Action Alert: Iraq Then, Syria Now? New York Times, sarin and skepticism

15 May 2013 — FAIR Blog 

During the run-up to the Iraq War, the New York Times amplified erroneous official claims about weapons of mass destruction (FAIR Action Alert, 9/8/06). Looking at the paper’s coverage of allegations of chemical weapons use by Syria, some of the same patterns are clear: an over-reliance on official sources and the downplaying of critical or skeptical analysis of the available intelligence.

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ICH 15 May 2013: The Posterior of Fascism

15 May 2013 — Information Clearing House

Israeli Official Hints At More Attacks On Syria, Warns Assad Not To Respond

By Barak Ravid

“If Syrian President Assad reacts by attacking Israel…he will risk forfeiting his regime,” a senior Israeli official told the New York Times on Wednesday.


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The Militarization of Domestic Law Enforcement: Pentagon Unilaterally Grants Itself Authority Over ‘Civil Disturbances’

15 May 2013 — Global Research

The manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects offered the nation a window into the stunning military-style capabilities of our local law enforcement agencies. For the past 30 years, police departments throughout the United States have benefited from the government’s largesse in the form of military weaponry and training, incentives offered in the ongoing “War on Drugs.” For the average citizen watching events such as the intense pursuit of the Tsarnaev brothers on television, it would be difficult to discern between fully outfitted police SWAT teams and the military.

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Freedom of the Press: Obama Justice Department Secretly seized Associated Press Telephone Records By Barry Grey

15 May, 2013 — World Socialist Web Site

In a brazen and illegal attack on press freedom, the Obama Justice Department secretly subpoenaed the telephone records of Associated Press editors and journalists and tracked ingoing and outgoing calls on at least 20 telephone lines, including the national headquarters of the press agency and its news bureaus in New York, Hartford and Washington DC. Among the lines tracked was the telephone used by AP reporters working out of the House of Representatives press gallery in the Capitol.

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Beyond Theory – the Practice of Building Socialism in Latin America By Jorge Capelan & Toni Solo

15 May, 2013 — Global Research – Tortilla con sal

In the interest of sharing diversity of opinions and promoting an atmosphere of exchange and critique, we bring to the attention of our readers the following text by Jorge Capelán and Toni Solo.

This text is in response to a Global Research entitled The Pink Tide in Latin America: An Alliance Between Local Capital and Socialism? , Mahdi Darius Nazemroya, May 03, 2013

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Video: Chris Hedges: Monitoring of AP Phones a "Terrifying" Step in State Assault on Press Freedom

15 May 2013 — Democracy Now!

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges joins us to discuss what could mark the most significant government intrusion on freedom of the press in decades. The Justice Department has acknowledged seizing the work, home and cellphone records used by almost 100 reporters and editors at the Associated Press. The phones targeted included the general AP office numbers in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Hartford, Connecticut, and the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery. Continue reading

Black Agenda Report 15 May 2013: The More Effective Evil, When Prosecutors Are Crimimals

15 May 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

The More Effective Evil

by Your World News

For some time now, Black Agenda Report has been calling the Obama administration not the lesser of two but the more effective evil, able to enact measures that white Democrats or Republicans could not without massive public opposition. Continue reading

Cables: How the U.S. State Department Promotes the Seed Industry’s Global Agenda

14 May 2013 — Food and Water Watch

The article presents a report, done by the organization, that shows how US State Department has launched a strategy to promote agricultural biotechnology for the benefit of agribusiness and seed corporations, lobbying foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology policies and laws.

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South Africa’s ‘sub-imperial’ seductions By Patrick Bond

9 May 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Thanks are due to an odd man, the brutally frank Zambian vice-president Guy Scott who last week pronounced, “I dislike South Africa for the same reason that Latin Americans dislike the United States”. Thanks are also due to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma for forcing a long-overdue debate, just as the World Economic Forum Africa summit opens in Cape Town: is Pretoria a destructive sub-imperialist power? Continue reading

VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 14 May 2013: Gaza: a Lie Agreed Upon

14 May 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Barghouthi: “Right Of Return, A Sacred Right”
IMEMC – In a statement released from his prison cell, detained Palestinian political leader, Marwan Barghouthi, stated that May 15, marks the 65th anniversary of the Nakba, when Israel was established in the historic land of Palestine, over the ruins of hundreds of displaced and destroyed villages and towns, and added that on this day, the Palestinians reaffirm their legitimate inalienable Right of Return to their homeland. …

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Imperialism, The Cold War, and the Contradictions of Decolonization By Anthony Mustacich

12 May, 2013 — Global Research

The Second World War had devastated the colonial empires of Western Europe, leaving the United States as the capitalist world’s undisputed superpower. At the same time, the war demolished the colonial system that had defined the imperialist era up until that point, giving rise to a new stage of imperialism called neo-colonialism.

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ICH 14 May 2013: The Criminalization of Political Dissent in America

14 May 2013 — Information Clearing House

Syrian Minister: We Have the Right to Enter the Occupied Golan Heights Anytime

By Elad Benari

“Everybody should know that we are people who don’t forget to respond to an aggression against the aggressors, nor do we forget our martyrs and those who killed them,” said al-Zoubi.


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