1 August 2011 — National Security Archive Update

National Security Archive lawsuit yields never-before-seen volumes of Massive Study; Agency continues to withhold Volume 5

For more information contact: Peter Kornbluh – 202/994-7000

Washington, D.C., August 1, 2011 – Pursuant to a FOIA lawsuit filed by the National Security Archive on the 50th anniversary of the infamous CIA-led invasion of Cuba, the CIA has released four volumes of its Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation. The Archive today posted volume 2, “Participation in the Conduct of Foreign Policy” which contains detailed information on the CIA’s negotiations with Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Great Britain on support for the invasion.

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Syria News Roundup 14 July 2011: Good Protesters, Bad Protesters

14 July 2011 — MRZine

USG Discovers Syrian Protesters It Doesn’t Like

As’ad AbuKhalil (12 June 2011): “Yesterday, a US official referred to the protesters at the US embassy as ‘thugs.’  But if they were attacking a Ba’th office or a Syrian government building, I am sure that they would not have been described as thugs.  So thuggery is not an act in itself: it is a description of an act directed against targets that we like.”

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Imperialists — hands off Syria!

31 July 2011 — Workers World

U.S. and French imperialism have flagrantly intervened in the Syrian crisis and made it obvious that they will act to overthrow and replace President Bashir Assad. This is an open threat to the people of Syria. It is a clear signal that progressive forces in the U.S. must give priority to combating this imperialist intervention no matter how they evaluate the Assad government.

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Syria Newslinks 1 August 2011

1 August 2011 —

EU adds to sanctions on Assad

No end in sight to Syrian clashes Today at 16:51
Reports of heavy casualties during clashes between the Syrian army and opposition supporters have whipped up a wave of disapproval around the globe. While there are small signs that violence may be receding, an end to…

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As In Serbia And Elsewhere, U.S. And NATO Target Media In Libya

31 July 2011 — All Voices

As in Serbia and elsewhere NATO and U.S. target media in Libya

When Gadaffi targets journalists it is a crime as suggested in this article.

But when NATO intervenes and bombs media outlets killing journalists there is little outrage. Libya has reported that three journalists were killed in a NATO air strike on state television.

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Murder By Video Game And ‘Bug Splats’: CIA Drone War In Pakistan By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

31 July 2011 — The Nation (Pakistan)

Fighting back against the CIA drone war

They call it ‘bug splat’, the splotch of blood, bones, and viscera that marks the site of a successful drone strike. To those manning the consoles in Nevada, it signifies ‘suspected militants’ who have just been ‘neutralised’; to those on the ground, in most cases, it represents a family that has been shattered, a home destroyed.

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: August 1, 2011

1 August 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Attack On Libyan Television Kills Three, Wounds 15
  • As In Serbia And Elsewhere, U.S. And NATO Target Media In Libya
  • Murder By Video Game And ‘Bug Splats’: CIA Drone War In Pakistan
  • Pakistani ISI Chief Asked U.S. To Stop Deadly Drone Strikes
  • Two-Thirds Of New Zealanders Want Special Forces Out Of Afghanistan

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Information Clearing House Newsletter August 1, 2011: The President Surrenders

1 August 2011 — Information Clearing House

Why the West is Committed to the Murderous Rebels in Libya
By Patrick Cockburn
William Hague chose to recognise the rebel leaders at the very moment some of them may have been shooting or torturing to death their chief military commander.

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Pambazuka News 542 1 August 2011: Links and Resources

1 August 2011 — The authoritative electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in Africa

Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

1. Zimbabwe update, 2. Women & gender, 3. Human rights, 4. Refugees & forced migration, 5. Social movements, 6. Emerging powers news, 7. Elections & governance, 8. Corruption, 9. Development, 10. Health & HIV/AIDS, 11. Education, 12. Racism & xenophobia, 13. Environment, 14. Land & land rights, 15. Media & freedom of expression, 16. Conflict & emergencies, 17. eNewsletters & mailing lists, 18. Fundraising & useful resources, 19. Jobs

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Libyan and Syrian Destabilization Campaigns Shift into Overdrive While Desperation Starts to Take Hold By Scott Creighton

31 July 2011 – Willy Loman

So, I came back to see him (in the Pentagon) a few weeks later (October of 2001) and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan and I said “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” and he said “It’s worse than that.” He said.. he reached over on his desk and he picked up a piece of paper and he said “I just got this down from upstairs today..” meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office… and he said “this is a memo that describes how we are going to take out 7 countries in 5 years.. starting with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off Iran.Gen. Westley Clark

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Pure Evil: NATO Attacked Libyan Water Supply Pipeline and the Factory that Makes Replacement Pipes By Scott Creighton

30 July 2011 — Willy Loman

Last week Pravda reported that NATO attacked the Great Manmade River pipeline in Libya which literally brings water across the desert to millions of Libyans and farms in western and southern Libya as well as to the capital Tripoli and Benghazi. The Manmade River project is not only a life-sustaining source of water for millions of Libyan people and a core part of Libya’s agriculture, it also stands as a source of national pride and identity. It is the largest irrigation system in the world and you can find a map of it on the Libyan dinar note. Gadhafi himself called it “the eighth wonder of the world”. They started the project in 1983 with an extraordinary session of the People’s Congresses and 25 billion dollars later, it was completed. Funding came from profits from the very oil industry that NATO countries hope to privatize.

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Arab Awakening By Joel Beinin

1 August 2011 — Middle East Research and Information Project

The March 15 Youth Movement, whose name comes from demonstrations held in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that day to demand unity between Fatah and Hamas, is the most direct Palestinian expression of the ‘Arab awakening’ of 2010-2011. The next day, March 16, Fatah’s leader, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud ‘Abbas, announced his willingness to travel to Gaza to conduct unity talks with Hamas. A reconciliation agreement was signed in Cairo on May 4.

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Protests in Israel. Why and how much they matter

1 August, 2011 — Jews sans Frontieres

For personal reasons, I don’t have time to write the lengthy article that what is happening in Israel now deserves. But something is happening. There is an unprecedented wave of protests that are explicitly against neoliberalism, sweeping over Israel. They started from Tel Aviv but seem to be expanding to many cities. A few observations: Continue reading