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Washington’s seedy propaganda campaign: Satellite Images of Alleged Russian Artillery in Ukraine Come A-Cropper

By Dave Lindorff


In the ongoing propaganda campaign mounted by the Obama administration to claim that Russia has “invaded” Ukraine from the east, it offered up some grainy black-and-white satellite images purporting to show heavy Russian military equipment inside the Ukraine. 


Ukraine News - Sep 9, 2014


Ukraine ceasefire overall held, still shaky: OSCE - Reuters


VIDEO: I have feeling this will work. People want it: OSCE on Ukraine ceasefire - YouTube


Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: Text of the Protocol on Ceasefire in Ukraine - Council on Foreign Relations


Petro Poroshenko Announces Release of 1,200 Ukrainian Prisoners in Mariupol Trip - ibtimes.co.uk


Poroshenko, On Visit To East, Vows Mariupol Will Stay Ukrainian - KPLU


President Poroshenko Puts Mariupol Defenses on High Alert - RIA Novosti


VIDEO: President Poroshenko in Mariupol - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine’s Coast Guard Admiral: Mariupol's Port Won’t Be Taken - YouTube


VIDEO (English) - Press Conference of Ukraine Military Spokesman Lysenko, Sep 8 - Ukraine Crisis Media Center


PM Yatseniuk says Ukraine ‘will impose martial law if truce fails’ - London Evening Standard


Yulia Tymoshenko: “Minsk protocol” threatens Ukraine's integrity - Charter’97


Interview with Igor Plotnitsky, Prime Minister of the Luhansk People’s Republic - RIA Novosti


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Amnesty: Evidence of war crimes by Ukrainian and separatist forces, Satellite images of Russian involvement (PHOTOS) - Amnesty International


Amnesty: Ukraine must stop ongoing abuses and war crimes by pro-Ukrainian volunteer forces - Amnesty International


REPORT: Abuses and war crimes by the Aidar Volunteer Battalion in the north Luhansk region - Amnesty International


VIDEO: Russian Army in Ukraine: Amnesty International offers fresh proof in Ukraine Today interview - YouTube


Donbass Battalion Member Says Azov Broke Ceasefire In Mariupol - Interpreter_Mag


VICE News correspondent embeds with the Azov Battalion, a volunteer militia based in Mariupol that is allegedly linked to neo-Nazism - VICE News


Foreign Policy talks to deputy leader of ‘pro-govt’ Azov Battalion - RT News


Preparing for War with Ukraine’s Fascist Azov Battalion - foreignpolicy.com


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Azov NG battalion commander talks about Mariupol defense - YouTube


No official conclusion despite long investigation into mass death in Odessa - ITAR-TASS


Separatist ambush on Aidar battalion during ‘ceasefire', 11 KIA (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


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Eyewitnesses: Russians 'controlled BUK missile system’ in the MH17 disaster- BBC News


Images Show the Buk that Downed Flight MH17, Inside Russia, Controlled by Russian Troops (PHOTOS) - bellingcat


New Data on MH17 Crash Questionable: Russian Civil Aviation Union - RIA Novosti


Further Reports of Russian Paratroopers Killed in Ukraine - The Interpreter


Russia Reports Troop Deaths In Ukraine, But Calls Them 'Volunteers' - NPR


Ukraine Says Russian Armor and Heavy Weaponry Still Crossing Border - Interpreter_Mag


Another 40+ Russian armor on the move Sept 3rd (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


Russian T-72BM Visible In Footage Of 'Novorossiya' Parade in Perevalsk (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

 

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Calling for a Solution as Big as the Crisis We Face

Originally posted at AcronymTV

Timeka Drew of the Global Climate Convergence in conversation with Dennis Trainor, Jr.

The Global Climate Convergence is calling for AN EMERGENCY GLOBAL GREEN NEW DEAL including:

 

  • Full employment with community-based small businesses, worker co-ops, small farmers & government jobs.
  • 100% clean renewable energy by 2030. International binding treaty for swift, deep cuts to carbon emissions. Wealthy polluting nations pay for technology transfer & climate adaptation.
  • Universal free healthcare & education through college. Affordable housing for all & a moratorium on foreclosures.

Talk Nation Radio: Lindsey German: NATO Should Be Abolished

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-lindsey-german-nato-lhould-be-abolished

Lindsey German is Convenor of the Stop the War Coalition ( http://stopwar.org.uk ) and was part of the protests and counter-summit at the just-completed NATO summit in Wales. We speak with her about NATO and the state of war and peace in the world. German's books include A People's History of London; How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women: Work, Family, and Liberation; Material Girls: Women, Men, and Work; Sex Class and Socialism; and Stop the War: The Story of Britain's Biggest Mass Movement.

Total run time: 29:00

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

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Flaws in US Thought–And Some Remedies

by Johan Galtung, 8 Sep 2014 - TRANSCEND Media Service

Kuala Lumpur

Obama faces a “three-headed monster” (INYT 5 Sep 2014): Russia-Ukraine, ISIS, and Asia with a US “pivot”. Show NATO strength in Eastern Europe; crush ISIS (Colin Powell’s 9/11 remedy for Al-Qaeda); 60% of US force and “all but China” treaties in Asia-Pacific.

It is not going to work. Not with Obama-Biden-Kerry, nor with McCain; be it one monster with three heads or three with one each. There is no way in which Donbass will become a peaceful, integrated part of a unitary two-nation Ukraine; the Sunni-Arab world will find ways to integrate and undo Sykes-Picot; and no way in which one Asia-Pacific will choose USA over China. They want both, as the PM of Malaysia, Najib Razak, expresses it so well; eulogizing both.

What Russian invasion?: In-Place Cease-Fire Reached between Government and Rebel Forces in Ukraine

By Dave Lindorff


The separatist rebels of eastern Ukraine and the government in Kiev that controls the Ukrainian army have reached a cease-fire in place that leaves the separatists largely in control of the Russian-majority regions of the eastern part of that country.

Ireland on the Coattails of NATO

this was first published on Shannonwatch.org on the 6th of Sept 2014

 

It will probably surprise many people to know that at least seven Irish Government officials, including one military officer, attended events related to the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales this week. It didn’t get much coverage in the mainstream Irish media, probably because the government told them not to cover it, but it’s something that should be highlighted and challenged.

In answer to a question from Clare Daly TD, Simon Coveney who is our Minister for Agriculture and other stuff that the government doesn’t think is very important (food, the marine and defence), explained that Ireland was invited to attend two meetings at Newport, one for contributors to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, and one for Defence Ministers from what are called “Partner” countries.

Peace Ecology

With serendipitous timing, as a big march for the climate, and various related events, are planned on and around the International Day of Peace, Randall Amster has just published an important book called Peace Ecology.

This book bridges divides that very much need to be bridged between peace activism and peace academia, and between peace advocacy and environmentalism.  This is, in fact, a peace book for deep environmentalists and an environmental book for deep peace advocates.

Typically, I think, peace activists appear to the peace academic as a bit uninformed, ahistorical, reactive, and negative in the sense of being "against something rather than for something."

Peace academics, I'm afraid, often appear to the peace activist as uninterested in ending wars, uncurious about the evils of wars, unimpressed by the military industrial complex as a cause of wars, and altogether too concerned with the personal virtues of people who are in no way responsible for the scourge of war. It is the rare political studies academic who occasionally can be spotted opposing war or documenting the superiority of nonviolent struggle, whereas the peace studies scholars are essentially advocates of environmentalism and democracy who -- unlike other environmentalists and democrats -- happen to recognize the ginormous roadblock that militarism presents for their agenda. Or so it appears to the activist, who searches in vain for any large academic contingent giving war and war propaganda the full critique they so richly deserve.

The environmentalist, meanwhile, as represented by the larger environmentalist groups and their spokespeople, appears to the peace activist as a dupe or a war-monger, someone who wants to save the earth while cheering on the institution that constitutes its single biggest destroyer. 

The peace activist, when spotted by the otherwise occupied environmentalist, must appear something of a fool, a traitor, or a Vladimir-Putin-lover.

Amster is an academic for peace and the environment with a strong inclination toward activism. Parts of his book could have been written by an environmentalist enamored with war, but most of it could not have been. What Amster is after is a worldview within which we avert the dangers of both war and environmental destruction, including by recognizing their interaction.

War advocates would tell those developing organic communal gardens and gift economies and natural sanctuaries, and other projects that Amster writes about, that "our brave troops" are providing the safe space in which to pursue such luxuries.  Amster would, I think, tell the war advocates that their project is in fact rapidly reducing that space, that these "luxury" efforts are in fact necessary for survival, and that understanding them requires a state of mind that also condemns war as an unmitigated disaster.

"This may seem idealistic," Amster writes of the prospect of a society dedicated to peace, "but consider that it is no more so than continuing on our present course and hoping for a happy ending." 

Amster notes that the New York Times considers it "accepted wisdom" that advocates of protecting the climate must promote the idea that climate change threatens "national security."  The idea is that climate-induced disasters and shortages produce wars. While Amster doesn't say so, this is a view that has been expressed by Bill McKibben, prominent organizer of the upcoming march. If his organization, 350.org, would object each time President Obama sends another 350 troops to Iraq, it would begin taking on the biggest consumer of oil we have: the military. Such an act would be unprecedented for any large U.S. environmental organization.

Of course, in reality disasters lead to wars only when a society chooses to address them with wars, and resource abundance has led to wars as often as scarcity. Sustainability and egalitarianism, Amster argues, can encourage stability, whereas unsustainable exploitation and inequality mean instability and potentially war.  Should we work to limit the level of climate change or to limit its suffering by adapting to it? Amster points out that the same practices can often do both. One that can't, however, is war which exacerbates the problem while in fact failing to adapt to it.

Ian Morris recently published a remarkably stupid book arguing for the merits of war. In it he claimed Thomas Hobbes as a hero of peace who understood the path to peace to lie through imperialist wars and governmental monopoly on violence. Amster provides a healthy rebuttal, pointing out that in fact "civilized" governments oversee very violent societies that have normalized brutal competition by imagining it as inevitable and blinding themselves to the merits of other cultures. Amster leads us to reject Hobbes' most basic assumptions.

Amster does the same for Garrett Hardin's Tragedy of the Commons. If actual human beings were mathematical game pieces driven purely by sociopathic greed and calculation, population growth and prosperity must lead to tragedy. But as human beings exhibit generosity and friendship as often as limitless greed and selfishness, it turns out not to be the existence of open commons that leads to tragedy but the privatization and enclosure of the commons -- or, rather, the abandonment of the life of the commons, that leads inexorably to crisis.

What have we got left that could be treated as commons? Amster suggests air, water, parks, sidewalks, libraries, airwaves, the internet, biodiversity, transportation, Antarctica, open-source software, outer space, and much else. And he provides examples of people behaving accordingly.

Do people developing healthy ways of living necessarily learn that bombing is not a useful response to a throat-slitting by ISIS? Possibly not. But there's another way to see the connection. Control of fossil fuels is a major motivation for wars, and wars are a major consumer of fossil fuels.  In fact it was the desire to fuel the British navy that first created the Western obsession with Middle Eastern oil.  But a society dedicated to peace would not have sought to fuel a navy or to fight wars in order to fuel a navy. A society dedicated to peace would be developing green energy and green lifestyles.

An environmental movement that wanted millions of dedicated participants would want a society committed to peace.  A side benefit would be the freeing up of $2 trillion a year globally, $1 trillion in the United States, that had been used for war preparation but now could be used to quickly end all the pretense that green energy cannot work wonders.

If you live in an area not massively illuminated at night, you can -- simply by walking around after dark -- get a sense of the human built environment utterly transformed by nature. Darkness coats everything.  And in the part of the world I live in, the sound of insects completely dominates the darkness. 

If you live in an area that has proved less desirable for non-"tragic" exploitation than it used to be, you can get a sense of what the non-human world will do to human creations if humanity takes its leave. Streets and buildings will vanish as surely as the dinosaurs. Only nuclear waste will eventually remain as evidence of our species' existence.

Unless we change.

"Save the environment" might not be our best motto, Amster suggests. More to the point might be "Save the humans."

Ukraine News - Sep 6, 2014


Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels reach ceasefire deal - Reuters


VIDEO: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Announces Cease-Fire - CNN


VIDEO: Negotiators’ Statements on Ukraine Cease-Fire - NYTimes.com


Why Ukraine truce works for both sides, The ceasefire deal has the potential to become a turning point - BBC News


POLL: Ukraine’s Pro-War Parties Are Collapsing In The Polls - Business Insider


Ukraine president says all prisoners of both side to be freed under ceasefire - Reuters


Kyiv, separatists exchange lists of captives on Friday: Ukraine's former President Kuchma - interfax.com


Kuchma: Working group to be formed by Monday to implement Minsk agreements, in particular the matter of self-government of these regions and the transfer of power to them - interfax.com


Ukraine ready for 'extraordinary’ decentralization steps in some areas of Donbass, Poroshenko says - Belarus News


Military Spokesman: Ukrainian Troops Set to Observe President's Ceasefire Order - RIA Novosti


Donetsk Self-Defense Forces Declare Ceasefire - RIA Novosti


VIDEO (Ukrainian): "Ukraine ceasefire deal agreed at Minsk talks”, rebel leader Zakharchenko confirms - YouTube


First Batch of Humanitarian Aid to Be Sent to East Ukraine Soon: Russia - RIA Novosti


PM Yatsenyuk’ hardline statement on ceasefire: To attain peace we need three points: ceasefire, withdrawal of the Russian army, Russian bandits and terrorists, control over the border - kmu.gov.ua


Ukrainian government intends to approve Yatsenyuk’s border wall plan - ITAR-TASS


Statement by the Donbas Battalion founder Semenchenko regarding the ceasefire (VIDEO) - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


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NATO Agrees Rapid Response Force With Headquarters in Eastern Europe - rferl.org


Text of the Wales Summit Declaration issued by the Heads of State and Government at the meeting of the North Atlantic Council - NATO


VIDEO: President Obama Holds a Press Conference at the NATO Summit - The White House


TRANSCRIPT: Remarks by President Obama at NATO Summit Press Conference - NewsRoomAmerica.com


Obama: Sanctions Against Russia May Be Lifted If Ceasefire Continues - RIA Novosti


Merkel: Sanctions against Russia may be postponed if there is de-escalation in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO (German): German Chancellor Angela Merkel NATO Press Meeting - YouTube


No solution of Ukrainian crisis without Russia: OSCE chairman - ITAR-TASS


Poroshenko: Ukrainians to decide on accession to NATO - Ukrinform


US unlikely to station its military basis on territory of Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


Before Ukraine, Putin Modernized the Russian Military - Washington Free Beacon


Russia’s Modified Military Doctrine Not Providing for Preventive Nuclear Strikes: former Chief of the General Staff - RIA Novosti


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Three Cheers for Canada and Germany

NATO tried to get its members to commit to spending at least 2% of GDP on war preparations. And if a nation got richer it would have to spend more -- not because of any particular supposed need, but just because military spending was to be seen as an end in itself. Well, Canada and Germany blocked the proposal. The U.S., Estonia, the United Kingdom, and Greece already spend over 2% of their GDP, but other NATO nations do not. Read more here.

The Fall of the US Empire-And Then What?

by Johan Galtung, 1 Sep 2014 - TRANSCEND Media Service

Is the title of a book published by TRANSCEND University Press in 2009, now in second printing, and several translations including Chinese. There were two subtitles indicating answers: Successors, Regionalization or Globalization? – US Blossoming or US Fascism?

What is the situation today, five years later?

Successors? UK is militarily with USA to keep Anglo-America as a dominant world force even if a shadow of 50 years ago; France tries to keep its hold on former colonies in Africa; they use NATO-North Atlantic Treaty Organization for military and EU-European Union for political support. In empires the local elites line up to do the killing; yet the Western powers have mainly to do that themselves.

A whiff of SCOTUS skunk: The Odor Seeping Out of Our Criminal Justice System

By John Grant


I just thank God I’m out of this place.
              - Henry Lee McCollum

First there was Ferguson, Missouri and the gunning down of an unarmed black youth and the ad-nauseum follow-up emphasizing over-and-over the shooting officer’s fear. Now it’s the release of two half brothers in North Carolina clearly railroaded into convictions and death sentences by a notoriously remorseless, good-'ol-boy district attorney.

New TCBH! poem: Monster in my Garden

By Gary Lindorff


After yesterday
I’m afraid to go down there
Into my own garden.
I went down after sunset to water and
There it was, crouching
Like a gargoyle among the tomatoes.
I got a good look at it
As I stood there afraid to breathe
While a spray of water
From the hose soaked my shoes.
It had two heads
That look exactly like John Boehner,
Terrible to behold. . .

Ukraine News - Sep 5, 2014

 

In a joint article in The Times newspaper Cameron, Obama vow to stand together in support of Ukraine against Russia - Yahoo News


Text of the joint article by David Cameron and Barack Obama: Strengthening the NATO alliance - GOV.UK


NATO says arms supply to Ukraine up to individual allies - Reuters


Rasmussen: NATO Not Involved in Member States’ Decisions on Military Aid to Ukraine - RIA Novosti


Poroshenko: NATO Members Propose Ukraine Military Cooperation on Bilateral Basis - RIA Novosti


Nato Summit 2014: Nato Members to Provide Precision-Guided Weapons to Ukraine - ibtimes.co.uk


Secretary General: NATO to Allocate Some $19.4 Mln in Aid to Ukraine - RIA Novosti


US to lead multinational exercises in Ukraine, About 1,300 personnel from 15 nations take part including 200 U.S. soldiers - VOA


Here Are The Soldiers US Is Sending To Ukraine - Business Insider


Joint Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, Sept. 4, 2014 - enewspf.com


Russia warns NATO not to offer Ukraine membership of the alliance - Reuters


Putin says he 'cannot be stopped' as NATO warns Russia has 3,000 troops in Ukraine - Mail Online


Text of the 7 Point 'Putin Plan' For Peace In Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag


Pentagon Notes ‘Exceptionally Capable’ Russian Force Along the Ukrainian Border - Defense.gov


Russia’s nuclear forces will hold a large-scale exercise this month along the country’s border with China - The Diplomat


Pentagon Excludes Possibility of War With Russia Over Ukraine - RIA Novosti


Eastern European hopes for permanent NATO bases stymied by Russia - Military Times


US and UK Push for NATO Countries to Increase Military Spending - teleSUR


Can NATO spend smarter? - CSMonitor.com


Protesters stage anti-Nato march in Cardiff, Four arrests - BBC News


VIDEO: Anti-Nato protest in Cardiff - YouTube


VIDEO: NATO Summit Wales 2014 (Day 1, 11 hours) - YouTube


VIDEO: Watch live tomorrow the Nato Summit in Wales - Telegraph


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Ukraine and rebels back ceasefire, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan - Reuters


Ukraine's president, at NATO summit, voices 'careful optimism' on peace talks with rebels - Daily Courier


Demilitarized zone, OSCE monitoring among E.Ukraine rebels’ peace proposals - RT News


Ukraine crisis: Leaders talk about peace, but in Mariupol, Luhansk and Donetsk, the reality looks more like war - The Independent


Ukraine reinforces defense of Mariupol against rebel attack, army shells rocks Donetsk killing atleast one woman - Reuters


Over 800 servicemen killed in army operation in eastern Ukraine: military spokesman - ITAR-TASS


Spot report by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, 4 September 2014: The Situation in Mariupol - OSCE


The Dead and the Living in Luhansk - Human Rights Watch


VIDEO: Fear grows as artillery fire rocks outskirts of Mariupol - YouTube


VIDEO: Footage & A Photo From Mariupol For August 4th - Migukin's Blog


VIDEO: Grad rockets destroy Donetsk school and homes - Ruptly


VIDEO: Man shelled as he stood on his balcony in Donetsk - YouTube


Russia redeploys huge convoy of armor in Ukraine (VIDEO) - Ukraine@war


A website for search of Russian servicemen, which disappeared in Ukraine, was created in Russia - Info Resist


Appeal to the world psychiatric community on behalf of Ukrainian servicewoman Nadiya Savchenko detained in a Russian mental hospital - EUROMAIDAN PRESS 


Russia Stocks Climb 3rd Day on Ukraine Truce as ECB Spurs Ruble - Bloomberg


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Beyond The People’s Climate March

Originally posted at AcronymTV

Dennis Trainor, Jr. of Acronym TV in conversation with Timeka Drew, a grassroots organizer with the Global Climate Convergence.

In two weeks the Peoples Climate March in New York, organized by 350.org, is expected to draw as many as 200,000 people. The march is to take place only days before a special UN meeting called by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the November 2015 U.N. Climate Conference in Paris.

No! Your data is not safe!: Hackers Used Government Spyware to Data-rob iCloud

By Alfredo Lopez


One sensationally reported incident this week exposes a dual threat: your data isn't safe on a corporate-controlled "cloud" and spying software made for police and government agencies makes it completely accessible.

War by stealth and by mini-armies: US Invades Iraq...Again, and Secretly

By Dave Lindorff


Flash! The US has re-invaded Iraq!

Iraq News - Sep 3, 2014

 

Iraq forces counterattack after breaking Islamic State’s siege of Amerli - AFP


Iraqi forces regain control of key road to Baghdad after breaking IS siege of Amerli - theguardian.com


Aid enters Amerli after 2-month Islamic State siege broken (VIDEO) - AP


In Iraq, residents of Amirli celebrate end of IS siege - Los Angeles Times


VIDEO: Crowds cheer as Iraqi forces enter Amerli - Reuters


VIDEO: Turkmen from Amerli Describe Survival of IS Siege - YouTube


VIDEO: Grannies 'took on Islamic State in Amerli’ - BBC News


Shiite Militias Join in Iraq Victory - WSJ


As battle lines shift in Iraq, Sunnis who welcomed the Islamic State fear retribution - The Washington Post


Iranians play role in breaking IS siege of Iraqi town - Reuters


Weapons Expert Warns About IS Militants' Supply Of Guns And Ammunition - huffingtonpost.com


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U.S. Airstrikes Help Break Islamic State Siege on Amerli - WSJ


Pentagon: U.S. forces airdropped 109 bundles of much-needed humanitarian aid to the people of Amerli - U.S. Air Force


VIDEO: Night Vision B-Roll of Humanitarian Aid Air Drop Near Amerli, Iraq - YouTube


Pentagon: Humanitarian operations, airstrikes will continue to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in their fight with Islamic State - Defense.gov


Islamic State still threat to Mosul Dam, Pentagon says - Army Times


VIDEO: Pentagon News Conference With Kirby (FULL) - Bloomberg


TRANSCRIPT: Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby - Defense.gov


Pentagon Says Iraq Operations Costing On Average $7.5 Million Per Day - Business Insider


Humanitarian aid to Iraq costs U.S. taxpayer dollars - WJLA.com


Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes, airdrop campaign in Iraq's Amerli - Reuters


Text Of Letter From President Obama: War Powers Resolution Regarding Iraq - Eurasia Review


Obama Authorizes Sending Additional Troops To Iraq - huffingtonpost.com


Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? - The Daily Beast


Obama heads to the NATO summit hoping to persuade more nations to join America in the fight against IS - NBC News.com


Iraq gets Russian Mi-28 attack helicopters - GlobalPost


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New Islamic State video shows apparent beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff - AP


VIDEO: The Islamic State original full video of Steven Sotloff beheading: A second message to America - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: American Steven Sotloff's words before apparent beheading - NY Daily News


Terrorist in ISIS execution video of Steven Sotloff appears to be same killer of James Foley - NY Daily News


Islamic State’s acts of inhumanity on unimaginable scale: UN - BBC News


Amnesty International accuses Islamic State of ethnic cleansing in Iraq, conducting mass killings of men and abducting women and children - Middle East - AP


Human Rights Watch: New ISIS Video Shows Higher Number Of Executions In Iraq; One Survivor Details Gruesome Tactics - ibtimes.com


Iraq: Islamic State Executions in Tikrit - Human Rights Watch


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Germany to deliver weapons to Iraqi Kurds battling IS terrorists - DW.DE


List of German weapons deliveries to Iraq′s Kurdish region - DW.DE


Australian Air Force plane delivers ammunition to Kurds - SBS News


Don't Expect Peshmerga Fighters to Beat the Islamic State - US News


Why The Kurds Failed Against IS In Iraq - Business Insider


Kurdish Peshmerga: Tarnishing a Reputation as Storied Warriors - NYTimes.com


PKK forces impress in fight against Islamic State - Al-Monitor


Female PKK Fighters May Be IS's Worst Nightmare - Military.com


'Islamic State tore our families apart. Now we're fighting back'. Meet the Kurdish women's resistance army - Telegraph


Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State - nationalgeographic.com

 

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Talk Nation Radio: Rep. Barbara Lee on War Powers, Marjorie Cohn on Prosecuting Congress for War Crimes

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-rep-barbara-lee-on-war-powers-marjorie-cohn-on-prosecuting-congress-for-war-crimes

Congresswoman Barbara Lee has represented the East Bay area of California since 1998. She discusses Congressional war powers.

Marjorie Cohn is a former president of the National Lawyers Guild. She lectures throughout the world on international human rights and U.S. foreign policy. Her latest book is The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse. Her website is http://www.marjoriecohn.com She discusses a letter sent by the National Lawyers Guild, Center for Constitutional Rights, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Arab Lawyers Union, and American Association of Jurists to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, urging her to initiate an investigation of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli leaders and aided and abetted by U.S. officials in Gaza.

Total run time: 29:00

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

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Society as a Failed Experiment

There's little dispute among social scientists that most of our major public programs are counter-productive on their own terms. There is also little analysis of this phenomenon as a pattern in need of an explanation and a solution.

Prisons are supposedly intended to reduce crime, but instead increase it. Young people who when they commit crimes are arrested and punished become much more likely to commit crimes as adults than are those young people who when they commit crimes are just left alone.

Fixing public schools by requiring endless test-preparation and testing is ruining public schools. Kids are emerging with less education than before the fix. Parents are sending their kids to private schools or charter schools or homeschooling them or even pulling them out of school for a few months during the worst of the test-preparation binging. 

Free trade policies are supposed to enrich us. Trickle-down tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations are supposed to enrich us. We keep trying them and they keep impoverishing us.

War preparations are supposed to enrich us, but impoverish us instead. War is supposed to protect us, but generates enemies. Or war is supposed to benefit some far away place, but leaves it in ruins. Is more war the answer?

When a road gets crowded, we enlarge it or build another road. The traffic responds by enlarging to fill the new roads. So we cut funds for trains in order to build yet more roads.

We're several times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist. So, we give police officers weapons of war to make us safe.

We're making the earth's climate unlivable by consuming fossil fuels. So we ramp up the consumption of fossil fuels.

Guns are supposed to protect us, but the more we spread the guns around the more we get killed intentionally and accidentally with guns.

What causes us to pursue counterproductive programs and policies? And why does it seem that the bigger the program is the more we pursue its counterproductive agenda? Well, let's look at the above list again and ask who benefits.

We've made prisons into a for-profit industry and an economic rescue program for depressed rural areas. Enormous profits are being made from children who abandon public schools; from the point of view of those profiteers there's every reason to fix schools in a manner that actually makes them horrible. Corporate trade pacts and tax exemptions for billionaires don't impoverish everyone, just us non-billionaires. Some people get rich from road construction. Weapons companies don't mind when one war leads to three more (especially if they're arming all sides), or when police pick up used weaponry that can then be replaced. Oil and coal profiteers aren't focused on the inhabitability of the earth. Gun manufacturers aren't worried about how many people die so much as how many guns are sold.

What keeps us from seeing this as a pattern is the myth that we live in a democracy in which decisions are made by majority opinion. In reality, majority opinion is badly distorted by anti-democratic news media and largely ignored by anti-democratic officials. 

Major public pressure will be needed to change this situation, to strip corporations of power, ban bribery, provide free media and public financing of elections, and create a democratic communications system.

We should begin by dropping the pretense that we're rationally testing policies and adjusting them as we go. No, the whole thing is broken. Experiments keep failing upward with no end in sight. Enough is enough. Let's change direction.

Iraq Has WMDs and Russia Has Invaded!

How did they imagine they'd get away with it, claiming that Iraq had vast stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and even nuclear weapons?

Defectors had made clear the chemical and biological weapons (some of them provided by the United States) had been destroyed. Inspectors had searched almost every inch of Iraq and said they'd get to the last few inches if given a few more days. Iraq was screaming that it had no such weapons. Numerous nations around the world were agreeing with Iraq. Colin Powell's own staff warned him that his claims would not be deemed plausible.

And yet, they got away with it to such an extent that most well-intentioned people in the United States to this day maintain that nobody can possibly be sure that Bush, Cheney, et alia, knew their statements were false when they made them.

"All this was inspired by the principle -- which is quite true within itself -- that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods." —Adolf Hitler

The U.S. media has repeatedly been claiming that Russia has invaded Ukraine.  They claim it for a while, and there's obviously been no invasion, so they pause.  Then they claim it again.  Or they claim that a convoy of aid trucks constitutes an invasion.  But the aid trucks look like aid trucks in all the photographs, and yet nobody has taken similar photographs of any invasion.  When Ukrainian tanks rolled into eastern Ukraine and were surrounded by civilians, we saw photographs and videos. Now there's just a Colin-Powellesque satellite photo from NATO supposedly showing Russian artillery in Ukraine. 

The major Russian invasion that apparently comes complete with some sort of muggle-and-photographer-repellant charm is said to consist of 1,000 troops -- or roughly as many troops as the U.S. has now sent back into Iraq in no sort of invasion to worry about whatsoever. 

But where are the 1,000 Russian troops invading Ukraine? Ukraine claims to have captured 10 of them, but the captured troops don't seem to have agreed to the story.  And what happened to the other 990?  How did someone get close enough to capture 10 but not photograph the other 990?

Meanwhile Russia says it's all lies and publicly urges the United States to engage with Ukraine diplomatically and urge the Ukrainian government to stop bombing its own citizens and work out a federalist system that represents everyone within its borders.

But NATO is busy announcing a counter-invasion to the invisible Russian invasion.

How do they imagine they'll get away with it? Well, let's see. Not a single individual responsible for the lies that launched the destruction of Iraq and the death of some million people and the predictable and predicted chaos now tormenting Iraq's whole region has been held accountable in any way.

The lie that Gadaffi was about to slaughter innocents, the lie that facilitated the attack on Libya and the hell that has now been established there -- No one has been held accountable for that lie in any way whatsoever.

The lie that the White House had proof that Assad had used chemical weapons -- No one has been held accountable.  No one has even had to recant as they switch targets and propose bombing Assad's enemies.

The lie that drone strikes don't kill innocents and don't kill those who could easily have been arrested instead -- No one has been held accountable.

The lie that the United States had proof Russia had shot down an airplane over Ukraine -- No one has been held accountable, and the United States is opposing an independent investigation.

The lie that torture makes us safe, a lie that led to the United States torturing some folks -- No one at the level of air-conditioned office work has been held responsible at all.

Why do they think they can get away with it?

Because you let them. Because you don't want to believe they commit such atrocities. Because you don't want to believe they tell big lies.

You know, some people feel like idiots for having believed the Iraq lies. Imagine how they're going to feel when they find out they believed a nation had been invaded when it hadn't.

 

David Swanson is author of War Is A Lie.

Ukraine News - Sep 2, 2014


Rebels no longer demanding full independence, say they will respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - AP


Donetsk, Luhansk ‘republics' present list of demands ahead of the meeting of the Contact Group  - ITAR-TASS


Excerpts: Pro-Russia ‘republics’ outline demands in swap for peace ahead of Minsk talks - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


Next session of Contact Group on Ukraine due on Friday - ITAR-TASS


Talks with Ukraine in Contact Group may get official status - ITAR-TASS


Moscow Hopes Minsk Talks on Settling Situation in Ukraine to Be About Ceasefire: Lavrov - RIA Novosti


VIDEO: Putin responds to BBC doorstep: Kiev authorities refuse to hold substantial dialogue with Ukraine’s southeast - YouTube


Russia: Demonstrators Against War in Ukraine Arrested - The Interpreter


NATO plans high-readiness 'spearhead' with troops, jets, and ships in East Europe - CSMonitor.com


Military option on Ukraine 'does not exist', says new EU chief - Telegraph


Europe drafts emergency energy plan with eye on Russia gas shut-down - irishtimes.com


Ukraine negotiates gas supplies bypassing Russia: Poroshenko - ITAR-TASS


Reverse-flow gas ‘trial run’ from Slovakia to Ukraine successful - ITAR-TASS


Russian ruble slides to all-time low as new sanctions loom - CNN


Putin Faces Debt to Import Curbs as EU Weighs Sanctions - Businessweek


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Ukrainian forces retreat from Luhansk airport after clashes with 'Russian tank column’: Kiev - France 24


Ukraine Border Gateway Seized by Rebels as War-Weary Locals Pray for Peace - VICE News


Ukrainian officials say nearly 700 soldiers had been taken prisoner since the rebel offensive began - BBC


VIDEO: Rebels capture more govt forces in Eastern Ukraine - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO (Russian): DPR 'Prime Minister' Zakharchenko met captive Ukrainian troops before releasing them home - YouTube


At Least Four Tactical Battalions of Russian Federation Armed Forces in Ukraine: Andrey Lysenko, military spokesman - Interpreter_Mag


US Official Confirms That Russian Military Has Sent SA-22 SAM Systems Into Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO (English) - Press Conference of Ukraine Military Spokesman Lysenko, Sep 1 - Ukraine Crisis Media Center


Ukraine war pulls in foreign fighters - BBC News


Ukrainian Woman, Held Up to Public Abuse, Is Released - NYTimes.com


Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists - rferl.org


INTERVIEW (Russian): Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists - svoboda.org


Iryna Dovhan, the woman humiliated by terrorists in Donetsk, speaks of her ordeal (Excerpts) - EUROMAIDAN PRESS

 

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A New Calendar of Holidays

calendarcoverA new calendar of peace holidays has just been published. And none too soon, if you’ve noticed the epidemic of military holidays around us.

I can understand that Catholics have a saint for every day of the year. And I’m not shocked that various ancient religions have holidays for a high proportion of the year’s days. But what to make of the United States, which now has a military holiday for at least 66 separate days, including Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and lesser known days like the just passed Marine Corps Reserve Birthday?

In the coming weeks we have V-J Day, 9/11 Remembrance Day / Patriot Day, the U.S. Air Force Birthday, National POW / MIA Recognition Day, and Gold Star Mother’s Day. There are, in addition, six week-long military holidays and three month-long ones. May, for example, is National Military Appreciation Month.

The military memorializes past war lies (Remember the Maine Day), cultural depravity normalized by eternal war (Month of the Military Child), and past crimes like attacking Cuba and killing a mule (Mantanzas Mule Day). This website even — wonderfully and accidentally — includes the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, which is a day dedicated to opposing militarism. The same website — disgustingly and inappropriately — includes Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday as a military holiday.

Still, the general pattern is this: in the United States there are holidays to celebrate militarism just about every week, and increasingly one hears about them on the radio, at public events, and in corporate advertising that apparently believes militarism sells.

What would a calendar of peace holidays look like? At WorldBeyondWar we believe it would look something like this.

We’re making it available for free as a PDF that you can print out and make use of: PDF, Word.

We’re also displaying on the front page of WorldBeyondWar.org the holiday, if any, to be marked or celebrated on whatever day it happens to be at the time. So you can always just check there.

We think that part of developing a peace culture is marking great peace moments from the past. Knowing what peace holiday any given day is, or what holidays are coming up soon, can be very useful in creating and promoting events, writing op-eds, and interesting the corporate media in something that is otherwise too important and news worthy to be touched.

World peace holidays can build unity among activists. They can be used for education (celebrating the Hague Peace Conference of 1899 on May 18th could cause someone to want to know what that conference was). And they can be used for encouragement and inspiration (on a gloomy March 20th it might be nice to know that “on this day in 1983, 150,000 peace rallies were held in Australia”).

In this initial draft of the World Beyond War Calendar we’ve included 154 holidays, all of them days — no weeks or months. We could have included a significant peace event for 365 days a year but chose to be selective. It’s a tightly held secret, of course, but there has been a lot more peace than war in the world.

Some of the days are also military days re-purposed. For example:

September 11. On this day in 1973 the United States backed a coup that overthrew the government of Chile. Also on this day in 2001 terrorists attacked in the United States using hijacked airplanes. This is a good day to oppose violence and nationalism and revenge.

Others are military days the military doesn’t celebrate. For example:

January 11. On this day in 2002 the United States opened its notorious prison in Guantanamo. This is a good day to oppose all imprisonment without trial.

August 6. On this day in 1945 the U.S. dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing some 140,000 men, women, and children. President Truman went on the radio to justify this as revenge and lie that Hiroshima was a military base rather than a city. This is a very good day to oppose nuclear weapons.

Others are well-known days reclaimed for peace. For example:

January 15. On this day in 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. was born. The holiday, however, is celebrated on the third Monday of January. These are good opportunities to recall King’s work against militarism, extreme materialism, and racism.

Mothers Day is celebrated on different dates around the world. In many places it is the second Sunday in May. This is a good day to read the Mother’s Day Proclamation and rededicate the day to peace.

December 25. This is Christmas, traditionally a holiday of peace for Christians. On this day in 1776, George Washington led a surprise night crossing of the Delaware River and pre-dawn raid on unarmed hung-over-from-Christmas troops still in their underwear — a founding act of violence for the new nation. Also on this day in 1875 Jessie Wallace Hughan, founder of the War Resisters League, was born. Also on this day in 1914, soldiers on both sides of the trenches of World War I took part in a Christmas Truce. This is a good day to work for peace on earth.

Other days are new to most people. For example:

August 27. This is Kellogg-Briand Day. On this day in 1928, in what was the biggest news story of the year, the major nations of the world gathered in Paris, France, to sign the Kellogg-Briand Pact banning all war. The treaty remains on the books today. The day is increasingly being recognized and celebrated as a holiday.

November 5. On this day in 1855 Eugene V. Debs was born. Also on this day in 1968 Richard Nixon was elected U.S. president after secretly and treasonously sending Anna Chennault to sabotage Vietnam peace talks, campaigning on a nonexistent secret plan for peace, and actually planning to continue the war, as he did once elected. This is a good day to think about who our real leaders are.

November 6. This is the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.

Here’s the web version.

Here’s the PDF.

Here’s the Word.

The calendar is a first of what we expect to be many editions. In fact, it will be constantly updated. So please send additions and corrections to info@worldbeyondwar.org.

Ukraine News - Sep 1, 2014


Putin Calls for Talks on East Ukraine “Statehood", But Not Independence - newsweek.com


Putin's statement is not referring to giving “statehood" to Novorossia as it is Ukraine’s internal affair: Kremlin spokesman - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Putin urges immediate talks on "statehood" in east Ukraine - YouTube


Ukrainian govt should not fear federalization: Putin - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Putin calls Poroshenko partner with whom dialogue can be conducted - Russia Beyond The Headlines


POLL: Putin faces limited opposition from Russian public on Ukraine - Pew Research Center


VIDEO: Putin: 'Don’t Mess With Russia...I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers’ - Headlines & Global News


VIDEO (English): Putin talks Ukraine, NATO, Crimea at two hours Q&A with Russian youth (FULL) - YouTube


Ukraine Crisis: Gorbachev Warns of 'Terrible Slaughter' in Europe, "If our country intervenes, such a fire could break out that the whole world wouldn't be able to put it out" - Yahoo News UK


U.S. lawmakers call for arming Ukraine government - Yahoo News


POLL: HuffPost/YouGov Poll Shows Few Americans Think The U.S. Has An Obligation To Defend Ukraine - huffingtonpost.com


POLL: HuffPost/YouGov Poll Results: Ukraine - yougov.com


Merkel says she's against arming Ukraine, but sanctions are coming - kyivpost.com


Arms deliveries to Ukraine useless, will further expand confrontation: Hollande - ITAR-TASS


EU gives Russia ultimatum over Ukraine crisis, orders preparation of 'urgent' Russia sanctions - Fox News


Britain to spearhead 10,000-strong Nato rapid reaction force with mission to halt Putin's 'Tsarist expansionism' - Mail Online


NATO plans to deploy five bases in Eastern Europe: newspaper - ITAR-TASS


Poroshenko calls for soonest possible start of Contact Group talks, “The situation has reached the point where nothing can be changed’, therefore the sides must begin negotiations” - DWDD


Rebel number two to join Ukraine contact group talks on Monday - Reuters


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Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains - AP


Ukrainian forces in port city of Mariupol prepare for 'Russian-led' assault of the separatists - GlobalPost


VIDEO: Mariupol residents form human chain against pro-Russian fighters - YouTube


VIDEO: Local Civilians step up to protect Mariupol from attack - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Many leave threatened city of Mariupol - BBC News


Zakharchenko: “We’re Preparing a Second Large-Scale Offensive” - Voices from Russia


Assassination Attempt Made on Zakharchenko, PM of 'Donetsk People's Republic’ - Submariners World


Moscow Military Review Lists Seven ‘Probable’ Targets in ‘Novorossiya’ - Johnson's Russia List


Rescue under way after separatists claim first attack on Ukrainian ship - Reuters


VIDEO: Boat of Ukrainian board guards hit in the sea several kilometers away from Mariupol - LiveLeak.com


Russia and Ukraine trade soldiers at border: Russian news agencies - Firstpost


Russia and Ukraine swap captured soldiers - YouTube


VIDEOS: The battle for Ilovaisk turns out to become one of the hardest fought with several Ukrainian volunteer battalions being surrounded and facing annihilation - Ukraine@war


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Rebels interview Ukraine prisoners at Ilovayask - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO (English subtitles): Ukrainian troops surrendered near Starobeshevo - LiveLeak.com


Second Russian Humanitarian Convoy at Ukrainian Border - Interpreter_Mag


Russia ready to implement Poroshenko's plan of humanitarian relief to Lugansk and Donetsk: Putin - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Only 300,000 People Out of Population of 900,000 Remain in Donetsk: DPR - RIA Novosti

 

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IRELAND: US Airforce Uses Major Sports Event For War Proganda

Photo: 2 F 16s flying over peaceful Dublin on a quiet Saturday afternoon, source

 

It is a Saturday afternoon in supposedly neutral Ireland. A quiet Saturday afternoon in Dublin.

In Croke Park, the national stadium of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association / Cumann Lúthchleas Gael) which is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation and is celebrated as one of the great amateur sporting associations in the world today a match is played. Penn State  v/s UCF.

Protest Increased Airstrikes on Iraq & Syria

Dangerous arguments and actions came this week from both President Obama, who plans to increase airstrikes on Iraq & Syria and announced drone surveillance (as if that has not been happening for years), and from John McCain, leader of the “US has to get back in Iraq” cabal.“Limited” airstrikes by the world's most powerful military combined with U.S.

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