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Civilians Killed in Airstrikes in Iraq; 72 Killed, 8 Newborns, 27 Wounded

Airstrikes in northern Iraq have accidentally killed civilians, including seven newborns at a hospital. This would not be the first government strike against civilian targets, accidentally or purposefully. Overall, at least 72 people were killed and 27 were wounded. Those were the documented casalties. Security forces reported killing and injuring dozens of militants in Anbar province.

Iraqi warplanes bombed a Hawija hospital, leaving 18 dead and 16 wounded. Eight of the fatalities were newborns housed in a premature baby wing that collapsed due to the strike.


http://original.antiwar.com/updates/2014/09/06/civilians-killed-in-airstrikes-in-iraq-59-killed-27-wounded/?

YES WE CAN! Sen. Sanders calls for wealth tax at AFL-CIO convention

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, called for a progressive estate tax on multi-millionaires and billionaires during a speech on Saturday.

“A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much while so many have so little,” Mr. Sanders said at the Vermont AFL-CIO annual convention.

“We need a tax system which asks the billionaire class to pay its fair share of taxes and which reduces the obscene degree of wealth inequality in America,” said Mr. Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.

According to Mr. Sanders, taxing the top .25 percent of wealthiest Americans is the fairest way to reduce wealth inequality, lower the $17 trillion national debt and pay for investments in infrastructure, education and other neglected national priorities. Mr. Sanders‘ proposal would not raise taxes for the remaining 99.75 percent of Americans.



http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/6/sen-sanders-calls-wealth-tax-afl-cio-convention/


They'll never miss it

Launch all-out blitz on jihadists, says Kissinger


HENRY Kissinger has urged US President Barack Obama to “launch an all-out attack” on the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, warning that Americans have become “bystanders” in the Middle East.

In an exclusive interview, the former US secretary of state said air strikes should be of “limited duration as a punitive measure” and “not make any distinction between Syria and Iraq”.

“There can’t be any debate any more about fighting them,” he said. Dr Kissinger, an influential force in US foreign policy for more than four decades, accused Mr Obama of failing to appreciate that other countries yearned for American guidance in the Middle East and other crisis areas.

“We don’t have the power to impose our preference, but without us, and without some leadership from us, the new order cannot be created,” he said. “That I think has not (been) understood.”

http://thepuffington.com/kissinger-launch-blitz-on-jihadists/


In my view, this is all part of the neo-con plan for "A New World Order".

Don't fall for it.

It only benefits the ultra rich megalomaniacs, and actually bankrupts America. War is what collapsed the Soviets.

Don't fall for it.

Russia Moves Tactical Nukes Closer to NATO. Gulp.

http://www.wired.com/2010/11/russia-moves-small-nukes-closer-to-europe-gulp/


As recently as this spring, the Russians have moved their tactical nukes to sites close to their Western frontiers, alarming the Baltic and Eastern European members of NATO, the Wall Street Journal reports. Russia’s longstanding position is that it won’t pull its tactical nuclear weapons behind the Ural Mountains until the U.S. gets its own small nukes out of Europe. True totals of Russian tactical nuclear weapons is a tightly-held secret, but the Federation of American Scientists estimated last year that Moscow has nearly 5,400 of them, with about 2,000 deployed.

The Russian nuke movement isn’t expressly forbidden by prior nuclear treaties; and the Journal notes that it “appeared to coincide” with the arrival of NATO missile defense systems near Russia’s European borders. At the NATO summit in Lisbon this month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev endorsed building a joint NATO-Russia missile defense system over the next ten years — a big NATO priority — but warned that if “universal” missile defense couldn’t be fielded, a “new round of arms race will start.” So it’s tense, but it’s not necessarily time to dig out that old Sting song out of the record crates.


You sure you guys want to do this Ukraine thing?

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault

According to the prevailing wisdom in the West, the Ukraine crisis can be blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression. Russian President Vladimir Putin, the argument goes, annexed Crimea out of a long-standing desire to resuscitate the Soviet empire, and he may eventually go after the rest of Ukraine, as well as other countries in eastern Europe. In this view, the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 merely provided a pretext for Putin’s decision to order Russian forces to seize part of Ukraine.

But this account is wrong: the United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia’s orbit and integrate it into the West. At the same time, the EU’s expansion eastward and the West’s backing of the pro-democracy movement in Ukraine -- beginning with the Orange Revolution in 2004 -- were critical elements, too. Since the mid-1990s, Russian leaders have adamantly opposed NATO enlargement, and in recent years, they have made it clear that they would not stand by while their strategically important neighbor turned into a Western bastion. For Putin, the illegal overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected and pro-Russian president -- which he rightly labeled a “coup” -- was the final straw. He responded by taking Crimea, a peninsula he feared would host a NATO naval base, and working to destabilize Ukraine until it abandoned its efforts to join the West.


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Washington may not like Moscow’s position, but it should understand the logic behind it. This is Geopolitics 101: great powers are always sensitive to potential threats near their home territory. After all, the United States does not tolerate distant great powers deploying military forces anywhere in the Western Hemisphere, much less on its borders. Imagine the outrage in Washington if China built an impressive military alliance and tried to include Canada and Mexico in it.

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There is a solution to the crisis in Ukraine, however -- although it would require the West to think about the country in a fundamentally new way. The United States and its allies should abandon their plan to westernize Ukraine and instead aim to make it a neutral buffer between NATO and Russia, akin to Austria’s position during the Cold War. Western leaders should acknowledge that Ukraine matters so much to Putin that they cannot support an anti-Russian regime there. This would not mean that a future Ukrainian government would have to be pro-Russian or anti-NATO. On the contrary, the goal should be a sovereign Ukraine that falls in neither the Russian nor the Western camp.


MORE: http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141769/john-j-mearsheimer/why-the-ukraine-crisis-is-the-wests-fault

How we gonna pay for the new war on terror? Anybody? SERIOUSLY war hawks, how???

ISIS Is Beheading Journalists to Lure America Into Another Ground War.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/isis-is-beheading-journal_b_5757542.html

The nature of war in Iraq today, and for most of the past decade, is the reality of irregular warfare where winning the battle entails occupying territory and dealing with ambushes, roadside bombs, snipers, and every other tactic aimed at weakening a great power. Our soldiers don't deserve another ground war in Iraq and we should never again wage a counterinsurgency war anywhere in the world. ISIS wants this suicidal showdown, they want to lure the U.S. into a ground war, and they need the legitimacy acquired by Al-Qaeda and Bin-Laden when both lured our country into two colossal mistakes in the Middle East.

Our society, sadly, is seemingly quick to forget the lessons learned only several years ago. Why? Because never-ending media images of militants with black beards and uniforms doing donuts in tanks and vehicles, relishing their victories and slaughtering groups of unarmed men, have garnered exactly the type of attention desired by ISIS. In order to defeat ISIS, we'll have to wage war on our terms; not the terms of a terrorist group who's raison detre, like Al-Qaeda, Hamas, and every other terror organization, is to weaken a far greaterer power though asymmetric warfare. There are a number of reasons why ISIS desperately wants the U.S. to send tens of thousands of ground troops back to Iraq and this article highlights why we shouldn't fall into their trap.

1. The U.S. should leave the ground war to Shia, Kurdish and other Iraqi forces. According to a Salon.com article in 2006, the Battle of Fallujah is an example of why Iraqis, not U.S troops, must vanquish ISIS:

Is it true that Social Security has increased 300% recently in Russia?

That's what my Russian cabbie is telling me....

OMG!!! Threat Level ORANGE!!!!!

From the White House: The Intelligence Community believes that terrorists will attempt multiple attacks against U.S. targets worldwide in the event of a U.S led military campaign. A large volume of reporting across a range of sources, some of which are highly reliable, indicates that terrorists probably would attempt to launch terrorist attacks against U.S. interests claiming they were defending Muslims.

http://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-advisory-system




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Secret Detainee Abuse Photos may see the Light of Day

A federal district court judge has ruled that the government’s certification to prevent the disclosure of thousands of photos of detainee abuse and torture in Afghanistan and Iraq—including inhumane treatment at Abu Ghraib prison—is “not sufficient to prevent publication.”

The federal judge ordered the government to appear in court on September 8 and produce the photographs or submit additional evidence to support keeping the photos secret.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) staff attorney Marcellene Hearn reacted, “Americans have a right to know what was done in our names in military detention centers. We have a right to know what resulted from senior officials’ decisions to authorize and tolerate the abuse and torture of prisoners.”

The ACLU has been pursuing the release of records related to detainee treatment and “the death of prisoners in United States custody and abroad after September 11, 2001, since October 2003.

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/08/27/judge-governments-justification-for-keeping-detainee-abuse-photos-secret-is-not-sufficient/#
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