Alex Newman

Ali Abdullah SalehAn interim Prime Minister with a socialist background was selected on November 27 after U.S.-backed Yemeni “President” Ali Abdullah Saleh (left) agreed to step down last week. But after months of chaos and turmoil by competing factions rocked the Arabian nation, violence has still not subsided.

PakistanOutraged over a weekend U.S. and NATO attack that killed 25 Pakistani soldiers and wounded more than a dozen others, the government of Pakistan has taken prompt retaliatory action. Supply lines through the nation for the American-led coalition occupying Afghanistan were shut down immediately and, according to the Interior Minister, permanently. Pakistani officials are also demanding that U.S. air bases in the country be vacated within two weeks.

Afghan “President” Hamid Karzai, who rose to power with massive U.S. assistance, promised that the regime ruling Afghanistan would support the Pakistani government if a war broke out between America and Pakistan.

According to an American diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks citing numerous officials and reports, a team of U.S. soldiers in Iraq may have handcuffed and then executed an entire family — including five children under the age of six and four women. The troops, who were previously cleared of any wrongdoing by a U.S. investigation, then allegedly called for an air strike on the home in an apparent effort to cover up the evidence.

As protests and unrest continue to spread across Syria, Western pressure including sanctions and even open talk of military intervention is mounting against the regime of “President” Bashar Al-Assad (left).

Numerous sources report that NATO is already plotting an invasion as foreign powers covertly arm Syrian rebels. And some analysts believe military intervention against Damascus would merely serve as a prelude to an attack on Iran.

Taliban forces are reportedly taking credit for the assassination of Ahmad Wali Karzai (left), Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s half-brother, who was shot in the head by the long-time chief of his own security detail on July 12.

Police are still investigating and said an internal dispute, not politics, could have been the motive. The BBC suggested rival criminals could have been to blame. But the Taliban resistance sent a message to Al Jazeera boasting of their role in the murder and warning all government officials to resign or be killed - anywhere at any time.   

Just last year, the Obama administration more than doubled direct American military aid to the regime ruling Yemen. The U.S. Senate voted unanimously for a non-binding resolution basically urging Obama to “use all appropriate measures” to ensure the dictatorship’s survival. And American forces were conducting secret air strikes on villages in the areas of North Yemen since late 2009 under the guise of the terror war.

Osama bin LadenPakistani officials and U.S. aid to Pakistan are coming under intense scrutiny over the claim that reputed terror master Osama bin Laden was allegedly able to hide out for so long in an area known as a military stronghold close to the capital.

Osama bin LadenReputed terrorist mastermind and former U.S. government ally Osama bin Laden has been killed by a military operation in Pakistan, President Barack Obama and other American officials claimed on the night of May 1. Bin Laden’s body was subsequently dumped at sea, according to news reports. But not everybody is convinced that officials are telling the truth.

Following an intense crackdown on Tibetan monks, human-rights activists, and others in recent weeks, dozens of Chinese Christians who belong to one of the nation’s largest “illegal” churches were arrested by the communist dictatorship to prevent an Easter celebration. The repression has sparked outrage worldwide.

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