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Unbreakable US/Israeli Ties


Unbreakable US/Israeli Ties


by Stephen Lendman


Longstanding US/Israeli ties remain firm. Obama's visit reinforces them. It does more. 


It assures continued support. It endorses hardline extremism. It affirms occupation harshness. It lets Israel do what it pleases.


Washington Supports Venezuelan Opposition


Washington Supports Venezuelan Opposition


by Stephen Lendman


It's an open secret. Throughout Chavez's tenure, America supported opposition candidates. Quasi-government agencies did so. They're at it again now.


Syria News - Mar 22



Top pro-Assad Sunni cleric killed as suicide bombing hits Damascus mosque killing 42 - RT News

VIDEO: Suicide Bombing in Al-Iman Mosque in Damascus - YouTube

VIDEO: More on the suicide bombing at Al-Iman mosque in Damascus - YouTube

U.N. to launch probe of alleged Syria chemical arms attack -

Syrian opposition chief criticizes US in chemical attack debate - todayszaman

Muslim Brotherhood Holds Sway Over Syrian Opposition - Al-Monitor

Syrian bishop says 30,000 Christians have fled Aleppo - AFP

BBC Weather Twitter Account Hacked By 'Syrian Electronic Army' (PICTURES) - Huffington Post

VIDEO: Al-Nusra Beheading Assad supporter - EuropeNews

VIDEO: Islamic flag raised in Raqqa -

VIDEO: Rising Inflation in Syria - YouTube


EU set for showdown on Syria arms embargo -AFP

Paris pushing ahead with plans to arm Syria militants - PressTV

Survey: Cameron, Hollande at odds with voters on Syria -

Key senators push Obama to use limited military options in Syria crisis - Yahoo! News

House Lawmakers slam Iraqi government for allowing Iranian aid to Syria's Assad - The Hill's Global Affairs

Syrian radical Islamic rebels capture areas near Golan Heights - The Burleson Star

Lebanese Army arrests 10 Syrians for arms possession in border raids - THE DAILY STAR

Syria hands over seized Lebanese fighter to Beirut - Yahoo! News

US report says Turkey could be drawn into war with Syria, Iran - todayszaman

Russian military officials deny reports that warships will not tank up in Tartus - Russia & India Report

China, Russia move toward full-fledged strategic partnership - Xinhua |


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Iran War Weekly - March 18, 2013

Iran War Weekly

March 18, 2013


Hello All – As readers may/will recall, we are between negotiating sessions about Iran’s nuclear program.  After an eight-month hiatus, restarting negotiations between the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council) and Iran was significant.  Even more significant, and also surprising, was that the negotiations in Kazakhstan in February generated cautious optimism among diplomats, and a second round of negotiations is now scheduled  for early April, again in Kazakhstan.


The road to hell is paved with the good intentions of the TSA, by Sommer Gentry

Another kick-ass post by our resident mathematician, Sommer Gentry.

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New York Times Hypocrisy


New York Times Hypocrisy


by Stephen Lendman


NYT's attempts to set the record straight are duplicitous. They come too late to matter.


On May 26, 2004, Times editors headlined "The Times and Iraq," saying:


Obama in Israel


Obama in Israel


by Stephen Lendman


His visit bodes ill, not good. He left late Tuesday night. On March 20, he arrived around noon Israeli time.


Secretary of State John Kerry came earlier. Scores of officials, aides and security personnel accompanied him and Obama.


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The “American” War Isn’t Over for the Iraqi People...

by World Can't Wait Director Debra Sweet                      Yes, I know it wasn’t all of the  countries of the Americas which made war on Iraq.  It was the United States of America, as Barack Obama is so fond of saying, dragging along with it the coalition of the bribed and coerced.  Just as it was for the Vietnamese people an American war, while we called it the Vietnam War, this one is known in Iraq as the American War.  We have to accept that.

Syria News - Mar 21



Syrian govt, rebels urge UN investigation into ‘chemical attack’ - RT News

West stalls Syria chemical attack probe in U.N.: Russia -

Report of chemical-weapons use in Syria being investigated, Obama says - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Obama on Syria: Chemical weapons a 'game-changer' -

Israeli official: Chemical weapons used in Syria - Yahoo! News

Chemical weapons likely used in Syria, but detection window closed, expert says - Fox News

Syrian Gov: Missile carrying chemical weapons launched from an area controlled by terrorists, fell near a Syrian Army location - SANA

Alleged Rebels' Web Page Adopting and Proud of Chemical Attack in Aleppo - Real Syria Updates

VIDEO: Syria Rebels Caught on Tape Discussing Chemical Weapons Attack - LeakSource

VIDEO: Jihadist Al-Nusra Front Siezes Chemical Factory Used to Make Toxic Chlorine Near Aleppo - Gerard Direct , AFP


Key Syria dissidents leave Coalition grouping over the deeply divisive election of rebel prime minister Hitto - AFP

New US-Educated Prime Minister Of Syria Has One Massive Problem: Jihadist Rebels Control Most of the North - Yahoo! Finance

PYD: Hitto does not represent Kurds - ANF

Syria’s Oil a Source of Contention for Competing Groups -

Syrian Christians turn to Turkish churches, not refugee camps, for help - Catholic Philly

Jordan king warns Syria could become jihadi state, says Assad's days numbered - Fox News

Jordan’s desert patrol force sets up security cordon around Syrian refugee camp - The Washington Post

Recent videos show international makeup of Syrian jihad - Threat Matrix

VIDEO: Aljazeera TV reporting on a brigade of hundreds of libyans fighters fighting in Syria - Al Jazeera

VIDEO: Statement of Syria Rebels United With Jabhat al Nusra Against US Imperialist Threats and Schemes - YouTube


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Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food and Water Watch and the author of Foodopoly.  She discusses the 20 companies that make our processed food -- and the 2 companies, both foreign, that make our beer (despite the hundreds of brands all pretending a diversity of origins and owners).  Hauter tells a story of how we got here and how we can get out of here.

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Teach the Children War

The National Museum of American History, and a billionaire who has funded a new exhibit there, would like you to know that we're going to need more wars if we want to have freedom.  Never mind that we seem to lose so many freedoms whenever we have wars.  Never mind that so many nations have created more freedoms than we enjoy and done so without wars.  In our case, war is the price of freedom.  Hence the new exhibit: "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War."

The exhibit opens with these words: "Americans have gone to war to win their independence, expand their national boundaries, define their freedoms, and defend their interests around the globe."  Those foolish, foolish Canadians: why, oh, why did they win their independence without a war?  Think of all the people they might have killed!  The exhibit is surprisingly, if minimally, honest about imperialism, at least in the early wars.  The aim of conquering Canada is included, along with bogus excuses, as one of the motivations for the War of 1812. 

The most outrageous part of the opening lines of the exhibition, however, may be the second half: ". . . define their freedoms, and defend their interests around the globe."  The exhibition, to the extent that I've surveyed it online, provides absolutely no indication of what in the world can be meant by a war being launched in order to "define our freedoms."  And, needless to say, it is the U.S. government, not "Americans," that imagines it has "interests around the globe" that can and should be "defended" by launching wars.

The exhibit is an extravaganza of lies and deceptions.  The U.S. Civil War is presented as "America's bloodiest conflict."  Really?  Because Filipinos don't bleed?  Vietnamese don't bleed?  Iraqis don't bleed?  We should not imagine that our children don't learn exactly that lesson.  The Spanish American War is presented as an effort to "free Cuba," and so forth.  But overwhelmingly the lying is done in this exhibit by omission.  Bad past excuses for wars are ignored, the death and destruction is ignored or falsely reduced.  Wars that are too recent for many of us to swallow too much B.S. about are quickly passed over.

The exhibit helpfully provides a teacher's manual (PDF), and its entire coverage of the past 12 years of warmaking (which has involved the killing of some 1.4 million people in Iraq alone) consists of the events of 9/11/2001, beginning with this:

"September 11 was a modern-day tragedy of immense proportions. The devastating attacks by al Qaeda terrorists inside the United States killed some 3,000 people and sparked an American-led war on terrorism. The repercussions of that day will impact domestic and international political decisions for many years to come.  At 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, a passenger jet flew into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York. Fire and rescue crews rushed to the scene. As live TV coverage began, horrified viewers watched as a second plane slammed into the south tower at 9:03 a.m. Thirty-five minutes later a third airliner crashed into the Pentagon.  Another jet bound for Washington, D.C., crashed in Pennsylvania after its passengers challenged the hijackers. The nation reeled. But Americans resolved to fight back, inspired by the words of a passenger who helped foil the last attack: 'Are you guys ready? Let’s roll.'"

If you talk to non-sociopathic teachers, you discover that the sort of "teaching" engaged in by our museums has a horrible impact on students' understanding.  A new book called Teaching About the Wars is a great place to start.  It's written by teachers who try to present their students with a more complete and honest understanding of war than what's expected by common text books, many of which are far worse than the museum exhibit described above.  These teachers / authors argue that when a teacher pretends to have no point of view, he or she teaches their students moral apathy.  Pretending not to care about the world teaches children not to care about the world.  Teachers should have a point of view but teach more than one, teach critical thinking and analysis, teach skepticism, and teach respect for the opinions of others.

Students should not be taught, these teachers suggest, to reject all public claims as falsehoods and the truth as absolutely unknowable.  Rather, they should be taught to critically evaluate claims and develop informed opinions.  Jessica Klonsky writes:

"One of the most successful media-related lessons involved an exercise comparing two media viewpoints.  First I showed the first 20 minutes of Control Room, a documentary about Al Jazeera, the international Arabic-language television network headquartered in Doha, Qatar.  Students were shocked by the dead bodies and destruction shown on Al Jazeera.  For many it was the first time they realized that it wasn't just soldiers who died in war."

U.S. soldiers were 0.3% of the dead in the 2003-2011 war on Iraq.  These students had been unaware of the other 99.7% of the dead.  Learning what war really looks like is perhaps the most important lesson missing from our usual education system. 

Another important lesson is who engages in war and why.  Bill Bigelow presents a model lesson through which teachers can present students with true situations, but with the names of the nations changed.  They can discuss what the nations ought to have done, before learning that one of the nations was their own, and before learning what it actually did.  Then they can discuss that reality.  Bigelow also begins his teaching about the "war on terrorism" by asking students to work on defining "terrorism" (and not by attacking each other, which is presumably how the National Museum of American History would recommend "defining" such a term).

One teacher ends such a lesson by asking "What difference do you think it would make if students all over the country were having the discussion we're having today?"  Clearly, that question moves students toward becoming potential teachers wanting to share their knowledge to a far greater extent than, say, teaching them the dates of battles and suggesting they try to impress others with their memorization. 

Can good teaching compete with the Lockheed Martin-sponsored Air and Space Museum, the U.S. Army's video games, Argo, Zero Dark 30, the slick lies of the recruiters, the Vietnam Commemoration Project, the flag waving of the television networks, the fascistic pledges of allegiance every morning, and the lack of good alternative life prospects?  Sometime, yes.  And more often the more it spreads and the better it is done. 

One chapter in Teaching About the Wars describes a project that connects students in the United States with students in Western Asia via live video discussions.  That experience should be required in any young person's education.  I guarantee you that our government employs drone "pilots" to connect with foreign countries via live video in a more destructive manner who never spoke with foreign children when they were growing up.

David Swanson's books include War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War.

March 19: The Anniversary Iraqis Can Never Forget.

by World Can't Wait Director Debra Sweet              Early today, I'll be driving to Highland Falls, NY, near the US Military Academy at West Point, the site of many protests over George Bush's Global War on Terror.  Six friends will be sentenced tomorrow in local court there for protesting Obama's expansion of the war on Afghanistan in 2009, and because it's the tenth anniversary of "shock and awe" we feel compelled to throw up a protest.

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America's Genocidal Iraq War


America's Genocidal Iraq War


by Stephen Lendman


March 19 marks its 10th anniversary. Permanent occupation is policy. Killing, destruction, toxic pollution, and human misery remain unabated. Pre-2003 Iraq no longer exists.


America's Iraq war is one of history's greatest crimes. It followed Gulf War devastation and punishing sanctions. 


Grand Theft Cyprus


Grand Theft Cyprus


by Stephen Lendman


Cyprus is tiny. Its population numbers about a million. Its GDP is miniscule by Western standards. It's 0.2% of Europe's economy. It's entrapped under Eurozone straightjacket rules. 


They impose financial tyranny. Dissimilar countries surrender monetary and fiscal control. Doing so abandons effective ways to combat recessions.

Syria News - Mar 20



At least 25 dead in Syrian 'chemical' attack as govt and rebels trade blame (PHOTOS) — RT News

U.S. evaluating Syria chemical weapons charges - Reuters

Russia says Syrian rebels used chemical arms near Aleppo - Reuters

Aleppo medic: Victims - including Syrian regime soldiers and pro-Assad armed men - exposed to organic pesticides, not chemical arms - Al Jazeera Blogs

Photographer says Syria attack victims suffocating, they could smell chlorine in the air - Reuters

 Al Qaeda has employed crude chlorine bombs in the past in Iraq - The Long War Journal

VIDEO:(Arabic) Syria Chemical Weapons Attack Leaves 86 injured and 25 dead - SYRIAN STATE TV

VIDEO: Syria condemns rebels' 'chemical weapon attack' –


Syria opposition PM rules out talks with Damascus (VIDEO) - FRANCE 24

Who is Ghassn Hitto? He was backed by the Muslim Brotherhood to be Prime Minister of an Interim Gov - Syria Comment

Many Syrian dissidents disappointed by the choice of Interim Prime Minister Hitto - Brookings Institution

New Syrian rebel leader was official of CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation found guilty of financing Hamas - Radical Islam

US welcomes election of Syrian rebel PM - NOW

Russia "deeply regrets" election of Syrian rebel PM - NOW

Islamic law comes to rebel-held areas of Syria enforced by Al Nusra and other groups - The Washington Post

Syria’s Salafi Insurgents: The Rise of the Syrian Islamic Front - Syria Comment

In Rural Syria, Christians Eye Revolution Suspiciously - Rudaw


NATO Commander: Contingency plans under way for Syria - US News and World Report

Top Democrat endorses Syria no-fly zone - The Cable

Iraq turns blind eye to Iran arms flights to Syria: US - Ahram Online

In Syrian shadow, Iraq jihadists resurgent - UPI


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Escalating Syria's War


Escalating Syria's War


by Stephen Lendman


Syria is Washington's war. It was planned years ago. At issue is regime change. America tolerates no independent governments. It wants pro-Western puppet ones replacing them.


Death squad terror is policy. Washington upped the stakes. Headlines suggest chemical weapons use. Both sides trade accusations. Nothing's verified.

Wounded Marine humiliated by TSA, by Wendy Thomson

Phoenix’s Sky Harbor has had its fair share of TSA complaints.

Who Did You Rape in the War, Daddy?

A Question for Veterans that Needs Answering 
By Nick Turse, TomDispatch

On August 31, 1969, a rape was committed in Vietnam.  Maybe numerous rapes were committed there that day, but this was a rare one involving American GIs that actually made its way into the military justice system. 

And that wasn’t the only thing that set it apart.

War is obscene.  I mean that in every sense of the word.  Some veterans will tell you that you can’t know war if you haven’t served in one, if you haven’t seen combat.  These are often the same guys who won’t tell you the truths that they know about war and who never think to blame themselves in any way for our collective ignorance. 

Remembering Rachel Corrie


Remembering Rachel Corrie


by Stephen Lendman


Rachel represented the best of courageous activism. She put her body on the line for justice. She did so because it matters. She's gone but not forgotten.


Ten years ago on March 16, an Israeli bulldozer driver murdered her in cold blood. She tried stopping a Rafah refugee camp home demolition.

Israel's Fascist Government: Part II


Israel's Fascist Government: Part II


by Stephen Lendman


On March 18, Israel's new government was sworn in. Doing so hardened fascist rule. A previous article explained.


Israelis elected their most extremist government ever. It's hugely over-the-top. It's militantly hardline, racist and unscrupulous. It menaces the region. 


Syria News - Mar 19



Kerry says US won't stand in way of France, Britain or anyone else arming Syria's rebels - Fox News

Congress to weigh legislation to arm Syrian rebel fighters, Top House Dem To Move On Bill - The Hill's Global Affairs

Top US general urges caution on Syria options, says that US has very opaque understanding of the opposition - Reuters

An internal rift at the NSC on Syria? - Foreign Policy

UK Pulling out Special Forces from Afghanistan to Help Rebels in Syria - Daily Star Sunday

French minister to visit Turkey for talks on defense ties, Syria - todayszaman

Fundamental rift growing inside Syria opposition: German spy chief - PressTV

Russia strengthens its presence in Mediterranean Sea - Voice of Russia

Syria crisis is tipping Iraq into civil war, says minister - The Times

VIDEO: Croatian Weapons Arrive In Homs - Brown Moses Blog


Syrian opposition elects interim prime minister - Boston Herald

Assad: We Negotiate under Our Conditions, Battle in our Favor -

Assad sends letter to Zuma, asks BRICS ‘to intervene’ in Syria crisis - Yahoo! News South Africa

President of South Africa: We, Along with BRICS, will Spare No Effort to Implement Geneva Statement - Real Syria Updates

Pro-Assad group hacks HRW website, Twitter page -

Asma Assad has NOT fled Syria: rare public appearance dispels rumours she was abroad and several months pregnant - Mail Online

VIDEO: Asma Assad Makes Rare Appearance - Yahoo! News


Syrian warplanes strike Lebanese territory, a smuggling zone for weapons and personnel destined for opposition forces -

Israel to ask Obama to use air strikes in case of Syrian missile transfer to  Hezbollah -

Key Lebanese export route through Syria to remain shut: Rebels- THE DAILY STAR

Tensions High in Lebanon After Assault on Sunni Clerics - ABC News


Muslim Brotherhood Chief: Kurds Should Join Fight Against Assad Regime - Rudaw

Syria Kurds will seize control of Qamishlo: website - Mesopotamische Gesellschaft


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Iran War Weekly - March 12, 2013

Iran War Weekly

March 12, 2013


Holding Harvard's Crimson Accountable


Holding Harvard's Crimson Accountable


by Stephen Lendman


Harvard's motto is "VERITAS." It's shield and class rings display it. At issue is anti-Palestinian bias. 


TSA’s VIPR at it again — fear mongering in Chicago, by Lisa Simeone


The TSA's VIPR teams, about which we’ve written countless times, have been at it again — this time in Chicago.

According to this CBS report (presented in an embarrassingly credulous, golly-gee-whiz fashion), a VIPR team slithered onto the Metra system and started manhandling bags and questioning people. Why? Because they had detected a nuclear isotope.

Washington Post Anti-Bolivarian Propaganda


Washington Post Anti-Bolivarian Propaganda


by Stephen Lendman


Western media scoundrels waged war on Chavez. They did so throughout his tenure. Managed news misinformation substituted for truth and full disclosure. 


Chavez is gone. Misreporting continues. Post editors march in lockstep with other media scoundrels. Doing so betrays their readers.


UN Human Rights Council: US Imperial Tool


UN Human Rights Council: America's Imperial Tool


by Stephen Lendman


In 1945, the UN was established: 


  • "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war;


Intelligence Fraud from the Outset: Launching War on Iraq

A Last-Second Appeal for Sanity

Ten years ago, the U.S. invasion of Iraq was only hours away, but the case for this unprovoked war was already falling apart with exposure of hyperbole, half-truths and even a forgery. On March 18, 2003, a group of U.S. intelligence veterans pleaded with President George W. Bush to postpone the attack. The text of VIPS's March 18, 2003 Memorandum for the President follows.( A list of all 23 corporate memoranda produced by VIPS since its first, on February 5, 2003, is found at

March 18, 2003

Memorandum for: The President

From: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

Subject: Forgery, Hyperbole, Half-Truth: A Problem

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