Black Agenda Report for 19 June 2013: Lies of Empire, No Rollback on Mass Incarceration, Obama's Syrian Press Pass and more…

19 June 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S. reprises Iraq, inventing a WMD threat from Syria. The FBI concocts home-grown terror through stings, while the NSA claims it has secretly saved many lives. “Why this steady stream of government-invented terror, if the real thing is so abundant?” And, isn’t the U.S. arming and funding the same jihadists they are supposed to be listening for on our telephones? Continue reading

Wikileaks Newslinks for 19 June 2011

20 June 2011 —

WikiLeaks: Few Cubans can name US-backed dissidents
Yet respondents identified an average of only 1.5 of the seven dissidents on the list, or fewer than one in four, according to the dispatch, which is part of the huge cache of State Department documents obtained by WikiLeaks and passed to McClatchy and … Continue reading

Wikileaks Newslinks 13 June 2011

13 June 2011 —

Benazir Bhutto had US support, clearance to return to Pakistan: WikiLeaks
Pakistan Observer
Karachi—The latest WikiLeaks cables have revealed that President Asif Ali Zardari said US is “our safety blanket” and recounted how Benazir had returned despite the threats against her because of support and “clearance” from the US. …

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Wikileaks Newslinks 12 June 2011

12 June 2011 —

A new documentary peers into the WikiLeaks founder’s cyber-netherworld
By Glenn Garvin WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his life has a single, simple purpose: “I like crushing bastards.” That sentiment sounds noble, until you find out just how flexible his definition of “bastards” is. “All of us came across material …

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Wikileaks Newslinks 25 May 2011

25 May 2011 —

India’s political prince battles criticism
The Associated Press
But a series of electoral setbacks, an embarrassing Wikileaks revelation and his accusation, without proof, that police killed and raped protesting farmers in an opposition-led state has left some questioning whether Gandhi has the skill, experience or …

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Gangs and Violence in Jamaica and Haiti By Roger Annis

17 June, 2010 — The   B u l l e t  Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 371

When police in Jamaica launched a bloody assault in May on poor neighbourhoods in the country’s capital city, news outlets in Canada responded with an ignorance and insensitivity that is all too common in their coverage of the Caribbean islands. As with Haiti, Jamaica is portrayed as incomprehensibly violent and not quite civilized.

Canada’s national broadcaster aired a 20-minute story on its morning radio newsmagazine, The Current, on May 28. Neither the host nor the two guests she interviewed sounded the slightest concern when she explained in her introduction that 73 people had been killed to date by the police assault. In fact, both guests welcomed the police action. “It was long overdue,” they chimed. “Criminal gangs in Jamaica have become too powerful.”

Astonishingly, one of the guests, Philip Mascoll, a former reporter for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest distribution daily newspaper, said that Canadians should prepare for similar police action in poor housing projects in Toronto!

He prefaced his comment by saying, “People are going to hate me for saying this, but….” If the program host was fazed, she didn’t indicate.

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Strategic culture foundation online magazine latest publications from 23-29 May, 2010

Afghan Heroin Flow Channeled to Russia
“The production of narcotics in Afghanistan has gone up 40-fold since the country’s occupation by the NATO forces.Afghanistan hosts the full cycle of illicit drug production comprising opium poppy cultivation, conversion into heroin and opium at some 400 drug facilities, stockpiling, and wholesale supply to the Afghan and Pakistani drug markets. While Afghan poppy growers are enduring extreme poverty, the owners of the fields mostly reside in the US, Great Britain, and other Western democracies…”

Aleksandr SHUSTOV
South Kyrgyzstan: An Epicenter of Coming Conflicts?
“Unrest has lingered in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan since the April 7 coup. Recently, local Kyrgyz and Uzbek populations clashed in the Jalal-Abad province, the displaced Kyrgyz President K. Bakiev being widely suspected of organizing the riots. If the interim government fails to neutralize the attempts to ignite ethnic strife in the south of Kyrgyzstan, the tensions are likely to evolve into a conflict similar in character to a civil war. Hundreds of people were killed during the clashes between the Kyrgyz and Uzbek populations in the Osh province in 1990. the escalation in the Jalal-Abad district would breed broader hostilities between three of the five Central Asian republics and a serious threat to the region’s overall stability…”

The Conundrum of the South Korean Corvette (I)
“Seoul has unveiled the results of the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan corvette in the Yellow Sea on March 26. According to the report put together by a commission of South Korean military and unnamed experts from the US, Canada, Great Britain, and Sweden, Cheonan was sunk as the result of an external underwater explosion caused by a torpedo made in the DPRK. Considering that the blast was allegedly caused by a torpedo carrying a net explosive weight of 250 kg, investigators must have been remarkably lucky to find the right fragment with the marking implicating North Korea. The simple marking “? 1", which is the sole indication of the country of origin of the torpedo, possibly could write in the same manner on a South Korean torpedo too. The spin-off of the version offered by the report commenced immediately upon its being circulated, and there is a distinct impression that the developments are following an a priori blueprint…”

Alexander MEZYAEV
Kononov Against Latvia, or Top-Level History Falsification
“On May 17, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) revealed the long-awaited decision on the Kononov case. The fact that Russia’s interests are affected is beyond question. ECHR has already become a serious problem for Russia. Currently this “center of global justice” is looking into Georgia’s complaint against Russia over the August, 2008 conflict and into Poland’s Khatyn case. The onslaught on Russia in the sphere of the international law is widening…”

Christopher Coke Against the US, or the Global Elite and Narcotics
“The bizarre web of interests of mafia, secret services, corrupt local officials, and global powers, altogether combined with the hopeless poverty of the Jamaican population, bred a new form of social organization based on de facto institutionalization of one of the worst ills of mankind…”

Haiti Newslinks 30 April, 2010: Food Aid Hurts Haiti's Farmers

30 April 2010

US Jewish communities building ties to Haiti
Cleveland Jewish News
By Larry Luxner PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti (JTA) — Not a single Jew lives among
the 170000 inhabitants of Petit-Goâve, nor among the 20000 refugees from

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