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Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security


Venezuela fights back against U.S.-supported counterrevolution.

Gloria La Riva, Liberation News

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Mar 10, 2015 | In an ominous escalation against Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order on March 9 outlandishly declaring the Venezuelan government “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

Venezuelan leaders immediately denounced Obama’s Executive Order. After all, it is Washington that has plotted against the Bolivarian government for 16 years.

In a national TV address, President Nicolás Maduro charged Obama with “committing the gravest aggression against Venezuela in all its history,” calling his order, “a monster created with the backing of the State Department and the CIA.”

Gloria La Riva is the 2008 presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Born in Albuquerque, N.M., La Riva attended Brandeis University, where she was active in affirmative action struggles. 

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Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest, Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website

  • The debacles produced by Washington’s reckless resort to military violence have only propelled the ruling class to broaden the scope of its military operations, expand the list of potential enemies, and prepare quite consciously and deliberately for world war.
  • Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State



The Big Dick School of American Patriotism, Nan Levinson, TomDispatch

  • America's new military mystique and what we make of it
  • The Washington Post Will Kill Us All
  • War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built


The Putin-Did-It Conspiracy Theory


  • The Times’ editorial doesn’t give much reason for hope that America’s upside-down “group think” has righted itself in any meaningful way. In the mainstream media’s latest repeat of the Iraq-WMD fiasco, the Times and virtually every other major news outlet remain committed to a dangerous misreading of the facts about Ukraine.
  • Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

Robert Parry, Consortium News

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Patrick Chappatte

15 February 15 | The original falsehood behind the Iraq War was that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and intended to use them against America either directly or by giving them to al-Qaeda. The opening lie about the Ukraine crisis was that Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated the conflict as part of some Hitlerian plan to conquer much of Europe.

Yet, while the Hussein-WMD claim was hard for the common citizen to assess because it was supposedly supported by U.S. intelligence information that was kept secret, the Putin-Ukraine lie collapses under the most cursory examination based simply of what’s publicly known and what makes sense.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from

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Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War, Robert Parry,  / Rise Up Times

  • The armchair warriors of Official Washington are eager for a new war, this time with Russia over Ukraine, and they are operating from the same sort of mindless “group think” and hostility to dissent that proved so disastrous in Iraq.
  • Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs

Open Letter to the People and Leaders of Iran from the People of the United States


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  • Time to Indict GOP for Treason & Sedition! 

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16681112616_f73431cb44_z_(1).jpg?1426121957It has come to our attention while observing the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States government that a group of 47 U.S. Senators are attempting, against the will of the majority of the American people, to sabotage any agreement due to their hope of creating additional conflict between our country and the people of Iran.

We would also like to bring to your attention that many people in the United States are aware that the United States government is in violation of a treaty approved by the Senate and signed into law. The treaty imposes an affirmative obligation on the United States and all other countries possessing nuclear weapons to act to diminish and eventually eliminate all of their existing nuclear weapons as a condition for relieving non-nuclear countries of the need to acquire such terrifying weapons. The official name of this treaty is the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons or NPT.

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Time to Indict GOP for Treason & Sedition! Sue Cohen, Petitions 


  • To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama.
  • Open Letter to the People and Leaders of Iran from the People of the United States

Netanyahu's Middle East


  • Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s strident and continual harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security.
  • Part 1: To Netanyahu, Peace Is an Existential Threat
  • Part 2: 4 Things more Dangerous to Israel than Iran’s civilian Nuclear Enrichment

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Part 1: To Netanyahu, Peace Is an Existential Threat

To understand Netanyahu's message this week in Washington, one must understand that to those who crave war, peace is an existential threat.

Trita Parsi, Common Dreams

red_line_bibi.jpg?itok=L4L4_WEgBenjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, points to a red line he drew on a graphic while addressing the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. (Photo: Mario Tama  / Getty Images)

Monday, March 02, 2015 | To Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, peace between the US and Iran is an existential threat. By now, it should be clear to all: It's not an Iranian nuclear bomb he fears, but a US-Iran deal.

In a tweet earlier this morning, the Prime Minister said as much: "We are strongly opposed to the agreement being formulated between the world powers and Iran that could endanger Israel's very existence."

So we have gone from Netanyahu declaring an Iranian bomb an existential threat to Israel, to a deal between the world powers and Iran an existential threat.

Trita Parsi is founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He is author of A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012) and Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States.

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Part 2:  4 Things more Dangerous to Israel than Iran’s civilian Nuclear Enrichment

Here are genuine dangers to Israel, about which Netanyahu won’t be saying anything today.

Juan Cole, Common Dreams

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 | Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s strident and continual harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security. Netanyahu has raised this issue repeatedly over the past 20 years, often predicting that Iran was as little as a year away from having a nuclear warhead. Decades later, it does not, and Israel is still there. Many observers believe that Netanyahu is performing as a magician does, trying to make the audience take its eye over the real sleight of hand by pointing in the direction of a distraction.

There are, in fact, more pressing dangers to Israel than Iran’s nuclear reactors.

Juan Cole teaches Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan. His new book, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East (Simon and Schuster), will officially be published July 1st. He is also the author of Engaging the Muslim World and Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (both Palgrave Macmillan).

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