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Secrets of Empire and Self-Deceptions of Partisans

2112-electionYet a howling defiance into the darkness of the corporate state night
By Phil Rockstroh

It is laughable (in a weeping outright sort of way) that Obama and his fellow Democratic Party supporters and apologists can't find a more resonant campaign theme than, "We carry out the agendas of the national security/bankster/militarist state (i.e., the one percent) while appearing to be less crazy than Republicans."

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Why Sarkozy Revived Armenian Genocide?

Armenian Genocideby Dan Lieberman

Genocide is always ignored until the genocide is over. After its completion, eloquent and hypocritical words appear in defense of the murdered and departed. Genocide makes headlines, and people know how to use them for their own advantage.

France's President Nicholas Sarkozy gains headlines, and mostly for appropriate reasons. He is in the news almost every day - marriage to a celebrity model, leading the charge against dispatched Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, whom he befriended months earlier, scuffling with Germany's Prime Minister Angela Merkel over how to save the Euro and French banks, camera shots with the new baby, and at an October 7, 2011 meeting in Armenia stating that "Turkey's refusal to recognize the [Armenian] genocide would force France to make such denials a criminal offense.

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Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Russell Tribunal on PalestineThe Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) was launched in Brussels on 4 March 2009. It´s a people´s tribunal in the spirit of the Tribunal on the Vietnam war that was set up by Lord Bertrand Russell in 1966 to protest the inconceivable war crimes and the crimes against humanity that were inflicted on the Vietnamese people by the United States of America. The first tribunal comprised people such as Jean-Paul Sartre, James Baldwin, Simone de Beauvoir, Isaac Deutscher to name a few. So far, there has been a second Russell Tribunal on Latin America from 1974 to 1976 dealing with crimes committed by Latin American military juntas.

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Exiting Iraq

us-forceIn his official remarks about the end of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, President Obama told an assembly of troops,

The war in Iraq will soon belong to history. Your service belongs to the ages. Never forget that you are part of an unbroken line of heroes spanning two centuries — from the colonists who overthrew an empire, to your grandparents and parents who faced down fascism and communism, to you — men and women who fought for the same principles in Fallujah and Kandahar, and delivered justice to those who attacked us on 9/11.

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Shooting the Messenger in Syria

Sudanese General Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-DabiAt issue is discrediting Sudanese General Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi. He's Arab League observer mission head in Syria.

The phrase "shooting the messenger" is centuries old. Shakespeare wrote "Don't shoot the messenger" in Henry IV, part two. In Antony and Cleopatra, she reacted to Antony jilting her by threatening to treat the messenger's eyes as balls.

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