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Kiev regime faces military defeat and economic collapse

October 5th, 2014

by Dylan and Jo Murphy

With all eyes focused on the Middle East, it appears to have gone quiet in the Ukraine with a ceasefire announced in early September. However, fighting does continue on the ground and the Kiev junta faces a tough winter in which to keep hold of power.

The official reason for the ceasefire was to allow humanitarian aid to the besieged people of Lugansk and Donetsk and prevent further suffering and bloodshed. The leaders of the break away republics of Novorossia (Donetsk and Lugansk), under pressure from Putin, agreed to a ceasefire.

All the talk of saving lives and humanitarian aid is only so much hot air. The Kiev regime has suffered a series of major defeats in its attempt to take back the breakaway regions of Eastern Ukraine. By coming to the rescue of the Kiev regime by forcing this ceasefire, Putin has in effect helped the junta. Putin only stands for keeping himself and the billionaire oligarchs in power.

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Libya in Free Fall

October 5th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Wherever America shows up, mass slaughter, destruction, instability and unspeakable human misery follow.

On March 19, 2011, Obama lied saying:

"Today I authorized the Armed Forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians. That action has now begun."

"In this effort, the United States is acting with a broad coalition that is committed to enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, which calls for the protection of the Libyan people."

In September 2010, James Petras' article "Imperialism and Imperial Barbarism" explained what's become all too familiar.

"The organizing principle of imperial barbarism is the idea of total war," he said. Tactics include:

  • mass destruction weapons use;

  • ravaging and destroying entire countries and societies;

  • dismantling "the entire civil and military apparatus of the state;" and

  • replacing it with "colonial officials, paid mercenaries and unscrupulous and corrupt satraps."

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Palestinian-U.S. relations head for stormy times

October 5th, 2014

By Nicola Nasser*

Washington’s response to the speech that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered at the UN General Assembly last September 26 confirms that the bilateral Palestinian-U.S. relations are heading for stormy times.

The U.S., which opposed Abbas’ plan to seek a UN Security Council resolution to end the Israeli occupation within a defined timeframe, not only cautioned him against proceeding with any such plan but also issued an official statement condemning the language he used to express the Palestinian people’s opposition to the continued occupation and the ongoing war crimes that Israel is perpetrating in the territories it occupied in 1967.

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Sweden Recognizes Palestinian Statehood

October 5th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

"Washington will not be the one to decide Sweden’s policies", Swedish
Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said after the US criticized Stockholm’s
plans to officially recognize Palestine as a sovereign state. RT

On October 3, Haaretz headlined "Sweden to become first major European country to recognize state of Palestine." It's the first EU country to officially do so.

In parliament on Friday, Sweden's newly-formed center-left Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, announced his intention to recognize what's long overdue. What all nations worldwide should follow.

"The conflict between Israel can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law," said Lofven.

"(T)he two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine."

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Sharing a (not so) living planet

October 4th, 2014

By Rajesh Makwana

As further evidence comes to light of how our economic systems are decimating the natural world, sharing is fast emerging as the central theme in the discourse on how to ensure prosperity for all within planetary boundaries.

Barely a week after more than half a million people marched for decisive action on climate change, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) released their latest Living Planet report, which serves as a timely reminder that the environmental crises we face extend far beyond the popular discourse on global warming. As ever, this year’s report makes for grim reading, with updated facts that illustrate the devastating impact of human activity on the biosphere and point to the urgent need for a revolutionary shift in the way we use, manage and share the earth’s natural resources.

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Netanyahu's UN Address

October 4th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Note: This article was intended for September 29. Illness intervened. Netanyahu Big Lies need exposing. This article takes its best shot.

Forthrightness isn't his long suit. He's toxic. Unwelcome. A menace to world peace and security. He finds new ways to disgrace the office he holds.

He never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to act responsibly. State terror is official policy.

So is institutionalized racism. Big Lies substitute for hard truths.

Neranyahu's UN addresses are reprehensible. His self-defense argument against lightly armed Gazans wore thin long ago.

Steven Salaita was right saying Israel is the only nation responsible for killing hundreds of Palestinian children and self-declaring itself victimized.

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Argentina's Christina Fernandez de Kirchner's UN Address

October 3rd, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Note: This article was intended for September 29. Illness intervened. It remains timely. As much now as then.

Most UN addresses are bland. Few stand out. Fewer are remembered. Fewer still matter.

Argentina's President de Kirchner shook things up and then some. Enough to get media scoundrels to bury her comments.

They ignored her harsh criticism of US-led Western policies. Her address was wide ranging.

She questioned Washington's motives for waging war. Targeted countries. Takfiri terrorists it supports.

"Where do ISIS and Al Qaeda (get) their guns from," she asked? "Yesterday's freedom fighters are today's terrorists."

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Lavrov Counters Irresponsible Western Policies

October 3rd, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

They rage out-of-control. Big Lies substitute for hard truths. They reflect state-sponsored duplicity.

They proliferate to enlist popular support for imperial lawlessness. It menaces world peace.

It threatens humanity's survival. Anti-Russian propaganda drowns out what everyone needs to know. It's intense. Unprecedented.

It exceeds the worst of Cold War vitriol. Malicious misinformation substitutes.

Obama threatened Russia irresponsibly. "…(T)here will be consequences if (it) does not find a way to change course," he said.

His UN envoy Samantha Power is ideologically over-the-top. She calls genocidal imperial interventions stunning successes.

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Israeli Perpetual Terrorism

October 3rd, 2014

By Dr. Elias Akleh

The world’s attention is focused on the Syrian war against terrorism, on the Egyptian demonstrations and conflict, on the Tunisian demonstrations and on the daily Iraqi terrorist car bombings. The Israeli terrorism against Palestinians on the other hand has been dropped off the radar. The Israelis are taking advantage of this to intensify their terrorism, persecution, ethnic cleansing, and large scale land theft of Palestinian land.

The Israeli occupying government had intensified its Palestinian land expropriation. The Israeli terrorist army would declare a coveted piece of land as a military area, they evict its inhabitants, surround it with barbed wires, raze the land uprooting all trees, make the land barren, and eventually allow extremist squatters to move in first with mobile homes and later start building their colonies.

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Creating a World Culture that is Nonviolent

October 2nd, 2014

Robert J. Burrowes

As we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's birthday on 2 October, the International Day of Nonviolence, we have the chance to reflect on our progress in creating a nonviolent world. Obviously, creating a nonviolent world has many facets and is a long-term work-in-progress. But if we are to regenerate human society in accord with principles of love, nonviolence, justice, equity and sustainability, it is emphatically clear that we need to dramatically recreate much of our culture, particularly in the West, where hatred, violence and injustice are 'built-in'. How can we do this?

According to Gandhi: 'If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.' So, as we reflect, I would like to encourage people to consider and, hopefully, adopt Gandhi’s suggestion before it is too late. And here is why.

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