|Friday, July 29|
|·|| The Arab Awakening and the Western Media |
|Thursday, July 14|
|·|| Rupert Murdoch and Media Corruption |
|Wednesday, June 22|
|·|| Lapdogging for the US: Libya, Canada's Other Ugly War |
|Thursday, June 16|
|·|| Remote Control Killing Like Sport |
|Wednesday, June 08|
|·|| Corporate Media’s Capital Crimes Against Libya - and Humanity |
|Monday, June 06|
|·|| CIA Secret Wars Also Cost U.S. Taxpayers Billions |
|·|| Libya: NATO's War Of Aggression Against A Sovereign African State |
|Sunday, June 05|
|·|| America's Addiction to Waging Illegal Wars |
|Thursday, June 02|
|·|| NATO: Free Africa from the Africans! |
|Wednesday, June 01|
|·|| How NATO Killed Qaddafi Family Members |
|Wednesday, May 18|
|·|| The Strauss Kahn Frame-Up |
|Tuesday, May 17|
|·|| Libya: Where is the AU? |
|Friday, May 13|
|·|| The Gaddafi Paradigm: Our dim chance of survival against World Fascism |
|Wednesday, May 11|
|·|| Gasbag Hillary Blasts China on "Human Rights" |
|Sunday, May 08|
|·|| Obama's bizarre way of protecting Libyans |
|Thursday, May 05|
|·|| Killing Gaddafi's Grandbabies |
|Wednesday, May 04|
|·|| The ICNC: Propagating Uncle Sam’s Narrative |
|Tuesday, May 03|
|·|| Anti-Empire Report: How Stupid is Condoleezza Rice? |
|Monday, May 02|
|·|| US Intervention in Syria |
|Wednesday, April 27|
|·|| US Rethinks Strategy: War as Opportunity in Libya |
|World Focus: American Foreign Policy - Have Our War Lovers Learned Anything?|
Tuesday, March 05 @ 05:01:32 AST
|By William Blum|
March 05, 2012 - www.killinghope.org
Over the past four decades, of all the reasons
people over a certain age have given for their becoming
radicalized against US foreign policy, the Vietnam War has
easily been the one most often cited. And I myself am the
best example of this that you could find. I sometimes think
that if the war lovers who run the United States had known
of this in advance they might have had serious second
thoughts about starting that great historical folly and war
other times, however, I have the thought that our dear war
lovers have had 40 years to take this lesson to heart, and
during this time what did they do? They did Salvador and
Nicaragua, and Angola and Grenada. They did Panama and
Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan and Iraq. And in 2012 American
President Barack Obama saw fit to declare that the Vietnam
War was "one of the most extraordinary stories of bravery
and integrity in the annals of military history".1
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|World Focus: Why North Korea Needs Nuclear Weapons|
Wednesday, February 27 @ 21:05:52 AST
|By Stephen Gowans|
February 27, 2013 - gowans.wordpress.com
Is North Korea’s recent nuclear test, its third, to be welcomed, lamented or condemned? It depends on your perspective. If you believe that a people should be able to organize their affairs free from foreign domination and interference; that the United States and its client government in Seoul have denied Koreans in the south that right and seek to deny Koreans in the north the same right; and that the best chance that Koreans in the north have for preserving their sovereignty is to build nuclear weapons to deter a US military conquest, then the test is to be welcomed.
If you’re a liberal, you might believe that the United States should offer the DPRK (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea’s official name) security guarantees in return for Pyongyang completely, permanently and verifiably eliminating its nuclear weapons program. If so, your position invites three questions.
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|World Focus: Many U.S. My Lai-Type Massacres in Vietnam|
Tuesday, January 29 @ 17:38:04 AST
|Covered Up by Pentagon, Reporter Charges
By Sherwood Ross
January 29, 2013
Massacres of civilians by U.S. forces in Vietnam were not rare aberrations but everyday occurrences, an authoritative new book on the subject charges.
Worse, the massacres were a result of deliberate Pentagon policies handed down from the very top, often to build false “body count” figures that could lead an officer to promotion. The inflated body counts reported civilian dead as combatant Viet Cong when they were actually women, children and old men.
The massacre of more than 500 civilians at My Lai on March 15, 1968, by the Americal division’s Charlie company, 1st battalion, 20th infantry, has long been portrayed as a solitary episode ordered by Lieutenant William Calley. He was the only one of 28 officers involved who was convicted and although sentenced to life imprisonment was paroled after just 40 months.
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|World Focus: America and the Muslims|
Saturday, September 15 @ 20:01:40 AST
|The Reality Behind the “Free Speech” Argument|
By Esam Al-Amin
September 15, 2012 - counterpunch.org
Thousands of angry Muslims demonstrated in front of American embassies and consulates in Egypt and Libya because of a newly released film that deliberately insulted and mockingly falsified the life of the prophet of Islam. The protests soon spread to Yemen, Tunisia, Sudan, Morocco, the Palestinian territories, Iraq, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, and elsewhere. Taking advantage of the chaos outside the American consulate in Benghazi, it appears that Al-Qaeda affiliates infiltrated the protesters, then attacked and firebombed the consulate building. Clearly there was no justification whatsoever for such reprehensible acts.
Tragically, several innocent American officials including the U.S. ambassador in Libya died in the senseless violence that ensued. Experts believe that the violent attack was in response to the direct call by the head of Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, to avenge the killing of his deputy Abu Yahya Al-Libi who was killed by a U.S. drone attack last June.
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|World Focus: The Meaning of Assange’s Asylum|
Tuesday, August 21 @ 18:02:10 AST
|A View From a Former Political Prisoner|
By Silvia Arana
August 21, 2012 - counterpunch.org
The impact of Ecuador’s decision to grant political asylum to Julian Assange is still quite tangible internationally, a rarity in a world where no one remembers yesterday’s news.
Even hours before it was announced, Ecuador’s decision to grant asylum to Assange because of the lack of international guarantees of due process of law for the founder of Wikileaks, had the effect of generating an overreaction by the government of Great Britain, which bypassed diplomatic law and threatened to storm the embassy of Ecuador in London to arrest Assange. This aggressive outburst by Britain against Latin America made in the long shadow of the Falklands invasion was immediately labeled as colonialism. It has been a catalyst to unite all countries of the region around Ecuador.
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|World Focus: George Galloway's Respect could help Britain to break the political impasse|
Monday, April 02 @ 17:53:51 AST
|By Tariq Ali|
March 30, 2012 - guardian.co.uk
UK politics has been governed by Thatcherism for decades. Galloway's triumph should force people to rethink their passivity
George Galloway's stunning electoral triumph in the Bradford by-election has shaken the petrified world of English politics. It was unexpected, and for that reason the Respect campaign was treated by much of the media (Helen Pidd of the Guardian being an honourable exception) as a loony fringe show. A BBC toady, an obviously partisan compere on a local TV election show, who tried to mock and insult Galloway, should be made to eat his excremental words. The Bradford seat, a Labour fiefdom since 1973, was considered safe and the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, had been planning a celebratory visit to the city till the news seeped through at 2 am. He is now once again focused on his own future. Labour has paid the price for its failure to act as an opposition, having imagined that all it had to do was wait and the prize would come its way. Scottish politics should have forced a rethink. Perhaps the latest development in English politics now will, though I doubt it. Galloway has effectively urinated on all three parties. The Lib Dems and Tories explain their decline by the fact that too many people voted!
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|World Focus: Honduras and the US: When Engagement Becomes Complicity|
Tuesday, March 20 @ 15:14:06 AST
|By Laura Carlsen|
March 20, 2012 - fpif.org
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Honduras on March 6 with a double mission: to quell talk of drug legalization and reinforce the U.S.-sponsored drug war in Central America, and to bolster the presidency of Porfirio Lobo.
The Honduran government issued a statement that during the one-hour closed-door conversation between Biden and Lobo, the vice president "reiterated the U.S. commitment to intensify aid to the government and people of Honduras, and exalted the efforts undertaken and implemented over the past two years by President Lobo."
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|World Focus: The Saga of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Wikileaks|
Tuesday, March 20 @ 14:24:16 AST
|The Saga of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Wikileaks, to be put to ballad and film|
By William Blum
March 20, 2012 - www.killinghope.org
"Defense lawyers say Manning was clearly a troubled young soldier whom the Army should never have deployed to Iraq or given access to classified material while he was stationed there ... They say he was in emotional turmoil, partly because he was a gay soldier at a time when homosexuals were barred from serving openly in the U.S. armed forces." (Associated Press, February 3)
It's unfortunate and disturbing that Bradley Manning's attorneys have chosen to consistently base his legal defense upon the premise that personal problems and shortcomings are what motivated the young man to turn over hundreds of thousands of classified government files to Wikileaks. They should not be presenting him that way any more than Bradley should be tried as a criminal or traitor. He should be hailed as a national hero. Yes, even when the lawyers are talking to the military mind. May as well try to penetrate that mind and find the freest and best person living there. Bradley also wears a military uniform.
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|World Focus: Western Democracy: A Farce And A Sham|
Friday, November 04 @ 05:12:34 AST
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
November 04, 2011
Every day that passes adds to the fraudulent image of what is called Western democracy.
Consider that the entire Western world is outraged that the Greek prime minister announced that he is going to permit the Greek people to decide their own fate instead of having it decided for them by a handful of banksters, politicians, and bureaucrats living it up at taxpayer expense at “talks” in the French resort of Cannes on the Mediterranean.
The Greek economy is facing its fourth year of decline and lacks the revenues to service its national debt held by private European banks. The banks don’t want to lose any money, so a handful of power brokers reached an agreement with representatives of the Greek government to write off some of the debt in exchange for EU capital subsidies to be financed by inflicting severe austerity on the Greek population. Wages, salaries, pensions and medical care are being cut while the rate of unemployment rises to depression levels. Government employees are laid off. Valuable public properties are to be sold to private parties for pennies on the dollar. In short, Greece is to be looted.
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|World Focus: The 'Getting' of Assange and the Smearing of a Revolution|
Friday, October 07 @ 01:33:25 AST
|By John Pilger|
Global Research, October 6, 2011
The High Court in London will soon to decide whether Julian Assange is to be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sexual misconduct. At the appeal hearing in July, Ben Emmerson QC, counsel for the defence, described the whole saga as “crazy”. Sweden’s chief prosecutor had dismissed the original arrest warrant, saying there was no case for Assange to answer. Both the women involved said they had consented to have sex. On the facts alleged, no crime would have been committed in Britain.
However, it is not the Swedish judicial system that presents a “grave danger” to Assange, say his lawyers, but a legal device known as a Temporary Surrender, under which he can be sent on from Sweden to the United States secretly and quickly. The founder and editor of WikiLeaks, who published the greatest leak of official documents in history, providing a unique insight into rapacious wars and the lies told by governments, is likely to find himself in a hell hole not dissimilar to the “torturous” dungeon that held Private Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower. Manning has not been tried, let alone convicted, yet on 21 April, President Barack Obama declared him guilty with a dismissive “He broke the law”.
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|World Focus: Libya: Imperialism and the Left|
Wednesday, September 14 @ 14:42:37 AST
|By Stephen Gowans|
August 28, 2011 - gowans.wordpress.com
While the class character of regimes under siege by Western powers is often explored in analyses of imperialist interventions and is frequently invoked to justify them, it neither explains why capitalist imperialist powers intervene nor stands as a justification for their actions.
The relevant consideration in explaining why interventions occur is not the political orientation of the government under siege, nor its relations with its citizens, but whether it accommodates the profit-making interests of the dominant class in the intervening countries. Does it welcome foreign investment, allow repatriation of profits, demand little in the way of corporate income tax, open its markets, and offer abundant supplies of cheap labor and raw materials? Or does it impose high tariffs on imports, subsidize domestic production, operate state-owned enterprises (displacing opportunities for foreign-private-owned ones), force investors to take on local partners, and insist that workers be protected from desperation wages and intolerable working conditions?
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|World Focus: Libya’s Next Fight: Overcoming Western Designs|
Friday, September 02 @ 16:40:58 AST
|By Ramzy Baroud|
September 02, 2011
At a press conference in Tripoli on Aug. 26, a statement read aloud by top Libyan rebel commander Abdel Hakim Belhadj was reassuring. Just a few months ago, disorganized and leaderless rebel fighters seemed to have little chance at ousting Libyan dictator Moammar Ghaddafi and his unruly sons.
But despite vague references to “pockets of resistance” throughout Tripoli, and stiffer battles elsewhere, Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) is moving forward to extend its rule as the caretaker of Libyan affairs. In his conference, Belhadj declared full control over Tripoli, and the unification of all rebel fighter groups under the command of the military council.
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|World Focus: Gaza, Somalia: Humanity Lives On|
Thursday, August 18 @ 19:48:42 AST
|By Ramzy Baroud|
August 18, 2011
I remember how exhilarated I felt when I was told I was old enough to fast for the month of Ramadan. My feelings had little to do with abstention from food and drink between dawn and sunset each day. For a child, there is little joy in that. The meaning and implications for me were much greater. I believed that the occasion signaled I had now become a man. I wanted to share this news with all my brothers, friends and neighbors.
Three days into the fast, lethargy set it. The end seemed near. Although I fared well in my first attempt at fasting for an entire month, I had my weak and reprehensible moments. I hid in dark corners with my favorite snacks: a cucumber, a tomato, a loaf of pita bread. To be caught would be shameful and degrading, a regression back into childhood, a terrible example to my younger siblings, and a ripe topic of ridicule from my older brothers.
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|World Focus: Socialism’s Agenda Time|
Tuesday, August 09 @ 22:49:21 AST
|By Stephen Gowans|
August 08, 2011 - gowans.wordpress.com
From 1928, when the Soviet Uni0n laid the foundations of its socialist economy, until the late 1980s, when Gorbachev began to dismantle them, the Soviet economy grew without pause, except during the period of the Nazi war machine’s scorched-earth invasion. Unemployment and later economic insecurity became ills of the past.
True, growth slowed beginning in the 1970s, but the major culprits were the diversion of budgets and R&D to the military to counter threats of US and NATO aggression, and growing resource extraction costs, not the alleged inefficiencies of public ownership and central planning, as is now widely believed. (1)
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|World Focus: The S&P Downgrade: What It Really Means|
Tuesday, August 09 @ 16:24:57 AST
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
August 09, 2011 - counterpunch.org
On Friday, August 5, the credit rating agency, Standard & Poors, downgraded US debt from AAA to AA+.
Gerald Celente’s view that S&P’s downgrade of the US Treasury’s credit rating reflects a loss of confidence in the political system was confirmed by the rating agency itself.
S&P explained the downgrade as the result of heightened political risks, not economic ones. The game of chicken over the debt ceiling increase and the GOP’s ability to block tax increases indicate that “America’s governance and policymaking is becoming less stable, less effective, and less predictable”
The reduction in the government’s credit rating to AA+ from AAA is a cosmetic change. It remains a very high investment grade rating and is unlikely to have any effect on interest rates. It is revealing that despite the downgrade, US bond prices rose. It was stocks that fell. The financial press is blaming the stock market decline on the bond downgrade. However, stocks are falling because the economy is falling. Too many jobs have been moved offshore.
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