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'US builds secret drone bases in Africa'

United States is to build a series of new secret drone bases in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, in an attempt to target suspected militants in Somalia and Yemen.

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داعش و دام اسلامی کردن خاورمیانه

 داعش و دام اسلامی کردن خاورمیانه
ژرفشی پیرامون ژاژخایی بارک الحسین آل اوباما در مبارزه علیه ددمنشان داعش.
نویسنده وگوینده: نیک پاکپور
به باور گوینده، آنچه را که ما امروز در میین استریم مه دییا ” Mainstream media” غربی، به عنوان جنجال جنگی غرب علیه جهادیزم جانی، وحشی ـ وهابی، اسلامی ـ ارتجاعی، در منطقه خاورمیانه شاهد هستیم، در اصل و اساسش چیزی به جز یک رجز خوانی ره توریک گونه یا تبلیغات تعفن بار و تهوع آور، آغشته و آمیخته به انواع ترفندها، تزویرها، تحریک ها و توطئه های تموچین گونه برای تسخیر، تقسیم و تصرف و سپس تهی کردن و تخلیه کردن خاورمیانه از منابع، معادن و مینرال سرشار نفتی و گازی اش نمی باشد که از سالها پیش توست استراتژیست های ”Anglo-American” آلبته با سروری و سردمداری سبعانه و ساویج گونه زایونیزم جهاتی بطور مکارانه و مزورانه و میرغضبانه، مهندسی و معماری شده است

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گوینده: نیک پاکپور - بنیاد بریکس و بیم غرب

بنیاد بریکس و بیم غرب
گوینده: نیک پاکپور
1-Putin and BRICS form Seed Crystal of a New International Monetary Pole
William Engdahl | July 25, 2014
2-BRICS establish $100bn bank and currency pool to cut out Western dominance
By RT: Published time: July 15, 2014 18:14
3-BRICS against Washington consensus
BY By Pepe Escobar “Asia Times: Jul 15, '14”
4-Dollar dying; multi-polar world in offing
By F.William engdahl
4-US Dollar Suffers Serious Setback
By By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
5-Throwing BRICS at Israel
By Johnny Punish

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نیک پاکپور - دیو داعش و نقش غرب

دیو داعش و نقش غرب

گوینده: نیک پاکپور

گوینده آنچه را که مربوط به ریشه سعودی،سلفی،سیاه ایی، زهش یا زایش، پیدایش یا پالایش تاول یا تکاثر،ترسناک،تروریسم تکفیری میشود را در یک ویدئویی،بتاریخ 24 فوریه 2014 میلادی،با نوضیح و نفسیر، و بر پایه پویش پروسه تیک پژوهشی،تکوینی،تاریخی،در جهت آژیرنده و آگاه کننده، مورد ارزیابی و آنالیز منطقی قرار داده ام

ولی بعد و بنیاد پحث امروز گوینده بطور اختصار و در حد اختیار،اختصاص دارد به حوادث دهشتناک و دردناکی که بطور فزاینده و فژاگن در کشور همسایگی،ما ایرانیان یعنی کشور عراق جریان دارد.




Nazi-saluting & Swastika: General Franco


Nazi-saluting & Swastika: General Franco's anniversary celebrated in Madrid

Around 300 far-right activists gathered in the center of Madrid to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the death of General Franco, Sunday. The Spanish leader lost his life on November 20, 1975.OURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE - FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tvRT LIVE http://rt.com/on-airSubscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaTodayLike us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTListen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttvRT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

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Protesters storm new ECB headquarters & taste police tear gas in Germany

German police used pepper spray and clashed with anti-EU protesters, who stormed and vandalized the new European Central Bank building, which is under construction now in central Frankfurt. READ FULL STORY: http://on.rt.com/9qwyflCOURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE - FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tvRT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaTodayLike us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTListen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttvRT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.


'Western sanctions aimed at regime change in Russia' – Lavrov

The ultimate goal of the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by some Western nations is to stir public protests and oust the government, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/qk9zetRT LIVE http://rt.com/on-airSubscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaTodayLike us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTListen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttvRT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

Middle east

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Anonymous - Inside ISIS and the Iraq Caliphate

Anonymous - Inside ISIS and the Iraq Caliphate- Connect with Anonymous -Subscribe ● http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=anonymousworldvoceGoogle+ ● https://www.google.com/+AnonymousWorldvoceFacebook ● http://Facebook.com/AnonymousOfclAnonymous T-Shirts ● http://anonymousofficial.spreadshirt.comTwitter ● http://Twitter.com/anonymousOfclWebsite ● http://anonofficial.comAs ISIS continue to make territorial gains in the Middle East, they are also becoming a dynamic presence online. This report looks at one recent campaign video, designed to disseminate their radical manifesto."These are your passports, O Tyrants all over the world", one anonymous jihadist declares to a baying crowd as he spears a pile of the documents with a machete. Within the organisation's mission to establish a unitary caliphate across the region, such credentials are obsolete: mere vestiges of a by-gone age of national boundaries and rival political identities. "I swear by Allah, we will cleanse the Arabian peninsula of you, you defiled ones." Films such as this, depicting the brutal imposition of a supposedly utopian Islamic supra-state - often by means of summary executions and banning opposing sects from public life - are a sign of the increasing sophistication of ISIS' propaganda strategy. They depict well-armed, organised militants, and are cause for concern for Iraqi ex-pats struggling to reach relatives back home. "ISIS have forgotten the real religion, and now they are full of hate and revenge", says Salahaddin al-Beati, who has lived in Switzerland since 1996. With voices from all sides of the conflict, this report offers a chilling insight into a markedly 21st century insurgency.SRF - Ref 6166We are Anonymous.We are legion.We do not forgive.We do not forget.Expect us.Video originally by Journeyman Pictureshttp://www.youtube.com/journeymanpictures----ISISISISISISAnonymous - Inside ISIS and the Iraq CaliphateAnonymous - Inside ISIS and the Iraq CaliphateAnonymous - Inside ISIS and the Iraq Caliphate"Anonymous - Inside ISIS and the Iraq Caliphate""Anonymous - Inside ISIS and the Iraq Caliphate""Anonymous - Inside ISIS and the Iraq Caliphate"

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ISIS refugee smuggling to Turkey makes money for locals

Refugees fleeing ISIS from Syria to Turkey give locals new way of making money. RT's Paula Slier reports.RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-airSubscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaTodayLike us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTRT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

English translation of clip showing ISIS fighters discussing


English translation of clip showing ISIS fighters discussing ''buying and selling Yezidi slaves''

Today is the slave market dayToday is the day where this verse applies: “Except with their wives and the (captives) whom their right hands possess,- for (then) they are not to be blamed”Today is distribution day God willingEach one takes his shareI swear man I am searching for a girl I hope I find oneToday is the day of (female) slaves and we should have our shareWhere is my Yezidi girl?Where is my Yezidi girl?Whoever wants to sell his slave, whoever wants to give his slave as a present... Everyone is free to do what he wants with his share.Where is my Yezidi girl?Whoever wants to sell, I can buy my brothers.Whoever wants to sell his slave, I buy.Whoever wants to sell his own slave, I buy her.And if you want to give her as a gift, also I take her.Who wants to sell?I want to sell.Why?I pay 3 banknotes (1 banknote is most probably 100 dollars)I buy her for a pistol.The price differs if she has blue eyes.I buy her for a glock (pistol brand)I pay 5 banknotes. (1 banknote is most probably 100 dollars)If she is 15 years oldI have to check hercheck her teeth.If she has green eyesIf she doesn’t have teeth, why would I want her?Put dentures for her.I don’t want.On the YezidisCan one take 2 slave girls? Does that work?(Voice behind camera asks) You have a share. What about it?I got a share of Yezidis but I don’t want one.Why? Wait why don’t you want yours?I will give my share away.AL Farouk and I, we do not want any.(Voice asks the boy) Do you want a Yezidi slave?He nods yesCan you handle her?Boy gigglesAbu Khalid, do you want a slave?I don’t want to take one.Why?Abu Fahd: “Your Yezidi is dead”She’s deadSomeone giggles

United state

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RAW: Ferguson protesters turn over police car

Protesters smashed and then set a Ferguson Police Department vehicle on fire Tuesday evening in Ferguson after demonstrators, upset about a grand jury's decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown, clashed with police in anti-riot armour and Missouri National Guard troops for a second night. LIVE UPDATES http://on.rt.com/80mggqCOURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE - FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tvRT LIVE http://rt.com/on-airSubscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaTodayLike us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTListen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttvRT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

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Police pepper spray Ferguson solidarity protesters blocking highway in St. Louis

Hundreds of protesters upset about the grand jury's decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown, blocked parts of the Interstate 44 highway near the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis, Tuesday. Police in anti-riot armor pepper-sprayed the demonstrators who refused to move from the road. COURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE - FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tvRT LIVE http://rt.com/on-airSubscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaTodayLike us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTListen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttvRT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Decision In Line With U.S. History

Professor Gerald Horne and civil rights organizer Kevin Alexander Gray point to a series of present day and historical events where police brutality towards black people has gone unchecked and discuss whether a Justice Department investigation would yield different results

Kevin Alexander Gray is a civil rights organizer in South Carolina and author of Waiting for Lightning to Strike: The Fundamentals of Black Politics (CounterPunch/AK Press), and a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion. He is the editor, along with JoAnn Wypijewski and Jeffrey St. Clair, of Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence, forthcoming from CounterPunch Books. Gray and his younger sister Valerie were among the first blacks to attend the local all-white elementary school in 1968. Since then he has been involved in community organizing working on a variety of issues ranging from racial politics, police violence, third-world politics and relations, union organizing & workers' rights, grassroots political campaigns, marches, actions & political events. Gray is currently organizing the Harriet Tubman Freedom House Project which focuses on community based political and cultural education. He is an organizer for the National Mobilization Committee Against the Drug War, and the former managing & contributing editor of Black News in Columbia. Gray now serves as contributing writer to other minority newspapers in South Carolina. He served as a national board member of the American Civil Liberties Union for 4 years and is a past eight-term president of the South Carolina affiliate of the ACLU. Gray is also an advisory board member of the Drug Policy Reform Coalition Net.
Dr. Gerald Horne holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies. His research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor, politics, civil rights, international relations and war. He has also written extensively about the film industry. Dr. Horne received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Princeton University.

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  • Indian PM Modi Calls on South Asian Nations to Unite in Terrorism Fight
    Indian PM Modi Calls on South Asian Nations to Unite in Terrorism Fight By Sputnik Indian Prime Minister Modi called on the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation members to advance stability in the region in order to combat terrorism. NEW DELHI, November 26 (Sputnik) — Marking the sixth anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday urged the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations to work and combat terrorism together.“As we remember 26/11, must keep commitments on security for all South Asia. Today, as we remember the horror of the attack in Mumbai in 2008, we feel the endless pain of lost life. Let us work together to fulfill the pledge we have taken to combat terrorism and trans-national crimes," Modi said at the SAARC summit in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.“If we are sensitive to each other’s security, and the lives of our people, we will deepen friendships, spur cooperation and advance stability in our region,” the prime minister added. A series of twelve coordinated shooting and bombing attacks that took place in Mumbai on November 26-29, 2008 killed some 160 people and wounded more than 300. The terror attacks were carried out by Pakistani members of Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.On Tuesday, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called for a "collective response" from the SAARC to deal with the threat of terrorism, one of the most pressing problems in the South Asian region.SAARC is an economic and political organization of eight countries: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and Bangladesh.The 18th SAARC summit is being held in Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital, on November 26–27.
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Extended
    Iran Nuclear Talks Extended By Keith Jones "World Socialist Web Site" Negotiators for Iran and the so-called P-6 powers—the US, the four other permanent United Nations Security Council members and Germany—announced Monday that they have agreed to extend the deadline to reach a comprehensive agreement to “normalize” Iran’s civilian nuclear program by seven months. The new deadline is July 1, 2015, with a March 1 deadline for the framework of a final agreement and an additional four months to resolve all technical details.Yesterday’s announcement came just hours before the planned expiration of the interim agreement under which the “final status” negotiations have been proceeding.The US and its Western allies have long accused Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, charges Tehran has denied.The nuclear charges against Iran were first made by the Bush administration in the immediate aftermath of Washington’s illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq. They have served as a pretext for the US to intensify its decades-long drive to compel Iran to forgo any challenge to US domination of the Middle East, the world’s most important oil-exporting region.In 2012, the US and its European Union allies ratcheted up their sanctions on Iran, halving its oil exports and hobbling its overall trade by sequestering its overseas bank holdings and effectively freezing it out of the world banking system. These sanctions remain in force.Under yesterday’s extension, as in the two previous interim agreements stretching back to last January, Iran will be allowed to repatriate about $700 million of its overseas assets per month. This is only a fraction of the almost $100 billion worth of Iranian assets—unremitted oil sale proceeds and Iranian central bank foreign currency reserves—currently frozen in the world banking system.Under the new interim agreement, Tehran will continue to limit its enrichment of uranium to under 5 percent, delay activation of a plutonium reactor, and submit its nuclear facilities to an unprecedentedly intrusive IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspection regime.At a press conference Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry boasted that the US-led sanctions have forced Iran to either dismantle or freeze much of its nuclear program. “Today,” said Kerry, “Iran has no 20 percent enriched uranium. Zero. None. They have diluted and converted every ounce that they have… Today, IAEA inspectors have daily access to Iran’s enrichment activities and a far deeper understanding of Iran’s program.”Kerry added that the extension did not mean the negotiations might not still fail. Washington and its allies will review their options, said Kerry, if the March 1 deadline to agree on the framework of a comprehensive settlement is not met. “These talks,” said the US Secretary of State, “are not going to get easier just because we extend them. They are tough, they’ve been tough, and they are going to stay tough.”The failure to secure a final agreement is a blow to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his government. Rouhani sharply criticized his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accusing him of needlessly exacerbating relations with Washington. He won the June 2013 presidential election largely on the basis of his claim that he could rapidly reach an accommodation with the US and its European Union allies under which the sanctions would be removed and Iran’s sovereign right to a full-cycle civilian nuclear program respected.With the aim of wooing the US and its EU partners, Rouhani solicited the International Monetary Fund’s advice on slashing social spending, traveled to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to declare Iran “open for business,” offered European energy companies privileged access to the country’s vast energy reserves, and repeatedly declared that Tehran would be willing to assist the US in stabilizing the region if Washington abandoned the sanctions and its efforts to bring about regime change in Tehran.Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has strongly supported Rouhani’s efforts. In the name of “national unity,” he has repeatedly instructed Rouhani’s opponents within the clerical political establishment and the Revolutionary Guards’ high command to temper their criticisms of the government, particularly over the nuclear talks.At the same time, Khamenei has frequently expressed skepticism about the outcome of the negotiations and urged that no effort be spared in the development of a “resistance economy.”In a nationally televised address Monday evening, Rouhani sought to present the negotiations as a diplomatic triumph, going so far as to claim that a deal on Iranian terms was imminent. “This way of negotiation will reach a final settlement,” declared Rouhani. “Most of the gaps have been removed.”Omitting any mention of Washington’s vow to retain sanctions against Iran for years to come so as to ensure its compliance with any final nuclear deal, Rouhani told the Iranian people that the P-6 “have reached the conclusion that pressure and sanctions on Iran will not bear fruit.”While the P-6 is comprised of the world’s great powers with the exception of Japan, it is Washington, backed by the three EU powers, that holds the whip hand. As the negotiations came down to the wire last week, the US again made clear that any agreement with Tehran will be on its terms.According to press reports, the US is adamant that Iran drastically curtail its civilian nuclear program, including eliminating more than three-quarters of its centrifuges.Even more importantly, from Tehran’s perspective, Washington is determined to continue to subject Iran to crippling economic sanctions, with relief doled out incrementally and over a period of years. Moreover, during a lengthy initial period, the Western powers want only piecemeal suspension of the sanctions, not their repeal, so that they can be quickly reinstituted should they determine that Tehran has failed to fulfill its commitments.Only after a prolonged period—in off-the-record briefings, US officials have spoken in terms of fifteen or twenty years—would the special constraints on Iran’s civilian nuclear program be fully removed.In the run-up to Monday’s deadline, US officials repeatedly said they were not interested in another extension. This, not surprisingly, proved to be a bluff.As Kerry’s remarks cited above indicate, the Obama administration and much of the US military-security establishment believe they have extorted significant concessions from Tehran and calculate that more can be won by continuing to cripple Iran’s economy while holding the threat of military action in reserve.This faction also believes that under conditions where Washington’s strategy in the Middle East has been thrown into crisis by the failure to date of the US regime-change proxy war in Syria and the ISIS incursion into Iraq, Washington should continue to explore the possibility of enlisting Tehran in its efforts to shore up US hegemony over the Middle East.There is already at least a tacit understanding between Washington and Tehran in respect to Iraq, with both providing military support to the Shia-dominated government in Baghdad and the Kurdish Peshmerga in northern Iraq. Tehran has also indicated its support for the new US-reconfigured regime in Afghanistan.In a television interview Sunday, US President Barack Obama said “significant” differences with Iran over the nuclear issue remained. At the same time, he signaled that if the Islamic Republic’s ruling elite were to align with Washington, a US-Iranian rapprochement could be readily realized.The possibility of such a strategic realignment, in which Iran, as in the days of the Shah, becomes a key pillar of US interests in the Middle East, has unnerved both the Israeli elite and the Saudi royal family. For the past fourteen months, they have both been doing their best to derail any nuclear deal.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday welcomed the failure to reach a final agreement, repeating his oft-stated demand that Iran’s entire civilian nuclear program be dismantled as the condition for any relaxation of sanctions. In an interview with the BBC, Netanyahu made a scarcely veiled appeal for the US Congress to scuttle the negotiations by imposing still harsher sanctions on Iran. “The fact,” said Netanyahu, “that there is no deal now gives” the US and its EU partners “the opportunity” to impose additional sanctions. That is “the route that needs to be taken.”In his BBC interview, Netanyahu also reiterated Israel’s threat to strike Iran militarily, saying, “Israel, always—always—reserves the right to defend itself.”The Obama administration, not without difficulty, has thus far been able to prevent the Senate from adopting legislation previously adopted by the House that would dramatically increase the sanctions’ bite, including by seeking to eliminate all Iranian oil exports.On Monday, Republican Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte issued a statement saying the continuation of negotiations with Iran should be coupled with further sanctions. Shortly afterwards, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, the outgoing chairman of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee, announced that he was eager to work in a “bipartisan” fashion to pass a new sanctions bill.
  • Surge in US armored vehicles next to Russian borders
    Surge in US armored vehicles next to Russian borders By RT American armored vehicles sent to Poland and the Baltic States for military drills are to remain for the constant training of local troops and rotation of US forces. More fighting vehicles will be “pre-positioned” at US military bases in Germany.The US Department of Defense intends to boost the number of its armored vehicles on the territory of the NATO member states in Eastern Europe.READ MORE: There to stay: US troops keep Poland, Baltic deployment for 2015Next year the number of M1 Abrams tanks and M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles will reach 150 vehicles.“The troops will come over and train, and they’ll go back. The equipment will stay behind,” the newly-appointed head of US Army forces in Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, told AFP in a phone interview from Estonia. This is going to be “a lot cheaper” than transporting tanks across the Atlantic for ongoing joint training missions of European and US troops, which are currently deployed in the region for several months, he said on Tuesday.Deployment of additional hardware to Baltic States and Poland goes on within the framework of the US ‘Operation Atlantic Resolve’ effort, established to reassure American allies in Eastern Europe anxious about a “resurgent Russia.”After the reunification of the Crimean Peninsula with Russia and the civil war in Ukraine, waged between the coup-imposed government in Kiev and rebels in the eastern regions of the country, NATO members say they no longer feel secure.“I was in Lithuania yesterday, Estonia today, Poland a few weeks back. All I get is ‘thank you, thank you, thank you’ from those host nations for what these soldiers represent,” Hodges said.The US currently has nearly 50 Abrams tanks and Bradley IFVs, taken to Latvia and Poland this autumn.Out of about 600 US Army troops of the 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas, some 150 soldiers along with five M1A2 Abrams tanks, as well as 11 Bradley Fighting Vehicles were deployed in Adazi, not far from the Latvian capital, Riga. The rest of hardware and personnel went to Poland.The 100 fighting vehicles supposed to be brought to Europe next year will be “pre-positioned” in Germany - or elsewhere for the US troops conducting drills with NATO partners, Hodges said.“I’m going to look at options that would include distributing this equipment in smaller sets, company-size or battalion-size, perhaps in the Baltics, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, places like that,” he said. U.S. soldiers deployed in Latvia perform during a drill at Adazi military base October 14, 2014 (Reuters / Ints Kalnins)These are not the first tanks newly deployed to Europe since the end of the Cold War. In January this year, 29 M1A2 SEPv2 Abrams tanks arrived at Germany’s Grafenwöhr training facility as replacements for 22 previously retracted older vehicles, versions of the same military vehicles.Until recently, the US had some 29,000 personnel permanently deployed in Germany, Italy and Belgium. Now their number is set to grow, as NATO member states have asked the Pentagon to send more troops to Eastern Europe to counter the perceived threat of Russia.The ‘Operation Atlantic Resolve’ drills are set to “provide assurance to those allies that are closest to the [Russian] threat,” Hodges said.American tankers will be replacing each other every several months, he said. The 1st Cavalry Division will be replaced in winter by personnel from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment based in Vilseck, Germany. In spring, members of the 3rd Infantry Division will come to replace colleagues.“This is going to go on,” confirmed the general, noting that presence of American armored vehicles will continue through 2015 and well into 2016. Members of the U.S. 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division discuss in front of an Abrams tank during a joint military exercise with Poland's 1st Mechanized Battalion of the 7th Coastal Defence Brigade near Drawsko-Pomorskie November 13, 2014 (Reuters / Kacper Pempel)Although Hodges does not question that Moscow seeks ways to drive a wedge between the US and NATO member states, he doubts that Russia is about to enter a military conflict with the alliance.“I don't think that Russia has any intention of some sort of a conventional attack into NATO territory because they know that would generate an Article 5 response by the rest of the alliance,” Hodges said, as cited by the Military Times.The fact that NATO 28-nation military bloc is concentrating forces closer to Russian borders has brought repeated and strident objections from Moscow.“We shall provide an adequate and well-measured response to NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders, and we shall take note of [the West] setting up a global missile defense architecture and building up its arsenals of precision-guided weapons,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the emergency Security Council meeting in Moscow on July 22.“No matter what our Western counterparts tell us, we can see what’s going on. As it stands, NATO is blatantly building up its forces in Eastern Europe, including the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea areas. Its operational and combat training activities are gaining in scale,” Putin said.
  • Iran nuclear deal enters the danger zone
    Iran nuclear deal enters the danger zone By Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia. In the end, a nuclear deal with Iran was aborted in Vienna. Is that a hopeful sign? Or should everyone start praying – and running for cover?The players – Iran and the P5+1 (the five UN permanent members plus Germany) - not only missed the original November 24 deadline; they have now come up with two new deadlines; one on March 1 to reach a hazy “framework agreement”, and the second – in theory – on July 1 for the final deal.The P5+1 and Iran are negotiating under the November 2103 Geneva Joint Plan of Action – which calls for a freeze of some aspects of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, but not all sanctions. After all some of these illegal sanctions have absolutely nothing to do with the Iranian nuclear program, and must be lifted by the US Congress.Seven months is an eternity in geopolitics. Iranian diplomats have tried to put on a brave face, insisting postponement may be a lesser evil considering there have been no rhetorical escalation, and no new sanctions.And yet seven more months leave the negotiations exposed to open fire from the usual (radicalized) suspects, which in Washington are a formidable warmongering lot (Republicans en masse, most Democrats, neo-cons, the Israel and Saudi lobbies, and key sectors of the industrial-military complex).Meanwhile, in Iran, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, and the head of the Basiji militias, Gen. Mohammad Reza Nagdi, have criticized not only the negotiations themselves but also some of the P5+1 nations.What went wrong? The key points of contention remain; how may centrifuges Iran is allowed to operate; the duration of the deal (Iran wants a maximum of five years; the US wants over 10); and the crucial timeline for the lifting of sanctions (Iran wants all of them – by the UN, the US and the EU - lifted immediately; the US insists on a slow and gradual process.)The key objective also remains; most of all a normalization between Iran and the US (the 35-year, and counting, Wall of Mistrust), as well as the EU. Relations between Iran and Russia/China are excellent. Bushehr main nuclear reactor (Reuters / Raheb Homavandi)A solid case can be made that the whole, interminable drama is a non-issue in the first place because Iran – as even the acronym feast of US intelligence agencies admit - does not have a nuclear weapons program; Tehran uses civilian nuclear enrichment to generate electricity.The Obama administration gives the impression that Iran may be allowed to have a civilian nuclear program that cannot be diverted to military means. This is spun in the US as a benign gesture.Still it makes no sense that the recent negotiations in Oman and then in Vienna, culminating with seven foreign ministers debating in the same room, have not ironed out the details – even allowing for language acceptable to domestic public opinion in each country.In Oman, to solve the centrifuge controversy, Russia offered to host most of Iran’s stockpile of unprocessed uranium. That was the remix of an idea first floated five years ago. Moscow did this to boost Tehran in its – rightful – demands, coupled with a promise to help develop the Iranian nuclear program.So obviously the Iranian negotiators used the Russian offer to coax Washington into getting more realistic. What was already clear by then is that Tehran won’t sacrifice any of its rights to get a deal – just based on a vague promise of alleviation of some sanctions.After all, last month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei published an 11-point list of Tehran red lines. These are non-negotiable – and include the right to proceed with civilian nuclear research, and to enrich uranium for civilian purposes.Well-positioned observers in Tehran stress President Rouhani as a middle of the road moderate who won’t sell – or won’t be allowed to sell – the economy to Uncle Sam. One of them told me, “he has a handle on what is happening in the economy; he has been able to tame the galloping inflation. In terms of reconciliation with the great Satan, the boss is not going to allow him to achieve an accommodation at the expense of economic, cultural, national security, and national rights.”The fact remains that something went wrong on Sunday in Vienna. In the morning all the players were talking about final details, after a leak stressed the deal was over 90% done. Then, by the evening, the American spin emphasizing an “extension” of talks took over.No one is leaking what killed the deal at the 11th hour. A strong possibility is yet another American demand unrelated to the nuclear issue (there are precedents). It could be, for instance, forcing Iran to cease supporting Hezbollah – something that the Obama administration could easily use to sell the deal in Washington. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Reuters / Irna)Red alert on the HillWhat’s certain is that when Republicans take over the US Senate in January, all hell will break loose. Every single aspect of a possible deal will be relentlessly bombed – as the key objective will become a two-headed monster; to demonize Iran and at the same time prevent lame duck Obama from clinching the only foreign policy victory of his two terms in office.A mini-hell was already concocted after the leaking of Obama’s letter to Khamenei on the possibility of US-Iran non-military cooperation to fight against Daesh/ISIS/ISIL. American extreme right-wingers will always view Tehran as an “evil” entity that abhors Israel, supports Hezbollah, al-Assad in Syria and thus must be regime-changed.So the Obama administration already lost in Vienna the last window of opportunity to clinch a deal of its own. If Capitol Hill is successful in the first half of 2015 – and no effort will be spared – the fact is the ghastly option of an attack on Iran will be back on the table, if not in the twilight of the Obama administration and during the 2016 campaign year, certainly when President-in-Waiting Hillary Clinton takes over.Iran, though, won’t just sit down. Trade, financial and military integration with both Russia and China will be vastly accelerated – much to the chagrin of huge Western commercial interests. Iran already found a way around sanctions to export petroleum products to China, Japan and South Korea. And Tehran and Moscow already clinched the framework for a $20 billion oil-for-goods deal.Moreover, Khamenei’s self-defined “economy of resistance” will keep finding new ways to dribble the fierce, US-imposed – and once again, illegal - financial blockade.Tehran knows exactly what it wants: to preserve its nuclear program – as allowed by the NPT - and to get rid of the nasty sanctions regime for good. But what does the Obama administration want?Even considering the sorry mess which is Obama’s self-defined “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” foreign policy doctrine, it's fair to assume the Obama administration would settle for freezing the Middle East cauldron between Iran and Saudi Arabia, without trying to change the balance of power.And that’s when it gets really juicy; this “frozen” Middle East would allow Washington to really re-direct its military footprint towards – who else – Russia and China. And yet, considering the astonishing mediocrity of Team “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff,” this will probably remain in the realm of wishful thinking.The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.
  • Will Washington entrust the Arab world to Riyadh and Tehran?
    Will Washington entrust the Arab world to Riyadh and Tehran? By Thierry Meyssan "Voltaire Network | Damascus (Syria) | 25 November 2014" In the context of the extended 5+1 talks, Thierry Meyssan shares his thoughts about the issues at stake: behind the false accusation of developing a nuclear bomb, Washington had hoped to curb the influence of the Iranian revolution. However, in light of its military defeats since 2006, it would now be amenable to maintaining the status quo in the balance of power. Its aim is to split the Arab world between pro-Saudi and pro-Iranians based on the assurance that neither would encroach into the other’s sphere of influence. Despite appearances, the failure of the 5+1 talks in Vienna does not imply that the separate negotiations between Washington and Tehran met a similar fate, as suggested by John Kerry. However, it is not in the interest of either party to divulge what they have agreed to. Hence, one should keep an eye on the conflicts in the region to decipher the tenor of their agreement. All political debate in the Gulf and the Levant hinged on the possible signing, on November 24, of an agreement between the five permanent members of the Security Council, Germany and Iran. Since the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the presidency in 2005, the United States, the United Kingdom and France have tried to prevent the Islamic Republic from exporting its revolution thus upsetting the international disorder. Knowing that Iranian scientists, among other things, are furthering their research into a new kind of civil nuclear power in order to liberate the third world from "Western" domination, they accuse Iran without any evidence of trying to develop atomic weapons. The sanctions slapped on Iran have seriously affected its economy, but also the German economy. China and Russia serve as moderators for the debate.In May 2013, bilateral negotiations began secretly in Oman between Washington and Tehran. Following which, the candidacy for the presidential election of Ahmadinejad’s chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, was banned so that Sheikh Hassan Rohani could be elected.Sheikh Hassan Rohani was Israel’s first contact at the time of the Iran-Contra scandal.Immediately after the proscription of Mashaei’s candidacy and without even waiting for Sheikh Hassan Rohani to be elected, Washington showed its goodwill and the 5+1 negotiations progressed positively. Soon thereafter, the Iranian delegation accepted the idea to opening its nuclear research centers to "Western" experts.Sheikh Rohani started negotiating outside the Group 5 + 1, directly with Washington, the sale of Iranian gas to the European Union so that it can dispense with Russian gas while, at the same time, closing the gas spigot to China. On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, he met his Austrian counterpart and developed a financial plan for connecting Iranian gas fields to the Nabucco pipeline. In the face of Moscow’s reaction, which has denounced the secret Iranian-US bilateral negotiations, he gave an interview to Russian channel 1 giving his word that his country has no intention of excluding Russia from the European gas market.However, the US dragged out the 5+1 talks and simultaneously started discussing with the Saudi factions.In October, the Leader of the Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, published a list of 11 points not open for negotiation. It is out of the question for Iran to stop its civil nuclear research, or to abandon uranium enrichment for civil purposes regardless of the possible compensations. In other words, Iran is ready to suspend its expansion in military terms but not at the civil level.The Guide has already frustrated the plan to divert his country’s gas, but he must make concessions. Not only in order to obtain the lifting of the international sanctions that are severely harming his country, but mainly because the United States is poised to destabilize Iran if the plan falls through. More than 80 Western TV channels in Farsi are ready to assail the country, while the terrorist organization, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran, are lining up their suicide bombers.One week before the November deadline, it seemed that Washington would be inclined to simply "freeze" the situation in the region and no longer seek to shift the balance of forces. The Arab world would be divided between Iran and Saudi Arabia, each of these states being the respective leaders of the Shiites and the Sunnis.The Obama administration would resolve the succession of King Abdullah by guaranteeing to each Saud clan the hereditary transmission of its current privileges. By the same token, it would accept to see Iran maintain its influence on the condition that it renounces extend by arms.Already, as a sign of goodwill, the Houthis (Shiite) agreed to form a government of national unity in Yemen with Sunni parties. Above all, after taking the capital, they halted their advance, leaving Aden in the hands of their rivals. By doing so, they have surrendered the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb and their control over the Red Sea.If the Iranian-US agreement were officially endorsed and rubber stamped by the 5+1, all regional factions would gain some breathing space after years of turmoil. Yet no fundamental problem would be solved. The Sunnis would still have to the Wahhabis as Muslims, while the Shi’ite would have to accept the authority of Iran when Tehran would appear to be putting aside the ideals of Imam Khomeini. There would be no winning or losing side, although some players will be defeated within their own camp. Including Turkey which would lose its authority among the Sunni, thus seeing itself punished for its doggedness against Syria.For the United States, the freezing of the Arab world would allow it to direct its military power against Russia and China.
  • West Cynically Plays For More Time to Deny Iran
    West Cynically Plays For More Time to Deny Iran By Finian CUNNINGHAM | 26.11.2014 | 00:00 "Strategic Culture Foundation" After a full year of tortuous negotiations, the P5+1 group and Iran have now extended the nuclear talks for another six months. The move comes after foreign ministers from the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran failed this week to conclude a final deal in Vienna on the long-running nuclear dispute.Despite having secured an interim deal last November, which gave a partial lifting of international sanctions to Iran in return for Iranian self-imposed restrictions on its nuclear programme, the group of world powers could not in the end come up with a final accord on the deadline set for November 24 this week.Media reports say that a new deadline has been scheduled for more than six months further down the road, on June 30 2015.The delay is bound to be seen as a blow to Iranian attempts to engage with the Western powers, led by the US. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei had given Iranian diplomats a leave of absence, so to speak, to test the intentions of the American «Great Satan» by engaging in negotiations to resolve the decade-long nuclear standoff. The failure to sign off on a deal after a year of shuttle diplomacy will reinforce Iranian suspicions that the US and its Western allies are not serious about finding a solution.The Vienna talks this week, involving US secretary of state John Kerry, came unstuck because the Western position suddenly hardened at the last hour, according to the British Guardian. Only last week, Russian officials expressed cautious optimism that a breakthrough could be attained.However, over the weekend Western diplomats cited «complex issues» that had arisen, without specifying what those issues were exactly. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius told reporters: «In the course of the past few days, some new ideas came up. They clearly require a very detailed technical assessment because these are complex concepts».Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier alluded to objections from Middle Eastern parties not formally represented at the P5+1 forum. That undoubtedly refers to Israel and Saudi Arabia, both of whom are opposed to Iran as a regional power and have long insinuated – with overblown fears – that Iran is secretly trying to build a nuclear weapon.The objections of Israel are particularly odious given that it is the only Middle Eastern state that actually has a stockpile of hundreds of nuclear weapons that have been acquired surreptitiously over many years outside of international controls under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The Americans and the French are believed to have conspired historically with Israel to acquire this de facto illegal arsenal and hence create a major instability in the region. That makes their «concerns» for nuclear security particularly untrustworthy and contemptible.Iran is a signatory to the NPT and as such has the legal right to develop peaceful nuclear technology. Iran has repeatedly said that it has no intention of weaponising its nuclear programme, including a religious decree from its Supreme Leader forbidding such development as contrary to Islamic principles.Countless inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities by the United Nations watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), have also found no weapons dimension to Iran’s programme. Its latest report earlier this month confirmed yet again that no nuclear material has been diverted from the civilian purposes that Iran claims its programme is for – namely energy, medical applications and scientific research.Russia has also in recent months signed new agreements with Iran to help build more nuclear power stations in that country – in addition to the well-established Bushehr plant. Surely Russia’s involvement must be seen as a substantive guarantee of Iran’s civilian nuclear projects?The whole Western premise against Iran is based on suspicion of nuclear weapon intent – a suspicion that is fuelled by Iran’s regional political enemies in Israel, Saudi Arabia and the other Persian Gulf sunni monarchies. Hardly reliable sources.Commenting on the latest impasse in negotiations in Vienna and the extension of talks to June next year, the British foreign minister Philip Hammond tried his best to sound upbeat.«I think we’re all clear that we need to take the momentum that has been generated over the last month or so and we need to keep moving with it. We can’t afford to stop now,» said Hammond.The British foreign secretary added: «Everyone is going to have to show some flexibility to get an agreement».The admonition of «everyone having to show flexibility» is ominous. In effect, this means the Western powers want Iran to yield more concessions on top of what it already has conceded over the past year.Iran has self-imposed a restriction on its uranium enrichment process to a level of five per cent which is way below the threshold required for producing a nuclear weapon. It has also opened up its facilities to intrusive IAEA monitoring, including the installation of CCTV cameras.In return for these concessions, which are not legally required under the NPT, Iran has gained paltry relief from the international sanctions that the US and its Western allies have largely been responsible for. Under the interim agreement signed last year, Iran is able to draw on some $700 million a year from billions of dollars-worth of assets that the Western powers impounded going back decades to the Iranian revolution in 1979.The Iranian economy is still very much straitjacketed from Western embargoes on its vital oil and banking industries. Life-saving medical and pharmaceutical imports are also still banned.In another context, but relevant to Iran, Vladimir Kozin, director at the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, said recently that Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis should be revoked immediately and without conditions. Kozin correctly points out that Western sanctions have been unlawfully slapped on Russia on the basis of unilateral allegations and innuendo. Russia is therefore not obliged to negotiate the repeal of these restrictions. It is up to the Western powers to undo the imbroglio that they have created.The same legal position applies to Iran, if not more so, because Iran has over the past year gone to onerous lengths well beyond the call of duty to build confidence over its nuclear rights.Delaying the P5+1 negotiations and Western admonitions for «more flexibility» smack of just more of the same procrastination and horse-trading that is really aimed at giving the West control over Iran’s sovereign rights and development.Western chatter about «complex issues» is but a cynical cover for justifying continuing Western hegemonic dictates and denying Iran its legitimate national rights. The only thing complex, it seems, is how the West can keep spinning this crisis beyond any rational, moral or legal justification.
  • 50 Civilians Killed by Coalition Airstrikes Against IS in Syria: UN
    50 Civilians Killed by Coalition Airstrikes Against IS in Syria: UN By Sputnik The UN Secretary General reported about 50 civilians in Syria have been killed in airstrikes, carried out by a US-led coalition, formed to eradicate the extremists. UNITED NATIONS, November 26 (Sputnik) – Some 50 civilians in Syria have been killed in airstrikes, conducted by a US-led coalition that aims to eradicate Islamic State (IS) extremists, a report from the UN Secretary General says. "…the international coalition continued airstrikes against ISIL in Syria on a near-daily basis with reports of some 865 people killed, including 50 civilians, in Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Hasakeh, Idlib and Raqqa since strikes began," the report, accompanying Tuesday's oral briefing by UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, said.Amos stressed that "UN organizations and their partners continue to work in extreme and dangerous circumstances" adding that "sixty nine workers have been killed since the beginning of the conflict. According to the UN official, the Syrian economy continues to decline amid the crisis in the country."Syria's economy has contracted some 40 per cent since 2011. Unemployment now exceeds 54 per cent. Three quarters of the population live in poverty. School attendance has dropped by more than 50 per cent," Amos said. "I again appeal to donors to do more to fund humanitarian action in response to the Syria crisis. The appeal is less than half funded. We on the humanitarian side will continue to do all we can. But, as I have said to this Council on many occasions, this crisis requires a political solution. I hope, for the sake of the people of Syria, that one is found soon," the UN official concluded.A civil war broke out in Syria in 2011 and has since claimed the lives of almost 200,000 people, according to UN estimates.The Syrian government forces are currently fighting against the IS jihadist group, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and opposition rebel forces.In September, US President Barack Obama announced his decision to form an international anti-IS coalition and to arm Syria's "moderate opposition" in an effort to eradicate the extremists. The US-led coalition is currently carrying out airstrikes against IS positions in Iraq and Syria.
  • ‘Can I shoot this guy?’ Ferguson officer Wilson breaks silence over Brown's death
    ‘Can I shoot this guy?’ Ferguson officer Wilson breaks silence over Brown's death By RT In his first interview since shooting Michael Brown, Officer Darren Wilson has defended his behavior, saying he has a “clean conscious” regarding his actions and that he would do the same thing again if he had to.Wilson also said that, contrary to some witness accounts, there was “no way” Michael Brown had his hands up before he was shot.During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulous, Wilson said he saw Brown walking down the middle of the street, along the yellow line, when he asked him to move over. When he didn’t, the officer said he pulled his car beside him. Describing an altercation that lasted 45 seconds, Wilson explained that he shot Brown six times.READ MORE: Ferguson mayor: Officer Darren Wilson remains on the forceThere is a still a federal investigation underway into whether Wilson violated the teen’s civil rights, but that hasn’t stopped the officer from agreeing to break his silence, and give a national broadcast about his version of what happened that day.READ MORE:Feds to continue Ferguson investigations despite grand jury decisionThe interview was an hour and half long and will air in parts. Excerpts show Wilson telling Stephanopoulous of how he went to open his car door and said to Brown, “Hey, come here for a According to Wilson, Brown said: “Hey, f**k you, and what you going to do about it,” before slamming the door shut. Wilson claims he then used the door to push back at Brown, who also pushed back, and the altercation started.Wilson described how Brown hit him in the face, stating that punches then began to fly.“He threw the first punch. It hit me on the left side of my face...I don’t know what, how many hit me after that, I just know there was a barrage of swinging and grabbing and pulling for about ten seconds,” said Wilson.Wilson said he tried to grab Brown’s forearm so he could get out of the car, and realized the immense power the teenager had. “The way I’ve described it is like a five-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan. That’s how big he was...a very powerful man,” said Wilson.Wilson said Brown delivered another punch with his left fist to the officer’s right cheek, and that at this point he thought, “How will I survive?” Stephanopoulous asked for more explanation of what he meant by “survive,” and Wilson clarified that he meant survive another hit to the face. Wilson said he then grabbed his gun, pointed it at Brown and said: “Get back or I’ll shoot you.”“His response immediately was that he grabbed the top of my gun,” Wilson said. “And when he grabbed the top of my gun, he said, ‘You’re too much of a p***** to shoot me.’ And while he’s doing that I can feel his hand trying come over my hand and get inside the trigger guard and try and shoot me with my own gun, that’s when I pulled the trigger for the first time.”READ MORE: What the jury heard as Darren Wilson defended the killing of Michael BrownThe gun went off but didn’t fire because Brown’s hand was on top of the gun, Wilson explained. It was then fired again with no result, but after the third time Wilson said it went off.“At that time, I gave myself another mental check: Can I shoot this guy? You know? Legally, can I? And the question that I answered myself was, I have to. If I don’t, he will kill me if he gets to me.” Hundreds of demonstrators gather to protest the day after the Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case November 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)Later in the interview, Stephanopoulous asked if there was anything Wilson could have done differently to prevent the killing from happen. Wilson said, “No.”Stephanopoulous asked if it will be something that haunts him going forward.“I don’t think it’s haunting. It’s always going to be something that happened," Wilson said. "The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right.”  
  • Are All Psychiatric Drugs Too Unsafe to Take?
    Are All Psychiatric Drugs Too Unsafe to Take? By Dr. Peter R. Breggin "Natural News" Psychiatric drugs are more dangerous than you have ever imagined. If you haven’t been prescribed one yet, you are among the lucky few. If you or a loved one are taking psychiatric drugs, there is hope; but you need to understand the dangers and how to minimize the risk.The following overview focuses on longer-term psychiatric drug hazards, although most of them can begin to develop within weeks. They are scientifically documented in my recent book Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal and my medical text Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry, Second Edition.Newer or atypical antipsychotic drugs: Risperdal, Invega, Zyprexa, Abilify, Geodon, Seroquel, Latuda, Fanapt and Saphris Antipsychotic drugs, including both older and newer ones, cause shrinkage (atrophy) of the brain in many human brain scan studies and in animal autopsy studies. The newer atypicals especially cause a well-documented metabolic syndrome including elevated blood sugar, diabetes, increased cholesterol, obesity and hypertension. They also produce dangerous cardiac arrhythmias and unexplained sudden death, and they significantly reduce longevity. In addition, they cause all the problems of the older drugs, such as Thorazine and Haldol, including tardive dyskinesia, a largely permanent and sometimes disabling and painful movement disorder caused by brain damage and biochemical disruptions.Risperdal in particular but others as well cause potentially permanent breast enlargement in young boys and girls. The overall risk of harmful long-term effects from antipsychotic drugs exceeds the capacity of this review. Withdrawal from antipsychotic drugs can cause overwhelming emotional and neurological suffering, as well as psychosis in both children and adults, making complete cessation at times very difficult or impossible.Despite their enormous risks, the newer antipsychotic drugs are now frequently used off-label to treat anything from anxiety and depression to insomnia and behavior problems in children. Two older antipsychotic drugs, Reglan and Compazine, are used for gastrointestinal problems, and despite small or short-term dosing, they too can cause problems, including tardive dyskinesia.Antipsychotic drugs masquerading as sleep aids: Seroquel, Abilify, Zyprexa and others Nowadays, many patients are given medications for insomnia without being told that they are in fact receiving very dangerous antipsychotic drugs. This can happen with any antipsychotic but most frequently occurs with Seroquel, Abilify and Zyprexa. The patient is unwittingly exposed to all the hazards of antipsychotic drugs.Antipsychotic drugs masquerading as antidepressant and bipolar drugs: Seroquel, Abilify, Zyprexa and others The FDA has approved some antipsychotic drugs as augmentation for treating depression along with antidepressants. As a result, patients are often misinformed that they are getting an “antidepressant” when they are in fact getting one of the newer antipsychotic drugs, with all of their potentially disastrous adverse effects. Patients are similarly misled by being told that they are getting a “bipolar” drug when it is an antipsychotic drug.Antidepressants: SSRIs such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro and Viibyrd, as well as Effexor, Pristiq, Wellbutrin, Cymbalta and Vivalan The SSRIs are probably the most fully studied antidepressants, but the following observations apply to most or all antidepressants. These drugs produce long-term apathy and loss of quality of life. Many studies of SSRIs show severe brain abnormalities, such as shrinkage (atrophy) with brain cell death in humans and the growth of new abnormal brain cells in animal and laboratory studies. They frequently produce an apathy syndrome — a generalized loss of motivation or interest in many or all aspects of life. The SSRIs frequently cause irreversible dysfunction and loss of interest in sexuality, relationship and love. Withdrawal from all antidepressants can cause a wide variety of distressing and dangerous emotional reactions from depression to mania and from suicide to violence. After withdrawal from antidepressants, individuals often experience persistent and distressing mental and neurological impairments. Some people find antidepressant withdrawal to be so distressing that they cannot fully stop taking the drugs.Benzodiazepine (benzos) anti-anxiety drugs and sleep aids: Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium, Librium, Tranxene and Serax; Dalmane, Doral, Halcion, ProSom and Restoril used as sleep aids Benzos deteriorate memory and other mental capacities. Human studies demonstrate that they frequently lead to atrophy and dementia after longer-term exposure. After withdrawal, individuals exposed to these drugs also experience multiple persisting problems including memory and cognitive dysfunction, emotional instability, anxiety, insomnia, and muscular and neurological discomforts. Mostly because of severely worsened anxiety and insomnia, many cannot stop taking them and become permanently dependent. This frequently happens after only six weeks of exposure. Any benzo can be prescribed as a sleep aid, but Dalmane, Doral, Halcion, ProSom and Restoril are marketed for that purpose.Non-benzo sleep aids: Ambien, Intermezzo, Lunesta and Sonata These drugs pose similar problems to the benzos, including memory and other mental problems, dependence and painful withdrawal. They can cause many abnormal mental states and behaviors, including dangerous sleepwalking. Insufficient data is available concerning brain shrinkage and dementia, but these are likely outcomes considering their similarity to benzos. Recent studies show that these drugs increase death rate, taking away years of life, even when used intermittently for sleep.Stimulants for ADHD: Adderall, Dexedrine and Vyvanse are amphetamines, and Ritalin, Focalin, and Concerta are methylphenidate All of these drugs pose similar if not identical long-term dangers to children and adults. In humans, many brain scan studies show that they cause brain tissue shrinkage (atrophy). Animal studies show persisting biochemical changes in the brain. These drugs can lead directly to addiction or increase the risk of abusing cocaine and other stimulants later on in adulthood. They disrupt growth hormone cycles and can cause permanent loss of height in children. Recent studies confirm that children who take these drugs often become lifelong users of multiple psychiatric drugs, resulting in shortened lifespan, increased psychiatric hospitalization and criminal incarceration, increased drug addiction, increased suicide and a general decline in quality of life. Withdrawal from stimulants can cause “crashing” with worsened behavior, depression and suicide. Strattera is a newer drug used to treat ADHD. Unlike the other stimulants, it is not an addictive amphetamine, but it too can be dangerously overstimulating. Strattera is more similar to antidepressants in its longer-term risks.Mood stabilizers: Lithium, Lamictal, Equetro and Depakote Lithium is the oldest and hence most thoroughly studied. It causes permanent memory and mental dysfunction, including depression, and an overall decline in neurological function and quality of life. It can result in severe neurological dilapidation with dementia, a disastrous adverse drug effect called “syndrome of irreversible lithium-effectuated neurotoxicity” or SILENT. Long-term lithium exposure also causes severe skin disorders, kidney failure and hypothyroidism. Withdrawal from lithium can cause manic-like episodes and psychosis. There is evidence that Depakote can cause abnormal cell growth in the brain. Lamictal has many hazards including life-threatening diseases involving the skin and other organs. Equetro cases life-threatening skin disorders and suppresses white cell production with the risk of death from infections. Withdrawal from Depakote, Lamictal and Equetro can cause seizures and emotional distress.Summarizing the tragic truth It is time to face the enormous tragedy of exposing children and adults to any psychiatric drug for months and years. My new video introduces and highlights these risks and my book Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal describes them in detail and documents them with scientific research.All classes of psychiatric drugs can cause brain damage and lasting mental dysfunction when used for months or years. Although research data is lacking for a few individual drugs in each class, until proven otherwise it is prudent and safest to assume that the risks of brain damage and permanent mental dysfunction apply to every single psychiatric drug. Furthermore, all classes of psychiatric drugs cause serious and dangerous withdrawal reactions, and again it is prudent and safest to assume that any psychiatric drug can cause withdrawal problems.Widespread misinformation Difficulty in stopping psychiatric drugs can lead misinformed or unscrupulous health professionals to tell patients that they need to take their drugs for the rest of their lives when they really need to taper and withdraw from them in a careful manner. As described in Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, tapering outside of a hospital often requires psychological and social help, including therapy and emotional support and monitoring by friends or family.Meanwhile, there is no substantial or convincing evidence that any psychiatric drug is useful longer-term. Psychiatric drug treatment for months or years lacks scientific basis. Therefore, the risk-benefit ratio is enormously lopsided toward the risk.Science-based conclusionsWhenever possible, psychiatric drugs should be tapered and withdrawn either as an inpatient or as an outpatient with careful clinical supervision and a support network as described in Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal. Keep in mind that it is not only dangerous to take psychiatric drugs — it can be dangerous to withdraw from them. The safest solution is to avoid starting psychiatric drugs! It is time for a return to psychological, social and educational approaches to emotional suffering and impairment.Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin‘s scientific and educational work has provided the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and electroconvulsive therapy. He leads the way in promoting more caring, empathic and effective therapies. His newest book is Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions. His website is Breggin.com.Peter R. Breggin, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in Ithaca, New York. Dr. Breggin criticizes contemporary psychiatric reliance on diagnoses and drugs, and promotes empathic therapeutic relationships. He has been called “the Conscience of Psychiatry.” See his website at www.Breggin.com
  • Putting Differences Aside to Face Common Threat
    Putting Differences Aside to Face Common Threat By Andrei AKULOV | 25.11.2014 | 00:00 "Strategic Culture Foundation" On November 19, the United Nations Security Council issued a 2,730-word presidential statement on the growing terror threat focusing on the Islamic State (IS, the former names – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-ISIS or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-ISIL) and al-Qaeda affiliates. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop chaired a special meeting of the UNSC to urge strategic international approach to tackling terrorism. The statement is built on the Security Council's special summit in September which explored ways to combat citizens heading abroad to fight alongside militants in the Middle East. As Ms. Bishop put it, «ISIL and its ilk are an affront to Islam. All of us, including Muslim communities themselves, must do more to negate the violent extremist narratives of terrorists and denounce radical preachers of hate in our midst». She added that every country has an obligation to prevent terrorism. «This statement reaffirms the international community's unflinching resolve - we must starve terrorist organizations of fighters, funding and legitimacy. We must act decisively and together».In a unanimous statement the Council stressed the need «to improve the visibility and effectiveness of the UN's role in countering the spread of violent extremist ideologies that are conducive to terrorism».True, with its ideas of the Pan-Caliphate and the export of the terrorist war onto other countries’ territories, including the U.S. and Russia, the IS has become a global problem for the world to face.The militants of this jihadist movement have already voiced threats towards the U.S., Europe, including Vatican and Rome, the Russian Federation, China, as they are already fighting the rest of Muslim world.The Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups have further strengthened as a result of glaring blunders committed by the US flawed Middle East policy. American anti-radicals war effort has been a total failure so far with the main US coalition partners being IS main allies initially and still supporting the radicals. Turkey, for instance, has become a jihadist highway. The recruits transit its territory going into Syria with indirect help of the Turkish government which has helped the IS network in its efforts to topple the Syrian government and destroy the Kurdish self-administration. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have promoted the jihadist course.The problem now is that the US is unable to deviate from boycotting the Syrian government. It badly needs boots on the ground - a move to be vibrantly opposed by a large part of US voters.The only viable option would be to coordinate with the Syrian military, the only force willing to pay the heavy price of fighting tens of thousands of IS and other jihadists. Syria has lost more than 70,000 soldiers fighting mostly the radicals groups since the war started in 2011. No matter that, the US has done everything to reduce the influence of Syria, Iran, Russia and China, which happen to be the most qualified potential partners for the campaign on terror. If it really wants to turn the tide, the US should change its allies to fight terrorism and to join forces with Russia, China, Iran, Syria, the principle country concerned in this war.The radical group controls about 30 percent of Syria, which together with the Iraqi area under its control is a territory as big as Belgium. Now it possesses armed units with up to 90,000 people. This is a military force to reckon with, rigidly structured and fanatically loyal to the leadership. The IS got US weapons left on the battlefield by fleeing Iraqi regular forces. The group has added to its inventory fighters and tactical ballistic missiles and 40 kg of radioactive material captured at Mosul University Laboratory (Iraq) to make real the threat of using dirty bomb contaminating vast areas around. And it also has all major attributes of a state: a caliph, advisers, army, police, jails, governorships, Sharia law, a system of collecting taxes and financial, military material aid form Qatar and radical groups of Persian Gulf and captured oil wells and refineries to export energy. The IS has experts to launch cyberwars, use cutting edge technology and weapons of mass destruction. So far the air strikes launched against the IS have not been effective and inflicted no heavy losses while the coalition has no forces on the ground. The militants learned the art of waging combat actions being bombed by enemy’s aviation.The IS warriors are merciless, they post decapitations on Internet and make subject to genocide the civilians residing in the areas under their control. Its religious fanaticism, severe discipline and brutality can overshadow anyone, even their ally Al-Qaeda. The ongoing military advance and expanding turf in Iraq has become more obvious, its ambitions to establish a caliphate in the Middle East starts to look like a reachable goal with prospects, perhaps more dim ones, for spreading activities to Europe as well. It is also well financed with about $2 billion at its disposal.There are three scenarios for the events to unfold:- The creation of caliphate. Iraq would be divided into separate parts like a Shiite state and Iraqi Kurdistan. It would oppose Iran to meet the interests of Persian Gulf monarchies. The Islamists would be preparing for a major war. The first targets are everyone’s guess - nobody is excluded.- The war would be continued without stop to grab new lands, including Bagdad and Damascus. It would require more vibrant joint efforts to counter the expansion.- The internal divisions may aggravate as resistance gets stronger entailing telling losses. The «caliphate» would be dismemberment into enclaves mired in turf wars turning into the second Somalia - a real headache for world community for years to come. All scenarios make it a universal threat.The IS uses social networks as platforms for spreading their radical ideas. As it is known, the key audience of the global social networks are young people 14 to 25 years old – those who are most susceptible to this sort of propaganda. This is where the IS recruits its followers and adherents. It seems to have well assessed the efficiency of social networks and other Internet tools, both of which were key in the course of the Arab Spring (and the ensuing Arab riots), which in 2011-2013 led to the change of the old regimes in some of the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Libya. The group recruits well paid IT experts who upload the IS propagandist videos as well as post calls to action and propagandist materials in the global social networks.The looming threat of IS and international terrorism for Russia, the U.S., Europe and China seems like it has the potential to bring them closer together.Speaking at a ceremony during which he received the credentials of foreign envoys, including John Tefft, the new U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia is ready for cooperation with the United States so long as Washington treats Moscow as an equal, respects its interests, and refrains from interfering in its affairs. According to him, «We take the view that Russia and the United States of America bear special responsibility for maintaining international security and stability and combating global threats and challenges. We are ready for practical cooperation with our American partners in all different areas, based on the principles of respect for each other’s interests, equality and non-intervention in domestic affairs».One day earlier Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the relations between Russia and EU can still improve, «We hope that the «point of no return» has not yet been passed», Lavrov said at a joint session of collegiums of Russian and Belarusian foreign ministries. Lavrov stressed that Russia considers the EU as its major important partner. «We are interested in a progressive development of cooperation on an equal and mutually beneficial basis», he said.Amid the stand-off over Ukraine the issue never left the agenda. For instance, in late September President Putin discussed with his Security Council working with international partners to take on Islamic State militants. (9) During a meeting in Paris on October 16, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed cooperation against the group. No matter the differences over Ukraine, Moscow and Washington agreed to increase the exchange of intelligence to better confront the threat of IS.* * *Speaking to the United Nations at the session of 69th General Assembly in late September US President ranked international threats with deadly Ebola virus followed by Russia and the Islamic State only third. It was not only that vision of threats that sounded rather bizarre but also Mr. Obama’s affirmation that the world has become «freer and safer». The Cold War relationship serves the interest of those who pose global security threats with the IS as the most spectacular example.The sanctions war between Russia and the West triggered by the Ukrainian crisis is what puts at stake the global counter-terror efforts. It creates a lose-lose situation. There is no method in the madness of fighting the common threat on parallel independent tracks.U.S.-Russian interaction against the Islamic State might inspire other countries to do more. It may have the further important benefit of getting Western and Russian officials to lessen the heat and cool it off to some extent. No doubt, tensions are doomed to persist for a long while to come, but the interaction against radical Islamic terrorists might help to turn things around at least a bit. There are a few options here for cooperation of the military agencies and special services ranging from intelligence exchange on IS to exercising influence on the countries affected by the war with the group. Air strikes in state-controlled Syrian territories are fraught with the risk of huge civilian damage as well as destruction of important industrial sites and nuclear facilities. Iran should not be dismissed either. Tehran has already sent a few hundred fighters from the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps to Iraq to fight off the IS attacks. Iran’s contribution is a possibility, especially if an agreement is reached on settling Iran’s «nuclear problem» and the Western sanctions are lifted.The Ukrainian crisis has been detracting from the potential of large coalition including the West and Russia in fighting the IS. Similar to the Ukrainian case, U.S. and Russia top-level bilateral diplomatic talks are necessary on the IS issue as well as the potential resumption of cooperation between the two countries’ agencies on fighting global terrorism, despite the negative general background of current Russian-American relations.With the Cold War in full swing and ideological differences seemingly an insurmountable hindrance on the way of rapprochement the Soviet block and the West separated human rights and other dividing issues into a basket to launch the détente process. In the heat of Cold War stand-off the US and the Soviet Union signed the Prevention of Incidents at Sea Agreement to be followed by SALT treaties key to the process of curbing the nuclear arms race. The USSR and the US had many problems to face in the days when Reagan and Gorbachev eventually concluded the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement and established the foundation for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which was concluded in 1991. The milestone Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) came into force in 1970, the Helsinki Act made Europe a much safer place in 1975. The original Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) was negotiated and concluded during the last years of the Cold War. The disagreements on Ukraine may be put aside with an understanding to agree to disagree while the efforts are joined to accomplish the paramount global security mission. History provides ample evidence it can be done to benefit all and make lose only one – the common enemy.