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BSNEWS - 2014-01-24 - Original post - cached version

"The line was crossed when so-called peaceful (ones) started using Molotov cocktails and taking over state buildings."

No government would tolerate what's ongoing. None should. What follows in Ukraine remains to be seen.

Conflict resolution is nowhere in sight. Don't expect...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-24 - Original post - cached version

The media spin machine is again kicking into high gear, perfectly timed to accompany the “Geneva II” Syria peace talks. The lies are necessary to give the Obama administration an upper hand in the peace negotiations, which are not being used to pursue peace, but instead, to accomplish the Obama...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-24 - Original post - cached version

Unlike the second world war, the bloodbath of 1914-18 was not a just war. It was a savage industrial slaughter perpetrated by a gang of predatory imperial powers, locked in a deadly struggle to capture and carve up territories, markets and resources.

The post First world war: an imperial...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-24 - Original post - cached version

In an open letter, published in The Independent on Friday, a coalition of 25 leading aid agencies and charities urged Cameron to sign up for the global resettlement programme for Syrian refugees launched by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The post UK PM urged...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-24 - Original post - cached version

According to the statistics from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the number of under-25s without a job for a year or more increased from 266,000 in 2012 to 282,000 in September 2013, The Daily Mirror reported on Saturday.

Last year’s figure is just under the 285,000 recorded in 1993, when...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-24 - Original post - cached version

US Secretary of State John Kerry's delusions continued as he arrived in Montreux, Switzerland to open the "Geneva II" talks on the ongoing conflict in Syria. Having successfully bullied UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon into rescinding the invitation previously extended to Iran to attend, Kerry...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-24 - Original post - cached version

The battles currently raging in the South of Libya are no mere tribal clashes. Instead, they represent a possible burgeoning alliance between black Libyan ethnic groups and pro-Gaddafi forces intent upon liberating their country of a neocolonial NATO-installed government.

The post The...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-23 - Original post - cached version

Under the pretext of the “Great Syrian Revolution,” civilians, clergymen, women and children are killed, victims are indiscriminately blown up in streets and buildings regardless of their political views or ideologies; books and libraries are burned, graves are dug up and artifacts stolen. In...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-22 - Original post - cached version

King wanted the government to eradicate poverty by providing every American a guaranteed, middle-class income—an idea that, while light-years beyond the realm of mainstream political conversation today, had actually come into vogue by the late 1960s.

The post Remembering Martin Luther...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-22 - Original post - cached version

The 'mainstream media' - that curious collection of elite-run, profit-maximising business interests sometimes known as 'the free press' - performs a similar perceptual trick. In reviewing comparable crimes by the West and its official enemies, it is able to flick between perceiving virtue in '...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-22 - Original post - cached version

That the funds the government already spends on antipoverty programs, if cashed out, would be more enough to raise everyone above the official poverty line. For example, in recent Congressional testimony, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation presents data that suggest that the cash...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-22 - Original post - cached version

The news that Switzerland will hold a referendum on a proposal to provide every citizen with an unconditional grant of 2,500 Swiss francs a month (about $2,800) has sparked renewed interest in the old idea of a universal basic income (UBI). Under such a program, the government would not just top...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-22 - Original post - cached version

2013 was not a good year for the pro-war lobby in the West, but in America, those in favor of military interventions are looking to make it easier for the president to formally declare war.

The post Let’s disappoint those hungry for military interventions in 2014 too appeared first on...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-21 - Original post - cached version

Inequality permeates the social system, taking multiple forms, themselves integrated, because the essential capital-accumulation process requires invidious distinctions, actualized in terms of power arrangements, across the board. Savaging the social safety net, cushioning the profits of...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-21 - Original post - cached version

The Economist has found itself at the centre of another of those “anti-semitic cartoon” rows. The cartoon has upset the Israel lobby because it shows, well, that the Israel lobby has a lot of influence in Congress. The article it illustrated refers to President Obama’s attempts to reach a deal...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-21 - Original post - cached version

[D]irect action, as Dr. King understood it and practiced it, meant bringing a social institution or the society itself locally to a halt, to make the system scream, just like its victims screamed, to bring contradictions to a head, so that everyone could see what the real problem was, that is,...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-21 - Original post - cached version

Journalist Chris Hedges has written that the current liberal class is “expected to mask the brutality of imperial war and corporate malfeasance by deploring the most egregious excesses whiles studiously refusing to question the legitimacy of the power elite’s actions and structures. When...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-21 - Original post - cached version

At the end of the 20th century, California was ranked the sixth largest economy in the world. By 2012, it had slipped to number twelve. It is coming back up, in part because European countries are falling further into recession; but California’s poverty rate remains the highest in the country....

BSNEWS - 2014-01-21 - Original post - cached version

"Do any of these people represent the Syrian people, or even a portion of the Syrian people? Do they even represent themselves, or are they just representatives of the states that created them? This brings us back to what I mentioned earlier: every one of these groups represents the country that...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-21 - Original post - cached version

The farcical thing about the Geneva conference is that it is attempting to promote into power-sharing in Syria “opposition” members who have no democratic credentials and represent a scarcely significant portion of those actually fighting the Assad regime in Syria. What the West are trying to...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-21 - Original post - cached version

“[Blair] was sitting at the head of a table upstairs with about eight other people eating dinner. I think he was out with his family and a few friends,” Garcia said. “I went over to him, put my hand on his shoulder and said, ‘Mr. Blair, this is a citizen’s arrest for a crime against peace,...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-21 - Original post - cached version

The Israelis know only too well the essential nature of the US relationship. They know that Uncle Sam needs them as an imperative for the operation of American economic hegemony in the oil-rich Middle East. That is why the Israelis know that they can at times bite the American hands that feeds...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-21 - Original post - cached version

The Fed’s policy of monetizing one trillion dollars of bonds annually put pressure on the US dollar, the value of which declined in terms of gold. When gold hit $1,900 per ounce in 2011, the Federal Reserve realized that $2,000 per ounce could have a psychological impact that would spread into...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-21 - Original post - cached version

Today saw the release of a report, commissioned by the regime in Qatar via the law firm Carter Ruck, alleging the systematic mass killing and torture of detainees by the Assad regime in Syria. Up to 11’000 people, and perhaps more, could have died in this fashion, according to the report.

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BSNEWS - 2014-01-20 - Original post - cached version

On Friday, a group of young Stratford mums occupied the East Thames Housing Association building (and showroom) and Newham council's housing offices as part of their ongoing fight for decent social housing in Newham.

Their fight is becoming more and more relevant to anyone who does not...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-17 - Original post - cached version

The island has its own parliament, judiciary and treasury, which prints its own currency stamped with the queen's visage and pegged to the British pound. For purposes of free trade, Jersey is treated as part of the European Union and falls under many of the U.K.'s international treaties and...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Michael Hudson sees a parasitic financial industry that looks only to determine how much wealth it can extract via fees, interest income, and tax breaks, rather than providing capital to increase.

The post The “Iron-fisted Kleptocratic Financial Oligarchy” 95% Income Growth Goes to the 1...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-17 - Original post - cached version

In crucial ways – the scale of its attacks on social security, service privatisation and falling living standards for the majority – Cameron's coalition has outdone even Margaret Thatcher. Its austerity programme halted recovery for four years and has cut most people's real terms pay deeper and...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-17 - Original post - cached version

I know that corporations are amoral, profit-driven entities that have no compunction about destroying the planet if they can make a quick buck first. I also know that our political systems have been almost entirely captured by these corporations.

The post Gasland documents our race to...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-17 - Original post - cached version

A team of security and arms experts, meeting this week in Washington to discuss the matter, has concluded that the range of the rocket that delivered sarin in the largest attack that night was too short for the device to have been fired from the Syrian government positions where the Obama...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-15 - Original post - cached version

And there he is, teaching at the Harvard Law School, and advocating torture, crimes against humanity, war crimes against the Palestinians. As you know, he said, `Well, we should just be obliterating their villages. You know, if they do this, there's a terror bombing here, we [should] destroy one...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-15 - Original post - cached version

The US and its Western allies and their regional proxies, such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey, do not want to allow a genuine political process worked out by the Syrian people. The fatal problem with the Geneva II negotiations on Syria, due to open next week in Switzerland, is that the process is...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-15 - Original post - cached version

As preliminary Iran Nuke deal is finalized and set to go into effect next Monday, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is pushing for Congress to pass new sanctions against Iran which would violate and likely nullify the historic agreement

The post AIPAC Still Trying to...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-14 - Original post - cached version

A poll of 1,000 Basra residents showed 85% saying British troops had been a negative effect on the Province.

Given the litany of claims of murder, torture, abuse, theft, against the British army being handled by lawyers in the UK, for Basra region residents, ”negative” seems a bit of an...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-14 - Original post - cached version

When the Russians refused to betray their Syrian allies, Prince Bandar then threatened Russia with the cancellation of the second planned peace conference in Geneva and with the unleashing of the military option against the Syrians the leak imparts.

This leak, which presents a veiled...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-14 - Original post - cached version

The discovery of links connecting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Al- Qaeda is upsetting Turkish politics. Ankara not only actively supported terrorism in Syria, but did so as part of a NATO strategy. For Thierry Meyssan, the case also shows the artificiality of armed groups fighting...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-14 - Original post - cached version

The question provoked in my mind by Cameron’s tribute to Sharon was this. Did he praise Sharon’s “pursuit of peace” because he is ignorant of Sharon’s record, described by Blumenthal as a “bloody career that spanned decades, destroyed entire cities and presided over the killing of countless...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Afghan government figures reveal that 60 per cent of children are malnourished and only 27 per cent of Afghans have access to safe drinking water. Many survive only through remittances from relatives working abroad or through the drug business, which is worth some 15 per cent of the Afghan gross...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Russian intelligence has now reportedly obtained solid proof that Saudi Arabia was directly involved in the twin terror attacks on the city of Volgograd.

The attacks killed more than 32 people and injured over 100 others. Most of the victims were civilians.

The post Russia may hit...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-14 - Original post - cached version

The United Nations General Assembly condemned the 1982 Massacre at Sabra and Shatilla as “genocide.” So what the world is witnessing now are innumerable government leaders, politicians, pundits, professors, intellectuals, media figures and the State of Israel pay formal tribute to a genocidaire...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-14 - Original post - cached version

A “devastating” two hundred and fifty page document, “The Responsibility of UK Officials for War Crimes Involving Systematic Detainee Abuse in Iraq from 2003-2008″, has been “presented to the International Criminal Court, and could result in some of Britain’s leading defence figures facing...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Chris Hedges and NSA whistle-blower William Binney tell Paul Jay that there should be accountability, including the President himself, for the criminal practices used by the NSA against the American people.

The post The Gang Of Eight : Chris Hedges and William Binney on Obama NSA...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Western media portray French conduct in the Central African Republic (CAR) as a benevolent force. “We are there to save lives,” said French President Francois Hollande recently.

This is like lauding a fox in a hen house. The reality is that violence and suffering have largely stemmed as a...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-13 - Original post - cached version

In reality, Bandar bin Sultan is the protégé and successor of Bin Laden; he has deepened and systematized global terrorism. Bandar’s terror network has murdered far more innocent victims than Bin Laden. That, of course, is to be expected; after all he has billions of dollars from the Saudi...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Sharon made a name for himself in 1953 by leading a massacre of Palestinian civilians in Jordan and in 1982, he was Israel’s Defense Minister and led the invasion of Lebanon, during which Israeli soldiers allowed Christian militias to enter two Palestinian refugee camps, Sabra and Shatilla, and...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Is it reasonable that someone in an embassy in London has no way for the next 27 years to leave the building, whilst the Swedes could remedy the situation without significant disadvantage to anyone? That's what Swedish district prosecutor Rolf Hillegren is asking.

The post Swedish...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-13 - Original post - cached version

This week, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior's assertion that al-Qaida's affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has taken over half of Falluja is being parroted in headlines by almost every major media network. But again, it appears that the role of al-Qaida in Falluja is being exaggerated...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-13 - Original post - cached version

California’s eugenics program proved so efficient that in the 1930s, Nazi scientists asked California eugenicists for advice on how to run their own sterilization regime. “Germany used California’s program as its chief example that this was a working, successful policy,” says Christina Cogdell,...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-13 - Original post - cached version

The story was simple, two American congressional representatives were allowed to read the Congressional 9/11 Investigation Report, this time including the areas President Bush had ordered removed. Both congressmen clearly state that the redacted pages of the report place full responsibility for...

BSNEWS - 2014-01-10 - Original post - cached version

“As the weather was dusty, the marine forces based there thought he was enemy and opened fire. As a result of mistaken fire, he was killed,” the spokesman for the governor of Helmand Province, Omar Zwak, told Reuters.

The post Afghan toddler killed by US troops amid heightened tension...

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