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Anti-monarchy MP compares Kate Middleton to the Kardashians

Labour’s Kensington and Chelsea MP Emma Dent Coad has compared the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate...

Poll Reveals New Zealand Wants To Reject Criminal British Monarchy

New Zealand looks to be drifting closer to becoming a republic, as a new poll reveals a majority of Kiwis want to ditch the...
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Video: Chuck D On The Two Party Monarchy In U.S Elections

In this video Luke Rudkowski asks legendary musician Chuck D about the two party system in the U.S and what he thinks of Trump...

British Republic by 2030? Historian predicts dying days of UK monarchy

Britain’s monarchy will be embattled and in its dying days within 15 years because current...

Regional tensions and falling oil prices deepen crisis of Saudi monarchy

Jean Shaoul The House of Saud is seeking to impose onto the working class the full cost of its oil policies that led to crude...

Threat of wider war looms as Saudi monarchy proposes Syria intervention

Bill Van Auken The Saudi Arabian monarchy Thursday declared that it is prepared to send ground troops into Syria under the pretext of prosecuting the...
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Video: ‘Secret wife’ of late Saudi king to reveal monarchy’s mysteries in UK film

Janan Harb, 68, has quite a life story to tell: she says she was the former Saudi king's secret wife. Harb, a Palestinian-born Christian,...
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Video: Friend of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr: Shiite Cleric’s Execution “Will Not End Well” for...

Democracynow.org - As protests erupt across the Middle East after Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Shia religious leader Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, we speak ... Via...

Video: Anti-Monarchy Group “Republic” On Why It’s Time For The Queen & The Royals...

Please Support The Show — http://richieallenshow.com/donate/ http://www.Republic.Org.UK http://richieallenshow.com/ ... Via Youtube

Ten Reasons to Oppose the Saudi Monarchy

During the discussion on the Iran nuclear deal, it has been strange to hear US politicians fiercely condemn Iranian human rights abuses while remaining...

Former Met Police Officer: Pedophile ring leads to British Monarchy

A member of the British royal family was part of a pedophile ring under investigation by police until the case was suddenly dropped, an...
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RINF Video: How an Establishment Paedophile Ring Leads to the Monarchy, MI5 & Rothschilds

It has long been alleged that the systematic abuse of children took place in the Kincora home at the hands of a paedophile ring...

Monarchy – Scottish independence vote may put Cameron’s job at risk

British Prime Minister David Cameron is in serious trouble as his own Conservative Party calls for a vote of no-confidence because he allowed the...

Thousands Stage Anti-Monarchy Protests Across Spain

Anti-monarchy demonstrations were held in over 50 cities across Spain Saturday in protest actions called by leftist groups. In Madrid over 15,000 people marched....

Get rid of the monarchy, and the myths that make it

Within hours of vile Spanish monarch Juan Carlos announcing plans to abdicate, tens of thousands took to the streets of Spain protesting for a...

Thermonuclear Monarchy and Revolution

So now we (or at least the 0.03% of us who care to hunt for it) discover that U.S. military spending is not actually being cut at all, but increasing. Also going up: U.S. nuclear weapons spending.  Some of the new nukes will violate treaties, but ...

John Kerry Honors Military Dictatorship and Totalitarian Monarchy as Examples of Progress Toward Democracy

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable. He, and the president who appointed him, managed...

Spaniards hold anti-monarchy protest

Thousands of Spaniards have taken to the streets of the capital to protest against the country™s monarchy. The march was held on Saturday in Madrid,...

Harper’s love affair with monarchy

Harper’s Conservatives have a thing for monarchy, the more absolute the better, it seems. At home they’ve put up portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and added the moniker “royal” to the Canadian Navy and Air Force while in the Middle … Continue reading

‘Royal Baby’ Worship: From Declaring Independence from Monarchy to Embracing It

Anthony GucciardiInfowars.comJuly 26, 2013 We have officially gone from declaring independence from a tyrannical monarch known...

The Monarchy Part 26

The Monarchy program is aimed at shedding light on the dark corners of British internal affairs, foreign affairs, and of course, the UK economy....

The Monarchy Part 25

The Monarchy program is aimed at shedding light on the dark corners of British internal affairs, foreign affairs, and of course, the UK economy....

The Monarchy Part 10

The Monarchy program is aimed at shedding light on the dark corners of British internal affairs, foreign affairs, and of course, the UK economy. BGH/SSM/HE

Live and Let Di

By Taki Theodoracopulos Taki's Magazine September 5, 2017 I was appalled. She had asked Lord John Somerset to ask me to join her, and I rose...

Topless photos of Kate Middleton land French magazine with 103,000 euro bill

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be awarded €103,000 (£92,000) in damages by French...

Royal baby frenzy relegates Brexit & North Korea to backburner

Published time: 4 Sep, 2017 12:41 Edited time: 4 Sep, 2017 14:32 Forget Brexit negotiations...

Man with sword arrested in Buckingham Palace terrorist incident shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ – police

Published time: 26 Aug, 2017 11:18 Edited time: 26 Aug, 2017 11:46 London Police say...

Queen will not stand aside to make way for ‘unpopular’ Prince Charles, insist royal...

Published time: 21 Aug, 2017 10:35 The Queen has no intention of handing the crown...

Time To Call the Question: Is Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons Constitutional?

Adam Liptak wrote in the New York Times several days ago that law schools are preparing to delve into numerous Constitutional questions that have...

Queen to effectively ‘abdicate’ at 95, Charles becoming king in ‘all but name’ –...

Published time: 14 Aug, 2017 12:08 The Queen is planning to abdicate, ceding her crown...

How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative

A new Vox video (7/17/17) is the latest addition to a media onslaught that propagates numerous misleading talking points to demonize Iran—just as the...

US ship fires warning shots at Iranians in Persian Gulf

Published time: 25 Jul, 2017 13:50 Edited time: 25 Jul, 2017 14:07 A US patrol ship...

A Coup in the House of Saud

What has been an open secret across the Arab world is not a secret anymore even in the US: What happened last month in...

Winston Churchill tried to cover up royal family’s ‘Nazi connection’

Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill desperately tried to suppress documents that showed that the...

Royal privilege? Princess Eugenie given university place despite low grades, claims lecturer

Published time: 18 Jul, 2017 12:33 Edited time: 18 Jul, 2017 12:37 The Queen’s granddaughter,...

Trump’s Majesty

Photo by Karl-Ludwig Poggemann | CC BY 2.0 The authors of our Constitution were of many minds on many issues, slavery most of all.  But...

Queen’s taxpayer-funded income doubles to £82mn, up 167% since 2012

The government has almost doubled the Queen’s income to £82 million, apparently to cover the...

Prince Harry says nobody wants to be king, republicans tell him he’s ‘free to...

Published time: 22 Jun, 2017 12:26 Prince Harry says nobody in the royal household wants...

Jeremy Corbyn didn’t bow to the Queen at state opening of Parliament (VIDEO)

Published time: 21 Jun, 2017 12:29 Edited time: 21 Jun, 2017 13:03 Labour leader Jeremy...

Marching toward a wider war in the Middle East

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Bahraini royals threatened human rights activists on London’s Oxford Street – reports

Police are investigating allegations that members of the Bahraini royal family threatened two human rights...

Saudi Arabia is Destabilizing the World

Just a few months ago, the governor of Indonesia’s largest city, Jakarta, seemed headed for easy re-election despite the fact that he is a...

Trump’s Saudi speech puts commerce secretary to sleep (VIDEO)

Published time: 22 May, 2017 16:52 Edited time: 23 May, 2017 10:43 US Secretary of Commerce...

How Manchester Became Al-Qaeda Town UK

Those who claim that Israel is opposed to Donald Trump’s now openly warm relations with Saudi Arabia are missing the actual point. On the...

Against Equality

May 24, 2017 By Reinhard Wolff | redice.tv Editor's Note: The video based on this essay can be found here. Equality...

America’s Retarded Awareness

Alternative ideas don’t come easily to Americans. It seems that Americans imported colonial hierarchal practices from Europe to cultivate them to their own advantage....

Media to Trump: Don’t Cozy Up to Dictators–Unless They’re the Right Dictators

The New York Times (5/1/17) is critical when Trump embraces a despot not on the Approved Despots List. After a series of friendly gestures by President...

Our Media Problem is Deeper than We Admit

The roots of our media dysfunction are deeply embedded in the ethos of the country, and always have been. We are -- in our...

David Ignatius’ 15 Years of Running Spin for Saudi Regime

David Ignatius on Saudi Arabia: “Reform plans appear to be moving ahead slowly but steadily”–as always. Last week, in “A Young Prince Is Reimagining Saudi...

Transgender students ‘shouldn’t have to declare sex for uni sports teams,’ says NUS

Transgender and intersex students should not have to declare their birth gender when applying to university sports teams, the National Union of Students (NUS)...

Israel and Saudi Arabia: a Match Made in Heaven (or in Washington)

Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Israeli PM Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu If we were to believe all the propaganda we would think (the occupation state of)...

How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East (Short Answer: Fight it!)

Make no mistake: after 15 years of losing wars, spreading terror movements, and multiplying failed states across the Greater Middle East, America will fight...

Mr. Libertarian

DAILY BELL: Please answer these questions as our readers were not already aware of your fine work and considered opinions. Let’s jump right in....

A Day of Betrayal

It is April 6, 1917 – a day of great betrayal. The House of Representatives of the United States votes to declare war with...

Excusing Bahrain’s Human Rights Abuses

The Trump administration has decided to remove any conditions regarding human rights from sales of F-16 fighter aircraft and other arms to Bahrain. The...

What austerity? Taxpayer-funded £369mn Buckingham Palace renovation approved

Funding for the renovation of Buckingham Palace has been approved by MPs, and it will...

When Canada Invaded Russia

The corporate media presents Russia as militaristic but ignores Canada’s invasion of that country. 100 years ago today a popular revolt ousted the Russian monarchy....

Saudi prince goes to Washington for Trump meet

Saudi Arabia’s royal court said the kingdom’s second in line to the throne will meet President...

The Revolt of the Intelligence Community

Factionalism and fury are basic ingredients of the US Republic. Designed as a classic response to the lynch mob fantasy of direct democracy, and...

Trump’s Inauguration and the Legitimacy Fetish

Jonathan Turley has spoken. As John Lewis and 66 other Democratic members of Congress boycotted the festivities surrounding the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, they...
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Video: Retweet the Revolution: Unfollowing Tsar, following Lenin (#1917LIVE Promo)

Follow twitter.com/rt_1917 The Russian Revolution of 1917, which abolished the monarchy and led to the rise of the Soviet Union, returns to life with...

ISIS, sectarian conflict & chaos: Iraq 10 years after Saddam Hussein’s death

A decade after Saddam Hussein was tried, convicted and executed, Iraq is struggling to defeat Islamic...

UK think tank covertly funded by Bahrain royal family – leaked papers

The International Institute of Strategic Studies, an influential UK diplomacy and security think tank run...
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Video: ‘Puppeteer in proxy wars’: Boris Johnson accuses Saudi Arabia of ‘abusing Islam’

Key UK ally Saudi Arabia has become the latest target of Boris Johnson's extravagant rhetoric. The British foreign secretary claims the Gulf monarchy is...

Trump’s Peace Democrat

Two weeks after Donald Trump’s shocking upset of Hillary Clinton, the imperious and imperial neoconservatives and their liberal interventionist understudies may finally be losing...

#NotMyPrince: ‘Anti-colonial’ Twitter campaign rejects Prince Harry’s Caribbean tour

Prince Harry is facing anti-monarchy protesters during his trip to the Caribbean, where the hashtag...

UK govt arranging meeting of Trump & Queen at Windsor as ‘secret weapon’ to...

An invitation to Donald Trump to stay at Windsor Castle and meet with the Queen...

Bahrain opposition leader accuses Prince Charles of ‘whitewashing’ regime abuses

A Bahraini opposition leader has accused Prince Charles of ‘whitewashing’ the country’s crackdown on dissent...

No EU Empire Works

The Lost History of 1914: How the Great War Was Not Inevitable, by Jack Beatty. At a Bosnian railway station in 1910 a would-be assassin...

Blair went ‘beyond the facts’ & damaged UK politics when advocating for Iraq invasion...

Former British PM Tony Blair resorted to rhetoric unsupported by any compelling evidence when he promoted the Iraq invasion to his cabinet and the...

Mass Migration

Observing the US presidential electoral campaign, Thierry Meyssan analyses the resurgence of an old and weighty conflict of civilisation. Hillary Clinton has just declared...

Protest against Bahraini king’s visit to Downing Street halted by police

The Kingdom of Bahrain’s authoritarian ruler King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa visited British Prime...

The Tragedy in Yemen

Imagine if the Islamic Republic of Iran, complaining that its regional rival Saudi Arabia was meddling in a neighbor’s politics for sectarian reasons, led...

Hiding US Role in Yemen Slaughter So Bombing Can Be Sold as ‘Self-Defense’

To hear US corporate media tell it, the US was dragged into a brand new war on Wednesday. US destroyers in the Gulf of Aden...

Wikileaks releases over 2,000 emails from Clinton campaign chair

The internet whistleblowing group Wikileaks released over 2,000 emails involving Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta....

Are U.S.-Saudi Relations Finally Souring?

Pressure from human rights organizations like Oxfam to victims of the 9/11 attacks are helping erode the bond between these old political allies, but...

Are U.S.-Saudi Relations Finally Souring?

(Photo: White House / Wikipedia) Congress recently passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) allowing families of victims of the September 11, 2001...

George Soros and His False Flag Factories

Global hedge fund tycoon and political provocateur George Soros is leading a war of symbols, namely flags and banners either resurrected or conjured up...

Election or Revolution? An Open Letter to the People of the United States

Robert J. Burrowes As citizens of the USA with a presidential election approaching you have a wonderful opportunity to ponder whether to participate in this...

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

Saudi Arabia: Can’t Pay Its Bills, Yet Funds War on Yemen

Almost exactly a year after Salman bin Albdulaziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and head of the House of...

House to vote on ‘sue the Saudis’ bill before 9/11 anniversary

A bill allowing Americans to sue Saudi Arabia over 9/11 will be up for a vote...

The Libertarianism Antithesis: War

Until the longest war in U.S. history ends, substantive liberty will not return to American soil. Nothing is more important to freedom...

Hillary and the Clinton Foundation: Exemplars of America’s Political Rot

Hillary Clinton may be enjoying a comfortable lead in national polls, but she is far from enjoying a comfortable night’s sleep given the ever-widening...

The Deep Colonial Roots of France’s Unveiling of Muslim Women

(Photo: thaths / flickr) Throughout the summer, as a growing number of southern French municipalities banned burkinis on their beaches, the measure was widely decried...

NYT Reveals Think Tank It’s Cited for Years to Be Corrupt Arms Booster

The New York Times (8/7/16) reveals the corporate influence behind some of its most-used sources. A recent New York Times article (8/7/16) detailed, in often...

If the UN Won’t Stop Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen, the U.S. Should

UNICEF signs inform parents about unexploded bombs and how to help their children avoid them. Sadah, Yemen. (Photo: Julien Harneis / Flickr) On May 27, Foreign Policy reported...

Saudi Arabian Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair Continues to Fight for Social Justice...

“Even from prison, you can still light a candle”. Waleed Abu al-Khair began to practice law in Saudi Arabia in 2007.  He quickly earned an...

Dismantling Civil Society in Bahrain

Like a vise which first grips its object and then slowly, deliberately and inexorably crushes it, the al-Khalifa regime has done similarly...

Saudi Crisis Deepens (Part 2)

The Saudi state, which has traditionally used terrorists to do its bidding, is now engaging in direct military intervention, such as in Yemen. (Photo:...

Neocons and Neolibs: How Dead Ideas Kill

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton wants the American voters to be very afraid of Donald Trump, but there is reason to fear...

A further eruption of US militarism in the Middle East

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. This week’s admission by the Pentagon that dozens of American troops...

Saudi Crisis Deepens (Part 1)

Saudi oil resources are not inexhaustible. Pictured: King Salman. (Photo: AWD News) Perceptions can be very deceiving when it comes to Saudi Arabia, especially since...

‘It’s Remarkable How Little Real News Comes From Saudi Arabia’

Janine Jackson interviewed Sheila Carapico about Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia for the April 22, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly...

UK sold Saudis £2.8bn in weapons since outbreak of Yemen war – report

The British government has approved 122 military licenses for weapons and military hardware worth nearly £3 billion since Riyadh began its bombing campaign against...

BBC coverage of Queen’s 90th birthday is ‘out of touch with reality’ – Republic

BBC coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday is “out of touch with reality,” according...

Obama flies to Saudi Arabia amid rising tensions

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Bill Van Auken US President Barack Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia today...

Canada’s Liberal government finalizes $15 billion Saudi arms deal

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Carl Bronski In the latest example of the unbridled hypocrisy and prevarication...

Royal privilege: UK govt wins legal battle to keep talks between Prince Charles &...

The UK government has won the right to withhold information on secret talks between Prince...

New British Empire? UK to re-establish military bases east of Suez

Flush military chiefs have been handed an £800-million budget boost as they consider new bases...

EU-funded BBC documentary on Obama sparks allegations of anti-Brexit bias

The BBC has produced an uncritical documentary series on Barak Obama’s presidential legacy using cash...

The International Socialist Organization agitates for war with Russia over Syria

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Alex Lantier Major crises of the global capitalist order unmask the character...

Union denies students demanded removal of 'colonial' Queen Victoria statue

Queen Victoria could be given the boot after students at a British university launched a...

Notes on London’s housing crisis

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Allison Smith Surging London home prices decimate living standards Recent employment growth and...

Two Former U.S. Presidents Simultaneously Advocate for a Close Family Member as the Next...

Americans love to mock the British for choosing — in the 21st century — to live under a monarchy and honor the hereditary succession of a royal...

US-Saudi military ties violate many international laws: Academic

US support of Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen is a violation of international laws and aimed at boosting the profits of the US military–industrial...

On Hillary Clinton, Sexism, and U.S. Foreign Policy

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at CSIS. (Photo: Flickr/CSIS) After the strong early primary showings by Senator Bernie Sanders, a few high-profile supporters of...

Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands

Bill Van Auken Talks opened in Geneva, Switzerland Monday on the four-year-old war that has killed over 260,000 Syrians and turned millions more into refugees....

Neocons Flack for Unsavory Saudis

Exclusive: Since Israel decided that Iran was its big enemy — and made Saudi Arabia its quiet ally — American neocons have fallen in...

Requiem for a News Channel

From USA Today (8/13/13): Turns out the skeptics were right. Skeptics said it wouldn’t last, and they were right. Al Jazeera America launched in the...

The Execution of Nimr Al-Nimr: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic US-Saudi Alliance

Medea Benjamin The brutal Saudi execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr has led to protests around the globe, as well as the burning of...

Saudi Game-Changing Head-Chopping

Exclusive: Saudi Arabia likes to distinguish itself from the head-choppers of the Islamic State but the recent mass executions, including decapitating a top Shiite...

Saudi Arabia Executed a Non-violent Shiite Cleric. It’s Going to Cost Them Big.

Nimr al-Nimr (Photo: freenimr.org) Since King Salman inherited the throne in Riyadh a year ago, Saudi Arabia’s execution rate has soared. Last year, the kingdom...

How Obama Enables Atrocities

Exclusive: President Obama seems so scared of offending the Saudis and their Israeli allies that he will tolerate almost any outrage, including Saudi Arabia’s mass...

Saudi Arabia’s Gruesome Provocation

Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent political leader of the monarchy’s Shiite minority has worsened Mideast tensions and is forcing the Obama administration to...

Saudi Executions, Weapons and Influence

WASHINGTON - Reuters reports: “Saudi Arabia’s Sunni allies rallied behind the kingdom on Monday and several joined Riyadh in severing or downgrading diplomatic relations with Tehran,...

The Coming Saudi Crack-up?

By Daniel Lazare Is the Saudi monarchy coming apart at the seams? Scholars and journalists have long predicted the kingdom’s demise, but this time the forecasts...

Threat to the establishment, David Icke, speaks out over ‘calculated’ Australia speaking visa delay

by Mick Meaney (RINF) - In a statement to RINF Alternative News, the UK’s most prominent political researcher, David Icke, has revealed why he believes the...

Saudi Women Voted for the First Time. Is It Real Progress or Window Dressing?

Some 99 percent of eligible Saudi women skipped their first chance to vote – some because gender segregation laws kept them away, others because...

Blocking Democracy as Syria’s Solution

Exclusive: The long-cherished neocon dream of “regime change” in Syria is blocking a possible route out of the crisis — a ceasefire followed by elections in which President...
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Video: The Islamic State that Buys Our Weapons

Last year, Saudi Arabia became the United State's largest purchaser of arms, enshrining the untouchable status of a ruling monarchy that many accuse of...

Politico Reports Bush Knew 2001 Terror-Attack Was Imminent and Wanted It

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A stunning news-report at Politico on November 12th, titled “The Attacks Will Be Spectacular,” reveals that the then CIA Director George...

Yemen: A war crime made in America

Niles Williamson On Sunday, a Saudi-led coalition air strike ripped through a market in Sanaa, Yemen, killing 69 civilians and injuring dozens of others. People...

Obama’s war crimes in Yemen

By Niles Williamson  Speaking before the Human’s Rights Council in Geneva, the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called for...

New Coalition Calls for the End of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance; Condemns Saudi’s Domestic...

WASHINGTON - As Saudi Arabia’s King Salman comes to Washington for a September 4 White House visit, a new coalition of human rights organizations...

Australian royal commissioner refuses to quit

By Mike Head After more than two weeks of turmoil, the Abbott government’s royal commission into alleged trade union corruption remains mired in political and legal...

Sanders pledges his campaign to save Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin In a speech Friday afternoon to the Democratic National Committee, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders portrayed his presidential campaign as the only way to...

Sanders’s Screwy Mideast Strategy

Out of fear of offending the power centers of Official Washington, Democrats won’t or can’t formulate a coherent foreign policy. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders says the solution...

UN Security Council approves pact on Iranian nuclear programs

Peter Symonds The UN Security Council yesterday voted 15-0 to approve a resolution putting in place key elements of the nuclear agreement reached last week...

North Africa about to be hit by USA drone programme

By Thomas Gaist The US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) is preparing to develop at least one new US drone and Special Forces base in North Africa,...

Obama, Saudi King Salman speak on Yemen war, Iran nuclear conclusion

US President Barack Obama and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have held talks over Riyadh’s war on Yemen as well as the...

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Exclusive: The usual narrative of the Greek economic tragedy is that the country is paying for its past profligacy, but there is deeper back story...

British campaigners demand cuts to queen expenses

British campaigners demand a review of the queen’s finances after reports that royal spending will not face cuts for at least another couple of...

MoD confirms Britain is arming Saudi Arabia in Yemen conflict

(RT) - Britain’s Ministry of Defence has confirmed it is providing technical support and arming Saudi Arabia in its ongoing war against Yemen, RT has...

US-backed war on Yemen leaves 20 million without food, water, medical care

  By Bill Van Auken (WSWS) - The US-backed war against Yemen has left some 20 million people–nearly 80 percent of the country’s population–facing a humanitarian disaster, without...

British monarch money kept in check

The UK queen’s income is under scrutiny after public funding of the monarchy is increased, while other public services are affected by austerity cuts. Taxpayer...

UK fails to release ‘Butcher of Bahrain’ cable

A British court has ruled against the release of a 1977 cable between the government and a ruthless British military officer in charge of...

Obama’s Gulf Meeting Protocol: Shake Hands, Smile, Ignore Repression, Repeat

Washington DC is presently the converging point for some of the world’s most oppressive regimes. On May 13th and 14th, President Obama is hosting...

Saudi Atrocities Go Unnoticed

Chris Ernesto RINF Alternative News In December 2011, the United States sold $30 billion worth of weapons to the Monarchy of Saudi Arabia. Included in the...

It’s Guilt that has US Military and Embassy Staff Fleeing Yemen Like Scared Rats

I'm the first to admit that I don't know all that much about Yemen, or about the Houthi rebels who have taken control of...

THE CIA AND AMERICA’S PRESIDENTS – JOHN CHUCKMAN

          THE CIA AND AMERICA’S PRESIDENTS Some rarely discussed truths shaping contemporary American democracy   John Chuckman Many people still think of the CIA as an agency designed...

ISIS 101: What’s really terrifying about this threat – JOHN CHUCKMAN

      ISIS 101 What’s really terrifying about this threat John Chuckman   ISIS certainly is not what a great many people think that it is, if you judge what...

Conservatives promote Canada as arms dealer

Psst. Looking for arms? Guns, ammunition, high tech supplies, armoured vehicles, and more, all quality Canadian made. Background check? We can get around that. Not democratic? No worries. Tools of repression? Sounds good to us. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are working … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia is shooting itself in the foot by executing Shiite cleric

The House of Saud’s plans to execute a revered Shiite cleric and protest leader reveal the extent to which the regime is vulnerable and desperate to perpetuate itself. Going ahead with the execution would be strategic miscalculation.

Significant political developments have unfolded in Saudi Arabia in recent weeks following a court decision to execute Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, a polarizing Shiite cleric and political activist who has campaigned for civil equality, an inclusive socio-political system, women’s rights, minority rights, and the release of political prisoners. Prosecutors condemned the cleric to death by beheading as punishment for charges of sedition, though the execution date has not yet been set.

Sheikh Nimr has been the fiercest critic of the Kingdom’s absolute Sunni monarchy for the last decade, but gained a considerable public following after leading a series of protests in 2011 in opposition to the Saudi military’s violent intervention and suppression of the pro-democracy movement in neighboring Bahrain, a satellite state with a Shiite majority ruled by a heavy-handed Sunni dynasty. His sermons and political activism continually emphasized non-violent resistance.

The Kingdom’s decision to sentence Nimr to death has complex implications that will push sectarian tensions to fever pitch inside Saudi Arabia and throughout the region, dangerously sharpening tension with Iran. Prominent clerics in Iran and Bahrain, as well as Shiite militant groups such as Hezbollah of Lebanon and the Houthi movement of Yemen, have all condemned the verdict and warned the Kingdom not to proceed with the execution.

Read the full story on RT.com

Nile Bowie is a columnist with Russia Today, and a research affiliate with the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), an NGO based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Brits are at it again. “Cameron plays Tony Blair,” said Patrick Cockburn. His “government has no more idea of what it is getting into…than...

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by Stephen Lendman

Bahrain's Al Khalifa monarchy rules despotically. Ruthlessly. Extrajudicially. State terror is official policy. 

Activists are targeted, arrested, tortured, and imprisoned. Kangaroo court proceedings deny justice.

Nabeel Rajab is one of Bahrain's best. He's a prominent human rights leader. A courageous one. Committed for right over wrong.

In 2002, he, current political prisoner Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, and others co-founded the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR). 

Its objectives include:

(1) Promoting civil, political, and economic freedom.

(2) Ending racial discrimination.

(3) Disseminating human rights culture.

(4) Supporting and protecting victims' rights.

Promoting fundamental human and civil rights in Bahrain risks life and limb. Rajab was targeted before.

He was harassed, vilified, beaten, injured, arrested, tortured and detained. Bahraini justice is none at all.

Activists like Rajab know what they face. They challenge Al Khalifa ruthlessness anyway.

On August 16, 2012, Rajab was sentenced to three years in prison. At the time, BCHR condemned it "in the strongest terms." 

He was already serving a three month sentence. For defending fundamental rights. For "libeling the citizens of the town of Muharraq over twitter," prosecutors said.

Rajab responded, saying "(y)ou can jail me for 3 years or 30 years, but I will not back down or retreat."

No matter the personal cost. He promised continued support for democratic values. He called them too important to be denied.

"I think we have to pay a much higher price than what normally people pay for freedom and democracy because you will not hear much about what’s going on here, as much as you will hear things happening in different countries," he explained.

On March 20, 2011, masked security forces dragged him from his home. They did so after midnight. They blindfolded and handcuffed him.

They severely beat him. He was attacked before. He was interrogated about statements he made. His family was threatened. 

His children were harassed in school. His wife was sacked from her job.

He was banned from travel for several months. He was denied permission to participate in human rights conferences and meetings.

He was imprisoned for "illegal practices, inciting illegal assemblies, and organizing unlicensed demonstrations through social media websites."

He championed justice. Fundamental human and civil rights. Bahraini authorities criminalized them. King Hamad calls peaceful protests "foreign plots."

Rajab said Washington supports Bahraini despotism. Including "attacks against human rights defenders," he explained. Before his arrest, he said:

"Given that Bahrain in essence lacks a judiciary system that is independent and/or fair, and is far from being in line with international standards of a fair trial, I have decided to boycott the trial against myself." 

"The judiciary system in Bahrain, today, is a tool used against human rights defenders and people calling for democracy and justice."

He explained two formative incidents. They changed him. They inspired his human rights advocacy.

"Two events affected me most," he said. "(O)ne when a colleague dropped himself from second floor to escape under-covered police who stormed school." 

"The second incident was when a dear teacher was arrested. That is when my voice started to rise and become annoying." 

"I was caught while writing apolitical human rights statements on school walls and was given the choice to either be submitted to police or to switch schools." 

"I was the top student back then, but I choose to switch to Sheikh Abdul Aziz school." In college he challenged all forms of injustice.

Later he got involved in national campaigns. In 1999, he co-founded the Bahrain Human Rights Society. In 2002, BCHR followed.

It supports "a prosperous democratic country free of discrimination and other violations of human rights."

It "encourage(s) and support(s) individuals and groups to be proactive in the protection of their own and others' rights."

It "struggle(s) to promote democracy and human rights in accordance with international norms."

Rajab won numerous human rights awards. For wanting Bahrainis to live free. For championing fundamental democratic rights.

He's now free. After serving two years of his three-year sentence. BCHR welcomed him back. 

"His release comes at a time when thousands of others continue to be imprisoned and targeted on trumped up charges," it said.

"It is important to note that (he's) not being released as a gesture of goodwill, but rather because he served the full length of his arbitrary detention sentence."

On December 11, 2012, Bahrain's Court of Appeal reduced his sentence to two years. In prison, he was tortured. He was ill-treated. 

He was subjected to "dire conditions," said BCHR. He was mostly isolated in solitary confinement. Almost naked, he said.

RT International interviewed Rajab. "After two years in prison, I see Bahrain's political environment as more difficult and still without a roadmap for real reforms," he said.

"I was kept separate in a separate building for two years, just to make sure that I did not connect with the other prisoners," he added.

"There were very few people who were with me in that separate building." 

"They were people who did not speak my language or people who were charged with criminal charges, which was completely different from what I was charged with."

He'll keep fighting for justice, he stressed.

"I know this is the cost of the struggle in this part of the world and I am planning to continue my struggle, no matter how much is the cost, knowing that all the countries have freedom and democracy today," he said.

"Maybe some people have to pay this cost in order to achieve democracy and human rights and I am one of many people in this country who is willing to pay this cost for my nation and my second generation to have democracy, justice and human rights."

He was only tortured once, he said. Emotionally things were tougher. Others were less fortunate, he explained.

"I have witnessed other people being tortured in front of my eyes." 

"I have seen people being tortured by the police and I made a lot of noise while I was there." 

"I sent a complaint to the United Nations and they finally told me that they are looking into those accusations."

He said Bahraini political prisoners get little or no attention.

"We have been ignored by the international community because Bahrain is with the Gulf and Saudi Arabia, which has a lot of influence in the west," he said.

The struggle for justice in Bahrain continues. Achieving it is distant. It's a long ways off, Rajab stressed.

"When I was sent to jail, there was no violence. I tweeted that I have said to the government that if you take peaceful people like me, who advocate peaceful gatherings and put them in jail, then you will face people who commit violence." 

"All human rights activists in Bahrain are behind bars and this is why you see such violence."

Achieving real Bahraini democracy is his fundamental goal.

"All the aims which I am holding and the values that I am fighting for, it keeps me going, knowing that a lot of people are waiting for me, a lot of people need me to be out, need me to be focused and strong," he said.

"I will be there for my people."

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) called his detention arbitrary.

It contravened articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and articles 9, paragraph 1, 14, 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it said. 

Horrific human rights abuses occur daily. Bahraini officials are rewarded for committing them. 

In July 2013, evidence proving Lt-Colonel Mubarak bin Huwail's guilt was dismissed.

Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa responded saying: "Thank you for your good work."

Bahrain's culture of impunity shows what human rights champions face. Rajab challenged this system courageously. He's not about to quit now.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

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New York Times Editors Support Wrong Over Right

by Stephen Lendman

Longstanding Times policy is consistent. It promotes establishment values. It supports wealth, power and privilege. It endorses global US dominance. 

When America goes to war or plans one, Times editors march in lockstep. Propaganda substitutes for truth and full disclosure. Managed news misinformation is featured.

Editorial policy defends the indefensible. It backs wrong over right. It justifies what demands condemnation. 

It supports banksters looting the federal treasury. It does so by not exposing and denouncing them. It does it by not demanding top Wall Street officials be prosecuted. 

Monied interests run America. Times editors ignore it. They turn a blind eye to America's de facto one party state. They endorse sham US elections. They give legitimacy to a rigged process. 

They give short shrift to growing US poverty, unemployment, underemployment, hunger, homelessness, and human misery.

They support destroying vital safety net protections when most needed. They endorse force-fed austerity instead of denouncing it. 

News they claim fit to print isn't fit to read. Managed news misinformation substitutes. Vital truths readers most need to know are suppressed. Core journalistic ethics are violated.

On December 17, a flagrant human rights abuser got feature op-ed space. Doing so effectively endorses his nation's policy.

Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz al Saud is Saudi Arabia's UK ambassador. He's a royal House of Saud member. His father, Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz, is a close King Abdullah ally.

Giving bin Abdulaziz feature op-space effectively supports one of the world's most repressive regimes.

State terror is official policy. Human and civil rights are denied. Authority rests solely with King Abdullah and royal family members.

Democracy is strictly forbidden. Constitutional provisions afford ordinary citizens and other residents no rights. Women are especially marginalized and denied.

Political parties and national elections are prohibited. So is media freedom. Most web sites are blocked. 

Anyone dissenting is subject to arbitrary arrest and detention. Political critics, independent journalists, academics, foreign nationals, and human rights activists are especially vulnerable.

Fundamentalist Sunni Islam Wahhabism is Saudi's official state religion. Fanaticism defines it. Majority Shia nations are considered enemies. So are secular Arab states.

Wahhabis want them toppled. They want their own version of Islam replacing them. They operate lawlessly. They employ extreme tactics to achieve aims.

Saudi Arabia is hostile to Iran. It wants Syria's Assad removed. It's heavily involved in recruiting, funding and arming terrorist invaders.

It was caught red-handed supplying them with chemical weapons. New York Times editors ignored what demanded headlines.

They reported nothing about new US/Saudi-backed death squad atrocities. Dozens of Adra, Syrian men, women, children, infants, the elderly and infirm were massacred in cold blood. 

Doing so is one of the most egregious crimes since Syria's conflict erupted. Defenseless civilians were slaughtered like sheep. 

Local residents called terrorist invaders "the decapitators." They burned some civilians to death.

They targeted government employees and their families. They had lists of names and addresses supplied them.

They conducted sham Sharia trials. Guilt by accusation assured death by beheading. Others were shot in cold blood. Some were burned alive in bakery ovens.

Eyewitnesses described mass slaughter everywhere. Children were massacred like adults. Terrorists waged war without mercy.

One survivor said everyone at Adra Ummalia hospital was killed. Syria is Obama's war. He supports death squad invaders. 

He's providing funding, arming, training and direction. Death squad diplomacy substitutes for peaceful conflict resolution. 

War could continue for years. There's nothing whatever civil about it. US-backed death squads invaded Syria. Assad responsibly battles to defeat them.

Syria is being ravaged and destroyed. Doing so adds another horrific war crime to Obama's rap sheet.

Unspeakable numbers of innocent Syrian civilians could perish before conflict ends. Obama bears full responsibility. Key NATO partners, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and rogue Arab state allies share it. 

So do Times and other scoundrel media editors. Misreporting shows support for unconscionable crimes. 

Giving feature op-ed space to an enemy of peace and egregious human rights abuser reflects it.

Bin Abdulaziz headlined his Times op-ed "Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone."

He called relations "with our Western partners..tested..because of differences over Iran and Syria."

"We believe that many of the West’s policies on both (countries) risk the stability and security of the Middle East." 

"This is a dangerous gamble, about which we cannot remain silent, and will not stand idly by."

"The crisis in Syria continues unabated." He stopped short of explaining Saudi involvement in exacerbating it.

Times editors ignore it. They wrongfully blame Assad for death squad invader crimes. They do it repeatedly. They do it reprehensibly. 

It's longstanding Times policy. So is giving feature op-ed space to loathsome figures like bin Abdulaziz.

He called Assad's government "a weapon of mass destruction. Chemical weapons are but a small cog in (his) killing machine."

He called it "an evil regime that is hurting and harming the Syrian people." He lied multiple times throughout his commentary claiming it.

Recent polls show Assad has strong popular support. In early September, Press TV cited a US daily news service World Tribune one.

It showed 70% of Syrians support Assad. Another 20% back neither side. Only 10% endorse opposition elements. 

Don't expect New York Times editors to explain. Don't expect bin Abdulaziz and likeminded rogues to feature truth and full disclosure.

Their agenda is ruthlessly repressive. Bin Abdulaziz wants the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria's secular government toppled. 

He wants Wahhabist extremism replacing them. He wants them turned into regional terror states. He wants them run as repressively as Saudi Arabia.

His notion of peaceful conflict resolution is preventing it. He accused "some Western capitals (of) risking the security of the whole Arab world" by failing to increase toughness.

"This means that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has no choice but to become more assertive in international affairs," he said. 

He ludicrously claimed doing so is a way "to stand up for the genuine stability our region desperately needs."

"(W)e have a humanitarian responsibility to do what we can to end the suffering in Syria."

In February 1968, then AP correspondent Peter Arnett wrote about Ben Tre. He cited an unnamed US major saying: "It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it."

Intensive bombing and shelling slaughtered Vietnamese civilians. In mid-March, Charlie Company entered My Lai. Destroying the village to save it repeated. Hundreds were slaughtered. 

Most were women, children, infants, and elderly victims. Bodies were found mutilated. Women were raped, then murdered. 

Crimes of war and against humanity reflect longstanding US policy. Since early 2011, they continue in Syria. 

Media scoundrels ignore them. They wrongfully blame Assad for terrorists' crimes. Saudi Arabia is very much complicit. It's a rogue state writ large.

Bin Abdulaziz shamelessly called its monarchy and likeminded ones "champions of moderation." 

His notion of "humanitarian responsibility" is mass slaughter and destruction. It's unspeakable atrocities. 

It's wrongfully blaming victims. It's waging war on peace, stability and security. Times editors march in lockstep. 

They do so disgracefully. They shamelessly betray readers consistently. Doing so reflects longstanding Times policy.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Those words in the first paragraph above are the beginning of an article written on War On Terror News back on Constitution Day 2011.


As is pointed out within that article, the US Constitution is but four (4!!!)  pages of simple language setting out what America is/will be, and what it is NOT.  The foundations upon which a great nation was based seem to have been shaken to the core in recent years, as the current crop of politicians seem determined to over-reach the very clear limits placed upon them within that framework.  Today, from where I sit, America is under attack by those very 'servants' of the people who - as noted above - swore to uphold the Constitution. 



 America is broken: Who will fix it? 

 

Since the first election campaign of the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania, I have watched the media aid and abet those candidates who preached things like: Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.



 On the first campaign Obama repeatedly said things like:   America does not need to be divided and angry. "You can't afford to settle for the same old politics," and was constantly referred to as the 'great uniter.'  He made many silver-tongued promises of how if we just voted for him, he would join us all as one to transform this country,  that was forged in those values held most dear by the Founding Fathers. 



Really? Okay, well  not so much.  At almost every turn, this administration has been based on the willingness of the uneducated masses to blindly follow an ideology, an agenda, that was based on emotion, rather than a  clear  articulation of what that transformation really meant.  Sure, his golden oratory promised that there would be 'peace in the world; the dawning of a new era' or something like that.  A whole new America, where every mouth was fed, and everybody would be healthy and wealthy living in this new nirvana.  What he did NOT say explicitly was that government would tell parents what their children would be taught in school (Common Core,  anybody?), what those kids must eat in school (Let's Move, courtesy of the missus), a health care system  where everybody would have equal access to healthcare, no matter their economical or citizenship status - or their individual choices?  (ObamaCare of course!)  As for everybody sharing the wealth of America? NOwhere in the Constitution is the power given to the Federal Government to give gazillions of taxpayer dollars to create phantom 'shovel ready' projects to give fake jobs to citizens. All well and good, but the America the Constitution was written in, and for, was an America that ANY and all of those were attainable by the individual effort.  They are NOT mandated within the Constitution, nor are they God-given rights.  "The PURSUIT...", not the giving.   




From where I sit, this administration and their policies foisted upon us, has divided America in a way I have not seen before. And I am not alone in seeing this. COL (r) Allen West had this up today.






 

THIS administration has gone so far outside the Constitution of America, exceeded the mandate set therein, that the evidence of a divided America cannot be ignored, denied.


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I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.


 

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“Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.” - Lenin
“Give me two generations of children of Americans in school without God and I will take the nation without firing a shot!” - Lenin 


Search as I might, I found no dietary mandate for the Federal government within the records.  Nor did I find any reference to the Federal government politicians having the duty to enable the ever more greedy, and dependent: the 'give me" generation.  As I watch the America I love more divided - and angry - than I ever remember, I see Americans demoralised and asking themselves: Where is my America?






There is no denying that America IS broken, and the next question must be: Who will fix it?   Our politicians ignore their sworn duty as set out in the Constitution, and forget that they are servants of the people, elected to serve us, not just ensure a lifetime career with the perks - paid for by your taxes - that they somehow see as their right, their entitlement.  Dare to challenge that?  You are branded a terrorist, un-American, and subject to public ridicule and character assassination.  




NOwhere in the US Constitution does the president have unlimited power over the people, nor the authority to rule over every aspect of the citizens' lives.




Found a very interesting series of videos, where the same simple language as found in the Constitution is used to explain the function and limits of each of the three branches of government. Take a look:



"...their terms [Congress] are short to check corruption... this [the Senate] was designed so their duties would be to have a powerful role in checks and balances to the Federal government , so that it would not gain total power  over the people. The Founding Fathers never intended for the Federal government to rule over the states or the people..."


In 1913, the 17th Amendment was implemented, which in effect weakened the individual States' powers to check the Federal government.   Go check out the series of videos.




One of those videos focuses on the reason the US chose to be a Republic rather than stay under the Rule of a Monarchy.




There is a very simple Pledge of Allegiance, that swears (as per the original):



I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


 A very interesting history of that can be found here.




Part of that History can be found here, where it is noted:





In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today.[...]. Today it reads:



"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."



An element present in the Pledge,  and enshrined within the Constitution, is the pursuit of Liberty...NOwhere in the Pledge of Allegiance, NOR in the Constitution. is there a pledge to whatever president occupies the Oval Office.  NOWHERE!  Yet, in the current climate in America, partisanship rules the days and the politicians of all stripes demonstrate on a daily basis that their own allegiance is to their own re-election, and their political agenda, to the peril of the citizens. The cost? Freedom and our God-given Rights to Liberty. 




That 1954 version of the Pledge still stands today, and yes, as noted, it was 'in response to the Communist threat of the times.'




That was a very real threat, and in those days America WAS vigilant of any threat to the freedom of the Republic's citizens.  As well that might be to today, as we see very real threats to the Liberty and Freedoms determined to beat down the doors of the Republic.




From 1930,  and still so very relevant today, with current enemies hell-bent on destroying the American citizens' God-given rights to liberty, and freedom to pursue those liberties:




"War to the hilt between communism and capitalism is inevitable. Today, of course, we are not strong enough to attack.


Our time will come in thirty to forty years. To win, we shall need the element of surprise. The Western world will have to be put to sleep. 


So we shall begin by launching the most spectacular peace movement on record. There shall be electrifying overtures and unheard of concessions. 

The capitalist countries, stupid and decadent, will rejoice to cooperate to their own destruction. They will leap at another chance to be friends. 

As soon as their guard is down, we shall smash them with our clenched fist."


Declaration by Dimitry Manuilski Professor at the Lenin School of Political Warfare in Moscow - 1930



Am reminded of : Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.   At this time when Putin is on the world stage - front and center as an effective 'statesman'  -  as POTUS busies himself with drawing ineffectual red lines, and appeasing our enemies, it seems to me  that the wolves have already breached the walls of the Republic.  
 
Today, the wolves pervade every level of our government, as the citizenry are apparently intent on proving the truth of those words from 1930;
 

The capitalist countries, stupid and decadent, will rejoice to cooperate to their own destruction. They will leap at another chance to be friends. 



From where I sit, the truth of that is staggering and is happening right before our eyes, and yet the sheep sleep on, as the current administration continues to run full-speed over their Constitutional duties, and implement programs for the 'gimmes' in our midst, all the while stepping into matters that are not their business.  Beer summit, anybody?  Trayvon Martin ring a bell? Giving trillions of dollars to auto industries? Meddling in private industries by giving away millions of our tax dollars to 'green ideas'?  NOwhere in the Constitution is the power given to any government to dictate every detail of the people's lives. NOwhere in the Constitution is it stated that the Federal government can force any free citizen to buy a product, be forced to give financial aid/incentives, but rather they are given freedom to make their own individual choice.  






On the illegal implementation of ObamaCare, someone I know and respect, recently wrote this:


[...]


ObamaCare: It is long past time that this un Constitutional law be repealed, in its entirety.



And no, I will not entertain arguments that the SCOTUS ruled, therefore it is Constitutional. The SCOTUS does not have Constitutional Authority to amend the Constitution, or legislate from the bench. If you want to claim it's Constitutional, quote me the entire clause which makes it so; not two words and not a generality that is defined in following specifics. Quote me the clause of the Constitution that authorizes the Federal Government to FORCE an Individual Citizen to buy anything.



All of which is absolutely correct as stated in the simple language of the Constitution. Written over two hundred years ago, the values and rights of the citizens enshrined by the Founding Fathers are still relevant today.  BUT as we see, the government insists on  ignoring the rights of a FREE people, and imposing their ideology, on an ever more somnambulant population. 
 
America IS broken:  Who will fix it?
 
Talking with a Military Veteran friend just last night, I was sharing how depressed - how angry - I get at the seeming unwillingness of the citizenry to really grasp the enormity of the current threats to all our Freedoms.  
 
As the Military oath sworn by all new recruits says:
 


I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.  [yes, emphasis mine]


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In the Constitution it is clearly stated that defense of our borders is part of the government's duties.  Tell that to the family of Brian Terry.  (Go watch the video at that link.  Unbelievable) Tell that to the family of the rancher in AZ who was murdered.




Neither of these lives would have been lost, if the Federal government  adhered to the Constitution (and we won't even get into Fast and Furious here, where the guns were supplied by the US DoJ and then proven to be used against Americans because of the open, porous border.)  Go here to see how  the dereliction of duty by the Homeland Security government department directly affects the US Border Control's ability to defend against all foreign enemies. Gone are the days when oppressed people eagerly grasped the legal opportunity to enter the US, and earn the rights of Freedom and Liberty accorded American citizens.   Nowadays we have a POTUS and DoJ who are actively lobbying to reward those illegals who scurry across the unguarded borders in the dark of night. NOwhere in the Constitution does it give this power to POTUS, a deliberate flouting, blatant disrespect of the Republic's laws.  And if you don't understand the magnitude of that problem, go look at some videos of the hundreds, yes hundreds,  who weekly break our laws, confident that they can rape, murder and more, as they are promised amnesty, and given short-cuts to citizenship of America,  that they have not earned.  




Freedom and Liberty in America - FOR Americans - is under attack, and we have lost our way from the Founding Fathers' vision of this great Republic. 




 Our Founding Fathers, here in this country, brought about the only true revolution that has ever taken place in man's history. Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another set of rulers.
 

 But only here did that little band of men so advanced beyond their time that the world has never seen their like since, evolve the idea that you and I have within ourselves the God-given right and the ability to determine our own destiny. But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. 

 

The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don't do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free. Thank You.



  And then there is Mark Twain,  who is also credited with  "what the government giveth, the government can take away":

“The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, [...] and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, [yes, emphasis mine] and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in time, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise.” – Mark Twain, “Official Physic,” The Twainian, November, 1943


 The list is long, yet simplicity itself,  of the Freedoms - God-given Rights - paid for and earned by Americans, and I have but scratched the surface of those under attack.  The attack on the Second Amendment Rights is a battle being fought in parts of the country, as America-loving Patriots understand very well that sometimes we really DO need to fight to maintain the Freedom and Liberty enshrined in our Constitution.




America is so broken.  WHO will fix it?


 

Today this question is so critical, as we face such dangerous threats within our country.  We have lost the "one nation under God," and from where I sit, the Republic is in grave danger of collapse.




The Constitution begins:  We, the people" and it is my firm belief that only when We, the People wake up and see that it only by our own actions,  will we save our Republic.  WE who care about our Constitution, who believe that our Freedoms and Liberty ARE our God-given Rights, that no mere politician can squander for their own gain, must defend America.




Am I suggesting we all  take up our weapons,  and stage an armed insurrection? No.   What I am suggesting, URGING, is that all of us who see the precipice directly in front of us, continue to educate the sheep - after we have woken them up, of course! - and make them understand what is at stake here. Read and re-read the Constitution, so that you understand the foundations of America. Demand that every politician set aside their partisan politics, throw away their party loyalties, and demonstrate their loyalty to our country, our Constitution. If they are not capable of that, throw them out of office, and elect those Americans who WILL honor our Founding Fathers' vision of this great Republic. 







Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.
 

God bless America.

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In the summer of 1980, Italian fascists blew up the central station in “red” Bologna. 85 people were killed, more than 200 were wounded. The terrorists had close ties to the Italian military intelligence and NATOs secret stay-behind groups. In Norway in the summer of 2011, two fascist lone wolf terrorist attacks were carried out against the government square block and the Youths Labor party summer camp, claiming the lives of 77 people and wounding more than 300. August 2nd in Italy and July 22nd in Norway are both markers of the worst terrorist acts in post-war Western Europe. In this guest post, Idar Helle, a member of the Transnational Labour Project in Oslo, reviews the book by Eystein Kleven 22. juli-terroren: Angrepet på arbeiderbevegelsen [The terror of 22nd of July: The attack on the labor movement] (Marxist publishing 2011, 42 pages).

After the 22nd of July 2011 most of the literature has focused on the victims and the personality of Anders Behring Breivik, the man who carried out the two acts of terror in Norway. But this text is different. Instead, the cultural and ideological conditions for fascist mass violence in our time are brought to the surface. More than what we are used to from the Norwegian left, the author Eystein Kleven at Marxist publishing uncompromisingly proceeds to take action about what he sees as a strengthened reactionary political tendency in the European deep culture. With a little defined labor movement safely positioned in the role as the hero of history, the pamphlet from the fall of 2011 pounces on bourgeois society:

“That is how the reactionary becomes the particular in the bourgeois at the same time as the general in fascism. This is true even though the reactionaries, and not at least fascisms, have the habit to dress up with creations of the past, be it kings’ men, crusaders, the pope’s church supremacy or the caliphate of the East. Among the bourgeois theories or ideologies, fascism is the ideology that most consequently and brutally substantiates the fight against the labor movement” (P.41).

The pamphlet has weaknesses making it vulnerable to the author’s opponents among liberals and authoritarian anti-Marxists.  Eystein Kleven’s way of reasoning and phrasing in a direct way has something sober about it, but just as much belongs to a time before 1960, when the faith in Marxism as the consummation of science was considered a state religion in the East, and a plausible point of view at the universities in the West. The text seems to have been created in a strange closed universe, without any references to public debate or scientific literature at all. It is thus up to the reader to seek other texts within and outside of the Marxist mainstream to supplement Kleven, and to create a more effective political synthesis.

“The White Terror” is a term used about the harsh behavior of the French restoration monarchy after the fall of Napoleon and the last breath of the revolution in 1815. It is at this point that we arrive at last at the most insisting pinprick: “in history the reactionary violence has consistently been considerably more cruel and violent than the violence carried out by progressive forces during revolutions” (P.21). From here the author moves on to an uncompromising statement that on a strategic level capital will at any time be prepared to form alliances with fascism against social counterforces to avoid change of the economic system.

To fully understand this, it might be suitable to be specific about the implications this analysis has for the political forecast in Europe: The statement implies that the dominating financial interests today seeking to transform the European Union into a more complete plutocracy and corporate power structure, will have less to fear from neo-fascist governments than in a social Europe. And if the Troika and the creditors on Wall Street and at the Frankfurt stock exchange would have to choose, they would – every day throughout the whole year – prefer Golden Dawn’s mob rule to Syriza and the attempt to organize the Greek and the European community against the interests of capital. The leading theorist of the Frankfurt School, Max Horkheimer, expressed the essential point like this in the 1930s: “Whoever is not prepared to talk about capitalism should keep quiet about fascism”.  


Idar Helle is a researcher in the field of contemporary history, with a special focus on labour movements and industrial relations in Norway and Europe.

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On Thursday, anti-regime protests were held in the capital city of Manama and the Bani Jamra, a village in the northwest of the country.

The demonstrators carried their national flag and chanted anti-regime slogans during the protests.

Anti-regime protests have become an almost daily occurrence in Bahrain.

On Wednesday, Saudi-backed security forces in Bahrain attacked demonstrators who were marking the end of the mourning days for Yusef al-Nashmi, the latest victim of the regime’s brutal crackdown on the people.

Al-Nashmi died on October 11 after spending almost a month in police custody.

On Saturday, Bahraini riot police fired shots and used tear gas to disperse hundreds of anti-regime protesters marching in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, after al-Nashmi's funeral.

Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, calling for political reforms and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

Scores have been killed, many of them under torture, while in custody, and thousands more detained since the popular uprising in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have "evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police" in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Protesters say they will continue to hold anti-regime demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically-elected government and an end to rights violations are met.

MN/HN/MHB

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Bahrain guards attack inmates,40 injured

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Bahrain guards attack inmates,40 injured

File photo shows an anti-regime demonstration in Bahrain to demand the release of political prisoners.At least 40 Bahraini prisoners have been injured after security...

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Will US Move to Protect Pro-Democracy Activists in Bahrain?

Planned anti-government protests in the country of Bahrain on Wednesday are an opportunity for the US government to prove it could use its influence...

Bahrain protests: Will the House of Khalifa fall like a house of cards?

Mass protests in Bahrain are by no means a sectarian conflict, though they threaten to further entrench political polarization and serve as an ugly thorn in the Bahraini monarchy’s side unless they hear the popular calls for constitutional reform. Despite Bahraini PM Sheikh al-Khalifa’s warning to pro-democracy activists that they face longer prison sentences and the stripping of their citizenship if they take part in August 14’s scheduled opposition rally, protesters are expected to take to the streets en masse.

The tiny island nation has seen near-daily protests and skirmishes between demonstrators and security forces since the regional Arab Spring protests in 2011, and the US-allied monarchy has responded with draconian measures that ban public demonstrations in the capital, Manama. The ongoing protest movement, which has been secular and largely peaceful, brought more than half the country’s 535,000 citizens onto the streets at its peak, but attracted minimal levels of attention from international media outlets. The scant coverage of the subsequent crackdown by Bahraini authorities, which included the military occupation of a public hospital and the arrest of doctors who treated injured protesters, has led many to suggest that Western and Gulf media outlets have been complicit in the monarchy’s efforts to suppress news of protests coming out of the country.

The brute heavy-handedness of the monarchy, which led to the deaths of some 80 people since 2011, may have driven people into their homes and discouraged them from speaking out, but public animosity toward the reactionary regime shows no sign of letting up.

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Nile Bowie is a Malaysia-based political analyst and a columnist with Russia Today. He also contributes to PressTV, Global Research, and CounterPunch. He can be reached at [email protected].

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