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Washington Has Been At War For 16 Years: Why?
Posted: Saturday, July 1, 2017

Venezuela: Helicopter Attack as Opposition Steps up Campaign to Overthrow Maduro

Latest Venezuelan Opposition Coup Attempt Against Maduro Linked to DEA, CIA
More than 80 people miraculously avoided injury or death in a helicopter attack that targeted Venezuelan government buildings this week. The attack may have been part of an attempted coup supported by the U.S. as it seeks to topple Venezuela's government to gain access to its massive oil reserves.

Washington Has Been At War For 16 Years: Why?

War As U.S. Foreign Policy

The Growing Danger of War With Iran

Deposed Saudi Crown Prince Confined To Palace
Saudi officials deny claims Mohammed bin Nayef is under house arrest while power transition takes effect

'Foolishness!' - Golding slams Gonsalves over Venezuela crisis
Jamaica's decision to participate in discussions at the Organisation of American States (OAS) – whose general assembly starts today – over the Venezuela situation is "correct", former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has said, as he chides opposing CARICOM leaders for their "foolish" position.

Mattis claims Syria heeded U.S. warnings over chemical strike: ‘They didn't do it'

Qatar could face 'permanent' isolation as UAE says Gulf states are considering fresh sanctions
Other punitive measures are being discussed, Emirati diplomat says, dismissing press freedom concerns over demands to close Al Jazeera

UN: Demand to shut Al Jazeera a threat to media freedom
UN rights expert says Saudi-led campaign to close the Al Jazeera network is a 'major blow to media pluralism'.

U.S. Retreats From Al-Tanf - Gives Up On Occupying South East Syria

Make No Mistake, the U.S. is Already at War in Syria
Trump's anti-war promises were just glib campaign rhetoric.

NYT Finally Retracts Russia-gate Canard
A founding Russia-gate myth is that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies agreed that Russia hacked into and distributed Democratic emails, a falsehood that The New York Times has belatedly retracted, reports Robert Parry.

Why the London Terror Attack Happened Now
Posted: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Why the London Terror Attack Happened Now

This is what Theresa May refused to tell you in her schoolyard sermon on terror
The Prime Minister is going to have her 'embarrassing conversations' with Britain's Muslims, who have no power to switch off the evil ideology which Wahhabism represents. She does have that power – but she won't use it

Cause and Effect John Pilger on Terror in Britain

'Blame the internet' is just not a good enough response, Theresa May
We can feel pretty certain that the London Bridge attackers did the following things: owned smartphones; and used Google, YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp. That isn't because owning those things and using those services marks you out as a terrorist: it's because it marks you out as someone living in the west in the 21st century.

A 50-Year Occupation: Israel's Six-Day War Started With a Lie
Fifty years ago, between June 5 and June 10, 1967, Israel invaded and occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights. The Six-Day War, as it would later be dubbed, saw the Jewish David inflict a humiliating defeat on the Arab Goliath, personified perhaps by Gamal Abdel Nasser's Egypt.

Netanyahu insists Israel retain Jordan Valley military control
PM says 'we seeks peace that will last for generations,' but 'we must maintain security'

U.S. poised to warn U.N. rights forum of possible withdrawal

This Is Why Saudi Arabia and Its Allies Suddenly Cut Ties to Qatar
The Saudis and their allies are demanding, in effect, that Qatar end its independent foreign policy and tame or close down its television station, Al Jazeera.
Mr Trump's unqualified support for the Sunni monarchies and autocrats during his two-day visit to Riyadh emboldened the kingdom to start a second and, it hopes, final round in its confrontation with Qatar. Mr Trump may not have intended to touch off this latest crisis when he aggressively and inaccurately demonised Iran and by implication the Shia as the source of all terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa. But his words were interpreted by the Saudis as enabling them to move against Qatar though it is home to a major US base.

Qatar hosts largest US military base in Mideast

Qatar split raises problems for US with Iran, ISIS

What's Happening in the Persian Gulf
Early Monday morning, five Arab states–Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen–along with the Maldives, broke all diplomatic and physical ties with the Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar. All six countries say they are withdrawing their diplomats from Qatar within 48 hours and expect Qatari diplomats to reciprocate within the same time frame, and other Qatari nationals in those countries have two weeks to leave.

Qatar's Tensions With GCC Took Root During the Arab Spring
Qatar Sided With Muslim Brotherhood Against Regional Dictators

Qatar denounces 'unjustified' cut of Gulf ties
Qatar on Monday slammed the decisions of three Gulf states to sever ties with it, saying they were "unjustified" and aimed to put Doha under political "guardianship".

Pentagon Praises Qatar as US Tries to Stay Out of Split With Saudis

Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election

Gov't contractor charged with leaking classified info to media
The Department of Justice charged 25-year-old government contractor Reality Leigh Winner with sharing top secret material with a media outlet, prosecutors announced in a press release Monday.

How The Intercept Outed Reality Winner
Today, The Intercept released documents on election tampering from an NSA leaker. Later, the arrest warrant request for an NSA contractor named "Reality Winner" was published, showing how they tracked her down because she had printed out the documents and sent them to The Intercept.

President Vladimir Putin On Alleged Russian Election Interference

Montenegro Joins NATO, First New Member in a Decade
NATO welcomed the tiny country of Montenegro, as its 29th member Monday – the first new member in nearly ten years and a move that comes on the heels of President Trump's visit to NATO's headquarters.

Hiding the Ugly Business of U.S. Torture
A grisly feature of the "war on terror" was America's descent into torture, but the powers-that-be have decided that the common folk shouldn't worry their little heads about this ugliness, reports ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

Israel's Yinon Plan, Saudi Wahhabism & US Wars: Arab Christians Pushed Into Mass Exodus
"The real danger lies in whether the Christian world loses the last early Christians...the last ancient souls of the earth." Such is the dire prediction by one writer regarding the ongoing exodus of Arab Christians from the Middle East - an exodus triggered by Western neo-colonialism and Zionist expansion that suits the military-industrial complex.

Why Was Comey Fired?
Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Why Was Comey Fired?
The simplest explanation is that Trump doesn't like him much and doesn't trust him at all.

New South Korean president vows to address North Korea, broader tensions 'urgently'

The Silent Slaughter of the US Air War
The U.S. mainstream media voiced moral outrage when Russian warplanes killed civilians in Aleppo but has gone silent as U.S. warplanes slaughter innocents in Mosul and Raqqa, notes Nicolas J S Davies.

US Airstrike Kills 11 Civilians in Northern Syria

French Election A Catastrophe For World Peace
Marine Le Pen's defeat, if the vote count was honest, indicates that the French are even more insouciant than Americans.

Trump Agrees to Arm Kurds in Hugely Significant Move for Syria

Erdogan Rips US Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds
Officials Say Turkey Will Never Accept a NATO Ally Supporting Kurds

How U.S. Meddling in the Bosnia Conflict Changed the Face of NATO

U.S. likely to expand airline laptop ban to Europe: government officials

New footage from Syria shows aftermath of Sarin attack which killed 92
Horrifying new footage from Syria has emerged showing the moment poisonous gas killed 92 people in the northern part of the country.

Poll: Over 40% Of Americans Back Sanctions on Israel For Crimes Against Palestinians

Four United Nations peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic, 8 injured and one missing

Why is Venezuela in Crisis Again?
Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Why is Venezuela in Crisis Again?

Make No Mistake: There is a media blockade against Venezuela

America's Misadventures in the Middle East
It's time for a fundamental reexamination of the U.S. role in the region.

Why Does North Korea Want Nukes?

Turkish opposition appeals referendum on Erdogan powers

Civilian casualties from airstrikes grow in Iraq and Syria. But few are ever investigated
Hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of other civilians have died in hundreds of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria during the war against Islamic State, and it appears likely that the vast majority of those deaths were never investigated by the U.S. military or its coalition partners.

It is Not Just Assad Who is "Responsible" for the Rise of ISIS

Taliban Infiltrates Afghan Base, Kills 140 Soldiers
Single Deadliest Taliban Attack on Military of the Entire War

Lawrence Wilkerson On North Korea Crisis: U.S. Should Stop the Threats & Own Up to its Role
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, says the U.S. should resolve the North Korea nuclear crisis through negotiations and should reckon with the impact of its previous actions.

The U.S. Pushed North Korea to Build Nukes: Yes or No?
Let's say you know someone who wears funny blue suits and doesn't share your views on politics. So you decide to stick this person in a cage and put him on a diet of bread and water until he agrees to change his wardrobe and adjust his thinking. And when he sits quietly on the cage-floor with his hands folded, you ignore him altogether and deal with other matters. But when he stomps his feet in anger or violently shakes the cage, you throw cold water on him or poke him in the back with a sharp stick.

Why Washington is Terrified of Russia, China
The Russia-China strategic partnership, uniting the Pentagon's avowed top two "existential" threats to America, does not come with a formal treaty signed with pomp, circumstance - and a military parade.

US secretary of state issues war threat against Iran
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a threat of military confrontation with Iran Wednesday at a hastily called news conference in which he drew a direct parallel to Washington's reckless and increasingly dangerous confrontation with North Korea.

US 'deep state' sold out counter-terrorism to keep itself in business
The whole war on terrorism has been, in effect, a bait-and-switch operation from the beginning. The idea that US military operations were somehow going to make America safer after the 9/11 attacks was the bait. What has actually happened ever since then, however, is that senior officials at the Pentagon and the CIA have been sacrificing the interest of American people in weakening al-Qaeda in order to pursue their own institutional interests.

Migrants from west Africa being 'sold in Libyan slave markets'
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Migrants from west Africa being 'sold in Libyan slave markets'
UN migration agency says selling of people is rife in African nation that has slid into violent chaos since overthrow of Gaddafi

Exaggerated Dangers in Venezuela

Maduro Calls to Investigate Opposition's False Chemical Weapons Claims

Venezuela Rejects "Interventionist" Statement by US Southern Command Chief

40 Detained, 1 Dead in Ongoing Opposition Violence in Venezuela

55 Bipartisan Lawmakers Demand Trump Pump Brakes on Military Action in Yemen
'Once again, the administration appears ready to ramp up U.S. involvement in a complicated civil war without a clear strategy in place or the necessary authorization from Congress'

Russia and Iran request an 'unbiased investigation' into Syrian chemical attack

Russia, before Tillerson visit, says worried USA may attack North Korea

Donald Trump warns North Korea is 'looking for trouble' and says US 'will solve problem with or without China'

North Korea warns of nuclear strike if provoked, Trump 'armada' steams on

Trump Withholds Syria-Sarin Evidence
Despite President Trump's well-known trouble with the truth, his White House now says "trust us" on its Syrian-sarin charges while withholding the proof that it claims to have, reports Robert Parry.

Carter Page: FBI reportedly obtained FISA warrant to monitor ex-Trump adviser

A world in turmoil, thank you Mr. Trump!
The real Donald Trump has been exposed. The man who promised a sensible and non-interventionist Middle Eastern policy and a reset with Moscow has now reneged on both pledges. His nitwit United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has directly linked Russia and Syria for punishment by the omnipotent Leader of the Free World lest anyone be confused.

1983 CIA Document Reveals Plan To Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis

Poodle Trump Runs With Dogs of War
Posted: Friday, April 7, 2017

What's really behind America's rush to war in Syria?
Regarding the attack in Idlib, what we can say with certainty is that a time when pro-government forces in Syria were in the ascendancy on the ground, and when the Syrian government was making significant progress on the diplomatic front, it would have constituted an act of ineffable self-harm to launch a chemical weapons attack of any kind, much less one of this magnitude. In fact it would have conformed to the actions of a government that was intent on bringing about its own demise. What also must be taken into consideration is the fact that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an organization supported by the US, confirmed back in June 2014 that the process to destroy Syria’s entire stock of chemical weapons had been completed.

Poodle Trump Runs With Dogs of War
So the brash, big-mouth tycoon in the White House with an outsized ego has finally unleashed the dogs of war in Syria.

Trump's Attack on Syria Killed Four Children, State News Agency Claims
Nine civilians, including four children, were killed in the United States missile attack on a military airbase in Homs province in the early hours of Friday morning, the Syrian state news agency has said.

Trump Has Surrendered - Will Putin Be The Next?

We're Asking the Wrong Questions About Syria
The two most obvious questions are who did this, and why?
The US government (and unfortunately most American media, acting as stenographers rather than journalists as is too often the case in matters of war and foreign policy) have settled on the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad as the culprit. That claim seems very questionable, if for no other reason than that there's no plausible "why" attached to it.

Did Assad use chemical weapons on Khan Shaikhoun to score an own goal in the international arena?
Correspondents in Beirut, Amsterdam, Ankara, Istanbul, Brussels, Geneva, Holland, Washington and the United Nations wrote the Reuters article. Most of them have never been to Syria in the last few years and their source is "rebels" in al-Qaeda held territory and "information" from other social media accounts. But this is not the only influential media source that writes about Syria and has clearly never been to the country at any time during the last 6 years: the Washington post also does the same. The UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (and a UK diplomat) doesn't share the media "insightful information".

NYT Retreats on 2013 Syria-Sarin Claims
Even as The New York Times leads the charge against the Syrian government for this week's alleged chemical attack, it is quietly retreating on its earlier certainty about the 2013 Syria-sarin case, reports Robert Parry.

Trump launches attack on Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles

Syria: New U.S. Air Support On Request Scheme For Al-Qaeda
On this day one hundred years ago the U.S. joined World War I. Last night the U.S. attacked a Syrian government airport in an openly hostile and intentional manner. The strike established a mechanism by which al-Qaeda can "request" U.S. airstrikes on Syrian government targets.

Syria Slams US Aggression After Overnight Attacks
Syrian Officials Deny Launching Gas Attack

Russia Cuts Military Communications With US Over Syria Attack
Russia Deploys Warship to Naval Base Near US Ships

UN council weighs compromise on Syria nerve gas probe
Two days after alleged government bombing that killed scores, including 27 children, western diplomats demand full investigation

Is Trump Going to Commit the Next Great American Catastrophe in Syria?
It would be foolhardy to take military action before we know the details of the recent horrific gas attack.

Russia Exposes US Lies at Security Council
Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Media Goes Quiet as Russia Exposes US Lies at Security Council
Russia just called out the West for using the UN to promote regime change — but no one reported it.

Watch - Russian, U.S. UK And Syria Speaking At UN Emergency Meeting
Demonizing Syria and Russia – Show us the evidence.

It's WMD All Over Again. Why Don't You See It?
Today's frenzy over alleged use of poison gas in Syria is the 2017 version of Anthony Blair's WMD in Iraq. Why can you not see it? Did you think they would do it in exactly the same way again? You are being assailed through your emotions, to act first and think long after, and far too late.

The Trump Administration Goes Neocon-crazy

African leaders cautiously back strategy to quit global court
Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2017

African leaders cautiously back strategy to quit global court
Broad antipathy towards the court among Africans who feel the International Criminal Court unfairly targets them

If Americans Truly Cared About Muslims, They Would Stop Killing Them by the Millions

US Raid Destroyed Most of Yemen Village, FM Blasts ‘Extrajudicial Killing'
The weekend raid by SEAL Team 6 forces into Yemen to target what was described as "al-Qaeda headquarters," was championed by the administration as a great success in the initial wake of it, but subsequent accounts have instead shown a complete disaster, with losses among the attack US forces and substantial harm to civilians, virtually destroying the entire village and leading Yemen's Foreign Minister to fault the attack as "extrajudicial killings."

War Crimes: Key Decision Point for a New President
In 2011, American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan were murdered – killed without charge or trial – on the orders of then-president Barack Obama.

Clamoring for Israeli Approval: Trump's Election Promises Will Haunt Him

White House puts Iran ‘on notice,' won't rule out military force
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's administration is "officially putting Iran on notice," and senior administration officials later refused to rule out military action against the Islamic Republic.

Iran confirms missile test, drawing tough response from Trump aide

Iran's President derides Donald Trump as too inexperienced for 'the world of politics'

Operation Chaos: Trump Will Ignite a Powder Keg in the Middle East

Report: Intelligence on fight against IS wasn't falsified
An independent Pentagon probe concluded Wednesday that U.S. military leaders didn't falsify intelligence about progress in the fight against the Islamic State group. Still, it found many analysts strongly believed their reports were distorted to paint a more positive picture of the campaign.

Syrian army dash to al-Bab risks Turkey clash
A rapid advance by the Syrian army towards the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab risks sparking a confrontation with Turkey as Damascus seeks to stop its neighbor penetrating deeper into a strategically important area of northern Syria.

Syria opposition says U.N. can't pick delegates to peace talks
Syria's main opposition body said on Wednesday it would be "unacceptable" for the United Nations to choose opposition delegates to the next round of peace talks in Geneva planned for this month.

Trump Aims to Focus Counter-Extremism Program Exclusively on Islam
Program Had Previously Also Targeted Neo-Nazis

According to Reuters, the Trump Administration intends to change the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program significantly, moving it away from a broad goal of countering all violent ideologies to solely focusing on Islam, renaming it "Countering Islamic Extremism" in the process.

Judge orders halt to Trump's ban for immigrant visa holders

Ukraine: US Will Never Accept Russia's Annexation of Crimea

Russia charges cyber security expert, FSB officers with treason: lawyer

Will Trump Blunder Into A War With China?
In his Jan. 13 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson made an extraordinary comment concerning China's activities in the South China Sea. The U.S., he said, must "send a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops," adding that Beijing's "access to those islands is not going to be allowed."

A "Color Revolution" Is Under Way in the United States
A Russian joke goes like this: "Question: why can there be no color revolution in the United States? Answer: because there are no US Embassies in the United States."

Putin on E. Ukraine flare-up: Kiev trying to extort US, EU cash by playing the victim

Donald Trump tweets he will study 'dumb' refugee deal with Australia
Australia's relationship with the United States, its closest ally, has been rocked by the leaking of a fiery telephone conversation between Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump over the proposed refugee resettlement deal.

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