The amusing story behind Joe Lieberman's new gig But United Against Nuclear Iran already had a chairman: Dr. Gary Samore, a scholar at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, who led the group for two years. Why replace him with Lieberman? Because Dr. Gary Samore has decided that the international nuclear agreement with Iran is a good idea.
Regional powers are making a mess of the Middle East If you think European colonialism, Russian imperialism, Zionism and American militarism have made a mess of the Middle East over the past century, be prepared for worse. We have entered a wild new era in which actors within the region are driving new ideological tensions, civil conflicts and regional wars.
US's Saudi Oil Deal from Win-Win to Mega-Loose Who would've thought it would come to this? Certainly not the Obama Administration, and their brilliant geo-political think-tank neo-conservative strategists. John Kerry's brilliant "win-win" proposal of last September during his September 11 Jeddah meeting with ailing Saudi King Abdullah was simple: Do a rerun of the highly successful State Department-Saudi deal in 1986 when Washington persuaded the Saudis to flood the world market at a time of over-supply in order to collapse oil prices worldwide, a kind of "oil shock in reverse." In 1986 was successful in helping to break the back of a faltering Soviet Union highly dependent on dollar oil export revenues for maintaining its grip on power.
The Nuclear Deal with Iran Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2015
The Nuclear Deal with Iran Iran reached a landmark nuclear agreement with the U.S. and five other world powers, a long-sought foreign policy goal of President Barack Obama that sets the White House on course for months of political strife with dissenters in Congress and in allied Middle Eastern nations.
US/Israeli/Saudi 'Behavior' Problems In Official Washington's latest detour from the real world, top pundits are depicting Iran as the chief troublemaker in the Mideast and saying the nuclear deal should hinge on Iranian "behavior." But the real "behavior" problems come from Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S., writes Robert Parry.
The GOP's Iran Dilemma But before the party commits to abrogating the Iran deal in 2017, the GOP should consider whether it would be committing suicide in 2016.
Abdulazeez and Abdulaziz Salman bin Abdulaziz is one of the world's worst dictators. He has many prior infractions, such as publicly announcing becoming a rogue nuclear state, beheading and torturing hundreds of people and repressing millions, and is currently carrying out a war of aggression against one of the poorest countries in the world, Yemen, killing thousands of civilians and enforcing a blockade that risks starving millions, as Yemen imports almost all of its food. - See more at: http://www.empireslayer.org/2015/07/abdulazeez-and-abdulaziz.html#sthash.XeICXFCJ.dpuf
South Africa to review ICC membership after Bashir row South Africa has said it will review its membership in the ICC after a row over its failure to arrest the Sudanese president. The court has issued an arrest warrant for Omar al-Bashir on genocide and war crimes charges.
Neocons Urge Embrace of Al Qaeda The latest neocon gambit is to build support for "regime change" in Syria by downplaying the evils of Al Qaeda, rebranding it as some sort of "moderate" terrorist force whose Syrian affiliate is acceptable to Israel and supported by Saudi Arabia. But this audacious argument ignores reality, writes Daniel Lazare.
State Dept: Iran 'Supports Terror' for Backing anti-ISIS Militias The State Department is struggling to make up its minds on the Iraqi Shi'ite militias in the ISIS war, declaring Iran to be financing "terror-related activities" for supporting those militias, which are the same militias fighting on the same side as the US in Iraq.
FBI Agent: The CIA Could Have Stopped 9/11 Rossini, who was assigned to the CIA's Counterterrorism Center (CTC) at the time of the attacks, has long maintained that the U.S. government has covered up secret relations between the spy agency and Saudi individuals who may have abetted the plot. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who flew commercial airliners into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a failed effort to crash into the U.S. Capitol, were Saudis.
US Senator McCain slams European stance on Ukraine U.S. Sen. John McCain has said during a visit to Ukraine that it is shameful that Washington's European allies have not done more to assist Ukrainian forces in their quest to defeat Russian-backed separatists in the east.
Who's Behind Asia-Pacific's Growing Tensions? Increasing tension in the Asia-Pacific between China and nations surrounding its territory, appears to be an unstoppable and inevitable lead-up to regional conflict and perhaps even global war
Obama's Stupid Propaganda Stuff Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015
CNN's 'Courageous' Advertorial Mill CNN has announced the formation of a new unit that will not report the news. Instead, it will take money from corporations to produce content that resembles news but is actually PR designed to burnish its clients' images.
Obama's Stupid Propaganda Stuff Just last month, President Obama dispatched Secretary of State Kerry to secure Russian President Putin's help in addressing the Syrian crisis and other world hotspots – but despite Putin's agreement, Obama has reversed himself and is back hurling insults at the Russians, a troubling development, writes Robert Parry.
Did the War in Syria Just Become a Regional War? There are growing indications that the war in Syria has now entered a new and dangerous phase that threatens to engulf the entire Middle East in a broad regional war. The news that Iran has sent significant numbers of Iranian, Iraqi, and Afghan troops to take active part in defense of Syria has the potential to transform the conflict into one with global implications as Iran's key regional rivals – Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Israel – continue to support jihadi factions in their war against the government of Bashar al-Assad.
How the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin Gildo, accused of terrorism in Syria, collapsed after it became clear British intelligence had been arming the same rebel groups the defendant was charged with supporting.
VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald Explains How to Keep Your Data Away From the NSA In an April interview with acTVism Munich, Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald explains how tech giants such as Facebook and Google were "eager" to cooperate with the National Security Agency and offers important advice that individuals can follow to make it harder for the NSA to collect private data.
China's Plan to Lead the Globe As tensions in the South China Sea between the US and China continue to rise, the US Navy and Air Force are quietly gearing up to fight a war in the disputed region.
Washington Blows Itself Up With Its Own Bomb These are sad days in Washington and Wall Street. The once unchallenged sole Superpower at the collapse of the Soviet Union some quarter century ago is losing its global influence so rapidly that most would not have predicted anything comparable six months ago. The key actor who has catalyzed a global defiance of Washington as Sole Superpower is Vladimir Putin, Russia's President. This is the real background to the surprise visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Sochi to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and then a four hour talk with "Satan" himself, Putin
Failure of the US coup d'État in Macedonia Macedonia has just neutralised an armed group whose sponsors had been under surveillance for at least eight months. By doing so, it has prevented a new attempt at a coup d'État, planned by Washington for the 17th of May. The aim was to spread the chaos already infecting Ukraine into Macedonia in order to stall the passage of a Russian gas pipeline to the European Union.
We're citizens, not subjects. We have the right to criticize government without fear When freedom of information and transparency are stifled, then bad decisions are often made and heartbreaking tragedies occur – too often on a breathtaking scale that can leave societies wondering: how did this happen? Think about the recent debates on torture, assassination by unmanned aircraft, secret warrants and detentions, intelligence and surveillance courts, military commissions, immigration detention centers and the conduct of modern warfare. These policies affect millions of people around the world every day and can affect anyone – wives, children, fathers, aunts, boyfriends, cousins, friends, employees, bosses, clergy and even career politicians – at any time. It is time that we bring a health dose of sunlight to them.
Gifting Russia 'Free-Market' Extremism Official Washington's Putin-bashing knows no bounds as the Russian president's understandable complaints about U.S. triumphalism and NATO expansion, after the Soviet collapse in the 1990s, are dismissed as signs of his “paranoia” and “revisionism,” writes Robert Parry.
How the U.S. Contributed to Yemen's Crisis Washington's support for Yemen's former dictatorship – and of Saudi efforts to sideline the country's nonviolent pro-democracy movement – helped create the current crisis.