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Nigeria: Sect kill 18; 4 die in other violence: Police yesterday blamed a radical Islamist sect for attacks that witnesses say left 18 people dead over the past two days in Nigeria's troubled north, part of a cycle of spiraling violence that is exacerbating religious tensions and that the government has been powerless to stop.

Congo Violence: Tens Of Thousands Of Civilians Flee Goma (PHOTOS): Congo's president has suspended the army's chief of staff, following the publication of a United Nations report which reveals that Gen. Gabriel Amisi oversaw a criminal network selling arms to rebels in the country's troubled east.

Suicide blast in northern Pakistan leaves 3 killed: - At least three policemen were reportedly killed and about five others were wounded in a suicide blast Friday evening in Pakistan's northern district, said police.

2 Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Bomb Attack: Afghan officials say a suicide car bomber has attacked government offices in eastern Afghanistan, killing two people and wounding at least 70, including several NATO service members.

E-mails say no sailors watched bin Laden’s burial at sea after SEAL raid: Internal e-mails among U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.

Anonymous hacker behind Stratfor attack faces life in prison: Hammond is not likely to take the stand until next year, but so far has been imprisoned for eight months without trial.

Jill Kelley awarded prestigious medal from Joint Chiefs in 2011: The award, the country’s second-highest honor for a civilian, was given to acknowledge Kelley’s “selfless contributions” and “willingness to host engagements” for top pols and military brass.

Cyprus agrees bailout package with EU/IMF/ECB troika: The Mediterranean island sought financial aid -- which could be up to €17.5bn, equal to its entire annual economic output -- in June, after its banks were battered by their exposure to the Greek crisis.

Protesting Greek municipal workers occupy town halls: Greek municipal workers occupied hundreds of town halls across the country for a fifth day on Thursday to protest against public sector layoffs demanded by European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders.

Photo Essay: When a Kid's Bedroom Isn't a Room: A few years ago, James Mollison began taking photos of children around the world and their rooms. "I soon realized that my own experience of having a 'bedroom' simply doesn't apply to so many kids,"

November 22, 2012

Israel Suffered a Double Defeat

By Norman Finkelstein

The once mighty Israeli army that caused the whole Arab/Muslim world to tremble could not even defeat the impoverished and weaponless tiny enclave of Gaza. Continue

As Gaza is Savaged Again,
Understanding the BBC’s Role Requires More Than Sentiment


By John Pilger

Mark Regev, Israel's chief propagandist, seemingly has a place reserved for him near the top of BBC news bulletins. Continue

Demonizing Hamas
Christiane Amanpour Spinning The Israeli Line


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Christiane Amanpour meets the man who is a hero to Palestinians and a terrorist to Israelis. Continue

Text of Israel-Hamas Peace Agreement

By Reuters

The verbatim English text of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza. Continue

Gaza Ceasefire Document is Not a Binding Agreement.

By Alan Hart

It has to be acknowledged that Zionism is without equal in the business of finding ways not to honour commitments it makes in agreements. Continue

Senate Threatens to Cut Aid to Palestinians Over Statehood Bid at UN

By Julian Pecquet

Abbas is seeking observer status, akin to that of the Vatican. Doing so could allow the Palestinians to pursue war crime charges against Israel at the U.N.'s International Criminal Court. Continue

The Zionist Story

Must Watch Video

This is a story of ethnic cleansing, colonialism and apartheid to produce a demographically Jewish State. Continue

"Peace and Freedom Walk Together"

By John F. Kennedy

What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. Continue

Elite Intrigues and Military Purges: It’s Not About Sex, Stupid!

By Prof. James Petras

Nothing could be more far-fetched simply on prima facie evidence. Continue

How Washington Makes Love for War
What Paula Broadwell teaches us about the foreign-policy elite.


By Justin Logan

The Washington foreign-policy elite is an insular, cosseted clique . Continue

In Case You Missed It
Fracking America

5 Minute Video

Residents in Butler County, Pennsylvania share their fracking experience. Continue

In Case You Missed It
How I Stopped Hating Thanksgiving

By Robert Jensen

Over the past few years a growing number of white people have joined the longstanding indigenous people’s critique of the holocaust denial that is at the heart of the Thanksgiving holiday. Continue

At least 36 people killed in string of Pakistan attacks: 36 people have been killed in three separate bomb attacks in Pakistan, in the cities of Karachi, Quetta and Rawalpindi. The attacks in Karachi and Rawalpindi targeted members of the Shia sect,

Afghanistan: 8 "militants" killed: Eight militants, including three commanders, were killed during a joint operation in the Baraki Barak district of central Logar province on Wednesday, an official said.

30 rebels, 10 govt troops killed in Syria: As many as 30 armed men were killed Wednesday in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour during clashes with government troops, a pro-government media reported, as sources said that a total of 10 government forces were also killed Wednesday in a roadside bomb blast in the northwestern province of Idlib.

Syrian Planes Bomb Building Near Hospital, Kill 15: Syrian warplanes flattened a building next to a hospital in Aleppo, killing at least 15 people and damaging one of the last remaining sources of medical help for civilians in the northern city, activists said Thursday.

Jihadist rebels in standoff with Syria Kurds: NGO: Hundreds of Kurdish militiamen massed in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain on Thursday in a mounting standoff with mainly jihadist Arab-led rebels who had seized much of the town from government forces, a watchdog said.

Syria presents foreign fighter list in bid for UN to acknowledge terror acts: Syria has presented the UN Security Council a list of 143 foreign citizens killed in Syria fighting government troops. Damascus hopes the move will force the UN to declare the presence of foreign nationals in Syria to be international terrorism.

Russia warns Turkey on Patriot missiles: Russia has warned Turkey against deploying surface-to-air Patriot missiles to protect its troubled border with Syria, calling its moves a "worrying sign".

Public holiday in Gaza to celebrate truce deal: For the first time in more than a week, the noise of traffic jams and honking horns filled the air in Gaza City, replacing the terrifying booms of air strikes and rocket fire.

Israeli drones still hovering over Gaza: "We do not want to feel that we still under the Israeli authorities' sight, and we do not want to feel that we still in a war," said Rana Matar.

Gaza truce: Both sides feel the ceasefire won’t hold: A poll reported on Channel Two television right after the cease-fire found that 70% of the residents of southern Israel opposed the cease-fire. Almost two-thirds of them thought it would not last long, and a quarter of those surveyed thought it would not hold at all.

The Vatican on Gaza: Israel is a Baby-Killer”: Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, commenting on the war between Israel and Hamas, delivered a severe attack on the Jewish people: “I think of the ‘massacre of the innocents’. Children are dying in Gaza, their mothers’ shouts is a perennial cry, a universal cry”.

Obama to Seek More Defense Aid for Israel: this was part of conversations that led Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to decide to give a ceasefire “a chance” to possibly help “stabilize” the situation “before exerting more force.”

Iran transferred Fajr-5 missile technology to Gaza: IRGC chief : The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has said that Iran did not supply Gaza with a Fajr-5 missile but transferred the technology to manufacture it to the Palestinians,

Iran's president calls for new world order: "Former colonial power and slave masters in a new guise and with new slogans are using different methods and tactics to dominate and plunder resources of nations on the basis of the same hegemonic doctrines," he said.

Shame on us: The U.S. won’t admit this dying Iranian sociologist:" His last hope is to come to the U.S., where his wife and children are, and where doctors say he could receive potentially life-saving treatment. But the U.S. won’t let him in. And they won’t say why.

23 Bahraini health workers sentenced to prison: - On Wednesday, a court in the Persian Gulf kingdom sentenced the medics to three months in jail for treating Bahraini protesters and taking part in demonstrations.

Bahrain repressed protesters with West's tacit approval - Amnesty International: A year after an eruption of protests in Bahrain, the ruling monarchy continues to commit serious human rights abuses against activists. Amnesty International has criticized the US and UK for ignoring the repression, and urged action.

Protesters firebomb Al-Jazeera TV studio in Cairo: Protesters had accused the channel of bias in favour of the country's most powerful political force, the Muslim Brotherhood.

U.S. Considers Increasing Military Presence in Mediterranean: Senior U.S. military officials are considering increasing the American military presence in the Mediterranean because of what they see as growing instability in recent months. "This is post-Benghazi," one military official told CNN. "We're looking at instability in Libya, Egypt, Syria and now Israel and Gaza."

DR Congo rebels push forward: M23 rebels march on strategic eastern town of Bukavu after seizing provincial capital of Goma earlier this week.

Washington's Role in the Renewed Violence in DR Congo: The outbreak of fighting is also the result of a colossal failure by US foreign policy–makers dating back to the mid-1990s, aided and abetted by an ill-led United Nations peacekeeping force that stood by as the M23 seized Goma.

Mozambique: Thousands Unlawfully Held in Substandard Prisons: Thousands of people are being held in Mozambique's prisons despite not having been found guilty of a crime, Amnesty International said in a report released today, which exposes how many inmates are arrested on spurious grounds and held for years without access to a lawyer.

An American Moral Crisis: Dennis Kucinich - Op-Ed: It's easy to forget sometimes, but here's the world we're living in: over the past several years, the United States has conducted hundreds of drone strikes under the secret authority of the CIA—which is accountable to no one—resulting in the deaths of several thousand people.

A Map of Destruction: How Europeans Stole Native Land: A shocking look at the theft of Native American Land.

Posthumous book claims Ford knew of CIA coverup in Kennedy assassination: Did the CIA orchestrate a cover-up in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?

Fitch Downgrades Sony, Panasonic to 'Junk' Status: Fitch Ratings downgraded the ratings of Sony Corp. 6758.TO +1.83% and Panasonic Corp. 6752.TO +0.74% to noninvestment, or "junk," status, another blow for the money-losing Japanese electronics giants struggling to turn around their businesses.

Spain facing ‘humanitarian’ crisis over evictions: As eviction-related suicides continue to rise in Spain, protests are becoming more frequent with the public outraged at the government’s lack of action to combat social ills. Evictions are a “humanitarian concern,” the national bank chief has said.

Walmart and Black Friday protests: Protests against Walmart are about a ruthless capitalist system that exploits workers as MNCs post record profits.

November 21, 2012

Breaking News Gaza Ceasefire Agreed in Cairo

By Aljazeera

Egyptian foreign minister say truce will begin at 19:00 GMT on Wednesday, after eight days of attacks. Continue

Israeli Terror Attacks: Day 7
 
By Stephen Lendman

Israeli guarantees aren't worth the paper they're written on. Don't expect this time to be different. Continue

How Many Children will Israel Be Allowed To Slaughter?

By Stuart Littlewood

America and Britain snigger and carry on handing out rewards to the psychopaths. Continue

It's Palestinians Who Have the Right to Defend Themselves

By Seumas Milne

To portray Israel as some kind of victim with every right to "defend itself" from attack from "outside its borders" is a grotesque inversion of reality. Continue

The 'Both-sides-are-awful' Dismissal of Gaza Ignores the Key Role of the US Government

By Glenn Greenwald

For years now, US financial, military and diplomatic support of Israel has been the central enabling force driving this endless conflict. Continue

Jimmy Carter: 'Israelis' Policy Is to Confiscate Palestinian Territory'

By Elisabeth Braw

Israel's leaders don't want a Palestinian state, Carter tells Metro in an exclusive interview. Continue

MSNBC's Disgrace: In Five Hours of Prime Time, Fifteen Minutes on Israel-Gaza

By Greg Mitchell

None of MSNBC’s five prime-time, liberal, hosts last night or their guests would utter a single word critical of Israel in the current conflict with Gaza. Continue

Is Israel's Gaza Assault Laying the Groundwork for an Attack on Iran?

By Moran Stern

Beyond neutralizing Hamas, the current operation is helpful in other ways in preparing for an Iran attack. Continue

IAEA Data on Sensitive Iranian Stockpile Mislead News Media

By Gareth Porter

The latest round of media coverage of the Iran issue again highlights the failure of major news outlets to reflect the complexity and political subtleties of the Iranian enrichment programme. Continue

Our Governments Good Intentions?
"America's Deadliest Export: Democracy"

By William Blum

The Truth About U.S. Foreign Policy and Everything Else. Continue

Where’s the News?:
World Bank Warns Globe Could be Cooked by 2060

By Dave Lindorff

The World Bank is predicting catastrophe for billions of people and for life on this entire planet. Continue

California Gets Face Scanners To Spy On Everyone At Once

By RT

Imagine the police taking a picture: any picture of a person, anywhere, and matching it on the spot in less than a second to a personalized profile - in Southern California it’s already happening. Continue

Bionic Mannequins Spy on Shoppers

Video

Store mannequins are meant to catch your eye. Soon you may catch theirs. Continue

More Americans Will Use Food Stamps For Thanksgiving This Year Than Ever Before

By Elizabeth Flock

This Thanksgiving, 42.2 million Americans will be on food stamps, according to the Economic Policy Institute. This is roughly the size of the populations of California and Connecticut combined. Continue

Black Friday Madness:
Tent Cities Set Up to Buy Consumer Crap


By John Galt

What kind of culture sets up “tent cities” in an effort to beat out their neighbors to see who can buy the latest garbage at the cheapest price? And probably on credit. Continue

Dozens die as Kurds, rebels clash in northern Syria: NGO: Fresh fighting between Kurdish militiamen and Syrian rebels erupted on Tuesday in the northern Syria town of Ras al-Ain, where dozens have died since the new front in Syria's complex civil war opened last week.

Syria Kurdish leader rejects new opposition coalition: A party that controls much of Syria's Kurdish region on Tuesday rejected the new opposition coalition, highlighting the deep divisions still remaining between the many Syrian armed groups 20 months into the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Another 26 people killed as Israel continues attack on Gaza: : Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of "ethnic cleansing" in Gaza, saying the attacks could not be considered self-defence.

Israel bombs AFP's Gaza office for second time, 3 Palestinian reporters killed in previous attacks: On Tuesday, two Israeli strikes killed three Palestinian journalists. The building housing AFP was hit in another attack later, and no casualties were reported. A Wednesday attack on AFP’s building killed a two-year-old child.

Many injured in Tel Aviv bus explosion: The blast shattered windows on the bus as it drove along a tree-lined street next to Israel's huge defence ministry complex on Wednesday.

Israel launches massive airstrikes on Gaza after Tel Aviv bombing (VIDEO): Israeli forces have launched numerous missile attacks on Gaza, killing at least 6 after a bomb struck a bus in Tel Aviv, injuring 16. It is the eighth day of Israel’s ‘Pillar of Defense’ campaign, which has killed over 130 Palestinians so far.

Note: I have been unable to find evidence of this on any Iranian website: Iran supplied Hamas with Fajr-5 missile technology: Revolutionary Guards commander says his forces helped militant group in Gaza build missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv.

Iran FM spokesman Mehmanparast refuses to confirm or deny supplying Hamas, Islamic Jihad with weapons.: When asked how the rockets had reached Gaza, Mehmanparast said that question should be asked to Israeli intelligence officials.

25 killed as Syrian army repels rebel attack on base: Syria's army repelled a rebel attack Wednesday on a military base at Sheikh Suleiman, 25 kilometres (15 miles) northwest of the city of Aleppo, and killed at least 25 insurgents, a watchdog said

Syrian jets blast rebels in Damascus suburb: Heavy fighting also raged in other outskirts of the city in the most serious challenge to Assad's seat of power in months.

Turkey Asks NATO For Missile Defense Against Syria: In a statement, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance would discuss the request "without delay."

Kurdish fighters gather in disputed Iraqi area, defying Baghdad decision to send extra forces: The commander of Kurdish forces dispatched fighters to a disputed northern area of Iraq Wednesday, as tensions mounted between Iraq’s central government and the Kurdish-ruled autonomous region.

Turkey PM accuses Baghdad of dragging Iraq to civil war: "The (Baghdad) regime wants to lead this (country) into a civil war," Erdogan told reporters in Ankara before he left for Pakistan.

5 killed in bomb attack on army vehicle in southwestern Pakistan: Local police officials say at least four soldiers and a woman were killed in the deadly attack.

Two killed in suicide bomb attack near Kabul NATO base: A suicide bomber killed two Afghan guards outside a NATO-run compound in the main diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, Interior Ministry officials said, an attack that was quickly claimed by the Taliban.

Libya: Benghazi Security Chief Killed by Gunmen: Unknown gunmen have assassinated the temporary security director for the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in the latest violence to rock the city, state media reported Wednesday.

Mali: Tuareg rebels lose their last base in north: Islamist extremist rebels say they have pushed secular Tuareg fighters from Menaka, their last base in northern Mali.

DR Congo soldiers surrender to rebels: Hundreds of soldiers and police surrender to M23 at a stadium in Goma after the group takes control of the city.

Russia Seeks Closer Military Ties With China: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday indicated Russia’s continuing interest in cooperation with China on defence sector issues.

US sides with Iran and N. Korea in record UN vote over the death penalty: A record 110 countries on Monday backed a resolution calling for the abolition of the death penalty.The United States, Japan, China, Iran, India, North Korea, Syria and Zimbabwe were among 39 countries to oppose the non-binding resolution in the assembly's rights committee. Thirty-six countries abstained.

Report: French officials accuse US of hacking Sarkozy's computers: The United States used U.S.-Israeli spy software to hack into the French presidential office earlier this year, the French cyber-warfare agency has concluded, according to the newsmagazine l'Express.

Homeland Security Wants to More Than Double Its Predator Drone Fleet Inside the US: Drones pose a multitude of privacy concerns to all Americans, as the Congressional Research Service detailed. The report explains drones can be equipped with, among other capabilities, facial recognition technology, fake cell phone towers to intercept phone calls, texts and GPS locations, and in a few years, will even be able to see through walls.

Wal-Mart Accused of Threatening Workers With Retaliation Ahead of Black Friday Protests : Wal-Mart workers across the country are planning to stage unprecedented walkouts and protests on Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

Students march in London protest: Thousands of students have marched through London to protest against the rising costs of university and further education. It was the first national student protest since a wave of unrest over tuition fees two years ago

Morgan Stanley's Recession Doom Scenario: The global economy is likely to be stuck in the "twilight zone" of sluggish growth in 2013, Morgan Stanley has warned, but if policymakers fail to act, it could get a lot worse. 

November 20, 2012

Israel Demands Our Support Because It Fights Its ‘War Against Terrorists’ in Our Name

By Robert Fisk

We westerners set the precedent when it comes to "collateral damage", now the Israelis are reeling out the same tired excuses. Continue

Why Do Journalists Pretend the Battle Between Israel and Hamas is an Even One?

By Mark Steel

To start with, why do the news channels ask Tony Blair for his advice on conflict in the Middle East? Continue

Gaza Is A Massacre

Video - Warning - Adult Language -

"Who are these *ucking lunatics that are supporting *fucking Israeli's" Continue

In case you missed it:
Caught On Tape: What The Israelis Really Think Of Us

By Justin Raimondo

“I know what America is. America is something that can easily be moved. Moved to the right direction.” Continue

When Israel Says It Doesn’t Target Journalists, It Is Lying

By Nora Barrows-Friedman

Israel’s entrenched policy of literally shooting the messenger continues to go unchallenged. Continue

Take The Quiz
Congress’s Shameful Support for Israeli Bombing


By Matthew Rothschild

Late last week, Congress weighed in on Israel’s bombing of Gaza. Question Number One: How many House members voted to condemn that bombing? Continue

Yet Another False Flag?

By John Andrews

Given that the whole world knows that Osama Bin laden and Al Qaeda were originally made in the USA would it be very extraordinary to discover, in a hundred years time that Hamas had a similar provenance? Continue

Forget Petraeus, Here's a Real Scandal Involving Generals
The Revolving Door from the Pentagon to the Private Sector

By Melanie Sloan and Robert Greenwald

Between 2009 and 2011 70% of top generals and admirals went to work for contractors, consultants. Continue

Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your E-mail Without Warrants

By Declan McCullagh

A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law. Continue

Anarchy in the USA

Video -

Real News For Adults - Continue

 

Hamas says ceasefire brokered, Israel fails to confirm: "An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9 o'clock (1900 GMT) and go into effect at midnight (2200 GMT)," Hamas official Ayman Taha told Reuters from Cairo. However, an Israeli government spokesman told CNN on Tuesday that a ceasefire deal with Gaza militants has not been finalized and "ball is still in play".

Another 13 Palestinians killed in Israel attacks on Gaza Strip on Tuesday: At least 131 Palestinians have so far been killed and some 1,000 injured since the Tel Aviv regime's airstrikes on Gaza kicked off on November 14.

3 journalists killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza: Three Palestinian journalists were killed in Israeli airstrikes on central and northern Gaza Tuesday evening, after media buildings were hit by Israeli warplanes two days in a row.

Israeli occupation force soldier, civilian killed by rocket fire from Gaza: An Israeli civilian was killed by rocket fire from Gaza on Tuesday, a defence ministry spokesman said, shortly after the army said a soldier died in a Palestinian rocket attack.

141 Names and ages of killed people in the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza: The number rises to 141 and still rising : I hope that this battle will cost us no more souls. However, nothing will depress us, no matter how much Israel escalates its inhumanity and crimes. We’ll remain ready to pay any price for attaining of freedom and dignity. RIP!

Hamas says ceasefire brokered, Israel fails to confirm: "An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9 o'clock (1900 GMT) and go into effect at midnight (2200 GMT)," Hamas official Ayman Taha told Reuters from Cairo. However, an Israeli government spokesman told CNN on Tuesday that a ceasefire deal with Gaza militants has not been finalized and "ball is still in play".

Israeli Is Talking Ceasefire While Sending Massive Ordnance Into Northern Gaza: Egyptian sources told Haaretz that a ceasefire signing will occur Wednesday in Cairo and sources tell BBC that it could go into effect tonight.

Israel urges Gazans to evacuate their homes: Palestinians take shelter in schools as leaflets warn of more strikes to come.

Exposed: UN agency rips IDF for video alleging militants use its Gaza schools to launch rockets: A UN relief agency has shot down allegations levied by the IDF via an animated film posted on their official YouTube channel saying Hamas used UN schools and facilities to fire rockets at Israel.

Russia accuses U.S. of blocking U.N. action on Israel-Gaza conflict: Russia accused the United States of blocking a bid by the U.N. Security Council to condemn the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and said other council members were filibustering the issue.

Russia enraged by UN Security Council silence on Gaza as attacks escalate: Russia's U.N. ambassador on Monday expressed frustration that the Security Council has remained silent about the escalating violence in Gaza between Israel and Hamas as the United States has blocked any action.
 

US sends warships to Gaza to evacuate Americans? "It is better to be prepared should there be a need," an official was quoted as saying.

Gaza Violence Raises Specter Of Wider War In Middle East: The risks of a wider conflict -- are higher because of growing opportunities for miscalculation, according to military and regional experts.

Syria rebels declare Islamic state in Aleppo Syria's increasingly powerful Islamist rebel factions have rejected the country's new Western-backed opposition coalition and unilaterally declared an Islamic state in the key battleground of Aleppo.

Wait! We changed our minds: Aleppo rebels retract rejection of coalition : : Opposition commanders in the Syrian city of Aleppo have voiced their support to the Syrian National Coalition, a day after a video emerged showing fighters from at least 14 brigades announcing their rejection of the opposition bloc.

UK offically recognises Syrian (puppet) opposition: Britain has become the second Western nation to officially recongnise the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

Assad troops fight to oust rebels from Damascus: Syrian government troops backed by tanks battled to oust rebel forces from an opposition stronghold in a Damascus suburb on Tuesday in the heaviest fighting in the capital for months.

France ends Afghan combat mission: France has ended its combat mission in Afghanistan two years before the planned withdrawal of US-led coalition forces from the war-torn country.

Clashes in Kurdish Autonomy leave 13 people dead: Clashes between Iraqi government forces and armed groups of Kurdish autonomy this night left 12 Iraqi army soldiers and one civilian dead

Kurdish commander warns of battle against Iraq: The commander of Kurdish Peshmerga forces warned Tuesday that his troops might attack Iraqi government soldiers at "any minute" after the central government sent tanks and armored vehicles toward the disputed city of Kirkuk.

Pentagon overseas propaganda plan stirs controversy: Since 2000, the military has paid the Rendon Group more than $100 million to help shape its communications strategy, analyze media coverage, run its propaganda programs

DR Congo rebels seize the country’s main airport: DR Congo rebels have seized the airport in Goma, the main city in the country’s mineral-rich east after several days of fighting, a United Nations official told reporters Tuesday.

Former News Corp. executives face bribery charges: Prosecutors have announced new criminal charges against the former News International editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, this time over alleged illegal payments to public officials.

California men charged with plot to join al-Qaida: The two, Ralph Deleon, 23, and Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21, converted to Islam in 2010 and began engaging with Kabir and others online in discussions about jihad, including posting radical content on Facebook and expressing extremist views in comments.

Privacy bill’s dark irony: Government would be allowed to read emails without needing a warrant: An attempt at overhauling online privacy laws has been re-written on Capitol Hill to comply with requests from law enforcement so that emails and other personal communications can be more easily obtained by the police, CNET reports.

San Diego Sheriff’s Department fights to keep drone facts a secret: America’s expansion of domestic drones is becoming an issue of public discussion, but some don’t want it to be that way. The San Diego Sheriff's Department is now under fire for not being forthcoming with the facts about its own plans for UAVs.

France's rating downgrade a warning for banks: French banks were reminded of risks to their own growth and credit ratings when Moody's stripped France of its triple-A badge because of an uncertain fiscal and economic outlook.

Greece imposes spending controls to appease lenders: Greece approved laws on Monday to enforce budget targets and ensure privatization proceeds are used to pay off debt, seeking to appease foreign lenders before a critical meeting of euro zone finance ministers.

Food stamp enrollment skyrockets as unemployment rate declines: Food stamp enrollment has climbed by nearly 10 million individuals since October 2009 — but the unemployment rate declined 2 percentage points from its peak level over that time,” the Republican Budget Committee staff explained in a statement.

November 19, 2012

Israeli Attack Kills 10 in Gaza Home

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The lifeless bodies of children pulled from a Palestinian home destroyed by Israeli Bombs.
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Journalistic Cliches:
'Surgical Air Strikes', 'Rooting Out Terror', and 'Cyber-Terrorism' Cannot Conceal Reality


By Robert Fisk

Israel’s actions in the West Bank and its siege of Gaza are bringing closer the very event which Israeli trumpets it fears every day: that Israel faces destruction.
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Puppet State America

By Paul Craig Roberts

The German assault on the Warsaw Ghetto is one of the horror stories of Jewish history. Such an event is happening again.
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War Criminal Defends War Criminals
I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning

By Mike Riggs

"No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,” Says Man Who Regularly Bombs Pakistan and Yemen.
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Dreaming of Justice
Obama Threatens Israel

By Matt Carr

he president called on Israel to halt what he called a ‘gratuitous and murderous assault’ on the Gaza Strip.
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Spirited Exchange Marks Briefing on Israel

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An Associated Press reporter and U.S government spokesperson.
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Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All

By Chris Hedges

Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia. The growing divide between the world’s elite and its miserable masses of humanity is maintained through spiraling violence.
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Rupert Murdoch and the Jews

By Michael Wolff

"Why is Jewish-owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?"
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Heavy Blow to Syria Opposition Bloc:
Islamic Rebel Groups Want Islamic State

By Middle East Online

14 armed groups announce their consensus to set up Islamic state in Syria, exposing serious rifts among opposition factions.
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The Generals Groupies
Scandal Rocks Washington


By Eric Margolis

This combined boudoir farce and inter-governmental feud raises serious questions about the emergence of America’s surveillance state.
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Ban ‘Killer Robots’ Before It’s Too Late

By Human Rights Watch

These future weapons, sometimes called “killer robots,” would be able to choose and fire on targets without human intervention. 
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Frack Fight
A Secret War of Activists -- With the World in the Balance

By Ellen Cantarow

The weaponry may be humdrum, but the stakes couldn’t be higher. Ultimately, the fate of the planet may hang in the balance.
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95 killed by Israel In Attacks On Gaza: Israeli air strikes have killed 18 Palestinians on November 19, bringing the Gaza death toll to at least 95 as Israel's attack continued for a sixth day.

102 Names and ages of killed people in the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza: The number rises to 102 and still rising :( I hope that this battle will cost us no more souls. However, nothing will depress us, no matter how much Israel escalates its inhumanity and crimes. We’ll remain ready to pay any price for attaining of freedom and dignity. RIP!

Gaza: four children killed in single Israeli air strike: Attack believed to be aimed at Hamas official wipes out 11 members of a single family as onslaught continues

Innocent victims: Children among dozens killed by Israeli attacks on Gaza: At least 13 children have been killed since Operation Pillar of Defense began. That number could potentially rise if Israel launches a ground operation on Gaza.

Protester in West Bank dies of injuries inflicted by Israeli soldiers: This video shows Israeli soldiers dragging him and trying to arrest him while injured in Nabi Saleh on Saturday."

Hamas commits to finding truce, wants blockade lifted: Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal said Monday his movement is committed to efforts to secure a truce with Israel, but insisted the Jewish state must lift its six-year blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Gaza Blockade: Psychological Warfare: Video - Abby Martin speaks to co-founder of March Forward, Mike Prysner, about the effects of the blockade against Gaza and the list of items that Israeli forces have banned from the Gaza strip.

Turkish PM Erdogan: Israel is a terrorist state: In a conference of the Eurasian Islamic Council in Istanbul held on Monday, the Turkish prime minister accused Israel of carrying out "terrorist acts" in Gaza.

‘Israel knowingly targeted the media’ – RT reporter in Gaza: The crew of RT’s Arabic-language sister channel Rusiya Al-Yaum barely escaped death as Israeli rockets targeted the media center in Gaza and destroy the building where they work.

CNN Poll: 57% of Americans say Israeli attacks in Gaza are justified: A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicates that 57% of the public says Israel is justified in taking military action in Gaza against Hamas, with one in four saying the attacks are unjustified.

Speaking from cloud cuckoo land: Murdoch slams 'Jewish-owned press' on Israel: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Saturday blasted what he called the "Jewish -owned press" for their "anti-Israel" coverage.

Ahamdinejad: Our duty is to prevent massacre in Gaza: Iranian President has spoken with his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Morsi and thanked him for his efforts to bring about a ceasefire. "Our human and religious duty is to prevent the massacre of the innocent people in Gaza, and to bring peace and security to the Gaza Strip and the other Palestinian territories," Ahmadinejad said.

Syria troops kill 42 armed rebels in clashes countrywide: A total of 42 armed men were killed Sunday during clashes with the Syrian troops in the east and north of Syria, the pro-government Sham FM radio said, as activists reported shelling and clashes in some areas in the capital Damascus.

Heavy blow to Syria opposition bloc: Islamic rebel groups want Islamic state: 14 armed groups announce their consensus to set up Islamic state in Syria, exposing serious rifts among opposition factions.

EU considers new Syrian opposition alliance as legitimate representative: - EU foreign ministers welcome here Monday the agreement reached on 11 November in the meeting of the Syrian opposition groups gathered in Doha and in particular the formation of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.

Syria opposition to make Cairo its HQ: Syria's new opposition coalition has decided to make Egypt its headquarters, the president of the body was quoted as saying by Egypt's official news agency on Monday.

Iran: 200 Syrian politicians convene in Tehran: “No to violence, yes to democracy” — that was the slogan for Tehran's conference on Sunday, where 200 Syrian politicians convened to debate possible ends to Syria's civil war that began in March last year.

Iranian Supreme Leader proposes solution to Syrian crisis: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that if the Syrian opposition is willing to put down the weapons, then the Syrian government can hear out its position, Fars reported.

Iran begins building $10B gas pipeline to Syria to boost energy sector: Report: Iran has started construction on a $10 billion natural gas pipeline to key ally Syria, a news agency reported Monday, in an apparent nod of support to President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime and a further attempt by Tehran to boost energy exports battered by international sanctions.

Iran Crude Exports Rising, Despite Sanctions:Despite Western sanctions there has been an increase of approximately 70,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian oil exports.

Iraqi president heads to Kurdish area over tensions between Kurds and central government: The official says Talabani met on Monday with the leader of the autonomous region, Massoud Barzani. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, because he wasn't authorized to brief reporters.

Bahrain Cracks Down on Freedom: Op-Ed - The ruling Al Khalifa monarchy is one of the world's most brutal dictatorships. It's also a valued US ally. Bahrain is home to America's Fifth Fleet.

8 ANA troops die in rebel attacks: : Eight Afghan National Army (ANA) troops were killed in different incidents of violence in Kunar and Faryab provinces, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Sunday.

Explosion kill NATO occupation force soldier in southern Afghanistan: A NATO occupation force service member was killed following a roadside improvised explosive device blast in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, coalition officials said.

Video shows Nigerian troops shooting captives: Video - Video obtained by Reuters shows Nigerian troops shooting a captive in broad daylight next to a pile of corpses as crowd looks on. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

We are all to blame for the agony of Congo: Op-Ed - With all eyes on other troublespots, the world knows little, and seems to care even less, about the cycle of violence in the DRC

November 18, 2012

Israel Kills Family Of 9 In Gaza:

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Five children were among the nine members of the extended family that died in the attack.
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Reality Of Life In Gaza Exposes Israeli Propaganda
Israeli Bombs Interrupt CNN Interview in Gaza

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 A CNN interview on Friday with a resident of the Gaza Strip was abruptly cut off by Israeli bomb blasts.
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Israel's Attack On Gaza Is Evil: Plain and Simple

By Kim Petersen

Obama is not a lesser evilist; he is the man who enables evil.
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We are forbidden to say this
Gaza is a Concentration Camp

By Arthur Silber

The torture that Israel inflicts on Gaza is of a rare, uncommon refinement; this is torture that is endlessly inventive, forever finding new ways of prolonging the suffering of its victims.
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Iran Says The Muslim World Must Respond To Israel For Gaza War Crimes

By Agence France Presse

"Putting an end to the Zionist (Israeli) regime's crimes is only possible through a united, revolutionary retaliation by the Muslim world,"
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Attack On Gaza Could Pave The Way For War With Iran

By Jake Horowitz

In theory, a force which is able to strike against Ahmed Jabari would be able to pinpoint the location of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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This is a Message from Anonymous Op Israel,
Greetings Citizens of the world, this is Anonymous.

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We will treat each additional death as a personal attack on Anonymous and you will be dealt with swiftly and without warning.
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Fact Or Fiction?
Qatari King Helped Israel Target Hamas Men

By Press TV

Qatar's king "gave Hamas leaders watches and pens that transmitted signals to Israeli satellites."
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Did Israel Assassinate Hamas Leader To Prevent a Permanent Truce?
Israeli peace activist: Jabari Killed Amid Talks on Long-term Truce


By Nir Hasson

"His assassination also killed the possibility of achieving a truce . Continue

Israel And It's Crimes Have Nothing To Do With Judaism

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George Galloway & Yvonne Ridley at Bradford Gaza Protest.
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In Case You Missed It
British (Jewish) Lawmaker Likens Israel to Nazis

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SIR Gerald Kaufman, yesterday (Thu 15 Jan 2009) compared the actions of Israeli troops in Gaza to the Nazis who forced his family to flee Poland.
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In Case You Missed It
When Everything You Know Is Not True

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Miko Peled debunks myths that Jews around the world hold with blind loyalty.
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Senseless Death of Irish Woman Exposes Grim Reality For Women

By Jennifer Hough

It sounds like a scene from the Dark Ages, this is what happened to Savita, a 31-year-old Indian immigrant living in Ireland.
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24 killed in Sunday attack on Gaza: Israeli air raids across the Gaza Strip killed 24 people on Sunday, including five women and nine children, as Israel pounded the Gaza Strip for the fifth day.

Death toll hits 77 in Israel’s offensive in Gaza: Two more Palestinians have been killed in the latest Israeli airstrike on the besieged Gaza Strip, raising the death toll from the new wave of Israeli attacks on the coastal enclave to 77.

Israel Attacks Journalists In Gaza: Video: Two media office buildings housing Palestinian and international journalists have been hit.

“We will not fear their strikes”: Gaza journalists defiant after Israeli attack on media center: ““About five to six rockets hit our building,” al-Madhoun said. “I am really surprised to see that we journalists are being attacked. What do they want? Do they want to silence us and stop us telling the truth?”

War criminal defends war criminals: Obama on Gaza: next 48 hours will show what progress can be made: President Barack Obama- stood firm over support of its ally despite mounting Palestinian civilian casualties.

Fact or fiction? Gaza leader: Hamas will accept truce only if Israel guarantees no more attacks: Diplomats at the United Nations said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to visit Israel and Egypt in the coming week to push for an end to the fighting.

Some Gaza rockets lack warheads, say Israeli officials: Palestinian militants stripping weighty explosives off shorter-range rockets to make them fly farther, according to security sources: 'They're pipes, basically;' Gaza militant group dismisses allegation.

We in the Gaza Strip will not die in silence: Op-Ed : If the world will not defend the Palestinians against Israel, we have the right to defend ourselves

The REAL Reason for the Assault In Gaza?: “We are going to the United Nations to vote on the resolution of our becoming an observer state on the 29th of this month. Nothing will deter us,” Abbas said.

Iran top cleric blames Arab leaders for Israel attack on Gaza: “Without a green light shown by the heads of colonialist governments, Israel could not have committed such a crime,” the cleric added.

Israel using Gaza as "warm-up" round for Iran?: Israel may soon take its airstrikes from Hamas-controlled Gaza to Lebanon, as practice for "a likely war with Iran," Washington Post defense writer David Ignatius suggested Sunday on "Face the Nation."

IAEA reaffirms peaceful nature of Iran nuclear program: Soltanieh: “Once more, the IAEA report [released on Friday] indicates the peaceful nature of all nuclear activities of Iran including [uranium] enrichment and this sends a significant message to international community,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh said on Sunday.

Iran hosts meeting between Syria govt., opposition on Sunday: Salehi: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says a one-day meeting between the Syrian government and opposition groups will be held on Sunday in the Iranian capital Tehran.

Israel Kills 3 Syria Soldiers: IDF says soldiers fired at Syrian troops after coming under fire in the Golan Heights; it is not clear whether fire came from forces loyal to Bashar Assad or rebel groups.

Syria slams France as fighting rages: Syria's regime has slammed as "hostile" a French decision to host an opposition ambassador, as its forces bombarded southern districts of the capital and clashes raged nationwide.

Russian president warns against West hasty move on Syria: Russia's President Vladimir Putin has censured the Western governments’ policies advocating regime change in Syria, warning that removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power could plunge the violence-hit country into chaos.

3 killed, 16 wounded in Iraq suicide blast: A police officer says a suicide car bomber drove his explosive-laden car on Sunday morning into a police check point in the town of Khalis, killing two civilians and one policeman. He added that 16 other people were wounded.

Car bomb kills seven Shia pilgrims in Iraq: At least seven Shia pilgrims from Iran and Pakistan were killed in Iraq on Saturday when a car bomb went off by a restaurant in a city north of the capital, police and hospital sources said.

Iraqi Kurds put security on high alert: The president of Iraq’s Kurdistan region has ordered its peshmerga security forces on high alert, a statement issued on Saturday said, attributing the move to clashes with central government forces.

Iraqi PM Rejects Biden's Offer for Deployment of US Troops in Kirkuk: Biden in a telephone conversation with Iraqi prime minister Saturday night asked for Maliki's consent to the deployment of the US troops in Kirkuk, but the premier rejected the US vice-president's offer, an informed source told FNA in Baghdad on Sunday.

Yemen: Suicide bomber kills 3 in Abyan militia offices: A suicide bomber linked to Al Qaida killed himself and three others inside the headquarters of government-allied militias in the capital of southern Yemen’s Abyan province on Friday, a security source and medical sources told Reuters.

16 "Taliban militants" killed in Afghanistan: At least 16 Taliban militants have been killed and eight injured in security operations carried out in different Afghan provinces since Saturday, the country's interior ministry said Sunday.

Pakistan: Three killed in blast in Karachihi: Three people were killed and more than 20 injured when a bomb went off outside a Shia imambargah (prayer hall) in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi today, officials said.

Hundreds of thousands attend funeral of India's Hindu "extremist: leader Bal Thackeray: Indian media reports said more than 1.5 million people attended his funeral procession. There were no official estimates of the mourners.

Argentina won't pay holdout bondholders- media: Argentina will not pay creditors who own defaulted bonds despite a U.S. federal appeals court ruling in favor of the holdout creditors, the economy minister was quoted as saying in an interview published on Sunday.

This graph should scare you: A new study from the Congressional Budget Office starts with the scariest graph you’ll see today.

Walmart Strike: Why the Black Friday Protests Matter to the Future of US Jobs: Walmart is notorious for treating its workers terribly, but this year employees are fighting back by hitting the retailer where it hurts: on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.

 

November 17, 2012

Targeting Civilians: Israel's Specialty

By Steve Lendman

Another potential holocaust looms. Civilians always suffer most. Israel and America willfully target them. It part of the imperial strategy of both countries. Continue

Medics: 5 killed in Gaza airstrikes - Death toll to 48.

 

“May your children die, you dogs”:
As Gaza burns, Israelis bay for blood in streets of Tel Aviv


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These were some of the calls from a group of Israelis demonstrating in favor of Israel’s attack on Gaza in the streets of Tel Aviv last night. Continue

Gaza Battle Everyone's Battle: Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

Video - Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah Speech 17 November 2012

Nasrallah called on Arabs, Muslims, and all the free people in the world to take a real stance with Gaza and the resistance

Dissecting IDF Propaganda:
The Numbers behind the rocket attacks


By Phan Nguyen

How many people have been killed by rocket attacks fromn Gaza. Continue

AIPAC Praises Obama, Senate and House For Backing Israel’s Attack On Gaza

By JTA

Both Houses of the U.S. Congress unanimously passed resolutions expressing support for Israel.

Stop Pretending the US is an Uninvolved, Helpless Party in the Israeli Assault on Gaza

By Glenn Greenwald

The Obama administration's unstinting financial, military and diplomatic support for Israel is a key enabling force in the conflict.
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France Leads Neocolonial Carve-up of Syria

By Finian Cunningham

What gives these foreign powers the right to subvert a sovereign government is nothing but their own arrogant presumption.
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Flirtation is the Least of their Crimes

By Debra Sweet

The actions of both of these men represent the real face of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, and they need to be thoroughly investigated, with the aim of keeping criminals like this away from people they could kill.
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Obama Administration Must Account to Congress for Targeted Assassinations

By Dennis Kucinich

President Obama maintains a list of alleged militants to be assassinated. Some are US citizens. None will get to plead his case.
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Damn Right, George Bush Should Face Criminal Proceedings for Waterboarding

By Katherine Gallagher

How can the man responsible for ordering these heinous crimes, openly enter a country that has pledged to prosecute all torturers regardless of their position and not face legal action?
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Israel kills 40 in Gaza: At least 40 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed since Israel assassinated Hamas' military head on Wednesday

Israel attack kills 10, destroys Hamas headquarters in Gaza: Israeli strikes on Gaza killed 10 Palestinians and destroyed the Hamas government headquarters on Saturday as Israel called up thousands more reservists for a possible ground war.

List of victims of Israel's assault on Gaza: Names of Palestinians killed in the Israeli offensive as of Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.

Hamas militants kill 'collaborator' as Israel slams Gaza: Hamas militants from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades on Friday executed a man on charges of "collaborating" with Israel as warplanes pounded Gaza, Palestinian sources said.

Israeli military counts 800-plus Gaza airstrikes: Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with more than 180 airstrikes early today, the military said, widening a blistering assault.

"The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years." - Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Israel's operation in Gaza:

Tel Aviv rocket: A statement of defiance from Hamas: Video - The rocket that so panicked bathers on a Tel Aviv beachfront this afternoon we watched a few short moments earlier as it screamed past our office window. A spectacular sight, an unforgettable roar, and an unmistakable statement of defiance from Hamas.

Arab League are a sick joke: Arab leaders to back Gaza against aggression : Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby has pledged to support Palestinians against "Israel's aggression" and to end the blockade of Gaza during talks between Arab foreign ministers in Cairo.

Turkey talks big, does nothing: Israel will pay price for Gazans’ tears, Erdogan says in Cairo: Israel will sooner or later pay the price for the children killed in the Gaza Strip, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, vowing support for Palestinians.

Thousands protest in Egypt against Israeli attacks on Gaza: Western governments are watching Egypt's response to the Gaza conflagration for signs of a more assertive stance towards Israel since an Islamist came to power in the Arab world's most populous nation.

Americans protest Israeli attacks on Gaza: US activists have gathered outside the White House for the second consecutive day to protest against Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip, Press TV reports.

Protesters ask Canada to condemn Israel's policies: Members of Montreal's Jewish community gathered in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday to pray for the dead in Israel.

Protest outside Israeli embassy in London: "We are insisting that the British government uphold international law and human rights and tells Israel to end its war now," she said.

Global anti-Israel protests staged as fears of Gaza ground invasion escalate : Pictures: . Thousands of people across the Middle East, the West, and Europe have come out to show their disdain. Yet, some countries remain convinced of Israel’s right to attack.

Car Bomb in Iraq Kills 7, Including 3 Iranians: An Iraqi health official says seven people, including three Iranian pilgrims, were killed when an explosives-laden car detonated as they were exiting a rest stop north of Baghdad.

Hezbollah man wanted by US freed from Iraq custody: Iraq freed a jailed Hezbollah commander wanted by the United States on Friday, his lawyer said, returning him home to Lebanon in a move that underscores Washington's waning influence in Baghdad since last December's troop pullout.

Syria: Rebels Seize Airport Near Iraqi Borde: Rebels captured an airport used by Syria's military near the Iraqi border on Saturday, activists said, a move which they said would allow them to maintain their hold on the recently seized border town of Albu Kamal.

US pushes Syrian Kurds to join Arabs'" rebellion": Concentrating control in their own areas of northwest Syria, Kurdish leaders have been slow to join the broader rebellion against Assad, preferring to seek greater regional autonomy with Kurds in neighboring Iraq and Turkey.

Syrian opposition member named ambassador to France: France on Saturday welcomed a member of the Syrian opposition as the country's ambassador, a bold bid to confer legitimacy on the week-old opposition coalition and encourage other Western nations to follow suit.

German soldiers 'ready to defend Turkish border': Report suggested the government was checking the legality of such a posting, ahead of a Turkish request expected on Monday.

Terrorists behind Benghazi attack but CIA files were altered, says Petraeus: Former CIA director David Petraeus told US lawmakers during private hearings he believed all along that the September 11 attack on the US consulate in Libya was a terrorist strike, even though the Obama administration initially described it as protests against an anti-Muslim video.

US denies visas to Iranian UN delegates: Tension grows as Tehran accuses US officials of 'wanting to prevent us interacting and co-operating with the United Nations'

Boots on the ground: Obama’s cybersecurity directive could allow military deployment within the US : The White House is being asked by attorneys to explain a top-secret presidential policy directive signed last month that may allow for the domestic deployment of the US military for the sake of so-called cybersecurity.

Sports in the United States now a major part of US Military propaganda: Why is there so much recruitment propaganda on sporting websites that children and young adults frequent? Why are soldiers, sailors and airmen being wheeled out at every single sporting event until sometimes you forget there is a game about to be played.

Red Cross Spends $181,000 On Soho Grand Hotel Rooms For Sandy Relief Workers (PHOTOS): The American Red Cross has come under fire for its slow response to certain areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and now critics have a new complaint against the relief organization: It’s paying $181,000 for volunteers to stay at a swanky downtown Manhattan hotel.

Thousands of Spanish police officers march against austerity : Around 5,000 Spanish police officers marched through the streets of Madrid on Saturday to protest government austerity measures, including frozen pensions and the elimination of their Christmas bonuses.

November 15, 2012

Netanyahu Speaks On Israeli Morality

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Israel Would Have Us Believe That These People Are Terrorists

In Pictures

Images Of Children Killed and Injured By Israeli Attack On Gaza November 14, 2012 Continue

The Story Behind the Photo:
Journalist’s 11-month-old Son Killed in Gaza Strikes


By Max Fisher

A BBC Arabic journalist who lives in Gaza, carries the body of his 11-month old son, Omar, through al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Continue

Excuse Me While I Vomit

By Alan Hart

The Mossad’s motto is “By way of deception, thou shall do war.” Continue

Norman Finkelstein Says Netanyahu Is "A Maniac"

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Attack on Gaza is Israeli Attempt to Restore Arab Fear of Israel's Military Might. Continue

How Israel Shattered Gaza Truce: A Timeline

By Ali Abunimah

Where there was calm and an effective truce, Israel chose to shatter it, bringing about the current deadly escalation. Continue

Israel Ignores Intl Law With Gaza Bombing, Enjoys US, UK Support

By RT

The unwavering support by the US and the UK is astounding, considering Israel has yet to comply with to any of the resolutions passed (see list) by the United Nations in relation to the Middle East conflict. Continue

Israel Ranked As Most Militarized Nation

By Jim Lobe

Israel, which has carried out a 45-year occupation of Palestinian lands and Syrian territory, has topped the list for almost all of the last 20 years. Continue

We Are Complicit
Obama's Kill List Policy Compels US Support for Israeli Attacks on Gaza

By Glenn Greenwald

Israeli aggression is possible only due to the unstinting financial, military and diplomatic support of the US. Continue

How Sexy is Benghazi?

By Pepe Escobar

With frenemies like the US, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, Syria certainly does not need enemies. As for blowback, brace yourselves; what happened in Benghazi is just the hors d'oeuvres. Continue

A Palace Revolution

By Justin Raimondo

First Petraeus, then Allen — who's next?
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Ron Paul: 'Our Constitution Has Failed'

Ron Paul's Farewell to Congress

By Chris Good

"The Founders warned that a free society depends on a virtuous and moral people. The current crisis reflects that their concerns were justified." Continue 

19 Iraqis killed: A spate of apparently coordinated attacks across Iraq on the eve of a festival marking the Islamic New Year killed 19 people and wounded more than 150 others on Wednesday, officials said.

Deaths of civilians raise Gaza death toll to 15: The death toll in the Gaza Strip rose to 15 on Thursday as a Palestinian child succumbed to wounds sustained earlier and a man's body was found buried in the rubble of an Israeli airstrike.

3 Israelis Killed by Gaza Rocket: The three Israelis - two women and a man - died when a rocket hit the top floor of the building in Kiryat Malachi, about 25km (15 miles) north of Gaza.

Rockets strike Tel Aviv area; Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for rocket that hit Tel Aviv. (Reuters)

Israel's Iron Dome system fails to stop Palestinian rockets: Israeli report: More than 130 Palestinian rockets have been fired towards Israel over the past 24 hours, revealing the inefficiency of Israel’s Iron Dome missile system which has intercepted merely 27 of them.

Israel won't halt Gaza operation until Hamas begs for truce, say officials: Netanyahu, Barak instruct IDF to complete preparations for ground attack on Gaza.

Massed Israeli troops poised for invasion of Gaza : Israeli troops massed on the Gaza border last night, poised for a possible ground invasion as Israel launched a major military operation it said was designed “to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure.”

Russia condemns 'disproportionate' strikes on Gaza: Russia on Thursday condemned Israel's "disproportionate" use of force in air strikes on the Gaza Strip while calling on Palestinian militants to halt firing rockets at the Jewish state.

Egypt's president Morsi recalls ambassador from Israel: In a televised statement, presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali said that Morsi has also summoned the Israeli ambassador in Cairo to convey Egypt's rejection of continued Israeli attacks on gaza.

Egyptian prime minister to visit Gaza Friday: Hisham Kandil will head a high-ranking delegation in support of the Palestinians

Egypt asks US to stop Israel’s Gaza offensive: Egypt asked the United States to push Israel to stop its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, warning that the violence could “escalate out of control,” the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Israel's 'election attack' triggers Gaza war spiral: Israeli strikes have led to a spiraling escalation of conflict, with Hamas already saying it is now in a state of “open war” with Israel and threatening to send in suicide bombers.

France opens possibility of lifting EU arms embargo to get "defensive" weapons to Syrian rebels: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the EU's arms embargo is preventing Syrian rebels from fully defending themselves.

Russia warns against supplying weapons to Syria insurgents: "Promises are being made from a number of capitals of massive supplies of modern weapons," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters on Thursday.

Turkey urges Muslim states to recognize Syria opposition: Speaking at an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) ministerial meeting in Djibouti, Davutoglu hailed the formation of the new opposition grouping as an "important achievement" and said President Bashar al-Assad's regime was on its last legs.

Navy Rushes Robotic Tools to Clear Mines to Persian Gulf: The United States Navy is rushing more of the newest unmanned mine-clearing technology to the Persian Gulf while creating two new sets of crews to operate minesweepers in the region, Navy officials said Wednesday.

5 "militants" killed, 28 held: Officials: Five armed opponents were killed and 28 more held during separate operations in various parts of the country

Blast at ISAF base kills NATO occupation force soldier: An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in an explosion on an ISAF camp in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday (November 13), the US-led military alliance said.

Over 1000 German troops to leave Afghanistan in 2013: Germany’s foreign minister says his country is planning to reduce its troop contingent in Afghanistan by about a quarter over the next year as it moves to bring all combat soldiers home by the end of 2014.

Candidate for CIA Chief Jane Harman Advocated Ethnic Breakup of Iran: CNN lists former California representative Jane Harman, now head of the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., as a potential successor to Gen. David Petraeus as head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Two women in Petraeus sex scandal lose security clearance: The military has suspended U.S. Army security clearance for former CIA director David Petraeus' mistress as well as the Air Force base pass of the Tampa socialite who sparked the ongoing sex scandal that led to his resignation.

Broadwell Defended Petraeus’ Village Destruction Policy: Paula Broadwell, whose affair with Gen. David Petraeus brought his career to a sudden end last week, had sought to help defend his decision in 2010 to allow village destruction in Afghanistan that not only violated his own previous guidance but the international laws of war.

Tony Blair jeered by UCL students: Students and campaigners from Stop the War Coalition repeat call for former prime minister to be tried for war crimes

ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Mandatory Immigration Lock-up: Nearly eight months ago, when federal agents put him in handcuffs at his home, he learned that the government was trying to deport him based on an alleged attempted drug sale offense that happened more than 17 years ago.

Shocking! Florida police taser man for trying to protect home from raging fire: Daniel Jensen says he was simply spraying his home with water trying to protect it from a nearby fire when police tased him to the ground.

BP to Admit Crimes and Pay $4.5 Billion in Gulf Settlement: BP, the British oil company, said Thursday that it would pay $4.5 billion in fines and other payments to the government and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges in connection with the giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.

We have no future!' EU anger unites millions in protest (PHOTOS, VIDEO): Massive anti-austerity strikes and protests swept across Europe as millions took to the streets to express their frustration over rising unemployment and dire economic prospects. Many rallies ended with violent clashes with police.

Spain moves to curb evictions of most vulnerable: The Spanish government on Thursday passed a decree suspending evictions of the most vulnerable homeowners unable to pay their mortgage, a bid to ease a trend that has seen hundreds of thousands of people lose their homes because of the brutal economic crisis.

Huge rally in Ireland to protest death of Indian woman who was denied abortion: Thousands of people rallied outside Ireland's parliament on Wednesday to demand strict abortion rules be eased after a pregnant Indian woman repeatedly denied a termination died in an Irish hospital.

November 14, 2012

Updated  Israeli Attack Kills Hamas Military Chief

US Gives Green Light For Further Attacks On Gaza
Israeli assassination of Jabari has 'opened the gates of hell'


By BBC

Hamas spokesman Taher Anunu told BBC Arabic: "This was a heinous crime that will have repercussions. Continue

Noam Chomsky On Gaza

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"Its kind of amazing and inspiring to see people managing somehow to survive, as essentially caged animals, and subject to constant, random, sadistic punishment only to humiliate them" Continue

Israel/Palestinian : More Of The Same From US

By Jonathan Cook

The reality, as Netanyahu understands well, is that Obama’s hands are now tied as firmly in the Middle East as they were during his first term. Continue

Obama: “The Best is Yet to Come.” Really?

By Alan Hart

American Jews are giving up on Israel. Continue

In case you missed it
‘Tears of Gaza’

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‘Tears of Gaza’ by Vibeke Lokkeberg is a documentary film that should be watched by every American, to see how Israel spends our taxes. Every European should watch it, to see the true face of Israel. It should be viewed by every Arab, to renew our resolve not to allow a racist nation to wipe Palestine and her children from the map and from history. Continue

U.S. Drone Strikes: Of Backward Nations and Modern Nations

By William Blum

This is Washington’s “cure” for the mental illness of not believing that America is the savior of mankind, bringing democracy, freedom and happiness to all.
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An American Legacy: Her Deadly Warriors-in-Chief

By Gary Brumback

We live in a culture that accepts and even expects war. That must change or war will eventually annihilate humanity.
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Is Impeachment Gone for Good?

By David Swanson

If Bush had been known to keep a secret list of men, women, and children, American and foreign, to be killed, and had routinely killed them, support for his impeachment would not have been the bare majority it was.
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US Military Behind Africa News Websites

By Jason Straziuso

At first glance it appears to be a sleek, Horn of Africa news site. But the site — sabahionline.com — is run by the U.S. military.
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UN Calls on US to end Cuba Embargo
Votes 188-3 to condemn US trade ban


By Agencies

Cuba's foreign minister said the blockade against country was tantamount to "genocide."
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Tropical Storm Sandy: Natural or Political Disaster?

By James Petras

Neo-liberal policies, climate change and militarist empire building leading to domestic neglect and decay. Continue

Attention America: Welfare is Not a Dirty Word

By Adam Parsons

Americans have long been duped by the political right into believing that they do not benefit from a welfare state. Continue 

Iraq attacks leave 19 dead on eve of Muslim New Year: A spate of apparently coordinated attacks across Iraq on the eve of a festival marking the Islamic New Year killed 19 people and wounded more than 150 others on Wednesday, officials said.

Syria rebels 'kill 18 soldiers, seize post in northeast': Activists: The clashes -- which also left an unknown number of soldiers wounded -- took place near Ras al-Ain, a border town that the opposition fighters seized on Friday, said the Britain-based watchdog.

Enemy inside the gates: Syria’s main foe is ‘foreign-sponsored terrorists’: Today, Western countries are implementing the primitive tool of ‘state-sponsored terrorism’ to influence the internal situation in foreign countries, argues Pavel Zolotarev, deputy director of the Institute for US and Canada Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Syria rebels call for action, not words: Rebel fighters in Syria on Tuesday dismissed Gulf and Western support for a new opposition bloc, expecting little to change on the ground unless they get cash and weapons.

Syrian officials, opposition to meet in Tehran next week; Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Tehran is to host a meeting between Syrian government and opposition groups next week, PressTV reported.

Iranian boy dies due to medication shortage: A 15-year-old hemophiliac boy has reportedly died in Iran due to a shortage of medication in the country.

Israeli attacks on Gaza kills 9: Medical sources said nine people died in the Israeli air strikes, including a young girl, and 35 others were wounded.

Child killed in Israeli attack on Gaza: Picture: Omar jihad Mashrawi, a Palestinian from Al Zeitoun holding his one year old son, who just died from his injuries, at Al Shifa hospital, city of Gaza, on November 14, 2012.

Israel and Hamas on the brink of war after airstrike kills top militant commander: The attack came despite signs that Egypt had managed to broker a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants after a five-day surge of violence which saw more than 100 missiles fired out of Gaza and repeated Israeli strikes on the enclave.

Egypt will no longer tolerate attacks on Palestinians: FJP: Egypt’s Islamist Freedom and Justice Party, formerly headed by President Mohammed Mursi, said on Wednesday Egypt would no longer stand by as Israel attacked Palestinians after air strikes killed a Hamas leader.

In Pictures: 4 Days Of Bombing Gaza: Ahram Online looks at the human cost of four days of Israeli bombing of the besieged Gaza Strip

Gaza under Israeli attack: Live Updates

Welcome to Gaza: Video - A look at the people, life, culture and history of Gaza

Israel threatens to 'topple' Abbas if Palestinians win statehood - report: “Toppling Abbas’s regime would be the only option in this case. Any other option would mean waving a white flag and admitting the failure of the Israeli leadership to deal with the challenge,” the Foreign Ministry position paper obtained by AFP says.

China repeats support for Palestinian U.N. bid:: China said on Tuesday it supports the Palestinian bid for U.N. observer status, with a vote on the matter at the United Nations later this month.

EU Buys Egypt: Egypt to receive $6.3 bn in 'support' from EU: Presidency: Egypt's presidency says the European Union approves $6.3 billion in support, to be mainly provided by the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Protests in Jordan after spike in fuel prices: Thousands gathered in Amman and in other cities across the country after government announced rising fuel costs.

Two NATO interpreters killed: Afghan police: Afghan police say Taliban insurgents have shot and killed two young Afghan men who were working as translators for NATO occupation forces.

Germany to cut Afghan-based troops by a quarter over the next year: Germany’s foreign minister says his country is planning to reduce its troop contingent in Afghanistan by about a quarter over the next year as it moves to bring all combat soldiers home by the end of 2014.

Afghanistan halts Helmand police fuel supplies after major theft: Cut to fuel supply after theft estimated at £380m risks ability of police to operate in Taliban stronghold

Senior Taliban official killed in Quetta city of Pakistan: National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Wednesday announced that a senior Taliban official was killed in Quetta city of Pakistan.

Senator Feinstein, Former CIA Director Petraeus To Testify On Benghazi Attack: The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify to Congress about the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Growing the empire: Australia to host 2 US space surveillance systems: Australia will host two U.S. space surveillance systems as part of closer military ties agreed to Wednesday at a bilateral security summit.

Google report reveals sharp increase in government requests for users' data. The US accounted for the most requests, as it has consistently since the report was launched. US authorities asked for private details of Google users on 7,969 occasions, up from 6,321 in the last reporting period. The number is more than a third of the 20,938 requests for users' details worldwide. Google fully or partially complied with 90% of those requests.

Anti-austerity strikes and protests across Europe turn violent - live: There have been serious clashes between demonstrators and riot police in several Italian cities.

Expert: Detroit Could Go Bankrupt Before End Of Year: Detroit’s financial condition is rapidly deteriorating, and City Hall could run out of cash in December, an official told a state oversight board

 

November 13, 2012

Netanyahu: Engineering Consent For An Attack On Gaza

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Netanyahu: We’ll take whatever action is necessary to put a stop to this. This is not merely our right, it’s also our duty, and it’s something that I think is understood by any fair-minded person in any fair-minded government in the world.
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BDS, Arab Land, and the Custodian of Absentee Property

By Paul Larudee

I am among those that believe that the only way to end the injustices is to end the state itself, but the participants in BDS need not agree about this in order to undertake BDS actions.
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“The War on Global Anti-Semitism” in the Age of Islamophobia

By Julie Lévesque

This initiative is another demonstration of the Jewish “monopoly of victimization”. In the post-9/11 world, where Muslims and Arabs are victims of religious and racial profiling in Western countries, such a decision is logically unjustifiable.
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Confirmed : US Was Holding "Prisoners" at Benghazi Annex

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The US was holding and interrogating Libyan, Arab and African prisoners in Benghazi
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The Surveillance State

By Glenn Greenwald

FBI's abuse of the surveillance state is the real scandal needing investigation.
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FBI Agents Raid Home of Author in Petraeus Scandal

ByWBTV

Agents on scene would not confirm what they were looking for, nearly a dozen agents were seen carrying boxes and taking photographs inside the home.
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David Petraeus Scandal Widens to Include Barack Obama's Cabinet

By Raf Sanchez

The US Attorney General knew about the affair for months but kept it secret until the day of the presidential election.
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The Killing Continues
Code Pink: Stop the Drones Die-In


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Code Pink came to the homes of Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi to protest President Obama's escalation of the drone attacks.
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America Isn't The Greatest Country Anymore

By Lance Roberts

Here are some other stats where the U.S. ranks.
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Poll: One-Third of Americans Would Accept Cavity Searches By TSA

By Jonathan Turley

A particularly chilling measure of just how passive and accepting citizens have become to the new realities of our internal security system.
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Election Remorse
Why the Romnibus Wasn't the Omnibus


By Fred Reed


I have been a bad person. I did not vote. I confess it. I would rather be caught in a gay brothel dealing in underage boys than in a voting booth.
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Is The War on Drugs "All About the Money"?

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Stephen Downing,a retired deputy chief of police for the Los Angeles Police Department and Terry Nelson, retired from Department of Homeland Security on why they support treating addiction as a health problem and are for the total legalization of drugs.
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23 insurgents killed in Kapisa, Wardak: An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was among 24 people killed in two separate incidents in central Kapisa and Maidan Wardak provinces.

US kills 3 Afghan teenagers: The attack took place in the Baraki Barak district of Logar province on Monday. Local officials confirmed the airstrike, saying three teenagers, all under the age of 16, were killed in the attack.

Insurgents fire rockets on Afghan capital, killing at least 1 person: - Insurgents fired four rockets into the Afghan capital early Tuesday, killing at least one person, police said.

EU reduces financial help to Afghanistan: The EU has been forced to cut financial aid to Kabul, citing inefficiency and lack of progress in governance and justice system reforms in Afghanistan. The EU ambassador warned that future help will also depend on actual positive results obtained.

Pakistan accuses Afghans of killing civilians: Pakistan on Monday accused Afghan forces of killing at least four civilians in a cross-border shelling attack, increasing tension just as a senior Afghan official visited Islamabad to discuss peace talks with the Taliban.

Two killed in Pakistan blast: At least two people were killed and about 10 injured Tuesday when a roadside bomb hit a paramilitary vehicle in Pakistan's Quetta city, Xinhua reported.

Palestinian militants agree to Gaza truce if Israel ends all military operations: In statement released after meeting summoned by Hamas, groups stipulate ceasefire on Israel's ending of blockade on Gaza.

Politicians split on possible Gaza operation: Rivlin: Election shouldn't prevent IDF from taking action in Gaza; Knesset to hold special session on escalation in the South.

PA sets U.N. vote on upgrading status: President Barack Obama reiterated U.S. opposition to Abbas Sunday during a congratulatory call on Obama's election victory, the White House said. But Abbas said he intended to press forward anyway, Palestinian officials said.

Israeli who revealed “medieval-style” torture of Palestinians faces virulent backlash: An Israeli who posted a testimony on Facebook about the “medieval-style” torture of Palestinians he assisted in during his army service in the occupied territories has faced a virulent backlash from fellow Israelis, including threats of violence.

Libya: Abuses against foreign nationals have worsened since Gaddafi - Amnesty report: Amnesty International has warned that the plight of foreign nationals in Libya has worsened since the end of Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi’s rule, amid a general climate of lawlessness in the country.

Spoils of War: France eyes Libya deals after unfreezing $2 billion assets: France said on Monday it was ready to start releasing almost $2 billion in frozen assets belonging to Libya's sovereign wealth fund, as it looks to secure investment from the oil-producing nation.

Syrian rebels says west has promised military aid: The Syrian opposition says it has been promised western military support in return for forming a united front, in advance of a donors' conference in London on Friday intended to consolidate the new rebel coalition.

US says new Syria puppet body legitimate: The State Department says the US looks forward to supporting Syria's new coalition as it charts a course for the end of Assad's bloody rule.

Arab League divided over support of nascent Syrian coalition: The Arab League fell short of unanimous support for the new Syrian opposition coalition. The body still lacks full recognition, some Arab nations reluctant to back the uprising against President Assad, whom they still view as a legitimate ruler.

We may regard British troops in Syria as enemy: The Free Syrian Army (FSA) made it a must for British troops to work in coordination with the Syrian opposition if they wanted to enter Syrian territory

Nato 'will defend Turkey' from Syria attacks : “NATO as an organization will do what it takes to protect and defend Turkey, our ally. We have more plans in place to make sure that we can protect and defend Turkey and hopefully that way also deter so that attacks on Turkey will not take place,” he said.

Syrian officials, opposition to meet in Tehran next week: Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Tehran is to host a meeting between Syrian government and opposition groups next week.

Iran to test fire indigenously-produced Hog missile system in military drill: Brigadier General Shahrokh Shahram, the spokesperson for the massive maneuver, said that Iranian forces had successfully detected, identified and intercepted mock enemy aircraft on Tuesday.

'Iran Hawk Petraeus pushed out for warmongering' ? RT Video

Gen. John Allen ensnared in Petraeus scandal: Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the four-star U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan, exchanged thousands of "potentially inappropriate" emails with Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman who claimed to have been harassed by the ex-mistress of former CIA Director David Petraeus, a senior defense official told POLITICO early Tuesday.

Petraeus whistle blower and her surgeon husband are 'broke: Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, 37, and her cancer surgeon husband Scott owe millions to banks after the collapse of their real estate holdings in 2010. The Kelleys are currently the targets of at least four indebtedness lawsuits.

FBI Agent in Petraeus Case Under Scrutiny: A federal agent who launched the investigation that ultimately led to the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus was barred from taking part in the case over the summer due to superiors' concerns that he had become personally involved in the case, according to officials familiar with the probe.

Broadwell spoke of access to classified info: Paula Broadwell told an audience this summer that she routinely had access to classified information while researching a book on Petraeus's work as the commanding general in Afghanistan.

Disgraced Petraeus too busy with affair fallout to give evidence in Benghazi inquiry: Republicans demand General attends inquiry on Benghazi killings as he handles affair fallout

Collins: Petraeus must testify: It is "absolutely imperative" that Gen. David Petraeus testify about what went wrong in Libya, even as he reels from his sex scandal roiling the intelligence community, the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Tuesday.

Ros-Lehtinen Raises Possibility of Clinton Subpoena on Benghazi: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen suggested Monday that subpoenas might be used to force Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify about the attack in Benghazi, Libya if she continues to remain unavailable to testify before Congress.

How the CIA Became the 6th Branch of the Military: Op-Ed: This overlap of Pentagon and CIA missions is the result of a creeping militarization of the CIA that may be undermining America's national security.

General demoted for lavish travel, spending:" Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

Abu Qatada release: Cameron 'fed up': Prime Minister David Cameron says he is "completely fed up" about the release on bail of Abu Qatada after the Muslim cleric won his deportation appeal. Mr Cameron said ministers had "moved heaven and earth" to try to deport him and would continue to do so.

'New IRA' group claims it killed prison officer: The group issued a statement to the Belfast paper the Irish News on Monday linking the killing to conditions inside the top-security Maghaberry prison.

Internet freedoms put in stranglehold in UAE: Lawmakers in the Arab Emirates have introduced jail terms for all those who incite public protests and insult the state and its rulers online. The Persian Gulf countries are tightening internet laws, fearing Arab Spring-style uprisings.

Did Skype Give a Private Company Data on Teen WikiLeaks Supporter Without a Warrant?: Skype’s privacy credentials took a hit in July over a refusal to comment on whether it could eavesdrop on conversations. Now the Internet chat service is facing another privacy-related backlash—after allegedly handing over user data without a warrant to a private security firm investigating pro-WikiLeaks activists.

UK: Police accused of over-zealous reaction to poppy burning: The arrest of a teenager on suspicion of posting a picture of a burning poppy on Facebook has triggered fresh allegations of over-zealous policing of the internet.

70,000 in Texas demand secession from US : Either US President Barack Obama or a member of his administration or staff will be required to address the overwhelming number of votes to “Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”

Anti-terrorism expert advises against BioWatch upgrade: A Homeland Security Department undersecretary has told Janet Napolitano she has doubts about a new version of the nation's troubled system for detecting a biological attack.

Argentine Judge Freezes Chevron Assets To Pay $19 Billion Ecuador Fine: Adrian Elcuj Miranda, a judge in Buenos Aires, has ordered the seizure of Chevron’s assets in Argentina, to force the company to pay a $19 billion penalty for polluting the Amazon in Ecuador. The plaintiffs are seeking similar legal action in Brazil, Canada, Colombia and other countries.

Greece Given 2-Year Lifeline But Money Release Is Delayed: Greece’s international creditors failed to agree Monday on how to get the country’s bailout program back on track and put off again the release of the next batch loans that Athens is using to pay its day-to-day bills.

Anti-austerity strikes, protests to engulf Europe: A wave of anti-austerity anger breaks across Europe on Wednesday, with general strikes in Spain and Portugal spearheading a day of protest that will ground more than 700 flights.

Unemployed youth clash with police in Italy (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - About 3,000 unemployed demonstrators have clashed with riot police in Naples during a protest against rocketing youth unemployment. The violence erupted in the city after a visit by Labor Minister Elsa Fornero and left 23 people injured.

Amazon, Google and Starbucks are struggling to defend their tax avoidance: It is rare that US companies are held to account by their shareholders: US law does not encourage it. It is rarer still that they are held to account in the UK and yesterday's parliamentary public accounts committee hearing on the tax affairs of three of the biggest of them – Starbucks, Amazon and Google – has to be unique.

Shock jump in UK inflation to 2.7pc: UK inflation jumped to a surprise five-month high of 2.7pc in October as higher university tuition fees and food costs pushed up the cost of living for British households.

November 12, 2012

Israel Launches Missile Strike Against Syria

By Niall Green

The decision by the IDF to launch a strike now indicates that Washington and its allies are entering into a new phase of their conflict with the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Continue

Video: Survivors of Israeli Attack on Gaza Say
Bombs Continued as Cvilians Raised White Flags


By Adam Horowitz

Over the past 72 hours, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have escalated their aerial and ground attacks against the Gaza Strip. Five Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, have been killed. Continue

Bahrain Uprising Threatens US Hegemony

By Finian Cunningham

The US-backed Al Khalifa regime is on the political ropes. It is desperately trying to defeat a determined pro-democracy movement that just won’t lie down or go away. Continue

Petraeus Mistress Suggests
Benghazi Attack Was Aimed At Secret CIA Prison


By Tony Lee

Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus may have told his alleged mistress Paula Broadwell what really happened in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
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A Covert Affair:
Petraeus Caught in the Honeypot?


By Justin Raimondo

Ms. Broadwell voluntarily gave the agency her computer. In a search, the agents discovered several classified documents.
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The Sins Of General David Petraeus
Petraeus seduced America. We should never have trusted him.


By Michael Hastings

Petraeus’ entire philosophy has been based on hiding the truth, on deception, on building a false image.
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Petraeus Oversaw The Slaughter Of Thousands And He Will Face Trial

By Jay Janson

Any half-intelligent person must realize that this is what war crimes tribunal testimony sounds like.
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Telling an Untold US History

By David Swanson

It is honest history that tears through myths and presents a reality not expected by most Americans — and backs it up with well-documented facts.
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America the Third-World Nation in Just 4 Easy Steps

By Thom Hartmann and Sam Sacks

Our nation has now entered the terminal fourth stage of "third-worldization" or what may be better referred to simply as "recolonization." Continue

Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class
The oppressor cannot see the West’s false humanism.

By Chris Hedges

Any mass movement that arises—and I believe one is coming—will be fueled, like the Occupy movement, by radicals who have as deep a revulsion for Democrats as they do for Republicans. Continue

British soldier killed by gunman in Afghan uniform: A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform has shot and killed a British soldier in the latest in a spate of insider attacks that are fracturing the trust between Nato and Afghan forces.

More than one U.S. soldier shot Afghans in massacre that killed 16, says local investigator: A shooting rampage in March that left 16 Afghans dead in two villages was the work of more than one person, an Afghan police investigator testified on Sunday, contradicting the U.S. government’s account.

Israeli tanks 'hit Syrian units' in occupied Golan: Israel's military says its tanks have scored "direct hits" on Syrian artillery units after Syrian mortar shells fell near an Israeli army post.

Raw video of Israeli tanks firing at Syria

Syrians 'deny' Israeli missile launch: Al-Watan, a paper associated with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, released a series of testimonies made by residents of the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, who claim that they never heard a missile exploding at a post belonging to the Syrian security forces

Netanyahu says Israel to determine if Syrian mortar fire was intentional: Netanyahu said Israel would have to determine if the mortar fire from Syria was carried out by mistake or if the Syrians intentionally fired on the Israeli territory on Sunday and Monday.

Rebels warn Israel against Syria interference: The FSA claims that Sunday's rocket fire at a Syrian post "Assisted the Assad regime… Any artificial tension created by Israel in the occupied Golan Heights works in Assad's favor," the statement said. (Roi Kais)

Six Gulf states recognise new Syrian (puppet) opposition bloc: "The states of the council announce recognising the National Coalition for the Forces of the Syrian Revolution and Opposition... as the legitimate representative of the brotherly Syrian people," GCC chief Abdullatif al-Zayani said in a statement.

Syria's opposition has been re-shaped as a prelude to escalating western intervention: Op-Ed: : IF AT FIRST you don’t succeed… keep trying until you get the opposition you want.

Syrians supporting Assad turn into 'dead men walking': What was initially described as a ‘conflict’ or ‘popular uprising’ is increasingly turning into wholesale collateral slaughter.

Man arrested accused of Syria terror offences at Heathrow: Police investigating alleged terrorists travelling to Syria have arrested a 24-year-old man at Heathrow on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. He was held at 8.45am after arriving on a flight from Bahrain.

Fatah: Gaza escalation aims to thwart UN bid: Israel is using the escalation in Gaza to try and thwart the PLO's bid for state membership of the UN, a senior Fatah official said Monday.

Palestinians seek Russian help in Arafat autopsy: The Palestinian Authority asked Russia for assistance in autopsying the remains of the late Yasser Arafat to determine if he was poisoned, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday.

Iran claims it has proof US drone invaded airspace: A senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps said Sunday that Iran had documents to prove that a US drone had entered Iranian airspace.

U.S. officials look for recruits to form Libya’s new army: A team of about 10 Americans from the embassy in Tripoli visited a paramilitary base in the eastern city of Benghazi 10 days ago to interview and get to know potential recruits, according to militia commander Fathi al-Obeidi.

CIA denies it detained militants in Benghazi.: The CIA is denying an assertion made by David Petraeus' biographer and girlfriend that the agency held militants in Libya before the Sept. 11 attack.,

Congress wants answers on Petraeus affair: Members of Congress said Sunday they want to know more details about the FBI investigation that revealed an extramarital affair between ex-CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer, questioning when the retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren't told sooner.

Petraeus 'flew mistress to Paris for a trip that was funded by the government' after he was named CIA chief: Petraeus made the trip with 40-year-old Paula Broadwell, who has written a fawning biography of him, in July 2011, an unnamed source told Buzzfeed. Petraus was heading to his new job as chief of the CIA at the time.

Jill Kelley, social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base, is mystery woman Paula Broadwell harassed via email leading to FBI probe: Jill Kelley, 37, of Tampa, Fla., reportedly alerted the FBI several months ago about threatening emails she had received from Petraeus alleged mistress, biographer Paula Broadwell, a senior military official told the Associated Press.

Jill Kelley admits 'friendship' with former CIA director David Petraeus : The New York Post reports excerpts from the emails that Ms Kelley passed on to the FBI with sources telling the newspaper that "Mrs Broadwell clearly thought something was going on" and thought she was in a "lovers triangle."

Jill Kelley: Five Facts About the Petraeus Affair’s Mystery Woman: It’s unclear the nature of her relationship with Petraeus, but her closeness with the general was enough that Broadwell allegedly demanded Kelley “stay away from” him. Here’s what has been reported about this mystery woman.

'The truth will come out': Father of Petraeus' mistress: Broadwell's father Paul Kranz, suggested that the explosive revelations that led to Petraeus resigning as CIA director, have been used to cover up a bigger scandal.

West African bloc to commit 3,300 troops in Mali battle plan: West Africa's regional bloc ECOWAS agreed on Sunday to commit 3,300 troops to help recapture northern Mali, part of battle plans that will be sent for United Nations approval by the end of November, the group's chairman said.

U.S. policy toward Latin America not to change: Bolivia: Vice Minister of Social Movement Coordination Cesar Navarro said that no matter whether the new U.S. government is Republican or Democrat, "the U.S. won't modify its imperialist policy toward Latin America and its ambition to ... dominate the developing countries."

S&P and Fitch accused of market manipulation in Italy: Italian prosecutors have filed charges against Deven Sharma, the former president of Standard & Poor’s, and six other credit rating officials for issuing downgrades that destablised the country and fuelled the debt crisis.

Wall Street CEO Gets $6.7 Million Payout After Crashing His Company: Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit was pushed out the door of his company in October after overseeing a precipitous decline in his bank’s value. Overall, Citigroup lost nearly 90 percent of its stock price during Pandit’s tenure. But that won’t stop Pandit from walking off with $6.7 million for his last year on the job:

Greece bailout extension 'to cost 32bn euros more': A draft document prepared for eurozone finance ministers suggests that Greece should be given two more years to meet budget goals, but that this will add 32.6bn euros ($41.4bn) to its bailout.

New York officials request $30 billion in federal aid for Sandy relief: The newspaper states that the governor’s advisory panel have provided a staggering inventory of repair needs. Included is a requirement for $3.5bn to fix damaged bridges, $1.65bn to rebuild homes and $1bn to reimburse emergency services and city officials for overtime.

Fact or fiction? U.S. to become biggest oil producer and energy independent: The United States will overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world's biggest oil producer before 2020, and will be energy independent 10 years later, according to a new forecast by the International Energy Agency.

TSA victim describes her sexual assault and humiliation : Video: Maggie Buckenmayer's abuse is a sick game of domination between the TSA and its prey. When will we rise against these unspeakable deviants?

November 11, 2012

Israeli Insanity
Only ‘The Nuclear Option’ Can Work Against Iran, Former IDF Chief Says


By Aaron Kalman

“The only way to finish off Iran’s nuclear program is by using the nuclear option,” said IDF Chief of General Staff Dan Halutz.
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US Violates Agreement; Punishes Iran

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

It is abundantly clear that America is not a ‘Good Samaritan’ State, and its policies are not driven by compassion. 
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Petraeus Girlfriend: 'Stay Away From My Guy':

By James Nye, Beth Stebner and Thomas Durante

The harassing emails 'sent by Petraeus biographer' to 'SECOND lover' that sparked FBI probe.
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Why Did CIA Director Petraeus Suddenly Resign?

By WashingtonsBlog

Many speculate that it wasn’t an affair – but the desire to avoid testifying on Benghazi – which was the real reason for Petraeus’ sudden resignation.
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Good Riddance
Pundit Tears for Petraeus’s Fall


By Ray McGovern

Top pundits were as smitten by the former four-star general as his mistress was.
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When Former CIA Chief David Petraeus Enraged the Israel Lobby

By Ali Abunimah

Petraeus made a little history: by publicly criticizing Israel and enraging the Israel lobby.
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RAF Set For Syria No-Fly Op
UK Troops 'Could Help Syria Crisis'

By Evening Standard

British troops could be deployed to intervene in Syria in the event of a major humanitarian crisis, the head of the UK's armed forces has said.
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Syrian National Coalition to Replace Syrian National Council

By Ken Hanly

There seems almost no desire for dialogue on the part of the rebels. Now that the U.S. election is over, they expect that there will be new initiatives to support them.
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7 Palestinians, including 3 children, killed and 52 injured as Israeli attack on Gaza continues: Funerals in Gaza as Israel announces it may be escalating this madness. As per usual mainstream narrative Israel acts 'in response', but who started this latest round of violence and when?

Tragedy in Gaza: On November 10, 2012 a mother and a father in Gaza lost their son. Matter Abu Al-Atta was assassinated in a zionist attack on Gaza. He became 19 years old. Within two hours after Matter was killed his mother overwhelmed by shock gave birth to his little brother.

‘We Have to Take Out Hamas Leadership’: Israel must assassinate Hamas leaders to stop terrorism from Gaza, Minister Yisrael Katz said Sunday, speaking in the weekly Cabinet meeting. “Israel must act according to a very clear policy in Gaza.

Israel 'may launch ground invasion into Gaza': Israel may launch a ground invasion into Gaza, Benjamin Netanyahu has indicated, after a weekend of escalating cross border violence.

Israel shutdown the only commercial crossing with Gaza Strip: Karam Abu Salem crossing, is the only commercial crossing between Gaza and Israel which allows the entry of food goods and aid to the coastline of Gaza Strip.

Palestinian UN non-state bid this month: Abbas: "Israel's hysterical reaction to our UN bid is due to its desire to continue the occupation and we are under pressure of late from multiple parties to waive our just demand, but we will not," Abbas added.

Palestinians: 12 EU nations to support our UN bid: The Palestinians already have majority support for the resolution, which they intend to bring to the UN General Assembly. But they feel their efforts would carry more weight if European and other Western nations support them.

Israel warns of severe response to Palestinian UN statehood bid: Over the weekend, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz threatened to impose sharp economic measures against the PNA if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas makes good on the move. Abbas said he expected that the Arab League would petition the world body within 48 hours on the PNA's behalf in order to put the Palestinian plan into motion.

Syrian soldiers killed in Deraa blasts: Two explosions set off by suicide bombers have shaken the southern Syrian city of Daraa, killing and wounding dozens of regime forces, an activist group says.

7 kids killed in rebels' shelling in Syrian northern town: The bodies of seven children have been exhumed in the Syrian northern town of Harem, the state TV said Sunday, adding that the kids were killed after the armed groups fired shells at the area. Xinhua reported.

Britain backs arming Syrian rebels: The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has split the Western alliance with unexpected proposals to open the door to arming the Syrian opposition, just as the US is becoming alarmed at its Islamist make-up and human rights abuses.

Israel fires missile into Syria: A mortar shell "targeted an IOF" [Israel Occupation Forces] post in the Golan Heights," said army spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Avital Leibovich. "We answered with a warning shot towards Syrian areas. We understand this was a mistake and was not meant to target Israel and then that is why we fired a warning shot in retaliation."

Three killed in sectarian clashes in Lebanon: At least seven others are wounded in a gunbattle in Sidon between Shia group Hezbollah and supporters of a Sunni cleric.

Pakistan: 31 killed in Karachi violence: At least 31 people, including members of the minority Shia community, have been killed in various incidents of target killings in Pakistan’s commercial city of Karachi and Balochistan’s capital Quetta.

Newborn baby among six killed in Afghan blast: police: A mother and her newborn baby were among six family members killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan overnight, police and witnesses said Sunday.

NATO soldier killed in Afghan 'insider' attack: Official: A NATO-led soldier fighting insurgents in Afghanistan was shot dead on Saturday by a man in an Afghan army uniform in southern Afghanistan, the latest in a series of "insider" attacks, the alliance said.

‘He just started shooting me’ witnesses reveal details of Kandahar massacre: "We are children! We are children!" was one victim's last phrase before being killed in a shooting spree as American Staff Sergeant Robert Bales left sixteen Afghan civilians dead, according to witness testimonies.

Petraeus' resignation will be a loss for Israel: It's four years until the next election. Petraeus can write his book on defense and statecraft, get rich from giving lectures, and then bow to public demand and return.

Senators say Petraeus may still be called on Benghazi: Senate leaders said Sunday that David Petraeus may still be called to testify this week in a congressional investigation into the deadly attacks on the Libyan consulate in Benghazi despite his sudden resignation Friday as CIA director.

Americans blamed after Russia loses out in £2.6bn Baghdad arms deal: AN arms deal worth £2.6 billion with Russia that could have left Iraq less dependent on US military hardware and boosted the capability of Iraq's armed forces has been cancelled amid allegations of corruption.

As US states legalise marijuana, is this the end of the drugs war?: The director of a landmark documentary which chronicles how the current penal approach has resulted in social disaster says the greatest legacy of the US elections may be shifting attitudes towards illegal narcotics

 

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