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US struggles show hazards of chemical weapons destruction

The US vowed to destroy its cache of chemical weapons by 2012. But tons of nerve agents remain in Colorado and Kentucky – reflecting how complicated the process could prove in Syria   Paul Lewis in Washington theguardian.com, Wednesday 11 September 2013 17.10 EDT Syria claimed this week that it would sign its chemical weapons over to international control. Photograph: …

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Too many years of lies: From Mossadeq to 9/11

Washington has been at war for 12 years. According to experts such as Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, these wars have cost Americans approximately $6 trillion, enough to keep Social Security and Medicare sound for years. All there is to show for 12 years of war is fat bank balances for the armament industries and a list of destroyed countries …

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Syria: What America’s Congress should know

  By Gordon Duff and Press TV Over 200 members of America’s Congress are certain to oppose military intervention in Syria. A few, like Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Alan Grayson have openly accepted that the United States is being “set up,” maneuvered into action that will end, perhaps for all time, any credibility or standing America will ever have …

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Debt-Ceiling Danger Zone Threatens U.S.

by Eric Pianin The Fiscal Times Take a deep breath: The latest doomsday scenarios for what might happen if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling later this fall are now out. Sometime between Oct.18 and Nov. 15, the Treasury will exhaust its borrowing authority and begin running short of cash to pay the government’s bills in a timely fashion, …

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U.S. May Seize Manhattan Property Linked to Russian Fraud Case

President Obama signs H.R.6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, into law on Dec. 14, 2012 The search for the so-called Magnitsky money—$230 million stolen in a notorious Russian tax fraud case—has arrived in New York City. The U.S. Attorney and the New York District Attorney in Manhattan are seeking to seize …

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A Government Shutdown Just Became More Likely

Photograph by Joel Carillet Republican leaders in the House canceled a test vote this afternoon that was supposed to pave the way for continued funding of the federal government, which is set to expire at month’s end. This makes a government shutdown more likely: Republican leaders folded because they couldn’t marshal enough support from within their own party. The reason …

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Somber U.S. ceremonies mark 12th anniversary of September 11 attacks

By Victoria Cavaliere and Mark Felsenthal NEW YORK/WASHINGTON | Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:01am EDT (Reuters) – Bagpipes, bells and a reading of the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed when hijacked jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field marked the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in 2001. More than a …