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World leaders urged Turkey to step back from the brink of war with Syria after its parliament voted to attack Bashar al-Assad’s regime at will.   Ankara’s forces continued their artillery bombardment of Syrian territory for a second day in retaliation for the cross-border strike that killed five members of the same Turkish family. While Syria apologised for the […]

An Iranian man counts his banknotes after Iran’s currency, the rial, crashed to a record low Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA   (updated below) The Economist this week describes the intensifying suffering of 75 million Iranian citizens as a result of the sanctions regime being imposed on them by the US and its allies [my emphasis]: “Six years ago, […]

Weapons of Mass Destraction Ten years ago, on October 10, 2002, the United States House of Representatives made one of the most calamitous mistakes of a generation. Congress, with willful blindness, voted to attack, invade and occupy a sovereign, oil-rich nation in the Middle East that did not attack us and did not pose a threat to the American people. The war in Iraq will ultimately cost the United States five trillion dollars. Four thousand, four hundred, eighty eight Americans were killed. Tens of thousands of Americans were injured. At least one million innocent Iraqis were killed. Iraq has become a home to Al Qaida which it certainly was not before our intervention. Resentment against the United States has made pursuing peace more difficult. And we still have thousands of armed contractors in Iraq — paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Many are trying to rewrite the history of the Iraq war.

Turkey’s muscle flexing vis-a-vis Syria provides the newest fuse for the perennially unstable Middle East. While the Syrians rushed to offer a rare apology to Ankara over an errant mortar round that killed five Turkish civilians near the common border, the Turks quickly retaliated with an artillery barrage against Syrian military targets deep into its […]

  The Jerusalem Post reports today that the United States and Israel are planning a joint military operation to take out Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities. The report appeared in Foreign Policy following a speech by presidential candidate Mitt Romney on foreign policy, including Obama’s stance on Iran. “Iran today has never been closer to a […]

To mark the release of the French version of Peter Dale Scott’s latest book, “The American War Machine”, we are publishing a detailed study undertaken by this Canadian diplomat on the attacks of September 11. He brings to light evidence of premeditation on the part of a faction within the U.S. military-industrial complex.   […]

Venezuelan Elections: a Choice and Not an Echo Introduction On October 7th, Venezuelan voters will decide whether to support incumbent President Hugo Chavez or opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski. The voters will choose between two polar opposite programs and social systems: Chavez calls for the expansion of public ownership of the means of production and consumption, an increase in social spending for welfare programs, greater popular participation in local decision-making, an independent foreign policy based on greater Latin American integration, increases in progressive taxation, the defense of free public health and educational programs and the defense of public ownership of oil production. In contrast Capriles Radonski represents the parties and elite who support the privatization of public enterprises, oppose the existing public health and educational and social welfare programs and favor neo-liberal policies designed to subsidize and expand the role and control of foreign and local private capital.

New Book by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya Global Research Editor’s Note We bring to the attention of our readers this important and timely book by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, award winning author, geopolitical analyst and Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG). This book analyses in detail the historical evolution of NATO’s post-Cold war […]

Days of Syrian/Turkish border incidents threaten further escalation into something more serious. Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants fired mortar rounds on Turkish territory from Syrian locations they control. Assad was wrongfully blamed for their provocation. Syria has been very circumspect. It wants tensions cooled. Turkey’s Erdogan made hostile threats. Events bear watching. On Sunday, Israel […]

The Maimed: On Eleven Years of War in Afghanistan Chris Hedges gave this talk Sunday night in New York City at a protest denouncing the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. The event, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was led by Veterans for Peace. Many of us who are here carry within us death. […]

Censored Op-ed taken down from the Jerusalem Post site because of the Christian Zionist lobby. Christian Zionists increasingly act as if they were religious Jews until the End. They refer to the year 5773; many have changed their day of Sabbath from Sunday to Saturday; some have made aliyah through the use of suspect Jewish […]

Mitt Romney is signalling a more active policy on the Syrian uprising than Barack Obama, calling explicitly for weapons deliveries to rebel forces and framing the conflict in geostrategic terms as one which can lead to defeat for Iran, Bashar al-Assad’s principal ally. But the Republican candidate is also careful to stress the need to […]

  US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is trying to buy time after having been questioned about the planned attack and coordinated US-sponsored al-Qaeda use to facilitate the murder of the late US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Except, there was no US Embassy in Benghazi. There was a “diplomatic office” or CIA-compound which was burned to the ground. The […]

  Mainstream media reports riot in the streets of Iran because of a crumbling economy. Hundreds of police disbursed groups that formed, firing tear gas into the crowds. This is the first instance of public unrest over the declining Iranian currency and has the hallmarks of being a synthetic revolt. The pressure placed on Iran by the […]

Global Research Editor’s Note In reviewing these images, remember that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are the foot-soldiers of NATO. They are funded and supported  by the Western military alliance. They are trained and advised by British, French, Turkish and Qatari Special Forces, which have integrated their ranks. Intelligence operatives from NATO countries are in […]

It has been reported recently that Turkey is firing artillery shells into northern Syria due to a mortar attack. The situation is quite tense and could potentially lead the way for a Turkish intervention into Syria. On October 3rd, the BBC reported that “Turkey has renewed firing at targets inside Syria after two women and three children […]

Syria Launches “Talaqi TV” & “Syriana FM” (Omar al-Shaar | Dp-news -Sana) “Media battles are the most dangerous due to their global influence”     DAMASCUS- Syria`s Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi inaugurated Saturday the Talaqi “Arabic word means Meeting” Satellite Channel and Syriana FM radio station as part of news system that highlights political, […]

October 7, 2001. Afghanistan is invaded under the doctrine of “self-defense”   Eleven Years later: Why are American and NATO troops in Afghanistan? What is the justification for waging war on a country of 28 million people? The legal argument used by Washington and NATO to invade Afghanistan was that the September 11 attacks constituted […]

The decision of Turkey´s  AKP government to allow Turkish military operations beyond the Turkish-Syrian border has been met with massive popular protests.  The population of Turkey and Turkey´s opposition is slowly gaining momentum at opposing what is perceived as a US attempt to use Turkey as a pawn in a war on Syria and Iran.  […]

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on his nation to be prepared for a possible war with the neighboring Syria if need be. “You have to be ready at every moment to go to war if it is necessary. If you are not ready for this, you are not a state, if you are […]

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