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TSA Blog’s disappearing act, by Susan Richart

Blogger Bob has become a magician!

TSA’s Pre-Check is a bust, by Bill Fisher

The TSA recently announced that its Pre-Check program has expanded to five additional airports, bringing the total participation locations to 40 airports.While the TSA is celebrati

Playing the North Korea Card


Playing the North Korea Card


by Stephen Lendman


For decades, North Korea's wanted normalized relations with Washington. It's been repeatedly rebuffed. Promises made were broken. America needs enemies. 


Institutionalized Barbarism


Institutionalized Barbarism: Official Israeli Policy


by Stephen Lendman


A previous article discussed Arafat Jaradat. Shin Bet interrogators killed him. They tortured him to death. Independent autopsy results proved it. 


Crashing the 2-Party System: The Way Forward is a Single-Issue Social Security Defense Party


By Dave Lindorff

The history of third parties in America is pretty dismal. The system is rigged against them, for one thing. But equally problematic is the lack of focus that leads to infighting and splits whenever a third party is created.

Syria News Apr 5



UN: Syria’s refugee tide overwhelms relief efforts: Quarter of population now in flight - Middle East Online

Red Cross: Syria Humanitarian Crisis Worsening - AP

AFP: Lebanon proposes UN refugee camps inside Syria - AFP

In Syria, some 300,000 Christian refugees also fleeing from UN camps - Asia News

Sources: Kerry asked for a tripartite US, French and British meeting attended by the head of the Syrian National Coalition Khatib and the FSA Chief Idris - Al Sharq Al Awsat

VIDEO: Refugee camps in Syria cripple under strain - YouTube


Insight: Syrian government guerrilla fighters being sent to Iran for training - Yahoo! News

No agreement yet on Syria access for U.N. chemical arms inspectors: Official - Yahoo! News

Syrian regime troops appeal for immediate aid in Al-Raqqa - English

The Raqqa Story: Rebel Structure, Planning, and Possible War Crimes - Syria Comment

Residents of Aleppo and Deir Ezzor say Al Nusra imposing its strict Islamic agenda under the cloak of providing aid to residents - Central Asia Online

Another Case Of Weapons Mis-Identification In The Media - "British AS-50s" On Al-Arabiya - Brown Moses Blog

At least 13 Tunisian girls head to Syria to offer themselves to Islamic fighters as part of sexual jihad - Mail Online

VIDEO: Turkey's Alawites support Syria's Assad - YouTube

VIDEO: FSA Child Soldier Interview - YouTube


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New Film to Screen in Bay Area: The Last War Crime

Announcing: two screenings for The Last War Crime movie on Saturday, May 25th, 2013 at The Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA. Please submit this form to reserve your tickets.

Note that a radio station has turned down advertising for this film and stated that it was doing so for political reasons.  A law suit is progressing.  Learn more and hear the unacceptable ad here.

Confessions of a guy who peeps at women getting groped by the TSA, by Amy Alkon


He didn’t want to be identified by name. He says he’s just a guy who travels who reads my site.

I saw that you care about privacy and probably want to know that this happens. I travel a lot and it is boring to just wait at the gate.

Public Banking: What Better Time Than Now


Public Banking: What Better Time Than Now


by Stephen Lendman


Money power in private hands games the system. It does so destructively. Controlling money, credit and debt for private enrichment assures speculation, booms, busts, inflation, deflation, instability, crisis, recessions and depressions.


Israeli Murder by Neglect


Israeli Murder by Neglect


by Stephen Lendman


Israel operates one of the world's most unconscionable gulags. Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners fill it.  


Fundamental human rights are denied. Torture, ill-treatment and medical neglect are commonplace. 


Syria News Apr 4



U.S., Jordan stepping up training of Syrian opposition amid concern that moderate rebel forces be overtaken by extremist Islamic fighters in southern Syria - Washington Post

Syrian rebels set their sights on strategic south, a critical gateway to attack Damascus -

Iraqi officials requested U.S. drones strikes near their border after al-Qaeda-linked jihadists ambushed a Syrian convoy in Iraq -

France undecided over EU arms embargo on Syria - Alarabiya

Kerry, Lavrov to visit Turkey for talks - todayszaman

BRICS Summit draws clear red lines on Syria, Iran - nsnbc international


Syria conflict drawing hundreds of jihadists from Europe, says report -

ICSR Insight: European Foreign Fighters in Syria - ICSR

David Ignatius: Sorting out the armed rebel forces in Syria, names and manpower figures for the insurgency - The Washington Post

Aron Lund: Commenting David Ignatius on the nature and composition of the Syrian armed opposition - Syria Comment

Syria's Muslim Brotherhood influential but mistrusted - NOW

Canadian men said to be 'travelling jihadists' -

Tunisia jails jihadist over call to join rebels in Syria -Reuters

World's most powerful rifle AS - 50 raising fears in hands of Syrian rebels - Fox News

VIDEO: World's most powerful rifle AS - 50 in hands of Syrian rebels -

Syria's ancient oasis city of Palmyra threatened in fighting - Reuters

VIDEO: Syria's ancient oasis city of Palmyra threatened in fighting - Youtube


Woman spoke to the Guardian about the arrival of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, resulting in kidnappings and the rise of the al-Nusra front -

Rape and Murder: Eyewitness Accounts from Sheik Maqsoud after AlNusra Front entered the Aleppo neighborhood -

Facebook page: Christian women being raped in Aleppo - PanARMENIAN.Net

New Fatwa permits rape of non-Sunni women in Syria -

VIDEO: Syrian sexual jihad: Tunisian women join rebels - YouTube


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Tariq Aziz: Victim of US Imperialism


Tariq Aziz: Victim of US Imperialism


by Stephen Lendman


He's ill, isolated and fading. His life hangs in the balance. Washington likely wants him dead. He blames America, Israel and Britain. They bear responsibility for destroying Iraq. More on him below.


Sai, still being harassed by the TSA


In February, we wrote about a young man named Sai who was bullied, harassed, and unlawfully detained by the TSA at Boston Logan Airport. Well, Sai is back.

And the TSA is still harassing him.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Spreads


Guantanamo Hunger Strike Spreads


by Stephen Lendman


Detainees have few ways to resist. Refusing food challenges injustice. It's now past two months. 


Media scoundrels at first ignored it. Now they say little. Capitol Hill's quiet. Pentagon officials downplay it. Russia Today reports it daily. More on that below.


Playing the Venezuelan Anti-Semitism Card


Playing the Venezuelan Anti-Semitism Card


by Stephen Lendman


Throughout his tenure, Washington officials vilified Chavez unjustifiably. So did media scoundrels.  


He was America top hemispheric enemy. Donald Rumsfeld once likened him to Hitler. Pat Robertson called for his assassination. Anti-semitism accusations surfaced often.


Talk Nation Radio: Richard Wolff on Putting Workers in Charge at Work

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Syria News Apr 2



Iraqi intelligence says Syrian and Iraqi Islamic extremist groups ramping up cooperation (VIDEO) - Fox News

Syria rebels on the ground not ready to give up power after war, say they, not educated opposition outsiders, deserve leadership in a civilian government -

A Black Flag and a Cup of Coffee in Raqqa, Islamist rebels won the battle for the city - The New Yorker

Syrian rebels said close to chemical weapons cache - The Times of Israel

VIDEO: Rebels in Syria become oppressing force themselves - RT

VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra in Deir Ezzor Will Accept Nothing but an Islamic State - YouTube

VIDEO: Nusra Front Brainwashing Syrian Children - YouTube


Syria in Danger of Replicating Christian Exodus in Iraq - 

VIDEO: Syrian Christians Getting Attacked by Hardline Wahhabi Terrorists in their Ancient Homeland - CBS

U.K. charities: Palestinians from Syria vulnerable - THE DAILY STAR

Palestinian victims of the civil war in Syria - Alkarmil

Rebels tried to intrude Armenian districts of Aleppo: Several Armenians wounded - ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency

Syria’s Kurdish Supreme Council (KSC) bans more refugees from fleeing to Iraqi Kurdistan - Rudaw

UNHCR concerned for Syrian refugees in Iraq as number of arrivals arises - UNHCR

UN food agency reports 20 Syria attacks since 2011 - The Jakarta Post


US restraint in Syria could aid Iran nuclear talks - Yahoo! News

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3 years after the release of the video Collateral Murder by Wikileaks, which did do much to focus attention on U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Bradley Manning faces life in prison for sharing it.

We will be on the phone with Kevin Gostzola, author of The Dissenter who covers Bradley Manning's case.
10pm EDT/ 7pm PDT.

Email if you want to register for the call.

Iran War Weekly - April 2, 2013

Iran War Weekly

April 2, 2013


Hello All – Following a “successful” renewal of negotiations in February, and an ambiguous round of technical talks in March, Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) are set to meet again in Kazakhstan at the end of this week.  What are the prospects for progress in resolving disputes about Iran’s nuclear program and (not incidentally) reducing the prospects for war?


Being GTMO Prisoners for a Moment

by Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait                            Saturday was the first time it felt like spring in NYC, and crowds of people filled Union Square Park watching jugglers and musicians, and just hanging out.  It was so heartbreakingly pleasant, one felt bad bearing the news to tourists that out of many things wrong in this class-divided world, we were about to challenge them to take notice of one very important thing. Ten of us put on orange jumpsuits to mark the 51st day of the potentially deadly hunger strike by men imprisoned by the U.S.

April 2013- Resistance to US Drone Warfare Month.

by Debra Sweet, World Can't Wait Director         Starting this week, World Can't Wait and many other groups begin a month of impressively diverse actions aimed at stopping U.S. drone war and surveillance. We hope all supporters will find a way during this month to join in with planned actions. Set up your own, or find one of the many ways of making visible your opposition to:

Expanding Draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Powers



Expanding Draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Powers


by Stephen Lendman


A previous article discussed CFAA. It explained the following:


It's an anti-hacking law. It's a computer trespass law. It criminalizes accessing computer systems "without authorization." 


"(E)xceeds authorized access" terminology was left undefined.

Historians Against the War Conference April 5-7, 2013

Historians Against the War April 2013 Conference's theme, “The New Faces of War”,  highlights the many ways that war-making has changed in recent decades, especially in the early 21st century. It takes place in Towson University in Baltimore, MD.

World Can't Wait will present at 9:00 am on Sunday morning: 

Indefinite Detention and War against Iran: How Are These Strands of US Foreign Policy Connected?

A National Security State in and out: history will not be kind.

Ray McGovern, ex-CIA analyst: Attack Iran? Who Dares Quibble?

H. Candace Gorman,esq.: Like Sisyphus: Defending Men in Guantanamo

Thomas A. Drake,ex-NSA executive: Perversion of Power: Perfect Storm

Debra Sweet, World Can’t Wait:Moderator

Redfern & Pradhan vs. DHS & TSA tomorrow in Boston, by Lisa Simeone

Very important case challenging the TSA's strip-search scanners and gropes coming up in Boston tomorrow. Read about it at TSA News.

Scandal Hits Cyprus


Scandal Hits Cyprus


by Stephen Lendman


Grand theft is official Cypriot policy. Bank account haircuts are authorized. Those above 100,000 euros are targeted.


Depositors may lose much more than initially thought. Minimally it's around 40% of their money. It may be double that amount or more. Potentially it's everything. 


Monsanto Protection Act


Monsanto Protection Act


by Stephen Lendman


Agribusiness giant Monsanto's the world's leading GMO seed producer. They're hazardous to human health. They should be banned. They proliferate.


GMO foods and ingredients are toxic. They're unsafe to eat. Independent studies prove it. Monsanto and other agribusiness giants want all animal and vegetable life forms patented. They want worldwide food control.

Syria News Apr 1



FSA Joint Command blasts Muslim Brotherhood for undermining the revolt and trying to dictate opposition politics - The National

Syrian oppostion leader Moaz Al Khatib on Al Arabiya: I asked for a public televized debate with Bashar Assad - YALLA SOURIYA

Domestic opposition group says granting SNC bloc's seat at the Arab League risks jeopardising opposition unity - Al Jazeera English

Any decisions taken by just one Syrian opposition group will have a "very short life", Algeria FM says - AFP

Report: Al Nusra Front Emir Killed By Regime Forces In Syria? - Weasel Zippers

Jabhat al-Nusra imposing extremist views in Syria - Al-Shorfa

Al-Nusra Has Access to Chlorine Gas: Plant Owner - Global Security Newswire

VIDEO: Butchery of 13 Civilians at Talkalakh in Homs -


Al Jazeera exclusive: UN working on secret contingency plans for Syria after the possible fall of Assad - Al Jazeera Blogs

VIDEO: UN plans for a post-Assad Syria - YouTube

Syrian Alawites kidnapped in north Lebanon, Gunmen demand release of a Sunni man held by Syrian forces - AFP

Tit-for-tat kidnappings bring Syria's war into Lebanese backyards -

Canadian Foreign Minister: We Support Iraq Stance Regarding Crisis in Syria, Share its Fears of Terrorism and Extremism - SANA

Solana: Syria War May Be Obstacle to Iran Nuclear Talks - Al-Monitor

Spy equipment discovered near Russian military base in Syria -

Sarkozy's Qatar payday: Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy will work for Qatar Investment Fund - Slate


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The Future's So Much More Fun than the Past: How to Avoid the Bummer Myth


By John Grant

“The elite always has a Plan B, while people have no escape.”
            - Ahmad Saadawi

$50 million for TSA uniforms, by Lisa Simeone


You may have already read about the $50 million set-aside for new TSA uniforms. Some people, including on Capitol Hill, are objecting to this expense a time when the nation is facing budget cuts through the sequester.

To placate lawmakers, the agency has just announced that it will not use that money on TSA uniforms, but rather on passenger uniforms.

America's War on North Korea


America's War on North Korea


by Stephen Lendman


On July 27, 1953, the Korean War ended. An uneasy armistice persists. The heavily fortified 2.5 mile Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separates North and South. Occasional incidents occur.


Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

Find Events Here.




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