Venezuela’s foreign minister calls Kerry ‘murderer’

Paramilitaries Armed With C-4 Detained in Venezuela

Venezuela Also Is Being Overthrown By The Criminal Regime In Washington — Paul Craig Roberts
A confrontation with nuclear armed Russia is more dangerous than with Venezuela. But the violence that Washington has unleashed on Venezuela almost simultaneously with Ukraine is testimony to Washington’s stark criminality.

Venezuelan Jacobins
Venezuela’s Jacobins are in the news again. Whether in the commemorations of the first year since the death of Hugo Chávez — a veritable Toussaint — or in Nicolás Maduro’s recent interview with Christiane Amanpour, discussions of Venezuela continue to center on the towering heights of political power.

Venezuela’s foreign minister calls Kerry ‘murderer’
Venezuela’s foreign minister lambasted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday as a “murderer” fomenting unrest that has killed 28 people in the South American OPEC member nation.

US criticised by UN for human rights failings on NSA, guns and drones
Geneva panel share deep concerns over US record on host of different subjects, including racial inequality and Guantánamo

Exclusive: Radar data suggests missing Malaysia plane deliberately flown way off course – sources

‘There Is Nothing’: Malaysian Authorities Do Not Find Missing Plane Where Chinese Satellite Images Showed Possible Debris

Russia’s Interests in the Ukraine are Reasonable and Need to be Accommodated

Meeting Ukrainian leader, Obama warns of ‘cost’ if Russia doesn’t back down

Russia now backs idea of OSCE mission for Ukraine: Swiss chairman

Russia puts security stranglehold on Crimea as referendum nears
Crimea cancels flights as pro-Russian forces tighten their grip ahead of Sunday’s referendum on whether to secede from Ukraine, whose interim prime minister is due to meet President Obama today.

US, Russia talks on Ukraine end in failure

John Kerry: Russia has until Monday to reverse course in Ukraine
Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talks over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed to persuade Moscow to soften its stance.

U.S. Balks at Ukraine Military-Aid Request
U.S. Officials Wary of Inflaming Russia, Agree Only to MREs

Russian companies withdraw billions from west, say Moscow bankers

Neocons Have Weathered the Storm
Exclusive: Official Washington’s bipartisan hysteria over Ukraine and Crimea is evidence that the neocons not only weathered the public fury over the Iraq War but are now back shaping U.S. geopolitical strategies, reports Robert Parry.

6 dead after explosion causes building collapse in Upper Manhattan

U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet
U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move likely to please international critics but alarm some business leaders and others who rely on smooth functioning of the Web.

Intel panel ‘very close’ on killing NSA phone programs
The House Intelligence Committee’s Republican and Democratic leaders said Thursday they’re nearing agreement on legislation that would end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of U.S. citizens’ telephone data.

Foreign Officials In the Dark About Their Own Spy Agencies’ Cooperation with NSA

The White House Has Been Covering Up the Presidency’s Role in Torture for Years

US embassy cables: French and Americans exchange views on Iran

Tomgram: Nick Turse, American Proxy Wars in Africa

Ecuadorian Fugitives Gave Large Sums of Money to US Politicians
Ecuadorian bankers Roberto and William Isaias, current fugitives, donated large sums of money to campaigns of U.S. politicians, the press revealed today.

Saudis hardened by wars in Syria, Iraq join al Qaeda in Yemen

This isn’t Ukraine Or Venezuela, This is Turkey Right Now — 11 Pictures Explain What’s Happening

Blast Shakes Manhattan

2 dead, dozen missing after blast collapses 2 NYC buildings

Blast Shakes Manhattan
Mayor: 2 Dead, Gas Leak Was Cause

Docs Reveal ‘Disturbing’ Scale of NSA’s Global Hacking Abilities
Automated hacking by US agency can infect millions with malware

Venezuela Is Not Occupy: U.S. Congress Got It Wrong
With demonstrating students in the streets confronting state security forces, the recent unrest and violence in Venezuela superficially bears a resemblance to the Occupy Movement that began in New York City’s Zuccotti Park on September 2011. But there the similarity ends.

Satellite looking into missing Malaysia flight detects ‘suspected crash area’

Missing Malaysian Jetliner Confuses World That’s Online 24/7
The disappearance five days ago of a Malaysian Airline Systems Bhd. (MAS) aircraft with 239 people on board is confounding search teams and a global audience used to around-the-clock connectivity and real-time updates.

Russia allows Ukrainian surveillance flight to confirm no troops near border

Obama Regime’s Hypocrisy Sets New World Record
From the moment that Washington launched its orchestrated coup in Kiev, Washington has been accusing Russia of “intervening in Ukraine.” This propaganda ploy succeeded. The Western presstitute media reported (nonexistent) Russian intervention to the exclusion of coverage of Washington’s obvious intervention.

US to violate own laws by financially aiding Ukraine’s coup-installed govt – Moscow
Washington’s decision to provide financial aid to the coup-appointed government of Ukraine goes against the US laws, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, urging American politicians to think about the consequences of supporting the radicals in Kiev.

Russia: Crimea independence is ‘absolutely lawful’
Ahead of vote to determine whether region should be annexed, foreign ministry approves declaration of autonomy

Crimea vs. Quebec: The Legal Right to a Referendum on Self-Determination

Obama Team Debates How to Punish Russia
As President Obama searches for a way to contain and ultimately reverse Russia’s invasion of southern Ukraine without using force, his team finds itself torn over just how far to go using the economic weapons in America’s arsenal.

Ukraine crisis: Western governments pile the pressure on Vladimir Putin to find peaceful solution
Britain, Germany and other Western governments put fresh pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday night to take steps towards a peaceful solution to the crisis over Crimea by engaging in talks with the government of Ukraine and acquiescing to the creation of a high level “contact group” of diplomats to seek a way out for all sides.

Chairman Of Joint Chiefs: US Ready For “Military Response” In Ukraine

WH: Russia should note US military exercises

NATO starts air drills close to Ukraine’s borders
NATO has begun wargames in Poland as recently dispatched US jets are set to take part in the exercises. Poor weather has delayed naval maneuvers in the Black Sea, with the US saying both drills were planned before the outbreak of unrest in Ukraine.

Belarus offers Russia to deploy extra 15 planes due to NATO activity near border
“If they redeploy about fifteen airplanes from Italy (to the Baltic states), I think we should contact the chief of the Russian General Staff and offer them the reinforcements they are obligated to provide us with (as part of the Russian-Belarusian alliance)…”

America’s Bewildered Time Capsule and Russians are Coming

Putin’s Man in Crimea Is Ukraine’s Worst Nightmare
Little is known about Sergei Aksyonov, the pro-Russia Crimean leader who is driving the region toward secession. What is obvious, however, is that he poses a big problem for the Ukrainian government.

Ukraine crisis: John Kerry rejects Vladimir Putin talks
The US secretary of state has rejected an offer of talks with President Vladimir Putin until Russia engages with US proposals on Ukraine’s crisis.

Crimea votes for independence as US and Russia clash
Lawmakers on the flashpoint Crimean peninsula voted on Tuesday for independence from Ukraine ahead of a referendum on joining Russia while Washington rebuffed talks with Moscow in one of their fiercest clashes since the Cold War.

Saudi chameleon: What next, jihad in Crimea?
The House of Saud may be up to something in Crimea. Let’s pivot back to the desert to see how that could possibly be accomplished.

Gaza missile seizure, Netanyahu’s latest anti-Iran joke
Comedians say that the art of telling jokes relies on “timing.” Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the world’s top comic politician, seemed to be proving the point with his “timely” claims about seizing Iranian rockets aboard a cargo ship in the Red Sea.

Iran scoffs at Israel weapons claim
Tehran calls Israel’s showcase of arm shipment a ‘farce’; Israel’s move stems from concern over strengthening ties between Tehran, US, says Iranian FM.

Death of Turkish boy hurt in protests rekindles unrest across country
Protesters clashed with police in cities across Turkey on Tuesday after the death of a 15-year-old boy who was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister during anti-government demonstrations last summer.

Israel says regrets killing of Jordanian judge
Looking to prevent a diplomatic crisis with Jordan, Israel expressed its regret on Tuesday over the death of a Jordanian judge, who was shot by Israeli soldiers after an altercation at a border crossing.

Syria war: new push against Assad being planned, reports suggest
After months of battlefield stalemate in Syria, a flurry of reports from Washington, Jerusalem, Amman and the Gulf suggests a major new clandestine effort is under way to open up a “southern front” against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Evangelical Christians Want Dead Bodies To Practice Resurrections
Hold on to your hats, folks! Get ready for some fun and adventure in hastening the zombie apocalypse with the Dead Raising Team! This completely not crazy group of evangelicals claims to have brought eleven people back to life with the awesome power of Jesus!

Rio’s Race to Future Intersects Slave Past
RIO DE JANEIRO — Sailing from the Angolan coast across the Atlantic, the slave ships docked here in the 19th century at the huge stone wharf, delivering their human cargo to the “fattening houses” on Valongo Street. Foreign chroniclers described the depravity in the teeming slave market, including so-called boutiques selling emaciated and diseased African children.

Saudi Arabia closes local al Jazeera office over Qatar’s backing for the Muslim Brotherhood

Saudi Arabia threatens to blockade Qatar over terrorism
Saudi Arabia has threatened to blockade neighbouring Qatar by air, land and sea unless Doha cuts ties with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, closes global channel al-Jazeera, and expels local branches of the US Brookings Institution and Rand Corporation think tanks.

Vladimir Putin Talks To Reporters About Ukraine

About the Class war and Opposition protests in Venezuela
Venezuelan Community Pie del Tiro Confronts Protestors, Barricades

Vladimir Putin Talks To Reporters About Ukraine
By taking this humane and rational approach, Putin has established himself as the true leader of the world.

Vlad the Bad Steals a March on the West
Russia’s hard-eyed president, Vladimir Putin, is following the same strategy over Ukraine and Crimea. Putin swiftly moved his knight into the empty chess square of Crimea, thereby regaining full control of one of Russia’s four strategic port regions: Sevastopol, Murmansk, St Petersburg and Vladivostok.

Crimean leaders blame Kiev for selling Ukraine off for IMF loans

The CIA has brought darkness to America by fighting in the shadows
After 9/11 the agency was given free rein to break the rules but when allowed to play dirty abroad, it’s difficult to stop at home

Edward Snowden discusses NSA leaks at SXSW: ‘I would do it again’
- Whistleblower patches in to Texas conference from Russia
- Snowden insists leaks have strengthened national security

Ten countries scour sea for Malaysia jet lost in ‘unprecedented mystery’

Vietnam Searchers Report Spotting Plane Debris; Officials Say They Found Piece of Door, Airplane Tail

‘West lie machine, incompetent and bankrupt’

Obama’s Advancing Empire: Putsch, Pillage and Duplicity

Russia Reacts to US Warship’s Arrival in Black Sea
The Russian government-funded RT news network charged that the Truxtun’s presence during the Ukraine and Crimea crisis was part of a U.S. buildup in support of Ukraine.

Russia to Offer Ukraine ‘Counterproposals’
Officials Say Kiev Regime Change the Starting Point

Details of sanctions against Russia to be finalised in London
David Cameron indicates asset freezes and travel bans will be imposed within days as tensions continue to escalate in Crimea

Pro-Russian activists occupied the Lugansk Regional State Administration building, Sunday, after thousands had descended on the building demanding a referendum be held on March 16 to join the Russian Federation.

Ukraine may have to go nuclear, says Kiev lawmaker

To See What Ukraine’s Future May be, Just Look at Lviv’s Shameful Past
A seemingly cosmopolitan city is a nationalist stronghold and monument to ethnic cleansing, as its barbaric wartime treatment of Jews illustrated

Moscow denounces gun attack on pro-Russian activists in Eastern Ukraine

Putin defends Crimean referendum legitimacy to EU leaders as Ukraine’s southeast rallies

Europe faces ‘shooting conflict’ if Russia enters east Ukraine, says Hague
British foreign secretary accuses Putin of major miscalculation but says pressure will not remove Russia from Crimea

‘West backed Ukrainian extremists to get rid of Yanukovich’

Ukraine crisis: US will not recognise Crimea referendum, says ambassador
Washington threatens further action against Russia if Vladimir Putin uses poll to legitimise military occupation, says Kiev envoy

Kerry won’t visit Russia until Moscow shows ‘seriousness’ on Ukraine

Russian takeover of Crimea ‘is not a done deal,’ U.S. official says

Clashes in Ukraine as Rallies Take a Turn
Rival rallies turned violent in Crimea on Sunday, as Ukraine celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of its greatest poet and the White House announced that President Obama would host the Ukrainian prime minister just days before a controversial referendum on Crimean secession next week.

Cheney: Obama should consider some military options

Amid Ukraine crisis, Europe plays it safe

Putin defends separatist drive in Crimea as legal

Does Putin really want Crimea within Russia? Maybe not.
The Crimean parliament declared its intention to become Russian territory, and will hold a referendum soon. But the Kremlin may have more to gain if Crimea remains within Ukraine.

35 Countries Where the U.S. Has Supported Fascists, Drug Lords and Terrorists
Here’s a handy A to Z guide to U.S.-backed international crime.

Massive Bombing near Baghdad; 97 Killed 237 Wounded Across Iraq
Attacks left 97 dead and 237 wounded across Iraq today. The worst attack occurred south of Baghdad. Local officials blamed the attack on the situation in neighboring Anbar province. Militants still control sections of two major cities there and have staged attacks in nearby provinces.

Arab League rejects Israel’s demand for recognition as a Jewish state
Council ministers endorse PA President Abbas’s rejection of Netanyahu’s requirement for peace.

What’s Going on in the Gulf? Unsurprisingly, It’s Probably About Iran
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain all recalled their ambassadors from Qatar on Wednesday, citing Qatar’s alleged support for organisations and individuals that threaten “the security and stability of the Gulf states” and for “hostile media.”