If There Was Ever a Time for Peace — It’s Now

17 December, 2012Global Research

2012 is quickly drawing to a close, and while many celebrate the season with family and friends, the war machine maintains its imperial depravity with total disregard for humanity and an insatiable appetite for power and profit. And big media lends it credibility because morally bankrupt leaders and institutions of power keep them on their payroll. It’s a vicious cycle that leaves a gaping void where the truth should be.

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ICH 17 December 2012: ‘Useless, useless, useless’: the Palestinian verdict on Tony Blair

17 December 2012 — Information Clearing House


West has Lured al-Qaeda into Syria to be killed: Nasrallah

By Tehran Times

“I warn al-Qaeda: the Americans and the European countries and Arab and Islamic countries have set a trap for you in Syria, and opened for you a battlefield so you come from across the world… to be killed and to kill each other…”



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United States and al-Qaeda: Strange Bedfellows? Hassan N. Gardezi

17 December 2012The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 746

There is a war raging in our times between a coalition of states led by the United States of America and al-Qaeda which has entered its second decade. One of the parties in this war, the United States, needs no introduction. After the collapse of the Soviet Union it became the sole superpower and is known in all corners of the world as the most powerful nation on all accounts, political, military, economic and socio-cultural. However, al-Qaeda as a global force is not understood so well and needs some introduction and defining.

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Military Escalation, Dangerous Crossroads: Russia-US Confrontation in Syria? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

15 December, 2012 Global Research

On December 14, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a Pentagon order to deploy 400 US missile troops to Turkey. According to Washington, the security of Turkey, NATO’s heavyweight, is threatened. US military personnel will to be deployed to Turkey in the coming weeks to operate two US Patriot missile batteries.

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Books: Catastrophism — Left, Right, and Center by Ernesto Aguilar

12 December 2012MRZine

One of the Left’s great challenges is to understand when the great watershed of change is upon people and seize the time.  Racism, sexism, inequality, and uncertain futures have weighed heavily on the conscience of many a movement.  For every great moment, hundreds of crushing defeats never to be remembered are handed down.  Once in a rare moon, stunning defeats like the 1965 Selma to Montgomery demonstrations or the Long March galvanize participants and become iconic — something history recalls as a moral victory that alters the fates of those involved.  But how often does that happen?  It’s much more seldom than you’d think.

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ICH 16 December 2012: Thinking the Unthinkable

16 December 2012 — Information Clearing House


Syria: Insurgents On The Run?

By Moon Of Alabama

The “western” and Gulf support of the insurgents continues even after nearly all insurgent groups pledged their continued support for the jihadist Nusra Front which the U.S. designated as a terrorist organization.



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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 16 December 2012: Under siege: One Bedouin family’s struggle to live in Israel

16 December 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Soldiers Kidnap Four Youths In Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday evening, the southern West Bank city of Hebron, broke into and searched dozens of homes and kidnapped four youths before taking them to an unknown destination. … 

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International Law and the Iran Impasse by Asli Bâli

16 December, 2012 — Middle East Report Online

For more on Iranian thinking about the nuclear issue, see Asl? Bâli’s interview with former negotiating team spokesman Hossein Mousavian, “‘Iran Will Require Assurances,’” Middle East Report Online, May 16, 2012.

On any given day, provided her paper of choice still features international coverage, the average American newspaper reader can expect to be treated to one or two articles on attempts to halt advances in Iran’s nuclear program. These articles might cover efforts to levy fresh sanctions against the Islamic Republic; they might relay news of discussions among Iran’s primary interlocutors on the nuclear question, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (the so-called P5+1), about diplomatic overtures. Continue reading