cue the lightning bolts

the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16

9.05.2008

Sarah Palin: The Xena of the War Party

The Palin-mania that is sweeping the GOP reminds me of the publicity surrounding "American Idol," the popular American television program that catapults complete unknowns on to the national stage and gives them a chance at stardom: the anticipation, the gossip, the frenzy (and partisanship) of the fans. In the last days of the old Republic, this is what American politics has degenerated into: "reality" TV.

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Bush intends to punish Moscow for invading Georgia

What a joke. - Ed.

WASHINGTON — President Bush is poised to punish Moscow for its invasion of Georgia by canceling a once-celebrated deal for civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Russia.

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Georgia airfields earmarked for war on Iran

Georgia permitted Israel to use two military airfields for 'a potential pre-emptive strike' against Iranian nuclear sites, a report says.

The revelation came after Georgia's offensive into South Ossetia in early August prompted Russia to march its Special Forces into the region, United Press International reported.

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Iqbal Tamimi - Bishop Attallah Hanna: A Palestinian Christian Hero

I met a teacher on the train during one of my trips from Bristol to London; she was very kind and she encouraged me to start a conversation. This I can assure you does not happen much. We started to talk about different issues to break the silence and the dull and cold atmosphere that was wrapping the two-hour trip.

I found out that she was a music teacher, and that she was working on compiling an international album about children’s lullabies in different countries. She asked me about my country and where I came from and what kind of lullabies we have. I dare not tell her that maybe my generation was the last to hear lullabies, Palestinian children got used to being awakened by the Israeli bombing most nights.


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Taxpayers off the hook for GOP convention lawsuits

Well well well. Look at this. The police were given a free hand, knowing whatever they 'broke' -- like anyone's constitutional rights -- would be fixed by an insurance policy. So no wonder they behaved the way they did. In fact, they were probably told to be assholes, just to test the waters and see how the American people will react, how deep is the resistance, etc. Nothing but a big laboratory. - Ed.

ST. PAUL (AP) ― Taxpayers should be off the hook for any damages stemming from claims of police misconduct related to the Republican National Convention under a first-of-its-kind agreement.

The deal required the Republican Party's host committee to buy insurance covering up to $10 million in damages and unlimited legal costs for law enforcement officials accused of brutality, violating civil rights and other misconduct.

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A response to Michael T. Klare's "Putin's Ruthless Gambit"

Link to Klare's article:

http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2008/9/2/103828/2945

Why I don't like those kind of articles?

Because they are not honest with you or me. On my computer I have - like you - a command key and an 'F'. (Apple) The 'F' stands for 'find'. And it's always the same with gatekeepers like Klare, Tom Engelhardt, Zinn and all the other 'Chomskys of this world': they can write and write about the effects of the present usury system which makes 99% of humanity suffer. But they never explain about the origins, the financiers of all trouble, the ;false flags' and of the illegal invasions for power and profit. So, if I with the 'F' for instance look for the word 'Israel' in the article, I don't find it in this text. And that's not honest, it's gatekeeping.

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Bush extends 9/11 national emergency yet again

Though few Americans realize it, Cheney and Rumsfeld worked through the 1980s and 1990s on emergency nuclear-response plans which allegedly suspended the American constitution and also Congress.[1] (Through these decades Rumsfeld was CEO of a major pharmaceutical firm, and in the later 1990s Cheney was CEO of Halliburton; but their private status did not deter them from continuing to exercise a supra-constitutional planning power conferred on them by Ronald Reagan.)

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Amy Goodman: Why we were falsely arrested

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Government crackdowns on journalists are a true threat to democracy. As the Republican National Convention meets in St. Paul, Minn., this week, police are systematically targeting journalists. I was arrested with my two colleagues, "Democracy Now!" producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, while reporting on the first day of the RNC. I have been wrongly charged with a misdemeanor. My co-workers, who were simply reporting, may be charged with felony riot.

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Smoking Mirrors: The dumb, the clueless, the stupid and the uninformed

I’ve been away for awhile… maybe a month or more… maybe I’ve always been away and just drop in on occasion with a new personality for the next period of engagement. It’s hard to know what’s what. Look at the problem people have with reality. They must have a problem with it because they will accept anything but and they generally prefer to be told what is happening rather than look into the situation themselves. By the title of this piece and by your own observations, I guess you know I’m talking about significantly more than half of the population.

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Senate Resolution 580 Co-sponsor list - CALL THEM ON IT

SRES 580 is the same B.S. written down in House Res. 362.

Whereas for nearly 20 years Iran had a covert nuclear program, until the program was revealed by an opposition group in Iran in 2002;

All available evidence on Iranian nuclear intentions is unreliable, as it comes directly from the Israeli Mossad, who pass it on to the Iranian terrorist organization MEK (Mujahedeen-e-Khalq), who then pass it on to Israel’s neocon friends in America. This terrorist organization (which the Iraqi government is expelling from its sanctuary) uses “intelligence” produced by an American-compromised puppet secret service to prove what Israel thinks that Iran thinks.

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Opinion: Congress is about to pour lighter fluid on Iran

There's a great deal of support for two resolutions that, if approved, would all but strike the match on war.

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Who is sending your children off to die in war with Iran?

I S R A E L

9.04.2008

Purge the system of its failures

Must Read.

Get that gold fringe off my flag!


The flags displayed in State courts and courts of the United States have gold or yellow fringes. That is your WARNING that you are entering into a foreign enclave, the same as if you are stepping into a foreign embassy and you will be under the jurisdiction of that flag. The flag with the gold or yellow fringe has no constitution, no laws, and no rules of court, and is not recognized by any nation on the earth, and is foreign to you and the United States of America. more information

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Martial law at the RNC

If you deny that the U.S. is CURRENTLY under Martial Law you are not only locked into complete psychological denial you are an imbecile and a fool. Time to awaken; it is the Fall, the days are growing shorter.

Martial Law actually used to be called “Maritime Law” because Navies used to be the controlling/policing entity and primary military force of the globe. Then it was changed to “Martial Law.” Some still use “Maritime Law” especially old salty dogs.

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A heartbroken groom in Nangarhar

"I thought American forces were in Afghanistan for our security," said Attiqullah, his voice trembling. "I could never have imagined that they would bomb my wedding party. They killed my entire family. I will never forgive them."

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September Surprise by Justin Raimondo

While the rest of the pundits opine about the meaning and implications of Sarah Palin's ascension from small town mayor to prospective vice president – and whether or not her daughter's private life is fair game for any media outlet other than the National Enquirer – those of us whose job it is to stand watch on the ramparts and report the real news are wondering when – not if – the War Party will pull a rabbit out of the proverbial hat. For months, I've been warning in this space that an American attack on Iran is imminent, and now I see that the Dutch have reason to agree with my assessment. Their intelligence service reportedly has pulled out of a covert operation inside Iran on the grounds that a U.S. strike is right around the corner – in "a matter of weeks," according to De Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper.

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Overcoming Human Nature: The Revolution of the Weak

By: Peter Chamberlin

What words can I conjure to give meaning to the visions that dominate my brain, images of evil and bloodlust, consuming the flesh of an unwary people. I see the rapidly approaching epic, the cataclysmic convulsion of a violent racist culture, stabbing feverishly at its own womb, hoping to abort the birth of the new man of peace and unity.

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Media Blackout: The Armada in the Gulf


The media have covered such recent events as the Olympics, the selection of Joe Biden as the Vice Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, and what John McCain is going to do about the selection of the Vice President of the Republican Party. Now the media will focus on the national convention of the Democratic Party.

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Jittery Republicans Scrutinze Palin

Very, very amusing. - Ed.

Top-ranking Republican powerbrokers have placed current Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin under intense political pressure. Leading Republican strategists feel a growing sense of uncertainty about the judgment of John McCain because of his hasty selection of Governor Palin as his running mate after only a cursory period of casual consideration.

The Governor cancelled her busy schedule today allegedly to prepare her acceptance speech, but insiders report that she is now consumed in dealings with powerful Republicans who want to oust her.

A consensus appears to be growing that John McCain appointed Governor Palin prematurely without proper scrutiny prior to naming her as his Vice-Presidential running mate in a surprising announcement last Friday.

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Marc Parent Threatened for posting about Israel by brave MR. ANONYMOUS

Crimes and Corruptions Publisher Again Threatened From Same IP Address As Before:

(Anonymous) (208.3.179.124) wrote:

Sep. 2nd, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Do not attempt route tracing.

Discontinue all negative content relating to Israel.
Fair warning.

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News from Russia - RIA Novosti

Things most Americans will never know... - Ed.

Georgia mobilizes commando units near S. Ossetia, Russian military

US warship leaves Sevastopol after protests

Russia may push forward with S-300 sales to Iran

Ukraine's presidential party quits ruling coalition

Winter Patriot: The biggest lie of all

I happened to be walking through the living room while my wife was watching Laura Bush address the Republican National Convention, and I actually heard the First Lady say this:

George is using America's influence to lift up lives around the world. Millions of children are protected from malaria by mosquito nets the American people provide. In Afghanistan and Iraq, 50 million people are now living in freedom. And let's not forget President Bush has kept the American people safe.

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9.03.2008

US to announce $1Billion Georgia aid package

Isn't that nice? Aren't you glad that our entire country is crumbling -- from infrastructure to the toxic food supply to lack of health care for millions to the broken military -- and we have $1billion to give to Georgia after the Saakassclown puppet accidentally rearranged the entire geopolitical balance of power in Russia's favor? I think this finely illustrates the Peter Principle. The only question remaining is which country is going to loan us this $1Billion so that we can give it to Georgia, further indebting our great-great-grandchildren for the imperialistic fantasies of the neocons? Hey, maybe they should ask Russia to borrow the money. My advice to our creditors is Just Say No. PLEASE. - Ed.

BAKU, Azerbaijan — The Bush administration plans to announce a $1 billion package of aid to help rebuild Georgia after its rout by Russian forces last month, an administration official said on Wednesday, as Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in the region to signal support for Georgia and other countries neighboring Russia.

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Russia is one of 10 biggest creditors of the US

Russia ranks the eighth in the list of the U.S. creditors, according to Finance magazine. The RF share in the U.S. state debt was 2.5 percent ($65.3 billion) as of June 30, 2008.

Japan ($583 billion) and China ($503 billion, less the debt to Hong Kong and Macao) are the key creditors for the United States, accounting for over 40 percent of the state debt on aggregate. What’s more, the debt to China goes up by 25 percent a year.

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Blackwater mercenaries are operating inside the US as well as training Canadian troops: The privatization of fascism

It has taken a long time for the mainstream media to finally catch-up with the bloggers and the truth movement and report on what is referred to as “America's Private Army”. We welcome them to the truth, but unfortunately, as children who have recently discovered that there is no Santa Clause, they seem to be surprised as to the revelations of what is and has been happening.

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Putin's Ruthless Gambit

This article lays out the background concisely so the reader can understand the motivations of the key players. - Ed.

Many Western analysts have chosen to interpret the recent fighting in the Caucasus as the onset of a new Cold War, with a small pro-Western democracy bravely resisting a brutal reincarnation of Stalin's jack-booted Soviet Union. Others have viewed it a throwback to the age-old ethnic politics of southeastern Europe, with assorted minorities using contemporary border disputes to settle ancient scores.

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Winter Patriot: Update on journalists arrested in Minnesota

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and her two detained colleagues have been released from police custody in Minnesota, but their "legal" troubles are only beginning.

Goodman has been charged with obstruction of a "legal process" and interference with a "peace officer".

And her two colleagues, DN! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, face felony rioting charges!

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US troops are committing war crimes

Afghan rights group accuses foreign troops of deliberately killing civilians

AN AFGHAN human rights organisation has accused the United States army of committing war crimes in Afghanistan.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Tuesday that, according to their own investigations, civilians are killed in most operations conducted by US forces.

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Why if they can censor Curt Maynard, nobody's safe.

Well Blogger.com [Google company] has gone and done it again, they’ve shut down another one of my blogs. This time it was Curt Maynard’s blog, last time it was the Politically Correct Apostate.

I’m not surprised really, blogger and google have a well documented history of shutting down any dissent. I’m pretty sure the reason blogger [google] even offer free blogs is so that they can easily do exactly that, shut down blogs and bloggers they find to be politically incorrect - it’s all about controlling the opposition, just as it always has been.

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'October Surprise' over Palin Investigation?

The corporate media is on the trail, so that doesn't look good for Palin. They must have their marching orders. - Ed.

Is the McCain campaign afraid of an 'October surprise' involving vice-presidential pick Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska?

The Alaska state senator running an investigation of Gov. Palin says the McCain campaign is using stall tactics to prevent him from releasing his final report by Oct. 31, four days before the November election.

"It's likely to be damaging to the Governor," said Senator Hollis French, a Democrat, appointed the project manager for a bi-partisan State Senate Legislative Counsel Committee investigation of claims that Palin abused her office to get the Alaska public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, fired.

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WSJ: Place your bets: Intrade starts Palin market

Let's just say that if Palin gets forced out, the religious right will go ballistic. Especially since the RNC must surely be shaking them down hard to 'save' poor Sarah Palin from the vicious left. Bait and switch, bait and switch. They're dumber than fish. - Ed.

Online prediction market Intrade has launched a contract on the probability of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin being dropped as John McCain’s running mate ahead of the November presidential election. Palin was named Friday as the Republican VP choice, surprising many political pundits, though she had emerged as the frontrunner on Intrade’s own VP market. The nascent market put the probability of her withdrawal from the contest at 15% today, in the wake of news that the social conservative’s 17-year old daughter is pregnant.

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Cheney to 'stiffen the spine' of Georgia, Ukraine

Kaiser Sosi is going to visit his crew. - Ed.

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Vice President Dick Cheney will reassure three former Soviet republics that the U.S. backs their pro-West aspirations in the highest-level American visit since last month's war between Russia and Georgia.

On his first trip to the region, Cheney departs today for Azerbaijan and Georgia, which are crucial to the westward flow of energy via a corridor that bypasses Russia. He also will stop in Ukraine, whose desire to join NATO is opposed by Russia.

``Cheney's mission is to stiffen the spine'' of the countries' leaders, said Mark Parris, a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey who also served as a diplomat in Moscow. ``They'll want to know U.S. plans, and what's available, to ensure that Russia isn't able to throw its weight around more broadly in the region.''

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9.02.2008

Will a Russo-American nuclear war happen (soon)?

A great read. Stick with it. - Ed.

The first, and also previous, nuclear war consisted of two atomic bomb attacks that destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, on August 6 and August 9 of 1945. These attacks by the United States of America against an utterly defeated and prostrate Japan occurred in the last month of the Pacific War (which occurred between December 7, 1941 to August 15, 1945 for the USA) and were demonstrations of remorseless American power intended to deflate the triumphant spirit of a Soviet Union victorious against Nazi Germany (May 8, 1945), and to check the Soviet leadership from advancing its forces into Japan (despite being implored to do so by the Allies at the Yalta Conference six months earlier).

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Russia welcomes 'responsible' EU

Russia has welcomed the "responsible" outcome of an EU crisis summit that condemned the country's intervention in Georgia but did not impose sanctions.

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Minnesota Monster Mash: Police-state Zombies in a Dead Republic

Glenn Greenwald tells a harrowing tale of police-state tactics in Minneapolis, with armed security forces conducting Baghdad-like raids on the houses of activists, terrorizing many and arresting some for thought crimes -- such as "planning to cause a riot" -- and other bogus charges. The sweeps -- guided and aided by the federal government -- are designed to "ensure domestic tranquility" during the imminent Republican convention in the city. As Greenwald points out, not one of those who were shackled, arrested and hauled out at gunpoint had committed any crime whatsoever.

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Sarah Palin as Stalking Horse

With the selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain has impressed many as making a savvy political maneuver. McCain has not had much appeal to pro-lifers, gun rights advocates or fiscal conservatives. Sarah Palin looks to be much more appealing to those voters. So this VP pick may serve McCain's campaign for the presidency well.

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Greed at a Glance

Why do so few lawmakers in Congress pay any attention to the ever more intense concentration of wealth at the top of America’s economic ladder? Here’s one eye-opening reason: Over two-thirds of the cash for House election campaigns is coming from the handful of zip codes where America’s super-rich congregate, spots like New York’s Upper East Side and Greenwich, Connecticut. A remarkable 70.2 percent of contributions in the typical 2004 House race, three University of Maryland researchers recently documented in the American Journal of Political Science, came from outside the district. In 1996, only 54.5 percent of campaign cash came from outside district boundaries. The new research describes out-of-district contributors as “disproportionately wealthy, urban, highly educated, and employed in elite occupations.”

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Sun makes history: First spotless month in a century

Drop in solar activity has potential effect for climate on earth.

The sun has reached a milestone not seen for nearly 100 years: an entire month has passed without a single visible sunspot being noted.

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Egypt opens sealed Gaza crossing

Rafah crossing to remain open for two days, allowing thousands of Egyptian citizens stuck in Gaza to return home. Palestinians: Reopening crossing goodwill gesture ahead of Ramadan.

Palestinian officials said Egypt has opened its sealed border crossing with the Gaza Strip, allowing hundreds of people to enter and leave the coastal territory.

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Taliban move on Khyber Pass

TALIBAN raiders are trying to strangle NATO's mission in Afghanistan by stepping up attacks on convoys in the Khyber Pass, the perilous mountain trail that carries most supplies into the country.

A prominent tribesman from the regional administration, the Khyber Agency, said that the Pakistani army was close to losing control of the pass.

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Ukraine fears becoming Russia's next target

KIEV, Ukraine: With Russian troops stationed deep in Georgia, fears run high that Ukraine may be the next target of a Kremlin drive to reclaim dominance in the former Soviet Union.

Many here believe Moscow has its sights on Ukraine's strategic Crimea peninsula on the Black Sea — once a jewel of Russia's empire.

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Germany split over Russia may hurt unity at EU summit

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition is split over confronting Russia, its biggest energy supplier, for invading Georgia, threatening efforts to strike a united European response to a resurgent Kremlin.

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9.01.2008

Hurricane Gustav: National Emergency Environment Sets Stage for McCain Election Campaign

Yes, it is rather convenient, isn't it? What an 'opportunity.' A nice little parade for all those daddy Republicans to tell us about Homeland Security, National Emergencies, and the selfless Republican Party. And how lucky is it that McCain now does not have to be saddled with the loathed Bush and Cheney, since now they will be too busy protecting Americans from dangerous storms? Lucky indeed. I think I hear a Harp playing angelic music. Yes. It distinctly sounds like a Harp. God must be blessing America. - Ed.

The Republican Party has decided to scrap the first day of its National Convention, prior to an impending humanitarian and environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

"The program for the first day of the Republican National Convention has been canceled in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, the first dramatic change as planners scrambled to cope with political and practical implications of the mammoth storm."

No political speeches are scheduled on the first day of the Convention. Both Bush and Cheney have called off appearances scheduled for Monday in St. Paul, Minn.

The initial political speeches of the National Convention have been replaced by the flow of TV network interviews, from the theater of national emergency operations, in Southern Louisiana, Texas and Alabama.

The Republicans are intent on using the hurricane as a public relations stunt to boost the waning image of Republican candidate John McCain.

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Germany split over Russia may hurt unity at EU summit

Cracks, big big cracks, are opening up. - Ed.

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition is split over confronting Russia, its biggest energy supplier, for invading Georgia, threatening efforts to strike a united European response to a resurgent Kremlin.

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Sarah Palin Pregnancy Decision Map

As you all can find for yourself the various rumors about Sarah Palin's fifth child, it's just interesting to note that no matter which way this story goes, her judgment and character come under scrutiny.

Iranian trump card: Russia can take control of Persian Gulf

Just to bake it in how badly the despicable neocon plan in Georgia was botched...

The recognition of South Ossetia's and Abkhazia's independence by Russia is a timely step to protect these republics from new Georgian aggression. However, taking into account the United States' plans to expedite Georgia's and Ukraine's accession to the NATO military-political bloc, the situation near the Russian border remains alarming. At the same time Moscow has a lot of possibilities to take balanced counter measures to the United States' and entire NATO's unfriendly plans. In particular, Russia can rely on those countries that effectively oppose the United States' and their satellites' expansion. Only collective efforts can help to create a situation which would, if not eliminate then at least reduce the risk of the Cold War's transformation into local and global conflicts.

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Washington bans Israel from attacking Iran

The United States has informed Israel that it bans any attack on Iran to knock down its nuclear program, the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported Sunday.
The newspaper, in a Tel Aviv-datelined report, said Washington has "clearly informed Israel… that we would not allow you to launch war on Iran."

The reported U.S. message also includes a ban on the use of Iraqi airspace to launch raids against Iran, the report added.

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Russia confirms that it seized US intelligence equipment

Wayne Madsen Report (in full) -
August 28, 2008 -- Russia confirms WMR report that it seized US intelligence equipment: On August 25, 2008, WMR reported, "Russians also captured another prize, five U.S. Marine Corps Humvees that were providing signals intelligence and electronic warfare assistance to Georgian forces. Along with the Humvees and their classified equipment, the Russians also obtained important and highly-classified encryption codes used by the United States and NATO to scramble their military and diplomatic communications. U.S. intelligence sources told WMR that the Russians obtained an intelligence windfall from the capture of the Humvees."

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UNCONFIRMED related story about the intelligence Russia collected in the aftermath of the Georgian fiasco, in which Israel planned to drop anthrax on Tehran using planes painted with US symbols, later washing off the water-based paint, and the US would be blamed for the atrocity.

I don't know whether this story is true, but it was reported weeks ago that US military commanders warned Israel in advance not to pull another USS Liberty-type incident, full aware of their treachery. Article also claims that Bush personally signed the order sending the US-manufactured anthrax over for the job. Now that's a narrative that could cause beaucoup problems for our good friends should it ever be confirmed.

Massive police raids on suspected protestors in Minneapolis

Protesters here in Minneapolis have been targeted by a series of highly intimidating, sweeping police raids across the city, involving teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets.

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Iran warns any attack would start 'world war'

A senior Iranian military commander has warned that any US or Israeli attack on the Islamic republic would start a new world war, the state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday.

"Any aggression against Iran will start a world war," deputy chief of staff for defence publicity, Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, said in a statement carried by the agency.

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Tension on the rise in the Black Sea, Turkey stuck in the middle

The tension in the Black Sea has increased steadily, placing Turkey in a very difficult position. The first challenge Turkey faced was the passage of U.S. warships through its straits carrying humanitarian aid to Georgia, a move slammed by Russia.

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Winter Patriot: Unhinged at last: Further reflections on the NIST/WTC-7 scam

It may seem too obvious to mention, but I'm going to mention it anyway. Sometimes when we fail to mention the obvious, we get off on the wrong foot and then everything else we do turns out wrong -- and we don't even know why.

And maybe people are saying this all over the place; I don't know. I don't get out much. If I'm adding one more voice to the choir, so be it. If I'm singing a new song all by myself, that's ok too. It wouldn't be the first time.

If you're doing an investigation -- any kind of investigation -- if you're looking into a murder, or a plane crash, or a structural failure, or a suspicious fire, or -- God forbid -- a complex series of events involving all of these things -- you want to start with the physical evidence.

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Message of an ex-Marine to the anti-war movement

I am Sam Lwin, an ex-Marine, a conscientious objector and an anti-war activist from the first Gulf war. I would like to say a few words about the connection between 9/11 and war.

In the fall of 1990, President George Herbert Walker Bush mobilized troops for the first Gulf War. I was a Marine reservist and a senior at the New School. Knowing that it was an oil war and finding out the various deceptions used by our government to gain support of the masses at anti-war rallies, I, as a conscientious Marine, refused to go. So did twenty-five other Marines, eight of them from here in New York City. We were all court-martialed and did time in the brig at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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US, UK begin war games in Persian Gulf

The US has begun five-day military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf, claiming it is preparing for a 'potential confrontation' in the region.

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Israel reaches strategic decision on Iran

29/08/2008 Israel will not agree to allow Iran to achieve nuclear weapons and if the grains start running out in the proverbial egg timer, the Israeli government will not hesitate to take whatever means necessary to prevent Iran from achieving its nuclear goals, the government has recently decided in a special discussion, the Jerusalem Post reported on Friday quoting the Israeli daily Ma'ariv.

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