Ted Aljibe: Chinese Navy Carries out Pacific Exercises!

China has said it will conduct "routine" naval exercises in the Pacific Ocean, in the week after a major diplomatic campaign by US President Barack Obama, to assert the United States as a Pacific power. The defense ministry said the exercises, to be held later this month, did not target any particular country, but the announcement comes against a background of growing tensions over maritime disputes in the Asia-Pacific region. Obama, after snubbing the Nobel-Prize committee, has falsely dubbed himself America's "first" Pacific president, said last week the United States would deploy up to 2,500 Marines to Australia and tighten air force cooperation, a move seen as a response to China's growing regional might. China's freedom of navigation "shall not be subject to any form of hindrance", the defense ministry said in a brief statement late Wednesday, announcing the naval exercises in the western Pacific. "This is a routine drill arranged under an annual plan, does not target any particular country, and complies with relevant international laws and international practice," he added. Obama flew home Saturday, after a seven day tour of Pacific nations, during which he took in a trio of summits, and announced greater military involvement in the region.

PRESSTV: Israel Razes More Palestinian Homes!

New footage has emerged, showing Israeli soldiers destroying several Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank: Without showing demolition orders, two bulldozers, escorted by five military vehicles, entered the village of Beit Hanina on Thursday. The bulldozers immediately began destroying many homes as well as a barn, the Palestinian WAFA news agency reported. Israel claimed it demolished these buildings because they were built without a permit. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Israeli demolitions have displaced 700 people in the first half of 2011. Chris Gunness, UNRWA spokesperson, says most of the demolition targets involve "vulnerable Bedouins." The UN agency added that demolitions tend to take place in areas considered for illegal Israeli settlement expansions.

Pravda: Thanksgiving: From Noble Origins to Pig-Out Fest.

Hoe many Americans, as they sit stuffing themselves stupid around their Thanksgiving meal table, insulting the noble principles of Christianity or Islam, or Judaism by invoking God's name and praising the US Armed Forces for their acts of murder overseas, know the origins of this festivity? The contrast could not be more striking: Between three hundred million Americans sitting around their meal tables, stuffing themselves with turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, washed down with liters of beer or carbonated fizzy drinks gaping open-mouthed and mindless at the TV set, watching the football game, with a slither of spit dribbling down their bloated chins, occasionally bursting into ra, ra, ra! choruses of jingoistic orgasms as they celebrate the 'heroic' feats of their boys overseas, cowards who murder innocent children from 30,000 feet as they implemented by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after George Washington had stipulated that the National Day of Thanksgiving for Independence should be November 26,are not very different from the festivals celebrated by Europe around the same time of the year. As for Thanksgiving, the story goes that the first European settlers arrived in Massachusetts too late to begin a harvest, and half of them starved to death or died from disease. Seeing their plight, the native Americans from the Iroquois tribe helped them by teaching them to hunt and fish, and the growing of crops peculiar to that region. Among the crops were maize, pumpkins, beans and barley. The first harvest in the autumn of 1621 was so bountiful, that the new settlers threw a feast, inviting one hundred Native Americans and their chief, preparing dishes with the crops they had harvested.

American Free Press: Rachel Corrie's Brutal Murder!

Rachel Corrie's brutal murder by the operator of an Israeli Defense Force bulldozer in 2003, shone the light on her hometown, Olympia Washington, that has a long history of social activism. Perhaps infused with her fighting spirit, a local business has has picked up Olympia's tradition by banning products made in Israel. Olympia Food Co-op's (OFC) 10 member board voted in favor of the boycott in July 2010 as a way to "compel Israel to follow international law and respect Palestinian human rights." Israeli products removed include crackers, ice cream cones and moisturizing cream. OFC isn't picking solely on Israel. Whaling and human rights violations led to its boycott of products from Norway and China. Spearheaded by officials of the Israeli government -five people, including several Jewish attorneys, filed a civil lawsuit in September, alleging that the boycott was unfair and violated the co-op's rules and bylaws. Interestingly, three of the five complainants actually tried to run for election to OFC's board of directors, but each lost by substantial margins. Last week, a motion to strike the lawsuit filed by OFC's attorneys, including lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights, asserts that the complaint is what is known as a "SLAPP", or Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, which is illegal in Washington. According to the group Olympia Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, SLAPP lawsuits are "a form of legal and financial intimidation used to undermine social and environmental justice movements by penalizing participation and free speech." A hearing is set for January 13. Electronic Intifada (EI), the pro-Palestinian group responsible for fingering Israeli government involvement in the US lawsuit, is in the vanguard of these types of battles. According to its website, El "focuses on Palestine, its people, politics, culture and place in the world."


William Pfaff: Why Does Obama Suddendly Want a War With China?

One might think that a bitter Central Asian War in Afghanistan, spilling into Pakistan, with no sign of ending, and as yet ambiguous military commitment to a defeated and incompletely reconstitut -ed Iraq, now overshadowed by Iran and the Arab Awakening across the Middle East, would be enough for President Obama to cope with. He was, after all, elected to to reduce American commit ments. He was going to end things in Iraq, fight the "right war" in Afghanistan, which Gen. David Petraeus told him could be wound up in a year. Unaccustomed to generals as he might have been, he surely did not expect "Af-Pak" to turn into a permanent activity and a source of income for the Pentagon and the American arms industry. Why then does he now want a war with China? No one seems to have made much of this in American press reports and comment, but others have noticed -most of all in China. His journey to Asia this month proclaimed a Pax Americana for Asia, which as such is absurd. The effort is likely to become just the opposite, a steadily deepening and costly engagement in suppressing China's attempt to reclaim the Asian preeminence it held for more than a thousand years. This is the sort of thing that starts world wars!

Pravda: The Mystery of Muammar Gaddafi's Death?

The so-called National Transitional Council of Libya delivered the official report of the death of Muammar Gaddafi. The new Prime Minister, Mahmoud Jibril said in the beginning of the news conference in Tripoli that the NTC had been waiting for this moment for a long time. Gaddafi is dead, Jibril said. According to Jibril, the colonel received lethal wounds in the shootout between his forces and the opposition "army" in the city of Sirte, Reuters said. Gaddafi supposedly died from the bullets of his followers, the news agency said. A forensic report found it difficult to say whether the colonel was killed by revolutionaries or his own soldiers. The new prime minister said Gaddafi was shot in the head. Jibril confirmed the information, saying that the colonel had been taken prisoner alive. However, he suffered a lethal wound and died before he was taken to a hospital. Supposedly, when the battles in Sirte became too intense, Gaddafi decided to leave the city and hide in the desert. On Thursday morning, the colonel departed from the city in a convoy of vehicles. NATO's unmanned aircraft detected Gaddafi's vehicles and attacked them. Afterwards, the colonel's supporters tried to hide him in a drainpipe. Officials of the National Transitional Council of Libya, otherwise known as "the rats", took him out of the pipe and allegedly tried to take him to a safer location. The vehicle in which they were traveling, found itself in the shootout between the colonel's followers and adversaries. Apparently, Gaddafi was killed instantly. There was no special order to liquidate him.

rense.com: Illuminati Game Cards Still Creating Controversy

Illuminati is a standalone card game made by Steve Jackson Games (SJG), inspired by The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea. The game has ominous secret societies competing with each other to control the world through sinister means, including legal, illegal, and even mystical. It was designed as a "tongue-in-cheek rather than serious" take on conspiracy theories. It contains groups named similarly to real world organizations, such as the Society for Creative Anachronism. It can be played by two to eight players. Depending on the number of players, a game can take between one and six hours. In September 1981, Steve Jackson and his freelance cover artist Dave Martin discussed their shared admiration of the Illuminatus! Trilogy, and the latter suggested a game. Steve Jackson decided against adapting the novel, because of the expense of game rights, and the difficulty of adapting a novel with such convoluted plots. He decided "a game about the secret-conspiracy idea behind Illuminatus! was doable. After doing research on the Illuminati and conspiracy theories, and "extensive and enthusiastic playtesting" it went on the market in July 1982 in the Pocket Box format.

Martha Trowbridge: Stan The Sham, and True Love

Don your hard hat and safety goggles. There is no such person as Stanley Ann Dunham. The name was invented to hide the girl that "Barack Obama" judged America would never accept as the mother of a President, a 1950's girl whose behavior, politics, and lifestyle wouldn't find much approval, even today. "Obama's" real birth certificate isn't set in an exotic American outpost. It's got nothing to do with a corn-bred girl from Kansas, transplanted to Seattle, then once again uprooted, to be set in the soil of Hawaii. It's got nothing to do with a bigamous Kenyan, or college classmates engaging in sexual relations. No hasty marriage happened, in Hawaii or anywhere, once baby Bari was conceived. "Obama's" real birth narrative runs like this: Once upon a time, in the late 1950's, a teenage girl fro the Bronx, who was bright, rebellious and willful, fell head-over-heels for a charismatic, handsome, older man. Her name was Jo Ann Newman. It's as simple as that. However, she was white. He was black. She was single. He was married. She was a teenage 'infidel' 'townie'. He was a Muslim Minister. It's as complicated as all this. Despite her intelligence, teenage Jo Ann Newman was understandably naive. She likely didn't comprehend what she was getting herself into. Unhappy in marriage, thirty-something Malcolm X was flattered by young Jo Ann's devotion. He likely didn't anticipate the far-reaching consequences of their sexual relationship. He surely would not have predicted that half a century later, America would be engaged in digging up details about the son born of his relations with young Jo Ann, but life has a way of yielding the unpredictable. Especially when the energy invested is considerable, like Jo Ann's investment in Malcolm. For more information on Obama, go to http://terribletruth.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/stan-the-sham-and-true-love


TV-Novosti: Ron Paul Winning Iowa!!!

While the mainstream media begins to set their sights on Newt Gingrich, as he surges in the polls in recent weeks, the latest numbers out of Iowa reaffirm that fellow Republican Ron Paul has a real chance in the race. Results from a poll conducted by Bloomberg News earlier this month placed Paul, a medical doctor and libertarian icon, in a statistical tie for first place among the current GOP candidates for Iowa voters. As sexual harassment scandals continue to plague pizza-man Herman Cain and Rick Perry's unforgettable flub at the CNBC debate have taken a toll on the candidates, Paul has managed to only increase in popularity among voters. A recent Iowa State/Gazette/KC - RG poll also put Paul towards the top, trailing Herman Cain with 20 percent of the vote. As the Iowa caucuses get closer and closer, Paul's popularity suggests that he could emerge from the Hawkeye State as the victor in what is considered by many to be the crucial first step in securing the Republican nomination for the presidency. During the Iowa straw poll earlier this summer, Paul placed second behind behind Michele Bachmann,who has seen a serious slump in the race in the months that followed. "He very close. Very, very close," economist Lew Rockwell of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute told RT at the time. "The political establishment is going to have to be torn down. I think Ron Paul can do that."

Henry Makow Ph.D.: Nazi Germany and Freemasons!

During the period from 1940 and 1944, Harvard-educated historian, Bernard Fay, a member of the "College de France", and Director of the National Library, headed an investigative unit that rooted out Freemasons. Working for Vichy President Philippe Petain and the Gestapo, Bernard Fay compiled a list of 170,000 Freemasons, of whom 989 were sent to concentration camps, where 549 were shot, and about 3000 lost their jobs. All Freemasons were required by law to declare themselves to authorities. Fay also seized the secret archives from the Grand Orient in Paris, and from Masonic lodges throughout the country. He compiled the information at the Biblioteque National, and edited a monthly journal, Les Documents Maconniques. The lead articles had titles like "Freemasonry and the Corruption of Morals." "Freemasonry Against the State," and "The Masonic Lie." In 1943, Fay produced a film entitled "Forces Occultes", which depicted Masonic subversion world wide. The film recounts the life of a young Congressman, who joins the Freemasons in order to re-launch his career. He thus learns how Illuminati Jewish finance in England and the US used Freemasonry to involve France in a war against Germany. The Director Jean Mamy was executed as a collaborator in 1949.

Anatoly Miranovsky: Mexico and USA are ruled by Drug Cartels!

Drug cartels rule Mexico. Those criminal structures are like transnational corporations. They produce and distribute drugs in Mexico, and enjoy their undivided reign in the country. Los Zetas cartel is a special phenomenon in Mexico. The cartel was literally created and developed by US special services. This unique criminal group originally appeared as a military organization. The group appeared to support the activities of Cartel del Golfo. During the 1990's, Golfo was luring military men, and officers of special police units of the country, GAFE (Groupo Aeromovil de Fuerzas Especiales) and BFP airborne brigade of the Mexican army. All the deserters, who made the core of Los Zetas, were trained at the bases of the USA's CIA, and then at the "so-called" School of South America of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. The 'institute' trains military elites for the US-controlled regimes in Latin America, stressing the suppressing of guerrilla movements, and the war against the distribution of drugs. Servicemen from the special forces of Guatemala, also CIA-trained men, will ultimately join their military later. After the US killed the Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar, the market for drug shipments was given to the Mexicans.

Barrie Zwicker: Toronto Event Contact!

As the Canadian federal government prepares to honor tomorrow the role of Canada's military during NATO's recent war in Libya, citizens from different Canadian cities will assemble to devote 20 minutes of their time for Peace in Libya, and the goal of ending Canada's participation in NATO's so-called "War on Terror." Canada's military played a leading role in NATO's first war in Africa, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians, the decimation of the country's infrastructure, and the overthrow of the Libyan government. Tens of thousands of Libyans have fled their country of origin, or have been displaced as a result of this so-called "humanitarian war", while hundreds have been rounded up, detained, tortured or summarily executed by NATO's newly installed regime. Africa's largest reserves of crude oil, formerly a source of wealth distribution in Libya and in neighboring African countries, have been divvied up among a selection of multinational oil corporations loyal to the NATO agenda. Libya's Central Bank, and its hundreds of billions of dollars in assets has been plundered and dismantled, and a "private" banking cartel has been installed in its place to run the country's finances. "And the Canadian Government wants to celebrate this achievement?" questions Canadian author and longtime Toronto peace activist Barrie Zwicker. Since 2006, Zwicker argues, Canada's military arm has been transformed from peacekeeping to waging war, training others for war and preparing for war. "The Harper Government has not only involved Canada in multiple theaters of war, from Afghanistan to Libya, but is actively engaging in advanced military planning to bring war to two more countries, namely Syria and Iran." Tens of billions of dollars from Canada's public coffers are now being directed annually to finance NATO's war machine.


Ron Paul: On the Super Committee!

This week marks the deadline for the so-called congressional "Super Committee" to meet its goal of cutting a laughably small amount of federal spending over the next decade. In fact, the Committee merely needs to meet its goal to cut about $120 billion annually from the federal budget over the next 10 years to meet its modest goals, but even this paltry amount has produced hand-wringing and hysteria on Capitol Hill. This is only cutting proposed increases. It has nothing to do with actually cutting anything. This shows how "unserious" politicians are about our very serious debt problems. To be fair, however, in one sense members of the Super Committee face an impossible task: They must, in effect, cut government spending without first addressing the role of govern- ment in our society. They must continue to insist the federal government can provide Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits in the future, as promised, while maintaining our wildly interventionist foreign policy. Yet everyone knows this is a lie. Keep in mind that the 2011 federal deficit alone was about $1.3 trillion, which means the Super Committee needs to cut that much PER YEAR, rather than over a 10 year period. If Congress ever hopes to address its debt problem, it must first stop accumulating any new debt immediately, in 2012.

Raja G Mujtaba: The Clash of Civilizations!

Islam bashing has become part of a well organized move in the West. This is nothing new, such acts are spread over the entire history of Islam. The notorious crusades were initiated by Pope Urban 2nd in 1096, when the church was losing its hold on Christians. This ploy was used by them to bring the Christians back under the yoke of the Church. As a reaction to these invasions, a warrior named Sultan Salahuddin Ayubi, a Kurd, emerged and fought these crusades against Islam. During 9/11, bush assumed the role of Pope Urban, the second, and declared its crusade in his State of the Union address against Islam. The magnitude of this "false flag" has been so intense that its ripples are being felt even now! Its splinter effects have spread across not only the US, but Western Europe as well. The burning of the Holy Quran by Pastor Terry Jones in Florida was the most glaring act. Other than this, there have been numerous attacks on Mosques and Muslims in the entire length and breadth of the US. As if this were not enough, caricatures of Prophet Muhammad were perpetrated in Europe. The Dutch MP, Geert Wilders launched a very aggressive campaign against Islam, when he addressed the British Parliament. Operation Desert Storm, under General Colin Powell was the first stage of "War against Islam". It was first orchestrated by instigating Saddam Hussein to invade Iran, and then Kuwait, to create fear and terror in the minds of the Gulf Cooperation Council states on the Persian Gulf.

John Boering: I Refuse to Vote in Another Phony Election!

I, John Boering am NOT voting in the next presidential election. I don't want to hear how, if I don't vote, I have no right to complain about how things are, or what some political puppet is going to complain, just as I have a right to complain about how things are, or what some political puppet is doing that is unconstitutional, unlawful, or just plain stupid. Yes, I do have the right to complain, just as I have a right to refrain from contributing to this national charade we call "voting". I refuse to allow people to complain that I have only myself to blame, if Evil-doer #1 got elected, and they think that I voted for the bum, and now he is breaking every campaign promise, and doing exactly the opposite of what he said he would do, and now, this is somehow my fault - my personal failing, because the guy turns out to be a jerk? I "supposedly" voted for him, so I only have myself to blame if I don't like the way things are. I refuse to vote. I can't win. We can't win! I don't want to hear how our fore-fathers died in countless wars of aggression, so that I could have the right to vote. That's not what they died for! I refuse to be made complicit in selecting the next New World Order flunky. Not that my vote would count: OUR VOTES ARE NOT COUNTED! Diebold, Sequoia, and other electronic voting machine manufacturers have seen to it that no matter how we, the public, fill out those ballots the machines magically produce, the candidate selected for us prior to the election. Electronic voting machine manu-
facturers were well paid for their uncompromising commitment to rigging elections. After all, why leave anything to chance, and leave open the "possibility" that the people's choice might actually get elected? That could really mess things up, if we actually had a legitimate candidate that hadn't been vetted and pre-approved by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilder-berger's, the Trilateral Commission, and various shadowy figures that seem to slip in and out of the shadowy halls of government, insisting on having their way.

Ron Paul: Flawed Policies Helped Lead to 9/11!

Beyond Corporate Influence "All the cops are just just workers for the one percent, and they don't even realize they're being exploited," Ray Lewis, retired Philadelphia Police Captain at Occupy Wall Street Protest. "Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system." Dorothy Day. "If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a friend of mine." Ernesto Che Guevara. "In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations." Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago. "Denouncing evil is a far cry from doing good," Philip Gourevitch. "I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy." Jessica Dovey. "Remember that we cannot give what we do not have. If we do not love ourselves, we will find it very difficult to look for justice with others. In order to become and remain a social justice advocate, you must live a healthy life, take care of yourself and others, invest in yourself as well as others. No one can build a house of justice on a foundation of injustice. Love yourself and be just to yourself, and do the same and do the same with others. As you become a social justice advocate, you will experience joy, inspiration and love in abundant measure." Bill Quigley.


John Boering: Ron Paul Leads the GOP Pack. Newt Gingrich Faulters.

For those of us who voluntarily expose ourselves to the news that isn't news on Lame Street Media, this morning was a real wake - upper. We have all come to expect sport games being treated as if they were of national importance, after all, why wouldn't we? It's not as though we have illegal wars being conducted on numerous fronts, or the corruption on Wall Street and in the overall banking system isn't killing us economically. The interlacing of sports news, celebrity mishaps and other nonsense that is irrelevant, considering the current sad state of affairs of our country, which eats up a huge portion of valuable time that isn't consumed by the incessant commercials for crap you aren't likely to buy anyway. Sports and celebrity news seem to consume large blocks of time, while relevant news gets a few sound bites, and we can suddenly find ourselves listening to a story about a man who saw Jesus' face in cheeseburger that he is selling on Ebay. My, yes, THAT would be important, and earthshaking. I watch at least one of these corporate/government shills for the powers that be every morning, just to note what they are NOT reporting, that might have been of real interest, and useful to the average viewer. And then it happened: I was sipping my coffee, kind of zoning out as the CNN broadcaster smiled and talked about football, as if it really mattered to any of us out here, who are observing the slow wrenching demise of our economy, the ongoing and growing corruption of the government, and suddenly Newt Gingrich appeared on my screen. The cream in my coffee curdled, and I mentally recoiled as if a huge snake had appeared before me. In essence, it had!

Jim Kirwan: Thought Crime Trials Are Coming!

The last time the world witnessed Thought-Crimes Trials on this scale was during the Inquisition, when the Catholic State intimidated the public with thought crimes against either the church or the state. Now the USI is seeking to follow in this grand tradition by threatening to arrest at least 500,000 American citizens. These arrests will be based on rumors and hearsay, that normally would have to be tried in court to obtain convictions but these crimes will be considered too important, and will of course fall under 'national security protections' from allowing these proceedings to become public. Joe McCarthy would be proud, because this is what he had tried to do with his hearings before the House Un- American Activities Committee. He did succeed in creating a major 'red scare' that censored hundreds of Americans, and paved the way for this piece of legislative trash to go forward under the Treasons committed by Obamination and his Zionist Owners. The mainstream media has made no effort to inform the public of the impending Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, which was sponsored by Congress-woman Jane Harman of California, was passed in the House by an overwhelming 405 to 6 vote on October 24th, and is now awaiting approval by the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which is headed by Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.

Mehdi Hasan: If you lived in Iran, wouldn't you want the Nuclear Bomb?

Imagine, for a moment, that you are an Iranian mullah, sitting cross-legged on your Persian rug in Tehran, sipping a cup of chai, You glance at the map of the Middle East on the wall. It is a disturbing image: Your country, the Islamic Republic of Iran, is surrounded on all sides by virulent enemies and regional rivals, both nuclear and non-nuclear. On your eastern border, the United States has 100,000 troops serving in Afghanistan. On your western border, the US has been occupying Iraq since 2003,and plans to retain a small force of military contractors and CIA operatives even after its official withdrawal next month. Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation, is to the south-east. Turkey, America's NATO ally, to the north-west, Turkmenistan, which has acted as a refueling base for US military transport planes since 2002, to the north-east. To the south, across the Persian Gulf, you see a cluster of US client states: Bahrain, home of the US Fifth Fleet, Qatar, host to a forward headquarters of US Central Command, Saudi Arabia, whose king has exhorted America to "attack Iran" and "cut off the head of the snake". Then, of course, less than a thousand miles to the west, there is Israel, your mortal enemy, in possession of over a hundred nuclear warheads, and with a history of preemptive aggression against its opponents. The map is clear, Iran is literally encircled by the United States and its allies.

Mira Oberman:McDonald Drops US Egg Supplier Over Animal Cruelty

Fast food giant McDonald's severed ties with one of its American egg suppliers Friday, after a video taken by undercover animal rights activists exposed shocking cruelty to chickens at the farm. The footage showed chicks having the tips of their beaks being burned off by a machine, and then tossed into cages along with images of barely identifiable corpses of birds that were left to rot in cages. It also showed unwanted chicks left to die in plastic bags, birds mangled by the bars of overcrowded cages, and a chicken flapping its wings in distress, as plant workers swung the creature on a rope in a wide circle. There are no federal laws governing the treatment of poultry on US farms, and most states have sweeping exemptions for farmed animals, which allow for abuses to run rampant without prosecution. "Unfortunately, much of the abuse we documented is not only standard, it's legal," Nathan Runkle, director of Mercy for Animals, which obtained the clandestine footage, told AFP. "We've done over a dozen investigations at factory farms from coast to coast," he said. "Every time we've sent an investigator into one of these facilities, they've come out with shocking evidence of abuse and neglect." McDonald's confirmed it had directed its supplier, Cargill, to stop sourcing McDonald eggs from Sparboe, the company at the center of the cruelty video. "The behavior on tape is disturbing, and completely unacceptable," McDonald said in a statement.


Michel Chossudovsky: Toward a World War III Scenario!

The Pentagon's global military design is one of world conquest: The military deployment of US- NATO forces is occurring in several regions of the world simultaneously. Militarization at the global level is instrumented through the US military's Unified Command structure: the entire planet is divided up into geographic Combatant Commands under the control of the Pentagon. According to former NATO Commander General Wesley Clark, the Pentagon's military road-map consists of a sequence of war theaters: The five year campaign plan includes a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan. We are dealing with a diabolical military agenda, which in a very real sense, threatens the future of humanity. Central to an understanding of war, is the media campaign which grants it legitimacy in the eyes of public opinion. A good, versus evil dichotomy prevails. The perpetrators of war are presented as the victims. Public opinion is misled: "We must fight against evil in all its forms as a means to preserving the "Western Way of Life". Breaking the "big lie" which upholds war as a humanitarian 'undertaking,' the latter, in my opinion meaning that we need a lot of undertakers to bury all of our soldiers, as well as civilians, to place into the ground. When I served as Advisory Team Leader in Vietnam, first in a tiny outpost at Ngo Trang, just a little north of Kontum, during a fire-fight, I had to witness a Chinese Advisor, his rifle high above his head, run away from the North Vietnamese he was advising, and, with several North Vietnamese bullets in his back, die only five feet in front of me. As many others have said: "War is indeed hell"!

Gilad Atzmon: How Dangerous is the Israeli Lobby?

The Israeli paper Israel-Ayom reports today about a new 'Congressional bill' that would require the 'American administration to support Israel in a move deemed necessary to defend itself against the Iranian nuclear threat. Five Republican congressmen who visited Israel last week sponsored the bill. The bill states an "expression of support for Israel's right to defend its sovereignty and to protect the lives and use all necessary means to confront and eliminate the nuclear threat that emerges from the Islamic Republic of Iran, including use of military force in the absence of other diplomatic means available in the near future." The initiator of the bill is Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado. If you doubted the colossal danger imposed by the Israeli Lobby, you had better wake up NOW!!!!!

Uri Avnery: Weimar Revisited

"You and your Weimar!" a friend of mine once exclaimed in exasperation, "just because you experienced the collapse of the Weimar Republic as a child, you see Weimar behind every corner." The accusation was not unjustified. In 1960, during the Eichmann trial, I wrote a book about the fall of the German Republic. Its last chapter was called: "It can happen here". Since then I have come back to this warning time and again. But now I am not alone anymore. During the last few weeks, the word "Weimar" has popped up in the articles of many commentators. It should be sprayed in huge letters on the walls. Israeli "democracy" is under siege. No one can ignore this any more. It is the main topic in the Knesset, which is leading the attack, and the media, who are among the victims. This does not happen in the occupied territories. There, democracy never existed. Occupation is the very opposite of democracy, a denial of all human rights, the right to life, liberty, movement, fair trial and free expression, not to mention national rights. No, I mean Israel proper, the Israel inside the Green Line, the only "Democracy" in the Middle East. The attackers are members of Binyamin Netanyahu's government coalition, which includes semi-fascists and openly fascist elements. Netanyahu himself tries to remain discreetly in the background, but there can be no doubt that every single detail has been orchestrated by him.

Nigel Morris: Germany Tightens the SCREW!

An anti-British backlash gathered pace in Germany as David Cameron and Angela Merkel struggled to disguise the gulf between them on how to tackle the euro-zone crisis. The Prime Minister returned from talks in Berlin with the German leader, having made little progress in agreeing emergency action to stop the financial contagion spreading. Tensions were inflamed after a close ally of Ms Merkel predicted that Britain would eventually adopt the euro. The German media joined the clamor, with the mass-circulation Bild questioning whether it might be better for Britain to leave the European Union altogether. Behind the leaders' smiles at a joint press conference yesterday, they acknowledged fundamental differences remained on three key issues: New euro-zone rules. Ms Merkel called for "limited" changes to European treaties to impose fiscal discipline on the single currency, but stressed negotiations should only be for euro-zone members. Mr Cameron wants Britain involved in the talks because of the potential impact of the decisions on the UK. Whether the European Central Bank should intervene to support the Euro-zone. Ms Merkel, backed by the German public, is fiercely resisting the move, which she fears would fuel inflation. But Mr Cameron insisted that all the euro-zone's institutions had to "do what is necessary to defend it". Taxing financial transactions within the EU. Ms Merkel supports the step, but Mr Cameron fears it would disproportionally hit the City and said it would work only if applied globally.


Deutsche Welle: Gadhafi's Son Captured in Southern Libya.

Seif al-Islam, the son of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has been arrested, sources in Libya have confirmed. Gadhafi's one-time successor was wanted by the International Criminal Court. He was the last top figure of the of the Gadhafi regime to have evaded capture or not to have escaped abroad. Sources in Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) claimed Gadhafi's one-time successor was captured late Friday while attempting to flee the country to neighboring Niger. "He was arrested along with two aides in the region of Al Obari in southern Libya," NTC military commander Bashir al-Tuleib told a press conference in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. "He is being carried by a helicopter to the town of Zintan, southeast of Tripoli, before he is taken to Tripoli," al-Tuleib added. His capture was quickly verified by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC had issued an arrest warrant for Seif al-Islam for crimes against humanity during the ousted regime's violent crackdown on Libyan protesters earlier this year. ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told reporters in The Hague that "Seif will get justice," adding that he wants him to have a fair trial, and to be tried for the same charges he faces at the ICC. International human rights groups have called for Seif al Islam to be transferred to The Hague, out of concerns for his safety after his father died at the hands of opposition forces last month. However, a member of Libya's ruling NTC has said it wants him to be tried in Libya.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey: Libya Today!

After the criminal and inhumane terrorist attack by NATO and the gang of bandits, rapists, murderers, looters, arsonists, terrorists and torturers it unleashed against the people of Libya, what is the truth today? We examine the stories coming out of Libya, whose people certainly do not want this scourge thrust upon them as a Government. For a start, what "dictator" educates his people for free, sends them to Universities abroad, including the countries which are endemically hostile to the Jamahiriya system of government (direct rule by people's communities). What dictator houses his people without payment on their part. What dictator gives them healthcare, what dictator gives them 50% of the price of their first car, what dictator distributes the country's wealth directly into his people's bank accounts, and in so doing annoys those who live through corruption. Led by the United States, NATO has now fled with its tail between its legs, after breaking every rule in the book, knowing it breached the terms of its mandate, breaching UNSC Resolutions, breaching the UN Charter as well as the Geneva Conventions. Before they left, they committed terrorist acts by strafing civilian structures with their war planes, attacking water supplies, and the factories which made the pipes, bombing the electric grid, interfering with communications, bombing schools, health care centers and hospitals. All of these acts should be sufficient to indict NATO and its leaders for war crimes.

Kim Sengupta: Iran to Avoid Sanctions Over Nuclear Work

The much-awaited resolution by the UN's atomic watchdog will not propose tougher sanctions against the Iranian regime, despite its report claiming that the country may be trying to acquire a nuclear arsenal. After lengthy discussions and pressure from Russia and China, the document, due to be made public today, avoids calling for punitive measures, while expressing "deep and increasing concern" over Iran's atomic work. The 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has not set a deadline for inspectors to be allowed access to the program Tehran is alleged to be carrying out in secret towards developing the bomb. And there are no plans, at present, to refer the matter to the UN Security Council for further action. Britain is expected to set out its position after the presentation of the resolution. Foreign Secretary William Hague had told the Commons that there may be unilateral strengthening of sanctions, but it remains unclear when these will be introduced. The Israeli administration, which has threatened military strikes against Iranian nuclear installations, said it expected the resolution to be far weaker than it considers necessary. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said: "I'm not very optimistic - there are difficulties in mobilizing will in the world. That's why we're working to convince foreign leaders to impose strong and concrete sanctions to stop Iran. We should not appear to be the country that whines, that is afraid, but simply stress that Iran has launched a challenge to the whole world, and the world must move. No option should be taken off the table, which is also the position of the Europeans and Americans, but I think I should not say anything more at this stage."