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‘Permanent War Economy’: EU Defense Policy ‘Outsourced’ to Arms Industry

An investigation by a peace activism group has found European Union defense policy has been strongly and directly shaped by European defense firms, while the public, academics, and elected legislators have been almost entirely excluded. A report issued by Belgian campaign group Vredesactie (Peace Action) has documented how Europe’s defense industry played a pivotal role […]

Pentagon Says Iraqi Train-And-Equip Mission Could End If Attacks on Kurds Continue

The U.S. may consider halting its massive train-and-equip program for Iraqi forces if the Iraqi military continues its offensive against Iraqi Kurds in northern Iraq, a defense official said Monday. Over the weekend U.S.-equipped Iraqi forces entered Kirkuk, an oil-rich, Kurdish-controlled city, in response to the Kurdish region’s independence vote on Sept. 25. Several exchanges […]

The CIA Plan to Assassinate Greek PM Karamanlis For Ties to Russia

Last Monday the main Russian TV news channel, Vesti, ran a sensational investigative piece on the main evening news alleging that back in 2009 Russian Intelligence uncovered a plot by the CIA to remove then prime minister Kostas Karmamanlis from office, and assassinate him if necessary, for his support of Russia, in particular the South […]

Trump And Iran: Have The Neocons Won? – Video

On Friday, President Trump delivered a blistering speech on Iran that could only have been written by neocons like John Bolton. Trump laid down old charges against Iran as his reasons for refusing to certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal. In so doing, he went against most of his closest advisors and cabinet members […]

Tillerson Letters Show U.S. Nearly Averted Kurdish Referendum

The U.S. came very close to getting the Kurds to call off a statehood referendum that has thrown the region into turmoil since late last month. But in the end the final proposal, made just two days before the independence vote was scheduled for the Kurdistan region of Iraq, came too late to stop the […]

In 9 Months, Trump has Bombed to Death more Civilians than Obama Did in 8 Years

When President Donald Trump took office in January, it was unclear whether the bombast from his campaign would translate into an aggressive new strategy against terrorism. At campaign rallies he pledged to “bomb the hell” out of the Islamic State. He openly mused about killing the families of terrorists, a blatant violation of the Geneva […]

The Supreme Court Will Decide If the US Can Access Anyone’s Data on Earth

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear a major digital privacy case, which will determine whether law enforcement officials can demand user data stored by technology companies in other countries. In 2013, federal investigators obtained a warrant for emails and identifying information tied to a Microsoft Outlook account they believed was being used […]

Some 2,640 Civilians Killed In Afghanistan In First 9 Months of 2017: UN

A man walks with prosthesis at the Orthopedic Center of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 16, 2017. Some 2,640 civilians were killed and 5,379 injured in Afghanistan in the first nine months of this year largely as a result of ground engagements, released by the United Nations Assistance […]

The Use Of Explosives In Cities: A Grim But Lawful Reality Of War – Analysis

Refugees flowing out of the Middle East pose a serious humanitarian crisis for Europe and the world at large. The indiscriminate use of violence by the so-called Islamic State (IS), the unlawful actions of the Syrian regime, and the conduct of some of the warring factions precipitated and continue to fuel this crisis. Consequent to […]

Turkish Deployment May Redraw Battle Lines In Syria’s Idlib

Ankara’s zigzagging between its fading regional ambitions, national security priorities, the conditions set by its partners in the Astana process and the realities on the ground continue to shift Turkish policy in Syria. The Turkish deployment in Idlib — part of the latest de-escalation zone agreement in Astana — comes as another product of those […]

FBI Discovers 30 New Pages on Bill Clinton – Loretta Lynch Tarmac Meeting…

Not surprisingly, following the above media clip several concerned watchdog groups filed FOIA requests seeking any and all DOJ and/or FBI documents related to what was either (i) a really poorly timed meeting, in the best case, or (ii) a clear attempt by a former President of the United States to apply leverage over the […]

China To Build Giant Facial Recognition Database To Identify Any Citizen Within Seconds

China is building the world’s most powerful facial recognition system with the power to identify any one of its 1.3 billion citizens within three seconds. The goal is for the system to able to match someone’s face to their ID photo with about 90 per cent accuracy. The project, launched by the Ministry of Public […]

Iran: We Will Stick To Nuclear Deal If Europe Does

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif has indicated that the nuclear agreement Iran signed with world powers may still have a future. European countries’ continued support for the accord may determine if it lasts, he said. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Iran would adhere to the 2015 nuclear deal so long as […]

Russia Emerging As New Player In Middle East Balance of Power – Editorial

Remarkably little comment attended the strangest outcome of Saudi King Salman’s four-day visit to Moscow in early October, namely Russia’s sale of its top-of-the-line S-400 air defense system to a country whose relations with Russia have been hostile until recently. It was strange because Iran, habitually characterized as Russia’s “ally” in Western media, was permitted […]

Creepy And Dangerous: Facebook’s ‘People You May Know’ Gone Invasive

Leila has two identities, but Facebook is only supposed to know about one of them. Leila is a sex worker. She goes to great lengths to keep separate identities for ordinary life and for sex work, to avoid stigma, arrest, professional blowback, or clients who might be stalkers (or worse). Her “real identity”—the public one, […]