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THE CIA AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES DOMINATE U.S. MOVIES AND TELEVISION: VISIONS OF THE OMNISCIENT, OMNIPOTENT AND OMNIPRESENT U.S. STATE

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The CIA and Other Government Agencies Dominate Movies and Television
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HOW MANY KNOW THAT BIN LADEN DENIED INVOLVEMENT IN 9-11 AND WAS NEVER CHARGED WITH COMPLICITY IN IT ON THE FBI WANTED POSTER?

HOW MANY KNOW THAT BIN LADEN DENIED INVOLVEMENT IN 9-11 AND WAS NEVER CHARGED WITH COMPLICITY IN IT ON THE FBI WANTED POSTER?

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The Winners of the Academy Award and Golden Globe Are … Government Propagandists

Rob Kall points out that the military-industrial complex is the winner of the Golden Globe award:

Homeland won best TV series, best TV actor and actress. It IS a highly entertaining show which actually portrays some of the flaws of the MIIC system

Argo won best movie and best director. It glorifies the CIA and Ben Affleck spoke with the highest praise for the CIA.

And best actress went to Jessica Chastain of Zero Dark Thirty, a movie that has been vilified for propagandizing the use of torture.

 

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The Military Industrial Intelligence Complex is playing a more and more pervasive role in our lives. In the next few years we’ll be seeing movies that focus on the use of drone technology in police and spy work in the USA. We’ve already been seeing movies that show how spies can violate every aspect of our privacy– of the most intimate parts of our lives. By making movies and TV series that celebrate these cancerous extensions of the police state Hollywood and the big studios are normalizing the ideas they present us with– lying to the public, routinely creating fraudulent stories as covers for what’s really going on.

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I was hoping that Zero Dark Thirty would come up without any awards. I was hoping that at least such blatant propaganda promoting the lie that torture works would be repudiated by the Golden Globes. That didn’t happen.

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The truth is we do live in a time when the police have been massively militarized. We don’t need movies or TV shows that celebrate that militarization. We don’t need entertainment that normalizes the obscene violations of our privacy that the intelligence state is inflicting upon us. We need stories that celebrate people who stand up to this seemingly irrepressible tide that is washing away our freedoms, sucking up all our resources and erasing the last bastions of privacy.

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David Walsh notes that the real winner of the 2013 Academy Awards is the CIA:

Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s quasi-fascistic glorification of the role played by the CIA in the so-called “war on terror” … was tapped for five awards.

Of course,there is plenty of other war-o-tainment. being peddled by Hollywood.

The military has long had a direct influence on Hollywood. For example, a book published by the University of Texas points out:

The Central Intelligence Agency has been actively engaged in shaping the content of film and television, especially since it established an entertainment industry liaison program in the mid-1990s.

The book laments:

The significant influence that the CIA now wields in Hollywood

Gizmodo reports:

The CIA has a pile of script ideas lying around. read
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The Department of Defense and just about every branch of the military has an entertainment industry liaison similar to the CIA’s.

If you want to make a war film and need a fleet of F-22s, a crowd of Marines, or a Navy aircraft carrier, just call up the Department of Defense’s entertainment media office and they’ll tell you if the Army can spare that M1A1 Abrams tank you’ve always wanted for a day or two of filming.

“The scripts we get are only the writer’s idea of how the Department of Defense operates,” Vince Ogilvie, deputy director of the Defense Department’s entertainment liaison office, told Danger Room. “We make sure the Department and facilities and people are portrayed in the most accurate and positive light possible.”

Hollywood has been working with government organizations to make more credible filmsfor years (for instance, Jerry Bruckheimer and Paramount Pictures worked closely with the Pentagon when filming the 1986 blockbuster “Top Gun”). But the phenomenon is under newfound scrutiny. There was a bit of a kerfuffle recently when some in the press and in Congress speculated about whether the government will give Sony Pictures any pointers while they make a film about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

In a letter to the Defense Department and CIA last month, Rep. Peter King expressed outrage at the Pentagon’s relationship with the film’s director, Kathyrn Bigelow. King claimed that she had already been made privy to sensitive information that could put American lives at risk.
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Standard procedure is to review the script, make notes on what the Defense Department would like changed, and kick it back to the producer. If the changes are made, the military will provide whatever help they can – declassified information, equipment, personnel, etc. – for a price.
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Why has the Defense Department recently partnered with 20th Century Fox to make anX-Men/U.S. Army ad or with explosion-enthusiast Michael Bay to make all three Transformers movies? In The Washington Post, David Sirota suggests entertainment like this is “government-subsidized propaganda.”

The Guardian noted in 2001 that this has been happening for a long time:

For the first time in its history, the [CIA] has appointed an official PR liaison with Hollywood: veteran CIA operative Chase Brandon, whose 25-year career was spent defending democracy, it says here, in benighted South American theatres of the cold war.

These days, his brief is to preach a revised CIA gospel to Tinseltown, to overcome the lamentable image the agency acquired during the 1977 Church Congressional Commission on Assassinations, which it has struggled to shake off.

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Other government agencies like the FBI, the Secret Service and the armed services discovered long ago the benefits of lending their cooperation
 to movies like Silence of the Lambs, In the Line of Fire and Top Gun.

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Coming late to the game, the beleaguered CIA now has to overcome 25 years of suspicion – not to mention a grim history of covert assassinations, secret wars, illegal coups d’état, and the damaging revelations of former agents such as Philip Agee or John Stockwell – if it wants to clean up its image. This may be an uphill struggle, as the agency faces criticism for its failure to predict the events of September 11 – but suddenly, perhaps fortuitously, a slew of movies and TV shows about the CIA will be launched this autumn.

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Brandon and the agency have approved eye-opening stuff. The Agency is a new CBS drama, full of best-and- brightest types rolling up their sleeves and attacking problems of national security, West Wing-style. Its first episode depicted a CIA attempt to foil an assassination attempt on Fidel Castro. This might surprise anyone remembering the agency’s attempts in the early 1960s to knock off Fidel with exploding cigars, sub-contracted mobsters and chemicals designed to make his beard fall out – to say nothing of the abortive Bay of Pigs invasion.
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The company also lent their support to Alias, an action series featuring Jennifer Garner as a grad student-superspy a few degrees away from La Femme Nikita. The Chris Rock-Anthony Hopkins comedy Bad Company traffics in similar comic-strip depictions of the CIA that Brandon was happy to help.
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Receipt of the CIA’s corporate imprimatur is conditional upon only one thing: a totally sympathetic portrayal of company business.
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It used to be the case that if a movie explicitly condemned CIA actions – such as Under Fire – the studios could be counted on to bury it.

In fact, the CIA first started working with Hollywood in the 1950s:

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The CIA first started working with Hollywood to influence foreign audiences. “Their purpose was essentially to shape foreign policy or to win hearts and minds overseas during the cold war,” she says.

The CIA developed a think tank to fight communist ideology, which negotiated the rights to George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” — getting a talking pig on the screen 20 years before “Charlotte’s Web.” Jenkins says the CIA also wanted to promote a certain view of American life, for instance pressing for line changes in 1950s scripts to make black characters more dignified, and white characters more tolerant. This “politically correct” image was intended to promote an attractive image of America to a world picking sides in the Cold War.

Of course, pro-torture productions such as Zero Dark Thirty and the CIA-sponsored

tv show 24 are 100% false: the top conservative and liberal interrogation experts say that torture hurts rather than helps national security.

And the CIA’s drone problem creates many more terrorists than it kills.

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And the CIA’s other efforts have made us more vulnerable … not safer.

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But this is Tinseltown we’re talking about … so no one expects the truth.

Of course, the CIA and other government agencies have long directed the mainstream media as well. No wonder the mainstream media is always pro-war, and happily trumpets disinformation about supposed enemies to drum up support for new wars.

The government also censors and manipulates social media. More proof here and here.

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For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear
You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you’ve seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war

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Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interest runs

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You hear one thing again and again
How the u.s.a. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends–
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can’t take any more
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
There are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

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Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can’t even say the names

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They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us every thing from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars 

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I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
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Argentine Jews demand justice from Iran in bombing

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Nineteen years after explosion at Buenos Aires Jewish center in which 85 killed, survivors, families of victims rally against joint Argentine-Iranian ‘truth commission,’ saying with Iranian involvement, justice will never be served

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Argentine Jewish leaders harshly criticized their government on Thursday, the 19th anniversary of the nation’s deadliest terror attack, for dealing with Iran in ways they fear will only guarantee more impunity for those responsible.

A joint Argentine-Iran “truth commission” approved by both governments promises to move the investigation forward by enabling Argentine prosecutors to travel to Teheran and question high-ranking Iranian officials suspected of organizing the attack.

The bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in downtown Buenos Aires killed 85 people in 1994 and remains unsolved. But prosecutor Alberto Nisman recently released a 500-page indictment that accuses Iran and Hezbollah of organizing the attack and continuing to establish cells across South America to launder money and commit acts of terror.

Iran denies any involvement in the bombing, and rejected Nisman’s indictment as a Zionist conspiracy theory. There is no indication that Iran will ever allow suspects in the attack to be extradited from the country. The Iranian suspects have spent years on Interpol lists, without being apprehended.

The association, meanwhile, has sued to block the truth commission as unconstitutional, saying any suspects must be brought to justice in Argentina.

Speaking to a crowd of survivors huddling in Thursday’s frigid winter chill outside the rebuilt Jewish center, Association president Leonardo Jmelnitsky cast doubt on Iran’s intentions. “What confidence can we have in Iran when the same government has denied the genocide of six million Jews in the Holocaust?” Jmelnitsky asked.

Sofia Guterman, who lost her daughter Andrea in the bombing, accused her own government of subjecting the survivors to endless cycles of hope and dismay, of “demands for justice, impunity, memory, impunity, grief, impunity. The impunity has reigned, fed by the guilty, the accomplices and those who covered up the truth. It’s difficult to understand,” she said.

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Mask of Zion Report: Hizbullah’s earth-shattering, historic victory during the July War of 2006

Mask of Zion Report July 18, 2013

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Special Ramadan Edition of the Mask of Zion Report! The ONE AND ONLY Jonathan Azaziah delivers another powerful, classic program on the subversion of Egypt, using the commemoration of Hizbullah’s earth-shattering, historic victory during the July War of 2006, Iraq’s July 14th Revolution in 1958 and the martyrdom of 3 top Syrian generals on this day last year at the hands of Israel and its proxies as the backdrop, to once again reaffirm that the only path to sovereignty anywhere in the world is total rejection of collaboration and complete submission to the Creator.

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It was the CIA that helped jail Nelson Mandela

 

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Crocodile tears to mask US imperialism’s role as the enemy of African liberation

By Brian Becker

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Today is Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, but forget the crocodile tears from the U.S. government about Mandela’s poor health. Imperialist diplomacy with all of its sugar-coated phrases is nothing more than a form of historical perjury.

Nelson Mandela’s arrest in 1962, which led to 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment on Robbins Island, was based on the work of the CIA. The CIA and the National Security Agency worked as partners with the racist, apartheid regime’s vicious military and intelligence services.

Mandela was a leader of the African National Congress (ANC) that organized civil resistance and an armed struggle against South Africa’s white racist apartheid regime. The United States and the other western capitalist governments supported the racist, fascist apartheid regime.

Mandela was labeled a terrorist by the United States. So was the entire ANC. Even as late as 2008 the U.S. State Department had to pass special waivers so that Mandela or any ANC leader could visit the United States because he and the ANC were still on the “terrorist watch list.”

The ANC’s struggle for Black majority rule and the liquidation of apartheid received critical support from Cuba, the Soviet Union and other socialist countries. The ANC had an active alliance with South African Communist Party in the struggle for Black majority rule.

Even after the fall of the apartheid government ANC members applying for visas to the USA were flagged for questioning and forced to ask for waivers to enter the country. Former ANC chairman Tokyo Sexwale was denied a visa in 2002

In 2007, Barbara Masekela, South Africa’s ambassador to the United States until the year prior was denied a visa to visit a dying cousin living in the United States.

U.S. Imperialism was the enemy of African Liberation

The CIA and NSA spy services—with the full collaboration of such transnational corporations at IBM,  Kodak and many others—worked at all levels and for decades for apartheid and against the African National Congress activists who were routinely murdered, tortured and sentenced to life terms in the hell holes of South Africa.

The ANC was labeled and treated as a terrorist organization and pro-communist by the CIA and successive U.S. administrations, Democratic and Republican alike. Congress, too, was an enthusiastic cheerleader for this vile partnership with the planet’s most disgustingly racist regime.

The House of Representatives only voted to call for Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1986 when it was clear that the fascist apartheid regime’s days were numbered, leading the United States and Britain to abruptly shift course and broker a negotiated end to the white supremacist system. A mass worldwide anti-apartheid movement had completely isolated South Africa. Dick Cheney voted against the House resolution in 1986, pointing out that the U.S. government was still retaining the ANC on the official  U.S. “terrorist list.”

The U.S. and Britain knew the end had finally come for the usefulness of the apartheid government when its seemingly invincible military was decisively defeated by the Angolan army and thousands of Cuban volunteers in the historic battle of Cuito Canavale.

As Mandela said, “When Africa called, Cuba answered.”

Shameless duplicity

In an act of shameless duplicity, once Mandela was released from prison, each successive U.S. administration has pretended that the United States was always opposed to Mandela’s imprisonment and stood with him against apartheid.

After getting out of prison, Mandela came to the United States to meet President George H.W. Bush on June 25, 1990. He was being touted as a hero and a champion in the fight against racism. The U.S. government, working through propagandists in the corporate-owned media, tried to instill a society-wide case of amnesia about the fact that they were the defenders of apartheid and directly responsible for Mandela’s imprisonment.

But one reporter had the gall to ask an unscripted question.

Bush’s press secretary, Marlin Fitzwater, was asked in the days before the June 25 meeting with Bush whether the president would apologize to Mandela for the U.S. role in his arrest.

Fitzwater was angry and caught off guard. He said, “I just don’t like it when people question our motives on blacks or on Mandela because of an incident that happened 20 years ago in another administration.”

Today, on Mandela’s 95th birthday and when the U.S. government celebrates Mandela, will any of the corporate media expose the bloody role of the CIA, NSA and other U.S. intelligence services in their war against the African liberation movements?

Nelson Mandela is a beacon for the oppressed. He is a hero and he will be remembered as such. Not true for the CIA and NSA which worked as the spy service for the racist, apartheid regime as it hunted down and captured Mandela and captured or killed his comrades.

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Fukushima Residents: Highly Contaminated Radioactive Waste Burning In Samegawa

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The following statement was released by citizens in the Southern part of the Fukushima prefecture in Japan. The information is far more than disturbing to say the least.

ODAKA, JAPAN - A cemetery has low visibility in heavy windy about 20 km away from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, prior to the second anniversary commemoration of the tsunami and earthquake on March 10, 2013 in Odaka where is exclusion zone , Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Japan on March 11 will commemorate the second anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and following tsunami, that claimed more than 18,000 lives. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

ODAKA, JAPAN – A cemetery has low visibility in heavy windy about 20 km away from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, prior to the second anniversary commemoration of the tsunami and earthquake on March 10, 2013 in Odaka where is exclusion zone , Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Japan on March 11 will commemorate the second anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and following tsunami, that claimed more than 18,000 lives. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

From the residents of Fukushima Prefecture;

Please be noted that we, residents of Fukushima Shirakawa district(southern part of Fukushima prefecture) will perform action against theMinistry of Environment’s burning project of highly contaminated radioactive waste (more than 8000 Bq/kg) on 18th July, here in Samegawa.

Fukushima Disaster is not over, but the Ministry of Environment (MOE) is trying to bring another contamination plan all over the world.

Last fall, MOE secretly ordered Hitachi Zosen to construct a controversial radioactive waste incinerator in small village of Samegawa with only 4000 population. Construction has been
completed late June, but there had been no prior information about the project, no such public consultation. Furthermore, last week,some landowners spoke out they never admitted nor signed the contract, but the government mysteriously announced they had all landowners consent to run the project.

It is the world-first demonstration incinerator, with unproven technology, and even MOE admitted the technology is still its experimental stage, but MOE and Hitachi Zosen would not stop the experimental incineration. Rather they have been rushing, because until now no other municipalities accept such dangerous facility. They sayradioactive cesium could be caught by baghouse filtration, but it cannot catch gaseous substances and small particles like PM2.5 or nano-sized particles.

There is no way to stop radioactive cesium emitted from smokestack, it simply get into the atmosphere and travel the globe.

The location of incinerator is amidst the pastureland, rich in groundwater and forestry. Ironically, the level of radioactive cesium is comparatively low compared to other parts of Fukushima prefecture, and people are still living here, children are living here, cattle are living here. At the same time, people are dying, children are dying, they are having cancers.

How can we tolerate the second contamination by our own government? How can we believe the project of IAEA and nuclear power plant manufacturer? We are so angry. We have right to protect ourselves, our children, our lives and our district. There is no legitimacy for polluting project.

We ask you sirs to come to Samegawa on 18th and see what is happening here and what will happen all over the world. Please report our situation to your country so that we can protect our earth together. We are preparing English signboards to tell the people all over the world!

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Top US Military Officer: America Is Considering Entering Syrian War

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Martin Dempsey

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, the highest-ranking American military officer

America’s top military officer told a Senate committee that the Obama administration is considering the use of military force in Syria, Richard Lardner of the Associated Press reports.

U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey testified that he has provided President Barack Obama with options for the use of force in Syria, including “kinetic strikes.”

The military is constantly laying out potential courses of action, but Dempsey’s comments signal at least a willingness to directly enter the conflict.

The issue “is under deliberation inside of our agencies of government,” the four-star general said, adding that  ”it would be inappropriate for me to try to influence the decision with me rendering an opinion in public about what kind of force we should use.”

In March Dempsey implied military force would be a bad idea:  “I don’t think at this point I can see a military option that would create an understandable outcome. And until I do, it would be my advice to proceed cautiously.”

U.S. military options range from one-off missile strikes on infrastructure linked to chemical weapons, to funneling more weapons to rebels, to carving out no-fly zones, and even as far as putting 20,000 U.S. troops in Jordan for a ground invasion.

“Senator, I am in favor of building a moderate opposition and supporting it,” Dempsey said on Thursday. “The question whether to support it with direct kinetic strikes … is a decision for our elected officials, not for the senior military leader of the nation” (emphasis ours).

Also on the table are drone strikes targeting rebels linked to al-Qaeda, which indicates that America would actually be attacking the strongest elements on both sides of the conflict.

Consequently, all signs point to a quagmire as American goals would include attempting to arm only moderate rebels and marginalizing the opposition’s best forces while simultaneously attempting to topple Assad’s regime.

Meanwhile Assad  has  regained the upper hand  on the battlefield in the west of the country while j ihadists control much of the north and east.

“Assad is powerful now, not as a president who controls a state but as a warlord, as someone who has more and more sophisticated weapons than the others,” said  Hassan Hassan , a Syrian journalist at the Abu Dhabi-based English-language newspaper The National,  told The New York Times . “He is not capable of winning back the country.”

The scope of the conflict continues to get larger as Syria’s borders blur, which provides an opportunity for the radical rebels in Lebanon and northeastern Syria.

Dempsey’s statements come days after the U.N. envoy to Iraq told the U.N. Security Council that the Syrian civil war and the escalating violence in neighboring Iraq can no longer be separated because “the battlefields are merging.”

The envoy, Martin Kobler, noted that the last four months have been among the bloodiest in Iraq in the last five years as nearly 3,000 people have been killed and more 7,000 injured.

“These countries are interrelated,” Kobler stressed. “Iraq is the fault line between the Shia and the Sunni world.”

The Iraqi government has backed Assad, but Sunni jihadists in Iraq’s western Anbar province have poured into Syria to fight with al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels.

Basically, the U.S. would be throwing their hat into a very messy ring.

The CIA has a presence on at least three of Syria’s borders.

In March The Wall Street Journal reported that since 2011 the U.S. has been expanding the CIA’s role in Iraq as radical Syrian rebels threaten the border region.

Last June The New York Times reported that CIA officers in southern Turkey were funneling weapons to Syrian rebels.

In December NPR reported that CIA officers were training rebels in Jordan on how to identify and safeguard chemical weapons (while Der Spiegel reported that it had been happening since May).

In October and November we reported on potential but unconfirmed indications that the CIA may have been funneling heavy weapons from Benghazi, Libya to Turkey. Overt U.S. promises to provide arms to the Free Syrian Army have stalled amid concerns that the weapons would fall into the wrong hands.

The Syrian war began in March 2011 as a nonviolent revolution with an Arab Spring “Day of Rage” when 200 mostly young protesters gathered in the Syrian capital of Damascus to demand democratic reforms and the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad swiftly cracked down on the dissent, and over the next 28 months the conflict transformed into a proxy war and then a full-blown sectarian conflict exacerbated by by radical jihadists and local militias loyal to Assad.

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Air superiority remains Assad’s greatest asset, but recently he has been bolstered by Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon, guerrilla training from Iran, and continued support from Russia.

In November Russia sent six warships from its Black Sea Fleet to the Mediterranean in response to the Israel-Gaza conflict. That month the U.S. also began making moves to increase the American military presence in the east Mediterranean.

In May a detachment from Russia’s Pacific Fleet entered the Mediterranean waters for the first time since the Cold War, a nd the next month the Kremlin sent its only aircraft carrier to the region.

“The Russian Defense Ministry started setting up a special force of warships in the Mediterranean in order to protect Russia’s interests in the region,”  Syria’s state-run news agency, citing a spokesman for Russia defense ministry,  reported.

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The port of Tartus (A), which is the last Russian military facility outside the former Soviet Union.

Over the course of the conflict, the Kremlin has provided Assad with supplies including  guns, grenades, tank partsfighter jetsadvanced antiship cruise missileslong-range air defense missilesmilitary officers as advisorsdiplomatic cover, and lots of cash.

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Obama’s UN nominee Power sees ‘unacceptable bias’ against IsraHell at UN

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Samantha Power makes remarks at her Senate confirmation hearing, says will work to eliminate bias against Israel in the UN.

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Facing a Senate hearing Monday on her nomination to be US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power vowed to provide a full-throated defense of Israel at the international body, calling for an end to the “unacceptable bias and attacks” often leveled toward the Jewish state.

Power said she would work to eliminate such bias, which she believes is the product of “disproportionate” attention given to Israel.

Power, 42, a former White House national security staffer and journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for her study of US failures to prevent genocide, is seen as an advocate of an activist foreign policy.

Power is expected to easily win Senate approval to the UN post.

She has been criticized by some conservatives for seeming to suggest in a 2002 interview with an academic that the US Army might be needed to police the Middle East conflict if either Israel or the Palestinians move toward genocide.

Separately, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida introduced legislation shortly before the hearing that would reduce US funding to the United Nations unless there are major changes at the world body.

Among other things, Rubio’s bill would withhold US contributions to any UN entity that grants full membership to the Palestinian Authority in the absence of a negotiated peace settlement with Israel.

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Obama’s UN pick vows push for Israeli seat on Security Council

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Samantha Power, Obama’s nominee to represent the US at the United Nations

Samantha Power, Obama’s nominee to represent the US at the United Nations
US President Barack Obama’s UN nominee has vowed to fiercely back Israel and fight to help the regime win a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council.

Samantha Power made the pledge at her Wednesday confirmation hearing in the Senate. She is widely expected to replace US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice.

“The United States has no greater friend in the world than … Israel. We share security interests, we share core values, and we have a special relationship with Israel,” Power told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The longtime Obama confidante and the White House official even went on to attack the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council for supporting Palestinian people and condemning Israeli violations of their rights.

“And just as I have done as President Obama’s UN adviser at the White House, I will stand up for Israel and work tirelessly to defend it,” she said.

Power promised to support Israel’s bid for a seat on the UN Security Council, where Tel Aviv – due to its poor relations with Middle Eastern countries – wants to be admitted as a representative of the Western Europe.

“I commit to you wholeheartedly to go on offense, as well as playing defense on the legitimation of Israel, and we’ll make every effort to secure greater integration of Israeli public servants in the UN system,” she said.

She also pledged to oppose any efforts by the Palestinians to seek greater recognition in world bodies.

On November 29, 2012, Palestinians won a UN General Assembly vote, which earned the status of non-member observer state for Palestine at the world body.

“We need to deter the Palestinians in any way we can,” Power stressed.

The 42-year-old’s remarks at the hearing are expected to have distanced her from previous unflattering comments about Tel Aviv, and many expect her to be easily confirmed by the Senate.

On one occasion, Power had confirmed “major human-rights abuses” against the Palestinians in 2002, and acknowledged that a US policy shift away from the support of Israel could mean angering the pro-Israel lobby.

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Racist Jewish groups oppose Muslim Student running for position on school board

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The University of California appointed a Muslim American woman as a student member of its governing board on Wednesday in a move opposed by Jewish groups that objected to her pro-Palestinian activism.

Sadia Saifuddin, a 21-year-old social welfare major at the prestigious University of California at Berkeley, will become the first Muslim student member of the 26-person board of regents for a year-long term starting in 2014.

Jewish groups including the prominent Simon Wiesenthal Center strongly objected to her nomination, citing her involvement in a campaign to divest university funds from companies with business connections to the Israeli military.

They also objected to her sponsoring a student senate resolution that condemned a lecturer at the system’s Santa Cruz campus for what the resolution said was Islamophobic rhetoric. The groups said it was Saifuddin who showed intolerance toward opposing viewpoints.

“In a year where campus climate issues have been the dominant theme of the UC system, a vote to appoint somebody who has served to polarize thousands and thousands of people in the campus community and beyond is shocking,” said Rabbi Aron Hier of the Wiesenthal Center, which petitioned the regents to deny Saifuddin a seat on the board.

“An appropriate Muslim candidate could have ably served in this position. We don’t believe Sadia is that appropriate candidate,” he added.

Despite the opposition, 25 university regents voted on Wednesday to confirm her appointment with one member, Richard Blum, abstaining from the vote. He cited concerns about Saifuddin’s divestment efforts.

“I’m beyond blessed, and I’m very excited for this position,” Saifuddin said after the vote, wearing a floral Muslim headscarf and beaming as she walked through a largely supportive crowd to accept her seat.

In her acceptance speech, Saifuddin said she hoped to make the university system accessible to more students. She could not later be reached for comment on controversies surrounding her nomination.

Saifuddin’s supporters said she was an exemplary student who cared about students of all faiths and has worked to benefit the system as a senator in the Association of Students of the University of California and a member of the Muslim Student Association.

“Sadia is a remarkable young woman. She is committed to supporting all of UC students, and to this university and this country which she loves,” said Regent Bonnie Reiss, who chaired the student regent selection committee.

Reiss, who is Jewish, said the committee would not have selected Saifuddin to be a student regent if they thought she was anti-Semitic, responding to complaints that the divestment campaign included elements of anti-Semitism.

Council on American-Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said opponents who disagreed with Saifuddin’s politics wanted to unjustly exclude her from civic participation.

“Anytime an American Muslim rises to a prominent position, or starts to rise to prominence, that tiny minority of ‘Islamophobes’ in our society goes into action and seeks to marginalize and disenfranchise that individual,” Hooper said.

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Naziyahu–IsraHell will not tolerate external edicts on our borders

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New guidelines stipulate IsraHell must acknowledge East Jerusalem, West Bank and Golan as occupied territories before any future agreements signed with member states.

Haaretz

Israel’s relationship with the European Union has reached unprecedentedly strained levels. After a hasty and urgent meeting at his bureau on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement blasting the European Union over its decision to condition future agreements with Israel on the latter’s recognition of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights as occupied territories.

“We will not accept any external edicts on our borders,” Netanyahu said in a scathing response.

Haaretz revealed Tuesday that the European Union circulated on June 30 a guideline for all EU institutions, foundations, investment funds and aid organizations forbidding any funding, cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or prizes to any Israeli legal entity established in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and in the Golan Heights.

The guidelines, which were drawn up by the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, were also circulated to 28 member states, and are expected to be officially released on Friday. They go into effect on January 1.

The guidelines require that any agreement or contract signed by an EU body or institution with Israel include a clause stating that the settlements are not part of the State of Israel and therefore are not part of the agreement. The European Commission also recommended EU member states to act accordingly in their bilateral agreements with Israel.

In response to the report, Netanyahu said that the European Union should focus on ending the civil war in Syria or halting Iran’s nuclear program, rather than exerting energy on Israel’s settlements.

“These problems are a little more urgent,” Netanyahu said. “They should fix these first.”

“As the prime minister of Israel, I will not let anyone harm the hundreds of thousands of Israelis living in Judea and Samaria, in the Golan Heights, or in Jerusalem – our united capital,” he said. “The issue of borders will be determined only in direct negotiations between the sides.

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