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[5 Jul 2011 | One Comment | 24,387 views]
Twin Towers evacuated several times in weeks leading up to 9/11

People.com, September 12, 2001 (link now dead). Click here for a cached version.
Some were on their way to work in lower Manhattan. Others were already sitting at their desks, checking e-mail, sipping coffee or reading their morning papers. Still others were working in kitchens and garages when they heard and felt the sickening crash. Bathed in soot and shaken to their souls, they are the survivors of what New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called “one of the most heinous acts in world history.” The life and death drama that followed the …

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[5 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 10,451 views]
Bomb-sniffing dogs inexplicably removed from WTC 5 days before 9/11

Heightened Security Alert Had Just Been Lifted
By Curtis L. Taylor and Sean Gardiner, September 12, 2001 (link now dead). Click here for a cached version.
The World Trade Center was destroyed just days after a heightened security alert was lifted at the landmark 110-story towers, security personnel said yesterday.
Daria Coard, 37, a guard at Tower One, said the security detail had been working 12-hour shifts for the past two weeks because of numerous phone threats. But on Thursday, bomb-sniffing dogs were abruptly removed.
“Today was the first day there was not …

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[5 Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | 5,642 views]
The Green Book and the farce that is modern ‘democracy’

By the Editor.
With Muammar Gaddafi being perhaps the most vilified person on the planet right now, I thought it would pay to try and get a better understanding of him. I’ve had my fair share of people telling me how he ‘indoctrinates’ Libyans with The Green Book and how Libya’s children are forced to study it. Needless to say these are the same people who call an all-out war of aggression a ‘no-fly zone’, and a foreign-backed armed insurrection a ‘pro democracy protest’.
Having only read part I of the book, …

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[5 Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | 5,599 views]
911: The Charlie Veitch Situation

By the Editor.
In ‘Charlie Veitch is a sell-out and a coward‘, I wrote about Veitch’s sudden u-turn on 9/11. Just to update the situation – since then it has come out that the TV show he has been invited to work on is by the BBC and is aimed at debunking ‘9/11 conspiracies’. Don’t all gasp at once.
This is precisely what we’ve all been expecting as the tenth anniversary approaches – more misdirection and propaganda to discredit the truth movement and distract from the ongoing cover-up. The Critical Thought Agenda …

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[5 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 4,954 views]
The Powers of Manipulation: Islam as a Geopolitical Tool to Control the Middle East

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya.
As Washington and its cohorts march towards the Eurasian Heartland, they have tried to manipulate Islam as a geo-political tool. They have created political and social chaos in the process. Along the way they have tried to redefine Islam and to subordinate it to the interests of global capital by ushering in a new generation of so-called Islamists, chiefly amongst the Arabs. 
The Project to Redefine Islam: Turkey as the New Model and “Calvinist Islam”
Turkey in its present form is now being presented as the democratic model for the rebelling Arab masses to …

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[30 Jun 2011 | 22 Comments | 36,890 views]
Charlie Veitch is a sell-out and a coward

By the Editor. Update – see also: The Charlie Veitch Situation.
I deliberated briefly on exactly what the title of this article would be. ‘British activist performs inexplicable u-turn on 9/11’? ‘Leader of ‘The Love Police’ given TV show, suddenly drops 9/11 truth’? But indeed the deliberation was brief; there’s no reason to beat around the bush. Charlie Veitch is a sell-out and a self-serving coward. Or maybe he’s just a gullible idiot of the highest order.
Veitch, who came to prominence with his activist group …

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[24 Jun 2011 | No Comment | 6,762 views]
Law, the State, and Conscience – excerpt from ‘Civil Disobedience’ by Henry David Thoreau

Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. It is truly enough said, that a corporation has no conscience; but a corporation of conscious men …

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[24 Jun 2011 | No Comment | 4,538 views]
Obama’s Afghanistan speech: An exercise in political duplicity

By Bill Van Auken, 23 June 2011.
In his nationally televised speech Wednesday night, President Barack Obama announced a minimal withdrawal of US troops from the nearly decade-old war in Afghanistan. Obama’s proposal represented a tacit admission of the failure of the US intervention in Afghanistan and of the immense crisis of American capitalism to which a decade of multi-trillion-dollar expenditures on militarism has substantially contributed.
In concrete terms, Obama’s withdrawal proposal was crafted to give the US military command nearly everything it wanted, while helping him to get through his next …

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[22 Jun 2011 | 34 Comments | 21,178 views]
A note on the ‘disappointed Palestinians’ letter to Cynthia McKinney

By the Editor. (Last updated 24 June 2011)
Yesterday yansoon.net published an ‘Open Letter to Gaddafi Supporter Cynthia McKinney from Disappointed Palestinians’.  This group of completely anonymous ‘disappointed Palestinians’ slams McKinney for appearing on Libyan State TV and ‘praising Gaddafi’, as they put it.  What exactly gives these unknowns the right to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people is beyond me. Before I tackle this disingenuous letter, some background on Yansoon.
Yansoon claims to be a blog dedicated to providing news, opinion and analysis on Arab issues, primarily from young, …