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Law suit against 4 US presidents and 4 UK prime ministers for war crimes

13-02-2010 16:08

Iraq's current and planned potential ballistic missiles
On 6 October 2009, working with and on behalf of Iraqi plaintiffs, we filed a case before Spanish law against four US presidents and four UK prime ministers for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Iraq.

The case presented spanned 19 years, including not only the wholesale destruction of Iraq witnessed from 2003, but also the sanctions period during which 1.5 million excess Iraqi deaths were recorded.

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Why the media silence on the Flight 253 bombing hearings?

13-02-2010 14:06

Hearing before the US House Committee on Homeland Security, 27 January 2010
The media’s failure to report the January 27 Congressional hearings on last Christmas’s Flight 253 bomb plot is both extraordinary and ominous.

The blackout is a devastating exposure of the state of US politics. If events do not fit the concocted “connect-the-dots” script, the political establishment treats them, in Orwellian style, as if they had never happened. This, in turn, further strengthens the power of the national-security apparatus inside the state, as it learns that it can plan operations risking mass deaths with impunity.

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Weekly Protest Video Round-Up

13-02-2010 13:46

Palestinian, Israeli and international activists joined demonstrations in villages up and down the West Bank yesterday. Creativity distinguished Bi’lin and Sheikh Jarrah protests, with activists playing blue creatures from James Cameron’s last film, Avatar. Here’s what happened.

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Anti-war stalls in Scotland with photos

13-02-2010 11:23

Here are a number of photos from anti-war stalls in Edinburgh and Glasgow along with a photo of a 'peace car' from the island of Coll.

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Europe's five "undeclared nuclear weapons states"

12-02-2010 18:20

US nuclear weapons in Europe 2008
There has been much hype, supported by scanty evidence, that Iran might at some future date become a nuclear weapons state. And, therefore, a pre-emptive defensive nuclear attack on Iran to annihilate its non-existent nuclear weapons program should be seriously contemplated "to make the World a safer place". The mainstream media abounds with makeshift opinion on the Iran nuclear threat.

But what about the five European "undeclared nuclear states" including Belgium, Germany, Turkey, the Netherlands and Italy.

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The Bolivarian Revolution and the Caribbean

12-02-2010 16:58

"But we do not know what to do with the civilization attained. Human beings have equipped themselves with nuclear weapons of unbelievable accuracy and annihilation potency while, from the moral and political point of view, they have ignominiously retrogressed. Politically and socially, we are more underdeveloped than ever. Automatons are replacing soldiers; the mass media, educators, and governments are beginning to be overtaken by events without knowing what to do. In the desperation of many international political leaders one can appreciate an impotency in the face of the problems that are accumulating in their offices and steadily more frequent international meetings.

In those circumstances, an unprecedented disaster is taking place in Haiti, while on the other side of the planet, three wars and an arms race are continuing their development, in the midst of the economic crisis and growing conflicts, which is consuming more than 2.5% of the global GDP, a figure with which all the Third World countries could be developed in a short period of time and possibly evade climate change by devoting the economic and scientific resources that are essential to that objective."

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Nuclear bomb opponents gear up for direct action at Aldermaston on Monday

12-02-2010 12:44

Trident Ploughshares Press Release
Friday 12 February, 2010
For immediate release

Nuclear bomb opponents gear up for direct action as new warhead facility gets green light

Campaigners from Trident Ploughshares [1] have slammed the approval of a new enriched uranium facility, saying it gives added justification to their blockade of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston, Berkshire, England next week. [2]

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22 Days of Waging Peace

12-02-2010 12:28

Campaigners against the Brimar military components factory in Chadderton in Oldham braved the snow and sub-zero temperatures to carry out a series of vigils and protests in January.

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Truth in the Service of Empire: Response to Yvonne Ridley's 'Truth...US justice'

11-02-2010 23:55

In my view, the prima facie “Truth about US justice” is that “truth” is in the service of empire! The madam Ambassador of the United States to Pakistan has only executed the core purpose of her diplomatic post rather faithfully in the service of her empire. “Truth” in these times, like everything else, including science, politics, history, literature, cinema, and of course political-science, is continually put in the diabolical service of empire. And perhaps the Brits might actually know this better than the rest of the world put together!

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Descent Into Barbarism: The US and NATO Wage War on the World

11-02-2010 21:36

"The profit system has hit an historic dead-end and this gridlock is a result of deep trends to do with the decline in capitalism as a mode of social production (falling wages and profits and the concomitant explosion in financial speculation and debts).
Widespread poverty and human misery is now seen on a massive scale in the so-called developed world. Some 40 million Americans, for example, are subsisting on food stamps. The distinction between “developed” and “developing” economies (always a myth anyway) is blurred. The ranks of the world’s long-suffering poor are swelled with dispossessed blue and white-collar workers and their families from across the US and Europe. Together more than ever, they stand shut out from those gated havens of obscene wealth for a global minority."

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Letter to Elijah - Support the Posties

11-02-2010 18:36

Supporting the movement's prisoners is vital, and one of the ways we can do that is by sending letters and messages of solidarity and support, not forgetting to send 'em a few stamps so they can keep in touch with their friends on the outside.

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NATO’s Role In The Military Encirclement Of Iran

11-02-2010 17:52

US military bases in the Middle East and Central Asia
The chain is being tightened around Iran from every direction and NATO is supplying several of the key links.

It is too early to tell whether the false accusations levered against Iran are a pretext for NATO’s further deployment or whether its deployment constitutes the premise for a new war.

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IDF Raids ISM Media Office for the 2nd Time in 3 Nights

11-02-2010 15:30

Nine Israeli soldiers kicked in the door of the ISM media office and demanded the passports of the internationals present. The soldiers confiscated a desktop computer used by ISM volunteers.

Two internationals, Ryan Olander of the U.S. and Nick Bryer of the U..K., were awoken from their night’s rest as nine Israeli soldiers barged through the door at 4am brandishing M16 fully-automatic assault rifles. Luckily, the door had not yet been repaired from a previous raid on Sunday morning. This facilitated their entry and reduced the damaged they inflicted upon the apartment.

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Israel cracks down on peace activists at Brussels Holiday Fair

11-02-2010 10:21

Theater against arms trade leads to arrests and charges of falsification.

On 7th February 2010, 8 peace activists entered the Brussels Holiday Fair and impersonated flight attendants of the Israeli airline company El Al. They handed out fake free plane tickets to Israel, which referred to the fact that El Al contributes to the transport of arms to the country.

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Editorial: Iranian Expatriates in America – The New 'House Negroes' ?

10-02-2010 22:41

While this editorial is addressing the Iranian Expats in the United States tickled by a 'freedom' event held in San Jose, California this past weekend, the substance of the editorial is pertinent to all Iranian Expats worldwide, especially those chanting "Azadi" for Iran while silently spectating the rapid construction of police-state in their adopted Western nation.

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Yemen and The Militarization of Strategic Waterways

10-02-2010 16:21

The islands of Socotra are at the crossroads of the strategic naval waterways of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (See map below). It is of crucial importance to the US military.

Among Washington's strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways. This strategic waterway links the Mediterranean to South Asia and the Far East, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

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The Myth of the Good War: America in World War II

10-02-2010 12:33

On the night of February 13-14, 1945, the ancient and beautiful capital of Saxony, Dresden, was attacked three times, twice by the RAF and once by the USAAF, the United States Army Air Force, in an operation involving well over 1,000 bombers.

By the beginning of 1945, the Allied commanders knew perfectly well that even the most ferocious bombing raid would not succeed in “terrorizing [the Germans] into submission,” so that it is not realistic to ascribe this motive to the planners of the operation.

The bombing of Dresden, then, seems to have been a senseless slaughter, and looms as an even more terrible undertaking than the atomic obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which is at least supposed to have led to the capitulation of Japan.

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Descent Into Barbarism: The US and NATO Wage War on the World

09-02-2010 19:37

In our time, war, it seems, has already begun. The US oligarchy and its NATO allies are waging a veritable war on the world: killing, disappearing and incarcerating millions of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan – a war that is expanding into Yemen, Somalia and the rest of the Horn of Africa, with the militarisation of sea lanes and oceans and the setting up of “forward projecting” military and missile bases in every continent.

On top of ordinary poverty and misery, the world is truly seeing another historic descent into barbarism. Given this war-mongering dynamic, the growing US antagonism with Iran, Russia and China is far from an idle threat. It is the logical next step for a deeply illogical economic system.

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Uncle Obama's Cabin (by Latuff)

09-02-2010 00:54

Uncle Obama's Cabin
Cartoon for Black Commentator website:

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Aldermaston Big Blockade, 15 February 2010 - Press Release

08-02-2010 12:58

Campaigners plan to shut down nuclear bomb factory as they call for disarmament of Trident and abolition of nuclear weapons

On Monday 15 February, from 7am, hundreds of campaigners from England, Scotland, Wales and other countries will aim to block access to every gate of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston, Berkshire, England.[1] The blockade, initiated by Trident Ploughshares (TP) and supported by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), the Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp(aign) (AWPC)[2] and other groups, aims to halt construction of multi-billion pound facilities for research and development of a new generation of nuclear warheads. [3, 4]