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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...

All I Want for Christmas is a (Real) Government Shutdown
The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year’s omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.

14 December 2014read on...

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East Ghouta: False Flag Chemical Attack


Mother Agnes Chemical Attack Footage

The International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights (ISTEAMS) has just published a comprehensive report on the chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta. The document is called The Chemical Attacks on East Ghouta to Justify Military Right to Protect Intervention in Syria. With video clips and the evidence provided by witnesses to support the conclusions, the report has been submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council and spread among foreign diplomats. 

The author is ISTEAMS President and International Coordinator Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross (el-Salib), the Mother Superior of the Monastery of St. James the Mutilated (Syria). A fearless faithful, she has been collecting the evidence related to bloody events in the conflict zone since the very start of Syrian rebellion: the militants running rampant, the staged fakes, and instances of one-sided highlighting of the events in Syria by the Western media...

The study of 35 videos posted on the Internet has made surface multiple disparities and brought into light the methods used to manipulate public opinion. The clips showing hundreds of dead and suffocating victims, including scores of children suffering as a result of chemical weapons attack by government troops, had been prepared previously before the incident took place in order to justify a foreign intervention against Syria. The report offers the following fundamental conclusions: 

Actually there were no local residents at the time of attack in the area of East Ghouta, the place chosen for staging the provocation. The majority of population had left East Ghouta before the combat actions started. The ones left were only a few elders and some supporters of the “rebels” -- predominantly adolescents and grown-ups. The victims’ dead bodies mainly belong to the people from various places situated far away from East Ghouta. Some of them have been identified by relatives. 

Many videos have a fictional character or, to put it plainly, are obvious fakes with the dead bodies of people who were killed, kidnapped, and missing as a result of the “rebel” attack on 11 Alawite villages in Latakia on August 3, 2013 (back then over 150 women and children were kidnapped to be exchanged for militants kept behind bars in Syrian jails, the authors of the report adduce the detailed list of already identified victims and the missing persons, they point out that the list contains 400 names, so, at present, it is far from being full). Here are the examples of staged incidents: 

a) Scripted events of deaths and aid provided to victims. Two video clips presented by Jobar Revolutionary Coordination Committee and Revolutionary Committee of Hamouria, show contradicting pictures of the same adolescent dying in different footages. In some places the picture shows the very same child receiving emergency aid over and over again and each time it’s done in a different way. The authors of the report and experts say it looks very much like a scripted footage when the very same picture is shot many times. 

b) Demonstration of victims’ bodies and their burial. Having announced the death toll was 1465 (this lie has been repeated many times by US top officials), the “rebels” could produce the evidence of only 8 burials. The bodies mainly belong to children, few victims are adults, and there are almost no women among the dead while the East Ghouta joint medical staff reported that many corpses were female. 

c) Demonstration of extremely strange instances when persons were transported in space, the same dead bodies shown over and over again in different footages. For instance, the same woman, who was allegedly looking for her children, somehow managed to be present in five video clips shot at different places at the same time, she also found two of the children, and, somehow, did it in two different places as well. Another clip showed the chemical attack victims in Jobar, the children shown in the video appear as victims again, but this time in the place called Kfar-Batna, the third video clip shows the very same children as victims in Ain Terma… 

There are other instances of outright lies and fakes that can easily be exposed. For instance, the falsifiers used photos and videos which were broadcast as photographic evidence of the death of the Ghouta residents early on in the immediate aftermath of the attacks and the propaganda push that followed it. The ISTEAMS report points out, however, that these photos and videos were not taken in Ghouta or even in Syria at all, but that they were actually photos taken in Cairo, Egypt, during the riots. The other example is a witness shown describing how his family smelled the poisonous gas sarin. This is a lie because sarin has no smell (the very same way the majority of poisonous substances – chemical agents used for war purposes -- produce no smell).

The 50-page report of the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights is another evidence of the irrefutable fact that, according to Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov, “We have plenty of reports on chemical weapons use, which indicate that the opposition regularly resorts to provocations in order to trigger strikes and intervention against Syria”, he said. “There’s a lot of data. It’s widely available on the internet. This data is presented in the report, which our experts put together in association with the use of chemical weapons in Aleppo in March this year. There’s also plenty of data on the incidents that occurred in August in Ghouta, near Damascus”.

Reprinted with permission.


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