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Nobel Laureates slam Human Rights Watch
13 July 2014 | In a May 12 letter published on AlterNet (and on the HRI site), two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and over 100 scholars, journalists and human rights activists called on Human Rights Watch to close its revolving door to the U.S. government.


By Lee Jones
THAILAND’S DÉJÀ-[VU]-COUP – WHY THE CURRENT MILITARY INTERVENTION IS AS DOOMED TO FAIL AS THE LAST ONE WAS
5 June 2014 | On May 22, General Prauyth Chan-ocha seized power in what is now Thailand’s twelfth military coup under its current monarch. While the coup was just the latest installment in Thailand’s decade-old social and political crisis, its curious timing and the severity of the junta’s subsequent actions also suggest a subterranean ratcheting up of tensions that many observers had missed. Nonetheless, the coup is doomed to be yet another failed attempt to resolve the underlying crisis through institutional tinkering, rather than what is really required: a new social contract.


By Philip Giraldi
How the Israel Lobby Works
5 June 2014 | The major organizations that comprise the Israel Lobby are well known: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and Christians United For Israel (CUFI). All are well known, benefiting from large budgets and staffs.


By The Vineyard of the Saker
Russians are sub-humans in the eyes of the West (Video)
4 June 2014 | Untermenschen. That is what we are in the eyes of The West. Untermenschen. Subhumans.


Video
Edward Snowden Censored 9/11 Segment - " Had All Info Needed To Detect Plot "
31 May 2014 | .


by Jason Ditz,
US Demands Russia Force Separatists to Surrender in Ukraine
30 May 2014 | The US was remarkably ambivalent about the recent fighting in Donetsk, where over 100 rebels were slain, many of them in attacks on trucks carrying the wounded, but were officially “disturbed” today by news of a military helicopter getting shot down in Slovyansk.


By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
Psychological War In The Financial Markets And The Sino-Russian Gas Deal
30 May 2014 | A natural gas deal between Russia and China was in the works for a long time, so why all the fuss over its unveiling?


A Million People Killed
The Biggest Petroleum Heist in History? By Mike Whitney
25 May 2014 | “Prior to the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, US and other western oil companies were all but completely shut out of Iraq’s oil market. But thanks to the invasion and occupation, the companies are now back inside Iraq and producing oil there for the first time since being forced out of the country in 1973.” – Antonia Juhasz, oil industry analyst, Al Jazeera.


By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
Welcome to Nulandistan: Propaganda and the Crisis in Ukraine (Video)
25 May 2014 | This full length GRTV documentary produced by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya examines the fictitious land of “Nulandistan” (named after Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland) that has been constructed out of Ukraine.


By Lilly Martin
Where is the other half of this film? A critical look at the film reviews of "Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait"
24 May 2014 | I am really proud of this article, which is a critique of the film reviews of a Cannes Film Festival entry called "Silvered Waters: Syria Self-Portrait". In my opinion it is just a war propaganda film which demonizes one side in the Syrian conflict, while never mentioning the other side, who have been brutal and vicious beyond belief.


Syria News
Al-Jaafari: We call on UNSC to prosecute the French government for its crimes against the Syrians (video)
23 May 2014 | Following UN session convoked by France for voting a draft resolution that referring Syrian file to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Syria’s permanent Envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari affirmed Thursday the Syrian Government has taken a number of procedures to bring those involved in the events in Syria to justice.


By Diana JOHNSTONE
That’s the Question...To Understand or Not to Understand Putin
16 May 2014 | In Germany these days, very many citizens object to the endless Russia-bashing of the NATO-oriented mainstream media. They may point out that the U.S.-backed regime change in Kiev, putting in power an ultra-right transitional government eager to join NATO, posed an urgent threat to preservation of Russia’s only warm water naval base in Crimea. Under the circumstances, and inasmuch as the Crimean population overwhelmingly approved, reinstating Crimea in the Russian federation was a necessary defensive move.


By Kourosh Ziabari
A solution to Iran’s nuclear standoff is a boon to the whole world: Dr. Hans Blix
13 May 2014 | Although there are many hawkish politicians across the world who find a peaceful settlement of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program a blow to their interests, one can find many influential voices that have always advocated a viable diplomatic engagement with Iran with the aim of bringing to an end the decade-long nuclear controversy in a constructive manner. The former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Dr. Hans Blix is one of these people.


Aleppo is without drinking water for the 10th consecutive day
The valves are in the hands of terrorists, who want to make people suffer
13 May 2014 | I am in Latakia. Private people, businessmen, wealthy, etc. and Syrian youth groups, which must have gotten donations, have sent thousands of bottles of water today to Aleppo, from here on the coast.


Nobel Peace Laureates to Human Rights Watch: Close Your Revolving Door to U.S. Government
12 May 2014 | The leading human rights organization’s close ties to the U.S. government call its independence into question.


By Nabil Antaki
Aleppo is without drinking water for the 7th consecutive day, and nobody in the West protest
12 May 2014 | .


By Dr Nabil Antaki
A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY IS COMMITTED IN ALEPPO
12 May 2014 | Urgent call of Dr. Nabil Antaki given the seriousness of the situation in Aleppo


By Nabil Antaki
Letter from Aleppo No 17 - 1 May 2014
12 May 2014 | .


By Human rights investigations
Pew Poll: Crimeans happy with “annexation” by Russia, believe referendum was free and fair
12 May 2014 | The latest survey in Ukraine by the Pew Research Center, reveals 91% of Crimeans believe the recent referendum was free and fair and only 4% believe Ukraine is correct in not recognising the referendum results. The poll numbers underline that the official results of the Crimea referendum are a true reflection of the will of the Crimean people.


By Lawson
What Does it Mean to be a Friend of Israel? (Video)
12 May 2014 | A powerful YouTube on "The End of Empire."


By Rupert Cornwell
US accuses Israel of ‘alarming, even terrifying’ levels of spying
10 May 2014 | As Obama aides refer darkly to ‘red lines’ rarely crossed before in decades of mutual eavesdropping, Rupert Cornwell investigates a diplomatic bust-up that reveals how even the closest relationships between allies have unspoken limits.


Human Rights Investigations
BBC propaganda and the shooting of civilians in Mariupol
10 May 2014 | So-called “anti-terror operations” in Mariupol today have seen a number of deaths as Ukrainian military and “National Guard” (an outfit including many virtually untrained neo-fascists) face off against crowds of unarmed protestors. The BBC covered this situation and, whilst admitting the Ukrainian army is killing unarmed civilians, have edited a video to cut out the part where the Ukrainian army shoots two unarmed civilians, including a cameraman and a man who is on his knees with his hands in the air.


By Graham Phillips
Russia Today now the world’s most popular news channel? First news channel to get a billion hits on YouTube
8 May 2014 | .


By Jeff Blankfort
Palestinian Collaboration Overshadows Latest Talks Was the “fix” in?
8 May 2014 | Shortly after the signing of the Oslo accords between Israel and the PLO in 1993, the Jerusalem Post ran a cartoon that depicted a critical aspect of those accords which has rarely been discussed much less acknowledged. In the cartoon, a smiling Yasser Arafat was sitting upright on a stretcher giving a “V” sign. The stretcher bearers were Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.


Ukraine : Democracy caught on camera Mass killing (Video)
7 May 2014 | .


Russia has no intention to send troops into Ukraine – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
29 March 2014 | There is no intention in Moscow to send its troops into eastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. Hopefully, the growing understanding in the West of Russia’s position will allow for a de-escalation of the tension, he added.


YouTube ban: How Turkish officials conspired to stage Syria attack to provoke war
28 March 2014 | “I’ll make up a cause of war by ordering a missile attack on Turkey.” This leaked conversation is coming back to haunt the highest echelons of the Turkish government as it plans a provocation in Syria, while scrambling to contain social media internally.


The Peace Association of Turkey
Turkey will be emancipated from the war gang
28 March 2014 | The tape recording that was released today is a clear proof that Turkey has fallen into the hands of a crime network. Putting heads together; Foreign Minister, Undersecretary of MIT (National Intelligence Organization of Turkey) and senior bureaucrats from both military and civil wings of the State, are working as a gang, who are ready to commit every kind of crime in a neighboring country, namely in Syria.


By Susan Dirgham
Kenneth Roth and “Human Rights Watch”: campaigners for war and terror in Syria
26 March 2014 | The war in Syria has entered its fourth year, yet “Human Rights Watch” and its executive director, Kenneth Roth effectively campaign for its prolongation.


By Mazin Qumsiyeh
Crimean war
3 March 2014 | It is sometimes instructive to learn a bit of history to reflect on current events because if we do not learn from history, we are bound to repeat the tragic history of useless wars. This came to me as I read about the escalating situation in Ukraine, where the US and western countries invested heavily to dislodge the Ukraine (strategically located on the Black Sea) from Russian influence. The coup that toppled the elected government in the capital and Russia’s strong influence in the mostly Russian Speaking Crimean peninsula of the Ukraine threatens to ignite another Crimean war (1854 prelude to many more European wars).



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