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UN Security Council approves military intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, Alex Lantier, December 22, 2012

On Thursday the UN Security Council authorized foreign intervention in Mali, under the pretext of freeing northern Mali from occupation by Islamist forces.

UN admits Syria wracked by sectarian civil war

By Chris Marsden, December 21, 2012

A United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry has finally admitted that a sectarian civil war is raging in Syria.

Washington raises specter of al Qaeda seizing Syrian chemical weapons

By Bill Van Auken, December 19, 2012

Having first issued threats against the Syrian regime over unspecified intelligence on its chemical weapons, Washington is now warning that these arms may fall into the hands of the “rebels.”

Ten girls die in Afghanistan explosion as US pushes for permanent presence

By Bill Van Auken, December 18, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a press conference in Kabul last week that “we are not departing Afghanistan.”

Rice abandons bid for secretary of state nomination

By Bill Van Auken, December 15, 2012

Dropping the bid to name Susan Rice as secretary of state reflects the administration’s desire to avoid both a protracted debate on Benghazi and a partisan fight with the Republicans.

Syria in the crosshairs

By Joseph Kishore, December 15, 2012

The US and its imperialist allies are building up to a direct intervention in Syria, with the deployment of Patriot missile batteries in Turkey and the official recognition of the opposition.

Washington discovers terrorists in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, December 12, 2012

In branding one of the principal anti-Assad militias as a terrorist organization, Washington is exposing the character of the US-backed war in Syria.

Hearing on Bradley Manning’s pre-trial confinement concludes

By Naomi Spencer, December 12, 2012

Manning was arrested May 26, 2010, accused of the largest leak of classified military and government documents in history while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

Mounting evidence of US plans for military intervention against Syria

By Chris Marsden, December 8, 2012

Unsubstantiated claims that Syria intends to use chemical weapons are as transparent a pretext for military aggression as the lies a decade ago about Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction.”

US tightens military noose around Syria

By Bill Van Auken, December 7, 2012

Amid an escalating drumbeat about a supposed threat that Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons, Washington has deployed a naval armada off the country’s coast.

Washington floats chemical weapons charge as pretext for Syria buildup

By Bill Van Auken, December 4, 2012

The Obama administration and the media have cited unspecified “intelligence” about chemical weapons to issue new threats against Syria.

The “rule of law” and state killings

By Bill Van Auken, David North, December 3, 2012

The leading newspaper of American liberalism proposes to sanction a criminal policy of state assassinations by establishing a set of administrative procedures.