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Suppressing Freedom and Democracy: US arms sales triple in one year

According to recent reports, the US leads the globe in weapons sales. In 2011, arms deals tripled to a record high resulting in over $66 billion in revenue. In the global market, the US accounts for 79 percent of weapons sales with most of the clientele being in the Persian Gulf. So how did America become the number one sales dealer worldwide? Anthony Shaffer, with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, joins us with his take on the sales of arms.

War Whore

US-led airstrike kills 12 Afghan villagers

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At least 12 civilians have been killed in an airstrike carried out by the US-led forces in a village in Afghanistan's Ghor province,Press TV reports.

Hundreds of civilians have lost their lives in the US-led operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months, with Afghans becoming increasingly outraged at the seemingly endless number of the deadly assaults.

The issue of civilian casualties in Afghanistan is highly sensitive and has been a major source of friction between President Hamid Karzai and the United States.

Bad Guys

Ayatollah Khamenei Denounces UN Security Council's 'Flagrant Dictatorship' During NAM Summit

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei at the opening ceremony of the 16th summit of the No-Aligned Movement (NAM) in the Iranian capital, Tehran, August 30, 2012
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the US and its allies abuse the "illogical, unjust and completely undemocratic" structure of the UN Security Council to impose their bullying on the world.

"This is a flagrant form of dictatorship, which is antiquated and obsolete and whose expiry date has passed," Ayatollah Khamenei said during an inaugural speech to the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran on Thursday.

The Leader added that the US and its accomplices protect the interests of the West in the name of "human rights", interfere militarily in other countries in the name of "democracy" and target defenseless people in villages and cities with their bombs and weapons in the name of "combating terrorism".

Ayatollah Khamenei said torture and assassination are condoned if they are carried out by the US, the Israeli regime and their puppets.


World in Transition to New International Order: Ayatollah Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the policies of the Cold War era and the subsequent unilateralism have failed, stressing that a new order is taking shape throughout the world.

"In the recent past, we have been witness to the failure of the policies of the Cold War era and the unilateralism that followed it. Having learnt lessons from this historical experience, the world is in transition towards a new international order and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) can and should play a new role," the Leader said in an inaugural speech to the 16th NAM summit in Tehran on Thursday.

The Leader added that the new world order should be based on the "participation of all nations and equal rights for all of them."

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined solidarity among all NAM member states as an "obvious necessity" in the current era for establishing this new order.

Bizarro Earth

5 Australian Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Julia Gillard
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Australia on Thursday mourned the deaths of five of its soldiers in Afghanistan, three killed by an Afghan army colleague, in the nation's deadliest hours of combat since the Vietnam War.

The Australians were killed in two separate incidents just hours apart late Wednesday and early Thursday.

The first incident took place at a base in Uruzgan province, when a man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on Australian soldiers, killing three and wounding two, according to Air Marshal Mark Binskin, vice chief of the Australian Defense Force. Hours later, two Australian soldiers died and a crew member was wounded when their helicopter rolled over while landing in Helmand province.

"In a war of so many losses, this is our single worst day in Afghanistan," Prime Minister Julia Gillard said. "Indeed, I believe this is the most losses in combat since the days of the Vietnam War and the Battle of Long Tan. This is news so truly shocking that it's going to feel for many Australians like a physical blow."

Eighteen Australian soldiers were killed in the Battle of Long Tan in 1966. Tom Vasey, a spokesman for the Australian War Memorial, said five Australian soldiers were killed in a 14-hour period in 1971 during the Battle of Nui Le, making that the last time so many died so quickly in a combat zone.

Arrow Down

Corrupt Indian Politicians Steal $14.5 Billion in Food from Starving Poor

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In a telling story highlighting the true face of political corruption, corrupt Indian politicians have successfully stolen more than $14.5 billion worth of food from starving poverty-stricken citizens. Looting over 57,000 tons of food intended for the starving poor, the unpunished corrupt lawmakers and politicians are warehousing the mass amount of food supplies in a government-owned storage facility that spans more than five football fields in length.

The blatant corruption has been confirmed in a recent report by mainstream media outlet Bloomberg, which reports that many of the starving 350 million families whose food has been stripped away by the government are currently 'surviving' on less than 50 cents per day. The nefarious government hooligans robbed away the region's five-decade-old public food distribution system which served as virtually the only way in which the struggling families could survive.

Law still requires that the 57,000 tons of staple foods are to be distributed among the families, yet nothing has been done by fearful politicians and police. Due to rampant corruption and a serious lack of action, countless members of the nation's government bodies are quiet on this matter and many others. Some, however, have decided to speak out. Naresh Saxena is one such Supreme Court commissioner who has decided that she will not live in fear of corruption. Speaking out against the recent ransacking, she stated:
"This is the most mean-spirited, ruthlessly executed corruption because it hits the poorest and most vulnerable in society... What I find even more shocking is the lack of willingness in trying to stop it."


Why Does The U.S. Government Treat Military Veterans Like Human Garbage?

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The way that the U.S. government treats military veterans is absolutely disgraceful. Men and women that have given everything for this nation are literally being treated like human garbage by their own government. After watching how vets are treated, it is absolutely amazing that anyone is still volunteering to be a part of the military.

We pay those in the military like crap, we keep sending our best soldiers back to Afghanistan and Iraq again and again, we don't equip them properly, military suicides are at a record pace, hundreds of thousands of applications for veteran benefits are hopelessly backlogged, homelessness and unemployment among vets is much higher than for the general population, the condition of most VA hospitals is an absolute disgrace, and to top everything off now the Obama administration has started labeling military veterans as "potential terrorists".

What you are about to read should make you very angry. The abuse, neglect and outright disrespect that military vets receive from their own government is absolutely shocking. We owe these men and women a great debt for the service that they have performed for our nation, but instead the federal government kicks them to the curb and treats them with no honor whatsoever. The way a nation treats military vets says a lot about the character of that nation, and right now the way that America treats veterans says that we have the character of a steaming pile of manure.

Multiple Tours Of Duty

The U.S. military just keeps sending young men and women back to Iraq and Afghanistan over and over again without any regard for what the consequences might be.

If you can believe it, an astounding 20 percent of all active duty soldiers in the U.S. Army are on at least their third tour of duty.

Many others have done four tours of duty or more.

The following is from a recent Christian Science Monitor article....
Some 107,000 Army soldiers have been deployed to war three or more times since 2001, or some 20 percent of the active-duty force. More than 50,000 of those currently in uniform have completed four or more combat tours, Army figures indicate.
The physical, mental and emotional toll of these multiple tours of duty should not be underestimated. It is absolutely unprecedented in U.S. history for so many men to be sent back into frequent combat situations so repeatedly. The price of this foolishness could potentially be felt throughout our society for decades to come.

Record Number Of Suicides

The fact that many of our soldiers are spending way too much time in active war zones is a big reason why military suicides are at a record pace so far in 2012.

The stress of combat duty builds up over time. The physical, mental and emotional fatigue that comes with serving in combat is immense. Many soldiers see their marriages end, and others are left with severe physical and mental disabilities.

At some point many serving in the military cannot take it anymore and they commit suicide.

During the month of July, there were 56 suicides in the U.S. military in just 31 days.

That is absolutely disgraceful, but very little is being done about the underlying causes of these suicides.

Heart - Black

Private Contractors (Blackwater) Used to Bypass International Humanitarian Laws

© AFP Photo/Marwan NaamaniIn a file picture dated 05 February 2005, members of the US-based Blackwater private security firm scan Baghdad city centre from their helicopter. Iraq's interior minister Jawad al-Bolani 17 September 2007 has ordered to cancel the licence of Blackwater, the US-based private security company, after it was involved in a shootout that killed eight people, an offical told AF.
The use of private contractors allows the US to evade responsibility for violations of international humanitarian legislation, a top Russian diplomat for human rights and democracy said.

The comment came from Foreign Ministry Commissioner Konstantin Dolgov as the US Justice Department halted an investigation into the attempted bribing of Iraqi police officials by employees of the Blackwater security company (re-branded as 'Academi' in late 2011).

Blackwater attempted to pay $1 million in bribes for new contracts in Iraq, and also to block an investigation into the 2007 murder of 17 Iraqi civilians, including several children, by Blackwater operatives, a statement published on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website said.

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Israel Court Tells Settlers to Evacuate Outpost by Tuesday

Israel's high court ruled on Wednesday that the largest unauthorized Jewish settler outpost on occupied West Bank territory must be evacuated by next Tuesday.
© Reuters/Baz RatnerJewish settler boys play in the unauthorized outpost of Migron, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, August 26, 2012.
The court rejected an appeal by the settlers to delay the evacuation of Migron, a hilltop settlement of about 50 families, which a separate ruling a year ago decided was built on privately-owned Palestinian land.

The Migron settlement was one of dozens built more than a decade ago without Israeli government authorization on land captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War but which Palestinians claim for a hoped-for independent state.

The court had delayed several deadlines set for evacuating the settlement in the past year, after last-minute appeals, and has now dismissed the latest request.

In their latest appeal, settlers had sought a delay in moving out, saying temporary homes for them elsewhere in the West Bank were not ready. Others maintained they had purchased the land in question.

Bad Guys

Air Force Openly Seeking Cyber-Weapons

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The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) posted a broad agency announcement [PDF] recently, calling on contractors to submit concept papers detailing technological demonstrations of 'cyberspace warfare operations' (CWO) capabilities.

The Air Force is looking to obtain CWO capabilities falling into a number of categories including: 'cyberspace warfare attack' and 'cyberspace warfare support.'

The broad agency announcement defines 'cyberspace warfare attack' capabilities as those which would give them the ability to "destroy, deny, degrade, disrupt, deceive, corrupt, or usurp the adversaries [sic] ability to use the cyberspace domain for his advantage."

Cyberspace warfare support capabilities, the document claims, would include actions deployed by operational commanders in order to, intercept, identify, and locate sources of access and vulnerability for threat recognition, targeting, and planning, both immediately and for future operations. This also includes the providing of information required for the immediate decisions involving CWOs and data used to produce intelligence or provide targeting for an electronic attack.

In addition to those listed above, the Air Force is seeking 'situational awareness capabilities that give an operator near real-time effectiveness feedback in a form that is readily observed by the operator.' This would address the 'mapping of networks (both data and voice),' 'access to cyberspace domain, information, networks, systems, or devices,' 'denial of service on cyberspace resources, current/future operating systems, and network devices,' and 'Data manipulation.'