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Wednesday February 29th, 2012
Don't Believe All the Baloney About Iran's Threat posted 02/29/2012, 3:33 PM (Eric Margolis)
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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
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25 alleged Anonymous members arrested internationally; hacker group retaliates posted 02/29/2012, 3:32 PM (ArsTechnica)
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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)
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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)
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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
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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 (
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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

Friday January 20th, 2012

EU prepares unprecedented attack on Iranian economy posted 01/20/2012, 10:52 PM (The Telegraph)
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The European Union is preparing to launch an unprecedented attack on Iran’s economy at a moment when experts believe the confrontation over the country’s nuclear ambitions is entering a dangerous new phase.... (more)

Iran's Press TV loses UK licence posted 01/20/2012, 10:52 PM (BBC)
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Iranian news network Press TV has had its licence revoked by the media regulator Ofcom and will no longer be allowed to broadcast in the UK.

Ofcom said the state broadcaster's English language outlet had breached several broadcasting licence rules over editorial control of the channel.

Press TV has also failed to pay a £100,000 fine imposed last year.

The channel called the decision "a clear example of censorship". It will be removed from Sky on 20 J
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Friday January 13th, 2012

Iran's leader blames CIA, Mossad for scientist's murder posted 01/13/2012, 12:43 AM (RIA Novosti)
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the U.S. and Israeli intelligence services of the involvement in the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a deputy director of Iran’s largest uranium enrichment plant, died in a car bomb explosion in Tehran on Wednesday. Local police sources said a motorcyclist attached a magne
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Wednesday January 11th, 2012

Director of Iranian nuclear program is assassinated posted 01/11/2012, 11:36 PM (The Telegraph)
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Leaning out a hand, the motorcyclist attaches a magnetic explosive device – sometimes called a “sticky bomb” — to the door nearest the man he is trying to kill and then speeds off. Seconds later, the bomb is detonated by remote-control. It is so sophisticated that only the target is killed. Those sitting next to him, or in front or behind him, escape with just cuts and bruises.

Wednesday’s target was Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, killed in his vehicle in front of a university campus in e
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Can you imagine if Iran did this to the US? This is a nuclear POWER plant, they're mass murdering the scientists working on it. - Chris

Obama to Send US Troops to South Sudan posted 01/11/2012, 11:36 PM (
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Citing recent ethnic violence and with the apparent certainty that every nation on the planet needs at least a few US boots on the ground, President Obama has announced his intention to send troops to the Republic of South Sudan to help the new government with “strategic planning.”

The deployment, which will only include five troops so far, comes after a
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 (
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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)
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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)
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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)
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(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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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"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)
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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)
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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)
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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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