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Bradley Manning Court-Martial: Secrecy and Injustice on Trial


Bradley Manning Court-Martial: Secrecy and Injustice on Trial


by Stephen Lendman


America honors its worst. It persecutes its best. Manning is heroic. He risked great personal harm. He did so to reveal vital truths. People have a right to know. Washington has no right to conceal them.


Secrecy, lawlessness, and contempt for humanity define US policy. Evidence vital to Manning's defense is prohibited. Information refuting charges of "aiding the enemy" is barred from trial proceedings.

Illegitimate Palestinian Prime Minister Appointed


Illegitimate Palestinian Prime Minister Appointed


by Stephen Lendman


Democracies let people choose. On January 25, 2006, Palestinians overwhelmingly chose Hamas PLC representatives. 


They elected them as their legitimate government. Institutionalized Fatah corruption defeated them. Ismail Haniyah is Palestine's rightful prime minister.


Flash! Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty to Reporting War Crimes

Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty to Ten Charges.

Bradley Manning wasn't committing a crime, he was reporting crimes.  First the torture of Iraqi dissidents by the puppet government then firing on wounded being evacuated. 

Chase Mader at Huffington Post wrote in 2011:

When Bradley Manning deployed to Iraq in October 2009, he thought that he’d be helping the Iraqi people build a free society after the long nightmare of Saddam Hussein. What he witnessed firsthand was quite another matter.

Syria News June 4



Erdogan maintains hard stance on protests - Yahoo! News

Drunks, extremists, opposition party, Twitter - Turkey's Erdogan blames all - usatoday

Contraddicting Erdogan Turkish president Gul defends people's right to protest, "Democracy does not mean elections alone" -

President Gul and opposition leader meet over Taksim Gezi Park protests - Anadolu Agency

U.S. calls for restraint by Turkish police confronting protests, 'vast majority of the protesters have been peaceful' - Reuters

Anti-government protesters in Turkey hold onto square - usatoday

Turkey Protests: Unions Strike In Support - Sky News

Turkey and Syria’s Jihadis: More than Free Passage? Erdogan's government appears to support radical Islamist groups -

POLL: Turkish Opinion Poll Finds Majorities Slam Erdogan policies on Alcohol, Syria - Informed Comment

VIDEO: Erdogan brands protesters 'extremists' and 'looters' - Telegraph

VIDEO: Turkey President Gul Says Protesters Message Received - YouTube

VIDEO: Turk protesters set fire to offices of Erdogan's AKP - JPost

VIDEO: Protesters clash with police in Ankara -

VIDEO: People's bulldozer chases police Toma vehicles in Besiktas - YouTube


NATO data: Assad winning the war for Syrians’ hearts and minds - World Tribune

Key bloc quits Syria opposition, slams leaders - AFP

Russia says U.S. not putting enough pressure on Syria opposition - Yahoo! News

Russia: Proposed U.N. statement on Syria's Qusair was one-sided - Reuters

No Russian S-300s to Syria before 2014: Israel - FRANCE 24

Syrian Observatory: Assad backers reportedly make up 43 percent of dead, rebels 17 percent and the rest are non combatants civilians - The Sun Herald

Al-Qaeda sets up ‘complaints department’ in Syrian city of Raqqa - 

Six dead in Lebanon's Tripoli, shots fired at Sidon cleric - Reuters

Iraq says arming Syrian opposition threatens stability -

Opposition: North Korea Officers Help Assad in Syria - The Weekly Standard

Qatar’s reputation-tainted media arm Al Jazeera seeks to reconquer viewers - Middle East Online


Syrian Kurdish Discord Threatens to Derail Historical Juncture - KurdishGlobe

Iraqi Kurdish rivalries play out over the border: Taking the fight to Syria - ekurd

Over 700 Kurds Kidnapped in Syria - KurdishGlobe


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Dirty Wars Opens in D.C. Weekend of June 7-9

Dirty Wars, the new film featuring Jeremy Scahill, is playing every day at 12 noon, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, and 9:55pm at Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St NW, Washington, DC

You can buy tickets now:

Following the 12:00, 2:30, and 5:00 showings on June 7th, Amnesty International's Jiva Manske will lead a discussion of the film and of activism that can address some of what the film covers.

Following the 7:30 showing on June 7th, Code Pink will lead a discussion of issues surrounding the film.

Following the 2:30 screening on June 8th, RootsAction's David Swanson and Yemeni-American activist Rooj Alwazir will lead a discussion of the film and in particular of an imprisoned journalist whose story is told.

Following the 5:00 and 7:30 screenings on June 8th, Jeremy Scahill will take questions.

Following the 2:30 and 5:00 showings on June 9th, Afghan War whistleblower Matthew Hoh will lead a discussion of the film and whistleblowing.

For a more in-depth discussion, the following free and public event has been planned:

WHAT: Discussion of Jeremy Scahill's new film and book Dirty Wars


  • Jeremy Scahill, author of Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield and star of the film by the same name.
  • Rooj Alwazir, Yemeni-American activist and co-founder of SupportYemen media collective.
  • A former operative with the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (name to be revealed at the event).

WHEN: 5-7 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013

WHERE: Busboys and Poets restaurant at 5th and K Streets NW, Washington, DC

SPONSORS: Amnesty International, Code Pink, Peace Action, Iraq Veterans Against the War, RootsAction, Veterans for Peace.

Busboys is a restaurant, and you can order dinner during the event.
Books will be sold and signed.

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and for opening weekend in general:

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We Are Family

  This one contains a tongue-in-cheek look at the wealthy "decision makers"  who are deciding to "fix the debt" by cutting services to ordinary people rather than take simple steps like closing tax loopholes designed by and for the benefit of the rich, raising the current cut-off level on the Social Security tax, eliminating offshore tax shelters, going after income tax fraud, and raising corporate income taxes, which have plunged over the past few decades.   My apologies to any political figures I may have inadvertently shamed by low-balling their income.  I will gladly make any needed corrections. 


Companies use a progressive tool in very non-progressive ways: The "Cloudy" Skies Corporations Want to Sell You

By Alfredo Lopez


It's the nature of the shallow, consumer-driven, dream-drunken culture our society tries to impose on us that we popularly adopt terms without knowing what they mean and, more often than not, they don't mean much of anything.

Such is the case with "the Cloud".

Most people who use computers believe they know what it is except that everyone seems to have a different definition. From a satellite-based storage system to a virtually invisible network to a collection of hard drives all over the world to a new form of storage that doesn't require computers to...whatever new definition pops up this week. In any case, you have heard of the "cloud" and probably aren't sure what it really is.

Bradley Manning: the Moral Dimension

Moral Imperative of Bradley Manning

June 3, 2013

Editor Note: Official Washington still glorifies George W. Bush’s “successful surge” in Iraq while ignoring the wanton slaughter inflicted on Iraqis. So, there remains a high-level desire to harshly punish Pvt. Bradley Manning for exposing the horrific truth about that and other war crimes.

By Ray McGovern

Although we had to swelter in the Maryland sun on Saturday, I found the pre-trial rally at Ft. Meade to support Bradley Manning particularly spirit-filled. It seemed there was an unspoken but widely shared consciousness that Manning is as much Biblical prophet as Army private.

Another TSA employee spills the beans, by Lisa Simeone

Friend of the blog NJR of Taking Sense Away has allowed us to cross-post his entries for some time now. He gave me a heads-up last week that the following would hit his pages today. So here it is.

And there's a revelation afoot:

Anti-Government Protests Rock Turkey


Anti-Government Protests Rock Turkey


by Stephen Lendman


In 2001, Recep Tayyip Erdogan established the Justice and Development Party (AKP). In November 2002, it won nearly two-thirds of parliamentary seats. It did so with 35% of the vote.


Earlier dominant parties were rebuffed. Hard times aroused public anger. Voters rejected corrupt political rule. At the time, Istanbul newspaper Sabah called AKP's triumph a "revolution by impoverished Anatolia against the old political guard."

Evidence of Israeli Mass Murder Discovered


Evidence of Israeli Mass Murder Discovered


by Stephen Lendman


On June 1, Press TV headlined "Mass graves from 1948 war discovered in Jaffa."


Palestinian Jaffa is now Tel Aviv's Jaffa municipality. Six mass graves were discovered. They contain remains of at least hundreds of Palestinian victims.

Syria News June 3



Source: Hezbollah slays dozen Syrian rebels in Lebanon ambush, says the area has been used by rebels as a site for launching rocket attacks - THE DAILY STAR

NGO: 28 Syrian rebels killed in assault on village in Homs province - AFP

Syria: Red Cross can enter Al-Qusayr after fighting ends - AFP

Foreign Fighters Key To Decisive Battle of Qusair, al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters on one side, and Lebanese Hezbollah on the other - Al-Monitor

In Syria, Hezbollah boosts Assad’s forces in Aleppo - The Washington Post

31 Syrian inmates allegedly killed by rebels' bombardment on Aleppo's central prison - APA 

Diplomat: Russia blocks UN Security Council declaration criticizing Syrian siege of Qusair - Fox News

Russian, Iranian technology is boosting Assad’s assault on Syrian rebels - The Washington Post

Gulf states will consider punishing Hezbollah for role in Syria - English 

Deadly Damascus car bomb blast – reports — RT News

Leading Sunni Muslim cleric calls for jihad in Syria - Reuters

Tartus, A City Of Assad Supporters In War-Ravaged Syria : Parallels : NPR

The Counter-Insurgency Role of Syria’s “Popular Committees” - The Jamestown Foundation

VIDEO: FSA head warns of defeat if not given weapons - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

VIDEOS: Reinforcements And A Senior Free Syrian Army Member Arrive In Qusayr


Anti-government protests spread across Turkey, speaking against rising authoritarianism and calling for Erdogan to resign -

Turkey police tear gas protesters in Istanbul and Ankara, more than 1,700 people had been arrested - AFP

VIDEO: Protesters in Turkey speak out against Erdogan - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Turkey protesters clash with police - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Turkey protesters celebrate after police leave Istanbul square - Telegraph

Turkey's building boom unrest conceals fear of corruption - The Observer

Syria accuses Erdogan of "terrorizing" Turks - AFP

PYD leader meets Turkish officials -

PYD leader Salih Muslim asks Russia’s Lavrov to invite him to invite to Geneva meeting - Kurdpress News Aganecy


U.S. withholds millions pledged to help Syrian opposition, because the Obama administration is frustrated with the group's disarray - McClatchy

Friction between McCain, Paul underscores divide within Republican Party, banging heads this time over whether to arm Syrian rebels  - Fox News

POLL: Just a quarter of Britons back Hague on arming rebels in Syria - The Observer

Israeli Arrow II ready for Syrian missiles. US Patriots for Jordan. Moscow backs Hizballah - DEBKAfile

Russia Deploys Admiral Kuznetsov Carrier in the Mediterranean - Business Insider

Iraq says captures al Qaeda chemical gas team - Reuters

VIDEO: Iraq says al Qaeda chemical gas plot uncovered - DW.DE 

Syrian Military Source: Two Cylinders of Sarin Gas Seized after Raiding a Rebel Den in Hama - SANA


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Iran's June Presidential Election


Iran's June Presidential Election


by Stephen Lendman


It's scheduled for June 14. Eight candidates will participate. More on them below. If none achieve a 50% or more majority, a June 21 runoff will follow.


On the same day, local city and village elections will be held. Thousands of aspirants registered to participate. In 2012, parliamentary elections were held.


Washington Criticizes Syrian Self-Defense


Washington Criticizes Syrian Self-Defense


by Stephen Lendman


Seventeenth century philosopher/political theorist/jurist Hugo Grotius perhaps helped inspire international law. In 1625, his "On The Law of War and Peace" said "Most Men assign three Just Causes of War, Defense, the Recovery of what's our own, and Punishment."


Natan Blanc: Heroic Israeli Refusnik


Natan Blanc: Heroic Israeli Refusenik


by Stephen Lendman


Israel's a rogue terror state. It's been so from inception. It's history is blood-drenched. It's a global menace. 


It's current government is its worst ever. It prioritizes state terrorism. Palestinians live in the eye of the storm.


War Crimes as Policy

The CIA: Keepers of the Hit Lists

War Crimes as Policy


In February the Guardian and BBC Arabic unveiled a documentary exploring the role of retired Colonel James Steele in the recruitment, training and initial deployments of the CIA advised and funded Special Police Commandos in Iraq.

The documentary tells how the Commandos tortured and murdered tens of thousands of Iraqi men and boys.  But the Commandos were only one of America’s many weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.   Along with US military forces – which murdered indiscriminately – and various CIA funded death squads – which murdered selectively – and the CIA’s rampaging palace guard – the 5,000 man strong Iraq Special Operations Forces – the Commandos were part of a genocidal campaign that killed about 10% of the Sunni Arabs of Iraq by 2008, and drove about half of all Sunnis from their homes.

Hundreds of Them Living in a Single File Cabinet

 This one takes a look at the offshore tax shelters which corporations use to avoid hundreds of billions of dollars of tax liability, thereby leaving... you and me... to carry the load, while our country sinks deeper into debt.

State Department Terrorism Report: Upping the Stakes for War


State Department Terrorism Report: Upping the Stakes for War


by Stephen Lendman


According to Washington, terrorism is what they do, not us. Defending independent sovereignty is called terrorism. So are legitimate responses to Western/Israeli-sponsored attacks.


Incidents manufactured out of whole cloth are called terrorism. In October 2011, Iran was falsely charged with plotting to kill Saudi Arabia's US ambassador (Adel al-Jubeir). 

Murder, Inc: Official US Policy


Murder, Inc: Official US Policy


by Stephen Lendman


America does it wholesale and retail. Obama's wars increase body counts. They mount daily. Special forces death squads in over 120 countries add their own. 


So do covert CIA agents. They're licensed to kill. They do it globally.  FBI assassins operate domestically. Doing so belies their "Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity" motto. 


Syria News June 1



Russia to sell at least 10 MiG fighters to Syria - Yahoo! News

Moscow threatens to speed missiles to Syria but also offers to delay - Reuters

Russia unlikely to send S-300 missiles to Syria before autumn: Interfax - reuters

Syria's new anti-aircraft missiles will be game-changing, say defense analysts - The Guardian

U.S. and Germany warn Russia against sending missiles to Syria  - NY Daily News

The Washington Post publish a request from a Syrian army general to a Russian arms supplier with a detail list of weapons - Washington Post

US officials: Iran may be on invite list for Syria conference - Washington Times

NATO Secretary General rejects western military role in Syria - CBS News

POLL: Americans Oppose U.S. Military Involvement in Syria - Gallup

VIDEO: The Gallup President  on the Syria poll- YouTube

EU to relax banking sanctions to help Syrian rebels - Reuters

Conflict with Syrian Could Win Ankara a Saudi Order for Altay Main Battle Tanks - Defense Update


Syria opposition says reinforcements reach Qusair, a Qatari-backed armed group close to the Muslim Brotherhood, entered the besieged town - AFP

Hezbollah's involvement in Syria draws retaliation by Syrian rebels against Lebanese - Fox News

Hezbollah urges Hamas members and officials to ‘leave Lebanon immediately’, decision comes as response to Hamas’ role against Assad - Middle East Online

Iran cuts Hamas funding over Syria - Telegraph

Syria: Hezbollah versus Hamas - SyriaNews

Hamas chief Mashaal: Assad Refused Political Solution - Israel National News

Balance of power in Syria war shifting in Assad’s favor as troops move steadily against rebels - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Syrian rebel fighter says his side is losing out to Assad and Hezbollah in the battle for the critical city of Qusayr - Blogs

Insight: Saudi edges Qatar to control Syrian rebel support - Reuters

Kuwaiti Charities Funding Militant Groups (VIDEO) -

Captive journalist: Syrian guerillas are ‘simple country folk with no clear ideology’ - Interviews - Panorama | Armenian news

Jihadists in Syria wage a propaganda war – against each other - The Observers

Syria has become the theatre for international jihad - Telegraph


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TSA milks scanner story, scanners still in airports, our rights still violated, by Lisa Simeone


Of course the TSA is getting PR mileage out of its recent (forced) decision on the strip-search scanners, and the credulous media are only too happy to play along.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Concerns that New FBI Director Is Being Selected to Preserve "'War on Terror' Mentality"

Today (Friday May 31) the Institute for Public Accuracy, 980 National Press Building, Washington, D.C., (202) 247-0020 * put out the following press release, based on my comments and questions for  James Comey, reported to be Obama's nominee to replace Robert Mueller as head of the FBI.


Watch this TSA grope and tell me it has anything to do with security, by Amy Alkon

This story has been all over the news recently. (Ashley Jessica’s heart is in the right place, even if her use of anatomical nomenclature isn’t. I’m putting that out there right at the top to head off the inevitable criticism. -Editor)

Read the rest at TSA News.

Israel Threatens Syria


Israel Threatens Syria


by Stephen Lendman


Self-defense is inviolable. It's a fundamental right. International law affirms it. On May 29, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington supports Israel's right to defend itself. 


Israeli-style defense is offense. It hasn't been attacked in 40 years. It faces no regional threats now except ones it invents. It prioritizes violence, conflict and instability. 


CIA Global Renditions


CIA Global Renditions


by Stephen Lendman


Extraordinary renditions include arbitrary abductions and extrajudicial transfers from one country to another. Targeted individuals are called terrorists. 


Corroborating evidence isn't needed. What Washington says goes. Rogue hegemons operate that way. 


Syria News May 31



Syria's Assad 'confident in victory' in civil war, says Russia has fulfilled some of its weapons contracts but he is vague on S-300 air defense systems - AP

VIDEO (English): Bashar Al-Assad full interview with the Lebanese al-Manar TV channel - Friends of Syria

Transcript of the full interview given by President al-Assad to Lebanese Al-Manar TV- SANA

Doubts Cast Over Reported S-300 Deliveries to Syria - Voice of Russia 

No Russian air defense missiles in Syrian hands, say US officials - Fox News

Israel says wants to avoid escalation with Syria - AFP

Israel could defeat advanced missiles in Syria, but with risks - Reuters

Assad begins to gain upper hand in Syrian civil war -

VIDEO: Qusayr battle swings in Assad's favour - YouTube

Report: Syrian forces kill American, British citizen fighting with the rebels -

‘Alawite State’ in Syria Not in the Cards - Al-Monitor


Syrian opposition to boycott Geneva talks, says it will not take part in planned summit until siege of Qusayr ends - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: SNC's George Sabra announces boycott of Geneva talks - YouTube

Syrian opposition admits liberals to anti-Assad coalition under pressure to broaden its Islamist-dominated leadership - Yahoo! News

Russian, U.S. and U.N. officials to meet on June 5, to discuss ways to bring the warring sides in Syria together for a peace conference - Yahoo! News

Ban: No accord on Syria talks participants, timing - AFP

Russia Angry Over US Talk About Syria No-Fly Zone - ABC News


Report: Turkish Police foil al-Nusra bomb attack planned for Adana, two kilograms of sarin gas allegedly found in the homes of suspects detained - todayszaman

VIDEO: Report: Al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra Caught Allegedly with Sarin Gas inside Turkey - YouTube

UN adds al-Nusra to UN sanctions blacklist -

McCain responds to accusations claiming that the Syrian rebels he was photographed with were involved in kidnapping Lebanese Shiite pilgrims -

VIDEO: FSA Merges with Jabhat al-Nusra in Aleppo -

VIDEO: FSA Head General Idriss Defends Nusra Front Terrorists in Syria - YouTube

Al Qaeda training facility opens in Syria - Washington Free Beacon

VIDEO: Al Qaeda Trains Children in Syria - YouTube


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Forget droning on about changed policies: President Obama will have to Prove He’s a Changed Man

By Dave Lindorff

Some on the left are writing hopefully these days that perhaps President Obama has finally realized he needs to back off on his warlike posture on drones and the War on Terror. They are seeing his talk about scaling back the use of drone killing machines and of reconsidering or “investigating” recent Justice Department attacks on the press and its use of leaks by government whistle-blowers, as a sign that he is perhaps regaining his constitutional senses and perhaps even “moving” to the left to rebuild support he has been losing in droves.

Bilderberg June 6 - 9 Conference


Bilderberg June 6 - 9 Conference


by Stephen Lendman


Its four-day meeting occurs annually. It's a rite of spring. British political economist Will Hutton calls the group the "high priests of globalization." Powerful movers and shakers have their own agenda. 


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