US military, Trump administration claim unlimited powers to wage war in Syria

26 February 2018 — WSWS

The Trump administration has asserted the power to expand the US war in Syria and effectively annex and occupy significant portions of the country without even the pretense of international authorization, congressional sanction or public debate.

The New York Times reported the position, laid out in letters to Senator Tim Kaine from the Pentagon and the State Department, in a news article buried in its inside pages on Friday under the headline “Administration Says Syria Forces Don’t Need New Approval.” The letters underscore the dimensions of the assault on the Constitution by the White House, which is asserting inherent executive power to wage war not only in Syria, but by implication all over the world.

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27 February 2018 The Planning Motive

A pamphlet titled: “ALTERNATIVE MODELS OF OWNERSHIP. REPORT TO THE SHADOW CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER AND SHADOW SECRETARY OF STATE FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY AND INDUSTRIAL STRATEGYwas recently issued in the name of the Labour Party. It was a discussion document intended to inform and influence the policy proposals to be tabled at the Labour Party Conference later this year. It was discussed at a meeting held in London on the 10th February.

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Israeli PM Netanyahu ‘cannot cling on to power much longer’ By Jonathan Cook

25 February 2018 — Jonathan Cook

Analysts say Israeli PM Netanyahu’s days in office are numbered as police investigate two new corruption probes

The legal noose has tightened sharply around the neck of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as dramatic developments on two fronts last week left him more exposed than ever.

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More Wars On the Radar?

26 February 2018 — Global Research

Netanyahu Besieged. Regime Change in Israel?

By Israel Shamir, February 26, 2018

It is very, very difficult to plead for the Israeli Prime Minister. He is the man who killed the peace process, who enslaved the Palestinians, tortured Gaza, bombed Syria and Lebanon, did his damnedest to ignite war with Iran. However, there is a Jewish tradition of apologia, of finding positive points of villains. Continue reading

Cost of UK air and drone strikes in Iraq and Syria reach £1.75 billion By Chris Cole

26 February 2018 — Drone Wars

Analysis of figures released in response to Freedom of Information requests by Drone Wars UK indicate that the UK has spent £1.75bn on armed air missions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria since August 2014. It should be noted that the overall cost of UK military operations in Iraq and Syria will be much higher.

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Is It the End of Net Neutrality? Selected Articles

25 February 2018 — Global Research

With the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality repeal plan, the freedom of expression is threatened. Online censorship will predominate — silencing independent media (including Global Research) — which will eventually pave way to further mainstream media fake news and propaganda.

Will you allow the suppression of critical and unbiased thought and analysis? Or will you be one of those truth defenders?

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Cyril Ramaphosa relaunches neo-liberalism By Prof. Patrick Bond

23 February 2018 — Pambazuka News

After Jacob Zuma’s firing, South Africa risks budget austerity and even renewed BRICS “poisoning”. 

Cyril Ramaphosa’s soft-coup firing of Jacob Zuma from the South African presidency on 14 February 2018, after nearly nine years in power and a bitter struggle to avoid resignation, has contradictory local and geopolitical implications. Amidst general applause at seeing Zuma’s rear end in the society, immediately concerns arise about the new president’s neo-liberal, pro-corporate tendencies, and indeed his legacy of financial corruption and class war against workers given the lack of closure on the 2012 Marikana Massacre.

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US-DPRK: The Dangers of Nuclear War: Selected Articles

22 February 2018 — Global Research

Cracking Down on Pipeline Protests. Wyoming Now Third State to Propose ALEC Bill

By Steve Horn, February 22, 2018

On the heels of Iowa and Ohio, Wyoming has become the third state to introduce a bill criminalizing the type of activities undertaken by past oil and gas pipeline protesters. Continue reading

Institute of Race Relations Newsletter February 2018

22 February 2018 — IRR

On 4 March, Italy, which just witnessed the wounding of six Africans in a two-hour shooting spree in Macerata by a racist, holds its general election, with the increasingly popular Northern League and Forza Italia threatening mass deportations should they come to power. IRR News’ calendar of racism and resistance reveals how more governments throughout Europe bow to the far Right and adopt anti-migrant and racist policies.

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Black Agenda Report 22 February 2018

22 February 2018 — Black Agenda Report

Get Me Outa Wakanda! 

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
The only Wakandans who matter are royalty, the women take orders from men, the king & his rival work with CIA. Despite the pretty faces Black Panther is enemy propaganda from Disney/Marvel studios whose other movies equate teachers unions with the mafia.

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Painting an Israeli Attack on Syria as Israeli ‘Retaliation’ By Gregory Shupak

21 February 2018 — FAIR

Examples of Israeli "retaliation."

Reuters, Vice and LA Times write about Israeli “retaliation.”

Israel claimed that it intercepted an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace on Saturday, February 10; Iran denied that it had a drone there. Israel then bombed a Syrian airbase, saying it was the command-and-control center from which Iran had launched the drone. The Syrian government shot down an Israeli jet that had bombed the base, and Israel subsequently launched more airstrikes against Syria.

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The Russian meddling fraud: Weapons of mass destruction revisited

20 February 2018 — WSWS

Fifteen years ago, on February 5, 2003, against the backdrop of worldwide mass demonstrations in opposition to the impending invasion of Iraq, then-US Secretary of State Colin Powell argued before the United Nations that the government of Saddam Hussein was rapidly stockpiling “weapons of mass destruction,” which Iraq, together with Al Qaeda, was planning to use against the United States.

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War on Lebanon? The Geopolitical Battlefield. Mounting Tensions with Israel By Andre Vltchek

21 February 2018 — Global Research

Should It be Devil, Deep Blue Sea… or Russia?

Lebanon, as so often in the past, is facing mortal danger.

Saudi Arabia is putting great pressure on the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, a powerful but controversial figure who holds dual nationality – Saudi and Lebanese. Riyadh expects Lebanon to play by its own rules, sidelining Hezbollah, ending Iranian influence in the country, and promoting Saudi business and political interests… or else. It is a clear that foreign aid from the Gulf is increasingly conditional.

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Statewatch News Online, 20 February 2018 (02/18)

20 February 2018 — Statewatch


1.   EU: Research agenda considers “non-lethal force by unmanned platforms” for civil & military use
2.   New Council returns and readmission strategy to target African countries
3.   European Data Protection Supervisor: Towards a digital ethics: EDPS Ethics Advisory Group
4.   Far-right parties re-register to access EU funds 
5.   INDIA: What Is It Like To Live In The World s Biggest Experiment In Biometric Identity? 
6.   UK: DEATHS IN CUSTODY: CPS decides not to charge Sussex police officers 
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The Empire’s Horrifying Plot To Franchise The White Helmets Worldwide By Caitlin Johnstone

8 February 2018 –– WashingtonsBlog –

I sat down with my coffee this beautiful Australian morning to watch two of my favorite independent media figures jam together in a Corbett Report interview of renowned independent investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley. About two-thirds of the way through, I nearly fell out of my chair.

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