US shows footage of Russian Daesh airstrike as its own

November 23, 2015

PBS, a major US media network, is using footage of Russian airstrikes in Syria to advance Washington’s military agenda. A major US media outlet has been caught passing on footage of Russian air raids in Syria as American airstrikes in a bid to advance Washington’s military agenda, a new report reveals. The US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), aired a program on the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group on November 19, purporting to show how their oil trucks were destroyed by US airstrikes, as part of Washington’s new plan to disrupt the group’s main source of income, according to the Information Clearing House. Earlier this week, the Pentagon said it would escalate its airstrikes on Daesh and bomb the terrorist organization’s oil infrastructure in Syria. Read More

Vijay Prashad – We Are in Pitiless Times

November 16, 2015

Carnage after this week’s bombings in Beirut. ” For those in the west, the bombings in Baghdad and Beirut will not take up too much time – after all, the western media seems to suggest that bombings of this kind are routine in these places; they are almost natural,” writes Prashad. (Photo: Reuters) A week of horrible carnage – bomb blasts in Beirut and Baghdad and then the cold-blooded shootings in Paris. Each of these acts of terror left dead bodies and wounded lives. There is nothing good that comes of them – only the pain of the victim and then more pain as powerful people take refuge in clichéd policies that once again turn the wheel of violence. Read

Leid Stories – 10.29.15

October 30, 2015

Whip, Lash: Mainstream Media Gets Outed at Republican Q&A History Redacted: CNN Assists in Tony Blair’s Cleanup on Iraq Invasion A clear winner in the third two-tiered Q&A session (erroneously called a “debate”) Republican presidential candidates had last night was a point made about the role of the media (“liberal” media, two panelists claimed)  in shaping coverage and influencing public opinion. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, skewered CNBC’s panel of questioners on the issue, though from the predictable point of view that mainstream media has been functioning almost as a PR arm of the Democratic Party, favoring Hillary Clinton. Leid Stories explains why the senators couldn’t go all the way with their argument. CNN is all but gloating over Fareed Zakaria’s interview with former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Interviewed as part of a special report Zakaria did on Iraq, Blair “apologized” for his and Britain’s role as partners in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein, wreaked havoc in the country and spawned ISIS. Blair’s blame-shifting act of contrition was shameful enough, says Leid Stories. But  Zakaria’s and CNN’s editorial assist with deft political scutwork was even more so. Download

Andrew J. Bacevich – On Building Armies (and Watching Them Fail)

October 14, 2015

First came Fallujah, then Mosul, and later Ramadi in Iraq.  Now, there is Kunduz, a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan.  In all four places, the same story has played out: in cities that newspaper reporters like to call “strategically important,” security forces trained and equipped by the U.S. military at great expense simply folded, abandoning their posts (and much of their U.S.-supplied weaponry) without even mounting serious resistance.  Called upon to fight, they fled.  In each case, the defending forces gave way before substantially outnumbered attackers, making the outcomes all the more ignominious. Together, these setbacks have rendered a verdict on the now more-or-less nameless Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). Successive blitzkriegs by ISIS and the Taliban respectively did more than simply breach Iraqi and Afghan defenses. They also punched gaping holes in the strategy to which the United States had reverted in hopes of stemming the further erosion of its position in the Greater Middle East. Read

Jason Leopold – he CIA Just Declassified the “WMD Document” of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) That Supposedly Justified the Iraq Invasion

October 12, 2015

Thirteen years ago, the intelligence community concluded in a 93-page classified document used to justify the invasion of Iraq that it lacked “specific information” on “many key aspects” of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs. But that’s not what top Bush administration officials said during their campaign to sell the war to the American public. Those officials, citing the same classified document, asserted with no uncertainty that Iraq was actively pursuing nuclear weapons, concealing a vast chemical and biological weapons arsenal, and posing an immediate and grave threat to US national security. Read

What Women Must Know – The Shocking Discovery Proving the Harmful Health Effects from EMFs with Dr. Martin Pall – 10.08.15

October 9, 2015

Professor Pall noted that it has been known and accepted for more than 40 years that Pulsed Fields are more Bio-Active than non-pulsed and his study showed that pulsed electrical energy does affect cells in non-thermal conditions. So much for the fraudulent claims of regulators and the industry. ALL our WiFi, Cellphones, Cordless DECT telephones, Radio Baby monitors, Smart Meters and the like have a very real potential to do massive and possibly irreversible harm to biological entities such as humans. Learn the risks and the practical strategies that can help protect you. Dr. Martin L. Pall, PhD is a Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University, and author of the acclaimed book "Explaining 'Unexplained Illnesses': Disease Paradigm for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Gulf War Syndrome”. He published an important paper on how electromagnetic fields ( EMFs) impact the cells of our bodies The study was honored by inclusion at the “ Global Medical Discovery as one of the top publications of 2013.

Fred Gardner – Veterans Suicide Epidemic Proves Lucrative for Therapists

September 28, 2015

Marine Corps veterans have formed their own suicide-prevention network for reasons laid out in a very powerful article by Dave Philipps in the New York Times. The men Philipps writes about served in the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment (the 2/7), in Afghanistan. Many had been deployed in Iraq, too. No one knows whether the battalion’s suicide rate is abnormally high or a common trait of fighting units hit hard by combat, because no one monitors troops over time. In an era of Big Data, when algorithms can predict human patterns in startling detail, suicide data for veterans is incomplete and years old by the time it is available. The most recent data is from 2011. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Pentagon say they have introduced a new system, called the Suicide Data Repository, that is faster and more complete. Read

Stephen Kalin – Iraq says Russia, Iran, Syria cooperating on security issues in Baghdad

September 28, 2015

Iraq has said its military officials are engaged in intelligence and security cooperation in Baghdad with Russia, Iran and Syria to counter the threat from the Islamic State militant group, a pact that could raise concerns in Washington. A statement from the Iraqi military’s joint operations command on Saturday said the cooperation had come “with increased Russian concern about the presence of thousands of terrorists from Russia undertaking criminal acts with Daesh (Islamic State).” The move could give Moscow more sway in the Middle East. It has stepped up its military involvement in Syria in recent weeks while pressing for Damascus to be included in international efforts to fight Islamic State, a demand Washington rejects. Read

Gary Leupp – How George W. Bush Destroyed the Temple of Baal

September 16, 2015

First he bombed mercilessly, cruelly grinning throughout. Costumed in a flight suit, he proclaimed a “Mission Accomplished” after he had, with what they call “bipartisan support” (as though this lends some sort of legitimacy), destroyed the modern country of Iraq. George W. Bush destroyed Iraq’s infrastructure, its institutions, its ruling party and its army. Then he destroyed its social fabric, which had permitted widespread Sunni-Shiite intermarriage and religiously integrated neighborhoods. Read More

Eric ZUESSE – Vladimir Putin’s Foreign-Policy Objectives, & His Desire for U.S. to Be an Ally

September 15, 2015

On September 4th, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin restated, as he has many times before, that he seeks a U.S.- Russian alliance to overcome the global Islamic jihad movement, in Syria, Iraq, and everywhere. Then, on Tuesday September 8th, Yahoo News bannered, “Austria joins growing voices that say Assad must be part of Syrian solution,” and reported that Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said: “In my opinion the priority is the fight against terror. This will not be possible without powers such as Russia and Iran.” German Economic News noted then that, “Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo had already called on Monday for negotiations with Assad to end the war.” However, the U.S. government is strongly opposed to accepting Putin’s offer of an alliance to overcome Islamic jihad. Read
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