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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
"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
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.
The “Impending” Russian Maidan
By Tony Cartalucci
The use of armed elements to assist in US-engineered
political subversion is not speculation.
The Syrian "Regime" is Guarding the Borders of
By Linh Dinh
Talking to a Palestinian about Israel, American Dissent, Brainwashing
and Hijacked Protests.
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.
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;
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.
Sony Hack - NYT Editors Find New Iraq WMD
By Moon Of Alabama
Yeah - those folks never lie. Right?
Fidel Castro’s Legacy
By Stephen Lendman
This article a snapshot of some of his achievements. Impressive by any
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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.
Western Nations Want to Chain 'the Russian Bear'
Video and Transcript
“Do we place our troops at US borders?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Non-Violence and the Lost Message of Jesus
By Mairead Maguire
‘Is there such a thing as a just war?’.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Obama Admits US Wasted 50 Years
President Obama Speech on Cuba
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.
Health Professionals 'May Have Committed War Crimes', Report Says
By Dominic Rushe
Physicians for Human Rights calls rectal feeding technique ‘form of
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday branded the new
sanctions as hostile.
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
Rouble vs. Dollar Games
From a Perspective of a Russian Businessman
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.
The U.S. Is Practically Begging for Global
By Joshua Krause
It should be perfectly clear by now that our government is hell bent
on starting World War Three.
US To Attack Russia in 2015
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.
Russia Wants East Ukraine To Stay With Kiev
Under Reformed Constitution
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
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. Continue
Blaming Syria for the Rise of ISIS
By Finian Cunningham
A classic case of the terrorists and their terror-master blaming the
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.
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
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.
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.
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
How US Corporations Make Money Out Of Locking You Up
Today the US is home to 5% of the world's population but a quarter
of the world's prisoners.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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.
Russia Pivots to Eurasia for Trade and
NATO’s putting Europe in military danger.
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
ISIS—the New Israel
By Chris Hedges
It is seeking to establish, as the Zionists did in Palestine, a
utopian, religious state.
Psychologist Admits He Waterboarded al Qaeda
The Senate report said he and Jessen earned as much as $1,800 a day.
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
American Torture -- Past, Present, and…
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.
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
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.
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?
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
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.