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Cold War Spy Games Show the Moral Bankruptcy of the US National Security State
Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, the Cuban government official who was released from prison as part of a spy trade between the US government and Cuba, is being hailed by US officials as a hero. Of course, that’s not the view of the Cuban government, which considers Sarraff a traitor.

20 December 2014read on...

Regime Change in Cuba
Normalization of relations with Cuba is not the result of a diplomatic breakthrough or a change of heart on the part of Washington. Normalization is a result of US corporations seeking profit opportunities in Cuba, such as developing broadband Internet markets in Cuba.

19 December 2014read on...

US Overlooks Russia Sanctions Backlash on Own Economy
While the US pursues the "nuclear" option of a first strike on the Russian economy -- seeking to depress the price of oil while denying Russia access to international financial markets -- the economic backlash of such a move could well be as dangerous for the US economy. Already the US oil industry is feeling the pain of the price drop that many believe is the result of a US/Saudi deal to put the squeeze on the Russian economy. RPI's Daniel McAdams is on RT today to discuss the implications of the new anti-Russia legislation passed in the dead of night after Members had gone home.

18 December 2014read on...

Bombs Away! Obama Signs Lethal Aid to Ukraine Bill
President Obama made good today on his promise to sign the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, which had passed Congress last week. Dubbed by former Rep. Dennis Kucinich the bill that "reignited the Cold War while no one was looking," the Act imposes new sanctions on the Russian defense and energy industries, authorizes $350 million in lethal military assistance to the US-backed government in Kiev, urges that government to resume its deadly military operations against the Russian-speaking areas of east Ukraine seeking to break away from Kiev's rule, and authorizes millions of dollars to fund increased US government propaganda broadcasts to the countries of the former Soviet Union. Just days before Christmas, this bill is a massive gift to the US defense industry from which Ukraine will be required to purchase its lethal wish list.

18 December 2014read on...

Torture and the Destruction of the Human Being Shaker Aamer by the United States
The Bush and Obama administrations have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide America’s archipelago of secret prisons and systems of torture.

18 December 2014read on...

For Truly Better Relations with Cuba, Open the Door and Get Out of the Way!
President Obama today took a bold and surprising step toward ending the futile 50 year US embargo of Cuba. The president announced he would begin normalizing relations, including upgrading the diplomatic mission in Havana to embassy status. The president also said he was taking steps to increase travel, commerce, and the flow of information between the US and Cuba.

17 December 2014read on...

The Cold War Has Never Ended for the CIA
In the midst of the CIA’s torture scandal, USAID continues its obsessive Cold War activity against Cuba, in a desperate attempt to finally, once and for all, oust the Castro regime from power and install another pro-U.S. dictatorship.

17 December 2014read on...

Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking
Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill, a hydra-headed incubator of poisonous conflict. The second provocative anti-Russian legislation in a week, it further polarizes our relations with Russia, helping to cement a Russia-China alliance against Western hegemony, and undermines long-term America’s financial and physical security by handing the national treasury over to war profiteers.

16 December 2014read on...

BBC US Editor Parrots CIA, Republican Talking Points on Senate Torture Report
The BBC is supposed to be an "impartial", "honest" and "independent" news outlet, but today its US Editor, Jon Sopel, showed very clearly whose side he is on. In a short post, "A whiff of hypocrisy about CIA report?", he regurgitates some staple Republican talking-points and makes arguments eerily similar to those presented by former CIA and Bush officials in their various self-exculpatory media appearances this past week.

16 December 2014read on...

After Ukraine: Are the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary Veering Off The NATO/EU Reservation?
Despite the firmness shown by the EU’sbiggest players when it comes to sanctioning Putin’s Russia, lower down the pecking order some member states are not happy. Unlike the most craven and obedient puppets — the Baltic States and Poland — it took some arm twisting to get the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary to agree to punish Moscow for annexing Crimea. Each country is dependent for much of its energy on Russia with which there are also valued economic ties. Why rock the boat? Despite hyperbole claiming that Vladimir Putin was intent on taking them over and rebuilding the iron curtain, in reality, Russia has been an unproblematic neighbour for a quarter of a century.

15 December 2014read on...

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British Press Shills for Syria War With 'Baby Snipers' Story


Baby Bullet

The Times of London yesterday published a sensational Syria story based on an interview with British doctor David Nott, who had volunteered his medical expertise in Syria over the past several weeks. Dr. Nott said that he had seen several pregnant women come in with abdominal wounds. He speculated that snipers must have been playing some sort of game where they would target the fetuses of pregnant women -- a grisly business to be sure.

Said Dr. Nott:
It seemed to me that it was some sort of a game they (the snipers) were having with each other... One day we'd have pregnant women being brought in with gunshot wounds to the uterus. Not just one or two, but seven or eight, which meant to me they (the snipers) must be targeting pregnant women.
Nott "heard local rumors" that these snipers, who seemed were playing a game, were Chinese or Azeri mercenaries fighting with Assad's government forces.

None of this was confirmed in any way. Speculation.

But how did Rupert Murdoch's Times of London report this very imprecise bit of speculation on the part of Dr. Nott -- in a huge dramatic spread?

"Assad’s snipers target unborn babies"

How is that for thorough journalism?

With no additional or collaborating reporting, the Daily Mail took the story several steps further. It reported that Dr. Nott heard "local rumors" that snipers were rewarded a cigarette for each fetus they successfully murdered in the womb. Proof? None. A rumor. How horrific and spectacularly diabolical if true, but does it make sense? If indeed this is some sort of sick game played out by snipers, how exactly do they verify that a fetus has been killed while inside the mother's womb so as to claim their cigarette? It doesn't sound right.

And where is any evidence that the snipers were government troops? We do know that the insurgents make regular use of snipers, and in fact just today they shot and killed Gen. Jameh Jameh, a senior government intelligence official. We also know that insurgent snipers are holed up in the caves above the Christian village of Maaloula, where they terrorize the local civilian population. Insurgent snipers also routinely target journalists.

The Times piece (and several related pieces in the British press) was accompanied by a gruesome-looking x-ray of a fetus with what looked like a large caliber bullet lodged in its skull. Strangely enough, this large bullet seems to have passed through the mother's body and into the skull of the fetus, passing through the soft tissue and resting perfectly and dramatically in the frontal lobe of the brain -- with no visible damage to the baby's cranium. Why no skull damage? Why no visible point of entry?

Also, we are told throughout the article that the doctors there are managing with virtually no medical resources and in a combat situation. Why would a doctor in such a crisis situation take the time and limited resources to x-ray an already dead baby? Does it make sense?

Incidentally, the photograph was provided to a range of British media by a British "NGO" called "Syria Relief," which claims the photo was provided by a "Syria Relief media team inside Syria." This may be a legitimate NGO, but its website is incredibly reticent to provide any information about the organization, its founders, its officers, its trustees, and its funders.

Interestingly, Dr. Nott is listed as one-time doctor to former British Prime Minister and war profiteer Tony Blair...

The Times, Independent, Daily Mail, ITV, and others are Goebbles-like in their transparently pro-war propaganda. They have fallen over themselves to print another "babies yanked from incubators" story. Only the Israeli YNET outlet was skeptical of the bloody British claim. "Record cruelty: Syrian rebels target fetuses," is how the Israeli news site put it. Perhaps, but at least there is solid past evidence of such terroristic acts on the part of the rebels.

Shame on Rupert Murdoch's bloody Times.

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