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February 22 2014

08:00

New Details of Attack on Yemeni Wedding Prompt More Demands Obama Explain Drone Policy

firstlook.org - By Ryan Devereaux - Feb. 22 (Investigative Report) - A new report on the U.S. drone missile strike that killed 12 members of a Yemeni wedding convoy has renewed calls for the Obama administration to make public its own investigations into the incident — and explain how such strikes are consistent with international laws of war. The detailed, 28-page report from Human Rights Watch describes conflicting accounts of the December 12 attack, but nevertheless concludes that some, if not all, of the victims may have been civilians. The laws of war prohibit attacks on civilians that are not discriminate or attacks that cause civilian loss disproportionate to the expected military advantage.

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08:00

Anatomy of the Deep State

billmoyers.com - By Mike Lofgren - Feb. 22 (Opinion) - Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face.  Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome.  By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks …

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February 11 2014

08:00

Is Hillary Clinton a Neocon-Lite?

Consortium News - By Robert Parry - Feb. 11 (News Analysis) - Most Democratic power-brokers appear settled on Hillary Clinton as their choice for President in 2016 – and she holds lopsided leads over potential party rivals in early opinion polls – but there are some warning flags flying, paradoxically, hoisted by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his praise for the former First Lady, U.S. senator and Secretary of State.

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08:00

Robert Greenwald Takes on Obama's Out-of-Control Drone Warfare in New Documentary: 'Unmanned'

AlterNet - By Jeffrey Fleishman - Feb. 11 (Review) - Much of the American public is unaware of what's going on, "and sadly there's a bipartisan national security state dedicated to making sure we don't find out," said Greenwald. "If you're losing your house or you don't have a job or you're trying to get your kid through school, the global challenges are generally the ones you don't feel equipped to take on.

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January 13 2014

08:00

Noam Chomsky on the Legacy of Ariel Sharon: Not Speaking Ill of the Dead "Imposes a Vow of Silence"

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky - Jan. 13 (Interview) - Among Palestinians, Sharon was one of the most reviled political figures in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is seen as father of the settlement movement and an architect of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon that killed a reported 20,000 Palestinian and Lebanese. We discuss Sharon’s legacy with three guests: Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University; and Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading scholars on the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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December 08 2013

08:00

Whose sarin?

The London Review of Books - By Seymour M. Hersh - Dec. 08 (Investigative Report) - Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports, culminating in a formal Operations Order – a planning document that precedes a ground invasion – citing evidence that the al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaida, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.

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November 25 2013

08:00

Jeremy Scahill: the man exposing the US Dirty War

theguardian.com - By Stephen Moss - Nov. 25 (Review) - as the Edward Snowden furore shows, journalists are under greater pressure than ever before. "Under President Obama the US justice department has authorised the seizure of the phone records of journalists; they are tracking the meta-data of journalists; they're prosecuting whistleblowers in record numbers under the Espionage Act; there really is a war against journalism. For everyone who does this kind of work, where you're taking on powerful institutions, the responsible posture to take is to assume they're monitoring your communications. It's a part of doing this work."

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November 05 2013

08:00

How should we remember a war?

BBC News - Nov. 05 (Special Report) - How should we remember those who fell in war?

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September 12 2013

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U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels

Washington Post - By Ernesto Londoño, Greg Miller - Sep. 12 (News Report) - The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war. ...

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Tags: War Syria

September 06 2013

07:00

Jon Stewart Eviscerates John McCain for Playing On-Line Poker During Senate Hearing On Syria

AlterNet - By Jon Stewart, Janet Allon - Sep. 06 (Comedy News) - Jon Stewart had a field day last night with the revelation that hawkish Senator John McCain was caught blatantly playing on-line poker during the hearing of whether to back the Obama Administration's plans to take military action, a.k.a. bomb, Syria.

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September 05 2013

07:00

Jon Stewart is Back: Lampoons Syrian Red Line, Ridicules Cable News Idiots

AlterNet - By Janet Allon - Sep. 05 (Comedy News) - Jon Stewart came roaring back to host his show last night, and, though he had hoped to avoid dealing with "serious and dark" matters, took direct aim at President Obama's drumbeat to bomb Syria. "America taking action against a middle eastern regime?" said the comedian. "It's like I never left."

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07:00

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

Washington Post - By Max Fisher - Sep. 05 (Special Report) - The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. If you found the above sentence kind of confusing, or aren’t exactly sure why Syria is fighting a civil war, or even where Syria is located, then this is the article for you.

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07:00

Rep. Alan Grayson on Syria: Congress Should Reject "Warmongering" and Focus on Problems at Home

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez - Sep. 05 (Interview) - President Obama's effort to win legislative backing for military strikes against Syria passed its first hurdle on Wednesday when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10 to 7 in favor of bombing Syria. We're joined by Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, a leading opponent of the resolution in the House. Grayson has set up a website, "DontAttackSyria.com":http://dontattacksyria.com/, which is gathering signatures for a petition calling on Congress to deny permission to attack Syria. "I am very disturbed by this general idea that every time we see something bad in the world, we should bomb it," Grayson says. "The president has criticized that mindset, and now he has adopted it. It's simply not our responsibility to act alone and punish this."

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August 25 2013

07:00

War Crimes Are US

readersupportednews.org - By William Boardman - Aug. 25 (Opinion) - DU weapons are a low-intensity form of atomic warfare, absent nuclear explosions. The weapons penetrate, explode, and burn on contact. They leave radioactivity behind to kill civilians in much the same way as Robert Oppenheimer proposed, by spreading plutonium on enemies in World War II (a proposal that was apparently not implemented). But they do it with lower intensity.

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July 21 2013

07:00

Report questions costs of villas and mansions for top military brass

Los Angeles Times - By David S. Cloud - Jul. 21 (Special Report) - Marine Gen. John F. Kelly works in a fortress-like headquarters near the Miami airport. Starting this fall, he will live in Casa Sur, an elegant home with a pool and gardens on one of the area's swankiest streets. The five-bedroom residence, across the street from the famed Biltmore Golf Course, is provided rent-free to Kelly as head of U.S. Southern Command, which oversees military operations in the Caribbean Latin America. The cost to taxpayers? $160,000 a year, plus $402,000 for renovations and security improvements now underway.

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July 02 2013

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How Do the Laws of War Apply to Cyberspace?

Rolling Stone - By John Knefel - Jul. 02 (Special Report) - As the concept of online warfare advances, the international community is scrambling to lay out rules to regulate this potentially devastating new kind of conflict. Last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross released its first ever position paper on the subject, stating that "there is no question" that laws of war apply to cyberspace – but what that actually means remains unclear. The Red Cross paper comes on the heels of the first major international attempt to offer a solution: a nonbinding NATO-backed report called the Tallinn Manual. At the same time, a recently leaked U.S. policy directive suggests that our government is already writing its own rules for cyber-war – and some say the administration's reasoning raises many of the same concerns that surround other kinds of 21st-century American war.

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June 13 2013

07:00

Syria death toll at least 93,000, says UN

BBC News - Jun. 13 () - At least 93,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict, according to latest United Nations figures. This represents a rise of more than 30,000 since the UN last issued figures covering the period to November 2012.

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April 09 2013

07:00

The Bombing of al-Bara | Syria Behind the Lines |

Frontline - By Azmat Khan, Olly Lambert - Apr. 09 (News) - Though the first blast knocked him to the ground, Lambert kept his camera rolling. He spent the next hour documenting the impacts of the Oct. 28, 2012 bombing of al-Bara, a village in Idlib province an hour south of Aleppo. The result is a rare, immersive portrait of the immediate aftermath of Syrian government air strikes on a civilian population. FRONTLINE has condensed the footage into this 36-minute digital feature, vividly narrated by Lambert

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Tags: War Syria Crime

April 04 2013

07:00

Iraq War Actors Have No Shame

Consortium News - By Adil E. Shamoo - Apr. 04 (Opinion) - As wretched as the Iraq War was, the absence of any meaningful accountability for the U.S. policymakers and pundits who made the catastrophe happen is nearly as stomach-turning. Every day the same faces show up on the TV talk shows and Op-Ed pages spouting more of their “wisdom,”

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March 31 2013

07:00

American Special Ops Forces Now Operating in 71 Countries

AlterNet - By Laleh Khalili - Mar. 31 (Special Report) - More than a year ago, in January 2012, President Obama inaugurated the US Defense Strategic Guidance. The document was strategically significant because it announced the "pivot to Asia" alongside continued commitments to the oil sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf. Militarily, it clearly signalled the end of large-scale invasion and occupation of troublesome or intransigent countries in favour of the kind of operations in which the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and its counterterrorism component, the JSOC, excel. This ascendancy is confirmed by the planned expansion of the SOCOM by around 7.5 percent by 2015, from 66,100 civilian and military personnel in 2011 to 71,100 by 2015.

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