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Pakistan Says U.S. Drones in its Air Space Will be Shot Down

By NBC News

According to the new Pakistani defense policy, "Any object entering into our air space, including U.S. drones, will be treated as hostile and be shot down," Continue

Wars Without Victory Equal an America Without Influence

By Patrick Cockburn

Nouri al-Maliki, will meet tomorrow in Washington so they can claim that the US emerges from the conflict unweakened and leaves behind an increasingly stable, democratic and prosperous Iraq. This is misleading spin. Continue

The Real Definition of Terrorism

By Glenn Greenwald

If the U.S. invades and occupies your country, and you respond by fighting back against the invading army — then you are a . . . Terrorist. Continue

Syria's Bashar Assad Speaks to Western Press

By Tony Cartalucci

Syria's President Bashar Assad Sets ABC News Senior Propagandist Barbra Walters Straight. Continue

Palestinians are an Invented People, says Newt Gingrich

By The Associated Press

Republican frontrunner says Israelis have a right to their modern-day homeland but implies Palestinians do not. Continue

Bankers are the Dictators of the West

By Robert Fisk

The banks and the rating agencies have become the dictators of the West. Like the Mubaraks and Ben Alis, the banks believed – and still believe – they are owners of their countries. Continue

Europe’s Transition From Social Democracy to Oligarchy

By Michael Hudson

At least in the most badly indebted countries, European voters are waking up to an oligarchic coup. Continue

So What Shall We Ruin in November 2012?

By Lawrence Davidson

Which do they care to ruin – the Republican party or the USA? Continue

Americans' Net Worth Plummets as Corporations Stockpile Cash

By Derek Kravitz and Dave Carpenter

The US suffered its biggest quarterly loss in more than two years as stocks, pension funds and home values lost value. Continue

Why Is Eric Cantor Blocking the Congressional Insider Trading Act?

By John Carney

The Republican leader in the House of Representatives is now blocking progress on a bill that would definitively outlaw insider trading by federal lawmakers. Continue

The Goal is Not to Occupy it is to End Corporate Rule

By Kevin Zeese

We seek to replace the rule of money with the rule of people. Continue

The Most Important News Story of the Day/Millennium

By Bill McKibben

In fact, it was arguably among the most important pieces of data in the last, oh, three centuries. Continue

Must we Permit the US Military to Detain Americans Without Trial?

By Seema Jilani

The National Defense Authorisation Act before Congress threatens further erosion of US citizens' civil liberties. Continue

Three Afghan "Taliban" killed, 32 held : Three Taliban "insurgents" were killed and 32 arrested during a series of joint military operations carried out in various Afghan provinces over the last 24 hours, the Afghanistan interior ministry said Sunday morning.
Two foreign occupation force soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan: Two soldiers with the NATO-led occupation forces were killed Sunday in an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan, the military coalition said.
Karzai says foreigners fuel Afghan corruption: Foreigners are fuelling the problem of corruption in Afghanistan, a country already ranked as one of the most corrupt in the world, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday.
Talks Under Way in Pakistan, Taliban Say: The deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban announced Saturday that the militant group was in peace talks with the government and that an agreement to end its brutal four-year insurgency was within striking distance.
Pakistani Taliban deny talks with government: Taliban spokesman denies claims of peace talks with government one day after group's deputy chief said talks had begun.
Pakistan forces take control of Shamasi base as U.S. troops pull out: "51 U.S. troops have vacated the airbase and their luggage has been shifted to Afghanistan and FC [Frontier Corps] took the control of base," the paper said.

Seven killed in Iraq violence: A spate of gun and bomb attacks across northern and central Iraq yesterday killed seven people and left four others wounded, security officials said.
NATO to withdraw Iraq mission at year-end: Iraq: NATO will withdraw its Iraq training mission at year-end after Baghdad refused to grant it legal immunity, Iraq's top security adviser said on Sunday, mirroring the nearly-complete pullout of US forces.
Baghdad: The Most Dangerous Citiy in the World: Research consulting firm Mercer has released its 2011 Quality of Living Report. Baghdad is the most violent city on the list.
Huge numbers of Iraqis still adrift within the country: "Iraq had the first or second or largest number of refugees, inside and outside, of any country in the world; now it is the third or fourth," said Dendar Duski, the minister of migration and displacement in Baghdad.
5 people killed as Syrian troops battle army deserters : Fighting between Syrian forces and defectors calling themselves the Free Syrian Army threatens to push the confrontation into civil war.
Israel: End of Assad would be 'blessing': Ehud Barak predicted that Syrian President Bashar Assad would be toppled within weeks.
Israeli forces kill Palestinian protester: Mustafa Tamimi was throwing stones at an Israeli military vehicle when a tear gas canister was shot at him directly.
Gingrich stands by 'invented' Palestinians remark: US presidential hopeful says he supports "two-state solution" but defends controversial comments about Palestinians.
Gingrich would “instruct” CIA to “hunt down” freed Palestinian prisoners: I’m told that at least thirty of the people released were involved in killing Americans, and I would instruct the CIA to hunt down those thirty.
Libya One killed as "rebels" attempt to assassinate country's new army commander: Army spokesman Sgt. Abdel-Razik el-Shibahy said fighters from the western mountain town of Zintan opened fire on two occasions on Saturday on the convoy of Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the commander of the newly rebuilt army. He said guard was killed and four others wounded in the second attack.
Iran to sue US over airspace violation: Jalali added that Iran has lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council about the American RQ-170 Sentinel spy aircraft that was flying over eastern part of the country, and the blatant US violation of its territorial integrity.
Satellite Images Suggest Something Happened at Iranian Nuclear Facility -- But Was It an Explosion?: Israeli sources have suggested that the blast occurred at the nuclear facility; Iran, in turn, has denied that any sort of blast happened there.
How Iran Assertions Turn Into 'Facts': Basing a debate around an assumption that might be entirely false is, of course, a problem.
Medvedev orders poll probe after protests: President Dmitry Medvedev ordered an investigation on Sunday into allegations of fraud in Russia’s parliamentary election, one day after tens of thousands of protesters demanded it be annulled and rerun.
Wall Street Propagandists Scramble To Cover US Ties to Russian Protesters.: As the evidence begins to mount pointing the accusing finger at the increasingly illegitimate corporate-financier occupiers of the West's governments as having built up Russian opposition movements and being behind the current unrest filling Russia's streets, the corporate media has already started to rewrite events as they unfold.
El Salvador apologises for 1981 massacre: Sunday marks the 30th anniversary of the killings at the small northeastern village of El Mozote, where US trained troops rounded up men, women and children, accused many of collaborating with leftist armed groups, and murdered them in cold blood.
Sterilisation: Peru's darkest secret: An investigation into whether Alberto Fujimori's government carried out mass forced sterilisations in the 1990s has been reopened
Noriega bound for Panama after 22-year absence: The ex-general could eventually leave prison under a law allowing prisoners over 70 to serve out their time under house arrest.

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