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    World Focus: America: Imperial Bully Threatening World Peace
    Friday, September 15 @ 04:56:05 UTC
    North Korea TodayBy Stephen Lendman
    September 14, 2017


    America’s rage for unchallenged global dominance represents the greatest threat to world peace, security and humanity’s survival. It’s geopolitically out-of-control, both warrior wings of its duopoly governance hellbent on forcing its will on all other nations. Naked aggression is its favored strategy, punitive sanctions used to soften up targeted nations, imposed unilaterally or by the Security Council, its members bullied and pressured to go along instead of doing the right thing, slapping Washington down by refusing.

    The more often this happens, the harder it gets to resist. North Korea is being punished for developing powerful weapons intended solely for defense, not offense, its legitimate right, its choice which ones to pursue.

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    War on Syria: Echoes of Iraq-WMD Fraud in Syria
    Tuesday, September 12 @ 08:22:04 UTC
    Syria Just as the West ignored signs in 2002-03 that anti-government Iraqis were fabricating WMD claims, evidence is being brushed aside that Syrian jihadists have ginned up chemical attacks.

    By Robert Parry
    September 11, 2017 - consortiumnews.com


    The New York Times and other Western media have learned few lessons from the Iraq War, including how the combination of a demonized foreign leader and well-funded “activists” committed to flooding the process with fake data can lead to dangerously false conclusions that perpetuate war.

    What we have seen in Syria over the past six years parallels what occurred in Iraq in the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion in 2002-03. In both cases, there was evidence that the “system” was being gamed — by the Iraqi National Congress (INC) in pushing for the Iraq War and by pro-rebel “activists” promoting “regime change” in Syria — but those warnings were ignored. Instead, the flood of propagandistic claims overwhelmed what little skepticism there was in the West.

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    World Focus: Why Trump Won’t Start a War With North Korea
    Sunday, September 10 @ 03:05:55 UTC
    North Korean leader Kim Jong UnBy Mike Whitney
    September 09, 2017 - counterpunch.org


    Donald Trump isn’t going to start a war with North Korea. That’s just not going to happen.

    Not only does the United States not have the ground forces for such a massive operation but, more important, a war with the North would serve no strategic purpose at all. The US already has the arrangement it wants on the Peninsula. The South remains under US military occupation, the economic and banking systems have been successfully integrated into the US-dominated western system, and the strategically-located landmass in northeast Asia provides an essential platform for critical weapons systems that will be used to encircle and control fast-emerging rivals, China and Russia.

    So what would a war accomplish?

    Nothing. As far as Washington is concerned, the status quo is just dandy.

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    Israel-Palestine: Three Years after the War: Gaza Youth Speak Out
    Saturday, September 09 @ 03:37:09 UTC
    Palestine By Ramzy Baroud
    September 09, 2017


    "At bedtime, I am afraid to turn the lights off. I am not a coward, it is just that I worry that this bulb hanging from the ceiling is the last light that remains (shining) in my life."

    Soon after he penned these words,Moath Alhaj, a young artist from a Gaza refugee camp, passed away in his sleep. After disappearing for two days, Moath’s friends broke down the door of his house, and found him huddled with his blanket in a place in which he lived alone for 11 years.

    Moath lived in the Nuseirat Refugee Camp, one of Gaza’s most crowded camps, a name which is associated with historic hardship, war and legendary resistance. Raised in the United Arab Emirates, Moath returned to Gaza to join the Islamic University, but remained there, experiencing three wars and a decade-long blockade.

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    War and Terror: How ‘Regime Change' Wars Led to Korea Crisis
    Wednesday, September 06 @ 06:16:40 UTC
    North Korean leader Kim Jong UnThe U.S.-led aggressions against Iraq and Libya are two war crimes that keep on costing, with their grim examples of what happens to leaders who get rid of WMDs driving the scary showdown with North Korea, writes Robert Parry.

    By Robert Parry
    September 065, 2017 - consortiumnews.com


    It is a popular meme in the U.S. media to say that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “crazy” as he undertakes to develop a nuclear bomb and a missile capacity to deliver it, but he is actually working from a cold logic dictated by the U.S. government's aggressive wars and lack of integrity.

    Indeed, the current North Korea crisis, which could end up killing millions of people, can be viewed as a follow-on disaster to President George W. Bush's Iraq War and President Barack Obama's Libyan intervention. Those wars came after the leaders of Iraq and Libya had dismantled their dangerous weapons programs, leaving their countries virtually powerless when the U.S. government chose to invade.

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    War on Syria: Trump Competes With Clinton in U.S. War of Lies and Terror Against Syria
    Saturday, July 01 @ 01:58:03 UTC
    Donald TrumpBy Glen Ford
    June 30, 2017 - blackagendareport.com


    Donald Trump is the very embodiment of why the undeserving rich must no longer be allowed to reproduce themselves, as a class. They are the fuse that, if not removed, will ignite a fiery doom for the species. Decisively kettled in the White House by a bipartisan War Party that feared he might weaken the momentum of the Obama-Clinton military offensive in Syria, Trump appears to have opted to outdo his tormentors in mad brinksmanship.

    On Monday, seemingly out of the blue, the White House announced that the U.S. had “identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.” Press secretary Sean Spicer provided no substantive details, only a warning that if “Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price."

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    Latin America: Venezuelan Opposition Comes Under Fire from Mujica and Pope
    Tuesday, May 02 @ 11:00:59 UTC
    VenezuelaBy Rachael Boothroyd-Rojas
    May 01, 2017 - Venezuelanalysis.com


    Venezuela's opposition came under fire from both Pope Francis and the former leftist president of Uruguay, Jose “Pepe” Mujica, this past weekend.

    In an interview with Uruguayan media, Mujica accused opposition figures of acting in an irresponsible way and putting the future of Venezuela in danger, reports teleSUR.

    “What scares me most about Venezuela is the opposition, or an important part of it,” commented Mujica.

    “I think there is a climate of radicalization that has turned irrational, and that in the long term that will favor the right-wing… That is very dangerous with Trump in the United States,” he continued.

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    World Focus: Our Misguided 'Wars of Choice'
    Thursday, April 20 @ 10:45:51 UTC
    War AnalysisBy Jeffrey D. Sachs
    April 20, 2017 - Common Dreams


    There is one foreign policy goal that matters above all the others, and that is to keep the United States out of a new war, whether in Syria, North Korea, or elsewhere. In recent days, President Trump has struck Syria with Tomahawk missiles, bombed Afghanistan with the most powerful nonnuclear bomb in the US arsenal, and has sent an armada toward nuclear-armed North Korea. We could easily find ourselves in a rapidly escalating war, one that could pit the United States directly against nuclear-armed countries of China, North Korea, and Russia.

    Such a war, if it turned nuclear and global, could end the world. Even a nonnuclear war could end democracy in the United States, or the United States as a unified nation. Who thought the Soviet Uni0n’s war in Afghanistan would end the Soviet Uni0n itself? Which of the belligerents at the start of World War I foresaw the catastrophic end of four giant empires — Hohenzollern (Prussia), Romanov (Russia), Ottoman, and Hapsburg — as a result of the war?

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    World Focus: Australia Beckons A War With China
    Thursday, April 13 @ 09:35:02 UTC
    ChinaBy John Pilger
    April 13 2017 - johnpilger.com


    Australia is sleep-walking into a confrontation with China. Wars can happen suddenly in an atmosphere of mistrust and provocation, especially if a minor power, like Australia, abandons its independence for an "alliance" with an unstable superpower.

    The United States is at a critical moment. Having exported its all-powerful manufacturing base, run down its industry and reduced millions of its once-hopeful people to poverty, principal American power today is brute force. When Donald Trump launched his missile attack on Syria - following his bombing of a mosque and a school - he was having dinner in Florida with the President of China, Xi Jinping.

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    War on Syria: Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria
    Monday, April 10 @ 10:14:57 UTC
    Donald Trump...and Increases the Risks of Nuclear Annihilation

    By Norman Solomon
    April 10, 2017 - Common Dreams


    Vast efforts to portray Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin’s flunky have given Trump huge incentives to prove otherwise. Last Thursday, he began the process in a big way by ordering a missile attack on Russia’s close ally Syria. In the aftermath of the attack, the cheerleading from U.S. mass media was close to unanimous, and the assault won lots of praise on Capitol Hill. Finally, the protracted and fervent depictions of Trump as a Kremlin tool were getting some tangible results.

    At this point, the anti-Russia bandwagon has gained so much momentum that a national frenzy is boosting the odds of unfathomable catastrophe. The world’s two nuclear superpowers are in confrontation mode.

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    War on Russia: Media Hype Fake News Report Claiming Russian US Election Hacking
    Saturday, January 07 @ 08:52:20 UTC
    Donald TrumpBy Stephen Lendman
    January 07, 2017


    Media scoundrels are all over the new CIA/FBI/NSA report, supporting it like gospel, disgracefully claiming Putin ordered America’s election hacked to help Trump defeat Hillary - despite no evidence in the contents proving it.

    In a statement released to reporters, Trump said “(w)hile Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines.”

    Media hype barely stopped short of suggesting Putin declared war on America, a disgraceful example of hyperbolic misrepresentation of reality.

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    Inside U.S.A.: What can go wrong?
    Friday, December 02 @ 20:50:50 UTC
    Donald TrumpBy William Blum
    November 30th, 2016 - williamblum.org


    That he may not be “qualified” is unimportant.

    That he’s never held a government or elected position is unimportant.

    That on a personal level he may be a shmuck is unimportant.

    What counts to me mainly at this early stage is that he – as opposed to dear Hillary – is unlikely to start a war against Russia. His questioning of the absolute sacredness of NATO, calling it “obsolete”, and his meeting with Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, an outspoken critic of US regime-change policy, specifically Syria, are encouraging signs.

    Even more so is his appointment of General Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser. Flynn dined last year in Moscow with Vladimir Putin at a gala celebrating RT (Russia Today), the Russian state’s English-language, leftist-leaning TV channel. Flynn now carries the stigma in the American media as an individual who does not see Russia or Putin as the devil. It is truly remarkable how nonchalantly American journalists can look upon the possibility of a war with Russia, even a nuclear war.

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    Caribbean: Cuba, Fidel, Socialism … Hasta la victoria siempre!
    Friday, December 02 @ 20:37:19 UTC
    Fidel CastroBy William Blum
    November 30th, 2016 - williamblum.org


    The most frequent comment I’ve read in the mainstream media concerning Fidel Castro’s death is that he was a “dictator”; almost every heading bore that word. Since the 1959 revolution, the American mainstream media has routinely referred to Cuba as a dictatorship. But just what does Cuba do or lack that makes it a dictatorship?

    No “free press”? Apart from the question of how free Western media is (<a href="http://www.africaspeaks.com/reasoning/index.php?topic=10749.0">see the preceding essays</a>), if that’s to be the standard, what would happen if Cuba announced that from now on anyone in the country could own any kind of media? How long would it be before CIA money – secret and unlimited CIA money financing all kinds of fronts in Cuba – would own or control almost all the media worth owning or controlling?

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    Inside U.S.A.: George Soros Financed Anti-Trump Protests
    Sunday, November 13 @ 19:06:50 UTC
    George SorosBy Stephen Lendman
    November 13, 2016


    Soros is one of the world’s most infamous figures, an international con man profiting from human misery, supporting color revolutions and wars to serve his interests.

    He menaces fundamental freedoms worldwide, supports anything that smells money, once saying “(w)e need a global sheriff,” perhaps with himself in mind.

    As a market participant, he’s unconcerned about the consequences of his actions. He supported war goddess/Wall Street favorite Hillary for president, contributing millions of dollars to her campaign.

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    Inside U.S.A.: Clinton Is the Most Dangerous Person Alive
    Sunday, November 13 @ 19:00:31 UTC
    Donald Trump and Hillary ClintonClinton Is the Most Dangerous Person Alive – An Interview with Edward S. Herman

    By Ann Garrison
    November 08, 2016 – blackagendareport.com


    The just-concluded election revealed as much about the corporate media, which has broken every rule of journalism to support Hillary Clinton, and the fraudulence of much of the American Left, which turns out to have no real problem with war or capitalism, than it did about the candidates, themselves. Edward Herman is an exception, a genuine man of the Left. He says “a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for war with Syria and Russia.”

    “The election of Hillary Clinton might threaten a democratic order as much as a Trump victory.”

    Ann Garrison: Earlier this year, you told me that you differ with Noam Chomsky, your co-author of Manufacturing Consent and other books, in that you plan to vote for the Green Party’s presidential and vice presidential candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka in the swing state of Pennsylvania. Are you still planning to do so?

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