5 May 2013 — Global Research
Longstanding ties remain firm. Both nations are imperial partners. Naked aggression is official policy. Regime change in Syria is planned. Daily events head inexorably toward full-scale intervention. The latest incident ups the stakes.
The US feigns disassociation with act of Israeli aggression – as was planned since 2007. The West has carefully cultivated Israel into “regional bully.”
Note: The following address was delivered at a public meeting organized by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shut-offs on the role of the banks in the financial ruin of the city of Detroit.
The military stand-off between India and China along their border—the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC), separating Tibet from the Ladakh area of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir—is continuing into its third week.
US stock markets surged Friday to new record highs as Wall Street traders seized on a tepid jobs report to engage in a fresh orgy of speculation.
Popular Resistance and Protest Movements across America, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, May 04, 2013
Yesterday, a media outlet contacted us to be on a show about how Occupy had “fizzled coming into this year’s May 1.”
On May 1, Truthout‘s Jason Leopold reported Hart’s “apparent suicide.” He represented a number of Guantanamo prisoners. More on that below. Key questions remain unanswered. Why would a federal public defender kill himself? Where and when did he die?
What is it that makes young men, reasonably well educated, in good health and nice looking, with long lives ahead of them, use powerful explosives to murder complete strangers because of political beliefs?
Alleged airstrikes hope to expand conflict, undermine Syrian advances, and provoke Syria and Iran to give US justification for military intervention.
Some are furious, others resigned, but most Serbs in northern Kosovo feel betrayed by a historic deal reached by Belgrade and Pristina to normalise ties in a step to heal the festering enmity in the Balkans’ last trouble-spot.
As the probe into the Boston Marathon bombing continues, leaflets voicing support for the attack’s surviving suspect have appeared in the capital of Russia’s Republic of Chechnya, and in Kyrgyzstan, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was born.
An Israeli five-member foot patrol breached at 14.00 pm Thursday the withdrawal line near al-Naqqar pond in Shabba region, in a fresh violation of Lebanese sovereignty, Army Command-Guidance Directorate said in a communiqué.
“There was an explosion near our church in Deir Ezzor that destroyed it,” writes Br. Antoine Haddad, Viceprovincial Minister of Lebanon, in a message to us.
Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is slated to discuss extension of a gas pipeline project which is due to take Iran’s rich gas reserves to Pakistan and then to India, during his upcoming visit to Tehran.
Canada Adopts “Anti-terrorism” Law that Tramples Basic Rights, Keith Jones and Jack Miller, May 03, 2013
The Combating Terrorism Act revives two measures included in the Anti-Terrorism Act of December 2001 that lapsed in 2007 under a “sunset clause”—preventive detention and investigative hearings.
Hawks Desperate to Drum Up an Excuse for War It is likely that Al Qaeda rebels – and not the Syrian government – carried out the chemical weapons attack.
Under the title Pentagon bulks up ‘bunker buster’ bomb to combat Iran: U.S. Upgrades Weapon to Penetrate Key Nuclear Site; Push to Persuade Israelis, The Wall Street Journal reports that the US military is planning to use its “biggest” conventional bunker buster bombs against Iran.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Pentagon press conference Thursday that the US is “rethinking” policy on directly arming the so-called rebels in Syria.
FBI Translator Alleges that Bin Laden and His Number 2 Worked as Part of Operation Gladio Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds has been deemed credible by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, several senators (free subscription required), and a coalition of prominent conservative and liberal groups.
Much credible evidence suggests the documented chemical warfare so far has been by the rebels, against soldiers and supporters of the same government slated to be blamed.
By Ellen Cantarow More than 70 years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington State and Nevada. It poisoned people, animals, everything that grew, breathed air, and drank water.
An estimated 600 campaigners staged a march and rally at a Lincolnshire air base this weekend protesting at the opening of the UK’s first military base for remote armed drone operations.
Boris Malagurski’s award-winning Canadian film “The Weight of Chains”, dealing with the breakup of Yugoslavia from a different angle – finally, exclusively, on YouTube! Watch the film that has stirred controversy around the world.
If there is hope, dear readers, you are it. You are motivated to find truth. You can think outside the box. You can see through propaganda.
Events in Syria resemble the run-up to Obama’s Libya war. Victims are called aggressors. Pretexts are created for intervention. Washington appears headed for more war. Lack of public support doesn’t matter.
At least 100 detainees being held at the Guantanamo prison camp remained on hunger strike Wednesday, a day after President Barack Obama told a White House press briefing that he would “re-engage Congress” on closing the facility.
At a White House press conference Tuesday, President Barack Obama praised the April 19 police-military lockdown of metropolitan Boston and dismissed questions regarding links between the suspected Boston Marathon bombers and US intelligence and police agencies.
More and More People Are Staring Into Our Fishbowl We noted in March that all U.S. intelligence agencies – including the CIA and NSA – are going to spy on Americans’ finances.
The parliamentary investigative committee in the Hawija massacre, that left more than 50 peaceful protesters dead, revealed on Tuesday 30 April that 90% of the victims of the Iraqi SWAT team raid were shot in the head, abdomen and chest.
Western media hails EU oil deal as potential game changer, despite admitting Al Qaeda holds oil fields.
Is offshore outsourcing good or harmful for America? To convince Americans of outsourcing’s benefits, corporate outsourcers sponsor misleading one-sided “studies.” Only a small handful of people have looked objectively at the issue.
The aggressive tactics of law enforcement, an ongoing controversy in communities of color, have recently come into the national media spotlight—if briefly—as the constitutionally dubious practice of arbitrarily stopping and frisking (mostly black and Latino) citizens by police officers was put on trial in federal court in March.
The decision of the European Union to lift the embargo on Syrian government’s energy exports by importing oil from the ‘armed opposition’ is another flagrant violation of international law.
Dr. Michael Parenti is an internationally-renowned lecturer and author, most recently of ‘The Face of Imperialism’. In this interview, he discusses the use of entertainment media as propaganda, and the relationship between government agencies and the production of such content.
The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to conclude that a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer “has no First Amendment right to publish the information at issue” in a memoir he penned at on his service in the war in Afghanistan.
“[W]ith Cyprus . . . the game itself changed. By raiding the depositors’ accounts, a major central bank has gone where they would not previously have dared. The Rubicon has been crossed.” —Eric Sprott, Shree Kargutkar, “Caveat Depositor ”
Recent events indicate that the Obama administration has stepped up its strategy of “regime change” against the left-of-center governments in Latin America, promoting conflict in ways not seen since the military coup that Washington supported in Venezuela in 2002.
Terrorism Is a Real Threat … But the Threat to the U.S. from Muslim Terrorists Has Been Exaggerated
An FBI report shows that only a small percentage of terrorist attacks carried out on U.S. soil between 1980 and 2005 were perpetrated by Muslims.
In Angola in the spring of 1988 the armed forces of apartheid South Africa and the US-backed mercenaries of Jonas Savimbi were defeated by the combined force of the Cuban military, the Angolan army, and the military units of the…
The report Monday that the CIA regularly hands over sacks filled with hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars to Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai is only the latest episode in Afghanistan’s long and tragic encounter with US imperialism.
The Department of Homeland Security is under investigation for purchasing large stockpiles of ammunition, days before legislation was introduced that would restrict the amount a government agency can legally buy.
This past week of economic news reveals both the ruthlessness of big finance capitalism on people and the planet and that people are working for alternative, more just and sustainable, solutions.
These days, as the word “terrorism” is tossed across mainstream media networks with reckless abandon, it brings back vivid memories of September 11, 2001, the day that launched the seemingly endless War on Terrorism.
The next Great Depression is already happening – it just hasn’t reached the United States yet. Things in Europe just continue to get worse and worse, and yet most people in the United States still don’t get it.
According to the White House itself, there is no evidence that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons of any kind during the two year conflict the West itself has created and continues to perpetuate.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has done it. He has succeeded in creating a new housing bubble. By driving mortgage rates down to the lowest level in 100 years and recklessly printing money with wild abandon, Bernanke has been able…
Every year, 4,600 Americans are killed in work place related accidents. Every 28 hours a black person is killed by police, corrections officers, security guards or vigilantes.
The ‘Boston Bombings’ have larger political & economic impacts. They set the stage for a new round of wars abroad & regressive changes at home.
A hidden epidemic is poisoning America. The toxins are in the air we breathe and the water we drink, in the walls of our homes and the furniture within them. We can’t escape it in our cars.
In Part I of this series, we examined breaking up the too-big-to-fail-or- jail banks, regulating them – especially their massive and risky derivatives trading – and more aggressively enforcing laws and regulations against security fraud.
Threatening Syria: WMDs. America’s Big Lie … Again !, Global Research News, April 30, 2013
by Alexandre Toffy Oblivion might be a blessing to ease the pain, or escape the past and its contents, which if stirred may leave the human spirit restless.
A new push is being made by corporations and banks in Detroit to drive even more working class, poor and nationally oppressed people out of the city.
ONLINE INTERACTIVE I-BOOK. The insurgency in Syria is based on the “Libya Model”: it is integrated by mercenaries and Al Qaeda affiliated paramilitary brigades supported by British, French and Turkish Special Forces…
Police Spying: Obama Moves to Expand Internet Wiretaps, Andre Damon, April 30, 2013
A US government task force is seeking to force companies such as Google, Dropbox and Facebook to create backdoors for wiretapping user communications, according to a report published Monday in the Washington Post.
Moments ago the market jeered the announcement of DB’s 10% equity dilution, promptly followed by cheering its early earnings announcement ]which was a “beat” on the topline, despite some weakness in sales and trading and an increase in bad debt…
by EcoWatch Author and journalist Tom Wilber doesn’t take sides on whether the risks of fracking outweigh its rewards. But as a reporter, he does have strong feelings about the issue of transparency.
Backing One Side Against the Other In Someone Else’s Religious War Is Dangerous Preface: Americans would be disgusted if the might of the U.S. military and the riches of the U.S. treasury were used to support one Christian faith (say…
Twenty-plus years on, the collapse of the USSR in 1991 threatened massive Western defense budgets, bereft of a major enemy like the “Evil Empire.”
Eighteen college and universities worldwide have researched and validated 233 independent news stories for the annual Project Censored review cycle. These independent news stories have seen little if any coverage by the corporate media.
Since the US led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the Golden Crescent opium trade has soared. According to the US media, this lucrative contraband is protected by Osama, the Taliban, not to mention, of course, the regional warlords, in defiance of the “international community”.
Perhaps no war in recent memory has so thoroughly flummoxed the Euro-Atlantic left as the recent NATO war on Libya. Presaging what would occur as U.S. proxies carried out an assault on Syria, both a pro-war left and an anti-anti-war…
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has visited the West African state of Mali where his troops have been fighting since January. France intervened in the central and northern regions of Mali in a purported campaign to remove the presence…
Australia’s Boom is Anything But for its Aboriginal People, John Pilger, April 29, 2013
Eleven miles by ferry from Perth is Western Australia’s “premier tourist destination”. This is Rottnest Island, whose scabrous wild beauty and isolation evoked, for me, Robben Island in South Africa.
Israel persecutes Palestinians many ways. Collective punishment is prohibited. Fourth Geneva’s Article 33 states: “No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed.
Has Syria crossed the “red line” that warrants a U.S. military invasion? Has it not? The political establishment in the United States seems at odds over itself.
Washington Post and Fox News Fiynd that – Even Right After the Boston Terror Attacks – Americans Are More Leery of Government Tyranny than Terrorists WND reports today.
On April 24, Frank Barat, a Palestine solidarity activist and co-coordinator of last year’s Russell Tribunal on Palestine, was stopped at Ben Gurion International Airport by the Shabak, Israel’s internal security service, and subjected to four hours of interrogation and…
84 Million US Adults Lack Adequate Health Care Coverage, Kate Randall, April 29, 2013
Nearly half of US adults ages 19 to 64—an estimated 84 million people—did not have health insurance for all of 2012, or had coverage that did not adequately protect them from high health care costs.
NATO backed Wahhabi terrorists from Al-Qaeda Levant known as Al-Nusra Front working under the FSA umbrella responded to the Syrian call for dialogue and tolerance among Syrians by targeting the Syrian Prime Minister Wael Halaqi in upscale Mazzeh Western Villas…
GICJ – Urgent Appeal on the massacre of Iraqi demonstrators in Al-Hawija GICJ requests that an independent international investigation mission be dispatched to Iraq In wake of the current attack and killing of demonstrators in Al-Hawija, GICJ has sent an…
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Scientists and groups that express serious concerns about GM and nuclear energy technologies are frequently accused of possessing a culturally backward mindset and waging a reactionary war against science and progress.
by J. D. Heyes Apparently Americans who employ hydroponics are the newest targets in an insane “drug war” that has gone from bad to ludicrous since it was first “declared” in the early 1980s.
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