MENA Mashup: Al Aqsa, Egypt, and Yemen

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 5:50 pm

And, for sh*ts and giggles, The Mustache of Fury, flaps his lips… BOLTON: A ‘three-state solution’ for Middle East peace. Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan.

An Excerpt From Barrett Brown’s Keep Rootin’ For Putin: Charles Krauthammer Chapter

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 2:10 pm

The following is an excerpt from Barrett Brown’s forthcoming book “Keep Rootin’ for Putin: Establishment Pundits and the Twilight of American Competence.” The book will be available on the official Free Barrett Brown website soon.

When CIA Tortured Detainees to Death—And Agents Escaped Accountability & Were Granted Promotions

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 12:09 pm

McClatchy Newspapers spoke with some sources for a story on the contents of the Senate Intelligence Committee torture report and was apparently able to confirm that “the CIA’s own internal documents confirm the agency’s culpability in the hypothermia death of one Afghan captive.” The CIA has never had to publicly discuss the incident, even though in 2009 the Justice Department under President Barack Obama opened an investigation into what happened.

The Washington Post’s Series on Veterans Reinforces War Culture, Makes Iraqi & Afghan Suffering Invisible

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 10:30 am

Rajiv Chandrasekaran describes the poll as an “unprecedented glimpse into the lives and attitudes of modern warriors.” In fact, this poll and the story are only concerned about the lives and attitudes of American “warriors.” The Iraqi and Afghan people are given very minimal attention, and, when they are, it is to scorn them for not being more grateful that the United States chose to occupy their country and try and make their country “safer” or “better.”

“This is typical of American war culture, which only gives importance to the American lives that are lost in war and to the suffering that American soldiers bring home with them as a result of war,” explained Ross Caputi, a Marine who served in the Second Battle of Fallujah.

President Obama Denounces Russia, Defends Iraq War as Legal

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 2:57 pm

President Barack Obama gave a speech today in Brussels where he denounced Russia and defended the 2003 Iraq War as legal and done while working within the international system. The speech comes after the Crimea was annexed by Russia under a controversial referendum and American neoconservatives have criticized the Obama Administration as naive and ineffective.

The remarks on Iraq came as Obama responded to complaints by the Russian government and others that America’s position on respecting sovereignty was hypocritical given the 2003 Iraq War.

Eleven Years After US Invaded Iraq: Bloodshed, Rape, Torture & Executions in the Country Are Ignored

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 8:36 am

Kenneth Pollack, who has worked for the CIA and the National Security Council, was a prime advocate for the United States invasion and occupation of Iraq. He published a book called “The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq” that was considered widely to be a very convincing case that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction or was close to obtaining them. But Pollack, like many other war advocates who populated the airwaves of US media in the months prior to invasion, was wrong.

Podcast: ‘Shia Saddam’—Maliki’s Forces & the ‘Residual Effects’ of US Military Occupation in Iraq

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 8:00 am

Nearly eleven years later, the residual effects of United States military occupation are still being felt in Iraq. Some of the worst effects are felt as a result of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who the US hand-picked to control the country’s government.

The Iraqi government’s ongoing attacks on the city of Fallujah are resulting in more and more claims of “war crimes” and “crime against humanity.”

Why We Shouldn’t Invade Random Countries

By: Monday March 3, 2014 8:10 am

A big reason why we shouldn’t invade random countries on flimsy pretexts, besides being a waste of money and destructive of life, is it completely undermines our moral authority. I wish our Secretary of State could say something like, “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. [...]

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Gareth Porter, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 1:59 pm

In his precise and definitive account, Porter dissects the politics of the Iranian nuclear scare – how the U.S. national security complex needed a new threat after the collapse of the Soviet Union, how Israeli politicians invoked the “existential” threat from Iran to deflect attention from the Palestinian issue, how the Iranians, though rejecting the notion of building a bomb, nevertheless believed that a nuclear enrichment program would be a “latent deterrent” against threats from outside.

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