Samstag, 20. Juli 2013

Administration s Syria problem: U.S. can t find non-Al Qaida rebels

The United States has withheld at least $50 million worth of aid to Sunni rebels in Syria.

NATO: Assad, Prevailing in Syria

By World Tribune

The NATO assessment asserted that most of the Syrians involved in the revolt, including those in the Free Syrian Army, were no longer fighting the Assad regime. Instead, the bulk of combat has been assumed by foreign fighters, most of them affiliated with Al Qaida.

Foreign Fighters Flocking to Syria Stirs Terror Concerns

The U.S. and European Union are seeing an increasing number of radicalized young Muslims going to Syria to fight, a development that raises the danger that they will return to conduct terrorist attacks at home.

Syria s civil war could last for years, says US official

David Shedd, deputy director of the Defence Intelligence Agency, delivered one of the grimmest US public assessments of the Syrian conflict as he described the increasing strength of Islamic radicals in the Middle East. His sobering analysis was echoed by David Cameron on Sunday.

US military intervention in Syria would create 'unintended consequences'

The top US military officer warned senators on Monday that taking military action to stop the bloodshed in Syria was likely to escalate quickly and result in ''unintended consequences'', representing the most explicit uniformed opposition to deeper involvement in another war in the Middle East.

US Military Plans Direct Intervention in Syria

By Alex Lantier

The Pentagon is planning a major escalation of the US-led war against Syria, involving direct US military involvement to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Arming the Syrian Opposition Will Create Another Afghanistan

By Kapil Komireddi

Once Assad falls, where will the foreign fighters in Syria go?

The Power Behind the Rebels

Why No Revolution Exists in Syria

By Shamus Cooke

Without the massive rebel support from the U.S. and its allies this conflict would have ended long ago and thousands of lives would have been spared.

Empire Project in Syria Reaches New Low

By Michael Collins

How did SSG get a special fundraising license for Syrian rebels from the U.S. Department of the Treasury?

US Special Forces on Alert to Strike al Qaeda Targets

By Carlo Muñoz

The Pentagon has placed its elite cadre of special operations teams on full alert to launch preemptive attacks against suspected al Qaeda targets across the globe, according to reports.

US/Saudi Arabia, Creating Another Afghanistan

As Foreign Fighters Flood Syria, Fears of a New Extremist Haven:
As foreign fighters pour into Syria at an increasing clip, extremist groups are carving out pockets of territory that are becoming havens for Islamist militants, posing what United States and Western intelligence officials say may be developing into one of the biggest terrorist threats in the world today.

Al-Qaeda Replacing Assad is the Biggest Threat to US Security: CIA deputy director


According to Morell, the Syrian government s weapons 'are going to be up for grabs and up for sale' if Assad is ousted.

Syria s War has Exposed the Hypocrisy of Western Powers

By Antony Loewenstein

The conflict has become an ugly proxy battle between innumerable outside forces. If the Australian government is so worried about terrorism, it should stop backing it in Syria.

From Information Clearing House


Top Brass Warns Against 'Act of War' in Syria


Forward on Syria?

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Grant Mincy

There are no just interventions. In our age any use of military force is sure to result in the deaths of innocent children, women and men. In the US government s 'War on Terror' the vast majority killed, injured and displaced are innocent people, especially children...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Why No Revolution Exists in Syria

Shamus Cooke, Workers Action: The revolutionary movement in Syria did not grow large enough to truly challenge the government, and very soon the ''revolutionaries'' took the path of a guerrilla war, led not by the Syrian people, but a minority of religious extremists.ñoz

US Legacy to Afghan Civilians: 'Explosive Remnants of War'

New Survey Shows Record-High Opposition to 'Worthless' Afghan War

The PTSD Crisis That s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods


65 killed in US overnight airstrikes in Afghanistan

The casualties came after a series of airstrikes happened in an area of Paktia Province on Sunday night. The US military has confirmed separate air raids in three villages, saying those killed were militants.

U.S. Military Has Awarded Contracts To Al-Qaeda In Afghanistan

By Michael Krieger

Yep, this is exactly what happens when an empire gets too big, too corrupt, and ends up in the hands of a bunch of sociopaths.

US decreasing not withdrawing forces from Afghanistan: Kerry

''Not every single soldier will leave in 2014. We have been very clear about that. We are not withdrawing we are drawing down.''

White House Closes Inquiry Into Afghan Massacre and Will Release No Details

The silence leaves many unanswered questions about what may have been one of the worst war crimes since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, including why previous American investigations were shut down, and how evidence was destroyed in the case.

Afghan Massacre : The Convoy of Death


In Afghanistan, filmmaker Jamie Doran has uncovered evidence of a massacre: Taliban prisoners of war suffocated in containers, shot in the desert under the watch of American troops.

Burqas and Empire, Again

By Zillah Eisenstein

The lead up to the Afghan war in post-9/11 used the rhetoric of 'women s rights' to mobilise the American public. We were supposed to save their women from the Taliban and their 'backward ways'.

How Afghanistan s Poorest Bear the Brunt of the War

By Mujib Mashal

Abdul Basit has seen what no 7-year-old should see.

From Information Clearing House


Sending broken men back into Afghanistan
by Kelley B. Vlahos

Most of us cannot understand the pain associated with post-traumatic stress in any visceral way, as described by this recent veteran from the Iraq War: 'My mind is a wasteland, filled with visions of incredible horror, unceasing depression, and crippling anxiety.' Now think of the veteran who wrote these words, 30-year-old Daniel Somers, being sent back into the warzone for another tour of duty. Clearly a joke, right? Not exactly...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Lying us into another war


In Detroit Bankruptcy, It s the Poor Who Lose

'Illegal': Detroit Workers Decry Rightwing Assault on Pensions

ALEC in 2013: Rightwing Legislative Group Fuels Race to the Bottom in Wages and Worker Rights

Detroit and Goldman Sachs: Makers and Takers

'Bailouts For Wall Street, Not People': GOP Demands Detroit Be Denied Federal Aid

Bankrupting Democracy in Detroit


Who Killed Detroit City and Why?

Detroit Becomes the Largest US City to Declare Bankruptcy

By Dave Hodges

The bankruptcy of Detroit is a portend of what is to come to most American cities.

Detroit, and the Bankruptcy of America s Social Contract

By Robert Reich

The geo-political divide has become so palpable that being wealthy in America today means not having to come across anyone who isn t.

Mind Rape and the Christian Right

By Chris Hedges

The trauma, emotional abuse and manipulation Lyons suffered at the hands of Total Freedom Program were familiar to me because of the two years I spent investigating the Christian right for my book ''American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.''

How Goldman Sachs Robbed You Of Five Billion Dollars


Goldman Sachs and other big banks are artificially manipulating the aluminum market and other commodities to make consumers needlessly pay more for everyday items.

The Detroit Bankruptcy and the Drive Toward Dictatorship

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey

The bankruptcy of Detroit is being widely cited in the media as a model for the use of unelected officials and bankruptcy courts to rip up agreements and impose sweeping cuts on the pensions and health benefits of public employees, not only in Detroit, but in cities across the United States.

40 Percent Of U.S. Workers Make Less Than What A Full-Time Minimum Wage Worker Made In 1968

According to the Social Security Administration, 40.28% of all workers make less than $20,000 a year in America today.

Low-wage America

Of the lackluster total of 162,000 jobs added last month, a staggering two-thirds were part-time, and most were in low-wage sectors, according to the latest US jobs report, published last Friday by the Labor Department.

From Information Clearing House


Statism is Turning America into Detroit: Ayn Rand s Starnesville Come to Life


Detroit: Donald Cohen Warns of Privatization, Calls for Bailout

Candice Bernd, Truthout: As Detroit prepares for a ''fire sale'' of its public assets to private interests in the wake of its $18 billion Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Detroiters are threatened with losing democratic control over public services in a city looking to infuse its budget with much-needed revenue. Donald Cohen speaks with Truthout about the inherent dangers of privatization.

Detroit a ''Spectacular Failure'' of System that Redistributes Pay from Bottom to Top

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Economist Richard Wolff says that taking away pensions from workers in Detroit is equal to theft.

Billionaire Gets New Sports Arena in Bankrupt Detroit

Dave Zirin, The Nation: The very week Michigan Governor Rick Snyder granted a state-appointed emergency manager s request to declare the Motor City bankrupt, the Tea Party governor gave a big thumbs-up to a plan for a new $650 million Detroit Red Wings hockey arena.

ALEC 2013 Agenda Harkens Back to a Bygone Era

Mary Bottari, PR Watch: Conservative interest group ALEC is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Chicago where lobbyists will gather to promote antiquated legislation that is keeping America in the past.

The Rape of Detroit: City Was Forced to Default so Rich Could Profit

Gaius Publius, America Blog: Is your city black and sitting on public treasure? What happened to Detroit will happen to you. Is your city white and sitting on public treasure? The rich have their eye on it, says Gaius Publius.

Inside the 'ALEC Universe'

Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company: Wisconsin legislator Chris Taylor is a Democrat who attended the annual ALEC conference in Chicago to discover what was being planned behind closed doors. 'When given the opportunity, they are ready to start creating an ALEC nation,' she says.

ALEC "Is a Corporate Lobby Masquerading as a Charity"

Lisa Graves, PR Watch: The Center for Media and Democracy is submitting this testimony to the US Senate Judiciary Committee s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights for the hearing today called "'Stand Your Ground' Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force."

EU-Energiepolitik basiert auf längst überholten Annahmen

Deutschland zahlt jetzt mit Steuergeld direkt an die CO2-Produzenten.

Monsanto: Abschied von Europa mit Hintertür?

Der Gentechnik-Konzern will Anbauanträge für genveränderte Pflanzen in der EU zurückziehen, was man wohl als taktische Maßnahme verstehen muss.

Wenn die NSA per Spielkonsole ins Schlafzimmer schaut

Dass die NSA alle Möglichkeiten nutzt, um grundsätzlich alle Möglichkeiten auszubeuten, führt direkt zu den Möglicheiten, die eine Microsoft Kinect bietet, um Privatestes auszuforschen.

Lauschen und Horchen

Historiker Foschepoth zu Lauschaktionen der USA und Wirtschaftsspionage in Bayern.

Vom schönen Hartz-IV-Leben

Ein Ratgeber des Jobcenters Kreis Pinneberg verklärt das Glück des Sparens.


24. Juli 2013

Wer Vermittlungsstatistiken frisiert, grenzt aus

Es liegt am System, dass trotz des Wirtschaftsbooms in Deutschland, Millionen Menschen in der Hartz-IV-Mühle gefangen bleiben, kommentiert die Vorsitzende der Partei DIE LINKE, Katja Kipping, aktuelle Medienberichte, wonach mehr als die Hälfte der erwerbsfähigen Hartz-IV-Beziehenden dauerhaft auf staatliche Leistungen angewiesen sind.

Der Druck durch gewollte Erfolgszahlen und Vermittlungsquoten in den Jobcentern führt zur Ausgrenzung derjenigen, die weniger Chancen haben. Gefördert werden hauptsächlich die leicht Vermittelbaren. Fest zuhalten gilt zudem: Auf eine offene Stelle, die dem Arbeitsamt oder dem Jobcenter zur Vermittlung zur Verfügung steht, kommen durchschnittlich acht Erwerbslose. Frisierte Vermittlungsstatistiken und Erfolgsmeldungen, die keine sind, nutzen niemandem und grenzen aus. Wirtschafts-, arbeitsmarkt- und sozialpolitisch müssen endlich ganz andere Konzepte her. Angebote der LINKEN für Programme im öffentlich geförderten Beschäftigungssektor und zur Arbeitszeitverkürzung liegen auf dem Tisch.


Interne Weisung eines Berliner Jobcenters diskriminiert Erwerbslose

In einem Berliner Jobcenter werden Erwerbslose in bestimmte Kategorien eingeteilt, aus der sich die Priorität ihrer Betreuung ergibt, wie aus einem Dokument hervorgeht, dass der Piratenfraktion vorliegt. Demnach ist in einer internen Weisung des Jobcenters Lichtenberg von ?Querulanten? und ?Dauerkunden? die Rede. Bereits im Juni diesen Jahres ergab eine Untersuchung des Bundesrechnungshofes, dass Langzeitarbeitslose schlechter betreut werden als Erwerbslose mit guten Chancen auf einen schnellen Wiedereinstieg ins Berufsleben... Weiterlesen:

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