The Silent Military Coup That Took Over Washington

John Pilger The Guardian/UK http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/10/silent-military-coup-took-over-washington On my wall is the Daily Express front page of September 5 1945 and the words: “I write this as a warning to the world.” So began Wilfred Burchett’s report from Hiroshima. It was the scoop of the century. For his lone, perilous journey that defied...

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Allende Vive: Latin America’s Left and the Reunion of Socialism and Democracy

Derrick O’Keefe Rabble.ca http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/derrick/2013/09/allende-vive-latin-americas-left-and-reunion-socialism-and-democracy Last night, Barack Obama spoke in defence of his threats to launch U.S. air strikes against Syria. In justifying his push for an attack illegal under international law, the constitutional lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner appealed explicitly to American exceptionalism. Obama also prefaced his case for...

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Obama’s Rogue State Tramples Over Every Law It Demands Others Uphold

George Monbiot The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/09/obama-rogue-state-tramples-every-law You could almost pity these people. For 67 years successive US governments have resisted calls to reform the UN security council. They’ve defended a system which grants five nations a veto over world affairs, reducing all others to impotent spectators. They have abused the powers and...

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The Hill to the Rescue on Syria? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Andrew Bacevich TomDispatch http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175744/ Sometimes history happens at the moment when no one is looking.  On weekends in late August, the president of the United States ought to be playing golf or loafing at Camp David, not making headlines.  Yet Barack Obama chose Labor Day weekend to unveil arguably the...

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Stopping Barry O’Bomber’s Rush to War

Ralph Nader Stopping Barry O’Bomber’s Rush to War Dear President Obama: Little did your school boy chums in Hawaii, watching you race up and down the basketball court, know how prescient they were when they nicknamed you “Barry O’Bomber”. Little did your fellow Harvard Law Review editors, who elected you to...

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Obama Reframes Syria: Metaphor and War Revisited

President Obama has reframed his position on Syria, adjusting the Red Line metaphor: It wasn’t his Red Line, not his responsibility for drawing it. It was the Red Line drawn by the world, by the international community—both legally by international treaty, and morally by universal revulsion against the use of poison gas by Assad....

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Why the Israel-Palestine ‘Negotiations’ Are a Complete Farce

Noam Chomsky AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/world/chomsky-why-israel-palestine-negotiations-are-complete-farce?paging=off The Israel-Palestine negotiations currently underway in Jerusalem coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords. A look at the character of the accords and their fate may help explain the prevailing skepticism about the current exercise. In September 1993, President Clinton presided over a handshake...

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Obama and Putin: Time for Diplomacy on Syria

Amy Goodman truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/obama_and_putin_time_for_diplomacy_on_syria_20130904/ “Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” So said Pope Francis, addressing the crowd on Sunday in the Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square. He was speaking about the crisis in Syria, as President Barack Obama ramped...

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How Israel Is driving the US to War in Syria

Max Blumenthal Mondoweiss http://mondoweiss.net/2013/09/dubious-intelligence-and-iran-blackmail-how-israel-is-driving-the-us-to-war-in-syria.html President Barack Obama’s August 31 announcement that he would seek congressional authorization to strike Syria has complicated an aggressive Israeli campaign to render a US attack inevitable. While the Israelis are far from the only force in bringing the US to the brink of war –...

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