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The Empire on the Warpath -- McAdams and Taylor on Syria, Hong Kong, and More RPI Director Daniel McAdams is back with Jay Taylor to have a closer look into the topics the mainstream media refuses to cover. Mass graves in part of Ukraine occupied by US-backed regime? Radio silence in the west. US involvement in Hong Kong color revolution? Don't even go there! Listen to McAdams and Taylor for all the news the mainstream does not want you to hear...

1 October 2014read on...

Does Obama's 'Pivot to Asia' Include Regime Change For China?
President Barack Obama's "pivot to Asia" was supposed to mean that the US would pull back from its commitments in the Middle East and Europe and focus on improving economic and other ties with East Asia. Instead, the US government has helped foment a coup against an elected president in Ukraine, sparking a bloody civil war in the country; ignited a new cold war with Russia, including the imposition of broad economic sanctions; and launched yet another war in the Middle East, this time attacking both Iraqi and Syrian territory.

30 September 2014read on...

Hilarious German Satire of Anti-Russian Propaganda
While the German media has been at least as propagandistic as the US/UK media in its resurrection of wild, Cold War-style rhetoric over the Ukraine situation, cracks are beginning to appear. Satire, humor, and ridicule have always been among the best forms of social critique, and the below clip lampooning the information war over Ukraine is among the very best. When people laugh at their government's propaganda, truth begins to break through. It was true with the Soviet Union and it is true today in the west.

26 September 2014read on...

Whistleblowers Expose NSA-Partner Israel’s Corrupt Use of Surveillance Information
The Israel government, with whom the United States government has been sharing for years Americans’ and others’ unredacted private information and communications obtained through the US mass spying program, is being accused by tens of whistle-blowers of abusively using this sort of intelligence against Palestinians. The whistle-blowers, who are former and reserve members of intelligence-focused Unit 8200 of the Israel military, provide revelations illustrating some of the dangers mass spying poses in any country.



24 September 2014read on...

US War on Syria, Day Two: Civilian Casualties, New Scarier Group Hit, Israel Joins
In an attack on Syria that the Obama administration promises will be "ongoing," the first day of US bombs has reportedly left eight civilians dead including three children. Some 33 fighters were reportedly killed, producing a typical but troubling civilian-to-fighter kill ratio. US airstrikes struck inside the city of Raqqa, including residential buildings claimed to be occupied by ISIS. The group has already re-located its heavy weaponry out of the area, however.

23 September 2014read on...

Andrew Napolitano: US Using Gun Transfer Forms to Violate Free Speech and Privacy
RPI Advisory Board Member Andrew Napolitano, speaking with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Fox News regarding race and ethnicity questions people are required to answer to purchase a gun from a US government-licensed firearms dealer, explained that mandating answering questions on any form whatsoever violates speech and privacy rights. In short, Napolitano concludes, “It’s none of the government’s business who has guns.”

22 September 2014read on...

Prof. Flynt Leverett Dissects Obama’s 'Insane' Commitment to Never-Ending Middle East War
Penn State University Professor and RPI Academic Board Member Flynt Leverett, as a panel discussion guest this week on CrossTalk on RT, dissected United States President Barack Obama’s “insane” commitment to “never-ending war in the Middle East.” Leverett also addresses the US government’s arming and training of what he calls the “mythical” moderate Syria insurgents.

19 September 2014read on...

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Derides US Support of “Moderate” Syria Insurgents
RPI Academic Board Member Lawrence Wilkerson, speaking Monday with Ed Schultz on MSNBC, derided United States government support for “moderate” Syria insurgents, noting that you cannot sort out who you are bombing and who you are arming. Wilkerson, a College of William and Marry professor and former US Army colonel, warns that the so-called moderate Syria insurgents are aligned with ISIS and “like the mujahideen in Afghanistan earlier, they’re going to be turning their weapons at some point against us.”

16 September 2014read on...

Mainstream Media Hypocrisy: 'Where Are the Antiwar Voices?'
On CNN yesterday, the question was asked “where are the anti-war voices on TV?” I’ve pondered that question myself. Don’t you remember, at the outset of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, the abundance of speakers who opposed these wars? You know, one major network had the popular “Lew Rockwell/Ron Paul Report,” while another provided us with the “Justin Raimondo/Angela Keaton” panel discussion. Programs like these presented us with minds from across the political spectrum: Bob Higgs, Chris Hedges, Paul Craig Roberts, Amy Goodman, Tom Woods, Glenn Greenwald, John Pilger, Jim Bovard, Karen Kwiatkowski, Anthony Gregory, Daniel Ellsberg, Tom DiLorenzo, Jacob Hornberger, Laurence Vance, and . . . well, you’ll recall the popularity of such people – and others of equal stature I have inadvertently overlooked – in their prime-time appearances on television.

15 September 2014read on...

Australia Senator, Greens Party Leader Christine Milne Opposes ISIS War, Warns of Blowback
In the United States, congressional leaders — both Democrat and Republican — have long supported the US war on ISIS. In Australia, though, there is some vocal opposition, including from Australia Senator and Australian Greens Party Leader Christine Milne.

14 September 2014read on...

Peace and Prosperity

Why No One Backs Washington's Push for Syria War


Kerry Hagel

McClatchy is among the last objective mainstream media sources. The news service actually bothers to question conventional wisdom and do actual reporting. Yesterday it published a devastating deconstruction of the Obama administration's "evidence" animating its push to war on Syria. 

Clearly, the Obama "evidence" is far, far more flimsy than the Bush administration's dog and pony show in the lead up to Iraq. 

Writes the McClatchy report:
The Obama administration’s public case for attacking Syria is riddled with inconsistencies and hinges mainly on circumstantial evidence...

The case Secretary of State John Kerry laid out last Friday contained claims that were disputed by the United Nations, inconsistent in some details with British and French intelligence reports or lacking sufficient transparency for international chemical weapons experts to accept at face value.
The McClatchy report takes down the administration's claims one-by-one, starting with its dismissal of the UN inspection team's mission to collect and securely transport evidence at the scene of the August 21 incident. Kerry dismissed the UN collection effort in favor of his own undisclosed collection methods (read: samples from the Syrian opposition) because "too much time had elapsed" from the date of the incident for accurate samples to be collected. 

But, notes the report, "two human rights groups dispatched a forensics team to northern Iraq in 1992 and found trace evidence of sarin as well as mustard gas – four years after a chemical attack."

Others, including UK and US experts also dismiss Kerry's claim as absurd.

And what of the US claim that it had seen the Syrian government preparing to launch the attack days before it occurred? Either this was another fabricated claim, or the US decided to sit idly by and watch 1,400 innocent Syrians (by US numbers) be slaughtered by their government. To get a war omelet a few eggs needed cracked? It seems almost like accessory to the crime.

The McClatchy report points out that the US had issued warnings in previous similar situations but somehow decided to sit this one out. Perhaps it was as explained in the late 2011 Wikileaks STRATFOR document, where an employee of that organization recounted a discussion with US military officials agreeing that they "don't believe air intervention would happen unless there was enough media attention on a massacre, like the Ghadafi move against Benghazi."

Like magic, it seems the administration has gotten its Banghazi!

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has repeatedly asked Washington to share its evidence that the attack came from Syrian government sources. Conclusions and "trust us" are not enough; the Russian government understandably wants to see the facts. But, said Lavrov, “when we ask for further clarification, we receive the following response: ‘you are aware that this is classified information, therefore we cannot show it to you.’”

Is it unreasonable to be skeptical in this situation?

The reason Washington finds itself without allies (save for the French government, which lately puffs up with confidence when big brother Washington provides back-up) in its push for war on Syria is that all of its allies are genuinely embarrassed at how flimsy the case for war really is. Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz claims that the US actually has "dozens" of allies in its coalition of the willing to attack Syria. But the reason we have not heard from any of them? They are secret. Like the US government evidence.

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