link http://www.tothepointanalyses.com/1408 Part I – Liberal Games On 10 April 2012 the journalist Charles Davis did a guest posting on Glenn Greenwald’s website, Salon. The title of the piece is “The Liberal Betrayal of Bradley Manning.” Davis’s argument is that President Obama acts much like George Bush Jr. when it comes to “security” issues. He has, for [...]
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The Drone Summit, the Lunchbox and the Invisibility of Charred Children Wednesday, 09 May 2012 00:00By Hugh Gusterson, Truthout | Op-Ed
A member of the 214th Reconnaissance Group flies a Predator aircraft drone in support of ground troops in Iraq and Afghanistan at Davis-Monthan Air Base in Tucson, March 10, 2009. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times)I kept finding myself thinking about the lunchbox. I was at the all-day Drone Summit in Washington DC [...]
“Mr. Brennan, will you speak out about the innocents killed by the U.S. in our drone strikes?,” asked Benjamin during a speech marking the anniversary of bin Laden’s death.
Why I Interrupted Obama’s Counterterrorism Adviser: Because the U.S. Keeps Killing Innocents Abroad “Mr. Brennan, will you speak out about the innocents killed by the U.S. in our drone strikes?,” asked Benjamin during a speech marking the anniversary of bin Laden’s death. May 2, 2012 | Photo Credit: AFP LIKE THIS ARTICLE ? Join our mailing [...]
39 ways to limit free speech Is freedom of expression really free when the government can punish that expression because of its political content?
Freedom of expression only goes so far in a post 9/11 world if that ‘expression’ is political [GALLO/GETTY] Washington, DC - Google “39 Ways to Serve and Participate in Jihad” and you’ll get over 590,000 hits. You’ll find full-text English language translations of this Arabic document on the Internet Archive, an internet library; on 4Shared Desktop, a [...]
U.S. relents and grants Pakistani lawyer visa in time for International Drone Summit By davidswanson - Posted on 24 April 2012 From Code Pink, Reprieve, and Center for Constitutional Rights: After months of pressure from human rights activists, the U.S. government has granted Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar a visa to attend [...]
UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time The UN human rights inquiry will focus on the living conditions of the 2.7 million Native Americans living in the US
Many US Native Americans live in federally recognised tribal areas plagued with poverty, alcoholism other social problems. Photograph: Jennifer Brown/Corbis link http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/22/un-investigate-us-native-americans The UN is to conduct an investigation into the plight of US Native Americans, the first such mission in its history. The human rights inquiry led by James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur [...]
Tet Offensive echoes In Afghanistan attacks The attacks in Afghanistan on April 15 were a faint echo of the Tet Offensive, and the message was strikingly similar.
Much like what is currently happening in Afghanistan, the Tet Offensive of 1968 served as an exemplar of a war that could not be won [AP] San Pedro, CA - As I first heard about coordinated attacks in the heart of Kabul and three other locations across Afghanistan last Sunday, my thoughts turned immediately to the [...]
Debt Crisis Plotted to Deliver the Euro to the IMF? April 13, 2012The DestructionistLeave a commentGo to comments The Daily Bell Friday, April 13, 2012 Spanish bailout ‘impossible’ for eurozone, says prime minister Mariano Rajoy … The eurozone is not equipped to bail out Spain, the country’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy has admitted, as global traders [...]
Obama Administration Silencing Pakistani Drone-Strike Lawyer By Medea Benjamin April 09, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — When is the last time you heard from a civilian victim of the CIA’s secret drone strikes? Sure, most of them can’t speak because they’re deceased. But many leave behind bereaved and angry family [...]
Trayvon Martin: The myth of US post-racialism The shooting of a young black man demonstrates how institutional and structural racism is still robust in the US.
Mass incarceration in US prisons is one of the main channels through which racism is perpetuated [GALLO/GETTY] Washington, DC - Trayvon Martin was just beginning his life. Trayvon Martin was a son. He was a high school junior, with college to look forward to, a career and perhaps a family of his own. Trayvon Martin was [...]
George Clooney’s satellite spies reveal secrets of Sudan’s bloody army Actor and activist funds a hi-tech project that is tracking troops and warning civilians of attacks
George Clooney on a visit to the Zamzam refugee camp in north Darfur in 2008. Photograph: Sherren Zorba/AP George Clooney’s satellite spies reveal secrets of Sudan‘s bloody army Actor and activist funds a hi-tech project that is tracking troops and warning civilians of attacks ) Paul Harris in Cambridge, Massachusetts guardian.co.uk, Saturday 24 March 2012 12.24 GMT Article [...]
George Clooney isn’t helping Sudan Clooney’s well-meaning activism for the Nuba mountain people is rooted in a political culture that does not care for nuance
The actor George Clooney was arrested at a planned protest for Sudan in Washington DC on 16 March. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters George Clooney isn’t helping Sudan Clooney’s well-meaning activism for the Nuba mountain people is rooted in a political culture that does not care for nuance Nesrine Malik guardian.co.uk, Monday 19 March 2012 12.48 GMT Article [...]
Actor Clooney arrested at anti-Sudan rally Hollywood star detained in Washington for protesting against Sudan’s alleged blockade of aid to border area.
George Clooney was protesting against Sudan‘s blockage of humanitarian aid to border area with South Sudan [Reuters] Hollywood movie star George Clooney has been arrested at Sudan’s embassy in Washington during a protest against the country’s blockade of humanitarian aid. Clooney, his father Nick and other anti-Sudan activists, ignored three police warnings to leave the embassy grounds [...]
Israeli Delegation Cancels US Visit: MP Denied Entry Over Terror Links Israeli Knesset Speaker: ‘Unacceptable’ to Label Ben Ari Terrorist by Jason Ditz, March 12, 2012
Israeli Delegation Cancels US Visit: MP Denied Entry Over Terror Links Israeli Knesset Speaker: ‘Unacceptable’ to Label Ben Ari Terrorist by Jason Ditz, March 12, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum An Israeli parliamentary delegation is cancelling its planned visit to Washington DC [...]
News In Depth Programmes Video Blogs Business Weather Sport Watch Live Africa Americas Asia Europe Middle East Imperium Ecuador’s Sarayaku see an existential threat By Anand Naidoo in Americas on Tue, 2012-02-28 12:14.
thegreentimes.co.za, http://bit.ly/wm2l0C The inner workings of a libertarian thinktank working to discredit the established science on climate change have been exposed by a leak of confidential documents detailing its strategy and fundraising networks. The papers indicate that discrediting established climate science remains a core mission of the organisation, which has received support [...]
Exposed: Leak of Documents Shows How Leading Libertarian Think Tank Is Working to Undermine Climate Science
Exposed: Leak of Documents Shows How Leading Libertarian Think Tank Is Working to Undermine Climate Science Information published by DeSmogBlog reveals that the Heartland Institute keeps prominent skeptics on its payroll and relies on millions in funding from the carbon industry. February 15, 2012 | LIKE THIS ARTICLE ? Join our mailing list: Sign [...]
Dictatorship, military intervention and false binaries in Syria Any external military intervention would devastate Syria due to intended and unintended consequences, writes scholar.
Unless regime brutality reaches even higher levels prior to the intervention, it will be counter-productive [REUTERS] Washington DC - After almost five decades, when the time came to publicly oppose authoritarian rule in Syria, one would have thought that it was the rational and decent thing to do. And it is. More than that, it is [...]
The US housing bubble: What Greenspan should have done Alan Greenspan should have led economists to document the potential harm of the bubble, and to burst it early.
Alan Greenspan should have used his Congressional testimony to call attention to the housing bubble [GALLO/GETTY] Washington, DC, United States - In Washington policy circles, money and influence can be used to make even the most simple and obvious things complicated and confused. This is certainly the case with the housing bubble and its aftermath. Four [...]
In an extract from his memoir written before he died last year, Gil Scott-Heron talks about when he toured with Stevie Wonder to establish Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday in the US
Gil Scott-Heron and Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday on the Hotter than July tour. How Gil Scott-Heron and Stevie Wonder set up Martin Luther King Day In an extract from his memoir written before he died last year, Gil Scott-Heron talks about when he toured with Stevie Wonder to establish Martin Luther King Day as [...]
Humanity in action when cost matters: A death sentence for the death penalty? As the cost of death sentences becomes prohibitively expensive, many states contemplate doing away with it
It is less than contemptible that the killing of people where there is never any certainty of guilt and where everyone sinks to the same level as the alleged killer that cost is even a consideration. The best response is to stop the killing and use alternates if they are possible. But the killing must [...]
A melodious, larger-than-usual contingent of Wisconsin’s Solidarity Singers gathered as usual in the Capitol Rotunda Friday in defiance of the first day of Scott Walker‘s excessive new access rules declaring that more than four people have to get a permit. The singers, who have been performing labor and civil rights songs every day for ten months, have added [...]
Former US economy tsar warns Britain risks catching the ‘US disease’ Jared Bernstein says the UK is following America down the road to excessive inequality
Bernstein has been dismayed by the cuts to welfare in the UK and the proposed changes to the NHS. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian Best known as the “conscience” of President Obama’s economic team, Jared Bernstein is a man used to being courted. Until this year, every morning in the White House, the Buddhist, [...]
Photo Credit: Joshua Holland LIKE THIS ARTICLE ? Join our mailing list: Sign up to stay up to date on the latest headlines via email. From Occupation to “Occupy”: The Israelification of American Domestic Security The Israelification of America’s security apparatus, recently unleashed against the OWS, has taken place at every level of law enforcement. [...]
US millionaires say ‘raise our taxes’ A 138-strong wealthy group launches appeal to congress to “do the right thing” for the sake of the nation. See the video
US millionaires say ‘raise our taxes‘ A 138-strong wealthy group launches appeal to congress to “do the right thing” for the sake of the nation. See the video at http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2011/11/2011111755511598900.html Nearly 140 millionaires have asked a divided US congress to increase their taxes for the sake of the nation. “Please do [...]
World’s oceans in peril Climate change is causing our oceans to become increasingly acidic, threatening to alter life as we know it.
The MV Rena, stuck on Astrolabe Reef in Tauranga, New Zealand has spilled 350 tonnes of oil, and many of its shipping containers, severely polluting and damaging the surrounding marine environment [GALLO/GETTY] “From a climate change/fisheries/pollution/habitat destruction point of view, our nightmare is here, it’s the world we live in.” This bleak statement about the [...]
Occupy protesters prepare for day of ‘solidarity’ across US Series of events planned to support evicted Zuccotti Park activists by highlighting growing inequality and need for jobs
Protesters plan a day of action two days after a surprise eviction from Zuccotti Park. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images Occupy protesters prepare for day of ‘solidarity’ across US Series of events planned to support evicted Zuccotti Park activists by highlighting growing inequality and need for jobs reddit this Paul Harris in New York guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 16 [...]
Vulture funds – the key players and Profiles of the people using courts in Jersey to claim hundreds of millions of pounds from the world’s poorest countries
Michael Sheehan, the director of the vulture fund Donegal International. Photograph: Guardian Vulture funds – the key players Profiles of the people using courts in Jersey to claim hundreds of millions of pounds from the world’s poorest countries reddit this guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 15 November 2011 23.15 GMT Article history Michael Sheehan The director of [...]
A banner of the Occupy D.C camp is seen with the U.S. Capitol in the background [Reuters] Occupy: The future? By John Terrett in Americas on Mon, 2011-10-31 21:15. Over the weekend police arrested dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters in states as far apart as Colorado, Oregon, Texas and Tennessee, after they refused to [...]
A shackled detainee is taken from a vehicle for interrogation at Camp Delta, at the Guantanamo base in Cuba in 2006. Photograph: Brennan Linsley/AP Ten years on from its creation, calls are mounting from legal and human rights experts for closure of the ‘torture’ centre on Cuba reddit this Ed Vulliamy in New York [...]
Obama is Expanding the Empire in Honduras, Too John Glaser, October 25, 2011 Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum The US government is supporting whatever kind of tyranny it can get its hands on in Honduras, the state and its corporate colluders. The coup government, police, and military are all benefiting from lavish US [...]
The Two Occupations of DC By David Swanson http://davidswanson.org/node/3423 The occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC was planned for several months to begin on the 10th anniversary of the Afghanistan War. It was planned prior to and quickly endorsed and supported the planning for Occupy Wall St. In numerous blog posts through the summer [...]
Many ex-CIA agree talk of Iran plot is bogus. But we had this all before with Iraq, there is no limit to the lies the serving and ex-military and the CIA will tell. remember Powell at the UN
The secret killing army Scott Horton Interviews Philip Giraldi Scott Horton, October 18, 2011 Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses a couple alternative explanations of the Iranian assassination plot, both more sensible than the official government story; why Iran would essentially commit national suicide by conducting a [...]
A Movement Too Big to Fail AP / Ted S. Warren Protesters in Seattle melt a Bank of America debit card. By Chris Hedges There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups [...]
‘Occupy’: A catalyst for change? As , Inside Story examines the movement’s goals and its impact. The ‘Occupy’ movement is holding gatherings around the world as protesters meet in the financial centres of several cities. The movement’s central site, United for Global Change, says 951 cities in 82 countries will participate in rallies. Dozens of protesters [...]
Nude in Black and White Mr. Fish By Mr. Fish While visiting the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., at age 11, I found out that the transparent bubble on a warplane from which a gunner fires his machine gun is called a blister. This seemed somehow appropriately unsettling, as if any aircraft [...]
Julian Assange in conversation with John PilgerAn extended interview with Julian Assange recorded during filming of John Pilger’s latest film ‘The War You Don’t See’ John Pilger defends Julian Assange15 December 2010. An interview with John Pilger on Democracy Now! in which he defends WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange The War You Don’t See trailerThe official [...]
Dangerous allegations in the Gulf of Mexico Gulf of Mexico residents accuse BP and their security company of harassment.
Security guards patrolled beaches in Louisiana, while residents braced themselves the arrival of BP’s oil [EPA] A simple swim in the Gulf of Mexico has complicated Steven Aguinaga’s life in ways he could have never imagined. In July 2010, Aguinaga, now 33-years-old, had gone on a vacation with is wife and some friends to [...]
Freedom Plaza Protesters Settle In by Ray McGovern, October 12, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum “Exhilarating” is the most appropriate word to describe our assembly since Thursday on Freedom Plaza — our “Tahrir Square” — in Washington, D.C., called into being byOctober2011.org. And it appears we will be staying for the duration to exercise [...]
Bill McKibben on tar sands, Obama, geoengineering and population growth Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben at his house in Ripton, Vermont. Photograph: Corey Hendrickson/Polaris/For The Guardian The US environmentalist explains why he is now in a ‘fight’ with the oil industry over climate change reddit this Comments (58) Bill McKibben, one of the US’s [...]
The Occupied Turn Occupiers By David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/content/occupied-turn-occupiers In a recent debate Congressman Ron Paul claimed the United States military had troops in 130 countries. The St. Petersburg Times looked into whether such an outrage could actually be true and was obliged to report that the number was actually 148 countries. However, if you watch [...]
Jonathan Pollard tried to spy for Australia‘ New revelations in Jonathan Pollard’s case suggest he first approached Australia with information, was rejected, turned to Israel by default Ynetnews Published: 09.20.11, 00:28 / Israel News share Altruistic motives or dollars and cents? New reports are suggesting that Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of spying [...]
Man of Faith: Crusader Blair’s Vision: Eternal War: Iran and Syria Next? Parts 1 and 2 by Felicity Arbuthnot Image by eddiedangerous via Flickr Posted on September 18, 2011 by dandelionsalad by Felicity Arbuthnot Featured Writer Dandelion Salad London, England 15 September 2011 “Since 1990 upper estimates are of three million Iraqi deaths between sanctions, bombings and invasion, [...]
In the 9/11 decade, funding for the security has been dramatically increased in many liberal democracies [Al Jazeera] The 9/11 state of mind Ten years later, 9/11 continues to condition our thinking, being, behaviour, and identity. Larbi Sadiki Last Modified: 11 Sep 2011 11:05 Nothing compares to 9/11 – two odd numbers that resonate endlessly. [...]
Walter Fauntroy, Feared Dead in Libya, Returns Home—Guess Who He Saw Doing the Killing It wasn’t the Libyans 54 by Valencia Mohammed Special to the AFRO Inset: Former U.S. Congressman Walter Fauntroy. Larger photo: AP Photo, Gaia Anderson – Rebel fighters take control of a military vehicle, centre, positioned to defend what used to [...]