Monthly Archives: August 2014

No signs of ‘Russian Invasion’ in Ukraine’s Novoazovsk, situation peaceful – CNN

RIA Novosti (Sept. 1) – The situation in Ukraine’s southeast border town of Novoazovsk is calm and there are no signs of Russian military forces, according to CNN.

For a town at the epicentre of what NATO and Kiev calls a direct military invasion on the part of Russia, “Novoazovsk could not feel more peaceful,” the CNN reported Saturday August 30. Continue reading

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UN Committee condemns US for racial disparity, police brutality

PBS (aug. 29 ) –The United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has published a scathing report analyzing the current state of racial justice in the United States. Citing the August 9th shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri and the rise of stand-your-ground laws, the committee expressed deep concerns about the ways in which the American justice system handles racially charged events. Continue reading

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The true story of Mark Paslawsky, the ‘only’ American fighter with Kiev forces

The American nephew of the notorious Ukrainian Nazi and CIA stooge, Mykola Lebed, is eulogized by the New York Times and Vice News
Mark Paslawsky. Image from facebook.com

Mark Paslawsky | Image from facebook.com

Bryan MacDonald*, rt.com (August 29) – On Tuesday, August 20, a US army veteran named Mark Paslawsky was killed during a battle in Ilovyask, near Donetsk, which is currently held by anti-Kiev rebels.

Fighting on the side of pro-government forces, the American had sprung to prominence because of his Twitter feed (@BruceSpringnote), often sharply critical of Ukrainian politicians, and a fawning video interview with Vice News’ Simon Ostrovsky* shortly before his death.
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Venezuela: Dirty activities of Canadian embassy

By TONY SEED

spyOpposition is being expressed in Venezuela to the activities of the Canadian embassy and its new ambassador, Ben Rowswell. Rowswell was appointed by Stephen Harper at the end of February 2014 and took up his new post in Caracas in March without a lot of fanfare. The news did not slip by us nor a number of independent media outlets.* Recently, the Canadian online publication, TML Daily, provided a revealing update from Venezuelan sources.

Mision Verdad, a blog from Venezuela described by its authors as providing “information to inform and expose” free from the manipulation that characterizes the media controlled by the rich, carried a report on the activities of the ambassador, titled “Who is the Canadian Ambassador to Venezuela?” Continue reading

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Sighting. Graffiti in Ramallah, Palestine

Graffiti in Ramalla, Palestine. US Aid: We don’t need your aid | David Lisbona/flickr

Graffiti in Ramallah, Palestine. US Aid: We don’t need your aid | David Lisbona/flickr

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Latin America’s TeleSUR now available in English

telesur-in-englishVenezuelan news network TeleSUR has launched an English-language Web platform aiming to reach a younger, global, English-speaking audience with a “Latin American perspective” on world events. The new initiative which presents a social-oriented message, brings the TeleSUR network into the same ranks as Al-Jazeera English, China Central Television, Russia Today and France 24 as a government-funded effort to produce English-language news from non-English-speaking countries. Continue reading

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The slain Palestinian journalists you don’t hear about

Some were killed in their homes, others were “deliberately targeted”

Palestinian journalists iconMa’an News Agency (August 26) – A Palestinian media watchdog said that July was the bloodiest month on record in the history of the Palestinian press, as nine journalists were killed and eight media outlets shelled during the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza.

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms said in a statement that the targeting of Palestinian media had continued into August, with at least six more journalists killed in the last three weeks as well. Continue reading

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CIA messing with journalism again, puts all journalists at danger

The CIA’s use of journalists as agents raise uncomfortable questions about Global Post and James Foley, writes WAYNE MARSDEN*

spystrategic-culture.org (Aug. 28) – THE increasing tendency of the Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies to disregard previous prohibitions against the use of journalists as agents puts every legitimate reporter around the world in jeopardy.

The CIA has a checkered past in the use of journalists as intelligence agents. The practice was common in the 1960s and early 70s but was banned by Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. However, when President Ronald Reagan helped reignite the Cold War, the CIA again began using journalists as intelligence agents. The practice put a number of journalists in jeopardy, especially those taken captive by guerrillas groups during the Lebanese civil war. There is nothing to suggest any president since Reagan has discontinued the practice of using journalists as agents. Continue reading

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August 28, 2014 · 9:31 am

Globalizing Gaza

How the Zionists attempt to raise violence, anarchy and chaos to the level of authority and provide it with a legal justification called “lawfare.” JEFF HALPER

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Operation Protective Edge was not merely a military assault on a primarily civilian population.

As in its previous “operations” (Cast Lead in 2008-9 and Pillar of Defense in 2012), it was also part of an ongoing assault on international humanitarian law (IHL) by a highly coordinated team of Israeli lawyers, military officers, PR people and politicians, led by (no less) a philosopher of ethics. It is an effort not only to get Israel off the hook for massive violations of human rights and international law, but to help other governments overcome similar constraints when they embark as well on “asymmetrical warfare,” “counterinsurgency” and “counter-terrorism” against peoples resisting domination. It is a campaign that Israel calls “lawfare” and had better be taken seriously by us all. Continue reading

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Canadian sanctions against Russia and Harper’s warmongering

If nothing else, Harper is very rigid in his thinking and actions. Knowing this and having experience with Harper inside Canada, would it not be a good thing to be very careful in accepting his arguments for sanctions and war against others?”

TML Weekly (Aug. 7) – THE U.S., European Union, Norway, Australia, Japan and Canada have announced sanctions against Russian companies, economic sectors and individuals. The sanctions against leading Russian government and economic personalities inhibit their ability to travel. The economic sanctions against Russian corporations and sectors will limit their capacity to raise capital in U.S. and European markets, to import and export certain commodities, and generally to engage in business with the sanctioning countries. The financial sanctions in particular can have repercussions beyond bilateral relations with the sanctioning countries, as U.S. dollar hegemony can exercise its power and influence almost everywhere in the world. Continue reading

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Fidel Castro: True Friendship

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By FIDEL CASTRO

Yesterday I received a visit from the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, who made a trip abroad related to the defence of his country’s important oil interests.

During his stop in Cuba, he took the opportunity to make contact with me and greet me personally, as he had promised, on August 13 of this year, when I had the privilege of reaching 88 years of age. That day he presented me with some fruits, among them, some small pearl like ones, which I had never even seen before and which taste excellent. He also presented me with a sports uniform, a gift from the Venezuelan athletes seeking to win laurels for their country.

I was extraordinarily happy that he made the visit so soon, not only for the honour which his presence and quick action imply, when he is involved in the difficult task of carrying out the epic struggle of Hugo Chavez, as well as the exceptional actions he is carrying out. Continue reading

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North American Energy Summit organized by Goldman Sachs

Strategy for control of energy resources

110129-HamiltonDayofAction-87In June of this year, the major monopoly financier Goldman Sachs organized a North American Energy Summit at their New York City headquarters. According to their webpage, the summit “brought together the most thoughtful and influential public and private sector decision-makers – including leading CEO, public sector officials, and experts from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as key global investors and companies involved in the North American energy sector – to discuss how the region can achieve its energy potential.”

Vice President Joe Biden gave the keynote address. President Pena of Mexico participated, as did Canadian Ministers of Foreign Affairs John Baird, Joseph Oliver of Finance and Greg Rickford of Natural Resources and the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. Continue reading

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Andrey Stenin – an appeal to journalists

Andrey Stenin | RIA Novosti/Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda)

Andrey Stenin | RIA Novosti/Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda)

Russian journalists are calling on the Russian and Ukrainian authorities, as well as international organizations, to do everything possible to save Russian photo journalist, Andrey Stenin, who is missing in Ukraine.

“We are employees of various media outlets. We are all united by one thing: the concern over the fate of our colleague…” the statement published on the Russian Journalists’ Union website.

“Journalists’ work in war zones is always connected with danger. The presence of reporters can be a disadvantage for one side or the other, and sometimes both of them. Any correspondent from any country can end up in trouble,” the statement added. Continue reading

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The Resistance imposed a new reality on the ground in Gaza

Victory Dance. Painting by Ismail Shammout

Victory Dance. Painting by Ismail Shammout

‘We believe that any ceasefire without a price is a bonus for the occupation and it benefits from it and uses it as a means to subdue the Resistance, in an attempt to turn the victory that we accomplished on the military battlefield into a defeat at the negotiating table.’ ‘Of course, there is always contact between the Palestinian Resistance and Hezbollah and Iran. This is no longer a secret.’ QASSEM QASSEM and NIDAL AL-WAHIDI 
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Slaughter in Gaza: the lessons of history

“To Where...?” Painting by Ismail Shammout, 1953

“To Where…?” Painting by Ismail Shammout, 1953

Dr. SALMAN ABU-SITTA*

alakbarenglish (Aug. 20 ) – The guns used to attack Gaza may fall silent for a while and resume firing later, but this will not change a pattern that has lasted 66 years. The bloodshed will not come to an end without knowing how and why it started and how to deal with it.

There is nothing in Palestine’s geography that is called the “Gaza Strip.” This “strip” was created by Israel. Continue reading

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US chemical weapons dumped in Okinawa

The US has refused to clean up chemical weapons left on its military bases in Okinawa from the Vietnam War – over 40 years ago – despite their serious threat to the safety and well-being of the people of the Japanese island. “Decades of Pentagon pollution poison service members, local residents and the future of the island,” writes JON MITCHELL.* Reminiscent of CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick, which it sprayed with Agent Orange during the 1960s, “The Pentagon continues to do everything it can to evade responsibility for the damage its bases cause.” When the US ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997, it falsely said it had not left chemical weapons in any other nation’s holdings. The fact remains that it is the US that poses the greatest potential and actual danger of unleashing biological, chemical and nuclear weapons against humanity.

Barrels of unidentified U.S. chemicals lie strewn across land in the Northern Training Area, 1972. Courtesy of Robin Poe. (Click to enlarge)

Barrels of unidentified U.S. chemicals lie strewn across land in the Northern Training Area, 1972. Courtesy of Robin Poe. (Click to enlarge)

The Asia-Pacific Journal – In June 2013, construction workers unearthed more than 20 rusty barrels from beneath a soccer pitch in Okinawa City. The land had once been part of Kadena Air Base – the Pentagon’s largest installation in the Pacific region – but was returned to civilian usage in 1987. Tests revealed that the barrels contained two ingredients of military defoliants used in the Vietnam War – the herbicide 2,4,5-T and 2,3,7,8-TCDD dioxin. Levels of the highly toxic TCDD in nearby water measured 280 times safe limits.1

The Pentagon has repeatedly denied the storage of defoliants – including Agent Orange – on Okinawa.2Following the discovery, it distanced itself from the barrels; a spokesperson stated it was investigating if they had been buried after the land’s return in 19873 and a U.S. government-sponsored scientist suggested they may merely have contained kitchen or medical waste.4 However, the conclusions of the Japanese and international scientific community were unequivocal: Not only did the barrels disprove Pentagon denials of the presence of military defoliants in Japan, the polluted land posed a threat to the health of local residents and required immediate remediation.5 Continue reading

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Agent Orange was buried on Okinawa

U.S. chemical warfare continues to plague humanity, even while Washington accuses others of its own crimes. JON MITCHELL* reports on “war surplus” found on a U.S. military base on Okinawa, an island off the coast of Japan, covered up by the Pentagon. U.S. forces sprayed Agent Orange at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick during the 1960s, also denied and denied and denied by the American and Canadian governments.

Workers unearth barrels at the U.S. Kadena Air Base, January 2014.

Workers unearth barrels at the U.S. Kadena Air Base, the Pentagon’s largest installation in the Pacific region, January 2014.

Asia-Pacific Journal (Aug. 11) – More than six months after dozens of rusty chemical barrels were unearthed from former U.S. military land in Okinawa City, their contents have been identified – and they appear to offer conclusive proof that the toxic Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange was buried on the island. Continue reading

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Eduardo Galeano: Lied-about wars

Galeano.MirrorsAdvertising campaigns, marketing schemes. The target is public opinion. Wars are sold the same way cars are, by lying.

In August 1964, President Lyndon Johnson accused the Vietnamese of attacking two U.S. warships in the Tonkin Gulf.

Then the president invaded Vietnam, sending planes and troops. He was acclaimed by journalists and by politicians, and his popularity skyrocketed. The Democrats in power and the Republicans out of power became a single party united against Communist aggression. Continue reading

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Canadian Forces: Assault on a recruit

By MICHAEL W. DRAPEAU*

On August 13, 2014 the Canadian [French-speaking] media reported on the results of an interview aired the same day with ex-Private soldier James Robichaud who complained of having been assaulted in October 2009 by one of his instructors during recruit training. The assault left him with a host of permanent physical injuries to his feet, ankles, Achilles tendons, calf muscles, both knees and left shoulder.

Robichaud explained that the assault, which was thoroughly investigated by the military police, has yet to result in concrete action by the Director of Military Prosecutions which has failed to also keep him informed as to the reason(s) for such a long delay. Continue reading

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Venezuelans expose dirty activities of Canadian embassy in Venezuela

The use of “smart power” and “digital diplomacy” to interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign countries

Opposition is being raised in Venezuela to the activities of the Canadian embassy and its new ambassador to Venezuela, Ben Rowswell. The official was appointed by Stephen Harper at the end of February 2014 with little fanfare. He took up his new post in Caracas in March. Continue reading

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Africa: Remember this war?

The fighting in Mali is yesterday’s passing news for much of the monopoly media. The Royal Canadian Air Force together with the US Air Force, which now has forces in over 30 African countries – Germany too was involved – has been continuously flying military supplies and other equipment to support the French military intervention.

That mission, although not officially wrapped up, has disappeared from view, reports the Ottawa Citizen’s military reporter, David Pugliese.

Not for the French though. Its forces bombed positions in northern Mali on the weekend, the BBC reported. Continue reading

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Glasgow flies Palestinian flag

Scotland’s Glasgow City Council has raised the Palestinian flag over the city chambers in a move to express its solidarity with the people of the Gaza Strip. 

Palestinian flag flies over Glasgow City Council to show solidarity with the people of Palestine on August 8, 2014.

Palestinian flag flies over Glasgow City Council to show solidarity with the people of Palestine on August 8, 2014.

Sadie Docherty, Lord Provost or civic head of Scotland’s largest city, said Friday that the flag is an expression of solidarity with Palestinians. Docherty wrote a letter to Vera Baboun, the mayor of Bethlehem in Palestine’s West Bank, to inform her of this mark of support. Docherty also offered her “heartfelt sympathy” to the residents in Gaza and said people of Glasgow “are united by a common desire to support the Palestinian people. I would like to convey my most sincere condolences to the many in your city and throughout Palestine who have been affected by this conflict.” Residents of Glasgow welcomed the move, saying on their Twitter accounts that the city made them “proud to be Glaswegian.” Fife Council has also announced its plans to fly the Palestinian flag over Fife House in Glenrothes for a week in protest at the suffering of Gazans. The support for Palestinians came on the same day as Israel resumed its military offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip after the expiry of a 72-hour truce between Tel Aviv and the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas. About 1,900 Palestinians, including more than 400 children, have been killed and over 9,500 others wounded since the Israeli military first launched its brutal military aggression against Gaza on July 8. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on Thursday 18 September 2014. (With a file from PressTV)

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Palestine and the Onkwehonwe

By CLIFTON ARIHWAKEHTE NICHOLAS*

(July 30) – “Palestine, that’s none of our business.” Or so some may think and say.

The genocide unfolding in Palestine has been intensifying over the last five years and particularly over the last few weeks. Why you ask, should Indigenous people in the Americas be concerned or vocal about these atrocities? Continue reading

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Eduardo Galeano: Gaza

By EDUARDO GALEANO *

TO justify itself, state terrorism fabricates terrorists, sows hates and presents alibis. Indications are that the butchery in Gaza, which according to its perpetuators, is about eliminating terrorists, will create more.

In more than three weeks of incessant bombing, Israel has killed more than 1,800 Palestinians, in large part civilians | AP

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Fidel Castro: Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza

By FIDEL CASTRO RUZ

I again request that Granma not use the front page for these relatively brief lines about the genocide of Palestinians being committed.

I am writing them rapidly, to state only that which requires deep reflection.

I think that a new, repugnant form of fascism is emerging with notable strength, at this time in human history when more that seven billion inhabitants are struggling for their survival. Continue reading

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Israeli Zionist tunnels underneath Al-Aqsa mosque expose double standards

Al-Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem

Al-Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem

PNN/Jerusalem (May 23) – The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Heritage and Waqf reported yesterday that the Israeli authorities have almost finished a network of tunnels underneath one of the gates of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

The Foundation also said in a press release that Israel has finished digging tunnels and excavations near the Ablution Gate, and has connected them to other networks of tunnels located underneath the western wall of the mosque, reports WAFA. Continue reading

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Yet another US covert program against Cuba

On the heels of the ZunZuneo fake Twitter program

HAVANA TIMES — A covert US government program to send young Latin Americans to Cuba for purposes of political subversion was made public by Associated Press (see below) on Sunday.

According to the news agency, the project by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) sent youth from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru starting in 2009 to Cuba “in the hope of encouraging a rebellion.” Continue reading

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Non-Aligned meeting condemns Israel, demands end of massacres in Gaza

Al-Manar (Aug. 4) – Iranian President Sheikh Hassan Rohani called upon the UN Security Council 2014.08.04.Non-aligned meeting, Teheran.jpgand the United Nations on Monday to hasten an end to the Zionist massacres against the oppressed Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip.

At the opening session of the ministerial meeting of the Committee on Palestine of the Non-Aligned Movement, Sheikh Rohani said that the continuation of the crisis in the Strip is due to lack of interest by the international community and its silence about the occupation crimes, adding that the United States and some Security Council members are turning a blind eye to the crimes of the occupation and defending the oppressor against the oppressed.

Moreover, the Iranian president called for a collective action to enable the Palestinian people of get their legitimate rights, pointing out that the Zionist entity has violated humanity and international norms by its aggression on Gaza. Continue reading

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US scenario of Malaysian Flight 17 shoot-down unravels

 

Positioned before a helicopter to emphasize his military role as Commander-in-Chief, Obama delivers a sabre-rattling statement on the situation in Ukraine, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Positioned before a helicopter to emphasize his military role as Commander-in-Chief, Obama delivers a sabre-rattling statement on the situation in Ukraine, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

From magazine covers to pronouncements by top politicians, Official Washington jumped to the conclusion that Ukrainian rebels and Russia were guilty in the shoot-down of a Malaysian passenger plane. But some U.S. intelligence analysts may see the evidence differently, writes ROBERT PARRY.

Washington (Aug. 3) – Contrary to the Obama administration’s public claims blaming eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia for the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, some U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that the rebels and Russia were likely not at fault and that it appears Ukrainian government forces were to blame, according to a source briefed on these findings. Continue reading

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