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Japanese Scientists Perfect Technique To Grow Human Organs In Animals

Infowars.comJune 23, 2013 A panel of scientists and legal experts appointed by the Japanese...

Communications of Millions Subject to US-UK Spying

Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed on Friday that the UK intelligence agency GCHQ and the NSA record the content of phone calls, email messages, Facebook...

Communications of millions subject to US-UK spying

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UK govt. can be sued over troop deaths

Families of killed soldiers can sue UK govt. for negligenceFamilies of soldiers killed in Iraq war can sue UK government for negligence.The Supreme Court...

The Empire’s New Clothes: The Naked Imperialism of “Humanitarian Intervention”

Some critics from the left and the right characterized my recent article “Syria and the Sham of Humanitarian Intervention” as an unnecessarily harsh indictment...

Nations react angrily to UK, US spying

Turkey, Russia and South Africa have reacted furiously to recent revelations that the British government joined USâ„¢s NSA and Canadaâ„¢s security agency to spy...

UK in dipl. storm over G20 spying

UK in dipl. storm over G20 spyingBritain is facing a diplomatic storm with Russia, Turkey and South Africa demanding explanations after revelations that British...

UK PM to arm savage Syrian militants?

British Prime Minister David Cameron says it is vital to send arms to Å“moderate” militants in Syria despite confirmed evidence of savagery among the...

UK PM to arm savage Syrian militants?

British Prime Minister David Cameron says it is vital to send arms to Å“moderate” militants in Syria despite confirmed evidence of savagery among the...

UK fails to recognize Iran democracy

UK govt. welcomes Iranâ„¢s presidential results, but repeats old stance The British Foreign Office has reacted positively to the announcement of the results of...

Boulder’s Rebuke of Palestine

The headline in the Boulder Daily Camera, whose editorial page supported the project, read: “Boulder City Council Denies making Nablus a sister city,” and...

Haiti “Pain Rush”: The Myth of White Superiority, Poverty Pimping NGOs and US Humanitarian...

A disenfranchised Haiti means opportunity for the imperialist and their Left-talking right wing vultures. Bourgeoisie Freedom or democracy is, for instance, the dissonance beating at you when Clorox Hunger, emaciated...

Haiti “Pain Rush”: The Myth of White Superiority, Poverty Pimping NGOs and US Humanitarian...

A disenfranchised Haiti means opportunity for the imperialist and their Left-talking right wing vultures. Bourgeoisie Freedom or democracy is, for instance, the dissonance beating at you when Clorox Hunger, emaciated...

UK MoD hides rubber bullets lethality

British government has used rubber bullets in Northern Ireland despite being aware that they could be lethal, a human rights group says. According to documents...

UK MoD hides rubber bullets lethality

British government has used rubber bullets in Northern Ireland despite being aware that they could be lethal, a human rights group says. According to documents...

As Sovereignty Dies, EU Hauls UK to Court Over Immigrant Welfare

As national sovereignty increasingly becomes a thing of the past for most Europeans, the controversial European Union is taking the British government to court...

As Sovereignty Dies, EU Hauls UK to Court Over Immigrant Welfare

As national sovereignty increasingly becomes a thing of the past for most Europeans, the controversial European Union is taking the British government to court...

‘UK drone strikes violate int’l law’

Britainâ„¢s operating of killer drones in Afghanistan may be violating the international law, a legal firm representing peace campaigners has argued in an opinion...

America’s Secret Fukushima is Poisoning the Bread Basket of the World

Early in the morning of July 16, 1979, a 20-foot section of the earthen dam blocking the waste pool for the Church Rock Uranium...

Samantha Power and the Weaponization of Human Rights

Yesterday Barack Obama nominated Samantha Power as UN Ambassador. This profile of Power by lawyer Chase Madar ran in CounterPunch on September 10, 2009. American...

Mau Mau victims seek UK compensation

Kenyans, mistreated under British colonial rule, are seeking compensation from the UK.More than 8,000 Kenyans, severely mistreated under British colonial rule during the 1950s...

‘UN’s dirty politics against Syria has nothing to do with human rights’

While stating that both sides in the Syrian conflict violate human right, the UN fails to condemn the rebels and classify their actions as terrorism blaming one side for civilian casualties, Russia’s UN mission press secretary Maria Khodynskaya told RT.

As UN Warns of 'Human Costs,' US Sends More Weapons to Syria Border

Despite a warning in a new UN report on Syria saying "there is a human cost to the increased availability of weapons" inside the...

As UN Warns of 'Human Costs,' US Sends More Weapons to Syria Border

Despite a warning in a new UN report Syria saying "there is a human cost to the increased availability of weapons" inside the war...

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...

UN lashes out at Britain’s human rights record

The UN’s torture watchdog has hit out at the British government for human rights abuses. In its harshest criticism yet of the British government,...

UN lashes out at Britain’s human rights record

The UN’s torture watchdog has hit out at the British government for human rights abuses. In its harshest criticism yet of the British government,...

UN lashes out at Britain’s human rights record

The UN’s torture watchdog has hit out at the British government for human rights abuses. In its harshest criticism yet of the British government,...

UN lashes out at Britain’s human rights record

The UN’s torture watchdog has hit out at the British government for human rights abuses. In its harshest criticism yet of the British government,...

UK PM urged to halt gay marriage plan

Religious leaders have urged British PM David Cameron to reconsider gay marriage plan.Leaders of Britain's major faiths have called on British Prime Minister David...

Head of New Economic School in Moscow leaves over Yukos prosecution

A leading Russian economist and rector of the New Economic School Sergey Guriev has reportedly resigned and left Russia. Local media suggest his departure...

UK trampling Assange HR: Ecuador

Ecuador's foreign minister says the British government has trampled on the human rights of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by refusing to allow him to...

Guantanamo an ideal recruitment tool for terrorists – UN human rights chief

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has scolded the US for failing to close Guantanamo prison, warning it “has become an ideal recruitment tool...

Guantanamo an ideal recruitment tool for terrorists – UN human rights chief

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has scolded the US for failing to close Guantanamo prison, warning it “has become an ideal recruitment tool...

UK must hold separate inquiries into each Iraqi civilian deaths, high сourt rules

The British high court has ruled that 161 killings by the British military should be subject to hearings modeled on a coroner’s inquest. The...

UK govt. Iraq abuse probe ‘inadequate’

UK govt. Iraq abuse probe Ëœinadequateâ„¢This file picture taken on April 7, 2003 shows Iraqis watching British soldiers advance towards central Basra in the...

Israel to blame for enmities: UK FM

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has let Tel Aviv know London does not care about Å“some animosities” against the Israeli regime in British media...

Papers Please: TSA-Style Checkpoints at UK Bus & Train Stations

‘Airport-style’ security checkpoints being rolled out in public Steve JollyInfowars.comMay 22, 2013 Travel by...

UK grants £4bn arms exports to Riyadh

The British government has approved arms export licenses to Saudi Arabia worth nearly £4 billion over the past four years despite concerns over the...

UK’s Charles patronizes Bahraini despot

Prince Charles entertains Bahraini despot al-Khalifa during a visit to London.British monarch prince Charles has entered a deal with the brutal regime of Bahrain,...

Ex UK soldier exposes Afghan war horror

A former British soldier in Afghanistan, who was jailed for refusing to fight, has revealed the horror behind the mask of Å“Britain as a...

UK urged to come clean on drone attacks

Britainâ„¢s Foreign Office has been funding surveys in Pakistanâ„¢s Tribal Areas to find out only that the U.S.-led drone campaign triggered deep resentment among...

Islam could be dominant UK religion in 10 years — census analysis

One in 10 people under 25 are Muslim, while Christianity is in decline, the 2011 UK census reveals. An explosion in the Muslim population...

UK committed Ein El Zeytoun massacre

Londoners took to the streets on Saturday to mark the 65th anniversary of the Nakba Day (day of catastrophe), a day when Jewish terrorist...

UK announces further £40m Aid Package to Foreign-backed Terrorists in Syria

The UK government has announced a £40 million aid package to foreign-backed terrorists fighting the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, local media reports....

UK prince slammed over Bahrain contract

Prince Charles has been accused of giving legitimacy to autocratic regime of Bahrain after signing a contract on behalf of his architecture group to...

UK PM solution for Syria: stoke war

British Prime Minister David Cameron claims ending violence in Syria is not possible unless Syrian militants are better armed against the Syrian government forces. Cameron...

What UKIP stands for: A look

The UK Independence Party has gone from being a joke in the British political landscape to the fourth - or even third - best-supported...

UK Biometric Data Stored Without Consent

The director of GeneWatch UK, a non-profit group which investigates how genetic technologies will impact our society, has warned that the secretary of state for health wants to introduce a national DNA and genetic 'all-in-one' database.

UK Prince urged to raise rights issues

Amnesty International has called on heir to the British throne Prince Charles to tell the “truth” about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record during his three-day visit to the Arab country this week.

The rights organization urged the Prince of Wales to raise human rights issues with the Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz while there, The Daily Mirror reported on Monday.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Saudi Arabia as part of a nine-day tour of the Middle East that began on March 11, with stops in Jordan, Qatar and Oman.

“We’re not going to try to fill Prince Charles’ luggage with Amnesty reports. But if he or Camilla were to voice their royal displeasure at reports that a young Saudi jewel thief is facing crucifixion in a matter of days, that surely is their prerogative," said Kate Allen, the UK Director of Amnesty.

Amnesty’s concerns about human rights in Saudi Arabia include, death penalty, freedom of speech and protests, torture, unfair trials and women’s rights.

Saudi Arabia, which is accused of brutal crackdown on peaceful anti-regime protests, is considered as Britain's largest trading partner in the Middle East, with bilateral trade worth more than £15 billion every year.

Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in the Qatif region and the town of Awamiyah in Eastern Province, primarily calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination.

However, the demonstrations have turned into protests against the repressive Al Saud regime, especially since November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the province.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi regime “routinely represses expression critical of the government.”

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Shadow Justice in the UK: Britain’s “Secret Courts”

Civil liberties campaigners vowed to continue fighting Government plans for secret court hearings in sensitive national security cases after MPs rejected stronger safeguards.

Ministers comfortably saw off a bid to reinstate amendments made by the House of Lords despite Labour securing the support of a number of Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs.

Several prominent Labour ex-ministers defied their own party’s position to back the Government in last night’s vote on controversial elements of the Justice and Security Bill.

An attempt to make judges balance national security against the public interest of open justice was defeated by 297 votes to 226, majority 71, in what opponents called a “dark night for British justice”.

Minister Kenneth Clarke insisted the measures were essential to enable sensitive intelligence material to be introduced in a small number of civil cases where the state is being sued.

The alternative, he said, was that the Government would be unable defend the action and could be forced to pay out millions in compensation – as happened with a series of former Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The defeated changes, originally passed in the House of Lords only to be reversed by the Government in the Commons committee going through the Bill line-by-line, would have made the legislation impossible to operate, he said.

The vote came after former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf said the legislation already ensured the operation of closed material proceedings was under the “complete control” of the judge in any case.

Critics complain though that CMPs undermine the principle of open justice and allow the security services to cover up involvement in abuse and torture.

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan told the Commons that while he accepted the difficulty of “reconciling the issues of justice and security” the legislation was not “proportionate to the scale of the problem”.

Among prominent Tories backing the amendments was Andrew Tyrie who said they were “about whether people can get to hear the case made against them, and whether we can keep legal safeguards we have had for generations”.

Analysis of division lists revealed seven Liberal Democrats rebelled to support the public interest test amendment, including party president Tim Farron, deputy leader Simon Hughes and former minister Sarah Teather.

The issue is set to provide a renewed confrontation this weekend between Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his party activists – who last year voted overwhelmingly to oppose the legislation – at the Lib Dem spring conference in Brighton.

Labour former foreign secretary Jack Straw backed the legislation, however, telling MPs it was about “how you protect the sources of information on which intelligence depends”.

Party colleague Hazel Blears, a former counter terrorism minister, also gave her support.

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said last night: “History teaches that politicians abandon ancient legal principles at their peril. Today’s cover-up is tomorrow’s scandal.

“The opposition to turning British courts into secret commissions continues. Once again, we look to the House of Lords to defeat Secret Courts and defend the Rule of Law.”

Clare Algar, executive director of Reprieve, said: “This has been a dark night for British justice.

“These plans for secret courts were always dangerous and unnecessary, but the failure of even minor attempts to modify the Bill means that it is even worse than when it first reached the House of Commons.

“MPs must now vote against the Bill altogether if they want to defend British justice.

“Should that fail, the House of Lords will be the only thing standing in the way of plans which would mean the end of the right to a fair trial in a vast range of civil cases.”

Speaking after the vote, Mr Khan said: “It’s disappointing that Labour’s attempts to reintroduce checks and balances into the Government’s plans for closed material proceedings have been defeated by the Tories and Lib Dems.

“This had the support of the Government’s own Independent Reviewer of Terrorism and the Joint Committee of Human Rights. We will be looking to our colleagues in the House of Lords to once again bring some balance to the Government’s plans over the coming weeks”

A Conservative Party source said: “By opposing this Bill, Labour are prepared to accept the possibility of millions of pounds going without challenge to individuals who could be terrorists.

“This raises the appalling prospect of taxpayers’ cash funding jihadist groups.”

Pointing to the presence of former Labour home office ministers Paul Goggins and George Howarth among those voting with Mr Straw against the amendments, they said: “This shows that under Ed Miliband the Labour Party is more interested in playing politics than acting as a serious alternative government.”

UK inquiry into Iraqi prisoner deaths reveals evidence of ‘torture’

Published time: March 05, 2013 00:59

A public inquiry into allegations that British soldiers in Iraq murdered 20 unarmed prisoners and tortured 5 others has begun in London, with further legal arguments expected to slow the inquiry in the deaths of the Iraqi men nine years ago.

The Al-Sweady inquiry will examine claims that Iraqi prisoners were tortured by British soldiers following the Battle of Danny Boy in Maysan province, southern Iraq in the summer of 2004.

Evidence has also come to light that several of the corpses suffered severe mutilation. Iraqi death certificates recorded that one man had allegedly had his penis removed while another two bodies were missing eyes.

Several of the corpses were also said to have signs of torture when they were handed back to their families by British personnel at Camp Abu Naji. 

However, there is major dispute between the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the families of the dead Iraqi men over the way in which the deaths occurred.

“The Iraqi witnesses say that the evidence points to there having been a number of Iraqi men having been taken into camp Abu Naji alive by the British military on 14th May, and who were handed back to their families dead the next day,” said Jonathan Acton Davis QC, counsel to the inquiry.

“The military say the evidence points to 20 Iraqi dead having been recovered from the battle and handed back to their families the next day,” he added, continuing that the two sides couldn’t even agree about the number of those killed or captured, or their identities.

On May 14th 2004, the troops embroiled in the allegations were involved in a fierce battle known as Danny Boy, the name of a permanent vehicle check point, which was on route six in Iraq. 

A group of insurgents launched an attack against vehicles of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. It soon developed into a fierce firefight, which also involved soldiers from the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, with many Iraqis shot dead and two British soldiers being wounded.

The Iraqi dead would normally have been left on the battlefield but British soldiers were allegedly told to try and identify an insurgent thought to be involved in the murder of 6 British soldiers a year earlier in 2003.

One of the first jobs of the inquiry is to try and establish whether the 20 Iraqis were killed in battle as the MoD claims or if in fact they were captured alive and then unlawfully killed.

The inquiry will also try to determine if five men taken prisoner following the battle of Danny Boy were mistreated at a second British base in Shaibah, near Basara, between 14 May and 23 September 2004.

The al-Sweady inquiry as it is known is named after Hamid al-Sweady, a 19 year old alleged victim.

The inquiry was set up after former prisoners and relatives of the dead men took their case to the High Court in London in February 2008. They are entitled to an independent inquiry because the UK is a signatory of the European convention on human rights.

But even as the enquiry opened on Monday, there were signs of legal disagreements to come. Lawyers for the relatives of the dead Iraqis are saying that its terms of reference are too narrow, while the MoD is arguing that it should be limited to allegations of mistreatment that were already decided in previous High Court rulings.

This is potentially the most embarrassing inquiry since the killing of 26-year-old Iraqi citizen Baha Mousa while in British custody in Basara in 2003. He was severely beaten on suspicion of being an insurgent. The Ministry of Defense never accepted any liability for Mousa's death.

According to Christpher Stanley of the UK-based Rights Watch group, "today [the MoD] is trying to manage it and put a cap on it. These are people getting away with grave human rights violations – including killing – without punishment or due process of law. “

So far the MoD has not come out well in the proceedings. The inquiry was ordered by then defense secretary Bob Ainsworth, after high court judges found that the MoD had made “serious breaches” of its duty.

Furthermore, British Foreign Minister William Hague has written a private memo to other ministers on March 1, urging them not to discuss Iraq and its legality in the run-up to the tenth anniversary of the NATO-led invasion.

Investigators have faced problems trying to access MoD documents concerning events covering the battle of Danny Boy and at Camp Abu Naj.

In 2010 investigators found in files of the Royal Military Police  a number of relevant papers which had been entirely absent from evidence disclosed by the MoD in previous court proceedings. While another 9 files were handed over by the MoD in 2011, a six week search by investigators of MoD archives found 600 documents that were relevant to the case.

Last week the inquiry was still waiting to receive emails from the MoD about a visit to the Shaibah base by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The inquiry has already cost the taxpayer £15 million and that is expected to double. Up to 200 military witnesses will be called and 45 Iraqis will give evidence through a video link from Beirut.


Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation

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The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation

Michel Chossudovsky (Editor)

I-Book No. 3, January 25  2012

Global Research’s Online Interactive I-Book Reader brings together, in the form of chapters, a collection of Global Research feature articles and videos, including debate and analysis, on a broad theme or subject matter. 

In this Interactive Online I-Book we bring to the attention of our readers an important collection of articles, reports and video material on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and its impacts (scroll down for the Table of Contents).

To consult our Online Interactive I-Book Reader Series, click here.

INTRODUCTION

The World is at a critical crossroads. The Fukushima disaster in Japan has brought to the forefront the dangers of Worldwide nuclear radiation.

The crisis in Japan has been described as “a nuclear war without a war”. In the words of renowned novelist Haruki Murakami:

“This time no one dropped a bomb on us … We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives.”

Nuclear radiation –which threatens life on planet earth– is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues of public concern, including the local level crime scene or the tabloid gossip reports on Hollywood celebrities.

While the long-term repercussions of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are yet to be fully assessed, they are far more serious than those pertaining to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine, which resulted in almost one million deaths (New Book Concludes – Chernobyl death toll: 985,000, mostly from cancer Global Research, September 10, 2010, See also Matthew Penney and Mark Selden  The Severity of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster: Comparing Chernobyl and Fukushima, Global Research, May 25, 2011)

Moreover, while all eyes were riveted on the Fukushima Daiichi plant, news coverage both in Japan and internationally failed to fully acknowledge the impacts of a second catastrophe at TEPCO’s (Tokyo Electric Power Co  Inc) Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant.

The shaky political consensus both in Japan, the U.S. and Western Europe is that the crisis at Fukushima has been contained.

The realties, however, are otherwise. Fukushima 3 was leaking unconfirmed amounts of plutonium. According to Dr. Helen Caldicott, “one millionth of a gram of plutonium, if inhaled can cause cancer”.  

An opinion poll in May 2011 confirmed that more than 80 per cent of the Japanese population do not believe the government’s information regarding the nuclear crisis. (quoted in Sherwood Ross, Fukushima: Japan’s Second Nuclear Disaster, Global Research, November 10, 2011)

The Impacts in Japan

The Japanese government has been obliged to acknowledge that “the severity rating of its nuclear crisis … matches that of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster”. In a bitter irony, however, this tacit admission by the Japanese authorities has proven to been part of  the cover-up of a significantly larger catastrophe, resulting in a process of global nuclear radiation and contamination:

“While Chernobyl was an enormous unprecedented disaster, it only occurred at one reactor and rapidly melted down. Once cooled, it was able to be covered with a concrete sarcophagus that was constructed with 100,000 workers. There are a staggering 4400 tons of nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima, which greatly dwarfs the total size of radiation sources at Chernobyl.” ( Extremely High Radiation Levels in Japan: University Researchers Challenge Official Data, Global Research, April 11, 2011)

Fukushima in the wake of the Tsunami, March 2011

Worldwide Contamination

The dumping of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean constitutes a potential trigger to a process of global radioactive contamination. Radioactive elements have not only been detected in the food chain in Japan, radioactive rain water has been recorded in California:

“Hazardous radioactive elements being released in the sea and air around Fukushima accumulate at each step of various food chains (for example, into algae, crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish, then humans; or soil, grass, cow’s meat and milk, then humans). Entering the body, these elements – called internal emitters – migrate to specific organs such as the thyroid, liver, bone, and brain, continuously irradiating small volumes of cells with high doses of alpha, beta and/or gamma radiation, and over many years often induce cancer”. (Helen Caldicott, Fukushima: Nuclear Apologists Play Shoot the Messenger on Radiation, The Age,  April 26, 2011)

While the spread of radiation to the West Coast of North America was casually acknowledged, the early press reports (AP and Reuters) “quoting diplomatic sources” stated that only “tiny amounts of radioactive particles have arrived in California but do not pose a threat to human health.”

“According to the news agencies, the unnamed sources have access to data from a network of measuring stations run by the United Nations’ Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization. …

… Greg Jaczko, chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, told White House reporters on Thursday (March 17) that his experts “don’t see any concern from radiation levels that could be harmful here in the United States or any of the U.S. territories”.

The spread of radiation. March 2011

Public Health Disaster. Economic Impacts

What prevails is a well organized camouflage. The public health disaster in Japan, the contamination of water, agricultural land and the food chain, not to mention the broader economic and social implications, have neither been fully acknowledged nor addressed in a comprehensive and meaningful fashion by the Japanese authorities.

Japan as a nation state has been destroyed. Its landmass and territorial waters are contaminated. Part of the country is uninhabitable. High levels of radiation have been recorded in the Tokyo metropolitan area, which has a population of  39 million (2010) (more than the population of Canada, circa 34 million (2010)) There are indications that the food chain is contaminated throughout Japan:

Radioactive cesium exceeding the legal limit was detected in tea made in a factory in Shizuoka City, more than 300 kilometers away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Shizuoka Prefecture is one of the most famous tea producing areas in Japan.

A tea distributor in Tokyo reported to the prefecture that it detected high levels of radioactivity in the tea shipped from the city. The prefecture ordered the factory to refrain from shipping out the product. After the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, radioactive contamination of tea leaves and processed tea has been found over a wide area around Tokyo. (See 5 More Companies Detect Radiation In Their Tea Above Legal Limits Over 300 KM From Fukushima, June 15, 2011)

Japan’s industrial and manufacturing base is prostrate. Japan is no longer a leading industrial power. The country’s exports have plummeted. The Tokyo government has announced its first trade deficit since 1980.

While the business media has narrowly centered on the impacts of power outages and energy shortages on the pace of productive activity, the broader issue pertaining to the outright radioactive contamination of the country’s infrastructure and industrial base is a “scientific taboo” (i.e the radiation of industrial plants, machinery and equipment, buildings, roads, etc). A report released in January 2012 points to the nuclear contamination of building materials used in the construction industry, in cluding roads and residential buildings throughout Japan.(See  FUKUSHIMA: Radioactive Houses and Roads in Japan. Radioactive Building Materials Sold to over 200 Construction Companies, January 2012)

A “coverup report” by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (May 2011), entitled Economic Impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Current Status of Recovery  presents “Economic Recovery” as a fait accompli. It also brushes aside the issue of radiation. The impacts of nuclear radiation on the work force and the country’s industrial base are not mentioned. The report states that the distance between Tokyo -Fukushima Dai-ichi  is of the order of 230 km (about 144 miles) and that the levels of radiation in Tokyo are lower than in Hong Kong and New York City.(Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Current Status of Recovery, p.15). This statement is made without corroborating evidence and in overt contradiction with independent radiation readings in Tokyo (se map below). In recent developments, Sohgo Security Services Co. is launching a lucrative “radiation measurement service targeting households in Tokyo and four surrounding prefectures”.

A map of citizens’ measured radiation levels shows radioactivity is distributed in a complex pattern reflecting the mountainous terrain and the shifting winds across a broad area of Japan north of Tokyo which is in the center of the of bottom of the map.”

“Radiation limits begin to be exceeded at just above 0.1 microsieverts/ hour blue. Red is about fifty times the civilian radiation limit at 5.0 microsieverts/hour. Because children are much more sensitive than adults, these results are a great concern for parents of young children in potentially affected areas.

SOURCE: Science Magazine

The fundamental question is whether the vast array of industrial goods and components “Made in Japan” — including hi tech components, machinery, electronics, motor vehicles, etc — and exported Worldwide are contaminated? Were this to be the case, the entire East and Southeast Asian industrial base –which depends heavily on Japanese components and industrial technology– would be affected. The potential impacts on international trade would be farreaching. In this regard, in January, Russian officials confiscated irradiated Japanese automobiles and autoparts in the port of Vladivostok for sale in the Russian Federation. Needless to say, incidents of this nature in a global competitive environment, could lead to the demise of the Japanese automobile industry which is already in crisis.

While most of the automotive industry is in central Japan, Nissan’s engine factory in Iwaki city is 42 km from the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Is the Nissan work force affected? Is the engine plant contaminated? The plant is within about 10 to 20 km of the government’s “evacuation zone” from which some 200,000 people were evacuated (see map below).


Nuclear Energy and Nuclear War

The crisis in Japan has also brought into the open the unspoken relationship between nuclear energy and nuclear war.

Nuclear energy is not a civilian economic activity. It is an appendage of the nuclear weapons industry which is controlled by the so-called defense contractors. The powerful corporate interests behind nuclear energy and nuclear weapons overlap.

In Japan at the height of the disaster, “the nuclear industry and government agencies [were] scrambling to prevent the discovery of atomic-bomb research facilities hidden inside Japan’s civilian nuclear power plants”.1  (See Yoichi Shimatsu, Secret Weapons Program Inside Fukushima Nuclear Plant? Global Research,  April 12, 2011)

It should be noted that the complacency of both the media and the governments to the hazards of nuclear radiation pertains to the nuclear energy industry as well as to to use of nuclear weapons. In both cases, the devastating health impacts of nuclear radiation are casually denied. Tactical nuclear weapons with an explosive capacity of up to six times a Hiroshima bomb are labelled by the Pentagon as “safe for the surrounding civilian population”.

No concern has been expressed at the political level as to the likely consequences of a US-NATO-Israel attack on Iran, using “safe for civilians” tactical nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear state.

Such an action would result in “the unthinkable”: a nuclear holocaust over a large part of the Middle East and Central Asia. A nuclear nightmare, however, would occur even if nuclear weapons were not used. The bombing of Iran’s nuclear facilities using conventional weapons would contribute to unleashing another Fukushima type disaster with extensive radioactive fallout. (For further details See Michel Chossudovsky, Towards a World War III Scenario, The Dangers of Nuclear War, Global Research, Montreal, 2011)

The Online Interactive I-Book Reader on Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War

In view of the official cover-up and media disinformation campaign, the contents of the articles and video reports in this Online Interactive Reader have not trickled down to to the broader public. (See Table of contents below)

This Online Interactive Reader on Fukushima contains a combination of analytical and scientific articles, video reports as well as shorter news reports and corroborating data.

Part I focusses on The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: How it Happened? Part II  pertains to The Devastating Health and Social Impacts in Japan. Part III  centers on the “Hidden Nuclear Catastrophe”, namely the cover-up by the Japanese government and the corporate media. Part IV focusses on the issue of  Worlwide Nuclear Radiation and Part V reviews the Implications of the Fukushima disaster for the Global Nuclear Energy Industry.

In the face of ceaseless media disinformation, this Global Research Online I-Book on the dangers of global nuclear radiation is intended to break the media vacuum and raise public awareness, while also pointing to the complicity of  the governments, the media and the nuclear industry.

We call upon our readers to spread the word.

We invite university, college and high school teachers to make this Interactive Reader on Fukushima available to their students.

Michel Chossudovsky, January 25, 2012

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: How it Happened

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: What Happened on “Day One”?
– by Yoichi Shimatsu – 2011-04-16
Fukushima is the greatest nuclear and environmental disaster in human history
- by Steven C. Jones – 2011-06-20

Nuclear Apocalypse in Japan
Lifting the Veil of Nuclear Catastrophe and cover-up
- by Keith Harmon Snow – 2011-03-18

Humanity now faces a deadly serious challenge coming out of Japan — the epicenter of radiation.

VIDEO: Full Meltdown? Japan Maximum Nuclear Alert
Watch now on GRTV
-by Christopher Busby- 2011-03-30

Fukushima: Japan’s Second Nuclear Disaster

- by Sherwood Ross – 2011-11-10

Secret Weapons Program Inside Fukushima Nuclear Plant?
U.S.-Japan security treaty fatally delayed nuclear workers’ fight against meltdown
- by Yoichi Shimatsu – 2011-04-12

The specter of self-destruction can be ended only with the abrogation of the U.S.-Japan security treaty, the root cause of the secrecy that fatally delayed the nuclear workers’ fight against meltdown.

Fukushima: “China Syndrome Is Inevitable” … “Huge Steam Explosions”
“Massive Hydrovolcanic Explosion” or a “Nuclear Bomb-Type Explosion” May Occur
- by Washington’s Blog – 2011-11-22

Accident at Second Japanese Nuclear Complex: The Nuclear Accident You Never Heard About

- by Washington’s Blog – 2012-01-12

VIDEO: New TEPCO Photographs Substantiate Significant Damage to Fukushima Unit 3
Latest report now on GRTV
- by Arnie Gundersen – 2011-10-20

PART II

The Devastating Health and Social Impacts in Japan

VIDEO: Surviving Japan: A Critical Look at the Nuclear Crisis
Learn more about this important new documentary on GRTV
- by Chris Noland – 2012-01-23

Fukushima and the Battle for Truth
Large sectors of the Japanese population are accumulating significant levels of internal contamination
- by Paul Zimmerman – 2011-09-27

FUKUSHIMA: Public health Fallout from Japanese Quake
“Culture of cover-up” and inadequate cleanup. Japanese people exposed to “unconscionable” health risks
- by Canadian Medical Association Journal – 2011-12-30

FUKUSHIMA: Radioactive Houses and Roads in Japan. Radioactive Building Materials Sold to over 200 Construction Companies

- 2012-01-16

VIDEO: Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated
Watch this important new report on GRTV
- by Arnie Gundersen – 2012-01-19

VIDEO: The Results Are In: Japan Received Enormous Exposures of Radiation from Fukushima
Important new video now on GRTV
- by Arnie Gundersen, Marco Kaltofen – 2011-11-07

The Tears of Sanriku (三陸の涙). The Death Toll for the Great East Japan Earthquake Nuclear Disaster

- by Jim Bartel – 2011-10-31

The Severity of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster: Comparing Chernobyl and Fukushima

- by Prof. Matthew Penney, Prof. Mark Selden – 2011-05-24

Uncertainty about the long-term health effects of radiation

Radioactivity in Food: “There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources. Period,” – by Physicians For Social Responsibility – 2011-03-23

71,000 people in the city next to the Fukushima nuclear plant “We’ve Been Left to Die” - 2011-03-19

Tokyo Water Unsafe For Babies, Food Bans Imposed – by Karyn Poupee – 2011-03-23

 

PART III

Hidden Nuclear Catastrophe: Cover-up by the Japanese Government and the Corporate Media

VIDEO: Japanese Government Insiders Reveal Fukushima Secrets
GRTV Behind the Headlines now online
- by James Corbett – 2011-10-06

Fukushima and the Mass Media Meltdown
The Repercussions of a Pro-Nuclear Corporate Press
- by Keith Harmon Snow – 2011-06-20

Scandal: Japan Forces Top Official To Retract Prime Minister’s Revelation Fukushima Permanently Uninhabitable

- by Alexander Higgins – 2011-04-18

Emergency Special Report: Japan’s Earthquake, Hidden Nuclear Catastrophe
- by Yoichi Shimatsu – 2011-03-13

The tendency to deny systemic errors – “in order to avoid public panic” – is rooted in the determination of an entrenched Japanese bureaucracy to protect itself…

VIDEO: Fukushima: TEPCO Believes Mission Accomplished & Regulators Allow Radioactive Dumping in Tokyo Bay
Learn more on GRTV
- by Arnie Gundersen – 2012-01-11

The Dangers of Radiation: Deconstructing Nuclear Experts
- by Chris Busby – 2011-03-31

“The nuclear industry is waging a war against humanity.” This war has now entered an endgame which will decide the survival of the human race.

Engineers Knew Fukushima Might Be Unsafe, But Covered It Up …
And Now the Extreme Vulnerabilty of NEW U.S. Plants Is Being Covered Up
- by Washington’s Blog – 2011-11-12

COVERUP: Are Fukushima Reactors 5 and 6 In Trouble Also?
- by Washington’s Blog – 2011-11-14

Fukushima’s Owner Adds Insult to Injury – Claims Radioactive Fallout Isn’t Theirs

- by John LaForge – 2012-01-17

PART IV

The Process of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation

VIDEO: Japan’s Nuclear Crisis: The Dangers of Worldwide Radiation

- by Dr. Helen Caldicott – 2012-01-25

An Unexpected Mortality Increase in the US Follows Arrival of Radioactive Plume from Fukushima, Is there a Correlation?
- by Dr. Joseph J. Mangano, Dr. Janette Sherman – 2011-12-20

In the US, Following the Fukushima fallout, samples of radioactivity in precipitation, air, water, and milk, taken by the U.S. government, showed levels hundreds of times above normal…

Radioactive Dust From Japan Hit North America 3 Days After Meltdown
But Governments “Lied” About Meltdowns and Radiation
- by Washington’s Blog – 2011-06-24

VIDEO: Fukushima Will Be Radiating Everyone for Centuries
New report now on GRTV
- by Michio Kaku, Liz Hayes – 2011-08-23

Fukushima: Diseased Seals in Alaska tested for Radiation

- 2011-12-29

Radiation Spreads to France

- by Washington’s Blog – 2011-11-15

Radioactive rain causes 130 schools in Korea to close — Yet rain in California had 10 TIMES more radioactivity

PART V

Implications for the Global Nuclear Energy Industry

Science with a Skew: The Nuclear Power Industry After Chernobyl and Fukushima
- by Gayle Greene – 2012-01-26

After Fukushima: Enough Is Enough

- by Helen Caldicott – 2011-12-05

VIDEO: Radiation Coverups Confirmed: Los Alamos, Fort Calhoun, Fukushima, TSA
New Sunday Report now on GRTV
- by James Corbett – 2011-07-04

VIDEO: Why Fukushima Can Happen Here: What the NRC and Nuclear Industry Don’t Want You to Know
Watch now on GRTV
- by Arnie Gundersen, David Lochbaum – 2011-07-12

VIDEO: Safety Problems in all Reactors Designed Like Fukushima
Learn more on GRTV
- by Arnie Gundersen – 2011-09-26

VIDEO: Proper Regulation of Nuclear Power has been Coopted Worldwide
Explore the issues on GRTV
- by Arnie Gundersen – 2011-10-05

VIDEO: New Nuclear Reactors Do Not Consider Fukushima Design Flaws
Find out more on GRTV
- by Arnie Gundersen – 2011-11-24

Nuclear Energy: Profit Driven Industry
“Nuclear Can Be Safe Or It Can Be Cheap … But It Can’t Be Both”
- by Washington’s Blog – 2011-12-23

VIDEO: Fukushima and the Fall of the Nuclear Priesthood
Watch the new GRTV Feature Interview
- by Arnie Gundersen – 2011-10-22

Why is there a Media Blackout on Nuclear Incident at Fort Calhoun in Nebraska?

- by Patrick Henningsen – 2011-06-23

Startling Revelations about Three Mile Island Disaster Raise Doubts Over Nuke Safety

- by Sue Sturgis – 2011-07-24

Radioactive Leak at Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station

- by Rady Ananda – 2011-07-01

VIDEO: US vs Japan: The Threat of Radiation Speculation
Dangerous double standards examined on GRTV
- by Arnie Gundersen – 2011-06-25

Additional articles and videos on Fukushima and Nuclear Radiation are available at Global Research’s Dossier on The Environment


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 Nuclear Radiation: Categorization

At Fukushima, reports confirm that alpha, beta, gamma particles and neutrons have been released:

“While non-ionizing radiation and x-rays are a result of electron transitions in atoms or molecules, there are three forms of ionizing radiation that are a result of activity within the nucleus of an atom.  These forms of nuclear radiation are alpha particles (α-particles), beta particles (β-particles) and gamma rays (γ-rays).

Alpha particles are heavy positively charged particles made up of two protons and two neutrons.  They are essentially a helium nucleus and are thus represented in a nuclear equation by either α or .  See the Alpha Decay page for more information on alpha particles.

Beta particles come in two forms:  and  particles are just electrons that have been ejected from the nucleus.  This is a result of sub-nuclear reactions that result in a neutron decaying to a proton.  The electron is needed to conserve charge and comes from the nucleus.  It is not an orbital electron.  particles are positrons ejected from the nucleus when a proton decays to a neutron.  A positron is an anti-particle that is similar in nearly all respects to an electron, but has a positive charge.  See the Beta Decay page for more information on beta particles.

Gamma rays are photons of high energy electromagnetic radiation (light).  Gamma rays generally have the highest frequency and shortest wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum.  There is some overlap in the frequencies of gamma rays and x-rays; however, x-rays are formed from electron transitions while gamma rays are formed from nuclear transitions. See the Gamma Rays  for more” (SOURCE: Canadian Nuclear Association)

A neutron is a particle that is found in the nucleus, or center, of atoms. It has a mass very close to protons, which also reside in the nucleus of atoms. Together, they make up almost all of the mass of individual atoms. Each has a mass of about 1 amu, which is roughly 1.6×10-27kg. Protons have a positive charge and neutrons have no charge, which is why they were more difficult to discover.” (SOURCE: Neutron Radiation)

“Many different radioactive isotopes are used in or are produced by nuclear reactors. The most important of these are described below:

1. Uranium 235 (U-235) is the active component of most nuclear reactor fuel.

2. Plutonium (Pu-239) is a key nuclear material used in modern nuclear weapons and is also present as a by-product in certain reprocessed fuels used in some nuclear reactors. Pu-239 is also produced in uranium reactors as a byproduct of fission of U-235.

3. Cesium (Cs-137 ) is a fission product of U-235. It emits beta and gamma radiation and can cause radiation sickness and death if exposures are high enough. …

4. Iodine 131 (I-131), also a fission product of U-235, emits beta and gamma radiation. After inhalation or ingestion, it is absorbed by and concentrated in the thyroid gland, where its beta radiation damages nearby thyroid tissue  (SOURCE: Amesh A. Adalja, MD, Eric S. Toner, MD, Anita Cicero, JD, Joseph Fitzgerald, MS, MPH, and Thomas V. Inglesby MD, Radiation at Fukushima: Basic Issues and Concepts, March 31, 2011)


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MiniDuke: New cyber-attack ‘hacks governments’ for political secrets

Published time: February 27, 2013 21:35

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The governments of at least 20 countries may have fallen victim to a sophisticated new cyber-attack. Security experts believe the hackers are attempting to steal political intelligence.

The governments of at least 20 countries may have fallen victim to a sophisticated new cyber-attack. Security experts believe the hackers are attempting to steal political intelligence.

Computer security firms Kaspersky Lab and CrySyS Lab discovered that the malware, dubbed "MiniDuke," targeted government computers in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal and Romania along with think tanks, research institutes and healthcare providers in the United States.

“The technical indicators from our analysis show this is a new type of threat actor that hasn't been seen before,” Kurt Baumgartner, a senior security researcher with Kaspersky Lab, told RT.

Although experts avoid speculating on who the attackers may be, Baumgartner clarified that “based on the target victims and the functionality of the malware” the objective of MiniDuke’s authors is “to collect geopolitical intelligence.”

The threat operates on low-level code to stay hidden, and uses Twitter and Google to get instructions and updates. It allegedly infected PCs when ‘victims’ opened a cleverly disguised Adobe PDF attachment to an email.

“The high level of encryption in the malware and the flexible system it used to communicate with the C2 via Twitter and Google indicates this was a strategically planned operation,” Baumgartner said.

The PDF documents were specifically tailored to their targets, according to the researchers. The attachments referred to highly relevant topics subjects like “foreign policy,” a “human rights seminar,” or “NATO membership plans."

When the files were opened, MiniDuke would install itself on the user's computer.

So far it is only known that the malware then connects to two servers, one in Panama and one in Turkey, but security researchers say there are no clear indications of who was behind the online attacks.

According to Karpersky Lab the spyware was written in “assembler language,” a low-level code where each statement corresponds to a specific command, and is very small in size, only 20 kilobytes. Assembler language codes are written specifically for each system they are meant to attack, as opposed to higher-level codes, which can infect multiple types of technologies.

The way the malware was created and used indicates that the attackers “have knowledge from the elite, ‘old school’  type of malicious programmers who were extremely effective at creating highly complex viruses in the past,” Baumgartner says. “MiniDuke’s attackers have combined these skills with the newly advanced sandbox-evading exploits to target high-profile victims, which is unique and something we haven’t seen before.”

MiniDuke is a three-stage attack, technology news and information website, Arstechnica, explains. First it tricks a victim into opening an authentic-looking PDF document, and then infected machines start using Twitter or Google “to retrieve encrypted instructions showing them where to report for additional backdoors.”

"These accounts were created by MiniDuke’s Command and Control (C2) operators and the tweets maintain specific tags labeling encrypted URLs for the backdoors,” Kaspersky Lab said in a statement. “Based on the analysis, it appears that the MiniDuke’s creators provide a dynamic backup system that also can fly under the radar - if Twitter isn’t working or the accounts are down, the malware can use Google Search to find the encrypted strings to the next C2.

Stages two and three are hidden inside a GIF image file which is downloaded from the command server and “disguised as pictures that appear on a victim’s machine.”

Image from securelist.com

Eugene Kaspersky, founder and chief executive of Kaspersky Lab, compared the highly-advanced MiniDuke to “malicious programming from the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s”, saying it has the potential to be "extremely dangerous" because it was an "elite, old-school" attack.

"This is a very unusual cyber-attack," the statement emailed to RT read.

"I remember this style of malicious programming from the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s. I wonder if these types of malware writers, who have been in hibernation for more than a decade, have suddenly awoken and joined the sophisticated group of threat actors active in the cyber world. These elite, “old school” malware writers were extremely effective in the past at creating highly complex viruses," Kaspersky's CEO added.

Neither Kaspersky nor CrySyS is disclosing what the malware does once it takes hold of a victim until they have had a chance to privately warn infected organizations, Arstechnica reported.

According to the technology news and information website, at least 60 victims have been affected. Kaspersky has identified at least 23 affected countries, including the US, Hungary, Ukraine, Belgium, Portugal, Romania, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Germany, Israel, Japan, Russia, Spain, the UK, and Ireland.

Revelations about the new malware come two weeks after Silicon Valley security firm FireEye discovered security flaws in Reader and Acrobat software.

Leaked document sample. Image from securelist.com


UK to rename academy after cruel king

The UK government’s decision to rename a hall at the Sandhurst military academy after the brutal king of Bahrain has sparked outrage among the British public, according to media reports.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) is renaming the hall, called Mons, commemorating troops killed in a major World War One battle after king Hamad al-Khalifa of Bahrain following the cruel ruler’s donation of £3 million to refurbish the hall.

This comes as the country will soon be marking the 100th anniversary of the battle, Mons, which took place in Belgium and left 1,600 UK troops dead.

The outraged British attacked the MoD’s move, saying that the tiny Persian Gulf island nation, which is well-known for severe human rights abuses, is essentially ‘buying silence’. They, meanwhile, noted that the British Army is ‘betraying its dead’, by renaming a war-time memorial after a wealthy brute ruler just for helping it financially.

“There’s something deeply ironic in renaming a hall that was in memory of soldiers who died in a tragic battle in the First World War in honor of a king who is routinely committing human rights abuses,” Labor MP Jeremy Corbyn told British media.

“To change the name of something which commemorates a very tragic episode in British military history, simply because they’re getting a sum of money from a rather dubious source, is appalling,” said Labour MP Andy Slaughter.

Slaughter also chairs the House of Commons all-party ‘Democracy In Bahrain’ group.

“It reflects the appalling double standards the British government and institutions have in relation to the Bahraini regime, which is guilty of all sorts of human rights abuses and fundamentally undemocratic", he added.

The online community also reacted angrily to the move as well.

“I doubt UK will condemn human rights abuses committed by allies whose leaders indirectly fund UK armed forces,” and "Sandhurst endorses mass torturing, child-murdering, iron-fisted dictator" were among the messages posted on Twitter in response to the name change.

Bahrain, home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, has come under fire from human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, which slammed the regime for its violent and brutal crackdown on protesters. British-made tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and even live ammunition have been fired on pro-democracy demonstrators, according to the Amnesty International’s latest reports on Bahrain.

Violent clashes broke out recently at the funeral of a teenager, who was killed on Thursday during a rally marking the anniversary of the popular uprising against the ruling monarchy. The procession was blocked and dispersed with stun grenades and tear gas, and several people were injured.

In a clear example of double standards, the UK, U.S. and their Western allies have been reluctant to even criticize the Bahraini regime for its atrocities over the past two years and beyond.

Britain and its fellow members at the European Union have been supplying the al-Khalifa regime with various types of weaponry irrespective of the fact that scores of protesters in Bahrain were being fired on nightly with birdshot and tear gas they had manufactured.

This is while that the UK, France and certain EU states are conspiring behind closed doors to lift an EU embargo barring the supply of weapons to foreign-backed terrorists fighting the popular government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Mons Hall is set to reopen next month, and king Hamad has been invited to attend the ceremony. A plaque will be unveiled with the inscription: ‘King Hamad Hall. This building, the former Mons Hall, was refurbished in 2013 with a generous gift from the Kingdom of Bahrain.’
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The Battle of Mons was the first engagement between British and German forces on World War I’s Western Front, beginning on August 23, 1914. The conflict comprised one of the so-called ‘Battles of the Frontier,’ which took place in August 1914. The British found themselves heavily outnumbered by the Germans: 70,000 troops to 160,000, and 300 artillery pieces to 600. The British suffered some 1,600 casualties.

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Hague To Announce Human Rights Programme As Part Of Fight Against Terrorism

Britain is to mount an ambitious programme of support for human rights amongst key allies as part of the ongoing war on terrorism, Foreign Secretary William Hague will announce. The "justice and human rights partnerships" initiative is intended to ena...

From Afghanistan: My Voice Is Not Political, It Is Human

It’s hard for me, an ordinary citizen of Singapore, a medical doctor engaged in social enterprise work in Afghanistan and a human being wishing for a better world, to write this from Kabul.Raz, Abdulhai and the author in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo: Voices for Creative Nonviolence)

But people are dying.

And children and women are feeling hopeless.

 “What’s the point in telling you our stories?” asked Freba, one of the seamstresses working with the Afghan Peace Volunteers to set up a tailoring co-operative for Afghan women. “Does anyone hear? Does anyone believe us?”

Silently within, I answered Freba with shame,” You’re right. No one is listening.”

So, I write this in protest against my government’s presence in the humanitarian and war tragedy of Afghanistan, as a way to lend my voice to Freba and all my Afghan friends.

I do so in dissent, against the global security of imprisoned minds.

I thought, “If no one listens as humans should, we should at least speak like free men and women.”

Singapore’s complicity in the humanitarian and war tragedy of Afghanistan

It is clear that the Taliban, the many Afghan and regional warlords, militia groups and the Afghan government are responsible for the current humanitarian and war tragedy of Afghanistan.

But Singapore is also responsible because it is one of the fifty U.S. /NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) coalition countries working with the corrupt Afghan government (rated the most corrupt country in 2012).

While the Singapore government would never support any corrupt Singaporean leader even for a day, they have sent troops to support the most corrupt leaders on earth! If accountability is at all important, we cannot say, ‘Oh…never mind!”

Moreover, Singapore has inadvertently become a minor accomplice of the self-interests of the U.S. government in Afghanistan ; The U.S. Vice President , Joe Biden, spoke at the Munich Security Conference recently, "The United States is a Pacific power. And the world's greatest military alliance ( NATO ) helps make us an Atlantic power as well. As our new defense strategy makes clear, we will remain both a Pacific power and an Atlantic power." 

American power and economic interests naturally do not include the best interests of ordinary Singaporeans or Afghans.

The Afghan humanitarian tragedy

In the normal, logical world, it should inspire the doubt and curiosity of Singaporeans that while the U.S. /NATO coalition was spending billions of dollars every week on the Afghan war ( the U.S. alone was spending two billion dollars every week ), Afghans have been perishing under one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world. At least 36% live below the poverty line and 35% of Afghan men do not have work . The UN calls the acute malnutrition of nearly one million children in the Afghan south ‘shocking’ . Almost three quarters of all Afghans do not have access to safe drinking water .

On several occasions in the past few years, Afghanistan was declared the worst country for children and women, and yet, many of us still hold this warped presumption, “Afghanistan is the worst country for children and women but whatever we are doing over there MUST somehow be right!”

The Afghan war tragedy

In the normal, logical world, it should at least matter to ‘result-orientated’ Singaporeans that the very expensive Afghan/U.S. coalition’s ‘war against terrorism’ has increased rather than decreased ‘terrorism’, with the Global Terrorism Index reporting that terrorist strikes in the region have increased four times since the start of the Iraq war in 2003.

Even President Karzai said in the UK recently that the security situation in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan was better before British troops were deployed.

Adding to this cynical mess of increased ‘terrorism’ at the hands of global superpowers, the U.S. has established an epicenter of drone warfare in Afghanistan, with Afghans and Pakistanis and other ‘insurgents’ as their ‘targets’, and Singapore as one of their many allies. Singapore has had teams helping in drone reconnaissance operations, reconnaissance that may have eventually ended up with a U.S. /NATO decision to kill someone without trial.

I had raised this personal concern once in a meeting room at Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs ; I was appreciative of the attentiveness given to this issue, but sensed that there was no great interest in ‘investigating’ how Singapore’s co-operation in the drone operations in Afghanistan may be violating international law, as was suggested by the ex-UN Special Rapporteur on Extra Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings, Mr Philip Alston.

A recent New York Times article highlights these ‘fears  for U.S. allies’, reporting on a lawsuit in the British courts that ‘accuses British officials of becoming “secondary parties to murder” by passing intelligence to American officials that was later used in drone strikes.’ My life has been changed by listening to Afghan friends like Raz Mohammad tell how ‘drones bury beautiful lives’.

The U.N. is finally living up to its charter to ‘remove the scourge of war’ by duly investigating drone warfare. Major U.S. newspapers are also asking for more transparency over Obama’s weekly, premeditated ‘kill lists’. There has been concern over unchecked Powers getting even more out of all jurisdictions with the appointment of ‘drone justifier’ John Brennan as Obama’s CIA Director nominee.

Even the UN Committee on the Rights of a Child has been "alarmed" at reports of the deaths of hundreds of children from US attacks and air strikes in Afghanistan since the committee last reviewed U.S. practices in 2008.

Singapore should be alarmed too.

Singapore’s own identity as a militarized, authoritarian country

Deep within, like most human beings, Freba yearns for a decent livelihood without war. Abdulhai and the Afghan Peace Volunteers wish for friends from all 195 countries of the world, a better world without borders!

What kind of identity do Singaporeans wish for their country, a peaceful and friendly country or otherwise?

Again, I’m concerned. We like pictures of be-medaled soldiers more than unsung ‘Mother Teresa’ heroines. Our government has a significant number of ex-military commanders.

According to the Global Militarisation Index released by the Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC), Singapore has been the second most militarized nation in the world for years. The latest ranking puts Singapore just second to Israel and one brutal position more militarized than Syria.

The world is awakening, the human race is revolutionizing, and so is Singapore’s electorate. Most ordinary folk in the world don’t want to send missiles or guns to kill strangers in other places! Human beings have always preferred otherwise.

What also worries me is that this militarized mindset may be behind Singapore’s enthusiasm in the drone show-business, and in ‘unintentionally’ being part of the U.S.’ ‘Asia pivot’ by hosting four U.S. littoral combat ships.

Even on the economic front, while Singapore has one of the higher Gini coefficients of income inequality in the world, not many people in Singapore are aware of or debating Singapore’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, again a partnership that corporate America is pushing for.

What Singapore has aligned herself with in Afghanistan is militarized authoritarianism that concentrates profit and power in the hands of a few. While this follows global norms, such a system works mainly for the wealth and power of the 1% in the short term, but not for the daily needs of the 99% in either the short or long term.

I personally think that both the democratic and socialist practices of today are ‘non-progressive’ vehicles for the rule of the few ‘Kings, Emperors, Presidents, and Prime Ministers’ over the many presumably ‘ignorant, helpless and sometimes lazy’ subjects. These elitist systems tend to maintain control by ‘pacifying the masses’ through formal education, mainstream media and force.

I hope Singapore can steer itself away from this ‘norm’, an ugly ‘norm’ in which war becomes fun, like when Prince Harry described his combat pilot job in Afghanistan as "a joy … because I'm one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think I'm probably quite useful."

I believe that for effective defense and genuine security, we ought to be friends with neighbours and all peoples of other lands rather than militarists with superior weapons.

Perhaps these are differences in opinions which can be included in Our Singapore Conversation.

It’s hard for me to write this, but I am sincerely ashamed to be a citizen of the 2nd most militarized nation on earth, a country that has participated in the legally-questionable drone warfare in Afghanistan.

Thankfully, I have hope in Singaporeans like I have hope in humanity. There are alternatives. The world is awakening, the human race is revolutionizing, and so is Singapore’s electorate. Most ordinary folk in the world don’t want to send missiles or guns to kill strangers in other places! Human beings have always preferred otherwise.

My voice is not political. My voice is human.

Afghans are hurting very badly.

And I am hurting too.

Hakim

Hakim (weeteckyoung@gmail.com) is a mentor for the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul. www.ourjourneytosmile.com

In UK’s Heated Debate Over Immigration, Ministers Avoid Using The A-Word

LONDON -- Will President Obama’s plans for "comprehensive immigration reform," centred on a "pathway" to “earned citizenship” for 11 million undocumented immigrants, inspire British politicians to unveil similar proposals here?

In the UK, the number of undocumented immigrants has been estimated to be anywhere between 500,000 and 1.1 million. The much-maligned UK Border Agency is attempting to clear a massive backlog of cases of some 320,000 people -- the equivalent of the population of Iceland.

Yet ministers studiously refuse to talk of reform, which has been criticized as "amnesty": to be seen as “soft” on immigration, illegal or otherwise, is considered the kiss of death in modern British politics.

Here, the debate over immigration reform revolves around devising new and ingenious ways of keeping people out of the country -- for example, the government’s "cap" on the number of immigrants allowed into the UK from outside the European Union, or the ongoing war on "bogus" foreign students from the Indian subcontinent –- rather than legalising the status of undocumented people who are inside the country (a process known as “regularisation”).

And Fortress Britain is, of course, part of Fortress Europe; across the continent, governments have erected an increasing number of hurdles and barriers to try and limit immigration into the EU from North Africa and the Middle East while far-right parties have exploited a growing fear of foreigners to make substantive electoral gains.

“Globally, European countries stand out as having a negative attitude towards immigration (and Britain especially so),” wrote Ben Page, chief executive of pollsters Ipsos MORI, earlier this year, “and this appears to be linked to economic stagnation, high unemployment and public-sector cuts providing a framework in which immigrants are likely to be seen as a drain on limited resources and a threat to limited opportunities.”

Nonetheless, there have been a few attempts to buck the trend. In December 2011, the Polish government announced a relief for an estimated 7,000 undocumented immigrants.

Here in the UK, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg –- prior to entering into coalition with the Conservatives and being elevated to deputy prime minister –- said he wanted to “regularise” the status of undocumented immigrants and bring them “out of the shadows”; his party’s 2010 manifesto pledged to “allow people who have been in Britain without the correct papers for ten years ... to earn their citizenship."

Influential Labour MP Jon Cruddas, now in charge of his party’s policy review, is also on record backing deportation relief for undocumented foreign workers who have been in the UK for a long time.

Remarkably, so too is the Conservative mayor of London, Boris Johnson. "If an immigrant has been here for a long time and there is no realistic prospect of returning them, then I do think that person's condition should be regularised so that they can pay taxes and join the rest of society," he has said in the past. (The capital is thought to be home to more than two-thirds of the country’s undocumented immigrants.)

But it would be a mistake to assume that relief for undocumented in the UK is around the corner. “In the U.S., ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ brings together a broad alliance of business and unions, human rights and race advocates and universities; and advocates have built an argument that two-thirds of Americans back by putting effective borders, a path to citizenship, and enforcement of labour market standards together,” says Sunder Katwala, founder and director of the British Future think tank. This contrasts with the UK, he explains, where “advocacy is fragmented.”

Reform is also deeply unpopular –- hence the reluctance of most mainstream politicians to utter the A-word. Poll after poll shows the public supports deportation of undocumented immigrants, no matter how expensive or impractical such measures may be, rather than "amnesties" or "regularisation." As Katwala observes, “The 2010 election, where the LibDems came under fire over amnesty, showed that there is a very long way to go to build public support and consent, and to offer credible reassurance that it would be a one-off to sort an effective system out, not the first in a series of amnesties seeming to create an open door policy for all.”

Few would pretend that there is anything resembling a "liberal" majority on immigration in the UK: A recent YouGov poll for the Sunday Times revealed that 67 percent of the public thinks immigration has been “a bad thing for Britain” and 80 percent support the Conservative-led coalition government’s pledge to reduce net immigration into the UK from the hundreds of thousands to the "tens of thousands."

Consider, however, the results of YouGov’s latest “issues” poll. When asked which two or three issues were the “most important ... facing the country at this time," the economy came first, cited by 79 percent of the public, while immigration was second, cited by 49 percent. But when asked to rank “the most important issues facing you and your family,” the economy still came first (67 percent) while immigration plummeted to sixth (14 percent), behind health (33 percent), pensions (31 percent) tax (27 percent) and family life (16 percent).

The YouGov poll, incidentally, backs the findings of a recent "State of the Nation" survey conducted by British Future, which found that 19 percent of the public picked immigration as their top local concern while 30 percent put immigration first when asked to think about the tensions facing “British society as a whole."

As YouGov chairman Peter Kellner points out, “there is a huge gulf between people’s perception of immigration as a national issue, and one that affects their own lives.”

It is this “gulf” that the advocates of deportation relief, and a less draconian approach to immigration as a whole, will have to try and turn to their advantage if they are to secure popular support in the near future. In the meantime, the UK's undocumented immigrants will continue to remain in the shadows, watching the unfolding debate across the Atlantic with envy.

Land Grabs and Human Rights Violations Exposed in LIberia Ahead of Global Development Summit

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - February 1 - Palm oil companies are grabbing more than 1.5 million acres of land in Liberia and are violating human rights of local communities, warn Liberian NGOs including Friends of the Earth Liberia (SDI - Sustainable Development Institute), Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU) and Social Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SESDev).

On the eve of a United Nations meeting in Liberia, that will discuss a new global development framework, Friends of the Earth International is backing the local NGOs’ demands - including renegotiation of contracts for land concessions and a reassessment of the Liberian agricultural development strategy on which these concessions are based. [1] [2]

Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby and Indonesian Golden Veloreum have entered into long term land leases with the Liberian Government. Investigations into Sime Darby’s operations reveal that communities located in the areas allocated to the company had little warning or consultation of this land grab. Many of the inhabitants, especially women, say they have lost their farms and food sources, livelihoods, as well as culturally sacred sites to oil palm plantations. [3] [4]

An analysis of the contracts between the Liberian Government and the Asian companies demonstrates they are likely to be violating several Human Rights conventions ratified by Liberia. [5]

“Giving away land for large scale plantations is hailed as promoting the economic recovery of Liberia but in reality these plantations undermine Liberia’s basic food security and cause poverty when livelihoods are lost. Therefore allowing these plantations contradicts the Liberian Government’s own policies on reducing poverty and preventing hunger”, says SDI campaigner Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor.

“Allocating large swathes of fertile agricultural land to foreign companies for several decades will push people further into poverty, as local income generating activities are curtailed and peoples’ earning capacities become limited”, he adds

Civil society organisations are also concerned about large scale conversion of primary and secondary forest to palm oil plantations as Sime Darby expands into Gbarpolu county. They are demanding a halt to any further planting and further deforestation and environmental degradation in any of the concession areas.

“Forests have environmental benefits and provide multiple livelihood sources for the people, which they have now lost. Employment from the plantations is insecure; low- paid and does not contribute to sustaining livelihoods in the long term. Instead, local communities want the Liberian government and the palm oil companies to recognise their ownership of community land”, says SAMFU campaigner Robert Nyahn.

The UN High Level panel meeting in Monrovia brings together political leaders from around the world, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, to discuss development goals especially in Africa. Friends of the Earth Liberia will be present at this meeting to question the suitability of large scale land concessions as a development strategy in Liberia.

Sime Darby claims that it upholds international human rights standards and voluntary guidelines such as the UN Global Compact of which the company is a signatory. However, in its operations in Liberia, Sime Darby is violating several principles of the Global Compact as well as OECD Guidelines for Multinational Companies.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor, Campaigner, Sustainable Development Institute (Liberia) Phone: 00 35383 148 4210 (Ireland mobile) Email: ssiakor@sdiliberia.org

Maarten Van Den Berg, Communications Coordinator, Friends of the Earth International, Phone: +31 20 622 1369 Email: media@foei.org

Detailed press information, a fact sheet about the case and supporting documents, as well as a selection of rights free images is available online at http://www.foei.org/simedarby


NOTES TO EDITORS:

[1] In a statement released today, the three Liberian NGOs are demanding a comprehensive reform program for the agriculture sector which takes into account community livelihoods and recognizes their rights to use and benefit from community resources, to kick-start genuine development in Liberia. See statement at foei.org/simedarby

[2] Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will convene a high Level Panel meeting on 1st February to discuss global Sustainable Development Goals. See more information on the meeting at http://www.un.org/sg/management/hlppost2015.shtml

[3] A fact sheet with about the operations of Sime Darby in Liberia is online at http://www.foei.org/simedarby

[4] In November 2012, 150 affected community representatives met in Liberia to discuss the impacts of palm oil. See their statement at http://www.foei.org/simedarby

[5] A human rights-based analysis of the agricultural concession agreements between Sime Darby and Golden Veroleum and the Government of Liberia, Forest Peoples Programme 2012, available at http://www.foei.org/simedarby

Rape Victims Must Sign Away Rights to Get Remedy from Barrick Gold

Following years of denial, Barrick Gold is implementing a remedy program for victims of rape by employees of its Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea.

UK troop abuse of Iraqis ‘systemic’

Nearly 200 Iraqi civilians are fighting a High Court battle for a fully independent public inquiry into allegations that British troops committed "terrifying acts of brutality" following the invasion of Iraq. Two judges were told women, the elderly an...

Child Soldiers, Torture, A Humanitarian Crisis And An ‘Invisible War’

As Britain prepares to send hundreds of troops to West Africa to support French forces fighting Islamists in Mali, charities and human rights groups have warned of serious atrocities being committed on both sides of the conflict.

Reports from workers on the ground suggest child soldiers are being drafted into a war that is split down ethnic and geographical lines, and one that is threatening to turn into a major humanitarian crisis.

More than 2,000 French soldiers are currently supporting the army in Mali after Islamist fighters seized hold of several regions in the North more than nine months ago.

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Malian soldiers boarding a French Transall military plane in Bamako, Mali

“We are winning in Mali," French President Francois Hollande told a news conference on Monday, after armed forces secured the key city of Timbuktu.

While news footage showed local Malians celebrating the departure of the Islamists and cheering the French, the situation is far more complicated than some bulletins suggest.

Phillipe Bolopion, the UN Director of Human Rights Watch, told the Huffington Post UK the organisation was documenting "serious evidence of multiple killings by the Malian army", recounting how bodies are dumped and wilfully ignored by the local police.

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Malian soldiers walking through the rubble of a former army base leveled during fighting with Islamist rebels in Konna

Bolopion, speaking from Sévaré, a town in the Mopti Region of Mali, said a number of people from different ethnic groups were rounded up from around town and bus stations a few weeks ago and then slaughtered.

"The bodies were dumped in a well close to the Gendarmerie station and they are still there. No one is interested in investigating," he said.

Islamist groups have been driven from the area, yet Bolopion painted a stark picture of the scene that will greet British troops, adding: “If Sevare is the test case of things to come in other liberated areas it is very worrying."

“We are trying to piece it all together but the army are intimidating people and telling them not to talk. We told the Gendarmerie; ‘the bodies are still there, you can see them, but they say ‘why dont you ask my boss? or 'it's the fire service’s fault.’ And what this shows is there is no interest in investigation from local authorities.’

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Malian soldiers outside Gao airport

His disturbing account follows a report by The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) alleging that the Malian army is responsible for at least 33 killings since Jan 10, particularly in the towns of Sévaré, Nioro, and Mopti.

Refugees have told of horrific atrocities committed by the Islamists too, with public whippings, children being recruited to fight and rebels chopping off people’s hands.

As displaced families struggle with the emotional and physical toll of what they have witnessed, both Save The Children and UNHCR have reported on how members of different ethnic communities blame each other for supporting the separatist rebellion which led to the present conflict.

Many of these people have already survived the worst food crisis in living memory and there are fears that the situation could develop into a major humanitarian crisis.

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A burnt-out car in Konna after the fighting

Sévaré is not the only town that has seen conflict. Konna, in the centre of Mali, witnessed fierce fighting less than a week ago. Many of the town’s main buildings were razed to the ground after clashes between Malian army and rebel groups and then the French forces moved their troops in.

Bolopion claims they have collected evidence of civilian casulties after a French airstrike in Konna and said there had also been reports of people being taken away from the Malian army and turning up either dead or missing.

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A crowd cheers the arrival of French soldiers in Timbuktu, in northern Mali

He said they had documented four civilians who were killed in the airstrike so far, with one woman, and three children, aged six, ten and 11.

He added: "Reports suggested there may be more but we did not have enough time to check as the Malian army did not allow it."

There has been widespread frustration at the lack of access to the places where fighting has taken place, either to journalists or to people providing humanitarian aid. Al Jazeera's Yasmine Ryan, who is in Mali, described the conflict as an 'invisible war' with no official death tolls for civilians or soldiers.

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A French soldier guards the Timbuktu airport in Mali

Despite these accounts of violence, Tom McCormack of Save the Children said most people seem happy that the West has intervened.

Speaking from the capital Boloko, McCormack told the Huffington Post UK: "It seems most Malians accept that forceful intervention was needed and most people feel relieved that armed groups (Islamists) are gone."

The brutal violence of these groups was documented in a January 2013 report by Amnesty, which told how Tuareg and Islamist armed opposition groups engaged in widespread rape and torture and killed of captured Malian soldier and recruited child soldiers.

"We dont have first hand reports but we are hearing stories of child soldiers being involved in the fighting, being lured into training camps with a little bit of money and being used in the conflict in various ways."

McCormack said he thought the recent flurry of violence was now settling down into a "long simmering conflict" which came with its own set of challenges.

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Angry crowds shout at suspected Islamist extremists in the back of an army truck in Gao

Thousands of people have been displaced by the fighting, with very few refugee camps and instead refugees staying with host families or extended relatives.

According to UNCHR some 380,000 people have fled northern Mali since the start of the conflict a year ago. This includes 230,000 who fled South, and more than 150,000 who are living as refugees in Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria (despite the border being closed)

McCormack said this displacement threatens to push communities to breaking point. "These are some of the poorest people in the world and it wont take very much for people to be pushed over the edge," he added.

"People have always been able to accept the many different ethnic groups in Malian society and prided themselves on getting along but these Islamist groups have proved really divisive.

"There’s an added factor of social strain now. A lot of people resent this, and blame the Touregs for this tension and some Northern Malians living down south fear they could be stigmatised and blamed for the crisis. People are pitted against people and there have been isolated cases where northern malians have been targeted.

"I fear there will be some social damage with reprisals as those in the south see it a chance to punish people in the north for the unrest."

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Hundreds of Malians looted stores in Timbuktu, saying the shops belonged to 'Arabs' and 'terrorists' linked to the radical Islamists who occupied the desert town for 10 months

This is supported by a report by the UNHCR which talks of "tension between ethnic communities" and appeals to community leaders and to the Malian authorities "to give urgent priority to initiatives to promote peace and reconciliation between various ethnic groups."

Additionally both the Red Cross and Crescent and Plan International have raised concern over the developing humanitarian situation in the region. ICRCC have been involved in large scale food distribution in the north, amid shortages of fuel needed to power water pumps and lack of chemicals to treat the water.

Dr Krishnan of Plan International told the Huffington Post UK: "We, the global humanitarian community, have been struggling to raise money to help almost 400,000 people displaced by the fighting. We are asking for just one-third of the military budget – US$370 million. But as of this morning only 1% has been committed.”

Lindsay German of Stop the War Coalition told the Huffington Post UK that intervention in these kinds of situations never worked "because it doesnt address the problems and grievances people are facing on the ground."

"Every time the government does a knee jerk reaction like this you know its not addressing the real problems.

"They need to address the inequality of people living there. Islamists do well in part in these regions because the state is not functioning for the people and they provide some sort of alternative for people who are very very poor."

Drone Proliferation — Crimes Against Humanity for “Global Security”

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The Children Killed by America’s Drones. “Crimes Against Humanity” committed by Barack H. Obama., Prof Michel Chossudovsky, January 26, 2013

Behind each name there is the face of a child with a family history in a village in a far away country, with a mom and a dad, with brothers and sisters and friends.


U.S. government smear campaign against reporters exposing the drone wars

Proliferation of Armed Drones for “Global Security”: Will the UN Drone Inquiry Get to the Heart of the matter?, Chris Cole, January 26, 2013

The UN inquiry into the use of armed drones for targeted killing, announced yesterday by London-based UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, is very much to be welcomed. Undertaken at the direct request of several…


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UN Launches Major Investigation into Civilian Drone Deaths, 

Chris Woods and Alice K Ross, January 26, 2013

A UN investigation into the legality and casualties of drone strikes has been formally launched, with a leading human rights lawyer revealing the team that will carry out the inquiry. The announcement came…


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Obama Inauguration Day: Two Nobel Peace Laureates, “Drones Apart”. Martin Luther King: “From Every Mountainside, Let Freedom Ring.”, Felicity Arbuthnot, January 21, 2013

One day … Children at school will ask: What is war? You will answer them. You will tell them: Those words are not used any more. Like stagecoaches, galleys or slavery. Words no longer meaningful … (Martin Luther King,15th January…


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Institutionalized Killing: Obama to Approve Drone Assassination Manual, 

Patrick Martin, January 21, 2013

President Obama is about to sign off on a manual that will institutionalize the process by which the White House orders and approves killings by remote-controlled drones, according to a report Sunday. The so-called counterterrorism “playbook” will define the circumstances…


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 Drone Wars UK, January 20, 2013

“What is needed is a clear understanding of the issues involved so that informed decisions can be made.” The UK Approach to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, MoD 2011 In 2011 the MoD published its policy document on the use of armed…


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 Norman Solomon, January 19, 2013

A simple twist of fate has set President Obama’s second Inaugural Address for January 21, the same day as the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. Obama made no mention of King during the Inauguration four years ago — but since then, he has done much to distinguish himself from the man who said “I have a dream.”


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Is Miscarriage Murder? States That Put Fetal Rights Ahead of a Mother’s Say So

Back in 1872, just after she was arrested for casting an illegal vote, Susan B Anthony gave a rousing speech in which she posed the question of whether women are actually persons. Her point, of course, was that if women were indeed flesh and blood persons, then there could be no legal basis under the constitution to deny them a vote. It took nearly 50 more years – women finally achieved suffrage in 1920 – to get a definitive answer to what was a rhetorical question.Several states have pursued murder charges for women who have miscarried. (Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian)

Now, however, less than 100 years after that long-delayed answer, the question of whether women – or at least, pregnant women – are still persons endowed with all the human, civil, and constitutional rights that personhood bestows, is once again in play. And the evidence suggests that the answer is, at best, a "maybe".

This week, just in time for the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) released a study (pdf) on the "criminalization of pregnancy", as reported last week by the Guardian's Karen McVeigh. It details hundreds of cases of women who were arrested, forced to undergo medical procedures, and held in jails, prisons, or mental institutions.

These arrests and detentions were made possible by the relentless quest to undo Roe v Wade and restrict access to legal abortions. But there is a bigger issue, according to NAPW's executive director Lynn Paltrow:

"We are no longer just talking about [attacks on] reproductive rights, but whether, in the guise of trying to end just abortion rights, we are going to remove pregnant women from the community of constitutional persons."

That sentence should send chills up the spine of any woman in America who is pregnant or who may someday become pregnant (which covers quite a few of us). There are now anti-foeticide laws in 38 states. Colorado and Mississippi have tried (and intend to try again) to pass personhood laws that would grant full constitutional rights to a fertilized egg.

Georgia tried, and thankfully failed, to pass a law that would have had all miscarriages investigated as possible homicides. Alabama did pass a chemical endangerment law that is being used to prosecute (mostly poor and minority) pregnant women suspected of taking drugs. The upshot of all this attempted legislation is that terminating a pregnancy is still lawful, but hundreds of women who miscarry or have stillborn babies can be charged with murder and sentenced as murderers.

Many reproductive rights advocates have long suspected that these various laws are more about controlling women than genuine attempts to protect babies. I would argue that anyone genuinely pro-life should be demanding universal healthcare for pregnant women, not prison terms for a failure to provide their unborn babies with a level of care and well-being they themselves do not enjoy. Whatever the intention of these laws, what has become clear is that rather than protecting the rights of the fetus, this legislation steadily erodes the rights of the women on whom those fetuses are dependent.

The Roe v Wade decision explicitly rejected the argument that fetuses were to be treated as separate constitutional persons under the law. Yet, we now have documented evidence of hundreds of women being forced to undergo medical procedures against their will, against their doctors' advice and sometimes in restraints, on the grounds that the fetus has its own set of rights separate from those of its mother.

Lynn Paltrow recounts the tragic case of Angela Carder, who was ordered by a court to undergo caesarian surgery – against the advice of her doctors, her family, and her own wishes.

"Ms Carder was 27 years-old and 25 weeks pregnant when she became critically ill. She, her family and her attending physicians all agreed on treatment designed to keep her alive for as long as possible. The hospital however called an emergency hearing to determine the rights of the fetus.

"Despite knowing that Caesarian surgery could kill Ms Carder, the court ordered it, claiming that the fetus had independent legal rights. The fetus was born alive but died two hours later. Angela Carder died two days later, with the surgery listed as a contributing factor."

A higher court later ruled that Carder's rights had been violated – scant comfort to her grieving family. The dissenting judge in that ruling, however, gave some frightening insight into what women are up against: he argued that the viable unborn child is a person with rights separate from the pregnant woman, and that an expectant mother by "undertaking to bear another human being places herself in a special class of persons".

I don't imagine that "special class of persons" is one Susan B Anthony, or indeed, any self-respecting woman, would care to be a part of. In this class, a pregnant woman can apparently be expected to forgo her own right to life, whether or not there is a chance that the fetus she is carrying might outlive her.

We (women, I mean) should be grateful that, for now, this particular judge's dissenting opinion is not the law of the land. But these increasingly common opinions, and not the law of the land, are driving continued arrests, detentions, and illegal interventions into the lives of pregnant women.

What does this mean for American women in the future? I do not know, but what is certain is that as legal battles to undo abortion rights continue (and they will), women – and men who care about them – need to realize it's no longer just reproductive rights we have to worry about, but our basic civil and human rights.

LOOK: New UK Monopoly Board Unveiled

Hasbro has updated the UK version of Monopoly in order to "more accurately reflect the average British high street". Check it out - and below it, some of the new Community Chest and Chance cards, too!

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Chance Cards

  • 'Drunk in Charge'. Get featured on the cover of Heat magazine. Collect £200.
  • You manage to get an appointment at the Genius Bar in the Apple Store within a week. Collect £200.
  • Go To Jail. Move directly to Jail. Do not pass 'Go'. Do not collect £200.
  • Sue Jail for breaching your human rights. Collect £10,000 compensation.
  • It’s your birthday! You receive an HMV voucher. Collect £0 from each player.
  • Advance to Pall Mall. If you pass Starbucks, pay £5 towards their taxes.
  • Take a trip to Marylebone Station. If you pass a ‘Tesco Metro’ collect £100. Your small local shop then closes down. Lose £200.
  • You buy a peplum dress with lace insert online with free delivery from ASOS. Collect £100.

Community Chest Cards

  • Your bank has made an error. Pay them £100 plus £20 in additional fees.
  • Get out of Jail free card – move to the Ecuadorian Embassy and stay there indefinitely.
  • You receive a 2 for 1 deal email from Blockbuster. Go back three places.
  • You have come third in a reality show. Skip three turns while you do panto in Swindon.
  • Your fridge breaks down. You bought it from Comet. Pay £200 to buy a new one from Argos.
  • You appear on Jeremy Kyle. You take a lie-detector test and discover which brother is your baby's daddy. Collect £1000 in child support arrears.

(Created for Hasbro Huffington Post UK Comedy by gamesmakers @pandamoanimum and @scriblit.)

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Could the UK Be About To Join French In Mali?

A foreign press photographer shoots pictures of a man holding a French flg on a street of Bamako on January 17, 2013. (FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images) A picture taken with a mobile phone on January 12, 2013 reportedly shows Islamist insurgents in Gao....

France Launches War in Mali in Bid to Secure Resources, Stamp Out National Rights...

France, the former slave power of west Africa, has poured into Mali with a vengeance in a military attack launched on January 11. French warplanes are bombing towns and cities across the vast swath of northern Mali, a territory measuring some one thousand kilometers from south to north and east to west. French soldiers in armoured columns have launched a ground offensive, beginning with towns in the south of the northern territory, some 300 km north and east of the Malian capital of Bamako.

A French armoured convoy entered Mali several days ago from neighbouring Ivory Coast, another former French colony. French troops spearheaded the overthrow of that country’s government in 2011.

Off with a handshake into a C-17 transport plane, to support French imperialism.

The invasion has received universal support from France’s imperialist allies. The U.S., Canada and Europe are assisting financially and with military transport. To provide a figleaf of African legitimacy, plans have been accelerated to introduce troops from eight regional countries to join the fighting (map here).

“Islamist terrorists” etc., etc.

The public relations version of the French et al invasion is a familiar refrain. “Islamic terrorists” and “jihadists” have taken control of northern Mali and are a threat to international security and to the well-being of the local population. Terrible atrocities against the local populace are alleged and given wide publicity by corporate media. Similar myths were peddled by the warmakers when they invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.

It is true that Islamic fundamentalists have ruled northern Mali with an iron hand since taking over in 2012. But the reasons for this latest intervention lie in the determination of the world’s imperial powers to keep the human and natural resources of poor regions of the world as preserves for capitalist profits. West Africa is a region of great resource wealth, including gold, oil and uranium.

The uranium mines in neighbouring Niger and the uranium deposits in Mali are of particular interest to France, which generates 78 per cent of its electricity from nuclear energy. Niger’s uranium mines are highly polluting and deeply resented by the population, including among the semi-nomadic, Tuareg people who reside in the mining regions. The French company Areva is presently constructing in Imouraren, Niger what will become the second largest uranium mine in the world.

Notwithstanding the fabulous wealth created by uranium mining, Niger is one of the poorest countries on earth. As one European researcher puts it, “Uranium mining in Niger sustains light in France and darkness in Niger.”

Mali (population 15.5 million) is the third-largest gold producing country in Africa. Canada’s IAMGOLD operates two mines there (and a third in nearby Burkina Faso). Many other Canadian and foreign investors are present.

A key player in the unfolding war is Algeria. The government there is anxious to prove its loyalty to imperialism. Its lengthy border with northern Mali is a key zone for the “pacification” of northern Mali upon which France and its allies are embarked.

Further proof of the hypocrisy of the ‘democracy’ that France claims to be fighting for in Mali is found in the nature of the Mali regime with which it is allied. Often presented in mainstream media as a ‘beacon of democracy’ in west Africa, the Mali government was little more than a corrupt and pliant neo-colonial regime before last year when the U.S.-trained and equipped Mali army twice overthrew it – in March and again in December. The Mali army now scrambling to fight alongside its French big brother was condemned and boycotted by the U.S., Europe and Canada during a brief, sham interlude of concern following the first coup.

Today, the Mali government is a shell of a regime that rules at the behest of the Mali military, the latter’s foreign trainers, and the foreign mining companies that provide much of its revenue.

The Tuareg People

At the political heart of the conflict in Mali is the decades-long struggle of the Tuareg, a semi-nomadic people numbering some 1.2 million. Their language is part of the Berber language group. Their historic homeland includes much of Niger and northern Mali and smaller parts of Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Algeria and Libya. They call themselves Kel Tamasheq (speakers of the Tamasheq language).

The Tuareg have fought a succession of rebellions in the 20th century against the borders imposed by colonialism and then defended by post-independence, neo-colonial regimes. They are one of many minority nationalities in west Africa fighting for national self-determination, including the Sahwari of Western Sahara, a region controlled by Morocco and whose Sahwari leadership, the Polisario Front, is widely recognized internationally.

The Tuareg were brutally subdued by colonial France at the outset of the 20th century. Following the independence of Mali and neighbouring countries in 1960, they continued to suffer discrimination. A first Tuareg Rebellion took place in 1962-64.

A second, larger rebellion began in 1990 and won some autonomy from the Mali government that was elected in 1992 and re-elected in 1997. A third rebellion in Mali and Niger in 2007 won further political and territorial concessions, but these were constantly reneged. A Libya-brokered peace deal ended fighting in 2009.

The Mali state and army constantly sought to retake what they had lost. Violence and even massacres against the Tuareg population pushed matters to a head in 2011. The army was defeated by the military forces of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (NMLA) and on April 6, 2012, the MNLA declared an independent Azawad, as they call northern Mali and surrounding region. The Tuareg are one of several national groups within the disputed territory.

The independence declaration proved premature and unsustainable. The MNLA was soon pushed aside by Islamist-inspired armed groups that oppose Tuareg self-determination and an independent state. The army, meanwhile, continued to harass and kill people. A group of 17 visiting Muslim clerics, for example, were massacred on September 22, 2012.

According to unconfirmed reports, the MNLA has renounced the goal of an independent Azawad. It entered into talks with the Mali regime in December for autonomy in the northern region. A January 13 statement on the group’s website acquiesces to the French intervention but says it should not allow troops of the Mali army to pass beyond the border demarcation line declared in April of last year.

Militarization of Mali and West Africa

Mali is one of the poorest places on earth but has been drawn into the whirlwind of post-September, 2001 militarization led by the United States. U.S. armed forces have been training the Mali military for years. In 2005, the U.S. established the Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Partnership comprising eleven ‘partner’ African countries-Algeria, Burkina Faso, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

The ‘partnership’ conducts annual military exercises termed ‘Flintlock.’ This year’s exercise is to take place in Niger and according to the January 12 Globe and Mail, “Canada’s military involvement in Niger has already commenced.”

Canadian troops have participated in military exercises in west Africa since at least 2008. In 2009, Mali was named one of six “countries of focus” in Africa for Canadian aid. Beginning that year, Canadian aid to Mali leaped to where it is now one of the largest country recipients of Canada aid funds.

In 2008, Canada quietly launched a plan to establish at least six, new military bases abroad, including two in Africa. (It is not known exactly where the Africa part of the plan stands today.)

War Atrocities

Only days into the French attack, evidence is mounting of significant civilian and military casualties. In the town of Douentza in central Mali, injured civilians can’t reach the local hospital, according to Médecins sans frontières (Doctors Without Borders). “Because of the bombardments and fighting, nobody is moving in the streets of Douentza and patients are not making it through to the hospital,” said a statement by the agency’s emergency response co-ordinator Rosa Crestani.

The International Red Cross is reporting scores of civilian and military casualties in the towns coming under French attack.

Amnesty International is worried. Its West Africa researcher, Salvatore Saguès, was in the country last September and saw the recruitment of children into the Mali army. He is worried about retaliatory attacks by the army if it retakes control of the towns and cities it has lost, notably in the northern cities of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu.

He also warned of the plans to bring neighbouring armies into northern Mali. “These armies, who are already committing serious violations in their countries, are most likely to do the same, or at least not behave in accordance to international law if they are in Mali,” he said.

According to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, the latest crisis has internally displaced nearly 230,000 Malians. An additional 144,500 Malians were already refugees in neighbouring countries.

UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards says half the population of the town of Konna, some 5,000 people, sought as French bombs threatened to fall by fleeing across the River Niger.

In an ominous sign of more civilian casualties to come, and echoing the excuses for atrocities by invading armies against civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine in recent years, French military commanders are complaining of the difficulty in distinguishing fighters they are bombing from non-combatant populations. France’s army chief Edouard Guillaud told Reuters that France’s air strikes were being hampered because militants were using civilian populations as shields.

No to the War in Mali

The military attack in Mali was ordered by French President François Hollande, the winner of the 2012 election on behalf of the Socialist Party. His decision has been condemned by groups on the political left in France, including the Nouveau parti anticapitaliste and the Gauche anticapitaliste. The latter is a tendency with the Front de gauche (Left Front) that captured 11 per cent of the first-round presidential vote last year.

Shockingly, the Left Front leadership group has come out in favour of the intervention. Deputy François Asensi spoke on behalf of the party leadership in the National Assembly on January 16 and declared,

“The positions of the deputies of the Left Front, Communists and republicans, is clear: To abandon the people of Mali to the barbarism of fanatics would be a moral mistake… International military action was necessary in order to avoid the installation of a terrorist state.”

His statement went on to complain that President Hollande did not bother to seek the approval of the National Assembly.

A January 12 statement by the French Communist Party (PCF), a component of the Left Front, said,

“The PCF shares the concern of Malians over the armed offensive of the Jihadist groups toward the south of their country… The party recalls here that the response to the request for assistance by the president of Mali should have been made in the framework of a United Nations and African Union sponsorship, under the flag of the UN…”

Unlike the overthrow of Haiti’s elected government in 2004, which the PCF and Socialist Party supported at the time, France and its allies did not feel the need to obtain a rubber stamp of approval from the UN Security Council this time in Mali. But doing so would not have changed the predatory nature of this latest mission, just as it didn’t in Haiti.

A January 15 statement by the Canadian Peace Alliance explains:

“The real reason for NATO’s involvement is to secure strategic, resource rich areas of Africa for the West. Canadian gold mining operations have significant holdings in Mali as do may other western nations…

“It is ironic that since the death of Osama Bin Laden, the U.S. military boasts that Al-Qaeda is on the run and has no ability to wage its war. Meanwhile, any time there is a need for intervention, there is suddenly a new Al-Qaeda threat that comes out of the woodwork. Canada must not participate in this process of unending war.”

That’s a call to action which should be acted upon in the coming days and weeks as one of the poorest and most ecologically fragile regions of the world falls victim to deeper militarization and plundering. •

Roger Annis is an antiwar activist who lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Tories undermine workers’ rights: TUC

The TUC accuses UK Tory Eurosceptics of disguising plans to tear up workers’ rights.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has accused Tory Eurosceptics of undermining a wide number of labor laws that has emerged from Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU) over the past years.

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“The Conservatives want a free market Europe without workers' rights, controls on the financial sector, equality laws, human rights and so on,” The TUC said.

“The PM's strategy is that if he can blackmail the rest of the EU into that, then he will put that to a referendum and seek the British people's endorsement.”

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BGH/MOS/SSM/HE

UK’s legacy in Palestine, total failure

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The London-based Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) is organizing an international conference to discuss “Britain’s legacy in Palestine”, which takes a deep look at the UK’s failed policy in Palestine.

The gathering, which coincides with the fourth Palestine Memorial Week, to be held from 19th-25th Jan 2013, will be used as a formal launching pad for an anti-Balfour Declaration Campaign.

International Balfour Campaign is a five year initiative by the PRC to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in 2017.

The Balfour Declaration was a November 2, 1917 letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild, the president of the British Zionist Federation that made public the British support of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

The Balfour Declaration led the League of Nations to entrust the United Kingdom with the Palestine Mandate in 1922.

Now, the main objective of the Balfour campaign is said to be raising awareness about Britain’s failed policies in Palestine and their devastating outcomes for the oppressed people of the region.

The UK’s failed policy in the region brought sufferings for thousands of Palestinians living under the British rule at the time and many more millions who are enduring terrible human rights abuses and occupation under the Zionist regime of Israel.

According to reports the conference will be inaugurated by Prof Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Mohamad al Hamid of PRC and a number of MPs.

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“Ethnic cleansing of Palestine: Same goal different model”, and “Living Under occupation, the mechanics of ongoing ethnic cleaning”, are also among topics to be discussed at the second session of the conference.

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MOL/HE

UK funds shady Ethiopian police

Britain is funding millions of pounds in foreign aid into training an Ethiopian paramilitary force, accused of human rights abuses, including rape and torture, as well as summary executions.

Based on a Department for International Development document seen by The Guardian, the £13 million to £15 million funding for training the militia in the Somali region of Ogaden, which lies within Ethiopia, is excused by the British government as a “peace-building” plan.

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This comes as the disclosed document shows the British government is training the force in the knowledge of its record.

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Human Rights or Imperial Partnership?




Amnesty International has a bee under its bonnet.

A human rights advocate, educator, and labor attorney, Dan Kovalik, mustered the audacity to challenge the world’s most prominent and highly regarded rights-based advocacy group. Claiming over three million members since its birth in 1961, AI is the poster child for modern “non-governmental organizations” or NGOs, the hundreds of thousands of hazy entities that play an ever-growing, influential role in international affairs.

Despite AI’s sterling reputation among middle class liberals in the English-speaking world, Kovalik was troubled by AI’s stance on the war in Libya and its role in cheer leading US and NATO involvement. After his October 23 Counterpuncharticle “Libya and the West’s Human Rights Hypocrisy” appeared, AI launched a counter attack authored by AI official, Sunjeev Bery. Bery’s response circulated widely among the AI-friendly internet community as an example of “getting it wrong” on AI’s principles and goals.

Kovalik demonstrates that he is more than capable of answering Bery in a November 8 Counterpunch response. He shows with even greater clarity how AI helped crack open the door for outside intervention in Libya and, knowingly or unknowingly (it’s hard to imagine how anyone could notknow), offered dubious but influential justification for that intervention.

AI and other advocates for a similarly narrow and myopic interpretation of human rights have a long and discreditable history of service to those on the wrong side of the struggle for justice. By ignoring material inequities, power imbalances, and class and ethnic oppressions, they dilute the question of justice to matters of individual conscience and a conservative set of negative rights. That is not to say that these concerns are wrong, but that they touch on only a corner of the concerns of the vast majority of the world’s people. In fact, they loom largest for those least touched by the ravages of predatory capitalism and its military enforcers—those in the most developed countries and those most privileged within its middle and upper strata.

When AI was founded in 1961, much of the world was engaged in an intense struggle for independence from imperialism and neo-colonialism. From Algeria to Vietnam, from the Republic of the Congo to Cuba, from the segregated deep south of the US to South Africa and the Portuguese African colonies, millions of people were committed to resolute battles for self-determination. Under the yoke of the rich and powerful, the peoples of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the ghettos and barrios of the First World were rising against their oppressors. The UN recognized this powerful movement, certified its authenticity, and attested to its legitimacy with the 1960 Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples that declared the following:  


1. The subjection of peoples to alien subjugation, domination and exploitation constitutes a denial of fundamental human rights, is contrary to the Charter of the United Nations and is an impediment to the promotion of world peace and co-operation.
2. All peoples have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
3. Inadequacy of political, economic, social or educational preparedness should never serve as a pretext for delaying independence.
 4. All armed action or repressive measures of all kinds directed against dependent peoples shall cease in order to enable them to exercise peacefully and freely their right to complete independence, and the integrity of their national territory shall be respected.

Perhaps it was a coincidence, but just as these struggles took center stage, AI chose to take human rights questions in a different direction, away from the rights of subjugated people to the rights of individuals, vetted and dubbed “prisoners of conscience” by the AI establishment. By the mid-sixties, internationally recognized leaders of anti-colonial independence movements like imprisoned Nelson Mandela were ruled out as “prisoners of conscience” because they advocated armed resistance against their oppressors. At the same time, artists, writers, and other dissident intellectuals in the socialist and less developed countries seemed to be the most common candidates for AI’s attention, especially by its US and Western European affiliates.

Whether by collaboration or happenstance, the wrongs targeted by the AI leadership were readily embraced by the major capitalist media and fully congruent with the foreign policy positions of the US and its European Cold War allies. The few reports on alleged Western human rights violations gained no traction, while claims against governments in the East or South played a greater and greater role in Western diplomacy and intervention. Even AI’s founder, Peter Benenson, expressed concerns in the mid-sixties that the organization was unduly influenced by British intelligence.

In the Cold War battle of ideas, AI proved to be a great asset to the US and its allies, crafting issues that became pillars of policy and levers of negotiation. The narrow interpretation of the Final Act of the Helsinki Conference of 1975—an interpretation that elevated Article Seven over the other nine Articles and all other provisions—marked the most important collaborative victory of Western human rights organizations and Western governments in the Cold War. Most rights and social justice activists in Amnesty International’s areas of influence would be hard pressed to identify any other provision beyond the endorsement of an indistinct freedom of conscience.

Especially Article Six, the principle of non-intervention in the affairs of other governments, was neither acknowledged nor respected by Western rights groups or governments. Constructing their efforts around Article Seven, capitalist governments mounted a massive human rights offensive against socialist and anti-imperialist countries, overshadowing the national liberation, anti-nuclear, and anti-war movements of gravest concern to most of the less affluent world at that moment. Much of the credit for shaping this agenda can be laid at the doorstep of the human rights organizations. Their narrow, facile approach to social justice baited them into a calculated campaign against the tide of socialism so apparent in the mid-seventies.

Of course the positive rights of equality, education, leisure, shelter, peace, etc. were swept aside as well before the celebration of individuality and self-expression—what Marx called “…the rights of egoistic man, of man separated from other men and from the community.”

After the Cold War

With the demise of the European socialist community and the establishment of a new balance of power favorable to Western capitalist powers, imperialism further co-opted the human rights cause, contorting it into a justification for wars of aggression. With no one to advocate or enforce the rights of nations to self-determination, the US and its NATO allies cynically crafted a predatory foreign policy around protecting or promoting human rights and democracy, a policy used to justify overt armed intervention in the Balkans and the Middle East and covertly in dozens of other countries. And the Western human rights community said nothing.

Emboldened by the efficacy of the human rights cover, the US and its allies sponsored hundreds of “human rights” and “democracy” NGOs claiming to promote higher values while subverting governments hostile to US and NATO goals. Funded by USAID and other government agencies and carrying innocuous names like “Republican” and “Democratic” Institutes, they meddle in elections, foment coups, and manipulate oppositions in countries like Ukraine, Lebanon, Venezuela, and many others. Slipping into the human rights tent, these organizations exploited the Western regard for individual human rights against the rights guaranteed by the 1960 UN Declaration and other Declarations affirming the right of self-determination. And the Western human rights community said nothing.

If the leading lights in human rights circles—organizations like AI and Human Rights Watch— are to claim any moral legitimacy, they must resolutely dissociate their campaigns from those seeking to use them for predation and aggression. But they have not.

Kovalik and other critics of “humanitarian intervention” and the duplicity of human rights organizations are correct in perceiving an odor of hypocrisy. As Kovalik points out, the “even handedness” espoused by AI in regard to belligerent forces completely obscures ever-present power inequities.

Within the insular bubble of rights-based moral calculation, asymmetries of power, wealth, or development count for nothing. The rural guerrilla in sandals and armed with a rifle must respect the same etiquette of war as the foreign interloper astride a 70-ton tank. In the strange universe of the human rights industry, it doesn’t matter whether a regime’s opponents are paid by the CIA or patriotically motivated; their rights to dissent have equal legitimacy.

And the same respect for human rights is expected of a popular regime (for example, Cuba or Venezuela) under overt and covert threat from powerful foes as is expected of a country (like the US) devoid of any serious external or internal peril. One would think that a serious “human rights” organization would hail the direction of civil rights in countries like Cuba and Venezuela that have improved the health and well being of the disadvantaged in order to fully enjoy rights while condemning a country like the US that has moved dramatically toward a police state. But that is not the case. 

Nor does history extenuate the force of human rights standards as held by Western human rights organizations. Countries emerging from the civil distortions of colonial occupation, suffering the legacy of feudal social and economic relations, or holding to non-Western traditions are held to the same human rights standards by AI as the Euro-American countries that forged those standards over two centuries ago. This lack of understanding and tolerance too often reveals gross cultural and ethnic chauvinism. 

With the US and its NATO allies hijacking its principles, human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have to answer for a lot. While millions of their members honestly want to help those deserving solace, they can no longer ignore the harm that comes from the coalescence of the institutional human rights agenda and the malignant foreign policy of the US and its allies. And the naïve notion that the sins of the victim are no less grave than the sins of the bully is untenable and morally cynical.   

Zoltan Zigedy
zoltanzigedy@gmail.com

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by Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz A New York Times “exposé” (3/17/19) of Cuban doctors’ supposed interference in Venezuelan elections was riddled with inaccuracies, omissions...

The Homeless 8-Year-Old Chess Champion and Other Horrific ‘Uplifting’ Stories

  (Twitter, 7/19/18) by Alan MacLeod This story of an eight-year-old who’s been homeless for more than a year should “make you smile,” says the New York...

Everyone Washington Supports, by Definition, Is a Moderate Centrist

by Alan MacLeod The CBC (1/23/19) answers its question by saying he comes from a a “centrist social-democratic party.” The Trump administration seems to have found...

Robert Dreyfuss and Diana Duarte on the Media’s Role in Iraq War

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Sen. Schumer seeks to rename Senate office building after ‘American hero’ McCain — RT...

In a tribute to the late US senator – and ardent warhawk – John McCain, Senate...

‘Washington Doesn’t Like Countries to Have Influence if They Can’t Control Them’ – CounterSpin...

The March 8, 2019 episode of CounterSpin pulled together classic archival interviews on Venezuela and US media. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

India’s Agrarian Crisis: Dismantling ‘Development’

In his 1978 book ‘India Mortgaged’, T.N. Reddy predicted the country would one day open all sectors to foreign direct investment and surrender economic sovereignty to...

Chelsea Manning’s Fight Against the Grand Jury Exposes Battle for Free Speech

The former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was sent to jail Friday for refusing to answer questions relating to WikiLeaks 2010 disclosures at...

Mainstream media would care if this was Russia — RT USA News

Does the American media care that a whistleblower was hauled off to jail for refusing to...

Dems pass watered-down anti-hate bill, upsetting those thirsty for ‘anti-semitic’ Omar’s blood — RT...

The House of Representatives adopted a resolution condemning all forms of bigotry (including anti-Semitism) after a...

“You May Well Prove Ilhan Omar Correct”

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly still considering a symbolic “show vote” in Congress on an anti-Semitism and “hate” resolution –...

‘The Violence Elliott Abrams Supported Is Unspeakable’ – CounterSpin interview with Jon Schwarz on...

Janine Jackson interviewed Jonathan Schwarz about Elliott Abrams for the March 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

The Slandering of Ilhan Omar

Even though there is an actual member of Congress who has called himself “David Duke without the baggage” and the president peddles racist bigotry...

Congress silent as Trump extends national emergency – because it’s to sanction Russia —...

US President Donald Trump has informed Congress that he will extend the 2014 national emergency over...

From Late Victorian Holocausts to 21st Century Imperialism: Crocodile Tears for Venezuela

On 26 February, Stephen Hickey, UK political coordinator at the United Nations, delivered a statement at the Security Council briefing on Venezuela that put...

Venezuela Coverage Takes Us Back to Golden Age of Lying About Latin America

by Mark Cook Venezuelan pharmacy at a time when Time (5/19/16) was telling readers, “Basic medicines like aspirin are nowhere to be found” in Venezuela. I...

The Left and Tulsi Gabbard

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Tulsi Gabbard’s candidacy for president has raised more problematic questions than answers for people on the Left. Many anti-war leftists...

‘MBS Has Ushered in an Era of Unprecedented Crackdowns and Repression of Political Speech’...

Janine Jackson interviewed Sarah Aziza about Saudi Arabia’s repression of women for the February 8, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited...

‘Sorry, not sorry?’ Ilhan Omar apologizes for ‘anti-Semitic’ tweet, reigniting controversy — RT USA...

Freshman Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been forced to apologize by senior House Democrats for a...

‘Venezuela’: Media’s One-Word Rebuttal to the Threat of Socialism

by Alan MacLeod Fox News (1/25/19) makes use of Venezuela to taunt its enemies. Socialism—whatever that means—is in vogue right now. A recent Gallup poll (8/13/18)...

US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela

by Gregory Shupak The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country’s economic crisis as...

The Same Media That Opposed Democracy in South Africa Now Warn Against It in...

  Richard Neely wrote in the New York Times (9/20/81), “Whites are not just potentially at war against nonwhites — everyone is potentially at war...

The ‘Venezuelan People’ Are Whoever Agrees With Donald Trump

by Alan MacLeod Headline over a letter published in the New York Times (1/24/19) The latest bizarre episode in the Trump presidency is currently playing out...

Defying War and Defining Peace in Afghanistan

PPM members meet Afghan Peace Volunteers outside UK Embassy in Kabul (Photo: Dr. Hakim) On January 27th, 2019, the Taliban and the U.S. government each...

Defying War and Defining Peace in Afghanistan

“Afghan civilians have endured invasion, occupation, aerial bombings, ground attacks, drone warfare, extensive surveillance, internal displacement, soaring refugee populations, environmental degradation and the practice...

‘It Is a Disgrace That Our Public Schools Are So Poorly Funded’ – CounterSpin...

Janine Jackson interviewed Kent Wong about the Los Angeles teachers strike (since settled) for the January 18, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a...

‘Resistance’ Media Side With Trump to Promote Coup in Venezuela

by Alan MacLeod We like to think we have an adversarial media—one that will stand up, in particular, to Donald Trump. The media assured us...

The Unwritten Rule Between the US and Hizbullah – Consortiumnews

The two sides have long agreed to keep their hostilities covert, writes As`ad AbuKhalil, but Israel would like that to...

Assange Attempts to Unmask US Extradition Effort With Legal Challenge Against Trump Administration

Attorneys for Julian Assange on Wednesday filed a legal challenge that aims to block extradition and force the Trump administration to unseal secret charges...

Ocasio-Cortez Rattles Pundits Across the Corporate Media Spectrum

  Few freshman members of Congress cause as much of a stir as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has. Articles about her are consistently the best-performing on right-wing...

Corporate Media Miss Distinction Between Pro- and Anti-Genocide

  Today, US politics (and those of close allies) are much like the Upside-Down of Stranger Things: an inversion of how things should be, and...

Chomsky’s Unearned Prestige

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A large part of Noam Chomsky’s public image as an intellectual is derived not from his role in the...

Let’s Remember the Social Justice Organizers We Lost in 2018

There were thousands of organizers, activists and local social justice leaders around the world who died in 2018. These people may not have made...

Federal law enforcement agencies sued for keeping Americans in the dark about hacking activities...

The American Civil Liberties Union, along with several non-profits, has sued seven US federal agencies over...

The Businessman and the Holy Family

WaPo: Trump Needs to Destroy Venezuela to Save It

  A Washington Post op-ed (11/26/18) called on international governments to “put considerable pressure on Venezuela” in response to health problems that are largely a...

‘Thus spake the lobster shagger’

Superstar clinical psychologist and clean room advocate Jordan Peterson has irked the British left after...

I Witnessed the Horror of Border Militarization, and Vow to Fight It

I ‘ve just returned from the San Diego-Tijuana border where I had the honor of participating in “Love Knows No Borders” — an interfaith...

‘Americans Should Know Their Government Had a Hand in the Return to Fascism’ –...

Janine Jackson interviewed Brian Mier about the Brazilian election for the November 30, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Imagine a World Without War, Where Migrants Are Welcomed, Where Women Are Not Targets

Not often does good news come on International Human Rights Day—December 10. It is mostly a somber occasion, a day to reflect on the...

Public Pressure Could Halt US Support of Yemen War

US tax dollars are supporting Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, which has already claimed the lives of some 85,000 children, and 12 million more...

The Mean, Rough Legacy of George H.W. Bush

The triumphal and counter-factual celebrating of President George H.W. Bush as an “honorable” leader who evoked kindness and “civility” raises a potently crucial question:...

Misreporting Manafort: A Case Study in Journalistic Malpractice

by Alan MacLeod The Guardian (11/27/18) added “sources say” to the headline after publication. In what has been described as potentially the biggest story of the...

The Bottomless Dishonesty of CNN on Palestine and Marc Lamont Hill Firing

CNN has fired contributor Marc Lamont Hill for a speech he gave on Palestinian rights at the UN. The speech can be found...

Experts Condemn the Tear-Gassing of Children

Photo Source Daniel Arauz | CC BY 2.0 On Sunday, US border officers fired tear gas at groups of asylum seekers attempting to reach the...

Following Guilty Verdicts for Seven Men but Not ‘Masterminds of Crime,’ Justice for Beta...

A Honduran court on Thursday found seven men guilty of the murder of Indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, whose role in a stopping a...

‘This Is About Systematically Impoverishing People’ – CounterSpin interview with Felicia Kornbluh on 'welfare...

Janine Jackson interviewed Felicia Kornbluh about rethinking “welfare reform” for the November 23, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Documenting Israel To Be a Fascist Nation

Eric Zuesse —— https://archive.org/details/AlbertEinsteinLetterToTheNewYorkTimes.December41948 and https://ia801400.us.archive.org/17/items/AlbertEinsteinLetterToTheNewYorkTimes.December41948/Einstein_Letter_NYT_4_Dec_1948.pdf Albert Einstein Letter to The New York Times. December 4, 1948 TO THE EDITORS OF NEW YORK TIMES: “New Palestine Party. Visit...

Senators ask Trump to investigate if MBS was responsible for Khashoggi’s death — RT...

In a rare bipartisan effort, the senior Republican and Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...

Trump takes credit for Thanksgiving traffic jams, because his Saudi friendship makes gas so...

President Trump sarcastically apologized to the country for causing record Thanksgiving traffic jams, slamming the "Fake...

Add This to Bill Browder’s Resume

Female genital mutilation can’t be banned at federal level, judge says — RT US...

A federal judge struck down a law against female genital mutilation on Tuesday, ruling the statute...

Canada’s Liberal Government is Enabling Saudi Arabia War Crimes in Yemen

One has to admire the Canadian government’s manipulation of the media regarding its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Despite being partners with the Kingdom’s international...

Saudi Arabia and the Canadian Arms Lobby

One has to admire the Canadian government’s manipulation of the media regarding its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Despite being partners with the Kingdom’s international...

Cornered: Trump Gets Thumped on Cuba at the UN

On November 1, 2018, for the twenty-seventh straight year, the full United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted by a near-unanimous 189-2 for “the necessity...

the Land Where the Queen’s Son Has His Shoelaces Ironed by His Valet

Photo Source ale | CC BY 2.0 I’ve just left Ukania, where I attended the Historical Materialism conference in London. After some much needed psychological...

US Intel Will Bring Assange to US in Chains – Consortiumnews

It appears increasingly likely Wikileaks founder and publisher Julian Assange will wind up in the clutches of the U.S. government,...

MI6 knew that terror-suspect was tortured into giving false Iraq-Al-Qaeda info

UK ministers relied on questions from a tortured terror suspect to make their case for...

Assange Case Shows Support for Free Speech Depends on Who’s Talking

by Joe Emersberger Julian Assange, whom the UN has declared to be “arbitrarily detained” by Britain and Sweden, is used by the Guardian (10/17/18) to...

New Threats to Julian Assange; Consortium News to Broadcast Emergency Meeting Live on Saturday...

New threats to the safety of Julian Assange, to be disclosed shortly by Consortium News, has prompted an emergency meeting...

How Many Yemenis is a DC Pundit Worth?

Jamal Khashoggi offers remarks during POMED’s “Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia: A Deeper Look.” (Photo: POMED) Saudi Arabia has dominated the news cycle after Saudi...

Twitter & NATO think tank publish database of tweets, pics… and GIFs by ‘Russian...

Ahead of midterm elections, Twitter has reminded Americans that democracy is still under threat by releasing...

Khashoggi Was No Critic of Saudi Regime – Consortiumnews

Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist, who disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week is not quite the critic...

Jobs Are No Excuse for Arming a Murderous Regime

If the Saudi government is indeed behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi there should be consequences—political, military, economic, and reputational. Unfortunately, President Trump begs...

The Strange Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi – Consortiumnews

Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist, who disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week is not quite the critic...

Pope to Declare Slain Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero a Saint

On Sunday, the Catholic Church will have half a dozen new saints as Pope Francis I canonizes five people including Óscar Romero, the former...

The Right and Neoliberals Get Away With Murder Because They Can

Photo Source Becker1999 | CC BY 2.0 Every time that the Trump administration or the Congress take another egregious position, or enact some inhumane new...

‘We’ve Seen the Total Failure of Repressive Policies’

Janine Jackson interviewed Hannah Hetzer about Trump’s new “war on drugs” for the September 28, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited...

Food, Justice, Violence and Capitalism

In 2015, India’s internal intelligence agency wrote a report that depicted various campaigners and groups as working against the national interest. The report singled...

The Trouble With ‘Preventing Palestine’ – Consortiumnews

Seth Anziska’s new book on the Arab-Israeli “peace process” is a useful primer on the conflict, but it does not...

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Campaigners Against Sexual Violence as a Weapon

Two influential figures in the fight against sexual violence as a weapon of war were chosen as 2018’s recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize...

Defensive bioweapon? DARPA wants insects to spread genetically modified viruses… to ‘save crops’ —...

A US military program dubbed ‘Insect Allies’ could be used as a biological weapon, a group...

Facebook’s New Propaganda Partners

Reuters (9/19/18) described two branches of the National Endowment for Democracy, set up by the Reagan administration during the Cold War to promote US...

Trump’s new cyber strategy seeks global dominion over internet — RT US News

Setting the global standard for online behavior, preserving American dominance, political and economic interests, punishing ‘malicious...

How the U.N. Joined America’s War Against Syria

Eric Zuesse America has been at war to transfer control of Syria over to the Saud family, who own Saudi Arabia; and America has been...

Brookings Institution a Leading Propagandist for U.S. Invasions

Eric Zuesse On September 17th, the neoconservative-neoliberal Brookings institution held a propaganda-event to pump increased sales of weapons by U.S. weapons-manufacturing firms. The event’s main...

‘When Governments Fail to Take Action, They Step In’

Janine Jackson interviewed Jamil Dakwar on the International Criminal Court for the September 14, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Britain: the Anti-Semitism Debate

Photo Source DAVID HOLT | CC BY 2.0 Does the British Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, have an “anti-Semitism problem,” or has the...

America is today’s Nazi Germany.

Eric Zuesse It’s not against Jews this time; it’s against, especially, Houthis. The U.S. and its allies — in this case mainly the Saud family who...

Selling Out is Not a Sacrifice

Art by Evan McCarthy The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism. — Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. You...

Donald Trump Comes Out in Support of Islamic Terrorists

Eric Zuesse On September 4th, U.S. President Donald Trump came out publicly in support of Islamic terrorists. He clearly stated that he is against eliminating the...

If the Troubles Return After Brexit, It Won’t Just be Because of the Irish...

Photo Source Duncan Hull | CC BY 2.0 A dangerous lack of understanding about the nature of the threat that Brexit poses to peace in...

The View from the Middle East – Consortiumnews

Being on the deadly end of his policies, many Arabs view John McCain in a very different way than the...

Beyond The DNC – Funding Hacks and Sedition

Any DNC server leak in 2016 could have been a patriotic act to counter Ukrainian Intel operators access inside the DNC and US Government...

An Online Vigil in Defense of Julian Assange With Daniel Ellsberg, Craig Murray, Bill...

Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News, on Saturday helped moderate a daylong chain of interviews in defense of WikiLeaks and...

MSM one step away from McCain myth-making – well, you can learn from Lenin...

With the US media venerating the late John McCain, one can only wonder if the stories...

Watch Online Vigil in Defense of Julian Assange – Consortiumnews

Join Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News, on Saturday as he moderates a daylong chain of interviews in defense of...

Russia Squelches Trump’s New Plan to Invade Syria

Eric Zuesse On Friday, August 31st, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia has handed to the OPCW (Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons),...

Louisiana police sued for withholding ‘Antifa list’ of anti-Trump petitioners — RT US News

Louisiana State Police are being sued by a Harvard lecturer over their alleged refusal to release...

Is Israel’s Hidden Hand behind the Attacks on Jeremy Corbyn?

Israeli group submits freedom of information request as evidence grows of meddling by Netanyahu government in UK politics Has Israel been covertly fueling claims of...

America’s ‘Boots-On-The-Ground’ Fighters in Syria are Al Qaeda and Kurds

Eric Zuesse, as originally published at The Saker As will be documented here, America’s troops in Syria are not there in order to fight, but...

The First Thing We Do

We can do it the easy way or we can do it the hard way. Romania did it the hard way. Moarte criminalului, death...

Israel an Enemy of Freedom-Loving People Everywhere

Eric Zuesse, originally published at The Saker Israel is fighting constantly not only against Gazans, and against Palestinians generally; it is fighting constantly against freedom-loving...

A ‘Regime’ Is a Government at Odds With the US Empire

(Washington Post, 5/19/18) In the aftermath of the assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, an article in the Miami Herald (8/5/18) reported that “a...

Donald Trump, Gunrunner for Hire

American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades. In any given year, they’ve accounted for somewhere between one-third and more than...

Repression Intensifies in Argentina After President Empowers Military

Weeks after Argentina signed a deal for a new $50 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and only days after hosting G20...

On “Bullshit Jobs”

Referring to cultural Marxism, especially the Frankfurt School, Noam Chomsky once said, “I don’t find that kind of work very illuminating… The ideas that...

India and the State of Independence: British Colonialism Replaced by a New Hegemony

India celebrates its independence from Britain on 15 August. However, the system of British colonial dominance has been replaced by a new hegemony based...

US envoy who enabled Yemen war suddenly horrified by Saudi crimes — RT US...

Ambassador Samantha Power has called on the US to end its support for the Saudi-led invasion...

Trump’s Grand Strategy from Quebec to Singapore

Trump takes on the world How to explain the welter of contradictions in US politics these days? Trump’s enthusiasm for peace with Russia vs his acceptance...

US sanctioning Turkish officials over detention of American pastor

The officials targeted under the so-called Global Magnitsky Act are Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül and...

A Deeper Exploration of the Supremacist Origin of Our Common Culture

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The AP headlined on July 27th "#MeToo reaches Vatican as nuns denounce abuse from priests” and reported that the...

Agents at AP & Hudson Institute Collaborate with Impeach-Trump Effort

Eric Zuesse The core of the neoconservatives’ impeach-Trump argument — the core of the campaign for Vice President Mike Pence to replace President Donald Trump...

Social Justice versus the Diplomacy Game

The annual BRICS Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre attracted much hype and generally affirming media coverage. Part of the reason for relentless positivity...

America’s Allies Against Russia & Iran

Main U.S. allies are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Al Qaeda, ISIS, Israel, & Nazis Eric Zuesse The public have been so brainwashed by Big Brother’s lies, so...

The Sanctification of NATO

To the Guardian (7/10/18), NATO “ushered in a democratic, liberal world order.” Claims that US President Donald Trump is undermining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...

Corporate Spin: Genetically Modifying the Way to Food Security?   

Those familiar with the debate around genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may be forgiven for thinking that science alone can solve the world’s food problems. The industry...

5 top Russia scares launched by MSM this week — RT US News

Russia has lately been accused of numerous deadly sins, as politicians and media throw around scary-sounding...

A Better Story To Tell

Delivering the Mandela lecture. AFP photo Arguing that "we have no choice but to move forward" and that "those of us who believe in...

The Shadow of Torture Behind Trump’s Britain Visit

As President Trump visits the United Kingdom, the focus has been on strained trans-Atlantic relations, his intervention in domestic politics, and massive public protests. A different, diplomatically-couched protest has...

Reclaiming Democracy | Dissident Voice

Media release by Heather Stroud before her trial at York Magistrates Court on 16th July for chaining herself to the gate at Third Energy...

11 inmates demand trial or release — RT US News

A group of prisoners held in the Guantanámo Bay for years without charge have petitioned a...

Vladimir Putin’s Basic Disagreement with The West

Eric Zuesse, originally published at The Saker Vladimir Putin’s basic view has been expressed so many times, in so many different contexts, and it’s always...

America Bombs, Europe Gets the Refugees. That’s Evil.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The U.S. Government (with France and a few other U.S. allies) bombs Libya, Syria, etc.; and the U.S. regime...

100,000+ People Call on Microsoft and Other Tech Companies to Drop Contracts with ICE...

WASHINGTON - A growing coalition of grassroots advocacy groups are demanding that Microsoft, Salesforce, and other large tech companies drop their contracts with immigration...

The Ultimate Armchair Warrior

Charles Krauthammer, the eminent US media pundit died in June 2018 at the age of 68, reportedly of cancer of the small intestine. Krauthammer was...

GMO Agriculture and the Narrative of Choice

The pro-GMO lobby claim critics of the technology ‘deny farmers choice’. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and...

Feminists under fire for defending scholar accused of sexual harassment — RT US News

A group of prominent feminists is facing backlash over a letter they signed, defending an academic...

US gets into 10 most dangerous countries for women due to #metoo

The United States is the 10th most dangerous country in the world for women when it...

Elon Musk’s Latest Brainstorm Takes Aim at Meddlesome Media

Elon Musk gazes into the future. (cc photo: Michelle Andonian/OnInnovation) Elon Musk, the eccentric South African billionaire head of electric vehicle/battery maker Tesla and rocket...

Elon Musk’s Latest Brainstorm Takes Aim at Meddlesome Media

Elon Musk gazes into the future. (cc photo: Michelle Andonian/OnInnovation) Elon Musk, the eccentric South African billionaire head of electric vehicle/battery maker Tesla and rocket...

Elon Musk’s Latest Brainstorm Takes Aim at Meddlesome Media

Elon Musk gazes into the future. (cc photo: Michelle Andonian/OnInnovation) Elon Musk, the eccentric South African billionaire head of electric vehicle/battery maker Tesla and rocket...

Elon Musk’s Latest Brainstorm Takes Aim at Meddlesome Media

Elon Musk gazes into the future. (cc photo: Michelle Andonian/OnInnovation) Elon Musk, the eccentric South African billionaire head of electric vehicle/battery maker Tesla and rocket...

‘Americans should be true to their constitution & stop persecution of Julian Assange’ —...

It is extraordinary that a country which historically claimed to be the champion of free speech...

‘Tragic to see innocent children caged like animals’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took a swipe at US President Donald Trump as he blasted...

‘Tragic to see innocent children caged like animals’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took a swipe at US President Donald Trump as he blasted...

US senators urge Pentagon to fully disclose its role in Saudi-led war in Yemen...

Three US senators have called on the Pentagon to immediately reveal the extent of US military...

US-led Strikes Kill 100 Syrian Civilians as Amnesty Reports Potential War Crimes in Raqqa

US and coalition warplanes over the past several weeks have been pounding areas of Syria’s Deir Ezzor and al-Hasaka provinces still controlled by Islamic...

Don’t Vote – LewRockwell

A New Call for a Probe

The Empire’s Media and the Quest for Veto Authority in the Americas

Christian Science Monitor (4/11/18) In April, the Summit of the Americas in Peru predictably led to articles fretting about declining US influence in the Western...

OAS Facing Call for New Probe into RFK Murder – Consortiumnews

Robert Kennedy was shot on June 5 and died June 6, 1968, fifty years ago today. A new examination of...

Burying the One-State Solution in Palestine/Israel

The one-state solution is the idea of bringing justice and peace to Palestine/Israel by having all inhabitants of historic Palestine—the land that includes Israel,...

From Bernays to Trump, Hooked on Misery

The father of modern public relations and spin, Edward Bernays was a cold, cynical manipulator of mass perception. He knew that by shaping people’s...

the Cases of Reyaad Khan and Abdul Raqib Amin

Photo by Debra Sweet | CC BY 2.0 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is 70 this year. But you wouldn’t know it from...

Promoters of Saudi Prince as Feminist Reformer Are Silent on His Crackdown on Women

“It appears the only ‘crime’ these activists committed was wanting women to drive before Mohammed bin Salman did” (Independent, 5/22/18). During his US PR tour...

Kathy Kelly on Scourging Yemen

On May 10, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia informed the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that Saudi Air Defenses intercepted...

‘There’s an Asymmetry Not Only in Power, but in Compassion’

The May 18, 2018, episode of CounterSpin was a special on Gaza that featured three classic interviews—with James Zogby from  July 5, 2006; with...

US lawmakers seek to ban sales of F-35s to ‘hostile & thuggish’ Turkey —...

American lawmakers have introduced a new bipartisan bill seeking to ban F-35 deliveries to an "increasingly...

Blaming the Victims of Israel’s Gaza Massacre

Israel massacred 60 Palestinians on Monday, including seven children, bringing to 101 the total number of Palestinians Israel has killed since Palestinians began the...

Dangerous Liaison: Industrial Agriculture and the Reductionist Mindset

Food and agriculture across the world is in crisis. Food is becoming denutrified and unhealthy and diets less diverse. There is a loss of biodiversity, which threatens food security,...

Edited a Report for the High-Level Panel on Sustainable Development

/pol/ is onto the Jordanetics fraud. Update: The 8chan thread already got nuked, so it has been reposted at 4chan, and has also been archived:...

Which side lies about Israel’s May 9th missiles-invasion of Syria?

Eric Zuesse On the night of May 9th, Ynetnews, which is the online English-language website of Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s most-widely read newspaper, headlined an “Analysis”...

Giuliani Takes Cash to Speak to Terrorist Cult; Media Find This Unnoteworthy

Politico (5/5/18) referred to Giuliani’s audience as “a group that aims to promote democracy” rather than as a front for a cult responsible for...

The Spirit of 1968 Is Inextinguishable —Even 50 Years Later

Capitalist adventurer Richard Branson and cultural and political rebel Tariq Ali were both shaped by the experiences of 1968 – and, significantly, the years...

US Academics and Civic Leaders Call on Congress to Ensure Neutrality and Support for...

Dear Members of the US Senate and House of Representatives,  On July 1, Mexicans will go to the polls to elect a new president, both...

Agrochemicals and Institutional Corruption: Pleading with the Slave Master Will Not Set You Free

Environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans...

‘These Are Sanctions Directly Aimed at the Civilian Population’

Janine Jackson interviewed Joe Emersberger on Venezuela for the April 27, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Social Security Protests in Nicaragua? Hold on a Second…

For more than a week, Nicaragua was convulsed in protests that were met with heavy-handed repression that has reportedly left at least 30 dead....

May Day 2018 – World Socialist Web Site

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Reported Missile Strikes on Syrian Army Depots Kill 26

Several Syrian military bases have been struck by missiles in the Hama and Aleppo provinces, a source in Syria law enforcement told...

The Real Reason Social Media Makes Hollywood So Nervous

The Black Mirror episode “Nosedive” envisions a dystopia where every human interaction is rated on social media. There’s an episode of the Netflix show Black...

‘The US Is Not at All Interested in the Welfare of the Syrian People’

Janine Jackson interviewed Gregory Shupak about US policy toward Syria for the April 20, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Democrat Heitkamp Backing War Hawk Pompeo Because Trump ‘Entitled to His Own Cabinet”

A day after Sen. Heide Heitkamp (D-ND) received rebuke for making the "deeply disappointing" announcement she would vote in favor of Mike Pompeo as...

Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More

And by “reckoning,” the Atlantic (4/14/18) appeared to mean “a war with Russia and its allies.” Corporate media outlets were glad that the US, France...

Trump plan to ax oversight on US arms sales will ‘lead to disaster’ –...

Loosened US policy on arms exports contradicts Washington’s alleged commitment to protecting human rights, and makes...

Trump administration to unveil new sales policy to make it easier for allies to...

US President Donald Trump will roll out a new weapons sales policy which will make it...

Where on Earth is the Just Economy that works for all, Including Afghan Children?

by Dr. Hakim Young / April 15th, 2018 Political and business leaders have refined the art and science of lying about the economy. From their...

Canadian Government Supports US Bombing of Syria

The US has once again flagrantly violated international law. Without UN approval, they launched dozens of airstrikes on Syria. Ottawa immediately supported the US...

Strategy of U.S. Anti-Russia Sanctions Becomes Clearer

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On Friday, April 6th, Reuters headlined “Russian businessmen, officials on new U.S. sanctions list”, and opened: “The United States...

‘They Are Calling on Israeli Soldiers to Resist Orders to Shoot to Kill’

Janine Jackson interviewed Phyllis Bennis about the Gaza massacres for the April 6, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Glenn Greenwald on Israel’s Murder of Gaza Protesters, Reporter

On Saturday, hundreds of mourners gathered in Gaza for the funeral of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was fatally shot by the Israeli army...

Israeli Sniper Targets, Kills Journalist in “PRESS” Vest

Yaser Murtaja, a cameraman for Palestinian Ain Media, was wearing a "PRESS" flak jacket as he was shot by an Israeli sniper Friday. He died...

Private Investigations Find America’s Magnitsky Act to Be Based on Frauds

Eric Zuesse We are now getting closer and closer to what, quite possibly, could turn out to be a war between U.S. and Russia —...

US Isn’t Leaving Syria—but Media Lost It When Possibility Was Raised

The White House made clear that Trump’s talk of pulling out of Syria was just talk (Independent, 4/4/18)–but not before numerous media figures expressed...

US State Dept spent $9mn on Soros-backed ‘meddling’ in Albanian politics — RT US...

Documents released by the State Department under a FOIA lawsuit show that almost $9 million in...

The Isolation of Julian Assange is the Silencing of Us All

In this letter, twenty-seven writers, journalists, film-makers, artists, academics, former intelligence officers and democrats call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange...

The Isolation of Julian Assange Must Stop

We call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech. If it was ever clear that the case...

Mass Deception and the Prelude to World War

In Libya, NATO bombed a path to Tripoli to help its proxy forces on the ground oust Gaddafi. Tens of thousands lost their lives...

Pentagon says US-led coalition killed 855 civilians in war against ISIS — RT US...

The Pentagon has admitted that 14 civilians were killed since last year by the coalition fighting...

Breaking the Silence – Consortiumnews

Exclusive to Consortium News: Twenty-seven writers, journalists, film-makers, artists, academics, former intelligence officers and democrats call on the government of...

US launches airstrike in Libya, kills Al-Qaeda chief — RT US News

The US is back to bombing Libya, this time in an attempt to fight Al-Qaeda. The...

Media Boosts Obvious Saudi Front Group as Neutral ‘Think Tank’

A Saudi government spokesperson couldn’t have said it better (Washington Post, 5/31/17). The Arabia Foundation appeared in spring 2016, seemingly out of nowhere, as a...

In Case You Missed… – Consortiumnews

Some of our special stories in February focused on the release of the so-called “Nunes Memo”, the US system of...

Sen. Tim Kaine Issues Statement in Favor of Sanders-Lee-Murphy Yemen War Powers Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2018          CONTACT: Sarah Peck, 202-228-1174; Miryam Lipper, 202-365-2176  Kaine Statement On U.S. Involvement In Conflict In Yemen & Sanders-Lee-Murphy Resolution WASHINGTON, D.C....

Liberals, Conservatives Worry About Korean Peace Threat

Washington Post‘s Max Boot (3/8/18): North and South Korea have “snookered the credulous American president into a high-profile summit that is likely to end...

Are Yemeni Kids, Like Palestinian Kids, Children of a Lesser God?

It seems the UK trains killers and supplies weapons with no regard for the humanitarian consequences. The toxic situation (by which I mean the continuing...

When ‘God Wills It!’: An American Reckoning

America may be sinking ever deeper into the moral morass of the Trump era, but if you think the malevolence of this period began...

Establishment alarmed as Trump threatens to gut US ‘democracy promotion’ racket — RT US...

The foreign policy establishment in Washington is crying foul after the Trump administration proposed to cut...

Clashes break out over white nationalist’s speech at Michigan university — RT US News

Supporters and opponents of white nationalist Richard Spencer clashed ahead of his speech at Michigan State...

Who loves ya, Saudi?

It’s amazing what unprincipled people will admit to when goaded. A petition has been posted on the parliamentary website calling on prime minister Theresa...

How British Media Publish Hoaxes on Syria

The Guardian article from February 6, 2018, titled “Biggest airstrikes in a year hit Syria after rebels shoot down Russian jet” claims that “Russian...

How the Anti-Democracy Movement Used Media to Command the Narrative

An excerpt from Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want (Beacon Press, 2017).  As far back as 1835, perhaps our nation’s...

Private Corporation May be Sued for Role in Abu Ghraib Torture, Judge Rules

Alexandria, VA - Today, a Virginia federal judge ruled that the treatment of three Iraqi individuals formerly detained at the infamous “hard site” at...

Painting an Israeli Attack on Syria as Israeli ‘Retaliation’

Reuters, Vice and LA Times write about Israeli “retaliation.” Israel claimed that it intercepted an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace on Saturday, February 10; Iran...

Russiagate-Trump Gets Solved by Giant of American Investigative Journalism

Eric Zuesse Lucy Komisar, who is perhaps the greatest living investigative journalist, has discovered — and has documented in detail — that the source of...

Banned News: Rapid Movement Now Toward Global Nuclear War

U.S. Preparations to Conquer Soon Donbass, N. Korea, & Syria world news compiled by Eric Zuesse —— https://freeukrainenow.org/2018/01/19/fearing-peace-the-u-s-humiliates-south-korea-threatens-north-korea-japanese-and-u-s-historical-aggression-against-korea/#more-6950 Fearing peace, the U.S. humiliates South Korea, threatens North Korea....

A Mother’s Lesson on Peace

As a writer on human rights issues I don’t lack reasons for concern. In many countries nowadays human rights continue in some form are...

#TimesUp For John Kelly, And For Toxic Masculinity In Trump’s White House | By...

Just 14 months ago, both of the women who’d once been married to Rob Porter got horrifying Facebook messages and texts from a third...

Fabricated Reality: Lobbying for GMO Agriculture in India 

Richard John Roberts is a prominent biochemist and molecular biologist. On his recent visits to India, he has talked about the supposed virtues of...

Academics Who Serve as Israel’s Useful Idiots

How is that highly schooled people, those who have risen to positions of authority and influence within the west’s higher education systems, so often...

US has no evidence of sarin use by Syrian govt, still concerned about Assad...

Washington has no evidence that the chemical agent sarin has ever been used by the Syrian...

The Enduring Shame of Guantanamo – Consortiumnews

From the Archive: In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump announced that he had signed an executive order...

A Scandal of The West’s News-Suppression, to ‘Justify’ U.S.-v.-Russia War

Eric Zuesse An accountant, Sergei Magnitsky, was employed by a wealthy American investor, William Browder, and died in a Russian prison on 16 November 2006....

Tearing Down the Facade of Legitimacy: Industrial Agriculture and the Agrochemical Industry 

The chemical-intensive industrial model of agriculture has secured the status of ‘thick legitimacy’. This status stems from on an intricate web of processes successfully spun...

Former Ambassador Reflects on Current Events – Consortiumnews

Former British Ambassador Craig Murray discussed the current situation with Julian Assange, the alleged Russian election hack, Trump’s Israel embassy...

No new Russia sanctions yet, law working as intended – State Department — RT...

The threat of sanctions is putting enough pressure on Russia for now, but new penalties may...

The Legacy of Investigative Journalist Robert Parry (1949-2018) | By Nat Parry

It is with a heavy heart that we inform Consortiumnews readers that Editor Robert Parry has passed away. As regular readers know, Robert (or...

The War in America’s ‘Democratic’ Party

Over Whether to Go to War Against Russia Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On January 23rd, Joe Biden virtually threw his hat into the 2020...

Trump Officially Restores Cold War

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On January 20th, CBS News bannered “Terrorism no longer the military's top priority, Mattis says” and opened: “There is...

2018: The Year We Must Strive to Become Very Stable Geniuses | By Rebecca...

A little over a year ago at TomDispatch I wrote about the bloody nightmares rupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little...

Apple and the Guardian: Partners in a Death Spiral

This report on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to a UK school to promote the company’s new coding curriculum for schoolchildren could hardly be...

Corporate Monopolies Will Accelerate the Globalisation of Bad Food, Poor Health and Environmental Catastrophe

By Rosemary Mason and Colin Todhunter If the proposed Monsanto-Bayer merger goes through, the new company would control more than 25 per cent of the...

Judging WaPo’s MLK Quotes by the Content of Their 280 Characters

The Washington Post (1/14/18) picked some MLK quotes it felt would be ideal for tweeting, though “there was no Twitter then.” The US empire’s most...

Palestinian Refugees Have a Voice – Antiwar.com Blog

Dear Readers, I am embarking on a world tour that is set to take me to several countries in five continents, starting Feb 20. I...

America, A Penthouse Built on Tenements

Western capitalist countries, especially the United States, have become grotesquely unequal, with a significant portion of their populations angst-ridden, miserable, and living within a...

No US Foreign Bases – A Call for Peace From a New Coalition –...

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. day, and on a day where people often discuss his dreams, they rarely discuss his nightmares. It was...

The Last Oil: Gathering to Resist Trump’s Reckless Arctic Energy Policy | By Subhankar...

The Last Oil is not a warning that we are running out of oil. On the contrary, there is so much oil — and gas...

Trump ‘setting up’ US to pull out of Iran nuclear deal, warns arms control...

Donald Trump just “dodged a bullet” with the Iran sanctions waiver but he’s now “setting up”...

41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo by Kathy Kelly – Antiwar.com Blog

January 11, 2018 marked the 16th year that Guantanamo prison has exclusively imprisoned Muslim men, subjecting many of them to torture and arbitrary detention....

Trump decided to extend sanction relief for Iran – report — RT US News

President Donald Trump has reportedly decided to extend sanctions relief to Iran, upholding Washington’s end of...

Trump’s Nuclear Threat Warrants Removal From Office

A man watches a television news broadcast showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year's speech, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea,...

GMOs, Global Agribusiness and the Destruction of Choice

One of the myths perpetuated by the pro-GMO (genetically modified organisms) lobby is that critics of GMOs in agriculture are denying choice to farmers...

Trump and the Neocons Are Exploiting an Iran Protest Movement They Know Nothing About...

The last time Iranians went out onto the streets in large numbers, they were protesting what they thought was a stolen election. It was 2009,...

Ron Paul on Iran Protests… CIA Fingerprints? – Antiwar.com Blog

Is it just a coincidence that the biggest protests since 2009 have hit Iran shortly after a secret agreement was...

State Dept rejects US envoy proposal to stop calling West Bank occupied – report...

Published time: 27 Dec, 2017 12:18 Edited time: 28 Dec, 2017 08:21 The State Department has...

The Top 10 Under-Covered News Stories of 2017 | By Adam Johnson

While the outrage took place in 2016, the mainstream media’s indifference to voter suppression was deafening throughout 2017. Investigations by academics and journalists alike have revealed...

Venezuela declares Craib Kowalik, Canada’s Chargé d’Affaires in Caracas, persona non gratas

Lying is so common in diplomacy that it can be hard to tell heads from tails in international disputes. In the recent tussle between...

Is the buildup to World War I being repeated for WW III?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The great scholar of Turkish history, Taner Akçam, has described today’s geopolitics — the alliances and hostilities toward possibly...

Honduras: Solidarity With Teachers and Others Fighting for Democracy | Chicago Teachers Union

WASHINGTON - We all know we are under assault on a million fronts here in Chicago and in the U.S.. Sometimes that makes it...

King Donald’s First Christmas, and America Has No Room At the Inn | By...

‘Twas the night before the night before Christmas — no better time for King Donald I to bask in newfound adulation amid his members-only...

‘Whataboutism’ Runs Amok as Jake Tapper Rattles Off Trump Talking Points | By Adam...

For over a year, US media have insisted that the tactic of deflecting criticism by pointing to others’ flaws was the devious Soviet tool of...

10 Good Things About a TERRIBLE Year | By Medea Benjamin

Every year I do a list of ten good things about the year. This year, I was about to skip it. Let’s face it:...

US sanctions Chechen leader Kadyrov under Magnitsky Act — RT US News

Published time: 20 Dec, 2017 16:24 Edited time: 21 Dec, 2017 12:21 Five Russian nationals, including...

‘Whataboutism’ Runs Amok as Jake Tapper Rattles Off Trump Talking Points

For over a year, US media have insisted that the tactic of deflecting criticism by pointing to others’ flaws was the devious Soviet tool of...

Let Yemenis Live | Dissident Voice

On May 2, 2017, before becoming Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, as Minister of Defense, spoke about the Saudi-led coalition’s war in...

Kathy Kelly says Let Yemenis Live – Antiwar.com Blog

On May 2, 2017, before becoming Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, as Minister of Defense, spoke about the Saudi-led coalition’s war in...

NYT Prints Government-Funded Propaganda About Government-Funded Propaganda

A New York Times op-ed (12/11/17) warns of “efforts by government authorities to shape and control online discussions”–but doesn’t mention the government authorities who...

Disbelief as Boston Globe confirms median net worth of black Bostonians is $8 —...

The Boston Globe had to explain there were no typographical errors in its report about Boston’s...

We Need Not Be Spectators In the Climate Catastrophe | By Anouska Carter

There are many reasons to feel cynical about the law and how it impedes the movement for climate justice. Just recently, the multinational firm...

After Trump’s Jerusalem Move, Media Worry About ‘Violence’, Not Violation of International Law |...

President Donald Trump declared that the US saw Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced the US would move its Israeli embassy there—reversing...

After Trump’s Jerusalem Move, Media Worry About ‘Violence’–Not Violation of International Law

CBS News (12/5/17), like other outlets, stressed the threat of violence over the illegality of occupation. President Donald Trump declared that the US saw Jerusalem...

WaPo’s One-Sided Cheerleading for Coup and Intervention in Venezuela

A Washington Post op-ed (11/15/17) argues that “where the military sides with the people, democracy becomes a real possibility.” The only voices allowed in the...

WaPo’s One-Sided Cheerleading for Coup and Intervention in Venezuela

A Washington Post op-ed (11/15/17) argues that “where the military sides with the people, democracy becomes a real possibility.” The only voices allowed in the...

Civilian Casualties From “Precision” Air Strikes in Iraq and Syria

The final elimination of Isis in Iraq and Syria is close, but welcome though the defeat of these monstrous movements may be, it has only been achieved at...

Backlash Against Russian ‘Fake News’ Is Shutting Down Debate for Real

A few days before the Halloween hearings held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, where powerful tech companies would provide testimony...

Letter from 200+ women in US national security — RT US News

More than 200 women who work in the US national security apparatus alleged in an open...

Media Erase NATO Role in Bringing Slave Markets to Libya

Twenty-first century slave markets. Human beings sold for a few hundred dollars. Massive protests throughout the world. The American and British media have awakened to...

How Iran Came to Be Called ‘The Top State Sponsor of Terrorism’

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org While I happened to be researching another subject, a central question in the investigation came to be how Iran...

Survival? Symptoms Of Breakdown | Dissident Voice

If the human species survives long enough, future historians might well marvel at what passed for ‘mainstream‘ media and politics in the early 21st...

Canada adopts anti-Russia Magnitsky Act

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Saudi Arabia to buy $7bn-worth of US precision weapons from Raytheon & Boeing –...

Published time: 23 Nov, 2017 15:02 As part of the mammoth $110-billion deal brokered by Donald...

Ignoring Washington’s Role in Yemen Carnage, 60 Minutes Paints US as Savior | By...

In one of the most glaring, power-serving omissions in some time, CBS News’ 60 Minutes (11/19/17) took a deep dive into the humanitarian crisis...

Ignoring Washington’s Role in Yemen Carnage, 60 Minutes Paints US as Savior

60 Minutes‘ Scott Pelley (11/19/17) introduces a report on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen–without mentioning the US role in the conflict. In one of the...

Trump Continues Obama’s Support of Nazism

Eric Zuesse On November 16th, U.S. President Donald Trump, acting through an agent of his agent U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, voted at the U.N. against...

Why Robert Mueller Was Selected to Be the Special Prosecutor

Eric Zuesse It all began with the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers apartment complex in the Saudi city of Khobar, which killed 19 U.S....

#BanTrump: On Both Sides of Pacific, Protests Over Trump’s Visit to Philippines

Accusing President Donald Trump of representing "the worst aspects of U.S. imperialism," hundreds of Filipinos protested in Manila on Friday ahead of his visit. Protesters...

Fixations of Propriety: The Manus Closure Scandal

When confronted with the spectacle of the malnourished, the impoverished, the famine stricken, and the desperate, the Australian political instinct is simple: Why did...

US Commandos Are a “Persistent Presence” on Russia’s Doorstep

  "They are very concerned about their adversary next door,"said General Raymond Thomas, the head of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), at a national security...

Balfour Merrymaking a Potential PR Disaster for the British Government

The extraordinary programme of centenary celebrations in the UK to honour Lord Balfour and his lunatic Declaration — and the British Government’s continuing part...

Trump’s Hate-Iran Campaign

Eric Zuesse On October 19th, the far-right Foundation for Defense of Democracy (FDD) held a “National Security Summit” which featured as speakers both Donald Trump’s...

Rolling Back the Tide of Pesticide Poison, Corruption and Looming Mass Extinction   

An anthropogenic mass extinction is underway that will affect all life on the planet and humans will struggle to survive the phenomenon. So claims...

NYT Laments ‘Forever Wars’ Its Editorials Helped Create

In considering why “the public is quiet” about the United States’ unending wars, the New York Times (10/23/17) fails to examine the failure of...

US ‘actively supported’ Indonesia mass killings in 1960s, documents reveal — RT America

Newly declassified documents reveal not just the US government’s “detailed knowledge” of the Indonesian Army’s mass...

Trump and Netanyahu Walk in Lockstep on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with President Donald Trump prior to the President's departure from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on...

Studies Show Republicans Don’t Understand What Produces Wealth in America

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A Pew poll published on May 2nd was headlined "Why people are rich and poor: Republicans and Democrats have...

Torture victims held illegally in Britain’s immigration detention centers, judge rules

Britain’s immigration, detention and removal centers are illegally holding survivors of torture, a High Court...

How the elite and greedy corporations are destroying thousands of years of agriculture

The increasingly globalised industrial food system that transnational agribusiness promotes is not feeding the world and is responsible for some of the planet’s most pressing political, social...

Are Mexicans Indigenous?

A dancer in Aztec clothing dances in Los Angeles, California, July 19, 2009. (Photo: Jorge Gonzalez) As many US states and municipalities have begun to...

‘This is not choice – this is cruelty’: Terminally-ill man loses right-to-die case

Noel Conway, who is terminally ill with motor neurone disease, has lost his High Court...

Britain ‘exporting fear’ to Yemeni children through arms sales to Saudi Arabia, charity warns

Britain is “exporting fear” to children trapped in Yemen’s civil war as it continues to...

Tillerson & Mnuchin to oversee US sanctions on Russia, North Korea

Published time: 30 Sep, 2017 17:57 President Donald Trump has delegated some of his functions and...

How the BBC Spreads Lies: How to read propaganda

Eric Zuesse, originally published at The Saker Propaganda frequently masquerades as ‘news’. A ‘news’ narrative’s relevant background needs to be understood, in order for the...

‘Let me die’: Terminally-ill man’s plea for right to die in hands of High...

Noel Conway, who is terminally ill with motor neurone disease, is fighting for the right...

Conflict censorship? YouTube deletes footage of coalition airstrikes

Footage of coalition airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq has been removed...

First they laughed, then he was dangerous… now Jeremy Corbyn is ‘favorite for PM’

Jeremy Corbyn has a spring in his step at this year’s Labour Party Conference. He’s...

Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0 Is Still Unconstitutional

Donald Trump attends the 9/11 Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, September 11, 2017. (Photo: Jim Mattis) After federal courts struck down Donald...

After 27 Years of Determined Protest, Saudi Women Win the Right to Drive

Rights groups applauded Saudi Arabia's announcement on Tuesday that it will allow women to drive beginning next June, after decades of criticism from other...

Cuban FM delivers stinging takedown of Trump in UN speech

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s controversial speech at the UN General Assembly, Cuba delivered...

American President Trump v. Iranian President Rouhani, at the U.N.

Eric Zuesse On September 19th, America’s President Donald Trump stated his American case to the United Nations General Assembly. On September 20th, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani...

Free speech threatened in sex trafficking bill, Silicon Valley warns

Major tech companies are opposing sex trafficking legislation that would make them liable for content posted...

Britain has sold Saudi Arabia £6bn in weapons since Yemen war began

Published time: 19 Sep, 2017 10:51 British arms companies have earned £6 billion ($8bn) from...

Huntsman bids for Russian ambassadorship by attacking, eh, Russia

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the one-time...

Banning Saudi Arabia from Labour conference hints at Corbyn’s likely tough stance as PM

Published time: 18 Sep, 2017 12:53 Edited time: 18 Sep, 2017 12:53 Labour leader Jeremy...

RT looks at far-right groups operating in Britain amid warnings of increased activity

A number of serving members of the British Army were arrested last week over links...
Pro-worker, anti-racist organization, Redneck Revolt. The Left Calls Out The Left

The Left Calls Out the Left

As an antiwar activist, I feel a responsibility to denounce the conduct of many of my colleagues with whom I generally share common ideologies. Their actions,...

Edinburgh student who ridiculed ISIS online investigated for Islamophobia

A law student has become subject of an investigation by his university after allegedly mocking...

“Never again” is happening to Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims

by Jared O. Bell / September 2nd, 2017 The world vowed never again after the Holocaust, never again after Bosnia, never again after Rwanda and...

US warns citizens of terrorist attacks threat at European tourist hotspots

The US has extended a European travel alert for its citizens, warning that terrorists continue to...

Anti-tax avoidance Guardian newspaper sets up tax-exempt company in the US

Published time: 29 Aug, 2017 15:38 The left-wing Guardian newspaper has registered as a tax-exempt...

The Stomach-churning Violence of Monsanto, Bayer and the Agrochemical Oligopoly

As humans, we have evolved with the natural environment over millennia. We have learned what to eat and what not to eat, what to...

Kushner meets with Egyptian officials amid dispute over slashed American aid

Published time: 23 Aug, 2017 15:26 Edited time: 23 Aug, 2017 19:17 US President Donald Trump’s...

'Worst aggression in 200 years': Venezuela stands up to new US sanctions

Caracas has blasted Washington’s new sanctions against Venezuela, following the latest round of restrictions that the...

Britain’s new Middle East minister visits Israel & Palestine… but no mention of 2014...

During his first official visit to Israel and Palestine as minister for the Middle East,...