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New Political Earthquake in Brazil
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
New Political Earthquake in Brazil: Is It Now Time for Media Outlets to Call This a "Coup"?
Brazil today awoke to stunning news of secret, genuinely shocking conversations involving a key minister in Brazil's newly installed government, which shine a bright light on the actual motives and participants driving the impeachment of the country's democratically elected president, Dilma Rousseff. The transcripts were published by the country's largest newspaper, Folha de São Paulo, and reveal secret conversations that took place in March, just weeks before the impeachment vote in the lower house was held.
Brazil: Coup-Imposed Government Attacks Protesters in Sao Paulo
Pushing Russia Toward War
NATO's military pressure on Russia and the West's economic sanctions have empowered Moscow's hardliners, setting the stage for an escalation of the new Cold War into possibly a hot one, ex-British intelligence officer Alastair Crooke warns.
BRACE YOURSELF: Ex-Deputy NATO Commander Predicts Russia Will Start WW3 in May 2017
Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war
So foreign ministers from the 28 NATO member-nations met in Brussels for a two-day summit, while mighty military power Montenegro was inducted as a new member.
'New Financial Order': Russia, China Placing Heavy Bets on 'Petro-Yuan'
After the West imposed economic sanctions against Moscow, Russia and Beijing established a powerful energy alliance which changed the global oil market. In addition to increasing trade operations with oil and gas, the two countries are set to challenge dominance of the US dollar in setting prices for crude.
US fully lifts Vietnam lethal arms embargo
The US has decided to "completely lift" its embargo on trade in lethal arms with the Southeast Asian country, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has said, Reuters reports.
Vietnam's VietJet to buy 100 Boeing planes for US$11.3b
Delivery of the Boeing planes is expected to run from 2019 until 2023, when VietJet will have a fleet of more than 200 planes of both Boeing and Airbus to accommodate its expansion plan.
Kerry Threatens War-Without-End on Syria
Alleged peace-maker John Kerry threatened to wage war-without-end on Syria – if the Middle East country does accept the US demand for regime change.
Lebanese Source: US, French Intelligence Officers Captured by Hezbollah in Aleppo
Ontario seeks to crush criticism of Israel through a BDS campaign of its own
How Close Are Saudi Arabia And Israel
The High Price of Security Theater
There was the $30 billion raise for the FBI that didn't see 9/11 coming and $70 billion for the bureaucrats who have consistently failed to keep our airports safe. Add in more than $200 billion for a new Cabinet-level department to coordinate all of this activity and half a trillion for mass surveillance, plus the incredible costs of a decade and a half of military action abroad, and the total comes to a whopping $4 trillion. Where did all that money go?
The US War Machine's Annual Budget Could Buy Every Homeless American a $1 Million Home
Pakistan summons US envoy, expresses concern over drone strike
Leaders of 4 countries discuss settling Ukraine conflict
Egyptair flight MS804
Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Egyptair flight MS804: 'Terrorism more likely than technical failure', says Egypt
Is China a House of Cards?
Xi has forcefully dismissed the notion that a House of Cards power struggle has been raging at the rarified heights of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Yet at the same time he's adamant; "conspirators", "careerists", "cabals" and "cliques" are attempting to undermine the CCP from within.
China says it's ready if US 'stirs up any conflict' in South China Sea
Hillary Clinton's Race Problem
Clinton policies have indeed been unconscionably destructive for Black Americans, and other people of color.
Obama considering weapons sales to former enemy, Vietnam
Vietnam has long sought an end to the moratorium. But the request took on a more urgent tone in recent years after its neighbor, China, repeatedly threatened or attacked ships in the disputed waters of the South China Sea and started picking territorial fights with Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan.
The CIA and the 1962 Arrest of Nelson Mandela
Roots of the Conflict: Palestine's Nakba in the Larger Arab 'Catastrophe'
US Increasingly Open About Special Forces in Libya
Troops Seen Backing All Three Putative Governments
Pentagon Warns Iraq Not to Redeploy Troops to Protect Baghdad
Reiterates Warnings After Another Round of Major ISIS Bombings
No, Yemen's Houthis actually aren't Iranian puppets
For years, mounting instability had many predicting the collapse of Yemen. These forecasts became reality in 2014 when years of accumulated tension pushed the country into civil war. On one side is an alliance of the Houthis, a northern movement that has been fighting the government since 2004, and troops and militias loyal to a former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. On the other side are supporters of the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who was overthrown by the Houthis in early 2015.
NATO finalises military build-up to counter Russia
NATO foreign ministers were on Thursday finalising the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia.
The U.S. Army's War Over Russia
Top brass profess to be really worried about Putin. But a growing group of dissenters say they're overreacting to get a bigger share of the defense budget.
America's & NATO's Outrageous Behavior, Greatest Threat that Exists
On May 18th, two top people at NATO, one being its current Secretary General – the very top person – laid out in preliminary form the case for war against Russia, which presumably will be presented in more detail at the NATO Summit to be held in Poland on 8-9 July this year.
North Korea: Love Thy Leader
Washington Lambasting Russia for Doping
Trump Meets 'Genocidal' Kissinger to Develop Foreign Policy
WikiLeaks: Assange Will Stay 'Political Prisoner' Under Clinton:
Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, will remain a "political prisoner" under a U.S. Hillary Clinton presidency, The Guardian reported hacker and WikiLeaks representative Jacob Appelbaum saying Thursday.
Brazil President Dilma Rousseff Suspended
Posted: Friday, May 13, 2016
Brazil President Dilma Rousseff Suspended After Senate Votes For Impeachment Trial
Corruption charges, a deepening economic crisis and insurgency by opponents led to the downfall of Rousseff.
Brazil's Democracy to Suffer Grievous Blow as Unelectable, Corrupt Neoliberal is Installed
Saudi officials were 'supporting' 9/11 hijackers, commission member says
First serious public split revealed among commissioners over the release of the secret ‘28 pages' that detail Saudi ties to 2001 terrorist attacks
In Colorado 'Sacrifice Zone,' Break Free Protest Escalates Fight Against Fossil Fuels
"It's time for the people to step up and escalate and really create more of a global wave of resistance to keep fossil fuels in the ground."
Saudi Military Threatens to Occupy Yemen Capital if Peace Talks Fail
General Insists Saudis Won't Tolerate Militia 'Threatening Our Border'
FBI's Comey: I feel 'pressure' to quickly finish Clinton email probe
Handling investigation 'well' is top priority, FBI director says, rejecting any 'external deadline'
Ten Ways Israel Is Just Like Saudi Arabia
Abu Ghraib prisoners deserve, finally, their day in court
Putin says Crimea now free of reliance on Kiev for its power
London Summit: US Must End Tax 'Hypocrisy' or Corruption Will Prevail
'So long as countries with real commitments on the world stage continue...ignoring the larger jurisdictions, the results will be continued failure'
The 'Never Clinton' Campaign
Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Will the Republican party suck it up and embrace Donald Trump?
FBI interviews Clinton aides including Huma Abedin as part of email probe
Huma Grilled By FBI
Why Did NBC News Sit on Explosive Story About Clinton's Alleged Hacked Email Server For Weeks?
The 'Never Clinton' Campaign
Meet the Bernie Sanders supporters who say they won't switch allegiances, no matter what happens in the general election.
Bill Clinton visits Louisville, 'literally serves fried chicken to black people'
As the first black president, Bill Clinton knows *every* black person likes fried chicken. Why else, during a visit to Louisville, Kentucky, would he make an unannounced stop at Franco's Home Cooking, and get behind the counter to serve food.
Trump's open path to nomination causes agony for some in GOP
John Kerry just drew a new red line for Assad in Syria
US Air Strikes Kill Hundreds of Civilians in Mosul
US, Russia Broker 48-Hour Ceasefire in Syria's Aleppo
Russia Sees al-Qaeda's Nusra Front as Threat to Calm
Don't blame our sanctions, U.S. tells nervous Iran investors
Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US
The deputy commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported on Wednesday.
Uproar Over the 28 Pages: The Saudi/CIA Connection?
Saudi Arabia and Israel's Growing Alliance, a Match Made in Hell
The Iran nuclear deal is redrawing political lines in the Middle East.
Russia Says It Is Creating Three New Divisions to Counter NATO Moves
Western officials have said the alliance will send about 4,000 troops to Poland and the Baltics
Romanian hacker Guccifer: I breached Clinton server, 'it was easy
The infamous Romanian hacker known as "Guccifer," speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's personal email server in early 2013.
Shying Away from 9/11 Evidence
Lee Hamilton has always flinched at implicating important Americans and "allies" in crimes of state – citing the need for near perfect evidence – but that has let complicit parties go unpunished, says 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser.
DR Congo announces probe into opposition use of US mercenaries
Inequality Will Get Worse Until There's a Revolution
Posted: Monday, May 2, 2016
Another Reason for Brexit: EU 'Was a CIA Project from the Beginning'
If supporters of the UK's exit from the European Union didn't have enough reasons to vote yes on exit, they may have just got another one: according to journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, the European project was a CIA-inspired scheme from the start.
Inequality Will Get Worse Until There's a Revolution
America's wealth concentration has increased tenfold since Bill Clinton first ran for president.
Iran asks U.N. chief to intervene with U.S. after court ruling
Iran asked U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to convince the United States to stop violating state immunity after the top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran.
Iraqi PM: Security restored in Baghdad after protesters storm Green Zone
Protesters in Iraq's green zone begin to withdraw
Demonstrators leave at behest of their leaders, who are demanding the formation of a new cabinet and government reform
Barack Obama in surprise swipe at Clinton at final correspondents' dinner
As expected, the president mocked Donald Trump but also made fun of his fellow Democrat's efforts to attract younger voters
The Unspoken Truth is that America is Supporting Al Qaeda
Heavy Propaganda Rages in the Battle for Aleppo. The Terrorists are Portrayed as "Freedom Fighters"
Civilian deaths in Syria surge as US-Russian brokered ceasefire unravels
More than 200 civilians, including 35 children, were killed as military violence erupted across Syria this week, leaving the ceasefire agreement brokered by US and Russian diplomats in February in tatters.
Russia Rises From the Mat
The U.S. government doesn't want to admit that its heady "unipolar" days are over with Russia no longer the doormat of the 1990s, but Washington's arrogance risks war, even nuclear annihilation, explains Gilbert Doctorow.
Russia Says U.S. Buildup Violates Syrian Sovereignty
Planned increase of U.S. military personnel in Syria is illegal, deputy foreign minister says
As More American Boots Hit the Ground in Syria, U.S. Parses "Boots" and "Ground"
After President Obama announced on Monday that he would deploy 250 additional special operations troops to Syria, State Department spokesperson John Kirby tried to deny that Obama had ever promised not to send "boots on the ground" there.
Finland Report Warns Joining NATO Would Lead to Crisis With Russia
A new report commissioned by the Finnish government is warning that possibility of the country joining NATO comes with serious risks, and that a membership bid could lead to a major "crisis" with neighboring Russia.
Ukraine nearly doubles consumer gas prices to secure IMF aid
Nigeria and pro-Biafra campaigners step up war of words
Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro Hikes Minimum Wage 30 Percent
The measure is intended to help people of Venezuela to cope with the economic war led by the right wing opposition.
The Return of the Coup in Latin America
Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Classified Pages From 9/11 Report Could Be Released by Summer
The top intelligence official in the United States said on Monday that a review to declassify 28 pages of material in a Sept. 11 report, which families of victims and some lawmakers are demanding be made public, could be completed by June.
The US Should Quit Coddling Badly-Behaving Saudi Arabia
The classified '28 pages': A diversion from real US-Saudi issues
The controversy surrounding the infamous "28 pages" on the possible Saudi connection with the terrorists that were excised from the joint Congressional report on the 9/11 attacks is at fever pitch. But that controversy is a distraction from the real problems that Saudi Arabia's policies pose to the United States and the entire Middle East region.
Obama: Sending Ground Troops to Syria Proves Fighting ISIS a Priority
Kurds Urge US to Also Provide Them With More Weapons
Syria - Russia Rejects Kerry's New Attempts To Shield The Terrorists
The U.S. admits that the upcoming Aleppo offensive by the Syrian government and its allies is designed to hit al-Qaeda and associated terrorist forces and not primarily the "moderate" unicorns the U.S. propaganda blushes about. But the openly U.S. supported forces will also be hit as they are very much integrated with al-Qaeda.
In Israel, an ugly tide sweeps over Palestinians
In Israel's evermore tribal politics, there is no such thing as a "good" Arab – and the worst failing in a Jew is to be unmasked as an "Arab lover". Or so was the message last week from Isaac Herzog, head of Israel's so-called peace camp.
'I was expendable': how UC Berkeley failed a woman being sexually harassed
University provost who resigned amid scandal expresses ‘regrets' over handling of Tyann Sorrell's case, who says she was denied basic protections
Censored, Surveilled, Watch Listed and Jailed: The Absurdity of Being a Citizen in the American Police State
The Empire of Chaos Strikes Back
Soon after the impeachment motion against President Dilma Rousseff was approved in the Brazilian Congress by what I chose to call Hybrid War hyenas, President-in-Waiting Michel «Brutus» Temer, one of the coup's articulators, dispatched a senator to Washington as special paperboy to deliver the news on the coup in progress. The senator in question was not on an official mission for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The Return of the Coup in Latin America
Venezuela and Brazil are the scenes of a new form of coup d'état that would set the continent's political calendar back to its worst times. Meanwhile, in Argentina, the brutal model for the demolition of democracy is set forward by the continental oligarchic right and the hegemonic forces of US imperialism who wish to impose their model in the region.
Swiss Envoy Summoned over US Seizure of Iran's Assets
The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Giulio Hass in protest at the recent ruling by the US Supreme Court which authorized the transfer of $2 billion of Tehran's frozen assets to the families of the victims of a 1983 bombing in Beirut.
Swiss banker whistleblower: CIA behind Panama Papers
Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Adidas posts offensive caricature of Dwayne Bravo
OMG! DJ Bravo waits for third umpire as sponsor caught playing the Adi-darse
Swiss banker whistleblower: CIA behind Panama Papers
Panama Papers: global tax officials to launch unprecedented inquiry
Investigators from 28 countries to meet in Paris in attempt to develop an international strategy for cracking down on secret offshore holdings
On 60 Minutes, A Compelling Case for Releasing 28 Pages on 9/11
The movement to declassify 28 pages on foreign government ties to 9/11 received its highest-profile exposure to date tonight, as 60 Minutes aired a report that featured insights from several former officials who are familiar with what the 28 pages contain—and believe the information should be public.
'60 MINUTES': Lawmakers Say Redacted Pages Of 9/11 Report Show Saudi Official Met Hijackers In LA
Libya: Obama Admits Clinton's "Greatest Moment" Was His "Worst Mistake"
The president's 'classified' double standard coupled with Libya discord underscores rocky support for former secretary of state
Brazil impeachment: Vote deals new blow to Rousseff
EU to make big firms come clean on tax
Plans to force the largest companies to disclose more about their tax affairs will be unveiled by the European Union on Tuesday.
The brain on LSD revealed: first scans show how the drug affects the brain
Britain's Covert War in Yemen: A VICE News Investigation
In a rural valley in southern Yemen lies Wadi Rafad, a collection of farms 50 miles from the provincial capital of Ataq. Amid an arid landscape dotted with lemon orchards and cornfields, villagers were used to the peace being disturbed by the buzzing of US drones flying overhead. But on the afternoon of May 6, 2012, something changed.
British Banks Cite Fear of US in Refusing to Do Business With Iran
British Trade Envoy Sees US as Big Obstacle to Trade
China 'seizes' eight Taiwanese from Kenya
Zuckerberg unveils 10-year plan to expand Facebook empire, with political tones
Iceland's PM resigns amid fallout from Panama Papers leak
Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson has resigned after being accused of hiding millions of dollars worth of investments in offshore accounts.
First to Fall? Panama Papers Bring Down Iceland PM, Portending Future Fallout
'The greater crime is that we have a secret economy connected to and even supporting some of the worst aspects of the global capitalist system'
A Half Truth About the War on Drugs
The Panama Papers
Posted: Monday, April 4, 2016
The Panama Papers – What Happens When Corruption Is Systemic
Over the weekend, an historic release of information came out in the Panama Papers showing exactly who, how, and when a vast network of people stole and hoarded money. Our minds easily grok the realities of Vladimir Putin embezzling a billion dollars through offshore accounts or the Prime Minister of Iceland stealing cash from public coffers. Where we fail more easily is visualizing the system of shell companies, accounting tools, trade regimes, tax havens, and legislative changes that make up the system of wealth extraction all of these individuals are using in collaboration with their partners in crime.
Eggs Fly in Iceland as Panama Papers Spark Populist Anger in the Streets
Capitalism could face crisis of credibility as leaked documents illuminate global rules rigged for the rich and powerful
Brazil Is Engulfed by Ruling Class Corruption — and a Dangerous Subversion of Democracy
THE MULTIPLE, REMARKABLE crises consuming Brazil are now garnering substantial Western media attention. That's understandable given that Brazil is the world's fifth most populous country and eighth-largest economy; its second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro, is the host of this year's Summer Olympics. But much of this Western media coverage mimics the propaganda coming from Brazil's homogenized, oligarch-owned, anti-democracy media outlets and, as such, is misleading, inaccurate, and incomplete, particularly when coming from those with little familiarity with the country (there are numerous Brazil-based Western reporters doing outstanding work).
Another Western intervention in Libya looms
The shaky debut last week of a new unity government in Libya brings Western nations, including the United States, much closer to a renewed military mission there, and to a host of obstacles that will test their ability to secure a country gripped by Islamist extremism and civil war.
The Fallacy of ‘Humanitarian' War
The new excuse for U.S. imperial wars is "humanitarian" or "liberal" interventionism with Hillary Clinton and other proponents citing noble motives for destroying foreign societies, as ex-CIA official Graham E. Fuller discusses.
Russia gives U.S. new ultimatum in Syria cease-fire
Russia on Monday warned the United States that it will start responding to cease-fire violations in Syria unilaterally starting Tuesday if the U.S. refuses to coordinate rules of engagement against the violators.
Ceasefire Fails to Take Hold, Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Rages
Pro-Armenia Faction Rules Out Truce Unless They Get Territory Back
Nusra Front, Syrian rebels attack government forces near Aleppo, gain ground
Yemen's President Replaces Prime Minister
The Yemeni president has replaced the nation's vice president and the head of the cabinet, Khaled Bahah, citing shortcomings in the government's performance.
Iraqi Shiite militias say US troops ‘forces of occupation,' demand withdrawal
Iran-backed Shiite militia forces in Iraq have strongly opposed new US troops deployed in the country. The militias warned that if Washington does not withdraw its forces "immediately," they will deal with them "as forces of occupation."
Cleaning Up Hillary's Libyan Mess
U.S. officials are pushing a dubious new scheme to "unify" a shattered Libya, but the political risk at home is that voters will finally realize Hillary Clinton's responsibility for the mess, writes Robert Parry.
State Dept halts review of Clinton emails at FBI request
If Hillary Isn't Indicted, the Rule of Law and the Republic Are Dead
Israel - Map Censorship
What is the difference between a textbook publisher giving into pressure from Christian fundamentalists seeking to censor the teaching of evolution, and a publisher giving in to Zionists seeking to censor awareness of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine? Neither phenomenon is a matter of opinion or perspective. One act of censorship denies facts established by scientific research. The other denies the documented violation of international law (for instance, the Fourth Geneva Convention) and multiple UN resolutions. So the answer to the question just asked is – there is no difference.
11 killed in Saudi aerial attacks on Yemen's Jawf Province
Nearly a dozen people have been killed in a series of airstrikes carried out by Saudi warplanes in Yemen's Jawf Province, local media say.
Castro government welcomes Obama, US corporate heads to Cuba
President Barack Obama traveled to Cuba on Sunday, leading an enormous US delegation that has been reported as comprising as many as 1,200 people, large enough to be described with some justification as an invading force of American politicians and corporate executives.
Behind the Crimea/Russia Reunion
Official Washington marches in propaganda lockstep about Crimea's decision to rejoin Russia two years ago, with references to a Russian "invasion" and a "sham" referendum of Crimea's voters, but the reality is different, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Kenya Says Its Forces Killed 34 Al Shabaab Fighters in Somalia
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