Thursday, 13 October 2011

The Suicide of Liberty

By Paul Craig Roberts

It is unclear whether the US, as we have known it, will survive its next presidential election. Continue

The “Very Scary” Iranian Terror Plot

By Glenn Greenwald

U.S. government accusations = Truth. All Serious people know that. Continue

The Fast and Furious Plot to Occupy Iran

By Pepe Escobar

The House of Saud who's been conducting the fierce counter-revolution that has smashed any possibility of an Arab Spring in the Persian Gulf. Continue

UN Member States must Demand Action Against NATO War Crimes

By Shenali Waduge

If the US used the Nuremberg principles to charge Germany for “starting an unprovoked war” shouldn’t the US be charged on similar grounds? Continue

Arrest Bush
Amnesty: Canada ‘Required’ to Arrest George W. Bush

By Michel Comte

“Torturers must face justice and their crimes are so egregious that the responsibility for ensuring justice is shared by all nations,” Continue

Wars in the 21st Century: From Drones to Cyber Wars

By Prabir Purkayastha

The US has resisted all attempts till now to have an international treaty on cyber war. This is in line with its basic position on all matters of international law – it applies to all countries but not to the US – the case for US exceptionalism. Continue

There Never Was an Egyptian Revolution

By Ahmed Amr

The thrill is gone, the euphoria has faded and our mass delusions have been swept away to make room for the reality that there never was an Egyptian revolution. Continue

Targeting Syria – The ‘Bad News’ For The Guardian

By Media Lens

The standard media version of events, repeated endlessly, for example, by the BBC and ITV. We are to understand that the Syrian government is responsible for a vicious repression of peaceful protestors. Continue

A Global-wide Liberty Plaza of the Mind
Capitalism and Its Discontents of the American Autumn

By Phil Rockstroh

Come out of self-exile; you are the change you can believe in. Continue

My Advice to the Occupy Wall Street Protesters
Hit Bankers Where it Hurts

By Matt Taibbi

Occupy Wall Street could be better and more dangerous. Continue

Report: 25% Of Millionaires Pay Lower Taxes Than 10.4 Million Middle-Class Americans

By Tanya Somanader

Preferential treatment of investment income and the reduced impact of payroll taxes on high earners lets about 94,500 millionaires pay taxes at a lower rate than 10.4 million “moderate-income taxpayers,” Continue

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US Kills 12 People In Pakistan: At least 12 people have been killed in two separate US drone attacks in Pakistan. An unmanned aircraft bombed insurgent targets in the semi-autonomous tribal areas in north-western Pakistan
U.S. diplomats barred from travel without permission in Pakistan: - Pakistani police Wednesday refused American diplomats to go out of the port city of Karachi without proper travel documents, local media reported.
Fourteen killed as deserters battle with Syrian troops: Fourteen people were killed in gunfire in two Syrian towns Thursday, an activist group said, most of them in clashes between troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and gunmen believed to be army deserters.
Heroic defense of Sirte: NATO supported rebel forces retreat from Sirte under heavy "Qadhafi" fire: The NTC forces, which had been hoping to mop up the last pockets of resistance in two residential neighbourhoods in the northwest of the city, withdrew at least two kilometres (more than a mile) to the central police headquarters they captured on Tuesday, the correspondent said.
Libya: Gaddafi fighters hit back in Sirte, NTC backtracks capture claim: Libya's new regime fighters retreated under heavy fire from loyalists of Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte today as their leaders backtracked on an announcement they had captured one of his sons.
Libya: NATO supported rebels torture, abuse prisoners: Amnesty says: "According to his cellmates, several days after beatings left him paralyzed from the waist down, he started vomiting blood and he died shortly after being taken to the hospital," the report said.
Libyan forces make chaotic advance into Sirte

"They are families inside fighting for their houses and their children who have died," said Mohammed, 23, who fled Sirte a few days ago.
Libya's rival military commanders fight war of words: "Who is Abdulhakim Belhaj and who appointed him?" Naker asks. "We don't know him. We are the leaders, we are the revolutionists, we know everything."
Smuggled Libyan weapons flood into Egypt: Large caches of weapons from Libya are making their way across the Egyptian border and flooding black markets in Egypt’s already unstable Sinai Peninsula, according to current and former Egyptian military officials and arms traders in the Sinai.
23 years after Lockerbie, a father fights on for justice: Anyone who examines the events of the trial in the Netherlands will see that the prosecution case against Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhima was laughable, a grotesque parade of paid witnesses, corrupt evidence and dodgy 'experts'.
'US claim insults global intelligence': Iran's envoy to the UN says US allegations about Tehran's involvement in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington are an “insult to the intelligence” of the people of the world.
We know, but we just don't have evidence: Officials concede gaps in U.S. knowledge of Iran plot: They said it was "more than likely" that Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Quds Force commander Qasem Suleimani had prior knowledge or approved of the suspected plot.
Analysis: U.S. plot charges face skepticism in Middle East: Riyadh's antagonism toward Iran was revealed in leaked U.S. cables that quoted Jubeir telling United States diplomats four years ago that the time had come to "confront Iran."
Engineering Consent For Attack On Iran U.S. aims to "unite the world" against Iran: The Obama administration was taking its case against Iran to the world Wednesday, trying to stir up an international response to charges that the Islamic republic plotted to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S.
Biden says Iran will be held accountable for plot: "It's an outrage that violates one of the fundamental premises upon which nations deal with one another and that is the sanctity and safety of their diplomats."
US Senator Kerry: 'All options' open on Iran plot: Asked whether using force was a possibility, the Democratic lawmaker told reporters: "I don't think anything should be taken off the table at this point in time."
Perry says Iranian terror plot proves America must secure its southern border: The Republican presidential hopeful used Tuesday’s announcement that Iranian forces had sought to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. to call for more border troops, improved fencing along the Mexican border and increased border patrols including the use of predator drone surveillance.
Iranians May Have Consulted Three Stooges Script in Terror Plot: How stupid are the Iranians? If the allegations by the United States are true, they hired a used car salesman in Texas to knock of the Saudi ambassador to the United States, and they also introduced the used car salesman to members of the Quds force like it was a cocktail party.
Jewish communities hail thwarting of Iran terror plot: Jewish communities in the US and Argentina on Wednesday congratulated law enforcement officials in Washington D.C. who earlier announced the foiling of a terror plot targeting the Israeli embassies in their respective countries.
US: Radar intelligence to protect Israel? Intelligence to be gathered from a NATO early warning radar system planned to be deployed in Turkey to help spot missile threats coming from outside Europe will be used to protect all NATO allies, a US official has said, declining to say whether it will also be shared with Israel.
Hamas: Shalit deal would have failed had we insisted on top Palestinian prisoners: Gaza-ruling militant group coming under fire for failing to release Fatah bigwig Marwan Barghouti; Gaza official: Hamas withholds final list fearing public backlash.
Many freed Palestinian prisoners may be deported: The deportations would be a blow to the prisoners' families, many of whom have waited decades to see their loved ones.
Palestinians should vote in Jerusalem elections: We are the only democracy in the Middle East, but for Jews alone.
Weaponized Drone Is Designed to Be Launched From Mothership Drone: The Remora Unmanned Air Vehicle. It's smaller than regular drones, the size of a large missile. And that's precisely what it is: a remote controlled weaponized airplane. One that is designed to be launched from a large drone.
Wall Street Journal circulation scam claims senior Murdoch executive The Guardian found evidence that the Journal had been channeling money through European companies in order to secretly buy thousands of copies of its own paper at a knock-down rate, misleading readers and advertisers about the Journal’s true circulation.
Darrell Issa Subpoenas Eric Holder Over Gun Running To Mexican Drug Cartels: The Goverment operation, which began in November 2009, watched "straw buyers" of guns in border states hand over guns to middlemen who, in turn, transferred the guns to Mexican drug cartels. However, ATF agents let over 2,000 guns "walk," and the guns ended up at crime scenes on both sides of the border.
US Sheriffs: Secure Border to Block Cartel "Terrorists": m“I don’t see the Mexican drug cartels as a gang,” testified Sam Page, sheriff of Rockingham County, N.C. “I see them as a terrorist organization.”
Canadian Evangelical School Cancels George W. Bush Visit: After news leaked that Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, Ontario was planning an invitation-only fund-raising breakfast with George W. Bush, it only took two days for the Sept. 20 event to be canceled.
Exxon Aims to Bail on Payments for Valdez Damage: In its filing to the US District Court in Alaska on September 30, the company argues that the agreement it reached with the government only covers "restoration" work—not additional "clean-up."
'Indignant' protests to sweep across world: - "Indignant" activists, angered by a biting economic crisis they blame on politicians and bankers, vow to take to the streets worldwide on Saturday in a protest spanning 71 nations.
UK unemployment, poverty at all time high : It's the latest blow to the British economy - unemployment is at a seventeen year high.There are now over two and a half million unemployed people in the country, an increase of a hundred and fourteen thousand in three months.
Scotland's Poor Face 'World War Two Like Food Rationing' After Rising Prices, Says Oxfam Scotland: Pensioners and those on the lowest incomes are struggling to feed themselves in the face of rising food prices, Oxfam Scotland said.
Hundreds “Occupy Dublin” As Wall Street Tactic Spreads - “The State has sold itself completely to the financial cartels,” a 42 year-old unemployed construction worker tells me. “They are transferring more wealth out of Ireland than British landlords ever did, and these are Irish people doing it!”
Border guards put on alert for weekend protests: - A Canadian border alert has been issued to prevent hard-core U.S. protesters from crossing the border to take part in marches and an occupation of the country's financial centres on Saturday.
Protesters suspicious of plan to clean up NYC park: The owner of the private park where Wall Street protesters are camped out says it will begin enforcing park regulations, which prohibit everything from lying down on benches to storing personal property on the ground.
I Am Not Moving - Short Film - Occupy Wall Street

This video is meant to be a warning to our leaders. Continue
Home foreclosure proceedings on the rise again: California and other Western states see the largest increase in banks' beginning the foreclosure process on homes.

October 12, 2011
Wall Street Comes to DC to Profit from Health Care
99% Say: Wall Street Greed Kills Those in Need
JPMorgan, Citigroup and Citi-Investment Research come to Washington, DC to discuss how investors can profit in the health care system in a Wall Street Comes to Washington, DC conference.

Sirte An Epic Tales Of Heroism And Bravery

By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

The lesson from Sirte must go down in the annals of the collective identity of humankind as a classic and historic tale of resilience and virtue and determination. Continue

Why Did You Shoot Me?
No More Victims: Stop the Wars and Bring the Troops Home
After ten years of war, it's time for Americans to act decisively: we must end the wars and commit our resources to creating jobs and rebuilding the ramshackle infrastructure of our own country. Click for more

Armed Chinese Troops in Texas!

By Ron Paul

Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Continue

The Myth of American Exceptionalism

BY Stephen M. Walt

The idea that the United States is uniquely virtuous may be comforting to Americans. Too bad it's not true. Continue

Never Lose Faith In Your Own Power

 "There are two types of humanity in war: there are worthy victims and unworthy victims... Continue

The Seven Biggest Economic Lies

By Robert Reich

The Occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere can’t become a national movement for a more equitable society – unless more Americans know the truth about the economy. Continue

Occupy Wall Street:
"Low Budget" and "Pretty Nothing Burgers"

CBC Video and Transcript

CBC continued its ongoing snide, dismissive, and condescending coverage of the third week of Occupy Wall Street with an interview with author/activist/Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges. Continue

Corporations are not people:
We hold these truths to be self-evident…

By Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook

Man’s inhumanity to man is as old as humanity itself. How we created a system to perpetuate this ultimate form of inhumanity, declaring that abstract entities are ‘persons,’ is not as obvious.

You Can Fight The Federal Reserve Right Now

By Scott Cruickshank

For a the price of a minor inconvenience you get to steal your country back from Ben Bernake.

Iranian Terror Plot: Fake, Fake, Fake
(But Who Faked It?)

By Maidhc Ó Cathail

As FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III so aptly put it, the whole thing “reads like the pages of a Hollywood script.” Continue

The Price of Torching Mosques

By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

Israel lays ground for anti-apartheid struggle. Continue

U.S. Arms Bahrain While Decrying Russian Weapons in Syria

By Thalif Deen

The administration of President Barack Obama is on shaky ground when it lectures other countries about their arms transfers. Continue

Ignoring Non-Islamic Culprits in Somalia Famine
Hunger from harmful aid and agriculture policies

By Julie Hollar

A variety of factors play into the current Somalia famine, but media could only seem to find one culprit: Islamic terrorists. Continue

Crisis In The Congo: Uncovering The Truth


Documentary explores the role that the United States allies, Rwanda and Uganda, have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century. Continue

Hard News At least 25 killed in slew of attacks targeting Iraqi police: A slew of bombings targeted Iraqi police in Baghdad on Wednesday morning, including blasts by two suicide bombers who tried to ram their vehicles through police station gates.
US: No decision yet on US troops levels in Iraq: U.S. Defense officials are seeking to minimize reports that Iraqi leaders have asked that 5,000 U.S. troops remain in the country after the end of the year, saying negotiations are moving ahead but aren't finished.
Bomb blast kills six Afghan police, one tribal elder: Provincial government spokesman Zalmai Ayubi says the police were escorting tribal elder Abdul Wali Khan back to his home from nearby Kandahar city.
Intelligence officer killed in Afghanistan: The assailants opened fire on the intelligence chief of Qalat city, the provincial capital of Zabul province, on Wednesday morning, Deputy Governor Mohammad Jan Rasolyar said.
Nato success against Taliban in Afghanistan 'may be exaggerated': Report says kill-or-capture raids are not a surgical tactic as claimed and use of the word 'leader' is suspect
US 'fighting a war' in Pakistan: Panetta: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday the United States is waging "war" in Pakistan against militants, referring to a covert campaign the CIA steadfastly refuses to publicly confirm.
FBI: Pakistani spies spent millions lobbying US: For years, the Pakistani spy agency funneled millions of dollars to a Washington nonprofit group in a secret effort to influence Congress and the White House, the Justice Department said Tuesday in court documents that are certain to complicate already strained relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.
Were NATO strikes on Gaddafi’s home town justified?: “What did America and NATO bring to us? Did they bring apricots?” one man shouted at a Reuters journalist in Sirte last week. “No, they brought us the shelling and the strikes. They terrorised our kids.”
Lights. Camera. Faction! NATO's pressure on war-press: Massive civilian casualties and failure to finish the job in Libya have turned opposition to NATO's invasion into open anger at the intervention, and at manipulation of media coverage of the conflict.
Libya, exposing Al-Qaeda NATO-Jihadists in Sirte: Alger­ian cor­re­spon­dent in the Libyan front line sent a very inter­est­ing report from Sirte, expos­ing the Libyan rebels.
Fall of Sirte won’t mean end of NATO mission: The fall of Moamer Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte will mark an “iconic” moment in Libya but it will not spell the end of NATO’s air campaign, the alliance’s top military officer told AFP on Tuesday.
Prominent Libyan Islamist joins NTC-linked group: - An influential Libyan Islamist cleric who has criticized the country's new leaders joined a group affiliated with the interim ruling National Transitional Council on Wednesday, in what could be a sign of the growing clout of religious figures.
Zawahiri calls for Algeria revolution in new video: Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called on Algerians to overthrow the government of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and praised Libyan rebels for seizing Tripoli, in a new video.
Tens of thousands rally in Damascus to support Assad: “America, out, out, Syria will stay free,” chanted the crowd, many of them carrying pictures of Assad and Syrian flags. They also shouted slogans warning the European Union not to intervene in their country.
Bye bye, American lie: Secretary of State Clinton’s rant has testified to the fact that the US under President Obama is not giving up its double standards on foreign affairs, not by a long shot.
Syrian-American accused of spying on anti-Assad demonstrators: - A Syrian-born man living outside Washington faces multiple charges connected to spying on dissidents in the United States, federal prosecutors said
Security in Yemen Deteriorating Dramatically, UN Envoy Warns: - The top United Nations official on Yemen briefed the Security Council today on the “very serious” situation there amid continuing battles between supporters and opponents of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
UN: Millions face hunger in strife-torn Yemen: The World Food Programme (WFP) said Wednesday it is scaling up efforts to feed 3.5 million people who are facing hunger in strife-torn Yemen.
Hamas and Israel confirm prisoner swap: Celebrations in Jerusalem and Gaza follow deal to free Gilad Shalit in exchange for release of 1,027 Palestinians.
Engineering Consent For Attack On Iran: Foiled (Alledged) Plot Moves Tehran to the Top of the U.S. Policy Agenda:" ABC News reported some startling news today: the Department of Justice has charged two men working for "factions of the Iranian government"--specifically a branch of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps called the the Quds Force--of plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia's U.S. ambassador,
Manipulating public opinion: Is Iran's Regime Capable of Attacks Inside U.S.?: RIC HOLDER, U.S. attorney general: The complaint alleges that this conspiracy was conceived, was sponsored, and was directed from Iran, and constitutes a flagrant violation of U.S. and international law
Iran under US propaganda attack: Iran’s UN envoy Mohammad Khazaee forwarded a letter of complaint to Ban Ki-moon saying that Iran strongly condemns these shameful claims of being linked to the crime.
Iran summons Swiss envoy: During the meeting, head of the North America Bureau of the Iranian Foreign Ministry said since the victory of the Islamic Revolution Iran has been among the main victims of the terrorist activities of terrorist groups sponsored by the United States.
Somalia: Famine, diseases kill 13 Somali children: The fatalities occurred Wednesday, following an increase in cases of waterborne diseases caused by unhygienic living conditions in the famine-hit African country.
High levels of radioactive material concentrating in Tokyo, Yokohama: Japanese researchers discovered high levels of radioactive material in concentrated areas in Tokyo and Yokohama, more than 241 kilometers away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, as increasingly thorough tests provide a clearer picture of just how far contamination has spread and accumulated
Don't confront us over 'false' plot, Iran warns US: Iran warned the United States on Wednesday to shy away from any confrontation over what Tehran called baseless allegations it plotted to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington.
US allegation of Iran plot "implausible": An aide to Iran's president has denied the U.S. allegation that Tehran was planning to wage terror attacks in the U.S. Ali Akbar Javanfekr, press advisor to the Iranian President, said the claim is a prefabricated scenario seeking to distract public attention away from domestic problems within the United States.
Judge Napolitano Accuses Holder Of Using Iran Assassination Plot To Distract From Fast & Furious Scandal

Homeland Security Bill Targets Homegrown Islamist Extremism: - A House bill set for markup on Wednesday would give protection against civil lawsuits to those who report suspicious activity, designate a federal czar to counter homegrown violent Islamist extremism, and require Border Patrol agents to be capable of stopping every single person who tries to cross into the country illegally.
Google Hands Wikileaks Volunteer's Gmail Data to U.S. Government: Gmail users got a hefty dose of reality today when it was revealed that Google handed over one user's private data to the U.S. government, who requested it without a search warrant.
Alabama parents prepare for the worst: separation from their kids: Hispanic families fearing arrest under draconian new immigration law start to draw up legal documents for care of children
At 13%, Congress' Approval Ties All-Time Low: Republicans and Democrats give identical ratings to the divided Congress
Senate Republicans Kill Jobs Bill : Senator Sanders: Video: "What the protesters are saying is there is something wrong when the crooks on Wall Street who caused this recession are now making more money than they ever did before, while unemployment is soaring and people have lost their homes and their life savings as a result of what Wall Street has done," Sanders said Tuesday on MSNBC
Occupy Wall Street: NYPD Officer Bologna's Arrest Sought In Pepper-Spray Incident: A lawyer for an anti-Wall Street protester hit by pepper spray while being detained by police asked the Manhattan District Attorney to arrest the police inspector at the center of the controversy.
Boston Police Attack Veterans for Peace: Video -
How 99% Prevented Senators from Working Yesterday: We Shut Down the Hart Senate Office Building: At exactly 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday a few hundred people began preventing any work that might have been done in the Senate Hart Office Building.
Occupy Wall Street marches on millionaires’ row: Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his fellow billionaires at a press conference at a library in the Bronx Tuesday. Specifically objecting to the protest outside of Dimon’s building, he said, “He’s brought more business to this city than maybe any other banker in (the) modern day. .... Jamie Dimon’s an honorable person working very hard. He pays his taxes.”
Occupy Cincinnati protesters to march to court: Occupy Cincinnati protesters who have been receiving police citations for refusing to leave a public park at night are planning to take their fight to the courts today.
Occupy Seattle protesters submit list of demands to mayor: The protesters have demanded the approval of four large tents at the new location for use as a kitchen, an infirmary, a supply storage, and an information center.
France: Over 200 strikes to hit transport and schools: Commuters, train passengers and school pupils can expect problems on Tuesday as five unions call strikes across the country to protest against government cuts.
Greece Budget Deficit Grows 15%: Greece's budget deficit for the first nine months of 2011 widened 15.1% from a year earlier, as revenues continued to fall despite the government's austerity cuts to spending.
Florida lawmaker wants to repeal dwarf-tossing ban to create jobs: First, let me emphasize that this is not a parody. It’s a real story, with quotes and facts and everything. Bill Workman is a Republican state legislator with a bold plan to help Florida’s economy: he wants to lift the ban on dwarf tossing to create jobs.

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