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10 More Years in Afghanistan
by : David Swanson
Saturday November 30, 2013
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When Barack Obama became president, there were 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He escalated to over 100,000 troops, plus contractors. Now there are 47,000 troops these five years later. Measured in financial cost, or death and destruction, Afghanistan is more President Obama’s war than President Bush’s. Now the White House is trying to keep troops in Afghanistan until "2024 and beyond." Afghan President Hamid Karzai is refusing to sign the deal. Here is his list of (...)
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Obama’s ‘Big Prize’ to Earn Nobel Peace Prize
by : Nicola Nasser
Wednesday November 27, 2013
By Nicola Nasser* Indeed, US President Barak Obama has gone a long way to earn his Nobel Peace Prize, which was prospectively and in advance awarded in 2009 to the 44th president of the United States while less than eight months in office. However, Obama’s “big prize” to make him “feel that I deserve” the Nobel Prize as he had said then will be waiting for him until he ends the ongoing Israeli war on the Palestinian people and occupation of their land, at (...)
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TRUTH IN THE REAL WORLD—THE JFK ASSASSINATION
by : Richard John Stapleton
Wednesday November 20, 2013
The JFK case is not so different epistemologically from most business cases. Here is a passage from my book Business Voyages, a business bible for people who want to do the right thing for all people, embarking on page 98: "A relevant question is what is business knowledge and how much of it can anyone gain, learn, acquire, develop, or discover? A more fundamental question is what is knowledge period? How do you know if you really know something? What are the differences between knowing, (...)
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Syria, Egypt Reveal Erdogan’s ‘Hidden Agenda’
by : Nicola Nasser
Wednesday November 20, 2013
By Nicola Nasser* The eruption of the Syrian conflict early in 2011 heralded the demise of Turkey’s officially pronounced strategy of “Zero Problems with Neighbors,” but more importantly, it revealed a “hidden agenda” in Turkish foreign policy under the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. What Sreeram Chaulia, the Dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs in India’s Sonipat, described as a “creeping hidden agenda” (...)
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DISHONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
Tuesday November 19, 2013
One question that often arises in philosophical debates is, “Do the ends justify the means?” This question has become so popular that it often serves as a fulcrum for the plots of movies and television shows. Two such television shows were Leverage (2008-2012) and Damages (2007-2012). Most of the main characters in Leverage were former criminals (grifters, computer hackers, and thieves) who used their skills to seek restitution for persons victimized by wealthy and corrupt (...)
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Demonstrate against Drones
by : London
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Saturday 23 November 1pm, Downing Street Drone attacks are causing mayhem and misery in an arc from Pakistan to Somalia and beyond. Pakistan government sources confirm the US has launched between three and four hundred strikes in Pakistan in the last ten years, killing hundreds, destabilising the country and creating deep of bitterness against the west. Stop the War is supporting this demonstration against drone attacks on Pakistan called by the Pakistani PTI party. We are asking our (...)
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THE CBS WHITEWASH OF THE JFK ASSASSINATION
by : Richard John Stapleton
Sunday November 17, 2013
I saw last night (November 16, 2013) Bob Schieffer of CBS News playing the role of senior uncle of US culture with tears in his eyes tell us how much it affected him to see John F. Kennedy’s little boy "in his little boy suit" salute his father at his funeral. The CBS program also featured cameo shots of the likes of Dan Rather and Jim Leherer of PBS making similar pronouncements. As a narrator of the CBS program which included footage of the motorcade in Dallas and events leading up (...)
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TIME WOUNDS ALL HEELS: WHAT TORONTO’S ROB FORD FIASCO IS ABOUT AND WHAT WE CAN L
by : JOHN CHUCKMAN
Sunday November 17, 2013
November 17, 2013 TIME WOUNDS ALL HEELS: WHAT TORONTO’S ROB FORD FIASCO IS ABOUT AND WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM IT John Chuckman For most of its history Toronto was a quiet and law-abiding place, up until a couple of decades ago bearing the nick-name, Toronto the Good, a name which actually had a double meaning, the second one being dull. And the city was rather dull, but it was also safe and decent, a place of quiet neighborhoods and corner green-grocers. In the 1960s, street cleaners (...)
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THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT—NO GAIN WITHOUT PAIN
by : Richard John Stapleton
Friday November 15, 2013
After the Obama administration took over in February 2009 the US has acquired a new financial reform act that did very little to reform the money and banking system, which was generally satisfying to bankers and Republicans; little or no reform of indefinite detention and surveillance, which was generally satisfying to the military-industrial complex and Republicans; and a healthcare reform act, which is generally unsatisfying to insurance companies and Republicans. The Patient Protection (...)
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All Drone Politics Is Local
by : David Swanson
Friday November 15, 2013
What Localities and States Can Do About Drones Charlottesville, Va., passed a resolution that urged the state of Virginia to adopt a two-year moratorium on drones (which it did), urged both Virginia and the U.S. Congress to prohibit information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into court, and to preclude the domestic use of drones equipped with "anti-personnel devices, meaning any projectile, chemical, electrical, directed-energy (visible or invisible), or (...)
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International Anti-War Conference: speakers and sessions announced
by : Stop the War Coalition
Thursday November 14, 2013
Speakers Diane Abbott MP, Tariq Ali author, Tony Benn president Stop the War, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Lindsey German convenor Stop the War, Edward Horgan Peace and Neutrality Alliance, Ireland, Kate Hudson General Secretary CND, Joan Humphreys Military Families Against the War, Owen Jones author, Mother Agnes Mariam (...)
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Sorry, Venezuela haters: this economy is not the Greece of Latin America
by : Mark Weisbrot
Thursday November 14, 2013
Predicting a Venezuelan apocalypse won’t make it happen: in this oil-rich country the only thing imploding is poverty For more than a decade people opposed to the government of Venezuela have argued that its economy would implode. Like communists in the 1930s rooting for the final crisis of capitalism, they saw economic collapse just around the corner. How frustrating it has been for them to witness only two recessions: one directly caused by the opposition’s oil strike (...)
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A VAST WASTELAND OF EFFORT SPENT: AMERICA’S RAMPAGE THROUGH THE MIDDLE EAST
by : JOHN CHUCKMAN
Wednesday November 13, 2013
A VAST WASTELAND OF EFFORT SPENT: AMERICA’S RAMPAGE THROUGH THE MIDDLE EAST John Chuckman I read that six thousand people have been killed by sectarian violence so far this year in Iraq, surely a good rough measure of what America’s invasion achieved there. In Afghanistan, America’s chosen man publically disagrees with America’s ideas of what withdrawal means, how many occupying American forces should remain, and the role the Taleban should play. Killing remains a (...)
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Committees of Correspondence: To Defend Freedom and Secure Good Government
by : William John Cox
Wednesday November 13, 2013
Two hundred and fifty years ago the people of America were subject to an unrepresentative government controlled by powerful commercial interests. They rebelled and formed their own government, which has now come to be controlled by powerful commercial interests. Once again, "these are the times that try men’s souls." What lessons can we learn from history to help us through this crisis? Samuel Adams was the Father of the American Revolution, and it was his formation of Committees of (...)
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Libya almost Imploding, Status Quo Unsustainable
by : Nicola Nasser
Wednesday November 13, 2013
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By Nicola Nasser* More than two years on since the “revolution” of Feb. 2011, the security crisis is exacerbating by the day threatening Libya with an implosion charged with potential realistic risks to the geopolitical unity of the Arab north African country, turning this crisis into a national existential one. Obviously the status quo is unsustainable. “Libya is imploding two years after the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi” was captured and killed on October (...)
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Michelle Bachelet Favored to Win in Chilean Presidential Election
by : Brian McAfee
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Polling shows Bachelet with a significant lead over her closest competitor, Evelyn Matthei. The two women share a history in Chile’s tragic past when the democratically elected Salvador Allende was overthrown in a bloody coup that the U.S. supported and helped to plan. Michelle Bachelet’s father, Gen. Alberto Bachelet, who was loyal to President Allende and the Chilean constitution and rule of law, was arrested by Augusto Pinochet on September 11 1973, the first 9/11. He (...)
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Paying the Toll On the Economic Highway
by : William John Cox
Friday November 8, 2013
The political coma of the U.S. government induced by Congress and its failure to represent those who elect it can ultimately be traced to the unfair and complex system of income taxation. Better for the country and more equitable for its taxpayers would be a toll tax on the movement of all money along the nation’s economic highway. Not a national sales tax, not a value-added tax, not a flat income tax, and not a speculation tax, but rather a slight levy should be imposed on every (...)
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120 reasons Australians should dump pro-war, pro-Zionist, US lackey Coalition
by : Dr Gideon Polya
Friday November 8, 2013
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Australia has shifted to the climate change denialist extreme right - it has a new extreme right wing, pro-war, pro-Zionist, anti-environment, anti-science, US lackey, war criminal, climate criminal Liberal Party-National Party Coalition Federal Government headed by PM Tony Abbott. This extreme right wing Coalition Government is currently held in check by a Labor plus Greens majority in the Senate but after mid-2014 a new Senate will have an extreme right wing conservative majority (...)
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Slavery Isn’t a Thing of the Past
by : Nicholas D. Kristof
Thursday November 7, 2013
The movie “12 Years a Slave” is receiving rapturous reviews for depicting the antebellum South less as a gauzy land of elegant plantations than as the raw backdrop of monstrous brutality. It’s terrific that, in the 21st century, we can squarely face 19th-century slavery. But let’s also acknowledge the modern versions of slavery in the world around us — and, yes, right here at home. The United States is home to about 60,000 people who can fairly be called (...)
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Drones from the Other Side
by : David Swanson
Thursday November 7, 2013
Imagine you awake to the sound of a machine noisily buzzing over your house, and another machine nearby in the sky, and another. These machines and others like them have been around for months. They never leave. While you live in the United States, the machines belong to the government of Pakistan. The machines are unmanned drones armed with missiles. Every once in a while they blow up a house or a car or a couple of kids playing soccer or a grandmother walking to the store, sometimes (...)
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6.6 Million Children Under the Age of Five Died Last Year Mostly from Easily Tr
by : Brian McAfee
Thursday November 7, 2013
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6.6 Million Children Under the Age of Five Died Last Year Mostly from Easily Treatable Diseases. Most of the deaths have been from pneumonia, malaria, or diarrhea. Over 70% of these deaths have occurred in Africa and South-East Asia. Nearly half of all under five deaths occur in five countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China, India, Nigeria and Pakistan. The women and children of the Congo have had to endure two decades of warfare, hundreds of thousands of displaced (...)
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HOW AMERICA LEARNED TO PLAY GOD
by : JOHN CHUCKMAN
Wednesday November 6, 2013
HOW AMERICA LEARNED TO PLAY GOD The Aftermath of 9/11: America’s Second Great Transformation and the Emergence of a Brave New World John Chuckman I call America’s pattern of behavior since 9/11 a “great transformation” because it involves revolutionary changes for the country and, unavoidably, the entire world. In its internal affairs, America has effectively weakened the protections of the Bill of Rights and instituted many of the practices of police states (...)
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Saudis Fight a Lost Battle against Change
by : Nicola Nasser
Wednesday November 6, 2013
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By Nicola Nasser* The ongoing aggressive Saudi policy for a militarized “regime change” in Syria is more an expression of internal vulnerability, trying hopelessly to avert change outside their borders lest change sweeps inside, than being a positive show of leadership and power, but Syrian developments are proving by the day that the Saudis are fighting a lost battle against change. Riyadh is fighting several preemptive battles outside its borders in its immediate proximity (...)
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letter of november to the President Obama
by : kakine
Saturday November 2, 2013
Mr President Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Washington DC 20500 (USA) Mr President, Here we are in November of 2013, and the four Cubans, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, and Ramón Labañino, have still not been set free. I often wonder what the real reasons were for their being arrested on September 12th 1998. FBI agents had already uncovered the Avispa Network agents since 1996, but held off arresting (...)
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Argentines link health problems to Monsanto agrochemicals
by : MICHAEL WARREN and NATACHA PISARENKO
Wednesday October 30, 2013
Argentine farmworker Fabian Tomasi wasn’t trained to use protective gear as he pumped pesticides into crop dusters. Now at 47, he’s a living skeleton. Schoolteacher Andrea Druetta lives in a town where it’s illegal to spray agrochemicals within 550 yards of homes, and yet soy is planted just 33 yards from her back door. Recently, her boys were showered in chemicals while swimming in their backyard pool. Sofia Gatica’s search for answers after losing her newborn to (...)
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Drying up Ideological Wellsprings of Arab – Israeli Conflict
by : Nicola Nasser
Wednesday October 30, 2013
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By Nicola Nasser* Gradually, awareness that de-Zionization of the US and European foreign policy as well as the internal policies of the State of Israel has become a prerequisite for peace in the Middle East is steadily taking roots in Israeli and world public opinion and consciousness. However this awareness has yet to wait for drying up the Zionist ideological wellsprings of the Arab – Israeli conflict and translating it into real politics by de-Zionization of Israel and (...)
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CUTTING THE MIDDLE EAST’S GORDIAN KNOT: WHY ISRAEL CANNOT SURVIVE IN ITS PRESENT
by : JOHN CHUCKMAN
Monday October 28, 2013
CUTTING THE MIDDLE EAST’S GORDIAN KNOT: WHY ISRAEL CANNOT SURVIVE IN ITS PRESENT FORM John Chuckman Some Israelis are fond of comparing Israel’s displacement of Palestinians to the historical experience of North Americans in displacing indigenous people, but the comparison is inaccurate on almost every level. First, comparing events of two hundred years ago and today is misleading: norms of human rights and ethics and law have changed tremendously in that time. Besides, people (...)
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Why I Hate Google+ (No Really)
by : WireNews+Co
Saturday October 26, 2013
I must preface that rather rude statement with a confession that I use it all the time. It’s true... that I am literally on Google+ from the morning until the night. Once upon a time I used to use Twitter hDh wirenewsco quite a bit and I still use Facebook from time to time, but Google+ has indeed captured my attention and frankly, I cannot put it down. But it’s a love, hate relationship. I love some of the features, such as the ease at which you can share a video or image (...)
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Zionist Australian Government threatens anti-racist Jewish academics over BDS
by : Dr Gideon Polya
Wednesday October 23, 2013
The new climate criminal, anti-environment, effective climate change denialist and extreme right wing Coalition Government of Australia is threatening to ban boycotts by environmentalists against companies involved in environmental devastation. However it has also foreshadowed cutting off any Federal funding for any academic who supports Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Apartheid Israel. Since some of the leading Australian proponents of BDS are anti-racist Jewish (...)
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Bomb Syria? It Probably Can’t be Done
by : Bob Nichols, Project Censored Winner
Saturday October 19, 2013
(San Francisco) Back when all the hoo-rah started about bombing Syria by the high up mukety-mucks, I wondered if it could be done. So, I started with looking up the essential facts. Seems simple enough; it was anything but. Let’s do the math. Start from Where? The days when American Carriers confidently patrolled the Mediterranean Sea are gone since Putin’s Russian Navy took over the Med. There are only four US destroyers there, carefully watched and under the gun from many (...)
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Canada’s Gone Fracking Nuts: Violent RCMP Raid on Indigenous Protesters
by : Johnny Canuck
Saturday October 19, 2013
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by Miles Howe * Halifax Media Coop* RCMP Bring 60 Drawn Guns, Dogs, Assault Rifles to Serve Injunction on Wrong Road http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/r... "RCMP seem hell-bent for violence."
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Republican Imbeciles Strike Out- Yet Again
by : Son of a Bush
Thursday October 17, 2013
The only party dumber than the Democrats are the Republicans ... They shut down the Federal government in hopes of ending ObamaCare - before it began .. ...They want it to fail ... Have they ever heard of this little document known as the Constituton ? ..... Baby Bush referred to our founding charter as a G-D piece of paper .....Like it or not ObamaCare passed both Houses of Congress , was signed by Obama and hence became the Law of the Land ........ The Republicans have (...)
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WHAT AMERICA HAS BECOME
by : JOHN CHUCKMAN
Wednesday October 16, 2013
WHAT AMERICA HAS BECOME John Chuckman Of course, the cozy popular myth of America’s Founding Fathers as an earnest, civic-minded group gathered in an ornate hall, writing with quill pens, reading from leather-bound tomes, and offering heroic speeches in classical poses – all resembling Greek philosophers in wigs and spectacles and frock coats - was always that, a myth. They were in more than a few cases narrow, acquisitive men, ambitious for their personal interests which were (...)
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THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
Wednesday October 16, 2013
One of the most insidious, yet effective, political strategies in existence is what Adolf Hitler called THE GREAT LIE THEORY. Simply put, the great lie theory states that if political leaders take great lies, reduce them to slogans, and unremittingly repeat them they can make people believe that “hell is heaven” and “heaven is hell.” When successfully deployed, great lies can influence all classes of people to act against common sense, common interests, and the (...)
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Christopher Columbus and Genocide
by : BenAMarine
Tuesday October 15, 2013
Dr. John Henrik Clarke "An act of criminology... " http://youtu.be/vqoTBsgk6gg "History is never old..."
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Israeli Factor in Syrian Conflict Unveiled
by : Nicola Nasser
Monday October 14, 2013
By Nicola Nasser** More than two and a half years on, Israel’s purported neutrality in the Syrian conflict and the United State’s fanfare rhetoric urging a “regime change” in Damascus were abruptly cut short to unveil that the Israeli factor has been all throughout the conflict the main concern of both countries. All their media and political focus on “democracy versus dictatorship” and on the intervention of the international community on the basis of (...)
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"The Cambridge History of Australia" ignores Australia’s role in 30 genocides
by : Dr Gideon Polya
Monday October 14, 2013
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History is written by the victors and history ignored yields history repeated. This is well illustrated by my book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” (now available for free perusal on the web [1]) that details how British historians, journalists and politicians near comprehensively deleted the horrendous 1942 -1945 Bengali Holocaust from historiography and from general public perception – the whitewashing of an immense atrocity in which Britain with (...)
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Saudi prince Khalid bin Sa’ad, kidnaps, rapes, kills Saudi girl
Saturday October 12, 2013
Police in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has confirmed the news that a girl had been raped and murdered by a Saudi prince. The scandal was another loop in a chain of moral and ethical scandals on Saudi corrupt princes and their crime against Saudi citizens. The story began when the witnesses in Samer, a Jeddah suburb, saw that a girl was dropped out of a JMC automobile and the car drives away, evening May 30. People witnessing the event immediately wrapped the girl in a blanket and contact the (...)
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THE POOR PEOPLE OF EGYPT
by : JOHN CHUCKMAN
Thursday October 10, 2013
THE POOR PEOPLE OF EGYPT John Chuckman How is it that the people of Egypt, after a successful revolution against the repressive 30-year government of President Mubarak, a revolution involving the hopes and fears of millions and a substantial loss of life, have ended up almost precisely where they started? After Mubarak’s fall, there were many comments from prominent citizens of one of Egypt’s neighbors, the one styling itself “the Middle East’s only (...)
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Divest from fossil fuels - a key approach to help save the Biosphere & Humanity
by : Dr Gideon Polya
Wednesday October 9, 2013
Divestment from fossil fuels is a major way individuals, religious organizations, social organizations in general (e.g. societies, unions) , institutions (e.g. universities), superannuation funds, pension funds, companies and indeed local, state and federal governments can take concrete action against man-made climate change that is threatening the Biosphere and Humanity. We are all morally obliged to divest from companies involved in fossil fuel exploitation and which are hell-bent on (...)
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The Failure of War as an Instrument of Foreign Policy: A More Effective Solution
by : William John Cox
Wednesday October 9, 2013
Making war against nation states and their people no longer works. Unstable and undemocratic countries are usually controlled by individuals and cabals against whom military force ends up harming their own domestic victims more than the entrenched leadership, and new regimes offer little improvement. Destroying the infrastructure of a nation to turn its people against their "leadership" fails, as in Iraq, resulting in the deaths of thousands of innocent children. Targeting "insurgents" (...)
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8 October 1967: Poster boy (videos)
by : Richard Gott
Tuesday October 8, 2013
His face has become an iconic image, used both as a symbol of protest and a fashion accessory. Richard Gott traces the story of Korda’s photo of Che Guevara The famous photograph of Che Guevara snapped by Alberto Korda in 1960 has circulated throughout the globe in the past half century, endlessly reproduced in increasingly exotic forms, each created with different intentions and evoking varied responses. Jesus Christ, Madonna, Princess Diana have all had their picture adapted and (...)
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Saudi black op team behind Damascus chem weapons attack – diplomatic sources
Saturday October 5, 2013
The August chemical weapons attack in the Syrian capital’s suburbs was done by a Saudi Arabian black operations team, Russian diplomatic sources have told a Russian news agency. “Based on data from a number of sources a picture can be pieced together. The criminal provocation in Eastern Ghouta was done by a black op team that the Saudi’s sent through Jordan and which acted with support of the Liwa Al-Islam group,” a source in the diplomatic circles told (...)
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Highly GHG polluting Australia, Canada & US default on & expand Carbon Debt
by : Dr Gideon Polya
Friday October 4, 2013
The world has a terminal greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution budget (global Carbon Credit) that must not be exceeded if we are to avoid a catastrophic 2C temperature rise. Unfortunately, the US, Australia and Canada have effectively used up their “fair shares” of this budget, are now stealing the Carbon Credit of other countries and are threatening the world with climate catastrophe. The worsening climate crisis means that the world has to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and (...)
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Rapprochement with US Reinforces Iran Hand in Iraq
by : Nicola Nasser
Wednesday October 2, 2013
By Nicola Nasser* Iran seems successful in turning the Iraqi “strategic” agreement with the US into a tactical one, while it is succeeding in turning its own tactical accords with Iraq into a strategic bondage of the country. The burgeoning US-Iran rapprochement will only reinforce this trend to reinforce Iran hand in Iraq. Therefore, none seems more jubilant than Iraq by the latest indications of rapprochement between the United States and Iran and none seems more on alert (...)
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letter of october to Obama.
by : kakine
Tuesday October 1, 2013
Mr President Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Washington DC 20500 USA Mr President, It’s been more than fifteen years since the F.B.I. arrested in Miami the members of the Avispa network, among them Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, Ramón Labañino, and René González, known as “The Cuban Five”. If René González has done his time, as for his four compatriots, they are still under lock and key! On May 27th, 2005, the Working Group on (...)
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This Way
by : Kathy Kelly
Tuesday October 1, 2013
This article is the foreword to David Swanson’s new book, War No More: The Case for Abolition. I lived in Iraq during the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing. On April 1st, about two weeks into the aerial bombardment, a medical doctor who was one of my fellow peace team members urged me to go with her to the Al Kindi Hospital in Baghdad, where she knew she could be of some help. With no medical training, I tried to be unobtrusive, as families raced into the hospital carrying wounded loved (...)
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WILL THEY EVER TELL THE TRUTH ?
by : SON of a BUSH
Tuesday October 1, 2013
Will our government ever the Truth ? .... Ever ? Maybe once ? ......I am not interested in engaging in a rhetorical screed against the United States .......Rather it is those low denizens in high places within our government that hate the American people ... Why do they refuse to tell the truth - particularly in the grave matter of sending our military forces into combat ? Examples abound 1 ) The US staged- managed the Gulf of Tonkin incident Result : .... (...)
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The dreadful Dr. Sigmund Freud condemning knowingly his sisters to death ?
Sunday September 29, 2013
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Freud condemning knowingly his sisters to death ? A very bad novel. by french historian Elisabeth Roudinesco Le Monde, literary supplement, September 20th 2013. Macedonian writer into Gender Studies, Goce Smilevski states in his latest novel about an alleged known episode in the life of Sigmund Freud to show that the founder of psychoanalysis was a misogynistic pervert, fascinated by Nazism, obsessed with money and masturbation : in short, a repulsive character. To do so, he built a (...)
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Huge Carbon Debt vs Carbon Credit, intergenerational equity & global justice
by : Dr Gideon Polya
Sunday September 29, 2013
The myth of neoliberalism claims trickle down benefits for the masses from maximizing freedom of the smart and advantaged to exploit natural resources. The neoliberals ignore the worsening problem of Carbon Debt due to pollution of the world’s one common atmosphere with CO2 that can now be estimated at a value of $127 trillion or roughly 2 years of global GDP. Top climate scientists and biologists say that a safe and sustainable existence for all peoples and all species on our (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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