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A Brief History of Iraq for Westerners

Iraq was saved from ignorant subhuman barbarism by a gentlewoman named Gertrude at the time that the civilized nations of the world were, in a quite advanced and sophisticated manner, slaughtering their young men in a project now called the First World War. 

Because the Arabs were too backward to be allowed to govern themselves, or even to contemplate creating a world war, and because tribes and ethnicities and religions never really garner much loyalty or support that can't be wiped away with a good cup of tea or a few clouds of poison gas, and because the French were too dumb to know where the oil was, it became necessary for the British to install an Iraqi leader who wasn't Iraqi, through a democratic election with one candidate running.

The great Winston Churchill explained the governance of Iraq and the new civilizing technique of bombing civilians thusly: "I am strongly in favor of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes." Others failed to see the wisdom, and the Royal Air Force used non-chemical "terror bombing, night bombing, heavy bombers, [and] delayed action bombs (particularly lethal against children)" to police disobedient Iraqis. Only by developing these techniques on Iraqis were the world's civilizers prepared to use them on Nazis when the time came to level German cities in the name of defeating Nazis, which of course also places the rest of this paper beyond the reach of moral criticism.

Iraqis, from the formation of Iraq by Gertrude to this day, were never quite able to create a democracy for the CIA to overthrow as in neighboring Iran.  But the idea that Iraqis have been violent or resistant to control because of lack of representation misses the central fact that people in the Middle East enjoy killing each other over sectarian differences.  Of course it's hard to find evidence of significant sectarian fighting in Iraq prior to 2003 and some say there wasn't any.  There was violent looting of Jewish neighborhoods in 1941, but the British government keeps all information on that event secret.  There was bombing of synagogues in Baghdad in 1950-51 but that turned out to have been done by Zionists trying to convince Jews to come to Israel.  And "until the 1970s nearly all Iraq's political organisations were secular, attracting people from all religions and none."  But what was simmering just below the surface waiting to burst out at the slightest scratching?

Think how little it took.  Supporting and arming a brutal dictator in Saddam Hussein and his catastrophic war against Iran, then bombing Iraq and imposing the most murderous sanctions in history, and then newly bombing Iraq and occupying it for 8 years while arming and training death squads and torturers and imposing sectarian segregation, creating 5 million refugees, and killing a half-million to a million-and-a-half people, while devastating the nation's infrastructure, and then imposing a puppet government loyal to one sect and one neighboring nation.  That, plus arming the new government for vicious attacks on its own people, while arming mad killers in neighboring Syria, some of whom want to combine parts of Syria and Iraq: that was all it took, and suddenly, out of nowhere, ignorant Arabs are killing each other, just out of pure irrationality, just like in Palestine.

During the 8 years of U.S.-led occupation people mistook purely irrational violence that had been bubbling under the surface for centuries for resistance to the occupiers, and now some imagine that part of the violence against the puppet government is motivated by grievances against that government. But this misses the fundamental truths here, which are:

1. Shock and Awe was meant to put people at ease and make them comfortable.

2. The plan to rid Iraq of weapons it was about to use against those of us who matter was successful beyond the wildest expectations, working retroactively by a decade.

3. Our great leaders, Bush and Cheney, meant well in giving Iraqis freedom even if they weren't ready for it.

4. The election of Maliki was even more legitimate than the election of Faisal.

5. When the Bush-Maliki treaty ended the U.S. military presence in Iraq, that was thanks to President Obama who is way smarter than Bush but couldn't get Iraq to let U.S. troops stay with immunity for crimes -- crimes of course being necessary for policing, just ask Winnie.

6. When Iraq remained a disaster, that was President Obama's fault for focusing too much on murdering people in Afghanistan and Pakistan and Yemen, and never Iraq -- as if we just don't care about Iraq any more.

7. The U.S. weapons being seized and used against the U.S. puppet government in Iraq are no match for the vast stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction that we can and must ship into Iraq now to be seized and redirected later on down the road.

8. The few people getting rich from all of this misery mean well.

Iraq News - June 18, 2014


White House: US not ready to make decision on military action in Iraq - theguardian.com


US focus shifts away from airstrikes in Iraq - AP


Conducting U.S. airstrikes in Iraq would be complicated, former military officers say - The Washington Post


POLL: Voters support Obama approach in Iraq over NeoCon Republicans - publicpolicypolling


White House sending special forces to advise the Iraqi army and provide embassy security, will not be engaged in combat - Fox News


U.S. deploys amphibious transport dock ship Mesa Verde to Persian Gulf in response to Iraq crisis - UPI.com


VIDEO: USS Mesa Verde Heads to Iraq - DoDLive


John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict - huffingtonpost.com


Pentagon: No joint military acts with Iran in Iraq - WHDH-TV


British embassy reopens in Tehran as Iraq crisis helps thaw Iran relations - theguardian.com


Iran Offers Iraq ‘Everything it Needs’ to Fight ISIS - The Daily Beast


Iraq says Saudi Arabia "siding with terrorism" - Al Akhbar English


Qatari: U.S. intervention in Iraq would be seen as war on Sunni Arabs - Enquirer Herald


Syrian war planes strike inside Iraq with the help of Iranian intelligence, sources say - Fox News


Iraq Shiite volunteers in Syria head home to fight rebels: NGO - THE DAILY STAR


Gunmen loyal to the rebel Free Syrian Army and al-Qaeda's Syrian franchise Al-Nusra Front seize Iraq-Syria border crossing - skynews.com


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Maliki stands with Sunni leaders, appealing for Iraqi unity - Reuters


Spokesman defends Maliki against claims of sectarianism (VIDEO) - CNN.com Blogs


Maliki fires 4 Iraqi Army commanders for failing 'their national duty' when confronted by ISIS - UPI.com


Sistani stresses need for unity over sectarianism in battle for Iraq - Al-Monitor


VIDEO: Interview with Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani, "calls for independent Sunni region like Kurdistan” - BBC News


Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani and Iran Discuss Iraq as Rebels Advance - Rudaw


U.N. says ISIS rebels carried out ‘cold-blooded executions’ in Iraq - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Alleged ISIS executions in Iraq - CNN


Iraq's children of war: ISIS Rebels force boys to watch execution and youngsters join regime troops (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Mail Online


40 Indians kidnapped in Iraq's Mosul, involvement of ISIS rebels suspected - The Times of India


46 Indian nurses stranded in Tikrit narrate their ordeal “in the line of fire” of ISIS - Khaleej Times


ISIS forces beaten back by Iraqi military forces and allied Shia militias in Baqubah - Threat Matrix


Allegation of Shiite sectarian killings of Sunnis near Baqubah: 44 detainees killed - Fox News


VIDEO: Gunfight to keep militants at bay in Baqubah - BBC News


Iraqi Turkmen Front takes up arms against ISIS - Worldbulletin News


Fears of sectarian killings rise in Baghdad after Sunni imam, two aides found dead - The Washington Post


Officials in Iraq say an explosion in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City district has killed 10 people - huffingtonpost.com


Iraq: Key Iraqi oil refinery shuts down as Islamists press to seize it - Kentucky.com


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The ISIS War in Iraq Has Roots Much Deeper Than Sectarian Violence | Mnar Muhawesh Interview

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

Joining Dennis on the show today to make sense of all this is Mnar Muhawesh. She is the founder, CEO and editor in chief of Mint Press News, and also a regular speaker on responsible journalism, sexism, neoconservativism within the media and journalism start-ups.

Episode breakdown|

24 Years of US War on Iraq - No Bombing Now!

by Debra Sweet      Within days or hours, the U.S. may be bombing Iraq again.  John Kerry predicts drone strikes on Iraq. Democracy Now says today, "The U.S.S. George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier has recently arrived in the Persian Gulf. The carrier is accompanied by the U.S.S. Philippine Sea guided-missile cruiser and the U.S.S. Truxtun guided-missile destroyer, both of which carry Tomahawk missiles that can reach Iraq."  It's time to be in the streets in protest, demanding NO further war on Iraq.

Pakistan court orders case against CIA drone attacks

A Pakistani High Court ordered Pakistani police to lodge a complaint against former CIA station chief Jonathan Banks on Thursday, for the killing of civilians in U.S. drone strikes along the country's northwestern border with Afghanistan.Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court made the order in a case filed by Karim Khan, a North Waziristan resident and an anti-drone activist whose son and brother were both killed in a drone strike in 2009.

Still, the Grim Farce that is Guantanamo

by Debra Sweet         Guantanamo attorney Ramzi Kassem, in his op-ed in Saturday's New York TimesA View from Gitmo, said, “Guantánamo remains at its core a lawless place.”  The torture camp was set in Cuba in 2002 to avoid U.S. and international law, but mostly to provide a place where the Bush regime could make it known, “here, we can do anything we choose to you.”  

Racism: Alive and Well In the U.S. and Israel

            The media is reporting that three teenagers living in illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine are missing, and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated, on evidence he has not chosen to share, that they have been kidnapped by Hamas. In response, he has unleashed a new level of terrorism against Palestinians living in the West Bank, with mass arrests and a new level of harassment that is shocking even for his IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) terrorists.

            At this point the whereabouts of the three missing people is unknown; how and why they left, whether or not there is a criminal component and, if so, who is responsible, are also unknown. One hopes they are found safely. However, the outrage that Israel and the United States is demonstrating by this event is somewhat puzzling at best, and wildly hypocritical at worst.

Iran 'saving democracy' in Iraq

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Iran may rescue Iraq from a major threat posed by a Sunni Muslim extremist group formerly aligned with Al Qaeda.

A few days ago, ISIL, a Sunni Muslim group, attacked and captured Iraq's third largest city, Mosul, population 1.8 million, located in Northern Iraq near Iran's border. ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.  The group was formally expelled from Al-Qaeda in February due its extremism and the fact that it was attacking Al Qaeda forces in Syria, where both groups were attacking Syria and its government. (Image: Fabian Bromann)

Talk Nation Radio: Bruce Kent on Peace Activism of Past Several Decades

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Bruce Kent is Vice President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), and of Pax Christi, and of the Movement for the Abolition of War (See http://abolishwar.org.uk ) Born in 1929, Kent joined CND in 1960 and served as its General Secretary and Chair during a period of tremendous growth from 1980 to 1990. He was president of the International Peace Bureau from 1985 to 1992, and the UK organizer of the 1999 Hague Conference.  We discuss the ups and downs, accomplishments and challenges, of the peace movement over the years.

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Host: David Swanson.
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Ukraine News - June 17, 2014


Russia cuts Ukraine's gas after talks fail - GlobalPost


Ukraine’s stance in gas talks with Russia is ‘blackmail’, a method to negotiate an ultra-low price: Gazprom CEO - RT Business


Gazprom files $4.5 billion lawsuit against Ukraine's Naftogaz - ITAR-TASS


Gazprom Says Further Lawsuits Against Naftogaz to Follow Shortly - RIA Novosti


European Consumers to Receive Russian Gas in Full Volume: Gazprom - RIA Novosti


If Ukraine tries to steal Europe-bound gas, Gazprom will develop alternative routes: Miller (VIDEO) - RT Business


Europe Ready to Consider Opal Pipeline For Future Gas Supplies: Gazprom - RIA Novosti


Gazprom ready to finance supply of gas to European storage facilities - ITAR-TASS


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Ukraine declares emergency in energy sector, to set "economically justified" tariffs for transit of Russian gas through its territory - IANS


PM Yatseniuk says Russia intends to temporarily set the price of gas for Ukraine at $385/1,000 m3 and in winter raise it to $500 - Ukrinform


Ukraine's Naftogaz Sues in Stockholm Over Russia Gas - Capital.gr


The European Union has offered reverse-flow gas supplies to Ukraine at a price lower than that of Russia’s Gazprom: Naftogaz - ITAR-TASS


Naftogaz asking EC for major gas reverse flow from Slovakia - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Ukraine Able to Maintain Domestic Gas Supplies for Several Months - Capital.gr


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Poroshenko calls for Ukraine ceasefire to buy time for peace deal - The Globe and Mail


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Poroshenko announces potential ceasefire plans - YouTube


Ukrainian army ready to cease fire in east in 5-7 days: Security Council chief - ITAR-TASS


Donetsk, Lugansk should hold early local elections: Poroshenko - The Voice of Russia


Ukraine to close border with Russia next week: defence minister - ITAR-TASS


Over 100 people killed in Lugansk in past 2 days: head of self-proclaimed Lugansk republic - Strategic Culture Foundation


Ukraine's army opens mortar fire on community near Lugansk - self-defense - The Voice of Russia


Militia report downing two drones of Ukrainian army - ITAR-TASS


Pro-Russian rebels take Ukraine state bank, 'We want the tax revenues to stay here instead of going to Kiev’ - skynews.com


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Ukraine mourns the 49 servicemen killed after plane shot down, 300 protestors assault the Russian embassy in Kiev - The Westside Story


VIDEO: Protesters attack Russian embassy in Kiev - LiveLeak.com


Ukraine FM Deshchytsia calls Putin dickhead, sparks calls from Russia for his resignation - Business Insider


VIDEO: Ukraine FM Deshchytsia calls Putin dickhead - YouTube


Psaki defends Ukraine FM over 'Putin f**ker' remark, confuses Iraq and Iran (VIDEO) - RT USA


FM Lavrov accuses Ukrainian acting interior minister of connivance with extremists on the rampage in front of the Russian Embassy in Kiev - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Lavrov slams Russian embassy attack in Kiev - YouTube


Ukraine Says Russia Has 38,000 Troops on Border Amid ‘Invasion’ - Bloomberg


Approximately 200 Russian Army Vehicles Reported Moving Toward Ukraine Border (VIDEOS) - The Speaker


NATO releases photographs of what it says were suspected Russian tanks delivered to separatists in eastern Ukraine - foreignpolicy.com


NATO Says Russia Considers it an Opponent, Prepares Ukraine Aid - atlanticcouncil.org


Russia prepares plan for complete substitution of military products from Ukraine: Rogozin - The Voice of Russia

 

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Labeling Latino Kids as Gangsters: DA says Speaking Spanish in Public and Wearing Sportswear Signify Gangsterism

By Kathy Swift

 

Santa Barbara, CA -- What can we learn from the medieval church about biometric identification? Quite a lot it turns out, at least according to Santa Barbara city officials.

NO MORE WAR ON IRAQ!

Protest Obama when he speaks at the Democratic Party Fundraiser.

Tuesday, June 17th - 5:30pm

Gothem Hall. 1356 Broadway. (35 & 36th Sts) New York City

Bring your signs and banners.

Iraq News - June 16, 2014

 

Iraq Army tries to roll back Sunni militants’ advance, says nearly 300 ISIS militants killed and 50 vehicles destroyed - Bloomberg


VIDEO: Iraq conducts air strikes on ISIS targets - The Washington Post


Maliki Orders Iraqi Troops To Make Stand At Samarra - ibtimes.com


Samarra: Holy City where Iraq is doing battle against Sunni radicals - Telegraph


Shia militia: 'ISIS will not take Baghdad' - The Observer


Shiite militias strike back in Iraq, "We want to show the world that we can protect ourselves” - washingtonpost.com


VIDEO: Shia volunteers leave Basra for Baghdad to confront ISIS - theguardian.com


Powerful Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr calls for a military parade across Iraq - AhlulBayt News Agency


Anti-al-Qaeda Sunni Group Backs Iraq’s Shiite Government - Bloomberg


Kurd forces hold Iraq border crossing with Syria - Arab News 


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Advancing Iraq rebels seize northwest town Tal Afar in heavy battle - Yahoo News


Bombings Kill Up to 21 People in Baghdad - NYTimes.com


ISIS photographs detail execution of Iraqi soldiers (PHOTOS) - The Long War Journal


Iraq crisis: Cracks emerge in fragile alliance of insurgents - FT.com


VIDEO: General Military Council of the Iraqi Revolutionaries: ‘We are stronger than ISIS’ - warincontext.org


Iraq arrest that exposed wealth and power of ISIS jihadists - The Guardian


ISIS By The Numbers: How The Group Funds Terror (VIDEO) - newsy.com


The Future of ISIS and the Sectarian Response: ISIS has Picked a Fight it Cannot Win - Syria Comment


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Obama pushes Iraqis to mend sectarian rifts, prodding the leaders to form a new national unity government - NYTimes.com


US, UK create joint team to prepare for air strikes in Iraq: report - RT News


Security boosted at U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, some personnel are evacuated - The Washington Post


US prepares for talks with Iran to stop ISIS militants, says official - theguardian.com


Iran, US can end Iraq crisis says Rouhani adviser - Al-Monitor


Iran sends 2000 Basiji forces into Iraq to aid fight against ISIS militants - theguardian.com


Beleaguered Iraqis Court Iranian Mastermind of the Shiites Who Fought the U.S. - NYTimes.com


Syria pounds ISIS Northeast bases in coordination with Iraq: activist group - THE DAILY STAR


Syrian army crushes rebel push near Northwest Turkish border - US News


Spread of fighting in Iraq to Turkmen town Tal Afar alarms Ankara - CİHAN


America's Allies Are Funding ISIS: Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have dual agendas in the war on terror - The Daily Beast


Saudi press blames Iraq PM's 'sectarianism' for unrest - Ahram Online


ISIS recruitment drive in Riyadh also poses a potential threat to the Al Saud family’s rule - Businessweek


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Meeting Logs: Obama Quietly Coddling Big Oil on “Bomb Trains” Regulations

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

When Richard Revesz, Dean Emeritus of New York University Law School, introduced Howard Shelanski at his only public appearance so far during his tenure as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Revesz described Shelanski as, “from our perspective, close to the most important official in the federal government.”

On ThisCantBeHappening! radio: Dave Lindorff and Vietnam Vet and Long-Time Peace Activist John Grant Discuss the Bowe Bergdahl

By Dave Lindorff

 

Bowe Bergdahl, the POW held for five years by the Taliban in Afghanistan who was recently traded for the release of five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, has been convicted in the halls of Congress and in most of the media as a deserter -- even a traitor or a Taliban convert -- all without any trial or even any evidence. John Grant, a veteran of the Vietmam War, where desertions were common, says it's an old story: As America's losing wars wind down, those who advocated the in the first place and pushed for their continuation try to create a "stabbed in the back" narrative to explain the humiliating defeat of US military forces.

Iraq News - June 14, 2014


Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraq's Highest-Ranking Shia Cleric, Issues Fatwa To Fight ISIS - ibtimes.com


VIDEO: Top Iraqi Shia cleric calls on followers to take up arms against ISIS - euronews


Why Ayatollah Al-Sistani's Iraq Fatwa Is So Important - ibtimes.com


Thousands of Iraqis volunteer to battle ISIS militants - AFP


Iraq PM Maliki Arms Tribes In Fight With Anbar Militants - haberler.com


VIDEO: Recruits from Karbala set off to help fight ISIS - YouTube


ISIS' advance halted at Samarra - The Long War Journal


Iraq PM in embattled Samarra for security meet - GlobalPost


VIDEO: ISIS threatens Samarra shrine - YouTube


President Barzani: Peshmerga in Areas Abandoned by Iraqi Army - Rudaw


Kurdish Peshmerga Say They are Ready if Islamists Bring Fight - Rudaw


Iraq cracks down on ISIS with airstrikes, killing 40 - Daily Sabah


Samarra, Baghdad, Karbala, and Najaf: These cities and their Shi’a shrines will not fall the way that Mosul did - Institute for the Study of War Iraq Updates


U.S. Officials Say 4 of Iraq’s 14 army divisions abandoned their posts under ISIS attack, Other units stationed closer to Baghdad would put up a resistance - NYTimes.com


In Iraq, ISIS militants continue drive, grab 2 towns close to Baghdad - CBS News


Extortion, bank robbery fuel ISIS bloody drive to establish Sharia caliphate (VIDEO) - Fox News


The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Has a Consumer Protection Office, A guide to how the militant group overrunning Iraq actually governs - The Atlantic


ISIS boast of slaughtering 1,700 soldiers after posting beheading video of Iraqi policeman - Mail Online


U.N. Warns of Atrocities, Abuses and Hundreds Dead in Iraq Fighting - NYTimes.com


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Obama Considering 'Targeted' Military Action in Iraq - rollcall.com


VIDEO: President Obama Makes a Statement on Iraq - The White House


TRANSCRIPT: Statement by the President on Iraq - The White House


Report: Carrier Bush to move toward Iraq crisis - AP


Pentagon Said to Plan Increased Surveillance Over Iraq - Bloomberg


Iraq May Turn to Iran for Help, Maliki Aide Says - NYTimes.com


In a phone conversation Rouhani, Maliki stress eradication of terrorism in Iraq - PressTV


Exclusive: Alarmed by Iraq, Iran open to shared role with U.S. - Iran official - Yahoo News


State Department: U.S., Iran Have a 'Shared Interest' in Stabilizing Iraq, But Haven't Discussed the Iraqi Crisis - WSJ


Iranian Proxies Step Up Their Role in Iraq - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Hizbullah Vows Not to Intervene in Iraq, Warns of ISIS Spread - Naharnet


Jihadist expansion in Iraq puts Persian Gulf states in a tight spot - The Washington Post


Iraq government to blame for Islamist rebel advance: Saudi prince - Yahoo News


Fears About Iraq Continue to Push Up Oil Prices - NYTimes.com


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War, Profits and the U.S. Government

                In 2001, the United States invaded Afghanistan. The invasion was purported to be a response to the Taliban’s refusal to surrender Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks on the United States, but probably had a lot more to do with enabling the construction of an oil pipeline through Afghanistan. Today, thirteen years later, U.S. soldiers continue to fight there.


Two years later, the U.S, the most powerful country in the world, unleashed its terrorism on Iraq, due, it was said, to the dubious then and later unproven charge that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and was moments away from using them to destroy the American way of life (whatever that is). It wasn’t until 2011 that something that President Barack Obama and his minions decided to call ‘victory’ was sufficient to withdraw U.S. troops.

Tell the Pentagon to stop "helping" in Iraq and Ukraine


To: U.S. Congress, President, Department of "Defense"

Stop arming Iraq. And do not bomb or send in troops. Remove U.S. drones immediately. Pursue a ceasefire and negotiations, working through the United Nations and the Arab League.

Why is this important?
Iraq needs actual aid, not "military aid." A policy of promoting, facilitating, and engaging in violence has produced nothing but disasters for decades.





To: U.S. Congress, President, Department of "Defense"

We call on the U.S. government to work with other NATO governments to cancel the Rapid Trident exercise, and to commit to not participating in military exercises in Ukraine.

Why is this important?
We note with great concern that U.S. and other NATO troops are scheduled to participate in joint military exercises in Ukraine in July as part of NATO’s Rapid Trident maneuvers. Ukraine is not a member of NATO. Its participation in military exercises by a nuclear-armed alliance with a first-strike policy can only further destabilize the country.




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"Illegal Procedure" (One of Them) at the FBI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How NSA Can Secretly Aid Criminal Cases

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor Note:  Though the NSA says its mass surveillance of Americans targets only “terrorists,” the spying may turn up evidence of other illegal acts that can get passed on to law enforcement which hides the secret source through a ruse called “parallel construction."

By Ray McGovern

Rarely do you get a chance to ask a just-retired FBI director whether he had “any legal qualms” about what, in football, is called “illegal procedure,” but at the Justice Department is called “parallel construction.”

Iraq News - June 13, 2014


In new audio recording ISIS urges militants to march to Baghdad - Al Arabiya News


VIDEO: ISIS release audio urging fighters to march on Baghdad - Telegraph


Saddam-era fugitive’s armed group fighting alongside militants in Iraq, officials say - Fox News


UN Official Sees No Immediate Threat to Baghdad - VOA


Iraq: Government Controls Baiji Oil Refinery - VOA


Maliki Turns to Militias to Halt Militant Onslaught - Bloomberg


Kurdish peshmerga seize a chaotic victory in Kirkuk, Police loyal to Nouri al-Maliki powerless to stop looting - The Guardian


VIDEO: Kurdish Peshmerga fighters clash with ISIS militants - ITV News


ISIS Shelling Kurdish Peshmerga-controlled Areas South of Kirkuk - Rudaw


Q&A with Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim: Peshmerga to Stay 'As Long as Necessary’ - VOA


How effective is ISIS compared with the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga? - theguardian.com


AUDIO (Arabic): Full audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām: “The Good That Has Happened To You Is From God” - JIHADOLOGY


TRANSCRIPT (English): Full audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām - azelin.files


PHOTOS: Iraqi refugee reveals the horrors of the jihadi takeover as Baghdad vows to fight back - DailyMail


Iraq Isis Crisis: Medieval Sharia Law Imposed by ISIS on Millions in Nineveh Province - Yahoo News UK


ISIS Takes Over Thermal Plants - Eurasia Review


ISIS Claims Baghdad Terror Attacks that Killed Dozens: Statement - The New Indian Express


How ISIS Pulled Off A Rapid Takeover In Iraq - ibtimes.com


VIDEO: Remarkable footage of 100s of Iraq soldiers surrendering to ISIS near Tikrit - Twitter / Charles_Lister


How ISIS is exploiting the economics of Syria's civil war - Vox


ISIS Threatens to Invade Jordan, 'Slaughter' King Abdullah - gatestoneinstitute.org


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US President Barack Obama meets national security team on Iraq - zeenews


VIDEO: Obama considers options to help Iraq, Not ruling anything out - YouTube


U.S. Secretly Flying Drones Over Iraq - WSJ


Americans being evacuated from Iraqi air base as militants advance, The three planeloads are mostly contractors and civilians - Fox News


Iran to combat terrorism in Iraq: Iran President Rouhani - AFP


Iran Deploys Forces to Fight Militants in Iraq - WSJ


Iran Police Chief: Tehran Could Intervene in Iraq to Protect Shia Shrines - The Daily Beast


The Battle for Iraq Is a Saudi War on Iran, Why the ISIS invasion of Iraq is really a war between Shiites and Sunnis for control of the Middle East - foreignpolicy.com


Iraq crisis: Sunni caliphate has been bankrolled by the Saudi Wahhabis and Kuwaiti oligarchs - The Independent


Militant advances in Iraq 'Saudi terrorism': Syria media - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO:  Video shows Saudis fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq - Al Arabiya News

 

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UVA Research Park Drains Our Economy

The University of Virginia research park, across Rt. 29 North from the National Ground Intelligence Center, is hosting a conference on weapons technologies that has been promoted as dealing with economically beneficial matters.

And why not?  Both the military facility and the research park provide jobs, and the people who hold those jobs spend their money on things that support other jobs.  What's not to like? 

Well, one problem is what those jobs do.  A Win/Gallup poll of 65 nations earlier this year found the United States by far most widely considered the greatest threat to peace in the world.  Imagine how it must sound to people in other countries when we talk about the U.S. military as a jobs program.

But let's stick to economics.  Where does the money come from for most of what goes on at the base and the research park north of town?  From our taxes and government borrowing.  Between 2000 and 2010, 161 military contractors in Charlottesville pulled in $919,914,918 through 2,737 contracts from the federal government. Over $8 million of that went to Mr. Jefferson's university, and three-quarters of that to the Darden Business School. And the trend is ever upward. 

It is common to think that, because many people have jobs in the war industry, spending on war and preparations for war benefits an economy. In reality, spending those same dollars on peaceful industries, on education, on infrastructure, or even on tax cuts for working people would produce more jobs and in most cases better paying jobs -- with enough savings to help everyone make the transition from war work to peace work.

The superiority of other spending or even tax cuts has been established repeatedly by seminal studies out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, frequently cited and never refuted over the last several years.  Not only would spending on trains or solar panels or schools produce more and better paying jobs, but so would never taxing the dollars in the first place.  Military spending is worse than nothing, just in economic terms.

Add to this the impact on foreign policy that massive military spending has had since before President Eisenhower warned us on the day he left office: "The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual --" he said, "is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government."  Today even more so, so much so perhaps that we notice it less, so routine has it become.

Connecticut has set up a commission to work on transitioning to peaceful industries, largely for economic reasons.  Virginia or Charlottesville could do the same. 

The U.S. government spends over $600 billion a year just on the Department of Defense, and over $1 trillion total every year on militarism across all departments and debts for past wars.  It's over half of U.S. discretionary spending and about as much as the rest of the world's nations combined, including the many NATO members and allies of the United States.

It would cost about $30 billion per year to end starvation and hunger around the world.  That sounds like a lot of money to you or me.  It would cost about $11 billion per year to provide the world with clean water.  Again, that sounds like a lot.  But consider the amounts being spent on economically detrimental programs that also damage our civil liberties, our environment, our safety, and our morality.  It wouldn't cost much for the U.S. to become seen as the greatest threat to suffering and poverty instead of to peace.

David Swanson is a Charlottesville resident and organizer of WorldBeyondWar.org.

Emails: ND Ethics Law Potentially Broken on Petraeus Fracking Trip

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

DeSmogBlog has obtained emails via North Dakota's Open Records Statute revealing facts that could be interpreted as indicating that North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt broke State Investment Board ethics laws.

Photo Credit: Office of North Dakota State Treasurer; Obtained via ND Open Records Statute

Iraq News - June 12, 2014


ISIS takes control of Bayji, Tikrit in lightning southward advance - The Long War Journal


ISIS Sunni militants push into Iraqi oil refinery town - Reuters


Iraq Says Mosul Violence Won't Spread to Oil-Producing South - WSJ


PHOTOS: Tikrit falls to Islamist terrorists - Mail Online


Mosul Seized: Jihadis Loot $429m from City's Central Bank to Make ISIS World's Richest Terror Force - ibtimes.co.uk


MAP: Where ISIS Is Gaining Control in Iraq and Syria - NYTimes.com


Iraq forces repel militant assault on Samarra: witnesses - THE DAILY STAR


Iraq says to work with Kurdish forces to retake Mosul - Reuters


Kurdish Fighters Mobilize to Stop Threat of Islamist Militants - WSJ


As Islamic Militants Continue Advance, Kurds Vow to Defend Kirku - Rudaw


Sadr calls for new force to defend Iraq religious sites - THE DAILY STAR


ISIS Militants Seize Turkish Consulate Staff in Iraqi City - NYTimes.com


Bombings in Shiite areas of Iraq kill 37 - THE DAILY STAR


Al-Qaida splinter group ISIS encircles Syrian city across the Iraq border - The Washington Post


How ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the world’s most powerful jihadist leader - washingtonpost.com


The Ginger Jihadist of Mosul: Omar al-Shishani the Chechen ‘General’ - ibtimes.co.uk


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Iraq Asked U.S. for Airstrikes, Officials Say - NYTimes.com


Iraq Requests Accelerated Shipment of U.S. Arms to Counter Militants - Wall Street Journal


US considers sending emergency military aid to Iraq - The Independent


Iraqi, U.S. Forces Trade Barbs Over Failures - WSJ


State Department: US has no plans to send any of its 35,000 Middle East-based troops into Iraq - Mail Online


US ponders whether new leadership in Baghdad could slow extremists but sees few alternatives - Fox News


U.S. Embassy in Iraq prepares evacuation plans - IraqiNews.com


Iraq foreign minister: Iraq faces 'mortal threat' - Yahoo News


Iraq army capitulates to ISIS militants in four cities - The Guardian


Iraq's Army Abandoned Mosul To ISIS By 'Changing Clothes, Abandoning Weapons’ - huffingtonpost.com


VIDEO: Iraqi Army fleeing Kirkuk in civilian clothing - YouTube


How did hundreds of Islamist militants beat thousands of US-trained Iraqi army soldiers? - ITV News


Iraq army was not prepared for ISIS, says former White House advisor - abc.net.au


Iraqi Army's power blunted by a rise in desertions, Exhausted and bereft soldiers quit fight - NYTimes.com


Iraq’s Terrorists Are Becoming a Full-Blown Army - The Daily Beast


President George W. Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq at the root of Iraq’s chaos - Consortiumnews


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United We Stand Tour Wants Youth To Run For Political Office

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

(Note: this is an episode clip. Watch the full show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKMjT0zB5aM)

Christina Tobin, the founder and chair of Free and Equal,  sits down with Dennis to discuss our Democracy in crisis and the United We Stand Festival Tour.

The motto of Free and Equal is More Voices, More Choices.

Talk Nation Radio: Daniel Hyslop on How Militarism and Violence Cost Us Prosperity

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-daniel-hyslop-on-how-militarism-and-violence-cost-us-prosperity

Daniel Hyslop is research manager at the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) where he coordinates research and manages IEP’s research team (see http://economicsandpeace.org ).  IEP produces the Global Peace Index (see http://visionofhumanity.org ). He discusses the economic costs of war and violence.

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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