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The United States and Russia have achieved many milestones when it comes to relieving tensions between the two superpowers after the Cold War, but it seems that lately those strains have been on the rise.

Russia has been more than vocal over its opposition of the US missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, and now Russia plans on implementing a visa ban on American officials to counter the US banning Russian officials for alleged human rights violations.

David Swanson, campaigner for Roots Action, joins us with more on the matter.

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نیک پاکپور - تراژدی تاریخی 28 مرداد

تراژدی تاریخی 28 مرداد

سیر و سیاحتی به مناسبت 61 مین سالگرد کودتای ننگین 28 مرداد

گوینده: نیک پاکپور

پیش از اینکه با سنبه وسوندی سنباننده به سفتن مدخل ومجرای، بحثی تاریخی، در مورد کودتای 28 مرداد سال 1332 خورشیدی ایران را، باز کنم، لازم می بینم که نخست بطور مختصر و مرخم ومفید، اشاراتی نیز داشته باشم به شیوها وشگردهای شیادانه و شعبده بازانه تعداد بسیار، بسیار اندکی از مائوئیست های متاسیون شده و کمونيیست های Quisling شده به همراه مونارکیست های منحط و متواری، مومیایی شده، که درطی دهه های گذشته، بویژه پس از انقراض و اضمحال یا انحطاط بساط سلطه و سیطره ارتجاع ، استعمار و استکبار جهانی در ایران، که اغلب بخاطر مزد و معاش در جهت ارتزاق و ارتشاف شخصی و شکمی، با تغذیه از اسناد استفراغ زده شده و آروغ زده شده ارتجاع جهانی، بسان رجاله گان سیاسی، با رجزخوانی رذیلانه، برای رضی و راضی نگهداشتن دشمنان دژنام ایرانی، در رسانه ها و روزنامه های باصطلاع فارسی زبان زیر سیطره و ساطور سیاه سازمان های اطلاعاتی lntelligency چون CIA امریکا و MI6 انگلستان و DGSE فرانسه، BND آلمان و موساد اسرائیل بنام صدای امریکا و رادیوی فریب و Fradulent فردا، بی بی سی، رادیوی RFI، رادیوی دویچه وله فارسی، صدای شوم Zionism جهانی، یعنی اسرايیل، البته با مدد سفسطه ولی با سکسکه سفیل ، سفیهانه و سالوسانه، علیه سیمای ستبر مردم ایران یا سخن پراکنی کرده یا با کمک مستقیم و غیر مستقیم Benefit سیاسی ارتجاع جهانی، مرتکب نسک و نشر و جهل، جوزن وجادوگری تاریخی شده اند، و بارها و بارها به کرات و مرات با کراهت و گژبینی گزند گونه در سنگر گزیزگاه دشمن با کرنش و کمر خم کنی خماننده ولی با نیش و نیشتر و نیرنگی فریبنده، برای توجیه و تطهیر و تبرئه عاملان و قاتلان و خائنان داخلی و خاری کودتای 28 مرداد، نوکربابانه یا نطق کرده یا نسک نگاشته اند. لطفآ بقیه را در video توجه فرمائید!

 


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بنیاد بریکس و بیم غرب
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نیک پاکپور - دیو داعش و نقش غرب

دیو داعش و نقش غرب

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Human rights in Germany

At least four German security guards working for a private firm are being investigated over the repeated abuse of asylum seekers.Several photos and a video have surfaced, showing incidences of ill-treatment of refugees, at a centre in Burbach in the west of the country. One image shows the foot of a German security guard pressed against the neck of an Algerian asylum seeker.Police raided the centre and questioned guards and refugees after a local journalist received a DVD showing the abuse.…READ MORE : http://www.euronews.com/2014/09/29/photos-show-abuse-of-asylum-seekers-by-security-guards-in-germanyWhat is in the news today? Click to watch: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSyY1udCyYqBeLGPTLVZMp8kczDH7_5Nieuronews: the most watched news channel in EuropeSubscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=euronews euronews is available in 14 languages: https://www.youtube.com/user/euronewsnetwork/channelsIn English:Website: http://www.euronews.com/newsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/euronewsTwitter: http://twitter.com/euronewsGoogle+: http://google.com/+euronewsVKontakte: http://vk.com/en.euronews

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Turkish-Syrian Border "A Great Hole" in Obama

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Turkish-Syrian Border "A Great Hole" in Obama's UN Speech

Vijay Prashad says Obama's comments on enforcing international norms have no credibility with most people around the world and are aimed at appeasing liberal unease

Turkish-Syrian Border "A Great Hole" in Obama's UN Speech
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How the U.S. Concocted a Terror Threat to Justify Syria Strikes, and the Corporate Media Went Along

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Is the anti-ISIS Campaign an Attempt to Renew War Against Assad?

Glen Ford: The U.S.-Saudi strategy of using jihadists as proxies in their wars is collapsing before our very eyes

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Glen Ford is a distinguished radio-show host and commentator. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America's Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. In 1987, Ford launched Rap It Up, the first nationally syndicated Hip Hop music show, broadcast on 65 radio stations. Ford co-founded the Black Commentator in 2002 and in 2006 he launched the Black Agenda Report. Ford is also the author of The Big Lie: An Analysis of U.S. Media Coverage of the Grenada Invasion.
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Is the anti-ISIS Campaign Attempting to Renew War Against Assad?SHARMINI PERIES, EXEC. PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. Also, welcome to this edition of The Glen Ford Report. Glen is coming to us from Plainfield, New Jersey.
Glen, thanks for joining us.
GLEN FORD, EXEC. DIRECTOR, BLACK AGENDA REPORT: Thanks for having us.
PERIES: So, Glen, you want to do an update to a segment you have already done on the ISIS, and particularly pending President Obama's speech on Wednesday. So what are you working on?
FORD: Well, we actually have been working on this for the last three years. We've been predicting that the jihadists that the U.S. and its allies have been using as proxies, as foot soldiers in the imperial wars in North Africa and the Middle East, that those proxies would turn against the United States. We said that three and a half years ago. And now it is dramatically transpiring.
So, as an update, it's now become quite clear, and it will becoming more clear in the next few days, that the U.S. is going to try to turn this anti-ISIS campaign--a campaign that President Obama seems physically very uncomfortable with, for some very fundamental reasons--they're going to try to turn this anti-ISIS military campaign into a renewed war against the Syrian government. And he has already telegraphed that it will be a long war. Long wars mean very expensive wars. He says it will be a three-year campaign. In short, under the guise of taking the war against ISIS, this air war against ISIS, deep into Syria, the U.S. is going to attempt to become the air force for those so-called moderate Syrian rebels, forces that actually don't exist, but become an air force for them as the United States and its NATO allies did for the jihadists in Libya three years ago.
And to create this force on the ground that actually does not exist in terms of moderates, the United States wants to give those folks these imaginary people. I'm sure that they will somehow appear if the United States gives them the $500 million that Obama has set aside for them pending congressional approval.
But this is a bankrupt policy. The United States is doubling down on the bankrupt policy, even as it has collapsed, because it has no other choice. That is, the U.S. and its allies don't have any natural allies as foot soldiers in the region. Everybody hates the United States. To be associated with the United States is treason in that part of the Arab and Muslim world. So you have to get Islamists and get some kind of convergence, temporary can political convergence with them in order to attack the people that you want to attack, which is the secular governments of Libya, now destroyed, and of Syria, which the U.S. is in the process of attempting to destroy.
So the project continues. Now it has this stop-ISIS, humanitarian, anti-beheading flavor, but the mission is still the same. And therefore we can say with absolute certainty that the United States is going to try to act as an Air Force for supposed Syrian moderates over the next three years in Syria, using the presence of ISIS as an excuse.
And what they've also doing here--and you see more and more of this in The New York Times and The Washington Post and all these other corporate opinion leaders. You see them including this line that's always come out of the so-called Free Syrian Army, that there somehow is a relationship between the government of President Assad in Syria and ISIS, that Assad avoids attacking ISIS, and ISIS avoids attacking Assad. This, of course, is ridiculous, not based in fact, but it's the political line they're putting forward to somehow justify these forces that they are assembling, supposedly to attack ISIS, engaging against the Assad government, which has been the target all along and was why the United States armed and financed all of these jihadists, including ISIS, which is godfathered by the Americans and the Turks and the Qataris and the Saudis and NATO in general.
PERIES: Glen, when we have seen such horrific depictions of beheading of American citizens, what is a more rational response to these kinds of incidences?
FORD: Well, it's no more pleasant to die from being incinerated by U.S. drones or U.S. manned aircraft or just conventional weapons of any kind than being hands-on beheaded. In fact, the United States leads the world in industrial killing. I don't think that you are I would opt to be obliterated by the drone as opposed to being beheaded. I don't think I'd have a choice in the matter. But I do know that a lot more people are obliterated by industrial-strength war as carried on by established powers than by the ISISs (if that's the plural) of the world.
PERIES: And finally, Glen, I know that given how critical you have been about President Obama's foreign-policy, you probably wouldn't get to his ear. But if you were to be able to whisper some common sense in his ear before the upcoming address on Wednesday, what would you be saying to him?
FORD: The point here about this ISIS story--and it is a huge story. And the story is not about the savagery and beheading that ISIS's troops engaged in. The real story is that the U.S.-Saudi strategy, long-standing, 40 years of using jihadists as proxies in their wars, is collapsing before our very eyes. It has collapsed totally in Libya, where it was so prominently used, in that there is a war going on in which the Saudis and the Qataris are on opposite sides of the jihadist war, that is, jihadists who are fighting their own minds. Whatever that is that is. And those who are more aligned with the West are fighting it out on the ground. And the Egyptian leaders--Sisi is acting as the new Mubarak, and even closer to home for the Saudis, the Qataris and the Saudis and the Kuwaitis and the Emirates are all arguing among themselves and calling each other names in terms of which jihadists they are supporting. And the reason they are doing that is because they are afraid for the safety of their own heads now that this jihadist Jeannie has been let out the bottle. Those of the big stories. Not American journalists getting beheaded.
PERIES: Thank you so much for joining us, Glen.
FORD: Thank you.
PERIES: And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.
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Fueling Fight: US to arm Kurdish forces in Iraq to battle ISIS militants
Published on Aug 12, 2014
Militia forces in Iraq's Kurdistan are to be armed by US in an attempt to prevent it falling fully into the hands of ISIS militants. RT's Gayane Chichakyan reports

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Underestimating ISIS:US

Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for the Secretary of State, says the US military’s failure to understand and adequately respond to ISIS underscores America's decades-long blunders in Iraq

Underestimating ISIS: An Indictment of Decades of Failed US Policy in the Middle East
Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for the Secretary of State, says the US military's failure to understand and adequately respond to ISIS underscores America's decades-long blunders in Iraq -

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Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on US national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department at the George Washington University entitled "National Security Decision Making."

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CrossTalk: Reluctant coalition

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Dilma Rousseff believes such military interventions pose a serious threat to world peace, “Each military intervention leads not to peace, but to the deterioration of these conflicts. We witness a tragic proliferation in the numbers of civilian victims and humanitarian catastrophes. We cannot allow these barbaric acts to increase, harming our ethical, moral and civilizational values”. As an example she mentioned, “the tragic national destructuring of Iraq; the serious insecurity in Libya; the conflicts in the Sahel; and the clashes in Ukraine”. Media always remembers her September 2013 United Nations speech when she lambasted the total spying of the United States, including those whom America considers to be its friends. American journalist Glenn Greewald described the details of US eavesdropping operations when the conversations of Dilma, her relatives, the members of government, power structures and other government agencies officials were tapped. 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The real support to the Silva’s election efforts on the part of Brazilian and foreign industrialists is much more significant.The US special services use their secret funds for propaganda efforts in Brazil. They spread around fake information to discredit those who belong to the Dilma’s team, the members of government and some activists of the ruling Workers Party. It’s easy to understand why Setubal wants Silva to come to power – it’s the best way to put an end to the case in court as Itau bank has been brought charges against accused of tax evasion. The sum in question is 18, 7 Brazilian reals. Six years ago Itau and Unibanco banks merged. 11, 8 billion reals were not paid as income tax, as well as 6, 8 billion of interest, social and penal damage payments.During her first tenure Dilma Rousseff proved she was an ardent fighter against corruption. The second term will give her a chance to modernize the country, create favorable social and political conditions for making millions of Brazilians involved in the process. The news of Marina Silva’s sudden rise to the candidacy of Socialist Party (instead of Eduardo Campos who died is an air crash that occurred under the most suspicious circumstances) is losing the effect. She finds it real hard to cope with the mission of pretending to be a politician concerned with the fate of the common people. Psychological pressure during the race is high, Silva often pulls blunders, for instance she diminutively spoke about the poor saying she doubted the expediency of providing them with government support. It’s rather shocking as Marina Silva herself belongs to those who made it from rags to riches.A Datafolha poll conducted a week before October 5 showed that Dilma boasted the support of 40% of voters, the figure was 27% for Silva and 18% for Aesio Neves, the candidate from the Social-Democrats. Dilma has real good chances in the run-off election (October 26) with 47% ready to vote for her in comparison with 43% supporting Silva. With a deviation of 1-2% Dilma is to become a winner if the United States does not stage a massive provocation against her.In New York journalists tried to know what Dilma thinks about her run-off election chances. She shied away from giving an answer. Dilma said that, as she had explained before, she never comments on forecasts no matter what polls said. A Brazilian reporter made one more attempt to get a word from her asking if her mood was better as the recent polls raised her chances. Dilma said with a broad smile,”Dear, I remain hilarious. Otherwise life is not worth anything. You do agree, don’t you?” she said.
  • First domestic Ebola case diagnosed in US
    First domestic Ebola case diagnosed in US By RT The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Tuesday that the first domestic case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States of America.On Monday, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas admitted a patient into strict isolation to be evaluated for potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history, according to the hospital’s statement.By Tuesday afternoon, the CDC received preliminary blood test results back, confirming that the patient was struck with the deadly disease marked by hemorrhagic fever.The victim had recently traveled to Liberia, leaving the West African country on September 19, and arriving in the US on the following day. The patient had no Ebola symptoms when leaving Liberia or entering the United States, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a press conference.Around September 24th, the patient began developing symptoms, which are often non-specific, Frieden noted. On Sunday, the victim initially sought care for those symptoms, and on Sunday he was admitted to the Texas hospital and put in an isolation ward. The patient is currently “critically ill,” according to the CDC director.“It does not appear the individual was involved in the response to Ebola, but we will investigate to learn more,” Frieden said.Ebola does not spread during the eight-to-10-day average incubation period, which can last as short as two days or as long as 21 days. All air travelers leaving West Africa are screened for fevers both before and after the flight.“We [health professionals] all had been planning to look at what our next steps are if there is a confirmed case,” Dallas County Health and Human Services director Zachary Thompson said to KTVT Monday night. “Again, we have to do the public health follow up to see what contacts, where this individual has gone since they arrived here in Dallas. There are a number of things that have to be looked at.”Thompson reminded North Texans who may have come into contact with the patient that the disease, while contagious, is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids. “The key point is, if there’s been no transmission, blood, secretion, any type of bodily fluids by the infected person to someone else, then that [infection] risk is low to none.”On Tuesday, Thompson further sought to calm fears in Dallas. "This is not Africa," Thompson told WFAA. "We have a great infrastructure to deal with an outbreak."Officials are working to identify anyone who has come into contact with the patient since he returned from Liberia, will monitor them for symptoms over the next 21 days to see if they develop a fever. If they do, then their contacts will be identified and monitored.“The bottom line here is that I have no doubt that we will control this importation, this case of Ebola so that it doesn’t spread widely. It is possible a family member or friend could develop the disease in next couple weeks,” Frieden said. “This is core epidemiological work.”The CDC is dispatching a team of epidemiologists and other experts to Texas in response to the preliminary Ebola diagnosis. There are currently over 130 agency experts in West Africa as well.According to statistics released by the CDC in conjunction with the World Health Organization, the virus has infected 6,574 people in West Africa and killed 3,091 of them. On Friday, the WHO warned that the figures “vastly underestimate the true scale of the epidemic.” The deadly virus is ravaging parts of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with smaller outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal. The situation in Senegal, where the disease arrived at the end of August, remains stabilized, the WHO announced in mid-September.  
  • Nearly $1bn already spent on US military campaign against ISIS
    Nearly $1bn already spent on US military campaign against ISIS By RT The US-led military operation against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants has likely so far cost between $780 and $930 million, according to an estimate by Washington-based think tank specializing in defense issues.The estimate is part of a report attempting to forecast how much the operation might cost in the future. It was published on Monday by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), that’s influential with the US Department of Defense.The think tank’s defense experts, many of whom are military veterans, have used a figure given by the Pentagon itself, which said that the military operations against the Islamic State cost $530 million through August 26.The group’s own estimate covers the period from August 27 through September 24 and is based on “what is publicly known about the number of targets struck, the types of aircraft and munitions used, the basing options available to US forces in the region, and the number US ground forces in the region.”The various costs associated with the military actions against the IS have been reflected in a graphic, issued by the CSBA. “The total cost to date from mid-June through September 24 is likely between $780 and $930 million,” the report says.It further comes up with possible estimates of three scenarios of the way the military operation will develop in the region.“Assuming a moderate level of air operations and 2,000 deployed ground forces, the costs would likely run between $200 and $320 million per month,” the study says.If the airstrikes moderately intensify and 5,000 ground forces are deployed, the cost would be driven to $350 and $570 million per month.Finally, if the military campaign “expands significantly” and 25,000 US troops are deployed, the monthly cost of the operation might grow to $1.1 to $1.8 billion.Annually the first scenario would cost the American budget $2.4 to $3.8 billion per year, while the third, highest-intensity, one would require the US to spend $22 billion.The US started the military operation against the Islamic State in June 2014 by increasing support to Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting the extremist group.The US airstrikes against the Islamic State targets in Iraq were launched August 8 and in Syria September 23. President Obama made a decision on the airstrikes without the authorization of the US Congress. Lawmakers might not vote on the move until next year, congressional aides told Reuters on Monday.Members of Congress left Washington in mid-September to campaign for upcoming elections. They will return in mid-November and will likely be reluctant to vote on authorization for the use of military force in Iraq and Syria in the last weeks of the current Congress.President Obama announced crackdown on the Islamic State group in a landmark September 10 speech. He specified that American ground troops would not be involved in the fight against the militants.Senior US military officials have, however, not excluded the ‘boots on the ground’ option. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said in mid-September that should Obama’s current strategy not yield the desired results, he would recommend deploying American troops on the ground.Estimates on the possible cost of the military campaign have varied. Last week, a defense spending expert, Gordon Adams, a professor of US foreign policy at American University, told Huffington Post he estimated the United States' war on the militant group could be costing taxpayers up to $1.5 billion a month.    
  • ‘Join the invisible to make the impossible’: Israel’s Mossad now recruits agents online
    ‘Join the invisible to make the impossible’: Israel’s Mossad now recruits agents online By RT Israeli intelligence has given up to modern trends and introduced an online questionnaire for would-be spies. Unlike the businesslike CIA or MI5 web draft campaigns, Israelis are luring volunteers with mystery halo always shrouding Mossad’s activities.Mossad has become one of the last intelligence agencies in the world that vouchsafed to recruiting volunteer spies online, facilitating the induction process for those who always wanted to be a secret agent, but considered it unattainable.The agency’s online recruiting website, available in Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Persian and Russian, looks like a creatively designed product, wrapping spy activities in bright and attractive packaging. The intelligence outlet calls on to potential candidates to “create history,” make their life and “join the invisible to make the impossible.”The internet resource contains general information about Mossad, its history, directors and an initial online job application. In case a candidate is invited for an interview, there are three more detailed forms to be completed by hand: a medical confidentiality/information authorization, security questionnaire and another security questionnaire for a spouse/partner.The promotional campaign of the Mossad recruitment site also implied production of a short video depicting the secretive activities of the agency’s members, dealing with high-tech equipment such as drones and communication devices, called to inspire espionage enthusiasts to join Mossad ranks. In the foreword to Mossad’s new recruitment project agency’s Director Tamir Dean Pardo acknowledged that the website gives only a “brief glimpse of the Mossad,” revealing only a little of its past and activity, because “MOSSAD's operations and activity are secret and its people remain anonymous.”“We must continue to recruit the best people into our ranks so that the Mossad might continue to lead, defend and allow for the continued existence of the state of Israel,” Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo said in a statement preceding the launch of the recruitment website. “The Mossad's qualitative human capital is the secret of our success.”According to Associated Press, total video surveillance worldwide has made it highly difficult to interview those interested in Mossad job without other parties getting to know that recruitment has taken place, leave alone possible candidates visiting Israeli embassies.“It's the 21st century. This gives them the chance to reach the kind of people they have never reached before,” former Mossad employee Gad Shimron, the author of ‘Mossad Exodus’, a book about secret operation of bringing Ethiopian Jews to Israel, told Associated Press. So far the agency preferred to search for new employees in an old manner, Shimron said the Mossad used to be more of an ‘old boys’ network’ with friends recruiting their friends and family members, occasionally offering “interesting jobs” to those with multiple passports and a proper security clearance from their military service,” the former agent revealed.“They've got nothing to lose. If you throw out a line you may hook a fish,” Shimron said, naming internet communication as a good option to look for new employees, even though there potentially could be those who try to infiltrate Mossad’s structures for counterespionage reasons. But Mossad can sort out the black sheep, assured Shimron.Mossad promises that any personal data received from applicants would be absolutely safe and never go public. Still, the agency advises to fill the online forms out on a safe computer and eliminate browser history once the job is done.The Mossad, Hebrew for ‘the Institute’, is short for the ‘Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations’ founded in 1949.While the very existence of the state of Israel in extremely unfriendly environment serves an illustrative evidence of effectiveness of the national intelligence, Mossad has become most renowned for its elimination operations abroad, targeting first former Nazis responsible for Holocaust, then against terrorists who attacked Israelis anywhere in the world, such as the killing of the leaders of Palestinian group Black September, which was behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and a number of killings of Israeli citizens across Africa, Europe and the Middle East, reported AP. Coffins of Israeli olympic team victims of the Palestinian hostage-taking are transported on military vehicules at Lof airport, Israel, 08 September 1972. (AFP Photo/Str)Mossad allegedly was behind a series of murders of Iran’s nuclear scientists, which even forced the US President Barack Obama to call on to Tel Aviv to stop such operations, though Israel has never publicly claimed responsibility for the attacks.Efraim Halevi, former Mossad chief, told RT’s ‘In the Now’ anchor Anissa Naouai that the practice is in no way new as it began 14 years ago, when he was the ninth director of the agency (1998-2002).“I was the first person who instituted this then-novelty, to go public and use modern media to appeal the public and try to get the best possible candidates in the country for the Mossad,” Halevi said, recalling that creation of a web portal met fierce opposition from the leaders of the organization.“They felt that this was something unacceptable in terms of organizational culture of the Mossad, which is a secret organization,” Halevi said, adding that he knew it was a “wonderful idea,” ahead of its time which has now “become fashionable” with other intelligence agencies worldwide.Efraim Halevi flatly denied allegations that Mossad has been operating as an assassination squad eliminating the enemies of Israel.“Mossad is not an assassination squad, Mossad is a secret intelligence service of the state of Israel, just as the SVR (Russia’s Exterior Intelligence Service) is the secret intelligence service of the Russian Federation, like all other intelligence services in the world, with the same functions,” Halevi told RT, stressing that Mossad does not need to improve its image, because of its high effectiveness as the agency succeeds in most of its operations.
  • Iran to arm Lebanon against terror threats: Shamkhani
    Iran to arm Lebanon against terror threats: Shamkhani By presstv A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic will soon supply the Lebanese army with necessary military equipment to help the nation deal with the threats it is facing.Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani, who is in Lebanon to hold talks on defense cooperation, made the announcement following a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam in the Lebanon's capital, Beirut, on Tuesday.The Iranian official said Iran’s assistance will be delivered to Beirut during an upcoming visit by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan to Lebanon.He said that the Islamic Republic has no red lines for providing military aid to Lebanon to help it in the fight against terror and consolidate stability and security in the country.Shamkhani also held talks with Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday, where the Iranian official praised the role of the resistance movement in defending the security and stability in Lebanon.“Undoubtedly, Lebanese society will always be indebted to the rare and heroic diligence of … Hezbollah in countering the threat of Takfiri terrorism,” Shamkhani said.He referred to the Lebanese nation’s trust in Hezbollah as the movement's main “asset” which ensures the enhancement of its role and performance as a balancing force in Lebanon's political and security arenas.Nasrallah, for his part, pointed to the unprecedented and complicated threats facing the region and said fighting Takfiri terrorism, preventing the spillover of the crisis and insecurity to Lebanon as well as safeguarding and boosting national unity are the resistance group’s priorities.The Hezbollah leader hailed Iran’s support for the resistance movement and the anti-terrorism campaign, saying countering the rising threat posed by Takfiri terrorism necessitates adopting sincere measures far from suspicious and double-standard conduct.Heading a high-ranking political and security delegation, Shamkhani arrived in the Lebanese capital on Monday night.Over the past months, Lebanon has been suffering from terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda-linked militants as well as random rocket attacks, which are viewed as a spillover of the conflict in Syria.Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011 with ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently controlling parts of it mostly in the east.YH/HMV/HRB
  • De-Manufacturing Consent- War & Empire: The Instruments of 21st-Century Tyranny
    De-Manufacturing Consent- War & Empire: The Instruments of 21st-Century Tyranny By Guillermo Jimenez | September 29, 2014 Guillermo Jimenez Presents Abigail Hall On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Abigail Hall, a research fellow at the Independent Institute and a graduating PhD student at George Mason University. We discuss Abigail’s latest paper published in the Independent Review titled “Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Control.”Abigail explains how coercive foreign interventions can produce a “boomerang effect” that leads to a loss of liberty for the domestic population. We discuss how war and the expansion of the American empire have given rise to the police and surveillance state in the United States.What does the US invasion and occupation of the Philippines in 1898 have to do with the NSA and the modern-day domestic surveillance apparatus? How did the Vietnam War lead to the creation of SWAT teams and the militarization of local police? How can the public cope with the “paradox of political power,” and retrain the US government internationally and domestically?Listen to the Preview Clip Here
  • Obama the American Salesman of War
    Obama the American Salesman of War By Finian CUNNINGHAM | 30.09.2014 | 00:01 "Strategic Culture Foundation" In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly last week, Obama sounded less statesman and more salesman, with the usual pitch that American leadership is all benevolent and virtuous. America is pursuing, America is committed, America is prepared… and so on and on went the tiresome egocentric rhetoric.But like a dodgy salesman, the “goods” that Obama is hawking are downright fake. Caveat Emptor: buy it at your peril. Not only that, but the entire presentation to the potential buyers is littered with sly mendacity and ridiculous falsification of world events.The US president used his address to the 69th UN session not to genuinely explore a collective solution to pressing world problems but rather as an opportunity to indulge in “American exceptionalism” – the deluded notion that America is magnificent and superior to all other nations. Obama’s speech was a breathtaking falsification of the real causes underlying many of the security threats facing the world, and an opportunity for him to shift the blame on to others.As Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out, Obama disgracefully labelled Russia as a global threat along with the Ebola epidemic in Africa and Islamic State terrorism in the Middle East.Obama told UN delegates: “As we gather here, an outbreak of Ebola overwhelms public health systems in West Africa, and threatens to move rapidly across borders. Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition. The brutality of terrorists in Syria and Iraq forces us to look into the heart of darkness.”He then went on to corral the rest of the world under American leadership. “We call upon others to join us on the right side of history – for while small gains can be won at the barrel of a gun, they will ultimately be turned back if enough voices support the freedom of nations and peoples to make their own decisions.”It was an astounding distortion of history in which the culpable role of the US in multiple conflicts is glibly airbrushed out of the picture, replaced by Russia in the case of Ukraine, instead of acknowledging the destabilising role that Washington played by orchestrating a coup in that country.Obama skimmed over conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Palestine, Ukraine casting them as unconnected or the fault of someone else, yet in all these conflicts the hand of the US is indelibly present.As for the “brutality of terrorists in Syria and Iraq”, Obama obfuscated by telling us to “look into the heart of darkness” – whatever that platitude means – instead of looking into the CIA payrolls and arms inventories to see how Washington has directed these “jihadist” mercenaries in its regime-change operation in Syria.The upshot is not only a distortion of the actual cause-and-effect of world problems, and not only a slanderous misattribution of blame, the insidious outcome is that the real culprit is rehabilitated as a saviour to the world. “Join us on the right side of history,” Obama entreated the assembled nations, as if the murder of 1.5 million Iraqis from America’s 2003 illegal war never happened.Since Obama made his address at the UN on Wednesday, US-led air strikes have continued unabated on Syria and Iraq. It is significant that the bombing campaign in Syria within a matter of days is already on a much greater scale than in Iraq, where US warplanes began conducting air strikes against IS militants a month ago. This is because regime change in Syria is the real American objective behind the whole anti-IS ruse.Washingtonis avidly highlighting the fact that its so-called anti-IS coalition bombing Syria includes five Arab states: Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.The British are now sending fighter jets to join air strikes in Iraq, along with the US and French. The American-approved Baghdad government (formed after Washington insisted Nouri al Maliki had to go) has given its consent to the US-led aerial campaign. But this is not the case in Syria.That lack of consent, plus the absence of the UN Security Council mandate, makes the US-led intervention in Syria illegal, as Moscow rightly points out. It does not afford any legality or legitimacy to the American-led air strikes no matter how many states have joined the so-called coalition, and no matter that these states are Arab.Under international law, a country or group of countries does not have the right to launch military strikes on another unless there is a case of self-defence. That is not the scenario in Syria and the US-led coalition operating there. That is why Obama is talking up the threat of terrorists and press ganging a coalition of nations to join the US in its bombing campaign. This is just a fig leaf of Washington appearing to have some legal mandate, and to disguise the bare fact that the US is committing an act of aggression on a sovereign state for its geopolitical agenda of regime change.This all stems from the fact that the US, as Sergei Lavrov points out, “has enshrined in its national security doctrine the right to use force at its discretion, regardless of UN Security Council decisions or international law”.In his address to the UN General Assembly the previous year, Obama declared: “The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure our core interests in the region.”This gives real meaning to the concept of “American exceptionalism”. American leaders consider their government to be above the law and to have the prerogative to use violence unilaterally. All other nations must abide by the UN Charter and international law forbidding aggression, but not the US.So when Obama this year exhorted: “Fellow delegates, we come together as United Nations with a choice to make. We can renew the international system that has enabled so much progress, or allow ourselves to be pulled back by an undertow of instability” – the fundamental problem challenging world peace is that it is the US that is unequivocally not prepared to “renew the international system”.A telling contradiction in Obama’s address was when he said: “The United States will never shy away from defending our interests, but nor will we shrink from the promise of this institution and its Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.So, the US is committed to defending its interests with unilateral violence, but is also allegedly committed to the universal rights of all nations. The two propositions are mutually exclusive, and we know that unilateral violence is the one that the US always adheres to.Notice that Obama did not say the UN Charter, but rather the more vague Universal Declaration of Human Rights, because the Charter’s express legal prohibition on unilateral violence would make Obama’s words explicitly self-indicting.In typical ahistorical American thinking, Obama blamed the root of conflict on some mythical notion of terrorism. “It is time for a new compact among the civilized peoples of this world to eradicate war at its most fundamental source: the corruption of young minds by violent ideology.”More fundamental is the fact that conflict arises when certain states see themselves above the law in pursuit of their geopolitical interests with unilateral violence. The US stands out in this regard as the biggest culprit of lawlessness. Since the Second World War, the US has attacked, invaded or subverted upwards of 100 nations in pursuit of its core interests.And yet the American president closed his address to the UN with this nonsensical schmalz. “And at this crossroads, I can promise you that the United States of America will not be distracted or deterred from what must be done. We are heirs to a proud legacy of freedom, and we are prepared to do what is necessary to secure that legacy for generations to come. Join us in this common mission, for today’s children and tomorrow’s.”By contrast, Russia’s Lavrov commented on how Russian diplomacy works in practice, not in some rarified mythical way, as Obama arrogantly asserts. “On the contrary, we are interested in putting out the flames of conflicts around the world through a fair dialogue based on equality of rights and mutual respect rather than through unilateral accusations and shifting the responsibility on someone else,” said Lavrov.Moscowcan rightly refer to its efforts at brokering a ceasefire in Ukraine and a negotiated settlement between the Kiev regime and the ethnic Russian separatists in the east of the country. Russian president Vladimir Putin has personally worked with Didier Burkhalter, head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, since May to create a peaceful resolution of the conflict. The latest result being the ceasefire brokered on September 5 in Minsk.Meanwhile, Washington has only fuelled the conflict by first of all subverting Ukrainian sovereignty with the February coup against an elected government, then funnelling military aid to the CIA-backed regime, and encouraging this reactionary regime to adopt a heavy-handed policy toward dissenting populations.History shows us that when states ride roughshod over international law, as during the 1930s when the League of Nations was made a mockery by rogue powers, the danger of war is greatly magnified. The lawless conduct of America and its mockery of the UN Charter is today the greatest threat to world peace.Salesman Obama might try selling the world a vehicle of American leadership for peace. But scratch the surface and blow off the rhetorical webs, and it’s obvious that this American vehicle is a hollowed-out dangerous wreck. Caveat Emptor.  
  • Zionist state:puts Iran over ISIS, slams Hamas
    Zionist state:Photo-wielding Netanyahu puts Iran over ISIS, slams Hamas By RT Bigger than the Islamic State threat – Iran and its nuclear program yet again haunted Benjamin Netanyahu’s address at the UN General Assembly. The Israeli PM also has photo-proof with him of Hamas using Palestinian civilians as human shields.READ MORE: US softens position on Iranian nuclear program“Make no mistake – ISIS (Islamic State) must be defeated. But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war," Netanyahu said at the UN headquarters in New York."Iran's nuclear military capabilities must be fully dismantled," he added.As for Tehran's recent “charm offensive” for the West, its true purpose is to see the international sanctions lifted "and remove the obstacles to Iran's path to the [nuclear] bomb," the prime minister stressed.Netanyahu called Iran's concern about the spread of terrorism – earlier voiced by President Hassan Rouhani, from the same lectern – “one of history's greatest displays of doubletalk.”He also slammed the countries, which now fully back US-led airstrikes against ISIS, but used to criticize Israel for their war against Hamas in Palestine.The PM stressed that Islamic radicals from ISIS and Hamas share the same task “of imposing militant Islam on the world.”“Hamas’s immediate goal is to destroy Israel, but it has a broader objective. When it comes to its ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS, and ISIS is Hamas,” he said.According to Netanyahu, the 50-day operation in Gaza this summer, which saw 2,100 Palestinians – mainly civilians – killed and some 18,000 homes destroyed, was Israel’s war against “global militant Islam.”The head of the Israeli government put the blame for civilian casualties on Hamas, which, he said, committed “the real war crimes” by using ordinary civilians as human shields.He refuted claims by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who accused Israel of conducting a “war of genocide” in Gaza in his UN address at the weekend.Netanyahu believes that Israel can’t be accused of genocide as it gave advance warnings to Palestinians before shelling neighborhoods in the densely populated Gaza area.Israel “was doing everything to minimize civilian casualties. Hamas was doing everything to maximize civilian casualties” by placing its rocket launchers in homes, schools and children’s playgrounds, he said.The PM also blasted the UN Human Right Council, which sends “a clear message to terrorists to use civilians as human shields” by condemning Israel’s actions in Gaza.The Human Right Council “turns the war upside down” and is deserved to be called the “Terrorist Rights Council,” he stressed.The Prime Minister also said that such common challenges like nuclear Iran and militant Islam provide a historic opportunity for Israel’s relations with the leading nations in the Arab world.According to Netanyahu, Palestine can be reached though good relations with Arab world, but not the other way around as many thought before.