Iran and a Bellicose United States By Timothy V. Gatto

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By Timothy V. Gatto
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February 17, 2010

The chief of Russia’s General Staff, Nikolai Makarov, has warned the US against striking Iran over the country’s nuclear program. It appears that the World’s attention is again focused on if or when the United States (policeman of the World) is going to engage in military operations against the Islamic Republic. Hillary Clinton recently rattled sabers again when she demanded that Iran stop enriching uranium. Let’s take a closer look at that demand and why she had no justification to demand anything of the Iranian government.

First of all, Iran is a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty that gives participating nations the right to enrich uranium up to 20% for domestic use in medical research and fuel for reactors. Iran has done nothing illegal here.

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Rick Rozoff: Iran’s noose tightens + Clinton warns Gulf of Iran nuclear threat

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February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

Rick Rozoff says that Iran is having their noose tightened by NATO and the United States. The United States has made many moves, including land and sea based interceptor missiles in the Mediterranean. NATO has increasingly been deploying its deputy secretary to the Persian Gulf United Arab Emirates to lay the groundwork for a military strike against Iran.

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King Obesity’s Realm by Ralph Nader

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Feb. 17, 2010

King Obesity sat grandly on a huge hassock atop a throne composed of solidified animal fat surveying his domain. The last thirty years have been bullish for Obesity, during which the number of seriously overweight children in America tripled. Eating fat, sugary and salty food while sitting for hours daily looking at video screens, being bused to and from school, and not having to bother with physical education, millions of lads and lassies were following orders. Continue reading

Real, Uglier American Unemployment by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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February 17, 2010

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Can you trust national averages?  As bad as the jobless data you hear are, you have not been told the whole truth.  If you think the terrible impact of America’s Great Recession is shown by an official unemployment rate of about 10 percent, think again.

Economic inequality and the myth of Reagan trickle down logic are shown by new data from the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston.  The report noted: “What has been missing from the public debate over the labor market crisis is an honest and detailed analysis of which American workers have been most adversely affected by the deep deterioration in labor markets.”  The researchers found a correlation between household income and unemployment rate in the last quarter of 2009:  Look carefully at these numbers and see how unemployment rises as income drops:

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Wall Street’s War against Main Street America by Prof. Michael Hudson

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by Prof. Michael Hudson
Global Research, February 17, 2010

Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson wrote an op-ed in The New York Times, (Feb. 16)[1] outlining how to put the U.S. economy on rations. Not in those words, of course. Just the opposite: If the government hadn’t bailed out Wall Street’s bad loans, he claims, “unemployment could have exceeded the 25 percent level of the Great Depression.” Without wealth at the top, there would be nothing to trickle down.

The reality, of course, is that bailing out casino capitalist speculators on the winning side of A.I.G.’s debt swaps and CDO derivatives didn’t save a single job. It certainly hasn’t lowered the economy’s debt overhead. But matters will soon improve, if Congress will dispel the present cloud of “uncertainty” as to whether any agency less friendly than the Federal Reserve might regulate the banks.

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Mossad’s licence to kill By Gordon Thomas

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By Gordon Thomas
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17 Feb 2010

The killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh bears the hallmarks of the ruthless Israeli intelligence service. One of the leading chroniclers of the agency gives a unique insight into its methods.

The Mossad assassins could have felt only satisfaction when the news broke that they had succeeded in killing Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a top Hamas military commander, in Dubai last month.

The Israeli government’s refusal to comment on the death has once more gained worldwide publicity for Mossad, its feared intelligence service. Its ruthless assassinations were made famous by the film Munich, which detailed Mossad’s attacks on the terrorists who killed Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. Long ago, the agency had established that silence is the most effective way to spread terror among its Arab enemies.

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via Mossad’s licence to kill – Telegraph

h/t: Swaleha Kassim

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Video news reports:

Suspicions mount over Hamas killing

Assassination Squad Caught On Camera Durring A Hit

Dubai’s Eleven: Death squad caught on CCTV hunting for Hamas leader

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CrossTalk: Norman Finkelstein vs. Israel

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Israeli Extra-Judicial Executions by Stephen Lendman

CrossTalk: Norman Finkelstein vs. Israel

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February 17, 2010

On Peter Lavelle’s CrossTalk, Israel critic Norman Finkelstein faces off against a formidable spokesperson of Israel’s ‘soft power’.

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Syria: A Clenched US Fist Behind the Hand of Friendship by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Global Research, February 17, 2010

The announcement by Washington today that it is appointing an ambassador to Syria – after an absence of five years – is being hailed in the western media as another example of the Obama administration’s “policy of engagement” for regional peace.

The BBC reports: “Analysts say the US now wants to renew dialogue with Syria as part of a wider push for Middle East peace.”

Five years ago, the US withdrew its ambassador following the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which Washington accused Syria of masterminding. Damascus has always denied the accusation.

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Part II: The Rise of the Economic Elite — Economic Elite Vs. The People by David DeGraw

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February 17, 2010

“The war against working people should be understood to be a real war…. Specifically in the U.S., which happens to have a highly class-conscious business class…. And they have long seen themselves as fighting a bitter class war, except they don’t want anybody else to know about it.” — Noam Chomsky

As a record number of US citizens are struggling to get by, many of the largest corporations are experiencing record-breaking profits, and CEOs are receiving record-breaking bonuses. How could this be happening; how did we get to this point? Continue reading

The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America – Part I by David DeGraw

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by David DeGraw
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February 15, 2010

The economic elite have robbed us all. The amount of suffering in the United States of America is literally a crime against humanity.

“The American oligarchy spares no pains in promoting the belief that it does not exist, but the success of its disappearing act depends on equally strenuous efforts on the part of an American public anxious to believe in egalitarian fictions and unwilling to see what is hidden in plain sight.” — Michael Lind, To Have and to Have Not

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Obama Would Have Been Jailed Under Patriot Act by Glen Ford

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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17 February 2010

If the Patriot Act had been in effect when the Free South Africa Movement was in full swing in the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of Americans would have been liable for imprisonment on charges of rendering “assistance” to “terrorists.” When it comes to civil and political liberties, the U.S. is a far less free place than it was, a generation ago.

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Bill Maher on Larry King

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February 17, 2010

http://MOXNews.com/ February 16, 2010 CNN

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Gareth Porter: Offensive in Marja directed at US public opinion

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February 17, 2010

Porter: The attack on Marja is meant to prepare Americans to accept negotiations with Taliban

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Fierce resistance to US Afghan offensive + Taliban deny US report commander captured in Pakistan

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Officials claim the Taliban’s top military commander has been captured – Ch4 reports

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