GR Week in Review 5 May 2013: “Israeli False Flag” in Syria and Fracking’s True Dangers

5 May 2013 — Global Research


America and Israel: Imperial Partners in War against SyriaStephen Lendman, May 05, 2013

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.



Unprovoked Israeli Acts of Aggression against Syria, Prelude to a Broader War?Global Research News, May 05, 2013

The US feigns disassociation with act of Israeli aggression – as was planned since 2007. The West has carefully cultivated Israel into “regional bully.”



Detroit’s Economic Crisis and the Role of the Banks: Part of a Global CrisisAbayomi Azikiwe, May 05, 2013

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.



Military Stand-Off between China and IndiaDeepal Jayasekera, May 04, 2013

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.



The Social Crisis in America. The Myth of an Accelerated Economic RecoveryAndre Damon, May 04, 2013

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 AmericaKevin 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.”



Guantanamo Prisoners’ Attorney Andy P. Hart: Suicide or Murder?Stephen Lendman, May 04, 2013

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?



The Boston Marathon, This Thing called Terrorism, and the United StatesWilliam Blum, May 04, 2013

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?



Desperate Acts to Provoke Syria and Iran: Israel’s “Air Strikes” against SyriaTony Cartalucci, May 04, 2013

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.



Questioning the Official Narrative: Support Movement for Tsarnaev Brothers as Innocent GrowsRussia Today, May 04, 2013

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.


Energy Hegemony: Israel Eyes Lebanon’s Offshore Gas Reserves

Israelis Attempted to kidnap another Lebanese shepherdGlobal Research News, May 04, 2013

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.


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US Backed Rebels in Syria Destroy Christian MonasteryGlobal Research News, May 04, 2013

“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.


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Indian FM to Discuss IP Gas Pipeline in TehranGlobal Research News, May 04, 2013

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 RightsKeith 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.



Bush Official: Syria Chemical Weapons Attack Could Be “Israeli False Flag Operation”Washington’s Blog, May 03, 2013

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.



“The Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB) Slated to be Used against IranProf Michel Chossudovsky, May 03, 2013

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.


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US Defense Secretary Says Washington Weighs Arming of Syrian InsurgencyBill Van Auken, May 03, 2013

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.



Three Months After 9/11: U.S. and NATO Worked with Bin Laden and His Top Lieutenant. ReportWashington’s Blog, May 03, 2013

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.


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Was the Syria Chemical Weapons Probe “Torpedoed” by the West?Adam Larson, May 02, 2013

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.



Big Energy Means Big Pollution: Fracking Ourselves To Death In PennsylvaniaTomDispatch, May 02, 2013

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.



Anglo-American Remote Warfare: The US and Britain Establish “Drone Sharing”Chris Jones and Alice K Ross, May 02, 2013

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.



The Weight of Chains: US/NATO Destruction of YugoslaviaBoris Malagurski, May 02, 2013

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.



You Are The HopeDr. Paul Craig Roberts, May 02, 2013

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.


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Tiptoeing Toward War on SyriaStephen Lendman, May 02, 2013

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.



Guantanamo Hunger Strike, Force Feedings ContinueBill Van Auken, May 02, 2013

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.



Obama Hails Police Lockdown, Covers Up State Role in Boston BombingsBarry Grey, May 02, 2013

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.



IRS to Spy on Our Shopping Records, Travel, Social Interactions, Health Records and Files from Other Government InvestigatorsWashington’s Blog, May 02, 2013

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.



Hawija: War Crimes, Iraqi Resistance and America’s Weapons of Mass DestructionDirk Adriaensens, May 02, 2013

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.


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EU Lifts Oil Embargo on Syria – Buys Directly from Al QaedaTony Cartalucci, May 02, 2013

Western media hails EU oil deal as potential game changer, despite admitting Al Qaeda holds oil fields.


The Offshore Outsourcing of American Jobs: A Greater Threat Than Terrorism

The Offshore Outsourcing of American Jobs: A Greater Threat Than TerrorismDr. Paul Craig Roberts, May 02, 2013

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.


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Whose Police State? Media Focus on Right to Bear Arms, Ignores Search and Seizure AbuseJosmar Trujillo, May 02, 2013

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.



Stealing Syria’s Oil: The EU Al-Qaeda Oil ConsortiumGearóid Ó Colmáin, May 01, 2013

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.


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Make-Believe Media and Government PropagandaMichael Parenti, May 01, 2013

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.



Silencing Whistleblowers: First Amendment Right of Former Intelligence Officer to Publish Afghan War Memoir, DoJ Asks Judge to End LawsuitKevin Gosztola, May 01, 2013

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.



Depositors Beware: Theft is Legal for Big Banks, and Your Money Will Never Be SafeEllen Brown, May 01, 2013

“[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 [3]”



U.S. Seeks to Get Rid of Left Governments in Latin AmericaMark Weisbrot, May 01, 2013

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.


Non-Muslims Carried Out More than 90% of All Terrorist Attacks in AmericaWashington’s Blog, May 01, 2013

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.


Cuba’s Heroic Role Against Apartheid South Africa and US-Backed Mercenaries in AngolaProf. Horace Campbell, May 01, 2013

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 CIA’s “Brown Bags” Full of Cash: Millions of Dollars for Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai…Bill Van Auken, May 01, 2013

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.


A Homeland "Security Blanket" for the Defense Industry: The Flawed Nuke Detection Program

1.6 Billion Rounds of Ammunition: Homeland Security under Investigation for Massive Ammo PurchaseRussia Today, May 01, 2013

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.


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Putting People and the Planet Before ProfitsKevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, May 01, 2013

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.


The Events of 9/11: Does the truth have a chance?

The Events of 9/11: Does the Truth Have a Chance?Global Research, May 01, 2013

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.



20 Signs That The Next Great Economic Depression Has Already Started In EuropeThe Economic Collapse Blog, May 01, 2013

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.



West’s WMD Lies Fray as Syrian Army Overruns Terrorist ProxiesTony Cartalucci, April 30, 2013

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.



Will The New Housing Bubble That Bernanke Is Creating End As Badly As The Last One Did?The Economic Collapse Blog, April 30, 2013

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…



Boston Marathon Bombing And Every Day Terror in AmericaMargaret Kimberley, April 30, 2013

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.



Boston Bombings: Detonator to Mobilize the Entire US Security Apparatus. May Change the World for the Worse!Prof. James Petras, April 30, 2013

The ‘Boston Bombings’ have larger political & economic impacts. They set the stage for a new round of wars abroad & regressive changes at home.



Industrial Toxins Silently Poisoning Americans: Largest Uncontrolled Experiment in HistoryDavid Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, April 30, 2013

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.



Remaking the Federal Reserve, Building Public Banks and Opting Out of Wall StreetMargaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, April 30, 2013

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.


The Off-Shored Economy: The Ruins of Detroit

Privatizing Detroit: Residents Evicted and Displaced by Corporate InterestsAbayomi Azikiwe, April 30, 2013

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.



SYRIA: NATO’s “Humanitarian” War?Prof Michel Chossudovsky, April 30, 2013

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 WiretapsAndre 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.



The Multi-Trillion Dollar Derivative Bubble: Deutsche Bank, The Biggest Derivative Exposure In The WorldTyler Durden, April 30, 2013

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…



Shrouded in Secrecy: Industry Buries Fracking’s True DangersGlobal Research News, April 30, 2013

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.



The U.S. Is Engaged In a Religious War … On the Side of “Islamic Jihadis”Washington’s Blog, April 30, 2013

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…



Alternative Energy, Wind Towers a Threat to National Security? UK Ministry of DefenseJohn C.K. Daly, April 30, 2013

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.”



Civil Rights and Human Liberties under ThreatProf. Mickey HuffPeter Phillips, and Andy Roth, April 30, 2013

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.


The Spoils of War: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade

The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin TradeProf Michel Chossudovsky, April 30, 2013

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”.



The Fall of Libya: A Study in HypocrisyMax Ajl, April 29, 2013

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…



Colonial Reoccupation of West Africa? French Troops Will Stay in Mali Even After United Nations Forces ArriveAbayomi Azikiwe, April 29, 2013

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 PeopleJohn 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’s War against Palestine on Fishing RightsStephen Lendman, April 29, 2013

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.



Should We Invade Syria? Obama and U.S. Military Divided Over SyriaShamus Cooke, April 29, 2013

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.



Opinion Polls: Americans Are More Afraid of the US Government than of the TerroristsWashington’s Blog, April 29, 2013

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.



Israeli Police State: Solidarity with Palestinians is a “Crime”, Over 4,500 Palestinian Political PrisonersFrank Barat, April 29, 2013

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 CoverageKate 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.


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NATO Backed Al Qaeda Terrorists Target Syrian Prime Minister in DamascusArabi Souri, April 29, 2013

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…



Crimes against Humanity: Who is Behind the Iraq Al-Hawija Massacre?Global Research News, April 29, 2013

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…



Gun Shy? A Look at Public Opinion on Gun ControlGlobal Research News, April 29, 2013

Source: Gun Shy? A Look at Public Opinion on Gun Control Design by Infographic World….



Countering Hypocrisy: GMO Agribusiness and Nuclear Energy in IndiaColin Todhunter, April 29, 2013

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.



Hydroponic Gardening, The Target of an Insane “Drug War”. Police Harrassement of People who Grow their Own FoodGlobal Research News, April 29, 2013

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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