Week in Review: The Pentagon’s War on America and the Imminent Global Recession

19 May 2013 — Global Research


Israel Mulling Plot to Assassinate Syrian President Bashar Al AssadGlobal Research News, May 19, 2013

The Israeli regime’s security bodies are working on a plot to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by the help of terrorist groups and armed rebels in the country after Damascus showed strength and months of resistance against the terrorist attacks…



Soaring Markets, Troubled Economies. Towards a Global Financial Downfall?Stephen Lendman, May 19, 2013

Central banks run today’s world. Money printing madness controls everything. Liquidity-driven markets reflect the power of bankers to do it. They’re more powerful than standing armies. They can levitate markets. They can enrich themselves at the same time.



Africa and U.S. Imperialism: Post-Colonial Crises and the Imperatives of the African RevolutionAbayomi Azikiwe, May 19, 2013

Five decades since the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) while the Pentagon and NATO escalates its war drive on the continent.



Syrian Forces Inflict Heavy Losses on US Sponsored TerroristsGlobal Research News, May 19, 2013

Reports from Syria suggest that the US sponsored Al Nusra mercenary force and affiliated formations have inflicted heavy losses in different part of the country.



Europe’s “Little Guantanamo”: Why The U.S. Wants Serbia To Give Up KosovoRick Rozoff and John Robles, May 18, 2013

The U.S. military base in Kosovo was constructed in 1999 without consulting with the government of Serbia and is the largest U.S. military base built outside of the U.S. since the Vietnam War.



America’s “Long War”: Pentagon tells US Senate Wars will Continue for DecadesAlex Lantier, May 18, 2013

Testifying before the US Senate Committee on Armed Services on Thursday, Pentagon officials claimed that “war on terror” legislation gives them sweeping powers to wage war anywhere in the world, including inside the United States, without Congressional authorization.



Continued Cover-up of Contacts of Boston Bombing Suspects with FBI and US IntelligenceBarry Grey, May 18, 2013

In testimony before the US Senate Thursday, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller continued the official cover-up of the advance warnings and extensive contacts between the FBI and other intelligence and security agencies and the suspects in the April…



Gloves Off: Russia Names CIA Station Chief in MoscowTyler Durden, May 18, 2013

Earlier this week, the CIA’s Russian outpost was deeply humiliated when (in a calculated move following accusations that the US had not gotten appropriate Russian information on the two Boston bombers, and following the visit of John Kerry whose primary…



G20 Governments All Agreed To Cyprus-Style Theft Of Bank Deposits … In 2010Colin McKay, May 18, 2013

Referencing official source documents from both the G20, and the internationalist ‘Financial Stability Board’, clearly show the entire G20 agreed to implement the FSB-mandated new approach to managing “too big to fail” banks at the Seoul 2010 meeting of the…



Syria : One Year After the Houla Massacre. New Report on Official vs. Real TruthAdam Larson, May 18, 2013

A week from now it will be one year since the world first heard about the horrors of a place in Syria called “Houla.” On the afternoon and evening of Friday, May 25, 2012, a reported 108 civilians were massacred.



Guatemala’s Ríos Montt Genocide Conviction: Omen for US Presidents and Their Hired AssassinsJay Janson, May 18, 2013

José Efraín Ríos Montt began his military career as a young officer taking part in the bloody successful CIA-organized coup against the first democratically elected president in Guatemalan history IN 1954.



Spying on the Media and the US Congress: The AP Seizures and the Frightening Web They’ve UncoveredGlobal Research News, May 18, 2013

by Alfredo Lopez

“Paranoia,” said Woody Allen, “is knowing all the facts.” By that measure, we’re becoming more and more “paranoid” every day.



Ten Years After Invasion, Iraq Continues to Import Oil ProductsGlobal Research News, May 18, 2013

Former Iraqi oil minister Issam al-Jalabi says that although Iraq is an oil-rich country, it still imports petroleum products from abroad to meet its needs 10 years after the US-led invasion of the country.


This base will be a key port for the US Navy that is now moving 60% of its forces to the Asia-Pacific as part of Obama’s dangerous and destabilizing military “pivot” into the region.



The Korean Atrocity: Forgotten US War Crimes and Crimes against HumanityYves Engler, May 18, 2013

At a Quebec City celebration of the 70th anniversary of World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic last weekend, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Steven Blaney, responded to a question about Canadian military sacrifice with the statement: “There would be no…


Looming Health Crisis: Wireless Technology and the Toxification of America

Looming Health Crisis: Wireless Technology and the Toxification of AmericaJames F. Tracy, May 18, 2013

As a multitude of hazardous wireless technologies are deployed in homes, schools and workplaces, government officials and industry representatives continue to insist on their safety despite growing evidence to the contrary.



Systemic Economic Crisis: With Record Stock Exchange Highs, The Planet’s Imminent Plunge into RecessionGlobal Europe Anticipation Bulletin (GEAB), May 17, 2013

Despite a feeling of relative calm given by both the media and the American and Japanese financial markets going from record to record, the world economy is slowing down badly and a widespread recession is looming.



The US Government Might Be the Biggest Hacker in the WorldRussia Today, May 17, 2013

Cyber crime is big business in the US. It’s used to spy, steal, harass competition, political opponents, or to stage an attack and blamed it on a foreign enemy. Is the government in on this crime industry?



Homeland Defense: The Pentagon Declares War on AmericaFrank Morales, May 17, 2013

Global Editor’s Note The Department of Defense now authorizes the domestic deployment of US troops in “the conduct of operations other than war” including law enforcement activities and the quelling of “civil disturbances”.


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Military Says No Presidential Authorization Needed To Quell “Civil Disturbances”Paul Joseph Watson, May 17, 2013

A recent Department of Defense instruction alters the US code applying to the military’s involvement in domestic law enforcement by allowing US troops to quell “civil disturbances” domestically without any Presidential authorization, greasing the skids for a de facto military…



The Boston Bombings and the CIA Connection. Graham Fuller and Uncle Ruslan TsarnaevF. William Engdahl, May 17, 2013

One of the many unexplained (at least not officially) anomalies of the persons claimed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings is the presence of key CIA figure in the direct family of the accused brothers.



More Americans Committing Suicide than During the Great DepressionWashington’s Blog, May 17, 2013

Higher Numbers of Americans Take Their Lives than During the Depths of the Great Depression Suicide rates are tied to the economy.


Poison is Treatment: The Campaign to Fluoridate America

Poison is Treatment: The Campaign to Fluoridate AmericaJames F. Tracy, May 17, 2013

Water fluoridation provides a compelling example of a plan to deceive and propagandize the masses.


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The CIA, Qatar, and the Creation of Syria’s Jabhat al NusraPhil Greaves, May 17, 2013

A recent interview given by: an ‘anonymous’ Qatari security official, has shed further light on CIA-led covert arms shipments to militants fighting in Syria.



Israel Threatens More Attacks against SyriaStephen Lendman, May 17, 2013

May 15 is Nakba Day. It follows Israel’s May 14 Independence Day. This year was no exception. Clashes erupted across the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel confronts peaceful demonstrations violently. Fundamental human rights are spurned.



How Many People Have Lost Their Homes? US Home Foreclosures are Comparable to the Great DepressionWashington’s Blog, May 17, 2013

The San Francisco Chronicle notes that it is difficult to keep track of foreclosure rates now … let alone during the Great Depression: Foreclosure rates of the late 2000s are often compared with those of the Great Depression.



Challenging the US Economic Power Structure: Popular Resistance Percolates Throughout the LandKevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, May 17, 2013

Every week we are inspired by the many people throughout the country who are doing excellent work to challenge the power structure and put forward a new path for the country.



Global Slump, Continued Stagnation of US Economy. Sharp Increase in Jobless Benefit ClaimsAndre Damon, May 17, 2013

A string of negative economic figures released this week point to continuing stagnation in the US in the midst of a worsening slump internationally.



The Associated Press (AP) Spying Scandal and the Crisis of American DemocracyJoseph Kishore, May 17, 2013

The Obama administration’s secret seizure of the phone records of Associated Press reporters is the latest attack on core democratic rights in the United States.



June 6-9: Bilderberg Meeting behind Closed Doors. On the Agenda: Domestic Spying, Diffusing Social Protests, War on Syria and IranStephen Lendman, May 17, 2013

Its four-day meeting occurs annually. It’s a rite of spring. British political economist Will Hutton calls the group the “high priests of globalization.” Powerful movers and shakers have their own agenda.They discuss key issues. They do it year round.


The Gold Market is a Ponzi Scheme

The Central Banks’ Gold: A Story of Silent ExpropriationValentin Katasonov, May 16, 2013

See Part I The theft of gold from central banks continues Erik Sprott, a billionaire and well-known investor with 35-years of experience working in financial markets and a great connoisseur of the intricacies of the gold trade, believes that official…


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Breaking Through Mainstream Media LiesGlobal Research, May 16, 2013

Dear Readers, Friends and Fighters for Truth in Media, Day in and day out, people are tuning in to Global Research to find out what is going on in the world. Often, the headlines leave little room for optimism.


Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP):  More Power to Corporations to Attack Nations

“Secret Negotiations”: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP): A Corporate Takeover?Global Research News, May 16, 2013

By Dave Johnson You will be hearing a lot about the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. TPP’s negotiations are being held in secret with details kept secret even from our Congress. But giant corporations are in the loop.



Conference: “The Legacy of Hugo Chavez”, Michel Chossudovsky and Arnold August, Ottawa, May 23Prof Michel Chossudovsky and Arnold August, May 16, 2013

CONFÉRENCE | PUBLIC LECTURE The School of Political Studies of the University of Ottawa, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Canada, and Territorio Libre

Conference & Discussion The Legacy of Hugo Chavez Thursday, May 23, 2013, 7:00



Spying on Members of the US Congress: DoJ Tapped Congressional Rooms as Well as Reporters’ OfficesWashington’s Blog, May 16, 2013

Has the Obama Department of Justice Violated the Separation of Powers? California Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) says that the Department Of Justice tapped phones in the rooms where Congress members speak informally and off the record, eat, sleep and socialize.


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Nakba Survivor: “If You Wanted to Die in Palestine You Stayed. If You Wanted to Live, You Left.”Maan Independent News Agency, May 16, 2013

Ghatheyya Mifleh al-Khawalda was 15 years old when she fled her home during the Nakba of 1948. Now 80, Ghatheyya was once a carefree teenager who used to live with her mother and sister in the village of al-Qastina.


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“Cuban Democracy” versus “American Democracy”Arnold August and Julie Lévesque, May 16, 2013

Arnold August is a political scientist an author, journalist and lecturer living in Montreal, Canada (Quebec). He is the author of Democracy in Cuba and the 1997–98 Elections (Editorial José Martí).


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Benghazi and the Deepening Crisis of the Obama AdministrationBill Van Auken, May 16, 2013

The controversy over last year’s Al Qaeda assault on US diplomatic and CIA facilities in Benghazi, Libya has been revived amid a deepening political crisis of the Obama administration.



The Cashless Society Arrives in Africa. The “Multipurpose” Biometric National Identity Smart CardTimothy Alexander Guzman, May 16, 2013

It was recently announced at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa that MasterCard and the Nigerian National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) under the government of Nigeria would form a partnership to distribute a new identity card to…



Is Malaysia Teetering on the Edge of an Islamist Knife?Nile Bowie, May 16, 2013

Aside from the international media frenzy surrounding the sacking and trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy, and the occasional anti-imperialist tirades of former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia has rarely made international headlines.



Encircling Russia with US Military Bases: Moscow Catches CIA Spy Red-HandedStephen Lendman, May 16, 2013

CIA agents operate most everywhere. Some pose as diplomats. Diplomacy provides cover for why they’re sent. Christopher Fogle was caught red-handed. He was assigned to Washington’s Moscow embassy political section. He was third secretary.



Road to the Riches: Tracking the Journey of the SuperwealthyGlobal Research News, May 16, 2013

How Rich is Rich? Growth of the Global Billionaire Population While nearly 1 in 2 people on this planet have a net worth of less than $10,000, a select few are worth more than a million dollars.



Economics and Armchair PsychologyJohn Kozy, May 16, 2013

Economists believe that their equations describe reality accurately, but no model ever comes accompanied by a proof that it does. As Keynes pointed out, “Too large a proportion of recent ‘mathematical’ economics are mere concoctions, as imprecise as the initial assumptions they rest on”.



Obama ‘Is a War Criminal’Common Dreams, May 15, 2013

by Jacob Chamberlain – In an interview with the Guardian published on Sunday, renowned professor and prolific critic of the “military-industrial-complex” and rampant “plutocracy” in the U.S. and around the world, Dr. Cornel West explained his views on the state of…



Iraq Then, Syria Now? The New York Times, Sarin and SkepticismFAIR, May 15, 2013

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).



The Anti-Globalization Movement and the World Social Forum. Is “Another World” Possible?Prof Michel Chossudovsky, May 15, 2013

The foundations & charities of Ford, Rockefeller et al will generously fund progressive anti-capitalist networks opposed to Wall Street and Big Oil with a view to ultimately overseeing and shaping their various activities.



Top Constitutional Experts: Obama Is Worse than NixonWashington’s Blog, May 15, 2013

Objective Analysis: Obama Versus Nixon In the wake of the twin scandals of the IRS targeting conservative groups and the Department of Justice spying on AP reporters, the comparisons between Obama and Nixon are everywhere. But what do experts say?



Growing Racism and the Social Crisis in GreeceSofiane Ait Chalalet and Chris Jones, May 15, 2013

Listen to the voices of refugees in the centre of Athens. If we hear them clearly, we will have no doubt as to what needs to be done.



When Cops and Prosecutors are Racist Criminals – Half of Wrongfully Convicted Prisoners in America Are BlackMargaret Kimberley, May 15, 2013

The ironically named criminal justice system in this country is good at prosecuting and creating many criminals but not very good at producing any justice.


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Charter Schools: Obama’s Way to Serve Corporate America – Getting Rid of Union Teachers Who Voted for HimSocialist Worker, May 15, 2013

NATIONAL TEACHERS Appreciation Week, traditionally the first full week of May, passed this year without even a token statement from Barack Obama. Instead, the White House issued a presidential proclamation honoring the same weeklong period as…National Charter Schools Week.


The Empire's Favorite Latin American Dictators

Beyond Theory – the Practice of Building Socialism in Latin AmericaJorge Capelan and Toni Solo, May 15, 2013

Global Research Editor’s Note 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.



US Dollar Collapse and Japan’s Sham Currency War: The Hidden Agenda Behind Japan’s Kamikaze Quantitative EasingMatthias Chang, May 15, 2013

The United States is a military threat and a global bully that can blackmail countries with impunity with a view to sustaining a global financial system which hinges on the US$ toilet paper.



Recurring “Economic Nightmares”? Wake Up and Take ActionKevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, May 15, 2013

The weekly news is like a recurring bad dream that is becoming an even worse nightmare. While the investor class cheers a rising stock market, the rest of us sink.



New Revelations of Torture and Murder of Afghan Civilians by US Special ForcesThomas Gaist, May 15, 2013

Zakaria Kandahari, a member of a US Special Forces “A Team,” has been accused by Afghan officials of carrying out and directing the torture of 15 civilians detained in recent raids in Warduk province.



The Militarization of Domestic Law Enforcement: Pentagon Unilaterally Grants Itself Authority Over ‘Civil Disturbances’Global Research News, May 15, 2013

By Jed Morey 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.



Dirty Wars, Filthy Hands: Five Unsavory Ways America Conducts Its “Global War on Terror”Alex Kane, May 15, 2013

America’s allies are terrorists, warlords, and corrupt officials, plied with bounty payments and quid-pro-quo assassinations. The recent revelation that the Central Intelligence Agency has handed tens of millions of dollars over to the offices of the president of Afghanistan should…



Why Obama’s ‘Red Line’ in Syria has turned PinkPatrick Henningsen, May 15, 2013

Back in August 2012, things were a lot different in Washington DC and in the White House. The Obama administration was brandishing a confident swagger back then, heading into the elections against a hobbling GOP opponent, and Benghazi had yet…



Spies “R” Us: Institutionalized Spying on AmericansStephen Lendman, May 15, 2013

A previous article discussed institutionalized spying on Americans. Anyone can be monitored for any reason or none at all. Manufactured national security threats, silencing dissent, targeting whistleblowers, and challenging press freedom subvert constitutional rights.



Petition to End the Fluoridation of Drinking WaterGlobal Research News, May 15, 2013

By Andrew Puhanic Globalist Report Now, more than ever, is the time for the world to begin petitioning local authorities and politicians to end the mandatory fluoridation of drinking water supplies. The dangers of drinking fluoridated water are well-known.


Canada's Austerity Agenda: Building the Fightback

Social Justice and the Economic Crisis: The Austerity Agenda Targets the DisabledJohn Clarke, May 15, 2013

The recent Ontario provincial budget did not do very much to uphold Kathleen Wynne‘s claim to the title of ‘Social Justice Premier.’



Findings of the Mussalaha Peace Mission to SyriaGlobal Research News, May 14, 2013

The Concluding Declaration of the Mussalaha Delegation to Syria – Friday, May 10th 2013 by Father Dave SmithSyria exhibits a massive and terrible breakdown of human decency and respect.



Father Dave Visits Syria. “The Syrian People are Being Treated as Cannon Fodder”, Global Research News, May 14, 2013

Hi Fighter, I left Syria yesterday and, quite frankly, the days spent there were amongst the most intense and meaningful of my life!



“U.S. Guilty of Genocide in Guatemala” Should be the Real Headline.The Conviction of Former Dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Who was Pulling The Strings?Ajamu Baraka, May 14, 2013

Last week news coverage around the world heralded the conviction of Efrain Rios Montt on the charges of genocide against the Mayan people during his 17 month tenure as Guatemala’s head of government and military strongman.



Both the Mainstream Media and the Gatekeeper “Alternative” Media Are Pro-WarWashington’s Blog, May 14, 2013

Why There Is So Much Pro-War Reporting There are five reasons that the mainstream media and the largest alternative media websites are both pro-war. 1. Self-Censorship by Journalists Initially, there is tremendous self-censorship by journalists.



Islamism and Neoliberalism. Pakistan’s Elections: Turning over a New LeafEric Walberg, May 14, 2013

Pakistan’s elections come at a key junction in the region’s geopolitics, with the public firmly opposed to the US ‘war on terror’ being conducted on Pakistani soil with no regard for its sovereignty.



The Criminalization of Political Dissent in AmericaTom Carter, May 14, 2013

In a series of prosecutions, precedents are being established for the criminalization of political dissent in America.



Obama, Cameron Hold Syria War Summit in Washington: “More Weapons for Al Qaeda”Alex Lantier and Chris Marsden, May 14, 2013

US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met yesterday in Washington to step up their campaign for war in Syria and discuss interventions elsewhere in the Middle East.



Will the US and its NATO Partners Establish a Permanent Military Presence in Libya?Prof Michel Chossudovsky, May 14, 2013

Recent developments suggest that the US and its allies are intent upon establishing a permanent military presence in Libya.



Canada and Israeli Apartheid: Why are the Harper Conservatives So Pro-Israel?James Cairns, May 14, 2013

The Canadian government has been a strong supporter of Israel since the country was founded in 1948 through the expulsion of most of the indigenous Palestinian population from their homes.



Growing Labor Unrest in South Africa’s Mining Industry: Anglo American Threatens to Cut 14,000 JobsAbayomi Azikiwe, May 13, 2013

Growing labor unrest in the mining industry prompts retaliation from capital A major struggle is unfolding in the Republic of South Africa with the recent announcement that the Anglo American Platinum Corporation (Amplats) will lay-off thousands of its workers.



Gangster State America. “Naked Short” in the Gold MarketDr. Paul Craig Roberts, May 13, 2013

There are many signs of gangster state America. One is the collusion between federal authorities and banksters in a criminal conspiracy to rig the markets for gold and silver. The US government is acting 100% against the interests of US citizens.



Cuts in Social Security and Medicaid Contribute to Further Impoverishing African AmericansAbayomi Azikiwe, May 13, 2013

Obama administration set to abolish CPI, Cola and slash medical coverage for poor and elderly Massive cuts are being proposed which will impact the way in which Social Security and Medicaid are allocated in the United States.




Since early 2011, Obama’s been waging proxy war on Syria. Imported death squads masquerade as freedom fighters. The scheme’s familiar. It repeats. It reflects US imperialism’s dark side. In the 1980s, CIA-recruited Mujahideen fighters battled Afghanistan’s Soviet occupiers.

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