BFP Select Nightly News & Editorials- February 17, 2012


BFP Nightly Quote

"Look at the tyranny of party -- at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty -- a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes -- and which turns voters into chattles, slaves, rabbits, and all the while their masters, and they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, honestly unconscious of the fantastic contradiction; and forgetting or ignoring that their fathers and the churches shouted the same blasphemies a generation earlier when they were closing their doors against the hunted slave, beating his handful of humane defenders with Bible texts and billies, and pocketing the insults and licking the shoes of his Southern master." -- Mark Twain

International Newsworthy

US Presses EU to Close SWIFT Network to Iran

Iran Gets Support Pledge against Foreign Aggression from Pakistan

Israel: "Iran Plotting more Attacks"

Afghan Heroin Output Sours

Pakistan-Iran-Afghan Talk: A Message of Defiance to the US?

Pakistan: US Drone Strikes Kill 21 "Suspected" Militants

Suicide Bomber Kills 21 in Pakistan's Kurram Province

US Used Quake to Send Special Forces Spies into Pakistan

How the CIA's Fake Aid Projects Put Real Humanitarian Workers at Risk in Pakistan

UN Passes Symbolic Condemnation of Syria Government

Syria: Policy of Targeted Killings in Damascus

Gunmen Attack Gas Pipeline in Homs

China Sits Out Syria Regime Change Tango

Iraq VP Ran 'Death Squads' for Years

US Embassy to 'Localize' Iraq Operations

Turkey: Using Pretrial Detentions to Silence Critics

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Backs Military in Dispute with U.S. Over NGOs

Nigeria: 72 Generals Redeployed in Army Shake Up

Somali Government Building Hit by Bomb Attack

Yemen: 21 Al-Qaeda Members Captured in Security Raid

Libya's Security Depends on Former Rebels- For Better or Worse

Amnesty International Details Torture & Murder in Libya

Russia: Shady Money-Money Laundering still Taints Russia

Azerbaijan: Evaluating Baku's Attitude Toward the Gulen Movement

Uzbekistan Adds Wikipedia to Internet Blacklist

Armenia-US to Hold First-Ever Joint Military Drills

NATO Consolidating Global Interoperable Military Forces

German President Steps Down over Scandal

UK Banks Told to Reform or Face Breakup

National Newsworthy

Facing Subpoena Threat, White House Allows Officials to Testify on Solyndra

Drone Industry's Lobbying Plan to Expand over Domestic, Law Enforcement Market

Lobbyists Sue to Reverse Ban on Serving on Government Advisory Committees

Cybersecurity Bill Blocked by Top GOP Senators

FEMA Wants to Monitor News Coverage of its Activities Nationwide, 24/7

Obama Allows Bigger Businesses to Qualify as Small Businesses

Astronomic Compensation Remains Norm on Wall Street

Super PAC Spending Boosts Santorum

Cryptome- GAO Report: Nuclear WMD Mismanagement & Oversight

More Questions Regarding Twitter's New Censorship Policy

Noteworthy Editorials

Andrew Bacevich: The New American Way of War

Jacob Hornberger: Who Won World War II?

Why Hawks Should Vote for Obama

Syria: Feeding Off the Carcass

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