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Venezuela's Struggle Widely Misrepresented
Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Venezuela's Struggle, Widely Misrepresented, Remains a Classic Conflict Between Right and Left
The current protests in Venezuela are reminiscent of another historical moment when street protests were used by right-wing politicians as a tactic to overthrow the elected government.
Venezuela Breaks Ties With Panama
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has stated he will sever all diplomatic and economic ties with Panama.
Propaganda Rules The News
Has Russia Invaded Ukraine?
Ukraine Nationalist Leader Faces Terrorism Charges
Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case on terrorism-related charges against the leader of a Ukrainian nationalist group widely seen as the driving force behind former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's ouster.
Crimea to vote to split from Ukraine, join Russia
Ukraine lurched toward breakup Thursday as lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days. President Barack Obama condemned the move and the West answered with the first real sanctions against Russia.
Ukraine crisis: Crimea now part of Russia, local parliament declares
Referendum on union with Russia on 16 March will 'only ratify decision', as Duma works on bill to make it easier for territories to join Russia
Ukraine: Little support for US involvement
Less than a fifth of Americans think that the US has any responsibility to protect Ukraine from a Russian invasion
US Policy of Isolating Russia and Expanding NATO Is a Dismal Failure
US and EU impose sanctions and warn Russia to relent in Ukraine standoff
- Pair issue grave warning to Moscow to pull back from Crimea
- Crimean parliament votes to secede from Ukraine
- Obama tells Putin: sanctions for ‘violation of sovereignty’
Ukraine crisis: What can US sanctions against Russian elites achieve?
Under the right conditions, sanctions against individual Russians can be effective over time, experts say. The question, as the US moved Thursday to impose such sanctions amid Russia's Ukraine gambit, is whether such conditions exist.
Russia, NATO Nations Begin Talks on Ukraine
Though no real agreements appear to have been reached, French officials dubbed today’s Paris talks, the first between NATO members and Russia on the Ukraine crisis a significant step “in the right direction.”
American Hawks Risk Escalating the Ukrainian Crisis
Russia says cannot order Crimean 'self-defense' units back to base
How strong is Ukraine's army?
Ukraine's army is in a parlous state. What was briefly the world's third-strongest nuclear country is now a Soviet relic. Kyiv's hopes, if there are any, rest with reservists who last fought three decades ago.
Ukraine and the Presstitute Media
Fig leave for an Emperor without cloths
US to bolster military support to Poland, Baltic
U.S. Murders Another 4 People In Yemen
A US drone strike in northern Yemen on Wednesday killed four alledged Al Qaeda members, including an Iraq veteran, a military official said.
Federal Judge Removes U.S. Muslims from Constitution
As reported by the Associated Press’ Tom Hays on Feb 21, a federal judge in Newark, N.J., decided that the New York Police Department has been within its constitutional bounds spying on Muslims at mosques, restaurants, colleges and grade schools in New Jersey since 2002.
Iraq: 935 lies, A Tyrant and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Netanyahu Demands Palestinians Recognize Israel as 'Jewish State'
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday directly urged Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as a "Jewish state" and to "abandon the fantasy" of "flooding" Israel with refugees.
'End to negotiations?' Netanyahu's speech sparks furious reaction from Palestinians
Nigeria: Another 40 killed in Flesh Boko Haram Attack
In the fourth attack in the last three days in troubled Borno State, no less than 40 persons have been killed in Jakana, 35 kilometres away from Maiduguri.
India's tea firms urged to act on slave trafficking after girls freed
Plantations pay below minimum wage, which campaigners say strengthens hand of slavers who take girls as young as 11
Saudi women demand end to ‘absolute male control’
Saudi women activists have presented a memorandum to the Shoura Council seeking its support to curb the “absolute authority” of male guardians over women in the Kingdom, a signatory said.
Pres. Obama's One Option: Put Up or Shut Up
Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ukraine: Vladimir Putin attacks 'unconstitutional takeover' - live
Vladimir Putin claims there has been an "unconstitutional takeover" in Ukraine as Moscow warns US of response if sanctions are imposed
Putin Says No Immediate Need to Invade Eastern Ukraine, Leaves Threat Dangling
Vladimir Putin said he sees no immediate need to invade eastern Ukraine as the Obama administration prepares $1 billion in loan guarantees for the cash-strapped nation and threatens sanctions against Russia.
Crimea crisis: Putin rules out war but will use force 'as last resort'
- We will not go to war with the Ukrainian people, says Putin
- Claims ousting of Ukrainian president was 'coup d'état'
- Yanukovych 'still legitimate head of state'
- Pro-Russian troops and Ukrainian soldiers in tense standoff
Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach of International Law?
Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama.
Pres. Obama's One Option: Put Up or Shut Up
It appears President Putin read his [obama's] Mideast history book though, because he used U.S. foreign policy rhetoric against President Obama. President Putin pushed back on President Obama explaining that Russia has a right to protect its "interests in the region."
At U.N., Russia Points to Ultranationalist Threats in Ukraine
Russia And China 'In Agreement' Over Ukraine
Russia is in "operational control" of Crimea as soldiers surround Ukrainian troops and seize a ferry port.
Yanukovich sent letter to Putin asking for Russian military presence in Ukraine
Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin says ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has sent a letter to Putin asking him to use military force in Ukraine to restore law and order.
An Important Second Listen to the "F--k the EU" Ukraine Recording
The Ukraine crisis: John Kerry and Nato must calm down and back off
The hysterical reaction to Russian military movements in Crimea won't help. Only Kiev can stop this crisis becoming a catastrophe
Putin calls using force in Ukraine a 'last resort;' orders troops back
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia reserved the right to use all options in Ukraine to protect compatriots living in "terror" but that Moscow would use force only as a last resort.
Crimean Officials Claim to Secure Peninsula
The prime minister of Crimea, the autonomous Ukrainian republic seized by Russian military forces, said on Tuesday that a majority of Ukrainian military units on the peninsula had surrendered and pledged allegiance to his pro-Russian government, and that local officials were working to speed up a referendum on independence.
Pro-Russia protesters occupy regional government in Ukraine's Donetsk
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slams threats of 'sanctions and boycotts' over Ukraine
Obama shoved to sidelines as Russia ignores U.S. threats of isolation
US says it is suspending trade talks and all military-to-military engagements with Russia over Ukraine
Ukraine crisis: US-Europe rifts surfacing as Putin tightens Crimea grip
Barack Obama threatens to 'isolate Russia' as EU ministers resist trade sanctions
Crimean authorities to cut power, water to Ukrainian troops: Russian ex-lawmaker
Washington's Arrogance, Hubris, and Evil Have Set the Stage for War
Avoid War, Cold Or Hot, With Russia Over Ukraine
Finding A Way Back From The Catastrophic Brink
UN Report Identifies 30 Drone Strikes That Require 'Public Explanation'
3 terror suspects killed by U.S. drone in southeast Yemen
China Fields New Intermediate-Range Nuclear Missile
U.S. intelligence agencies recently confirmed China's development of a new intermediate-range nuclear missile (IRBM) called the Dongfeng-26C (DF-26C), U.S. officials said.
Interview: Karzai says 12-year Afghanistan war has left him angry at U.S. government
At White House, Israel's Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy
The Coup in Ukraine: Obama's Dumbest Plan Yet
Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014
The Coup in Ukraine: Obama's Dumbest Plan Yet
"Washington and Brussels ... used a Nazi coup, carried out by insurgents, terrorists and politicians of Euromaidan to serve the geopolitical interests of the West." — Natalia Vitrenko, The Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine
Yanukovych Condemns Interim Ukraine Govt as Violent Usurpers
Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych lashed out at the West on Friday for its support for what he described as the violent usurpers that seized power in his former Soviet nation over the weekend.
Putin asks parliament to use military in Ukraine
Obama 'deeply concerned' over reports of military movements by Russia
The Rape of Ukraine: Phase Two Begins
The events in Ukraine since November 2013 are so astonishing as almost to defy belief.
Armed men seize two airports in Ukraine's Crimea, Yanukovich reappears
Ukraine Interim Govt Tries to Spin Crimea Chaos as Russian Invasion
On Ukraine, Putin holds all the cards and dictates the timetable
If Russia invades Ukraine, the timing may be determined by the situation on the ground in Moscow more than the streets of Kiev and Simferopol.
Ukraine official: 8 Russian cargo planes in Crimea
Russia says Crimea deployments based on agreements with Ukraine
Ukraine: Putin Seeks Crimea Military Action
Britain and the US are calling on the Kremlin to respect Ukraine sovereignty amid claims Russian troops have been sent to Crimea.
Russia sent 'several hundred' troops into Ukraine: US official
Obama could pull Russia trip amid Ukraine tumult
Look Who the US Is Siding With in Ukraine, Egypt, and Syria
US quietly partners with neo-Nazis in Ukraine, fascists in Egypt, and al-Qaeda in Syria
China's top paper slams West's 'Cold War mentality' over Ukraine
China's top newspaper criticised the West on Thursday for remaining locked in a "Cold War mentality" against Russia in the contest for influence over Ukraine, calling for the shackles of such outmoded thinking to be cast off to deal with the crisis.
Russia Seeks Access to Bases in Eight Countries for Its Ships and Bombers
At a time of escalated tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia says it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to military facilities, to enable it to extend its long-range naval and strategic bomber capabilities.
IAEA: We Didn't Shelve Any Iran Report
Yesterday's allegation from Reuters citing an unnamed "source" who claimed the IAEA killed a report critical of Iran to avoid killing negotiations with the country has sparked a harsh reaction from Israel.
France striving to stop Central African Republic split, Hollande says
'Illegal' Drone Strikes Condemned In Landslide Vote By European Politicians
Europe's politicians have voted by a landslide to propose a ban on US drone strikes that have killed thousands in Yemen and Pakistan, calling the killings "unlawful".
Venezuela's Peace Talks Proceed Despite MUD Boycott
Peace talks held in Venezuela on Wednesday were backed by social movements and community, businesses and religious groups, though the country's main political opposition coalition boycotted the event.
Owen Jones: Socialism's critics look at Venezuela and say, 'We told you so'. But they are wrong
The democratic credentials of the post-Chavez government are being maligned
When Protests and Violence Are Important to the U.S. Media
In light of the recent political demonstrations that have swept the country, Venezuela has received considerable attention from both the US State Department and mainstream media.
Florida man gets lawyer's home after attorneys leave him to rot in jail
Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
IAEA conduct complicates Iran nuclear deal
Israel, Germany Disagree Over Iran Nuclear Talks
The leaders of Israel and Germany acknowledged Tuesday they don't see eye to eye on how to deal with Iran's nuclear program as negotiations between Tehran and world powers proceed.
Obama Pins Fate of Nuclear Pact on Documents From an Iranian "Curveball"
Obama administration officials insist "possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear program must be resolved to the satisfaction of the IAEA to complete a nuclear agreement. But the term refers to discredited intelligence from suspect sources.
US hand in Venezuela crisis?
Doral businessman Jayssam Mokded detained in Venezuela
President of two companies based in Doral is accused of plotting terrorist attacks
Senate GOP demands Iran sanctions vote
Senate Republicans are demanding a vote on new Iran sanctions as part of an unrelated bill.
The Real News speaks to Venezuelanalysis.com founder Gregory Wilpert about the reasons behind the opposition protests in Venezuela.
Real News/Wilpert Part 2: Why is Inflation So High in Venezuela?
I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore. And we're continuing our interview with Gregory Wilpert about the situation in Venezuela.
The Spectacle in Kiev: The Brown Revolution in Ukraine
After a month of confrontation, President Viktor Yanukovych gave in, signed the EC-prepared surrender and escaped their rough revolutionary justice by the skin of his teeth. The ruling party MPs were beaten and dispersed, the communists almost lynched, the opposition have the parliament all to themselves, and they've appointed new ministers and taken over the Ukraine.
Biden at center of US diplomacy with Ukraine
Two days before he fled Ukraine's capital, President Viktor Yanukovych huddled on the phone for more than an hour with Vice President Joe Biden, his primary conduit with the U.S. government throughout the political crisis consuming the former Soviet republic.
Good advice, wrong address: Russia responds to Susan Rice 'no tanks to Ukraine' warning
Russia sees merit in the advice against use of force in Ukraine which US National Security Adviser Susan Rice voiced, but believes it was wrongly directed towards Moscow. Washington would be a more appropriate recipient of the piece of wisdom.
Only Ukraine's people – not Russia or the west – can take it forward
Ukraine is in a mess. And the first steps must be taken not by politicians but by the people, who must honour life and prevent more violence
Ukraine leader warns of separatism threat amid fears over Crimea
Comments come after Russian official says Moscow will act in event of heightened tensions and military movements at port
Infighting Poses Hurdle to Formation of New Coalition in Ukraine
Struggling to form a new majority coalition in Parliament, and under excruciating pressure because of a looming economic calamity, Ukrainian lawmakers decided Tuesday to delay for two days the naming of an acting prime minister and a provisional government.
Will NATO annex Ukraine?
Anyone who believes Washington is deeply enamored of 'democracy' in Ukraine must hit eBay, where Saddam Hussein's WMDs have been found, and are on sale to the highest bidder.
Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?
Exposing troubling ties in the U.S. to overt Nazi and fascist protesters in Ukraine.
Killing of al Qaida figure in Syria deepens division among extremist rebels
UN Security Council passes Syria aid resolution
Hoping to ease suffering in Syria's besieged cities, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution to boost access for humanitarian aid.
MKs to Shapiro: US taking side of Palestinians in peace talks
Western spy agencies build 'cyber magicians' to manipulate online discourse
Secret units within the 'Five Eyes" global spying network engage in covert online operations that aim to invade, deceive, and control online communities and individuals through the spread of false information and use of ingenious social-science tactics.
'F**k the EU'
Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
'F**k the EU': Tape Reveals US Runs Ukraine Opposition
In the latest debacle for the US State Department and the Obama Administration, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was caught on tape micro-managing Ukraine opposition party strategies with US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. That the Ukraine regime-change operation is to some degree being directed from Washington can no longer be denied.
Tomgram: Chase Madar, The Folly of Arming Israel
Bill to block federal funding to universities that boycott Israel
Israeli soldiers pose for photos while abusing Palestinian child
Israeli forces in the eastern occupied Jerusalem village of al-Eizariya were caught on video on Friday posing for trophy photos as they held a wounded, handcuffed Palestinian child in a stranglehold.
EU eyes warmer Cuba ties with push for new accord
The European Union agreed on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist-ruled country in 2008.
Source: U.S. debating targeted killing of American terror suspect overseas
The Obama administration is in high-level discussions about staging an operation to kill an American citizen involved with al Qaeda and suspected of plotting attacks against the United States, a senior U.S. official tells CNN.
Drone Attack Controversy: Obama Administration Wrestling With Whether To Target U.S. Terror Suspect
An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year.
'We Track 'Em, You Whack 'Em.'
The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program
The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program
The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.
Snowden plea bargain speculation played down by ex-CIA and NSA chief
Michael Hayden says he sees little appetite for deal with whistleblower, and portrays US surveillance reforms as limited
Second round of Syria talks makes faltering start
A second round of Syria peace talks got off to a shaky start on Monday with the international mediator meeting the two sides separately after violations of a local cease-fire and an Islamist offensive set back his efforts.
Syrian regime and opposition begin new round of talks in Geneva
UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi is due to hold separate talks with each side on Monday morning
Russia, China skip Security Council talks on Syria
Russia is blocking Western efforts to push through a Security Council resolution that would raise the prospect of sanctions against Syria unless the government gives unrestricted access to deliver humanitarian aid.
Rouhani says Iran's doors open to UN nuclear watchdog as Tehran unveils centrifuges, missiles
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that the country's doors are open to the UN's nuclear watchdog even as the Islamic Republic announced two separate technical developments that could potentially give Tehran the capability to create a nuclear weapon.
The lynching and disbarring of civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart, who because she has terminal cancer was recently released from prison after serving four years of a 10-year sentence, is a window into the collapse of the American legal system.
Still Locking People Up for Being Poor? Really?! It's 2014.
Debtors' prisons sound like ancient history, right? Unfortunately, they're all too common across the United States. In spite of the Constitution, case law, and common sense, low-income people are routinely jailed in places as far-flung as Georgia and Washington State simply because they cannot afford to pay their court fines.
Regime Change in Kiev
Victoria Nuland Admits: US Has Invested $5 Billion In The Development of Ukrainian, "Democratic Institutions"
EU corruption costs 120 bn euros a year
Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
"Breathtaking" EU corruption costs 120 bn euros a year
A new report by the EU Commission says that the scale of corruption in the EU is massive. They say it costs the EU around £100 billion every year, but acknowledged the true levels were probably higher. We spoke to Michele Circone, a home affairs spokesman for the European Commission.
Hackers sue Merkel and entire German government over NSA spying
Europe's largest association of hackers has filed a criminal complaint against the German government for aiding foreign spying by NSA and GCHQ, and violating the right to citizens' privacy, basing their case on leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Kerry Seeks to Calm German Anger at NSA Reports
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that relations with Germany have gone through a "rough patch" recently because of revelations about NSA spying, but insisted that the two countries can put the episode behind them.
Australian government joins international witch-hunt of Edward Snowden
Judges Poised to Hand U.S. Spies the Keys to the Internet
How does the NSA get the private crypto keys that allow it to bulk eavesdrop on some email providers and social networking sites? It's one of the mysteries yet unanswered by the Edward Snowden leaks. But we know that so-called SSL keys are prized by the NSA – understandably, since one tiny 256 byte key can expose millions of people to intelligence collection. And we know that the agency has a specialized group that collects such keys by hook or by crook. That's about it.
U.S. General says more Marines could be based throughout Africa
Marine units that specialize in crisis response could be based in Africa in coming years as military leaders work with host nations that have shown interest in the U.S. posturing troops in their countries, according to a top general in the region.
The Menace of the Military Mind
Poland and Lithuania Haunted by Their Involvement in Hosting CIA Torture Prisons
New details from peace talks: Americans offer parts of Negev to Palestinian refugees
In latest leak from peace talks, report claims US suggests Palestinians get swaths of Negev land in return for settlement blocs. Offer meant to satisfy West Bank Arab leaders, who will be expected to give up idea of having right of return
John Kerry labelled 'anti Semite' for warning of possible boycott of Israel
US Secretary of State has been labelled an 'anti Semite' for warning of a possible economic boycott if Israel fails to reach a peace accord with the Palestinians
US warns Israel over apparent distortion of John Kerry statements
State department says it expects all parties in Middle East peace talks to portray accurately secretary of state's comments
Iran says serious about long-term nuclear deal
Iran's foreign minister said Sunday his country is prepared to move ahead in negotiations over its nuclear program, assuring Western diplomats that Tehran has the political will and good faith to reach a "balanced" long-term agreement.
'Military action likely' if Iran talks fail, US spokeswoman says
A resolution to the nuclear dispute with Tehran, should current diplomatic efforts fail, "is likely to involve military action," US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Friday.
France sees Iran opportunity if sanctions are lifted: Moscovici
The Year of Iran: Tehran's Challenge to American Hegemony in 2014
In 1979, Iran shocked the world—and directly confronted America's hegemonic ambitions in the Middle East—by charting its own revolutionary course toward participatory Islamist governance and foreign policy independence.
After Failed Geneva Talks, US Steps Up Threats Against Syria
In the wake of last week's failed talks in Geneva, Washington and its allies are escalating pressure on Syria over chemical weapons and professed "humanitarian" concerns.
26 killed in Syria regime barrel bomb raids on Aleppo
Why Al-Qaeda Kicked Out Its Deadly Syria Franchise
After a protracted turf battle, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria finds itself on the outs. That will likely make things even more dangerous
Activists: Car bomb in Syria killed al-Qaida rival
A twin car bombing near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo killed a senior leader of an Islamic rebel brigade opposed to an al-Qaida-linked faction, activists said Sunday.
Preparation fire: Iraqi army kills 50 militants in Fallujah artillery, air strikes
Iraqis seek political solution to avert army attack on Falluja
New Saudi counterterrorism law alarms activists
Saudi Arabia put into effect a sweeping new counterterrorism law Sunday that human rights activists say allows the kingdom to prosecute as a terrorist anyone who demands reform, exposes corruption or otherwise engages in dissent.
Prelude to a Crash
The Fed's easy money policies have pushed margin debt on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to record levels laying the groundwork for a severe correction or another violent market crash.
Moment of truth for Syria
Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
US withholding Fisa court orders on NSA bulk collection of Americans' data
Justice Department refuses to turn over 'certain other' documents in ACLU lawsuit meant to shed light on surveillance practices
Google chief Schmidt 'literally outraged' by NSA activities
In an interview with The Guardian published on Tuesday, Schmidt said he and other Google executives have "complained at great length" to the U.S. government about the National Security Agency's surveillance efforts and have since started to encrypt internal communications.
Snowden to ask Russian police for protection after US threats – lawyer
NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, will ask Russian law enforcers to protect him, his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, has said. The former NSA contractor is concerned about his safety after seeing death threats coming from the US.
Major Syrian opposition party withdraws from coalition
The Turkish-based oppositional Syrian National Council withdrew on Tuesday from the Syrian National Coalition, the main opposition umbrella in exile, to protest the latter's acceptance to participate in the Geneva II peace conference on Syria's crisis, Arab media reports said.
Moment of truth for Syria, but Iran left in the cold by UN - and now Assad says he may stand in this year's presidential election
A long-awaited peace conference on Syria is likely to go ahead without one of the major participants of the conflict after the United Nations withdrew an invitation to Iran to attend the talks in Geneva.
Russia says Iran's absence from Syria talks is a mistake, not a catastrophe
Geneva II: Iran nixed proves US fixed
There is a good reason why Iran has been blocked from attending the Geneva II conference on Syria – because the meeting is not about finding a peaceful settlement. Rather, it is merely an American mechanism for engineering regime change in Syria.
"I Am Not the Kind of Person Who Clings to Power": President Bashar al-Assad
President Assad: The most basic element, which we continuously refer too, is that the Geneva Conference should produce clear results with regard to the fight against terrorism in Syria. In particular, it needs to put pressure on countries that are exporting terrorism, – by sending terrorists, money and weapons to terrorist organisations, – especially Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and of course the Western countries that provide political cover for these terrorist organisations.
Briefing: What's behind Iraq violence?
It's not strictly an Al Qaeda resurgence or a deep religious hatred: It's Syria, and it's politics.
Iraq says it intends to make 3 new provinces
Iraq's Shiite-led government said Tuesday it had decided in principle to create three new provinces from contested parts of the country in an apparent attempt to address Sunni grievances and counter the expansion of the Kurdish self-rule region.
Georgia protests as Russia expands border zone
Georgia has protested after Russia temporarily expanded its Olympic security zone into the breakaway Georgian territory of Abkhazia.
Recognizing Israel as a Jewish State is like saying the US is a White State
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is adding a fifth demand to his negotiations with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas: That the Palestinians recognize Israel as a "Jewish state."
US govt struck deal with Mexican drug cartel in exchange for info - report
Between 2000 and 2012, the US government had a deal with Mexican drug cartel Sinaloa that allowed the group to smuggle billion of dollars of drugs in return for information on its rival cartels, according to court documents published by El Universal.
U.S. Government and Top Mexican Drug Cartel Exposed as Partners
For over a decade, under multiple administrations, the U.S. government had a secret agreement with the ruthless Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed it to operate with impunity, an in-depth investigation by a leading Mexican newspaper confirmed this week. In exchange for information and assistance in quashing competing criminal syndicates, the Bush and Obama administrations let the Sinaloa cartel import tons of drugs into the United States while wiping out Sinaloa competitors and ensuring that its leaders would not be prosecuted for their long list of major crimes. Other revelations also point strongly to massive but clandestine U.S. government involvement in drug trafficking.
Rwanda in diplomatic trouble 20 years after genocide
As Rwanda marks 20 years since its 1994 genocide, the government is seeking to stress the strides the country has made since those dark days, despite international concern over its hardline leader.
The Inescapable Antagonism Between A Prosperous China and An Imperial U.S.
China has stated its goals quite unambiguously. "A moderately prosperous society by 2020" is the first goal and "a strong socialist nation by 2049" as the second. But this may be simplified: China's leadership wants its people to have a standard of living equal to that of the developed nations of the West.
Is The USA The World's De Facto Government?
It might not have seemed necessary in the 21st century to ask or answer such a ridiculous question. After all, in the last half of the prior century European colonialism collapsed politically, morally, and even legally, its pretensions and cruelties thoroughly exposed and totally discredited.
What really happened when a U.S. drone hit a Yemeni wedding convoy?
Four missiles fired from a U.S. drone hit a wedding convoy near the town of Radda' in the central province of al-Baydah, killing 12 men.
Nearly Half of All Black Men Are Arrested by Their Twenty-Third Birthday
About 49 percent of black men are arrested for non-traffic offenses by the time they turn twenty-three, according to a new study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
Big money behind war
Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
US will not enter bilateral no-spy agreement with Germany, says media
Despite assurance from Barack Obama, United States has not ruled out bugging political leaders' calls, claims German paper
Russia may hit back at Saudi Arabia for Volgogard attacks
Russian intelligence has now reportedly obtained solid proof that Saudi Arabia was directly involved in the twin terror attacks on the city of Volgograd. The attacks killed more than 32 people and injured over 100 others. Most of the victims were civilians.
Big money behind war: the military-industrial complex
More than 50 years after President Eisenhower's warning, Americans find themselves in perpetual war.
Noam Chomsky: Obama Trade Deal A 'Neoliberal Assault' To Further Corporate 'Domination'
The Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an "assault," on working people intended to further corporate "domination," according to author and activist Noam Chomsky.
CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel
An investigation by El Universal has found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs in exchange for information on rival cartels.
Iran nuclear deal to take effect this month
European Union confirms interim agreement to curb Iran's nuclear programme will be implemented as of January 20.
Iran to start recovering frozen oil revenue amid nuclear talks
Tehran to receive first payment of $500 million on Feb. 1, report says.
Senate Dems key to Iran sanctions Obama poised to veto
Republicans say it is up to Democrats whether strengthened Iran sanctions pass the Senate and ensure that the country sticks to a deal with the White House to open up its nuclear program to inspections.
White House promises 'action' if nuclear talks fail with Iran
Iran's failure to uphold interim deal, reach final agreement, "would result in action by the US," says White House spokesman.
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki to revive Sunni militia
BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, in a striking change of course, is embracing the Sunni tribal fighters whose role in combating Al Qaeda he had allowed to wither after US troops left two years ago.
Pressure mounts over UK's Iraq 'war crimes'
LONDON: Legal experts from around the world are to join calls for an investigation into whether British politicians and senior military figures should be prosecuted for alleged war crimes in Iraq.
Ariel Sharon and the Legacy of US-Backed War Crimes
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died over the weekend. Much of the U.S. and Israeli media have whitewashed Sharon's legacy, erasing from history the fact that he was a wretched war criminal who was devoted to a Greater Israel and to massacring any civilians he perceived as obstructing that goal.
Israeli Arab Leaders Reject 'Land Swap' Plan
Expelling Villages to Palestine Is 'Ethnic Cleansing'
Sharon and a Nobel Prize for Nonsense
Until recently I thought Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had no rivals in the business of talking propaganda nonsense (Israel's Jews in danger of annihilation etcetera, etcetera, etcetera). But if there was a Nobel Prize for talking nonsense it does now seem that there would be a number of contenders.
How Ariel Sharon Shaped Israel's Destiny
In a bloody career that spanned decades, he destroyed entire cities and presided over the killing of countless civilians.
War Criminals Gather to Honor War Criminal
Paying Tribute To A Genocidaire
Major Parts of World Ignored by U.S. TV News in 2013
If people outside the United States are looking for answers why Americans often seem so clueless about the world outside their borders, they could start with what the three major U.S. television networks offered their viewers in the way of news during 2013.
Nigeria Bans All Things Gay
Not to be outdone by Russia or India or Uganda, Nigeria's president has signed a law criminalizing same-sex relationships, and arguably even worse, stripping gays of any sort of freedom of association with each other.
Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors
Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias
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