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Seymour Hersh: Secret US Forces Carried Out Assassinations

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Democracy Now!
March 31, 2009

Seymour Hersh: Secret US Forces Carried Out Assassinations in a Dozen Counties, Including in Latin America

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh created a stir earlier this month when he said the Bush administration ran an “executive assassination ring” that reported directly to Vice President Dick Cheney. “Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or to the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving,” Hersh said. Seymour Hersh joins us to explain. [includes rush transcript]

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Seymour Hersh on “Syria Calling: The Obama Administration’s Chance to Engage in a Middle East Peace”

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Democracy Now!
March 31, 2009

Seymour Hersh on “Syria Calling: The Obama Administration’s Chance to Engage in a Middle East Peace”

In the latest issue of The New Yorker, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh looks at Syria’s emerging role in the politics of Middle East peace. He also reveals new details on the behind-the-scenes dealings of the Bush administration and the then-incoming Obama camp during the Israeli attack on Gaza. The article is called “Syria Calling: The Obama Administration’s Chance to Engage in a Middle East Peace.” [includes rush transcript]

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AMY GOODMAN: Our guest is the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh. His piece in the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine is called “Syria Calling: The Obama Administration’s Chance to Engage in a Middle East Peace.”

Sy, you begin, “When the Israelis’ controversial twenty-two-day military campaign in Gaza ended, on January 18th, it also seemed to end the promising [peace] talks between Israel and Syria.” What were those talks?

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World Depression: Regional Wars and the Decline of the US Empire, Part I by Prof. James Petras

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by Prof. James Petras
Global Research, March 30, 2009


All the idols of capitalism over the past three decades crashed. The assumptions and presumptions, paradigm and prognosis of indefinite progress under liberal free market capitalism have been tested and have failed. We are living the end of an entire epoch: Experts everywhere witness the collapse of the US and world financial system, the absence of credit for trade and the lack of financing for investment. A world depression, in which upward of a quarter of the world’s labor force will be unemployed, is looming. The biggest decline in trade in recent world history – down 40% year to year – defines the future. The immanent bankruptcies of the biggest manufacturing companies in the capitalist world haunt Western political leaders. The ‘market’ as a mechanism for allocating resources and the government of the US as the ‘leader’ of the global economy have been discredited. (Financial Times, March 9, 2009) All the assumptions about ‘self-stabilizing markets’ are demonstrably false and outmoded. The rejection of public intervention in the market and the advocacy of supply-side economics have been discredited even in the eyes of their practitioners. Even official circles recognize that ‘inequality of income’ contributed to the onset of the economic crash and should be corrected. Planning, public ownership, nationalization are on the agenda while socialist alternatives have become almost respectable.

With the onset of the depression, all the shibboleths of the past decade are discarded: As export-oriented growth strategies fail, import substitution policies emerge. As the world economy ‘de-globalizes’ and capital is ‘repatriated’ to save near bankrupt head offices – national ownership is proposed. As trillions of dollars/Euros/yen in assets are destroyed and devalued, massive layoffs extend unemployment everywhere. Fear, anxiety and uncertainty stalk the offices of state, financial directorships, the office suites the factories, and the streets…

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George Galloway moves to Plan B using a video link + Full Speech

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Updated: April 1, 2009 Added full speech; see below


A Federal Court upheld a decision to block outspoken British MP George Galloway from entering Canada, but organizers of his speaking tour had a back-up plan Monday. He appeared in Toronto via video link.

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Mosaic News – 3/30/09: World News From The Middle East

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.


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“Arab summit opens in presence of Sudan’s Bashir,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Israel Threatens to Toughen Measures On Hamas Prisoners,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Global Economic Crisis Hurting Israeli Companies,” IBA TV, Israel
“Turkey ruling party wins, but opposition makes gains,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Baghdad Clashes Over Sahwa Chief Arrest,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“An Improvished Baghdad Neighborhood,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“The Mothers of Iraqi Casualties,” Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq
“Weapons Found in Abu Ghraib,” Alsumaria TV, Iraq
“Dubai Hosts Arabian Horse Competition,” Baghdad TV, Iraq
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

Israel only listens to its own + Under attack: how medics died trying to help Gaza’s casualties

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Nissenbaum: Israel’s skepticism of UN means it will probably only examine reports from its own soldiers

[Note: TRRN replaced their 1st video]


Under attack: how medics died trying to help Gaza’s casualties

by Clancy Chassay
Monday 23 March 2009 15.55 GMT

Medical staff and ambulance drivers who attempted to assist casualties of the Israeli invasion of Gaza have told the Guardian that they were attacked by Israeli forces while trying to carry out their job.

The offensive left 16 medics dead. Nearly all of them were killed by Israeli fire while trying to save lives, and many more were wounded. According to the World Health Organisation, more than half of Gaza’s 27 hospitals were damaged by Israeli bombs. Two clinics were completely destroyed and 44 others received damage.

Dr Moawa Hassenein, the head of Gaza’s Red Crescent ambulance teams, said it was the worst assault he had seen on ambulance workers: “I have never seen anything like what happened … Never in all my years have I seen this many health workers and facilities targeted in this way.”


video: Under attack: how medics died trying to help Gaza’s casualties | World news | guardian.co.uk.


More coverage and video reports: Gaza war crimes investigation | World news | guardian.co.uk

Cut to pieces: the Palestinian family drinking tea in their courtyard

Palestinian brothers: Israel used us as human shields in Gaza war


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Israeli army discounts soldiers’ stories of Gaza misconduct | JTA – Jewish & Israel News


Focus on Gaza: White Phosphorous

Terror in the Holy Land + Israeli T-shirts mock Gaza killings

IDF killed civilians in Gaza under lax rules of engagement


NATO’s Sixty Year Legacy: Threat Of Nuclear War In Europe by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
March 31, 2009

Since its birth the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has envisioned the use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear nations.

One of the fundamental purposes for the creation of NATO in 1949 was to introduce the permanent stationing of nuclear weapons in Europe.

In a Europe that, in 1949, had no nuclear nation and no atomic bombs of its own.

Whether the United States after the devastating display of its new weapon over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945 deployed atomic bombs in Europe prior to 1949 will perhaps never be revealed, though reports claim that in 1948 Washington endorsed the deployment in Great Britain of B-29 strategic bombers capable of carrying bombs with nuclear warheads.

What is certain is that after the founding of NATO on April 4, 1949 US nuclear weapons were stationed in several member countries and that several hundred remain on the continent to this day.

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