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January 27, 2015
MIAMI — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, unseen and unheard from since Cuba and the U.S. announced a historic normalization of relations between the long-time foes, finally broke his silence late Monday, giving halfhearted support to the new relationship.
Castro said it was well within the rights of his brother, Cuban President Raúl Castro, to broker the new agreement, adding any peaceful resolution of conflict between the United States and Latin American country should be welcomed by all. But Castro, who has long blamed the U.S. for his country's economic problems and long opposed striking any deal with his neighbor to the north, made clear that he remains suspicious.
Syriza’s ranks include an array of leftists ranging from Marxists to Greens.
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The radical left-wing Syriza party which appears to be the winner of Sunday’s general elections in Greece and has has promised to stop with austerity and defy the European institutions, is also widely viewed as having a clear anti-Israel stance which has promised to “cancel” austerity and defy the European institutions.
The party’s 40-year-old leader, Alexis Tsipras, said the vote would mark “the return of dignity” to Greece. His party was expected to get between 36% and 39% of the popular vote compared to between 23% and 27% for the conservative New Democracy party of outgoing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
For this article, I’m going to skip the partnerships between the CIA, Saudi Arabia, and the Pakistani ISI during the Afghanistan/Russia War to support the Mujahideen against the Soviet Union. Instead, I’m going to move past that time, and into the 90’s where a lot of interesting things took place.
First, we’ll take a look at what was called “Vulgar Betrayal.” In 1996, “the most significant US government investigation into terrorist financing before 9/11, is launched. This investigation grows out of investigations Chicago FBI agent Robert Wright had begun in 1993, and Wright appears to be the driving force behind Vulgar Betrayal. He later will say, “I named the case Vulgar Betrayal because of the many gross betrayals many Arab terrorists and their supporters” committed against the US, but the name will later prove to be bitterly ironic for him. Over a dozen FBI agents are assigned it and a grand jury is empanelled to hear evidence.” On August 3rd, 1999, “Chicago FBI agent Robert Wright is abruptly removed from the Vulgar Betrayal investigation into terrorism financing. The entire investigation apparently winds down without his involvement, and will shut down altogether in 2000. A New York Post article will state, “[T]he official reason was a fear that Wright’s work would disrupt FBI intelligence-gathering. My sources find this dubious: After years of monitoring these individuals, the bureau had likely learned all it could.… [But] conversations with FBI personnel indicate that HE WAS TOLD INFORMALLY THAT HIS WORK WAS TOO EMBARRASSING TO THE SAUDIS (emphasis mine). In support of this is the fact that Wright was shut down as he seemed to be closing in on Yassin al-Qadi.”
The crisis in Yemen deepened on Thursday as officials reported that both the president and his government had resigned.
It comes amid an ongoing stand-off with Shia Houthi rebels.
Houthi gunmen have a tight grip on the capital, Sanaa, and still hold a presidential aide abducted last week.
They had previously committed to withdrawing from key positions around the presidential palace and the home of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
Bob McIlvaine is the father of Robert Mcilvaine Jr., an Assistant Vice President of media relations for Merrill Lynch & Co. who was murdered on 9/11. Since 9/11, Bob has been very outspoken about a number of different issues. He has spoken around the country, and in different parts of the world. With the exception of one, Bob attended every 9/11 Commission Hearing. He has appeared on different news outlets, and has been mentioned in several news articles over the years. He has appeared in many documentaries that call into question what we were told about the 9/11 attacks.
Mickey Z. -- World News Trust--Jan. 21, 2015
“If [someone] says something bad about my mother, he can expect a punch. It’s to be expected.”
- Pope Francis
I grew up in Astoria, Queens, NYC... long before it became a trendy, increasingly gentrified hipster enclave. Part of my provincial, pre-Internet, pre-cable TV upbringing involved being schooled in the patriarchal ways of the streets. You learned the rules or forever remained on the fringes of the dominant crowd.
For example: No self-respecting male lets anyone insult his mother. (Hey, I warned you this was patriarchal.)
You might be hanging with your crew when you ask your friend Tommy, “Who was that I saw you with last night?” And Tommy -- feeling buzzed or playful or just in the mood to instigate -- might reply: “Johnny’s mother.”
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After Paris, condemnation of religious fanaticism is at its height. I’d guess that even many progressives fantasize about wringing the necks of jihadists, bashing into their heads some thoughts about the intellect, about satire, humor, freedom of speech. We’re talking here, after all, about young men raised in France, not Saudi Arabia.
Where has all this Islamic fundamentalism come from in this modern age? Most of it comes – trained, armed, financed, indoctrinated – from Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. During various periods from the 1970s to the present, these four countries had been the most secular, modern, educated, welfare states in the Middle East region. And what had happened to these secular, modern, educated, welfare states?
By Patrick Martin
21 January 2015
Two weeks ago, the World Socialist Web Site published its initial review of the results of the year 2014 and the prospects for 2015. We wrote, “In examining the strategies and policies of the ruling elites of one or another country, it would be a mistake to either underestimate their ruthlessness or overestimate their intelligence.”
The State of the Union speech delivered by President Barack Obama Tuesday night confirms this assessment in the case of the United States. The US ruling elite exhibits a determination to stop at nothing in the defense of its wealth and privileges, and pig-headed blindness and stupidity, both on a colossal scale.
by Cindy Sheehan
"I only wish I had killed more."
Navy Seal and American Shame (Sniper), Chris Kyle
“I can’t kill anyone.”
US working-class soldier before his short deployment to Iraq, Casey Sheehan
This is something that I don’t want to revisit—I never want to relive the worst experience of my life. However, with the 11th anniversary of my son’s death in Iraq on 04/04/04 approaching and the new “blockbuster” infecting movie screens around the world, I really must get this off of my chest.
Most citizens of this nation are without a doubt addicted to wars and war “heroes” without stopping for more than a few cursory seconds to count the costs or evaluate the propaganda. I despair that a movie like American Sniper grossed over 105 million at the box office over the weekend where we are supposed to be commemorating the birth of a man of peace, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Juan Cole | Jan. 20, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that the ICC announcement by Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to initiate a preliminary investigation into Israel for possible war crimes committed in Gaza was “absurd” and a “perversion of justice.” Mr. Netanyahu went on to say that decision by the ICC was “the height of hypocrisy,” and the “opposite of justice.”
Netanyahu is said to have recently met with security officials and international law experts to sort out ways to discredit the ICC. Echoing remarks by the U.S. State Department that the Palestinian Authority is not a state, Israel is preparing to use the strategy of Palestinian statelessness to object to its accession to the ICC. The State of Palestine is recognized by more than 130 countries and holds non-Member Observer State status at the United Nations.
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