|Friday, November 04|
|·|| Western Democracy: A Farce And A Sham |
|Friday, October 07|
|·|| The 'Getting' of Assange and the Smearing of a Revolution |
|Wednesday, September 14|
|·|| Libya: Imperialism and the Left |
|Friday, September 02|
|·|| Libya’s Next Fight: Overcoming Western Designs |
|Thursday, August 18|
|·|| Gaza, Somalia: Humanity Lives On |
|Tuesday, August 09|
|·|| Socialism’s Agenda Time |
|·|| The S&P Downgrade: What It Really Means |
|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 |
|World Focus: Monsanto, the TPP and Global Food Dominance|
Tuesday, November 26 @ 19:17:15 AST
By Ellen Brown|
November 26, 2013 - ellenbrown.com
"Control oil and you control nations," said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. "Control food and you control the people."
Global food control has nearly been achieved, by reducing seed diversity with GMO (genetically modified) seeds that are distributed by only a few transnational corporations. But this agenda has been implemented at grave cost to our health; and if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, control over not just our food but our health, our environment and our financial system will be in the hands of transnational corporations.
Profits Before Populations
Genetic engineering has made proprietary control possible over the seeds on which the world's food supply depends. According to an Acres USA interview of plant pathologist Don Huber, Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, two modified traits account for practically all of the genetically modified crops grown in the world today. One involves insect resistance. The other, more disturbing modification involves insensitivity to glyphosate-based herbicides (plant-killing chemicals). Often known as Roundup after the best-selling Monsanto product of that name, glyphosate poisons everything in its path except plants genetically modified to resist it.
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|World Focus: If Charles Taylor is a War Criminal, Then So are Obama, Bush and Clinton|
Sunday, October 06 @ 22:52:36 AST
|“Clinton, Bush and Obama have instigated, encouraged and collaborated in the worst genocide since World War Two.”|
By Glen Ford
October 06, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
“Whereas Liberian president Charles Taylor was accused of encouraging the slaughter of possibly 50,000 people in Sierra Leone, Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have armed, financed and protected the killers of six million people – 120 times as many fatalities – in the eastern Congo.”
Last year, former Liberian president Charles Taylor became the first former head of state ever to be convicted by an international tribunal. Taylor, whose 60-year prison sentence was upheld, last week, was found guilty of war crimes – not in his own country, but in neighboring Sierra Leone, where a civil war had raged from 1991 to 2002. The Liberian president wasn’t accused of personally committing mass murder in Sierra Leone, or even of having ordered that these crimes be committed. Instead, the prosecution argued that he had “instigated” others to commit the crimes in order to profit from the sale of what became known as “blood diamonds.” The court reasoned that Taylor must have known about the horrendous crimes that were being perpetrated by his friends among the rebels in the neighboring country, and was, therefore, as guilty as they were.
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|World Focus: On Leaks and Pseudo-Reality: The US’ Futile Search for 'World Domination|
Thursday, July 18 @ 10:05:34 AST
|By Ramzy Baroud|
July 17, 2013
Those enchanted by pseudo-reality must have been at the edge of their seats as they watched ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, a Hollywood account of how US SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011.
But a recently leaked report shows that the ‘riveting’ Hollywood account of the ‘greatest manhunt of all time’ was hardly as glamorous as it was made to be.
In fact, if it were not for the ‘shocking state of affairs’ in Pakistan itself, where local governance had ‘completely collapsed’, the raid would have been yet another botched attempt at killing a man that had been using primitive means – for example a ‘cowboy hat’ to evade drones – as he had managed to survive for nearly nine years.
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|World Focus: A New Beginning Without Washington’s Sanctimonious Mask|
Wednesday, June 26 @ 00:41:54 AST
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
June 25, 2013 - Information Clearing House
It is hard to understand the fuss that Washington and its media whores are making over Edward Snowden. We have known for a long time that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying for years without warrants on the communications of Americans and people throughout the world. Photographs of the massive NSA building in Utah built for the purpose of storing the intercepted communications of the world have been published many times.
It is not clear to an ordinary person what Snowden has revealed that William Binney and other whistleblowers have not already revealed. Perhaps the difference is that Snowden has provided documents that prove it, thereby negating Washington’s ability to deny the facts with its usual lies.
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|World Focus: The Pursuit of Edward Snowden: Washington in a Rage, Striving to Run the World|
Monday, June 24 @ 06:49:21 AST
|By Norman Solomon|
June 24, 2013 - commondreams.org
Rarely has any American provoked such fury in Washington’s high places. So far, Edward Snowden has outsmarted the smartest guys in the echo chamber—and he has proceeded with the kind of moral clarity that U.S. officials seem to find unfathomable.
Bipartisan condemnations of Snowden are escalating from Capitol Hill and the Obama administration. More of the NSA’s massive surveillance program is now visible in the light of day—which is exactly what it can’t stand.
The central issue is our dire shortage of democracy. How can we have real consent of the governed when the government is entrenched with extreme secrecy, surveillance and contempt for privacy?
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|World Focus: What Is The U.S. Government’s Agenda?|
Wednesday, June 12 @ 16:38:47 AST
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
June 12, 2013 - Information Clearing House
It has been public information for a decade that the US government secretly, illegally, and unconstitutionally spies on its citizens. Congress and the federal courts have done nothing about this extreme violation of the US Constitution and statutory law, and the insouciant US public seems unperturbed.
In 2004 a whistleblower informed the New York Times that the National Security Agency (NSA) was violating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by ignoring the FISA court and spying on Americans without obtaining the necessary warrants. The corrupt New York Times put the interests of the US government ahead of those of the American public and sat on the story for one year until George W. Bush was safely reelected.
By the time the New York Times published the story of the illegal spying one year later, the law-breaking government had had time to mitigate the offense with ex post facto law or executive orders and explain away its law-breaking as being in the country’s interest.
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|World Focus: Food Justice: Monsanto, Factory Farming, and Beyond|
Wednesday, May 29 @ 19:18:14 AST
|By Mickey Z.|
May 28, 2013 -- World News Trust
“In nature's economy, the currency is not money, it is life.”
- Vandana Shiva
On May 25, 2013, millions marched against Monsanto across the globe. I took part here in New York City, of course, and was fortunate to have the opportunity to lead a teach-in called: “Food Justice, GMOs, & the Vegan Option (Eat Like a Revolutionary).”
The ostensible goals of this event included:
At the request of those who attended the teach-in, I’ve compiled some of the material in an article of sorts. This is not meant to be the definitive word on any of these topics. Rather, I strongly encourage all readers to follow-up with their own research and, of course, share what they find.
- Present GMOs as much more than a single issue.
- Suggest that GMOs offer a powerful entry point for outreach to the mainstream.
- Provide facts to be used for such outreach.
- Explain why there’s more to food justice than screaming “Fuck Monsanto.”
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|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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