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Criminal State
A Closer Look at Israel's Role in Terrorism

By Jeff Gates

With ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan poised to expand to Iran and Pakistan, it is time to take a closer look at how conflicts are catalyzed—by way of deception. Continue

Martin Luther King's Prophetic Last speech

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Turning King’s Dream into a Nightmare

By Chris Hedges

Martin Luther King Day has become a yearly ritual to turn a black radical into a red-white-and-blue icon. It has become a day to celebrate ourselves for "overcoming" racism and "fulfilling" King's dream. It is a day filled with old sound bites about little black children and little white children that, given the state of America, would enrage King. Continue

The Guantánamo “Suicides”

A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle

By Scott Horton

General Al-Zahrani grieves for his son, but at the end of a lengthy interview he paused and his thoughts turned elsewhere. “The truth is what matters,” he said. “They practiced every form of torture on my son and on many others as well. What was the result? What facts did they find? They found nothing. They learned nothing. They accomplished nothing.” Continue

U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes


One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which reads: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Continue

Haiti - The Price of Freedom

By Carolyn Cooper

The US refused to recognise the new Haitian republic and imposed an embargo that lasted until 1862. In 1915, the US invaded Haiti to protect its economic interests and remained in occupation until 1934. Local Haitian leaders were no less predatory than foreign forces, as demonstrated in the truly terrifying reign of Papa and Baby Doc. Continue

Haiti earthquake: 70,000 buried in mass graves: It is feared the death toll from the Haitian earthquake could reach 200,000, but aid groups have warned that if more medical supplies do not arrive soon, thousands more will die from their injuries.

Elderly and abandoned, 84 Haitians await death: The old lady crawls in the dirt, wailing for her pills. The elderly man lies motionless as rats pick at his overflowing diaper.

Frustration mounts over Haiti aid: Little help has reached the many people waiting for help in makeshift camps on streets strewn with debris and decomposing bodies.

Doctors Without Borders Cargo Plane With Full Hospital and Staff Blocked From Landing in Port-au-Prince: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges that its cargo planes carrying essential medical and surgical material be allowed to land in Port-au-Prince in order to treat thousands of wounded waiting for vital surgical operations.

Caricom Blocked: : THE CARIBBEAN Community’s emergency aid mission to Haiti, comprising Heads of Government and leading technical officials, failed to secure permission Friday to land at that devasted country’s aiport, now under the control of the United States.

US doctors beg their government to admit critically injured children from Haiti: American Government allows one baby girl to be airlifted to hospital in Florida.

Witness to a nightmare: ON SATURDAY, Hillary Clinton flew into Haiti to oversee the relief effort--supposedly. But I think her trip to Haiti tells you all you need to know: They had to shut down the airport for three hours so she could land, which meant that no actual aid flights could come in.

US accused of annexing airport as squabbling hinders aid effort in Haiti: Brazil and France lodged an official ­protest with Washington after US military aircraft were given priority at Port-au-Prince's congested airport, forcing many non-US flights to divert to the Dominican Republic.

Chavez: US uses earthquake to occupy Haiti: "There is not a shortage of guns there, my God. Doctors, medicine, fuel, field hospitals, that's what the United States should send," Chavez said on his weekly television show. "They are occupying Haiti undercover," he warned.

Haiti's elite spared from much of the devastation: Search-and-rescue operations have been intensely focused on buildings with international aid workers, such as the crushed U.N. headquarters, and on large hotels with international clientele. Some international rescue workers said they are being sent to find foreign nationals first.

Disgusting War Criminals Peddle “Humanitarian” Aid for Haiti: On Sunday, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush mounted the corporate media propaganda platform and complained about the politicization of the Haitian relief effort.

US attack in Pakistan kills 15 people: : Missiles fired from American aircraft killed as many as 15 people in western Pakistan on Sunday, Pakistani security officials said, part of an increased campaign by the United States to use drones to kill militants.

Fourteen killed as Taliban attacks Kabul, 40 wounded: About nine insurgents and four security personnel were killed on Monday as Taliban militants and suicide bombers stormed government ministries and shopping malls in the Afghan capital of Kabul amidst President Hamid Karzais cabinet members were being sworn in.

Taliban attacks Afghan capital: Afghan security forces have locked down the centre of Kabul after Taliban fighters launched a series of attacks on key government targets in the Afghan capital.

UN report: Afghan heroin killed 90,000 in 2009: Ivanov reiterated that since the US sent troops to Afghanistan in 2001, the country has become the world leader in opium production and has outrun Morocco in terms of hashish production.

Gunmen kill five in Iraqi NGO office: Gunmen burst into a Baghdad office of a nongovernmental organization on Monday and shot dead the five people inside, Iraqi police said. The attackers planted a bomb in the entrance to the office which exploded when security forces arrived, killing or wounding some of them

Iraq war based on UK 'assumption': He said Downing Street was in no doubt that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, based more on their instincts about Hussein's past history than on any specific intelligence.

Iraqi province gives Saddam loyalists 24 hours to leave: Local government officials warned Saddam Hussein loyalists on Monday to move out of the Shiite province of Najaf in central Iraq within 24 hours or face an "iron fist."

Iraqis authorize government to sue Blackwater: Iraq's government has started collecting signatures for a class-action lawsuit from victims who were wounded or lost family in incidents involving the U.S. private security firm formerly known as Blackwater.

Saudi warplanes attack northern Yemen again: According to a statement issued by the Houthi fighters on Sunday, Saudi forces carried out 24 aerial attacks on Jebel Razih, Sha'af, Bani Maaz, and villages in close proximity to the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Al-Qaeda denies Yemen death claims: The Yemen-based affiliate of al-Qaeda has denied Yemeni government reports that six of its leaders were killed in an air raid, saying the men only suffered mild injuries.

Israeli army crosses into Lebanon: "An intense Israeli build-up of forces during the past 24 hours has been observed along the eastern sector of the Blue Line, with mobile and fixed patrols," said NNA.

Signs of progress in nuclear talks, says Iran: Iran has exchanged messages with major powers on its nuclear energy programme and sees signs of progress, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Monday.

China unlikely to back new sanctions against Iran: China is not likely to approve a fourth round of sanctions against Iran while there is still room for negotiations, experts have said, as another round of talks between six key powers ended on Saturday without an agreement.

Merkel calls for more sanctions against Iran: "Germany has made clear that if Iran's reaction does not change, we will be working on a comprehensive package of sanctions," Merkel said at a joint news conference in Berlin with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel Seeks German Arms-Aid Deal: Germany and Israel are intensifying negotiations over a nearly 1 billion euro ($1.45 billion) naval procurement package, a considerable portion of which Israel hopes to fund from a combination of German and U.S. aid.

Israel to station German nuclear submarine in Persian Gulf.: The Dolphin submarines are among the most sophisticated and capable submarines in the world, that could be equipped with nuclear missiles.

Iran vows to take revenge on Israel: Iranian officials have blamed an exiled opposition group, accusing it of acting on behalf of Israel and the US. Washington denied involvement, and Israel did not comment.

Amnesty: Israel 'collectively punishing' Gaza: Amnesty International on Monday accused Israel of "collectively punishing" the population of Gaza with "border" closures tightened after the democratically elected Hamas movement's 2007 takeover.

Israel's Gaza blockade continues to suffocate daily life: Amnesty International: Full report: Israel must end its suffocating blockade of the Gaza Strip, which leaves more than 1.4 million Palestinians cut off from the outside world and struggling with desperate poverty, Amnesty International said one year on from the end of Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.

UN warns 250,000 Palestinians 'vulnerable' to "settler" violence: A report released by the United Nations last year says settlers angered over the destruction of outposts could exact revenge on 250,000 Palestinians in the West Bank.

Pat Robertson 'A Public Relations Nightmare,' Says God: In a rare press conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, the usually reclusive Almighty said that He was taking the unusual step of airing His feelings in public because "enough is enough."

Bible Possibly Written Centuries Earlier, Text Suggests: The breakthrough could mean that portions of the Bible were written centuries earlier than previously thought. (The Bible's Old Testament is thought to have been first written down in an ancient form of Hebrew.)

Homeowners opt to flee instead of fight as loan modifications start to lose luster: Desperate homeowners scrambling to get a loan modification through federal foreclosure relief programs are beginning to shun the offer, opting for a strictly business approach to the dilemma — walking away.

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