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Confronting American Chauvinism: American Lives Are Not More Important Than Other People’s Lives | Counterpunch

… Because the capitalist-imperialist system has remained in place, the U.S. continues to rain death and destruction across the planet—via ecological damage and climate change, wars, and imperialist-driven impoverishment and dislocation. And with their system facing new challenges and stresses, the U.S. rulers—whether Democrats or Republicans—are even more stridently promoting America No. 1 exceptionalism and the baseless notion that American ...

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Syria: Chemical weapons only for foreign agressors | GlobalPost

Syria officially confirmed it owns stockpiles of chemical weapons, the BBC reported on Monday. The acknowledgment is not surprising when one considers Syria is a stalwart non-signatory of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which outlaws the development and use of chemical weapons. The announcement comes after tense speculation over the security of the country’s arsenal. What happens if the Free Syria ...

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Obama’s rocky road on Middle East peace | POLITICO.com

Scott Wilson has a deeply-reported piece called “Where Obama failed on forging peace in the Middle East” about President Obama and his tense relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, tracing back to where things went awry and putting the president’s approach to achieving Mideast peace in the context of what he describes as a string of miscalculations, by Obama ...

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War clouds over the Greater Middle East | gulfnews

Six conflict-zones of the greater Middle East are in danger of erupting into fresh violence. In all six, the US and its allies seem unable — or perversely unwilling — to contribute to a peaceful solution. Instead, in each case, they are adding fuel to the fire. When President Barack Obama assumed office on January 20, 2009, he had a ...

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Drone strikes threaten 50 years of international law, says UN rapporteur | guardian.co.uk

The US policy of using aerial drones to carry out targeted killings presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since the second world war, a United Nations investigator has said. Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, summary or arbitrary executions, told a conference in Geneva that President Obama’s attacks in Pakistan, ...

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Obama fails to secure support from Putin on solution to Syria crisis | guardian.co.uk

US president sought pledge against Bashar al-Assad at G20 summit, leaving Syria facing the prospect of increasing violence Patrick Wintour in Los Cabos and Ewen MacAskill in Washington Barack Obama and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin completed a bilateral meeting on the margins of the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Monday with an agreement that there should be a ...

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Barack Obama skips Rio+20 Earth summit | guardian.co.uk

Barack Obama will skip a United Nations summit billed as a “once in a generation opportunity” to make progress on global development, sending Hillary Clinton in his place. The US state department announced on Tuesday that Clinton, as secretary of state, would lead America’s delegation to the Rio+20 global development summit next week. The decision, though long expected, will frustrate ...

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Robert Scheer: Hope Burning | Robert Scheer, Truthdig

So now we have Rambo Obama, a steely warrior who, according to a lengthy leaked insider account in The New York Times, hurls death-dealing drones at anyone who threatens the good old USA. Including children. Those children are presumed guilty by virtue of proximity, and the Times plays along, not even modifying a targeted terrorist with the word “alleged,” as ...

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From dreams to drones: who is the real Barack Obama? | Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian

As the latest US attacks kill 17 and threaten to destabilise Pakistan, the president could be the cruellest political hoax of our times by Pankaj Mishra Barack Obama, according to Foreign Policy magazine, “has become George W Bush on steroids”. Armed with a “kill list”, the Nobel peace laureate now hosts “Tuesday terror” meetings at the White House to discuss ...

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Drone wars and state secrecy – how Barack Obama became a hardliner | The Observer

Civilian casualties are common. Obama’s first strike in Yemen killed two families who were neighbours of the target. One in Pakistan missed and blew up a respected tribal leader and a peace delegation. He has deliberately killed American citizens, including the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in September last year, and accidentally killed others, such as Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, Abdul-Rahman. The ...

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