List of 81 Palestinians Slaughtered by Israel in Latest Attack on Gaza Thus Far – 20 Are Children

by Scott Creighton

“Among those killed, at least 20 were aged 16 or younger.”

The following is a list of Palestinian victims in Gaza who have paid with their lives for the alleged murder of three young men in the illegally occupied West Bank. They had nothing to do with it. Yesterday morning at this time the death toll stood at 41. That was after two days of indiscriminate attacks on the people of Gaza. That means the brave Israelis have stepped up their slaughter. The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the number at 78 several hours ago. There have been no Israeli casualties from all those homemade bottle rockets “raining” down on Israel.

(Image from Aletho News and  No Tax Dollars to Israel )

The website, Victims of Gaza, will continue to update the tragic toll as the Israeli attacks on the civilians of Gaza continues. And so will I.

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Susan Rice Admits Obama Admin Providing “lethal” Aid to “Vetted” Terrorists in Syria

by Scott Creighton

“The United States has been the single largest contributor of humanitarian assistance, providing over 1.7 billion dollars. That’s why the United States has ramped up its support for the moderate vetted opposition, providing lethal and nonlethal support where we can to support both the civilian opposition and the military opposition.” Susan Rice CNN

Less than a week after an election in Syria showed the vast majority of Syrians wanted Bashar Assad to remain their president, Obama’s US National Security Advisor Susan Rice took time out to go on CNN and let the world know that yes, we have been providing military lethal aid to the destabilization forces we unleashed in Syria.

US officials have refused to say whether Rice was announcing a new US policy. They have also declined to comment on the details of the support to the militants. This comes as earlier reports said the US is ready to begin training missions for the insurgents. Press TV

For anyone paying attention, this latest admission is hardly news. But for them to come right out and admit they are arming and training these terrorists is.

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Obama in talks with “rebel” leader on escalating Syrian war

by Bill Van Auken, WSWS

The Obama administration has entered into direct talks with the leader of the political front for Syria’s Western-backed “rebels” on arming them with US surface-to-air missiles, amid fresh confirmation that these forces are dominated by Al Qaeda-linked militias.

Ahmad al-Jarba, the chief of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, met Thursday at the State Department with Secretary of State John Kerry. He is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House in the coming days. Meetings are also scheduled at the Pentagon and with members of the US Congress.

The visit is part of a shift toward renewed US escalation of its proxy war in Syria, fueled in no small part by the ongoing confrontation over Ukraine with Russia, a key ally of the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

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CIA Front, USAID, Gearing Up in Ukraine – Suharto II?

by Scott Creighton

USAID has a history of working with the CIA as a front operation to help them spread that special kind of “democracy” (read as IMF inspired brutal repression) in nations where we have installed brutal dictators in support of our neoliberal economic agenda.

” In South Vietnam, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided cover for CIA operatives so widely that the two became almost synonymous.” Washington Post

As the bodies of labor union reps and dissidents are piling up on the stairwells of Odessa and the streets of eastern Ukraine, today it is reported that USAID needs another couple million to support pro-Western “media outlets” in the run-up to the sham election to be held in the troubled state.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has promised to beef up financial aid for Ukraine’s pro-Western media outlets amid a mounting dispute between the West and Russia. Press TV

Two weeks ago it was reported that the agency created a Twitter-like program (ZunZuneo) in Cuba with the express purpose of fostering dissent and creating unrest in the nation with the hopes of setting up yet another regime change color revolution. Turns out their efforts were not limited to Cuba.

“In a number of countries, including Venezuela and Bolivia, USAID is acting more as an agency involved in covert action, like the CIA, than as an aid or development agency.” Marc Weisbrot

It should be noted that USAID’s efforts aren’t limited to White Hat psyops.

“Guatemala: By 1970, USAID trained over 30,000 Guatemalan police to suppress local leftists, according to William Blum’s book “Killing Hope.” Just over a decade later, Guatemalan death squads under US-backed dictator Rios Montt unleashed a genocide on the Mayan peasants.” Pando Daily

— The Vietnam War: USAID trained police and ran civilian jails. USAID also participated in the “soft” side of the Phoenix Program — funding the failed “Land to the Tillers” program granting peasants small plots of land, a program that has a poor track record, but serves some important foreign policy/propaganda purpose every time it’s rolled out because it remains one of the most enduring boondoggles in the USAID kit. Pando Daily

“[I]n the early 1960s agents from the State Department, Green Berets, CIA, and USAID organized two paramilitary groups that would become the backbone of that country’s death squad system.”  Greg Grandin

They were even involved in Russia during the neoliberal Yeltsin disaster.

USAID funded Chubais through public-private organizations and a Harvard program that was so patently corrupt, Harvard and its program directors including economist Andrei Shleifer were sued by the US Department of Justice for “conspiring to defraud” the US government (not to mention Russians). USAID also paid public relations giant Burson-Marsteller to sell the disastrous voucher program to the Russian public, in a mass media advertising blitz that promoted Chubais’ political party on the eve of parliamentary elections. It was this USAID funded privatization, and the USAID-backed Russia “democrats,” which soured Russians on market capitalism and democracy (renamed “dermokratsia” or “shitocracy” in Russian). Pando Daily

This USAID effort in Ukraine is nothing new. They’ve been at this trick for years and years going back to a time when President Peace Prize was a toddler at his mother’s side in Indonesia working for another IMF/World Bank creation; one of the most brutal dictators in human history, Suharto (an argument can be made also for our “darling dictator” of Rwanda, Paul Kagame).

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Obama Cracks Joke about CNN and Flight 370 – His “Nope, no weapons over there” Moment?

by Scott Creighton

The lengths we have to go to to get CNN coverage these days,” he said, slamming the network for its non-stop coverage of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. “I think they’re still searching for their table.” Cathrine Taibi

haThe president made this little quip at the annual White House Correspondent’s dinner. I guess the joke is supposed to be something about it’s time for the complicit media to give up covering the missing commercial plane.. and the 239 people who were aboard it when it vanished without a trace… and spend more airtime praising Obama and pushing his various policy items instead. Or something like that.

It reminded me of that slideshow Bush did during his 2004 Correspondent’s dinner. Some things never change I guess.

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The Big Nausea: Waking Up With an Obama-Ache

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Black folks have been forced to come to grips with the finality of Obama’s second term.”

OBrainMapped6The Obama Hangover has begun. The drunken delirium that descended on Black America after the pale Democratic caucuses of Iowa endorsed a brown-skinned corporatist just after New Years Day, 2008 – conveying white “viability” on a Great Black Hope – is definitively over. It’s the morning-after in Black America, a scene of economic and political ruin bathed in the searing daylight of Obama’s second term and umpteenth betrayal.

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Sheik Muhammad Bouti, his Grandson and 40 Others Killed by NATO Backed Terrorists in Syria

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: His website http://bouti.net/ appears to be blocked here in the United States or at least my Verizon service is blocking it.  You can go here to view more images of the freedom fighter’s handiwork.

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support the terroristsSheik Muhammad Bouti was by all accounts a peaceful, educated man. The retired dean and a professor at the College of Islamic Law at Damascus University hated what foreign powers like the U.S., France, Britain, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and others are attempting to do to his country through this ongoing terrorist destabilization campaign. He hated what these mercenaries are doing to the image of his religion which is in it’s purest form and expression of peace, forgiveness and submission. He spoke out about these things he hated and he and his grandson and 40 others who gathered to hear him speak inside al-Iman Mosque in Damascus on Thursday died for it. Died a most gruesome and horrific death at the hands of a coward in the employ of monsters.

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The US Government Has Constructed a Ubiquitous Surveillance State

(In keeping with the article I just posted about how the Reagan White House helped the fascist state in Guatemala set up death squads and in understanding what the government did in conjunction with the brutally murderous state of Indonesia and so many others, here is a little current events note to make you think about the VERY NEAR future this country is racing to meet)

by Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian

The five right-wing justices hand Obama a victory by accepting his DOJ’s secrecy-based demand for dismissal…

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Cameron Promises to “close down the ungoverned spaces” in Endless War on Terror

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: AP Jan. 22 2013

“American planes transported French troops and equipment to Mali, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday, as Malian and French forces pushed into the Islamist-held north.”

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Blonde haired, Blue eyed, English speaking “Islamists’ taking hostages in Algeria giving blonde haired, blue eyed, English speaking David Cameron the opportunity to invade and re-colonize the nation under the auspices of the mythical “endless war on terror” (Global Free Market Wars). It’s all about “closing down the ungoverned spaces” as Cameron honestly puts it. And as it just so happens, all the witnesses hostages are “accidentally” killed in the attack. What a coincidence, huh?

It takes a really good education to miss all of this” Chomsky

After KONY2012 failed due to their closeted pitchman being a meth addict and running naked in San Diego for all too see his little bits on the side of the road, the powers that be in the U.S. created the nearly as disastrous Innocence of the Muslims Psyop to serve the exact same ends: create a pretext for President Obama to put away his phony Peace Prize and launch a continent-wide aggressive, illegal, immoral military campaign on countless little countries (35 to be exact) in order to recolonize them and make them bend to the will of the IMF/World Bank and the various other masters of the universe.

What does “ungoverned spaces” mean? It means places that currently reside peacefully under governments that don’t serve the interests of the Bank for International Settlements cabal. It means places where they can’t pawn off credit default swaps to crash the economy. It means places where their technocrats don’t run the country yet. It means places that are still run by all those unstable democratic elections.

It’s not that they don’t have a government, they just don’t have a government that bows to our interests like we do. Therefore, they are ungoverned spaces. That’s what it means.

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Lupe Fiasco Kicked off Stage at Inauguration Party for Telling the Truth

by Scott Creighton

How ironic is it that while performing a song that is critical of Obamagod called Words I Never Said, the organizers basically gag Lupe Fiasco just like the brownshirts do in the video of the song?

Lupe Fiasco was tossed off a stage at an inauguration party last night because he refused to stop performing a song that was critical of Barack Obama. The video of his removal from the stage is all over the internet at this point. He dared to tell the truth about the glorious one and our fascist state was having none of it.

Videos of the event and his music video of the song are after the break.

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Chris Hedges on Civil Liberties, Obama’s Empire, and Serious Revolt (Until in comes to the 2nd amendment and then he says we are all racists)

by Scott Creighton

Chris Hedges is all about defending our civil liberties… until someone brings up the 2nd amendment, at which time he claims we want to preserve the right to own firearms because we are scared of black and brown people.

According to Hedges, we aren’t concerned about a totalitarian out of control government which he just said is going to start locking people up due to the NDAA 2012… oh no… that isn’t why people are fighting for the preservation of the 2nd amendment in that long list called the Bill of Rights, the right and the duty to defend against a corrupt government… oh no… it’s because we are afraid of black and brown people.

Hedges’ hypocrisy on this matter is stunning to say the least and assuming it’s “hypocrisy” is being generous on my part.

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Obama Meets his Prestitute Megaphonies to Prep “Fiscal Cliff” Compromise Propaganda

by Scott Creighton

Barack Obama has every intention of betraying his base… once again, this time on the subject of crippling “austerity” measures (read as “IMF structural reform package”) that will be “needed” to avoid the ever looming mythical fiscal cliff. So he called a special meeting with some of the left-wing propaganda peddlers to have a little off-the-record meeting at the White House. The idea is to get the talking points directly to the megaphonies so there’s no communication divide while at the same time expressing to them their personal importance to the administration, capitalizing on their feelings of entitlement in order to ensure they will strive their hardest to convince their audiences that something that is in their worst interest is actually in their best interests. To lie to their fans for the president and his neoliberal agenda in other words.

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Israel Targets International Journalists in Gaza While Obama Poops on Peace Prize

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Israeli officials Tweet picture of fake Gaza hospital sign to justify their bombing of hospitals.

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Obama responds to Israeli aggression in Gaza while the rent-a-crowd in Thailand chants “Obama! Obama! Obama!”

Israel is stepping up their brutal and illegal attack on Gaza making ready for their ground assault. In order to do that, they decided to silence the would be witnesses of their criminal aggression by sending them a message. A clear and distinct message:

“Early this morning, just after dawn, the Israeli military targeted two media buildings in the Gaza Strip, injuring six journalists with one losing his leg in an amputation after the bombing. “We obviously know there are journalists in the building,” said IDF spokesperson Avital Leibovich hours later, confirming the Israeli military knowingly targeted news organizations in a military strike to destroy an antenna that was located on the roof of the building.  Leibovich continued, “so we did not attack any other floor in the building, but my advice to journalist visiting Gaza is to stay away from any Hamas positions, or Hamas sites, or Hamas posts for their own safety.” Mondoweiss

Israel agents phone Gaza media threatening to flatten their buildings to the ground unless they evacuate,” said Fear on Twitter.

Israel is removing the press so they can do what they are about to do in the dead silence, in the dark.

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Report: Israeli Warships Shelling Gaza Homes on Coast – Guess they want that natural gas field, huh?

Jamie Kilstein ‏@jamiekilstein

RT @RanaGaza: Israeli warships are firing live ammunition at residential buildings along the shore of #Gaza.

Analysis: Election over, U.S. cautiously mulls Syria options

Reuters

With the U.S. election over and Syria’s civil war growing bloodier and spreading, the Obama administration is quietly re-examining its options for involvement in the conflict.

Whether that will lead to a change in strategy remains unclear. President Barack Obama and his advisers are extremely cautious, current and former officials involved in discussions say.

But those who favor greater U.S. involvement – not least Syrian opposition leaders – clearly believe their time has come. What Washington must consider, they say, is more support for the rebels and perhaps limited military action.

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