Donnerstag, 16. Januar 2014

The American Legacy in Iraq


America bears a large part of the blame for turning Iraq into the basket case it's become. The great majority of Americans don t realize that fact.

The U.S. is to blame for violence now spiking in Iraq: deputy prime minister

*I think you have a legal and moral responsibility to Iraq,* Deputy Iraqi Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq told an audience in Washington at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Horrifying images of US Marines burning Iraqis prompt military investigation

The Pentagon confirmed early Wednesday that a formal investigation has been launched after photographs began to surface purportedly showing US troops burning the remains of dead Iraqis.

Senior Ministers In Blair s Government Face Crime Probe Over Iraq 'War Crimes'

Two senior ministers in Tony Blair s government are facing a possible criminal probe over the alleged torture and unlawful killing of hundreds of Iraqis by British soldiers.

Pentagon 'big winner' in $1T omnibus bill

*The big winner is the Defense Department. They should be breaking out champagne in the Pentagon,* said Gordon Adams, a defense budget expert and former Clinton official.

Investigator Probes Alleged US Marine Corps War Crimes Cover-up

By Dan Lamothe

Did Marine brass unlawfully concealed crucial evidence in the cases?

Iraq: The 'Bad Years' Are Back

By Ramzy Baroud

American companies are abandoning their investments in the south of Iraq where the vast majority of the country s oil exists.

Contractors flood into Iraq to give Al-Qaeda a run for the money

It is Baghdad that spends money on American weaponry, vehicles and equipment, while American defense companies are earning money in Iraq by placing military contractors there.

Re-inventing al-Qaeda As 'Good Guys

By Finian Cunningham

This is not an uprising or civil war, it is Western state-sponsored terrorism for regime change using foreign mercenaries of varying affiliation to al-Qaeda.

From Information Clearing House


'Most Too Gruesome': Photos Depict US Marines Burning Iraqis


US Leads the Developed Nations and Many Third World Nations in Income Inequality

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Economist and educator Robert Reich s engaging documentary Inequality for All is both a primer in inequality and a revealing portrait of the self-deprecating and succinct Reich, who at one point, speaking of his years working with President Bill Clinton, laments, *We didn t alter the underlying trend.*

Spotlight on Worldwide Inequality

Graham Peebles, Redress Online: The disparity between the wealthy minority and the billions living in suffocating poverty is greater than it has ever been.


Our Government s Hideous Conduct Abroad

By Sheldon Richman

Americans have a strange need to believe that their *leaders* mean well.

Obscene Wealth: World s 85 Richest have Same Wealth as 3.5 Billion Poorest: Oxfam


*It is staggering that, in the 21st century, half of the world s population, that s three and a half billion people, own no more than a tiny elite whose numbers could all fit comfortably on a double-decker bus"...

Few Rich People Are the Ones Getting Wealthier in America

By Paul Buchheit

Only people who already have money can increase their wealth. Conclusion: The system is broken.

Obama and Friends Discover Inequality

By Jack Rasmus

Income inequality in the U.S. is no accident. It has conscious, deliberate origins, to be found in the policy initiatives of corporate America since the late 1970s.

Inequality For All

Video Documentary

A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class.

12 Ridiculous Government Regulations That Are Almost Too Bizarre To Believe

In America today, it is rapidly getting to the point where it is nearly impossible to start or to operate a small business.

How Junk Economists Help The Rich Impoverish The Working Class

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US is falling out of the ranks of the industrialized countries and is on the path to becoming an undeveloped economy.

Deceptions Two *Lest We Forget*

Video By Chris Pratt

Watch this film only if you are prepared to face the truth about the predatory nature of the ruling elite and their manipulation of your perceptions and beliefs.

From Information Clearing House


The Global Elite: Rigging the Rules That Fuel Inequality

Another Shocking Wealth Grab by the Rich In Just One Year

If Members of Congress Hear From Americans Living in Poverty, Will They Do Something About It?

Our 'Winner Take All' Economy Is Destroying Us

Americans Expect Obama to Deliver on Income Inequality

The Death of the Middle Class


The world economy has been destroyed for generations to come

Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014

U.S. Appeals Court Kills Net Neutrality

By Brad Reed

Any semblance of net neutrality in the United States is as good as dead. - The ruling is a major victory for telecom and cable companies.

Dienstag, 14. Januar 2014

The Misuse of American Might, and the Price It Pays


Big Money Behind War: the Military-industrial Complex

By Jonathan Turley

More than 50 years after President Eisenhower s warning, Americans find themselves in perpetual war.

Major Parts of World Ignored by US TV News in 2013

By Jim Lobe

Evening news broadcasts are the single most important media source of information about national and international events for most Americans.

If The MoD Can t Name the Enemy, It Shouldn t Buy The Weapons

By Simon Jenkins

The US fields the most awesome military force in history, yet it keeps losing wars and its global paranoia knows no bounds.


America Is Plunging Into Kafka s Nightmare

The Neocons Rule Us

The Neocons Have Been Wrong About Everything. Now let s reject all their wars

Donnerstag, 9. Januar 2014

Solving the Climate Crisis

Peter G. Cohen, Truthout: Creating a Livable Climate Agency may be one way to arrest and reverse US emissions and their catastrophic impact on global climate.


Obama s Allegiance to Gas a Betrayal of Climate Promises

New California Legislation Seeks To Thwart NSA Spying

Michael Boldin, Truthout: Supporters say passage of a proposed California law would tell the NSA, *We don t want you in California unless you follow the Constitution.*

The NSA Is Hacking Our Hardware Too

Kristina Chew, Care2: We have known since June that the NSA has been engaged in mass surveillance programs, accessing information from global phone and internet networks. The German newsmagazine Der Spiegel recently reported that the NSA s surveillance activities go beyond exploiting vulnerabilities in computer software.

10 NSA Myths Debunked

Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch: Former State Department whistleblower Peter Van Buren takes us through the labyrinth of NSA defenses, point by point, showing just what our favorite Constitution-shredders have to say and why it doesn t hold water.


Former NSA Senior Executives and Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity: NSA Insiders Reveal What Went Wrong

How Would Dr. King React to NSA Spying on Americans?

Coming Soon: The Day We Fight Back Against NSA Surveillance

NSA Puts Radio Spyware Inside Computers

NSA, GCHQ Using Data From 'Leaky' Smartphone Apps to Spy


Spying on Congress


NSA and GCHQ activities appear illegal, says EU parliamentary inquiry

Civil liberties committee report demands end to indiscriminate collection of personal data by British and US agencies.

US govt attempts to block lawsuit against NSA

Lawyers from the Justice Department have urged a judge to halt a lawsuit against the NSA s spy programs. This comes after the judge's previous ruling that the NSA s collection of metadata was likely unconstitutional and *almost Orwellian* in nature.

NSA makes final push to retain most mass surveillance powers

The National Security Agency and its allies are making a final public push to retain as much of their controversial mass surveillance powers as they can, before President Barack Obama's forthcoming announcement about the future scope of US surveillance.

Judge Napolitano: NSA Spies On All Members Of Congress


The NSA continues to lie about its capabilities

We now know that the CIA, NRO, FBI, DEA, and local police all engage in ubiquitous surveillance using the same sorts of eavesdropping tools, and that they regularly share information with each other.

Stasi 2.0: 'NSA using same illegal spy tactics from Cold War'


Peter Oliver met with a veteran of the Stasi service, to find out just how similar the two really are.

Huge swath of GCHQ mass surveillance is illegal, says top lawyer

Legal advice given to MPs warns that British spy agency is 'using gaps in regulation to commit serious crime with impunity'.

From Information Clearing House


America s surveillance state

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Wendy McElroy


The domestic surveillance state is sometimes called the electronic police state. Those in political power use law enforcement to closely monitor the opinions and peaceful behavior of citizens in order to forestall and punish opposition. Typically the surveillance involves secret files, covert wiretapping, informants, the collection of personal data such as sexual preferences, and other tactics that are odious to a free society. The domestic surveillance state is often associated with the East German Stasi or the Soviet KGB. But its roots are deep in American soil, and it is reaching full growth with the 'war on terror'...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


NSA insiders call on America to 'wake up'


Another NSA Whistleblower, Russell Tice

USDA Moves To Approve *Agent Orange* GMO Seeds

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Dow s corn and soy seeds with the brand name Enlist are genetically engineered to be resistant to several herbicides. But critics and researchers say fighting weeds with tougher chemicals is not a sustainable solution to the challenges of modern agriculture.

GMOs and the Capitulation of Science Journalism

Jonathan Latham, Independent Science News: While the media in general has taken much criticism recently for trivializing news and other flaws, the science media somehow has escaped serious attention. This is unfortunate because no country in the world has a healthy science media.


*Running Scared*: Industry s Strategy Wants *Voluntary* GMO Labeling

Is the USDA Really Dumb Enough To Approve Agent Orange Corn?


How Monsanto kills the news


GMOs, Science, and Life


Monsanto Insiders Dump Stock as the Truth about GMOs Spreads across Wall Street

Informant: Olle

Mittwoch, 8. Januar 2014

The Republican Sabotage of America

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Never in the history of our nation has a political party tried so hard to actively sabotage a piece of legislation like today s Republican Party is doing with Obamacare. Republicans are so committed to sabotaging President Obama s presidency that they're willing to let people die.

America s Black-Ops Blackout: Unraveling the Secrets of the Military s Secret Military

Nick Turse, TomDispatch: Despite the lack of official cooperation, an analysis reveals US Special Operations Command to be an operation on the make with a sprawling reach. In a future now only six years off, SOCOM wants to be everywhere.

The Republican Conspiracy Has Worked

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: In his fifth State of the Union address, the president essentially said that he is going to go it alone. His major policy plan for 2014 is to bypass Congress altogether and use targeted executive orders to get things done.


What Have the Republicans Been up To?

The Republicans Are ?God s Own Party??


Why The Republican s Old Divide-and-Conquer Strategy, Setting Working Class Against the Poor, Is Backfiring

Why We Need a New War on Poverty


The American People and Support for War

By Lawrence Wittner

When it comes to war, the American public is remarkably fickle.

Millions Are Now Realizing They're Too Poor For Obamacare

Thanks to a Supreme Court ruling and staunch Republican resistance, Marc Alphonse, an unemployed 40-year-old Marine veteran who is essentially homeless, cannot get health insurance under Obamacare.

US Internment Camps Could Happen Again: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

By Elias Isquith

The Supreme Court Justice warns that, in wartime, legal norms can be swept away.

From Information Clearing House

We Can Handle the Truth

By Rosa Brooks

Only sadists enjoy contemplating the pain and humiliation of other human beings, even when those other human beings are alleged terrorists.

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