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Tuesday  9/30/2008

top“They Just Don’t Get It”—Political Leaders and Pundits Are Clueless About Bailout Rejection  9/30/2008 Global Research: "The only reason there has been economic growth in the last seven years has been due to the housing bubble the Bush administration and Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan created to get us out of the crash of the bubble in 2000-2001. The reason these bubbles have been needed is that the United States over the last generation gave away millions of its good manufacturing jobs to foreign nations in order to further the greed of global finance capitalism. So the only way people have been able to live has been through credit bubbles that have the added disadvantage of inflating the prices of assets, including their homes."

Monday  9/29/2008

topRFK Jr., : "Is Your Vote Safe?" - Interview with Mike Papantonio, Air America Radio  9/29/2008 Global Research: "There are about 30 scams the Republicans are deliberately using, particularly in the swing states to get Democratic voters off the rolls. These scams originate in the so-called Help America Vote Act which was passed after the Florida debacle in the year 2000. It was originally suggested by Democrats and Republicans but it was passed by a Republican congress with a Republican senate and a Republican president. And instead of reforming what happened in Florida it basically institutionalized all the problems that happened in Florida. And institutionalized a series of impediments that make it very difficult for Democrats to register, for Democrats to vote and then for Democrats to have their vote counted. "One of these requirements under HAVA is called "the perfect match" and what that does is little known but it is devastating. A quarter of the voters in Colorado have just been removed from the rolls because of this - just this one scam. And what it does is they use a computer system to compare your registration application to all other government records of you in the state. So they'll look at your social security records, your motor vehicle records and any time you've had any interaction with the government and if there is any information on your voter registration that is different than the information on another government record that they find they remove you from the voting rolls."

Venezuela's Support for Palestine  9/29/2008 Global Research: "After the U.S. imposed Oslo Peace Process began in the early 90's, the international community eagerly resumed diplomatic ties with Israel and immediately started a process of military and technological cooperation with them. May of these nations such as India and China had admired Israel as a nation that was technologically and militarily advanced and desired to have Israel share its expertise in these areas with them.[1] This build up of military cooperation and trade made many nations change their policy on criticizing Israel. These members of the international community turned a blind eye to Israel's practices towards the Palestinians in the years that followed, including a continued displacement of Palestinians, an increase in illegal Jewish settlements, continued expropriation of Palestinian lands, political assassinations, torture, discrimination against non-Jewish residents, and sabotaging the rights of Palestinian refugees displaced by the 1948 Al Nakba genocide. Even after the outbreak of the second intifada, the international community refrained from holding Israel accountable for genocidal policies imposed on the Palestinians such as the forced starvation and economic devastation of over 1.5 million residents in Gaza or for the war crimes it committed during their illegal invasion of Lebanon in 2006. Occasional criticism or concerns would be expressed about Israel's actions but nation-states would refrain from severing diplomatic ties or holding Israel legally accountable for their crimes."

Sunday  9/28/2008

topNeo-cons, ex-Israeli diplomats push Islamophobic video  9/28/2008 Electronic Intifada: "A group of hard-line United States neo-conservatives and former Israeli diplomats, among others, are behind the mass distribution, ahead of the November US presidential election, of a controversial DVD that critics have denounced as Islamophobic. The group, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), is working with another organization called the Clarion Fund, which produced the 60-minute video and is itself tied closely to an Israeli organization called Aish Hatorah. The Fund is currently distributing some 28 million copies of the DVD through newspaper inserts in key electoral "swing" states -- states like Michigan, Ohio, and Florida that, according to recent polling, could go either way in November's presidential election."

NATO closely monitors Russian warships on route to Caribbean  9/28/2008 Ria Novosti 

Saturday  9/27/2008

topHow Israeli Backdoor Technology Penetrated the U.S. Government's Telecom System and Compromised National Security - An Israeli Trojan Horse  9/27/2008 Counterpunch 

Friday  9/26/2008

topRussia offers Chavez nuclear help amid US tensions  9/26/2008 AFP 

The Facts Speak For Themselves  9/26/2008 OpEd News: 23 facts on 9/11

Bush saved Iran from Israel’s counter-nuke strike – report  9/26/2008 Russia Today: "The newspaper [the Guardian, UK] argues Bush’s no to Israel’s plans goes against some analysts who believe the Bush administration may use the tensions over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme to provoke a major security crisis and thus help Republican candidate John McCain in the upcoming presidential poll in the U.S."

New SPLC Report: Documents Reveal History of Racial Extremism by Architect of Anti-Immigration Movement  9/26/2008 SPLC 

German leader warns U.S. superpower era is over  9/26/2008 UPI: "Indeed, it looks increasingly likely that the dollar will not even remain the leading reserve currency. For several years, Arab nations, led by Saudi Arabia, that were alarmed by the financial measures included in the Patriot Act have quietly been transferring hundreds of billions of dollars into euros. And strongly anti-American but major oil-producing nations such as Iran and Venezuela certainly have been talking themselves in that direction. Now Russia, the largest combined oil and gas energy exporter in the world, is talking about using its record financial reserves to create a gold ruble. The dollar has not been backed by gold since President Franklin D. Roosevelt was forced to effectively devalue it by taking it off the gold standard in 1933."

Thursday  9/25/2008

topPutin says ties with Latin America a top priority  9/25/2008 AP 

Notes from the Inside - South Ossetia and Abkhazia  9/25/2008 Counterpunch 

Tuesday  9/23/2008

topSocial and Indigenous Movements March on Santa Cruz - Bolivia's Popular Upheaval  9/23/2008 Counterpunch 

Bin Ladin's Istanbul journey revealed  9/23/2008 Turkish Daily News: "During my stay in Istanbul, I got acquainted with many Iranian merchants who had escaped from Iran at the outbreak of the Iraq-Iran war. During that time, Arab mujahidin started going to Afghanistan with the help of the U.S. CIA, which set up a transit camp in Istanbul. Volunteers stayed in the camp and were then dispatched to Afghanistan," the al-Qaeda leader said."

Sunday  9/21/2008

topThe Destabilization of Bolivia and the "Kosovo Option"  9/21/2008 Global Research: "The secession of Bolivia's Eastern provinces is part of a US sponsored covert operation, coordinated out of the US State Department, in liaison with US intelligence. The death squads armed with automatic weapons responsible for killing supporters of Evo Morales in El Porvenir are supported covertly by the US. According to one report, "USAID has an "Office of Transition Initiatives" operating in Bolivia, funneling millions of dollars of training and support to right-wing opposition regional governments and movements."(The Center for Economic and Policy Research, September 2008). The US also provides support to various opposition groups through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The expelled US Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg worked under the helm of Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, who directly oversees the various "activities" of US embassies around the World. In this regard Negroponte plays a far more important role, acting behind the scenes, than Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. He is also known as one of the main architects of regime change and covert support to paramilitary death squads both in Central America and Iraq."

The American Left (Dailykos) Also Is Claimed by the Israel Lobby'  9/21/2008 MondoWeiss: "It shows that, as Mary-Kay Wilmers of the London Review of Books said to me so sagaciously 2 years ago, The American left is also claimed by the Israel lobby. It means that the burden of waging Israel's p.r. war falls so heavily even on liberal Democrats that you cannot broach the subject in good lefty circles without fear of ending the dinner party. It means that Jews are a tremendously important part of the Democratic base, left (Dailykos) or lib (Huffpo) it makes no difference. It explains why Peace Now never left AIPAC's constituent body and why brave J Street must be careful about how it attacks McCain on Jerusalem. It explains Mel Levine and Steve Grossman and the other Lieberman hawks who remain good bedfellows in the Democratic base and are Atilla the Hun when it comes to Israel, and explains why Dershowitz can call himself a "liberal Democrat" without demurral, and Jimmy Carter is PNG."

Afro-Bolivian language today: the oldest surviving Afro-Hispanic speech community  9/21/2008 Penn State: "Until the second half of the 20th century, black Bolivians in the Yungas still worked as virtual slaves on the haciendas. All adults were required to work (without compensation) three days a week for the benefit of the landowner; the remaining four days produced food for the family. There were no rest periods built into this system. Children began working on the hacienda from around the age of 12-15 years. When their parents were temporarily incapacitated, children could work to partially offset the debt created the adults’ inability to work."

Human Rights Watch Clowns Around  9/21/2008 UrukNet 

Friday  9/19/2008

topTutu urges Israel 'war crime' probe  9/19/2008 Al Jazeera 

Deep Events and the CIA’s Global Drug Connection  9/19/2008 Global Research: "Since at least 1950 there has been a global CIA-drug connection operating more or less continuously. Especially with the passage of time, this connection has contributed to unexplained deep events and the consolidation of the global dominance mentality, at home as well as abroad. More specifically, the global drug connection is a factor underlying such unexplained deep events as the JFK assassination, the second Tonkin Gulf incident of 1964, and Iran-Contra. The global drug connection is not just a lateral connection between CIA field operatives and their drug-trafficking contacts. It is more significantly a global financial complex of hot money uniting prominent business, financial and government as well as underworld figures. It maintains its own political influence by the systematic supply of illicit finances, favors and even sex to politicians around the world, including leaders of both parties in the United States. The result is a system that might be called indirect empire, one that, in its search for foreign markets and resources, is satisfied to subvert existing governance without imposing a progressive alternative."

Thursday  9/18/2008

topVenezuela-Russia ties deepen despite US pressure  9/18/2008 AP: "Russia also plans to help Venezuela build factories to make ships, cars, rifles and ammunition, and a center to train pilots and fix helicopters is in the works. Russian officials even offered to install broadband wireless networks to provide cheap Internet and telephone service to Caracas, Chemezov told Russia's Itar-Tass news agency… And Sechin announced that five of Russia's biggest oil companies are looking to form a consortium to increase Latin American operations. State-controlled Rosneft, Lukoil, Gazprom Neft, Surgutneftegaz and TNK-BP hope to build a US$6.5 billion refinery to process Venezuela's tar-like heavy crude, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported."

The Golden Triangle Opium Trade: An Overview  9/18/2008 Asia Pacific Media Services: published 3/00

The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America’s War On Drugs  9/18/2008 Author's Guild: "“To cover a fraction of the costs of this massive enterprise, former spymaster Paul L. E. Helliwell established and directed a string of drug money laundering banks for the CIA. At the time, Helliwell was general counsel for the Thai consulate in Miami, an active leader in the Republican Party, and a friend of Nixon’s cohort, Bebe Rebozo. Among his drug smuggling credentials, Helliwell had worked with Chiang Kai-Shek’s intelligence chief, General Tai Li, and had set up the CIA’s drug smuggling air force, CAT [Civil Air Transport](later Air America), as well as the Bangkok trading company Sea Supply, which provided cover for CIA officers advising the drug-smuggling Thai border police.”"

All is Clouded by Desire  9/18/2008 Google Books: Covers Paul Helliwell's career.

McCain a.k.a. Mickey Mouse: the candidate for US presidents was the agent of KGB  9/18/2008 Moscow Post: "Chan Chong Duet, the chief of Vietnam prison of that time, informed The Moscow Post Far-Eastern reporter, that he remembered this American very well. According to his words, many of the soviet military men constantly watched by his ward. McCain father soon must be nominated to the post of Commander-in-Chief of one of the USA Fleets. Having known what a big shot fell into their hands, McCain was transferred to solitary ward. «It was special treatment, - Duet says, - his meals was another, and Soviet commanders spent much time in conversations with him. I don’t know the theme of their conversations. To tell the truth, once he was brought to my room, where he signed papers. Soon after that McCain was placed to hospital served by Soviet doctors. After that I have never seen him.»

Paul Lional Edward Helliwell  9/18/2008 Spartacus: "Helliwell's main job was to help Chaing Kai-shek to prepare for a future invasion of Communist China. The CIA created a pair of front companies to supply and finance the surviving forces of Chaing's KMT. Paul Helliwell was put in charge of this operation. This included establishing Civil Air Transport (CAT), a Taiwan-based airline, and the Sea Supply Corporation, a shipping company in Bangkok. It was Helliwell's idea to use these CIA fronted companies to raise money to help support Chaing Kai-shek. According to Joseph Trento (Prelude to Terror): "Through Sea Supply, Helliwell imported large amounts of arms for the KMT soldiers to keep the Burmese military from throwing them out of the country. The arms were ferried into Burma on CAT airplanes. CAT then used the "empty" planes to fly drugs from Burma to Taiwan, Bangkok, and Saigon. There the drugs were processed for the benefit of the KMT and Chiang Kai-shek's corrupt government on Taiwan." Civil Air Transport (CAT), later renamed Air America, provided the CIA with the air power needed to sustain its covert operations for the next twenty-five years. Helliwell was to play an important role in running these covert, and often illegal operations."

Wednesday  9/17/2008

topFive Generals To Be Disciplined Over Nukes  9/17/2008 DoD Buzz 

Tuesday  9/16/2008

topBolivia Versus the Empire - Morales Sí, Secession No  9/16/2008 Counterpunch: "The autonomy plan, AKA the secession plan, went into action. The prefects of the lowland departments turned loose their hired thugs, who torched a building containing the offices of an indigenous-rights group, seized airports and government buildings, and murdered at least 16 people. This was only a fraction of the damage done. At first, President Morales sent only civil and military police to confront these criminals. He told the police to avoid using force. Morales is a patient man, but he soon learned that patience had lost its efficacy. He sent in regular army troops, and an uneasy peace quickly returned. Next, he told Phil Goldberg to pack his bags and never come back. He then immediately recalled Bolivia’s ambassador to the U.S."

Pentagon debates development of offensive cyberspace capabilities  9/16/2008 LA Times: "The current emphasis is on intelligence gathering and defending U.S. electronic security, but some officials think the military should know how to attack other nations' computer systems."

Monday  9/15/2008

topOpposition Leader Call Morales a "Macaca" - Racist Rhetoric in Bolivia  9/15/2008 Counterpunch 

Chávez Denounces Bolivian Commander's Inaction and Asks Bolivian Soldiers to Remain Loyal to Evo  9/15/2008 Global Research: "On Sunday, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, denounced the inaction of the Commander in Chief of the Bolivian Armed Forces, General Luis Trigo, in retaking the Department (Province) of Pando, whose state of siege was declared last Friday, after a massacre took place on Thursday in which until now, some 30 dead and 106 missing have been reported. Chávez supported Morales's decision to declare a state of siege. "There are foreign paramilitaries there killing peasants, burning houses and public buildings, attacking barracks, and so on. What more was there to do? (Declare) a state of siege!" Luis Trigo But he denounced Trigo for not rising to the call: "Last night General Trigo went to Pando (…) but instead of responding to the presidential decree for a State of Siege, last night I was directly informed by sources very close to the situation, that he (Trigo) arrived and ordered the troops to their barracks, abandoning the airport and citizens' protection. A strange thing, General Trigo."

Sunday  9/14/2008

topSaakashvili "planned S. Ossetia invasion" -ex-minister  9/14/2008 Reuters: "Okruashvili said Washington was partly to blame for the war because it uncritically supported Saakashvili despite his growing authoritarianism. "There were no checks and balances. The institutions he created all revolved around him. Lack of criticism from the U.S. allowed him to go too far," he said. Okruashvili said the Georgian president should now resign or face possible prosecution for ordering the war and for signing a "disgraceful" EU-brokered ceasefire plan which he said gave Russia a much stronger claim on the two rebel regions. "(Saakashvili) must be held accountable and resign. If he steps down, he shouldn't be prosecuted. But if he doesn't it will lead to criminal charges against him," Okruashvili said."

Saturday  9/13/2008

topSyrian commandos invade seven N. Lebanese villages outside Tripoli  9/13/2008 Debka, Israel: "Two Syrian commando battalions accompanied by reconnaissance and engineering corps units have crossed into Lebanon in the last 48 hours and taken up positions in seven villages, most of them Allawite Muslim, outside Tripoli, DEBKAfile’s military sources reported Saturday, Sept. 13. They are the vanguard of a large armored force poised on the border. Damascus has signaled to Washington and Paris: Don’t interfere."

Bolivia imposes martial law on northern province  9/13/2008 LA Times: "Outnumbered troops and police officers have generally stayed out of the way of violent groups such as those who sacked government buildings in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, a center of opposition to the central government in La Paz."

U.S. Links 3 Chávez Aides to Guerrillas  9/13/2008 WaPo: "Former interior minister Ramón Rodríguez Chacín and two leading intelligence officials helped the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia procure weapons in the group's effort to overthrow Colombian President Álvaro Uribe's U.S.-backed government, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a document placing sanctions on the three."

Friday  9/12/2008

topThe New Pearl Harbor Revisited: The Definitive Treatment of 9/11: A Review of David Ray Griffin's book  9/12/2008 Global Research 

Brazil full support for Morales and warns Bolivian “terrorists”  9/12/2008 MercoPress: "We won't tolerate a rupture in the constitutional order of Bolivia" Marco Aurelio Garcia, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva foreign policy advisor told a news conference. "Brazil will not recognize any attempt at a government that would substitute a constitutional government in Bolivia" Garcia said when asked whether this meant Brazil would send troops to aid the Bolivian government of President Evo Morales."

Medvedev "would attack Georgia even if on NATO track"  9/12/2008 Reuters: "Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that even if Georgia were on a firm path to NATO membership, he would not hesitate to attack it under circumstances similar to last month's conflict."

Thursday  9/11/2008

topOfficial: Bolivia-Brazil gas flow largely restored  9/11/2008 AP: "Munoz says half of Bolivia's gas flow to Brazil was interrupted for seven hours on Thursday, until a valve closed by government opponents could be reopened."

Embajador Chaderton denuncia ante la OEA, planes conspirativos contra el Presidente Hugo Chávez  9/11/2008 Aporrea 

Ossetia-Georgia-Russia-U.S.A. - Towards a Second Cold War?  9/11/2008 Counterpunch: by Noam Chomsky

Wednesday  9/10/2008

topCommercial Media Let McCain Get Away with Claims that the "Surge" has Worked  9/10/2008 Alternet 

U.S. Intelligence Sees It Russia’s Way  9/10/2008 Kommersant: "American intelligence confirms that the latest military actions in South Ossetia were started by Georgia and Russia’s position in the conflict was correct, says Republican California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. He said the situation reminded him of the Bay of Tonkin incident, which the U.S. used as a pretext for beginning the war in Vietnam."

EU Officials: Investigate CIA Plane Used in Renditions Caught with 4 Tons of Cocaine  9/10/2008 Mad Cow Morning News: "The CIA Drug Plane Scandal grew exponentially last week when European Union officials broke an official 40-year-long silence on the previously-taboo subject of the CIA’s worldwide involvement in drug trafficking. Last week Mexico City newspaper El Universal reported that The European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation has begun an investigation one of the planes, the cocaine-laden Gulfstream II business jet (N987SA), for suspected use in CIA "rendition" flights in which prisoners are covertly transferred to a third country or US-run detention centers."

Is Palin a Magnet for the Extreme Right-Wing?  9/10/2008 OpEd News: "Palin's and her husband's dalliances with the Alaska Independence Party (AIP), which advocates the secession of Alaska from the United States is the tip of a web of organizations that count among their membership extreme right-wing elements, many of whom also participate in Republican Party candidate selection and the lobbying of Republican members of Congress on behalf of Big Tobacco, Big Mining, Big Agra, and the small arms and defense industry clients. The AIP is part of a network of extreme right-wing secessionists around the country, many of whom are linked to white supremacist causes. In 2006, the AIP participated in the first North American Secessionist Convention in Burlington, Vermont. Also attracted to the convention were a number of Southern secessionist movements, including the League of the South; the Southern Caucus; the Southern National Congress; and Christian Exodus, which advocates the secession of South Carolina as an independent republic governed by the Ten Commandments as the foundation of law."

Government to approve Aliyah for 1,100 Falashmura  9/10/2008 Ynet: "Gov't to vote on proposal put forward by Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit to bring 1,100 Falashmura Jews to Israel. Thousands more still waiting in Gondar camp. Sheetrit says move doesn't mean Israel now closing its doors to Ethiopians "

Tuesday  9/9/2008

topAn Inteview with George Ciccariello-Maher Venezuela From Below  9/9/2008 Counterpunch: "George Ciccariello-Maher is a doctoral candidate in political theory at UC Berkeley, who lived in Caracas for over a year. He contributes regularly to Counterpunch and MRzine, and is currently preparing a book entitled: We Created Him: A People’s History of the Bolivarian Revolution."

Stuffed ballots, biased campaign tainted Georgia vote: OSCE  9/9/2008 Reuters: "The ODIHR, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, ratified its initial view that election day itself was calm and voting was generally assessed positively; though there were "a limited number of serious violations, including ballot-box stuffing." But it said there were "many significant shortcomings" in the counting of the vote, followed by "widespread and serious irregularities" in the way Georgian election authorities handled around 1,400 election-related complaints and appeals. At least six opposition activists who were taking legal action against electoral irregularities were beaten, it added."

Monday  9/8/2008

topMcCain, Culvahouse and the Iran/Contra Gang - The Man Who Vetted Palin  9/8/2008 Counterpunch: "The vetting process worked exactly as it was supposed to work: it delivered a Republican candidate with a heaping plate of character flaws and serial judgment lapses who thus wouldn’t wince at reading fiction from a TelePrompTer to 37 million Americans. (What’s the difference between George W. Bush and Sarah Palin? Lipstick.) The real dark secret is that our country has been held hostage to this democracy-gutting strategy since the Reagan administration allowed money launderers, gun runners and their criminal defense lawyers to seize power in what is still inadequately called Iran-Contra. (Had much of the record not been classified or shredded, the public would have seen a personal profiteering operation as well as an illicit arms network involving the U.S., Israel, Iran and Central America. And until the complete record is expunged and all the players are dead, it matters greatly to the Iran-Contra gang who runs the country and has access to what’s left of that classified material.)"

US-Russian naval rivalries heat up over Black, Caspian, Persian Gulf seas  9/8/2008 Debka, Israel: "Washington is well aware of the talk in Moscow and Tehran in recent days about establishing Russian naval bases in Iran: Iranian Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea and an Iranian-held island in the Persian Gulf. The latter, if Moscow and Tehran reached agreement, would terminate US naval control of the Persian Gulf waters opposite Iran forces and drastically upset the balance of strength in the region. Washington’s response to this talk is its bid for a permanent Black Sea base."

Revealed: the bias of Western NGOs in South Ossetia  9/8/2008 Russia Today: "A senior Russian human rights official has spoken out against attempts by Western NGOs to downplay the number of casualties in the 5-day battle for Tskhinval. Public Chamber member and Director of the Moscow Human Rights Bureau, Alexander Brod, says groups such as Human Rights Watch were in no position to make an objective assessment of war casualties." [Human Rights Watch receives funding from George Soros, a liberal neocon.]

Flota de la marina de guerra de Rusia vendrá a Venezuela a finales de ańo, informó Chávez  9/8/2008 TeleSur 

Sunday  9/7/2008

topChavez Visits South Africa and Strengthens South-South Relations  9/7/2008 Venezuela Analysis: "Mérida, September 3, 2008 (— Hugo Chavez arrived in Pretoria, South Africa Tuesday morning with the aim of developing closer relations with Venezuela, to concretize cooperation and “to strengthen the world of the South,” he said. One of the main agreements reached was that South Africa will work with Venezuela in the Petroleum Belt of the Orinoco River…. Africans were brought to Venezuela as slaves from the 16th to 19th centuries, to be used by the Spanish in gold mines and on cocoa and coffee plantations, among other things. 32% of Venezuela’s population is estimated to be of afro-Venezuelan descent, including the president."

Saturday  9/6/2008

topRussian units raid Georgian airfields for use in Israeli strike against Iran – report  9/6/2008 Debka, Israel: "The raids were disclosed by UPI chief editor Arnaud de Borchgrave, who is also on the Washington Times staff, and picked up by the Iranian Fars news agency. The Russian raids of two Georgian airfields, which Tbilisi had allowed Israel to use for a potential strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, followed the Georgian offensive against South Ossetia on Aug. 7. Under the secret agreement with Georgia, the airfields had been earmarked for use by Israeli fighter-bombers taking off to strike Iran in return for training and arms supplies. DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report that flying from S. Georgia over the Caspian Sea to Iran would sharply trim the distance to be spanned by Israeli fighter-bombers, reducing flying time to 3.5 hours. Northern Iran and the Tehran region, where most of the nuclear facilities are concentrated, would be within range, with no need to request US permission to pass through Iraq air space."

Venezuela to host Russia navy exercise in Caribbean  9/6/2008 Reuters: "Several Russian ships and 1,000 soldiers will take part in joint naval maneuvers with Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea later this year, exercises likely to increase diplomatic tensions with Washington, a pro-government newspaper reported on Saturday. Quoting Venezuela's naval intelligence director, Salbarore Cammarata, the newspaper Vea said four Russian boats would visit Venezuelan waters from November 10 to 14."

Wednesday  9/3/2008

topSarah Palin's Jewish Problem  9/3/2008 Salon: "In his talk at Wasilla on August 17, 2008, with Palin in the audience, Brickner described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" on Jews who have not converted to Christianity. "Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television," Brickner said. "It's very real. When [my son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can't miss it."

Monday  9/1/2008

topAfter Being Detained in Preemptive House Raid, Democracy Now!’s Elizabeth Press Files Report on Police Crackdown in St. Paul  9/1/2008 Democracy Now: "The house where I-Witness Video is staying in St. Paul has been surrounded by police. We have locked all the doors. We have been told that if we leave, we will be detained. One of our people who was caught outside is being detained in handcuffs in front of the house. The police say that they are waiting to get a search warrant. More than a dozen police are wielding firearms, including one St. Paul officer with a long gun, which someone told me is an M-16. We are suffering a preemptive video arrest. For those that don’t know, I-Witness Video was remarkably successful in exposing police misconduct and outright perjury by police during the 2004 RNC. Out of 1,800 arrests, at least 400 were overturned based solely on video evidence which contradicted sworn statements which were fabricated by police officers.”

Biden quoted as saying that Israel will have to reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran  9/1/2008 Haaretz: "Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden was quoted Monday as telling senior Israeli officials behind closed doors that the Jewish state will have to reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran. In the unsourced report, Army Radio also quoted Biden as saying that he opposed "opening a additional military and diplomatic front." Biden, chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has long been considered strongly pro-Israel. His nomination as Barack Obama's running mate had been expected to shore up the Democrats' strength with U.S. Jewish voters. Advertisement Army Radio said Israeli officials expressed "amazement" over the remarks attributed to him."

Extremists in the Military  9/1/2008 Intelligence Report, SPLC 

Biden: Israel should accept 'nuclear' Iran  9/1/2008 Press TV, Iran 

Sunday  8/31/2008

topThe Real Drug Lords: A brief history of CIA involvement in the Drug Trade  8/31/2008 Global Research 

Saturday  8/30/2008

topDutch sabotage agent recalled from Iran over “impending” US attack  8/30/2008 Debka 

Spiegel: OSCE observers fault Georgians in conflict  8/30/2008 Monsters & Critics: "European observers have faulted Georgia in this month's Caucasus conflict, saying it made elaborate plans to seize South Ossetia, according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday. In a report to appear in its Monday edition, it said officials of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) had said acts by the Georgian government had contributed to the outbreak of the crisis with Russia. ...It said the OSCE report also described suspected war crimes by the Georgians, including the Georgians ordering attacks on sleeping South Ossetian civilians."

Friday  8/29/2008

topRussia trifles with genocide  8/29/2008 CS Monitor: [Carefully crafted article completely downplaying the initial Georgian rocket and artillery assault on the South Ossetia capital, Tskhinvali. A model piece of modern propaganda.]

Chavez backs Russian recognition of Georgia regions  8/29/2008 Reuters 

Putin: U.S. military advisers in Georgia conflict  8/29/2008 Reuters: " He said the United States had used NATO to keep Europe under control after the end of the Cold War and that Russia was being artificially built up an enemy. "They needed an external enemy and Iran doesn't suit that role very well, and they want to resuscitate Russia as the threat," he said, adding that Russia could not be isolated."

Thursday  8/28/2008

topEU snubs Georgia for Ossetia crisis summit  8/28/2008 Russia Today: "There will be no Georgian presence at an emergency session of the EU called to discuss the situation in South Ossetia. The September 1 meeting has seen France, which currently holds EU presidency, vote against inviting Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. "

Wednesday  8/27/2008

topForeign Lobbyists and the Making of US Policy  8/27/2008 AntiWar: "Joe Biden, before being elevated to co-Messiah status alongside Barack Obama, had just returned from a quick trip to Tbilisi, where, with other Democratic leaders, including Rep. Howard Berman of California, he pledged "solidarity" with the Georgian invaders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, egging Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on to further provocations. Both Biden and Berman support Georgia's proposed membership in NATO, a move that would pledge us – and the Europeans – to ensuring and maintaining Georgia's "territorial integrity."

Israel Is Spying In And On The U.S.?  8/27/2008 Fox News: In 4 parts with transcript, from 2002.

Israeli Amdocs wiretapping spy on the United States  8/27/2008 Fox News: The famous Fox story that was removed from their web site, 2002.

Russian analyst points to link between Georgian attack and Iran  8/27/2008 RIA Novosti: "Col. Gen Leonid Ivashov, president of the Academy of Geopolitical Studies, told a news conference at RIA Novosti, "We are close to a serious conflict - U.S. and NATO preparations on a strategic scale are ongoing. In the operation the West conducted on Georgian soil against Russia - South Ossetians were the victims or hostages of it - we can see a rehearsal for an attack on Iran. There is a great deal of "new features" that today are being fine tuned in the theater of military operations." ...Ivashov said it was difficult to predict how other countries would react to a conflict with Iran, but according to him, "old Europe" would be reluctant for events to develop and to some degree would become Russia's allies. With regard to the Georgia-South Ossetian conflict, he said that one of the principal goals of NATO's "geopolitical operation" was to neutralize Russia as a global player."

Tuesday  8/26/2008

topCountdown in the Caucasus: Seven days that brought Russia and Georgia to war  8/26/2008 Financial Times: "Starting at 11.30pm that night, Georgian mortars, then rockets, then heavy 122mm Grad missiles fired from truck-mounted launchers pounded Tskhinvali. The bombardment killed dozens, perhaps hundreds, of civilians over the next few days, though it appears that early Russian estimates of 1,500-2,000 dead were exaggerated; as of last week a Russian special commission had confirmed 133. At 6am, Russian peacekeepers say, Georgian tanks began to storm the city. At least 15 Russian peacekeepers were killed by Georgian fire, while many were wounded, says Capt Ivanov. Mr Saakashvili had always kept in close touch with the US government, which stations 130 US military advisers in Georgia, though Washington has gone to great pains to deny that it ever sanctioned the action against South Ossetia. As Mr Bryza says: "I did indeed advise the Georgian leadership not to get drawn into a trap. That was our consistent advice for several years." However, the US government has faced criticism for its slow response to the crisis and for not doing more to prevent it. Strobe Talbott, the former US deputy secretary of state, says: "I am quite convinced there was no green light. There was definitely a problem with an insufficiently red light." The Kremlin's reaction was swift. Russian warplanes began bombing Georgian forces on August 8 and Russian ground troops swiftly arrived in South Ossetia. Again, however, controversy surrounds the timing of this intervention. The official version, according to a Kremlin press release on August 19, says that, "in accordance with the right to self-defence, on the afternoon of August 8, Russia sent additional forces to South Ossetia to support Russian peacekeepers and protect civilians"."

Sunday  8/24/2008

topGerman military attache found Russians acted appropriately  8/24/2008 Earth Times 

"This is my land, God gave it to me, fuck you" - Drunken Israeli settler threatens British film crew  8/24/2008 EVTV1 

CIA Plane Hidden in Cayman Islands Trust  8/24/2008 Mad Cow Morning News: "After making an emergency landing at the International Airport José Tadeo Monagas in Maturin, Venezuela, the pilot and co-pilot of the American-registered twin-engine Piper Cheyenne (N395CA) bailed out of the plane, leaving it sitting in the middle of a runway as they sprinted for the airport fence. Onboard were 28 suitcases stuffed with 700 kilos of cocaine, and 14 empty cans of fuel. The busted drug flight is the second recent incident involving an American plane. The first, a twin-engine Piper Navajo (N6463L)also suspected of drug trafficking, crashed outside Caracas, Venezuela while registered to a Houston firm widely thought to serve as a front to hide CIA planes, which was involved in a fiery crash near Caracas on April 28 that made international headlines."

Russia's oil boom may be running on empty  8/24/2008 McClatchy: "Most of the oil produced after the country's 1998 financial collapse has come from drilling and re-drilling old Soviet oil fields with more advanced equipment - squeezing more black gold out of the same ground - and efforts to develop new fields have been slow or non-existent. That strategy is potentially disastrous, said Valery Kryukov, who researches oil companies in western Siberia for a government-funded think tank. "If the situation which exists now stays the same, oil production will start to decline seriously in two years," Kryukov said in a phone interview from his offices in the city of Novosibirsk."

Georgian President Vows to Rebuild Army  8/24/2008 NYT: "President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia said Sunday that he planned to rebuild his country’s shattered army, and that even after its decisive defeat in the war for control of one of Georgia’s two separatist enclaves he would continue to pursue a policy of uniting both under the Georgian flag. “It will stay the same,” he said of his ambition to bring the enclaves, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, under Georgian control. “Now as ever.” ...He predicted continued American support and said that he spoke by phone with the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Senator John McCain, as often as twice a day, and that he was in regular contact with Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has been picked to run for vice president on the Democratic ticket."

Saturday  8/23/2008

topMaking Money on a New Cold War  8/23/2008 Consortium News: "At the CIA, hard-line Director William Casey and his deputy, Robert Gates, purged CIA analysts who still insisted on seeing a Soviet decline. The only acceptable analysis was to agree that the Soviets were on the march and set on world domination. In reaction to this perceived Soviet threat, there was a massive expansion in U.S. military spending, combined with aggressive covert operations in dirty wars from Central America to Afghanistan. There, the Reagan administration sent sophisticated weapons to rebel forces that included Islamic fundamentalists, such as Osama bin Laden. Ironically, when the Soviet Union finally collapsed in 1991, the CIA analytical division was mocked for having “missed” this momentous event. Meanwhile, the U.S. news media credited Reagan’s vast military spending, especially his “Star Wars” missile defense program and the Afghan war, with “winning” the Cold War."

The American Turkish Council: US Association Helps Create New World Order  8/23/2008 Dissident Voice: published in 2005

Aid deliveries 'cover' for NATO build up  8/23/2008 Press TV 

Jewish 'Klansmen' tie Palestinian to power pole, beat him savagely  8/23/2008 The People's Voice: "At one point, the settlers warned the soldiers to keep away, or else they would attack the soldiers. Israeli soldiers serving in the occupied West Bank have strict orders barring them from responding to settler violence in any active manner. When the soldiers, who had backed off a few meters, started calling their superiors to notify them of what was going on, the settlers carried out a last round of beating, kicking Abu Karsh in his underbelly and genitals."

Friday  8/22/2008

topLos Yukpa Vencerán: Informe audiovisual sobre la problemática en la Sierra de Perijá  8/22/2008 Aporrea 

Thursday  8/21/2008

topIs Georgia 2008 a Repeat of Hungary 1956? With John McCain as Agent Provocateur?  8/21/2008 Counterpunch 

SCLC: Racism still alive in New Orleans  8/21/2008 Final Call: "While some were caught off guard by his recent description of New Orleans as one of the most racist cities in the United States, he says they shouldn’t have been given the city’s racial climate and its routine mistreatment of Black residents and tourists alike. “We were there before the storm and advocated that racism is still alive and well in New Orleans,” he told The Louisiana Weekly. “You have two different pay scales in New Orleans. We told Mayor (Ray) Nagin this, and the local paper admitted that the SCLC was right. “There are two different market scales within the city of New Orleans,” he continued. “You have a Black price and a White price in terms of the tourism market, which overlaps into the everyday market. You go into a restaurant as a Black person, you get a different menu than White folks.”

Wednesday  8/20/2008

topRussia sends aircraft carrier to Syria  8/20/2008 Barent Observer, Norway 

Bank collapse ahead: The worst of the global financial crisis is yet to come says ex-IMF economist  8/20/2008 Global Research: "The worst of the global financial crisis is yet to come and a large U.S. bank will fail in the next few months as the world's biggest economy hits further troubles, former IMF chief economist Kenneth Rogoff said on Tuesday. "The U.S. is not out of the woods. I think the financial crisis is at the halfway point, perhaps. I would even go further to say 'the worst is to come'," he told a financial conference. "We're not just going to see mid-sized banks go under in the next few months, we're going to see a whopper, we're going to see a big one, one of the big investment banks or big banks," said Rogoff, who is an economics professor at Harvard University and was the International Monetary Fund's chief economist from 2001 to 2004."

Sibel Edmonds Case: Richard Perle continues criminal enterprise, MSM still silent  8/20/2008 OpEd News 

Tuesday  8/19/2008

topThe Mindlessness is Total - Are You Ready for Nuclear War?  8/19/2008 Counterpunch: "Recognizing that the US had no intention of keeping any of the agreements it had made with Gorbachev, Putin directed the Russian military budget to upgrading the Russian nuclear deterrent. Consequently, the Russian army and air force lack the smart weapons and electronics of the US military. When the Russian army went into Georgia to rescue the Russians in South Ossetia from the destruction being inflicted upon them by the American puppet Saakashvili, the Russians made it clear that if they were opposed by American troops with smart weapons, they would deal with the threat with tactical nuclear weapons. The Americans were the first to announce preemptive nuclear attack as their permissible war doctrine. Now the Russians have announced the tactical use of nuclear weapons as their response to American smart weapons."

Russia calls off meeting with NATO  8/19/2008 Russia Today 

Sunday  8/17/2008

topBattle for South Ossetia fought in cyberspace  8/17/2008 Independent, UK: "South Ossetia was, say experts in both technology and military studies, the world's first cyberwar. Websites on both sides, especially the Georgian one, were knocked out by co-ordinated online attacks. Among them were the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs websites, the online English language dailies 'The Messenger', and 'Civil', and the personal website of the Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili."

BBC Video Proves Georgia to Blame for Hostilities  8/17/2008 Prison Planet 

Venezuela seeks observation satellite in five years  8/17/2008 Reuters: "Venezuela's first satellite, named after independence hero Simon Bolivar, is for broadcast and telecommunications purposes and is due to be launched from China in November, Chavez said. But major oil explorer Venezuela is seeking to build a second satellite to help map the vast South American country, Chavez said on his weekly television show."

Saturday  8/16/2008

topFrom Georgia to the Brink of a New Cold War - A Pawn in Their Game  8/16/2008 Counterpunch 

From West Point to the Caucasus - Georgia On My Mind  8/16/2008 Counterpunch: "Shortly before Georgia attacked, the Russians tried to get a resolution through the UN Security Council calling on Ossetia and Georgia to renounce the use of force. The U.S., Britain, and Saakashvili torpedoed it. Why? Might the U.S. have snookered the Georgians into making an attack Washington knew would end in disaster? Political commentator Robert Scheer suggests the war was a neocon election ploy aimed at getting John McCain elected president. On one level the charge seems far-fetched, but as Scheer points out, the McCain campaign is filled with neocons and Georgia boosters, and some of McCain’s recent statements seem as if they were lifted from the depths of the Cold War. Is the Georgia War the “October surprise” for the fall elections as Scheer suggests? The Republicans need a crisis so they can argue that only McCain has the experience to handle it. The Iran bugaboo is wearing thin, and the polls show overwhelming opposition to a war with Teheran. China is playing nice, and, in any case, it is not a good idea to pick a fight with someone who can call in its loans and bankrupt you."

Head of World Congress of Russian Jewry accuses Georgia of genocide  8/16/2008 Haaretz, Israel: "Russian-speaking Israeli figures have expressed dismay at a statement made by the chairman of the World Congress of Russian Jewry, Russian Senator Boris Spiegel, calling for the establishment of a tribunal that would investigate Georgia's "war crimes" during the past week's round of fighting. Spiegel, a prominent Jewish oligarch boasting close ties with the Kremlin, accused Georgia of genocide and ethnic cleansing."

Germany's Schroeder says Georgia sparked fighting  8/16/2008 Reuters: "The starting point of the military confrontation was Georgia's march into South Ossetia. We shouldn't confuse things," Schroeder said, when asked who was responsible for the outbreak of violence between Russian and Georgian troops. He doubted the United States, a strong ally of Georgia, was not informed about the initial Georgian offensive given that it has military advisers stationed in Tbilisi. "In my view, we have seen major mistakes by the West in its policy towards Russia," Schroeder said. He urged the European Union to press ahead with plans to forge a "strategic partnership" pact with Moscow, saying Europe risked losing influence and pushing Russia towards China if it did not work with the Kremlin."

Secret IDF material went unguarded in Georgia  8/16/2008 Ynet, Israel 

Friday  8/15/2008

topRussians losing propaganda war  8/15/2008 BBC: "The BBC's Sarah Rainsford has reported: "Many Ossetians I met both in Tskhinvali and in the main refugee camp in Russia are furious about what has happened to their city. "They are very clear who they blame: Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili, who sent troops to re-take control of this breakaway region." Human Rights Watch concluded after an on-the-ground inspection: "Witness accounts and the timing of the damage would point to Georgian fire accounting for much of the damage described [in Tskhinvali]."

Missile shield accord draws Russian fire  8/15/2008 Financial Times: "Anatoly Nogovitsin, the deputy head of the Russian armed forces, warned Poland that by hosting the shield it could become the target of a nuclear attack in war time. “The US is concerned with its own anti-missile defence, not Poland’s. But Poland, by deploying [the shield], will be exposed to attack.”

Chavez Accuses the US of Direct Intervention in South Ossetia Conflict  8/15/2008 Venezuela Analysis: “Venezuela has been following, with concern, the development of the conflict, and in particular the increase in unacceptable acts of violence perpetrated by the Georgian troops against the South Ossetian population. In this sense, Venezuela reiterates its rejection of all actions that violate human rights, especially the right to life.” “The military offensive by Georgia in South Ossetia, without any valid reason, spread the calls to war in the Caucasus region. This conflict was planned, prepared and ordered by the government of the United States, which, far from promoting the reestablishment of peace in the area, went to work on encouraging the aggression of the Georgian government. The international community was, once more, witness to the reoccurring policy of destabilization and incitement to violence that North American imperialism is used to putting in practice in distinct regions of the world.”

The United States and Venezuela: More Than Just A Gun Show  8/15/2008 Venezuela Analysis: "Venezuela was once known solely for its oil deposits and compliant trade relations with the United States; Washington’s interest in the country was largely limited to the narrow, oil-driven economic ties between the two countries. Only when Chávez became the leader of what was beginning to become an important trading partner and threatened to destabilize a status-quo that was not in Venezuela’s favor, did the United States express much concern over the well-being of the latter’s population. The sudden intense concern that then followed seems directly tied to the U.S.’s economic interests, glazed over by a revival of a heavy dose of Cold War-era ideology."

Report warns of global fallout from invasion of Georgia, faults U.S. intelligence  8/15/2008 World Tribune: "Cohen, a senior researcher at the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, said Russia plans to extend its influence throughout the Middle East. He cited Russian Navy bases in the Syrian ports of Latakia and Tartous and plans to establish a presence in Libya."

Thursday  8/14/2008

topGeorgia War: A Neocon Election Ploy?  8/14/2008 Global Research 

Wag the Dog: How to Conceal Massive Economic Collapse  8/14/2008 Global Research 

Georgia president denies Israel halted military aid due to war  8/14/2008 Haaretz, Israel: "A former Zionist leader who speaks fluent Hebrew, Yakobashvili credited Israeli defense companies with "enabling us to train our army and giving us the possibility to withstand the Russians," but termed the Israeli government's decision to stop arms exports to his country "a disgrace." He said the West should have responded by "deploying NATO troops to defend Georgia's vital infrastructure," and that "Israel is betraying us, along with the European countries and the United States."

Ukrainian Armed Forces to implement Yushchenko’s decree on Russian ships  8/14/2008 UNIAN, Ukraine: "Earlier on Thursday, Anatoly Nogovitsyn, the deputy head of the Russian General Staff, told a news conference in Moscow that the instructions of the Ukrainian authorities, which commissioned the Russian Black Sea Fleet to submit a request to return to its base in the Crimea, are not legitimate for the Russian Naval Forces. The news conference was broadcast live by Vesti24 television. “We have only one Commander-in-Chief, the Russian Federation President, and all statements from abroad are not legitimate for us”, Nogovitsyn claimed."

Danny Glover, Haiti, and the Politics of Revolutionary Cinema in Venezuela  8/14/2008 Venezuela Analysis: "In 2007 the National Association of Film Makers and the Venezuelan Chamber of Film Producers criticized Glover for using political contacts to secure the funding package without a bidding process. The filmmakers called such methods "demoralising and detrimental to future generations of Venezuelan movie-makers." Claudia Nazoa, president of the Venezuelan Chamber of Feature Film Producers (known by its Spanish acronym Caveprol), said, "What worries us is this trend for neo-colonisation by international figures who come to talk of their support for Chávez's government—and leave with money for their projects." In 2007, Venezuela provided $18 million to fund Toussaint, and this year the authorities kicked in an extra $9 million. Venezuelan directors complain that the budget for Glover’s film matches the entire state budget for domestic films from 2003 to 2008—a sum they say could “finance 36 Venezuelan films.” Culture Minister Sesto called it "naive" to think the movie industry would be out $18 million, since the money did not come from Villa del Cine's operating funds but were part of an "additional credit.” He added, "The funds earmarked for this movie will be invested exclusively in Venezuela ... creating jobs and providing excellent experience for our national film industry.” "

Wednesday  8/13/2008

topMcCain adviser got money from Georgia  8/13/2008 AP: "John McCain's chief foreign policy adviser and his business partner lobbied the senator or his staff on 49 occasions in a 3 1/2-year span while being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia… Scheunemann is part of the community of neoconservatives who relentlessly pushed for war in Iraq."

Two Morons: Bush and Saakashvili - "President Bush, Will You Please Shut Up?"  8/13/2008 Counterpunch: “So, why don’t you shut up? Oh and by the way, send some more of your military advisors to Georgia, they are doing a sterling job. And they look all funny down the night sight, all green.” The US is not a superpower. It is a bankrupt farce run by imbeciles who were installed by stolen elections arranged by Karl Rove and Diebold. It is a laughing stock, that ignorantly affronts and attempts to bully an enormous country equipped with tens of thousands of nuclear weapons."

Ill and in Pain, Detainee Dies in U.S. Hands  8/13/2008 NYT: "But when Mr. Ng, who had overstayed a visa years earlier, went to immigration headquarters in Manhattan last summer for his final interview for a green card, he was swept into immigration detention and shuttled through jails and detention centers in three New England states. In April, Mr. Ng began complaining of excruciating back pain. By mid-July, he could no longer walk or stand. And last Wednesday, two days after his 34th birthday, he died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a Rhode Island hospital, his spine fractured and his body riddled with cancer that had gone undiagnosed and untreated for months."

Venezuela’s Chavez Meets with President of World Jewish Congress  8/13/2008 Venezuela Analysis 

Tuesday  8/12/2008

topBolivian Referendum Results Analysis  8/12/2008 Indypendent: "It is extremely likely that, as he announced in his victory speech, Evo will use this as a mandate to push more aggressively for his project of social transformation – a new, indigenous-centered constitution, nationalization of formerly-privatized industries, and a pursuit of land reform in Eastern Bolivia. He would be correct in doing so – with his achievement of such a clear mandate, it may be now or never for his government to act decisively. However, he needs to be conscious of numerous pitfalls along the way."

Europe’s, U.S. Media Divided in Evaluation of Georgia’s Conflict  8/12/2008 Kommersant, Russia: "But Europe is far less hawkish. According to Britain’s Guardian, the actual aim of Russia’s air attacks is to terrify to death residents of independent Georgia and to show that Moscow rather than Washington or NATO is the place of the actual military force is in the region. But should Russia’s tanks enter Tbilisy, it would be a big strategic miscalculation, The Guardian specified, pointing out that this action would entail international response. But Moscow would hardly give such pleasure to Saakashvili, the newspaper forecasted."

The Russo-Georgian War and the Balance of Power  8/12/2008 Stratfor: "The United States is Georgia’s closest ally. It maintained about 130 military advisers in Georgia, along with civilian advisers, contractors involved in all aspects of the Georgian government and people doing business in Georgia. It is inconceivable that the Americans were unaware of Georgia’s mobilization and intentions. It is also inconceivable that the Americans were unaware that the Russians had deployed substantial forces on the South Ossetian frontier. U.S. technical intelligence, from satellite imagery and signals intelligence to unmanned aerial vehicles, could not miss the fact that thousands of Russian troops were moving to forward positions. The Russians clearly knew the Georgians were ready to move. How could the United States not be aware of the Russians? Indeed, given the posture of Russian troops, how could intelligence analysts have missed the possibility that the Russians had laid a trap, hoping for a Georgian invasion to justify its own counterattack?"

Monday  8/11/2008

topRussia expands Georgia blitz, deploys ships  8/11/2008 AP: "A Russian general said Georgian forces directed heavy fire at positions around Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, early Monday, even though Georgia had claimed to be withdrawing from the shattered city and called for a cease-fire."

Press Calls for War in the Caucasus - The Smell of Propaganda in the Morning  8/11/2008 Counterpunch: "Will Russia get away with it?" asks the beaming columnist for the New York Times, his smile winking at you as if no way he could be talking up death and disaster. On one side of the world, writes the propagandist, you have "the United States and its democratic allies." On the other side, you'll find "dictatorial and aggressive and fanatical regimes" who "seem happy to work together to weaken the influence of the United States and its democratic allies."

No Caucasian Ceasefire until Russia Achieves its Aims  8/11/2008 Debka, Israel: "1. The two separatist provinces will proclaim their independence, just like Kosovo. 2. Russia will continue to exercise its overwhelming military and air might to reduce the pro-American Saakashvili to capitulation. 3. The Georgian president will not be able to face his own nation after losing two regions of his country and causing its humiliation. Moscow will then make Washington swallow a pro-Russian successor."

Russian invasion rumor panics Georgians before evaporating  8/11/2008 Debka, Israel: "n the meantime, Russian troops entered Georgia Monday unopposed from another direction and captured the town of Senaki, 40 km from the northwestern breakaway province of Abkhazia."

Three major US naval strike forces due this week in Persian Gulf  8/11/2008 Debka, Israel 

The Caucasus —Washington Risks nuclear war by miscalculation  8/11/2008 Global Research: "Since the end of the Cold War in the beginning of the 1990’s NATO and most directly Washington have systematically pursued what military strategists call Nuclear Primacy. Put simply, if one of two opposing nuclear powers is able to first develop an operational anti-missile defense, even primitive, that can dramatically weaken a potential counter-strike by the opposing side’s nuclear arsenal, the side with missile defense has "won" the nuclear war. As mad as this sounds, it has been explicit Pentagon policy through the last three Presidents from father Bush in 1990, to Clinton and most aggressively, George W. Bush. This is the issue where Russia has drawn a deep line in the sand, understandably so. The forceful US effort to push Georgia as well as Ukraine into NATO would present Russia with the spectre of NATO literally coming to its doorstep, a military threat that is aggressive in the extreme, and untenable for Russian national security."

War in the Caucasus: Towards a Broader Russia-US Military Confrontation?  8/11/2008 Global Research: "Georgia does not act militarily without the assent of Washington. The Georgian head of State is a US proxy and Georgia is a de facto US protectorate. Who is behind this military agenda? What interests are being served? What is the purpose of the military operation. There is evidence that the attacks were carefully coordinated by the US military and NATO."

Vote theft: class war by other means  8/11/2008 Greg Palast: "The firing of U.S. Attorneys is not simply about the politics of the prosecutors or even the operations of their offices. Rather, it is about an attempt to force prosecutors to be involved in a scheme to arrest voters under voter-fraud laws to create hysteria to justify vote suppression. I was constantly asking Republicans, “If there are so many criminal voters, why haven’t you arrested them? Why aren’t there prosecutions?” The Republicans said, “Oh, there will be. Talk to David Iglesias.” I called him and other prosecutors and got all this hemming and hawing. So, I’m being told that Iglesias is about to bring prosecutions and he is saying, “I don’t think so.” It’s very clear to me that Iglesias was resisting phony prosecutions. He ran around the bases looking for fraudulent voters and he didn’t find one. Some were in the military, so they were not at their voting addresses."

Jewish Georgian minister: Thanks to Israeli training, we're fending off Russia  8/11/2008 Haaretz: "Jewish Georgian Minister Temur Yakobshvili on Sunday praised the Israel Defense Forces for its role in training Georgian troops and said Israel should be proud of its military might, in an interview with Army Radio. "Israel should be proud of its military which trained Georgian soldiers," Yakobashvili told Army Radio in Hebrew, referring to a private Israeli group Georgia had hired."

BP Said Russia’s Jets Didn’t Attack Oil Pipeline in Georgia  8/11/2008 Kommersant, Russia 

Georgian helicopters bomb S.Ossetia targets-witness  8/11/2008 Reuters: "At least six Georgian attack helicopters bombed targets in the region around the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali, a Reuters witness said. The action appeared to countermand a Georgian declaration of an end to military activity over the separatist region."

Sunday  8/10/2008

topThe Pipeline War: Russian bear goes for West's jugular  8/10/2008 Daily Mail: "The Georgians are outnumbered and outgunned in every department. Russia has about 697,000 troops, while Georgia has only 19,500 full-time regulars. And with Russia’s 1,200 combat aircraft confronting Georgia’s seven outmoded support planes, and 6,000 tanks against 100 ageing machines, there is no contest."

Bolivia: Is Evo in Danger after the August 10 referendum ? The US prepares a civil war  8/10/2008 Global Research 

Former Georgian Foreign Minister: Many Americans in Georgia Training Military  8/10/2008 InfoWars 

More Evidence of US Complicity in S. Ossetia Invasion  8/10/2008 InfoWars: "Last month, the United States, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Ukraine conducted Immediate Response 2008, a joint training exercise said to be in “spirit of the NATO Partnership for Peace program,” according to Blackanthem Military News. Immediate Response 2008 was held at the Vaziani Military Base in Georgia. In another report, a woman interviewed by Russia Today in Tsknivali, South Ossetia, talked about the presence of Georgian troops with American insignias. “There are lots of bodies over there, a lot of people have been killed, mostly Ossetians, but also Georgians, they had American emblems on their forearms and they were in black uniforms,” she said. Black uniforms are a trademark of Blackwater and DynCorp mercenaries (see Chris Hedges, America’s Holy Warriors)."

REAL HOLOCAUST: Georgian troops burn South Ossetian Refugees Alive!!!  8/10/2008 Iraq War: "Ossetian journalists wrote on their website that Georgian troops had captured a group of refugees from one of the regions of S. Ossetia. The Georgian military men locked them in a house and set the house on fire, burning all the people inside alive. An Ossetian woman informed Russian Prime Minister Putin of the hideous crime during his visit to a refugee camp. Another woman told Putin that she had seen a Georgian tank running over an elderly Ossetian woman who was trying to save two children. The woman was running out of the village, occupied the by the Georgian troops."

Russia Prepares for Naval Blockade of Georgia  8/10/2008 Kommersant, Russia: "Ships are grouping in the Black Sea near the Georgian aquatic border. A unnamed naval source has said that the move is necessary to prevent arms deliveries to Georgia by sea. He added that the naval blockade of Georgia will help avoid escalation of military actions in Abkhazia. Radio station Echo of Moscow reports that several Georgian Internet publications have confirmed that the Russian Black Sea fleet is regrouping."

The US and the Russian-Georgian conflict  8/10/2008 Press TV, Iran: "However, the US government is unwilling to give military support to its ally. “There is no possibility of drawing NATO or the international community into this,” said a senior State Department official told the New York Times. “For the Bush administration, the choice now becomes whether backing Georgia -which, more than any other former Soviet republic has allied with the United States- on the South Ossetia issue is worth alienating Russia at a time when getting Russia's help to rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions is at the top of the United States' foreign policy agenda”, the Times report concluded."

RIA Novosti hit by cyber-attacks as conflict with Georgia rages  8/10/2008 RIA Novosti: "RIA Novosti news agency's website was disabled for several hours on Sunday by a series of hacker attacks, as the conflict between Russia and Georgia over breakaway South Ossetia continued for a third day. Websites in both Russia and Georgia have been hit by cyber attacks since Georgia launched a major ground and air offensive to seize control of South Ossetia on Friday. Russia responded by sending in tanks and hundreds of troops. "The DNS-servers and the site itself have been coming under severe attack," said Maxim Kuznetsov, head of the RIA Novosti IT department."

War in Georgia: The Israeli connection  8/10/2008 Ynet News, Israel: "For past seven years, Israeli companies have been helping Georgian army to preparer for war against Russia through arms deals, training of infantry units and security advice… The fact that Georgia's defense minister, Davit Kezerashvili, is a former Israeli who is fluent in Hebrew contributed to this cooperation."

Saturday  8/9/2008

topConflict spreads outside S Ossetia  8/9/2008 Al Jazeera: "A spokesman for Vladimir Boldyrev, Russia's army chief, was quoted as saying that Russian tank and artillery units had destroyed Georgian positions around the city. "The positions from which Georgian troops were firing ... have been destroyed by fire from artillery and tank units of the 58th army," Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman, said."

Armed Cossacks pour in to fight Georgians - Neighbours mobilise in anger at Tblisi's attack on enclave  8/9/2008 Guardian: "The two Ossetias are historically inseparable and residents of the northern republic were furious yesterday at what they described as the "Georgian fascist attack" on their neighbours. Many said they were willing to take up arms and travel to defend their relatives across the border in South Ossetia. Valentin Tekhti, 67, a teacher, said: "Our Ossetian brothers are dying. If we get the call, every man who can stand on two legs will go to fight." "

Did U.S., Israel Provocateur S. Ossetia Conflict? Does the Sun Come Up in the Morning?  8/9/2008 InfoWars: "Dead civilians in South Ossetia. But you will not hear much about it on CNN or Faux News. Because they are too busy reporting ad nauseam about the extramarital shenanigans of CFR darling John Edwards."

Friday  8/8/2008

topBolivia Racked by Political Divisions on the Eve of a Recall Vote  8/8/2008 Common Dreams: by Medea Benjamin - "While the president and vice-president are expected to survive the recall, perhaps even overturning a few opposition governors (seven out of nine governors are in the opposition), the tensions tearing at this divided nation’s social fabric will persist. On one side of this struggle is the impoverished indigenous majority in the western highlands who, along with Bolivia’s first indigenous president Evo Morales, are trying to redistribute power and wealth towards poor communities. Pitted against them is a mostly white elite based in the eastern part of the country who want to keep tight control over the nation’s wealth and are using their money and control of the media to foment widespread discontent. Sadly, the U.S. government, instead of embracing social transformation in Latin America’s poorest nation, is aiding and abetting the opposition."

Why We Disrupted Obama's Speech - What About the Black Community, Obama?  8/8/2008 Counterpunch: "These issues include the targeting of African and Latino communities with predatory “sub-prime” mortgages – a scheme that has made millions for people like Obama’s chief financial advisor Penny Pritzker, while stripping black families of billions of dollars, the greatest loss of wealth our community has suffered since being brought in chains to this country. We also challenged Obama to take a stand against the police shootings of unarmed African people, and explain why he has publicly defended the judge’s acquittal of the NYC police who murdered Sean Bell. He has said that he cannot speak out on behalf of those who have been historically oppressed for fear of offending other people. Yet in Miami, he promised the Jewish community, which considers itself a historically oppressed community, that he supports turning all of Jerusalem over to Israeli control, despite the internationally enforced sharing of that city with the Palestinians. When Obama speaks to black audiences, he attacks us, attributing our community’s poverty, not to systemic oppression, but to bad culture and lack of work ethic."

Israel backs Georgia in Caspian Oil Pipeline Battle with Russia  8/8/2008 Debka, Israel: "Jerusalem owns a strong interest in Caspian oil and gas pipelines reach the Turkish terminal port of Ceyhan, rather than the Russian network. Intense negotiations are afoot between Israel Turkey, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Azarbaijan for pipelines to reach Turkey and thence to Israel’s oil terminal at Ashkelon and on to its Red Sea port of Eilat. From there, supertankers can carry the gas and oil to the Far East through the Indian Ocean."

South Ossetia says over 1,000 dead after Georgian attack  8/8/2008 Global Research: "Over 1,000 civilians have been killed as the result of an attack by Georgia on the capital of its breakaway republic of South Ossetia, the North Ossetian nationalities minister said Friday. "According to the South Ossetian information and press committee, the number of fatalities is estimated, according to preliminary information, at over 1,000," Teimuraz Kasayev said. North Ossetia is part of Russia."

Top McCain adviser lobbied for nation of Georgia  8/8/2008 McClatchy 

The two-faced, underhanded foreign policy of Georgia  8/8/2008 Pravda: "According to South Ossetian government sources, there were many civilian casualties in the city of Tskhinvali, a large part of which was destroyed. The Parliament house has burned down and several buildings are on fire. Apart from this, Georgian Su-25 Frogfoot aircraft strafed civilians in the village of Kvernet and attacked a Russian humanitarian aid convoy. Yet where is the criticism of the West against this blatant act of war crimes perpetrated by the criminal and murderous regime of failed lawyer Saakashvili?"

Massive US Naval Armada Heads for Iran  8/8/2008 Truth Seeker: "The build up of naval forces in the Gulf will be one of the largest multi-national naval armadas since the First and Second Gulf Wars. The intent is to create a US/EU naval blockade (which is an Act of War under international law) around Iran (with supporting air and land elements) to prevent the shipment of benzene and certain other refined oil products headed to Iranian ports. Iran has limited domestic oil refining capacity and imports 40% of its benzene. Cutting off benzene and other key products would cripple the Iranian economy. The neo-cons are counting on such a blockade launching a war with Iran."

Major contractor for U.S. military is also wanted by the FBI  8/8/2008 World Tribune: "In June 2008, Attock Refinery won an $80 million award to supply jet fuel to the U.S. military, Middle East Newsline reported. Attock, based in Pakistan, has been owned by Gaith Pharaon, who was indicted on charges of using the now-defunct Bank of Credit and Commerce International and CenTrust Savings and Loan for money-laundering and terrorist financing."

Thursday  8/7/2008

topThe Bush Administration, ABC News and the Scare Tactics That Lead the US to War - The Anthrax Cover-Up  8/7/2008 Counterpunch: "Of course, ABC News knows the identity of the "well-placed sources" who fed this false information to them and, through them, to the American public. I'll leave it to Greenwald to explain the implications: And yet, unbelievably, they are keeping the story to themselves, refusing to disclose who did all of this. They're allegedly a news organization, in possession of one of the most significant news stories of the last decade, and they are concealing it from the public, even years later. They're not protecting "sources." The people who fed them the bentonite story aren't "sources." They're fabricators and liars who purposely used ABC News to disseminate to the American public an extremely consequential and damaging falsehood."

Tuesday  8/5/2008

topKyrgyz cops find weapons in US citizen's apartment  8/5/2008 AP 

Three More Questions for ABC News - Getting to the bottom of the bentonite sourcing story  8/5/2008 Colombia Journalism Review 

Obama Doesn't Sweat. He should.  8/5/2008 Greg Palast: "In swing-state Colorado, the Republican Secretary of State conducted the biggest purge of voters in history, dumping a fifth of all registrations. Guess their color. In swing-state Florida, the state is refusing to accept about 85,000 new registrations from voter drives – overwhelming Black voters. In swing state New Mexico, HALF of the Democrats of Mora, a dirt poor and overwhelmingly Hispanic county, found their registrations disappeared this year, courtesy of a Republican voting contractor. In swing states Ohio and Nevada, new federal law is knocking out tens of thousands of voters who lost their homes to foreclosure."

Iran Issues New Warnings After Defying a Deadline  8/5/2008 NYT: "“Closing the Strait of Hormuz for an unlimited period of time would be very easy,” he was quoted as saying. “The Guards have recently tested a naval weapon which I can say with certainty that the enemy’s ships would not be safe within the range of 300 kilometers,” General Jafari was quoted as saying. “Without any doubt we will send them to the depths of the sea.” General Jafari gave no details about the type of weapon tested, but he said it was Iranian-built and “unique in the world.” "

Book says White House ordered forgery  8/5/2008 Politico: “The White House had concocted a fake letter from Habbush to Saddam, backdated to July 1, 2001,” Suskind writes. “It said that 9/11 ringleader Mohammad Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq – thus showing, finally, that there was an operational link between Saddam and al Qaeda, something the Vice President’s Office had been pressing CIA to prove since 9/11 as a justification to invade Iraq. There is no link.”

Ex-official: US has rogue elements in ISI  8/5/2008 Press TV, Iran: "Anytime the Supreme Court called the Interior Ministry or the Defense Ministry, they could not get the ISI into the court," he said, adding the Americans do not want the court to reach the people who have been abducted by the ISI. He made the statement in reference to Amnesty International which accused the US and Britain of helping Pakistani intelligence agency in the "enforced disappearances" of more than 560 people."

Monday  8/4/2008

topFormer CIA Director George Tenet Presented With ADL'S Highest Honor  8/4/2008 ADL: published 2/05

The role of Corsican mafias in trafficking heroin in Vietnam, and U.S. military involvement  8/4/2008 Hongpong: extracted from "The Mafia Comes to Asia"

It's Time for Obama to Get Tough  8/4/2008 Huffington Post 

Sunday  8/3/2008

topScientist: DNA led agents to anthrax suspect  8/3/2008 AP 

U.S. sent envoy to Geneva talks to avoid pressure: Chomsky  8/3/2008 Campaign Iran 

Saturday  8/2/2008

topMcCain, Anthrax & the Afghan Blunder  8/2/2008 Consortium News: "The scene of John McCain – during the anthrax attacks in October 2001 – opining to David Letterman that Iraq might be responsible underscores McCain’s central role in what may go down as one of the biggest strategic blunders in U.S. military history, the premature pivot from Afghanistan to Iraq."

Private Spies: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing  8/2/2008 Global Research 

Friday  8/1/2008

topNYPD Officer Caught on Tape Body-Slamming Cyclist During Critical Mass Ride  8/1/2008 Democracy Now: "Over a million people have watched an online video shot by a tourist last week showing a New York police officer body-slamming and tackling a cyclist in Times Square. We speak with video activist and archivist Eileen Clancy about the incident and why the city is subpoenaing her organization, I-Witness Video, for hundreds of protest videos shot during the 2004 Republican National Convention."

Vital Unresolved Anthrax Questions and ABC News  8/1/2008 Salon: "During the last week of October, 2001, ABC News, led by Brian Ross, continuously trumpeted the claim as their top news story that government tests conducted on the anthrax — tests conducted at Ft. Detrick — revealed that the anthrax sent to Daschele contained the chemical additive known as bentonite. ABC News, including Peter Jennings, repeatedly claimed that the presence of bentonite in the anthrax was compelling evidence that Iraq was responsible for the attacks, since — as ABC variously claimed — bentonite “is a trademark of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons program” and “only one country, Iraq, has used bentonite to produce biological weapons.” ABC News’ claim — which they said came at first from “three well-placed but separate sources,” followed by “four well-placed and separate sources” — was completely false from the beginning. There never was any bentonite detected in the anthrax (a fact ABC News acknowledged for the first time in 2007 only as a result of my badgering them about this issue). It’s critical to note that it isn’t the case that preliminary tests really did detect bentonite and then subsequent tests found there was none. No tests ever found or even suggested the presence bentonite. The claim was just concocted from the start. It just never happened."

"There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to Democracies as against despots: suspicion." -- Demosthenes

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