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January 03, 2013

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria

Lies, Damned Lies And UN Statistics

By Moon Of Alabama

Is it really well advised for the United Nations to use a U.S. government funded entity to calculate some inevitably disputed numbers of casualties when the U.S. is supporting one side of the conflict?
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Arab Slave Traders Supporting Democracy in Syria?:

By Finian Cunningham

Recent legal moves by the governments of Ethiopia, Indonesia and the Philippines to protect their nationals working in the Persian Gulf Arab states point to this harrowing fact: the Arab slave trade in foreign workers is alive and well.
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The Iranians Are Coming!
The Imagined, ‘Sinister’ Iranian Threat in Latin America


By Ramzy Baroud

Apparently, barbarians coming from distant lands are at work. They are gathering at the US-Mexico border, cutting fences and ready to wreak havoc on an otherwise serene American landscape.
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Two-state solution’ is cover for the real story, annexation of West Bank

By Philip Weiss

The two-state solution has become an important diversion from discussing the true nature of Israeli colonialism.
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Those Who Say 'I Support the Troops' Really Don't

By Michael Moore

I don't "support the troops" or any of those other hollow and hypocritical platitudes uttered by Republicans and frightened Democrats.
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Time Warner Cable Drops Current TV Upon Sale To Al Jazeera

By Michael Calderone

Time Warner Cable pulled the plug on Current TV just hours after news of the cable channel's sale to Al Jazeera became official. "This channel is no longer available on Time Warner Cable," read an on-screen message where Current TV used to be found.
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France's Censorship Demands to Twitter are More Dangerous Than 'Hate Speech'

By Glenn Greenwald

Few ideas have done as much damage throughout history as empowering the government to criminalize opinions it dislikes.
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8 Huge Corporate Handouts in the Fiscal Cliff Bill

By Matt Stoller

Here are the corporate subsidies in the fiscal cliff bill that you may not know about.
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Sacrifice Zones

Interview with Chris Hedges

This became the template for which the American Empire expanded: the Philippines, Cuba and all throughout Latin America. And today, places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Everything We Tell Ourselves About America and the World Is Wrong

By Charles Eisenstein

More and more people in the West no longer believe that civilization is fundamentally on the right track.
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Why We Can't Shop Our Way to a Better Economy

Must Watch Video - Stacy Mitchell at TEDxDirigo

What we really need to do is change the underlying policies that shape our economy. We can’t do that through the sum of our individual behavior in the marketplace. We can only do it by exercising our collective power as citizens.”
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Suicide car bomber kills 27 Shi'ite pilgrims in Iraq: A suicide bomber driving a car killed at least 27 Shi'ite Muslims at a bus station in the Iraqi town of Mussayab on Thursday, police and medics said, as they were gathering to return home from a religious rite.

Obama Regime Kills 13 People in Pakistan: Two U.S. drone strikes on northwest Pakistan killed a senior Taliban commander. One resident, Ajaz Khan, said 5,000 to 10,000 people attended the funeral of Nazir and six other people in Angoor Adda.

Danish occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan: An elite Danish soldier has been killed in southern Afghanistan by an explosive device, military officials said Thursday.

'6,000 to 20,000 US occupation force troops in Afghan after 2014': Gen John Allen, the senior US commander in Afghanistan, has submitted his much awaited recommendations on the nature and strength of US presence in the country after 2014, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Afghan warlord vows attacks on NATO troops: Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar vowed in an interview published Wednesday to kill as many Western soldiers as possible before NATO combat forces withdraw from the country in 2014.

Obama regime kills 3 people in Yemen: At least three "suspected al Qaeda" militants including a local commander were killed on Thursday in Yemen by a strike from an unmanned aircraft, residents and a local official said.

Obama regime wins fight to keep drone killings of Americans secret: A federal judge issued a 75-page ruling on Wednesday that declares that the US Justice Department does not have a legal obligation to explain the rationale behind killing Americans with targeted drone strikes.

Syria's rising death toll - Thursday 3 January 2013: Unverified footage purports to show the aftermath of a government air strike on a Damascus petrol station

So-called Free Syrian Army is a group of terrorists: IHCR: The International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) says the so-called Free Syrian Army is just a group of terrorists, stressing that Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are granting money and weapons to the terrorists in Syria.

Fears for American journalist kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Syria as father pleads for his safe return home: The Foley family from Rochester, New Hampshire, had hoped keeping silent could aid his release - following the abduction in the northern province of Idlib.

Hezbollah chief warns against division, partition schemes: “We hereby underscore our rejection of any plan for partitioning or dividing any Arab or Islamic country in the entire middle east region.” He said and added - From Yemen to Iraq to Syria, the region is threatened more than ever by partition, even in Egypt and Libya and Saudi Arabia.”

Nasrallah: Turkey financing Syrian rebels: Hizbullah Secretary-General Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah commented on the situation in Syria saying that "three influential countries are financing the rebels in Syria and arming them – Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia."

Vatican Envoy Praises Iran Plan for Syria: He said the Pope calls for promotion of dialogue and peace, adding that the international community never agrees to shipment of arms and financial support to the Syrian opposition groups.

Syria and Hezbollah won’t join the fight if Israel strikes Iran, top-level report predicts: Foreign Ministry says Assad can’t help Tehran for fear of losing power, Israel would launch massive ground operation in Lebanon if attacked

Iran claims shooting down two US drones: - Iran on Wednesday said it had shot down two US-made RQ-11 reconnaissance drones in the past 15 months, adding to a ScanEagle drone and RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft it already claims to have captured.

State bars Westerners living in West Bank from entering Israel, East Jerusalem: Israel recently renewed restrictions on the freedom of movement of foreign nationals who live and work in the West Bank that prohibit them from entering East Jerusalem or Israel.

Half of Israelis don’t want anything to do with mentally disabled: More than a quarter of Israelis say intellectually challenged shouldn’t have sex, 40% don’t want to live next to them, survey finds

Gunmen kill 4 in Nigeria police station attack: - Gunmen have killed four people and burned down a police station in northeast Adamawa state, the police said on Thursday, the latest such attack in a region where Islamist sect Boko Haram has its stronghold.

Clashes in Libya kill 2: local official: Two Libyans were killed on Wednesday when fighting erupted between rival tribes in the southern oasis of Sabha, a local official told AFP.

Libyan gunmen kidnap top investigator in Benghazi: Gunmen have kidnapped the acting head of the criminal investigation department in Libya's second city, Benghazi, officials have said.

State Dept. warns against travel to Libya: The State Department issued a new travel warning for Libya on Wednesday, citing “ongoing instability and violence” and strongly advising against all travel to the eastern city of Benghazi, where the U.S. Consulate was attacked by terrorists Sept. 11.

Nicolas Sarkozy DID take $50 million of Muammar Gaddafi's cash, French judge is told: Documentary proof exists that France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy took more than €50m from the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, a French judge has been told.

Mexico troops kill 12 in gun fight in Zacatecas state: Troops in Mexico pursued and shot dead 12 people after coming under attack in Zacatecas state, officials have said.The clash happened when soldiers tried to stop suspect vehicles and the occupants opened fire, leading to a chase for 50km (31 miles).

Hugo Chavez 'living his last days': Hugo Chavez is "living his last days" after his latest cancer operation in Cuba was an "absolute failure", according to a high-profile Venezuelan doctor.
 

Hugo Chávez in very worrying condition, says Evo Morales – video: His statement comes amid demands from the Venezuelan opposition that the government in Caracas tell the truth about the president's health.

Hugo Chávez: Venezuelans urged to ignore 'enemy' health rumours: Venezuela's vice-president seeks to reassure compatriots following Chávez's emergency surgery three weeks ago

French agent deported for plot to assassinate President Hugo Chavez: Venezuelan authorities said Saturday that they had deported a man they described as a French intelligence agent who was jailed for alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate President Hugo Chavez.

Secrecy of Memo on Drone Killing Is Upheld: A federal judge in Manhattan refused on Wednesday to require the Justice Department to disclose a memorandum providing the legal justification for the targeted killing of a United States citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who died in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

Obama sells out again: US: Defense Bill Signing Backtracks on Guantanamo: US President Barack Obama’s refusal to veto a defense spending bill restricting detainee transfers from Guantanamo undercuts his pledge to close the prison, Human Rights Watch said today.

Obama signs NDAA 2013 without objecting to indefinite detention of Americans: President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 on Wednesday, giving his stamp of approval to a Pentagon spending bill that will keep Guantanamo Bay open and make indefinite detention for US citizens as likely as ever.

Weapon background checks hit record high in US: Last month, the FBI ran a record 2.8 million background checks on those wishing to purchase firearms in the US, with most of those checks occurring after the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown, Conn.

House GOP blocks Violence Against Women Act: House Republicans insisted the bill is too supportive of immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans -- and they'd rather let the law expire than approve a slightly expanded proposal

'Fiscal cliff' deal has billions in business tax breaks: The measure includes $63 billion in special tax breaks for rum makers, Hollywood studios and more. Supporters note bipartisan support from the Senate Finance Committee. 

January 02, 2013

Could Saudi Arabia be Next?
Bad News For Palestine in 2013

By Robert Fisk

The “Arab Awakening” – will go on ravaging the pseudo-stability of the Middle East, causing as much fear in Washington as it does in the palaces of the Arab Gulf.
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New UN Report on Syria
Points Fingers The Wrong Way


By Stephen Lendman

Syria is Washington's war. It's being ravaged and destroyed. Assad responsibly confronts invaders.
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Free Syrian Army Claims It Can Make Chemical Weapons

By Russian TV

A prominent member of the Free Syrian Army claims the rebels have all the components to produce chemical weapons and have the know-how to put them together and use if necessary.
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Why We Hate Them: Arabs in Western Eyes

By Philip Giraldi

How films and other media have shaped an anti-Muslim narrative.
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American Politics and the Innocent Children Killed

By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD

Americans need to realize how their hallowed capitalist ideology of the putative American Dream is in practice nothing but the destruction of communities and millions of individuals on the altar of elite profit-making.
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The U.S. War Machine

By Anthony Gregory

The immediate effect of the Pearl Harbor attack was U.S. entry into World War II, which introduced “increasing militarism into the nation’s daily life.” That cultural shift was actively advanced by Washington, which colluded with Hollywood and others to disseminate pro-war propaganda.
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Propaganda
North Korean Documentary Exposes Western Propaganda


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"This is a film about psychological warfare. A specific type of warfare designed to distract, misinform, and anesthetize the brain."
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Renditions Continue Under Obama

By Craig Whitlock

The latest example of how the Obama administration has embraced rendition — the practice of holding and interrogating terrorism suspects in other countries without due process.
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The Coming Drone Attack On America
The Police State Is Now Officially Here

By Naomi Wolf


Drones on domestic surveillance duties are already deployed by police and corporations. In time, they will likely be weaponised.
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Let’s Give Up on the Constitution

By Louis Michael Seidman

The American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.
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Fiscal Cliff Over
Now the Attack on the People Begins


By Kevin Zeese

Last night, Congress passed a watered down fiscal cliff package that will raise taxes on everyone, but the worst is yet to come, and this “deficit cutting” measure contains some surprises.
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Obama’s Deal Gave Away All His Leverage

By Zaid Jilani

Now that Obama has given away his leverage, Republicans can go after “entitlements” — meaning Medicare and Social Security benefits.
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Politicians Who Cut Social ProgramsWill Pay Price

By Orson Aguilar

Latinos aren't buying the notion that government is the problem and should be starved of funds. They value government services and want an adequate, fair tax structure to support it.
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Shame On You Mr. Speaker!
The Worst Negotiation Failure of the Day


By David Atkins

The biggest negotiation failure of the day wasn't over the fiscal cliff at all, but over Hurricane Sandy relief.
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Syria: Dozens killed in Damascus airstrike while rebels target airbases: Activists say: At least 30 civilians were killed when Syrian warplanes hit a gas station in Damascus, activists reported on Wednesday.

RAF poised for air strikes in Syria: NATO fighters flying from Incirlik air base in Turkey and off a US carrier in the Mediterranean would be more than capable of enforcing a 120km deep no-fly zone along the Turkish-Syrian border.

Undercover IDF raid ignites mass clashes, injuries in West Bank (PHOTOS): Witnesses report that IDF troops were disguised as Arab vegetable vendors to apprehend a number of wanted militants. The mission, by the Mistaarvim ("Arabized") Unit, an elite counter-terrorism force, was then tactically changed from a covert operation to an overt one.

Palestinians will outnumber Israeli Jews by 2020: The Palestinian statistics bureau estimates that Arabs will outnumber Jews in the Holy Land by the end of the decade, a scenario that could have grave implications for Israel.

How The New York Times erases Israel’s crimes: Op-Ed: According to The New York Times, there is no siege of Gaza, no occupation of the West Bank, and never was there a Nakba (the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine). Three recent articles erase these key Israeli crimes from the historical record.

Yemen reportedly interrogates alleged Israeli spy: Authorities in Yemen are investigating an alleged Israeli spy arrested in the country weeks ago, local media reported on Wednesday. The few details released on the case resemble Yemeni reports on the arrest of an Israeli agent from September.

Yemen: Al Qaeda Offers $160,000 In Gold To Anyone Who Kills U.S. Ambassador: The group has also offered $23,000 to anyone who kills an American soldier.

Nigerian army says 14 killed in gun battle with Boko Haram: - Nigeria's military killed 13 members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram and lost one soldier on Tuesday in a gun battle in Maiduguri, the group's northeastern stronghold, the army said.

2 dead following church bombing in Libya: A bomb explosion at a Coptic church near Misrata, Libya’s third-largest city, killed two church workers and wounded two others on December 30.

Libyan Parliament besieged by 300 armed militiamen: The militiamen surrounded the building with armored vehicles and attacked a few members of parliament.

Central African Republic Rebels Halt Advance, Agree To Peace Talks: The Seleka rebels had pushed within striking distance of Bangui after a three-week onslaught and threatened to oust President Francois Bozize, accusing him of reneging on a previous peace deal and cracking down on dissidents.

Egypt cracks down on satirists and media: Morsi's government pursues charges against a satirist and a newspaper for "insulting" comments and "false" reporting.

Pakistan: Motorcycle bomb kills 6 in Karachi: Tuesday's blast apparently targeted buses transporting activists after a joint rally organised by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the city's dominant political party, and Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran - the movement to follow the path of the Quran - led by Muslim scholar Tahir-ul Qadri.

Obama regime kills 2 in Afghanistan: The killed people were a 16-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man who had been engaged in hunting birds along the nearby hillside in the district, the eyewitness said.

Prince Harry is a 'jackal' killing innocents, says Afghanistan warlord: Labelling the prince a 'jackal' who was 'drunk' while hunting innocent Afghans.

Taliban Calls U.S. Troops Withdrawal From Afghanistan a “Declare Victory and Run” Strategy: "They want to flee from Afghanistan just as they turned tail and ran from Vietnam," the Taliban statement said. "When America faced utter destruction in Vietnam, they came up with the formula `declare victory and run' and want to utilize the formula of `transfer security and run' here in Afghanistan."

Thirteen killed in Colombian air strike: : The air force bombarded a rebel camp in north-western Antioquia province on Monday and has since found 13 bodies

Venezuela VP says Chavez 'conscious': Nicolas Maduro dispels rumours that cancer-stricken president is in coma and says he has "the same strength as always".

Net worth of world's richest rose by $241B in 2012: The richest people on the planet got richer in 2012, adding $241 billion to their collective net worth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world's 100 wealthiest individuals.

Pope calls for new economic model, more ethical markets: Pope Benedict on Friday called for a new economic model and ethical regulations for markets, saying the global financial crisis was proof that capitalism does not protect the weakest members of society.

Taxes to go up in 2013 regardless of 'fiscal cliff' deal: President Barack Obama wasn’t lying when he said he’d raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans if reelected — but it won’t be just the top wage-earners who will be handing over more to Uncle Sam in 2013.

Chicago murder rate sets new record: A Thursday evening shooting in the west side of Chicago marked a milestone for the Windy City: for the first time since 2008, the city can likely claim 500 homicides in a single year.

January 01, 2013

Chuck Hagel's Big Problem: Being A Realist About American Power And Iran

By Stephen Kinzer

Militarists in Washington, taking their cue from pro-Israel lobbyists, are trying to derail the appointment because Hagel doubts the wisdom of starting another war in the Middle East.
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Israel Will Cease to Exist Within the Decade, Adviser to Egyptian President Predicts

By Times of Israel

He explained, “all of those who occupied it” — “will have to return to their homelands.”
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Will 2013 be the Year American Jews Secede from Israel?

By Bradley Burston

If American Jews think that what is being done in their name is self-destructive, oppressive, blockheaded and wrong, it stands to reason they would want it to stop.
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Venezuelan Leadership Up for Grabs?

By Stephen Lendman

Most Venezuelans won't tolerate returning to ugly past politics. Why should they? They're led by a man who cares. They’ve got Bolivarian social justice institutionalized.
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When Fracking Came to Suburban Texas

By Suzanne Goldenberg

"You can hear it, you can smell it, and you are always breathing it. It's just like being behind a car exhaust,"
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2012: The Year We Did Our Best To Abandon The Natural World

By George Monbiot

Emissions are rising, ice is melting and yet the response of governments is simply to pretend that none of it is happening.
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Compare the 1912 Elections with the 2012 Elections

By Ralph Nader

Let’s face it, our country is in crisis and wallowing in disgust, discouragement and despair won’t turn it around.
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Afghanistan: 12 Taliban perish in seperate incidents Cop killed: The joint forces conducted operations in Kunar, Baghlan, Kandahar, Wardak, Logar and Ghazni provinces over the past 24 hours, killing 10 Taliban fighters, injuring one and arresting nine more, an interior ministry press release available with the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) stated.

Pakistan attack kills 4 people in Afghanistan: : Pakistan shelling AfghanistanAccording to local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, at least 4 Afghan civilians were killed or injured following missile attack from Pakistan.

Pakistan: Karachi blast leaves 4 dead, 42 injured: The explosion took place at a point where people started to converge to get on board the parked busses to return to their destinations following the conclusion of the public meeting organized in Jinnah Ground.

Iraq attacks target Shiites - 23 killed: Insurgents launched a wave of attacks across Iraq on Monday, primarily targeting Shiite communities and pilgrims and killing at least 23 people, officials said.

Maliki's Private Army: al-Qaeda is being given fresh hope by the increasingly radicalized rebellion in Syria, while in western Iraq popular outrage is rising following Maliki’s targeting of Sunni politician Rafa al-Issawi.

Muqtada al-Sadr voices support for Sunni protesters angry at Iraq's government: "Beware of the Arab Spring in Iraq," the cleric said in a warning to the power-sharing government led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite.

Australian killed, say Syria rebels: AN AUSTRALIAN man has been killed while joining an assault on a military base in Syria, rebel groups have claimed.

Israeli occupation forces fire on Palestinians in West Bank: Palestinians say Israeli soldiers disguised as vegetable vendors attempt to seize members of Islamist Jihad in the town of Tamoun; witnesses say eight people wounded,, some by live fire

Outrageous! Israel destroys Palestinian home as punishment: Israeli bulldozers have demolished the house of Ra’afat Al Eisawi, brother of the fasting Palestinian prisoner Samer Al Eisawi, who has refused to end his hunger strike launched 159 days ago.

Israeli wants to renounce citizenship and become Palestinian: After immigrating from Tajikistan and serving in the IDF for four and half years, Andre Pshenichnikov wants ‘to be part of the Palestinian resistance

Hinting at war crimes charges, UK minister attacks Israel for East Jerusalem construction plans: Alistair Burt also calls for reversal of Ariel University upgrade; praises Mahmoud Abbas for ‘measured response’ to Israel’s ‘profoundly provocative actions’

Abbas sees Palestinian state in 2013: "We have a birth certificate ... and we want to complete the march toward full independence," he said. "Next year, 2013, will be the year of statehood and independence."

Netanyahu warns against 'rushing forward' with Palestinian state: Prime minister warns Hamas could take over the West Bank before or after an accord, responding to earlier statements by Peres that PA President Mahmoud Abbas is a partner for peace.

Bomb Hits Prosecutor's Office in Benghazi: An improvised bomb exploded outside the headquarters of the public prosecutor in the Libyan city of Benghazi causing material damage but no fatalities, a security source said.

U.S. intelligence responsible for inaccurate Bengahazi script, Senate finds: Senate finds script changes made by U.S. intelligence agencies, including FBI and CIA, not the Obama administration

Al-Qaida carves out own country in Mali: Northern Mali is now the biggest territory held by al-Qaida and its allies. And as the world hesitates, delaying a military intervention, the extremists who seized control of the area earlier this year are preparing for a war they boast will be worse than the decade-old struggle in Afghanistan.

US, France deploy troops to Central African Republic: The intervention is part of a wider ratcheting up of imperialist military operations across Africa, with Washington and its European allies working to maintain their strategic domination of the continent and control of its natural resources.

Iran blasts Obama for Latin America law: The United States, he said, "still lives in the Cold War era and considers Latin America as its back yard". "We recommend that they respect the nations' right in today's world... world public opinion does not accept such an interventionist move."

Venezuelan cabinet attends mass for Chavez's recovery: Official New Year celebrations were called off on Sunday after Vice-President Nicolas Maduro announced that Mr Chavez had suffered new complications.

Obama authorizes five more years of warrantless wiretapping: Federal detectives won’t need a warrant to eavesdrop on the emails and phone calls of Americans for another five years. President Obama reauthorized an intelligence gathering bill on Sunday that puts national security over constitutional rights.

CIA Sued To Release NYPD Spying Report: A non-profit government watchdog has sued the Central Intelligence Agency to uncover information about its controversial collaboration with the New York City Police Department's counter-terrorism surveillance program.

Senate approves "fiscal cliff" deal, crisis eased: The Senate moved the U.S. economy back from the edge of a "fiscal cliff" on Tuesday, voting to avoid imminent tax hikes and spending cuts in a bipartisan deal that could still face stiff challenges in the House of Representatives

December 31, 2012

Syria Swings Between Hell and Dialogue

By Ismail Salami

Lakhdar Brahimi has predicted 100,000 people could be killed “in the next year as Syria moves toward Somalization and rule by warlords.”
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Syria Rebels 'Beheaded Man and Fed Him to the Dogs'

By Nick Fagge

There have been a growing number of accounts of atrocities carried out by rogue elements of the Syrian Free Army, which opposes dictator Bashar al-Assad and is recognised by Britain and the West as the legitimate leadership.
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Will Syria Go on Offense at The Hague?

By Franklin Lamb

Were Syria, and others, to take the illegal and immoral US-led sanctions case to the World Court and other available venues, they would shift their diplomatic position from a defensive status to taking the offense.
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Hagel, the Lobby and the Limits of Power

By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

The former Republican senator is guilty of a cardinal sin which has cut short many promising careers in Washington.
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A "hit list" of the most "anti-Semites" in the world.

By Ludwig Watza

Criticism of Israeli government policy is more than necessary because the Netanyahu government violates democratic and other Western values by colonizing another people for the past 45 years.
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Yours, Mine, but Not Ours

By Corey Robin

Why the politics of national security means that we’re all living in failed Hobbesian states.
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A Wee Comparison of Civil Liberties in the United States of America

By Kevin Drum

The agency has new authority to keep data about innocent U.S. citizens for up to five years, and to analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior.
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The Idol Smasher

By Chris Hedges

Something has to be done soon to fight against the rapid reconfiguration of the United States into a corporate, feudal state.
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8 Striking Parallels Between the U.S. and the Roman Empire

By Steven Strauss

Is our republic coming to an unceremonious end? History may not be on America's side.
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Secret Human Testing Revealed in Declassified U.S. Army Documents

By Nicholas West


It is always a challenge attempting to describe how sick and power mad are some of the elite who have taken up positions within the military-industrial-scientific complex.
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Arundhati Roy Speaks Out Against Indian Rape Culture

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The writer Arundhati Roy tells Channel 4 News she believes rape is used as a weapon in India and that women in the country are "paying the price".
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23 killed in wave of Iraq attacks: A wave of bombings and shootings across Iraq killed 23 people on Monday as the country grappled with anti-government rallies and simmering political crises ahead of major Shiite commemoration rituals.

Iraqi PM questions role of Turkey in unrest: Nouri al-Maliki says Ankara and Syria's rebels may have hand in stoking strife, as Sunni protests enter 10th day.

Protesters grab, hit Iraq deputy PM in Ramadi: Two people were wounded when security forces opened fire to disperse protesters who attacked Iraq's deputy premier on Sunday, forcing him to flee a rally he was addressing, an AFP reporter said.

Iraqi PM orders release of female prisoners to appease protesters: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered on Sunday the release of female prisoners, who were arrested for terrorism charges without judicial warrants or because of terror crimes committed by their relatives, to appease to protesters who want to see the scrapping of anti-terrorism measures in the country

Obama regime kills 3 civilian in Yemen: Sheikh Khaled Al-Dahab, a prominent social leader in Rada’a, said the three people were killed by a drone meant for Al-Qaeda members. He said the men killed are civilians and have no links to Al-Qaeda.

Obama Regime Killed 223 People In Yemen This Year: In Yemen, 223 people have been killed by 40 US drone strikes this year, up from 10 airstrikes in 2011.

UN envoy Brahimi announces tentative Syria peace plan: UN and Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said Sunday he had created a ceasefire plan for the war-torn country that could be backed by the international community, as he warned that the conflict is getting worse “by the day”.

British public wants to 'keep out of Syria': While David Cameron is rallying support among EU leaders to send arms to the rebels opposing the Assad regime in Syria, he also faces a battle to persuade the British public to back the plan. According to a survey for The Independent, people do not believe Britain should provide military supplies to the rebels

Russia sends another naval ship to Syria: The reports gave no information on the ship's intent, but said that it is expected to arrive in the Tartus area, where Russia has a naval base, in early January.

Chuck Hagel's big problem: being a realist about American power and Iran: Op-Ed: The former Nebraska senator faces fierce opposition to possible nomination as defense secretary from Washington's militarists

Ahmadinejad slams push for Islamic life: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has spoken out against the use of pressure to impose Islamic values on people, especially university candidates, media reported.

9 Taliban militants found dead in Pakistan: officials: Pakistani intelligence officials say they have found bodies of nine militants dumped in the North Waziristan tribal region. Three intelligence officials say the nine people were shot several times in the head and chest.

Afghans angry at US soldiers who drove away in the night leaving rent for base unpaid: Only sign of huge US base is pile of rubbish and broken vehicles – and a festering land dispute in a volatile province

2 Killed As Coptic Christian Church Attacked In Libya: Libya’s small Christian community was in shock on Monday after an attack on a Coptic church near the city of Misrata killed two Egyptians and fanned fears of rising extremism.

Gunmen fire on protesters in Tahrir Square: - Egyptian security officials say masked gunmen drove into Cairo's Tahrir Square and opened fired on an anti-government sit-in, seriously wounding two activists.

Central African Republic crisis: Bozize offer rejected: Rebels in Central African Republic have dismissed the president's offer to form a national unity government. "We don't believe in [Francois] Bozize's promises," rebel spokesman Eric Massi told the BBC.

US troops sent to aid Central African Republic evacuation: Fifty troops deployed to Chad to help evacuate US citizens and diplomats in rebellion-hit Central African Republic.

Venezuela's Chavez in 'delicate' state: Venezuela's vice president, had arrived in Havana on Saturday in a sudden and unexpected trip to visit Chavez. He said on Sunday that he would remain in Havana "for the coming hours" but did not specify how long.

Hillary Clinton hospitalized after doctors discover blood clot: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized Sunday after doctors discovered a blood clot during a follow-up exam related to a concussion she suffered this month, her spokesman said.

US drug legislation to slow Mexico violence?: In his first month as Mexico's new President, Enrique Pena Nieto has promised a different strategy to fight the so-called war on drugs.

Economists expect UK to lose AAA credit rating: At least one of the three main credit ratings agencies expected to downgrade UK's status as experts predict tough 2013

'The fiscal cliff is a hoax': The fiscal cliff is a hoax, according to Paul Craig Roberts, American economist and former assistant secretary of the Treasury during the Reagan Administration.

Judge gives 'shock' probation release of $13 million mortgage fraud chief: - State District Judge George Gallagher has ordered the shock-probation release of a woman who has served less than two months of a 10-year sentence for a key role in a $13 million mortgage fraud scheme, prosecutors said Saturday.

December 30, 2012

Brahimi Says Has Syria Plan All World Powers May Back

By AFP

Lavrov said both he and Brahimi agreed there was hope for a solution as long as world powers put pressure on both sides.
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International Media Regurgitating Syrian Rebel Propaganda

By Patrick Cockburn

Assad's forces still hold, wholly or in large part, all the main cities and towns of Syria. Continue

Obama Still Considering Hagel
Chuck Hagel, Knifed In The Back By The Lobby


By DONOVAN SLACK |

What does it matter whether it’s the Israel lobby or the Jewish lobby?  When you get a knife in the back, it doesn’t matter who’s putting the shiv into you.
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After Islamophobic Hate Crime in New York City
Mayor Wants Public to ‘Keep Death in Perspective’


By Annie Robbins and Alex Kane

A horrific crime if we've ever seen one--and a reminder that Islamophobia affects many communities outside Muslim ones.
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Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy

By Naomi Wolf

New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent. Continue

Has Capitalism Proven its Durability?

By Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff:

Should Americans be considering an alternative economic system? Continue

21 Pakistan soldiers ‘executed’ by Taliban militants: One man was badly wounded but survived, along with another who managed to escape. The others were reportedly tied up, blindfolded and shot in the head. Local tribesmen found their bodies and tipped off security forces.

Pakistan: 19 killed in attack on Shiites: A suicide bomber driving a vehicle packed with explosives rammed into a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims in southwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing 19 people, a government official and eyewitnesses said.

Record number of Afghan soldiers killed in 2012: More than 1,000 Afghan soldiers died in action this year, the highest since the Taliban insurgency began, as the army assumes more responsibility before NATO forces withdraw in 2014, officials said Sunday

NATO occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan: - A roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan Saturday resulted in the death of a NATO service member, officials said.

11 children killed in Syria bombardments: Pro-rebel activists say: Syrian troops bombarded rebel bastions near the capital on Sunday a day after at least 32 civilians including 11 children were killed by air strikes and artillery fire in the Damascus area, a watchdog said.

Russia blames Syrian opposition for failure to halt conflict: Russia’s foreign minister declared a deadlock Saturday in the latest efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, blaming the Syrian opposition for refusing to negotiate with the government and reiterating that Moscow will not force President Bashar al-Assad to leave.

Russia sends landing ships to Syria: report: A Russian warship carrying a marines unit has left its Black Sea port for Syria amid preparations for a possible evacuation of nationals living and working in the strife-torn country, news reports said Sunday.

Obama regime kills another 3 people in Yemen: : In the fourth such attack in a week, a US drone strike has killed three suspected al-Qaeda militants in the central Yemen province of Al-Bayda, according to a local official.

Drone War Spurs Militants to Deadly Reprisals: : They are dead men talking, and they know it. Gulping nervously, the prisoners stare into the video camera, spilling tales of intrigue, betrayal and paid espionage on behalf of the United States. Some speak in trembling voices, a glint of fear in their eyes. Others look resigned. All plead for their lives.

Al Qaeda offers reward for murder of US Ambassador to Yemen: Al Qaeda has put up a reward of 3kg of gold for whoever manages to kill America's Jewish ambassador to the Yemen, Gerald Feirstein.

Israel's Lieberman vows talks only if Abbas goes: "Only after his disappearance from the leadership of the Palestinian Authority will it be possible to renew the diplomatic process," Haaretz daily's website quoted him as saying in a statement.

Egypt allows building material into Gaza: Thousands of tons of building materials such as cement and steel began crossing into the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said, temporarily easing a five-year blockade on the coastal territory.

5 killed as Nigerian troops battle "Islamists": Nigerian soldiers killed four suspected extremists and lost one policeman in the latest crackdown on the Islamist Boko Haram group in the country's restive northeast, the military said on Sunday.

US troops to aid staff evacuation: President Barack Obama said 50 US troops have deployed to the African country of Chad to help evacuate US citizens and embassy personnel from the neighbouring Central African Republic's capital of Bangui in the face of rebel advances toward the city.

Mali: The 'gentle' face of al-Qaeda: An exclusive report from inside northern Mali.

'Tsunami bomb': N.Z. archive secrets revealed: "Project Seal", a top-secret US-New Zealand attempt to create a doomsday device to rival the nuclear bomb.

Venezuela says it deported alleged French agent: - Venezuelan authorities said Saturday that they had deported a man they described as a French intelligence agent who was jailed for alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate President Hugo Chavez.

Belgium to charge Church of Scientology with fraud and extortion - reports: After a long lasting legal battle Belgium prosecutors demand to label the Church of Scientology as a criminal organization and charge it and its leaders with extortion, fraud, privacy breaches, and the illegal practice of medicine.

Woman Accused of Hate-Crime Murder in Subway Push: A 31-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday and charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in connection with the death of a man who was pushed onto the tracks of an elevated subway station in Queens and crushed by an oncoming train.

Judge rebuffs feds' secret arguments on no-fly list: A federal judge in California has rejected the Obama administration's effort to use secret arguments and evidence to defeat a lawsuit relating to the so-called no-fly list designed to keep suspected terrorists off of airline flights.

‘Major setback’ in fiscal cliff talks: Negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have suffered a “major setback” after Republicans demanded the inclusion of a new method for calculating entitlement benefits as part of the fiscal cliff package, according to Democratic sources.

 

December 29, 2012

US Kills 12 Civilians and Destroys a Community.

By Letta Tayler

A torched woman clutched her daughter in a lifeless embrace. Four severed heads littered the pavement. "The bodies were charred like coal.
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Agenda Prevails Over Truth

By Paul Craig Roberts

The American left is the enabler of the police state, and the American right is its progenitor.
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Syria Faces Humanitarian Catastrophe

By Bill Van Auken

Looting “has become a way of life” for the so-called rebels. “‘Spoils’ have now become the main drive for many units as battalion commanders seek to increase their power.”
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Obama Signs Law Against Iran's Influence in Latin America

By AFP

The Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act, passed by lawmakers earlier this year, calls for the State Department to develop a strategy within 180 days to "address Iran's growing hostile presence and activity" in the region.
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The Larger Question of Chuck Hagel

By Ray McGovern

The up-in-the-air nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Defense Secretary has become a test of whether the Israel Lobby can still shoot down an American public servant who is deemed insufficiently passionate regarding Israel, a test that now confronts President Obama.
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The National Security State’s Embrace of Dictatorships

By Jacob G. Hornberger

Why is the U.S. government supporting the brutal dictatorship in Bahrain while opposing, say, the brutal dictatorship in Syria? The answer is very simple.
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GOP and Feinstein Fulfill Obama's Demand for Renewed Warrantless Eavesdropping

By Glenn Greenwald

Obama successfully relied on Senate Republicans (the ones his supporters depict as the Root of All Evil) along with a dozen of the most militaristic Democrats to ensure that he can continue to eavesdrop on Americans without any warrants, transparency or real oversight.
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Why Are People More Scared Of Facebook Violating Their Privacy Than Washington?

By Scott Shackford

Secrecy keeps the public from even knowing what these violations actually mean.
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Oliver Stone: 'US Has Become An Orwellian State'

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Americans are living in an Orwellian state argue Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick, as they sit down with us to discuss US foreign policy and the Obama administration's disregard for the rule of law.
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The Deep Wound of Wounded Knee

By Johnny Barber

December 29th marks the 122nd anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. It is a story that remains fresh in the lives of many indigenous peoples across America. Each generation is taught to never forget.
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War Made Easy

Video Narrated By Sean Penn

This guide to disinformation analyzes American military adventures past and present to reveal striking similarities in the efforts of various administrations to justify, and retain, public support for war.
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America’s Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff

By Michael Hudson

Holding the bottom 99% in debt, the top 1% are now in the process of subsidizing a deceptive economic theory to persuade voters to pursue policies that benefit the financial sector at the expense of labor, industry, and democratic government as we know it.
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Why the “Fiscal Cliff” Bores the Snot Out of Me

By Matthew Rothschild

The “fiscal cliff” has been a tiresome charade, and it disguises the fact that both parties are taking us down the path of austerity.
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17 Afghan policemen killed: A wave of betrayal has left at least 17 Afghan policemen dead in the past 10 days -- all slain in their sleep at the hands of those close to them.

5 "Insurgents" Killed in Attack on Afghan Outpost: At least five Taliban insurgents were killed in an attack on an Afghan National Army outpost in the eastern Nuristan province Friday night, local officials said.

Video Shown of Apparent Execution of Afghan Soldier: In a distressing video aired on national television stations here on Thursday night, the Afghan National Army soldier first has his army identity card stuck in his mouth and is then ordered to say his name out loud, but can only mumble unintelligibly because of the card.

US scraps entire fleet of Afghan cargo planes: Despite spending nearly $600 million on the program, the U.S. is canceling the contract for the aircraft and disposing of all 16 planes delivered to the Afghan Air Force, the Journal reported.

Blast kills six on a bus in Pakistan: Video - An explosion on a bus in the Pakistani city of Karachi has killed six people and wounded 48 others.

Obama regime kills 4 people in Pakistan: : An official said eight missiles hit the house and the bodies were burnt beyond recognition. "We have no information about the identity of those killed in the missile strike," the official said.

3 Policemen gunned down in SW Pakistan: The incident took place in the Satellite Town of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. Police sources told KUNA that a police mobile van was on routine patrol when armed motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire at the van.

Obama regime kills 2 people in Yemen: : The two men were riding a motorcycle west of the coastal town of al-Sheher when the pilotless aircraft fired at them, the official told Reuters,

Gunmen kill Yemeni intelligence officer: Lieutenant Colonel Mutei Baqatyan, a member of the state security apparatus in the city of Mukalla, was targeted by two gunmen on a motorbike, the security official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Syrian government forces seize Homs district from rebels: The army moved into Deir Ba'alba, a neighborhood on the northeastern edge of Homs, they said, leaving the rebels controlling just the central neighborhoods around the old city and the district of Khalidiyah, immediately to the north.Russia hopes ‘reasonable’ Syrian opposition will seek dialogue: Moscow representatives have already had contacts with the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Lavrov said on Friday. Now Russian diplomats are ready to meet for talks with the leader of the group – Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib. The National Coalition does not object to talks either, he added.

Syrian rebels reject Moscow invitation for peace talks: Russia said it was behind the efforts of UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, fresh from a five-day trip to Damascus where he met Assad.

UN envoy Brahimi holds Syria peace talks in Moscow: The UN and Arab League special envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, held talks on Saturday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as Moscow stepped up its diplomatic efforts to bring an end to the 21-month conflict.

UN Syria "Peace Plan" a Fraud: Op-Ed: The proposal of a "transitional government" in the midst of what is in fact a foreign invasion, funded, armed, and perpetuated openly by foreign interests violates both Syria's sovereignty and the UN's own founding charter.

Syria jihadists accuse U.S. of keeping Assad in power; "The continued US and international support for prolonging the regime's lifespan by giving extensions (for a political transition), sending observers and trying to negotiate peace is clear to everyone," the group's leader, Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani, said in a voice recording posted online.

Only political process can save Syria from 'hell'-envoy: The international mediator seeking peace in Syria warned of "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, but his talks in Russia capping a week of intense diplomacy brought no sign of a breakthrough.

Syrian rebels sidetracked by scramble for spoils of war: Looting, feuds and divided loyalties threaten to destroy unity of fighters as war enters new phase

Israel shrugs off Abbas threat to dismantle PA: Palestinian leader has no intention of quitting, says Likud minister; Labor warns Israel will find no better partner

Arab League chief arrives in West Bank calls last 20 years of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations 'waste of time': "Our next move in agreement with the Palestinians and with full support from the Arab countries and the European Union is to change the current formula (for the peace process)," he added. "We cannot continue with the methods of the last 20 years. It was a waste of time."

After cease-fire, Palestinians still suffer unjust controls: Palestinians, still live under occupation, and they are constrained by a damaging Israeli blockade. Even the United Nations is affected. It needs to apply to Israel for permission to buy construction materials for schools. Remarkably, Israel often says no.

Iraq mass protests mount pressure on Maliki: Tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims take part in largest day yet in week of rallies against allegedly sectarian policies.

Ali Ismail Abbas, Iraqi Boy Hit by American Missile 10 Years Later: The first and last time I saw Ali Abbas was in 2003. Ali, a then-12-year-old boy whose home had been hit by an American missile. His father, mother, brother and 11 other relatives had been killed. A neighbor found Ali in the rubble, improbably still alive.

Seven Suspected Militants Killed in Dagestan : Law enforcement officers have killed at least seven suspected militants in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, a law enforcement source said.

At Least 15 Killed in Sect Attack in North Nigeria: Gunmen suspected to belong to a radical Islamist sect attacked a village in northeast Nigeria, tying up men, women and children before slitting their throats, killing at least 15 in the troubled region's latest attack, witnesses said Saturday.

Rebels in Central African Republic seize another city: Rebels in Central African Republic (CAR) have continued their advance, seizing the city of Sibut, 185km from Bangui, the capital, a government official has confirmed.

Protests against militias in Benghazi: Some 2,000 people rallied in Libya’s second city Benghazi yesterday to demand that militias made up of former rebels who helped oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi disband and join the army or police.

Morsi warns against unrest, tells Egypt to focus on economy: Mohammed Morsi said all sides must "realize the needs of the moment" and work only through "mature democracy while avoiding violence." He said violence from any faction was "totally rejected."

India mourns death of gang-rape victim: Protesters gather in New Delhi to pay their respects to gang-rape victim who died from organ failure in Singapore.

Russia's ban on US adoption isn't about children's rights: The uncomfortable truth is that underneath the posturing, Vladimir Putin has a point. The international adoption trade is a shady business – the perfect micro-example of how America's concept of itself as a benevolent superpower is so often at odds with reality.

‘US, Russia plunging into new Cold War’: Tit-for-tat moves between Russia and the US are plunging the two nations into a new Cold War, says Russia expert Stephen Cohen. Washington’s longtime policy towards Moscow is to blame for the growing tensions.

Senate Renews Controversial Law Which Allows Warrantless Wiretapping Of US Citizens: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, approved by the House of Representatives in September, passed the Senate with a 73-23 vote and broad bipartisan support, and now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

How They Voted: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress : A bill to extend the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 for five years

The NRA Myth of Arming the Good Guys; Mass shootings in the US are on the rise—and ordinary citizens with guns don't stop them.

Verizon patents targeted advertising method that determines if viewers are laughing, cuddling, sleeping or singing: Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has filed a patent application for targeting ads to viewers based on information collected from infrared cameras and microphones that would be able to detect conversations, people, objects and even animals that are near a TV.

France repeals 75% tax on high income: France's Constitutional Council has annulled a 75% tax rate on income above 1mn euros due to be introduced in 2013, which has already forced a number of wealthy residents to leave the country.

Bolivia nationalizes Spanish-owned electrical utilities: It was the latest in a series of such seizures by the Bolivian government. Back in May Bolivias nationalized a subsidiary of another Spanish power group, Red Electrica Corporacion.

Executives at collapsed Iceland bank jailed for fraud: Two former executives at an Icelandic bank which collapsed in the 2008 financial meltdown were sentenced to jail on Friday for fraud which led to a 53 million euro loss, in the first major trial of Icelandic bankers linked to the crisis.

Ron Paul: Republicans And Democrats Pretend They're Fighting: Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) Joins CNBC's Money in Motion to discuss the impending fiscal cliff.

U.S. pending home sales hit 2-1/2 year high in November: Pending home sales were up 9.8 percent in the 12 months through November.

Warren Buffett: 'America Has Faced A Lot Tougher Problems Than This One': "The United States is richer than it's ever been. We have $50,000 or so of GDP per person. But we've overpromised and we've also undertaxed to some extent, so we find ourselves with this great fiscal imbalance

Dismal holiday sales belie talk of US “recovery”: US retail sales over the holiday shopping period grew at the slowest pace since the depths of the 2008 recession, according to a report released Tuesday by MasterCard Inc.’s SpendingPulse unit.

 

December 27, 2012

GOP and Feinstein Fulfill Obama's Demand for Renewed Warrantless Eavesdropping

By Glenn Greenwald

Obama successfully relied on Senate Republicans (the ones his supporters depict as the Root of All Evil) along with a dozen of the most militaristic Democrats to ensure that he can continue to eavesdrop on Americans without any warrants, transparency or real oversight.
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UN Envoy Calls for Interim Syria Government

By Al Jazeera

Lakhdar Brahimi urges "real change" in Damascus and for transitional leaders with full power until elections are held.
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Russia Warns of 'Bloody Chaos' in Syria

By Damien McElroy, Ruth Sherlock and Robert Tait


After five days of negotiations with the regime in Damascus, Mr Brahimi claimed to have the outlines of a power-sharing pact but his proposals were instantly rejected by the main opposition council.
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US Preparing for Military Invasion in Syria: Israel

By Press TV

A senior Israeli official says the United States is gearing up for a possible military intervention in Syria to prevent Syria's alleged chemical weapons from being used against civilians or falling into wrong hands.
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Are the Palestinians Ready to Share a State With Jordan?
President Abbas may be pursuing a confederation with Jordan


By Daoud Kuttab

Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that Abbas informed several PLO leaders "to be prepared for a new confederation project with Jordan and other parties in the international community,"
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Marwan Barghouti: If Occupation Continues, There will be Intifada

By PNN

Barghouti described Abbas as the most comfortable partner Israel could have, and said he had no choice but to go the United Nations General Assembly with the Palestinian statehood bid, otherwise "he would go home."
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Neocons Endorse Hagel?
Chuck Hagel Gets His Second Wind


By Robert Wright

Tom Friedman, in this morning's New York Times, endorses Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.
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Barf Alert!
Another US Senator Makes a Pilgrimage To Israel


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PM Netanyahu's meeting with Senator Elect Ted Cruz.
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The Illusion of Reality

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Abby Martin takes a look back at philosopher Plato's the 'Allegory of the Cave' and its application to today's society. Continue

FBI Monitored Occupy Wall Street and Treated the Movement as a Potential Terrorist Threat

By Democracy Now!

Counterterrorism agents were used to track Occupy activities despite the internal acknowledgment that the movement opposed violent tactics.
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America’s Frontier Mentality
On The Killing of Children and Others, Domestic and Foreign

By Lawrence Davidson

Too many Americans see themselves as exceptional: blessed by God, expert practitioners of free enterprise, and the people who really know what freedom and rights are all about.
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How an Astounding New Right-Wing Lie About the Economy Was Born

By Joshua Holland

Conservatives are being told that the United States is now spending vast fortunes combating poverty—more than we dedicate to national defense, Social Security and Medicare.
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The Only Way Left to Beat Republican Fanatics:
Call Their Bluff and Go Over the Cliff


By Robert Reich

The fanatics in the GOP have to be held accountable or they’ll continue to hold the nation hostage to their extremism.
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Those Laboring Days

By Linh Dinh

For some business owners, it may be too painful to admit the obvious. They will latch onto "recovery" even as they sink and their neighbors go belly up.
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Justice at Stake: Chief Theresa Spence Passes Day 15 of Hunger Strike

By Am Johal

The hunger strike by Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence goes on. There is little to be heard from the federal government or Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but a cowardly silence.
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Four Afghan police killed with 'insider' help: Four Afghan policemen were killed and two wounded on Thursday in an insurgent attack assisted by an insider loyal to the Taliban, officials said.

Taliban seize 22 Pakistani paramilitary fighters: At least 22 men were missing, two had been killed and one was injured after militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and rifles launched the overnight attacks, said Naveed Akbar, a regional official whose remit covers the Levies, or tribal force, units.

UN envoy, Russia call for revival of Syria plan: The plan was a non-starter for the opposition because it did not explicitly ban authoritarian President Bashar Assad and other members of his regime from taking part in the transitional leadership.

UN envoy, Russia call for revival of Syria plan: The plan was a non-starter for the opposition because it did not explicitly ban authoritarian President Bashar Assad and other members of his regime from taking part in the transitional leadership.

Syria Coalition: No solution with Assad: The statement categorically rejects any political solution brokered by Syria troubleshooter Lakhdar Brahimi that would keep President Bashar al-Assad in place until the end of his second term of office in 2014:

Turkey objects to transition with Assad: Ankara believes that joint United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi's US-Russian initiative for a transition in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad is not possible as the Syrian opposition rejects any compromise with the regime.

US preparing attack option in Syria, top minister implies: Moshe Ya’alon says Washington would interfere to keep chemical weapons from falling into ‘irresponsible hands,’ hails Israeli cooperation with Jordan

Turkey confirms Syria's Assad asked Venezuela for asylum: Venezuela's Foreign Ministry informed Turkish diplomats that claims that Assad sent a letter requesting asylum to the leader of the Latin American country, Hugo Chavez, are true.

Turkish Jets Pound PKK Bases in Northern Iraq: Eight F-16 fighter jets took off from Diyarbakir Airbase around 11:45 p.m. local time (2145 GMT) on Wednesday. They bombed PKK camps and targets in the Qandil and Zap regions of northern Iraq, English-language daily Today’s Zaman reported on Thursday

Erbil and Baghdad Reach Tentative Agreement on Troops Dispute: Erbil and Baghdad have reached a tentative agreement to resolve a tense dispute over troop deployments in Iraq’s northern disputed territories, Iraq’s acting defense minister said on Wednesday.

Keeping secret Tony Blair's war crimes is blocking the Iraq Inquiry: The Iraq Inquiry will not report before Autumn 2013, two years behind schedule, because the government won't release papers showing Tony Blair's Iraq war pact with George W Bush.

Iran: Nuclear agency can inspect Parchin if threats of Israeli attacks defused: In remarks carried by Iranian news agency, Deputy FM Ghashghavi lays down condition for IAEA access to military site where nuclear activity is suspected; Iran has so far said it is not legally obliged to expose non nuclear site to international inspectors.

In case you missed it: No concrete proof that Iran has or has had nuclear programme – UN atomic watchdog: Refuting a recent media report, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today reiterated that the body has no concrete proof that Iran has or has ever had a nuclear weapons programme.

Barghouti predicts he’ll be president of Palestine, says right of return is ‘sacred’: The former head of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah Tanzim militia, consistently polls as the most popular West Bank Palestinian leader, the TV report quoted him as saying that he bitterly opposed Abbas’s recent intimation of readiness to compromise on the right of return

Political discrimination in "democratic Israel": Haneen Zoabi's disqualification from standing as a candidate in Israel's general election in January has failed to stir controversy within the Western world, keen as it is to ensure the portrayal of Israel as "the only democracy in the Middle East".

Bahrain, a Brutal Ally: EARLIER this month, Aqeel Abdul Mohsen, 19, was shot in the face for protesting against Bahrain’s government. He was covered in blood, with the lower side of his face blown open, his jaw shattered, and a broken hand hanging awkwardly from his wrist. It’s one of those images that you wish you had never seen, and can never forget.

Libyan protesters shut down oil port: "They want the government to provide them with jobs and believe they can put pressure on the government by stalling oil-related companies," he said.

Central African rebels advance on capital: Leader of Central African Republic appeals for help securing city of Bangui, as UN pulls out non-essential staff.

Germany ‘exporting’ elderly to foreign retirement homes: Growing numbers of elderly and sick Germans are being sent overseas for long-term care in retirement and rehabilitation centres because of rising costs and falling standards in Germany.

Americans Want Stricter Gun Laws, Still Oppose Bans: Support for strengthening gun sale laws has surged 15 percentage points since 2011011

Americans pose with guns they were given as gifts despite wake of deadly shootings: Santa Claus came to town - and he was packing heat - as numerous Americans were seen on social networks posing in front of their Christmas trees with the same assault rifle used by the gunmen in three recent bloody killings.

Republicans Now 100 Percent AWOL From Fiscal Cliff Talks: John Boehner gave up on fiscal cliff negotiations after he was unable to get House Republicans to agree to any proposal at all, even one that he himself had crafted. The fate of the Republic, he said, was now in the Senate's hands. So how is Mitch McConnell handling things?

New taxes for Americans coming in 2013: A whole new slew of taxes are expected to be imposed starting January 1 to help pay for the health care plan, and that isn’t sitting pretty with some high-income households, or even the medical industry.

US mayors’ survey: Food insecurity, homelessness rising across the country: This month, the United States Conference of Mayors’ Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness released its yearly survey, which documented a sharp rise in the two social ills throughout the country.

December 26, 2012

Twin Swords Of Damocles Over The Heads Of All Humanity

By Francis A. Boyle

It is the Unlimited Imperialists along the lines of Alexander, Rome, Napoleon and Hitler who are now in charge of conducting American foreign policy.
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Good and Bad Terrorists in Syria

By Ismail Salami

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lashed out as "absolutely unacceptable" the West's support for the terrorists in Syria in his exclusive interview with Russia Today.
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Villagers Join al-Qaeda After Deadly US Strike

By Sudarsan Raghavan

Furious tribesmen tried to take the bodies to the gates of the presidential residence, forcing the government into the rare position of withdrawing its claim that militants had been killed.
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If We Policed The U.S. The Way We Do Afghanistan And Pakistan

By Jen Sorensen

I'd really like to see the response of drone-strike supporters if we tried taking out the dangerous criminals in their cities with remote-controlled aerial bombings.
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Obama's Gift to al-Qaida, Support for Tyranny, and FBI Monitoring of Dissent

By Glenn Greenwald

It is an extraordinary testament to the power of propaganda that - the same country that hugs and props up the Saudis, the Bahrainis, the Qataris, the Kuwaitis and so many others is committed to undermining tyranny and spreading freedom and democracy.
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Fooled Again
Six Weeks After Reelection, Obama Sells Out Liberal Democrats


By Ted Rall

Everything you needed to know about Barack Obama boils down to the fact that he voted nine times out of ten to fund the Iraq war, at the same time that he was giving speech after speech pretending to oppose it.
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Political Prisoners Languish in America's Gulag
OWS Activists Called Domestic Terrorists


By Stephen Lendman

Compromised civil liberties expanded government surveillance, eroded habeas rights, formalized military tribunals, permitted torture-extracted confessions, and sanctified violence in the name of national security.
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Hate Is A Force.
How We Can Heed The Warnings


By Michael N. Nagler

The wisest man I had the privilege of knowing in my life once said, “There is no nation, no matter how powerful, that cannot be destroyed by hate.”
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Free Santa
Troopers Arrest Santa Claus & Elf for Chalking Christmas Wishes At Capitol



By Occupy Austin

After wrestling Santa to the ground and placing handcuffs on him, State Troopers also arrested Corey Elf after he used sidewalk chalk to write “Free Santa.” Free Santa Solidarity Rally 6pm at Travis County Jail.
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Syrian army accuses armed rebels of massacring civilians in Hama: The Syrian army's general command said Tuesday that military units have confronted armed groups that attacked several towns in the central province of Hama and committed massacres against civilians.

Govt shelling kills 20 in northern Syria, including 8 children – activists (GRAPHIC VIDEO) - A video has appeared online, allegedly showing the aftermath of a shelling in Raqqa, a northern Syrian province. Activists claim that the graphic footage shows the bodies of the 20 victims of the attack, including eight children.

Assad sends key diplomat to Russia: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent a senior diplomat to Moscow on Wednesday to discuss proposals to end the conflict convulsing his country made by international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, Syrian and Lebanese sources said.

Senior Syrian official in US and co-operating with intelligence agencies: The Syrian government's former spokesman, Jihad Makdissi, is co-operating with US intelligence officials who helped him flee to Washington almost one month ago

Iran will not allow foreigners to decide Syria fate: Iran FM: Salehi said on Wednesday that Iran is taking careful measures to ensure the Syrian crisis will be resolved through a Syria-Syria solution.

Report: Netanyahu met Jordan king for secret talks on Syria chemical weapons: Journalist Jeffrey Goldberg reported in The Atlantic earlier this month that Israel has asked Jordan twice in the last two months for a green light to attack chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

Israeli press pushes WMD propaganda: : Report: Syria Converted Combat Aircraft to Drones with WMDs: A MiG-21 combat aircraft flown by a Syrian pilot who defected to Jordan in June was found to have been upgraded back in Syria to carry chemical weapons and to fly without a pilot, the Yisrael Hayom daily reported on Tuesday.

Netanyahu: Israel is preparing for dramatic changes in Syria: The PM told ministers at his weekly cabinet meeting that Israel is cooperating with the U.S. and international community ahead of the Assad regime's expected downfall.

Israel approves another 1,200 illegal settlement units around occupied Jerusalem: Plan brings total approvals to 5,500 in just over a week as right urges Binyamin Netanyahu to drop two-state solution pledge

Appoint Benyamin Netanyahu as Canadian PM!: An extreme Christian right cabinet has committed Canada to support Israel in such flagrant way that it would not be surprising that Netanyahu is appointed as Canada’s PM.

End the Siege of Gaza - Protest Rally Israeli Embassy London 1-3pm December 27 - Join us to protest against the continuing violence and siege against Palestinians living in Gaza and to commemorate the Israeli attack in November 2012 that killed over 160, many of them women and children

Yemen: 2 Army Officers among 16 killed: Gunmen on motorcycles fatally shot two Yemeni Army officers in the capital, Sana, on Tuesday, and clashes between the military and tribal fighters loyal to Al Qaeda killed at least 3 soldiers and 11 tribesmen in the northeast, officials said.

Thumbs Up Terror: Iran Rebels Get US Support: Video - On top of international sanctions and continuous cyber attacks, Iran could now be facing another hurdle. The U.S. and Canada have removed the notorious Iranian militant group, the M.E.K., from their official terror list.

Iran launchs naval war games: - Iran on Tuesday launched naval manoeuvres in the Gulf, and announced plans for another exercise in the strategic Strait of Hormuz later this week

Iraq Sunnis block trade routes in new protest: Tens of thousands of protesters gather in Anbar province to denounce allegedly sectarian policies of PM Nouri al-Maliki.

Iraqi Turkmens fear over rising violence: Iraqi Turkmens are worried that they could suffer the most amid increasing violence between the central government and Kurdish administration in the north, according to a senior Turkmen politician.

United Arab Emirates 'arrests members of terror cell': Those detained were reportedly both UAE and Saudi nationals and were members of what was termed a "deviant group". The phrase "deviant group" is often used by authorities in Saudi Arabia to describe al-Qaeda members.

Pakistan; 21 killed in Karachi: At least twenty-one people, including six guards of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) central spokesmen, were killed in unabated wave of sectarian and targeted violence in the metropolis on Tuesday.

Osama bin Laden paid bribe for permit to build Pakistan hideout: Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden bribed a Pakistani land registrar to allow the construction of the fortified compound where he was killed by the US special forces last year, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Three Afghans killed in suicide attack on US base: A suicide car bombing at a US military base near a flashpoint city in eastern Afghanistan killed at least three Afghans and and wounded seven others on Wednesday, officials said.

Russian parliament approves ban on American adoptions: A bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children went to President Vladimir Putin for his signature on Wednesday after winning final approval from parliament in retaliation for a U.S. law that targets Russian human rights abusers.

China opens world's longest high-speed rail route: The first bullet train left Beijing on Wednesday morning. Trains will initially travel at 300km/h (187mph), more than halving travel time. The 2,298km route will have 35 stops.

Mexican politicians are tied to organized crime: Catholic bishop : How, Vera asked, can Mexicans follow leaders "who are the ones who have let organized crime grow, who have let criminals do what they do unpunished, because there's no justice in this country!"

Indigenous-Led Protests Sweep Canada for Native Sovereignty and Environmental Justice: A new campaign for indigenous rights and environmental justice is spreading across Canada. The "Idle No More" movement began as a series of protests against a controversial government budget bill, but has since expanded into a nationwide movement for political transformation.

New Report Finds That West Antarctica Is Warming at an Alarming Rate: In a region where melting could contribute *10 feet* of global sea-level rise, new measurements show temperatures ticking up twice as fast as previously thought.

Sen. Boxer proposes deploying National Guard at schools: Federal funds would be made available to deploy National Guard troops at schools under legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in response to last week’s mass slaying at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

December 25, 2012

Growing The Empire
US Deploying Troops To 35 African Countries

By Russia Today

the Department of Defense is hoping to install American soldiers overseas in order to prepare local troops there for any future crises as tensions escalate. Continue

Chuck Hagel and the Trial-Balloon Method

By David Bromwich

Obama now will nominate Michčle Flournoy as defense secretary. Flournoy worked in harmony with Gates as his undersecretary for policy, and nobody will oppose her. Also, Obama will be praised for giving us the first female secretary of defense. Continue

American Pro-Israel Groups Warm Up to Kerry as Top Diplomat

By Ron Kampeas

Organizations, leaders and congregations like idea of man with Jewish roots as secretary of state. Continue

Enriching Big Oil and Coal
U.S. Energy Independence is a Sham


By Joshua Frank

Profiteers market their destructive endeavors to normal Americans — as a means of energy independence and national security. Continue

U.S. Government Redistributes Wealth… to the Rich

By Matt Bewig

Nearly 13,000 registered lobbyists reported $3.3 billion in fees last year. Continue

Happy Christmas - War Is Over

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13 Killed in Clashes in Afghanistan: Eight "Taliban insurgents" were killed and 18 others were injured in a joint Afghan-Nato operations in eastern Laghman province on Monday. Two Afghan policemen were also killed in the operations, officials said.

12 killed in attacks on churches in Nigeria: At least 12 people died in northern Nigeria when attackers raided two churches during Christmas Eve services, police said.

17 killed as Yemen army, tribesmen clash: YEMEN'S army has launched an offensive against tribesmen suspected of repeatedly sabotaging an oil pipeline in the country's east, sparking clashes that left 17 people dead, tribal sources say.

Obama regime kills 5 people in Yemen: : At least five people were killed in two drone strikes in south Yemen on Monday in what security and local officials said were attacks on suspected Al Qaida-linked insurgents

When U.S. drones kill civilians, Yemen’s government tries to conceal it: A rickety Toyota truck packed with 14 people rumbled down a desert road from the town of Radda, which al-Qaeda militants once controlled. Suddenly a missile hurtled from the sky and flipped the vehicle over. Then, a second missile struck. 11 of the passengers were dead, including a woman and her 7-year-old daughter. A 12-year-old boy also perished that day, and another man later died from his wounds.

U.S. drone strategy in Yemen is fraught with peril: Washington risks being drawn into internal conflicts and becoming increasingly despised in the Arab world's poorest nation.

Turkey kills 13 PKK militants: Thirteen alledged militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in the Hatay and Osmaniye provinces as a result of a special operation conducted by Turkish Security Forces, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Iraq: Three policemen killed in Samarra. : -Three members of federal police killed today in an armed attack carried out on a polling center in Alhadi district amid of Samarra the second largest city in Salahuddin province.

13 Killed in Clashes in Afghanistan: Eight "Taliban insurgents" were killed and 18 others were injured in a joint Afghan-Nato operations in eastern Laghman province on Monday. Two Afghan policemen were also killed in the operations, officials said.

12 killed in attacks on churches in Nigeria: At least 12 people died in northern Nigeria when attackers raided two churches during Christmas Eve services, police said.

U.S. Officials Doubt Syrian Rebels’ Chemical Attack Claim: Opposition activists in Syria are claiming that the embattled regime of Bashar Assad gassed rebel forces in the battleground city of Homs on Sunday. U.S. officials tell Danger Room that they are skeptical about the rebels’ chemical weapon claims, however.

Thousands of Syrians leave Jordan for the front lines: "Now, Jordan has become our number one source of manpower," said Abu Hani Darawi, a Free Syrian Army coordinator whose battalions in Daraa have received the bulk of the returnees from Jordan.

New wave of Syrian refugees flee to Turkey: Hundreds cross border after government intensifies bombardments in rebel-held areas of Hama province.

Syrian Christians say it's not safe to celebrate Christmas: Christmas was just days away when Mira begged her parents to flee their hometown of Aleppo, which has become a major battleground in Syria's civil war. Her parents refused to join her in Lebanon. For the first time, her parents will not put up a Christmas tree this year for fear their religion might make them a target.

Egypt constitution passes with 63.8% in referendum: According to official results announced Tuesday, 32.9% of voters participated.

Act of war: Iranian industrial sites hit by computer virus: An internet virus has attacked computers at industrial sites in southern Iran in an apparent extension of a covert cyberwar that initially targeted the country's nuclear facilities, an Iranian official has said.

Israel approves another 1,200 illegal "settlement" units around occupied Jerusalem: Plan brings total approvals to 5,500 in just over a week as right urges Binyamin Netanyahu to drop two-state solution pledge.

Israel endorses first university in occupied West Bank: Decision to grant college in Jewish settlement near Nablus university status condemned by Palestinian officials.

Netanyahu Lead Narrows in Israel Poll as Jewish Home Party Gains: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-Beitenu party saw its lead trimmed in the latest poll by the Haaretz daily, as the Jewish Home faction, which supports building illegal West Bank settlements, gained.

Netanyahu's Christmas message: More anti-Muslim public diplomacy: Video - Prime Minister radicalizes traditional holiday greeting on YouTube, suggests that Christians in the Middle East are under existential threat.

Fears over Egypt's devaluing currency leads to dollar rush ahead of final results on charter: As Egypt prepared to release official results of the divisive constitutional referendum on Tuesday, the country edged deeper into economic crisis with some worried residents hoarding dollars for fear that the local currency could weaken significantly.

Thirteen killed in Mexico 'gang shootout': Police information points to two groups who may be responsible for the violence, the Templar Gentlemen and the New Generation Cartel of Jalisco.

January 24, 2012

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The Rape of Syria

By Pepe Escobar

That is disaster capitalism in action, phase I; the terrain is already prepared for a profitable "reconstruction" of Syria once a pliable, pro-Western turbo-capitalism government is installed.
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‘We Are Not in the Business of Regime Change’ Russian Foreign Minister

Video - Interview With Sergey Lavrov

Western governments have begun distinguishing between “bad terrorists and acceptable terrorists” on the ground in Syria, refusing to condemn acts of terror there.
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The Real Obstacles to Successful Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

There’s never any examination of what drives American politics to demonize countries like the Islamic Republic of Iran… The issue is something here; it’s about domestic politics here.
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AIPAC Owns Congress
US House Urges Obama to Close PLO Office as Punishment for UN Vote

By JTA

Letter signed by more than half of U.S. House of Representatives also calls for defunding of UN-affiliated organizations that similarly enhance PLO membership.
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The Terror Lurking in a Christmas Tree
Israel Tries to Ban Non-Jewish Celebrations


By Jonathan Cook

There is plenty of religious intolerance verging on hatred being quietly exercised against non-Jews, mostly behind the scenes so as not to disturb Israel’s “Jewish and democratic” image.
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The Greatest Gift For All

By Paul Craig Roberts

Be we religious or be we not, our celebration of Christ’s birthday celebrates a religion that made us masters of our souls and of our political life on Earth.
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Jihadists kill 30 people, take large part of Syria Alawite village: activists say: : Jihadists overran large parts of an Alawite village in the central Syrian province of Hama on Monday in fighting that killed at least 30 combatants, a monitoring group said.

Syria: Several killed by Homs gas attack: Pro reber activists say: Activists in Homs claim Syrian government forces used poisonous gas on a rebel-held neighbourhood, killing several people on Monday.

Chemical war of words: Syrian govt, rebels trade accusations: Though Moscow maintains that Syria’s chemical weapons are secure, new rumors have recently swept international media: Syrian rebels and government forces have accused each other of using nerve agents that led to fatalities, unconfirmed reports said.

Syrian peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in talks with Assad: President Assad expressed support for "any effort in the interest of the Syrian people which preserves the homeland's sovereignty and independence", the state-run Sana news agency reports.

Russian military presence in Syria poses challenge to US-led intervention: Advisers deployed with surface-to-air systems bolster President Assad's defences and complicate outcome of any future strikes.

Obama regime kills two alledged militants in southern Yemen: officials: At least two alledged militants were killed on Monday in what security and local officials said was a U.S. drone strike on a suspected position of al-Qaeda-linked insurgents in southern Yemen.

Iraqi protesters block road to Jordan and Syria: Protesters have flocked to the streets in recent days in the western Sunni heartland. They say Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has marginalized them, and that anti terrorism laws are being used unfairly against Sunnis.

‘I don't care what the UN says!’ Netanyahu vows to continue illegal settlement activity: The Israeli prime minister has vowed to continue building settlements in the “Israeli capital of Jerusalem,” defying near-unanimous international criticism of the illegal activity in retaliation for Palestine's upgraded UN status.

Iran warns citizens to avoid US travel: Iran has issued a travel warning to its citizens against visiting the United States, an official said, after the death of an Iranian national reportedly following a grilling by US customs officials.

Afghanistan: Five killed in separate security incidents: Five people were killed two separate security incidents in eastern Nangarhar and northern Faryab provinces, officials said on Sunday.

Local Cop Kills 5 Colleagues: In northern Afghanistan, a local police officer in Jowjzan Province shot dead five of his colleagues.: Provincial Police chief Abdullah Aziz Ghairat told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that the officer fled and turned himself over to Taliban fighters. A Taliban spokesman confirmed the officer's defection.

Afghan policewoman kills US adviser: police: The killing of the American, who worked as a contractor with the NATO command, was the first known insider attack by a woman in Afghanistan.

Taliban not demanding Afghan power monopoly: "We are not looking to monopolize power. We want an all-Afghan inclusive government," the speech said. It was delivered by two Taliban officials, Mawlawi Shahbuddin Dilawar and Muhammad Naeem during the conference on Thursday and Friday.

Jihadists kill 30 people, take large part of Syria Alawite village: activists say: : Jihadists overran large parts of an Alawite village in the central Syrian province of Hama on Monday in fighting that killed at least 30 combatants, a monitoring group said.

Egyptian judges review ballot on divisive constitution: Egyptian judges were investigating opposition accusations of voting irregularities on Monday before declaring the result of a referendum set to show that a contentious new constitution has been approved.

Mali: Armed Intervention in Mali Risks Worsening the Crisis: Amnesty: The UN Security Council's approval of armed intervention into Mali risks worsening the human rights and humanitarian crisis in the north, Amnesty International said today.

Two firefighters shot dead in New York state: Two firefighters have been shot dead and two others wounded in New York state when a gunman opened fire as the emergency personnel responded to a Christmas Eve blaze, police said.

Dr. Cornel West Says President Obama, Politicians Are ‘Cowards’ for Lack of Response to Gun Violence In the Black Community: Community leaders in Chicago have been asking the White House to create stricter gun laws for decades in response to the staggering number of African American children who have been killed via gun shot wound, but no one responded to their requests.

December 23, 2012

Resisting Genocide: Syria, North Korea, and Cuba

By Gearóid Ó Colmáin

As NATO and Gulf Co-operation Council terrorists persist in their attempt to destroy the Syrian Arab Republic with car bombs, torture, beheadings and mayhem, the Syrian state has still shown no evidence of imminent collapse.
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Imperial Warrior Kerry at State

By Stephen Lendman

US foreign policy isn't pretty. Permanent global wars reflect its harshness. Kerry won't change things.
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The Ultimate Logic of a Society Built on Mass Murder

By Glen Ford

It’s not a sudden madness, but a long history of mass murder come full circle.
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An Open Letter To All Americans: Shame On You!

By Jim Taylor

Does anyone seriously believe that James Madison intended to ensure Adam Lanza’s right to fire hundreds of rounds into huddled six- and seven-year-old schoolchildren?
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Putting Faith On Trial
Is Religon a Force For Good Or Evil?

Interview with renowned atheist Richard Dawkins

Why if god does not exist, is religion so persistent?
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Govt airstrike kills dozens in central Syria – activists: The account is supported by an amateur video released on YouTube which shows dozens of dead or wounded people in the rubble of what the off camera narrator says was a bakery. The footage also depicts men carrying victims out of a bombed one-story block, and a crater in the road beside it.

Fact or fiction? Syria militants use chemical weapons against Syrian forces: Report: According to a commander of the Syrian Presidential Guard, at least seven Syrian soldiers were killed on Saturday after they were attacked by a chemical weapon which produced a toxic yellow gas.

Syria acting to safeguard chemical weapons, says Russia: Syria has acted to consolidate its chemical weapons into "one or two" places to prevent rebels capturing them, Russia's foreign minister says.

Syria: Iraq 2.0, another false-flag invasion, rated XXX: Op-Ed: The US and NATO are set to invade Syria, something many of us have been warning about for a while now. It has been obvious that they have been looking for a pretext and that pretext has already been injected into the public debate. That pretext: chemical weapons,

UN envoy Brahimi arrives in Damascus: Lakhdar Brahimi is hoping to "achieve a breakthrough", to broker a solution that would lead to a consensus transitional government with full authority, diplomatic sources told Al Jazeera on Sunday.

In Hezbollah stronghold, Lebanese Christians find respect, stability: In a Christian home in a Shiite suburb of Beirut, images of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah share mantel and wall space with the Virgin Mary.

Iraq bombs - 4 killed: Three separate bomb attacks killed a member of the Kurdish peshmerga security forces and three construction workers in Iraq on Sunday, officers and doctors said.

Exxon oil deal linked to looming civil war in Iraq: - With their opposing armies massed on either side of the contested border dividing southern and northern Iraq, leaders in Baghdad and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region are warning they are close to civil war -- one that could be triggered by Exxon Mobil.

Iran 'has mostly overcome sanction challenges': Western sanctions on Iran's shipping and energy sectors caused serious problems for its oil industry earlier this year but Iran has mostly overcome those challenges, Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi was quoted as saying on Sunday.

'PA won't allow (illegal) E1 "settlement" project to happen': The Palestinian Authority will not allow Israeli plans to build in the occupied E1 area of Jerusalem to be realized, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa. Abbas said the building plans are “a red line and we will not allow it to happen.”

Netanyahu warns Hamas: We’re not finished with you yet: IDF preparing to hit Islamists ‘with a still heavier blow,’ PM says in pre-election interviews; also hails his government’s economic successes, says ties with US are strong.

Netanyahu lauds Kerry nomination for US secretary of state job: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday welcomed the appointment of his personal friend John Kerry as US secretary of state and described him as "a known supporter of Israel's security".

South Africa’s African National Congress Endorses Israel Boycott: South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, voted to make boycotts, divestment and sanctions of Israel part of its official policy.

Israel to join NATO activities amidst Turkey tension: Israel has received approval to participate in NATO activities in 2013 that had been held up amid tensions with Turkey, Israeli officials told The Jerusalem Post.

Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for suicide bomb that killed senior minister: Mr Bilour was long on the target list of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella organisation of the Pakistani militant groups, and survived at least two previous assassination attacks.

Pakistan mob burns man for 'blasphemy': Police say man beaten to death and set on fire for apparently desecrating Islam's holy book, Quran.

Grotesque: Prince Harry kills Taliban commander in Afghanistan: reports: Prince Harry who is an RAF helicopter pilot deployed in Afghanistan, has killed a Taliban leader in an airstrike, notching up his first 'kill', British media reported today.

Muslim Brotherhood claims victory in Egypt constitution vote amid fraud allegations: Egypt's new Sharia-based constitution has been approved in a second round of voting, the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party said. The country's opposition leveled accusations of fraud, saying it will appeal the referendum results.

Thousands protest in Bahrain seeking PM’s ouster: Thousands of Shiite protesters in Bahrain Saturday demanded a transition government and the removal of Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, who has been premier since 1974, witnesses said.

US to deploy newest weapons to Asia-Pacific: The Pentagon will send P-8 submarine-hunting aircraft, cruise missiles, Virginia-class submarines, coastal combat ships and F-35 fighter jets to Asian ports and bases in coming years, the senior official told reporters

Mosque Arsonist: Fox News Made Me Do It!: An Indiana man who pleaded guilty yesterday to setting an Ohio mosque on fire told a judge he was motivated by media accounts – specifically those on Fox News – suggesting Muslims were threatening Americans and were in control of parts of the federal government.

Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons: Reuters reporters went to gun shows in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, and found long lines to get in the door, crowds around the dealer booths, a rush to buy assault weapons even at higher prices and some dealers selling out.

'Gee Dad ... A Winchester!' Marketing Guns to the American Youth of Yore: Gunmakers in the US used to advertise their deadly products directly to teenage boys, marketing them as the perfect Christmas present. And if the wife resisted, Winchester had the answer.

UK: Banking: thousands of customers switch their accounts out of the big five: Consumers are deserting major high-street banks in unprecedented numbers after a slew of revelations about unethical behaviour, according to data from the Move Your Money campaign.

Christmas food handouts double as millions face 'financial precipice': The number of people who will turn to food banks for sustenance is expected to double this Christmas, as a new report warns that millions more families face a financial "precipice" due to high personal debts, flatlining wages and future interest rate rises.

American Dream Fades for Generation Y Professionals: Generation Y professionals entering the workforce are finding careers that once were gateways to high pay and upwardly mobile lives turning into detours and dead ends. Average incomes for individuals ages 25 to 34 have fallen 8 percent, double the adult population’s total drop, since the recession began in December 2007.e from Google merges offline consumer info with online intelligence, allowing advertisers to target users based on what they do at the keyboard and at the mall.

December 22, 2012

Fact Or Fiction?
US and Russia Back Bid to Find End to Syrian War


By Alex Spillius, Damien McElroy

The United States and Russia have backed a final bid to find a political solution to Syria's civil war, as Moscow said it was prepared to accept President Bashar al-Assad's departure.
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Syria: Religious Police Patrol Aleppo’s Countryside

By Basel Dayoub

Syrian rebels are deploying a religious police force to enforce new laws, such as barring women from driving and making prayer compulsory.
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US Senate approves $211 million for Israel

By AP

Legislation tightens sanctions on Iran and authorizes nearly $480 million for US-Israeli missile defense.
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Chuck Hagel and the Ghost of AIPAC Past

By Marsha B. Cohen

AIPAC’s rebranding of itself as “America’s pro-Israel lobby” instead of  the “Jewish lobby” is also relatively recent.
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British Citizen Kidnapped By US Reappears in New York Court

By Alice K Ross

‘It seems the US disappeared Mahdi Hashi for the past several months and rendered him to New York. The British government also needs to explain its involvement in this case.’
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'Abomination': Rand Paul slams NDAA as bill passes US Senate

By RT

"They want the ability to hold American citizens without trial in our country."
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The Torture Chronicle

By Philip Giraldi

The bipartisan willingness to avoid confrontation over possible war crimes makes the recently completed 6,000 page long Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture an extraordinary document.
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Torture, Torture Everywhere

By Andy Worthington

Without accountability, the toxic virus of torture in America’s body politic will continue to infect the whole country with its poison. It is time for the denial to end.
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UK Acknowledges Torture: Pays Out Millions to Iraqi Victims

By Ian Cobain

British military say that more than 700 further individuals are likely to make claims next year..
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I Quit Murdering People on November 17, 2012.

By Pawnstorm

I'm no longer drone bombing wedding parties in Pakistan. I'm no longer killing the Afghani people.
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Criminal Cowardice
Matt Taibbi: 'Even People On Wall Street Were Blown Away By The Result'

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"If the law doesn’t apply equally to everybody, then you don’t really have a system of law.
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Unemployment and Poverty in America:
75 Economic Numbers From 2012 that are Almost too Crazy to Believe…


By The Economic Collapse Blog

Most Americans still tend to doubt that we are heading into economic oblivion.
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At least 9 killed, scores injured in Pakistan suicide bombing: Senior Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour passed away in hospital after getting critically injured in his chest and stomach, local media quote hospital officials as saying. Bilour's personal secretary and a police chief were also killed in the blast.

Obama regime kills four people in Pakistan: At least four suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike on Friday afternoon in North Waziristan Agency.

High court rejects first UK challenge to CIA’s drone campaign: The case was brought by Noor Khan, a Pakistani national whose father was killed in a drone strike in March 2011. The strike, which killed over 40 people, mostly civilians who had gathered to resolve a mining dispute, is one of the bloodiest on record. Khan has also launched court action against drone strikes in Pakistan.

5 killed, dozens injured in Damascus cam bomb attack: The district is next to the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, which was taken over by rebels this week.

Syrian TV cameraman assassinated outside Damascus by 'armed groups’: A cameraman working for Syrian state TV was killed in front of his house in a west Damascus neighborhood, state news agency SANA said. The assassination of yet another Syrian TV employee was reportedly carried out by an “armed terrorist group.”

Rebels threaten to storm 2 Syrian Christian towns: Rebels have threated to storm two predominantly Christian towns in central Syria if residents do not "evict" government troops they say are using the towns as a base to attack nearby areas.

Russia won't try to persuade Syria's Assad to quit: Lavrov: Russia refuses to act as an intermediary trying to talk Syrian President Bashar al-Assad into fleeing, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments released on Friday.

McCain presses White House nominee Kerry on Syrian no-fly zones: Minutes before the White House officially named Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as its pick to replace outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the No. 2 member on the Senate Armed Services Committee pressed the nominee on possible U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war.

Former CIA Officials: US and Israel Behind New Batchwiper Malware Found in Iran: US and Israel named as being behind the new data-wiping malware found in Iran Enlarge picture - US and Israel named as being behind the new data-wiping malware found in Iran

Netanyahu: What the UN says doesn't interest me: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a television interview Saturday night that he is not interested in what the UN has to say about illegal settlement construction, which intensified in the East Jerusalem area this month.

Israel: Police Backtrack on Trying ‘Settlers’ for Anti-Arab Attacks: Police arrested three “settlers” for arson, but have now backtracked and are recommending that the men not face trial at this time.

Bombing kills 4, wounds 11 in Iraq: An explosion at a shop selling CDs killed 4 people in a town northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday.

Britain: Doctor Stripped of License Over Murder of Iraqi: A British doctor was stripped of his medical license on Friday for misconduct and dishonesty over the death of an Iraqi man who was beaten and killed while in the custody of British soldiers.

UN peacekeeper opens fire on comrades in Darfur, 4 killed: UN peacekeepers killedA peacekeeper serving with the joint U.N.-African Union force in Darfur opened fire on fellow peacekeepers, killing four and injuring one, the United Nations said Friday.

Mali new prey to West imperialist quest: Op-Ed: The UN Security Council approval this week of a French-led resolution for military intervention in Africa’s vast Sahel region signaled the Western imperialist powers’ laying down a new incendiary marker.

Twenty-four killed in Mexican prison riot: The death of 24 people in the course of an escape attempt at a Mexican prison shines a light on the deterioration of Mexican society during the drug war.

72 Kidnappings In Mexico Per Day, Council for Law and Human Rights Says: An average of 72 people were kidnapped daily this year in Mexico, often times in incidents unrelated to the country’s drug war, according to a Mexican nongovernmental organization.

Zapatista rebel backers march in southern Mexico: Thousands of supporters of the leftist, indigenous Zapatista movement have marched in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas to commemorate a 1997 mass killing

Two killed in supermarkets looting in Argentina: Government officials condemned the violence and deployed 400 military police to the southern city. Similar unrest broke out in the central city of Rosario and in several parts of the urban sprawl that surrounds the capital Buenos Aires early on Friday.

2 suicide bombers target telecoms facilities in north Nigeria city, causing partial blackout: Authorities blame a radical Islamist sect for twin suicide car bombings targeting two major mobile phone companies, an official said Saturday, blacking out a top operator’s network in most of Nigeria’s northern commercial hub.

British involvement results in rendition of Mahdi Hashi to the US: On 21 December 2012, the FBI released a statement that Mahdi Hashi and two others had been charged in Brooklyn, New York and face life in prison.

Protesters clash with police in Indian capital over brutal gang-rape (VIDEO, PHOTOS): Indian police fired tear gas, batons and water cannons against protesters in the capital New Delhi as thousands demanded the death penalty for five men who raped a 23-year-old student. Some of the demonstrators sustained injuries.

British involvement results in rendition of Mahdi Hashi to the US: On 21 December 2012, the FBI released a statement that Mahdi Hashi and two others had been charged in Brooklyn, New York and face life in prison.

Making guns in your garage: how 3D printers will revolutionise the manufacture of deadly weapons : In the very near future, someone will be killed with a gun not bought from a dealer or a dodgy bloke in a pub, but printed at home in metal and plastic with a 3D printer.

Number of US Veterans Who Die Waiting for Benefits Claims Skyrockets: Last year the agency paid $437 million in retroactive benefits to the survivors of nearly 19,500 veterans who died waiting.

Hunger and homelessness rise in the US: Homelessness and poverty is on the rise, with 84 percent of US cities reporting that requests for emergency food assistance increased in 2012. Of those seeking emergency food, 51 percent were families and 37 were employed.

Google starts watching what you do off the Internet too: The most powerful company on the Internet just got a whole lot creepier: a new servic

December 21, 2012

House Approves Bill Authorizing $633 Billion in War Spending

By David Alexander Reuters

The Republican-controlled House approved the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 315-107. Continue

U.S. Supported Syria Rebels Shoot at Civilian Passanger Plane

By Reuters

"We wanted to send a message to the regime that all their planes - military and civilian - are within our reach."
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UN Admits Syria Wracked by Sectarian Civil War: Report

By Chris Marsden

The report is a devastating indictment of the United States and other western powers, who have worked with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to depose of Bashar al-Assad by recruiting and aiding a Sunni insurgency overwhelmingly made up of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, Salafist and Al Qaeda-style groups.
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Obama Nominates Kerry to be Secretary of State
 John Kerry: Strengthening Israel’s security
 
 By The Jewish Journal
 
John Kerry has been at the forefront of the fight for Israel’s security during his nineteen years in the US Senate. His pro-Israel voting record is second to none.
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Why The Washington Post Killed The Story Of
Murdoch’s Bid To Buy The US Presidency


By Jonathan Cook

“The Murdoch story – his corruption of essential democratic institutions on both sides of the Atlantic – is one of the most important and far-reaching political/cultural stories of the past 30 years, an ongoing tale without equal.”
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NRA Wants Guns in Every School
Anti-gun Protests Interrupt NRA Event


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NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre's remarks at a Friday morning press conference were upstaged by a man holding up a red fabric sign, on which it was painted in white letters, "NRA killing our kids."
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"Americans Kill People":Michael Moore

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"I really believe that even if we had better gun control laws and better mental health, that we would still be the sort of sick and twisted, violent people that we’ve been for hundreds of years, that it’s something that’s just in our craw, just in our DNA."
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Forecast: 13.1% Of US Workers To Be Jobless in 2013

By David Walsh

This figure for 2011 contrasts sharply with the official annual jobless rate of 8.9 percent.
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Fighting Kills 39 People in Kenya: 39 people, many of them children, were killed and scores of others were seriously injured on Friday in renewed attacks along the coastal Tana River delta, Kenyan police officials said.

Four die after Benghazi protest turns violent: Four people were killed on Thursday when a protest outside a base for security forces in eastern Libya turned violent less than a week after suspected militants killed four policemen at the same compound.

Blackwater Wins the Battle of Benghazi: U.S. embassy security in the post-Benghazi era is shaping up to be a financial bonanza for security contractors.

AFRICOM announces it will have rapid reaction force: . In response to a question during a recent speech at George Washington University, AFRICOM boss Gen. Carter Ham said his command is now outfitted with a new capability.

4 killed after UN helicopter shot down in South Sudan: South Sudan's armed forces shot down a U.N. helicopter on Friday and all four crew on board died, the United Nations said.

UN approves military force to combat Islamist terrorists in Mali: The UN Security Council has given the green light for the use of military force to combat Islamist terrorists in northern Mali. The Council said that the 3,300 troops will use "all necessary measures" to pacify the northern territories

Rebels in Central African Republic take 7th town: Rebels in Central African Republic seized another town in their rapid offensive Thursday, residents said, moving to within about 400 kilometers (250 miles) of the capital as the rebels said they were ready for negotiations with the government.

Violence erupts at rally in Egypt: An Islamic rally outside a mosque in Alexandria, Egypt, turned violent Friday and police used tear gas to break up rival groups. Some people were injured.

11 killed near Pak-Iran border: At least eleven people have been killed near Pakistan-Iran border in Balochistan’s Gawadar district while trying to illegally cross into neighbouring Iran in two vehicles , Geo News reported Saturday.

US Kills 4 People in Pakistan : A house was targeted in the Hisukhel area of Mir Ali -- about 15.5 miles east of Miramshah, the main town in North Waziristan, Dawn News reported.

Revealed: U.S. carried out 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan this year alone: The United States carried out more drone strikes in Afghanistan this year than it has done in all the years put together in Pakistan since it launched the covert air war there eight years ago, it has been revealed.

Insider attacks and public rejection, these are the reasons the UK is withdrawing from Afghanistan: Op-Ed: An Afghanistan veteran who refused a second tour says maybe now our politicians can accept this war is lost - and its cost, as ever, too high

US Marine reduced to lower rank and fined for urinating on dead Afghans: Staff Sgt Joseph W. Chamblin pleaded guilty to charges of wrongful desecration, failure to properly supervise junior Marines and posing for photographs with battlefield casualties.

Iraqi army kill Al-Qaeda''s . Baghdad commander: The Iraqi army killed Al-Qaeda commander in southern Baghdad in an operation carried out in the city of Mosul, northern Iraq, a military officer said Friday.

Iraqi finance minister’s guards arrested for ‘terrorism’: Nine of the Iraqi finance minister’s guards are being held on terrorism charges, a judicial spokesman said yesterday, after the minister demanded the premier’s resignation following their arrest.

Reports Calls Conflict in Syria Mostly Sectarian: A report released by a committee from the United Nations Human Rights Council claims that the conflict has spun so far out of control since March 2011 that it is now "overtly sectarian in nature."

Syrian rebel infighting could take dangerous turn if Assad falls: If President Bashar al-Assad falls and the disparate Syrian opposition groups lose their common enemy, their ranks will likely fracture – perhaps violently.

Amman warns: Jihadists hijacking Syria revolution, may target Israel, Jordan next: In Jordan there has been heavy criticism of another neighbor of Syria - Turkey, which has allowed fanatics to accumulate strength and ammunition at the expense of moderate and secular rebel groups.

Syrian rebels denounce peace initiative: Syria's main opposition group denounced on Friday an Iranian peace initiative for the war-torn country as a last-ditch bid save the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Iran’s six-point plan to help resolve the Syrian crisis: Iran's proposed plan calls for an immediate end to violence and a start of the national dialogue.: The third step is to create a reconciliation government and provide humanitarian aid to the people of Syria. The next step is releasing prisoners, who have not committed a crime against Syrians. And the final point is to allow media's full access to Syria.

Britain gives more aid to Syrians, might arm opposition: official: UK’s assistance to Syria so far has been non-lethal but it is pushing for a relaxation of an EU arms embargo that could allow for weapons to be sent to opposition groups in Syria.

Anti-Nato protest marches in fear of turning 'Turkey into a battlefield': "The occupation by murderous Nato has started," the Union of Turkish Youths (TGB), the youth arm of the nationalist Workers' Party, a small Turkish party, said.

Palestinian refugees reclaim Syrian camp: Palestinian refugees streamed back into their camp in Damascus on Friday after a reported deal to keep it out of Syria's conflict, following fierce clashes earlier this week.

Five Palestinians wounded by IDF in occupied Gaza : Israel Occupation Force troops patrolling the fence with the Gaza strip on Friday shot and wounded five Palestinians who were in an area on the Gaza side which Israel deems off limits, the IDF and Gaza medics said.

Palestinian officials say they plan to isolate Israel: A number of Palestinian officials say they are planning to take tough steps including filing war crimes charges against Israeli officials, staging West Bank demonstrations, and encouraging sanctions after elections in January.

66% of Israelis oppose Palestinian state in occupied W. Bank: poll: Just over half -- or 51 percent -- said they would support building new illegal settler homes in a highly sensitive area of the West Bank called E1, which lies between occupied east Jerusalem and the nearby Maaleh Adumim settlement.

AIPAC Wins: Obama nominates John Kerry as next secretary of state: Massachusetts senator to replace outgoing Hillary Clinton as head of State Department

U.S. House approves sweeping $633 billion defense war spending bill: The bill also stripped out an amendment sponsored by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein and Republican Mike Lee that was designed to limit the president’s power to indefinitely detain US citizens as terror suspects.

Russia: Duma gives first nod on foreign property ban for state officials and their families: Russia’s Lower House approved the first reading of a bill that forbids a broad circle of civil servants and state officials as well as their spouses and underage children to own property abroad.

Public fury over New Delhi gang rape sparks protest across India:" The 23-year-old woman is battling for her life in hospital after she was beaten, gang-raped for almost an hour and thrown out of a moving bus on a busy street of the capital last Sunday.

Facebook to sell access to your inbox for a dollar at a time: The social networking website has introduced a fee, believed to be $1, to guarantee that messages are routed to a recipient's 'inbox' and not their 'other' folder, where they are likely to be ignored.

Millions Face a Hit if Fix for Minimum Tax Fails to Pass: Buried within the mass of tax and spending provisions known as the fiscal cliff is a problem that could cause grief for taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service.

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