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As rockets hit Homs, Wikileaks releases documents on Syrian conflict and regime

Wikileaks is releasing what it described as a massive trove of documents related to the conflict in Syria. Speaking at London’s Frontline Club, Wikileaks project analyst Sarah Harrison said the documents consist of more than two million emails from political figures, ministries and companies doing business with the Syrian government.

“The Syria files shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and the economy but they also shine a light on how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another. The range of information extends from the intimate correspondence of the Baath party figures to financial transfers sent from Syrian ministries to other nations.”

Israel Likely Killed Arafat

  Israel Likely Killed Arafat

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Credible information on Arafat's death surfaced years ago. It wasn't natural. Evidence suggests he was assassinated. Israel most likely was responsible. More on that below.

 

Unresolved Iran Nuclear Talks

  Unresolved Iran Nuclear Talks

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Multiple rounds have been held. Istanbul technical talks just concluded.

 

Breakthroughs haven't happened. How can they when Washington blocks them.

 

Facing a Government Intent on Spreading Empire, Detaining Indefinitely, Surveilling Almost Everyone

 One thing I can state for certain: no matter which party wins in November, or who is president, we will be facing a government intent on spreading empire, detaining indefinitely, surveilling almost everyone.A friend asked me recently if there's any hope for justice and accountability for the Bush era war crimes.  He had campaigned hard for Obama, with the hopes many had, that Guantánamo would close, and that the Bush regime would face charges, or at least investigation for Abu Ghraib, for lying about WMD's, or at least for detaining thousands of people with no charge.

Have a drink? The TSA wants some of that

Every time you think the TSA can’t come up with anything more stupid or abusive, they prove you wrong.

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TSA continues to harass passengers with medical conditions

As we’ve reported numerous times, the TSA, despite its claims in public and on its website, routinely harasses passengers who have medical conditions and/or who are carrying prescription medicines.

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TPP: A Trade Deal from Hell

  TPP: A Trade Deal from Hell

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama and political Washington support an alphabet soup of repressive police state laws, other freedom destroying measures, and hellish trade deals.

 

Stealth Trade Agreement Secret Negotiations

  Stealth Trade Agreement Secret Negotiations

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Two other articles address the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). They discuss what the companion article to this one calls a trade deal from hell.

 

Talk Nation Radio: Bombs Bursting in Air, Alice Slater on Nuclear Weaponry in the World Today

Host David Swanson provides his thoughts on the Fourth of July, and interviews guest Alice Slater on the state of nuclear weaponry in the United States and around the world.  Slater is New York Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a Founder of Abolition 2000, a Board Member of the Lawyers Committee for Nuclear Policy, a member of the Steering Committee of Shut Down Indian Point, and of the Energy Committee of the New York City Bar Association, a member of the Antiwar and Environmental Solidarity Working Groups at Occupy Wall Street, and on the advisory boards of the Rideau Institute and the Global Network Against Weapons in Space.  Slater provides the listener with an overview of nuclear weaponry and nuclear power.  Who has the weapons?  Where are they?  What is their legal status?  What is being done to reduce or proliferate?  Can nations acquire nuclear power without nuclear weapons?  And is the Obama administration helping or hurting?

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FSRN July 4th Special - Occupy: Building a New Movement Against Inequality

What does Independence Day mean to you? The holiday can be a time to gather with family, friends and community. But it can also be an opportunity to reassess the direction of the country, the past struggles that secured rights and freedom, the challenges to power that rose up in the face of adversity, and the inequalities that still exist.

Relegated to no-man’s land by Wendy Thomson

A San Diego man, a citizen of Somali descent, is stuck in Bahrain indefinitely.I can only imagine how terrible it must feel to not be allowed to come home, not go back to work, stuck in a foreign country, run

PRI Regains Mexican Presidency

  PRI Regains Mexican Presidency

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Like its northern neighbor, wealth and power dominate Mexican politics. Elections are notoriously tainted. Populist candidates are excluded. The late John Ross said Mexico perfected the art of electoral theft.

 

US Intelligence Says Turkish Warplane Downed in Syrian Waters

  US Intelligence Says Turkish Warplane Downed in Syrian Waters

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 29, the Wall Street Journal headlined "Doubts Cast on Turkey's Story of Jet," saying:

 

As US seeks personal data from Google and Twitter, activists move to protect online speech

A coalition of open Internet advocates unveiled a “Declaration of Internet Freedom” this week, seeking to rally activists against censorship and privacy violations from both governments and corporations. The Declaration comes as a Manhattan Judge ordered Twitter to turn over months of personal data from an Occupy Wall Street protester, arrested during last fall's mass demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge. Both Google and Twitter released reports this month showing the US government requested more private user data than any other country in the world, and the companies largely complied.  FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has more.

(Transcript; audio available here)

Lynne Stewart Loses Appeal

  Lynne Stewart Loses Appeal

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

For 30 years, Lynne heroically defended America's poor, underprivileged, unwanted, and forgotten. Without advocates like her, they never have a chance for due process and judicial fairness.

 

Lynne championed equity and justice. She devoted her life and work to upholding principles too important to reject. 

Yitzhak Shamir's Criminal Legacy

  Yitzhak Shamir's Criminal Legacy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Shamir reflected the worst of what Joel Kovel calls "imperialist expansion and militarism (with) signs of the fascist malignancy."

 

Iran War Weekly - July 2, 2012

IranWar Weekly

July 2, 2012

Hello All – It seems now that negotiations to resolve the conflicts in/around both Iran and Syria will be put on hold until more “facts on the ground” alter the relative power of the contending forces.  Regarding Iran, the failure of the recent negotiations in Moscow indicates to many analysts that the United States has decided to see if the new round of economic sanctions against Iran and its oil will weaken Iran’s negotiating stance on its nuclear program.  And the lack of progress on Syrian issues at last week’s meeting in Geneva, along with the rejection by the Syrian armed resistance of any negotiated outcome that would not banish the Assad family from power, indicates that fighting will continue to escalate, with potential dangers for the entire region.

Palestinian Authority Police Brutalize Peaceful Protesters

  Palestinian Authority Police Brutalize Peaceful Protesters

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

President Mahoud Abbas is a longstanding Israeli collaborator. He and unelected Prime Minister Salam Fayyad serve illegitimately.

 

Failure in Geneva

  Failure in Geneva

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Morning headlines belie continued conflict on the ground. East/West divisions remain. Nothing changed but political rhetoric from Geneva.

 

After Annan's so-called peace plan, violence increased because Washington planned it that way.

Profile of Institutionalized Racism

  Profile of Institutionalized Racism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

According to Hamoked, the Center for the Defence of the Individual, Israel revoked residency rights for about 240,000 Gaza and West Bank Palestinians from 1967 to 1994. About 15,000 were aged 90 or older.

 

Probing New Depths of Inanity in the Tea Party Crowd

 

By Dave Lindorff


Let me preface this column by saying that I don’t think all conservatives and right-wingers are stupid. In fact I have some right-leaning friends of a libertarian bent who are really smart, and a lot of fun to argue with. They may have an unquestioning faith, bordering on religious zealotry, in the wonders of the “market,” but like Jesuit-trained Catholics defending the existence of God, debating that faith with them can be entertaining and even challenging.

FSRN Interview: Student movement in Mexico sparks debate ahead of Sunday’s Presidential election

Today, voters in Mexico head to the polls in a presidential election that has been shaken up in the last few weeks by student-led protests that are challenging the front-runner status of Enrique Peña Nieto. A victory for Peña Nieto, the candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, would mark a return to the executive office by the political party that dominated Mexican politics for more than 70 years. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the former mayor of Mexico City and candidate in 2006, is also running and, according to polls, is considered the second place contender.

For more, we’re joined by FSRN reporter Shannon Young. She’s been following the race and joins us from Oaxaca.

Listen to FSRN's interview here.

Obama Planning More War

  Obama Planning More War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America's favorite pastime isn't baseball. It's war, permanent imperial wars that won't end in our lifetime Dick Cheney said earlier.

 

America is addicted to war. One nation after another is ravaged and plundered. Unchallenged global dominance is sought. 

Spurious Terrorism Indictments

  Spurious Terrorism Indictments

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 19 and 20, NATO occupied Chicago violently. Downtown residents were in virtual lockdown. No-fly zones were imposed. Elaborate barricades were erected. Constitutional rights were suspended.

 

Speaking Events

David Swanson at St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, October 5, 2016.

David Swanson in Fairbanks, Alaska, October 22, 2016.

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