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Saudis' Big Deal for Anti-tank Missiles May be Meant to Help Syrian Rebels

Saudis' Big Deal for Anti-tank Missiles May be Meant to Help Syrian Rebels
December 15, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "SCMP" -No one is expecting a tank invasion of Saudi Arabia anytime soon, but the kingdom just put in a huge order for US-made anti-tank missiles that has Saudi-watchers scratching their heads and wondering whether the deal is related to Riyadh’s support for the Syrian rebels.
The proposed weapons deal, which the Pentagon notified Congress of in early December, would provide Riyadh with more than 15,000 Raytheon anti-tank missiles at a cost of over US$1 billion. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Military Balance report, Saudi Arabia’s total stockpile this year amounted to slightly more than 4,000 anti-tank missiles. In the past dec…

US/Patrick Cockburn: British Policy on Syria has Been Sunk, and Nobody Noticed

US/Patrick Cockburn: British Policy on Syria has Been Sunk, and Nobody Noticed

December 15, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "The Independent" - The final bankruptcy of American and British policy in Syria came 10 days ago as Islamic Front, a Saudi-backed Sunni jihadi group, overran the headquarters of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) at Bab al-Hawa on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey. The FSA, along with the Syrian National Coalition, groups that the United States and Britain have been pretending for years are at the heart of Syrian military and political opposition, has been discredited. The remaining FSA fighters are in flight, have changed sides, or are devoting all their efforts to surviving the onslaught from jihadi or al-Qa’ida-linked brigades.

Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis

Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis
December 10, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "The Independent" - - Donors in Saudi Arabia have notoriously played a pivotal role in creating and maintaining Sunni jihadist groups over the past 30 years. But, for all the supposed determination of the United States and its allies since 9/11 to fight "the war on terror", they have showed astonishing restraint when it comes to pressuring Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies to turn off the financial tap that keeps the jihadists in business.

Obama Failed To Deliver Long-Overdue Apology To Mandela

Obama Failed To Deliver Long-Overdue Apology To Mandela
December 11, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "This Cant Be Happening" - When Barack Obama, the first black president of America, delivered remarks Tuesday during a South African memorial service for that country’s first black president, he muffed a historic opportunity to right a grave wrong done by the American government – one that helped send Nelson Mandela to prison for nearly 30-years.

Where is Palestine’s Mandela?

Where is Palestine’s Mandela?
The answer to my headline question is that he, Marwan Barghouti, is in an Israeli jail where he has been since his arrest in Ramallah by an IDF unit in 2002, after which, in 2004, he was sentenced to five life terms in prison. Some months before his arrest one of Israel’s security agencies tried and failed to assassinate him. A missile was fired at his bodyguard’s car and killed the bodyguard. (If the attempt on Barghouti’s life had succeeded, his killers would not have been brought to justice because as well as bulldozing Palestinian homes and stealing Palestinian land and water, Israel kills, murders, with impunity).

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointment

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointment
December 07, 2013 "Information Clearing House - The several days of organized protests in Ukraine are notable for the relative lack of police violence. Unlike in the US, Canada, Thailand, Greece, and Spain, peaceful protesters have not been beaten, tear gassed, water cannoned, and tasered by Ukrainian police. Unlike in Egypt, Palestine, and Bahrain, Ukrainian protesters have not been fired upon with live ammunition. The restraint of the Ukrainian government and police in the face of provocations has been remarkable. Apparently, Ukrainian police have not been militarized by US Homeland Security.

Finian Cunningham : UN, EU Subsidize French Crimes in Africa

Finian Cunningham : UN, EU Subsidize French Crimes in Africa
UN, EU Subsidize French Crimes in Africa

By Finian Cunningham December 08, 2013 "Information Clearing House - French neo-colonialism in Africa is now official fact after the deployment this weekend of hundreds of its troops in the poverty-stricken Central Africa Republic. The manipulation of events and public opinion to justify this French intervention has all the garish choreography of a can-can dance troupe.

Yet there is hardly a murmur of international protest at this audacious interference in a sovereign country. UN chief Ban Ki-moon has even praised France, and indeed there are some African leaders, such as Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan, who have welcomed the French initiative. How naive can these people be?

Video - Fear Not the Path of Truth:  Documentary follows Ross Caputi, veteran of the 2nd siege of Fallujah, as he investigates the atrocities that he participated in and the legacy of US foreign policy in Fallujah, Iraq.

The Surveillance State Puts U.S. Elections at Risk of Manipulation

The Surveillance State Puts U.S. Elections at Risk of Manipulation
November 07, 2013 "Information Clearing House - Did the Obama Administration ever spy on Mitt Romney during the recent presidential contest? Alex Tabarrok, who raised the question at the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution, acknowledges that it is provocative. Until recently, he would've regarded it as a "loony" question, he writes, and he doesn't think that PResident Obama ordered the NSA to spy on Romney for political gain. 

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How Economic Growth Has Become Anti-life

How Economic Growth Has Become Anti-life
How Economic Growth Has Become Anti-life

An obsession with growth has eclipsed our concern for sustainability, justice and human dignity. But people are not disposable – the value of life lies outside economic development

By Vandana Shiva

November 01, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "The Guardian" --  Limitless growth is the fantasy of economists, businesses and politicians. It is seen as a measure of progress. As a result, gross domestic product (GDP), which is supposed to measure the wealth of nations, has emerged as both the most powerful number and dominant concept in our times. However, economic growth hides the poverty it creates through the destruction of nature, which in turn leads to communities lacking the capacity to provide for themselves.

Video - George Galloway | The State of Britain | Oxford Union

Video - George Galloway | The State of Britain | Oxford Union

George Galloway | Are You Racist? | Oxford Union
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George Galloway interrupted by student who accuses him of being a racist.
George Galloway tell of the time he worked as an undercover agent fighting against the apartheid in South Africa and concludes his answer by saying he will never debate with a supporter of apartheids as apartheid's are the worst forms of racism and fascism there is.



George Galloway | The State of Britain | Oxford Union

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George Galloway says the Labour party and Tory parties are like two cheeks of the same backside, so close together they don't differ in opinion on any of the big issues.

Our leaders make us a hated nation; the people don't believe anything politicians say anymore due to countless broken promises
Posted November 01, 2013

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s New NSA Bill Will Codify and Extend Mass Surveillance of Americans

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s New NSA Bill Will Codify and Extend Mass Surveillance of Americans
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s New NSA Bill Will Codify and Extend Mass Surveillance of Americans

By Trevor Timm

November 01, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "EFF" --  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and one of the NSA’s biggest defenders, released what she calls an NSA “reform” bill today. Don’t be fooled: the bill codifies some of the NSA’s worst practices, would be a huge setback for everyone’s privacy, and it would permanently entrench the NSA’s collection of every phone record held by U.S. telecoms. We urge members of Congress to oppose it.

Snowden Letter to Merkel: 'Speaking The Truth Is Not A Crime'

Snowden Letter to Merkel: 'Speaking The Truth Is Not A Crime'
Snowden Letter to Merkel: 'Speaking The Truth Is Not A Crime'

"Though the outcome of my efforts has been demonstrably positive, my government continues to treat dissent as defection, and seeks to criminalize political speech with felony charges that provide no defense," Edward Snowden says in his letter.

Tom Engelhardt: A Rogue Superpower

Tom Engelhardt: A Rogue Superpower
A Rogue Superpower

By Tom Engelhardt
Editor, TomDispatch.com

November 01, 2013 "Information Clearing House - The foreign leaders are dropping like flies -- to American surveillance. I'm talking about serial revelations that the National Security Agency has been spying on Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, two Mexican presidents, Felipe Calderón (whose office the NSA called "a lucrative source") and his successor Enrique Peña Nieto, at least while still a candidate, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It's now evidently part of the weekly news cycle to discover that the NSA has hacked into the emails or listened into the phone conversations of yet another allied leader. Reportedly, that agency has been listening in on the phone calls of at least 35 world leaders.

CIA Consulted with Pakistani Government in Conducting Drone Strikes – Report

CIA Consulted with Pakistani Government in Conducting Drone Strikes – Report
October 24, 2013 "Information Clearing House - Pakistan’s top officials have not only had knowledge of the US drone program that is now deeply unpopular in the country, but have quietly been authorizing it for years, according to a report based on classified documents and internal Pakistani memos.

Marines ‘Murdered Man Live on Camera’: Court martial sees graphic footage of ‘execution’ of injured Taliban fighter

Marines ‘Murdered Man Live on Camera’: Court martial sees graphic footage of ‘execution’ of injured Taliban fighter
Marines ‘Murdered Man Live on Camera’: Court martial sees graphic footage of ‘execution’ of injured Taliban fighter

The victim was left twitching and gasping for breath as the British servicemen, apprehensive that they might have been spotted, pretended to give him first aid

By Kim Sengupta

October 24, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "The Independent" -  A prisoner was murdered in cold blood in Afghanistan by a Royal Marines patrol after they had found him lying injured and helpless in a field, a court martial has heard.

Footage of the alleged “battlefield execution” of the Taliban fighter in Helmand two years ago was recorded by the helmet camera of one of the alleged killers and shown to the proceedings at a military tribunal in Bulford, Wiltshire.

Leaning to fire a bullet into the chest of…

Can You Guess the 10 Best Countries For Women? Hint: the U.S. Isn't One of Them

Can You Guess the 10 Best Countries For Women? Hint: the U.S. Isn't One of Them
October 25, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "AlterNet" -- The World Economic Forum released its annual Global Gender Gap Reportfor 2013 measuring gender disparity between men and women around the world…and disappointingly the United States didn’t even make it in the top 20! The report, which ranks 136 countries, determines its findings across four primary areas including economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political empowerment and health and survival, ranking the United States 23 rd on the list for 2013, HuffPost reported.

Who Killed Michael Hastings?

Who Killed Michael Hastings?
October 25, 2013 "Information Clearing House -   Early in the morning on June 18, a brand new Mercedes C250 coupe was driving through the Melrose intersection on Highland Avenue in Hollywood when suddenly, out of nowhere, it sped up. According to an eye-witness, the car accelerated rapidly, bounced several times then fishtailed out of control before it slammed into a palm tree and burst into flames, ejecting its engine some 200 feet away. A witness, Jose Rubalcalva, whose house stood adjacent to the crash, told Ana Kasparian of the The Young Turks news network that no one could approach the burning car because it kept exploding. In a simulated full-frontal crash of a 2013 C250 coupe, the car doesn’t explode on impact nor does it launch its engine 200 feet. In fact, said Nael Issa, a Mercedes Benz dealer in Long Beach, “The car has a crumble zone, so when it crashes it goes in like an accordion. And in some cases the engine drops down, so it doesn’t go in…

Empire Under Obama: America's "Secret Wars" in Over 100 Countries Around the World

Empire Under Obama: America's "Secret Wars" in Over 100 Countries Around the World
October 25, 2013 "Information Clearing House -  Obama's global terror campaign is not only dependent upon his drone assassination program, but increasingly it has come to rely upon the deployment of Special Operations forces in countries all over the world, reportedly between 70 and 120 countries at any one time. As Obama has sought to draw down the large-scale ground invasions of countries (as Bush pursued in Afghanistan and Iraq), he has escalated the world of 'covert warfare,' largely outside the oversight of Congress and the public. One of the most important agencies in this global "secret war" is the Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC for short.

What a Surprise: U.S.-Based Iran “Experts” Promoting Israeli Policy

What a Surprise: U.S.-Based Iran “Experts” Promoting Israeli Policy
October 25, 2013 "Information Clearing House -  As the new round of nuclear diplomacy between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 unfolds, an informal coalition of forces is coalescing in the West to oppose any prospective deal in which the United States would “accept” safeguarded uranium enrichment in Iran.  Of course, Israel and the pro-Israel lobby are at the heart of this coalition.  Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s remarks about the Iran nuclear talks on NBC’s Meet the Press this past Sunday, see here, are emblematic of the “zero enrichment” camp:

30 million people living in slavery worldwide | GulfNews.com

30 million people living in slavery worldwide | GulfNews.com


There are an estimated 14 million slaves in India and a further 2.1 million in Pakistan. The foundation’s definition of modern slavery includes slavery itself, plus slavery-like practices — such as debt bondage, forced marriage and the sale or exploitation of children — human trafficking and forced labour.

The Lancet: Arafat Poisoned With Polonium 210

The Lancet: Arafat Poisoned With Polonium 210
The Lancet: Arafat Poisoned With Polonium 210

By China Central Television October 13, 2013 "Information Clearing House - A report by a respected British medical journal the Lancet, has supported the possibility that late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned with the radioactive element polonium 210. The journal published a peer review of last year’s research by Swiss scientists. It backed their work, which found high levels of the highly radioactive element in blood, urine, and saliva stains on Arafat’s clothes and toothbrush. The Palestinian leader died in 2004 in a French hospital near Paris, after being effectively confined to his West Bank compound for two years. In November 2012, experts from Switzerland, France and Russia exhumed his remains and took samples to examine for possible poisoning. It was prompted by a documentary aired on Al- Jazeera, that claimed there were traces of polonium in Arafat’s personal belongings.

The Lancet: Arafat Poisoned With Polonium 210

The Lancet: Arafat Poisoned With Polonium 210
The Lancet: Arafat Poisoned With Polonium 210

By China Central Television October 13, 2013 "Information Clearing House - A report by a respected British medical journal the Lancet, has supported the possibility that late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned with the radioactive element polonium 210. The journal published a peer review of last year’s research by Swiss scientists. It backed their work, which found high levels of the highly radioactive element in blood, urine, and saliva stains on Arafat’s clothes and toothbrush. The Palestinian leader died in 2004 in a French hospital near Paris, after being effectively confined to his West Bank compound for two years. In November 2012, experts from Switzerland, France and Russia exhumed his remains and took samples to examine for possible poisoning. It was prompted by a documentary aired on Al- Jazeera, that claimed there were traces of polonium in Arafat’s personal belongings.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36525.htm

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36525.htm
Entitled In the Front Line: A Doctor in War and Peace, Dr Glen’s account includes the fate of the Armenians of Caucasia as the Turks tried to spread their pan-Turkic rule to the east in 1918 – after the original massacre of one-and-a-half million Armenians three years earlier. Marching through north-western Iran towards Baku, Dr Glen writes of how his British-Indian force began to pass several thousand Armenian refugees in a day.

Pew survey of U.S. Jews: soaring intermarriage, assimilation rates

Pew survey of U.S. Jews: soaring intermarriage, assimilation rates
NEW YORK (JTA) — There are a lot more Jews in America than you may have thought — an estimated 6.8 million, according to a new study. But a growing proportion of them are unlikely to raise their children Jewish or connect with Jewish institutions.
The proportion of Jews who say they have no religion and are Jewish only on the basis of ancestry, ethnicity or culture is growing rapidly, and two-thirds of them are not raising their children Jewish at all.
Overall, the intermarriage rate is at 58 percent, up from 43 percent in 1990 and 17 percent in 1970. Among non-Orthodox Jews, the intermarriage rate is 71 percent.

Read more: http://www.jta.org/2013/10/01/news-opinion/united-states/pew-survey-u-s-jewish-intermarriage-rate-rises-to-58-percent#ixzz2hdjj6d5E

Empire Under Obama: Political Language and the ‘Mafia Principles’ of International Relations

On August 21, the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad was accused of using chemical weapons on its own population, prompting Western countries – led by the United States – to declare their intention to bomb Syria to somehow save it from itself. The reasons for the declared intention of launching air strikes on Syria was to punish the Syrian government, to uphold international law, and to act on the ‘humanitarian’ values which the West presumably holds so dear.
George Orwell discussed this in his 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language, written two years prior to the publication of 1984. In his essay, Orwell wrote that, “the English language is in a bad way” and that language is ultimately “an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.” The decline of language, noted Orwell, “must ultimately have political and economic causes… It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.…

Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai Says Nato Caused 'Great Suffering'

Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai Says Nato Caused 'Great Suffering'
President Hamid Karzai has criticised Nato for failing to bring stability to Afghanistan in over a decade there.

By Yalda Hakim 
BBC Newsnight
October 07, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "BBC" - "On the security front the entire Nato exercise was one that caused Afghanistan a lot of suffering, a lot of loss of life, and no gains because the country is not secure," he said.

Six-year-old loses eye from bullets Israel promised to phase out

Six-year-old loses eye from bullets Israel promised to phase out
Six-year-old Mousab Sarahnin lost an eye after Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets just after he stepped off a bus at the Fawwar refugee camp, near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on 27 September.

Sitting with his father, Mousab Sarahnin was shot in the eye by an Israeli soldier. (Dylan Collins)

David Vine: The Italian Job

David Vine: The Italian Job

How the Pentagon Is Using Your Tax Dollars to Turn Italy into a Launching Pad for the Wars of Today and Tomorrow

By David Vine

October 03, 2013 "Information Clearing House - The Pentagon has spent the last two decades plowing hundreds of millions of tax dollars into military bases in Italy, turning the country into an increasingly important center for U.S. military power. Especially since the start of the Global War on Terror in 2001, the military has been shifting its European center of gravity south from Germany, where the overwhelming majority of U.S. forces in the region have been stationed since the end of World War II. In the process, the Pentagon has turned the Italian peninsula into a launching pad for future wars in Africa, the Middle East, and beyond.
At bases in Naples, Aviano, Sicily, Pisa, and Vicenza, among others, the military has spent more than $2 bi…

Syria: The Army of Islam; Saudi Arabia’s Greatest Export

Syria: The Army of Islam; Saudi Arabia’s Greatest Export
By Phil Greaves

October 04, 2013 "Information Clearing House -  Recent developments regarding “rebel” groups inside Syria have shed further light on the ideologies and political aims of the militants waging war upon the Syrian state.
On the 24th September, under the moniker of the “Islamist Alliance”, 11 of the largest and most recognisable rebel brigades – a mix of supposed “moderate Islamists” such as Liwa al-Tawhid, the largest “FSA”-branded brigade in Aleppo, alongside more hardline Salafi/Jihadi brigades such as Ahrar al-Sham, and Al Qaeda ideologues Jahbat al-Nusra - released a joint statement denouncing the western-backed expatriates of the “National Coalition” (NC), along with its equally impotent military arm, the “Supreme Military Council” (SMC). Following this statement of intent, on the 29th of September, up to 50 rebel groups operating…

US-Backed Syrian Rebels Form New Alliance With Al-Qaeda Affiliate « Antiwar.com Blog

US-Backed Syrian Rebels Form New Alliance With Al-Qaeda Affiliate « Antiwar.com Blog
Ideally, the question of whether it’s wise for America to support allegedly “moderate” elements within the Syrian opposition should have been settled when thousands of foreign fighters were reported flooding into Syria for “jihad.” Or maybe when rebels were caught torturing, executing, and mutilating people, and eating their organs. Or maybe when studies showed that half the rebels are Islamists. Or maybe when Obama waived the federal ban on supplying arms to terrorist groups to make way for his Syria policy?

Qatar: Migrant Workers Forced To Work For No Pay in World Cup Host Country

Qatar: Migrant Workers Forced To Work For No Pay in World Cup Host Country
According to documents obtained from the Nepalese embassy in Doha, at least 44 workers died between 4 June and 8 August. More than half died of heart attacks, heart failure or workplace accidents. The investigation also reveals: •Evidence of forced labour on a huge World Cup infrastructure project. • Some Nepalese men have alleged that they have not been paid for months and have had their salaries retained to stop them running away. • Some workers on other sites say employers routinely confiscate passports and refuse to issue ID cards, in effect reducing them to the status of illegal aliens. • Some labourers say they have been denied access to free drinking water in the desert heat. • About 30 Nepalese sought refuge at their embassy in Doha to escape the brutal conditions of their employment.

Gilad Atzmon : Now’s The Time To Strip Israel of its WMDs

Gilad Atzmon : Now’s The Time To Strip Israel of its WMDs
Now’s The Time To Strip Israel of its WMDs By Gilad Atzmon September 26, 2013 "Information Clearing House -The Israelis are not very impressed with Hassan Rouhani, the new Iranian president. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel’s delegation to boycott his appearance at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and later denounced Rouhani’s address there as “a cynical speech that was full of hypocrisy.” But Israel seems to be alone this time.  Both the United States and other Western nations appeared to warmly welcome the new Iranian president at the UN. But did Rouhani present any radical change? Did he deliver new promises? Not at all. Like his predecessor, he made it clear that Iran is not going to give up on its right to proceed and develop nuclear energy. Like Ahmadinejad, Rouhani contended that  "nuclear weapon…

Homemade Sarin Was Used In Attack Near Damascus – Lavrov

Homemade Sarin Was Used In Attack Near Damascus – Lavrov

September 26, 2013 "Information Clearing House - Russia has enough evidence to assert that homemade sarin was used on August 21 in a chemical attack near Damascus, the same type but in higher concentration than in an Aleppo incident earlier this year, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said.
“On the occasion of the incident in the vicinity of Aleppo on March 19, 2013 when the United Nations, under the pressure of some Security Council members, didn’t respond to the request of the Syrian government to send inspectors to investigate, Russia, at the request of the Syrian government, investigated that case, and this report, i.e. the results of this investigation are broadly available to the Security Council and publicly,” Lavrov said.

Hundreds of academics call for boycott of Hebrew University conference in 2014

Hundreds of academics call for boycott of Hebrew University conference in 2014
Hundreds of Palestinian, Israeli and other oral historians and academics from Europe, South Africa and North America are calling on their colleagues to boycott the June 2014 International Conference on Oral History organized by the Oral History Division of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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Suicide Bombers Attack Iraq Funeral, Police; 109 Killed, 173 Wounded -- Antiwar.com

Suicide Bombers Attack Iraq Funeral, Police; 109 Killed, 173 Wounded -- Antiwar.com
At least 109 people were killed and 173 more were wounded today, mostly in two brazen attacks. In the worst assault, suicide bombers targeted a funeral in heavily populated Sadr City. Suicide bombers, these wearing police uniforms, also took advantage of a national police station in the north, as the commandos were out on maneuvers.
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/suicide-bomber-hits-pakistan-church-25-dead-20332544
A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers at a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 78 people in the deadliest-ever attack against the country's Christian minority.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/world/africa/nairobi-mall-shooting.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
NAIROBI, Kenya — The deadly siege at a mall in Nairobi continued Sunday, as the Kenyan government struggled with the question of whether to storm…

Rabbi patrols Israeli town to drive away Africans: video

Rabbi patrols Israeli town to drive away Africans: video
When Senator Barack Obamavisited the Israeli town of Sderot, as part of his presidential election campaign in June 2008, he received an enthusiastic welcome despite the fact that his father was from Kenya.
But migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers from African countries arriving in the town today receive a very different welcome, as local rabbi Ariel Bareli works to drive them away.
Journalist and videographer David Sheen caught Bareli on video explaining his tactics “to convince people to not rent them apartments.”



Secret Deal Between NSA, Israel Likely Involves Sharing of Data from Americans’ Communications

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/09/11/secret-deal-between-nsa-israel-likely-involves-sharing-of-data-from-americans-communications/

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 12:15 pm US Department of Defense Photo Raw intelligence data that likely includes phone calls and emails of American citizens is being provided by the NSA to Israeli intelligence, according to a top secret document provided to The Guardian by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Al-Qaeda Seizes Syria Village, Kills 22 Alawite Civilians -- News from Antiwar.com

Al-Qaeda Seizes Syria Village, Kills 22 Alawite Civilians -- News from Antiwar.com
Al-Qaeda faction Jabhat al-Nusra has captured the village of Maksar al-Hesan today, east of the Syrian city of Homs, and has killed 22 Alawite civilians, including children, according to pro-rebel faction the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Paul Craig Roberts: Too Many Years Of Lies: From Mossadeq to 9/11

Paul Craig Roberts: Too Many Years Of Lies: From Mossadeq to 9/11
September 10, 2013 "Information Clearing House - Washington has been at war for 12 years. According to experts such as Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, these wars have cost Americans approximately $6 trillion, enough to keep Social Security and Medicare sound for years. All there is to show for 12 years of war is fat bank balances for the armament industries and a list of destroyed countries with millions of dead and dislocated people who never lifted a hand against the United States.

Noam Chomsky - If the Nuremberg Laws Were Applied...

Noam Chomsky - If the Nuremberg Laws Were Applied...

September 05, 2013 "Information Clearing House - - If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged. By violation of the Nuremberg laws I mean the same kind of crimes for which people were hanged in Nuremberg. And Nuremberg means Nuremberg and Tokyo. So first of all you've got to think back as to what people were hanged for at Nuremberg and Tokyo. And once you think back, the question doesn't even require a moment's waste of time. For example, one general at the Tokyo trials, which were the worst, General Yamashita, was hanged on the grounds that troops in the Philippines, which were technically under his command (though it was so late in the war that he had no contact with them -- it was the very end of the war and there were some troops running around the Philippines who he had no contact…

54 killed, 36 missing in Brono Boko Haram attacks

54 killed, 36 missing in Brono Boko Haram attacks
BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI Atleast 54 people including 24 vigilante youths (Civilian JTF), 14 Shuwa Arab herdsmen and 16 civilians were killed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in three different Local Government Areas of Monguno, Damboa and Nganzai in Borno state. Details later pls. - See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/08/54-killed-36-missing-in-brono-boko-haram-attacks/#sthash.GddTyqAf.dpuf

Cornel West Says Both Dyson and Sharpton Have Prost!tuted Themselves For Obama

Cornel West Says Both Dyson and Sharpton Have Prost!tuted Themselves For Obama

“Instead,” he said regrettfully, “we saw the coronation of the bonafide house negro of the Barack Obama plantation, our dear brother Al Sharpton.” West then added that Sharpton’s unprincipled position was “supported by [MSNBC analyst] Michael Dyson and others who’ve prost!tuted themselves in a very ugly and vicious way.”

BBC Editor Urged Colleagues to Downplay Israel’s Siege of Gaza

BBC Editor Urged Colleagues to Downplay Israel’s Siege of Gaza
August 31, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "Foreign Policy Initiative" - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seventy-four former U.S. government officials and foreign policy experts have now signed a bipartisan open letter to President Barack Obama, urging a decisive response to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's recent large-scale use of chemical weapons. The group recommends direct military strikes against the pillars of the Assad regime, along with accelerated efforts to vet, train, and arm moderate elements of Syria's internal opposition.

BBC Editor Urged Colleagues to Downplay Israel’s Siege of Gaza

BBC Editor Urged Colleagues to Downplay Israel’s Siege of Gaza
August 31, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "Foreign Policy Initiative" - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seventy-four former U.S. government officials and foreign policy experts have now signed a bipartisan open letter to President Barack Obama, urging a decisive response to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's recent large-scale use of chemical weapons. The group recommends direct military strikes against the pillars of the Assad regime, along with accelerated efforts to vet, train, and arm moderate elements of Syria's internal opposition.

Finian Cunningham: People of the World are Fighting Back

Finian Cunningham: People of the World are Fighting Back

As the US prepares to launch an overt war on Syria (the covert war has been raging for 30 months), the vast majority of humanity can finally see through all its decades of pretense and conceit as the world’s model of democracy and international law. And what they see is the ugly opposite. The US is a terrorist state that holds international law, democracy and human rights in utter contempt. It is ready, as it always has been, to kill countless civilians for its selfish political ambitions. That is the conventional definition of “terrorism”.

Kucinich: Syria strike would turn US into 'al Qaeda's air force'

Kucinich: Syria strike would turn US into 'al Qaeda's air force'

Kucinich: Syria Strike Would Turn US Into 'al Qaeda's Air Force'
By Julian Pecquet 
August 28, 2013 "Information Clearing House - Airstrikes on Syria would turn the U.S. military into “al Qaeda's air force,” former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) told The Hill.
The outspoken anti-war activist said any such action would plunge the United States into another war in the Middle East and embolden Islamist militants fighting Bashar Assad's regime.
“So what, we're about to become Al Qaeda's air force now?” Kucinich said. “This is a very, 

Russian President, Saudi Spy Chief Discussed Syria, Egypt

Russian President, Saudi Spy Chief Discussed Syria, Egypt
August 25, 2013 "Information Clearing House - A diplomatic report about the “stormy meeting” in July between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan concluded that the region stretching from North Africa to Chechnya and from Iran to Syria — in other words, the entire Middle East — has come under the influence of an open US-Russian face-off and that “it is not unlikely that things [will] take a dramatic turn in Lebanon, in both the political and security senses, in light of the major Saudi decision to respond to Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian crisis.”

A Time to Break Silence: By Rev. Martin Luther King

The Power of Edward Snowden

The Power of Edward Snowden
The Power of Edward Snowden

By Philip Weiss

August 10, 2013 "Information Clearing House -   Consider the power of Edward Snowden.  Six weeks after Obama declared, "I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker," he's canceled a summit because of him. Obama won't be meeting with Vladimir Putin because Putin extended temporary asylum to Edward Snowden. Some news accounts say it's a new Cold War.

Saudi Rulers Pour Money Into Arming Militants in Region

Saudi Rulers Pour Money Into Arming Militants in Region

August 11, 2013 "Information Clearing House - If Saudi rulers had more brains, they might be formidably dangerous. Even with lackluster intelligence assets, they are already causing enough havoc and bloodshed across the Middle East and North Africa regions, pouring millions-of-dollars-worth of weaponry into Al Qaeda and other Takfiri networks that are destroying once proud civilizations in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Libya through nihilistic sectarianism.

More Democratic Freedoms in Saudi Arabia? Not Going to Happen

More Democratic Freedoms in Saudi Arabia? Not Going to Happen
August 12, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "RT" -  Saudi Arabia policies are enormously hypocritical. They discriminate against 10 percent of their own population, the Shiites, while saying they are intervening in Syria for more democracy, journalist Pepe Escobar told RT.

Canada’s double standards on Middle East sink to new low

Canada’s double standards on Middle East sink to new low


The extremism of Canada’s support for Israel just keeps growing.
The latest example is the Conservative government in Ottawa helping convince the European Union to list Hizballah’s military wing as a “terrorist” organization. After that decision was taken, Foreign Minister John Bairddeclared, “We are thrilled that the European Union unanimously has agreed to designate Hizballah as a terrorist organization. We’ve been pushing for this.”

Christian Zionism: The Heresy that Undermines Middle East Peace

Christian Zionism: The Heresy that Undermines Middle East Peace

Christian Zionism is the largest, most controversial and most destructive lobby within Christianity. It bears primary responsibility for perpetuating tensions in the Middle East, justifying Israel’s apartheid colonialist agenda and for undermining the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians

“Big Data” Dynamo: How Giant Tech Firms Help the Government Spy on Us and Gut Privacy

“Big Data” Dynamo: How Giant Tech Firms Help the Government Spy on Us and Gut Privacy
July 29, 2013 "Information Clearing House -  As the secret state continues trawling the electronic communications of hundreds of millions of Americans, lusting after what securocrats euphemistically call "actionable intelligence," a notional tipping point that transforms a "good" citizen into a "criminal" suspect, the role played by telecommunications and technology firms cannot be emphasized enough.

Bradley Manning Lynched by the US Government

Bradley Manning Lynched by the US Government

August 01, 2013 "Information Clearing House -  The verdict for Manning was predetermined, and the show trial in a kangaroo court – a post-modern American remix of China in the 1960s during the Cultural Revolution – just signed, sealed and delivered it. The President of the United States (POTUS) had already said he was guilty. US corporate media had been screaming for three years he was guilty. Now the US government – who criminalized Manning with “evil intent” - has shown there will be hell to pay for anyone who dares to reveal American war crimes, which are, by definition, unpunishable.