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February 17, 2013

Mali, Algeria, Libya and the New Front Line In 'Energy Diplomacy'

By Patrick Kane

The reality of the never-ending War on Terror is that it is integrally bound up with an imperialistic drive for resources.

War and Institutionalizing Abuse

By Lawrence Davidson

In the halls of Congress and confines of the Oval Office, the perception is that the U.S. is at war with an enemy called al-Qaeda.  Is this actually the case or is the claim an exaggerated piece of propaganda that has conveniently captured the minds of leaders whose abuse of power has become institutionalized? 

The Lonely Soldier and the Moral Scars of War

By James Jeffrey

Convenient arguments justifying killing legitimate enemies in the line of duty don't hold up well for Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. Drone Strikes Are 'Terrorism' : Madea Benjamin


Juan Williams Grills Code Pink Founder For Saying U.S. Drone Strikes Are 'Terrorism'

Historic Case to Challenge BBC’s 9/11 Coverage

By Peter Drew

On February 25, in the small town of Horsham in the United Kingdom, there will be a rare and potentially groundbreaking opportunity for the 9/11 truth movement.

"The Israelis Are Controlling Our Government": Bill Maher

1 Minute Video

MAHER: Based on every statement I’ve heard out of any Republican in the last two years, the Israelis are controlling our government.

Israelis See Their Ownership of US Government in Jeopardy

By Dr. Kevin Barrett

On Friday, forty allegedly American Senators blocked Hagel’s nomination with a filibuster. Their message was loud and clear: “We are not United States Senators. We are Israeli Senators.”

Millionaires Say They’re Better Off Than in 2007

By Robert Frank

Two thirds of millionaires believe the country is worse off than it was in 2007.

Fiscal Trouble Ahead for Most Future Retirees

By Michael A. Fletcher

For the first time since the New Deal, a majority of Americans are headed toward a retirement in which they will be financially worse off than their parents.

Smartphones To Collect Biometric Data

By Mick Meaney

We must ask ourselves; do we really trust the U.S. Government with the data it collects?: During the Iraq war, the U.S. Central Command gathered and kept the biometric information of three million people.

George Carlin - Freedom of Choice


The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice … you don’t. You have no choice. You have owners.

Pakistan: 84 killed in Quetta blast: According to Afghan consulate officials in Quetta city of Pakistan at least 30 Afghan refugees were among those killed following a deadly bomb blast in Baluchistan province.

Pakistan bomb 'a security failure': The governor of a province in south-western Pakistan where 81 people died in a massive bombing says security officials are too scared of retribution from terrorists to do their jobs.

Serial bombings leave 37 dead in Iraq: Multiple car bombs exploded within minutes of each other as Iraqis were out shopping in and around Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 100 in mainly Shiite areas.

Four Turkish officers killed in Aleppo clashes: Report: The Syrian website Syria Now reports that the corpses of the Turkish officers were identified among the militants killed in the Friday fighting in the al-Bab district of the flashpoint city.

Australia to investigate mysterious case of 'Prisoner X' Ben Zygier: Australia will conduct its own investigation into the arrest, detention and death of Mossad agent Ben Zygier who died in an Israeli prison two years ago – and will ask Israeli officials to provide evidence.

Israel 'implicates' Australia in scandal: The government source stressed that the Australian authorities were well aware that 34-year-old Ben Zygier was not “some backpacker who got lost trekking when his coffin was returned to Australia.”

Message from Samer el Issawi, day 209 hunger strike: “I draw my strength from my people, from all the free people in the world, from friends and the families of the prisoners who continue day and night chanting for freedom and an end to the occupation."

Nine Arrested at Hancock Air Base for Opposing Reaper Drone War Crimes: Hancock is the regional hub for the hunter/killer Reaper drone deployed over Afghanistan, Pakistan and, increasingly, elsewhere. This nonviolent civil resistance is the most recent in a series of actions at Hancock meant to expose and deter the Reaper war crimes originating there.

Feds execute another terror sting; The FBI's use of sting operations in terror cases has been sharply criticized by activists and scholars who claim law enforcement is helping individuals with mental problems and/or little individual perseverance pursue plots they would be unable or unlikely to complete on their own.

JFK secretly freed rapists, drug dealers and Mafia hitmen to kill Castro : Claims criminals allowed on 'crime sprees' in US when not working for CIA

Obama proposes new visa for illegal immigrants: President Obama's draft bill reportedly creates a 'lawful prospective immigrant' visa that allows illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years.

World Bank warns economic powers: Climate change is real: The president of the World Bank on Saturday warned the finance chiefs of the world’s leading economic powers that global warming is a real risk to the planet and already affecting the world economy in unprecedented ways.

World Bank warns economic powers: Climate change is real: The president of the World Bank on Saturday warned the finance chiefs of the world’s leading economic powers that global warming is a real risk to the planet and already affecting the world economy in unprecedented ways.

Climate Rally Draws “Line in the Sand” on Canadian Pipeline; The largest climate rally in U.S. history is expected Sunday in Washington DC with the aim of pressuring President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Live Video - Forward On Climate Rally & March - Washington DC : The Largest Climate Rally in History: February 17, 2013 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C

$1,728,477,000,000: Fed’s Holdings of U.S. Debt Hit Another Record: The total debt of the federal government was $16,524,304,599,079.04. That included $11,668,602,027,147.93 in debt held by the public and $4,855,702,571,931.11 in intragovernmental debt, which is money the Treasury has taken out of government trust funds—such as the Social Security Trust Fund—and spent on other government programs.

Bernanke Says Economy Far From Recovering Full Strength: “With unemployment at almost 8 percent, we are still far from the fully healthy and vibrant conditions that we would like to see,” Bernanke said today at a meeting in Moscow of his counterparts from the Group of 20.

Walmart VP Calls February Sales ‘Total Disaster’: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had the worst sales start to a month in seven years as payroll-tax increases hit shoppers already battling a slow economy, according to internal e-mails obtained by Bloomberg News.

Incomes Flat in Recovery, but Not for the 1%: Incomes rose more than 11 percent for the top 1 percent of earners during the economic recovery, but not at all for everybody else, according to new data.

Facebook Paid No Income Taxes in 2012: Report: Facebook didn't pay any federal or state income taxes last year and will receive a hefty tax refund, according to a recent report.

Top Democrat Would Weigh Medicare Cuts as Part of Tax Deal: Van Hollen predicted that $85 billion in spending cuts, called a “sequester,” scheduled to begin March 1 will take effect, at least temporarily, before Republicans agree on a compromise plan.

"Too Big to Fail has become Too Big for Trial": Video - Senator Elizabeth Warren asks federal bank regulators why no banks were taken to trial in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

February 16, 2013

What The Syrian Death Tolls Really Tell Us

By Sharmine Narwani

The latest UN-sponsored figure of 60,000 should not be reported as fact. Continue

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Denies Wanting to Develop Nuclear Weapons

By Staff and agencies

Supreme leader warns that no state has right to stop Tehran building nuclear arms if it chose to do so. Continue

Are Iranian Magnets the New Aluminum Tubes?

By Peter Hart

In the run up to the Iraq War, the New York Times  (9/8/02) famously reported on an Iraqi scheme to procure special aluminum tubes that could only have one purpose:  Iraq's secret nuclear weapons program. Continue

New Documentary Reexamines the Iraq War "Hoax"

By David Corn

New evidence that Bush scammed the nation into war. Continue

"Hagel Is A Victim Of The Israel Lobby": Paul Craig Roberts
Congress Is Subservient To Israel


+ Abrams Calls Hagel Anti-Semitic for Questioning Legitimacy of the Israel lobby. Continue

Budget Cuts May Force Reduction in Israel Aid
Kerry Warns of Serious Sequestration Cuts for State and USAID

By Josh Rogin

The State Department will have to cut foreign assistance to Israel, and delay efforts to ramp up diplomatic security abroad after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, if sequestration goes into effect next month, according to Secretary of State John Kerry. Continue

Spielberg v. Tarantino
Hollywood and the Past

By Gilad Atzmon

Spielberg may find it hard to please the entire tribe. Quentin Tarantino, however, doesn’t even try. Continue

Sleeping Through the Coup

By Phillip Farruggio

The sad fact that we live in the mother of all military empires! Alas, the two party con job and their presstitutes are embedded with the powers that be. Continue

While Left And Right Fight, Power Wins

By Paul Craig Roberts

If the power that has been established over the American people is to be shattered, it will come from outside. Continue

The Great Wealth Robbery

By Richard Eskow

There’s a Great Robbery underway, although most of its perpetrators don’t see themselves as robbers. Instead they’re sustained by delusions that protect them from facing the consequences of their own actions. Continue

"Land, Liberty, Work and Peace"
Zapatistas break silence to slam Mexico elite

By Chris Arsenault

"We will resist. We will struggle. Maybe we'll die. But one, ten, one hundred times, we'll always win." Marcos wrote in late January, rallying supporters. Continue

The People Are a Superpower

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

People ask where has Occupy gone? Continue

Civil Disobedience: The Only “Weapon” We Have Remaining?

By Camillo "Mac" Bica

Activists should continue to violate the law if accepting personal risks of severe reprisals from an NDAA-empowered presidency remains a personal moral obligation in response to immorality and injustice. Continue

The Surprising Brain Differences Between Democrats and Republicans

By Chris Mooney

Two new studies further support the theory that our political decision making could have a neurological basis. Continue

Pakistan: At least 72 killed in bomb attack on Quetta's Shia: The improvised explosive device, which was attached to a motorbike outside a vegetable market in Quetta, targeted Pakistan's minority Shia population.

About time! Karzai to ban Afghan forces from requesting NATO airstrikes: "I will issue a decree tomorrow that no Afghan security forces in any circumstances can ask for the foreigners' planes for carrying out operations on our homes and villages," Karzai said during a speech at the Afghan National Military Academy in Kabul on Saturday.

Iraq intelligence academy chief Ali Aouni among 3 killed in suicide blast: Two suicide bombers launched the attack on Saturday but one was shot dead by his neighbour's bodyguards,

10 Kuwaitis killed in Syria during months of Jan, Feb Number of Kuwaiti victims hits 39: Ten Kuwaiti citizens died in Syria during the months of January and February, which has increased the number of Kuwaiti victims killed in the two-year Syrian revolution to 39 so far.

Power outage leaves Damascus, southern Syria in darkness: The Syrian government on Monday said a rebel attack on a key power line for a blackout that hit Damascus and much of the country's south overnight, leaving residents cold and in the dark amid a fuel crisis that has stranded many at home.

Al Nusrah Front claims suicide attacks in Damascus, al-Shadadi: The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, claimed credit today for two suicide attacks that occurred within the past two weeks.

Rebels say Assad must be excluded from talks: "Bashar Assad and security leadership who are responsible for the current destruction of the country are outside the political process and must be held accountable for their crimes," it said in a statement issued in English.

Lavrov: Rebels should drop Assad demand: "Either we have to want to save lives and ... forget about who is responsible for the time being, and to bring all of them to the negotiating table, or we don't care about lives and care about [Assad's] fate," Lavrov said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD.

French defense minister calls for Assad’s ouster: France weighing terrorist group classification for Hezbollah, according to report

Syrian rebels: Israel assassinated Iran commander: Israel was responsible for the assassination of a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander in Syria, a faction of Syrian rebels said Friday according to the Wall Street Journal.

Israel to receive harsh response for killing Islamic Revolution Guards Corps cmdr.: Iran Majlis: In a statement issued on Saturday, the committee condemned the assassination of General Hassan Shateri, saying that the Israeli regime will receive a severe response for its crime in due time and place.

US president should change approach to Middle East: Iran MP: “Supporting terrorists and the fake Zionist regime [of Israel] which is a major threat to the region will only stoke crises in the Middle East and if the United States does not change its policies in this region, it will be faced with major challenges,” Seyyed Baqer Hosseini said on Saturday.

Iran’s Nuclear-Technology Gains Suggest Sanctions Are Backfiring: While trade and financial sanctions have spurred the Islamic Republic to find its own solutions for subsequent technological innovations. Now, Iran is positioned to both build better nuclear devices and export them.

Israel’s ‘Prisoner X,’ may have revealed how Mossad used foreign passports: In the space of three days, a two-year-old mystery about an unidentified prisoner who hanged himself in a high-security Israeli prison has become a scandal for Israel’s vaunted Mossad spy agency. Many here are predicting that it will cost some top officials their jobs.

EU calls for better conditions for Palestinians jailed in Israel: Foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton says she is 'following with concern' the deteriorating health of four Palestinian inmates who are staging long-term hunger strikes in protest of their detention.

What? Jewish Democrats Blast Florida Sen. Marco Rubio For Not Mentioning Israel: The National Jewish Democratic Council issued a statement criticizing Sen. Marco Rubio for leaving Israel out of their responses to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Rubio to humiliates himself and his country: Marco Rubio to Middle East, to talk with Netanyahu about nuclear Iran, Palestinian "peace" treaty: “America's friendship with Israel is a truly special one, and we must continue to do all we can to support this beacon of democracy, religious freedom and free enterprise in the heart of an unstable region,” Rubio said.

Bahrain: Police and mourners clash at funeral of teenager killed in demonstration: Clashes broke out yesterday at the funeral of a teenager killed in demonstrations to mark the second anniversary of Bahrain's uprising, with police firing tear gas to disperse mourners, witnesses said.

U.S. Still Acquiescing in Bahraini Crackdown: Two years ago this week, the Bahraini monarchy started cracking down on its people. It’s still at it, with the complicity of the Obama Administration.

Somalia: Mufti of Puntland Killed Inside Mosque: Civilians praying at the mosque quickly overwhelmed the killer, who shot and wounded a young male and a woman bystander as he tried to escape.

Car bomb kills 1 in Mogadishu : Mohamed Hassan, a local police officer, said Saturday's explosion took place in the parking area of a popular beachfront restaurant in the Lido area of Mogadishu frequented by Somali officials and city residents.

Egyptian police publicly beat protester to death: Officers and police personnel arrested and beat to death a man they accused killed a colleague at the site of funeral for the fallen captain in the southern governorate of Beni Suef

Libya arrests 4 foreigners suspected of trying to spread Christianity in "Muslim nation": The four were arrested in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday and are under investigation for printing and distributing books that proselytize Christianity. Police said they found 45,000 books in their possession and that another 25,000 have already been distributed.

First of many to come: Car bomb hits Libya's Benghazi: A car bomb exploded Friday near al- Berka area in downtown Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, leaving no casualties, local security sources told Xinhua.

Russian meteorite followed by claimed sightings in Cuba and California: Video - A day after a stunning meteorite tore through the skies above Russia, causing widespread damage and hospitalising scores of people, sightings of fireballs have been reported by residents in California and on Cuban state television.

Asteroid 'narrowly' misses earth on day meteorite hits Russia - video; A 50-metre asteroid has skimmed past the earth at a distance of 17,000 miles, closer than any other object of its size in history.

Hmmmmm? Christopher Dorner died as result of self-inflicted wound, officials say: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Captain Kevin Lacy told a news conference on Friday. Authorities have not yet determined who fired that fatal round. "The information we have seems to indicate that the wound that took Christopher Dorner's life was self-inflicted," Lacy said.

February 15, 2013

Budget Cuts May Force Reduction in Israel Aid
Kerry Warns of Serious Sequestration Cuts for State and USAID

By Josh Rogin

The State Department will have to cut foreign assistance to Israel, and delay efforts to ramp up diplomatic security abroad after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, if sequestration goes into effect next month, according to Secretary of State John Kerry. Continue

Obama, The US And The Muslim World: The Animosity Deepens

By Glenn Greenwald

Although it seemed impossible to achieve, Obama has presided over an America that, in many respects, is now even more unpopular in the Muslim world than it was under George Bush and Dick Cheney.

What the U.S. Bombing of Cambodia Tells Us About Obama's Drone Campaign

By Henry Grabar

Between 1965 and 1973, the U.S. dropped 2.7 million tons of explosives -- more than the Allies dropped in the entirety of World War II -- on Cambodia, whose population was then smaller than New York City's.

Iraq at the Brink: A Decade after the Invasion

By Ramzy Baroud

The proud nation of impressive human potential and remarkable economic prospects has been torn to shreds. Continue


Henry Kissinger: "If You Can't Hear the Drums of War You Must Be Deaf"

By Alfred Heinz

"Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people." Continue

Weighing a Possible War on Iran

By Paul R. Pillar

As neocons mount a last-ditch offensive to stop Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary – partly because he isn’t hawkish enough on Iran – the war drums are beating again across Official Washington. Continue

You're Not Doing It In My Name

3 Minute Video

If humanity could speak, humanity would cry! Continue

Israeli "Peace" Process = Expansion Process


Look at the map. Continue

Israeli Deceit and Insanity

By Jamal Kanj

The Palestinian Authority must start acting like a recognized nation and not as an observer. Palestinians can’t afford to give Netanyahu more time to disintegrate what remains of Palestine. Continue

"Friends of Hamas"
The Scary-Sounding Pro-Hagel Group That Doesn't Actually Exist

By David Weigel

Mike Huckabee, on tour in Israel last week, got asked about "Friends of Hamas" at a press conference. "If it proves true the rumors of Chuck Hagel's having received funds from Friends of Hamas," said the Fox News host, "if that's true then on its face that would disqualify him."

FBI Celebrates Duping Another Mentally Ill Man Into Fake Terror Plot

By Alex Newman

Burst of fantastical headlines about “foiled” so-called “terror plots” helps to keep paranoia alive among gullible citizens while ensuring that the taxpayer money continues flowing.

Homeland Security Approves Their Right To Search and Seize Your Electronics Without Suspicion

By Tarun Wadhwa

The officer ordered her to turn her phone on, and then proceeded to read her e-mails, texts, and Facebook messages without her permission. She was shocked.

Why Ecuador Loves Rafael Correa

By Mark Weisbrot

Unemployment fell to 4.1% by the end of last year – a record low for at least 25 years. Poverty has fallen by 27% since 2006. Public spending on education has more than doubled, in real (inflation-adjusted) terms.

Another Giveaway to the Banksters
Obama, Housing and the Next Big Heist

By Mike Whitney

Whenever you hear a politician talk about “streamlining the process”, run for cover. The term is a right-wing formulation that means “remove all the rules which inhibit profitmaking”.

30 Major U.S. Companies Spent More on Lobbying than Taxes

By Eamon Murphy

All of the companies were profitable at the time. In spite of this, and the massive federal budget deficit, 29 out of the 30 companies featured in the study managed through various legal tax-dodging measures to pay no federal income taxes at all from 2008 through 2010.

Who Tells Us What To Think?
Does The Mainstream Media = The Matrix?

By Michael Snyder

Do you believe that you really think for yourself?  Did you come up with your attitudes, opinions and beliefs on your own, or are they continually being shaped and molded by someone else? Continue


What does this say about us as a nation and as a people? Pakistan: US killed 894 people in North Waziristan: Around 894 persons, including 48 foreigners, 35 women and 24 children, were killed in the US drone attacks in North Waziristan

Pakistani Disapproval of US Highest Ever, Contra Brennan Fantasy That Drones Are ‘Welcomed’: According to a new Gallup poll, more than nine out of ten Pakistanis (92%) disapprove of US leadership. Only 4% approve, “the lowest approval rating Pakistanis have ever given.”

Pakistani soldier killed in clash with India in Kashmir: A Pakistani soldier was killed after crossing into the Indian side of Kashmir, officials on both sides said on Friday, February 15 but their competing accounts indicated that tension remains high a month after the worst outbreak of violence in years in the disputed region, Reuters said.

Afghanistan: Ex-district spy chief among 2 killed in Kunar explosion: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, at least two people were killed and another individual was injured following an explosion in Sarkano district.

India kills Pakistani soldier: The Indian army say the soldier was killed in a gun battle on Thursday. Pakistan disputes this, saying the soldier had identified himself before being killed. ast month several deadly cross-border attacks plunged the neighbours into the worst crisis in relations in years.

4 killed in Bangladesh war crimes protest: Clashes between Bangladeshi police and hardline Islamists killed four people yesterday during a fresh round of protests over war crimes trials as the unrest spread to the country’s main tourist resort.

Syrian activists estimate 150 killed in 2 days of fighting near Aleppo: - Heavy fighting for control of the international airport in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and a major military air base nearby has killed some 150 rebels and government soldiers over the past two days, activists said Friday.

Syrian civilians’ plight ‘catastrophic’: The plight of civilians in conflict-ravaged Syria has now reached catastrophic levels, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday, adding that it was having trouble reaching those in need. .

Christians Squeezed Out by Violent Struggle in North Syria: One mother told of the abduction of a neighbor’s child, held for ransom by rebel fighters in her hometown of Al-Hasakah, which prompted her family to seek safety for their three young sons across the border in Turkey.

Agencies warn Congress not to use humanitarian aid as tool against Syria’s Assad: — Humanitarian groups are lobbying hard against a proposal by several U.S. senators that would turn over the delivery of millions of dollars in U.S. aid to a Syrian opposition council that’s criticized as too weak and too political to handle the responsibility.

Funeral for Iranian senior Revolutionary Guard leader: Gen Hassan Shateri was killed on Wednesday while travelling from Syria to Lebanon, the semi-official news agency Fars.

Iran rejects West's accusations as baseless: Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei dismissed West's accusations about Tehran's dispatching of weapons to Yemen and Somalia as baseless and politically motivated propaganda, IRNA reports.

Iraq: Seven killed in fresh wave of terrorist attacks: Shootings and bomb attacks continue to claim lives across Iraq

Iraq’s Sunnis rally in major cities to protest against Shiite-led government: : Government security forces blocked roads leading from Sunni-dominated provinces and sealed off all Sunni neighborhoods.

Police officer killed in clashes with protesters: Bahrain: A Bahraini police officer died after being hit by an incendiary device thrown during clashes with protesters in a Shiite village overnight, the interior ministry said Friday.

‘Go on, shoot me!’ Grief-stricken protester confronts Bahraini riot police (VIDEO): The death of a 16-year-old boy during the violent second anniversary of Bahrain’s popular uprising drove one enraged protester to face down riot police in a dramatic scene caught on film.

Israeli troops clash with Palestinians protesters in occupiied West Bank: Some 4,800 Palestinian prisoners are serving time in Israeli jail. Many of them are being held without trial and dozens are on hunger strike, demanding better conditions including increased family visitation rights and an end to solitary confinement.

Rabbi Aviner: I was sent by Mossad to Iran: Rumors surrounding Rabbi Shlomo Aviner's ties to Mossad have been circulating for years, and on Thursday he admitted for the first time that he was sent by the Israeli intelligence agency to Iran, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Bulgaria expels visiting Hamas delegation: organiser: Bulgarian security service agents “entered the hotel rooms of the three deputies early on Friday morning and drove them to the airport,” said Mohd Abuasi of the Centre for Middle East Studies.

Islamists rally for Egypt's Mursi in Cairo: Thousands of Islamists rallied in Cairo on Friday in support of Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood president who has been the target of protester rage in weeks of violent demonstrations, Reuters reported.

Libya: Islamist militia linked to U.S. ambassador's death back in Benghazi: Ansar al-Sharia, widely blamed for the murder of ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in a chaotic assault on the diplomatic mission on Sept. 11, has now taken control of the key western entrance to Libya’s second city – including the highway to the capital, Tripoli.

Libyan-style "democracy": two years without Gaddafi; Mass protests are sweeping across Libya as the country marks the second anniversary of the beginning of a civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Two years after the fall of the Gaddafi regime, no new constitution has been drafted.

In Mali town, rebels tie down French: "It's very much going to be an insurgency on the ground like we've seen in Iraq and like we've seen in Afghanistan," Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird said on Tuesday, explaining why Canada was not likely to send troops to support the French.

Mali says to hold presidential election on July 7: The holding of "credible elections" is a key demand of Western governments which have backed France's intervention in its former Sahel colony as a blow against al Qaeda-allied jihadists seeking to carry out attacks in the region and in the West.

Bruce Cumings on “Operational Control” of the South Korean Military: Most Americans are unaware of the role the U.S. Military has played in Korea since World War II. But, ever since then, the U.S. Military has had “operational control” of the Korean army that continues to this day.

Meteorite crash in Russian Urals (VIDEO): An aerial meteorite explosion has wreaked havoc in Russia’s Urals. The blast caused widespread panic, damaged buildings, blew out thousands of windows and lead hundreds to seek medical attention for minor injuries.

Pope has immunity in abuse trials: Vatican: (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, accused by victims' lawyers of being ultimately responsible for an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse of children by priests, cannot be called to testify at any trial because he has immunity as a head of state, a top Vatican legal official said on Thursday.

Hugo Chavez Photos Show Venezuelan President Smiling, Reading Newspaper (PHOTOS) : Venezuela published the first photos of cancer-stricken Hugo Chavez since his surgery in Cuba more than two months ago, showing him smiling while lying in bed reading a newspaper, flanked by his two daughters.

Canadian Police Abused Aboriginal Women And Failed To Help Them: Human Rights Watch: The rights group also said that police raped one woman and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the incident.

Black men get longer prison sentences : Prison sentences of black men were nearly 20% longer than those of white men for similar crimes in recent years, an analysis by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found.

Second French jobless man sets himself on fire after losing unemployment benefits: A jobless man has set himself on fire in Paris after losing unemployment benefits, two days after another man died in a similar incident in the country's west.

Hollande Tiptoes Toward Raid on Pensions With EU Pressure: Facing European Union pressure to reach budget targets, the Socialist president is risking the wrath of his core supporters to shrink the pension system, which had a deficit of 14 billion euros ($19 billion) in 2011.

19 Year Old Sets Himself On Fire At Rome Airport: The series of tragic European self-immolations continues, this time from Rome airport in front of hundreds of people, where moments ago Sky News reports, a 19-year-old man from the Ivory Coast, due for deportation, set himself on fire.

Why is the Department of Homeland Security buying so many bullets?: The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them -- roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States -- for law enforcement agents in training and on duty.

Democrats’ Plan Keeps Divide on U.S. Taxes as Cuts Near: The plan announced yesterday would postpone the scheduled March 1 start of more than $1 trillion in cuts until 2014. The automatic reductions, known as sequestration, would be replaced with defense spending cuts, a halt in direct payments to farmers and a tax increase imposing a minimum 30 percent rate on top earn

 February 14, 2013

US strike kills 10 civilians as Obama touts end of Afghan occupation

By Bill Van Auken

Obama reiterated that Washington intends to maintain a military force in Afghanistan well past the formal date for the US-NATO withdrawal at the end of 2014

WikiLeaks is a Rare Truth-teller.
Smearing Julian Assange is Shameful

By John Pilger

“The US is out to crush someone who has revealed its dirty secrets,”

Condemning North Korea’s Latest Nuclear Test Is Meaningless

By Buddhi Kota Subbarao

Time has come for the humanity to rise and call off the American bluff. What is wrong in North Korea conducting an underground nuclear test to fortify its national security? Continue

Israel: Gaza Airstrikes Violated Laws of War

By Human Rights Watch

Israeli Attacks Killed Civilians, Destroyed Homes Without Lawful Justification. Continue

Israeli 'Prisoner X' Took Part in Mossad Operation of Killing Hamas Operative in Dubai?


Zygier was one of at least three Australian-Israeli citizens under investigation by the Australian Security Intelligence Organization over suspicions of espionage for Israel, according to Australian media. Continue

'America Doesn't Torture'—It Kills

By Katha Pollitt

If the president can order the killing of American citizens abroad should he decide they are involved with Al Qaeda, can he assassinate suspected Al Qaeda–connected US citizens in London or Berlin? Continue

Drones, Kill Lists and Machiavelli


Do the United States and its people really want to tell those of us who live in the rest of the world that our lives are not of the same value as yours? Continue

Obama's Secret Court for Killing

By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

When we talk about killing as if it were golf, we debase ourselves. And when the government kills and we put our heads in the sand, woe to us when there is no place to hide. Continue

US To Award Medals For Killing Civilians
Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars


Unlike other combat medals, it does not require the recipient risk his or her life to get it. Continue

“No regret” for killing 160 people
No More Truthless Heroes

By Joshua Brollier

We see ourselves as the shining “city on a hill” and therefore a U.S. citizen who kills people in other lands becomes an unquestionably renowned hero.  This must appear offensive and ridiculous to many people living beyond U.S. borders. Continue

Obama's Failed State
By Stephen Lendman
Obama's State of the Union address didn't surprise. It reflected rogue leadership. It was beginning-to-end demagogic boilerplate. Continue

How Law Enforcement and Media Covered Up the Plan to Burn Christopher Dorner Alive

By Max Blumentha

I listened through a police scanner as San Bernardino Sheriffs gave the order to burn down the cabin where suspected murderer Christopher Dorner was allegedly hiding. Continue

Hidden Microphone Revealed at Guantanamo Meeting Room


Navy Capt. Thomas Welsh, the senior legal adviser to the commander of the Guantanamo Bay prison, conceded the microphone appeared to be intended to resemble a smoke detector in the ceiling of a meeting room for men labeled "high-value" detainees. Continue

What Does a Police State Look Like?

By David Sirota

“Police state” is no longer a hyperbolic term, nor should it imply some fictional fantasy world. Continue

100 soldiers, scores of civilians killed by al-Qaida fighters attack in northern Syria: Intense clashes between the Syrian army and the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front, using booby- trapped cars in the fights, have left at least 100 army personnel and scores of civilians killed, activists said Thursday.

Syrian rebels shoot down military warplanes: The United Nations says nearly 70,000 people have been killed in 23 months of fighting in Syria [Reuters]

45 people, mostly women and children, kidnapped in Syria – reports: A group of armed men have attacked a bus in Syria and kidnapped 45 people, mostly women and children, who were traveling from Idlib province to Damascus, RIA Novosti reported citing Al Mayadeen TV

Kidnappings, rapes, and trafficking of Syrian refugees: Christian minorities have become an easy target for criminals and terrorists who use kidnappings, rapes, and organize the trafficking of refugees.

Iran Confirms Assassination of Official by Terrorists in Syria: The Iranian mission in Beirut on Thursday confirmed the assassination of Hassan Shateri, the head of the Iranian delegation in charge of developmental projects in Lebanon, by the terrorist groups in Syria.

U.N. nuclear talks with Iran fail, no new meeting set; U.N. inspectors returned on Thursday from talks in Tehran with no deal on reviving a nuclear investigation and no date for a new meeting, failing to produce even a small signal of hope for big power diplomacy aimed at averting a war.

Seven killed in spate of Iraq attacks: Attacks mostly targeting Iraqi security forces north of Baghdad killed seven people on Thursday, security and medical officials said, the latest in an uptick in nationwide violence.

Anger is growing among Iraq's Sunnis: The minority population is increasingly frustrated by what it sees as Shiite Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's sectarian politics. It seeks a fundamental change in the culture of Iraq's government.

The hawks were wrong: Iraq is worse off now: Op-Ed: Saddam is gone – but at what cost?

Thai marines kill 16 militants after attack on military base: At least 16 Muslim rebels have been killed after they launched a pre-dawn assault on a military base in the south of Thailand in the deadliest incident in an insurgency that has raged for almost a decade.

Attacks in Pakistan's north-west 'kill at least 19': At least 19 people have been killed in a series of attacks in north-west Pakistan, officials say. Seven were reported dead in a blast at a police checkpoint in the Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

US ex-envoy Cameron Munter blasts US 'callousness' on Pakistan: The former US ambassador to Islamabad on Wednesday criticized Washington's 'callousness' over the killing of Pakistani troops as he called for both nations to rethink how they see each other.

10 civilians killed in Nato air raid: Afghan officials: “Five children, four women and a man were killed in the raid,” Governor Kunar Province, Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi told AFP.

Whitewashing murder: Karzai summon NATO commander over civilian deaths: , “Pointing to a commitment Gen. Allen had previously made not to conduct any air strike or bombing in residential areas, President Karzai reminded that such incidents must strictly be avoided in future and any recurrence is not acceptable.”

Karzai Welcomes US Troop Withdrawal: "Afghanistan welcomes the announcement by President Obama, who in his State of the Union address said that the US would be pulling out another 34,000 troops over the next year from Afghanistan," Karzai's office said in a statement on Wednesday.

Taliban rejects US' Afghan troop "withdrawal" plan: Mullah Omer-led Afghan Taliban have asked the United States and its allies to withdraw all their troops from Afghanistan instead of “troop reductions and gradual withdrawals” that will help the “foreign forces to avoid further humiliation”.

US plans to keep 8,000 occupation troops in Afghanistan after 2014: According to senior military authorities cited in the report, elite Special Operations commandos would not be based in Afghanistan after 2016. Instead, they would be flown into the country from US warships in the area or bases in nearby countries “to conduct counterterrorism missions.”

Iranian border security kills 7 Afghans: —According to local authorities in western Farah province of Afghanistan, at least seven Afghan civilians were killed by Iranian border protection security forces.

Gunmen attack Iranian consulate staff in Mazar-e-Sharif city: The incident took place around 8 pm local time after gunmen riding motorcycles opened fire on Mohammad Ewaz Khalili in Khurasan area in Mazar-e-Sharif city while he was on his way from University to his home.

Kerry: Response to N. Korea will send Iran a message: Kerry wants 'swift, clear, strong' response to North Korea nuclear test, cites desire to show Iran nuclear aspiration 'impermissible'

'Teenager killed' in Bahrain protest: Witnesses say 16-year-old boy shot during protests to mark second anniversary of pro-democracy uprising, activists say.

UN concerned about Palestinian detainees: UN human rights chief voices concern about health of hunger strikers who protest their detention without trial.

Prisoner X planed to disclose intelligence info on Israel: Brisbane Times reports Australian-Israeli who died in Israeli jail planned to reveal information on fraudulent use of Australian of passports for espionage purposes. Israeli intel officials informed Australian counterparts of Zygier's arrest eight days after Dubai revealed that suspected Israeli agents used passports in Mabhouh hit, report says

Australian authorities were investigating Ben Zygier for espionage months before his arrest in Israel: Ben Zygier, the alleged Mossad agent who committed suicide in Ayalon Prison in December 2010, was under investigation by Australian intelligence months before he was arrested in Israel, media outlets in Australia and the U.K. reported on Wednesday.

Israel's Prisoner X driven to suicide by interrogation, lawyer suggests: Zygier's lawyer, Avigdor Feldman, told Israel's Channel 10 on Thursday that he had seen him the day before his death in 2010 and that he had appeared rational

Zygier said to spill beans on Mossad recruitment: Reports claimed Zygier was involved in Israel’s alleged killing of a Hamas operative in Dubai and said Zygier had been jailed after nearly sharing state secrets with either Australian officials, the media, or officials in Dubai, according to differing foreign reports.

Argentina slams Israel over interference: “Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told me that we cannot sign an agreement with Iran. So maybe he wants us to kidnap the suspects or put a bomb below the car of one of them.”

NASA alert: Middle East loses freshwater reserves size of Dead Sea in 7 years: The Middle East is headed towards a water shortage crisis, as NASA satellites show that reserves the size of the Dead Sea have been depleted in just seven years, largely due to well-drilling.

Working for the yankee dollar: Egypt floods Gaza tunnels, cuts Palestinian lifeline: Up to 200 smuggling tunnels shut since Egyptian President Morsi took office; some 30% of all goods reach Gaza through tunnels.

Fears of 'catastrophic' violence in Mali: Mali risks descending into "catastrophic" violence, the UN rights chief warned on Tuesday, as tensions swept the country after a string of attacks by Islamist rebels on French-led forces

Obama extends sanctions against Libya: Declaring that the situation in Libya still poses a threat to the U.S., President Obama on Wednesday extended for another year emergency sanctions against that nation in the wake of the fall of the regime of Muammar Gadhafi.

Hagel Becomes First Filibustered Defense Nominee: "This is the first time in the history of our country that a presidential nominee for secretary of defense has been filibustered," Reid said Wednesday on the Senate floor. "What a shame. But that's the way it is."

Arab-American Group Won’t Release Hagel Tape: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) filed for cloture on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense late Wednesday afternoon as Republican senators continued to call for additional disclosure of material from Hagel.

The Hagel flail: Op-Ed: I admit it, I'm enjoying watching the shitshow that is the Chuck Hagel nomination to secretary of defense.

Rand Paul To Place ‘Hold’ On Brennan’s CIA Nomination: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Wednesday that he intends to block President Barack Obama's nomination of John Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency over concerns about the administration's expanded use of drones.

Farc rebels kill seven Colombian soldiers: Several rebels also die in clash in southern Caqueta province, following several weeks of intensifying violence.

UK seeks human rights 'partners' to counter terror - and torture: The foreign secretary, William Hague delivered a most interesting and important speech on Thursday, entitled "Countering terrorism overseas". It was studded with references to "torture". The terms "justice" and "human rights" appeared on almost every page.

Dresden bombing, Britain’s forgotten war crime of WWII: More than 500,000 German civilians and refugees, mostly women and children, were slaughtered by Britain’s saturation bombing in 1945, one of the worst massacres of all time.

At Least 20 CIA Prisoners Still Missing: The CIA says it is “out of the detention business,” as John Brennan, Obama’s pick to head the agency, recently put it. But the CIA’s prisons left some unfinished business.

Alleged 9/11 plotter disrupts testimony of Pentagon official at Guantánamo: Bin Attash’s lawyer, Cheryl Bormann, announced in court Wednesday evening that guard had ransacked Bin Attash’s cell and removed properly stamped legal documents.

Drone aircraft use spreads to Northeast Ohio, privacy advocates express concern: The use of unmanned drone aircraft is spreading from the battlefields of the Middle East to the exurbs of Ohio, prompting concerns from privacy advocates about potential overhead surveillance by police, universities and even the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Dorner manhunt: Incendiary tear gas reportedly used on cabin: Officers confronting suspected killer Christopher Dorner lobbed incendiary tear gas into the cabin where Dorner allegedly was holed up, said law enforcement officials with knowledge of the situation. The cabin caught on fire and authorities believe Dorner was burned inside

In case you missed it: Christopher Dorner Shootout - Cops say "Burn It Down"

Big Corporations Put Up Seed Funding for Republican Dark Money Group: Some of the nation’s biggest corporations donated more than a million dollars to launch a Republican nonprofit that went on to play a key role in recent political fights.

Revolving Door at SEC is in a Whirl as Hundreds Hired by Industry they Regulated: Charged with regulating Wall Street, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has become a launching pad for former agency employees—by the hundreds—to become part of the industry they once oversaw.

Texas DMV Sells Personal Information To Hundreds Of Companies; Drivers Not Allowed To Opt-Out: The Dept. of Motor Vehicles has made a tidy sum selling the information it collects (including names, addresses and makes/models owned) to a variety of private companies.

Japan economy contracts for third straight quarter; Looking to kickstart the economy and end two decades of deflation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to combine the country’s biggest stimulus spending since the financial crisis with aggressive monetary policy easing.

Eurozone recession deepened at end of 2012: The eurozone slipped deeper into recession in the last three months of 2012 after its largest economies, Germany and France, shrank markedly at the end of the year.

Greece’s poverty deepens as unemployment rate hits record 27 percent: Worst affected are the young, with 61.7 percent of those in the 15-24 age group without a job.

UK workers earning no more than 10 years ago: Median real wages peaked at £12.25 per hour in 2009, but by last year they had slumped 3% to £11.21 per hour, roughly the level of a decade ago.

Horsemeat scandal: France blames processor Spanghero: French meat processing company Spanghero knowingly sold horsemeat labelled as beef, the French government has said.

Three held in horsemeat mislabelling investigation; A 63-year-old was arrested at the Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse, in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Danger drug in UK horsemeat: Tests reveal health hazard AFTER meat was exported to Europe

US: The Meat Industry Now Consumes Four-Fifths of All Antibiotics: The meat industry has been merrily gorging away on antibiotics—and churning out meat rife with antibiotic-resistant pathogens—if the latest data from the FDA itself is any indication.


February 13, 2013

China Will Not Help To "Punish" North Korea

By Moon Of Alabama

China needs North Korea as a buffer against U.S. troops at its borders. Continue

Khamenei Plays Hardball With Obama

By M K Bhadrakumar

The US propaganda is that the Iran sanctions are "biting" and the regime is in Iran feels besieged, it is in actuality a bizarre situation of Washington believing its own propaganda while the ground realities are vastly different. Continue

Revolution Betrayed
Corrupt Rebel Leaders Confiscate Syria Dream of Freedom

By Herve Bar - ATME (Syria)

"Wherever they go, they rob, they steal whatever they can carry and sell it illegally in Turkey -- be it cars, electronic goods, machines, fuel, antiques, anything you can imagine!" Continue

Partners To Murder
British Courts to Decide U.S. Drones Do Murder?

By Nat Hentoff

A lawsuit in Britain is causing mounting anxiety among intelligence agents there and in other countries who have aided the CIA.

Dictatorship is Government Unconstrained by Law
Obama’s Expanding Kill List

By Paul Craig Roberts

As the Founding Fathers knew and the American people have forgot, no one is safe in a dictatorship.

Should an Armed Drone be Dispatched to Kill Christopher Dorner?

Must Read - By Glenn Greenwald

Why should the lives of law enforcement agents be risked to apprehend this suspected domestic terrorist? Continue

Propaganda and Barf Alert
Shame on Jewish Democrats

By Shoula Romano Horing

I almost became physically sick. To watch my fellow Jewish senators, all liberal Democrats, suck up to Obama and Hagel with softball questions against the interests of their own people and Israel was more than I could handle. Continue

Dimming Nation

By Linh Dinh

When the President of the United States of America intones “freedom,” “democracy,” “shining example,” “beacon” or “security,” for example, you best duck and dive into your bunker. Continue

The Real State Of The Union Is Bleak

By James Kunstler

Our economic system is burning down. Nobody wants to talk about the system that will have to replace it. Continue

"Financial Crime"

Must Watch - Video

Financial Crime—of, by, and for our Predatory Capitalists. Continue

Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse of Children Is a Crime Against Humanity!

By Francis A. Boyle

The Pope and his Cardinals and his Archbishops and his Bishops are ultimately responsible for the widespread and systematic Sexual Abuse of thousands of completely innocent children around the world, which constitutes a Crime against Humanity. Continue


12 Afghans killed in US-led forces attack: Witnesses say there six civilians were among those killed in the Monday night attack in Tagab district of Kapisa province.

17 cops, including commanders, defect to militants: Taliban claim: The 17 local police including commander Ziauddin and Zabihullah also surrendered their weapons to Taliban, Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi, spokesman for Taliban, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

34,000 U.S. Occupation Force Troops to Exit Afghanistan Within a Year: According to the current withdrawal schedule, the number of troops is to go down to 60,500 by the end of May. By the end of November, the number will be down to 52,000. By the end of February 2014, the troop level is to be around 32,000.

Indian police shoot dead at least eight from Assam tribe: Indian police shot at hundreds of tribesmen and women in the north-eastern state of Assam on Tuesday, killing eight people, the state's chief minister said, after violence broke out during village council elections.

11 killed in spate of Iraq attacks: A series of attacks mostly targeting security forces, including a suicide car bomb at an army base, killed 11 people, officials said

Six Jordanian ‘jihadists’ killed in Syria: Six Jordanian nationals have been killed while fighting alongside jihadist forces in Syria, Islamist sources say, as a growing number of Jordanians take up arms to wage a “holy war” against the Damascus regime.

Syrian rebels capture military airport: Syrian opposition fighters captured a military airport near the northern city of Aleppo yesterday in another military setback for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, which have come under intensifying attack.

Homs' displaced residents begin to return after year of sustained bombing: Syrian city is guarded about relative calm as governor calls for unity against al-Qaida and intense fighting continues elsewhere

After Muslim rebels seize two priests in Aleppo, there are fears for their life: An Armenian Catholic priest, Fr Michael, and an Orthodox clergyman were abducted last Sunday in Aleppo's Christian neighbourhood. Sources speak to AsiaNews about barbarous murders carried out my Islamic extremists. A car bomb explodes at the Turkish-Syrian border crossing of Cilvegozu.

Syrian rebels loot artifacts : The rebels, struggling to finance their effort, have joined an emerging trade in illicitly acquired Syrian artifacts and antiquities, selling off the country’s past as the war for its future intensifies.

Syrian minister offers to meet opposition leader overseas: Ali Haidar raises prospect of free elections in response to surprise change of line by Syrian National Coalition leader

Syrian Opposition Member Says: Solution Political, Not Military: Samir Aita, member of the Syrian Democratic Forum, cautioned against letting such an opportunity go to waste, which "might mean that the fighting would continue for a long time to come." Aita strongly criticized Turkey’s role in Syria, which he described as "bad," and he said the spread of extremism had produced a convergence of views between Russia and the United States.

From his office in clouded cuckoo land Saudi FM: World must allow Syrians to 'defend themselves': Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Tuesday said the international community should allow Syrians to "defend themselves" against President Bashar al-Assad's regime if it is unable to intervene on their behalf.

North Korea carries out apparent nuclear test: North Korea appeared to have carried out a threatened nuclear test on Tuesday, with international monitoring agencies reporting a seismic event near the site of Pyongyang’s nuclear test site.

North Korea nuclear test: Pyongyang threatens 'stronger response': North Korea has warned it will follow up the nuclear test it carried out on Tuesday with "stronger" actions unless the US ends its hostility towards the regime.

Propaganda alert: North Korea nuclear test branded 'serious threat' to US: North Korean military ambitions are a "serious threat" to the US, outgoing Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has said. In a speech made after Pyongyang carried out its third nuclear test, Mr Panetta likened the North to Iran, describing them as "rogue states".

Iran urges to destroy all atomic weapons after N.Korea nuclear test: Iran has confirmed that its higher-grade enriched uranium is being converted into reactor fuel, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced. He also called for destruction of all nuclear arms following N. Korea's third nuclear test.

China warns US over anti-Iran sanctions: China has warned that the US sanctions recently imposed against a Chinese individual and certain companies over their alleged trading with Iran will harm Beijing’s relations with Washington, urging the US to “correct its mistaken policy.”

Israel's Netanyahu says Iran closer to nuclear 'red line': Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Iran was now closer to crossing the "red line" after which it would be able to build a nuclear weapon but had not yet reached that stage.

Propaganda and Barf alert: Huckabee: Obama must use Israel trip to draw red line on Iran: Hagel should clarify Hamas funding allegations, insists ex-Arkansas governor on visit to Jerusalem; says Americans see PM as ‘Churchill of our day’

Obama: U.S. will stand by Israel: "We will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace. These are the messages I will deliver when I travel to the Middle East next month," he continued. on Tuesday, updating a previous toll.

Former Israeli envoy to US: Hagel a ‘bad’ choice: Regardless of his stance on Israel, Obama defense pick’s positions on Iran undermine the credible threat of a military strike, Itamar Rabinovich says

Defense pick Hagel to get committee vote Tuesday: Senate Democrats are pushing ahead with a vote Tuesday on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary, rejecting Republican demands for more financial information from Hagel in a politically charged fight over President Barack Obama’s second-term national security team.

Keeping the Israeli population scared: Alert level raised in Jerusalem amid terror warning: Police, firefighters, Magen David Adom emergency crews instructed to raise level of alertness amid general warning of possible terror attack

Australian suspected of Mossad links dies in Israeli jail: The case is regarded as one of the most sensitive secrets of Israel's intelligence community, with the government going to extraordinary lengths to stifle media coverage and gag attempts by human rights organisations to expose the situation.

Israel arrests Hamas affiliates across West Bank: Israeli forces launched multiple arrest raids overnight Monday against Hamas affiliates in the West Bank, Hamas sources and locals said.

3 Killed As Kashmir Tension Persists: Protests held on both sides of border after execution of Kashmiri man implicated in 2001 attack on Indian parliament.: Afzal Guru's execution has prompted demonstrations on both Indian and Pakistani areas of Kashmir [Reuters]

Egyptian police protests against ‘political role’: Hundreds of low-ranking policemen in Egypt were holding protests on Tuesday to demand they not be used as a tool for political oppression in the country’s ongoing turmoil.

Black Bloc: New opposition group in Egypt calls for violence, street fighting: A new Egyptian opposition group has risen to the forefront, as the country marks the second anniversary of the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak. The ‘Black Bloc’ is threatening Islamist authorities and sparking fears of a street war.

Mali 'hesitant' over UN peacekeeping force: The government of Mali is "hesitant" over the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force, a senior UN official has said. "We do not have a clear green light from the government of Mali yet for a peacekeeping operation,'' said Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

Libya marks revolution with trepidation not celebration: THOUSANDS of militiamen have been deployed across Tripoli, guarding intersections and checking vehicles, amid fears of violence as Libya marks the second anniversary of its revolution on Friday.

Italy’s ex-spy chief sentenced to 10 years in jail over CIA case: Italy's former military intelligence chief was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Tuesday, February 12 for his role in the kidnapping of an Egyptian Muslim cleric in an operation organized by the United States, Reuters said.

Icelandic MP planning Bradley Manning support trip despite US legal threats: Jonsdottir is planning to arrive in the US on April 5, despite a strong warning from Reykjavík of possible legal repurcussions.

9/11 defendant’s attorney says U.S. is listening in on client conversations: Cheryl Bormann, who represents Yemeni defendant Walid bin Attash, said devices designed to look like smoke detectors and placed in client meeting rooms were in fact audio monitors.

Senate panel approves Chuck Hagel defence nomination: A US Senate committee has approved the nomination of ex-Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be President Barack Obama's secretary of defence. The full Senate is expected to take up the nomination this week, though Republican critics have threatened to block a vote.

65.4 Million Gun Purchases Since Obama Took Office, 91% More Than Bush's First-Term Total: According to data compiled by the FBI, the number of Americans purchasing guns has skyrocketed since Obama was elected.

"Murder Suspect" Chris Dorner — ‘Cornered’ By Police After Gun Fight: As reporters started to circle the scene soon after shots were fired, police yelled at the media to “get the f**k out” of the area. Media helicopters have been ordered to leave the scene. Officials fear that if Dorner has access to a television, he could have an advantage of seeing what is happening around him.

Accused Cop Killer, Chris Dorner, Found Dead in Burned Cabin: At one point, police broke windows, pumped in tear gas and blasted a loud speaker urging Dorner to surrender. When they got no response, police deployed a vehicle to rip down the walls of the cabin “one by one. By the time they got to the last wall, authorities heard a single gunshot, the source said.

Christopher Dorner Shootout - Video - Cops say "Burn the *ucking house down"

America Meet Your New Slumlord: Wall Street: Yep, we bailed out the financial system so that financiers with access to cheap credit can buy up all of America’s real estate so that they can then rent it back to you later.

CEOs Wrong To Promote Dangerous Budget Cuts, 350 Economists Say: More than 80 high-profile CEOs just penned a letter calling for deep budget cuts to avert to reduce the deficit, but hundreds of economists warned on Wednesday that such austerity measures are medieval medicine that will exacerbate the economy's underlying ailment: high unemployment.

February 12, 2013

Global Assassination Program
US to Expand Murder Program to North Africa

By Joseph Kishore

The preparations to extend the military and CIA “kill lists” takes place amidst proposals to more securely institutionalize the global program of assassination. Continue

How America Kills

By Chris Hayes

If the existence of people out in the world who are actively working to kill Americans means we are still at war, then it seems to me we will be at war forever. Continue

The Law of War Does Not Shield the CIA and John Brennan's Drone Kill List

By Morris Davis

The US prosecuted Omar Khadr in Guantánamo for not being a lawful combatant. Exactly the same applies to the civilian CIA. Continue

DOJ Kill List Memo Forces Many Dems Out of the Closet

By Glenn Greenwald

Last week's controversy over Obama's assassination program forced into light many ignored truths that were long obvious. Continue

Drones and Our National Religion

By David Swanson

The national religion of the United States of America is nationalism.  Its god is the flag.  Its prayer is the pledge of allegiance. Continue

The Warrior King


America will never again have a peacetime president. If America is not engaged in a perpetual war, how else could the White House believe it has the legal authority to authorize an "informed, high-level" government official to order the targeted killing of a U.S. citizen who is not provided the due process protections mandated by the Constitution?

The Bush-Obama Morph
Obama’s Turn in Bush’s Bind

By Peter Baker

Obama has embraced some of Mr. Bush’s approach to counterterrorism, right down to a secret legal memo authorizing presidential action unfettered by outside forces.

The US Is Cowardly: Ex-Gitmo Prosecutor
Killing Democracy to Thunderous Applause?”

By Arturo Garcia

“I’m really surprised all the gun advocates are saying they’ve got to have their guns to protect us from a tyrannical government [because] it looks like that ship’s already sailed,”

The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State

By Chris Hedges

This is, in essence, extraordinary rendition of U.S. citizens. It empowers the government to ship detainees to the jails of some of the most repressive regimes on earth.

Washington’s War-Makers Aren’t “in a Bubble,” They’re in a Bunker

By Norman Solomon

This storyline lets those war-makers off the hook — for the past, present and future.

Confronting War Ten Years On
International Conference: Speeches:


International conference in London on 9 February 2013. Keynote speakers included Tariq Ali, Owen Jones, Phyllis Bennis, Salma Yaqoob, Lindsey German, Mitra Qayoom, Manuel Hassassian, John Rees, Mitra Qayoom.

Fuc* You And Fuc* Your Democracy
U.S War Criminal Paul Bremer Attacked In U.K House Of Commons


An Iraqi man identified as Yasser al-Samarani stood up apparently to address Bremer and said he had two messages to deliver, one from Saddam Hussein and another from the Iraqi people.

Cry Me A River
The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed

By Phil Bronstein

The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden sat in a wicker chair in my backyard, wondering how he was going to feed his wife and kids or pay for their medical care.

Kill Anything That Moves
Nick Turse Describes the Real Vietnam War


Turse, who devoted 12 years to tracking down the true story of Vietnam, unlocked secret troves of documents, interviewed officials and veterans — including many accused of war atrocities — and traveled throughout the Vietnamese countryside talking with eyewitnesses to create his book, Kill Anything That Moves:

"Would you do that for Israel?”
Unaired Saturday Night Live Sketch Spoofs The Chuck Hagel Hearings


In the sketch, Republican senators fight over who is the most pro-Israel.

Shattering a 'National Mythology'

By Ofri Ilani

Prof. Shlomo Sand, argues that Jews now living in Israel and other places in the world are not at all descendants of the ancient people who inhabited the Kingdom of Judea during the First and Second Temple period.

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land
How Israel manipulates and distorts American public perceptions


Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how--through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one.

Wanted: Dead, Not Alive:
The LAPD is Afraid of What Renegade Cop Chris Dorner has to Say

By Dave Lindorff

Let’s not be too quick to dismiss the “ranting” of renegade LAPD officer Chris Dorner.

Hard Times, USA
Miss a Traffic Ticket, Go to Jail? The Return of Debtor Prison

By Alex Kane

Thought debtor prison ended in the 18th century? Think again.

Bus blast kills at least 13 on Turkey-Syria border; A Syrian minibus exploded at a crossing on Turkey's border with Syria near the Turkish town of Reyhanli on Monday, killing at least 13 people including Turkish citizens and wounding dozens more, Turkish officials said.

Syria: 14 intel officers killed in double suicide bombing: The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights reported that at least 14 Syrian intelligence officers were killed in a double suicide bombing at a military facility in northern Syria, carried out by radical Islamist Syrian rebel group, Jabhat al-Nusra.

Syria Army kills several militants: . Syrian government forces launched attacks against militants in Irbin, Zamalka, Harasta, Adra, al-Ghouta and Douma farms on Sunday and killed a large number of them, Press TV reported

Fact or fiction? Rebels capture Syria’s largest dam: The rebels had already seized two other dams on the Euphrates River. But the latest conquest, the al-Furat dam in northeastern Raqqa province, was a major coup for the opposition. It handed them control over water and electricity supplies for both government-held areas and large swathes of land the opposition has captured

Villagers Confront Jihadist Rebels in Northern Syria: Several tense confrontations have broken out in the past week between residents of largely rebel-held northwestern Syria and hardline Islamist insurgents, witnesses said.

Lavrov: Events in Syria and Mali Are Direct Echoes of Events in Libya: In an interview with the Russian TV on Sunday, Lavrov said that Russia learned a very important lesson from what happened in Libya, voicing confidence that the west is learning this lesson now.

Iran and Hezbollah build militia networks in Syria in event that Assad falls, US officials say: Iran and Hezbollah are building a network of militias inside Syria to preserve and protect their interests in the event that Syrias government falls or is forced to retreat from Damascus, according to U.S. and Middle Eastern officials.

Israeli strike in Syria might be first in series: Israel’s readiness to strike again if necessary heralds a new and more volatile phase in the regional repercussions of Syria’s civil war, which has raised concerns in Israel about the possible transfer of advanced or nonconventional weapons to Islamist militant groups.

Iran supports democracy in Syria: Larijani: “The Islamic Republic of Iran certainly seeks democracy in Syria but democracy will not be established by arms,” Larijani said in an address to the conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO) in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Monday.

Ahmadinejad: US must change before direct talks: “Stop pointing weapons at the Iranian nation and I will myself negotiate with you,” he said, addressing the United States directly. “Talks should be with respect, fairness and not under pressure.”

Disinformation and propaganda: Flaws found in US missile shield: Secret Defense Department studies cast doubt on whether a multibillion-dollar missile defense system planned for Europe will ever be able to protect the U.S. from "Iranian missiles" as intended.

Iran claims to have produced and deployed UAV based on captured US ScanEagle drone: Today, an Iranian lawmaker said that Iran has made significant progress in aerospace technology, and that Iran is "producing 20 types of UAVs inside the country

Time to Face the Truth about Iran: Op-Ed: The Islamic Republic has survived for so long because its basic model is, according to numerous surveys, what a majority of Iranians actually want

Attacks kill 12 in Iraq's Mosul: sources: A suicide car bomber and unidentified gunmen killed at least 12 people in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Monday, police and hospital sources said, as sectarian and ethnic tensions build ahead of elections in April.

Two policemen killed in an armed attack in Mosul. : A security source told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that two members of the local police were killed today when gunmen opened fire on them in the Bab El-Jedeed at central Mosul.

Polish Ambassador Emerges Unhurt in Iraqi Mine Explosion: The ambassador of Poland in Iraq emerged unhurt after an explosive device went off near his car in northern Iraq, GlobalPost.com reported.

Clashes kill two in southern Yemen on uprising anniversary: At least two people were killed Monday and 30 others were wounded in clashes in southern Yemen, as thousands gathered to celebrate the second anniversary of the uprising that forced president Ali Abdullah Saleh out of his 33-year grip on power, DPA reported.

Daughter of slain peace activist: Israel imposes terror on its citizens

Israel: More than 400 new illegal "settller" homes approved: Israel has given approval for hundreds of new homes in the occupied West Bank Jewish colonies in a move likely to spark tension ahead of a top-level visit by US President Barack Obama, officials and an NGO said on Monday.

Why Obama won’t break bread in Israel: President Barack Obama is scheduled to land in Israel the week before the Jewish holiday of Passover, presenting his staff with a dietary difficulty: Their hotel, the King David in Jerusalem, will already be “kosher for Passover,” so they won’t be allowed to eat bread or other foods forbidden during the week-long festival.

Second suicide bomber hits Mali city of Gao: Northern Mali’s largest city was rocked by its second suicide bombing in two days, a soldier said on Sunday, as Islamist rebels continued defying a security lock-down on territory reclaimed by French-led forces.

3 killed as rebels’ raid poses Mali guerrilla war threat: Sneaking across the Niger River under cover of darkness, the al Qaeda-allied rebels fought Malian and French troops on Sunday (Monday, NZT) in the streets of the ancient Saharan trading town, retaken from the Islamists two weeks ago.

France fighting in Mali rebels it armed in Libya: Russia: The rebels France is battling in northern Mali are some of the very same fighters it helped arm in Libya, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday.

Devastation in Mali Under French Attack - Video Report By RT: "Malian villages devastated by French 'liberation'"

Tunisia President Marzouki's CPR 'to withdraw ministers': The secular party of Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki says it will withdraw its ministers from the Islamist-led government, amid Tunisia's worst crisis since it set off the 2011 Arab Spring.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Algeria: Russia’s foreign minister has travelled to Algeria on the first leg of a tour of Africa. Mr. Lavrov is expected to focus on issues including security in the wider North African region in the wake of threats posed by Islamic militants.

Christians in Libya fear for safety: "In Cyrenaica, pressure has been exerted on Christians, notably the nuns who had to leave their congregation ... in the east of the country," said Father Rezeau.

Tear gas, water cannons as Egyptians throw stones at presidential palace: The clashes broke out after several hundred demonstrators marched to the palace on a day of marches against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Other protesters marched to Tahrir Square chanting,"Down with Brotherhood rule,"

Morsi's Last Chance: Op-Ed: Poverty is at an all-time high of 25 percent, with youth unemployment at a record 40 percent. Foreign currency reserves are on a rapid decline. President Mohamed Morsi is losing the most important commodity he possesses—the people’s confidence and trust. Conditions seem ripe for either a new uprising from below or a new military coup from above.

Egypt-U.S. war games to go on as scheduled: Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he met with American Ambassador Anne Patterson and Central Command chief James Mattis to reaffirm plans for Operation Bright Star, an upcoming joint military training venture between the two countries, as-Masry al-Youm reported Monday.

Pakistan: 5 killed as lawyers continue march: At least five people including a police officer were gunned down on Monday as lawyers marched to call for more security and compensation for their murdered colleague’s family.

Pakistan test-fires nuclear missile: Pakistan Monday conducted a successful test of short range surface-to-surface nuclear missile, said military.

Are Pakistanis People?: Op-Ed: : Do only American deaths matter? The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence thinks so. During last Thursday’s confirmation hearing for John O. Brennan as CIA Director. Not one Committee member asked about the hundreds of innocent Pakistanis, Afghans, Yemenis, Libyans, and Somalis, many of them children, who have lost their lives as “collateral damage” in U.S. drone strikes.

Afghan prison probe finds 'widespread' abuse:. Half of the prisoners interviewed by an official commission complained of mistreatment, harassment or torture.

Death toll rises as Kashmir tension persists: A boy shot by security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir has died in hospital, taking the death toll to three during protests at the execution of a Kashmiri man convicted for his role in 2001 attacks on India's parliament.

Drones Targeting Chris Dorner? LAPD Won't Confirm UK Report: When asked if drones had been deployed to search for Dorner, Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz told the Express, “we are using all the tools at our disposal.”

Naomi Wolf: Obama's secret assassins: Op-Ed: The president has a clandestine network targeting a 'kill list' justified by secret laws. How is that different than a death squad?

Obama’s Drone Attack on Your Due Process: Op-Ed: The biggest problem with the recently disclosed Obama administration white paper defending the drone killing of radical clerk Anwar al-Awlaki isn’t its secrecy or its creative redefinition of the words “imminent threat.” It is the revolutionary and shocking transformation of the meaning of due process.

In case you missed it: Court Upholds Domestic Drone Use in Arrest of American Citizen: A motion to dismiss charges based on the use of a Predator drone was denied Wednesday

Exposed: David Petraeus was brought down by vengeful CIA agents and his own bodyguards: Petraeus was humiliated after a 'palace coup' by high-level intelligence officers who did not like the way he was running the CIA, authors say

America's War with Mexico : Penn State's Amy S. Greenberg does a splendid job of vivifying this disgraceful episode in American history by following the fortunes of five men (Polk, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, John J. Hardin, and Nicholas Trist) and their families.

Obama to 'bypass Congress' on CISPA with cybersecurity executive order: Unable to reach a deal with Congress, President Obama plans to use his power to exert executive actions against the will of lawmakers. The president will issue orders addressing controversial topics including cybersecurity.

A Presidential Decision That Could Change the World: Presidential decisions often turn out to be far less significant than imagined, but every now and then what a president decides actually determines how the world turns. Such is the case with the Keystone XL pipeline, which, if built, is slated to bring some of the “dirtiest,” carbon-rich oil on the planet from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

ACLU Assails 100-Mile Border Zone: Government agents should not have the right to stop and question Americans anywhere without suspicion within 100 miles of the border, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday, pointing attention to the little known power of the federal government to set up immigration checkpoints far from the nation’s border lines.

Towards a police state in New York: Muslims in the New York City area experiencing major violations of their civil and human rights, says author.

100,000 take part in street protests against austerity days after Irish government deal: Public disquiet was evident on streets across the country less than 24 hours after the government formalised a promissory note deal with the European Central Bank.

UK inequality rises sharply in 15 years - report: The UK’s super-rich, the top 1% of earners, now pocket 10 pence in every pound, while the bottom half have seen their share of the nation’s wealth drop in the last 15 years. Middle earners have also seen their earning power stagnate.

Horsemeat scandal spreads across Europe: Several ranges of prepared food have been withdrawn in Britain, France and Sweden after it emerged that frozen food companies had been using horsemeat instead of beef in making lasagnes and other pasta dishes, shepherd's pies and moussakas.

US food industry battles against regulation: It's no secret the standard American diet is relatively inexpensive, convenient and satisfying. Whether it's highly marketed fast food or highly processed, packaged foods in the supermarket, what Americans eat has changed dramatically over decades

Tell the FDA You Don’t Want Genetically Engineered Meat: The Food and Drug Administration is set to approve the first genetically engineered farm animal, a salmon who grows at twice the rate of wild salmon, in a bizarre and grossly inadequate process that fails to fully consider the implications for human health and the environment and ignores the welfare of the animals themselves.

February 10, 2013

Syria: How Jihadist's Are Taking Over Syria's "Revolution"

By Ruth Sherlock, Aleppo

Life in Syria's most populous city has become a dog-eat-dog existence: a battle for survival in a place where the strong devour the weak.

Is Iraq on its Way to a Civil War?

By Adil E. Shamoo

Since coming to power, al-Maliki has taken complete control of the country’s security forces through executive orders. This control was Maliki’s ticket to his own survival and that of the government.

US Officials Confess to Targeting Iran’s Civilian Population

By Franklin Lamb

“It would be a defense lawyer’s worst nightmare wouldn’t it? I mean to have one's clients, in this case the Vice-President of the United States and the outgoing Secretary of state confess so publicly to serial international crimes against a civilian population?”

US Congress Seeks to Thwart Palestinian Reconciliation

By Annie Robbins

Preventing Fatah-Hamas reconciliation was the agenda in Congress last Wednesday-- at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing titled, The Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation: Threatening Peace Prospects. Middle East Subcommittee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen set the pro-Israel tone in her opening statement.

Israel Commits Crimes Without Punishment

By Stephen Lendman

Israel is a rogue state. It's a serial abuser. It commits crimes without punishment. It tolerates no criticism.

A Tale of Two Presidents
Power, Privilege and Climate Change:

By Joseph Nevins

President José Mujica of Uruguay,“lives in a run-down house on Montevideo’s outskirts with no servants at all. His security detail: two plainclothes officers parked on a dirt road.” He hangs his laundry on a clothesline outside his home.

US' Betrayal of Truth: Our Silence Is Complicity

Must Watch Video :

Abby Martin sits down with former NSA whistleblower, Thomas Drake, about his personal story as a whistleblower and what he describes as a 'total betrayal' by part of the governmet.

Learning From America's History of Assassinations

By Gary Hart

For a new and very young senator, it was shocking to discover that a sewer of still unknown dimensions was flowing underneath the city on a hill. Such a discovery causes you to suspect almost everyone and everything (in my case not enough) and to believe that expediency will trump principle on almost every occasion.

The Running Man … For Real

By Eric Peters

Civilian areas were overflown by military choppers firing blanks. To train them. More precisely, to acclimate them to the idea of raining death down on Americans.

Cop Punches Victim (US Soldier) for Complaining It Took Them 45 Minutes to Respond to His Call

Must Watch - Raw Video

This story began when a package arrived in the mail from someone inside the department. It was a DVD, a police report, and a letter complaining about a "cowboy attitude" by officers and command staff.

US Air Force Veteran, Finally Allowed to Fly Into US, is Now banned from Flying Back Home

By Glenn Greenwald

Secret, unaccountable no-fly lists are one of many weapons the US government uses to extra-judicially punish American Muslims.

Debt Crisis Looming as Washington 'Hides the Real Fiscal Cliff Numbers’

By Economist Laurence Kotlikoff

The US national debt is twenty times higher than is officially reported, approaching $222 trillion, and today’s children could soon be paying their parent’s debts.

A Choice For Corporate America:
Are You With America Or The Cayman Islands

By Sen. Bernie Sanders

In 2010, Bank of America set up more than 200 subsidiaries in the Cayman Islands (which has a corporate tax rate of 0.0 percent) to avoid paying U.S. taxes. It worked. Not only did Bank of America pay nothing in federal income taxes, but it received a rebate from the IRS worth $1.9 billion that year.

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

By Michael Rivero

I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations.

Breaking the Psychological Chains of Slavery


Dr. Joy DeGruy is the author of “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing”, she argues that African-Americans suffer from a deep psychological trauma that has been passed on through generations.

Pakistan: 15 "militants" killed in Orakzai Agency: Security sources said that the forces launched action in Ghaljo Lundo Qamar and Mir Kalam Khel and killed 15 militants. Several other militants were also wounded in the action.

US kills nine people in Pakistan: officials: "Six drones were hovering in the sky at the time of the attack. One drone fired two missiles at a house," a security official in Miranshah told AFP.

Shame on Pakistan: Pakistan official admits 20% drone victims are innocent civillians: Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani on Friday admitted that 600 people killed in the country in drone attacks were civillians.

Whitewash for sale: Pakistan urges US to end drone strikes: Pakistan is holding talks with the United States to end drone strikes against suspected Taliban fighters, which sometimes also kill civilians, a senior Pakistani official has said.

Legalizing murder:: US senators propose assassination court to screen drone targets: It sounds like an Orwellian idea from a futuristic sci-fi movie. Government officials gather in a secret courtroom, poring over documents and weighing whether to approve the fly-by killing of a suspected terrorist. If the judges say yes, the target dies. If not, the target lives.

Assange to White House staff: ‘Leak drone killing rules’: Julian Assange addressed US officials on a popular TV channel, urging them to disclose to WikiLeaks the secret instructions on how decisions on eliminating American citizens using drones are being taken. Source confidentiality guaranteed.

CIA And ISI Are Partners in Crime: CIA used ISI facilities in Karachi, says US report: Pakistan extended full cooperation to the CIA in tracing suspected terrorists and provided secret detention and interrogation facilities to the US intelligence agency, says a report.

Six killed by Afghan roadside bomb: A roadside bomb has struck a car in southern Afghanistan, killing six civilians. The spokesman for the governor of southern Helmand province said two women and four men were killed in the blast in the Nad Ali district.

Afghanistan confirms UN report on child killings by US-led troops: “We agree with the UN report and confirm that innocent kids have been killed during coalition forces operations specifically US troops operations during the past ten years,” Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for the Afghan government, said Saturday.

India': Protests over hanging of Kashmiri separatist turn violent: Dozens have been injured in clashes between protesters and police in India, after demonstrators took to the streets over the hanging of a Kashmiri man accused of a 2001 attack on India’s parliament.

At least 10 killed in attack on Iranian opposition camp in Iraq: Another 100 people were injured in the rocket and mortar attack on Camp Liberty, which houses around 3,100 MeK dissidents given sanctuary by former dictator Saddam Hussein. It was not clear who was responsible for the attack.

Embassy demo after refugees killed: Members of the Iranian community in Britain gathered outside the US Embassy, calling on the US government to facilitate the transfer of the 3,100 Iranian dissidents in the camp back to another camp in Iraq, Camp Ashraf, where they were before.

Saddam and the US failed, so why should Maliki think he can control Iraq by force?: Op-Ed: The Prime Minister may have electoral legitimacy, but the Sunni revolt against his government is growing in strength

Iraq's Maliki - Assad could hold on for years: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could survive two more years of revolt despite U.S. expectations of a more imminent fall, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Woman killed in south Yemen clashes: A pregnant woman was accidentally shot dead in the southern city of Aden on Saturday as protesters calling for the release of prisoners clashed with Yemeni police, government and medical officials said.

Assad's forces battle rebels closing in on Damascus ; Video report: President Bashar al-Assad's forces battle rebel fighters closing in on Damascus with shelling and air strikes, amateur video purports to show. Sunita Rappai reports.

Syria says talks with opposition cannot have 'preconditions'; "When you speak of dialogue, it means dialogue without conditions, which excludes no one. But if someone comes to me and says 'I want to talk about this issue or I'll kill you', that's not a dialogue," he said, adding: "There must be no preconditions."

Insults, profanities and almost fistfight on Hezbollah television: The show brought together two men, each of whom holds starkly different opinions, to debate the Syrian crisis. The result is a nasty verbal fight that highlights the bitter divisions in Lebanon as a whole when it comes to neighboring Syria.

Spy chief: Dozens of Dutch citizens have travelled to Syria to join 'jihad': - Dozens of Dutch citizens are fighting with rebels in Syria and could return home battle-hardened, traumatized and even further radicalized, the chief of the Netherlands' top intelligence agency has warned.

Erdogan vs Army: ’15% of Turkish top brass on trial, hundreds resign’: Turkish officers are resigning en masse to avoid arrest and sentencing for conspiracy against the government. The cabinet of PM Erdogan is winning the decade-long battle with country’s once almighty generals

US Congress seeks to thwart Palestinian reconciliation : Preventing Fatah-Hamas reconciliation was the agenda in Congress last Wednesday-- at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing titled, The Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation: Threatening Peace Prospects. Middle East Subcommittee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen set the pro-Israel tone in her opening statement

34 Egyptians injured in clashes: The clashes between opponents of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and riot police left 34 injured persons countrywide, the Ministry of Health said Friday evening.

Egypt: Presidential Palace Severely Damaged By Protesters: Cairo's prosecutor investigations revealed on Saturday that the presidential palace suffered severe damages. Gate (four) of the palace was set aflame and completely burned. The guard booths outside the palace were also demolished.

Egypt blocks YouTube over anti-Islam film: Court orders suspension of video-sharing website's services for a month for carrying anti-Islam film.

Tunisia PM to resign if new cabinet rejected: Jebali threatens to resign if his technocratic cabinet offer is rejected as thousands of pro-ruling party mass in Tunis.

Paratroops mutiny in Mali’s Bamako: Malian government soldiers fought mutinous paratroops in the capital Bamako yesterday in a clash that threatened to undermine a French-led offensive against Islamist rebels that has moved up close to the Algerian border.

Major explosion near Gao, northern Mali: A massive explosion near Gao in northern Mali late Saturday raised fears of an Islamist attack, hours after villagers near the city detained two youths preparing suicide bombings.

Heavily armed Mali rebels spreading across Africa: When the 13-vehicle convoy of Malian rebels crashed through the Libyan frontier, armed with anti-aircraft guns and other heavy weapons, the Libyan border guards were soon overwhelmed.

U.S. military wants quick forces in wake of Libya: The U.S. military is determined to position small, quick reaction forces closer to global crises after the rapid assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya last September kept U.S. armed forces from responding in time to save four Americans. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen.

More Marines to Japan; Vietnam, Cambodia next: The Marine Corps’ shift to the Pacific will ramp up considerably this year, with more personnel and aircraft rotating to Japan and other destinations throughout the region.

Inside the FBI's 'Terror factory': Video - Since the attacks of September 11, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has brought approximately 500 terror cases to trail. Of these cases, 150 people have been involved in sting operations in which the FBI has supplied suspects with materials to act out plans of terror

Venezuela devalues currency against US dollar: Venezuela is devaluing its currency by 32 percent against the dollar on the orders of President Hugo Chavez, in part to reduce the country's budget deficit.

Billionaires Dumping Stocks, Economist Knows Why: Warren Buffett, who has been a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for quite some time, is dumping shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained of “disappointing performance” in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods.

Great Recession Leaves Long-Lasting Scars: Poll: Americans remain deeply pessimistic about the nation’s economic future nearly four years into the recovery, and the vast majority think it will take “many years” for things to return to the way they were before the downturn, according to a poll released Thursday.

Why gasoline prices are headed even higher: Gasoline prices at the pump have climbed every day for the past 21 days — and they’re not going to let up anytime soon.

UK; Horse meat scandal: 'More contaminated food likely to be found': Horse meat could be found in even more British foods within days, ministers warned on Saturday.

February 09, 2013

Bulgarian Charge of Hezbollah Bombing Was an “Assumption”

By Gareth Porter

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov’s dramatic announcement Tuesday on the Bulgarian investigation of the July 2012 terror bombing of an Israeli tourist bus was initially reported by Western news media as suggesting clear evidence of Hezbollah’s responsibility for the killings.

How Western Leaders Terrorized Muslim World
Using A Fake Clash of Civilizations

By Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja

The US "War on Terror" used the false pretext of the 9/11 attacks to pursue its pre-planned wars against the Muslim world.

‘Brennan The Perfect Guy To Head CIA…
If Its Job Is To Create More Terrorists’


“If the CIA's job is to make the United States even less safe, if the CIA's job is to export violence and death and destruction in these foreign countries, if the CIA's job is to create even more terrorists through the use of these drone strikes, then John Brennan is the perfect guy to head the CIA.”

Hedges Vs Obama
Stop The National Defense Authorization Act


NDAA May Already Be Detaining Americans . Continue

High School Student Sends Letter To Obama Over Drone Assassinations

By Alec Scheer

Will you slaughter me, like you did Awlaki?

Noam Chomsky "Public Education and The Common Good"

By Noam Chomsky

How the public educational system in the US has been used not for the common good, but rather for the special interests of those who have power and money and want to perpetuate a docile non-critical thinking population..

Cop-on-Cop Crime in LA
American Blowback

By George Ciccariello-Maher and Mike King

Christopher Dorner allegedly killed a police officer and two civilians. This was not a random shooting by a right-wing gun-nut mourning the loss of the “Real America.

Empire Of Panic And Ephemera:
Applying Rigorous Imagination To America's Paranoid Style

By Phil Rockstroh

The U.S. is a paranoid culture. The nation has no foreign enemies posing an existential threat, yet it swoons in collective fear and bristles with the apparatus of the national security state.

U.K. Warned-CIA Will Access All Government Data

By Conrad Jaeger

U.S. intelligence agencies will soon be able to trawl through all British government documents stored online including ministerial files, local authority records and public sector data thanks to an unchallenged amendment to a spy law in Washington. Continue

Marc Farber: Obama Is A Disaster, The Stock Market Should Have Fallen 50%,
And You Should Buy Yourself A Machine Gun

By Joe Weisenthal

I think Mr. Obama is a disaster for business and a disaster for the United States. Not that Mr. Romney would be much better. Continue

The Global Water Grab

By Shiney Varghese

“[t]he new ‘water barons’—the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires—are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace.” Continue

Explosion near military plant killed 54 workers: A mini-bus packed with explosives blew up near a bus stop where factory workers were waiting to go home after work, said Abdul-Rahman. “These people work for the Ministry of Defence, but they are all civilians,” he said “There was no one from the military” killed in the blast.

Rebels kill 7 Syrian soldiers: Islamist Al-Nusra Front rebels killed seven Syrian soldiers at a checkpoint in the northern city of Safireh on Friday, after losing more than 100 men in the area over the past 72 hours, a watchdog said.

The Silent Exodus of Syria’s Christians: Under the cover of war and chaos, this group, which alone lacks militias of its own, is easy prey for Islamists and criminals, alike. These assaults are driving out the Christians en masse.

Patriarch Lahham sounds alarm over Syria’s Christians: “Around 20 churches were destroyed, damaged or evacuated in the area mentioned, and prayers are no longer held there as the faithful and priests have deserted their parishes,” said the prelate, who is based in the Metn town of Rabieh.

Kerry says US weighing Syria options: In his first news conference as secretary, Kerry said the Obama administration was looking at the crisis anew and hoping to find a diplomatic solution. But he sidestepped specifically addressing a question over providing military assistance to the anti-Assad opposition.

Panetta backs Syria rebels arms plan: The US defence secretary has acknowledged for the first time that he supports arming Syrian rebels.

White House cites threat to Israel in explaining decision not to arm Syria’s rebels: Carney’s explanation came a day after two top Defense Department officials told a Senate hearing that they had supported sending arms to the Syrian rebels under a plan that also had the backing of Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, and retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, then director of the CIA. The plan was rejected by the White House, however.

Syria says 'no truth' Israel targeted convoy: In letter to Ban Ki-moon, Syria's UN ambassador says alleged Israeli airstrike 'caused destruction and substantial material damage' to Jamraya military research center; claims Security Council's failure to condemn 'Israel's grave aggressions' would undermine regional, international peace

Heavier Bunker-Buster Bomb Ready for Combat, General Says: Crews for U.S. Air Force B-2 stealth bombers have been trained to drop the Pentagon’s 30,000-pound “bunker-buster” bomb, making it ready for combat, according to the commander of the service’s long-range strike command.

Iran denies involvement in Bulgaria bomb attack; Iran played no part in the bombing of a bus last year that killed Israeli tourists, its ambassador to Bulgaria said, rejecting Israeli charges that it was involved in the attack. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week accused Hezbollah and Iran of waging a "global terror campaign" after the attack in Burgas, which killed five Israeli tourists

Fierce Reaction Greets Study of Alleged Hate in Palestinian Textbooks: Finding That Class Materials Don't Vilify Jews Sparks Fury

Flames of hate: Racist fans torch Israeli club’s office: The headquarters of Israeli football club, Beitar Jerusalem, have been torched on Friday by a group of racist fans, protesting against the signing of two Muslim players from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.

Car bombs kill 36 in Iraq: Car bombs struck two outdoor markets and a group of taxi vans in Shiite areas across Iraq on Friday, killing at least 36 people and wounding nearly 100 in the bloodiest day in more than two months, as minority Sunnis staged large anti-government protests.

Protests grow in Sunni areas in Iraq: Thousands of people have been on the streets every Friday in Fallujah. While the demonstrations have been peaceful, leaders warn that might not last.

Is This the Secret U.S. Drone Base in Saudi Arabia?: These satellite images show a remote airstrip deep in the desert of Saudi Arabia

Rape, death threats and fatwas: Egypt opposition in crosshairs: Hard-line Egyptian clerics have called for the assassination of opposition leaders and claimed sexual assaults were justified against women protesters. Security has been bolstered around the homes of opposition members following the death threats.

Controversial Saudi scholar claims Osama Bin Laden was hard done by: Mohamed al-Arifi, an influential Saudi religious scholar and professor at King Saud University, has thrown a bombshell by claiming that al-Qaeda “does not tolerate bloodshed” and that it was victimized by attributing to it a bad ideology.

Blast near mosque kills 10 in Pakistan's northwest: A bomb blast killed 10 people and injured 18 in Pakistan on Friday, government officials said, in an area that the government said it had cleared of Taliban fighters.

UN body "alarmed" by US killings of Afghan children: A UN committee has expressed "alarm" over reports that hundreds of children have been killed by US military forces in Afghanistan in the past five years.

NATO rejects UN report on death of Afghan children: - The U.S.-led international coalition on Friday rejected a U.N. rights group's concern about reports that U.S. military strikes have killed hundreds of children in Afghanistan during the past four years, saying they are "categorically unfounded."

Senator Feinstein: Why did the US kill two 16 year-olds?: Join us and send a letter to Senator Feinstein, urging her to start with two cases: 16-year-old U.S. citizen Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki, killed by a drone strike in Yemen, and 16-year-old Tariq Aziz, killed by a drone strike in Pakistan.

Gunmen kill nine polio health workers in Nigeria: Gunmen on motorbikes shot dead nine health workers who were administering polio vaccinations in two separate attacks in Nigeria's main northern city of Kano on Friday, police said.

Gunfight between Mali troops wounds several: Witnesses say soldiers allied with leader of last year's coup stormed camp of Red Beret presidential guard in Bamako.

Mali hit by first suicide bombing: A suicide bomber blew himself up in Mali on Friday in the first such attack in the embattled nation as the dramatic turn towards guerrilla tactics by Islamists and a gunfight between rival soldiers starkly demonstrated that the war is far from won.

France ‘paid $17 million’ ransom for Mali hostages: According to a former US ambassador to Mali, France paid 17 million dollars in 2010 to free four French hostages still being held by their Salafist kidnappers, probably in the county's north-eastern Ifoghas mountain range.

The New Scramble for Africa: Op-Ed: It should be pointed out that the current troubles in Mali are a direct consequence of the U.S./NATO war on Libya in 2011.

Slain Tunisian leader's funeral marred by clash: The funeral of a slain Tunisian opposition leader was marred Friday by clashes between police and gangs of young men destroying nearby cars, as black smoke spiraled from burning vehicles into the sky and clouds of tear gas floated over the nearby cemetery.

Political hit sparks Tunisian general strike: TUNISIA was braced for a general strike last night, as a leading secular politician accused Muslim extremists of trying to establish a religious dictatorship after the murder this week of a leftist opposition leader that sparked clashes with police.

New evidence of UK complicity in Libya torture: Mr Belhaj showed Channel 4 News piles of Libyan copies of top secret MI6 documents detailing phone numbers, passport numbers and the postal codes of Libyan opponents of Gaddafi living in Manchester as proof of the depth of collaboration between MI6 and the Gaddafi regime.

Obama Waives Bush Law Banning Child Soldiers: The result - thousands of children throughout the Middle East and Africa may be drafted into foreign militaries, with the full blessings of the United States.

Haitian judge says Duvalier must appear at human rights hearing: The former US supported dictator defied a court order to appear in court on Thursday, instead providing his defense with a lengthy letter explaining his absence, noting that the date of the hearing coincided with the anniversary of his overthrow in 1987, a date, he wrote, in which "the greatest political crimes were committed in this country."

Mexico boy shot in back by US patrol, post-mortem shows: A Mexican teenager shot dead last year was hit from behind by several bullets when US Border Patrol agents opened fire, a post-mortem report shows. Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was in Nogales - on the Mexican side of the border with the US state of Arizona - when he was killed in October.

Manhunt: Lawyer says LA police shot women without warning: Investigators say 47-year-old Maggie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother Emma Hernandez were in a Toyota Tundra pickup truck similar to Dorner's vehicle.

US newspapers accused of complicity as drone report reopens security debate: New York Times and Washington Post knew about secret drone base in Saudi Arabia but agreed not to disclose it to the public

Press TV, iFilm taken off air in US, Canada: In another flagrant violation of freedom of speech, Iranian channels Press TV and iFilm have been removed from the Galaxy 19 satellite platform.

Mayor grounds Seattle police drone program: Seattle's mayor on Thursday ordered the police department to abandon its plan to use drones after residents and privacy advocates protested.

17% of China's billionaires under investigation or arrest: Although the number of dollar billionaires in the country has swelled rapidly from 15 to 250 over the past six years, they have loss their wealth as fast as they made it. Around 17% are said to be under police investigation or have been arrested because of financial crimes

Venezuela Launches First Nuke In Currency Wars, Devalues Currency By 46%: Here comes Venezuela and shows the banana republics of the developed world what lobbing a nuclear bomb into a currency war knife fight looks like:

Jim Rogers: US Economy In Decline: Video - Tomorrows Economy Driven By People Who Make Real Things

Fed Governor Raises the Specter of a Bubble in Junk Bonds: Some financial markets are showing signs of overheated speculation as investors take larger risks in response to the persistence of low interest rates, a senior Federal Reserve official said in a speech on Thursday

USD Surges By Most In 7 Months As Stocks Stumble And Bonds Bid: Keep Calm and Keep Buying. We are sure this will be the message as for the first time this year, the Dow closed the week in the red.

Paper Money is Poverty : Video

U.S. Goading Japan into Confrontation with China
Will Japan Take the Bait?

By John V. Walsh
China has no record of expansionism overseas even going back to 1400 when it was the world's premier naval power but never conquered or established colonies or took slaves.
Ayatollah Khamenei Rejects Talks With US Under Pressure

By Press TV
Ayatollah Khamenei also noted that during the past four years, nothing has been seen from the United States but continuation of conspiracies, abetting seditionists and supporting the terrorists which assassinated Iranian nation's scientists.
Washington Speaks With Forked Tongue to Iran

By Finian Cunningham
Only days after American Vice President Joe Biden made a very public and tantalizing offer of bilateral talks between the US and Iran, there then follows another round of punitive trade sanctions imposed by Washington on Iran's vital oil industry.
Targeting the Iranian Threat to "Stability"
Israel Enters Syria

By Ben Schreiner
The dream of forging a new Middle East through the destruction of Syria has come to be championed by the U.S. neo-con crowd.
Israeli Myths & Propaganda

Israeli Professor Ilan Pappe reveals the truth about the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
WANTED - A Psychiatric Diagnosis of Nazi Holocaust Denial

By Alan Hart
I stand by my view that holocaust denial (and most aspects of holocaust revisionism) is evil on a par with the commissioning of the slaughter and the slaughtering itself.
Arab Leaders: Waiting To Count The Dead Bodies

By Mahboob A. Khawaja
What have the contemporary Arab leaders done for the interests of the Arab masses and Muslim Ummah?
HRW: Hundreds of Afghan Children Killed in US Attacks

By Human Rights Watch
The committee said it was "alarmed" at reports of the deaths of hundreds of children from US attacks and air strikes in Afghanistan since the committee last reviewed US practices in 2008.
American exceptionalism
Poll : It's Illegal to Target Americans: Ok To Kill Foreigners

By FDU MindPoll
By a two-to-one margin (48%-24%) of American voters say they think it is illegal for the U.S. government to kill its own citizens. By a wide six-to-one margin (75%-13%) voters approve of the U.S. military using drones to carry out attacks abroad "on people and targets deemed a threat to the U.S.other.
Tribalism And Agreed-Upon Lies

By John Scales Avery
It seems to be a part of human nature to behave with great kindness towards members of our own group. By contrast we often exhibit terrible aggression towards other groups that are perceived to be competing with or threatening our own.
Extrajudicial Killing: Official US Policy
By Stephen Lendman
"The parallels to the Bush administration torture memos are chilling. Those were unchecked legal justifications drawn up to justify torture; these are unchecked justifications drawn up to justify extrajudicial killing."
American Foreign Policy
Have Our War Lovers Learned Anything?

By William Blum
When it comes to following international law, is the United States like a failed state? The Somalia of international law?
It Has Happened Here
The police state is real

By Paul Craig Roberts
Ironic, isn't it, that the president of the United States now murders his political opponents just as Saddam Hussein murdered his. How long before critics move from the no-fly list to the extermination list?
Who's going to step up?
President Obama Must be Impeached

By Dave Lindorff
Terrorism is not the threat. Passivity in the face of encroaching tyranny is.
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

By Glenn Greenwald
yet again, the US media has been caught working together to conceal obviously newsworthy government secrets.
Lost In Translation
North Korea Video Shows US City Under Attack

Some in the media have presented the video as North Korea perhaps hoping to attack the United States in the future. However, closer inspection of the portions translated, combined with the overall video emphasizing North Korea's high tech future, do not seem to indicate a North Korean invasion.
Has Scotland Yard name become toxic?
By Yvonne Ridley
Not a week goes by when someone further tarnishes the image of the world famous Scotland Yard through greed, corruption, lies and sleaze.
"You Don't Want To Hear The Truth!"
Native American Confronts Protesters on Illegal Immigration

A Native American man, staged his own protest when he came across a rally against illegal immigration in Tucson, Arizona. "You're all f*cking illegal. You're all illegal," "We didn't invite none of you here.

Hard News  


4 Afghan police killed in bomb attack:
Remote-controlled bomb hits vehicle in Balkh province, killing district police chief and three bodyguards
Half of all Afghans paid bribes to public officials in 2012: UN report:
The report by the UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Afghanistan's anti-corruption unit says that while there has been "some tangible progress", the total cost of corruption increased to US$3.9 billion (S$4.8 billioon) in 2012 - 40 per cent up on 2009.
US kills three people in Pakistan:
Three people were killed when a US drone fired missiles at a suspected compound in Ghulam Khan Tehsil of North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday, according to witnesses.
Syria Government retakes town as Damascus clashes rage:
After a 16-day onslaught, troops retook Karnaz on the strategic Damascus-Aleppo highway, said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Rebel "fighters withdrew from Karnaz, which they seized in December last year, after heavy fighting and regular forces regained control," he told AFP.
Syria govt reaches out to rebels:
The embattled Syrian government has assigned at least two senior officials to reach out to the political opposition inside and outside Syria, in the latest efforts to start a national reconciliation dialogue proposed by President Bashar al-Assad, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told reporters on Wednesday.
Ahmadinejad urges negotiations, elections in Syria;
The two sides should "sit at the negotiations table to find a solution to the crisis, through mutual understanding," Ahmadinejad, who is on a visit to Egypt, said in the interview broadcast late Wednesday.
Arab League Backs Syrian Opposition's Call for Dialogue:
Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Tuesday backed a call by the leader of Syria's main opposition group for talks with the Damascus regime aimed at ending nearly 23 months of bloodshed in the country, AFP reported.
Syria opposition demands all women prisoners freed by Sunday:
Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib said the Syrian government had until Sunday to release all women detainees, otherwise he would regard his offer for dialogue as rejected by President Bashar al-Assad, BBC Arabic said.
Panetta, Dempsey support arming Syria rebels -
Video -
Panetta, Dempsey: Obama Rejected Plan for US to Arm Syrian Rebels:
Pentagon leaders told Congress on Thursday that they had supported a recommendation to arm Syrian rebels promoted by the State Department and CIA but which President Barack Obama ultimately decided against.
Iran president tells US to correct its attitude:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his country cannot hold meaningful talks with the U.S. on Tehran's disputed nuclear program if Washington is threatening his country.
Turkey's Halkbank to continue existing Iran transactions- min:
Turkish state-owned Halkbank will continue its existing transactions with Iran but some other banks have pulled back in response to pressure from the United States, Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said on Thursday.
Iran broadcasts footage 'extracted from CIA spy drone':
Tehran claims to reverse-engineer RQ-170 Sentinel, adding Iran is producing 'more than 20 types of drones' and intends to export.
Hamas and Fatah in unity talks, says Khaled Meshaal:
Mr Meshaal also said preparations were being made for presidential and parliamentary elections.
Landmine kills 4 civilians in Mali:
The deadly blast took place on Thursday between the central town of Douentza and the northern city of Gao, some 320 kilometers east-southeast of Timbuktu.
Tunisian govt shake-up: A move away from hardline Islamist rule?:
To quell public fury at the murder of an opposition figure, the Tunisian government has promised elections. Amid claims the ruling Islamist-led Ennahda party was behind the killing, Tunisia's PM pledged a move towards a more secular system.
ICC orders Libya to hand over ex-spy chief:
Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have ordered Libyan authorities to immediately to hand over Abdullah al-Senussi, deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's former intelligence chief.
Haiti urged to pursue Jean-Claude Duvalier rights trial:
International human rights groups have urged the Haitian authorities not to drop a rights case against former ruler Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier.
Colombia's FARC guerrillas propose drug legalization in peace talks with government;
Colombia's main rebel army called on the government Wednesday to legalize the cultivation of marijuana, poppy and coca leaf, as well as the personal consumption of drugs derived from those plants.
Venezuela donates free heating oil to 100,000 needy US households; -
For the eighth straight year, Venezuela's state oil company is donating free heating oil to hundreds of thousands of needy Americans.
ECB Agrees to Ease Terms for Ireland:
The European Central Bank Thursday agreed to ease the terms under which the Irish government repays €31 billion ($41.92 billion) of debts. Charles Forelle joins Markets Hub
US silences national witness who debunked official 9/11 report:
"Actually, there was an initial explosion in the basement seconds before the plane hit. I spoke about it - they didn't want me to talk about it," said William Rodriguez, a janitor working for 20 years in the North Tower of the World Trade Center buildings.
Brennan pressed on drones at confirmation hearing for CIA post;
"It's the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an American without checks and balances that's so troubling," Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said. "Every American has the right to know when their government believes it's allowed to kill them."
U.S. drone use could set dangerous example for rogue powers:Op-Ed:
"I sincerely doubt most members of the U.S. government would be happy with China or Russia or North Korea using drones and lethal force the way the U.S. government is doing, which is outside the bounds of international law," said Johnson.
Democratic Senator Calls For Greater Declassification Of Drone Program:
More needs to be done to ensure that Americans are aware of the justification used by the administration to target those they deem combatants, Wyden told the panel interviewing him on MSNBC's Morning Joe.
Michael Moore asks citizens to stand up to Obama's 'dangerous' erosion of civil liberties:
"We have to work and speak out against the Obama administration and everything they are doing to destroy civil liberties."
Silent Circle, The New Encryption App That Is Terrifying The Government:
The idea is to "democratize encryption" by making it available to the non-tech-savvy with the push of a button. Will this be used for good or evil? Slate's Ryan Gallagher explains:

February 07, 2013

The Mali Blowback: More to Come?

By Stephen Zunes

U.S.-trained Army Captain Amadou Sanogo and other officers staged a coup and called for U.S. intervention along the lines of Afghanistan and the "war on terror."

Britamgate: Staging False Flag Attacks in Syria

By Voltaire Network

On January 22 a telling leak cropped up in the Internet. British defense contractor’s BRITAM server was hacked and megabytes of classified internal files of the firm were released to the public. - What is the story behind the leakage? Why this scandal is likely to turn around the situation in Syria?

Obama Grants Self License To Kill
This is the power claimed by kings and tyrants.

By Andrew P. Napolitano

Did you consent to a government that can kill whom it wishes? How about one that plays tricks on federal judges? How long will it be before the presidential killing comes home?

Brennan Nomination Exposes Criticism on Targeted Killings and Secret Saudi Base

By Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung

Civil liberties groups described the white paper as an example of the kind of unchecked executive power Obama campaigned against during his first presidential run.

NY Times Reveals Location Of Secret US Base In Saudi Arabia


The Times and other news organizations, including The Washington Post, had withheld the location of that base at the request of the C.I.A.

How Israel is Fueling the Syrian Fire

By Nicola Nasser

Israel is either trying to escalate militarily to embroil an unwilling United States in the Syrian conflict, in a too late attempt to pre-empt a political solution, out of a belief that the fall of the Al – Assad regime will serve Israel’s strategy.

Decade After Iraq WMD Speech at UN
Ex-Powell Aide Lawrence Wilkerson Debates Author Norman Solomon

Video & Transcript

"Was the intelligence politicized in addition to being wrong at its roots? Absolutely. And the leader of that politicization was the vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney."

How Tony Blair and Iraq Robbed a Generation of Their Faith in Politics

By Sam Parker

If every generation lives through an event that opens their eyes to politics for the first time, then perhaps there also an event that closes them again, if not entirely then at least in part.

How I Reached my Breaking Point Ten Years Ago Today

By Simon Black

The political and banking elite have given us more war, inflation, and epic financial crises. They’ve turned Western civilization into a giant police state. And they’ve managed to brainwash the great masses so effectively that the people are crying out for more.

The U.S. Congress: From One Crisis to Another, The Politics of Debt Default

By Prof Rodrigue Tremblay

Ever since Republicans took control of the 435-member U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, a fiscal drama with the White House and the U.S. Senate has been replayed time and again. One of the political gimmick is called the “raising of the country’s debt limit.”

19 killed' in Syria car bombings: At least 19 members of Syria's security forces have been killed in two suicide car bombings targeting a military intelligence headquarters in the south-central city of Palmyra, a watchdog said.

Syrian rebels are forging child soldiers into 'killing machines': "When they arrive here, they are children. By the time they leave, they are killing machines," said Abdel Razzaq, a 38-year-old former army sergeant who trains the boys.

Saudi Arabia confesses support for terrorists in Syria: The representative of Saudi authorities in Jordan in an interview with the newspaper Al-Hayat, a leading pan-Arab daily reported Monday that since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, some 2,500 Saudis have entered the Arab country.

Syrian rebels open US lobbying agency: Brian Sayers is a former Nato political officer lobbying in the corridors of Washington on behalf of Syrian rebels fighting the regime of Bashar Al Assad, the country's president.

Syrian rebels to open NY, Washington offices: The coalition's presence in the U.S. capital and near the United Nations is expected to raise its profile in the United States and internationally, the diplomats said.

US concerned over Turkey's remarks on 'Israeli Syria attack': US State Department's spokesperson said the US filed a complaint with Turkey and pointed out the primary need to focus on Syrian President Bashar Assad's violence against his own people

Obama Plans Visit to Israel This Spring: President Obama plans to travel to Israel this spring for the first time since taking office, as he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu try to move past the friction of the last four years now that both have won re-election.

Palestinian PM warns PA 'on the brink': "The situation in which we must wait for Israel's prime minister to decide on a monthly basis whether or not money is transferred to us, places us in an impossible situation. If Israel doesn't come to its senses – we will be in danger of collapsing," Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as saying,

Iran is a nuclear state but has no intention to launch attack on Israel – Ahmadinejad: “[The world] wants Iran to go back to what it was in the past, but they won’t succeed. They assume we’ll give in to pressure, but such thoughts are misguided. We’re already an industrial and nuclear country…we must ensure development and growth and bring them to pass, and the world must acknowledge our progress,”

Sanctions are an act of war: New U.S. sanctions Iran, locks up oil revenues: "This will significantly restrict Iran's ability to make use of the oil revenue that it's earning," a senior U.S. official told reporters about the sanctions

The Counterproductive Effects of Leveling Sanctions on Iran : The U.S.-sponsored sanctions dramatically debilitated Iraq's economy. UNICEF, for example, contends that the sanctions led to the deaths of over a million Iraqis, including more than a half million children. We face the same risk today in Iran as we faced in Iraq.

EU court rules for second time against Iran bank sanctions; A European Union court has ruled that the EU should lift sanctions it imposed on one of Iran's largest banks, the second such judgment that could complicate Western efforts to increase pressure on the Islamic Republic.

Russia expects 'serious progress' on Iran nuclear crisis: "Despite everything, I would very much hope to see the upcoming round result in -- if not an outright breakthrough -- then serious progress," Ryabkov said in a wide-ranging interview with the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

Hezbollah denies Bulgaria bus bomb: Hezbollah denies Bulgaria bus bombHezbollah has rejected a Bulgarian investigation that blamed it for a deadly 2012 bus bombing which killed five Israeli tourists and a bus driver. The report prompted Israel’s PM to call for Hezbollah to be banned as a terror group by EU nations.

Bulgaria appeases US, Israel on bus probe: The Bulgarian government on Tuesday made a mockery of its political independence by publicly implicating Lebanon's Hezbollah in last year's attack on an Israeli bus in the resort city of Burgas, despite the fact that its "official investigation is still going on"

Israel vows "justice" for victims of Bulgaria attack: Israel's prime minister has told relatives of victims of last year's attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria that those responsible for the killings "will pay the price."

Militants kill 4 policemen, wound 5 in separate attacks in Iraq, officials say; Assailants opened automatic fire on police checkpoints in central and northern Iraq early on Wednesday, killing four officers and wounding five, officials said.

'Al-Qaeda making comeback' in Iraq's Kirkuk: There has been rise in the number of terror attacks in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk, prompting warnings from government officials that groups linked with al-Qaeda are making a comeback.

Secret US Base in Saudi Arabia for drone Assassinations in Yemen: Saudi Arabia is home to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina and the continued presence of US troops after the 1991 Gulf war was one of the stated motivations behind al-Qaida's 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Khobar Towers bombing five years earlier.

Nigerian Islamists kill 6 park rangers in revenge attack: Boko Haram insurgents killed at least six park rangers on Tuesday in a reprisal attack after troops backed by helicopter gunships destroyed their base in a Nigerian game reserve.

'Hundreds' of rebels killed: French-led forces have killed hundreds of militants in fighting to reclaim northern Mali and with the rebels' last bastion secured, France said Tuesday it will begin withdrawing troops in March.

Killing of Tunisian Opposition Figure Sets Off Protests: A leading Tunisian opposition politician who had fiercely criticized the Islamist-led government, accusing it of turning a blind eye to violence by religious hard-liners, was fatally shot outside his home in Tunis on Wednesday, officials said.

Tunisia PM to dissolve government amid crisis: Protesters clash with police, blaming Islamist-led government of failing to protect slain politician Shokri Belaid.

France action in Mali is real war, says Le Drian: French forces are embroiled in a "real war" with "terrorists" around the Malian town of Gao, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said. Islamist militants were swept from Gao last month, but Mr Le Drian said clashes were continuing in the area.

Tuareg rebels say they extend control in Mali's northeast: Pro-autonomy Tuareg rebels in Mali said on Tuesday they had occupied the town of Menaka, extending their control of the remote northeast as they position for talks with the government after the retreat of al Qaeda-linked insurgents.

4 Civilians reported killed in Afghanistan: Four Afghan civilians, a woman and three children, were found dead following fighting between coalition forces and insurgents in Herat province, officials said.

Obama regime kills 5 people in Pakistan: : At least five persons were killed when a US drone targeted a house located at Spinwam of North Waziristan on Wednesday, Geo News reported

Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Speaks Out Against Drone Strikes: Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S. has spoken out against American drone strikes in Pakistan, pointing out that they are illegal, create more militants than they kill, and violate national sovereignty.

Naming the Dead: Bureau announces new drones project: The Bureau is launching an ambitious new investigation, which will seek to identify as many as possible of those killed in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, whether civilian or militant.

Royal Bank of Scotland fined US $615 million for rate rigging: Britain's Royal Bank of Scotland will pay US and British authorities US$615 million and plead guilty to wire fraud in Japan to settle allegations it manipulated global benchmark interest rates.

UK government plans to track ALL web use: MI5 to install 'black box' spy devices to monitor British internet traffic

U.S.-Canada Harmonizing Border Security and Immigration Measures: Without much fanfare, they have signed an immigration agreement that would allow them to share biographic and at a later date, biometric information. As part of a North American security perimeter, both countries are further harmonizing border security and immigration measures.

Congress Is About to Introduce Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana: Democratic Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado, left, and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon will introduce sweeping marijuana reform legislation Tuesday. The legislation, which would regulate marijuana like alcohol

February 06, 2013

Syria: Golden Days of Disinformation
The Houla Massacre and the Battle of Taldou

By Adam Larson

This campaign has been enabled by a “world community” – the United Nations and several world governments, the bulk of the mainstream media, human rights groups, etc. — accepting of any rebel explanation that demonizes the target government.

More Than 50 Countries Helped the CIA Outsource Torture

By Spencer Ackerman

A new report from the Open Society Foundation details the CIA’s effort to outsource torture since 9/11 in excruciating detail.

Ten Years After Powell’s U.N. Speech, Old Hands are Ready for More Blood

By Norman Solomon

Behind a gauzy curtain, top officials engage in decision-making on war that gives democracy short shrift. For the public, crucial information that bears on the wisdom of warfare remains opaque or out of sight.

Lest We Forget
War Criminal : Colin Powell's UN Presentation on Iraq WMD


February 05, 2003 - My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we are giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence. - Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq "1,455,590"

The Gatekeepers

By Lawrence Davidson

It will take increasing outside pressure on Israel, in the form of boycotts, divestment and sanctions, to convince a sufficient number of that country’s Jewish population that they must change their ways.  To not change is to acquiesce in Israel’s evolving status as a pariah state.

The Republican Obsession

By Patrick J. Buchanan

If last week's hearing for Chuck Hagel raised questions about his capacity to be secretary of defense, the show trial conducted by his inquisitors on the tribunal raised questions about the GOP.

Chilling Legal Memo from Obama DOJ Justifies Assassination of US Citizens

By Glenn Greenwald

The most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens for execution without any charges or due process, far from any battlefield. The Obama administration has not only asserted exactly that power in theory, but has exercised it in practice.

The American Lockdown State

By Tom Engelhardt

Maybe it's time to face the facts: this isn’t your grandfather’s America. Once, prospective Americans landed in a New World.  This time around, a new world’s landed on us.

The Relentless March of the U.S. Police State

By Robert Higgs

Since 9/11, we have created the very government the framers feared:

U.S. Prison Population Seeing “Unprecedented Increase”

By Carey L. Biron

The United States has incarcerated far more people than any other country, today imprisoning some 716 people out of every 100,000.

When the Rule of Force Replaces the Rule of Law

By Dave Hodges

The similarities between the old Soviet Gulags and the American prison system are stunning.

2012 US Presidential Campaign Cost $7 Billion - Election Commission


The Democrats and Republicans – ended up spending $2 billion, while political committees accounted for $2.1 billion of the spending. Candidate campaigns spent about $3.2 billion.

Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of our Lives

Video Documentary

When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology. Continue

10 dead on third day of suicide blasts: Attacks north of Baghdad, including a third suicide blast in as many days, killed at least eight people on Tuesday, officials said, amid a spike in violence that has left almost 70 people dead in all.

Six killed, two held captive in northern Yemen sectarian clashes: A sectarian dispute between the Shiite Houthi group and Salafis left six people dead in the northern province of Sa’ada, a province that has experienced sporadic fighting since 2011.

Nobel peace prize winner predicts political collapse in Yemen: Yemeni Nobel peace laureate Tawakkul Karman warned in an interview with AFP that her country’s transition process is on the brink of collapse and demanded ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh be banned from politics.

Turkey says Syrian opposition should not be pressured into talks with Assad regime: Turkey on Sunday pledged its continued support for the Syrian opposition, saying its leaders should not be pressured into talks with the regime as civil war rages.

Clinton: Syrian rebels getting ‘messages’ from Pakistan region known as Qaeda haven: What do these fighters, who now have fighting experience and possibly even a line to al-Qaeda’s central command, do once the civil war ends?

Aleppo bishop speaks out against Christian kidnappings: The bishop of the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday urged the international community to pay greater attention to the fate of Syria's Christian minority, saying they were being terrorised by a spate of kidnappings for money.

Mossad vs Assad: 'Syrian rebels ally of Israel intelligence' : Video report: President Bashar al Assad says Syria can take-on any force that confronts it, while accusing Israel of trying to destabilize the country.

Israel deploys missile defence system near Syria: Israel has deployed a third Iron Dome missile defence battery to the north of the country a few days after carrying out an air strike inside neighbouring Syria, Israeli media says.

Netanyahu: Hezbollah planning 'global terror attacks': World leaders should declare Hezbollah a terrorist entity, Israel's leader has said, hours after Bulgaria blamed the Lebanese group for a deadly bus bomb.

Iran boosts export muscle with new oil tankers: Iran has taken delivery of several new tankers from Chinese shipyards, giving it greater flexibility in maintaining oil exports in the face of Western sanctions.

Ahmadinejad attacked with shoe in Cairo [VIDEO]: Someone threw a shoe at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to Cairo.

Syrian arrested after Ahmadinejad shoe-attack in Cairo: The attacker, who attempted to hit President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he left a mosque, is reported to be a young man with “a Syrian accent”. Egyptian security forces managed to seize and arrest the man following the incident.

Mali conflict: Chad army 'enters Kidal': Some 1,800 soldiers from Chad have entered Kidal, the last major town in northern Mali under rebel control, the French military says.

Libyan new rulers fear second revolution against ‘revolution’: New rulers are under attack for lack of reforms, face protests on February 15 being touted by some as ‘second revolution’.

Restaurant bombing kills 5 in northern Afghanistan: The former commander, Mohammad Nadir, was among seven people wounded in the blast in the upscale district of Khwaja Sabz Poshi Wali, Batash said, adding that two suspects had been arrested.

US Occupation Forces Kill 2 Afghan women: According to local authorities in western Herat province of Afghanistan, at least two women were killed and three children were injured following a military operation by US special forces in this province.

'Pak could shoot down US drones if it wanted to': The Pakistani government continues to clear the air space whenever the United States asks them to do so for their drone strikes, Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations -- a Washington-based think-tank -- told reporters on Monday during a conference call ahead of the Congress

'CIA used ISI's detention centres in Pak during war on terror': Detention facilities in Pakistan in which detainees were held at the behest of the CIA include the ISI detention facility in Karachi, which was allegedly used as an initial detention and interrogation point before detainees were transferred to other prisons.

Bangladesh politician jailed for war crimes; A Bangladesh war-crimes tribunal has sentenced a senior leader of the country's biggest Islamist party to life in prison, the second verdict in trials that have reopened wounds about the country's independence war and sparked riots.

Justice Department White Paper Details Rationale for Targeted Killing of Americans: Document Outlines Government’s Claimed Authority to Kill American Citizens Outside Combat Zones

Cyberstrikes : US draws up battle plan : Pre-emptive strikes will be launched under secret guidelines to protect computer systems

Report: U.S. Muslim Terrorism Was Practically Nil in 2012: “Until public opinion starts to recognize the scale of the problem has been lower than we feared, my sense is that public officials are not going to change their policies,”

Two killed, four injured in Ecuador pro-government rally: Two supporters of Ecuador's president Rafael Correa were killed on Monday and four more suffered stab wounds during a campaign rally almost two weeks before a presidential election that the leftist leader is expected to win comfortably.

Falklands 'will be under our control in 20 years', says Argentine foreign minister: Argentina will wrest control of the Faklland Islands within 20 years, according the country’s foreign minister who used a meeting with MPs on Tuesday to compare the British claim to Israel’s occupation of the West bank.

Hand of U.S. Is Seen in Halting General’s Rise in Mexico: That back-channel communication provides a rare glimpse into the United States government’s deep involvement in Mexican security affairs — especially as Washington sizes up Mr. Peña Nieto, who is just two months into a six-year term.

U.S. Sues S&P Over Ratings: The civil charges by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder against the New York company, one of the bond-rating industry's three giants, are the first federal enforcement action against a credit-rating firm over the crisis. Several state attorneys general are likely to join.

UBS reports $2.8 billion loss: Swiss banking giant UBS on Tuesday reported a massive fourth-quarter loss and announced it is capping its largest bonuses to bankers after a difficult year in which it settled charges of manipulating interest rates.

Fake Food found In The Grocery Aisle: A new scientific examination by the non-profit food fraud detectives the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), discovered rising numbers of fake ingredients in products from olive oil to spices to fruit juice.


February 05, 2013

Israel Plans Attack To Create And Occupy 10 Mile "Buffer Zone" Inside Syria

Uzi Mahnaimi, Tel Aviv

The plan envisages two Israeli infantry brigades and a tank battalion being based at outposts in Syrian territory. The current border, which is not internationally recognised, was redrawn after the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Israel’s Post-American Future

By Leon T. Hadar

We cannot exist alone.” President Shimon Peres said during an address in Jerusalem “For our existence we need the friendship of the United States of America,”

NYC Officials Threaten Funding of Brooklyn College Over Israel Event

By Glenn Greenwald

The threat to academic freedom posed by this growing lynch mob is obvious: if universities are permitted to hold only those events which do not offend state officials and "pro-Israel" fanatics such as Alan Dershowitz, then "academic freedom" is illusory.

Justice Department Memo Reveals Legal Case for Killing Americans

By Michael Isikoff

The U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. Continue

Neither Justice Nor Morality: Just Impunity From Crimes Against Humanity

By William A. Cook

The world is not ruled by justice or morality, it is ruled by power. Israel knows this. They have taken control of the greatest military machine the world has ever known, the United States .

The People v. Tony Blair:
How Mass Murderers Get Away With War Crimes and How to Stop Them

By Chris Nineham

We need to remind ourselves of the sheer criminality of George W Bush and Tony Blair, to try and explain what was behind it and how they got away with it.

Rogue Elements Within US Military: Defense Nominee Hagel Had Warned Obama

By Steve Watson

Bob Woodward writes in the Post that on a visit to the White House in 2009, Hagel warned Obama that he should look out for rogue elements within the Pentagon that were leading a ‘new world order’:

U.S. To Become a Second-rate Power

By Mike Ferner

That is exactly what Outgoing Secretary of War Panetta said in a Feb. 1 exit interview with USA Today, when asked what effects looming cuts will have on the War Department.

The Trickery of the US Military Budget

By Paul R. Pillar

A key federal budget trick is using words to confuse citizens, such as labeling U.S. military spending as “defense” though much is for “offense” and sliding costs for wounded soldiers under “veterans affairs” and nuclear bombs under “energy,”

The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful

By Noam Chomsky

Is America over? It’s a kind of paranoia, but it’s the paranoia of the superrich and the superpowerful. If you don’t have everything, it’s a disaster.

Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage

By Chris Hedges

Workers who are unable to meet their debts, who are victimized by constantly rising interest rates that can climb to as high as 30 percent on credit cards, are far more likely to remain submissive and compliant.

Obamacare: A Deception

Introduction by Paul Craig Roberts

How Obamacare works for the insurance companies but not for you.

White House zeros in on Medicare

By Patrick Martin

Both President Obama and a top economic adviser have confirmed that Medicare, the federal program that underwrites the cost of health care for more than 50 million elderly and disabled people in the United States, is a prime target in the budget-cutting negotiations now going on behind the scenes in Washington. Continue

Twenty-two killed in suicide bomb near Baghdad: A suicide bomber blew himself up near a group of anti-Al-Qaeda fighters as they were receiving salaries north of Baghdad on Monday, killing 22 people, the second bloody attack to hit Iraq in as many days.

Suicide bomber kills four Iraq anti-Qaeda fighters: A suicide bomber on Monday blew himself up near a group of anti-Qaeda militiamen as they were receiving their salaries in the town of Taji, killing four of them, an interior ministry official said.

Gunmen storm police' headquarters, 30 killed: A suicide car bombing, followed by an assault by grenade-throwing gunmen on a police headquarters in a disputed city in north Iraq, killed at least 30 people Sunday.

Fact or fiction? Six children killed in air raid near Damascus: activists: Syrian warplanes launched a deadly raid Monday on the outskirts of the rebel-held town of Douma northeast of Damascus, killing seven civilians, among them six children, a monitoring group said.

Russia opposes humanitarian corridor in Syria, citing int'l air intervention fears: "Russia does not support the idea of a humanitarian corridor in Syria. Any use of military power is unacceptable, and not just because we still remember what it lead to in Libya,"

White House rebuffed Clinton-Petraeus plan to arm Syrian rebels: report: A plan developed last summer by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus to arm and train Syrian rebels was rebuffed by the White House, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Fact or fiction? Assad 'Deploys' Scud Missiles Targeting Tel Aviv: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has deployed scud-type missiles targeted at Tel Aviv following the Israeli airstrike on a research centre on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus.

Israeli regime will regret attacking Syria: Iran’s Jalili: “As the Zionist regime [of Israel] regretted its aggression and hostility during its 33-day, 22-day and 8-day wars, it will also regret this attack [on Syria],” Jalili said during a press conference in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Monday.

Iran optimistic on future nuclear talks: Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says he sees positive signs the United States is rethinking its approach to Tehran in the protracted dispute over the Islamic republic's nuclear drive. "I feel this new (US) administration is really this time seeking to at least divert from its previous and traditional approach vis-a-vis my country."

Iranian FM says Tehran to resume talks after nuclear equipment upsets Israel, US: Iran has installed new centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear plant – and Israel isn’t happy about it. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the new equipment will complicate plans to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

McCain refers to Iran’s president as a ‘monkey’; GOP rep calls jab ‘racist’; Republican Sen. John McCain on Monday called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a "monkey." The blunt-speaking Arizona lawmaker leveled the jab—swiftly condemned as "racist" by a Republican representative—via Twitter:

Yadlin: Israel's threat to strike Iran 'unhelpful': Israeli threats to strike Iran's nuclear program and send shock waves throughout the world are "unhelpful," and Jerusalem should lower its profile on the issue, director of the Institute for National Security Studies, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, said Monday.

Problems with Israeli cellular networks prompt suspicions of cyber-attack: Cellular phone users throughout the country report problems sending and receiving calls and text messages, mostly on the Pelephone network; security officials checking whether problems due to technical malfunction or malicious attack;

Israel arrests 22 Hamas members ahead of Fatah-Hamas talks: Israel has a history of arresting Palestinian politicians and legislators, mainly targeting members of the pro-Hamas Change and Reform bloc since 2006, when Hamas won a majority of seats in the Palestinian parliament.

Hamas: Israel sabotaging reconciliation efforts: Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip said that the arrest of the movement's political representatives in the West Bank by the IDF was designed to sabotage efforts to achieve reconciliation with Fatah.

Iran awaiting government to provide evidence for arms shipment claims: Iranian officials in Sana’a said they are awaiting the Yemeni government to provide evidence for their claims that Iran sent arms to the port of Aden.The arms shipment included a number of surface to air missiles.

22 killed in clash of Filipino extremists, rebels: A Muslim rebel group said Monday it attacked Abu Sayyaf gunmen after the al-Qaida-linked militants refused to free hostages, sparking fierce jungle clashes that left up to 22 combatants dead in the southern Philippines.

Witness describes Mali forces 'executing' students: An eyewitness told BBC Newsnight he saw three Islamic students shot dead in a public place because they failed to show identity papers.

Benghazi, Libya, deteriorating into security nightmare: Security in Benghazi has decayed to the point where Westerners are fleeing, assassinations and kidnappings are rife and residents worry that U.S. drone strikes on jihadist targets are imminent.

Egyptian dies of wounds as toll from protests rises to 57: An Egyptian man shot during protests in Cairo died of his wounds on Sunday, medics said, increasing to 57 the death toll in the bloodiest week of President Mohamed Mursi's seven months in power.

Egyptian activist dies 'after torture from cops': AN EGYPTIAN activist, who slipped into a coma following days in police custody, has died, setting off a storm over police brutality in the new Egypt. A preliminary medical report showed that he suffered beating with hard objects, broken ribs and electric shocks, activists said.

Gang rape in Tahrir square -Video - Girl alledgedly raped by mob in Tahrir Square

'US, France agree over UN Mali force': Biden praised France's "decisiveness" in intervening in Mali and the "competence and capability" of French military forces.

Saudi preacher gets fine and short jail term for raping and killing daughter: Public anger has gripped Saudi Arabia after a prominent preacher who raped and beat to death his 5-year-old daughter was sentenced to a few months in jail and a $50,000 fine – known as 'blood money' – to compensate the victim's relatives.

Urgent preparations in South Korea over North’s third nuclear test fears: South Korean leader Lee Myung-Bak has urged the country’s officials to ‘stand well prepared’ for a third nuclear test by North Korea, according to Yonhap news agency. The test is believed to take place before Lunar New Year starts on February 10.

Pentagon Expects U.S. to Retain Presence in Afghanistan: The Pentagon’s top civilian and military officials on Sunday expressed an expectation, even a desire, that American troops would remain in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends in December 2014, although they emphasized that no decision had been made.

Afghanistan security better before British troops arrival: Karzai: Karzai also expressed doubts regarding foreign troops fight in the right part of the country for the past 10 years and questionned whether western forces were pulling out because they had realised the mission was a mistake, or if they believed they had successfully broken up the country’s terrorist groups.

CIA chief admits use of torture in hunt for Bin Landen: The outgoing US defence secretary has admitted that intelligence obtained using enhanced interrogation techniques or torture was used to "put together the puzzle" that led the American military to Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

Greek finance minister sent bullet in the mail: Greece's finance minister was sent a bullet and a death threat from a group protesting home foreclosures, police officials said on Monday, in the latest incident to raise fears of growing political violence.

Berlin eyes jail time for reckless bankers - source: The German government will discuss a new law to imprison bank executives for up to five years if they are found guilty of reckless behaviour that put a bank at risk.

Osborne backs break-up of banks that fail to reform: The UK's big banks will be broken up if they fail to follow new rules to ring-fence risky investment operations from High Street outlets, Chancellor George Osborne has announced. He has said taxpayers are angry at banks' behaviour and will never again be expected to bail them out.

Venezuela officials: Hugo Chavez's health 'improving': National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello said he had visited Mr Chavez in hospital, and that the president's health was "clearly improving".
The Venezuelan leader has not been seen or heard in public since he had surgery almost eight weeks ago.

Eighth Annual US, Citgo-Venezuela Heating Oil Program Launched: The program, which began as a single donation in 2005 in response to the high prices of heating oil resulting from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, has grown well beyond its original scope. Today, it has become a humanitarian symbol of unity between the people of Venezuela and those in need in the United States.

Fidel Castro votes in Cuba election: State TV showed the 86-year-old voting at a polling station where he is said to have spent up to an hour talking to other voters and the media.

U.S. military expanding its war on drugs - : In the most expensive initiative in Latin America since the Cold War, the U.S. has militarized the battle against the traffickers, spending more than $20 billion in the past decade. U.S. Army troops, Air Force pilots and Navy ships outfitted with Coast Guard counternarcotics teams are routinely deployed to chase, track and capture drug smugglers.

Big Media Discovers US Special Ops are Targeting Mexican Crime Organizations: The US has had special-forces boots on the ground inside Mexico for some time now.

UK: Police spies stole identities of dead children: Britain's largest police force stole the identities of an estimated 80 dead children and issued fake passports in their names for use by undercover police officers.

February 04, 2013

Syria Releases Video Showing ‘Damage From Israeli Attack’

By Yifa Yaakov

The video ostensibly displays “the effects of the Israeli attack on Jamarya,” northwest of Damascus, where Syria claims the IDF struck a scientific research center overnight Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Turkish FM Slams Assad for not Responding to Israeli Strike

By Yoel Goldman

Ahmet Davutoglu says his government will not stand by as Israel attacks a Muslim country.

“Any Attack on Syria is an Attack on Iran.”

By Eric Margolis

How would Israel know that an incoming Iranian missile was conventionally armed and not carrying a nuclear warhead? Rather than gamble, Israel would probably hit Iran with its own nuclear arsenal, including nuclear-tipped cruise missiles fired by Israeli submarines lurking in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

In Case You Missed It
The Zionist Plan for the Middle East

Translated and edited by Israel Shahak

The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states. Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel's satellites and, ironically, its source of moral legitimation.

Syrian Opposition’s Bid for Dialogue: Why Now?

By Nasser Charara

Al-Akhbar has obtained the full story behind this development. In truth, Khatib’s statement is an expression of the weariness and confusion of the Syrian opposition – a result of the many disputes plaguing its ranks.

“The Hagel Circus”: It’s All About Israel

By Jim Lobe

If former Defence Secretary-designate Sen. Chuck Hagel’s lacklustre performance at his confirmation hearing Thursday heartened neo-conservatives and other hawks opposed to his nomination, those who argued that the Israel lobby has been exerting too great an influence on U.S. foreign policy were ecstatic.

Academic Freedom Increasingly Threatened over Israel Event

By Glenn Greenwald

New York politicians join the Alan Dershowitz-led campaign to dictate to colleges what academic events they can hold.

No Place To Hide
Americans Are Living in an Orwellian State.

By Brian De Palma

Wow! I can't believe it! America torturing people? What's going on in Guantanamo Bay, these poor guys have been there forever? Is the war ever over?

The Media Is Lying To You About Unemployment In America

By Michael Snyder

Nowhere in the mainstream media did you hear that the U.S. economy lost more than 1.4 million jobs between December and January. 

The Baffling Response to Arctic Climate Change

By David Suzuki

With Arctic ice melting, Australia on fire and increasing droughts, floods and extreme weather throughout the world, it's past time to get serious about global warming.

35 people killed in Pakistan attack: The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the attack was in response to a US drone strike in neighbouring North Waziristan last month in which two commanders were killed.

Propaganda: US will not scale back drone warfare – Panetta: "The whole purpose of our operations were aimed at those who attacked this country and killed 3,000 innocent people in New York [on 9/11] as well as 200 people here at the Pentagon," he said.

Six Pakistanis killed in shelling from Afghanistan: At least six people were killed Friday when mortar shells fired from Afghanistan hit Pakistan's northwest border region of South Waziristan, Xinhua reported.

Afghan family killed by roadside bomb: - A family of five, including at least two children, died when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Helmand province, Afghanistan, officials said.

33 people killed in Iraq attack: A suicide bomber driving a car and gunmen disguised as police killed at least 33 people in Iraq's Kirkuk today when they tried to storm a city police headquarters, police sources said.

Al-Maliki: Direct Foreign Interference in Syria Using Weapons, Funds and Planning Has Become Blatant: He pointed out that the whole world is currently complaining from the Turkish-Qatari axis, and that meetings held in Ankara, Doha and other capitals for planning and collecting funds were eyeing Iraq after Syria.

Iraq protesters win first demand: Release of 3,000 prisoners: A top Iraqi minister said on Sunday that the authorities had released 3,000 prisoners over the past month in a bid to appease weeks of angry demonstrations in Sunni-majority areas of the country.

Yemen troops kill 21 suspected Qaeda militants: Yemeni government forces have driven a group of Islamist insurgents linked to Al Qaeda from their mountain retreat in the country’s south after killing 21 militants during two days of fighting, a military source said on Saturday.

Syria - Execution of POWs by Jihadists/FSA/Al Quaeda: Video - Warning -

Syrian rebels fire on airliner: Video -

Iran pledges full support to Damascus: Jalili: "We will give all our support so that Syria remains firm and able to face all the arrogant (Western powers') conspiracies," said Saeed Jalili, who heads the Supreme National Security Council and who is visiting Damascus.

Syrian opposition head to meet Iran Foreign Minister: source: The head of the Syrian opposition Moaz Alkhatib will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Saturday on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich, a diplomatic source told Reuters.

Syria opposition chief meets Russian foreign minister: Before their meeting, Mr Lavrov told the conference Mr Biden's insistence that the Syrian leader step down was counterproductive.

The US Is Supplying The Syrian Opposition With Major Funding And Wants Assad Gone: "President Obama and I, and nearly all of our partners and allies, are convinced that President Assad, a tyrant, hell bent on clinging to power, is no longer fit to lead the Syrian people and he must go," Biden said.

Assad lashes out as Israel admits Syria attack: The raid "unmasked the true role Israel is playing, in collaboration with foreign enemy forces and their agents on Syrian soil," he told Saeed Jalili, who heads Iran's Supreme National Security Council.

Syrian State TV Provides Evidence Of Anti-Aircraft Vehicles Destroyed In The Israeli Airstrike: These appear to be the remains of at least three 9K33 Osa/SA-8 Gecko surface-to-air missile systems, with three distinct wheel arches, and the distinct radar area visible in the second picture. Here's a picture of an undamaged system for comparison

American official says White House gave Israel 'green light' to carry out more attacks in the future.: The U.S. was "poised to carry out similar airstrikes around Aleppo if rebels threaten to take sites associated with weapons of mass destruction in that region," an American intelligence official told Time.

Turkish FM Accuses Syria and Israel of 'Secret Deal': Turkish FM claims that the Syrians' failure to respond to Israeli airstrike means there is a secret deal between the two countries.

Iran: Response will send Israel into coma: Deputy chairman of Iranian armed forces’ chief of staff says 'criminals should know that behind every blow lies a massive retaliatory blow'

Pure Unadulterated Propaganda: Biden: US would hold direct talks if Iran serious :The United States is prepared to hold direct talks with Iran in the standoff over its nuclear ambitions, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday _ but he insisted that Tehran must show it is serious and Washington won't engage in such talks "just for the exercise."

In case you missed it: Why the US doesn't talk to Iran: The unrelenting geopolitical standoff between Iran and the United States is often blamed on the Iranian government for its "unwillingness" to enter into dialogue with the United States. Little known, however, is that during the past decade or so, Iran has offered a number of times to negotiate with the US without ever getting a positive response.

Iran announces nuclear talks, open to 'authentic' US meet: Iranian Foreign Minister said that Iran took comments by Vice President Joe Biden who said here Saturday Washington was ready to hold talks with Iran on its nuclear programme, "with positive consideration". "Yes we are ready for negotiation but we have to make sure... that the other side this time comes with authentic intention with a fair and real intention to resolve the issue,"

Supervisor of Intelligence Estimate Hailed for Preventing War with Iran : Video - Professor Thomas Fingar wins the Sam Adams award for integrity in intelligence, while others warn of an unprecedented crackdown on intelligence agency whistleblowers

Iran rial hits 'all-time dollar low': Iran's currency plummeted to an all-time low on Saturday, registering a more than 21-percent drop in a span of two weeks against the US dollar, currency tracking websites and money changers said.

Iran oil exports rise in December: Much of Iran’s success has been due to its ability to maintain shipments to two of its largest Asian customers, namely China and India. Western sanctions are costing Iran about $ 3.4 billion a month, based on the loss of about 1 million bpd of exports and a Brent price around $ 115 a barrel, seemingly enough to cause economic harm

Ahmadinejad to make first Egypt visit by Iran head in decades: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Cairo next week, becoming the first Iranian president to travel to Egypt since Iran's 1979 revolution ruptured diplomatic ties between the two most populous countries in the Middle East.

Egypt on edge after riot police strip and beat naked protester: Video -- Images of an Egyptian protester who was stripped naked, dragged through the street and beaten with batons by helmeted riot police have inflamed passions in a country already at the boiling point.

Egypt opposition backs Morsi exit call: "The Salvation Front completely sides with the people and its active forces' calls to topple the authoritarian regime and the Muslim Brotherhood's control," it said, urging Egyptians to stage peaceful protests.

18 Killed in Northeast Nigeria Military Raid: Nigerian soldiers attacked training camps for suspected members of the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram deep in a game reserve in the nation's restive northeast, a raid that left at least 18 people dead

French planes pound Islamist camps in northern Mali desert: The bombing raids took place around the settlement of Tessalit, close to the Algerian border, one of the main gateways into the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains where the rebels are believed to be hiding after fleeing major towns.

Qatar funding Islamist rebels in Mali: A French military intelligence source has divulged that Al Qaeda-linked rebels in Mali have received financing from Qatar. This disturbing but predictable news comes as France attempts to pacify the Malian countryside while receiving logistical and political backing from the U.S.

Battle of Stalingrad: Russia marks 70th anniversary of key WWII fight : The bloodiest and longest standoff of WWII – the Battle of Stalingrad – lasted 200 days and claimed 2 million lives. Russia is marking the 70th anniversary of this epic struggle, which became the turning point leading to overthrow of Nazi Germany.

Spaniards outraged by prime minister’s corruption denial : Following the revelation, police forces flooded the streets to prevent protesters from getting close to Rajoy’s Popular Party headquarters. Carrying banners reading "The shame of Spain" and "You will pay for corruption with prison" crowds poured onto the streets

UK arms chief caught in secret deal with Saudis: The Former head of Britain’s biggest arms manufacturer BAE Systems is found to have secretly acquired two luxury penthouses from companies linked to Saudi royals brokering a multibillion-pound defence deal with his firm.

Colombian forces kill rebel FARC commander: Country's defence minister confirms local commander among six rebels killed in latest violence, as ceasefire ends.

Here’s What Your $97 Million Drug War in Central America Actually Bought: The U.S. isn’t just shoveling cash to stem the tide of narcotics in Mexico and Colombia. Quietly, it’s built up its drug war in Central America, too — spending nearly $100 million over four years on advanced gear for local forces. Not that Washington has any idea what it’s gotten for its money.

22 US Military Veterans Commit Suicide Every Day: Every day about 22 veterans in the United States kill themselves, a rate that is about 20 percent higher than the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2007 estimate, according to a two-year study by a VA researcher.

Marc Faber: I'm buying gold because I'm fearful of a systemic crisis: "For the first time in four years, since the lows in March 2009, I love this market because the higher it goes the more likely we will have a nice crash, a big time crash," he added.

Are recent school closings a civil rights issue?: The Department of Education is responsible for “discriminatory closings of public schools,” targeting schools in low-income areas that teach children of color.

Third of Americans believe divine power decides Super Bowl results: The majority of Americans, 53 percent, believe that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success; 42 percent who disagree. A considerable minority of 27 percent said that the Lord takes an even more direct role in sporting events, and has a hand in determining their outcomes.

February 02, 2013

All That Pivots is Gold

By Pepe Escobar

What Beijing actually wants is to get rid of the US dollar peg. For that to happen, it needs vast gold reserves. So here's Beijing pivoting from the US dollar to the yuan - and trying to sway vast swathes of the global economy to follow the path.

Containing China by “Fighting Al-Qaeda” in Africa

By Ben Schreiner

The U.S. containment of China, requires a pivot of sorts to Africa.  Only the African pivot appears set to fall under the banner of that ever-malleable “war on terror.”  

US Green Lights Further Israeli Attacks On Syria

By Haaretz

Israeli jets attacked several targets in Syria Tuesday night in addition to the Scientific Studies and Research Center in Jamarya, outside Damascus, Time Magazine reported Friday.

Israel’s Bombing of Syria Escalates Threat of Wider War

By Bill Van Auken

The US-backed Israeli attack on Syria is only the beginning of what threatens to explode into a far wider war, including against Iran, dragging the entire region into a bloodbath and endangering the lives of millions.

'Iran Will Defend Syria, US & Israel Should Take That Seriously'


Prof. Seyed Mohammad Marandi -  says that Israel should be concerned about Iran's possible answer to the airstrike in Syria.

Criminal Insanity of Clinton’s Double-think

By Finian Cunningham

In her farewell speech, outgoing US secretary of state Hillary Clinton accused Russia and Iran of “stepping up” military support for Syria and thereby adding fuel to possible regional conflict.

Hagel Offers Himself as Secretary of Israel’s Defense

By Philip Weiss

Hagel was suitably craven. “I’ve said that I'm a strong supporter of Israel... I’ve said that we have a special relationship with Israel… Ive never voted against Israel in my career… I’ve been to Israel many times,” he told Jack Reed of Rhode Island.

Tel Aviv Historian Uncovers "Land of Israel" Myths

By Asa Winstanley

In the Hebrew Bible (known to Christians as the Old Testament), the geographic area roughly corresponding to the land of Palestine (between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea) is mostly called the “land of Canaan.” The area “never served as a homeland for the ‘children of Israel,’

In Case You Mssed It
“The Invention of the Jewish People"

Shlomo Sand

Conventional ideas about Jewishness hold that Jews are a single ethnic group (or nationality) with substantial shared biological ancestry going back to the biblical kingdom of Judea, The core of Sand's historical case is that the whole story is a myth: a very elaborate fiction, supported by hordes of eminent scholars, which became foundational and essential for the state of Israel, but mostly a very recent fabrication without much evidence.

A Sunni Woman : A Message For The House Of Saud


A Sunni Woman caller tells the truth about House of Saud, Saudia Arabia at George Galloway Show.

'US a Police State, Obama Consciously Allows Torture' – CIA Veteran

Ten years ago, the idea of the US government spying on its citizens, intercepting their emails or killing them with drones was unthinkable. But now it’s business as usual, says John Kiriakou, a former CIA agent and torture whistleblower.

The Extermination Of Truth
In Amerika Law No Longer Exists

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US “justice system” has been transformed by the Bush/Obama regime into the ”justice system” of Gestapo Germany and Stalinist Russia. There is no difference.

Meet the Contractors Turning America's Police Into a Paramilitary Force

By John Knefel

You should know about them because they may already know about you.

US Citizens Fear Government : Poll


For the first time, a majority of Americans believe the federal government threatens their rights and freedoms.

The True Cost of US National Security

By David Cay Johnston

The cost of national security consumes every individual income tax dollar except the last one paid by each American. That doesn’t leave much for other spending on commonwealth goods and services that provide the foundation for private incomes and wealth.

CELAC Rising
The Monroe Doctrine Turned on Its Head?

By Manuel R. Gómez

There is something very wrong with this picture and with our media; it would do the US public and leaders well to pay attention to CELAC, and all the currents that have created it.

An Economic Alternative to Exploitative Free Market Capitalism

By Thomas Hedges

The commons movement is a reaction to exploitative free market capitalism. It rejects the notion that resources, spaces and other assets are purely a means to wealth.

The Untouchables


FRONTLINE examines why no Wall St. execs have faced fraud charges for the financial crisis.

Class Is a Five-Letter Dirty Word:
The Lack of Class Consciousness in an Era of Record Inequality

By Anthony DiMaggio

Evidence suggests that Americans are not sufficiently aware of the fundamental divide that exists within the American economic class system.

Unity Will Increase Our Power

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Getting to the Next Level of Constructing a New Society Requires a Common Vision, Strategy and Unity.

Suicide attack on Syria goverment offices kills 53: - A suicide car bombing at a Syrian military intelligence headquarters in Damascus province killed 53 people, a watchdog said on Friday.

Syria troops launch wide-scale attacks on rebels near Damascus: A pro-Syrian government source told dpa that Friday's attacks came as a result of information that rebels in hideouts in the targeted areas were preparing "a terrorist attack which will target government institutions inside the capital."

Syrian rebels slam Assad inaction on Israeli attack: Syrian opposition leaders and rebels on Friday slammed President Bashar Assad for not responding to an Israeli airstrike near Damascus, calling it proof of his weakness and acquiescence to the Jewish State.

Egypt strongly condemns Israeli raid on Syria: In a statement to the state-run news agency MENA on Thursday, January 31, Amr called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for attacks on Arab land, describing the airstrike as a danger to regional security and Middle Eastern sovereignty.

Russia Denies Rumors of Planned Talks with Syrian Opposition: The Russian Foreign Ministry denied on Friday reports claiming that a four-party meeting between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, senior US and UN officials and a Syrian opposition leader is being set up on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, APA reports.

Jordan Islamist sees clash with secular Syrian rebels: A Jordanian Muslim preacher who encourages a flow of militants to Syria predicts an eventual showdown between Islamists and secular rebel groups should President Bashar al-Assad fall.

Lebanese Troops Clash With Gunmen; 3 Killed: At least three Lebanese soldiers were killed and five others were wounded in clashes Friday between the army and gunmen in the northeast near the Syrian border, a police official and the state-run news agency said.

Yemen clashes between Al Qaida, militiamen kill 14: A ministry statement on Thursday says the fighting lasted for the past two days and left eight militants dead. It’s part of a military offensive that local militiamen have joined to push Al Qaida out of the mountainous stronghold of Al Maraksha in Abyan province.

Iraq Sunnis rally against Shia-led government: Large rallies were held in the provincial capital of Ramadi and in Fallujah on Friday. Protesters also marched in the capital Baghdad, in the northern city of Mosul and in the central city of Samarra. Protesters complain of official discrimination, saying anti-terrorism laws and other policies largely target minority Sunnis.

Israel kills 7 Palestinians, arrest 300 others during January: A Palestinian human rights report confirmed that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed 7 Palestinians, and arrested more than 300 others during the month of January 2013.

Rubio Warns Hagel Confirmation Could Lead to War: The Religious Right is mobilizing against Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Defense Secretary, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is saying exactly what they want to hear.Rubio suggested that if Hagel is successfully confirmed then countries like Iran and Syria may consider going to war against Israel."

Suspected Suicide Bombing Kills Two at US Embassy in Turkey:  "It was a huge explosion. I was sitting in my shop when it happened. I saw what looked like a body part on the ground," said travel agent Kamiyar Barnos, whose shop window was shattered about 100 metres from the blast.

Pakistan: At least 27 people killed as explosion hits Shia worshippers: The explosion in Hangu town happened as worshippers were leaving the mosque after Friday prayers. The bomber staged his attack at one of the mosque's exits leading to a bazaar, said Hangu police chief Mian Mohammad Saeed.

Roadside bomb kills five Malian troops: Until now the French have not had to face roadside bombs as a significant threat, something they have become painfully accustomed to in Afghanistan. In the last two days, however, there had been a rising number of operations to retrieve caches of explosives the Islamists are believed to have secreted for the next phase of their campaign.

Mali leader won't talk peace to Islamists: Interim President Dioncounda Traore said he was ready for talks with the secular Tuaregs of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, who want an independent homeland for their people, but he would not meet any of the three al-Qa'ida-linked groups that seized northern Mali last year, including the home-grown group Ansar Dine

Mali: UN genocide adviser warns of reprisals against Tuareg and Arab populations: A senior United Nations official today warned of the risk of reprisal attacks against Tuareg and Arab civilians in various regions of northern Mali and urged the country’s military to protect all citizens regardless of their ethnic affiliation.

Torture and murder linked to Mali's Army; Mali's army has committed serious human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law while fighting armed groups in the country, Amnesty International said today.

Protester killed in Egypt clashes: Egypt's Health Ministry says one person has been shot to death in clashes between police and protesters in Cairo.

Libya: Police Captain in Benghazi Is Abducted: Police officials said Thursday that they were searching for the chief of Benghazi’s criminal investigations unit, who was seized by armed men the night before.

Christians being 'driven' out of Libya: Christians are being driven out of eastern Libya by Muslim fundamentalists, the Catholic Church's main clergyman in the country told the Vatican missionary news agency Fides.

North Korea imposes martial law, orders troops to ‘be ready for war’ - report: ­The North Korean leader issued a series of orders to his top defense and security officials on Saturday to conclude preparations for a new nuclear test, the Seoul based Korea JoongAng Daily alleges citing an unnamed source.

At least 9 killed as soldiers and Farc rebels clash ahead of talks: Five rebels are said to have died in a government offensive in the north. Four government soldiers were reportedly killed and another two wounded in southern Colombia.

Pemex headquarters blast leaves at least 32 dead in Mexico City: Cause of explosion at Mexico's state-owned oil company – which has left dozens more injured – remains a mystery

Ex-CIA Rome chief gets jail term in "rendition" trial: An Italian appeals court on Friday sentenced a former CIA station chief to seven years in jail for the kidnap of an Egyptian Muslim. The Milan court also handed down two six-year sentences to two American officials for the same crime, the first of so-called "extraordinary rendition" operations organized by the United States.

FBI Banned from Iceland: FBI agents landed in Reykjavík without prior notification in an attempt to investigate WikiLeaks operations in the country, but Home Secretary Ögmundur Jónasson found out about the visit and forced them to leave the country, with the Icelandic government then issuing a formal protest to US authorities, according to Islandsbloggen.

Hagel and U.S. as 'world's bully' -- : Ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) got into a back and forth with freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over remarks Hagel made during an appearance on a call-in talk show on Al Jazeera.

Guantanamo 9/11 trial judge orders hidden censors unplugged: The judge erupted in anger, and appeared surprised that “some external body” had the power to prevent the public from listening to the proceedings — which are broadcast in the spectator’s gallery on a 40-second delay.

Immigration Reform Could Lead To Biometric ID Cards: Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday that their Senate framework for immigration reform, recently endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), could require biometric information to check employment status.

2014: Too Late to Leave The United States?: "A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that persons renouncing citizenship for a substantial tax avoidance purpose shall be subject to tax and withholding on capital gains, to provide that such persons shall not be admissible to the United States, and for other purposes."

Ed Koch’s Message to Mario Cuomo from Beyond the Grave: ‘You Prick!’: In an interview with the New York Times that was "not to be made public until Mr. Koch's death," former NYC mayor Ed Koch—who died earlier this morning—finally said what he really wanted to about his former mayoral opponent Mario Cuomo—he's "a prick."

Fracking America: Video - David Letterman gives us his take in fracking.

Small surgeries, huge markups: A Southern California surgery center charged teacher Lynne Nielsen $87,500 for a routine, 20-minute knee operation that normally costs about $3,000.

US unemployment rate rises to 7.9% in Jan: In the first month of 2013, employment rose notably in retail trade, construction and health care, while jobs in government, transportation and warehousing slipped.

1.6 million US children live on streets or in homeless shelters: 42% are under age six

Greek doctors, public transport workers on strike: Greek doctors, port workers and public transport staff in the country's capital walked off the job Thursday in strikes against deeply unpopular austerity measures that have seen incomes slashed as the country struggles to emerge from a deep financial crisis.

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