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Obama's war continues: US drone kills 6 militants in Pakistan

US drone program
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A Predator B unmanned aircraft taxis at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas, in November 2011.
Peshawar: Pakistan intelligence officials say a pair of missiles launched by a US drone hit a militant hideout near the Afghan border and killed six suspected militants.

The officials say the missile hit a sprawling compound after midnight Thursday near the border town of Ghulam Khan in the North Waziristan tribal region.

They say the identity and nationality of the slain men was not immediately known.

The officials spoke on Friday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

North Waziristan is a tribal region home to a mix of Pakistani, Afghan and al-Qaida-linked foreign militants.

The US drone program has caused extreme tension between Pakistan and the United States. Washington says it needs to use the unmanned aircraft because Pakistan refuses to engage fighters militarily.

Comment: The US undeclared war on Pakistan continues unhindered against civilians suspected militants.


Indian PM: Any action in Syria should be within UN framework

BRICS leaders at G20 Summit
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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (left) talks to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma as they pose for a picture after a BRICS leaders' meeting at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg on Thursday.
St Petersburg: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that whatever action is required in Syria should be under the UN framework, amid growing pressure on US President Barack Obama from his Russian counterpart and other world leaders not to attack the Arab country.

The Syrian issue dominated a long dinner meeting of G20 leaders including Obama on Thursday night hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of the first day's deliberations during which Singh made an intervention.

Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that it was also the Prime Minister's view that the world community should wait for the report of the UN inspectors on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The Prime Minister also told his fellow G20 leaders that India condemns the use of chemical weapons whether in Syria or anywhere in the world, Ahluwalia, who was present at the dinner meeting, told reporters here.

Singh also told the leaders that one needs to be certain what has happened in Syria even if there is some probability of use of chemical weapons.


Watchdog: Fannie, Freddie Mask Billions in Losses

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are masking billions of dollars losses because of the level of delinquent home loans they carry, a federal watchdog said in an internal report, and it said the companies should be required immediately to recognize the costs of some bad mortgages.

The report, written by the inspector general for the Federal Housing Finance Agency and reviewed by Reuters, said the FHFA's timeframe for mortgage finance companies Fannie and Freddie to have up to two years to recognize the cost of mortgages delinquent at least 180 days was "inordinately long."

The change in the accounting treatment of these delinquent loans potentially could require Fannie and Freddie, which have rebounded to enormous profitability in the past two years as the housing market recovered, to "charge off billions of additional dollars related to loans," the inspector general's report stated.

The FHFA, which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, said the two are on track to implement the new standards within the next two years, and in a letter sent to the inspector general said it views the potential losses "to be reasonable."


War crimes: Militants kill Syrian soldiers execution style: Video

A gruesome video has emerged which shows foreign-backed militants in Syria killing seven captured government soldiers execution style.

The video, which was released by The New York Times on Thursday, shows the militants, believed to be members of the Jund al-Sham group, standing over seven shirtless men kneeling face-down before them. Five were trussed, their backs showing signs of torture.

In the video, the rebels' commander -- known as "the Uncle" -- is seen reading a bitter revolutionary verse and then fires a bullet into the back of the first prisoner's head. His gunmen followed suit, promptly shooting all the men at their feet.

The footage ends abruptly after the militants dump the soldiers' bodies into a well.

Comment: The US funded, armed and trained "Syrian rebels" hard at work committing war crimes.


Leading Russian rights activists stand Obama up

Ludmila Alekseyeva
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Ludmila Alekseyeva, human right activist and head of Moscow Helsinki Group
The heads of Russia's oldest human rights groups have said they decided not to attend the meeting with the US president after it was rescheduled several times.

The three people whom the mass media call the symbols of the Russian HR movement - Lyudmila Alekseyeva of the Moscow Helsinki Group, Lev Ponomaryov of the For Human Rights Movement and Svetlana Gannushkina, the chairperson of the Citizen's Assistance Committee.

The planned meeting between the US President and Russian rights advocates will take place in St. Petersburg ahead of the G20 summit.

All three of the activists live and work in Moscow and they told reporters on Wednesday that they had to cancel their tickets and postpone various important events several times because the US side were dithering on the precise date of the meeting.

"It is not that I refused myself, I was forced to. I have been invited and I accepted the invitation with gratitude. I bought the tickets for September 6. A short time later they call me and say that everything was rescheduled on the 5th. I said that it was OK, again with gratitude, made changes in my own schedule and changed the tickets. On Wednesday morning they call me and say that everything will take place on the 6th. And this time I was simply unable to postpone my own Friday event," the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily quoted Lev Ponomaryov as saying.

War Whore

War whore: US says Russia holding UN Security Council hostage on Syria

Samantha Power
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US Ambassador Samantha Power speaks to reporters about the American position on Syria. September 5, 2013
US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has criticized Russia for holding the United Nations Security Council "hostage" over Syria.

"Russia continues to hold the council hostage and shirk its international responsibilities, including as a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention," Power told reporters at the UN in New York on Thursday.

She added that the council "is not protecting the stability of the region; it is not standing behind, now, an internationally accepted ban on the use of chemical weapons."

The US official claimed that "the system has protected the prerogatives of Russia, the patron of a regime that would brazenly stage the world's largest chemical weapons attack in a quarter-century, while chemical weapons inspectors sent by the United Nations were just across town."

Power made the remarks as Washington has blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the August chemical weapons attacks. An allegation denied by the Syrian government.
"We in the United States agree with the view that, at times like this, the Security Council should live up to its obligations and should act," Power said.

Comment: She means to say that 1% of the people of the USA are in favour of military action, which amounts to 3 million people. The world community consists of 7 billion people.

Should the 1% of people dictate world policy?

Comment: As for blocking the working of the UN, the USA has blocked 70 UN resolutions against Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people and continue to do so. These include resolutions condemning Israeli war crimes.


25 essential quotes about the coming war with Syria that every American should see

USS Nimitz
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USS Nimitz
If Barack Obama is going to attack Syria, he is going to do it without the support of the American people, without the approval of Congress, without the approval of the United Nations, and without the help of the British. Now that the British Parliament has voted against a military strike, the Obama administration is saying that it may take "unilateral action" against Syria. But what good would "a shot across Syria's bow" actually do? A "limited strike" is not going to bring down the Assad regime and it is certainly not going to end the bloody civil war that has been raging inside Syria. Even if the U.S. eventually removed Assad, the al-Qaeda affiliated rebels that would take power would almost certainly be even worse than Assad. Even in the midst of this bloody civil war, the rebels have taken the time and the effort to massacre entire Christian villages. Why is Barack Obama so obsessed with helping such monsters? There is no good outcome in Syria. The Assad regime is absolutely horrible and the rebels are even worse. Why would we want the U.S. military to get involved in such a mess?

It isn't as if it is even possible for the U.S. military to resolve the conflict that is going on in that country. At the core, the Syrian civil war is about Sunni Islam vs. Shia Islam. It is a conflict that goes back well over a thousand years.

Assad is Shiite, but the majority of Syrians are Sunni Muslims. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been pouring billions of dollars into the conflict, because they would love to see the Assad regime eliminated and a Sunni government come to power in Syria. On the other side, Iran is absolutely determined to not allow that to happen.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have no problem with using Sunni terrorists (al-Qaeda) to achieve their political goals. And as a very important ally of the Saudis, the U.S. has been spending a lot of money to train and equip the "rebels" in Syria.

But there was a problem. The Syrian government has actually been defeating the rebels. So something had to be done.

If it could be made to look like the Assad regime was using chemical weapons, that would give the U.S. government the "moral justification" that it needed to intervene militarily on the side of the rebels. In essence, it would be a great excuse for the U.S. to be able to go in and do the dirty work of the Saudis for them.

Comment: Notice the nauseating hypocrisy of Obama's older statements. But Obama and Co. are going ahead anyway. Surprised? Still, our particular bunch of psychopaths crave the veneer of public approval. Here is your chance to deny them that. Make your voice heard. Mail them this (yes, snail mail!) and add as much as you like:

'You were elected BY the People and are supposed to act FOR the People! I am one of the people and I am saying NO TO WAR.'

Here's the address of the White House:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Here's Congressman Boehner's address:

Washington, D.C. Office
1011 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6205
(202) 225-0704 fax

An avalanche of paper is hard for a politician to ignore. It may be the butterfly wing that tips the balance.

Star of David

Propaganda Alert: 'U.S. intercepts Iranian order for attack on U.S. interests in Iraq'

Spying cartoon
© Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
The United States has intercepted an order from an Iranian official instructing militants in Iraq to attack U.S. interests in Baghdad in the event the Obama administration launches a military strike in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The American embassy in Baghdad was a likely target, according to unnamed U.S. officials quoted by the newspaper. The Journal said the officials did not describe the range of potential targets indicated by the intelligence.

In addition, the State Department issued a warning on Thursday telling U.S. citizens to avoid all but "essential" travel to Iraq.

Comment: No evidence needed, just trust that the US government knows. Would it ever lie to you?

Comment: There was no need for the CIA to comment because its agent wrote this article on its behalf...

Do remember that al-qaeda-in-Iraq actually are flooding into Syria and are there hailed as 'the good guys' by the US!

Not to mention that they are also trained, armed and funded by the US.

Let's not forget where these 'intercepts' are coming from:

The Troodos conundrum: Israel fabricated 'intercept' of Syrian government planning chemical attack


Russia warns of nuclear disaster if Syria is hit

USS Nimitz
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USS Nimitz
A military strike on Syria could lead to a nuclear catastrophe if a missile were to hit a reactor containing radioactive uranium, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman warned. The remark comes as the US continues to push for a military strike on Syria.

"If a warhead, by design or by chance, were to hit the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) near Damascus, the consequences could be catastrophic," Aleksandr Lukashevich said in a Wednesday statement.

Russia's Foreign Ministry urged the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to complete a risk evaluation as the US continues to seek support for military action. It asked the agency to "react swiftly" and carry out "an analysis of the risks linked to possible American strikes on the MNSR and other facilities in Syria."

Lukashevich stated that the region could be at risk of "contamination by highly enriched uranium and it would no longer be possible to account for nuclear material, its safety and control." He added that such material could fall into the wrong hands.

Arrow Down

Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail

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San Jose, California -- Google's attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people's Gmail accounts to help sell ads is legal, and have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice.

In a federal court hearing Thursday in San Jose, Google argued that "all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing."

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 10 individuals, is expected to be certified as a class action and is widely seen as a precedent-setting case for other email providers.

The plaintiffs say Google "unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people's private email messages" in violation of California's privacy laws and federal wiretapping statutes. The lawsuit notes that the company even scans messages sent to any of the 425 million active Gmail users from non-Gmail users who never agreed to the company's terms.

"This company reads, on a daily basis, every email that's submitted, and when I say read, I mean looking at every word to determine meaning," said Texas attorney Sean Rommel, who is co-counsel suing Google.