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February 01, 2013

Syria Warns Israel of 'Surprise' Retaliation

By Al Jazeera

Syria has threatened to retaliate for an Israeli air attack while its ally Iran says there will be repercussions for Israel over the attack.

Israeli Attack: Desperate Bid to Save Failed Syrian Campaign

By Tony Cartalucci

For Syria and its allies - the goal now must be to deter further Israeli aggression and avoid wider conflict at all costs.

Chuck Hagel to Ensure Israel's Qualitative Military Edge

By Reuters, The Associated Press and Haaretz

Chuck Hagel, told a skeptical Senate panel considering his nomination that he backs U.S. policy of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and supports a strong Israeli military.

Chameleon Chuck: How Hagel’s Views Have Changed

By Eli Lake

They say there are no atheists in foxholes, and while the Senate Armed Services Committee is hardly a warzone, it is proving to be the scene of a battlefield conversion for Chuck Hagel.

Chuck Hagel, John McCain Clash Over Iraq Surge


The debate over the Iraq War was reignited on Thursday when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took on Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel for his opposition to the surge of 2007.

‘US Has Militarily Coerced Middle Eastern Political Outcomes Since the Cold War’

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Leverett

It is in America's interests to come to terms with the Islamic Republic, to accept safeguarded enrichment of uranium as the basis for a deal on the nuclear issue.

Israel Must Remove All Jewish Settlers from Occupied West Bank - UN Inquiry


"Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions,” the report read, adding that Israel must immediately begin to withdraw all settlers from the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT).

The Ominous U.S. Presence in Northwest Africa

By Sheldon Richman

Since we know that the original al-Qaeda grievances against the United States were about brutal U.S. intervention in the Muslim world, we already know how to minimize, if not eliminate, a domestic threat from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: withdrawal from the region.

Cameron's Attack on George Galloway Reflects the West's Self-delusions

Updated - George Galloway Responds to David Cameron

Anyone who questions the militarism of western governments is instantly smeared as a sympathizer or even supporter of tyrants.

The American Empire, RIP

By Justin Raimondo

Before we reach the final stages of imperial senescence it may well be that we’re in for a whole series of bloody and debilitating wars.

‘America's Nazi Scientists Fulfilling Dream Of Ruling The World’ - Bruce Gagnon

By John Robles

Bruce Gagnon shares little known facts about the militarization of space by the United States, the development of first strike space drones and the foundation of the US Military Industrial Complex by Nazi scientists bent on victory in World War III. If you thought missile defense and drones were bad, you haven't heard anything yet.

When Truth Tried to Stop War

By Ray McGovern

Ten years ago, Katharine Gun, then a 28-year-old British intelligence officer, saw an e-mailed memo from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) that confirmed for her in black and white the already widespread suspicion that the U.S. and U.K. were about to launch war against Iraq on false pretenses.

Noam Chomsky: US, A Top Terrorist State


Noam Chomsky says the United States would be recognized as a leading terrorist state if international law is applied.

‘There Is A Drone With Assange’s Name On It’ - William Blum

By John Robles

Assange is the public enemy ?1 in America. The U.S. is obsessed with him and they are afraid that he will be issuing the realease of more classified documents so they’d really like to put him out of the way, if they can.

Have you no shame?
Lies, Damned Lies, and Newspaper Reporting

By Annie Machon

Where to start with this tangled skein of media spin, misrepresentation and outright hypocrisy?

Kill the Fed or the Fed will kill us.
Only One Solution To The FED Debt Trap

By Randy Clifford

Keeping the America public ignorant of why debt crises and threatened government shutdowns are a semi-automatic ruse aimed at social programs; reinforcing that cherished ignorance is a vital function of mainstream corporate media (MSM).

Fierce clashes kill 47 in Syria’s Idlib: NGO: Fierce clashes have killed at least 21 rebel fighters and 26 regime troops in less than two days in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, a watchdog said on Thursday.

Syria threatens to retaliate for Israeli attack: Ambassador to Lebanon says Damascus 'has the option and the capacity to surprise in retaliation;' Hezbollah condemns strike as 'barbaric aggression.'

Syria complains to UN over Israel 'attack': Russia has called the attack unacceptable, while a Syrian official and Iranian deputy minister have suggested there could be retaliation.

Attack by Israeli air force on facilities in Syria is unacceptable - Russian Foreign Ministry: If this information proves true, then we deal with unsanctioned strikes on targets in the territory of a sovereign state, which is a blatant violation of the UN Charter and is unacceptable no matter what reasons are behind the attack," the Russian Foreign Ministry said

‘Israeli airstrike intended to stop Syrian scientific military research’: It only shows that Israel has a great interest in the instability in Syria and that it is being helped by groups of armed rebels in Syria.”

U.N.: Israeli practices could be subject to prosecution for war crimes.: Hanan Ashrawi, a top PLO official told Reuters: “This is incredible. We are extremely heartened by this principled and candid assessment of Israeli violations…This report clearly states the Israel is not just violating the 4th Geneva Convention, but places Israel in liability to the Rome Statute under the jurisdiction of the ICC.

Senior Pakistani cleric among 13 killed in Karachi: He was a leading figure of the strict Sunni Muslim institution, the Jamia Banuri Uloom Islamia. Police suspect it was a sectarian attack. An IED explosion and targeted killings account for 10 other deaths overnight.

3 killed as Bangladesh Islamic party activists clash with police: The Jamaat-e-Islami party called for Thursday’s nationwide shutdown to demand that the government halt a trial of its leaders on charge of crimes against humanity involving Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

Mali 'bloody atrocities': Video shows army's war crimes: Video - Exclusive footage of what's believed to be the atrocities committed by the Malian army in a town liberated from the Islamist rebels with the help of French forces. Information on civilian casualties in Mali has been notably scarce.

UN plans new peacekeeping force for Mali: The force would probably be composed of 3,000 to 5,000 peacekeepers, the diplomat said. A U.N. peacekeeping force would be a positive development, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday on France-Inter radio.

France’s Says Mali Should Accept Some Touareg Autonomy: “Mali must enter a period of national conciliation open to all political forces that reject terrorism and outright separatism,” Le Drian said on France Inter radio. Touaregs must play “a full role on the recomposition of Mali” while at the same time “Touareg specificity must be recognized,” he said.

Malian president offers Tuareg rebels talks: Under pressure from Paris, Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore said he was ready to open talks with the Tuareg rebel MNLA provided it honoured a pledge to drop its claims of independence for northern Mali.

Two years on, Benghazi threatens "another revolution" in Libya: Two years after Libya's second city kindled the uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, it epitomises a popular revolution gone awry - rival militias and Islamist gunmen more powerful than the police, moving residents to ask: where is the state?

Egypt politicians renounce violence at crisis talks: Egypt's feuding politicians renounced violence on Thursday after being summoned by the country's most influential Muslim scholar to talks to end the deadliest unrest since President Mohamed Mursi took power.

Seven killed in Yemen: : Two militants and five soldiers were killed on Thursday during a Yemeni army raid on a mountainous area where insurgents linked to al Qaeda have been holed up since they were driven out of two southern towns last year, military sources said.

French, British, US warplanes and troops occupy Yemeni capital: As the UN Security Council continues its Yemen visit after holding a closed meeting with Yemeni and GCC – Gulf Cooperation Council – officials in Sana’a, the capital, residents woke up under foreign military occupation.

Hamas denies news about its acceptance of two-state solution: The Hamas Movement categorically denied some news reports claiming that head of its political bureau Khaled Mashaal had asked the Jordanian monarch to tell the US administration that Hamas accepts the two-state solution with Israel. "We, in Hamas, affirm that such allegations are untrue," its information office stated.

Iran informs UN nuclear agency of plan to use more modern centrifuges at Natanz enrichment plant - diplomat: The letter said that Iran would use the new centrifuges - a model called IR2m - at a unit in the Natanz plant where Iran is enriching uranium to a fissile concentration of up to five percent, according to an IAEA communication to member states seen by Reuters.

Iran crude oil exports rise to highest since EU sanctions: Strong Chinese demand and tanker fleet expansion helped the OPEC member dodge sanctions.

Video: Sen. John McCain and Chuck Hagel tangle over Iraq: Sen. John McCain had a feisty exchange with Chuck Hagel about the Iraq troop surge at Senate confirmation hearings for President Obama's pick for secretary of defense.

14th Annual Gandhi Lecture on Nonviolence with Chris Hedges: Days of Destruction: Video -

Guantanamo Secret Censor Frustrates Judge In 9/11 Case: -A judge expressed frustration on Monday that an unknown U.S. government entity censored his courtroom audiovisual feed, cutting public access to pretrial hearings for five accused Sept. 11 plotters.

Four killed in clash with Colombia's Farc ahead of talks: Colombia's Farc rebels have stepped up their attacks, as the latest round of peace talks with the government gets under way in Cuba.

Chevron Paying At Least $326,000 Bribe to Ecuadorian Judge For False Testimony: In press statements, Chevron has admitted it will pay at least $326,000 to a former disgraced Ecuador judge for false testimony designed to help the oil giant evade a $19 billion judgment against the company for the world's worst oil contamination.

Immigration reform bill could pass in six months, Obama says: President Obama said that the bipartisan group of senators working on immigration legislation was following a “reasonable timeline” and suggested he would push to get a bill passed in the first half of the year.

Girl who performed at Obama inauguration shot dead in Chicago: Fifteen-year-old was talking with friends when gunman opened fire on group

Inside the FBI's 'Terror factory': Video - The FBI has been heavily criticized for preying on individuals who are on the fringes of society and Trevor Aaronson, author of "The Terror Factory," analyzes the FBI's devious tactics in his new book.

January 31, 2013

Israel Attacks Syria Arms Convoy'

By Al Jazeera

Israel has conducted an airstrike inside Syria near the border with Lebanon, hitting a convoy of trucks, US and regional officials say.

Western Push to Oust Syrian Regime Escalates

By Oliver Campbell

Israel’s vice prime minister Silvan Shalom suggested that Israel could launch an attack on Syria, using the pretext of preventing Syrian chemical weapons coming into the hands of Hezbollah, or Al Qaeda-linked organisations.

Syria: First To Blink ...

By Moon Of Alabama

Look who blinks: Syria's opposition chief Moaz al-Khatib said on Wednesday he is ready for dialogue with officials of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The Iran Nuke Threat: Phantom Menace

By Ben Schreiner

The Iranian nuclear threat simply cannot be killed.  And as it is permitted to linger, the U.S. military planning against Iran continues its acceleration.

Why America’s Middle East Policy is Doomed

By Chuck Spinney

Israel’s ill repute corrodes U.S. prestige and credibility not just in the Middle East but in the world at large.

Chuck Hagel and the American Empire

By Mike Lofgren

Does anyone think that Hagel, as a future subordinate of a president who orders drone strikes, authorized the Afghanistan surge and claims the power to be judge, jury and executioner of US citizens, will meaningfully alter the course of the US National Security State?

Hasbara and the Control of Narrative as an Element of Strategy

By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)

Public opinion is increasingly shaped by social media. The state of Israel has organized civilian government and military units to exploit this, including creating websites, social media accounts, and messages attributed to false identities. Continue

Why Palestine Should Take Israel to Court in The Hague


Israeli leaders are unnerved for good reason. The I.C.C. could prosecute major international crimes committed on Palestinian soil anytime after the court’s founding on July 1, 2002.

The Real Invasion of Africa is Not News and a \Licence to Lie is Hollywood's Gift

By John Pilger

It is as if Africa's proud history of liberation, from Patrice Lumumba to Nelson Mandela, is consigned to oblivion by a new master's black colonial elite whose "historic mission", warned Frantz Fanon half a century ago, is the promotion of "a capitalism rampant though camouflaged".

In Mali, Forces Backed by UN, France, and Obama Slaughter Civilians

By Alex Newman

Even Amnesty International, which has developed a reputation as a mouthpiece for the establishment, has expressed alarm over the crimes perpetrated by the Western-backed Malian regime.

American Military Power
Interview with William Blum

By Paul Gottinger

I’ve compiled of US assassination attempts of foreign leaders. There are more than 50 leaders on it.

Hey, Hey, Barack! What Do You Say?
How Many Kids Have You Killed Today?

By Dave Lindorff

I personally found the president’s inaugural speech not just insipid, but disgusting. It reached its gut-churning nadir near the end where he said: 

Against Philanthropy
As Hurricane Victims Freeze, Billionaire Mayor Gives Away $1 Billion to Wealthy Med School

By Ted Rall

If there’s anything more nauseating than watching this rich pig bask in the glow of his philanthropy while the citizens he is tasked with caring for turn into popsicles, it’s the failure of anyone in the system – columnists, local TV anchor people, even Bloomberg’s political rivals – to call him out.

Poverty and Progress: Comparing the US and Venezuela

By Eric Draitser

This is the crisis of advanced, post-industrial capitalism – an economic system which must expand the divide between rich and poor, create extremes of wealth and poverty and generally perpetuate itself on the misery and poverty of the lower classes.

Who Runs The World?
Proof That A Core Group Of Wealthy Elitists Is Pulling The Strings

By Michael Snyder

It would be nice to think that the American people are in control of who runs things in the U.S., but that is not how it works in the real world.


23 "militants" killed in Khyber tribal region: Pak military: A number of Taliban hideouts were destroyed by security forces, who also killed 23 members of the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam in Dawato, Bara Gate, Wocha Wona and Nakai areas of Khyber Agency, security officials said.

Bomb blast in Afghan market kills 2 children, wounds 4 others: The governor’s office for Khost province says in a statement that the bomb was hidden under a stall in the main bazaar in Sabari district. It went off Wednesday while a group of police officers were passing by.

Turkmenistan Selling Iranian Oil To Americans In Afghanistan?: A new U.S. government report says that fuel for Afghanistan's security forces, paid for by the U.S., may include Iranian fuel in contravention of U.S. sanctions -- and implies that Turkmenistan may be to blame.

Syrian army: 2 killed in Israel 'research centre bombing': The fighter jets of the Israeli enemy sneaked from the south of the Golan heights below the radar and attacked the research centre. The statement added that two people were killed and another five wounded in the bombing.

Syria army says Israel targeted military research center near Damascus: "Israeli fighter jets violated our air space at dawn today and carried out a direct strike on a scientific research centre in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defence," the army's general command said in a statement carried by state news agency SANA.

Israeli aircraft fires missile along Lebanon-Syria border: The Western official and a U.S. official said there is no indication the truck targeted by the Israeli strike was carrying chemical weapons — which have been under intense scrutiny by both the United States and Israel as the brutal, bloody civil conflict in Syria has intensified.

Syria top opposition leader says willing to negotiate with Assad: Syria's top opposition leader declared on Wednesday that he is willing to negotiate with members of President Bashar Assad's regime to bring a peaceful end to the country's civil war, provoking an outcry from opposition groups that insist Assad must step down first.

Donors pledge $1.5bn for UN Syria aid operation: King Abdullah of Jordan, which is hosting 224,000 refugees, warned its resources were "exhausted", adding: "We have reached the end of the line."

4 dead after attack on police in southern Yemen: Motorcycle gunmen shot dead two police officers late Wednesday in the southern Yemeni town of Daleh, sparking a police manhunt that set off a clash with the suspects in which another officer and a civilian died, dpa reported with a link to Mareb Press Agency.

Yemen: Scores of children on prison hunger strike after minor sentenced to die: “Executing juvenile offenders is expressly prohibited in Yemen's Penal Code and international human rights law – the Yemeni authorities must live up to their obligations and overturn this death sentence immediately,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International.

AP: IAEA inspectors at Iranian nuclear facility say no explosion -Source: International Atomic Energy Agency spokeswoman Gill Tudor told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Iran’s denial of “an incident” at the Fordo uranium enrichment plant is “consistent with our observations.” [...]

Netanyahu hints Israel can’t destroy Iran nuke program: Israel can inflict ‘significant damage’ to Iranian facilities, but the US military is ‘perfectly’ capable of destroying them, PM says

Engineering consent for an attack on Iran: Hagel: Window is closing on Iran and possibility of diplomacy: Obama's nominee for defense secretary says Iran needs to show that it is prepared to negotiate seriously, and should face 'severe and growing consequences' if it continues to flout world demands.

Here Are 112 Pages of Chuck Hagel's Foreign-Policy Answers for the Senate: A sizable roster of policy questions were submitted to Hagel to assess his views on everything form China to Iran to nuclear weapons to thoughts on energy management and security.

An example of ‘hasbara.’: Chuck Hagel’s colleague: So many Jews, so much disloyalty: “In some countries, like the United States, Israel can rely upon a ‘fifth column’ of activist sympathizers to amplify its messages, to rebut and discredit statements that contradict its arguments, facts, and fabrications, and to impugn the moral standing of those who make such statements.” Each and every one of these fifth columnists, wouldn’t you know it, is Jewish.

Alan Hart: Anti-Semitism: What it IS and is NOT: Op-Ed: QUOTE An anti-Semite used to be a person who disliked Jews. Now it is a person who Jews dislike UNQUOTE : Those are the words of my dear Jewish friend, Nazi (Auschwitz) holocaust survivor Dr. Hajo Myer. They are taken from page 179 of his magnificent book An Ethical Tradition Betrayed – The End of Judaism (published in 2007).

Graham: 'I'm Going to Block Hagel Until Panetta Testifies'; Sen. Graham said he'll block Hagel’s confirmation hearings until outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testifies on Benghazi attacks.

Obama Nominee For CIA Director, Had Detailed Knowledge Of Torture : John Brennan, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the CIA, had detailed, contemporaneous knowledge of the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on captured terrorism suspects during an earlier stint as a top spy agency official, according to multiple sources familiar with official records.

Report: Meshal says Hamas accepts a two-state solution: Hamas political leader in Damascus reportedly authorized King Abdullah of Jordan to convey his acceptance of two states for two peoples, based on the 1967 borders, to U.S. President Barack Obama.

EU, UN concerned by Israeli live fire against Palestinians: The European Union and the United Nations expressed concern on Wednesday about Israel's use of lethal forces against Palestinians following a rise in fatal shootings.

Israel to demolish Palestinian neighborhood: A Ma’an reporter said about 200 Palestinians live in the neighborhood which is located to the west of a large Israeli military base called Anatot.

Israel to return $100 million in withheld funds to Palestinians: The sum is roughly a third of the funds Israel is meant to have transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA) since November under interim peace accords, but has instead kept.

Forced contraception of Jewish Ethopian women: Ethiopian women have been given injections of Depo-Provera without sufficient understanding of the purpose or side effects of the drug. Some Ethiopian women in transit camps were refused entry to the country if they refused the injection, and others wrongly believed they were being inoculated against disease

Israel drops sharply in annual press freedom ranking: IDF, which ‘deliberately targeted journalists’ during Gaza op, pushes Israel down to No. 112; ‘Palestine’ slightly improves

Sunday Times editor apologises over Benjamin Netanyahu cartoon: Martin Ivens says Gerald Scarfe 'crossed a line' with image of Israeli prime minister published on Holocaust Memorial Day

The US-born soldier fighting for Israel: 'Women should have the privilege':" The 21-year-old spends her days and nights patrolling the harsh desert landscape through which the Israeli-Egyptian border runs, wielding a gun, trained and ready to kill in defence of "her country".

Hasbara? Morsi moves to play down vitriolic remarks against Jews: Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi has said vitriolic remarks he made against Jews and Zionists in 2010 had been taken out of context and said he was not against the Jewish faith.

Egyptians, police clash near Tahrir Square: Video - Clashes between protesters and police continued for a seventh day near Tahrir square in Cairo in the worst stretch of violence since President Mohamed Mursi took office last June.

Egypt eases curfew as Mursi appeals for calm: Egyptian authorities scaled back a curfew imposed by President Mohammad Mursi, and the Islamist leader cut short a visit to Europe Wednesday to deal with the deadliest violence in the seven months since he took power.

Mali conflict: France says its troops now in Kidal: Haminy Maiga, the interim president of the Kidal regional assembly, told the Associated Press news agency: "The French arrived at 9:30pm [Tuesday] aboard four planes. Afterwards they took the airport and then entered the town and there was no combat.

Mali conflict: Sandstorm 'blocks' French troops advance: The troops remained "blocked" at the airport in Kidal, the French defence minister said.

Niger agrees to US drones on its territory: Niger has given permission for US surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al Qaeda-linked fighters in northern Mali and the wider Sahara, according to a senior government source.

Julian Assange to run for Australian Senate seat "In the House of Representatives we get to choose between US lackey party number one and US lackey party number two - between the major parties.
"So it will be great to `Assange' the Senate for some Aussie oversight."

Gillard sets Australia poll date of 14 September: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called a general election for 14 September. Ms Gillard said that she would ask Governor-General Quentin Bryce to order that parliament be dissolved on 12 August.

Colombia set to decriminalise ecstasy: Under current laws, people caught in possession of cocaine and marijuana for personal use are not prosecuted.

Gabrielle Giffords Urges Senate: 'Be Courageous' on Gun Control: Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, whose congressional career was ended by a bullet wound to her head, opened a Senate hearing on gun violence Wednesday by telling the panel, "Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important."

Fact or fiction? Americans largely back combat role for women: poll: Sixty-six percent of those polled said they support letting women serve in ground units that engage in close combat, while 26 percent are opposed, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Washington Post.

Russia scraps law enforcement deal with U.S. in new blow to ties: An order to end the deal, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, was posted on the government's website. It said the agreement, under which Washington provides financial assistance for law enforcement and drugs control programs, "does not address current realities and has exhausted its potential".

Germany Moves To Relocate Gold From New York Fed to Bundesbank : Video -

Clashes in Athens as protesters break into govt. building: Austerity enraged protesters broke into a government building and threatened the labor minister, Wednesday. Riot police then intervened with tear gas, batons and pepper spray, with one person taken to hospital.

Canada will slip back into recession in 2013: Across the world’s largest developed economies: the United States, Europe, Japan, Britain. Europe seems most likely to deliver a nasty shock this year . The list of broken states requiring official support continues to grow: Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain and, most recently, Cyprus. Europe’s problems will worsen as larger countries like France and Italy deteriorate.

US slips back into recession: The US economy unexpectedly took its biggest plunge in more than three years last quarter, contracting at an annual rate of 0.1 percent and indicating a new level of vulnerability for the economy.

U.S. Economy Shrinks 0.1%, 1st Time in 3 1/2 Years: The U.S. economy shrank from October through December for the first time since the recession ended, hurt by the biggest cut in defense spending in 40 years, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles.

NYPD cops handcuff and interrogate boy, 7, over missing $5, family claims: This kid was no killer — but some callous Bronx cops sure treated him like one. Instead of earning himself a simple trip to the principal’s office, a terrified 7-year-old boy was hauled out of class, handcuffed like a hardened criminal and “interrogated” by police for a grueling 10 hours — all over a playground dispute

January 30, 2013

Mali: Here We Go Again
What’s going on in Mali that requires U.S. meddling?

Sheldon Richman

Obama's inauguration speech drops hints at further overseas involvement.

A Blowback Hurricane

By David Swanson

Most Americans have no more idea that their own government is provoking China than most Israelis have a remotely accurate conception of what their government does to Palestinians.

Good Terrorist, Bad Terrorist

By Chandra Muzaffar

The French military operation in Mali has brought to the fore the blatant double standards in the approach of certain Western nations to the whole question of terrorism.

Pepe Escobar: Shadow Wars & No Interventions - US Plan for MidEast & Asia

Video By RT

As Hillary Clinton prepares to step down, Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar says the destabilization of North Africa will only get worse.

Israel to Demand Apology for ‘Anti-Semitic’ Netanyahu Cartoon

By Raphael Ahren

One day after the caricature sparked outrage among Jewish groups for its depiction of a bloodthirsty Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall with the blood and bodies of Palestinians, leading Israelis joined the chorus of condemnation.

Verbal Defecation Buries Truth

By William A. Cook

Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.

Five Broken Cameras Full Movie
This documentary should make every decent Israeli ashamed of being an Israeli.

Updated - Must Watch Video Documentary

These cameras documented a reality unfamiliar to most Israelis. They documented a slice of life, about which most Israelis prefer to be oblivious.

Obama's Non-closing of GITMO and US Government Irony

By Glenn Greenwald

This "Congress-prevented-Obama" claim has now taken on zombie status - it will never die no matter how clearly and often it is debunked - but it's still worth emphasizing the reality.

The World Doesn't Need Killer Mothers

By Jay Janson

Big step forward for society's ruling rich adding half of the population to its reservoir of cannon fodder.

National Nervous Breakdown

By Linh Dinh

From our psychopathic President on down, we’re showing the world, and posterity, that we’re clearly not right in the noggin.

The Politics of Debt in America
From Debtor’s Prison to Debtor Nation

By Steve Fraser

Once again debt has emerged as both the central mode of capital accumulation and a principal mechanism of servitude. Warren Buffett (of all people) has predicted that, in the coming decades, the United States is more likely to turn into a “sharecropper society” than an “ownership society.”

Syrian activists say at least 65 bodies found in contested district of Aleppo: The bodies of at least 65 men, many of them with their hands bound behind their back, were found on the muddy banks of a small river Tuesday in the northern city of Aleppo, activists said.

Al-Qaeda-linked group claims deadly Syria blast: Activists said at least 42 people, mostly pro-Assad militiamen, died in the blast last Monday in the town of Salamiya. The government did not say how many people were killed.

What are they doing to our children?’ Civilians angered by Syrian rebels who reportedly seize goods, recruit teens: “They act as if we exist to serve them,” the 36-year-old bank teller said. “They brought these hardships on us and now they want us to suffer while they take the choice goods."

Free Syrian Army rebels execute syrian shabiha: - Video - Warning

Syrian opposition demand heavy weapons: Syrian opposition asked for USD 500 million and heavy weaponry from the international community to topple the current regime

Paris meeting urges more funds for Syria opposition; France pleaded on Monday for countries to keep their promises of funding and other aid to the Syrian opposition or risk compromising the legitimacy of the coalition in the eyes of the people fighting the regime of Bashar Assad.

U.S. spends $365 million on ‘non-lethal’ role in Syrian civil war: The White House ramped up “non-lethal” support for Syrian rebels and refugees Tuesday, committing a fresh $155 million in humanitarian aid and bringing the total U.S. monetary response to the Syrian civil war to $365 million.

Enginering consent for an attack on Syria: Obama says struggling over whether to intervene in Syria: President Barack Obama said he has been wrestling with the question whether a U.S. military intervention in Syria's 22-month-old civil war would help resolve the bloody conflict or make things worse.

Enginering consent for an attack on Syria: Top Israeli official sent to Moscow over Syria chemical weapons worries: NSC chief Yaakov Amidror dispatched in an effort to secure Russia’s assurance that Syria’s stockpiles won’t fall into the wrong hands

Lavrov urges foreign officials not to misinterpret Russia’s stand on Syria: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has called on the nations backing Syria’s warring parties to refrain from any military support and let the diplomatic peace process take its course.

Six killed as suicide blast targets Somali security forces: At least six people have been killed after a suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of security officials outside the Somalian prime minister's office, army officials say.

Fact or propaganda? With Timbuktu Retaken, France Signals It Plans to Pull Back in Mali: The rapid advance to Timbuktu, a day after French and African troops took firm control of the former rebel stronghold of Gao, may spell the beginning of the end of France’s major involvement in the conflict here.

Looters rampage through Timbuktu: Crowds of looters rampaged from shop to shop targeting business owned by ethnic Arabs in the newly-liberated city of Timbuktu as troops struggled to maintain control a day after they were greeted as heroes.

Mali: Islamist militants hunted down in recaptured cities: It was payback time Tuesday in the newly liberated town of Gao in Mali, with residents hunting down and beating suspected Islamist extremists who had not fled with their brothers-in-arms as Malian and French military forces closed in and retook the town.

Tuaregs say they seized Mali towns from Islamists: Tuareg fighters in northern Mali say they have seized control of the strategic city of Kidal and seven other northern towns from Islamist extremists.

Mali rebels may move to Libya: UN official: THE UN's special representative for Libya has warned the Security Council that France's military offensive in northern Mali may drive Islamic insurgents out and across the porous borders with Algeria and into Libya.

Britain to send troops to Mali: Britain will send around 240 military personnel to West Africa in a training role to aid the French-led mission against Islamist rebels in Mali, the government said Tuesday.

Mali conflict: Donor conference raises $455m: International donors meeting in Ethiopia have pledged $455.53m (£289m) for an international campaign tackling Islamist militants in Mali. The pledges for aid projects and the African-led Afisma force that is expected to take over from French troops in the country is about half the figure African leaders had requested.

IMF approves $18.4 million emergency loan for Mali: The Fund said approval of the loan, under its Rapid Credit Facility, will not fulfill all the government's needs but should send a signal that Mali's economy is on the right path, prompting other donors to offer financial assistance.

UN plans to send at least 2,500 troops to Congo: On Sunday, Ban told African Union leaders that the U.N. plans to create what he called a "peace enforcement force" to cope with the threat of armed rebels. A U.N. staffer, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed Monday that the size of the force would be about 2,550 troops.

Niger Okays US drone deployment: Niger has given permission for US surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al-Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters in northern Mali and the wider Sahara, a senior government source said.

Two shot dead in ongoing Egypt clashes: A young man has been shot and killed in clashes near a police station in Port Said. Another person was killed in Cairo as violence continued across Egypt, despite the state of emergency and the curfew currently in effect in most volatile cities.

Egypt army chief warns of 'state collapse' amid crisis: Egypt's armed forces chief has warned the current political crisis "could lead to a collapse of the state". General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, in comments posted on the military's Facebook page, said such a collapse could "threaten future generations".

Gunfire Blends With Coffee as Libya Seeks Tripoli Control: The crackle of gunfire mixes with the burble of conversation in Cinnabon, Tripoli’s most popular cafe, where customers enjoy cappuccino and chocolate cakes even as Libyan militias battle for control of nearby streets.

Bishop asked to evacuate Benghazi church: A Maltese bishop has been asked to evacuate the Benghazi church where he is based as a precaution due to escalating fears of violence in the Libyan city.

Iraqis claim British troops 'acted with brutality': As well as unlawful killings, there are claims of beatings, hooding, sleep deprivation and sexual humiliation including being made to watch pornography.

Fact or propaganda? New details surface on Iran nuclear explosion: Sixteen North Koreans, including 14 technicians and two top military officers, are among those trapped after a Jan. 21 explosion destroyed much of Iran’s Fordow nuclear site, a source reveals.

Hamas’s Mashaal reportedly eyes PLO leadership: Islamist leader is backed by Jordan and Qatar in PLO bid, claims al-Quds al-Arabi

Israel approves plan to transfer some Bedouin Arabs; rights group calls plan ‘racist’: About 30,000 Bedouins live in shantytowns in Israel’s Negev desert. Bedouin say they’ve owned the land for decades, but Israel contests that.

Israel boycotts UN Human Rights Council: Its absence on Tuesday, however, came as no surprise. Israel cut all ties with the 47-member state council last March after the body announced that it would probe how Israeli illegal settlements may be infringing on the rights of the Palestinians.

French poll: 40% say Jews too powerful in business: Survey conducted by World Zionist Organization ahead of International Day for Countering Anti-Semitism shows 47% of France's population believe local Jews are 'more loyal to Israel than to the country they live in'

France to expel radical imams to tackle 'global Islamic jihad': Paris says it will deport a number of radical religious imams to tackle extremism in Europe and "global jihadism". French Interior Minister warned the eviction would happen "in the coming days".

'France is totally bankrupt': French employment minister Michel Sapin embarrasses President Francois Hollande with shocking statement on state of the country's economy

'Bankrupt' France comments rebutted: France's politicians are defending the health of its economy after Labour Minister Michel Sapin described the state as "totally bankrupt".

Yemen Coast Guard Stops Ship Carrying Rockets: The coast guard boarded the vessel, operated by Yemeni crew, in the territorial waters of the south Arabian Peninsula country and found on it a cache of weapons, including shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles and rocket-propelled-grenades, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency Saba.

Saudi shops to build sex-segregation walls: Authorities in Saudi Arabia have ordered shops that employ both men and women to build separation walls to enforce segregation

Pakistan: Two cops shot dead in Quetta: Unknown motorcyclists shot killed two policemen on Arbab Karam Khan road in the city on Tuesday.

Something smell in the state of Qatar: Taliban arrive in Qatar to open office: A number of high-ranking Taliban members have arrived in Doha to continue efforts to open a liaison office for the group, Qatari newspaper Gulf Times reported. Afghan officials said they are working on opening the office for insurgent representatives to facilitate the peace process.

Norman Finkelstein: "What Gandhi Says: About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage.": Interview with Norman Finkelstein about his latest book

Twitter Reveals US Government Makes 80% Of Info Requests: Twitter has released its second transparency report, which demonstrated a frightening increase in requests for user data by the US government and ignited serious concerns over privacy and free expression.

9/11 trial censorship? Gitmo court feed cut: Beginning the hearing of the five alleged September 11 co-conspirators this morning, Judge James Pohl said a "security officer" is in charge of cutting off the feed when he believes something classified is being discussed.

Guatemala ex-dictator to stand trial on genocide charges in civil war killings of Indians: A former U.S.-backed dictator who presided over one of the bloodiest periods of Guatemala’s civil war will stand trial on charges he ordered the murder, torture and displacement of thousands of Mayan Indians, a judge ruled Monday.

Venezuela VP Maduro reads out 'Chavez letter' at summit: The letter celebrated Cuban President Raul Castro's assumption of the rotating presidency of the Celac. "After 30 years of resisting this criminal imperial blockade, Latin America and the Caribbean is saying to the US, in one voice, that all your attempts to leave out Cuba are failing," it added.

Venezuela threatens to sue El País over fake Hugo Chávez surgery picture: Minister says Spanish newspaper's use of image taken from 2008 YouTube video was 'as grotesque as it was false'

Wal-Mart Accused of Using Mexican Governor to Push bribes: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) Mexican unit used a current state governor there to facilitate $156,000 in bribes meant to help open stores, an ex-lawyer for the retailer told company officials in 2005, according to documents released by members of the U.S. Congress.

Obama Immigration Plan: More Direct Path to Citizenship Than Senate's: The White House has sounded positive notes about the Senate group's plan thus far, but the specifics that Obama announces are expected to have some key differences that might cause concern for some Republican senators who have signed onto the senate deal.

Hagel supports nuclear arms cuts, then elimination: Chuck Hagel, the likely next secretary of defense, would be the first to enter the Pentagon having publicly advocated for sharply reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons, possibly without equivalent cuts by Russia. He supports an international movement called Global Zero that favors eliminating all nuclear weapons.

Here Is a List of Extremists Who Agree With Chuck Hagel on Ending Nukes: Republicans are attacking Hagel from the right: He's a dirty hippie peacenik who wants to steal our atomic security!

Senate Panel Approves Kerry for Secretary of State; Senator John Kerry’s nomination to serve as secretary of state was unanimously approved Tuesday morning by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the panel he has led for the past four years.

BP's record $4bn Deepwater criminal penalties approved: A US court has approved the biggest criminal penalties in US history given to British oil giant BP as part of a settlement related to the fatal 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Consumer Confidence in U.S. Falls to Lowest Level Since 2011: Confidence among U.S. consumers declined more than forecast in January, reaching the lowest level in more than a year as higher payroll taxes took a bigger bite out of Americans’ paychecks.

January 29, 2013

Hollande is Afraid of His Armies

By Thierry Meyssan

The trust has been broken between the military chiefs and the soldiers who are in the army to defend the homeland.

Revolution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?

By Bruce Riede

The overthrow of the Saudi royals is finally a possibility. In an excerpt from a new Brookings Institution briefing book for Obama’s second term, Bruce Riedel on what a catastrophe it would be for Obama.

Brookings' Bruce Riedel Urges Intensified US Support for Saudi Despots

By Glenn Greenwald

The US should not only prop up the Saudi dictatorship, but also must "be ready to shore up the neighboring kingdoms and sheikhdoms." As a Bahraini correspondent wrote about this Riedel memo: "Brookings is basically telling Obama to make sure we remain ruled by dictatorial regimes."

Is UK Defense Contractor Planning Syrian WMD False Flag?

By Tony Cartalucci

Unconfirmed "leaked" documents indicate Washington-approved, Qatari-funded false flag attack using Libyan chemical weapons in Homs, Syria.

Who Spread Reports of an 'Explosion' at Iran's Fordow Nuclear Plant and Why?

By Anshel Pfeffer

Why have no satellite photos appeared of dozens of vehicles on the site involved in rescue operations? And if there are 240 workers trapped underground, how come no worried relatives have expressed concern on one of the social networks?

In Case You Missed It
Jews in Iran


The fiercely Islamic Republic of Iran, is perhaps the last place you would expect to find a large Jewish community. But despite political use of anti-semitic, anti-Israeli slogans, Iran's Jews appear remarkably free.

Drone Wars: Ethics of Killing Civilians

By GlobalPost

"Yemen has been turned into Afghanistan and its people, either in mountains or valleys, were turned into [members] of Al Qaeda.”

"Five Broken Cameras"
What It Means To Live Under Occupation


"Five Broken Cameras" is the engaging story of Palestinian cameraman, Emad Burnat, who documented 6 years of the Non-violent movement in his village, Bil'in.

Pentagon's New Massive Expansion of 'Cyber-security' Unit is About Everything Except Defense

By Glenn Greenwald

Cyber-threats are the new pretext to justify expansion of power and profit for the public-private National Security State.

How The Government is Profiling You: William Binney

Must Watch - Video

William Binney revealed the National Security Agency's massive domestic spying program, Stellar Wind, which intercepts domestic communications without protections for US citizens.

White Power to the Rescue

By Chris Hedges

The rewriting of history in the South is a retreat by beleaguered whites into a mythical self-glorification.

The Facade of the American Dream :

Video Documentary

The conditions and life of African Americans in the United States.

To End Extreme Poverty, Let’s Try Ending Extreme Wealth

By Sam Pizzigati

The world’s top 100 billionaires now hold so much wealth, says a new Oxfam report, that just the increase in their net worth last year would be “enough to make extreme poverty history four times over.”

How Iceland Overthrew The Banks
Court: Iceland Doesn’t Need to Repay UK and Dutch Depositors


"Why do we consider banks to be like holy churches?" is the rhetorical question that Iceland's President Olafur Ragnar Grimson asks (and answers) in this truly epic three minutes of truthiness from the farce that is the World Economic Forum in Davos.

With New Constitution, Post-Collapse Iceland Inches Toward Direct Democracy

By Sam Knight,

"I truly believe that our democracies have been hijacked by bureaucrats," said Parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir.

80 killed in clashes between rebel groups in Pakistan: Ten rebels died in fighting today between the Taliban and a pro-government militant group in Khyber tribal region of north-west Pakistan, taking the toll in four days of clashes to more than 80.

Three Afghan brothers killed in US-led night raid: An Afghan governor confirmed the operation and said the three brothers had been in a taxi when foreign forces opened fire on them in Lugar Province .

At least 19 killed in Yemen in two separate attacks: A car bomb has killed at least 11 killed and injured 17 in Rida city, 100 miles south east of the Yemeni capital, Al Arabiya correspondent reported Monday. Also, a suicide bomber killed at least eight Yemeni soldiers on Monday after troops backed by tanks attacked an al-Qaeda stronghold, al-Bayda province

10 rebels killed in northeast Syria, clashes in capital: activists: Ten rebels were killed in combat with government forces in Hasakeh, a majority-Kurdish city in northeast Syria, while fighting raged in a Damascus district on Monday, activists said.

With No Foreign Meddling, Syrian War Over in 2 Weeks - Assad: The civil conflict in Syria can be over in two weeks if foreign fighters and weapons stop trickling in through the border with Turkey, the Al-Akhbar daily in Beirut quoted the Syrian president as say

Assad made “grave error” over reforms, Medvedev says: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a "grave, perhaps fatal error" by delaying political reforms, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev said Sunday.

Netanyahu says Israel, US in sync on Syria: PM tells visiting congressmen two governments practicing ‘very close coordination’ in monitoring Assad’s chemical weapons

Gunmen kill 8 in northeastern Nigeria attack: A spokesman for joint military and police forces in Borno state, the epicentre of a campaign of violence by Islamist sect Boko Haram, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed the attack on Gajigana town but did not have any further details.

Two killed in 'militant attack' on Algeria pipeline: Two guards have been killed in an attack by militants on a gas pipeline in northern Algeria, officials say. Seven others were wounded when the Ain Chikh pipeline in the Djebahia region, some 120km (75 miles) east of the capital, Algiers, was blown up.

French official says military entered Timbuktu: The chief French military spokesman says French forces have entered the north Malian town of Timbuktu after seizing the airport and roads leading to the fabled city overnight.

Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts: Fleeing Islamist insurgents burnt two buildings containing priceless books as French-led troops approached, says mayor

Inside Gao – motorbikes, celebrations and ‘liberté’: VideoWe drove into Gao on the back of a military pick up. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

Tuareg rebels say control Kidal, Islamists gone: Secular Malian Tuareg MNLA rebels said on Monday they were now in control of the northern town of Kidal after Islamist militant fighters abandoned it.

"The Malian army abuses marred the reconquest of the north": Executions by bullets or machetes, bodies thrown into wells ... Twelve days after the start of the operation Serval designed to stop the spread of Islamist en route to the south of Mali, the testimonies of the atrocities committed by soldiers the Malian army is growing.

Mali Militants Shift Up Tactics As France’s War Coalition Grows: The aerial escalation has driven the expansion of the French-led coalition from just a handful of countries to more than a dozen. Nigerian and British combat planes and airlifters from several European and Middle Eastern states have joined the French aerial armada hunting militants in northern Mali.

British troops to join Mali mission: David Cameron says UK will support French mission to drive Islamists out but insists forces will not engage in combat

US official: Mali intervention ‘could take years’: “This is only the first phase. It is going to take time. I think people should not be into the illusion that it is going to be quick,” said Yamamoto, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs.

U.S. Plans Base for Surveillance Drones in Northwest Africa: The United States military command in Africa is preparing plans to establish a drone base in northwest Africa to increase unarmed surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region.

Egypt opposition rejects Mohammed Morsi dialogue call: The violence continued on Monday morning, with one man killed by gunfire near Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Egyptian protesters burning a Qatari flag in Tahrir Square: In Egypt demonstrator blasted Qatar’s interventions in Arab countries’ internal affairs. Months ago, Qatari Emir had called Arab nations ‘sheep.’

Massive Explosion Reported At Iran's Fordow Nuclear Facility: Reports of an explosion at Iran's Fordow nuclear facility have surfaced and are being both confirmed and denied by multiple sources.

Iran Rejects Report of Blast at Nuclear Site as Propaganda: The Fordo site, where Iran carries out uranium enrichment, has drawn particular attention from Israel because it would be difficult to destroy in an air strike. Israel has said it may carry out such attacks in order to stop Iran’s nuclear progress.

U.S. does not believe media reports about blast at Iranian enrichment plant: "We have no information to confirm the allegations in the report and we do not believe the report is credible," Carney said. "We don't believe those are credible reports."

Israel: Iran slowing nuclear program, won’t have bomb before 2015: "Previous assessments were built on a set of data that has since shifted," said one Israeli intelligence officer, who spoke to McClatchy only on the condition that he not be identified. He said that in addition to a series of "mishaps" that interrupted work at Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iranian officials appeared to have slowed the program on their own.

Israel Girds for Attacks as Syria Falls Apart: At least one Iron Dome missile defense battery was deployed Sunday in northern Israel amid reports of intense security consultations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Syria and the possibility of chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamist rebels or being transferred to the militant group Hezbollah.

Assad: We Regained the Upper Hand: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told visitors that the Syrian army "regained the initiative on the ground to a very high degree and achieved important results, which will come to light soon." "Externally funded armed groups received several hard blows recently," Assad added.

Michael Scheuer: Israel owns the Congress - Video

Iran has launched monkey into space, claims news agency: Kavoshgar rocket reached height of more than 75 miles and 'returned its shipment intact', news agency reports

Argentina and Iran agree truth commission: Argentina and Iran are to jointly set up a commission to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Israeli-Argentine Mutual Association (Amia) Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires.The commission will be made up of five independent judges, none of whom will be from either Argentina or Iran. Jewish organisation were reported to be vehemently opposed to the move.

Abbas: Liberman threatened to assassinate me: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel’s former foreign minister of threatening to assassinate him, adding that he is defenseless in the face of Israeli threats.

World 'must respect' Palestinian reconciliation: Hamas: Exiled Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal said on Monday the world "must respect" Palestinian reconciliation talks, after meeting King Abdullah II in Jordan, a palace statement said. "I am optimistic about the Palestinian reconciliation. " Meshaal was quoted as saying after meeting the king in Amman.

Israel uses deadly weapons on unarmed Palestinian protesters - watchdog: Israel is using lethal force on unarmed Palestinian protesters in the West Bank, according to the latest report by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. It says 56 people were killed in the clashes, with an average age of 18.

UAE accuses 94 of plot to seize power: The United Arab Emirates has referred 94 nationals to court on charges of plotting to seize power in the oil-rich Gulf state, saying they sought financial aid from the Muslim Brotherhood.

France 'totally bankrupt', says labour minister Michel Sapin: France's labour minister sent the country into a state of shock on Monday after he described the nation as “totally bankrupt”.

UK: London: Extremists plaster East End in posters declaring Sharia Law zone: Threatening posters have put up across the East End declaring parts of Tower Hamlets as zones operating under strict Islamic law.

Iceland Wins Major Case Over Failed Bank: On Monday, the court upheld the country’s refusal to promptly cover the losses of British and Dutch depositors who had put more than $10 billion in Icesave, the bankrupt online offshoot of a failed Icelandic bank.

Clash trashes Dominican Republic’s opposition party offices: Rival groups of PRD members exchanged gunfire, hurled stones and chairs at each other, leaving eight wounded, one of them seriously, prompting antiriot police to disperse a first wave with tear gas.

Former CIA officer: Jail sentence a ‘badge of honor’: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports on the case and Kiriakou says he leaked the information to speak out against torture, calling himself a “whistleblower.”

LA sheriff’s deputies shot unarmed Latino father of 2 in the back 7 times: “How am I supposed to explain to my daughters that their father was murdered by the police, the people who they are supposed to go to for protection,” asked Rosanna de la Trinidad three days after her husband was killed.

Pentagon to boost cybersecurity force fivefold: In an interview, a senior defense official said that the “national mission” teams would focus their efforts overseas and that any actions they took would be directed outside U.S. networks — unless the teams were asked to provide assistance to another agency with domestic authority, such as the FBI.

11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will Use to Track You: Cell phones that can identify you by how you walk. Fingerprint scanners that work from 25 feet away. Radars that pick up your heartbeat from behind concrete walls. Algorithms that can tell identical twins apart

Unauthorized unlocking of mobile phones set to be illegal in U.S.: Unlocking phones gives users the ability to freely skirt things such as roaming fees while traveling abroad or paying exorbitant fees for using other carrier services.

Immigration reform: US senators in bipartisan deal: The framework calls for a path to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US, while tightening border security.

Arizona Republicans Propose Bill That Would Not Allow Atheists To Graduate High School: A group of Arizona politicians — all Republicans, of course — have proposed a law (House Bill 2467) requiring public high school students to recite the following oath in order to graduate:


 January 28, 2013

Israeli Officials Confirm Blast at Iranian Nuclear Facility

By Yoel Goldman

Report cites intelligence sources who say Iran hasn’t evacuated area around Fordo plant; unclear if explosion was ‘sabotage or accident’

U.S. Could Strike Iran to Block Nuclear Progress: Ehud Barak

By The Daily Beast

If sanctions fail to halt Tehran’s nuclear weapons development, the Pentagon has plans for a ‘surgical operation’ to end the threat, the Israeli defense minister said.

Netanyahu Deploys 'Syrian' Iron-Dome
Israeli Minister Claims US Preparing 'Surgical' Strikes Against Iran

By Tyler Durden

Defense minister challenges idea that military operation against Iran would develop into a "full fledged war the size of the Iraqi war"; says surgical strikes will delay Tehran's nuclear drive "by a significant time frame." 

Paranoia Run Wild

By Paul Balles

Israel continues to insist on action to pre-empt Iran's capacity to develop nuclear weapons.

Preventative War Has Become The Rule
Belgian MP Laurent Louis stands against war in Mali and exposes the international neo-colonial plot

Must Watch - Video

"Preventative war has become the rule. And today in then name of democracy and the fight against terrorism, our states grant themselves the right to violate the sovereignty of independent countries and to overthrow legitimate leaders"

The United States Promotes Israeli Genocide Against the Palestinians

By Francis A. Boyle

These Israeli “grave breaches” of the Fourth Geneva Convention mandate universal prosecution for the perpetrators and their commanders, whether military or civilian, including and especially Israel’s political leaders.

Sheldon Adelson Invested in Fight Against Hagel

By Haaretz

Secretly-funded groups in the United States have been running advertisements against the appointment of Chuck Hagel to secretary of defense, with at least one of them describing him as "anti-Israel", "anti-gay" and "anti-women"

I killed people in Afghanistan. Was I right or wrong?

By Timothy Kudo,

When I joined the Marine Corps, I knew I would kill people. I was trained to do it in a number of ways, from pulling a trigger to ordering a bomb strike to beating someone to death with a rock.

Kiriakou and Stuxnet:
The Danger of the Still-escalating Obama Whistleblower War

By Glenn Greenwald

"the president's crackdown chills dissent, curtails a free press and betrays Obama's initial promise to 'usher in a new era of open government.'"

Talking to Reporters Is Not A Crime:
New Leak Investigation Threatens Press Freedom

By Trevor Timm

The FBI is using new, “sophisticated software to identify names, key words and phrases embedded in e-mails and other communications, including text messages, which could lead them to suspects.”

Common Causes:
Progressive forces acting together to build a better society

By Maude Barlow

Common Causes is an assembly of social movements dedicated to defending democracy, social justice, the environment and human rights in the face of an all-out assault by the Harper government.

18 Afghan police officers killed in two attacks: At least 18 Afghan police officers were killed in two separate explosions Saturday in Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, one of the bloodiest days in months for the force charged with the country’s security once Western troops leave.

Afghan suicide bomber kills anti-terror chief: Counter terrorism police chief, traffic chief and several other police officers killed in suicide attack in Kunduz.

Egypt’s Leader Declares State of Emergency in Three Cities; President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emergency and a curfew in three major cities on Sunday, as escalating violence in the streets threatened his government and Egypt’s democracy.

Three people dead, over 400 injured in 4th day of Egyptian clashes: Three people have been shot dead and over 400 injured in fresh clashes in the Egyptian city of Port Said. The death toll has risen to 48 as violence on the streets of Egypt continues for the fourth day in a row.

Libya: Brotherhood member assassinated: A Muslim Brotherhood official and member of the local council from Misrata was shot dead as he left a mosque in the Libyan city, a report said on Sunday.

France kills civilians in Mali: Residents of a Malian town are describing civilian casualties from airstrikes used by France to drive out Islamic militants.

Celebrations in Mali as French troops retake Gao: Video -

French and Malian troops begin restoring control in Timbuktu: Malian military source says troops met no resistance as they entered Timbuktu and were working towards securing the town

U.S. expands aid to French mission in Mali: The United States is significantly expanding its assistance to a French assault on Islamist militants in Mali by offering aerial refueling and planes to transport soldiers from other African nations, the Pentagon announced Saturday night.

Al Qaeda targets Germans, Britons in Libya: Spiegel: Al Qaeda is plotting to kidnap German and British citizens in Libya, the Spiegel weekly magazine quoted German intelligence sources as saying.

Britains warned to leave northern Somalia over 'specific threat': British citizens face a new "specific threat" in northern Somalia and should leave the region immediately, the Foreign Office warned on Sunday.

Syrian gov't intensifies attacks on rebels: The Syrian network for human rights said it documented 86 deaths across Syria Sunday -- including 26 in an around Damascus, 16 in Aleppo, 15 in Homs, 10 in Idlib, nine in Daraa, seven in Hama and one in Lattakia.

Islamic extremists threaten Syria’s Christians: The United States’ active support for regime change in Syria has signaled an anarchic scramble for power and influence, as neighboring states and terrorist groups such as al Qaeda vie for a share of the collapsing state. The Syrian civil war has become, in the words of Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, “a situation that is rapidly spinning out of control.”

Israeli minister welcomes report of huge blast at Iran nuclear plant: Israel’s Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter on Sunday welcomed a report that Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility had been rocked by a huge explosion.

Iran threatens 'axis of resistance' if West attacks Syria: IRAN will defend the Syrian government to the end to preserve an "axis of resistance" to Israel and the West, its ambassador in Damascus has warned.

Israel: We won’t wait till use of chemical weapons to attack Syria: Israeli Vice Premier Silvan Shalom said on Sunday any sign that Syria's grip on its suspected chemical weapons is slipping as it battles an armed uprising, could trigger Israeli military strikes.

Engineering consent for an attack on Iran Netanyahu warns of Iran, Syria: "We are continuing to monitor the lethal weapons in Syria, " Israel Radio quoted Netanyahu saying. "Iran's race to achieve nuclear capability must be stopped. We will prevent these threats from materializing. This is our first task as a government and a nation."

Engineering consent for an attack on Iran: Netanyahu: Iran preparing for another Holocaust: Israel must not make the mistake of underestimating the Iranian threat to destroy Israel, says Netanyahu, adding that his government's first and foremost mission remained to prevent Tehran from becoming a nuclear power.

U.S. Could Strike Iran to Block Nuclear Progress: Ehud Barak: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is confident, he says, that the United States has plans for surgical strikes against Iran as a last-ditch measure if Tehran refuses to stop its development of a nuclear weapons capability.

U.S. upgrades strike capabilities against Iran in Persian Gulf: The United States significantly upgraded its strike capabilities in the Persian Gulf last week when it stationed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) six F-22 "stealth" fighters with advanced strike features.

China defying sanctions imposed on Iran: The recently released data shows Iran’s crude oil exports to China soared to the second highest level in December 2012, despite US-led sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s energy sector.

Fiasco of Israeli plot to kill Saddam: A new book reveals how a disaster in the desert left five elite troops dead

A government of rich, white men; The leaders of the three parties that will form Israel's next government are four rich, white guys.

Sheldon Adelson invested in fight against Hagel: Secretly-funded groups in the United States have been running advertisements against the appointment of Chuck Hagel to secretary of defense, with at least one of them describing him as "anti-Israel", "anti-gay" and "anti-women", the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Thousands throng streets as UN team visits Yemen: Thousands thronged the streets of Sanaa Sunday to demand the scrapping of immunity given ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh under a UN-backed deal, as a Security Council team paid a rare visit to Yemen's capital.

'Assange effectively denied opportunity to enjoy asylum' – Ecuadorian FM: By not allowing passage to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from London to Latin America, where he was granted asylum, Britain infringes same international documents it vigorously lobbied for, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino tells RT.

CIA’s secret prison: ‘Poland dragging out investigation’: A Polish investigation into secret CIA jails is being suppressed because it will embarrass the top echelon of the country’s government, lawyers of two men held illegally in one of the CIA’s ‘black sites’ in Poland tell media.

Nicholas Stern: 'I got it wrong on climate change – it's far, far worse': Author of 2006 review speaks out on danger to economies as planet absorbs less carbon and is 'on track' for 4C rise

January 27, 2013

Jordan’s King Abdullah: “The New Taliban Are In Syria”

By Christopher Dickey

Speaking at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, King Abdullah warned of Al Qaeda’s presence in Syria and said that it could take years for peace to return to the war-torn country.

US-Led Sanctions Contribute To The Destruction Of Syria’s Millenary History

By Franklin Lamb

What “civil war”? What “crisis”? One is tempted to ask himself even though there continues to be intermittent “thuds” and a jet streaking overhead now and then en route apparently to one of the suburbs where clashes erupt intermittently. Continue

Holocaust And Extermination
A Terrible Normality

By Michael Parenti

President Barack Obama is not spineless. He is hypocritical but not confused. He is (by his own description) an erstwhile “liberal Republican,” or as I would put it, a faithful servant of corporate America. Continue

The Nation defends John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for the CIA

By Joseph Kishore

The “left” publication speaks on behalf of a privileged layer of the upper middle class, deeply complacent, lacking political principles and more and more integrated into the military and political establishment. Continue

Noam Chomsky : Long Distance Revolutionary


There is no doubt in my mind, my heart, and my soul that Mumia Abu-Jamal is an innocent man. Continue

Nature’s Capital Is The Limiting Resource

By Paul Craig Roberts

Only in science fiction can humans escape the consequences of destroying their own habitat
. Continue

Gun Owners Refuse to Register Under New York Law

By Alex Newman

According to news reports, gun rights activists are urging everyone to defy far-left Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new registration mandate while daring authorities to “come and take it.” 

 Clash between Pakistani Taliban and militia said to kill 31: At least 31 people were killed when Pakistan Taliban attacked a pro-government militia, according to reports from the two sides on Saturday, but the Taliban were beaten back after hours of fierce fighting.

'10 police killed in Afghanistan suicide attack': At least ten policemen were killed and 18 others, mostly civilians, were wounded in a suicide attack on Saturday in a crowded area of the northeast Afghan city of Kunduz, provincial authorities said.

Saudi prince calls for Syrian rebels to be armed: A senior member of Saudi Arabia's monarchy called on Friday for Syrian rebels to be given anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to "level the playing field" in their battle against President Bashar al-Assad

Iran warns against attack on Syria: Iran would consider any attack on Syria an attack on itself, a senior government official was quoted as saying on Saturday, in one of Tehran's most assertive defences of its ally yet.

Two Iraqi soldiers killed as hundreds attend funeral for protesters: Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and three others were abducted in Fallujah today as hundreds of mourners gathered in the city for the funeral of protesters killed during a shooting by army troops a day earlier, according to officials.

Sheik wants Iraq to hand over soldiers involved in the killing of 7 protesters: A Sunni sheik called on the prime minister of Iraq to hand over soldiers involved in the killing of 7 protesters in Fallujah or face "losses among their ranks." "They need to go back to their barracks and be stopped, or there may be losses among their ranks or the ranks of the police. With all honesty, Fallujah is boiling," he said.

Iraqi lawmakers pass law to block Maliki from third term: Lawmakers from Sunni, Kurdish and Shi'ite parties voted for the law, but the legislation still needs the president's approval and will face challenges in federal court after Maliki's supporters rejected it as illegal.

Rand Paul: ‘any attack on Israel will be treated as an attack on the United States’: “Well absolutely we stand with Israel,” he said in an interview with Breitbart News, “but what I think we should do is announce to the world – and I think it is pretty well known — that any attack on Israel will be treated as an attack on the United States.”

Lib Dems condemn MP's criticism of Israel ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day: He accused "the Jews" in Israel of "inflicting atrocities on Palestinians... on a daily basis".

26 dead in Egypt clashes : The clashes erupted after a Cairo court handed down the sentences over the riot last February in which 74 people were killed, and came a day after violence swept Egypt on the second anniversary of its uprising.

9 killed in deadly clashes across Egypt, Army : On the second anniversary of the 25 January uprising, deep rifts were exposed in post-revolution Egypt after 9 people were shot dead in nation-wide protests against Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Mursi.

Mali: French-led soldiers in control of Gao airport: French-led troops in Mali have taken control of the airport in the northern town and Islamist stronghold of Gao, the French defence ministry has said.
Both Gao's airport and the strategic Wabary bridge have been secured, though fighting continues in the town.

Mali crisis: US admits mistakes in training local troop: Gen Carter Ham of United States Africa Command (Africom) said its forces had failed to train Malian troops on "values, ethics and a military ethos".

U.S. may give $32M to train African troops in Mali: The Obama administration is seeking an additional $32 million to train African troops to fight Islamic extremists in Mali. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Friday the request had been made to Congress.

U.S., French leaders pledge expanded counter-terrorism in North Africa: The Obama administration sent some 100 military trainers last week to Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo and Ghana -- the nations that are poised to send their troops to Mali.

Fears grow that Libya is incubator of turmoil: Fears are growing that post-Moammar Gadhafi Libya is becoming an incubator of turmoil, with an overflow of weapons and Islamic jihadi militants operating freely, ready for battlefields at home or abroad.

Before he was overthrown and killed, Muammar Gaddafi warned jihadists would conquer northern Africa: The Islamists would pour in from Afghanistan, Algeria, and Egypt, he warned, saying, “These are beasts with turbans.”

What's the threat? North Korean rhetoric, reality: According to its official statements, North Korea is ready to go to the brink. But how serious are Pyongyang's threats?

Venezuela prison riot 'kills many': The riot was triggered when local media broadcast news that soldiers had been sent to Uribana prison in Barquisimeto to search for weapons, Prisons Minister Iris Varela said. The dead are thought to include inmates, guards and prison workers.

The First Prison Sentence Related To Gitmo Torture Goes To Someone Who Spoke Out Against It: Ex-CIA officer John C. Kiriakou became the first person to be sentenced to prison for issues related to torture at Guantanamo Bay on Friday– because he talked about, but did not participate in, “enhanced interrogation” techniques.

Total Surveillance : NYPD places full body scanners on the streets of New York - Video

US appeals panel agrees government can demand Twitter account info in WikiLeaks probe: A federal appeals court ruled Friday that prosecutors can demand Twitter account information of certain users in their criminal probe into the disclosure of classified documents on WikiLeaks.

Britain is experiencing 'worse slump than during Great Depression': Britain's recent economic performance is the worst since records began in the pre-Victorian era, experts said today, apart from the two immediate post-war slumps.

Businessweek: World 'Plunges Into Currency War': Governments from Germany, to Russia, to Brazil, to Thailand have expressed worry that the world is plunging into a currency war, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Jim Sinclair: This is the Big One!:" Legendary gold trader Jim Sinclair has sent another email alert to subscribers today, warning that the current reaction in gold is the big one, and the last play by the bullion banks to denude gold and silver investors of their positions

US banks shaken by biggest deposit withdrawals since 9/11: US Federal Reserve is reporting a major deposit withdrawal from the nation’s bank accounts. The financial system hasn’t seen such a massive fund outflow since 9/11 attacks.

More Americans delay retirement, keep working: Retirement is becoming a more distant dream for a rising number of older Americans, largely because they need the money but also because they are healthy enough to keep working.


January 26, 2013

France, Qatar, and the New World Disorder

By Gearóid Ó Colmáin

There are no words in any language to describe the atrocities NATO‘s contras are committing against the people of Syria.

France sends troops to secure Niger uranium mines

By Bill Van Auken

Barely two weeks after invading Mali with over 2,000 troops of the Foreign Legion, France has dispatched special forces troops to neighboring Niger to secure uranium mines run by the French state-owned nuclear power company Areva.

How Washington Helped Foster the Islamist Uprising in Mali

By Jeremy Keenan

How Washington’s Global War On Terror has come home to roost for the peoples of the Sahara.

Western Media Ratcheting Up Anti-Iran Propaganda?

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

The Los Angeles Times published an alarming piece of news entitled “ Cyber Corps program trains spies for the digital age ”.   The “cyber-warriors” who are headed for organizations such as the CIA, NSC, FBI, the Pentagon and so on, are trained to stalk, “ rifle through trash, sneak a tracking device on cars and plant false information on Facebook.

CIA Whistleblower Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison


John Kiriakou was the first to blow the whistle on Washington's torture program.

Why is Justice a One-eyed Blind Woman?
History Never Ends

By Eduardo Galeano

If international justice really exists, why are the powerful never judged?  The masterminds of the worst butcheries are never sent to prison.  Is it because it is these butchers themselves who hold the prison keys?

Exclusive: Billionaires Secretly Fund Attacks on Climate Science

By Steve Connor

Audit trail reveals that donors linked to fossil fuel industry are backing global warming sceptics.

The Great Dismal:
“What we speak becomes the house we live in.”

By Phil Rockstroh

How does one avoid being drowned in dumbness?

We're Screwed
Thoughts Following the Inauguration of Septimius Severus

By Fred Reed

The current donnybrook over guns is not a political question, like whether to raise or lower taxes. It is a clash of civilizations, a confrontation between two groups who seriously don’t like each other and hold irreconcilably different views of life.

Max Keiser's Unpleasant Facts on UK Economy


Max Keiser deliberes some unpleasant truthes on the state of the UK economy.

73 killed in Homs in five days: Activists say: Six rebels were killed by regime shelling and overnight fire fights in the Jobar district of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that 31 soldiers, 16 rebels and 26 civilians had died in violence there since Sunday.

Syrian security forces step up offensive for Homs areas: The Syrian army has stepped up an offensive on opposition Sunni Muslim strongholds in the central city of Homs, bringing in ground forces and loyalist militia to try to secure a major road junction, opposition sources said today.

Car bomb explodes near Syrian-Israeli border, 8 killed: Eight members of Syria's military intelligence were killed by an Islamist militant car bomb on Thursday night near the southern frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, opposition activists and a violence monitoring group said on Friday, Jan 25.

Syria's Bashar al-Assad won't fall soon, Jordan's king says: The embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not close to falling despite nearly two years of fighting between government forces and rebels seeking to depose him, Jordan's King Abdullah II said Friday.

Army kills six as Iraqi protesters call for PM to quit: Six demonstrators were killed and 35 were wounded when soldiers opened fire west of Baghdad as tens of thousands rallied in Sunni-majority areas calling for Iraq's Shiite leader to quit today.

Iraqi army pulls out from Falluja after deadly clashes with protesters; The Iraqi army has withdrew from Falluja, a city in the Sunni province of Anbar, after deadly clashes with protesters that left five anti-Maliki demonstrators killed, Al Arabiya correspondent reported Friday.

IAEA stresses Iran nuclear "dialogue": In a meeting with Israel's president this week, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano underlined the need to resolve differences with Iran diplomatically, the U.N. agency said on Friday, rather than war as Israeli leaders have mooted.

Britain lists Israel as nation with human rights record 'of concern': The criticism will unsettle the Jewish State, which proudly boasts it is the only democracy in the Middle East, and considers the UK an ally amid an increasingly critical Europe.

Afghan bomber targets NATO convoy, kills 5 civilians: A suicide car bomber targeting a NATO convoy in the northeastern Afghan province of Kapisa killed five civilians and injured at least 15 Friday, Afghan officials said.

Woman killed, 2 kids hurt in raid: A woman was killed and two minors were injured when the Afghan and foreign combined force raided house of a local council chairman in Tagab district of Kapisa province in the wee hours of Thursday.

Aid cut to Pakistan will be unkind: Kerry: American Senator John Kerry, President Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of state, said during his confirmation hearing on Friday that cutting US aid to Pakistan, would be a “dramatic, draconian and sledge-hammer” measure. Kerry also said that Pakistan’s role in leading the United States to Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad had not been sufficiently appreciated.

Britain sends spy plane to Mali amid fears of 'mission creep': "We have now decided to deploy Sentinel, a surveillance capability that has proved its worth in Libya and on an ongoing basis for counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan," said Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary.

French-led Mali troops retake northern Islamist town: "At present, Malian and French soldiers are in Hombori. There are no longer any Islamists on the ground," a local teacher said. A Malian security source said the forces were proceeding towards Gao.

Mursi: French War on Mali May Lead to Humanitarian Tragedy: “We reject the international intervention in Mali which will lead to great consequences and disasters that will make the situation so much worse than before,” Mursi said in a televised speech on Thursday.

Caught in the crossfire of Mali’s war: Tuareg refugees fleeing Islamist rebels have taken cover with the Dogon, an ancient tribe in central Mali. Now both fear annihilation as al-Qa’ida and Malian troops close in

Algeria hostage crisis: the full story of the kidnapping in the desert: Using survivors' testimonies, photography and video - some filmed by the hostages themselves - we piece together the narrative of the four-day In Amenas gas plant siege

Russia's Vladimir Putin says West is fomenting jihadi 'blowback': "The Syrian conflict has been raging for almost two years now. Upheaval in Libya, accompanied by the uncontrolled spread of weapons, contributed to the deterioration of the situation in Mali," Mr. Putin said at a meeting with new ambassadors in the Kremlin Thursday.

Clashes as tens of thousands flood Tahrir Square to mark Egypt revolt (PHOTOS): Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with Egyptian police in Tahrir Square, Cairo, protesting against President Mohamed Morsi and his party. The violence comes on the second anniversary of the Egyptian uprising that saw Hosni Mubarak toppled.

Watch live: Tahrir Square Live Video Stream: Egypt Protest

N. Korea threatens military action against ‘southern puppets’: Pyongyang has warned of ‘physical countermeasures’ against South Korea if they participate in the UN sanctions against the North. Tensions are simmering on the peninsula after North Korea announced a third military test ‘targeting’ the US.

China media threatens North Korea aid cut over atomic test: North Korea's sole major ally China will decrease aid to Pyongyang if it goes ahead with a planned nuclear test, state-run media said in an unusually frank warning on Friday.

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou given more than two years in prison: Judge says former intelligence officer who exposed aspects of use of torture should have been jailed for longer

Documentary: Secret CIA Prisons in Europe: After 9/11, the CIA began planting secret prisons in Poland and Lithuania. The Russian-based RT channel investigates two claims of the existence of these prisons and cam with a remarkable documentary

Webcam hackers can spy on you in secret: Could predators be spying on you and your kids through your computer's webcam? Authorities say criminals are now able to hack in and watch your every move -- without you ever knowing it.

Britain Could Be on Path to EU Exit: British Prime Minister David Cameron has begun a process that could lead to Britain's exit from the European Union - a result analysts say could devastate the country's economy.

Honduras 'no longer functioning' after plunging over fiscal cliff: Teachers have been demonstrating almost every day because they haven't been paid in six months, while doctors complain about the shortage of essential medicines, gauze, needles and latex gloves.

‘US should realize that world has changed’ – Venezuelan VP (RT Exclusive Video): The US has lots of troubles dealing with other nations as they haven’t come to grips with the new global reality, Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolas Maduro told RT in an exclusive interview. He also spoke about the health of President Chavez.

Israel’s Man in Venezuela: At a rally in June 2010, much to the disdain of the American Jewish Committee which dismissed the accusations as ‘baseless’,(1) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez publicly stated that Israel is funding the Venezuelan opposition:

Canada tribal chief ends hunger strike: A prominent tribal chief in Canada has ended her six-week-long hunger strike over aboriginal rights after indigenous groups and opposition parties signed a deal.

US battles record low temperatures: Lows of -46C recorded as area stretching from Midwest to New England turns parts of the country into an icebox.

Tina Turner 'to become Swiss, give up US passport': US pop legend Tina Turner, who has been living in Switzerland since 1995, will soon receive Swiss citizenship and will give up her US passport, Swiss media reported Friday.

January 25, 2013

Don’t Believe the (Liberal Zionist) Hype:
Israel’s Elections Ratified the Apartheid Status Quo

By Alex Kane

The liberal American Zionists are utterly delusional, grasping at any straw to try and convince the world that there is a possibility for a two-state solution and that Israel can make peace. Continue

Endgame Scenarios
Saudi Arabia v. Qatar on Syria

By Peter Lee

I am surprised that relatively little is written, in English anyway, about the divergence of aims between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Continue

Western Hypocrisy Exposed:
Syria: From Rebellion to Civil War:

By Nir Rosen - Audio:

Journalist Nir Rosen spent eight months in Syria during the current uprisings with unprecedented access to all parties to the conflict, from opposition leaders and activists on the ground, to insurgent leaders and fighters on the ground, to Syrian army, security and loyalist militias (leaders and fighters on the ground) Continue

Engineering consent for an attack on Iran:
The Viral Campaign to Set a “Red Line” for Iran

By Eli Clifton

A viral video calling on world leaders to a “set the red line” to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon has garnered over 1.3 million YouTube views thanks to a savvy social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Continue

War on Terror Forever

By Pepe Escobar

Exit "historical" al-Qaeda, holed up somewhere in the Waziristans, in the Pakistani tribal areas; enter al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). In Dempsey's words, AQIM "is a threat not only to the country of Mali, but the region, and if... left unaddressed, could in fact become a global threat." Continue

Russia To West:
We Told You Not To Overthrow Qaddafi!

By Michael Kelley

"Those whom the French and Africans are fighting now in Mali are the [same] people who ... our Western partners armed so that they would overthrow the Gaddafi regime," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference.

List of Children Killed by US (Drone Strikes) in Yemen and Pakistan

By Jadaliyya Reports

The following list was issued by Drones Watch on 20 January 2013. Continue

Obama's Legacy Of Murderer
Putting Our Bodies on the Line to Stop Drone Warfare

By Joy First

National, statewide, and local groups are all mobilizing and coming together to work to stop drone warfare.   They have formed a coalition called Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare (NSDSW). Continue

How the US Ignored International Law to Become World's Kidnapper and Torturer

By Ian Cobain

The CIA would decide who was to be killed and who was to be kept alive in a network of secret prisons, outside the US, where they would be systematically tormented until every one of their secrets had been delivered up. Continue

A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year
Hate Crimes in America (and Elsewhere)

By Rebecca Solnit

Here in the United States, there is a reported rape every 6.2 minutes, and one in five women will be raped in her lifetime. Continue


Afghanistan: Bomb kills 5 in Nangarhar blitz: The incident happened in Basolan area of Nawa district when a landmine exploded on dismounted police, said Muhammad Ismail Hotak, deputy head of Herlmand police coordination centre.

NATO Occupation Force Solider Killed In Afghanistan: One soldier with the NATO-led coalition forces were killed Wednesday in insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, the coalition forces confirmed in a press release.

Pakistan: Three cops killed in twin blasts in Karachi: Three police personnel including DIP Kamal Khan Mangan have been killed and several others were injured in two bomb blasts at Sher Pao Colony, Landhi on Thursday.

Second Pak politician shot dead : A Pakistani politician was shot dead in Karachi in the second such killing in a week, police said Wednesday, fuelling fears that violence may overshadow general elections expected this year.

Desecrations alarm Pakistan's Ahmadi sect: Ahmadi community identifies itself as Muslims, but are considered as heretics by majority of Pakistanis.

US kills seven people in Yemen: Wednesday's strike targeted a vehicle near the town of Khawlan, around 30km (20 miles) from the capital, Sanaa.

Malian Army accused of executing 33 civilians: The Malian Army summarily executed several people for allegedly helping Islamist rebels and threw the bodies into nearby wells, according to eyewitnesses independently interviewed by the Associated Press (AP) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

Mali's Ansar Dine rebel group splits into two: In a statement published Thursday by RFI radio, former Ansar Dine leader Alghabass Ag Intalla says the new group will be called the Islamic Movement for the Azawad. Intalla said the group is looking for a "negotiated solution," adding his men are willing to fight Ansar Dine.

Russia's Putin says regional revolts led to Algeria hostage: Putin and other Russian officials have said the United States and its NATO allies have sacrificed stability to their political ambitions in the Middle East and North Africa, often playing into the hands of radical Islamists.

Russia says West to blame for arms used by Mali rebels: "Those whom the French and Africans are fighting now in Mali are the [same] people who ... our Western partners armed so that they would overthrow the Gaddafi regime," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference.

UK, Germans, Dutch warn of threat to Westerners in Benghazi, Libya; urge nationals to leave: Britain, Germany and the Netherlands urged their citizens to immediately leave the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday in response to what they called an imminent threat against Westerners.

In Libya, fears of oil field attack grow: While Libya has ratcheted up its protection of Benghazi and its nearby oil fields, its government downplayed the situation on Thursday. "The Ministry of Interior strongly denies existence of threats against the stabilities and security of the Western citizens and residents who live in Benghazi, and assure that the Benghazi security situation is stable,"

How US Ambassador Chris Stevens May Have Been Linked To Jihadist Rebels In Syria: if the new Libyan government was sending seasoned Islamic fighters and 400 tons of heavy weapons to Syria through a port in southern Turkey—a deal brokered by Stevens' primary Libyan contact during the Libyan revolution—then the governments of Turkey and the U.S. surely knew about it.

France sees no sign Syria's Assad will be toppled soon: "Things are not moving. The solution that we had hoped for, and by that I mean the fall of Bashar and the arrival of the (opposition) coalition to power, has not happened," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in his annual New Year's address to the press.

Western Hypocrisy: Syria: From Rebellion to Civil War: Audio: Journalist Nir Rosen spent eight months in Syria during the current uprisings with unprecedented access to all parties to the conflict, from opposition leaders and activists on the ground, to insurgent leaders and fighters on the ground, to Syrian army, security and loyalist militias (leaders and fighters on the ground).

Police fire tear gas at protesters on eve of Egypt revolution anniversary: Egyptian riot police fired tear gas and clashed Thursday with dozens of protesters as they tried to tear down a cement wall built to prevent demonstrators from reaching the parliament and the Cabinet building in central Cairo.

42 Shia Muslims Killed in a Suicide Bomb by Saudi-Backed Terrorists in Iraq: A suicide bomber made his way into a Shia mosque north of Baghdad and blew himself up in the middle of a packed funeral on Wednesday, killing 42 people and leaving corpses scattered across the floor.

Iraqi security forces arrest 250 Saudi-backed terrorists: According to the commander of the Iraqi forces, Saudi spy chief Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had allocated 250 million US dollars for the terrorist operations in Iraq.

Sadr Movement Withdraw from Maliki’s Committee?: Sadr movement leader, Moqtada al-Sadr, struck a fatal blow to the seven-member committee tasked by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malik to consider the demands of protesters, announcing the withdrawal of all Sadr movement trend ministers from this commission.

Witness: Israeli soldier killed woman 'in cold blood': This, says Suad Jaara, 28, is what she witnessed Wednesday afternoon when Israeli officers near al-Arrub refugee camp shot her and her friend Lubna al-Hanash. Lubna, 22, died hours later.

Abbas to invite Israeli politicians to talk peace: Abed Rabbo says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants to sit down with Israeli lawmakers before Israel forms its next government. He said Thursday that all Israeli parties, "particularly the new ones," would be invited for dialogue on future accords.

After Israeli elections, Palestinians bracing for illusion of change: But to the Western diplomats who see the elections as a victory for Israel’s center-left, PLO representatives say that while Yesh Atid may be a centrist party in Israel, for the Palestinians it is a right-wing party in every way since it supports keeping the settlements in place and sees East Jerusalem as part of Israel’s capital.

US says Israel likely to boycott UN rights review: Israel is expected to boycott the UN Human Rights Council next week despite the United States urging its ally to show up for an examination of its record, the US ambassador said on Thursday.

Jordan's Islamists and other critics win quarter of the seats in new parliament: The surprise victory of 37 Islamist and other government critics despite an election boycott injects a degree of dissent into Jordan's newly empowered parliament.

Kerry: 'Do what we must' to stop Iran on nukes: Sen. John Kerry, President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of state, said Thursday that the United States will "do what we must" to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon even as he signaled that diplomacy remains a viable option with Tehran.

Engineering consent for an attack on Iran: "Nuclear Iran" is "approaching": Kissinger: "The consequences of an Iranian nuclear program is that other countries in the area will also want nuclear weapons," and when nuclear weapons become "almost conventional," "we would face a nuclear war at some point, which would be a turning point in world history," he said.

Iran president warns against issues causing Shia-Sunni division:" “The Zionist regime [of Israel] has established its dominance over a group of Muslims through deceit and lies, and Muslims are not united enough to confront this occupying regime because of different and incomplete interpretations of Qur'an.”

17 million low-income Iranians to receive staple food coupons: report: The government and the Majlis (parliament) agreed to give out rice, sugar and cooking oil to poor people and allocate two billion U.S. dollars to support low-income families in light of shortages of basic commodities and high inflation rate, according to Mehr.

12 suspected militants including 2 warlords killed in mountains of Chechnya: Officials in Chechnya say 12 suspected militants were killed in a special operation in this Russian North Caucasus republic that was launched after two policemen were killed and seven injured in an attack on a police station.

DPRK threatens "all-out action" against U.S.: - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday vowed to conduct more rocket launches and a higher-level nuclear test targeting its "sworn enemy" -- the United States.

Assange calls WikiLeaks film ‘propaganda attack’: Julian Assange has lashed out at a Hollywood film about WikiLeaks, calling it “a massive propaganda attack” against the whistle blowing website, also accusing it of fanning “flames of war” against Iran.

400 Christian Leaders to Lobby against Hagel Nomination: At least 400 Christian leaders will travel to Capitol Hill next week to lobby senators against the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense, pro-Israel group Christians United for Israel (CUFI) announced Wednesday.

Rand Paul Brutalizes Hillary Clinton: 'I Would Have Fired You!': Video - Watch the Full Clinton-Paul Exchange from the Benghazi Hearing

Anti-War Protester Interrupts Kerry Hearing : A protester interrupts Kerry's statement. She says, "you're killing people in the Middle East for no reason... I'm tired of my friends in the Middle East dying."

Assault weapons ban introduced in the Senate: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday introduced a bill banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, briefing members of Congress in front of a display featuring various deadly firearms that would be prohibited under the ban.

Andrew P. Napolitano: Guns and the President: Op-Ed : Who has killed more children, Adam Lanza or Barack Obama?

China, India to grow fastest in world: IMF: The IMF forecasts that the eurozone will stay in recession in 2013 with the currency area’s economy contracting by 0.2 per cent.

Obama Wants 100,000 American Students to Study in China: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday will celebrate the launch of a newly rebranded organization called the “100,000 Strong Foundation,” which aims to have 100,000 American students studying in China by 2014

Spain's unemployment rate reaches record high:Nearly 55 percent of Spanish youth under 25 years out of job as unemployment rate surges to 26 percent in final quarter.

January 24, 2013

Mali: the Fastest Blowback Yet in this Disastrous "War on Terror"

By Seumas Milne

The idea that jihadists in Mali, or Somalia for that matter, pose an existential threat to Britain, France, the US or the wider world is utter nonsense. Continue

Amb. Stephens Was Running Guns
Gen. Boykin’s Claims U.S. Gun-Running to Syrian Rebels Through Benghazi

By Billy Hallowell

“I believe there has been significant information that has come out recently calling into question whether the ambassador was either involved in or making preparations for supplying material to the Syrian resistance forces.” Continue

Murder Inc.
The Assassination Manual

By Paul Pillar

Writing this kind of manual represents the institutionalization of worldwide assassinations as a regular, ongoing business of the United States government. Continue

Prince's Harry: A Gun-horny Adolescent

By Joe Glenton

Captain Harry Wales; fighter, lover, occasional exhibitionist and warrior-prince of the House of Saxe-Gotha-Coburg. Continue

US Cooks Up Nuclear Fairy Tale on Iran

By Dr. Ismail Salami

US nuclear experts have called upon the Obama administration to impose tougher economic sanctions against Iran and resort to overt operations through using warplanes and missiles on Iranian nuclear sites. Continue

Hagel Apologizes, Reassures Jewish Leaders on Iran Position


Nominee for defense secretary says he's on board with Obama's posture on Iran, need to maintain Israel's military edge. Continue

The Untouchables
How the Obama Administration Protected Wall Street from Prosecutions

By Glenn Greenwald

A profound failure of justice that should be causing serious social unrest. Continue

Gospel of Intolerance:
American Evangelicals Finance Uganda's Antigay Movement

By Eric W. Dolan

Film exposes link between U.S. evangelicals and violent antigay Ugandan movement. Continue

Muslims Enforcing Sharia Law on the streets of London


The footage is likely to have come from East London, where 'Shariah zones' were set up last year. Continue

Five killed in Pakistan blast: At least five people were killed and three injured in a bomb blast in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region of Orakzai Agency, Xinhua reported.

Afghan ‘spy’ killed over US drone strikes: Militants on Wednesday dumped the mutilated body of a purported Afghan spy accused of collaborating on US drone strikes that killed a prominent warlord in Pakistan this month, officials said.

Polish soldier killed in Afghanistan: A soldier was killed in a rebel attack on Polish troops in the Ghazni province in Afghanistan, press spokesman of the Polish Armed Forces Operational Command Miroslaw Ochyra said on Wednesday.

42 killed by suicide bomb at Iraq Shiite mosque: The attack, which also left 75 people wounded, struck at the Sayid al-Shuhada mosque in Tuz Khurmatu, 175 kilometres (110 miles) north of Baghdad, and targeted the funeral of a relative of a politician who was killed a day earlier.

Obama regime kills another 7 People in Yemen: : The officials say the drone attack took place Wednesday near the town of Khawlan, some 35 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of the capital. Military officials and tribal witnesses say the car was destroyed, and burnt bodies could be seen inside the wreckage.

UN to whitewash US drone strikes: UN to examine UK and US drone strikes: Strikes will be studied to assess extent of any civilian casualties, identity of militants targeted and legality of actions

Russia Criticizes Syria Rebel 'Obsession' With Assad Exit: Russia's foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said on Wednesday that the main obstacle to peace in Syria is the opposition's "obsession with the idea of toppling the Bashar al-Assad regime."

Christians in Syria Fearful of FSA -Video - Patriarch Exposes FSA Tactics

Destroying mosques of Shia Muslim in Syria: Video

Syria: Attacks on Religious Sites Raise Tensions: Armed opposition groups appeared to have deliberately destroyed religious sites in mixed areas of Northern Syria, in November and December 2012, Human Rights Watch said

War criminal : Blair: Assad opposition 'increasingly led by extremists': "If we don't help the sensible people opposed to Assad, this opposition to Assad will increasingly be led by the extreme groups - and is increasingly being led by the extreme groups," he warned.

Turkish protesters, angry at NATO missiles, attack German troops: Members of the Turkish Youth Union (TGB), affiliated to the Turkey Workers’ Party, attacked the soldiers in the center of the city on Tuesday and tried to put sacks on their heads.

Russia warns Israel, West against attack on Iran: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted strongly at possible military action to stop Iran from developing an atomic bomb. In an election victory speech on Wednesday, he said preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons would be the main challenge for a new government.

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian woman in West : Witnesses said Lubna Hanash and her companions were walking to al-Arroub College when men in Israeli military uniforms travelling in a civilian car shot at the group.

Abbas intimates that Israel wants to kill him: PA head, in interview, also suggests Israel killed Arafat, says Zionism had links to Nazism before WWII; Israeli source dismisses accusations
PA threatens to sue Israel at ICC for settlements: "If Israel would like to go further by implementing the E1 (settlement) plan and the other related plans around Jerusalem … we will be going to the ICC … We have no other choice. It depends on the Israeli decision," the Palestinian foreign minister stated.

Netanyahu in coalition talks after narrow win: Ahmed Assaf, a spokesman for the Fatah movement, described the Palestinians as "the main losers from this duel between the racist right-wing parties."

North Nigeria violence leaves 23 dead: At least 23 killed in two separate attacks believed to be carried out by armed group Boko Haram.

Mali conflict: Troops accused of 'summary executions': Mali's army has carried out a "series of summary executions" as it fights to recapture the Islamist-controlled north, a rights group has said.

Mali war declared ‘Islamic’: The government of Mali does not intend to leave religious affairs solely to Islamist militant groups; the Islamic Supreme Council publicly gave their blessing and support to France’s military activities in the country. To prevent any religious backlash, the council has cast its judgment that the war is permissible.

U.S. on Algeria: We knew ‘something big’ was coming: House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers said Sunday the United States received reports “something big” was going to target the West, but specifics were lacking and Algeria was a surprise.

Libya's security not better since Benghazi attack, expert says: "The problem with Libya is that there were no boots on the ground after the revolution, and the Libyan army and Libyan police basically evaporated," said Lawrence. "Basically in Libya, you've got 1,700 militias running the country still and not much of the police or army infrastructure."

Former Special Forces Commander: Was U.S. Running Guns to Syrian Rebels Via Benghazi? : Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, who worked with the CIA—told CNSNews.com in a video interview last week that he believes it is a reasonable supposition that the U.S. was supporting or planning to support the Syrian rebels via Benghazi, Libya.

On the day of his death, US ambassador to Libya warned that he was in danger: Hours before US Ambassador Christopher Stevens died in a terrorist attack in Libya, he sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a cable warning that local militias were threatening to take away security officers guarding the US diplomats.

Re-Live Hillary Clinton's Long, Dramatic Benghazi Day on Capitol Hill: Here you'll find our breakdown of the proceedings, featuring all the back-and-forth, important quotes now on the congressional record, video clips of the most heated moments, and some reactions from Twitter's chattering class

Google report reveals continued rise in US government requests for data: According to its latest transparency report, the number of requests for private data Google received from US officials had increased by 136% by the end of 2012 from the second half of 2009, when the search firm first started collecting data.

General John Allen cleared in Petraeus sex scandal: The Department of Defense has concluded their investigation of General John Allen and has determined that the top US commander in Afghanistan did not have an inappropriate relationship with a woman linked to former CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus.

Outrage grows as records reveal bishops covered-up California sex abuse: Victims of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clerics voiced anger after newly-released records showed church leaders discussing how to cover up priests’ alleged crimes in California in the 1980s.

Growing use of Sharia by UK Muslims: The use of Sharia, or Islamic religious law, is growing in Britain, with thousands of Muslims using it to settle disputes each year, but women's groups and some others are objecting. 

January 22, 2013

Powder Keg in the Pacific

By Michael T. Klare

Will China-Japan-U.S. Tensions in the Pacific Ignite a Conflict and Sink the Global Economy? Continue

Imperialist Powers Escalate War in Mali

By Ernst Wolff

“This is a global threat and it will require a global response... that is about years, even decades, rather than months,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said over the weekend. Continue

The Conflict in Mali Has Nothing to Do With Fighting Terrorists

By Assed Baig

France and the West, in my opinion, are much more brutal than any rebel group. Continue 

The New Law is Lawlessness
Is This Endless War on Terror The New Normal?

By TheYoungTurks

"That timeline suggests that the United States has reached only the midpoint of what was once known as the global war on terrorism." Continue

Obama's Overlooked War and Lethal Presidency

By Jason Kottke

As Obama said that "a decade of war is now ending" in his inauguration speech, a drone strike killed three suspected Al Qaeda members in Yemen. Continue

Cornel West Exposes Obama Hypocrisy

Must Watch Video

“All of the blood, sweat and tears that went into producing a Martin Luther King, Jr. generated a brother of such high decency and dignity that you don’t use his prophetic fire for a moment of presidential pageantry" Continue

Obama’s Second Inauguration: Big Money but No Big Lines

By Dave Lindorff

The president’s Inauguration Committee solicited and had, by this last weekend, accepted over $124.3 million in contributions from corporations and labor unions. Continue

Wrist Slap for 'Too Big to Fail or Jail' JPMorgan Chase

By Tom Burghardt

When it came to lax drug money laundering controls, the suspicion persists that somewhere fugitive billionaire drug lord Chapo Guzmán is smiling as he enlarges his stable of thoroughbreds. Continue

"We're Going to Kill the Dollar"
The Fed’s Plan B

By Mike Whitney

This is the Fed’s plan: Bail out the banks, transfer the banks bad bets onto its own balance sheet, hammer the greenback, slash wages (via inflation), boost exports, and pump as much money as possible into the unproductive, overbuilt black hole we call the US housing market. Continue

The Obsession with Falsehood and Tall Tales

By Harvey E. Whitney, Jr.

A modern society which apparently has constructed mechanisms of truth disclosure, such as cameras and GPS tracking, cannot seem to conquer its obsession with falsehoods. Continue

- Rise of the Machines -

Documentary Video

Most people see drones as a controversial weapon prowling over foreign battlegrounds. But as America's military campaigns wind down, these machines are coming home and set to change civilian lives forever. Continue 

56 killed as Syria rebels clash with Kurds – activists: At least 56 people have been killed in a week of fighting in northeast Syria between anti-government rebels and members of the long-oppressed Kurdish minority who have seized on the civil war to try to secure self-rule, activists said on Tuesday, January 22, according to Reuters.

Syria car bomb kills 30, separate blast rocks capital: A suicide car bombing in central Syria killed at least 30 people, a watchdog said, also reporting a powerful blast in Damascus, as the Arab League said UN efforts to end the conflict had failed to bring even a "glimmer" of hope.

At least 23 regime forces killed in Syria's Homs: activists: At least 23 soldiers and pro-regime militiamen have been killed, and dozens wounded, in three days of fierce clashes in the central city of Homs, a flashpoint in Syria's conflict, activists said Tuesday.

Syrian rebel politicians show scant progress: Syria's main rebel group said yesterday that it had postponed a decision on forming a government-in-exile at its meeting in Istanbul. The organisation, which has so far found it almost impossible to agree on anything significant, said that it needs guarantees of support from dissident forces on the ground inside Syria.

Russia pulls a hundred citizens from Syria.: Though the Kremlin said the move was 'absolutely not an evacuation,' some wonder if it preludes the withdrawal of the tens of thousands of Russians living in war-torn Syria.

Moscow not to evacuate nat''ls from Syria: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov said here Tuesday his country has no plan to evacuate its nationals from Syria, which has been hit by unprecedented protests and unrest

Turkish Police Arrest Dozens of Anti-Patriot Protesters: Turkish police have arrested 25 protesters on Monday who condemned the arrival of NATO’s Patriot missiles to be deployed near the border with Syria after they tried to get through the barricades at Incirlik Air Force Anti-Patriot protestsBase in the city of Adana.

Turkish forces kill four Kurdish militants as clashes rage on: The four Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas were killed in countryside in the Midyat district of Turkey's southeastern Mardin province, near the border with Syria, and fighting was ongoing, the officials said.

Spate of Iraq attacks kill 26: Tuesday's bloodiest blasts struck an army checkpoint south of Baghdad, a military base north of the capital, and a mostly Shiite neighbourhood in the city's north, security and medical officials said.

Iran, Russia sign security agreement: Iran and Russia have signed a joint security agreement today in Tehran, Mehr news agency reported. The agreement was signed by Iran's Intelligence Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Kolokoltsev.

Obama regime kills dozens in Afghanistan: Dozens of people have been killed in two successive US-led assassination drone strikes in eastern Afghanistan, Press TV reports. The deadly attacks took place in eastern Nuristan province late on Monday.

Obama regime kills another 8 people in Pakistan: “US drones fired missiles on two militant compounds. At least eight militants have been killed,”

Drone attacks violation of international law, counter productive, says Hina : Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Tuesday said drone attacks on Pakistani territory are violation of international laws and virtually proving counter productive.Speaking in Senate, she said the drone attacks are against the independence and national security of the country

Pak should admit to its support for US drone attacks: This is a clear case of expediency taking precedence over principle, it further said.

Afghan police killed in Kabul suicide attack: At least two police officers were killed Monday when five gunmen armed with suicide vests and rocket-propelled grenades stormed the headquarters of the Kabul traffic police department, setting off a firefight that lasted more than eight hours, Afghan officials said.

Prince Harry's assertion that he killed Taliban in Afghan combat draws intense coverage in UK:. Asked if he had killed from the cockpit, the third-in-line to the British throne said: "Yeah, so, lots of people have."

'Arrogant and insensitive': Stop the War Coalition attacks Prince Harry for admitting he has killed Taliban insurgents: The Taliban have also condemened the third in line for the throne, calling him a 'coward'

Obama regime kills another 3 people in Yemen: Three "suspected" Al-Qaeda militants were killed in a US drone strike on Tuesday north of the Yemeni capital, tribal sources and witnesses said.

Yemen minister blasts drone use: A cabinet minister criticised on Tuesday the use of pilotless U.S. drones against suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen, a tactic that has outraged communities in targeted areas, and urged a move to ground operations to avoid hurting civilians.

Britain says Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution almost dead; Britain said on Tuesday prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are almost dead because of expanding Jewish settlement in occupied territory, and warned Israel it was losing international support.

Suspected Islamist gunmen kill 18 in northeast Nigeria: Suspected Islamist gunmen fired on residents of a market town in northeast Nigeria, killing 18 in one of their deadliest attacks for several weeks, a local government official said on Tuesday.

French retake key town in Mali: “The operation in Diabaly is currently ongoing,” said a French military spokesman. The town appeared to be back under control of Malian and French forces.

Is Qatar fuelling the crisis in north Mali?: Oil-rich gulf state Qatar has a vested interest in the outcome of the north Mali crisis, according to various reports that have been picked up by French MPs, amid suspicion that Doha may be siding with the rebels to extend its regional influence.

Algerian PM: Canadian coordinated hostage-takers: "A Canadian was among the militants. He was coordinating the attack," Sellal told a news conference, adding that the raiders had threatened to blow up the gas installation. The Canadian's name was given only as Chedad.

Algeria hostage-takers aided by Libyan Islamists: Militants who seized an Algerian gas plant before they were killed in a bloodbath received logistical aid from Islamists in Libya, a well-informed source told AFP on Tuesday.

Terrorists 'may have carried' British arms: Terrorists "squarely" responsible for the deaths of Britons in Algeria could have been carrying British weapons from neighbouring Libya, William Hague admitted yesterday.

Terror in North Africa: are Westerners pulling the strings? English-speaking jihadis seen in Mali, as a Canadian is reported to have co-ordinated Algeria attack

Panetta: U.S. Assistance to French in Mali Could Serve as Model; Panetta’s comments came at the same time that the first American C-17 landed in Mali as part of a U.S. effort to assist France’s military intervention in that country against al Qaeda affiliated insurgents.

House calls on Italian govt to give Mali air support; The proposal calls for support over a two-month period and extendable to three. Italy's contribution would include aircraft to transport personnel and equipment.

Hollande has set alarming precedent for intervention: Op-Ed: Although France became involved in Mali under the banner of anti-terrorism, it is not entirely accurate to say that Malian rebels are terrorists. The nature of the Mali issue is more akin to that of a civil war among different political groups.

China's Buying A Fleet Of Russian Bombers Perfect For Taking On The US Navy: The deal struck with Russia includes 36 aircraft: a batch of 12 followed by a second batch of 24 additional bombers.

The U.S. prepares for military action in Bolivia: To carry out such operations without the formal permission of the host country, is an open challenge, demonstrating a disregard for the laws of Bolivia and its leadership. According to Vice-President Garcia, this is an «attack on the sovereignty of the country, and a preparation for a military attack on Bolivia.

Chavez Preparing Venezuela Return, Bolivia’s Morales Says; Bolivian President Evo Morales said cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez is preparing to return home, a day after Venezuela’s foreign minister said the self- declared socialist joked and laughed during a meeting at his hospital bedside in Havana.

US commandos boost numbers to train Mexican forces; The Pentagon is stepping up aid for Mexico's bloody drug war with a new U.S.-based special operations headquarters to teach Mexican security forces how to hunt drug cartels the same way special operations teams hunt al-Qaida, according to documents and interviews with multiple U.S. officials.

Mexico: victims' movement calls for US gun control: On Jan. 14 Mexican poet and human rights activist Javier Sicilia and Mexican political scientist Sergio Aguayo Quezada brought the US embassy in Mexico City a letter signed by 54,558 people calling on US president Barack Obama and other officials to stop the flow of smuggled firearms from the US to Mexico.

Source: Multiple people shot at Texas college: Campus officials confirm that the campus has been locked down, and students and staff are being evacuated.

Harvard professor looks for 'adventurous woman' who agrees to give birth to cloned Neanderthal: Prehistoric men may soon be walking the earth again. One of the world’s leading geneticists is in search of a female volunteer to give birth to a Neanderthal – a species that went extinct more than 33,000 years ago.


January 21, 2013

Algeria Hostage Crisis:
Most Weapons Used in Attack Came From Libya

By Mélanie Matarese, Algiers

The Islamists wore the same type of outfits that Qatar provided to Libyan National Transitional Council rebels by Qatar - The also employed 60mm gun-mortars used by France and Libyan rebels.

The US Was Operating In Mali Months Prior To French Incursion:
Meet The "Intelligence and Security Command"

By Tyler Durden

The US was on the ground and engaged in secret missions, it needed an alibi to avoid "destabilizing" the local situation once its presence became conventional wisdom. It got just that, thank to one Francois Hollande just over a week ago.

Mali's Army Suspected of Abuses and Unlawful Killings as War Rages

By Afua Hirsch in Mopti, Mali

Amnesty International says it has evidence of civilian executions and indiscriminate shelling of nomadic Tuaregs' camp. Continue

Shedding Crocodile Tears While Collaborating with U.S.-Led Sanctions

By Franklin Lamb

Are the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation targeting Syria’s civilian population? Continue

The Bared Teeth of the Syrian War: Qatar Feels the Brunt


The “Arab Spring” instigated by Qatar and its allies in Syria is slowly but surely beginning to subside, and the real people behind the terrible spectacle known as the “Syrian Revolution” are being mercilessly and cynically exposed. Continue

Waking Up in Tehran

By David Swanson

Iran has been run by a bunch of subhuman lunatics with whom rational people couldn't really talk if they wanted to.  These monsters only understand force. Continue

Bomber in Chief: 20,000 Airstrikes in the President's First Term
Cause Death and Destruction From Iraq to Somalia

By Nicolas J.S. Davies

Day after day, U.S. air strikes have conclusively answered the familiar question of 9/11: "Why do they hate us?" Continue

"Beyond Vietnam"
A Time to Break Silence

By Rev. Martin Luther King

Time magazine called the speech "demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi," and the Washington Post declared that King had "diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people."

MLK's Vehement Condemnations Of US Militarism Are More Relevant Than Ever

By Glenn Greenwald

"How can they trust us when now we . . . charge them with violence while we pour every new weapon of death into their land? Surely we must understand their feelings even if we do not condone their actions."

A Time for ‘Sublime Madness’

By Chris Hedges

The decimation of civil liberties, carried out in the name of fighting terror, will shackle us to an interconnected security and surveillance state that stretches from Moscow to Istanbul to New York.

Time to Target the Real Terrorists
The Return of COINTELPRO?

By Tom McNamara

Approximately 20,000 people were investigated by the FBI based only on their political views and beliefs. Most were never suspected of having committed any crime. Continue

Eight killed in Kabul attacks: Suicide bombers and gunmen launched an eight-hour assault on the headquarters of the Kabul traffic police today, Afghan officials said, in the second coordinated attack on a government building in less than a week.

US Kills 2 people In Afghanistan: : Two "commanders of Taliban" were killed in drone attack in Kunar province yesterday. The Shamshad 202 police zone said to BNA, the incident happened in the outskirt of Ghaziabad district as a result of which, two commanders of Taliban were kille

Afghan militants fire at Pakistani soldiers, 1 killed, 1 wounded: A Pakistani paramilitary soldier was killed and another was wounded when Afghan militants fired at them from across the border, said reports.

Prince Harry: I've killed in Afghanistan. But Dad wants me to act like a prince: At end of four-month tour, Captain Wales describes his time at Camp Bastion and frustration with sections of the media

2 security personnel killed in Pak blast: At least two security personnel were killed and nine others injured in a bomb attack that targeted their vehicle in the restive Mohmand tribal region of northwest Pakistan on Monday.

Algeria Hostage Crisis: Most Weapons Used in Attack Came From Libya: The Islamists wore the same type of outfits that Qatar provided to Libyan National Transitional Council rebels by Qatar - The also employed 60mm gun-mortars used by France and Libyan rebels.

Libya rejects attacks on Mali: PM: Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zaidan said Saturday that Libya rejects military attacks on Mali, calling for solving the Malian crisis through dialogue, the state TV reported.

France seeks Gulf financing of its war in Mali: With the French military operations in Mali expected to last longer than expected, Paris has sought funding from rich Arab Gulf states, saying “everybody” should help in fighting the al-Qaeda-linked extremists in the African country.

French troops retake central Malian strongholds in push for 'total reconquest': The recent push came amid news that militants were beginning to abandon their positions to regroup in the northern mountainous region of Kidal, 1,500 kilometers from the French and African forces’ arrival point in Bamako.

West Africa: 'Nigerian Troops Ill-Equipped for War in Mali': There are speculations that due to lack of adequate training and discipline, the over 1,200 Nigeria troops would not be directly involved in combat operations to oust the militiamen from the northern region of Mali.

After French Criticism, Washington Drops Payment Demand: France is increasingly upset by what it sees as limited Obama administration support for the war it is waging in Mali against al Qaeda militants, including an initial U.S. demand, since dropped, that Paris foot the bill for any Air Force transport flights, French officials said.

Netanyahu expressed his support for French military operation in Mali: "While there are countries for which the threat of terrorism is thousands of kilometers away from the homes of their citizens, we in Israel are familiar with the threat of global terrorism from up close. For us it is only a few hundred meters away from our homes."

Algeria Attack May End Syrian Rebels’ Hope for Arms Aid: Arms used or procured in Libya’s 2011 revolution have helped to promote a rebellion across the border in Mali and turned up in last week’s assault in neighboring Algeria that left at least 23 hostages dead, French officials said.

Saudi Arabia Sent Death Row Inmates to Fight in Syria in Lieu of Execution: A top secret memo sent by the Ministry of Interior in Saudi Arabia reveals the Saudi Kingdom sent death-row inmates, sentenced to execution by decapitation, to Syria to fight Jihad against the Syrian government in exchange for commuting their sentences.

Syrian opposition leaders fail to form government: Syrian opposition leaders said on Monday they had failed to put together a transitional government to run rebel-held areas of the country, a blow to the exiled group trying to present an alternative to President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

Syrian opposition seeks Qatar backing for transition government: The head of Syria's opposition coalition has flown to Qatar to secure promises of financial aid for a transitional government in rebel-held areas, sources at negotiations in Istanbul said on Sunday.

Syria opposition meets to name PM-in-exile: Syria's opposition umbrella group met Sunday in a bid to name a prime minister-in-exile, a day after the Damascus government ruled out any calls for the ouster of Bashar al-Assad.

Russia sending aircraft to evacuate citizens from Syria: Russia is sending two planes to Beirut on Tuesday to evacuate more than 100 of its citizens from Syria, Russian agencies quoted the Emergencies Ministry as saying on Monday.

Four killed in attacks in Iraq: In the first attack, two policemen were gunned down in a drive-by shooting near the northern city of Mosul. Another officer was injured, police officials said. In the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, a civilian driver was killed when his truck hit a roadside bomb.

US, NATO seek to create chaos in Iraq through Qatar, Turkey: Nozar Shafiei, a member of Iran’s Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, said on Saturday that Doha and Ankara play a major role in creating chaos in Iraq at the behest of Washington and the alliance of NATO. The same thing happens in Syria, the Iranian lawmaker added.

Israel grounds UAVs in Azerbaijan for fear of Iran seizure: Israel has grounded its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Azerbaijan after Iran’s capture of two US-made RQ-150 drones.

South Sudan signs oil deals with Israeli companies: Petroleum minister: According to a statement issued by the ministry on January 18, the oil-rich East African state signed the deals with the companies to export oil to Israel.

U.S. kills four people in Yemen: sources: Tribal sources said a pilotless plane had attacked a car on a main road linking the capital Sanaa with Maarib. "The strike burnt the car which was carrying four suspected al Qaeda (militants) and killed those in it," a source told Reuters.

Yemenis block road connecting Marib to Sana’a over US drone attacks: On Saturday, at least eight people were killed in US drone attacks in Abieda valley in Marib province. Local residents said two Saudi nationals were among the dead.

Former CIA Legal Adviser Hits Obama Over Targeted Killing: Op-Ed: Oddly, under current law, Congress and the courts are involved when presidents eavesdrop on Americans, detain them or harshly interrogate them—but not when they kill them.

Anti-Torture Efforts in Afghanistan Failed, U.N. Says: Despite concerted efforts for more than a year to train Afghan intelligence and police officials in interrogation techniques that respect human rights, the United Nations investigation found that incidences of torture by the police had risen.

Binyamin Netanyahu rejects calls for Palestinian state within 1967 lines: Israeli prime minister says border would be impossible to defend and allow 'Hamas 400 metres from my home'

Israeli Authorities Change Route Of Wall To Fully Annex Jerusalem For Israel: The Israeli Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that they will re-route a section of the Wall east of Jerusalem in order to close off an existing gap and fully annex the city of Jerusalem into Israel.

Israeli teachers paid for military recruitment: Israel is encouraging and financing a new form of patriotism by offering bonuses to high school teachers who succeed in motivating students to do their army service. The move has sparked a wave of criticism of the Ministry of Education.

'Horrific' New Mexico shooting leaves 5 dead; investigators arrest 15-year-old: - Sheriff's investigators combed through what one called a "horrific" crime scene Sunday after the shooting deaths of five people, three of them children, at a home outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

NBC Admits No Assault Rifle Used At Sandy Hook : Video - Though President Obama pushes forward with an assault rifle ban using the trajgedy at Sandy Hook as an example, NBC news admits there was no assault rifle used at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Profiting off hunger: Wall Street makes big gains over food price spikes: Powerful firms like Goldman Sachs have made hundreds of millions of dollars in food future trades. Critics accuse them of profiting off starvation and market manipulation, while traders claim their profits are due to increasing consumption in China.

Azerbaijan to Withdraw All Gold From JP Morgan Vaults: The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan has withdrawn the first ton of its physical gold from JP Morgan vaults, and placed it in their own Central Bank vaults in Baku.

Finance, banking the least-trusted industries, survey finds: Only 46% of U.S. respondents said they trusted the financial services industry, and only 41% said they trusted banks in 2012, according to PR agency Edelman's annual survey of consumers' trust.

Ranks of working poor increasing: Nearly a third of the nation’s working families earn salaries so low that they struggle to pay for their necessities, according to a new report.


January 20, 2013

Algeria: The Slaughter of the Good and Bad

By Robert Fisk

The real rulers in this country are a military who were "blooded" in a civil war that taught them to care as little for the innocent as they do for the guilty. Continue

The Algerian Kidnappers and the Case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

By Yvonne Ridley

The only thing that surprised me when I heard that the Algerian kidnappers had called for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui was that it hadn’t happened sooner. Continue

"Now The Strong Devour The Weak"
Islamist Nusra Front gives BBC exclusive interview

By Paul Wood

The Nusra Front is outside the FSA and has a reputation for discipline and honesty. It is also a jihadi group behind most of the suicide bombings in Syria and as such is on a US blacklist of terrorist organisations. Continue

What Happened In Homs
 ITV Video report
 Homs residents says rebels responsible for latest massacre.

 Assad's overthrow "red line" for Iran: supreme leader's aide

By Reuters

A senior aide to Iran's supreme leader warned against the overthrow of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, saying his fate was a "red line", in one of the Islamic state's strongest messages of support for the Damascus government. Continue

The Wandering Who?
Israel. Judaism, Zionism and Palestine

Video Interview With Gilad Atzmon

A Study Of Jewish Identity Politics, the lobby, the power and Jewish 'progressive' spin in particular. Continue

The Institutionalization of Tyranny

By Paul Craig Roberts

For Washington, victory means stamping out moral conscience and protecting a corrupt government from public exposure of its war crimes.

Do Americans Think We Face Tyranny?


Luke Rudkowski hits the streets of NYC to find out what people think about the possibility of Tyranny in the United States. Continue

The Moral Torment of Leon Panetta

By Ray McGovern

After four years in this swamp of moral and legal relativism, Panetta has turned to Pope Benedict for prayers and blessings, an ironic choice since Benedict himself has shown a high tolerance for sloshing around in this muck. Continue

Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows

By Ron Kovic

Nearly half a century has passed since I left my house in Massapequa, N.Y., to join the United States Marine Corp and begin an extraordinary journey that led me into a disastrous war that changed my life and others of my generation profoundly and forever. Continue

The African-American Army

By David Swanson

Why should anyone participate in oppressing anyone anywhere for the Pentagon? Continue

MLK Injustice Index 2013
Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

By Bill Quigley

We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values…when machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered. Continue

The Radicalization of Martin Luther King


Anthony Monteiro: Obama's presidency has nothing to do with the legacy of King, it's actually the opposite.

25 bodies found in seized Algerian gas plant, Al-Qaeda commander takes responsibility for hostage crisis: The bodies of 25 more hostages have been found at an Algerian facility as the operation to clear the seized site continues. It comes as Al-Qaeda linked commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibly for the deadly hostage drama at the gas plant.

As it happened: Algeria hostage crisis: BBC Video Report

Fact or fiction? Veteran jihadist claims Algeria siege for al Qaeda: A veteran Islamist fighter claimed responsibility on behalf of al Qaeda for the Algerian hostage crisis, a regional website reported on Sunday, tying the bloody desert siege to France's intervention across the Sahara in Mali.

France's Fabius says Africa 'must' send troops to Mali: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France had been obliged to send in troops "very, very rapidly otherwise there would be no more Mali".

Terrorism is just one of many scourges to beset the people of Mali for decades: Op-Ed: Blaming al-Qaida or neo-colonialism is too simple in a country where many have been marginalised for too long

Mali's army suspected of abuses and unlawful killings as war rages: Amnesty International says it has evidence of civilian executions and indiscriminate shelling of nomadic Tuaregs' camp

Two soldiers killed in Nigerian blast: Two soldiers were killed and five others injured Saturday in an explosion in Okene city in Nigeria’s central Kogi state, an army spokesman said, adding that they were part of the contingent set to be deployed to Mali.

Libyan defense minister survives firefight with former rebels: Libya’s defence minister was unhurt Saturday after being caught in a firefight between his bodyguards and ex-rebels at an airbase in the east of the country, his deputy told AFP.

12 killed in Aleppo explosion: Twelve people were killed when an explosion rocked a government -held district of the disputed Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday, a monitoring group said, and both sides in the conflict accused the other of mounting the attack.

Is Turkey using jihadists to fight Kurds in Syria?: Syrian Kurds urged the opposition on Saturday to halt a siege against them by Islamist rebels, as the UN condemned the killing of dozens of children across the country over the past week.

Syrian Foreign Minister calls on rebels to drop arms and change Syria through dialogue: Syria’s foreign minister invited the country’s rebels on Saturday to lay down their weapons and take part in a national dialogue, saying everyone who participates will be included in a new Cabinet with wide executive powers.

Syrian opposition seeks Qatar help for transition government: The head of Syria's opposition coalition has flown to Qatar to secure promises of financial aid for a transitional government in rebel-held areas, sources at negotiations in Istanbul said on Sunday.

Russia starts major naval drills in Mediterranean Sea amid Syria crisis: Russia has launched its largest naval exercises in decades in the Mediterranean and Black Seas near the territorial waters of Syria amid the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

US should do more to help militants in Syria: McCain: McCain made the remarks in a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Saturday.

Palestinians warn of 'apartheid state' if Netanyahu wins Israeli election: An aide to President Abbas says settlement construction puts the two-state solution at risk and may lead to one state, where a Palestinian majority would have to struggle for equality.

Arab Israeli MP determined her voice will be heard: Poll after poll has predicted that turnout among the 800,000 Arab citizens of Israel eligible to vote could be less than 50 per cent, compared with about 65 per cent for the Jewish population.

Why to whole world loves Israel: IOF arresting mother and her 18-month baby Umm Al Arayes, South Hebron hills: Reema and her 18 months old baby girl, Quamar were arrested earlier today at Umm Al Arayes, South Hebron hills, upon Reema's arrival to cultivate her family's land

4 people, including 2 policemen, killed in attacks in Iraq: Iraqi authorities say four people, including two off-duty policemen, have been killed in Iraq where violence has ebbed but insurgent attacks are still frequent, The Associated Press reported.

British troops face fresh charges of Iraq war torture and killings: Allegations to be unveiled in high court of 'systemic' policy of abuse from 2003 to 2008

Iraq protester sets self ablaze in anti-government rally: An Iraqi protester set himself ablaze on Sunday in a dramatic turn in more than three weeks of rallies by Sunni Muslims challenging Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government.

10 "Taliban Insurgents" Killed in Afghan Operations: "During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, NDS [National Directorate of Security] and coalition forces launched seven joint clearance operations in Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Khost and Helmand provinces," the ministry said in a statement.

US kills 5 people in northeastern Afghanistan: Villagers say all the victims were civilians and had no links to any militant group.

UN report: Torture in Afghan prisons is 'widespread': More than half of the 635 detainees interviewed by UN investigators said they had been ill-treated or tortured.

Obama Regime Kills 9 People In Yemen: A total of nine insurgents with suspected ties to al-Qaeda were killed in US drone strikes in eastern Yemen, local media reported Sunday.

Legalizing murder: CIA gets exception in upcoming drone strike ‘playbook’: The adoption of a formal guide to targeted killing marks a significant — and to some uncomfortable — milestone: The institutionalization of a practice that would have seemed anathema to many before the Sept. 11 , 2001, terrorist attacks.

Assassination Attempt On Bulgarian Leader - Caught On Tape: Bulgarian police detained a man after he pointed a gas pistol at an ethnic Turkish party leader as he was delivering a speech at a party caucus in the capital Saturday. No shots were fired.

British man stripped of citizenship says he was tortured and forced to sign a confession by the CIA: First shocking interview with Mahdi Hashi from his New York cell

What the FBI Doesn't Want You To Know About Its "Secret" Surveillance Techniques; In late 2012, we reported on the secretive new device the FBI has been increasingly using for surveillance known as a IMSI catcher, or “Stingray.”

Return of the Zapatistas: Are Mexico’s Rebels Still Relevant?: “I think the writing on the wall is clear,” says the author Khasnabish. “Indigenous struggles are increasingly coming to the front line, in Mexico and globally.”

World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over: The world's 100 richest people earned a stunning total of $240 billion in 2012 – enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over, Oxfam has revealed, adding that the global economic crisis is further enriching the super-rich

Goldman Raises CEO’s Stock Bonus 90% to $13.3 Million: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) boosted Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein’s stock bonus 90 percent to $13.3 million, topping JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)’s Jamie Dimon for the first time in five years, as profit climbed.

Ranks of working poor increasing: Nearly a third of the nation’s working families earn salaries so low that they struggle to pay for their necessities, according to a new report.


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