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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  It has been replaced by the more "neutral" term "Arab transition," which, as Ignatius put it, "conveys the essential truth that nobody can predi...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)
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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)
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WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives voted to prohibit the use of funds for American military operations in Libya.... (more)

Monday June 13th, 2011

Bilderberg 2011: Lord Mandelson's nature walk posted 06/13/2011, 10:48 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Charlie Skelton looks on as Peter Mandelson – and some billionaire buddies – take the air at Bilderberg... (more)

Saturday June 11th, 2011

Elite Bilderberg 2011 Meeting Draws Scrutiny posted 06/11/2011, 11:38 PM (The New American)
[Category: Geopolitics]
A secretive cabal of some of the world’s most influential people known as the Bilderberg group will be meeting from June 9 to the 12th in St. Moritz, Switzerland — but this year, more attention than usual is being afforded to the gathering in the world press.

The shadowy organization — made up of about 120 central bankers, top CEOs, academics, European royalty, big bankers, high-ranking politicians and even representatives of the establishment media — has been getting together onc
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Unnamed Bilderberg Attendees Revealed posted 06/11/2011, 11:38 PM (Infowars)
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Infowars reporters Aaron Dykes and Paul Joseph Watson have received confirmation from an inside source that five other influential people who were not named on the official attendee list are in attendance at the Bilderberg conference 2011.

Those names are…

Anders Rasmussen – current Secretary General of NATO

Angela Merkel – German Chancellor

Jose Luis Zapatero – Spanish Prim Minister

Bill Gates – Former Microsoft CEO, Hea
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Bilderberg 2011: Full Official Attendee List posted 06/11/2011, 11:38 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Thanks to the fantastic work of Bilderberg activists, journalists and the Swiss media, we have now been able to obtain the full official list of 2011 Bilderberg attendees. Routinely, some members request that their names be kept off the roster so there will be additional Bilderbergers in attendance.... (more)

Thursday June 9th, 2011

Anarchy in India posted 06/09/2011, 11:59 PM (Stephan Kinsella)
[Category: Geopolitics]
As Roderick Long notes on his blog, the NYTimes has an interesting article up about the Indian city of Gurgaon, which has flourished under a relative lack of government, despite its lack of natural resources:
Before it had malls, a theme park and fancy housing compounds ... Gurgaon was widely regarded as an economic wasteland. In 1979, the state of Hary... (more)

Rich, Famous and Powerful Converge at Bilderberg posted 06/09/2011, 11:54 PM (CNBC)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, naturally, isn't attending this year, and his likely successor Christine Lagarde is in China, but the Bilderberg Conference which kicks off in the Swiss resort of St. Moritz on Thursday retains its conspiratorial chic and pulling power.

The attendee list of Bilderberg is still pretty much the only thing that is not a closely guarded secret, as 120 of the world's richest and most powerful people meet behind closed doors, this time at the Suvretta House hotel
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Wednesday June 8th, 2011

WAR NO. 4: U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes posted 06/08/2011, 11:50 PM (New York Times)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The acceleration of the American campaign in recent weeks comes amid a violent conflict in Yemen that has left the government in Sana, a United States ally, struggling to cling to power. Yemeni troops that had been battling militants linked to Al Qaeda in the south have been pulled back to the capital, and American officials see the strikes as one of the few options to keep the militants from consolidating power.

On Friday, American jets killed Abu Ali al-Harithi, a midlevel Qaed
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Texas Gov. Perry Bilderberg's Ace in the Hole? posted 06/08/2011, 11:49 PM (James P. Tucker Jr.)
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Is Texas Gov. Rick Perry the Bilderberg group’s Republican candidate-in-waiting in the 2012 presidential race? The shadowy globalist group is scheduled to meet secretly behind locked doors over the weekend of June 9-12 in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and AFP will be on location to cover it.

It is not without precedent to tap state governors for broader vistas. Bill Clinton at one time was the obscure governor of Arkansas—a land with strong Rockefeller influence since the days of Gov.
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I strongly disagree with the notion this recession was 'engineered', the artificial boom is what causes the bust, it's not like the gubmit could just keep the boom going forever, they're doing everything they can to try and artificially prop up our phony economy (which needs nothing more than a massive crash so we can clear out all these artificially propped up worthless money-pit industries). If the Fed wanted to tank the economy they would just raise rates to 30% and let every insolvent institution go bust. That would cause the banks to all go bankrupt though, so they of course will not (unless they're absolutely forced to, which they may be if inflation skyrockets). - Chris, InfoLib

Bilderberg 2011: The polished blue line posted 06/08/2011, 11:49 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Charlie Skelton arrives in Switzerland ahead of Bilderberg to find a different style of policing but enhanced cleanliness.... (more)

Monday June 6th, 2011

Bilderberg 2011: All aboard the Bilderbus posted 06/06/2011, 3:56 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Geopolitics]
As Europe groans, and austerity bites, as defaulting looms, and once proud nations fall to their knees in debt, there's only one annual conference of bankers and industrialists that can step in and save us all…

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Wednesday May 25th, 2011

Netanyahu Speech Pleases Congress, Virtually No One Else posted 05/25/2011, 2:07 PM (Antiwar)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today delivered a major policy speech to the US Congress. It is about the easiest audience in the world for an Israeli official, and virtually each statement of policy of slogan he barked from the podium was met with a standing ovation by the assembled Congressmen.

But of course the Israeli government isn’t trying t
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Sunday May 22nd, 2011

Egypt sentences policeman to die for protest deaths posted 05/22/2011, 7:05 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Geopolitics]
(Reuters) - An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a police officer to death in absentia Sunday for killing protesters, the first such ruling to be passed since pro-democracy demonstrators ousted Hosni Mubarak on February 11.... (more)

Thursday May 19th, 2011

Barack Obama to back Middle East democracy with billions in aid posted 05/19/2011, 11:24 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Barack Obama is to announce that the United States and the west will pour billions of dollars into the Middle East in support of Egypt, Tunisia and other countries embracing democracy, a move the White House portrayed as being on the scale of aid to former communist countries after the fall of the Berlin Wall.... (more)

Tuesday May 17th, 2011

Syria: The Next Theater for War? posted 05/17/2011, 6:20 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The U.S. government is blaming Syria for skirmishes at the Israel border. So far, the U.S. has resisted pressures to intervene against the Syrian regime, despite its crackdowns against civilians somewhat resembling those of Libya’s. Hawkish Senators and others have lately called for war with Syria, and of course American political leaders have been toying with the idea of atta... (more)

Sunday May 8th, 2011

US Upset That New Zealand Government Has Too Much Respect For Free Speech posted 05/08/2011, 7:31 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Following the leaked cables that showed how the US offered to help write New Zealand's new copyright laws, Chargone points us to the news that the US was equally (if not more) interested in rewriting New Zealand's anti-terrorism laws, which it believed were inadequate.

Particularly galling to
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Tuesday May 3rd, 2011

Bin Laden dead but 'war goes on,' Cheney warns posted 05/03/2011, 1:43 AM (AFP)
[Category: Geopolitics]
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US vice president Dick Cheney congratulated President Barack Obama Monday on the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US forces in Pakistan but warned that the "war goes on."... (more)

Sunday May 1st, 2011

Libya disabled children school hit in NATO strike posted 05/01/2011, 11:20 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Geopolitics]
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Shattered glass litters the carpet at the Libyan Down's Syndrome Society, and dust covers pictures of grinning children that adorn the hallway, thrown into darkness by a NATO strike early on Saturday.

It was unclear what the target of the strike was, though Libyan officials said it was Muammar Gaddafi himself, who was giving a live television address at the time.

"They maybe wanted to hit the television. This is a non-military, non-governmental b
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Saturday April 23rd, 2011

Antigua says U.S. online poker shutdown was illegal posted 04/23/2011, 8:43 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Geopolitics]
(Reuters) - The United States violated global trade law by shutting down Internet gambling sites based in Antigua and elsewhere and prosecuting their owners, according to Antigua and Barbuda officials considering action in the World Trade Organization. [...]

"I don't think there's another country in the world that puts people in jail for engaging in trade that's lawful under international law," Mark Mendel, the Caribbean government's legal advisor, told Reuters by telephone on Thu
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Wednesday April 20th, 2011

Cuba's party congress agrees to allow private property posted 04/20/2011, 8:36 PM (BBC)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Cuba says it will allow people to buy and sell their homes for the first time since the communist revolution in 1959.

For the past 50 years, Cubans have only been allowed to pass on their homes to their children, or to swap them through a complicated and often corrupt system.

The move was decided during the first congress held by the ruling Communist Party in 14 years, aimed at breathing new life into the communist system.
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What a coincidence, here in the US "our" government is going around seizing private property!

Tuesday April 19th, 2011

The EU Crackup posted 04/19/2011, 12:00 PM (Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Political upheaval has hit Finland, and it’s merely a foreshadowing of bigger changes ahead. The core issue is whether Finland ought to be paying for bailouts for other EU states. In reaction to establishment support for the bailout, voters ousted the pro-bailout ruling party and gave an upset victory to the bailout-critical conservative party. Against every expectation, the eternal rule of the social democrats is at an end.

But most striking of all are the gains made
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Thursday March 31st, 2011

CIA Ground Forces Operating in Libya for 'Several Weeks' posted 03/31/2011, 8:26 PM (
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Already ill-defined and increasingly unpopular, the US War in Libya has taken several more hits today as evidence mounted that the administration has been overtly lying about the US role in the conflict, and had actual been conducting covert operations in the country for “several weeks.”

That was the revelation Wednesday, as US officials admitted that CIA ground forces have been conducting secret operations inside Libya for quite some time before
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Thursday March 24th, 2011

US: No Timeline for Libya War posted 03/24/2011, 7:51 AM (
[Category: Geopolitics]
Though President Obama and other officials were talking up the possibility of the new war in Libya scaling back, that does not mean it is going to be short. Speaking today during a visit to Cairo, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates confirmed that the war in Libya is open-ended.... (more)

CIA Rambo Escapes Pakistan posted 03/24/2011, 7:50 AM (Eric Margolis)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The US government just decided Islamic shariah law is not so bad after all – at least not in the case of jailed CIA agent Raymond Davis.

The burly Davis, an ex-US Special Forces soldier, former Blackwater gunman, and now CIA “contractor” (jargon for mercenary) was jailed in Pakistan after shooting dead two Pakistanis, who were either robbers or government security agents. A third Pakistani was killed by a car driven by a CIA rescuer racing up a one-way street
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Wednesday March 23rd, 2011

US Troops Shoot Six Libyan Civilians During 'Rescue' Mission posted 03/23/2011, 10:05 AM (
[Category: Geopolitics]
There was ample coverage of the loss of a US F-15 fighter jet over Libya Tuesday, and it always came with reassurances that the crew was safe. Less safe, however, were the Libyan civilians who came to the aid of one of the crew.

That’s because the civilians who met the plane’s weapons officer and offered him fruit juice while he waited to be rescued were attacke
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Monday March 21st, 2011

Bilderberg Group to Meet in Switzerland posted 03/21/2011, 1:29 AM (American Free Press)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Pictured: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke leaving the 2008 Bilderberg Conference.

The shadowy group known as Bilderberg will be gathering this year for its annual meeting at the resort city of St. Moritz, in southeastern Switzerland, June 9-12, but they will have a lot of company. St. Moritz is a short distance from Davos, the site of the regular high-priced meeting of thousands of bankers, political leaders and other notables called the World Economic Forum. But unli
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Saturday March 19th, 2011

Let the Killings Commence... posted 03/19/2011, 6:12 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Obama: US launches military action against Libya

BRASILIA, Brazil -- President Barack Obama authorized limited military action against Libya Saturday, saying Moammar Gadhafi's continued assault on his own people left the U.S. and its international partners with no other choice. The Pentagon said 112 cruise missiles were launched from US and UK ships and subs, hitting 20 targets.

Obama said military action was not his first choice.

"This is not
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Friday March 18th, 2011

Nuclear plant chief weeps as Japanese finally admit that radiation leak is serious enough to kill people posted 03/18/2011, 7:26 PM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The boss of the company behind the devastated Japanese nuclear reactor today broke down in tears - as his country finally acknowledged the radiation spewing from the over-heating reactors and fuel rods was enough to kill some citizens.... (more)

Thursday March 17th, 2011

Let The Bombing Commence: UN Set To Impose "No Fly Zone" Over Libya posted 03/17/2011, 8:49 PM (Zero Hedge)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The endgame in Libya begins. The UN has agreed on a draft resolution to implement a no fly zone over Libya, which means the bombing may commence as soon as the vote passes later today. As to what Gaddafi's retaliation will be, and whether he will burn down the oil wells, which previously were in rebel hands, but have since fallen back into his control, we will surely find out in the next 24 hours.

From AFP:
UN Security Council members agreed on a dr... (more)

US Fleet Commander Met Head of Bahrain Defense Forces Before Crackdown; Opposition Leaders Arrested posted 03/17/2011, 8:44 PM (FireDogLake)
[Category: Geopolitics]
After the Bahraini attack on the Pearl Roundabout and residents of local villages, and the siege of the Salmaniya Hospital, the next phase of the crackdown took place overnight with a roundup of leading activists and opposition leaders. I’ll have more on that in a minute, but first, I continue to be surprised by the claims coming from Washington that the White House and Pentagon had no idea the Saudis were heading into Bahrain or that the crackdown was prepared for this week. ... (more)

Tokyo Passengers Trigger U.S. Airport Detectors, N.Y. Post Says posted 03/17/2011, 8:43 PM (Bloomberg)
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Friday March 11th, 2011

In China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale posted 03/11/2011, 9:06 PM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.... (more)

Sunday March 6th, 2011

India: 10 kg gold seized from city-based trader at airport posted 03/06/2011, 2:56 PM (Times Of India)
[Category: Geopolitics]
GUWAHATI: Income-Tax department officials on Wednesday seized illegal gold bricks and biscuits from a Guwahati-based businessman at the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport here. Sources said the gold, weighing around 10 kg, was worth `3 crore. ... (more)

Thursday March 3rd, 2011

Qadafi Is Murdering Innocents with American Bullets posted 03/03/2011, 7:55 AM (Antiwar)
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Scott Horton and Judge Napolitano on U.S. support for Arab dictatorship.

Tuesday March 1st, 2011

Most Americans Strongly Oppose U.S. Military Action in Libya posted 03/01/2011, 8:27 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Geopolitics]
According to Rasmussen, a large majority of Americans agree with the common sense of George Washington. During his farewell address, the first president of the United States said the nation should beware of foreign entanglements.

On February 23, Rasmussen reported that 67% of Americans stro
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Monday February 28th, 2011

Sanctions against Libya? posted 02/28/2011, 4:45 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Sanctions huh? Like those against Iraq that kept Saddam in power for a decade and ending up starving and killing multitudes of children? Like those against Cuba that have been central to Castro’s capacity to rally the public against the United States? The history of sanctions doesn’t exactly testify to their capacity to bring down dictators. It does demonstrate that they backfire, helping the state and hurting the people.... (more)

Tuesday February 15th, 2011

Yemeni journalist jailed after alleging US involvement in missile attack posted 02/15/2011, 7:59 PM (Amnesty International)
[Category: Geopolitics]
A Yemeni journalist jailed for his purported links to al-Qa’ida appears to have been targeted for his work uncovering information on US complicity in attacks in the country, Amnesty International has said.

‘Abdul Ilah Shayi’, who claimed that the USA was involved in a deadly attack on an alleged al-Qa’ida training camp, was yesterday sentenced to five years in prison by the Specialized Criminal Court in the capital Sana’a.

His lawyers and activists in Yemen say the
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Saturday February 12th, 2011

World's Richest Tyrant: Mubarak's Unfathomable Wealth posted 02/12/2011, 4:16 PM (Antiwar)
[Category: Geopolitics]
How much money can someone steal after 30 years as the dictator of a major country with a command economy and a military reaping billions in “off-budget” profits? Quite a bit, as it turns out.

Though Forbes Magazine lists Mexican telephone giant Carlos Slim Helu as the world’s richest man, his $50+ billion net worth may actually take a distant second to the unfathomable wealth Mub
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The West Loses Its Favorite Tyrant posted 02/12/2011, 4:16 PM (Spiegel)
[Category: Geopolitics]
In the end, the refusal of pro-democracy protesters to back down sealed his fate. The people on the streets of Egypt insisted that Mubarak leave. But the West stood by the leader almost to the end, despite the fact that the despot had turned his country into a police state and plundered its economy. ... (more)

Friday February 11th, 2011

Mexico Seizes $200,000 in Gold Coins at Airport Security Checkpoint posted 02/11/2011, 6:09 PM (Mark Nestmann)
[Category: Geopolitics]
An article from a Mexican newspaper reports that Mexican federal police seized more than 150 gold coins from a traveler in the Mexico City International Airport. The seizure apparently occurred last year; the article is dated April 19, 2010.

The traveler, a U.S. citizen named Thomas Martin, was on his way to Panama when police detained him. The
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Mubarak 2.0: Egypt VP Suleiman Has Menacing Reputation posted 02/11/2011, 5:59 PM (Antiwar)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Today’s speech may not have given the protesters what they wanted, the ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak, but they did reveal that Mubarak has turned the day to day operation of his regime over to his newly appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman.

This is not entirely unexpected, as Suleiman has clearly been being groomed by the US and Israel as the nex
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Sunday February 6th, 2011

Leaked State Department Cables Confirm That ACTA Was Designed To Pressure Developing Nations posted 02/06/2011, 10:38 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Geopolitics]
"The cables show that ACTA -- although negotiated between 'like-minded countries' -- is ultimately meant to be imposed on developing countries. Early on, the US and Japan deem necessary to recruit developing countries so as to ensure the 'legitimacy' of the agreement."... (more)

Friday February 4th, 2011

Horrific video shows 20+ Egyptian citizens being run over by a diplomatic vehicle in the streets of Cairo Jan 28. posted 02/04/2011, 6:43 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Geopolitics]

More than 20 to 30 people between injured & killed during this terrible act.....The person (the beast) responsible for that should be punished ....for those who were killed brutally...May they rest in peace....

From AlJazeera:

"Here's another video from Egypt's "Day of Rage" on January 28 shows a vehicle ploughing over protesters. The person who posted the clip claims it i
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I'd recommend against watching this. - Chris

Thursday February 3rd, 2011

Are the Dominoes Starting To Fall? USSR, Egypt, Syria, ... US? posted 02/03/2011, 5:41 AM (Stephan Kinsella)
[Category: Geopolitics]
The USSR and its empire fragmented twenty years ago. Egypt looks to be next. And according to Dissidents Call for ‘Day of Rage’ in Syria, Syria may be following on its heels. As in the case with Egypt, the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, social media are helping to f... (more)

Pro-Mubarak Forces Attack Protesters in Cairo posted 02/03/2011, 5:41 AM (
[Category: Geopolitics]
Anger forces loyal to Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak have taken to the streets of Cairo tonight, attacking protesters on horseback and lobbing molotov cocktails into the crowd. Large numbers of injuries have been reported, but of course amidst the chaos no reliable figures have been released.

Though it is as-yet unclear where the sudden surge of armed Mubarak-backers came from most analysts agree that it was
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Friday January 28th, 2011

Joe Biden says Egypt's Mubarak no dictator, he shouldn't step down... posted 01/28/2011, 9:36 PM (
[Category: Geopolitics]
Asked if he would characterize Mubarak as a dictator Biden responded: “Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things. And he’s been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with – with Israel. … I would not refer to him as a dictator.”... (more)

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