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America and Israel Wage War on Humanity

December 13th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

America's longstanding policy is permanent war. It's the only nation ever to wage them every year in its history abroad and/or at home. Multiple direct and proxy wars rage now. Obama plans more. He's a war criminal multiple times over.

He violates fundamental human and civil rights. He mocks rule of law principles and democratic values. He should be in prison, not high office.

He serves wealth, power and privilege. He spurns peace, equity, justice, and basic human needs.

He and George Bush made America a police state. It's a hair's breadth from full-blown tyranny. He plans four more years of harsher than ever lawless governance.

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A Dinner Conversation: Israel and Armenia, Oppression and Genocides, Reality and Denials

December 12th, 2012

by chycho

Below you will find two perspectives from a recent dinner conversation:

I. Candid and Confrontational
II. Compassionate and Personal

I. Candid and Confrontational

I recently attended a small family gathering, not my immediate family but my partners, so by extension people that I care for. I am Armenian and my partner is Jewish, and at the table were us and the elders, including a holocaust survivor.

During dinner the conversation drifted between various topics and at some point turned to politics, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Those who have followed my blog know that I am quite outspoken regarding my political views and rarely do I mince words, and this night was not an exception. I believe that dialogue, discussion, honesty, and candidness are needed to come to terms with what is actually taking place in the heart of the Middle-East because what transpires in that region, what the final outcome will be between Israel and Palestine, will decide the fate of humanity.

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Is there hope for our Mother Earth?

December 12th, 2012

By Larry Pinkney

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives . . . The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”—Howard Zinn

As the global corporate elite ravages the planet, and the United States slips into a corporate-owned police state, and U.S. imperialistic military adventures rage on in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya (North Africa), Somalia (East Africa), and elsewhere on Mother Earth it is easy to become sad—even downright disillusioned.

Nevertheless, everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people in this nation and around the world have not yet lost the struggle for the regaining of our collective humanity. As long as ordinary human beings are capable of accomplishing extraordinary acts—there remains hope for Mother Earth and humanity as a whole.

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Class Warfare and Victories for the Everyday People

December 12th, 2012

Larry Pinkney

“Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.” - Lucy Parsons

In order to genuinely change this corrupt, rotten, political system, one must fight the system, not accommodate or acquiesce to it.

It is a struggle based upon the needs and human rights of the many versus the insatiable greed and lust for power of the few.

The objective of this U.S. political system and its corporate-stream media is to manipulate, break your spirit, and wear you down. Only this way can those who actually own the system be the successful profiteers that they are.

The plain ordinary everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people of this nation are never genuinely told or truly heralded for their political, economic, and social victories in the daily struggle to survive in this predatory capitalist system.

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Syria Boils

December 11th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

News from Syria is grim. Libya 2.0 looms. Fabricating a chemical weapons threat looks like pretext for full-scale war.

On December 8, the Toronto Sun said Foreign Affairs officials urged Canadian citizens to leave Syria. Maybe they know something they're not explaining.

On December 9, Israel National News said the London Sunday Times said IDF special forces now operate inside Syria. Allegedly they're trying to locate "non-conventional weapons" and "sabotage" them.

Israel considered ground and/or air attacks to destroy them. Perhaps they're still planned. The Sunday Times said if evidence suggests Assad used chemical weapons, Washington and Israel "might coordinate to carry out a ground invasion."

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Abbas: Betrayal Pays Well

December 11th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

In 2003, Forbes magazine estimated Yasser Arafat's wealth at about $300 million. No verifying source was listed. Fatah was notoriously corrupt. It still is today.

Its finances are a black hole. Bribes, foreign aid, secret investments, hidden bank accounts, slush funds, and other ill-gotten gains define them.

Israeli intelligence estimated Arafat's net worth at $1.3 billion. US accountants conducted a PA authorized audit. They estimated about $1 billion.

Current appointed PA prime minister, Salam Fayyad, once served as Arafat's finance minister. He confirmed massive corruption, abuse, and impropriety.

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Egypt and Argentina: The Right-Left Alliance

December 10th, 2012

James Petras

Introduction

Once again world public opinion faces a most bizarre political event: an alliance between political forces on the extreme Right and the Left, including collaboration between NATO regimes and Marxist sects. The apparent ‘unity of opposites’ is a response to alleged policy and institutional changes made by center-left and center-right regimes, which adversely affect both economic and political elites as well as the popular sectors.

The circumstances, under which this unholy alliance takes place, vary according to the type of regime, its policies and the class orientation of the opposition. The best way to analyze the left-right alliance is to examine the cases of Egypt and Argentina.

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Pakistan’s Saga of Political Change

December 10th, 2012

Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD

“….in December of 2000, the CIA released a report of global trends to the year 2015, which stated that by 2015, “The war in Afghanistan is inherently related to the situation in Pakistan……….Pakistan will be more fractious, isolated, and dependent on international financial assistance.”[1] Further, it was predicted, Pakistan: will not recover easily from decades of political and economic mismanagement, divisive politics, lawlessness, corruption and ethnic friction. Nascent democratic reforms will produce little change in the face of opposition from an entrenched political elite and radical Islamic parties.”

Andrew Gavin Marshall “Imperial Eye on Pakistan- Pakistan in Pieces, Part 1 (Global Research: 5/30/2011)

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American Nuclear Hypocrisy

December 10th, 2012

By Dr. Elias Akleh

Hypocrisy is the most prominent characteristic of the successive American administrations. The observer could easily detect this hypocrisy when it comes to administration’s policies towards the Middle Eastern countries generally and towards the Palestinians specifically. One of the administration’s latest hypocritical acts was the cancellation of the Middle East nuclear weapons-free zone conference that was scheduled mid this month in Helsinki, Finland.

The international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was opened in July 1968 for member signatures in an attempt to limit the spread of nuclear weapons. It stressed the importance of developing nuclear-weapons-free zones especially in regions of conflict such as in the Middle East, as well as establishing zones free of all weapons of mass destruction. The treaty encourages the cooperation, respect and support of all nuclear-weapons states for its protocols in order to maximize the effectiveness of creating nuclear-weapons-free zones.

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Netanyahu Mocks Legitimate Governance

December 10th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

Netanyahu never met a non-Jew he considered equal, a peace plan he didn't spurn, a law he didn't violate, or truth he didn't turn on its head.

He reveals Israel's true face. He's contemptuous of Palestinians, other Arabs, and Iranians. He considers them subhuman enemies. More on his latest outburst below.

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman is notoriously pro-Israeli. At the same time, he calls the "far-right group running Israel today so arrogant." He omitted lawless, racist, hawkish, and menacing.

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