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International News Round-Up: Usual Mix of Creeping Fascism, Empire Building, War Crimes and War Posturing

Britain: Man Arrested for Shining Flashlight at Apache Helicopter Hovering Over His House – Cryptogon 10/21/09

US after new military ventures in Africa – Global Research 10/22/09

Canadian Military prepares for worst – Global Research 10/20/09

Russia ‘needs to be’ ready for ‘large-scale conflicts’ – PressTV, Iran 10/23/09

Russia and India To Develop Supersonic Missile Invincible to Interception – Pravda, Russia 10/16/09

Russia pledges to continue arms supplies to Iran – AFP / Google 10/22/09 

Two UN Employees Killed in Falls from Same Building Over Four Week Period  – Cryptogon 10/22/09

UK expert involved in Iran talks dies mysteriously – Prison Planet 10/23/09

BRZEZINSKI PREDICTS ” DEFENSIVE WAR ” IN IRAN!  – EclippTV 10/23/09

This man, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is a major U.S. Power Broker. Either he is giving us a clandestine warning or he has made a howling error. In either case he should be questioned under oath about these comments and their implications. What he says here is basically an admission of State-Sponsored False-Flag Terrorism being practiced within the U.S.A

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

Israeli President: We are buying up Manhattan, Hungary, Romania and Poland – There Are No Sunglasses 10/25/09

The Dark Side of the ‘Special Relationship’ – Antiwar.com 10/21/09

Israel prepares to fight war crimes trials after Goldstone Gaza report – Haaretz, Israel 10/21/09

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who promised a lengthy battle to “delegitimize” the findings of the United Nations commission, also instructed government officials to draft proposals for changing international laws of war.

Obama Quashing Goldstone Report to Cover American Complicity in Israeli War Crimes – There Are no Sunglasses 10/22/09

Israel refuses to comment on receiving US classified information – INN World Report 10/22/09

Israel spying devices found by UN – BBC 10/19/09

Israeli Spying: The Mother of all Scandals – What Really Happened 10/22/09

For two years, the FBI has suspected AIPAC of spying for a foreign country, and for those two years (and for decades before) that group suspected of spying for Israel has been reshaping the US Congress for the benefit of a foreign government.

And THAT is the mother of all scandals.

Think about that as billions of your tax dollars flow to Israel while your roads and schools crumble and decay and services are cut.

Think about that as the coffins come home with your loved ones inside.

Think about that when you and a million of your fellow citizens march down the streets of America opposing wars built on lies and deceptions and wonder why the government just doesn’t want to listen to you any more.

 The Genocidal Meaning of Operation Cast Lead – Political Theatrics 10/21/09

I am not sure that most people understand the meaning of the name “Operation Cast Lead” chosen by Israel for its murderous and criminal attack on Gaza.  The name is borrowed from a Hebrew nursery rhyme which was (and may still be) very popular among Israeli children in the 1950s. In this song, a father promises to his child a special Hannukah gift: “a cast lead sevivon.” Sevivon, in Hebrew (A dreidel in Yiddish) is a four-sided spinning top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Somebody, in the Israeli army, who apparently feels nostalgic about his childhood, decided that if Israeli kids would enjoy a sevivon cast from lead there is no reason why Palestinian children would not appreciate it too.

Military.com covers Sibel Edmonds whistleblower story (studiously avoided by mainstream media) – Military.com 10/22/09

In sworn testimony to attorneys on Aug. 8, Sibel Edmonds described a Pentagon where key personnel helped pass defense secrets to foreign agents or provided them names of knowledgeable officials who were vulnerable to blackmail or co-option.

And firmly rooted in this espionage program in the 1990s, according to Edmonds’ deposition, were two men who, with the election of George W. Bush as president in 2000, found themselves in the Pentagon: Douglas Feith, who would head the Office of Special Plans, and Richard Perle, who would become chairman of the Defense Advisory Board.

“They were 100 percent directly involved,” Edmonds told Military.com. “They were not in the Pentagon [in the late 1990s] but they had their people inside the Pentagon.” One of those people, she said, was Larry Franklin, an Air Force officer assigned to the Office of Special Plans who, in 2003, passed classified information to representatives of the American Israel Public Affairs Office, or AIPAC. By then Feith was leading the OSP.



The Testimony of Sibel Edmonds: Naming Names

Naming Names: More Sibel Edmonds Explosive Testimony On Current and Former Members of Congress – Economic Policy Journal 9/5/09

Sex, bribes and videotape – via Metafilter 9/24/09

FBI whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds, has gone on record with her allegations of government corruption and treason. (previously)

‘Explosive’ Sibel Edmonds Cover Story at ‘The American Conservative’ – Prison Planet 9/19/09

TOP US OFFICIALS REPORTEDLY INVOLVED IN GANGSTERISM – REVELATIONS OF SIBEL EDMONDS – There Are No Sunglasses 9/23/09

Who’s Afraid of Sibel Edmonds? – Lew Rockwell 9/30/09

Sibel Edmonds has a story to tell. She went to work as a Turkish and Farsi translator for the FBI five days after 9/11. Part of her job was to translate and transcribe recordings of conversations between suspected Turkish intelligence agents and their American contacts. She was fired from the FBI in April 2002 after she raised concerns that one of the translators in her section was a member of a Turkish organization that was under investigation for bribing senior government officials and members of Congress, drug trafficking, illegal weapons sales, money laundering, and nuclear proliferation. She appealed her termination, but was more alarmed that no effort was being made to address the corruption that she had been monitoring.

CIA Vet: FBI Whistleblower Edmonds ‘Very Credible – BradBlog 9/30/09

Giraldi, a long time counterterrorism specialist with the CIA commented on the confirmation by 18-year FBI counterintelligence vet John Cole, who, in a published claim yesterday, acknowledged the existence of a “decade-long investigation” targeting the former third-highest ranking official in the Bush State Department, Marc Grossman, as Edmonds has long maintained. Citing Cole’s first-hand experience with the espionage investigations in question, Giraldi told Collins during the interview:

This is something that, presumably, if the mainstream media were interested in it, would be a line of inquiry that would lead to a major investigation. … I’m a former intelligence officer, I find her very credible. And of course, as a former intelligence officer, I’m normally suspicious of these kinds of stories. In this case, John Cole, who obviously had direct access to the investigations going on, is confirming her story.

Former FBI agent backs up Sibel Edmonds allegations of corruption/treachery. – BradBlog 9/29/09

Previous posts on Sibel Edmonds:

8/25/09: American Fascism: Recent News

3/3/08: Top Fascist News: US invades Canada & Pakistan, Danger of American Fascism and more

2/12/08: Sibel Edmonds Must Be Heard

1/22/08: Top International News: Sibel Edmonds, Norovirus outbreaks, Deep Integration and more

1/16/08: Keeping Track of the Fascists: Edmonds, Orwell, Sudden Jihad Sydrome and more



The Global War of Terror: Superpowers Prepare for WWIII and Clamp Down on Humanity

Those in control of the Earth’s resources use the same methods of repression and control on each continent.  We must stand in solidarity with one another, and focus on our commonalities rather than our differences, if we are to make true progress.

Collapsing the Economy in the Buildup to World War III: 11 of the Most Important Economic Events of the Last 11 Years  – Chyco 11/21/08

This is the first time I’ve been linked to this site.  This is a very well written article, and I’m still delving into the links.  I see myself spending quite a bit of time here in the future.

War, Waste, and Moneylenders: factoring social and economic instability into ecological catastrophe and the decline of western civilization – MongaBay 11/12/08

Pirates seize 7 ships in 12 days – USA Today 11/18/08

Blackwater expects big profits from high seas piracy – Raw Story 11/20/08

US: Nuke warfare ‘likely’ in coming decades – Raw Story 11/20/08

U.S. willing to discuss global financial governance – Reuters 10/17/08

“It does not make sense to “put into place regulations in Europe and the United States which are completely different. We should try to align them, and if possible not only in the United States and Europe but at the international level,” Verheugen said.  Verheugen is the EU co-chair of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC), a U.S.-EU government forum created two years ago with the goal of reducing regulatory barriers to trade between the world’s largest trading partners.” 

 

EUROPE

EU “plans to dump” milk, butter in Africa – Global Research 11/21/08

Mediterranean Union agrees on Headquarters, Arab-Israeli role – Global Research 11/19/08

From the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean. Militarization of Strategic Energy Corridor  – Global Research 11/16/08

IMF grants $16.5B loan to Ukraine, approves package for Hungary – USA Today 10/26/08

Exposed: far-right white nationalist party list at Wikileaks: British National Party membership and contacts list

Response from British and Australian newspapers.

Our haven for war criminals – Guardian, UK 11/8/08

Fears over covert DNA database – Financial Times, UK 11/17/08

Police will use new device to take fingerprints in street – Guardian UK 10/27/08

Defence chief will resist any US call to send more troops to Afghanistan – Guardian, UK 11/9/08

The head of the armed forces made it clear yesterday that he would oppose any request from Barack Obama to transfer British troops to Afghanistan from Iraq when they leave Basra next year.

Britain’s Big Brother: Government black boxes will ‘collect every email’ – Global Research 11/6/08

British commander in Afghanistan quits – Reuters 11/1/08 

MPs seek to censor the media – Independent, UK 11/10/08

Britain’s security agencies and police would be given unprecedented and legally binding powers to ban the media from reporting matters of national security, under proposals being discussed in Whitehall. 
The Intelligence and Security Committee, the parliamentary watchdog of the intelligence and security agencies which has a cross-party membership from both Houses, wants to press ministers to introduce legislation that would prevent news outlets from reporting stories deemed by the Government to be against the interests of national security.

Brown says time to build global society – Reuters 11/10/08

Ex-Italian President: Provocateur Riots Then “Beat The Shit Out Of Protesters” – PrisonPlanet 10/30/08

Cossiga says Italian government should “do what I did” under Operation GLADIO – infiltrate protest groups with agent provocateurs

Italy PM argues state secrecy in CIA kidnap trial – Reuters 11/17/08

The letter dealt a potential blow to Italian prosecutors who are trying seven Italians and 26 Americans — the latter in absentia — for the alleged 2003 kidnap.  They are accused of seizing a terrorism suspect, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, in broad daylight on the streets of Milan and flying him to Egypt, where he says he was tortured and held for years without charge.

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev calls for Europe to freeze out US  – Telegraph, UK 10/8/08

Spain Rules Out More Troops to Afghanistan – Global Research 11/11/08

Sarkozy calls for halt to foreign ownership – Times UK 10/21/08

Operation Sarkozy: How the CIA planted one of its agents as President of the French Republic – WUFYS 11/13/08

Diaries of former spy chief Yves Betrand reveal secrets of French leaders – Telegraph, UK 10/9/08

The drug-taking habits, sexual appetites and even the face lifts of some of France’s most senior politicians have been revealed in eye-watering detail after the secret notes of an intelligence chief were leaked.

Paris to quadruple number of CCTV cameras  – Telegraph, UK 10/16/08

 

 

ASIA, RUSSIA, INDIA, PAKISTAN

IMF grants $16.5B loan to Ukraine, approves package for Hungary – USA Today 10/26/08

Chinese hackers stealing US secrets – Raw Story 11/20/08

China is aggressively developing its power to wage cyber warfare and is now in a position to delay or disrupt the deployment of America’s military forces around the world, potentially giving it the upper hand in any conflict

China’s hackers stealing US defence secrets, says congressional panel – Guardian, UK 11/20/08

No Beijing Bailout for Chinese Automakers – Business Week 11/20/08

China Is Attacking The U.S. – Yet We Still Fuel Their Economy. Why? – JustAnotherCoverup 11/21/08

China to become a major military power, and their attacks on the United States are escalating, now with dire consequences

China and Peru agree trade deal – BBC 11/19/08

Chinese hack into White House network – Financial Times, UK 11/7/08

Work stops: Chinese shut factories as economy slows – BBC 11/18/08

Fed Expands Swap-O-Rama to Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Singapore – Implode Explode 10/30/08

South Korea to develop new high-tech battle uniform – Halo fans approve wholeheartedly – EnGadget 11/18/08

Russia gives territory to China – Herald Sun, Australia 10/14/08

Russia considers opening Black Sea Fleet base in Abkhazia – Global Research 11/18/08

Russia to build nuclear reactor for Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez – Guardian, UK 11/18/08

What really happened in South Ossetia? – BBC via There Are No Sunglasses 11/15/08

Russia set to buy `Hermes` drones from Israeli company… – Haaretz 11/15/08

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev calls for Europe to freeze out US  – Telegraph, UK 10/8/08

Obama versus Medvedev: Nuclear Standoff in New Europe – Global Research 11/9/08

Ukraine Hides its Role in the Caucasus War – Global Research 11/13/08

Putin wanted to ‘hang’ Georgian president ‘by the balls’ – Raw Story 11/15/08

George C. Wilson : Perils of Pakistan: Will It Prove to be Obama’s Cambodia? – CounterPunch 11/18/08

Pakistan and U.S. have tacit deal on airstrikes  – Washington Post / MSNBC 11/16/08

The United States and Pakistan reached tacit agreement in September on a don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy that allows unmanned Predator aircraft to attack suspected terrorist targets in rugged western Pakistan, according to senior officials in both countries. In recent months, the U.S. drones have fired missiles at Pakistani soil at an average rate of once every four or five days.

Extra UK troops ‘for Afghanistan’ – BBC 11/13/08

Russian Experimental Tanks – Metafilter 10/16/08

Footage (in Russian) of some concept tanks. Includes human tanks, hydrofoil tanks, rocket assisted tanks and many many more.

Russia warns on Georgia military – Raw Story 11/18/08

Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on Tuesday warned Georgia that any efforts to strengthen its military would be punished more severely than during the countries’ brief August war.

Russia Warns of New Missile Deployment – NYTimes 11/5/08

US begins training Pakistani soldiers – Raw Story 10/23/08

Senate approves nuclear deal with India – CNN 10/1/08

The Senate approved a controversial nuclear deal with India on Wednesday, clearing the way for the United States to export nuclear know-how to India after a ban lasting decades.

GM Genocide, with video – Daily Mail, UK via Cryptogon 11/4/08

Wikileaks obtains 10 years of messages from Osama bin Laden – Wikileaks

“The nearly three hundred page, ‘official use only’ packet from 2004, translated by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service, a division of the CIA, includes interviews with bin Laden from various news agencies and also includes messages he sent directly to the US from the periods of 1994 to 2004. One message includes bin Laden’s denial of having anything to do with the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania.”

AFRICA

French Charge Rwandan Official in 1994 Presidential Assassination – Global Research 11/20/08

EU “plans to dump” milk, butter in Africa – Global Research 11/21/08

The “Northern Corridor Transport System”: Kenya and Rwanda join hands  – Global Research 11/21/08

Regional war fear as 50,000 homeless in Congo in two days – Times, UK 10/29/08

Drilling and Killing: Landmark Trial Against Chevron Begins Over its Role in the Niger Delta – Alternet 10/29/08

U.N. agency: 200,000 newly displaced in east Congo – USA Today 10/24/08

African free trade zone is agreed – BBC 10/22/08

Congo’s Poor Lose Last Possessions – Washington Post 11/15/08

 

 

NORTH AMERICA

Mexico: Interpol Official Involved with Narcotics Trafficking – CNN via Cryptogon 11/20/08

Interpol, which is based in France, announced Wednesday it is sending a team of investigators to Mexico to investigate the possibility that its communications systems and databases are not being used for legitimate law enforcement purposes. The prospect was raised after the arrest of the top official working with the agency in the country.

None of $400 million drug-war aid has reached Mexico yet – Houston Chronicle 11/14/08 

Fed Expands Swap-O-Rama to Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Singapore – Implode Explode 10/30/08

China Is Attacking The U.S. – Yet We Still Fuel Their Economy. Why? – JustAnotherCoverup 11/21/08

China to become a major military power, and their attacks on the United States are escalating, now with dire consequences

China’s hackers stealing US defence secrets, says congressional panel – Guardian, UK 11/20/08

New Agreement Plans for Canadian Military in U.S., and U.S. Military in Canada – The Progressive 11/17/08

Chapter Eleven of NAFTA Remains a Threat to National Sovereignty – Global Research 10/22/08

Canada had role in torture of its nationals: probe – Raw Story 10/21/08

Canada firm on quitting Afghanistan by 2011 – Thaindian 11/10/08

Chinese hack into White House network – Financial Times, UK 11/7/08

  

MIDDLE EAST

Mediterranean Union agrees on Headquarters, Arab-Israeli role – Global Research 11/19/08

From the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean. Militarization of Strategic Energy Corridor  – Global Research 11/16/08

Israeli Air Force chief: We are ready to deal with Iran – Jerusalem Post 11/18/08

Extrajudicial Assassinations As Official Israeli Policy – Global Research 11/19/08

Abu Nidal, notorious Palestinian mercenary, ‘was a US spy’ – Independent, UK 10/25/08

UN suspends food distribution in Gaza after Israel refuses entry – Sydney Morning Herald, Australia 11/14/08

Chronic malnutrition in Gaza blamed on Israel – Independent, UK 11/15/08

The report says the heavy restrictions on all major sectors of Gaza’s economy, compounded by a cost of living increase of at least 40 per cent, is causing “progressive deterioration in food security for up to 70 per cent of Gaza’s population”. That in turn is forcing people to cut household expenditures down to “survival levels”.

Syria blames Israel for uranium traces – AP/Jerusalem Post 11/12/08

Did the Raid Into Syria Signal the Death of International Law? – Alternet 10/30/08

If standard U.S. military doctrine claims any country can be declared “criminal” and lose its sovereignty, the answer is yes.

US military stages raid in Syria– Raw Story 10/27/08

US forces hit alleged smuggling network; Syria calls action ‘terrorist.’

Syria: U.S. may face ‘painful’ measures over raid – Houston Chronicle 11/2/08

Bush’s Last Bullet: Why the US Attacked Syria  – Global Research 11/7/08

 

 

 

Energy Geopolitics: Iran, Turkey sign preliminary deal on gas transfer – Global Research 11/19/08

Ahmadinejad: any aggression against Iran to receive crushing response  – Xinhuanet, China 11/12/08

“Superficial changes in governments and administrations will have no effect on us,” Ahmadinejad said, referring implicitly to the recent results of U.S. presidential election.
 
 

LATIN AMERICA, CARIBBEAN

Venezuela’s Chavez plans alternative financial crisis summit – Global Research 11/18/08

Brazil, Argentina drop dollar for bilateral trade – Int’l Herald Tribune 9/7/08

Rio Group accepts Cuba; Group demands role in global economic order – Global Research 11/15/08

U.N. Condemns U.S. Embargo Of Cuba – Global Research 11/15/08

ECUADOR SAYS CIA INFILTRATED ITS MILITARY – Raw Story 10/31/08

Fed Expands Swap-O-Rama to Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Singapore – Implode Explode 10/30/08

Caracas Journal: Venezuela Positions Itself as a Salon for the Left – NYTimes 11/10/08
Some 200 leftist thinkers from around the world convened in the capital for a few days to discuss transitions toward socialism.

An Hour with Bolivian President Evo Morales: “Neoliberalism Is No Solution for Humankind” – Democracy Now 11/18/08

Bolivian President Evo Morales joins us in the firehouse studio to discuss the election of Barack Obama, US-Bolivian relations, the global economic crisis and more. Morales is visiting the United States at a time when relations between the two countries are deteriorating. Last month, the Bush administration suspended long-term trade benefits with Bolivia over its alleged failure to cooperate in the “war on drugs.” Meanwhile, Morales has given the Drug Enforcement Administration three months to leave Bolivia. He accused DEA agents of violating Bolivian sovereignty and encouraging the drug trade.

Ecuador warning on debt payments – Financial Times, UK 11/16/08

Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s leftwing president, has heightened fears that the Andean nation will default on parts of its $10bn foreign debt, saying an internal audit due this week will determine if the debt is “illegitimate”

Plane to monitor Brazilian tribes – BBC 11/19/08

Brazil is to use a plane equipped with body-heat sensors to monitor uncontacted Indian tribes in the Amazon.

Grenada, 25 Years after the U.S. invasion – The Progressive 10/22/08

Twenty-five years ago this week, President Reagan invaded Grenada. He said it was to protect U.S. national security, though the Caribbean island posed no threat.

Targeting Aristide in Exile – Global Research 11/5/08 



Sibel Edmonds Must Be Heard
February 12, 2008, 7:33 pm
Filed under: Iran, Israel, Middle East, news, nuclear war, Pakistan, politics, Turkey, war, war crimes, war profiteering
Original Sibel Edmond’s article in Murdoch Sunday Times 1/6/08
Sibel Edmonds must be heard (Huffington Post 2/4/08)
EXCERPT: “Sibel Edmonds is the FBI translator turned whistleblower who decided to go public late in 2002 and has been seeking to tell her story about high level corruption in the United States government involving Turkey and Israel. What makes her story particularly compelling is that the corruption relates to the theft and sale of United States defense secrets, most particularly nuclear technology. Sibel obtained her information while translating Turkish language telephone intercepts directed against several Turkish lobbying groups who had contact with senior officials in the Bush Administration, both at the Pentagon and in the State Department. Many of the officials involved are apparently the same neoconservatives who cooked the books to enable the rush to war against Iraq and who are continuing to urge more wars in the Middle East, most notably against Iran and Syria. Several of them are close allies of leading Republican presidential candidate John McCain.”
Found in Translation: Sibel Edmonds Update (American Conservative via MParent 1/22/08)
Pakistan’s Bomb, US cover-up: Sibel Edmonds (Daniel Ellsberg, ConsortiumNews 1/22/08)
There’s one distinct difference between Ellsberg’s article and every other I’ve seen. Why doesn’t he mention Israel?
Kill The Messenger: The Sibel Edmonds story (YouTube via MParent 1/25/08)
FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds’ vindicated over intelligence failings (Independent UK 1/15/08)
EXCERPT: “A report by the department’s senior oversight official, Glenn Fine, said that other accusations made by Mrs Edmonds relating to poor standards in the FBI’s translation department and possible espionage, were supported by witnesses and other evidence. The official said even today the FBI had not properly investigated the claims. “We found that many of Edmonds’ core allegations relating to the [espionage allegation] were supported by either documentary evidence or witnesses other than Edmonds,” the report said.”
Sibel Edmonds: “An investigation into the illicit sale of American nuclear secrets was compromised by a senior official in the State Department, a former FBI employee has claimed.” (Sunday Times UK 1/27/08)