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Tuesday January 10th, 2012
Obama Ready to Use Military Force to Stop Nuclear Iran, Ex-Adviser Says posted 01/10/2012, 10:45 PM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Geopolitics]
No one should doubt that President Barack Obama is prepared to use military force to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon if sanctions and diplomacy fail, the president’s former special assistant on Iran said.

Obama has “made it very clear” that he regards a nuclear- armed Iran as so great a threat to international security that “the Iranians should never think that there’s a reluctance to use the force” to stop them, Dennis Ross, who served two years on Obama’s National S
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Monday January 9th, 2012

Polish army prosecutor shoots himself after press briefing posted 01/09/2012, 4:52 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Geopolitics]

Polish prosecutor 'shoots self after news conference'

A Polish military prosecutor has shot himself in the head after cutting short a news conference in his office, officials and media reports say.

Col Mikolaj Przybyl was defending a military investigation into media leaks related to the air crash that killed the Polish president in 2010.

He asked reporters
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Thursday January 5th, 2012



China airlines refuse to pay EU carbon charge posted 01/05/2012, 8:34 PM (AFP)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Chinese airlines will not pay a charge on carbon emissions imposed by the European Union from January 1, a national aviation industry group said Thursday.

The cap-and-trade scheme, which has angered the US and Chinese governments and airlines worldwide, came into force on Sunday after the European Union's highest court rejected a challenge brought by US carriers last month.

"China, of course, will not cooperate with the European Union on the ETS (emissions trading s
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Saturday December 31st, 2011

Rick Steves' Iran: Yesterday and Today posted 12/31/2011, 6:45 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Geopolitics]

Join Rick as he explores the most surprising and fascinating land he's ever visited: Iran. In this one-hour, ground-breaking travel special, you'll discover the splendid monuments of Iran's rich and glorious past, learn more about the 20th-century story of this perplexing nation, and experience Iranian life today in its historic capital and in a countryside village. Most important, you'll meet the peop
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Thursday December 29th, 2011

Chavez: U.S. May Be Behind Leaders' Cancer posted 12/29/2011, 1:43 AM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Geopolitics]
enezuelan President Hugo Chavez hinted that the U.S. may be behind a “very strange” bout of cancer affecting several leaders aligned with him in South America.

Chavez, speaking a day after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, said the Central Intelligence Agency was behind chemical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and that it’s possible that in years to come a plot will be uncovered that shows the U.S. spread cancer as a politi
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Snapshots of Washington's essence posted 12/29/2011, 1:43 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Geopolitics]
I intended to post sporadically or not at all this week, and that’s still my plan, but there is a new Washington Post article which contains three short passages that I really want to highlight because they so vividly capture the essence of so much. The article, by Greg Miller, is being promoted by the Post this way: “In 3 ... (more)


Wednesday December 28th, 2011

Why US Support for Sadistic Tyranny in Bahrain Continues posted 12/28/2011, 2:45 AM (Antiwar.com)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Back during the initial swing of protests in Bahrain, and when the Khalifa regime’s crackdown was at its harshest, dozens of medical professionals were arrested for the crime of treating as patients those protesters who had been injured by violent Bahraini security forces. At the time, the authorities slapped trumped up charges on them like “attempting to overthrow the government” and “spreading false news.” After international condemnation, mainly from rights groups, the regime granted those do... (more)


Friday December 23rd, 2011

No end to hysteria: N. Korean kids crying over Kim Jong-Il posted 12/23/2011, 3:25 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Geopolitics]

Dramatic scenes of public mourning continued in the North Korean capital on Thursday following the death of Kim Jong Il who had led the country for 17 years. North Korean state television broadcast pictures of school children sobbing as they laid white flowers for their leader in the Kim Il Sung square in central Pyongyang. Kim Jong Il died at the age of sixty nine of a massive heart attack on Saturday
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Mythmaking begins for NKorea's next leader posted 12/23/2011, 3:25 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Just before North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died, the skies glowed red above sacred Mount Paektu and the impenetrable sheet of ice at the heart of the mystical volcano cracked with a deafening roar.

At least, that's the official account of the supernatural circumstances preceding Kim's death last Saturday, as relayed by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. The news agency is one of the chief propaganda organs tasked with building up the quasi-religious mystique around the Kim
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Wednesday December 21st, 2011

China village ends protests after government compromise posted 12/21/2011, 11:56 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Geopolitics]
(Reuters) - A Chinese village protest that tested the ruling Communist Party for over a week ended on Wednesday after officials offered concessions over seized farmland and the death of a village leader, in a rare spectacle of the government backing down to mobilized citizens.

Residents of Wukan, in southern Guangdong province, had fended off police with barricades and held protests over the death in police custody of activist Xue Jinbo, whose family rejects the government's posit
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Tuesday December 20th, 2011



A Dictator Dies, Will The Regime Live On? posted 12/20/2011, 11:03 PM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Kim Jong-il, the ruler of perhaps the most totalitarian dictatorship in the world, is dead. In watching the footage of North Korean citizens weeping hysterically, as if their own children had died, we can see the great wickedness at the heart of hyper-statism. Communism, fascism, and the total state represent a form of worship, and probably the worst kind. The fact that people could be so brainwashed so as to feel ... (more)


The Globalization of War: The "Military Roadmap" to World War III posted 12/20/2011, 11:00 PM (Michel Chossudovsky)
[Category: Geopolitics]
We are dealing with a global military agenda, namely “Global Warfare”. Far from a world of peaceful cooperation, we are living in a dystopian world of permanent wars – wars that are being waged in flagrant contravention of international law and against public opinion and interest.

Far from a “new era more secure in the quest for peace” we may see a world more akin to George Orwell’s 1984, dominated by perpetual conflict, insecurity, authoritarian surveillance, doublethink and publ
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Playing with fire: Obama's threat to China posted 12/20/2011, 11:00 PM (Al Jazeera)
[Category: Geopolitics]
When it comes to China policy, is the Obama administration leaping from the frying pan directly into the fire? In an attempt to turn the page on two disastrous wars in the greater Middle East, it may have just launched a new Cold War in Asia - once again, viewing oil as the key to global supremacy.... (more)


Monday December 19th, 2011

US To Give North Korean Regime Massive Handouts So They Can Stay In Power posted 12/19/2011, 2:49 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The US is not content with the North Korean regime collapsing in on itself. Instead, the Obama regime is insisting on providing them with massive handouts so they can stay in power.

APNewsBreak: US aid a step toward Korea nuke talks
The United States was poised to announce a significant donation of food aid to North Korea this week before the nation announced the ... (more)


No, the U.S. is not leaving Iraq posted 12/19/2011, 2:47 PM (Salon)
[Category: Geopolitics]
In a speech at Fort Bragg, N.C., Wednesday, President Obama declared that the war in Iraq is over.

“I've come to speak to you about the end of the war in Iraq,” he told gathered troops. “Over the last few months, the final work of leaving Iraq has been done. Dozens of bases with American names that housed thousands of American troops have been closed down or turned over to the Iraqis.  Thousands of tons of equipment have been packed up and shipped out. Tomorrow, the colors of Unit
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Sunday December 18th, 2011

Communist Dictator Kim Jong Il Dead posted 12/18/2011, 10:37 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Jim Rogers has said he thinks North Korea could be one of the biggest growth markets in the world, perhaps that will finally happen now that their 'Dead Leader' is dead.

From Bloomberg News:
Kim Jong Il, the second-generation North Korean dictator who defied global condemnation to build nuclear weapons while his people starved, has di... (more)


Friday December 16th, 2011

Russian newspaper founder shot dead in North Caucasus posted 12/16/2011, 4:11 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The founder of a newspaper that investigated government corruption has been shot dead outside the newspaper's office in Russia's North Caucasus region, police say.

A gunman shot Gadzhimurat Kamalov as he was leaving the offices of the newspaper Chernovik in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan province, shortly before midnight on Thursday, the regional interior ministry said.

Police said Kamalov was shot eight times and pronounced dead on the way to hospital.


Thursday December 8th, 2011

Ron Paul "Biggest Danger We Face Today Is Starting A War Against Iran Over A Weapon They Don't Have" posted 12/08/2011, 4:38 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Geopolitics]


CIA 'secret prison' found in Romania - media reports posted 12/08/2011, 4:32 PM (BBC)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The CIA operated a secret prison in the Romanian capital Bucharest where terrorism suspects were interrogated, an investigation by the Associated Press and German media has found.

Former CIA operatives identified the building where, they said, detainees were held and tortured.

The building belongs to a Romanian agency, Orniss, which stores classified information from the EU and Nato.

Orniss has denied hosting a CIA prison and the CIA has refused to co
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Tuesday December 6th, 2011

The U.S. 'Secret' War Against Iran posted 12/06/2011, 4:47 PM (Jack D. Douglas)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The Secret U.S. War Against Iran, with massive support from the U.S. colonies of the U.K. and E.U., is now escalating very rapidly. [This War is a secret only among ignorant Americans cut off from world news. The rest of the world knows about it and Muslims know the terrifying details of what the U.S. has done.] Almost every day there are new, very dangerous attacks on Iran to which Iran is responding strongly in the firm believe that bowing to the Empire would produce only more attacks,... (more)


Friday December 2nd, 2011

A win-win on drugs? Fighting gangs by legalizing pot posted 12/02/2011, 10:54 AM (GlobalPost)
[Category: Geopolitics]
MALMO, Sweden — Copenhagen just got a lot closer to legalizing the sale of pot.

If approved by the Danish parliament, next year the city could grant licenses to individual marijuana growers. City-owned shops would then sell their crop to the public.

That prospect was deeply amusing to Israel, a burly dreadlocked Cuban in Christiania, the city’s self-declared “free town.”

"I will grow it!" he said with excessive zeal. "I’ve got this big bag of seeds."<
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Friday November 18th, 2011

Swiss cannabis smokers to be allowed to grow four marijuana plants each posted 11/18/2011, 8:03 PM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Cannabis smokers in Switzerland will soon be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants each at home to stop them buying drugs on the black market.

In a bizarre twist to the new law, four people sharing a house can grow up to 16 plants - but only if each person tends to their own crop.

The deregulation of Switzerland's already lax cannabis laws has been agreed by four neighbouring regions in the French-speaking part of the Alpine country.

A spokesman
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Thursday November 17th, 2011

Chinese man sets himself on fire in Tiananmen Square posted 11/17/2011, 11:24 PM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Geopolitics]
A Chinese man set himself on fire in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in what is thought to be the first act of self-immolation at the scene of the 1989 pro-democracy protests for more than a decade. ... (more)


Wednesday November 16th, 2011

U.S. to increase military activities in Australia from 2012: Obama posted 11/16/2011, 3:18 PM (Xinhuanet)
[Category: Geopolitics]
CANBERRA, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The United States is stepping up its commitment in the Asia-Pacific, with U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday announcing the United States will boost military activities in Australia from 2012.

In a joint press conference held here after a meeting between Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the pair announced the two countries have agreed to increase joint military initiatives to enhance the alliance between the two nations.
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Wednesday November 9th, 2011

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Expands War on Drugs posted 11/09/2011, 2:30 PM (New York Times)
[Category: Geopolitics]
WASHINGTON — Late on a moonless night last March, a plane smuggling nearly half a ton of cocaine touched down at a remote airstrip in Honduras. A heavily armed ground crew was waiting for it — as were Honduran security forces. After a 20-minute firefight, a Honduran officer was wounded and two drug traffickers... (more)


North American Integration and the Ties That Bind posted 11/09/2011, 2:26 PM (Dana Gabriel)
[Category: Geopolitics]
After a two year hiatus, the leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico are set to meet for a trilateral summit. While the push for further North American integration continues incrementally, at this time, it is unlikely that discussions will yield any grand new initiatives that involve the participation of all three NAFTA partners. Instead, the meeting could be used to build off of bilateral discussions already underway. This includes negotiations between the U.S. and Canada on a North American Sec... (more)


Sunday November 6th, 2011

Anonymous calls off outing of cartel after release of kidnapped member posted 11/06/2011, 12:48 AM (ArsTechnica)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Anonymous IberoAmerica, the Latin American collective within the Anonymous hacktivist group, has called off its operation to expose members of the Zetas narcotics cartel after announcing that a kidnapped Anonymous member was released. The released hostage also reportedly delivered a message: that the Zetas would kill ten people for every name of a Zeta associate released by Anonymous.... (more)


Thursday November 3rd, 2011

Assange loses fight against extradition posted 11/03/2011, 3:16 AM (CNN)
[Category: Geopolitics]
London (CNN) -- WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange lost a court battle to stay in the United Kingdom Wednesday and will be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over sex charges, a court ruled.

Appeals court judges Lord Justice John Thomas and Justice Duncan Ouseley rejected all four of the arguments Assange's defense team used to fight the extradition.

They will hold another hearing later this month to determine whether he can appeal.
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Saturday October 29th, 2011

Obama Regime's Hypocrisy: Condemn Police State Crackdowns Abroad, Carry Out Police State Crackdowns At Home posted 10/29/2011, 1:51 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Geopolitics]

Excellent video juxtaposes the Obama regime's condemnation of foreign governments' police state crackdowns with the police state crackdowns the Obama regime is carrying out at home.


Sunday October 23rd, 2011

U.S. Troop Withdrawal Motivated by Iraqi Insistence, Not U.S. Choice posted 10/23/2011, 1:10 AM (National Journal)
[Category: Geopolitics]
President Obama’s speech formally declaring that the last 43,000 U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year was designed to mask an unpleasant truth: The troops aren’t being withdrawn because the U.S. wants them out. They’re leaving because the Iraqi government refused to let them stay.

Obama campaigned on ending the war in Iraq but had instead spent the past few months trying to extend it. A 2008 security deal between Washington and Baghdad called for all American forces
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Amazing how different the real story is compared to the media's narrative this was somehow Obama making good on his campaign promises! - Chris


Friday October 21st, 2011

Left behind in Iraq: thousands of contractors posted 10/21/2011, 3:24 PM (CNN)
[Category: Geopolitics]
With the removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year looking more likely, absent an agreement to extend legal immunity, a large contingent of U.S. contractors will still remain facing their own legal and logistical ambiguities and challenges.

The complexity of the situation is not lost on top officials at the State Department who are busy preparing to assume control of every U.S. responsibility in Iraq – including contracting operations.
[...]
Once th
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Obama: All U.S. Troops Will Leave Iraq by End of 2011 posted 10/21/2011, 2:53 PM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Geopolitics]
President Barack Obama announced that all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year, fulfilling a campaign promise to end U.S. military involvement there.

“After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama said at the White House. U.S. troops will return home “with their heads held high.”

He spoke after conducting a video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He said both governments agreed on the next steps in the U.S.
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Sounds like he's trying to get reelected. I find this very hard to believe considering the massive "permanent" U.S. military bases sprawled all over the country. Meanwhile, the Obama admin just announced they're building a massive new prison in Afghanistan. - Chris

Note also, this is not "as promised," Obama said he would bring the troops home as soon as he got into the White House proclaiming "you can take that to the bank." If you actually took it to the bank, your check would bounce.


Thursday October 20th, 2011

Analysis - Death of Libya's Gaddafi avoids awkward trial posted 10/20/2011, 4:12 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Geopolitics]
A senior National Transitional Council (TNC) military official said the former Libyan leader died after capture having earlier been injured in a NATO airstrike on a convoy fleeing the town. Earlier reports and rumours of his capture had sparked celebrations across Libya and helped oil prices lower.

Had he been taken alive, there would have been potentially acrimonious debate over whether he should be tried in Libya or extradited to the International Criminal Court, which
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Monday October 17th, 2011

Obama Sends 100 Troops to Fight Ugandan Rebels posted 10/17/2011, 7:49 AM (BNO)
[Category: Geopolitics]
October 15, 2011 BNO" -- WASHINGTON, D.C. : U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday announced the deployment of around 100 U.S. special operations troops to Uganda to fight the rebel group known as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

In a letter to Congress, Obama informed that in the next months further U.S. troops will be shipped out to other African countries as well, including South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Friday October 14th, 2011

Obama: Iran 'Will Pay a Price' for Assassination Plot posted 10/14/2011, 12:39 PM (ABC News)
[Category: Geopolitics]
President Barack Obama said today that Iran will "pay a price" through sanctions and international pressure for its recent hostile behavior including the alleged Iran-directed plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. in Washington, D.C.

Echoing previous statements by top U.S. officials, Obama said that when dealing with Iran, "We don't take any options off the table," but did not make any mention of possible military action in favor of pushing harsh economic sa
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Thursday October 13th, 2011

Canada Pursues U.S.-Style Security and Foreign Policy posted 10/13/2011, 8:39 AM (BeYourOwnLeader)
[Category: Geopolitics]
In the last number of years, there has been a dramatic shift in Canadian security and foreign policy with regards to continental, hemispheric and global issues. While Canada is working with the U.S. on a North American security perimeter deal, there are also efforts to strengthen defense relations with Britain and other allies. Canada has also elevated its status in NATO and is playing a more prominent role in military operations overseas.... (more)


Australia parliament passes divisive carbon tax posted 10/13/2011, 8:34 AM (BBC)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Australia's lower house of parliament has narrowly passed a bill for a controversial carbon tax.

The legislation would force about 500 of the biggest polluters to pay for each tonne of carbon dioxide they emit.

The tax is central to the government's strategy to combat climate change, but the opposition says it will cause job losses and raise the cost of living.

Australia is the world's largest coal exporter and one of the biggest per capita greenhouse
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Sunday October 9th, 2011

Afghanistan War: Ex-Commander Stanley McChrystal Says U.S. Started War With 'Frighteningly Simplistic' View Of Country posted 10/09/2011, 6:17 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Geopolitics]
"We didn't know enough and we still don't know enough," he said. "Most of us – me included – had a very superficial understanding of the situation and history, and we had a frighteningly simplistic view of recent history, the last 50 years."... (more)


Chavez: Houses on Caribbean islands will be seized posted 10/09/2011, 6:16 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Geopolitics]
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Thursday that his government will expropriate homes on the Caribbean resort islands of Los Roques, saying the structures were built on plots bought in shadowy business deals.

Chavez has nationalized hundreds of privately owned companies since taking office in 1999, but this is the first time he has targeted private homes for expropriation.

Chavez offered no details regarding the planned seizures of
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Don't think of it as seizing, he's just "redesigning the Caribbean islands for the masses!"


Tuesday September 27th, 2011

Over 80% of Bahrainis refused to vote posted 09/27/2011, 1:07 AM (PressTV)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Election results in Bahrain show that more than 80 percent of the electorate refused to vote in the recent parliamentary by-elections in the country.

According to a Bahraini government website, less than one in every five voters cast their ballots in the recent by-elections, Reuters reported on Sunday.

The controversial by-elections were held on Saturday to replace 18 Bahraini lawmakers from the main opposition party, al-Wefaq, who walked out of the parliament in Fe
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What media coverage omits about U.S. hikers released by Iran posted 09/27/2011, 12:56 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Geopolitics]
"In prison, every time we complained about our conditions, the guards would remind us of comparable conditions at Guantanamo Bay; they'd remind us of CIA prisons in other parts of the world; and conditions that Iranians and others experience in prisons in the U.S.

We do not believe that such human rights violation on the part of our government justify what has been done to us: not for a moment. However, we do believe that these actions on the part of the U.S. provide an excus
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Monday September 26th, 2011

Obama rescinds Bush order, sends 55 'bunker buster' bombs to Israel posted 09/26/2011, 12:15 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Geopolitics]
More change you can believe in.

Via YNetNews:
The upcoming issue of Newsweek, which is set to hit newsstands on Monday, claims that two years ago US President Barack Obama secretly approved the transfer of 55 "bunker-busters", a form of deep-penetrating bombs, to Israel. The country had been requesting the bombs since the time of the Bush administration, the Daily Beast website reported on F... (more)


Friday September 23rd, 2011

Angry Chinese Villagers Riot In Guangdong posted 09/23/2011, 8:40 PM (Business Insider)
[Category: Geopolitics]
A peaceful riot turned violent earlier on Friday in the town of Wukan (乌åŽ) in Guangdong.... (more)


Monday September 19th, 2011

U.S. to build new massive prison in Bagram posted 09/19/2011, 10:14 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Geopolitics]
As the Obama administration announced plans for hundreds of billions of dollars more in domestic budget cuts, it late last week solicited bids for the construction of a massive new prison in Bagram, Afghanistan.  Posted on the aptly named FedBizOps.Gov website which it uses to announce new privatized spending projects, the administration unveiled plans for "the constr... (more)


Saturday September 17th, 2011

What's 9/11? Afghans never heard of NYC terror posted 09/17/2011, 2:04 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Geopolitics]

Images from 9/11 are still chilling, even 10 years after the attacks shook the world. They triggered the so-called war on terror. But in the country that's been at the forefront of that war, it can be hard to find people who remember why foreign troops arrived in the first place. We continue our special coverage of the 9/11 anniversary, with this report from Afghanistan.


Thursday September 8th, 2011

Somalia: The List of "Pacified" Nations Continues to Grow posted 09/08/2011, 3:34 PM (Activist Post)
[Category: Geopolitics]
By now, the fact that retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clarke went public about a plan he encountered at the Pentagon to attack seven countries in five years, is no longer major news. After all, Clarke revealed this information in 2006, years after the illegal and lie-based war on Iraq was launched and years after it was too late to stop it.

Clarke’s revelation is particularly interesting conside
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Friday September 2nd, 2011

WikiLeaks: UN Peacekeepers Traded Food For Sex posted 09/02/2011, 5:13 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Geopolitics]
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- United Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast enticed underage girls in a poor part of the West African nation to exchange sex for food, according to a United States Embassy cable released by WikiLeaks.

The cable written in January 2010 focuses on the behavior of Beninese peacekeepers stationed in the western town of Toulepleu, an area that has been at the crosshairs of the nation's 10-year-long conflict.

A random poll of 10 underage girls in To
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Belarus Struggles With Meat Shortage as Russians Exploit Currency Plunge posted 09/02/2011, 5:07 AM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Belarus’s supermarkets are running out of meat as Russians take advantage of a currency crisis that a devaluation and the world’s highest borrowing costs have failed to stem.

“All meat has gone to Russia,” Alexander Andreyevich, an 82-year-old former tractor-plant worker, said Aug. 25 in Minsk, the capital. “My relatives near the Russian border called me a few days ago and said the shops are empty.”

Belarus is grappling with a balance-of-payments crisis that forced
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Sunday August 21st, 2011

U.S. Mideast policy in a single phrase posted 08/21/2011, 9:01 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The CIA's spokesman at The Washington Post, columnist David Ignatius, recently announced that the glorifying term "Arab Spring" is no longer being used by senior intelligence officials to describe democratic revolutions in the Middle East.  It has been replaced by the more "neutral" term "Arab transition," which, as Ignatius put it, "conveys the essential truth that nobody can predi... (more)


Live Coverage of Libyan Revolution from AlJazeera posted 08/21/2011, 9:01 PM (AlJazeera)
[Category: Geopolitics]
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Friday August 12th, 2011

168 Children posted 08/12/2011, 7:04 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Geopolitics]
That is the estimated number of kids who have been killed by US drones in Pakistan, during a war whose purpose no one can clearly explain, much less justify. The Bush-Obama war on terrorism has been raging for nearly ten years now, and virtually none of it has anything to do with keeping Americans safe. Aside from destroying innocent lives, precious liberty, and trillions of dollars worth of property,... (more)


Wednesday August 10th, 2011

South Korea Fires Artillery Off Yeonpyeong After Hearing Shells From North posted 08/10/2011, 11:32 AM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Geopolitics]
South Korea’s military said it fired artillery rounds in retaliation after hearing explosions coming from the North near the countries’ disputed sea border that was the scene of a deadly shelling in November.

The three South Korean shells were fired into the sea around 2 p.m. local time, about an hour after the initial salvo, said a defense ministry official who declined to be identified, citing government policy. The defense official said the military wasn’t aware of any drills i
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Interesting timing, considering the markets are in free fall... - Chris, InfoLib


Thursday August 4th, 2011

Mexican Cocaine Kingpin Says U.S. Authorities Helped Protect His Drug Cartel posted 08/04/2011, 3:05 AM (Latin American Herald Tribune)
[Category: Geopolitics]
CHICAGO – A Mexican man charged with smuggling tons of cocaine into the United States told a federal judge in Chicago that U.S. authorities protected his outfit, the powerful Sinaloa cartel, in exchange for information on rival gangs.

The defendant, Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, is the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, reputed right-hand man of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and played an important role in the organization until his March 2009 arrest in Mexico City.
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While the government is busy raiding people for selling drugs (and raw milk) here in America, they're busy helping run the drugs overseas. - Chris, InfoLib


Friday July 29th, 2011

China struggles to censor high-speed rail crash coverage posted 07/29/2011, 11:30 PM (BBC)
[Category: Geopolitics]
China's government has been the target of a barrage of public invective since a high-speed rail crash at the weekend claimed at least 39 lives and injured 200 people.

Relatives of the victims and internet users have been angered by the government's apparent unwillingness to answer questions about the fatal collision.
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Wednesday July 20th, 2011

Australia: Carbon price battle is lost, say experts posted 07/20/2011, 1:18 PM (Brisbane Times)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Political experts believe the battle to sell the carbon tax to the Australian public has been lost and the Prime Minister can do nothing to change voters' minds on the issue.

A poll by ReachTel has shown a week of public campaigning on the climate change reform by Julia Gillard has failed to sway voter opinion on the tax in the past seven days.

Despite the issue dominating the news cycle for the past week, support for the carbon tax (32.4 per cent) remained 28.6 poi
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Wow, people are 2-1 against it, I guess they're not that gullible. From reading the Australian media, you'd think they were 10-1 for it. - Chris


Sunday July 17th, 2011

North Korean Prisoner Kim Hye-sook Describes NK Government Gulags posted 07/17/2011, 7:05 AM (The Independent)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Kim Hye-sook reaches for a wooden coffee stirrer on the table in front of her to illustrate how public executions were carried out in the North Korean labour camp that was her home for nearly three decades.

"A day before the executions, prison guards would put huge banners to tell everyone what was going to happen, and on the day everyone would be ordered to attend," the diminutive 50-year-old explains. "They would take the prisoner to a stake, tie them up and blindfold them. The
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This is what happens when people put their faith in government.


Thursday July 14th, 2011

Next Up: Pakistan posted 07/14/2011, 7:04 AM (Justin Raimondo)
[Category: Geopolitics]
I see someone besides myself has noticed all the "leaking" going on in the upper echelons of Washington over our rocky relationship with Pakistan. Suddenly Islamabad is on the verge of being classified as part of the Axis of Evil, with the head of the joi... (more)


Friday June 17th, 2011

Fox News Video: U.S. Soldiers Guarding Opium Fields in Afghanistan posted 06/17/2011, 5:49 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Geopolitics]

Life as a U.S. soldier: Overseas, you protect the heroin trade. When you come back to the U.S. and join the police, you murder people for consuming the heroin from the very field you were protecting. This is your so-called "war on drugs."


Wednesday June 15th, 2011

Yet another illegal war -- now in Yemen posted 06/15/2011, 2:15 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Both The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post report today that the Obama administration is planning to exploit the disorder from the civil war in Yemen by dramatically escalating a CIA-led drone bombing campaign.  In one sense, this is nothing new.  Contra... (more)


US Congress votes against Libya funding posted 06/15/2011, 2:15 AM (AFP)
[Category: Geopolitics]
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives voted to prohibit the use of funds for American military operations in Libya.... (more)

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