Archive for February, 2013

[RT] US deploys troops to Niger The US m

February 23, 2013 Leave a comment

US deploys troops to Niger
The US military has deployed about 100 troops in Niger to help coordinate intelligence sharing with the French, whose forces are currently fighting to seize Islamist-controlled territory in Mali, President Obama announced Friday.

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Deep State and The German right-wing NSU

February 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Deep State and The German right-wing NSU’s murder series killing eight men with Turkish background
Many people in Turkey, find they recognize the NSU murder series and its alleged connections to German security authorities from a phenomenon in their own country. The so called “deep state” denotes right-wing bureaucrats, soldiers and secret agents who view themselves as saviors of the Turkish state and are suspected of a number of political murders and attempted coups – possibility that agents from the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution could be involved with the NSU – Last week, on a state visit to Ankara, German interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich Dfrom the Christian Socialist Union (CSU) was confronted with the view that the NSU reflected a sort of German equivalent of Turkey’s “deep state”. Friedrich rejected the similarities. – Although Turkey was in touch with German authorities throughout the murder series, Ankara, just like Berlin, viewed the killings as mysterious crimes- and not right-wing terrorism.

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Drones, Kill Lists and Machiavelli I am

February 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Drones, Kill Lists and Machiavelli
I am deeply, deeply disturbed at the suggestion in “A Court to Vet Kill Lists” (news analysis, front page, Feb. 9) that possible judicial review of President Obama’s decisions to approve the targeted killing of suspected terrorists might be limited to the killings of American citizens.

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The Network of Information and Solidarit

February 13, 2013 Leave a comment

The Network of Information and Solidarity for Antifascist and Anti-repressive Action in Greece presents:A documentary film on Golden Dawn, its promotion by the media, its co-operation with greek police and the struggle against fascism in Greece.

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Massive protests against the right gover

February 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Massive protests against the right government in Slovenia

Thousands of people rallied against Slovenia’s center-right government on Friday.

Slovenia’s government has been on the brink of collapse after two junior partners left the ruling coalition over corruption allegations against Prime Minister Janez Jansa. An anti-graft watchdog has accused him of failing to declare more than (EURO)200,000 ($265,000) in private assets, which he has denied.

Jansa has refused to step down, insisting that an election now would hurt Slovenia’s efforts to pull out of an economic and financial downturn that is linked to the EU debt crisis. Jansa’s government has cut public spending, including for health care and education, moves it says will keep the country from needing an international bailout.

But Jansa’s measures have been met with massive protests and strikes that have sometimes turned violent in the otherwise calm Alpine country of 2 million. The anti-government protesters insist that the cost-cutting is hurting the middle class and the poor but not the so-called “corrupt elite.”

The second crowd on Friday chanted “Thieves!” and waved anti-government banners as it marched through downtown Ljubljana. Several young music bands joined the demonstrators, who put a banner reading “Our property” on the Central Bank building.

Earlier, in a video address broadcast during the pro-government rally, Jansa said he was the victim of “lies, deceit and propaganda” by unidentified left-leaning groups, which had “robbed our country” in the past.

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Obama Blocked Rebel Arms The WSJ reports

February 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Obama Blocked Rebel Arms
The WSJ reports that a proposal to arm Syrian rebels was stalled by the White House (cough Obama cough) because of lingering questions about which rebels could be trusted with the arms, whether the transfers would make a difference in the campaign to remove Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, and whether the weapons would add to the suffering. It seems, however, that the Pentagon, the State Department, and the CIA were all gung ho for the plan last year as a Senate hearing today uncovered some of the facts (and disagreements). As WSJ notes, the disclosures thrust a spotlight on the extent to which President Barack Obama charts his own course in the face of calls to action by members of his own team, and on the extent of his caution about entering a new conflict. In the post-Kofi Annan talks break-down in June 2012, Hilary pushed to arm the rebels and the CIA said arms would “materially” affect the situation to overthrow Assad. With the introduction of Kerry, Hagel, and Brennan, the tensions may flare once again though only the latter has suggested anything but backing Obama’s perspective.

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Daniel Ellsberg on NDAA: Obama Has More

February 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Daniel Ellsberg on NDAA: Obama Has More Power Than King George

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