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Mar 19 23:08

Could Netanyahu Win Actually Spell Progress for Palestinians?

With the "two-state solution" and the so-called "peace process" assumed dead in the wake of Likud's reelection, is the opportunity ripe for a paradigm shift?

Mar 19 20:45

Operation Rent Seeking How the war on terrorism became a business model.

The syndrome the Bush administration created in Iraq was what former Pentagon critic Chuck Spinney has called a “self-licking ice cream cone”: the measures to fight the war on terrorism guaranteed more terrorists, which in turn guaranteed the agencies more money to fight the war on terrorism. The same process was at work with respect to torture and drone strikes. It is a great business model for contractors and bureaucratic empire builders, but far less favorable as a national survival strategy.

Mar 19 20:17

Kiev Shifts Goalposts as Merkel Skews Wide

Unfortunately, the prognosis is that if Merkel cannot see the glaring truth of the situation by now... then there is not much hope of the chancellor ever coming to a realistic political position on Ukraine...And, grimly, that means the outlook for further conflict is not good.

Kiev President Petro Poroshenko unveiled a new dimension of international sanctions against Russia this week, while being royally entertained by German leaders in Berlin. The oligarch-turned-politician now wants the Western allies of the Kiev regime to boycott the 2018 World Cup Finals to be held in Russia.

Mar 19 19:56

CrossTalk: Recognizing Palestine

Why have Western countries only now decided to vote to recognize the state of Palestine? What will be the outcome? Will a legitimate Palestinian state bring peace to the region? Is an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan a dead end?

CrossTalking with Amir Oren and Norman Finkelstein (author of the new book ‘Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza’).

Mar 19 19:49

Netanyahu’s Victory: Now What President Obama?

Netanyahu's outright rejection of a Palestinian state and his promise to go on building more and more illegal settlements leave Obama without any wriggle room.

“Love him (Netanyahu) or hate him, this is the face of Israel.” That’s how Uriel Heilman concluded an article for the JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency) on Netanyahu’s election victory after noting that he had shown his true colours by declaring that there would be no Palestinian state while he is in charge. What President Obama now has to decide is whether or not he will allow Netanyahu to remain in charge of American policy for Israel-Palestine.

Mar 19 19:46

Netanyahu Unmasks Israel

With the facades gone, Americans must decide if they will embrace this apartheid system or not...

Desperate to win reelection, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stripped off Israel’s mask and exposed the ugliness that has deformed his country over the past several decades.He abandoned the subterfuge of a two-state solution, exposed the crass racism that underlies Israeli politics, and revealed Israel’s blatant control of the U.S. Congress.

For years, U.S. politicians have rejected allegations of Israeli racism and excused mistreatment of the Palestinians as a temporary necessity that would be fixed by a two-state solution. But Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has destroyed those arguments in his panic to keep his job, reports Robert Parry.

Mar 19 19:40

Obama and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

One searches in vain for any detailed and highly competent writings or speeches on foreign policy, given by Obama, that go beyond idealistic platitudes, ever how souring the rhetoric.

Do not expect any significant progress engendered by the Obama administration for the rest of his term.

If there is to be any change in the configuration between the Palestinians and the Israelis, it will emanate from the International Court of Justice.

Mar 19 19:31

The SHOCKING Facts of the Wars and Crimes Happenng Right Now!

Historically we have seen the power of a government and its ability to shift its resources away from the citizens and funnel it toward war and clever propaganda. Hundreds of millions of people have died in the 20th century alone as a result of this behavior and it continues today.

Mass experimentation is going on and this is all sanctioned by the government agencies which presume to protect us.

Mar 19 17:29

Jeb Bush, and the predictable arc of presidential primaries

I don't know if Jeb Bush is a naturally optimistic fellow, although if you asked him he'd surely say he is (every candidate has to proclaim their optimism, particularly about America). But in recent weeks he's had some cause for concern. Not long ago, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found a full 42 percent of Republicans saying they wouldn't consider voting for him. Bush is the "establishment" candidate at a time when the Tea Party still dominates the Republican base.

And Republicans seem unusually taken with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has all the correct positions for GOP primary voters, not to mention the glow that comes from being the Next Big Thing. After two elections in which older, familiar figures won the nomination then lost to Barack Obama, one might think the party is ready to nominate someone new.

But Bush may not have to worry. If the primaries go the way they usually do, he'll prevail.

Mar 19 17:29

Netanyahu Unmasks Israel

For years, U.S. politicians have rejected allegations of Israeli racism and excused mistreatment of the Palestinians as a temporary necessity that would be fixed by a two-state solution. But Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has destroyed those arguments in his panic to keep his job, reports Robert Parry.

Mar 19 17:23

Rand Paul to Announce Presidential Campaign

Rand Paul 2016: Kentucky Senator Set to Announce Presidential Campaign in Early April

Paul will make the major announcement at a rally at the Galt House in Louisville.

Mar 19 17:09

What Does the Netanyahu Victory 'Mean' for America?

Was it a clear endorsement of Netanyahu's policies? Do we even know what those policies will turn out to be?

Didn’t other nations pretty much say to the US after Bush’s re-election, “Okay, but if you want to start or continue Bush’s wars, you are now on your own.”

Is it not at least conceivable that other nations should now respond to Israel and say, “Okay, but if you truly are not going to agree to a two-state solution, and if your settlements are going to continue to be planned and located to make a two-state solution impossible, then you are now on your own"?

I mean, can we not make continued support contingent on a policy that has at least some hope of leading to (1) peace in the Mideast, and (2) extrication of the US from a situation in which we are attacked and our citizens are killed because we are perceived to support Israel unconditionally?

Mar 19 15:32

Is violent change inevitable in Ethiopia?

Graham Peebles argues that unity, organisation and peaceful resistance, not violent rebellion, is the way to get rid of Ethiopia’s repressive and discredited regime, which now emulates the military dictatorship it ousted.

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Mar 19 15:03

Why the US can’t keep track of people killed by police

A year ago, in a bureaucratic shift that went unremarked in the somnolent days before Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, the US government admitted a disturbing failure. The top crime-data experts in Washington had determined that they could not properly count how many Americans die each year at the hands of police. So they stopped.

Mar 19 15:01

Camille Paglia's Epic Anti-Hillary Rant

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Mar 19 14:11

CITIZEN JOURNALIST THROWN OUT OF CITY COUNCIL RECEIVES $200,000 SETTLEMENT

In a victory that should be celebrated by journalists and activists alike, Citizen Journalist Nydia Tisdale announced a settlement with the Mayor and the Chief of Police in Cumming, GA from her Federal lawsuit that was getting ready to go to trial in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Tisdale had filed a complaint after she was was banned from filming Cumming City Council meeting on April 17, 2012.

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Mar 19 13:52

TEXAS LAWMAKER WANTS TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO FILM COPS FROM LESS THAN 25 FEET AWAY

Now that it's pretty much settled that the public has the right to record the police*, legislators are now moving to peel back this begrudgingly "granted" First Amendment protection.

Mar 19 13:48

MONSANTO SETTLES 7 LAWSUITS AFTER 2013 GMO-WHEAT SCARE

Agrochemical giant Monsanto has settled class action lawsuits with farmers in seven states over genetically modified wheat incident in 2013. Without any admission of liability the company will pay some $350,000 in donations to agricultural schools. The agricultural biotechnology corporation announced donations of $50,000 to agricultural schools in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The St. Louis based company also promised to reimburse a portion of the costs associated with the case. Monsanto said it can’t disclose how much that will cost.

Mar 19 13:30

360 lawmakers write letter to Obama on Iran

A bipartisan group of 360 US lawmakers has signed a letter warning President Barack Obama that any sanctions relief on Iran as part of an emerging nuclear deal would require new legislation from Congress.

Mar 19 13:12

Magic Obama Logic: Mandatory Voting = Good, Mandatory Voter IDs = Bad and Racist

It’s being reported that Obama recently went on record that he believes the U.S. should have mandatory voting. An interesting stance, wouldn’t you say, considering he’s staunchly against mandatory voter ID laws.

In fact, his latest pick for Attorney General to replace Eric Holder went on the record that mandatory voter ID laws are all fueled by, what else? Racism.

So…mandatory voter laws = good, but mandatory voter ID = bad and racist? How exactly does that work again?

Mar 19 12:18

Why the US can't keep track of people killed by police

A year ago, in a bureaucratic shift that went unremarked in the somnolent days before Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, the US government admitted a disturbing failure. The top crime-data experts in Washington had determined that they could not properly count how many Americans die each year at the hands of police. So they stopped.

Mar 19 11:51

SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT CAUGHT EDITING THEIR WIKIPEDIA PAGE TO REMOVE SECTIONS ABOUT MISCONDUCT

A San Diego Police Department dispatcher and anonymous Wikipedia users have edited or deleted paragraphs from the misconduct section of the police department’s Wikipedia page five times since January 2014. One of the Wikipedia users told U-T Watchdog he made the changes because individual cases were wrongly used to smear the whole department, or because of inaccuracies.

Mar 19 11:07

Obama Sets New Record In Censorship

The Obama administration has set a new record for concealing information from the public. According to an Associated Press analysis, of the more than 700,000 requests for information last year, the government censored or denied access to information in more than 250,000 cases.

Mar 19 10:10

USA And Japan Are Investigating Death Threats Against The Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy, US Ambassador to Japan.
Authorities in Washington are taken "seriously" threats received by the US ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, so that governments both the US and the Japanese are already investigating the matter, according to the State Department.
"We take seriously any threat to US diplomats," said State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, adding that his government will give its diplomatic staff "every possible step to protect".

http://whatisusa.info/usa-and-japan-are-investigating-death-threats-ag...

Mar 19 10:04

Propaganda Alert: NYT Tries to Make Jeb Bush Look Cool with Puff Piece About Him Meeting Rapper Ludacris

This is not the first time NYT got caught bending over for Jeb Bush and Co. Back in October the outlet wrote the fawning Bush piece, “The Bushes, Led by W., Rally to Make Jeb ‘45’” and, oddly, did not allow comments so no one could rank or comment on the story whatsoever.

Then again, propaganda is one thing, but when it becomes this painfully obvious, it just hurts.

Mar 19 09:54

NSA whistleblower: ‘We’re no longer a country with a government, we’re a government with a country’

Former high-level intelligence official warns of "totalitarian" slide into a "controlled society"

Mar 19 09:51

The Saker interviews Gilad Atzmon

It has been already 6 years since I interviewed Gilad for the first time and when a friend recently suggested that it was time for a new conversation, I immediately agreed, as did Gilad who, in spite of his over-booked and hectic lifestyle took the time to reply to my questions. Gilad is, in my opinion, not only the most original and talented jazz musician currently composing and playing (make sure to get his latest CD “The Whistle Blower“), he is also an extremely profound philosopher who has the amazing courage not only to ask the key questions, but to also answer them. His book “The Wandering Who” is, I strongly believe, a must read for anybody wanting to see through the “fog” of modern “Jewish anti-Zionism”. As somebody who has gotten his share of hate mail, I can only begin to imagine the kind of hate-filled poison which Gilad has had to put up with for his courage and even though he will not speak about it, I will say that it takes exceptional courage and moral strength to do what Gilad did and is still doing.

Mar 19 09:20

Obama Now Calling For Mandatory Voting in the U.S.

Sounds…oh, I dunno…just a smidge like a dictator, no? Forcing people to vote in sham elections? Why, so crony puppets like him can have a 90% win and we can continue on with this lie that any pleb’s vote actually counts in the United Corporations of America?

Mar 19 09:18

SF Cathedral Has Been Deterring Homeless by Drenching Them in Water

To drench homeless people in water for sleeping in your doorway, without any kind of warning I might add, is kind of insane right? When I first heard about this story, I half expected it to be from the Onion. I mean, who does that?

How very kind-hearted of them.

Mar 19 09:11

Obama Sets New Record In Censorship

The Obama administration has set a new record for concealing information from the public. According to an Associated Press analysis, of the more than 700,000 requests for information last year, the government censored or denied access to information in more than 250,000 cases.

Mar 19 08:13

NATO allies Saudi Arabia and Israel edge closer to War with Iran

Steven MacMillan
Activist Post

A recent report by an Israeli TV station revealed that Saudi Arabia would allow Israeli jets to use its airspace to attack Iran, demonstrating the clandestine strategic alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel. As the Times of Israel reported in an article titled: Saudis ‘would let Israeli jets use their air space to attack Iran’...

Mar 19 07:15

Sanders blasts GOP budgets

'To summarize: the rich get much richer, and the Republicans think they need more help. The middle class and working families of this country become poorer, and the Republicans think we need to cut

Mar 19 07:01

Rubio: Obama Shows More Respect for Iran Than Israel

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tonight charged President Barack Obama with having more respect for Iran than America’s ally, Israel.

Rubio said that while he has great admiration for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, America’s commitment is to the state of Israel.

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Mr. Rubio, America's commitment is to THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, not a foreign government. If you love and respect Israel so much I strongly suggest to move there immediately, because America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third, and kowtowing to a foreign power dead last!

Mar 19 06:55

Fed doublespeak and the dismantling of the middle class: Fed states dropping “patient” word doesn’t mean it is impatient on rates. In 1970 roughly 7 percent of all income was earned by the top 1 percent. Today it is closer to 20 percent.

The Fed has taken a page out of George Orwell’s 1984. Doublespeak is all the rage and the Fed’s statements are analyzed as if sifting for gold. Even when they don’t do anything markets jump. The Fed sets the tone on our debt addiction. The Fed dropped the word “patient” in terms of increasing interest rates but then goes on to say this doesn’t mean that it will be impatient. Say what? The Fed hints at tapering and balks because it claims there is “low inflation” but when we look at real inflation, the price of many items is shooting up dramatically. Many of these items were staples of the middle class including an affordable college education, a home, and being able to earn a good wage. Back in 1975 roughly 7 percent of all income earned went to the top 1 percent. Today it is closer to 20 percent. The last time it was this high was during the years prior to the Great Depression.

Mar 19 06:37

Patty Myers from Montana has a message for Sen. Alan Simpson.

Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security " to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. Here's a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana ... I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is!

Mar 19 06:26

Democratic support for Hillary Clinton softens: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Support for Clinton's candidacy has dropped about 15 percentage points since mid February among Democrats, with as few as 45 percent saying they would support her in the last week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll. Support from Democrats likely to vote in the party nominating contests has dropped only slightly less, to a low in the mid-50s over the same period.

Mar 19 06:15

Obama calls for mandatory, forced, voting in U.S.

Inching toward total tyranny as Americans will soon be forced to vote

Mar 19 04:05

Texas Senate Approves Concealed Carry Weapons In Universities

In Texas it is legal to walk down the street publicly exhibiting rifles, but is not warranted show handguns.
The Texas Senate approved on Wednesday preliminarily a bill allowing concealed carry weapons in public universities, a day after it was authorized public carrying of handguns in the state.

The bill was approved even though it has been criticized by police, students and officials from major universities in Texas.

http://whatisusa.info/texas-senate-approves-concealed-carry-weapons-in...

Mar 19 03:02

Study Reveals Violence And Lack Of Rights In Mexican Prisons

The vast majority of prisoners has not turned 30 years old and come from poor families.

Half of the prisoners in the prisons of the largest metropolitan area in Mexico say they were beaten at the time of his arrest to force them to change their statement.

http://whatisusa.info/study-reveals-violence-and-lack-of-rights-in-mex...

Mar 19 01:26

Republicans crow over Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory

Israeli Prime minister and Republicans will continue drumbeat of criticism of nuclear talks with Iran

Congressional Republicans are confident Benjamin Netanyahu’s return as Israeli prime minister will help them ratchet up pressure on President Barack Obama to abandon his current round of nuclear weapons talks with Iran.

Netanyahu has been an outspoken critic of Obama’s plans to deal with Tehran, including in a controversial address to Congress earlier this month. For Republicans hoping to influence the deal, or scuttle it entirely, renewed opposition from the leader of the U.S.’s closest ally in the Middle East is exactly the kind of ideological support they’re looking for.

Mar 19 01:06

As Netanyahu no longer talks peace, Israel is set for paralysis

On Monday – the day before his election victory - he abandoned his conciliatory words and went back to being against a Palestinian state. “Anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state, anyone who is going to evacuate territories today, is simply giving a base for attacks to the radical Islam against Israel,” he said. “This is the true reality that was created here in the last few years.”

So Mr Netanyahu has jumped from being against the two-state solution, to being in favour, to being against it once again. His current position forces him once again to bang his head against stubborn demographic reality: if there is one state west of the Jordan, it must eventually be an Arab state.
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Moreover, ordinary Israelis can never forget that whenever they have relinquished territory in the past – by leaving south Lebanon in 2000, for example, or evacuating settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005 – nothing has been gained save for barrages of rockets launched by Hizbollah and Hamas.

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Mar 18 18:44

U.S. opens up to Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, and Iran

Due to the fact that the appointment of Malley coincided with the crisis in relations between the U.S. and Israel, caused by the recent speech made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the U.S. Congress behind Obama's back and without his approval, analysts have begun to talk about "changes in the U.S. role in the Middle East"

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Mar 18 18:15

Obama Floats The Idea of Mandatory Voting

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

In yet another “the collective over the individual” move from Barack Obama, during a public meeting about campaign finance reform in Cleveland on Wednesday the President floated the idea of compulsory voting in the United States.

Obama cited Australia and other countries with such laws as an example of ways in which the idea could be implemented...

Mar 18 18:07

VIDEO: Crimea Documentary Reveals How Close Russia Came to Shootout with NATO

In the documentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed top-secret facts and details of previosly unknown events that had taken place right before the Crimean referendum.

Mar 18 17:12

White House pushes Palestinian statehood in face of Netanyahu win

The White House says that a two-state solution is still the best way to resolve the dispute in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister’s Benjamin Netanyahu promise this week to prevent further establishment of a Palestinian state notwithstanding.

“A two-state solution is the best way to address this conflict,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, according to USA Today.

Netanyahu said earlier this week on Monday that he would fend off efforts to create a Palestinian state if he’s re-elected as prime minister of Israel. On Wednesday, the leader declared himself victorious following a narrow win against challenger Isaac Herzog of the center-left Zionist Union.

Mar 18 16:17

Netanyahu's victory: Now what President Obama?

Alan Hart says Netanyahu’s election victory leaves Obama with two options: to compel Israel to do the right thing, or to allow it to take the region and the world to hell.

Mar 18 16:15

Condemnation from US and EU as Russia and South Ossetia sign treaty

Treaty calls for a deeper level of co-operation with South Ossetia than “alliance and strategic partnership” deal agreed between Kremlin and Abkhazia last year

Russia has signed a treaty of “alliance and integration” with Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia in a move that has drawn sharp condemnation from the US and the European Union.
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Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, and Leonid Tibilov, the South Ossetian leader, signed a treaty of alliance and integration on Tuesday
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Yesterday’s treaty with South Ossetia was “yet more evidence of Russian interference in the affairs of its neighbours and a blatant disregard for their sovereignty and independence”, said Conservative MP David Lidington, the UK’s minister for Europe. “Similar interference has led to the terrible situation we see in Ukraine,” he added.

Mar 18 15:37

No, John Kerry Doesn't Want To Negotiate With Assad

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

The recent hysteria surrounding John Kerry’s remarks regarding the necessity of negotiating with Bashar al-Assad has provoked both criticism and praise from a number of very different quarters. Unfortunately, however, the opinions of those up in either arms or exaltation are largely the result of misreporting, war psychosis, and simply reading headlines instead of articles...

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