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Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart

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  • Representative of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called on Iraqis to take up arms against what he called "terrorists" who have overrun large swaths of the country. The call comes just hours after Islamist militants seized two more strategic towns northeast of Baghdad, moving the country closer to disintegration. Over the past few days, fighters from ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, have seized several major cities including Mosul and Tikrit. Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters have taken control of the oil city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. On Thursday, President Obama said he won’t rule anything out, including a military response. The Wall Street Journal meanwhile reports Iran is sending units of its al-Quds forces into Iraq to help stop the Sunni fighters from ISIS. 
  • We go to the city of Najaf to speak to Sami Rasouli, founder and director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. He left Iraq in the late 1970s and eventually moved to the United States and settled in Minneapolis, where he was a well-known restaurateur. He moved back to Iraq in 2004 after living abroad for nearly 30 years.
  • Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

story/12/24712/w320/Iraq021.jpg Friday, June 13, 2014 | Amy Goodman: We turn now to Iraq. A representative of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called on Iraqis to take up arms against what he called "terrorists" who have overrun large swaths of the country. The call comes just hours after Islamist militants seized two more strategic towns northeast of Baghdad, moving the country closer to disintegration. Over the past few days, fighters from ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, have seized several major cities including Mosul and Tikrit. According to the United Nations, hundreds of people have been killed in Mosul, many of them summarily executed. Hundreds of thousands have fled Mosul, many afraid Iraqi forces would bomb the city. Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters have taken control of the oil city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. On Thursday, President Obama said he won’t rule anything out that might aid Prime Minister Maliki.

President Barack Obama: I think it’s fair to say that in our consultations with the Iraqis, there will be some short-term, immediate things that need to be done militarily, and, you know, our national security team is looking at all the options. But this should be also a wake-up call for the Iraqi government. There has to be a political component to this, so that Sunni and Shia who care about building a functioning state that can bring about security and prosperity to all people inside of Iraq come together and work diligently against these extremists. And that is going to require concessions on the part of both Shia and Sunni that we haven’t seen so far.

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Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq, Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post

  • Re-invade Iraq? The US has been here before.
  • Iraq War Drums -- Again!

 

Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending June 15, 2014

 

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  • For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left. 
  • 10 New Items including:
    • Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq
    • Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure
    • Ukraine, U.S., and big bad Putin: Who's the bully?
    • “False Flag Terrorism” to Sustain America’s “Humanitarian” Agenda
    • The Myth of America’s Global Peacekeeping Past
    • Take Action: End U.S. Military Aid to Colombia's Army
    • Agents of Destabilization in Venezuela: The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy
    • Ann Jones: Star-Spangled Baggage
    • Barack Obama Pulls A George W. Bush: Lies, Misinformation and Chemical Weapons
    • Halt Momentum Toward War in Ukraine

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq, Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post

  • Re-invade Iraq? The US has been here before.
  • Iraq War Drums -- Again!

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Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • More than half a century of American-style war by the most powerful and potentially destructive military on the planet adds up to worse than nothing.
  • Part 1: Don’t Walk Away from War 
  • Part 2: Stop Here

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Ukraine, U.S., and big bad Putin: Who's the bully? Sam Webb, People's World

  • 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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“False Flag Terrorism” to Sustain America’s “Humanitarian” Agenda, Joachim Hagopian, GlobalResearch

  • Sustaining the US Empire’s Killing Machine
  • The Modus Operandi of US Led Wars
  • The Myth of America’s Global Peacekeeping Past

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The Myth of America’s Global Peacekeeping Past, Leon Hadar, The American Conservative

There is something morally appalling in Kagan, The Economist, and other cheerleaders for the botched wars in the Greater Middle East arguing once again that only the full application of American military power will deter aggression and build the foundations for stability. 

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John Cole

Take Action: End U.S. Military Aid to Colombia's Army, John Lindsay-Poland, SOA Watch

  • School of the Americas Instructor Who Oversaw Dozens of Killings Leads U.S.-Backed Army
  • Agents of Destabilization in Venezuela: The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy

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Agents of Destabilization in Venezuela: The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy, Eva Golinger, Global Research

  • What is clear is that the US government continues to feed efforts to destabilize Venezuela in clear violation of law. Stronger legal measures  and enforcement may be necessary to ensure the sovereignty and defense of Venezuela’s democracy.
  • Aiding Venezuela

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Ann Jones: Star-Spangled Baggage, Ann Jones, TomDispatch.com

  • How America’s Wars Came Home With the Troops 
  • Up Close, Personal, and Bloody 
  • Shooting At Fort Hood Not A Surprise To This Veteran
  • Forty Years After Vietnam Learning Series Launched

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Barack Obama Pulls A George W. Bush: Lies, Misinformation and Chemical Weapons, Patrick L. Smith, Salon

  • Remember the almost-war in Syria last year? An amazing new report -- which our media won't touch -- is a must read.
  • Obama’s Ukrainian Power Grab, Sanctions and the Boomerang Effect

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Halt Momentum Toward War in Ukraine, David Swanson, War Is A Crime.org

 

Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq

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  • Re-invade Iraq? The US has been here before.
  • Iraq War Drums -- Again!

Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post

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06/13/2014 | On her Thursday show, Rachel Maddow cautioned against any renewed American military action in Iraq, warning that the people who "most aggressively argued that we ought to start the Iraq War in 2003" should not be trusted when calling for intervention now.

Pressure is building on the Obama administration to back the Iraqi government with airstrikes to fight against militants who are capturing great swaths of the country.

Jack Mirkinson is the Senior Media Editor for Huffington Post.

Rachel Maddow is an American television host, political commentator, and author. She hosts a nightly television show, The Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC.

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Iraq War Drums -- Again! Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The United States simply cannot be sucked into another round of war in Iraq.
  • sign-btn.png Sign our petition. Tell President Obama and Congress: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Part 1: Obama Weighs 'All Options' for Iraq as Hawks Revive War Drums
  • Part 2: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure

 

Ukraine, U.S., and big bad Putin: Who's the bully?

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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

Sam Webb, People's World

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ObamaPutin520x360.jpg In a less confrontational mode, President Obama meets with Vladimir Putin, then Russia's prime minister, at Putin's dacha outside Moscow, July 7, 2009. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

april 8 2014 | If the world breathed a sigh of relief when the Cold War wound down in the late 1980s, it started trembling as U.S.-Russia relations took a dangerous turn over Ukraine and Crimea. This is a very troubling development. If it continues in the present direction, the result will be damaging on a range of issues - nuclear weapons proliferation and elimination, Iran, Syria, terrorism, climate change, and domestic politics in the two countries, to mention a few.

If you listen only to the mainstream media and both Republican and Democratic politicians you get the impression that the perpetrator of this sharply negative turn is the power-hungry Putin, and that the trigger was Russia's heavy hand in the Crimea.

Sam Webb is the national chairperson of the Communist Party, USA.

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“False Flag Terrorism” to Sustain America’s “Humanitarian” Agenda, Joachim Hagopian, GlobalResearch

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  • Sustaining the US Empire’s Killing Machine
  • The Modus Operandi of US Led Wars
  • The Myth of America’s Global Peacekeeping Past

 

 

 

 

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