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The official storyline on the Boston Marathon bombing paints a picture of Tamerlan Tsarnaeva being "radicalized". 

 

The official storyline also ignores the fact that neither Tamerlan's all black backpack nor his brother Dzhokar's mostly white backpack resemble the blown up backpack which was black with a white rectangle on the top (probably a logo).  The official storyline also refuses to ask or answer any questions whatsoever about the presence of at least 7 individuals near the bombing site dressed as Craft International mercenaries.  At least two of these individuals are wearing black backpacks and at least one of these black backpacks has a white rectangle on the top similar to the one on the backpack that held one of the bombs.  This has all been documented by independent journalist David Lindorff at ThisCantBeHappening.net

http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/1718

Communications Giants in Good Hands with Tom Wheeler

 

Communications Giants in Good Hands with Tom Wheeler

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama's expected to pick Tom Wheeler as new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman. More on him below.

 

Tiptoeing Toward War on Syria

 

Tiptoeing Toward War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Events in Syria resemble the run-up to Obama's Libya war. Victims are called aggressors. Pretexts are created for intervention. 

 

Syria News May 2

 

 

Obama hasn’t made decision on arming Syrian rebels, W.H. says - WashingtonExaminer.com

Obama raised the bar for military intervention saying the international community must first agree that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime - WSJ.com

DOD Spokesman: The Pentagon remains "fully cognizant" of the threat posed by Islamic extremist groups inside Syria - TheHill on Facebook

FSA Chief Idriss frustrated by Obama’s caution, says to have enough information to answer questions of how, where and when chemical weapons were deployed - The Washington Post

Text of the Idriss letter to Obama - scribd.com

Too risky to fund Syrian rebels, Canada says - Money Jihad | Combating terrorist financing

VIDEO: FSA chief Salim Idriss Take A Trip To Syria - Brown Moses Blog

UN diplomats: UN-Arab League envoy to Syria wants to resign because peace efforts have failed - The Washington Post

Russian Navy ships ready to evacuate Russians from Syria - Russia & India Report

Russian plane wasn’t targeted in Syrian airspace – state news agency - RT News

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Assad showing renewed confidence makes a public appearance, number of defections has gone significantly down in recent months - Huffington Post

Free Syrian Army has fallen prey to gangsters and fanatics, BBC journalist talks to rebels who deserted FSA in outrage at the atrocities against ordinary people - Spectator

Kidnapped Syrian bishop in need of medicine - Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Syria's other war: Intra-rebel skirmishes - NOW

Syrian guerillas are ‘simple country folk with no clear ideology’ - captive journalist to RT - RT News

Syrian air strike against the Ahrar al-Sham brigade headquaters on Turkish border kills five - activists - The West Australian

As Fighting Rages in Damascus, Kurds Flee Their Neighborhoods - Rudaw

Syria’s Opposition Hopes to Win the War by Selling Oil - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Eye EU Oil Trade - YouTube

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The growing power of Islamist fighters in southern Syria is causing alarm in neighboring Jordan - Reuters

Syria opposition denounces Hezbollah “threats”, warns against any intervention by the movement or by Iran  - NOW

Lebanese Sheikh Assir Returns from Qusayr, Says Had 'the Honor of Firing on the Criminals' - Naharnet

VIDEO: Lebanese Sheikh al-Assir filmed fighting in Syria - LiveLeak.com

Director of Syrian Refugees Office in Tripoli Says Escaped Assassination Attempt - Naharnet

Syrian war displaces 235,000 Palestinians says UN Agency, Lebanon is a major destination - digitaljournal.com

VIDEO: Syrian rebels burn Palestinian flag in Aleppo - YouTube

 

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Talk Nation Radio: Here Comes Corporate Nationhood

And you thought corporate personhood was bad enough!  Lacey Kohlmoos, Senior Field Organizer, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, tells us that the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) will create corporate nationhood by empowering corporations to sue and overrule real nations, as well as incentivizing the offshoring of jobs, hurting food safety, damaging environmental protections, enriching drug companies at the expense of human health, banning some generic drugs, further deregulating banks, forbidding the breaking up of too-big-to-fail financial firms, and creating SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) despite its failure in Congress as a result of strong public opposition.

Total run time: 29:00

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Music by Duke Ellington.

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TSA’s John Pistole shovels the sh*t yet again

 

If you’re of a literary bent, you may already know the following statement. It was famously said by writer Mary McCarthy of fellow writer Lillian Hellman:

“Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.”

Read the rest at TSA News.

Institutionalized Spying on Americans

 

Institutionalized Spying on Americans

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Big Brother no longer is fiction. It hasn't been for some time. It's official US policy. According to ACLU's Technology and Liberty Program director Barry Steinhardt:

 

What's Ahead for Syria?

 

What's Ahead for Syria?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Syria's being systematically destroyed. Washington planned doing so years ago. Sovereign independence isn't tolerated. It's longstanding US policy. 

 

Numerous states learned the hard way. Syria is America's latest victim. It's falsely blamed for Washington's war. The pattern by now is familiar. 

 

Syria News May 1

 

 

Obama signals won't rush to act against Syria over chemical arms, "We don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them" - Reuters

VIDEO: On Syrian chemical weapons, we need "the facts," Obama says - CBS News Video

POLL: American Public Opposes Action in Syria and North Korea - NYTimes.com

Syrian UN envoy says chemical weapons can’t be tolerated, demands probe of alleged Aleppo attack - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Syrian UN envoy Bashar Ja'afari on the situation in Syria - LiveLeak.com  

Iran says use of chemical arms by anyone in Syria is "red line" - Yahoo! News

No agreement yet on chemical weapons probe in Syria: UN - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Syria: The horrific chemical weapons attack that probably wasn’t a chemical weapons attack (VIDEO) - globalpost.com

VIDEO: Aftermath of the Sheikh Maqsoud alleged chemical attack - globalpost.com

New accusation on chemical weapons in Syria underscores Obama’s line that we don’t know much, dueling reports surfaced of a new chemical attack in a town near the Turkish border - MiamiHerald.com

Turkey hospital official: There is no indication that chemical weapons were used in the border town - Al Jazeera Blogs

Gen. Dempsey: US military action, no-fly zone might not solve Syrian conflict - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

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Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah Hints at Possible Syria Intervention - ABC News

VIDEO: Lebanon Hezbollah leader Nasrallah hints at possible Syria intervention - YouTube

Lebanon's Hezbollah faithful ready to die in Syria - FRANCE 24

Lebanon condemns deadly bombings in Damascus - PressTV

FSA may soon launch counterattack on Hezbollah, says Jordanian ex-army official - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page

VIDEO: Interview With Lebanese Fighters of Hezbollah On The Borders | Syria War - YouTube

VIDEO: Formation of Ahmad al-Assir brigade after the Lebanese salafi sheikh recently called for jihad in Syria - YouTube

Israeli reserves called up for Syrian, Lebanese borders. Military drill starts Sunday - DEBKAFILE

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Deadly blast rocks central Damascus (VIDEO) - AFP

Russia Bans Commercial Flights Over Syria To Avoid To Be Targeted By Rebels - RIA Novosti

Kidnapped Syrian Bishops in “Good Health”, According to Turkish President Abdullah Gul who allegedly spoke on the phone with one of them - Persecution News

Religious leaders push for kidnapped bishops’ release - The Washington Post

Battle over army helicopter base in northern Syria kills 15 rebels, activists say - Fox News

European outlets report journalists missing in Syria - Committee to Protect Journalists

The Syrian Electronic Army Talk About Hacking the Guardian and Their Obama Bomb Hoax - VICE United States

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Syrian Rebels Accused Of Terrorizing Population As Kidnappings, Torture Are Rampant - Huffington Post

VIDEO: Salafi extremists torture Alawi civilian.... He was found beheaded - YouTube

Syrians deserting the FSA: Faust wants his soul back - openDemocracy

Albanian Islamists Join Syrian War - Al-Monitor

 

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Two degrees of Separation: Tsarnaev Brothers had a CIA Connection

 

By Dave Lindorff


Let’s do a little exercise. Forget nationalities and identities for a moment.


Another woman detained by TSA over false positive

 

I suppose we can say it till we’re blue in the face and it still won’t make a dent.

The so-called explosives trace detection machines, like the strip-search scanners, alarm on false positives all the time. All the time.

Simpson-Bowles 2.0

 

Simpson-Bowles 2.0

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Both men represent the nation's ruling class. They want more wealth transferred from ordinary people to corporate America and privileged elites like themselves. They're back with plan B. More on that below.

 

Syria: Upping the Stakes

 

Syria: Upping the Stakes

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Things appear heading closer toward full-scale US intervention. The fullness of time will have final say.

 

On April 28, The New York Times headlined "Lawmakers Call for Stronger US Action in Syria," saying:

Syria News Apr 30

 

 

Obama calls Putin, tells him concerned over Syria chemical arms - AFP

White House Says "Much More" Work Needed to Verify Syria Chemical Use - Bloomberg

Hagel: "Wait to get the facts" before acting on Syria - CBS News

Republicans urge Obama to enforce Syria 'red line,' oppose deploying troops - Fox News

France FM says Syria's use of chemical arms "uncertain" - China.org.cn

Syria chemical weapons: British MPs demand evidence of sarin use by Assad - Telegraph

Israel takes pressure off Obama to act on 'red line' for Syria - The Hill's Global Affairs

Strike on Syria chem weapons `very complex’: Israel envoy - zeenews

Lavrov: Political intrigue hampers honest investigation of WMD use in Syria, The Syrian government denied entry to a UN team of investigators saying that it must include Russian specialists to ensure that it is unbiased - RT 

Defected Syrian general claims he was ordered to use chemical weapons, questions raised as to the veracity of the his claims - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Syria access essential for credible chemical weapons inquiry - U.N - Reuters

Syria poses challenges for chemical weapons inspectors, expert says - AFP

Expert: Doubt cast Syrian chemical attack (VIDEO) - 3 News

Why Would Syria Use Chemical Weapons? Why attempt a very limited attack resulting in no obvious military advantage? - Sky News

VIDEO: Links Between Alleged Chemical Attacks In Saraqeb, Idlib, and Sheikh Maghsoud, Aleppo - Brown Moses Blog

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White House Eyes Risks From Assad's Air Defenses, Damascus has a world class air-defense system with Russian technicians providing technical assistance (VIDEO) - WSJ

U.S. Analysis of Syria's Russian-Made Air Defenses - WSJ

Pentagon steps up planning for potential military intervention in Syria - CNN.com Blogs

Britain 'less eager' to arm Syrian rebels following intel on Al-Qaida links - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Syria's neighbours cautious about U.S.-led intervention - Reuters

Syrian troops recapture villages near strategic city of Qusayr - McClatchy

Assad's Army, Militias Go On the Offensive - Israel National News

Lebanese in Syria border towns defending themselves: Ambassador to Lebanon Ali - THE DAILY STAR

Russia denies urging Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria - THE DAILY STAR

Russia and Japan Stress on Dialogue for Finding Political Solution to Crisis in Syria - SANA, Syria

Examining Qatar's Arab Spring Largesse - VOA

Guardian Twitter accounts hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army - Naked Security

The Syrian Electronic Army: Bashar al-Assad's shadow warriors - The Guardian

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Syrian prime minister survives assassination attempt, several killed state media says - Fox News

VIDEO: Blast Misses Syrian PM al-Halqi, Next to a School in Mazzeh Area of Damascus - LiveLeak.com

Missiles fired at Russian plane with 200 passengers onboard flying over Syria – reports (VIDEO) - RT News

Syrian rebel groups are now fronted mainly by Islamic radicals, Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of - The Boston Globe

Oil Wars in Syria—Nusra's Expanding Reach—Syrian Taliban - Syria Comment

Conversations with the FSA General - Foreign Policy

Sheikh Assir Declares Arrival of His Mujahideen in Syria - Al Akhbar English

Kurds Say Orthodox Syrian Bishops Kidnapped by Islamist Feteh El-Hesun Group, trying to rescue them ~ HellasFrappe

Graphic: Rebels behead a group from Nubbol and AlZahraa, the villages have been under siege for the last 10 months now by the rebels (PHOTO) - SyriaNews

 

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The Revolution That's Not Being Televised

Hundreds gathered in Dallas to reject the Bush Lie Bury, and three went to jail.  I flew from Dallas to Syracuse, where hundreds protested Obama's drone-murder program, and 32 went to jail and are still there (and will stay until trial unless bail can be raised) -- some of them risk major jail time because they violated a protective order that the commander of a U.S. military base gained to protect himself from nonviolent peace activists.  Another drone protester in Missouri, Brian Terrell, is just finishing a six-month sentence.  Climate activist Tim DeChristopher just got out.  The people locked in Guantanamo are refusing to eat, and groups around the world are making plans to fast with them.  The people of Vieques are rallying on May 1st to demand that the U.S. military truly depart their island.  Big plans are being made to rally for Bradley Manning on June 1st.  This week I'm heading to the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee's meeting in North Carolina, after which -- just over in Tennessee -- three courageous activists go on trial, facing major time in prison, for having entered and protested a nuclear weapons facility.

The revolution will not be televised.

Oak Ridge, Tenn., was created during World War II as a secret city (actually two, it was segregated by race) for producing nuclear weapons.  Nuclear weapons have a history that marches hand-in-hand with U.S. human experimentation programs.  I just had a chance to read Susan Griffin's A Chorus of Stones, and she recounts a nuclear test in 1957, when the U.S. government was still marching Marines to various distances from nuclear explosions in Nevada to find out what would become of them.  Marines with their eyes closed saw the bones in their hands.  They died of leukemia years later, but not before speaking about what else they saw: 10 or 12 people in a stockade formed by chain link fence and barbed wire, their faces and hands deformed, their hair falling out, their skin peeling off. Or this: men on the ground in agony, the smell of burning flesh, blood running from mouth, ears, and nose, a man trying to tear away wires that had been attached to his head. 

In the late 1960s, Oak Ridge Associated Universities did radiation experiments on cancer patients, children of military personnel.  NASA provided the funding, wanting to know how much radiation would produce nausea, in preparation for sending astronauts to the moon.  And, boy, having sent astronauts to the moon has sure allowed us to take care of poverty and illness and environmental destruction.  I don't know how we'd survive at all if we hadn't killed those children to send astronauts to the moon.

On July 28, 2012, Michael R. Walli (63), Megan Rice (82), and Greg Boertje-Obed (57) entered the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge undetected.  You can't walk down the street without being filmed, but these three senior citizens were able to walk at night right up to a nuclear weapons facility.  They hung up banners that read "Transform Now Plowshares" and "Swords into Plowshares Spears into Pruning Hooks–Isaiah."  They strung up red crime tape.  They hammered on the cornerstone of the newly built Highly-Enriched Uranium Manufacturing Facility (HEUMF), splashed human blood and left four spray-painted tags on the recent construction which read: "Woe to the empire of blood," "The fruit of justice is peace," "Work for peace not for war," and "Plowshares please Isaiah."  When finally confronted by guards, they offered the guards bread and roses.  They sang while forced to kneel for a long period of time.

"We come to the Y-12 facility because our very humanity rejects the designs of nuclearism, empire and war," the activists said in a statement.  "Our faith in love and nonviolence encourages us to believe that our activity here is necessary; that we come to invite transformation, undo the past and present work of Y-12; disarm and end any further efforts to increase the Y-12 capacity for an economy and social structure based upon war-making and empire-building."

Vigils and other events are planned in Knoxville as the trial begins.

While the revolution is not televised, there is a calendar of events: http://warisacrime.org/content/upcoming-events

US False Flag Pretext for War on Syria

 

US False Flag Pretext for War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama abhors peace. He prioritizes war. His appetite exceeds his predecessors and then some. It's insatiable.

 

He's currently waging multiple direct and proxy wars. He plans more in Africa. He destroyed Libya. He's ravaging Syria. 

 

Israel's War on Fishing Rights

 

srael's War on Fishing Rights

 

Israel wages war on humanity. It persecutes Palestinians many ways. It does so with impunity.

 

Collective punishment is prohibited. Fourth Geneva's Article 33 states: 

 

"No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited." 

America's Addiction: Waging War on Humanity

 

America's Addiction: Waging War on Humanity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America's business is war. Permanent wars reflect official US policy. They're glorified in the name of peace. 

 

One nation after another is ravaged. Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel called it being "cold-blooded about the self-interests of your nation."

 

Obamacare: Unaffordable Coverage

 

Obamacare: Unaffordable Coverage

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) co-founders Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein examined evidence on "skimpy health insurance among low-income, insured Americans."

 

A PNHP press release said:

Syria News Apr 28

 

Russian envoy warns on chemical arms 'pretext' for intervention in Syria, “We must know the truth and have proof"  - Alarabiya.net 

Chemical inspection stalled: UN team can’t be trusted ‘politically’ without Russian experts – Syrian information minister - RT News

Syria: Chemical weapons used by rebels came from Turkey - The Times of Israel

Syria: Terrorists used projectiles filled with chemicals in Damascus - SyriaNews

Syrian sarin claims undermined by eyewitness account - The Observer

Netanyahu orders ministers to keep mum on Syria - The Times of Israel

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Report: Six Hizbullah Fighters Killed in Qusayr Battles - Naharnet

Syria: National Defense Forces at Forefront of Qusayr Fighting - Al Akhbar English

VIDEO: Rebel leader Captain Basil in Al-Qusayr badly wounded by SAA - LiveLeak.com

Lebanese family releases eight Alawite Syrians - Alarabiya.net

Iran 'directly involved' in recruiting Iraqis to fight in Syria: officials - Al-Shorfa

Syria Rebels Say Plane from Iraq Bombed Eastern City - NYTimes.com

Iraq PM points to Syria over deadly 'sectarian' unrest - .hurriyetdailynews

VIDEO: Iraqi Abalfazl Al-Abbas Brigade protecting the Shiite Zaynab Shrine in Damascus - LiveLeak.com

Jordanian journalist: Putin said will not give up on Assad even if the battle reaches the streets of Moscow - allvoices.com

Lavrov says Patriot deployment in Turkey could be directed at Iran - sundayszaman.com

Qatar 'playing with fire' as it funds Syrian Islamists in quest for global influence - Telegraph

Fire Kills 4 Brothers at Camp for Syria Refugees - NYTimes.com

VIDEO: More Details Of Air-To-Air Missiles Used By Rebels As Surface-To-Surface Missiles - Brown Moses Blog

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Pan-Muslim body urges release of captive Syria bishops - NOW

European Union Calls For Immediate Release Of Abducted Syrian Bishops - rttnews.com

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

 

Palestinian Prisoner Diaries

 

Palestinian Prisoner Diaries

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's gulag is one of the world's worst. Palestinian political prisoners fill it. Their crime is wanting to live free from occupation. It's longstanding. It's ruthless. It's illegal.

 

Heading towards a police state: Destroying Ourselves

 

By Dan DeWalt


Has the "land of the free and home of the brave" decided to roll over in fear and concede defeat to terrorism?


Creating a Pretext for War on Syria

 

Creating a Pretext for War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

What's ongoing now bears eerie resemblance to events preceding Bush's Iraq war. Obama's replicating a familiar scenario. 

 

Waging war requires a pretext to do so. When none exists, it's invented. It's easy. Lies substitute for truth. Claims about Syria using chemical weapons don't wash. Repetition gets people to believe them. We've seen it all before.

Fukushima's Catastrophic Aftermath Continues

 

Fukushima's Catastrophic Aftermath Continues

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In her book titled "No Immediate Danger: Prognosis for a Radioactive Earth," nuclear power/environmental health expert Rosalie Bertell (1929 - 2012) said:

 

Syria News Apr 27

 

Obama vows to probe Syria chemical arms claims, "These are preliminary assessments, they're based on our intelligence gathering" - NOW

Investigators collecting Syria chemical weapons evidence, UN says - NOW

UN Chief Urges Syrian Access for UN Chemical Team - ABC News

Syrian Officials Deny Use Of Chemical Weapons - NPR

Damascus claims Al-Qaeda used chemical rocket in Aleppo attack - RT News

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons: Evidence of Syria chemical weapons use not up to U.N. standard - Reuters

U.S. Lawmakers Cautious on Syria - WSJ.com

EU: Lack of definitive evidence on chemical weapons in Syria - ANSAMed.it

Cameron: Evidence of Syria chemical weapons use serious - NOW

Israel urges U.S. action over Syrian chemical weapons - Yahoo! News

VIDEOS: Aftermath of Possible Chemical Attack in Syria - NYTimes.com

VIDEO: U.S. Seeks Definite Evidence on Syria, Carney Says - Bloomberg

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Troops backed by militia battle rebels around Damascus - FRANCE 24

They may be fighting for Syria, not Assad: The regime’s army is in no mood to surrender, may also be winning - The Independent

Syria: Rebels and Kurds clash in Aleppo - GlobalPost

FSA chief: After Qusayr, Hezbollah fighters reach Idlib and Aleppo - Alarabiya.net English 

Hezbollah Prepares for Attacks by Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Iran Told Hezbollah to Join Syrian War, Says Ex-Leader - Bloomberg

Does the Free Syrian Army have no room for non-Islamists?

German Officials Fear Return of Islamist Fighters in Syria - SPIEGEL ONLINE

U.S. Wary As Qatar Ramps Up Support Of Syrian Rebels : NPR

VIDEO:  Al-Otaybah Damascus Countryside Under Syrian Army Control - LiveLeak.coml

VIDEO: Video Footage Of Air-To-Air Missiles Being Used As Surface-To-Surface Missiles In Syria - Brown Moses Blog

VIDEO: Interview with Tunisian Jihadists in Syria: We Were Lied to by the Mainstream Media - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Syrian Electronic Army Hacks CBS, Associated Press, Arab League and human rights websites - LiveLeak.com

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Who Kidnapped the Two Bishops? Reports stating that a Chechen group named the "Nourdine Zrcelli Brigade" was responsible - moqawama.org

No sign of Orthodox bishops' release, fears of political blackmail grow - Asia News

 

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FBI Responsibility for US Terror Plots

 

FBI Responsibility for US Terror Plots

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Boston's marathon bombings leave disturbing questions unanswered. Official accounts lack credibility. Mounting evidence suggests FBI responsibility. It doesn't surprise.

 

Torture Remains Official US Policy

 

Torture Remains Official US Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

International law is clear and unequivocal. Torture is illegal at all times, under all circumstances with no allowed exceptions.

 

It violates constitutional protections. They include the 8th Amendment's guarantee against "cruel and unusual punishments."

 

Libyan Door to Syrian Door to Iran

"Our intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin."

I do assess with varying degrees of horror (some of the varying degrees rather high even) that a lot of people are going to die.  And how dare they die from chemical weapons when they should be dying from hellfire missiles and cluster bombs and napalm and depleted uranium and white phosphorous.  We have a responsibility to protect these people from dying of the wrong type of weapon and in too small numbers.

I'm in Dallas protesting the rehabilitation of our last criminal president because of the precedents he set for our current criminal president.  So, precedents are on my mind.  One precedent for an illegal humanitarian NATO war on Syria is, of course, the illegal humanitarian war on Libya two years ago.  And the pair of precedents (Libya and Syria) will put the target of the neocon/neoliberal cooperative war project squarely on Iran.

Syria will suffer, of course.  There will be no more an example of a humanitarian war that actually benefitted humanity after Syria than before.  The precedent will not be one of having accomplished something, but of having gotten away with something.

For some truly illuminating background on what was done to Libya, and some relevant discussion of what awaits Syria (if we don't prevent it), I recommend Francis Boyle's new book, Destroying Libya and World Order. 

Boyle served as a lawyer for the government of Libya repeatedly, over a period of decades, more than once successfully preventing a military assault by the United States and the United Kingdom.  Boyle details the aggression toward Libya of the Reagan administration: the lies and false accusations, the sanctions, the provocations, the assassination attempts, the infiltration, the blatant disregard for international law.

Boyle's history brings us up to and through the 2011 assault, and traces its precedents to a very similar war over a decade earlier in Bosnia.  Boyle finds the unconstitutional and illegal assault on Libya a clear impeachable offense for President Obama.  And why would we think otherwise?  Only because we let Clinton and Bush get away with everything they got away with.  It would seem unfair now to impeach Obama for a crime his predecessors committed as well.

But past, as well as current, presidents can be impeached, censured, prosecuted, and/or publicly shamed.  Five of them came to Dallas today; there shouldn't be any trouble finding them.  And the criminal attack on Libya can be treated as the crime it was.  The excuse of protection was used to quite openly pursue the overthrow of a nation's government, bombing large numbers of civilians in the process, while arming brutal thugs and creating predictable blowback in neighboring nations as well.

In contrast, in Bahrain, nonviolent pro-democracy activists are left to their own devices as a U.S.-backed dictatorship jails, tortures, and murders them.

In Syria, the United States has worked against peace and for violence.  That violence is not a justification for further and heightened violence.  And every member of an intelligence "community" that announces that Syria might possibly have used a chemical weapon should be doing community service for the people of Fallujah and Basra and Baghdad, not prodding the world's only stupor power into another genocide.

 

Syria News Apr 26

 

U.S. intelligence believes Syria’s Assad used chemical weapons ‘on a small scale’, White House calls for “comprehensive United Nations investigation" - The Washington Post

White House: We don’t know if Syria red line has been crossed - The Cable

White House Letter on Syria Sent to Congress - NYTimes.com

U.N. to investigate claims of the use of chemical weapons in Syria - UPI.com

Blood samples of dead Syrians to be tested in Jordan for chemical weapons - The National

Strategically, why would Syria have used chemical weapons on a 'small scale'? - FP Passport

Qatari prime minister: Bashar used chemical weapons - FP Passport

AUDIO: Former head of the UK army's chemical weapons unit says US right to be cautious about nerve agent claims - audioboo.fm

VIDEO: State Dept. says inspectors pre-deployed near Syria - NBCNews.com

At the UN US Worried by Al Nusra, Russia Says They'll Get EU Oil Money - Inner City Press

Syria seen as security risk to Europe - UPI.com

Terror attacks in Europe rise by a quarter as EU citizens fight in Syria – Europol - RT News

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Syria army shifts to "war of highways" - NOW

Syrian government's capture of town a 'big blow to the opposition,' group says - Fox News

Syria rebels launch attack in central Hama, Video shows heavy machinegun and rocket fire amid cries of "God is great" - Reuters

Syria accuses “Chechen terrorists” of bishops' abduction - NOW

Assad still has backers among Syrian refugees - The Washington Post

Syria expects more financial aid from Russia, Iran - AFP

Exiled Muslim Brotherhood plans return to Syria - The Washington Post

Syrian industrialists and merchants leave besieged Aleppo, Damascus, join exodus from country - Fox News

PHOTOS: Funeral of Driver of Kidnapped Bishops - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Major Strategic Town East of Damascus is Cleansed by SAA from Terrorists in Syria - LiveLeak.com

Syrian suspected of espionage beaten and paraded through Tripoli, Lebanon, His tormentors accused him of having links to the Syrian regime (VIDEO) - The Observers

VIDEO: Leaked Video Shows Scud Launches By The 155th Brigade In Syria - Brown Moses Blog

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

Speaking Events

March 27-April 6 Events Everywhere

 

April 4: Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next: An event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing. 6-8 p.m. at 5th and K Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C.
 

 

April 7-9: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest

 

April 22: David Swanson speaking in Burlington, Vermont

 

June 16-18: David Swanson and many others speaking at United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) annual conference in Richmond, Va.



August 2-6: Peace and Democracy Conference at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.



Find more events here.

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