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Syria crisis: a beseiged Damascus remains loyal to Assad - Telegraph

Syria crisis: a beseiged Damascus remains loyal to Assad - Telegraph | Global politics | Scoop.it
Much of the Syrian capital remains firmly behind President Bashar al-Assad’s regime - if only for fear of what might replace it.

In recent months it is the Islamist fighting groups and global jihadists – who have better fighting skills and established lines of support from outside the country – that have become prominent. Suicide and car bombings conducted by radical jihadist groups are among the key tactics used by rebels in the Syrian capital.

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The Main Issue in the French Presidential Election: National Sovereignty

The Main Issue in the French Presidential Election:  National Sovereignty | Global politics | Scoop.it
The 2017 French Presidential election marks a profound change in European political alignments. There is an ongoing shift from the traditional left-right rivalry to opposition between globalization, in the form of the European Union (EU), and national sovereignty.

Standard media treatment sticks to a simple left-right dualism: “racist” rejection of immigrants is the main issue and that what matters most is to “stop Marine Le Pen!” Going from there to here is like walking through Alice’s looking glass. Almost everything is turned around.
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Fillon departs from EU orthodoxy, however, by proposing a more independent foreign policy, notably by ending the “absurd” sanctions against Russian. He is more concerned about the fate of Middle East Christians than about overthrowing Assad.
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US 'deep state' sold out counter-terrorism to keep itself in business

US 'deep state' sold out counter-terrorism to keep itself in business | Global politics | Scoop.it
Since 2001, senior Pentagon and CIA officials have sacrificed American interests in weakening al-Qaeda to pursue their own interests
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US Secretary of State Issues War Threat Against Iran

US Secretary of State Issues War Threat Against Iran | Global politics | Scoop.it
The hypocrisy of Washington’s labeling Iran as a sponsor of terrorism and the source of all “trouble in the region” is shameless.
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War Crimes: The US news media and war

War Crimes: The US news media and war | Global politics | Scoop.it
TV about what's REALLY going on.
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You know what the greatest predictor of future wars in America is? Watch the US news media. When they start the war drums, war is not far away.
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Donald Goes to Canossa

Donald Goes to Canossa | Global politics | Scoop.it
(A Light-headed discussion of grave affairs)
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The verdict of official Washington is of very little value, after the Kuwaiti incubator baby hoax, the Iraqi WMD of Powell, Libyan atrocities and similar fake news. This boy has cried wolf too often for us to pay attention this time. I do not trust anything the mainstream media tells us, for they proved to be inveterate liars. But who cares even if it were true, when we have heard US State Secretary Madeleine Albright saying it was worth while to kill 500,000 beautiful babies to weaken Iraq?
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DHS Head to America: Shut Up, Be Terrified, and Do What You’re Told

DHS Head to America: Shut Up, Be Terrified, and Do What You’re Told | Global politics | Scoop.it
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has heard all of that criticism from Americans who are upset at the way his employees treat them and other people, and he has a response for all of you ingrates: Shut up.
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Arresting Julian Assange is a Priority, Says US Attorney General

Arresting Julian Assange is a Priority, Says US Attorney General | Global politics | Scoop.it
It was reported by CNN that authorities have prepared charges against Assange
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What's Worse? Trump Dropping 'Mother of All Bombs' or That 70% of Americans Approve

What's Worse? Trump Dropping 'Mother of All Bombs' or That 70% of Americans Approve | Global politics | Scoop.it
It is time "for people of conscience in the U.S. to step forward and demand an end to the murder of the Afghan people and the poisoning of our land.
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My Turn: Trump versus Trump on undeclared Mideast wars

My Turn: Trump versus Trump on undeclared Mideast wars | Global politics | Scoop.it
In 2013, Donald Trump had a clear policy on the Syrian Civil War: stay out. He posted often about the futility of Obama’s attacks. A few of the tamer tweets: “Obama wants to unilaterally put a no-fly zone in Syria to protect Al Qaeda Islamist
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Government terror Language, propaganda and reality

Government terror Language, propaganda and reality | Global politics | Scoop.it
TV about what's REALLY going on.
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Noam Chomsky translates commonly used "news" words for us.
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The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have a Huge Stake in Blaming Russia

The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have a Huge Stake in Blaming Russia | Global politics | Scoop.it
While Bernie is hardly a reliable opponent of U.S. war policies, he is significantly more critical of U.S. military intervention than the Democratic Party leaders who often champion it.
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The politically motivated missile attack on Syria showed just how dangerous it is to keep Russia-baiting Trump, giving him political incentive to prove how tough he is on Russia after all. What’s at stake includes the imperative of preventing a military clash between the world’s two nuclear superpowers. But the corporate hawks at the top of the national Democratic Party have other priorities.
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Trump's Missile Attack on Syria Justified With Fake Intelligence, Experts Say

Trump's Missile Attack on Syria Justified With Fake Intelligence, Experts Say | Global politics | Scoop.it
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“There’s something going on with our intelligence apparatus and the politics of operating it. And it’s not acceptable as far as I’m concerned,” Postol said. He added, “what needs to happen is not going to happen. What needs to happen is there has to be a full investigation of how this fraudulent report was produced. Who was involved? And who ordered it… It’s pretty clear to me at this point that an important decision was made, a decision that had potentially grave consequences for our national security without any intelligence at all. It was done, probably, for political purposes.”
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The Peace Commandment

The Peace Commandment | Global politics | Scoop.it
We Americans should finally come to grips with the hype and spin about our beloved nation being the 'good guy' of the world.
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Bannon Down, Pentagon Up, Neocons In?

Bannon Down, Pentagon Up, Neocons In? | Global politics | Scoop.it
The military brass—whose interests and general worldview are well represented by National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster and Pentagon chief Gen. James Mattis (ret.) —appears to be very much in the driver’s seat on key foreign policy issues, regarding the Greater Middle East.
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Why Does North Korea Want Nukes?

Why Does North Korea Want Nukes? | Global politics | Scoop.it
Why has this tiny nation of 24 million people invested so much of its limited resources in acquiring nuclear weapons? North Korea is universally condemned as a bizarre and failed state, its nuclear posture denounced as irrational.

Yet North Korea’s stance cannot be separated out from its turbulent history during the 20th Century, especially its four decade long occupation by Japan, the forced division of the Korean peninsula after World War II, and, of course, the subsequent utterly devastating war with the United States from 1950-1953 that ended in an armistice in which a technical state of war still exists.
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It was the terrible devastation of this bombing campaign, worse than anything seen during World War II short of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that to this day dominates North Korea’s relations with the United States and drives its determination never to submit to any American diktat.
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The Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria (w/ Addenda)

The Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria (w/ Addenda) | Global politics | Scoop.it
A Quick Turnaround Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report Issued on April 11, 2017
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The Syria Strikes: Who is 666D Chessing Whose Interuniversal Go Sequences?

The Syria Strikes: Who is 666D Chessing Whose Interuniversal Go Sequences? | Global politics | Scoop.it
So it’s been a few days since the Syria Strikes, everyone and his dog have thrown in their two cents, and there has been a set of confusing and contradictory reactions from US officials and pretty much everyone else involved in this saga. The more the contradictions pile on, the less clear the picture becomes. […]
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Trump’s overtly Russophile sympathies during the campaign were completely unbecoming of a US politician, and while the gesture was appreciated by some, this stance almost certainly hindered him more than helped him. He was factually correct on Putin being popular and there being no evidence of him killing journalists, and he was right that the people of Crimea supported reunification with Russia (though since becoming President, he has demanded Russia return Crimea to Ukraine). He had no apparent reasons to do this from an electoral perspective, and yet he did it anyway. Furthermore, the US military did warn the Russians they were about to strike Shayrat, though this shouldn’t be weighed too heavily as any Russian military casualties would have risked an outright escalation, which pretty much everyone but the very craziest neocons wants to avoid.
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Our American Pravda

Our American Pravda | Global politics | Scoop.it
The major media overlooked Communist spies and Madoff’s fraud. What are they missing today?
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If This Is Freedom and Democracy, What Is Tyranny?

The raw, ugly, but true fact that “our” government has destroyed American liberty is the reason that everyone of us is subject to experiencing the abuses that John Whitehead describes below.
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A year later, 1993, the Clinton regime murdered, using poison gas as well as gun fire, more than 100 members of the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas. Women and children comprised most of the victims of “freedom and democracy America.” The Branch Davidians had done nothing except be different. They were a threat to no one. But the Clinton criminal government knew that it could portray the Branch Davidians, as they were different, in unfavorable lights. They were said to be in possession of, and perhaps manufacturing, illegal machine guns. They were said to be having sex with underage girls in their collective. When the Branch Davidian compound was attacked by a tank spewing chemical warfare and then burnt to the ground, insouciant Americans were told that justice had been done to child abusers. No one objected that the same “justice” had also been done to the allegedly abused children.
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Why Not a Probe of ‘Israel-gate’?

Why Not a Probe of ‘Israel-gate’? | Global politics | Scoop.it
As Official Washington fumes about Russia-gate, Israel’s far more significant political-influence-and-propaganda campaigns are ignored. No one dares suggest a probe of Israel-gate, says Robert Parry.
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Trump – in North Korea You will be Murdering Human Beings!

Trump – in North Korea You will be Murdering Human Beings! | Global politics | Scoop.it
The DPRK has never attacked anybody. The United States which claims it now ‘feels threatened’, has attacked dozens and dozens of countries, robbed millions of people of life, and raped freedom, democracy and cultures all over the world.
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Terrorists Are Terrorists and Not “Rebels” in Syria

Terrorists Are Terrorists and Not “Rebels” in Syria | Global politics | Scoop.it
Waging war depends on disinformation, deception and Big Lies – used to justify the unjustifiable.
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Julian Assange Strikes Back at CIA Director and Talks Trump, Russia, and Hillary Clinton

Julian Assange Strikes Back at CIA Director and Talks Trump, Russia, and Hillary Clinton | Global politics | Scoop.it
Assange said Pompeo appeared to be issuing a threat. “So how does he propose to conduct this ending? He didn’t say. But the CIA is only in the business of collecting information, kidnapping people, and assassinating people. So, it’s quite a menacing statement that he does need to clarify,” said Assange.
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Regarding Pompeo’s declaration that WikiLeaks was not entitled to First Amendment rights, Assange said: “For the head of the CIA to pronounce what the boundaries are, of reporting or not reporting — is a very disturbing precedent. The head of the CIA determining who is a publisher, who’s not a publisher, who’s a journalist, who’s not a journalist, is totally out of line.”
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President Trump’s Disappearance

President Trump’s Disappearance | Global politics | Scoop.it
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As a result of Trump’s failure to govern his own government, we have VP Pence telling Russia and China that there could be a nuclear exchange on their borders between the US and North Korea. Although Pence is not smart enough to know, this is not something Russia and China will accept. Washington worries about North Korea having nuclear weapons, but the entire world worries that Washington has nuclear weapons. And so many of them. World polls have shown that the majority of the world’s population are far more concerned about the threat to peace posed by Washington and Israel than by Iran, North Korea, Russia and China.
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