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Obama admin ‘cherry-picked intelligence’ to justify Syria strike

Obama admin ‘cherry-picked intelligence’ to justify Syria strike

Washington knew Syrian rebels could produce sarin gas but “cherry-picked” intel to blame President Assad for the Aug. 21 attack on Ghouta, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed, citing senior US security sources. The report was published in the London Review of Books after two of Hersh’s regular publishers, The New Yorker and The Washington […]

Penny Lane: CIA secret camp for turning Gitmo prisoners into double agents

Penny Lane: CIA secret camp for turning Gitmo prisoners into double agents

In the early stages of the ‘War on Terror,’ CIA agents at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility turned detainees into double agents, helping the US to track and kill terrorists, according to US officials. For some Gitmo detainees, held prisoner on a US military base in the middle of shark-infested waters, the promise of freedom […]

10k public workers protest for better pay in Chile

10k public workers protest for better pay in Chile

Some 10,000 public sector workers in Chile have taken to the streets in the capital to protest over stalled discussions on better wages. The protest march was held in the capital Santiago on Wednesday as a part of a two-day strike called after the government suspended a meeting to resume negotiation talks on pay increases. […]

US military doctors participate in torture of detainees, report says

US military doctors participate in torture of detainees, report says

An independent report has charged that medical personnel, working under the direction of the Department of Defense and CIA in military defense facilities, violated medical ethics by participating in the torture of detainees. The services provided by American doctors and psychologists included “designing, participating in, and enabling torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of […]

US ready to decide on military action in Syria ‘on our own’ – White House

US ready to decide on military action in Syria ‘on our own’ – White House

President Obama could well consider a military strike in Syria despite the British Parliament rejecting a motion authorizing the UK’s involvement in the conflict. White House officials told reporters Thursday that the statement from United States’ closest ally, reluctance from the United Nations Security Council, and widespread uncertainty in the US Congress would not be […]

Selective ‘obscenity’: US checkered record on chemical weapons

Selective ‘obscenity’: US checkered record on chemical weapons

The US charge against Syria is being driven by Damascus’ alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians. While Washington is quick to intervene on moral grounds, its own checkered past regarding WMDs may put the world’s policeman under the spotlight. “Nobody disputes – or hardly anybody disputes – that chemical weapons were used on a […]

US, UK, France push for Syria response as UN chemical weapons probe delayed

US, UK, France push for Syria response as UN chemical weapons probe delayed

Even as the UN team investigating the alleged chemical attack in Syria had to postpone their investigation and yielded no results, Western states continued pushing for a “firm response” amid growing speculation a strike could take place within days. A UN spokesperson on Tuesday announced that the planned visit to the site of last week’s […]

Russia says West acting in Muslim world like ‘monkey with grenade’

Russia says West acting in Muslim world like ‘monkey with grenade’

Western countries are behaving in the Islamic world like a “monkey with a grenade,” a Russian deputy prime minister said on Tuesday, as the United States and its allies mull the use of force against Syria. “The West behaves towards the Islamic world like a monkey with a grenade,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who […]

Obama reportedly considering two-day strike on Syria

Obama reportedly considering two-day strike on Syria

White House officials say the United States may launch a limited military strike on Syria as early as this Thursday as the intelligence community prepares to release a report justifying action and allies are rallied. Senior officials in the Obama administration told the Washington Post for an article published on Tuesday that the White House […]

US begins war on Syria as early as Thursday, officials say

US begins war on Syria as early as Thursday, officials say

Senior American officials say the United States has planned to launch missile strikes against Syria “as early as Thursday” in order to punish Damascus over the alleged use of chemical weapons. The unnamed officials told NBC News on Tuesday that the “three days” of strikes would be limited in scope, and aimed at “sending a […]

US readies possible missile strike against Syria – report

US readies possible missile strike against Syria – report

Despite President Obama cautioning against intervention in Syria, the Pentagon is making “initial preparations” for a cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces, according to a new report. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is expected to present options for such a strike at a White House meeting on Saturday, CBS News reported on Friday. […]

Brazil may reject US fighter jet deal over NSA spying scandal

Brazil may reject US fighter jet deal over NSA spying scandal

Brazilian officials have expressed reluctance to purchasing dozens of military planes from the US after it was revealed that the NSA not only closely monitored Brazilian energy and military affairs, but also mined for commercial secrets. The US had planned to sell Brazil – a country in the process of revitalizing its Air Force – […]

US embassies to remain closed over most serious Al-Qaeda threat in years

US embassies to remain closed over most serious Al-Qaeda threat in years

The US extends its embassy closures through August 10, State Department has announced. The Al-Qaeda threat that forced US and European embassies in the Middle East and North Africa to shut down is the most serious in years according to a US lawmaker. Although some of the US diplomatic posts are scheduled to reopen on […]

‘No plans to leave Russia’: Snowden has job offer, awaits reunion with family, girlfriend

‘No plans to leave Russia’: Snowden has job offer, awaits reunion with family, girlfriend

An “exhausted” Edward Snowden will have his own choice of accommodation, has no current plans to leave Russia, and still misses his girlfriend, according to his Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. “Snowden can live in a hotel or rent a flat in Russia,” said Kucherena, who has repeatedly spoken on behalf of Snowden, while his client was […]

Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, faces 130+ yrs in jail on other charges

Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, faces 130+ yrs in jail on other charges

A US military judge has found Army private Bradley Manning “not guilty” of aiding the enemy. However, he was found guilty of 19 remaining charges, meaning that he still faces the possibility of up to 136 years behind bars. Sentencing begins tomorrow. Sitting in the military courtroom at Fort Meade, Md., Colonel Denise Lind delivered […]

He was a hacker/He is a hero: Key quotes of Manning case

He was a hacker/He is a hero: Key quotes of Manning case

As opinions for and against Bradley Manning’s actions clashed in court, a larger debate about whistleblowers is brewing, with growing fears that Tuesday’s looming verdict over whether Manning aided the enemy will impede investigative journalism. While delivering the prosecutions closing arguments in the Bradley Manning trail, Maj Ashden Fein did not mince words in calling […]

Greenwald: Snowden has enough information to cause US govt ‘worst damage in history’

Greenwald: Snowden has enough information to cause US govt ‘worst damage in history’

Former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden possesses dangerous information which could potentially lead to America’s “worst nightmare” if it is revealed, according to the journalist who first published Snowden’s leaked documents. “Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the US government in a minute alone than anyone else has ever had in […]

S. American states to recall ambassadors from Europe over Bolivian plane incident

S. American states to recall ambassadors from Europe over Bolivian plane incident

South American countries belonging to the Mercosur trade bloc have decided to withdraw their ambassadors for consultations from European countries involved in the grounding of the Bolivian president’s plane. “We’ve taken a number of actions in order to compel public explanations and apologies from the European nations that assaulted our brother Evo Morales,” explained Venezuela’s […]

Protesters block ports, highways across Brazil as unions aim to take control

Protesters block ports, highways across Brazil as unions aim to take control

Riot police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse masked protesters in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, as demonstrations continued throughout Brazil. Unions are demanding better work conditions and tougher government measures to tackle inflation. Tens of thousands of union members marched throughout the country, blocking roads and grinding traffic to a crawl in […]

US ‘blocks my asylum’: Snowden human rights activists to airport meeting

US ‘blocks my asylum’: Snowden human rights activists to airport meeting

Edward Snowden will meet with human rights organizations in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, say airport officials. He will reportedly speak about the US witch hunt against him that he believes is putting other passengers at risk. Snowden is scheduled to meet human rights activists at 17:00 local time (13:00 GMT) a source told Russian news agency […]

12th US state joins political bid to establish gay marriage as norm

12th US state joins political bid to establish gay marriage as norm

Another US state has legalized same-sex marriage, joining 11 other American states that have done so in a growing political bid pushed by liberal groups in the nation following President Barack Obama’s public support for “the cause” as his reelection campaign strategy in 2012. Minnesota became the 12th American state to legalize the divisive bid […]