Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Ex-Bush Official
"I am Willing to Testify"Against Cheney

By Democracy Now!

Wilkerson also calls for George W. Bush and Cheney to be held accountable for their crimes in office. Continue

War Of Aggression
MI5 Told Blair Iraq Was No Threat To UK

By Tim Ross

Britain faced no threat from Iraq when Tony Blair decided to take the country to war, the head of MI5 at the time of the invasion has declared. Continue

Wikileaks : US Cables Reveal Execution of Iraqi Family

By John Glaser

Women and children had their hands tied behind their back and were shot in the head in house raid, which was covered up by the military. Continue

Al-Qaeda and NATO’s Islamic Extremists Taking Over Libya

By Alex Newman

It appears that prominent Jihadists and terrorists are practically leading the revolution with Western support. Continue

In Case You Missed It
Hegemony or Survival

America's Quest for Global Dominance

By Noam Chomsky

Chomsky indicates that America is just as much a terrorist state as any other government or rogue organization. Continue

Rise of Another CIA Yes Man

By Ray McGovern

Forgive me if my thinking about loyalty to the facts seems “obsolete” or “quaint” — or if it seems unfair to expect CIA analysts to put their careers on the line when politicians and ideologues are misleading the nation to war. Continue

A Story
The Last Whistleblower

By Paul Craig Roberts

"The ability of whistleblowers to bring accountability to government is about to disappear.” Continue

Oh, The Pain of The Believer
Barack’s Betrayals Offer Lessons We Can’t Deny

By Danny Schechter

We have to say we were wrong, when we were, not in our beliefs, but in pinning our hopes on a shrewd, ambitious, and double-faced political performance artist. Continue

The Great Health Care Takeaway 

By Shamus Cooke

Health care is a commodity that is bought by those who can afford it, instead of it being the human right of every person. Continue

At least 2 soldiers killed in suicide bomb attack in Iraq's Mosul: At least two soldiers were killed and nine people wounded Monday in a suicide bomb attack targeting the Iraqi army in the northern city of Mosul, a local police source told Xinhua.
Cheney on 'Today': Believes Iraq War Did Not Hurt U.S. Reputation: "I think it was sound policy that dealt with a very serious problem and eliminated Saddam Hussein from the kind of problem he presented before."
Royal Marine killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan: Marine from 42 Commando died while on foot patrol in occupied Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province
Deadliest month yet for U.S. in Afghanistan: Sixty-six U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan so far this month, making August the deadliest month for American forces in the nearly decade-long war.
Afghan Taliban victory predicted in letter: A message allegedly written by the leader of the Afghan Taliban predicts imminent victory as more foreign troops die and Taliban fighters better understand NATO tactics, acquire more weaponry, shoot down more aircraft and kill more senior officials.
'Attack on Chitral Scouts backed by NATO' local residents: An eye witness of the incident has revealed that the attack at Arandu on Saturday was monitored and supported by NATO and Afghan security forces.
Pakistan: It was NATO’s raid not Afghans: ATTACK from across the border in Chitral on Saturday once again highlighted the fact that some sinister campaign is in the offing to further pressurize and destabilize Pakistan.
New leader plans attacks on Pakistan: Shah Sahib, a well-known Taliban commander, has been selected to initiate major alliances and finalize consultations ahead of Eid - the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan - to launch fresh assaults against the Pakistan security forces.
NATO puppet says: Nato must extend stay: NTC : Libya’s National Transitional Council has urged Nato to continue with its presence in the country saying that it fears that a defiant Colonel Muammar Ghadafi might do something unexpected.
African Union Accuse Libyan Rebels of Killing Blacks Indiscriminately: The African Union (AU) will not recognize the Transitional national Council (TNC) of Libya as the legitimate government of that country because they charge that rebels in Libya have been indiscriminately killing black Africans, confusing innocent migrant workers with mercenaries.
NATO's rhetoric on Libya ‘most cynical propaganda’ :Russia's NATO Ambassador : Their commentaries suggest that “dozens of thousands of bombs dropped on Libya hit the targets so accurately and gracefully that not a single hair stirred on the heads of ordinary Libyan citizens as the bombs flew over them,” Rogozin said.
NATO faces 'catastrophic success' in Libya: In order to overthrow the Qadafi’s administration, foster a pro-West government and further control Libya, western countries will use any methods. Fair or foul, they do not care. Therefore, they have already failed in morality and justice.
Libyan rebels may recognize Israel: The rebels of Libya's National Transitional Council are prepared to recognize Israel diplomatically, and Israeli businessmen already are arriving in Libya to establish future business activities with the "new government,"
A troubling lesson from Libya: Don't give up nukes: Qaddafi's forceful downfall will make acquiring nuclear weapons all the more justifiable to states that feel threatened by outsiders.
Squadron established to train air forces in Africa: A squadron of airmen with key skill sets, including air traffic control and civil engineering, is preparing for a mission to train air forces in Africa to deliver supplies and large numbers of troops into conflict zones.
U.S. Tactics in Libya May Be a Model for Other Efforts: The Libya action helped to establish two principles for when the United States could apply military force to advance its diplomatic interests even though its national security is not threatened directly.
Libya down Syria next?: Obama has asked for the resignation of the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad. Assad has been criticized for using violence against his own people, but will Syria suffer the same fate as Libya?
Activists say 7 protesters dead in Syria: Protesters rallied in several Syrian cities Tuesday, clashing with government forces in confrontations that left at least seven people dead, activists said.
Syrian opposition form transitional council: The council includes 94 members, 42 of whom are inside Syria. The council will be headed by prominent opposition figure Burhan Ghalioun, a sociologist at Paris Sorbonne University.
Evidence of U.S. Effort to Arm Syrian Opposition Emerges: Lebanese Army investigators said they uncovered a connection between the smugglers and the political entourage of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia.
Hariri Bombing Indictment Based on Flawed Premise: The indictment of four men linked to Hezbollah in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri made public by the Special Tribunal on Lebanon Aug. 17 is questionable not because it is based on "circumstantial evidence", but because that evidence is based on a flawed premise.
New Palestinian strategy document will make it difficult for U.S. to oppose UN vote: More than 50 Palestinian officials, researchers and advisers have crafted a strategy for both before and after the UN vote.
Saleh commits to presidential polls in three months: Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has clung to power despite a wave of protests against his 33-year rule, said yesterday he was committed to holding elections for a new president, the state news agency reported.
83 died in Guatemala 1940s US experiments: panel: At least 83 persons died in US medical experiments in Guatemala during the 1940s involving sexually transmitted diseases, a commission investigating the program concluded Tuesday.
Drug war sparks exodus of affluent Mexicans: For years, national security experts have warned that Mexico’s drug violence could send a wave of refugees fleeing to the United States. Now, the refugees are arriving — and they are driving BMWs and snapping up half-million-dollar homes.
U.S. Pays Russia $7.2 billion for Separating Uranium from Warheads: The United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) has reimbursed the Russian Federation more than $7.2 billion for its work in separating fissile uranium for use in civilian nuclear power plants from Soviet-era nuclear warheads.
U.S. Wasted $1 For Every $6 Spent In Iraq And Afghanistan: Because the U.S. began operations in Iraq and Afghanistan without sufficient planning or oversight to track spending -- it lost $1 out of every $6 spent.
Panel Blasts DoD Over Waste in War Contracts: The Pentagon has wasted more than $30 billion on contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan because of shoddy management and a lack of competition, an independent inquiry said Aug. 29.
US agency challenges Bank of America settlement: A US government agency has objected to Bank of America's $8.5 billion settlement for losses on mortgage-backed securities, imperiling the bank's efforts to move beyond the subprime mess.
US consumer confidence hits new low: Consumer confidence in the United States has dropped to a two-year low as fears of the country plunging into a new recession have increased, Press TV reported.
U.S. Elites Begin To Confront The Paper Dollar: The “average life expectancy for a fiat currency is twenty-seven years; so, by that measure, the greenback has had a good run.” Bye-bye, fiat dollar. Hello, gold?

Monday, 29 August 2011

Welcome to Colonialism 2.0

By Rakesh Krishnan Simha

Ironically, it is when the West is weak that the emergent nations of Asia and Africa have reason to worry. Colonialism 2.0 isn't just a catchphrase; it is simple economics: Continue

NTC Admits That the Fall of Tripoli Video Was A Fake?


Did NATO and the NTC used fake video to manipulate public opinion about The fall of Tripoli? Continue

In Case You Missed It
Libyan Rebel Leader Spent Much of Past 20 Years in Langley Virginia

Must read/watch - By Chris Adams

Hifter lived in suburban Virginia outside Washington, D.C. Badr said he was unsure exactly what Hifter did to support himself. Continue

CIA’s Bay of Pigs Foreign Policy Laid Bare

By Carol Rosenberg

A once-secret CIA history detail how the American spy agency came to the rescue of and cut deals with authoritarian governments in Central America. Continue

The Decade's Biggest Scam

By Glenn Greenwald

So compelling is fear-based propaganda, so beholden are our government institutions to these private Security State factions, and so unaccountable is the power bestowed by these programs, that even a full decade after the only Terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, its growth continues more or less unabated. Continue

9/11: Ten Years Later
Americans Still Stupid and Vulnerable

By Ted Rall

In fairness to Condi Rice, Don Rumsfeld and Bush's other leading war criminals, everyone else went along with them. The media refused to question them. Democratic politicians, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, cast votes in favor of Bush's wars. Continue

The Election March of the Trolls

By Chris Hedges

We have begun the election march of the trolls. They have crawled out of the sewers of public relations firms, polling organizations, the commercial media, the two corporate political parties and elected office to fill the airwaves with inanities and absurdities until the final inanity—the 2012 presidential election. Continue

Madison Ave. Declares ‘Mass Affluence’ Over

By Sam Pizzigati

The top 10 percent of American households, now account for nearly half of all consumer spending, and a disproportionate share of that spending comes from the top 10’s upper reaches. Continue

Revolution is a Potluck

By Cindy Sheehan

Back in the days of the Great Depression in the 20s, 30s, and 40s, “community” wasn’t a concept, it was a reality—with longevity in residence, no TV box, and multi-generational homes—for better, or worse, we needed each other. Continue

What's Going On With The Economy?

By Mike Whitney

Monday's report on consumer spending is a perfect example of how the media distorts the news to create a cheery narrative of "economic recovery". Continue

Give Karl Marx a Chance to Save the World Economy

By George Magnus

Policy makers struggling to understand the barrage of financial panics, protests and other ills afflicting the world would do well to study the works of a long-dead economist: Karl Marx. Continue

First Federal Reserve Audit Reveals Trillions in Secret Bailouts

By Matthew Cardinale

The first-ever audit of the U.S. Federal Reserve has revealed 16 trillion dollars in secret bank bailouts and has raised more questions about the quasi-private agency’s opaque operations. Continue

Mosque suicide bomber kills 29 at end of deadly weekend in Iraq: A SUICIDE bomber who blew himself up inside Baghdad’s largest Sunni mosque yesterday killed 29 worshippers during prayers.
Turkey Says Up To 160 Kurd Rebels Killed In Iraq Strikes: The Turkish General Staff said on August 29 that more than 100 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were also wounded. The figures could not be confirmed.
Two policemen killed in Baghdad checkpoint attack: Two policemen were killed and another was wounded Monday by unidentified gunmen at a police checkpoint in eastern Baghdad, a local police source said, Xinhua reported.
Female Trafficking Soars in Iraq: Prostitution and sex trafficking are epidemic in Iraq, where the violence of military occupation and sectarian strife have smashed national institutions, impoverished the population and torn apart families and neighbourhoods. Over 100,000 civilians have been killed and an estimated 4.4 million Iraqis displaced since 2003
26 militants, 10 soldiers killed in Yemen: A new round of fierce fighting in southern Yemen killed 10 soldiers and 26 militants on Monday, the latest battle in a government campaign to retake territory from al-Qaeda-linked fighters.
Human rights group suspects revenge killings in Libya: Evidence is emerging of revenge killings committed by both rebels and the regime army, which could provoke continuing violence.
This is a bad time to be a black man in Libya: Channel 4 video report:
AU head: Libya rebels may be killing black workers: Libyan rebels may be indiscriminately killing black people because they have confused innocent migrant workers with mercenaries, the chairman of the African Union said Monday, citing the fears as one reason the continental body has not recognized opposition forces as the nation's interim government.
UN 'plan for post-Gaddafi Libya' leaked: Document appears to reveal plans for UN's role in post-conflict Libya, including deployment of military observers.
NATO’s dirty plan in Libya: It is the obvious success of traitors promoting NATO’s interests, selling Libya to foreign powers. Many traitor regimes have established themselves by serving enemies interest. This is another such case. We should not be among the first fools to extend recognition to the NATO surrogates. Another country falls to western imperialism.
Anger simmers among pro-Qaddafi Libyans in Tripoli: “You media don’t tell the truth, you’re all traitors, spies,” shouted a taxi driver, his face contorted in anger, not caring that nearby were armed and zealous rebels.
Unseen face of the Libyan conflict: Peel back the veneer of ‘objectivity’, and the media’s record on the Libyan conflict is laid bare.
What I Learned About Libya: Video
Gaddafi family are in Algeria, says foreign ministry: Muammar Gaddafi's wife Safia, his daughter Aisha and his sons Hannibal and Mohammed entered Algeria on Monday morning, Algeria's foreign ministry said.
Death of Gaddafi's son announced - again: Libyan rebels said one of Muammar Gaddafi's sons, Khamis, whose death has been announced several times since the conflict erupted, may have been killed a day ago in a clash with rebels.
The Lockerbie bomber I know: Two years ago Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was controversially released on the grounds he was about to die. But this shadowy figure has survived to become a pawn in the Libyan conflict. John Ashton, who has long believed in his innocence, describes the man behind the myth
Egypt seizes arms on Libyan border - TV: Egyptian border guards have seized a "large quantity" of weapons at the border with Libya, state television reported on Monday.
Israel says Gaza gets arms from Libya: Palestinians in Gaza have acquired anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets from Libya during its six-month civil war, enlarging but not significantly improving their arsenal, Israeli officials said on Monday.
Gaza teen dies from injuries sustained in Israeli airstrikes: A teenager in Gaza died on Monday after being seriously injured in an Israeli airstrike on Beit Lahiya 10 days earlier, medics said.
Palestinian Authority condemns Tel Aviv terror attack: Palestinian Authority releases statement condemning 'all attacks against civilians,' including Tel Aviv attack and IDF strikes on Gaza.
6 killed in Syria raids on dissidents: Syrian security forces killed six people and wounded dozens on Monday in raids in the northwest and around the capital, as tanks rumbled into a village bordering Lebanon further south, rights groups said.
Russia disagrees with western resolution on Syria: The draft resolution of the UN Security Council on Syria submitted by the USA and the EU lacks objectivity, declared Russia’s permanent representative in the UN Vitaly Churkin in his interview for the Russia Today TV channel.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Syria: Calls in Syria for weapons, NATO intervention: Protesters in recent days have carried banners calling for a no-fly zone over Syria akin to the one that facilitated the Libyan revolt. “We want any [intervention] that stops the killing, whether Arab or foreign,” said one banner held by protesters in the beleaguered town of Homs.
Syria would be a quagmire for NATO, Iran says : - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said that NATO will get bogged down in a quagmire if it launches a military campaign against Syria.
Iran starts manufacturing enriched uranium: Iran has organized the manufacture of uranium enriched to 20% and is not planning to buy it abroad any more, Vice-President, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani said that Iran will not enrich uranium over 20%, which would enable it to make nuclear weapons.
The Iran sanctions fallacy: International sanctions have exacerbated the pain of the middle class struggling with high levels of unemployment.
Three NATO occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: The first soldier was killed in an insurgent attack, the second was killed by a roadside bomb and the third during an unspecified military operation, all Sunday, the Voice of America reported.
War criminal: Cheney: Bush authorized leak on Iraq: Dick Cheney writes in his forthcoming book, that he was surprised to learn that President George W. Bush had personally authorized a leak about Iraq strategy to a Washington Post columnist — a disclosure that the former vice president believed could be "a real disservice" to U.S. troops.
War criminal: Powell: Cheney's Book Is Full of 'Cheap Shots': A visibly angry Colin Powell used an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday to blast former Vice President Dick Cheney for using "cheap shots" and "barbs" to drive up sales of his new memoir
Ranger's widow expelled from Rumsfeld book signing: Two people were removed from a Donald Rumsfeld book signing Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, including the Yelm widow of an Army Ranger who blames the military for her husband’s suicide.
IMF downgrades US economic forecast: If fear from the Fed that the economy was crumbling wasn’t enough to raise a scare on Wall Street last week, now the IMF is also saying that the outlook on America isn’t what it should be.
A Tip for Joe the Machinist: Watch Your Back: The Booz analysts want America's Joe the machinists to swallow ever lower paychecks to help their U.S. corporate employers "keep up with intense competition" from elsewhere in the world. Yet they demand no similar sacrifice from U.S. corporate executives.
Children's School Lunch Price Rises, Sparking Fears Over Health: Children will have to pay up to 17 per cent more for their school dinners this year compared to last year, a survey has found.
Copper Thieves Leave I-95 In Palm Beach Co. In The Dark: More than 175,000 feet of copper wiring needed for the overhead lighting has been stolen from 18 sites in the last four to six months. Last week, West Palm Beach police last week urged motorists to call them or the Florida Highway Patrol if they see vehicle stopped near light poles.
Youth Employment Rate Hits Record Low for July: “The combined impacts of the Great Recession and increases in the minimum wage in states and at the federal level have locked thousands out of the labor market,” he said.
Police Let Flash Mob Loot 7-11 Video - A 7-11 in Montgomery County, Maryland was hit by a flash mob on August 13, 2011.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Libya: 80 Found Dead at Abandoned Tripoli Hospital

By The Telegraph

Rescuers finally reached the hospital late on Thursday, finding 21 surviving patients among a macabre scene of dead bodies. Continue

Libya: Expect A Humanitarian Crisis


"Reporters in the field, more or less embedded with the rebels, cheering the rebels on" Continue

Special Operations Clear Paths For Rebel Forces Attack On Sirte

By Christopher Stephen at Kilometre 60, eastern Libya

British and French special forces are on the ground in eastern Libya, calling in air strikes and helping co-ordinate rebel units as they prepare to assault Sirte, according to a rebel officer. Continue

10 Myths About Libya? Rejoinder

By Conn Hallinan

With Qaddafi gone, every country that borders the Mediterranean is now associated with NATO, essentially turning this sea into an alliance lake. Continue

NATO Destroys Yet Another Country

By M D Nalapat

The use of military power for commercial advantage ought to have vanished when the 19th century did. Its reappearance in Iraq and Libya is a worrisome sign that NATO has not learnt the lessons of history. Continue

Eyeing The Prize
NATO Nations Set to Reap Spoils of Libya War

By Rachel Shabi

In the context of responsibility for what happens next in Libya, an anonymous British official told the Economist that NATO's involvement in the Libyan uprising means that: "Now we own it." Continue

Iran, Turkey, and Saudi
The Regional Race for the Arab Spring

By Madawi Al-Rasheed

Arabs will welcome Saudi economic largess but may well challenge the patron-client relations that the Saudi regime has always deployed to silence regional Arab competitors. Continue

Israel's Exclusive Revolution

By Max Blumenthal and Joseph Dana

How the largest social justice movement in Israel’s history managed to ignore the Palestinians. Continue

What Really Happened in the Bin Laden Raid?

By Mark Follman

Details of the story don't add up. Footage of the raid either exists or doesn't. The tale of that night in Abbottabad keeps getting more muddled. Continue

New York Becomes the Occupied Territories

By Mark LeVine

As the US security state grows and civil rights and liberties erode, Osama bin Laden gets the last laugh. Continue

President Narcissus and the faux "Debt Crisis"

By Mike Whitney

Isn't Obama one of those men who has based his economic policy "on highly abstract theories... on assumptions which are contrary to the facts…" If not, then how do we explain why he's put "deficit reduction" above unemployment? Continue

'The Banks Have Hi-jacked The Govt'

By BBC News Night

Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Author of "The Black Swan" Continue

American Decline: Causes and Consequences

By Noam Chomsky

In the past 30 years, the "masters of mankind," as Smith called them, have abandoned any sentimental concern for the welfare of their own society, concentrating instead on short-term gain and huge bonuses, the country be damned -- as long as the powerful nanny state remains intact to serve their interests. Continue

3 Things That Must Happen for Us To
Rise Up and Defeat the Corporatocracy

By Bruce E. Levine,

Most Americans oppose rule by the corporatocracy but don't have the tools to fight back. Here are three things we need to create a real people's movement. Continue

Bodies litter streets after fierce Tripoli battle: The streets where rebel fighters bombarded snipers loyal to Moammar Gadhafi were strewn with bullet-ridden corpses from both sides Thursday. Streams of blood ran down the gutters and turned sewers red.
Libyan Rebels Call in NATO to Stop Qaddafi Counteroffensive as Fighting Rages: – Libyan rebels called in support from NATO jets to stop a counteroffensive by loyalist troops in Tripoli in the early hours of Friday, as the fight continued for full control of the city.
Nato leads attack on Gaddafi bastion: British Tornado jets fired precision-guided missiles at a large bunker in Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, officials have said.
Libyan conflict far from being over: Tripoli was attacked not so much by Libyan rebels as members of NATO security services disguised as Arabs. It was them who cleared the way for the opposition to enter a direct fight against Gaddafi troops.
Don't Give In To Colonization: Muammar Qaddafi Address to the people of Libya
Libyan rebel oil firm AGOCO send "small army" to eastern oil fields: "Security is ok now. We have a small army in place," an AGOCO official told Reuters. Libya was producing a total of 1.6 million barrels per day before the war and the country's eastern field of Sarir and Mesla can produce 425,000 bpd, the official said.
In hunt for Kadhafi, US has crucial, low-profile role: US intelligence agencies have a crucial role to play in tracking down Libya's Moamer Kadhafi but are anxious to keep a low profile, current and former officials said Thursday.
AU won't recognise Libyan rebel council: diplomats: The African Union will not explicitly recognize Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), diplomats said on Friday, in a setback for Libyan rebels who have already been recognized by more than 40 countries as the legitimate government.
No, we still won't recognise Libya's rebels, says Zuma: "We can't stand here and say this is the legitimate [government] now. The process is fluid. That's part of what we inform countries -- whether there is an authority to recognise," Zuma told reporters
Libya's imperial hijacking is a threat to the Arab revolution: They don't give up. For the third time in a decade, British and US forces have played the decisive role in the overthrow of an Arab or Muslim regime.
Libya: a new breed of military intervention: High-level bombing, planning by low-level ground forces and a back seat for the US. This was no great victory for Nato
U.S. May Buy Looted Libyan Missiles Sold in Mali's Black Market: The fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has kicked off a race to recover key types of weapons taken from his stockpiles, such as shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, by getting U.S. operatives to buy them before terrorists do.
16 people killed as car bomb hits Nigeria UN building: At least 16 people have been killed in an apparent suicide car bombing at the United Nations headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.The powerful blast destroyed the lower floors of the building. Dozens have been injured, some critically.
Ten Afghan Civilians Killed in Separate Incidents: NATO kills five Afghan civilians: when warplanes carried out air strikes against "Taliban" in Logar province, provincial officials said.
Details of Secret Pact Emerge: Troops in Afghanistan Until 2024: If you thought President Obama was ending the war in Afghanistan, think again. Your children will be fighting it in 2024 if the Pentagon has its way.
Pakistan: US Killed 73 people ion in July: : According to The Conflict Monitoring Center’s (CMC) monthly report, the CIA carried out six drone attacks inside Pakistani territory during the month of July 2011 killing 73 people.
Eight Palestinians Killed Thursday; 11 in Two Days: Palestinian medical sources reported on Thursday evening that two residents were killed when the Israeli Air Force fired a missile at their motorcycle, north of Gaza City.
Factions In Gaza Declare Truce: The Islamic Jihad Movement in the Gaza Strip reported that a new mediated understanding was reached between Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza in Israel to declare a truce starting Friday.
El Salvador Recognizes Independent Palestinian State: The President of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, stated Thursday that his country officially recognizes Palestine as an independent and sovereign state, and that it supports the efforts of the Arab League to upgrade the Palestinian UN status into a full membership.
Israel to sever ties with Qatar: Israel is angry with Qatar over the Gulf emirate’s growing ties with Gaza’s Hamas rulers, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday.
Four killed in Iraq bomb attack : Four people die and 34 are wounded when a car bomb blows up near a Shi'ite mosque in the Southern city of Basra. Sunita Rappai reports.
Syrian forces kill two as tens of thousands protest: "Activists" chose ”patience and determination” as the theme of Friday’s protests across the country of 22 million.
Syrian general: Militaries do not shoot at civilians: "The Syrian militaries have never opened fire at civilians, except in cases of necessary self-defense," Hassan said.
Here we go again: Syrian protesters demand UN help to oust Bashar al-Assad: "Opposition activists" voice anger over failed attempts to pass a UN security council resolution
Russia Rejects Syria Sanctions: Russia today announced a diplomatic initiative to halt the violence in Syria, after rejecting a U.S. and European bid to impose United Nations sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad for his attacks on anti-government protesters.
52 Killed In Mexico Attack: Calderon berates U.S. after casino attack: President Felipe Calderon declared three days of mourning on Friday and demanded a crackdown on drugs in the United States after armed men torched a casino in northern Mexico, killing at least 52 people.
U.S. Widens Role in Mexican Fight: Mexican commandos have discreetly traveled to the United States, assembled at designated areas and dispatched helicopter missions back across the border aimed at suspected drug traffickers.
Bolivia's president accuses US of sparking protest: More than a thousand indigenous Bolivians have been marching against a highway being built across their land. Evo Morales says the US is behind the opposition.
Are food prices approaching a violent tipping point?: A provocative new study suggests the timing of the Arab uprisings is linked to global food price spikes, and that prices will soon permanently be above the level which sparks conflicts
US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke offers no new stimulus in key speech: US central bank chief Ben Bernanke called on political leaders to do more to boost jobs and the housing market, saying the Federal Reserve could do little at this time to support economic growth.
August consumer sentiment drops to 3-year low: Consumer sentiment in the U.S. plunged to the lowest level in three years and to one of the lowest level recorded by the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey.
Battle for the California Desert: Video - Why is the Government Driving Folks off Their Land?

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Lies Unmasked As UK Admits Boots On The Ground
Britain's SAS Leads Hunt For Gaddafi

By Thomas Harding, Gordon Rayner, Damien Mcelroy

The SAS soldiers, who have been dressed in Arab civilian clothes and carrying the same weapons as the rebels, have been ordered to switch their focus to the search for Gaddafi. Continue

Chavez: Now The War Begins

By The Associated Press

"The drama of Libya isn't ending with the fall of Gadhafi's government. It's beginning," Chavez said. "The tragedy in Libya is just beginning." Continue

Guerrilla War Is Inevitable
History Repeats Itself, With Mistakes of Iraq Rehearsed Afresh

By Robert Fisk

The massive presence of Western diplomats, oil-mogul representatives, highly paid Western mercenaries and shady British and French servicemen – all pretending to be "advisers" rather than participants – is the Benghazi Green Zone. Continue

Kucinich: NATO Pursued Regime Change in Libya

By Dennis Kucinich

NATO violated UNSC resolutions. The Obama Administration violated the U.S. Constitution by bypassing Congress on the war. These are not mere academic matters. They have moved the world community from the rule of law to the rule of force. Continue

Ahmadinejad warns Israel against military strikes

By Press TV

Iran and Egypt play pivotal roles in regional developments, President Ahmadinejad said. “If the two countries stand together, the entire region will be free and the Zionist regime will be eliminated from the region.” Continue

Murky Anti-Semitism (Zionist Style)

By Lawrence Davidson

Can criticism of Israel, particularly a) criticism of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people and b) criticism of the state ideology of Zionism that justifies that treatment, be labeled anti-Semitic? Continue

Wikileaks: Only Solution is Separation: Lieberman

By Philip Weiss

In ’06, Lieberman told US ambassador of need to transfer Palestinians from Israel– and US says nothing. Continue

The Extreme Israeli Right's Alliance With Lunatics

Haaretz Editorial

The extreme Israeli right has developed an alliance with heads of the evangelical movement, some of whom believe that another Holocaust of the Jews will ensure the resurrection of Jesus. Continue

Ousted Iraqi Minister : American Banking System Chokes Our Economy

By Saieb Khalil

Ex-Minster of Electricity reveals an American banking system inserted in Iraq that would dictate on the Iraqi government which countries to deal economically with and which not. Continue

Market Crash 'Could Hit Within Weeks', Warn Bankers

By Harry Wilson, and Philip Aldrick

A more severe crash than the one triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers could be on the way, according to alarm signals in the credit markets. Continue

Myotonic Markets

By Keiser Report:

Max talks to Chris Martenson about the insolvency of the banking system and about Dr. Bernanke's misdiagnosis of the cause of the financial crisis. Continue

Idiot Wind:
The Eternal Return Of The Politics Of The1970s

By Phil Rockstroh

Bachmann, Perry et al will play their roles as scary, scary psychos --as Obama will play the calm, reasonable, deliberate authority figure. Continue

Locked Up Abroad — For The FBI

By Nick Baumann

Inside the feds' secret program to have American citizens detained and interrogated by foreign governments. Continue

Turkey prepares for ground assault on Kurdish rebels in Iraq: Turkish forces have begun massing on the Iraqi border ahead of an expected attack on Kurdish rebels in the neighboring country's mountainous northern region. The attack would follow days of airstrikes on the area.
30 Gadhafi fighters found dead at Tripoli camp: More than 30 men believed to be fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi have been killed at a military encampment in central Tripoli and at least two were bound with plastic handcuffs, indicating they had been executed.
Gadhafi urges followers to 'destroy' rebels: In the recording, Gadhafi is said to have told Libyan tribes to unite, and that "Libya is for Libyans" not for foreign agents.
‘Gaddafi switching to guerrilla mode’: Strategically speaking, some analysts find the rebels advance has left them spread thinly and therefore vulnerable to a counter-attack by loyalist forces.
Call To Probe NATO Commanders For War Crimes: Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has urged the International Criminal Court to investigate Nato commanders for possible crimes against humanity during the organisation’s bombing operations in Libya.
Libya is the new Afghanistan: The worst-kept secret of the Libyan campaign is out – the SAS are busily hunting down Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, having orchestrated the rebels’ stunning advance on Tripoli. So much for David Cameron’s insistence that there would be no British boots on the ground in this conflict.
Rebels loot rifles from armoury in Gaddafi compound: Hundreds of rebel fighters on Tuesday looted an armoury in part of the compound of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that they had overrun, seizing new sniper rifles in plastic cases, a Reuters witness said.
Rioters Loot Residence of South Korean Ambassador in Tripoli: A gang of armed robbers has attacked the South Korean ambassador's residence in Tripoli, stealing televisions and other gadgets.
Venezuelan ambassador to Tripoli official residence was looted by "armed groups": He called it a violation of international law by armed groups supported by NATO, and therefore by NATO itself.
Need a laugh? Libyan ex-royal Family Working With Rebels: Libyan Prince Idris Al-Senussi is thankful to the young people of Libya and looks forward to working with a new government.
Fox in the hen house: New Libya leaders seek to unfreeze funds: Head of rebel cabinet tours Europe in a bid to secure the release of billions of dollars in UN-frozen Libyan assets.
South Africa Prevents Funds Transfer For Libya Rebels: The U.S. proposal to release a portion of Moammar Gaddafi’s billions faced opposition this week from South Africa in a U.N. committee on Libyan sanctions. Proposals in the sanctions committee, which works by consensus, require the support of all 15 council members to be approved.
World powers rush in to rebuild loot Libya: By unfreezing assets and offering loans, governments from London to Beijing are extending "help" to the 'new' Libya.
Arab League recognizes Libyan rebels: The League of Arab States recognized Libya's Transitional Council on Thursday and is ready to grant it membership of the organization, regional media quoted Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Araby as saying.
The Return of the Cruise Missile Left: Audio - The laptop bombadiers are happy with the results in Tripoli. But it requires a framework that supports intervention in order to invade a country. Maximillian Forte takes us on a journey through 'liberal imperialism,' and the 'NATO left.'
Algeria wants Libya rebels to curb al Qaeda-source: Algeria will not yet recognise Libyan rebels as the new leadership of its neighbour state and wants them to make a strong commitment to fighting al Qaeda in North Africa, an Algerian government source told Reuters.
A bin Laden expert bets on al-Qaeda’s survival: The American bipartisan political elite—not to mention the U.S.-Euro war-loving quintet made up of Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, UK prime minister David Cameron and French president Nicolas Sarkozy—leapt off the precipice of simple unreality into the rarefied environs of true fantasy.
24 protesters, troops killed in Syria in past 24 hours: A total of 24 people, including eight servicemen, were killed in Syria over the past 24 hours during clashes between protesters and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, the Al Arabiya TV channel said, quoting the opposition Syrian Revolution Coordination Union.
Iran sues Russia over refusal to deliver S-300 defense systems: Iran's Ambassador to Russia Seyyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said Iran has filed a lawsuit against Russia at the International Court of Justice over Moscow's refusal to ship S-300 air defense systems to Tehran
Twelve killed in Iraq attacks: Twelve people, among them six policemen, were killed and 14 others wounded in a series of attacks across Iraq yesterday, security and hospital officials said.
Israel kills 11 people in attacks on Gaza as a truce between the sides appeared to fall apart. 'If Israel stops its attacks, the Palestinian resistance will stop firing rockets,' spokesman Daoud Shihab told AFP, saying the group did not want 'an escalation'.
China announces support for Palestinian UN statehood bid: Special Chinese envoy to the Middle East Wu Sike shares the news at a meeting with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah on Thursday.
Glenn Beck tells Jerusalem: 'Evil is growing. Darkness is falling': Former Fox News presenter greeted with protests and empty seats as he takes his message to the Temple Mount
Egypt: Governor honors Israeli 'flagman,' awards him with apartment : Sharqiya Governor Azazy Ali Azazy on Monday honored an Egyptian man who climbed the building that houses the Israeli Embassy in Cairo and tore down the Israeli flag during a protest Sunday.
Gilad Atzmon: The Israeli Flag And The Penis: The Daily Mail reported this week that young Paul Donnachie was found to have acted in a racially aggravated manner when he defiled an Israeli flag in a supposed political protest.
10 people killed in hotel bombing in northwest Pakistan: A bicycle bomb has exploded at a busy northwestern Pakistan hotel, killing at least 10 people, wounding 14 and destroying the building, police said.
Pakistan orders 250 US officials to leave: - The US officials are reportedly assigned various duties such as logistic support and audit and accounts monitoring. Most of them are said to be involved in high-level espionage and anti-state activities.
NATO says 3 occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan: The U.S.-led coalition said Thursday that one trooper was killed in a blast and two others were killed in a separate explosion.
China accuses US of 'exaggerating' military threat: Xinhua said many people in China found it "weird" that the United States, which spends far more on its military than any other country in the world, should highlight Chinese expenditure.
Bahrain sacks 2,500 state workers: About 2,500 state workers in Bahrain have been dismissed from their jobs for taking part in nation-wide protests against the ruling of Al-Khalifa dynasty
Chilean protesters clash with police: Police use tear gas and water cannons as two-day nationwide strike against unpopular president gets off to violent start
Giving up liberty in the pursuit of security: The CIA has been spying on New York City's Muslim communities for years, in violation of US law.
Greece Quietly Activates Emergency Liquidity Measures: Greek default might not be that far away.
Marc Faber: Don’t Store Your Gold In The United States: Video and transcript: Faber had a very clear message: that everyone should own *physical* gold… and what’s more, they should store it outside of the United States:
Deal on foreclosures stalls over New York inquiry into banks: New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has been thrown off the committee of state prosecutors which has been negotiating a deal for the past 10 months, after he refused to agree to give banks broad immunity from future prosecutions.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

NATO, Sleeper Cells Drove Rebels’ Tripoli Push

By Hadeel Al-Shalchi and Rami Al-Shaheibi

“Honestly, NATO played a very big role in liberating Tripol" Continue

US Outsourcing Regime Change
NATO Partnership in Libya Serves as Model, Panetta Says

American Forces Press Service

“It is a good indication of the kind of partnership and alliances that we need to have for the future" US Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Continue

Disaster Capitalism Swoops Over Libya

By Pepe Escobar

Think of the new Libya as the latest spectacular chapter in the Disaster Capitalism series. Instead of weapons of mass destruction, we had R2P ("responsibility to protect"). Instead of neo-conservatives, we had humanitarian imperialists. Continue

Turning Libya Into A New Afghanistan:


“The majority of people who are fighting Gaddafi are Muslim extremists or people who believe they must create an Islamic state in Libya,” Continue

Libyan Bombing Illegal Says Concerned Group


More than 200 African intellectuals say Nato’s bombing of Libya is part of a re-colonisation of the continent. Continue

WikiLeaks: U.S. Seeks Info Through Patriot Act:
PATRIOT Act order unsealed

By Wikileaks

The Order demands Dynadot handover the following information: 1. Subscriber names, user names, screen names, or other identities; 2. mailing addresses, residential addresses, business addresses, e-mail addresses, and other contact information; (including any credit card or bank account number) and billing records. Continue

FBI Organizes Almost All Terror Plots In the US

By Russia Today

Agents are sent in to converse within the community, find suspects that could potentially carry out “lone wolf” attacks and then, more or less, encourage them to do so. Continue

9/11 After A Decade: Have We Learned Anything?

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US government’s account of 9/11 is the foundation of the open-ended wars that are exhausting America’s resources and destroying its reputation, and it is the foundation of the domestic police state that ultimately will shut down all opposition to the wars. Continue

The Dumbest Rally of All Time

By Mike Whitney

Unless we can unseat the class that sees the world only through its portfolios, they may well take us all the way down. Continue

Iceland's On-going Revolution

By Deena Stryker

The last thing the powers that be want is for Iceland to become an example. Here's why: Continue

Fifty soldiers, militants killed in south Yemen: Eleven Yemeni soldiers and 39 suspected Islamist militants were killed in some of the worst violence to grip the volatile south since mass protests began in January against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, residents and officials said.
14 "Taliban Militants" Killed in Afghan Raid: At least 14 Taliban militants were killed in a joint Afghan and Nato forces operation in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs said.
Pakistan: Concern grows as US kills 4 people in North Waziristan: Residents said the four slain men were local tribesmen. Their bodies were damaged beyond recognition.
Afghan national spying for US killed in North Waziristan: The note stated that he was caught spying for the US in the area and he was provided punishment to death on this heinous crime.
US offers to restore military aid to Pak: The United States has offered to restore 800 million dollars in military aid to Pakistan, if it reverses its decision of expelling US military trainers from the country
More than 400 killed, 2,000 injured in Tripoli battle: Libya rebel leader: More than 400 people were killed and at least 2,000 injured in the three-day fight to seize control of the Libyan capital Tripoli from Colonel Muammar Qaddafi's forces, Chairman of the Libyan National Transitional Council told Al Arabiya on Wednesday.
Gaddafi forces stage fightback in Tripoli: Thick smoke hung over the Bab al-Aziziya complex, where rebels and Gaddafi's forces were fighting in the early afternoon with light weapons, heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and mortars
Dmitry Medvedev on Russia's policy regarding Libya: The situation remains essentially one of dual power in the country, and despite the rebels’ latest successes in their offensive on Tripoli, Gadhafi and his supporters still have some influence and military potential.
Libya’s Post Gadhaffi Future - Who gets the Oil?: Who will eventually control this asset, with oil prices currently at roughly $84 a barrel, generating an income of more than $12.6 billion per day?
Democracy at work: Dead or Alive: Libya: Rebels put £1m bounty on Gaddafi's head: Libya's rebel council has offered a £1m reward for the capture, dead or alive, of deposed ruler Colonel Gaddafi.
Kadhafi says he quit compound in 'tactical withdrawal': "Bab al-Azizya was nothing but a heap of rubble after it was the target of 64 NATO missiles and we withdrew from it for tactical reasons," he said in a speech carried by the website of a television station headed by his son Seif al-Islam.
NATO, sleeper cells drove rebels’ Tripoli push: They called it Operation Mermaid Dawn, a stealth plan coordinated by sleeper cells, Libyan rebels, and NATO to snatch the capital from the Moammar Gadhafi’s regime’s hands.
Turkish Foreign Minister: NATO To Stay In Libya: d NATO will "remain" in Libya until security is fully restored, said Turkey’s foreign minister, who became the first international leader to visit Benghazi following the defeat of Moammar Gadhafi.
Canadian drones gave Libyan rebels a boost : Nearly a month ago…a fishing boat brought a former Canadian soldier to the besieged rebels stronghold carrying with him two small cases packed with high-tech gear.
Syria: UN - first 'predictable' steps: The steps being taken in the UN and ICC to take international legal measures against Syria were predictable. Syria was warned that the recent outbreaks of violence would be an opportunity for those opposed to its government to make moves to destabilise its regime and prosecute its leadership.
West pushes opposition to topple Assad: The Syrian opposition has set up its own National Council with the headquarters in Istanbul and the declared aim of coordinating the overthrow of President Bashar Assad, the opposition said in a statement.
Western diplomats hope to impose UN sanctions on Syria: Western diplomats were hoping Wednesday to push through United Nations sanctions against the Syrian regime, a day after the UN Human Rights Council strongly condemned Damascus for the violent repression of pro-democracy protesters, DPA reported.
"Israel" kills Palestinian, breaks calm: Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that a resistance fighter was killed, on Wednesday at dawn, and another resident was injured when the "Israeli" Air Force fired missiles at a car driving in Tal Al Sultan area, west of Rafah city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip
Leaked cable: Sen. McCain promised to help Gaddafi obtain U.S. military hardware: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) promised to help former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi obtain U.S. military hardware, as one of the United States' partners in the war on terror," according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released Wednesday by anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks: U.S. Seeks Assagne Info Through Patriot Act: The production order comes on the same day of WikiLeaks releasing another batch of cables - this time 35,000 - primarily culled from U.S. embassies in China and Libya.
Wikileaks: Fresh Batch of Diplomatic Cables: The cables are available at a searchable database and sorted based on the location: Libya, China, Israel, Russia, Venezuela, Iran, Germany, Afghanistan, France, Indonesia, Rwanda, Turkey, Poland, Syria, Bahrain, South Africa, Somalia
WikiLeaks releases 3,925 diplomatic cables about Israel: Whistle-blower site publishes unclassified US State Department documents on peace process, Vatican-Jewish relations, terror attacks.
With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas: NYPD operates far outside its borders and targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government.
European Bank Job ‘Bloodbath’ Surpasses 40,000: UBS AG (UBSN)’s decision to cut 5 percent of its workforce brings to more than 40,000 the number of jobs cut by European banks in the past month as the region’s worsening sovereign debt crisis crimps trading revenue.
Bank of America Threatens Foreclosure On Elderly Couple Who Paid Mortgage Early: ABC News reports that the bank made a mistake earlier this year, by initiating the foreclosure process on an elderly couple that had the audacity to submit a mortgage payment a week early.