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Is the U.S. a Force for Good in the World?

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Eric Zuesse First of all, in terms of popularity worldwide, the U.S. is a mixed picture. A Gallup International poll of 65 countries, issued on 30 December 2013, found that:  “The US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country ...

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New Breakaway Republic Is Announced in Ukraine to Join Donetsk and Luhansk Republics

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Eric Zuesse A group of residents in the region of Odessa, one of Ukraine’s largest cities, is trying to break away from the Ukrainian government that was formed after the coup in Kiev in February 2014. As the first anniversary approaches of ...

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EU Increasingly Abandons Obama on Ukraine

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Eric Zuesse As reported on Saturday March 7th by both German Economic News, and Spiegel magazine, the ongoing lies and arrogance from U.S. President Barack Obama’s Administration regarding Ukraine and Russia have finally raised to the surface a long-mounting anger of Germany’s Chancellor ...

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How Can This Happen? Here Is How.

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Eric Zuesse How can this happen?: http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/02/ukrainian-soldiers-break-into-house.html Here is how: http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/ukraines-land-agency-give-land-to-soldiers-in-the-east-for-free-352100.html So: Ukraine’s troops are permitted to steal whatever they want from the residents in Donbass, the rebelling region. The particular victim here lives in an apartment, and so all ...

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How Stupid Do They Think We Are?

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Eric Zuesse Newsweek magazine headlined on February 5th, “‘Biggest NATO Reinforcement Since Cold War’ Sets Frontlines Against Russia,” and reported that, “According to general Charles Wald, former-deputy commander of U.S. European Command, … ‘The question for Europe is: is Putin creeping further and further ...

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Al Qaeda’s Bookkeeper Spills the Beans

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Eric Zuesse Zacarias Moussaoui was the bookkeeper for Al Qaeda, but the U.S. intelligence services have been keeping this fact secret as much as they can, because what he knows about the crucial financial backers of Al Qaeda can be ...

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Brookings Wants More Villages Firebombed in Ukraine’s ‘Anti Terrorist Operation’

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Eric Zuesse INTRODUCTION Washington’s prestigious bipartisan think tank, the Brookings Institution, has now issued a call for American taxpayers to finance more firebombings, clusterbombings, and other support to the ethnic cleansing, which has been going on since Ukraine’s coup — the ethnic cleansing that’s ...

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Ukraine: “We Target Civilians.” Separatists: “Their Targeting Maps Prove It.”

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Eric Zuesse Unofficially, the Ukrainian Government acknowledges that its war against its Donbass region is an ethnic-cleansing operation. The pro-regime Ukrainian TV station Hromandske TV — which is funded by the U.S. Government, the Dutch Government, and George Soros (via his International Renaissance Foundation ...

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Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News Portrays Ukraine’s ‘Far Right’ as ‘Heroes’

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Eric Zuesse On January 22nd, Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News (Murdoch founded it, his son James headed it for a while, and their 21st Century Fox owns “a controlling stake” in it) telecast a puff-piece for Ukraine’s right-wing extremists, several times ...

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Russia Says Ukrainian Nazis Pay Blackwater for Training

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Eric Zuesse The Russian Government’s Tass ‘news’ agency is alleging that “The US private military company Academi (formerly known as Blackwater) … has confirmed to the Kiev authorities its readiness to start training an experimental battalion of 550 men as ...

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Ukraine’s Government Is Starving Residents of the Breakaway Region

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Eric Zuesse Amnesty International has found that “the already desperate situation in eastern Ukraine is being made even worse by” so-called ‘volunteer’ or mercenary forces for the Ukrainian Government, which are blocking the supply of food to residents in that ...

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Ukraine’s Anti-Nazi Partisans: Sabotage & Suicide-Bombings

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Eric Zuesse Just as happened when nazism (racist fascism — then in the form of Germany’s Nazi Party) conquered Europe in the 1940s, today’s Ukraine is seeing sabotage by courageous anti-nazi partisans against the country’s nazi Government, the regime that ...

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Obama Is 100% Opposed to Accountability. But the Problem Goes Even Deeper

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Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama has blocked accountability, everywhere he can. (1) Obama did it for the top officials who had caused illegal tortures to be used by the Government. (2) Obama did it also for the top officials ...

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The Biggest Scandal in America Is Its Controlled Press

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Eric Zuesse How many Americans know that the current regime in Ukraine was installed in a very bloody February 2014 coup d’etat, that was planned in the U.S. White House, and overseen by an Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, ...

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Highlights of the Wonderful Criminal Background of CIA

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from the online files of Ronald Thomas West As selected by Eric Zuesse — http://www.scribd.com/doc/247754309/Binyam-Mohmed-Documents Documents (information) developed in the CIA rendition case of Binyam Mohamed Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) SIS Message Containing Guidance 11 January 2002 Agency policy ...

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Britain’s Vice News Reports Ukraine’s Firebombing of Southeast

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Eric Zuesse Vice News uploaded to youtube on November 12th this video of the firebombing of the southeastern Ukrainian village of Iliovaisk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V70lGPnycxk#t=47 and they also identified what the incendiary weapon used was. Headlining, “’A Rain of Fire': Ukrainian Forces ...

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U.S. Among Only 3 Countries at U.N. Officially Backing Nazism & Holocaust-Denial; Israel Parts Company from Them; Germany Abstains

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Eric Zuesse In a U.N. vote, on November 21st, only three countries — the United States, Ukraine, and Canada — voted against a resolution to condemn racist facsism, or “nazism,” and to condemn denial of Germany’s World War II Holocaust ...

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Why Do We Allow Ukraine’s Government to Write the Official Report on The Downing of MH17?

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Eric Zuesse There are only two suspects in the shoot-down of the MH17 Malaysian airliner over Ukraine on July 17th: the separatist rebels, whom the Ukrainian Government charge had shot it down mistaking it for one of the Ukrainian Air ...

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Meet Ukraine’s Master Mass-Murderer: Dmitriy Yarosh

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Here Is the Man Who Organized and Ran Ukraine’s February 22nd Coup in Kiev, and the May 2nd Massacre of Its Opponents in Odessa, for Barack Obama Eric Zuesse Dmitriy Yarosh is the founder and head of one of Ukraine’s ...

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Obama’s TTIP Trade Deal w. Europe Would Be Disastrous for Europe, Says the First Independent Study

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Eric Zuesse On November 14th, German Economic News (which this writer has found to be the world’s most honest, non-propagandistic, newspaper) published two articles about, and they also posted to the Internet, the first independent study of the likely impacts ...

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Ukraine’s President, to the People He’s Bombing: Go to Hell!

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Eric Zuesse Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, in an Odessa TV address to the nation, on November 13th, said: “We will have our jobs. They will not. We will have our pensions. They will not. We will have care for children, ...

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Why Is Europe Staying with the Leading Fascist Power, That’s Now Turned Nazi?

Eric Zuesse The United States is a gung-ho supporter of a genocide that it created. (Click on those links, for the verification of these shocking facts — shocking only because they’re covered up by our ‘press.’) Why does Europe tolerate ...

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The View that Putin’s Advisor Has on Obama’s Ukrainian War

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama’s operation (click on this for the documentation) to exterminate pro-Russian voters in Ukraine, was discussed back in July by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s chief foreign affairs advisor, Sergei Glazyev, in an interview by Alyona ...

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Media Blackout as U.S. Sponsors Genocide in Southeastern Ukraine

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Eric Zuesse Here’s a typical example of what’s being blacked-out: This is a photo of a Ukrainian soldier guiding a truck-full of prisoners toward a ditch, to which the prisoners are then dragged one-by-one, and thrown in, and shot — ...

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How Our People Do Their Extermination-Jobs in Ukraine

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Eric Zuesse Below is a video of “our side” in the Ukrainian civil war carrying out part of the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Mikhail Koval’s, extermination plan, which was injudiciously described by him right after a press conference. On June 11th, ...

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Nazi NATO, but No War Crimes Tribunal? Why?

Eric Zuesse The above is from a video discussed below, about what “our people” are doing to “their people.” A friend who lives in Ukraine sent me this message a few hours ago: I got a call from Donestsk the ...

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Ukraine’s Civil War Is Restarting

Ukrainian Government is said to have air-dropped leaflets: “leave or die.” Introductory note by Eric Zuesse: Below is from a recent day’s report by the Belarusian (or “Byelorussian”) management-consulting firm Geopolitics, a site which often posts the most-penetrating daily reports ...

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Obama Is 100% Opposed to Accountability. But the Problem Goes Even Deeper …

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama has blocked accountability, everywhere he can. (1) Obama did it for the top officials who had caused illegal tortures to be used by the Government. (2) Obama did it also for the top officials ...

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List of the World’s Richest Countries; America’s Special Role in It

Eric Zuesse The world’s richest countries are the ones where the median wealth per person is the highest. This system ranks nations truly according to the most-representative person in each given nation — the person who is in the exact ...

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Obama Misrepresents the Russian Economy

Eric Zuesse A report posted October 15th at Russia Insider (a Russian website), headlined “Russian Industry Expands Rapidly In September, Hammers Expectations: Fastest growth since 2012. Manufacturing up 3.6%. Food production shows double digit growth.” This contradicts many reports in U.S. media, ...

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Pervasive Lying in U.S. & UK ‘News’ Media

Why are these questions being asked on Russian TV, but not on U.S. TV? Eric Zuesse The lying is intentional, and it is systematic; but it is so on only the most important news-topics, the ones that affect the nation’s ...

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Leading German Journalist Admits CIA ‘Bribed’ Him and Other Leaders of the Western ‘Press’

Eric Zuesse Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (which is one of Germany’s largest newspapers), has decided to go public about the corruption of himself and the rest of the Western ‘news’ media, because he finds that this corruption ...

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Ukrainian Separatists Urge Immediate World Attention to Block a Mass-Execution by Ukraine

Eric Zuesse   The pro-Russian website, https://vk.com/wall-74692511_15456, issued yesterday the following bulletin, which has just now been confirmed as authentic, by the southeastern-Ukrainian democratic leader Oleg Tsarev; so it’s passed on:   —   Citizens’ Union of Ukraine —  WARNING !!!  ...

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Ukraine Government Officially Introduces Slavery, with Vague Terms

Eric Zuesse On 23 September 2014, the Ukrainian Ministry of Social Policy announced official civilian slavery, via an obscure press release, headlined “The Government has extended the list of community service under martial law”; and they announced it there, in bureaucratic phrases, that ...

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U.S., NATO, Hold Joint War Games in Ukraine, and Give Ukraine Weapons, to Continue Ethnic Cleansing Campaign

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Eric Zuesse RINF Alternative News During 15-26 September, the U.S. and 14 other NATO countries are holding war games in Ukraine, in order to assist the Ukrainian military to eliminate Ukraine’s cultural Russians. Ukraine is not yet a NATO country, but aims ...

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Russia Has Now Joined the Ukrainian Civil War, and Is Lying to Deny it

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Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News The reports that Russia has ‘invaded’ ‘Ukraine’ were repeated for many months and were just lies from the Obama Administration and their agents at NATO, and from the Ukrainian Government that Obama had installed in ...

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The State of the Battle in Eastern Ukraine

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Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News Showing what’s left after the invading troops were allowed to leave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhFEwfF9wz0 http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/1766826.html And, then, there is this summary of the situation, by the Russian military analyst, “Vineyard of the Saker”: “all the signs are that the ...

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MH-17 ‘Investigation': Secret August 8th Agreement Seeps Out

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Perpetrator of the Downing in Ukraine, of the Malaysian Airliner, Will Stay Hidden Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News Regarding what caused the downing of the Malaysian airliner MH-17 in Ukraine on July 17th, the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN, reported in a brief ...

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“Nazi Safaris in Ukraine: Militiaman Fighting Against Government Forces Speaks Out – ‘Some Are Willing to Pay to Hunt Insurgents’”

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via: http://www.globalresearch.ca/nazi-safaris-in-ukraine-militiaman-fighting-against-government-forces-speaks-out-some-are-willing-to-pay-to-hunt-insurgents/5396524 “Nazi Safaris in Ukraine: Militiaman Fighting Against Government Forces Speaks Out – ‘Some Are Willing to Pay to Hunt Insurgents’” Highlights from an interview with an insurgent in southeastern Ukraine. Posted by Eric Zuesse. Written by Ilja Degtjarov. Original at ...

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Our ‘Enemies’ in Ukraine Speak

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Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News America’s ‘news’ media do not let the victims of Ukraine’s civil war — the people who are dying and being driven out from the southeastern regions of that country by the new Ukrainian Government — ...

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Falsehoods in the NYT’s Editorial, ‘Mr. Putin Tests the West in Ukraine’

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Eric Zuesse The only way to expose lies is within context; so, this will be somewhat lengthy: The Times  editorial opens with a falsehood: “There is no longer any doubt: Russian troops are in Ukraine, not as volunteers, as the rebel commander in Donetsk ...

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VIDEOS: Ethnic Cleansing as a Political Tactic, Trashing Ukrainians

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Getting Rid of Residents of Regions that Voted ‘the Wrong Way.’ Here’s How Obama’s Team Eliminates the Electorate  for Viktor Yanukovych (Whom Obama Overthrew in February 2014), Trashing Them So As To Assure that ‘Democracy’ in Ukraine  Won’t Elect Another ...

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Obama’s Nazis

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http://slavyangrad.org/2014/08/15/summary-of-novorossia/ OBAMA’S NAZIS, #1: A Summary of the Situation in Embattled ‘New Russia,’ Ukraine’s Southeast POSTED BY Eric Zuesse, via OLGA LUZANOVA ⋅ AUGUST 15, 2014 Video: A Summary of the Situation in the Embattled Novorossiya Translation from Russian by Alan and ...

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Ukraine-News Flash: Bloodiest Days of Ukraine’s Ethnic Cleansing Expected to Come Now

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Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News A reliably well-informed resident in the area that Obama’s Ukrainian regime is ethnically cleansing (i.e., exterminating and/or expelling) has informed this reporter (and all of this source’s previous reports to me have subsequently turned out ...

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Ukraine’s Conflict: A History and Status-Report, for Ukraine, U.S. and the World

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See Barack Obama’s Real Achievements in Ukraine, with Your Own Eyes, via Videos: They’re Like George W. Bush’s Real Achievements in Iraq, But Authentically Nuclear Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News (This article will consist primarily of videos documenting actual events. ...

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Systematically Reconstructing the Shoot-Down of the Malaysian Airliner: The Guilt Is Clear and Damning

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Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News On July 22nd, zerohedge bannered sarcastically, “Flight MH-17 Black Boxes To Be Analyzed In ‘Impartial’ London,” and reported that they would be analyzed by the U.S.-allied, anti-Russian, pro-Ukrainian, British Government. A mere four days later, on the 26th, ...

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The Basic Reality, and Simple Truth, of Ukraine’s Civil War

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Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News Obama appoints the people who appoint the people who appoint the people who appoint the people who appoint the people who appoint the people who appoint the people who do this sort of thing rather randomly to ...

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Obama administration grants architects of torture sneak peak at Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA programs

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Eric London In close collaboration with the Central Intelligence Agency, President Obama has granted the masterminds of the Bush administration’s torture programs access to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture in advance of the report’s expected August publication. ...

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Our Troops March and Drive Into Eastern Ukraine Bearing Nazi Insignia and Mass-Death

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Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News This summarizes a new video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE18iPQ1Euk filmed during 2-24 July 2014, uploaded to youtube on July 27th: “Azov recruits” are the Ukrainian Obama regime’s elite SS force, shown swearing their oaths, proudly holding WolfsAngel (German ...

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White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber

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With all eyes glued on the atrocities in Gaza and Ukraine, another homegrown atrocity may soon be underway. The Obama administration has quietly executed one of those sneaky summer weekend news dumps in hopes of nobody noticing or caring. Because ...

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America’s Nazi Allies in Israel and Ukraine

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Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News The U.S. is now the chief sponsor of two nazi, ethnically cleansing, nations. In one of them (Ukraine), the U.S. President, Barack Obama, himself placed nazis into control there; the nazi control was imposed by him, ...

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UK Government Wants Immunity in Torture Case

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Lawyer acting for Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who was tortured in Libya after MI6-aided abduction, says case has profound implications Richard Norton-Taylor The government is determined to prevent ministers and officials from being accountable to the courts for colluding in wrongdoing ...

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Obama Goes All-Out Nazi as He Races to His Presidency’s Finish-Line

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Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News A few Democratic Senators and House members have caught Obama’s U.S. Trade Representative in a big lie for international corporations, and are pleading with him to come clean but haven’t yet received an answer, regarding ...

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America Is Guilty if Americans Don’t Prosecute Obama

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Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News   On Sunday, July 13th, Jason Easley — at politicsusa.com, which bills itself “Real Liberal Politics” — bannered, “Top House Republican Admits That There Are No Grounds To Impeach President Obama,” and Easley reported that, “The [Republican] chairman ...

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How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans, Worked Together to Create the Flood of Refugee Children Into the U.S.

Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News Frances Robles of The New York Times headlined on July 9th, “Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border” and reported: More than half of the top 50 Central American cities from which children are leaving for the United ...

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Your Tax Dollars at Work, In a Far-Away Land

This Is What Ethnic Cleansing Looks Like (After the Cleansing) Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News VIDEO: “03 07 2014 Kramatorsk. Stankostroy district after shelling” (NOTE: The “terrorists” are all gone. Does that make you feel safer?) VIDEO: “Lugansk. Ukraine Airstrike Residential Area. 2 July ...

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Gitmo Prisoners Brutally Force Fed During Hunger Strike

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Up to 130 of the 166 detainees left in Guantanamo are reported to be taking part in a hunger strike with at least 11 being force fed. What is not widely reported is the brutal way that detainees have been force fed by the Guantanamo medical staff, a protocol that appears to be in use now.

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Legalising Torture: Italy Pardons U.S. Colonel

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A month before his seven-year term expires, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has pardoned Colonel Joseph L. Romano, who was convicted by Italian courts for his role in the abduction and torture of an Egyptian terrorist suspect, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr in Milan in 2003.

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Pentagon Implicated In Iraq Torture Units

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The investigation conducted by The Guardian and BBC Arabic, was sparked by the release of classified US military logs on WikiLeaks that detailed hundreds of incidents where US soldiers came across tortured detainees in a network of detention centres.

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Outsourcing Torture: 50 Countries Complicit In Extraordinary Rendition

For the first time, a report from the Open Society Foundation reveals the scale of global CIA torture. At least 50 countries took part in “extraordinary rendition” following the 9/11 attacks, which involved taking detainees to and from U.S. custody without any legal process.

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European Court orders damages for CIA torture victim

WSWS | In mid-December 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg awarded damages of €60,000 to Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese origin. The judges accepted that Macedonian security services had illegally seized El-Masri at the ...

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Torture: America’s other national pastime

Don’t let “Zero Dark Thirty” fool you. The suffering we inflict is psychological — and has lasting consequences This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. If you look backward you see a nightmare. If you look forward you become the nightmare. There’s ...

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Why We Torture

Gareth Peirce | The last several years have found us in the midst of more catastrophes than we could ever, in our worst nightmares, have dreamed of. We could never have envisaged that the history of the new century would encompass ...

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Bolton calls for use of torture on Benghazi suspects

David Edwards, RAW Story | Neoconservative former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nation John Bolton is suggesting that the U.S. should restart its practices of using “rendition” and torture to investigate the September attacks in Benghazi, Libya. During an interview ...

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What’s the Point of Having Laws Against Torture if They Don’t Apply to the Powerful?

Katherine Gallagher, Counterpunch | One thing brings these four men together. Hassan bin Attash, Sami el-Hajj, Muhammed Khan Tumani and Murat Kurnaz—they are all survivors of the systematic torture program the Bush administration authorized and carried out in locations including ...

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Why Donald Rumsfeld Can’t Be Sued for Torture

Katie Mesner-Hage, Slate | Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld may not be sued by two U.S. citizens who were tortured by members of the military. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which issued the decision, is the ...

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American military gets away with torture

NY Times | In a decision that ignored a 41-year-old precedent and American obligations under international law, a United States appeals court has ruled that American civilians who are tortured by the American military cannot recover damages from the people ...

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Whenever Britain perceives threats to national security, the gloves come off

Deaglán de Bréadún | The award-winning Guardian journalist Ian Cobain has been investigating human rights abuses by his own country in the wake of the World Trade Centre terrorist attacks. His findings are revealed in Cruel Britannia: A Secret History ...

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Torturer Lawsuits: Some Good News

Stephen Lendman, rinf.com | A previous article titled Good News and Bad said when something good surfaces, reporting it should follow. There’s so precious little around. Two lawsuits against private military contractors (PMCs) offer encouragement. Both were brought under the ...

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Britain’s true record on torture

John Kampfner, guardian.co.uk | I am not prone to gasp and nor would I describe myself as naive. But the scale of torture in the British security services, as revealed by Ian Cobain in this admirably researched book, took me ...

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Anti-fascist protesters tortured by police

Christoph Dreier, WSWS | Demonstrators protesting against the fascist Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) party were beaten and tortured after their arrest by Greek police at a demonstration on September 30. According to the victims, the police used techniques similar to the torture ...

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Assange to U.N.: Bradley Manning has been tortured

Alex Fitzpatrick, Mashable | Julian Assange claimed in a live video address broadcast during an event parallel to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday that Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army soldier accused of providing classified intelligence to WikiLeaks, has been tortured while ...

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Italy 1, CIA Torturers 0

David Swanson | Forza Italia! After years of appeals, Italy’s highest court has upheld the conviction of 23 Americans involved in a CIA kidnapping of a man off the street in Milan, whom the CIA shipped to Egypt to be brutally ...

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It’s Official: No One Will Ever Be Prosecuted for Bush-Era Torture

I don’t write about national security and civil liberties issues as much as I should. Partly this is because I find much of it too grim to bear. But it’s also because it seems so hopeless: there’s really no significant ...

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Rising police budget for torture claims

The police made the claim as the Independent Police Investigative Directorate launched its investigation into allegations that some of the nearly 200 Lonmin miners arrested in connection with the deadly violence at the Marikana platinum mine were tortured.

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Torture: Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad

After a decade of fiery public debate and bare-knuckle partisan brawling, the United States has stumbled toward an ad hoc bipartisan compromise over the issue of torture that rests on two unsustainable policies: impunity at home and rendition abroad. President Obama has ...

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Police Charged With Torture

The National Fifteen Bahrain policemen will be charged with torturing doctors held during the Shiite-led protests last year, Bahrain’s chief prosecutor said yesterday. he charges were being brought following an inquiry launched after a complaint was filed by doctors at ...

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CIA ordered to speed up release of torture report

On Wednesday, the Federal judge overseeing the American Civil Liberty Union’s Freedom of Information Act request for CIA information pertaining to the destruction of interrogation videotapes ordered CIA to release its 2004 Inspector General report on CIA torture and interrogation ...

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Met to probe torture collusion claims

The Metropolitan Police are to investigate claims that British agents colluded in torture, Scotland Yard said. Officers are to investigate allegations by former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed that MI5 officers were complicit in his torture. The case was referred ...

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How to Trap a Torture Judge

It’s a problem that Jay Bybee is a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. How can he serve as a judge when he seriously violated the laws against inhumane treatment of detainees and gave legal approval to interrogation ...

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CIA torture report delayed again

The US Justice Department is again delaying the release of an internal CIA report on the agency’s secret detention and interrogation program during the Bush administration. The report had been expected to be made public two weeks ago but was ...

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700 doctors demand the removal of WMA president for involvement in torture

700 doctors from 43 countries sent a letter of protest to the Word Medical Association (WMA), which is considered the WMA’s governing body, demanding the removal of the newly appointed president, an Israeli doctor, for ignoring the participation of medical ...

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Letter reveals Tony Blair knew of secret policy on terror interrogations

Tony Blair was aware of the ­existence of a secret interrogation policy which ­effectively led to British citizens, and others, being ­tortured during ­counter-terrorism investigations, the Guardian can reveal. The policy, devised in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, ...

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New Evidence Of CIA Torture Program

NEW YORK – The CIA today released still-highly redacted documents in which Guantánamo Bay prisoners describe abuse and torture they suffered in CIA custody. The documents were released as part of an American Civil Liberties Union Freedom of Information Act ...

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Obama smoothes passage of war spending bill by pledging to suppress torture photos

Negotiators in the US House and Senate on Friday reached a tentative agreement on a $105.9 billion “emergency” war-funding bill for US military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan through September. The Obama administration paved the way for the agreement ...

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John Yoo, Donald Rumsfeld and the Systematic Torture of Prisoners

On Jan. 17, 2003, Mary Walker, the Air Force general counsel, received an urgent memo from the Pentagon’s top attorney. Attached to the classified document was a set of directives drafted two days earlier by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. ...

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Torture documents need to be released

Despite its repudiation of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” the Obama administration continues to stifle public scrutiny of how the Bush Justice Department’s strained legal rationale for torture was translated into the mistreatment of suspected terrorists. The latest attempt to deflect disclosure ...

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Ex-Bush lawyer can be sued over torture according to Judge

A prisoner who says he was tortured while being held for nearly four years as a suspected terrorist can sue former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo for coming up with the legal theories that justified his alleged treatment, a federal ...

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CIA Director’s claims reinforce torture reality

It’s no secret that during the Bush administration, the Central Intelligence Agency “rendered” suspected terrorists to overseas facilities where they were subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Some sessions were recorded on videotape. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the American ...

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Taser Torture as Summary Punishment for “Non-Compliance”

The official rationale for issuing Tasers to police officers is that the electro-shock devices represent a “non-lethal” alternative to the use of a firearm in dealing with situations that threaten the life or safety of an officer or innocent bystanders. ...

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Cheney personally oversaw briefings on torture

Former Vice President Dick Cheney “personally” oversaw at least four briefings with members of Congress about the Bush administration’s interrogation program in an effort to maintain support for the torture of detainees in U.S. custody. The briefings, part of a ...

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Amnesty Responds to CIA’s Denial of Former Vice President Cheney’s Request for Documents’ Release

In response to today’s news from the Central Intelligence Agency that it was denying former Vice President Cheney’s request for the public release of two memos–on the basis that the documents are currently the subject of pending litigation, including a ...

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How Americans Came to Support Torture, in Five Steps

By Roy Eidelson | In recent weeks, new revelations about the harsh interrogation and torture of detainees during the Bush administration years have made headlines and stirred controversy. The positions of prominent advocates and opponents on each side are clear. ...

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Psychologists’ E-Mails Stir Interrogation Issue

By Farah Stockman | WASHINGTON – Newly public e-mails between psychologists involved in the Bush administration’s controversial detention program have fueled a fierce debate over whether mental-health professionals should give advice on warfare, and whether the nation’s largest psychology association ...

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CIA Officials Were Given Daily Torture Updates

By Jason Leopold | CIA interrogators provided top agency officials in Langley with daily “torture” updates of Abu Zubaydah, the alleged “high-level” terrorist detainee who was held at a secret “black site” prison and waterboarded 83 times in August 2002, ...

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Jordan’s human-rights watchdog reports torture

Amman- The 2008 report released Saturday by Jordan’s state- funded National Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) found continued ‘torture’ at Jordanian jails and a retreat in public freedoms. Anti-torture efforts in Jordan are still ‘modest and hesitant,’ the report said. ...

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Human Rights Watch on Torture of Mohammed Shah Poor

Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch has sent and open letter to  the President United Arab Emirates highlighting acts of torture commited by UAE police and members of the royal family. ——————— His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan ...

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Abuse Isn’t Torture If a Doctor Is There

The Sick Logic of the CIA Memos. By Sheri Fink | Perhaps the most chilling aspect is that medical professionals apparently conducted a form of research on the detainees, without their consent. Former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden was fond ...

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Torture Worked to Sell the Iraq War

Three cheers for Dick Cheney. The former vice president has urged, however rhetorically, that the Obama administration release more of the torture memos. “One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they ...

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Torture Used to Try to Link Saddam with 9/11

By MARJORIE COHN  | When I testified last year before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties about Bush interrogation policies, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz) stated that former CIA Director Michael Hayden had confirmed ...

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