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December 29, 2011

December 28, 2011

December 27, 2011

  • Shifting Ground for Vital Resources
    As competition for oil, water and other resources intensify, global power relationships are shifting, providing backdrops for a string of conflicts from Iraq to Libya. Brazilian-born journalist Pepe Escobar, one of the most perceptive analysts of these trends, was interviewed by German Lars Schall.

December 26, 2011

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December 22, 2011

  • Iran's spies score 'stunning achievements'
    Israeli officials say Iran, which has been hit several times by mysterious computer viruses, has launched an "ambitious plan" to boost its cyberwar capabilities and is investing $1 billion in cutting-edge technology.

  • Nuclear sanctions won't affect Iran economy, Russia official says
    Speaking with official Iran news agency IRNA, Foreign Ministry spokesman says Russia opposed to any anti-Iran move by the international community.

  • US concedes responsiblity for Nato airstrike
    The US has conceded for the first time it bears significant responsibility for a Nato airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, but stopped short of the apology that would help repair relations with its ally.

  • Pakistan Needs to Declare Its Independence
    Officially America's ally in the so-called War on Terror, Pakstan has actually been one of its biggest victims. Just recently, Pakistan was punished as the US Congress passed a bill imposing m ore conditions on aid, including specifically linking receipt of that aid to Islamabad's cooperation in the War on Terror, and to efforts to curb terrorists, including the Haqqani network.

  • Iran and Syria in Imperial Crosshairs
    There's no difference between the National Transitional Council and the Syrian National Council. The first overthrew and lynched Moammar Gaddafi in Libya and second is following a similar agenda against Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The uprising in Syria is as 'indigenous' as it was in Libya – both within the same year.

  • Hamas moves to join Palestine Liberation Organization
    Hamas has moved to join the Palestine Liberation Organization - a key step toward unifying the long-divided Palestinian leadership, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

  • NATO Forced to Admit Air Strikes Killed Dozens of Libyan Civilians, Contradicting Initial Denials
    NATO has admitted for the first time Libyan civilians were killed and injured during its seven-month bombing campaign that led to the ouster and death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The acknowledgment came after a New York Times investigation revealed at least 40 civilians, and perhaps more than 70, were killed by NATO air strikes, including at least 29 women or children.

December 21, 2011

  • Judges: UK has 4 weeks to free US-held Pakistani
    LONDON – British judges Wednesday gave the government four weeks to obtain the release of a Pakistani man held in U.S. custody in Afghanistan — a ruling that could make for prickly discussions between Britain and the U.S.

  • Russian navy in Syria: Thorn in US side
    The US-based intelligence-gathering firm Stratfor says most of the claims by the Syrian opposition about the seriousness of the country's crisis are untrue. The company insists protesters are exaggerating, to win support from powers like the US.

  • NATO's Depraved Disregard for Libyan Civilian Casualties
    NATO's outrageous claim that no civilians were killed in the 7-month air war against Libya has been challenged by Russia and, in a very modest way, the New York Times. "NATO's policy of refusing to investigate civilian deaths is evidence on its face of a depraved disregard for civilian lives and the intention to avoid prosecution for crimes against civilians." The Times recent concern over Libyan victims of NATO bombing lacks credibility, given its wildly biased reporting of the war. "Thousands of black Libyan citizens and African migrant workers are dead at least partially as a result of western media lies."

  • The worst case for war with Iran
    There is a simple and time-honored formula for making the case for war, especially preventive war. First, you portray the supposed threat as dire and growing, and then try to convince people that if we don't act now, horrible things will happen down the road. (Remember Condi Rice's infamous warnings about Saddam's "mushroom cloud"?)

December 20, 2011

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December 17, 2011

  • Medvedev on US: 'If they continue to push us around, we'll push back'
    President Dmitry Medvedev has spoken out after a telephone conversation with his US counterpart, saying Obama's comments on Russia's recent parliamentary elections were "unacceptable".

  • No, the U.S. is not leaving Iraq
    Thousands of armed U.S. private contractors will be based in the country, and the potential for violence is real.

  • In Strikes on Libya by NATO, an Unspoken Civilian Toll
    NATO's seven-month air campaign in Libya, hailed by the alliance and many Libyans for blunting a lethal crackdown by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and helping to push him from power, came with an unrecognized toll: scores of civilian casualties the alliance has long refused to acknowledge or investigate.

  • New Photos Released of Iraq Atrocity, With Documents and Video
    U.S. Army Ranger John Needham, who was awarded two purple hearts and three medals for heroism, wrote to military authorities in 2007 reporting war crimes that he witnessed being committed by his own command and fellow soldiers in Al Doura, Iraq. His charges were supported by atrocity photos which, in the public interest, are now released in this video. John paid a terrible price for his opposition to these acts. His story is tragic.

  • Report: Iran 'blinded' CIA spy satellite
    European intelligence source claims Iran stuns West by 'aiming a laser burst quite accurately' at US satellite in never before reported incident. US official: If Russians provided Iran with sophisticated jamming equipment it means a lot else is at risk too.

December 16, 2011

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December 14, 2011

  • President Obama Richly Deserves To Be Dumped
    As evidence of a failed Obama presidency accumulates, criticism of his administration is mounting from liberal Democrats who have too much moral authority to be ignored.

  • NATO dreams of civil war in Syria
    Every grain of sand in the Syrian desert now knows there won't be a "responsibility to protect"—enabled North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) "humanitarian" intervention to provoke regime change in Damascus. A protracted war like in Libya is not feasible - even though those faultless democratic practitioners, the House of Saud, have offered to pay for it, lavishly.

  • Defectors kill eight Syrian troops, 46 killed in two days
    Gunmen believed to be army defectors opened fire on a military convoy in central Syria on Wednesday, killing eight soldiers in a retaliatory ambush after troops destroyed a civilian car, an activist group said.

  • Who, What, Why: How useful is a captured drone?
    An American surveillance drone has been captured and filmed in Iran, where experts are apparently examining it. But how much valuable information are they likely to glean?

  • 4 killed as rivals clash in Libya
    Clashes erupted between former rebel fighters that toppled Gaddafi and a tribe seen as loyal to the fallen regime, killing four people, sources said on Monday.

  • U.S. pursuing legal protections for contractors still in Iraq
    The United States is still pursuing an agreement with the government of Iraq that could provide defense contractors working for the U.S. State Department with some legal protections in 2012, U.S. embassy and military officials said last week.

December 13, 2011

December 12, 2011

  • Obama: I can't comment on Wall Street prosecutions
    President Obama was interviewed by 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft last night. Kroft mentioned a new poll showing that 42% of Americans believe Obama's policies most favor Wall Street rather than average Americans (only 35% believe the opposite).

  • Rare Photographs Show Ground Zero of the Drone War
    The epicenter of global terrorism, and the CIA's highly classified drone war against extremist groups, is a black hole on the map -- a region of Pakistan off limits to outsiders, and especially Westerners.

  • China to open its first military base abroad in Indian Ocean
    In a move that may cause unease in India, China on Monday announced that it will set up its first military base abroad in the Indian Ocean island of Seychelles to "seek supplies and recuperate" facilities for its Navy.

  • Leaders are defiant, but many Iranians fear war
    The Shiite Muslim clerics who rule the country laud the might of Iran's armed forces, and military commanders boast that the country could shoot "150,000 missiles to Israel" if one Israeli bomb struck Iranian territory.

  • Iran says it's recovering data from US drone
    Iranian experts are in the final stages of recovering data from the U.S. surveillance drone captured by the country's armed forces, state TV reported Monday.

  • How Iran Assertions Turn Into 'Facts'
    The New York Times today (12/8/11), reporting on the CIA drone that went down in Iran, refers in passing to the recent public debate in Israel about whether time is running out for a military strike to slow Iran's progress toward a nuclear weapon. Of course, the assumption here is that Iran is making "progress towards a nuclear weapon." That is what some political elites and many in the media say, but that doesn't make it true. And there is no evidence to support that assertion.

  • Israeli Jewish hate rally against Africans in Tel Aviv caught on video as Haaretz deletes article about it
    The Israeli newspaper Haaretz mysteriously removed from its website an article exposing atrocious Israeli racism against black people just hours after it was published.

  • Newt Gingrich doubles down on assertion that Palestinians are an 'invented people'
    White House hopeful Newt Gingrich weathered a pummeling by rivals who attacked the Republican frontrunner's conservative credentials, marital infidelities and a provocative remark about Palestinians.

  • Gingrich would "instruct" CIA to "hunt down" freed Palestinian prisoners
    After declaring that Palestinians are an "invented people," US presidential hopeful and former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, has said that he would instruct the CIA to hunt down Palestinian prisoners released last October in an exchange negotiated by Israel and Hamas, presumably to kill them.

  • Libya on the verge of chaos and civil war — experts
    Warnings from many experts are coming true: Libya is being pulled into a civil war. Now anti-Gaddafists are carving up power and Libya's capital of Tripoli is already seeing clashes as the rebels are fighting for the local airport.

  • Secret US-French drone base in Libya?
    The website Algeria ISP reports (citing unnamed "Arab" sources) Dec. 11 that the US and France have jointly established a secret drone base in the Libyan desert, near the area of Katroune.

December 11, 2011

December 09, 2011

December 08, 2011

December 07, 2011

  • Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret U.S. Surveillance Effort
    The stealth C.I.A. drone that crashed deep inside Iranian territory last week was part of a stepped-up surveillance program that has frequently sent the United States' most hard-to-detect drone into the country to map suspected nuclear sites, according to foreign officials and American experts who have been briefed on the effort.

  • U.S. Made Covert Plan to Retrieve Iran Drone
    U.S. officials considered conducting a covert mission inside Iran to retrieve or destroy a stealth drone that crashed late last week, but ultimately concluded such a secret operation wasn't worth the risk of provoking a more explosive clash with Tehran, a U.S. official said.

  • Protest in Libya capital against former rebels
    Hundreds of residents and policemen in Tripoli protested jointly on Wednesday against former rebels who toppled Moamer Kadhafi but are still camping out in the capital and parading their weapons.

  • Libya rejects US anti-Iran claim
    Libya has denied allegations by the US officials that Iran had supplied the toppled regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi with weapons.

  • Mexico: Qaddafi Son Tried to Sneak Into Country's Posh Resort
    Mexico said Wednesday that a son of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi and three relatives had plotted to sneak into Mexico under false names and move to a safe house at a posh Pacific coast resort.

  • Syria's Assad Denies Ordering Deadly Crackdown
    Speaking to ABC's Barbara Walters in a rare interview that aired Wednesday, President Bashar Assad maintained he did not give any commands "to kill or be brutal."

  • USA repeatedly shipped arms to Egyptian security forces despite abuses
    Data obtained by Amnesty International shows that the USA has repeatedly transferred ammunition to Egypt despite security forces' violent crackdown on protesters.

  • Egypt's rulers: Parliament won't be representative
    Egypt's military rulers said Wednesday the next parliament will not be representative enough to independently oversee the drafting of a constitution, and they will appoint a council to check the influence of religious extremists on the process.

December 06, 2011

December 05, 2011

  • America's Shadow State in Pakistan
    U.S.-Pakistani relations may be on the rocks, but the CIA's secret friends in the country fight on in units, prisons, and bases the United States has been building up since 9/11 to counter the pro-Taliban side of Pakistan's military and intelligence services. Eli Lake reports exclusively.

  • US, Israel covert war against Iran suspected: report
    Many former US intelligence officials and Iran experts believe last month's explosion at a military base near Tehran was part of a covert effort by the US, Israel and other states to disable Iran's nuclear and missile programs, The Los Angeles Times reported late Sunday.

  • How Iran Acquired A Stealth Drone
    It seems that Iran has acquired a U.S. stealth drone which was illegally flying within its airspace.

  • Iran is not Iraq
    I felt quite uneasy when our man in Tehran, Dominick Chilcott, said the attack on the British Embassy was state-supported.

  • Iran's Revolutionary Guards prepare for war
    Iran's Revolutionary Guards have been put on a war footing amid increasing signs that the West is taking direct action to cripple Iran's nuclear programme.

  • Argentina flirts with Iran as West watches nervously
    Argentina is quietly reaching out to Iran, worrying key Western powers and Israel as they try to tighten Tehran's international isolation over its nuclear programme, U.N. diplomats told Reuters.

  • U.S. Asks South Korea to Cut Petrochemical Imports From Iran
    A senior American diplomat urged South Korea on Monday to suspend imports of Iranian petrochemicals as Washington tried to rally international pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear program.

  • Syria Offers to Allow Observers, With Strings
    Syria said Monday that it would agree to allow an Arab mission of military and civilian observers into the country as part of an Arab League proposal to end months of bloodshed there, but it attached a number of conditions, among them the cancellation of economic sanctions decreed by the league.

  • Russia downgrades relations with Qatar over attack on ambassador
    Russia will downgrade its diplomatic relations with Qatar following an attack on the Russian ambassador by customs officers at Doha airport, the Foreign Ministry said on its website on Monday.

  • Qatar is Arming, Funding Armed Groups in Syria
    Russia Today TV on Monday said that Qatar is providing weapons to the armed groups in Syria and providing financial funding for them, according to intelligence and media reports.

  • Egypt's Islamists 'win 65% of list votes'
    Islamist parties have won 65 percent of votes for party list seats in the first round of parliamentary elections, according to official figures obtained by AFP on Sunday.

December 04, 2011

  • George Orwell on the Evil Iranian Menace
    The U.S. has long had Iran virtually encircled as a result of the American occupation of Afghanistan on Iran's Eastern border, its invasion of Iraq on its Western border, its NATO ally Turkey hovering on Iran's Northwestern border, some degree of military relationship with Turkmenistan on Iran's Northeastern border, and multiple U.S. client states sitting right across the Persian Gulf (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain, where the massive U.S. Fifth Fleet is stationed).

  • Swiss reporters discredit Chilcott tale
    Two Swiss reporters reveal the fabricated nature of remarks made by former British envoy to Iran Dominick Chilcott, who claimed that he and his staff suffered an ordeal when protesters entered the embassy.

  • Mysterious blasts, slayings suggest covert efforts in Iran
    Attacks targeting nuclear scientists and sites lead some observers to believe that the U.S. and Israel are trying to derail Iran's programs.

  • Iran TV: US Spy Drone Shot Down By Military
    Iran's military has shot down an unmanned US aircraft over the east of the country, state TV has reported. "Iran's military has downed an intruding RQ-170 American drone in eastern Iran," Iran's Arabic-language Al Alam state television network quoted an unnamed military source as saying.

  • Rejecting Apology, U.S. May Hasten End of Pakistan as Client
    President Barack Obama has sided with U.S. military and Defense Department officials in rejecting a proposal by the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan for a U.S. apology for last weekend's attack on two Pakistani border posts, and approving an investigation into the attack that won't be completed until Dec. 23 at the earliest.

  • US starts vacating Shamsi airbase in Pakistan
    The US on Sunday started pulling out its nationals from Shamsi airbase, reportedly used by CIA- operated drones, on the orders of Pakistan government after a deadly NATO cross-border airsrike killed 24 of its soldiers.

  • Obama Offers 'Condolences' in Deaths of Pakistanis
    President Obama phoned the president of Pakistan on Sunday to offer "condolences" for the deaths of two dozen soldiers killed in NATO airstrikes along the Afghan border, the White House said.

  • Inside the shell of Gaddafi's gleaming city
    In this showpiece city, with its wide boulevards and ornamental hedges, there were scores to be settled. Sirte was once Gaddafi's dream in the desert, the gleaming city he built next to the place of his humble birth. Today it lies in ruins, testament to the folly of the fallen leader and the vengeance of men at war.

  • Activists say 25 killed in Syria, most in battle between army defectors and regime forces
    Violence sweeping across Syria killed 25 people on Saturday, most of them in a battle between troops and a growing force of army defectors who have joined the movement to oust the autocratic president, activists said. The Arab League, meanwhile, agreed on the details of economic and diplomatic sanctions against the regime.

  • Violence in Syria as sanctions deadline looms
    Deaths reported as new Arab League deadline for Syria to let observers in or face further sanctions expires on Sunday.

  • WikiLeaks suspect wants Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton as witnesses
    An Army intelligence analyst charged with leaking a huge trove of diplomatic cables and military reports to WikiLeaks is demanding that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testify as witnesses at a preliminary hearing set to begin next week.

December 03, 2011

December 02, 2011

  • Pakistani soldiers cleared to retaliate without orders
    Pakistan on Friday stuck to its guns vis-à-vis boycotting next week's Bonn Conference on Afghanistan even as the Government accused certain unnamed quarters of subverting Islamabad's efforts for reconciliation in Afghanistan and the Army hardened its stance by permitting the rank and file to respond to any attack without awaiting directions from the command.

  • Done deal: Russia supplies cruise missiles to Syria
    Fulfilling a contract signed in 2007, Russia has supplied Bastion coastal missile systems with Yakhont cruise missiles to Syria under a contract signed in 2007, a diplomatic source in Moscow has told Russian media.

  • 'West's policy on Syria could ignite WWIII'
    The situation in Syria is just a warm-up before a real confrontation, which will draw Russia and China into action, believes Lawrence Freeman from the Executive Intelligence Review magazine.

  • American Enterprise Institute Admits The Problem With Iran Is Not That It Would Use Nukes
    Suddenly the struggle to stop Iran is not about saving Israel from nuclear annihilation. After a decade of scare-mongering about the second coming of Nazi Germany, the Iran hawks are admitting that they have other reasons for wanting to take out Iran, and saving Israeli lives may not be one of them. Suddenly the neoconservatives have discovered the concept of truth-telling, although, no doubt, the shift will be ephemeral.

  • Dateline: Tahrir Square
    Standing at Tahrir Square, ground zero of Egypt's revolution, is exciting and intimidating. The explosive anger, pent-up frustrations, and yearning for revenge of tens of thousands of demonstrators and onlookers breaks like waves across this vast, unsightly plaza.

  • Egypt's Islamist Blocs Claim 70% Vote Share in Delayed Count
    Egypt's two main Islamist blocs said they may have won more than 70 percent of votes in parliamentary elections this week that are the first major test of public opinion since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.

  • Paul Craig Roberts: Congress is Repealing the Constitution
    There is a bill in the Senate that is attempting to keep torture alive as an interrogation technique. The National Defense Authorization Act is being debated in Congress and if passed, American citizens could be detained without a court hearing anywhere in the world.

  • All Eyes on Israel After Second Iranian Blast
    CLOUDS of smoke billowed above the city of Isfahan - evidence that the latest strike against Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program had hit its target. The second blast in as many weeks at an atomic or missile facility has sparked Iranian denials and claims of accidents, but a new phase in efforts to destroy its nuclear ambitions is said to be under way.

  • Libyan hospital offers refuge for wounded Gaddafi loyalists
    The elevators at Tripoli Medical Hospital don't stop on six anymore. Take the stairs to the sixth floor and you are immediately confronted by three men in desert camouflage, each carrying a Kalashnikov.

December 01, 2011

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