Eva Golinger: US military expansion

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April 13, 2010 — Venezuela is afraid a new Brazilian military base is a symbol of United States aggression towards the Venezuelans. To people in Latin America, this is another step that the United States is taking to secure military domination in the region. US defense secretary Robert Gates will take a trip to South America this week to finalize all of plans for the US military base.

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Keiser Report: Special Greenspan Bubble edition

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April 13, 2010 — This time Max Keiser and co-host Stacy Herbert look at the scandals of financial crisis show trials in America; Citigroup alleges they could not possibly have predicted the collapse of a very obvious housing bubble; and former Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan, tells the show trial commissioners that the financial world is far too complex for mere mortals. In the second half of the show, Max talks to economist Dean Baker about Citigroup’s alleged profits.

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Lawrence Wilkerson Demolishes Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld’s Lies About Guantánamo

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by Andy Worthington
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13 April, 2010

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Those of us who have been studying the recent career of Col. Lawrence Wilkerson were not surprised when, last week, he submitted a declaration (PDF) in a lawsuit seeking compensation from the US government that was filed by former Guantánamo prisoner Adel Hassan Hamad. A Sudanese hospital worker, Hamad was sold to US forces by their unscrupulous Pakistani allies in the summer of 2002, but was only released from Guantánamo in December 2007.

In the declaration, Col. Wilkerson, who served in the US military for 31 years and was Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from August 2002 until January 2005, stated that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld all knew — and didn’t care — that “the vast majority of Guantánamo detainees were innocent.”

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The U.N. Partition Plan and Arab ‘Catastrophe’ by Jeremy R. Hammond

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by Jeremy R. Hammond
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13 April, 2010

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The following is excerpted from The Rejection of Arab Self-Determination: The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Arab-Israeli Crisis.

In 1947, Great Britain, unable to reconcile its conflicting obligations to both Jews and Arabs, requested that the United Nations take up the question of Palestine. In May, the U.N. Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) was created by a General Assembly resolution. UNSCOP’s purpose was to investigate the situation in Palestine and “submit such proposals as it may consider appropriate for the solution of the problem of Palestine”.

The Rejection of Arab Self-Determination: The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Arab-Israeli Crisis

At the time, the U.N. consisted of 55 members, including Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Palestine by then remained the only one of the formerly Mandated Territories not to become an independent state. No representatives from any Arab nations, however, were included in UNSCOP.[1] Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia requested that “The termination of the Mandate over Palestine and the declaration of its independence” be placed on the agenda, but this motion was rejected. The Arab Higher Committee thus announced it would not collaborate, although individual Arab states did agree to meet with representatives from UNSCOP.[2]

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U.S. Reserves Use Of Nuclear Arms, Missile Shield To Defend Global Empire by Rick Rozoff

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April 13, 2010

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This month has seen the signing of an agreement on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty II by U.S. and Russian heads of state Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev in Prague on the 8th and the release of the new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review, both of which are being widely interpreted as heralding the downgrading of the role of nuclear weapons in American foreign policy.

In fact the new treaty on the reduction of the nuclear arsenals of the two nations that account for 90-95 percent of the world’s supply of such weapons, with a commensurate cutback in the delivery systems for them, is a quantitative advance in the direction of eliminating the deadliest and most destructive weapons ever devised by man, but still leaves 3,100 deployed nuclear weapons in both nations’ quivers and thousands more in storage.

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Noam Chomsky: Ridiculing the tea party shenanigans is a serious error

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April 10, 2010 — Noam Chomsky “THE ROLE OF THE RADICAL INTELLECTUAL: SOME PERSONAL REFLECTIONS” Thursday, April 8, 2010.

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Political Execution, Obama-style Shock & Awe – Hit Squads To Believe in By Robert S. Becker

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April 13, 2010

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Aligning himself with presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, and at least one Bushwhacker, President Obama joined an American pantheon that has sanctioned all sorts of overseas shenanigans in the name of national security.  Now that’s legacy bipartisanship with a vengeance.  Literally.

What sets Obama apart from these notables is not just deciding to terminate an American citizen, a nasty terrorist hiding out in Yemen, but making the endgame so public.  Even the notorious Bush staffer John Yoo never explicitly defended political murder by design.  The ex-Constitutional law teacher promised transparency – and here it is.  I for one endorse taking the fight over there, and without those costly, labor-intensive, endless wars.  Behold the empty Bush boast rewritten: “Wanted: Dead or Dead.”

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The Colbert Report: Julian Assange Unedited Interview

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In this complete, unedited interview, Julian Assange defends the decision to expose the Apache helicopter attack on WikiLeaks.

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David DeGraw: Net neutrality or censorship?

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April 12, 2010 — Last week a United States court ruled the United States government cannot regulate the bandwidth allocated to internet sites. This move sparked strong reactions from supporters of both free enterprise and free speech. Does this mark the end of net neutrality?

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Michel Warschawski: Netanyahu allied with US neo-cons who believe in permanent war

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Warschawski: Netanyahu allied with US neo-cons who believe in permanent war – conflict with Obama real

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