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HAITI: Continental Conference to End Military Occupation by UN’s MINUSTAH By Kim Ives, May 23 2013

Delegates from around the world will converge on Port-au-Prince May 31 to take part in a two-day Continental Conference aimed at bringing an end to the United Nations Mission to Stabilize Haiti or MINUSTAH, which marks its ninth anniversary on

Bahrainis Demand Regime Change By Vladislav Gulevich, May 23 2013

World media outlets give little attention to the events in Bahrain, a small island nation, which is a key ally of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the Persian Gulf.

On May 10 thousands of anti-government activists flocked …

May 25 ‘March Against Monsanto’ planned for over 30 countries By Global Research News, May 23 2013

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May 25 ‘March Against Monsanto’ planned for over 30 countries

SEATTLE, Wash. (May 1, 2013) – March Against Monsanto has announced that on May …

Two FBI Agents Involved in Arrest of Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s “FALL” Out of Helicopter and Die By Global Research News, May 23 2013
Two members of the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit died Friday while practicing how to quickly drop from a helicopter to a ship using a rope, the FBI announced Monday in a statement.The statement gave few details regarding the deaths of
Witness Tied to Boston Bombing Suspect Killed by FBI By Barry Grey and Nick Barrickman, May 23 2013

Twenty-seven-year-old Ibragim Todashev was shot and killed early Wednesday morning while being interrogated by police and intelligence officials in an Orlando, Florida, apartment. Todashev, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and, like Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen, was

Behind “Syria Peace Talks”, US Prepares Regional War By Bill Van Auken, May 23 2013

While ostensibly touring the Middle East to discuss a joint US-Russian proposal for peace talks between the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and Western-backed “rebels,” Secretary of State John Kerry met with US allies to prepare for region-wide war.

“The Global Rendition System”: Major Study Sheds New Light on CIA Secret Prisons By Reprieve, May 23 2013

Today sees the launch of the “Global Rendition System” database and interactive map – the most comprehensive resource so far created illustrating the CIA’s programme of renditions and secret prisons as part of the ‘war on terror’.

On …

Mission Creep: Toward Full-Scale War on Syria? By Stephen Lendman, May 23 2013

On May 20, Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the Middle East. It’s his fourth regional visit since January.

On May 21, he met Oman’s Sultan Qaboos. An air defense system/weapons sale, Syria, and related issues were discussed.…

Austerity Redux: Crisis in Ontario’s Health Care System By Doug Allan, May 23 2013

Contrary to the hysteria from conservatives, health care spending continues to decline as a percentage of the provincial budget. Last year, health care accounted for 38.5 per cent of total expenditures, this year the government plans to bring it down

Hezbollah and the War in Syria: Why is the UK Pressuring the EU to Designate Hezbollah a “Terrorist” Group? By Phil Greaves, May 23 2013

A distinct increase of negative coverage has been forming in Western and Gulf press; this focus is specifically regarding Hezbollah’s direct involvement in the battle currently raging to take control of the Syrian town of Qusair; its overall role in

The Growing Global Challenge to Monsanto’s Monopolistic Greed By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, May 23 2013

Monsanto.(Photo: Monsanto via The New York Times)

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

On the Road to Damascus: An Eyewitness Report By Antonio C. S. Rosa, May 22 2013

I participated, May 1-11, 2013 in the Mussalaha International Peace Delegation to Lebanon-Syria alongside fellow TRANSCEND member Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, from Ireland, and 15 others from eight countries. Keenly aware of my responsibility, especially to my newly made …

Western Mercenaries Have Integrated the Ranks of Al Qaeda Rebels in Syria By Global Research News, May 22 2013

In April, the EU’s anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove told the British media that some 500 Europeans were in Syria to fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has said that a number of

Fed Pours Huge Sums Into Foreign Bank Coffers: Why Is the Fed Bailing Out the World … On Our Dime? By Washington's Blog, May 22 2013

We noted even before the TARP bailout law was signed into law that bailout moneys could flow to foreign banks.

We were right. A large percentage of the bailouts went to foreign banks (and see this). And so did …

Goal Reached: Time to Restart the Economy By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, May 22 2013

Finally – it’s over.  The goal of Simpson and Bowles has been met, the deficit is shrinking rapidly. And the intellectual underpinning for deficit reduction, based on the study by Rogoff and Reinhart, has been destroyed.

Phew! Glad that is

Argentina’s General Videla and the “War on Terror” By Bill Van Auken, May 22 2013

Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla died May 17 at the age of 87 as the result of injuries suffered from a fall in a prison shower. He was remembered as the head of a savage military dictatorship that between 1976 and

Israel, US Threatens War with Syria as Sectarian Fighting Spreads across Region By Alex Lantier, May 22 2013

Israeli and Syrian forces exchanged fire across the cease-fire line in the Golan Heights yesterday, amid rising US and Israeli threats of intervention in the US-led sectarian proxy war in Syria, which is rapidly spreading throughout the region.

Fighting in …

Israel Heads Closer to War on Syria By Stephen Lendman, May 22 2013

Syria is Washington’s war. Israel’s very much involved. It abhors peace and stability. Its history reflects belligerence. It’s a direct threat. It borders Syria.

Both countries are longstanding imperial partners. The Israeli Lobby plays a key role.

Orwell once said …

Genocide Denial in Guatemala By J. B. Gerald, May 21 2013
Guatemala’s Constitutional Court has overturned the Ríos Montt guilty verdict of May 10th, setting the legal proceedings back to April 19th – after the evidence was presented but before Ríos Montt was declared guilty.
HAITI: Massive March Signals Resurrection of Aristide’s Lavalas Movement By Kim Ives, May 21 2013

Image: Wendell Polynice/Haïti Liberté

Well over 15,000 people poured out from all corners of Haiti’s capital to march alongside the cortege of cars that carried former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide back to his home in Tabarre from the Port-au-Prince courthouse

Billionaires Unchained: America is a Democracy of the Wealthy By Andy Kroll, May 21 2013

Billionaires with an axe to grind, now is your time. Not since the days before a bumbling crew of would-be break-in artists set into motion the fabled Watergate scandal, leading to the first far-reaching restrictions on money in American politics,

Israeli Army Vehicle Enters Syria, Israel Supports Al Nusra Rebels By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, May 21 2013
Israel is in close liaison with rebel commanders in Southern Syria, implying frequent incursions into Syria. Wounded Al Nusra rebel fighters are being provided medical care in an Israeli hospital in the Golan Heights:
US-China Confrontation: Washington’s Hacking Charges Escalate Pressure on Beijing By Alex Lantier, May 21 2013

Yesterday, top US officials and media made unsubstantiated allegations of hacking of US computer systems by a military unit in Shanghai, escalating tensions with China.

The New York Times led this campaign, publishing an article titled “Chinese Hackers Resume Attacks …

Systemic Breakdown? Financial Bubbles Creating Conditions for New Crash By Nick Beams, May 21 2013

It is a sure sign of the systemic breakdown of the global capitalist system that the very measures put in place to try to prevent a crisis are creating the conditions for a financial meltdown beyond even the scale of

The Caring Facade of French Imperialism By David Cronin, May 21 2013

The “public relations” accompanying wars has become wearily predictable. Whenever one of its governments or allies conducts a military action, there is a near certainty that the European Union will host or participate in a “donors’ conference”.  

One of these

Reinventing Guatemalan History. Wall Street Journal Upholds Rios Montt, Denies Crimes against Humanity By Stephen Lendman, May 21 2013
Washington tolerates no independent governments. Left of center democratic ones are most vulnerable. In 1954, Washington ousted Guatemala's Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. In 1952, Truman authorized CIA action. Eisenhower followed through.
Guatemala’s Constitutional Court Overturns Rios Montt’s Genocide Conviction By Stephen Lendman, May 21 2013

On May 20, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court (its high court) overturned Montt’s conviction. It did so by a three – two majority. Montt will return to house arrest.

“Rios Montt was found guilty on May 10 of overseeing the killings by

The Bigger Story Behind the AP Spying Scandal By Washington's Blog, May 21 2013

Attack on the Press

You know that the Department of Justice tapped scores of phone lines at the Associated Press.

You might have heard that the Attorney General of the United States isn’t sure how often reporters’ records are seized

South African Mineworkers Union Demands 60 Percent Pay Increase By Abayomi Azikiwe, May 20 2013

South Africa’s main industry, mining, is facing tremendous uncertainty with workers threatening strikes over the recent announcement that thousands of employees would be laid-off. The industry has been the scene of protracted struggles since mid-2012 when a series of wildcat …

From Reactive to Proactive: The World Social Forum and the Anti-/Alter-Globalization Movement By Marian Pinsky, May 20 2013

Given the prevailing research interest on the transition from anti- to alter- globalization, this paper examines where the World Social Forum is situated in the spectrum of movements against neo-liberal globalization. I argue that the progression of the anti/alter-globalization movements,

Correa’s Re-election in Ecuador: Sweeping Triumph of Socialist Economic Program By Asad Ismi, May 20 2013

The Latin American Revolution scored another victory on February 17 when Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s socialist leader, won his third successive election as President. Correa amassed close to 58% of the vote, leaving his closest rival 34 percentage points behind.  Alianza

Flawed Financial System: Governments Held Hostage by the “Too Big to Fail” Banks (TBTF) By Global Research News, May 20 2013

 By Andy Xie

The G-7 summit brought up too-big-to-fail (TBTF) financial institutions as a systemic risk to be addressed. The odds are low that any real reform will materialize. Removing this flaw could trigger a big global downturn. No major

No Bear Market In Gold. “Bullish Sentiment” in the Market for Physical Gold Bullion By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, May 20 2013

You know that gold bear market that the financial press keeps touting? The one George Soros keeps proclaiming? Well, it is not there. The gold bear market is disinformation that is helping elites acquire the gold.

Certainly, Soros himself doesn’t …

CIA Troublemaking in Caucasus By Wayne Madsen, May 20 2013

It is clear that Russia’s arrest and expulsion of two CIA agents who were trying to recruit members of the Russian intelligence service fighting against Salafist separatists in the Caucasus is part of a Russian mopping-up operation directed at the

Reagan Backed Ex-Dictator Jorge Videla and Argentina’s Dirty War By Robert Parry, May 20 2013

The 87-year-old ex-Argentine dictator Jorge Videla died Friday in prison where he was serving sentences for grotesque human rights crimes in the 1970s and 1980s. But one of Videla’s key backers, the late President Ronald Reagan, continues to be honored

Covert Israeli Forces Inside Syria Within Rebel Ranks? Israeli Military Vehicle Seized: Report By Global Research News, May 20 2013

Media sources confirm the seizure of an Israeli military vehicle in Al Qseir inside Syrian territory.

The vehicle’s licence plate corresponds to that of the Israeli military with a black background and the letter Tsade (צ) (see image below)

Al …

US Supreme Court Rules for Agribusiness Giant Monsanto, Destruction of the Family Farm By World Socialist Web Site, May 20 2013

By Eric London

A series of pro-business decisions announced by the US Supreme Court in recent weeks marks a continuation of the judicial branch’s steady movement to the right. The rulings further enshrine the power of corporate behemoths to exploit …

European Union Directly Funds Al Qaeda Looting of Syrian oil By Johannes Stern, May 20 2013

According to a report yesterday in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, the European Union (EU) is directly funding US-backed Sunni Islamist terrorist groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. These groups are looting oil in parts of eastern Syria that they control

Guantanamo Force-Feeding Constitutes Torture By Stephen Lendman, May 20 2013

Guantanamo detention constitutes torture, abuse and ill-treatment. Long-term detention compounds it.

Force-feeding increases unconscionable pain and suffering. Doing so violates core rule of law principles.

Around 130 of 166 Guantanamo detainees refuse food. They’re hunger striking for justice. They …

Drone Proliferation in Europe: Domestic Surveillance and Unmanned Warfare By Chris Cole, May 20 2013

European countries are piling more pressure on the US to allow them to buy armed Predator and Reaper drones.  As we have previously reported Germany wants to buy armed Reaper drones from the US and France too has reported this

Medical Marijuana: Big Pharma’s Campaign to Eliminate State-Sanctioned Cannabis Competitors? By Clarence Walker, May 20 2013

As Colorado, California and Washington including 16 other states enjoy freedom under state law to operate legal medical marijuana-cannabis businesses the owners are often faced with arrests and constant harrasment by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Though some states have legalized …

Is EVERY Market Rigged? By Washington's Blog, May 20 2013

European Union Launches Investigation Into Manipulation of Oil Prices Since 2002

CNN reports:

The European Commission raided the offices of Shell, BP and Norway’s Statoil this week as part of an investigation into suspected attempts to manipulate global oil

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Routinely Spies upon and Disrupts “Occupy” Protests By Dylan Murphy, May 19 2013

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been engaged in massive surveillance of peaceful protesters which undermines protections enshrined in the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Two recent studies raise serious questions about the way the DHS has reacted to Occupy …

Globalization Watch: Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) By Michael Welch, Stuart Trew, Kristen Beifus, and Nile Bowie, May 19 2013

Through this agreement, the Obama Administration is seeking to boost U.S. economic growth and support the creation and retention of high-quality American jobs by increasing exports in a region that includes some of the world’s most robust economies and

The War on Mali: An Illustration of Fragmented Totality By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, May 19 2013

This week on Heart of Africa, Kudakwashe hosts renowned award winning author, global geopolitical analyst and sociologist, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, in a discussion on the “War on Mali – The Illustration Of Fragmented Totality”.

Mahdi introduces the crucial concept he

Threat to the Hegemony of the US Dollar? Rigged Gold Bullion Market By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, May 19 2013

Over the past month there has been a statistically improbable concurrence of events that can only be explained as a conspiracy to protect the dollar from the Federal Reserve’s policy of Quantitative Easing (QE).

Quantitative Easing is the term given

Bashar al-Assad Interview: Israel Supports Al Qaeda Terrorists By Global Research News, May 19 2013

Bashar al-Assad: “I don’t give up. People say who stays and who should go, not U.S.”

 Bashar al-Assad interview with Argentine newspaper Clarin: “I don’t give up. People say who stays and who should go, not U.S.”

President al-Assad: Basis

Israel Mulling Plot to Assassinate Syrian President Bashar Al Assad By Global Research News, May 19 2013

The Israeli regime’s security bodies are working on a plot to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by the help of terrorist groups and armed rebels in the country after Damascus showed strength and months of resistance against the terrorist attacks

Soaring Markets, Troubled Economies. Towards a Global Financial Downfall? By Stephen Lendman, May 19 2013

Central banks run today’s world.  Money printing madness controls everything. Liquidity-driven markets reflect the power of bankers to do it.

They’re more powerful than standing armies. They can levitate markets. They can enrich themselves at the same time.

They can

Africa and U.S. Imperialism: Post-Colonial Crises and the Imperatives of the African Revolution By Abayomi Azikiwe, May 19 2013

Image Patrice Lumumba

Five decades since the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) while the Pentagon and NATO escalates its war drive on the continent

The following lecture was delivered at the Africa & U.S. Imperialism Conference held

Syrian Forces Inflict Heavy Losses on US Sponsored Terrorists By Global Research News, May 19 2013

Reports from Syria suggest that Syrian forces have inflicted heavy losses on the US sponsored Al Nusra mercenary force and its affiliated formations have inflicted heavy losses.

Press reports confirm that the rebel stronghold  of Al Qusayr on the Northern …

Europe’s “Little Guantanamo”: Why The U.S. Wants Serbia To Give Up Kosovo By Rick Rozoff and John Robles, May 18 2013

The U.S. military base in Kosovo was constructed in 1999 without consulting with the government of Serbia and is the largest U.S. military base built outside of the U.S. since the Vietnam War. The site was apparently used for extraordinary

America’s “Long War”: Pentagon tells US Senate Wars will Continue for Decades By Alex Lantier, May 18 2013

Testifying before the US Senate Committee on Armed Services on Thursday, Pentagon officials claimed that “war on terror” legislation gives them sweeping powers to wage war anywhere in the world, including inside the United States, without Congressional authorization.

Assistant Defense …

Continued Cover-up of Contacts of Boston Bombing Suspects with FBI and US Intelligence By Barry Grey, May 18 2013

In testimony before the US Senate Thursday, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller continued the official cover-up of the advance warnings and extensive contacts between the FBI and other intelligence and security agencies and the suspects in the April …

Gloves Off: Russia Names CIA Station Chief in Moscow By Zero Hedge, May 18 2013

Earlier this week, the CIA’s Russian outpost was deeply humiliated when (in a calculated move following accusations that the US had not gotten appropriate Russian information on the two Boston bombers, and following the visit of John Kerry whose primary …

G20 Governments All Agreed To Cyprus-Style Theft Of Bank Deposits … In 2010 By Colin McKay, May 18 2013

Referencing official source documents from both the G20, and the internationalist ‘Financial Stability Board’, clearly show the entire G20 agreed to implement the FSB-mandated new approach to managing “too big to fail” banks at the Seoul 2010 meeting of the

Syria : One Year After the Houla Massacre. New Report on Official vs. Real Truth By Adam Larson, May 18 2013

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