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William Blum: The Facade of a Beloved and Legendary „America“

"We pledge allegiance to the republic for which America stands and not to its empire for which it is now suffering." Sam Smith, editor of the Progressive Review September 02, 2012 "Information Clearing House" - Louis XVI needed a revolution, Napoleon needed two historic military defeats, the Spanish Empire in the New World needed multiple revolutions, the Russian Czar needed a communist ...

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Gareth Porter: IAEA Report Shows Iran Reduced Its Breakout Capacity

WASHINGTON, Sep 1 2012 (IPS) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report made public Thursday reveals that Iran has actually reduced the amount of 20-percent enriched uranium available for any possible “breakout” to weapons grade enrichment over the last three months rather than increasing it. Contrary to the impression conveyed by most news media coverage, the report provides new evi ...

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Arms Control Now: The August 2012 IAEA Report on Iran – An Initial Assessment

Note: correction on Fordow centrifuge totals (3pm, Aug. 30) By Tom Z. Collina and Daryl G. Kimball The IAEA’s latest quarterly report on Iran, now in circulation, finds that Tehran has installed more machines for uranium enrichment in its Fordow underground facility, but has not started to use them. This means that Iran has not significantly increased its rate of enrichment at this facility since the ...

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Gilad Atzmon: Did America Say No To Israel?

  In the last few hours we have learned that the US had made massive reductions to joint military exercise with Israel. Originally slated to include 5,000 US troops, Washington will now only send 1,500 to participate in Austere Challenge 12 with Israel. Apparently, the American administration is concerned with a possible Israeli strike on Iran. Some Israelis seem unhappy with the American decision. The ...

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Ro´i Tov: Romney’s Key in Israeli Attack on Iran

Leading to a Home-Made Apocalypse     Converging Interests In the last days of August 2012, a picture of Ehud Barak appeared in the Hebrew media. This wasn’t an exceptional event; the odd thing was that he was unusually unshaven and looked old. It was his first public picture as an old man. He has a good reason for feeling down; unless a dramatic event happens, after the next elections to th ...

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John Scales Avery: World War – Nobody Had The Slightest Idea What It Would Be Like

None of the people who started the First World War had the slightest idea what it would be like. The armies of Europe were dominated by the old feudal landowning class, whose warlike traditions were rooted in the Middle Ages. The counts and barons who still ruled Europe’s diplomatic and military establishments knew how to drink champagne, dance elegantly, ride horses, and seduce women. They pranced of ...

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Paul J. Balles: The Emperor Has No Clothes

THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES Paul Balles How would you like to live under someone's boot? That's not a reference to a brute for a husband or a bitch for a bride. It's a question motivated by the behaviour of the mindless louts who enjoy holding sacrificial lambs as hostages and killing those who complain. Who would be so inhuman?  Many. Too many! Scan the histories of imperial criminals and t ...

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Gilad Atzmon: Rachel Corrie and the Kosher Legal Stamp

Judge Oded Gershon’s ruling earlier this week that the state of Israel is not to blame for the death of Rachel Corrie, came as no surprise. In fact it reaffirms everything we know about the Jewish state - its politics, legal system and spirit. Israel is surely a most peculiar state - it is impervious to ethical thinking and humanist thought. Accordingly, Judge Gershon gave this week a kosher stamp to ...

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James M. Wall: Israeli Court Blames Rachel Corrie: She “Put Herself in a Dangerous Situation”

The diplomatic process between the United States and Israel continue to fail the Corrie family.   by James M. Wall     Rachel Corrie – Interview Footage from Rachel’s interview conducted by Middle East Broadcasting Company on March 14th, 2003, two days before she was murdered by the Israeli Defense Forces. An Israeli civil court’s decision to exonerate the Israeli Defense Fo ...

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F.William Engdahl:Obama’s Geopolitical China ‘Pivot’: The Pentagon Targets China

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the nominal end of the Cold War some twenty years back, rather than reducing the size of its mammoth defense spending, the US Congress and all US Presidents have enormously expanded spending for new weapons systems, increased permanent military bases around the world and expansion of NATO not only to former Warsaw Pact countries on Russia’s immediate peripher ...

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