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Mr. President: Turn Away From War

Open Letter From the Peace Movement to President Obama on His Upcoming Decision Regarding the Afghan War

By Cynthia McKinney

We urge you to end the policy of using Predator drones to assassinate Pakistani civilians on the territory of their own country, in defiance of all concepts of international law. We also call upon you to cease all covert CIA and Pentagon operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. Continue

Twenty Years From Now, You Will Lie To Your Children

By David Michael Green

There is an era of bad feeling in America, long in the making, but hardly at its nadir. The United States has been on a southward glide path for three decades now, an act of political physics as natural and inevitable as gravity itself, but also deeply exacerbated by the predatory political movement pioneered by Reagan and Thatcher, and continued by Bushes, Blairs, Clintons and Obamas alike. Continue

Poverty, Global Trade Justice, and the Roots of Terrorism

By John Perkins

Our narrow-minded attitudes and the policies that result from them foment violence, rebellions, and wars. In the long run, almost no one benefits from attacking the people we label as "terrorists." With one glaring exception: the corporatocracy. Continue

The Audacity of Failure

The 4-year presidency of Barack Hoover Obama

By Mike Whitney

The administration's announcement is tantamount to a stealth-attack on Social Security in the name of "fiscal responsibility". It's another public relations ploy intended to enrich the parasite class by stealing crusts of bread from penniless retirees. Continue

How the Servant Became a Predator

Finance's Five Fatal Flaws

By William K. Black

The financial sector is a tool to help those that make real tools, not an end in itself. But five fatal flaws in the financial sector's current structure have created a monster that drains the real economy, promotes fraud and corruption, threatens democracy, and causes recurrent, intensifying crises. Continue

A Science Fiction Story

By Fidel Castro

The American people are not the culprits but rather the victims of a system that is not only unsustainable but worse still: it is incompatible with the life of humanity. Continue


The Truth About The Anthrax Attacks

By Barry Kissin

No, the anthrax letters were not the work of a “lone nut.” They were the work of our military-industrial-intelligence complex, a complex of revolving participants that manufactures weapons and war for power and profits. Continue

Silent And Inactive

By George Galloway

Speech by George Galloway MP at the War Crimes Conference & Exhibition that took place at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
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A Thorn in the World’s Side

By Sever Plocker

British academia’s radicalism highlights the accelerated deterioration in Israel’s status and image. We are in the midst of a freefall on the foreign affairs front. Continue

President Obama’s Opportunity To Speak Truth To Power

Rahm Emanuel does it for him

By Alan Hart

The price of President Obama’s refusal to tell truth to Jewish power might well be blood and destruction on a scale not yet seen in Israel/Palestine and far beyond. Continue

Debate On The U.N. Gaza War Crimes Report

By Justice Richard Goldstone and former Israeli ambassador Dore Gold


Packed house hears Justice Richard Goldstone, whose name has become synonymous with the U.N. Human Rights Council's fact-finding report on the conflict, engage in a public forum with a senior Israeli political figure over widespread criticism of the report among supporters of Israel. Continue

How I Stopped Hating Thanksgiving and Learned to Be Afraid

By Robert Jensen

Over the past few years a growing number of white people have joined the longstanding indigenous people’s critique of the holocaust denial that is at the heart of the Thanksgiving holiday. Continue

17 Taliban militants killed in clashes: At least 17 Taliban militants were slain Sunday in a series of clashes with Pakistani government troops in South Waziristan and Swat, officials said.

Children among 11 killed by car bomb: A SUICIDE car bomber attacked a police checkpoint in north-west Pakistan yesterday, killing 11 people, including four children, in the latest in a wave of militant attacks that have claimed more than 300 lives in the past month.

US using drones after host states’ consent: Petraeus: In a speech at the American Veterans Centre on Friday evening, Gen David Petraeus also said that the United States did not conduct drone attacks without the acquiescence of the host nations.

CIA says it gets its money's worth from Pakistani spy agency: It has given hundreds of millions to the ISI, for operations as well as rewards for the capture or death of terrorist suspects.

Hersh claims US nuke team already in Islamabad: Seymour Hersh has claimed that an elite US special forces squad which operates covertly and includes terrorism and non-proliferation experts from the US intelligence community — the Pentagon, the FBI, and the DOE — is already present in Pakistan and could well be housed in the US embassy in Islamabad.

6 Taliban militants, 3 Afghan troopers killed in E Afghanistan: A gun battle between Afghan-International forces and Taliban fighters left six insurgents dead in the eastern Afghan province of Nuristan, provincial police chief said on Sunday.

Clash leaves 4 Taliban militants, 3 Afghan civilians dead: Four Taliban militants and three civilians were killed as a clash erupted between Taliban militants and government troops in Herat province, west of Afghanistan

Three Americans killed in Afghanistan: Three Americans including two members of the NATO-led occupation force in Afghanistan have been killed by homemade bombs, the military said Saturday.

NATO-led occupation troops killed woman in error: The woman was killed in a raid against suspected militants by Afghan and international occupation troops Friday in Zabul province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

UK occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan: He was killed as a result of small arms fire during a foot patrol near Sangin in central Helmand Province, on Sunday morning.

Patrick Cockburn: The general is right. Liam Fox is wrong: Just when President Barack Obama looked as if he might be railroaded into sending tens of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan, the American envoy to Kabul has warned him not to do so.

Afghan exit plan for NZ troops: Defence minister Wayne Mapp has admitted that plan includes an acceptance the Taliban will have to be included in any meaningful new government in the country once the Western soldiers leave

British soldiers sexually abused us, claim Iraqis: Disturbing graphic allegations of sexual and physical abuse of Iraqi civilians by British soldiers are among 33 new torture cases being investigated by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

IDF Chief Rabbi: Troops Who Show Mercy to Enemy Will Be 'Damned': The Israel Defense Forces' chief rabbi told students in a pre-army yeshiva program last week that soldiers who "show mercy" toward the enemy in wartime will be "damned."

West Bank rabbi: Jews can kill Gentiles who threaten Israel: Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement, wrote in his book "The King's Torah" that even babies and children can be killed if they pose a threat to the nation.

In case you missed it: IDF rabbinate publication during Gaza war: We will show no mercy on the cruel: Officers and soldiers reported that they felt "spiritually elevated" and "morally empowered" by conversations with rabbis who gave them encouragement before the confrontation with the Palestinians.

Hamas: Israel fabricating pretext for new Gaza war: Hamas on Saturday accused Israel of fabricating a pretext for a new offensive in the Gaza Strip, after Israel said the Islamist militant group had test-fired a rocket that could reach Tel Aviv.

Palestinians unveil two-year development plan for statehood: Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Sunday that the government in Ramallah has begun a two-year development plan meant to lay the groundwork for independence.

French source to al-Hayat: Israeli military option against Iran alive: London-based Arabic newspaper cites 'knowledgeable' French sources as saying Israeli PM gave French President Sarkozy impression that Israel not ruling out military activity against Iranian nuclear program

Iran MP: We could produce our own missile defense system: Iran will soon be able to produce an advanced missile defense system itself if Russia does not deliver it to the Islamic Republic, a senior lawmaker said in comments published on Sunday.

Iran: Obama no better than Bush: U.S. steps to renew sanctions and seize a New York skyscraper linked to Iran show that President Barack Obama is no better than his predecessor George W. Bush, Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday.

Iran armed forces chief backs nuclear deal: Iranian armed forces chief of staff General Hassan Firouzabadi said on Friday he backed proposals for Tehran to ship out most of its stocks of low-enriched uranium in return for fuel for a reactor designed to produce medical isotopes.

Report: Missing Iran general abducted by Mossad, being held in Israel: A former Iranian defense official who disappeared in 2007 was kidnapped by forces collaborating with the Mossad and is currently being held in an Israeli prison, an investigative news website in Iran claimed on Sunday in a report picked up by Army Radio.

Secretary Gates signs order barring release of torture photos: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has executed an order blocking the release of photos depicting the torture of detainees. In doing so, it becomes highly unlikely that the Supreme Court will further consider making the photos public, as a lower court had ordered.

FAA and NORAD Changed Records to Accord with Cheney Lies: Farmer scrutinizes F.A.A. and Norad rec­ords to provide irrefragable evidence that a day after a Sept. 17 White House briefing, both agencies suddenly altered their chronologies to produce a coherent timeline and story that “fit together nicely with the account provided publicly by Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz and Vice President Cheney.”

Good News: Berlin Against Anti-Terror Bank Data Deal: The new German justice minister says Berlin is not comfortable with an EU measure that would grant US authorities access to European banking data. Now it seems likely that the Germans may scupper the deal, which is supposed to be pushed through at an EU meeting in Brussels at the end of November.

Ugly Truth: Most U.S. Kids Sentenced to Die In Prison Are Black: The U.S. stands alone in the world in condemning thousands of juveniles to life without parole. And race is a huge factor. Will the Supreme Court even consider it?

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