U.K. Parliament Report Details How NATO’s 2011 War in Libya Was Based on Lies

U.K. Parliament Report Details How NATO’s 2011 War in Libya Was Based on Lies:

A new report by the British Parliament shows that the 2011 NATO war in Libya was based on an array of lies….

The Libya inquiry, which was launched in July 2015, is based on more than a year of research and interviews with politicians, academics, journalists and more. The report, which was released on Sept. 14, reveals the following:

* Qaddafi was not planning to massacre civilians. This myth was exaggerated by rebels and Western governments, which based their intervention on little intelligence.

* The threat of Islamist extremists, which had a large influence in the uprising, was ignored – and the NATO bombing made this threat even worse, giving ISIS a base in North Africa.

* France, which initiated the military intervention, was motivated by economic and political interests, not humanitarian ones.

* The uprising – which was violent, not peaceful – would likely not have been successful were it not for foreign military intervention and aid. Foreign media outlets, particularly Qatar’s Al Jazeera and Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya, also spread unsubstantiated rumors about Qaddafi and the Libyan government.

* The NATO bombing plunged Libya into a humanitarian disaster, killing thousands of people and displacing hundreds of thousands more, transforming Libya from the African country with the highest standard of living into a war-torn failed state.

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Two Boys in Aleppo

Two Boys in Aleppo:

In his Beast piece, Barnicle opines that Hillary “hasn’t been asked” about Aleppo – but that’s because there’s no need to ask. Her position is well-known. It was Hillary, while she was Secretary of State, who lobbied fiercely on behalf of Aleppo’s defenders – the “moderate” Islamic anti-government rebels – along with Gen. David Petraeus. Indeed, Petraeus pushed for allying with the local al-Qaeda affiliate, so eager was he to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Oh, but these are the “moderate” faction of al-Qaeda, he assured us…

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The Lingering Costs of Clinton’s Libyan War

The Lingering Costs of Clinton’s Libyan War:

Clinton owns the Libyan war as much as any member of the Obama administration after the president himself, and as recently as this spring she touted it as an example of “smart power at its finest.” The truth is that it was an example of almost everything that is wrong with our foreign policy, and Clinton’s proud support for it is an indictment of her judgment… The administration strained and damaged relations with other major and rising powers for the sake of toppling that government and destabilizing the surrounding region… The U.S. and its allies went far beyond the mandate that it had been given, and pursued a war for regime change after explicitly disavowing regime change as a goal. As a result, Libya was handed over to militias and chaos, and its neighbors were left to cope with the serious and violent consequences of a reckless military intervention.

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Emails on Clinton’s Private Server Wiped Clean After New York Times Story

Emails on Clinton’s Private Server Wiped Clean After New York Times Story:

A number of Hillary Clinton’s private emails were erased weeks after The New York Times published a story reporting on her use of a private email server while secretary of State, according to notes from the FBI’s investigation released on Friday….

The deletion took place between March 25 and March 31, the FBI learned in a May 3 interview. The name of the person who deleted the emails was redacted from the FBI’s notes.

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The Unrelenting Pundit-Led Effort to Delegitimize All Negative Reporting About Hillary Clinton

The Unrelenting Pundit-Led Effort to Delegitimize All Negative Reporting About Hillary Clinton:

It’s very common for political factions to believe that they’re persecuted and victimized. Even with the overwhelming bulk of the national media so openly aligned against Trump – with an endless array of investigative stories showing Trump to be an unscrupulous con artist and pathological liar – Clinton supporters seem to genuinely believe that the media is actually biased against their candidate.

The reality is that large, pro-Clinton liberal media platforms – such as Vox, and the Huffington Post, and prime-time MSNBC programs, and the columnists and editorialists of the New York Times and the Washington Post, and most major New York-based weekly magazines – have been openly campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

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The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire

The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire:

The main architect of Washington’s plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski’s article in The American Interest titled “Towards a Global Realignment” has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extend US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia.

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Cindy Sheehan on Khizr Khan, Clinton’s Hawkishness, and Why She Votes Third Party

Cindy Sheehan on Khizr Khan, Clinton’s Hawkishness, and Why She Votes Third Party:

“The past eight years have been very lonely. There has not been much activism against the wars at all,” Cindy Sheehan lamented.

“Obama has continued to expand George Bush’s war of terror against the world, and there has been very little opposition to it,” she added.

More than 12 years ago, Sheehan’s son, a soldier in the U.S. Army, was killed in Iraq. The tragic loss transformed her. She was politicized, and plunged into anti-war activism. Sheehan soon became one of the most vociferous critics of then-President George W. Bush….

Salon spoke with Sheehan to discuss the recent controversy with Donald Trump and Khizr Khan, the 2016 presidential election and the ongoing wars waged by the U.S.

In the interview, Sheehan condemned Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, the two-party system and the corporate media.

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US Government Sentences Hacker Who Triggered Clinton Email Probe to 52 Months in Prison

US Government Sentences Hacker Who Triggered Clinton Email Probe to 52 Months in Prison:

Marcel Lazar, the 44-year-old Romanian hacker known as Guccifer, was sentenced to 52 months in prison today by a US federal court for a string of hacking incidents which centered around high-profile US political figures, including former President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Lazar’s primary claim to fame was unveiling Clinton’s use of a poorly-secured private email server for official business while Secretary of State, a fact which sparked a protracted FBI investigation and considerable criticism of Clinton for security lapses, though she was ultimately not charged with any crimes for doing so.

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Clinton’s American Legion Speech

Clinton’s American Legion Speech:

Overall, Clinton’s speech could have been given by a conventional Republican hawk, and some of the lines could have been lifted from the speeches of some of this year’s Republican presidential contenders… Clinton insisted that “America must lead” and conjured up a vision of the vacuums that would be created if the U.S. did not do this. This is a standard hawkish line that implies that the U.S. always has to be involved in conflict and crises no matter how little the U.S. has at stake in them.

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Emails Show Clinton Foundation Donor Reached Out To Hillary Before Arms Export Authorizations

Emails Show Clinton Foundation Donor Reached Out To Hillary Before Arms Export Authorizations:

Emails just released by the State Department appear to show Clinton Foundation officials brokering a meeting between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a top military leader of Bahrain – a Middle Eastern country that is a major foundation donor. Soon after the correspondence about a meeting, Clinton’s State Department significantly increased arms export authorizations to the country’s autocratic government, even as that nation moved to crush pro-democracy protests.

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