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U.S. Embassies Close Due to Al-Qaeda Threat

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced on August 4 that U.S. embassies and consulates in 19 Muslim nations will remain closed at least until...

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Norway closes Saudi, Jordan embassies

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American people 'addicted to violence'

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US raises alert for warships in Mideast

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Pat Caddell: John Boehner Aiding Obama Cover-Up of Benghazi

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SOURCE: CIA Was Smuggling Weapons to Syrian Rebels During Benghazi Embassy Attack

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The US terror scare

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US Government “Protection” of Al-Qaeda Terrorists and the US-Saudi “Black Hole”

For almost two centuries American government, though always imperfect, was also a model for the world of limited government, having evolved a system of...

US extends embassies shutdown

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Syrian forces kill scores of militants

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Obama briefed over US embassies closure

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US to shut embassies worldwide Sunday

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Death Sentences and the International Criminal Court

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Bradley Manning and the Meaning of Bravery

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Crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood: Shifting Alliances in the Middle East

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Arms deal won Lockerbie bomber release

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Media Disinformation: The Role of Powerful Political Lobbies and Moneyed Interests in America

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Millions Of Americans Set To Gather In DC On Sept. 9th To Give Personal...



On September 9th millions of Americans will gather in Washington D.C. to let their Congressmen and Senators know that they are sick and tired of the crimes being committed by the Obama administration, that they have had enough of the coverups, lies, and scandals that are endemic in the Executive Branch, and that they want their elected Representatives to take immediate action to Impeach - and imprison - Barack Hussein Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder.

The People are not satisfied with the efforts being made in Congress to get to the bottom of the various scandals. High Crimes and Misdemeanors have been committed against the People of the United States - including the extra-judicial murders of American citizens who had never even been charged with a crime - and they demand that Congress take more forceful action, issuing subpoenas and warrants for the arrest of those individuals who refuse to tell Congress the truth about their involvement.

It has been almost a year since the American mission in Benghazi was attacked by al-Qaeda terrorists, the same terrorists Obama unleashed on Libyan dictator Moammar Gadaffi, and the State Department has refused to allow the victims of the attack to testify before Congress; even threatening those who do wish to testify with jail should they tell Congressional investigators the truth.

This is beyond unacceptable. The People are so angry that a recent poll shows that 29% of them see a violent revolution as the only way Americans will be able to regain their freedom. Bobby Powell, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Truth Is Viral, has a plan that just might wake up those members of Congress and the Senate who live in a bubble, insulated from their constituents, who are either unaware - or are complicit in Treason with Obama - that their actions are leading to a bloodbath.

There are several groups of Patriots, and the number of groups increases every day, that are planning to descend on Washington D.C. throughout the month of September. Each has an agenda that may or may not coincide with the plans of The Truth Is Viral; but we are unconcerned with the plans of others. We have a plan of our own.

I will be making a packet of information available to the viewers of this program which will include a 200 point affidavit presented to the Alabama Supreme Court by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Cold Case Posse proving - using the President's own expert -  that Barack Obama never has been eligible to hold the office of President of the United States, and that the document published by the White House that is purported to be Obama's birth certificate is indeed an utter forgery.

I intend to personally present this packet of information to Dan Beneshek, my elected Representative in Congress, and to my Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow. I am encouraging everyone who reads this to do the same. While I am there I also intend to point out to Senator Levin, one of the architects of the NDAA, that every single State Representative and State Senator in Michigan has voted to nullify the indefinite detention provision in the NDAA.

I am going to ask Senator Levin how he can support the NDAA when the People of the State of Michigan, through the UNANIMOUS vote of their state-level representatives, have told him to shove it. More than two dozen other states also have legislation nullifying the NDAA, or portions thereof, on the books or pending approval. That means that many others will be able to make the exact same argument to their Congressmen and Senators. Hopefully enough of them will see the light that the NDAA can be repealed and the threat of indefinite detention without benefit of counsel will be no more.

After I have thoroughly shamed my own representatives I am going to take a stroll to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Anyone wishing to walk with me is welcome to do so, but I am not calling this a "march," "demonstration," or "protest" because permits are not needed for American citizens simply wishing to visit the nation's Capitol.

I am probably going to have to get a permit to set up my sound system in front of the White House, but that's just me. Once I set up I am going to speak Truth to Power, cranking up the volume as high as it can go to make sure that Barack Obama hears me when I call him out. He is NOT going to be happy with what I have to say.

In order to get to Washington D.C. though, I need your help. The $2,200 it is going to cost me to rent a vehicle and get to D.C. and back with my gear is equal to more than 2 months of my Social Security Disability income. I will gladly throw my own body on the gears to ensure a future for my children and grandchildren, but I need you to get me to the machine.

If you want to watch me take it to those in Washington D.C. that are purposely trying to destroy this country, click one of the Paypal buttons at the top right of this page and give until it hurts. I have given everything I own to keep TTiV on the air, even taking a cut in my disability income, food stamps, and completely losing my Medicaid.

I have nothing left to give but my body, and I will gladly put that on the line if it means I can save my children, and yours, from having to live in a totalitarian, Islamophilic, Communist dictatorship. I believe that Father saved me for this final battle, and that He is using me - and you - to save lives and win souls for Him before Christ returns to put an end to this BS once and for all.

My friends, I leave you with this from the Book of Ephesians, Chapter 6, verses 11-20:

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind
be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

God bless and Semper Fi,
Bob Powell
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
The Truth Is Viral

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The US is notoriously unkind to “intellectuals.” Popular culture portrays intellectuals as absent-minded, divorced from the everyday world, and obsessed with spinning useless, but harmless abstractions. They are good to keep contained in universities where they can give future cogs in the capitalist machine a taste, but not a passion for, impractical thought. Regrettably, those posing as intellectuals have gone far to earn contempt, favoring arcane, specialized languages and scholastic debates.

That's not to say that there is no room for thinkers in the US, but they are dubbed “pundits,” “experts,” “researchers” or “consultants,” words that ring with practicality and single-mindedness; they are purveyors of small, easily digested ideas and not the “big” ideas associated with intellectuals.

In the US, we are taught to distrust big ideas unless they are linked to religions. But then religion has been compartmentalized, shunted off to Sunday mornings or weddings and funerals. All the big ideas we need were decided with the ratification of the US Constitution.

We can thank corporate marketers and their masters for our continuing alienation from big ideas and taste for small ones. They prefer ideas that are easily and flashily packaged, readily digested, and quickly obsolesced. They select for us ideas that can go “viral,” grabbing the attention of not thousands, but millions. They select ideas that easily fit in a two-minute TV commentary or on 6 or 8 column inches of news print. Intellectuals didn't invent the term “sound bite.” Nor did they invent “twitter.” Corporate taste makers did. So what we get in the market place of ideas are small ideas, commodified ideas with shiny packages.

Thus, it may be hard to understand how Francis Fukuyama fits into the world of ideas. We know him for his celebrated 1992 book, The End ofHistory and the Last Man, an ambitious intellectual tome designed to place triumphant capitalism and its attendant bourgeois democracy at the pinnacle of a long historical, dialectical process. A big idea indeed!

Of course it wasn't that difficult to conjure a motive for this rising star of the Right. On the heels of the fall of the Soviet Union and the European socialist countries, Fukuyama saw the opportunity to mark "paid” to the theoretical foundations of Marxism by co-opting the Hegelian “dialectics” that Marx was schooled in and replacing the socialist ideal with something that looked remarkably like the socio-economic system of late twentieth-century US capitalism. Moreover, since Fukuyama had discovered the “end of history,” we needn't worry about any serious future military conflagrations or rebellions because we were entering the blissful era of market justice, parliamentary democracy, and human rights.

Fukuyama's big ideas can take small credit for the pious military crusades led by the US ruling class in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, and recently in Libya and Syria, as well as the meddling in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. Those who failed to accept the end of history soon felt the wrath of history's enforcer. At the same time, the resistance to Fukuyama's vision of history's end challenged his big idea. The intense confrontation between the US and peoples in the Middle East and Latin America shattered the idea that with the demise of the Soviet Union the world would rush to embrace the values of the US and Europe.

With the “end of history” forestalled by unforeseen events, Fukuyama knocked around the research institute/think tank/academic circuit, writing books and resisting the temptation to join the courtiers of the mass media trading in small, nasty ideas. He passed on the enormous earnings available to the likes of the O'Reilly's, Limbaugh's, or the other aristocrats of wind-baggery. Instead, he scoured the landscape to find new opportunities to float big ideas.

And now he's back with a new big idea.

Fukuyama won a think-piece in the June 28/29 weekend Wall StreetJournal entitled “The Middle Class Revolution.” He argues that “All over the world, today's political turmoil has a common theme: the failure of governments to meet the rising expectations of the newly prosperous and educated.” Cognizant of the worldwide mass risings of recent years, Fukuyama chooses this moment to offer an explanation, a theoretical explanation for those risings, an explanation palatable and comforting to US elites.

He rightly understands that linking the most recent mass upsurges requires sizable ideas. While there are many similarities, there are many differences as well. Successful exposition of their common features would tell us much about the underlying processes and likely offer a glimpse into the future. In short, it would give us a theory of contemporary social change, a decidedly big idea.

Unfortunately, he gets it all wrong.

He builds his case around reflections on events in the streets of Tunisia, Egypt, Brazil, and Turkey, a mixed collection neither reflective of all of the mass activity of our time nor sharing many common features. Seduced by recent headlines and sensationalist accounts, Fukuyama finds the “middle class” as the revolutionary agent in all cases. Besides the elusiveness of the term, he offers no evidence beyond youth, cell phones, and the presence of a vaguely sensed entrepreneurial spirit to justify the assignment of this role. And he is equally slippery in explaining what constitutes a “middle class.” Instead, he considers a series of candidates: income ($6,000-30,000 year), relative income (the middle of a country’s income distribution), and relative level of consumption (greater than the subsistence level of the poor). Rejecting these, he settles on “education, occupation, and the ownership of assets,” none of which is produced as evidence regarding any of the particular countries under review. In fact, the demographics of the four “revolutions” fail to show common attributes; nor do they demonstrate a rising of the “middle class.”

When Mohamed Bouazizi, a fruit vender in Tunisia, set himself afire in December of 2010, he became the symbol for the uprisings that pundits have dubbed “the Arab Spring.” Tunisia, under Ben Ali, was one of the success stories of neo-liberalism, a poster child for corporate-friendly “competitiveness” and foreign investment. Its industrial and service economies were relatively well developed. 

While the neo-liberal regimen delivered growth, modest GDP/capita, some social benefits (education and welfare), it was rocked by the economic crisis and the scourge of high unemployment. The youth (constituting nearly half of the population) endured one of the world's highest unemployment rates: 30.7%. As in the US, Tunisian youth are relatively well educated, but denied access to meaningful employment. The relative affluence of Tunisian elites enjoying the fruits of a growing economy and the lack of opportunity for a youthful population spurred the overthrow of Ben Ali.

Egyptpresents a different picture. While Sadat and Mubarak also embraced the tenets of neo-liberalism, they did so in the shadow of Nasser's legacy of anti-imperialism, public ownership and social welfare. Moreover, free market capitalism fared far worse in this country. Despite a large industrial base and due, in part, to a relatively large agricultural sector (56.5% of Egyptians live outside of urban areas), Egypt achieved a GDP/capita roughly only 2/3 of that of Tunisia. 

But Egypt shares with Tunisia an extremely youthful population with massive un- and underemployment. With little government educational expenditure, it is no surprise that Egyptians have a relatively low participation in higher education.

Egyptian professionals-- the social base for the Muslim Brotherhood-- could count as a “middle strata,” though they are a small part of the population. Most Egyptians, however, enjoy an income only marginally above poverty, marking membership in what would properly be considered the working class.

The global economic downturn only brought the plight of young Egyptians to the fore and prompted mass action and the deposing of Mubarak. The subsequent Morsi presidency brought a further disintegration of the economy and a spike in unemployment and poverty. The Muslim Brotherhood failed to attempt an exit from neo-liberalism and restored the foreign policy of Mubarak, even betraying the Syrian government to imperialism.

The people have again taken to the streets. In the words of Salah Adly, General Secretary of the Egyptian Communist Party, Egyptian Communists believe “that what happenedon 30thJune is asecond waveof theEgyptian revolutionthat is strongerand deeper than the first wavein 2011.It has taken placeto correctthe path ofthe revolution andseize it back from the forces ofthe extreme religious right...”

The street demonstrations in Turkey, a country that has one historic foot in the Arab world and a tentative one in Europe, is more a political struggle than an explosion of economic discontent. Turkey's demographics are similar to a European country, a poorer European country like Portugal or Poland, but with a much higher percentage of youth in the population. The Islamist president Erdogan represents cultural traditions that conflict with that of more secular youth. Of course others, including workers, who have economic demands, support the demonstrations, as do unemployed youth. But they do not challenge the structures of bourgeois democracy or monopoly capitalism. Turkish Communists recognize this fact. As Kemal Okuyan, a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Turkey, states “... this is an outburst of a huge social energy. It is powerful in extent and effect. But there are some Marxist criteria for defining a situation as a revolutionary crisis. We are far from that. At least for now...”

Brazil, Fukuyama's final example of a “middle class” revolution, demonstrates its own unique demographics and weaknesses. Despite showing exceptional economic growth, Brazil counts as one of the most economically unequal countries in the world. Highly urbanized, Brazil's poverty is concentrated in city neighborhoods, with all of the attendant social problems of poverty intensified. The large and growing service sector affords enough jobs to contain unemployment below crisis levels. But grinding poverty and the contrasting extreme concentration of wealth produce a persisting tinderbox.

Brazil's social democratic government has shown occasional anti-imperialist spunk, standing up to US arrogance at different times. This, along with the government's competent management of the capitalist economy, and some social welfare initiatives, has spawned national pride. At the same time, support for the government is fragile because of its inability to dent the massive economic and social inequalities suffered by working people. This contradiction between national sentiment and contempt toward the working class was brought home by the mass objection to new soccer stadia, in a soccer-crazed country, expressed by the mass demonstrations.

Clearly what all of these countries do share is a popular response to the failure of leaders, institutions, and political parties to overcome the legacy and reality of colonialism, imperialism, and global capitalism. Fukuyama hides this failing behind the mythology of middle class dissatisfaction with the level of consumerism and cultural expression: they rebel because they want to be like us in Europe and the US. One would never guess that an almost unprecedented and persistent economic calumny has shaken the social and political foundations of nearly every country over the last five years. One would never guess that all four of the countries under discussion suffer from severe economic and political problems unsolved by their past and current leaders.

In Tunisia, Ben Ali's embrace of neo-liberal fundamentalism was a bankrupt answer to youth unemployment. In Egypt, corrupted leaders brazenly counted on the accommodation with imperialism to prop up their aloof rule over an abused people. Turkey's leader, like politico-theological leaders of other persuasions, overstepped the limits of governance and opened the door to airing the many grievances of the opposition, formerly trumped by religious commitment. And Brazil's social-democratic government learned the folly of attempting to manage capitalism while promising to rectify its inequities.

From the Indignados to the Occupy movement, from the revival of the Latin American left to the Arab Spring, authentic popular up-risings have emerged from the failure of capitalism to deliver the future and security so seemingly assured before the great crisis of 2008. Millions have been failed by the institutions, parties, and leaders that they formerly trusted. It's not as though they have been dealt a bad hand, but it is as though there is no good hand to be found in the deck.

Spinning theories based on such a corrupted sociological idea as the “middle class” guarantees failure. Of course one can't blame Fukuyama entirely for buying in on one of the great intellectual frauds of our time. Everyone, from the Chamber of Commerce to the misleaders of labor, likes to remind us that we are all members of a vast collection of people located economically between the rich and the poor. Within this distorted picture there is something for everyone. We all share home ownership, a good job, vacations, family, and comforting values, so the fantasy goes. The unfortunate poor are with us because they have failed, though they deserve our compassion and, perhaps, our charity. The rich are with us because they are successful and merit our respect. This harmonious picture is only disrupted when the rich get too greedy or the poor get rebellious.

This myth serves the ruling class, their political flunkies, and labor's class collaborationists in maintaining class peace and stability. But most importantly, it obscures the real class divide between employers and employees.

The divisions that spark genuine revolution are not between some muddy notion of a middle class at odds with an equally obscure specter of government, but between the power and dominance of capitalist corporations and the diverse and largely unrepresented workers who enrich them. This sharply drawn class division accounts for the fundamentally economic, but also cultural and spiritual alienation of youth. Whether conscious or not, this division generates discontent and outrage. Expressed in many ways, the conflict between the employers and their employees stands behind the conflicts of the twenty-first century. And only its resolution in favor of the employee class – the working class-- will bring these conflicts to a close.

It's not a new idea; it's a big, but not too big of an idea; and it’s an idea that promises an escape from the failure of capitalism: Socialism.

Zoltan Zigedy

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“If you are a law-abiding citizen of this country, going about your business and your personal life, you have nothing to fear.” British Foreign Secretary William Hague, responding to the revelations of mass surveillance in the US and the UK (BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show on 9 June). 
What does William Hague take the British public for? This bureaucrat politician stands in front of the cameras time and again setting out to mislead with his self righteous platitudes. He did it over Libya and tens of thousands lost their lives. His is doing it over Syria with similar results. And he is doing it over mass surveillance by the state.

Do not believe we have nothing to fear. We have much to fear. Take the case of Stephen Lawrence, for example, who was lawfully ‘going about his business’ in April 1993, when white racists murdered him while he was waiting for a bus. It has now emerged that, after the murder, four London Metropolitan police officers were deployed to spy on the Lawrence family and Stephen’s friends.

The Lawrences were just ‘law-abiding citizens going about their business’. But undercover police were used to smear the Lawrence family’s fight for justice (1). One of those the spies says he job was to hunt for disinformation and dirt in order to stop the Lawrence’s justice campaign in its tracks. Nothing to fear from the state Mr Hague?

And then there are the numerous well-documented cases of the police and/or intelligence agencies infiltrating legitimate campaign and protest groups (2) and ‘investigating’ political parties or prominent figures (3)(4) in order to subvert or discredit them. Let us not forget too (how could we?) the massive police cover ups, none more prominent than the Hillsborough case (5). Still nothing to fear Mr Hague?

But let’s not be too harsh on Hague. The same ‘terror threat/nothing to fear’ script is being read out to the public in the US. Politicians elsewhere are using ‘terror’ as an excuse for spying on the public at large as well. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is convinced that Germany has to protect itself against potential terrorist attacks by using mass surveillance:

“We are dependent on being able to act and not being entirely at the mercy of the terrorists. And today, it’s on the Internet that communication takes place.” (6)
Alexander Dix, data protection commissioner for the city of Berlin, is a lot more sceptical. He calls for more restraint in the collection of data:

“You don’t have to follow conspiracy theories in order to suspect that data collected for fighting terrorism will also be used in other areas.” (6)
It’s all very convenient for politicians to pull out the magic phrase ‘war on terror’ in a futile attempt to stop any discussion on surveillance in its tracks. If the US-led alliance really wanted to stop or drastically reduce terrorism, it should listen to journalist Nir Rosen’s advice: stop committing it (7).


We need more monitoring and surveillance


The likes of Obama, Kerry, Hague or Cameron have become experts in churning out their fear-mongering platitudes by using some abstract notion of ‘we’ to imply ‘the nation’ or the ‘national interest’. But ‘we’ – the ordinary folk – need to hold power to account, to question its legitimacy and to challenge it when it is illegitimate.

We need to do this to help guarantee our safety, our common interests, our freedoms and threats to democracy. How about more but bottom-up monitoring and surveillance in terms of transparency within government and accountability to ensure decisions are properly scrutinized and genuinely open to pubic debate. In the absence of this, we have corruption, profiteering and the revolving door between government and big business, which all ensure that the powerful and wealthy get away with murder, quite literally when it comes to their illegal wars and mass killing.


In the absence of real democracy, we have food safety/regulation authorities being hijacked by corporate interests in order to feather their own nests. We have armaments companies using politicians as their sales lackeys.

We have police and intelligence agencies infiltrating, harassing or subverting legitimate groups that have every right to protest, dissent and oppose. We have a wide range of powerful corporate players that lobby, threaten or buy their way towards casting the world in their own self-serving nuclear, retail, biotech, petro-chemical or pharmaceutical image. And we have banks, industries and whole economies that are undemocratically owned and controlled.

We also have ‘stuff’ being sprayed onto us without our consent (or very often knowledge) and have no power to stop ‘stuff’ from being sprayed onto us (8).

But we are told all this top-down surveillance and all of the increasing unfreedoms are for our own good. We are told that public servants serve us by bowing down to elite interests. We are told that an incredible mass media is credible even though it serves a corporate agenda.


Based on his research for the book Who Killed Diana?, the late journalist Simon Regan stated that it is (paraphrased):


Whitehall that really runs the country with a close-knit Mafia-like clique… made up of a handful of powerful, but low-key, City brokers and financiers; the top brains at the Foreign Office, the Treasury, the Ministry of Defence and the Trade Department. Key figures in the security forces… and…at least one key member of the prime minister’s secretariat… the police and judiciary… through the Home Office… can certainly be manipulated. The Super-Establishment’s power is based upon its ability to manipulate the level below it – the individuals that most people believe are governing our country. The elected government is almost irrelevant… The world in which the Super-Establishment exists is a grey and murky world in which sensitive matters of state are planned and executed in gentlemen’s clubs. It is where manipulation plots are hatched, whether it is manipulation of a certain minister towards a certain viewpoint, or the wholesale orchestration of a Foreign Office ploy to bring down a foreign government… It is almost the divine "mission of the secret services to protect the status quo, and hitherto it has been their full intention to thwart anyone who tried to disrupt it. The actual existence of the Super-Establishment is not a flight of fancy. It is entirely manipulative and exercises a great deal of power behind the scenes. (9)


The elite, the oligarchs, the ruling class, the one percent – call it how you will. Yet it is we, the people, who are spied on and monitored by them for their good, to serve their interests and to feather their highly privileged and secretive world, a world built on the stolen wealth of both past and present deeds.


But don’t worry about any of this. There is no need. If that nice Mr Hague says we’ve nothing to fear, he must be right.


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Global Research and Countercurrents 12/6/2013 and The 4th Media 21/6/2013

In the name of ‘humanitarian intervention’, a ‘war on terror’, fighting for ‘democratic freedoms’ or whatever the script happens to be this week, British Foreign Secretary William Hague can be relied on to sell US-British militarism to a public fed up with constant wars and (increasingly less) ignorant of their underlying reasons (1).    

In Syria, Hague has worked to try to replace Assad with a regime that could be controlled by the US and Israel. He has also campaigned for the EU to lift its arms embargo from the anti-Assad militants. Hague is a staunch supporter of Israel. His attitude towards Israel has been well documented: his dislike of the Syrian regime is backed up by a tangible strategy of aggression and destabilization, while mere lip service is paid to the protecting Palestinians or their treatment and plight (2). This is the same William Hague who declared that the intention was not regime change in Libya, but to protect civilians. The US and its allies, including Britain, helped instigate and fuel the war in Libya (3), and NATO bombs and western supported regime change have subsequently left over 100,000 Libyans dead, thousands more injured and much civilian infrastructure destroyed. 


During the Libyan conflict, 200 prominent African figures accused western nations of “subverting international law” in Libya. The UN had been misused to militarise policy, legalise military action and effect regime change, according to University of Johannesburg professor Chris Landsberg. He stated that it was unprecedented for the UN to have outsourced military action to NATO in this way and challenged the International Criminal Court to investigate NATO for “violating international law.” 


Rather than being held to account for the death and destruction in Libya, Hague has carried on where he left off with strong rhetoric directed towards Iran and a call for sanctions (4) and a concerted commitment to topple the Syrian government by force (5) (6) (7). For public consumption, this is all spuriously carried out under the banner of humanitarianism or in the name of global security.


As a client state of the US (mainstream British media often portray this as a ‘special relationship), Britain can be relied on to do Washington’s bidding. When Hague beats the drum over LibyaAfghanistanSyria or Iran, the drum is provided courtesy of Washington and Tel Aviv. Foreign Secretary Hague beats it on cue. 


It all begs the question, how much trust can we place in someone like Hague, especially when they try to reassure the British public that British intelligence services do not illegally snoop on the British population?  


Documents leaked by former US intelligence worker Edward Snowden suggest GCHQ, the British Government’s ‘listening post’ in CheltenhamEngland (equivalent to the US National Security Agency), may have had access to the US spy programme PRISM since at least June 2010.


Hague has told the British parliament that British spies have not used US surveillance programmes to get around laws restricting their ability to eavesdrop on the public in Britain. He has said that there is no indiscriminate trawling for information through the contents of people's communications and GCHQ operates within a strict legal framework.


Hague has stated: "It has been suggested that GCHQ uses our partnership with the United States to get around UK law, obtaining information that they cannot legally obtain in the United Kingdom… I wish to be absolutely clear that this accusation is baseless."

Every time GCHQ wants to intercept an individual's communications, Hague asserts that the agency must seek a warrant signed by him, the interior minister or another secretary of state. He asserts that every decision is based on extensive legal and policy advice and warrants are legally required to be necessary, proportionate and carefully targeted.


The UK's 2001 Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) permits international agreements that allow "mutual assistance in connection with, or in the form of, interception of communication," providing the foreign secretary has given his authority. It also allows for the interception of the content of both domestic communications and communications between the UK and elsewhere, provided a warrant has been signed, usually by a minister.


The 1994 Intelligence Services Act gives senior ministers the power to "disapply" UK law when granting written permission. This legislation ensures that no UK intelligence agency or officer is likely to be sued or prosecuted in Britain as a result of any mass surveillance operation.


In the US, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) gives US intelligence agencies wide-ranging powers to conduct surveillance of data that is held by or passes through the US: it provides for the gathering of information that may not only protect the US against hostile acts but which "is necessary to … the conduct of the foreign affairs of the United States.”


The US government can therefore basically do what it deems necessary to maintain its global hegemony. It has access to huge amounts of global data thanks to the numerous sophisticated ‘listening posts’ the US has on foreign soil. The NSA's largest eavesdropping centre outside the US is based in North Yorkshire. It is a satellite receiving station that monitors foreign military traffic, but can also access Britain's telecommunications network. The US military refer to the ‘golf ball’ encased satellite systems there as helping to secure full spectrum dominance of land, sea, air, space and information. Writer Garbrielle Pickard believes its presence entails the US having full spectrum control over the UK (8).


Given that the US thus has access to so much data beyond its national borders, it is easy to see just why the issue of the British government circumventing British law to access information held by the US on British citizens is of vital concern to the public. Even more so given Hague argues that the growing and diffuse nature of threats from terrorists, criminals or espionage has only increased the importance of Britain’s intelligence relationship with the United States.


In a more general sense, the underlying message being put forward by officialdom is that ‘no one has anything to fear as long as you are not terrorists or some other threat to national interest.’ In an age of perceived terror threats and subsequent clampdowns on civil liberties as a result of the illegal wars and covert and overt interventions abroad that politicians like Hague attempt to justify on fallacious grounds, just who does that rule out? The ‘terror threat’ and vague notions of the ‘national interest’ are highly convenient reasons for including anyone or everyone in the surveillance net.


What about Muslims, dissidents, civil-liberties types, ‘trouble-makers’, environmental campaigners, 'occupy' individuals, ‘lefties’, trade unionists, human rights activists or particular writers, bloggers and journalists? Surveillance and the infiltration of groups deemed ‘subversive’ (but working well within the law and an integral part of plural democracy) have been carried out by the intelligence services for many decades (9). In pointing out some of these types of activities, Annie Machon in The Guardian notes that real democracies don’t infiltrate legitimate protest groups. But, as she notes, in Britain they do (10).


A key element here is that of trust. Do we trust what politicians like Hague say or do? Do we trust our governments? Should we trust Google, Facebook and any other company that stores our personal details (11)?


NSA whitleblower Edward Snowden apparently thinks we should not. He wanted to expose the “omniscient state powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents.” Dennis Mitchell, a senior GCHQ officer, who retired in 1984 in protest at the Thatcher government's ban on trade unions there, referred to "actions which I believe would be considered unacceptable by the general public were it aware of them". He described GCHQ as a powerful, unaccountable arm of government. According to him, the only real watchdog at that time was the workforce, not the law.



Perhaps Snowden or Mitchell might agree to some extent with Michael Foucault’s premise that society now resembles a bright modern prison. Foucault warned that the bright visibility is a trap (12). Increasing visibility (on Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc) leads to power being located on an individualised level throughout a person's entire life. Foucault suggested that a ‘carceral continuum’ runs through modern society, from the maximum security prison, through secure accommodation, probation, social workers, police and teachers, to our everyday working and domestic lives. In this digital age, now more than ever before.


Under the guise of fighting the so-called ‘war on terror’, combating weapons proliferation and gathering economic intelligence, institutions such as GCHQ and the NSA are, in reality, operating a highly intrusive Big Brother Police State Surveillance Empire that is being used to specifically monitor the activities of genuine political opposition and dissent, as well as undermine the privacy, freedom and constitutional civil liberties of targeted peoples and nations throughout the world… Identification technologies such as video surveillance, biometrics and national ID cards will undoubtedly find their way into the sprawling informational GCHQ/NSA vortex, eventually rendering all personal, communal, commercial, economic, and political control to the State - a system of absolute tyranny that can only be labeled as ‘global slavery’.” Steve Jones (13).


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It seemed as if the world had entered the age of the austerity riots. And then Istanbul erupted. Let there be no mistake, Istanbul...

Zimbabwe: The Revolution Continues

The coming elections in Zimbabwe are no mere referendum on the leadership of the coalition government. Instead, the decision before Zimbabweans is a clear...

MSNBC Aligns With Objectives of the State

<!]>Celebrated liberal news outlet MSNBC has made some new hires, a couple weeks ago one of them being Mother Jones blogger Adam Serwer. According...

‘Turkish govt not used to dealing with such large-scale civil unrest’

Turkish police should be blamed for provoking violence in Istanbul, where peaceful actions grew into bloody protests. But despite the escalation, Turkey is still...

Zimbabwe: The Revolution Continues

The coming elections in Zimbabwe are no mere referendum on the leadership of the coalition government. Instead, the decision before Zimbabweans is a clear...

Syria and the Sham of Humanitarian Intervention

I continue to be amazed with the ease with which the dividing line is blurred between what is real and what is fiction in...

Syria and the Sham of “Humanitarian Intervention”

I continue to be amazed with the ease with which the dividing line is blurred between what is real and what is fiction in...

McCain’s Third-rate Escapade in Syria

“Third-rate men, of course, exist in all countries, but it is only here that they are in full control of the state,” wrote H.L....

US to send Patriot missiles to Jordan

The United States has decided to deploy Patriot missiles and F16 fighters to Jordan for a military drill and plans to keep the system...

McCain’s Third-rate Escapade in Syria

“Third-rate men, of course, exist in all countries, but it is only here that they are in full control of the state,” wrote H.L....

The Geopolitics of Gas and the Syrian Crisis: Syrian «Opposition» Armed to Thwart Construction...

What has one of the most democratic countries of the Middle East, Syria, done to tick off some of its neighbors in the West,...

America’s Greatest Affliction: The Presstitute Media

When Gerald Celente branded the American media “presstitutes,” he got it right. The US print and TV media (and NPR) whore for Washington and the corporations.

The Middle East According to Tony Blair

Tony Blair, one of the Chief architects of the wholly illegal, and barbaric act of aggression put upon the state of Iraq and its...

Who Gains From Syrian Bloodbath?

The best hope for an end to the killing in Syria is for the United States and Russia to push both sides in the...

Iraq Collapse Shows Bankruptcy of Interventionism

Ron PaulInfowars.comJune 3, 2013 May was Iraq’s deadliest month in nearly five years, with...

Hague's Diplomatic Double Standards

Israeli regimeâ„¢s so-called opposition chief Tzipi Livni meets with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague in London, (file photo).UK foreign Secretary William Hague continues to...

America’s Greatest Affliction: The Presstitute Media

Paul Craig RobertsInfowars.comJune 3, 3013 When Gerald Celente branded the American media “presstitutes,” he got it...

America’s Greatest Affliction: The Presstitute Media – Paul Craig Roberts

When Gerald Celente branded the American media “presstitutes,” he got it right. The US print and TV media (and NPR) whore for Washington and the corporations. Reporting the real news is their last concern. The presstitutes are a Ministry of Propaganda and Coverup. This is true of the entire Western media, a collection of bought-and-paid-for…

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Ladies and Gentlemen, The President Of the United States *Video*

He’s a hero to tens of millions of Americans who have an almost cult-like belief in his demagogic super natural abilities to spread peace to...

War Criminal Tony Blair Continues to Push the Neo-Con Agenda.

A recent article in the Mail on Sunday penned by Mr. Blair, reveals how very little this man truly thinks of the public’s collective and individual ability to see straight through his ‘liberal’ veneer and blatant war propaganda.

The Chemical Weapon Accusations against Syria are Overshadowing the Insurgent’s Retreat

The timing of Tel Aviv’s repeated attacks on Syria in May 2013 and the kindling of yet another round of accusations and tensions between...

Who Was Behind the Woolwich Killing? Criminality of Britain’s Ruling Elite

The killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, London has lifted a corner of the carefully constructed veil of lies, intrigue and criminality surrounding...

‘OPEC decides to maintain oil output’

The headquarters the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Vienna, Austria (file photo)Iran's oil minister says the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has...

Oops! Sen. McCain Met Syrian Rebels Accused of Kidnapping

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz., shown) and his goal of openly intervening in the Syrian conflict on behalf of the foreign-backed rebels – many of...

UK: Soldier Killing Suspect Approached by MI5 to Become Informer

Two British-Nigerians frightened the great former colonial empire to death by nearly beheading a soldier, in London. Yet British and other western politicians have...

‘Western countries are coup makers and Syria is going to be the same’

The lines of hypocrisy can be traced in France’s decision to pick and choose which Islamic conflicts to engage in. While they fight terrorism...

Oops! Sen. McCain Met Syrian Rebels Accused of Kidnapping

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz., shown) and his goal of openly intervening in the Syrian conflict on behalf of the foreign-backed rebels – many of...

Russia to Deliver More Than 10 Fighter Jets to Syria, MIG Head Says

Russia is planning to deliver more than 10 MiG fighter planes to the Syrian government of Bashar Assad, the head of the state-owned MIG corporation said Friday, in a move...

How Syria Became a More Dangerous Quagmire Than Iraq

For the first two years of the Syrian civil war foreign leaders regularly predicted that Bashar al-Assad’s government would fall any day. In November...

The FBI Murder of Ibragim Todashev: The Boston Witness “Who Knew Too Much”?

FBI and other law enforcement officials revealed Wednesday that Ibragim Todashev, the 27-year-old Chechen immigrant who was shot and killed after being interrogated for...

American Killed Fighting For Syrian Rebels Had Al-Qaeda Flag

Terrorist make-up of Syrian opposition underscored once again Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comMay 31, 2013 An...

Iran urges ceiling limit to OPEC output

Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi has urged the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to maintain its crude output ceiling given the current situation...

Too Juvenile to Govern

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/too_juvenile_to_govern_20130531/ Posted on May 31, 2013 ...

Imperialism, Syria, and the threat of world war

  31 May 2013 ...

Regime-change case for Poirot: Syria conflict as ‘whodunnit?'

'The ABC Murders' comes to my mind every time I think of Libya and Syria and the ‘Arab Spring.’ When do you notice...

Regime-change case for Poirot: Syria conflict as ‘whodunnit?'

'The ABC Murders' comes to my mind every time I think of Libya and Syria and the ‘Arab Spring.’ When do you notice...

Poll: Scandals hit Obama approval rating

The results of a new poll indicate that scandals have dragged down US President Barack Obamaâ„¢s approval rating compared to less than a month...

Israel is fighting a regional war in Syria

The changing internal situation in Syria is putting a new set of plans into motion, which involve Israeli aggression against Syria. Not only have the...

Turkish Police find Chemical Weapons in the Possession of Al Nusra Terrorists heading for...

According to a report in Turkey’s state media agency Zaman, agents from the Turkish General Directorate of Security (Emniyet Genel Müdürlüğü) ceased 2 kg...

Regime-change case for Poirot: Syria conflict as ‘whodunnit?'

'The ABC Murders' comes to my mind every time I think of Libya and Syria and the ‘Arab Spring.’ When do you notice...

Afghan war costs UK over £37bn so far

An independent study has found that the UK military's presence in Afghanistan's Helmand province, where most British troops are based, has cost the country...

Afghan war costs UK over £37bn so far

An independent study has found that the UK military's presence in Afghanistan's Helmand province, where most British troops are based, has cost the country...

IRS Coverup Continues

Last week, Lois Lerner, the director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations division, told the House committee investigating the IRS scandal that she...

IRS Coverup Continues

Last week, Lois Lerner, the director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations division, told the House committee investigating the IRS scandal that she...

House investigator subpoenas all communications on Benghazi

Shaun WatermanThe Washington TimesMay 29, 2013 House Republicans’ chief investigator issued a subpoena Tuesday for State...

Lifting the Fake EU Arms Embargo: Weapons for Al Qaeda in Syria

On May 27, the so-called one-year EU arms embargo on Syria’s opposition ended. Officially it does so on June 1. EU nations agreed to...

Syria Escalation poses Growing Risk of Regional War

In the wake of the European Union’s vote late Monday to lift a ban on directly arming Western-backed “rebels,” there is a mounting danger...

Ladies and Gentlemen, The President Of the United States *Video*

He’s a hero to tens of millions of Americans who have an almost cult-like belief in his demagogic super natural abilities to spread peace to...

Mr Marlboro burned: Al-Qaeda fires terrorist Moktar Belmoktar by letter

Al-Qaeda's North African branch leaders handed marching orders to one of the most notorious terrorists, Moktar Belmoktar, aka Mr Marlboro. In a letter obtained...

The Role of Turkey in the US-NATO-Israeli War on Syria

“Syria is worrying that it will be attacked by Turkey from above and by Israel from below. It is worrying that it will...

Three soldiers killed in Benghazi attack

Armed militias conduct a search operation in an area of Benghazi. (file photo)At least three soldiers have been killed and three others injured in...

Imposing Syria 'No Fly Zone' Would Be Over Act of War, Warn Critics

Rafale fighters, like the ones used by France over Libya in 2011, and which will likely be deployed again if a no-fly zone were...

Three soldiers killed in Benghazi attack

At least three soldiers have been killed and three others injured in an attack on a checkpoint in the Libyan eastern city of Benghazi....

Mr Marlboro burned: Al-Qaeda fires terrorist Moktar Belmoktar by letter

Al-Qaeda's North African branch leaders handed marching orders to one of the most notorious terrorists, Moktar Belmoktar, aka Mr Marlboro. In a letter obtained...

Bush’s Invasion of Iraq was Criminal … Obama’s About to Do the Same Thing...

Washington’s BlogMay 29, 2013 The former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — the highest...

McCain Visits Rebel Army in Syria

John McCain (shown) has put "boots on the ground" in Syria after all – his own. The senior senator from Arizona and ranking Republican on...

How Obama and Al-Qaeda Became Syrian Bedfellows

For a president that is executing Bush’s “war on terror” against Al-Qaeda and “it’s affiliates,” it seems odd that President Obama has targeted the...

Under the Disguise of The “Battle against Terrorism”: The U.S., Britain and France Support...

The UK Foreign secretary William Hague, and his French counterpart Lauren Fabius, are leading an isolated charge within the EU to lift a supposed...

McCain Visits Rebel Army in Syria

John McCain (shown) has put "boots on the ground" in Syria after all – his own. The senior senator from Arizona and ranking Republican on...

European Powers Lift Embargo, Move to Arm Syrian Opposition. Direct Military Support to Al...

On Monday the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) met in Brussels and agreed not to renew the arms embargo against Syria. This...

Send John McCain to Guantanamo Bay

Senator meets with America-hating, Al-Qaeda terrorists Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comMay 28, 2013 Given the fact...

How Obama and Al-Qaeda Became Syrian Bedfellows

For a president that is executing Bush’s “war on terror” against Al-Qaeda and “its affiliates,” it seems odd that President Obama has targeted the...

Soldier attacked while on security patrol in Paris

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McCain sneaks into Syria, meets rebels

Republican Senator John McCain, a staunch advocate of US military aid to the Syrian opposition, has made a surprise visit to war-torn Syria and...

More War, “Kill Courts” at Home. The Real Meaning of Obama’s National Security Speeches

 This past Thursday and Friday, President Obama delivered two speeches designed to outline his new thinking on national security and counter-terrorism. While much was...

Neoconservative Republicans Knock Obama's Shift in War on Terror

A number of neoconservative Republicans spent part of the Memorial Day weekend roundly criticizing the plan announced by President Obama to limit the scope...

Rand Paul Bolsters Libertarian Bona Fides, Delays Decision on 2016

CNN, quoting The Independent, reports that Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has made the decision to run in 2016 – for reelection to the Senate. During a...

Syrian Rebel Alliance Openly Threatens Ethnic Cleansing

A spokesman for the primary rebel alliance in Syria, known as the “Free Syrian Army,” threatened that opposition forces could start implementing a broad...

Neoconservative Republicans Knock Obama's Shift in War on Terror

A number of neoconservative Republicans spent part of the Memorial Day weekend roundly criticizing the plan announced by President Obama to limit the scope...

Rand Paul Bolsters Libertarian Bona Fides, Delays Decision on 2016

CNN, quoting The Independent, reports that Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has made the decision to run in 2016 – for reelection to the Senate. During a...

Rand Paul Bolsters Libertarian Bona Fides, Delays Decision on 2016

CNN, quoting The Independent, reports that Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has made the decision to run in 2016 – for reelection to the Senate. During a...

Report on Syria — Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire: “The Syrian State is Under...

Report and Appeal to the International community to support a process of dialogue and reconciliation in Syria between its people and Syrian government and...

Syrian Rebel Alliance Openly Threatens Ethnic Cleansing

A spokesman for the primary rebel alliance in Syria, known as the “Free Syrian Army,” threatened that opposition forces could start implementing a broad...

Will EU Sanctions Once Again Target the Civilian Population of Syria?

Beirut. Under withering pressure from Washington and the UK, the European Union, is meeting this week to decide whether to increase the pressure on the...

US probe into IRS scandal may broaden

The recent US scandal over efforts by the nationâ„¢s taxing authority, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in targeting right-wing groups and individuals that supported...

Rep. Chaffetz: Administration covering up on Benghazi terror attack

Bernie BeckerThe HillMay 26, 2013 Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) charged Friday that the administration was covering...

Iran condemns terrorist attacks in Niger

Simultaneous attacks were carried out against a Nigerien military installation in the town of Agadez and French-run Areva SA (AREVA) uranium mine in Arlit...

Guns Versus Trade: U.S. and China Rivalry over Africa’s Riches

 In my report on France’s invasion of Mali published in the March issue of The Monitor, I wrote that, “According to U.K. journalist John...

Rand Paul: Senate Is Arming Al-Qaeda and Rushing to War in Syria

“This is an important moment. You will be funding, today, the allies of al Qaeda.” That was the declaration Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.; pictured) made...

Obama Updates Drone War Policy, Due Process Still Not Included

In a foreign policy speech at the National Defense University on May 23, President Obama set out his “comprehensive counterterrorism strategy,” including a plan...

Rand Paul: Senate Is Arming Al-Qaeda and Rushing to War in Syria

“This is an important moment. You will be funding, today, the allies of al Qaeda.” That was the declaration Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.; pictured) made...

Obama Updates Drone War Policy, Due Process Still Not Included

In a foreign policy speech at the National Defense University on May 23, President Obama set out his “comprehensive counterterrorism strategy,” including a plan...

‘Obama commits war crimes as pres.’

A political analyst tells Press TV that US President Barack Obama is committing war crimes by defending his administration's use of drones in a...

Why We Oppose U.S. and Israeli intervention in Syria

Having overthrown the Governments in Iraq in 2003 and Libya in 2011, the U.S. government has sought to topple the Syrian government during the...

Impeachment Support Soars as Voters Say Feds “Out of Control”

A recent Fox News poll shows more than two-thirds of American voters believe the federal government is “out of control” and a threat to...

Impeachment Support Soars as Voters Say Feds “Out of Control”

A recent Fox News poll shows more than two-thirds of American voters believe the federal government is “out of control” and a threat to...

SOAS serves as MI6 training ground

SOAS university of London serves as MI6 training ground for spies.SOAS University of London is involved in secret espionage activities under the cover name...

Woolrich London Killing: Terrorism or False Flag?

Reports said two assailants hacked a British soldier to death. He’s been identified as Lee Rigby. He was killed in broad daylight. It was...

Blood on the Streets of London: Who will Protect us from the Real Extremists?

Two men armed with knives and gun(s) apparently hack to death an off-duty soldier outside an army barracks in Woolwich, London. As the soldier lies...

The entire globe is a battlefield for Pentagon

<!--Pepe Escobar-->Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and...

The Silent Death of the American Left

Is there a Left in America today? There is, of course, a Left ideology, a Left of the mind, a Left of theory and critique....

The U.S. Press and Repression in the Obama Era

We are supposed to take seriously the outrage coming from members of the corporate press in response to the revelation that the Obama administration’s...

Explosive: President of CBS News and WH Benghazi fiction-writer are blood brothers

Jon RappoportInfowars.comMay 22, 2013 Just a coincidence. Nothing to see. Move along. Remember...

Impeachment Support Soars as Voters Say Feds “Out of Control”

A recent Fox News poll shows more than two-thirds of American voters believe the federal government is “out of control” and a threat to...

‘Woolwich-style attacks to become one of the main ways people protest’

<!--Annie Machon-->Annie Machon is a former intel­li­gence officer for the UK's MI5, who resigned in 1996 to blow the whistle. She is now a...

France to boost embassies' security

A car bomb exploded outside the French embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli on April 23, 2013.The French government plans to spend 20 million...

Israel is fighting a regional war in Syria

<!--Mahdi D. Nazemroaya-->Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is sociologist, award-winning author, and noted geopolitical analyst. ...

Behind “Syria Peace Talks”, US Prepares Regional War

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...

David Cameron to Arm Woolwich Terrorists?

London attack boosts “clash of civilizations” narrative Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comMay 23, 2013 Image: Wikimedia...

Benghazi: Dissecting Congressional Follies, Media Coverage and ‘Cover-Up’ Charges

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/benghazi_dissecting_congressional_follies_media_coverage_and_cover-up_charg/ Posted on May 22, 2013 ...

‘Was the machete supplied by William Hague?’

<!--Afshin Rattansi-->Afshin Rattansi is a journalist, author of “The Dream of the Decade — the London Novels” and an RT Contributor. He can be...

‘Ivory trade menaces peace in C Africa’

A file photo taken on July 20, 2011 shows a Kenya Wildlife Services ranger standing guard in front of an illegal ivory stockpile at...

‘Was the machete supplied by William Hague?’

<!--Afshin Rattansi-->Afshin Rattansi is a journalist, author of “The Dream of the Decade — the London Novels” and an RT Contributor. He can be...

On the Road to Damascus: An Eyewitness Report

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,...

Fed Pours Huge Sums Into Foreign Bank Coffers: Why Is the Fed Bailing Out...

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...

The Path of Hubris and War

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_path_of_hubris_and_war_20130522/ Posted on May 22, 2013 ...

The Path of Hubris and War

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_path_of_hubris_and_war_20130522/ Posted on May 22, 2013 ...

Kerry Complains About Hezbollah Fighters in Syria

Secretary of State says nothing about CIA’s foreign mercenaries, including al-Qaeda Kurt NimmoInfowars.comMay 22, 2013

FBI zeroes in on Benghazi attack suspects, lacks evidence for civilian prosecution

Five men have been identified by the US as linked to the September 2012 attack on a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, though they...

Too Soon to Tell: The Case for Hope, Continued

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/too_soon_to_tell_the_case_for_hope_continued_20130521/ Posted on May 21, 2013 ...

The Caring Facade of French Imperialism

The “public relations” accompanying wars has become wearily predictable. Whenever one of its governments or allies conducts a military action, there is a...

Obama-Backed FSA Rebels Name Their Brigade “Osama Bin Laden”

White House openly seeking to arm terrorists in Syria Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comMay 20, 2013 Underlining once again...

European Union Directly Funds Al Qaeda Looting of Syrian oil

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...

White House Damage Control Script Jeopardized By New Disclosures

Zero HedgeMay 20, 2013 It has been a tough weekend for the President. First, the CEO of...

The Afghanistan War May End by 2024 … Maybe

Hamid Karzai has let the Pentagon’s cat out of the bag – to the displeasure of the Obama Administration. The Afghan president revealed inside...

The War on Mali: An Illustration of the Fragmented Totality that characterizes the Imperialist...

Interview Date: February 27, 2013 This week on Heart of Africa, Kudakwashe hosts renowned award winning author, global geopolitical analyst and sociologist, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, in...

Bashar al Assad Interview: Israel Supports Al Qaeda Terrorists

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...

Africa and U.S. Imperialism: Post-Colonial Crises and the Imperatives of the African Revolution

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

Syrian Forces Inflict Heavy Losses on US Sponsored Terrorists

Reports from Syria suggest that the US sponsored Al Nusra mercenary force and affiliated formations have inflicted heavy losses in different part of the...

Gunmen raid military posts in Benghazi

Armed groups operate a checkpoint in Benghazi on May 16, 2013.Libyan military sources say unknown heavily-armed assailants have attacked at least three army posts...

Iran pres. expected to visit Russia

Iranâ„¢s Ambassador to Russia Seyyed Reza Sajjadi says the Iranian president is expected to visit Russia to participate in the meeting of Gas Exporting...

Europe’s “Little Guantanamo”: Why The U.S. Wants Serbia To Give Up Kosovo

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...

America’s “Long War”: Pentagon tells US Senate Wars will Continue for Decades

Testifying before the US Senate Committee on Armed Services on Thursday, Pentagon officials claimed that “war on terror” legislation gives them sweeping powers to...

Syria : One Year After the Houla Massacre. New Report on Official vs. Real...

A week from now it will be one year since the world first heard about the horrors of a place in Syria called “Houla.”...

The CIA, Qatar, and the Creation of Syria’s Jabhat al Nusra

A recent interview given by: an ‘anonymous’ Qatari security official, has shed further light on CIA-led covert arms shipments to militants fighting in Syria....

Israel Threatens More Attacks against Syria

May 15 is Nakba Day. It follows Israel’s May 14 Independence Day. This year was no exception. Clashes erupted across the West Bank and East...

The Tragedy of Self Immolation – No One Cares Anymore

May 16, 2013  | ...

Breaking Through Mainstream Media Lies

Dear Readers, Friends and Fighters for Truth in Media, Day in and day out, people are tuning in to Global Research to find out what...

CIA-chief David Petraeus objected to Obama administration’s version of Benghazi terror attack events

James Nyedailymail.co.ukMay 16, 2013 The then CIA-Director David Petraeus strongly objected to the Obama administration’s version...

Benghazi and the Deepening Crisis of the Obama Administration

The controversy over last year’s Al Qaeda assault on US diplomatic and CIA facilities in Benghazi, Libya has been revived amid a deepening political...