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How The Empire Rationalizes Murder
Drone strikes are police work, not an act of war?

By Sanjeev Miglani

The idea that the United States can arrogate to itself the right of life and death of people around the world can set off a dangerous precedent. Continue

United States: Investigate Bush, Other Top Officials for Torture

By Human Rights Watch

Overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration obliges President Barack Obama to order a criminal investigation into allegations of detainee abuse authorized by former President George W. Bush and other senior officials, Human Rights Watch said. Continue

U.N. Official Says U.S. Is Breaking Rules In Torture Investigation

By Eyder Peralta

The United Nations chief torture investigator said the United States was violating U.N. rules, after the country denied him unmonitored access to Bradley Manning. Continue

Rage & Outrage Are Waiting

By Jim Kirwan

Our 'troops' have been murdering unarmed people around the world for so long that most see this as just part of the inevitable price we pay for our place as the leaders of the world. Continue

A War Against Descent
A Cautionary Tale : Carlos Montes and the Security State:

By Chris Hedges

On May 17 at 5 in the morning the Chicano activist Carlos Montes got a wake-up call at his home in California from Barack Obama’s security state. Continue

The Fourth Estate is Bankrupt

By William Bowles

The abysmal failings of Western ‘democracy’ are all around us. We have governments that regardless that an ‘opposition’ exists are effectively one-party states and have been ever since the early years of the 20th century. Continue

Murdoch's News Corp Generated $10.4 Billion Profits And Received $4.8 Billion In "Taxes" From The IRS

By Tyler Durden

News Corp, which after generating $10.4 billion in profits over the past 4 years, and which would have been expected to pay the IRS $3.6 billion at the statutory corporate tax rate, instead received $4.6 billion back from Uncle Sam. Continue

Corporate Tax Escapees and You

By Ralph Nader

What do you think the following profitable corporations paid in actual total federal income taxes in that period: American Electric Power, Boeing, Dupont, Exxon Mobil, FedEx, General Electric, Honeywell, International, IBM, United Technologies, Verizon Communications, Wells Fargo, and Yahoo? Nothing! Continue

Why is the Pentagon Not Part of the Deficit Discussion?

By David Morris

Republicans ignore incompetence, bloat and corruption at the Pentagon. Continue

Obama's Betrayal
Don't Cut Care, Mr. President

Must watch - By Keith Olbermann

President Obama must firmly fulfill his obligation to take care of the least of our fellow Americans. Continue

The Great Unraveling
The Economic Assassination of the USA

By Stephen Lendman

On July 8, the Labor Department reported 18,000 new jobs created. Its Household Survey showed 445,000 lost. Continue

US Kills 45 People In Pakistan:: US attacks over the past 24 hours in Pakistan have killed at least 45 militants, local officials said on Tuesday.
US has killed at least 2,587 people in Pakistan in last 9 years: Pakistan's army chief, General Ashfaq Kiani, recently rejected US claims that there existed some private agreements between the two countries on drone hits and American intelligence activities in Pakistan.
Pakistan might withdraw border troops, defense minister says: “The majority in Pakistan and also many in the ranks of the military are angry at Washington,” a Pakistani military official said, adding that Pakistan and China are discussing air and naval projects.
NATO occupation forces kill 12 Afghan civilians: Local officials: "Twelve civilians, including women and children, were killed last night when NATO planes targeted two houses," he said
Karzai's brother shot dead in Kandahar : The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility. A spokesman said the bodyguard had been groomed by the Taliban for some time and, on its orders, killed Mr. Karzai with a shot to the head inside his heavily fortified compound in Kandahar city.
Sarkozy announces French Afghan drawdown: President says a quarter of France's 4,000 troops will leave by end of 2012 during visit to Afghanistan.
Car bombing kills 3 Sunni paramilitary members west of Baghdad: A car bomb struck members of the Awakening Council group in west outskirt of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing three group members and wounding six other people, a local police source told Xinhua.
US forces 'still attacking Iraq Shiite insurgents': US forces are carrying out operations against Shiite insurgents, almost a year after the military announced a formal end to its combat operations in Iraq, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday.
Iraq's Sadr lashes out at US for unilateral attacks: Sadr's spokesman Salah Al Obeidi charged in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, south of Baghdad, that Panetta had "openly mocked Iraq's sovereignty and flaunted security agreements" signed by Washington and Baghdad in November 2008.
Tensions Mount Over Iraq, Nuke Sanctions: In recent weeks, a chorus of U.S. officials has accused Iran of providing lethal weapons to Iraqi Shiite militias that have targeted U.S. soldiers and caused a spike in U.S. death tolls. Similar charges have been made against Iran in the past.
US Official: No Tangible Evidence at Hand to Prove Iran's Aid to Iraqi Militants: A senior US State Department official confessed that Washington has no proof to substantiate its allegations about Iran's arms shipment to militant groups in Iraq.
Yemen security: 5 "militants" killed in airstrike: A government airstrike in a patch of southern Yemen overrun by radical Islamists killed five militants as the country's security deteriorates amid a five-month uprising, a security official said Tuesday.
4 rebels killed, 22 wounded in clashes in Libyan town: Four rebels were killed and 22 wounded in overnight clashes against forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi in the western town of Zliten, rebels said on Monday.
Regime change: US prepared to back Russian mediation deal that will see Libya's Gaddafi quit : "President Obama thanked President Medvedev for Russia's efforts at mediation in Libya, emphasizing that the United States is prepared to support negotiations that lead to a democratic transition in Libya as long as Gaddafi steps aside."
Some NATO allies in Libya exhausted in 90 days-US: "The problem right now, frankly, in Libya is that ... within the next 90 days a lot of these other countries could be exhausted in terms of their capabilities, and so the United States, you know, is going to be looked at to help fill the gap," Panetta said, speaking to occupation force troops in Baghdad.
The arrogance of Empire : Clinton: Syria's Assad has lost legitimacy to rule : Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is "not indispensable," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday as tensions soared
Syria Lashes Out at US Following Clinton Comments: The news agency quotes an official who calls her comments "further evidence" of "blatant U.S. interference" in Syria's internal affairs.
US Defense Secretary Has a Long History of Cooperation with Israel: Four decades in the political limelight have made newly minted Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta a familiar and trusted figure to the Jewish and pro-Israeli communities.
The story of the flotilla is not over: The story of the second Freedom Flotilla is not over. Israel and the international community have deployed multiple deterrent tactics, falsely accusing participants of terrorism, chemical warfare and plans to murder Israeli soldiers. Boats have been sabotaged, boarded and blockaded with crews and owners arrested.
Million man march in Tahrir Square gets underway: Tens of thousands of protesters are in Tahrir Square right now as the sit-in steps up a notch on its fourth day with a march on Cabinet headquarters
Robert Fisk: In Tahrir Square the anger is growing again. Where is the revolution the crowds fought for?
Egypt's deputy PM resigns amid protests: Essam Sharaf, Egypt's prime minister, has accepted the resignation of his deputy, whose removal had been called for by protesters, the cabinet's Facebook page has said.
The CIA's Secret Sites in Somalia: The CIA uses a secret prison buried in the basement of Somalia’s National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters, where prisoners suspected of being Shabab members or of having links to the group are held. Some of the prisoners have been snatched off the streets of Kenya and rendered by plane to Mogadishu.
UN: Somalia is 'worst humanitarian disaster': Head of UNHCR appeals for "massive support" over drought affecting about 10 million people in the Horn of Africa.
George W Bush should be prosecuted over torture, says human rights group: Human Rights Watch claims Obama administration 'failing to act on evidence', and also names Cheney and Rumsfeld in report
Julian Assange's lawyer tells extradition appeal arrest warrant is invalid: WikiLeaks founder's counsel claims in high court that Swedish judges were misled about sexual assault and rape allegations
WikiLeaks' Brilliant MasterCard Commercial Parody : A spoof of the fact that major credit card and online payment companies have withheld over $15 Million in donations to WikiLeaks.
Rupert Murdoch is effectively a member of Blair's cabinet: Only a spin doctor would deny that the media baron has a say in all major decisions taken in Downing Street
Hackers release 90,000 military emails: In what they dubbed "military meltdown Monday", a hacking collective has published 90,000 military email addresses and passwords stolen from a large US contractor.
Moody's cuts Ireland to junk, warns of second bailout: - Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday cut Ireland's credit rating to junk status, saying the country will likely need further official financing before it can return to international capital markets.
British bank shares plunge 5% : Italy and Spain woes ratchet up eurozone debt crisis
Greece `Running Out of Road' as EU Aid Talks Fail: European governments failed to agree on a payment to spare the country from default.
Paul Ryan says U.S. facing debt crisis like other countries: Powerful House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Tuesday said the United States is facing a debt crisis comparable to other countries and officials in Washington need to get in front of it before it spirals out of control.
Playing politics with peoples fears: Obama says he cannot guarantee Social Security checks will go out on August 3: President Obama on Tuesday said he cannot guarantee that retirees will receive their Social Security checks August 3 if Democrats and Republicans in Washington do not reach an agreement on reducing the deficit in the coming weeks.
US trade deficit grows to 31-month high: Oil imports helped widen the U.S. trade deficit to $50.2 billion in May from $43.6 billion in April, pushing the gap to its highest level in 31 months, according to Commerce Department figures.
Cisco To Fire 10,000 People: Cisco is planning to fire as many as 10,000 people, Bloomberg reports According to the plans, which have yet to be finalized, the company will can 7,000 employees by the end of August. Another 3,000 have accepted buyouts.
Friends With Benifts: US Unemployment Silence : Video - The chairman of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, Jeff Immelt, is known for heading a company that famously paid no taxes last year and not only shed domestic jobs but added a staff overseas.

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