Antiwar.com Newsletter | May 25, 2012
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This week’s top news:
US: World Obviously Won’t Accept Iran’s Civilian Enrichment of Uranium: The Baghdad summit between the P5+1 and Iran has ended, with both sides agreeing to launch another round of talks next month in Moscow. No agreements beyond this were reached, but Western powers seem to insist on continuing sanctions and denying Iran’s legal right to a civilian nuclear program.
US Prepares to Vet Syrian Rebels for Indirect Shipments of Arms: The Obama administration is preparing a plan that would attempt to vet rebel militias in Syria to determine whether they would be suitable recipients of munitions coming through Gulf Arab states with U.S. help, according to officials. Except they are already receiving this lethal aid with U.S. help and without any vetting process.
Afghanistan Secretly Adopts Indefinite Detention Regime With US Instruction: With Washington’s supervision, Afghanistan is secretly adopting a system of indefinite detention for thousands of prisoners previously held without charge by the U.S.
Growing Opposition as US Mulls Arming Domestic Drones: Opposition to the use of domestic surveillance drones by law enforcement had only just begun, but now U.S. authorities are doubling down by considering actually arming their domestic drones.
China Accuses Pentagon of Hyping Chinese Military Threat: China’s Defense Ministry has accused the Pentagon of hyping Chinese military power and inflating the threat it may pose to its neighbors, as ties between the two powers continue to be undermined by Washington’s aggressive postures.
Russia’s New Missile to Target US Missile Shield: Just days after NATO announced that its missile defense shield in Europe is provisionally operational, the Russian military has successfully tested a new ICBM that it says is designed to penetrate the system.
Opinion and Analysis
- Justin Raimondo examined the "NATO Three," the ideological origins of the military-industrial-media complex, and the phony negotiations with Iran.
- Kelley Vlahos documented War Inc.’s shift homeward.
- Ivan Eland urged the U.S. to leave NATO, not shore it up.
- Philip Giraldi explained what’s wrong with "lawfare."
Angela Keaton will be speaking on techniques on how to speak to non-activists about the War at Porcfest, June 22nd. Porcfest is an annual gathering of peace and freedom lovers in Lancaster, NH.