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US: Chavez warning ‘anti-Yankee rhetoric’

Posted by smeddum on August 15, 2009

US: Chavez warning ‘anti-Yankee rhetoric’

Fri, 14 Aug 2009


A top US military official defends a deal to use seven Colombia bases.
Amid regional concern about US bases in Colombia, a top US military official rejects Venezuelan president’s warnings over the mission as ‘typical anti-Yankee rhetoric.’ Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama turns Karzai ally into a liability

Posted by smeddum on August 6, 2009

Obama turns Karzai ally into a liability
By: Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi
KABUL, Afghanistan — The reports are not new. For years now, it has been widely reported that about 2,000 Taliban prisoners of war were stuffed into airless metal shipping containers and buried in the desert after they surrendered to troops under the command of Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum in November 2001. Read the rest of this entry »

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Change you have been told to believe in: A closer examination of Barack Obama’s foreign policy

Posted by smeddum on April 18, 2009



Freedom of Information
April 17, 2009

“What you want in a media system is ostensible diversity that conceals actual uniformity”

– Joseph Goebbels


The election of Barack Obama has been rightly heralded across the world as a defining moment in the history of the United States. The election of the nation’s first black president is symbolic of the progress made in terms of attitudes towards racial harmony and acceptance in a country where less than fifty years previously basic rights and entitlements were routinely denied to non-white people, and a dehumanising structure incorporating segregation and separation kept people permanently excluded from any sort of meaningful political representation according to their ethnicity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama and the Empire- Change (in Rhetoric) We Can Believe In?

Posted by seumasach on February 7, 2009


William Blum


6th February, 2009

I’ve said all along that whatever good changes might occur in regard to non-foreign policy issues, such as what’s already taken place concerning the environment and abortion, the Obama administration will not produce any significantly worthwhile change in US foreign policy; little done in this area will reduce the level of misery that the American Empire regularly brings down upon humanity. And to the extent that Barack Obama is willing to clearly reveal what he believes about anything controversial, he appears to believe in the empire.

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Obama: Regime Rotation

Posted by smeddum on January 27, 2009

Obama: Regime Rotation 

By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

January 26, 2009 “Information Clearinghouse — The arrival of the Obama administration will not fundamentally alter the course of military expansion accelerated during the Bush era. The origins of these policies do not lie uniquely in neoconservative ideology. While the election of President Obama may offer new opportunities for progressive forces to delimit the damage, their space for movement will ultimately be constrained by deep-seated structural pressures that will attempt to exploit Obama to rehabilitate American imperial hegemony, rather than transform it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama: False Dawn

Posted by smeddum on January 21, 2009


January 21, 2009     Justin Raimondo

False Dawn   


Obama’s election doesn’t mean peace is breaking out all over – far from it


As a new administration takes power in Washington and the promise of “change” is in the air, we have to ask ourselves: when-oh-when is it coming? When will the dam break on the sclerotic foreign policy thinking of the past eight – heck, the past 50 – years? Read the rest of this entry »

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Insurgent attacks on NATO trucks highlight US military crisis in Afghanistan

Posted by seumasach on December 9, 2008

By Barry Grey

9 December 2008

A series of attacks on US and NATO military equipment depots in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Sunday and Monday have underscored the increasingly dire security situation facing American and allied forces conducting the counterinsurgency war in neighboring Afghanistan.
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A Loud Silence-That’s the response from the “antiwar” wing of the Democratic party to Obama’s Iraq sellout

Posted by seumasach on December 7, 2008


Justin Raimondo

5th December, 2008

Is it really possible that President-elect Barack Obama intends to break his campaign promise to “end the war” in Iraq, and keep US troops in that country well beyond the sixteen month timetable for withdrawal he advocated during the campaign?

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The Audacity of Hype-Dissent in the age of Obama

Posted by seumasach on November 13, 2008


Justin Raimundo

12th november, 2008

The Obama bandwagon is moving fast and furious, rolling over the few remaining pockets of dissent even as it prepares to take power. The mainstream media, particularly on television, has lostall sense of objectivity and proportion, and their reporting of the president-elect’s doings has taken on a distinctly Soviet air. “Our Glorious Leader Picks the White House Dog” is the emblematic headline of a servile fourth estate. The political atmosphere is positively eerie: amid calls for “unity” and attacks on “toxic” language that is “divisive,” there is an odd uniformity of thought similar to the virtual unanimity that gripped the nation in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Groupthink is all the rage, and the media has joined in the fun. Due to this love-fest, they’re oblivious to the warning signs that worry us few and scattered skeptics. They somehow missed the Dear Leader’s call for a civilian “national security force,” for example, one that is “just as well-funded” and “just as powerful” as the U.S. military.

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Forget the Honeymoon-Getting down to bizness with Obama

Posted by seumasach on November 7, 2008


Justin Raimundo

7th November, 2008

When I hear talk of a “honeymoon” for the President-elect – to last as long assix months, by some accounts – I think: “Fine. You lay off, and I’ll do the same.” But oh no, it doesn’t work that way. Obama has already started in on us, and he hasn’t even taken the oath of office yet. I’m talking about his appointments, starting withRahm Emanuel as his chief of staff.

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A Mandate to End the War! Not a mandate for more wars

Posted by smeddum on November 5, 2008

A Mandate to End the War
Not a mandate for more wars

Nov 5 2008
Let’s be clear about the nature and meaning of the mandate we’re going to be hearing so much about: President-elect Barack Obama has a clear mandate to end the Iraq war as expeditiously as possible. His campaign was energized by and differentiated from Hillary Clinton’s by his emphasis on correcting that horrific mistake. Hillary equivocated, refused to recant her vote for war, and coyly suggested that we might withdraw only as far as Kurdistan. Obama, on the other hand, pledged to get us out in a year, albeit adding weasel words about “residual” forces guarding our bigger-than-the-Vatican ambassadorial compound. He gained his initial momentum by grabbing on to this issue and holding on for dear life, as the Clintons self-destructed and the economy did, too. Obama arrived at this moment not only on the strength of his pledge to end the present war, but also the implicit promise to refrain from involving us in any further hostilities. Read the rest of this entry »

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