Freitag, 18. Oktober 2013

Republicans Have Done Real Damage to the Economy

Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future: This hostage-taking episode has done real, serious, lasting damage to the economy on top of the ongoing damage Republicans have been doing. Will the public still blame Democrats, or will they finally see what is going on here?,+Campaign

Straffreiheit für immer: Wie der US Supreme Court die Corporates von der Haftung ausschließt

Artikel von Gaby Weber vom 24. April 2013

Jihadists flooding into northern Syria put Turkey on edge

The brutal, Al Qaeda-linked group rebels "invited" into Syria to help topple President Bashir Assad has virtually taken over northern Syria, raising fears that its brand of indiscriminate terror could spill into neighboring Turkey, where some 300 U.S. soldiers are based to protect Turkish airspace from Syrian missile attacks.

Pressure Mounts on Turkey

Turkey continues to deny that it is lenient with radical groups fighting to establish an Islamic regime in Syria, let alone actively supporting them, and the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now much more open in its criticism of these groups than was initially the case.

Syria conflict: Christians 'fleeing homes'

A senior Church leader in Syria has said almost a third of the country s Christians have fled their homes.

Saudis struggling to supply Syrian rebels

'We are not in the arms dealing business': The International Crisis Group reported that Saudi Arabia, deemed the leading ally of the Sunni rebels, was finding it difficult to maintain the flow of effective weapons in the war against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Experts Warn of Al Qaeda Biological Weapons Threat

Experts warn of "grave danger" to global security over Syrian bioweapons; say Al Qaeda may already possess lethal agents.

Training of Syrian insurgents steps up in Saudi Arabia

Free Syrian Army (FSA) units are receiving intensive training from US Marine Corps personnel in Saudi Arabia, a senior FSA source has told IHS Jane s.

It Took Decades for Truth to be Revealed in Algeria. How Long Will it Take Syria?

By Robert Fisk

The real story of the much more recent Algerian war, between the Islamists and the government in the 1990s (total deaths 250,000, a hundred thousand more than in Syria today), still cannot be told by Algerian historians.

Counting The Dead: From England, One Man Feeds Western Media On Syria

By The Associated Press

It boggles the mind that a man living in Coventry is somehow able to count and categorize the dead in Syria hour by hour, every day of the week. "Something is going on which is quite fishy,"

The Obama Administration s 'Worst Case Scenario' Is Happening In Syria

The overall war continues to be largely a military stalemate, but the FSA is losing ground and fighters to better-funded and better-equipped jihadists.

Al-Qaeda strives to build Islamic state in northern Syria

Al-Qaeda is attempting to forge an Islamic caliphate across Syria, arresting any who resist the terrorist network, intimidating local businesses and restructuring courts and schools. The way it seized control of a key town in northern Syria illustrates its methods.

Children going hungry in Syria war zones: UN

The United Nations' food aid agency said on Friday that it feared a rise in malnutrition among children trapped in besieged communities in Syria where fighting has halted supply convoys.

50 displaced Syrians 'die of starvation' near Jordan border

Fifty Syrian refugees trapped along the Jordanian-Syrian border by ongoing shelling died of starvation and malnutrition on Monday and Tuesday, activists and border region residents said.

'Syria Is Not A Revolution Any More, This is Civil War'

By Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

"There will be either Allawites or Sunnis. Either them or us. Maybe in 10 years we will all be bored with fighting and learn how to coexist." He paused, then added: "In 10 years maybe, not now."

Inside Syria: Al-Qaeda Was Here

A tour through the newly won territory gives a rare look at life under the extremists and a window into their vision for Syria. "It's a black-and-white world for them. You can become their enemy very fast."

Sex Tapes, Riots, and Corruption: Things Aren t Great in Turkey

Violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police broke out in the heart of Istanbul this weekend, following a series of revelations about corruption within the Turkish government.

The Perfect Storm In Turkey: Corruption, Conflict, Conspiracy

By Michael Collins

The Obama administration and NATO powers will be tempted to meddle to control the outcome. We all know how well that works out.

Erdogan pushing Internet censorship forward

The Turkish government plans to further tighten its firm grip on the Internet by monitoring user activity and blocking sites for *privacy violations.* Activists are calling this a reaction to anti-government protests.

From Information Clearing House

Empire, Blood, and Banking

Empires Are Relics of the Past

War, Terror, and Banking

Der EU-Generaldirektion Energie wurde die Gegenüberstellung aller Energiesubventionen verboten, die Erneuerbaren hätten zu gut dagestanden

EU-Kampfeinheiten und eine europäische Drohne

Die Vorsitzende des Europäischen Auswärtigen Dienstes legt ein Konzept zur Militarisierung der EU vor. Im Dezember soll über die Beauftragung einer gemeinsam gebauten Drohne und ihre "Überwachungsnutzlast" entschieden werden.

Überwachung allerorten

Das umstrittene EU-Sicherheitsforschungsprojekt INDECT ist nach Angaben der Macher erfolgreich verlaufen. Die beteiligten Forscher und Firmen wollen die Ergebnisse nun bei europäischen Polizeibehörden einführen.Überwachung


Die amerikanische Lösung heißt vertagen

Es sieht so aus, als würden Demokraten und Republikaner sich einigen können, um den nächsten Clash auf Anfang des nächsten Jahres zu verschieben.

Krise aufgeschoben: Kompromiss im US-Haushaltsstreit

Wenige Stunden vor der "finanziellen Apokalypse" gab es doch noch einen Deal.

UN: Covert Drone Programme "Undermines the Rule of Law and May Threaten International Security"

Snowden: NSA Is Most Dangerous Because No Oversight Exists

Child Victims of CIA Drone Strike to Appear Before US Congress

Rights Groups to World: Hold U.S. to Account for Possible Drone 'War Crimes'

'Acting Like Hit-and-Run Driver,' US Defends Drone Killings

Time for the Truth about 'Targeted' Killings and US Drones' Civilian Victims

Family of Pakistani Grandmother Killed in U.S. Drone Strike Speaks Out


US has killed far more civilians with drones than it admits, says UN

A new report from a special U.N. investigator says drone strikes have killed far more civilians than U.S. officials have publicly acknowledged, at least 400 in Pakistan and as many as 58 in Yemen, and chides the U.S. for failing to aid the investigation by disclosing its own figures.

NSA And CIA Collaborate On Drone Strikes

The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government s targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.

Nearly 400 civilians killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan: UN

The latest findings by United Nations has revealed at least 400 civilians have been killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan.

UN report criticises US for hiding civilian drone deaths

A second report this week has been released by the UN heavily criticising the US' covert drone programme for killing hundreds of civilians and refusing to reveal any information about their deaths.

Drone strikes by US may violate international law, says UN

A United Nations investigation has so far identified 33 drone strikes around the world that have resulted in civilian casualties and may have violated international humanitarian law.

U.S. broke international law by killing civilians with drones, rights groups

Human rights groups on Tuesday accused the United States of breaking international law and perhaps committing war crimes by killing civilians in missile and drone strikes that were intended to hit militants in Pakistan and Yemen.

War Child warns of more child casualties from use of drones

The use of drones and other advanced weapons, increasing urbanisation and the constraints of UN mandates are set to drive up child casualties over the next 20 years, a report warned on Wednesday.

Obama Administration Has Launched Drone Strikes Against AQAP Suspects Who Could Have Been Captured

The drone attack in Wessab that killed al-Radmi is worth detailing further, as it seriously undermines the claims by President Barack Obama s administration that terrorist suspects are being captured when feasible.

US: 'Back in the business of killing'

Roughly 60 percent of the CIA s current staff was hired after the 2001 terror attacks. Many of those hires have a simple task: hunting and killing people.

NSA Programs Overseas Violate Americans' Privacy, Yet Escape FISC, Congressional Oversight

If all you care about is U.S. persons' privacy, then Congress' decision in 1978 to limit this definition of electronic surveillance to in-country collection might have once made sense. But today, it does not.

Ben Franklin Was Right About The NSA

By Eric Margolis

Senator Frank Church warned: "If this government ever became a tyrant, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.

Professor Turley: "Obama Is at War with the Rule of Law!"


I am frightened for my children, because of the world we are creating.

From Information Clearing House


New UN report highlights how US drone policy violates international law
by Cathy Reisenwitz


The United Nations General Assembly just released the latest Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. The report is necessary, in part, because 'There is...a notable lack of consensus on how to apply the rules of international law that regulate the use of force to drones.' The report provides a framework to help states ensure their fatal drone strikes are conducted in line with existing international law. Evaluating US drone strike policy in light of these recommendations, it is clear that the United States is not currently in line with international law concerning targeted killings, first and foremost regarding transparency....

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


President Obama and Congress: Why was grandmother Mamana Bibi killed with a drone?


A Timeline of CIA Atrocities

Rock, Paper, Surveillance: US Army Investing in Smarter ?Spy Rocks?


Government Shutdown Ended, Austerity Drive Lives On

Shutting Down Americans: The Government Shutdown in Perspective

Winning The Peace: The Post-Shutdown Challenge

Tea Party Darling Steve King: Hates the Constitution, Loves Dogfighting

Did Wall Street and Tea Party Win? Does Obama Want to Cut Social Security?

The Democrats Can t Defend the Country from the Retrograde GOP

Uncovering the Tea Party s Radical Roots

How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself

The Trillion Dollar Money Pump for the 1%

With JPMorgan Under Spotlight, Growing Calls to Jail the Banksters

Billionaires: Decline of the West, Rise of the Rest

'Unprecedented, Corporate-Backed Attack on Workers'

'Catastrophic' Congressional Apathy to Push Millions of Nation s Poor into Deeper Hunger

Food Stamp Cuts to Create ?Hunger Cliff?

The Great Austerity Shell Game: Here s How the Capitalist Scam Works

Protesters Light 'Bonfire of Austerity' Across UK


10 Lessons from the Government Shutdown

Beltway Creeps and Losers


Beware the Tea Party Dominionists


As Democrats, mainstream Republicans and the American public struggle to understand what s happening on Capitol Hill, a growing number of analysts point to the dangerous philosophy of Christian dominionism as a driving force.

US budget deal postpones financial doomsday

In three months' time, US policymakers will again rehash the budget and the debt limit, which billionaire Warren Buffett called a "political weapon of mass destruction" in an interview with CNBC, saying it shouldn t be used by politicians to settle budget disputes, as it brings real financial harm.

A Nation Brought to the Verge of Ruin

By Paul Street

The people are demoralized...The newspapers are largely subsidized or muzzled, public opinion silenced, business prostrated, homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished, and the land concentrating in the hands of capitalists...

Revolt of the Rich

By Mike Lofgren

The objective of the predatory super-rich and their political handmaidens is to discredit and destroy the traditional nation state and auction its resources to themselves.

As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap

By Paul Craig Roberts

The only market that America dominates is the market for financial fraud.

The cost of the financial crisis hits Americans harder than banks

If you are an American, it s a price that has resulted in a recession and recovery characterized by historically high poverty, with 42 million Americans on food stamps, and historically low rates of Americans working, with only 63% of the population gainfully employed.

The next food stamp crisis is about to hit

If youhave been following the food stamp debate in Washington, you know it s about whether to cut food stamp benefits for the disadvantaged by $4 billion a year (the House proposal) or only $400 million a year (the Senate plan).,0,4963506.story#axzz2ivxd75PP

What Recovery?

By Mike Whitney

"4,594,000 Mortgages Going Unpaid in the United States."

Cutting food stamps: The ruthlessness of the American ruling class

Food assistance benefits for over 45 million Americans will be slashed starting this Friday, in the first-ever nationwide reduction in benefits under the US government s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as food stamps.

No Time to Wait on a Movement

This Friday, 48 million people-including more than 21 million children-will see their food stamp (SNAP) benefits reduced. Instead of receiving an average of a buck-fifty for a meal, individuals in need of food assistance will get about $1.40. For families of three, the cut means they will receive $29 less in food stamps every month.

JPMorgan s Bait-and-switch

The Ballyhooed Settlement Is Just a Scam!

By David Dayen

Ignore all the noise about the "big" fraud settlement JPMorgan supposedly just signed. Here s why it s one big zero.

Why Aren t Big Bankers in Jail?

Why ask why, say their enablers in financial press.

From Information Clearing House


Let the Dysfunctional Plantation-Based Red States Secede

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The activism we see from Tea Party radicals in Washington today is just a modern-day reboot of the same government obstructionist strategies that have been around since the early days of slavery.

The World According to the GOP

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: There are a lot fewer economic arguments out there made in good faith than a naive observer might think, and that s precisely because powerful forces are doing their best to hoodwink said naive observers.

Republican War on Food Stamps: One Giant Lie

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Last month, Republicans in the House approved a bill that would cut a staggering $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, over the next decade. President Obama has said that he will veto that House bill should it reach his desk, but the damage is still going to be done.

Stop the Cruelest Cuts!

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: We are the richest country on the planet, yet 50 million Americans need federal help just to eat. And tomorrow, millions of them could lose access to that vital lifeline. That's because the House is expected to vote on a plan that would slash $5 billion from the federal food stamps program.

Corporations Rewriting US Labor Laws

Ramy Srour, Inter Press Service: US state legislators and corporate lobbies have engaged in an unprecedented attack on minimum wages that has lowered US labor standards and workplace protections, according to new research by the Economic Policy Institute.

Are Heartless People Simply Born That Way?

Sam Pizzigati, Too Much: People who cut food stamps and gut child labor laws, most all had empathy when they came into the world. So what squeezed the empathy out? Analysts are pointing to inequality.

The Banksters Are Now Setting Up the Crash of 2016

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: In the past year and a half, banksters in Wall Street hedge funds, big banks and private equity firms have purchased hundreds of thousands of mostly-foreclosed houses across the country to bundle up rental payments and sell them to investors the same way they used to bundle mortgage payments.

GOP Refuses to Extend Jobless Benefits

s.e. smith, Care2: After losing his job over the summer, Dale Sexton has become one of the more than four million faces of the new American economy: the long-term unemployed, people who have been seeking work for six months or more.


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