraged its connections to narcotraffickers and other transnational crime syndicates in the region to raise money for future terror operations, Southern Command chief Gen. Douglas Fraser told Congress in March.
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Counter-terrorism Official:
No Hizballah Training Camps in Detroit


By Niraj Warikoo

"People underestimate Hizballah... Hizballah is a huge threat" that operates at a "much higher level than we're dealing with on the Al-Qaeda side."
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IDF chief to Haaretz:
I do not believe Iran will decide to develop nuclear weapons:


By Amos Harel

I think the Iranian leadership is composed of very rational people.
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The Crisis of Zionism

By Paul Krugman

The truth is that like many liberal American Jews — and most American Jews are still liberal — I basically avoid thinking about where Israel is going. Continue

 

Julian Assange's The World Tomorrow
Featuring. Slavoj Zizek and David Horowitz

Must Watch Video Interview

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek and David Horowitz debate the left-wing influence on global politics, the Israel-Palestine question, the future of Europe and the WikiLeaks controversy.
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The Children of Fallujah - Sayef's Story

By Robert Fisk

The phosphorus shells that devastated this city were fired in 2004. But are the victims of America's dirty war still being born?
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Noam Chomsky on America's Declining Empire

By Joshua Holland

Support the dictator and the regime as long as possible. When it becomes impossible, for example if the army turns against him which is what happened in Egypt, then send him out to pasture, issue ringing statements about your love of democracy, and then try to restore as much of the old regime as possible.
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Private Prison Corporations Are Modern Day Slave Traders

By Glen Ford

At the Corrections Corporation of America, human freedom is a dirty word.
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Toddler Terrorist:
TSA threatens lockdown over 4-year-old girl


By RT

The Transport Security Authority (TSA) is once again in hot water after it accused an innocent four-year-old girl of attempted gun smuggling as she hugged her grandmother in the security zone. Continue

Afghan Commander Says 13 "Foreign Militants" Killed: An Afghan military commander claims to have killed 13 Pakistani and Arab militants during an ongoing military sweep in Ghazni Province.

Five Afghan soldiers killed in Ghazni blast: Five Afghan soldiers have been killed and another two injured after improvised explosive device blew up in Ghazni province, according to the Ministry of Defence Wednesday.

NATO reports 4 occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan: NATO says that two service members have been killed in separate attacks in southern Afghanistan, while two others have died of non-battle injuries.

At least 17 killed in violence across Syrian: Activists: In the southern province of Daraa, violent clashes erupted between armed rebels and government forces in the town of Bosra al-Sham, the Britain-based watchdog said.Two Syrian army officers, Red Crescent employee killed: Armed groups have killed two military officers and three civilians in the flashpoint southern province of Dara’a, SANA reported.

France proposes use of force in Syria: French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe was quoted by the BBC as saying Paris was out of patience. "We cannot allow the (Syrian) regime to defy us," he said

4 Iran Guards killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels: The fighting erupted outside Paveh, a town near the Iraqi border

Iraqi Kurd Leader Says Time Running Out For Deal With Baghdad : The president of Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region says that time is running out for the government in Baghdad to decide on a power-sharing deal to end a political crisis.

Seven casualties among police in Mosul: An attack on a police patrol in the volatile city of Mosul left seven casualties, police said.

Former Iraqi minister escapes to US: Former minister of defense Abdul Qader Al-Obeidi has fled to the United States after being charged with corruption

Six killed in central Nigeria village bomb attack: The violence centred around Jos, a city on the dividing line between Nigeria's largely Christian south and Muslim north where attacks have killed hundreds in recent years.

Egypt military bans Mubarak-era PM from race: Interim military rulers approve law that excludes top officials in previous regime from running in presidential race.

Putin to Pass Control of Party to Medvedev: Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin said Tuesday that he would step down as chairman of United Russia, the political party he has led since 2008, and hand the reins of the parliamentary majority to his protégé, President Dmitri A. Medvedev.

Why Fukushima Is a Greater Disaster than Chernobyl and a Warning Sign for the U.S.: In the aftermath of the world’s worst nuclear power disaster, the news media is just beginning to grasp that the dangers to Japan and the rest of the world posed by the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site are far from over

Farmers demand the World Bank and Wall Street stop grabbing their lands: The World Bank’s policies for land privatisation and concentration, have paved the way for corporations from Wall Street to Singapore to take upwards of 80 million hectares of land from rural communities across the world in the past few years

Film Exposes the Devastating Impact of World Bank Backing for Land Investments in Uganda: 5 Minute Video - first-hand accounts of how privatisation of land, and corporate-friendly policies promoted by the World Bank lead to violent displacements, hunger and facilitate the global takeover of community land by private interests.

Padilla torture case comes before US Supreme Court: “It is hard to conceive of a more profound constitutional violation than the torture of a US citizen on US soil,” wrote lawyers for Jose Padilla in a petition filed Monday with the US Supreme Court.

Bradley Manning judge orders damage assessment released: A judge is to see for herself how the US assessed the damage inflicted upon the government by Bradley Manning’s WikiLeaks activities. Manning’s lawyer says the case against the soldier should be dropped as Washington is still withholding evidence.

Top ex-CIA officer on waterboarding tape destruction: 'Just getting rid of some ugly visuals': The tapes, filmed in a secret CIA prison in Thailand, showed the waterboarding of terrorists Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Nashiri.

The SB1070 anti-immigrant law is a stain on Arizona's reputation: I never thought that I, as an American citizen, would be subject to racial profiling: Arizona's SB1070 law must be struck down.

Britain has world's third highest proportion of sexually active teens: For early adolescent deaths, Britain ranked in the middle of high-income countries. Worst was the US, because of a very high rate of violent deaths – 10 to 20 times above that of other developed countries. The US also had high binge-drinking rates (despite alcohol being prohibited for those under 21) and the top rate of cannabis use

The War on Women: : 98% of Catholic women between the ages of 15 and 44 who have had sex used birth control.

Poll: Super-PACs Will Hurt Voter Turnout in 2012: One in four respondents in the poll said they're less likely to vote in elections this year because of the growing influence of super-PACs. That percentage climbs among those earning less than $35,000 a year (34 percent) and those with only a high school education (34 percent).

The Democracy Restoration Act: Everyone Deserves a Vote: Nationwide, 13 percent of African-American men have lost the right to vote — a rate seven times the national average.

Is there a drone in your neighbourhood? Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S.

Mad cow in California: South Korea halts beef imports: The discovery of a dairy cow in California's Central Valley with mad cow disease is having repercussions worldwide.

Trooper fired for punching woman during traffic stop : Video - One closed-fist punch could have warranted Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Andrew L. Davenport’s termination. But Davenport threw six of them at a woman’s head

For first time since Depression, more Mexicans leave U.S. than enter: A four-decade tidal wave of Mexican immigration to the United States has receded, causing a historic shift in migration patterns as more Mexicans appear to be leaving the United States for Mexico than the other way around, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center.

US home prices drop for 6th straight month: The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home-price index shows that prices dropped in February from January in 16 of the 20 cities it tracks.

UK data shows double-dip recession: Figures shows economy contracted by 0.2 per cent in first quarter of 2012, piling pressure on government.

April 24 2012

How Liberty Was Lost

By Paul Craig Roberts

Demonization always plays a role. The Indians were savages and the Palestinians are terrorists. Any country that can control the explanation can get away with evil. Continue

Media Promote War on Syria

By Stephen Lendman

Syria's a battle zone. Western generated violence is to blame, not Assad. America's media scoundrels claim otherwise. They want him ousted by any means, including war. Continue

Iraq's Road Back From Oblivion

By Robert Fisk

"There is no real country anymore." - We've lost our sense of something that belongs to us, our homeland. We've lost our national identity as Iraqis." Continue

A New Record is Set for Military Spending
The Shame of Nations

By Lawrence S. Wittner

World military spending reached a record $1,738 billion in 2011 — an increase of $138 billion over the previous year. The United States accounted for 41 percent of that, or $711 billion.
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The Globalization of Hollow Politics

By Chris Hedges

The extremists, of course, are already in power. They have been in power for several years. They write our legislation. They pick the candidates and fund their campaigns.
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Abroad, as at Home, Obama Coasts on a Wave of Disappointment

By Gary Younge

Significant hope was invested in Obama to repair America's global reputation and reorient its foreign policy - but there's been precious little return.
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Liberals and Their Situational Ethics

By Professor Lawrence Davidson

It seems clear that liberals have no more sense of “universal” ethics than do conservatives.
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The Relationship Between Christianity and Capitalism

By Bill Moyers

American Christianity went off the rails -- and now threatens to take American society with it.
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Israel's Persecution Of
Christians In the Holy Land


CBS 60 Minutes

The exodus from the Holy Land of Palestinian Christians could eventually leave holy cities like Jerusalem and Bethlehem without a local Christian population. Bob Simon reports.
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The Cost of a Nation of Incarceration

CBS News Video and Transcript

Nationwide, the numbers are staggering: Nearly 2.4 million people behind bars, even though over the last 20 years the crime rate has actually dropped by more than 40 percent.
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The lesson for Obama of Europe's failed austerity

By Robert Reich

Because most Americans' real pay continues to drop, they're going deeper into debt and tapping into their savings. Inevitably, they'll have to cut their spending.
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Social Security is Strong:

Sen. Bernie Sanders

A new report today by Social Security trustees showed the program's trust fund has $2.7 trillion in reserves and will grow to $3.06 trillion by 2021, enough to maintain the unbroken record of paying every nickel owed to every beneficiary in full for another two decades. Continue

20 Taliban killed in Afghanistan: At least 20 Taliban militants, including four commanders, have been killed in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

NATO Occupation Force Soldier Killed In South Afghanistan: : This solider lost his live in a mine blast.

Army major's despair at our 'pointless war': ‘I’m being sent out to stabilise a country I have no faith, interest or empathy in, to prop up a government the UN says is corrupt.

Afghanistan War: US, Afghanistan Finalize Strategic Pact: The U.S. will provide military and financial support to the Afghan people for at least a decade beyond 2014, the deadline for most foreign forces to withdraw.

No funding guarantee for Afghan security in new US military deal: The lack of any funding guarantee flies in the face of demands made by Afghan president Hamid Karzai last week.

Pulling out of expensive war will be costly, officials say: An already expensive war in Afghanistan will cost American taxpayers between $5 billion and $10 billion just to pull a decade's worth of weapons, vehicles and supplies out of the country

U.S. troops have fired from base inside Afghanistan at Pakistan 4 times: U.S. troops have fired into Pakistani territory at least four times in the last 10 months in cross-border skirmishes that they say are in response to shelling from inside Pakistan, CNN has learned.

US congressman refused entry to Afghanistan over criticisms of Karzai: Renewed tension between Washington and Kabul after Afghan president tells Dana Rohrabacher he would not be welcome

Killed – by a US drone: The boy, 16, sitting with me in these photos was protesting against deadly US drone strikes... Three days later he was killed – by a US drone

28 arrested after drone protest: “In my 50 years,of protesting publicly all over the US, I have never seen such a preemptive action against free speech on a public street,” said protester Debra Sweet.

Yemen: Air strikes kill 7 al-Qaida militants: Yemeni military officials say seven al-Qaida-linked militants have been killed in two airstrikes in the south. It's the latest in a Yemen offensive against the Islamist militants.

U.S. Kills "AQAP leader" in Yemen: FBI director Robert Mueller visited Yemen on Tuesday, pledging to help quell an Islamist insurgency there, as security and government sources said a U.S. drone had killed a prominent al Qaeda leader linked to a 2005 attack on a French oil tanker.

Activists say: Syrian troops 'kill dozens' in Hama: Government forces attacked the Arbeen neighbourhood of the western city and its surrounding areas on Monday with light and heavy machine guns, killing 28 civilians, said the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Who are the "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" -- SOHR is run out of a two-bedroom terraced home in Coventry by one man using the name Rami Abdulrahman (or Rami Abdul Rahman, or Rami Abdelrahman). He also runs a clothes shop

2 army officers killed as rebels rock Syrian capital with three separate attacks: Rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad killed three regime officers in separate attacks Tuesday around Damascus, activists and state media said, the latest violence targeting the security forces used by the government to quash dissent.

Free Syrian army has 60,000 servicemen: The Free Syrian army created by the opposition to oppose the Syrian army has 60,000 servicemen, the Turkish Sabah newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Lebanon should arrest Free Syrian Army members: “No borders can be completely secured. It’s important however that arrests be made when a violation is committed. It is in our best interest that armed individuals and members of the Free Syrian Army be prevented from crossing the border”.

More cracks in Syria truce : "Activists said" 31 people were killed on Monday in shelling and shooting in the central city of Hama, a hub of the anti-Assad revolt, the day after a brief visit by a UN team.

5 Boko Haram members killed in blast - military: Nigeria's military says five suspected members of a radical Islamist sect were killed in an explosion that struck a small town in the country's restive northeast.

Sudan bombs South Sudan border‚ three killed: Sudanese warplanes carried out air strikes on South Sudan today, killing three people near a southern oil town, residents and military officials said, three days after South Sudan pulled out of a disputed oil field.

UN condemns demolition of Bedouin homes in Israel: UN agencies in the West Bank said on Sunday that Israel destroyed 21 homes of Bedouins last week, making 54 people including 35 children homeless.

Israel approves three illegal West Bank settlements: Condemning the decision, Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, said "Netanyahu has pushed things to a dead end yet again".

Top Palestinian warns Israel it may be headed toward a single, non-Jewish state: A leading Palestinian is suggesting they might drop the “two-state solution” . Instead, Palestinians might seek a multi-ethnic state covering all of historic Palestine — including today’s Israel, said former Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia in an interview at his office in this West Bank town.

Clampdown on Palestinian media spreads to the Web: The Palestinian Authority has quietly instructed Internet providers to block access to news websites whose reporting is critical of President Mahmoud Abbas, according to senior government officials and data analyzed by network security experts.

Egypt terminates gas supply to Israel: Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz described the decision as one of "great concern," both politically and economically. "This is a dangerous precedent that casts a pall over the peace agreements and the peaceful atmosphere between Israel and Egypt," Steinitz said.

Egypt ready to resume gas exports to Israel at new price: International Cooperation Minister "Fayza Abul Naga said the Egyptian side had no objections to reaching a new contract with new conditions and a new price," the official MENA news agency reported.

Egypt denies 8 US nonprofits license to operate, including Carter Center: The licenses were denied because the groups’ activities “breach the country’s sovereignty,” the Social Affairs Ministry official said. That makes it unlikely that The Carter Center would be allowed to observe the upcoming vote.

Growing the Empire; Top US general says African coups and proliferation of Libyan weapons threaten stability: Ham said the region was threatened by terrorist organizations, especially al-Qaida, who he said are benefiting from recent coups in Mali, Guinea-Bissau, and the flood of weapons from Libya.

Pentagon sets up new spy agency to eavesdrop on a changing world: The Defense Department is seeking new authority from Congress that would let DOD personnel work undercover in industry to conduct clandestine military operations abroad against terrorists and their sponsors.

Mother of tortured U.S. citizen appeals case to Supreme Court: On Monday, the mother of a U.S. citizen Jose Padilla, who was tortured at a naval base in Charleston asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other government officials on behalf of her son.

Proposed increase in Internet surveillance powers threatens British ruling coalition: British plans to extend the state’s powers to monitor emails and other social media, and set up secret courts to hear evidence gathered by intelligence agencies, are threatening to destroy the country’s ruling coalition.

In Pictures: What the richest country on the planet looks like: The Many Spendors of Qatar

Europe’s Austerity Backlash Gathers Steam in Merkel Test: French President Nicolas Sarkozy lost the first round of his re-election bid and a revolt against extra spending cuts in the traditionally budget-conscious Netherlands propelled Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s coalition toward an early breakup.

Nicolas Sarkozy issues direct appeal to National Front voters: Returning to the campaign trail on Monday in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, he said: "I hold nothing against National Front voters." "I say to them: 'I've heard you...The French don't want to be dispossessed of their way of life. That's the message I heard, and I will take to the second round of the election," he said.

Iceland ex-PM Haarde 'partly' guilty over 2008 crisis: Former Icelandic PM Geir Haarde has been found not guilty of negligence over the 2008 financial crisis that saw the island's economy go into meltdown.

Protesters Arrested at Iowa Wells Fargo: “Wells Fargo’s mortgage office here in Iowa is making billions in profits every year by kicking hardworking families out of their homes and they aren’t even paying taxes on their ill-got wealth,” said Kenn Bowen

April 22, 2012

Witness To Murder
US Border Patrol Beat and Taser Man to Death


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A new video shows Anastacio Hernadez-Rojas lying on the ground in the fetal position, circled by at least a dozen federal agents as one repeatedly shocks him with an electric stun gun.
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Are We Sliding Toward a Police State?

By Steven Greenhut

We’re creating a brutal and inhumane society. Continue

They Thought They Were Free
The Germans, 1933-45


By Milton Mayer

What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand. Continue

How Dare Russia

By David Swanson

The United States Congress is outraged. Russia, it seems, may have wrongly imprisoned, tortured, and murdered a whistleblower. Continue

Mitt Romney, American Parasite

By Pete Kotz

His years at Bain represent everything you hate about capitalism. Continue

Israel's Secret Weapon

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This film is the story of the bomb, Mordechai Vanunu and Israel's wall of silence. Continue

'20 Qaeda suspects' killed in Yemen air strikes: The witnesses said three of the men were killed when a missile set ablaze and destroyed their car on a desert road in the Samda region between the provinces of Jouf and Marib. The defence ministry said earlier that 17 suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in an air raid that struck one of their hideouts in the southern town of Loder late on Saturday.

12 killed in south Libya violence: tribal leader: Fresh fighting between Toubou tribesmen and the national army flared in the Libyan desert town of Kufra overnight leaving up to 12 people dead and scores wounded, local sources told AFP on Saturday.

Secret documents reveal MI5 agents betrayed Libyan dissidents to Gaddafi spies in London : Experts say the explosive documents suggest breaches of the Geneva Conventions, the Human Rights Act and criminal law

MI6, Gaddafi and the mosque sting to lure al-Qaeda terrorist: MI6 and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan intelligence service set up a radical mosque in a Western European city in order to lure in al-Qaeda terrorists, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Two Police Killed, Five Wounded in Afghanistan: The incident took place around 8:30am in the Shokhi area of Kapisa's Nejrab district, when the police vehicle struck a roadside mine, he said.

Iran cleric praises atom talks, signals shift-analysts: An influential Iranian cleric praised recent nuclear talks between Iran and world powers on Friday, the latest in a series of positive statements from senior figures that analysts said could signal Tehran is softening its stance.

Ready to hit Iran if ordered: Israel military chief: Israeli forces are carrying out more special operations beyond the country’s borders and will be ready to attack Iran’s nuclear sites if ordered, the chief-of-staff said in an interview on Sunday.

Congressional Report: US Stockpiling $800 Million of Weapons in Israel: The equipment was transferred to Israel for use by the United States in case of war, and Israel may use the weapons in case of emergency and with American approval.

Lieberman Warns Netanyahu Egypt More Dangerous than Iran: If the upcoming presidential elections are followed by a revisal, if not cancellation, of the peace treaty with Israel, the Foreign Minister expects that Israel will be a natural target for the regime to target a foreign country as an enemy and draw attention away from domestic problems.

 

Why the U.S. May Be Secretly Cheering a Muslim Brotherhood Run For Egypt’s Presidency: The Brotherhood’s candidate is in regular contact with U.S. Ambassador Anne Paterson, and that U.S. officials have praised his moderation, intelligence and effectiveness.

China Says The US Is Bringing War To The South China Sea: The Obama administration has turned U.S. military attention on China's neck of the woods by placing more troops in the Philippines since World War II, stationing Marines in Australia, and promoting a list of initiatives that have done nothing so much as anger the CCP.

Russia-China joint naval exercise starts: The April 22-27 drill, taking place in the Yellow Sea off China's east coast, involves a total of 16 vessels and two submarines from Chinese navy and four warships from Russian navy's Pacific Fleet as well as three supply ships being summoned for the exercise.

Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart: Confronted with evidence of widespread corruption in Mexico, top Wal-Mart executives focused more on damage control than on rooting out wrongdoing, an examination by The New York Times found.

U.S. Previously Owned Home Sales Unexpectedly Fell in March: Sales of previously owned U.S. homes in March unexpectedly fell for the third time in the last four months, showing an uneven recovery in the housing market.

Wells Fargo Insiders Detail Foreclosure Fraud Practices: ‘It’s Exactly Like An Assembly Line’: The nation’s largest mortgage servicer often improperly foreclosed on homeowners who weren’t past due or owed little interest while pushing the files out the door as fast as possible

Retirement bottom line: Many will have to work until 70: Some experts say the forecast for the generation born from 1946 through 1964 isn't necessarily so rosy.

April 21, 2012

The Grand Prix, Western Hypocrisy and the Gulf States

By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey


Where have Bahrain, Qatar or Saudi Arabia been in terms of human rights? Let us have a look and let us hold the western powers, particularly the FUKUS-Axis (France, UK, US and Israel) to account in their international relations.
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U.S. Patriot Act Kept Somalia Starving

By Linus Atarah

Humanitarian organisations suspended food aid delivery to drought- struck areas controlled by Al-Shabaab for fear of violating the USA Patriot Act.
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To Sleep with Open Eyes

By Fidel Castro Ruz

The Yankee transnationals will never give up their control over the land, the water, the mines and the natural resources of our countries. Their soldiers should vacate the military bases; their troops should be withdrawn from each and every one of our territories.
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The Simple Truth in Chomsky's Words

By Geoff_Kennedy

“One of the things they want is a passive quiescent population. So one of the things that you can do to make life uncomfortable for them is NOT to be passive
and quiescent."
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WikiLeaks Supporters Plan US Foundation to Restore Funding

By James Ball

Supporters based in the US are now in talks with Assange to establish a US-based foundation aimed at funding organisations cut off by private companies in situations with first amendment implications.
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Has Ron Paul Sold Out To Israeli Lobby?
Ron Paul Shocks Campaign Staff With New Position On Israel

By Grace Wyler

Paul first made this position known Wednesday night, during a private meeting with evangelical leaders interested in helping the Texas Congressman reach out to the conservative Christian community. 
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Debt-ridden Countries IMF'd

By Michael Hudson

How much debt can you throw at a problem caused by too much debt?
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Cheney's Heart Transplants

By Christopher Brauchli

The heart Mr. Cheney got was clearly not a kind heart and as we soon learned, there was no difference between Dick Cheney with the old heart and Dick Cheney with the new heart.
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Prostitution and Empire

By Jim Panyard

The self righteous prigs in Sodom on the Potomac are also saying the prostitutes "may" have been "exposed" to classified information, which makes the situation even more severe.
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The TSA's Mission Creep is Making the US a Police State

By Jennifer Abel

The out-of-control Transportation Security Administration is past patdowns at airports – now it's checkpoints and roadblocks.
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Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over $280 Medical Bill
'Debtor's Prisons' Return to the U.S

By Alain Sherter

Breast cancer survivor handcuffed and thrown in jail over a mistaken $280 medical bill as 'debtor's prisons' return to the U.S. Continue

 

Fresh air raids by Yemeni warplanes kill 12 "al-Qaida" militants: At least 12 militants of the al-Qaida terrorist group were killed and five others injured on Saturday evening in air strikes by Yemeni air forces in the southern province of Abyan, a government official said, Xinhua reported.

8 Yemeni soldiers killed in clashes with al-Qaida in restive south: Dozens of al-Qaida militants attacked a post of Yemeni army forces on Saturday, sparking deadly clashes that killed eight soldiers and wounded 13 others in the southern province of Abyan, a senior army officer told Xinhua.

3 killed in south Libya clashes: hospital: Fresh fighting flared in the Libyan desert town of Kufra overnight leaving three people dead and 17 others wounded, local sources told AFP on Saturday.

South Sudan says troops bombed during flashpoint "pullout": South Sudan accused its neighbour Sudan of bombing its troops as they pulled out of the disputed oil region of Heglig on Saturday, dampening already faint hopes of any imminent settlement between the bitter foes.

Sudan Rejects Talks with South Sudan : Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir rejected holding new talks with authorities from South Sudan, and assured that the troops who still remain in his country will be expelled.

Bombings kill three as Iraq governor targeted: Bombs exploded in two minibuses in Baghdad on Saturday, killing three people and wounding at least 12, while a bomb attack on a governor's convoy wounded two guards, security officials said.

Iraq calls Turkey "hostile state" as relations dim: Maliki was responding to comments made by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday in which Erdogan accused the Iraqi leader of fanning tensions between the country's Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds with his "self-centered" ways.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria: Clinton says Turkey may invoke NATO’s Article 4 over Syrian tension: Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said “NATO has responsibilities to protect the Turkish border according to Article 5,” referring to the border incident. Article 5, known as the collective defense clause, commits NATO states to defend a member state when it comes under an attack.

UN monitors visit Syria opposition stronghold: Five unarmed U.N. truce monitors toured the battered city at the heart of the Syrian uprising on foot Saturday, encountering unusually calm streets after weeks of shelling as a throng of residents clamored for foreign military help to oust President Bashar Assad.

UN council approves 300 Syria monitor mission: Security Council unanimously adopts resolution authorising deployment of up to 300 observers to Syria for three months.

Syria hails UNSC's latest resolution: Syria has welcomed the United Nations Security Council's latest resolution and said the world body's observers have been able to access all the trouble spots that they wished to visit.

US says may not allow renewal of UN mission in Syria: The United States warned Saturday it may not allow the renewal of the UN ceasefire monitoring mission in Syria after the first three months, and called for greater international pressure on the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Paris “Friends of Syria” meeting: Imperialist powers prepare for war against Syria: The so-called “Friends of Syria,” consisting of the major imperialist powers, their NATO allies, and the Gulf monarchies, met Thursday evening in Paris to step up their war preparations against Syria.

"Armed terrorist" group blows up pipeline in Syria: Syria's state news agency said that an "armed terrorist" group blew up an oil pipeline in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zor, near the border with Iraq, on Saturday.

Pentagon has ‘successful plan’ with hundreds of Tomahawks deployed near Iran: “We are prepared with all options on the table if we have to respond,” Panetta said, adding that “there are plans” to deal with Iran if the country does not give up its nuclear ambitions.

Israeli PM admits: Iran never called to wipe out Israel: Speaking to Al Jazeera, deputy PM admits Ahmadinejad was misquoted, never said Israel must be wiped off the map. US: Iran caving under paralyzing sanctions

EU condemns eviction of Arab family from East Jerusalem home: The eviction, carried out by the Bailiff's Office with police back-up, gave Jewish residents complete control of three homes in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, paving the way for the first Jewish residential presence in the area.

More $ for Israel: U.S. Republicans seek to provide Israel with $680 million for Iron Dome anti-missile system: This year, Obama's budget requests $3.1 billion in security assistance to Israel, part of a 10-year, $30 billion U.S. commitment to the Jewish state's security. None of that is scheduled to fund Iron Dome.

Taliban claim responsibility for SW Afghanistan copter crash: A Taliban spokesman announced on Thursday evening that "Taliban fighters shot down a helicopter and killed all its passengers in Khanashen Dewalak area near Garmsir in the southern Helmand province," CNN reported on Friday.

Afghan forces arrest five men with 10,000kg explosives: Intelligence agency says men were planning multiple attacks on crowded areas when they were detained in Kabul

Pakistan, US exploring joint ownership of drone attacks: Pakistan and the United States have begun exploring various options for joint ownership of drone attacks against militant targets in the tribal belt after the US flatly refused to stop the predator strikes.

US Muslim: I Was Tortured at FBI's Behest in UAE: A Muslim American seeking asylum in Sweden claimed Wednesday he was detained at the U.S. government's request while in the United Arab Emirates last summer, tortured in custody and interrogated about the activities of a Portland, Oregon, mosque.

US transfers 2 Guantanamo prisoners to El Salvador: The men, ethnic Uighurs from a region of China roiled by a separatist movement, are learning Spanish and gratefully settling into their new home in the Central American country, lawyers for the men said.

Citizens United Constitutional Amendment Backed By Vermont Legislature: Vermont has become the third U.S. state to pass a resolution calling on Congress to amend the Constitution to get money out of politics and reverse the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that allows unlimited corporate money in politics.

 

April 20, 2012

Unplugging Americans From The Matrix

By Paul Craig Roberts

Americans have lost control of the government, and governments that are not controlled by the people are not democracies.
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"We Do Not Live in a Free Country"
National Security Agency Whistleblower William Binney on Growing State Surveillance


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Whistleblower: The NSA Is Lying–U.S. Government Has Copies of Most Of Your Emails.
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Government Misinformation Campaign Targets Reporter

By Gregory Korte

A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign.
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Still killed and killing in the lost Afghanistan War

By Lindsey German

Has anyone told the media that the NATO forces are losing the war in Afghanistan?
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Afghan Screams Aren’t Heard

By Kathy Kelly and Hakim

Last weekend, in Kabul, Afghan Peace Volunteer friends huddled in the back room of their simple home. With a digital camera, glimpses and sounds of their experiences were captured, as warfare erupted three blocks away.
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Problems of Empire
Another day, another war


By Justin Raimondo

For the Beltway boys, war is not a threat but an opportunity – a means to expand the empire, line their pockets and the pockets of their friends, and bask in the momentary elation of a very short-lived "victory."
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Surprises in the Israeli-Iranian Duel

By Patrick Seale

The simple truth is that Israel wants to deny its neighbours the ability to defend themselves. None is to be allowed to acquire a deterrent capability!

A Conspiracy of Whores

By John Grant

It’s a challenge to make adult sense of the absurdities coming out of Colombia right now.
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25 People Killed In Yemen: Yemeni government troops launched a surprise attack in the south of the country to recapture an al-Qaida stronghold, killing 25 Islamist militants, an official said Friday.

18 security forces killed in Syria attacks: A powerful blast killed 10 members of the security forces in the southern Syrian region of Quneitra on Friday, state television reported, blaming the explosion on "terrorists."

Four killed in Syria violence: : One civilian was killed during an assault by government forces in the northeastern oil city of Deir Ezzor and three others died from gunfire in the town of Yabrud, north of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Free Syrian Army calls for foreign military intervention: The head of the Military Council Free Syrian Army, Colonel Mustafa al-Sheikh said Annan plan accepted by Bashar al-Assad government does not work, and government forces continue to commit mass killing in many cities across the country.

Pentagon: America will be ready if needed in Syria: Dempsey said if called upon, the military would be ready to act and the services are working on ways to try to halt the violence

Syrian civil war prospects worry Moscow: The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday there were "violations and provocations" to the cease-fire and warned the country was headed toward serious crisis if both sides refused to lay down their weapons.

Russia condemns new Syrian sanctions planned by EU: "Our position concerning such sanctions is well known," said foreign affairs ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich. "We judge them unacceptable from the point of view of international law.

Russia, Europe propose rival resolutions on Syria observers: The key difference in the texts - circulated Friday morning to the Security Council and obtained by The Associated Press - is whether there should be any conditions on the deployment of the larger observer force.

Iran threatens to cut oil to "whole Europe", claims to have alternative buyers: Iran will cut oil export to all European countries if they do not lift sanctions on Tehran after the next round of talks in Baghdad, country's Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said on Thursday, Mehr reported.

Al-Qaeda claims Iraq attacks that killed 38: Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) said on Friday that it carried out a wave of attacks across the country that killed 38 people, in a statement on jihadist website Honein.

Iraq 'could break up', warns Vice-President Hashemi: He said the country was at a crossroads, and that urgent action had to be taken now to prevent it breaking up along sectarian and ethnic lines.

Afghanistan: US soldiers among 8 dead in Helmand attacks: Four US soldiers and as many Afghan police were killed in a suicide bombing and in a helicopter crash that came hours after the first incident in a district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.

Growing the Empire: 3 US military personnel among 6 killed in Mali crash : In Washington, a U.S. defense official said one of the three Americans was from U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, and the two others were assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command.

Sudan says it ran South Sudan troops out of oil town: Sudan said Friday its forces drove South Sudanese troops from a contested oil town near the countries' ill-defined border border while the south tried to put a good face on events, saying it was withdrawing.

Sudan to give neighbour 'final lesson': SUDAN'S president, Omar al-Bashir, vowed yesterday to teach neighbouring South Sudan "a final lesson by force" by "eliminating" the government.

Uganda Warns Sudan Over Threats To Attack South Sudan: Uganda will intervene if the fighting between South Sudan and Sudan escalates into a full-scale war, and would not just sit and witness its northern neighbour is being attacked, said the Chief of Defence Forces of Uganda Aronda Nyakairima on Friday.

WATCH: New video shows shamed IDF officer struck several left-wing activists: In clip taken by Palestinian TV, and released by left-wing NGO B'Tselem, Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner seen beating protesters without clear provocation.

Gilad Atzmon: 'Never Again' is an Empty Slogan: Israel is driven by a suicidal inclination in the spirit of Biblical Samson. Yet, being a nuclear super power, Israel’s potential self-inflicted tragedy may as well put an end to the world, as we know it.

Thousands of Bahrain F1 protesters dispersed: Security forces use tear gas to end march against Grand Prix race as crown prince confirms Sunday's race will go ahead.

Thousands protest military’s rule in Egypt: Tens of thousands of protesters packed Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Square on Friday in the biggest demonstration in months against the ruling military, aimed at stepping up pressure on the generals to hand over power to civilians and bar ex-regime members from running in upcoming presidential elections.

China assisting N.Korean missile program-U.S. Defense Sec'y: "I'm sure there's been some help coming from China. I don't know, you know, the exact extent of that," Panetta told members of the House Armed Services Committee when asked whether China had been supporting North Korea's missile program through "trade and technology exchanges."

Breivik describes island massacre: : Anders Behring Breivik, who is on trial in Norway for killing 77 people last July, tells a Norwegian court he shot people who were begging for their lives.

FBI Seizes Riseup Email Network Server: The server was operated by the European Counter Network and ran a program called Mixmaster, which routes emails through anonymous servers in a network. The server also ran a number of mailing lists and websites for political groups.

Secret documents reveal DHS lied about tracking Americans on social media: One of the nation’s leading electronic privacy groups claimed this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) misled members of Congress during a recent hearing on whether the Department is paying a defense contractor $11.4 million to keep tabs on protected free speech and dissent against government policies

In case you missed it: Homeland Security Given Green Light to Monitor American Journalists: Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

U.S peace activist Cindy Sheehan vows to continue tax boycott: California peace activist Cindy Sheehan has agreed to meet with Internal Revenue Service agents seeking to collect back taxes she refuses to pay as a protest of U.S. wars, but she vowed on Thursday to persist in her tax boycott.

Georgia Tries to Get to Zero Welfare Recipients: Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed a law requiring that people approved for "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" receive a drug test within forty-eight hours. They also have to pay a $17 fee for the test and it isn’t refunded, even if a person passes

Gulf fisheries in decline after oil disaster: Nearly two years after BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen and scientists say things are getting worse.

 

April 19, 2012

Petraeus and the Signature of U.S. Terror

By Jefferson Morley

The CIA is seeking authority to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen by launching strikes against terrorism suspects even when it does not know the identities of those who could be killed, U.S. officials said. Continue

The Way of the Drone:
Emblem for an Empire of Cowards


By Chris Floyd

"Bugs" being "splattered." This is what Barack Obama, and all of his brave button pushers and joystick riders think of the defenseless human beings they are killing (including 174 children by last count).
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How We're Footing the Bill for Violent Crackdowns in the Middle East
It's odd to see an Israeli flag flying in rural Pennsylvania.

By Anna Lekas Miller

Instead of financing affordable healthcare, housing and education, our government is using our money to finesse an international reputation as the power that violently crushes resistance to repression. 
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Israel Rides the Rollercoaster of Mass Hysteria

By Ilan Pappe Report post

Spending a week in Israel these days is like being trapped within a scene from the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
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'One-State' Idea Gains Support Of Some Palestinians

By Lourdes Garcia-Navarro

"What we are talking about is a state which represents all of its citizens, where there isn't preferential treatment given in laws or in policies to one's religion,"
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Report on Iran's Nuclear Fatwa Distorts Its History

By Gareth Porter

Senior Obama administration officials have decided to cite the fatwa as an Iranian claim to be tested in negotiations, posing a new challenge to the news media to report accurately on the background to the issue.
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Demonizing Iran
Iran vs. Israel - No Fear


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Israeli Propaganda Video.
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Is Fukushima's Doomsday Machine About to Blow?

By Mike Whitney

Mounting troubles at Japan's hobbled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant now pose a real threat to human survival.
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No Real Justice in Guantanamo

By Reed Brody

Nashiri's trial before the Guantanamo military commission raises problems that go far beyond the fact that he was tortured.
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How Obama Became a Civil Libertarian's Nightmare

By Steven Rosenfeld

“We are witnessing the bipartisan normalization and legitimization of a national security state,”
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US Chief Swims in Millions as Unemployed Sink Deeper

By Brian McGrory

Mr Kelly had an annual compensation package of $US50 million for the past four years. - That's just shy of a million dollars a week, $192,000 per working day, $24,000 an hour. To run an insurance company.
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What If the Greedy Rich Paid Their Share?
8 Things to Know About Wealth and Poverty in the US

By Les Leopold

America is loaded. We are not a struggling nation ready to go under. We are not facing an enormous debt crisis despite what the politicians and pundits proclaim. We are not the next Greece.
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Dublin Home Eviction-
Shocking Footage - Elderly Couple Evicted From Home By Anglo Irish Bank

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Man Strips off Clothes to Protest TSA

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It's not the first time, but it's still attracting lots of attention: a man stripped off all his clothes in the Portland airport and stood in the nude to protest the TSA, leading to security lanes being closed and, um, passengers averting their eyes.
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At least 36 killed in series of blasts in Iraq: More than 20 bombs hit cities and towns across Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 36 and wounding almost 150, police and hospital sources said, raising fears of sectarian strife in a country whose authorities are keen to show they can now maintain security.

Exxon dropped from Iraq rights bidders: oil ministry: "We are looking forward to welcoming all participating companies in Baghdad."

Afghan Police Raids Kill 25 Insurgents: At least 25 insurgents have been killed in joint Afghan and Nato troops operations in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours in the country, the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs said Thursday.

Photos of US troops with body parts disgusting, says Hamid Karzai: "The president underlines that the only way to put an end to such painful experiences is through an accelerated and full transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces," the statement said

No resolution in earlier Marine corpse abuse case: While the military grapples with another corpse abuse scandal in Afghanistan, officials still haven’t offered any resolution to the case uncovered earlier this year of Marines urinating on Taliban corpses.

U.S., Pakistan talk about $2.6 billion reimbursement: U.S. and Pakistani officials are discussing billions of dollars in reimbursements to Pakistan for its role in the U.S.-led war on militants.

CIA seeks new authority to expand Yemen drone campaign: Securing permission to use these “signature strikes” would allow the agency to hit targets based solely on intelligence indicating patterns of suspicious behavior, such as imagery showing militants gathering at known al-Qaeda compounds or unloading explosives.

Syria and UN sign monitoring mission agreement: The Syrian government have agreed to the protocol on the deployment of more observers.

Syrian rebels, army trade blows at Qusayr in cease-fire breach: The fighting began in this city near the Lebanese border in the early afternoon after a group from the Free Syrian Army, the name claimed by most of the rebels who've taken up arms against the government of President Bashar Assad, attacked a military convoy near the city.

Syrian opposition trying to disrupt Annan’s peace plan: The Syrian opposition is attempting to disrupt Kofi Anna’s peace plan and trigger violence. Reportedly, militants of the Free Syrian Army are using refugee camps in Turkey to make preparations for launching attacks on checkpoints.

"Regime change": Leon Panetta: US military planning for greater role in Syria conflict: US military officials are crafting possible new strategies to 'protect the Syrian people' from the Assad regime, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday on Capitol Hill. NATO's Libya intervention may be a model.

Fact or fiction: 15,000 elite Iranian special-ops 'head' to Syria: The regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria is expecting up to 15,000 Iranian troops to help maintain order in the country’s provinces, a Chinese newspaper reports. Iran has yet to confirm or deny the news.

Iran will not tolerate fall of Assad, establishes joint ‘war room’ with Syria, Hezbollah: According to the Fars News Agency, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered a warning recently during his recent meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “The Islamic Republic will defend Syria,”

Iran: Fatwa against nuclear weapons political milestone: Fatwa is a religious decree issued by a Muslim leader against a specific issue and it is incumbent upon all Muslims to abide by it. However, in this particular case, the issuance of the fatwa has not only religious but political force as well as the leader in the Islamic Republic is the prime decision-maker.

India missile test has few critics, unlike NKorea: India's successful test of a powerful new missile that can carry nuclear weapons to Beijing caused barely a ripple — even in China — just days after North Korea was globally vilified for a failed rocket launch.

Russia, China seek info on US drone held by Iran; Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency says Russia and China have asked Tehran to provide them with information on a U.S. drone captured by the Islamic Republic in December.

Tawargha man in Libya tortured to death : Amnesty International: The body of 44-year-old father-of-two, Barnous Bous’a, was delivered to his family on 16 April. It was covered with bruises and cuts, including an open wound to the back of his head

War criminal: Tony Blair could be sued over Libya torture claims: Tony Blair could be next to face a legal claim for damages from the Libyan man who alleges MI6 sent him to be tortured by Gaddafi’s regime, after he announced he was suing Jack Straw.

Sudan's Bashir vows to take fight to South: President says fight with South Sudan will end with "either us in Juba or them in Khartoum", amid border region clashes.

West waging economic war against Sudan, official says: A senior Sudanese official has accused Western countries of waging an economic war against his country and aiding neighbouring South Sudan in its alleged support of Sudanese rebels.

Russia concerned over instability spreading from Libya: Instability in Libya has been spreading to neighboring countries, specifically in Mali, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

Egypt confirms ban on candidates: EGYPT'S electoral commission has upheld a ruling banning nearly half of the presidential candidates from running, including three of the front-runners.

Assange lawyer grounded by authorities?: Human rights activist and WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson was stopped at a London airport on the basis that she is on an “inhibited fly list.”

No Justice for Muslims: “The president of the United States, the attorney general and the FBI director are all complicit in establishing a system of separate and unequal justice for Muslims in this country.”

EU agrees to share airline passenger data with U.S: - European lawmakers agreed on Thursday to provide U.S. authorities with data on passengers flying from Europe to the United States, backing down after years of resisting a move the United States says is critical to its national security.

CIA Claims Release of its History of the Bay of Pigs Debacle Would “Confuse the Public.”: Fifty-one years after the failed attempt to invade Cuba, the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Justice continue to claim that releasing the final volume of a CIA history of the debacle would “confuse the public” and should therefore remain withheld.

Why Are Prisoners Committing Suicide in Pennsylvania? : it’s a bizarre symptom of solitary confinement. Instead of getting treatment—which is what they need—they’re punished further and accused of faking an illness or a symptom.”

In case you missed it: Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons: 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?

Visualize Your Tax Dollar: Where did the federal government spend all the money you paid in income taxes during fiscal 2011? Here’s how to find out.

Report estimates 8 million children hurt by foreclosures: One in 10 U.S. children has been or will be affected by the nation's surge in foreclosures, a new report says.

Military Training Exercises : Live Goats' Legs Cut Off With Tree Trimmers: Leaked Video: Each year, more than 10,000 live animals are shot, stabbed, mutilated, and killed in horrific military training exercises that are supposed to simulate injuries on the battlefield.

Gulf of Mexico oil disaster: How much is a dolphin worth?: The dolphins are preserved in giant freezers in marine labs across America. Tagged, catalogued, carefully guarded – and suspended in liquid nitrogen for the moment when they will determine BP's final bill for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, which started two years ago this Friday.

 

April 18, 2012

U.S. Troops Posed With Body Parts of Afghan Bombers

By David Zucchino

The paratroopers posed for photos next to Afghan police, grinning while some held — and others squatted beside — the corpse's severed legs.
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The U.S. and the Afghan Train Wreck

By Conn Hallinan

For an administration touted as sophisticated and intelligent, virtually every decision the White House has made vis-à-vis Afghanistan has been a disaster.
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Aafia Siddiqui and America’s Disappeared

By Andy Worthington

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who vanished with her three children in Karachi on March 30, 2003.
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Whistleblowers Prosecuted While War Criminals Remain Free?

By RT

A newly released document acquired by Wired Magazine exposes the United States Defense Department's torture technique.
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A Chance for Peace With Iran
Will the Israel lobby scuttle it?


By Justin Raimondo

Israeli bombs over Tehran would violate the great unspoken rule of Israeli military and strategic doctrine: always get the Americans to do the fighting and the dying.
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News Networks Misrepresent Intelligence On Iranian Nuclear Issues: Report

By Rob Savillo

Many in the media have long since repudiated their failures in the lead-up to the Iraq War. The question today is whether they have learned from those mistakes.
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The Shock Doctrine

Video Documentary

An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.
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Israel’s Real Easter Pilgrims

By Eric Walberg

The daily stream of Jewish and Christian Disney-pilgrims continue to wail at one Wall or pass through another to visit a faux manger in Bethlehem, or a prettified Garden of Gethsemane.
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What Rich People Fear Most

By Kenneth Rapoza

Once again, Washington has shown just who they work for.
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It Pays to Be Rich

By Bill Moyers

With help from the government, the tax code, and their own money, there's no limit to how rich the super-rich aim to be -- disconnecting themselves further and further from the American people as a result. Bill Moyers examines the gap.
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A Huge Student Loan Scam
For-profit colleges are massively ripping off U.S. taxpayers

By Andrew Leonard

An example of blatant hypocrisy sufficient to outrage even the most jaded observer of American politics.
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22 soldiers killed in South Sudan-Sudan border battle; South Sudan's government spokesman says a clash between Sudan and South Sudan troops killed 22 soldiers as combat spread into a new area along the nations' tense border.

Moscow Urges Pullout of S.Sudan Troops from Border Area: The situation in the Heglig area, occupied by South Sudanese troops, is fraught with new confrontation, the ministry said, adding that hostilities have already resulted in serious losses on both sides. “In the past three days alone, several hundred people have been killed,” the ministry said.

Afghanistan: 10 "Insurgents" Killed in Nato Airstrike: At least ten insurgents, including two commanders, were killed in a Nato airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday night, local officials said.

UK soldier killed in Afghanistan bomb blast: A British soldier has died from his injuries following a bomb blast in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Karzai wants 'at least $2 billion' a year from US: Karzai said the US should specify in a partnership agreement to be signed between his country and the US how much money it will give to Afghanistan after they leave.

Photos revealed of US troops posing with corpses: Top U.S. military and civilian officials rushed to condemn the soldiers' actions Wednesday, calling them repugnant and a dishonor to others who have served in the conflict. The Army said an investigation is under way.
 

Taliban commander turns self in... for reward on ‘Wanted’ poster: Sometimes, capturing a Taliban commander requires vast resources and complex operations. Last week in eastern Afghanistan, it required neither.

Pakistan deports bin Laden’s family to Saudi Arabia: After nearly a year in the custody of Pakistan’s security services, the family -- including the ex-al Qaida chief’s three widows, two adult daughters and nine children -- were scheduled to leave Islamabad on a chartered plane bound for Saudi Arabia.

Six Syrian policemen killed despite ceasefire; At least six Syrian law enforcement officers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack by armed groups despite a ceasefire brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

Syria welcomes “More Monitors” amid “Violence”: Syria said that it would offer aircraft to U.N. observers and called for the deployment of many more monitors in addition to a team already in the nation to ensure that a cease-fire holds

The problems of funding Syria's "rebels": Two weeks after their bold promise, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have yet to start distributing money from a multimillion-dollar fund designed to prop up Syria's rebels and entice defections from President Bashar Al Assad's army, Syrian opposition members and international officials say.

Syria's Russian-made Air Defenses Prevent Western Attack - Report: The deployment by Syria of even a small number of Russian-made advanced air defense systems is preventing the West from repeating the so-called "Libyan scenario" in that country, according to a report of independent Russian military experts.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran : GOP dismisses Iran nuclear negotiations: Senate Republicans said they were unimpressed by the Iranian nuclear negotiations over the weekend, saying the talks with six world powers were merely buying more time for Iran to continue enriching uranium.

Japanese refiner Showa Shell renews oil contract with Iran: Japanese refiner Showa Shell has renewed its term contract with the National Iranian Oil Co, with delivery starting in May, sources familiar with the matter told Platts.

Air raids kill 6 :Al Qaeda-linked fighters", Yemen official says: A ministry statement said the raids were carried out early Wednesday against militant positions in the southern town of Lawder in Abyan province.

UK minister sued for sending Libyan back to torture: A Libyan military commander is suing former British foreign minister Jack Straw for allegedly authorizing his illegal transfer to Libya where he faced years of torture in Muammar Gaddafi's prisons, a lawyer for the commander said on Wednesday.

American Muslim Alleges FBI Had a Hand in His Torture: : Yonas Fikre believes the US government played a role in his hellish three-month detention in the United Arab Emirates.

Israel frees former hunger striker: Khader Adnan, Palestinian prisoner who went on a 66-day hunger strike, is released following a deal reached in February.

Homeland Security's 'Pre-Crime' Screening Will Never Work: How do you clear suspects of crimes that haven't happened?

Only in America? Arresting Children: Piers Morgan Has A Message For Police Officers : Video

10 Examples Of Young School Children Being Arrested, Handcuffed And Brutalized By Police: When did we decide that it was okay to treat very young school children as if they were terror suspects?

Staggering rise of the British food bank:: One in five Britons are borrowing money for groceries because of the soaring cost of living

Crisis to Suicide: How Many Have to Die Before We Kill the False Religion of Austerity?: The rate of people taking their own lives is soaring in Europe at such a clip that the trend has given birth to a new media term: "Suicide by economic crisis."

IMF tells US to sort out debt, quickly: The International Monetary Fund issued a clarion call to bickering US politicians Tuesday, urging them to solve the country's debt problems before a still-vulnerable economy is tipped over the brink.

Let them eat bombs: Republicans to slash food stamps: From food stamps to child tax credits and Social Service block grants, House Republicans began rolling out a new wave of domestic budget cuts Monday but less for debt reduction — and more to sustain future Pentagon spending without relying on new taxes.

Report: New York City’s poverty rate broke record in 2010: The report, released on Tuesday, found that the number of the New Yorkers classified as poor in the year increased by nearly 100,000 from 2009, pushing the poverty rate up by 1.3 percentage points to 21 percent, The New York Times reported.

All Work and No Pay: Corporate profits: going strong. The dirty secret of the jobless recovery.

How To Keep Healthcare Costs High In One Easy Lesson: America's pharmaceutical companies are still the most innovative in the world, no matter what the naysayers claim. Unfortunately, their innovation seems to reside mostly in their legal and packaging departments, not their R&D departments.

April 17, 2012

Imperial Graveyard:
American Culture and the Afghan War 

By Younes Abdullah Muhammad 

It is no longer sufficient to merely oppose wars abroad.  To reestablish liberty at home Americans must right wrongs by attacking the imperialist culture. 
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Seeking the Truth About U.S. Targeted Killing Strike
That Killed Dozens of Women and Children in Yemen


By Nathan Freed Wessler and Pardiss Kebriaei,

The images are horrifying. Rarely has the American public seen so clearly the human costs of America's targeted killing campaign.
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Bibi’s Dilemma — and Barack’s

By Patrick J. Buchanan

No wonder Bibi is frustrated. If there is no U.S. attack on Iran by November, and Obama wins, there may never be a U.S. attack on Iran.
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Julian Assange's Interviews Hassan Nasrallah

Video By RT

Hezbollah urged the Syrian opposition to engage in dialogue with Assad's regime, but they refused. Hezbollah leader Sayyid Nasrallah confirmed this in his first interview in 6 years.
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What Tarek Mehanna Might Have Told the Judge

By Jacob G. Hornberger

I now realize that those Iraqis who resisted the U.S. invasion of their country were bad people. They were terrorists. They had no appreciation for the love that the U.S. Empire had for them.
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Intolerance in The Sunshine State

By Lawrence Davidson

Americans often would point fingers at the Soviet Union, the Chinese communists, and now the “Muslim world” for this sort of totalitarian thinking. And all the while, it was right here in our own sunny backyard. Continue

This Is The USA?
Jackboots Meet Protest Against Drone Wars

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Protestors with peaceworkskc.org meet resistance at a protest against drone war during Midwest Trifecta in Kansas City Missouri. Continue

No Taxes, No Travel:
Why the IRS Wants the Right to Seize Your Passport


By Jacoba Urist

Does the Tax Man have the right to prevent us from traveling, even without a formal charge of evasion or another crime? Maybe we're about to find out. Continue

"Formula For Fraud"
How To Become A Billionaire


By William K. Black

How to become a billionaire - the four necessary ingredients in the recipe for fraud. Continue

How Wealth Reduces Compassion

By Daisy Grewal

Who is more likely to lie, cheat, and steal—the poor person or the rich one? Continue

US kills at least 7 "militants" in Yemen: - At least seven "Al-Qaeda militants" were killed early Tuesday during an overnight drone attack in different locations in southern Yemen, according to news reports.

Suicide bomber kills three Yemeni soldiers in south: The bomber drove a car packed with explosives into a military checkpoint on a hill between the southern provinces of Bayda and Abyan, mostly lawless regions where Al-Qaeda militants have strengthened their presence.

Yemen's Saleh not going quietly: - Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh isn't letting go of power and may launch a campaign to "bring down the building of change," a defense official said.

Australia to withdraw troops from Afghanistan early: Australia said Tuesday it will bring its troops home fromAfghanistan a year earlier than planned with most soldiers withdrawn in 2013 after significant security gains over the past 18 months.

Afghanistan wants written US pledge on security funds, raising new hurdle to partnership pact: Afghanistan’s president raised another condition Tuesday for a long-awaited strategic partnership with the United States: The accord must spell out the yearly U.S. commitment to pay billions of dollars for the cash-strapped Afghan security forces.

Taliban paid 'protection money' by Afghan government: The Taliban leadership has arrested its former top military chief and two senior commanders over claims that they accepted they "vast sums" of cash and properties from the Afghan government.

Russia: Outside Forces Hurting Syria Peace Bid: Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov suggested armed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad's government were largely to blame for persistent violence which has marred a ceasefire that began last week as part of Annan's six-point peace plan, reports Reuters.

 

Ahmadinejad: Strike on Iran will cause enemy's destruction: Speaking at a military parade celebrating National Army Day, Iranian President says any act of 'aggression' against Islamic Republic will be met by ‘shameful regret.'

Israel is facing a very bad prognosis of what will happen in the future: Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan: “I believe our system is reaching a point where the government is almost incapable of running the country,” Dagan warned.

Fact or fiction? ‘Attempted military coup against Qatari regime fails’: Doha: A military coup was staged against the regime of US-backed Qatari King Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani with no success, a Saudi TV channel reports.

Saudi, Qatari media in power struggle: Tensions have been growing between Doha and Riyadh in recent months. This came after the Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani was reportedly caught on tape calling for Qatari troops to invade Saudi Arabia's oil-rich eastern regions.

Bahrain criticised for 'inadequate' reforms: Amnesty International says government did little to bring justice to protesters after inquiry proved rights violations.

Egypt panel rejects Suleiman's appeal of ban from presidential race: Ruling came following appeals submitted by several candidates after the election commission barred them from running, shaking up an already tumultuous race and political transition.

US choice named World Bank chief: Selection of Korean-born Jim Yong Kim draws criticism from other candidates over alleged US dominance of powerful post.

Pound Strength Is ‘Crippling’ Britain’s Recovery, Civitas Says: Britain’s exchange rate is “crippling” the economic recovery, and devaluing the pound by as much as 25 percent could push growth back to an annual 4 percent, research group Civitas said.

Great news: “Too big to fail” banks even bigger now: According to Bloomberg, the five banks that held assets equal to 43% of the US economy in 2007 before the financial crisis and the bank bailout now control assets that equal 56% of the US economy:

Prostitute Scandal Involves Several U.S. Military Bodies: A dozen U.S. soldiers, some of them from important bodies such as the Navy and the Air Force, could also be involved in the scandal with Colombian prostitutes.

25 Signs That America Is A Seething Cesspool Of Filth And Corruption: Do you believe that America is a seething cesspool of filth and corruption? If not, you might change your mind after reading this article.

Man Locked In House Burned To Death In Foreclosure Eviction Shoot Out With Cops: A man being evicted from his house shot a deputy and a locksmith and then locked himself inside and was later burned alive after police grenaded the house for an hour.

In a world gone crazy: Police handcuff 6-year-old girl for kindergarten tantrum: The girl’s family says the child was shaken up by being put in a cell at the police station.

Taxes Prompt More Americans to Renounce Citizenship : They say leaving America is about more than money; it's about privacy and red tape.

April 16, 2012

Syrian Activists to Rebels:
Give Us Our Revolution Back


By Gert van Langendonck, Sarah Lynch

Syrian activist Mohamed Alloush has fled his native country for Lebanon, but it wasn't President Bashar al-Assad's regime that drove him away. It was the rebels of the Free Syrian Army who ran him out of his hometown of Homs.
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Why North Koreans Aren’t Allowed to Launch Rockets

By Kim Petersen

“Dad, why is the government so upset about North Korea launching a rocket?”
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The Rise of the Killer Drones:
How America Goes to War in Secret


By Michael Hastings

An inside look at how killing by remote control has changed the way we fight.
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What the Laws of War Allow

By Chase Madar


The real problem with the laws of war, however, is not what they fail to restrain but what they authorize.
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Update On A War Crime
Those Laboratory Mice Were Children

By Karlos Zurutuza

"Families bury their newborn babies after they die without telling anyone," says hospital spokesman Nadim al-Hadidi. "It’s all too shameful for them."
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Tarek Mehanna: Punished For Speaking Truth To Power

By Ross Caputi

If Mehanna is a terrorist conspirator for advocating resistance to US military occupation, then so am I, a Marine veteran.
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Stanford Students Protest CIA on Campus

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Are you interested in an exciting career committing war crimes?
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The Power of Demilitarization

By Nobel Laureate Óscar Arias:

"My country Costa Rica, has shown what a reduction in military spending can do for a society. In1948 my country made a voluntary decision that no other had ever undertaken, to abolish it's army and declare peace to the world."
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Iceland's President Explains
Why The World Needs To Rethink Its Addiction To Finance

By Adam Taylor

An interview with Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson on Iceland's recovery, and how a large financial sector can ruin a nation.
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Why The Very Rich Have NOT Earned Their Money

By Paul Buchheit

The wealthiest Americans believe they've earned their money through hard work and innovation, and that they're the most productive members of society. For the most part they're wrong.
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 35 Dead as Taliban Strike Kabul: Afghan resistance fighters attacked President Karzai's heavily-guarded palace compound and explosions broke out near the Parliament. Militants also seized a hotel in the city as part of a wave of attacks

Kabul attacks 'meant to humiliate' Afghan allies: From high-rise construction sites, attackers targeted the US, British, German and Russian embassies and NATO headquarters. Other teams struck airfields and police stations in three eastern provinces and tried to assassinate one of the country's two vice-presidents.

Taliban Commanders Say Kabul Attacks Show New Strategy: Talha brags, the bigger the Afghan police, army, and intelligence service grow, the less effective they become, “Kabul’s intelligence and police are weaker than ever, allowing us to carry out these stunning episodes,” he claims.

Afghan Soldier Dead After Attacking Bulgaria NATO Rangers: The lone attacker shot on Bulgarian servicemen in the watchtower of the Kandahar military base, accdorging to an Afghan Army spokesperson. The Bulgarians returned the fire, killing the attacker.

8 killed in overnight clashes between Yemeni army, "al-Qaida" militants: "Deadly clashes broke out and left seven al-Qaida members killed, including three Somalian nationals," the official said, adding that "the armed confrontations are still going on outside Lauder, but the exact number of casualties remained unknown."

Gunmen kill four Shi'ite farmers in Baghdad attack: Gunmen killed four Shi'ite farmers in the northern outskirts of Baghdad on Monday, police and hospital sources said, in the latest attack to highlight underlying sectarian and ethnic tensions in Iraq.

One killed, 12 injured in blast at Iraq non-violence conference: One person was killed and 12 injured on Sunday when a car bomb exploded outside Kirkuk University in northern Iraq as an international conference on non-violence was taking place, Iraqi police said, dpa reported.

UN monitors land in Syria: UNITED Nations military observers arrived in Syria to monitor a ceasefire agreement amid continued clashes between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and army defectors.

These Live Videos Of The "Shelling Of Homs" Are Staged: This foreign financed revolution in Syria has routinely used fake video and untrue accounts of events on the ground.

Syrian activists to rebels: Give us our revolution back: Many of the activists who began the uprising in Syria more than a year ago feel their peaceful push for change has been hijacked by the rebel Free Syrian Army. They're meeting in Cairo today.

Iran foreign trade rises 45% in a month to hit new record: Report: The report noted that the 45-percent increase in Iran's foreign trade during a single month proves the failure of the economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the Western countries over Tehran's nuclear energy program.

Israeli TV report shows air force gearing up for Iran attack, says moment of truth is near: The report, screened on the main evening news of Channel 10, was remarkable both in terms of the access granted to the reporter, who said he had spent weeks with the pilots and other personnel he interviewed, and in the fact that his assessments on a strike were cleared by the military censor.

 

VIDEO / Senior IDF officer beats pro-Palestinian activist with rifle: International Solidarity Movement posts YouTube video of IDF soldiers beating leftist activists who took part in a bike ride in the Jordan Valley

Israeli official: 40% of names on Shin Bet fly-in blacklist were not activists: Security service had no evidence that 470 of the 1,200 people whom Israel labeled as 'pro-Palestinian activists' intended to do anything illegal, source says; French diplomat and his wife among those whose tickets to Israel were canceled.

From Yamit to the Jordan Valley, the IDF continues to force Arabs from their homes: Three decades after the IDF expelled Bedouins from Sinai, destruction and demolition of Arab homes continues throughout the West Bank.

Sudanese air force 'bombs UN camp': The United Nations mission in South Sudan has confirmed that a UN peacekeepers' camp was among targets bombed by Sudanese warplanes amid border clashes between the two countries' armed forces.

No Talks 'Until Juba Withdraws From Heglig' - Bashir: As President Omar Al-Bashir says Sudan is not prepared to resume negotiations unless troops are withdrawn from Heglig, South Sudan is reporting the capture of prisoners of war.

British peer offered a £10 million bounty for the capture of President Barack Obama and George W Bush. : “If the US can announce a reward of $10 million for the captor of Hafiz Saeed, I can announce a bounty of 10 million pounds on President Obama and his predecessor George Bush,” Lord Nazir said,

Labour peer Lord Ahmed denies Obama 'bounty' remarks: Asked about the reported comments, he said: "I never said those words. I did not offer a bounty. I said that there have been war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan and those people who have got strong allegations against them – George W Bush and Tony Blair – have been involved in illegal wars and should be brought to justice.

Videos: Shaker Aamer’s Children Call for His Return from Guantánamo to the UK: The videos, feature Shaker’s four children, Johina, Michael, Saif and the youngest, Faris, who has never even met his father, and was born on Valentine’s Day 2002 (February 14), the day that his father arrived in Guantánamo, having been seized by bounty hunters in Afghanistan three months earlier.

U.S. Allies Call for Drug Legalisation: An increasingly large chorus of nations - ravaged by trafficking and violence - say it's now time to re-think international drug policy. As the corrupting power of cartels grows across Mexico and Central America, and as the body count rises, legalisation needs to be seriously discussed as an alternative to militarisation, regional leaders say.

Cuba split leaves summit without declaration: Washington, backed by Canada, stood fast against widespread demands to include in the meeting's final declaration language specifying that Cuba be included in future hemispheric summits.

Two immigrant workers killed by gunmen in Arizona: A truck carrying 20 to 30 people was ambushed by two men dressed in paramilitary clothing, who shot and killed two immigrants.

26 Amazing Facts About Finland's Unorthodox Education System: Since it implemented huge education reforms 40 years ago, Finland's school system has consistently come at the top for the international rankings for education systems. So how do they do it?

Democracy for sale: Obama, DNC Net $53M in March: Obama and the Democratic National Committee scooped up $53 million in March, the two announced in a video Monday, a $9 million increase over February and a nearly $14 million jump from January

Have a spare $50k? Romney is already selling seats for inauguration event: Romney is prepping for a victory party and you’re invited! All it will take is some serious wishful thinking and around $50,000.

When Mormons Were Socialists: Why the Mormon Church's Founders Would be Very Disappointed in Mitt Romney: The slick, painfully monogamous, politically malleable super-capitalist Romney who shares “humorous” tales of layoffs would horrify the founders of his faith.

Only Little People Pay Taxes: Why a janitor ends up with a higher tax rate than a millionaire, and seven more charts that show how the richest Americans beat the IRS.

You Are Free To Travel—If The IRS Lets You: The right to travel freely is sacrosanct—it’s not some privilege that the government bestows on us: It’s one of our basic freedoms as citizens.

April 15, 2012

The Babylonian Captivity of Washington

By Philip Giraldi

Instead of presidential wannabes declaring their subservience to Tel Aviv, they should perhaps begin emphasizing that they will only act in the future in the interests of the American people.  To do so would exclude an unnecessary war against Iran.
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The Butcher’s Bill
Leave Us Out of Another Middle East War

By James Abourezk

The media and the politicians are so inured to laying off criticism of Israel that no one can bring themselves to identify what is hurting us and our economy.
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Stop Obama’s Drone War in Pakistan

By Matthew Rothschild

In Bush’s last three years in office, the U.S. launched 39 drone attacks in Pakistan. In Obama’s first three years, that number jumped to 241.
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The ICC is Criminal

By Margaret Kimberley


The US, which is not even a signatory to the treaty that created the International Criminal Court, calls all the shots like a Mafia don. Africans and a few Serbs are the only ones that get arrested, while great crimes against peace masquerade as humanitarian intervention.
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And Then They Came For The Muslims

By Roqayah Chamseddine

This case has made it possible for citizens of the United States of America, from all walks of life, to be charged with thought-crimes. Orwellian conditions, described as being hallmarks of an oppressive State, are right at our front door.
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Cruel And Unusual Punishment
More Evidence U.S. Police Brutality Is Out Of Control

Video By CBS

"There is no jail in the United States that has this pattern of misconduct, of abuse and essentially sadism that the L.A. county jail has," said Kaye.
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Committing Financial Suicide to Appease Big Finance
Spain Marches Toward a Depression

By Mike Whitney

This is fiscal suicide authored by rightwing fanatics who want to use the ongoing crisis to impose their own business-friendly economic model on Europe.
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Fear And The Coming Collapse Of Civilization

By Paul Gilding at TED2012

“The Earth is full.” It’s a terrifying concept. Have we really strained, mined and otherwise depleted the planet’s resources to the point where social collapse is inevitable? Gilding believes we have, and he launches into a defense of that notion.
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100 militants killed or captured in Afghanistan: Nearly 100 Taliban-linked militants were killed, wounded and captured by Afghan security forces in multiple operations carried out in 11 provinces in troubled south and east Afghanistan, the government said on Sunday

Afghans Tet Offensive : Taleban attack Afghan capital, 3 other cities: The Taleban launched a series of coordinated attacks on as many as seven sites across the Afghan capital on Sunday, targeting NATO bases, the parliament and Western embassies.

Afghan president under lockdown in Kabul attacks: Afghan President Hamid Karzai was moved to a safe area and the presidential palace went into lockdown as the capital Kabul was hit by a wave of attacks Sunday, an aide said.

Two Suicide Attackers Killed In Kabul: Sediq Sediqi spokesman of Interior Ministry told, during the operation of security forces one attacker was killed in Zambaq Square and the other one was killed in a building which is under construction in front of Parliament.

Four Afghan police killed in bomb attack: An Afghan official says a bombing in eastern Afghanistan has killed a city police commander and three other officers.

Pakistan: 7 Hazaras among 10 killed in Quetta firing: Violent protest demonstrations were held in various areas. The protestors ransacked in Bolan Medical Complex (BMC) and set a vehicle on fire. Brewary Road was blocked by burning tyres and putting hurdles and heavy firing was also witnessed in various areas.

Taliban free hundreds from Pakistan prison: Nearly 400 inmates of jail in Bannu, a town in country's northwest, escape following raid by anti-government fighters.

Five killed in Iraq blasts: Gunmen blew up a Shiite family’s house in the Sunni-dominated Taji area, killing three and wounding two others, police and health officials said.

Bomb kills 3 children in Yemen: A roadside bomb targeting a Yemeni security patrol killed three children on their way to school in the southern province of Hadramout on Sunday, the Defence Ministry said.

Syria: both sides accuse each other of ceasefire breaches: There have been repeated clashes reported in those areas between armed opponents of President Assad and his forces over the past two days.

Kidnappings, assassinations surge in Syria amid shaky ceasefire: As the UN-backed ceasefire in Syria entered its third day on Saturday, Syrian media reported a surge of kidnappings and assassinations targeting government officials and prominent figures, raising fears that the country is sliding towards a civil war.

Syria says cannot protect monitors unless it is involved: "The duration of the work of observers and priorities of their movement will be in coordination with the Syrian government because Syria cannot be responsible for the security of these observers unless it coordinates and participates in all steps on the ground,"

War criminal: McCain: U.S. should arm Free Syrian Army: “For the United States to sit by and watch this wanton massacre is a betrayal of everything we stand for and we believe in,” McCain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” as he called on the U.S. to “lead for a change.”

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran Netanyahu: Iran received gift from world powers with further nuclear talks: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday harshly criticized the nuclear talks that took place between Iran and six world powers in Istanbul on Saturday, saying that further talks scheduled for May are like a gift for Iran, which give the country more time to continue enriching uranium.

Cold shower report on Libya "war":: NATO can’t fight without US: A classified NATO report on the bombing campaign in Libya shows the alliance is dependent on the US to wage its wars. But, even with Washington’s help, the much-praised Operation Unified Protector had military shortcomings.

Sudan army says fighting S. Sudan forces in Heglig: - Sudan's army has entered the disputed Heglig area, which South Sudan seized this week, and is engaging the south's forces just kilometers from Heglig's town and oilfield, Sudan's military spokesman said on Saturday.

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails to go on hunger strike: Around 1,600 prisoners expected to take part in protest against imprisonment without charge and solitary confinement

Pro-Palestinian 'fly-in' activist: Israel and Europe treated us like terrorists: Two protesters, of French and Italian citizenship, succeed in making it past Israeli security and into Bethlehem; 43 activists denied entry into Israel at Ben-Gurion Airport.

Peace Prize Winner Snubs Laureate Summit Over US Foreign Policy: Northern Irish peace activist Mairead Maguire, who won the Nobel peace Prize in 1976 will not be attending the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to be held this month in Chicago. Her reason- her ongoing opposition to America's warmongering foreign policy.

Obama firm on drug and Cuba policies: Despite pressure at Americas summit, US president remains firm against legalising drugs or engaging with Cuba.

Rebellion and no Consensus in the Summit of the Americas : Bolivian president, Evo Morales said in a meeting with the press, it is not possible that a country or a country and a half (United States and Canada) could veto the attendance of Cuba to such events, so there is no integration.

A Veteran’s Death, the Nation’s Shame: For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans commit suicide

White House Opens Door to Big Donors, and Lobbyists Slip In: Many of the president’s biggest donors, while not lobbyists, took lobbyists with them to the White House, while others performed essentially the same function on their visits.

Consumer Bureau Declines to Resist Upfront Credit Card Fees: The agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, introduced a proposal that would make it easier for credit card issuers to charge fees before borrowers’ accounts were officially open.

Charities act to feed 'starving' in Britain: Charities say economic situation has severely affected thousands of people to the point of starvation.

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