Donnerstag, 26. April 2012

Did Romney buy the GOP nomination?

The Nation
by Ben Adler

After winning the primaries in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware and Connecticut on Tuesday night, Mitt Romney delivered a peroration in Manchester, New Hampshire, awkwardly titled 'A Better America Begins Tonight.' In it, Romney claimed the mantle of GOP nominee and declared the general election season underway. He focused on the themes he has clearly been planning on emphasizing in the contest against President Obama: a return to American greatness economically and in global power...

Mitt Romney s neocon war cabinet

The Nation
by Ari Berman


It s safe to say that foreign policy was not the strong suit of this year s contenders for the GOP presidential nomination. ... [T]heir statements on foreign policy reflected a more disturbing trend in the GOP. Despite facing a war-weary public, the candidates (with the exception of Ron Paul, an antiwar libertarian, and Jon Huntsman, a moderate internationalist) positioned themselves as unapologetic war hawks. That included Mitt Romney, marginally more polished than his rivals but hardly an expert...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Man Who Should Succeed Ron Paul

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Anyone who has been reading my columns for any length time knows that I am a staunch supporter (and, yes, friend) of Texas Congressman Ron Paul. I have written previously on why I believe Dr. Paul is the man that should be elected President of the United States in 2012. I have devoted several columns to promoting Ron Paul s Presidential candidacy. Here was my latest. I am also on record as saying I believe that historians will recognize Ron Paul as being the greatest US Congressman in......

US Taxpayers Shelling Out Billions for Faulty Weapons

Indian countrys American nightmare

Acton Institute
by Anthony B. Bradley


If anyone believes the federal government knows what is best for local communities, they should visit an American Indian Reservation. Native Americans are currently immersed in a health care and economic deprivation nightmare that is the consequence of government interference, inefficiency, and inhumane policies. The Native American narrative is one of government creating problems and then, in the name of offering solutions, making matters worse by depriving local communities of their autonomy...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Farmers demand the World Bank and Wall Street stop grabbing their lands

The World Bank s policies for land privatisation and concentration, have paved the way for corporations from Wall Street to Singapore to take upwards of 80 million hectares of land from rural communities across the world in the past few years.

Film Exposes the Devastating Impact of World Bank Backing for Land Investments in Uganda


First-hand accounts of how privatisation of land, and corporate-friendly policies promoted by the World Bank lead to violent displacements, hunger and facilitate the global takeover of community land by private interests.

New age colonialism: West buying up Third World?

Multinational corporations are buying up swathes of land in underdeveloped countries in an unchecked scramble towards new-age colonialism. So-called ''land grabbing'' sees western powers vying for economic control of the developing world s resources.

From Information Clearing House


Predatory Privatization Puts Citizens and Communities at Risk

France proposes use of force in Syria

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe was quoted by the BBC as saying Paris was out of patience. ''We cannot allow the (Syrian) regime to defy us,'' he said.

Turkey ready to ask NATO for military intervention in Syria: Erdogan

Erdogan also stated that the turmoil in Syria has to be brought to an end with the cooperation of international powers. ''We have been very patient with Syria issue so far,'' he claimed.

Kerry: Time to consider safe zones and arming the opposition in Syria

The United States needs to do more to protect civilians in Syria, including considering setting up safe zones inside Syria and potentially arming the opposition, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-MA) told The Cable in an interview Tuesday.

Pentagon leads unprecedented exercises on Syrian border

The Pentagon is this week leading the largest multinational military exercises in the history of Jordan, with maneuvers planned along the Syrian border as well as in the Gulf of Aqaba, across from Israel.

U.S. Organizing Syrian Rebels

Syrian Rebels Get Influx of Arms with Gulf Neighbors' Money, U.S. Coordination

By Karen DeYoung and Liz Sly

Syrian rebels have begun receiving significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, an effort paid for by Persian Gulf nations and coordinated in part by the United States, according to opposition activists and U.S. and foreign officials.

From Information Clearing House


UN Chief: Syria 'Not Complying' With Peace Deal

From Lew Rockwell

Private Prison Corporations Are Modern Day Slave Traders

By Glen Ford

At the Corrections Corporation of America, human freedom is a dirty word.

TSA threatens lockdown over 4-year-old girl


The Transport Security Authority (TSA) is once again in hot water after it accused an innocent four-year-old girl of attempted gun smuggling as she hugged her grandmother in the security zone.

You Are All Suspects Now

What Are You Going To Do About It?

By John Pilger

You are all potential terrorists. It matters not that you live in Britain, the United States, Australia or the Middle East. Citizenship is effectively abolished.


Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration


Prison Industries: ''Don t Let Society Improve or We Lose Business''

Dina Rasor, Truthout: ''This is an industry that needs misery, long sentences, rounded-up undocumented immigrants and increasing crime to flourish. In order to keep the prison beds filled, The GEO Group and others have paid out millions of dollars to lobbyists, federal and state legislators, and governors to allow our immigration problem to go unsolved, to make sure that no drugs are decriminalized and that an ineffective War on Drugs continues, and to make certain that long-term prison sentences, like California s three-strikes-and-you are-imprisoned-for-life laws, keep a steady flow of revenue and profits flowing to their shareholders.''

America s Top Prison Corporation: A Study in Predatory Capitalism and Cronyism

Dina Rasor, Truthout: ''This week, I will tackle the largest private prison company, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and its unprecedented proposal to buy prisons from money-strapped states, as well as how CCA has gamed the system with trips through the revolving door, self-dealing and influence peddling. Just to set the stage as to how large the prison population is in the United States: our prison population is the highest in the world; one out of 100 US residents are in prison.''


Terrorizing, Smuggling, and Assault: All in a Week s Work at the TSA

Dominate, Intimidate, Control

We are Almost There Now

In Loco Insanity


TSA abuses another disabled child ''terrorist'' suspect

by Timothy J Taylor


The latest incident last Monday involves the unreasonably aggressive screening of Dina Frank, a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, at the hands of TSA thugs at JFK International Airport which caused her family to miss their flight to Florida. This little child is unable to pass through airport metal detectors without setting off alarms because she walks with metal leg braces and crutches. The condition puts her at the mercy of the TSA thugs who insist without reason or exception that she must undergo their patented pat-down assault and battery on a baby procedure...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

IDF chief: I do not believe Iran will decide to develop nuclear weapons

By Amos Harel

I think the Iranian leadership is composed of very rational people.

Gantz says 'other forces' could strike Iran

IDF chief predicts that Iran will never get nuclear weapons.

IDF chief: Other countries are prepared for possible Iran strike

IDF Chief of Staff strongly hints that other nations could be backing military action.

How Obama Recycled a Lie about Iran

By Elizabeth Murray

Obama said: ''Let s begin with a basic truth that you all understand: no Israeli government can tolerate a nuclear weapon in the hands of a regime that ... threatens to wipe Israel off the map.''

'America may have to strike Iran'

Potential Republican vice presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday said a unilateral ''military solution,'' from the United States may be needed to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb.

US Military Course Considering ''US at War with Islam'' Receives Objection

The Pentagon stated on Wednesday that the top U.S. military officer has ordered a review of training material after a course for officers was found to consider that the United States is at war with Islam, Reuters reported.

Israel ex-spy warns against ''messianic'' war on Iran

A former Israeli spymaster has branded the country s leaders unfit to tackle the Iranian nuclear program and ''messianic'' in the strongest criticism from a security veteran of threats to launch a pre-emptive war.

From Information Clearing House


Marco Rubio: Another Lieberman Republican

Bradley Manning: A Show Trial of State Secrecy

By Michael Ratner

The US government s suppression of all accountability and transparency in prosecuting the WikiLeaks suspect is totalitarian.

Trials Without Crimes Or Evidence

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US government relies on secret evidence in its cases against alleged terrorists, claiming that national security would be threatened if the evidence were revealed. This is abject nonsense.

The Children of Fallujah: Sayef s Story

By Robert Fisk

The phosphorus shells that devastated this city were fired in 2004. But are the victims of America s dirty war still being born?

Robert Fisk: The Children of Fallujah, families fight back

Abandoned and afraid, the parents of Iraq s suffering children wait in vain for help suffer in silence in Iraq?

Bradley Manning judge orders damage assessment released

A judge is to see for herself how the US assessed the damage inflicted upon the government by Bradley Manning s WikiLeaks activities. Manning s lawyer says the case against the soldier should be dropped as Washington is still withholding evidence.

Bradley Manning, America s Martyr For Open Government

By Birgitta Jónsdóttir

The alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower, detained and abused for two years in prison, now on secret trial, defends all our freedoms.

US May Execute Assange if it Gets Him, former NSA official
US, security has become a state religion

Video and Transcript

''Speaking truth to power is very dangerous in todays world. The power elites, those in charge, they don t like dirty linnen aired.''

Bradley Manning treated more harshly than a ''terrorist'', lawyer argues

Defence lawyer files motion that 'aiding the enemy' charge is stricter against US soldiers than it would be against terrorists.

Obama prejudiced WikiLeaks accused: lawyer

COMMENTS by President Barack Obama about the soldier accused of the biggest intelligence leak in US history were prejudicial and sought to harm the suspect s defence, a court has heard.

WikiLeak suspects treatment 'shocking'

EVIDENCE showing the mistreatment of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning at a military brig should ''shock the conscience'' of the court, his lawyer says.

Sex, Lies and Julian Assange

ABC Australia

Video Documentary

Four Corners reporter Andrew Fowler examines in detail what happened in those crucial weeks while Julian Assange was in Sweden.

Julian Assange, Dictators and Terrorists

Spot the difference and why he's seeking asylum


See how an Interpol Red Notice has been issued for his arrest, which is usually used only for dictators and terrorists, even Syria s Assad and Libya s Ghadaffi were not subjected to one, and know why he has resisted extradition to Sweden.

Ecuador Is Right To Stand Up To The US

By Mark Weisbrot

The United States would paint itself as a promoter of human rights, but any right to make that claim is long gone.

Imperial Affront: Ecuador Will Face US Wrath for Asylum Decision

By Chris Floyd

Great harm has been done to the pride of the puffed-up poltroons who strut and preen atop the imperial battlements, thinking themselves the lords of all the earth and the apple of every little peon s eye.

US in pursuit of Assange, cables reveal

AUSTRALIAN diplomats have no doubt the United States is still gunning for Julian Assange, according to Foreign Affairs Department documents obtained by The Saturday Age.

From Information Clearing House


Shedding Light on the Secret Pre-Trial of Bradley Manning

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: ''The government has so far refused to provide key pieces of evidence against him to his defense team, a process known as discovery. Several pre-trial meetings between prosecutors and Manning s defense were also held behind closed doors and out of public light. Court orders and motions are currently held secret despite complaints lodged by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of Assange. CCR attorney Shane Kadidal told Truthout that he was surprised by the lack of media presence at the hearings.''


Federal Prosecutors: We Cannot Be 'Outcome Driven'

Klimagas aus der Arktis?

Wissenschaftler finden Anzeichen für eine Methan-Quelle im arktischen Ozean, die Eisdecke wird unterdessen immer fragiler.


Arktis blubbert immer mehr Methan aus

Tauender Permafrost unter dem Meer der Arktis setzt doppelt so viel Methan frei wie in Klimamodellen vorausberechnet.

Erste Erfolge gegen High-Frequency-Trader (HFT)

Von großen Börsen werden erste HFT-Praktiken verboten und gerade verdonnerte die US-Aufsichtsbehörde einen Hochfrequenz-Trader, der 2007 den Ölpreis manipuliert hatte, zu 13 Millionen Dollar Strafe.


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