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New TCBH! poem: Monster in my Garden

By Gary Lindorff


After yesterday
I’m afraid to go down there
Into my own garden.
I went down after sunset to water and
There it was, crouching
Like a gargoyle among the tomatoes.
I got a good look at it
As I stood there afraid to breathe
While a spray of water
From the hose soaked my shoes.
It had two heads
That look exactly like John Boehner,
Terrible to behold. . .

Ukraine News - Sep 5, 2014

 

In a joint article in The Times newspaper Cameron, Obama vow to stand together in support of Ukraine against Russia - Yahoo News


Text of the joint article by David Cameron and Barack Obama: Strengthening the NATO alliance - GOV.UK


NATO says arms supply to Ukraine up to individual allies - Reuters


Rasmussen: NATO Not Involved in Member States’ Decisions on Military Aid to Ukraine - RIA Novosti


Poroshenko: NATO Members Propose Ukraine Military Cooperation on Bilateral Basis - RIA Novosti


Nato Summit 2014: Nato Members to Provide Precision-Guided Weapons to Ukraine - ibtimes.co.uk


Secretary General: NATO to Allocate Some $19.4 Mln in Aid to Ukraine - RIA Novosti


US to lead multinational exercises in Ukraine, About 1,300 personnel from 15 nations take part including 200 U.S. soldiers - VOA


Here Are The Soldiers US Is Sending To Ukraine - Business Insider


Joint Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, Sept. 4, 2014 - enewspf.com


Russia warns NATO not to offer Ukraine membership of the alliance - Reuters


Putin says he 'cannot be stopped' as NATO warns Russia has 3,000 troops in Ukraine - Mail Online


Text of the 7 Point 'Putin Plan' For Peace In Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag


Pentagon Notes ‘Exceptionally Capable’ Russian Force Along the Ukrainian Border - Defense.gov


Russia’s nuclear forces will hold a large-scale exercise this month along the country’s border with China - The Diplomat


Pentagon Excludes Possibility of War With Russia Over Ukraine - RIA Novosti


Eastern European hopes for permanent NATO bases stymied by Russia - Military Times


US and UK Push for NATO Countries to Increase Military Spending - teleSUR


Can NATO spend smarter? - CSMonitor.com


Protesters stage anti-Nato march in Cardiff, Four arrests - BBC News


VIDEO: Anti-Nato protest in Cardiff - YouTube


VIDEO: NATO Summit Wales 2014 (Day 1, 11 hours) - YouTube


VIDEO: Watch live tomorrow the Nato Summit in Wales - Telegraph


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Ukraine and rebels back ceasefire, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan - Reuters


Ukraine's president, at NATO summit, voices 'careful optimism' on peace talks with rebels - Daily Courier


Demilitarized zone, OSCE monitoring among E.Ukraine rebels’ peace proposals - RT News


Ukraine crisis: Leaders talk about peace, but in Mariupol, Luhansk and Donetsk, the reality looks more like war - The Independent


Ukraine reinforces defense of Mariupol against rebel attack, army shells rocks Donetsk killing atleast one woman - Reuters


Over 800 servicemen killed in army operation in eastern Ukraine: military spokesman - ITAR-TASS


Spot report by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, 4 September 2014: The Situation in Mariupol - OSCE


The Dead and the Living in Luhansk - Human Rights Watch


VIDEO: Fear grows as artillery fire rocks outskirts of Mariupol - YouTube


VIDEO: Footage & A Photo From Mariupol For August 4th - Migukin's Blog


VIDEO: Grad rockets destroy Donetsk school and homes - Ruptly


VIDEO: Man shelled as he stood on his balcony in Donetsk - YouTube


Russia redeploys huge convoy of armor in Ukraine (VIDEO) - Ukraine@war


A website for search of Russian servicemen, which disappeared in Ukraine, was created in Russia - Info Resist


Appeal to the world psychiatric community on behalf of Ukrainian servicewoman Nadiya Savchenko detained in a Russian mental hospital - EUROMAIDAN PRESS 


Russia Stocks Climb 3rd Day on Ukraine Truce as ECB Spurs Ruble - Bloomberg


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Beyond The People’s Climate March

Originally posted at AcronymTV

Dennis Trainor, Jr. of Acronym TV in conversation with Timeka Drew, a grassroots organizer with the Global Climate Convergence.

In two weeks the Peoples Climate March in New York, organized by 350.org, is expected to draw as many as 200,000 people. The march is to take place only days before a special UN meeting called by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the November 2015 U.N. Climate Conference in Paris.

No! Your data is not safe!: Hackers Used Government Spyware to Data-rob iCloud

By Alfredo Lopez


One sensationally reported incident this week exposes a dual threat: your data isn't safe on a corporate-controlled "cloud" and spying software made for police and government agencies makes it completely accessible.

War by stealth and by mini-armies: US Invades Iraq...Again, and Secretly

By Dave Lindorff


Flash! The US has re-invaded Iraq!

Iraq News - Sep 3, 2014

 

Iraq forces counterattack after breaking Islamic State’s siege of Amerli - AFP


Iraqi forces regain control of key road to Baghdad after breaking IS siege of Amerli - theguardian.com


Aid enters Amerli after 2-month Islamic State siege broken (VIDEO) - AP


In Iraq, residents of Amirli celebrate end of IS siege - Los Angeles Times


VIDEO: Crowds cheer as Iraqi forces enter Amerli - Reuters


VIDEO: Turkmen from Amerli Describe Survival of IS Siege - YouTube


VIDEO: Grannies 'took on Islamic State in Amerli’ - BBC News


Shiite Militias Join in Iraq Victory - WSJ


As battle lines shift in Iraq, Sunnis who welcomed the Islamic State fear retribution - The Washington Post


Iranians play role in breaking IS siege of Iraqi town - Reuters


Weapons Expert Warns About IS Militants' Supply Of Guns And Ammunition - huffingtonpost.com


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U.S. Airstrikes Help Break Islamic State Siege on Amerli - WSJ


Pentagon: U.S. forces airdropped 109 bundles of much-needed humanitarian aid to the people of Amerli - U.S. Air Force


VIDEO: Night Vision B-Roll of Humanitarian Aid Air Drop Near Amerli, Iraq - YouTube


Pentagon: Humanitarian operations, airstrikes will continue to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in their fight with Islamic State - Defense.gov


Islamic State still threat to Mosul Dam, Pentagon says - Army Times


VIDEO: Pentagon News Conference With Kirby (FULL) - Bloomberg


TRANSCRIPT: Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby - Defense.gov


Pentagon Says Iraq Operations Costing On Average $7.5 Million Per Day - Business Insider


Humanitarian aid to Iraq costs U.S. taxpayer dollars - WJLA.com


Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes, airdrop campaign in Iraq's Amerli - Reuters


Text Of Letter From President Obama: War Powers Resolution Regarding Iraq - Eurasia Review


Obama Authorizes Sending Additional Troops To Iraq - huffingtonpost.com


Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? - The Daily Beast


Obama heads to the NATO summit hoping to persuade more nations to join America in the fight against IS - NBC News.com


Iraq gets Russian Mi-28 attack helicopters - GlobalPost


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New Islamic State video shows apparent beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff - AP


VIDEO: The Islamic State original full video of Steven Sotloff beheading: A second message to America - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: American Steven Sotloff's words before apparent beheading - NY Daily News


Terrorist in ISIS execution video of Steven Sotloff appears to be same killer of James Foley - NY Daily News


Islamic State’s acts of inhumanity on unimaginable scale: UN - BBC News


Amnesty International accuses Islamic State of ethnic cleansing in Iraq, conducting mass killings of men and abducting women and children - Middle East - AP


Human Rights Watch: New ISIS Video Shows Higher Number Of Executions In Iraq; One Survivor Details Gruesome Tactics - ibtimes.com


Iraq: Islamic State Executions in Tikrit - Human Rights Watch


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Germany to deliver weapons to Iraqi Kurds battling IS terrorists - DW.DE


List of German weapons deliveries to Iraq′s Kurdish region - DW.DE


Australian Air Force plane delivers ammunition to Kurds - SBS News


Don't Expect Peshmerga Fighters to Beat the Islamic State - US News


Why The Kurds Failed Against IS In Iraq - Business Insider


Kurdish Peshmerga: Tarnishing a Reputation as Storied Warriors - NYTimes.com


PKK forces impress in fight against Islamic State - Al-Monitor


Female PKK Fighters May Be IS's Worst Nightmare - Military.com


'Islamic State tore our families apart. Now we're fighting back'. Meet the Kurdish women's resistance army - Telegraph


Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State - nationalgeographic.com

 

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Talk Nation Radio: Rep. Barbara Lee on War Powers, Marjorie Cohn on Prosecuting Congress for War Crimes

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-rep-barbara-lee-on-war-powers-marjorie-cohn-on-prosecuting-congress-for-war-crimes

Congresswoman Barbara Lee has represented the East Bay area of California since 1998. She discusses Congressional war powers.

Marjorie Cohn is a former president of the National Lawyers Guild. She lectures throughout the world on international human rights and U.S. foreign policy. Her latest book is The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse. Her website is http://www.marjoriecohn.com She discusses a letter sent by the National Lawyers Guild, Center for Constitutional Rights, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Arab Lawyers Union, and American Association of Jurists to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, urging her to initiate an investigation of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli leaders and aided and abetted by U.S. officials in Gaza.

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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Society as a Failed Experiment

There's little dispute among social scientists that most of our major public programs are counter-productive on their own terms. There is also little analysis of this phenomenon as a pattern in need of an explanation and a solution.

Prisons are supposedly intended to reduce crime, but instead increase it. Young people who when they commit crimes are arrested and punished become much more likely to commit crimes as adults than are those young people who when they commit crimes are just left alone.

Fixing public schools by requiring endless test-preparation and testing is ruining public schools. Kids are emerging with less education than before the fix. Parents are sending their kids to private schools or charter schools or homeschooling them or even pulling them out of school for a few months during the worst of the test-preparation binging. 

Free trade policies are supposed to enrich us. Trickle-down tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations are supposed to enrich us. We keep trying them and they keep impoverishing us.

War preparations are supposed to enrich us, but impoverish us instead. War is supposed to protect us, but generates enemies. Or war is supposed to benefit some far away place, but leaves it in ruins. Is more war the answer?

When a road gets crowded, we enlarge it or build another road. The traffic responds by enlarging to fill the new roads. So we cut funds for trains in order to build yet more roads.

We're several times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist. So, we give police officers weapons of war to make us safe.

We're making the earth's climate unlivable by consuming fossil fuels. So we ramp up the consumption of fossil fuels.

Guns are supposed to protect us, but the more we spread the guns around the more we get killed intentionally and accidentally with guns.

What causes us to pursue counterproductive programs and policies? And why does it seem that the bigger the program is the more we pursue its counterproductive agenda? Well, let's look at the above list again and ask who benefits.

We've made prisons into a for-profit industry and an economic rescue program for depressed rural areas. Enormous profits are being made from children who abandon public schools; from the point of view of those profiteers there's every reason to fix schools in a manner that actually makes them horrible. Corporate trade pacts and tax exemptions for billionaires don't impoverish everyone, just us non-billionaires. Some people get rich from road construction. Weapons companies don't mind when one war leads to three more (especially if they're arming all sides), or when police pick up used weaponry that can then be replaced. Oil and coal profiteers aren't focused on the inhabitability of the earth. Gun manufacturers aren't worried about how many people die so much as how many guns are sold.

What keeps us from seeing this as a pattern is the myth that we live in a democracy in which decisions are made by majority opinion. In reality, majority opinion is badly distorted by anti-democratic news media and largely ignored by anti-democratic officials. 

Major public pressure will be needed to change this situation, to strip corporations of power, ban bribery, provide free media and public financing of elections, and create a democratic communications system.

We should begin by dropping the pretense that we're rationally testing policies and adjusting them as we go. No, the whole thing is broken. Experiments keep failing upward with no end in sight. Enough is enough. Let's change direction.

Iraq Has WMDs and Russia Has Invaded!

How did they imagine they'd get away with it, claiming that Iraq had vast stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and even nuclear weapons?

Defectors had made clear the chemical and biological weapons (some of them provided by the United States) had been destroyed. Inspectors had searched almost every inch of Iraq and said they'd get to the last few inches if given a few more days. Iraq was screaming that it had no such weapons. Numerous nations around the world were agreeing with Iraq. Colin Powell's own staff warned him that his claims would not be deemed plausible.

And yet, they got away with it to such an extent that most well-intentioned people in the United States to this day maintain that nobody can possibly be sure that Bush, Cheney, et alia, knew their statements were false when they made them.

"All this was inspired by the principle -- which is quite true within itself -- that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods." —Adolf Hitler

The U.S. media has repeatedly been claiming that Russia has invaded Ukraine.  They claim it for a while, and there's obviously been no invasion, so they pause.  Then they claim it again.  Or they claim that a convoy of aid trucks constitutes an invasion.  But the aid trucks look like aid trucks in all the photographs, and yet nobody has taken similar photographs of any invasion.  When Ukrainian tanks rolled into eastern Ukraine and were surrounded by civilians, we saw photographs and videos. Now there's just a Colin-Powellesque satellite photo from NATO supposedly showing Russian artillery in Ukraine. 

The major Russian invasion that apparently comes complete with some sort of muggle-and-photographer-repellant charm is said to consist of 1,000 troops -- or roughly as many troops as the U.S. has now sent back into Iraq in no sort of invasion to worry about whatsoever. 

But where are the 1,000 Russian troops invading Ukraine? Ukraine claims to have captured 10 of them, but the captured troops don't seem to have agreed to the story.  And what happened to the other 990?  How did someone get close enough to capture 10 but not photograph the other 990?

Meanwhile Russia says it's all lies and publicly urges the United States to engage with Ukraine diplomatically and urge the Ukrainian government to stop bombing its own citizens and work out a federalist system that represents everyone within its borders.

But NATO is busy announcing a counter-invasion to the invisible Russian invasion.

How do they imagine they'll get away with it? Well, let's see. Not a single individual responsible for the lies that launched the destruction of Iraq and the death of some million people and the predictable and predicted chaos now tormenting Iraq's whole region has been held accountable in any way.

The lie that Gadaffi was about to slaughter innocents, the lie that facilitated the attack on Libya and the hell that has now been established there -- No one has been held accountable for that lie in any way whatsoever.

The lie that the White House had proof that Assad had used chemical weapons -- No one has been held accountable.  No one has even had to recant as they switch targets and propose bombing Assad's enemies.

The lie that drone strikes don't kill innocents and don't kill those who could easily have been arrested instead -- No one has been held accountable.

The lie that the United States had proof Russia had shot down an airplane over Ukraine -- No one has been held accountable, and the United States is opposing an independent investigation.

The lie that torture makes us safe, a lie that led to the United States torturing some folks -- No one at the level of air-conditioned office work has been held responsible at all.

Why do they think they can get away with it?

Because you let them. Because you don't want to believe they commit such atrocities. Because you don't want to believe they tell big lies.

You know, some people feel like idiots for having believed the Iraq lies. Imagine how they're going to feel when they find out they believed a nation had been invaded when it hadn't.

 

David Swanson is author of War Is A Lie.

Ukraine News - Sep 2, 2014


Rebels no longer demanding full independence, say they will respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - AP


Donetsk, Luhansk ‘republics' present list of demands ahead of the meeting of the Contact Group  - ITAR-TASS


Excerpts: Pro-Russia ‘republics’ outline demands in swap for peace ahead of Minsk talks - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


Next session of Contact Group on Ukraine due on Friday - ITAR-TASS


Talks with Ukraine in Contact Group may get official status - ITAR-TASS


Moscow Hopes Minsk Talks on Settling Situation in Ukraine to Be About Ceasefire: Lavrov - RIA Novosti


VIDEO: Putin responds to BBC doorstep: Kiev authorities refuse to hold substantial dialogue with Ukraine’s southeast - YouTube


Russia: Demonstrators Against War in Ukraine Arrested - The Interpreter


NATO plans high-readiness 'spearhead' with troops, jets, and ships in East Europe - CSMonitor.com


Military option on Ukraine 'does not exist', says new EU chief - Telegraph


Europe drafts emergency energy plan with eye on Russia gas shut-down - irishtimes.com


Ukraine negotiates gas supplies bypassing Russia: Poroshenko - ITAR-TASS


Reverse-flow gas ‘trial run’ from Slovakia to Ukraine successful - ITAR-TASS


Russian ruble slides to all-time low as new sanctions loom - CNN


Putin Faces Debt to Import Curbs as EU Weighs Sanctions - Businessweek


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Ukrainian forces retreat from Luhansk airport after clashes with 'Russian tank column’: Kiev - France 24


Ukraine Border Gateway Seized by Rebels as War-Weary Locals Pray for Peace - VICE News


Ukrainian officials say nearly 700 soldiers had been taken prisoner since the rebel offensive began - BBC


VIDEO: Rebels capture more govt forces in Eastern Ukraine - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO (Russian): DPR 'Prime Minister' Zakharchenko met captive Ukrainian troops before releasing them home - YouTube


At Least Four Tactical Battalions of Russian Federation Armed Forces in Ukraine: Andrey Lysenko, military spokesman - Interpreter_Mag


US Official Confirms That Russian Military Has Sent SA-22 SAM Systems Into Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO (English) - Press Conference of Ukraine Military Spokesman Lysenko, Sep 1 - Ukraine Crisis Media Center


Ukraine war pulls in foreign fighters - BBC News


Ukrainian Woman, Held Up to Public Abuse, Is Released - NYTimes.com


Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists - rferl.org


INTERVIEW (Russian): Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists - svoboda.org


Iryna Dovhan, the woman humiliated by terrorists in Donetsk, speaks of her ordeal (Excerpts) - EUROMAIDAN PRESS

 

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A New Calendar of Holidays

calendarcoverA new calendar of peace holidays has just been published. And none too soon, if you’ve noticed the epidemic of military holidays around us.

I can understand that Catholics have a saint for every day of the year. And I’m not shocked that various ancient religions have holidays for a high proportion of the year’s days. But what to make of the United States, which now has a military holiday for at least 66 separate days, including Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and lesser known days like the just passed Marine Corps Reserve Birthday?

In the coming weeks we have V-J Day, 9/11 Remembrance Day / Patriot Day, the U.S. Air Force Birthday, National POW / MIA Recognition Day, and Gold Star Mother’s Day. There are, in addition, six week-long military holidays and three month-long ones. May, for example, is National Military Appreciation Month.

The military memorializes past war lies (Remember the Maine Day), cultural depravity normalized by eternal war (Month of the Military Child), and past crimes like attacking Cuba and killing a mule (Mantanzas Mule Day). This website even — wonderfully and accidentally — includes the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, which is a day dedicated to opposing militarism. The same website — disgustingly and inappropriately — includes Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday as a military holiday.

Still, the general pattern is this: in the United States there are holidays to celebrate militarism just about every week, and increasingly one hears about them on the radio, at public events, and in corporate advertising that apparently believes militarism sells.

What would a calendar of peace holidays look like? At WorldBeyondWar we believe it would look something like this.

We’re making it available for free as a PDF that you can print out and make use of: PDF, Word.

We’re also displaying on the front page of WorldBeyondWar.org the holiday, if any, to be marked or celebrated on whatever day it happens to be at the time. So you can always just check there.

We think that part of developing a peace culture is marking great peace moments from the past. Knowing what peace holiday any given day is, or what holidays are coming up soon, can be very useful in creating and promoting events, writing op-eds, and interesting the corporate media in something that is otherwise too important and news worthy to be touched.

World peace holidays can build unity among activists. They can be used for education (celebrating the Hague Peace Conference of 1899 on May 18th could cause someone to want to know what that conference was). And they can be used for encouragement and inspiration (on a gloomy March 20th it might be nice to know that “on this day in 1983, 150,000 peace rallies were held in Australia”).

In this initial draft of the World Beyond War Calendar we’ve included 154 holidays, all of them days — no weeks or months. We could have included a significant peace event for 365 days a year but chose to be selective. It’s a tightly held secret, of course, but there has been a lot more peace than war in the world.

Some of the days are also military days re-purposed. For example:

September 11. On this day in 1973 the United States backed a coup that overthrew the government of Chile. Also on this day in 2001 terrorists attacked in the United States using hijacked airplanes. This is a good day to oppose violence and nationalism and revenge.

Others are military days the military doesn’t celebrate. For example:

January 11. On this day in 2002 the United States opened its notorious prison in Guantanamo. This is a good day to oppose all imprisonment without trial.

August 6. On this day in 1945 the U.S. dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing some 140,000 men, women, and children. President Truman went on the radio to justify this as revenge and lie that Hiroshima was a military base rather than a city. This is a very good day to oppose nuclear weapons.

Others are well-known days reclaimed for peace. For example:

January 15. On this day in 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. was born. The holiday, however, is celebrated on the third Monday of January. These are good opportunities to recall King’s work against militarism, extreme materialism, and racism.

Mothers Day is celebrated on different dates around the world. In many places it is the second Sunday in May. This is a good day to read the Mother’s Day Proclamation and rededicate the day to peace.

December 25. This is Christmas, traditionally a holiday of peace for Christians. On this day in 1776, George Washington led a surprise night crossing of the Delaware River and pre-dawn raid on unarmed hung-over-from-Christmas troops still in their underwear — a founding act of violence for the new nation. Also on this day in 1875 Jessie Wallace Hughan, founder of the War Resisters League, was born. Also on this day in 1914, soldiers on both sides of the trenches of World War I took part in a Christmas Truce. This is a good day to work for peace on earth.

Other days are new to most people. For example:

August 27. This is Kellogg-Briand Day. On this day in 1928, in what was the biggest news story of the year, the major nations of the world gathered in Paris, France, to sign the Kellogg-Briand Pact banning all war. The treaty remains on the books today. The day is increasingly being recognized and celebrated as a holiday.

November 5. On this day in 1855 Eugene V. Debs was born. Also on this day in 1968 Richard Nixon was elected U.S. president after secretly and treasonously sending Anna Chennault to sabotage Vietnam peace talks, campaigning on a nonexistent secret plan for peace, and actually planning to continue the war, as he did once elected. This is a good day to think about who our real leaders are.

November 6. This is the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.

Here’s the web version.

Here’s the PDF.

Here’s the Word.

The calendar is a first of what we expect to be many editions. In fact, it will be constantly updated. So please send additions and corrections to info@worldbeyondwar.org.

Ukraine News - Sep 1, 2014


Putin Calls for Talks on East Ukraine “Statehood", But Not Independence - newsweek.com


Putin's statement is not referring to giving “statehood" to Novorossia as it is Ukraine’s internal affair: Kremlin spokesman - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Putin urges immediate talks on "statehood" in east Ukraine - YouTube


Ukrainian govt should not fear federalization: Putin - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Putin calls Poroshenko partner with whom dialogue can be conducted - Russia Beyond The Headlines


POLL: Putin faces limited opposition from Russian public on Ukraine - Pew Research Center


VIDEO: Putin: 'Don’t Mess With Russia...I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers’ - Headlines & Global News


VIDEO (English): Putin talks Ukraine, NATO, Crimea at two hours Q&A with Russian youth (FULL) - YouTube


Ukraine Crisis: Gorbachev Warns of 'Terrible Slaughter' in Europe, "If our country intervenes, such a fire could break out that the whole world wouldn't be able to put it out" - Yahoo News UK


U.S. lawmakers call for arming Ukraine government - Yahoo News


POLL: HuffPost/YouGov Poll Shows Few Americans Think The U.S. Has An Obligation To Defend Ukraine - huffingtonpost.com


POLL: HuffPost/YouGov Poll Results: Ukraine - yougov.com


Merkel says she's against arming Ukraine, but sanctions are coming - kyivpost.com


Arms deliveries to Ukraine useless, will further expand confrontation: Hollande - ITAR-TASS


EU gives Russia ultimatum over Ukraine crisis, orders preparation of 'urgent' Russia sanctions - Fox News


Britain to spearhead 10,000-strong Nato rapid reaction force with mission to halt Putin's 'Tsarist expansionism' - Mail Online


NATO plans to deploy five bases in Eastern Europe: newspaper - ITAR-TASS


Poroshenko calls for soonest possible start of Contact Group talks, “The situation has reached the point where nothing can be changed’, therefore the sides must begin negotiations” - DWDD


Rebel number two to join Ukraine contact group talks on Monday - Reuters


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Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains - AP


Ukrainian forces in port city of Mariupol prepare for 'Russian-led' assault of the separatists - GlobalPost


VIDEO: Mariupol residents form human chain against pro-Russian fighters - YouTube


VIDEO: Local Civilians step up to protect Mariupol from attack - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Many leave threatened city of Mariupol - BBC News


Zakharchenko: “We’re Preparing a Second Large-Scale Offensive” - Voices from Russia


Assassination Attempt Made on Zakharchenko, PM of 'Donetsk People's Republic’ - Submariners World


Moscow Military Review Lists Seven ‘Probable’ Targets in ‘Novorossiya’ - Johnson's Russia List


Rescue under way after separatists claim first attack on Ukrainian ship - Reuters


VIDEO: Boat of Ukrainian board guards hit in the sea several kilometers away from Mariupol - LiveLeak.com


Russia and Ukraine trade soldiers at border: Russian news agencies - Firstpost


Russia and Ukraine swap captured soldiers - YouTube


VIDEOS: The battle for Ilovaisk turns out to become one of the hardest fought with several Ukrainian volunteer battalions being surrounded and facing annihilation - Ukraine@war


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Rebels interview Ukraine prisoners at Ilovayask - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO (English subtitles): Ukrainian troops surrendered near Starobeshevo - LiveLeak.com


Second Russian Humanitarian Convoy at Ukrainian Border - Interpreter_Mag


Russia ready to implement Poroshenko's plan of humanitarian relief to Lugansk and Donetsk: Putin - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Only 300,000 People Out of Population of 900,000 Remain in Donetsk: DPR - RIA Novosti

 

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IRELAND: US Airforce Uses Major Sports Event For War Proganda

Photo: 2 F 16s flying over peaceful Dublin on a quiet Saturday afternoon, source

 

It is a Saturday afternoon in supposedly neutral Ireland. A quiet Saturday afternoon in Dublin.

In Croke Park, the national stadium of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association / Cumann Lúthchleas Gael) which is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation and is celebrated as one of the great amateur sporting associations in the world today a match is played. Penn State  v/s UCF.

Protest Increased Airstrikes on Iraq & Syria

Dangerous arguments and actions came this week from both President Obama, who plans to increase airstrikes on Iraq & Syria and announced drone surveillance (as if that has not been happening for years), and from John McCain, leader of the “US has to get back in Iraq” cabal.“Limited” airstrikes by the world's most powerful military combined with U.S.

Nisteling: The Art of Deep Listening

The word ‘listening’ has many meanings and the context in which it is done will often determine the level of concentration that is required for one to be considered to be listening.

Let’s get reimbursed!: Time-Warner Customers of the World Unite!

By Alfredo Lopez


Are you a Time-Warner Internet customer? Have you ever experienced an outage? Have you called the company for a reimbursement? Most people would probably answer "no" to that last question. In fact, most company customers don't realize that these companies aren't required to reimburse and, in Time Warner's case, they usually don't. You have to call them.

Maybe it's time to make this sensitive movement for Time Warner a bit more sensitive.

Get a grip America: Who’s the Real Aggressor in Ukraine? (Hint: It’s Not Russia)

By Dave Lindorff

 

            The US corporate media are awash in fevered articles and news stories about a Russian “invasion” of Ukraine, as though it was 1938, with German troops marching into Sedetenland and Austria. But let’s step back and look at what’s going on, calmly and rationally.

 

Why is the TSA confiscating people’s medications?

 

Several stories have been circulating recently about people’s medications being confiscated by the TSA. In some cases, these are potentially lifesaving medications, such as nitroglycerin for heart patients or insulin for diabetics.  

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

by Maria Popova published on Brainpickings

 

 

“Love is the only way to rescue humanity from all ills.”

 

Where even the reality cop shows are boring: Smart Social Policies in Finland, Dumb Ones in the US

By Dave Lindorff

 

            Kuopio -- Finland can be a shock to a visitor from America. The cities are clean, the highways and byways are smoothly paved and pothole-free despite the punishing winter climate faced by a country that straddles the Arctic Circle, schools look shiny and new, and it’s hard to see anyone who looks destitute.

 

Ukraine News - Aug 29, 2014

 

NATO: More than 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukraine, with air defense systems, artillery and tanks transferred to separatist forces - Yahoo News


NATO: These new satellite images show Russian troops in and around Ukraine (PHOTOS) - The Washington Post


VIDEO: NATO spokesman statement on satellite imagery showing Russian combat troops inside Ukraine - YouTube


3000-4000 Russian volunteers including soldiers on leave fighting Ukrainian troops alongside rebels, separatist leader says - Telegraph


Russia’s Version of the Navy SEALs May Be Fighting in Ukraine (PHOTOS) - bellingcat


Revealed: Around 40 Russian Troops from Pskov Died in the Ukraine, Reinforcement Sent In (PHOTOS) - bellingcat


Analysts Confirm Presence of Russian Army Tanks in Ukraine (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO: Ukraine releases video of purported Russian tank in Novoazovsk - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukrainian army captured tank T 72 with Russian documents - YouTube


VIDEO: Russian Military Convoy Reported Heading Toward Lugansk - Interpreter_Mag


Defense official says Pentagon has evidence Russia firing missiles inside Ukraine - Fox News


Russians call for probe of soldiers' deaths near Ukraine - usatoday.com


Russian village's graves may tie Kremlin to fighting in Ukraine - Reuters


Paratroopers' Grave Markings Vanish as Rumors Circulate They Were Killed in Ukraine - freerepublic.com


VIDEO (English subtitles): Wives of Russian soldiers protest against the policy of disinformation of the authorities -  LiveLeak.com


VIDEO (English Subtitles): RFE/RL's Russian Service spoke to relatives of the Russian paratroopers detained in Ukraine - RFE/RL


VIDEO (Russian): Russian TV Journalist About Official Causes of Death of Russian Soldiers: Paratroopers Died from Heart Attacks and Strokes - Censor.NET


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Russian-Backed Separatists Enter Novoazovsk In Southeastern Ukraine - huffingtonpost


Ukraine rebel leader says targeting strategic port of Mariupol - Reuters


Ukraine crisis: All eyes turn to Mariupol as separatist showdown looms - The Independent


Ukraine: is Mariupol the new front in separatist war? - Alex Thomson's View


Protesters in Mariupol gather to display their anger over Russian military presence near their hometown (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO: Protesters in Mariupol gather to display their anger over Russian military presence near their hometown - YouTube


Demonstration in Kharkiv Against Russian Invasion - Interpreter_Mag


Four Hundred Ukrainian Soldiers Desert Battlefield - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO: 400 armed Ukrainian troopers, who had abandoned their positions in the ATO zone, attempted to pass the block-post in Zaporizhzhia - LiveLeak.com


Ukraine president blames military failure on deserting commanders, soldiers and their relatives accuse Kiev of neglect - RT News


As Pro-Russia Forces Gain Ground Ukraine’s Volunteer Battalions Decry Kiev Leaders - VICE News


Donetsk Militia Forces Claim They Take Nearly 90 Ukrainian Servicemen Captive in One Day - RIA Novosti


Putin calls on pro-Russian rebels 'to open a humanitarian corridor for encircled Ukraine servicemen in order to avoid pointless victims’ - Reuters


Ukrainian Service Woman Nadezhda Savchenko To Be Transferred To Psychiatric Hospital In Russia - Interpreter_Mag


Separatist Leader says DPR leaves Ukraine never to return, "Novorossiya no longer agrees not only to federalization, but to the preservation of Ukraine as such” - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Press Conference of Separatist Leader Zakharchenko on the Counteroffensive, 24 Aug 2014 - YouTube


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President Barack Obama again rules out U.S. military action in Ukraine, says there must be a diplomatic solution - Reuters


VIDEO: Obama: No US Military Action in Ukraine - YouTube


VIDEO: Full Press Conference of President Obama on the Economy, Iraq, and Ukraine - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s Aug. 28 remarks on Ukraine, Syria and the economy - The Washington Post


US warns of more sanctions against Russia over Ukraine - Yahoo News


Merkel says EU to discuss further Russia sanctions - Yahoo News


VIDEO (German): Merkel warns Russia to expect more sanctions from Europe - YouTube


Russia Wants Say in EU-Ukraine Association Deal, Propose Three Amendments - The Moscow Times


Merkel Tells Putin She Supports Three-Way Talks on Ukraine’s EU Association: Kremlin - RIA Novosti


Russian, Ukrainian experts to analyze Ukraine-EU deal: minister - ITAR-TASS


Ukrainian parliament to consider ratification of EU association agreement September 16 - ITAR-TASS


Poroshenko signs decree banning exports of military, dual-use items to Russia - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine's Bonds Fall Most in Four Months as Fighting Intensifies - moneynews.com


Ukrainian Finance Ministry to sell $340 mln to National Bank to stabilize exchange rate: PM Yatseniuk - interfax.com


German Economy 2014: GDP Stumbles On Lower Sentiment Surrounding Ukraine Crisis - ibtimes.com


Wall Street loses ground on Ukraine worry - Reuters

 

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Monty Python State Department

Scene:  A cafe.  One table is occupied by a group of Vikings wearing horned helmets. 

Whenever the word "war" is repeated, they begin singing and/or chanting. 

A man and woman enter.  The man is played by Eric Idle, the woman is played by Graham Chapman (in drag), and the Secretary of State is played by Terry Jones, also in drag.

Man:   You sit here, dear.    

Woman:          All right.

Man:   Morning!

Secretary of State:     Morning!

Man:   Well, what've you got?

Secretary of State:     Well, there's sanctions and prosecutions; sanctions drone strikes and prosecutions; sanctions and war; sanctions prosecutions and war; sanctions prosecutions drone strikes and war; war prosecutions drone strikes and war; war sanctions war war prosecutions and war; war drone strikes war war prosecutions war cyber war and war;

Vikings:           War war war war...

Secretary of State:     ...war war war sanctions and war; war war war war war war targeted assassinations war war war...

Vikings:           War! Lovely war! Lovely war!

Secretary of State:     ...or a United Nations resolution combined with infiltration, a USAID fake Twitter application, a CIA overthrow, trained enhanced interrogators and with crippling sanctions on top and war.

Woman:          Have you got anything without war?

Secretary of State:     Well, there's war sanctions drone strikes and war, that's not got much war in it.

Woman:          I don't want ANY war!

Man:   Why can't she have sanctions prosecutions war and drone strikes?

Woman:          THAT'S got war in it!

Man:   Hasn't got as much war in it as war sanctions drone strikes and war, has it?

Vikings:           War war war war... (Crescendo through next few lines...)

Woman:          Could you do the sanctions prosecutions war and drone strikes without the war then?

Secretary of State:     Urgghh!

Woman:          What do you mean 'Urgghh'? I don't like war!

Vikings:           Lovely war! Wonderful war!

Secretary of State:     Shut up!

Vikings:           Lovely war! Wonderful war!

Secretary of State:     Shut up! (Vikings stop) Bloody Vikings! You can't have sanctions prosecutions war and drone strikes without the war.

Woman:          I don't like war!

Man:   Sshh, dear, don't cause a fuss. I'll have your war. I love it. I'm having war war war war war war war targeted assassinations war war war and war!

Vikings:           War war war war. Lovely war! Wonderful war!

Secretary of State:     Shut up!! Targeted assassinations are off.

Man:   Well could I have her war instead of the targeted assassinations then?

Secretary of State:     You mean war war war war war war... (but it is too late and the Vikings drown her words)

Vikings:           (Singing elaborately...) War war war war. Lovely war! Wonderful war! War w-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-r war w-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-r war. Lovely war! Lovely war! Lovely war! Lovely war! Lovely war! War war war war!

 

 

No actual diplomats were harmed in the making of this production.

Stop Israel’s Ongoing War Crimes Against the People of Gaza

On August 5, World Can't Wait put out a call to Stop Israel's War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity on the People of Gaza.The mission was to bring the reality of what Operation "Protective Edge" did to the people of Gaza, and why this rose to the level of "war crimes;" to expose the role of the United States in fully backing Israel politically and militarily; and to challenge all watching to bring forth resistance to stop these crimes that is much more broad, diverse, and determined.

Obama Opened Floodgates for Offshore Fracking in Recent Gulf of Mexico Lease

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

In little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the floodgates have opened for Gulf offshore hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Good & Surprising News from Bagram Prison

August 26, 2014, New York, NY.  The International Justice Network (IJN) is delighted to announce that two of its clients, Fadi al-Maqaleh and Amin al-Bakri, have been released from Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, were they had been imprisoned without charge for over a decade. On the evening of August 25, 2014, the U.S. government transferred the two Yemeni nationals to the custody and control of the Yemeni government.  The transfer is the first time that a detainee has been transferred from U.S. military custody to Yemen since 2010. 

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