NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails 2014-04-02 US intelligence chiefs have confirmed that the National Security Agency has used a "back door" in surveillance law to perform warrantless searches on Americans’ communications.

Press TV: UN human rights experts slam Egypt court rulings 2014-04-02 UN human rights experts slam Egypt over recent court rulings against anti-government protesters. Activist group says Syria war killed 150000 2014-04-02 The activist group said on Tuesday it had documented 150,344 deaths in the conflict that started with peaceful protesters demanding the ousting of President Bashar Assad's government. | Among those tallied by the independent group is 7,985 children who were killed in the crossfire between armed rebels and army, in violence that has involved alleged chemical weapons and barrel bombs used by Assad's forces.

Al Jazeera IT: Sergei Khrushchev: Crimea: Whose land is this? Part 1 2014-03-21In order to understand the conflict in Crimea, one has to know the history of the peninsula.

Press TV: Brzezinski mapped out the battle for Ukraine in 1997 2014-03-17 The battle for Ukraine is all about maintaining the US position as the world's sole superpower.

The People's Voice: Washington's Dirty War on Venezuela 2014-03-17 Throughout his tenure, Obama plotted one lawless regime change scheme after another. How many are too many? | What new ones does he plan? How many more wars will he wage? How much more carnage will follow? | How much more death, destruction and unspeakable human misery? How much more violence and instability? | How much longer will nations for peace and security put up with US lawlessness? Resisting it is a global imperative.

CounterPunch: WikiLeaks, Ukraine and NATO 2014-03-14Is the Russian occupation of the Crimea a case of aggressive expansionism by Moscow or aimed at at blocking a scheme by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to roll right up to the Russia’s western border?         

CounterPunch: The Dark Side of the Ukraine Revolt 2014-03-04While most of the Western media describes the current crisis in the Ukraine as a confrontation between authoritarianism and democracy, many of the shock troops who have manned barricades in Kiev and the western city of Lviv these past months represent a dark page in the country's history and have little interest in either democracy or the liberalism of Western Europe and the United States. Ukraine Turns to Its Oligarchs for Political Help 2014-03-03 As tensions rose on the streets of the Russian-speaking eastern portion of Ukraine, the response of the new government in the capital on Sunday was not to send troops, but to send rich people. Tom Hayden on the crisis in Venezuela 2014-03-03 It's difficult to grasp the facts behind the murky fog of Venezuelan crisis. Based more or less on intuitions, but also credible documents, some blame most of the crisis on the CIA. Some national security types, abhorring populism, claim that the Venezuela...

The Guardian: Can Greenwald's digital magazine Intercept help to reinvent journalism? 2014-03-03 $contributor.defaultByline: Founder plans non-hierarchical newsroom and wants to build First Look Media on collaboration.

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Firstpost: Massive quake off Chile coast sparks tsunami 2014-04-02 A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of Chile on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami that hit the northern part of the country.
The Guardian: Tsunami warning for Chile after magnitude 8.2 earthquake off coast 2014-04-02 Evacuations ordered after US Geological Survey records quake only 6. As South America Flees, Hawaii Told to Prepare for Tsunami 2014-04-02 Evacuations were under way Tuesday night along the western coast of South America after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake off Chile generated a potentially destruc... Syria civil war 'kills over 150000 people' in three years 2014-04-02 Over 150,000 people have lost their lives since the March 2011 outbreak of the devastating civil war in Syria, according to new figures. | The London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which closely monitors the conflict using a network of activists and medical staff in Syria, has documented the deaths of 150,344 people.
Al-Monitor: US official says measles next menace to Syrian children 2014-04-02 A month after the UN Security Council demanded urgent access to Syrians in need, USAID assistant administrator Nancy Lindborg has told Al-Monitor that the Syrian government continues to hamper aid delivery and to bombard civilians with barrel bombs.
Naharnet: 15 civilians killed in 'suicide attack' in Nigeria 2014-04-02 Fifteen civilians were killed and 17 others were injured in a suicide attack in northeast Nigeria carried out by suspected Boko Haram militants, the military said on Tuesday. | Defense spokesman Chris Olukolade said one of the victims was a member of a civilian vigilante group and that the blast, on the outskirts of the capital of restive Borno state, Maiduguri, destroyed eight vehicles.

2014-04-02: Headlines

USA TODAY: Syria rebels 'target airport' 2014-04-02 Video posted on social media website purports to show Syria rebels firing on an airport in Latakia province.

Focus News: Russia raises price of natural gas for Ukraine 2014-04-02 Moscow. Russia will raise the price of natural gas for Ukraine by 44% to USD 385 per 1,000 cubic metres in Q2 of 2014, BNR reports. The reason for the price hike is the fact that Ukraine already owes Gazprom more than USD 1.7 billion. However, EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn stated that financial aid would be sent quickly to Ukraine. The EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

SC Magazine: NSA spying on German broader than expected, Snowden docs show 2014-04-02 The top secret documents confirm that the NSA conducted much broader spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German interests than was previously believed. In addition to tapping the German leader's cell phone, the NSA obtained a court order allowing it greater leeway to spy on Germany. The Intercept notes the documents quote NSA as saying it uses Nymrod...

BBC News: Ukraine crisis: Russia's grand strategy of ending EU dream 2014-04-02 Jonathan Eyal of the Royal United Services Institute says events in Ukraine end the hope that Russia could join a united and peaceful Europe.

PanARMENIAN.Net: Monitor: at least 150000 killed in Syrian war 2014-04-02 The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that real toll was likely to be significantly higher at around 220,000 deaths.

Daily Sabah: SYRIA LEAKS: A GÜLENIST SUICIDE MISSION 2014-04-02 Two weeks ago, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu and his chief of staff met with Intelligence Chief Hakan Fidan and Gen. Ya?ar Güler, Turkey's deputy joint chief. The country's leading security officials discussed plans to protect the tomb of Süleyman...

Cadtle Hills News: VIDEO: Tsunami warning as earthquake hits Chile 2014-04-02 A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake has hit off Chile's Pacific coast, sparking a tsunami warning for Chile, Peru and Ecuador.

USA TODAY: Caterpillar hearing morphs into tax-code debate 2014-04-02 The Senate committee hearing was scheduled to focus on heavy machinery giant Caterpillar's avoidance of $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes by shifting profits to a wholly owned Swiss subsidiary. | But Tuesday's proceeding, held as Americans prepare for the annual April 15 tax-filing deadline, instead featured partisan debating points over the federal tax code and U.S. industry competitiveness. | For nearly five hours, Sen.

Politico: Congress sends Ukraine package to Obama 2014-04-02 Seung Min Kim: The House easily passed economic assistance to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, capping the package's tumultuous ride on Capitol Hill and sending the measure to President Barack Obama for his signature. The House vote was 378-34. The tally resembles the 399-19 vote last week on the House's Ukraine package — this version...

Financial Advisor Magazine: Military Use Online Financial Tools More Than Civilians 2014-04-02 Middle-class military families are more likely to use online tools to manage their finances than their civilian counterparts, according to the First Command Financial Behaviors Index released Tuesday.   Fifty-six percent of middle-class military families, senior NCOs and commissioned officers in pay grades E-6 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000, are using online financial tools, compared to 44 percent of the general...

RTT News: EU Pledges Support To Ukraine To Implement IMF-backed Reform Package 2014-04-02 In the context of growing regional pressures on Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, and delivering on its pledge to coordinate international assistance to Ukraine, the European Commission has agreed with International Financial Institutions to spearhead enhanced assistance measures to the three countries. | This was agreed in the presence of EU Commissioner for neighborhood policy Štefan Füle on Tuesday in Brussels, the European Commission said.

Huffington Post: Chelsea Manning's New Lawyer Decries 35-Year Sentence 2014-04-02 Ashley Alman: Army Private Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence for leaking reams of classified information is out of proportion with the offenses for which she was convicted, the lawyer who will represent her in court-martial appeals said Tuesday. Manning began se...

New Straits Times: Magnitude-8.2 quake strikes Chile 2014-04-02 There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the tremor, which also shook buildings in parts of nearby Peru and Bolivia. | The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the quake at 8.0, but later upgraded the magnitude. It said the quake struck 61 miles (99 kilometre’s) northwest of the Chilean city of Iquique at 8.46 pm., hitting a region that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.

Merced Sun-Star: New Syria death toll shows civilians make up one-third of casualties 2014-04-02 The Syrian civil war has claimed the lives of at least 150,344 people, most of them rebel or government fighters, as it enters its fourth year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced Tuesday.

Chicago Tribune: Official death toll from Washington state mudslide rises to 28 2014-04-02 Reuters: The official death toll from a devastating mudslide in Washington state rose to 28 on Tuesday.

MSNBC: What's next for Obamacare 2014-04-02 The success of the first enrollment season warrants a big drink — and a shot of espresso. Here's a brief guide to the next round of political challenges.

2014-03-31: Headlines

The Voice of Russia: US mainstream media distorts information covering Ukrainian events 2014-03-31 The US media’s take on the Ukraine crisis is that a democratic revolution ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, followed by a legitimate change of government. So, to mention the key role played neo-Nazi militias in the putsch or to note that Yanukovych was democratically elected - and then illegally deposed. Maduro: 'The Far-Right is Provoking Chaos to Overthrow the Government' 2014-03-31 Nearly two months after the eruption of protests in Venezuela that have left 37 people dead, President Nicol·s Maduro granted Folha an exclusive interview in Caracas. This was the first time he has spoken to any newspaper since the wave of violence began.

The Times of Israel: Turkish artillery fires into Syria after rocket hits mosque 2014-03-31 60-year-old Syrian refugee injured when rocket hits southern Turkey; Erdogan lauds army'

Armenian Reporter: US reacts to Syrian rebel occupation of Kessab 2014-03-31 Some 2,000 inhabitants, most of them Armenians, have taken shelter in the seaside town of Latakia; initial reports of civilian fatalities have not been confirmed; fighting between government and rebel forces continues near Kessab.

Al Jazeera America: PeacekeeperskillciviliansinCAR 2014-03-31 More than 30 dead, many wounded after convoy comes under attack. U.N.

Today's Zaman: Turkish military fires into Syria after rocket hits mosque 2014-03-31 Feza Gazetecilik A.S. Bilgi Teknolojileri: Three mortar rounds landed on Turkish soil, fired during fighting between the opposition fighters in Syria and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for control of the Armenian Christian village of Kasab. | Insurgents launched an offensive about ten days ago into Syria's Latakia region on the Mediterranean coast, taking both the border crossing and Kasab on the Syrian side.

MWC News: Chadian troops shoot dead civilians in CAR 2014-03-31 Agencies: Authorities are trying to find out what led Chadian troops to shoot and kill at least 24 civilians in the capital.

defenceWeb: Ten dead as Chadian troops open fire on Bangui civilians 2014-03-31 Reuters: At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when Chadian troops opened fire on civilians in Central African Republic's capital Bangui, officials said on Sunday. The troops were driving into..

CounterPunch: Occupy isn't dead 2014-03-31 Infamously, corporate mogul Arthur Jensen told Howard Beale in the movie Network that the “world is a business.” That was thirty-eight years ago. On September 17th 2011, a new movement was born to counter this ideology enshrined in neoliberal globalization, with its roots going back to an article in February 2010 by investigative journalist and activist David DeGraw, if not earlier: the occupy movement. The corporate media at first...

2014-03-30: Headlines

Prensa Latina: Venezuelan Journalist Stresses Role of UNASUR in Peace Process 2014-03-30 Website of the Latin American News Agency Prensa Latina with the head office in Havana, Cuba, and 28 bureaus worldwide., Caracas, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) The importance of the visit by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to Venezuela to mediate in favor of peace was highlighted today by journalist Eleazar Diaz Rangel in his Sunday column of the newspaper Ultimas Noticias.

Press TV: 30 killed as Chadian troops open fire on CAR civilians 2014-03-30 Chadian troops have killed more than thirty civilians in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui.

2014-03-29: Headlines

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Car bomb targets Lebanon army near Syria border 2014-03-29 BEIRUT — A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden car targeted a Lebanese army checkpoint near the Syrian border on Saturday evening, killing three soldiers, the Lebanese military said.

China Post: West says Syria denies aid to more than 3.5 million 2014-03-29 The Syrian government is denying 3.5 million civilians access to U.N. aid convoys in defiance of a Security Council resolution that has seen the crisis worsen, Western powers warned Friday.

The News International: West accuses Syria over 3.5 million in need 2014-03-29 UNITED NATIONS, United States: The Syrian government is denying 3.5 million civilians access to UN aid convoys in defiance of a Security Council resolution that has seen the crisis worsen, Weste...

allvoices: Syria uses barrel bombs against civilians 2014-03-29 Syrian government forces have been using barrel bombs, oil drums or cylinders packed with explosives and metal fragments against civilians and rebel fighters to quell the 3-year-old uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

2014-03-28: Headlines Egypt Death Penalty 2014-03-28 World Citizens, strongly opposed to the death penalty, question the Egyptian Government's condemnation to death of 528 persons in a short mass trial. In a 26 March 2014 message to the acting President of Egypt and to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights...

World Socialist Web Site: Venezuelan generals arrested in alleged coup plot 2014-03-28 Bill Van Auken: After nearly two months of right-wing-led protests, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro announced the arrest of three air force generals on charges of plotting a military coup.

CounterPunch: Capitalism and Income Inequality 2014-03-28 The sleight-of-hand facilitated by this bifurcation of ‘normal’ / ‘not normal’ allows the ‘pragmatic’ center to expend its efforts during ‘normal’ times reiterating the astounding brilliance of global capitalism and during ‘not normal’ times to argue that temporary market ‘failures’ necessitate begging the ‘naturally’ ‘endowed’ ‘fortunate’ to share a bit of their fortune to keep ‘the system’ of capitalism from falling apart.

2014-03-27: Headlines

The Nation.: A Very Serious Problem With Very Serious Journalism 2014-03-27 Can The Intercept make a dent in the overwhelming white maleness of policy reporting?

Pravda: The Untold History of Ukrainian Nationalist Movement and Jews 2014-03-27 If you ask an American Jew their background, chances are they will respond Russian Jew. That is not entirely correct. The majority of American Jewish families came over from the Ukraine. By the same token, the largest wave...

Bulatlat: The Rise of the Quasi-Fascists | The Dark Side of the Ukraine Revolt 2014-04-02 While most of the Western media describes the current crisis in the Ukraine as a confrontation between authoritarianism and democracy, many of the shock troops who have manned barricades in Kiev and the western city of Lviv these past months represent a dark page in the country’s history and have little interest in either democracy or the liberalism of Western Europe and the United States.
Jordan Times: Syria conflict death toll hits 150344 — activists 2014-04-02 The death toll in Syria's three-year conflict has exceeded 150,000, an activist group said Tuesday as fighting raged across the country.  The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that it has documented 150,344 deaths in the conflict that started in March 2011. The figure includes civilians, rebels, and members of the Syrian military. It also includes militiamen, fighting alongside President Bashar...
The Voice of Russia: Sting and other 30 celebrities send petition to UN asking to protect Syrian refugees 2014-03-17 Since the protests against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011 descended into a bloody civil war, images of Syrian civilians suffering have become commonplace. Some 30 celebrities have petitioned the UN demanding they take action to protect civilians, notably refugees, caught up in the Syria conflict as it entered its fourth year.
Radio New Zealand: Crimeans vote 'yes' in landslide referendum 2014-03-17 The people of Crimea have voted overwhelmingly in favour of seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia.
CounterPunch: Ukraine: The Sovereignty Argument, and the Real Problem of Fascism 2014-03-14How (relatively) important is it that neo-fascist groups, in particular the Svoboda Party, played a significant if not decisive role in the toppling of the elected President Viktor Yanukovich, installing Arseniy Yatsenyuk (who has announced in advance an “unpopular” austerity regime); and now hold major cabinet posts, including minister of defense, and control the National Security Agency?
CounterPunch: Ukraine, Intervention, and America's Doublethink 2014-03-04With the deployment of Russian forces into Crimea and eastern Ukraine, the US-NATO propaganda machine has kicked into high gear. Putin has been portrayed as a tyrannical aggressor, while the Obama administration and its European allies have attempted to stake out the moral high ground, declaring that peace, respect for sovereignty and international law should be the guiding principles. Naturally, such rhetoric warrants closer analysis.
CounterPunch: The National Endowment for Democracy in Venezuela 2014-03-03As protests have been taking place in Venezuela the last couple of weeks, it is always good to check on the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the US Empire's "stealth" destabilizer. What has the NED been up to in Venezuela? | The NED promotes top-down, elite, constrained (or "polyarchal") democracy. This is the democracy where the elites get to decide the candidates or questions suitable to go before the people...

Truthdig: Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Bernie Sanders 2014-03-03 In a Truthdig exclusive, the Vermont senator and avowed socialist discusses why the super-rich should support an amendment mandating the public funding of elections. -
The People's Voice: Obama's Dirty Hands Manipulating Venezuelan Violence 2014-03-03 He wants Venezuela looking like Ukraine. He wants fascists replacing democrats. He wants Washington dictating Venezuelan policy. | He's mindless of what most Venezuelans cherish. Bolivarian fairness is polar opposite neoliberal contempt for social justice. It's too precious to lose. Venezuelans remember. February 27 marked the 25th anniversary of what's called "El Caracazo (meaning Caracas with the suffix 'azo')."

Press TV: coup in Ukraine: Obama's dumbest plan 2014-03-03 Obama has ousted Ukraine's democratically-elected president with the help of neo-Nazi gangs.

Daily News Egypt: More than 150000 killed in Syria conflict: NGO 2014-04-02 Syrians pay their respects to the victims of a car bomb attack in the village of Kafat in the central Hama province on January 10, 2014(AFP File Photo) | Among those killed fighting on the government side were 364 members of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement, the Observatory added. | Another 2,871 people were recorded as having died but their identities remained unknown, the group said.
Fortune: Apple's Tim Cook picks a fight with climate change deniers 2014-03-03 Tells shareholders who oppose Apple's sustainability efforts to get out of the stock. FORTUNE -- Of the roomful of investors and journalists who heard Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook lose his southern cool during the Q&A portion of the company's annual stockholders meeting Friday, The Mac Obser...
Dissident Voice: Syria: The Crime and the Criminals 2014-03-03 Anthony Lawson is a retired, international-prize-winning TV commercials director, cameraman and editor, and a professional voiceover artist living in Thailand. His entire catalog of YouTube videos can be viewed online. Read other articles by Anthony.