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Imagine if at some point during the 1990s or 1980s the President of the United States had given a speech. And this was his speech:
My fellow Americans, I've been regularly shooting missiles into people's houses in several countries. I've wiped out families. I've killed thousands of people. Hundreds of them have been little children.

I've killed grandparents, wives, daughters, neighbors. I've targeted people without knowing their names but because they appeared to be resisting an occupation of their country. I've killed whoever was too near them. Then I've shot another missile a few minutes later to kill whoever was trying to help the victims.

I don't charge these people with crimes. I don't seek their extradition. I don't even try to kidnap them. And I don't do this to defend against any imminent threat. I don't make you safer by doing this. It goes without saying (although the people in the countries I target keep saying it) that I'm generating more new enemies than I'm killing. But I urge you to remember this: All but four of the people I've killed have been non-U.S. citizens.
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We've moved on from the Iraq war - but Iraqis don't have that choice

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Iraq's ministry of social affairs estimates 4.5 million children have lost one or both parents. This means 14% of the population are orphans.
Like characters from The Great Gatsby, Britain and the US have arrogantly turned their backs and left a country in ruins

The dust in Iraq rolls down the long roads that are the desert's fingers. It gets in your eyes and nose and throat; it swirls in markets and school playgrounds, consuming children kicking a ball; and it carries, according to Dr Jawad Al-Ali, "the seeds of our death". An internationally respected cancer specialist at the Sadr teaching hospital in Basra, Dr Ali told me that in 1999, and today his warning is irrefutable. "Before the Gulf war," he said, "we had two or three cancer patients a month. Now we have 30 to 35 dying every month. Our studies indicate that 40 to 48% of the population in this area will get cancer: in five years' time to begin with, then long after. That's almost half the population. Most of my own family have it, and we have no history of the disease. It is like Chernobyl here; the genetic effects are new to us; the mushrooms grow huge; even the grapes in my garden have mutated and can't be eaten."

Along the corridor, Dr Ginan Ghalib Hassen, a paediatrician, kept a photo album of the children she was trying to save. Many had neuroblastoma. "Before the war, we saw only one case of this unusual tumour in two years," she said. "Now we have many cases, mostly with no family history. I have studied what happened in Hiroshima. The sudden increase of such congenital malformations is the same."
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Soldier stabbed while on duty near Paris being treated as terrorism

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French anti-terrorist investigators are handling the case of a soldier stabbed while on duty near Paris on Saturday evening, prosecutors have confirmed.

The soldier was wounded while on patrol in La Defense, a business district west of the French capital.

Private First Class Cedric Cordier was approached from behind and stabbed in the neck with a small-bladed knife.

Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian told reporters that he had been targeted because of his profession.

His attacker, said to be a bearded man of North African origin, escaped and a police hunt is under way.


President Francois Hollande said there was no sign so far of a direct link with the killing of a soldier in London on Wednesday, for which two suspected Islamists were arrested.

Comment: See Was the London killing of a British soldier 'terrorism'?

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Zionist austerity: Israel digging own grave, its death very close

Watch my debate with yet another Zionist flack: Israel-close-to-death-digging-its-grave

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"If you build a country's economy on nothing but the military, as Israel has, you are digging your own grave and those who live by the sword, die by the sword and Israel is very close to dying by the sword."

Press TV has conducted an interview with Dr. Kevin Barrett, with the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance from Wisconsin, to shed more light on Zionist settlers' protests against the austerity measures implemented by the Tel Aviv regime.

What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.
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UK chickens come home to roost in Woolwich


Suspect in Woolwich killing holds a chopper and a knife in his hand.
Malcolm X memorably described the JFK assassination as America's chickens coming home to roost. Now some British chickens have come home to roost in Woolwich.

Were elements of the British government complicit in the killing of a British soldier by two apparent "salafi jihadists" - in the same way that elements of the US government killed JFK? Quite possibly. We know that the so-called war on terror is a fraud, and that all of its emblematic incidents, including 9/11, 7/7, Madrid, Bali, Mumbai, and most recently Boston, have been false flag operations by Zionist elements of the Western security services.

But Malcolm X's roosting chickens represent more than just official complicity. Malcolm's larger meaning was "what you sow, so you shall reap." And since the British government has been sowing terror all over the world for centuries, including synthetic "Islamic terror," it is only to be expected that some of that terror should return to the island that launched it.
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U.S. drone strike estimates exceed 3,300 deaths

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U.S. drone attacks have focused on Pakistan, peaking at an estimated 122 in 2010, though only 12 are believed to have occurred so far this year.
Decade-long air campaign peaked under Obama in 2010

President Barack Obama said Thursday that he will engage Congress in exploring a number of options for increased oversight of lethal drone strikes outside of war zones like Afghanistan.

The official U.S. figures of number of strikes and estimated deaths remain classified.

But, according to the New America Foundation which maintains a database of the strikes, the CIA and the military have carried out an estimated 416 drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, resulting in 3,364 estimated deaths, including militants and civilians. The Associated Press also has reported a drone strike in Somalia in 2012 that killed one.

The think tank compiles its numbers by combining reports in major news media that rely on local officials and eyewitness accounts.

Comment: US President Barack Obama defends his administration's slaughter by drones as legal, effective, and just.

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Obama defends drone use as legal, effective and just

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US President Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama has defended his administration's use of drones as legal, effective, and just.

"We are at war with an organization that right now would kill as many Americans as they could if we did not stop them first. So this is a just war," Obama said in a major policy speech at Washington's National Defense University on Thursday.
"Our nation is still threatened by terrorists," he pointed out, noting that "We must recognize however, that the threat has shifted and evolved from the one that came to our shores on 9/11," he said.
The US president claimed the strikes have been effective in targeting militants and have made the United States a safer country.

Obama outlined the legal guidelines surrounding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to wage war in distant lands.

"I don't not believe it would be constitutional for the government to target and kill any U.S. citizen...Nor should any president deploy armed drones over US soil. But when a US citizen goes abroad to wage war against American and is actively plotting to kill US citizens...his citizenship should no more serve as a shield than a sniper shooting down an innocent crowd should be protected from a swat team," he said.
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Woolwich attack: MI5 'offered job to suspect'

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MI5 asked Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo if he wanted to work for them about six months before the killing, a childhood friend has said.

Abu Nusaybah told BBC Newsnight his friend - one of two men arrested after Drummer Lee Rigby's murder in south-east London on Wednesday - had rejected the approach from the security service.

The BBC could not obtain any confirmation from Whitehall sources.

Abu Nusaybah was arrested at the BBC after giving the interview.

Newsnight reporter Richard Watson said after the interview had concluded he left the studio to find officers from the Metropolitan Police counter terrorism unit waiting to arrest Abu Nusaybah.


The Met confirmed a 31-year-old man had been arrested at 21:30 BST on Friday in relation to suspected terrorism offences and search warrants were being executed at two homes in east London.

The arrest was not directly related to the murder of Drummer Rigby, it said.
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Global war of terror: entire world is a battlefield for Pentagon

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Forget it; the Global War on Terror (GWOT) is not becoming more "democratic" - or even transparent.

US President Barack Obama now pledges to transfer the responsibility of the shadow 'Drone Wars' from the CIA to the Pentagon - so the US Congress is able to monitor it.

Until virtually yesterday the Obama administration did not even recognize in public the existence of the shadow 'Drone Wars'.

The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at the Pentagon - which would then be in charge of the 'Drone Wars' - is bound to remain secret.

And the Pentagon is not exactly yearning to retouch its definition of a "militant", a prime candidate to be 'target-assassinated'; "any military-aged male in a strike zone". "Muslim" male, it goes without saying.

Obama's rhetoric is one thing. His administration's 'Drone Wars' are another thing entirely.

The President now insists GWOT is no longer a "boundless global war".

That's rhetoric. For the Pentagon, the "entire globe is a battlefield".
Chess

Russian fleet returns to Mediterranean - an unintended consequence of Western aggression


Russian sailors march near their Navy vessel in the bay of the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol, which is the main base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
There was a lot of distraction in the news last week, particularly the flank attack moves on Obama that obscured a huge development in the Mid East... the first return of the Russian Pacific Navy for Mediterranean deployment since 1992.

The first big part of the news is the active word 'permanent.' Corporate media decided to ignore the strategic shift consequences of that, and the West may be looking back soon at the wisdom their aggressive regime change military moves, despite the extensive use of proxies.

The recent Israeli attacks on Syria, particularly the use of a nuclear bunker buster gave the Russians a gift from heaven, opening the door to make a defensive deployment to protect their longtime ally in Syria. The Russians are back in the Med to stay, and this might be a good lesson to the folly of the Western slow motion aggression policy in the region, which has put a match to the whole place.

Russian Navy Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov has announced that a permanent staff was being set up, and the present force might eventually include their nuclear submarines. In speaking to RIA:
"Overall, already from this year, we plan to have five or six warships and support vessels [in the Mediterranean Sea], which will be replaced on a rotating basis from each of the fleets - the Black Sea, Baltic, Northern and, in some cases, even the Pacific Fleet. Depending on the scope of assignments and their complexity, the number of warships in the task force may be increased."
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