Condi Rice, Christine Lagarde: Cowardice at Commencement By William Boardman

17 May 2014 — Dissident Voice

What would you expect from powerful people, personal courage?

The American Condoleezza Rice, 60, Iraq War architect, and the French Christine Lagarde, 58, International Monetary Fund managing director, have little in common beyond being women of power who have contributed to the misery of millions of people they never cared to meet. And now they have another quality in common, cowardice under fire, albeit only verbal fire after they were invited to speak at college commencements.

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The Guardian’s Zoe Williams tries to rehabilitate Tony Blair By Julie Hyland

17 April 2014 — WSWS 

“Stop calling Tony Blair a war criminal. The left should be proud of his record”, implored journalist Zoe Williams in the Guardian last week.

“From Northern Ireland to the NHS [National Health Service], Blair left a real progressive blueprint”, she continued, “But the left has allowed it to be obliterated by Iraq”.

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“If Stones Could Weep”: Syria, Blair’s Plans and an Archbishop’s Son By Felicity Arbuthnot

9 April 2014 —

Not only is Middle East “Peace Envoy”, Catholic convert and Butcher of Baghdad, Tony Blair gunning for another overthrow and mass destruction in Syria, he has recruited the son of an Archbishop to help him.

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Special Plans and Double Meanings: Controversies over Deception, Intelligence, and Policy Counterterrorism

20 February 2014 — National Security Archive

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 456
Posted February 20, 2014

Edited by Jeffrey T. Richelson
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‘Not Even Close To Reality’ – Filtering Sources On The Syrian War By David Edwards

4 February 2014 — Media Lens

If corporate media performance on Iraq was shocking, the response to Syria is made worse precisely because the lessons from Iraq could hardly be more obvious.

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The Independent: Devastating dossier on ‘abuse’ by UK forces in Iraq goes to International Criminal Court

16 January 2014 — Wikileaks Press

Public Interest Lawyers takes action at the ICC:

An article by the Independent explains that Public Interest Lawyers and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights have presented a complaint before the International Criminal Court. This action takes place after a 3 years investigation during which a huge number of testimonies have been collected.

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John Pilger: ‘We Have Been Misled’

5 January 2014 — BBC Radio 4 Today

Audio and transcript

When I travelled in Iraq in the 1990s, the two principal Moslem groups, the Shia and Sunni, had their differences but they lived side by side, even intermarried and regarded themselves with pride as Iraqis. There was no Al Qaida, there were no jihadists. We blew all that to bits in 2003 with ‘shock and awe’. And today Sunni and Shia are fighting each other right across the Middle East. Continue reading this...

Information Clearing House 7 November 2013: Torture on Tape: Disturbing Video Shows U.S. Special Forces

7 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

Torture on Tape:

Disturbing Video Shows U.S. Special Forces Observing Brutal Afghan Interrogation


A video just posted online shows a hogtied prisoner being whipped by Afghan security forces, as what appears to be two unidentified American military officers look on.


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Information Clearing House 6 November 2013: President Arafat Murdered

6 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

The Brutal Past and Present are Another Country in Secret Australia

By John Pilger

More than any colonial society, Australia consigns its dirtiest secrets, past and present, to a wilful ignorance or indifference.


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Information Clearing House 5 November 2013: This Transatlantic Trade Deal is a Full-frontal Assault on Democracy

5 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

By Robert Scheer

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.


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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 1 November 2013

1 November 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Four Palestinians Killed In Gaza
IMEMC – [Friday November 1, 2013] The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, has reported that four of its fighters have been killed during armed clashes with Israeli soldiers invading Al-Qarara and Abasan Al-Jadeeda area, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

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Counterinsurgency, Death Squads, and the Population as the Target: Empire Under Obama, Part 4 By Andrew Gavin Marshall

1 November 2013 — The Hampton Institute

obamafourPart 1: Political Language and the ‘Mafia Principles’ of International Relations
Part 2: Barack Obama’s Global Terror Campaign
Part 3: America’s “Secret Wars” in Over 100 Countries Around the World

While the American Empire – and much of the policies being pursued – did not begin under President Obama, the focus of “Empire Under Obama” is to bring awareness about the nature of empire to those who may have – or continue – to support Barack Obama and who may believe in the empty promises of “hope” and “change.” Empire is institutional, not individual. Continue reading this...


G4S guard bludgeoned woman to death By Clare Sambrook

30 October 2013 — Our Kingdom

A murder conviction raises fresh doubts about a government outsourcer’s competence and integrity.

Last November a 42 year-old pharmaceutical worker from Thailand took part in a conference about HIV treatment at Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium. Her name was Khanokporn Satjawat. A G4S guard checked Satjawat’s ID. He didn’t like her manner. Later he followed her into the toilets and bludgeoned her to death with a fire extinguisher.

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Got His Gun — Lost His Legs, Arms, Penis By David Swanson

27 October 2013 — David Swanson

Ann Jones’ new book, They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars — The Untold Story, is devastating, and almost incomprehensibly so when one considers that virtually all of the death and destruction in U.S. wars is on the other side. Statistically, what happens to U.S. troops is almost nothing.  In human terms, it’s overwhelming.

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