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Op-Ed

The Dangerous Reality of an Iran War
By Sharmine Narwani
Why are U.S. armed forces in the Persian Gulf anyway? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46672.htm
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President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home
By Tom Engelhardt
Despite his denials that he was ever in favor of the 2003 invasion of that country, Donald Trump is a president made by war. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46676.htm
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When America Interfered in a Russian Election
By Margaret Kimberley
« All of the news is fake when corporate media connive with the powerful to produce their desired ends. » http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46669.htm
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AIPAC Gave $60K to Architect of Trump’s Muslim Ban
By Eli Clifton
Gaffney and Conway played a pivotal role in bringing about the administration’s efforts to ban immigration from seven (and now six) Muslim-majority countries. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46670.htm
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US and Israeli Codependent Relationship is Not Just about Money
By Ramzy Baroud
Israel is a strategic liability for the US. That makes American Jewish influence the ultimate pillar of Israel’s survival. » http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46671.htm
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Did Obama Spy on Trump?
By Andrew P. Napolitano
The British foreign surveillance service, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s calls. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46673.htm
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From Nuisance to Threat: The High Cost of Truth
By Paul Craig Roberts
The propaganda picture of « American Democracy » has lost its believability. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46674.htm
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The Muslim Ban and the Ethnic Cleansing of America
By Hamid Dabashi
Trump’s Muslim ban is integral to his long-term plan to make the US a solely white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant ‘nation’. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46675.htm

Hard News

Syria: Air raid on mosque kills 42′ in Aleppo province:
It is not clear who exactly was behind the attack. Russian U.S. and Syrian war planes fly in the region.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39299266

Dozens killed in ‘suspected US strike’ on Aleppo mosque (GRAPHIC VIDEO);
While the Pentagon only admitted to striking terrorists several miles away in Idlib, some reports suggest US missile debris were recovered from the mosque’s rubble.
https://www.rt.com/news/381077-mosque-strike-aleppo-missile/

Syria sanctions hit children’s cancer treatment:
In the cancer ward at Damascus Children’s Hospital, doctors are struggling with a critical shortage of specialist drugs to treat their young patients – and it’s not just due to the general chaos of the Syrian civil war.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sanctions-idUSKBN16M1UW

Paramilitary forces kill 2 Islamic State members in western Mosul;
Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said through its media they killed two Islamic State attackers in western Mosul’s region of Tal Zalat, and destroyed their vehicle.
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/paramilitary-forces-kill-2-islamic-state-members-western-mosul/

Sunni politician warns U.S. of mounting civilian casualties in Mosul:
Khamis Khanjar, a prominent Iraqi Sunni politician, said at least 3,500 civilians have been killed since the push into the western side of the side last month.
http://tinyurl.com/ka4zchu

Mosul’s growing humanitarian crisis as bad as feared:
Thousands are sleeping on the ground outside an overflowing refugee camp in this town near Mosul, and a thousand more arrive every few hours to wait for spaces. Food, water and medicine are increasingly scarce, refugees said.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/15/mosul-refugees-iraq-camps/99137150/

Iraq, US offer differing accounts of progress in Mosul:
The American commander of coalition ground forces in Iraq, said the troops had recaptured « a little over a third » of neighborhoods west of the Tigris River, while an Iraqi military spokesman, said they had retaken up to 60 percent.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/007ef21b6f4949788ba3c282f2b38c1e/iraq-says-half-western-mosul-retaken-islamic-state

Saudi airstrike kills seven Yemeni fishermen dead:
An unnamed military source told the al-Masirah television that the aircraft struck a fishing boat in waters off the coast of Durayhimi district, located 150 kilometers southwest of the capital Sana’a, on Thursday evening.
http://presstv.ir/Detail/2017/03/16/514630/Yemen-fishermen-killed-Saudi-airstrike-Hudaydah

UAE soldier killed in Yemen: :
Upon the arrival of his body from Yemen, the serviceman will be laid to rest in Kalba.
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/20170316/uae-soldier-killed-in-yemen

Arms sell to Saudi Arabia could make US responsible for war crimes, Amnesty warns;
Amnesty International’s researchers have already found many unexploded US-made bombs among the ruins of Yemeni residential buildings. The bombs include cluster munitions which are banned
http://www.albawaba.com/news/arms-sell-saudi-arabia-could-make-us-responsible-war-crimes-amnesty-warns-951036

Saudi Arabia, China sign deals worth up to $85 billion:
Flanked by a thousand-person entourage, Saudi Arabian King Salman travelled to China on Thursday to deepen economic ties between the world’s biggest oil exporter and the world’s second-largest oil consumer.
http://www.smh.com.au/world/saudi-arabia-china-sign-deals-worth-up-to-85-billion-20170316-gv05uu.html

Landmark UN report backs Israel boycott:
A new UN report offers explicit backing for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign to end Israeli apartheid and support a just peace.
https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/landmark-un-report-backs-israel-boycott

US 2018 Budget Guarantees Foreign Assistance Only for Israel, State Dept:
« Our assistance to Israel is guaranteed, » Toner told reporters. « With respect to other foreign military assistance levels, those are still being evaluated and decisions are going to be made going forward. »
https://sputniknews.com/us/201703161051665060-us-budget-israel/

Drone Strikes Up 432 Percent Under Donald Trump:
From his inauguration through today, President Trump had approved at least 36 drone strikes or raids in 45 days – one every 1.25 days.
https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/25604-drone-strikes-up-432-percent-under-donald-trump

31 militants killed in airstrikes in ISIS-frequented districts in East of Afghanistan: MoD:
At least thirty one militants were killed in a series of airstrikes conducted in Nangarhar districts frequented by the militants loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.
https://www.khaama.com/31-militants-killed-in-in-airstrikes-in-isis-frequented-districts-in-east-of-afghanistan-mod-02411

Tillerson says diplomacy with North Korea has ‘failed’; Pyongyang warns of war:
Diplomacy has failed and it’s time to « take a different approach » to North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said here Thursday,
http://tinyurl.com/k9ssk7v

N. Korea blasts U.S. bombing drills in S. Korea:
North Korea on Thursday condemned South Korea and the United States for « escalating nuclear attack threats, » citing the participation of U.S. strategic bombers and the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson in joint military drills in South Korea.
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2017/03/16/0401000000AEN20170316007300315.html

Philippine lawmaker seeks to impeach Duterte over drug fight:
A Philippine lawmaker filed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday because of the thousands of deaths in his anti-drug crackdown and alleged corruption
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/1c53cb9458bf4ec384e769545660c699/philippine-lawmaker-seeks-impeach-duterte

Ukraine announces economic blockade of rebel-held areas:
All railway and road connections will be cut, according to Oleksandr Turchynov, the council’s secretary.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/ukraine-announces-economic-blockade-rebel-held-areas-170315105915791.html

EU approves €600m loan for Ukraine:
The European Commission agreed to release a €600m loan to Ukraine on Thursday, bringing the total amount of direct financial assistance it has given the country since 2014 to €2.81bn, the largest amount disbursed to any non-EU country.
https://www.ft.com/content/44ac447c-fac3-378e-8edd-c5cac68844bb

Trump adviser Flynn paid by multiple Russia-related entities, new records show:
Michael Flynn, collected nearly $68,000 in fees and expenses from Russia-related entities in 2015, a higher amount than was previously known, according to newly released documents.
http://tinyurl.com/n2hhdkj

‘Standard & entirely transparent practice’:
RT’s head of communications on leaked paycheck to Flynn: The latest speculation over Flynn’s alleged ties with Moscow is yet another « bogus, unfounded accusation, » believes retired US Army Major General Paul Vallely.
https://www.rt.com/news/381072-flynn-rt-payment-conference/

10,000+ of firearms seized by Spanish police & Europol :
Spanish National Police and Europol seized more than 10,000 assault rifles, 400 howitzers, shells, grenades, and anti-aerial machine guns. The firearms were likely intended for sale to terrorists and criminals.

How does the EU hijab ruling affect Muslim women?:
Muslim women from four different European countries share their views on the European Court of Justice’s ruling.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/03/eu-hijab-ruling-affect-muslim-women-170316073040916.html

‘Wars of religion will start in Europe’ – Turkish FM:
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan previously labelled Holland a fascist nation and said the country will pay for blocking rallies in Rotterdam and the ensuing riots.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4319522/Europe-headed-religion-wars-despite-Wilders-stumble-Turkish-minister-says.html

Rand Paul Responds to John McCain: Senator From Arizona Is « Unhinged » and « Past His Prime »:
Video –
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/03/16/rand_paul_john_mccain_unhinged_and_past_his_prime.html

FBI director briefs top senators on Russia:
FBI Director James Comey briefed a group of top senators Wednesday amid growing demands that he clarify if the bureau is investigating any contacts between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/324194-fbi-director-briefs-top-senators-on-russia

Coats confirmed as new spy chief:
The Senate voted 85 to 12 to confirm Coats as the director of national intelligence, a role in which Coats pledged to work closely with members of Congress to facilitate their various probes into allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections
http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/mar/15/coats-confirmed-as-new-spy-chief/

Vault 7 – The Most Horrifying Leak Yet – What You Need To Know : Video –
John McAfee on Larry King’s « Politicking » and learn more about the Vault 7 Wikileaks dump and why it should be important to every American. You don’t want to miss this.

CIA Pays ‘Traitors’ to Say We Traffic Drugs: Venezuela’s Maduro:
Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday accused the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, of paying former Chavista leaders to invent evidence with which to accuse the socialist government of drug trafficking.
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/CIA-Pays-Traitors-to-Say-We-Traffic-Drugs-Venezuelas-Maduro-20170315-0041.html

Mexico Presidential Hopeful Files Complaint Against Trump Wall:
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned border wall and his administration’s treatment of immigrants.
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-Presidential-Hopeful-Files-Complaint-Against-Trump-Wall-20170316-0029.html

Undocumented Immigrant Arrests at U.S. Courthouses Spark Fury:
Lawyer Octavio Chaidez was finishing up a criminal court appearance at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Pasadena when four agents swooped in and took his client away.
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Undocumented-Immigrant-Arrests-at-Courthouses-Spark-Fury-20170316-0019.html

Video: Alabama cop shoots driver holding wallet

US judge orders detention of VW executive Oliver Schmidt as ‘serious’ flight risk:
A Detroit judge has ruled against releasing Volkswagen AG manager Oliver Schmid. The German national represented a « serious » flight risk, the judge said.
http://www.dw.com/en/us-judge-orders-detention-of-vw-executive-oliver-schmidt-as-serious-flight-risk/a-37977551

US judge in Hawaii grants motion for nationwide temporary restraining order of Trump’s travel ban:
U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson decision prevents the executive order from going into effect, at least for now.
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/15/us-judge-in-hawaii-grants-motion-for-nationwide-temporary-restraining-owner-of-trumps-travel-ban.html

Donald Trump press secretary sensationally claims GCHQ may have colluded with Obama:
Sean Spicer claimed British spies were drafted in to avoid any « American fingerprints » on the alleged surveillance
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/donald-trump-press-secretary-sensationally-10042597

British spy agency denies helping Obama spy on Trump after White House repeats claim:
The British spy agency told ITV News that any suggestion it was involved in wiretapping the now president « was utterly ridiculous and should be ignored ».
http://www.itv.com/news/2017-03-16/british-spy-agency-denies-helping-obama-spy-on-trump-after-white-house-repeats-claim/

Capitol Hill Republicans not on board with Trump budget;
Some of President Trump’s best friends in Congress sharply criticized his first budget Thursday, with defense hawks saying the proposed hike in Pentagon spending wasn’t big enough
http://tinyurl.com/ldpvfqc

Trump budget: UN sounds alarm over foreign aid cuts:
UN chief Antonio Guterres reacted fiercely to the plans on Thursday, saying « abrupt funding cuts can force the adoption of ad hoc measures that will undermine the impact of longer-term reform efforts ».
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/trump-budget-cuts-foreign-aid-170316233601387.html

White House Says Cutting Meals on Wheels Is ‘Compassionate’;
Trump’s budget slashes rental assistance and home-energy aid to low-income families
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/white-house-says-cutting-meals-on-wheels-is-compassionate.html

Republican health bill still alive despite renegade conservative votes :
The Obamacare replacement bill passed the House Budget Committee with one vote to spare, as three conservative Republicans broke ranks to vote against Paul Ryan’s health care proposal.
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article138850348.html

Sessions Wants To Bring Back Reagan-Era Drug Policies;
« In the ’80s and ’90s, we saw how campaigns stressing prevention brought down drug use and addiction.
http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/15/sessions-wants-to-bring-back-reagan-era-drug-policies/

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Cost Of War

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq « 1,455,590 »

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,886

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,486

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

1,749,485,514,533 http://www.costofwar.com/

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