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Think Trump's scary now?
Posted: Friday, December 2, 2016
This is why everything you've read about the wars in Syria and Iraq could be wrong
It is too dangerous for journalists to operate in rebel-held areas of Aleppo and Mosul. But there is a tremendous hunger for news from the Middle East, so the temptation is for the media to give credence to information they get second hand
Think Trump's scary now? Obama is leaving him with broad war powers
The president-elect keeps news cycles churning with his unhinged tweets, but it's the current administration's expanding military license that should scare us
Political Science's "Theory of Everything"
The famous Indian story of the Blind Men and the Elephant is a metaphor highlighting that while one's subjective experience can be true, it can also be limited by its failure to account for other truths or a totality of truth. A similar metaphor can be used to try to explain the hidden forces guiding the US Government
UN apologizes for Haiti cholera spread, not for causing it
Saudi Arabia Has Funded 20% Of Hillary's Presidential Campaign
Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Saudi Arabia Has Funded 20% Of Hillary's Presidential Campaign, Saudi Crown Prince Claims
Putin & Trump discuss Syria and US-Russia relations in phone call – Kremlin
US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have held their first telephone call, in which the two leaders discussed Syria and agreed to improve and develop bilateral ties, the Kremlin said in a statement.
Obama Claims Trump Will Remain Committed to NATO
Says Trump Assured Him He Will Maintain Alliance
Assange 'finally afforded opportunity' to give statement to Sweden, complains of 'irregularities'
Whistleblower Julian Assange says he "cooperated fully" with Swedish investigators during a seven-hour interview inside the Ecuadorian embassy concerning rape charges from 2010. Assange's legal team also accused the investigators of "procedural irregularities."
'War crimes of torture': ICC prosecutor signals charges against US armed forces, CIA
The US may have committed war crimes of torture, cruel treatment and rape, when it interrogated dozens of people in Afghanistan between 2003 and 2014, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said.
Syrian rebels battle each other north of Aleppo
Saudi warplanes kill 14 in Yemen: attack on fuel trucks, medics, residents
US, Allies Massacre at Will, Yet Condemn Russia
Posted: Friday, October 28, 2016
US, Allies Massacre at Will, Yet Condemn Russia
We really have entered a macabre twilight zone when US-led warplanes are massacring civilians in several countries – and yet Washington and its allies condemn others for war crimes.
Saudi Arabia 'deliberately targeting impoverished Yemen's farms and agricultural industry'
Increasing evidence suggests Kingdom is not merely bombing civilians in neighbouring country, but systematically targeting infrastructure survivors will need to avoid starvation when the war is over
Saudi Wealth Silences France over Regime's Crimes in Yemen, Syria: French Journalist
U.S. has secretly expanded its global network of drone bases to North Africa
U.S. now using Tunisia to conduct drone operations in Libya – U.S. sources
U.N. peace plan for Yemen seems to sideline exiled president
'America Has Lost' in the Philippines
Philippine leader Duterte now wants U.S. troops out 'in the next two years'
CEPAL: There Is "Definitely No Humanitarian" Crisis in Venezuela
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) has dismissed claims circulated by the Venezuelan opposition and the international media that the country is facing a "humanitarian crisis".
Opposition, socialist supporters face off in Caracas
Venezuela crisis enters dangerous phase as Maduro foes go militant
Clinton Adviser Proposes Attacking Iran to Aid the Saudis in Yemen
The U.S. Cyberwar With Russia Will Wait for President Hillary Clinton
American officials keep talking about how they'll hit back at Russia for hacking the DNC. But any counterstrike will have to wait until after the election.
The Historic UN Vote On Banning Nuclear Weapons
History was made at the United Nations today. For the first time in its 71 years, the global body voted to begin negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
The Modern History of 'Rigged' US Elections
Donald Trump claims the U.S. presidential election is "rigged," drawing condemnation from the political/media establishment which accuses him of undermining faith in American democracy. But neither side understands the real problem, says Robert Parry.
Putin Asks: "Is America Now A Banana Republic"
Moments ago, Russian president started speaking at the final session of the Valdai International Discussion Club's 13th annual meeting in Sochi. More than 130 experts and political analysts from Russia and other countries are taking part in this year's three-day meeting, titled 'The Future in Progress: Shaping the World of Tomorrow'.
Russia unveils 'Satan 2' missile powerful enough to 'wipe out UK, France or Texas'
Russia has released the first image of its new nuclear missile, a weapon so powerful that it could wipe out nearly all of the United Kingdom or France.
Russia to destroy all of its chemical weapons by end of 2017
Russia Has Called the War Party's Bluff
A hot war is not going to break out after Nov. 8th - thanks to shrewd moves and preparation by Moscow
Putin: Russia Is Not Going to Attack Anyone
Claims of Russian Threats 'Simply Stupid'
The real reason for the Calais Jungle clearance isn't what you may think
On Tuesday 25 October, the dismantling of the 'Calais Jungle' refugee camp began in France. But the situation in Calais is symptomatic of the crisis more broadly; that is, companies and individuals profiting from the misery of refugees.
The USA are about to face the worst crisis of their history and how Putin's example might inspire Trump
Watching the last Presidential debate was a rather depressing experience. I thought that Trump did pretty well, but that really is not the point here. The point is this: no matter who wins, an acute crisis is inevitable.
Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Devastation: Aerial footage shows Haiti villages leveled by Hurricane Matthew as death toll climbs to 112 across the Caribbean
Two Chicago police officers uncovered a massive criminal enterprise within the department. Then they were hung out to dry.
Mass. High Court Says Black Men May Have Legitimate Reason To Flee Police
Black men who try to avoid an encounter with Boston police by fleeing may have a legitimate reason to do so — and should not be deemed suspicious — according to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Charlotte Police Release Partial Shooting Video, Say Keith Scott 'Absolutely' Had Gun
Charlotte, NC, Police Say Keith Lamont Scott Had a Gun, but Was That Enough to Detain Him?
In North Carolina, the open carry of a handgun is legal, and concealed carry is legal with a permit. In addition, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in 2013 that police do not have sufficient cause to stop and search someone—or a person with that person—just because he or she is carrying a handgun.
America is a Big FATCA Liar
FATCA has caused enormous disruption around the world, leading many foreign banks and other institutions to ban American clients. It’s also prompted thousands of U.S. citizens to give up their citizenship to avoid this and worse fates. It is almost universally hated by Americans and foreigners alike.
Baltimore man who called 911 for help dies after being punched by police
City 'changed forever' as authorities hunt mall gunman
Bolivia Ended Its Drug War by Kicking Out the DEA and Legalizing Coca
A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find
Almost all living people outside of Africa trace back to a single migration more than 50,000 years ago
US War Crimes or 'Normalized Deviance'
Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016
US War Crimes or 'Normalized Deviance'
The U.S. foreign policy establishment and its mainstream media operate with a pervasive set of hypocritical standards that justify war crimes — or what might be called a "normalization of deviance," writes Nicolas J S Davies.
Election Meddling: Bad if Done to USA, Bad to Complain About if Done by USA
The New York Times whitewashes US imperialism in Middle East and contemplates ethnic cleansing
Hezbollah Leader: WHY the US created Daesh (ISIS)
Obama and Hillary DID Found ISIS: This 2012 US Government Memo Proves It
A former CIA asset has become a U.S. headache in Libya
Reports: Irish IOC chief Patrick Hickey arrested in Rio
The head of the European Olympic committee is being accused of illegally scalping tickets for the Summer Games currently being held in Rio.
Evidence mounts that NSA computer code was stolen
NPR Host Demands That Assange Do Something Its Own Reporters Are Told Never to Do
In a ten-minute interview aired Wednesday morning, NPR's David Greene asked Wikileaks founder Julian Assange five times to reveal the sources of the leaked information he has published on the internet.
Snowden: Exposure of alleged NSA tools may be warning to US
Hillary, Trump, and War with Russia: The Goddamdest Stupid Idea I Have Ever Heard, and I Have Lived in Washington
Don't look for a walk-over. The T14 Armata, Russia's latest tank. You don't want to fight this monster if you can think of a better idea, such as not fighting it.
Russian Military Options in Syria and the Ukraine
US: Russia's Use of Iran Bases Could Violate UN Resolution
Russia Points Out That's Obviously Not the Case
Our Syria strikes out of Iran do not violate U.N. resolution 2231: Russia
China says seeks closer military ties with Syria
China wants to have closer military ties with Syria, state media on Tuesday cited a senior Chinese officer as saying during a rare visit to the war-torn Middle Eastern country.
Nuclear Blackmail and America's Fantasy War with China
Another day, another piece of US think-tankery poo-pooing the prospects for a nuclear confrontation with the PRC.
US Has Nearly 30,000 Defense Contractors in Afghanistan
Over Three Times as Many Contractors as Soldiers Remain
Western Value... Making a Killing in Yemen
The slaughter in Yemen just keeps getting worse, with civilians at the bloody forefront. Yet, shamefully – moreover tellingly – there is no uproar in the Western media.
American Complicity in Yemen's War
128 Killed in Iraq; ISIS Prisons in Fallujah Yield Corpses
Australian Authorities Hacked Computers in the US
South Sudan says probes any army abuses, executes two soldiers
Bin Laden's Son Urges Overthrow of Saudi Rulers
US Impunity under threat: Turkey may disintegrate NATO
If Turkey leaves NATO, that would be a big change. Turkey has been in the pockets of Washington for a long time. If Washington was behind the coup, this probably has damaged the relationship permanently. Erdogan has very strong motives to realign with Russia despite the problems he had caused.
Turkish police detain two dozen journalists after closing pro-Kurdish daily
'They want to uproot me and bring a Jewish citizen'
The "unrecognised" Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran will be demolished to make way for up to 10,000 Jewish Israelis.
Israel to demolish Bedouin school near Jerusalem
The Jahalin school opened its doors a week earlier than scheduled, in protest at Israeli orders for its closure.
Israel to pay Turkey $20 million in compensation after six-year rift
Israel arrests Hamas election committee member
North Korea Says It Has Resumed Plutonium Production
North Korea's No. 2 Diplomat in London Defects to the South
Is Trump Sabotaging His Campaign?
Debunking Myths About The Crisis In Venezuela
Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Bernie Sanders Campaign Chief Says Someone Must Be 'Accountable' for What DNC Emails Show
Wikileaks hits DNC ahead of convention, competes with Kaine VP nomination
Austin police body-slam black teacher, tell her blacks have 'violent tendencies'
Libyans Protest At French Special Forces Presence
The UN-backed government of Libya has dubbed the presence of French troops in the country a violation of national sovereignty, following France's admission they were preseence and that three had died near the eastern town of Benghazi. There were protests against "foreign interference" in several Libyan towns once the news had broken on Wednesday.
Obama Rejects Claims U.S. Had Advance Knowledge of Turkey Coup
President Barack Obama rejected claims that the U.S. had prior knowledge of last week's attempted coup in Turkey and urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to tamp down any rumors of American involvement.
Did Russia save Erdogan?
At least 80 killed in suicide bombing at Kabul protest
More than 200 injured as Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Hazara demonstration
US-Backed Syrian 'Moderates' Behead 12-Year-Old
The grisly beheading of a 12-year-old boy by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels spotlights Washington's creepy excuses for arming "moderate" jihadists who are barely distinguishable from Al Qaeda and ISIS, reports Daniel Lazare.
U.S. "Vetted" And Armed Syria Terrorist Group That Beheaded Boy, Gave Them TOW Missiles
Syria war: Aleppo tunnel bomb 'kills 38 government troops'
Dozens of pro-government troops were killed when rebels blew up a tunnel underneath a building in the Syrian city of Aleppo, reports say.
France to send artillery to Iraq in fight against ISIL
French president announces plan to send artillery, but no ground troops, to combat ISIL in Iraq in August.
Boeing: If We Can't Have Iran, Nobody Should
Boeing Officials Fear Rival Airbus Could Have Market to Themselves
Britain Quietly Backs Off Claims Saudis Aren't Committing War Crimes
Admits Statements Defending Arms Sales Did Not Reflect Real Situation
Nice attack: City refuses police call to delete CCTV images
Drone Attack exposes US dirt and hypocrisy on human rights
Drone strike reveals U.S. shameful hypocracy on human rights
American Democracy Is a Shitshow
American democracy is a shitshow that is insightful only unintentionally and captivating only in its grotesqueries.
Donald Trump's Convention Speech Rings Terrifying Historical Alarm Bells
The Western pubic doesn't know it, but Washington and its European vassals are convincing Russia that they are preparing to attack. Eric Zuesse reports on a German newspaper leak of a Bundeswehr decision to declare Russia to be an enemy nation of Germany.
We May Be at a Greater Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe Than During the Cold War
Debunking Myths About The Crisis In Venezuela: An Insider's Perspective
After three years as a correspondent in Venezuela, BBC's Daniel Pardo decided to share a look into five myths he's identified in relation to the country's situation, as perceived by people abroad. Those up-to-date with the news know that almost every mainstream media outlet paints a gloomy picture of famine, insecurity and censorship. But, how bad is the situation really?
3 officers killed; 3 injured in Baton Rouge
Posted: Sunday, July 17, 2016
3 officers killed; 3 injured in Baton Rouge
1 suspect killed, no motive identified at this time
Baton Rouge Gunman Was Former Marine
According to CBS News, Long was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2010 after serving since 2005, reaching the rank of sergeant. He served in Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009, and records show he received several medals during his military career, including one for good conduct.
Baton Rouge killer shared photo on Twitter of cop being shot
Baton Rouge shooter identified as former marine, reportedly ex-Nation of Islam member
Violence Haunts South Sudan as Civil War Flares Nick Turse
The parched field in the town of Leer, South Sudan, was covered in a carpet of dried grass. Nearby was a sheet of corrugated metal — a roof to a home that, like most in this town, was now in ruins. Lying in the field were scattered clothes: a desert camouflage shirt in the pattern the U.S. military calls "chocolate chip," a blue T-shirt that read "Bird Game" with characters resembling those of the video game Angry Birds.
Obama: 200 US Forces in Uganda to Help in South Sudan
Uganda Loses $1 Million Daily in South Sudan Conflict
Innocent civilians continue to die in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen
Turkey's Attempted Coup
Turkey's democracy is dead. It was dying anyway, as President Recep Tayyib Erdogan took over media outlets, arrested political opponents and journalists, and even re-started a war with the Kurds last autumn in order to win an election.
Coup d'état attempt: Turkey's Reichstag fire?
We are witnessing the consolidation of a new form of authoritarianism with a populist streak.
'US needs Erdogan as ally to put pressure on Russia,' but will never hand over Gulen
Turkey Accuses US Of Being Behind Military Coup, Demands Extradition Of Cleric Gulen
Turkey detains 'coup plotters' at base used by US: Reports
Turkey coup: 2,700 judges removed from duty following failed overthrow attempt
Turkey's highest judiciary council suspends judges and members of its own board for links to reformist Muslim leader Fethullah Gülen
Alleged coup leader was once military attaché to Israel
Former Turkish Air Force chief Akin Ozturk maintained army ties with Jewish state in the 1990s
Putin calls Erdogan, hopes for speedy return to stability
Russian President Vladimir Putin called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, describing the attempted coup as unacceptable and voicing hope for a speedy return to stability.
New Ties Emerge Between Clinton And Mysterious Islamic Cleric
Syrian state paper says failed Turkey coup fabricated
Turkey coup: Soldiers say they were 'not aware they were part of coup attempt'
They said commanders told them they were taking part in military manoeuvres
Turkey coup attempt: President Erdogan orders round up of more than 6,000 in ruthless crackdown
Erdogan Had It Coming: The Turkish Coup Failed, But Another Will Succeed
Too late did Erdogan realise the cost of the role he had chosen for his country – when you can no longer trust your army, there are serious issues that need to be addressed
Thousands in military detained as Turkey's government reasserts control after failed coup
28 Pages Reveal Evidence of Saudi Govt Involvement in 9/11
Hijackers Had Contact With Likely Saudi Intelligence Officers
29 Pages Revealed: Corruption, Crime and Cover-up Of 9/11
Blair to Bush on 9/12/01: 'Co-Opt' Sympathy for War
Declassified communications from the U.K. to the U.S. show the depth of Blair's commitment to toppling Saddam Hussein
Police arrest three in Nice as Islamic State claims truck attack
Iran decries US failure to fulfill JCPOA obligations
The Arguments Change, but the Effort to Kill the Iran Nuclear Agreement Continues
FBI has found no evidence that Orlando shooter targeted Pulse because it was a gay club
Britain faces the biggest crisis of democracy in its history. It's time to take power back.
Welcome to prime minister Theresa May's new regime: it represents perhaps the most authoritarian, racist and austerity-obsessed government in British history.
NATO Pledges Four More Years of War in Afghanistan
Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
SEND OUR WAR CRIMINALS TO THE HAGUE COURT
This week's Chilcot report on Britain's role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was as polite and guarded as a proper English tea party. No direct accusations, no talk of war crimes by then Prime Minister Tony Blair or his guiding light, President George W. Bush. But still pretty damning.
Reality check: study finds no racial bias in police shootings
A new study claims that while black people might experience more use of force by the police, they're no more likely to be shot – but the data is misleading
Tanks, helicopters attack South Sudan vice president residence
More than 300 dead as South Sudan capital is rocked by violence
UN security council urges end to fighting in Juba between troops loyal to president and vice-president amid civil war fears
Raids on factories aim to cause Yemen economy lasting damage: HRW
Human Rights Watch said Monday that Saudi-led bombing raids against civilian factories in Yemen, which have killed scores, appear aimed at inflicting lasting economic damage to the war-ravaged country.
The No-State Solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict
A paradigm shift is required to bring about a peaceful resolution to the world's most infamous conflict.
President al-Assad: European parliamentarians should work to correct their governments' policies that caused problems
NATO Pledges Four More Years of War in Afghanistan
The longest war in US history just got even longer. As NATO wrapped up its 2016 Warsaw Summit, the organization agreed to continue funding Afghan security forces through the year 2020. Of course with all that funding comes US and NATO troops, and thousands of contractors, trainers, and more.
Warsaw Summit: Western Leaders Ignore Reality
US to send 560 more troops to Iraq to prepare for attack on Isis stronghold
Forces to travel to newly taken airbase as Iraqi and US officials prepare to fight for Mosul – a battle which will define Islamic State's fate in the country
Following Horrific Violence, Something More is Required of Us
We need a profound shift in our collective consciousness in order to challenge an entrenched system of racial and social control -- and build a new America.
Legalized Murder and the Politics of Terror
If we do not revolt, the savagery, - that is the daily reality for poor people of color will become our reality.
Demonstrations Against Police Violence Occupy Streets in US and UK
Amid heightened tensions and fear for safety after deadly Dallas sniper ambush, Black Lives Matter protests against police violence took to the streets in major American cities and the UK
Black Lives Matter Protest, Disrupt Major Cities Throughout USA
Movement Against Police Violence Condemns Violence Against Police
'People cannot use Black Lives Matter as a scapegoat,' says US Congressman
Officials Say Dallas Sniper, a Former US Army Soldier, Acted Alone
Micah X. Johnson was a 'demented individual,' said President Obama.
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