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New BRICS Development Bank Announced

 

New BRICS Development Bank Announced

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In September 2006, four original BRIC nations met in New York. On May 16, 2008, Yekaterinburg, Russia hosted a full-scale diplomatic meeting.

 

In June 2009, Brazil, Russia, India and China again met in Yekaterinburg.

 

Destroying Public Education in America

 

Destroying Public Education in Chicago

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's on the chopping block for elimination. It's happening nationwide. Chicago perhaps reflects the epicenter of what's wrong.

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel spent years waging war on progressive politics. He's a former investment banker. He's a corporate predator turned politician. He's an unindicted war criminal. He belongs in prison, not City Hall.

Syria News Mar 28

 

 

Officials: Weapons supplies to Syrian rebels increase dramatically before a push on Damascus - Fox News

Regional rivalries, competition over money and weapons driving Syria's opposition divides - NOW

The jihadist groups 'running the show' in Syria - Channel 4 News

Russia Slams Arab League’s Decision to Arm Syrian Rebels - RIA Novosti

BRICS warns against militarising Syria conflict further - NDTV.com

NATO head urges Syria political solution, rules out intervention - Reuters

Moaz Al Khatib, Syria Rebel Leader, Slams NATO Refusal To Provide Patriot Missile Support - Huffington Post

Security Council calls on Syria and rebels to ensure safety of its force in Golan Heights - montrealgazette

Israeli Soldiers Enter Syrian Golan Heights - Al-Monitor

VIDEO: Ladsous: "Armed Groups are a Fact in Golan" ~ Frequency

VIDEO: Iraqis chant "My Homeland" National Anthem side by side with Syrian football team in the face of terror - LiveLeak.com

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Giving Syrian opposition seats at Arab League is ‘illegal, indefensible’ – Moscow - RT News

Iran slams Arab League over 'dangerous' move of handing seat to Syria opposition - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Algerian Foreign Minister: Handing Syria's AL Seat to "Opposition" Is Inconsistent with AL Charter - SANA

Syria rages at Qatar for giving opposition its Arab League seat - Yahoo! News

Hito selected government's HQ near Turkish-Syrian border - Anadolu Agency

Syrian refugees clash with police in Turkish camp - Yahoo! News

Leishmaniasis outbreak rings alarm bells at Turkish-Syrian border - todayszaman

VIDEO: Syrian Refugees Flee Concentration Camp in Turkey - LiveLeak.com

Syria Kurds help Shiite, Sunni fighters negotiate - NOW

Syria: 'up to 100' British Muslims fighting in war - Telegraph

VIDEO: Jabhat al-nusra terrorist gives a speech over the headless body of a Syrian soldier - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Pro-Syria Group Vows to Fight Jabhat al-Nusra in Raqqa - LiveLeak.com

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U.N. hopes chemical arms team deploys to Syria soon: envoys - Reuters

Head of UN probe into chemical weapons use in Syria says preparatory work has begun - United Nations News Centre

UN yet to reach chemical inquiry accord with Syria: envoys - AFP

Evidence Shows Syrian Rebels Behind Chemical Attack - thenewamerican.com

No Evidence Yet of ‘Red Line’ Breach in Syria: Experts - Global Security Newswire | NTI

VIDEO: Syria state TV show victims of 'chemical attack' - LiveLeak.com

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

Talk Nation Radio: Robert Shetterly's Portraits of Americans Who Tell the Truth

Robert Shetterly is a painter who is producing a collection of portraits (currently 190 of them) of "Americans Who Tell the Truth."  He discusses the selection of subjects, and the reception the collection has been receiving around the country, the educational and activism possibilities.  For more see http://americanswhotellthetruth.org

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TSA brainiac pepper-sprays self, colleagues; 6 hospitalized

Ah, yes, the Brain Trust in Blue, as our writer Deborah Newell Tornello calls them — every time you think they’ve topped themselves, they prove you wrong.

In the latest episode of The Adventures of Darwin Award Candidates, a TSA agent at JFK (source of so many shenanigans) was “playing around” with a canister of pepper spray he found on the floor. Oops!

Look who’s shilling for the TSA, by Christopher Elliott

Wanna insult a reporter? There’s no easier way than accusing him or her of being a shill for the other side, of churning out propaganda instead of covering a subject.

And that’s especially true when it comes to the TSA.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Washington Escalates War on Syria

 

Washington Escalates War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Ousting Assad was planned years ago. At issue is replacing him with a pro-Western puppet. After two years of conflict, he hangs on resiliently. 

 

Whether he'll survive is uncertain. Syria's military is strong and supportive. Free Syrian Army and US-recruited death squads are weak by comparison.

 

Cyprus Postmortems

 

Cyprus Postmortems

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Solutions worse than problems don't resolve them. Cypriots face protracted hard times. Former IMF chief economist Michael Mussa explained three kinds of crises: liquidity, solvency and stupidity.

 

Why I'm Attending the Dedication of the Bush Lie Bury

On April 25th the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and General Rehabilitation Project will be dedicated in Dallas, Texas.  It takes up 23 acres at Southern Methodist University, 23 acres that neither humanity nor any other species may ever reclaim for anything decent or good.

I'll be there, joining in the people's response (http://ThePeoplesResponse.org) with those who fear that this library will amount to a Lie Bury.

"The Bush Center's surrounding native Texas landscape," the center's PR office says, "including trees from the Bush family's Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas, continues President and Mrs. Bush's longstanding commitment to land and water conservation and energy efficiency."

Does it, now?  Is that what you recall?  Bush the environmentalist? 

Well, maybe you and I remember things differently, but do we have a major educational institution that will effectively repeat our corrections of the Lie Bury's claims for decades to come?

According to the Lie Bury, Bush was and is an education leader, saving our schools by turning them into test-taking factories and getting unqualified military officers to run them.  This is something to be proud of, we're told.

The Lie Bury's annual report shows Bush with the Dalai Lama.  No blood is anywhere to be seen.  The Lie Bury's website has a photo of a smiling George W. golfing for war.  "The Warrior Open," it explains, "is a competitive 36-hole golf tournament that takes place over two days every fall in the Dallas area.  The event honors U.S. service members wounded in the global war on terror."

Now, I actually know of some soldiers wounded in what they call by that name who don't feel honored by Bush's golfing, just as millions of Iraqis living as refugees within or outside of the nation he destroyed find Bush's liberty to walk outdoors, much less golf for the glory of war, offensive.  But none of them has a quarter-billion dollar "center" from which to spread the gospel of history as it actually happened -- as it happened to its losers, to those water-boarded, shot in the face, or otherwise liberated by Bush and his subordinates.

When Bush lied about excuses to start a war on Iraq -- as with everything else he did -- he did so incompetently.  As a result, a majority of Americans in the most recent polls, still say he lied to start the war.  But few grasp the lesson as it should be applied to wars launched by more competent liars.  And memory of Bush's lies is fading, buried under forgetfulness, avoidance, misdirection, revisionism, a mythical "surge" success, and a radically inaccurate understanding of what our government did to Iraq.

I won't be attending the Lie Bury ceremony for vengeance, but in hopes of ridding our culture of the vengeance promoted by Bush.  He based a foreign policy and a domestic stripping away of rights on the thirst for vengeance -- even if misdirected vengeance.  We have a responsibility to establish that we will not support that approach going forward. 

Bush himself is relevant only as his treatment can deter future crimes and abuses.  No one should wish Bush or any other human being ill.  In fact, we should strive to understand him, as it will help us understand others who behave as he has. 

Bush, of course, knew what he was doing when he tried to launch a war while pretending a war would be his last resort, suggesting harebrained schemes to get the war going to Tony Blair.  Bush knew the basic facts.  He knew he was killing a lot of people for no good reason.  He was not so much factually clueless as morally clueless. 

For Bush, as for many other people, killing human beings in wars exists outside the realm of morality.  Morality is the area of abortions, gay marriage, shop lifting, fornicating, or discriminating.  Remember when Bush said that a singer's suggestion that he didn't care about black people was the worst moment in his presidency?  Racism may be understood by Bush as a question of morality.  Mass murder not so much.  Bush's mother remarked that war deaths were not worthy of troubling her beautiful mind.  Asked why he'd lied about Iraqi weapons, George W. Bush asked what difference it made.  Well, 1.4 million dead bodies, but who's counting?

I won't be attending the Lie Bury because Bush's successor is an improvement.  On the contrary, our failure to hold Bush accountable has predictably led to his successor being significantly worse in matters of abusing presidential power.  And not just predictably, but predicted.  When we used to demand Bush's impeachment, people would accuse us of disliking him or his political party.  No, we'd say, if he isn't held accountable, future presidents will be worse, and it won't matter from which party they come.

I helped draft about 70 articles of impeachment against Bush, from which Congressman Dennis Kucinich selected 35 and introduced them.  I later looked through those 35 and found 27 that applied to President Barack Obama, even though his own innovations in abusive behavior weren't on the list.  Bush's lying Congress into war (not that Congress wasn't eager to play along) is actually a standard to aspire to now.  When Obama went to war in Libya, against the will of Congress, he avoided even bothering to involve the first branch of our government. 

When Bush locked people up or tortured them to death, he kept it as secret as he could.  Obama -- despite radically expanding secrecy powers and persecuting whistleblowers -- does most of his wrongdoing wide out in the open.  Warrantless spying is openly acknowledged policy.  Imprisonment without trial is "law."  Torture is a policy choice, and the choice these days is to outsource it.  Murder is, however, the new torture.  The CIA calls it "cleaner."  I picture Bush's recent paintings of himself washing off whatever filth his mind is aware he carries.

Obama runs through a list of men, women, and children to murder on Tuesdays, picks some, and has them murdered.  We don't know this because of a whistleblower or a journalist.  We know this because the White House wanted us to know it, and to know it before the election.  Think about that.  We moved from the pre-insanity state we were in circa 1999 to an age in which presidents want us to know they murder people.  That was primarily the work of George W. Bush, and every single person who yawned, who looked away, who cheered, who was too busy, who said "it's more important to elect a new president than to keep presidential powers in check," or who said "impeachment would be traumatic" -- as if this isn't.

In Guatemala a prosecutor has charged a former dictator with genocide, remarking, "It's sending the most important message of the rule of law -- that nobody is above the law."  It's not so many years ago that the United States had the decency at least to hypocritically propose that standard to the world.  Now, we advance the standard of lawlessness, of "looking forward, not backward."

That's why the people need to respond to the lie bury.  Ann Wright is going to be there.  And Diane Wilson.  Robert Jensen and Ray McGovern are coming.  So are Lon Burnam and Bill McElvaney and Debra Sweet.  Hadi Jawad and Leah Bolger and Marjorie Cohn and Kathy Kelly are coming.  As are Coleen Rowley and Bill Moyer and Jacob David George and Medea Benjamin and Chas Jacquier and Drums Not Guns.

Also coming will be many familiar faces from the days when we used to protest in Crawford.  When we'd go into that one restaurant at the intersection in Crawford, there'd be a cardboard cut-out Dubya standing there.  We picked him up and stood him in the corner, facing the corner.  We said he needed to stay there until he understood what he'd done wrong.  In reality, of course, he was cardboard.  The lesson was for everyone else in the restaurant.  It's a lesson that still needs to be taught.

Syria News Mar 27

 

 

VIDEO: Syrian Opposition Takes Seat at Arab Summit - VOA

Syria opposition asks US for Patriot missile protection of rebel-held areas in Syria - AFP

White House: no Patriot missiles in Syria - AFP

NATO says has no intention of intervening in Syria - Reuters

VIDEO: Syrian opposition asks for US and Nato protection - guardian.co.uk

Syria's Alkhatib explains why he quit as rebel head - Yahoo! News

Syria activists slam regional interference, Brotherhood - NOW

At Doha summit, Arab states say they have right to arm Syria rebels - Middle East - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Meeting of Arab League leaders showcases Qatar's growing political clout - Fox News

VIDEO: Syrian Electronic Army Hacks into Arab League Website - YouTube

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Car bomb explodes near Damascus, kills 3 – Syrian TV - RT News

Mortars strike Damascus, killing as many as 4 - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Aftermath of Suicide bombing in Damascus - LiveLeak.com

Syria's Shiites offer different picture of war - latimes.com

Outsiders are killing Syrian People, destroying Churches and mosques - Christian Bishop - RT Op-Edge

Relatives of Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria hold demo - THE DAILY STAR

In Syria, the Rebels Have Begun to Fight Among Themselves - TIME.com

The Umma Brigade's Political Manifesto - Syria Survey

VIDEO: Kurdish YPG Women's Battalion in West Kurdistan (Syria) - YouTube

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Swedish scientist to head U.N. Syria chemical weapons probe - Reuters

UN excludes major powers from Syria chemical arms inquiry -AFP

Alarming Footage: Who Is Really Using Chemical Weapons in Syria? - frontpagemag.com

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

Fund My Peace Mission to Iran

I have the opportunity to travel to Iran in April with some of the best peace activists in the United States on a mission of peace.  We will report on everything we are able to do and learn.  I can only go if you can help me fund the trip.  Please chip in anything you can here http://davidswanson.org/donate 

NB: We are waiting for our visas.  If the visas do not come through, funds you've donated will be used when the trip can be rescheduled or will be put to other good use in the cause of peace.

Thank you! --David Swanson

How did this man escape the TSA’s vaunted layers? by Lisa Simeone

As you’ve probably read by now, a man apparently trying to impersonate a pilot on a US Airways flight in Philadelphia now faces federal and state charges.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Expanding Guantanamo

 

Expanding Guantanamo

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 2008, candidate Obama promised to close Guantanamo. Straightaway as president, he issued Executive Order titled "Review and Disposition of Individuals Detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Closure of Detention Facilities."

 

Obama Spurns Palestinian Rights

 

Obama Spurns Palestinian Rights

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He frankly doesn't give a damn. He spent three days in Israel. He showed one-sided support. He gave Palestinians short shrift. He spent token time in Ramallah. 

 

He told Israelis "so long as there is a United States of America, Ah-tem lo lah-vahd (You are not alone)." He left no doubt what he means. 

Syria News Mar 26

 

 

Arms Airlift to Syrian Rebels Expands With C.I.A. Aid, Size of the Shipments and Degree of Distributions are Voluminous - NYTimes.com

Syrian Jihadist Fighters Getting Western Anti-tank Weapons Meant for FSA groups - VOA

Russia Seeks to Join Probe of Syria Chemical Attack Reports - RIA Novosti

Defected Syrian pilot says he made trips to Russia and Iran to ‘collect cash’ - Alarabiya.net 

Rebel mortar fire hits Damascus killing at least two people, army gunners retaliate - Reuters

U.N. to move some staff out of Syria after mortar blasts near hotel - Reuters

Jordan closes main border crossing with Syria - Reuters

Residents of Syria's Aleppo sell belongings to survive - Ahram Online

Tunisian Jihadists fighting in the ranks of Jabhat al-Nusra and FSA, According to newspapers they are funded by Qatar and trained in Libya -  Al-Monitor

VIDEO: Rebels target Syrian State TV & Radio With Rockets - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: A new toy for Syrian rebels: U.S. ACOGs? - LiveLeak.com

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Syrian rebel army founder's leg blown off by car bomb - Reuters

VIDEO (GRAPHIC): FSA founder Riad al-Asaad in Turkish hospital having his shredded leg amputated - YouTube

PHOTO: Photo showing Riad al-Asaad's amputated leg - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: FSA founder Ryad El Asaad crying "I want to die" after becoming amputee - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Riad Al-Asaad praising the indepedence and fighting spirit of Jabhat Al Nusra and condemning the political hacks and opportunists who are controlled by foreign powers - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): FSA statement about assassination attempt on al Asaad - LiveLeak.com

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Syria rebels win Arab League seat despite rifts - AFP

Iraq: Giving Syria seat at AL to Doha Coalition violation of Charter - SANA, Syria

Syria's Alkhatib to address Doha meeting despite quitting - Reuters

VIDEO (Arabic): Opposition leader Michel Kilo accuses the Muslim Brotherhood and Sabbagh’s Qatari-backed faction of choosing PM Hitto in a non-consensual manner - Youtube

VIDEO (Arabic): Ghassan Hitto, Syrian National Coalition PM visits Aleppo - YouTube

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

Bradley Manning's Nobel Peace Prize

Whistleblower Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he should receive it. 

No individual has done more to push back against what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism" than Bradley Manning. The United States is the leading exporter of weapons and itself spends as much preparing for more wars as the rest of the world combined.  Manning is the leading actor in opposition to U.S. warmaking, and therefore militarism around the world.  What he has done has hurt the cause of violence in a number of other nations as well.

And right now, remaining in prison and facing relentless prosecution by the U.S. government, Manning is in need of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Alfred Nobel's will left funding for a prize to be awarded to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

The intent of the prize was to fund this work. As a result of enormous legal expenses, Bradley Manning is in need of that funding, unlike some other peace prize recipients.  In addition, his secret trial -- with a potential death sentence -- could use all the attention that can be shined on it.

The people of the United States and the rest of the world have learned more about the intentions of the U.S. government from Bradley Manning than from anyone else.  "Thanks to Manning's alleged disclosures, we have a sense of what transpired in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We have an image of how Washington operates in the world," author Chase Madar wrote in his book about Manning's whistleblowing.

"Thanks to those revelations we now know just how our government leaned on the Vatican to quell opposition to the Iraq War. We now know how Washington pressured the German government to block the prosecution of CIA agents who kidnapped an innocent man, Khaled El-Masri, while he was on vacation. We know how our State Department lobbied hard to prevent a minimum wage increase in Haiti, the hemisphere's poorest nation."

Manning revealed a secret U.S. war in Yemen, U.S. records of massive civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, video of a U.S. helicopter attack on civilians and their rescuers in Baghdad, and facts about the corruption of numerous governments including those of the United States, Tunisia, and Egypt.  In those last two nations Manning's revelations contributed to nonviolent pro-democracy movements.

Among the revelations made by Manning through WikiLeaks is the extent of time and energy the U.S. State Department puts into marketing U.S. weapons to the world's governments.  We all have a better understanding of the work that is needed for peace as a result of this exposure of "diplomacy" as consisting so greatly of weapons selling.

The Guardian newspaper and BBC Arabic detailed last week how the United States armed and trained Iraqi police commando units that ran torture centers and death squads.  Maggie O'Kane, executive producer of the documentary, said: "I hope this film will be a legacy that actually says, 'If you want to go to war, this is what war means. It means 14-year-old boys being hung up and tortured. It means men being turned on spits. And that's called counter-insurgency. . . .'  This would not be coming to light if it hadn't been for Bradley Manning."

Not only has Manning done the most to resist militarism, but he has done it for its own sake, and not by chance or for any ulterior motive.  This is made clear by his recent statement in court and by his earlier communications in the chat logs that have long been a part of his case.   Manning was horrified by crimes and abuses.  He believed the public should know what was happening.  He believed democracy was more important than blind subservience in the name of a "democracy."

Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Movement in the Icelandic Parliament, the Pirates of the EU; representatives from the Swedish Pirate Party, and the former Secretary of State in Tunisia for Sport & Youth.  The nomination states, in part:  "These revelations have fueled democratic uprisings around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia. According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on the foreign and domestic policies of European nations, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S. troops from the occupation in Iraq."

The Norwegian Nobel Committee (send them a note) can either begin awarding the peace prize to opponents of war or continue on its current course -- one which already has many questioning, not whether Manning is worthy of the prize, but whether the prize is worthy of Manning.

Cyprus Update

 

Cyprus Update

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's all over but the post mortems. Eurocrats demanded their pound of flesh. Cypriot officials surrendered. 

 

They sold out their people. They deserve better. Expect greater than ever hard times. Expect growing poverty, unemployment and despair. Expect public anger. At issue is whether it'll bubble up and explode.

 

TSA finally holding long-overdue public comment period on scanners, by Lisa Simeone

A full five years after the TSA began installing airport scanners and forcing people through them, and almost two years after it was ordered by Congress and the courts to hold a public comment period on them, the agency is finally complying.

Never mind that logic and common sense dictate that an agency would take public comments before implementing a new, invasive procedure.

What Follows Turkish/Israeli Reconciliation

 

What Follows Turkish/Israeli Reconciliation 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A separate article called it grand betrayal. Aggrieved families were denied justice. What's ahead matters most. Be concerned. Be very concerned.

 

Shameless NYT Defense of Obamacare

 

Shameless NYT Defense of Obamacare

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obamacare is a healthcare rationing scheme. It enriches insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains.

 

Universal, single-payer coverage alone works. Obama and complicit Democrats spurned it. 

 

Action in Coming Weeks

Upcoming Events

March 21-28 Week of Action for Bahrain
http://warisacrime.org/content/nabeel-rajab-global-week-action-%E2%80%93-march-21-28

Fast from March 24-30 in solidarity with those detained indefinitely and on hunger strike at Guantanamo.  Vigils will take place in NYC, Washingt on DC, Chicago, Des Moines, and other cities on March 24.  Email witnesstorture@gmail.org

March 26-30 World Social Forum in Tunis

March - April, NY City, Festival of Conscience
April 4 Another Life with David Swanson
http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/anotherlife.htm

April 1-30 Fasting for the climate
http://www.1future.net

April 4 - July 3 Tour de Peace across the country
http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/p/tour-de-peace-road-less-taken.html

April 5-7 Historians Against War in Baltimore, Md.
http://historiansagainstwar.org/conf2013

April 8-10 Washington, D.C., School of the Americas Watch
http://www.soaw.org/take-action/april

April 4-6 San Diego, protest drones

April 4-7 – Drone Manufacturing. Actions around the country directed at drone manufacturing facilities in region and calling for an end to manufacturing weaponized and surveillance drones. Coordinator: Joe Scarry – jtscarry@yahoo.com

April 16-18 – Drone Research/Training.  Actions/teach-ins, etc. at colleges & universities that do drone research or pilot training. Demand an end to research and training related to drone warfare. Coordinator: Marge Van Cleef  mvc@igc.org

April 27-28 – Drone Bases.  Organize protests at bases in region.  Hancock Reaper drone base protest organizers calling for large demonstrations there.  Coordinator: Dave Soumis davidso1@charter.net
http://upstatedroneaction.org/Conference-2013.html

More April Anti-Drone-Kill Events
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1170/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?distributed_event_KEY=708

April 13 Anti-Drone Kills March on White House
http://www.answercoalition.org/national/index.html

April 13 Hyattsville, Md., "Building Bridges: Creating the Beloved Community"
http://www.mupj.org

April 15 Global Day of Action on Military Spending
http://demilitarize.org

April 20 Robin Hood Tax -- Noon Rally at Murrow Park (Pennsylvania Ave between 18th & 19th Streets) in Washington, DC, 12:30pm – March to IMF, World Bank, and US Treasury
http://www.facebook.com/events/304925762966633/

April 22-26 Dallas, Texas, People's Response to George W. Bush Lie-Bury
March and Rally April 25th
http://thepeoplesresponse.org

May 1, MAY DAY

May 3-5 Asheville, NC, National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee
http://www.nwtrcc.org/gatheringMay2013.php

May 10-12 Labor Fight Back Conference at Rutgers
http://laborfightback.org/conference

June 1 Fort Meade, Md., Rally for Bradley Manning
http://www.bradleymanning.org/activism/rally-for-bradley-manning-at-fort-meade-june-1-2013

June 7-9 Left Forum in NYC
http://www.leftforum.org/CallForPanels2013

June 22 Little Rock, Ark., United We Stand Festival
http://freeandequal.org/united-we-stand-festival/#.UU-XMBlAvOd

August 3 Abolish It
https://www.facebook.com/events/322895027813931/324565854313515/

August 7-11, 2013, Veterans For Peace Convention in Madison, WI
http://veteransforpeace.org

August 7-11, 2013, Democracy Convention in Madison, WI
http://democracyconvention.org

August 18-19 Philadelphia, Penn., Marking 60 years since overthrow of Mossadegh
http://mossadeghlegacyinstitute.blogspot.com/p/about.html

November 22 Occupy the Grassy Knoll
http://occupythegrassyknoll.org

The 22nd of every month: Global Assembly
http://www.via22.org

Every Tuesday: Stop the Killing
http://warisacrime.org/content/counter-terror-tuesdays

10 Years After the Invasion, US War Crimes Remain Unacknowledged and Unpunished

http://www.alternet.org/world/10-years-after-invasion-america-destroyed-iraq-our-war-crimes-remain-unacknowledged-and

 

The evil unleashed on the people of Iraq has been painstakingly obscured behind a tapestry of lies.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld with President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney
Photo Credit: Cherle A. Thuriby/Dept. of Defense

 
 
 
 

Since the end of the Second World War, American political leaders and opinion-makers have led the public to believe that the aggressive use of overt and covert military force are essential tools of US foreign policy.  As we reel from one military disaster to the next, sending our loved ones off to war, killing millions of innocent people and destabilizing one region after another, each new administration assures us that it has learned the lessons of the past and deserves our support and sacrifice for its latest military strategy.

The Real Obama? The Devil...is in The Details

 

By Linn Washington, Jr.


The HISTORY channel is catching righteous hell for crafting the character of Satan in its miniseries “The Bible” to bear an uncanny likeness to U.S. President Barak Obama.

Is it just coincidence that the dark-skinned Satan in this HISTORY channel miniseries looks hauntingly similar to the first black man to occupy the Oval Office seat in America’s White House?

Syria News Mar 25

 

 

Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz al-Khatib resigns, citing lack of international support for the rebels - guardian.co.uk

Translation of Syria opposition chief Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib's resignation speech- NOW

Syria's opposition National Coalition says it refuses leader's resignation - NOW

FSA: Syria insurgents refuse to recognize new rebel PM Hitto - NOW

Al Nusra and other groups 'seize Jordan-Syria border area' - FRANCE 24

A militant Islamist/jihadi nexus is emerging in northern & eastern Syria, led by Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya and Jabhat al-Nusra - twitlonger.com

VIDEO: Thousands gather in Damascus for funeral of assassinated Syrian cleric - RT News

VIDEO: Evidence Of Jabhat al-Nusra With Croatian Weapons - Brown Moses Blog

VIDEO: Mujahideen arrive at Tartus - LiveLeak.com

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Syria chemical weapons report: finger pointed at jihadists as responsible of the Aleppo attack - Telegraph

Chemical Weapons Probably Used by the Syrian Regime, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rogers Says - Bloomberg

Israel says concerns militants will get Syria chemical weapons factor in restoring Turkey ties - The Washington Post

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EU urges political solution in Syria amid fears of spillover, There is little to no appetite for the push by Britain and France to arm the rebels - NOW

Maliki resists Kerry's call to halt flow of Iranian arms to Syria - latimes.com

Clashes in Lebanon as PM Mikati’s resignation accepted - DAWN.COM

Israeli military in Golan Heights responds to fire from Syria - Fox News

Kurds in Syria Celebrate Their New Year with Hope and Defiance - VICE United States

Kurdish rebels declare formal ceasefire with Turkey - Yahoo! News

Palestinians in Syria register to vote for PNC - Maan News Agency

UN condemns killing of five Palestinian children in Syria - The Boyne City Gazette

 

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Cyprus Seeks 11th Hour Deal

 

Cyprus Seeks 11th Hour Deal

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

When politicians conspire with bankers, ordinary people suffer most. Cypriot crisis conditions continue. One bad plan follows others.

 

The latest is unprecedented. Cypriot and Eurocrat officials are close to agreement. At issue is levying a one-time 20% tax on Bank of Cyprus deposits over 100,000 euros. Similar amounts in other banks will be assessed 4%.

Grand Betrayal

 

Grand Betrayal

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Turkey and Israel reconciled. Headlines announced it. They reflect grand betrayal. It's duplicitous. It's too little, too late. More on that below.

 

Israel bears full responsibility. Officials ordering nine cold-blooded murders remain unaccountable. Corpses won't be reborn. Family survivors aren't assuaged. They deserve better. They were promised justice. They're denied it.

Payday Loans: Modern Day Usury

 

Payday Loans: Modern Day Usury

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Payday loans let predatory lenders rip off unwary borrowers. They provide short-term unsecured quick cash. It comes at a high price. It matches the worst of loan shark practices.

 

Just a US Citizen, No Big Deal: Obama Doesn’t Demand Israeli Apology for Killing of an American Youth

 

By Dave Lindorff


The American media is full of praise for President Obama for “brokering” a detente between Israel and Turkey, two former allies who have been at loggerheads since May 31, 2010 when heavily armed Israeli Defense Force fighters boarded the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish-flagged vessel seeking to break Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza with non-military supplies, and killed nine unarmed peace flotilla activists.


The people we should be searching are the criminals hired by the TSA, by Amy Alkon

If they scanned and groped the unskilled workers (hired with cursory vetting by the TSA) before they left the airports, think of all the crimes they’d discover. In yet another of so many TSA-worker-perpetrated crimes, an Orlando TSA agent was arrested after he took home the computer that some honest traveler turned in to him.

Read the rest at TSA News.

High Noon in Cyprus

 

High Noon in Cyprus

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The Wall Street Journal said "Cyprus braces for a long weekend." It's not over 'till it's over. What's ahead bodes ill for Cypriots. 

 

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