Thursday, November 5, 2015

Today's links

1--Turkey in plans to launch military operation against ISIS, foreign minister says

Turkey has plans to launch a military operation against ISIS in the near future, the Turkish foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Feridun Sinirlio─člu was at a conference on the future of Middle East, held in Erbil in northern Iraq's Kurdish region.

"Daesh [ISIS] threatens our way of life and security. [...] We have plans to act militarily against them in the coming days. You will see. We should all stand together against this danger," he said.

2--Fukushima Gets A Lot Uglier

3--Chances of 'unexpected recession' rising: Jim Paulsen

4--Moderate’ Syrian rebels being absorbed by Nusra Front – US State Dept

US strength not just through 'occupying countries' & 'firing missiles' - Obama

5--The Pentagon’s Law of War Manual: Part three

A recipe for total war and military dictatorship

6--What You Need to Know About the Middle East

7--Washington prepares for World War III
Contrary to the media portrayal of Washington as deeply divided between parties with intransigently opposed political outlooks, there was bipartisan agreement on this most fundamental of issues, the preparation of a new imperialist world war.

The unanimity of the political representatives of big business by no means suggests that there are no obstacles in the path of this drive to war. Each of the hearings grappled, in different ways, with the profound crisis confronting American imperialism. This crisis has two major components: the declining economic power of the United States compared to its major rivals, and the internal contradictions of American society, with the deepening alienation of the working class and particularly the youth.

8--Truth: The victimization of CBS’s Dan Rather and Mary Mapes
9-Dan Rather sues CBS for making him a “scapegoat” to appease Republican right

10---Complaint filed with Pentagon over Kerry medals
The anatomy of a right-wing provocation in US election campaign

11--The Gary Webb story in Kill the Messenger: Shedding light on CIA criminality and conspiracy
12---IBTimes' "S-300 in Syria" News Nothing But Hot Air

13---'US Congress must pull the plug on Obama’s failed strategy in Syria'

RT: Russia has repeatedly asked the US for closer coordination in the fight against Islamic State. Why do you think Washington is unwilling to work with Moscow in Syria?
KK: It seems like it is simply a matter of pride or lost face. They don’t want to lose face, they don’t want to look like they are taking orders or responding in a positive way to what Russia has decided to do. I can’t think of any other reason why they wouldn’t share that type of information, unless the information that we have is really not reliable. And given our coordination with these rebels, we don’t know who we are working with. Our information may not be very good at all, and maybe we don’t want that to be found out. I just don’t know; it is a mystery.

14--Syrian Army Takes Control of Huge Area in Aleppo Province

15---US diplomats say 'no viable option' for 'safe zone' in Syria

Two senior American diplomats have said that there is no “viable option” to set up a collation-protected “safe zone” inside Syria for civilians and US-allied militants.
"We continue to look at this. We continue to study this, but there is no viable option on the table at this time," Anne Patterson, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, told US lawmakers on Wednesday.
Establishing a safe zone would take away resources from the military campaign against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in the country, she said.
Patterson and Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, faced pointed questions from both Republicans and Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the Obama administration’s strategy in Syria......

There is bipartisan support in Congress for establishing no-fly or safe zones in Syria. Obama administration and some top military officials, however, argue the options are limited and resource-intensive.
"It is also extremely difficult to patrol and to protect these safe zones on the ground. And that would require a very significant investment of ground forces of some sort. But the primary reason is the investment of air power," Patterson told lawmakers.

16--Israel harvesting slain Palestinians' organs: Palestine’s UN envoy

17--ISIS Suffers Another Devastating in East Aleppo: Over 60 Killed Terrorists Killed in 48 Hours

It has been a rough week in northwestern Syria for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) as both of their offensives inside the Hama and Aleppo Governorates ended in a massive retreat towards the their provincial capital of Al-Raqqa.

While ISIS’ offensive along the Khanasser-Ithriya Highway was forestalled last week, their large-scale assault on the Al-Safira District was continued two days ago when they attempted to break-through the Syrian Arab Army’s frontline defenses at the imperative Kurdish town of Tal ‘Arn.
Unfortunately, these past 48 hours have not been kind to the terrorist group, as they have reportedly suffered over 60 casualties during their failed assault on Tal ‘Arn; this marks the second highest death toll for ISIS in the last three days – the first being Deir Ezzor on Tuesday.

18--Countering The Islamic State (ISIS)? The Russia-US Standoff in Central Asia

19--Iron-ass' Cheney and 'arrogant' Rumsfeld damaged America, says George Bush Sr
Former president claims hawkish reaction to 9/11 attacks and desire to ‘get our way in the Middle East’ hurt his son’s administration, says new biography

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