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December 20, 2012

Syria: Palestinian Camp Empties Pending Government Counter-Attack

By Franklin Lamb

Souha said she passed about a dozen bodies on the steps and front ground next to the Abdul Qader Al-Hosseini mosque as she left Yarmouk.

Swift Boating Hagel
Stand Up to the Intimidators

By Paul Pillar

Their main reason for going after Hagel, is that he does not believe in subordinating U.S. interests to the wishes of the right-wing Israeli government and its American backers.

Hagel is anti-Semitic?
Chuck Hagel and the Neocon Smear Machine

By Robert Wright

What you're seeing now is one of the final desperate spasms of a group that has already helped destroy the thing it loves.

Obama Versus the Israel Lobby

By Kevin MacDonald

Whether or not Hagel is nominated as the Secretary of Defense, floating his name is a good indication that the Obama Administration has no intention of war with Iran and is quite comfortable with someone who is not a mindless foot soldier on behalf of the Israel Lobby.

Did General David Petraeus Grant Friends Access to Top Secret Files?

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran

It is alleged he granted two friends astonishing access to top secret files as he ran the Afghan surge. Rajiv Chandrasekaran reveals how the volunteers won big donations from defence firms – and how they pushed the army towards a far more aggressive strategy.

US Drone Strike Has Revealed A Disturbing Trend

By Michael Kelley

UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Christof Heyns said that if there are "secondary drone strikes on rescuers who are helping (the injured) after an initial drone attack, those further attacks are a war crime."

Assange's Christmas address from Ecuador embassy in London

Video (Full Speech)

When our media is corrupt. When our academics are timid. When our history is filled with half truths and lies. Our civilization will never be just.

The Religious and Social Crises and Political Consequences

By James Petras

The religious crises, the decline in belief and institutional affiliation, is intimately related to the moral decay in US public institutions and the precipitous decline of living standards. 

Slavery's Global Comeback

By J.J. Gould

There are now twice as many people enslaved in the world as there were in the 350 years of the transatlantic slave trade.

Obama Proposes Social Security Cuts

By Patrick Martin

Obama has publicly proposed to cut future benefits for Social Security recipients, underlining the bipartisan agreement that the working class and the elderly, not Wall Street or the super-rich, must pay for the crisis of American capitalism.

24 killed in South Sudan clashes: Juba - Fighting between South Sudan's army and a militia led by a self-proclaimed prophet killed 24 people in an eastern region where France's Total and other foreign oil groups are hoping to explore large concessions, the military said.

Four killed in clash in Libya's Benghazi: officials: - Four people were killed when security forces clashed with armed demonstrators outside a police station in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, security sources said.

The Mess We Left Behind in Libya: Op-Ed : While Washington is busy fighting over a report, Benghazi is descending into chaos.

The Same Old Colonial Powers Are Licking Their Chops at the Thought of Invading Mali...and the Rest of West Africa: Op-Ed: The current crisis in Mali is the recent manifestation of a recurring episode of terrible suffering and constant struggles.

Fifty-five drowned off Somali coast: “Without doubt, the Gulf of Aden is now the deadliest route for people fleeing conflict, violence and human rights abuses in the Horn of Africa,” said UNHCR Representative for Somalia, Bruno Geddo.

Seven Killed By A Roadside Bomb: A roadside bomb has killed two police officers and five civilians in southwestern Afghanistan.

US Parliament approves USD 5.7bn for strengthening Afghan forces: US parliamentThe US House of Representatives and Senate have agreed to fully finance building the capacity of the Afghan army and police by approving an amount of USD 5.7bn.

Karzai welcomes British troop withdrawal: Afghan president Hamid Karzai has welcomed news that nearly half of Britain's troops will be withdrawn from the country next year.

War or prosperity? UK announces higher price tag for Afghan war while cutting vital social services: The UK has revealed that the cost of its involvement in the war in Afghanistan has reached $27.6 billion, and may end up being as much as $32.5 billion. Meanwhile, the UK continues to slash domestic social services to reduce its budget deficit.

Syrian conflict turning increasingly sectarian, warns UN human rights watchdog: The report, commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council, found that foreign fighters, many linked to extremist Sunni groups, are infiltrating into Syria. They are operating in independent units that co-ordinate actions with the Free Syrian Army — the Western-backed armed group which is the rebels’ main military force.

UK Government warned on direct Syrian intervention: Direct intervention in Syria's civil war to bring down President Bashar al-Assad would be illegal in the absence of a UN resolution, MPs warned the Government last night.

2,000 foreign troops expected in Turkey as part of Patriot deployment: In an atmosphere of tense relations between Turkey and war-torn Syria, 2,000 foreign troops are expected to be deployed in various Turkish provinces along the country's border with Syria to operate the Patriot surface-to-air defense system.

Abbas seeking to shelter Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria: The Palestinian president has asked the UN for help in bringing over the refugees, willing to take them into Palestinian territories; any such move would require Israel's consent.

Israeli settlements leave U.S. odd man out at U.N. Security Council: US refuses to join 14 other members of the U.N. Security Council in a statements at the United Nations opposing Israeli plans to expand illegal Jewish settlements around Jerusalem after the United States repeatedly blocked attempts to take stronger action.

Israeli attacks on Gaza journalists unlawful: : HRW: Israel's killing of two Palestinian journalists and attacks on media facilities during its Gaza offensive last month violated the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Israel approves Qatar emir's visit to West Bank, in nod to Abbas: Israel approved the visit under assumption that the emir will offer financial aid to the struggling Palestinian Authority, and give Palestinian Authority diplomatic strengthening over Hamas rival.

Pro-Israel groups want to block appointment of Chuck Hagel as new US defence secretary: Pro-Israel groups have tried to derail a possible plan for the White House to appoint a former Republican senator as the next US secretary of defence, saying his comments on Jewish influence in American politics "border on anti-Semitism".

More Chuck Hagel Pushback: Israel Group Airs Attack Ad: As pro-Israel groups continue to wrangle over Chuck Hagel, reportedly President Obama’s likely nominee for secretary of defense, the conservative Emergency Committee for Israel plans to air a new ad on cable TV in the Washington, D.C., area today and Friday.

Click Here To Nominate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense -- and fight for his nomination: In response to the news that former Sen. Hagel is a frontrunner for SecDef, a vicious smear campaign has been launched that seeks to impugn his character.

Russian destroyer docks at Iranian port: The Russian Marshal Shaposhnikov destroyer docked at the Iranian port on Wednesday, the public relations department of the Iranian Navy announced.

U.S. Congress to Probe Iran ‘Presence’ in Latin America: In a 386-6 vote, the House of Representatives has called for the US State Department to launch an immediate investigation into Iran’s diplomatic and business interests in central and South America.

An Honorable Handful Oppose Iran Resolution: These Iran resolutions are straight out of Orwell.

Florida Man, Planned To Bomb NYC Over Drones Deaths, Prosecutors Say: A Pakistani-born man wanted to avenge the deaths of U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan by blowing up a New York City landmark but lacked the money and materials to carry out the plan, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

Former Marine: I burned Ohio mosque to avenge US troops: "Every day you turn on the TV, you see Muslims trying to kill Americans," said Linn, a truck driver from St. Joe

Pistol purchased by ATF agent found at alleged cartel crime scene in Mexico: CBS News has learned that two guns found in the area of a recent Mexican drug cartel shootout have been linked to Fast and Furious: One trafficked by a suspect in the case, and the other purchased by a federal agent.

South Dakota Teen Fatally Shot By Friend Over Paintball Game: The victim, Dalton Williams of Pierre, was found lying in the entryway of the accused shooter's house around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with a gunshot wound to the chest. Paramedics rushed the high school sophomore to a nearby hospital, but he later died.

Guns Out of Stock at Wal-Mart as Magazine Prices Surge on: With President Barack Obama endorsing sweeping gun restrictions in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, prices for handgun magazines are surging on EBay (EBAY) and semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) locations.

Lanza wanted to join the Marines: That is what he told his mother Nancy Lanza, his biggest cheerleader, and that is what she relayed to one of her closest friends, Ellen Adriani of Sandy Hook

Texas trooper suspended after conducting roadside cavity searches: Trooper Kelly Helleson was suspended one day after two women filed a lawsuit against her for violating their bodies in search of marijuana. The two women had initially been pulled over by a male trooper for throwing a cigarette butt out the window. After claiming he smelled marijuana, he called his colleague, Helleson, to search the women’s bodies.

12 year old driven to tears as TSA claims sick girl tests positive for bomb residue: Video - A 12-year-old girl in a wheelchair was detained for nearly an hour at DFW Airport while trying to get through security.

Nearly 205K Deportations of Parents of U.S. Citizens in Just Over Two Years: The federal government conducted more than 200,000 deportations of parents who said their children are U.S. citizens in a timespan of just over two years, according to new data

Food Stamps To Be Cut Next November: Benefits will decline for every SNAP household. For families of three, the cut likely will be $25 to $30 a month — $300 to $360 a year.

Climate trends upsetting ecosystems: A report led by U.S. Geological Survey -- "Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services" -- says animal and plant species are flowering, laying eggs or migrating in different ways and at different times than in previous years. This pattern, the USGS said, is accelerating.

December 19, 2012

Egypt’s New Pharaoh

By Chris Hedges

Morsi and the Brotherhood have been exposed as the heirs of the old dictatorship in new garb.

Has Syria Become Al-Qaeda's New Base For Terror Strikes On Europe?

By Florian Flade and Clemens Wergin

The terror network in Syria includes dozens of European members, and wants to get its hands on Assad's stockpile of chemical weapons.

Washington Raises Specter of Al Qaeda Seizing Syrian Chemical Weapons

By Bill Van Auken

Washington’s feigned concern for the Syrian people in the face of an alleged threat from chemical weapons is a lie and a pretext.

"And Nobody Dies In Your Prisons?"
Russian Fury At U.S. Magnitsky Act

By Kommersant

"Listen, it’s been eight years and Guantanamo is still not closed; people are held without a trial or an investigation, like in the Middle Ages; prisoners walk around in chains and shackles! People who open secret prisons, legalize torture without investigations! And now these people are now accusing us of somehow not being good enough! " Russian President Vladimir Putin

Are US Munitions to Blame for Basra Birth Defects?

By Alexander Smoltczyk

In the United States, no major newspaper has yet published a story on the genetic disorders in Fallujah.

A Global Perspective on American Child Deaths

By Donna Mulhearn

'You come from a culture where it is okay to kill children,' the Iraqi woman said.

“America has a long history of killing little children.”

By Margaret Kimberley

Americans love to think of themselves as innocents. As a result, when they are victimized they are not just in a state of mourning, but one of total disbelief when finding themselves on the receiving end of barbarity.

"Momma Loves You, Little Man"
Eulogy For A Dead 6-Year-Old

By Veronique Pozner

The mother and uncle of 6-year-old Noah Pozner delivered messages at his funeral reflecting on the life of the little boy killed in Friday's school shooting, and lessons to draw from his loss.

'Did We Just Kill A Kid?'
Six Words That Ended A US Drone Pilot's Career

By Robert Johnson

"I saw men, women and children die during that time," he says. "I never thought I would kill that many people. In fact, I thought I couldn't kill anyone at all."

The Silence From Liberals on the Drone War

By Dick Polman

Drones are sometimes used preemptively, to kill those who might be a threat in the future. Obama is judge, jury, and executioner.

Moulding Young Minds:
American Schools Preaching the Virtues of a War On Iran

By Patrick Henningsen

This is the generation of children who may be asked – or drafted in to fight a coming war with Iran and others – so is this part of the indoctrination of future soldiers? Maybe.

Gil Scott-Heron " Work For Peace "


"If everyone believed in Peace the way they say they do,
we'd have Peace.
The only thing wrong with Peace,
is that you can't make no money from it."

Proof The Drug War Is A Joke'

By Matt Taibbi

This is the disgrace to end all disgraces. It doesn't even make any sense.

Unbelievable - Outrageous!
US cop caught on tape giving two women body cavity search during routine traffic stop


Dashcam video shows Helleson searching the anuses and vaginas of both women with the same latex gloves in full view of other passing cars.

Agenda Driven News

By Paul Craig Roberts

A tragedy is being used to disarm Americans faced with a police state growing in power and menace.

Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
NDAA 2013 - Indefinite Detention Without Trial Is Back


Lawmakers in Washington have stripped an amendment from next year’s National Defense Authorization Act that could have kept the government from indefinitely detaining US citizens without charge or trial.

Justice is Dead in America.

By Glenn Greenwald:

Woman Imprisoned for Life for Minor Drug Offense; Banking Giant Immune to Justice for Massive Drug Laundering.

Bank Pays Bribe
UBS admits fraud in £940m Libor rigging settlement

By Graeme Evans , Holly Williams

At least 45 individuals including traders, managers and senior managers were involved in, or aware of, the practice.

"Fiscal Cliff" Proposals Would Deepen Inequality

By Scott Klinge

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the major offers on the table. Continue

Could You Survive on $2 a Day?

By Gabriel Thompson

Since 2000, the number of people in that category has grown to more than 20 million—a whopping 60 percent increase.

Some 107 people killed in Syria: Clashes between the Free Syrian army and government troops resulted in death of at least 107 people, Al Jazeera TV channel reported on Wednesday.

Syria: rebels fight Palestinian pro-Assad group (+video): Clashes between Syrian rebels and an armed Palestinian group loyal to the Syrian government raged inside a Damascus refugee camp Tuesday, as the Syrian military deployed tanks outside, activists said.

Yarmouk residents flee Syria fighting: Over 95 percent of Palestinians in Yarmouk have fled the refugee camp near Damascus under heavy shelling, the Palestinian ambassador to Syria said Tuesday, as fighting continued between anti- and pro-government groups.

Syrian Militants Free to Target Russians – Opposition Leader: A prominent leader of the Syrian opposition abroad has called Russian and Iranian citizens “a legitimate target for opposition militants in Syria.”

Syrian hijackers demand ransom for release of Russians: The abductors of two Russians and an Italian in Syria have demanded a ransom for their release, news reports said on Tuesday. Earlier today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is dealing with the problem and that all necessary steps are being taken in Syria and other countries that may influence the situation.

Abbas Urges UN to Help Syria Refugees Enter Palestinian Territories: Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas urged the international community to help Palestinian refugees fleeing camps across Syria enter the West Bank and Gaza.Mahmoud Abbas"

UN chief warns Israel illegal settlements are ‘dangerous path’: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday toughened his language as he once more urged Israel to halt plans to build new settler homes on occupied Palestinian territory.

UN security council's EU members to condemn Israeli illegal settlements expansion: Unusual statement expected from the UK, France, Germany and Portugal follows blunt criticism by US of construction plans

US will not support UN resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements: official: State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters on Tuesday that Washington would not support a proposal for a Security Council resolution being discussed in preliminary talks in response to the plan for new Israeli settlements.

Commander: Iran to Endanger Enemies' Vital Interests if Threatened: Iran has warned it would hit the US, Israel and their worldwide interests and close the strategic Strait of Hormuz if it became the target of a military attack over its nuclear program.

Kurdish troops fire on Iraqi army helicopter in dispute: Troops from Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan opened fire on an Iraqi army helicopter on Tuesday, underscoring tensions between Baghdad's Arab-led central government and the Kurdish region, officials said.

“You Are Safe With Us”: How Ordinary Iraqis Rescued U.S. Civilians in the Midst of War: In 2003, Iraqi townspeople, having just lost their hospital in U.S. air strikes, saved the lives of three wounded U.S. peacemakers. Seven years later, the Americans returned—to thank them.

Six Taliban killed in Afghan blast: Six Taliban militants were killed in Afghanistan's Helmand province Wednesday when an explosive device they were planting on a road went off accidentally, Xinhua reported.

Insider attack leaves 4 Afghan police dead in Kandahar: At least 3 more officers were wounded following the attack which took place after they were poisoned in their security check post in Spin Boldak district.

Afghan army beset by desertions: General Olivier de Bavinchove, number three commander in the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), says around 50,000 soldiers, or around 26 percent, of the 190,000-strong Afghan army desert the force each year.

US Army to seek death penalty for soldier charged with Kandahar massacre: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales faces charges of premeditated murder and other offences in the attack on two villages in southern Afghanistan on March 11.

Pentagon to reimburse Pakistan $688 million: The Pentagon has notified Congress this month that it would reimburse Pakistan nearly $700 million for the cost of stationing 140,000 troops on the border with Afghanistan, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Two more polio workers killed in Pakistan: Gunmen have shot dead a woman working on UN-backed polio vaccination efforts and her driver in northwestern Pakistan, officials say, raising to eight the number of people killed in 48 hours who were part of the immunisation drive.

How The CIA "May Have" Undermined Polio Treatment In Pakistan: Part of the Taliban’s opposition is due to the controversial way that the CIA sought intelligence on bin Laden’s presence in the Pakistani city of Abbotabad.

Benghazi inquiry slams State Department: The investigation into the attacks on the diplomatic mission and CIA annex that killed ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others also faulted State Department officials in Washington for ignoring requests from officials at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli for more guards and safety upgrades to the diplomatic mission.

Chief of State Department security service resigns after Benghazi attack report: source: An administration official says the chief of the State Department’s security service, one of his deputies and an official from the agency’s Middle East bureau have resigned after a damning report that found systematic management failures responsible for a lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Ireland to legalise abortions where woman's life is at risk: Reforms expected to allow for abortions where there is a medical risk to the woman's life or a danger of suicide

Russia advances law to ban U.S. adoptions: Russia’s parliament voiced strong support Wednesday for barring Americans from adopting Russian children,

Mexico's new government offers blistering critique U.S.-backed drug war: "The rate of increase in homicides places us among the highest in the world," he said. "In recent years, because of the violence linked to organized crime, thousands of people have died and thousands of people have disappeared." Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said.

Mexico says some 80 drug cartels at work in country, up from 8 reported by previous government: Mexico's new attorney general said Tuesday that as many as 80 small and medium-size drug cartels are operating in the country, a number far higher than the last formal government assessment.

Senate Wants To Sneak Warrantless Spying Bill Extension Into Law Without Debate; Let's Call Them and Tell Them No: The Senate is about to vote on an extension of the controversial FISA Amendments Act—the unconstitutional law that allows the NSA to warrantless spy on Americans speaking to people abroad. Yet you wouldn't know it by watching CSPAN because the Senate isn't debating it.

Four shot dead in Colorado murder-suicide, police say: A man shot and killed three people in a home in Colorado on Tuesday before turning the handgun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said.

Orange County Commissioners Approve Paying for Armed Deputies at Elementary Schools: Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to pay for the deputies to be at the 60 elementary schools in unincorporated Orange County. The county is home to Orlando.

Car Backfire Believed To Have Caused School Lockdown: Police said they initially received a report of a gun or gunfire near the school. A student had allegedly reported seeing a teenager fire a gun in the air. School administrators quickly confirmed that no shots were fired in the school and no one was injured.

The Antipsychotic Prescribed To Adam Lanza Has A Troubled History All Its Own: The reaction invoked by the drug in some people is reminiscent of the Jeffrey R. MacDonald case, where a Green Beret slaughtered his entire family and then fabricated a story about a marauding troop of "hopped up hippies".

Police find no evidence Connecticut gunman was on medication: Investigators searching the Connecticut home gunman Adam Lanza shared with his mother, Nancy Lanza, seized cellphones, computers and computer games, but found nothing at the residence to indicate he was taking medication, Hearst Connecticut Newspapers reported.

December 18, 2012

Obama’s War on Syria and Its Implications

By Shamus Cooke

The Obama administration has already declared war on Syria, even if it isn’t “official” yet. Consider the facts, all of them acts of war:

Israel Is Set To Receive 5,000 US Bunker Buster Bombs After Delaying Its Attack On Iran

By Michael Kelley

The U.S. Department of Defense notified Congress of a $647 million agreement to provide the Israel Air Force with 10,000 bombs — more than half of which are bunker-busters.

In the US, Mass Child Killings are Tragedies. In Pakistan, Mere Bug Splats

By George Monbiot

Barack Obama's tears for the children of Newtown are in stark contrast to his silence over the children murdered by his drones.

What If Children Mattered No Matter Where They Lived–and Died?

By Peter Hart

We do not live in a world that treats all life equally. Not even close.

We Have Become Death

By Camillo Mac Bica

We ignore the obvious, and refuse to look at who we are, better, what we’ve become, as a nation, a people.

Martial Law in Arkansas
SWAT cops to ask for IDs from everyone in Arkansas town

By William Grigg

Mayor Mike Gaskill and Police Chief Todd Stovall endorsed a plan to send cops dressed in full-fledged SWAT gear and equipped with AR-15s into downtown Paragould starting in 2013.

Fire Arm Insurance

By John Gear

We can fix the gun problem. We can make America safer, without limiting our right to bear arms. And we can do it without an expensive, dangerous, and futile "War on Guns."

The Fiscal Cliff Is A Diversion:
The Derivatives Tsunami and the Dollar Bubble

By Paul Craig Roberts

The fiscal cliff has become the way for the Republicans to save the country from bankruptcy by destroying the social safety net put in place during the 1930s, supplemented by Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” in the mid-1960s.

Obama, Republicans Move Toward Deal to Slash Social Programs

By Barry Grey

48 million Americans who rely on Medicare, more than 50 million on Medicaid, and 54 million who receive Social Security benefits. The living standards of these millions of people will be severely affected by the structural changes and cuts that are being prepared by both big business parties.

 17 killed in Pakistani tribal area blast: Wazir said that an explosives-laden vehicle had been parked outside the office of the Khyber's political agent, the area's top civilian administrator.

Six polio workers shot dead in Pakistani cities: In June, Taliban militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region ordered a ban on polio vaccination campaign, saying it could be a cover-up for the US espionage in the country.

Afghanistan: 3 cops killed in separate attacks: A roadside bomb killed two police while a police officer was killed in a gun attack by Taliban in Kunar province, police said Monday.

NATO occupation force troops killed by Afghan security forces: Timeline of rogue attacks: Two NATO coalition troops were killed at a joint base in Zhari district in Kandahar on Thursday after two Afghan men, one of whom was apparently a soldier, turned their weapons against them.

59 Iraqis killed in violence: In the deadliest attack on Monday, a car bomb exploded at a car dealership in north Baghdad, killing at least 11 people and wounding at least 40, security and medical officials said.

Iraq’s foreign minister says President Talabani not dead: President Talabani a Kurd who has mediated among the country's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish parties, was in hospital on Tuesday after suffering a stroke that left him in "critical but stable condition," government sources said.

Syria: 40 Civilians Killed in Rebels' Attack on al-Yarmouk Camp: Dozens of civilians were killed following the Syrian rebels' deadly attack on al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Southern Damascus.

Syrian rebels fight Palestinian pro-government group By Tuesday afternoon, the Syrian military deployed several tanks along camp's main entrance, the residents said. There were no Syrian government troops in the camp and most of the fighting was between rebels and PFLP-GC gunmen

Syria: Armed Opposition Takes Yarmouk Refugee Camp: After fierce battles on Sunday, 16 December 2012, Palestinian neutrality in the Syrian crisis collapsed completely as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamist fighters overran most of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus.

Syria hits back at UN over Palestinian refugees: "Syria offered something to our Palestinian brothers decades ago that no other Arab host country has offered," he told Ban in a telephone call, quoted by state news agency SANA.

Jihadis bankroll aid efforts in Syria to win followers: Among those with money to throw around in the scrum for influence are groups like Jabhat al-Nusra, which the State Department says has ties to Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Richard Engel and NBC crew freed from captivity in Syria: Engel says the crew managed to escape while being moved from one location to another. The journalists were being transferred Monday evening “when their captors ran into a checkpoint manned by members of the Ahrar al-Sham brigade, a Syrian rebel group,” NBC reports

Syrian rebels delay execution of Ukrainian reporter: The Kremlin’s Human Rights Council has joined the White House, the Reporters Without Borders and the International Press Institute in urging the Syrian rebels to immediately release captured Ukrainian journalist Ankhar Kochneva.

Russian Embassy in Syria Investigates Reported Abduction: The Russian embassy in Syria confirmed on Monday that two Russian nationals had been abducted near the western Syrian port city of Latakia.

Russia sends warships to Syria for possible evacuation: Russia sent warships to the Mediterranean to prepare a potential evacuation of its citizens from Syria, a Russian news agency said on Tuesday, a sign President Bashar al-Assad's key ally is worried about rebel advances that now threaten even the capital.

Syrian rebels maintain threat to kill Ukrainian journalist: The abductors said they would execute Kotchneva by Dec. 13, but then delayed their plans, claiming they were waiting for Ukrainian or Russian authorities to meet their demands, which they refused to announce publicly. According to news reports, the rebels denied money was on the list of demands.

Israel considering attack on Syrial: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has twice asked Jordan for its support to bomb Syria’s alleged chemical weapons facilities.

Israel presses on with plans for 6,000 new settler homes: The settlements are illegal and Western powers have been especially troubled by Israel's declared intent to build in E-1, a wedge of land between occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank

Palestinians threaten to involve UN over new illegal Israeli "settlement" plan: President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeina, told AFP news agency on Monday, that the leadership is about to take "important and necessary measures against Israel's illegal settlement building, including recourse to the UN Security Council, to prevent implementation of these decisions."

4 EU nations to condemn latest illegal Israel "settlements": - A European diplomat says Germany and three other European members of the U.N. Security Council are preparing a statement condemning Israel's latest settlement plans in occupied east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians prefer Hamas leader Haniyeh over Abbas, poll shows: If Palestinians were to vote for their president today, they would elect Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh over Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a recent poll shows.

Poll: Majority of Israelis prefer two-state solution: According to the survey, 58% of Israelis would prefer to see Israel remain as a Jewish, "democratic" state through fixed state borders along the route of the West Bank security barrier, seeing Israel preserve its Jewish character alongside a demilitarized Palestinian state.

Reciting a poem brings life sentence in Qatar: Qatari poet Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami, who after spending a year in solitary confinement, on November 29, 2012 was sentenced to life in prison by the Qatari courts.

Seven online activists 'arrested in UAE': Last month, the UAE government tightened the law on internet use. It became a criminal offence to deride or damage the state or its institutions, or to organise unauthorised demonstrations.

US seeks ‘world supremacy’ through advanced weapons - Security Chief: The Secretary of the Security Council of Russia has provided his views on a number of national security issues, including the importance of preserving Russia’s nuclear arsenal against potential adversaries.

U.S. Increasing Military Presence in the Philippines: In a move that prompted a swift and angry response from China, the U.S. has reportedly agreed to substantially increase its military presence in the Philippines, increasing the number of troops, aircraft and ships which routinely rotate through the country.

Chavez allies sweep Venezuela polls: Ruling Socialist Party wins nearly all 23 states, as Henrique Capriles consolidates position as top opposition leader.

Newtown shootings: Obama 'backs assault weapons ban': US President Barack Obama wants to reinstate an assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, his spokesman says.

Do Your Senators Support an Assault Weapons Ban?: Some of the answers may surprise you.

The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way: Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited, an examination by The New York Times found.

Foreign holdings of US debt hit record of $5.48 trillion in October; China’s holdings rise: China, the largest holder of U.S. government debt, increased its holdings slightly to $1.16 trillion. Japan, the second-largest holder, boosted its holdings by a smaller amount to $1.13 trillion. Brazil, the country with the third-largest holdings, increased its total to $255.2 billion.

December 17, 2012

Patriot Missiles in Turkey: Targeting Syria or Iran?

By Sergey Strokan

The pretext for the deployment of NATO Patriot missiles in Turkey does not appear credible.

Gaza is no Longer Occupied. Really?

Roger Walters - Must Watch - Video and Transcript

The will of “we the people of these United Nations” is that all our brothers and sisters should be free to live in self determination, that the oppressed should be released from their burden, by being given recourse to the law, and that the oppressors should be called to account by that same law.

'Useless, useless, useless': the Palestinian verdict on Tony Blair

By Matthew Kalman

Palestinian officials say Tony Blair shouldn't take it personally, but he should pack up his desk at the Office of the Quartet Representative in Jerusalem and go home. They say his job, and the body he represents, are "useless, useless, useless".

The Visible Government
How the U.S. Intelligence Community Came Out of the Shadows

By Tom Engelhardt

In the past, American presidents pursued “plausible deniability” when it came to assassination plots like those against Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, and Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem.  Now, assassination is clearly considered a semi-public part of the presidential job.

Remember All the Children, Mr. President

By Bill Quigley

These tragedies must end.

Sympathy from the Devil

By William Norman Grigg

The government that impudently presumes to rule us has made Sandy Hook-style massacres routine for residents of Pakistan. 

Firing Back at Extreme Gun Nuts
NRA: No Rational Answer

By Brian Foley

Shootings are now a slice of Americana, bringing out SWAT teams, burly police chiefs, grief counselors, media speculation about the usually-20-something-year-old-male shooter’s motive, and impromptu flower pile memorials.

How the GOP Promoted Gun Madness

By Robert Parry

When looking at the faces of the six-year-olds butchered in their Connecticut classroom, you should also see the faces of the politicians who pandered to the NRA and its obsessive opposition to commonsense gun control.

Obama, Biden are war criminals under UN Charter: Analyst

By Dave Lindorff

US authorities, including President Obama, are engaged in an “ongoing criminal conspiracy under international law” both to cover up and protect criminals like Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, and to continue the commission of war crimes by the US government.

Hey You!
Do You Love Your Servitude?

By Washingtons Blog

Millions of families are dysfunctional, with parents too busy with their careers and acquiring material possessions, to bother with raising their children in a loving nurturing way.

6 Ways to Replace Violence With a Culture of Caring

By Alison Rose Levy

“We are failing our children!! Wake up America. Our babies are turning into killers. Our babies are committing suicide at unbelievable rates. We can't even get past the blame game.

Banking on Criminality:
Drug Money and the Above-the-Law Global Banking Cartel

By Andrew Gavin Marshall

Welcome to the world of financial criminality, the “international cartel” of drug money banks and their political protectors. Continue

System Will Collapse When Goldman Decides to Pull the Plug on Confidence in the US Dollar

By Jim Sinclair

Dollar based entitlement payments will be reduced to nearly meaningless levels on a single day, and that the result will also solve the health care cost crisis in the US.

40 armed men killed in blast in Syria's Aleppo: At least 40 armed men were killed Monday in Syria's northern city of Aleppo when their booby-trapped car went off, the state-run SANA news agency said.

Amateur Video - : Shelling of Syrian town kills 25: Opposition activists claim at least 25 people have been killed after Syrian government forces attack the town of Helfaya in Hama province.

Syria: Palestinian camp residents flee rebel attacks: Clashes renewed Monday in the Yarmuk refugee camp in southern Damascus between pro-government Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and rebels fighting President Bashar Al Assad’s forces

Syrian Alawites abandon homes: Video report: Shia community flees as opposition fighters push into its territory. Al Jazeera has visited a village in Idlib province which was once home to the Alawite community.

Syrian V.P. suggests unity talks: Syria's vice president, in an interview to be published Monday, calls for an end to the country's civil war with negotiations to form a unity government.

Global powers will keep pouring oil on the fire in Syria - Hezbollah: There is no compromise on Syria alone – the entire Middle East is at stake and all the world powers have their interests there, Hezbollah’s Ammar Al-Mussawi told RT.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria?: David Cameron: Syria empowering new al-Qaeda generation: David Cameron has warned there was a "strategic" as well as "moral imperative" to act as the death toll in Syria mounts.

Syria arms embargo to be reviewed: : European countries including Britain are to review the arms embargo in Syria as part of continuing efforts to support the opposition to President Assad, David Cameron has told the Commons.

Syria "genuinely worried" extremists could get chemical weapons: Syria is "genuinely worried" that some countries might equip extremist groups with chemical weapons and then claim they were used by the Syrian government, the country's U.N. envoy said in a letter to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council.

Russia warns against UN "peacekeepers" in Syria: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said his country would use its veto powers on the UN Security Council against any resolution for a military intervention in Syria and "this includes the deployment of peacekeepers," according to Interfax news agency.

Who's in the Syria driving seat as the US and NATO prepare for military intervention?: Op-Ed : The intention of the British, US and French governments is clear: to use the fears about chemical weapons to move from secret intervention to no fly zones, air strikes and possible incursions.

At least 20 killed as more deadly bombings hit Iraq: A series of car bombs near Shia places of worship has killed at least 20 people and injured many, a day after multiple blasts had hit two Iraqi cities killing nine people, a year after US forces departed the country.

Gunmen kill military intelligence officer in south Yemen: The latest in a series of assassinations targeting Yemeni officials saw a military intelligence officer shot dead at the hands of masked gunmen

Starving Iran: Iran says oil revenues down by half: Report: Iran's oil revenues have been cut in half this year compared with last year, a newspaper quoted Iran's economic minister as saying, an admission of how deeply Western sanctions are cutting Tehran's chief source of funds.

Israel guilty of ‘bleak’ and ‘severe’ human rights abuses, local NGO asserts: Civil rights group’s report decries situation in the West Bank, among the Bedouin, and relating to African migrants in Tel Aviv

Israel is sterilizing Ethiopian women: Ethiopian women immigrants say that they were given Depo-Provera (a contraceptive injection containing the hormone progestin administered once every three months) against their will.

Israel 2012: More children resort to begging, or quit school to enter workforce: Needy families are sliding into still harsher times, report shows; public sees dealing with poverty as more urgent than national security

Bomb attack kills 16 at Pakistan market: The bomb exploded on Monday in a small market near a bus stop, killing and wounding people waiting for buses to take them across the northwest and to other parts of the country, according to officials.

Afghan Landmine Blast Kills 10 Young Girls: A child accidentally hits a landmine with an axe while collecting firewood, triggering a deadly explosion.

Car bomb at U.S. compound in Afghan capital kills 2: A car bomb exploded outside of a compound housing a U.S. military contractor in the Afghan capital Monday, blowing apart an exterior wall, killing at least two Afghan workers and wounding more than a dozen other people, company representatives and police said.

UK to announce major troops reduction in Afghanistan: According to reports the prime minister will announce to reduce at least 4,500 troops from the Afghanistan which will be more than half of the British troops deployed in Afghanistan.

4 killed in attack on Police station in Libya's Benghazi: Four policemen in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi were killed when a police compound was attacked on Sunday, a security official said, in the latest violence to plague the cradle of Libya's uprising.

Two Libyan soldiers killed: Gunmen killed two army officers on Sunday in a Libyan town that was one of the last strongholds of Moamer Qadhafi’s regime before his overthrow and killing last year, the military said.

Libya orders temporary closure of borders: Libya declared its vast desert south a closed military zone in the face of growing unrest.

Egypt opposition calls for protests against referendum: The National Salvation Front urged people to "take to the streets on Tuesday to defend their freedoms, prevent fraud and reject the draft".

Tunisia descends into turmoil : - Two years after the 'Arab Spring' revolution in Tunisia, the country is in turmoil. The economy is paralyzed, and the political, religious and social gulf between Islamists and the secular opposition is growing wider.

Bahrain protesters challenge police in capital: Security forces in Bahrain have fired tear gas and stun grenades to break up protest marchers after calls by anti-government groups to snarl the Gulf nation's capital with demonstrators.

Russia signs over $15 Bln worth of military-technical contracts in 2012 - Putin: The restoration of Russia's position on the market of modernization and overhaul of military hardware is extremely important, he said. "Hence, we will both preserve the portfolio of military-technical orders and enlarge it," he said.

China and Russia sign contracts worth $15 billion: Among the specific projects named, he said Russia and China were considering the joint design of a wide-body long-distance passenger plane.

Beaten and sodomized: European human rights court finds CIA guilty of torture: The European Court of Human Rights found the CIA guilty of torturing a terror suspect for the first time ever. A German citizen was illegally detained, tortured and sodomized by a CIA “rendition team’ after being mistaken for an al-Qaeda member.

Protests erupt after Chicago police kill unarmed man: Area residents, including some of Moore's family members, reacted with fury to the killing. Gathering near the intersection of Ashland and Garfield shortly after the young man was killed, people threw bottles and rocks at police cars and physically confronted police. Police officers were seen fighting with residents.

Hundreds of thousands expected to join Spanish protest against austerity measures, reforms: The demonstrations Monday have been called by the main labour unions and dozens of social groups. They are to take place in 55 cities. Union leaders are to head what is expected to be the largest march in Madrid.

Ed Miliband: Tories are drifting towards EU exit: Cameron is tipped to make a much-delayed keynote speech on Europe early next year

Has America got it in for British banks?: As his audience at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt hotel tucked into their three-course lunch on Monday, Sir Mervyn King explained why British banks need to raise billions of pounds more in capital.

December 17, 2012

Syria: Insurgents On The Run?

By Moon Of Alabama

The "western" and Gulf support of the insurgents continues even after nearly all insurgent groups pledged their continued support for the jihadist Nusra Front which the U.S. designated as a terrorist organization.

Massacre At Aqrab
Video Exposes Anti-Syrian Government Propaganda


The Syrian crisis has been plagued by disinformation, especially when it comes to the Mainstream Media (MSM) and its lies about the Syrian conflict to suit their governments' agendas.

Iran Will Not Allow West to Overthrow Assad: Salehi

By Press TV

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Iran will never allow any Western plots to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to succeed.

Finucane, Sami al-Saadi and Khaled el-Musri:

By Robert Fisk

Will we once again just 'move on' from the murky conduct of MI6 and the CIA?

The Woes of an American Drone Operator

By Nicola Abé

"I never thought I would kill that many people. In fact, I thought I couldn't kill anyone at all."

Noam Chomsky: US Intellectual Class Is Morally Degenerate

By Noam Chomsky and Eric Bailey

Democrats and Republicans alike embrace torture and assassination policies that are an attack on 800 years of civil law.

New York's Top Court Highlights
The Meaninglessness and Menace of the Term 'Terrorism'

By Glenn Greenwald

A fascinating new ruling unwittingly illustrates the separate system of 'justice' invented for Muslims in the US after 9/11.

Government Allowed 9/11 : Sibel Edmonds

Video - Abby Martin Interviews Sibel Edmonds

National Security Whistleblowers, Sibel Edmonds, talks about her story as a whistleblower and the erosion of civil liberties in a post 9/11 America.

Thinking the Unthinkable

By Anarchist Soccer Mom

In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

25 killed as Syrian jets rocket Palestinian camp in Damascus: Pro-rebel activists report: Syrian fighter jets bombed the Palestinian Yarmouk camp in Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 25 people sheltering in a mosque in an area where Syrian rebels have been trying to advance into the capital, opposition activists said.

300 radical fighters infiltrate Palestinian refugee camp, battling local committees: More than 300 fighters from the radical al-Nusra Front on Sunday morning infiltrated the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus and clashed with local committees there, causing human losses, great chaos and huge displacement movement, local media said.

At Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, fighting intensifies: After 2 days of intense fighting in the crowded neighborhood between Syrian rebels and Palestinians who support the government, opposition activists said.

Halt firing on Palestinian camps in Syria: Abbas : - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas appealed on Sunday for an immediate halt to firing on Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, after air strikes on the Yarmuk camp in Damascus killed at least eight civilians.

Assad's strategy shift keeps rebels at gates of Damascus: A rebel assault on Damascus has failed to make serious gains in the Syrian capital, diplomats have said, warning that the struggle between the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the opposition is now likely to drag on longer than had been expected.

Western backed Free Syrian Army has crossed the line: The Free Syrian Army has committed an affront to all humanity by kidnapping and threatening to execute a female Ukrainian journalist and announcing that they will kill all Russians and Ukrainians they find in Syria. This could be taken to be akin to a declaration of war

EU to consider ‘all options’ to aid rebels as Syria asks for humanitarian help: EU leaders have called on their foreign ministers to consider all options to support the Syrian opposition and put pressure on the Syrian leadership. It comes as the Syrian FM blames sanctions for the country’s humanitarian crisis, asking for UN aid.

Rebels will not win in Syria: Hezbollah chief: Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Shia militant movement Hezbollah, said on Sunday the rebels in Syria could not emerge victorious from the 21-month-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Iran unveils six-point peace plan for Syria: “In this stage, the [Syrian] government and all armed opposition groups should immediately halt military operations particularly in residential areas, and in order to stabilize the situation and [help to] restore calm, they must cooperate with the UN [special] envoy [on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi] and the committee working under his supervision,” the plan read.

Iran backs Syria presidential election, halt to arms shipments as parts of peace bid: Iran in the past has offered initiatives to end the Syrian bloodshed, but none are likely to gain any momentum with the main rebel forces

Ahmadinejad ‘shuns’ Turkey after Iran’s top brass warns against Patriots: NATO missiles on the Turkish-Syrian border are a prelude to 'World War', warns Iran’s top general. Following the remarks, the country’s leader, President Ahmadinejad, reportedly cancels his visit to Turkey.

7 killed as Multiple blasts hit two Iraqi cities : Two car bombs and seven roadside bombs on Sunday targeted two Shia places of worship in Kirkuk, one in the city's north and another in its south, killing a total of five people and wounding 14, a senior police officer told the AFP news agency.

Palestinian cancer patient refused treatment: The management of the Israeli Kabalan Hospital in Rohovot has dismissed eight-year-old Gazan Leen Hassan, who has cancer in both kidneys, from that hospital’s care under the pretext that the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has failed to settle the fees for the girl’s treatment.

Gaza Youth: Growing Up In 'The World's Largest Jail': Some 53 percent of Palestinians are under 18, according to the latest figures, many growing up in conditions resembling concentration camps, with limited access to necessities like running water and electricity.

Palestinian premier: Boycott Israeli goods: Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad, a U.S.-educated economist, told reporters the call for a boycott is a protest against Israel's withholding of Palestinian tax funds

New Zealand government fund divests from Israeli firms over settlement construction: A New Zealand government fund divested from three Israeli companies because of their involvement in the construction of West Bank settlements.

Bye, the beloved country - why almost 40 percent of Israelis are thinking of emigrating: According to a new survey, more than a third of Israelis would leave the country if they could, citing economic opportunities as the main reason. Who are the wannabe leavers, and what can be done to induce them to stay?

Afghanistan: 11 "militants" killed in Kandahar: At least 11 government armed oppositions were killed during a one-hour counterinsurgent battle in southern province of Kandahar, provincial press office said in a statement Sunday.

Last French combat troops leave Afghanistan: This comes two years before a deadline for all NATO combat forces to withdraw, and was hastened by inside attacks and a change of power in Paris.

An Afghan Mystery: Why Are Large Shipments of Gold Leaving the Country?: Last year alone, Afghanistan’s central bank says, roughly $4.5 billion in cash was spirited out through the airport.

6 killed as gunbattle follows Pakistan airport attack: "Five militants were hiding in an under-construction house near Peshawar airport," Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the provincial information minister, confirmed. "All of them were suicide bombers. They had weapons and hand grenades."

Libya: Four killed in Benghazi Police Station Attack: Four policemen in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi were killed when a police compound was attacked on Sunday, a security official said, in the latest violence to plague the cradle of Libya's uprising, reports Reuters.

Attack on Ivory Coast army checkpoint kills 2: The assault took place Sunday morning in Agboville, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Abidjan. Moussa says the attackers were heavily armed with rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikovs.

Egyptian voters back constitution in early election results:: Preliminary results released immediately after the polls closed showed that voters approved the constitution by 65 percent, according to parties supporting the constitution and monitors counting the vote.

Protests flare in Bahrain after king's speech: Activists in Bahrain say police have fired tear gas at anti-government protesters who took to the streets after an annual address by the Gulf nation's king.

Kuwait emir warns critics as protest-hit parliament opens: Kuwait's ruler opened a new parliament on Sunday in the face of months of street protests and political unrest, saying he welcomed constructive criticism but would not accept lawless behaviour and chaos on the streets.

Our kill list president: Obama to attend vigil with Newtown families: US president set to visit Connecticut to console families affected in rampage that killed 26 people, mostly children.

Man With Assault Rifle Shot Dead by Police After Alabama Triple Murder: A man armed with an assault-style rifle and suspected of killing three men in a domestic dispute was shot dead by police after a car chase and shootout that left an officer wounded, marking a second incident of deadly gun violence in Alabama in two days, officials said on Sunday.

Indiana man with 47 guns arrested after threatening elementary school: Police were called after he allegedly threatened to set his wife on fire and “kill as many people as he could”

December 16, 2012

Syria: The Descent into Holy War

By Patrick Cockburn

It is one of the most horrifying videos of the war in Syria. It shows two men being beheaded by Syrian rebels, one of them by a child.

Three Scenarios for Syria’s Future

Great Video Interview - Joshua Landis By Lara Setrakian

The Sunni Arab Majority and Syrian Nationalism - How the “Turkish”, “Iraqi”, and “Lebanon” models play out for Syria.

British State Terrorism from Northern Ireland to Syria

By Finian Cunningham

Moreover, the use of terror gangs to inflict mayhem and sectarian bloodletting is straight out of the British military manual, as devised by General Sir Frank Kitson.

A Day In A Fallujah Hospital’s Nursery
You’ve Never Seen a Face as Sad as a Mother Watching her Baby Die.

By Donna Mulhearn

I saw it several times in the week I spent in Iraq’s Fallujah Hospital recently, but the most heart-breaking was the round, brown face of the woman in the pink dress.

Outrage Over Children Killed in Cold Blood

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The Torture of Bradley Manning
Report From The Courtroom

By Andrew Blake

If there’s a bad time to discuss holiday shopping, it’s while waiting for someone to describe being tortured.

U.S.: Dismiss Lawsuit Over Americans Citizens Murdered By Drones


The U.S. Government on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the killing of three American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen earlier this year:

A Culture That Condones The Killing Of Children And Teaches Children To Kill

By Lucinda Marshall

Sandy Hook did not happen because of a lone, disturbed young man and it is not an isolated incident. It is an epidemic and we are all to blame. 

Money Laundering For Drug Cartels
Max Keiser: HSBC Too Big To Jail


Max proposes banksters walk the plank in a specially built platform in Trafalgar Square.

An Interview With Jesus Christ

By Charles Rayner Kelly

Interviewer: Jesus. I know you’re a busy man so let’s get right to it. You probably know of the great income disparity in the world today. What would you tell those who call themselves ‘Christians’ to do about it?

Nine dead as Taliban attack airport in North West Pakistan: - A Taliban suicide squad staged an audacious car bomb, rocket and gun attack on the airport in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Saturday and Pakistani security officials said at least nine people, including five attackers, were killed.

Afghan suicide bomber kills 2 Afghans, US occupation force soldier: A Taliban suicide car bomber killed one American soldier and two Afghan civilians Thursday near a U.S. military base shortly after the visiting U.S. defense secretary left the facility in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

Karzai call on NATO troops to leave Afghan villages: Karzai spoke Saturday on the opening day of a conference to develop Afghanistan’s foreign policy strategy for the next three years.

Two bombings kill 6 in Iraq: Police officials said that the bloodiest attack took place when a car bomb went off in a commercial street in western Baghdad, killing four people and wounding eight others.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria? U.S. Officials: Syria Has Prepared Several Dozen Chemical Bombs: The number is a larger estimate than has previously been reported. The Syrians loaded the weapons with the chemical agents in the past several weeks: Unnamed U.S. and allied officials:

Syrian rebels: U.S., British backed training in Jordan: A rebel participant said men he believed were U.S. intelligence officers observed what was taking place at the training camp in Jordan. The training itself was handled by Jordanian military officers, other rebels said.

Syrian Rebel Lays Out Hostage Demands, as Case Sullies a Cause: When Syrian rebels stopped two buses of Lebanese travelers in the spring and took 11 passengers hostage, they set off a cascade of fallout: riots at the Beirut airport, retaliation kidnappings against Syrians in Lebanon and a deepening of the sectarian character of the war.

UN contingency plan to deploy up to 10,000 peacekeepers in Syria – reports: The UN is considering the deployment of 4,000 to 10,000 peacekeepers in Syria as an emergency measure, reports Russian press, citing UN sources. This comes as the US along with over 100 countries voice support for the nascent Syrian Coalition.

NATO accuses Syrian forces of firing Scuds near Turkey border : NATO accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of firing Scud missiles that landed near to the Turkish border, in explaining why it was sending anti-missile batteries and troops to the bloc’s frontier.

Iran: Patriot missiles in Turkey risk 'world war': Iranian military chief of staff says planned deployment of missile defense system along Syrian border poses threat to humanity.

Iran not to allow western intervention to oust Al-Assad - FM: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Saturday his country, a traditional ally of Syria, would never allow Western intervention to oust Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad by force.

Egyptians vote on hotly contested sharia-based constitution: The Muslim Brotherhood has said on its official English-language website,that the votes have been counted in 3804 out of the 6376 polling stations with 60.9 per cent of the voters saying “YES” and 39.1 per cent saying “NO,” the Ikhwanweb site reported.

Why almost 40 percent of Israelis are thinking of emigrating: According to a new survey, more than a third of Israelis would leave the country if they could, citing economic opportunities as the main reason. Who are the wannabe leavers, and what can be done to induce them to stay?

What A Load of *rap: The Innocent Prophet - English Version : Video - Another hate filled Muslim bating movie alledegedly by Terry Jones (pastor), who gained national and international attention in 2010 for his plan to burn the holy Qur'an

Yemen Reveals 100.000 Fictitious Soldiers in Elite Military Units: There are more than 100.000 fictitious soldiers in Yemen's elite forces of the republican guard and the Special Forces commanded by the elder son of the former president Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, Alahale reported

John Kerry set to become next US Secretary of State: Mr Kerry, 69, has made no secret of his desire to take charge of the State Department and a growing consensus in Washington suggested that he was likely to be appointed by President Barack Obama within weeks.

Report finds CIA torture ineffective: The Senate intelligence committee approved a report concluding that "harsh interrogation" measures used by the CIA did not produce significant intelligence breakthroughs, officials said. The 6,000-page document, which was not released to the public, was adopted by Democrats over the objections of most of the committee’s Republicans.

Obama signs Russia rights law: President Barack Obama Friday signed legislation that sanctions alleged Russian human rights abuses, which outraged Moscow after being coupled with a bill granting it normal trade relations. The Russian foreign ministry said the move amounted to "open meddling" in its internal affairs and was "a blind and dangerous position."

Russia calls US lawmakers ‘hypocritical’: Russia moved closer on Friday to adopting a law barring entry to Americans who violate human rights, the same day U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law a rights-linked trade bill Moscow finds objectionable.

Guantanamo inmate Shaker Aamer to sue UK for defamation: The detainee is into his 11th year of detention at Guantanamo, even though he has been cleared for release.

Grist to the mill: Study: Wind blew deadly gas to US troops in Gulf War: U.S. bombings of Iraqi munitions factories in January 1991 released a plume of sarin gas that traveled more than 300 miles to affect "American troops" in Saudi Arabia, although military officials claimed at the time that chemical alarms triggered by the gas were false, a study released today shows.

Grist to the mill: US soldiers suicide numbers likely to top 2011, Army says: As many as 12 active-duty soldiers committed suicide in November, pushing the Army above last year’s record number of suicides with one month left to go in the year, officials said today.

US massacre victims 'shot multiple times': Each of bodies examined were shot three to 11 times, and gunman used rifle as his primary weapon, medical examiner says.

Newtown shootings: if not now, when is the time to talk about gun control?: Op-Ed : With 28, including 20 children, shot dead in Connecticut, it's not 'politics' but basic decency to insist America have this debate

Gunmen Kill 6 in Northern Mexico: Six men were shot dead by armed assailants in two separate attacks in this northern Mexican metropolis, capital of the state of Nuevo Leon.

HSBC Couldn't Track $60 Trillion in Suspicious Activity?: HSBC was able to track Eliot Spitzer's 3 deposits to a holding account for an escort service. But they couldn't track $60 trillion in suspicious activity transfers from drug cartels and al-Qaeda that benefited them? Could it be because Spitzer was investigating the banks? Cenk Uygur breaks down the financial hypocrisy.

December 15, 2012

US-Backed Syrian Opposition Demands Support for Al Qaeda

By Tony Cartalucci

US-handpicked opposition leader, Moaz al-Khatib wants US to reconsider terror listing for Al Qaeda's al-Nusra front. Continue

Australian Pseudo-left Backs Imperialist Intervention in Syria

By Patrick O’Connor and Nick Beams

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has lined up behind Washington’s preparations for a military confrontation with China in East Asia and the Pacific, while at the same time providing unstinting support for its operations in the Middle East. Continue

Iranian Bomb Graph Appears Adapted from One on Internet

By Gareth Porter

The IAEA should have been able to make the connection between the set of graphs alleged to have been used by Iran - and the very similar graph available on the internet. Continue

The Impact of Sanctions on Iranian Society

By Mehrnaz Shahabi

Iran is headed for a humanitarian catastrophe unless steps are taken to avert it. Continue

The Hagel Haters

By Eli Lake

Why Israel’s supporters can’t stand the man who might be the next secretary of defense. Continue

From The Archives
Dispatches: Inside Britain's Israel Lobby

Video - UK's Channel 4

How the lobby operates from within parliament and the tactics it employs behind the scenes when engaging with print and broadcast media. Continue

This is the best liberalism can do, folks?
The Liberal Presidency

By Charles Davis

Their doctrinaire commitment to incrementalism and the Democratic Party has led us to today, a world where the rich get richer and the poor get bombed. Continue

Hacking the Human Brain: The Next Domain of Warfare

By Chloe Diggins and Clint Arizmendi

This new battlespace is not just about influencing hearts and minds. It’s about involuntarily penetrating and coercing the mind. Continue

Police State USA
U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens


The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. Continue

The Great Social Security Robbery

By James Petras

In every sense this is “the mother of all class struggles”.  The outcome will determine whether the capitalist class will continue to rob social security and its working class contributors. Continue

Grappling with Phantoms

By Phil Rockstroh

The Financial Cliff, The War On Christmas, And Other Dim Tidings Of Political Disconnect. Continue

We Should Value The Lives Of All Children As We Do Those Of The US
Elementary School Massacre: 27 Killed, including 20 Children, in Connecticut

By Pete Williams, Miguel Llanos and Tracy Connor

Some young survivors -- all under age 10 -- described the terror of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Continue

Report:159 people killed in Syria: At least 159 people were killed in clashes between the Free Syrian Army and government forces over the past 24 hours in the country's different cities, "Al Jazeera" TV channel reported on Friday.

Syrian protesters slam U.S. blacklisting of jihadist group: Thousands of Syrians took to the streets on Friday, criticising Washington for blacklisting a rebel jihadist group and saying that it was President Bashar al-Assad who was a "terrorist."

Sunni Syrian rebels burn Shiite mosque: video: A video posted on the Internet shows Sunni Muslim rebels burning a Shiite mosque in north Syria - a sign that the country's civil war is spiralling into a sectarian conflict.

Nato backs US troop deployment: Syrian President Bashar Al Assad was likely to fall and Nato must plan in advance to protect against the threat of his chemical arsenal falling into the wrong hands, a senior official of the Western military alliance said on Friday.

Russia backs Syria as US, Germany send Patriots: Russia insisted on Friday its stand on the conflict in key ally Syria was unchanged, while Washington and Berlin prepared to deploy Patriot missiles and troops near Turkey's border with the country.

Airstrikes in Yemen kill 6: Yemeni security officials say six al-Qaida suspects have been killed and 12 others wounded in army attacks on militant positions around the country.

2 killed, 20 injured as bomb attack targets Iranian bus in Iraq: Two Iranian pilgrims were killed in a bomb attack on an Iranian bus near the holy Iraqi City of Samarra, Fars news agency reported citing Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization.

Iraq's president says Baghdad, Kurds agree to eventually withdraw forces from disputed areas: Iraq's central government and Kurdish leaders have reached a deal aimed at easing a military standoff that began last month, the country's president announced Thursday.

US Congress seeks to increase US funding for Israel: Congress wants to at least double the Obama administration’s funding request for anti-missile cooperation with Israel.

The U.S. is providing Israel with at least $8.5 million each day* in military aid : Provides the Palestinians $0** in military aid during Fiscal Year 2012.

In casew you missed it: Israel's nuclear weapons render it ineligible for US aid: The Israel lobby’s biggest and longest-running Washington boondoggles are the massive annual weapons and economic packages to Israel.

Canada’s tax dollars aid Israel’s divide and rule tactics: “It is an extraordinary arrangement: the security forces of a country under occupation are being subcontracted by third parties outside the region to prevent resistance to the occupying power, even as that power continues to grab more land,”

Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman resigns after criminal charge: Resignation may impact Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's reelection chances.

Sources: Hagel frontrunner for defense secretary: - Former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has met with both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, as the president considers tapping him to replace Leon Panetta as defense secretary, according to several knowledgeable sources.

Chuck Hagel’s ambiguous stance on dealing with Iran: While Obama has long been clear that he considers military strikes a viable last resort, Hagel’s statements on the matter have been far more ambiguous.

IAEA is confident of N-deal with Iran: The UN nuclear agency expressed confidence yesterday that it will clinch a deal with Iran next month under which Tehran will at last answer “credible” evidence of atomic weapons research, but analysts and Western diplomats were skeptical.

IAEA says 'progress' in Iran nuclear talks: Talks in Tehran could mean a deal with Iran over its nuclear programme is struck during next round in January.

Heavy clashes in Egypt’s Alexandria over referendum, injuries and arrests reported (PHOTOS, VIDEO): Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city, was engulfed in violence after over 2,000 people rallied around a central mosque in support of the draft constitution.

Pakistan army denies 'abuses' in tribal areas: Military says report by human rights group detailing widespread abuses amid conflict with Taliban is "a pack of lies".

3 killed, 21 wounded in Afghanistan car bombing: Three people were killed and 21 others including three foreign troops, wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province on Thursday evening, an official said.

3 killed, many hurt in Somali capital car bomb attack: “The car exploded while the driver was moving in it...three people were killed,” said police officer Aden Mohammed, adding it was not clear if the driver had been targeted.

Russia's Putin calls US trade bill 'unfriendly': Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lambasted a U.S. bill imposing sanctions on Russian officials accused of human rights violations, saying that it hurts Russian-American relations.

Assange to run for Australian Senate, start Wikileaks party : Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he intends to run for a seat in the Australian Senate in next year’s federal election and will announce the formation of a WikiLeaks party. He made the announcement from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

CIA 'tortured and sodomised' terror suspect, human rights court rules: Landmark European court of human rights judgment says CIA tortured wrongly detained German citizen

Senate under pressure to release mammoth report on CIA interrogation: Republican senators could move to keep under wraps a 6,000-page report detailing CIA methods during 'war on terror'

This ‘seven years’ war’ is a battle over Pentagon secrecy and torture information: The long fight for government documents has cast Marks, a 44-year-old associate professor of bioethics, humanities and law, into a wilderness only partially penetrated by the Freedom of Information Act. Others know similar terrain well. Federal information, it turns out, is not always free.

Somali woman gets 8 years in prison on ‘terrorism’ charge for her humanitarian work: Yusuf, a volunteer at the Humanitarian African Relief Organization was accused of sending a small sum of money - $1450 - to members of Somali resistance organization al-Shabab.

4 killed as Denver home set on fire: Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez said two men knocked on the door of an apartment at about 7:30pm on Thursday and sprayed the woman who answered with a flammable liquid and tossed a match or lighter at her.

December 13, 2012

European Court of Human Rights Finds US/CIA Guilty of Torture

By Amrit Singh

The CIA stripped, hooded, shackled, and sodomized el-Masri.

Susan Rice and American Evil

By Margaret Kimberley

It was during the Bush administration that the black face in the high place joined in committing the worst kinds of dirty work to be carried out by the United States around the globe.

Why The U.S. Shouldn't Let The Syrian Rebels Win

By Glenn E. Robinson

Breathless supporters of Syria's revolution need to be careful what they wish for.

Why Western Military Intervention in Syria is Coming Soon: To Protect Israel

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The question is: Will military intervention take place end of this year? Or will it wait for a declaration of war against Iran in the coming spring at the most?

The Cowardice at The Heart of Our Relationship With Israel

By Peter Oborne

The brutal truth is that Benjamin Netanyahu is leading his country down the path to self-destruction.

US Intelligence Analysts: American Power is in Terminal Decline

By Dave Lindorff

The US is on the way out as a hegemonic power.

Spy Agency Conducts Surveillance on All US Citizens


A little-know intelligence agency outside of Washington, DC has been able to circumvent the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution and conduct dragnet surveillance of the entire country.

7 Shocking Ways the Military Wastes Our Money

By Laura Gottesdiener

Hint: none of them have anything to do with national defense.

Matt Taibbi: How Did HSBC Executives Avoid Jail?


"Here we have a bank that laundered $800 million of drug money, and they can’t find a way to put anybody in jail for that?

Rebels kill at least 24 civilians in Syria car bombing: : At least 24 civilians, including a large number of children, were killed in two separate car bombings southwest of Damascus on Thursday, state media reported.

Rebels kill seven children in Damascus blast: The explosion occurred in a residential area for soldiers in Qatana, which is near several army bases, according to the head of the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.

US Training Syrian Rebels In Jordan: Jordanian authorities, along with their U.S. and British counterparts, have organized training for Syrian rebels on sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons.

Head of new U.S.-backed Syrian coalition endorses al Qaida-linked rebel faction : Right after the United States formalized its backing of a new Syrian opposition group Wednesday, the mutual unease underpinning the partnership surfaced as the group’s leader openly criticized the United States for declaring the rebel movement’s Nusra Front a terrorist group linked to al Qaida in Iraq.

Syria opposition chief invited to US: The head of the Syrian National Coalition has been invited for talks in Washington following US recognition of the opposition bloc as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, a senior US envoy said on Wednesday.

Syria denies using Scud missiles - Foreign Ministry statement: Syria denied on Thursday that it had used Scud missiles in its fight against "terrorist groups," a Foreign Ministry statement posted on state news agency SANA said.

2 bombings kill 6 in Iraq: Police officials said that the bloodiest attack took place when a car bomb went off in a commercial street in western Baghdad, killing four people and wounding eight others.

5 militants killed in Afghanistan: Five rebels were killed during an operation in the Tagab district of central Kapisa province, an official said on Wednesday.

Two Afghan and One US occupation force soldier killed in Kandahar suicide bombing: "Insurgents detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device," said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little, in a statement.

Two killed in Afghan blast: A suicide car bomber has killed two Afghan civilians and wounded 14 others near the main US military base in southern Afghanistan.

US soldier ignored 'We are children!' shouts, Afghan witnesses say: “He killed my man,” their neighbor’s wife cried as she ran into their home. Sadiqullah, 13, hid behind a curtain. His older brother, Quadratullah, shouted “We are children! We are children!” only to see the soldier shoot his sister.

Israel's foreign minister (Lieberman) indicted for fraud: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will be indicted for fraud and breach of trust, the Justice Ministry said on Thursday. Lieberman has denied all wrongdoing but had said he would resign if indicted. He is expected to speak later on Thursday.

EU says: Lieberman's Holocaust reference is inappropriate and offensive to Europeans: Ashton says 'dismayed' by FM's comparison of EU's policy toward Israel and the behavior of Europe during the Holocaust.

Anti Semitic its a Holocaust trick we always use it : Video -

Israeli forces fire on Gaza Farmers and Internationals: Gaza- Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at unarmed farmers and international solidarity activists working in Khuza’a, a small village outside of Khan Younis located near the Israeli border

Israeli "settlers" vandalise church in Jerusalem: Jewish vandals targeted sites in Jerusalem and near Ramallah overnight Tuesday, spraying extremist graffiti and puncturing car tires.

3 dead, others raped by Guinea army: Witnesses say three people were killed, dozens wounded and at least three women raped in an army crackdown on protesters in the town of Gueckedou, located 700 kilometers (430 miles) southeast of Guinea's capital, Conakry.

The trouble with Libya’s revolutionaries: The unauthorized invasion of Bani Walid and allegations of human rights abuses leveled against these revolutionaries reflect the failure of the transitional government, suggesting that Libya’s future as a successful state may be in question.

Colombian Rebels Kill 1 in Attack on Town: One person was killed and three others were wounded in an attack by FARC guerrillas on a town in southwestern Colombia, the army said.

India test fires nuclear-capable missile that can reach China: India test-fired a long range missile capable of reaching deep into China and Europe on Thursday, thrusting the emerging Asian power into an elite club of nations with intercontinental nuclear weapons capabilities.

Hypocrisy? India condemns N Korea rocket launch, tests own missile: India condemned North Korea’s long-range rocket launch on Wednesday even as it tested one of its own ballistic weapons, which were developed when India was a nuclear pariah itself.

China defies US pressure over North Korea: CHINA has resisted US-led pressure to bring its ally North Korea to heel for launching a long-range rocket, arguing that any response from the United Nations should be "prudent" and measured.

U.S. planned all-out nuclear attack on China and Soviet Union if President was killed: Classified plan, code-named 'Futherance,' allowed U.S. to use nuclear weapons on U.S.S.R. and China, even if they weren't responsible for attack

About time! Right, left call for defense cuts: A group of 22 House lawmakers — 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans — sent a letter Monday to President Obama and House and Senate leaders calling for cuts to defense spending to be part of a deal to replace scheduled spending cuts and tax hikes set for January.

It's time to cut the waste at the Pentagon. Video - Must watch 1 Minute video

Video shows girl, 15, battered in Florida juvenile prison: Video - A guard at a juvenile prison found herself behind bars this week after she was caught on tape battering a teenage detainee.

The US' school to prison pipeline: For the first time, a US congressional panel is looking into what the American Civil Liberties Union calls a disturbing trend - one that criminalises rather than educates many US children.

U.S. Projected to Become Majority-Minority Nation in 2043: The white population will no longer be the majority in the United States by 2043, two years after the general population is forecast to exceed 400 million, according to demographic projections published on Wednesday by the Census Bureau.

US Kidnappinga and Torture Condemned: The court found that the treatment suffered by Mr. Masri in 2003 “at the hands of the special C.I.A. rendition team,” at an airport in Skopje, the capital of the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, “amounted to torture.”

UK pays Libyan $3.5m over rendition: Lawyers say a Libyan military commander and his family have accepted £2.2m from the British government to settle a claim that the UK approved their rendition to face imprisonment by Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

British Government Admits Agents 'facilitated the murder' of Belfast solicitor: Sir Desmond de Silva's review confirmed that agents of the state were involved in the 1989 killing and that it should have been prevented.

Pat Finucane report: army handlers 'helped loyalist gunmen select targets': British army agent handlers "deliberately" helped loyalist gunmen select their targets in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, a damning official report has revealed.

Litvinenko worked for 'MI6 and gave Spain intel on Russian Mafia' – widow's lawyer: Former FSB officer Aleksandr Litvinenko, who died in London of polonium poisoning in 2006, worked for the British foreign intelligence service as well aiding Spain in their fight against the Russian mafia, the UK inquest revealed Thursday.

December 12, 2012

Open Declaration of War?
US Recognizes Syrian Opposition Body


Russia is “surprised” by the US move, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on Wednesday.

Navigating Egypt’s Revolutionary Crisis

By Shamus Cooke

Things are about to get worse under the Muslim Brotherhood government.

US Agrees To Replenish Israeli Bullets/Bombs That Killed Palestinians

By StephenManual

Under the deal, the US is going to provide Israel with 10,000 bombs of numerous kinds.

Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab

By David Vine

How U.S. Taxpayers Are Paying the Pentagon to Occupy the Planet.

A Mother’s “Last Chance” at Justice:
José Padilla Torture Case Brought Before Human Rights Tribunal

By Deborah Francois, Sheng Li, and Alaina Varvaloucas

Padilla is the only American citizen to have been seized on U.S. soil, detained as an enemy combatant, kept in incommunicado military detention, and tortured.

Manning Was Treated Like an 'Animal' Attorney Says

By Julie Tate

"The fact that Manning's spirit is not broken is amazing," Coombs said. "Being treated as a zoo animal for that period of time has to weigh heavily on the psyche."

Why We Torture

By Gareth Peirce

The worst excesses of the last ten years, should have sounded loud alarms.

Judge Rules Torture Testimony Can Be Censored

ByKevin Gosztola

A military judge has ruled that statements made by defendants on trial for their involvement in the September 11th attacks could be censored if they make statements about how they were tortured or abused.

Washington’s Utter Hypocrisy?

By Paul Craig Roberts

How can Washington pass a law punishing Russian government officials for allegedly doing once what we know for an absolute fact Washington does every day?

HSBC, Too Big to Jail
The New Poster Child For US Two-tiered Justice System

By Glenn Greenwald

The US is the world's largest prison state, imprisoning more of its citizens than any nation on earth.

Economists and the One-Percent
Reality Economics

By Michael Hudson

High finance has become the modern mode of warfare. - It is cheaper to seize land by foreclosure than by armed occupation, and to obtain rights to mineral wealth and public infrastructure by hooking nations on debt.

US Government’s Foreclosure Scam Is Ignored By ‘Lamestream’ Media

By Ted Newcomen

The media has been both conspicuously and curiously lax at explaining how the US government buys up bailed-out bank’s toxic assets. - For readers benefit this is how the scam works.

At least 125 people killed in Alawite village in Syria: A series of explosions in the Syrian village of Aqrab has left at least 125 people dead. Those killed come from the Alawite minority, which is loyal to the country’s President Bashar Assad.

Rebel bombs kills 7 in Syrian: Three bombs at the Syrian Interior Ministry building in Damascus have killed at least five people, as rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad edged closer to the capital, the symbol of his power..

Syrian rebels defy US and pledge allegiance to jihadi group: Rebel groups across Syria are defying the United States by pledging their allegiance to a group that Washington will designate today a terrorist organization for its alleged links to al-Qaeda.

Syrian opposition urges US to 're-examine' blacklisting of 'terrorist group': The leader of Syria’s new opposition group, the National Coalition, says Washington “must reconsider” its decision to blacklist one of the alliance’s members. It comes as the US agrees to accept the coalition as Syria's official opposition group.

U.S. recognition of Syrian rebels draws protests: Russia and China have rejected the U.S. move to recognise the Syrian opposition, mostly based abroad, and reiterated that the prolonged crisis can be resolved only by Syrians themselves, based on an inclusive internal dialogue.

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria? U.S.: Assad Forces Fired Scud Missiles Inside Syria: Chemical weapons could be loaded onto Scuds, but there is no evidence that Mr. Assad was testing the missiles for that purpose, the official said.

Stalemate stokes anger at rebels in Aleppo: Many Syrian residents are fed up with rebel fighters as the conflict drags on in the once-thriving commercial centre.

Iraq attacks kill seven, inmate detonates: Shootings and bombings have killed seven people in Iraq, while an unsuccessful suicide bombing inside a prison left five injured.

Four killed in Yemen clashes: At least four people were killed during clashes between Al Qaida-linked militants and pro-government tribesmen in Marib province, east of the Yemeni capital Sana’a, a tribal source said early on Wednesday.

U.N. upset by Yemen's execution of a child: A U.N. rights commissioner said Wednesday he was appalled that Yemeni authorities in Sanaa executed what was believed to be a 15-year-old girl.

Israeli occupation force kill Palestinian teenager: Clashes reported in Hebron's Old City after Israeli security forces kill seventeen year old at a checkpoint.

Palestinians aren't getting "one cent," says Israel: Israel says Palestinians will not get tax revenues before at least March, after having already confiscated the Palestinian Authority's December funds. The decision comes as part of Palestine's "punishment" for last month's United Nations bid.

For Europe, Israel’s destruction is ‘a matter of course,’ Liberman charges: Foreign minister launches scathing attack on EU, also warns that next missile attacks will lead Israel to send in ground forces and ‘take complete control of Gaza’

15 killed in Nigeria shoot-out with radical sect: The shootings took place in the city of Potiskum, which has increasingly become the scene of violent attacks by the sect known as Boko Haram.

Egypt opposition calls off referendum boycott, seeks "no" vote: Egypt's liberal and secular opposition said on Wednesday it would back a "no" vote in a referendum on a divisive new constitution promoted by Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, calling off a boycott as long as safeguards are in place for a fair vote.

Egyptian army abruptly postpones "unity" talks: Efforts to resolve Egypt's rapidly worsening political crisis suffered a blow on Wednesday when the army abruptly postponed "unity" talks that the opposition had minutes earlier said they would attend.

Mali names new PM after predecessor was placed under house arrest: Longtime civil servant Diango Cissoko was chosen late Tuesday as the new prime minister in Mali's transitional government, first set up after the military coup in March.

Four Libyan policemen wounded in blast: A bomb exploded in front of a police station in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Wednesday, wounding four officers, the force said.

UN says convoy fired at in Libya: Unknown attackers fired at a convoy transporting United Nations personnel east of the Libyan capital yesterday, a UN spokeswoman told AFP, adding that no one was hurt

Libya ex-leader accused of power abuse in murder case prosecution: Libyan military prosecutors accused ex-interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil of abusing power on Tuesday after grilling him over the death of a general who led rebels last year, a prosecution official said.

Afghanistan: 4 ANA Troops, Several Taliban Killed in Kapisa Raid: Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and several Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clash in northeastern Kapisa province on Tuesday morning, local officials said.

Taliban popular where US fought biggest battle: They say corrupt police and government officials bully them into paying bribes. After 11 years of war, many here long for a return of the Taliban.

Ron Paul Joins Dennis Kucinich to Demand Obama Drone Documents: Paul and Kucinich, both of whom will be leaving Congress within weeks, have introduced a resolution designed to force the Obama administration to release legal documents that are being used to justify the use of drones to undertake targeted killings

Russia to blacklist American human rights abusers: The Russian parliament is set to debate a draft law that will see visa and economic sanctions imposed on the Americans involved in violating rights of Russian citizens.

Chavez cancer surgery in Cuba 'successful': Vice president says the Venezuelan leader's fourth cancer operation was "complicated" but a complete success.

UK unemployment falls dramatically: Jobless rate decreases by biggest quarterly amount in a decade, but many households remain under financial pressure.

Michigan lawmakers OK anti-union bills as thousands protest: As House members voted, "Shame on you!" echoed across the Capitol lawn among a crowd that had swelled to more than 10,000, the largest public protest that the seat of state government has ever seen.

December 11, 2012

Road Map Drawn Up by Syrian Traitors to Serve Imperialists, Gulf Monarchies

By Noureddine Merdaci

In reality, the "revolt" in Syria, totally managed by foreign countries and their intelligence services, was a proxy war against the Syrian national state, a war which needed "Syrians at their service" only to serve as "local color."

How the IDF Targeted Civilians
Shattered Lives in Gaza

By Eva Lewis and James Marc Leas

Massive public pressure is needed to end the system of immunity and impunity enjoyed by Israeli political and military leaders and by their US government sponsors.

Hamas Probes Killing of 'Collaborators'


Palestinian fighters in Gaza killed seven men accused of collaborating with Israel. - Warning - Viewers may find the pictures in this report disturbing. Continue

Climate Change, Economic Crisis and the Violence of War

By William Blum

"Nuclear, ecological, chemical, economic — our arsenal of Death by Stupidity is impressive for a species as smart as Homo sapiens" Continue

I Am A Soldier. I Am Dirt. I Kill
Dulce et Decorum - And May You Get the Chance

By Fred Reed

I say I do it for democracy, about which I don’t give a damn, or to end evil, though our allies are the worst tyrants we can find. Continue

The Revealingly Substance-free Fight over Susan Rice

By Glenn Greenwald

Her record of war advocacy and close ties to tyrants is notably missing from the debate over whether she should be Secretary of State. Continue

Mother of American Torture Victim José Padilla Brings Case Before International Human Rights Tribunal


“The U.S. justice system denied a day in court to a U.S. citizen who was arrested and then tortured on U.S. soil by his own government," Continue

None Of Us Are Free - If One Of Us Is Chained

Video - Solomon Burke

And there are people still in darkness,
And they just can't see the light.
If you don't say it's wrong then that says it right.
We got try to feel for each other, let our brother's know that we care.
Got to get the message, send it out loud and clear. Continue

Bank Pays Bribe To Avoid Prosecution
HSBC Fined Record $1.9 Billion In Money Laundering Case

By Nils Pratley

The money-laundering fine represents four weeks' earnings – and the idea of a bank being 'too big to prosecute' is alarming.

Paul Krugman Discovers Marx (and Misses the Point)

By Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

Marx argued that eventually workers would see the futility of this repeating cycle, reject capitalism altogether, and begin to construct a socialist society built on entirely humanistic and democratic principles.

From The Archives
The Century of the Self

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How politicians and business learned to create and manipulate mass-consumer society.
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Report: Atheists Face Worldwide Persecution and Harassment


From the Christian West to the Islamic Middle East, atheists face execution, life in prison, the revocation of citizenship and the denial of education and medical services.

27 killed in fresh bout of violence in Afghanistan: Twenty-seven people were killed and five others wounded in a new wave of violence in different parts of Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, officials said on Tuesday.

NATO Occupation Force Solider Killed In The South of Afghanistan: A NATO occupation force soldier killed in the country yesterday. This solider was targeted by armed Taliban while patrolling with his colleagues in the south of the country

Taliban 'could govern parts of Afghanistan' under new peace deal: The Taliban could take over government of parts of Afghanistan's south and east, with insurgents being drafted into the cabinet, according to a new peace plan that emerged on the eve of talks in Turkey.

Spoils of war and occupation: Vast sums of aid continue to be stolen in Afghanistan: Despite years of supposed effort to stop money laundering out of Kabul airport, billions continue to flow from the country unchecked.

US finds self innocent, Pakistan guilty: US report faults Pakistan over Afghan occupation: US: Despite an easing of tensions with the United States, Pakistan is persistently undermining security in Afghanistan by permitting safe havens for insurgents, a Pentagon report said Monday.

Intelligence official killed in southern Yemen: A senior intelligence official was killed by unidentified gunmen in southeastern Yemen on Tuesday, the Defence Ministry said, dpa reported.

Scores of civillians killed in Syria Alawite village bombings: Scores of civilians from President Bashar al-Assad's minority sect were reported killed Tuesday

Syria rebels take over Assad military base, killing 35: Al-Qaeda-like rebel group takes part in 2-day assault, worrying U.S.

Proopaganda breakdown US Admits no signs Syria has moved on chemical weapons: Panetta says US intelligence has detected no new moves on chemical weapons; US blacklists Islamist Syrian rebel group.

Exclusive: UK military in talks to help Syria rebels: International coalition could offer air and sea support as well as military training

Propaganda alert: Sources: U.S. helping underwrite Syrian rebel training on securing chemical weapons: The United States and some European allies are using defense contractors to train Syrian rebels on how to secure chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria, a senior U.S. official and several senior diplomats told CNN Sunday.

Syrian Kurds form their own army: This year Kurdish residents, backed by PYD militiamen, took control of towns near the border with Turkey as pro-government forces withdrew to fight elsewhere, sparking tensions with rebel forces. Having established their own government, an independent army is reportedly being formed.

'Obama planning talks with Iran, excluding Israel': US official says Obama to give 4-5 months for talks to succeed, if they don't may resort to military option, Channel 10 reports

Israel suspected over Iran nuclear programme inquiry leaks: Western officials believe Israel may have leaked information from IAEA investigation in bid to raise global pressure on Tehran

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran: : Iranian nuclear "challenge" must be tackled in 2013: Netanyahu: Iran is getting ever closer to being able to build a nuclear bomb and the problem will have to be confronted in 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

U.S. Warns Russia on Iranian Bank: Washington warned Moscow that the activities of a sanctioned Iranian bank in Russia could affect Russian banks that do business with the U.S., a Treasury official said.

Israel 'Should Have Killed Hamas Leader Meshaal' in Gaza Visit: Israeli MP and Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz said, "We should have taken advantage of the occasion to slice the head off the serpent. Meshaal deserves to die," Mofaz, also a former defence minister, said in a statement yesterday.

Lieberman invokes the Holocaust to slam Europe’s Israel policy: After the EU condemned Israel for advancing construction near Jerusalem, the foreign minister says that 'once again' Europe ignores calls to destroy Israel.

Anti Semitic its a Holocaust trick we always use it : Video -

Egypt rally: Live Video From Cairo: Pro- and anti-Morsi protesters are rallying in Cairo, as the country’s political crisis deepens.

IMF $4.8 billion loan to Egypt postponed, PM calls for ‘social dialogue’: Egypt’s political turmoil has prompted the delay of a $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan to the country’s Islamist-led government, further complicating the country’s economic prospects.

Army forces Mali PM to quit: Mali's prime minister was forced to resign on Tuesday by the soldiers who staged a coup in March, complicating international efforts to help push Islamists from the north of the country.

France says Mali mission more urgent after PM resignation: Former colonial power France was the first in Europe to react to the overnight arrest of Mali's prime minister by the military. The foreign ministry said it showed the need for "rapid deployment" of African Union troops.

No shots fired from U.S. security during Benghazi attack: State Department personnel under attack on Sept. 11 at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, didn't fire a single shot in their defense, according to testimony given behind closed doors to the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.

Myanmar : The Hidden Genocide : Video - Bloodshed pitted Buddhists against minority Rohingya Muslims. Many Rohingya fled their homes, which were burned down in what they said was a deliberate attempt by the predominantly Buddhist government to drive them out of the country.

Hugo Chavez undergoes cancer surgery in Cuba: "My dear friend and colleague, Comandante Hugo Chavez, is going through the toughest times of his life," said Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, a fellow leftist. "He is being operated on right now. It's a very delicate operation."

Calderon’s Exit Opens Way for Mexico to Cut Deal with Cartels, Academic Says: – Mexico could enter a new phase of “understandings” between officials and criminal organizations in the wake of former President Felipe Calderon’s failed “war” on the country’s drug cartels, National Autonomous University of Mexico professor Alan Arias Marin told Efe.

Bradley Manning’s Article 13 motion hearing: Live from Ft. Meade: courtroom updates

EU Eyes Massive Collection of Air Passenger Data: A proposal to require European Union members to store huge amounts of data on flight passengers entering or leaving the EU will soon be up for debate, and the discussion is likely be fierce. Critics say the measure violates travelers' right to privacy.

US buses fitted with eavesdropping equipment: Cities across America are equipping their public transport systems with audio recording devices, potentially storing every word spoken by passengers onboard. Rights activists say the surveillance plan by far exceeds what is necessary for security.

Boehner: ‘Let’s Be Honest … We’re Broke’: House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of slow-walking negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” and urged him to name specific cuts in government spending he would support as part of any compromise.

Michigan House passes right-to-work (for nothing) legislation: Michigan will become the nation’s 24th right-to-work state after Republicans in the state legislature approved historic changes to the state’s labor laws over the strenuous objections of Democrats and union members.

Michigan: Anger grows among protesters; pepper spray (chemical weapon) used outside Capitol: As the first right-to-work bill was being passed inside the Capitol by the state House, protesters outside jeered at the news.

US trade deficit grows to $42.2 billion in October: Exports dropped 3.6 percent to $180.5 billion. Sales of commercial aircraft, autos and farm products all declined.

Soledad grills Jeff Sessions: ‘You hurt people who need food’ with food stamp cuts: Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on Tuesday faced tough questions from CNN host Soledad O’Brien for his plan to cut the food stamp program and “hurt people who need food,” including 20 percent of his own constituents in Alabama.


December 10, 2012

US Seen as 'First Among Equals' in 2030: Intel Report

By Shaun Tandon

The study predicted that Asia's economy, military spending and technological investment would surpass those of North America and Europe combined by 2030, but warned of major uncertainty over an emerging China.

How U.S. Economic Warfare Provoked Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor

By Robert Higgs

The claim that Japan attacked the United States without provocation was . . . typical rhetoric. It worked because the public did not know that the administration had expected Japan to respond with war to anti-Japanese measures it had taken in July 1941.

Fact or Propaganda?
Russia Arms Syria With Powerful Ballistic Missiles

By Reza Kahlili

Hours after NATO agreed on Tuesday to send Patriot missiles to Turkey because of the crisis in Syria, Russia delivered its first shipment of Iskander missiles to Syria. Continue

American Militarism Threatening To Set Off World War III

By Professor Francis A. Boyle

Historically this latest eruption of American militarism at the start of the 21st Century is akin to that of America opening the 20th Century by means of the U.S.-instigated Spanish-American War in 1898.

A Capitalist System Gone Awry
Wars to Feed The Blood-thirsty

By Rev. Richard Skaff

The Military Industrial Complex has solidified its ties and deeply inserted his long horns into the arteries of the American taxpayers.

46 Trillion Reasons To Evolve Society Right Now

By David DeGraw

In the United States, the 400 richest people now have as much wealth as 185 million people combined, nearly 60% of the entire population.

Billionaires Warn Higher Taxes Could Prevent Them From Buying Politicians

By Andy Borowitz

The group, led by casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, commissioned a new study showing that the cost of an average politician has soared exponentially over the past decade.

The Unsilenced Voice of a ‘Long-Distance Revolutionary’
America’s Most Famous Political Prisoner

By Chris Hedges

The authorities, as they did before he was convicted, have attempted to silence him in prison.

Raiding Consciousness:
Why the War on Drugs Is a War on Human Nature

By Lewis Lapham

The war against human nature strengthens the fear of one’s fellow man. The red, white, and blue pills sell the hope of heaven made with artificial sweeteners.

South Sudan Army Kills 25 Protesters: : The former Commissioner of Wau County, John Peter Miskin, said Sunday that 25 people had been killed after South Sudan's army fired live bullets on a group protesting against the administrative headquarters in the county being moved.

8 killed in Pakistan : At least eight persons including three policemen were killed in an attack by militants at a police station near Bannu, Pakistan

U.S.'Drone strike killed my grandmother outside our house': Unmanned planes that drop bombs are being used indiscriminately - resulting in untold civilian casualties.

Former US president slams drone attacks: Jimmy Carter has slammed American assassination drone strikes in other countries, saying that killing civilians in such attacks would in fact nurture terrorism.

The threat of drones ushering in ‘invisible wars’: Op-Ed: No American wants to return to the fear that Sept. 11th instilled in us all. But as we set rules that govern our use of drones, we must also consider other factors.

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