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Wednesday August 1st, 2012
US terror drone strikes kill 18, injure more than dozen in Somalia posted 08/01/2012, 10:05 PM (PressTV)
[Category: Geopolitics]
US assassination drone strikes have claimed the lives of at least 18 people and wounded 117 others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports.

Sahal Mohamed Gedi, a Somali military official confirmed the news, adding that the aerial strikes took place in Luglow on the outskirts of North Kismayo side on Sunday.
Somalia is the sixth country, where the United States has used assassination drones to launch missile strikes. The US military has also used drones in Afgh... (more)

Sunday July 29th, 2012

CIA "Manages"¯ Drug Trade, Mexican Official Says posted 07/29/2012, 1:47 PM (The New American)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The Central Intelligence Agency's involvement in drug trafficking is back in the media spotlight after a spokesman for the violence-plagued Mexican state of Chihuahua became the latest high-profile individual to accuse the CIA, which has been linked to narcotics trafficking for decades, of ongoing efforts to "manage the drug trade." The infamous American spy agency refused to comment.

In a recent interview, Chihuahua state spokesman Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva told Al Jazeera... (more)

Friday July 27th, 2012

Raul Castro: Cuba willing to sit down with US posted 07/27/2012, 11:32 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Geopolitics]
HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro said Thursday that his government is willing to mend fences with bitter Cold War foe the United States and sit down to discuss anything, as long as it is a conversation between equals.... (more)
Obama to Raul: "Please Mr. Castro, teach us your communists ways!"

Tuesday July 17th, 2012

Shocking video shows Gaddafi's body 'being used by rebels as ventriloquist's doll' posted 07/17/2012, 4:43 PM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Geopolitics]
A gruesome new video which appears to show Muammar Gaddafi's dead body being abused by rebels has surfaced online.

In the shocking clip, which was posted to YouTube on Monday, high-spirited demonstrators apparently use the Libyan dictator's corpse as a ventriloquist's doll.

The footage came to light after a Syrian activist linked to it on Twitter, aiming a threat at Syria's leader Bashar Al Assad.
... (more)

Tuesday July 10th, 2012

Singapore to Relax Death Penalty for Some Drug Traffickers posted 07/10/2012, 9:51 AM (
[Category: Geopolitics]
Singapore, once famously called "Disneyland with the death penalty" by author William Gibson, will move to relax the imposition of mandatory death sentences for drug traffickers. The wealthy Southeast Asian city-state's deputy prime minister said Monday the government will produce a draft law by year's end that will give judges more discretion in some drug trafficking and murder cases, Reuters reported.

Singapore, which was been ruled by the same party since 1965, is a notori
... (more)

7 Americans at Colombian drug lord's party: Report posted 07/10/2012, 9:45 AM (Colombia Reports)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Seven men found at a party where Colombian police arrested neo-paramilitary drug lord "Fritanga" identified themselves as American citizens. Three of them said to be cops, weekly Semana reported Sunday.

The magazine published photos of the American citizens' passports on its website and a video in which one of the alleged Americans says in Spanish, "I am a United States police officer."
... (more)

Monday July 9th, 2012

Mexico urges U.S. to join drug policy 'review' posted 07/09/2012, 8:04 AM (AFP)
[Category: Geopolitics]
WASHINGTON — Mexico’s incoming president Enrique Pena Nieto called Sunday for a “new debate” on the drug war raging in his country and urged the United States to play a “fundamental role” in the review.

A week after returning the once-authoritarian Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to power on campaign promises to reduce the violence that is blighting Mexican life, Pena Nieto said it was time for a re-evaluation.

“Yes, I do believe we should open up a new deba
... (more)
Sounds like meaningless bluster to pacify the plebs. - Chris

Friday July 6th, 2012

UN calls for 'billionaires tax' to help world's poor posted 07/06/2012, 2:42 AM (AFP)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The United Nations on Thursday called for a tax on billionaires to help raise more than $400 billion a year for poor countries.

An annual lump sum payment by the super-rich is one of a host of measures including a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, currency exchanges or financial transactions proposed in a UN report that accuses wealthy nations of breaking promises to step up aid for the less fortunate.

The annual World Economic and Social Survey says it is critical t
... (more)

Monday July 2nd, 2012

Colombia High Court Okays Drug Decriminalization posted 07/02/2012, 2:03 AM (
[Category: Geopolitics]
Colombia's Constitutional Court has approved the government's proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use. The opinion (scroll down to item three, Expediente D-8842) issued last Sunday re-decriminalizes drug possession in Colombia, which had decriminalized by the courts in the 1990s, only to have possession recrim... (more)

Wednesday June 20th, 2012

Assange asks Ecuador for asylum posted 06/20/2012, 4:28 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Julian Assange was scheduled within days to turn himself over to British authorities for extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning in connection with a sexual assault case in which he has never been charged. Instead, Assange earlier today went to the Embassy of Ecuador in London and sought asylum from that country under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, issued a statement indicating that his government is “evaluati... (more)

Tuesday June 19th, 2012

Mexico's drug war rocks U.S. expat stronghold posted 06/19/2012, 4:03 AM (Reuters)
[Category: Geopolitics]
AJIJIC, Mexico (Reuters) - For decades, American and Canadian expats have flocked to the shores of Chapala, seeking refuge in the spring-like climate of Mexico's largest natural lake, where English author D.H. Lawrence once came for inspiration.... (more)
Sounds like propaganda to keep us from fleeing! - Chris

Wednesday June 13th, 2012

The World (and Women) Hates U.S. Drone Strikes posted 06/13/2012, 11:54 PM (
[Category: Geopolitics]
Today, the Pew Research Center released its latest Pew Global Attitudes Project public opinion survey, conducted in twenty-one countries in March and April of this year through phone or in-person interviews. The results lead with the headline (which shouldn't come as a shock to anyone following U.S. targeted killing policies) "Drone Strikes Widely Opposed."... (more)

Wednesday June 6th, 2012

Green Party Leader Slammed for Going to Bilderberg posted 06/06/2012, 9:53 PM (
[Category: Geopolitics]
The secretive annual Bilderberg conference of the global elite has inspired a host of conspiracy theories. Now a senior German Green Party politician is under fire for attending this year's event. Many greens are asking what he was doing schmoozing with business and financial leaders.... (more)

Friday June 1st, 2012

Venezuela bans private gun ownership posted 06/01/2012, 10:38 AM (BBC)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Venezuela has brought a new gun law into effect which bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition.

Until now, anyone with a gun permit could buy arms from a private company.

Under the new law, only the army, police and certain groups like security companies will be able to buy arms from the state-owned weapons manufacturer and importer.
... (more)

Thursday May 31st, 2012

Washington Times Covers Bilderberg posted 05/31/2012, 1:12 PM (Washington Times)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Chantilly's Westfields Marriott hotel is the site of an “unprecedented” security crackdown as the world’s richest and most powerful arrive for the annual Bilderberg conference.

Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to protest the highly secretive gathering, which kicks off Thursday and lasts through the weekend. The off-the-record meeting, well known in conspiracy lore but typically given little to no media attention each year, once again will bring together heads of state, billi
... (more)

Wednesday May 30th, 2012

Julian Assange loses extradition case posted 05/30/2012, 9:10 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Geopolitics]
WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson has blamed Washington for today's ruling. "This is not the final outcome. What we have here is retribution from the US," he said, according to Reuters.... (more)

Dead on arrival? Dutch Parliament kills ACTA before EU vote posted 05/30/2012, 9:01 AM (
[Category: Geopolitics]
Lawmakers in Holland have voted to strike down the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), slammed by many as a free speech and information access choker. Dutch MPs have also ruled the government will never sign any such agreement.... (more)

Sunday May 27th, 2012

Bilderberg power masters meet in the US posted 05/27/2012, 9:33 PM (RT)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Every time a “Bilderberg Meeting” takes place, important things happen. The last time they met in the US was an election year, 2008 – and the world got Obama. This year they’re back in the US: will they decide who the next president of the United State

When in 2008 they gathered from June 5 to 8 in Chantilly, Virginia – just a stone’s throw from the Washington DC – Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were neck-in-neck in the battle for the Democratic Party’s presidential candidacy. <
... (more)

Drudge Runs Poll on Bilderberg posted 05/27/2012, 9:31 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Geopolitics]

Real power masters, false conspiracy, or a little of both?

Tuesday May 22nd, 2012

9/11 'truther' leading Egyptian presidential race posted 05/22/2012, 11:04 PM (Washington Times)
[Category: Geopolitics]
An Islamist who believes that the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States were an American conspiracy is the front-runner in Egypt’s presidential race, a new poll shows.

Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, formerly a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, led the field of 13 candidates with 32 percent of the vote in a survey released Monday by the Washington-based Brookings Institution.

Mr. Abolfotoh expressed his views on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade C
... (more)

Lets hope the U.S. doesn't murder him. - Chris

Saturday May 19th, 2012

Drone filmmaker denied visa posted 05/19/2012, 4:18 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Geopolitics]
A Pakistani student is unable to accept his film festival award because he is denied the right to enter the U.S.... (more)

Monday May 14th, 2012

China buying oil from Iran with yuan posted 05/14/2012, 12:17 AM (BBC)
[Category: Geopolitics]
China is buying crude oil from Iran using its currency the yuan, an Iranian diplomat has said.

Oil transactions are usually settled in dollars but US sanctions make it difficult for Iran to accept payments in the US currency.

Iran is using the revenue to buy goods and services from China, Mohammed Reza Fayyad, Iran's ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, confirmed.
... (more)

Thursday May 10th, 2012

German police fired 85 bullets in 2011 posted 05/10/2012, 6:01 PM (Boing Boing)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Itwilllbeok sez, "According to the German Police University police officers used exactly 85 bullets in 2011 - 49 warning shots, 36 shots on suspects. 15 persons were injured, 6 were killed. Germany has a population of about 80 million. (This does only take into account shots in connection with crimes. There were an additional 9000 shots on dangerous, sick and injured animals)."

Colombia passes 1st draft of drug crop legalization bill posted 05/10/2012, 5:57 PM (Colombia Reports)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The Colombian House of Representatives Wednesday passed the first draft of a bill that seeks to legalize illicit crops.

The initiative calls for the decriminalization of growing plants such as coca, marijuana and opium poppies in the country.
... (more)

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012

Bolivia Seizes Unit of Spanish Power Company Red Electrica posted 05/02/2012, 6:24 AM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Bolivia is nationalizing the local assets of Spain’s Red Electrica Corp. (REE), giving the government control of the Andean nation’s power grid two weeks after neighboring Argentina seized its biggest oil company.

President Evo Morales signed the decree today, saying the Alcobendas, Spain-based company’s local investment was inadequate and energy should be controlled by the government, according to a statement on the presidential website. Bolivia generated 45.7 million euros ($60.
... (more)

Monday April 30th, 2012

Gaddafi's former oil chief found dead in Austria posted 04/30/2012, 9:53 AM (ABC News)
[Category: Geopolitics]
One of the most prominent Libyans to defect from Moamar Gaddafi's regime during the uprising last year has been found dead in Vienna.... (more)

Friday April 27th, 2012

Obama escalates in Yemen – again posted 04/27/2012, 8:09 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The United States has begun launching drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen under new authority approved by President Obama that allows the CIA and the military to fire even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known, U.S. officials said. . . .... (more)

Friday April 20th, 2012

Argentina seizes gas firm owned by Repsol posted 04/20/2012, 7:56 PM (AFP)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Facing intense criticism over the nationalization of its biggest oil firm, Argentina on Thursday ordered the seizure of YPF Gas, another group controlled by Spain's Repsol, a move expected to further inflame tensions.... (more)

Tuesday April 17th, 2012

Records suggest new N. Korean leader open to discussion on capitalism posted 04/17/2012, 11:53 PM (The Mainichi)
[Category: Geopolitics]
New North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has urged officials of the Workers' Party of Korea to debate economic reforms, including the introduction of capitalist methods -- hitherto one of the greatest taboos in the reclusive state -- the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.... (more)
Records suggest U.S. leaders are not.

Wikileaks founder Assange runs for Australian Senate as 'libertarian' posted 04/17/2012, 11:49 PM (Global Times)
[Category: Geopolitics]
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Tuesday vowed to be a "libertarian" and campaign for more openness in government if he is successful in gaining a seat in the Australian Senate.... (more)

Incensed Spain threatens Argentina after YPF seizure posted 04/17/2012, 11:47 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Geopolitics]
An incensed Spain threatened swift economic retaliation against Argentina on Tuesday after it unveiled plans to seize YPF, the South American nation's biggest oil company which is controlled by Spanish energy group Repsol.... (more)

Monday April 16th, 2012

Briton killed after threat to expose Chinese leader's wife: sources posted 04/16/2012, 11:38 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The British businessman whose murder has sparked political upheaval in China was poisoned after he threatened to expose a plan by a Chinese leader's wife to move money abroad, two sources with knowledge of the police investigation said.... (more)

The Nationalizations Begin: Argentina Takes Over Oil And Gas Producer YPF posted 04/16/2012, 11:38 PM (ZeroHedge)
[Category: Geopolitics]
There are those who naively believe that any time the tables turn against a government, that government will quietly sit in the corner and play by the rules as its power erodes to zero.... (more)

Sunday April 15th, 2012

Ending the Drug War in Latin America posted 04/15/2012, 5:43 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The Internet is abuzz with talk about how Latin American leaders are increasingly considering the idea of drug legalization.

Latin America should not hesitate to end the war on drugs — and the sooner, the better. Latin American countries are paying the biggest price for the drug war. Murders, assassinations, kidnappings, robberies, thefts, muggings, gang wars, infringements on civil liberties, military involvement in law enforc
... (more)

US cancels food aid to North Korea after missile launch, warns of more sanctions posted 04/15/2012, 5:33 PM (MSNBC)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The United States has canceled a proposed food aid deal with North Korea following over its attempt to launch a long-range rocket taking a satellite into orbit.

Senior administration officials told NBC News the deal with Pyongyang is off after the rocket was fired. It failed shortly after launch and landed in the sea off the South Korea coast.
... (more)

Tuesday April 10th, 2012

Shadow Banks on Trial as China's Rich Sister Faces Death posted 04/10/2012, 10:57 PM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Geopolitics]
When a Chinese court sentenced 28- year-old Wu Ying, known as “Rich Sister,” to death for taking $55.7 million from investors without paying them back, it sparked an unexpected firestorm that has drawn in China’s top leadership.... (more)

Monday April 2nd, 2012

China says U.S. has no authority to impose unilateral sanctions on countries dealing with Iran posted 04/02/2012, 8:51 PM (Activist Post)
[Category: Geopolitics]
China has wholly rejected the new sanctions from the United States which take aim at all foreign banks and financial institutions which continue to deal with Iranian crude oil.

“The Chinese side always opposes one country unilaterally imposing sanctions against another according to [its] domestic law. Furthermore, it does not accept the unilateral imposition of those sanctions on a third country,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a brief statement on Saturday, according to the Ass
... (more)

China arrests over coup rumours posted 04/02/2012, 8:51 PM (BBC)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Chinese police have arrested six people and shut 16 websites after rumours were spread that military vehicles were on the streets of Beijing, officials say.... (more)

Friday March 30th, 2012

Iran Like You've Never Seen It [Pics] posted 03/30/2012, 6:20 PM (Imgur)
[Category: Geopolitics]

"Some pictures from my homeland, Iran."

Via r/pics

Monday March 26th, 2012

Central American Presidents Hold Drug Legalization Summit posted 03/26/2012, 3:16 PM (
[Category: Geopolitics]
In a historic meeting in Antigua, Guatemala, Saturday, three Central American heads of state attended a regional summit to discuss alternatives to the current drug prohibition regime, which has left their countries wracked by violence. No consensus was reached and three other regional leaders failed to attend, but for the first time, regional leaders have met explicitly to discuss ending the war on drugs as we know it.... (more)

Wednesday March 21st, 2012

Hawaii Marines deploying to Australia posted 03/21/2012, 10:09 AM (Hawaii News Now)
[Category: Geopolitics]
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Up to 200 Marines from Hawaii will be the first to deploy to Australia in a landmark move that signals a shift in America's focus on the Asia-Pacific region.... (more)

Wednesday March 14th, 2012

Ugandans React Angrily To Kony 2012 Propaganda Film posted 03/14/2012, 11:54 PM (Prison Planet)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The viral Kony 2012 propaganda film has stoked anger amongst those it was ostensibly designed to help – Ugandan citizens – who see through the movie as a transparent ploy to legitimize a US military invasion of Africa.

During a screening of the documentary in northern Uganda, the area that was worst affected by Joseph Kony’s LRA, crowds reacted with confusion, anger and eventually violence, throwing rocks at the screen in protest against the underhanded motive behind the film.
... (more)

Tuesday March 13th, 2012

A Perimeter Approach to Security and the Transformation of the U.S.-Canada Border posted 03/13/2012, 9:49 PM (Dana Gabriel)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Through a series of bilateral meetings, U.S. and Canadian officials are busy working out the details of the perimeter security action plan. This includes a recent joint crime forum that dealt with border and law enforcement issues. These various discussions are part of the implementation process which when finished would bring about the complete transformation of the northern border and another step closer in the creation of a fully integrated North American security perimeter.... (more)

RAP NEWS 12: Yes We KONY? posted 03/13/2012, 1:31 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Geopolitics]

Rap News Episode 12: YES WE KONY. It's March, and the Internet delivers 2012's first globe-consuming meme: the unstoppable, Stop-Kony 2012 video, which has highlighted the plight of African child soldiering like never before. But is it really good? Is it really bad? Or is the world really more complex than 'good guys' and 'bad guys'? Whatevers; one thing's for sure, this is momentous: never had a 27-mi
... (more)

Monday March 12th, 2012

African voices respond to hyper-popular Kony 2012 viral campaign posted 03/12/2012, 6:18 PM (Boing Boing)
[Category: Geopolitics] that flood of attention, one set of voices has gone largely ignored: Africans themselves. Writers, journalists, activists; people of African descent who live and work and think about life on the continent. In this post, we'll round up some of their replies to #Kony2012.... (more)
A must read...

"The Mother of All Bombs": A “great weapon” to use on Iran, says US air force chief posted 03/12/2012, 6:18 PM (Global Research)
[Category: Geopolitics]
A top US Air Force general has described the biggest conventional warhead – the 30,000-pound bunker buster bomb – as “great” for a military strike on Iran.... (more)

Thursday March 8th, 2012

Many Ugandans frustrated, suspicious of Kony 2012 posted 03/08/2012, 8:46 PM (Los Angeles Times)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The viral video campaign that put the name “Joseph Kony” atop Google searches and Twitter trends has stirred up frustration in Uganda, where the crimes of the infamous guerrilla leader are nothing new.... (more)

Wednesday March 7th, 2012

Iran Executed Nearly 500 Drug Offenders Last Year posted 03/07/2012, 4:22 PM (
[Category: Geopolitics]
The Norwegian-based human rights group Iran Human Rights (IHR) has presented its annual report on the death penalty in the Islamic Republic and announce that at least 676 people were executed there last year. Of those, 480, or 71%, were executed for drug offenses, IHR said.... (more)
Meanwhile, this is the drug policy Iran war hawk Newt Gingrich tried to get passed in the US.

Monday March 5th, 2012

China's Wukan Elects Protest Leaders to Council posted 03/05/2012, 4:22 PM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Two leaders of a protest over land grabs in a southern Chinese village were elected to replace the officials they helped oust, in a case that underscored the Communist Party’s challenges in defusing social unrest.

Lin Zulian was elected the village chief and Yang Semao his deputy, in a vote that saw thousands of people fill out ballots March 3, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday. Five other seats on the village committee in Wukan, located in southern China’s Guang
... (more)

Sunday March 4th, 2012

American 'illegals' in Mexico posted 03/04/2012, 9:54 PM (BBC)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The issue of undocumented Mexican migrants in America is widely reported. But what about the thousands of Americans living illegally south of the border? Mexico Direct looks at why they come, and why Mexicans aren't yet making an issue about it.... (more)

Friday March 2nd, 2012

Shocking video: Libyan rebels cage black Africans, force-feed them flags posted 03/02/2012, 7:53 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Geopolitics]

A shocking video has appeared on the Internet showing Libyan rebels torturing a group of black Africans. People with their hands bound are shown being locked in a zoo-like cage and forced to eat the old Libyan flag. ­"Eat the flag, you dog. Patience you dog, patience. God is Great," screams a voice off-camera.
Ahh, the wonders of US liberation!

Wednesday February 29th, 2012

Don't Believe All the Baloney About Iran's Threat posted 02/29/2012, 3:33 PM (Eric Margolis)
[Category: Geopolitics]
What kind of defense could Iran actually mount against an attack on its nuclear and military infrastructure by Israel and/or the United States?

First of all, discount all the TV pictures of Iranian missiles being fired and troops marching in review. They are designed to boost civilian morale at home. Ironically, Western media has used them to trumpet Iran’s alleged military threat. One major US TV network, NBC, even has a fixed logo on its reports from Iran: "Iran T
... (more)

25 alleged Anonymous members arrested internationally; hacker group retaliates posted 02/29/2012, 3:32 PM (ArsTechnica)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Tuesday afternoon, the international police organization Interpol announced the arrest of 25 alleged members of Anonymous by officials in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Spain. Shortly after the announcement, Interpol's website was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack. At the time this story was posted, the website remained unavailable.... (more)
Realistically, they can arrest anyone and claim they're part of this group.

U.S.: North Korea agrees to suspend nuclear activities posted 02/29/2012, 3:31 PM (USA Today)
[Category: Geopolitics]
WASHINGTON (AP) – North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and nuclear and long-range missile tests in a breakthrough in negotiations with the United States, which is set to provide food aid in return.... (more)
Reality: Taxpayers looted to feed NK citizens in exchange for empty promise from communist dictator.

Friday February 24th, 2012

Yakuza Godfather Targeted in Obama Crackdown on Japanese Organized Crime posted 02/24/2012, 9:19 AM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Japan’s yakuza organized-crime groups, having operated openly in their home country for more than a century, are facing tougher treatment by an overseas foe: the U.S. Obama administration.

The largest of Japan’s yakuza organizations, the Yamaguchi- gumi, and two of its leaders will have their U.S. assets frozen and transactions barred under sanctions announced yesterday by the Treasury Department. The group earns “billions of dollars” a year from crimes in Japan and abroad, includ
... (more)
Team America: World Police to the rescue!

Thursday February 23rd, 2012

Counter-Terrorism and Northern Border Drug Strategy Tied to Perimeter Security Deal posted 02/23/2012, 6:12 AM (Dana Gabriel)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The never ending war on drugs and war on terrorism are being used to justify the huge police state security apparatus being assembled. ... (more)

Monday February 13th, 2012

Government officials flee Zhejiang village over land grab protests posted 02/13/2012, 5:18 PM (
[Category: Geopolitics]
Another Chinese village, apparently inspired by the Wukan uprising of last year, has been protesting over land grabs, causing the local government officials to flee. Around 5000 villagers of East and West Panhe Villages, Cangnan County, in Zhejiang Province, are now reported to be running the village themselves.... (more)

Friday February 10th, 2012

A Very Different Take On The "Iran Barters Gold For Food" Story posted 02/10/2012, 2:00 PM (ZeroHedge)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Much has been made of today's Reuters story how "Iran turns to barter for food as sanctions cripple imports" in which we learn that "Iran is turning to barter - offering gold bullion in overseas vaults or tankerloads of oil - in return for food", and whose purpose no doubt is to demonstrate just how crippled the Iranian economy is as a result of the ongoing US embargo. Incidentally this story is 100... (more)

Tuesday January 31st, 2012

Carlos Fuentes: legalise drugs to save Mexico posted 01/31/2012, 7:27 AM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Carlos Fuentes, Mexico's greatest writer, claims that legalising drugs is the only way to end the devastating violence that has claimed 50,000 lives in five years.... (more)

Wednesday January 25th, 2012

China Police Open Fire on Tibetans as Protests Spread posted 01/25/2012, 11:49 PM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Police in southwestern China opened fire on protesters in a Tibetan enclave during a clash Jan. 24, the second straight day of deadly protests in the area, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The confrontation occurred after a crowd gathered two days ago near the Chengguan Police Station, Xinhua said yesterday, citing an unidentified police officer. The crowd refused to disperse and then stormed the station with knives, gasoline bottles and stones, according to the report.... (more)
Hrm, the way the headline is written is rather deceptive, is this the US trying to meddle in China's affairs? - Chris

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