Sunday, September 25, 2005

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Tomgram: Voices from the Frontlines of Protest, Washington D.C.

[Note to Tomdispatch readers: As you read many of the interviews with protesters below, you can click to their striking portraits by photojournalist Tam Turse, who walked the demonstration with me, camera in hand.]

"No Iraqis Left Me on a Roof to Die" - Katrina and Cindy Blow into Town
By Tom Engelhardt
Photos by Tam Turse

George was out of town, of course, in the
"battle cab" at the U.S. Northern Command's headquarters in Colorado Springs, checking out the latest in homeland-security technology and picking up photo ops; while White House aides, as the Washington Post wrote that morning, were attempting "to reestablish Bush's swagger." The Democrats had largely fled town as well, leaving hardly a trace behind. Another hurricane was blasting into Texas and the media was preoccupied, but nothing, it seemed, mattered.

Americans turned out in poll-like numbers for the Saturday antiwar demonstration in Washington and I was among them. So many of us were there, in fact, that my wife (with friends at the back of the march) spent over two hours as it officially ! "began," moving next to nowhere at all.

This was, you might say, the "connection demonstration." In the previous month, two hurricanes, one of them human, had blown through American life; and between them, they had, for many people, linked the previously unconnected -- Bush administration policies and the war in Iraq to their own lives. So, in a sense, this might be thought of as the demonstration created by Hurricanes Cindy Sheehan and Katrina.

It was, finally, a protest that, not just in its staggering turnout but in its make-up, reflected the changing opinion-polling figures in this country. This was a majority demonstration and the commonest statement I heard in the six hours I spent talking to as many protesters as I could was: "This is my first demonstration."

In addition, there were sizeable contingents of military veterans and of the families of soldiers in Iraq, or of those who were killed in Iraq. No less important, scattered through the crowd were many, as I would discover, whose lives had been affected deeply by George Bush's wars.

This was an America on very determined parade. Even though the march, while loud and energetic, had an air of relaxed calmness to it, the words that seemed to come most quickly to people's lips were: infuriated, enraged, outraged, had it, had enough, fed up. In every sense, in fact, this was a demonstration of words. I have never seen such a sea of words -- of signs, almost invariably handmade along with individually printed posters, T-shirts, labels, stickers. It often seemed that, other than myself, there wasn't an individual in the crowd without a sign and that no two of them were quite the same.

The White House, which the massed protesters marched past, was in every sense the traffic accident of this event. The crowds gridlocked there; the noise rose to a roar; the signs waved, a veritable sea of them, and they all, essentially said, "No more, not me!"

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Looting By Any Other Name: The Profit-Driven War

We had a war because there are powerful interests in our country that are geared toward making money from war. How? Let us count the ways.

The Cakewalk War

By Paul Craig Roberts

The combination of US government owned ammo plants and those of US commercial producers together cannot make bullets as fast as US troops are firing them. The Bush administration has had to turn to foreign producers such as Israel Military Industries. Think about that. Hollowed out US industry cannot produce enough ammunition to defeat a 20,000 man insurgency.

Who's Blowing Up Iraq?

By Mike Whitney

New evidence that bombs are being planted by British Commandos

The Coming 9/11 for Dummies

According to Philip Giraldi,

“the United States is developing a plan for the bombing of supposed military targets in Iran, which would include the use of NUCLEAR WEAPONS. The US strike would take place after a 9/11-type terrorist attack on the US. However, the US attack would not depend on Iran actually being involved in the terrorism.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Radio Free Asia's report on alleged Protestant home burning in Viet Nam is rejected as "base slander".

On August 28, RFA alleged that "homes of some Protestants in...Quang Ngai Province were recently pulled down and burned because they refused to drop their belief."

The Radio quoted a General Confederation of Viet Nam Protestant Church (Southern region) "representative", missionary Dinh Tan Vinh, as saying that "several local authorities, including the head and the deputy of the commune police, at 8am, August 21, came to Dinh Van Hoang's home and told him that Protestants were not welcome in the district. They asked Hoang to sign a behest to quit the religion and threatened to destroy his home if he refused to follow their request. Later, (some commune officials) together with some war veterans, rushed to Hoang's home, pulled it down and burned all his property."

Vinh was also quoted by the RFA as saying that "On July 26, seven other homes of Protestants...were also destroyed for religious reasons. On July 31, local authorities mobilised villagers to destroy two more homes of Protestants, while another Protestant family was forced to leave their home, raising to 10 the number of Protestant families who had their homes destroyed."

But is this really the truth?
The Viet Nam News Agency did a detailed investigation, and came up with a different story.

1/ The person mentioned by the RFA is not actually called Dinh Van Hoang.

His real name is Dinh Minh Hoang. The VNA gives more details about him, including that he was formerly a cadre in charge of social affairs and war veterans, and "was not a good citizen and was kicked out of the community several times", for abusing "the educational limitations of the local ethnic minority groups to preach illegally. He was advised several times not to lure people to blindly believe in nonsense and refuse to work..."

According to VNA, he continued to incite people not to work, saying "only by believing in religion and preaching religion, would one be given everything by God." His illegal preaching, however, did not blind everyone for long, and many returned to work. Many locals had recognised Hoang's lies, and held a meeting to advise him not to continue with his activities. Instead, Hoang refused to take the advice and challenged the community.

Hoang also hurt the sentiments of the H're ethnic minority community by destroying their (cemetery) several times, despite warning from local ethnic minority people. His behaviour had tested the patience of the community members, forcing them to burn his house. But after this incident, local authorities and social organisations mobilised locals to contribute working days and materials to rebuild his house. During the reconstruction, Hoang left the family to continue his illegal preaching in other villages. When asked, his wife said her only wish was for her husband to give up his illegal activities and return to his family.

2/ The houses of the 10 Protestant families were not destroyed for religious reasons, as reported by RFA. They were being relocated to a new area, with funding from the Government's 134 programme, as their original residences were prone to landslides, especially during the flood season. (Also, they were not from the hamlet named by the RFA, but another one.) According to District authorities, who financially assisted these poor ethnic K'dong minority families, the new houses are now in safe areas close to roads and schools, and advantageous for production.

3/ Who is Dinh Tan Vinh?

He is not "a representative" of the General Confederation of Viet Nam Protestant Church (Southern region) as stated by RFA. He is a religious follower, and does not have any legal status to represent the Confederation. According to Le Phuong Tuan, head of the central Quang Ngai Province's religious board, the Viet Nam Protestant Church has 5 chapters in the Province, managed by pastors, and operating in accordance with Viet Nam's laws.

4/ The RFA has fabricated a story to slander Viet Nam by spreading rumours of religious intolerance.
There are nearly 1 million Protestants in Viet Nam. They enjoy the freedom to practise their religion in line with Viet Nam's laws. The VNA report concludes: "No one has faced difficulties, or had their houses demolished, for following a religion, as imagined by the RFA. This is the truth..."

(From a story published in the Viet Nam News, the English language daily newspaper, on Monday September 5, 2005. For further news from and about Viet Nam, check out: )
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Stranger than Fiction: 
an independent investigation of 9-11 and the war on terrorism

Architects and Engineers: Solving the Mystery of WTC 7
9/11 Prejudice = Contempt Prior to Investigation  (Video).  

 "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance — that principle is contempt prior to investigation."

Destroying The World In War
The 11th Anniversary of 9/11
By Paul Craig Roberts.  You only have to know two things.

Dig Within: The Blog of Kevin Ryan.
Kevin is a chemistry laboratory manager, fired in 2004, for publicly asking questions about 9/11. Co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies, a founding member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice and the 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington, a board director at Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.  Ryan has co-authored several books and numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles on the subject, and has given public presentations around the country.  He continues to do research into the crimes of 9/11 in order to help people come to a better understanding.

9/11: Illegitimacy of US Government
By Dr. Kevin Barrett.   New York City asks: What happened to the 1,116 missing 9/11 victims?

Did 9/11 Justify the War in Afghanistan?
By David Ray Griffin.  
This question has thus far been considered off-limits, not to be raised in polite company, and certainly not in the mainstream media.

9/11 and the Cheney Conspiracy

(Media Mayhem interview with Michael Ruppert - pt. 2/2, 49:23)

9/11: A Conspiracy Theory 
(The Colbert Report)

ReThink911 – The Evidence Might Surprise You 

Cynthia McKinney Supports ReThink911, Building 7 Investigation

VIDEO  (6:05)

Architects and Engineers: Solving the Mystery of WTC 7
VIDEO  (15:00)

9/11: A Conspiracy Theory                                                                     VIDEO - Everything you ever wanted to know about the 9/11 conspiracy theory in under 5 minutes.

9/11: What Really Happened?                                                        
VIDEO – 25:16                                          

“Beyond Misinformation:
What Science Says About the Destruction of World Trade Center Buildings 1, 2, and 7”
'Architect and Engineers for 911 Truth' have just distributed 20000 copies of “Beyond Misinformation” to so-called 'opinion makers' so that "Now they can no longer claim ignorance of the evidence or turn a blind eye to the crime of the century, which is a cover-up of the fact that these buildings were brought down in controlled demolitions that day." 


A Crisis of Trust in Afghanistan  
By Gwynne Dyer.   “A defeatist position [in Afghanistan] is not possible for us. We cannot leave in our underpants...or without any.” - Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, two years before the Soviets pulled out.    

How Western Leaders Terrorized Muslim World
Using A Fake Clash of Civilizations

Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja  - 
"War on Terror" used the false pretext of the 9/11 attacks to pursue its pre-planned wars against the Muslim world.


Africa and AFRICOM:  Neo-Imperialism and the Arrogance of Ignorance
Most Americans do not realize the extent to which the U.S. is becoming involved militarily in the welter of conflicts throughout Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa.

Africa: Imperialism’s High Mark of Conquest in the 21st Century
By Glen Ford.  
“Imperialism with a Black face has been fantastically successful, in Africa.”  

Africa’s Hitler?
Mugabe Victory in Zimbabwe: Dictatorship or Decolonization?
By Nile Bowie.   The last thing multinationals want is for other African leaders to look at Zimbabwe and Mugabe as a positive point of reference. 

Mandela’s Greatness May Be Assured -- But Not His Legacy
By John Pilger.   (An alternative perspective on Mandela)  When I reported from South Africa in the 1960s, the Nazi admirer Johannes Vorster occupied the prime minister’s residence in Cape Town. Thirty years later, as I waited at the gates, it was as if the guards had not changed.

It was the CIA that helped jail Nelson Mandela 
Brian Becker   Crocodile tears to mask US imperialism's role as the enemy of African liberation.


Use of dioxin is a crime against humanity  
The International People’s Tribunal of Conscience in Paris made its final judgment on May 18, 2009 concluding that the use of dioxin by the US military in Vietnam from 1961 and 1971 was a war crime against humanity.


Agent Orange ingredients found at Okinawa military dumpsite

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Color Revolutions: Argentina Next?
By Tony Cartalucci 
-  Suspicion grows as Western criticism of Argentina's nationalization and rebuffing of "rules of global finance" sharpens in tandem with street protests.


New book confirms US-Australia plans for war on China.  By James Cogan, 4 June 2012.   A secret chapter in the Australian government’s 2009 Defence White Paper assessed the ability of the country’s military to fight alongside the US against China.

Prisoner X: Oz-Israeli Ben Zygier Scandal
By Gideon Polya.   Thinking the best of Ben Zygier, one would like to believe that having betrayed Australia by becoming a child-killing IDF war criminal and a Mossad spy; he eventually was repelled by complicity in IDF war crimes and his betrayal of Australia.

Australia: Howard ignored advice and went to war in Iraq.  
Government's justification for war was not supported by any of it's own agencies' intelligence.

Australian outback station at forefront of US spying arsenal 
Pine Gap remains an enduring symbol of the unshakeable bond between Australian and US intelligence services. It's a piece of America.

Australia's Quiet War
VIDEO  (14:22)   A secret squadron of Australian troops conducting covert operations in Africa has blurred the line between soldiering and spying with potentially disastrous consequences.


Lest We Forget
How Thatcher gave Pol Pot a Hand
By John Pilger.   Almost two million Cambodians died as a result of Year Zero. John Pilger argues that, without the complicity of the US and Britain, it may never have happened.

QandA with Journalist John Pilger
“What the US Did to Cambodia Was an Epic Crime”

By Daniel Pye


US Climate Bomb is Ticking:
What the Gas Industry Doesn't Want You to Know

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.     Natural gas will hasten climate change, poisons the air, land and water, and carries unacceptable risks to our health.

Obama Signs 'Monsanto Protection Act' Written by Monsanto-sponsored Senator
By RT.   Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that was written in part by the very billion-dollar corporation that will benefit directly from the legislation.

Monsanto Protection Act:
A Post-Mortem for Our Legal System

By Clay Rossi.   There are certain facts that need not be forgotten for the next time (and there will be a next time) big business buys itself judicial immunity from Congress.

Monsanto Protection Act put GM companies above the federal courts
Campaigners say that not even the US government can now stop the sale, planting, harvest or distribution of any GM seed.

Global warming dwarfs all other political issues.
Peter Gardner

Global Warming Action Party (Australia)

Fukushima 'not under control' warns TEPCO official
The Japanese government and TEPCO were scrambling to reassure people Friday that they have a lid on Fukushima after a senior utility executive said the nuclear plant was "not under control".


Iraq's depleted uranium contamination spreads: 
The report, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says "The use of DU in populated areas is alarming..."

Dahr Jamail | Iraqi Doctors Call US Depleted Uranium Use "Genocide"     Official Iraqi government statistics show that, prior to the outbreak of the first Gulf War in 1991, the country's rate of cancer cases was 40 out of 100,000 people. By 1995, it had increased to 800 out of 100,000 people, and, by 2005, it had doubled to at least 1,600 out of 100,000 people.


Drone Warfare's Deadly Civilian Toll: A Very Personal View
By James Jeffrey  -  I was minutes from ordering a drone strike on a Taliban insurgent – until I realised I was watching an Afghan child at play.

CIA Demands Drones Despite 80% Civilian Death Rate
By RT  -  The news comes just a day after the Pakistani Interior Minister quoted statistics suggesting 80 per cent of people killed in US drone attacks have been civilians.

CIA Chiefs Face Arrest Over
Horrific Evidence of Bloody 'Video-Game' Sorties by Drone Pilots

By David Rose: Shocking new evidence of the full horrific impact of US drone attacks in Pakistan.

Joe Klein's Sociopathic Defense of Drone Killings of Children
By Glenn Greenwald -
The only difference between the Joe Kleins of the world and Osama bin Laden is that they're on different sides.

The US Navy has executed the first launch of a stealth drone set to be the first robot aircraft piloted by artificial intelligence. The “killer robot” might be the next step in the development of machines with the power to decide who lives or dies.

What If a Drone Attacked in the US?
A White Paper Justification

By Camillo Mac Bica.   "This just in: Iran has utilized its newly developed drone capability to execute three members of the Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK), aka the People's Mujahideen of Iran, a terrorist organization responsible for killing and injuring many hundreds of Iranians. The strike took place early Tuesday morning in a suburb outside Cleveland, Ohio.

A Secret Deal on Drones, Sealed in Blood
How Pakistan sold its sovereignty:  That back-room bargain, described in detail for the first time in interviews with more than a dozen officials in Pakistan and the United States, is critical to understanding the origins of a covert drone war that began under the Bush administration.

Three Key Lessons From The Obama Administration's Drone Lies
By Glenn Greenwald.   The axiom that political officials abuse their power and lie to the public when operating in the dark is proven yet again.

The Real Reason For US Drone Attacks
Editorial By The Crescent.  
Russia’s position remains unswerving and constantly advancing while the US is pushed into a corner, demonstrating incapacity to react except for condemnations and mere statements.

"Dirty Wars"The Secret Story Behind Obama’s Assassination of Two Americans in Yemen

By Democracy Now!   The U.S. has basically outsourced anything vaguely resembling intelligence in Yemen to a network of Saudi spies and to Saudi intelligence.

Two Obamas, Two Classes of Children 
By Ralph Nader.   Even if households far from war zones are often destroyed in clear violation of the laws of war, the president is not deterred.


Capitalism Hits the Fan - Richard Wolff
Video:  Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today's economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself.

The Incredible Debt Spider:
It's Time to End the Private Fed

By Rand Clifford: 
$454,393,280,417.03...for the year 2011, that’s how much Americans paid a consortium of twelve private banks for creating dollars out of nothing, and loaning them to the government at interest.

The 40% Revolution:  Hidden Secrets of Money
VIDEO - "We are entering the greatest financial crisis the world has ever known."

Wealth Inequality In The US
VIDEO  -  The reality is often not what we think it is.

The Greek Catastrophe
By James Petras
As Greece enters the sixth year of Europe’s worst economic depression, with 30% of its labor force unemployed and over 52% of its youth jobless, the entire social fabric is unraveling; suicide rate skyrocketing, and close to 80% of the population is downwardly mobile.

Three (more) Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism
By Jules Peck.    Ever increasing economic growth (the rational for capitalism) long since ceased to bring increasing marginal returns to wellbeing. In the ‘rich world’ wellbeing has flat-lined since the 1970s.

It's Offical: Banks In Europe May Now Seize Deposits To Cover Their Gambling Losses
By Henry Blodget.  This will create a general state of unease among rich depositors throughout the Eurozone.

Incomes Of Bottom 90% Grew $59 in 40 Years
By Natasha Lennard.   During the same period, average income for the top 10 percent of Americans rose by $116,071.   

It Can Happen Here:
The Confiscation Scheme Planned for US and UK Depositors

By Ellen Brown.   Although few depositors realize it, legally the bank owns the depositor’s funds as soon as they are put in the bank. Our money becomes the bank’s, and we become unsecured creditors holding IOUs or promises to pay.

Economic Policy Deception: Prof Michael Hudson
Audio.   Prof Michael Hudson engages in a wide ranging analysis of the advantages to wealth that money printing and poor tax policy produce. From China to NY, Latvia to Greece, Spain to Australia this is the news we should be getting!

New Chinese President Xi Aims to Paint Africa Red
By Nile Bowie.   China’s deepening economic engagement in Africa and its crucial role in developing the mineral sector, telecommunications industry and much-needed infrastructural projects is creating "deep nervousness" in the West. 

Financial Wars:
Attack is the Best Form of Defence

By Alexander GOROKHOV.   The US has been using its best endeavours to create a Free Trade Zone with the European Union with a view to finally removing the remaining barriers to the penetration of American capital into Europe and, after engineering the collapse of the euro, to buy up Europe's tastiest morsels using vastly inflated dollars under the pretext of saving the EU's economy.

The Great Cyprus Bank Robbery
By Ron Paul.  
The elites in the EU and IMF have openly talked about using Cyprus as a template for future bank bailouts. This raises the prospect of raids on bank accounts, pension funds, and any investments the government can get its hands on.
The Economy Unites Us:
What’s Wrong With the Economy And How We Can Fix It

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese.  
A new economy is rising around the world and within the US. We can build this new economy within the Capitalist economy so that it arises and replaces Capitalism.

Winner Takes All
Why Derivatives Threaten Your Bank Account

By Ellen Brown.   All Depositors, Secured and Unsecured, May Be at Risk.  

The Growing Global Challenge to Monsanto's Monopolistic Greed
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.   The common problem we face is the power of concentrated wealth and monopolistic corporate interests. This has created a crony capitalist economy that uses government to further enrich the wealthy at the expense of the people.

The Secret Rise of 21st Century Democracy

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Truthout / News Analysis
New economies based on greater democratic control, real representation and citizen participation are on the rise. There is much to be learned from countries like Venezuela that break from the Washington Consensus.

EUROPE - general

US-Russia Round Three: Macedonia

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)     The unipolar and multipolar worlds are once more clashing in Eurasia, this time in the tiny Balkan country of Macedonia. A major proxy war is unfolding between the US and Russia over this geostrategic state, and it’s following the exact same patterns of the previous conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.                                     


42 ADMITTED False Flag Attacks                                                                  Posted on  by WashingtonsBlog           


Stop the Machine!
A brief and crucial history of the United States (video)

The Case for a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy by JEAN BRICMONT

Assassination Nation: Fifty Years of US Targeted ‘Kill Lists’: From the Phoenix Program to Predator Drones  By Doug Noble.   Those who are mortified by the latest revelations of Obama’s kill list have much to learn from a more comprehensive, historical perspective on US killing around the globe.

Perfecting The Method of "Color Revolutions" - Western leaders slip back into childhood     By Thierry Meyssan.  A genuine revolution entails an upheaval in social structures that takes place over several years, while a "color revolution" is a regime change that occurs within weeks.

The Power Principle  - Video Documentary  - 
"Probably the best film ever made about American foreign policy." 

America’s Hype over WMD: Five Invasion Plots, Three Continents, Identical Lies - From Panama to Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

The U.S. prepares for military action in Bolivia

Zinn Education Project – Teaching A People’s History

Howard Zinn                                     


Hillary Clinton Pro-War and Imperialism Record in Bullet Points

Hillary, Hitler, and Cold War II
Pat Buchanan blames the Bushes and Clintons

Hillary and Other Assorted Barbarians at Russia’s Gate
By Glen Ford   
Hillary Clinton is a walking profanity – and, thereby, a prime candidate to be the next president of the United States.


Hiroshima and Nagasaki:
American High School Textbooks Perpetuate The Big Lie

By Pat Elder.   Americans suffer from a misinformation campaign initially perpetrated by the Truman administration and carried on to this day by high school textbooks that continue to tell the story as if Hiroshima and Nagasaki were indispensible in ending the war and saving countless American lives.

An Interview With Oliver Stone:
Why the U.S. Was Wrong to Drop Two Atomic Bombs on Japan

By Greg Mitchell.   Why are Americans so resistant to having an open mind on the subject of dropping the bomb twice in 1945?

Bombs Bursting in Air: US firebombing and Atomic bombing of Japan 

The US destruction of more than sixty Japanese cities prior to Hiroshima.          


The media's new converts to civic freedom over the Pussy Riot and Assange asylum affairs show a jingoism blind to US abuses.    

America's Deplorable Human Rights Record
By Stephen Lendman.
Far and away, America's human rights record is the world's worst. No other nation approaches its unprincipled history. Earlier crimes against humanity were largely internal and regional. 

Video report.  
The situation has alarmed Lt. Col Barry Wingard, a US military attorney who advocates for Guantanamo detainees.       

Guantanamo Exposes Reality of US Fascism
By Finian Cunningham.   Thanks to the suffering of prisoners at Guantanamo, the world is seeing some shocking home truths about the real nature of American government.

You Have the Right to Remain Silent:
The United Police States of America

By Dave Lindorff.   Attorney General Eric Holder, just told Congress that he had no intention of seeking criminal indictments against the nation’s top bankers, despite a wide-spread conviction that they are all guilty of the most massive fraud and theft in the history of the country.

The 12th Anniversary of American Cowardice
What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

By Tom Engelhardt.  
How many cultures have turned dog collars (and the dogs that go with them), thumbs-up signs over dead bodies, and a mockery of the crucified Christ into screensavers?

Bradley Manning In His Own Words
In Leaked Court Recording, Army Whistleblower Tells His Story for First Time

By releasing this audio recording, we wish to make sure that the voice of this generation's most prolific whistleblower can be heard—literally—by the world.

The U.N. human rights chief called on the United States on Friday to close down the Guantanamo prison camp, saying the indefinite imprisonment of many detainees without charge or trial violated international law.

U.S. Cooption of the Human Rights Movement Continues.
John V. Walsh and Coleen Rowley, April 03, 2013.

James Peck.  For many decades the rhetoric of human rights has been used by the West to justify its aggressive actions around the world. in his superb and much neglected work painstakingly and meticulously documents such subversion over the past 50 years.

The Hijacking of Human Rights
By Chris Hedges.   “Humanitarian interventionists” studiously ignore our own acts of genocide, first unleashed against Native Americans and then exported to the Philippines and, later, nations such as Vietnam.

Threatened with Censorship and Ouster by PEN’s Henchmen.
In the vast and ever expanding firmament of Western Human Rights NGO’s, PEN, America Center, the writers’ organization, is far from the most luminous and ordinarily barely visible. But a dark side of PEN came clearly into view with the hiring of Suzanne Nossel as its executive director. And the same dark side is becoming all too apparent in organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, both of which have also employed Nossel in the past.

Putin signs "undesirable NGOs" Bill into Law.   
Internationally acting NGOs have increasingly become “weaponized”, used as tools for supporting political violence and coup d’état by Western or Western allied intelligence services

By Rick Sterling    Currently we see a major media campaign for a “no fly zone” billed as a “safe zone” in opposition controlled northern Syria.   


Investigating the New Imperialism   

William Bowles.

Convenient Myths And Liberal Imperialism     
By John Pilger.   What is the world’s most powerful and violent “ism”?

Engineering Empire
An Introduction to the Intellectuals and Institutions of American Imperialism
By Andrew Gavin Marshall.   We have both the opportunity and the responsibility to understand and oppose what our governments do abroad, precisely because we have the opportunity to do so, unlike the majority of the world's population who live in abject poverty, under ruthless dictators that we arm and maintain.


Why Iran Should Sue US at International Court of Justice   
By Franklin Lamb.   The US-led sanctions violate international humanitarian law due to the negative health effects of the sanctions on the civilian populations. This renders the sanctions illegal under international customary law.

US government wouldn't lie to start a war with Iran, would they? 
A look at the conservative history.

History of Iran and USA in 10 min
VIDEO - A history of US / Iran relations, may explain the present crisis.

The Long History of Lies about Iran
By Muhammad Sahimi.   If the lies about Iraq taught us anything, it is that we must pay attention to the massive campaign of lies about Iran.

Preparing For Israeli strike On Iran?
Reversing policy, US will sell Israel aerial refueling planes

By Times of Israel staff.   Israel will for the first time be permitted to purchase US aerial refueling planes and other ultra-sophisticated military equipment that could prove vital to any Israel strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Is Anybody Listening?
U.S. Intel Chief Says Iran Isn't Building Nukes.

By Nima Shirazi.   In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Director of National Intelligence reaffirmed what the U.S. intelligence community has been saying for years: Iran has no nuclear weapons program, is not building a nuclear weapon and has not even made a decision to do so.

Iran: How the West Missed a Chance to Make Peace With Iran
By Peter Oborne.  
Peter Oborne shows how the West turned down a precious opportunity to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis eight years ago, and argues that it is western rather than Iranian intransigence that prevents a deal being struck today.

Iran Represents a Deathblow to US Global Hegemony
By Finian Cunningham.   The present threat of nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula is not really about North Korea or the US-backed South Korean state.

Preparing For Israeli strike On Iran?
Reversing policy, US will sell Israel aerial refueling planes

By Times of Israel staff.   Israel will for the first time be permitted to purchase US aerial refueling planes and other ultra-sophisticated military equipment that could prove vital to any Israel strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

New Report Is Critical Of US Sanctions On Iran:
Urges White House to Rethink Policy

By DAVID E. SANGER.   A panel of former senior American officials, issued a surprisingly critical assessment of American diplomacy toward Iran on Wednesday, urging President Obama to reconsider the likelihood that harsh sanctions will drive Tehran to concessions.


The Horrors of WMD
US, UK ‘Cause Birth Defects in Iraq’

By RT.  Between 2007 and 2010 in Fallujah, more than half of all babies surveyed were born with birth defects. Also, over 45 percent of all pregnancies surveyed ended in miscarriage.

Fallujah - The Hidden Massacre
The horrors of "Depleted Uranium".

The Spies Who Fooled the World
Panorama reveals how key aspects of the secret intelligence used by Downing Street and the White House to justify the invasion of Iraq were based on fabrication, wishful thinking and lies.

War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity:
The story of U.S. Exceptionalism in Iraq

By Ajamu Baraka.   What the U.S. war on Iraq demonstrated is that in order to maintain their fantasies of continued global dominance, the U.S. and its colonialist allies will resort to naked piracy. But it is not gold trinkets and slaves that are the contemporary booty – it is whole nations.

Baghdad Burning:   
Girl Blog from Iraq... let's talk war, politics and occupation.

Australia: Howard ignored advice and went to war in Iraq
The government's justification for war was not supported by any of it's own agencies' intelligence.

US and UK Drowned Iraq in Blood
Barbarian Rhapsody: Ten Years Deeper Into Hell

By Chris Floyd.  
I predict that in just a few years we'll be "debating" whether the president has the right to stick the severed heads of "terrorists" on spikes outside the White House.

Iraq: 935 lies, A Tyrant and Weapons of Mass Destruction
By Felicity Arbuthnot.    
Iraq's new dictator is being supported by massive shipments of horrific weapons, while the country remains poor and devastated country, and a covert US re-invasion is under way.


“How we can solve the Palestinian-Israeli problem”  - 
Video Documentary by Sami Moukaddem (97 mins).
“I simply got tired of western mainstream media presenting the Palestinian-Israeli issue as being complex.”   Includes over 35 interviews.

A Short History Of Palestine
VIDEO  -  The colonisation of Palestine fitted well the interests and policies of the British Empire on the eve of the First World War.

Israeli Myths and Propaganda
Israeli Professor Ilan Pappe reveals the truth about the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

In Defense of Richard Falk
Who is Richard Falk and What Has He Done?

By Lawrence Davidson: In a sane world this work would make Richard Falk a universally acclaimed defender of justice. But ours is not a sane world.

Zionism Is Crime Against Humanity: Turkish Prime Minister
By Arshad Mohammed and Jonathon Burch

Decolonizing the Mind: Omar Barghouti
How to End Apartheid in Palestine

Friday 1 February 2013, Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti talked with Amy Goodman, about the Palestinian people's resistance, and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign.

Obama Worse Than Bush And Blair: Noam Chomsky
Video and Transcript.  
"Let's take Israel/Palestine.  I mean, his position is shocking."

65 Years Ago:
The Green Light for Zionism’s Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

By Alan Hart.  
Before the Zionist state declared itself to be in existence on 14 May 1948, more than 200 Palestinian villages had already been emptied and about 175,000 Palestinians were already refugees. Some had fled in fear; others were expelled by Zionist forces.

Dead in the Water
How Israel committed the cold blooded murder of US sailors.

Video Documentary.   June 8, 1967: USS Liberty attacked by Israel in international waters - Thirty-four American servicemen were killed in the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats.

What every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine.

Eyeless in Gaza
By Uri Avnery.

Israel’s target is not Hamas, but Palestinian statehood
By Dan Glazebrook.     Genuine sovereignty would end Israel’s current presumed right to steal Palestinians' land, control their borders, place them under siege, and bomb them at will.

Why Is The World Silent on Israeli Crimes in Palestine?
By Miko Peled.  VIDEO talk (1:01:02)


North Korea and the United States:
Will the Real Aggressor Please Stand Down?

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers  - 
US political leaders and media pundits trumpet North Korea's recent testing of missiles and nuclear weapons as a great threat. But the US mass media do not tell the whole story.

US Criminal Propensity Justifies North Korea's Nukes
By Finian Cunningham.   No other state on earth has endured a trade embargo or a gamut of diplomatic, financial and economic sanctions more than North Korea.

Western Media Set Up North Korea For War
By Finian Cunningham.   Western so-called news media coverage of the escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula is like watching a cross between a bad James Bond movie and a cheap horror flick about flesh-eating zombies.

N. Korea Warns : Danger of Nuclear War on Korean Peninsula
By Korea News Service.   On Monday U.S. B-52 strategic bombers - staged a nuclear bomb dropping drill aimed at a surprise nuclear preemptive attack on the DPRK. Their flight defying our repeated warnings clearly proves that the U.S. plan for a nuclear war has entered an uncontrollable phase of practice.

Putting the Squeeze on North Korea
By Gregory Elich.   Neither the U.S. nor South Korea is open to dialogue at the present time. Both are bent on exacerbating tensions.

Washington’s “Playbook” on Provoking North Korea
By Stephen Gowans.  
The White House approved a detailed plan, called ‘the playbook,’ to ratchet up tension with North Korea during the Pentagon’s war games with South Korea.

US Protection Racket Root of Korea Conflict
By Finian Cunningham.   The conflict emanates from Washington and is perpetuated by Washington. Why? To justify what would otherwise be seen as simply outrageous US militarism in the Asia Pacific.

Prosecutable US Crimes Against Humanity In Korea
By Jay Janson.  
Following is a short history of homicidal crimes against humanity bitterly suffered in the Land of the Morning Calm.

US Secretly Deploys B-1 Strategic Bombers, E-6 "Doomsday" Planes Near North Korea
This particular deployment has been kept secret from the public (at least the broader public), "a fact that could be the sign that the U.S. is not only making symbolic moves, but it is preparing for the worst scenario: an attack on North Korea."

US Has A Paranoid Policy Towards North Korea
By William Boardman.   The U.S. appears to have a comfortable lead in maintaining delusions of being threatened.

The Korean War, A History:
Watch - Video - Bruce Cumings      The historical origins of the Korean war, from the early disputes between North and South Korea and then on thru to the more recent history of North Korea.

The Problem is Washington, Not North Korea

This Is What’s Really Behind North Korea’s Nuclear Provocations
It’s easy to dismiss Kim Jong-un as a madman. But there’s a long history of US aggression against the North, which we forget at our peril.
By Bruce Cumings

The Mindless Hawkish Response to North Korea’s Missile Test
"Threatening North Korea with regime change... is one of the stupidest things the U.S. could do..."

What the N. Korean “Crisis” Is Really About
By Paul Craig Roberts

What Corporate Media Never Tells You About North Korea
By Joe Clifford

NYT’s ‘Impossible to Verify’ North Korea Nuke Claim Spreads Unchecked by Media

Why Does North Korea Want Nukes?

Facts of the Korean War: UN Security Council, Instrument of US led Wars, Blatantly Biased Against North Korea

How History Explains the Korean Crisis
August 28, 2017
Special Report: Many Americans simply view North Korea and its leaders as “crazy,” but the history behind today’s crisis reveals of a more complex reality that could change those simplistic impressions, as historian William R. Polk explains.
By William R. Polk

“History of U.S. Sabotage of Korean Peace and Reunification”
By S. Brian Willson

Facts of the Korean War: UN Security Council, Instrument of US led Wars, Blatantly Biased Against North Korea

Trump and the Geopolitics of Crazy
The Times They Are A-Changin’ in North Korea
By John Feffer
August 22, 2017.
” The United States has beaten its head against the wall of North Korea for more than 70 years, and that wall has changed little indeed as a result. The United States, meanwhile, has suffered one headache after another… It's way past time for the Trump administration to take a few aspirin and a few deep breaths, and seize this opportunity to talk with the North Koreans before both head and wall sustain irreparable damage.”


Laos After the Bombs
By Brett S. Morris  
From 1964 to 1973, the US dropped two million tons of bombs on Laos. The horrendous effects are still being felt.



"Democracy Now" and the "Progressive" Alternative Media: 
Valued Cheerleaders For Imperialism and War.    
By Finian Cunningham

CNN and the Business of State-sponsored TV News
By Glenn Greenwald.   The network's relationships with governments must bear closer examination.

Here is CNN International's response to Glenn Greenwald's story in the Guardian about Amber Lyon's documentary (above).

FAIR blog and FAIR TV
(FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)

Class War Films channel

Syria and Iran:  Exposing the Lies and Disinformation
VIDEO - Disentangling the lies of the U.S. government and corporate media to destabilize and colonize Syria and Iran.

Information Liberaton: The news you’re not supposed to know

We are 1776 . . .  
Stimulating Libertarian Minds One Article At A Time

World News Trust

We watch Fox so you don't have to!

Hollywood’s Propaganda: Tales of torture and wanton killing are blockbusters in the USA
By Margaret Kimberley  -  Hollywood helps Americans feel good about being part of an empire that kills other peoples at will.

Paul Craig Roberts
Institute for Political Economy

The Media Didn't Fail on Iraq;
Iraq Just Showed We Have a Failed Media

By Jim Naureckas.  
The real job of the media is not to sprinkle 1 percent truth amidst 99 percent bullshit.

21st Century Wire: News for the waking generation
Independent Investigative Journalism Since 1995

The Madness of NYT’s Tom Friedman
By Robert Parry.   Friedman describes every foreign adversary who reacts against U.S. dictates as suffering from various stages of insanity.  -  Free Minds and Free Markets

The Unz Review: An Alternative Media Selection
A collection of interesting, important and controversial perspectives largely excluded from the mainstream media.

'Limited But Persuasive' Evidence - Syria, Sarin, Libya, Lies
By David Edwards.   A natural counterpart to the burying of evidence of 'our' embarrassing crimes is the hyping of the crimes of official enemies.  

TV: Your Mind. Controlled
By Melissa Melton.   Are large segments of the American public literally walking around in a hypnotic trance?

The CIA, the Press and Black Propaganda
The All-powerful Cult of Death That Rules America
By Doug Valentine.   Despite the popular portrayal of the CIA as patriotic guys and girls risking everything to do a dirty job, the typical CIA officer is a sociopath.

US Human Radiation Experiments Covered Up by Public Broadcasting
By William Boardman   When the military scientists of an advanced technological nation deliberately explode their largest nuclear bomb (and 66 others) over Pacific islands and use the opportunities to study the effects of radiation on nearby native people, which group is best described as "savage"?

Propaganda as Journalism
By John Pilger – Video.  War by journalism, US military's quest for domination/hegemony in the post 9/11 era, false history in the guise of 'objective' journalism.

The Intercept
Glenn Greenwald, and more.

TV: Your Mind. Controlled
By Melissa Melton.   Are large segments of the American public literally walking around in a hypnotic trance?

The Vineyard of The Saker                       

News Stories, Opinions, Analysis, and Editorials from around the World:

News Analysis - Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet


The Monsanto Revolution
By Timothy V. Gatto.  
The government has acted against the welfare of its own people for the personal gain of a corporation.

Food Justice: Monsanto, Factory Farming, and Beyond
By Mickey Z.   "The earth is not dying. It is being killed, and the people killing it have names and addresses."


Arab Oil Cash to Kill Democracy in Egypt
By Finian Cunningham.  
In order to determine whether the turmoil in Egypt is in the best interests of the mass of ordinary Egyptians, we should use the trusted maxim - follow the money.

How To Start a War
The U.S. Use of War Pretext Incidents

Wars Of EmpireSaddam Hussein - The Trial You Will Never See    
VIDEO.   This documentary was never showed in US.

Monopolizing War?
What America Knows How to Do Best

By Tom Engelhardt

The Road To WW3
World War III Is Coming And Here's Why!?
VIDEO  -  The real motives behind the wars of the past two decades.

“War Is Horrible, but . . .”
By Robert Higgs  -  Anyone who has done even a little reading about the theory and practice of war— has encountered a sentence of the form “War is horrible, but . . . .”

American Militarism Threatening To Set Off World War III
By Professor Francis A. Boyle  -  Historically this latest eruption of American militarism at the start of the 21st Century is akin to that of America opening the 20th Century by means of the U.S.-instigated Spanish-American War in 1898.

War Made Easy
VIDEO Narrated By Sean Penn  - 
This guide to disinformation analyzes American military adventures past and present to reveal striking similarities in the efforts of various administrations to justify, and retain, public support for war.

How Western Leaders Terrorized Muslim World
Using A Fake Clash of Civilizations

By Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja  - 
The US "War on Terror" used the false pretext of the 9/11 attacks to pursue its pre-planned wars against the Muslim world.

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars
By Michael Rivero  -  VIDEO
I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations.

More than 500,000 German civilians and refugees, mostly women and children, were slaughtered by Britain’s saturation bombing in 1945, one of the worst massacres of all time.

Bush, Blair Wanted For Crimes Against Humanity: Boyle
Video   Francis Boyle, a professor of international law: “We will keep after Bush and Blair for sure for crimes against peace, war crimes and torture in general.”

Resisting Genocide: Syria, North Korea, and Cuba
By Gearóid Ó Colmáin:  As NATO and Gulf Co-operation Council terrorists persist in their attempt to destroy the Syrian Arab Republic with car bombs, torture, beheadings and mayhem, the Syrian state has still shown no evidence of imminent collapse.

From El Salvador to Iraq: Washington's man behind brutal police squads: In 2004, with the war in Iraq going from bad to worse, the US drafted in a veteran of Central America's dirty wars to help set up a new force to fight the insurgency. The result:secret detention centres, torture and a spiral into sectarian carnage.                      

How the US Exported its 'Dirty War' Policy to Iraq – with Fatal Consequences
By Murtaza Hussain.   Pentagon officials at the highest levels oversaw torture facilities during the war in Iraq. The allegations are decidedly gruesome: rooms used for interrogating detainees stained with blood; children tied into extreme stress positions with their bodies beaten to discoloration.

WWIII Is Coming Soon & Here's Why!
We are on a road that leads straight to the World War 3, but in order to see that and to fully understand what is at stake you have to look at the big picture and connect the dots.

Kerry’s Middle East Tour Prepares Endless War in Afghanistan, Syria
By Alex Lantier.   Washington’s neo-colonial war in Afghanistan—like its proxy war in Syria, Iran’s main Arab ally—aims at establishing US imperialist hegemony over the Middle East and Central Asia.

Rev. Martin Luther King Condemned US Wars (International Awareness Campaign)

Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign

10 companies profiting the most from war
The business of war is profitable. In 2011, the 100 largest contractors sold $410 billion in arms and military services. Just 10 of those companies sold over $208 billion.

US: Psychotic Superpower on a Hair-trigger
By Finian Cunningham.   
This unstable, lawless rogue state, armed to the teeth and deluded by its own self-righteousness, poses the greatest risk to world security.

U.S. “Human Rights” Wars: Arms Control as a Weapon
By Glen Ford.   The newly approved Arms Trade Treaty is conceived and designed as a facilitator of war by its main sponsor, the United States.

UN Arms Trade Treaty’s Deadly Loophole
By Nile Bowie.   If we assume that the United Nations makes the call on which states qualify as human rights abusers and which states do not, then Israel would not be hindered from purchasing conventional weapons, but a country like Syria would be barred from purchasing arms to defend itself and its territorial sovereignty.

The Elephant in the Room: Militarism
By Jeff Cohen.   Today there’s an elephant in the room: a huge, yet ignored, issue that largely explains why Social Security is now on the chopping block. And why other industrialized countries have free college education and universal healthcare, but we don’t.

Afghanistan, Ecology and the End of War
By Dana Visalli.   Our irrational behavior in Afghanistan reflects a pattern that extends well back into history. It is a little known fact for example that the genesis of the Korean War was the U.S. military occupation of the country two days after South Korea declared its independence.

Obama Accused of Nuclear U-turn as Guided Weapons Plan Emerges
By Julian Borger.   Plan to spend $10bn on updating nuclear bombs goes against 2010 pledge not to deploy new weapons.

Court: US must name military school grads: 
The Obama administration must release the names of graduates of a controversial training camp for the Latin American military, a federal district court has ruled.

From Yemen to Pakistan to Laos:
Jeremy Scahill & Noam Chomsky on Secret U.S. Dirty Wars

Jeremy Scahill and author Noam Chomsky discuss Scahill's groundbreaking new book, "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield."

“Dirty Wars and Self-indulgence”
Critical review by Douglas Valentine

Syria in the Cross-hairs
Making the World Safe for Banksters
By Ellen Hodgson Brown.   Iraq and Libya have been taken out, and Iran has been heavily boycotted. Syria is now in the cross-hairs. Why? Here is one overlooked scenario.

Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2013 
US Congressional Research Service.  The following list reviews hundreds of instances in which the United States has utilized military forces abroad in situations of military conflict or potential conflict to protect U.S. citizens or promote U.S. interests.

The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War
By Mattea Kramer.    
How the U.S. Military Avoided Budget Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Then Asked for Billions More.,_is_the_pentagon_doomed_--_to_be_flush_forever/

NGOs and “humanitarian war”

Amnesty's Shilling for US-NATO Wars
By Ann Wright and Coleen Rowley

Amnesty International: An Instrument of War Propaganda? 
By Felicity Arbuthnot - Amnesty has moved a long way from its fine founding aims.

Amnesty for occupation?: Op-Ed: Ashley Smith explains what's behind the political twists at Amnesty International.

Amnesty International is US State Department Propaganda

Responsibility to Protect And The Myth of Large Numbers
By Vijay Prashad.  
Libya is a recent example: exaggerated civilian casualty numbers to make a case for military intervention in strife-torn regions.

Outside Agitators
By Patrick J. Buchanan.   People who pride themselves on bringing about revolutions should not whine when targeted regimes treat them like troublemakers. And who directs these “pro-democracy” groups?

Humanitarian Wars and Their NGO Foot-Soldiers
By Daniel McAdams.   Once again, one man and an NGO have been able to ignite international opinion in favor of “humanitarian” intervention.


Presidential Rule by Deception: Obama, the Master Con-man
By Prof. James Petras.   Obama has set the standard of political deception and demagogy far beyond past and probable future US Presidents.  

Obama to Putin: Do as I say, not as I do…
By Adrian Salbuchi.   Includes useful info on the hypocrisy over extraditing wanted criminals. Putin echoes Russia’s and the world’s growing weariness with America’s hegemonic carrot-and-stick strategy, and its double talk.

By Paul Street.  
People who command glass houses of a sociopathic, mass-murderous empire should not expect to be taken seriously when throw “humanitarian” stones at other butchers.

'I' Is for 'Impeachment'
Phil Giraldi.  …So are the Obama accomplishments worth impeachment? They go far beyond the precedents of a president firing a government minister or even lying about a sexual affair, and some might even consider that they exceed the Nixon gold standard of using government resources against the political opposition. Arming terrorists while asserting the right to go to war without constitutional process; targeting and killing citizens; declaring a state of war worldwide using robot death machines; spying on citizens and sharing the information with foreign governments; running secret prisons where suspects are tortured, never tried, and never can get out; and using the judiciary to block challenges to whatever is going on is quite a record. Not exactly something to be proud of, is it?


The REAL Reason America Used Nuclear Weapons Against Japan (It Was Not To End the War Or Save Lives)
By Washington's Blog - Like all Americans, I was taught that the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end WWII and save both American and Japanese lives.

By WashingtonsBlog

How U.S. Economic Warfare Provoked Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor
By Robert Higgs  -  The claim that Japan attacked the United States without provocation was . . . typical rhetoric. It worked because the public did not know that the administration had expected Japan to respond with war to anti-Japanese measures it had taken in July 1941.

Barry Eisler blog : the heart of the matter

Michael Parenti – political archive      

The Ironical Chronical   

Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now

PAULINE MITCHELL: in memory of her life-time of struggle for world peace.

Ron Ridenour                             

Clearing the FOG: speaking truth to expose the forces of greed

Empire Slayer

Cannonfire (Joseph Cannon)

Pressing Issues: Greg Mitchell’s blog 
on media, politics, film, satire and more, including excellent information on Hiroshima, etc. 

In The Mind Field                                                                       Michael Uhl, PhD                                                                                                                                     

Philippine-American War: A War Anniversary that U.S. Wishes to Forget


Covering Activism and Politics in Latin America

School of the Americas Morphs Into US Training Industrial Complex

By JP Sottile   In a long, 200-year history of US interventionism, covert action and troubling support for repressive regimes, the story of the US Army School of the Americas (SOA) at Ft. Benning, Georgia, stands out as a grotesque example of militarism run amok.


Syria: The Bloody Road to Damascus - The Triple Alliance’s War on a Sovereign State      
By James Petras 

Syria, the United States and The El Salvador Option
By Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince

Save Syria: Demand End to Supporting Sectarian Terrorists - US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia have plotted bloodbath for years.                              Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer, June 2, 2012.  

How Avaaz Is Sponsoring Fake War Propaganda From Syria

How US bankrolls propaganda for military intervention and regime change in Syria.      
By Charlie Skelton.

Hillary Clinton Is Today's Joseph Goebbels
Latest Syria "Massacre" - Goebbelsesque Propaganda
By Tony Cartalucci.   What the Western corporate-media is actually reporting is terrorist forces being defeated by the Syrian military in violence growing SOLELY because the West continues to funnel cash, increasingly advanced arms, and even foreign fighters into the country.

Covering Syria: The Information War
By Aisling Byrne.   What we are seeing is a new stage of information war intentionally constructed and cast as a simplistic narrative of a struggle for human rights and democracy so as deliberately to exclude other interpretations and any geo-strategic motivation.

George Galloway on Syria (video)

Syria and the Dismembering of the Arab World      

Brief History of Syria
In an agreement known as the Sykes-Picot agreement, they decided to divide the Middle East into French and British 'spheres of influence'. Syria was to be put under French mandate. In early 1920, French troops landed on the Syrian coast.

"Syrian Opposition Coalition" Handcrafted by the US, and Founded in Doha
By Tony Cartalucci  - 
Saudi and Lebanese officials working in tandem with the US, and US intelligence agents have outlined a criminal conspiracy that has now transcended two presidencies and provided the clearest example yet of the corporate-financier driven "continuity of agenda" that truly guides Western foreign policy.

Al-Assad: British Leaders 'Shallow, Immature'
Hala Jaber Interviews President Bashar al-Assad - Video and Transcript
'We don't expect an arsonist to be a firefighter,' Syrian president says.
By Amal Saad-Ghorayeb  -  One of the strategies in the information warfare against Syria is the psycho-pathologization and infantilization of Assad as detached from reality/delusional, irrational and irresponsible. But is he really?

The CIA Is Training Syria's Rebels
By Robert Dreyfuss  -  Let us not be shocked that the CIA is doing this; in fact, it’s very likely that this is the tip of a very large iceberg.

Obama Wades Deeper Into Syria's Morass
By Shamus Cooke  - 
The destruction of Syrian society will continue, indeed, increase.  Although there are plenty of non-military options the Obama administration could pursue, he's instead choosing the bloodiest course possible.

Western Military Intervention in Syria Would Be a Disaster
John Wight.    By this point there should be few who still believe that the West is motivated by any noble motivation of spreading democracy to the Arab and Muslim world.

US and Europe in 'Major Airlift of Arms to Syrian Rebels Through Zagreb'

By Richard Spencer.   The United States has coordinated a massive airlift of arms to Syrian rebels from Croatia with the help of Britain and other European states, despite the continuing European Union arms embargo.

US-British Al Qaeda Airlift:
3,000 Tons of Weapons Fuel Syria's Destruction

By Tony Cartalucci.   Just like in Libya where the West literally handed an entire nation to sectarian extremists, we are watching a verbatim repeat in Syria.  

Jihadists, Not Assad, Apparently Behind Reported Chemical Attack In Syria
By Anshel Pfeffer.   The explosion claimed the lives of Syrian Armed Forces soldiers who are apparently loyal to Assad, and the Syrian government was quick to demand an international investigation of the incident.

Obama Unleashes Dogs of War in Syria
Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR.  
The comprehensive destruction of Syria as a major military power in the Middle East means that all three major Arab powers which could offer defiance to Israel in the past and have been the repositories of "Arabism" at one time or another – Iraq, Egypt and Syria – have been dispatched to the Stone Age.

How Obama Chose War Over Peace in Syria
By Shamus Cooke.  
Obama's Bush-like determination to overthrow the Syrian government has led him down the same path as his predecessor.

Evidence Shows Syrian Rebels Behind Chemical Attack
By Raven Clabough.   This is not the first time that the rebel forces have committed heinous acts in their war on the Syrian people.

Officials: Arms Shipments Rise to Syrian Rebels
By Dale Gavlak And Jamal Halaby.   Mideast powers have dramatically stepped up weapons supplies to Syrian rebels in coordination with the U.S. in preparation for a push on the capital of Damascus, officials and Western military experts said Wednesday.

By Patrick Henningsen.   The very idea of directly arming terrorists in Syria is not one which can be sold openly in either the US or Britain.  

A Syrian's Perspective:
Democracy vs. Foreign Invasion. Who is Bashar Al Assad?

By Arabi Souri.  
Bashar is a reformer who has done much to further the causes of democracy and freedom.

Syria is a Battle for Palestine
By Nadezhda Kevorkova.   Bashar al-Assad didn’t turn away from the Palestinians, and that was the reason that the West directed the wave of militants against Syria and spread out the Islamic propaganda that Assad was the root of all their troubles.

Hacked e-mail involving a Qatari scheme to stage a false flag “chemical weapons” attack which could then provide the pretext for intervention in Syria‏‏.

Exposed: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is EU-Funded Fraud
By By Tony Cartalucci .   NYT admits fraudulent Syrian human rights group is UK-based "one-man band" funded by EU and one other "European country."

Elections Observers Report to UN

VIDEO (52:45)  UN Press Conference sponsored by Syrian Mission

Syria and the Sham of “Humanitarian Intervention”
Ajamu Baraka.   Veteran grassroots organizer whose roots are in the Black Liberation Movement and anti-apartheid and Central American solidarity struggles.

NATO Data: Assad Winning the War for Syrians’ Hearts and Minds
Special to World Tribune.   The data, relayed to NATO over the last month, asserted that 70 percent of Syrians support the Assad regime. Another 20 percent were deemed neutral and the remaining 10 percent expressed support for the rebels.

Syria: Who is Behind The Protest Movement
Article from May 2011:

This link says the whole thing in Syria is about a pipeline:


Manufacturing Terrorists
By Michael German.  
How FBI sting operations make jihadists out of hapless malcontents.

According to Judge Andrew Napolitano, in the past 10 years, there’ve been 20 Terrorist plots against the US. Three of those plots were real but were discovered and stopped by private Americans. The other 17 were created–and then stopped–by the FBI.
As the situation in Ukraine continues to fester, a handy history guide -- from A (Argentina) to Z (Zaire)

The Momentum for “Regime Change”: Snipers Are Commonly Used as “False Flag” Terrorists ...


Balls, Brains and History - The New Crimean War

Promised Land: Serbia and UkraineCrimea and Kosovo  
Everything You Really Need to Know About Ukraine
by Patrick L.Smit

Ukraine and the Presstitute media
By Peter Koenig.    
Obama, the naked, shameless emperor dares warn Russia not to intervene in Ukraine, or else… and the spineless European puppets with the mighty NATO in their back are aping similar threats.

“Journalists” Follow Obama on Ukraine
By Margaret Kimberley.    
The corporate media are a key component of the U.S. imperial machine. Although styling themselves as watchdogs, they are in fact the dogs of war, whose mission is to hide Washington’s aggressions behind a fog of lies.

The clash in Crimea is the fruit of western expansion
Seumas Milne.   The external struggle to dominate Ukraine has put fascists in power and brought the country to the brink of conflict.

Mass Killing in East Ukraine and the Failure of Liberal Intellectuals
By Joshua Tartakovsky.

Corporate Interests Behind Ukraine Putsch                                                JP Sottile     Behind the U.S.-backed coup that ousted the democratically elected president of Ukraine are the economic interests of giant corporations – from Cargill to Chevron – which see the country as a potential “gold mine” of profits from agricultural and energy exploitation.


Lifting the Veil: Obama and the Failure of Capitalist Democracy    
Video - this film explores the historical role of the Democratic Party as the “graveyard of social movements”, the massive influence of corporate finance in elections, the absurd disparities of wealth in the United States.

The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century    
VIDEO  - This documentary demonstrates how the first film theaters in the US were used over 100 years ago to broadcast propaganda to rile the American people into the Spanish-American War. The film exposes how every major war in US history was based on a complete fraud.

War and Empire - Are and Always Have Been the American Way of Life 
By Paul L. Atwood - As serious scholars know well, the real history of the nation is far removed from what James Loewen would call the "disneyfied" notions of American exceptionalism  

Investor Wars: Korea Thru Syria
By Jay Janson.   In every single case of US mayhem (that if totaled up reaches many multi-holocaust proportions), civil war, fomented by the US itself, has been used as a pretext for unlawful barbaric criminal intervention by US Armed Forces.       

Decent Men vs. Strutting Ogres
By Linh Dinh.   Done with making anything useful, the United States is the world’s leading producer of weapons and illusions, mostly of itself.

Feast of Fools
By Lewis H. Lapham
How American Democracy Became the Property of a Commercial Oligarchy.

"In America Today Peace is For Sissies"
An Interview With Paul Craig Roberts on Torture

By Nilantha Ilangamuwa  -  Americans are overwhelmed by how great and good and moral and indispensable they are. American hubris raises Americans above everyone else in the world.

By Stephen Lendman  -  Western civilization destroyed their way of life. There's nothing civilized about it.

By The Economic Collapse Blog  -  Most Americans still tend to doubt that we are heading into economic oblivion.

Noam Chomsky "Public Education and The Common Good"
VIDEO lecture by Noam Chomsky  - 
How the public educational system in the US has been used not for the common good, but rather for the special interests of those who have power and money and want to perpetuate a docile non-critical thinking population.

U.S. Prison Population Seeing “Unprecedented Increase”
By Carey L. Biron  - 
The United States has incarcerated far more people than any other country, today imprisoning some 716 people out of every 100,000.

The police state is real
By Paul Craig Roberts  - 
Ironic, isn’t it, that the president of the United States now murders his political opponents just as Saddam Hussein murdered his. How long before critics move from the no-fly list to the extermination list?

Imagine ad  - Probably the single best ad of the 2012 presidential cycle was this one, entitled "Imagine", produced independently by supporters of the Paul campaign:  So full of common sense, compassion and understanding. No wonder the guy didn't stand a chance of getting elected.

The Revealingly Substance-free Fight over Susan Rice
By Glenn Greenwald:  Her record of war advocacy and close ties to tyrants is notably missing from the debate over whether she should be Secretary of State.

By Margaret KimberleyIt was during the Bush administration that the black face in the high place joined in committing the worst kinds of dirty work to be carried out by the United States around the globe.

22 US Military Veterans Commit Suicide Every Day: 20% higher than Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2007 estimate, according to a two-year study by a VA researcher.

US War Plan, Seven Countries In Five Years
By General Wesley Clark:  "The Warning Was Given And It Was Ignored."

The US and the M Word
By Dan DeWalt  - 
Violating international borders, stalking an individual and blowing him up without the benefit of accusation or trial – most people would call that premeditated murder.

We Are Bradley Manning
By Chris Hedges  - 
All those within the system who publicly reveal facts that challenge the official narrative will be imprisoned.

The US is the Don Corleone of International Politics
By Adrian Salbuchi.   WikiLeaks recently published new documents showing that US global intelligence corporations like Stratfor worked hard in a failed attempt to overthrow Venezuela’s democratically elected president.

Anthony Gregory.

Above The Law
By Katrina vanden Heuvel.  
If the national security state has the power of life or death above the law, and Wall Street has the power to plunder beyond the law, in what way does this remain a nation of laws?
By Michael Shank.    Obama couldn’t get the $10 billion over ten years that he wanted to improve childhood nutrition in schools. (Contrast this with the $10 billion we spend monthly on our military in Afghanistan.)

Above The Law
By Katrina vanden Heuvel.  
If the national security state has the power of life or death above the law, and Wall Street has the power to plunder beyond the law, in what way does this remain a nation of laws?

'Worse Than Nixon': Pentagon Papers Lawyer on Obama, Secrecy and Press Freedoms      
By Glenn Greenwald.    Career First Amendment and transparency advocate James Goodale sounds the alarm about the current president.

The Department of Homeland Security has plans to buy enough ammunition to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraq War – on US territory – and even US congressmen don’t understand why.

Scientific Assassinations Are Part of the CIA’s Record
By Wayne MADSEN.  
The CIA’s Technical Services Department continued to maintain and develop stockpiles of cancer-causing biological agents used in special delivery weapons.

The head of the United States Cyber Command says the US is developing 40 new teams of cyber-agents that will both protect America’s critical infrastructure from hackers and as well as launch attacks against the country’s adversaries. 

The Making of “Untold History of the United States.”
Oliver Stone & Peter Kusnick.  A series of informative video interviews on The Real News.

Occupy Washington, DC

Embargoes, Military Exercises and Other Acts of War or Why Peace-Mongering Is Un-American
By Ben Tanosborn.  
America, in its imperial role, has become accustomed to get its way, whether acting alone or accompanied by its entourage of friends and lackeys, in pronouncing what actions by other nations affect the interests of the United States.

An Orwellian America
By Gordon T Long.   We have been gradually disempowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us.

US Driven By Nazi War Machine
By Finian Cunningham.   The absorption of Nazi military practice and intelligence into the CIA and other Western organizations at the end of the Second World War had fateful and far-reaching pernicious consequences.

Pit Of Hopelessness
Guantanamo Grows Tense, Inmates Suicidal

By RT.   At least two Guantanamo Bay detainees have attempted suicide since the confrontation between guards and prisoners in February that brought about the ongoing hunger strike.   

America Cannot Assert Moral Authority While Guantánamo Remains Open
Editorial.    For those not charged with any offence, their long detention is a most serious stain on the human rights record of the US.         

Obama Accused of Nuclear U-turn as Guided Weapons Plan Emerges
By Julian Borger.   Plan to spend $10bn on updating nuclear bombs goes against 2010 pledge not to deploy new weapons.

What We've Lost Since 9/11
Taking Down the First Amendment in Post-Constitutional America
By Peter Van Buren

The US Has Invaded 70 Nations Since 1776 
By Dr Gideon Polya  (05 July, 2013)

John McCain: War Hero Or War Criminal?
By Philip Giraldi.   John McCain was awarded an astonishing Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his 22 missions spent bombing mostly civilian targets in (North) Vietnam.

No Military Coups for America? What About November 1963?
By Jacob G. Hornberger.   (Includes useful info on asassination of JFK) To suggest that the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA would help foreign militaries oust their rulers to save their countries but would not do the same for the United States when faced with similar circumstances makes no sense.

Why the U.S. Executive Branch Is a Clear and Present Danger to Our Democracy
By Fred Branfman.   How an authoritarian U.S. Executive Branch which has focused on war abroad for the last 50 years now devotes increasing resources to surveillance, information management, and population control at home, posing a far greater threat to Americans' liberties than any conceivable foreign foe.

History is a Weapon – A People’s History of the United States. 

By Howard Zinn.

The World Can’t Wait!: Stop the Crimes of Your Government

The U.S. Base on Diego Garcia: An Overlooked Atrocity
By Sheldon Richman.   The largest criminal organizations in the world are governments. The U.S. government is no exception.


US Prepares for Overthrow of Venezuela                                                    By Tony Cartalucci.  Rigged polling, coordinated Western propaganda campaign, and open conspiracy to install Henrique Capriles Radonski as head of new Western client-regime.

Venezuelan Elections: a Choice and Not an Echo
By James Petras.  A defeat will provide Obama or Romney with a trampoline to re-launch the reactionary neo-liberal and militarist policies of the pre-Chavez era – the infamous Clinton decade(of the 1990’s) of pillage, plunder, privatization and poverty.

Why the US Demonises Venezuela's Democracy
By Mark Weisbrot.  Venezuela is about to hold impeccably free and fair elections. Yet the US treats it as a dictatorship.

The Revolution Within the Revolution Will Continue
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.
Chavez was a leader who, in unity with the people, was able to free Venezuela from the grips of US Empire, bring dignity to the poor and working class, and was central to a Latin American revolt against US domination.

El Comandante Has Left the Building
By Pepe Escobar.   How enlightening to watch world leaders’ reactions to the death of Venezuela’s El Comandante Hugo Chavez. 

Former US President Carter: Venezuelan Electoral System “Best in the World”     “As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we’ve monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world”… in the US “we have one of the worst election processes in the world, and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money...

Death Of A Bogeyman – The Corporate Media Bury Hugo Chavez.
By David Edwards.    What lies behind the Western media's obsession with Chávez? Why the extreme hostility and bias? . . .Venezuela is sitting on 'The world's biggest oil reserves'.

Never in the history of Latin America, has a political leader had such incontestable democratic legitimacy.

Washington’s Secret “Five Point Plan” to Destabilize Venezuela
By Stephen Lendman.  
Washington tolerates no independent governments. It demands pro-Western ones. It wants them serving US interests. Outliers are targeted for regime change.

President Chavez: A 21st Century Renaissance Man
By James Petras.   Chavez opened a new and extraordinarily original and complex path to socialism based on free elections, re-educating the military to uphold democratic and constitutional principals, and the development of mass and community media. He ended the capitalist mass media monopolies and strengthened civil society.

The United States Shows its Contempt for Venezuelan Democracy
By Mark Weisbrot.   Washington's clumsy efforts to de-legitimise Venezuela's election mark a escalation of its push for regime change.

The Making of “Untold History of the United States.”
Oliver Stone & Peter Kusnick.  A series of informative video interviews on The Real News.
Venezuela’s Struggle, Widely Misrepresented, Remains a Classic Conflict Between Right and Left
By Mark Weisbrot.    Venezuela is not Ukraine, where opposition leaders could be seen publicly collaborating with U.S. officials in their efforts to topple the government, and pay no obvious price for it.

President Chavez: A 21st Century Renaissance Man
By James Petras.   Chavez opened a new and extraordinarily original and complex path to socialism based on free elections, re-educating the military to uphold democratic and constitutional principals, and the development of mass and community media. He ended the capitalist mass media monopolies and strengthened civil society.


Vietnam Was A U.S. Imposed Holocaust!
Documentary movie - Martin Sheen:

Viet Nam's "Perfect Spy" - Pham Xuan An

"Kill Anything That Moves":
Hidden Crimes of the War Kerry, Hagel Fought in Vietnam

By Democracy Now  -  U.S. atrocities in Vietnam were not just isolated incidents, but "the inevitable outcome of deliberate policies, dictated at the highest levels of the military."
"Beyond Vietnam" - A Time to Break Silence

"Kill Anything That Moves"
Nick Turse Describes the Real Vietnam War

Turse, who devoted 12 years to tracking down the true story of Vietnam, unlocked secret troves of documents, interviewed officials and veterans — including many accused of war atrocities — and traveled throughout the Vietnamese countryside talking with eyewitnesses to create his book, Kill Anything That Moves:
Read the introduction from Nick Turse’s book, 
"Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam".

Deja Vu All Over Again: 
Notes on Jonathan Schell's Review of "Kill Anything That Moves".
By Michael Uhl

Nick Turse: Exhuming Vietnam
An interview with the author of 'Kill Anything That Moves'

‘They All Looked Alike’
Matthew Harwood reviews "Kill Anything That Moves".

Biography of Ho Chi Minh:  VIDEO (44:14)

The Clash of the Icons
Will the Real Daniel Ellsberg Please Stand Up!
by DOUGLAS VALENTINE.   …somewhere between the official Pentagon Papers story, and the CIA’s involvement in international drug trafficking, is a disturbing clash of facts from which Ellsberg will not emerge with his icon status intact.

Nick Turse: Exhuming Vietnam - An interview with the author of 'Kill Anything That Moves'

The Blood-Soaked Resumé of a Peace Broker
What John Kerry Really Did in Vietnam

Mine Action Visitor Center, Dong Ha

Ho Chi Minh and the Declaration of Independence
Video.   Excerpts from 1981 with Major Archimedes Patti, who during World War Two provided support to the Vietnamese Resistance (Viet Minh) under the command of Ho Chi Minh fighting the Japanese occupation.

The Secret History of the Vietnam War
Interview with Nick Turse, author of “Kill Anything That Moves – The Real American War in Vietnam”.

Nick Turse: Exhuming Vietnam
An interview with the author of 'Kill Anything That Moves'   

70 battles the U.S. lost in Vietnam:

Vietnam: A War on Civilians  

Review by Chase Madar, a NY attorney, of the book:
Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, Nick Turse

The Secret Weather Manipulation Program of the Vietnam War

"Why I am opposed to the Vietnam War": Martin Luther King Jr gave this sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967.

Honor the Vietnamese, Not Those Who Killed Them
By Michael D. Yates    An analysis of how the war was conducted, what its consequences have been for the Vietnamese, how the nature of the war generated ferocious opposition to it (not least by a brave core of U.S. soldiers), how the war’s history has been whitewashed, and why it is important to both know what happened in Vietnam and why we should not forget it. Not only did the United States ravage Vietnam with unprecedented and murderous ferocity, committing war crimes in nearly every village, but this criminal conduct was official government policy.

How women won the war for Vietnam
Presented by Phillip Adams - Thursday 22 October 2015 10:05PM
Lady Borton, an American Quaker and probably the only woman to remain in Vietnam throughout the American War, has documented numerous stories about how Vietnamese women fought the battle of the South and won. Because most men were sent to North Vietnam after the Geneva Accords, women were left to lead and carry out the Viet Cong resistance against the oppressive French colonials, then later the American soldiers. They were the spies, the informants, they took prisoners and learned how to fire guns. They were the soldiers and the backbone of the resistance.
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Bush Administration Convicted of War Crimes
Video.   Bush is now a convicted war criminal who dares not travel abroad out of fear of being arrested.

The Executive Branch of the U.S. Government
World's Most Evil and Lawless Institution?

By Fred Branfman.  
Executive Branch leaders have killed, wounded and made homeless well over 20 million human beings in the last 50 years, mostly civilians.

Arrest Barack Obama
War Criminals Not Safe Anywhere

"We'll get Bush in the US" the world's top war crimes prosecutor tells The Truthseeker after Dubya's deputies warn him against travel, lawyers file for Obama's arrest tomorrow when he hits South Africa.

If The Nuremberg Laws Were Applied...
By Noam Chomsky.   If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.

What Happened to John Kerry?
By Robert Abele.   " Here he is in 2013: Among lawmakers on Capitol Hill, John Kerry has the most money invested in defense contractors, up to $38,209,020. This includes the significant investments in Raytheon and in General Electric, both of whom are major players in the U.S. war machine."

If Charles Taylor is a War Criminal, Then So are Obama, Bush and Clinton
By Glen Ford.   “Clinton, Bush and Obama have instigated, encouraged and collaborated in the worst genocide since World War Two.”


Bradley Manning: Prisoner of Conscience
By Francis A. Boyle.  
Where are the “good” Americans? Well, there are some good Americans. They are getting prosecuted for protesting against and resisting illegal U.S. military interventions and war crimes around the world.

Bradley Manning's Legal Duty to Expose War Crimes
Marjorie Cohn.   Obama refuses to allow the officials and lawyers from the Bush administration who sanctioned and carried out a regime of torture – which constitutes a war crime under Geneva – to be held legally accountable.

Bradley Manning Is Guilty of “Aiding the Enemy” -- If the Enemy Is Democracy
By Norman Solomon.   When the deceptive operation of the warfare state can’t stand the light of day, truth-tellers are a constant hazard.

Ed Snowden, NSA, and fairy tales a child could see through
Jon Rappoport

“Everyone is Corrupt, I’ve Come to Learn”
By Thomas Hedges.  
John Kiriakou, the former CIA officer who blew the whistle on Bush’s torture program and is now in prison has a warning for the rest of us. Kiriakou is also the sixth whistleblower to be charged under the Obama administration. Snowden is the seventh. Those are more indictments than any other administration in history, despite Obama’s signing the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act into law last year.


‘Managing’ the Plaza: America’s Secret Deal with Mexican Drug Cartels  
By Tom Burghardt.   As the global financial crisis deepens, - they have inflated their balance sheets with a veritable tsunami of hot cash generated by the Narco-Industrial Complex.


Who Gets Africa’s Water? A serious crisis occurs when there is less than 500 cubic meter per person per year. The World Bank and the WTO are energetic and anti-democratic instruments, eagerly facilitating corporate control and commoditization of water.

The Global Water Grab
By Shiney Varghese  -  “[t]he new ‘water barons’—the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires—are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace.”