A group of socialist legislators have demanded an investigation into the "mastermind" behind the killing of Venezuelan politician Robert Serra and his partner.

Venezuelan socialist legislators denounced the killing of National Assembly (A.N.) member Robert Serra and his partner Maria Herrera on Saturday.

Speaking before the A.N., legislator Freddy Bernal alleged right wing extremist Lorent Saleh was involved in the killings, and demanded a full investigation.

“We have asked that a deep and thorough investigation is undertaken to identify the perpetrators of the heinous murder of Maria and our friend, young revolutionary Robert Serra,” Bernal stated.

Saleh has appeared in footage leaked to Venezuelan state media earlier this month. The footage appears to show Saleh plotting with other members of Venezuela's far right to carry out violence aimed at destabilizing the government.

Bernal stated his demands are backed up by documents that have already been handed to the public prosecutor.


The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said that, "Palestinians will no longer accept status quo while their land is stolen & their human rights violated." 

Israel has been waging a “War of Genocide” according to Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine as he spoke to the U.N. General Assembly on Friday. 

Israel has “defied the whole world”  destroyed the dreams of Palestinians and the “remaining hopes of peace.”

"This last war against Gaza was a series of absolute war crimes carried out before the eyes and ears of the entire world,” by what he called a “racist occupying state,” referring to Israel.

There was no need for thousands of deadly raids, to remind the world that “there is an occupation that must end, and a people that must be freed,” Abbas said.

“We are the only people remaining under occupation in the world," he added. 


The question Leslie Stahl, moderator in the U.S. news show 60 Minutes asked Madeleine Albright in 1996 was, “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”  

The then U.S. ambassador’s answer stopped the interviewer in her tracks. Albright responded unhesitatingly before the U.N. during the Clinton Administration’s first term, “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price -- we think the price is worth it.”  The “we” in question included her superior, former U.S. president Bill Clinton, his cabinet, the congressional representatives that supported the aggression, and of course, herself.

Her answer was unfazed, without this atrocity even having left the slightest trace of compassion or regret in her hardened features.  A crime against humanity was “worth it” for this sinister individual.  And many more crimes were perpetrated in the seven years that followed, continuing into Clinton’s second term -- aided and abetted by Albright in her capacity as Secretary of State -- and the torch passed on to George W. Bush, culminating in an invasion and mass destruction which historians, archeologists, and anthropologists unapologetically characterized in large part as the destruction of the cradle of civilization.


“What we say goes” is a lethal fantasy, full of hazard for (United States-of-) Americans themselves.

A “Routine” U.S. Coast Guard “Mission” in “the Gulf”

Just when I thought the news couldn’t get any stranger three weeks ago, I saw the following Associated Press (AP) headline on Yahoo News: “U.S. Coast Guard Fires on Iranian Boat in Gulf.”

The Coast Guard? My initial reaction was naïve. “What,” I thought, “is the Iranian Navy doing in the Gulf of Mexico?” 

Then I caught myself, realizing that the “gulf” in the story had to be the Persian Gulf, more than 5000 miles from the eastern coast of the U.S.. 

Of course.  On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, the AP reported, U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Monomoy fired “in self-defense” on an Iranian dhow in the Persian Gulf.

A dhow is not a military vessel.  “Dhows,” the AP reported, “are traditional wooden boats common to the region that are typically used for trade.”