By John Pilger - 17 April 2000
After two and a half years in power, the Khmer Rouge was overthrown by the Vietnamese on Christmas Day, 1978. In the months and years that followed, the US and China and their allies, notably the Thatcher government, backed Pol Pot in exile in Thailand. He was the enemy of their enemy: Vietnam, whose liberation of Cambodia could never be recognized because it had come from the wrong side of the cold war. For the Americans, now backing Beijing against Moscow, there was also a score to be settled for their humiliation on the rooftops of Saigon.
By Chris Hedges - April 1, 2013
The power elite, especially the liberal elite, has always been willing to sacrifice integrity and truth for power, personal advancement, foundation grants, awards, tenured professorships, columns, book contracts, television appearances, generous lecture fees and social status. They know what they need to say. They know which ideology they have to serve. They know what lies must be told...They have been at this game a long time. And they will, should their careers require it, happily sell us out again.
By STANSFIELD SMITH - April 10, 2013
An accurate reading of the events leading up to the present situation shows that North Korea is responding to US military escalation, and in particular to US refusal to negotiate. This includes a peace treaty to end the Korean War, any steps towards reunifying Korea, the end to the US occupation of South Korea and ending the annual month-long US-South Korean war maneuvers. Even today, it includes US refusal to talk in order to lower the tensions.
Never forget. Never again. Hollow words. Other holocausts go unmentioned.
It doesn't surprise. When America goes to war or plans one, Times editors march in lockstep. They support imperial lawlessness.
By Peter Symonds - 9 April 2013
Amid sharply rising tensions, Washington is not simply responding to North Korean threats, but is engaged in reckless provocations of its own that risk the outbreak of war...The Obama administration’s confrontational stance toward North Korea is part of a far broader strategic shift — the “pivot to Asia” — that is aimed at containing China militarily and undermining its economic and political influence throughout the region.
Peace process deception is policy. It's always been a charade. It is now. Israel wants it that way. So does Washington.
Wars define America. They reflect longstanding policy. They're permanent. They've been waged every year in the nation's history. They target enemies at home and abroad. When none exist, they're invented.
Iran's nuclear program is red herring cover for regime change. If it didn't exist, another pretext would be found. They're easy to invent.
By Bill Van Auken - WSWS
...[A]nger erupted following the deaths of a prominent Palestinian prisoner and two young protesters in the occupied West Bank...Thousands joined funeral processions Thursday for Maysara Abuhamdia...and for two teenage cousins, Amer Nassar, 17, and Naki Belbisi, 18, who were shot down Wednesday night by Israeli troops...The clashes on the West Bank follow Israeli air strikes against Gaza on Tuesday...
By Bill Van Auken - WSWS
The US and Jordanian militaries have stepped up a secret program to train thousands of armed fighters to send into Syria with the apparent aim of carving out a buffer zone in the south of the country...Washington has ordered the training of some 3,000 officers for the so-called Syrian rebels to be completed sooner than originally planned. The aim is to finish the training program by the end of this month to exploit advances made by anti-government militias along Syria’s 230-mile border with Jordan.
He's ill, isolated and fading. His life hangs in the balance. Washington likely wants him dead. He blames America, Israel and Britain. They bear responsibility for destroying Iraq.
By Edward S. Herman - April 1st, 2013
...[A]long with “support our troops” there is an implicit “support our torturers and higher level war criminals.” This flows from the overwhelming and increasingly centralized power in the hands of the dominant elite, including the military-industrial complex (MIC) and leading politicians, and an associated remarkable level of self-righteousness. Anything we do is tolerable because we are not only strong and the global policeman, but also good and always well-intentioned...
By Laleh Khalili - March 29, 2013
The rise of US Special Operations Forces...using their extensive military, psychological operations and war-fighting skills to train proxy forces in all the places where the US projects its power is alarming...The ascendance of an elite clique of ultra-warriors protected by the cloak of secrecy...means that the tip of the imperial spear can tear through the social fabric of many a country without associated costs in blood and treasure and hidden from the view of the press and the public.
By NICK ALEXANDROV - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
The killings continue in Honduras, where violence targeting lawyers, human rights defenders, LGBT people, women and others has intensified since the June 2009 coup. Two School of the Americas graduates helped topple the democratically-elected leader that month, and Obama supported the ensuing presidential election, a farce the mainstream media would have ridiculed had it taken place in, say, Venezuela.