By Johannes Stern - 9 April 2012
In recent days, the Western powers have stepped up efforts to foment civil war in Syria and prepare for imperialist intervention in this strategically important country. Media reports indicate increased fighting between Western-backed armed groups and the Syrian army, accompanied by terrorist attacks on government forces and civilians.
By Bill Van Auken - 6 April 2012
From the standpoint of the US state and its intelligence apparatus, this pseudo-legal forum holds obvious attractions. It will allow the authorities...to quash any dispute over the decade of illegal detention and prolonged torture to which the defendants have been subjected and...to control testimony and evidence so as to prevent any inconvenient revelations surrounding the September 11 events themselves and the longstanding connections between Al Qaeda and the CIA.
Life in Occupied Palestine is harsh, brutal, and repressive. It includes collective punishment, closed borders, economic strangulation, land theft, dispossessions, neighborhood incursions, ground and air attacks, arrests, torture, incarceration, and constant fear.
By Yasmeen El Khoudary - March 28, 2012
When Mohammed Merah...was captured by police after killing three Jewish children at the Ozar Hatorah day school in southern France, he reportedly justified his actions by saying he wanted to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children. So it was only natural that reverberations from this crime would extend all the way to Palestine, mere weeks after Palestinian children in Gaza were injured and killed by Israeli bombs...But Palestinians do not praise Merah's actions. We reject it.
By Edward S. Herman - Dissident Voice
If you have overwhelming power, you think you can get away with anything, and that you can push up against the edge in threatening war, waiting for the target to recognize prospective defeat and surrender in advance. If they don’t surrender, you can hope to win more or less easily with your superior power, and preserve your (or your client’s) ability to ethnically cleanse and/or maintain your prime bullying power in a region, and your credibility.
March 24, 2012 - Vancouver Media Co-op
Blood and Honour was established in 1987 by Ian Stuart Donaldson, lead singer of the neo-Nazi band Skrewdriver...B & H takes its name from a slogan used by the Hitler Youth. The organization has served as a propaganda and recruitment arm for fascist skinhead groups in Europe and North America, primarily. Members have been charged with a variety of crimes over the years, from assault to murder.
By Patrick Martin - 20 March 2012
Gun battles broke out in a western suburb of Damascus Monday morning, following a double car bombing Saturday that killed 27 people and injured more than a hundred...A spokesman for the Free Syrian Army, one of the main US-sponsored groups, [said]...the attack had been launched against security forces buildings “to tell the regime that the FSA is able to reach any point in the heart of Damascus.”
By Carlo Sands - Green Left Weekly
One of life’s truisms is the powerful get to kill who they want...The world’s only superpower also gets to kill who it wants. The US president can, and has, ordered drone strikes against US citizens overseas — on no basis except the president’s say so...We don’t have this right...It is fucking hypocrisy.
March 16, 2012 - Vancouver Media Co-op
Tonight, we lost a comrade. Someone who understood very well that it was cheaper for Fortuna Silver to divide his people and for paramilitaries and police to repress them than it was for the company to consult with the community. Someone who could debunk "Corporate Social Responsibility" based on his own experience, and connect it to capitalism and the state...Bernardo Vasquez Sanchez was a clear spoken Zapotec activist, a brother, son, and cousin, who dared to stand up against a mining project in the territory of his people.
Throughout the Territories, Palestinians suffer horrifically. West Bank and East Jerusalem residents live in terror of pre-dawn raids, arrests, false charges, torture, rigged trials, and imprisonment. In a war zone, besieged Gazans have it worst.
Israeli state terror never ends.
Israel's entire history reflects depraved, out-of-control targeted and mass killings. Days of unrelenting bombing, murdering and injuring Gazans shows its contempt for law and human life.
Israel shoots Gazan civilians on their own land, including children.
Gazan resistance groups launch Grad missiles, home-made rockets, and mortar shells in self-defense. Israel calls them "unprovoked" attacks. Palestinian freedom fighters vow to continue their liberating struggle. Under international law, it's their right, and for them a duty.
11 March 2012 - Al Jazeera
Sixteen Afghan civilians including three women and nine children have been shot dead in their homes by a rogue US soldier in a pre-dawn rampage..."The soldier went through three separate houses, shooting at people as they slept in their beds. After the soldier shot these people, he turned himself in."