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Don’t Support the Troops — Bring Them Home

By Sheldon Richman

Politicians love nothing better than to pay tribute to “our troops,” especially those who have made “the ultimate sacrifice.” Yet those words stink of hypocrisy when one realizes that the same politicians create the conditions that then are used to justify invasions, occupations, and war in foreign countries. Continue

Huge Pro Gaddafi Rallies In Libya


Videos reports and text of Gaddafi's speech on July 08, 2011 Continue

Multi-Billion-Dollar Terrorists And The Disappearing Middle Class

By James Petras

The US government spends $120 billion a year, to fight an estimated “50 -75 ‘Al Qaeda types’ in Afghanistan”, according to the CIA and quoted in the Financial Times. Continue

Sanders: Obama Proposal Would Impoverish 250,000

By Erik Wasson

The Social Security Administration estimates that a proposal floated by the Obama administration would put 245,000 people into poverty. Continue

Several Inconvenient Truths About The Debt Ceiling And "Deficit Reduction"

By Tyler Durden

Not one penny of US debt has been repaid for 51 years: the last time US government funded debt actually decresed on a year-over-year basis was 1960. Continue

The Evils of Unregulated Capitalism

By Joseph E Stiglitz

Remedy for the US economy: end the wars, rein in military and drug costs, and raise taxes - at least on the very rich. Continue

Banking Has Become Our State Religion

By Eric Margolis

The current EU rescue package for Greece is really about rescuing the banks, not Greek citizens. Just as the US government rescue saved and enriched Wall Street while punishing Main Street. Continue

Defaulting Rescued Argentina.
It Could Work for Athens Too

By Heather Stewart

Athens – locked into the euro – is unable to devalue, or control its own interest rates, and the solution being pressed on Greece by its eurozone neighbours involves privatisation, liberalisation and drastic public spending cuts. Continue

The Game in Syria

By Daily Star Editorial

A game is afoot in Syria, but it’s one that is not as clear-cut as people might think. Continue

Anti-Zionism Growing Among Jews

By As'ad Abdul Rahman

Pro-Palestine Jewish activists and organisations blame Israel for 'crimes against humanity' Continue

Occupation 101
Voices Of The Silenced Majority

Full Documentary Film

Award-winning documentary film on the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Continue

A Letter from Rupert Murdoch

By Andy Borowitz

Where I Stand on the News Corporation Scandal. Continue

Seven US-led occupation force troops killed in Afghan war: At least Seven US-led foreign forces have lost their lives across Afghanistan over the past 24 hours amid rising attacks against foreign forces in the country.
Six abducted Afghans killed: Officials said that insurgents have killed six Afghan de-miners from a group of 32 that was kidnapped last week in the country’s southwest.
Two NATO occupation force soldiers killed in shootout with Afghan bodyguard: Two NATO soldiers were killed and another injured in a shootout with a bodyguard for an official from a local intelligence agency in Afghanistan's northern province of Panjshir on Saturday, an Afghan official said.
Soldiers told not to shoot Taliban bomb layers: British soldiers who spot Taliban fighters planting roadside bombs are told not to shoot them because they do not pose an immediate threat, the Ministry of Defence has admitted.
Seven militants killed in Pakistan: Security forces killed seven militants Saturday in fighting in northwest Pakistan
Pakistan retaliation silences Nato guns at border: - Sixteen mortar shells fired from Afghanistan fell near a Pakistani military checkpost in North Waziristan on Friday
Pakistan army says U.S. media reports 'direct attack' on state: In a wide-ranging interview, Major General Athar Abbas, the Pakistan army's chief spokesman, repeatedly criticised the Times' reporting and said it was part of a calculated plan by the United States to "weaken the state".
US Reneges On Bribe To Pakistan: : US to hold back $800 mln in aid to Pakistan: report: The Obama administration will hold back about $800 million in aid to the Pakistani military because Washington is unhappy with Pakistan's expulsion of U.S. military trainers and its campaign against militants, the New York Times reported Saturday.
With U.S. military aid cut, Pakistan eyes China: Pakistan's increasingly "close and effective defense ties" established with China during the past decade will allow Islamabad to "fill the gap" arising from the prospect of reduced military aid from the United States, a senior Pakistani official said on Sunday
Eight killed in Yemen violence: Eight people were killed in southern Yemen in two separate incidents on Sunday
Report: Yemen's Saleh to return on July 17: An advisor to US President Barack Obama met with Saleh in Riyadh on Sunday, the White House said.
US buying time for new Saleh in Yemen: The United States and Saudi Arabia are creating chaos in Yemen in an attempt to buy time to find a replacement for Ali Abdullah Saleh who would serve their interests, an analyst says.
US occupation force soldier killed S. Baghdad: - A US soldier was killed in southern Iraq, the American army said in a statement on Sunday, failing to provide further details.
Two Iraqis killed, two others injured in Kirkuk: Two Iraqi civilians were killed and two others injured in an attack on Sunday by unknown armed men who targeted a group of civilians in central Kirkuk.
Iraq unsure on U.S. troops plan: Iraq's fragile coalition government failed again Saturday to reach agreement on the formation of a cabinet or on whether to ask some U.S. forces to remain beyond December, leaving the Obama administration with an ever-shorter timetable to complete the withdrawal or manage the political fallout from staying.
No revival of Mahdi army, says Al Sadr: Anti-US occupation Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr has withdrawn a threat to reactivate his powerful Mahdi Army but said an elite unit would oppose American forces if they extended their deployment in Iraq.
Gaddafi forces fight back Tripoli assault: Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi launched a counterattack yesterday against rebel advance positions 50 kilometres southwest of Tripoli, an AFP correspondent reported.
French Arms to Rebels Expose Weaknesses of UN Arms Embargoes: Earlier this week France announced that it had delivered arms and ammunition to Libyan rebels in the Nafusa Mountains in early June. This was reportedly an attempt by France to assist the rebels in their military campaign against the forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Skerrit denounces NATO actions expresses support for Libyan leader Gaddafi: Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica has strongly denounced NATO military action in Libya and voiced unequivocal support for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the ongoing military campaign.
Syrian opposition shuns ‘national dialogue’ with government: Syria opened a "national dialogue" on Sunday that it hailed as a step towards multi-party democracy after five decades of Baath party rule but its credibility was undermined by an opposition boycott.
U.S. accuses Syria of stirring protest outside embassy: The United States accused Syria of having organized an angry 31-hour protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Damascus over the weekend while the U.S. ambassador told the foreign minister that such anti-American "incitement" must stop.
Protests spread in Egypt as discontent with military rule grows: Interim leader's speech fails to convince protesters blocking off Cairo bureaucratic headquarters and road to Suez canal
Tunisians protest against Israel ties: Around 600 people rallied in Tunis Sunday threatening to out leaders believed to support normalisation of diplomatic ties with Israel.
Iceland “ready to support Palestinian independence”: Icelandic foreign minister Ossur Skarphedinsson has told his Palestinian colleagues at their meeting this week in Ramallah that the Icelandic government is enthusiastic to support Palestinian independence, should the proposed motion be put before the United Nations this autumn.
US drone strikes in Somalia likely to rally local support for militants: Even Somalis who are not members of the local militant group Al Shabab may see US drone strikes on the group as an unwelcome foreign intervention.
Plea for 'massive aid' for Africa refugees: Camp in northeastern Kenya overflows with people in search of food and water as they flee drought-stricken region.
Keith Olbermann : Does Bachmann Believe Slavery Had Advantages? : Keith discusses her latest adventure in ridiculous thinking with Faiz Shakir of the Center for American Progress.
Student Challenges Laptop Seizure at Border: A U.S. judge is weighing whether to halt a lawsuit filed by a graduate student whose laptop was seized by customs agents as he crossed the border from Canada and found to contain pictures of rallies by Hamas and Hezbollah.
Being Anti-War Is Not a Crime -- But That's Not Stopping the FBI From Raiding Activists' Homes: Activists who organized anti-war protests at the 2008 RNC have been targeted with raids, subpoenas and government spies.
EU calls emergency meeting as debt crisis stalks Italy: European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has called an emergency meeting of top officials dealing with the euro zone debt crisis for Monday morning, reflecting concern that the crisis could spread to Italy, the region's third largest economy.
New IMF chief Lagarde issues dire warning on U.S. debt default: New IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned on Sunday that a US debt default would jeopardize global economic stability and urged warring American politicians to forge a compromise budget deal.
CIA Says US Most Debt Ridden Nation On Earth: US Vs World Current account Balance places US at number 191, Libya is number 20 and China is number 1
Devastating US unemployment numbers : While talks on the debt ceiling and deficit are underway in Washington DC, a new job report highlights that numbers are way worse than analysts expected.
Trade Deals are No Deal for US: LONG BEFORE 2008, when Wall Street’s unchecked greed brought the world’s economy to its knees, we in the middle class could feel our future slipping away.
Record one in six Americans now on food stamps as depression escalates: While the mainstream media has all but convinced most Americans that the nation is slowly climbing out of the "recession," new statistics released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggest otherwise

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