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Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq "1,455,590"

 

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In U.S. War And Occupation Of Iraq 4,801

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,485

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
$1,589,642,521,423

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Obey: The Routine Of Obedience
 

"This film was absolutely WONDERFUL! It is inspiring and maddening"

Authority & Expectations
 

Smart and provocative young veteran, Wray Harris, unlocks the sufferings served by the Iraq war.
 

"I Am An American Indian Patriot"

"We live in a prisoner of war camp, that's why they call it a reservation"
 

A Pantomime World

By Adam Curtis

A fake bubble of certainty that has imprisoned us in the west - and is now preventing us from understanding what is really going on in the world outside.

The Power of Nightmares

By Adam Curtis

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.

“How we can solve the Palestinian-Israeli problem”,
 
  “I simply got tired of western mainstream media presenting the Palestinian-Israeli issue as being complex."

Miko Peled Debunks Jewish Myths

"If Anybody here, came hoping to hear a balanced presentation, then they are going to be sorely disappointed.

"Political Fraud"

Indoctrination By Propaganda Works

Lifting the Veil:
Obama and the Failure of Capitalist Democracy


This film explores the historical role of the Democratic Party as the “graveyard of social movements”.

Surviving Progress

The film connects financial collapse, growing inequality and global oligarchy with the sustainability of mankind itself.

Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine

A brief and crucial history of the United States

The Most Honest Three and a Half Minutes of Television. Ever......?

Scene of the new HBO series The Newsroom.

U.S. Helicopter Blasts Afghan Man to Pieces...
As The Pilot Sings 'Bye, Bye Miss American Pie'


It is the horrific moment an Afghan man is blown apart by a US missile.

The Power Principle

Simply brilliant. - This is probably the best film ever made about American foreign policy.

Managing Public Perception - Psywar

The real battlefield is your mind.

The Century of the Self

How politicians and business learned to create and manipulate mass-consumer society.

Why We Fight

What are the forces that shape and propel American militarism?

Norman Finkelstein: American Radical

Probing, definitive documentary about Jewish-American political scientist Norman Finkelstein

Stop the Machine!!!!!:
 
A brief and crucial history of the United States.

The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis

Bill Moyer's 1987 scathing critique of the criminal subterfuge carried out by the Executive Branch of the United States Government

Lives In The Balance : Jackson Browne

"You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you've seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war "

American Drug War - The Last White Hope

How money, power and greed have corrupted not just drug pushers and dope fiends, but an entire government.

 
How American News Media Works In Favor Of Israel
 
The Fourth World War

Documentary of radical resistance to global capitalism

 
The Israel Lobby

Does the United States in fact keep Israel on its feet? And how long will it continue to do so?

 
John Pilger: 'The War on Democracy'

The story of great power behind its venerable myths. It allows us to understand the true nature of the so-called war on terror".

 
Dick Cheney '94: Invading Baghdad Would Create Quagmire

Dick Cheney reveals the reasons why invading Baghdad and toppling Saddam Hussein wouldn't be a great idea.

 
Poison DUst

Poison DUst tells the story of young soldiers who thought they came home safely from the war, but didn't.

 
John Pilger: Truth Game

The worldwide propaganda surrounding the nuclear arms race is scrutinised.

 
The Road To Guantanamo

Three young British Muslims tell the story of how they came to be in US custody at Guantánamo for over two years, and discuss the Kafkaesque horrors that awaited them there

 

"I Witnessed The Degradation And Murder Of Detainees":

A prisoner of the "war on terror" disturbing allegations of mistreatment and murder.

 
Global Dimming

It reveals that we may have grossly underestimated the speed at which our climate is changing. At its heart is a deadly new phenomenon.

 
 An Inconvenient Truth

Al Gore's Documentary on the dangers of climate change and global warming

 

America Freedom to Fascism

Startling facts about our laws, raising critical issues that Americans must consider if they are to be a free people.


 

Despotism & Democracy : Video

Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Putin is Right

By Gerald Celente

Putin insisted today: “It’s not payback for Crimea. It’s the cost of our natural desire to preserve Russia as a nation, a civilization and a state.
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"All The Cards Are In Putin's Hands"
Russia, India And China Will Takeover World Leadership


By Paul Craig Roberts

Will Russia’s Response to Washington’s Aggression Be to Release Black Swans?
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Russian Roulette:
Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives


By Ellen Brown

The preamble to the Dodd-Frank Act claims “to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts.” But it does this through “bail-in”: authorizing “systemically important” too-big-to-fail banks to expropriate the assets of their creditors, including depositors.
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The “Impending” Russian Maidan

By Tony Cartalucci

The use of armed elements to assist in US-engineered political subversion is not speculation.
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The Syrian "Regime" is Guarding the Borders of Israel?

By Linh Dinh


Talking to a Palestinian about Israel, American Dissent, Brainwashing and Hijacked Protests.
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American Exceptionalism and American Torture

By William Blum

If the torturers of the Bush and Obama administrations are not held accountable in the United States they must be pursued internationally under the principles of universal jurisdiction.
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The Queen of Torture
Meet Alfreda Bikowsky, the Senior Officer at the Center of the CIA’s Torture Scandals:


By Glenn Greenwald and Peter Maass

This officer, is the same one who “dropped the ball when the C.I.A. was given information that might very well have prevented the 9/11 attacks; she gleefully participated in torture sessions afterward;
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America, Nation of Torturers:
Stop Saying “This Isn’t Who We Are” — Here’s The Real Truth


By Charles Davis

Terrible findings in the torture report "are not who we are," John Kerry claims. Well, here's a U.S. history lesson.
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Sony Hack - NYT Editors Find New Iraq WMD

By Moon Of Alabama

Yeah - those folks never lie. Right?
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Fidel Castro’s Legacy

By Stephen Lendman

This article a snapshot of some of his achievements. Impressive by any standard.
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Fact or fiction? IS executed 100 foreign fighters who tried to quit: report: The Islamic State group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times reported on Saturday.

Kurdish militants kill 33 IS fighters in northern Syria: A total of 33 fighters of the Islamic State (IS) were killed Friday during clashes with Kurdish militants in Syria's northern city of Ayn al-Arab, or Kobane, bordering Turkey, the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported.

ISIL 'publicly executes' Syrian in Aleppo: SITE has obtained footage showing the crucifixion of an alleged government spy in Aleppo

Massive defense bill authorizing Syrian rebel training approved by Obama: President Barack Obama has signed the $585 billion defense policy bill for fiscal year 2015. It authorizes the training and sending of aid to Syrian rebels for two years, and provides $5 billion to train Iraqis battling ISIS

Bombings kill 12 in Iraq: Bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol killed 12 people in and around Baghdad Saturday, Iraqi authorities said.

1,000 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne headed to Iraq: Approximately 1,000 paratroopers from the Army’s famed 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq early next year to help the Iraqi security forces take on the Islamic State, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Saudi security forces kill four militants in east: The interior ministry said the men were behind the killing of a soldier there last Sunday. The soldier was killed when his unit came under fire from fields near al-Awamiya last Sunday. His colleague was also injured.

Hamas asks Egypt to pressure Israel to abide by Gaza truce: Hamas says airstrikes a 'major violation' of Gaza ceasefire while Israel says they were in retaliation for a rocket attack

Secret Tapes: Olmert Calls Sheldon Adleson ‘Dog, Son Of A Dog’: Secret tapes of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, released in public on Thursday, reveal that Republican casino mogul Sheldon Adelson told President George W. Bush that Olmert was a “traitor.”

Guess who credits the Mossad with producing the Iran, 'laptop documents?': Evidence has continued to accumulate that the documents - sometimes called the “laptop documents” because they were said to have been on a laptop computer belonging to one of the participants in the program - were fabricated by Israel’s foreign intelligence agency (Mossad).

Ex-IAEA Chief Warns on Using Unverified Intel to Pressure Iran: Former IAEA Director General Han Blix has called for greater skepticism about the intelligence documents and reports alleging Iranian nuclear weapons work and warned that they may be used to put diplomatic pressure on Tehran.

35 Boko Haram militants killed in battle with Nigerian forces: “The Boko Haram attacks on Damboa began before Friday prayers and most of them died from the gun battle,” Haruna Ibrahim, a member of a vigilante militia, which fights alongside the military, said by phone Saturday.

Ebola death toll reaches 7,373, over 19,000 infections; The latest data, posted by the World Health Organization (WHO), showed an increase of 500 deaths compared to statistics published by the UN health agency two days ago on December 17.

U.S. drone strike, Pakistan forces kill at least 10 alledged Taliban fighters: Around 200 alledged Taliban fighters killed since Tuesday's school massacre in Peshawar, which left 148 people dead.

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan war reach new high in 2014: U.N.: - At least 3,188 Afghan civilians have been killed in the intensifying war with the Taliban in 2014, making it the deadliest year on record for non-combatants, the United Nations said on Friday.

Obama vows response to North Korea over attack: President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America.

North Korea Hacked Sony? Don't Believe It, Experts Say: "The U.S. security-intelligence complex is running amok once again," Sean Sullivan, a security adviser at Finnish antivirus firm F-Secure, tweeted. "Washington, D.C., is incapable of saying 'we don't know.'"

North Korea probably not behind Sony Pictures hack, says cyber security expert - video : Caroline Baylon, a research associate in cyber security at Chatham House, discusses why the North Korean government was probably not behind the hack of Sony Pictures.

North Korea demands joint inquiry with US into Sony Pictures hack: Pyongyang denies responsibility for cyber-attack and threatens grave consequences if Washington continues to blame it

Putin says no one can 'intimidate or isolate' Russia: President Vladimir Putin said Saturday no country can “intimidate” or “isolate” Russia, after the West imposed new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Obama authorizes ‘economic embargo’ on Russia’s Crimea: Obama has issued an executive order that “prohibits the export of goods, technology, or services to Crimea and prohibits the import of goods, technology, or services from Crimea, as well as new investments in Crimea,” according to the statement.

German Foreign Minister Warns Against More Russia Sanctions: Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, warned against imposing more sanctions on Russia in an interview that was published on Friday, saying bringing Russia to its knees would not make Europe safer.

Italian PM urges revision of attitude to Russia, opposes sanctions: The Italian prime minister opposed the idea of more sanctions against Russia.

Hollande risks EU split with debate on Russian sanctions relief: Europe has stumbled into a debate over the end of sanctions on the economically distressed Russia after French President Francois Hollande became the first major leader to dangle the prospect of easing the curbs.

China stakes claim in Central and Southeast Europe: A Chinese agreement to finance a high-speed railway from Belgrade to Bucharest was one of around $10bn worth of investments, mainly in the energy and infrastructure sectors, signed during a China-Central and Eastern Europe summit this week. By funding the railway, Beijing hopes to establish a rapid connection from Greece’s Pireaus Port through the Balkans to the EU member states of Central Europe.

Dollar's Strength could be Global Economy's Weakness, Says BIS Report: These warnings came after China revealed some very disappointing trade figures last Monday. Further, the dollar rose to a seven-year high against the yen and a five-year high against the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index, a mixed basket of 10 currencies.

Skype Opens America’s Borders. Green Cards for All!: Beginning in 2015 and escalating from then on, skilled workers from all over the world will have the digital equivalent of green cards. They will be legal to hire. They will flood into America’s middle-class job markets.

Cuba 'will not change' communist system, despite thaw with US: Cuban President Raul Castro has hailed a recent US move to normalise bilateral relations, but stressed that Havana will not change its political system. He also warned that Cuba faced a "long and difficult struggle" before the US removed its economic embargo.

Torturing Democracy: None of us can any longer ‘Cover Our Eyes’ to CIA abuses: The torture chambers operated in the dark while Washington gave them cover. Torture was not the work of a few “bad apples” – in the CIA or the military – but the result of official policy set at the government’s highest levels.

Pentagon anti-bomb force 'improperly retained' information on Americans; The Pentagon’s taskforce charged with stopping insurgent bombs has - collected information on American companies and their executives, people inside the United States, US military personnel and Afghan farmers. Despite internal Pentagon criticism, it continues to carry out intelligence functions.

FBI evidence often mishandled, inquiry finds: FBI agents in every region of the country have mishandled, mislabeled, and lost evidence, according to a highly critical internal investigation that discovered errors with nearly half the pieces of evidence it reviewed.

13 Years In Prison For Two Marijuana Joints In Louisiana?: Bernard’s sentence is a prime example of the draconian nature of the marijuana laws in many states across the country.

Milwaukee protesters block interstate over police killings: At least 73 adults and one minor have been taken into custody by Milwaukee police for blocking interstate highway 43 while protesting the killing of an unarmed and mentally infirm black man by police officer earlier this year.

Your police raid outrage of the day: Generally speaking, unless you’re certain your local police agency provides good training for crisis intervention and has a track record of resolving these situations peacefully, you should be cautious about calling the police when a loved one is having emotional problems.

Hard Times in a Boom Town: Pennsylvanians Describe Costs of Fracking: Aikens pulls a tattered photocopy of a ten cent check from his wallet, emblazoned with the logo of a division of Chesapeake Energy. It's the royalty check for the gas produced on his 359 acre farm, after post-production expenses were deducted from the check.

Sea level rise threatening Kennedy Space Center in Florida: "There's reason to be nervous now because the problem is so obvious," Peter Adams, a geology professor at the University of Florida, told Reuters.

December 19, 2014

Putin’s Next Move Is Crucial
Ruble Takedown Exposes Cracks in Putin’s Defense


By Mike Whitney

Has Putin adjusted to the fact that WW3 will be unlike any conflict in the past, that jihadi-proxies and Neo Nazi-proxies will be employed as shock troops for the empire clearing the way for US special forces and foot soldiers who will hold ground and establish the new order?
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What Putin Is Not Telling Us

By Pepe Escobar

This is a doomsday scenario. But don’t provoke the bear, because the bear could pull that off in a flash.
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Western Nations Want to Chain 'the Russian Bear' - Putin

Video and Transcript

“Do we place our troops at US borders?
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Financial Imperialists Attack Russia
Financial Market Manipulation Is The New Trend: Can It Continue?


By Paul Craig Roberts

China has a stake in Russia’s strength as part of China’s protection from US aggression, whether economic or military.
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Free Fall of the Ruble
A brilliant Ploy of Russian Economic Wizards?


By Peter Koenig

Russia and China are detaching their economies from that of the West.
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Foreign Bankers Rape Ukraine

By William Engdahl

If it were not for the fact that the lives of some 45 million people are at stake, Ukrainian national politics could be laughed off as a very sick joke.
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In Case You Missed It
Full Spectrum Dominance
Dick Cheney’s Song of America


By David Armstrong

The Plan is for the United States to rule the world. It calls for the United States to maintain its overwhelming military superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage. It calls for dominion over friends and enemies alike.
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In Case You Missed It
Neocon Imperialism, 9/11, and the Attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq

By David Ray Griffin

The new cause was to shape this new self-definition, thereby getting Americans ready to accept a policy of global unilateralism.
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Modern-Day Mengeles
America's Terror War Torture Shrinks


By Chris Floyd

They are the criminal vanguard of a radical movement that is now holding the nation hostage. And any political "opposition" that does not recognize this fact is worse than useless; it is, as we've said before, complicit in the gang's crimes.
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If It's True on Cuba, It's True on Iran

By Trita Parsi and Ryan Costello

America's Cuba policy has long been an open joke in international circles.
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Ending the Cold War on Cuba?
From the Freezer to the Chiller


By Finian Cunningham


The move this week by Obama on Cuba is no more than a public relations manoeuvre.
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Regime Change In Cuba

By Paul Craig Roberts


In short, normalization of relations means regime change in Cuba. Soon Cuba will be another of Washington’s vassal states.
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The Problem with Obama’s Cuba Speech

By Matt Peppe

Raul Castro has demonstrated Cuba’s continued willingness to engage without animosity the country who has carried out an invasion, decades of terrorism, and a half-century-long, unprovoked economic war.
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Not Just Public Lands
Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles


By Steve Horn

How Big Oil's lobbyists snuck expedited permitting for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on public lands into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015.
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Non-Violence and the Lost Message of Jesus

By Mairead Maguire

‘Is there such a thing as a just war?’.
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Pakistan: Army kills 59 'militants': Pakistan's military says it has killed 59 militants in ground assaults and air strikes on Taliban units in areas near the border with Afghanistan.

US kills 8 people along Pak-Afghan border: At least eight alledged militants were killed when U.S. pilotless aircraft launched missile strikes along Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Friday, local media reported.

Wikileaks Reveals CIA Admitted Drone Strikes Ineffective: Controversial U.S. drone strikes may be helping rather than hindering the Taliban in Afghanistan, according to a leaked CIA document released by Wikileaks

Bombings kill 11 people in Iraq: Police officials say the deadliest attack happened Friday morning when a bomb exploded near a market in Baghdad's northern district of Shaab, killing four people and wounding nine others.

Mount Sinjar: Islamic State siege broken, say Kurds: Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are claiming their biggest victory yet against Islamic State (IS) militants. They say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Yazidis and other displaced Iraqis have been trapped since August.

Islamic State retakes Baiji after Iraqi forces withdraw: The Islamic State has retaken control of the central Iraqi city of Baiji after the Iraqi military ordered its forces to retreat to the nearby refinery. Iraqi forces withdrew yesterday just one month after taking the city from the Islamic State with the help of Iranian-backed Shiite militias

More U.S. troops going to Iraq: Hagel signed orders Wednesday for the first group of U.S. troops to go to Iraq as part of the administration's recent decision to deploy 1,500 more American forces to the country. The troops are to advise and train Iraqi forces.

10 people killed as Suicide bombers target Shia fighters in Yemen: Twin car bomb attacks targetting Shia fighters have killed at least 10 people in Yemen's western port city of al-Hudaydah.

US delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup: The State Department is delaying the release of a volume from its U.S. foreign relations history that deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an Iranian prime minister in the 1950s out of concern that publication could undermine nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic.

UN could vote on Palestine resolution within '24 hours': - The United Nations Security Council could vote on a draft UN resolution that sets terms for a final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal within 24 hours, PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Friday.

Congress and the US-Israel 'strategic partnership': The US Congress passed the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 at the beginning of December. The most important is that it changes America's political support for Israel; there will be a legal commitment to guarantee Israel's military superiority, making it "stronger than all its opponents combined".

33 people killed as Nigeria government says Boko Haram kidnapped about 200 people. One witness, who said he helped bury 33 bodies, told the BBC that about 200 women and children had been kidnapped from Gumsuri village in the north-eastern Borno state.

Nigeria makes further efforts to defend currency: The naira hit record lows this week of more than 187 against the dollar. The prolonged fall in the oil price is causing serious problems for Nigeria, which is heavily dependent on the commodity.

Central African Republic fighting kills at least 28: At least 28 people have been killed in new clashes between Muslim and Christian fighters in the Central African Republic, the Red Cross says.

Libya: 25 killed, 103 wounded in 8 days of Benghazi fighting: At least 25 people have been killed and 103 wounded in the past eight days of fighting between pro-government forces and Islamist groups in Libya's second city Benghazi, medics said on Thursday.

Tunisia: ISIS Fighters Claim 2 Killings: Tunisian fighters with the Islamic State have claimed responsibility in a video for the assassinations of the left-wing politicians Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi last year and have threatened to carry out more assassinations before Tunisia’s presidential runoff on Sunday.

Russia warns US over sanctions bill: Russia has warned that a new US law authorising fresh sanctions against Moscow could damage relations between the two countries "for a long time".

European leaders warn against too much economic pain on Russia: The European Union's unanimous resolve to punish Russia for its aggression in Ukraine appeared to be cracking as French, German, Austrian and Italian leaders voiced concern at an alliance summit of inflicting too much pain on Moscow as its economy tumbles.

Lavrov: US is organizing a coup d'etat in Russia: There are serious reasons to believe that the US is using its sanctions in an attempt to destabilize Russia and change its current political system, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview to France 24.

Stratfor: Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian Stance on Syria: The United States plotted the coup which took place in Ukraine in February 2014 in response to Russia’s policy in Syria, says George Friedman, the founder and CEO of Stratfor, known as "Shadow CIA".

Mikhail Gorbachev to RT: America wanted to rule the world but lost its way: Video - "America cannot live without its military-industrial complex growing, weapons sales increasing and war costs soaring - can’t you live without it?.”

Russia to supply banks with up to $6.54bn to fight off crisis: Banks in Russia will get a government boost to finance debt and projects as the country risks recession. On Friday, the State Duma passed the last two readings of a law to allocate up to 10 percent, or $6.54 billion, from a sovereign wealth fund. The law is essentially a bank bailout from the Ministry of Finance.

Russia Busts "Gold-Selling" Rumors, Reports It Bought Another 600,000 Ounces Taking Gold Holdings To New Record High: The Russian monetary authority made it quite clear, that at least in November, Russia not only did not sell any gold, but in fact bought another 600K ounces in the month of November.

China Prepares To Bailout Russia: It would mark the first time China is called upon to use its currency to bail out another currency in crisis. The deal was signed by the two central banks in October, when Premier Li Keqiang visited Russia.

Investment to build ties with Europe: China is contemplating a fresh investment drive into Central and Eastern Europe to place its relations with Europe on a firmer footing.

Dumping the dollar: Video - China and other economies in the emerging world are intent on freeing themselves from the stranglehold of the US dollar. Is it only a matter of time before the Chinese currency seriously challenges the dollar?

Why the Western Media Will Never Show Putin's Three Hour Press Conference: Imagine a western leader doing a live, three hour Q&A session with a hostile media?

Dump the Dollar, Says Ecuadorean President: Ecuador’s use of the U.S. dollar is hurting the country’s economic growth, President Rafael Correa warned Monday. “Dollarization was a bad decision,” Correa said. The president said that in the face of low oil prices, Ecuador would benefit from control of its own currency.

Colombian Guerrillas Declare Indefinite Cease-Fire: The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have declared an indefinite cease-fire, saying that the unilateral move should turn into an armistice for the 50-year conflict.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Says US Sanctions Will Fail: He stressed U.S. hypocrisy in claiming Venezuela represses protesters, given the recent CIA torture report and attacks by U.S. police on black people.

US Congress threat to Cuba thaw: Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility.

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy; Opponents spoke of holding up money to set up a full-service U.S. embassy in Havana, blocking Obama's nominee as ambassador to Cuba or other such steps. But even if they were to pass sweeping legislation to stop what Obama wants to do, he could veto it and they are unlikely to muster the two-thirds majority to override a veto.

The Day CIA Backed Anti-Castro Forces Tried To Bomb The U.N.: The anti-Castro forces in the United States, backed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), had mounted an insidious campaign to stop Che Guevera from speaking.

The Latest Twist in the Bizarre Prosecution of Barrett Brown: Barrett Brown entered the federal courtroom shackled, with a slight swagger in his step and squinting into the light. He took his seat next to his defense team and quietly set about flipping through a stack of loose-leaf papers and then began writing.

Wikileaks: Mandela Shows Better to Kill Than Imprison: A study by the Central Intelligence Agency that evaluated the pros and cons of assassination programs has revealed significant insights into the agency’s thinking about targeted killings, including potential backlash. The study was published by Wikileaks on Thursday.

The Weird Saga of the Other 'Smoking Gun' Torture Report the CIA Still Has Under Wraps: News Analysis - There is a second torture report locked away somewhere at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The agency says the document is so sensitive that national security would be at risk if any details about it were publicly revealed.

How the CIA Covered Up Its Lie on Torture and bin Laden: News Analysis - The Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report sheds new light on how the CIA created and then continued to protect its false claim that it found Osama bin Laden in part because of its abusive interrogation tactics.

U.S. Laws Criminalizing Homelessness Mount, Even As Courts Strike Them Down: Across 25 major cities surveyed by the U.S. Conference of mayors, 43 percent saw an increase in homelessness over the past year. In addition, almost three-quarters of these cities’ social services were forced to turn away homeless families with children, due to a lack of emergency beds available.

December 17, 2014

The Oil Coup
US-Saudi Subterfuge Send Stocks and Credit Reeling


By Mike Whitney

Washington has persuaded the Saudis to flood the market with oil to push down prices, decimate Russia’s economy, and reduce Moscow’s resistance to further NATO encirclement and the spreading of US military bases across Central Asia.
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U.S. Gov’t. Seeks Excuse to Attack Russia

By Eric Zuesse

For America’s elite, the Cold War never ended, because it was never really about communism versus capitalism.
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Manufacturing War: A Primer

By Martin Hellman


The Göring Doctrine has proved as tempting to democratic leaders as to fascist dictators. Witness these examples drawn from recent American history.
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The US: Australia's Dangerous Ally

By Malcolm Fraser

Australia should not embrace America, writes its former prime minister, but preserve itself from Washington’s reckless overreach. Continue

The US Feels the Heat on Palestine Vote at UN

By Jonathan Cook

The floodgates have begun to open across Europe on recognition of Palestinian statehood.
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Whitehall Shockwaves Over Chilcot Draft Report

By Francis Elliott

Extracts from the much delayed report by Sir John Chilcot, which in some cases run to hundreds of pages, have been sent in recent weeks to those criticised for their conduct, to give them a chance to respond before the report is finally published.
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Obama Admits US Wasted 50 Years
President Obama Speech on Cuba


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The announcement comes amid a series of new confidence-building measures between the longtime foes, including the release of American Alan Gross and the freeing of three Cubans jailed in the U.S.
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CIA Torture
Health Professionals 'May Have Committed War Crimes', Report Says


By Dominic Rushe

Physicians for Human Rights calls rectal feeding technique ‘form of sexual assault.
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Jeb Bush v. Hillary Clinton:
The Perfectly Illustrative Election

By Glenn Greenwald


One of those two families exploited its vast wealth to obtain political power, while the other exploited its political power to obtain vast wealth.
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Why is Near Term Human Extinction Inevitable?

By Robert J. Burrowes

Extinction might be howling outside our door but, if you have the courage, you can still fight.
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Ignorance Is No Excuse for Wrongdoing, Unless You’re a Cop

By John W. Whitehead

The Supreme Court gave police in America one more ready excuse to routinely violate the laws of the land, this time under the guise of ignorance.
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 Mass grave of 230 killed by ISIS jihadists found in Syria: The bodies of 230 people killed by the Islamic State group have been found in a mass grave uncovered by their relatives in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

U.S. slaps sanctions on Swiss, Dutch companies over Syria: The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on Dutch and Swiss oil trading firms for their dealings with the Syrian government, which has been engaged in bloody civil war with opposition forces.

Syria air strikes by US "allies" plunge: As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.

Fact or fiction? Iraq: 150 women killed after refusing to marry Islamic State fighters: Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights reported the killings in the western province of Anbar, many parts of which are under IS control

First ground clash between ISIS and US forces in Iraq: An American force has fought its actual first battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “ISIS” organization during a counter-attack that was carried out by tribal forces and other force of the Iraqi army near Ein al-Asad base, west of Anbar

16 girls among 26 killed in Yemen: Some 26 civilians including 16 schoolgirls were among the dead Tuesday in a double bomb attack in the central Yemeni city of Radaa, authorities said.

Bomb Kills Five Policemen In South-east Yemen: Five policemen were killed and four others injured after a bomb hit a vehicle in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Palestinians: US to veto UN resolution 'to end occupation': US Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly told the Palestinians the United States will veto a proposed Palestinian resolution "to end the occupation" at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, Palestinian sources said.

European Parliament passes motion in favor of Palestine recognition: The European Parliament accepted, with a large majority, a decision expressing support "in principle" of the recognition of a Palestinian state, along with furthering negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Geneva Conventions invoke rights of Palestinians: The international community delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel's settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying Wednesday the practice violates its responsibilities as an occupying power.

EU court orders Hamas removed from terror list: Court delays implementing the ruling to allow appeals, drawing ire from Israeli PM Netanyahu and praise from Hamas as a 'human rights' victory.

Israel cries foul after EU strikes Hamas from terror list: The Palestinian Islamic group Hamas must be removed from the EU’s terrorism blacklist, but its assets will stay frozen, a European court ruled on Wednesday.

Philip Weiss: Israel will lose all American Jews but the crazies: Op-Ed : Israel didn’t look like this when I was growing up. Not to American Jews anyway.

Afghanistan: US kills 11 people: official: A U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan killed four alledged Pakistani Taliban members and seven other insurgents, a district government official said Wednesday.

12 including militants killed in Helmand attack: Seven people have been killed, when a group of five militants stormed a branch of New Kabul Bank in southern Helmand province.

Pakistan mourns school massacre dead; Relatives of 162 victims prepare for funerals as PM Sharif lifts ban on death penalty for terrorism charges.

Pakistan lifts death penalty moratorium: PM approves abolishing the ban on executions in terror cases in the wake of Peshawar school massacre, which killed 141

In case you missed it; US Kills 160 Children : In one of the worst incidents of the entire drones campaign, yet one of the least reported. A CIA strike on a madrassa or religious school in 2006 killed up to 69 children, among 80 civilians. The attack was on a religious seminary in Chenegai, in Bajaur Agency.

Nigeria: 10 killed, 2 abducted in Borno attack: Gunmen suspected to be members of dreaded Boko Haram terrorists Wednesday waylaid motorists in Madari village of Kukawa local government area of Borno state, killing 10 people, while a young aged woman and her two years old child were abducted.

Five Cameroonian soldiers killed in blast: Five Cameroonian soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit explosives placed on a road by suspected members of the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, the newspaper Le Jour reported on Wednesday.

Egypt army kills 17 in Sinai in the past 3 days: “The armed forces have staged several raids…during which 17 terrorists were killed in exchanges of fire with army and civil forces,” Egyptian military spokesman Mohamed Samir said on Facebook.

Russian Official Says Delivery of U.S. Weapons to Ukraine Will Not Solve Crisis: He said those seeking a solution to the crisis should not supply weapons "that will be used to kill the Russian-speaking inhabitants of Donbass" but put pressure on Kiev to hold talks with the rebels.

Russia plans new measures to stabilise the rouble: The country's central bank said that if necessary, it would provide additional capital to Russia's banks and financial companies. It also said it would hold more foreign exchange auctions if needed.

Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises: Some signs emerged Wednesday that the ruble's freefall may have come to an end and the currency could recover, at least in the short-term

Ukraine has a high probability of a coup: The former head of the Ukrainian intelligence Mykola Malomuzh published the data about the imminent release of the presidency in Ukraine. The existing system headed Poroshenko may be overthrown.

Chevron Shale Exit Shreds Ukraine’s Hope of Energy Independence: Shale gas was supposed to be Ukraine’s ticket to greater energy independence from Russia. Chevron Corp. (CVX)’s decision to pull the plug has smashed those hopes.

China, Russia Dump US Treasurys In October As Foreigners Sell Most US Stocks Since 2007: China and Russia dumped US Treasurys in October, some $14 billion and $10 billion, respecitvely, in the process sending China's total Treasury holdings to just $1,253 billion, the lowest since February 2013 and just $30 billion more than the TSYs held by America's second largest (offshore) creditor, Japan.

Mexico vigilantes in deadly shoot-out: 11 killed: Clash between rival "self-defence" groups in western state of Michoacan claims more at least 11 lives, officials say..

Cuba releases US prisoner Alan Gross, after 5 years: Jailed Jewish contractor set free on humanitarian grounds, heading home on a US government plane; three Cubans to be released in US

US to start talks with Cuba to normalize full diplomatic relations: AP: The U.S. is starting talks with Cuba to normalize full diplomatic relations and open an embassy, according to U.S. officials.

The basics of the major new US-Cuba deal: The US and Cuba have announced a broad agreement between the countries that will be a first and historic step toward normalizing relations after more than 50 years of hostility. Here are the basics of what each country has agreed to, as is known so far:

US Fines German Bank US$1Bn for Doing Business with Cuba: A particularly high fine of US$900 million was placed on the French bank BNP Paribas SA in July. In response, Arnaud Montebourg, the critical finance minister, told the Financial Times that the U.S. policy is “economic warfare.”

Americans Are Basically OK With CIA Torture Methods Like Rectal Feeding: Despite a scathing report on torture, a majority of survey respondents approve of the CIA's grisly methods.

Kansas Congressman M.I.A. After Tucking Wall Street Bailout Into Government Spending Bill: For all the anger among progressives about a Wall Street bailout provision that made its way into the just-passed $1.1 trillion government spending bill, there's been little attention on the person who put it in there.

December 16, 2014

Act Of War?
Obama Will Sign Russia Sanctions Bill, Arms For Ukraine: White House


By AFP


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday branded the new sanctions as hostile.
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Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking

By Dennis Kucinich

Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill, a hydra-headed incubator of poisonous conflict.
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Rouble vs. Dollar Games
From a Perspective of a Russian Businessman


By Zems

The task is simple - we need to drop the ruble to the maximum, and then buy all that we can, giving away the dollars that are no longer needed and not guaranteed by anything.
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The U.S. Is Practically Begging for Global War

By Joshua Krause

It should be perfectly clear by now that our government is hell bent on starting World War Three.
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US To Attack Russia in 2015

Must Watch

By Evgeny Fedorov, a deputy in the Russian parliament.

In the next few years it will come to a head, with only two possible outcomes : the destruction of Russian civilization or the collapse of the American empire.
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Russia Wants East Ukraine To Stay With Kiev Under Reformed Constitution

By Reuters

Lavrov said Ukraine needed a constitutional reform "with the participation of all regions and all political powers" that would allow the two rebellious eastern regions to remain part of the country.
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Go West, Young Han
As Washington “Pivots” to Asia, China Does the Eurasian Pirouette


By Pepe Escobar

Moscow remains the only power capable of negotiating a global strategic balance with Washington and putting some limits on its empire of chaos. 
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Regime-Change Makeover
Blaming Syria for the Rise of ISIS


By Finian Cunningham


A classic case of the terrorists and their terror-master blaming the victim. 
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How Change Is Stymied

By Paul Craig Roberts


I have concluded that corruption is so dominant in the US today that change for the better cannot come from internal sources.
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A Tale of Two Girls: Malala and Nabeela

By Sufyan bin Uzayr


Much like Malala, Nabeela too recently travelled to the Western part of the world, albeit the latter went to USA with an altogether different purpose.
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Imperialism and the Politics of Torture

By James Petras


The US copied and amplified Israel’s extra-judicial ‘targeted’ killings – the center piece of Obama’s counter-terrorism policy.
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How ‘Awesome’ Is America?

By Robert Parry


America has an extraordinary capacity to submerge unpleasant truths about its past and present, from African-American slavery and Native-American genocide to bloodbaths in Vietnam and Iraq.
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US Television Provides Ample Platform for American Torturers, But None to Their Victims

By Glenn Greenwald

They do that because including those victims would, shatter the myths of American Goodness and the conceit that even when Americans do heinous things, they do it with Goodness and Freedom in their hearts.
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Private Prisons:
How US Corporations Make Money Out Of Locking You Up


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Today the US is home to 5% of the world's population but a quarter of the world's prisoners.
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80 Children among 130 killed in Pakistan school attack: Several explosions and gunfire rung out as six armed men attacked the Army Public School on Tuesday morning, in one the bloodiest attacks in Pakistan's history. Six attackers were killed in the operation and that the death toll is likely to rise.

Afghanistan: 16 Armed Taliban Killed, Wounded In Nangarhar Clashes: Five armed Taliban including a Pakistani fighter were killed and 11 others wounded in a clash in Nangarhar province this morning.

Around 180 Syrian soldiers, jihadists reported killed in battle for base: Around 100 Syrian soldiers and 80 Islamist fighters were killed during a two-day battle in which insurgents captured the Wadi al-Deif military base, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Tuesday.

18 civilians killed in bus attack in Syria's Damascus: At least 18 people have been killed in a gun attack on an intercity bus that was on its way from the Syrian city of Raqqa to the capital Damascus, a Syrian anti-Assad coalition said Tuesday.

Al-Qaeda faction in Syria claims to have U.S.-supplied anti-tank weapon: Video - As extremist rebels in Syria lay claim to fresh weapons, a new video circulating online purports to show an al-Qaeda-linked group fielding U.S.-supplied anti-tank weapons that may have been intended for more moderate factions in the conflict.

25 people killed after two car bombs explode in central Yemen : The first car bomb exploded near a checkpoint manned by Shi'ite Houthi rebels while a school bus was passing, killing 15 students, sources said. The second car exploded near the house of an official in the area rumored to support Houthis killing ten, they said.

Iraq: 19, including 11 troops killed in attacks: At least 19 people, including 11 security personnel were killed in clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists Monday across Iraq, a security source said.

Two local Iraqi officials killed execution style after kidnap: Two Iraqi local government officials who were kidnapped last week were found dead on the outskirts of Baghdad, officials said on Tuesday, accusing Shi'ite militiamen of killing them in a sectarian power struggle that is playing out across Iraq.

Israeli occupation force soldiers kill Palestinian in West Bank: Israeli soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank refugee camp of Qalandiya, near Ramallah.

30 Palestinians injured as thousands lay Qalandiya man to rest: Over 10,000 people on Tuesday afternoon participated in the funeral procession of Mahmoud Adwan who was killed hours earlier during an Israeli raid on Qalandiya refugee camp.

Why won’t the media report on Israeli violence in East Jerusalem?: Israel operates a regime of control and violence across East Jerusalem. The Israeli army, police and settlers all play their part in the daily aggression against Palestinians, whose very existence in East Jerusalem is becoming increasingly precarious.

Palestine, France in 'final touches' to UN bid: Fatah central committee member says Palestine and France are coordinating and putting the final touches on a UN resolution to end the Israeli occupation.

John Kerry races to stop UN bid to force Israeli withdrawal: The US Secretary of State met chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat to persuade him not to rush ahead with a draft UN resolution seeking to set a two-year timetable for an end to the Israeli occupation — which could be submitted to the world body as early as tonight.

Israel Counting On US to Veto Palestinian UN Resolution: "The consistent American policy for the past 47 years has opposed such unilateral steps. There is no reason for that to change, and we expect that it won't change," noted an Israeli senior official from the Prime Minister's entourage, as quoted by Haaretz.

Germany says will help finance four new Israeli warships: As part of its atonement for the Nazi Holocaust, Germany is committed to Israel's security and has often helped pay for the cost of military equipment such as submarines.

Ruble plummets losing more than 20% in a day, hitting new dollar and euro lows: The Russian stock market also went haywire, dropping more than 15 percent as of 2:30pm Moscow time, after it dropped 11 percent the day before. Sberbank, the country's largest lender, lost 17.77 percent, and VTB, the second biggest bank, fell by 14.29 percent. Oil and gas companies Gazprom, Rosneft, and Surgut also saw shares plummet.

Russia Defends Ruble With Biggest Rate Rise Since 1998: In a surprise announcement just before 1 a.m. in Moscow, the Russian central bank said it would raise its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent, effective today. The move was the largest single increase since 1998, when Russian rates soared past 100 percent and the government defaulted on debt.

The Russian Ruble Is Hereby Halted Until Further Notice: So for those curious why there appears to be a collapse in Ruble volatility in the past few hours which in turn has sent both stocks and crude soaring, the answer is simple: nobody is trading it!

IMF, World Bank Halt Lending To Ukraine : Multi-billion dollar lending to Ukraine by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank has stopped amid growing doubts among country board directors at the two international organizations that the Ukrainian Government can meet repayment commitments

Major Anti-Russian False Flag Coming?: Ukraine is a pretext. A US-led NATO platform. A dysfunctional, criminal Washington installed neo-Nazi regime. Economically bankrupt. With no legitimacy whatever. Dependent on outside support for survival. America's newest colony.

It's Not Just Russia: Middle East In Freefall, Biggest Plunge In 6 Years: Dubai's Financial Market General Index is now down 40% since the peak in oil prices in June this year.

OPEC won’t cut production even if oil below $40 – UAE energy minister: The UAE Energy Minister Suhail Al-Mazrouei says OPEC will maintain output at 30 million barrels of oil a day, and wants to monitor the price for three months before even considering a meeting about possible changes.

Blair whitewash? Ex-PM prepared to face CIA torture inquiry: Tony Blair will face an inquiry into British complicity in the CIA's torture of terror suspects. The former prime minister’s decision came to light following Home Secretary Theresa May’s announcement that the probe would not be judge-led.

The allegations against MI6 are serious – so why aren't they front page news?: The growing row over British security services' possible involvement in the CIA torture programme is starting to fill a few column inches. Slowly but surely, parliamentarians are feeling the pressure to investigate it fully.

Julian Assange Unleashed: Hillary Clinton Is A Threat, Google Is A Monopoly And Should Be Broken Up, BoA Data Taken By Ex-Employee

Colombia announces deaths of rebel fighters: Colombia's president has announced the deaths of nine rebel fighters in an aerial bombing raid by the Colombian army and in clashes with troops in a southeastern jungle region.

Mexico Gov't Claims on Disappeared Students Exposed: teleSUR interviews the journalists whose explosive revelations show higher levels of official involvement in the disappearance of 43 students.

Venezuela Wants to Take the US to Court Over War Crimes: The President of Venezuela proposed the creation an international committee of lawyers to charge the U.S. government for the wars in the Middle East and the deaths of black civilians by police.

Venezuelans march against United States sanctions: Thousands of government supporters in Venezuela have marched through the streets of Caracas to denounce the recent approval of sanctions by the US. President Nicolas Maduro addressed his supporters at the end of the march and accused the US of trying to intervene in his country's domestic affairs.

Who Gets Citgo’s Assets If Venezuela Defaults?: Venezuela’s bondholders have long held that if the South American country ever defaulted, they’d be able to seize its refineries and almost 6,000 gas stations in the U.S.

Evo Morales: We Will Confront U.S. Economic Aggression: “We are going to confront this economic aggression, together” Morales said, explicitly referring to pressures the United States has put on Latin America. “It is not a coincidence that the oil price is falling ... It is not a coincidence that Argentina faces the problem with vulture funds.”

Attorney General Allows Limited Subpoena of New York Times Journalist: Attorney General Eric Holder has given federal prosecutors permission to subpoena New York Times reporter James Risen for some information regarding his connection to a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency.

U.S. fights to stop release of photos showing soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating prisoners in Iraq: A federal judge has given government lawyers until Friday to prove that the 2,000 pictures could pose a threat to national security.

Iraq war veteran who killed six found dead in woods: The body of Bradley Stone, 35, was discovered in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, a day after he shot dead ex-wife Nicole Hill, 33, her mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law and 14-year-old niece.

Excellent Thought Experiment re #TortureReport: Cartoon

Locked away for 17 months, accused Boston Marathon bomber set to emerge in court this week: He spends most of his days in "nearly total isolation," according to his attorneys, locked behind a heavy steel door in a tiny cell in the most restricted wing at Fort Devens medical prison 40 miles outside Boston.

Jeb Bush to 'actively explore' run for president: In a holiday message posted on Bush's Facebook page and Twitter account, the son and brother of past Republican presidents said he discussed the "future of our nation" and a potential bid for the White House with members of his family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 46,000,000: The number of beneficiaries who receive compensation from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has topped 46,000,000 for 37 straight months,

65 Percent of Children Live in Households on Federal Aid Programs: The Census Bureau reported in a study released this week that 65 percent of American children lived in households taking aid from one or more federal program as of the fall of 2011.

 December 15, 2014

 

How Vladimir Putin Upset NATO’s Strategy

By Thierry Meyssan

As long ago, against France or Germany, her initial defeat could be the guarantee of her victory in the end.
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Russia Pivots to Eurasia for Trade and Military Alliances

Michael Hudson

NATO’s putting Europe in military danger.
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U.S. Taxpayers Now Alone in Financing Ukraine’s Ethnic Cleansing Campaign

By Eric Zuesse

IMF Says Ukraine Fails to Meet Conditions of the April 30th 2014 $17 Billion Loan.
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ISIS—the New Israel

By Chris Hedges

It is seeking to establish, as the Zionists did in Palestine, a utopian, religious state.
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Psychologist Admits He Waterboarded al Qaeda Suspects: Report

By Reuters


The Senate report said he and Jessen earned as much as $1,800 a day.
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Thank God For Noam Chomsky
Language Is Distorted In Order To Hide US State Wrongdoing


By Robert Fisk

The whole filthy business is wrapped up in a three-letter abbreviation.
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American Torture -- Past, Present, and… Future?

By Rebecca Gordon

Maybe torture “worked” on occasion. Probably it didn’t. But it doesn’t matter because torture is illegal under U.S. and international law, and it’s a moral abomination.
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America’s Ironic Sanctioning of Venezuela

By Ted Snider


America has made such a banality out of hypocrisy that there is no longer any irony: only naďveté for having expected something different.
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Clinical Psychologist Explains
How Ayn Rand Helped Turn The US Into A Selfish And Greedy Nation

By Bruce E. Levine

Ayn Rand removed Americans’ guilt for being selfish and uncaring about anyone except themselves. Continue

Embracing the Specter of Systemic Collapse

By Tristan A. Shaw

Does the human race have the capacity to overcome its spiritual impoverishment? Will we employ the necessary moral codes that will ensure the maintenance of our species?
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40 civilians, opposition killed in Syria battles - SOHR: Some 40 civilians and opposition fighters have been killed in clashes with governemnt forces and by airstrikes in Syria's Idlib, Aleppo and Deir Azzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday night.

Syrian Army Encircles Militant-Controlled City of Aleppo: Source: Government forces "have cut the eastern blocks of the city from the northern suburb, which borders Turkey, and where the militants come from."

Syria : Rebels capture key Idlib army bases: Members of al-Nusra Front, supported by those from Jund al-Aqsa, captured Wadi al-Deif base on Monday after launching a fierce offensive on Sunday morning. Ahrar al-Sham later joined their assault on the nearby Hamidiya base.

Five killed, 13 injured in Baghdad attacks: Also, the Iraqi Peshmerga have claimed to have taken control of three villages from the ISIL group in northern Iraq’s Kirkuk city.

China offers military help to Iraq to defeat ISIS – report: Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jafari says that his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, has made an offer to help Iraq fight Islamic State militants. Beijing has volunteered to assist with airstrikes, though it will not join the US-led coalition against ISIS.

Top separatist among 2 shot dead in Yemen: A separatist activist was among two people shot dead in southern Yemen on Monday, as secessionists staged a day of civil disobedience, witnesses and activists said.

Palestinians push UN bid as Kerry meets Netanyahu: The Palestinians said that they would put the draft text before the UN Security Council on Wednesday. It would set a two-year deadline for Israeli troops to withdraw from the West Bank - a timetable which the US has already opposed as complicating the stalled peace negotiations.

 

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Zionism's Jewish Enemy

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Alan Hart Interviews Professor Ilan Pappe, Israel’

US Protection Racket Root of Korea Conflict

By Finian Cunningham

The conflict emanates from Washington and is perpetuated by Washington. Why? To justify what would otherwise be seen as simply outrageous US militarism in the Asia Pacific.

Iran: The Real Story Versus the Cover Story: By Mark H Gaffney

The American people need to know the truth. This is a phony crisis

America's War for Global Domination: by Michel Chossudovsky

The wars on Afghanistan and Iraq are part of a broader military agenda, which was launched at the end of the Cold War. The ongoing war agenda is a continuation of the 1991 Gulf War and the NATO led wars on Yugoslavia (1991-2001).
 

The Plan is for the United States to rule the world: By David Armstrong

The overt theme is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination. It calls for the United States to maintain its overwhelming military superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage.
 

Lets Not Forget: Bush Planned Iraq 'Regime Change' Before Becoming President - By Neil Mackay

A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001.
 

The president's real goal in Iraq: By JAY BOOKMAN

29 September 2002. - The official story on Iraq has never made sense.
 

The Project for the New American Century: By William Rivers Pitt

02/25/03 - The Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, is a Washington-based think tank created in 1997. Above all else, PNAC desires and demands one thing: The establishment of a global American empire to bend the will of all nations.
 

Memo: Bush made intel fit Iraq policy: By WARREN P. STROBEL and JOHN WALCOTT

A highly classified British memo, leaked in the midst of Britain's just-concluded election campaign, indicates that President Bush decided to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein by summer 2002 and was determined to ensure that U.S. intelligence data supported his policy.
 

UK Ministers Knew WMD Was "Excuse": By Michael Smith

MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.
 

Iran: The Real Story Versus the Cover Story: By Mark H Gaffney

The American people need to know the truth. This is a phony crisis

Will Iran Be Next?: by Mark Gaffney

Those who have hoped that a U.S. military victory in Iraq would somehow bring about a more peaceful world are in for a rude awakening. The final resolution of this war and the U.S. occupation of Iraq will likely not be the end, rather, only the prelude to a succession of future crises: in Kashmir, Syria, North Korea, and Iran.
 

Does Iran's President Want Israel Wiped Off The Map? - Does He Deny The Holocaust?

An analysis of media rhetoric on its way to war against Iran - Commenting on the alleged statements of Iran's President Ahmadinejad .

 

  "Rebuilding America's Defenses"
Blueprint of the PNAC Plan for U.S. Global Hegemony


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