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Isis: A Year of the Caliphate

By Patrick Cockburn
The seven wars in Muslim countries where 'Islamic State' is powerful or growing in strength - Continue

Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS

By Thomas Seibert
The reports said up to 18,000 soldiers would be deployed to take over and hold a strip of territory up to 30 kilometers deep and 100 kilometers long that currently is held by ISIS. - Continue

WikiLeaks: US, Saudis Planned to Topple Syria's Assad in 2012

By TeleSur
Julian Assange implicated the United States &ndash along with the Saudi Arabian government &ndash in a plot to overthrow the Syrian government. - Continue

Russia Promises "Economic And Military" Aid To Syria As US Refloats Assad "Chemcial Weapons" Trial Balloon

By Tyler Durden
Syria's foreign minister said on a visit to Moscow on Monday that top ally Russia had promised to send political, economic and military aid to his country. - Continue

Way to Go Vladimir
Putin Gobsmacks Uncle Sam … Again

By Mike Whitney
Putin has done us all a favor by throwing a wrench in Washington’s plans - Continue

Gaza-bound Flotilla Vessel Hijacked by Israeli Navy

By Al Jazeera
Activists say the Marianne was intercepted by Israel's military around 100 nautical miles from Gaza's shore.

Greece: A Bad Day For Democracy

By Yanis Varoufakis
Greek Finance Minister
Can democracy and a monetary union coexist? Or must one give way? - Continue

Europe’s Attack on Greek Democracy

By Joseph E. Stiglitz
Almost none of the huge amount of money loaned to Greece has actually gone there. It has gone to pay out private-sector creditors – including German and French banks. - Continue

A New Mode of Warfare
The Greek Debt Crisis and Crashing Markets

By Michael Hudson
Finance has shown itself to be the new mode of warfare. Resisting debt leverage and financial conquest is as legal as is resisting military invasion - Continue

America’s Got War

By William J. Astore
Poverty, Drugs, Afghanistan, Iraq, Terror, or How to Make War on Everything. - Continue

Truth Is A Crime Against The State
By Paul Craig Roberts
The Western presstitutes have succeeded in creating a false reality for insouciant Americans and also for much of the European Union population. - Continue

The Lonely American

By Chris Hedges
A generation has fallen down the rabbit hole of electronic hallucinations—with images often dominated by violence and pornography - Continue


27 Killed in air Strikes, Bomb Attacks in Iraq: At least 27 people were killed and 27 wounded on Monday in bomb attacks and air strikes by the US-led coalition and Iraqi aircraft targeting Islamic State (IS) militants across the country's western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said.

61 killed in violence, clashes with IS militants in Iraq: In Anbar province, the army artillery pounded IS positions in Saggara area near the city of Haditha, some 200 km northwest of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, leaving 26 IS militants killed along with destroying two of their vehicles, a provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

IS bombs kill 12 Syrian troops in Hasakeh: monitor: Three Islamic State group car bombs killed 12 Syrian troops and militiamen in the northeastern city of Hasakeh where the jihadists have taken two districts, a monitor said on Monday.

Syrian army retakes a key district of Hassakeh city from militants: The Syrian army said Monday it had recaptured a major residential quarter in Hassakeh from ISIS insurgents who stormed the strategically located northeastern city last week and drove out thousands of civilians.

ISIS beheads a dozen men accused of fighting for Al Qaeda in new sickening video : the sickening footage shows the terrified men being interviewed and paraded in front of the camera before their bloody execution.

Syria says Russia promises wide range of support: "I got a promise of aid to Syria - politically, economically and militarily," Walid al-Moualem said at a televised news conference in Moscow after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Israel made "humanitarian" aid to select Syrian rebel groups: Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said that, from the outset, Israel knew there were rebels among those it was helping and "placed two conditions on this aid - that terrorist groups not approach the fence, and that the Druze not be touched".

Saudi Arabia Kills 15 Civilians In Yemen: 15 Civilians Killed: Saudi fighter jets launched on Monday a fresh round of airstrikes against various areas in Yemen killing at least 15 civilians, including women and children.

Saudi soldier killed in shelling near Yemeni border: A Saudi soldier was killed and another wounded by shelling from forces loyal to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi rebels near the Yemen border, Saudi state news agency SPA said Sunday.

Ban urges probe of Saudi strikes on UN compound in Yemen: A guard was injured when the office of the UN Development Programme in the southern city of Aden was hit on Sunday, causing serious damage, said UN spokesman Farhan Haq.

Video claims to show Saudi border guards beating Yemeni refugees: Footage said to be from the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border appears to show thousands of Yemeni refugees being refused entry to the kingdom

Palestinian woman stabs Israeli soldier at Bethlehem checkpoint: An Israeli army spokeswoman said that the soldier was in a "moderate" condition after being stabbed by a Palestinian woman at the 300 checkpoint in northern Bethlehem.

Israel largest state user of explosive weapons in 2014 due to attack on Gaza: -- Israel was the single largest user of explosive weapons among international states in 2014 as a result of its war on Gaza, a London-based NGO said this week, providing further testimony to its devastating use of force on the coastal territory last summer.

Video: Israel has blocked our aid ship': Footage shows passengers of the Freedom Flotilla delivering aid to Gaza demanding action after their ship was seized by the Israeli navy.

Clashes in Libya leave 14 Tobruk government soldiers dead: Fourteen soldiers loyal to Libya’s Tobruk-based government were killed on Sunday in clashes with militants associated with the Mujahideen Shura Council in the eastern city of Darnah, according to a local security source.

11 killed in raid on 'Boko Haram hideout' in Chad: Several suspected Boko Haram fighters have blown themselves up during a police raid in N'Djamena, Chad's capital, killing five officers and six of the fighters, police and government officials have said.

Chibok girls 'forced to join Nigeria's Boko Haram': Some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria have been forced to join Islamist militant group Boko Haram, the BBC has been told. Witnesses say some are now being used to terrorise other captives, and are even carrying out killings themselves.

Al-Shabab kills 5 Somali soldiers in attack on army base: Al-Shabab militants have killed at least five soldiers in an overnight attack on an army base in the southern Somali port of Kismayo. Islamist fighters beheaded some of the captured Somali soldiers after briefly taking over the camp, witnesses told AFP news agency.

Burundi: 2 killed in overnight attacks blamed on the police: Witnesses in Jabe neighborhood in the nation's capital of Bujumbura, reported intense gunfire Saturday night in an apparent police crackdown on areas seen as hosting anti-government protesters.

Violence, targeted killings consume Burundi protests: Burundi's protests move towards a dark chapter with night-time assassinations as protesters turn to grenades.

Top Burundi official flees on eve of controversial vote: - The head of Burundi's parliament on Sunday said he had fled the country on the eve of key elections following weeks of violence, denouncing the president's "illegal" third term bid.

Car bomb attack kills Egypt's top public prosecutor: Egypt's top public prosecutor died Monday of wounds sustained in a car bomb attack on his convoy as it was leaving his Cairo home in a marked escalation of Islamist militant attacks on the judiciary.

Three Killed, 14 Injured as Roadside Bomb Targets a Bus in Egypt: The bus, which belonged to General Authority For Roads, Bridges and Land Transport, was carrying employees when the roadside bomb exploded in south Shiekh Zwayed city, said head of North Sinai Security Directorate, Ali Azazi.

Taliban ambush in Herat province 'kills 11 soldiers': The convoy of pick-up trucks was attacked on Sunday evening in Karukh district of Herat, officials say.

In turf war with Afghan Taliban, Islamic State loyalists gain ground: - Fighters loyal to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability.

Cables detail Saudi diplomat’s meeting with Haqqani’s son: Leaked Saudi diplomatic cables reveal that the country’s embassy in Islamabad remained in touch with the Haqqani network and also helped arrange a visit for the militant group’s leader for medical treatment.

Secret Australia-Saudi deal on intelligence: Leaked cables reveal the intelligence links between the Saudi Arabian and Australian governments, and the Saudi influence on Muslim communities here.

Media reports allege Australian politics infiltrated by Italian mafia: Two Australian media organisations reported on Monday that Australian politics has been infiltrated at high levels by the Italian mafia, although there was no suggestion of direct links between lawmakers and the criminal syndicate.

EU, Russia and Ukraine aim for gas Deal Tomorrow: The EU is hoping for a deal that will cover "at least the winter, up until the end of March," the source said. Russia accounts for about a third of the EU's gas needs, with half that amount transiting via Ukraine.

Armenia police order protesters to disperse after weeklong standoff but thousands refuse: Riot police lined up across the road banged their truncheons against their shields in warning, but made no immediate move. Behind them stood water cannons and armored vehicles.

France attack suspect admits killing, police make link to Syria: The suspect, whose wife and sister were released on Sunday after two days of questioning, is said by French security services to have associated with hardline Islamists over more than a decade, and had previously been flagged by them as a potential risk.

Greece to close banks Monday and begin capital controls: Greek banks are expected to stay shut until 7 July, two days after Greece's planned referendum on the terms it had been offered by international creditors for receiving fresh bailout money.

Greece won’t make IMF debt repayment Tuesday, Greek official says: Earlier this month, Greece had notified the IMF it plans to bundle its loan repayments falling due this month into one payment of around 1.6 billion euros ($1.7 billion), which is due Tuesday.

Christine Lagarde, scourge of tax evaders, pays no tax: IMF boss who caused international outrage when she suggested that Greeks should pay their taxes earns a tax-free salary

Italy rescues 21 boats in space of 24 hours: Italian authorities were on Monday dealing with the arrival of another 2,900 migrants at southern ports after 21 boats were rescued in the space of 24 hours from waters off Libya.

The Honduran meltdown: Made in USA: Six years after the coup in Honduras, it's time for another history lesson.

UK says Argentine plan to seize Falklands oil driller assets 'unlawful': On Saturday, a federal judge in Tierra del Fuego ordered the seizure of $156 million in bank accounts, boats and other property belonging to six European and U.S. oil companies operating in the islands.

US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more: The report says there are 41 million native Spanish speakers in the US plus a further 11.6 million who are bilingual, mainly the children of Spanish-speaking immigrants. This puts the US ahead of Colombia (48 million) and Spain (46 million) and second only to Mexico (121 million).

Records broken as heatwave hits US northwest: Both India and Pakistan have had heatwaves this year, Western Europe is developing one and North America is enduring one, in its northwest. The precise definition differs from country to country but the effects are the same.

FBI Reportedly Investigating String of Arsons at Black Churches: Of the fires—which broke out this week in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina—three have been ruled arsons, with the cause of the fourth still being investigated.

Supreme Court upholds lethal injections: “And because some risk of pain is inherent in any method of execution, we have held that the Constitution does not require the avoidance of all risk of pain"

The death penalty: How we kill: What it means for an inmate to be put to death in the US: Lethal injection is by far the most common method of execution in the U.S., and, because it is the most frequently used, it is the most botched.

Jailhouse nation: WITH less than 5% of the world’s population, the United States holds roughly a quarter of its prisoners: more than 2.3m people, including 1.6m in state and federal prisons and over 700,000 in local jails and immigration pens. Per head, the incarceration rate in the land of the free has risen seven-fold since the 1970s




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