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Did Ukraine Shoot Down the Plane?

Evidence from too many different sources raises a good deal of doubt about the US government version of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last month. What about the Ukrainian fighter said by many witnesses — and seemingly confirmed by Russian air traffic controllers — to be shadowing the passenger plane? What about observations from OSCE investigators that the cockpit seemed to have been hit with heavy caliber machine gun fire? Was the Ukrainian fighter using the passenger plane as a "human shield?" Why does the US government seem to have lost interest in the investigation?
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US Grants Israel Emergency Access to Billion Dollar US Weapons Cache


Just hours
 after the Israeli government killed scores of Palestinians shopping at a marketplace and sheltering from the relentless attack on Gaza in a UN school, the US government gave the green light for Israel to access the "War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I)," a one billion dollar US cache of weapons maintained on Israeli soil.

This US gift would allow the Israeli regime to replenish the 120mm mortar rounds and 40mm grenades of the type used to commit the attack on the civilian population of Gaza.
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Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Exposes the CIA’s Ongoing Cover-Up of Torture War Crimes

Former US Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson discussed in detail, as a guest Sunday on Background Briefing with Ian Masters, a “major cover-up” in progress, with the US Central Intelligence Agency altering a still unreleased Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture

The alterations, Wilkerson explains, are intended to protect people, including high level CIA and State Department officials Cofer Black, John Brennan, and George Tenet, who Wilkerson thinks participated in war crimes “unlike some stalwarts and courageous people at CIA [who] refused to participate” in the torture program.
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Another One-Sided Israel Vote Scheduled Today In Congress

Gazahell

It has been only a few days since Congress re-affirmed its support for the Israeli government's assault on Gaza, in which nearly 1,500 Palestinians have been killed. 

In this ongoing operation, some three out of four Palestinians killed have been civilians. The infrastructure has been decimated. Gaza's only power generation plant has been destroyed by Israel, meaning life is about to get that much more hellish for innocent civilians.

Nevertheless, today the House will take up another one-sided, pro-Israel resolution. This one will be Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's H Con Res 107, which exonerates Israel from blame over the indiscriminate bombing of Gaza by claiming the civilians were killed because they were being used as "human shields" by Hamas.
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Robert Higgs: The Many Costs of War

The deaths, injuries, and property destruction of battles are obvious costs of war as is all the money spent on weapons, soldiers, and other expenses directly related to battles. Less well understood by many people are the many other war costs, including costs imposed on people who may never be near a battlefield but just live in a nation at war.

RPI Academic Board Member Robert Higgs explores in an informative Ludwig von Mises Institute lecture on Thursday many of these often overlooked or misunderstood costs. Higgs addresses a number of war costs the US government has historically imposed


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Eric Margolis: ‘Blame for this Bloodbath Sits as Much With the US as it Does With Israel’

International affairs writer and RPI Academic Board Member Eric Margolis, interviewed Monday on the Scott Horton Show, concludes regarding Israel’s military attack on and invasion of Gaza that “the blame for this bloodbath sits as much with the US as it does with Israel” and that the US government could end the war “in a minute” if it had the “political will.”

Expanding on the analysis in his article “David v. Goliath in Gaza” from earlier this month, Margolis states that President Barack Obama could effectively order Israel to end the attack on Gaza that is supported by US aid and weapons, but suggests Obama will not do so for electoral reasons...
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Fixing Facts Around The Policy: Is the US Government Manipulating Social Media?

The US government and in particular the State Department have come under some scrutiny — and even been subject to some ridicule — over increasing reliance on "social media" as evidence to back up US foreign policy positions or conclusions about international events. Many find it shocking that a government which spends some $100 billion on a vast and worldwide intelligence network would really pore over YouTube and Twitter to present user-uploaded items as if finished intelligence products.

Most recently, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf yesterday presented the US government's case for Russian involvement in the apparent downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 over Ukraine based on "social media" and "common sense." She also cited unspecific "other information" that the government would not share, but the crux of the case for such a significant conclusion with almost incalculable implications was made by referencing "Tweets" and other, often anonymous, personal communications.
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