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State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates

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There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq prior to the US invasion in 2003. Now, under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Al Qaeda is resurgent, benefiting from the autocratic rule of the country’s prime minister.

Kevin Gosztola, The Dissenter, FireDogLake

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4088/5079278783_194c77492e.jpg Thursday May 1, 2014 | The United States State Department has released its annual report on global terrorism where it highlights “serious threat” posed to the US by the growth in affiliates of Al Qaeda while also acknowledging that the “international community has severely degraded Al Qaeda’s core leadership.”

As it describes, “Leadership losses in Pakistan, coupled with weak governance and instability in the Middle East and Northwest Africa, have accelerated the decentralization of the movement and led to the affiliates in the AQ network becoming more operationally autonomous from core AQ and increasingly focused on local and regional objectives.”

 

 

Kevin Gosztola is a trusted author who publishes his writing regularly to OpEdNews and Open Salon and he is a 2009 Young People For Fellow. He is a documentary filmmaker currently completing a Film/Video degree at Columbia College in Chicago.

 

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How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee FloodEric Zuesse, OpEdNews 

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  • If President Obama now treats those desperate children as if they were not refugees, then he will be culminating what he has already done to them, not moving to reverse it, but instead to seal their dooms.
  • How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras

     

     

How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood

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  • If President Obama now treats those desperate children as if they were not refugees, then he will be culminating what he has already done to them, not moving to reverse it, but instead to seal their dooms.
  • How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras

Eric Zuesse, OpEdNews

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Caged: Congress-man Henry Cuellar took these shocking images to highlight how overwhelmed the US authorities are with the recent tide of illegal immigrants

7/12/2014 | Frances Robles of The New York Times headlined on July 9th, 

 

"Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border" and reported:

 

More than half of the top 50 Central American cities from which children are leaving for the United States are in Honduras. Virtually none of the children have come from Nicaragua, a bordering country that has staggering poverty, but not a pervasive gang culture or a record-breaking murder rate. "Everyone has left," Alan Castellanos, 27, the uncle of Anthony and Kenneth, said in an interview in late May. "How is it that an entire country is being brought to its knees?"

The answer to that question is remarkably clear, and it started actually in 2009.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of Christ's Ventriloquists: The Event that Created Christianity.

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How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras, Lynn Holland,  Foreign Policy in Focus

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  • Military repression in Honduras is a direct legacy of U.S. meddling in the country.
  • The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis

 

The Bombing of Gaza

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"I want to ask the White House, Who do they think is actually targeting civilians when it is Palestinian children being killed?" —Ramah Kudaimi, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

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Bombing%20of%20Gaza.jpg July 10, 2014 | The death toll in Gaza has risen to 64 after 14 people – including seven women and children – were killed in Israeli airstrikes as Operation Protective Edge entered its third day. At least 18 children have been killed since Tuesday," begins a piece at Russia Today this morning.  

 

Common Dreams reports "The White House on Tuesday announced its backing of Israel's escalating air strikes on Gaza amid reports of a rising Palestinian death toll that now includes the killing of more than a dozen children."  

Israel uses the excuse, for its collective punishment of Arabs for the death of three Israeli teens, which escalated the conflict, that it was targeting Hamas, who it claims was responsible (without showing evidence).  In response to the massive bombing by Israel, Palestinians have fired back rockets, which have inflicted little damage according to various reports.

What's never allowed in the American mainstream press is that Hamas was created by Israel to undermine Yassir Arafat's Fatah movement, in a divide and conquer strategy.  Of course, this has backfired on Israel, which now identifies Hamas as "terrorist," just as the creation of al Qaeda by the CIA has backfired on the Empire. (Here's Hillary Clinton admitting it.)

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Why America Hates And Despises Victims

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  • So, this is why all those people we’re bombing in Ukraine receive absolutely no sympathy from America’s “news” media: those people we are bombing are victims. And those “news” people are paid by the people who are behind those bombings. After all, if it weren’t so, you’d already have known about the U.S.-sponsored ethnic cleansing campaign throughout southeastern Ukraine. And that’s why you probably haven’t read, or seen on TV, lots and lots about it. Or, maybe, anything about it.
  • Ukraine, U.S., and big bad Putin: Who's the bully?
  • The United States of Cruelty
  • Noam Chomsky | America's Real Foreign Policy

Eric Zuesse, Countercurrents.org

27303223/1498480/1498480_900.jpg 05 July, 2014 | Here are photos of residents in southeastern Ukraine and of their homes that we bombed yesterday, and you see the corpses, and the grieving survivors.

But Americans call them "terrorists," even though these people never were that, and even though America is funding the terrorism against all the residents in southeastern Ukraine, to force them to either die or else flee, so that they won't be able to vote in future Ukrainian elections, and so that the government we installed in a February coup in Kiev will stay installed, even if Ukraine becomes again a democracy. The residents in that region had voted overwhelmingly for the President whom we overthrew on February 22nd. The mock-election that we held in Ukraine on May 25th had excluded any candidate that our government didn't first approve of, but President Obama wants Ukraine to be a democratic base for NATO missiles against Russia, not just a fascist dictatorship like we installed on February 22nd. Democracies are much more stable than dictatorships, and Obama wants the Ukrainian public to approve of the nuclear missiles that he’s planning to install there. Obama wants anyone in Ukraine who doesn't like the idea of Ukraine joining NATO to either die or else leave Ukraine, and that's why we're bombing the people there -- to just get rid of them, so we'll have the kind of democracy we want there: a NATO democracy – a Russia-hating democracy.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of Christ's Ventriloquists: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • Right now, it is imperative that peace- and justice-minded people tell the Obama administration to turn away from its confrontation with Russia - stop the punishing and isolating moves as well as rein in an even more bellicose Senate and House. Instead, here are the paths the U.S. needs to pursue.
  • “False Flag Terrorism” to Sustain America’s “Humanitarian” Agenda

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The United States of Cruelty, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

  • We are cheap. We are suspicious. We will shoot first. It does not have to be this way. Like Lincoln before us, it is time to do something about it.
  • GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness

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Noam Chomsky | America's Real Foreign Policy, Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch

  • How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector 
  • Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom: Put Away Your Flags

 

Noam Chomsky | America's Real Foreign Policy

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How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector 

Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch

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July 1, 2014 | It goes without saying that the honchos of the national security state weren’t exactly happy with Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations.  Still, over the last year, the comments of such figures, politicians associated with them, and retirees from their world clearly channeling their feelings have had a striking quality: over-the-top vituperation.  About the nicest thing anyone in that crew has had to say about Snowden is that he’s a “traitor” or -- shades of the Cold War era (and of absurdity, since the State Department trapped him in the transit lounge of a Moscow airport by taking his passport away) -- a “Russian spy.”  And that’s the mild stuff.  Such figures have also regularly called for his execution, for quite literally stringing him up from the old oak tree and letting him dangle in the breeze.  Theirs has been a bloodcurdling collective performance that gives the word “visceral” new meaning.

Such a response to the way Snowden released batches of NSA documents to Glenn Greenwald, filmmaker Laura Poitras, and the Washington Post’s Barton Gellman calls for explanation.  Here's mine: the NSA’s goal in creating a global surveillance state was either utopian or dystopian (depending on your point of view), but in either case, breathtakingly totalistic.  Its top officials meant to sweep up every electronic or online way one human being can communicate with others, and to develop the capability to surveil and track every inhabitant of the planet.  From German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to peasants with cell phones in the backlands of Afghanistan (not to speak of American citizens anywhere), no one was to be off the hook.  Conceptually, there would be no exceptions.  And the remarkable thing is how close the agency came to achieving this.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

 

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Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom: Put Away Your Flags, Howard Zinn, The Progressive

  • In a nation like ours -- huge, possessing thousands of weapons of mass destruction -- what might have been harmless pride becomes an arrogant nationalism dangerous to others and to ourselves. 
  • Trying to Feel Patriotic on the Fourth of July
  • Noam Chomsky | America's Real Foreign Policy

 

 

When will this insanity end?

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Just in case you're angry about the three Israeli kids kidnapped (and you should be) but are unaware that our media isn't telling anything like the whole story. The things included here go on all the time, every damned day, but U.S. media entirely ignores almost all of it.  In this country, Palestinian kids, or just Palestinian lives, seem to have no value. -- Jim Fuller

Mazin Qumsiyeh, Human Rights Newsletter

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Monday, June 30, 2014 | A sadly familiar scene over the past two weeks here in occupied Palestine:

10 Palestinians (including a 7 and 15 year old)  and three Israeli settlers (16 – 19 year old) were killed. Dozens of Palestinian homes were demolished in the past two weeks. Over 570 more Palestinians were kidnapped in these two weeks making more than 6000 abductees languishing in Israeli gulags/prisons. 1500 Palestinian homes invaded without due process. 12 million native Palestinians still await their freedom from colonial occupation and displacement. And Israeli leaders are promising to “do more” (genocidal mayhem?). 

But the question remains when will this insanity end?

Can it end by negotiations between occupied and occupier; negotiations that have been going on for 22 years while Israel gets $12 billion profit every year from its occupation? (That is not counting the billions from US taxpayers.)

Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. He was chairman of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and currently serves on the board of Al-Rowwad Children's Theater Center in Aida Refugee Camp. His main interest is media activism and public education.  

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Obama’s True Foreign-Policy ‘Weakness’

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President Obama has shied away from confronting Washington’s neocons who continue to exercise undue influence at think tanks, on op-ed pages and even inside Obama’s administration. With the new Iraq crisis, Obama’s timidity is coming back to haunt him.

Robert Parry, ConsortiumNews.com

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June 23, 2014 | A favorite neocon meme about President Barack Obama is that he is “weak” – because he failed to bomb Syria, bomb Iran, sustain the U.S. occupation of Iraq and start a full-scale economic war with Russia over Ukraine. But an alternate way of looking at Obama is that he is weak because he has failed to face down the neocons.

Since the start of his presidency, Obama has let the neocons and their “liberal interventionist” allies push him into militaristic and confrontational policies – even as he is criticized for not being militaristic and confrontational enough. There was the futile “surge” in Afghanistan, the chaotic “regime change” in Libya, excessive hostility toward Iran, intemperate demands for “regime change” in Syria, and hyperbolic denunciations of Russia for its reaction to U.S.-backed “regime change” in Ukraine.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He has written a trilogy on the Bush Family and its connections to various right-wing operatives. It includes America’s Stolen Narrative, Parry's latest work. 

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Obama's Iraq 'nap' represents who we are: sick of being the world's policeman, Ana Marie Cox, theguardian.com

  • Critics of a foreign policy of 'neglect' are still living in George W Bush's fever dream of rage and fear. The public is fickle, but we're willing to be patient about war again
  • Iraq War Drums -- Again!

 

How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras

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  • Military repression in Honduras is a direct legacy of U.S. meddling in the country.
  • The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis.

Lynn HollandForeign Policy in Focus

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honduras-military-rule-coup-zelaya-us-support-repression-722x413.jpgThe Honduran military was a front-line enforcer of U.S. goals in Central America during the Cold War. The country is still paying the price to this day. (Photo: Charlie Company / Flickr)

Wednesday, June 24, 2014 | A few weeks ago in Honduras, six Americans were arrested and thrown in jail while salvaging from the ocean floor off the northern coast. Their charge: possession of illegal weapons while on board the ship. A spokesman for the salvage company the men work for said that port officials had approved the guns in advance for purposes of protection. Since their arrest, there have been reports that the men are poorly fed, the jail is foul and mosquito-infested, and vicious fights have broken out among the other inmates.

Publicity over the case has pried the lid off the longstanding human rights crisis in Honduras. Harassment, arbitrary arrest, crowded prisons, and a host of other human rights abuses are a way of life for many Hondurans, and especially the poor. Unionists, peasant activists, environmentalists, indigenous people, and the journalists, lawyers, and others who support them are particularly vulnerable to threats, disappearance, and murder. Over the years, politically motivated killings, along with other factors, have given Honduras the highest murder rate in the world.

Lynn Holland is a professor at the University of Denver where she teaches illicit markets in Latin America and political economic development in Latin America as well as graduate courses in international political economy, comparative politics, and the international system.

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The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis, SOA Watch

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  • The particularly severe increases in Honduran migration are a direct result of the June 28, 2009 SOA-graduate led coup, the abusive policies of the resulting Honduran regimes, and the shameful U.S. support for these corrupt governments that emerged after dubious elections in 2009 and 2013.

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