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Andrew Hammond – Libya, not Syria, is now the frontline in the war against Isis

On Wednesday, Italy agreed to “positively consider” any US request to use Italian airspace and airbases for bombing missions against Isis in Libya. The move follows a series of US air strikes against Isis militants in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte on Monday. That action – which President Barack Obama declared as in the “vital national interests” of the US – is anticipated to be the …

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Juan Cole – 3 Surprising reasons Saudi Arabia may be getting out of the Oil Business

Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman announced Friday that Saudi Arabia would use its oil assets to back a $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund. The move suggested to many observers that the kingdom is preparing for a likely end of the petroleum business and transitioning to being primarily an investor. While it is true that the money for the sovereign wealth fund …

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Ellen Brown – Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary’s Emails

Critics have long questioned why violent intervention was necessary in Libya. Hillary Clinton’s recently published emails confirm that it was less about protecting the people from a dictator than about money, banking, and preventing African economic sovereignty. The brief visit of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Libya in October 2011 was referred to by the media as a “victory …

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Despite Global Blowback, US Military Demanding Bigger, Badder Drone War

Less than a month after a group of U.S. Air Force whistleblowers spoke out against “the devastating effects the drone program has overseas and at home,” the branch announced its desire for a vast expansion of the drone war. The Air Force announced its recommendations, which include doubling the number of drone pilots, Thursday. Reporting on the development Friday for …