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Canada: Towards a Renewed Labour Movement? By Prof. Sam Gindin, September 27 2012
At the end of the 1970s, just before the era of concessions began, the U.S. section of the United Auto Workers included some 700,000 members at the Big Three (GM, Ford and Chrysler). In each subsequent round of bargaining, the
Why Qatar wants to invade Syria By Pepe Escobar, September 27 2012

Make no mistake; the Emir of Qatar is on a roll.

What an entrance at the UN General Assembly in New York; Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani called for an Arab coalition of the willing-style invasion of Syria, no less. …

Drones: Instruments of State Terror By Stephen Lendman, September 27 2012
A new report jointly prepared by Stanford University’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic (SU) and New York University School of Law’s Global Justice Clinic (NYU) is titled “Living Under Drones.”Part one discusses strikes on rescuers, funerals, and
Drone Warfare: The Brutal Reality By Julie Lévesque, September 27 2012

A new study from Stanford University and New York University shows that the highly spoken of drone warfare, praised by both military and political officials, is pure fantasy:

In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones

The China Japan Dispute Over Diaoyu Islands: Historical Analysis By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, September 27 2012

Tensions are rising in the dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands —- 5 tiny islands and 3 rocks covering a mere 7 square kilometres in the East China Sea. It is unfortunate that this is happening especially

Drone Carnage, Children Slaughtered: The Moral Question Obama Can’t Evade By Stop NATO, September 27 2012

Indeed, with what peace of mind can President Obama sleep when even children get slaughtered in the drone assaults that he now personally approves? Appallingly enough, as part of his drone adventurism he has decreed that everyone within the vicinity

Myanmar’s Ethno-Sectarian Clashes: Containing China? By Nile Bowie, September 27 2012

The sectarian violence in Myanmar’s western state of Arakan began in June 2012, and the plight of the persecuted Rohingya ethnic group has since created an international uproar. Displays of solidarity with the predominantly Muslim Rohingya people have been most

NATO Response Force: Bloc Holds Major Naval Exercise In Mediterranean By Stop NATO, September 27 2012

 NATO has confirmed that it will be holding major war games in The Mediterranean from September 24 to October 7

“NATO will conduct a major naval exercise code-named Noble Mariner 12 (NOMR12) in the Mediterranean Sea.

NOMR12 plays an important

Dollar Hegemony in the Empire of the Damned By Colin Todhunter, September 26 2012

Many commentators and economists wonder if the US is able to turn its ailing economy around. The reality is that it is bankrupt. However, as long as the dollar remains the world currency, the US can continue to pay its

GRTV: Battle for Syria: View from the Frontline By GRTV, September 26 2012
Living Under Drones By Global Research News, September 26 2012

 We bring to the attention of our readers this important study by Stanford University and NYU.

The complete study can be downloaded

 

Download Stanford/NYU Report

 

Executive Summary and Recommendations

In the United States, the dominant narrative about the

Sino-Japanese Relations. US Deployment of Missile Defense Shield against China By Stop NATO, September 26 2012

By Zhang Di

At a crucial time when Sino-Japan relations are deteriorating over the Diaoyu Islands issue, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s recent visits to Japan and China are generally interpreted as “mediation”. Panetta stressed the U.S.-Japan alliance and vowed …

Pakistan. CIA Annihilation From The Air: Drone Warfare’s Invisible Dead By Stop NATO, September 26 2012

After nine months of research and more than 130 interviews, in what is being called one of the most exhaustive attempts by academics to evaluate Washington’s drone wars, the Stanford and New York universities’ law schools have finally put out

Why Does NATO Need Military Bases In Afghanistan? By Ilya Kharlamov, September 26 2012

The absence of a productive dialogue between Moscow and the alliance on the issue of European missile defence obliges Moscow to insist on knowing the West’s plans with regard to Afghanistan.

“We are concerned about the character of international military

Neocon Washington Think Tank: The US should Provoke Iran into “Firing the First Shot” By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, September 26 2012

Patrick Clawson, Director of Research of the Washington Institute  for Near East Policy suggests that the US should provoke Iran into taking the first shot.

“If the Iranians are not going to compromise, it may be best that somebody else

US Sponsored Covert War on Iran: Washington Gives Full Approval to Terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) By Finian Cunningham, September 26 2012

The move by Washington last week is, in effect, giving full approval to the MEK’s terror and assassination campaign in Iran. It is a stark reminder of Washington’s unwavering warpath towards Iran.

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Here’s a thought experiment: imagine

Pretext to Wage a “Humanitarian War”: France Seeks “No-Fly Zone” over Syria By Tony Cartalucci, September 26 2012
France seeks no-fly zone over Syria to repeat the Al Qaeda Benghazi-blowback.

 

As NATO desperately attempts to coverup a botched false flag operation in Benghazi, Libya which left a high ranking US diplomat dead, France has urged a repeat

Canada’s Trade Union Movement in Crisis By Herman Rosenfeld, September 26 2012

Just about everyone in and around the union movement in Canada is talking about the upcoming merger between the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP). The new union being formed will be the largest private

“Warship Diplomacy”: A Prelude to All Out War against Iran? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, September 26 2012

NATO and allied forces are involved in major naval exercises in the Persian Gulf. 

War games in the Eastern Mediterranean directed against  Syria have also being contemplated.  Meanwhile,  Tehran is preparing for its largest air defense exercises to be held

Partners in Global Warfare: NATO Reinforces Pentagon’s Shift to the Asia-Pacific Region By Rick Rozoff, September 25 2012
In conjunction with the U.S., NATO is striving to assemble the remnants of defunct or dormant Cold War-era military blocs in the Asia-Pacific region...
The US will Continue Its Wars as Long as the Dollar Remains a Reserve Currency By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, September 25 2012

Pravda.Ru interviewed Paul Craig Roberts, an American economist, who served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and became a co-founder of Reaganomics – the economic policies promoted by the U.S. President Ronald Reagan during the

Researchers Determine 23 Plants and 74 Active Nuclear Reactors Vulnerable to Effects of Tsunami By Global Research News, September 25 2012

By Madison Ruppert

The dangerous reality of nuclear power is becoming increasingly apparent in the wake of the continuing (and “profoundly man-made”) disaster at Fukushima as well as studies which project similarly devastating disasters in the future.

Yet nations

Big Brother Surveillance: House votes to extend Foreign Surveillance Act (FISA) in Derogation of US Constitution By Global Research News, September 25 2012
On Wednesday, September 12th, the House of Representatives voted 301-118 to extend the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for another five years, despite continuing secrecy, unanswered questions, and concerns from across the political spectrum about its
How Do You Take Your Poison? By Chris Hedges, September 25 2012
If you insist on participating in the cash-drenched charade of a two-party democratic election at least be clear about what you are doing.
In Liaison with Washington: Canada’s Complicity in Torture By Matthew Behrens, September 25 2012
The ease with which self-described democratic states embroil themselves in torture continues to be illustrated by the manner in which agencies of the Canadian state, from spies to judges, have wedged open a door to legitimize complicity in a practice
Education and Democracy in America By Stephen Lendman, September 25 2012
Democracy and an educated citizenry go hand in hand. Public education is the great equalizer. America’s founders believed it was insurance against loss of liberty.
Jefferson said:

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The

Benghazi Attack disrupted Major CIA Operation: Attack allegedly directed against “CIA Operatives and Contractors” By Bill Van Auken, September 25 2012

The September 11 attack that claimed the life of the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans disrupted a major CIA operation in the North African country.

According to the New York Times, at least half …

British Banking and the Global Drug Trade By Tom Burghardt, September 25 2012

Death penalty doesn’t mean anything unless you use it on people who are afraid to die. Like… the bankers who launder the drug money. The bankers, who launder, the drug money. Forget the dealers, you want to slow down that

US Conducts New Type of Nuclear Test Using Intense X-Ray Beams By Xinhua, September 25 2012

OSAKA: Japan’s southwestern city of Nagasaki expressed its outrage and protest against a new type of nuclear test conducted for the sixth time in August by the United States, the local press reported on Tuesday.

The report said that the …

False Solution to Hunger in Africa By Friends of the Earth International, September 25 2012

Friends of the Earth International

For immediate release

September 25, 2012

GATES FOUNDATION-LED GREEN REVOLUTION PROMOTES FALSE SOLUTIONS TO HUNGER IN AFRICA

Friends of the Earth International warns against damaging industrial farming promoted by the Gates Foundation at the Agricultural

Towards a “Colored Revolution” in Malaysia? US and Pro-Israel Foundations Channel Support to Pakatan Rakyat Opposition By Nile Bowie, September 25 2012

As Malaysia approaches its highly anticipated 13th General Elections set to take place at some point before late June 2013, a tense political climate and a sense of unpredictability looms over the nation. The significance of these upcoming elections cannot

Towards An Easing of Sanctions? Iran has Offered Deal to Halt Uranium Enrichment to 20 Percent By Gareth Porter, September 24 2012

Iran has again offered to halt its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, which the United States has identified as its highest priority in the nuclear talks, in return for easing sanctions against Iran, according to Iran’s permanent representative to

Forbes 400 Reinforces Flawed “We Built It” Claims & Misleads About Wealth & Opportunity in the U.S. By Global Research News, September 24 2012

by United for a Fair Economy

Forbes Magazine calls their list of the 400 richest Americans the “definitive scorecard of wealth in America,” but a new report asserts the magazine is misleading. Born on Third Base: What the Forbes 400

A balance sheet of the Afghanistan war By Patrick Martin, September 24 2012

Not with a bang, but a whimper: that seemed to be the operating principle for the Obama administration in announcing that the last of the “surge” force sent to Afghanistan in late 2009 has now been pulled out of the

Currency war warnings follow US Fed’s “quantitative easing” By Nick Beams, September 24 2012

There are growing fears that the US Federal Reserve’s policy of “quantitative easing”—the process by which tens of billions of dollars are pumped into financial markets every month—is sparking international tensions over currency values.

One of the consequences of the …

New Zogby Poll: Romney Loses Ground, Down By 8 Points By Global Research News, September 24 2012
A new Zogby Poll of 860 likely voters nationwide, conducted online September 21 and 22, shows President Barack Obama opening up an 8 point lead over GOP challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Among likely voters, Obama now leads
“On Psywar against the Innocent” By J. B. Gerald, September 24 2012

When freedom of expression is used to incite the public to hatred of a national, religious, racial or ethnic group it becomes a crime. According to Article 20 of the U.N.’s “International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” :

1. …

9/11 Truth and the Families of 9/11 Victims. Supreme Court is the Last Hope for 9/11 widow Ellen Mariani By Craig McKee, September 24 2012
They set it up perfectly.
A government “compensation fund” would pay off most families of 9/11 victims, preventing them from ever suing anyone for what happened to their loved ones.
And those who didn’t take the money would be pressured
Privatizing Israel’s Legal System By Stephen Lendman, September 24 2012

Israel’s Mandatory Arbitration Bill (MA) is troubling. Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman proposed it. It mandates compulsory arbitration for civil suits filed in Magistrate Courts.

The Court president or deputy may order it. Litigants have no say. Neeman claims it’s needed

Major Victory for Quebec Students, Environmental Activists By Richard Fidler, September 24 2012

Their demonstrations have shaken Quebec in recent months, and on September 20th students and environmentalists won major victories.

At her first news conference as premier, Pauline Marois announced that her Parti Québécois government had cancelled the university tuition fees increase

US War Agenda: Coke or Goldman Sachs, What’s Your Poison? By Colin Todhunter, September 24 2012

Who in their right mind would be prepared to fight and die for Shell, Chevron or Coca Cola? Who with half a brain would choose to put their life on the line for Goldman Sachs, Bank of America or General

The Power of the Mormon Church Over Mitt Romney By William John Cox, September 24 2012

The election of Mitt Romney as president of the United States would represent the culmination of a century-and-a-half quest by the Mormon Church for national political power in preparation for the Kingdom of God.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s candidacy

“War on Iran Will Trigger World War III” By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, September 24 2012
If such a war were to be launched, a scenario of uncontrolled military escalation is likely to occur. If attacked, Iran would retaliate against both Israeli and US targets including US military facilities in neighboring countries
Benghazi Attack and Ambassador Stevens: Why “The Sound of Silence”? By Felicity Arbuthnot, September 23 2012

“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (George Santayana, 1863-1952.)

A meticulous piecing together of the events in Benghazi leading to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, three colleagues and either seven or ten

Russia Strengthens Its Strategic Position In Central Asia By Vladimir Radyuhin, September 23 2012

Russia has consolidated its strategic positions in Central Asia by extending the long-term lease on its military facilities in Kyrgyzstan and securing the shutdown of a United States base in the former Soviet republic.

In exchange, Russia agreed to write …

US blames Libya attack on Al Qaeda-linked forces it previously backed By Alex Lantier, September 23 2012

US officials investigating the September 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi now suspect it may have been carried out by Al Qaeda-linked forces that Washington backed during last year’s NATO war to topple Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

They

Life expectancy falling for the poorest Americans By Patrick Martin, September 23 2012

 

According to a study conducted for the professional journal Health Affairs, life expectancy is falling for significant sections of the working class in the United States, and in some cases has reverted to levels not seen in half a …

ACLU Sues CIA Over Drone Killings By Stephen Lendman, September 23 2012
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been around since the Vietnam era. They were used as reconnaissance platforms. In the 1980s, Harpy air defense suppression system radar killer drones were employed. In the Gulf War, unmanned combat air systems (UCAS) and
How to Change our World: Tipping the Balance of Power By Tony Cartalucci, September 23 2012

How to really change the world – and it’s easier than you think.

Democracy is a Form of Oppression. 

The modern concept of “democracy” is perhaps the most effective form of human oppression ever devised. It has single-handedly convinced billions

Greece: Extreme Austerity is leading the EU Down the Road to Disaster By Global Research News, September 23 2012

George Gibson interviews Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras

The policy of extreme austerity is leading the European Union down the road to disaster, Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras tells the Athens News, and only a broad popular mobilisation can stop it.

He …

American-Killing Terror Cult: US Delists Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK) By Tony Cartalucci, September 22 2012

As the US government confirms that terrorists involved in the Benghazi, Libya US consulate attack were indeed the very militants funded, armed, and provided air support in last year’s bid to overthrow the government of Libya, yet another disturbing announcement

“Hockey is Canada’s Game”: The National Hockey League Lockout By Global Research News, September 22 2012

by Julian Ammirante and Tyler Shipley

Sport has always been a matter of deep social significance. In contemporary society there are few individuals who do not, directly or indirectly, encounter elements of sport in their daily social lives. Some may

The Cuban Five: A Challenge to Journalism By Ricardo Alarcón, September 22 2012

by Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

The US Government seriously violated the Constitution and the Law to guarantee the unfair sentences of the Five Cuban patriots who will soon arrive at 14 years of …

Obama’s “Indefinite Detention Law” Blocked. Historic Law Suit against Obama By Stephen Lendman, September 22 2012
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong called his Apollo 11 landing “one step for man, a giant leap for mankind.” Hedges v. Obama perhaps reflects a baby step, if temporary, for justice.

 On September 12, Southern District of New York

Afghan War: “Payback Time” By John Cherian, September 22 2012

When President Barack Obama took office in 2008, there had been only around four such attacks. The “Green on Blue” killings leapfrogged after the President ordered his military surge in 2010 in tandem with the announcement of the 2014 withdrawal.

Yes, I’m Voting Third Party, No I’m Not Wasting My Vote By Devon Douglas-Bowers, September 22 2012
Yes, I would like to admit that this November, I will be voting third party. However, contrary to what many do or would like to believe, I am notwasting my vote.When stating that you are going to vote third
Fifty US, French, British Spies in Turkey “Working Very Closely on Syria Issue” By Global Research News, September 21 2012

There are nearly 50 high-ranking intelligence agents on Turkey’s Syria border, including agents from the United States, France, Germany, Britain and “perhaps Greece,” former CIA agent Philip Giraldi told Tolga Tanış of daily Hürriyet in an interview.

The former agent …

Syria: Britain’s Foreign Secretary’s Litany of Lies and Distortions By Dr. David Halpin, September 21 2012

Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague has presented another breathtaking  litany of distortions and untruths at the United Nations regarding Syria.

It is fair to say that every sentence is a lie or a distortion

 

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“We

U.S. Marines arrive in southern Yemen By Xinhua, September 21 2012

Earlier this week, the Yemeni parliament unanimously rejected the presence of any foreign military forces on its soil for any reasons, demanding an immediate departure of the U.S. Marines forces.
ADEN, Yemen: The second detachment of 30 U.S. Marines has …

West’s “Double Standard” Arms Embargo: Heavy Weapons for Syria Terrorists By Konstantin Garibov, September 21 2012

The West is testing its double standard policy on Syria. That’s how Russian experts have reacted to the reports that Western countries are planning to supply a large batch of heavy arms to the Syrian opposition and also that the

TARP Bailout Fraud: Where Did the Money Go? By Stephen Lendman, September 21 2012
On December 8, 2008, the Senate confirmed Neil Barofsky’s nomination as Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) watchdog. He assumed the post of SIGTARP (Special Inspector General for TARP).On July 20, 2009, he estimated the $700 billion bailout fund could
Seven Days that Shook Chicago: The 2012 Chicago Teachers Strike By Socialist Project, September 21 2012

by Peter Brogan

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend their first strike in 25 years, begun on the previous Monday, September 10 at 12:01 am. Many commentators from both

Millions protest in India against “big bang” pro-market measures By World Socialist Web Site, September 21 2012

Tens of millions of workers, small traders and truckers joined a nationwide bandh (general shutdown) across India yesterday called by opposition parties against the Congress-led coalition government’s “big bang” economic reform measures, which are designed to boost foreign and domestic …

Last 5 Years. Today’s Global Economic Crisis Worse than the Great Depression? By Washington's Blog, September 21 2012

What Do Economic Indicators Say?

We’ve repeatedly pointed out that there are many indicators which show that the last 5 years have been worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s, including:

End of Chicago strike paves way for redoubled attack on teachers, public education By Joseph Kishore, September 21 2012

Chicago teachers returned to work on Wednesday, one day after the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) succeeded in passing a motion to end the strike at a House of Delegates meeting. The political and media establishment is wasting no time in …

Agricultural Giant Monsanto’s Products Cause Tumors, Organ Damage In Rats By ThinkProgress.org, September 20 2012

By Aviva Shen

A new study out today may hurt efforts by America’s largest biotechnology company, Monsanto, to defeat a California ballot initiative that would require labels on genetically modified foods (GMOs). The French study found that rats who were

Wake Up: Reject the Two-Party Plutocracy By Joel S. Hirschhorn, September 20 2012

Here we go again.  Millions of Americans will soon vote for either the Republican or Democratic presidential candidate not because they deeply believe that he is absolutely the best possible president the country needs and can have.  No, they will

Endgame for an “October Surprise”. Romney’s Latest Election Campaign Gambit: War with Iran? By Michael Carmichael, September 20 2012

Rending the veil of diplomatic protocol, Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu boldly plays the role of the primary protagonist in a dramatic television commercial attacking President Barack Obama’s policy of carrot-and-stick, sanctions and negotiations with Iran.  This latest pro-Romney commercial by

West Braces for Chaos and “Clash of Cultures” By Dr. Ismail Salami, September 20 2012

With the publication of the profane pictures of the holy Prophet of Islam in Charlie Hebdo magazine, the West seems to be consciously moving in a direction where chaos will dominate the international arena and a clash of cultures will …

Georgia Masses Troops, Equipment, Planes On Russia’s South Ossetia and Abkhazia Borders By Stop NATO, September 20 2012

What are the authorities of Georgia preparing for?

On the eve of parliamentary elections, the domestic political struggle in Georgia became extremely heated. And the trends in Georgian society are not in favor of Saakashvili.

There is a possibility that …

Benghazi Attack. Libya’s Green Resistance Did It… And NATO Powers Are Covering Up By Mark Robertson and Finian Cunningham, September 20 2012
US Ambassador’s Killing Had Nothing to Do With Al Qaeda, Islamist Blowback or Anti-Islamic Video
Washington Wants the Pentagon and NATO To Have “Carte Blanche” In Syria By Dr. Pyotr Iskenderov, September 20 2012

Washington wants the [UN] envoy to have no influence on military and political issues in Syria, giving the US and NATO a carte blanche.

So, the West claims that all it wants is to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria

US-NATO Under Siege in Afghanistan By Najmuddin A Shaikh, September 20 2012

The furore in the Muslim world over the vicious trailer of the Innocence of Muslims, leading to the death of the US ambassador and three other US embassy officials in Libya, was only one facet of the hebdomas horribilis, or

The Sino-Japanese Standoff and International Politics By Afshain Afzal, September 20 2012

[I]t was the presence of the US’ most advanced submarines in the Philippines’ Subic Bay this month which generated alarms in Beijing while the Japanese action regarding the detention of Chinese was taken as part of the plan.

The expanding

Gold Is Money By Washington's Blog, September 19 2012

What Do the Experts Say?

Deutsche Bank analysts Daniel Brebner and Xiao Fu  have just released a new report saying that gold is money (via Business Insider):

While it is included in the commodities basket it is in fact

Will the 2012 Presidential Election Be Stolen? By David Swanson, September 19 2012

Why would I even ask that question?  I’ve been trying (with virtually no success) to get everyone to drop the election obsession and focus on activism designed around policy changes, not personality changes.  I want those policy changes to include

Excessive Speculation and Market Manipulation: The Murky World of India’s Commodity Futures Markets By Kavaljit Singh, September 19 2012
The recent guar trading scandal gives a peek into the murky world of Indian commodity futures markets and reveals how commodity exchanges are acting like casinos for speculators, moving away from their avowed objectives of price discovery and price risk
UN Human Rights Rapporteur Calls on US to End the CIA’s Drone War in Pakistan By Farooq Yousaf, September 19 2012
In a surprising, yet positive, statement, the UN Rapporteur for Human Rights and Counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, called on the US to answer questions regarding the secrecy of its drone operations. To many, the statement came as a shock as such
Forbes 400 Richest Americans: Real Source of Wealth? By Global Research News, September 19 2012
New report exposes how the Forbes 400 list misleads about the real sources of wealth and economic opportunity in the United States. Email campaign launching to coincide with the release of the 2012 Forbes 400.
The Born on Third Base
Chicago’s War on Education By Stephen Lendman, September 19 2012
On September 10, Chicago teachers walked out. By the time this article circulates, they may be back in classrooms. Since last November, they’ve been fighting stiff headwinds for justice.Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants them marginalized and denied vital rights. Their own …