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Turkey leads US-sponsored Military Encirclement of Syria By Chris Marsden, October 18 2012

Despite widely reported concerns of blowback in Syria due to the arming of jihadist groups, a military build-up on Syria’s borders is proceeding apace.

Racep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist government in Turkey is leading the way, using the pretext of stray …

Nobel’s EU “Champion of Peace” Makes a Mockery of Free Speech By Kourosh Ziabari, October 18 2012

Only three days after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its alleged role in promoting peace and reconciliation across the European continent, the European Union made the most undemocratic and non-peaceful decision one might think of by ordering the

Haiti, US-Installed “Stooge Regime”. Long-Suffering Haitians Want Change By Stephen Lendman, October 18 2012

Haitians know adversity and anguish as well as anyone. They’ve experienced over 500 years of oppression, slavery, despotism, colonization, reparations, embargoes, sanctions, deep poverty, starvation, crushing debt, and natural calamities from destructive hurricanes to a dozen regional magnitude 7.0 or

The Presidential Debates Are Nothing But Scripted Beauty Contests By Washington's Blog, October 18 2012

The “spontaneous” questions from audience members are actually pre-screened, and even the moderator is forbidden from asking follow-up questions:

Gawker’s John Cook succinctly sums up the rigged debates:

Leaked Debate Agreement Shows Both Obama and Romney are Sniveling Cowards

After 9/11, “Nice Job”: America Creating More Terrorists By Washington's Blog, October 18 2012

Nice Job Creating More Terrorists:

The Washington Times notes:

U.S. Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and Chairman of the House’s Homeland Security Committee, said Tuesday that al Qaeda is a greater threat now than it was before

British Democracy: Living in Fear, Kept in the Dark By Colin Todhunter, October 17 2012

Earlier this year, I watched the BBC’s main political debate programme that allows an audience of members of the public to put questions to a panel of politicians and so-called experts. Syria was on the agenda. A member of the

Militarizing South Korea By Gregory Elich, October 17 2012

With the presidential election in South Korea just two months away, efforts are underway to lock into place a policy of confrontation with that nation’s neighbor to the north. When current South Korean President Lee Myung-bak took office five years …

Celebration of Wealth and Privilege: Elite Class Folly in Sonoma County, California By Peter Phillips, October 17 2012

The September 29, 2012 opening of the Green Music Center (GMC) at Sonoma State University (SSU) was nothing less than a grand celebration of wealth and privilege. Beaded dresses, tuxedos, and political elites blended in a glorious aristocratic coming out.

EU Censors Alternative News in Bid to Dominate US-NATO War Narrative By Tony Cartalucci, October 17 2012
Western media quietly attempts to censor growing global opposition, begins with Iranian media.
Second Obama-Romney Debate: Another Stage-managed Charade By Barry Grey, October 17 2012

The second nationally televised debate between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney served only to underscore the hypocrisy and deceit that pervade the entire election.

Two representatives of the corporate-financial elite that rules America spent nearly two …

Ancient Afghan City of Mes Aynak: Neoliberal Policies Threaten 5000 Years of Bronze-age History By Global Research News, October 17 2012

by Afghans for Peace

In 2001, the world watched in horror as the Taliban destroyed the historic statues of Bamiyan- 5th century statues that were carved into the cliffs of the Bamiyan valley and originally decorated with gold and

The Nobel War Prize By Julie Lévesque, October 17 2012

The Nobel Committee did it again. The essence of its highest award, the Nobel Peace Prize, has been perverted. It’s been turned into a propaganda tool, a form of institutionalized revisionism, for which war is upheld as a peaceful endeavour,

America R.I.P.: Death of the Middle Class, Offshoring of American Jobs By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, October 17 2012
During the second half of the 20th century the United States was an opportunity society. The ladders of upward mobility were plentiful, and the middle class expanded. Incomes rose, and ordinary people were able to achieve old-age security.
 
In the …
US Imperialism Unleashed: Descent into Barbarism By Ben Schreiner, October 17 2012

The triumph of imperialism leads to the annihilation of civilization. Rosa Luxemburg, The Junius Pamphlet

With signs of a global economic downturn mounting, US aggression across the Middle East and North Africa ratchets up. And once again, US imperialism

EU Wages War on Free Expression By Global Research News and Stephen Lendman, October 17 2012

Free expression in all forms is fundamental. Without it, all other freedoms are at risk. Included are free speech, thought, culture, intellectual inquiry, and press freedom.

Denial risks tyranny. Voltaire said, “I may disapprove of what you say, but I

Sino-Japanese Rift Part of Covert US Agenda: The Truth Behind Post-war History By Global Research News, October 17 2012

by Julian Ryall

A former Japanese diplomat has accused the United States of manipulating Japan since the second world war in order to “eliminate” prime ministers who sought to develop better relations with Beijing.

Ukeru Magosaki, who also served as

A Page Has been Turned: Western Retreat from Syria By Thierry Meyssan, October 16 2012

On October 8, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CTSO) began maneuvers dubbed “Inviolable Fraternity” (“НЕРУШИМОЕ БРАТСТВО”). The scenario focuses on the deployment of a peace force in an imaginary country where international jihadists and terrorist organizations operate against a backdrop …

Freedom of the Press: the West Suppresses Iran Media By Dr. Ismail Salami, October 16 2012

The recent EU move to take Press TV off the air is to be seen as part of a continued process of media violation against this alternative channel.

On Monday, UK-based Eutelsat  stopped carrying Press TV and some 18 other …

Syrian Terrorists Involved in Illegal Human Organ Trade By Global Research News, October 16 2012

Global Research Editor’s note

Originally reported in the Turkish Newspaper Yurt, sofar unconfirmed by Western media sources.

ANKARA.  The so-called Free Syrian Army is trafficking the body organs of Syrian civilians and army soldiers after kidnapping and murdering them, …

Australia’s Julia Gillard is No Feminist Hero By John Pilger, October 16 2012

The Guardian‘s description of Australia’s opposition leader Tony Abbott as “neanderthal” is not unreasonable. Misogyny is an Australian blight and a craven reality in political life. But for so many commentators around the world to describe Julia Gillard’s attack …

US “Military Aid” to Syrian Opposition Goes to Al Qaeda By Bill Van Auken, October 16 2012

American Intelligence officials are acknowledging that the bulk of the weapons flowing into Syria for the US-backed war to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad are going into the hands of Al Qaeda and like-minded Islamist militias.

A lead article …

American Workers Stand Up to Walmart By Mark Vorpahl, October 16 2012

When a torrent hits an obstacle that refuses to give, it either flows around or over the obstruction. When workers’ needs for a living wage, fair treatment, and a voice are damned up by an oppressive employer, it is only

The Economic Sanctions Game against Iran By Stephen Lendman, October 16 2012
Washington bears full responsibility for imposing illegitimate sanctions on Iran. Other countries are pressured to go along. Doing so harms their own interests.

Heavy-handed US bullying largely gets its way. Rule of law principles and norms are violated. At issue

Why Europe Did Not Deserve a Nobel Peace Prize By David Swanson, October 15 2012

Yes, indeed, it is a little-acknowledged feat of miraculous life-saving power that Europe has not gone to war with itself — other than that whole Yugoslavia thing — since World War II.

It’s as clear a demonstration as anything that …

Horrors of War: US, UK Munitions “Cause Birth Defects in Iraq” By RT, October 15 2012

Iraqi women wait with their sick children at a Baghdad hospital.(AFP Photo / Karim Sahib)

US and UK weapons ammunition were linked to heart defects, brain dysfunctions and malformed limbs, according to a recent study. The report revealed a shocking

Massive Fraud in Mexico’s Presidential Elections By Robert Sandels, October 15 2012
On August 31, Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) dismissed all but one of the formal objections filed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, leftist candidate of the Progressive Movement coalition, against the certification of Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary
Civil Rights and Identity: The Persecution of the Rom By J. B. Gerald, October 15 2012

In Paris October 7th, several hundred gathered in the place du Pantheon for a Roma Pride rally, an affirmation of Roma identity at a time when the Roma face ongoing and unacceptable persecution in France and throughout the European Union. …

US and British Government Knew – Down to the Day – of Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor … And Let It Happen to Justify US Entry Into WWII By Washington's Blog, October 15 2012

We Knew …

Preface: We don’t contest that World War II was – in many ways – a “good war”.

The Nazis, imperial Japanese and fascist Italians were nasty folks trying to take over the world, who brutalized millions within

Benghazi Attack on Largest CIA Regional Operation, Ambassador Steven’s Death “Collateral” By John Robles, October 15 2012

While the US continues to debate and determine whom to blame and what “failures” led to the attack on the US Embassy compound and CIA safe house in Benghazi, nowhere is anyone considering the fact the event was the result

Three weeks to the US elections: The issues facing working people By Patrick Martin, October 15 2012

Three weeks from the November 6 presidential election, the contest between President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney remains close, with Obama holding a shrinking lead, according to a number of polls, in the half dozen states that …

Global Economic Outlook Worsens: Friction at IMF Meeting By Nick Beams, October 15 2012

The annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, which concluded in Tokyo yesterday, was marked by growing divisions between the major powers amid a worsening outlook for the world economy.

Before the meeting even began, tensions …

Intensified Warrantless Spying in America By Stephen Lendman, October 15 2012

Newly released ACLU Justice Department documents and Kurt Eichenwald‘s just published book titled “500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars” provide new information on lawless spying in America.

Eichenwald described “the most dramatic expansion of NSA’s power …

Catalonia Independence from Spain: When Will We See Tanks in Barcelona? By Esther Vivas, October 15 2012

“Independent Catalonia? Over my dead body and those of many other soldiers.” It was with these words that on August 31, retired infantry lieutenant-colonel Francisco Alaman Castro referred to the possibility of an independent Catalonia. And he added: “We will

GMO “Collateral Damage”: Food Soaked With Toxicity By Colin Todhunter, October 15 2012

While watching Gary Null’s documentary ‘GMOs Ticking Time Bomb’, I was reminded of a run-in that I had with a transnational agribusiness concern in India a couple of years back. It sent a popular Indian newspaper a three page letter

The 2012 US Presidential “Non-election”: Which Brand of “Fascism” this Time? By Larry Chin, October 14 2012
Every four years, the deck chairs of the political Titanic that is the American empire get rearranged in the choreographed spectacle of another presidential “election”.
Fukushima: Radiation level spiked in Hokkaido, “Still it’s on-going” By Global Research News, October 14 2012

According to the report of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, radiation level spiked up in Hokkaido, the most northern island in Japan.

It started picking up at 15:40 of 10/14/2012 (JST), and still it’s on-going.

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India: Celebrating “Americanisation”? Poverty amidst “American Values” By Colin Todhunter, October 14 2012

Earlier this year, there was an article in the New York Times that positively salivated over the ‘Americanisation’ of India.

And the author was not referring to Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina or any other country on the American continent when …

US- Australia Coverup: Was Al Qaeda Behind the 2002 Bali Bombing? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, October 14 2012
Both the US and Australian police and intelligence authorities involved in the 2002 Bali investigation turned a blind eye on the links between Indonesian Intelligence (BIN) and Jemaah Islamiah (JI), which allegedly was behind the bombings.
The “War on Terror” is a Fraud: Diversionary Election Debate over Benghazi Attack By Bill Van Auken, October 14 2012

One month after the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in the assault on the US consulate and a CIA facility in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, the incident has become an issue in the

Drone attacks will lead to inevitable blowback in Pakistan By Global Research News, October 14 2012

by Pam Baily

I will never forget what the American soldiers did to my country, my tribe and my family. They violated our national sovereignty and our Islamic laws. They killed my son and my younger brother. They destroyed

Obama’s War Record By Jack A. Smith, October 14 2012
Obama's foreign/military policy is a continuation of Bush's Global War on Terrorism. He has extended Bush's wars to Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and elsewhere, while expanding the war in Afghanistan,
Washington Plays Hardball with Russia on Syria By Stephen Lendman, October 14 2012

If words could kill, America and Russia might be at war. Hopefully it won’t come to that. Given America’s rage to fight, even the unthinkable is possible.

Russia and China represent Washington’s final frontier. Building up around their borders and

US Military Buildup on Syria’s Southern Border By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, October 14 2012

We are at a very dangerous crossroads.

US and British troops are now stationed in Jordan on Syria’s southern border.  Meanwhile, Turkish troops are being deployed on Syria’s Northern border.

The official story conveyed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at …

The Nobel Peace Prize for Those Who Declared War on My Country By Kourosh Ziabari, October 14 2012

Nobel Prize is the most prestigious honor which one may be awarded in his lifetime. The legacy of Alfred Nobel is so matchless and incomparable that more than one century after the first Nobel Prize was awarded, it is still …

British Troops Join US Forces on the Jordan-Syria Border By Global Research News, October 14 2012

According to ANSA, the Italian News Agency,  “several hundred British soldiers and military advisors are in Jordan to monitor the Syria situation, Western diplomatic sources said on Thursday.”

One hundred US troops are already stationed on the Syria-Jordan border.

America Close to War with Syria: Obama Deployed US Troops to Jordan “Without Notifying Congress”. By Global Research News, October 13 2012

US Troops have been deployed to Jordan. They are close to the Syrian border. According to a statement of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, 100 troops have been deployed to the Syrian border. US News reports quotes the statements of …

Evil is Evil: Don’t Vote for Evil By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, October 13 2012

Back during the George W. Bush neocon regime, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela in his UN speech summed up George W. Bush for the world. I am quoting Chavez from memory, not verbatim. “Yesterday standing at this same podium was

The EU is not a “Person”: Granting the Nobel Prize to the European Union is in Violation of Alfred Nobel’s Will By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, October 13 2012
While the EU’s contribution to peace is debatable, the key issue is whether a union of nation states, is an “eligible candidate” for the Peace Prize.
Proposal: 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to NATO By Diana Johnstone and Jean Bricmont, October 13 2012

On the eve of the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, what could be more fitting than to award this prestigious Peace Prize to the organization that is truly ready and willing to END ALL WARS!

The …

EU Austerity Measures: Will the Nobel Prize Laureate use NATO to Collect Bad Debts? By Robert Bridge, October 13 2012
[T]he only way to explain the Nobel Committee awarding the EU the Peace Prize at this sensitive juncture in history is to say that it is a smokescreen; a diversionary tactic to draw attention away from the crimes of the
Turkey-Russia Confrontation over Syrian Plane Incident By Global Research News, October 13 2012

NOVO-OGARYOVO: The Russian sender of the cargo transported by a Syrian plane, which has been detained in Turkey, will demand the cargo be returned as shipping documents and cargo characteristics are not violating any laws, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said …

America’s Secret War in Africa By Julie Lévesque, October 13 2012

The U.S. secret warfare is alive and well. In addition to its military command in Africa (AFRICOM), America has been deploying special forces all over the continent:

“Small teams of special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa …

How Petraeus’s Afghan ‘Surge’ Failed By Gareth Porter, October 13 2012

In 2009, Gen. David Petraeus insisted on a troop “surge” in Afghanistan like the one he had overseen in Iraq. Yet, despite the positive PR for Petraeus and his “surges,” little was accomplished beyond putting more U.S. GIs within range

Nobel Hypocrisy Wins Again By Stephen Lendman, October 13 2012

Call it a rite of fall. Nobel hypocrisy shows up annually. It came again this year. The only surprise was which disreputable honoree would win.

A surprise of sorts indeed. War criminals often become Peace Prize winners. This year a

EU austerity drives repression in Greece By Christoph Dreier, October 13 2012

In her lightning visit to Athens on Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made clear that the European Union (EU) intends to intensify its attacks on the social rights and conditions of working people throughout Europe.

Shielded by 7,000 riot police, …

Turkey’s hijacking of Syrian plane raises specter of wider war By Bill Van Auken, October 13 2012

Turkey’s forcing down of a Syrian passenger jet en route from Moscow to Damascus has heightened tensions between the two countries and provoked a sharp protest from the Russian government.

The incident, which took place late Wednesday, underscores the danger …

Jimmy Carter: US Elections are Corrupt By Global Research News, October 13 2012
By Pete PapaheraklesInjecting billions of dollars into U.S. politics is a recipe for corruption, says former President Jimmy Carter. Placing the blame squarely on the Supreme Court for endorsing a corporate spending free-for-all in American politics, he said the …
The GOP’s October Surprise? By Craig Unger, October 13 2012

By Craig Unger

According to a highly reliable source, as Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama prepare for the first presidential debate Wednesday night, top Republican operatives are primed to unleash a new two-pronged offensive that will attack Obama as

The EU is not a “Person”: Granting the Nobel Prize to the European Union is in Violation of Alfred Nobel’s Will By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, October 12 2012

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was granted to the European Union  (EU)  for its relentless contribution to “the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.”

While the EU’s contribution to peace is debatable, the key issue

Threat of a Complete Financial Meltdown: IMF Report Points to Growing Instability By Nick Beams, October 12 2012

Four years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the latest Global Financial Stability Report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) makes clear that the threat of a complete meltdown of the international financial system remains. And the dangers of

Philippines: Peace Agreement Between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, October 12 2012

The Peace Accord to be signed in Manila on the 15th of October 2012 between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is of tremendous significance to the Philippines nation. If it succeeds, it will not only

BP Macondo Wreckage: New Oil Leak in the Gulf By Washington's Blog, October 12 2012

Now that the new oil “sheen” has been confirmed by the government as coming BP’s crippled Macondo well,  BP’s fallback position is that the new sheen is just oil leaking from the wreckage of the drilling rig lying on the …

Proposal: 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to NATO By Diana Johnstone and Jean Bricmont, October 12 2012

By Diana Johnstone and Jean Bricmont

On the eve of the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, what could be more fitting than to award this prestigious Peace Prize to the organization that is truly ready and

Mali: US Africa Command (AFRICOM) Prepares for Another “Humanitarian” Military Intervention? By Patrick Henningsen, October 12 2012

Obama has been carrying the AFRICOM ball down the field after the directive was launched under George W. Bush in 2007. Washington DC, led by African Secretary, Jonnie Carson, speaks to its public at a level deserving of an uninformed,

Preparing for War? Presence of US soldiers in Jordan close to Syrian border described as “routine” By Global Research News, October 12 2012

Presence of US soldiers in Jordan routine, official

by Jordan Times

AMMAN — The presence of military personnel from “brotherly and friendly countries, including the US”, is part of routine military cooperation between Jordan and these countries, said a government

The Post-9/11 Homeland: America Declares War on Islam By Stephen Lendman, October 12 2012

Post-9/11, America declared war on Islam. Injustice triumphed. So did hate and fear. Innocent Muslims became fair game. Guilt by accusation became policy. 

Many innocent men and women were  charged with terrorism or conspiracy to commit it. They languish unjustly

Japanese Militarism: “Resurrection of the Samurai” By Xinhua, October 11 2012

Moscow: Japan’s recent illegal moves to “purchase” China’s Diaoyu Islands show militarism is on the rise in that country, according to a Russian war veteran.

Vasili Ivanov, deputy head of the Russia-China Friendship Society’s Central Office, told Xinhua that Japan’s

Major Powers versus Small Nations: Globalization and the Issue of National Sovereignty By Thomas H Naylor, October 11 2012

Much to the chagrin of Washington and Tel Aviv, a recent meeting of the so-called Non-Aligned Movement, a group formed during the Cold War that views itself as independent of the major powers, sent a clear signal to the US-Israeli

South Korean Missiles: Part Of U.S. Containment Of Russia And China By Stop NATO, October 11 2012

[The U.S.] wants the ROK to take on more of its defense responsibilities. Washington hopes Seoul would gradually increase its weaponry…help strengthen the US’ anti-missile system in Asia to fulfill America’s strategic goal of containing China and Russia.

[B]allistic missiles

Towards a “Colored Revolution” in Nepal? Foreign Interference Triggers Political Chaos By Arun Shrivastava, October 11 2012

When people forget history, mystery repeats itself. History tells us that Nepal had developed a sophisticated democratic system over two thousand years before Aristotle’s Greece; the mystery is that ethnic identity federalists are still groping for a viable one and

Nonviolent Protester of Drone Wars Sentenced to Federal Prison By David Swanson, October 11 2012
Catholic Worker Brian Terrell of Maloy, Iowa has been sentenced to serves 6 months in a federal prison for his witness against the use of drone warfare.Below is a message from Brian and his statement before the court.Friends, We
Financial Crime in London’s “Parasites Paradise”, Or the Best Sanctuary Money Can Buy By Prof. James Petras, October 11 2012
The “Brits” specialize in laundering funds from the Mexican, Colombian and Russian organized crime. Albanian white slavers have their ‘private bankers’ at prestigious City banks.
US Deploying Military Personnel to Syrian-Jordanian Border By Tony Cartalucci, October 11 2012

While the idea of a buffer zone is meant to look like a knee-jerk reaction to recent escalations, in reality this has been planned since at least March 2012, when the idea was proposed by the corporate-financier funded Brookings Institution

War or No War on Iran? By Stephen Lendman, October 11 2012

In Shakespearean terms, indeed that’s the question. Longstanding regime change plans are known. Means to achieve them have been ongoing for years.

A previous article put it this way:

Red lines, timelines, deadlines, sanctions, sabotage, subversion, cyber attacks, assassinations, saber …

Greece’s Evolving Social Crisis: “Black Shirt Fascists” in the Greek Islands By Chris Jones, October 11 2012

Sunday October 7 was a day of mixed emotions. First there was coming to terms with seeing black shirted fascists marching along the water front in Samos Town. When I first came here in 1995 I could never ever imagined

Bounty Hunting, Islamophobia and Blaming the Victims By Felicity Arbuthnot, October 11 2012
The Middle East burns and is being destroyed. It’s people are being systematically terrorized, its great, luminous history and culture dismantled and erased...
Greek police torture anti-fascist protesters By Christoph Dreier, October 11 2012
By Christoph Dreier

Demonstrators protesting against the fascist Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) party were beaten and tortured after their arrest by Greek police at a demonstration on September 30.

According to the victims, the police used techniques similar to the …

In Preparation for Wider War, Pentagon deploys Task Force in Jordan By Bill Van Auken, October 11 2012

In preparation for a direct US intervention in Syria and a wider war in the Middle East, the Pentagon has secretly deployed a 150-strong military task force in Jordan.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Wednesday confirmed the existence of the task …

Provocation: Syria Plane Intercepted by Turkey: “Close to Disaster” By Global Research News, October 11 2012

Passengers onboard the plane intercepted by Turkish jets said that security forces were making the crew and passengers sign fraudulent papers suggesting that the plane made an emergency landing and no Turkish military were involved in the incident.

­Hours after

Beyond the Québec Student Strike By Matthew Brett and Rushdia-Mehreen, October 10 2012

by Matthew Brett and Rushdia Mehreen

While it is difficult to predict the lasting consequences of the 2012 student strike in Québec, a few things are certain. The strike has fostered a climate of dissent and a respect for direct