In a report published online on March 11, Jason Ditz, Research Editor at Antiwar.com, used the strained meeting on Monday between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as the backdrop to assert that the U.S. occupation of the war-torn nation “is flying apart at the seams, with insider attacks and popular opposition once again on the rise.”

An Egyptian human rights organization said that an Egyptian Coptic Christian who died while being detained by Libyan Islamists was tortured to death.

American personnel and allied European governments are secretly training Syrian “rebel” forces at bases in Jordan to wage war against the Bashir al-Assad regime, according to a leading German newspaper and other media reports, which quoted participants and organizers involved in the controversial and almost certainly unlawful operation.

On March 11, as the United States and South Korea began their annual joint military exercises, the government of North Korea responded by saying the 1953 armistice is over and cutting off the telephone “hot line” between the two Koreas at Panmunjom. 

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for March 11-17, 2013.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of secretly working with the Taliban to facilitate terrorist attacks in order to demonstrate a need for U.S. troop presence in the war-torn country after the scheduled withdrawal of Western combat units at the end of next year.

The usual Hollywood celebrities and Democratic Congressmen joined Jesse Jackson, Cuba's Raul Castro and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in eulogizing deceased Marxist dictator Hugo Chávez.

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, commander of the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) — the U.S. military command responsible for operations in 20 countries in the Middle East — has recommended that 13,600 U.S troops remain in Afghanistan after the White House-mandated 2014 withdrawal date for American and NATO troops.

Hugo Chávez stole not just money from his people, but also their democratic institutions and prosperity. He rewrote his nation’s constitution to suit himself, rigged elections, neutered opponents in politics and the judiciary, and silenced critical media. Thus, it’s no surprise that his land is presently moving closer to anarchy. This is what happens when a nation’s mechanism of government — which ideally should be a perpetual-motion machine of stability — is destroyed and replaced with a cult-of-personality demagogue. For when that man becomes the government and then dies, you’re left with nothing but a scramble for power.

After helping to destroy the once relatively prosperous economy of Venezuela, socialist strongman Hugo Chávez died of cancer on Tuesday at 58, with some of his allies and subordinates insisting that the tyrannical leader was actually murdered by some sort of secret U.S. “cancer” weapon. With the passing of Chávez, more than a few analysts are already heralding the death of socialism in Latin America. Despite the loss of one of their most outspoken and visible leaders, however, the statist forces quietly seizing control of the region will continue to march onward.

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