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Upskirt ban blocking Tory MP strikes again, objecting to female genital mutilation bill —...

A Tory MP has risked controversy once more after blocking a parliamentary bill to help...
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Video: Saudi-led Yemen strikes destroy UK aid with British bombs – Oxfam slams London’s...

UK charity Oxfam has expressed alarm at coalition-led air strikes repeatedly hitting British aid projects in Yemen. An Oxfam representative brands Britain's ... Via Youtube

Saudi-led Yemen strikes destroy UK aid with British bombs – Oxfam slams London’s ‘incoherent’...

Humanitarian aid projects funded by Oxfam in Yemen have repeatedly been bombed by the Saudi-led...

Saudi-led Yemen strikes destroy UK aid with British bombs – Oxfam slams London’s ‘incoherent’...

Humanitarian aid projects funded by Oxfam in Yemen have repeatedly been bombed by the Saudi-led...
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Video: War Crime Assistants? Probe reveals UK’s alleged part in drone strikes during US...

British military personnel could be prosecuted for alleged war crimes committed while assisiting operations conducted by the US. Check out http://rt.com RT LIVE ... Via...

Novichok strikes (but doesn’t kill) again, and all the old questions re-emerge — RT...

Four months to the day after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter kicked...

New ‘three strikes’ law aims to close legal loophole allowing people to stream extremist...

Legislation designed to stop people in the UK from viewing extremist content online will be...

Gavin Williamson nemesis Richard Madeley warns politicians ‘three strikes and you’re out’ — RT...

Having previously channeled his inner Ali G and Alan Partridge, Richard Madeley’s banishment of Defence...

UK hit by up to 20,000 lightning strikes (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) — RT UK News

The UK has been hit by up to 20,000 lightning strikes in a massive electrical...

Civilians probably killed in RAF Mosul strikes despite MoD denials, says source — RT...

The UK Ministry of Defence is facing accusations that it misled the public over the...

British govt must explain its behavior in Skripal case, Syria strikes – UKIP MEP...

Although the UK has deemed Russia responsible for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the public...
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Video: ‘UN charter clear: strikes allowed in self-defense or with UNSC authority’ – ex-UK...

The UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May, has been forced to justify her controversial decision to join the US and France in striking Syria without...
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Video: ‘Airstrikes – no way!’ Londoners protest against UK action in Syria

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the British Parliament in London on Monday, to protest against UK Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to coordinate an...

UK airstrikes in Syria based on ‘hearsay’ – Labour MP Chris Williamson (VIDEO) —...

Labour MP Chris Williamson accused the UK government and its allies in the US and...

May rejects Corbyn’s ‘War Powers Act’ demand in emergency debate on Syria strikes —...

MPs gathered for a second emergency debate on Syria in just two days, to discuss...

UK PM’s husband’s Capital Group is largest shareholder in BAE, shares soar since Syrian...

Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for a company that is the...

‘UK govt can’t demonstrate convincing evidence’ – Labour’s Chakrabarti questions Syria strikes — RT...

Labour Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti says Theresa May was wrong to launch military intervention...

Theresa May’s govt contravened international law in Syrian airstrikes – Oxford law expert —...

Theresa May is preparing for a parliamentary showdown, days after she ignored calls for a...

Londoners react to UK’s airstrikes on Syria (VIDEO) — RT UK News

Despite a lack of public support, Theresa May, led by the US, went ahead with...

MPs thrown a bone with parliamentary debate two days AFTER strikes on Syria —...

The post-factum debate in Parliament after the UK joined air strikes against Syria was a...

MP tells of concern at UN over volatile US president during debate on Syria...

Labour MP Barry Sheerman told parliament of “chilling” conversations at the UN about the leadership...

UK PM Theresa May claims Syria airstrikes were morally and legally correct (WATCH LIVE)...

Published time: 16 Apr, 2018 15:20 Edited time: 16 Apr, 2018 15:33 Theresa May has...

‘Where’s the legal basis?’ Corbyn challenges legality of Syria missile strikes — RT UK...

UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has challenged the British government’s legal basis for carrying out...

RAF fighter jets prepare to launch as May greenlights Syria airstrikes (VIDEO) — RT...

Footage from a Royal Air Force base in Norfolk, England has revealed ground crew preparing...

‘UK Parliament, not Trump, should set its foreign policy’ – Sturgeon on British strikes...

The UK Parliament, not US President Donald Trump, should define British foreign policy, Scottish First...
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Video: RT’s special coverage on US, UK & France launching ‘precision strikes’ in Syria...

READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9388 US President Donald Trump has approved military strikes in Syria in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack by the Assad government...

Corbyn says May should have sought parliamentary approval for Syria strikes — RT UK...

UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused Prime Minister Theresa May of “trailing after Donald...

US, UK & France launch ‘precision strikes’ in Syria — RT US News

US President Donald Trump has approved military strikes in Syria in retaliation for the alleged chemical...

Oh what a lovely war! Thought of Syria strikes galvanizes breathless British media —...

“War, what is it good for?” Edwin Starr asked to the backing of an old...

Ken Livingstone demands parliament vote on Syria military strikes (VIDEO) — RT UK News

Ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone sounded a warning to Prime Minister Theresa May as the UK...

43% against military strikes, YouGov poll reveals — RT UK News

The largest share of Britons surveyed in a YouGov poll for The Times is against...

Corbyn attacks Trump as Labour leader demands vote for MPs before Syria strikes —...

Jeremy Corbyn has hit out at Donald Trump, telling the US leader that “more war...

British woman killed in Syria during Turkish airstrikes on Afrin — RT UK News

A British woman has been killed fighting in Afrin, Syria, with an all-female Kurdish armed...

Second earthquake in two weeks strikes UK — RT UK News

An earthquake took northern England by surprise this morning, leaving Britons to describe their homes...

UK spent £1.75 billion on airstrikes in Iraq & Syria since 2014 – report...

The UK has spent £1.75bn ($2.44bn) on air and drone strikes in Iraq and Syria...

Boris Johnson could back western strikes on Assad over chemical weapons claims — RT...

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has hinted he could back strikes against the government of...

Fury among supporters as chaos strikes party and leaders do battle on FACEBOOK —...

Nigel Farage’s UKIP is falling apart around new leader Henry Bolton’s ears – despite the...

Drone strikes cannot be hidden in total secrecy, tribunal tells British govt — RT...

Published time: 4 Jan, 2018 13:18 UK drone strikes, ‘kill lists,’ and the legal justification...

UK prepared to retaliate against cyberattackers with troops, airstrikes – Fallon

Britain is prepared to launch military retaliation including sending in troops and airstrikes against foreign...

‘Serial Killer’ drug strikes UK after causing deadly addiction epidemic in US

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned that a new drug, known by the street...
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Video: ‘Hard to say no’: UK may conduct strikes in Syria if US asks...

It will be “very difficult” for the UK government to refuse military assistance to the US in Syria if they expressly ask for it,...

UK’s atomic weapons workers to stage two 48hr strikes in January

Atomic weapons workers will stage two 48-hour strikes from Wednesday next week over what they claim are “broken promises” over pension cuts, Unite the...
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Video: Tsunami warnings lifted after 7.4 quake strikes Fukushima coastline

A powerful 7.3 earthquake has struck off Japan's Fukushima prefecture, triggering a potentially devastating tsunami which authorities warn could be higher than ... Via Youtube
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Video: 7.4 quake strikes Fukushima Prefecture, triggers imminent tsunami alert

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency the quake struck at 5:59am JST at a depth of 10km. 'Tsunami warnings or advisories are currently in...

Russia’s UK ambassador demands proof over claims of strikes on Syrian citizens made in...

The Russian ambassador to the UK is demanding proof of “deliberate strikes against civilians” in...

First Strikes Are Still Part of US Nuke Policy

On September 27, Democrats in the House and the Senate introduced a bill that would prevent the president of the...

UK Ramps Up Strikes; 16 Killed in Iraq

UK Ramps Up Strikes; 16 Killed in Iraq British warplanes have ramped up airstrikes ahead of the expected operation against Mosul, which could...
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Video: British jets involved in airstrikes which hit Syrian govt troops – UK MoD

Britain's military has admitted involvement in an airstrike in eastern Syria which reportedly killed over 60 Syrian Army troops. Subsequent reports suggest a ... Via...

117 Killed in Iraq; Heavy Strikes in the Kirkuk Region

117 Killed in Iraq; Heavy Strikes in the Kirkuk Region The Mesopotamian Marshes in southern Iraq were named a UNESCO world heritage...
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Video: UN exposes ‘widespread’ Saudi strikes on civilian targets in Yemen, UK arms exports...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3ZbBjtUp3Y&w=580&h=385] Britain's role in exporting arms and providing military advisers for the Saudi Arabian-led bombing campaign in Yemen is under scrutiny following a UN...

UK criticizes Russia airstrikes in Syria

British foreign secretary dismisses Russia’s military tactics in Syria as unacceptable claiming that Russia’s airstrikes don’t target the ISIL militants. "The majority of Russian...
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Video: RAF warplanes head for Syria missions after UK greenlights airstrikes on ISIS

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFcR8X6UnQM&w=580&h=385] Four British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4 jets were deployed to Syria from the British Akrotiri base on Cyprus, after UK parliament...

British Medical Association calls off UK junior doctors strikes

By Robert Stevens  On Monday evening, the British Medical Association (BMA) called off yesterday’s planned 24-hour strike of 40,000 trainee junior doctors in England, to resume...
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Video: UK drops down plan to join US-led anti-ISIS airstrikes

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJnOlS235DM&w=580&h=385] The US-led anti-Islamic State coalition is being let down by Britain's reluctance to take part in bombing Syria. That's the view expressed by...
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Video: Russian Sukhoi Su-24M pre-flight check before anti-ISIS strikes

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJA06qPOPeo&w=580&h=385] A Russian Sukhoi Su-24M was prepped for another round of anti-terror airstrikes at the Hmeymim Air Base in Latakia on Tuesday. COURTESY: RT's...

Finally revealed: UK drone strikes in Afghanistan by province

More than three years after first submitting a Freedom of Information request, the UK Ministry of Defence has finally told us in which Afghan...

Finally revealed: UK drone strikes in Afghanistan by province

More than three years after first submitting a Freedom of Information request, the UK Ministry of Defence has finally told us in which Afghan provinces UK drones strikes took place. Although there is no detail on the number of strikes within... Read More ›

New Ukraine Government Launches Airstrikes and Prepares Austerity Measures

Thomas Gaist The character of the new Ukrainian government headed by billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko has been quickly revealed in the day since presidential elections...

UK: firemen warn of more strikes

Firefighters in England and Wales are threatening further strikes over changes to their pension schemes after they took industrial action for the first time...

Stirring Immediate Fears, Earthquake Strikes Fukushima

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Fukushima prefecture in Japan on Thursday. (Image: USGS)Though relatively small, especially compared to the one that sparked the...

UK PM strikes back at EU chief remarks

British Prime Minister David Cameron has hit back at European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for suggesting Britain's ruling Conservatives were increasingly œlooking like...

UK unions call for nationwide strikes

Disgruntled trade unions in Britain have called for a united Å“day of action” across industries throughout the country over the governmentâ„¢s harsh polices on...

UK post office staff stage more strikes

British Post Office staff will stage two more nationwide strikes later this month over a five months-long job cuts, pay and closures dispute. The...

Fresh strikes to hit UK post offices

UKâ„¢s Post office workers set to stage a fresh strike later this month as talks fail.Thousands of workers in Britainâ„¢s biggest post offices are...

‘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...

5.9 earthquake strikes Japan off Fukushima coast

An earthquake with a magnitude measured at 5.9 by Japan’s Meteorological Agency has struck the northeast of the country. The epicenter was close to...

UN to probe UK and US drone strikes

The United Nations (UN) is to examine Britain and the US drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan based on requests by several nations, including Pakistan and two permanent members of the UN Security Council.

William J. Astore asks: Are Drone Strikes Cowardly?

Heroic warriors?A recent article in The National Interest captured an open secret: Donald Trump has been using drone strikes far more than Barack Obama...

Saudi Coalition Airstrikes Kill 11 Yemeni Girls

Originally appeared on The American Conservative. Saudi coalition planes bombed the area next to a girls’ school in Sanaa earlier today, killing at least 11...

Saving the Planet One Child at a Time: Children, School Strikes and Global Climate...

Children’s crusades do not necessarily end well.  During the years of armed missions to the Holy Land, when Jerusalem meant something to the sacredly...

$37 ‘Girl Power’ shirts were made by exploited Bangladeshi workers earning less than $1...

An 'empowerment’ oriented clothing brand has stopped selling its “girl power” T-shirts after a report...

Social media users mock Mail on Sunday’s article calling Corbyn a ‘dangerous hero’ —...

A series of Daily Mail articles claiming to reveal Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s “extremist views”...

‘Loony leftwing’ NGOs inflating Yemen’s bombing death toll? UK arms control chair slammed for...

A Labour MP who heads the group in charge of the UK’s arms control policy...

British elite reap benefits of Saudi-led war on Yemen – hunger striking labour cllr...

UK councils and the military sector are profiting from the war in Yemen and the...

UK govt stage ‘fake traffic jam’ to test no-deal Brexit event, Twitter erupts —...

The UK government staged a “fake traffic jam” in Kent on Monday morning, with lorries...

UK admits Assad to stay ‘around for a while’ – and it’s all because...

London, one of the staunchest opponents of the Syrian President Bashar Assad throughout the whole...

‘White Widow plotting new terrorist attacks in London’ — RT UK News

Samantha Lewthwaite, better known as the ‘White Widow,’ is planning terrorist attacks in London from...

Protesters back hunger striking detainees at notorious deportation center (PHOTOS) — RT UK News

Hundreds of protesters surrounded the Yarl’s Wood detention center in Bedfordshire, England to demand its...

The “Wisconsin Idea” Strikes Back!  Scott Walker Loses, Truth and the Human Condition Wins!

Early morning November 7th delivered jolly good news for Wisconsin. Butler (and sometimes Pinkerton) to Wichita’s dirty oil and coal billionaire Koch Brothers, Governor Scott...

Theresa May out-hawks ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, refuses to back US calls for Saudi Arabia-Yemen...

PM Theresa May has refused to back calls from key US figures for a ceasefire...

Civilian deaths not enough to scrap Britain’s arms sales to Riyadh, but Khashoggi probe...

The UK's Middle East minister seems unfazed by civilian suffering in Yemen, saying that ending...

42% of British public unaware of war in Yemen, as Labour MP claims UK...

Almost half of the British public are unaware a war is going on in Yemen,...

Liam Fox ‘pulls out’ of Saudi conference, while UK arms company hold firm —...

The UK’s largest defence contractor, BAE, will attend Saudi Arabia’s investment conference, amid criticism over...

UK begins ‘resettling’ White Helmets as refugees — RT UK News

The first Syrian White Helmets have arrived for resettlement to the UK, where officials call...

BB8 creator’s six legged bot waltzes into record books (VIDEOS) — RT UK News

If you’ve ever wanted to get behind the wheel of a Star Wars-type robot, now...

Teenager ‘obsessed’ with mass murder and beheading videos jailed for killing stepmother with axe...

A teenager has been jailed for murdering his stepmother with an axe and samurai sword,...

US, France, and UK In Direct Talks

Thornberry warns govt over any Syria chemical attacks — RT UK News

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry implored the UK government not to rely on “open source...

How Milwaukee Teachers Beat Back Cuts and Busywork

This story was originally published at Labornotes.orgCollective bargaining is all but illegal for public sector workers in Wisconsin. So how did Milwaukee teachers not...

WATCH Theresa May avoid ‘Nelson Mandela terrorist’ question in awkward interview — RT UK...

Theresa May repeatedly refused to deny that she believed the Nobel Peace Prize-winning former South...

Terrorists readying chemical attack to frame Damascus and provide pretext for US strikes: Russian...

File Photo: A US Air Force B-1B Lancer / AFP The US and its allies are preparing new airstrikes on Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry...

May, Hunt silent as UK’s best arms customer kills dozens of children in Yemen...

After a Saudi-led attack in Yemen killed and injured dozens of children, the public is...

Israeli spokesman uses angry Twitter diplomacy to directly accuse BBC of bias — RT...

An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman left diplomatic niceties aside, heading straight to Twitter to accuse...

Experts debate UK’s policy on returning jihadists (VIDEO) — RT UK News

Rival opinions clashed in a recent RT debate on how to deal with British jihadists...

How Mueller Indictment Prove’s Ukraine Behind DNC Hacks

Robert Mueller is on a roll. He’s making all the right moves and going nowhere with his indictments. If you read the following carefully,...

Fancy Bear Exposed Ukraine is Behind the Hacking Group

  Just one other thing....... Have you heard of Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear? Of course, you have. Everybody has. And we've heard time and again...

UK military drone operators could be ‘liable for murder prosecution,’ report suggests — RT...

UK military personnel engaging in US-led drone operations in Syria and Iraq are at risk...

Another ‘Fake Chemical Attack’ Would Trigger Major Crisis in Syria, Former UK Envoy Says

There is a real risk that the West could use another alleged chemical attack to justify actions in Syria which could spark...

Radio geek may have intercepted order for B-52 bomber to drop nukes — RT...

A radio enthusiast has recorded what is said to be a coded message directing a B-52...

Tony Blair calls for counter-terror cooperation with Russia — RT UK News

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on the UK to cooperate with Russia to...

Philip May and family profit from Trump’s caging of children in detention centers —...

Capital Group, the company of UK PM’s husband Philip May, profited from Donald Trump’s caging...

Why Do US Media Only Worry About One Authoritarian’s Nukes?

The world waits with bated breath as a “mad king” descends on Singapore, his finger itching to press the launch button and totally destroy...

UK-built jets may join bombing of Yemen’s ‘humanitarian lifeline’ port, warns CAAT — RT...

UK-manufactured fighter jets may be “central” to UAE air strikes on the Yemeni port of...

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...

The cost of human rights? UK may relax rules to lure Saudi’s Aramco to...

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is ready to relax its rules to enable state-owned companies...

Military chief who launched fear campaign against Russia accused of bombing Syrian civilians —...

Top British military official Stuart Peach has hit back at claims that the UK green-lit...

The Empire Strikes Back Leaving Indian Farmers in the Dirt

By 2050, if current policies continue, India could have numerous mega-cities with up to 30-40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million...

Amnesty’s damning report on UK, US, France destruction in Raqqa — RT UK News

UK, US, and French bombs inflicted mass loss of civilian life in ISIS-held Raqqa, according...

‘Reckless’ Prime Ministers should be stopped from going to war by Cabinet Secretary —...

MPs have recommend new checks that would see the Cabinet Secretary alert Parliament in order...
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Video: ‘Mother of all thunderstorms’: Lightning strikes London 20,000 times

The UK has been hit by up to 20000 lightning strikes in a massive electrical storm that swept the country on Saturday night. READ...

Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich may have to prove wealth to get back into...

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea Football Club, may have to explain how...

Are British ministers guilty of misleading parliament & public on Middle East policy? —...

The Iraq War was a watershed moment for UK ministers after the British public became...

‘Sense of humor’ – Brexit Britain to persuade wannabe EU countries to join the...

The UK is planning to host a meeting where it will brag about EU perks...

Team probing Syrian war & Skripal poisoning case reveal all — RT UK News

Dismissed in the press, the academics behind the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media...

Britain hits out at Iran over Golan rocket attacks, but remains silent on alleged...

Boris Johnson condemned Iran for reportedly launching missile attacks against Israel in the occupied Golan...

US Ambassador tweets that Britain is still the ‘most special’, but throws a cheeky...

The US ambassador to London has made one of the most cringeworthy topics in geopolitics...

Theresa May shouldn’t be ‘believed’ on alleged Syria chemical attack — John Pilger to...

Speaking to RT’s Afshin Rattansi on Going Underground, renowned journalist and filmmaker John Pilger said...

UK drones firing organ-destroying ‘vacuum bombs’ on the rise in Syria

The UK is ‘indiscriminately’ using thermobaric missiles as part of its ongoing air war in...

RAF strike killed one civilian in Syria as it targeted ISIS, defence secretary admits...

A civilian was “regrettably” killed just over a month ago by RAF airstrikes targeting Islamic...

Secret documents suggest 7,000 UK personnel may be complicit in Saudi slaughter — RT...

To what extent is the UK aiding the Saudi intervention in Yemen? A new report...

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 Hypocrisy of Britain’s “Humanitarian” Missile Strikes on Syria

Photo by EU2017EE Estonian Presidency | CC BY 2.0 There is growing doubt that the alleged chemical attacks in the Syrian town of Douma were...

Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump among Nobel Peace Prize favorites, says UK betting agency —...

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump are among the main contenders...

Kids ask White House press secretary to justify Syria airstrikes (VIDEO) — RT US...

Budding reporters, aged from four to 13, took part in a mock White House briefing as...

Trump to finally brave London’s protesters as White House announces Friday 13th visit for...

US President Donald Trump will visit the UK on Friday, July 13, his spokesperson announced....

‘UK weapons being used repeatedly against people in Gaza’ – Anti-arms activist slams govt...

UK arms deals are once again in the spotlight, as new figures reveal sales to...

Britain should drop ‘Russophobic agenda’ – Neil Clark bemoans UK-US bullying of Europe (VIDEO)...

"It can't be right that Britain and America are going around bullying countries in Europe,"...

Another person accused of being ‘Russian troll’ by Times newspaper for non-mainstream views —...

Another day, another troll accusation – Twitter user Citizen Halo has taken to social media...

Be reassured, people of Syria – West’s humanitarian missiles are ready to intervene (VIDEO)...

After allegations of a chemical attack in Syria, Western fighter jets were soon revving their...

‘Red tape,’ not Russia, preventing OPCW inspectors entering Douma – Labour MP Thornberry —...

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry says that “red tape” and concerns over safety have stopped...

Britain should ‘move towards friendship’ with Assad – ex-UK ambassador to Syria — RT...

The UK “should swallow its pride” and reopen its embassy in Damascus, the former UK...
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Video: Novichok… or ‘BZ toxin’? Illegal Syria strikes based on lies – May, Macron...

Only reckless maniacs would bomb nuclear or chemical weapons sites! https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/04/the-british-governments-legal-justification-for-bombing-is-entirely-false-and-wit... Via Youtube

Twitter user hits back after UK govt accuses her of being ‘Russian bot’ —...

After reportedly being accused by the UK government of being a Russian bot, Twitter user...

David Cameron’s disastrous Libya intervention criticized by own committee (VIDEO) — RT UK News

The UK’s intervention in Libya contributed to the north African country’s current instability, according to...
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Video: Everything BBC CNN Sky Fox didn’t tell us about the Syria missile strikes

Former OSCE official: US, UK & France 'same attitude as Hitler' want "to create their own world where they can do what they want"...

Western version of Syria ‘chemical attack’ events may be all wrong, ex-UK envoy tells...

"There are two competing versions of events" on the alleged chemical attack in Douma, former...
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Video: May, Macron try to justify strikes on Syria days later, meet with backlash

Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron have come under heavy criticism from British and EU lawmakers. The UK and French leaders were defending their decision...

There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria

Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria’s...

Senators unveil resolution limiting presidential war powers following Trump’s Syria strikes — RT US...

Days after Donald Trump launched a bombing campaign in Syria, Republican and Democrat senators have introduced...

Meet the MPs who back ‘humanitarian’ bombing in Syria, but who have been silent...

Since rumblings late last week that Theresa May was likely to authorize British military intervention...

Britain stokes tensions with Russia & Syria… while armed forces ‘woefully’ understaffed — RT...

As tensions between the UK, their allies, and Russia continue to mount; the British armed...

‘No war in history has begun with so little support’ – Galloway slams PM...

“Not even a quarter” of Brits support attacking Syria, says George Galloway, as Theresa May...

The Russians are coming for you through your phone, computer and internet… or so...

Vladimir Putin, the bear-riding Bond villain, is listening into your inane conversations about picking up...

Hundreds protest outside Downing Street over British intervention in Syria (VIDEO) — RT UK...

Anti-war campaigners gathered outside Downing Street to condemn Prime Minister Theresa May’s “huge mistake” in...

Tory-linked Activate risks legal action over ‘libelous’ claim Corbyn met with Assad 2 years...

Unofficial Tory youth organization Activate is facing yet another backlash after it issued the “libelous”...
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Video: ‘Entirely right thing to do’: BoJo hails airstrikes on Syria carried out by...

'The action that was taken by France, the UK, by the United States in launching calibrated and proportionate strikes against Assad's chemical capabilities was...

MPs to consider Corbyn’s War Powers Act in crunch emergency debate on military action...

Jeremy Corbyn has secured an emergency debate in parliament to consider a new War Powers...

Relation Speciale? UK pushed aside as French take pole position behind US in latest...

Britain was forced to take a backseat in this weekend’s US-led military action in Syria...

Diane Abbott defends Syria airstrike tweet despite fake pic furore — RT UK News

Labour MP Diane Abbott has defended her use of a mock picture depicting an Israeli...

‘The PM is accountable to this parliament, not to the whims of the US...

The Labour leader has responded to UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement on recent airstrikes...

Corbyn again calls for concrete proof of Russian involvement in Skripal poisoning — RT...

Jeremy Corbyn has again called for "incontrovertible” proof of Russian involvement in the Salisbury chemical...

Trump wanted to bomb Russian & Iranian targets amid Syria strikes – report —...

President Donald Trump reportedly favored bombing Russian and Iranian targets in Syria, before Pentagon chief James...

Evidence and democracy are such nuisances when there are missiles to launch — RT...

The UK government has proved in the last few weeks that it is ahead of...

May braces for MPs backlash as she gives in to emergency Commons debate —...

Theresa May will be grilled over military action in Syria after she finally caved in...
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Video: ‘NATO killers go home’: Protest against Akrotiri airbase in Cyprus following Syria strikes

Protesters from communist organizations gathered in front of the entrance gates of Akrotiri UK air base to denounce US, UK and French airstrikes against...

Five Thoughts on Air Strikes Against Syria

1. The United States, the UK and France launched air strikes on Syria this morning just as inspectors from the UN chemical weapons agency,...

Global Leaders Condemn Trump’s ‘Scorn for International Law’ As Haley Threatens More Possible Air...

As foreign policy experts denounced the missile strikes ordered by President Donald Trump Friday night, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley further troubled...

Big Noise: Apocalyptic Tweets, Limited Strikes

Photo by Tyler Merbler | CC BY 2.0 “Big noise on the stairs, but nobody comes into the room,” runs an old Chinese saying. This...

Proposal to attack Syria splits UK Parliament — RT UK News

Theresa May has been warned by MPs not to ignore Parliament when joining with Donald...

Blind Assault: Trump Strikes Syria

Feeling that some display of force was needed, US president Donald Trump issued orders on Friday to demonstrate some form of muscle, albeit exercised...

Conservative pundits hammer Trump for US-led strikes in Syria — RT US News

In the wake of US-led airstrikes against Syria following an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma,...
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Video: Trump approved strikes on Syria over alleged chemical attack by Assad government in...

US President Donald Trump has approved military strikes in Syria in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack by the Assad government in Douma, near...

British PM May says it was ‘right and legal’ to take military action in...

Published time: 14 Apr, 2018 08:08 Edited time: 14 Apr, 2018 08:36 UK Prime Minister...

First Images of US-Led Strikes on Damascus Emerge

Apr 14, 2018 By Henrik Palmgren | redice.tv The first images and videos have emerged on social media showing the strikes...

Who are the UK’s most hawkish MPs? — RT UK News

As the wheels of war start to turn at pace, who are some of the...

British govt’s OPCW response is ‘propaganda drive against Russia’ – political expert to RT...

Politics expert Piers Robinson says the OPCW may not have been tasked to find out...

Britain’s ex-MI6 chief thinks Western intervention saves lives, really wants to bomb Syria —...

A former UK intelligence chief appeared on the BBC to push for Western strikes on...

Nigel Farage breaks with ‘friend for life’ Donald Trump over military intervention in Syria...

Nigel Farage has turned his back on US President Donald Trump, as the former UKIP...

Is Britain about to join US military action over reports of Syria chemical attack?...

The UK is coming under increased pressure to join the US in its expected military...

Blair lobbying for another Middle East war as he says PM doesn’t need MPs’...

Tony Blair, one of the chief architects of the Iraq War, seems to be backing...

‘UK makes light sabers, Russia makes Novichok,’ Johnson brags – but what about Saudi...

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson bragged about the UK’s cultural influence, claiming its “arsenals” carried the...

UK to pull out of EU defense force despite ‘unequivocal’ solidarity over Skripal —...

The UK has announced that it will pull out of the EU defense force after...

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by Stephen Lendman

On June 11, 2013, the ACLU challenged "the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' phone records (ACLU v. Clapper)."

It argued that doing so violates Fourth and First Amendment rights, saying: 

"Because the NSA's aggregation of metadata constitutes an invasion of privacy and an unreasonable search, it is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment." 

"The call-tracking program also violates the First Amendment, because it vacuums up sensitive information about associational and expressive activity."

NSA claims authorization under the Patriot Act's Section 215 - the so-called "business records" provision.

It permits warrantless searches without probable cause. It violates fundamental First Amendment rights. It does so by mandating secrecy. 

It prohibits targeted subjects from telling others what's happening to them. It compromises free expression, assembly and association. 

It authorizes the FBI to investigate anyone based on what they say, write, or do with regard to groups they belong to or associate with.

It violates Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections by not telling targeted subjects their privacy was compromised. 

It subverts fundamental freedoms for contrived, exaggerated, or nonexistent security reasons.

At the time of its suit, the ACLU said "(w)hatever Section 215's 'relevance' requirement might allow, it does not permit the government to cast a seven-year dragnet sweeping up every phone call made or received by Americans."

The 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorized surveillance relating to "foreign intelligence information" between "foreign powers" and "agents of foreign powers." 

It restricts spying on US citizens and residents to those engaged in espionage in America and territory under US control. 

No longer. Today anything goes. America is a total surveillance society. Obama officials claim no authority can challenge them. Governing this way is called tyranny.

The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. It held Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act doesn't permit bulk collection of Americans' phone records. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously - overturning a lower court decision.

The Obama administration argued that the ACLU lacked "standing" to challenge NSA surveillance practices, and Congress "precluded" judicial review except by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court most often only hearing government arguments.

The appeals court rejected this reasoning, saying:

"If the government is correct, it could use Section 215 to collect and store in bulk any other existing metadata available anywhere in the private sector, including metadata associated with financial records, medical records, and electronic communications (including e‐mail and social media information) relating to all Americans." 

"Such expansive development of government repositories of formerly private records would be an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans."

ACLU staff attorney Alex Abdo called the ruling "a resounding victory for the rule of law."

"For years, the government secretly spied on millions of innocent Americans based on a shockingly broad interpretation of its authority." 

"The court rightly rejected the government’s theory that it may stockpile information on all of us in case that information proves useful in the future." 

"Mass surveillance does not make us any safer, and it is fundamentally incompatible with the privacy necessary in a free society."

ACLU deputy legal director/lead counsel in the case Jameel Jaffer explained:

"This ruling focuses on the phone-records program, but it has far broader significance, because the same defective legal theory that underlies this program underlies many of the government’s other mass-surveillance programs." 

"The ruling warrants a reconsideration of all of those programs, and it underscores once again the need for truly systemic reform."

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) executive director Cindy Cohn called the ruling "a great and welcome decision and ought to make Congress pause to consider whether the small changes contained in the USA Freedom Act are enough."  

''The 2nd Circuit rejected on multiple grounds the government's radical reinterpretation of Section 215 that underpinned its secret shift to mass seizure and search of Americans' telephone records.''

“While the court did not reach the constitutional issues, it certainly noted the serious problems with blindly embracing the third-party doctrine - the claim that you lose all constitutional privacy protections whenever a third-party, like your phone company, has sensitive information about your actions."

EFF's legislative analyst Mark Jaycox added:

"Now that a court of appeal has rejected the government's arguments supporting its secret shift to mass surveillance, we look forward to other courts - including the Ninth Circuit in EFF's Smith v. Obama case - rejecting mass surveillance as well." 

"With the deadline to reauthorize section 215 looming, we also call on Congress to both expressly adopt the interpretation of the law given by the court and to take further steps to rein in the NSA and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court."

One court victory doesn't mean overall triumph. The right-wing Supreme Court may have final say - or Congress able to legislatively circumvent High Court or other judicial rulings with no administration opposition by either party.

US governance serves powerful entrenched interests at the expense of popular ones. It's fundamentally anti-democratic, anti-freedom. 

Odds strongly favor no change in business as usual. Sacrificing precious liberties for greater security assures losing both.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.


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Sham election-rigging rubber-stamping followed. Fascism defeated democracy. 

Obama said "we commend the resolve of all those who participated, as well as the efforts of the Ukrainian government to conduct these elections in the face of those threats."

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is a convenient US stooge. 

He "congratulate(ed) the people of Ukraine, who peacefully exercised their right to vote in Sunday's presidential election." 

"They showed their commitment to freedom and democracy and their determination to decide their own future."

"Despite the criminal violence, intimidation and provocation by pro-Russian separatists, who tried to deny the people of Ukraine their democratic right, the election was declared by international observers to be largely in line with international commitments and respectful of fundamental freedom."

Kiev's war without mercy continues. Courageous Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters are called "terrorists."

Civilians are targeted. They're murdered in cold blood. Self-defense fighters are lightly armed. 

Heavily armed regime forces attack them. Weapons used include tanks, artillery, mortars, helicopter gunships and warplanes.

Foreign mercenaries and neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs supplement special National Guard forces.

On May 26, Itar Tass headlined "People's militia, National Guard units clash near Donetsk railway station."

Regime helicopter gunships and warplanes overflew Donetsk earlier.

Shooting and explosions were heard. Self-defense forces and Kiev troops clashed on the city's outskirts.

In "nearby settlements." One helicopter was downed. Fighting continues is Grobari settlement.

On Stratonavov Street. Self-defense forces said National Guard troops seized the area's airport.

Snipers operate from nearby tall buildings. A People's Republic of Donetsk tweet said:

"The people’s army has the airport in Donetsk back under control. We are rooting out the remaining Kiev’s remaining troops. Airstrikes have stopped for now."

RT International's Maria Finoshina tweeted earlier:

"The Ukrainian occupiers are conducting missile and bomb strikes on Donetsk International Airport. They are deploying military aircraft."

Witnesses said they "heard at least three blasts. Helicopters are circling over the city, and military jets can be heard flying by."

Residential areas were shelled. Helicopter fire targeted an ANNA News reporter. It happened during a live broadcast.

Kiev's Security Service (SBU) press service spokesman Aleksey Dmitrashkovsky said:

"The counter-terror operation started as two Sukhoi Su-25s flew to the airport." 

"They made a warning shot to the area of the terrorists' location."

"Paramilitary troops arrived and they are now cleaning the area off."

Poroshenko favors continued military operations. "I support its continuation," he said. He "demand(s)" a format change.

He wants shorter, more effective operations. He wants better equipped units.

Sergey Lavrov said Moscow is ready for dialogue with him. "We hear what (he said about) relations with Russia that he calls his most important ones."

"We are hoping (he'll) do everything to prevent some extremist radial tendencies in Kiev on the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, or on any other region of this country, from prevailing."

"We hope very much that the Ukrainian authorities will now, after the election, confirm or declare their adherence to the settlement roadmap suggested by the chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe."

"(I)ncumbent authorities should respect their citizens, respect their people and make available compromises based on the interests of all political forces, all ethnic and religious groups." 

"It will hardly be possible to achieve anything without that."

"(T)he election campaign was not without problems…(N)ot all presidential candidates were able to reach the end of the distance, not because they did not want to but because no proper conditions had been created for them."

"There were cases when the election campaign was inhibited. One of the candidates was not allowed to board a plane and so on." 

"Many simply had to withdraw from the race, not least in fear of the physical consequences."

Russia wants Eastern Ukrainian military operations halted. Lavrov raised concerns about illegally armed groups.

Specifically Right Sector ones he said. Foreign mercenaries are involved.

"Literally yesterday or this morning, Arseniy Yatsenyuk's first deputy Yarema said that the Kiev administration will resume the active phase of the so-called anti-terrorist operation now that the voting is over," said Lavrov.

He called ordering it "a colossal mistake."

"The chance we have now to establish mutually respectful and equal dialogue, bearing in mind the voting that has taken place, the results of which Russia, I repeat, is ready to respect, should not be lost." 

"We are hoping that Poroshenko, if his powers are confirmed, will do everything to prevent extremist radical tendencies from prevailing."

Poroshenko named Donbass his first trip destination. He'll visit Moscow in June. He announced it at a press conference, saying:

"As concerns our relations with Russia, this is our largest neighbor. We should stop the war and ensure peace in Eastern Ukraine." 

"It is impossible to do without the Russian representation. Meetings with Russian leaders should be held in the first half of June."

Expect he'll seek normalized Ukrainian/Russian relations. Ukraine is broke. It's bankrupt. He needs all the financial help he can get. 

He needs Russian markets for Ukrainian goods. He has business interests in Russia. Both countries are natural allies.

Putin is ready to cooperate. Poroshenko won't get it free. He'll  have to pay the price. It includes halting Eastern Ukrainian hostilities. 

It's not Poroshenko's choice to make. Not entirely at least. Constitutional changes weakened presidential powers. 

Fascists controlling parliament may overrule him. Washington's dirty hands are involved. 

It's calling the shots. As long as influential neocons want war, diplomatic conflict resolution won't happen.

Expect things most likely to worsen. Fascist regimes operate this way. None more ruthlessly than America.

War on humanity continues. It's official US policy. One country after another is ravaged and destroyed. Obama has others in mind. 

Russia and China are major US rivals. They're independent. They value their sovereign rights. They won't sacrifice them. Nor should they.

They're prime targets. Paul Craig Roberts thinks global war is inevitable. He may be right. Things seem headed that way.

He's a valued contributor to this writer's new edited and contributed to new book titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III."

Neocons infesting Washington make it possible. Madness defines their thinking. Obama is too mindless to contest them.

He shames the office he holds. He's an unindicted war criminal. He belongs in prison, not high office. Impeaching him is a national imperative.

He's by far America's worst ever president. If his war on humanity isn't stopped, he may end up its last!

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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The Israeli Air Force recently launched strikes that hit Hezbollah targets on the border between Syria and Lebanon claiming that they were preventing missiles from reaching Hezbollah coming from Syria.  The Washington Post quoted Maj. Gen. Eyal Ben-Reuven on Monday’s actions undertaken by the Israeli government as he said “Israel has to act in order to prevent the transfer of game-changing weapons,” said retired Maj. Gen. Eyal Ben-Reuven, speaking from northern Israel. “Although I can’t confirm what happened . . . it is very clear that we are trying to prevent this.”

The Washington Post also quoted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comment on the military strike when he said “We will do all that is necessary to defend our citizens.” Hezbollah disagreed with the Lebanese media claiming that the strike targeted “a missile storage center and killed at least four Hezbollah fighters” Hezbollah said that the site “was only partially damaged” according to the report which also confirmed that a Lebanese intelligence official said that “the strike did target a shipment of missiles that had crossed the border from Syria.”

Tensions are rising on the border between Israel and Lebanon since the Syrian civil war began in 2011. Israel has been in preparation to counter Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza since both groups are on their borders. “It is self-evident that we see Lebanon as responsible for any attack on Israel from the territory of Lebanon,” Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel radio “It is the duty of the Lebanese government to prevent any terrorist attack – whether a terrorist or missile attack, or any other kind – on the State of Israel,” the Jerusalem Post stated.  Israel violated another UN resolution as “Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil condemned the Israeli strikes saying that Israel was in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War, according to the Lebanese news outlet” the report said. The Brookings Institute issued a Report in 2011 called ‘The Next War: How another Conflict between Hizballah and Israel Could Look and How Both Sides Are Preparing for It’ stated how Israel and Lebanon have been in preparation for war:

Israel also has been busy implementing the lessons it learned from 2006 in preparation for the possibility of another conflict with Hizballah. The IDF has instituted greater logistical autonomy and sustainability in its combat units, and has strengthened the ability of its ground forces, navy, and air force to carry out joint operations. It also has trained extensively in large-scale ground operations, employing rapid maneuver techniques and using more robust and flexible equipment to reduce tactical vulnerability. The IDF created several urban warfare centers shortly after the 2006 war, the largest of which, the Urban Warfare Training Center (UWTC), simulates a variety of Lebanese villages, towns, and refugee camps.

The IDF has also introduced a number of new technologies that it is expected to use in any new conflict with Hizballah. These include a multi-tiered missile defense shield to intercept and destroy both Hizballah’s short-range and long-range weapons and Iran’s ballistic missiles. Also, all new tanks are now fitted with the Trophy defense system to protect against anti-armor projectiles. How these new systems cope in a war situation, and with Hizballah’s rocket barrages and anti-armor tactics remains to be seen.

The Brooking Institute also says that Hezbollah is prepared for a war scenario with Israel:

Since the end of the 2006 war, Hizballah has undergone the largest recruitment and training drive in its thirty-year history, swelling its ranks with dedicated cadres and reviving its former multi-sectarian reservist units. In terms of weapons procurement, Hizballah has focused on acquiring long-range rockets fitted with guidance systems to target a list of specific military and infrastructure sites in Israel. Hizballah also is believed to have received training on more advanced air defense systems that could pose an increased threat to low-flying Israeli air assets, such as helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles

Israel can use the “Dahiyah Doctrine” proposed in 2008 that calls for a bombing campaign against civilian infrastructure all across Lebanon which would according to Israeli officials, deter Hezbollah and the Lebanese government from retaliating with a military attack on Israel since the civilian population would suffer enormously. The Brookings Institute’s report states the following on a possible war between Lebanon and Israel:

Ultimately, the likelihood of renewed war between Hizballah and Israel remains high in the mid- to long-term. It is critically important that as the Middle East convulses with the shockwaves engendered by the “Arab Spring,” the international community continue to play close attention to the nascent conflict under preparation in Lebanon and Israel.

Given that an accidental trigger is the most likely cause of the next war between Hizballah and Israel, diplomatic efforts should focus on ways to prevent misunderstandings from developing into conflict.

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by Stephen Lendman

Ukraine is being attacked. Kiev resembles a war zone. Obama bears full responsibility for months of conflict. What's ongoing was planned long before violence erupted.

Washington wants all independent governments toppled. Ukraine is the most important former Soviet republic. At stake is its national sovereignty. Its future is up for grabs.

It's low-hanging fruit. It's geopolitically important. America wants it plundered for profit. So do EU partners. They want it at Russia's expense. 

Business as usual defines Western policy. Obama warned Ukraine. He threatened "consequences if people step over the line."

"We hold the Ukrainian government primarily responsible," he said. "We expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful protesters." 

Obama supports fascist opposition leaders. He's funding street thugs to commit violence. 

They're armed and dangerous. They shot and killed 10 Ukrainian police officers. They're fully responsible for deadly violence.

They broke a February 19 brokered truce. Street violence continued overnight and through Thursday. Dozens, perhaps hundreds more were hurt.

Reuters and AP reported 70 killed on Thursday. RT.com reported at least 77 overall. 

Accurate counts are hard to come by. Conditions are so fluid they're outdated soon after reported.

Ukraine's Interior Ministry said protesters captured dozens of police officers. They're likely holding them hostage. 

Things are totally out-of-control. Washington's dirty hands are manipulating them.

Rooftop-positioned sniper fire targeted police. Other shots were fired from conservatory building windows. It overlooks Independence Square. 

Around two dozen police officers were wounded. An Interior Ministry statement said protesters are "openly using fire arms against" security forces.

Itar Tass said protesters seized a luxury Kiev hotel. They broke into Ukraine's parliament building.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sergei Burlakov said:

"There has been evidence of some poisonous agent having been used against police. Measures are being taken to find out what the substance was."

Imagine if this type violence erupted in Western cities. Imagine no-holds-barred crackdowns to follow. 

Imagine security forces using live fire. Imagine military troops involved. Imagine far greater bloodshed than in Ukraine. Imagine protesters bearing the brunt of the carnage.

The State Department imposed visa sanctions against 20 senior Ukrainian officials. It warned about adding financial ones. EU governments have their own in mind.

A Russian Presidential Executive Office statement said:

"Vladimir Putin...underlined that it is important for Western countries to give up their accusatory attitude towards Ukraine's incumbent leadership and stressed the importance of strongly condemning the opposition forces liable for organizing unlawful extremist and terrorist activities."

Media scoundrels march in lockstep with imperial US policy. Bashing Ukraine continues. It's been ongoing for months.

It's entirely one-sided. It's vicious propaganda. President Viktor Yanukovych is wrongfully blamed for US-manipulated violence.

Street thugs are paid to riot. CIA elements are involved. So are State Department-funded groups. 

Dirty tactics persist. What's ongoing is as old as empire. Media scoundrel misinformation accompanies it.

New York Times editors find new ways to disgrace themselves. They one-sidedly support US imperial ruthlessness. 

They routinely turn truth on its head. Managed news misinformation and opinion substitute. Deplorable Ukraine misreporting highlights it.

On February 19, New York Times editors headlined "Ukraine's Deadly Turn," saying:

"What is obvious now is that Mr. Yanukovych and his Russian enablers cannot restore the old order through violence."

"Mr. Yanukovych and the Russians predictably blamed 'extremists' and accused the West of supporting 'illegal' actions by the opposition." 

"But it has become increasingly clear with every passing week and every new effort to block reforms that the Yanukovych government is destroying the credibility it needs with the moderate opposition leaders, Vitali Klitschko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to achieve any negotiated settlement."

Fact check

Times editors lied. They did so willfully. They acted maliciously. They support power-grabbing fascists. 

They wrongfully blame Yanukovych for US-manipulated rioting. For turning Kiev into a war zone.

It bears repeating. Obama bears full responsibility for street violence. EU partners share it. 

At stake is Ukraine's independence. It's future is up for grabs. Moderate opposition elements don't exist. Fascist ultranationalists are involved. Nazi symbols and rhetoric expose them.

Russia acts responsibly. It supports Ukraine's sovereignty. It's refrained from interfering in its internal affairs. Don't expect Times editors to explain.

Yanukovych "must abandon any illusion that he can fight his way out of the corner he has put himself into," they said.

"And the Russians must acknowledge that the problem is not the West or 'extremists,'..."

It's hard imagining more disgraceful rubbish. Times editors added insult to injury. They called for early elections. They want "a reduction of presidential powers."

They want their will imposed. They want Ukrainians having no say. On geopolitical issues, they're Washington propagandists. Credibility isn't their long suit.

Romano Prodi is a former Italian prime minister and European Commission president. He's an establishment figure.

He supports policies enriching Western elites. He's in lockstep with imperial US policy. Times editors gave him feature op-ed space.

He took full advantage headlining "How Ukraine Can Be Saved."

"(T)he West must make clear to Moscow that Ukraine…should not be the object of geopolitical games...Russian interference in Ukraine's internal affairs must not be tolerated."

As explained above, Moscow remained discrete throughout months of conflict. It deplores interfering in the internal affairs of other nations. Its policy is polar opposite Washington and EU partners.

Prodi nonsensically called most protesters "peaceful." He admitted "violent faction" elements involved.

At the same time, he claims restoring peace requires Yanukovych's government readiness "to stand down once order is restored..."

Doing so flies in the face of Ukrainian constitutional law. Don't expect Prodi to explain.

He wants Yanukovych to "extend an olive branch." He offered many to no avail. Washington subverts his efforts. So do EU partners.

"Europe should not accept interference by Russia in Ukraine's affairs, but it also cannot stand by as the crisis in Kiev rages," said Prodi. 

"The European Union should re-engage Mr. Putin and make clear that all parties have everything to lose, and nothing to gain, from further violence."

Yanukovych has gone all-out to avoid it. He wants it ended. 

Compared to thuggish Western security forces, Ukrainian ones have shown remarkable restraint. How much longer in the face of armed and dangerous fascist elements remains to be seen.

Washington Post editors are some of America's most hawkish. They're unapologetic neocons. They support war, not peace. They're in lockstep with imperial extremism.

On January 21, they headlined "The West must break Ukraine free from Mr. Putin's grasp."

They blame Yanukovych for US-manipulated street violence. They wrongfully accused him of "ramming a series of measures through parliament aimed at outlawing opposition demonstrations."

He's following Putin's "playbook," they said. He's "a product of (his) paranoid conviction that pro-democracy movements...are the result of Western government plots."

It's not the first time he let "Putin be his puppeteer." WaPo editors reinterpreted Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution. They rewrote what happened. They got things upside down.

Color ones are a US speciality. Washington's dirty hands manipulate things its way. 

In 2004, Yanukovych was democratically elected. US orchestrated street protests, civil disobedience, sit-ins and general strikes followed.

New elections were called. Yanukovych was replaced. Ukrainians were deceived. They ended up losers. Promises made were broken. Exploitation followed.

Not according to WaPo editors. They said "Russia's secret services tried to rig (Yanukovych's election) the way they fix votes at home."

Russian elections shame America's sham process. It has no legitimacy whatever. WaPo editors endorse what demands condemnation.

They take every opportunity to bash Putin. They assail Yanukovych the same way. They accused him of using "government-sponsored provocateurs."

They denounced his "repression." They want Ukraine "integrat(ed) with the democratic West (instead of) becoming an autocratic Kremlin colony."

They want Putin held accountable for "attempting to impose his autocratic model on a country that has been struggling to become a genuine democracy..."

They want Ukrainian sovereignty destroyed. They want its resources plundered. They want its people exploited. They're in lockstep with imperial US policy.

Before current violence erupted, Chicago Tribune editors headlined "Ukraine's winter of discontent: The thrilling rejection of a repressive regime."

They blamed Yanukovych for US funded and supported fascist street thug violence.

"Many Ukrainians hope to follow the Western model, becoming prosperous and democratic. But a corrupt and repressive government has repeatedly dashed those hopes," they claimed.

Corporate interests and rich elites alone enjoy so-called Western prosperity. Neoliberal harshness harms most others.

Poverty, unemployment and deprivation affects growing millions. Democracy is a convenient illusion. Don't expect Tribune editors to explain.

They blamed Yanukovych for anti-government violence. They claimed his "agents" "disappeared" opponents.

"In the dead of winter," they said, "there is the promise of spring" in Ukraine.

There's all-out US-instigated holy war against Ukrainian sovereignty.

On February 19, Wall Street Journal editors headlined "Ukraine and America."

They want harsh sanctions imposed on Ukraine. They want Yanukovych shown "there are personal and political costs for lurching toward Vladimir Putin-style authoritarian rule."

They want Ukraine pulled "into the Western orbit as a matter of human dignity and strategic interest."

"A Europe-leaning Ukraine can join the company of free nations and fulfill the aspirations of its people."

"A Ukraine tilted toward the corrupt authoritarian regimes allied with Moscow will be a source of regional unrest at best, and part of a revived Russian empire if Mr. Putin has his way."

They want US force-fed policies on Ukraine. They want corporate America benefitting. 

They want ordinary Ukrainians losing out entirely. They want Russia marginalized. They want Putin discredited.

Stephen F. Cohen is New York University/Princeton University Professor Emeritus. He's a Russian expert.

On February 11, he headlined "Distorting Russia: How the American media misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine."

It's reprehensible scoundrel media practice. It's been ongoing "for many years," said Cohen. "(M)edia malpractice is...pervasive."

Major broadsheets like the "venerable New York Times and Washington Post (fail to) adhere rigorously to traditional journalistic standards..."

They suppress "essential facts and context...Reporting on Russia today (is) less objective, less balanced, more conformist and scarcely less ideological than when (US media) covered Soviet Russia during the Cold War."

It began after Soviet Russia dissolved. Putin is viciously demonized. Reports, commentaries and editorials have "little regard for facts." Cohen asked:

"Was any Soviet Communist leader after Stalin ever so personally villainized" as Putin? Provocative US policies are ignored. "Autocrat" Putin is bashed.

He "stabiliz(ed) a disintegrating nuclear-armed country...(He) grant(ed) amnesty in December to more than 1,000 jailed prisoners, including mothers of young children."

Media scoundrels "eagerly await (his) downfall." He's Russia's most popular politician. He won reelection convincingly. It was open, free and fair.

Toxic coverage vilifies him. It does so reprehensibly. It tarnishes legitimate Sochi coverage. His winter games have been a notable success.

He's mercilessly bashed on Ukraine. Crisis conditions won't be resolved easily. "A new Cold War divide between West and East may be now unfolding," says Cohen.

Permanent confrontation may follow, he believes. The "threat of a hot war far worse than the one in Georgia in 2008" is possible.

"(I)nflammatory" US media accounts ignore what's most important. "(F)actual distortions" substitute for accurate reporting.

"(T)he most crucial media omission is Moscow's reasonable conviction that the struggle for Ukraine is yet another chapter in the West's ongoing, US-led march toward post-Soviet Russia..."

It began with 1990s NATO eastward expansion. It continues with US-funded NGO anti-Russian efforts inside the country.

Obama practices confrontational politics. Putin is public enemy number one. Relentless bashing risks potential conflict. 

Responsible leadership would go all-out to avoid it. Imperial madness suggests otherwise. Imagine the world's two nuclear super-powers facing off.

Imagine the worst of all possible outcomes. Imagine winner-take-all strategy leaving everyone losers. Imagine what's too potentially grim to risk.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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