Video: Unearthing the Truth About the Bloodletting War on Drugs: Militarization and Economic Domination

14 September 2012Buzzflash – Truthout

By Mark Karlin, Editor of Buzzflash at Truthout

This summer, Truthout concluded a 10-installment series called Truthout on the Border. It is a paradigm shifting analysis of the squalid underside of the so-called US war on drugs in Mexico and Latin America.

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Strategic Culture Foundation 26 August – 1 September 2012: Europe / APEC / Kosovo / Saudi Arabia / Assange-Ecuador / Uzbekistan

1 September 2012 — Strategic Culture Foundation

EU Drift – Destination Unknown (I)

01.09.2012 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

At the moment, the EU is visibly divided at the face of the crisis. One of the camps comprises the embattled Mediterranean countries plus the predominantly agrarian Ireland, all of whom are sinking into a debt crisis which their populations begin to blame on secret global forces which allegedly engineered the crisis and massively benefit from bailout-linked speculations  rather than on their respective national governments. The other camp – Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland – slam their EU southern peers over reckless policies and spendings… Continue reading

Information Clearing House Newsletter 5 July 2012: WikiLeaks Releasing Syria Documents

5 July 2012 — Information Clearing House 


Straight Talking: The Syrian Cauldron

By Jeremy Salt

The government in Damascus has been deliberately locked into a cycle of violence fed from the outside by the self-styled ‘Friends of Syria‘.

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Hardhitting, Dissenting Journalism — Without the Hardhitting, Dissenting Part By Arthur Silber

18 February 2012 — Power of Narrative

In a recent essay, I mentioned Matt Taibbi as one of the examples of a phenomenon I call “The Obedient Dissenter,” and said I would be examining that phenomenon in further detail soon. This isn’t that lengthier analysis, but more in the nature of a sneak preview.

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What is ACTA? – Max Keiser

22 January 2012Max Keiser

* Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

In October 2007, the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan simultaneously announced that they would negotiate a new intellectual property enforcement treaty the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement or ACTA. Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada have joined the negotiations. Although the proposed treaty’s title might suggest that the agreement deals only with counterfeit physical goods (such as medicines) what little information has been made available publicly by negotiating governments about the content of the treaty makes it clear that it will have a far broader scope and in particular will deal with new tools targeting ‘Internet distribution and information technology’.

FBI Account of "Terror Plot" Suggests Sting Operation

18 October 2011 — IPS

Analysis by Gareth Porter*

WASHINGTON, Oct 13, 2011 (IPS) – While the administration of Barack Obama vows to hold the Iranian government ‘accountable’ for the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, the legal document describing evidence in the case provides multiple indications that it was mainly the result of an FBI ‘sting’ operation.

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Dahr Jamail: Environmental Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico – The Escalation of BP's Liability

5 October 2011 — Global ResearchAl Jazeera – 2011-10-03

As oil, sickness and contamination persist, Gulf residents and lawyers file thousands of lawsuits against the oil giant.


‘If you got caught humping another woman – [if] you’re both naked and caught in the act – you’d want BP to explain to your wife how it didn’t happen.’

This colorful analogy was proposed by Dean Blanchard, a seafood distributor on Grand Isle, Louisiana, to explain oil giant BP’s continuing machinations to evade liability in the aftermath of the April 2010 disaster.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 6 September, 2011: Robert Gates : Israel Is an Ungrateful Ally

6 September, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Western Powers Have Syria in Their Sights
By Jean Shaoul
The threats are being taken seriously by Tehran. “Syria is the front-runner in Middle Eastern resistance (to Israel) and NATO cannot intimidate this country with an attack … If, God forbid, such a thing happened, NATO would drown in a quagmire from which it would never be able to escape.” Irans Foreign Minister:

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Wikileaks Newslinks 4 August 2011

4 August 2011 —

Wikileaks: UN discussed dropping #003
Radio Netherlands
United Nations officials discussed shutting down Cambodia’s war crimes tribunal without hearing a politically sensitive case involving two former Khmer Rouge leaders, according to a classified US diplomatic cable disclosed by Wikileaks. …

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Wikileaks Newslinks 3 August 2011

3 August 2011 —

Mexico: American Ambassador Is Confirmed
New York Times
The former ambassador, Carlos Pascual, resigned in March after a public dispute with President Felipe Calderón of Mexico over embassy documents released by WikiLeaks. The documents showed him and other American officials criticizing Mexican authorities …

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Torture Firm Risks Incorporated Tied To Destructive Evictions in Haiti By Ansel Herz

29 May 2011 — Narco News

US Security Firm Caught Training Mexican Police in Torture Techniques Is Working in the Caribbean

Security forces who are tearing down makeshift tent camps inhabited by Haitians displaced in last year’s earthquake were trained by Risks Incorporated, a US private security firm involved in torture trainings in Mexico, a Narco News investigation has found. Three camps in Delmas, a district in central Port-au-Prince, have been destroyed in the past week, sending families fleeing into the street with nowhere to go.

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Bageant’s Frustration: Extreme Isolation By Morris Berman

21 May 2011 — Joe Bageant Morris Berman

RAINBOW PIE COVER.jpgGiven how much we had in common, it’s perhaps a bit odd that Joe Bageant (1946-2011) and I never met (although I think we did correspond at one point). He even wound up living in Mexico a good part of the time. But the real connection between us is the congruence of perception regarding the United States. Joe came from unlikely roots to have formulated the political viewpoint that he did: working-class, right-wing, anti-intellectual, flag-waving, small-town Virginia. A “leftneck,” someone dubbed him; it’s not a bad description.

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 5 – 11 February, 2011

12 February, 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Russia is right about Iran sanctions

11.02.2011 | 17:30 | BHADRAKUMAR Melkulangara (India)
There is striking similarity in the predicament that India and Russia face with regard to the situation around Iran. For both, Iran has been and will always remain a key strategic partner… The heart of the matter is that the Iran nuclear problem always had a larger-than-life significance… The US’ doublespeak is at once apparent: it camouflages geopolitics as its non-proliferation agenda in the Middle East. Everyone knows that Iran situation is a litmus test of the end of the ‘unipolar’ era…

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New on Strategic Culture Foundation 16-22 October, 2010

22 October, 2010 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Budget Austerity in the West: New Food for the Privatization Parasite?

22.10.2010 | 10:04 | KERANS David (USA)
To borrow a formulation from Karl Marx, a specter is haunting the world: the specter of the privatization of public assets. At an accelerating rate, the infrastructure that makes civilization possible, such as transport routes, communication lines, hospitals, schools, energy delivery, sanitation, etc. is being privatized, with serious consequences to the welfare of society today and in the future. Privatization comes in various forms, and is often disguised in so-called “Public-Private Partnerships”…

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 10 September, 2010 Weekend Edition: Quran-Burning Nut Job

10 September, 2010 — Information Clearing House

Taliban And US Get Down To Talks
By Syed Saleem Shahzad
The Taliban are for the first time in serious negotiations with the US. The Pakistan military and Saudi Arabia are acting as go-betweens to facilitate the talks.

The ‘Meaning’ of 9/11
It’s not what you think
By Justin Raimondo
Today, nine years after the event, the Israel lobby is using the anniversary of the attacks to whip up anti-Muslim hysteria to a fever pitch, and they have plenty of bucks to do it.

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NACLA Update 1 April, 2010 – Argentina: Fathers of the Disappeared / Mexico Merida Initiative

Argentina: Fathers of the Disappeared by Joel Richards
Most are in their 80s. They include an optician, a pilot, a teacher, a bank clerk, and a lawyer. Privately, they all suffered the loss of a son, daughter, or, in some cases, two or three children, during the repression of the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. And during this year’s 34th anniversary of the 1976 coup, Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner honored four of them for their human rights work during the past three decades.

Mexico Backslides on the Merida Initiative’s Human Rights Conditions
by Kristin Bricker
Mexico’s Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a legal reform that limits the amount of information the federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) must hand over to the government’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH). The CNDH argues that the new law impedes its access to evidence with investigations into PGR officials, especially from the Federal Ministerial Police, who have allegedly committed many human rights abuses in the war on drugs. Washington, however, has taken very little notice of this lack of “transparency and accountability,” even though it is one of the human rights conditions included in the Merida Initiative.