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Female government worker shot dead in Afghanistan: Nadia Sediqqi, acting head of women's affairs department in Laghman province, is shot dead on her way to work

US Occupation Force Soldier killed in Afghanistan: The Pentagon on Monday identified the U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in the rescue of an American doctor in Afghanistan as a highly-decorated 10-year veteran from Pennsylvania.

North Lebanon clashes leave 17 dead: Armed clashes in Tripoli between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad have left 17 people dead since they began Tuesday, with no end to the violence in sight.

Jihadists seize key north Syria army base: Jihadists led by the radical Al-Nusra Front seized a strategic army base in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo on Monday, in a fresh setback for President Bashar al-Assad's regime, activists say.

Grisly video shows Syrian rebels forcing child to behead unarmed prisoner: The video shows a child cutting a bound prisoner’s head off with a machete. Militants then display the man’s severed head while chanting "Allahu Akbar," or “God is great.”

‘US to send sophisticated arms to militants in Syria’: According to diplomatic sources, Americans have bought some of the weapons, including Russian-made Strela 2 missiles, from the stockpiles of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Ghaddafi. Strela 2 or SA-7 is a man-portable, shoulder-fired, low-altitude surface-to-air missile system.

U.S. designates Syrian group as terrorist organization: Recent reports from Syria suggest that extremists groups such as Jabhat are gaining ground in places where support for the opposition Free Syrian Army, the loose umbrella of rebel fighters, is wearing thin.

Germany expels four Syrian diplomats as fighting rages: Germany expelled four Syrian diplomats in a drive to further cut ties with the president, Bashar Al Assad, as gun battles erupted in Damascus and jets bombed city suburbs.

Israel not concerned Assad will use chemical weapons against it, top minister says: Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon told Israel Radio that he saw no indication Assad was going to use the country’s large stores of weapons on Israel.

EU condemns Israel over illegal settlements: The European Union warned Israel of unspecified consequences Monday if it goes through with plans to build thousands of new "settler" homes in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Abbas warns Israel against withholding taxes, says he may turn to ICC: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned Israel on Sunday not to withhold tax revenues that were to be transferred to the Palestinian Authority, saying he would turn to the International Criminal Court if Jerusalem did not honor agreements.

Egypt’s army assumes broader powers ahead of charter referendum: A decree issued by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi giving the military temporary authority to arrest civilians and protect “vital facilities of the state” took effect Monday.

'We won't allow revolution to be stolen again': Brotherhood second-in-command: The Muslim Brotherhood's deputy guide Khairat El-Shater accused foreign and local parties today of aiming to overthrow the regime led by President Mohamed Morsi by bringing chaos to the country.

Bahraini activist jailed for "inciting hatred": A prominent Bahraini rights activist has been arrested on charges of “inciting hatred against the regime” after attempting to visit a hospital patient shot in the face by riot police, her friends announced Monday.

Iran to US: Thanks for the CIA drone, we're going to copy it: Iran's Revolutionary Guard today said a US drone used by the CIA and seized by the Islamic Republic last year has been successfully decoded. Tehran said it will now build its own versions of the high-tech aircraft

Fact or Fiction? 3,000 US troops secretly return to Iraq via Kuwait: According to our correspondent, the US troops have secretly entered Iraq in multiple stages and are mostly stationed at Balad military garrison in Salahuddin province and al-Asad air base in al-Anbar province.

Innocence of Muslims 2? Belgium alarmed as another controversial film to be released: Belgium has heightened its terror alert level ahead of the release of another highly provocative film exploring Islam, reportedly made in cooperation with the notorious Koran-burning US pastor Terry Jones.

The Senate Report on CIA Interrogations You May Never See: The Senate report focuses on whether so-called “enhanced interrogation” tactics – including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and other techniques – actually led to critical intelligence breakthroughs.

U.S. Court of Appeals Rejects CIA's Motion to Squash Lawsuit on Bay of Pigs History: "The CIA told the courts that a decades-old draft history should stay secret because it would 'confuse the public' and make CIA historians less candid,"

U.S. Intelligence Agencies See a Different World in 2030: New technologies, dwindling resources and explosive population growth in the next 18 years will alter the global balance of power and trigger radical economic and political changes at a speed unprecedented in modern history, says a new report by the U.S. intelligence community.
 

Propaganda alert: Fracking Seen Robbing OPEC’s Power to Set U.S. Gasoline Prices: - The success of American drillers in coaxing fossil fuels from shale rock has the potential to boost production so much that it may deny OPEC the power to set global oil and gasoline prices, an intelligence advisory panel concluded.

Thousands Are Expected to Protest Anti-Worker Legislation in Michigan: Large numbers of Michigan State Police officers have surrounded the Capitol this morning in anticipation of a day of protests in response to so-called right-to-work legislation currently being processed through the state Legislature.

IMF chief says U.S. needs blend of spending cuts, revenue raising: The United States needs a balanced, comprehensive approach to tackle its fiscal woes that should include a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Sunday.

December 09, 2012

NATO Intervention in Syria Imminent

By Stephen Lendman

Possible regional or global war looms. Disastrous consequences could follow. Obama may head humanity into the abyss. Perhaps there's no way to stop him. 
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We Are Complicit
There’s No Country That Would Tolerate Missiles


By Johnny Barber

We supply the planes, we supply the bombs, we supply the vetoes at the UN Security Council that gives cover to these crimes.
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The American Worship of Empire

By Phillip Faruggio

Amazing, how we are living in a time when, as with the Inquisition, God is placed on a pedestal of violence and terror…. all in the name of Peace!
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Jewish Anti Zionism is a Myth
Not The Wisest Phil Around


By Gilad Atzmon

Jewish opposition to Zionism is just another form of Zionism-lite that, just like it’s right-wing counterpart, locates Jewish self-interest firmly at its core.
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Doha Climate Talks Produce More Hot Air

By Eric J. Lyman

The latest round of UN climate change talks will probably be remembered as the final resting place of the Kyoto protocol on climate change, done in by longstanding financial woes and a lack of engagement by the United States.
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More Phony Employment Numbers

By Paul Craig Roberts

A government that wants to cut the social safety net doesn’t want you to know that the unemployment rate is 22.9%.
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Prison Labor Booms in US as Low-cost Inmates Bring Billions

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US breeds a Chinese-style inmate labor scheme on its own soil. Both state and some of the biggest private companies are now enjoying the fruits of a cheap and readily available work force.
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Bradley Manning Blackout
Tax Hike Spin, Covering Poverty– and $450 Starbucks Gift Cards


Video By Fair TV

The stories that came out due to the information Bradley Manning allegedly leaked have been explosive, front page news. But his trial? Not so much.
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Black Box Data Recorders to Be Installed in All US Cars

By Susanne Posel

The NHTSA says that by September 2014 all car and light trucks will be equipped with EDRs that will silently “record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop.”
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8 "militants" killed in Afghanistan within 24 hours: "The Afghan National Police in partnership with the army and the NATO-led coalition forces launched eight cleanup operations in Kunar, Kandahar, Logar, Helmand and Nimroz provinces, killing eight Taliban insurgents and detaining five others over the past 24 hours," the country's Interior Ministry said in a statement.

US-led airstrike kills 6 in Afghanistan: According to Helmand police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang, the airstrike was carried out in Godar area of Nahr-e Seraj district on Saturday night.

2 civilians killed, 2 wounded in Kandahar mine blast: At least two passengers were killed and two others wounded as their vehicle hit by a landmine allegedly planted by the government armed oppositions in southern Province of Kandahar, an official said Sunday.

US occupation force service member killed in Afghanistan: The U.S. force says in a statement that the service member was killed Sunday but does not provide any further details.

One raid, two stories: Were insurgents killed? Or just a man’s family?: Abdulrashid’s wife, Jamila, was hit. The child at her breast, Naquibullah, was struck in the neck and the abdomen and killed instantly. Jamila had a wound in her arm that gushed blood, and she was taken on a helicopter to a medical facility. Today, Jamila cannot use her arm.

Outrageous : US troops can have immunity - Karzai: Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is willing to consider giving immunity to US troops in a security deal to be signed next year if his demands concerning 'Afghanistan's sovereignty' are respected.

US kills 4 people in Pakistan: : An alledged, "senior al-Qaeda" leader and three others were killed on Sunday in a US drone strike in Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region. Some reports said the three others killed in the attack were members of Almansoor's family. Local residents said they had seen several drones hovering over the area after the attack.

2 killed, 200 injured as Bangladesh protest turn violent : At least two people were killed and 200 injured when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Violence has erupted amid a call for the restoration of a caretaker administration to oversee national elections.

10 killed in S Sudan army shooting: At least 10 people have been killed after South Sudanese troops opened fire on demonstrators angry at officials moving the seat of local authority outside a state capital, according to United Nations sources. "The SPLA [army] opened fire" on protesters "demonstrating the excessive use of force," Liam McDowall, UN peacekeeping mission spokesman, said on Sunday.

Sudan police teargas protesters after student deaths: Police in Sudan used teargas and batons to repel rock-throwing students on Sunday as tension simmered over the deaths of four students following a protest against tuition fees.

Pentagon prepares military operation in Mali: It’s only December, but it looks like the Pentagon has all planned out how they’ll spend a good part of 2013. US officials now claim that the Defense Department is busy preparing a military operation in the nation of Mali.

Egypt's Morsi backs off decree, but fails to assuage protesters: President Mohamed Morsi held firm in rejecting what had been a key demand of the opposition: delaying a referendum scheduled for Saturday on a new constitution.

Egypt opposition demands Morsi delay vote: Major opposition bloc says President Morsi's decision to rescind controversial decree "falls short of expectations".

Eight soldiers killed in militant ambush in eastern Yemen: The Saturday attack took place as troops were visiting a main oil pipeline that had been destroyed in another attack on December 6, The Associated Press reported.

Yemeni general killed in militant ambush: Attack blamed on Al Qaida men, who stole six military vehicles

4 Lebanese killed in Syria-linked fighting as bodies returned: Lebanon's official news agency says four people have been killed in fighting in the Lebanese city of Tripoli between gunmen loyal to opposite sides in Syria's civil war.

Clashes rage in Lebanon's Tripoli : Video - Sectarian clashes rage for a sixth day in Lebanon's port city Tripoli as Syria returns the bodies of gunmen killed in Syria last week. Travis Brecher reports

Engineering Consent For Attack On Syria? Syrian rebels claim new video shows victims of chemical attack: Syrian rebels on Saturday uploaded to YouTube a clip purportedly depicting victims of a chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the regime. The video shows Syrian civilians, some apparently dead and others injured, whose faces were disfigured in a manner that could be caused by a chemical agent.

Experts skeptical Syria is preparing to use its chemical arsenal: Iternational experts are cautioning against alarmism, saying there’s no confirmation that the Syrians are mixing weapons components or loading them into delivery systems, as some U.S. news organizations have reported.

Syrian rebels elect Islamist-dominated unified command: The 30 included many with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists, and excluded the most senior officers who had defected from President Bashar al-Assad's military, they said.

Russia rules out Libyan scenario in Syria: "We'll not allow the Libyan experience to be reproduced in Syria. Unfortunately our Western partners have departed from the Geneva accords and are seeking the departure of [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad," Lavrov said, adding Russia was not clinging to any individual leaders in Syria.

Israeli Special Forces in Syria: IDF Special Forces are operating inside Syria to track chemical weapons, the London Sunday Times reported. The Israeli government has not commented on the report.

Damascus remains loyal to Assad: Much of the Syrian capital remains firmly behind President Bashar al-Assad’s regime - if only for fear of what might replace it.

Syria envoy meets US and Russian diplomats: Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday that the US was wrong to see Russia as softening its position, but that Russia had agreed to take part in the talks on condition there would be no demand for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Al Qaeda-linked radicals help Syrian rebels capture army base: Group linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq, Syrian rebels capture northern outpost, capture 5 soldiers.

Iraq officials say bombing kills 3 from family of anti-al-Qaida militiaman: Iraqi authorities say a bomb exploded near the house of an anti-al-Qaida militiaman south of Baghdad, killing him, his 8-year-old son and another family member.

Former IDF chief says Israel should withdraw from West Bank unilaterally: Israel should define its borders, even if this means doing so unilaterally, and separate from the Palestinians, former IDF chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said Sunday.

Arab League approves $100-million monthly aid package for Palestinian Authority Arab League foreign ministers have agreed during a meeting to send hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority to make up for punitive measures imposed by the Israeli government after a successful bid for recognition at the United Nations.

Islamic Jihad to end ceasefire if leader banned from Gaza: Islamic Jihad will not adhere to a Nov. 21 ceasefire deal to end recent violence in Gaza if the group's secretary-general is banned from entering the coastal enclave by Israel, a senior group official said Sunday.

Hamas celebrates 25th anniversary, despite Israeli threats: Hamas celebrated the 25th anniversary of its creation Saturday, as hundreds of thousands gathered in Gaza City for festivities, despite Israeli threats to end a ceasefire.

Azeri Drones on ‘Spy Missions’ along Iran Border: Iranian military experts said Azerbaijan has been using Orbiter ultra-light drones assembled with Israeli help, as well as Hermes-450 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) “for control and surveillance missions.”

Bradley Manning is The Guardian 'Person of the Year 2012' : Each year the Guardian's editors and readers nominate and vote for the person they consider to be most important and a headline-maker for the year. This year the winners were Bradley Manning, followed by Malala Yousafzai.

Venezuela's president Chavez says cancer back, plans surgery: Chavez, who won re-election on Oct. 7, also said for the first time that if his health were to worsen, his successor would be Vice President Nicolas Maduro.

Honduran president fears repeat of ’09 coup: Honduras’ president on Friday accused a group led by a powerful publishing magnate of plotting to repeat “the crisis of 2009,” when his predecessor, Manuel Zelaya, was whisked out of the country at gunpoint in a civilian coup.

Puerto Rico governor to push for statehood: Gov. Luis Fortuno, who backs seeing statehood, said Saturday that Puerto Rican voters embraced statehood and rejected the current U.S. commonwealth status in the Nov. 6 ballot. He said Congress and Obama pledged to respect the results.

Mexico's new boss no threat to drug cartels: Let me put it this way: under this leader of the infamous PRI, crime and corruption will not only continue, they'll thrive.

At Least 5 More State Expected To Vote On Marijuana Legalization Soon: Video report

Police Maced Crowd Signing Up For Housing List : Columbus Police sprayed Mace on several people in a crowd that had gathered to sign up for a list to get subsidized housing at a northwest Columbus apartment complex.

Homeland Security Department spent money on hog catcher, latrine on wheels: The Homeland Security Department paid for an underwater robot in a Midwest city with no major rivers or lakes nearby, a hog catcher in rural Texas and a fish tank in a small Texas town, according to a new congressional report

Lagarde: ‘Zero’ U.S. growth without a deal: The head of the International Monetary Fund warned that the American economy won’t grow next year without a deal on the fiscal cliff.

December 08, 2012

Report: US Drafting Plans to Strike Syrian Chemical Weapon Targets

By Carlo Muñoz

Senior U.S. defense officials are drafting plans for a potential preemptive strike against government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, prompted by concerns over the country's chemical weapon stockpiles. Continue

'No Confirmed Reports' Syrian Govt Preparing To Use Chemical Weapons – UN Chief

By RT

Washington's continuous claims of Syrian preparations of chemical weapons are based on strategy, not real concerns. Continue

Former Powell Adviser ‘Skeptical’ of ‘Politicized’ US intelligence on Syria

By RT

Syria will never use chemical weapons against its own people, Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired US Army Colonel who was Chief of Staff to Colin Powell told RT. Instead, the reality is that US is “preparing the ground to intervene in Syria.” Continue

US Tightens Military Noose Around Syria

By Bill Van Auken

Washington now has 17 warships, 70 fighter-bombers and 10,000 military personnel within close striking distance of Syria. Continue

US Troops Mass on Turkey's Syrian Border

By UPI

Some 400 U.S. and Dutch NATO troops were massed on Turkey's Syrian border Friday amid fears besieged President Bashar Assad was poised to use chemical weapons. Continue

Bashar al-Assad, And The Truth About Chemical Weapons

By Robert Fisk

Bashar’s father Hafez al-Assad was brutal but never used chemical arms. And do you know which was the first army to use gas in the Middle East?
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Perception and Reality of Public Diplomacy.
US Special Operations Command Leads Propaganda Fight

By Tom Vanden Brook

The report, examines the military's growing role in shaping perceptions about the United States around the world.
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Brief History of Syria

In an agreement known as the Sykes-Picot agreement, they decided to divide the Middle East into French and British 'spheres of influence'. Syria was to be put under French mandate. In early 1920, French troops landed on the Syrian coast.
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Why the Gulf States Want to Keep Iran in a Box

By Stephen M. Walt

That motive is the Gulf states' interest in keeping oil prices high enough to balance their own budgets. Continue

Washington Humbug
Iran, Israel and International Law


By Brian Cloughley

Why does America inflict sanctions on Iran while backing Israel to the hilt when it scorns International Law? Continue

Egypt: Tug of War

Editorial - The Guardian

The target of the opposition National Salvation Front is not the constitution, or the emergency decree, but Morsi himself. Continue

The PSY Scandal:
Singing About Killing People v. Constantly Doing It


By Glenn Greenwald

Americans would benefit from less outrage at anti-US sentiment and more energy toward understanding why it's so widespread. Continue

Austerity, Obama-Style
The Plutocrats and the Placeholder President


By Rob Urie

The bloated, murderous, military industry that lobbies the U.S. into unnecessary wars for their own benefit and that of corporate welfare receiving multi-national corporations is an entitlement program. Continue

Schizophrenics, Psychopaths Holding America Hostage

By Dr Brian Moench

I've been struck by how large portions of the country are mired in schizophrenic distortions of reality and how prominent business leaders and politicians overtly display personality traits common to psychopaths. Continue

Waiting List for Addiction Treatment in Federal Prisons Is 51,000 Inmates Long

By Seth Ferranti

“I have been in prison 15 years, waiting to get into the drug program,” a prisoner tells us. Continue 

Fighting rages in Damascus suburbs: Syrian rebels say they are bombarding Damascus International Airport, as fighting, once largely restricted to the provinces, returns to the capital

Syrian rebels declare Damascus airport a military target: Rebel fighters in the Syrian capital have declared Damascus International Airport a military zone and warned civilians and airlines not to approach it. A rebel spokesman told Reuters:

Britain sees evidence Assad could use chemical weapons against Syrian rebels: British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Saturday said that there is evidence that the Syrian government could use its chemical weapons stocks in its conflict with rebels fighting to oust it.

Experts skeptical Syria is preparing to use its chemical arsenal: With concern over the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons stockpile reaching a fever pitch this week, international experts are cautioning against alarmism, saying there’s no confirmation that the Syrians are mixing weapons components or loading them into delivery systems, as some U.S. news organizations have reported.

Syria warns rebels may use chemical weapons: "Terrorist groups may resort to using chemical weapons against the Syrian people... after having gained control of a toxic chlorine factory" east of Aleppo, the foreign ministry said. It added that Damascus would never use such weapons against its own people.

Anger grows over Syrian rebel corruption: Worn down by war in Syria, many people appear to be turning against the main opposition rebel force. Unhappy about the soaring cost of basic items, they worry that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is profiting from the violence.

France funding Syrian rebels in new push to oust Assad: Money delivered by French government proxies across Turkish border has been used to buy weapons and ammunition

Libya Supplies Free Syrian Army With Weapons: Arms have been shipped from Libya to support Syrian fighters since almost immediately after the fall of the former Libyan dictator, according to an international cargo shipper based in the Mediterranean who said the movement of arms is well-known in Benghazi.

Lebanon's Tripoli begins to look like Syria: The red, green and black flags adopted by Syrian rebels flutter in the December wind and rain as the sound of a mortar bomb explosion echoes off bullet-marked apartment blocks. But this is not Syria. It's the coastal city of Tripoli in the civil-war-ravaged country's little neighbour: Lebanon.

Syrian rebels elect Islamist-dominated unified command: Syrian rebel groups meeting in Turkey elected a 30-member unified command on Friday at talks attended by security officials from international powers, delegates said.

Syria: Rebel Prisoners On Their Religious War: Interviewing people who, under different circumstances, might kill you, is a strange experience.

600 foreign troops to be deployed in Turkey: Around six hundred troops are expected to accompany six Patriot missile systems to be deployed in Turkey to reinforce the NATO member country’s air defenses and calm its fears of coming under missile attack, possibly with chemical weapons, from Syria.

If all else fails, US will hit Iran in 2013, say former top advisers to Obama and Bush: At Washington Institute gala, Dennis Ross, Elliott Abrams and outgoing US ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey insist the president will strike next year if diplomacy doesn’t succeed.

HRW demands Israel justify Gaza strike that killed 12: “Attacks in which the expected civilian loss exceeds the anticipated military gain are serious violations of the laws of war,” HRW said in a report.

Khaled Meshaal's return gives Palestinians new hope: Hamas' exiled political leader pledges to work with Fatah on his first visit to Gaza since 1967

Gaza visit underscores Muslim Brotherhood's strength: Video - Today's visit to Gaza by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, after 45 years of exile from Palestinian land, reinforces the growing confidence of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East.

'Killing Palestinians popular in Israel around election time': Video: Chas Freeman, the Former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia about the flaring conflicts in the Middle East.

Anti-Zionist orthodox Jews protest in London against Israel atrocities: Holding the title of “an outcry of British Jews against Israeli tyranny”, the Jewish rabbis said the Israeli regime suppresses religious freedoms and that it persecute, intimidate, and silence the voices of legitimate demonstrators.

Egypt's army warns it will not let violence continue (VIDEO): The Egyptian armed forces has called for talks to resolve the current crisis, warning that it will not let the country go down a "dark tunnel."

Anti-Morsi protesters break through wired fences of presidential palace, injuries reported: “We want to see the fall of the regime,” chanted the crowd venting their anger with President Morsi, the drafted constitution and the Muslim Brotherhood.

US-backed Muslim Brotherhood unleashes bloody crackdown in Cairo: Muslim Brotherhood (MB) forces supporting Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Mursi are carrying out a bloody crackdown in Cairo. Amid intensifying mass protests in the past two weeks against Mursi, the Islamists are mobilizing their forces to try to crush strikes and protests.

Egypt Arrests Possible Key Figure in Benghazi Attack: Egypt has made what could be a big arrest related to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. Authorities detained Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad, described as the leader of an expanding terrorist network who has been trying to establish his own wing of al-Qaeda in Egypt

Thousands of Yemenis rally in Sa’ada protest against US meddling: Yemenis hold almost weekly anti-US rallies in the northern governorate following Friday Prayers to express their anger over Washington's interference in Yemeni affairs and its deadly drone attacks in their country.

This Weekend in Bahrain: Will U.S. Officials Stand Up for Freedom?: In the island nation of Bahrain, a man by the name of Nabeel Rajab is sitting in jail for the “crime” of peaceful protest. But the government that has imprisoned him is a U.S. military ally, and the Obama Administration has done little to push for his release.

Pentagon prepares military operation in Mali: United States officials with knowledge of the matter tell the Washington Post that the Department of Defense and the US State Department will assist next year in a mission to overthrow Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qaeda who took under control a significant part of Mali, a small West African country that is still picking itself up after a coup this past March.

Nato occupation forces 'attack Afghan health clinic': Nato forces stormed into a clinic in central Afghanistan, damaging doors, windows and medical equipment, before using it as a jail and military command centre, in violation of the Geneva conventions, according to the aid group that runs the facility.

US and UK troops accused of killing Afghan civilians: The US military is facing fresh questions over its targeting policy in Afghanistan after a senior army officer suggested that troops were on the lookout for “children with potential hostile intent”.

2012 Was the Year of the Drone in Afghanistan: Revised U.S. military statistics show a much, much larger drone war in Afghanistan than anyone suspected.

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Pentagon to review perks for top brass: By the time commanders achieve four-star rank, they often travel in corporate-style jets, with their own cooks, drivers and dozens of aides who perform personal errands.

Senate to DHS: No tanks, thanks: $98,000 for an “underwater robot” in Ohio. $69,000 for a hovercraft in Indianapolis. $6,200 for “sno-cone” machines in Michigan. These are just a few of the items purchased with federal dollars by state and local police departments in the name of national security.

Mexico Violence: 13 Bodies Found In Vehicles In Northern Mexico: Police found the mutilated bodies of 13 people inside two vehicles abandoned in separate towns of the northern border state of Tamaulipas, an official said Friday.

Mexico condemns deadly shootings by US border agents: Mexican officials have condemned the rise of fatal shootings by US border patrol and customs agents, who have killed at least 18 Mexican nationals over the past two year.

UN climate talks in Doha reach agreement: After 36 hours of non-stop negotiation, delegates from nearly 200 nations in the Qatari capital agreed on Saturday to extend the protocol limiting greenhouse gas emissions until 2020.

Fracking for Foreigners? New Report from Feds Backs More Natural Gas Exports: Fracking rigFracking rigHow times have changed. Ten years ago the United States was looking at importing natural gas via massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, yet to be built. Now the country appears to be getting ready to significantly increase exports of LNG.

Tepid US jobs report points to ongoing slump: The Labor Department reported Friday that the United States added 146,000 jobs in November, barely enough to keep up with population growth. The net payroll increase was below the average monthly number for the past two years of 150,000.

December 07, 2012

Video Showing Rebel Fighters Testing Chemical Weapons in Syria

By Syria Tribune

The video shows what appears to be a rebel group testing chemical weapons on lab rabbits, and threatening to use them against Syrian civilians on a sectarian basis.
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Presstitute And War Pimp Alert
Syria Loads Chemical Weapons into Bombs; Military Awaits Assad's Order

By Jim Miklaszewski and M. Alex Johnson

The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday.
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A Pretext for Deeper US Intervention In Syria

By Ben Schreiner

Preparing the American public for the very real possibility of yet another US-led military intervention in the Middle East has begun in earnest.
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In Case You Missed It
Next stop Syria and then Iran

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Former 4-star U.S General Admits to America Foreign Policy Coup.
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“Obama in Tehran”
Mr. President, Tear Down This Wall


By Pepe Escobar

The big picture goes way beyond the strategic gaming of the U.S. and Israel about Iran’s possible future arsenal.
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Ten Reasons Iran Doesn't Want the Bomb

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian

The following reasons aim to strengthen the case for why Iran is not after a nuclear bomb. Continue

Lest we forget
Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair

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Coverup exposes several of the most disturbing chapters in the history of U.S. covert foreign policy. It presents a tale of politics, drugs, hostages, weapons, assassinations, covert operations and the ultimate plan to suspend the U.S.Constitution. Continue

How Obama Could Stop Those Israeli Settlements

By Robert Wright

Bibi Netanyahu has delivered "the worst possible slap in the face" to President Obama. Continue

Democracy, Dollars and Drugs

By Evgeny Khrushchev

The United States promotes drug production and consumption as a quintessential part of its undeclared ‘3D Diplomacy’ – democracy, dollars and drugs – to penetrate, corrupt and manipulate countries from within. Continue

Good Will Hunting Got It Right
The Reality Of US Foreign Policy

2 Minute Video

Why shouldn't I work for the N.S.A? That's a tough one. Continue

The UN Asks for Control Over the World’s Internet

By RT

Members of the United Nation’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have agreed to work towards implementing a standard for the Internet that would allow for eavesdropping on a worldwide scale. Continue

US Kills 3 People in Pakistan: A US drone has fired a pair of missiles at a house in Pakistan's northwest tribal region near the Afghan border, killing three suspected fighters, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

In public relations exercise: PM demands an end to US drone attacks in Pakistan: PM Ashraf expressed his concerns regarding the drone attacks and said that the attacks were harmful and ineffective. He demanded that the US end its drone attacks on Pakistani soil.

US, NATO behind 'insecurity' in Afghanistan: Karzai: Afghan President Hamid Karzai sharply criticized the United States in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Thursday, blaming American and NATO forces for some of the growing insecurity in his country.

Gunmen kill 5 Iraqi security personnel: - Gunmen killed security personnel assigned to protect Iraqi oil facilities south of the capital Baghdad during an ambush.

Kurdish MPs Warn Of War With Baghdad, As Peshmerga Forces Await Orders: With Erbil-Baghdad tensions high over troop deployments in disputed territories, Kurdish MPs in the Iraqi parliament warned of war, and a senior commander of Kurdish Peshmerga forces said he has 30,000 armed men deployed and ready for orders.

Iraqi PM says central government and Kurds reach preliminary deal for disputed northern areas: Nouri al-Maliki told reporters in Baghdad that the central government and leaders from the Kurdish autonomous region agreed that local ethnic and sectarian groups will form units to replace Iraqi and Kurdish forces currently in the disputed areas, which are claimed by Arabs, Turkomen and Kurds.

11 Lebanese killed in Syria-linked clashes: Snipers have shot dead 11 people, including a 13-year-old boy, in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli during three days of violence linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria.

Engineering Consent For Attack On Syria? Report: Syrian army loads bombs with chemical weapons: The signs that the Syrian army is losing control of the country are growing fast, so too are growing the chances of a foreign military intervention.

WMD reports baseless: Syria: Western powers are whipping up fears of a fateful move to the use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war as a “pretext for intervention”, Syria’s deputy foreign minister said on Thursday.

No evidence Syria mixing chemical agents, Pentagon official says: According to the official, despite the increased activity around several chemical weapons sites, including truck movements in and out, it's not even clear that the precursors have been moved from separate storage sites to one location.

Syria Has No Plans to Use Chemical Weapons Lavrov: At a press conference after a Russia-NATO Council meeting, Foreign Minister Lavrov says the Syrian authorities have assured Russia that they are not going to use chemical weapons.

US, allies said to be prepared to ‘rapidly’ intervene if Assad utilizes chemical weapons: Potential coalition partners include the UK, Turkey and even Israel; King Abdullah II says Jordan will not be a party to military intervention in Syria

17 US warships now off Syria: The U.S. aircraft carrier "Dwight D Eisenhower" has arrived off the shores of Syria.

Thousands of American troops near Syrian shore on USS Eisenhower: “The muscle is already there to be flexed,” a US official told the London Times about the US military’s presence outside of Syria.

US, French Troops Prepare For Syria Invasion In Response To "Chemical Weapons" Threat: Thousands of US troops amassed near the Syrian shore confirm, the time for a US invasion may be near. The alibi? "Chemical weapons" of mass or non-mass destruction. In other words the Iraq playbook all over again.

Activists Tell Damascus Residents To Prepare For The 'Zero Hour' : The YouTube video, called "Zero Hour, Your Final Chance," promises an imminent battle in Damascus aimed at ousting Assad. It is filled with instructions on what to do to prepare for and survive such a battle.

Russia Docks Warships in Syria as NATO Arms Turkey: Russian authorities claim the stop was only to load fuel and water and make "minor repairs."

US and Europe accelerate plans for Syrian transition: The United States and like-minded governments are rushing to fund and legitimize a newly-formed Syrian opposition group amid fear that plans for a political transition are being outpaced by rebel military gains, US and European officials said.

US arms shipments traveled from Libya to anti-Assad fighters, sources say: Arms have been shipped from Libya to support Syrian fighters since almost immediately after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi, according to an international cargo shipper based in the Mediterranean who said the movement of arms is well-known in Benghazi.

Report: U.S. OKd arming Libyan rebels: The weapons were paid for by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the Times reported. The former Pentagon official said some of the weapons since have been sent from Libya to militants with ties to al-Qaida in Mali

Gun shy: US alarmed Qatari arms for Libya now in militants' arsenals: Qatari weapons are also reportedly leaving Libya and being shipped to other countries in the region, like Mali, where al-Qaeda-linked militant groups are trying to establish an Islamic state.

Pentagon planning for multinational military operation in Mali: The international force would be led on the ground by several thousand Malian and West African troops but would receive extensive support from the Pentagon and the State Department, which would help train, equip and transport the troops, Obama administration officials said.

Curfew hits Cairo after military tanks quell anti-Morsi protests: Several tanks are guarding the area in front of the presidential palace, while dozens of protesters are defying the curfew and remaining near makeshift barricades.

Israel rejects UN call for nuclear transparency: Israel has rebuffed a UN call to adhere to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and open itself to international inspectors, calling the suggestion a "meaningless mechanical vote" of a body that “lost all its credibility regarding Israel.”

Report: Israel threatens to cancel Hamas truce if Islamic Jihad leaders enter Gaza: Two members of the Iranian-backed group had planned to visit Friday, along with the leader-in-exile of Hamas Khaled Meshal.

New Report Warns of Diplomatic Costs to the US of Iran Sanctions: Crippling international sanctions against Iran spearheaded by the United States are increasingly creating diplomatic headaches for the Obama administration, a panel of national-security experts and former lawmakers and government officials warned in a new report Thursday.

One killed as police fire on Bangladesh protest: A teenage activist from an Islamist party in Bangladesh was killed during clashes in which police fired live bullets to disperse crowds ahead of a nationwide strike on Tuesday, officials said.

Grandfather grieves teenage grandson killed by U.S. drone: “I want to know why Abdulrahman was killed. He is only a small boy. I wanted to send him to America to study like his father, like myself, like my other son.”

Global terror attacks more than quadrupled in decade since 2001 US attack: The number of terrorist attacks each year has more than quadrupled in the decade since September 11, 2001, a study released on Tuesday said, with Iraq, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Yemen the most affected.

Study: U.S. at 'Low' Risk of Terror Attack: Among countries with the highest risk of terrorist attacks, the United States ranks "relatively low," according to a new study.

Mentally ill man gets 10 years in prison for plotting 'terrorist attack': A mentally ill Muslim man was sentenced to a decade in prison this week after pleading guilty to 10 charges related to a 2011 plot to blow up synagogues and churches in New York City.

Newly Released Drone Records Reveal Extensive Military Flights in US: The Air Force and Marine Corps regularly fly both large and small drones in the national airspace all around the country. This is problematic, given a recent New York Times report that the Air Force’s drone operators sometimes practice surveillance missions by tracking civilian cars along the highway adjacent to the base.

No Warrant, No Problem: How The Government Can Still Get Your Digital Data: There are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day

The Real U.S. Budget Problem: Defense & War Spending Equal 94% Of All Federal Income Tax Revenues: In 2010, the US government collected $898 billion in federal income tax revenues. The same year, we spent $847 billion on useless wars and national defense.

CHART SHOCK: The REAL US Unemployment Rate Is 22%... It's now above 23% with the October update. Details from John William's Shadow Stats.

Austerity to last until 2018, admits George Osborne: The Chancellor confirmed that Britain’s growth figures had been significantly downgraded with further public sector spending cuts and tax rises ahead

Irish ministers defend budget after media, public lambasting: "Shame on you!", Carolyn Akintola, a carer who looks after her sick mother despite being wheelchair-bound herself, shouted down the phone at the ministers after estimating that allowance cuts would leave her over 500 euros worse off next year.

Greek jobless rate up to 26 percent: The Greek Statistical Authority said Thursday that 1.295 million people were recorded as being unemployed in September, pushing up the jobless rate up from 25.3 the previous month and 18.9 percent a year earlier.

S&P lowers Greece's credit rating to 'selective default' on auction plans: S&P says it sees the buyback as essentially a distressed debt restructuring tantamount to a default. The rating agency says it may raise its long-term credit rating on Greece back to junk-grade "CCC" once the buyback is complete.

Nigel Farage: We are now living in a German dominated Europe: 2 Minute Video -

 

December 05, 2012

'West Moves in for Syrian Endgame and War on Iran'

By Finian Cunningham

The American-led propaganda war on Syria seems to be moving towards the endgame of providing the political cover for direct Western military attack on that unfortunate country.
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Video: Doomsday for Iran? US Tests EMP Bomb

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Boeing has successfully tested an EMP missile that could be doomsday for Iran; media have largely ignored the development.
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Video of the American Drone Captured By Iran

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Iran has captured a US ScanEagle drone again over the Persian Gulf waters upon its intrusion into the Iranian airspace.
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Israel's West Bank Settlements Violate International Law

By Amnesty International

"This announcement sends a strong signal to the world that the current Israeli government has no respect for human rights and international law."
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The US and Israel: a Short Quiz on 'Rogue Nation' Status

By Glenn Greenwald

A series of events just from this week makes clear who is actually violating the consensus of the international community.
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Are Israel’s Jews, Some of Them, on Their Way to Becoming Nazis?

By Alan Hart

“Zionism is to modern enlightened Judaism what Nazism was to Germany’s traditional ethical values.”
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Leveson’s Punch And Judy Show Masks Hacking On A Scale You Can Barely Imagine

By John Pilger

To the “national security state”, of which the US is the pioneer and model, “perpetual war” is a given; and the public are the enemy -- not terrorists.
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Laptop Seizures by US Government Highlight 9/11-Era Climate of Fear

By Glenn Greenwald

A nation in which liberties are systematically abused - in which limitations on state power are ignored without consequence - is one which gives rise to a climate of fear.
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Why I Don't Want to Be a West Point Graduate

By Blake Page

Countless officers here and throughout the military are guilty of blatantly violating the oaths they swore to defend the Constitution. These men and women are criminals.
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For Pete's Sake, What's Happened to Our Democracy?

By Sam Pizzigati

One billionaire has the wherewithal to totally redirect America's political discourse. Continue

Five facts about America's pathological wealth distribution

By Paul Buchheit

We’re close to being the most unequal country in the world. Continue

Climate Change
UN Secretary-general Says World is in a Race Against Time


By Al-Jazeera

The UN says climate change will cost developing countries up to $67 billion each year by 2030. Tarek Bazley reports from Doha, Qatar.
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20 FARC rebels killed as deadline set for peace deal: Colombian leftist rebels faced on Monday a new deadline for striking a peace deal with the government after President Juan Manuel Santos warned they have less than a year to reach a negotiated end to Latin America’s longest-running insurgency.

Militants kill 12 soldiers in Somalia: Officials: Islamist extremists attacked an army post in northeastern Somalia, killing 12 soldiers in one of the deadliest attacks in recent months by the al-Qaeda-linked group, al-Shabab, an official said Wednesday.

Turkish forces kill 13 Kurdish militants near Syria border: Turkish troops and attack helicopters pounded Kurdish militants near the border with Syria, killing 13 militants and capturing five others, the regional governor's office said on Wednesday.

6 killed as deadly clashes errupt in Lebanon's Tripoli: The fighting on Tuesday and Wednesday in the port city has pitted Sunni Muslim districts against areas housing Alawites, from the same religious community as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Clinton Expresses Support for New Syrian (puppet) Opposition Coalition: “Now that there is a new opposition formed, we are going to be doing what we can to support that opposition,” Clinton said in Brussels. “I am looking forward to the friends of the Syrian people meeting next week in Marrakesh, where we will explore with like-minded countries what we can do to bring this conflict to an end.”

Thousands of US troops arrive near Syrian shore on USS Eisenhower: The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention.

Maliki ‘punished' Turkey for relations with Kurdish region: In a way that is not considered diplomatically appropriate, the Iraqi central government denied permission for the plane carrying Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz to land in Arbil on Tuesday, an act which analysts take as a reaction by the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to Turkey's policies in the region.

Israel rejects UN call for nuclear transparency: Israel has rebuffed a UN call to adhere to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and open itself to international inspectors, calling the suggestion a "meaningless mechanical vote" of a body that “lost all its credibility regarding Israel.”

Palestinians: settlement expansion means 1 state: The Israeli plans for Jerusalem and nearby West Bank areas "are the most dangerous in the history of settlement expansion and apartheid," Abbas and senior members of the PLO and his Fatah movement said in a statement after a meeting Tuesday evening.

Abbas: Israel's settlement plans in area E-1 are a 'red line': Palestinians contact UN chief to sound out possibilities for Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement expansion.

EU summons Israeli ambassador over settlement expansion concerns: Israel moved forward on Wednesday with plans to build some 3,000 settler homes in one of the most sensitive areas of the occupied West Bank, in defiance of international protests.

Israel accuses US of backing European settlement backlash: Israel has accused its closest ally, the United States, of endorsing a concerted European backlash against its plans to expand settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Egypt summons Israeli ambassador over settlement expansion: The ministry's Israel department head, Alaa Eddin Youssef, has called the ambassador to voice Egypt's objection to the expansion move as "a violation to the land-for-peace principle" and a hurdle to efforts made for the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, according to spokesperson Amr Roshdy.

Four Afghan boys killed by British occupation force troops: British forces have been accused of killing four boys at close range in an operation in Afghanistan.

US Military Says Killing Afghan Children Is Fair Game: According to the Military Times, the US military includes children on their list of who they’re allowed to murder with impunity.

Unconfirmed report: US Troops Attack Afghan Village, Rape Women: The US forces in Afghanistan raided a village and raped a large group of women, Afghan media reports disclosed on Sunday.

Afghanistan Tops Most Corrupt Countries Index: Afghanistan is perceived to have one of the most corrupt public sectors in the world out of 176 countries surveyed, according to a report from Transparency International released Wednesday.

Two Pakistani soldiers killed as troops foil suicide attack: At least two Pakistani soldiers were killed and four others injured today during an attempt by a pair of suicide bombers in an explosives-laden vehicle to blow up an army camp in the restive South Waziristan tribal region

Two police shot dead in Nigeria as bombs hit bus: Attackers threw homemade bombs at a bus, a blast went off near a police station and two policemen were shot dead in a spate of attacks in the Nigerian city of Kano, officials said on Wednesday.

At least one killed as anti-Mursi protests flare outside Cairo’s presidential palace: First death reported in Egypt as clashes exploded Wednesday night between supporters and foes of President Mohamed Mursi outside the presidential palace.

Egypt's opposition blames president for violence: "Today what is happening in the Egyptian street, polarisation and division, is something that could and is actually drawing us to violence and could draw us to something worse," said opposition politician Mohamed ElBaradei.

Live Video - Egypt Protests - Supporters and opponents of Egypt's President Morsi clash outside the presidential palace as the country’s political crisis continues to deepen. The opposition is rallying against the president’s assumption of nearly unrestricted powers and a draft constitution hurriedly adopted by his allies.

3 members of Mursi's Advisory council quit: Seif Abdel Fattah, Ayman al-Sayyad and Amr al-Leithy all tendered their resignations, bringing to six the number of presidential staff who have quit in the wake of a decree that has triggered countrywide violence.

Arab Spring nations slip in corruption index: Egypt falls six places and Syria 15 but Libya manages slight improvement in Transparency International's league table.

Iran tells US to 'recount' drones: Iran's Revolutionary Guards is telling the United States to "recount" the drones in its fleet as it insists that -- despite US denials -- it captured a small US unmanned spy plane over Gulf waters, Iranian media said Wednesday.

Drone in Iran Appears to Be U.S.-Made, Pentagon Says: The drone Iran says it captured appears to be a U.S.-made ScanEagle, Pentagon spokesman George Little said, in a change from the initial U.S. rejection of the Iranian claim.

Iran to take US to international court over intercepted spy drone: Iran has threatened international legal action against Washington over its alleged interception of a US spy drone. Tehran claims it has evidence of illegal spying on Iran’s nuclear program to present to an international court.

Majority of homeless Iraq and Afghanistan vets have PTSD: A new Yale study looks at the demographics of homeless vets and finds care lacking

Coast Guardsman is killed after suspected smugglers ram his boat: A veteran U.S. Coast Guard chief petty officer was killed Sunday after suspected smugglers rammed his vessel near Santa Cruz Island, casting him into the ocean with a fatal head wound.

NDAA 2013 still allows for military detention within the US: “It would not make America off-limits to the military being used to imprison civilians without charge or trial,” he writes, “…because its focus on protections for citizens and green-card holders implies that non-citizens could be militarily detained.”

U.S. is Only Developed County where Younger Generation will Receive Less Education than their Parents: Today, only about 20% of young adults will reach a higher level of education than their parents, a rate that’s among the lowest rates in the developed world

The US Government Today Has More Data On The Average American Than The Stasi Did On East Germans: Much of that data seems to be collected illegally with little oversight... and with absolutely no security benefit.

Hackers net €36m in Europe banking attack: Hackers have stolen more than €36m from 30 banks across Europe using a new two-stage Trojan virus that spreads from a victim’s PC to their mobile phone.

Citigroup Announces 11,000 Job Cuts : The move by new CEO Michael Corbat will save $900m (£559m ) in 2013, and more in subsequent years. Citigroup shares rose 4% on the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the news, to $35.62.

December 04, 2012

Washington Floats Chemical Weapons Charge as Pretext for Syria Buildup

By Bill Van Auken

The alleged threat from Syrian “weapons of mass destruction” is entirely concocted. Not a single piece of hard evidence is cited by any government official or any media source.
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Welcome to the "Liberated Zone" of Aleppo

By Thierry Meyssan

The new authorities of the "liberated zone" of Aleppo are currently setting up a religious dictatorship inspired by the Saudi model.
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The Zionist Plan for the Middle East

Translated and edited by Israel Shahak

The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states.
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In case you missed it
Israel's Sacred Terrorism

By Livia Rokach

To all the Palestinian victims of Israel's unholy terrorism, whose sacrifice, suffering and ongoing struggle will yet prove to be the pangs of the rebirth of Palestine...
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UN Calls On Israel To Open Nuclear Facilities

By The Associated Press

The resolution, approved Monday by a vote of 174-6 with 6 abstentions, calls on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty "without further delay" and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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It’s Time for the Media to Talk About Zionism

By Philip Weiss

The acknowledgment of Jewish prominence in the Establishment, and of the power of Zionism, would make a lot of Jews uncomfortable, so the conversation is verboten.
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U.S.-U.K. Genocide Against Iraq 1990-2012 Killed 3.3 Millions

By Sherwood Ross

Approximately 3.3 million Iraqis, including 750,000 children, were "exterminated" by economic sanctions and/or illegal wars conducted by the U.S. and Great Britain between 1990 and 2012, an eminent international legal authority says.
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Beware the Anti-Anti-War Left
Why Humanitarian Interventionism is a Dead End


By Jean Bricmont

After the Kosovo Albanians in 1999, we have been told that “we” must protect Afghan women, Iraqi Kurds and more recently the people of Libya and of Syria.
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Lawyer: Military Treatment of Bradley Manning 'Criminal'

By JOSH GERSTEIN

“Brad’s treatment at Quantico will forever be etched in our nation’s history as a disgraceful moment in time,”
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Bradley Manning: A Window Into The American Soul
By Paul Craig Roberts

In their desire to punish Manning, US military and civilian authorities failed to realize that the lesson for soldiers is that crimes against humanity will not be punished, but those who reveal the crimes will be punished.
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Understanding the Fiscal Cliff (In 2 Minutes 30 Seconds)

By Robert B. Reich:

Democrats, here are eight principles to guide you in the coming showdown over the fiscal cliff:
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Syrian rebels kill 29 students in attack on school near Damascus: Although the attack was confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the identity of the attackers remains unknown. Syria's state news agency reported that an unspecified group of rebels shelled the school.

Lebanon: Tension in Tripoli as clashes erupt again: Clashes broke out in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli on Tuesday between gunmen loyal to opposing sides in neighbouring Syria’s civil war, wounding one person, residents said.

Hyping Syrian WMD: Syrian Government Harbors Tons Of Chemical Agents: President Obama has warned the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons against its own people or face serious consequences. Tom Bowman talks to Melissa Block about Syria's program and what the U.S. options might be.

Senate orders study on U.S. no-fly zone in Syria: The Senate voted Tuesday to order President Obama to study what military options the U.S. would have if it wanted to get more deeply involved in the revolt against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Could US remove Syria chemical weapons?: President Barack Obama's warning about Syria's unconventional weapons arsenal is one of those "sit up and take notice" moments. He warned, "we cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people". The US president added, "we have put together a range of contingency plans".

Memories of Iraq - the Syria 'has chemical weapons' story: Have we really learnt nothing at all from what happened in Iraq?

Pepe Escobar: Patriot missiles, chemical weapons hype aim to intimidate Syria : Video -

Iran Captures US drone: Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has captured a US ScanEagle drone over the Persian Gulf waters upon its intrusion into the Iranian airspace.

US denies losing drone over Iran: "The U.S. Navy has fully accounted for all unmanned air vehicles (UAV) operating in the Middle East region. Our operations in the Gulf are confined to internationally recognized water and air space," a spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain said.

Video of Drone on Iranian Television: Video - Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps displayed on Tuesday what state television channels described as a captured American drone that had entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf “in the past few days.”

Revealed: US and Britain launched 1,200 drone strikes in recent wars: The information, much of it classified until now, shows that US Air Force drones carried out most of the 1,168 attacks. However British crews are also responsible for a significant portion of the strikes in Afghanistan.

Palestinian Authority' threatens International Criminal Court action over settlement plans: Ramallah warns that it may file war crimes charges against Israel with International Crimes Court if it refuses to halt east Jerusalem construction plans

This Time, Israel Has Defied the Whole World': While sanctions appear not to be on the table, German commentators say it is time to get tough with Israeli premier Netanyahu.

Jordan king to visit Palestine Thursday: "King Abdullah will visit the state of Palestine the day after tomorrow, on Thursday, in the first visit by a top official to the Palestinian state after we received UN recognition," said Nimr Hammad, political adviser to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Report: One-quarter of Israelis—and 37 percent of kids—live in poverty: Israel has the second-highest poverty rate in the developed world, behind only Mexico, according to statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD

Afghanistan: 5 killed, 9 injured following blast in Uruzgan province: According to local authorities in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan at least 14 Afghan civilians were killed or injured following an explosion in in this province.

Two NATO occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan: The NATO-led alliance said in a statement issued late Monday that the blast occurred earlier that day. It did not provide further details or the nationalities of the dead.

US Senate OKs $631 billion defence bill that pushes for US drawdown in Afghanistan: The Senate overwhelmingly approved a sweeping, $631 billion defence bill Tuesday that sends a clear signal to President Barack Obama to move quickly to get U.S. combat troops out of Afghanistan, tightens sanctions on Iran and limits the president's authority in handling terror suspects.

So much for "war on terror" Terror attacks quadrupled since 9/11: The number of terrorist attacks each year has more than quadrupled in the decade since September 11, 2001, a study released on Tuesday said, with Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan the most affected.

Clashes outside Egypt's presidential palace: Anti-Morsi demonstrators tear gassed in Cairo, as thousands gather to protest proposed constitution.

Libya 'talking points' were heavily edited by the CIA, Wall Street Journal reports: The 'talking points' about the Libya embassy attack were edited to remove a reference to Al Qaeda, among other details.

Mali rebels agree to respect 'national unity': The Malian government and two rebel groups have agreed to respect the country's "national unity", after holding their first talks to try and end a criss that has seen the west African country effectively split in two.

Nigerian army accused of killing civilians: Rights groups accuse Joint Task Force in Maiduguri of gross human rights violations in fight against Boko Haram.

Cops to Congress: We need logs of Americans' text messages: State and local law enforcement groups want wireless providers to store detailed information about your SMS messages for at least two years -- in case they're needed for future criminal investigations.

Judge stops school from expelling girl who refused to wear tracking device: A Texas high school student will be allowed to continue going to class for now despite her refusal to cooperate with a program that forces pupils to be mandatorily tracked with computer chips.

Facebook faces European legal showdown over privacy violation claims: Facebook is about to be the subject of a new legal battle over its data protection policies and alleged violations of privacy as an Austrian privacy group plans to bring the case in an Irish court.

Mom Received 12-Yrs Prison for Selling $30 Worth of Marijuana: She’s Released: The 26-year old mom from Oklahoma was just released after a two year stint in prison. She’d been given a full 12-year sentence for the peculiar act of selling just $30 worth of marijuana to a police informant.

Kissinger and the secret spy network of old Nazis and German aristocrats 'who plotted to overthrow West German goverment': 'The Little Service' was made up of many former Gestapo and S.S. men as well as titled barons and counts

Publicist confirms it: Fox News banned book critical of George W. Bush: Bartlett wrote that he’d published a book in 2006 called “Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy,” and said it had cost him his job at a conservative think tank — a widely discussed episode at the time. Bartlett also wrote that the book got him blacklisted at Fox News:

Corporate Profits Hit Record Highs As Wages Continue To Fall: It would seem that the corporate end of the business world is doing much better following the recession. - Sadly, employees are seeing wages reach an all-time low. According to Robert Brusca, economist with FAO Research in New York, this an unfortunate part of the game.

More data pointing to slowdown in US economy: Following a dismal report last week on retail sales for November, the first month of the holiday shopping season, manufacturing data released Monday confirmed that the US economy is weakening.

December 03, 2012

Syria WMD Claim Is False

By Moon Of Alabama

If the Wired writers, had even some basic knowledge about ammunition engineering they would not fall for such a stupid claim some anonymous official makes. Continue

The Geopolitical Chess Game behind the Israeli Attack on Gaza

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

The events in Gaza are tied to Syria and the US’s regional maneuvers against Iran and its regional alliance system. Continue

"We dream of a normal life, in freedom and dignity.”
Palestine 2012 — Gaza and the UN resolution

By Noam Chomsky

The call for “direct negotiations” without substance is an old Israeli tactic to prevent steps towards diplomatic settlement that would impede its expansionist projects. Continue

Is Netanyahu Trying to Make the Two-State Option an Impossibility?

By Karl Vick

The project Netanyahu’s government began moving forward on Friday would cut the West Bank itself in half, dividing its north from its south. Continue

US Building $100-Million Underground Bunker at Secret Israeli Missile Base

By Richard Silverstein

Israel anticipates mounting such an attack and needs to ensure its critical military forces will remain intact after an Iranian response.
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Arson Seen in Attack on Ex-Israeli Spy

By Robert Parry

It’s unclear if the fire was an assassination attempt to finally silence a man who has angered the Israeli government, powerful Republicans and others Continue

Murder, Inc.
The “Rule of Law” and State Killings


By Bill Van Auken and David North

If the US government is empowered to carry out the extrajudicial execution of US citizens and noncitizens alike overseas, it is only a matter of time—that is, a matter of waiting for a carefully crafted political opportunity—before the president orders an assassination within the United States. Continue

“Legal Imperialism” and International Law:
Legal Foundations for War Crimes, Debt Collection and Colonization


By James Petras

The empire’s legal experts redefine assassinations, coercion, torture and arbitrary arrests as compatible with the ‘constitutional order’ by claiming imminent and constant threats to the security of the imperial state. Continue

Katrina, All Over Again

By Chris Hedges

This is the new America. - It is an America divided between corporate predators and their prey. It is an America that, as things unravel, increasingly sacrifices its own.
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Poverty in the U.S.A.

Chris Hedges with Jeremiah Wright

Video Recorded at the Newberry Library in Chicago on 12 November, 2012.
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A'Croaking We Shall Go
All Aboard the Night Train


By Fred Reed

Men created the gods in distant times and a different world. They do not fit today’s circumstances. Continue 

Bomb kills five in southern Afghanistan: At least five people, including two women, were killed when a bomb targeting an army vehicle exploded in southern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said.

NATO Occupation Force Soldier Killed In Southern Afghanistan: A NATO soldier has been killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan's south, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement posted on its website late on Sunday.

Airstrike kills 12 in Syrian border town: Activists: Among the dead were four civilians and eight rebels, the Britain-based watchdog said.

Lebanese army clashes with Syrian rebels on border: The clash occurred when a Lebanese border patrol spotted the rebel fighters along the border and the rebels opened fire to prevent the patrol from approaching, a Lebanese military source said.

Al Qaida-linked group Syria rebels once denied now key to anti-Assad victories: Not only does the group still conduct suicide bombings that have killed hundreds, but they’ve proved to be critical to the rebels’ military advance. In battle after battle across the country, Nusra and similar groups do the heaviest frontline fighting.

Manufacturing Consent For An Attack On Syria? US official: Syria moving chemical weapons components: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, reiterated President Barack Obama's declaration that Syrian action on chemical weapons was a "red line" for the United States that would prompt action. "We have made our views very clear: This is a red line for the United States," Clinton told reporters.

Manufacturing Consent For An Attack On Syria? Report: Syria Combining Chemicals for Sarin Gas: Engineers working for Assad are combining the two chemical precursors needed to weaponize sarin gas, says U.S. official.

Israel sought Jordanian permission to destroy chemical weapons sites in Syria: Israel has asked Jordan for permission to bomb Syrian chemical weapons sites twice in the past two months, US magazine the Atlantic has reported.

Syria Stresses It Won't Use Any Chemical Weapons: The Ministry source slammed the US for being the first country in history to use nuclear weapons in 1945 against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, calling on it to stop fabricating such things.

UN pulling staff from Syria, violence near capital: Fighting between rebels and government forces raged near the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, forcing an inbound commercial jet to turn back while the U.N. said it was withdrawing staff because of deteriorating security conditions.

Turkey Scrambles Fighter Jets as Syrian Violence Flares on Border: Syrians run for cover as smoke rises over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain after an airstrike, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar. The strikes, and Turkey's response, came just hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Istanbul for talks.

Russia warns Turkey over deployment of NATO missiles on Syria border: “Creating additional capabilities on the border does not defuse the situation but on the contrary exacerbates it,” Putin said in a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan after talks in Istanbul on Monday.

Missiles on Turkish border prelude to NATO interference: Larijani: Speaking at a Monday press conference in the Iranian capital city, Tehran, Larijani voiced Iran’s opposition to deployment of NATO Patriot missiles along Turkey’s 900-km border with Syria, saying the scenario is a prelude to NATO’s intervention in the region.

Turkey to keep buying Iran's gas despite sanctions: Turkey will continue to buy natural gas from Iran despite the prospect of tighter US sanctions, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said, indicating the measures are not likely to have much impact on the countries' gold-for-gas trade.

US boosts number of spy drone flights over Iran: The Wall Street Journal alleges this week that the US has ramped-up its number of spy drone missions over the Bushehr nuclear reactor ever since fuel rods were unexpectedly discharged from the facility in October, just two months after the facility became fully operational.

Palestinian killed by Israeli fire N. West Bank: A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire in Allar village north of Tulkarm city of the West Bank, it was reported here Monday.

Showing contempt for international law: Israel expedites plan for 1,700 illegal housing units in occupied East Jerusalem: The controversial "settlement" construction in Ramat Shlomo was approved in March 2010, during a visit by U.S. VP Joe Biden; Israel decides to accelerate plans in response to PA's UN upgrade.

Israel Illegal Building Plan Prompts Diplomatic Protest by 5 Nations: Britain, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark summoned the Israeli ambassadors to their countries on Monday to protest Israel’s plans for increased settlement construction, an unusually sharp diplomatic step that reflected the growing frustration abroad with Israel’s policies on the Palestinian issue.

Canada plays down Israeli illegal settlement criticism: Canada stood apart Monday from some major allies, the U.S. included, in refusing to condemn Israeli plans for new illegal settlements.

Mahmoud Abbas' real "accomplishment" was not the UN vote on Palestine: Op-Ed: The Palestinian president has accomplished more for Israel than he has for Palestine.

Segregation in Israel's public bus lines : Video - For months now, a campaign has been waged far from the public eye to bar Palestinians employed in Israel from using public transportation.

Australian surveillance ‘out of control’: 20% increase in 1 year; Access to private data has increased by 20 per cent by Australia’s law enforcement and government agencies – and with no warrant. Australians are 26 times more prone to be placed under surveillance than people in other countries, local media report.

Facebook accused of massive 'data grab' with new service that automatically uploads your phone pictures: Whether or not users decide share the photos on their public newsfeed, Facebook itself will still have access.

Drones to use US airspace as safety record questioned: A newly-released internal investigation by the US Air Force has shown a plague of non-mission-related accidents involving drones in its foreign operations. Meanwhile, Washington is pushing ahead with plans to allow drones into US civil airspace.

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The Biggest Bank Bailouts in History (#2 Is Happening Right Now): At $10 billion in a $18 billion economy, bailing out its banks will cost Cyprus a stunning 56 percent of GDP

 

December 02, 2012

The Mother Of All Worst-case Assumptions About Iran

By Stephen M. Walt

The U.S. national security community forgets that similarly dire warnings were uttered before many of these others states got the bomb, yet none of these fearsome forecasts took place. 
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Israel Seizes $120m in Palestinian Tax Revenue Over UN Vote

By Harriet Sherwood

Israel has seized more than $120m (£75m)in tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in response to last week's overwhelming vote at the UN general assembly to recognise the state of Palestine.
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Bipartisan Group in US Congress Promotes Drone Killings

By Patrick Martin

More than $8 million in campaign contributions from drone manufacturers and operators has flowed into the coffers of the 60 members of the House Unmanned Systems Caucus.
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CIA’s Benghazi Role

By Philip Giraldi

Benghazi has been described as a U.S. consulate, but it was not.
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The Government Can Still Black Bag Any American

By Travis Holte

Why are Americans who are traveling, working, living abroad left out of this legislation? Continue

NSA Whistleblower:
Everyone in US Under Virtual Surveillance, All Info Stored.


By RT

RT talks to William Binney, whistleblower and former NSA crypto-mathematician who served in the agency for decades.
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Bradley Manning: Prisoners of Conscience
NYT and AP Launch Operation Amnesia


By Chris Floyd

Manning is a whiner who made America look bad, and in doing so, he helped a website that made America look bad. That's all that really matters.
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Bradley Manning: A Tale Of Liberty Lost In America

By Glenn Greenwald

The US does nothing to punish those guilty of war crimes or Wall Street fraud, yet demonises the whistleblower.
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Fact, Fiction Or Propaganda?
US Official Signals Future End to War Against "Al-Qaeda"

By: AFP

The United States must prepare for a time when it no longer is at war with Al-Qaeda, and when sweeping federal powers ushered in after the September 11, 2001 attacks come to an end, the Pentagon's top lawyer said.
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Our Collapsing Economy and Currency

By Paul Craig Roberts

Is the “fiscal cliff” real or just another hoax?
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Study: American Households Hit 43-Year Low In Net Worth

By CBS

From 1983 to 2010 the share of total wealth held by the richest 10 percent of American households increased from 68.2 percent to 76.7 percent. Meanwhile, all the rest of Americans lost financial ground.
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The End Of Britain:

By MoneyWeek

WARNING: What You Are About to read is controversial, and may be alarming to some audiences. Reader Discretion is advised.
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26 "Taliban militants" killed in Afghan operations: The source further added Afghan police forces conducted at least 7 joint military operations in conjunction with the Afghan army, Afghan intelligence and coalition security forces during the past 24 hours.

14 killed in Taliban attack on U.S.-Afghan base: Taliban suicide bombers attacked a joint U.S.-Afghan air base in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, detonating explosives at the gate and sparking a gun battle that lasted at least two hours with American helicopters firing down at militants before the attackers were defeated.

Germany To Withdraw 1,000 Troops From Afghanistan: The decision has been taken by German cabinet; while the NATO-led force would complete its pullout by the end of 2014.

US Attack Kills 4 people in Pakistan: Four militants, including a senior al-Qaeda cadre, were killed and three others injured when a US drone targeted a compound in the South Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan today.

Syria: At least 10 people killed as blasts hit upscale Homs area: Sunday's blasts occurred in al-Malaab neighbourhood, an upscale government-controlled area in the centre of Homs. Security forces surrounded the area and state-sponsored television arrived to film the scene.

Two killed, 15 injured in Damascus explosion : One child and a woman were killed, and at least 15 others were injured in a car bomb explosion in Esh Al-Woro in Barzah area in Damascus on Saturday.

Al-Qaeda affiliate playing larger role in Syria rebellion: Syrian opposition leaders report an alarming growth within their ranks of fighters from Jabhat al-Nusra, an extremist group linked to al-Qaeda.

Grisly video allegedly shows rebels murder unarmed, terrified loyalists in Syria: Video - Gruesome footage has emerged apparently showing Syrian rebels executing loyalists while their victims pleaded for their lives. One of the gunmen is heard referencing an al-Qaeda-linked group behind several terrorist attacks in Syria.

FSA in Northern Syria Devoid Of Structure, Authority: Though Syrian National Council President George Sabra started his tenure by requesting arms on three occasions, and while the head of the opposition National Coalition Moaz al-Khatib continues to demand military support, it seems that, at least in some areas of northern Syria, calls like these are no longer given much consideration.

U.S. Weighs Bolder Effort to Intervene in Syria’s Conflict: The Obama administration, hoping that the conflict in Syria has reached a turning point, is considering deeper intervention to help push President Bashar al-Assad from power, according to government officials involved in the discussions.

Report: Jordan's Intelligence Service Helping Rebels Smuggle Arms into Syria: A report by Lebanese al-Manar TV website quoted informed sources as saying that Jordan is replacing Turkey in the Syrian crisis and has declared its Northern border areas as a closed military zone.

Iraq’s prime minister condemns arming Syrian rebels: "I call on them [foreign countries] not to support the opposition in Syria by qualitative weapons, some of which began to flow to Iraq," al-Maleki said in a news conference on Saturday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: ‘West’s policy of iron and blood doesn’t work’: "In most cases it produces the opposite reaction" and leads to "the strengthening of extremists and repressive forces, decreasing the chances of real democratic change," Lavrov said at a foreign policy council meeting.

US Senate set to ban deals with Russian arms exporter over Syria: The US Senate has approved a measure to prohibit the Pentagon from purchasing from Russia’s main arms exporter Rosoboronexport. The US’s stance that the company is supplying Syria with weapons was the reason for its decision.

Internet and telephone services have been restored across much of Syria : Renesys, a US-based network monitoring firm that studies internet disruptions, said that service went back up around 4.30pm local time in Syria, describing it as a "largely complete restoration of the Syrian internet".

Brahimi Warns against “Failed State” in Syria: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon said the ongoing crisis in Syria has now reached "new and appalling heights of brutality and violence".

Fact, fiction or propaganda? US 'approaching tipping point when military conflict with al-Qaeda should end': In a speech to the Oxford Union on Friday night, Jeh Johnson predicted that the terror network would become so "effectively destroyed" that it would no longer have any capacity to be able to launch another attack on America.

Israel breaks cease-fire: Palestinian killed by IOF in Gaza : A Palestinian medical official said that Mahmud Jarghun, 21, died early on Saturday morning at a hospital near the town of Rafah, of a gunshot wound to the pelvis. Palestinians said he was one of several men injured by Israeli fire in farmland close to the border fence with occupied territories, east of Rafah.

Empty words: Britain and US "condemn" Israel's Jewish settlement plan: Foreign secretary William Hague expresses 'extreme concern', while US state department says actions are counterproductive

More $ for Israel: Obama administration pledges more funding for Israel's Iron Dome: "This spring, we announced that we would provide $70 million in fiscal 2012 on top of the $205 million previously appropriated Leon Panetta said. Panetta presented Ehud Barak, with the Defense Department's highest civilian honor -- one traditionally given to U.S. presidents when they leave office -- the Distinguished Public Servant Award.

Why Is The US Building A Secret $100 Million Underground Facility Outside Tel Aviv?: Leave it to legendary Walter Pincus from the Washington Post to flesh out a Request for Proposal construction project planned for Israel called Site 911.

'Canada will not let the Jews or Israel stand alone': Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, who delivered a supportive speech of Israel at the UN before its vote Thursday on the Palestinian statehood, said Friday "the bottom line is we will not let the Jewish people and the State of Israel stand alone when the going gets tough."

ADL says Europe capitulated in Palestine UN vote: The Anti-Defamation League accused European countries of “capitulating to Arab intimidation” in voting to recognize Palestine as a non-member state at the United Nations. “They have acted without courage and capitulated to Arab intimidation and pressure,” ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said in a statement.

Fact, fiction or propaganda? White House opposed new Iran sanctions: The White House announced its opposition to a new round of Iran sanctions that the Senate unanimously approved Friday, in the latest instance of Congress pushing for more aggressive punitive measures on Iran than the administration deems prudent.

Morsi calls constitution referendum on Dec 15 as rifts widen: Morsi made the announcement following a ceremony where he received a copy of the charter from the head of the Islamist-dominated constituent assembly, boycotted by liberals and Christians, that adopted it the day before.

Egypt's constitutional court puts off ruling on Assembly legitimacy surrounded by pro-Morsi protesters: “The Supreme Constitutional Court judges now have no choice but to declare the suspension of the hearing until they can continue their session and rulings without any psychological and material pressures,"

Massive protests staged in Cairo: Tens of thousands rallied on Saturday in support of President Mohamed Mursi’s new expanded powers and the drafting of a contested charter, highlighting Egypt’s widening polarisation.

Mursi supporters and opponents clash in Alexandria: Video - The two groups were filmed hurling rocks at each other as they faced off in Alexandria's streets.

Orange march: Thousands join in Kuwaiti opposition demo as election looms: Tens of thousands of protesters have joined a Kuwaiti opposition march on the eve of the parliamentary election. The people are calling for a boycott of Saturday’s vote, outraged at the recent electoral law change.

Julian Assange: Entire nations intercepted online, key turned to totalitarian rule: 'It is cheaper to intercept every individual rather that it is to pick particular people to spy upon'

Anti-drone protesters knocked off course by broad restraining order: Demonstrators who have gathered at New York air base for years say their constitutional right to protest has been compromised after colonel granted strict order of protection.

Camera drone to keep eye on crowds at Newport News festival: Anyone looking up in the area will be able to see a 15-foot-wide helium balloon about 400 feet high. They may not be able to see that it carries a camera capable of recording with a 360-degree view for a three-mile radius.

DIA sending hundreds more spies overseas: The Pentagon will send hundreds of additional spies overseas as part of an ambitious plan to assemble an espionage network that rivals the CIA in size, U.S. officials said.

Congo rebels complete pullout from eastern capital less than 2 weeks after taking control: The retreat, however, may be tentative after a leader for the M23 rebels said they now wanted to negotiate with the government within 48 hours.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn denies £3.7m deal with maid who accused him of raping her: "Media reports that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has agreed to pay $6 million to settle the civil case are flatly false," the attorneys said. "The parties have discussed a resolution but there has been no settlement. Mr. Strauss-Kahn will continue to defend the charges if no resolution can be reached."

Fracking's Health Calamities Left to Fester: OP-Ed - Unless you've been living on a desert island for the last couple of years, you've probably heard of "fracking," or hydraulic fracturing, and you may well have seen dramatic footage of tap water being ignited.

Cost to the U.S. Treasury from Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest Five Percent: With the help of Citizens for Tax Justice, National Priorities Project is tracking every dollar the U.S. Treasury loses from tax breaks for the wealthiest 5 percent—American families and individuals who in 2011 made at least $176,000 and on average $477,453.

 November 30, 2012

Reining in Obama and His Drones

By Ralph Nader

Obama’s drones roam over multiple nations of Asia and Africa and target suspects, both known and unknown, whom the president, in his unbridled discretion, wants to evaporate for the cause of national security.
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UN General Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly to Recognize State of Palestine; US, Israel Object

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Voting “no” Thursday were Israel, the United States and Canada, joined by the Czech Republic, Panama and several Pacific island nations: Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau.
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With UN Vote, Bipartisan Senate Group Threatens Cutoff of US Aid, Closing of PLO Office

By Donna Cassata

Senators called the move provocative and introduced legislation threatening to cutoff U.S. assistance.
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The Personification of Self-righteousness

By Alan Hart

Peace, he asserted, “is a central value of Israeli society.” He went on: “The bible calls on us, ‘seek peace and pursue it’. Peace fills our art and poetry. It is a taught in our schools. It has been the goal of the Israeli people and every Israeli leader since Israel was re-established 64 years ago.”
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Palestinian Status Upgraded At The UN, What Difference Will It Make?

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Norman Finkelstein, Raanan Gissin and Rami Almenghari. - Will we see an end to the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands any time soon?
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Palestine Now What?

By Nahida the exiled Palestinian

FULL LIBERATION of Historic Palestine. The Holy Land must be free from atrocities committing racists. A way must be found, to bring reason to the Holy Land, and there is no other way than to evict foreign criminals. 
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Treated Like ‘a Caged Animal’
Manning Breaks Silence in WikiLeaks Hearing


By RT

Manning said that the conditions in the small, dark cell were like a “cage” and that during his incarceration there he began “to fall apart.”
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CNN Losing Bradley Manning Story:
Manning Was Reporting a War Crime


By Ralph LopezFollow

Bradley Manning is where he is in the first place because he was reporting a war crime.
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Julian Assange : The Mass Surveillance State

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This is a sea change in politics and we are going to have to do something about it. If we don’t do something about it, we run the risk of losing the democracy we have treasured for so long."
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Ninth Circuit Gives the A-OK For Warrantless Home Video Surveillance

By Hanni Fakhoury

Can law enforcement enter your house and use a secret video camera to record the intimate details inside? On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unfortunately answered that question with "yes."
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We Used to Make the Rich Poorer and the Poor Richer

By David Swanson

Trying to enrich the poor while allowing the rich to grow richer is an uphill if not impossible struggle, as the super-rich rewrite the rules to their own advantage.
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Leonard Cohen: Democracy Is Coming to the U.S.A.

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Sail on, sail on O mighty Ship of State!
To the Shores of Need, Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate, Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.
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Climate Change Is Happening Now

By James Hansen

The extreme weather events of 2012 are what we have been warning of for 25 years, but the answer is plain to see.
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What We Are Told About Ancient America Is Wrong!

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A racist paradigm has been created to push native Americans off the land.
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At Least 12 People Killed by Bombs in Afghanistan: A minivan struck a roadside bomb, killing at least 10 people and wounding eight others, said Nayamatullah Khaliqi, the top government official in the Dehra Wood district. He said most of the dead were women and children.

Senate backs quicker withdrawal from Afghanistan: The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday for an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting. Although the vote was on a nonbinding amendment to a defense policy bill, its significance could not be discounted amid the current discussions.

Panetta says U.S. to have "enduring presence" in Afghanistan; - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday the United States will have an "enduring presence" in Afghanistan even after the 2014 drawdown of combat forces, and troops will stay in that country to conduct counterterrorism missions.

US Attack Kills 3 People In Pakistan: : Three persons were killed and four others sustained injuries when a US drone hit a vehicle in Barmal tehsil in South Waziristan Agency, local sources said on Thursday.

US drone appears to miss target in South Waziristan: officials: A US drone fired two missiles into open fields in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt on Thursday, causing no apparent damage or casualties, local security officials said.

Syria: 17 Lebanese Sunni fighters killed: Seventeen young Sunni men from the Lebanese city of Tripoli were killed on Friday in the Syrian border town of Tal Kalakh, a Lebanese security source and an Islamist leader said.

Syrian rebel films himself shooting 10 prisoners: New footage posted on the Internet appears to have been filmed by a Syrian rebel who points the camera along the barrel of his gun as he shoots 10 unarmed prisoners.

Militant leader in Syria seeks Islamic state: A leader of an al-Qaida-inspired militant group fighting the regime in Syria said his men do not fear death and they are determined to form an Islamic state.

Syria protesters criticize rebel Free Syrian Army: Civilians, particularly in northern Syria, have made accusations that some rebels take part in intimidation, extortion and vandalism in "liberated" areas of the country.

Egypt's draft constitution approved by Islamist-dominated assembly: Rushed vote to pass document inflames row between Mohamed Morsi and opposition

Disputed Articles in Egypt's Draft Constitution: The draft largely reflects the conservative vision of the Islamists, with articles that rights activists, liberals and Christians fear will lead to restrictions on the rights of women and minorities and civil liberties in general. - Here are some of the disputed articles:

In pictures: Friday protests return to Tahrir: Tahrir square fills up as marches arrive from various neighbourhoods in Cairo.The focus of the protesters anger is on President Morsy’s recent constitutional declaration and the draft constitution voted on yesterday by the constitutional assembly.

Protesters, police clash in flashpoint Tunisia town: Protesters clashed with police in Tunisia's flashpoint town of Siliana, where violence has left hundreds wounded this week, as political instability mounts two years after the revolution.

Tunisia’s Jebali refuses to go: Tunisia’s Islamist prime minister rejected calls for his resignation on Thursday after two days of violent protests against economic hardship, and he accused opposition parties of sowing disorder.

Qatar, Arab Spring sponsor, jails poet for life: A court in Qatar, which has supported Arab uprisings abroad, jailed a local poet for life on Thursday for criticizing the emir and inciting revolt - a sentence that drew outrage and cries of hypocrisy from human rights groups.

Brace yourselves: Arab Winter is coming (Op-Ed): Egypt is erupting once again. Syria is in flames. Libya is broken and leaderless and Tunisia’s ‘new’ government is struggling to reinvent its country. Protests are once again the order of the day. Is this proof the Arab Spring has failed?

Netanyahu: Abbas Speech Venomous, Israel Will Respond: "The world watched a defamatory and venomous speech that was full of mendacious propaganda against the IDF and the citizens of Israel. Someone who wants peace does not talk in such a manner," said the statement about Abbas’s speech.

Watch: Full Speech: Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UN : Video -

READ: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Addresses the United Nations: Here is the transcript of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ address to the U.N. General Assembly:

Israel to build 3,000 (illegal) "settler" homes after UN vote: Israel has authorised the construction of 3,000 more housing units in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli media reports say. It is thought the homes are to be built in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Like Israel Cares? White House brands new Israeli settlement expansion as ‘counterproductive’: THE White House said today a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was "counterproductive" and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

Canada recalling diplomats from Israel, West Bank and UN: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, says they will be brought home to assess the implications of Thursday’s UN General Assembly vote, which recognized the Palestinians as a non-membe. Canada strongly opposed the decision.

Gilad Atzmon: The End of Jewish Power: OP-Ed : For months, Israel gave the impression that it was ready and willing to attack Iran nuclear facilities, only to have to admit, even to itself, that it lacked both the means and guts to do so. Israel then launched a lethal attack on the people of Gaza. It called up 75.000 IDF reservists, only to find out that it didn’t have the stomach to face Palestinian resistance.

US to build $100 million nuclear bunker near Tel Aviv: According to the Washington Post, the ultra-secretive, five-story underground facility will be named "Site 911" and will have classrooms, an auditorium, a laboratory, shock-resistant doors and protection from non-ionizing radiation.

U.S. Senate votes 94-0 to expand sanctions on Iran energy, shipping: The U.S. Senate resoundingly approved new sanctions on trade with Iran's energy, port, shipping and ship-building sectors on Friday, its latest effort to ratchet up economic pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.

Iran may quit anti-nuclear arms pact if attacked: Soltanieh: Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, also suggested Iran in such a case could kick out IAEA inspectors and install its uranium enrichment centrifuges in “more secure” places.

UK withholds aid to Rwanda in light of Congo DRC allegations: Justine Greening stops release of £21m in budget support to Kigali after Democratic Republic of Congo conflict escalates

Mau Mau massacre cover-up detailed in newly-opened secret files: Documents reveal how British officials concocted cover story to explain death of men killed by prison guards in Kenya

Autonomous US stealth drone completes 1st test launch: The US Navy has executed the first launch of a stealth drone set to be the first robot aircraft piloted by artificial intelligence. The “killer robot” might be the next step in the development of machines with the power to decide who lives or dies.

Accused WikiLeaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning Testifies He Thought He Would "Die in Custody": Speaking Thursday at a pretrial proceeding, Manning revealed the emotional tumult he experienced while imprisoned in Kuwait after his arrest in 2010, saying, "I remember thinking, ’I’m going to die.’

Report from the US Gulag: Jose Padilla resentencing put off eight weeks: A U.S. judge has delayed sentencing for Jose Padilla, allowing visits from his family for the first time in years. A federal appeals court has ordered a new sentencing hearing that could lengthen his term.

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Tutu protests Nobel Peace Prize for EU: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and two other Nobel Peace laureates have written to the foundation in protest at the decision to award the 2012 prize to the European Union.

Strauss-Kahn, NY maid settle assault case for '$6 million': Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Nafissitou Diallo, the New York hotel maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year, will settle out of court for $6 million, French media reports said on Friday.

Brazilian megaproject in Mozambique set to displace millions of peasants: The Brazilian government and private sector are collaborating with Japan to push a large-scale agribusiness project in Northern Mozambique. The project, will make 14 million hectares of land available to Brazilian agribusiness companies for the production of soybeans, maize and other commodity crops that will be exported by Japanese multinationals.

High Food Costs Boost Supply Risk as World Hunger Grows: High and volatile global food prices have become the “new norm,” creating increased risk for supplies at a time when 12 percent of the population remains chronically undernourished, the World Bank said.

Switzerland is the best place to be born in the world (and USA is 16th!) In 1988 America came top of a rank of 50 countries according to where it would be best to be born in the world.

Italy Unemployment Rose to Highest in 13 Years in October: Italy’s unemployment rate rose more than expected in October to the highest level in 13 years as businesses refrain from hiring after the recession entered its second year.

Only 3 U.S. Cities Fully Recovered from 2007 Recession: Dallas and Pittsburgh are two of only three U.S. cities that have staged a full economic recovery from the 2007-09 recession and experiencing growth, according to a report.

One-day strike by fast-food workers at McDonald's, Burger King and other restaurants is just the beginning: The hope is to unionize low-paid service workers, with the goal of a $15-an-hour living wage, coalition members say.

Fracking Our Food Supply : Op-Ed: Farmers need clean water, clean air and clean soil to produce healthful food. But as the largest private landholders in shale areas across the nation, farmers are disproportionately being approached by energy companies eager to extract oil and gas from beneath their properties. Already, some are regretting it.

November 29, 2012

NATO Preparing Psy-Op in Syria

By Tony Cartalucci

Internet connections & telecom reportedly failing across Syria, right as NATO has finished preparing their proxy "SNC" and readies for final push. Continue

AP's Dangerous Iran Hoax Demands an Accounting and Explanation

By Glenn Greenwald

Evidence proves that the graph trumpeted by AP as evidence of Iran's nuclear weapons program is an obvious sham. Continue

Is Hamas Really a 'Surrogate' of Iran?

By Robert Wright

The confident assertion that Hamas is an Iranian "surrogate", is oddly out of touch with recent developments in the region. Continue

U.N. Set to Implicitly Recognize Palestinian State, Despite Threats

By Louis Charbonneau

Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland all pledged to support the resolution. Continue

Supporting Palestine at the UN Today Is a Vote for Peace

By Hanan Ashrawi

Countries that do not vote with Palestine will be on the wrong side of history, morality and international law. Continue

The Humiliation of Bradley Manning

By Ray McGovern

Manning has become the subject of harsh incarceration himself, as some U.S. pundits and even members of Congress have called for his execution as a traitor. Continue

Progressives Won't Criticize Obama for War Crimes.

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Progressives, liberals and democrats are unprincipled: Continue
 

Sucking Up to the Military Brass
U.S. at Risk of Military Dictatorship?


By William J. Astore

Americans need to stop genuflecting to our paper Caesars before we actually produce a real one, a man ruthless enough to cross the Rubicon (or the Potomac) and parlay total military adulation into the five stars of absolute political authority. Continue

A Professionalised Political Elite

By Owen Jones

There are still idealistic young things who have a sense of wanting to rail against injustice. But among them are shamelessly ambitious politicos, too, who’d happily trade an aunt on eBay for a Parliamentary seat. Continue

Americans Have Less Access to Justice than Botswanans

By WashingtonsBlog

Among high-income countries, the U.S. ranked near the bottom in access to civil justice … behind Estonia, United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic and other countries: Continue

At least 49 killed, 150 injured, in Iraq blasts: At least 49 people were killed and scores injured Thursday in a series of attacks in Iraq, targeting mainly Shiite Muslims, reported security officials, dpa reported.

Syria conflict: 'Fierce clashes' near Damascus airport: The main road to the airport of the Syrian capital Damascus has been closed and some flights there have been suspended amid fierce fighting in the area, rebel groups say. The rebels said there were clashes all along the road, and mortars had been fired at the airport runway.

Syrian rebels mark new success when striking aircrafts with missiles: In less than 24 hours, rebels used surface-to-air missiles to strike down two aircraft in northern Syria, marking a turning point in their war with forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria Rebels display the Cobra (SA-7) anti-aircraft missile : Video - Aleppo Rebel explains how to use the Cobra (SA-7) anti-aircraft missile

U.S. Weighs Bolder Effort to Intervene in Syria’s Conflict: The Obama administration, hoping that the conflict in Syria has reached a turning point, is considering deeper intervention to help push President Bashar al-Assad from power, according to government officials involved in the discussions.

Syrian rebels using children in war - Human Rights Watch: Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad have sent children into combat and used boys as young as 14 to transport weapons and supplies, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Five Jordanians nabbed for Syria plot: Jordan police said it arrested on Wednesday five Jordanian men, including a terror convict, for planning to infiltrate into neighboring Syria with automatic weapons.

Syria suffers internet blackout as connections switched off: "In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the internet," Renesys said in its blog.

"Terrorists" cut Syria's Internet - minister of information: Syria's minister of information said that "terrorists", not the state, were responsible for a countrywide Internet outage on Thursday, a pro-government TV station said.

Palestinians certain to win recognition as a state: The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state Thursday but success could exact a high price: Israel and the United States warn it could delay hopes of achieving an independent Palestinian state through peace talks with Israel.

Germany: won't back Palestinian state at UN: Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Wednesday Berlin is still evaluating the situation and consulting with its European partners. But he said: "It is also very certain that Germany will not vote for such a resolution."

Munib al-Masri: 'The spring is coming': One of the most influential Palestinians discusses his fears for the future of both Palestinians and Israel. "Enough is enough … and I think that it's coming, the Spring is coming, and the tsunami is coming, and the volcano is coming."

U.S. overseeing mysterious construction project in Israel: Expected to take more than two years to build, at a cost of up to $100 million. Only U.S. construction firms are being allowed to bid on the contract and proposals are due Dec. 3, according to the latest Corps of Engineers notice.

Propaganda alert: U.S. gives Iran until March to cooperate with IAEA: - The United States set a March deadline on Thursday for Iran to start cooperating in substance with a U.N. nuclear agency investigation, saying it would otherwise urge reporting the issue to the U.N. Security Council.

Turkey snubs US move on gas-for-gold Iran trade: Turkish Economy Minister Çaglayan defies US preparations to ban gold trade with Iran, as the commodity has become de facto tool of payment for natural gas Turkey buys from the Islamic Republic

Roadside bomb kill at least 12 Afghan civilians in east, south: Two roadside bombs exploded on Thursday in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least 12 people and injuring 16 others, officials said.

US Kills 3 People In Pakistan: : According to sources, the drone fired two missiles which targeted a vehicle in the Barmal area of the agency and foreigners were among those killed.

Suicide blast targets Taliban commander in Waziristan, 2 killed, 6 injured: At least two persons were killed and more than six others were wounded in a suicide blast that targeted the convoy of a wanted Taliban commander on Thursday in Pakistan's troubled South Waziristan tribal agency, bordering Afghanistan, said sources.

Stranger than fiction: Anwar al-Awlaqi killed by drone had been in custody: US-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi, killed in a US drone attack in Yemen last year, had been in US custody at least twice in prior years but was released, a human rights group said.

U.S. Above International Law: Family, neighbors of Yemeni killed by U.S. drone wonder why he wasn’t taken alive: Sitting less than an hour’s drive from the capital, residents here say Qadhi could have been captured easily. The Central Intelligence Agency in the United States, whose drone launched the missile that killed Qadhi, declined to comment.

In a world gone crazy: Pentagon: A Human Will Always Decide When a Robot Kills You: The Pentagon wants to make perfectly clear that every time one of its flying robots releases its lethal payload, it’s the result of a decision made by an accountable human being in a lawful chain of command.

Driven to suicide In U.S. gulag: Investigators Said to Question How Detainee Died of Overdose: A Yemeni detainee who was found dead in September at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, died from an overdose of psychiatric medication, according to several people briefed on a Naval Criminal Investigative Service inquiry.

Close Guantanamo: Government report confirms US prisons can handle Gitmo detainees: Military and federal US prisons have the capacity to take in the 166 detainees currently held in Guantanamo Bay, as long as a number of modifications are made to enhance and secure the facilities.

US military chiefs 'planned to blow up the moon with nuclear bomb' as show of Cold War muscle, physicist claims: Claims that military bosses developed a classified plan to launch a nuclear weapon 238,000 miles to the moon where it would be detonated upon impact

War on Drugs, Mexican Death Toll Could Exceed 120,000 As Calderon Ends Six-Year Reign : Although the now estimated 120,000 to 130,000 intentional homicides in Mexico - called "homicidios dolosos" - outraged Le Monde, few other prominent news organizations in the United States or Mexico took notice.

Border Patrol under scrutiny for deadly force: An agent responded by aiming a gun into Mexico and firing multiple shots at the assailant, killing a 16-year-old boy whose family says was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Will Congress Kill Indefinite Detention Without Trial for Americans?  : Americans might once again be guaranteed the right to trial: a clause in the most recent draft of next year’s defense spending bill ensures that United States citizens aren’t stripped of their right to habeas corpus.

Shocking video catches Oklahoma police officer using TASER on woman in handcuffs: Video - An Oklahoma woman is suing her local police station after an officer attacked her with his taser while she was handcuffed in jail - and it was all caught on tape.

Citigroup Sees 90% Chance That Greece Leaves Euro: Citigroup updated its forecast for a Greek exit from the 17-nation currency union from a previous estimate of 50 percent to 75 percent, and said it would most likely happen in the next two to three quarters

French Jobless Total Hits 14-Year High: The number of people out of work in France soared again in October to hit its highest level in 14-and-a-half years, piling pressure on Socialist President Francois Hollande who has promised to halt the relentless rise by the end of 2013.

Nearly U.S. 15 million households on food stamps: The number of American households receiving food stamps jumped nearly 10% in 2011.

November 28, 2012

AP Believes it Found Evidence of Iran's Work on Nuclear Weapons

By Glenn Greenwald

A primitive graph provided by 'a country critical of Iran's atomic program' indicts the news outlet more than Tehran.
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Israeli Terror: The “Final Solution” to the Palestine Question

By Prof. James Petras

The PLO continues to be Israel ’s frontline ‘cop on the block’ – jailing resistance fighters and dissidents by the hundreds. Continue

UK Shielding Israel From War Crimes Prosecutions

By Gilad Atzmon

I wonder why the British government is so keen to protect Israeli war criminals?
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What Really Happened in Gaza
What you don't see in media

Must watch - Video

On BBC's Question Time, journalist Owen Jones described the reality-- largely ignored by the mainstream media -- of Israel's brutal attack on Gaza.
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John Pilger : Media And War Conference

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Humanitarian interventions reframing the war on terror.
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Obama II – The Purge And The Pact

By Thierry Meyssan

President Barack Obama is preparing to launch a new foreign policy.
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Outrage Over Morsi But Not Over Our Dictator

By Jacob G. Hornberger

What’s the solution to the dictatorial system under which we now live?
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The Osama bin Laden Myth

By Paul Craig Roberts

The sensational news was unfit for US citizens and was withheld from them by the american “free press,” a press free to lie for the government but not to tell the truth.
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Breaking Point

By Linh Dinh

The US Treasury has also turned into a Goldman Sachs outhouse.
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Third World America:
Drowning in Debt and Choking on Lies


By Janet Tavakoli

Beyond the banks, we have fiscal mismanagement and corruption that plagues middle class taxpayers.
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Hungry For The Holidays:
20 Facts About Hunger In America That Will Blow Your Mind


By Michael Snyder


We are witnessing unprecedented hunger in America, and this especially seems tragic during the holidays.
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In Case You Missed It
Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine

This Is A Must Watch Video

A brief and crucial history of the United States. Continue

Death toll in Syria blasts climbs to 54 as warplane downed: Simultaneous car bombings killed more than 50 civilians and left a trail of destruction in a town near Syria's capital Wednesday, as rebels downed a second military aircraft in as many days.

Missile downs Syria army chopper for first time: Pro-rebel activists say: : Syrian rebels downed an army helicopter with a ground-to-air missile for the first time on Tuesday as it was on a strafing run around a besieged base in the northwest.

Russian PM slams France, West over interference in Syrian affairs: The Russian premier further criticized the intervention of western powers in the affairs of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the arming of rebel groups in the region by saying that it “is absolutely unacceptable” under "international law”.

30 killed in Iraq attacks: Car bombs exploded near three mosques shortly after nightfall in the capital, killing 21. Later, police said a third car bomb exploded, killing seven Shiite worshippers and wounding 21 others in Shula neighbourhood in northern Baghdad.

Gunmen kill seven members of Iraqi family: Gunmen armed with silenced weapons attacked a house in a town north of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing seven members of a family, including three young children, security officials and a medic said.

Six killed in bomb attacks in tense Kirkuk province: Car, roadside bombs kill six people in Kirkuk province a day after Baghdad, Kurdistan reached deal to ease tensions in northern Iraq.

Afghanistan: 6 Civilians Killed in Helmand Roadside Blasts: A blast on Wednesday morning killed four civilians from the one family when their Mazda car hit a hidden improvised explosive device in the Nowzad district around 8:00AM, district governor Sayed Murad Agha said.

3 Afghan soldiers killed, 4 injured in Badghis province: Local authorities in western Badghis province of Afghanistan on Wednesday announced at least 7 Afghan national army soldiers were killed or injured in Moqor district.

3 Taliban killed: The Taliban said their three fighters were killed during fighting with combined force in Kot district of Nangarhar province on Tuesday.

The spoils of war: Kabul Bank smuggled millions of dollars abroad: Hundreds of millions of dollars from Kabul Bank were spirited out of Afghanistan - some smuggled in airline food trays - to bank accounts in more than two dozen countries, according to an independent review released on Wednesday about massive fraud that led to the collapse of the nation's largest financial institution.

Afghan president’s brother walked away with tens of millions after Ponzi scheme siphoned $861M from Kabul Bank: audit: Afghanistan’s biggest private bank orchestrated a massive fraud scheme from its founding, with US$861-million diverted to a clique of beneficiaries including the president’s brother, a British-funded audit has found.

Kabul Politics Block Bank Probe: Political interference has impeded an investigation into the collapse of Afghanistan's largest private lender, with some investors, including President Hamid Karzai's brother Mahmood, escaping scrutiny, a joint Afghan-international watchdog said in a report released Wednesday.

Saudi diplomat shot dead in Yemen: The killing was the latest in a series of attacks on officials and politicians in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state, which is battling Islamist militants with US assistance.

Israel breaks ceasefire? Israeli troops shoot 5 Palestinians, seize 9: GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Officials in Gaza said Israeli troops shot and wounded five Palestinians along the border Wednesday and arrested nine fisherman at sea, a week after the two sides agreed a truce.

The Mainstream Media's Biased Coverage of the Gaza Blockade: Op-Ed: The ceasefire text said that "opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods... shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire." But, more than 100 hours later, we're still waiting for word of actual progress.

50 Children Killed and 450 Injured in Israeli Attack on Gaza: Video report: As people dig out of the rubble, a Palestinian doctor says civilians were targeted by Israeli attack

Police order Palestinian workers off buses to West Bank, at request of Israeli "settlers": : Settlers say these Palestinians pose a security risk; Transportation Ministry says it is considering adding bus lines between West Bank roadblocks and central Israel; these would be geared toward Palestinian laborers.

US-Israeli efforts to dilute wording of UN resolution on Palestinian membership fails: Haaretz has reported that U.S.-Israeli efforts to dilute the text of a resolution recognising Palestine as a non-state member of the UN has failed. President Mahmoud Abbas is due to present the bid to the General Assembly on Thursday, 29th November.

Yasser Arafat's remains exhumed in murder inquiry: Swiss, French and Russian experts were given samples to establish whether his death in Paris in 2004 at the age of 75 was the result of poisoning before the tomb was resealed.

PA says will take Israel to ICC if tests prove Arafat assassinated: The Palestinian Authority will start legal proceedings against Israel at the International Criminal Court if forensic tests prove that President Yasser Arafat was murdered, chief investigator Tawfiq Tirawi said Tuesday.

France warns Palestinians against taking Israel to ICC: Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius acknowledged it would be within the Palestinians' rights to join the ICC and pursue Israel should they win recognition as a non-member state at the United Nations. But such a move would be counter-productive, he added.

Shame on Australia: Australia to abstain re Palestinian UN status: The Prime Minister has avoided a caucus revolt over the controversial Palestinian question. She's proposing that Australia abstain in the United Nations resolution later this week to grant the Palestinian Authority observer status in the UN.

Hamas chief Meshaal due in Gaza next week: sources: Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal is to make his first-ever visit to the Gaza Strip at the end of next week, accompanied by top officials, a senior Hamas source said on Wednesday.

Mass protests against Egyptian President Mursi: Hundreds of thousands protested in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and throughout Egypt yesterday against Islamist president Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

Egyptian courts suspend work to protest Morsi move: Egypt's highest appeal courts suspended their work Wednesday to protest presidential decrees that gave the country's Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi nearly absolute powers, state television reported, deepening the turmoil roiling the country since the decrees were announced last week.

Egypt Islamists to rally on Saturday for Mursi: The Muslim Brotherhood and hardline Salafi parties will hold protests across Egypt on Saturday in support of President Mohamed Mursi, who is facing a wave of unrest over a decree that expanded his powers.

Egypt court sentences 8 to death over prophet film: An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.

Congo M23 rebels say started withdrawing forces: Rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have started withdrawing from towns captured since last week from government troops, following a deal brokered by Uganda, their military leader said on Wednesday.

Bradley Manning: marine commander warned detention was inappropriate: Manning spent nine months at Quantico – three times the maximum Choike thought appropriate. The soldier's treatment there prompted international protests from the UN, Amnesty International and other organisations that likened it to torture.

Suit Planned Over Death of Man C.I.A. Drugged: Nearly 60 years after the death of a government scientist who had been given LSD by the Central Intelligence Agency without his knowledge, his family says it plans to sue the government, alleging that he was murdered and did not commit suicide as the C.I.A. has long maintained.

Big Tobacco ordered to issue big apology: A US federal judge has ordered tobacco firms to publicly admit to deceiving the public. An advertising campaign to be paid for by the industry is required. It will force firms to adopt specially-chosen ‘slogans’ that spell out the dangers of smoking.

$3.4B Indian lawsuit ends, disbursements to begin: After nearly 17 years of courtroom arguments, congressional negotiations and Indian Country bickering, hundreds of thousands of Native Americans could see the first payments of a $3.4 billion U.S. government settlement by the end of the year, plaintiffs' attorneys said Monday.

November 26, 2012

Mashaal: I Accept a Palestinian State on '67 Borders

By JPOST.COM STAFF

Hamas leader says he'll move to a peaceful path contingent on the "end of the occupation" and Palestinian statehood. Continue

The Palestinians’ Only Option

By Alan Hart

The next step should be winding up the Palestine Authority and handing total responsibility for the occupation back to Israel. Continue

Blind Support of Israel Leads to Unexpected Consequences

By Ron Paul

As long as Israel can count on its destructive policies being underwritten by the U.S. taxpayer it can continue to engage in reckless behavior. Continue

Kristol’s Thanksgiving Meditation
Makes Central Role of Israel in Neo-Conservatism Clear

By Jim Lobe

If Bibi Netanyahu wants to expand settlements, invade Gaza, attack Iran, the U.S. should remain, in his words, “loyal and steadfast.” Continue

Where’s Our Humanity For Gaza?

By Sara Roy

The US government will probably cut funding to the Palestinians if they pursue United Nations observer membership. Continue

Is This Presidential Memorandum Aimed At Israel-firsters Or U.S. Whistleblowers?

Presidential Memorandum

To promote the development of effective insider threat programs within departments and agencies to deter, detect, and mitigate actions by employees who may represent a threat to national security. Continue

Pat Buchanan: Dismantle The American Empire

By RT - Video

From the time of the Cold War the US has military bases all over the world. Today, running a budget deficit of 10 per cent of its GDP, America simply cannot afford to continue "to carry this enormous burden. Continue

Stand Still for the Apocalypse

By Chris Hedges

Report paints a world convulsed by rising temperatures is a mixture of mass chaos, systems collapse and medical suffering like that of the worst of the Black Plague. Continue

Fire Kills 112 Workers Making Clothes for US Brands

By BRIAN ROSS

The 100-plus workers who died in a fire late Saturday at a high-rise garment factory in Bangladesh were working overtime making clothes for major American retailers, including Wal-Mart, according to workers' rights groups. Continue

Black Friday: American Wage Slaves Fight Over Chinese Slave Goods

By Patrick Henningsen

It’s a victory for worldly goods, over humanity, as people worship brands like gods. Continue

Did Syria drop cluster bombs on a playground near Damascus?: Syrian jets hit a playground outside of Damascus with cluster bombs, killing 10 children, according to Syrian opposition activists. A video purports to show the carnage. Syria denies that it uses cluster bombs.

Fighters take Palestinian training camp: Pro-rebel activists say: “Rebels stormed a Popular Front-General Command (PFLP-GC) training camp in the Rihan area of Damascus province, after violent clashes with local fighters,”

Russian PM slams ‘unacceptable’ recognition, support for rebels: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev slammed as “unacceptable” the recognition and support by France and other states of the Syrian opposition battling the government of President Bashar Al Assad.

Syrian Kurds form unified army, call for federalism : “Kurdish forces represented in the People’s Council of West Kurdistan and the Kurdish National Council arrived in Erbil to pave the way for the unification of fighters inside Syria’s Kurdish regions, to establish a popular army as an alternative to the armed militias that have run the security situation in Syria for a number of months”.

Iraqi Kurds send more troops into standoff with Iraq army: Iraq's Kurdish region has sent reinforcements to a disputed area where its troops are involved in a standoff with the Iraqi army, a senior Kurdish military official said, despite calls on both sides for dialogue to calm the situation.

Fugitive Iraqi VP Hashemi leaves Turkey for Qatar: Sunni vice president Hashemi, who was given three death sentences by an Iraqi court after it found him guilty of ordering his bodyguards to attack Shiite pilgrims, took refuge in Turkey, fueling tensions between Turkey and Iraq.

Hamas, Palestinian Authority to release prisoners: Officials from Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have announced that they will release prisoners in order to start off reconciliation talks on a positive foot.

Hamas lends support to Abbas's UN statehood bid: Mashaal calls PA president to back bid in unexpected change of heart; Hamas spokesman Abu Zuhri says group backs any political gain Abbas can achieve at UN "without causing harm to the national Palestinian rights."

Israel successfully test fires David's Sling: Israel has successfully test fired the David's Sling missile defense system, bringing the country’s multi-pillared air interception capabilities one step closer to the potential to intercept all enemy fire, the country’s military has announced.

Thousands march in London for Gaza and freedom for Palestine: report and pictures: The demonstrators were united in their determination not just to protest at this latest outrage by Israel but to call for an end to the siege of Gaza and for justice for all Palestinians.

The US Is Sending Another Carrier To Patrol Off The Coast Of Iran: When the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis returns to the placid blue waters of the Gulf with her strike force of 70 jets in the next few days, she will be ready for action off the coast of Iran.

Commander: No Warship Allowed to Approach Iran's Territorial Waters: Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Iran has a close watch on foreign warships' movements in the regional waters, adding that the Navy has so far prevented warships from approaching the country's borders.

Teen protester killed, 40 injured in clash in Egypt: Security officials say rioters have stormed a Muslim Brotherhood headquarters building in northern Egypt, and a teenager protester was killed.

"Morsi Must Go" Chant Thousands of Egyptians: Video - Mass Protests Across Egypt demand President Morsi reverse power grabbing decree and many call for his resignation

Egypt’s interior ministry claims protesters shot each other: “The police forces are the victims”, the senior official insisted, explaining that protesters attempting to reach state buildings have repeatedly attacked the police.

'Judges for Egypt' declares support for Morsi's constitutional decree: Hundreds of judges hold meeting on Saturday to support Morsi's controversial constitutional declarations, charge judges who oppose the president are former regime loyalists

Gunmen attack police station in Nigerian capital, kill 2: The attack came a day after two suicide bombs killed at least 11 people in a church in a military barracks in northern Nigeria,

DR Congo's M23 rebel leader heads to Uganda for withdrawal talks: M23's reported connections with Uganda and Rwanda complicate a resolution in eastern Congo.

6 killed in attack on Pakistan Shiites gathering, 90 injured Police foil major terrorist attack in Karachi: A bombing claimed by the Taleban killed at least six people and wounded some 90 others at a Shiite religious procession in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, police said, as the minority Muslim sect observes the annual Ashoura holiday.

Explosion kill NATO occupation force soldier in southern Afghanistan: A NATO soldier was killed following a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan on Monday.

US to keep 10 000 occupation force troops in Afghanistan: report: The administration of President Barack Obama aims to keep around 10 000 US troops in Afghanistan after formal combat operations in that country end in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported late on Sunday.

UK to halve its troop presence in Afghanistan: Phased withdrawal comes amid doubts over Afghans' ability to maintain their country's security.

Afghanistan: Another province goes to the Taliban: Logar, a strategic province that neighbors Kabul and is home to an all-important copper mine, is increasingly under Taliban control as NATO sources begin to withdraw.

Afghans protest against death sentence for soldier who killed French troops: Students protest at death sentence for Abdul Saboor when western troops are not executed for civilian death

Obama 'drone-warfare rulebook' condemned by human rights groups: President Barack Obama's administration is in the process of drawing up a formal rulebook that will set out the circumstances in which targeted assassination by unmanned drones is justified, according to reports.

Military suicides ‘out of control’: Libby Busbee pounded on the window of her son’s maroon Dodge Charger as he sat in the driveway of their home earlier this year. Locked inside his car, Army Spc. William Busbee sat with a .45-caliber gun pointed to the side of his head.

Time is running out: the Doha climate talks must put an end to excuses: The evidence of climate change is clearer than ever. The poor countries have done everything asked of them. Now the rich nations must face their responsibilities

Alleged Walmart Shoplifter Killed in Security Altercation Over Two DVD Players: An alleged Walmart shoplifter died in the store parking lot early Sunday morning after three employees allegedly attacked him for stealing two DVD players from the super store early Sunday morning.

Judge stops school from expelling girl who refused to wear tracking device: A Texas high school student will be allowed to continue going to class for now despite her refusal to cooperate with a program that forces pupils to be mandatorily tracked with computer chips.

Texas Schools Teaching Boston Tea Party As Terrorist Act: The most historical instance of protesting against taxation without representation is now being taught in Texas schools as a terrorist act.

Police Install Camera Focused on Back Yard of Woman's Home: The police department went in and installed a wildlife camera in a tree in a privately owned vacant lot right next to her property. And they focused the camera on her home—the back yard of her home, and specifically her bedroom window.

California Man Jailed Four Days for Recording Cops : A California man was jailed for four days for attempting to record police officers on a public street.

You Think You're Getting Social Security But You're Not, Says Multimillionaire Banker: What should the U.S. do about the so-called "fiscal cliff"? Who better to ask than Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, "one of the world's most influential bankers"?

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.

 

November 25, 2012

Why Israel Didn’t Win

By Adam Shatz

The ceasefire agreed by Israel and Hamas in Cairo after eight days of fighting is merely a pause in the Israel-Palestine conflict. - The Palestinians understand that they are no longer facing Israel on their own: Israel, not Hamas, is the region’s pariah. Continue

Pillar of Impotence

By Gilad Atzmon

The Palestinians are stronger than ever while the Jewish State has been exposed as an impotent manic-depressive collective driven by a neurotic and impotent leadership. Continue

Benjamin Netanyahu Is Leading Israel Into Isolation

By Robert Fisk

The man who Benjamin Netanyahu hoped would not win the US presidential election has already promised Israel more cash and hardware. America still stands sentinel from across the seas. Continue

Obama Surrenders To The Israel Lobby

By SAHIN ALPAY

Doesn't friendship with the people of Israel require you to warn the rulers of that country to come to their senses? How can you be blind to the fact that the security of Israel cannot be assured by the continuous killing of Palestinians? Continue

When Propaganda Masquerades as News

By Prof. James F. Tracy

The fact that much of the American public especially is misinformed or unaware of the profuse atrocities and injustices committed with its tax dollars and tacitly in its name attests to the continued centrality of propaganda. Continue

Can U.S. Citizens End Israel’s Legal Impunity?

By Stephen Zunes

Each time international law has attempted to censure Israel for its recent violations of human rights, the United States has stepped in to stop the process. Continue

Greatest Threat to Democracy

By Paul Balles

I'm tired of an ignorant America that doesn't know what's going on in the world and an apathetic America that doesn't care. Continue

François Hollande Wants to Sponsor Islamic Emirates

By Thierry Meyssan

France claims to be at the forefront of the fight for freedom in Syria. In fact, she brazenly violates the basic principles of international law to fulfill her dream of re-colonization of a country she held from 1923 to 1944. Continue

Petraeus Sex Scandal Covers More Shocking Story

By Barry Sheppard

“I’m going to be honest with you dad. I have killed a lot of men and children. Some that didn’t even do anything for me to kill them. Also some that begged for mercy. Continue

Four More Years: Into Africa

By Conn M. Hallinan

If there is a single characterization of US policy vis-à-vis Africa, it is the increasingly militarization of American diplomacy on the continent.
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Are Canadians The 51st American State?

By The Canadian Charger

Canada's role in the world today as America's errand-boy and PM Harper's government as a right-wing, militaristic, ideologically and theologically driven outfit. Continue

6 Reasons the Fiscal Cliff is a Scam

By James K. Galbraith

The fiscal cliff is a device constructed to force a rollback of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as the price of avoiding tax increases and disruptive cuts in federal civilian programs and in the military. Continue

23 killed as rebels claim control of Syrian helicopter base near Damascus: Activists: At least 15 rebels and eight soldiers were killed in the fighting that started a day earlier. Abdul-Rahman and Damascus-based activist Maath al-Shami say rebels destroyed two helicopters with rocket propelled grenades and captured a tank. They say the base houses several radars.

Iran warns Turkey not to deploy Patriot missiles: - Iran said Turkey's plans to deploy Patriot defensive missiles near its border with Syria would add to the region's problems, as fears grow of the Syrian civil war spilling across frontiers.

Russia Sends Warships To Gaza Coast: "The detachment of combat ships of the Black Sea Fleet, including the Guards missile cruiser Moskva, the patrol ship Smetliviy, large landing ships Novocherkassk and Saratov, the sea tug MB-304 and the big sea tanker Ivan Bubnov"

Israel limits Palestinian access to holy site: Israel has restricted Palestinian access to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and arrested six Hamas members, a day after one Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire along the Gaza-Israel border.

Israel eases up some restrictions in Gaza: Fisherman in Gaza are permitted to sail up to 6 nautical miles from the coast instead of 3 miles, Egyptian Intelligence Chief Ra'afat Shehada told Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Haaretz said Sunday. Nazar Ayesh, chairman of Gaza's fisherman union, called the decision insufficient, saying the limit should be extended to 20 miles, the Israeli daily said.

Fact or propaganda? Report: Israeli spy satellites spot Iranian ship being loaded with rockets for Gaza: According to Sunday Times, cargo may include Fajr-5 rockets and Shahab-3 ballistic missiles; Israeli source: Despite cease-fire deal, we will attack any Gaza-bound arms shipment.

Israel may strike at ship allegedly carrying Iranian rockets to Gaza – report: Israel has reportedly vowed to destroy rockets and other weapons being sent to Gaza by Iran. Tel Aviv issued this threat despite a recent ceasefire following eight days of bitter conflict between Gaza and Israel.

Iran accuses U.S. of airspace violations: Iran's permanent representative at the United Nations has accused the United States of repeated violations of its airspace. In a letter to Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, Mohammad Khazai accused the United States of carrying out "illegal and provocative" operations in the Persian Gulf.

Abbas 'fully confident' ahead of UN upgrade bid: “We are going to the U.N. fully confident in our steps. We will have our rights because you are with us,” he told a crowd of around 1,000 people demonstrating support for the bid to upgrade the Palestinian rank from that of an observer entity to an observer state.

Report: Obama promised Israel he would place US troops in Sinai: According to the Israeli military intelligence website DEBKAfile, in a conversation with the Israeli regime’s Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, Obama pledged that U.S. troops would soon be en route to the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt: Country Denies Plans to Deploy U.S Troops in Sinai: The Egyptian Armed Forces denied Israeli news reports about plans to deploy US forces in Sinai as part of a ceasefire agreement reached between Palestinian movement Hamas and Israel.

Explosion destroys part of Egypt intelligence building in Sinai: Witnesses from the Egyptian town of Rafah, said that terrible explosion occurred Saturday evening, in the Egyptian military facility belonging to the Egyptian border guards, which is still under construction.

Two explosions rip through Egypt’s Sinai security bases: Explosions targeted security bases in Sinai on Sunday, left three people injured, according to Egyptian security officials, who speculated militant groups in Sinai could be behind the attack.

Egyptian president says decree granting new powers 'temporary,' calls for dialog: Police used teargas to disperse protesters in Cairo on Sunday, in the third consecutive day of demonstrations against Morsi.

Egypt’s Brotherhood calls for protests, judges urge for strikes Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called for protests across the country on Sunday to support President Mohammed Mursi, while the country’s judges urged for a nationwide strike against a decree they saw as granting Mursi new, extensive powers.

In post-Mubarak Egypt, journalists call for general strike: Egyptian journalists call for strike to protest guarantees of press freedom in draft constitution, amid political crisis sparked by Morsi decree

Car bomb kills at least 5 at military church in Nigeria - source: A suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives into a church inside the Jaji military barracks in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state on Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens more, military sources said.

Congo once more descends into chaos: Conflict in the Middle East is overshadowing the bloody events in central Africa

Congo officials in peace talks with M23 rebels: Congolese officials are in talks Sunday with representatives of M23, the rebel group that last week took control of the eastern Congo city of Goma, according to Ugandan officials.

US Cancels Mid East Conference on Nuke-Free Zone: The US blamed regional turmoil, but it was Israel's refusal to attend that prompted cancelation

Investigators prepare to exhume Arafat's body: Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – Scientists and legal experts from Switzerland, France and Russia have begun to arrive in the West Bank in order to exhume the body of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Three killed in Yemen blast: At least three people were killed on Saturday night in a bomb attack targeting a religious commemoration in the Yemeni capital.

Iraqi Kurds send more troops into standoff with Iraq army: Iraq's Kurdish region has sent reinforcements to a disputed area where its troops are involved in a standoff with the Iraqi army, a senior Kurdish military official said, despite calls on both sides for dialogue to calm the situation.

Wars have disabled six million Iraqis: “People with disabilities caused by the three wars Iraq has suffered are estimated at more than 6 million,” according to Raad Abdulhusain who heads the rehabilitation of disabled people in the religious province of Najaf.

Pakistan: Bomb attack on Shi'ite parade kills five: A bomb attack on a Shi'ite Muslim procession has killed five mourners and wounded more than 80 in northwest Pakistan as Shi'ites mark their holiest day Ashura.

3 killed as sectarian clash tensed in Kabul University : At least three Kabul University students were killed and ten others wounded as clash heavily originated from religious discrimination flamed among the Sunni and Shiite affiliated students during the Ashura mourning in Kabul University, an official said Sunday.

US occupation force soldier killed in southern Afghanistan: At least 383 NATO troops including 294 US troops, 44 British troops and 45 soldiers from the other NATO countries have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2012 in Afghanistan.

November 23, 2012

Netanyahu Agreed to Ceasefire after Obama Promised US troops in Sinai Next \Week?

By RT

US troops are expected in Egypt early next week. Meanwhile, American forces have all but surrounded Iran and are stationed in countless bases across the Middle East. Continue

Is Middle East Peace a Mirage?

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Israelis appear now to have entrusted their future to a U.S.-guaranteed military superiority — F-16s, smart bombs and an Iron Dome missile defense — rather than peace talks. Continue

Devouring Jackals

By Linh Dinh

Born in blood and maintained through constant bloodletting, Israel has gotten its teeth into its prey, and it won’t let go. If it had a choice, it would have devoured all already. Continue

US Battles Iraq and Afghanistan Over Detention Without Charges

By Glenn Greenwald

The US has long been demanding that the Afghan government continue the American practice of indefinite detention without charges. Continue

Give Thanks You Weren’t Bombed and Murdered by Americans

By Jay Janson

Give thanks that what is happening in Syria this year, Libya last year, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen in years before, continuing today, and planned to happen in Iran in the immediate future,  cannot happen to you. Continue

The Fall of the American Empire (Writ Small)

By Tom Engelhardt

Think of the Petraeus version of collapse as a tryout for the fall of the American empire, writ very small: Continue

 

Taming the Walmart Bully

By Adbusters

This time around Walmart's bully tactics may backfire. And as it goes for any bully, their defensive actions only reveal their core vulnerability and insecurity. Continue

Israeli troops kill Palestinian at Gaza fence: Video - Israeli troops have shot and killed a Palestinian man and wounded at least 15 others after crowds surged towards Gaza's internment camp fence.

Hamas deploys at Gaza border after Israel kills Palestinian: The Hamas government in Gaza has deployed security forces near the border with Israel after two shooting incidents in the aftermath of Wednesday's ceasefire.

Israel dealt Hamas ‘a heavy blow’ and is prepared to resume offensive if need be, Netanyahu says: Barak dismisses claims that ceasefire puts Israel at a disadvantage, says removing Hamas would keep army in Gaza for years; Gantz says IDF achieved its objectives

In pictures: Israel's war on Gaza : Associated Press photographer Bernat Armangué was in Gaza as Israel targeted the region during a war that claimed more than 160 lives in eight days.

Russian warships ‘sail to Gaza for possible evacuation of citizens’: A group of warships from Russia’s Black Sea fleet is headed to the Gaza Strip, a Navy source told RIA Novosti news agency. The ships will evacuate Russian citizens from the troubled region should the Israel-Gaza conflict escalate.

Preparing the battlefield: For Israel, Gaza Conflict Is Test for an Iran Confrontation: Just weeks before the attack on Gaza, the United States and European and Persian Gulf Arab allies were practicing at sea, working on clearing mines that might be dropped in shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz.

Analysis - With eye on Iran, Gaza conflict reassures Netanyahu: Both on the diplomatic and military front, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will draw some comfort from his offensive against Gaza as he switches his gaze once more to his main strategic challenge -- Iran.

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Leader, Blasts Israel-Gaza Peace Deal : The top leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday - "The enemy knows nothing but the language of force," said Mohammed Badie. "Be aware of the game of grand deception with which they depict peace accords," he said

Iran: Syria key to resistance against Israel and US: Iran dispatched its speaker of parliament Ali Larijani to Syria on Friday in a show of support for Bashar Al Assad as his regime continued to come under attack in the southern suburbs of Damascus.

Syria: Bomb in Palestinian camp in Damascus kills four: A bomb blast in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus killed four people and seriously wounded a member of a faction that has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country's bitter civil war, activists said on Friday.

State TV journalist killed in war-torn Damascus: A journalist working for Syria’s state TV was killed by an armed gang in the Syrian capital Damascus, SANA news agency reported.

Syrian rebels capture three military bases in a week: Report: The impact of the new weapons seemed to have been felt immediately along northern frontlines, where Kurdish groups loyal to the Assad regime were on Friday engaged in their heaviest clashes yet with rebel forces and jihadists, near the border town of Ras al-Ain.

Syrian Rebels And Their SA-24s: Syrian rebels appear to have Russian SA-24 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles. At least that’s what recent photos from Syria appear to show.

Not All Syrians Side With the Rebels: The German weekly newspaper Die Welt published a note by the BND – the German secret service – estimating that 95 percent of the rebels occupying the city came from Turkish rear bases where Islam fighters from all over the world gather before going to war.

Tunisia and Libya delay formal recognition of Syrian opposition council: "[Tunisia] and Libya are in agreement that we will wait before recognizing. We need to have a real idea about the representation on this body," Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki told reporters at a news conference during a visit by interim Libyan President Mohammed Magarief.

Lobbyists pay UK authorities to buy support for Israeli regime: Pro-Israeli lobbyists inside the UK have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds since the last general election taking lawmakers on propaganda tours to the Israeli occupied Palestinian territories.

Russia warns Turkey against missiles: - Russia's Foreign Ministry warned against Turkey's intention to deploy NATO missiles on its border with Syria, saying it "would be an alarming signal."

Egyptian alarm at Mursi grab for power: The Egyptian President, Mohammed Mursi, has granted himself far-reaching powers and immunity from legal oversight and ordered the retrial of the former president Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters during the country's revolution.

Protesters set fire to Morsi party's headquarters in three cities: Furious Egyptians have set ablaze the headquarters of President Mohamed Morsi's party in three cities in protest to a constitutional declaration that gives the president unlimited powers.

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