It’s nearing dusk on November 26, 2010. More than 25,000 people have gathered in a light rain at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, Oregon to watch the annual lighting of the holiday tree, a 100-foot-tall Douglas-fir logged from the Willamette National Forest.
A new call against standing idly by?
By Stephen Gowans, What’s Left.
Will the United States, or its proxies, directly intervene militarily on the side of Syrian rebels? If so, a pretext will likely be needed, and it may be this: Syrian leader Bashar Assad, desperate to cling to power, is poised to use chemical weapons against civilians. An intervention is necessary to prevent a massacre.
By Max Blumenthal
Obama wasted no time in authorizing a round of drone strikes on targets across Libya, which are likely to deepen regional hostility to the US. A group of fringe extremists had proven that with a little bit of money and an unbelievably cynical scam, they could shape history to fit their apocalyptic vision. But in the end, they were not immune to the violence they incited.
Cross-posted from The Guardian
A group of rightwing extremists aimed to destabilize post-Mubarak Egypt and roil US politicians. They got their wish.
Did an inflammatory anti-Muslim film trailer that appeared spontaneously on YouTube prompt the attack that left four US diplomats dead, including US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens? American officials have suggested that the assault was pre-planned, allegedly by of one of the Jihadist groups that emerged since the Nato-led overthrow of Libya’s Gaddafi regime. So even though the deadly scene in Benghazi may not have resulted directly from the angry reaction to the Islamophobic video, the violence has helped realize the apocalyptic visions of the film’s backers.
Eight BIG PROBLEMS with the “case” against Assange (MUST-READ by Naomi Wolf)
Something Rotten in the State of Sweden: 8 Big Problems with the ‘Case’ Against Assange
Exclusive to News from Underground
Now that Andrew Kreig, of the Justice Integrity Project, has confirmed Karl Rove’s role as an advisor to the Swedish government in its prosecution of Julian Assange on sexual misconduct charges, it is important that we note the many glaring aberrations in the handling of Assange’s case by the authorities in Sweden.
By Stephen Lendman
Editor’s Note: We perfectly understand our colleague’s doubts and reservations regarding Julian Assange’s dealings with major Western media—all tainted and complicit in imperial crimes by definition. However, in his defense, we think that he thought his information, even if heavily redacted, was going to prove an embarrasment to the empire and its chief criminals—and it did. Otherwise, as it happens with so much radical communication that never reaches the “validation” of mass distribution via the mainstream (corporate) media structure, much of his revelations would have remained an incipient phenomenon, at best.—P. Greanville
For around two months, Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy after requesting political asylum. Sweden wants him extradited on spurious charges. They include unlawful coercion, sexual molestation and rape. Allegedly it’s for having nonconsensual condomless sex. A honey trap snared him.
Sex charges are bogus. Sweden represents Washington’s interests. Obama officials wants him extradited to stand trial for whistleblowing. They want him put away and silenced. Sweden’s playing willing co-conspirator. So is Britain.
By Alex Lantier, WSWS.ORG
Reports that US intelligence is giving covert assistance to “rebel” militias in Syria mark the latest stage in an escalating US campaign for an out-and-out takeover of the country.
Yesterday, as videos emerged showing Syrian “rebels” carrying out mass executions of soldiers captured in Aleppo, it was reported that US President Barack Obama had signed an order earlier this year authorizing US intelligence to aid anti-Assad forces. Washington is also helping to distribute weapons and money donated by its right-wing Middle East allies Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.