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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