|Thursday, May 09|
|·|| Red lines and other double standards |
|Tuesday, April 30|
|·|| Washington's "playbook" on provoking North Korea |
|Wednesday, April 24|
|·|| Our Invisible Wars: What Dzokhar Tsarnaev has to do with Bradley Manning |
|Saturday, April 13|
|·|| What North Koreans Think |
|Friday, April 12|
|·|| North Korea’s Justifiable Anger |
|Thursday, March 21|
|·|| Armistice Agreement Withdrawal: North Korean Belligerence? |
|Thursday, December 06|
|·|| The Reality of the 'Lesser Evil' |
|Wednesday, December 05|
|·|| A new call against standing idly by? |
|Wednesday, May 30|
|·|| Starving and Broke: Yemen's Renewed 'War on Terror' |
|Monday, April 30|
|·|| You are all suspects now. What are you going to do about it? |
|Monday, April 02|
|·|| Reflections by Fidel: The Roads Leading to Disaster |
|Monday, March 19|
|·|| The U.S. Empire’s Achilles Heel: Its Barbaric Racism |
|Friday, March 09|
|·|| NATO Forces Operating Covertly in Syria: Wikileaks |
|Saturday, February 18|
|·|| 'Human Rights' Warriors for Empire |
|Wednesday, December 21|
|·|| The Reality of America's Aggression Against Iraq |
|Tuesday, November 29|
|·|| Turkey's Foreign Policy Falls Over Syrian 'Abyss' |
|·|| Freedom Rider: Propagandized America |
|Tuesday, June 14|
|·|| CIA Requires Secrecy To Conceal Its Own Crimes |
|Monday, May 16|
|·|| Bin Laden and the Spring of Arab Revolutions |
|Friday, May 13|
|·|| The Obama Administration Targets Antiwar Activists |
|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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|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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|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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|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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|War and Terror: Freedom Rider: Death and Somalia|
Sunday, October 06 @ 22:57:57 UTC
|By Margaret Kimberley|
October 06, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
“Our government bears responsibility for the loss of life at the Kenyan mall.”
“Does al Shabab Pose a Threat on American Soil?” So read a headline in the New York Times’ blog, Room for Debate. Despite its name, Room for Debate rarely shows any true differences of opinion on whatever issue of the day is considered significant to the Times’ editors. None of the supposed debaters on this topic actually addressed the central issue of al-Shabaab’s existence and what it says about the United States behavior around the world. A better question would be why the United States turned Somalia into a ruin and why does it keep killing people there.
Sometimes we get the opportunity to see violence up close as in the recent al-Shabaab attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. But in the absence of good reporting, scenes of carnage tell us nothing. Thanks to liar presidents and their partners in the corporate media, Americans know nothing about Kenya or its role as American partner in keeping Somalia in a constant state of war.
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|War and Terror: Innocent Kenyan Blood Drips from Imperial Hands|
Sunday, October 06 @ 22:56:19 UTC
|By Mark P. Fancher|
October 06, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
“There has been speculation that the U.S. drive to dominate Somalia’s oil supply has prompted an interest in perpetual instability and division within the country.”
A 2011 report prepared for members of Congress lacks significant references to Kenya, but it details eye-opening events in Somalia that set the stage for the recent attack on a Kenyan shopping mall. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, titled “Somalia: Current Conditions and Prospects for a Lasting Peace” also contains facts that allow readers to conclude that much of the innocent blood shed by shoppers killed by al-Shabaab militants drips from western imperialist hands.
The recent shopping mall attack was reportedly in retaliation for Kenya’s participation in military operations against al-Shabaab in Somalia in 2011. Al-Shabaab became a force in Somalia after a 2006 military operation that dislodged a government run by “The Islamic Courts Uni0n,” a network of tribunals that administered Islamic law. In 2006, the U.S. State Department’s point person for African affairs was Jendayi Frazer, and she was quoted as saying: “The top layer of the [Islamic Courts Uni0n] courts are extremist to the core. They are terrorists and they are in control.”
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|War and Terror: The World Needs Peace – But Not a Pax Americana|
Friday, September 27 @ 11:57:48 UTC
|By Cynthia McKinney|
September 27, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who last week completed a peace mission to Syria along with former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark and others, made the following remarks to the IBON IBON Conference on Democracy, Self-Determination and Liberation of Peoples. The conference was held at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
Thank you for the invitation to be with you today.
This conference is about Democracy, Self-Determination, and popular liberation.
As a representative of the United States people’s movement for justice and peace, I want to start by acknowledging some facts about the practice, as I know it, of one form of “democracy.”
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|War and Terror: Obama: As Warlike as Bush, and Just as Lonely|
Friday, September 06 @ 00:40:26 UTC
|By BAR executive editor Glen Ford|
September 06, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
“U.S. imperialism has no option but to bang its military fist on the table to reset the global game board.”
With obscene imperial arrogance, President Obama proclaimed that the “world” – not he – has drawn a bloody “red line” in Syria. “I didn’t set a red line,” said Obama, at a stop in Sweden on his way to a Group of 20 nations meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. “The world set a red line.”
That’s news to the rest of the planet, including most of the Group of 20 and the meeting’s host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who described Obama’s claims that Syria used sarin gas against civilians in rebel-held areas as “completely ridiculous.” “It does not fit any logic,” said Putin, since Syrian President Assad’s forces “have the so-called rebels surrounded and are finishing them off.”
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|War and Terror: Counter-Questions on Syria|
Friday, September 06 @ 00:27:59 UTC
|By Stephen Gowans|
September 06, 2013 - gowans.wordpress.com
The US state is above international law, according to US president Barack Obama. In an address announcing that he was referring to the US Congress the decision to take military action against Syria, Obama declared that the United States needs to violate international law in order to enforce “the international system” and “international rules.” The international “system” and “rules” Obama referred to, which he apparently intended his audience to construe as “international law,” is not, in fact, international law, but rules Obama himself has unilaterally drawn up, and through rhetorical sleight of hand, attempted to pass off as international law. Yet, the very act Obama proposes—waging war on Syria without UN Security Council authorization, and to punish an act that, if there were hard evidence that it actually happened, would not be unlawful—is a flagrant violation of the authentic international system Obama deceptively claims he wishes to uphold. Obama has arrogated onto himself the powers and responsibilities of world ruler. He sets the rules, decides when they’re broken, and metes out the punishment.
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|War and Terror: Fast-Tracking Toward War on Syria|
Thursday, June 20 @ 22:51:30 UTC
|By Stephen Lendman|
June 20, 2013
America's run by sociopaths. They're out-of-control criminals. They're traitors. They menace humanity. They violate their sacred oaths of office.
Presidents "do solemnly swear (or affirm to) faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of (their) Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Congressional members "do solemnly swear (or affirm to) support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; (to) bear true faith and allegiance to the same; (to) this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and (to) well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which (they are) about to enter: So help (them) God."
Straightaway in office they spurn them. Presidents do most of all. Wealth, power and privilege alone matter. It shows in how they govern.
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|War and Terror: Lifting the Fake EU Arms Embargo|
Wednesday, May 29 @ 18:58:21 UTC
|By Stephen Lendman|
May 30, 2013
On May 27, the so-called one-year EU arms embargo on Syria's
opposition ended. Officially it does so on June 1. EU nations
agreed to end what never existed.
Since Washington's war on Syria began in early 2011, arms flowed
freely. Western-enlisted death squads get them. At issue is
replacing Assad with a subservient pro-Western puppet.
Syria's being ravaged in the process. Washington, key NATO
partners, Israel and rogue Arab state allies bear full
War rages ahead of Geneva II. Planned peace talks are pretense.
Syrians genuinely want it. So does Russia going all out to
achieve it. Other nations urge peace.
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|War and Terror: US Political Impotence in the Middle East|
Thursday, May 23 @ 16:54:43 UTC
|Syria as a Game-Changer|
By Ramzy Baroud
May 23, 2013
In an article published May 15, 2013, American historical social scientist Immanuel Wallerstein wrote, “Nothing illustrates more the limitations of Western power than the internal controversy its elites are having in public about what the United States in particular and western European states should be doing about the civil war in Syria.”
Those limitations are palpable in both language and action. A political and military vacuum created by past US failures and forced retreats after the Iraq war made it possible for countries like Russia to reemerge on the scene as an effective player.
It is most telling that over two years after the Syrian uprising-turned bloody civil war, the US continues to curb its involvement by indirectly assisting anti-Bashar al-Assad regime opposition forces, through its Arab allies and Turkey. Even its political discourse is indecisive and often times inconsistent.
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|War and Terror: What Motivated the Boston Bombers|
Wednesday, May 22 @ 17:02:38 UTC
|Why It's Not a Chechen Thing, But All About the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan|
By Gary Leupp
May 22, 2013 - counterpunch.org
New details emerge every day, raising more questions. But the outlines of the stomach-churning story seem clear. Two young men, brothers who emigrated from Kyrgyzstan twelve years ago with their parents and sisters—high-achieving, “well-assimilated” immigrant men—planted bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring well over 250. They killed an MIT campus policeman for no apparent reason, hijacked an SUV, engaged in a gunfight with police, and sowed citywide fear for five days. Both self-identified as Chechens, although neither grew up nor spent much time in the Russian republic of Chechnya; and as Muslims, although the older was the observant one, the younger a pot-smoking (maybe pot-dealing) Hennessey drinker. The older held a green card and had applied for U.S. citizenship but had been denied it.
How to define these men, and to describe the event? Let us step back and survey the big picture.
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