Syria faces Humanitarian Catastrophe By Bill Van Auken

29 December, 2012 — Global Research

After two years of escalating civil war, the people of Syria confront a humanitarian catastrophe, with an estimated four million people—roughly 20 percent of the population—lacking adequate food and shelter. Hundreds of thousands have left for refugee camps in neighboring countries, and as many as three million are displaced within Syria itself.

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The United Nations Syria “Peace Plan” is a Fraud By Tony Cartalucci

28 December, 2012Global Research

UN “peace envoy” Lakhdar Brahimi is attempting to broker a transitional government ahead of proposed elections in Syria. For Brahimi, his efforts are not only in vain, they are entirely disingenuous. The proposal of a “transitional government” in the midst of what is in fact a foreign invasion, funded, armed, and perpetuated openly by foreign interests violates both Syria’s sovereignty and the UN’s own founding charter.

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Zbigniew Brzezinski as a mirror of American devolution (I) By Dimitri Minin

29 December 2012 — Strategic Culture Foundation

A Thirty year plan accomplished in fifteen years

The passing of 2012, among other things, was marked by a publication of fundamental importance, in terms of understanding the processes occurring in the world and the U.S., the book by Zbigniew Brzezinski «Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power» (1). Continue reading

Global split over telecom treaty By Kevin Reed

28 December 2012WSWS

US walks out of World Conference on Information Technology

012 World Conference on Information Technology (WCIT-12) in Dubai collapsed on Friday, December 14 after the United States delegation walked out and refused to sign the new International Telecommunications Union (ITU) treaty. Western allies including the UK, France, Germany, Australia and Canada joined the US. Continue reading

New at Strategic Culture Foundation 24-29 December 2012: USA / Afghanistan / Canada / Germany / CSTO / Gold

29 December 2012Strategic Culture Foundation

Zbigniew Brzezinski as a mirror of American devolution (I)

29.12.2012 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

The passing of 2012, among other things, was marked by a publication of fundamental importance, in terms of understanding the processes occurring in the world and the U.S., the book by Zbigniew Brzezinski «Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power» (1). Continue reading

VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 28 December 2012: A Person Called Nobody

28 December 2012VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center
Security video of killing of Hebron circus student shows claim of ‘toy gun’ fraudulent
IMEMC – An Israeli security video recently leaked to the media shows that a Palestinian teenager who was killed at a checkpoint on December 12th was actually walking away from soldiers when he was shot in the back. The video shows absolutely no indication of the boy carrying any object that could be mistaken for a gun, as the Israeli military originally claimed. …

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America’s Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff By Michael Hudson

28 December 2012 — Michael Hudson

How today’s fiscal austerity is reminiscent of World War I’s economic misunderstandings

When World War I broke out in August 1914, economists on both sides forecast that hostilities could not last more than about six months. Wars had grown so expensive that governments quickly would run out of money. It seemed that if Germany could not defeat France by springtime, the Allied and Central Powers would run out of savings and reach what today is called a fiscal cliff and be forced to negotiate a peace agreement.

But the Great War dragged on for four destructive years. European governments did what the United States had done after the Civil War broke out in 1861 when the Treasury printed greenbacks. They paid for more fighting simply by printing their own money. Their economies did not buckle and there was no major inflation. That would happen only after the war ended, as a result of Germany trying to pay reparations in foreign currency. This is what caused its exchange rate to plunge, raising import prices and hence domestic prices. The culprit was not government spending on the war itself (much less on social programs).

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