By Bill Van Auken - June 21, 2013
At least 60 people, including women, children and the elderly, were killed in a massacre of Shia Muslims by US-backed “rebels” in eastern Syria Tuesday...A video posted online showed Islamist gunmen bragging about killing Shias and burning and looting their homes.
By Thom Hartmann - June 20, 2013
...TransCanada Corp., the Canadian owned energy conglomerate that is the backer of the Keystone XL pipeline extension...is encouraging American law enforcement agencies to treat anti-pipeline protestors like terrorists. Yes, terrorists...And what are the “terrorist” activities that TransCanada is so concerned about? They include things like monkey-wrenching, tree-sitting, and tying yourself to a construction vehicle with a device called a “dragon-lock.”
According to Washington, terrorism is what they do, not us. Defending independent sovereignty is called terrorism. So are legitimate responses to Western/Israeli-sponsored attacks.
By Bill Van Auken - 1 June 2013
In a series of raids in the capital of Istanbul and in the southern provinces of Mersin, Adana and Hatay near the Syrian border, Turkish police rounded up 12 members of Syria’s Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front along with chemical weapons materials.
By Bill Van Auken - 31 May 2013
The killing of Todashev, and the rapid disintegration of the government’s official story — that he was shot after lunging at interrogators with a knife — is an extraordinary event. It casts into further doubt everything that has been said so far about the Boston Marathon bombings.
By SHAMUS COOKE - May 28, 2013
For a president that is executing Bush’s “war on terror” against Al-Qaeda and “its affiliates,” it seems odd that President Obama has targeted the secular Syrian government for “regime change”...Equally odd is that Obama’s strongest military ally on the ground in Syria...is Jabhat al-Nusra, a group that has affiliated itself with al-Qaeda, and aims to turn Syria into an extremist Islamic state that enforces a fundamentalist version of Sharia law.
Reports said two assailants hacked a British soldier to death. He's been identified as Lee Rigby. He was killed in broad daylight. It was several hundred meters from southeast London's Woolwich Royal Artillery barracks.
By Robert Stevens - 24 May 2013
The killing of...Lee Rigby...near London’s Woolwich army barracks on Wednesday was a horrific act. Rigby was first run down by two men in a car, who then set about him with knives and a cleaver...One of the men who carried out the killing was identified as Michael Adebolajo, a 28-year-old British citizen of Nigerian descent. The other has only been identified as a naturalized Nigerian. Both were shot by police and are in hospital, one in critical condition.
The vast majority of Muslims condemn terrorism because even classical Islamic law explicitly classifies hirabah (terrorism) as a serious sin. In fact, indiscriminate killing and attacks are prohibited. Indeed, the Qur’an (6:151) proclaims: “Anyone who kills a person (except pursuant to law) it is as if he has killed the whole of humanity.”
By Johannes Stern - 20 May 2013
These events...expose the so-called “war on terror” — the claim that Washington and the EU are fighting Al Qaeda, which served as the justification for US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — as a lie. Imperialism is arming and financing Al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups that commit terrible crimes against the Syrian population, handing over its wealth to the [European Union] and Washington.
By Brandon Smith - Znet
Historically, the expanded use of the terrorist label by governments tends to coincide with the rising tides of despotism...Those citizens who present the greatest philosophical or physical threat to the centralization of power are usually the first to suffer. I do not think it is unfair to say that any system of authority that suddenly claims to see terrorists under every rock and behind every tree is probably about to rain full-on fascism down upon the population.
By Tom Carter - 11 May 2013
Teenager Cameron D’Ambrosio faces up to 20 years in prison on “terror” charges for making reference to the Boston Marathon bombings in a Facebook post...The prosecution of D’Ambrosio has all the hallmarks of a calculated test case, designed to roll back further the protections of the First Amendment and flex the state’s expanding power to regulate speech. It is designed to send a message that under the new legal framework imposed in the course of the so-called “war on terror,” people have to “watch what they say.”
May 3, 2013 - Davey D's Hip-Hop Corner
Here’s some people who need to be on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List as Opposed to Assata Shakur:
Washington's been involved in Central American human rights abuses for decades. Geopolitical interests alone matter. Crimes against humanity continue.
By William Blum - Dissident Voice
What is it that makes young men, reasonably well educated, in good health and nice looking, with long lives ahead of them, use powerful explosives to murder complete strangers because of political beliefs?...I’m speaking about American military personnel of course, on the ground, in the air, or directing drones from an office in Nevada...Do not the survivors of US attacks in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya and elsewhere, and their loved ones, ask such a question?