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Assad Still Confident That He Can Control Syria

Washington Post Liz Sly BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains confident that he can ride out the maelstrom engulfing his country, casting into doubt prospects that intensified efforts to negotiate an end to the bloodshed can succeed, according to Syrians familiar with the thinking of the regime. Although Assad isn’t winning the fight against the rebels, he isn’t […]

France fails to free intelligence agent held in Somalia; Paris sends more troops to Mali

WP | What is France up to in Africa?

21st Century Wire TV – Episode 7 – ‘FOCUS ON IRAN’

Part 1 – We speak with veteran international broadcaster Afshin Rattansi to discuss Iran’s demographics, economy, internal politics, post-revolution culture and where the country currently resides on the geopolitical scene… http://youtu.be/gzcpxOm5psM This TV show airs Thursdays at 6pm on SKY Channel 191 Paradigm Shift TV(PSTV) in the UK: http://www.paradigmshift.tv For info on upcoming DVD’s visit: http://21stcenturywire.com.previewdns.com/2012/10/29/season-one-21st-century-wire-on-sky-tv/  

Henningsen on RT: ‘Syria is a gangster’s paradise right now’

21st Century Wire and UK Column’s analyst Patrick Henningsen discusses with RT about how NATO’s recent deployment of missile defense batteries in neighboring Turkey is nothing more than a chess move to prepare for western/NATO airstrikes at some point further down the timeline, and also how Syria’s so-called ‘opposition’ are using the chaos in the […]

Saving Private Face: Manning ‘awarded’ 112 days off potential life sentence

Private Bradley Manning, accused of sharing classified US army files with the whistleblowing website Wikileaks, will get a 112 days cut from his eventual sentence. The victory for his defense team comes after a judge ruled that Manning’s 9 months in prison amounted to pre-trial punishment and was excessively harsh. Retired colonel Morris Davis told […]

Assad: War in Syria between ‘nation and terrorists’

Syria’s president has outlined a plan to end the country’s conflict, starting with a halt to international support to “al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups.” The solution proposes a new constitution and government, as well as national reconciliation.

NATO Deploys Missiles & Troops On Syrian Border

RT | NATO’s role seems to be expanding every day – far beyond its original charter.

Is Al-Jazeera Really ‘Fair And Balanced’ ?

Washington Post | The Qatari authorities sentenced a poet to life imprisonment in November, but you won’t hear about it on Al Jazeera.

Best of 2012 Double Standards with Afshin Rattansi

One of the best current affairs shows on TV bar none, but sadly shut-down by the the EU and the UK government agencies for purely political reasons…

Chris Hedges on Obama’s NDAA: ‘The Final Battle’

Chris Hedges | As long as Obama and the leadership of both parties want the military to police our streets, we will fight.

The Quality of Washington’s Plan to Drag Iran Into a Third World War

21st Century Wire They’re like school kids playing war games. Listen to this supposedly qualified academic talking head, Patrick Clawson of the influential neo-con think tank, the Washington Institute for Near East Studies – muse on about what underhanded stunts the US could hope for in kicking off WW3 in Iran. Shameful, yet, someone is paying this guy […]

Déjà Vu – Martin Luther King On Our Wars Yesterday, And Today

In the epic Plato’s Republic, Thrasymachus attacked Socrates’ position that the idea justice is an inherent and equal right, claiming that it is just (by nature) that the strong rule over the weak. There are both men and women who seek and hold positions of power in our society – who subscribe to this very doctrine. A few short decades ago, Martin […]

Henningsen on RT: ‘Iran in crosshairs’: UK may deploy more troops to Gulf

The United Arab Emirates is said to be close to ordering some 60 combat jets from the UK, and may be getting a contingent of British troops to sweeten the deal. British PM David Cameron told soldiers that they may be headed to the Gulf state as they pull out of Afghanistan. Rights groups though […]

Our Imperial Hypocrisy: ‘Bahrain Closed Society, West Heading Down The Same Path’

21st Century Wire’s Patrick Henningsen discusses with RT about the current political state of affairs in the country of Bahrain, who is struggling to integrate democratic reforms and is hamstrung by its human rights record and a somewhat precarious relationship with Washington and London. In the final analysis, the West appears to be headed in […]

Settlements Snarl: ‘Israel gambles on US protection from intl law’

Israel says it will go ahead with plans to build 1500 new settler homes in East Jerusalem – the part of the city that’s considered Palestinian land. The project was given an intermediate green light by Israeli officials on Monday. This comes less then a month after the UN granted Palestine non-member observer status. Palestinians […]

‘He’s Useless’: The Palestinian Verdict on ‘Peace Envoy’ Tony Blair

The Independent | Blair is not only hated in Britain, he’s also hated in the Middle East.

New nuclear talks with Iran may be possible in coming weeks, U.S. says

Washington Post Joby Warrick The United States and five other world powers are hastily preparing for possible new talks with Iran amid signs that the country’s leaders might be willing to meet as early as next week to discuss scaling back nuclear activities in return for future sanctions relief. The six powers have agreed on […]

Young Israelis Fight for Social Justice

VICE MAG IN PALESTINE… “In the lead up to the one-year anniversary of the biggest protest in Israel’s history, we get tear-gassed by the IDF in the West Bank, and then we have drinks with a spokesperson for the Israeli protest movement…”

Hamas Leader Khaled Meshal Says Group Will Never Recognize Israel

Washington Post Joel Greenburg JERUSALEM — In a fiery speech Saturday before a mammoth rally in Gaza City marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas, Khaled Meshal, the political leader of the militant Islamist group, pledged that it would never recognize Israel and called for an Islamic Palestinian state on the territory of […]

Pre-Empty: US Ramps Up WMD Rhetoric Against Syria

  The chemical scare around Syria is receiving a skeptical response not only from Assad’s government, but now the very people seeking to bring him down. A senior rebel official has dismissed Washington’s reports that Assad was arming chemical warheads, saying it was all part of a media game.