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Inequality Will Get Worse Until There's a Revolution
Posted: Monday, May 2, 2016
Another Reason for Brexit: EU 'Was a CIA Project from the Beginning'
If supporters of the UK's exit from the European Union didn't have enough reasons to vote yes on exit, they may have just got another one: according to journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, the European project was a CIA-inspired scheme from the start.
Inequality Will Get Worse Until There's a Revolution
America's wealth concentration has increased tenfold since Bill Clinton first ran for president.
Iran asks U.N. chief to intervene with U.S. after court ruling
Iran asked U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to convince the United States to stop violating state immunity after the top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran.
Iraqi PM: Security restored in Baghdad after protesters storm Green Zone
Protesters in Iraq's green zone begin to withdraw
Demonstrators leave at behest of their leaders, who are demanding the formation of a new cabinet and government reform
Barack Obama in surprise swipe at Clinton at final correspondents' dinner
As expected, the president mocked Donald Trump but also made fun of his fellow Democrat's efforts to attract younger voters
The Unspoken Truth is that America is Supporting Al Qaeda
Heavy Propaganda Rages in the Battle for Aleppo. The Terrorists are Portrayed as "Freedom Fighters"
Civilian deaths in Syria surge as US-Russian brokered ceasefire unravels
More than 200 civilians, including 35 children, were killed as military violence erupted across Syria this week, leaving the ceasefire agreement brokered by US and Russian diplomats in February in tatters.
Russia Rises From the Mat
The U.S. government doesn't want to admit that its heady "unipolar" days are over with Russia no longer the doormat of the 1990s, but Washington's arrogance risks war, even nuclear annihilation, explains Gilbert Doctorow.
Russia Says U.S. Buildup Violates Syrian Sovereignty
Planned increase of U.S. military personnel in Syria is illegal, deputy foreign minister says
As More American Boots Hit the Ground in Syria, U.S. Parses "Boots" and "Ground"
After President Obama announced on Monday that he would deploy 250 additional special operations troops to Syria, State Department spokesperson John Kirby tried to deny that Obama had ever promised not to send "boots on the ground" there.
Finland Report Warns Joining NATO Would Lead to Crisis With Russia
A new report commissioned by the Finnish government is warning that possibility of the country joining NATO comes with serious risks, and that a membership bid could lead to a major "crisis" with neighboring Russia.
Ukraine nearly doubles consumer gas prices to secure IMF aid
Nigeria and pro-Biafra campaigners step up war of words
Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro Hikes Minimum Wage 30 Percent
The measure is intended to help people of Venezuela to cope with the economic war led by the right wing opposition.
The Return of the Coup in Latin America
Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Classified Pages From 9/11 Report Could Be Released by Summer
The top intelligence official in the United States said on Monday that a review to declassify 28 pages of material in a Sept. 11 report, which families of victims and some lawmakers are demanding be made public, could be completed by June.
The US Should Quit Coddling Badly-Behaving Saudi Arabia
The classified '28 pages': A diversion from real US-Saudi issues
The controversy surrounding the infamous "28 pages" on the possible Saudi connection with the terrorists that were excised from the joint Congressional report on the 9/11 attacks is at fever pitch. But that controversy is a distraction from the real problems that Saudi Arabia's policies pose to the United States and the entire Middle East region.
Obama: Sending Ground Troops to Syria Proves Fighting ISIS a Priority
Kurds Urge US to Also Provide Them With More Weapons
Syria - Russia Rejects Kerry's New Attempts To Shield The Terrorists
The U.S. admits that the upcoming Aleppo offensive by the Syrian government and its allies is designed to hit al-Qaeda and associated terrorist forces and not primarily the "moderate" unicorns the U.S. propaganda blushes about. But the openly U.S. supported forces will also be hit as they are very much integrated with al-Qaeda.
In Israel, an ugly tide sweeps over Palestinians
In Israel's evermore tribal politics, there is no such thing as a "good" Arab – and the worst failing in a Jew is to be unmasked as an "Arab lover". Or so was the message last week from Isaac Herzog, head of Israel's so-called peace camp.
'I was expendable': how UC Berkeley failed a woman being sexually harassed
University provost who resigned amid scandal expresses ‘regrets' over handling of Tyann Sorrell's case, who says she was denied basic protections
Censored, Surveilled, Watch Listed and Jailed: The Absurdity of Being a Citizen in the American Police State
The Empire of Chaos Strikes Back
Soon after the impeachment motion against President Dilma Rousseff was approved in the Brazilian Congress by what I chose to call Hybrid War hyenas, President-in-Waiting Michel «Brutus» Temer, one of the coup's articulators, dispatched a senator to Washington as special paperboy to deliver the news on the coup in progress. The senator in question was not on an official mission for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The Return of the Coup in Latin America
Venezuela and Brazil are the scenes of a new form of coup d'état that would set the continent's political calendar back to its worst times. Meanwhile, in Argentina, the brutal model for the demolition of democracy is set forward by the continental oligarchic right and the hegemonic forces of US imperialism who wish to impose their model in the region.
Swiss Envoy Summoned over US Seizure of Iran's Assets
The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Giulio Hass in protest at the recent ruling by the US Supreme Court which authorized the transfer of $2 billion of Tehran's frozen assets to the families of the victims of a 1983 bombing in Beirut.
Swiss banker whistleblower: CIA behind Panama Papers
Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Adidas posts offensive caricature of Dwayne Bravo
OMG! DJ Bravo waits for third umpire as sponsor caught playing the Adi-darse
Swiss banker whistleblower: CIA behind Panama Papers
Panama Papers: global tax officials to launch unprecedented inquiry
Investigators from 28 countries to meet in Paris in attempt to develop an international strategy for cracking down on secret offshore holdings
On 60 Minutes, A Compelling Case for Releasing 28 Pages on 9/11
The movement to declassify 28 pages on foreign government ties to 9/11 received its highest-profile exposure to date tonight, as 60 Minutes aired a report that featured insights from several former officials who are familiar with what the 28 pages contain—and believe the information should be public.
'60 MINUTES': Lawmakers Say Redacted Pages Of 9/11 Report Show Saudi Official Met Hijackers In LA
Libya: Obama Admits Clinton's "Greatest Moment" Was His "Worst Mistake"
The president's 'classified' double standard coupled with Libya discord underscores rocky support for former secretary of state
Brazil impeachment: Vote deals new blow to Rousseff
EU to make big firms come clean on tax
Plans to force the largest companies to disclose more about their tax affairs will be unveiled by the European Union on Tuesday.
The brain on LSD revealed: first scans show how the drug affects the brain
Britain's Covert War in Yemen: A VICE News Investigation
In a rural valley in southern Yemen lies Wadi Rafad, a collection of farms 50 miles from the provincial capital of Ataq. Amid an arid landscape dotted with lemon orchards and cornfields, villagers were used to the peace being disturbed by the buzzing of US drones flying overhead. But on the afternoon of May 6, 2012, something changed.
British Banks Cite Fear of US in Refusing to Do Business With Iran
British Trade Envoy Sees US as Big Obstacle to Trade
China 'seizes' eight Taiwanese from Kenya
Zuckerberg unveils 10-year plan to expand Facebook empire, with political tones
Iceland's PM resigns amid fallout from Panama Papers leak
Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson has resigned after being accused of hiding millions of dollars worth of investments in offshore accounts.
First to Fall? Panama Papers Bring Down Iceland PM, Portending Future Fallout
'The greater crime is that we have a secret economy connected to and even supporting some of the worst aspects of the global capitalist system'
A Half Truth About the War on Drugs
The Panama Papers
Posted: Monday, April 4, 2016
The Panama Papers – What Happens When Corruption Is Systemic
Over the weekend, an historic release of information came out in the Panama Papers showing exactly who, how, and when a vast network of people stole and hoarded money. Our minds easily grok the realities of Vladimir Putin embezzling a billion dollars through offshore accounts or the Prime Minister of Iceland stealing cash from public coffers. Where we fail more easily is visualizing the system of shell companies, accounting tools, trade regimes, tax havens, and legislative changes that make up the system of wealth extraction all of these individuals are using in collaboration with their partners in crime.
Eggs Fly in Iceland as Panama Papers Spark Populist Anger in the Streets
Capitalism could face crisis of credibility as leaked documents illuminate global rules rigged for the rich and powerful
Brazil Is Engulfed by Ruling Class Corruption — and a Dangerous Subversion of Democracy
THE MULTIPLE, REMARKABLE crises consuming Brazil are now garnering substantial Western media attention. That's understandable given that Brazil is the world's fifth most populous country and eighth-largest economy; its second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro, is the host of this year's Summer Olympics. But much of this Western media coverage mimics the propaganda coming from Brazil's homogenized, oligarch-owned, anti-democracy media outlets and, as such, is misleading, inaccurate, and incomplete, particularly when coming from those with little familiarity with the country (there are numerous Brazil-based Western reporters doing outstanding work).
Another Western intervention in Libya looms
The shaky debut last week of a new unity government in Libya brings Western nations, including the United States, much closer to a renewed military mission there, and to a host of obstacles that will test their ability to secure a country gripped by Islamist extremism and civil war.
The Fallacy of ‘Humanitarian' War
The new excuse for U.S. imperial wars is "humanitarian" or "liberal" interventionism with Hillary Clinton and other proponents citing noble motives for destroying foreign societies, as ex-CIA official Graham E. Fuller discusses.
Russia gives U.S. new ultimatum in Syria cease-fire
Russia on Monday warned the United States that it will start responding to cease-fire violations in Syria unilaterally starting Tuesday if the U.S. refuses to coordinate rules of engagement against the violators.
Ceasefire Fails to Take Hold, Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Rages
Pro-Armenia Faction Rules Out Truce Unless They Get Territory Back
Nusra Front, Syrian rebels attack government forces near Aleppo, gain ground
Yemen's President Replaces Prime Minister
The Yemeni president has replaced the nation's vice president and the head of the cabinet, Khaled Bahah, citing shortcomings in the government's performance.
Iraqi Shiite militias say US troops ‘forces of occupation,' demand withdrawal
Iran-backed Shiite militia forces in Iraq have strongly opposed new US troops deployed in the country. The militias warned that if Washington does not withdraw its forces "immediately," they will deal with them "as forces of occupation."
Cleaning Up Hillary's Libyan Mess
U.S. officials are pushing a dubious new scheme to "unify" a shattered Libya, but the political risk at home is that voters will finally realize Hillary Clinton's responsibility for the mess, writes Robert Parry.
State Dept halts review of Clinton emails at FBI request
If Hillary Isn't Indicted, the Rule of Law and the Republic Are Dead
Israel - Map Censorship
What is the difference between a textbook publisher giving into pressure from Christian fundamentalists seeking to censor the teaching of evolution, and a publisher giving in to Zionists seeking to censor awareness of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine? Neither phenomenon is a matter of opinion or perspective. One act of censorship denies facts established by scientific research. The other denies the documented violation of international law (for instance, the Fourth Geneva Convention) and multiple UN resolutions. So the answer to the question just asked is – there is no difference.
11 killed in Saudi aerial attacks on Yemen's Jawf Province
Nearly a dozen people have been killed in a series of airstrikes carried out by Saudi warplanes in Yemen's Jawf Province, local media say.
Castro government welcomes Obama, US corporate heads to Cuba
President Barack Obama traveled to Cuba on Sunday, leading an enormous US delegation that has been reported as comprising as many as 1,200 people, large enough to be described with some justification as an invading force of American politicians and corporate executives.
Behind the Crimea/Russia Reunion
Official Washington marches in propaganda lockstep about Crimea's decision to rejoin Russia two years ago, with references to a Russian "invasion" and a "sham" referendum of Crimea's voters, but the reality is different, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Kenya Says Its Forces Killed 34 Al Shabaab Fighters in Somalia
Three leaders from Latin America call for decriminalizing drug use
Posted: Monday, March 14, 2016
Three leaders from Latin America call for decriminalizing drug use
Outdated drug policies around the world have resulted in soaring drug-related violence, overstretched criminal justice systems, runaway corruption and mangled democratic institutions. After reviewing the evidence, consulting drug policy experts and examining our own failures on this front while in office, we came to an unavoidable conclusion: The "war on drugs" is an unmitigated disaster.
American Exceptionalism Presents an Election Made in Hell
If the American presidential election winds up with Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, and my passport is confiscated, and I’m somehow FORCED to choose one or the other, or I’m PAID to do so, paid well ... I would vote for Trump.
Car bomb in Turkey's capital kills at least 34, wounds 125
A suicide car bomb went off near bus stops in the heart of Turkey's capital on Sunday, killing at least 34 people and wounding around 125 others, officials said. Two of the dead are believed to be the assailants.
Ivory Coast security forces 'neutralize six terrorists', minister says
Ivory Coast soldiers patrol deserted beaches after al Qaeda attack
Barack Obama says David Cameron allowed Libya to become a 's*** show'
Unprecedented attack by serving US President claims UK was 'distracted'
Syrian al-Qaeda Seizes US-Made Missiles in Fight
FSA Wing Had Been Supporting al-Qaeda in Idlib
Over 100 killed as Yemen gov't forces break rebel siege on Taiz
Iranian commander rejects claims of regional interference, calls Saudis adventurists
Russia has evidence Turkish troops in Syria, Lavrov says
U.S., South Korea stage assault drill; North threatens to wipe out enemies
North Korea submarine 'missing' as US-South Korea drills continue
US Court Orders Iran to Pay $10.5 Billion to Sept. 11 Families, Insurers
Could Russia still become an ally of the West?
Fresh Blood! New US Mercenaries Deployed to Fight Against Rebels in Yemen
FBI and Access to NSA Data on Americans
Zika virus: Your questions answered
Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016
Zika virus: Your questions answered
First isolated in 1947 and first described in a paper in 1952, Zika has long been known to occur in Africa and Southeast Asia—but until a decade ago, fewer than 15 cases had been described in the scientific literature.
Zika virus outbreak linked to release of genetically engineered mosquitoes... disastrous unintended consequences now threaten life across the Americas
GMO skeptics like myself have been warning for years of the unintended consequences of genetic pollution. Even when genetically engineered organisms are released into the world with the best of intentions, such actions can wreak havoc on the ecosystem and human civilization in ways that simply can't be foreseen by the world's most well-meaning scientists.
Larvicide Manufactured By Sumitomo, Not Zika Virus, True Cause Of Brazil's Microcephaly Outbreak: Doctors
The microcephaly outbreak in Brazil, which coincided with the spread of the Zika virus, continues to stun the world, even months after the incident was first reported.
Monsanto Breaks Silence On Zika Virus, Microcephaly And Sumitomo Larvicide
Stopping Zika may require genetically modified mosquitoes: UN
US Airstrikes Kill 38 Syrian Civilians Over 48 Hours
Strikes Targeted ISIS-Controlled Areas In and Around Hasakeh Province
Ankara Bombing Fails To Achive Strategic Changes
The bombing in Ankara yesterday killed 27 mostly military people. It was a big car bomb and a suicide attack.The Turkish government claims that the person who did this was one Saleh Nejar and also claims that he is connected to the Syrian Kurdish group YPG.
U.S. has asked Russia not to attack special forces in Syria: military
Russia warns Assad not to snub Syria ceasefire plan
Russia accuses Turkey of helping extremists recruit fighters
‘Russia a major military': President Obama backtracks on Moscow's defense capabilities: Russia's military campaign in Syria seems to have changed President Barack Obama's opinion of its armed forces. He now says it's "the second-most powerful military in the world." Two years ago he labeled Moscow as nothing more than a "regional power."
U.S. stationing tanks and artillery in classified Norwegian caves
Executions Continue; 146 Killed Across Iraq
Apple isn't protecting a shooter's iPhone data – they're defending digital privacy
As CEO Tim Cook's open letter to customers stating that Apple would oppose the order points out, the request ‘has implications far beyond the legal case at hand'
Inside the FBI's encryption battle with Apple
For months, the FBI searched for a compelling case that would force Apple to weaken iPhone security – and then the San Bernardino shooting happened
Upgrade Your iPhone Passcode to Defeat the FBI's Backdoor Strategy
It's true that ordering Apple to develop the backdoor will fundamentally undermine iPhone security, as Cook and other digital security advocates have argued. But it's possible for individual iPhone users to protect themselves from government snooping by setting strong passcodes on their phones — passcodes the FBI would not be able to unlock even if it gets its iPhone backdoor.
How Israel is 'turning Palestinians into Zionists'
Israel is forcing Palestinian schools in occupied East Jerusalem to switch over to an Israeli-controlled curriculum.
Inflating the North Korean Threat Doesn't Help
Yet again North Korea has angered "the world." Pyongyang violated another United Nations ban, launching a satellite into orbit. The Japanese UN ambassador spoke of "outrage" on the Security Council. Washington is leading the campaign to sanction the North.
The US Economy Has Not Recovered And Will Not Recover
Examining the Syria War Chessboard
Posted: Monday, January 25, 2016
US supports Saudi war in Yemen, says John Kerry
Syrian Civil War: Why the Endless Conflict Is at a Decisive Point
The Syrian peace talks between government and opposition will begin in the next few days in Geneva in an atmosphere of almost undiluted gloom about the prospects for success. The two sides hate each other and have spent five years trying to kill each other, making it unlikely that they will agree to share power in any way except geographically, with each side keeping the territory it currently holds and defending it with its own armed forces.
U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels
When President Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria's embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner to help pay for the covert operation. It was the same partner the C.I.A. has relied on for decades for money and discretion in far-off conflicts: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
U.S. says prepared for military solution against Islamic State in Syria
The Empire Files: Examining the Syria War Chessboard
The war in Syria is an unparalleled crisis. It has gone far beyond an internal political struggle, and is marked by a complex array of forces that the U.S. Empire hopes to command: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kurdistan, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and more. To simplify this web of enemies and friends, Abby Martin interviews Dr. Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College and author of several books.
The CIA's Syria Program and the Perils of Proxies
Almost every aspect of the Obama administration's policy toward Syria has been scrutinized, lambasted or praised in recent months, but one of the most significant facets, the CIA's covert aid program to Syrian rebels, has largely slipped below the radar.
Joe Biden Says the PKK and the Islamic State Are Equal Threats to Turkey
US Vice President Joe Biden described the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as a terror group "plain and simple" during a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul on Saturday, suggesting that the militant group poses as much of a threat to Turkish national security as the Islamic State (IS).
Turkey alarmed by Russian troop build up in northern Syria
Turkish President Erdogan voices concern as Russian forces mass on the Syria-Turkey border
U.S. to Put 'Boots on the Ground' in Iraq to Combat ISIL
Defense Secretary Carter announces plans to deploy 101st Airborne Division in latest escalation of war.
Another Whitehall Farce: George Galloway and Alex Goldfarb on Litvinenko "Inquiry"
Report: UK, U.S., Russian troops in Libya
Another Fine Mess: NATO's 'Laurel & Hardy Act' In Libya Not Getting Laughs
Egypt, five years later: A human-rights catastrophe of America's making
After vowing to support the country's revolutionaries, the U.S. is now aiding and abetting their violent oppression
Nearly $8 trillion wiped off world stocks in January, US recession chances rising: BAML
"The Australian Dream Is Rooted In Racism"
White people have least confidence in the American Dream
U.S Troops Go to Sy-Raq to Reinforce Democracy
Iran's leader says never trusted the West, seeks closer ties with China
Iran Wishes to Purchase Hundreds of Airplanes From Europe, U.S.
As the Islamic Republic emerges from sanctions and international isolation, it seeks to revamp its aging fleet.
Sanctions lifted, Iran's Rouhani heads to Europe to drum up business
U.S. Prisoner Who Stayed in Iran Was F.B.I. Consultant, Expatriate News Service Says
AFRICOM's Secret Empire
Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2015
AFRICOM's Secret Empire: US Military Turns Africa Into 'Laboratory' Of Modern Warfare
The U.S. military already plans to expand its massive military footprint in Africa and elsewhere to the tune of "several million dollars" a year and thousands of troops.
China's Xi Jinping says internet users must be free to speak their minds
Even as prominent free speech advocate is put on trial for online posts, president says governments must respect citizens' right to exchange ideas
Assad can stay, for now: Kerry accepts Russian stance
'We see Syria fundamentally very similarly' – Kerry after talks with Putin, Lavrov
Bashar al-Assad has more support than the Western-backed opposition
Moscow Sets 3 Conditions for Improving Ties With Turkey After Su-24 Downing
According to the diplomat, Turkey should apologize for the attack on the Russian Su-24 aircraft, which resulted in the death of two Russian servicemen. The Turkish authorities are also expected to find and punish those responsible for the incident as well as pay damage compensation to the Russian side.
Erdogan's Strikes in the Dark and Russia's Thousand Stings
NATO's got a brand new (Syrian) bag
The FSB, SVR and GRU in Russia, while drawing all the right connections, cannot help but conclude that Washington is letting Cold War 2.0 escalate to the boiling point. Imagine Russian intel surveying the geopolitical chessboard.
Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet
Would you be willing to defend your country against a foreign invasion? That's all Putin is doing in Syria. He's just preempting the tidal wave of jihadis that'll be coming his way once the current fracas is over.
Russian security service claims neutralizing 20 Caucasus armed group leaders loyal to IS
Week Ten of the Russian Intervention in Syria
The "Assad must go" policy implies war with Russia, Iran and Hezbollah
US-Backed Syrian Rebel Group on Verge of Collapse
The Saudi-Hosted "Opposition Talks" Fiasco
A Saudi-led plan to draw "moderate" Syrian opposition groups into a unified political front collapsed on Wednesday when a powerful Islamic militia refused to participate in the meetings after their demands were rejected. Ahrar al-Sham, a hardcore amalgam of Wahhabi extremists and fanatical jihadis, withdrew from the anti-Assad confab because, according to the Washington Post: "some of its comments and recommendations have been disregarded at the meeting."
Saudi Arabia assembles coalition of 34 Muslim countries to fight 'terrorism' – but there's no mention of Isis
The new alliance also fails to include key players in region including Iran, Iraq or Syria
ISIS flags & photos of severed heads found amongst refugees in Norway
Syrian opposition provides Russian Air Force with coordinates to target terrorists – MoD
Syria in 2016 Will be Like the Balkans in 1914
Hackers trace ISIS Twitter accounts back to internet addresses linked to Department of Work and Pension
Hackers have claimed that a number of Islamic State supporters' social media accounts are being run from internet addresses linked to the Department of Work and Pensions.
Nigerian Army Forces commit a massacre by killing at least 300 people
Outcry over alleged Israeli war crimes grows louder as accused military officer goes free in Britain
Rights groups say the IDF committed war crimes in Gaza, while UN says military officers are liable for violations
Mass Murderers Follow the Example set by their Government
There are many complicated reasons for the almost daily mass murders committed in this country. As we are the only nation to have mass murders on a regular basis, it might be instructive to examine why we have so many.
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