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The Destabilization of Syria and the Broader Middle East War

By Michel Chossudovsky

Armed insurgents belonging to Islamist organizations have crossed the border from Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. The US State Department has confirmed that it is supporting the insurgency. Continue

Experts Fear Israeli Design to Balkanise Arab States

By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani

"The western campaign against Libya wasn't undertaken to protect human rights or foster democracy," said al-Sakhawi. "It was launched with the aim of breaking Libya up politically so as to prevent the unification of three revolutionary Arab states - Egypt, Libya and Tunisia - which together might pose a threat to Israeli regional dominance." Continue

Libya: Connect the Dots-You Get a Giant Dollar Sign

By Russ Baker

The evidence points to a plan to create an “Arab Spring” for the Good Old Boys—CIA, banks, oil companies. Continue

European Nations Balk at Their Role in NATO

By Marti Hiken

European nations are refusing to participate in America’s wars, and the U.S. doesn’t like it. Continue

Karzai Lashes Out Against Coalition Forces

By Ben Johnson

Afghan President Hamid Karzai lashed out against coalition forces Saturday, suggesting they were in Afghanistan for “their own purposes” and accusing NATO of polluting his country’s environment with its weapons. Continue

Man Burns Self To Death At Courthouse In Protest

By Jim Quinn

The larger reason he killed himself is that he says the system no longer follows the Rule of Law. Continue

9 Countries That Do It Better:
Why Does Europe Take Better Care of Its People Than America?

By Joshua Holland

At 6.7 deaths per 1,000 live births, the U.S. had the highest infant mortality rate among the high-income nations in 2006. Iceland, with 1.4 deaths/ 1,000 live births, had the lowest. Continue

Addicted To Debt
Government Gone Wild!

3 Minute Video

Brother, Can You Spare A Trillion? Continue

Black Money
The Shadowy World of International Bribery

Video By Frontline

International bribery. It’s a trillion dollars a year, with corporations on one side, heads of state on the other. And it thrives in an invisible world. Continue

53 Killed in clash with Gaddafi forces: Gun battles between forces loyal to Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and rebels in Libya's northwestern city of Nalut have killed at least eight rebel fighters and wounded 13 more, according to a fighter. "The revolutionaries destroyed six armoured vehciles and killed more than 45 enemy soldiers. The rebels surrounded Gaddafi's forces, who are holed up in a compound."
Gaddafi Vows to Stay: Libyan state television broadcasted an audio message of Colonel Gaddafi saying he would stay and the alliance will be defeated in Libya
Libyan rebels have run out of money: Western powers are assisting the rebels through daily air strikes on forces loyal to Gaddafi and have pledged to expand aid by tapping into Libyan assets frozen abroad.
Obama overrides lawyers in Libya war debate: Report: PRESIDENT Barack Obama overruled two senior government lawyers in deciding that he had the authority to continue US military operations in Libya without Congressional approval, The New York Times reported late on Friday.
Barf alert: Harry Reid On Libya: "This Thing Will Be Over Before We Know It": The War Powers Act has no application to what’s going on in Libya.
We don't need no stinking badges!
12 killed in Kabul attack: Twelve people, among them four policemen and three suicide bombers, were killed and 12 others were wounded when militants attacked a police station in Kabul Saturday, Xinhua reported.
Nine killed in attack on Afghan convoy: Insurgents attacked three convoys ferrying fuel and supplies to Nato troops stationed in western and eastern Afghanistan, killing nine Afghan security guards and torching at least 15 fuel tankers.
US reservists reveal truth about the battle for Nuristan: US soldiers who fought in this remote corner of north-eastern Afghanistan appear to have cut through the spin, telling their local newspaper of a ferocious battle after Taliban fighters seized a tiny mountain village and raised the flag of the Islamist movement.
U.S. talking to Taliban, says Afghanistan president: Karzai's comments are the first official confirmation that U.S. is negotiating with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan.'
Afghanistan facing insolvency within a month, say officials: IMF rejection of proposals over Kabul Bank crisis, $820m bailout debts and suspension of aid leaves country in deepening crisis
Pakistan: 6 killed in fresh clashes in South Waziristan: A soldier and five militants were killed in fresh clashes between the two sides in South Waziristan tribal agency of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan, said officials.
Two children killed in blast in Balochistan: The device was detonated as a vehicle of a law enforcement agency carrying troops was passing by.Five security personnel were injured by the blast.
CIA not allowed to operate in Pakistan: Malik: Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday said that Pakistan was a sovereign state and would not allow CIA to launch operations in Pakistan. “CIA will not be allowed to launch illegal operations in the country,” Malik said while talking to the media outside parliament.
Sixteen protesters killed in fresh Syria protests: Tens of thousands of people rallied across the country, defying Assad's military crackdown and ignoring a pledge that his tycoon cousin Rami Makhlouf, a symbol of corruption, would renounce his business empire and channel his wealth to charity.
One security personnel killed in Syria's Homs: One security personnel was killed Friday in the Syrian city of Homs, Syrian official SANA news agency reported.
Syrian forces storm town near Turkey border: Witnesses say troops backed by armour sweep into Bdama, burning houses and arresting dozens of people.
Car bombing rocks Iraqi capital killing 3, wounding 8: A car bombing rattled the Iraqi capital of Baghdad late Friday, killing three civilians and injuring eight others, a police source said.
Iraq PM seeks US expertise in rebuilding work: "Iraq is planning to improve roads, seaports and airports, and make use of the experience by American companies in these fields," his office said in a statement.
Duel protests in Yemen : Video: Duel rallies took place in Sanaa Friday as wounded Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh plots his return to the country. Jon Decker reports.
Yemen's trouble with drones: “ It is a violation of Yemen’s sovereignty and a crime committed against the Yemeni people," says Ahmed al-Shabwani, whose brother, former deputy governor of the Marib Governorate Jabr al-Shabwani, was accidentally killed in a May 2010 US drone strike.
UK to be sued over Bahrain crackdown: A group of lawyers are set to take the United Kingdom to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over its role in the brutal crackdown of Bahrainis.
Abbas calls on EU to recognize Palestinian state: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meets Palestinian PM, president after Lieberman tells her, 'Abbas does not want an agreement, but rather confrontation with Israel.
Stranger than fiction: Court sentences dog to death by stoning: A JERUSALEM rabbinical court has condemned to death by stoning a dog it suspects is the reincarnation of a secular lawyer who insulted the court's judges 20 years ago.
Britain a 'crude colonial power in decline', says Argentina's president Cristina Kirchner: The Argentine president upbraided Mr Cameron for what she called an expression of "mediocrity and stupidity".
Food price explosion 'will devastate the world's poor': After a 40% rise in global prices over the past year, droughts and floods threaten to seriously damage this year's harvest
France and Germany agree on aid for Greece: Leaders of European economic powerhouses say they are united behind a new "bailout" package.
Housing prices will fall another 20 percent: Housing prices, once on the rebound, are falling again. Inventories of unsold homes mean housing prices will remain weak for years.
Goldman Cuts GDP View to 2% as Economy Weakens: Faced with the bruising headwinds of high unemployment, weak manufacturing and an otherwise listless economy, Goldman Sachs has slashed its forecast for gross domestic product.
How Miserable? Index Says the Worst in 28 Years: Misery, as measured in the unofficial Misery Index that simply totals the unemployment and inflation rates, is at a 28-year high, reflective of how weak the economic recovery has been and how far there is to go.
Last statement sent to Sentinel from self-immolation victim: If I show up for court without the money and the lawyer say jail, then the judge will have the bailiff take me into custody.
Corporations buying our lawmakers: Virginia lawmakers flying to France as part of lobbying push for uranium mining: Five legislators arrived in Paris on Wednesday to see a closed mine in Bessines, in western France. Nine others leave Tuesday on a five-day trip — expected to cost $10,000 a person — that includes about three free days in Paris.

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