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April 21, 2017

After “Liberation,” U.S. To Give Control Of Raqqa To Rebels, Not Syrian Government
By Whitney Webb
Fighting terrorism is merely a cover for a very different type of operation. - Continue


Terrorists Are Terrorists and Not “Rebels” in Syria
By Stephen Lendman
Waging war depends on disinformation, deception and Big Lies – used to justify the unjustifiable. - Continue


Trump Versus Trump on Undeclared Mideast Wars
By Bill Walker
It is time "for people of conscience in the U.S. to step forward and demand an end to the murder of the Afghan people" - Continue


Trump – in North Korea You will be Murdering Human Beings!
Must Read - By Andre Vltchek
The DPRK has never attacked anybody. The United States, has attacked dozens of countries, robbed millions of people of life, and raped freedom. - Continue


Would China Strike North Korea?
By Finian Cunningham
Rather than waiting to respond to events, it may be speculated that China is preparing to take the initiative. . - Continue


What's Worse? U.S. Dropping 'Mother of All Bombs' or That 70% of Americans Approve
By Deirdre Fulton
It is time "for people of conscience in the U.S. to step forward and demand an end to the murder of the Afghan people" - Continue


Why Not a Probe of ‘Israel-gate’?
By Robert Parry
If anyone mentions the truth about Israel’s clout, the person is immediately smeared as “anti-Semitic” - Continue


Arresting Julian Assange is a Priority, Says US Attorney General
By David Smith
Authorities have prepared charges against Assange. - Continue


If This Is Freedom and Democracy, What Is Tyranny?
By Paul Craig Roberts
The raw, ugly, but true fact is that “our” government has destroyed American liberty. - Continue


DHS Head to America: Shut Up, Be Terrified, and Do What You’re Told
By Scott Shackford
It is time "for people of conscience in the U.S. to step forward and demand an end to the murder of the Afghan people" - Continue


International Collaboration to End Violence
By Robert J. Burrowes
While much of the world is engulfed in violence of one sort or another, a global network of individuals and organizations is committed to ending this violence in all of its manifestations. - Continue


37 killed in clashes: At least 37 people were killed on Thursday in clashes between the Syrian army and rebel and Islamic factions in Syria’s Hama province

Al-Qaeda mourns scores of fallen fighters killed by the Syrian Army in rural Hama; The battle for Taibat Al-Imam proved costly for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) as dozens of its combattants paid the ultimate price amid the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) takeover of the imperative town, located along the M5 highway in northern Hama.

Video: Foreign Powers to Increase Support to Al Qaeda Militants in Syria: These developments clearly show that foreign sponsors of various factions involved in the war are increasing their activity in Syria ahead of the expected division of spheres of influence after the collapse of ISIS.

OPCW’s block of on-site probe shows Western powers now aiming to oust Assad – Lavrov: “Our proposal that experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW] visit the sites of the suspected chemical attack in Syria was blocked by Western delegations without any explanations,” Lavrov said.

Syria; Investigators Claim U.S. Failed To Prevent Civilian Casualties: Human Rights Watch, Forensic Architecture and Bellingcat, have investigated the U.S.-coalition bombing of a mosque in Syria last month. All found that the U.S. failed to prevent civilian casualties and suggested the attack could constitute a war crime.

Turkey at 'Final Stage' With Russia Over S-400 Missile System: Defense Minister: NATO member Turkey in 2015 canceled a $3.4 billion tender for a long-range missile defense system that had been provisionally awarded to China.

Watch: Egyptian soldiers executing prisoners in Sinai province : A leaked video purportedly showing soldiers executing detainees and then staging the event to make it appear as if they died in a gun battle.

Kenyan troops kill 52 al-Shabab fighters in Somalia: military: Officials say Kenyan troops taking part in an AU mission in Somalia have attacked an al-Shabab camp in the south, killing 52 militants. Kenya has claimed several recent successes against the group.

Oil companies exploiting famine and financial ruin in South Sudan: South Sudan’s vulnerable financial state is making the civil-war-torn state easy prey for opportunistic oil and gas companies that could be offering Juba a fraction of the energy profits they would earn under stable circumstances.

More than 50 Afghan soldiers killed by Taliban suicide attackers at army base: Men disguised themselves as army personnel and passed first security gate before one blew himself up at second gate and another attacked dining facility

Taliban attacks key military base in north Afghanistan: Assault kills at least eight soldiers on a major army base in Balkh province during Friday prayers.

Russia ‘moves troops and equipment’ to North Korea border: Russia has moved heavy military equipment towards its border with North Korea amid mounting fears of a military clash between Pyongyang and the United States over the North’s nuclear program.

Jehovah’s Witnesses banned as ‘extremist’ in Russia, property to be seized – court decision : Judge Yury Ivanenko ruled that all 395 branches of the religious group on Russian territory are subject to disbandment and the property is to be forfeited to the state.

ISIS claims credit for fatal Paris attack: ISIS has said it was behind the shooting in Paris that left at least one police officer dead and two others gravely wounded in the heart of Paris.The assailant was shot dead by police in an exchange of gunfire on the Champs Elysees.

Paris shooting: Marine Le Pen calls for all French terror suspects to be expelled after Champs Elysees attack

Trump Hopes Paris Attack Boosts Le Pen, One Day After Obama Calls Macron: Among those apparently rooting for French voters to be terrorized into voting for the ultra-nationalist Le Pen is Donald Trump, who continues to see the presidency as a vehicle for his amateur political punditry.

Venezuelan authorities say 12 killed, 6 injured in overnight violence

Venezuela Is in a 'Great Battle Against Revived Fascism': Former OAS Ambassador

Vacation’s Over: Obama Returns to Public Life Next Week: Barack Obama’s extended post-presidential vacation is about to end. After spending weeks in French Polynesia — including time on the yacht of the movie mogul David Geffen along with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey

The Hunger President; As famine descends on a huge swath of the globe, the White House is rolling back aid, ramping up conflict, and risking more climate chaos.

Freed Egyptian American prisoner returns home following Trump intervention: The couple and their co-workers had been incarcerated since May 1, 2014, on child abuse and trafficking charges

Trump Administration Ramps Up Threat to Prosecute Immigrant Parents: The Trump administration is doubling down on a controversial plan to prosecute immigrant parents who pay to have their children smuggled into the U.S.

Trial and Terror; The U.S. government has prosecuted 796 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of violence.

Fear rules Washington: White House sidewalk to be closed to public permanently: The closure will “lessen the possibility of individuals illegally accessing the White House grounds,” Secret Service Communications Director Cathy Milhoan said.

Uninsured Americans Are Just 1 Traumatic Injury Away From Financial Ruin: “We’re getting better at trauma, and they’re going home financially ruined,” Scott said in a phone interview.

April 20, 2017

Trump's Missile Attack on Syria Justified With Fake Intelligence, Experts Say
By Steven Rosenfeld
Echoes of George W. Bush's disastrous invasion of Iraq. - Continue


U.S. Not Outraged With Terrorist Who Lured Children With Food, Then Blew Them Up”
By Eva Bartlett
“The United States, referring to terrorists as ‘freedom fighters’, ‘rebels’ or ‘moderates". - Continue


The World Worries That Washington Has Nuclear Weapons
By Paul Craig Roberts
It will be Washington, not North Korea, Iran, Russia, or China, that brings life on earth to an end. - Continue


Barf Alert
Lindsey Graham Is The Happiest Dude In America Now Thanks To Trump
2 Minute Video
- Warning - Watching this video may make you puke. - Continue


The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have a Huge Stake in Blaming Russia
By Norman Solomon
What’s at stake includes the imperative of preventing a military clash between the world’s two nuclear superpowers. - Continue


Julian Assange Strikes Back at CIA Director and Talks Trump, Russia, and Hillary Clinton
By Jeremy Scahill
Assange said Pompeo appeared to be issuing a threat. “It’s quite a menacing statement that he does need to clarify,” - Continue


37 killed in Syria clashes: At least 37 people were killed on Thursday in clashes between the Syrian army and rebel and Islamic factions in Syria's Hama province

Syrian girl horrifically injured in a bus bomb attack that killed 126 people turns and SMILES at the camera: A bomb in a bus convoy on Saturday killed 126 people, 60 of them children. This little girl was injured and was being taken to hospital by ambulance

'Horrific fate': Attackers lured children ahead of bus blast in Syria - Aleppo attack witnesses ; Watch: Eyewitnesses to the bomb attack on a refugee convoy near Aleppo that killed dozens of children said the militants lured people out of the vehicles with snacks before the explosion

Russian military adviser killed in Syria; Maj. Sergey Bordov was killed when the Syrian army unit he was advising was attacked by "militants," the ministry said.

Syria moves aircraft to Russian airbase, say US officials: Intermingling Syrian forces with Russia's was a logical next step for the government, expert says

Reports About Capture of Daesh Leader Baghdadi Not True - Syrian President Assad: A number of media outlets earlier reported that al-Baghdadi had been detained in Syria near the border with Iraq.

Australian soldiers caught up in Islamic State chemical attack in Mosul; There were reports of two separate IS gas attacks in as many days over the weekend, but it is not clear if the Australian advisers were involved in either of those attacks.

Iraqis, US play down ISIS chemical weapons attacks: “multiple gas attacks did take place over the past week and that the military casualties were not known,” but that coverage on the issue was being squashed.

Iraqi forces retake more areas in west Mosul; Iraqi forces retook two more neighbourhoods in west Mosul on Thursday, tightening the noose around jihadists holed up in the Old City, commanders said

UN urges Saudi coalition not to bomb Yemeni port: "This port is the most essential, the most crucial part of our ability to feed people and get medical services" into Yemen

Saudi 'should be blacklisted' over Yemen hospital attacks; Save the Children and Watchlist detail how attacks on hospitals and doctors, and the blocking of aid, are affecting children.

Are you f***ing kidding me? US weighs giving Saudis more military aid for (killing civilians) Yemen efforts; The U.S. already is helping the Saudis by providing intelligence and aerial refueling of their combat aircraft. But the "coalition", has failed to defeat the rebels known as the Houthis.

Demonizing Iran: US accuses Iran of 'alarming provocations' amid nuclear tensions: The US secretary of state has accused Iran of "alarming ongoing provocations" aimed at destabilising the Middle East and undermining America's interests.

More propaganda; Haley Says Iran, Not Israel, Bears Blame for Middle East Crisis: “If we are speaking honestly about conflict in the Middle East, we need to start with the chief culprit, Iran, and its partner militia, Hezbollah,” Haley told the Security Council Thursday.

Iran foreign minister says US must meet own obligations for nuclear deal; Zarif also addressed Tillerson's terrorism charge: "Worn-out US accusations can't mask its admission of Iran's compliance w/ JCPOA."

Afghanistan; US troops battle ISIS near site of MOAB strike: US troops are still engaged in a battle with suspected Daesh fighters near the site where a the GBU-43 Massive ordnance Air Blast bomb was dropped in eastern Afghanistan last week, US military official.

US Vice President spews more propaganda: Pence's new warning to North Korea: 'The sword stands ready’ ; "North Korea is the most dangerous and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific," he said.

Fact or fiction? North Korea warns of 'super-mighty preemptive strike' as U.S. plans next move: The North has said it has developed a missile that can strike the mainland United States, but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology.

Chinese Bombers ‘On High Alert’ For Possible ‘North Korea Contingency’: The U.S. has detected signs that China is preparing for a military crisis on the peninsula, a U.S. defense official revealed Thursday.

U.S. sends nuclear sniffer plane to Korea: source; The U.S. Air Force dispatched a nuclear sniffer aircraft Thursday to the east of the Korean Peninsula amid the possibility of North Korea's imminent nuclear test, a government source said.

More propaganda, lies and distortion: U.S. May Not Be Able to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles, Say Experts: Top generals have been insisting for years that if North Korea launched a missile at the United States, the U.S military would be able to shoot it down.

Police officer killed, another wounded in Paris shooting; A person who fired on police on the Champs-Elysees shopping boulevard just days ahead of France's presidential election has been killed, the source said. A police source also said there had been two assailants,

Dozens of refugees found dead in drifting boat off Libyan coast; Fishermen found the bodies of 28 people, including four children, in waters off the coast of Libya after nearly 9000 mainly African migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean over the Easter weekend.

Child Refugees Sell Bodies to Pay Smugglers in Europe: Report: Child refugees in Greece are being sexually exploited on an unprecedented scale as they desperately seek to reach northern Europe, according to a new report by Harvard University.

Iraqi man 'bound, hooded and locked in plane toilet' during forced UK removal: Asylum seeker Aras Ismail says he was injured in removal from Britain to Iraq, where he fears for his life in war with Islamic State

Julian Assange Speaks Out as Trump’s CIA Director Threatens to “End” WikiLeaks: Julian Assange hits back at Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo after he accused WikiLeaks of being a “hostile nonstate intelligence agency”

Chavistas Flood Caracas in Mega Anti-Imperialist March: President Nicolas Maduro addressed the beaming faces, teary eyes and attentive stares. He said that “peace has triumphed again over the right-wing attempts to sow terrorism in the country.”

Massive protests in Venezuela lead to violence, uncertainty: Even before the last protestors had made it home Wednesday night, the opposition was calling for more protests on Thursday, as it tries to force the socialist administration to call new elections.

Venezuela: Thousands March in Opposing Pro, Anti-Govt Rallies: IN PICTURES: Demonstrators filled the streets of Caracas to speak up for and against the government

Tillerson Warns Venezuela Against 'Silencing Opposition': "We are concerned that the government of Maduro is violating its own constitution and is not allowing the opposition to ... organize in a way that expresses the views of the Venezuelan people," Tillerson said.

The majority of Americans (65%) are losing sleep over money issues: Americans are more stressed than ever — and for most of them, their bank accounts are to blame.

April 19, 2017

The U.S. Pushed North Korea to Build Nukes: Yes or No?
By Mike Whitney
Washington’s policy towards the DPRK is not comprised of “carrots and sticks”; it’s sticks and bigger sticks. - Continue


The Double-Triple-Quadruple-Crossing Trump
By Ghassan Kadi
Trump now wants to bring the war closer to China’s borders. He wants to turn Korea into Obama’s Ukraine. - Continue


Lawrence Wilkerson On North Korea Crisis: U.S. Should Stop the Threats & Own Up to its Role
By Real News
Libya, is something that teaches other leaders in the world to beware of the United States. - Continue


Our Misguided 'Wars of Choice'
By Jeffrey D. Sachs
Even a nonnuclear war could end democracy in the United States, or the United States as a unified nation.. - Continue


Trump’s Deep Swamp
By Stephen Lendman
Trump’s swamp is - filled with reckless warmakers, crooked billionaires and Wall Street predators. - Continue


Run for Your Life: The American Police State Is Coming to Get You
By John W. Whitehead
Americans as old as 95 are being beaten, shot and killed for questioning an order. - Continue


Airstrikes in northern and eastern Syria kill 20; An overnight airstrike likely carried out by the United States-led coalition struck an eastern Syrian town held by the Islamic State group, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens

Bomb in Syria's Aleppo kills six, injures 30: state TV; A bomb killed six people and wounded more than 30 in Syria's second city Aleppo on Wednesday, state television reported.

Contempt prior to investigation: France says it has proof Assad carried out chemical attack: "There is an investigation underway... it's a question of days and we will provide proof that the regime carried out these strikes," Jean-Marc Ayrault told LCP television on Wednesday.

Lap dog: Boris Johnson calls Assad a 'monster' who needs 'decapitating': Johnson also suggested that Britain could support the United States in the event of further missile strikes on Syria.

Paul slams McCain and Graham on Syria: : The neocons were wrong about the war in Libya. They were wrong about the war in Iraq. And they are wrong about getting us further mired in the civil war in Syria.

Iraq: PMUs kill 4 IS members in foiled attack north of Tikrit; The Popular Mobilization Units killed four IS members, including a suicide bomber, after an attempted attack on Sheikh Ali village, north of Tikrit, Salahuddin province.

Iraqi unit with U.S., Australian advisers hit by ISIS mustard gas: Six soldiers suffered breathing problems from Sunday’s attack and were treated in a field clinic.

US pays Peshmerga over $20 million monthly: Ministry: The fund covers wages for 36,000 Peshmerga troops, Jabbar Yawar, the ministry’s secretary general said on Tuesday.

US kills 7 Al Qaeda "suspects" in Yemen : Two US drone strikes have killed at least seven suspected Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen's northeastern province of Marib, a security official said on Wednesday.

Saudi blockade paralyzing Yemen, causing catastrophe: UN expert: Idriss Jazairy, UN special rapporteur on the negative impacts of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, voiced concerns about the plight of Yemenis in a statement late Wednesday,

Propaganda alert; : US Defense Secretary, Mad Dog Mattis slams Iran: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that Iran was playing a destabilising role in the region but its influence would be overcome to try to reach a solution to the conflict in Yemen through UN-brokered negotiations.

US wants 'strong' Saudi Arabia: Mad Dog Mattis: The United States wants to see a strong Saudi Arabia, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said during talks Wednesday aimed at reinvigorating the Riyadh-Washington alliance.

Emirates cuts flights to US due to Trump's travel policies: Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, announced Wednesday that it is reducing the number of flights to the United States due to a drop in demand caused by President Trump's recent travel policies.

Libya: 15 dead in local fighting says bullish Tarhouna council: Reports claim that those responsible were the local Kani brigade, a outwardly Islamist, family-controlled militia which now dominates the formerly pro-Qaddafi town.

Dozens of refugees found dead in drifting dinghy off Libyan coast: Almost 30 migrants have been found dead in a boat drifting off the coast of Libya as the number of refugees dying in attempts to reach Europe reach record highs.

Taliban governor among 14 killed in clashes with Afghanistan security forces: Afghan security forces launched a large-scale attack on the insurgents the night before in the western part of the province, setting off five hours of intense fighting.

Security forces deny access to site of US blast in Afghanistan; A spokesman for Afghan special forces said landmines and "pockets of resistance" on top of mountains had slowed down operations in the area. He did not specify if the fighters were from the IS.

Washington pushes world to brink of nuclear war; “Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” Pence declared during a provocative visit to South Korea

Nuking The West Coast?: BBC News Massively Hypes North Korean ‘Threat’ To The United States

Trump lied again; North Korea: US 'armada' was not sailing to Korean peninsula: A defence official told the AFP news agency on Tuesday that the ships were still off the northwest coast of Australia.

U.S. Taunted Over Carl Vinson Aircraft Carrier Lie: “What Mr. Trump said was very important for the national security of South Korea. If that was a lie, then during Trump’s term, South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says.”?

Burmese Nobel Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi Has Turned Into an Apologist for Genocide Against Muslims; She took a deliberate decision to try and discredit the Rohingya victims of rape.

Watch; Russia boasts it can WIPE OUT entire US Navy with 'electronic bomb': In the clip, an SU-24 bomber plane deploys its electronic jamming equipment called Kihbiny to wipe out a US destroyer’s systems, making it a sitting duck.

Julian Assange Strikes Back at CIA Director and Talks Trump, Russia, and Hillary Clinton: "The CIA is only in the business of collecting information, kidnapping people, and assassinating people. So, it’s quite a menacing statement that he does need to clarify,” said Assange.

Theresa May wins backing from parliament for snap UK election: Theresa May received overwhelming backing from MPs for a snap UK election that the prime minister said would give her more room for manoeuvre in Brexit negotiations if her Conservative party wins the poll.

US Has Given Green Light for Coup in Venezuela: Maduro: Maduro said that security forces had arrested an “armed commando group sent by the opposition in order to attack the mobilization called by the right-wing for Wednesday to generate violence and deaths in the country.”

Immigrant arrests up 33 percent since Trump inauguration: Despite Trump’s claim that he is targeting “criminals” among the undocumented immigrant population, the largest increase in arrests is among immigrants with no criminal record of any kind,

First protected DREAMer is deported under Trump: Federal agents ignored President Trump's pledge to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children by sending a young man back to his native Mexico,

People Under Arrest Have More Rights Than Travelers at the U.S. Border: Without cause, government officials argue they have full authority to require Americans to unlock their phones, laptops, and other digital devices; search through our apps and files; and even copy everything on them.

Sessions moves to freeze Barack Obama’s legacy on police accountability: Accountability for abusive and racist police conduct is now at the whim of Sessions.

James Comey used Buzzfeed fake dossier to build Russia collusion case against Trump: It now appears that we are entering a phase where the entire Russiagate fake news is collapsing unto itself, with little fanfare and media attention

Rotten to the core: Ivanka Trump won Chinese trademarks the same day she dined with China's president: As the first daughter crafts a political career, her brand is flourishing, despite boycotts and several stores limiting her merchandise.

Ivanka Trump becomes hot commodity in China; The rush to trademark Ivanka’s name is linked to her rising popularity in China, particularly after her visit to the Chinese embassy in Washington over the Lunar New Year period.

April 18,2017

The Mother of all Hypocrisy
By Robert Fisk
Some dead Syrian babies matter, I guess. Other dead Syrian babies don’t matter. - Continue


Trump Has Killed Beautiful Babies in Four Countries
By Chris Ernesto
Is Trump not concerned about those children because they were killed by his missiles.  - Continue


How the U.S. Government Spins the Story
By Philip Giraldi
Did Syria actually use chemical weapons?  - Continue


Attack Against Syria and the Region Speaking Up
By Andre Vltchek
It seems to me that the US behaves like an injured wolf that is close to its death, but before vanishing is trying to hurt others.   - Continue


The Last Country We “Liberated” from an “Evil” Dictator Is Now Trading Slaves
By Carey Wedler
“Some wasted away on meager rations in unsanitary conditions, dying of hunger and disease".  


“Making America Great Again” by Reducing the World to Ashes?
By Felicity Arbuthnot
The world now stands on the brink of the final abyss.   - Continue


Trump Delegates Warmaking to Generals
By Stephen Lendman
He’s letting hawkish generals make battlefield decisions - overseen by Defense Secretary Mattis.   - Continue


On The Eve of Destruction: A Conversation with John Pilger
John Pilger reveals that the United States and China, both nuclear-armed, may well be on the road to war..   - Continue


The Price of Resistance
By Chris Hedges
Any act of rebellion, no matter how few people show up or how heavily it is censored, chips away at corporate power.   - Continue


60 Islamic State militants killed in Iraq's Mosul; Police forces, backed by Iraqi warplanes and artillery fire, were making progress in combating extremists in the al-Farouk area and in the vicinity of al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, Efe news reported.

30 civilians, 10 IS militants killed in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Mosul: Airstrikes by the U.S-led coalition against Islamic State militants in Mosul killed 30 civilians as well as ten militants on Tuesday, according to municipal and security officials.

'IS' in talks with al Qaeda on 'possible alliance' - report: "There are discussions and dialogue between messengers representing [IS leader Abu Bakr] Baghdadi and representing [the head of al Qaeda, Ayman] al Zawahiri," Iraqi Vice President said.

Syria: 10 killed by U.S.-led coalition: An overnight airstrike likely carried out by the U.S.-led coalition struck an eastern Syrian town held by Daesh (ISIS), killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens, opposition activists said.

Another U.S. war crime: Syria: US Mosque Attack That Killed 38 Civilians Likely Unlawful: Human Rights Watch has not found evidence to support the allegation that members of al-Qaeda or any other armed group were meeting in the mosque.

MIT expert claims latest chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged: "I have reviewed the [White House's] document carefully, and I believe it can be shown, without doubt, that the document does not provide any evidence whatsoever the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack.

Syrian War Report : Govt Forces Reversed All Militant Gains In Northern Hama; The successful advance followed a massive bombing campaign in the area. Over 50 airstrikes reportedly hit militant positions around Souran.

Russia Seeks Meeting With U.S., UN on Syria Next Week in Geneva; Russia plans to hold talks with the U.S. and the United Nations next week in Geneva aimed at breathing new life into the Syrian peace process, state media reported

Saudi Military Helicopter Crashes in Yemen, Killing 12 Officers; The official Saudi news agency SPA quoted a statement from the Saudi-led coalition as saying the Black Hawk came down in Marib province, east of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa.

US Moves Toward Major Intervention in Yemen; The USA, according to Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis, is about to take a major step towards direct intervention in support of the Saudi Arabia war on the Yemeni people.

Yemen heads for famine as food used as weapon in conflict; War is starving the people of Yemen and no amount of international humanitarian aid can feed them if current circumstances persist, a new report has indicated.

Egypt attack kills policeman, injures 4 others; A policeman was killed and four others were injured today in an attack near Saint Catharine monastery in Egypt's South Sinai, officials said. The armed men targeted the security checkpoint outside the monastery.

Power crisis leaves Gaza's main hospital on the brink; More than two million people in Gaza, already living under a crippling Israeli blockade, facing massive power shortages.

Trump calls Erdogan to congratulate him on contested referendum, Turkey says: Trump’s comments differed in tone from those of the State Department, which urged Turkey to respect the basic rights of its citizens.

Turkey referendum: Erdogan dismisses criticism by monitors: "Know your place," he said, after the observers said the president had been favoured by an "unequal" campaign.The narrow victory was ruled valid by Turkey's electoral body, despite claims of irregularities

AFP: Turkey parliament confirms emergency extended until July 19: This means that the controversial measure, which has seen some 47,000 people arrested, will still be in place when Turkey marks the first anniversary of the July 15, 2016 failed putsch.

4 soldiers killed in Mali attack; UN vehicle hits land mine: Armed men attacked an army camp in northern Mali, killing at least four soldiers and wounding another, an army spokesman said Tuesday.

US military considers shooting down North Korea missile tests, sources say: Officials worry that intercepting missiles could escalate tensions and risk war

North Korean accuses U.S. of trying to start a nuclear war: North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador accused the United States of creating "a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment."

China and Russia dispatch ships to shadow Donald Trump’s 'armada' as it approaches North Korea: The ships are “strengthening warning and surveillance activities in the waters and airspace around the area,” Japan’s largest daily newspaper said

Russian state television says Trump more dangerous than North Korea’s Kim : “The world is a hair’s breadth away from a real nuclear war with all its catastrophic consequences,” Kiselyov warned his viewers

Hawaii panel asks state to prepare for North Korea attack: Hawaii lawmakers want state officials to update plans for coping with a nuclear attack as North Korea develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can reach the islands.

US marines deployed to Australia amid N. Korean ‘nuclear threat’ : US Marines have begun to touch down in Darwin, in Australia's tropical north, as the first of some 1,250 “stand ready to fight” against North Korea amid warnings that Pyongyang' is a “serious threat” to Canberra.

Allied forces knew about Holocaust two years before discovery of concentration camps: The US, UK and Soviet governments were aware that at least two million Jews had been murdered. Despite this, the Allied Powers did very little to try and rescue or provide sanctuary to those in mortal danger.

US stealth fighters "intercept" two Russian bombers over internatioal waters 100 miles from Alaska: The U.S. Air Force F-22s visually identified the plane and briefly flew alongside, before the Russian bombers changed course, and flew away from the U.S.

Citizens of 18 countries can enter Russia's far east without visa: Dmitry Medvedev: Tourists and businessmen from India, the UAE, Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei, Iran, Qatar, China, North Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey and Japan -- can visit the Russian far east without visas.

Theresa May calls for UK general election on 8 June : The prime minister may have been swayed by recent polls that placed the Conservatives 21 points ahead of Labour. She will hope to boost a slim working majority of 17 in order to help pass both domestic and Brexit-linked legislation.

This Westminster Election IS Indyref2 ; Theresa May has arrogantly and opportunistically called a Westminster election. It is time to take advantage of her extreme hubris and use her own momentum to make her fall flat on her face.

Boston Bombing: Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Terrorist. Murderer. Federal Informant?: Investigative reporter Michele McPhee, might just change how you think about our government and law enforcement forever.

Trump’s Strategy? It’s Doubtful He Has One: Op-Ed: So much for Donald Trump, the “America First” populist champion of the forgotten working class.

Trump seeks shift in visa allotments crucial to tech outsourcing: US President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would tighten the process of issuing the H-1B visas and seek a review of the system for awarding these visas, the most sought-after by firms and professionals.

US consumer sentiment beats estimates, hits 98: Buoyed by favorable views of the economy, consumer sentiment edged up to 98 in April, according to the University of Michigan.


April 16, 2017

A Government of Morons
By Paul Craig Roberts
Western Civilization, if civilization it is, is the greatest committer of war crimes in human history. - Continue


World Held Hostage by American Military Madness
By Finian Cunningham
The world is truly being pushed to an abysmal precipice. - Continue


What a Perverse Presidential Incentive System!
By Sheldon Richman
War reminds the people that their real religion is the religion of State, i.e., nationalism.


Now Only Rational Thinking Can Save the World!
By Andre Vltchek
The West has brought the world to the brink of total collapse, but its citizens, even its intellectuals, are stubbornly refusing to grasp the urgency. - Continue


New Revelations Belie Trump Claims on Syria Chemical Attack
By Gareth Porter
Two new revelations contradict the Trump administration's line on the April 4 attack. - Continue


Did Al Qaeda Fool the White House Again?
By Robert Parry
If a U.S. government official voices “high confidence” that usually means “we don’t have any real evidence. - Continue


This Is What’s Really Behind North Korea’s Nuclear Provocations
By Bruce Cumings
It’s easy to dismiss Kim Jong-un as a madman. But there’s a long history of US aggression against the North, which we forget at our peril. - Continue


Piece of Cake: New Normal of Trump's Foreign Policy
By Pepe Escobar
"The US will not tolerate a Russia-China alliance tilting the balance of power. North Korea and Syria are merely pawns in this struggle". - Continue


Stand Down Mr.Trump Stand Down
Video and Transcript
Trump cut a deal with the deep state, and the neoliberal/neocon/corporate alliance. They got his back now. - Continue


The True Cost of Israel
By Philip Giraldi
In truth, American aid to Israel is something like a pot of gold that keeps on giving. - Continue


Beware the Dogs of War: Is the American Empire on the Verge of Collapse?
By John W. Whitehead
Wake up, America. There’s not much time left before we reach the zero hour. - Continue


The Fog of War: Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara
Documentary Film
Brilliant work by director Morris is the stuff of life. And death. It arouses the most basic moral and immoral questions of being human. - Continue


39 people killed near the Syrian city of Aleppo. : The blast hit buses carrying residents of two Shia villages who'd been evacuated from towns in northern Syria, besieged by rebels.

Watch: Shi'a civilians killed and dozens wounded in Aleppo's Rashideen: - Warning - Video shows what appeared to be the aftermath of the explosion, with bodies lying on the ground and fires belching out thick black plumes of smoke.

Declassified U.S. Report Accusing “Assad Regime” of Using Chemical Weapons “ No proof whatsoever!

Russia warns US of 'grave consequences' of further intervention in Syria: “We have reiterated our position that the attack was an act of aggression, which blatantly violated the principles of international law and the United Nations Charter.”

Trump Said No to Troops in Syria. His Aides Aren't So Sure.: One plan would envision sending up to 50,000 troops.

McMaster Manipulating Intelligence Reports to Trump, Wants 150,000 Ground Soldiers in Syria; McMaster is plotting how to sell a massive ground war in Syria to President Trump with the help of disgraced former CIA director and convicted criminal David Petraeus

Erdogan and Putin back investigation into Syria chemical attack: Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin agreed on Thursday to support an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into the chemical weapons attack in Syria last week, Turkish presidential sources said.

Propaganda alert: Canada announces sanctions on 27 top Syrian officials: Freeland says adding their names to the sanctions list is part of international pressure on the Assad regime to end indiscriminate violence against its own people

Yemen fight for Red Sea base leaves 25 dead: At least 25 soldiers and rebels have died in clashes around a key military base near Yemen's west coast, military and medical sources said today.

14 Killed in Saudi-Led Coalition Strike in Yemen: Fourteen Houthi movement militants were killed in the western Yemeni city of Midi in an airstrike launched by the Saudi-Led Arab coalition, the Yemeni government military forces said Friday.

Baghdad market blast leaves 2 dead, 4 injured: “Two civilians were killed and four others injured by an explosive device planted by unknown assailants near a market in Baghdad’s southern Al-Maalef district,” police Capt. Nazhan al-Khader told Anadolu Agency.

Senior Isis mufti killed in Mosul airstrike, Iraqi forces claim: Senior mufti Abdullah al-Badrani, also known as Abu Ayub al-Atar, reportedly died after his location was bombed by the US-led coalition, which was backing government forces, on Thursday (13 April).

ISIS launched gas attack in liberated area of Mosul – report : Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has fired a rocket loaded with chlorine in western Mosul, Iraq, hitting several soldiers with the gas, according to an AP report.

Rotten to the core: U.S. "defense" chief (Mad dog Mattis) to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel next week: Mattis would "reaffirm key U.S. military alliances," and "discuss cooperative effort to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations"

Saudis face $US4.2b lawsuit over 9/11; More than two dozen US insurers affiliated with Travelers Cos have sued two Saudi banks, companies affiliated with Osama bin Laden's family, and several charities for at least US $4.2 billion ($5.5b) over the September 11 attacks.

Rouhani says Iran needs "no one's permission" to build missiles: "The strengthening of the capability of the Iranian armed forces ... is only for defending the country and we will ask no one's permission to build up the armed forces, and to build missiles and aircraft."

An Israeli minister has threatened genocide in Lebanon, but where is the outcry? : Bennett’s belligerence in openly threatening genocidal war crimes against Lebanon and its people, is nothing new for Israel, even if it did ratchet-up the rhetoric.

South Sudan: At least 14 people killed: At least 14 people were killed in the South Sudanese town of Raga when fighting erupted between government forces and the main rebel group, a rebel spokesman said on Saturday

US sends dozens of troops to Somalia, 1st time in decades: The U.S. Africa Command on Friday said this deployment is for logistics training of Somalia's army, which is battling the extremist group al-Shabab

UN chief warns that Libya risks a return to wide conflict: The U.N. chief expressed alarm in a report to the U.N. Security Council at the renewed military escalation and ongoing political stalemate in the country.

Roadside bomb kills 11 Afghan civilians: The blast occurred when the passengers were travelling from remote Nawa district to the provincial capital Lashkar Gah yesterday, government spokesman Omar Zhwak told AFP.

MOAB attack on Isis was a baffling choice in cold-blooded terms of cost: Each MOAB, or massive ordinance air blast – nicknamed the “mother of all bombs” – costs $16m

Watch: 'mother of all bombs' hitting ISIS in Afghanistan; 36 killed: The Ministry of Defense said in a statement that several IS caves and ammunition caches were destroyed, which terrified villagers on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border with its "earsplitting blast."

Isis denies any of its fighters killed by 'mother of all bombs' dropped by US in Afghanistan: In a statement issued via the jihadi group's Amaq News Agency, Isis denied any casualties following the attack.

US skips out on Afghanistan-Taliban conference in Moscow; The Trump administration's decision not to attend could be yet another sign of an increasingly icy relationship between Washington and Moscow. The meeting comes just after the US bombed 'IS' targets in Afghanistan.

Ready for war if Trump wants it: North Korean official: Vice foreign minister warns Pyongyang 'fully prepared' for US attack with 'powerful nuclear deterrent' at the ready.

China warns of war as N.Korea vows 'merciless' response to US: China issued a stern warning Friday that a conflict over North Korea could break out "at any moment", as Pyongyang vowed a "merciless" response to any US military action.

N. Korea to strike US bases in Asian Pacific & S. Korean presidential palace if US attacks – KCNA: North Korea’s military promised to “ruthlessly ravage” the US if the American aircraft carrier group that is currently on its way to the region takes aggressive action.

Trump is risking nuclear war with North Korea: Former Secretary of Defense, Panetta told NBC News' Andrea Mitchell. "We should not engage in any precipitous action. There is a reason no U.S. president in recent history has pulled the trigger on North Korea."

North Korea leader oversees display of military might: New long-range ballistic missiles on show during massive parade celebrating country's founder as US armada approaches.

Australian senator tells Donald Trump 'Australia: Not Your Doormat'; Senator Nick Xenophon made a point of standing on a doormat - decorated with the face of US President Trump and reading, "Australia: Not Your Doormat".

Remember When Head Of The CIA Mike Pompeo Loved Wikileaks?: Mike Pompeo was sharing Wikileaks documents on his Congressional Twitter account less than a year ago

CIA produced Al-Qaeda & ISIS' – Assange trolls CIA chief : Julian Assange has responded to CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s accusation that WikiLeaks is a “non-state intelligence agency” by trolling the CIA over its own roles in producing “Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Iraq, Iran and Pinochet.”

Leaks: NSA Hacked Mideast Banking Networks: This involved hacking into the region’s SWIFT banking system, and quickly grew this into an effort not only to have access to the information on financial transactions, but to try to gain access to a long list of banks “of interest.”

Leaked NSA Malware Threatens Windows Users Around the World; ShadowBrokers, today released another cache of what appears to be extremely potent (and previously unknown) software capable of breaking into systems running Windows.

Trudeau Unveils Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Canada: “Criminal prohibition has failed to protect our kids and our communities,” said Bill Blair, a lawmaker and former Toronto police chief whom Mr. Trudeau appointed to manage the legislation.

Judge halts Arkansas plan to execute 8 inmates in 11 days: A federal judge dealt another blow Saturday to Arkansas' unprecedented plan to execute eight inmates in an 11-day period, saying the men have the right to challenge a drug protocol that could expose them to "severe pain."

Here Are the U.S. Retail Stores Closing Hundreds of Locations: The realities of online shopping and changing tastes have driven down sales, causing hundreds of locations to close their doors.

Trump administration officially declines to label China currency manipulator: Trump promised to label the country a currency manipulator on Day One of his presidency.

Draining the Swamp Apparently Means Hiding the White House Visitor Logs: The American Civil Liberties Union political director Faiz Shakir says "the only reasonable conclusion is to believe the Trump administration has many things it is trying to hide."

April 12/13, 2017

Australia Beckons A War With China
By John Pilger
Trump's attack on Syria had little to do with chemical weapons. - Continue


Leaked CIA Document Reveals Plan To Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis
By Tyler Durden
Leaked CIA documents from the reign of Bashar al-Assad's father in the 1980s show a Washington Deep State plan coalescing to "bring real muscle to bear against Syria," - Continue


Lavrov, Tillerson Press Conference After Talks in Moscow
Video - (FULL)
Tillerson reiterated Washington's position that Assad must eventually relinquish power - a position starkly at odds with Russia. - Continue


Is That Armageddon Over The Horizon?
By Paul Craig Roberts
Tillerson’s mission demonstrates the complete, total unreality of the world in which Washington lives. - Continue


A World in Turmoil, Thank You Mr. Trump!
By Philip Giraldi
The U.S. government Is the “foreign relations equivalent of a sociopath – a country indifferent to the rules,
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Trump Withholds Syria-Sarin Evidence
By Robert Parry
The flight was launched in Jordan from a Saudi-Israeli special operations base for supporting Syrian rebels. - Continue


Trump Doctrine: Zero Tolerance to Enemies and International Law
By Finian Cunningham
The world is being served notice that the US is a rogue state of the most reckless proportions. - Continue


Trump, Chocolate Cake and 59 Missiles
By Frankie Boyle
Nothing more perfectly embodies White America than a 70 year old golfer firing missiles at the Middle East from his country club. - Continue


Out of 47 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed
By Adam Johnson
A list of the editorials with quotes showing support or opposition can be seen here." - Continue


'F-ing Horrifying': Sessions Outlines Immigration Crackdown in 'Trump Era'
By Deirdre Fulton
A new push to rid American cities and the border of what Attorney General Jeff Sessions described as 'filth' - Continue


Russia Shreds 'Primitive,' 'Inconsistent' US Stance as Tillerson Leaves Moscow; Russia's Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov expressed sarcasm and open hostility during Rex Tillerson's visit to Russia, the first by a Trump official.

Lock him up! US missile strike on Syria 'a violation of international law': The US has called its attack on an airbase in Syria "a strong signal" for the Assad regime. Legal experts, however, criticized the action. International law expert Stefan Talmon explains why.

White House claims on Syria chemical attack ‘obviously false’ – MIT professor (VIDEO): “The document does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the US government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun,”

US sharply cuts air operations in Syria fearing Russian missiles: US sharply reduces air operations in Syria because of presence of Russian missiles after Moscow closes hotline.

Trump rules out more US ground troops in Syria: "We're not going into Syria. But... what I did should have been done by the Obama administration a long time before I did it.

War criminals: McCain, Graham urge Trump to take 'greater military action' in Syria: We urge the President to take greater military action to achieve our objectives, including grounding the Syrian air force and establishing safe havens inside Syria to protect Syrians,”

Trump administration open to additional attacks on Syria: White House: "If you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb in to innocent people ... you will see a response from this president."

Watch ‘The goal is to destabilize Syria’: Sean Spicer baffles reporters with Trump’s Middle East policy:

Russia vetoes West’s 'misconceived' Syria resolution at UN Security Council ; Ten states, including the US, the UK and France – the Troika that put together the text of the resolution – voted in favor.

Pentagon Casts Doubt On AP Report Claiming Russia Knew About Syrian Chemical Attack: “I’ve seen nothing that corroborates this definitive statement,” Major Jamie Davis said in a statement Monday.

Lavrov: Avoiding Idlib ‘attack’ probe would mean intl community not looking for truth; If an international inquiry into the chemical attack in Syria's Idlib is not instituted, it will mean that the international community is not interested in establishing the truth about the matter

Takes one to know one: Trump warns Putin, calls Syria's president an 'animal,'; Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin was "backing a person that's truly an evil person."

Iraq: US-led coalition strike kills 3 family members in Mosul: Last month, Amnesty International slammed the U.S. for deadly strikes, saying “hundreds of civilians” have been killed.

Bombardment in Iraq’s Mosul takes heavy toll on civilians: Since she got struck by mortar shrapnel in Mosul just over a week ago, 10-year-old Nabaa has not been able to speak. A shard in her skull damaged part of her brain

Yemen president's forces attack, 38 killed in heavy fighting: The fighting began a day earlier and was supported by the Saudi-led coalition opposing the rebels, known as Houthis.

Five Sudanese soldiers killed in Yemen conflict: The statement was a rare acknowledgement of casualties suffered by Sudan since the east African nation sent hundreds of its soldiers to Yemen in 2015

Watch: US was fully aware of Saudi targeting of Yemeni civilians : A group of US lawmakers wrote to the Trump administration asking for more information about a potential sale of smart bombs ? aka precision-guided munitions ? to Saudi Arabia.

Afghan Forces Kill Up to 50 IS Fighters: Authorities in eastern Afghanistan say counterterrorism army operations have killed up to 50 Islamic State militants, including three senior commanders.

Donald Trump warns North Korea is 'looking for trouble', says US 'will solve problem with or without China': The US President ramped up his war of words with the secretive state via Twitter and said China will get better trade if it takes his side

North Korea warns of nuclear strike if provoked; "We are really worried about what Washington has in mind for North Korea after it hinted at the possibility of a unilateral military scenario," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Japan Deploys Warships Alongside Korea-Bound US Strike Group; The move has rekindled fears that the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is opportunistically seizing the increased tensions in order to revive militarism and advance a nationalistic right-wing agenda.

Putin Meets With US State Secretary Tillerson, Russian FM Lavrov in Kremlin: The meeting comes at a time of hightened tensions between the US and Russia following the attack on a Syrian airbase last week

Putin: Trust between US & Russia degrading under Trump : “I would say the level of trust [between Russia and the US] is at a workable level, especially in the military dimension, but it hasn’t improved. On the contrary, it has degraded,”

Another 2% of GHP spent on war: Trump approves Montenegro's membership to NATO: "The NATO alliance has been central to ensuring peace and security on the European continent," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.

Russian Foreign Ministry’s site repels regular DDoS attacks carried out from US: "Unlike our Western counterparts, we have (the evidence) to present," the diplomat said.

Bolivia's Evo Morales Blames OAS' Luis Almagro for Violence in Venezuela: Bolivian President Evo Morales blasted the head of the Organization of American States once again on Wednesday, accusing Luis Almagro of inciting violence and promoting intervention in Venezuela

Clintons - Goldman Sachs paid speeches: Clinton Said “I Represented All Of You For Eight Years. I Had Great Relations And Worked So Close Together After 9/11 To Rebuild Downtown.” *“I represented all of you for eight years.

Tacoma Immigrant Detainees to End Hunger Strike if Demands Met; The detainees in the 1,575-bed ICE-run detention center are striking against poor living conditions such as food quality, access to medical care, high commissary prices, levels of hygiene in the facilities

Trump administration moving quickly to build up nationwide deportation force: An internal Department of Homeland Security assessment obtained by The Washington Post shows the agency has already found 33,000 more detention beds to house undocumented immigrants

Sean Spicer’s Holocaust comments were no gaffe: Trump’s administration is a fountainhead of bigotry and ignorance

Trump’s drug czar is a friend to Big Pharma, enemy to pot advocates: Two months ago the Office of National Drug Control Policy looked to be going extinct. Now it’s got a new drug warrior coming on board.

April 11, 2018

Idlib ‘Chemical Attack’ Was False Flag to Set Assad Up, More May Come – Putin
By Tass
"We have information from different sources that these provocations - I cannot call them otherwise - are being prepared in other regions of Syria" - Continue


"Russia Is Preparing For Hot War"
"I think this is the most dangerous moment in American, Russian relations since the Cuban Crisis" - Professor Stephen Cohen. - Continue


Is Trump Enlisting in the War Party?
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Like the gas attack in 2013, this has the marks of a false flag operation to stampede America into Syria’s civil war. - Continue


A Multi-level Analysis of the US attack on Syria
By The Saker
I find a sudden and brutal collapse of the Anglo-Zionist Empire followed by a break-up of the USA (as described here) far more likely. - Continue


US Aircraft Carrier Deployed in Direct Threat to North Korea
By Peter Symonds
Exaggerating the dangers, to justify a foreign intervention that will allegedly save the country''s stability. - Continue


Exaggerated Dangers in Venezuela
By Luis Beaton
Exaggerating the dangers, to justify a foreign intervention that will allegedly save the country''s stability. - Continue


Donald Trump’s War Crimes
By Marjorie Cohn
Donald Trump has already distinguished himself as a war criminal. - Continue


Arms and the Babies: Unbridled Compassion for All the Casualties of War
By George Capaccio
As befits a monolithic empire, the law is what we say it is. - Continue


Watch - The Big Bank Fix
Panorama asks if the right people are being blamed for what has been called the biggest financial fix of all time. - Continue


Niger security forces kill 57 Boko Haram militants; The ministry said Monday that 15 soldiers and two civilians were wounded in fighting with the extremists in Gueskerou, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Diffa.

At least 16 killed in fighting in S.Sudan second city: At least 16 civilians were killed in fighting Monday between government troops and rebels in South Sudan's second-largest city Wau, the United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNMISS) said in a statement.

Thanks NATO: African migrants sold in Libya 'slave markets', IOM says: Women, too, were bought by private Libyan clients and brought to homes where they were forced to be sex slaves, the witness said.

Trump aide drew plan on napkin to partition Libya into three; A senior White House foreign policy official has pushed a plan to partition Libya, and once drew a picture of how the country could be divided into three areas on a napkin in a meeting with a senior European diplomat

Yemen clashes kill more than 40 in 24 hours: Warplanes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition have pounded Huthi rebel positions east of the Red Sea port of Mokha and other areas of Taez province since Sunday, a military official said

Houthi forces kill scores of Saudi-backed fighters in southern Yemen: The Houthi forces, alongside the Yemeni Republican Guard, killed several Saudi-backed fighters in the Lahj Governorate of southern Yemen, the Saba News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Egyptian police kill 7 suspected Islamic State militants in shootout: The incident in the southern city of Assiut occurred a day after Egypt's cabinet approved a three-month state of emergency in the wake of Islamic State attacks on two Christian Coptic churches that killed at least 44 people.

Two Russian servicemen killed in Syria: “Two Russian servicemen were killed in a mortar shell explosion,” the ministry said, adding that one more serviceman is currently fighting for his life.

Turkey says evidence of sarin gas in Syria attack found: Turkey’s Chemical Warfare Agents Diagnosis and Verification Laboratory confirms findings: Health minister

Propaganda alert: U.S. Official: Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming; The United States has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week, but has no proof of Moscow's involvement, a senior U.S. official said Monday.

Russia and Iran request an 'unbiased investigation' into chemical attack in Syria: “Both sides emphasised that such aggressive actions against a sovereign independent country are a flagrant violation of international law, above all, the UN Charter

Only bombs manfactured by the US Empire may be used White House warns of potential US 'red line' over Syria barrel bomb attacks: The Trump administration has signalled much broader grounds for future military intervention in Syria, suggesting it might retaliate against the Syria government for barrel bomb attacks.

Pro-terrorist Monitor says Syria drops barrel bombs despite U.S. warning; Syria denies: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian warplanes dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held areas on Tuesday, a day after the United States said their use could lead to further U.S. strikes

Gabbard: ‘We need to learn from Iraq’: “We need to learn from Iraq and Libya — wars that were propagated as necessary to relieve human suffering, but actually increased human suffering many times over,”

Prominent Democrats Call For Anti-War Congresswoman To Be Ousted From Office: - “Those who’ve declared Trump a habitual liar now vilify those refusing to blindly follow him into another regime change war. Hypocrisy.” Tulsi Gabbard

Tillerson believes 'Assad's reign in Syria is coming to end': The United States is confident that the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will come to an end soon, and the sooner Russia stops supporting him the better for it, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.

As tensions climb, U.S. bolsters protection of invasion forces in Syria: The United States has made slight adjustments to its military activities in Syria to strengthen protection of American invasion forces following strikes last week on a Syrian airbase that have heightened tensions

Boris Johnson fails to secure backing of the G7 nations for swift sanctions against Russia and Syria : Boris Johnson has failed to secure the backing of the G7 nations for swift sanctions against Russia and Syria, leaving the US-UK plan to pressurise Vladimir Putin in tatters.

Academic accuses Australia of 'war crimes' in Syria : "Imagine if the Syrian army killed 80 Australian soldiers."

US Coalition jets, mortar missiles kill 5 civilians in western Mosul: Five Iraqi civilians died Tuesday in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and a mortar shelling west of Mosul, security sources were quoted saying as hundreds of casualties resulted from Islamic State assaults and security operations.

Iraq: U.S. military struggles to defend killing civillians: Some in Iraq and Syria are left wondering whether the higher death count is a product of President Trump’s bare-knuckle military stance and his suggestions that the United States should “take out” militants’ families.

Hezbollah Warns Against Attacking Christians in the Middle East; “These continuous and escalating killings carried out by criminal gangs in the name of religion is one of the greatest catastrophes our Ummah (nation) has been witnessing,” the statement read.

Why is Israel afraid of the Nakba's March of Return?; For the first time, Israeli police block the annual march to commemorate the Palestinian 'catastrophe' of 1948.

Declassified CIA materials reveal: Americans hardly knew any Israeli secrets : The big CIA-Israeli secret: they knew hardly any secrets. A lot of gossip, false ideas, an analysis of political and social trends on the level of open journalism

Thanks NATO: African migrants sold in Libya 'slave markets', IOM says: Women, too, were bought by private Libyan clients and brought to homes where they were forced to be sex slaves, the witness said.

Trump aide drew plan on napkin to partition Libya into three; A senior White House foreign policy official has pushed a plan to partition Libya, and once drew a picture of how the country could be divided into three areas on a napkin in a meeting with a senior European diplomat

France: Video: Police fire tear gas on protesting prison guards; Police firing tear gas have clashed with prison guards protesting working conditions in a notorious prison south of Paris.

Independent Scotland would be ‘most welcome’ to be full member of EU, say MEPs: The open letter, signed by 26 MEPs, declared that there was a “tremendous amount of goodwill from across the continent towards Scotland’s European aspirations”.

Bank of England in Libor scandal: The Bank of England has been implicated in fixing Libor rates by a BBC Panorama documentary called The Big Bank Fix which aired last night.

North Korea state media warns of nuclear strike if provoked as U.S. warships approach: North Korean state media on Tuesday warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of U.S. aggression as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed towards the western Pacific.

S. Korea, China warn of strong response to N. Korea nuke, ICBM tests: "We shared the view that strong, additional measures should be taken if North Korea pushes ahead with strategic provocations like a nuclear test or an ICBM launch in defiance of international warnings,"

Trump to China: Help on North Korea for a good trade deal; Trump tweeted Tuesday, "I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!"

Venezuela clashes as Maduro seeks help in Cuba : President Nicolas Maduro traveled to Cuba seeking support from fellow leftist leaders. In the latest clashes in the once-booming oil exporter, riot police in Caracas fired tear gas at stone-throwing demonstrators

Venezuelan Ombudsman Calls to Prevent Violence, Respect Constitution: All rallies or marches in the country must take place according to law to prevent violent acts like those in 2014, when 43 people were killed and more than 800 were wounded, Saab noted

Venezuela Rejects "Interventionist" Statement by US Southern Command Chief: Venezuela categorically rejects the comments expressed by Admiral Kurt Tidd, USSC, which lay the groundwork for an attack on Venezuela under the aegis of the false doctrine of collective regional security.

U.S. Oil Company Could Fall to Russia as Venezuela Struggles to Pay Its Bills: Russia’s state oil company could soon control an energy giant based in Houston, Texas, and U.S. lawmakers are not happy about it.

Cyberattacks via CIA tools happened a lot, Symantec says; CIA snooping tools have been tied to scores of cyberattacks, according to security company Symantec.

White House: 'America First' Foreign Policy Justifies Strikes Against Those Who 'Gas Babies': Spicer’s definition of a national security threat is broader than Trump outlined during his presidential campaign.

Dimon Warns ‘Something Is Wrong’ With the U.S.: Since the turn of the century, the U.S. has dumped trillions of dollars into wars, piled huge debt onto students, forced legions of foreigners to leave after getting advanced degrees, driven millions of Americans out of the workplace with felonies for sometimes minor offenses.

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer claims 'even Hitler didn't use chemical weapons' : Chelsea Clinton, tweeted minutes later: “I hope [Spicer] takes the time to visit the Holocaust Museum. It’s only a few blocks away.”

Saudi Arabia Paid Conservative PR Firm $90,000 to Bring Vets to DC to Lobby Against JASTA; Saudi Arabia paid to bring three groups of 25 to 35 military veterans to Washington to lobby for changes to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)

April 08/09, 2017

The Syrian WMD Show Was Trump's Production
By Moon Of Alabama
The whole show was designed to let Trump look strong and presidential and to get rid of the "Russia Gate" nonsense.     - Continue


Syria: Trump’s Bush-Obama WMD Remix
By Ulson Gunnar
A US-sponsored, staged attack, makes perfect sense and fits well into a pattern of deceit, murder and mayhem.     - Continue


The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria
By Glenn Greenwald
Wanting conclusive evidence before bombing commences is vilified as sympathy with and support for the foreign villain.     - Continue


Trump Provides ISIS With An Air Force In Syria
By Cross Talk
The consequences of this decision could be dire.     - Continue


Donald Trump Is An International Law Breaker
By Colonel W. Patrick Lang
Donald Trump will most likely not finish his term as President. He will be impeached.     - Continue


The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen
By Gareth Porter
The Saudis and Qataris control the major US bases in the Arab world.     - Continue


US-led attack on Syria Kills More Civilians; U.S.-led coalition aircraft struck two locations in northern Syria on Saturday, killing at least 21 people, including a woman and her six children who were on a boat fleeing clashes between the Islamic State group and U.S.-backed terrorists.

Syrian Army confirms targeting US aircraft in Al-Qamishli: The U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was reportedly hovering over the Syrian Army’s Regiment 54 Base in Al-Qamishli, when the personnel at the installation opened fire on the plane.

Lest we forget: U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime' January 29, 2013: Leaked emails from defense contractor refers to chemical weapons saying 'the idea is approved by Washington'

Syrian rebels welcomed a U.S. missile attack on a Syrian army airbase; "We view that the responsibility of the United States is still great, and does not stop with this operation,"

US ambassador: 'Russia bears considerable responsibility': “The Iranian government bears a significant responsibility,” she says, for having “propped up” Assad since the Syrian civil war began in 2011. “The Russian government also bears considerable responsibility,”

‘They’re terrified that peace was going to break out’ – Ron Paul on US Syria strike : The Syrian situation now is “a victory for neo-conservatives, who’ve been looking for Assad to go,” Paul said.

U.S. will take additional action 'as necessary' on Syria, Trump tells Congress: The notification also starts a 60-day clock in which Congress must either authorize military force against Syria or the president must "terminate any use of United States Armed Forces" related to the conflict.

US threatens more pressure on Syria: The Trump administration on Friday signalled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russia itself was involved in the chemical weapons assault that compelled President Donald Trump to action.

Here are 45 times Trump said attacking Syria was a bad idea and might start World War III. "We should not be focusing on Syria. You're going to end up in World War III over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton.

Democratic Syria hawks love Trump's airstrikes; Obama administration officials applauded American action against Assad's regime, even as they continue to doubt the man who approved it.

Russia, Iran army chiefs vow to continue fighting terrorists in Syria : The army chiefs of Russia and Iran discussed the US strikes in Syria by phone on Saturday and vowed to continue the fight against "terrorists" and their supporters, Iranian media reported.

False Flag: How the U.S. Armed Syrian Rebels to Set Up an Excuse to Attack Assad: The State Department makes it quite clear their belief that “Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel’s security, it would also ease Israel’s understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly.”

Bolivia UN Envoy on Syria Attack: 'History Teaches Us' US Lies to Justify Wars: "Now the U.S. believe that they are investigators, they are attorneys, judges and they are the executioners," the Bolivian ambassador said.

WikiLeaks: US, Israel, And Saudi Arabia Planned Overthrow Of Syrian Govt. In 2006: “... That plan was to use a number of different factors to create paranoia within the Syrian government; to push it to overreact, to make it fear there’s a coup …”

Now President Trump hands his enemies REAL grounds to impeach him: The attack on Syria was a gross violation of international law. Chapter VII of the UN Charter makes it crystal clear that the only body authorised under international law to order the sort of attack is the UN Security Council.

Syria: Evacuation of Homs' Al Waer enclave resumes: The fourth phase of the exodus of Syrian rebels and their families was set to get under way on Saturday in Al Waer, the last opposition-held district in Homs, with some 2,500 people expected to leave.

U.S. Attack Killed Nearly 300 in Mosul: The largest civilian death toll since the battle against Islamic State began more than two years ago and among the deadliest incidents in decades of modern warfare.

200 IS "militants" killed as Salahuddin province launches “preemptive” operations: Two-hundred Islamic State militants were killed as officials in Salahuddin province said Friday they launched a “preemptive” offensive against the group.

Iraqi Army recaptures Anbar village near Mosul, kill 30 militants: Troops have been struggling to fully retake central Mosul’s Old City, a densely-populated and structured area which military generals view as vital for victory over IS in that region.

Iraq: ISIL kills dozens of civilians fleeing Mosul: witnesses: People trying to escape besieged Iraqi city are being killed and their bodies hung from electricity poles.

US special forces soldier killed in Afghanistan ; "The soldier was mortally wounded late Saturday during an operation in Nangarhar Province" in eastern Afghanistan, said Navy Captain Bill Salvin in a message on the official Twitter account of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

Trump May Place Nukes in South Korea: The National Security Council has presented Trump with options — including putting American nukes in South Korea or murdering dictator Kim Jong-un, multiple top-ranking intelligence and military officials told NBC News.

U.S. Navy strike group to move toward Korean peninsula: U.S. official: The strike group, called Carl Vinson, includes an aircraft carrier and will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula

Chinese state media cheer Xi-Trump meeting, say confrontation not inevitable: State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times said the meeting "served as an indicator that the China-U.S. relationship is still very much on course since the Trump administration took office

ETA 'gives' France authorities list of weapons caches: Basque group hands over arms after waging a deadly independence campaign for more than 50 years.

Venezuela opposition march over Henrique Capriles ban; Mr Maduro's socialist government have said that a US-backed business elite is responsible for Venezuela's economic downturn and that it is trying to organise a coup to impose right-wing rule.

Venezuela Opposition Continues 'Illegal,' Violent Protests; Right-wing opposition supporters took to the streets of Caracas and other cities in Venezuela on Saturday in ongoing violent protests against the government

Mexico opens up its heroin fight to U.S., U.N. observers; Mexico's army is allowing the United States and the United Nations to observe opium poppy eradication, a step toward deeper cooperation to fight heroin traffickers, three sources in Mexico said.

US Hackers Attacked Ecuador's Election Monitoring Site: Correa: Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Thursday accused U.S.-based hackers of attacking the National Electoral Council, CNE, website in an attempt to undermine the country's recent second-round presidential election

lf of American families are living paycheck to paycheck One illness can push people to the brink of financial ruin. Wanda Battle, a registered nurse for four decades, was recently hit with a $100,000 medical bill.

Additional security for DeVos may cost up to $7.8 million: Government officials said Friday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos requires additional security detail due to a threat to her safety and that it may cost up to $7.8 million through September to protect her.

More Fake News From Washington; This time it is about employment: According to the government, March produced only 98,000 new payroll jobs, an insufficient amount to reduce unemployment, but the unemployment rate fell from 4.7 to 4.5 percent.


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