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Obama threatens Russia with new sanctions
Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014
Britain Raises Terror Threat To Severe, Attack 'Highly Likely'
Obama threatens Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine
Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Putin says
President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us."
Putin calls on pro-Russian rebels to let Ukraine troops leave encirclement
The Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin: Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan
According to Russia's RIA Novosti, citing business daily Kommersant, Gazprom Neft has agreed to export 80,000 tons of oil from Novoportovskoye field in the Arctic; it will accept payment in rubles, and will also deliver oil via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO), accepting payment in Chinese yuan for the transfers. Meaning Russia will export energy to either Europe or China, and receive payment in either Rubles or Yuan, in effect making the two currencies equivalent as far as the Eurasian axis is conerned, but most importantly, transact completely away from the US dollar thus, finally putin'(sic) in action the move for a Petrodollar-free world.
Putin likens Ukraine's forces to Nazis and threatens standoff in the Arctic
Hours after Barack Obama accused Russia of sending troops into Ukraine and fuelling an upsurge in the separatist war, Putin retorted that the Ukrainian army was the villain of the piece, targeting residential areas of towns and cities like German troops did in the former Soviet Union.
Reports of Russian Troops in Ukraine, But Little Evidence
"Russian Invasion" Of Ukraine, Turns Out to Have Been a Translation Error
After all major news-entities repeated the "invasion" claim and the public damage is done they simply take it back.
Ukraine Lost A Battle - West Escalates With More Russia Sanctions
The Iraq War Was a Smashing Success
Make no mistake about it: by any vaguely human measure, the situation in Iraq is a US-made disaster of historic proportions. Millions dead or wounded, millions more displaced, and all overseen by a kleptocratic government more interested in grinding old enemies into the dust than governing...and of course, yes, a seemingly endless cycle of violence that claims new victims every day.
President Obama on ISIS: 'We Don't Have a Strategy Yet'
Modeling CIA Torture, ISIS Waterboarded Those It Captured: Report
Sources quoted by the Washinton Post say ISIS "knew exactly how it was done" as it employed brutal techniques also approved by Bush administration
Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded
James Foley was among the four who were waterboarded several times by Islamic State militants who appeared to model the technique on the CIA's use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Christian leaders call for end to US strikes in Iraq, focus on peaceful resolution
In Aleppo, rebels back U.S. strikes against jihadists
French leader calls Assad a 'jihadist ally'
Hollande rules out working with Syria president against Islamic State, as group is accused of executing Syrian soldiers.
Islamic State group executes Syrian soldiers
Victims shot and stabbed in the latest brutal mass killing by armed group already accused by UN of war crimes.
UAE strikes on Libya stir US fears of a free-for-all in the Middle East
The U.S. was reportedly caught off guard last week by a mysterious set of airstrikes in Libya, which senior White House officials told The New York Times were carried out by the United Arab Emirates with support from Egypt. The report, denied by both countries, has sparked concerns that transnational military action without Washington's endorsement by two of the region's U.S.-armed powers portends a new era of free-for-all military intervention in the Middle East amid waning U.S. influence.
50 days of war in Gaza likely to cost Israel dearly
Netanyahu faces revolt over truce with Hamas
Benjamin Netanyahu faces strong criticism in Israel over costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor has emerged
43 UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights seized by militants
Exclusive: U.S. may use secrets act to stop suit against Iran sanctions group
Did Certain Foreign Governments Facilitate the 9/11 Attacks?
Somalia Asks UN Court to Set Maritime Boundary
Merkel Slams US Hegemony?
Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Ukrainian president: Russian troops have crossed border
Petro Poroshenko cancels planned trip to Turkey as he effectively accuses Russia of invasion
'No Russian troops in Ukraine': Moscow's OSCE rep responds to Kiev's claims
Merkel Slams US Hegemony? "America Can't Solve All The World's Problems Anymore"
First Russia and China, then UAE, Egypt, and Turkey... and now it appears Germany (following a phone call with Putin) is pulling the rug out from under US hegemony - just as Obama's warmongery ramps up...
Selective Outrage over Ukraine POWs
The U.S. news media regularly engages in selective outrage, piously denouncing some adversary for violating international law yet hypocritically silent when worse abuses are committed by the U.S. or allied governments, as the New York Times has shown again, writes Robert Parry.
Captured Russian troops 'in Ukraine by accident'
Ten Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine crossed the border "by accident", Russian military sources are quoted as saying.
Russia's Putin says military escalation won't solve Ukraine crisis
Sanctions Rebound To Hit Europeans
The Fun of Empire: Fighting on All Sides of a War in Syria
Now the Obama administration and American political class is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the failed "Bomb Assad!" campaign by starting a new campaign to bomb those fighting against Assad – the very same side the U.S. has been arming over the last two years.
Turkey struggles as 'lone gatekeeper' against Islamic State recruitment
Hard-Line Splinter Group, Galvanized by ISIS, Emerges From Pakistani Taliban
Obama Warns of Extended Campaign Against ISIS
Obama weighs risks of attacking jihadists in Syria
Amid growing pressure to act, President Barack Obama on Tuesday cautioned that defeating the Islamic State would take time, even as some Pentagon officials expressed frustration with what they decried as White House foot-dragging on striking the militant group's Syria sanctuaries.
U.S. rules out coordinating with Assad on airstrikes against Islamists in Syria
The Evil of U.S. Aggression against Iraq
What better confirmation of the manifest failure of the philosophy of foreign interventionism than the renewed U.S. bombing of Iraq?
Arab Nations Strike in Libya, Surprising U.S.
Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Arab Nations Strike in Libya, Surprising U.S.
Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly launched airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation of a regional power struggle set off by Arab Spring revolts.
Libyan capital under Islamist control after Tripoli airport seized
Operation Dawn captures airport in fierce fighting against pro-government militias after five-week siege in the capital
This is why you can't trust the NSA. Ever.
New documents show the agency missing a massive number of violations. And that's before it set up a new program with virtually no oversight.
The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google
The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a "Google-like" search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.
Boko Haram leader says ruling Nigerian town by Islamic law
Cornel West: "He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency"
Cornel West is a professor at Union Theological Seminary and one of my favorite public intellectuals, a man who deals in penetrating analyses of current events, expressed in a pithy and highly quotable way.
Poll: African Americans Think Race Relations Have Gotten Worse Since 2009
Black TV Producer Mistaken for Bank Robber: Beverly Hills PD ‘Deeply Regrets' Error
Charles Belk: When You "Fit the Description"!
Foley video with Briton was staged, experts say
Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Foley video with Briton was staged, experts say
The video of a British jihadist beheading an American hostage was probably staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, according to forensic analysis.
Nigerian police missing after Boko Haram raid
At least 35 officers training in Borno state - a rebel bastion - went missing after armed group attacked town of Gwoza.
Bombings Hit Iraq's Kirkuk, Baghdad, Dozens Dead
Israeli Bombing Intensifies in Gaza as Does Push for ICC 'War Crimes' Inquiry
Hamas signs off on Palestinian efforts to join International Criminal Court as international legal experts demand accountability
Israel levels high-rise buildings in Gaza: 'They housed Hamas op centers'
IDF air strikes have leveled two multi-story buildings in Gaza; both are said to have housed Hamas facilities. The new tactic of bringing down entire buildings has been tested amid a new escalation of tensions in the Israeli-Gaza conflict.
Hamas signs Palestinian application for ICC membership
NLG and Other Legal Groups Send Letter to ICC Urging an Investigation into Potential War Crimes Committed by Israel and US in Gaza under "Operation Protective Edge"
Russia Reminds UN That Ukraine Agreed to Let Russia Deliver Aid on August 12
Delivery of Humanitarian Aid Sparks Fears of Escalation in Ukraine
Trucks that delivered 'food, water, and medicine' return to Russia, but declarations that convoy was "direct invasion" generates concerns of further escalation
Russia's Humanitarian 'Invasion'
Official Washington's war-hysteria machine is running at full speed again after Russia unilaterally dispatched a convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian supplies to the blockaded Ukrainian city of Luhansk, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Obama Destabilizes Europe's Economy: Sanctions Deepen the Recession
US Gives Intelligence To Assad For Targetting Isis Commanders
Reports claim the US has been secretly passing on locations of Isis forces to Assad's regime
Iran says it downed Israeli drone over nuclear site
Iran 'sent soldiers to fight in Iraq'
Hundreds of Iranian troops crossed border to join battle against Islamic State group, sources tell Al Jazeera.
Racist Societies: Israel and the U.S.
One wonders how the racism that is so much a part of U.S. and Israeli society towards the Palestinians can have such strength. Racism against African-Americans in both countries is strong (witness the frequent shootings of black youths by whites in the United States, and the very high acquittal rates of those perpetrators, if they are even charged with a crime, and Israel's rampant violence again people of African descent), and now racism is financing genocide. A look at some of the possible factors is interesting, frightening and disheartening.
Thousands protest police violence in New York, call for justice in chokehold death
Michael Brown's father appeals for calm as Ferguson prepares for funeral
Brown's family urges protesters to keep a 'day of silence' out of respect for the teenager killed by police
St Louis Officer Dan Page Suspended over Video Calling Black People 'Little Perverts'
An officer involved in policing Ferguson protests has been relieved from his patrol duties after video footage emerged of him describing black people as "little perverts" and Barack Obama as "that illegal alien claiming to be president".
Darren Wilson's first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities
The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch.
Cop suspended over Facebook post branding Ferguson protesters 'rabid dogs'
A police officer in a St. Louis suburb has been suspended over a series of Facebook posts, insulting Ferguson protesters, who have been rallying in condemnation of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.
Injuries, Fires After 6.0 Earthquake Southwest of Napa
The quake struck near southwest of Napa at 3:20 a.m. causing houses to shake in the center of San Francisco and knocking out power to more than 50,000 houses, according to the U.S. Geological Services.
Earthquake Rocks Northern California
Magnitude 6.0 quake rattles residents of Bay Area with largest tremor in more than twenty-five years
Strong Magnitude 6 Earthquake Rocks San Francisco Bay Area, Dozens Hurt, Significant Damage In Napa
State of Emergency Declared After California Earthquake
China rejects U.S. criticism over jet encounter
Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Pentagon says Chinese Jet Carried Out 'Aggressive' and 'Dangerous' Intercept of Navy Intelligence Jet
Su-27 flew within 20 feet of P-8 anti-submarine warfare jet in South China Sea
China rejects U.S. criticism over jet encounter
U.S. Sends Second Carrier to Asia Amid Tensions with China
China demands end to U.S. surveillance flights
China urges U.S. to stop close-in surveillance
US nuke accusations 'part of infowar set to discredit Russia' over Ukraine crisis
US claims and allegations, including the accusation that Russia violated the INF nuclear weapons treaty, are part of an anti-Russian campaign launched amid the Ukraine crisis, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told RT.
Ukraine: Urgent need for aid in Lugansk
Staff from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited Lugansk yesterday to find water and electricity supplies cut off because of damage to essential infrastructure. People hardly leave their homes for fear of being caught in the middle of ongoing fighting, with intermittent shelling into residential areas placing civilians at risk.
Trucks with Russian aid reach Lugansk, E. Ukraine
Putin to Merkel: Further delays of aid delivery to Ukraine would have been unacceptable
U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions
Understanding Ukraine in 15 Minutes
The world today is going through an overlap of a whole series of cyclical crises. The most serious of them is a technological crisis which is associated with changes in the wavelengths of economic development.
James Foley's murder will see calls for military action -- just what Isis wants
The 'war on terror' has made jihadism stronger than ever. The west must be careful not to fuel the fear upon which Isis thrives
Are We Not Savages Too?
The Beheading of James Foley
The killing of non-combatants should always be condemned. But there is a clear discrepancy in the response of both the Western media and the general public with regard to the killing of Western civilians compared to Islamic civilians.
Air Strikes? Talk of God? Barack Obama is Following The jihadists' Script After James Foley Beheading
The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush's gormless reaction to 9/11
Are The US And Syria Now On The Same Side? (Video)
Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, adviser to Syrian Presidency tells Channel 4 News that western reactions to Isis "are coming too little too late." "The whole world should be against Isis," she says.
Ferguson: No Justice in the American Police State
Israel's Ground Op on Horizon with Emergency Orders to 10,000 IDF Reservists
The IDF readies what it does not want unless there is no alternative – a deep ground invasion of Gaza. Hamas also is ready.
US accuses Israel of targeting relatives of kidnapped and murdered Palestinian 16-year-old
Energy ballet: Iran, Russia and 'Pipelineistan'
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Energy ballet: Iran, Russia and 'Pipelineistan'
A fascinating nuclear/energy ballet involving Iran, Russia, the US and the EU is bound to determine much of what happens next in the new great game in Eurasia.
Washington's Grand Ambition Explains Its Pressures on Russia
After the Soviet Union ended, Washington switched without a second's delay from an anti-USSR policy to an anti-Russia policy. This included extending NATO to Russia's borders in violation of earlier false signals and assurances that it would not, and it included Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
John Kerry: Isis 'Will Be Crushed'
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the extremist Islamic group that brutally murdered an American journalist by execution would be "crushed," echoing strong words from President Barack Obama earlier in the day.
Iraqi drive on Tikrit falters amid fierce resistance from Islamic State
Iraqi forces pushed north Tuesday in an attempt to recapture the central Iraq town of Tikrit from the Islamic militants who have been occupying it since mid-June, only to see the assault stymied by snipers, roadside bombs and fierce resistance from the rebels.
Iraq's New PM, Like Maliki, Defined by Years of Sectarianism
Abadi Pushed De-Ba'athification Measures, Opposed Reconciliation
U.S. officials confirm video shows Islamic State militants beheading missing American journalist
In Syria, 6,000 new fighters join Islamic State
Increase marks militant group's fastest expansion to date, says Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Staged Provocations Ahead Possible US-Syrian War
5677643With the alleged brutal murder of American journalist James Wright Foley, a wave of anger and aggression across Western audiences has been generated. Upon that wave rides two objectives. One is to create plausible deniability for the West which created the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), the other is to create a further pretext to justify a resurgence of direct US military intervention across the region.
Gaza child, 2, woman, first deaths since truce breakdown: Palestinians
A two-year-old Gaza girl and a woman were killed in an Israeli air strike on Monday, making them the first Palestinian deaths in the conflict since the breakdown of a truce earlier in the day, Palestinian health officials said.
Saggy pants law challenged by critics
Just over a month after signing the controversial saggy pants ordinance, Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn said Tuesday he no longer supports it and is urging council members to reconsider.
ISIS beheads missing American journalist
Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault
The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin
Russia vows to strengthen navy to ward off NATO
Ukrainian and Russian Leaders Will Meet as Rebels Continue to Falter
Ukrainian forces pushed deeper into territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, fighting street battles in the besieged city of Luhansk and pressuring the outer defenses of Donetsk in a further blow to the separatists' crumbling virtual state.
Russian sanctions to hit Dutch exports by $400 million euros: stats office
Russia is working on more retaliatory measures: Kremlin
Russia is working on possible additional retaliatory measures in case Western nations impose new sanctions, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
Boko Haram crisis: Nigerian soldiers 'mutiny over weapons'
A group of soldiers in north-eastern Nigeria is refusing to fight Islamist Boko Haram militants until they receive better equipment, one of the mutineers has told the BBC.
Report: US exerting pressure on ICC not to open war crimes probe against Israel
'The Guardian' quotes lawyers and former court officials as saying that western pressure has influenced decision not to open probe.
Israeli Airstrikes in Gaza after 3 rockets fired at Beersheba despite cease-fire
Why Latin American leaders are standing up to Israel
The frostier their relations are with the US, the more likely they are to sympathize with the Palestinians
ISIS beheads missing American journalist James Wright Foley as warning to US to cease action in Iraq
Ferguson, Iraq, and the Legacy of 9/11
Over the past two weeks, two events have consumed the national news: the authorization of renewed American strikes in Iraq, and the heavily militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed teenager.
Ferguson police will keep arresting reporters
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, are continuing to arrest journalists and have said that they will continue to do so because of safety concerns, despite condemnation from media organizations that say such detentions are unwarranted.
German journalists arrested in Ferguson
6 more journalists arrested in Ferguson protests
Which journalists have been arrested in Ferguson?
Another Police Shooting In St. Louis, Just 3 Miles From Ferguson: "Suspect Dead At The Scene" - Live Feed
St. Louis City police shoot, kill knife-wielding suspect
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says officers warned a suspect multiple times to put down his weapon before they shot and killed him.
31 Arrested in Ferguson Protests Overnight; 2 Shot During Unrest
'This is the Story of Power in this Country':
Ferguson, Institutionalized Racism and the Militarization of Police
Last week, after days of violent police rampages in Ferguson, Missouri, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Michigan) said the Senate will "review" the Defense Department program that gives military weapons and equipment to civilian police departments for free.
China chides U.S. over Ferguson violence, American racism
The World's Most Repressive Regimes Delight In U.S. Crack Down In Ferguson
Gov. Perry To Turn Himself In Today On Charges Related To Abuse Of Power
Brussels Demand on Argentina – Arrogance and Stupidity
Imagine – Argentina – and the rest of Latin America – being urged by the EU, ultimate puppet of the naked emperor, Sir Obama, not to supply Russia with food stuff – vegetables, fruit, meat – after Argentina was 'punished' by a corrupt court in New York to pay 1.5 billion dollars to the fraudulent NML Capital et al vulture funds – out of its current agreed upon debt of US$29 billion – equivalent to Argentina's total reserves.
Black market boom lays bare a social divide in Colorado's marijuana market
Nascent cannabis industry splits between wealthy with clean criminal records and those who turn to less than legal methods
A Witness Conversation Unknowingly Captured a Game-Changer
Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Ukraine officially recognizes Russian aid convoy as humanitarian
Ukraine Minister of Social Policy Lyudmila Denisova has signed an order officially recognizing the Russian convoy stuck at the border as humanitarian aid cargo of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The Coming Race War Won't Be About Race
Ferguson is not just about systemic racism – it's about class warfare and how America's poor are held back, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Missouri governor points finger at Ferguson police chief for new violence
The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, on Sunday blamed the local police chief in Ferguson for renewed violence in the city, as the US department of justice stepped in to order an independent autopsy on the body of the teenager shot dead by a police officer a week earlier.
A Witness Conversation Unknowingly Captured at the Scene of the Ferguson Shooting is a Game-Changer
A previously unnoticed detail in a background conversion of a video taken minutes after the Ferguson shooting could change the course of the investigation into Mike Brown's death.
Protester: 'If I Got To Die Tonight, I Don't Mind'
One shot, 7 arrested as Ferguson police disperse protesters defying curfew
One person is in critical condition and seven people have been arrested in the latest Ferguson protest, local police said in a news conference. They also confirmed the use of tear gas.
Shooting victim fighting for life as police use tear gas to impose curfew on defiant Ferguson protesters seven days after unarmed teenager Michael Brown was killed by cop
Curfew in Ferguson will be in place for second night, volunteers provide lunch
Cameron fears ISIS terror attacks in UK, pledges crackdown on jihadist recruitment
A stronger Islamic State can pose direct threat to Britons at home, British PM David Cameron said. His solution is to clamp down on the Islamists' recruitment drive in Britain, but not to send ground troops to Iraq.
Ebola outbreak: 'At least 20' patients flee Liberia quarantine clinic after protesters break down door and loot building
Over 10,000 Turn Out to Tel Aviv Peace Rally
Thousands fill Tel Aviv's Rabin Square under the message: "Changing Direction: Toward Peace, Away from War"
The Murder Of Our Kin In Gaza: Dutchman Returns Righteous Medal To Israel, Which He Says No Longer Gets to Judge Righteousness
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