New Australian Terrorism Bill to Facilitate Targeted Military Killings

By Mike Head Global Research, November 30, 2014 World Socialist Web Site 29 November 2014 For the third time in two months, the Australian Senate has signed off another “counter-terrorism” bill that grants unprecedented powers to the intelligence and military apparatus. The latest laws, rubberstamped this week, allow the government to designate individuals and “classes”... Continue Reading →

At Home and Abroad, UN Report Details Abysmal US Record of Abuse

Torture, indefinite detention, excessive force, and systematic discrimination and mistreatment have become part of the nation's modern legacy By Jon Queally November 30, 2014 "ICH" - "Common Dreams" - -  An official report by the United Nations Committee Against Torture released Friday found that the United States has a long way to go if it... Continue Reading →

Waistband-Reaching Syndrome Could Get You Killed

The Bizarre Compulsion of Black Men to “Reach for their Waistbands” By John Eskow November 30, 2014 "ICH" - "Counterpunch" -  If police accounts are to be believed, there is a bizarre urge among young, unarmed black men to provoke their own murder by “reaching for their waistbands” when cops are aiming service revolvers at them. Just... Continue Reading →

The US/UK Campaign to Demonize Social Media Companies as Terrorist Allies

By Glenn Greenwald November 30, 2014 "ICH" - "The Intercept" - In May, 2013, a British Army soldier, Lee Rigby, was killed on a suburban London street by two Muslim British citizens, who said they were acting to avenge years of killings of innocent Muslims by the British military in, among other places, Afghanistan and Iraq. One of... Continue Reading →

The High Cost of Empire Maintenance

Every year, congressional delegations and government officials rack up millions of dollars worth of publicly funded distractions abroad. By Philip Giraldi November 30, 2014 "ICH" - "American Conservative" - Running an empire is not cheap. The revelation that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has run up $4.7 million in travel expenses, over 930,000 miles, and a... Continue Reading →

Nuclear Chicken in the Middle East

By Eric Margolis November 30, 2014 "ICH" - To no surprise, nuclear talks between Iran and major world powers have become stalemated. Iran will not sink “to its knees” to win a nuclear deal with the great powers, said its leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, after the failure of six months of talks in Vienna. However,... Continue Reading →

If Drone Strikes Are Acceptable, So Are Suicide Bombings

By Tim Holmes November 30, 2014 "ICH" - "Medium" -  “Clinical”, “surgical”, “targeted”, “precision”. As US massacres-by-drone continue across the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, their ugly accomplice is the bastardisation of language. Human rights group Reprieve have justcalculated the number of innocent victims each drone strike claims, posing the question: by what standards... Continue Reading →

IS want Western Countries to Invade What’s The Purpose of “Global” Terrorism?

By Gwynne Dyer November 30, 2014 "ICH" -  “We will not be cowed by these sick terrorists,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron after ISIS produced a grisly video of the mass beheading of Syrian captives by foreign jihadis who allegedly included British fighters. “We will not be intimidated,” said Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper... Continue Reading →

Canada’s Bizarre Foreign/ Domestic Policies Entanglement. Votes against “Combatting Glorification of Nazism” Resolution at United Nations

By Jim Miles Global Research, November 29, 2014 Palestine Chronicle Canada’s parliament is currently embroiled in a rather weird partisan sex scandal that makes all parties look like moral disasters (listen to Harper quote “Canadian values” now).  While that has attracted all the attention of the media, a small news item emerged from RT News... Continue Reading →

“Islamic State” (ISIS) Supply Lines, Influx of Fighters and Weapons Protected by Turkey in Liaison with NATO

Germany's DW Report By Tony Cartalucci Global Research, November 29, 2014 Land Destroyer Report Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) published a video report of immense implications – possibly the first national broadcaster in the West to admit that the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) is supplied not by “black market oil” or “hostage ransoms” but... Continue Reading →

Love among the ruins of capitalism

By John Fleming St. Louis, Missouri, USA For a crowd is not company, and talk but the tinkling of cymbals, and faces but a gallery of pictures, where there is no love--Franics Bacon They have no compassion, just "the cult of the self" (C. Lasch), each trying to manipulate the attention of others, and thus... Continue Reading →

New Australian terrorism bill to facilitate targeted military killings

By Mike Head 29 November 2014 For the third time in two months, the Australian Senate has signed off another “counter-terrorism” bill that grants unprecedented powers to the intelligence and military apparatus. The latest laws, rubberstamped this week, allow the government to designate individuals and “classes” of Australians who can be attacked, and potentially killed,... Continue Reading →

German constitutional court increases the power of the church

By Justus Leicht 29 November 2014 The German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC—Bundesverfassungsgericht, or BVerfG) has declared lawful the dismissal of a leading physician at a Catholic hospital on the grounds that the church has the “right of self-determination.” The doctor had remarried after divorce and three labor courts had already ruled the dismissal illegal. The... Continue Reading →

French automaker Peugeot-Citroën plans new mass layoffs

By Stéphane Hugues 29 November 2014 Automaker Peugeot-Citroën (PSA) has announced new attacks on jobs and working conditions. In the last three years, thousands of workers have been sacked and the Aulnay-sous-Bois factory closed. Last week, 3,450 new job losses were announced. Moreover, according to the daily Le Monde, “From today up till 2016, 11,200... Continue Reading →

UK workers see six years of falling wages

By Robert Stevens 29 November 2014 Wages in the UK have crashed to levels not seen in decades as a result of the onslaught against living standards following the 2008 global financial meltdown. The latest report, the annual survey of hours and earnings released this week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), found that... Continue Reading →

Housing rights campaigners speak out on UK government’s social cleansing

By our reporters 29 November 2014 When the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government imposed a cap on housing benefit payments available for private rented accommodation in 2011, it was widely predicted that this would lead to a policy of social cleansing of the poor, particularly in London. Those predictions were borne out with Labour Party councils leading... Continue Reading →

Protests, building occupations follow California tuition hike

By Evan Blake 29 November 2014 A series of rallies and building occupations at University of California (UC) campuses has taken place over the past week in response to a Board of Regents’ November 20 vote to raise students’ tuition and fees 5 percent annually for the next five years. The increases will begin to... Continue Reading →

UN report documents torture, police violence in US

29 November 2014 The United Nations Committee Against Torture issued a lengthy report today assessing the performance of the 156 countries whose governments have ratified the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which took effect two decades ago. The report subjected a major country to a wide-ranging critique, indicting... Continue Reading →

Egypt: Police Kill 3 Protesters, Injure Dozens

By Press TV Global Research, November 28, 2014 Press TV At least three Egyptian protesters have been killed and scores of others injured after security forces clashed with anti-government demonstrators in the capital city of Cairo. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Cairo on Friday calling for ouster of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.... Continue Reading →

Ukraine and the UN Resolution against “The Glorification of Nazism”: The US Vote at the UN is “Holocaust Denial” – Here’s Why

By George Eliason Global Research, November 28, 2014 The UN vote against the glorification of nazism and nazi figures was a watershed insight into understanding what is going on inside western governments today. Eric Zuesse’s article labeling the no vote by the US, Canada, and Ukraine at the UN as supporting the glorification of Nazism and Holocaust... Continue Reading →

Leading Israeli Minister Lieberman Unveils Racist Peace Plan: Pay Palestinians to Leave Israel

By Philip Weiss Global Research, November 28, 2014 Mondoweiss The latest shocker, reported in Haaretz. Maybe the New York Times will cover this before long, and lament its beloved Israeli democracy for even permitting such discussion. By a leading government minister who seeks to be Prime Minister. Barak Ravid reports: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday... Continue Reading →

On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1%: Pay Employees a Living Wage

By Dreier Peter Global Research, November 28, 2014 Common Dreams Pickets, strikes, and protests are slated to sweep across the United States on Black Friday. (Photo: TwitPic/@WorkingAmerica) “Last year Walmart made $16 billion in profits. The company’s controlling family, the Waltons, is the richest family in America with nearly $150 billion in wealth. That is more than... Continue Reading →

Robert P. McColloch Personifies Misconduct by Prosecutors

Lawless Law Enforcer by: Linn Washington Jr. When discredited Missouri prosecutor Robert P. McColloch recently defended his calculated manipulation of a grand jury to free the policeman who fatally shot Michael Brown last summer, McColloch declared that eyewitness accounts must “always match physical evidence.” McColloch, however, did not use that ‘always match’ standard in the... Continue Reading →

The American legacy

By Dave Harrison When Osama bin Laden was killed in cold blood in Pakistan and many demanded to see his death-photos for verification, President Obama refused and said, "That's not who we are," which begs the question: Who are the Americans? Are Americans the ones who annexed the Philippines, denied them their own republic and then engaged... Continue Reading →

Washington denounces Syrian air strikes on ISIS

By Peter Symonds 28 November 2014 The US has seized on Syrian air force strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stronghold of Raqqa to denounce Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and push for his government’s removal. For the past three years, the Obama administration has backed anti-Assad militias in Syria. The main... Continue Reading →

The reactionary politics of German Greens on display at party congress

By Dietmar Henning 28 November 2014 The German Green Party has proved on many occasions that it is expert in embellishing the reactionary content of its program with empty talk of freedom, humanity and peace. Such hypocrisy was once more on show at the party’s annual congress held last weekend in Hamburg. The party’s slogans... Continue Reading →

India: Open rift in Stalinist CPM

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones 28 November 2014 A long-running rift within the top leadership of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, the country’s principal Stalinist parliamentary party, has now broken into the open. The rift revolves around whether to pursue an alliance with the Congress Party, historically the premier party of... Continue Reading →

Australia: Major parties prepare further austerity after Victorian state election

By Patrick Kelly 28 November 2014 Tomorrow’s state election in Victoria will be quickly followed by a stepped-up offensive against the living conditions and basic rights of the working class, regardless of whether the Labor Party or the Liberal-National coalition holds office. All of the election promises will quickly be ditched as the impact of... Continue Reading →

One year since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine

28 November 2014 Tomorrow, Saturday, marks the first anniversary of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, where then Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. One year later Ukraine is embroiled in a civil war that has claimed more than 4,000 lives. NATO is on the verge of... Continue Reading →

Five Earthquakes in Four Days: Is Spate of Texas Earthquakes Connected to Nearby Fracking Operations?

By Deirdre Fulton Global Research, November 27, 2014 Common Dreams 26 November 2014 The city of Irving, Texas has experienced five earthquakes in four days, leading some critics to blame increased seismic activity on nearby fracking operations. The first earthquake, Saturday night, was a magnitude 3.3 quake that was felt by hundreds of North Texans. A 2.5-magnitude quake hit... Continue Reading →

The Politics of Thanksgiving Day

By William Loren Katz Global Research, November 27, 2014 Consortium News 26 November 2014 As family excitement builds over Thanksgiving, you would never know November was Native American History Month. President Barack Obama publicly announced the month, but many more Americans will be paying much greater attention to his annual declaration of thanksgiving with the... Continue Reading →

What the Fake Syria Sniper Boy Video Tell Us About Media Experts

November 27, 2014 (Maram Susli - NEO) Many mainstream media websites helped a fake video go viral this month. The video showing a young Syrian boy running through sniper fire to save a little girl, was exposed as a fake when the Norwegian producer Lars Klevberg made the fact public. One of the stated aims of the Norwegian... Continue Reading →

Interview with President Vladimir Putin: The Crisis in East Ukraine, The Sanctions Regime, Russian-German Relations

By President Vladimir Putin Global Research, November 27, 2014 ARD 17 November 2014 Vladimir Putin answered questions from Hubert Seipel of the German TV channel ARD. The interview was recorded on November 13 in Vladivostok. President Vladimir Putin presents his views on the Ukraine crisis and defends Russia’s actions. HUBERT SEIPEL (retranslated from Russian): Good... Continue Reading →

CIA Behind Kiev Euromaidan Coup: Ukrainian General

Ukrainian General-Colonel Yan Kazemirovich from Kiev reveals CIA agents and Masons in Ukraine By Global Research News Global Research, November 27, 2014 Ukrainian General-Colonel Yan Kazemirovich from Kiev reveals CIA agents and Masons in Ukraine  Russian with English subtitles. Recorded in March 2014 http://www.globalresearch.ca/cia-behind-kiev-euromaidan-coup-ukrainian-general/5416659

Michael Brown was Killed Because He Didn’t Prostrate Himself to Police Authority

This Killing, in Combat, Would Have Been a War Crime By Dave Lindorf November 27, 2014 "ICH" - "This Can't Be Happening!" - What’s wrong with Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s killing of the unarmed 18-year-old black teenager, Michael Brown, and with a Grand Jury decision not to indict him for that outrageous slaying, is... Continue Reading →

The ‘Nation-state’ Bill: Jews Should Know Exactly Where It Leads

One need not be a historian to see the resemblance between the controversial bill and nationality laws of in 1930s Europe. By Daniel Blatman November 27, 2014 "ICH" - "Haaretz" -  Quite a few states in the 20th century passed, or tried to pass, nationality laws, through efforts that share certain similarities. All took place... Continue Reading →

Why We Need A new Soviet Union

By Finian Cunningham November 27, 2014 "ICH" - Here's a thought to perk up your morning coffee. Let's bring back the Soviet Union. Seriously, why not? We are not talking about going back in time to the way things were. No-one would want to resurrect the worst excesses of Stalinism: bureaucratic despotism, gulags and the... Continue Reading →

US justice system miscarries nicely

Protests continue to rock US cities after the grand jury acquitted a white police officer, who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson. Two faces of American democracy strike imagination indeed. Black unemployed people despise white people, and Obama speaks of the absence of segregation. Eighteen-year-old Brown was killed on August 9 after he robbed... Continue Reading →

Chinese and Indian leaders hold competing visits to Fiji

By Tom Peters 27 November 2014 Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first official visit to the Pacific island nation of Fiji last weekend, arriving just two days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first trip by an Indian leader since 1981. Both leaders also held talks in Suva with leaders from other Pacific... Continue Reading →

UK report on murder of soldier drives calls for deeper state repression

By Robert Stevens 27 November 2014 Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has issued a report“on the intelligence relating to the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby”. Rigby, a serving British soldier, was horrifically killed in May, 2013 outside London’s Woolwich army barracks. Two men, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, first ran him down in a... Continue Reading →

Australian meat workers to face new attacks after JBS buys Primo Group

By Richard Phillips 27 November 2014 Brazilian transnational JBS Foods, the world’s largest meat packer and animal protein exporter, has taken over the Sydney-based Primo Group, the biggest ham, bacon and small goods producer in Australia and New Zealand. Primo employs more than 3,000 workers at five processing plants, seven distribution centres and 30 retail... Continue Reading →

New coalition plans to expand war against eastern Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier 27 November 2014 Five fractions in the recently elected Ukrainian Parliament agreed on a coalition pact November 21. Although the coalition still has to agree on the division of posts, it has already announced that it intends to step up its aggression in the east of the country and exacerbate Kiev’s confrontation... Continue Reading →

“Justifiable homicides” by police at record high

Notes on police violence in America By Tom Hall 27 November 2014 FBI data released over the past month reveals that so-called “justifiable homicides” reached a record high last year, while the number of officers killed in the line of duty fell to its lowest level in decades. According to the data, which appeared in... Continue Reading →

Political dissidents to be rendered stateless

Britain joins campaign to revoke passports 27 November 2014 The new Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill published by the British government this week must sound alarm bells. Once again, under the guise of the “war against terror”, the state is assuming authoritarian powers, including the ability to render a British citizen effectively stateless. UK passports are... Continue Reading →

Ferguson and the False Promise of “Revolution”

November 26, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - When faced on the battlefield with a numerically superior enemy, one must attempt to divide his enemy into smaller, more easily dispatched opponents, or even more ideally, divide them against one another, and have them defeat each other without ever drawing your sword. For Wall Street's 0.1%,... Continue Reading →

Reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar: Implications for the War in Syria

By Andrew Korybko Global Research, November 26, 2014 Oriental Review The sudden reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar has enormous implications for the War in Syria and beyond, with the potential to divide the Mideast and North Africa between rulers Abdullah and Thani in a more far-reaching way than Sykes and Picot did nearly 100... Continue Reading →

American Thanksgiving: A Pure Glorification of Racist Barbarity

By Glen Ford Global Research, November 26, 2014 Black Agenda Report 27 November 2013 “The Thanksgiving story is an absolution of the Pilgrims, whose brutal quest for absolute power in the New World is made to seem both religiously motivated and eminently human…. The Mayflower’s cultural heirs are programmed to find glory in their own... Continue Reading →

To Prison for Poverty

Video - Brave New Films We live in a world where government and corporations continue to make money off of those who are poor, hungry and desperate. To Prison for Poverty exposes two private probation companies who exploit and make million of dollars off of people who can’t afford small fines. Posted November 26, 2014... Continue Reading →

Ferguson: The Safety of Citizens is Lost with The Unaccountability of Police

By Paul Craig Roberts November 26, 2014 "ICH" -  Events in Ferguson unfolded as most aware Americans thought they would. A white prosecutor guided a grand jury to the decision that the white policeman who shot and killed a young black male had just cause and committed no crime. The black majority but politically powerless... Continue Reading →

‘Can I Shoot This Guy?’ Ferguson officer Wilson breaks silence over Brown’s death:

Video November 26, 2014 "ICH" - "RT" -  In his first interview since shooting Michael Brown, Officer Darren Wilson has defended his behavior, saying he has a “clean conscious” regarding his actions and that he would do the same thing again if he had to. Wilson also said that, contrary to some witness accounts, there... Continue Reading →

I Support Israel’s National Bill

By Gilad AtzmonNovember 26, 2014 "ICH" - Mazal Tov: a controversial bill that officially defines Israel as the “Nation-State of the Jewish People” was approved by the Israeli cabinet last Sunday.Finally Israel has acknowledged its true Jewish nature. Instead of pretending to be a ‘Jewish Democracy” - a contradiction in terms, the Jewish State admits... Continue Reading →

“Have We Taken Leave Of Our Senses?” Stop Playing War Games In The Ukraine

By Nigel Farage MEP "Do we actually want to have a war with Putin? Because if we do, we are certainly going about it the right way." European Parliament, Strasbourg,  16 September 2014 November 26, 2014 "ICH" -  Amongst the long list of foreign policy failures and contradictions in the last few years including, of... Continue Reading →

What If It Weren’t Us? Russians Invade Afghanistan (Again!), Chinese Fight Iraq War (Again!)

By Tom Engelhardt November 26, 2014 "ICH" - "Tom Dispatch" - Let’s play a game, the kind that makes no sense on this single-superpower planet of ours. For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there’s another superpower, great power, or even regional power somewhere that, between 2001 and 2003, launched two... Continue Reading →

ASEAN Economic Community – Why, For What, and By Whom?

November 26, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - On TV, upon the magazine rack, in schools, and on billboards around the country, the coming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is being heralded everywhere across Southeast Asia. Upon ASEAN's official website, the AEC is described as: The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) shall be the goal of regional... Continue Reading →

Military-Grade Malware “Regin” Linked to US and British Intelligence Agencies, Targeting Governments, Academics and Telecoms

By Lauren McCauley Global Research, November 25, 2014 Common Dreams Symantec, which published a technical whitepaper on the malware Sunday, says it’s likely “one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state.” (Photo: Grant Hutchinson/flickr/cc) Security researchers have recently exposed a sophisticated new “military grade” malware program which is specifically targeting governments, academics and... Continue Reading →

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Sócrates held on corruption charges

By Paul Mitchell 26 November 2014 In what are extraordinary circumstances, former Portuguese Socialist Party (PS) Prime Minister José Sócrates was arrested in front of hordes of reporters and photographers after he landed at Lisbon airport on Friday. Sócrates was detained in jail for several days, along with long-time businessman friend, Carlos Santos Silva, lawyer... Continue Reading →

Protests against Hungarian government continue

By Markus Salzmann 26 November 2014 Around 20,000 people demonstrated in front of the parliament against the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Monday last week. The protest was a continuation of the demonstrations that took place three weeks ago, when about 100,000 took to the streets against the planned introduction of... Continue Reading →

US intervenes in South China Sea dispute

By Peter Symonds 26 November 2014 In a direct intrusion into territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the US has called on China to halt construction activity on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands. The comments, which Beijing has already rejected, will only exacerbate the already sharp tensions between China and its neighbours.... Continue Reading →

Economic blockade of Ukrainian rebel regions inflicts mass suffering

By David Levine 26 November 2014 During the first half of November, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a series of executive orders that create the equivalent of an economic blockade of rebel-controlled territories in eastern Ukraine. The orders sever financial ties between the territories of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR)... Continue Reading →

Political lessons of the Ferguson whitewash

26 November 2014 Monday night’s announcement by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch that police officer Darren Wilson will not be charged is being seen throughout the country and around the world as a judicial travesty. From the beginning, the process leading up to the final decision was rigged for one purpose and one purpose... Continue Reading →

Run, Hide and Tell – The result of Drone Diplomacy

26.11.2014 The failure of foreign policy pursued for two decades by London and Washington results in the sad reality that the citizens of these two countries dare not step off an aircraft in a growing number of countries, while at home, the advice today is "Run, Hide and Tell" in the increasing probability of a... Continue Reading →

Will Washington entrust the Arab world to Riyadh and Tehran?

by Thierry Meyssan In the context of the extended 5+1 talks, Thierry Meyssan shares his thoughts about the issues at stake: behind the false accusation of developing a nuclear bomb, Washington had hoped to curb the influence of the Iranian revolution. However, in light of its military defeats since 2006, it would now be amenable... Continue Reading →

Israel Comes Under Fire over Shoot-to-Kill Policy

By Press TV Global Research, November 25, 2014 Press TV Image: File photo shows Israeli soldiers firing tear gas at Palestinians demonstrating against the Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip in the village of Beit Omar, north of the occupied West Bank town of al-Khalil (Hebron). Human rights groups have censured the Tel Aviv... Continue Reading →

Trotsky at the IMF Does the Name “Strauss-Kahn” Ring a Bell?

By Mike Whitney November 25, 2014 "ICH" - "Counterpunch" - The International Monetary Fund has finally admitted that it was wrong to recommend austerity as early as it did in 2010-2011. The IMF now agrees that it should have waited until the US and EU economies were on a sustainable growth-path before advising them to trim their budget deficits and... Continue Reading →

Gilad Atzmon on Ed Miliband, The Labour and the Jewish Lobby

Video - Al Etejah-Panorama Gilad Atzmon elaborates on the dominance of Jewish lobby in the UK and America and the weak resistance it meets in both Britain and the USA. The activity of the Lobby clearly undermines the notion of Western democracy. Posted November 25, 2014 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40319.htm

Hagel’s Departure Should Open Debate on Obama’s Wars

By Medea Benjamin November 25, 2014 "ICH" - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was supposed to steer the Pentagon away from a decade of war, including bringing US troops home from Afghanistan and paving the way for a reduction in the Pentagon budget. Instead, the Obama administration has opted for remaining in Afghanistan, continuing the... Continue Reading →

Self-governance: Only basis for dignified communal identity

By Ben Tanosborn This Monday, November 24, the spark ignited by a 12-person grand jury's decision in a Missourian community where black people predominate (67 percent in 2010 census) will have most white Americans confounded why blacks behave as they do, shaking their heads in disbelief. Yet, many of us, our skin color and socio-economic... Continue Reading →

Iran nuclear talks extended

By Keith Jones 25 November 2014 Negotiators for Iran and the so-called P-6 powers—the US, the four other permanent United Nations Security Council members and Germany—announced Monday that they have agreed to extend the deadline to reach a comprehensive agreement to “normalize” Iran’s civilian nuclear program by seven months. The new deadline is July 1,... Continue Reading →

Scottish National Party’s Salmond and Sturgeon pitch to Labour and the ex-left

By Steve James 25 November 2014 Alex Salmond’s exit from the leadership of the Scottish National Party (SNP) was marked by repeated overtures to the Labour Party that the Scottish nationalists would assist it to power in the May 2015 General Election. Salmond announced his intention to resign as first minister and SNP leader in... Continue Reading →

Care UK workers asked to vote for massive pay cut

By Danny Richardson and Richard Tyler 25 November 2014 After 90 days of strike action to defend their wages, Care UK workers are being asked to vote to accept what is in effect up to a 33 percent pay cut. Having cut their pay by up to 35 percent when it took over the contract... Continue Reading →

Australia: Rallies against ABC/SBS cuts promote Labor and Greens

By Oliver Campbell 25 November 2014 Several thousand people attended rallies this week against the Abbott government’s cuts of more than $300 million over the next five years to the budgets of the two public broadcasters, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). Protest against the ABC and SBS cuts in... Continue Reading →

Brooklyn residents outraged at police killing of Akai Gurley

By Sandy English 25 November 2014 In the aftermath of the New York City police shooting last week of Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old unarmed African American man in the Louis Pink public housing projects of Brooklyn, the city political establishment has done everything it can to quell a growing sense of injustice and outrage, particularly... Continue Reading →

No indictment for Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown

By Andre Damon 25 November 2014 St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert P. McCulloch’s statement Monday night that no charges will be filed against Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown is a travesty of justice. The entire process through which the grand jury arrived at its decision is a... Continue Reading →

Swiss Gold Referendum: What It Really Means

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Global Research, November 24, 2014 PaulCraigRoberts.org In a few days the Swiss people will go to the polls to decide whether the Swiss central bank is to be required to hold 20% of its reserves in the form of gold.  Polls show that the gold requirement is favored by the... Continue Reading →

Nuclear Proliferation in the Australia-India-Japan-U.S. Nuclear Nexus

By Adam Broinowski Global Research, November 24, 2014 Asia-Pacific Journal The inception of the U.S.-led nuclear alliance system From the world’s first atomic test on 16 July 1945, uranium, nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons have played a key role in the US-led alliance system. As the former axis powers of Japan, West Germany and Italy... Continue Reading →

No Individual Can Save A Nation Mos Def and Cornell West on 9/11, Islamic Terror, Etc

Video “No individual can save a nation. If a nation is sleepwalking and doesn’t wake then it will never be saved. But an individual can be a catalyst to wake them up” -Professor Cornell West Posted November 24, 2014 Via Media Lens http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40315.htm

Language Has the Power to Disarm the Concerned Citizen

Steven Poole is utterly confused by the words chosen to explain the US-EU trade agreement – mission accomplished, then By Steven Poole November 24, 2014 "ICH" - "The Guardian" -   Let’s say you want to push through a massive programme of anti-democratic corporate protection over two continents. It might be a good idea to... Continue Reading →

Tony Blair, “Infanticide Endorser” is Rewarded by “Save The Children”

By Felicity Arbuthnot November 24, 2014 "ICH" - When the Orwellian “Middle East Peace Envoy” Tony Blair was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by GQ Magazine in September for “his tireless charitable work” (tell that to the dismembered, dispossessed, traumatized of Iraq, Afghanistan) there was widespread disbelief. Mind stretching though, it was hardly a heavyweight... Continue Reading →

Israel – America’s Biggest Frenemy

The Jewish State in the Levant is a burden we shouldn’t have to bear By Justin Raimondo November 24, 2014 "ICH" - "Antiwar" -   Today [November 24, 2014] is the deadline for the closing of a deal with Iran regarding their nuclear program. No one should be surprised that Israel is marking this deadline... Continue Reading →

Opening the Gates to World War III

By Paul Craig Roberts November 24, 2014 "ICH" - According to news reports, Washington has decided to arm Ukraine for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in Donetsk and Luhansk. A Russian foreign ministry official condemned Washington’s reckless decision to supply weapons to Kiev as a violation of agreements that would make a political resolution... Continue Reading →

Chicago commuter rail agency approves a decade of fare hikes

By Jeff Lusanne 24 November 2014 The Board of Directors of Metra, Chicago’s regional commuter rail service, has unanimously approved a 10-year plan of fare increases. As justification for the sharp rise in ticket prices, the agency points to a dire lack of funding for upkeep of the railroad’s equipment and infrastructure. However, the increase... Continue Reading →

It’s official: Canada has been assimilated

23.11.2014 As predicted in this column just four years ago, Canada has been assimilated by its bed-partner, the United States of America. No, this time we are not speaking about hacking baby seals to death or skinning them alive, neither are we speaking about Harper's Insolence, a new disease among the international political leadership, nor... Continue Reading →

In Ukraine, US Vice President Biden issues new threats against Russia

By Niles Williamson 24 November 2014 US Vice President Joe Biden visited Ukraine at the end of last week to threaten Russia with “rising costs and greater isolation.” His visit heralds an intensification of the suppression of pro-Russian separatists in the east, increasing austerity for the working class throughout Ukraine and the ratcheting up of... Continue Reading →

German army opens “career centre” in the heart of Berlin

By Katerina Selin 24 November 2014 Anyone emerging from the metro station at Friedrichstrasse in the middle of Berlin on Wednesday morning would have stumbled unexpectedly and unintentionally into the arms of the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces). Surrounded by some officers, soldiers and journalists, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU, Christian Democratic Union) was... Continue Reading →

Senate hearings on Wall Street crimes: The bankers rule

By Barry Grey 24 November 2014 Hearings held last week by two different Senate committees demonstrated the subordination of US regulators and Congress to the Wall Street banks. The hearings were held in the midst of fresh revelations of insider trading, the manipulation of markets and general lawlessness on the part of the largest American... Continue Reading →

British health unions carrying fraudulent “fair pay fight”

By Ajanta Silva 24 November 2014 National Health Service (NHS) workers in England are striking for a second time today against the attacks on their pay and conditions. The ten unions involved have limited the action to a four-hour walkout followed by a week of work to rule, the same procedure adopted last month. The... Continue Reading →

Iranian nuclear talks at impasse as deadline approaches

By Peter Symonds 24 November 2014 With the deadline on reaching an agreement due to expire today, international talks in Vienna over Iran’s nuclear programs are reportedly deadlocked. US, European and Iranian officials are hinting at a further extension of negotiations, without which tensions will rapidly rise as Washington and its allies return to threats... Continue Reading →

Who is responsible for violence in Ferguson?

24 November 2014 A St. Louis County grand jury is scheduled to reconvene today to continue deliberations on whether to bring charges against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot Michael Brown on August 9. Legally, the grounds for bringing charges against Wilson, defined as “probable cause” that he committed a crime, are... Continue Reading →

By Jamal Kanj Global Research, November 23, 2014 Following the historical recognition by the Swedish government, British legislators voted overwhelmingly on a non-binding resolution urging their government to recognise the state of Palestine. Ireland’s Seanad and Spain’s parliament passed similar motions on October 22 and November 18 respectively. Sweden, the home of the Nobel Peace... Continue Reading →

By Prof. James F. Tracy Global Research, November 24, 2014 On November 21, 2014 the State of Connecticut’s Office of the Child Advocate issued a114-page report, Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School: Report of the Office of the Child Advocate(PDF), focusing on the ambiguous profile of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza that may... Continue Reading →

BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Challenge U.S. Global Dominance

By Asad Ismi Global Research, November 24, 2014 CCPA United States military aggression globally is stimulating the creation of a new international economic order that could serve as a viable alternative to the present Western-dominated version. Washington’s surrounding of both Russia and China with military bases and warships, its severe economic sanctions against Russia and... Continue Reading →

The Pentagon’s “Non-Lethal Military Aid” Will be Used to Kill Civilians in East Ukraine, Nazemroaya, Chossudovsky

By Global Research News Global Research, November 23, 2014 Sputnik News As the US is debating whether it should send lethal military aid to Ukraine, some political analysts say current claims that Washington is only providing Kiev with non-lethal military assistance are nothing more than a red herring, because that aid is also being used... Continue Reading →

The Past, Present and Future of Russia-West Relations

By Michael Averko Global Research, November 23, 2014 I recently received a question, asking whether the US can lead over the EU in improving relations with Russia? From the Cold War period, Britain’s Margaret Thatcher and American author Suzanne Massie, are credited with influencing Ronald Reagan, to seize upon the existence of an opportunity for improving... Continue Reading →

Hungary’s Viktor Orban: Washington’s New Enemy Image

by F. William Engdahl The refusal of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his ruling Fidesz party to join the new US and EU Cold War against Russia, notably by agreeing to build the South Stream gas pipeline, in addition to the stinging policies adopted against the foreign owned banks and energy companies, has set off... Continue Reading →

Blazing The Terrorism Trail: The US War Industry

By CJ Werleman New York Times investigative reporter, James Risen, has released his latest investigation into the hidden costs of the war on terror. November 23, 2014 "ICH" - "Middleeasteye" -  In a recent op-ed, Noam Chomsky, who is often acclaimed as America’s greatest intellectual, wrote, “It's official: The US is the world's leading terrorist... Continue Reading →

Readers Comments Show anti-Putin Propaganda Not Working

By Mike Whitney November 23, 2014 "ICH" - "Counterpunch" - Anyone who follows the news regularly, knows that the media has done everything in its power to smear Vladimir Putin and to demonize him as a tyrant and a thug. Fortunately, most people aren’t buying it. Yes, I’ve seen the polls that say that Putin and... Continue Reading →

West ‘Seeks Russia Regime Change’ Lavrov

By RT November 23, 2014 "ICH" - "RT" -  The ultimate goal of the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by some Western nations is to stir public protests and oust the government, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. “Western leaders publicly state that the sanctions must hurt [Russia's] economy and stir up public protests. The West doesn’t... Continue Reading →

All-Out War in Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’

By James Petras November 23, 2014 "ICH" -  There are clear signs that a major war is about to break out in Ukraine:  A war actively promoted by the NATO regimes and supported by their allies and clients in Asia (Japan) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia).  The war over Ukraine will essentially run along... Continue Reading →

How The U.S. And Israel Support Al-Qaeda in South Syria

By Moon Of Alabama November 23, 2014 "ICH" -  When the Obama administration said it bombed the "Khorasan group" in north Syria experts wondered what that meant. There was and is no such group. What the Obama administration called Khorasan group were leadership people of Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syria branch of al-Qaeda, which years ago... Continue Reading →

Erdogan administration organizes arms transfer to Islamic State

VOLTAIRE NETWORK | 22 NOVEMBER 2014 Turkish MP Dr. Mehmet Ali Ediboğlu] (Republican People’s Party - CHP) revealed that on 19 November 2014, a US ship had entered the port of Iskanderun carrying an illegal cargo of heavy weapons. Riot police sealed off the port during the unloading of the cargo, which notably included missiles... Continue Reading →

Mexican Military Threatens Intervention against Mass Protests

By Eric London Global Research, November 22, 2014 World Socialist Web Site The Mexican state is gripped by a deepening political crisis amidst mass protests over the disappearance and likely massacre of 43 student teachers. The military has threatened to intervene as popular anger mounts against the government and the entire political apparatus. On Thursday,... Continue Reading →

De-Dollarization: Is BRICS a Viable Alternative to the U.S. Dominated World Economic System?

Interview with Asam Ismi of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives By Asad Ismi and Peter Koenig Global Research, November 22, 2014 Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor Economist and Geopolitical analyst Peter Koenig talks to Asad Ismi  1. Is BRICS (Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa) a viable alternative to the present U.S.-dominated... Continue Reading →

War Works, So Why Isn’t It Working against the Islamic State (ISIS)?

By Peter Hart Global Research, November 22, 2014 FAIR 18 November 2014 On November 16, ABC World News anchor CeciliaVega asked this question: Martha, these numbers they are absolutely staggering: About 800 airstrikes so far against ISIS. Why isn’t this working? What makes a seemingly innocuous question like that noteworthy is the assumption that airstrikes are supposed to “work”... Continue Reading →

Mean what you say

22.11.2014 Earlier this past summer, when he found the time and managed to tear himself away from another arduous day on the links, U.S. President Barack Obama said this about the deepening Ukraine crisis: 'All options are on the table'. Ostensibly that cryptic line was Obama's response to Crimea's unanimous vote for secession from Ukraine... Continue Reading →

German Greens parade pro-business, pro-war credentials

By Dietmar Henning 22 November 2014 The Greens have to become Germany’s new classical business party, Baden-Württemberg Premier Winfried Kretschmann declared at the Greens’ state party conference in Tuttlingen, which ended on November 10. He might have added: the new pro-war party. In the lead-up to the national party conference in Hamburg, scheduled for November... Continue Reading →

UK Independence Party wins Rochester by-election

By Julie Hyland 22 November 2014 The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) won its second parliamentary seat Thursday, in the Rochester and Strood by-election, on a turnout of just half the electorate. The by-election in Kent, southeast England was forced by the defection of sitting Conservative MP Mark Reckless to the anti-European Union UKIP. Reckless... Continue Reading →

Right-wing protests against the Czech president

By Markus Salzmann 22 November 2014 At celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the so-called Velvet Revolution, which led to the demise of the Stalinist regime in Czechoslovakia, protests broke out against the current President, Social Democrat (CSSD) Milos Zeman. During a rally in which the presidents from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Germany also took... Continue Reading →

Australian mining services workers reject 25 percent pay cut

By Declan O’Malley and Mike Head 22 November 2014 Workers at Hastings Deering, a major mining services company in the state of Queensland, have voted down a workplace agreement that would have slashed their wages by up to 25 percent. Nevertheless, their trade union is now seeking talks with the management to find alternative means... Continue Reading →

US manufacturing wages plummet

By Gabriel Black 22 November 2014 Wages for manufacturing jobs in the United States have declined sharply in the past decade, three times faster than the general decline in workers wages, according to a new study released Thursday by the National Employment Law Project (NELP). The report’s authors warn that the “degradation” of millions of... Continue Reading →

UK paved way for Sweden’s new demand for Assange’s extradition

By Robert Stevens 22 November 2014 The decision of the Stockholm Appeals Court to uphold the arrest warrant issued against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over four years ago is the product of high-level collusion between the Swedish, British and US authorities. Thursday’s decision came less than 24 hours after the British parliament formally voted to... Continue Reading →

Obama’s “reform” and the criminalization of immigrants

22 November 2014 The executive action on immigration issued by the White House Friday is reactionary and anti-democratic. The framework of Obama’s plan is based on the premise, shared by the entire political establishment, that all undocumented immigrants are criminals. “Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable,”... Continue Reading →

War Criminal Tony Blair Wins Save The Children’s “Global Legacy” Award

By Interventions Watch Global Research, November 21, 2014 Interventions Watch 20 November 2014 As reported in the November 20 issue of the Independent: “Tony Blair was last night recognised for his humanitarian work at a glamorous gala to raise funds for a global children’s charity – in front of guests including Lassie the dog.  The controversial former... Continue Reading →

Canada: Harper Government’s Subservience to Senator McCain and US Interests

By Tony Seed Global Research, November 21, 2014 Tony Seed's Weblog The relations between the Government of Canada and U.S. warmonger Senator John McCain are indicative of the subservient relations with the U.S. imperialists that the Harper government imposes on Canada, and what to expect from this year’s Halifax war conference. Illegitimate honorary degree On... Continue Reading →

All-Out War in Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’

By Prof. James Petras Global Research, November 21, 2014 There are clear signs that a major war is about to break out in Ukraine:  A war actively promoted by the NATO regimes and supported by their allies and clients in Asia (Japan) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia).  The war over Ukraine will essentially run... Continue Reading →