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Scotland – is that what you really want?

Like they say, be careful what you wish for as you might get it. Assuming the main purport of this move towards independence is not because Scotland sees itself as an oil-rich territory that need not share this benediction with anyone else on a fraternity basis, but only on a strictly business basis, then it’s good to ‘go independent’. Then, the good people of Scotland will have to work hard to make real al ...

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U.S. Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria

Analysis by Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Sep 12 2014 (IPS) - The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine. A sharply divided UNSC has watched the slaughter of Palestinians by Israel, the genocide and war c ...

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What Would Dr. King Do? As U.S. Moves to Bomb Syria, Tavis Smiley on MLK’s Antiwar Legacy

What would Dr. Martin Luther King do? As debate continues over U.S. plans to launch airstrikes in Syria, we look at the final year of King’s life when he became a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War, calling his government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." We speak to public TV and radio broadcaster Tavis Smiley, author of the new book, "Death of a King: The Real S ...

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Defeating the Violence of Psychiatry

As the movement to abolish psychiatry continues to gather momentum – see 'On Antipsychiatry' http://bizomadness.blogspot.ca/2014/07/on-antipsychiatry.html – it is worth reviewing its delusional foundation, the history of its violence and its function as a weapon of elite social control. Robert J. Burrowes Psychiatry is based on a delusional conception of how the human mind works and what is needed in order ...

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The Ukraine Crisis Remains Unresolved

The Ukraine Crisis Remains Unresolved by Paul Craig Roberts* Some Western commentators interpret the cease fire in Ukraine obtained by President Putin as a victory for Russia. The reasoning is that the cease fire leaves Ukraine with disputed borders, which rules out Ukraine’s membership in NATO. But will the cease fire hold? The right-wing Kiev militias, whose members often wear nazi insignias, are not unde ...

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NATO Poised to Escalate Tensions over Ukraine

Analysis by John Feffer WASHINGTON, Sep 8 2014 (IPS) - The NATO summit that took place at the end of last week in Wales was supposed to celebrate the end of a long, draining war in Afghanistan. But with the presidential election still up in the air in Kabul, NATO couldn’t enjoy its “mission accomplished” moment. Instead, the assembled ministers took steps to accelerate two new conflicts, one on its borders ...

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Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm

England is dysfunctional, corrupt and vastly unequal. Who on earth would want to be tied to such a country? By George Monbiot for The Guardian, Tuesday 2 September 2014 Imagine the question posed the other way round. An independent nation is asked to decide whether to surrender its sovereignty to a larger union. It would be allowed a measure of autonomy, but key aspects of its governance would be handed to ...

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Pakistan’s Contain(er)ed Revolution

When real revolutions happen in significant countries - as in Iran in 1978 or Egypt in 2011 - millions of people pour out on the streets throughout the country and bring everything to a standstill. In the current "revolution" underway in Pakistan, activity is limited largely to a couple of square kilometers in Islamabad and a few specific locations in other cities. The number of people involved at any one l ...

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The Evidence: MH 017

Peter Haisenko was a pilot for Lufthansa for 30 years. In the article below he explains his conclusion that the Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine was hit first by an air-to-air missile from a Ukrainian fighter jet and then by machine gun fire. As Ukrainian air control has refused to release its communications with the airliner and Washington refuses to release its satellite photos, we have to form a judg ...

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Anti-Israel feeling tips the reporting balance for what appear to be bogus claims

The Israeli Government is in need of some “winning” electoral coup after a useless and heartless war with an equally heartless Hamas (that has managed to turn Gaza’s disaster, at least for some of its inhabitants, into some kind of “victory”), since nobody in Israel is in celebratory mood. Even for those who sincerely justify the need for the attacks as self-defence, killing children creates profound contra ...

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