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 October 25, 2012

Julia Gillard
Making the World a More Dangerous Place


By John Pilger

The day before Barack Obama arrived in Canberra last year to declare China the new enemy of the “free world”, Gillard announced the end of her party’s ban on uranium sales.
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Israel‘s Formula For A Starvation Diet

By Jonathan Cook

This experiment in the manufacture of Palestinian despair is, it goes with saying, both illegal and grossly immoral.
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Come Back President Carter!

By Alan Hart

What a tragedy it is that American presidents can only speak the truth when they are out of office.
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US Does Not Want Real Democracy in Middle East: Chomsky

By Randa Ali

Chomsky described both Israel and the US as rogue states that do not follow international norms because they are powerful enough to ignore them.
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Obama Moves to Make the War on Terror Permanent

By Glenn Greenwald

Complete with a newly coined, creepy Orwellian euphemism – 'disposition matrix' – the administration institutionalizes the most extremist powers a government can claim.
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UK Support For US Drones In Pakistan May Be War Crime

By Ian Cobain

The British government's support for US drone operations over Pakistan may involve acts of assisting murder or even war crimes, the high court heard on Tuesday.
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With 60,000 dead, Mexicans Wonder Why Drug War Doesn't Rate in Presidential Debate

By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer

“They talk about a humanitarian tragedy in Syria (30,000 deaths) and still don’t say anything about Mex (some 60,000)."
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In Amerika There Will Never Be A Real Debate

Must Read - By Paul Craig Roberts

You would never know that US citizens can now be imprisoned and executed without due process.
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Mom Found ‘Guilty’ By Court After Refusing TSA Pat Down On Daughter

By Steve Watson

A woman who stood up to TSA screeners and refused to allow them to grope her or her 14 year old daughter has been found guilty of “disorderly conduct”
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Remembering Russell Means
"I Am An American Indian Patriot"

Must Watch - Video Interview With Russell Means

"We live in a prisoner of war camp, that's why they call it a reservation"
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He's Behind You
How Colonel Gaddafi and the Western Establishment Created a Pantomime World

By Adam Curtis

Together the western elites and Gaddafi helped to lead us into a simplistic two-dimensional vision of the world - full of exaggerations and falsehoods. A fake bubble of certainty that has imprisoned us in the west - and is now preventing us from understanding what is really going on in the world outside.
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9 killed, 25 injured in Afghan night raid operation: Most victims were civilians: Nine people were killed and 25 wounded in an overnight operation launched by Afghan and the NATO-led coalition troops in the western province of Ghor, a provincial official said Wednesday, adding that local residents said most victims were civilians, Xinhua reported.

NATO kills four children in Afghan East - Karzai: The operation took place in the Baraki Barak district of Logar province on Saturday, a statement released by Karzai's office said, adding: "It resulted in the killing of four innocent children" who were tending to livestock.

Army Suicides This Year Exceed 2012 Combat Deaths in Afghanistan: The number of suicides among U.S. Army active duty and reserve personnel in 2012 is higher than the total combined military fatalities from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan over the same timeframe.

US kills at least five people in Pakistan:: Two missiles hit the house and one struck a vehicle resulting in the death of four suspected militants. A woman was also killed in the strike, sources added. The official sources also said that three cows have also been killed as the house was completely destroyed.

Afghanistan drones to be remote-controlled from Britain : Britain is doubling the number of armed RAF drones flying missions in Afghanistan. And for the first time, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be controlled by airmen at computer screens in the UK.

Kill-list 2.0: Obama’s ‘disposition matrix’ maps out extrajudicial murders for years to come: US-led drone strikes — the targeted executions of suspected insurgents using remote-controlled, killing machines from tens of thousands of feet above the Earth — are not about to end.

Syrian government, some rebels agree to holiday truce: The Syrian government and some rebel leaders have agreed to a ceasefire during an upcoming four-day Muslim holiday, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria announced Wednesday.

Russia says Syrian rebels have U.S. made shoulder-fired missiles: Syrian rebels have acquired portable surface-to-air missiles including U.S.-made Stingers, the Interfax news agency quoted Russia's senior general as saying on Wednesday.

Turks say no to Syria intervention if Assad "fall": A narrow majority of Turks is opposed to any intervention by their country in Syria if President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime falls, according to a poll published Tuesday.

4 Palestinians Killed: Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip, at least four Palestinians dead and several people in Israel and Gaza wounded.

Hamas to complain to UN over Israeli airstrikes: The government in Gaza will file a complaint with the United Nations over Israel's airstrikes, ministers said Wednesday, after a week of bombing left at least six Palestinians dead.

'No reason' to shoot Gaza fisherman, family says: The family of a 22-year-old fisherman killed by Israeli forces says soldiers had no reason to kill him.

UN: Israel killed 2,300 & injured 7,700 people in Gaza under blockade: Israeli forces have killed nearly 2,300 Palestinians and injured 7,700 in Gaza over the last five years, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Thursday.

Sudan claims Israeli jets blew up arms factory: Khartoum says four planes bombed the Yarmouk facility, sending exploding munitions into nearby residential areas

Sudan "knows how to retaliate" against Israel: Al-Jazeera video report: Sudan's information minister claimed it was the fourth such air strike by Israel, which has not been in Khartoum's good books since supporting anti-government rebels in the country's two-decade civil war. Sudan is talking darkly about relatiation.

In a world gone crazy: GOP Rep Says Bombing Iran Would Not Be An Act Of War: "If it is a very targeted strike, many would argue that that’s short of war. And if it only seeks to go after their nuclear program, that is — we’re not talking about invasions or naval engagements or troops on the ground, none of that. And this has been used by other — President Clinton used this tactic."

Concern Grows Among Iranians After US Debate Remarks: Iran was mentioned nearly 50 times during this week’s U.S. presidential debate, more than Afghanistan, Iraq and even China. The fact wasn’t lost on Iranians, many of whom watched the debate with interest and concern about the strained relations between the two countries.

Pro-government forces seize Bani Walid: An RT source has described violent images of militias destroying homes with heavy machinery.

Benghazi attack suspect killed in Egypt, 2nd suspect arrested in Tunisia; AP : Alex Ortiz the suspect in Egypt, known only by his first name, Hazem, was killed after neighbors summoned police for a suspicious resident. The police came in and exchanged fire with the target. The man blew himself up in his apartment during the engagement with security forces.

'US knew of terror links within 2 hrs of Libya attack': Officials at the White House and state department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.

Growing the Empire: Bad News for Africa: 3,000 More U.S. Soldiers are on the Way: The United States plans to permanently station a U.S. Army brigade on African soil, beginning next year. Is this the start of something big – and ominous – or “only a benign creeping U.S. military presence in Africa?”

Panetta: Cannot let al-Qaida hide in north Africa: Senior U.S. defense leaders are working with allies on a plan to deal with al-Qaida- linked militants in Mali and elsewhere in the North Africa region, with American assistance likely to center on intelligence and logistical support and not troops on the ground

War on Mali Islamists 'inevitable' as Europe agrees to act Islamists to tackle: The prospect of a war in northern Mali has taken a major step forward with European governments backing an international force to retake the region from Islamist groups

Ecuador 'very concerned about Assange's health': Ecuador is "very concerned" about the health of Julian Assange after the WikiLeaks founder lost a lot of weight while staying at the country's embassy in London, a foreign ministry official said while in Moscow.

U.S. on track to become world's top oil producer: U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.

Canadian Government Continues to Choose Dirty Energy Over Democracy: Op-Ed - When so many people oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, would government and industry resort to such extreme measures to push it through?

Saudi Arabia Reveals Plans to Be Powered Entirely by Renewables : Governor Romney should visit Mecca, Saudi Arabia and learn about the planned utility-scale power plant that will generate electricity from renewables. Mecca, which hosts millions of pilgrims a year visiting Islam’s most holy shrine, is working toward becoming the first city in Saudi Arabia to operate an entire power plant from renewable energy

Now Piers Morgan’s Mirror and The People accused of phone hacking : Mr Morgan, who was sacked as editor after his newspaper was found to have used faked photographs of British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners, denied any involvement in phone hacking after he was implicated during the Leveson Inquiry by high-profile figures such as Jeremy Paxman.

Australia: One in 20 priests an abuser, inquiry told: AT LEAST one in 20 Catholic priests in Melbourne is a child sex abuser, although the real figure is probably one in 15, the state inquiry into the churches' handling of sex abuse was told yesterday.

In a world gone crazy: GOP candidate's abortion gaffe: Pregnancy from rape 'intended by God': Republican Richard Mourdock suggested that a woman being impregnated by rape is “something that God intended to happen.”

Frightened men love Mitt Romney: These are the facts you don’t want to know. This is the hard data that can make you cringe, that can despoil the soul and make you wonder at the sad state of the modern world, and gender politics, and the tragically deceived hearts of (ahem) men.

Why even President Obama won't champion social security: Although millions of middle-class Americans strongly support social security, big bucks campaign donors hate it. That's why.

ACLU Asking the Federal Government How It’s Using Drones Inside the U.S: Today the ACLU filed Freedom of Information Act requests seeking records related to the federal government’s domestic use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – better known as drones – as well as plans for the future rollout of drones in the United States.

The Top 20 Airports for TSA Theft: Your suitcase has been tagged and whisked away for a TSA security check before being loaded onto a plane en route to your final destination. How safe are the belongings inside?

Get ready for euro zone break-up - Faber : Video - Veteran investor Marc Faber predicts some countries will have to leave the euro zone within five years and warns the S&P could plummet 20 percent from its recent highs in 2013.

UKIP Nigel Farage - 'Bailouts' are a means for total subjugation to EU control : Video: UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage speaks in the European parliament October 2012

Federal Prosecutors Sue Bank of America Over Mortgage Program; In a civil complaint that seeks to collect $1 billion from the bank, the Justice Department took aim at a home loan program known as the “hustle,” a venture that has become emblematic of the risk-fueled mortgage bubble. The complaint adds to a flurry of federal and private lawsuits facing Bank of America’s beleaguered mortgage business.

Walmart legal troubles mount as Black Friday walkout looms : In the midst of worker strikes in several cities and the looming threat of a mass employee walkout on Black Friday (one of the busiest shopping days of the year), the world’s largest retailer has been hit with a class action lawsuit affecting temporary workers in the Chicago area.

 

October 24, 2012

Third Party Presidential Debate Moderated by Larry King

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Four alternative candidates for president of the United States debated Tuesday night in Chicago and agreed America needs a good dose of what they could provide -- clear, straight talk that has not been market-pasteurized.
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Blood is Their Argument: The Real Campaign Trail

By Chris Floyd

Even as the presidential candidates meet in ersatz agon to spew their self-serving lies and scripted zingers in a "debate" on foreign policy, the real campaign -- the campaign of blood and bone, of death and terror, being waged in Pakistan by the American government -- goes on it all its horror.
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Whistleblower who revealed CIA torture sentenced to prison
The Back Story to Kiriakou's Guilty Plea

By Jesselyn Radack

The CIA has succeeded in covering-up CIA's torture, again. Another fitting addition to this dark chapter of the U.S. torture program and its cover-up in American history.
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U.S. Intends to Keep Adding names to Kill Lists

By Greg Miller

Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.”
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Joe Klein's Sociopathic Defense of Drone Killings of Children

By Glenn Greenwald

The only difference between the Joe Kleins of the world and Osama bin Laden is that they're on different sides.
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Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on Obama’s “kill list”: What “kill list”?

By Scott Shackford

This is either an amazing amount of dumbness or an amazing amount of deliberate partisan arrogance on display.
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U.S. Talks With Iran: Is this A set-up?
Negotiations -- or War With Iran?

By Pat Buchanan

Before we go to war, let us find out, in face-to-face talks if need be, if we really have to go to war.
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Survey: Most Israeli Jews Would Support Apartheid Regime in Israel

By Gideon Levy

Survey, exposes anti-Arab, ultra-nationalist views espoused by a majority of Israeli Jews.
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Jimmy Carter: Netanyahu has Abandoned Two-state Solution in Favor of Greater Israel

By Raphael Ahren

Former US president, visiting Israel, backs Abbas plan to have the UN accept Palestine as nonmember state.
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Informant: NYPD Paid Me To 'Bait' Muslims

By ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO

A paid informant for the New York Police Department's intelligence unit was under orders to "bait" Muslims into saying inflammatory things as he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending study groups on Islam.
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"You Are A Convicted Fraudster"

BBC Video

Jeremy Paxman interviews Conrad Black, accuses him many times of being a crook. Continue

Fidel Castro Denounces Media Deception, Lies

By Prensa Latina

"people learn and resistance is growing against the capitalist crises that recur with increasing frequency; no lies, repression or new weapons, will prevent the collapse of an increasingly unequal and unjust system of production."
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European Commission Backs (Tobin) Financial Transactions Tax

By Michael Northcott

Leaders have agreed on plans for a tax that will be levied on all financial transactions across 10 EU member states, and it is thought that the scheme could raise billions of euros. Continue 

Afghanistan: 15 armed militants killed in Kandahar: Personnel of the national army had killed 15 armed militants and destroyed their three weapon caches yesterday, the press office of defense ministry said.

Taliban kill 10 Afghan security personnel: officials: Ten Afghan security personnel have been killed in a bloody battle with Taliban insurgents in the western province of Herat, officials said on Tuesday.

NATO kills four children in Afghanistan.: Karzai: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned a NATO operation that he said killed four children in the country's east, a claim the coalition said was possible.

US soldier killed in Taliban attack in eastern Afghanistan: NATO-led International Security Assistance Force following a statement announced, “A U.S. Forces-Afghanistan service member died following an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan today.”

Report: At least 20 killed in Aleppo as rebels battle Syria army: Activists say: : The dead included women and children, they said. Video footage, which could not be immediately verified, showed decapitated bodies amid scattered bread loaves.

Syrian opposition dismisses al-Assad's general amnesty: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday issued a general amnesty, state-run television reported, and the opposition dismissed the decision as a sham, dpa reported.

Lebanon: Army deploys in streets after seven killed in Tripoli fighting: Fighting raged Monday in the northern city of Tripoli between the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, raising the number of fatalities from clashes that erupted over the weekend to seven, security sources said.

Iraq: At least 9 killed in separate attacks in Baghdad: The deadliest attack happened when four parked cars packed with explosives detonated simultaneously in the northwestern neighborhood of Shula early on Tuesday, killing seven people and wounding 16, a police officer said.

Three Killed in Israeli Attack on Gaza - Media: Israeli tank fire opened at northern Gaza on Tuesday morning left two Palestinians killed and four injured. Israeli airstrikes on the same day killed one Palestinian and wounded two others.

Netanyahu pledges Israel will continue building in occupied Jerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo on Tuesday in a defiant prelude to talks with the European Union's top diplomat, who has condemned Gilo's illegal expansion.

EU, France and UK condemn illegal construction plan for occupied southern Jerusalem: Paris calls Interior Ministry’s approval of 800 new homes in Gilo neighborhood ‘a provocation’

The Death of the Israel-Palestine Two-State Solution Brings Fresh Hope: Op-Ed - With many Palestinians and Israelis coming round to the idea of a bi-national state, it's possible to glimpse a peaceful future

Qatar buys Hamas: Qatar visit breaks Gaza ice, delights Hamas: Qatar has called the visit a humanitarian gesture, to inaugurate reconstruction projects financed by the emirate. After initially earmarking $250 million for the schemes, a smiling Haniyeh announced the fund now stood at $400 million.

Egypt transfers Qatari fuel for Gaza: Egyptian authorities on Tuesday delivered eight tankers of Qatari fuel to Israel to be transferred to the Gaza Strip, a PA official said.

Muslim Brotherhood official resigns in protest over Morsi letter to Peres: An Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood official resigned in protest against a cordial letter sent by Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi to his Israeli counterpart, and urged Morsi to resign for his “treason” in sending it.

Ex-MP kept in Israeli prison refuses to sign ‘false confession’ to be released: An elderly former Canadian MP who is in an Israeli prison for trying to breach a naval blockage of the Gaza Strip is refusing to sign a document that might speed his release.

Russia to block any UN bid for military action against Iran – Lavrov: Russia will scuttle any UN Security Council resolution that could be interpreted as allowing military action against Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, October 23, according to RIA Novosti.

Iran says may stop oil sales if sanctions tighten: Iran said on Tuesday it would stop oil exports if pressure from Western sanctions got any tighter and that it had a "Plan B" contingency strategy to survive without oil revenues.

Libyans Condemn Slaughter of Civilians in Attack on Bani Walid: The town has been under siege for many weeks and subjected to rocket attacks from far outside the city but in recent days an assault has taken place on the town attempting to subdue its population

US blocks Russia's draft statement in UN on peaceful resolution of Bani Walid violence: “Blocking a draft statement that called to solve the country’s political problems without violence is very strange”. Churkin said. “This is a case when it is difficult to explain the US delegation’s actions in rational terms.”

'Annex' hit in Libya terror attack was CIA post, officials say: The Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi targeted more than just a State Department consulate. One of the buildings hit was a covert CIA installation, U.S. officials told Fox News.

France to Send Drones to Mali : France is to send surveillance drones to back up west African intervention in northern Mali and is meeting top US diplomats in Paris this week to discuss the fighting the Islamist presence there, the AP news agency reports.

WATCH: Full Expanding the Debate Special on Foreign Policy Featuring Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson: Watch our full three-and-a-half hour Expanding the Debate special featuring Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson responding to the same questions posed to President Obama and Mitt Romney in the final debate of the campaign

Third-party candidates face off in Chicago: Excluded from Obama-Romney debates, four other presidential candidates will hold a match-up of their own.

 

October 22, 2012

CIA Chiefs Face Arrest Over
Horrific Evidence of Bloody 'Video-Game' Sorties by Drone Pilots


By David Rose

Shocking new evidence of the full horrific impact of US drone attacks in Pakistan.
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America’s Drone Terrorism

By Sheldon Richman

How can Americans tolerate this murder and trauma committed in their name? But don’t expect a discussion of this in Monday night’s foreign-policy debate. Continue

Anxious Turks Suspect US Plot is Behind Syria's Implosion

By Emiko Jozuka

Locals in eastern Turkey, bearing the brunt of the fallout from Turkey's involvement in Syria, believe Ankara is merely a pawn in US plans to foment conflict in the region.
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Western Policy on Syria is Failing on a Monumental Scale

By Peter Hain

The only way forward for Syria is to broker a political settlement, in consultation with Russia and Iran.
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Syria and Iran:
Exposing the Lies and Disinformation


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Disentangling the lies of the U.S. government and corporate media to destabilize and colonize Syria and Iran.
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Record Support for Strikes Against Iran Ahead of Debate

By Nate Cohn

The late September NBC/WSJ poll found that 58 percent of Americans believe the US should initiate military action to destroy Iran’s ability to make nuclear weapons.
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The Real Reason America Is Drifting Towards Fascism

By WashingtonsBlog

The unique modern strain of American fascism can be traced through Leo Strauss and the University of Chicago.
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Will the Apocalypse Arrive Online?
Cyber Attack Could Take Down Your Liberties and the Constitution


By Karen J. Greenberg

You better wonder what the future holds for erstwhile American civil liberties, privacy, and constitutional protections.
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Time is Right to Produce a Worthy US Dream

By Pepe Escobar

To paraphrase the late great Ginsberg, I have seen the best and worst minds of past generations starving, silent, practically naked - or even respectably clothed - plowing LA's mean streets at night looking not for an angry fix, but for a soup kitchen.
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Currently showing: the U.S. Election Spectacle

By Thierry Meyssan

The electoral spectacle is supposed to be the proof that they are living under a vibrant democracy, but this is all smoke and mirrors.
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Comparing Presidential Elections: 2008 versus 2012

By Richard Falk

When fear rather than hope shapes our political consciousness, the effect on the citizenry is likely to be despair.
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McGovern: He Never Sold His Soul

By Chris Hedges

Here was a politician who cared more for his country and for human decency than he did for his political ambitions or his career.
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R.I.P. George McGovern, 1922-2012
Antiwar Candidate Who Challenged Vietnam and Inspired a Generation


Video By Democracy Now!

Excerpts of "One Bright Shining Moment" about McGovern’s 1972 grassroots campaign for the presidency, featuring interviews with the candidate himself; supporters and activists like Gore Vidal, Gloria Steinem, Warren Beatty, Howard Zinn; and music from Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Donovan and Elvis Costello.
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 Russian forces kill 49 militants in North Caucasus: The anti-terrorism agency said nine local leaders were among those killed and 30 militants had been detained. It said 90 militant bases had been destroyed along with 26 weapons caches.

37 militants killed in Afghanistan: "A group of Taliban rebels were meeting in a house in Chak district at 1.00 a.m. to chalk out terror attacks when the aircraft struck," police spokesman Abdul Wali said.

Damascus police station bomb kills 13 : Video - A bomb has exploded outside a police station in a Christian quarter of Damascus' Old City

Assad tells Syria envoy arms flows to rebels must stop: State news agency SANA said the president said Syria supported "any sincere effort to find a political solution to the crisis, based on respect for Syrian sovereignty and rejecting foreign intervention."

The Poplar preacher leading an armed gang of jihadis in Syria: An influential British-based preacher is leading an armed gang of more than a hundred Islamist fighters in Syria, it can be disclosed.

7 killed as gunmen, soldiers fight in Lebanon in spillover from Syria: At least seven people were killed and dozens wounded in gunbattles in the Lebanese capital Beirut and coastal Tripoli on Monday in further unrest linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria, security and hospital sources said.

Fighting rages in north Lebanon, more killed: Fighting raged Monday in the northern city of Tripoli between the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, raising the number of fatalities of the clashes that erupted over the weekend to five, security sources said.

Jordanian Soldier Killed in Syrian Border Clash: "Islamic extremists" attacked Jordanian soldiers on the border with Syria Sunday night, killing a corporal, hours after the government announced that it had foiled a major terrorist plot against foreign diplomats and tourists here, officials said Monday.

Jordan 'foils major al-Qaeda plot'? Jordanian intelligence has arrested 11 men alleged to have planned bomb and mortar attacks on Western targets.

U.S. Kills 4 in Yemeni : The drone strike, the second in four days, took place in the early evening in the Hami and Al-Damashqa area 17 kilometres (11 miles) east of Maarib city, the same source said.

Dead man talking: Al Qaida Yemen number 2 denies own death: Accuses army of fabricating his death to cover up killing of civilians by US aircraft

Israeli Attack Kills 2 Palestinian Civilians, Five Injured, as Israeli Shelling Targeting Gaza Continues: On Monday midday local sources said that Israeli unmanned plane fired a missile at a group of people in Abed Al Hameed Street, in the town of Beit Hannon, northern Gaza Strip, killing two men and injuring a third.

Blow to Fatah in West Bank local elections: Fatah won two-fifths of the seats contested on Saturday. But lists led by party rebels gained control of four of the 11 major towns and cities. In a fifth, independents and leftists won.

Fatah 'not invited' to meet Qatari emir: Yahya Rabah told Ma'an that Fatah received no invitation from Qatar or the Hamas-led government in Gaza to meet Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

Qatar emir's visit supports Hamas over PA: Israel: A planned visit by the Qatari emir to Gaza shows he is backing the strip's Islamist Hamas rulers over the Western-backed Palestinian Authority of president Mahmud Abbas, an Israeli official said Monday.

Spaniards Aboard Intercepted Gaza Aid Boat Blast Israel: Their detention in the Israeli port of Ashdod was "very rough," Ricardo Sixto, a leftist member of the European Parliament, told reporters at Madrid's Barajas International Airport.

Reflections on Noam Chomsky’s visit to Gaza: When the news of his visit spread among the intellectual segment of the Gaza youth, everybody was thrilled.

Israel and US launch joint military drill: The three-week joint military operation involves 3,500 US troops and 1,000 Israeli soldiers.

Iran talks denial adds debate spice: Op-Ed: For followers of the Iranian nuclear impasse, this past weekend has seen news about bilateral discussions between US and Iran coming in thick and fast.

Robert Dreyfuss : The Iran Talks Bombshell: Op-Ed: Don’t take too seriously the furious denials coming from Washington and Tehran about this weekend’s bombshell New York Times story reporting that the United States and Iran have agreed “in principle” to have direct, one-on-one talks after the election.

Romney won't say if he's open to 1-on-1 Iran talks: Republican Mitt Romney on Sunday refused to say if he would be open to one-on-one talks with Iran if elected president.

Obama and Romney: War No Matter Who Wins Election: Once again emphasizing there is no fundamental difference between Obama and Romney when it comes to attacking Iran, the American Jewish Committee has published the answers to a questionnaire sent to the candidates.

26 killed, 200 hurt in Bani Walid clashes: Militias, many of whom are from Misrata, have been shelling the hilltop town of 70,000 people for several days. Libya’s state news agency said 26 pro-government militiamen were killed and more than 200 hurt as clashes in Bani Walid entered their fifth day on Sunday.

Bani Walid civilians bombed with gas – RT source: Pro-government militias intercept food, fuel and medicine and use grad rockets and gas weapons against Bani Walid, a man whose family remains in the town told RT. He claims the daily shelling of the town is Misrata militias’ attempt to eliminate it.

UN chief calls for peaceful solution to Bani Walid: Ban said he is alarmed by the fighting in and around of Bani Walid, and in particular the reports indicating growing civilian casualties due to indiscriminate shelling.

Bani Walid protesters storm Libyan parliament grounds: Demonstrators have broken into the grounds of Libya's parliament, wounding two security guards, in a protest against the continuing fighting in Bani Walid

Protesters storm Libyan TV station over Gaddafi's son's capture: The demonstrators were protesting against the station for having announced the capture of Khamis, one of Muammar Gaddafi's sons, in Bani Walid. They say that this had been used to justify attacks launched by ex-rebel fighters conscripted by the army against the city

Deadly attack on Guinea-Bissau army barracks: At least six rebels killed in firefight after gunmen raided an army barracks outside the capital, military sources say.

Gunmen kill at least 31 in Nigerian city: Gunmen killed eight people in Nigeria's troubled city of Potiskum Saturday, raising the death toll to 31 for three days of violence in the northeastern town, police and residents said.

CIA chiefs face arrest over horrific evidence of bloody ‘video-game’ sorties by drone pilots: A damning dossier assembled from exhaustive research into the strikes’ targets sets out in heartbreaking detail the deaths of teachers, students and Pakistani policemen.

British men go on trial over terror plot 'deadlier than London bombings': The suspects are among a group of men and one woman arrested in September 2011 in the central English city of Birmingham. All three are charged with preparing for terrorism by plotting a bombing campaign, recruiting others and fundraising. Khalid and Naseer also are accused of travelling to Pakistan for terrorism training.

5 Colombian soldiers killed by FARC rebels: The Friday night attack with explosives by rebels in the southern Putumayo region killed five soldiers and injured 10 more, said army general German Giraldo. The attack took place in a FARC stronghold near the border with Ecuador.

Cuba's Castro appears in public: Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has reappeared in public, meeting at a Havana hotel with a Venezuelan politician, refuting persistent rumours that the former leader was on his death bed.

Russell Means dies at 72; American Indian rights activist: One of the leaders of the famed 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, he helped thrust the plight of Native Americans into the national spotlight.

US civil rights groups ask international election monitors for assistance: NAACP and others say voter restrictions and ID laws ahead of 2012 US election require planned observer mission to expand

Romney's ties with voting machines makers raise alarms: Producers and investors of voting machines that have previously shown susceptibility to fraud in Ohio have been found to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Romney campaign, raising concern about a dangerous bias in a major swing state.

Romney fundraiser planned Thursday in Hong Kong: Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plan a campaign fundraiser for him Thursday in Hong Kong, where U.S. business interests intersect with China's growing influence as a world financial superpower.

GERMANY TO REPATRIATE & AUDIT 150 TONES OF GOLD RESERVES FROM NY FED!!!: The German Constitutional Court has ruled that the Bundesbank must conduct an audit on German Central Bank gold holdings, and in anticipation, has begun the repatriation of German gold from the NY Fed. The Bundesbank will request the NY Fed ship 50 tones of German gold back to the motherland

Spain : One In Five Lives in Poverty, New Figures Show : The national statistics institute INE said 21.1 per cent of the 47-million population lives below the poverty line, meaning they live on less than 7,355 euros (9,610 dollars) annually.

Greece Austerity Diet Risks 1930s-Style Depression: Euro Credit: Greece is spiraling into the kind of decline the U.S. and Germany endured during the Great Depression, showing the scale of the challenge involved in attempting to regain competitiveness through austerity.

Malaria returns to crisis-torn Greece: Malaria has returned to Greece as financial cuts contribute to the re-emergence of a once extinct disease.

3 bankrupt banks bring US 2012 total to 46: Regulators on Friday closed two small banks in Florida and one in Missouri, bringing to 46 the number of U.S. bank failures this year.

 

October 21, 2012

Bush, Blair Wanted For Crimes Against Humanity: Boyle

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“We will keep after Bush and Blair for sure for crimes against peace, war crimes and torture in general,” Francis Boyle, a professor of international law. Continue

Gaza-bound Ship 'Attacked By Israel Forces'

Video By Al-Jazeera

Israeli troops board boat carrying 20 people from eight countries, carrying items like medicines, cement, basketballs and musical instruments. Continue

Israel, Syria, Iraq: Who Benefits From the Beirut Blast? :

By RT

The attack in the majority Christian neighborhood killed a top-ranking security official. Continue

Lebanese Christian Leader Michel Aoun
War in Syria Will Lead to New World Order:

Video Interview

World War III will most likely occur if the ongoing attack against Syria runs out of fuel without it leading to the toppling of its government. Continue

Carnage or Sanctions? Six Million Iranian Lives at Stake

By Ismail Salami

Imposing illegal sanctions against the Islamic Republic and jeopardizing the lives of millions of patients is indeed an act of brutality which runs counter to the very true spirit of humanity. Continue

Selective Rage
The Malalas You Will Not Hear About


By Wendy McElroy

American lives matter; Pakistani children’s lives do not … unless, of course, their lives and deaths can contribute to the narrative of terrorism and war being spun out of the White House.
Continue

Children Under Attack in Pakistan and Afghanistan

By Dave Lindorff

In the US, most people don’t even know that their own military just blew away three young Afghan children. Continue

Extrajudicial Executions
US Justice Likely Coming Soon to Benghazi


By Glenn Greenwald

If the Obama administration identifies suspects in the consulate attack, should they simply be killed without a trial? Continue

In case you missed it
The Power Principle

Video Documentary

"Probably the best film ever made about American foreign policy." Continue

More Scams From the Secret Police
Homegrown Terrorism and Terrorism by Association


By Michael S. Rozeff

Try this headline: "Federal Reserve bombing plot foiled in NYC". There never was a plot to foil. There never was a plot independent of the FBI to foil. Continue

US Voters: Not Spoilt For Choice

Video By Al Jazeera

How can US voters make an informed choice for president when most are not even aware who is on the ballot? Continue

The Fall of America and the Rise In Spirit

By Bernie Suarez

It wasn't very long ago when the worldview of the United States was one of a country that represented justice, democracy, freedom and moral accountability, even if only in the minds of the naive. Continue

Countdown to Armageddon

Alternative Video News Report - Submedia.tv

"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" Continue

 

Attacks kill at least 23 in Nigeria's northeast: A wave of attacks by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in northeastern Nigeria has killed at least 23 people and destroyed several buildings, a hospital official and residents said Saturday.

Libya: 26 killed in clashes in Bani Walid: medics: Hospitals in the city of Misrata, where forces loyal to the new regime are being treated, were overwhelmed with casualties. One medical official cited by the official news agency put the death toll at 22, with more than 200 wounded.

Youngest son of Colonel Gaddafi dead after Bani Walid siege – Libya deputy PM: As the Libyan army is continuing its assault of Bani Walid, media speculate Khamis Gaddafi was captured during the siege and died of wounds. Reports on Twitter confirm that Khamis Gaddafi, Colonel Gaddafi's son, has been found alive in Bani Wali

12 killed, 50 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq: An Interior Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said eight people were killed and 49 others wounded when twin bombs went off in quick succession in the Baab al-Darwazah market area in Baghdad’s northern neighborhood of Kadhimiyah on Saturday, AFP reported.

Six Afghan Police Killed in Insider Attack: Six Afghan policemen were killed in Helmand province in a so-called "insider" attack involving a rogue Afghan policeman and a chef, local officials said on Saturday.

Turkish "retaliatory" fire has killed 12 Syrian soldiers -report: Turkey's military has fired on Syria 87 times, killing 12 Syrian soldiers and destroying several tanks in retaliation for Syrian shells and mortars landing on Turkish territory, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday.

Up to 100 Norwegians join Syrian war: Around 100 young men with Norwegian citizenship have travelled to Syria to participate in the civil war, NRK reports, quoting Muslim sources.

Hezbollah Strongly Condemns Achrafieh Blast: It Targets Stability, Unity: In a statement issued Friday, Hezbollah considered that “this hideous crime is a vicious attempt to target stability and national unity,” and urged the “security and judicial apparatuses to use all efforts to control the crime, uncover its committers, and bring them to justice.”

‘Day of Rage’: Lebanon prepares to bury slain security chief: Gunshots have been reported in several areas of downtown Beirut, Lebanon, where people rallied outside the Prime Ministers office. Anti-Syrian protesters called for a “Day of Rage” to coincide with the funeral of slain security chief al-Hasan.

Hariri calls for mass demo in Beirut over Hasan's killing: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri called for mass participation in Sunday's rally in Beirut over the killing of a top intelligence official and said the slain officer had prevented President Bashar Assad from destabilizing Lebanon.

Israel, Syria, Iraq: Who benefits from the Beirut blast? : At least eight are dead and 118 wounded after a car bomb rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The attack in the majority Christian neighborhood killed a top-ranking security official.

Lebanon on a knife-edge: Anti-Syrian tensions rising : Tensions run high in Lebanon as the government declared an emergency meeting following a bomb attack that killed a top security official. Clashes and protests have been reported throughout the country amid opposition calls for the PM to resign.

Six Turkish soldiers, three PKK members killed in clashes: The fatalities came in two separate clashes overnight on Saturday. One Turkish soldier and three village guards were also wounded.

2 killed as Iranian general says : U.S. involves in Baluchestan terror attack: An Ansar Movement member, blasted a bomb in Sistan and Baluchestan, a province in Iran's east-southern region, on Oct.19, killing two Basij milita members.

Propaganda? U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks: The United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.

Iran Attack Risks ‘All-Out Regional War’ Lasting ‘Several Years’: A bipartisan group of former U.S. diplomats, generals and government officials released a report today urging caution against the United States launching military strikes on Iran

Israel's top diplomat scorns EU rebuke on Jerusalem illegal settlement: Israel's foreign minister on Saturday dismissed criticism by the European Union of illegal Jewish settlement on occupied land the Palestinians seek for a state, advising the 27-nation bloc to attend to its own problems instead..

Israel must end illegal settlement construction - Moscow: Settlement construction on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem are illegal under international law, the ministry stressed, adding the construction calls into question the establishment of a viable Palestinian state and “must stop fully and immediately.”

President Mahmoud Abbas' party fails to receive strong support in Palestinian elections: Palestinians voted for local councils in dozens of West Bank towns Saturday, but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement didn't get the sweeping endorsement they hoped for -- even as Hamas boycotted the vote.

Gaza-bound aid ship boarded by Israeli forces: Organisers of ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists seeking to reach Gaza say Israeli soldiers have boarded vessel.

UN fears US will cut funding over Palestinian upgrade: President of General Assembly says Palestinians' push for upgraded status likely to succeed, warns US against cutting UN funding over issue

One Dead, Nine Wounded in Panama Protests: A 10-year-old boy was killed and at least nine people were wounded by gunfire in protests against a law authorizing the sale of state-owned land in the Panamanian duty-free zone of Colon.

Fidel Castro suffered a stroke, Venezuelan doctor says: Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state of health is so precarious that he has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people, said a Venezuelan physician who assured El Nuevo Herald that he has access to firsthand sources and information.

Family denies Fidel Castro stroke rumours: The rumour mill surrounding the health of Fidel Castro is churning anew despite a letter from the ageing Cuban revolutionary published by state media and denials by relatives at home and in the United States that he is on death's door.

Russia criticises US over human rights record: Russia has denounced the human rights record of the US, citing maltreatment of children, breach of privacy, police brutality, secret jails and freedom of expression issues.

FBI entraps Bangladeshi student in fake terror plot: The case is only the latest in a seemingly endless series of “sting” operations in which hapless individuals are ensnared by FBI provocateurs in supposed “terrorist plots” that are entirely the creation of the federal authorities.

US to Turn Over Emails in Manning Case: A U.S. judge ordered prosecutors Wednesday to hand over hundreds of emails by officers overseeing the detention of WikiLeaks suspect Pvt. Bradley Manning, who has alleged he suffered mistreatment at a Marine Corps brig.

FBI must pay S.F. journalist $470,000: A federal judge this week ordered the FBI to pay a San Francisco journalist almost half a million dollars for withholding records he requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

150,000 on anti-austerity march through London: Nurses, cleaners, librarians and ambulance drivers were among tens of thousands who joined the march and rally in Hyde Park, in one of the biggest anti-austerity protests this year.

US: Existing home sales fall 1.7% in September: Sales of existing homes declined in September from August, falling 1.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.75 million, the National Association of Realtors reported Friday.

 

October 19, 2012

The End of the New World Order

By Seumas Milne

In the late summer of 2008, two events in quick succession signaled the end of the New World Order. Continue

Implosion of Syria Myths a 'Nervous Breakdown' for US, Allies

By Daniel McAdams

The New York Times has finally reported what many watching the Syria insurgency have noticed all along: Continue

Palestinian Authority to Hold Sham Elections

By Stephen Lendman

Longtime Israeli collaborators Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad scheduled West Bank municipal elections on October 20, 2012. Democracy isn’t on the ballot. Continue

Billboard Wars
The Savage vs. the Civilized

By Lawrence Davidson

"Israel is not fighting Jihadists but rather genocidally destroying Palestinians.” Continue

“How we can solve the Palestinian-Israeli problem”,

Must Watch - Video Documentary by Sami Moukaddem

“I simply got tired of western mainstream media presenting the Palestinian-Israeli issue as being complex. Continue

The U.S. Is A Slave To Israel
America: From Colony to Nation to Slave

By Michael Scheuer

Obama and Romney have enslaved themselves and their country to Israel and some few thousands of disloyal Jewish-Americans and their equally disloyal Christian Evangelical allies. Continue

Sold Into "a Piece of Hell:"
A Death of Innocence at Gitmo


By Jason Leopold

Sold for a $5,000 bounty, Adnan Latif was among the first prisoners detained at Guantanamo. A federal judge and two presidential administrations said he didn't belong there. A decade later he left in a box - and no one will say why. Continue

The stitch-up
Stench of Hicks Prosecution Lingers as Court Exposes its Flimsy Basis


By Richard Ackland


John Howard had an election that year and his government had nominated David Hicks as Australia's terrorism poster-boy. Continue

Obama’s Report Card

By Philip Giraldi

The terrifying prospect of a Mitt Romney foreign policy has somehow obscured just how badly President Barack Obama has performed. Continue

CIA Demands Drones Despite 80% Civilian Death Rate

By RT

The news comes just a day after the Pakistani Interior Minister quoted statistics suggesting 80 per cent of people killed in US drone attacks have been civilians. Continue

The Nobel Peace Prize for War

By Michael Parenti

EU member states have sent troops to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and additional locales in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, usually under the tutorship of the U.S. war machine. Continue

Obamneycare Converts Health Care Into Profits

By Paul Craig Roberts

While the two sides yell and scream at one another, the concrete hardens around the new common policy of shorter lives for the elderly and more profits for private corporations. Continue

Karl Rove’s Permanent Republican Presidency

By Steven Jonas, MD

With Obama’s strong performance in the second debate, the GOP may have to fall back on cheating to secure victory. Continue

Lessons from the Early History of the Church of Latter Day Saints
Beware the Mormon in the Grass

By Christopher Ketcham 

The Mormon sect grows throughout the 1830s and 1840s, and so do the scams: Land theft, bank fraud, cattle rustling. Continue

The Alamo II:
Texans Up in Arms over TransCanada Land Grab


By Jen Alic

Texans - have always been the friends of Big Oil, TransCanada is changing the rules of the game in a legally-aided land grab that will test just how tough Texans are. Continue

Why You Need a Passport Now!:

By Robert Wenzel

At a future point, it may be impossible to get one. Continue 

26 people killed in Yemen fight: Suicide bombers attacked a military base in south Yemen Friday, killing at least 14 soldiers and 12 al-Qaida operatives, military officials said.

Blast kills 19 en route to Afghanistan wedding: An explosion from a roadside bomb tore into a minibus carrying people to a wedding in northern Afghanistan on Friday, leaving 19 dead and 16 wounded, authorities said.

Pakistan: Six militants among nine killed in Bara blitz: Nine people, including six militants, were killed while seven others sustained injuries in shelling by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jetfighters in Zawa area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency on Thursday, local sources said.

Children reported killed in Syria air strike: "We have recovered 44 corpses from under the rubble," one worker told an AFP news agency correspondent at the scene.

8 killed as deadly blast strikes Lebanon's capital: Ambulances rushed to the scene of Friday's blast in the Achrafiyeh district, a mostly Christian neighbourhood, as smoke rose from the area.

Protests, gunfire in Lebanon after Beirut killing: Sunni Muslims take to streets of Beirut, Sidon after bomb targeting senior Lebanese intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan kills 8, wounds 80; Former PM Hariri blames Syria's Assad for attack.

Syrian minister condemns Beirut car bomb: Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi condemned what he referred to as "the cowardly acts of terror in the Ashafriyeh neighborhood" in Beirut, adding that "these terrorist attacks, no matter where they take place, must be condemned and are unjustified."

Syrian rebels 'killed Palestinian leader': Gunmen from the Free Syrian Army on Friday assassinated a Palestinian leader in Deraa refugee camp, the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command said.

In Syria, Sunni rebels besiege Shiite villages: Anyone who tries to slip out of the Shiite villages of Zahraa and Nubl is risking his life. Sunni rebel snipers stand ready to gun down anyone who dares. Roads are blocked with barricades and checkpoints.

Turkey "retaliates" after shells fired from Syria: state TV: Turkey's military fired back into Syria on Friday after two shells launched from Syria landed in Turkish territory, Turkish state broadcaster TRT reported, without specifying where the incident occurred.

US Mulls Syria No-Fly Zone: The United States says it is still considering a no-fly zone for northern Syria as cross border shelling with Turkey threatens civilians on both sides

Iran would accept Assad fall through elections: Annan says Tehran will only accept fall of Syrian leader if Syrians are allowed to decide through elections.

11 Killed as 'Libya in chaos, divided as never before' : Video report - The country remains close to chaos following the Western-backed armed rebellion last year

Libyan Islamist says he was at U.S. consulate during attack: A Libyan militia commander who U.S. officials say is under investigation in connection with the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi which led to the death of the ambassador said he was present during the incident but was not one of the ringleaders.

International Law Suffers Another Blow in Libya Conflict: Op-Ed: NATO silent as its client regime vows "no mercy" for city of Bani Walid.

CIA seeks to expand drone fleet, officials say: The CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency’s fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend the spy service’s decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force, U.S. officials said.

In show of hypocrisy: UN chief: Hezbollah drone launch 'reckless': U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Hezbollah's recent drone launch into Israeli airspace a "reckless provocation" in a report submitted Thursday to the Security Council, and warned that the war in Syria was destabilizing Lebanon.

'Palestinian push for UN upgrade likely to succeed': UN General Assembly president Vuk Jeremic says most expect Palestinian bid for non-member status will succeed, warns US against cutting funding to UN over issue.

Thousands of Israeli Bedouins protest against home demolitions: "While the media is busy with the elections, the state has opened a war of destruction against the Bedouin villages," Abu Rass said, adding that "people are afraid they won't have a roof over their heads."

Chomsky makes first Gaza visit::? Noam Chomsky reportedly called for an end to Israel's siege of Gaza, on his first ever visit to the Hamas-ruled enclave on Thursday.

28 Turkish troops hurt in Iran-Turkey pipeline attack: Twenty-eight Turkish soldiers were wounded and Iranian gas supplies to Turkey interrupted Friday after Kurdish rebels attacked a pipeline linking the two countries, media reports said.

Engineering Consent For An Attack Iran? U.S. targets al-Qaida operatives in Iran: The U.S. State Department announced it authorized rewards of up to $12 million for information about two al-Qaida operatives believed to be in Iran.

Knocking at Iran’s door: US Israeli forces to stage drill: The United States and Israel are set to launch a major military exercise in a show of unity aimed at Iran, despite friction between American and Israeli leaders over how to counter Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

Attack on bus kills 4 Pakistani Shiite pilgrims in central Iraq: Salahuddin provincial police say Friday’s attack involved a roadside bomb that struck the pilgrim’s bus near the town of Balad.

Iraq inks deal to buy 18 F-16 jet fighters: Iraq has signed a contract to buy its second set of 18 F-16 fighters from the United States, part of a deal to purchase 36 of the jets to rebuild its air force, Iraq's acting defence minister has said.

UK complicity in unlawful treatment of Iraqi detainees 'was institutional': The former chief legal adviser to the army in Iraq has said the UK's complicity in the unlawful treatment of detainees was "institutional" and must be wiped out to prevent future abuses by British troops.

Families of slain British soldiers win right to sue government: Relatives of British troops killed in the war in Iraq will be able to sue the government for negligence and pursue damages if they can prove factors such as inadequate equipment led to the soldiers' deaths, an appeal court ruled on Friday.

28 Turkish troops hurt in Iran-Turkey pipeline attack: Twenty-eight Turkish soldiers were wounded and Iranian gas supplies to Turkey interrupted Friday after Kurdish rebels attacked a pipeline linking the two countries, media reports said.

Shiite protests pose major challenge for Saudi Arabia: Labad, 26, and two teenage relatives were fatally shot by police Sept. 26 as they sat in plastic chairs on the narrow sidewalk in front of their house in this broken-down little town in the far east of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi protesters say no links with Iran: The outbreak of civil unrest, which the Washington Post Friday termed the worst in years in Saudi Arabia, was sparked by the fatal shooting by police of an outspoken critic of the government's treatment of Shiites and needed no provocation from the outside world.

Where oil and gas development goes, health problems often follow. : Yet industry representatives and policymakers seeking to expand drilling often dismiss claims of health impacts as “personal anecdotes” and isolated incidents.

 

October 18, 2012

Turkey Leads US-sponsored Military Encirclement of Syria

By Chris Marsden

Turkey is leading the way, using the pretext of stray mortar fire from Syria that killed five civilians to legitimise the deployment of 250 tanks, jets, helicopter gunships, troops, artillery emplacements and antiaircraft batteries on the border. Continue

No Panic in Iran Despite Currency Collapse, International Sanctions

By Gwynne Dyer

Since stopping the enrichment program would not end the sanctions, why would the Iranian government even consider doing so? Continue

Toward Barbarism: US Imperialism Unleashed

By Ben Schreine

With signs of a global economic downturn mounting, US aggression across the Middle East and North Africa ratchets up.  Once again, US imperialism stands poised to open the gates of Hell. Continue

Afghanistan: Video Shows Drunk, Stoned US Defense Contractors

Video

The contractor, Virginia-based Jorge Scientific, has won almost $1 billion in U.S. government contracts. Continue

David Hicks Book Banned In The USA?
Has the US Banned the Autobiography of a Former Guantanamo Prisoner?

Updated - By Richard Edmondson

People might remember the name David Hicks. He is an Australian who was held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay from 2001 until 2007. Continue

FBI Thwarts Dumbass Terrorist – After Helping Him, of Course

By Scott Shackford

The FBI has a stellar reputation for creating terrorist activities to thwart, organizing plans and pushing hapless goons along for the ride before arresting them. Continue

Post Election Bombs

By Linh Dinh

To keep this edge, now tied to its very economic survival, Uncle Sam must stoke tension worldwide.
Continue

Progressives: In Swing States, Vote for Obama

By Daniel Ellsberg

It is urgently important to prevent a Republican administration under Romney/Ryan from taking office in January 2013. Continue

Al Jazeera to Air Opposition Presidential Debate Amidst US Black-out

By Mark Wachtler

US media outlets continues to enlist a strict media black-out of independent and opposition party candidates and will not air the otherwise widely-viewed event. Continue

Heather Brooke: My Battle to Expose Government Corruption

TED Video

Our leaders need to be held accountable: Brooke uncovered the British Parliamentary financial expenses that led to a major political scandal in 2009. She urges us to ask our leaders questions through platforms like Freedom of Information requests. Continue

Get The Military Out Of Our Public Schools

By Tim Martin

I'm not your typical tree-hugging, NPR listening, hippy-loving liberal. Continue

Syria air strikes on rebel town kill 44: At least 44 people were killed in air strikes on the Syrian rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan on Thursday, rescue workers told an AFP journalist at the scene.

Syrian rebels may have acquired surface-to-air missiles: France's foreign minister has hinted that Syrian rebels have acquired surface-to-air missiles, forcing President Bashar al-Assad’s jet fighters to “fly extremely high”.

KSA, Qatar clash over Syria… Salafists VS Muslim Brotherhood: The French newspaper of the Lé Figaro has revealed in a report published on its page that a clash has been fired out between Qatar and Saudi Arabia to control on the militants in Syria.

Syrian rebels said to cut deals for arms from extremists: "Even rebels we've identified as somebody we could work with have partnered with jihadists, because they have their own sources of money and weapons," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said in an interview.

French sneak cash to Syrians in direct aid program: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met Wednesday with representatives of about 20 countries to share details about the secret French aid program and encourage others to join it. Five people from local Syrian revolutionary groups that have received the secret funds also attended

Us troops in Israel, Jordan and Iraq. Strange? American Troops Arrive in Israel for "Defense" Drill: The first of 1,000 United States troops have begun to arrive in Israel to take part in a joint missile-defense exercise, which the lead American planner described on Wednesday as the largest in the history of the two countries’ relationship and a testament to the strength of their military ties.

Turkey ‘Admits’ Russian/Syria Air Cargo Legal: “The Turkish side does not in principle question the legitimacy of the cargo that was seized but is unhappy with the transportation notification procedure,” spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said. “Our Turkish partners have now effectively retracted the initial allegations that there was ammunition on board,” he added

Meqdad warns Turkey against violating Syrian sovereignty: Syria’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Faisal Meqdad said in comments Thursday his government would respond to any Turkish violations of his country’s sovereignty.

Turkish warplanes penetrate Iraq/Kurdistan's airspace and bomb some villages. : Turkish warplanes penetrated the airspaces of the Kurdistan region and bombed a number of villages in Amedee area of Dohuk governorate.

Iraq Intends to Deploy Troops in North of Country to Avoid Turkish Army’s Military Operations: Iraq urges the Kurdish autonomy to approve the deployment of troops on the border with Turkey to prevent the Turkish troops' entering Iraq, as well as to stop air strikes on the country against the militants of Kurdistan Workers' Party

12 Kurdish "rebels" killed in clashes: Turkey's state-run news agency says security forces have killed 12 Kurdish rebels in clashes in the southeast, raising the two-day death toll in the fighting to 18.

Eleven killed in Libya: Clashes between Libyan authorities and "Gaddafi loyalists" have left 11 dead during the siege of anti-regime bastion Bani Walid. Libyan authorities continue to struggle against multiple militia groups in the midst of growing political disarray.

US kills nine people in Yemen : - Nine "suspected" al Qaeda militants were killed in what a local security source and residents said was a U.S. drone attack on a farmhouse outside a town in southern Yemen

8 "militants" killed in NW Pakistan: At least eight militants were killed, seven others injured and four militant hideouts destroyed when the Pakistani military launched an air strike over militant hides in the country's northwest tribal area of Khyber Agency, reported local TV on Thursday.

114,000 US contractors active in Afghan war: As of July, nearly 114,000 contractors were working for the US Defense Department in Afghanistan, compared to the 90,000 American troops in the country at the time, AFP reported Thursday, quoting “official statistics.”

U.S. Navy, Allies Can't Find Own Sea Mines Planted in Key Exercise: This outcome of the highly publicized military drills — not publicly known until now — underscores how difficult it may be for the United States and its partners to detect and incapacitate waterborne explosive devices that Iran has threatened to plant if its nuclear facilities come under attack.

For first time, Palestinians in Gaza fire missile at Israeli Air Force helicopter: IDF confirms that a Soviet-made Strela (SA-7) anti-aircraft missile was fired at a helicopter last week.

Libyan weapons flooding Gaza, Israeli official says: : A top Israeli defense official says Gaza is being flooded with sophisticated weapons from Libya and that the anti-aircraft missile fired last week at an Israeli helicopter likely originated there.

US Jews cancel talks with Protestants over Israel: The Jewish groups announced their decision in response to a request by several mainline Protestant leaders for Congress to re-evaluate U.S. military aid to the Jewish state.

Bahrain detains 4 for alleged anti-king tweets: Bahrain has detained four people for defaming the island's king with Twitter posts in a case that is likely to test the limits of expression in the violence-wracked Gulf nation.

Revealed: Canberra shared intel on Assange with Washington: WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have been the subject of intelligence exchanges between Australia and the United States for more than two years, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has revealed.

Manssor Arbabsiar pleads guilty to plotting to kill Saudi Arabian envoy: Iranian American, 58, enters guilty pleas at US court in Manhattan and claims Iranian army was involved in the plot. Defense lawyers say Arbabsiar suffers from bipolar disorder.

Manssor Arbabsiar: What Kind of Custody Is It When You Secretly Hold an American at a Military Base?: For the 12 day period when he was being secretly interrogated without a lawyer, he was being held at a military base.

Entrapment? New York Federal Reserve bomb plot foiled: Authorities emphasized that the plot never posed an actual risk. However, they claimed the case demonstrated the value of using sting operations to neutralize young extremists eager to harm Americans

Bangladesh father denies son involved in New York bomb plot: "The intelligence of the USA is playing with a mere boy whom we sent for higher study. The allegation against my son is not true at all. He could not even drive a car. How was he caught with a van?"

Policing Dissent: Boston Police Department are collecting and keeping information about constitutionally protected speech and political activity.

Appeals court rules Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional: A U.S. appeals court in New York on Thursday ruled that a U.S. law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples.

Mitt Romney debates himself: Video - This video is a reminder that no matter what Mitt Romney says he believes, you can be pretty damn sure that not too long ago he said that he believed the exact opposite.

Petrol bombs vs teargas: Thousands across Greece protest austerity measures: Youths have clashed with the Athens police force, pelting officers with stones and petrol bombs during an anti-austerity march. More than 40,000 have taken to the streets in Greece in a 24-hour strike against wage and pension cuts.

UK employment hits all-time high: More people are in employment in the UK than at any time since records began in 1971, rising to nearly 30m for June to August, according to official Government data.

More gloom for Britain's High Streets as household retail names close 32 stores a DAY over the summer: The figures will raise the spectre of yet more urban centres becoming ‘ghost towns’ as shoppers cut spending during the recession and switch to shopping online.

Paul Tucker: 'worst may still be ahead' for UK banks: The "worst may still be ahead" for Britain's banking sector, according to the Bank of England's deputy governor, as he warned that bank balance sheets were still not strong enough to withstand the "end-of-the-world risks" that still existed.

Jobless claims take big jump in latest week: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits leapt to the highest level in four months in the latest week, erasing the large drop reported last week and then some.

U.S. to Get Downgraded Amid Fiscal ‘Theater,’ Pimco Says: The sovereign credit rating of the U.S. will be cut as “fiscal theater” plays out in the world’s biggest economy, according to Pacific Investment Management Co., which runs the world’s largest bond fund.

Walmart Strikes: More Workers Join Fight In Oklahoma, Claim Intimidation: The wave of organized Walmart strikes that hit 12 states last week has now inspired more of the company's employees to take up the cause.

 

October 17, 2012

Evidence Of War Crimes: Bloody Vengeance in Sirte

By Human Rights Watch - WARNING -  Report contains disturbing images and video

New Proof of Mass Murder at Gaddafi Death Site. Continue

White House Covering Up Weapons Pipeline In Syria

Video

Is potential scandal a Syria version of 'Fast and Furious'?
Continue

EU Support for Israeli Crimes Makes It Unworthy of Nobel Peace Prize

By Omar Barghouti

The European Union is not “merely hypocritical” in its relationship with Israel, it is “complicit in crimes against the Palestinian people.” Continue

Australia's Julia Gillard Is No Feminist Hero

By John Pilger

Thanks to her, women are now liberated to kill Afghans and others who offer no threat to Australia. Continue

America R.I.P.

By Paul Craig Roberts

“The United States will be a third world country in 20 years.” We might get there even sooner as Washington exhausts what little is left of American wealth in gratuitous wars in service to Israel and the US Military/Security Complex. Continue

Who Wants to Live This Way?
Only Wealth, Power, and Privilege Count

By Stephen Lendman

Politicians are in bed with corporate crooks. They don't give a damn about life, liberty, equity, justice, and human need. Policies they support show it. Continue

Police Arrest US Presidential Candidate Jill Stein at Debate Site

By RT

Police arrested Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, after they tried to enter the site of tonight’s presidential debate at Hofstra University. Continue

The Lame Rules for Presidential Debates
A Perfect Microcosm of US Democracy


By Glenn Greenwald

Secret collusion between the two parties, funded by corporations, run by lobbyists. Continue

Why Not Vote For Stein, Goode Or Johnson?
Third-Party Candidates Could Spell Trouble for Obama, Romney


By William Callahan

These candidates’ chances of taking the Oval Office are slim, but they could siphon votes from Romney and Obama. Continue

"Loophole" Allows Saudi Arabian Businesses to Spend Freely in Our Election

By Lee Fang

Foreign corporations can in fact influence American democracy in pernicious ways. Continue

9/11 Revisited — Again
Not even the “left” mainstream media will touch this one


By Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

Ignoring of all of those warnings from the CIA, for gosh sake was not because of negligence. Continue

NYT: Great Paper. Great Propaganda Organ.

By Edward S. Herman

Its being pegged as a “liberal” newspaper, and the paper’s allowing just enough dissent to give the appearance of balance. Continue

Three Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attacks on outposts: Kurdish militants attacked military outposts in southeast Turkey overnight, triggering clashes in which three Turkish soldiers and three militants were killed, the governor's office said on Wednesday.

PKK vows 'violent reprisal' if Turkey attacks Syrian Kurds: Turkey's Kurdish rebels will retaliate to any Turkish attacks on Kurds in war-torn Syria, the second in command of the outlawed PKK said in an interview published Wednesday.

Syrian rebels shoot down helicopter in Idlib: Video - Rebels downed a helicopter on Wednesday as troops fought to take back a key Syrian town,

Syria conflict: UN's Pinheiro gives jihadist warning: Lead investigator Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said the presence of hundreds of "radical Islamists or jihadists" was particularly dangerous. There have been increasing reports of foreign fighters entering Syria.

UN envoy warns of Syria crisis spillover: Lakhdar Brahimi, currently in Lebanon, says if the conflict is not solved, it will set the entire region ablaze.

Syria says lack of unified rebel leadership prevents holiday cease-fire: The Syrian government on Wednesday said the international envoy’s call for a holiday cease-fire would likely fail because the rebels fighting to topple Bashar Assad’s regime have no unified leadership to agree to it.

Divided Syrian rebels agree on joint leadership: Syria's divided rebels have agreed to set up a joint leadership to oversee their battle to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, two insurgent sources said on Tuesday as fighting raged in cities across the country.

France pledges help for Syrian 'Revolutionary Councils': French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday reiterated France’s support for Syria’s opposition movement at a meeting with "elected "Syrian Revolutionary Councils to which Paris has been providing direct aid for several months.

PM: Israel to act if threatened by Syria's chemical arms: Israel reserves right to take military action in Syria if chemical weapons fall into hands of terrorists, Netanyahu says

Netanyahu: Any change in Egypt-Israel peace accord would undermine whole treaty: In a meeting with EU ambassadors, the prime minister expressed little sympathy with voices in Egypt calling for a review of the peace accord with Israel.

Qatar funds major project to rebuild Gaza: Hamas' international alliances have been shifting of late. Its ties to Shi'ite Muslim Iran have loosened over the past year and it has grown closer to the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood which now governs Egypt and the conservative Arab Gulf state of Qatar.

Israel asks UN to block ship headed for Gaza: Israel’s UN envoy on Tuesday asked the world body to try to persuade a Swedish ship carrying rights activists not to try to break the Jewish state’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Medicine crisis in Iran due to sanctions: "We are feeling the shortage mostly for cancer and MS drugs. Of course, thalassemia and dialysis patients are also facing hardships. These all are rooted in problems which have been caused by sanctions against the banking sector and difficulties transferring foreign currency,"

Ways to Watch PressTV in Europe: After the Europeans satellite provider Eutelsat SA yanked Press TV off the air in a flagrant violation of freedom of speech, Iran’s English-language broadcaster has offered its viewers alterative means of watching its programs. As a result, Press TV will be still accessible in Europe through the following links:

Libyan militia 'executed murdered 67 detainees': Human Rights Watch alleges pro-Gaddafi fighters, including "dictator's" son Mutassim, were abused and murdered in Sirte

Murder evidence after Qaddafi’s death raised: “The evidence suggests that opposition militias summarily executed at least 66 captured members of Kadhafi’s convoy in Sirte,” his hometown, said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch (HRW). “It also looks as if they took Mutassim Qaddafi, who had been wounded, to [the port city of] Misrata and killed him there,”

CIA operative, U.S. intelligence officer killed in Afghan ‘insider attack’: An officer for the Central Intelligence Agency was among those killed in a suicide bombing at an Afghan intelligence office — the latest so-called “insider attack” in the war, according to one current and one former U.S. official.

Suicide Truck Bombing By Taliban At Afghan Military Base, 55 Wounded: Around 55 people were injured in East Afghanistan Wednesday morning when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive laden truck into a U.S.-Afghan military base, local media reported.

Afghanistan's safest province "falling prey" to Taliban: Local people say the insurgent stranglehold is now so tight that the province is effectively cut off by road in all directions and safely reachable only by air.

Deadline dismissed: US wants troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014: “the point of the upcoming negotiations is to agree on an extension of the US troop presence well past 2014, for the purposes of conducting counterterrorism operations and training and advising the Afghan security forces.”

Special troops sent to fend off Taliban: THE Australian Defence Force is sending 65 highly trained airfield defence guards to protect the coalition base at Tarin Kowt following a Taliban attack on another coalition base in Afghanistan that destroyed several RAF jets.

Pakistan: 'Drone attacks kill 80% innocent people': Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Wednesday that the majority of those killed in drone attacks were innocent people.

Cardinal causes uproar with "Muslim scare" video at Vatican: - A Roman Catholic cardinal has caused an uproar at the Vatican by screening a spurious YouTube video that makes alarmist predictions about the growth of Islam in Europe.

Britain deals blow to U.S. extradition treaty, blocks handover of hacker: The British government took steps Tuesday to roll back a controversial extradition treaty with the United States, blocking the handover of an autistic computer whiz who had hacked U.S. military databases and moving to enact legislation that could complicate future attempts by American prosecutors to pursue alleged criminals in Britain.

In a world gone crazy: Police taser blind man: A "terrified" blind man was hit with a 50,000 volt taser gun after police mistook his white stick for a Samurai sword. Stroke victim Colin Farmer, 61, collapsed to the ground in shock after he was hit in the back with the gun while walking down the street in Chorley, Lancs.

Plans to monitor all Britons' online activity : Under the government's plans, currently being scrutinised by Parliament, service providers will have to store details of internet use in the UK for a year to allow police and intelligence services to access it. Records will include people's activity on social network sites, webmail, internet phone calls and online gaming.

Watch the Full Town Hall Debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney - Video - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for the second time in a town hall debate moderated by Candy Crowley at Hofstra University on October 16th, 2012.

China Set to Lose Top U.S. Lender Spot to Japan: China is poised to lose its place as the U.S.’s biggest creditor for the first time since the height of the financial crisis, blunting one of Mitt Romney’s favored attacks in the presidential campaign.

Daryl Hannah: Op-Ed - Why I'm standing up to TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline in east Texas: Don't buy the tale that this tar sands oil will make the US energy-independent. It's export for profit, even as spills poison our water.

Greece, Spain 'in depression': Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz: Greece and Spain are in "depression, not recession", Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said on Wednesday, blaming tough austerity measures for their downward economic spiral.

Germany shocks EU with fiscal overlord demand: Germany has stated its exorbitant price for keeping Greece in the euro and agreeing to mass bond purchases by the European Central Bank.

Should Millionaires Get Unemployment Benefits?: Nearly 2,400 Americans in households with $1 million or more in annual income got unemployment insurance in tax-year 2009, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

Colorado's working poor: 'Suddenly, I'm living below the poverty line': The US poverty rate has risen 19% since 2000. Gary Younge talks to voters in Fort Collins about the struggle to stay afloat – and whether Obama or Romney offers any kind of solution.

Bad to the bone: A medical horror story: When medical device company Synthes decided to illegally test a bone cement on people, the results were disastrous. A disturbing tale of corporate crime and punishment.

 

October 16, 2012

Hypocrisy And The Shooting of Malala Yousafzai

By Shaik Zakeer Hussain

What I am really concerned about is the hypocritical stance taken by some of the voices who are standing up for Malala today. Continue

NATO packs it in; Turkey on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

By Thierry Meyssan

One can understand the frustration of Turkey and the Wahhabist monarchies who at the request of the Alliance invested in the secret war unreservedly, but who now must assume alone the failure of the operation. Continue

The Real Blame for Deaths in Libya

By Ray McGovern

Only a few members of the House and Senate seem to care very much when presidents act like kings and send off troops drawn largely by a poverty draft to wars not authorized (or simply rubber-stamped) by Congress. Continue

The Week the World Stood Still
The Cuban Missile Crisis and Ownership of the World


By Noam Chomsky

There is more reason than ever to attend to the warning of Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein, almost 60 years ago, that we must face a choice that is “stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?” Continue

U.S. Had Foreknowledge of Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor.
Let It Happen to Justify American Entry Into WWII


By WashingtonsBlog

Military Officers and Code Breakers Speak Out … On Camera. Continue

Lest we forget
Casus Belli: Cheney Considered Plan To Trigger War With Iran

By Faiz

The “meeting took place in the Vice-President’s office. ‘The subject was how to create a casus belli between Tehran and Washington,” Continue

History of Iran & USA in 10 min
Every American should watch this!!


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A brief history of Iran and America's relations and the facts that have led to this political gridlock. Continue

Tell Me Lies:
European Satellites Ordered To Drop Iranian Channels In Disregard of Free Speech


By Danny Schechter

Despite the fact that western media is available in Iran, and western journalists frequently report, or as many Iranians believe, ‘distort’ the news from there, the West now wants to seal off more than Iranian oil. Continue

Second Ad Featuring PM Netanyahu Airs in Florida

By Rachel Hirshfeld

A new ad featuring Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is set to hit the airwaves in Florida.Continue

The Predictable Consequence of Lesser Evilism
On Wasting Your Vote


By M.G. Piety

A disturbing number of Americans are going to end up wasting their votes in this next election. Continue

The 2012 US Presidential “Non-election”:
Which Brand of “Fascism” this Time?

By Larry Chin

There will, as always, be no real choice: war-mongering, mass-murdering imperialist “A” or war-mongering mass-murdering imperialist “B”. Continue

Debt and Democracy – Has the Link Been Broken?

By Michael Hudson

Governments are told to pay bailout debts taken on not to defend countries in military warfare as in times past, but to benefit the wealthiest layer of the population by shifting its losses onto taxpayers.
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Why Congress Can't Balance The Budget

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Join the Blockade of the Keystone Pipeline

By Chris Hedges

“There comes a time when we must make a stand for the future of our children, and for all life on Earth. That time is here. That time is now.” Continue

 

Nigeria army says kills 24 Boko Haram "Islamists": Nigeria's military killed 24 members of the Boko Haram in a gun fight in the remote northeast town of Maiduguri where the Islamist sect has been based during a three-year long insurgency, the army said on Tuesday.

11 killed in violence in Pakistan: At least 11 people, including four members of the minority Hazara Shia community, were killed by unidentified gunmen in a new wave of sectarian attacks in Pakistan.

Suicide ‘Insider’ Attack Kills Six in Afghanistan: A member of the Afghan intelligence service detonated a suicide vest Saturday, killing two Americans and four Afghan intelligence agency colleagues, Afghan and international officials said Monday.

Afghan security service says bomber who killed 6 wasn't one of its agents: Afghanistan's security service on Tuesday denied claims that a suicide bomber who killed two American troops and four Afghans in a weekend attack was a member of the country's intelligence agency.

Four killed in Al Qaeda attack in southern Yemen: Two al Qaeda militants and two tribesmen allied to the army were killed in an attack on a military checkpoint in southern Yemen, tribal sources said on Tuesday.

Masked gunmen kill Iraqi military adviser in Yemen: - Two masked men on a motorcycle shot dead an Iraqi military adviser to Yemen's army on Tuesday, October 16 security and medical sources said, extending a series of killings bearing the hallmarks of al Qaeda, according to Reuters.

UK pledges to tackle malnutrition in Yemen as hunger crisis fears grow: First tranche of UK's £196m support for Yemen will aim to bolster food security of 1.65 million people over next three years

Let them eat tanks: About 106 US tanks delivered to Yemen: About 106 armored tanks were delivered to Yemen's defense ministry, state sources affirmed, pointing out that about 12 armored vehicles were also brought to Yemen to protect the US Embassy

90 dead in Syrian regime attacks on rebel areas: Activists say: : The Syrian military unleashed heavy airstrikes and artillery bombardments targeting rebel strongholds in the north on Tuesday, killing at least 90 people according to "activists".

Heat-Seeking Missiles in Syria: The SA-7 in Action with Rebels: Video shows what would appear to be a two-man hunter-killer team with an SA-7, waiting for an aircraft

US intelligence admits Syria arms aid goes to Al Qaeda: American Intelligence officials are acknowledging that the bulk of the weapons flowing into Syria for the US-backed war to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad are going into the hands of Al Qaeda and like-minded Islamist militias.

Fact or fiction? New W. intelligence: Syrian rebels don’t have the numbers to win: The revised estimates compiled by US and French intelligence agencies on the relative strength of Syrian government and rebel forces have given Washington and Arab capitals backing the Syrian opposition pause

Syria: Rebels losing support among civilians in Aleppo: As Aleppo continues to deteriorate, many residents are losing patience with an increasingly violent and unrecognizable opposition - one that is hampered by infighting and a lack of structure, and deeply infiltrated by both foreign fighters and terrorist groups.

Syrian regime says it is ‘interested in exploring’ ceasefire option: The Syrian regime is “interested in exploring” a ceasefire in the 19-month conflict as proposed by international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Maqdisi said on Tuesday.

White House Plans Military Strike in Libya: The White House, under political pressure to respond forcefully to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, is readying strike forces and drones but first has to find a target.

120 prisoners escape from Tripoli jail: Libyan official: About 120 prisoners escaped from a jail in Tripoli on Monday, National Guard chief Khaled al-Sharif said, adding that Libyan security services were on high alert to catch them.

Iran calls new EU sanctions inhuman: Iran said Tuesday the latest round of EU economic sanctions imposed over the country’s disputed nuclear programme are “inhumane” as they target its general population

EU bans natural gas from Iran: A leading European satellite provider, meanwhile, took 19 Iranian television and radio broadcasters off the air Monday — a cutoff due to earlier sanctions. The move prompted accusations of censorship and threats to sue from Iranian state television.

Iran claims ‘dozens’ of its drones have spied on Israel: A senior Iranian military official claimed Tuesday that Iranian-made surveillance drones have made dozens of apparently undetected flights into Israeli airspace from Lebanon in recent years to probe air defenses and collect reconnaissance data. An Israeli official rejected the account..

Panetta says cyber attackers accessed controls for critical US infrastructure: Defense secretary bluntly warns were in 'pre-9-11 moment' that could precede catastrophic attack, hints Iran involved

Global cyber war: New Flame-linked malware detected: A new cyber espionage program linked to the notorious Flame and Gauss malware has been detected by Russia's Kaspersky Lab. The anti-virus giant’s chief warns that global cyber warfare is in “full swing” and will probably escalate in 2013.

Conviction of Osama bin Laden driver Salim Ahmed Hamdan thrown out by appeals court: The U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday tossed out the conviction of Osama bin Laden’s former driver for supporting terrorism, saying the law under which he was tried did not apply to his crime.

Guantanamo judge orders Khalid Sheikh Mohammed lawyers not to discuss torture: As the long-delayed hearings resumed at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, Mohammed's defense team argued that his shackles reminded him of the simulated drownings he was subjected to at secret American interrogation sites.

Brazil insists in criticizing US monetary policy, but “we are prepared”: Brazil’s central bank president Alexandre Tombini refuted on Monday arguments that the US expansionist monetary policy do not harm emerging countries such as Brazil.

Cuba Lifts Exit Visa Requirement on Foreign Travel for Residents: Cuba’s government said it will no longer require residents to apply for exit visas to travel abroad, easing restrictions that have prevented citizens from leaving the communist island for years.

Massive Fraud in Mexico’s Presidential Elections: Mexico could reach a point where “presidents are no longer elected by popular vote, but through periodic auctions.”

Koch Industries Warns 45,000 Employees Of ‘Consequences’ If They Don’t Vote For Republicans: The Koch brothers’ $60 million pledge to defeat President Obama — along with their political network’s $400 million spending — make them two of the most influential conservatives this election.

6 Filthy Rich Moguls Who Will Do Anything to Elect Mitt Romney: The Romney men desperately want to see the first financier president, a man after their own cold hearts.

Obama and Romney agree to cowardly debates: Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will face off for the second of three debates on Tuesday, but viewers awaiting the show-down shouldn't expect anything out of the ordinary: both candidates are contractually obliged to be boring.

Ohio soup kitchen slams Paul Ryan: “He did nothing”: The head of a charity in Ohio is not pleased with Paul Ryan’s photo op at a soup kitchen in Ohio, saying that the Romney campaign “ramrodded their way” into their facility unannounced.

Reporters barred from covering Paul Ryan exchange with homeless Ohioans: Ryan stood at the sink and took some large metal pans that did not appear to be dirty, soaped them up and rinsed them, remarking as the cameras clicked and the TV cameras rolled that he had spent a summer washing dishes when he was younger.

Ireland: One in ten 'at risk of food poverty': One in 10 people in Ireland are too poor to afford a properly balanced diet, a study has shown.

European car sales 'fall for 12 months in row': Demand across the 27 European Union countries fell 10.8% from last year.

Portugal reveals tough 2013 budget: About 2,000 protesters gathered outside parliament on Monday to demand the resignation of the government, chanting: "The people united will never be defeated."

S&P cuts ratings on 15 Spanish banks after sovereign downgrade: Ratings agency Standard & Poor's cut the rating of 15 of Spain's banks on Tuesday after downgrading the sovereign to one notch above junk with a negative outlook on Friday as investors await a decision from Madrid on a request for aid.

Record numbers of customers are quitting 'Big Five' banks for smaller rivals: A recent poll of 1,800 adults by YouGov found 60 per cent do not trust the high-street banks, 49 per cent think they are dishonest and 45 per cent think they are incompetent.

Swiss Prepare Army for Euro Zone Fallout: Switzerland launched the military exercise “Stabilo Due” in September to respond to the current instability in Europe and to test the speed at which its army can be dispatched. The country is not a member of the union or among the 17 countries that share the euro.

UK food banks used by record number, says Trussell Trust: A record number of people received emergency food from UK food banks in the last six months, a charity says.

Starbucks doesn't pay a bean in UK tax: Coffee chain faces boycott as it avoids big bills by declaring loss after loss

Food Sickens Millions as Company-Paid Checks Find It Safe: The privatization of industry oversight is leading to deadly consequences. A private company funded by those it inspects gave sterling reviews to companies who were distributing fatal products. This is when money decides what's right and wrong. The question is when will America decide that money shouldn't decide that question.

CNN's Dana Loesch physically molested by TSA in Phoenix airport: According to Loesch, who is a regular contributor to CNN and runs her own conservative radio show, a routine security pat-down ended with Transportation Security Administration agents repeatedly touching her vagina.

Report: Arizona Army National Guard recruiters hunted homeless with paintballs: Misbehavior over the past decade that included instances of sexual abuse, forgery, embezzlement and assaults, including riding in a Humvee and shooting paintball guns at homeless people, according to a five-month investigation by The Arizona Republic newspaper.

 

 

 

October 15, 2012

Blood, Oil, and “The American Dream”

By William Manson

In our times, in a media-saturated culture in which well-packaged and comforting lies are explicitly preferred to unsettling truths, those who reveal sordid realities are often dismissed if not reviled. 
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The Horrors of WMD
US, UK ‘Cause Birth Defects in Iraq’

By RT

Between 2007 and 2010 in Fallujah, more than half of all babies surveyed were born with birth defects. - Also, over 45 percent of all pregnancies surveyed ended in miscarriage. Continue

In Case You Missed It
Fallujah - The Hidden Massacre

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Veteran admits: Bodies melted away before us. Continue

US Citizens Goose-Step to Voting Booth & War with Iran

By Libbyliberal

All American citizens should think of this as they cast their ballots. Think of their own participation -- their enabling -- the greatest crime against humanity -- WAR.
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Syria, Turkey, Israel and a Greater Middle East Energy War

By F. William Engdahl

Why would Israel want to get rid of the “enemy she knows,” Bashar al-Assad, for a regime controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood? Continue

How Rent-a-mob Jihadis are Tormenting a Benighted Christian Minority in Syria

By Mark Field

Ethnic cleansing is an ugly phrase, but that's just what is going on right now for Christians in Syria. Continue

Without Asking Congress, Obama Puts U.S. Troops on Syria Border

By Alex Newman

Some lawmakers are upset, warning that the U.S. is now even closer to overt military intervention in Syria. Continue

Religious Leaders Call on Congress to Reevaulate Military Aid to Israel

By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Fifteen leaders of U.S. churches and other faith-based organizations have asked Congress - for an investigation into possible violations by Israel of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act and the U.S. Arms Export Control Act, which would make Israel ineligible for U.S. military aid.
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Beware Those Wicked Malians

By Eric Margolis

Welcome Mali, our newest crisis! Open your maps.
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Why Europe Did Not Deserve a Nobel Peace Prize

By David Swanson

Was Nobel asking so much really when he asked that a prize go to whoever did the best work toward abolishing war?
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It Is 'Impossible' for the US To Implode
Right Up to the Moment It Happens


By Jack D. Douglas

Did you believe the Soviet System would implode one day and the Wall would be torn down by the people in the streets?
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The REAL Reason America Used Nuclear Weapons Against Japan
(It Was Not To End the War Or Save Lives)

By Washington's Blog

Like all Americans, I was taught that the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end WWII and save both American and Japanese lives.
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A World Of Fear And Secret Wars
President John F Kennedy "Secret Society" Speech

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There is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.
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Kids in Solitary Confinement
America's Official Child Abuse


By Jean Casella and James Ridgeway

Thousands of teenagers, some as young as 14 or 15, are routinely subjected by US prisons to this psychological torture.
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In Case You Missed It
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons

By Deborah Davies

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?
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Will E-Voting Machines Give Romney the White House?

By Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman


Electronic voting machines owned by Mitt Romney's business buddies and set to count the votes in Cincinnati could decide the 2012 election.
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US assassination drone strike kills 29 in southern Somalia: On Sunday, the unmanned aircraft targeted al-Shabab fighters near the Shalanbood region in Merka town. Earlier in the day, heavy clashes erupted between al-Shabab fighters and Somali government troops in the same region where at least 24 Somali troops were killed.

Six killed in Pakistan: At least six militants were killed and one Pakistan Army soldier sustained injuries in a clash in Upper Orakzai Agency, officials said on Sunday

NATO killed 3 Children in attack: Afghan officials : Farid Ahmad Farhang, a spokesman for Helmand police, confirmed the incident and said the raid killed two insurgents and three children.

Fact or fiction: Syria: Syrian army kills 111 rebels: At least 111 armed men were killed Saturday during clashes with the Syrian troops in Aleppo and the coastal Latakia cities, Xinhua reported.

Fact or fiction: Syria: FSA kill 60 Hezbollah fighters, retake town: After previously threatening to transfer the conflict from Syria to the southern suburbs of Beirut, Free Syrian Army [FSA] spokesman Fahd al-Masri, informed Asharq Al-Awsat that 60 Hezbollah elements had been killed in the town of al-Qaseer on Thursday.

FSA chief hits back at Hezbollah, says group involved in Syrian fighting: Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander Colonel Riad al-Assaad said in remarks published Sunday that Hezbollah’s fighters were involved in the “war against the Syrian people.” His remarks came after Hezbollah’s chief, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, denied Thursday that his movement was joining the raging fighting in violence-stricken Syria.

Two Lebanese Killed in 'Armed Attack' on Syrian Border Town: Two Lebanese nationals were killed in an armed attack in the Syrian town of Rableh on the border with Lebanon, state-run National News Agency reported on Sunday, after Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Friday that around 30,000 Lebanese residents live in 23 Syrian border towns and 12 farms in the frontier region.

Hezbollah’s Qassem calls on Hariri to “stop arming” Syrian rebels: “I say to the Future Movement and to [it leader MP] Saad Hariri: have mercy on Lebanon and its people, have mercy on Syria and its people and stop funding and arming the [Syrian] opposition,” the National News Agency quoted Qassem as saying.

Syrian regime supporters stage Beirut rally: Hundreds of Syrian and Lebanese supporters of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad staged a rally in Beirut earlier on Sunday afternoon to thank Russia and China for supporting the Damascus regime, an AFP journalist said.

Rebel Arms Flow Is Said to Benefit Jihadists in Syria: Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats.

Turkey Moves Tanks to Hilltops Overlooking Syria: Turkey deployed tanks and missile "defense" systems on hilltops overlooking Syria today, the state- run Anatolia news agency said.

Rebel Arms Flow Is Said to Benefit Jihadists in Syria: Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials

Western spies get discreetly involved in Syria: Western intelligence agencies are quietly at work supporting the Syrian opposition from Turkey. While governments officially deny involvement, media reports paint an ever clearer picture.

UN peace envoy draws up plan for 3,000 strong peacekeeping force in Syria: The new peace envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is drawing up plans for a 3,000-strong peacekeeping force that could involve European troops in policing a future truce.

Iran builds new bomber drone Hazem: A senior Iranian commander says the country’s experts have built a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with bombing abilities.

Israel Attacks Gaza, Kills 5 People: Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry, said the strike killed Ezzedine Abu Nasira, 23, and Ahmad Fatayer, 22, and left another two people in critical condition.

How much military aid do you provide to Israel? Click on the map to learn how much money your state will give in weapons to Israel from 2009-2018 and what that money could fund instead for community needs.

Drone got Israel-US spy pics: A drone plane transmitted live pictures of secret Israeli military bases back to Iran’s military, marking a rare breach of Israeli airspace and a new kind of arms race in the Middle East.

Iran defense minister confirms Hezbollah drone was Iranian: “Whatever we have at our disposal will be used at the proper time in defending the Muslim community and Islamic territories and that’s natural,” Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Sunday adding, “Given the Zionist regime’s frequent incursions into the Lebanese airspace, we see it as the natural right of Lebanon’s Hezbollah to fly its drone above the Occupied Territories.”

Iran offers to halt 20 percent enrichment if given fuel for research reactor: Iran would negotiate on halting higher-grade uranium enrichment if given fuel for a research reactor, senior officials said, reviving a previous offer in a possible attempt to show flexibility in stalled nuclear talks with world powers.

EU plans to introduce harshest sanctions yet against Iran: European Union governments plan to ratchet up sanctions pressure over Iranian nuclear program, introducing new measures against Tehran's banking, industry and shipping sector at meeting of 27 EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

Iran Blamed for Cyberattacks: U.S. Officials Say Iranian Hackers Behind Electronic Assaults on U.S. Banks, Foreign Energy Firms

Gunmen disguised as police kill 21 at Nigeria mosque: A gang disguised in police uniforms opened fire on worshippers at a mosque in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 21 people, officials and residents said.

Libyan colonel escapes assassination: A police car exploded on Saturday during a failed assassination attempt on a police colonel in the eastern city of Benghazi, a Libyan police official said.

Mali Islamists tell France they will open doors of hell: If France kept pushing for armed intervention to retake the rebel-held north.

Nigel Farage- European Union's Nobel Peace Prize- What A JOKE! : Discussing the insane decision by the Nobel Peace Prize committee to give a price for peace to the European Union

Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez played role in Colombia's peace talks with Farc: Meetings in Havana paved the way for negotiations that open in Oslo on Wednesday on ending long-running civil war

Fidel Castro in good health, says son: Once again this week social networks like Twitter have been buzzing with rumours about the health of the 86-year-old Fidel Castro, who delegated power to younger brother Raul in 2006 after being stricken with a serious intestinal ailment.

Crime pays - for police programs; asset-forfeiture funds grow crucial for law enforcement:“If you create a monster, the monster must be fed. It gives law enforcement the incentive to go after things that may not be forfeitable but they still go after individuals for funds to increase the pot and pay themselves from that pot,” Kessler said.

US runs a 4th straight $1 trillion-plus budget gap: : The deficit for the just-ended 2012 budget year — the gap between the government's tax revenue and its spending — totaled $1.1 trillion. Put simply, that's how much the government had to borrow.

 

October 13, 2012

Senate Push to Pledge Unconditional Support for Israeli War on Iran

By Jamal Abdi

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is planning to press the Senate next month to pledge U.S. troops, money, and political support to Israel should Bibi Netanyahu launch a "preventive" war on Iran.
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Why Target Iran?
Roots of the Iranian 'crisis'


By Justin Raimondo

It was and is a matter of high principle for the neoconservatives that the US unconditionally support Israel in its struggle against the Arab world.
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US and Israel Recognize Iran Not Near a Bomb

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In spite evidence Iran directing much of its supply of 20% enriched uranium for scientific purposes, "killer" sanctions continue.
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"When Everything You Know Is Not True"
Miko Peled Debunking Jewish Myths

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"If Anybody here, came hoping to hear a balanced presentation, then they are going to be sorely disappointed. I say this, because a lot of the things that you are about to hear to night are difficult to hear." Continue

None Dare Call It Murder
Obama’s Drone Dilemma

By Eric Posner

The U.N. Charter permits countries to use military force abroad only with the approval of the U.N. Security Council, in self-defense, or with the permission of the country in which military force is to be used.
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Comparing Our Fighting Men to Nazis?
Drone Wars Protester Sentenced to Federal Prison

By David Swanson

Brian Terrell’s statement at sentencing, Free Speech and Letting Murder Off the Hook, Justice Denied in Missouri.
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Protests As A Weapon
The US is Now a Gestapo Police State: Paul Craig Roberts

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After 911 Civil Rights have been eroded. The government can even assassinate its own citizens.
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All War IS Local

By S. Brian Willson

The illegality and immorality of these wars, conducted with no accountability or plausible justification, breed a corruption at the top political levels of society that permeates into every aspect of society.
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Objective,” Journalism?
CBS's Lara Logan: The Obama Administration Is Lying To You About Afghanistan

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Following up her 60 Minutes report of a resurgent Taliban and al-Qaida presence in Afghanistan, CBS's Lara Logan addressed a government watchdog group in Chicago this week and exposed the real story behind the story...
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Blind Faith as Profit Engine
How Free Market Worshipers Use Christian Utopianism to Bilk the Middle Class

By Michael Meurer

The neoliberal utopianism that caused the financial crisis has been repackaged for the 2012 election, where it masks a giant swindle that transfers wealth from low- and middle-income citizens to bankers, defense contractors, real estate speculators and the wealthiest 1%.
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The Vice Presidential Debate
Joe Biden Was Right to Laugh

By Matt Taibbi

I've never thought much of Joe Biden. But man, did he get it right in last night's debate, and not just because he walloped sniveling little Paul Ryan on the facts.
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America on the Cusp of Fascism

By Norman Pollack


My provocative hypothesis (only slightly tongue-in-cheek) is that in the coming election Romney is preferable to Obama.  Why?
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Don’t Vote for Evil

By Paul Craig Roberts

If Americans had any sense, no one would vote in the November election.  Whoever wins the November election, it will be a defeat for the American people.
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More Confusion
It Comes of Being a West Virginiqn


By Fred Reed

The American Dream, the American Drelam, the American Dream. Politicians keep saying it. What is it, for God’s sake? Apparently it’s twenty grand on the Visa, upside down on the mortgage on a shoddily built oversize McMansion in a remote sterile suburb.
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16 Killed in Suicide Attack in Pakistan: A suicide bomber exploded his vehicle at an arms bazaar in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing 16 people and wounding 15, a senior government official said.

Drones: US outright contempt to Pakistan: In total disregard to the aspirations and will of the people of Pakistan, the United States continues to carry out drone attacks inside the country killing many innocent people

Two ISAF occupation force troops among nine killed in Afghan attacks: A suicide attack and bomb blasts killed at least nine people in Afghanistan including two coalition forces members in southern Kandahar province, ISAF and local officials said Saturday.

Afghanistan: NATO occupation forces kill 4 civilians, 10 "militants" in airstrike : According to local authorities in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan a number of Taliban militants and Afghan civilians were killed following an airstrike by NATO-led coalition forces in this province.

3 ANA troops killed in Taliban attacks: Taliban attacks left three Afghan National Army (ANA) troops dead and four wounded in different regions of Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, defence ministry

Insurgents kill NATO occupation force soldier in southern Afghanistan: A NATO soldier was killed following militants attack in southern Afghanistan on Thursday.

Fact or fiction? 300 dead in battle for strategic town: Blown-up buildings, deserted streets and corpses of regime soldiers bear testimony to a fierce 48-hour battle before the town of Maaret Al Numan fell to Syrian rebels.

Fact or fiction? 106 soldiers killed as Syrian rebels go on attack: Anti-government activists: Syrian rebels killed 14 soldiers in an attack on an army post in Daraa province on Friday, anti-government activists said, a day after the army suffered 92 losses, the highest daily total of the 19-month conflict.

Islamic militants join rebels to seize Syrian air defence near Aleppo, Anti-government activists say: A shadowy jihadi group believed to be linked to Al Qaeda fought alongside rebels who seized a government missile defence base in Syria on Friday, activists said, heightening fears that extremists are taking advantage of the chaos to acquire advanced weapons.

Jihadis seize missile base: Video shows fighters inside the base near a radar tower, along with rows of large missiles, some on the backs of trucks.

Syria's Islamist rebels join forces against Assad: Powerful Syrian Islamist brigades, frustrated at the growing divisions among rebels, have joined forces in what they say is a "liberation front" to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria's FSA 'splintering into factions' : Video - Colonel Riad al-Assad, original commander of Free Syrian Army, speaks to Al Jazeera about struggles facing group. The original commander of Syria's rebel fighters has admitted to Al Jazeera that the Free Syrian Army is splintering into factions.

Turkey scrambles fighter planes to Syria border: Turkey scrambled two fighter planes to the border with Syria on Friday after a Syrian military helicopter bombed the Syrian border town of Azmarin, a Reuters witness said.

Turkey Deploys 250 Tanks on Syrian Border: After issuing a mandate to the Turkish armed forces for cross-border operations in Syria, Turkey has deployed 250 tanks and artillery on the border with this country, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.

Manipulating Public Perceptions. : U.S. troops on Jordanian–Syrian border as crisis goes global : A U.S. official, said the small team of planners was not engaged in covert operations and had been housed at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, north of the capital, Amman, since the early summer.

Britain deploys troops to Jordan as ‘mission creep’ possibility rises: The deployment of British troops to Jordan and the presence of an initial contingent of 150 US military planners there could raise the possibility of a “mission creep” as the crisis in Syria turns to become a proxy war.

Syria: UK troops also in Jordan, possible French presence. Western diplomatic sources: A close political and security Western ally, Jordan receives 500 million dollars in US military aid a year, and its intelligence services cooperate closely with those of the US.

Turkey: Public Support Low for Possible Fight Against Syria: The chances of a war erupting between Turkey and Syria appear to be rising. But the heated rhetoric of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government does not seem to be matched by public enthusiasm for conflict.

Turkey engages in reckless civilian air heist: Op-Ed - The rogue states conducting a criminal war of aggression against Syria went a step further in their roguery this week with the de facto hijacking of a civilian airliner.

Russia says no weapons were on Syrian plane grounded in Turkey: "There were, of course, no weapons on the plane and could not have been any. There was a cargo on the plane that a legal Russian supplier was sending in a legal way to a legal customer."

'Four beaten when masked men boarded Syria-bound plane' - attendant Video - Humiliation, threats and brutal beatings - that's how some of those on board a Syria-bound plane describe the welcome they received in Turkey. F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to ground the Moscow - Damascus flight. It was carrying over thirty passengers, including small children.

Report: US Warned Turkey of Weapons on Syrian Plane: According to a report in the Turkish newspaper Miliyet, the United States warned Ankara the plane, a commercial flight originating from Russia, was carrying non-civilian gear. Both countries are members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Massive US-Israel air drill set for this month: The US and Israel will commence the largest-ever joint air defense drill of its kind in Israel on October 21, an army source said on Tuesday.

U.S. confirms report of indirect peace talks between Netanyahu and Assad: Department of State spokeswoman Victoria Nuland responded to reporters' questions about the report saying that "prior to the eruption of all of the violence in Syria, there were efforts to try to support contacts between Israel and Syrian officials."

Stop calling him ‘Bibi’: The media should stop calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his nickname, Bibi. A nickname humanizes a politician. It makes them seem more affectionate. Very few if any politicians are referred to by their nicknames.

One Florida family responsible for half of Netanyahu campaign contributions: Haaretz revisited Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign contributions and found a staggering 96.8% of the prime minister's support came from foreign donors. And of these donations, over half came from one American family -

Finland: Israel warns of action against Gaza ship: Swedish-owned sailing boat left Naples on Oct. 7 with about 20 people from eight countries on board, carrying items including cement, basketballs, and musical instruments.

Libya oasis town vows to fight off 'invasion': "They'll have to march over our dead bodies to reach Bani Walid," said commander Salem Waer who is leading military operations in the oasis town circled by armed groups operating under orders of Libya's new authorities.

Libya: War Crimes in Bani Walid : Video - Graphic images: With the Misrata militia 40 Kilometers away - their firing is pretty inaccurate - and the ability to hit them - when you cannot even see them is difficult - if not impossible.

Authorities deny using gas against Bani Walid: Following two visits to the town, the Libya Herald learned that 26 patients had been admitted to hospital with symptoms including hallucinations, foaming at the mouth, muscle spasms, coughing, eye irritations, dizziness, breathing difficulties and loss of consciousness.

Video From Benghazi Consulate Shows Organized Attack: Video footage from the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, taken the night of the Sept. 11 anniversary attacks, shows an organized group of armed men attacking the compound, according to two U.S. intelligence officials who have seen the footage and are involved in the ongoing investigation.

Joe Biden's Benghazi B.S. : "Facts matter."Foreign Policy details how Vice President Joe Biden last night added to the growing mountain of Obama administration bullshit on Benghazi:

Officials to House panel: State denied requests for more security in Benghazi: Grilled by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) about the instability in Libya and the growing al Qaeda threat following the U.S. intervention to topple dictator Moammar Gadhafi last year, Wood testified that, "their presence grows every day. They are certainly more established than we are.”

Over 10,000 Shoulder Fired Missiles In The Hands Of Libyan Terrorists: There is a potential for massive loss of life and disruption of commercial airline traffic, everywhere in the world. Once again, the Obama administration put deadly weapons in the hands of terrorists and Al Qaeda without a clue or a care as to who they were or the future consequences of those actions.

Islamists and secularists clash in Cairo, two demos in Tahrir: Secularist and Islamic demonstrators clashed in a major public square of downtown Cairo on Friday. On one side were liberals demanding constitutional reform, on the other were Muslim Brotherhood supporters demanding justice in a 2011 attack on anti-regime protesters.

Iraq abuse inquiry little more than a whitewash, says official: The UK Ministry of Defence says an investigation will be launched into claims that an inquiry it set up to examine whether British troops abused Iraqi prisoners has become "little more than a whitewash".

Iraq agrees on $1 billion deal to buy Czech-made military airplanes: Under the deal, Iraq will buy 24 new subsonic L-159 military planes, which are light combat and training planes. It will also get another four planes the Czech military no longer needs, Vondra said.

Complete Vice Presidential Debate 2012: Joe Biden vs. Paul Ryan - Video -

Cyberattacks Could Become as Destructive as 9/11: Panetta: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are seeing an increase in cyber threats that could become as devastating as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks if they aren’t stopped.

Cyber Attacks on Banks Inspire Secret Technocratic Network to Protect Financial Information: A nameless, faceless group of alleged Iranian hackers is being blamed for the attacks to JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America (BoA), Wells Fargo, US Bancorp and Citigroup.

Greece Will Probably Leave Euro Within Six Months, Borg Says: As European Union leaders prepare for a summit next week devoted to saving the euro, Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg said Greece may quit the common currency within the next six months.

October 11, 2012

Israel: Has Our Expiration Date Arrived?

By Kobi Niv

Can a country like this continue to exist over time? Continue

What If There's Real Change in the Middle East?

By Stephen M. Walt

Instead of just new regimes, might we even see the emergence of new states and different borders? And if so, at what cost and with what long-term consequences? Continue

The war drums keep beating
Anti-Iran Hawks Maintain P.R. Offensive

By Jim Lobe

Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham said he is working on a new Congressional resolution he hopes to pass in any lame-duck session after the Nov. 6 elections that would promise Israel U.S. support, including military assistance, if it attacks Iran. Continue

NYPD Concern About ‘Iran Terror’ Should Put U.S. Security on Alert

By Maidhc Ó Cathail

A story in yesterday’s New York Post entitled “NYPD on alert for Iran terror” should be of major concern to those charged with protecting U.S. national security. Continue

Cross Examine Authority!
A Dangerous Lack of Rigor


By Brian J. Foley

It’s a sign of our lame-brained, select-a-fact times that our leaders never have to face serious questioning, even when they threaten to get us into another war. Continue

Who’s Advising Mitt Romney on Foreign Policy?
A Nest of Warmongers, Neoconservatives and Israeli-firsters

By Chris Good and Shushannah Walshe

Romney keeps a large group of foreign-policy advisers, eight of whom participated in the early neoconservative group Project for a New American Century.
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The Liar’s Master Class

By Lawrence Davidson

Romney’s lying is so pervasive, so ever-present, that one starts to wonder if it is pathological. 
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Bankers’ Man in 2008
Obama's Been Dumped by the Money Men


By Dave Lindorff

Romney is awash in Wall Street money, and his donations are even bigger than the donations Obama received from the industry back in 2008.
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Memo to Joe, Re: Debate

By Robert Reich

Paul Ryan is a rightwing zealot. And nothing he says or believes is reasonable – neither logical nor reflecting the values of the great majority of Americans.
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Empire and Its Consequences

By Robert Koehler

U.S. military veterans are committing suicide at the rate of 18 per day.
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I Vote For Shooting Bankers

By Craig Murray

If a burglar were to strip my home of its entire contents, it would not reach a tenth in value of the money that is going to be taken from me in taxation by government for the rest of my life to fund the bank bailouts in which my cash was given to reckless and incompetent bankers.
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A Parasites’ Paradise
(Or the Best Criminal Sanctuary Money Can Buy)


By James Petras

A veritable crime wave[1] has invaded the City of London, where millionaire investment bankers cook the books for billionaire clients and bilk the Treasury to pay their fines and flout the Law.
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Shale Gas Industry Brings PSYOPs and Spy Ops to Poland

By Steve Horn

Roughly a year ago in Houston, the shale gas industry was caught red-handed discussing its use of military tactics and personnel on U.S. soil to intimidate and divide communities in order to continue its fracking bonanza.
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"I Am Ready To Go To Prison"

By Will Potter

Leah Lynn Plante was sentenced to prison yesterday afternoon after refusing to answer questions to a grand jury in Seattle.
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31 "militants" killed in operations in Afghan Kandahar province: Afghan police, backed by the army, have killed 31 Taliban militants during operations within one-week period, the provincial police chief said Thursday, Xinhua reported.

Seven Royal Marines arrested on suspicion of murder in Afghanistan: The arrests relate to an incident in Afghanistan in 2011. The incident followed an engagement with an insurgent: there were no civilians involved.

22 killed in blasts across troubled regions in Pakistan: At least 22 people were killed and 45 others injured in three separate bomb blasts in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province and Orakzai tribal region on Thursday.

US kills another 10 people in Pakistan: : At least 10 "suspected" militants were killed and 16 were injured when a US drone fired missiles at a "militants’ compound in the Bulandkhel area of Upper Orakzai Agency on Thursday.

Pakistan teen activist in critical condition: Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has been airlifted to Rawalpindi.

3 killed as "troops" shell besieged Libyan town: The dead included an eight-year-bold boy who was killed late on Wednesday when a rocket hit his family's house in the town of Bani Walid, said the independent Libyan news agency Solidarity Press, citing a media source inside the town.

US embassy security chief killed in Yemen: Qassem Aqlani, Yemeni head of security at the US embassy in Sanaa, shot dead on way to work by motorcycle gunman.

Syrian bus attacked at Lebanon border, 8 killed: At least eight people have been killed and another eight wounded in an attack on a bus carrying civilians near the Syrian border with Lebanon, Press TV reports.

Syrian politician killed in Aleppo: Gunmen killed a member of the Syrian parliament in the northern province of Aleppo on Thursday, activists in the area said, reported dpa.

French Suspects Planned to Join Militants in Syria: French authorities say a group of suspected radical Islamists posed the biggest danger to France in years and were planning to join militants in Syria.

Turkish PM says Syria plane was carrying Russian-made munitions : Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said a Syrian passenger plane forced to land in Ankara was carrying Russian-made munitions destined for Syria's defense ministry.

Russia denounces Turkish seizure of Syrian aircraft with 17 Russians aboard: Turkey’s action against the plane amounted to “air piracy,” Syrian Transport Minister Mahmoud Said

Syrian passengers claim they were badly treated: Syria has alleged the Turkish action against the Damascus-bound passenger jet violated international laws. Speaking to the media at the country’s Ministry of Transport the head of Syrian Arab Airlines, Ghaida Abdulatif, said that nothing illegal was on board the plane

Turkey approves cross-border attacks in Iraq: Turkey's parliament on Thursday extended a bill that allows the military to stage operations against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, brushing aside warnings from Iraq against cross-border raids on its territory.

Iraq wants Russians to replace Exxon at West Qurna: report: Iraq is considering replacing ExxonMobil with Russian companies at the supergiant West Qurna-1 oilfield, after the U.S. major angered Baghdad by venturing into Kurdistan, according to a media report citing industry sources.

Iraq retreats from ambitious oil plans, says will still play key role in world energy market: It recently nudged out Iran as OPEC’s second-largest producer, and further production gains would solidify its place behind the bloc’s top producer, Saudi Arabia.

Ahmadinejad acknowledges threat of attack, promises ‘crushing’ response: Iranian president says coming period will be ‘tumultuous and controversial’ but shies away from specific predictions

Existing global order not sustainable: Ahmadinejad: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the existing world order is not sustainable, adding that it should be overhauled in the interests of justice, peace and prosperity.

'Striking Iran problematic under int'l law': On what grounds can Israel attack under international law? According to Prof. Yuval Shany, this is a difficult question.

Hezbollah chief claims responsibility for drone that entered Israeli airspace: Nasrallah says drone aircraft flew over 'sensitive installations' and was shot down near the Dimona nuclear reactor.

Israel Police to set up 'Jewish terror' unit in West Bank: Netanyahu decided to form a special police unit tasked with foiling attacks by Jewish extremists in the West Bank.

Jimmy Carter Says U.S. Elections Corrupted: “We have one of the worst election processes in the world right here in the United States of America,” he said, “and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money.

It's Been One Week Since The Debate. How Many Lies Has Romney Told Since?: Five. The answer is five in seven days. Impressive.

Glenn Greenwald: US supreme court finalizes gift of immunity to the telecom giants: Yet again, the Congress, courts, executive branch and the establishment media work together to protect the nation's most powerful actors

Suicide is epidemic for American Indian youth: : A youth-suicide epidemic is sweeping Indian country, with Native American teens and young adults killing themselves at more than triple the rate of other young Americans, according to federal government figures.

Germany 'risks entering recession' say think tanks: A group of leading think tanks in Germany have cut growth forecasts for the country and warned of recession.

Congressional Budget Office Can’t Keep Up With US Debt Growth: George Mason University has contended that the Congressional Budget Office, even in the age of supercomputers, just cannot keep up with the national debt. In other words, the growth of the national debt moves quicker than does the technology used to measure it.

U.S. trade deficit widens as exports fall: The U.S. trade deficit widened in August, as U.S. goods exports fell for the fifth consecutive month, a government report showed on Thursday. The monthly trade gap increased to $44.2-billion, from an upwardly revised estimate of $42.5-billion in July, the Commerce Department said.

U.S. Sues Wells Fargo: Yet Another Bailed-Out Bank Accused of Fraud: Wells Fargo got as much as $36 billion in federal aid after the crash and got a massive push from the government to help it buy up the dying crash-era megabank Wachovia for $12.7 billion, a shotgun wedding that created the second-biggest bank in America

Private Insurers Have Cost Medicare $282.6 Billion in Excess Payments : Researchers say privately run Medicare Advantage plans have undermined traditional Medicare’s fiscal health and taken a heavy toll on taxpayers, seniors and the U.S. economy.

October 10, 2012

America’s Moral Degeneracy

By Paul Craig Roberts

Once upon a time, the Turks were a fierce people. Today they are Washington’s puppets.
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Turkey Shows Double Duplicity on Syria

By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

Bottom line: the chips have fallen on the military side, not the political side, of the equation, with Turkey the NATO member intent on extending NATO's foothold inside Syria slowly but surely.
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Another Fine Mess NATO Has Got Us Into

By Luke Gittos

It is time to disband this archaic, flailing institution of Western intervention.
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Weapons of Mass Destraction

By Dennis Kucinich

How can we avoid future wars if we don't understand how consent was manufactured for a war against Iraq?
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A Case of Entrapment?
Whatever Happened to that Iranian Bomb Plot Case?


By Michael Kaufman

One key component of the government-created conspiracy has been the selection of deluded, marginal figures to entrap.
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28 Questions That The Mainstream Media Should Be Asking

By Michael Snyder

The mainstream media has an agenda, and more Americans than ever are beginning to recognize this. 
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How the Hype Became Bigger Than the Presidential Election

By Matt Taibbi

What we Americans go through to pick a president is not only crazy and unnecessary but genuinely abusive.
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The Lesser of Two Evils

By Ellen Finnigan

America’s civic religion promotes the idea of voting for "the lesser of two evils." Christians who take their beliefs seriously should do neither.
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