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The Destabilization of Pakistan By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, December 27 2012
Washington’s intent goes beyond the narrow objective of “regime change”. The thrust of US foreign policy consists in weakening the central government and fracturing the country. The ongoing US drone attacks under the banner of the “Global War on Terrorism” are part of that process.
The Fiscal Cliff, A Self-Created Bi-Partisan Drama. The Need to Mobilize Resistance By Kevin Zeese, December 27 2012

The fiscal cliff is a self-created bi-partisan drama that demonstrates the failure of traditional politics and the need for mobilized resistance and a new independent political movement. The mass media and operatives from the Democratic and Republican parties have raised

Hunger and Homelessness Rising across America By Nick Barrickman, December 27 2012

This month, the United States Conference of Mayors’ Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness released its yearly survey, which documented a sharp rise in the two social ills throughout the country.

The report was based on data collected between September …

Occupy protests targeted by FBI counterterror units By Barry Grey, December 27 2012

Internal Federal Bureau of Investigation documents released last Saturday by a civil liberties organization show that FBI anti-terror units across the US targeted and spied on the Occupy Wall Street protests even before they got underway in September 2011.

The …

At the Service of Empire. UNICEF’s Fake Humanitarian Appeal By Cem Ertür, December 27 2012

Propaganda alert  compiled by Cem Ertür

As the United Nations Security Council passes a resolution for the deployment of foreign troops in Mali [1] and the United States announces its plan to deploy troops to 35 African countries in 2013  …

US Attempting “Regime Change” in Malaysia: Fact or Fiction? By Nile Bowie, December 27 2012
As Malaysia prepares for general elections, distrust of the political opposition and accusations of foreign interference have been major talking points.
Chavez Struggles to Recover By Stephen Lendman, December 27 2012

A previous article said major surgery for any reason is daunting. Four times for the same illness in 18 months present special challenges.

Chavez struggles to recover. He hopes he’s cancer free. He’s undergoing difficult post-operative procedures. Reports suggest he’s …

Today’s Most Popular Stories on Global Research By Global Research News, December 26 2012
It’s Not a “Fiscal Cliff” … It’s a Descent Into Lawlessness By Washington's Blog, December 26 2012

It’s Not a Tax or Spending Problem … It’s a Devolution Into Lawlessness

The “fiscal cliff” is a myth.

Instead, what we are facing is a descent into lawlessness.

Wikipedia notes:

In many situations, austerity programs are imposed

FBI Considers the “Occupy Movement” as a “Terrorist Threat” By Global Research News, December 26 2012

by Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF)

FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) pursuant to the PCJF’s Freedom of Information Act demands reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as

Free and Accessible Transit Campaign, GTWA By Global Research News, December 26 2012

by The GTWA Free Transit initiative

Transit is a critical issue for people in Toronto, as in all major urban areas. More is at stake than reducing traffic congestion and gridlock. Transit and general mobility are intimately related to larger

Killing Thousands in Afghanistan: Record Number Of Deadly US Drone Strikes By RT, December 26 2012

The United States has carried out more drone strikes this year in Afghanistan than it has during its eight-year-long air war in Pakistan, launching 447 strikes and killing thousands while also reducing its air surveillance.

At a time when the …

Scrambling for Africa’s Resources By Stephen Lendman, December 26 2012
Africa's rich in oil, gas, gold, silver, diamonds, uranium, iron, copper, tin, lead, nickel, coal, cobalt, bauxite, wood, coltan, manganese, chromium, vanadium-bearing titanium, and much more.
Washington’s Dilemma: The “Good Terrorists” versus the “Bad Terrorists” By Dr. Ismail Salami, December 26 2012

Terrorism is terrorism and it cannot be defined otherwise unless the interests of one party tilt the scale in disfavor of another and the dichotomization of the terrorists in Syria into good and bad by the West casts doubt on

The Achievements of Cuba’s “Ecological Agriculture” By Global Research News, December 26 2012

by Miguel A. Altieri and Fernando R. Funes-Monzote

When Cuba faced the shock of lost trade relations with the Soviet Bloc in the early 1990s, food production initially collapsed due to the loss of imported fertilizers, pesticides, tractors, parts, and

Anti-Russian Sentiment in the US Congress. The Magnitsky Act. Another US Provocation against Russia By Press TV, December 25 2012

By Yusuf Fernandez

In recent years, US Congress has been undermining US-Russian cooperation in several areas from Afghanistan to international terrorism.”

On December 6, the US House and Senate passed as a law the so-called “Magnitsky Act,” which was shortly

Unlimited Imperialism and the Threat of World War III. U.S. Militarism at the Start of the 21st Century By Francis A. Boyle, December 25 2012

 The Origins of the  First and Second World Wars currently hover like Twin  Swords  of Damocles over the heads of all humanity.  

It is the Unlimited Imperialists along the lines of Alexander, Rome, Napoleon and Hitler who are now in

Pentagon prepares military operation in Mali By RT, December 25 2012

It’s only December, but it looks like the Pentagon has all planned out how they’ll spend a good part of 2013. US officials now claim that the Defense Department is busy preparing a military operation in the nation of Mali.

America`s Retreat? What next for Afghanistan after NATO’s scheduled pullout? By Stop NATO, December 25 2012

by Boris Pavlishev

“The Americans are actually not after stability or putting an end to terrorism in Afghanistan. They are after gaining a permanent strategic foothold in Southwest Asia. Providing advice and training will be no more than a disguise.

Global Warfare: US Deploying Troops to 35 African Countries By RT, December 25 2012
The United States Army will be deploying troops to nearly three-dozen African nations in the coming year.
Soldiers based out of Fort Riley, Kansas’ 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division will begin training in March 2013 in order to prepare for
Flashback to 2001: Hollywood Celebrities Salute Afghanistan’s “Enduring Freedom” By Cem Ertür, December 25 2012

Propaganda Alert  compiled by Cem Ertür

“Operation Enduring Freedom” is the official name used by the U.S. government for its war on Afghanistan (2001-present).

A Disturbing Fact 

Renowned Hollywood movie stars continue to support the US-NATO military adventure which has

Berlin: A Grim Christmas for Many. Urban Poverty in Germany. Homelessness in the Inner City By Ernst Wolff, December 25 2012

Winter exposes the social decline in Berlin more revealingly than any other season, especially around Christmastime. Bitter conditions drive the homeless into the inner city to seek shelter. Special “winter buses”, operated by aid agencies, search the streets, bridges and

Massive Growth of Social Inequality across America By World Socialist Web Site, December 25 2012

By Nick Barrickman

A recent three-part investigative series by Reuters details the massive growth of social inequality in the United States. “The Unequal State of America,” largely based on US Census data spanning the last two decades on income distribution, …

Drone Warfare: Terrorism With a Bigger Budget By Global Research News, December 24 2012

by Amanda Mullins

In the last four years, the use of unmanned drones to engage in so-called “targeted killing” has escalated dramatically. In Pakistan alone, US drone strikes have increased five fold during the Obama administration, according to the Bureau

Political Prisoners in America. Institutionalizing Indefinite Detention By Stephen Lendman, December 24 2012

Since taking office, Obama authorized numerous police state measures. They follow earlier ones under George Bush.

They’re heading America for full-blown tyranny. It’s already a hair’s breadth away. It could arrive any time full force. It’s been wrapped in the

Christmas: The Greatest Gift For All By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, December 24 2012
The voices that reach us through the millennia and connect us to our culture are being silenced by "political correctness" and “the war on terror.”
US-NATO Supported Syria Rebels use Chemical Weapons against Government Forces By Press TV, December 24 2012
Militants fighting against the Syrian government have used chemical weapons against the army in Daraya near the capital, Damascus, military sources say.

According to a commander of the Syrian Presidential Guard, at least seven Syrian soldiers were killed on Saturday …

The Terror Lurking in a Christmas Tree: Israel Attempts to Ban “Non-Jewish” Celebrations By Jonathan Cook, December 24 2012
“hotels – under threat of losing kashrut certificates – are prohibited by the rabbinate from decking their halls in boughs of holly or, putting up even the smallest of small sparkly Christmas tree”
The CIA’s 1987 Damage Assessment Declassified: The Jonathan Pollard Spy Case By Jeffrey T. Richelson, December 23 2012

CIA Withholding Overturned on Appeal by National Security Archive

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 407

Posted – December 14, 2012

Edited by Jeffrey T. Richelson

For more information contact:
Jeffrey T. Richelson/Thomas Blanton
202/994-7000 or [email protected]

Washington, DC,

The Lie that Prosecuting Bank Fraud Will Destabilize the Economy Is What Is REALLY Destroying the Economy By Washington's Blog, December 23 2012

Failing to Prosecute White Collar Crime Guarantees a Weak and Unstable Economy … and Future Financial Crashes

The Departments of Justice and Treasury are pretending that criminally prosecuting criminal banksters will destabilize the economy.

The exact opposite is true.

Failing …

Torture, Torture Everywhere By Andy Worthington, December 23 2012

For those of us who have been arguing for years that senior officials and lawyers in the Bush administration must be held accountable for the torture program they introduced and used in their “war on terror,” last week was a

The Torture Chronicle: CIA “Lying and Obfuscation” on the So-called War on Terror By Philip Giraldi, December 23 2012

If there is one word missing from the United States government’s post-9/11 lexicon it is “accountability.” While perfectly legal though illicit sexual encounters apparently continue to rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors, leading to resignations, no one

“Conspiracy Theories” vs. the Real World of Financial Crime: Bankers Face Prosecution For Conspiracy By Danny Schechter, December 23 2012

When most mainstream media outlets discuss conspiracy theories, it is usually to debunk the views of dissenting and critical thinkers who are routinely denounced as simplistic, paranoid or worse. 

You have frequently seen the mantra questioning their motives and conclusions …

Syria: The “Business of Regime Change” Versus National Sovereignty By Stephen Lendman, December 23 2012

Washington, other Western countries, and regional rogues arm, fund, train and direct the Syrian rebels.

On December 21, Russia Today interviewed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Moscow isn’t “in the business of regime change,” he said.

He categorically rejects notions …

“Christmas Present”: U.S. Senate Votes $631 Billion Military Budget By Global Research News, December 23 2012

by Valentin Zorin

The US Senate has unanimously approved a $631bln defense budget for 2013. The draft budget has evoked no objections from the White House. As he ran for president four years ago, Barack Obama promised to cut defense …

The People Must Lead the Way to Save the Planet By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, December 22 2012

   “The American way of life is not up for negotiation. Period.” President George H. W. Bush, 1992, first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro

 With the re-election of President Barack Obama in the midst of Hurricane Sandy, some hoped …

The Libor Swindle: Systematic Financial Rigging of the Benchmark Global Interest Rate By Andre Damon, December 22 2012

The latest sweetheart settlement with a major international bank, in this case involving criminal activities that financial regulators describe as “epic,” has once again lifted the lid on the cesspool of corruption otherwise known as the world financial system.

UBS, …

Obama’s Proudest Achievement: Bin Laden Execution claims more Innocent Victims By Global Research News, December 22 2012

by David Samel

It looks like the Obama Administration’s proudest achievement in the international arena – the execution of Osama Bin Laden – has caused the death of nine UN health care workers and will continue to take a heavy

Financial Fraud in the Gold Market: Banks Pledge Same Gold to Numerous People By Washington's Blog, December 22 2012

Banks Pledge Same Collateral Numerous Times

Big banks pledged the same mortgage to numerous people.

Similarly, big bullion banks borrow gold from central banks, and then rehypothecate it numerous times:

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A 1999 study by …

Fiscal Cliff Reality By Stephen Lendman, December 22 2012

Political Washington theater continues. Republicans and Democrats agreed years ago to erode America’s social contract en route to eliminating it altogether.

Crisis conditions create opportunities. Former White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, explained.

“You never want to let a …

NATO Military Training FaciIities in Persian Gulf By Stop NATO, December 22 2012

The Nato training site in Kuwait is the first to be set up in a GCC state.

At its Chicago summit in May, Nato in its final communiqué said that it looked forward to a better understanding of common security

The United Nations Defends NATO’s Premeditated Genocide in Syria By Tony Cartalucci, December 21 2012
As early as 2007, it was reported that the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, were not only organizing, funding, training, and arming militants linked to Al Qaeda to be used against Syria and Iran, but knew in advance that by doing so, they would trigger an unprecedented "cataclysmic conflict.
South Korea’s “Chaebol Republic”: Hardline Conservatism with a Liberal Smile By Nile Bowie, December 21 2012

The ever-changing political landscapes of the Korean Peninsula never fail to offer stark contrasts. To the north, a somber December is spent mourning the forefathers of the communist dynasty under the helm of a boy-king and his advisers. To the

Unemployment and Poverty in America: 75 Economic Numbers From 2012 that are Almost too Crazy to Believe… By The Economic Collapse Blog, December 21 2012

What a year 2012 has been!  The mainstream media continues to tell us what a “great job” the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve are doing of managing the economy, but meanwhile things just continue to get even worse for

Rupert Murdoch’s Bid to Persuade Gen. David Petraeus to Run as Republican Candidate in the 2012 Presidential Election By Jonathan Cook, December 21 2012

 Carl Bernstein, of All the President’s Men fame, has a revealing commentary in the Guardian today, though revealing not entirely in a way he appears to understand. Bernstein highlights a story first disclosed earlier this month in the Washington Post

Mayan “End of the World” Prophesy: People All Over the World Are Freaking Out Over December 21st By Washington's Blog, December 21 2012

No … the World WON’T End on December 21st!

The Mayan 2012 end of the world “prophecy” is scaring the pants off numerous children and suicidal teeangers. CBS News Detroit reports today:

Thousands of students will have an extra

War in The Congo, Project Censored and Doomsday 2012 By Justin Podur, Andy Lee Roth, Prof Michel Chossudovsky, and Michael Welch, December 20 2012

Global Research News Hour Episode 9

The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Africa’s second largest country by area, and fourth largest by population, has proven to be one of the world’s most over-looked regions in terms of regular media coverage …

Mayan Prophesy: Prepare Yourself for the “End of the World” at Global Research By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, December 20 2012

Since September 2001, Global Research has been bringing our readers a broad spectrum of voices analyzing global situations, from a coverage of the US-NATO wars in the Middle East to the economic machinations of the financial elite.

And we

Prevent World War III: Civil Resistance Sole Way to Stop US Government Aggression By Sherwood Ross, December 20 2012

People everywhere could act against nations allied with the US such as Britain and the other NATO states, as well as Australia, Japan, South Korea, Georgia, and Puerto Rico. ‘If not so restrained, the US government could very well precipitate

The Religious and Social Crisis in America. Political Consequences By Prof. James Petras, December 20 2012
The religious crises, the decline in belief and institutional affiliation, is intimately related to the moral decay in US public institutions and the precipitous decline of living standards.
Obama proposes Social Security Cuts By Patrick Martin, December 20 2012

The cuts in Social Security and other critical social programs proposed Tuesday by the Obama White House as part of negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner over the so-called “fiscal cliff” mark a watershed in US social policy.

Obama has

UBS Libor-rigging settlement exposes pervasive bank fraud By Andre Damon, December 20 2012

UBS, the largest bank in Switzerland, announced Wednesday it had agreed to a $1.5 billion settlement with regulators in three countries, admitting that between 2005 and 2010 it intentionally manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), the most important global

The Newtown School Tragedy: More than One Gunman? By James F. Tracy, December 20 2012
Evidence suggests that 2 additional Sandy Hook shooting suspects were apprehended by police in the minutes following 9:35AM when officers were dispatched to the elementary school.
The End Is Near: It’s Not Mayan Prophecy, It’s US Imperialism By Colin Todhunter, December 20 2012

According to some who believe in signs and prophecies, based on the ancient Mayan calendar, the world may have ended by the time you read this, in which case you won’t be reading it! Maybe those people know a thing

U.S. Backing Of Syrian Extremists: Another Afghanistan In The Making By Clifford Kiracofe, December 20 2012
The war against Syria has been underway for over 20 months. Clearly the Syrian people have a right to determine their own future rather than having it imposed by external opposition groups controlled by Western countries and their Sunni Arab …
Cancer of Corruption, Seeds of Destruction: The Monsanto GMO Whitewash By F. William Engdahl, December 19 2012
The corrupt ties between powerful private lobby groups and the EU Commission was in full view with the the European Food Safety Administration (EFSA) tried to discredit serious scientific tests about the deadly effects of a variety of Monsanto GMO corn.
CIA “Interrogations” in Iraq: Torture and Rape of Detained Women By Dirk Adriaensens, December 19 2012

Kitabat reports on 18 December. The chairman of the Iraqi List, Hamid al-Mutlaq, said in a press conference in Baghdad on 18 December: ” Iraqi prosecutors have submitted today a report to the Chairman of the Iraqi judiciary Medhat

Fiscal Cliff: Let’s Call Their Bluff! By Ellen Brown, December 19 2012

The “fiscal cliff” has all the earmarks of a false flag operation, full of sound and fury, intended to extort concessions from opponents.  Neil Irwin of the Washington Post calls it “a self-induced austerity crisis.”  David Weidner in the Wall

The Slaughter of the Innocent By Danny Schechter, December 19 2012

The late December holidays in America used to be known as “the season to be jolly,” with our streets festooned with bright lights, groups caroling, shopping galore, gift-giving and cheer.

This year, there’s a pall over all the light heartedness …

Agenda Driven News. The Connecticut School Shooting By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, December 19 2012

I have known for a long time that US news is agenda-driven.  Tonight (December 18) 

I was made aware of the extent to which agenda-driven US news drives the news of the rest of the world.

For reasons unbeknownst to

The Mayan 2012 Prophecy: The Orwellian “End of the World” Doomsday is “Made in America” By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, December 19 2012
In sharp contrast to the Mayan prophesy of "renewal, the Real World we live in is marked by a formidable economic crisis which is impoverishing millions of people, We are in the midst of an unfolding "doomsday scenario" of a complex political, social and economic nature: it's man made, it's "Made in America"
Big Brother Spying Didn’t Stop Connecticut School Shooter … Or 9/11 By Washington's Blog, December 18 2012

Beyond any doubt, Big Brother has come to America.

Americans are .

Everyone in the country is spied on … and even top generals, Congress men and CIA directors  can be

Obama, Republicans move toward deal to slash social programs By Barry Grey, December 18 2012

The orchestrated negotiations between the White House and Republican House Speaker John Boehner on a deficit-reduction deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” moved toward their predictable conclusion over the weekend, when Boehner offered to support a token tax increase

New U.S. “Embassies” Are Actually Spy Centers By Washington's Blog, December 18 2012

Manned by Spies … Not Diplomats

As part of his must-read expose of the runaway “secret” government, Tom Engelhart points out that all of the new “embassies” are really spying posts:

Just this month the head of the Defense

Deterrence in the Post Cold War Era: Russia’s Strategic Missiles Offset America’s Global Domination? By Stop NATO, December 18 2012

by Sergey Duz

Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces turned 53-years-old on Monday. In the Cold War era, they acted as a deterrent to preclude war. Today, they act as a counterweight to America’s global domination plans. They are also on standby …

A Global Perspective on American Child Deaths By Donna Mulhearn, December 18 2012

You come from a culture where it is okay to kill children,’ the Iraqi woman said. We were sheltering against the wall of a building in Fallujah in April 2004 while the city was under attack by US forces.


Towards a Regional War and an Integrated Military Agenda: Washington Targets Syria and Iran By Stephen Lendman, December 18 2012

US policies threaten both nations. Doing so imperils the region and beyond. 

On December 17, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa saying continuing armed conflict favors neither side.

Opposition elements can’t topple Assad without …

Iraq: Crimes against Humanity. The Babies Will Haunt Us By Kelley B. Vlahos, December 18 2012

It was like walking through a nightmare: drifting in an out of hospital rooms, down the long hallways, her contact with shock-ravaged Iraqi parents interrupted only by glimpses of their physically deformed and terminally sick babies who in many cases,

Moulding Young Minds: American Schools Preaching the Virtues of a War On Iran By Patrick Henningsen, December 18 2012

I remember my history lessons in school. Among many things, I can recall Patton’s march through France and the Battle of the Bulge, and how we learned about the millions of deaths on, as well as off, the fields of

Obama, Biden are war criminals under UN Charter By Dave Lindorff, December 18 2012

Bush, Cheney, White House counsel (and later Attorney General) Alberto Gonzalez and others were found guilty earlier this month of war crimes… As it turns out, Bush and Gonzalez needn’t have worried. Though Obama, when initially campaigning in 2008 for

“HEY YOU”: Orwellian Government Oppression and Never Ending Wars By Washington's Blog, December 18 2012
Posted on December 17, 2012 by JimQ
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Hey you, out there on the road
always doing what you’re told,
Can you help me?
Hey you, out there beyond the wall,
Breaking bottles in the hall,
Can you

What’s Behind America’s Gun Violence By Jack A. Smith, December 18 2012
Such events occur within a context of shared responsibility for the unparalleled number of shooting deaths in the US every year. This includes the political system, the National Rifle Association and other gun lobbies, federal, state and local governments. Each has played an indirect role.
The “Fiscal Cliff” Is A Diversion: The Derivatives Tsunami and the Dollar Bubble By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, December 17 2012
The Derivatives Tsunami and the bond and dollar bubbles are of a different magnitude. About 95% of the $230 trillion in US derivative exposure is held by four US financial institutions: JP Morgan Chase, Bank America, Citibank, & Goldman Sachs.
North Korea’s Socialist Winter: Engagement or Isolation? By Nile Bowie, December 17 2012

Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch has placed North Korea in the cross-hairs of the international community. The current standoff with the “Hermit Kingdom” threatens to stifle very real reforms already underway, as well as peace in the region.

The world’s attention …

Gather Little Children By Barbara Nimri Aziz, December 17 2012

There is surely nowhere in the world, from the open Mongolian steppe to a cramped lane in Gaza City, where people do not know the sound of children in school. It’s a dear sound– half finished sentences and jostling little

Rash of gun violence, arrests follows Connecticut massacre By Patrick Martin, December 17 2012

A series of bloody incidents and preemptive arrests took place across the United States in the three days following the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, demonstrating that the conditions that produced the horrible tragedy are by

Israel Is Shooting Farmers for Trying to Farm: Got Any Tears for Them? By Joshua Brollier, December 17 2012

Gaza City-Yesterday in al-Faraheen, Gaza, Israeli Occupation Forces shot and wounded an unarmed 22 year old farmer, Mohammed Qdeih, from behind. Mohamed and nine others went out to their fields in the early afternoon, walking approximately 250 meters from the

Horror in Newtown: Horrific Massacre at a School in a Small Town, Connecticut By World Socialist Web Site, December 17 2012

The horrific massacre at a school in the small town of Newtown, Connecticut has sickened the entire country. Twenty-eight people lie dead, including twenty children between the ages of six and seven, who were shot multiple times. Six adults were

Crying in America, Dismissing the "Collateral Casualties" of Drone Warfare. By Josh Gerstein, December 17 2012

The U.S. Government on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the killing of three American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen earlier this year: alleged Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, his son Abdulrahman, …

Obama’s War on Syria and its Implications. The Iraq War Scenario is being Repeated By Shamus Cooke, December 17 2012
The Obama administration has already declared war on Syria, even if it isn’t “official” yet. Consider the facts, all of them acts of war: The U.S. now recognizes a group of Syrian exiles to be the official government of Syria;