Video: ‘Iraq Exit – Rebranding the Occupation!’

(RussiaToday) – The last U.S. combat brigade has left Iraq two weeks ahead of their planned withdrawal at the end of the month. But a fifty thousand-strong American military contingent will remain in the country for support and training until the end of 2011. They’ll have the power to use their weapons in self-defense or at the request of the Iraqi government. Over seven years of being in Iraq, more than four thousand U.S. soldiers have died, according to the Pentagon. Continue reading

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(Uruknet) – “Falluja Worse Than Hiroshima “

What exactly happened in Falluja ? What were the kinds of bombs used ? Was it just DU or more ? Read More Here

Palestine

(DesertPeace) – ‘MASTER PLAN’ IMPLEMENTED IN JERUSALEM

Israeli police detained residents of Silwan as bulldozers demolished a horse stable in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood on 29 June, while other construction vehicles razed a small warehouse to the ground in nearby Abu Tur. Read More Here

(AlJazeera) – Video: Homes in Gaza destroyed by Hamas – View Video Here

(JPost) – ‘Flotilla passengers were tortured’

Further claims included torture by Israeli authorities once the passengers were taken into custody and brought into the Ashdod port. “The participants received physical blows and were subjected to psychological torture,” the report alleged. Read More Here

(DesertPeace) – ISRAEL’S NEW MASTER PLAN

Quietly, Israel is preparing the biggest illegal land grab in recent memory, all on Obama’s watch, writes Khalid Amayreh in Jerusalem Read More Here

(Mondoweiss) – Flotilla fallout: What exactly was the U.S. role?

The Center for Constitutional Rights has filed a Freedom of Information Act request regarding the United States government’s knowledge of, and actions related to, Israel’s attack on the freedom flotilla. CCR attorney Katherine Gallagher explains in a press release: Read More Here

(SouthLebanon) – Mavi Marmara Accounts: Violence, Theft, Abuse

As Israel continues to present its own account of what happened when its navy commandos raided an aid convoy destined to the besieged Gaza Strip and killed nine humanitarian activists aboard one ship, witness accounts of Westerners are emerging that discredit Tel Aviv’s version of events. Read More Here

Iran

(AntiWar) – UK General Blames Pakistan, Iran for Afghan Attacks

According to Maj. Gen. Messenger, the British military has “evidence” that the funding for the IED attacks and even some of the components used in the more advanced such devices are coming through both Pakistan and Iran, with some reports suggesting that the militaries and intelligence communities of those two nations are behind it. Read More Here

(KurtNimmo) – Israel Suspected in Bogus Claim Iran Developing Nuclear Trigger – Read More Here

(AsiaTimes) – Weather clears for a US strike on Iran

Everybody in the region is restless. Turkey is making spectacular diplomatic pirouettes. Egypt is quietly seething, and Saudi Arabia less quietly so. Jordan’s king had ruefully predicted war if no peace was achieved by the summer [1], and summer has now come. Syria and Lebanon are positioning themselves to weather the coming storm [2]. Yemen is in disarray. Russia, China, India, and a host of other powers are vying to make the best of the fracas. The Iranian regime itself appears to be digging in for a fight. Read More Here

Afghanistan

(CNSNews) – June Was Deadliest Month for U.S. Troops in Nine-Year-Long War in Afghanistan – Read More Here

(AsiaTimes) – Counter-insurgency down for the count

United States President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy isn’t working. So said a parade of Afghanistan watchers during the flap over war commander General Stanley McChrystal’s firing. But what does that phrase, so often in the media these days, really mean? And if the strategy really isn’t working, just how can you tell? Read More Here

(AsiaTimes) – ‘Surge” smoke follows Petraeus to Afpak – Read More Here

US State Department Says “Conspiracy Theories Exist In The Realm Of Myth”

(ZeroHedge) – Submitted by Mac Slavo of www.SHTFplan.com

The US State Department’s America.gov web site, which purports to engage international audiences on issues of foreign policy, society and values, has dedicated a special section to conspiracy theories and misinformation, claiming:

“Conspiracy theories exist in the realm of myth, where imaginations run wild, fears trump facts, and evidence is ignored. As a superpower, the United States is often cast as a villain in these dramas.”

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(GlobalResearch) – Uprisings against the New World Order: Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, and Revolution – Shamus Cooke

Are revolutions happening in Thailand and Kyrgyzstan? Are they instead “uprisings”? Does it matter? The distinction is important insofar as it helps to educate others inspired by these recent events, with hopes to radically change their own political and economic systems. Read More Here

(NewsHoggers) – Chasing News That Isn’t News – The Latest Scare Story About Iran: Missiles Targeting US by 2015

Today, the papers are full of a claim that the new Ballistic Missile Defense Review Report (PDF) from the US Dept. of Defense says Iran could have the missile capability to reach the U.S. by 2015. You’ll find the claim being repeated by the UK’s rightwing Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, by NewsMax, Israel’s press, Pakistan’s “Dawn”, ABC News, Reuters and more. Read More Here

(ForeignPolicy) – More Hype About Iran? – Read More Here

(AFP) – US military option against Iran still on table: Pentagon

US military action against Iran has not been ruled out, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday, after a top official said such an option was off the table in the “near term.” Read More Here

(DangerRoom) – U.S. Soldier on 2007 Apache Attack: What I Saw

Ethan McCord had just returned from dropping his children at school earlier this month, when he turned on the TV news to see grainy black-and-white video footage of a soldier running from a bombed-out van with a child in his arms. It was a scene that had played repeatedly in his mind the last three years, and he knew exactly who the soldier was. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – The Afghan War: “No Blood for Opium”

The Hidden Military Agenda is to Protect the Drug Trade – Read More Here

(Uruknet) – Democracy and depleted uranium

When my sister, 101st Airborne Army Capt. Chaplain Fran E. Stuart, returned from Iraq, she was forever changed.

Not only had the desert sand, gun blasts and heat penetrated her psyche during her one-year deployment, but a carcinogen had made its way into her body as well. Unbeknown to her, the carcinogen was making a home in my sister’s body, along with the Anthrax vaccine, depleted uranium, burn pit smoke and contaminated water dished up at every meal. Read More Here

(Uruknet) – Their homes reduced to rubble

ISRAELI FORCES carried out several major home demolition operations on Wednesday, April 14, within three separate areas in the occupied West Bank. The demolitions left dozens of people homeless in Hares (near the northern town of Tulkarem); and the towns of Beit Sahour and al-Khader near Bethlehem. Read More Here

(AntiWar) – US Vows New Sanctions Against Iran in ‘Weeks’

Much as they did several times last week, and several times the week before that, and indeed innumerable times this year, last year, and the year before that, the US today vowed that there would be new sanctions against Iran in a matter of weeks. Read More Here

Video: The Road to Total War

From Napoleon to Nagasaki, The Road to Total War charts how the social, economic and technological developments of the last two hundred years have made warfare so efficient that it can now destroy us all.

Part one of the six-part series War, hosted by Gwynne Dyer, examining the nature, evolution and consequences of modern warfare. Continue reading

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(Haaretz) – Medvedev: Israeli strike on Iran could cause a global catastrophe

An Israeli strike of Iran’s nuclear facilities could spark a nuclear conflict, which could spiral into a global catastrophe, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told ABC on Monday, adding that he supported what he called “smart” sanctions on Tehran as part of attempt to make it abandon its nuclear program. Read More Here

(Haaretz) – Netanyahu: Iran wants to destroy Israel and the world remains silent

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres used the platform at yesterday’s Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial ceremony at Yad Vashem to urge countries around the world to work unwaveringly to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – 1974 CIA Estimate Declared, “We Believe That Israel Already Has Produced Nuclear Weapons.”

Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu abruptly announced that he has decided not attend President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, sending Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor in his place.  The Washington Post reported this was due to concern over “Arab criticism of Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal.”  Attempting to be topical, I’m reposting this 1974 CIA document in which the Agency declared, “We believe that Israel already has produced nuclear weapons.” Read More Here

(AFP) – US slaps import duties on Chinese steel pipe

The United States has slapped trade sanctions on a billion dollars worth of Chinese pipes, the Commerce Department said Friday just days before Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Washington. Read More Here

(VOANews) – US Says Iranian Nuclear Announcement Shows Nefarious Intentions

The Iranian move came a day after world powers began negotiations on a new U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution against Tehran. Read More Here

(IsraelNationalNews) – Iranian Spy for CIA: ‘Weak West’ Will Cause War with Iran

The American-led “engagement” policies towards Iran is going to result in the very war it wants to prevent, according to an Iranian CIA spy. He says the only way to prevent a possible nuclear war with Iran is to attack the country now. Read More Here

(IsraelNationalNews) – Think Tank Speculates War Could Break Out with Syria

The increasingly open threats made by Syrian leaders and members of the Hizbullah terrorist group in Lebanon have led analyst David Schenker of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) think tank to warn that war may be on the horizon. In addition, he noted, a future war could include Syria and not only its proxy Hizbullah: in February, Syrian leaders said Syria would not “sit idly by” in case of another war with Israel. Read More Here

(AP) – Iran says new US policy a nuclear threat

Iran’s supreme leader said Sunday that President Barack Obama has “implicitly threatened” his country with nuclear weapons in a newly outlined U.S. policy and Tehran said it intends to file a formal complaint with the U.N. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?

The language of violence always presages violence. I watched it in war after war from Latin America to the Balkans. The impoverishment of a working class and the snuffing out of hope and opportunity always produce angry mobs ready to kill and be killed. Read More Here

(RawStory) – ‘All bets are off’ if US under WMD attack: Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday the United States could not rule out using nuclear weapons if it came under biological attack, saying in that case “all bets are off.” Read More Here

(DavidRothscum) – Evidence that Depleted Uranium is intended as a weapon of genocide

Now that the horrors of Depleted Uranium are being revealed to the world, we can expect for apologists to begin moving into the next phase of damage control within the coming months. It will likely be claimed that the depopulation of much of the Middle East was an unfortunate result of the DU that the Pentagon used because it was not aware of the health effects it would have. Read More Here

Video: Gordon Brown paid for Depleted Uranium Weapons – Video Link Here

Disturbing findings of toxic uranium levels in Gaza

(Uruknet) – Exclusive Pictures – Reader Discretion Advised, You May Find Some Images Disturbing – Read More Here