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What Chuck Hagel Might Say to Israeli Counterpart

‘Talking Points’ for Hagel on Iran

[Editor Note:  Some neocons hope they softened up new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during his bruising confirmation fight. But ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern suggests in these proposed “talking points” that Hagel stick to his principled reputation as someone who tells it like it is, regardless of political pressures.]

March 5, 2013


FROM: Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern

TO: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Subject: Proposed Talking Points on Iran for Your Meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak

Protest Drone Kills at the CIA




900 block of Dolley Madison Blvd., Langley, Virginia

The US CIA drone program is the worst and bloodiest kept secret. Officially it’s functioning is covert and hidden from scrutiny. Around the world those concerned with international law are opposing the deadly extrajudicial program as thousands have now been killed by CIA and US Military drone strikes and left many others maimed and suffering the loss of loved ones.  According the Bureau of Investigative Journalism from 2004 to the present up to 3573 were killed by the CIA drones in Pakistan alone. Other countries where the CIA and US Military attack with drones include Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, and Afghanistan. Stand with us opposing CIA & US Military drones used in extrajudicial killings.


US killer drone strikes are illegal, immoral, and must stop now!

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AIPAC Conference Promotes War


AIPAC Conference Promotes War


by Stephen Lendman


On March 3, AIPAC's 2013 conference began. It "Celebrat(es) 65 Years of Friendship." It's nothing to be admired. 


It supports war, occupation, exploitation and dominance. It deplores peace, equity and justice. 


Italians Reject Austerity


Italians Rejects Austerity


by Stephen Lendman


It's high time voters somewhere did. It transfers wealth to bankers, other corporate favorites and rich elites. 


It wrecks economies. It creates poverty, unemployment and human misery. It turns countries into dystopian backwaters.


Syria News - Mar 5



Dozens of Syrian troops killed in Iraq after seeking refuge, raising concerns of war’s spread - The Washington Post

Iraq accuses Qatar of financing jihadi groups in Syria - The Cable

Kurdistan Region asks Turkey to negotiate with Syrian Kurds - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Russia to deliver Iraq weapons by June: Zebari - PressTV

Phalange: Lebanese-Syrian Border Areas Should Be Declared Military Zone under Army's Control — Naharnet

Israel warns it cannot stand idle as Syria war spills over border -| Reuters

Syrian industry sues Turkey for 'terrorism, looting': report - AFP

France, Turkey plot to assasinate Assad: Report - PressTV


Syrian opposition says captures eastern city of Raqqa - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Plant an Islamist Flag in Raqqa -

VIDEO: Rebels tearing down the statue of Hafes Assad in Raqqa - YouTube

Syria troops launch major assault on Homs city - AFP

Kerry: "Moderate Syrian opponents should be armed" -

The EU is Set to Support Syrian Rebels with Military Training - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Russian weapons flowing to rebels by way of Serbia - World Tribune

UNRWA deplores hanging of two Palestine refugees by syrian rebels in Yarmouk -

VIDEO: Battles Between FSA  And Syrian Troops In Yarmouk Camp In Damascus - Firstpost Topic 

VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Blow up a Shiite Shrine in a Syrian Village - YouTube

VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Ambushed an SAA BMP and Beheaded the Crew -


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Eric Clapton also can’t stand the TSA, by Lisa Simeone

The great blues guitarist and singer Eric Clapton is also fed up with the TSA.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Did Judicial 'Pillow Talk' Decide this Case: Philadelphia Judge Covered Up a Bedroom Connection


By Linn Washington, Jr.

The controversial acquittal of a Philadelphia policeman caught on video violently punching a woman at a Puerto Rican Day parade last fall quickly produced a second stink bomb.

The Philadelphia judge who freed fired Lt. Jonathan Josey during a non-jury trial where that jurist brushed aside compelling evidence recorded on that video is married to a Philadelphia policeman.

Imperial America's in Good Hands with Philip Gordon


Imperial America’s in Good Hands with Philip Gordon


by Stephen Lendman


He's an American diplomat. He's a foreign policy specialist. He's Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. His portfolio includes 50 countries. 


He's moving on. More on that below.


Whitewashing Israeli Murder by Torture


Whitewashing Israeli Murder by Torture


by Stephen Lendman


Torture is official Israeli policy. It's longstanding. Palestinian suffering explains best. Thousands every year are subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment. Their physical and emotional scars bear witness.


Accountability is long overdue. Arafat Jaradat is Israel's latest victim. Israel tortured him to death. His body bore clear signs. Autopsy evidence proved it.

John Owen Brennen - War Criminal


Name: John Owen Brennan

Born: September 22, 1955 in North Bergen, NJ

Profession: Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security & Counterterrorism and Assistant to the President (2009 – present)


"Hiroshima: A Global Perspective" by Steven Leeper

I just had to share the following remarkable speech (which a friend sent to me) given last November by Steven Leeper, head of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation (whose unique background explains his insights).  How do these compelling points get spread to high school and college students?

Best thing about sequestration? TSA takes a dive, by Lisa Simeone


The intertubes are full of wailing about the automatic, across-the-board cuts called sequestration that are set to take effect in 30 days if Congress doesn’t get its act together.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Eroding Free Expression in Israel


Eroding Free Expression in Israel


by Stephen Lendman


Israel targets anti-war dissent. Demonstrators are beaten and arrested. So are journalists and activists. Arabs are vulnerable. So are Jews.


Military solutions are prioritized. Opposition is called endangering national security. Saying so bears no relation to reality. Israel claims might justifies right. Police states operate that way.

Austerity When Stimulus Is Needed


Austerity When Stimulus Is Needed


by Stephen Lendman


On December 31, 1933, The New York Times published John Maynard Keynes "Open Letter" to Franklin Roosevelt. 


On November 25, 2008, the London Guardian republished an abridged text. It urged:

Hawkish Senators Want War on Iran


Hawkish Senators Want War on Iran


by Stephen Lendman


Permanent war is official US policy. Bipartisan complicity supports it. Doing so violates international, constitutional and US statute laws. 


America is a lawless rogue state. It's been so for decades. It's by far the world's worst. It wages war on humanity. It does it at home and abroad. 


Syria News - Mar 3



VIDEO: 'Bullying’ Britain fanning the flames, warns Assad in interview - The Sunday Times

Transcript of Al Assad Full Interview with the Sunday Times - Friends of Syria

Syria army seizes key Aleppo airport road, Capture of highway will allow regime to deploy fresh troops -  Al Jazeera English

Fierce clashes pitting rebel fighters from several battalions against regular troops in Raqqa, At least 26 rebels, troops die - NOW

VIDEO: Islamist group Ahrar Al Sham fighting in Al Raqqa - YouTube

Palestinians suspected of aiding Syria regime “hanged" in Yarmouk - NOW

PHOTO: Two Palestinians Hanged in Yarmouk Camp - Real Syria Updates

Guide to Syrian Rebel Media Spokespeople and PR - Analysis Intelligence

PHOTO: Photographic Evidence Of Scud Missile Use In Syria - Brown Moses Blog

VIDEO: More Chechyan and Dagestanis in Syria -


Iraq deploy massive reinforcements clashing with rebels near the Syrian border - NOW

Wounded Syria soldiers treated in Iraq, spokesman says - NOW

VIDEO: Maliki lets Iran send weapons to Syria via Iraq -: Firstpost Topic

VIDEO: 124 AlQaeda Terrorists Heading to Syria Captured in Iraq - 

On the Frontline of the Battle for Syria’s Lebanese Villages - Al Akhbar English

Jordan stresses political solution to end Syria’s crisis - NZweek

Russian Arms Trade Czar Says "War" Declared on Weapon Supplies to Syria - RIA Novosti


Syrian Kurdish KNC delegation to visit Russia - Kurdpress News Aganecy

VIDEO: The life in Rimêlan a day after it was captured by Kurdish YPG -


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10 Years Later: Still Shocked, Not Awed

March 18, 2013
Washington, D.C.
The Langston Room at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Streets, NW
8-10 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

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Ten years after the latest U.S. assault on Iraq began with a campaign of "Shock and Awe," we stop to consider where we've been and where we should be heading.  Join:

Leah Bolger, Board Member and Past President of Veterans For Peace.

Andy Shallal, artist, peace and social justice activist and entrepreneur, is the founder of Busboys and Poets and Eatonville.  He sits on the board of several art, business and peace and justice organizations including the Institute for Policy Studies, Anacostia Community Museum and Think Local First D.C.

Robert Shetterly, an award winning painter whose work is in collections all over the U.S. and Europe.  For more than 10 years he has been painting the series of portraits Americans Who Tell the Truth. The exhibit has been traveling around the country since 2003. A book of the portraits has won the top award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate non-fiction.

Shetterly will be unveiling his latest portrait, that of David Swanson.

David Swanson, an author whose books include Daybreak (2009), War Is A Lie (2010), When the World Outlawed War (2011), and The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012).  Swanson hosts Talk Nation Radio, and works for, as well as blogging at

Sponsoring organizations that have helped spread the word about this event:
World Can't Wait
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Veterans For Peace
Peace Action Montgomery / October2011
Americans Who Tell the Truth
Busboys and Poets
Teaching for Change
C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (Committee for High-School Options and Information on Careers, Education and Self-Improvement)
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

Bradley Manning: Profile in Courage Above and Beyond the Call of Duty


Bradley Manning: Profile in Courage Above and Beyond the Call of Duty


by Stephen Lendman


He's one of America's best. He risked great personal harm. He did so to expose vital truths. 


He's a true American hero. He deserves praise, not prosecution. In February 2012, Movement of the Icelandic Parliament (MIP) members nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Thaw in Israeli Immunity?


Thaw in Israeli Immunity?


by Stephen Lendman


Hope springs eternal. Palestinians waited so long. Don't expect too much too soon. Anything is better than nothing.


Israel's rap sheet includes decades of crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. Nuremberg justice is long overdue. It's essential. Maybe one day. Not now.


Syria News - Mar 2



Obama, Putin discuss Syria by telephone, seek new initiatives aimed at a political settlement of the crisis - Reuters

Chuck Hagel: U.S. should only provide 'non-lethal support' to Syria's opposition - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Lavrov : Extremists Dominate Syrian Opposition - SANA

Russia Plans to Keep 10 Warships in Mediterranean - RIA Novosti

US and allies are training Syrian rebels in Jordan to bolster moderate groups and to secure chemical weapons - The Times

VIDEO: Defected general sees close U.S., Russia ‘understanding’ on Syria -


Iraqi army helping Syrian government retake border checkpoint from jihadists - reports - RT News

Scud missile fired in Syria lands near Iraqi village: mayor -

Assad forces take Aleppo village, reopening supply line - Reuters

Lebanon erects string of watchtowers on Syrian border -

Syria's foreign jihadists legions facilitate the spread of al-Qaeda’s regional agenda -

Another Tunisian of al-Nusra Front is killed in Syria -

Conflicting Accounts of Motives Behind Tunisians Fighting in Syria - Tunisia Live

VIDEO: Kurdish YPG has freed the Kurdish town, Rimêlan (oil capital of Syria) - YouTube

VIDEO: Alleged Scud missile launched towards the Syrian North from 155 Brigade, Damascus Suburbs -


Disappointed FSA chief pleads for weapons rather than food supplies and bandages- Yahoo! News

Nestle burned by Syrian rebels cause owner is an Alawite - Real Syria Updates

VIDEO: Rebels Executes a Shiite Loyalist - YouTube

VIDEO: Video Shows Non-FSA Jihadists Ahrar al-Sham Using Croatian Weapons - Brown Moses Blog

VIDEO: FSA claims seizing regime Scud missile - NOW

VIDEO: Defected colonel Zakaria says we are all islamist and we will fight the dictator Assad -

VIDEO: Horror, Fear & Panic Among Al-Athir School Students After Damascus Bombing by Rebels -

VIDEO: Regime loyalists torture & humiliate a civilian - YouTube


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Supreme Court Authorizes Lawless Wiretapping


Supreme Court Authorizes Lawless Wiretapping


by Stephen Lendman


America's Supremes are notoriously hard right. Equal justice under law is just a figure of speech. Rule of law principles and egalitarian fairness don't matter. Power politics corrupts the High Court. It lacks legitimacy.


Israeli Commanders on Trial


Israeli Commanders on Trial


by Stephen Lendman


A previous article said Israel's rap sheet makes serial killers look saintly by comparison. It's no exaggeration. Decades of crimes of war, against humanity and genocide explain.


Accountability so far is wishful thinking. Hope springs eternal. In May 2012, Turkey issued arrest warrants. Four former senior IDF officers were named.

Sequestration's indiscriminate cuts are no solution to the bloated military budget

An Op-Ed for MLTF by David GespassDavid Gespass

Reprinted by permission from

Editor's note: Some on the Left, most prominently former Democratic Party chair Howard Dean, have said that the automatic cuts of the sequester are the only way the military budget will ever be reduced, and that he therefore supports them. In this editorial written for the MLTF website, former  NLG president David Gespass agrees with the sentiment, but argues that the cuts of the sequester will not big enough, or directed enough, to make the kind of difference we hope for.

The “sequester,” as has been well documented, was the Obama administration’s ingenious mechanism, which both parties and houses of Congress bought into, for insuring a rational budget deal. The idea was to require, in the absence of such a deal, uniform spending cuts for all but a specified few federal programs. Thus, the military budget, for example, will require the same percentage cuts in spending on the building of more tanks, for which we have no use, and the provision of food for the troops. The consequence, as we shall see, is that little is done to rein in out-of-control military appropriations while visiting significant hardship on GIs, veterans and civilian personnel.

The US military budget is clearly out of control. In 2012, the country spent $711 billion on the military. The next fourteen biggest military spenders, including a number of presumed U.S. allies and two countries, Germany and Japan, that are not supposed to have armies  – China, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Brazil, Italy, South Korea, Australia, Canada and Turkey – spent a total of $713 billion. Only Saudi Arabia, at 8.7%, spent as high a percentage of its gross domestic product as the U.S. at 4.7%.

Syria News - Mar 1



US expands non-lethal support for Syrian rebels but no military aid, Rumors it might supply body armour, military vehicles or training did not materialize - The Guardian

EU agrees to allow some aid for Syrian opposition, including armored vehicles, non-lethal military equipment and technical aid - Reuters

Syrian opposition's hopes for "qualitative" Western armament diminish - Xinhua |

Syrian opposition delays meeting to choose PM - Reuters

Putin: International Community Must Prevent Extremists from Exploiting Crisis in Syria - SANA

Russia reiterates arms support for Syria - NOW

VIDEO: Secretary Kerry Delivers Remarks at the Friends of Syria Meeting - YouTube


Deadly blast hits regime-held part of Syria's Homs killing civilians near a public swimming pool: SANA - AFP

Rebel cooperation in Syria shows challenge of isolating Islamists, Making diffficult to control which of the rebel groups take possession of weapons - McClatchy

There are now said to be more than 1,000 separate rebel units fighting the Syrian regime, It seems they are becoming even more factionalized with every passing week - The National

Syrian Rebels, Secular And Islamist, Both Claim The Future -

Who’s Turning Syria’s Civil War Into a Jihad? - The American Conservative

Lebanon minister says Syrian rebels posing as refugees - Al Akhbar English

VIDEO: Nusra Front Occupy Yabrud on Lebanese Border - The Coming Crisis


Syrian Kurdish Party Distances Itself From PKK, FSA - Al-Monitor

BDP deputy blames Erdogan interfering remarks about Syrian Kurds - Kurdpress News Aganecy


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Bradley Manning Update

by Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait           Today, at Ft.

March 2013 War Criminals Appearances/Protests


Check out to see if there any actions against these war criminals in your area.  If not, you might think of planning one. Contact us if you need our assisstance.  Please post a note and some photos of you protest on our Facebook.  There are reproducible flyers and posters on our website in the resources box on the left.  Click on Downloadable Material and then on Flyers and Posters.


George Bush

Kerry Supports Anti-Syrian Government Terrorists


Kerry Supports Anti-Syrian Government Terrorists


by Stephen Lendman


Kerry replaced Clinton at State. He didn't miss a beat. He continues her imperial arrogance. He prioritizes war. He deplores peace. He supports Israel's worst crimes.


He's contemptuous of rule of law principles. He supports wrong over right. He's indifferent to human suffering. US imperial priorities alone matter.

Droning On: The US and the M Word


By Dan DeWalt

‘If the President Does It, It Isn’t Illegal’

             -- Richard M. Nixon

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