|Saturday, April 26|
|·|| The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Venezuela |
|Tuesday, March 25|
|·|| UN Report on North Korea could be about the United States or South Korea |
|·|| Freedom Rider: Kwadir Felton and Cory Booker |
|Wednesday, March 19|
|·|| Disband NATO |
|Wednesday, March 12|
|·|| Venezuela Is Not Occupy: U.S. Congress Got It Wrong |
|Sunday, March 09|
|·|| Venezuela’s Opposition Is United Against Maduro, But Internally Divided |
|Friday, March 07|
|·|| Hillary and Other Assorted Barbarians at Russia’s Gate |
|Thursday, March 06|
|·|| America's Staggering Hypocrisy |
|Wednesday, March 05|
|·|| "Journalists" Follow Obama on Ukraine |
|Saturday, March 01|
|·|| Cheering a 'Democratic' Coup in Ukraine |
|Wednesday, February 26|
|·|| Venezuelan Government Allege Uribe and U.S. Role in Disturbances |
|Sunday, February 23|
|·|| Obama's Arrogant Interference in Venezuela |
|Monday, February 17|
|·|| What Violent Protests Mean for Venezuela |
|Friday, January 31|
|·|| American State of the Union: A Festival of Lies |
|Thursday, January 23|
|·|| The Secret War in Libya |
|Monday, January 20|
|·|| South Sudan: When the Empire is Your Liberator, You're Not Independent |
|Monday, December 30|
|·|| Mandela Is Dead: Why Hide The Truth About Apartheid? |
|Sunday, December 15|
|·|| The Mandela Barbie |
|Saturday, December 07|
|·|| Good Liberation Hero-Bad Liberation Hero |
|·|| Mandela, A Life of Struggle: The History Most Mainstream Obits Omit |
|War and Terror: The Human Price of Neocon Havoc|
Friday, July 18 @ 07:48:38 UTC
Exclusive: Neocons are the “masters of chaos” as they destabilize disfavored governments around the world. But real people pay the price as we’ve seen with Israel’s slaughter of four boys on a Gaza beach and an apparent shoot-down of a Malaysian airliner over war-torn Ukraine, writes Robert Parry.|
By Robert Parry
July 18, 2014 - consortiumnews.com
Whether the tragedy is four boys getting blown apart while playing on a beach in Gaza or nearly 300 killed from a suspected missile strike on a Malaysian Airliner over Ukraine or the thousands upon thousands of other innocent victims slaughtered in Iraq, Syria, Libya and other recent war zones, the underlying lesson is that the havoc encouraged by America’s neocons results in horrendous loss of human life.
While clearly other players share in this blame, including the soldiers on the ground and the politicians lacking the courage to compromise, the principal culprits in the bloodshed of the past dozen years have been the neoconservatives and their “liberal interventionist” allies who can’t seem to stop stirring up trouble in the name of “democracy” and “human rights.”
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|Israel-Palestine: Israel’s incremental genocide in the Gaza ghetto|
Tuesday, July 15 @ 19:19:24 UTC
|By Ilan Pappe|
July 13, 2014 - The Electronic Intifada
In a September 2006 article for The Electronic Intifada, I defined the Israeli policy towards the Gaza Strip as an incremental genocide.
Israel’s present assault on Gaza alas indicates that this policy continues unabated. The term is important since it appropriately locates Israel’s barbaric action — then and now — within a wider historical context.
This context should be insisted upon, since the Israeli propaganda machine attempts again and again to narrate its policies as out of context and turns the pretext it found for every new wave of destruction into the main justification for another spree of indiscriminate slaughter in the killing fields of Palestine.
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|Africa Focus: How the Global Financial Elite Pillage Africa|
Tuesday, July 15 @ 11:56:37 UTC
|Behind 'Smokescreen' of Charity, Global Financial Elite Pillage African Nations $60bn Each Year|
"Notions of aid and charity are in reality aiding politicians and multinational corporations to continue plundering Africa behind a shroud of 'generosity'."
By Lauren McCauley
July 15, 2014 - Common Dreams
Under the "smokescreen" of giving aid or charity, western governments and multinational corporations are pillaging states in sub-Sahara Africa with losses nearing $60 billion each year, according to research published on Tuesday by a coalition of 10 Africa and UK-based NGOs.
The report, Honest accounts? The true story of Africa's billion dollar losses (pdf), finds that while an estimated $134 billion flows into the continent annually through a combination of loans, foreign investment and aid, African nations lose approximately $192 billion in profits made by foreign multinational companies, as well as through tax evasion and the costs of adapting to climate change.
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|War and Terror: If Maliki's a good guy, then so is Assad|
Wednesday, June 25 @ 21:26:31 UTC
|Maliki's "anti-Sunni policies have blown up in his face — literally"--Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, January, 2014|
By Stephen Gowans
June 25, 2014 - gowans.wordpress.com
The armed rebellion in Iraq is a broad-based attempt by Sunnis to press for the resolution of legitimate grievances against a Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad which has marginalized them and treated them as second class citizens. Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government reacted to largely peaceful Sunni demonstrations earlier this year with mass arrests, torture and violence. This sparked an armed rebellion, of which ISIS, the Islamist group which has dominated Western media coverage of the conflict, acts as only one part of a larger alliance of Sunni rebel organizations. The Iraqi army has met the armed rebellion with barrel bombs and indiscriminate shelling of residential targets, including a hospital in Fallujah.
Maliki’s policies have marginalized Iraq’s Sunni minority politically and economically. He has targeted Sunni politicians for arrest, manoeuvred to transform political power into a Shiite monopoly, and alienated ordinary Sunnis, who say they’re discriminated against in housing, employment, and education. Sunnis complain of being treated as second class citizens.
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|War and Terror: Reverting to the Ummah: Who is the ‘Angry Muslim’ and Why|
Wednesday, June 25 @ 21:02:23 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud|
June 25, 2014
“Brother, brother,” a young man called on me as I hurriedly left a lecture hall in some community center in Durban, South Africa. This happened at the height of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, when all efforts at stopping the ferocious US-western military drives against these two countries terribly failed.
The young man was dressed in traditional Afghani Pashtun attire, and accompanied by a friend of his. With palpable nervousness, he asked a question that seemed completely extraneous to my lecture on the use of people history to understand protracted historical phenomena using Palestine as a model.
“Brother, do you believe that there is hope for the Muslim Ummah?” He inquired about the future of a nation in which he believed we both indisputably belonged to, and anxiously awaited as if my answer carried any weight at all, and would put his evident worries at ease.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Blaming Obama for Iraq’s Chaos|
Friday, June 13 @ 10:01:13 UTC
|As Islamic militants gain ground in Iraq, Official Washington’s neocons and the mainstream media are blaming President Obama for ending the U.S. military occupation, but they ignore their own role in destabilizing Iraq with the 2003 invasion, Robert Parry reports.|
By Robert Parry
June 13, 2014 - consortiumnews.com
After Islamic militants captured the major Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, the danger of Official Washington’s false narratives again asserted itself, a direct consequence of the failure to enforce any meaningful accountability on the neocons and others who pushed the Iraq War.
The emerging neocon-preferred narrative is that the jihadist victory in the northern city of Mosul and the related mess in neighboring Syria are the fault of President Barack Obama for not continuing the U.S. military occupation of Iraq indefinitely and for not intervening more aggressively in Syria’s civil war.
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|War and Terror: The Fundamental Lie of the Afghan War|
Thursday, June 12 @ 08:48:06 UTC
|The Bergdahl Swap and Beyond|
By Gary Leupp
June 11, 2014 - counterpunch.org
As a general rule, U.S. wars are based on lies. Some of these are soon exposed; the lies about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction and al-Qaeda links used to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq were exposed (to anyone paying attention) within a few months, or at least by the end of 2003. The lie that Spaniards mined the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, used to justify U.S. war and the colonization of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, Hawaii and the Philippines, was exposed much later. The lies about the Gulf of Tonkin Incident of 1964, used to justify the escalation of the Vietnam War, were only exposed in the 80s and 90s. The Big Lie surrounding the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan has not yet been adequately exposed and discussed.
The lie was hinted at, rather than expressed outright. The lie was there that was no distinction between the Taliban and al-Qaeda. “We make no distinction between terrorists and those who harbor them,” declared George W. Bush. This is the heart of the Bush Doctrine. The point was to justify the overthrow of a regime by actively confusing distinctions, encouraging people to see the Taliban as actively in cahoots with al-Qaeda plots, hence enemies of America and “terrorists” by definition.
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|Latin America: Venezuelan Opposition's Plot to "Annihilate" Nicolas Maduro|
Thursday, June 12 @ 08:09:42 UTC
Read the Venezuelan Opposition’s Messages Revealed as a Plot to “Annihilate” Nicolas Maduro|
By MINCI, June 7th 2014
The full document with the right-wing opposition’s messages, released by the Venezuelan Ministry of Communication, can be read in a pdf here.
The conspiracy plot in Venezuela against the constitutional government of Nicolás Maduro has been underway since February 12th despite the obvious failure of the street violence actions in the form of guarimbas used to encourage a popular uprising against the legitimate government.
The high political command of the Bolivarian Revolution presented evidence showing that the Venezuelan and international right wing is perpetrating a continuous coup d’etat that would lead to the assassination of President Maduro. This would unleash a bloodbath in the country and create the conditions for a foreign intervention in Venezuela according to the script prepared by the national and international extreme right wing to finish the Venezuelan revolutionary process.
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|War and Terror: Elections in Syria: The People Say No to Foreign Intervention|
Wednesday, June 04 @ 13:05:56 UTC
|By Ajamu Baraka|
June 04, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“Tens of thousands of ordinary Syrians have braved threats and violence to participate in the election process.”
Defying threats of violence, tens of thousands of ordinary Syrians went to the polls to cast a vote that was more about Syrian dignity and self-determination than any of the candidates on the ballot. After three years of unimaginable atrocities fomented by a demented and dying U.S. empire, with the assistance of the royalist monarchies of the Middle East and the gangster states of NATO, the Syrian people demonstrated, by their participation, that they had not surrendered their national sovereignty to the geo-strategic interests of the U.S. and its colonial allies in Europe and Israel.
The dominant narrative on Syria, carefully cultivated by Western state propagandists and dutifully disseminated by their auxiliaries in the corporate media, is that the conflict in Syria is a courageous fight on the part of the majority of the Syrian people against the brutal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. As the story goes, the al-Assad “regime,” (it is never referred to as a government), can only maintain its power through the use of force. By attacking “its own citizens,” the regime, representing the minority Alawite community, can only maintain its dominance over the rest of the country through sheer terror.
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|War and Terror: Iraq - The biggest oil heist in history?|
Tuesday, May 27 @ 01:57:35 UTC
|By Mike Whitney|
May 27, 2014 - counterpunch.org
“Prior to the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, US and other western oil companies were all but completely shut out of Iraq’s oil market. But thanks to the invasion and occupation, the companies are now back inside Iraq and producing oil there for the first time since being forced out of the country in 1973.”
– Antonia Juhasz, oil industry analyst, Al Jazeera.
These are the ‘best of times’ for the oil giants in Iraq. Production is up, profits are soaring, and big oil is rolling in dough. Here’s the story from the Wall Street Journal:
“Iraq’s oil production surged to its highest level in over 30 years last month, surprising skeptics of the country’s efforts to restore its oil industry after decades of war and neglect.” (Wall Street Journal)
You bet. But for those who still cling to the idea that the US was serious about promoting democracy or removing a vicious dictator or eliminating WMD or any of the other kooky excuses, consider what we’ve learned in the last couple weeks. Here’s the story from Aljazeera:
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|World Focus: US Policy on Ukraine: Follow the Money|
Wednesday, May 21 @ 20:35:58 UTC
|Don’t underestimate the role played by Yanukovych’s foreign-investor-unfriendly economic policy in spurring the US intervention in Ukraine|
By Stephen Gowans
May 21, 2014 - gowans.wordpress.com
A favored leftist explanation of the United States’s and European Uni0n’s intervention in Ukraine revolves around the geopolitical imperative for Washington of containing a US military rival, Russia, and bringing NATO up to its borders by integrating Ukraine into the US-led military alliance. What’s rarely mentioned is that the role played by the United States and its European subalterns in supporting the Maidan uprising and the consequent rise to power of the pro-Western coup government has also been motivated by the goal of building a more congenial climate in Ukraine for the profit-making activities of Western corporations and investors.
While Ukraine’s economy is understood by leftists to be capitalist and therefore not to raise a red flag at the US State Department, it is far from true that Ukraine’s economic policies under the ousted former president Victor Yanukovych were warmly accepted, even tolerated, in Western foreign policy circles. Indeed, from the point of view of the West, Ukraine’s economy left much to be desired. It needed, IMF managers said, to be reorganized by “structural reforms” to “improve the business climate.”  What’s important here is not that Ukraine was viewed as infertile ground for capitalist profit-making—but that it was viewed as infertile ground for the profit-making activities of Western corporations specifically.
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|Africa Focus: Questioning the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign|
Wednesday, May 21 @ 18:33:36 UTC
|By Danny Haiphong|
May 21, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“US imperialism is the real terrorist for African people and the root of terrorism in Africa.”
When tragedies occur, questions arise. If a close relative is injured in a car accident, the affected family may ask a number of questions for both clarity and guidance. One question certain to come up is “who or what is responsible for the accident?” Most people wouldn’t accept an answer to this question from just anyone. Instead, concerned family and community members would probably seek verifiable evidence that leads to logical conclusions about the nature of the incident.
The #BringBackOurGirls campaign doesn’t appear interested in asking the difficult questions necessary to understanding the forces behind the kidnapping of 300 young girls in Nigeria. The campaign instead calls for US intervention to track down the so-called “terrorist” organization, Boko Haram. US imperialism responded quickly by sending marines to Nigeria, escalating US militarization in a country already dominated economically and politically by the West. #BringBackOurGirls supporters achieved their objective of further US militarization at the expense of African people. The #BringBackOurGirls campaign is thus not a social movement at all, and it must be clearly understood that there is much more to the kidnappings in Nigeria than the campaign is willing to address.
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|Africa Focus: Kidnapped Girls Become Tools of U.S. Imperial Policy in Africa|
Friday, May 16 @ 15:42:39 UTC
|By Glen Ford|
March 16, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“The Boko Haram, like other jihadists, had become more dangerous in a post-Gaddafi Africa – thus justifying a larger military presence for the Americans.”
A chorus of outraged public opinion demands that the “international community” and the Nigerian military “Do something!” about the abduction by Boko Haram of 280 teenage girls. It is difficult to fault the average U.S. consumer of packaged “news” products for knowing next to nothing about what the Nigerian army has actually been “doing” to suppress the Muslim fundamentalist rebels since, as senior columnist Margaret Kimberley pointed out in these pages, last week, the three U.S. broadcast networks carried “not a single television news story about Boko Haram” in all of 2013. (Nor did the misinformation corporations provide a nanosecond of coverage of the bloodshed in the Central African Republic, where thousands died and a million were made homeless by communal fighting over the past year.) But, that doesn’t mean the Nigerian army hasn’t been bombing, strafing, and indiscriminately slaughtering thousands of, mainly, young men in the country’s mostly Muslim north.
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|Africa Focus: How Not to “Bring Back our Girls”|
Tuesday, May 13 @ 09:14:43 UTC
|By Margaret Kimberley|
May 13, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“The last thing Nigeria needs is a foreign military presence to prop up its corrupt government.”
Bring back our girls. The message is a simple one that resonates with millions of people around the world. Those four words were first seen in a now famous twitter hashtag in the aftermath of the kidnapping of 280 teenagers from a school in Chibok, Nigeria on April 14, 2014. The Boko Haram group which is fighting that country’s government admits to holding the girls captive.
Only people who closely follow international news were aware of this situation until last week. It is right that so many people are concerned for the girls’ safety. Unfortunately, the effort to draw attention to this horror is of little use without a deeper understanding of Africa’s political situation.
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|Racism Watch: Donald Sterling Thinks He Owns Basketball Players, But Really Does Own the NAACP|
Thursday, May 01 @ 10:01:07 UTC
|By Bruce A. Dixon|
May 01, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“Depending on the rich and powerful to pay their bills while pretending to speak for the poor and oppressed is not a mere bug in the way our 21st century civil rights organizations work”
For us at Black Agenda Report, the most telling angle on the story of Donald Sterling, the racist billionaire owner of the LA Clippers, was that the Los Angeles NAACP , which had been about to give Sterling a second – not a first but a second “Lifetime Achievement Award” eagerly stepped forward to offer redemption and forgiveness for the small cost of a few more strategic donations from the deep pockets of Donald Sterling.
This won't be the first time Sterling has purchased absolution for his many sins. In 2003 Sterling settled a housing discrimination lawsuit paying $5 million to plaintiff attorneys alone, and in 2006 he was accused again of refusing to rent apartments to African Americans and Latinos. But a steady stream of donations to big-name so-called civil rights organizations amounting at most to a few ten thousandths of his net worth, were sufficient to make it OK in the eyes of those outfits, and in the case of the NAACP, they were sufficient to get him that first “lifetime award.”
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