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Our Common Enemy: Spread of Fascism Across the Globe

Brits, You Are Running Out of Time–the Army Is About To Become Your Police

Chilcot War Inquiry: Professor to launch ‘Nuremberg’ war crimes prosecution against Blair

CCTV in the sky: police plan to use military-style spy drones

Taxman using terror laws 15 times a day to spy on suspects (UK)

Britain: Police Plan to Use Military-Style Spy Drones

The 20,000 snooper army: Vast number of town hall bureaucrats get power to enter your home without a warrant

Telecom firms’ fury at plan for ‘Stasi’ checks on every phone call and email

Telecoms firms have accused the Government of acting like the East German Stasi over plans to force them to store the details of every phone call for at least a year.  Under the proposals, the details of every email sent and website visited will also be recorded to help the police and security services fight crime and terrorism.

Ministers WERE told invading Iraq was illegal, Foreign Office law chief tells Chilcot inquiry

Lord Goldsmith: I changed my mind about legality of Iraq war after talks with Bush’s lawyers in Washington

More than 106,000 officials punished in first 11 months of 2009 (China)

Anger over broadened police powers to search people (Australia)

UN agency calls for global cyberwarfare treaty, ‘driver’s license’ for Web users

Canadian House of Commons Shut down Until March.

Furious opposition MPs accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of muzzling the House of Commons after he moved for the second time in a little more than a year to suspend Parliament.  Mired in controversy over an alleged cover-up on the torture of Afghan prisoners and eager to increase the Conservatives’ power in the Senate, the government is closing down Parliament until March 3, the Prime Minister’s Office said Wednesday.

A North American Security Perimeter on the Horizon

Plans for a North America security perimeter might have seemed like a pipe dream just a short time ago, but it could become a reality sooner than one thinks. Some believe that a perimeter approach to security would be a more effective way of providing safety while ensuring the free flow of trade and investment. For those pushing for deep continental integration, this move is seen as the next logical step. A recent article from the Toronto Star, Canada warms to idea of a tougher ‘perimeter’ suggests that Canadians might now be ready to debate the concept of perimeter security. David Biette who specializes in U.S.-Canada relations and is a member of the Woodrow Wilson Center stated that a, “Perimeter is no longer a dirty word.

Italy to Require Anyone Who Uploads Video to the Internet to Obtain Government Authorization

GERMANY 1940 ISRAEL 2009

Israel stole 2 billion dollars from Palestinian workers: 40-year deception exposed

Over the past four decades Israel has defrauded Palestinians working inside Israel of more than two billion US dollars by deducting from their salaries contributions for welfare benefits to which they were never entitled, Israeli economists have revealed.

Israeli Robots Remake Battlefield

In coming years, engineers say unmanned air, sea and ground vehicles will increasingly work together without any human involvement. Israel and the U.S. have already faced backlash over civilian deaths caused by drone-fired missiles in Gaza, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Those ethical dilemmas could increase as robots become more independent of their human masters.

Obama Approves $30 Billion Military Aid To Israel Over Next Decade

Russia: Mental Checks for Police

 “If we resume testing, we’ll find that at least a third of all active police officers have some kind of mental pathology”

ACTA: the leaked secret memos

Michael Geist: “Negotiations in the 7th round of the ACTA [ed: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement — a brutal, secret Internet treaty] talks open this morning in Mexico with civil enforcement issues on the agenda. Yesterday I posted on the developments to-date, including a chronology of talks, issues, and leaks that have led to this week’s round of discussions. Part Two of the ACTA Guide provides links to the underlying documentation. Governments have been very tight lipped about the talks. Initially, only a brief summary following the conclusion of each round of the talks was provided. More recently, the agenda of each meeting is disclosed and a summary document (largely confirming Internet leaks) has been provided. Of far greater importance are the leaked documents. These have confirmed how the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is designed to extend far beyond counterfeiting and how it would reshape domestic law in many countries.”



News Round-Up: American Imperialism Around the World

US Military Actions Overseas: 1798 – 2008  – compiled by Congressional Research Service for Congress, 2009

With the infrequent exception of year off now and again, we have been at war continuously since 1798.

Timelines 2000-2010: US, Europe, Latin America, Africa & Asia

A History of CIA Atrocities  

World’s Sole Military Superpower’s 2 Million-Troop, $1 Trillion Wars

 In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on December 10 the president of the United States appropriated for his country the title of “the world’s sole military superpower” and for himself “the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars.”

This may well have been the first time that an American – and of course any – head of state in history boasted of his nation being the only uncontested military power on the planet and unquestionably the only time a Nobel Peace Prize recipient identified himself as presiding over not only a war but two wars simultaneously.

Congress Approves $636.3 Billion for Defense in Fiscal 2010

Mercenaries and Assassins: The Real Face of Obama’s “Good War”

Stunning Statistics About the War Every American Should Know

Contrary to popular belief, the US actually has 189,000 personnel on the ground in Afghanistan right now—and that number is quickly rising.

A hearing in Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Contract Oversight subcommittee on contracting in Afghanistan has highlighted some important statistics that provide a window into the extent to which the Obama administration has picked up the Bush-era war privatization baton and sprinted with it. Overall, contractors now comprise a whopping 69% of the Department of Defense’s total workforce, “the highest ratio of contractors to military personnel in US history.” That’s not in one war zone—that’s the Pentagon in its entirety.

Blowback From America’s Mercenary Army–Ret. Generals Make More Than Gates

America’s Faltering Military/Mercenary Army

Kucinich: The War Is a Threat to Our National Security

“The war is a threat to our national security. We’ll spend over one $100 billion next year to bomb a nation of poor people while we reenergize the Taliban, destabilize Pakistan, deplete our army and put more of our soldiers’ lives on the line. Meanwhile, back here in the USA, 15 million people are out of work. People are losing their jobs, their health care, their savings, their investments, and their retirement security. $13 trillion in bailouts for Wall Street, trillions for war; when are we going to start taking care of things here at home?”

Ron Paul: Obama Is Preparing for Perpetual War

Demoralization, Destabilization, Insurgency, Normalization  

23 CIA Agents Convicted in Rendition Case  

Short Video About UAV Combat Operations

Fake Al Qaeda

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . .” — Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook

AFRICOM and America’s Global Military Agenda: Taking The Helm Of The Entire World

US “sinister” plans in Latin America

Obama Is Preparing for War in South America

“Nobel Peace Prize Winner Barack Obama, is Preparing for War in South America”; Interview with Eva Golinger

 “The first and foremost important achievement during the Chávez administration is the 1999 Constitution, which, although not written nor decreed by Chávez himself, was created through his vision of change for Venezuela. The 1999 Constitution was, in fact, drafted – written – by the people of Venezuela in one of the most participatory examples of nation building, and then was ratified through popular national referendum by 75% of Venezuelans.

CIA ran at least two secret prisons in Lithuania, inquiry confirms

CIA Secret ‘Torture’ Prison Found at Fancy Horseback Riding Academy

The CIA built one of its secret European prisons inside an exclusive riding academy outside Vilnius, Lithuania, a current Lithuanian government official and a former U.S. intelligence official told ABC News this week.

Where affluent Lithuanians once rode show horses and sipped coffee at a café, the CIA installed a concrete structure where it could use harsh tactics to interrogate up to eight suspected al-Qaeda terrorists at a time. A full report on the can be seen on ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson tonight.

India: Was Mumbai suspect a double agent for US?

 The Indian press is abuzz with news that Indian Home Ministry officials are investigating whether a terror suspect in the Mumbai attacks, David Headley from Chicago, was working as a ‘double agent’ with the US.

If “Al Qaida” Existed Would They Waste American Sleeper Cells Attacking India?

‘Headley was no low-level operative’

 The extensive use of terrorist tradecraft by Pakistani American terror suspect David Headley makes it evident that he “was not merely a low-level cannon fodder-type operative”, according to US strategic think tank Stratfor.

Mumbai Attackers Await Identification in J.J.Hospital Morgue

A long article about the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 26th, 2008

Officials: Mysterious ‘Country A’ In Nozette Spy Case Is India  

Nozette Intrigue Grows: Spy Suspect Recently Cooperated With Feds In Separate Criminal Probe

Agent Orange Continues to Poison New Generations in Vietnam

Obama’s Bioweapons Program

RELATED:

News Round-up: American Imperialism in AfPak Region

News Round-Up: American Imperialism in the Middle East



International News Round-up

Indian Troops Prepare for Guerilla War With Maoists

A long article about the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 26th, 2008

What Americans Need to Know about Mordechai Vanunu

Russian Federation Council gives president green light to deploy troops abroad

Merde Alors! French Engineers Strike After Yahoo Closes Local R&D Center

France: Former President Chirac Indicted for Embezzlement

English anti-terror cops ask nursery school workers to watch 4 year olds for signs of “radicalization”

Great Britain considers legalizing war crimes.

BREAKING: Leaked UK government plan to create “Pirate Finder General” with power to appoint militias, create laws

Big Brother quiz for new school parents: Officials launch 83-point probe into families’ lives

Police expect Mumbai-style terror attack on City of London

Neoliberalism and the Dynamics of Capitalist Development in Latin America

Bolivian elections: Why did Evo win?

El Salvador’s FMLN welcomes Hugo Chavez’s call for a Fifth International

Is China headed toward collapse?  

China’s military making strides in space: US general

Chinese Government To Police Social Games

New Zealand: “You are no longer innocent till you’re proven guilty.” Police Minister responds: “It’s fantastic, isn’t it?”  

Dominican Republic town blames U.S. firm for birth defects

Photos of Ethiopia’s vanishing tribes

The Interview Ha’aretz Doesn’t Want You To See

Meet Ali Abunimah, the son of a Jordanian diplomat, a Palestinian activist, and the man who brings the hottest news of the struggle to thousands of people. His message: Forget two states, one will be tough enough to get it right.

The Interview before you was commissioned by one of the big newspapers. For a reason that has yet to be clarified, this paper decided not to publish the interview. It’s published here, because it’s the opinion of the editor that it’s important that this be read by the Israeli public.

CIA to Dish out $3 Million to buy silence in Another Narco Scandal

“The CIA’s efforts to undermine Horn’s work in Burma in getting that nation’s government to stem the flow of heroin to the United States should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the “Agency’s” history. It seems the CIA, over the decades, has often found itself in the corner of narco-traffickers and thugs who support the Agency’s covert objectives in areas deemed critical to U.S. special interests – whether that be in Southeast Asia, Central Asia or Latin America.”

Canada’s Military Developing Urban Warfare Camouflage for Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver

Police State Canada 2010 and the Olympic Crackdown

In advance of the 2010 Winter Olympics, critics of the Games have been subjected to surveillance, harassment, along with other intimidation tactics. Voicing opposition to the Olympics appears to be all that is needed for one to be labeled as a security threat. There are concerns over the negative impacts associated with holding the Games, as well as concerted efforts to stifle anti-Olympic expression. As the Coca-Cola/RBC corporate torch relay nears its final destination, the opening ceremonies in Vancouver on February 12, 2010, more protests are expected. The Olympics are providing the perfect cover for many police state measures with ramifications that could leave a lasting legacy.



US & International Economic News Round-Up

News Americas Bolivia summit adopts new currency – Al Jazeera 10/18/09

Asian Leaders Eye EU-Style Bloc  – BBC via Cryptogon 10/23/09 

Latin America plans US dollar replacement – PressTV Iran 10/18/09 

Russia and Iran Now OFFICIALLY Talking of Dumping Dollar for International Trade – Washington’s blog 10/18/09

Senior Australian Politician Warns About U.S. Debt Default Within the Next Few Years – The Age, Australia via Cryptogon 10/23/09

Bailout May Cost $23.7 Trillion – Huffington Post 10/21/09

Hank Paulson Held A Secret Meeting With Goldman Sachs In Moscow – Cryptogon 10/21/09

Real Estate Collapse Entering New Phase: Banks Refusing to Repossess Abandoned Homes, or Even File Foreclosures  – Cryptogon 10/19/09

Losing their lifeline – 7,000 a day – CNN 10/22/09

As the Senate debates whether to extend unemployment benefits, more than 200,000 jobless Americans are set to see their checks stop in October.

Top 10 States make up 55 Percent of United States GDP. 6 of the top 10 States have Unemployment Rates over 10 Percent. – My Budget 360 10/25/09

Revised formula puts 1 in 6 Americans in poverty – AP / Yahoo 10/20/09

A revised formula for calculating medical costs and geographic variations show that approximately 47.4 million Americans last year lived in poverty, 7 million more than the government’s official figure.

The disparity occurs because of differing formulas the Census Bureau and the National Academy of Science use for calculating the poverty rate. The NAS formula shows the poverty rate to be at 15.8 percent, or nearly 1 in 6 Americans, according to calculations released this week. That’s higher than the 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million, figure made available recently under the original government formula.

How a Crashing Dollar Hides Trends – Prison Planet 10/22/09

Many Americans have a hard time wrapping their mind around a declining currency or the hidden tax that is inflation. The U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve understands this and for decades has exploited this issue to slowly siphon off the buying power of the U.S. dollar. Openly they tell the public that they are for a strong dollar policy but every action they take is guided to slowly debasing the currency. Take for example the current stock market rally. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 56 percent from the March lows. A stunning rally only seen one other time in history and we would need to go back to the 1930s for that. Yet at the same time, we have seen a collapse in the U.S. dollar. That is why oil, even though demand is relatively the same, is now back near $80 a barrel. 

Russia drops $22.5bn BoNY Mellon lawsuit  – Financial Times, UK 10/22/09

Russia has dropped its $22.5bn lawsuit against Bank of New York Mellon after agreeing an out-of-court settlement

Citi starts closing Mastercards without warning – MSNBC 10/21/09

Possible Credit Dislocation: Be Warned  – Market Ticker 10/23/09

I am hearing repeated anecdotes from multiple areas that foreclosed property held by banks with multiple full-price offers that include a financing requirement are being sold instead to people with actual cash at radical reductions from that price. This implies that these financing contingencies are regarded as not only potentially no good but factually no good, as if the banks know for a fact that the credit pipeline will (not might), within weeks or months (in the time required to close), disappear. There is no other rational explanation for this behavior. 

Even the Fed Doesn’t Want to Hold U.S. Dollars  – Prison Planet 10/23/09

The above chart shows the dollar’s performance since the Fed announced its Quantitative Easing program in March. This chart tells us two things:

Americans just got 15% poorer on the world stage thanks to Ben Bernanke

A currency crisis is in the works (and perhaps already starting) 

Getting Started In War Tax Resistance – War Tax Boycott 10/22/09

Thank you for your interest in war tax resistance. If you decide to register and resist, you will join a long line of courageous resisters, from Henry David Thoreau’s time to the present. Many of us are angry and frustrated by the U.S. government’s military actions around the world, and it often seems as if there is not much we can do about it. War tax resistance is a powerful way to resist the state and oppose its harmful actions. By conscientiously resisting taxes, you take a solid step towards refusing to be a part of the destruction. Our military can only harm people when citizens allow it. If enough of us withhold from war and pay for peace, we can stop the harm.

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee  – NWTRCC.org

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) is a coalition of groups from across the U.S., formed in 1982 to provide information and support to people involved in or considering some form of war tax resistance (WTR). Affiliate organizations and individual supporters are joined together in a common struggle for a more just and peaceful society. We oppose militarism and war and refuse to complicitly participate in the tax system which supports such violence. NWTRCC sees poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, economic exploitation, environmental destruction and militarization of law enforcement as integrally linked with the militarism which we abhor.



Top International News Round-Up

IMF chief hails ‘new era of collaborative global governance’ – Raw Story 10/4/09

Dead or Alive? Osama bin Laden: A Marketing Tool for US-NATO Military Operations – Global Research 9/11/09

Thinking the Unthinkable: NATO’s Global Military Roadmap – Global Research 10/3/09

An Imperial Strategy for a New World Order: The Origins of World War III – Global Research 10/15/09

Britain: Supranational Banking Organization May Be Needed – Reuters / Cryptogon 10/16/09

Dangerous Crossroads: U.S. Expands Asian NATO Against China, Russia – Global Research 10/17/09

Far from being an isolated case, the joint U.S-Indian operation is emblematic of unprecedented military cooperation between the two nuclear nations over the past few years, in fact a strategic military partnership whose major purposes are to supplant Russia as India’s decades-long main defense ally and arms supplier and to consolidate a U.S.-led military bloc in the Asia Pacific region aimed at containing China and furthering the encirclement of both that nation and Russia.

US to make Blackwater-style entry into Somalia – Global Research 10/17/09

Scientists Warn: South Africa to Run Out of Surface Water – Treehugger 9/30/09

AFRICOM: The Pentagon’s First Direct Military Intervention In Africa – Global Research 8/25/09

Money and Mandarin lessons fuel China’s African invasion – Independent, UK 10/15/09

US documents point to secret Japan nuclear pact – Agence France Presse / There Are No Sunglasses 10/14/09

China Detects Sarin Gas Along Border with North Korea – Cryptogon 10/10/09

Warning Ireland could become police state – There Are No Sunglasses 9/24/09

Former Director BBC Denounces Conspiracy Against Democracy – There Are No Sunglasses 9/23/09

Human guinea pigs! Israel Forces People to Drink Uranium?– Political Theatrics 9/25/09

Israel’s Nuclear Chronology – Nuclear Threat Initiative

VIDEO: Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Factory – Global Research 9/28/09

Goldstone Report Endorsed by UN Human Rights Council – Faster Times 10/16/09

The Faster Times has just learned that the United Nation’s Human Rights Council in Geneva has just voted to endorse the recommendations of the Goldstone Report in a special session held in Geneva. The Goldstone Report was the product of a UN investigation into Israel’s three week military operation codenamed “Cast Lead” that killed upwards of 1400 Palestinians in Gaza, between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009. The report calls for the UN Security Council to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court if the Israelis or Palestinians fail to investigate the alleged abuses themselves.

The vote in the Council was 25 states for, 6 against with 11 abstentions. The recommendations of the Goldstone report will now make its way to the General Assembly where it will be discussed and voted on. If it passes, the report will continue on to the UN Security Council, where it would again have to be voted on to go any further. Israel had lobbied hard to prevent the report’s passage, as the bulk of its findings implicate Israel for conducting alleged war crimes.

A copy of the Human Rights Council resolution can be read here

A copy of the Goldstone Report can be read here

The U.S. Invades and Occupies Pakistan – There Are No Sunglasses 8/30/09

Blackwater suspected of being in Pakistan – Wayne Madsen via Prison Planet 9/8/09

The Decapitation of Pakistan by Its Own Military! – Dissident Voice 10/5/09

Growing questions on death of Benazir Bhutto – There Are No Sunglasses 9/29/09

Head of U.N. Afghan Mission Acknowledges Election Fraud – NYTimes 10/11/09

The Deceit of Depleted Uranium use in Afghanistan – Uruknet 10/14/09

AfPak: War on Two Fronts – Global Research 10/14/09

I was ordered to cover up President Karzai election fraud, sacked UN envoy says – Times, UK 10/5/09

Is Bagram Obama’s New Secret Prison? – Prison Planet 9/17/09

Afghanistan: Where Empires Go to Die – Global Research 9/19/09

Afghanistan for Dummies – Information Clearinghouse 9/3/09

Obama Secretly Authorizes 13,000 More Troops to Afghanistan – Prison Planet 10/13/09

Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has also authorized — and the Pentagon is deploying — at least 13,000 troops beyond that number

Obama Rules Out ‘Biden Option’ on Afghanistan – Yahoo 10/8/09

In a meeting designed to reassure the most hawkish elements of Congress that the war in Afghanistan isn’t going to undergo any sort of radical change, President Obama has reportedly assured that the so-called “Biden Option” is officially off the table.  A long time advocate of war in Afghanistan, and indeed most everywhere else, Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly come to the conclusion that the disastrous war in Afghanistan is no longer worth the effort and has been advocating more scaled back goals and a refocusing of attacks along the Pakistani border

Colombian paramilitaries killed 25,000 people: report – Global Research 10/3/09

Imperial Globalization and Social Movements in Latin America – Global Research 10/17/09

Mercenaries and paramilitaries arrive in Honduras – There Are No Sunglasses 10/13/09

Chemicals, Sonic devices being used in Honduras – Narco News 9/29/09

In El Salvador, An Invasion of American Agriculture – There Are No Sunglasses 9/23/09

Hitman: $25 million bounty on Hugo Chavez – Political Theatrics 9/27/09

Pre and Post-Coup Honduras – Global Research 9/8/09

Worth Watching: Argentina’s Disappeared – The Progressive 9/22/09



INT’L NEWS ROUND-UP: AFGHANISTAN, RUSSIA & ASIA

100,000 Western Troops: US Shifts Counterinsurgency To Asia – Global Research 7/2/09 

US Strategy of Total Energy Control over the European Union and Eurasia – Global Research 7/17/09

New Evidence that Bush Administration Impeded 3 Investigations into Alleged Massacre of Up to 2,000 Prisoners in Afghanistan  – Fresno, CA Bee 7/11/09

Military Escalation: From Afghanistan To the Caspian Sea and Central Asia – Global Reearch 7/10/09

Troops to be sent to Helmand, Afghanistan with just 6 weeks’ training – Daily Mail, UK 8/23/09

Private contractors replacing troops in Iraq, Afghanistan – Examiner 7/15/09

VIDEO: CIA linked to Benazir Bhutto’s assassination? – Global Research 7/14/09

India Joins Russia, China in Questioning U.S. Dollar Dominance – Bloomberg 7/4/09

Tamils Now Languish in Sri Lanka Camps – NYTimes 7/13/09

China, Russia launch large-scale war games – Global Research 7/22/09

Obama’s Visit to Moscow as a Step in the “Grand Game” – Global Research 7/9/09

Russia to give ‘asymmetric’ answer to possible U.S. space militarization: minister  – Global Research 6/17/09

World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Medvedev Announces Programs of Religious Education in Schools – NYTimes 7/22/09

US, NATO, Israeli Military Aid to Georgian Armed Forces  – Global Research 7/30/09

South Ossetia Tries to Disarm Its Citizens – NYTimes 8/15/09

Russia warns of war within a decade over Arctic oil and gas riches – Times UK 5/14/09

The Kremlin has insisted that it is not “militarising the Arctic” but its warnings of armed conflict suggest that it is willing to defend its interests by force if necessary as global warming makes exploitation of the region’s energy riches more feasible.

History Too Long Denied: Japan’s Unresolved Colonial Past and Today’s North Korea Problem – G obal Research 7/22/09

How George Bush Gave Krazy Kim The Bomb – PrisonPlanet 5/27/09

NK warns of ‘dark clouds’ of war – Raw Story 6/25/09

Japan panel wants “first strikes” against enemies – Raw Story 5/24/09

Japan’s Embrace of a Phony War on Terror – Global Research 6/5/09

10,000 Chinese Rioters ‘Go Missing’ Overnight – Sky, UK 8/5/09

China plant stormed over lead poisoning of children – Prison Planet 8/17/09

Japanese cops hassling foreigners on the street for urine drug tests  – Boing Boing 7/1/09 



American Empire Update: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Beyond

Empire of bases – Global Research 3/18/09

737 U.S. Military Bases = Global Empire – Global Research 3/30/09

America’s Imperial Wars: We Need to See the Sickening Reality – OpEd News 4/11/09

The project opened my eyes to something that had never occurred to me: my country’s army was killing civilians. And it wasn’t just killing them. It was killing them, and maiming them, in ways that were almost unimaginable in their horror: napalm, phosphorus, anti-personnel bombs that threw out spinning flechettes that ripped through the flesh like tiny buzz saws, and gunships that randomly spewed out so many projectiles that everything within the range of several football fields was killed or maimed almost instantly (all weapons still in use now)

4,000 Florida National Guardsmen to be called up for active duty – Miami Herald 4/25/09

More than 4,000 Florida National Guard soldiers, including some 600 from South Florida, are to be called to active duty in the next few months in what is the largest mobilization in state history.  Most of the troops called up will be deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Guard spokesman Lt. Col Ron Tittle. Others could be assigned to federal security missions in the United States.

China versus America: ‘Great Game’ for Global Order? – Global Research 4/14/09

‘Dictionary of US Empire-Speak’ – Raw Story 3/4/09

World Depression: Regional Wars and the Decline of the US Empire – Global Research 3/30/09

Civilians fly killing drones for CIA – Raw Story 3/22/09

Seymour Hersh: Secret U.S. Forces Carried Out Assassinations in ‘a Lot of’ Countries, Including in Latin America – Alternet 3/31/09

SPP: Updating the Militarization and Annexation of North America  – Global Research 3/13/09

US, China and the war in Sri Lanka – Global Research 3/24/09

US to build $117M Serbia embassy – Raw Story 3/11/09

The conflict in the Congo is a resource war waged by U.S. and British allies  – Global Research 2/22/09

Black Sea: Pentagon’s Gateway to Three Continents and the Middle East – Global Research 2/22/09

 

IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN

283 Bases, 170,000 Pieces of Equipment, 140,000 Troops, and an Army of Mercenaries: The Logistical Nightmare in Iraq – Alternet 3/30/09

VIDEO: Mercenary Forces in the Middle East War Theater – Global Research 3/19/09

A ‘fraud’ bigger than Madoff – Independent, UK 2/15/09

In what could turn out to be the greatest fraud in US history, American authorities have started to investigate the alleged role of senior military officers in the misuse of $125bn (£88bn) in a US -directed effort to reconstruct Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Media Disinformation: Reframing the War in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a “Class War” – Global Research 4/25/09

Afghanistan: US, NATO Wage World’s Largest and Longest War – Global Research 3/26/09

Afghanistan and Iraq: War Crimes Against Children ascribed to former President Bush  – Global Research 3/21/09

Jim Hightower: Why Are We “Surging” into Afghanistan? – Alternet 2/27/09

Not for nothing is that country called “the burial ground of empires,” “a guerilla’s paradise” and “the theme park of problems.”

Very Bad News: Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base Will Be Obama’s Guantanamo – Alternet 2/22/09

The Afghan air base is to undergo a $60 million expansion, allowing it to hold five times as many prisoners as remain at Gitmo

U.N.: Afghan civilian deaths rose 40% in 2008 – USA Today 2/17/09

American officials predict collapse of Pakistani state– Raw Story 4/18/09

A primer on Pakistan: why it matters – Raw Story 4/18/09

As Political Crisis Deepens, U.S. Special Forces Secretly Train Pakistani Commandos – Global Research 3/1/09 

Secret U.S. unit trains commandos in Pakistan – Int’l Herald Tribune, UK 2/23/09

More than 70 United States military advisers and technical specialists are secretly working in Pakistan to help its armed forces battle Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the country’s lawless tribal areas, American military officials said.

The Americans are mostly Army Special Forces soldiers who are training Pakistani Army and paramilitary troops, providing them with intelligence and advising on combat tactics, the officials said. They do not conduct combat operations, the officials added.

Obama expanding military operations in Pakistan: Report – Raw Story 2/21/09