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04/24/14

Permalink Wall Street Greed: Not Too Big for a California Jury

by Ellen Brown

Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates. Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel?

United States Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks are too big to prosecute. But an outraged California jury might have different ideas. As noted in the California legal newspaper The Daily Journal:

California juries are not bashful – they have been known to render massive punitive damages awards that dwarf the award of compensatory (actual) damages.For example, in one securities fraud case jurors awarded $5.7 million in compensatory damages and $165 million in punitive damages. . . . And in a tobacco case with $5.5 million in compensatory damages, the jury awarded $3 billion in punitive damages . . .

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Permalink Kiev Declares War

by Stephen Lendman

In mid-April, CIA director John Brennan went to Kiev. He did so quietly. He held secret talks. He met with Obama's new friends.

He came to plot war strategy. He wants Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters eliminated. He wants them slaughtered in cold blood.

He wants challengers to Washington's imperium crushed. After his visit, coup-appointed president Okeksandr Turchynov announced a northern Donetsk region "anti-terrorist operation."

To "protect the citizens of Ukraine," he claimed. To be conducted "stage-by-stage," he added. So-called "terrorists" are committe freedom fighters.

They're Ukraine's best and bravest. They're putting their bodies on the line courageously. They're doing it for fundamental rights everyone deserves.

On April 19, Turchynov declared an Easter truce. Straightaway he broke it. He violated agreed on four-party conflict resolution terms.

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Permalink Koch Brothers-Style Free Society



by Stephen Lendman

Charles and David Koch are modern-day robber barons. They're multi-billionaires. Forbes estimates their April 2014 net worth at $40.3 billion each.

Charles is Koch Industries (KI) chairman and CEO. David is executive vice president.

They're $6 billion richer this year than last. They make money the old fashioned way. Behind every fortune lies a great crime, said Balzac. Maybe he was thinking of Charles and David.

KI is America's second largest private company. Agribusiness giant Cargill holds top spot. Its estimated 2013 revenues were $136.7 billion.

KI's are an estimated $115 billion. Both companies way outdistance number three ranked Dell. Its estimated 2013 revenues were $56.94 billion.

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Permalink Israel Wants Temple Mount Control

by Stephen Lendman

The Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque rank third in Islamic importance. They do so after Mecca's Sacred Mosque and Madina's Mosque of the Prophet.

Israel wants control. Naftali Bennett is Israel's Jewish Home Party leader, Economy minister, and Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs minister.

In February, he told the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations of plans for greater Israeli control over East Jerusalem.

"Unfortunately, the Temple Mount today doesn't allow for the full exercise of freedom of religion, and there is discrimination against Jews there," he said.

Knesset members debated establishing greater Temple Mount sovereignty. Arab world criticism followed.

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Permalink The United States Democracy Is Illegitimate. Time for the American Awakening

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

What should we do when we know the government does not represent us?

Two weeks ago in reaction to the McCutcheon decision we touched on an issue that will become central to our movement: Has the democratic legitimacy of the US government been lost?

We raised this issue by quoting a Supreme Court Justice, former US president and a sitting US Senator:

“The legitimacy of the US government is now in question. By illegitimate we mean it is ruled by the 1%, not a democracy ‘of, by and for the people.’ The US has become a carefully designed plutocracy that creates laws to favor the few. As Stephen Breyer wrote in his dissenting opinion, American law is now ‘incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy.’ Or, as former president, Jimmy Carter said on July 16, 2013 “America does not at the moment have a functioning democracy.”

“Even members of Congress admit there is a problem. Long before the McCutcheon decision Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) described the impact of the big banks on the government saying: ‘They own the place.’ We have moved into an era of a predatory form of capitalism rooted in big finance where profits are more important than people’s needs or protection of the planet.”

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News

04/24/14

Permalink Sanctions 'not effective' in modern world - Putin

President Vladimir Putin: Sanctions against Russia will backfire and actually benefit the economy. “Over-reliance can lead to a loss of sovereignty,” economic sanctions is already helping boost domestic businesses, bringing more offshore funds back to Russia.

Permalink Russia to lend a hand to Lebanese Army: Lavrov

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Russia will work to boost the capacities of the Lebanese Army adding that his country respects the democratic process in Lebanon. Russia will enhance military cooperation with Lebanon, mainly by reinforcing the defense capabilities of the Lebanese Army and security forces,”

Permalink Poverty Is Killing Us

Poverty is killing us. According to a new study from the Brookings Institute, wealthy Americans are living considerably longer lives than Americans who are struggling with poverty.

Permalink Germany halts arms sales to Russia

Germany stopped selling arms to Russia due to current “political situation”. Sale of military equipment to Russia by German firms criticized by country’s Nato allies. Germany granted 450 arms export licenses to Russia for military equipment worth €40 million in 2012.

Permalink Fast-Food CEOs Make 1,200 Times as Much as One of Their Workers—and They Want to Keep it That Way

David Novak is the chief executive of Yum! Brands, the parent company that runs Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC. Last year, while Yum! Brands and other restaurant companies lobbied against raising the minimum wage, Novak made at least $22 million—more than 1,000 times what the average fast-food worker makes in a year. In return for paying him so much, Yum! got a tax break.

Permalink Does Washington want war with Russia?

Does Washington want a war with Russia? A review of recent US actions surrounding the crisis in Ukraine clearly poses what would have once seemed an unthinkable question. The Obama administration is playing a very dangerous game of Russian Roulette.

Permalink Police raid City office and arrest traders over alleged 'Wolf of Wall Street' fraud racket

Police today smashed a “fake Californian gold” fraud racket being run from offices in the heart of the Square Mile. Fifteen smartly dressed office workers were arrested at computer terminals in rented offices in connection with the alleged “boiler room” swindle.

Permalink Obama affirms US backing for Japan in any conflict with China

Obama:US is fully committed to supporting Japan in any military conflict with China over disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in East China Sea, within the scope of Article 5 of US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. Oppose attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands.”

Permalink Putin calls internet a 'CIA project' renewing fears of web breakup

Russian president Putin told a media conference in St Petersburg that America's overseas espionage agency had originally set up the internet and was continuing to develop it, he wants a Russian-run alternative. Idea of breaking up internet has gained ground in Germany, Brazil, and round the world.

Permalink Protesters in Ukraine guard biggest weapons cache in eastern Europe

Protesters guarding entrance to Volodarsky salt mine, holds underground collection of a million firearms from first world war machine guns to Kalashnikovs, say they are there to prevent new government from using the weapons against them, officials worry pro-Russia militias could seize the guns.

Permalink Kiev authorities committing crime against own people, says presidential candidate

Actions of Kiev government towards the people living in southeastern regions of Ukraine are a crime against own people, MP Oleh Tsaryov, who is running for presidency in the May 25 election. Kiev authorities fail to comply with provisions of the Geneva accord on resolving the Ukrainian crisis,

Permalink Candidate for Ukraine’s presidency urges Kiev to stop using army for suppressing protests

ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s authorities must stop immediately the use of Army units for the suppression of protests in the east of the country, Mykhailo Dobkin, a candidate for the post of president in the May 25 election representing the Party of Region.

Permalink East Ukraine’s Donetsk republic plans to hold sovereignty referendum jointly with Luhansk

Donetsk People’s Republic plans to hold a referendum over sovereignt simultaneously with east Ukraine’s Luhansk region. 3.5 million people can vote in Donetsk region. The minimal turnout is expected at 60% of all regional residents entitled to vote. No Russian troops are staying in Donetsk.

Permalink Vermont Law Makes It Official: GMO Food Must Be Labeled

Vermont is being hailed as a national leader following its passage of a law requiring foods that contain genetically-modified food to be labeled, the first "no-strings-attached" legislation passed in the United States, signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin.

Permalink Ukraine use of force to be consequential: Putin -Video

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has warned Ukraine that there will be consequences for decision makers following their use of force against pro-Russian protesters. Also said Kiev’s use of force means it is actually a junta. Pro-Russian activists demanding local referendums on independence.

Permalink US intends to ‘balkanize’ Russia: Analyst

United States is using the Ukrainian unrest as an “excuse to expand military operations” near Russia with the ultimate goal of “balkanizing” the Russian Federation, an analyst tells Press TV. “The US is continuing, along with its NATO partners, to encircle Russia. American troops arrive in Poland.

Permalink Kiev military op: Ukrainian army tanks, APCs, troops attack Slavyansk -Video

Five anti-government protesters reportedly killed, one injured in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk after Kiev authorities sent tanks and armored vehicles against the local population. Russian President Vladimir Putin: Kiev’s crackdown on anti-government protesters “a very serious crime.

Permalink US inciting civil war in Venezuela to get its oil – Bolivia’s Morales

Bolivian President Evo Morales: Washington is pushing Venezuela towards a “civil war” because it wants access to the country’s rich oil reserves. The Venezuelan government has also accused the US of fomenting a coup d’état.

Permalink ‘Extreme Levels’ of Monsanto’s RoundUp Found in GMO Food, Norwegian Study Shows

Arctic University of Norway has detected “extreme levels” of the biotech giant’s RoundUp herbicide in our food, researchers found high levels of RoundUp on 70 percent of genetically engineered soy plants. Studies have proven there are ‘anti-nutrients’ in GM food.

04/23/14

Permalink The New York Times Criticized for Submitting to Israeli Censors

New York Times made a rare admission that it submits to Israeli state gag orders, fueling charges from critics that the globally-influential publication plays fast-and-loose with journalistic ethics to give favorable coverage to Israel.

Permalink The Boston Marathon and the militarization of America

Boston: police security operation, massive surveillance. National Guard, police carried out warrantless house-to-house searches. Blanket order issued for all people to “shelter in place,” armored vehicles patrolled empty streets, helicopters buzzed overhead. Public transportation and institutions shut down.

Permalink Dentist Yanked 28 Healthy Teeth From Man’s Head, Lawsuit Says

A dentist pulled 28 healthy teeth from a 23-year-old man’s mouth for no good reason, and charged more than $5,000 to a credit card belonging to the man’s mother, according to a lawsuit. One of the teeth, the lower right first molar, had a treatable abscess.

Permalink Louisiana Creating Database Of Residents Who May Be A ‘Risk To The State’

State Representative Chris Broadwater: Louisiana making database to store information about residents who may represent a “risk to the state,” used in pinpointing “future criminals.” Permit state to “intervene” offer suggestions and guidance on factors such as mental and physical health.

Permalink Russia to react if interests attacked in Ukraine: Russia -Video

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: "If we are attacked, we would certainly respond. If our interests, attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law,

Permalink Study Suggests Vegetarians are Less Healthy, more Prone to Disease than Meat-Eaters

Research from the Medical University of Graz and published in PLoS ONE: Vegetarians were Twice as likely to suffer from allergies, had 50 percent greater risk of heart attacks and cancer. higher incidence of chronic disease, impairment from disorders, and more anxiety and depression.

Permalink Minute Maid’s Pomegranate Blueberry Juice is 99% Apple and Grape Juice

The juice is 99.4 percent apple and grape-derived, contains 0.3 percent pomegranate, 0.2 percent blueberry juice. Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice is 100 percent pomegranate. Food and Drug Administration allows food companies to name beverages according to flavor rather than content.

Permalink 'Straight from the Horse's Mouth': Former Oil Exec Says Fracking Not Safe

"Making fracking safe is simply not possible, not with the current technology, or with the inadequate regulations being proposed," Louis Allstadt, former executive vice president of Mobil Oil, said during a news conference in Albany called by the anti-fracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York.

04/22/14

Permalink US funds warn of sanctions against Russia

US fund managers have warned of risks shareholders could face from current or future Western sanctions against Russia, as Washington move to impose more sanctions on Moscow over their dispute on Ukraine, could result in depreciation of the Russian currency, Reuters reported Friday.

Permalink Education by Nike and Pepsi: Brand names littering NY Common Core Standardized Tests Vex Parents - Teachers barred from publicly discussing

Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on New York's Common Core standardized English tests. Speculation it was product placement advertising. State education officials say the brand references just happened to be contained in previously published passages.

Permalink US vice president arrives in Ukraine amid violent provocations

Vice President Joseph Biden began two-day trip to Ukraine Monday as the country continued to the edge of civil war. Tensions mounting over killings in eastern part of the country. Demonstrators calling for union with Russia or federalized system of government, seized control in ten cities.

Permalink IRS Awarded $1 Million in Bonuses to Workers with Tax Violations

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration: In 2011 and 2012, Internal Revenue Service awarded 1,146 employees $1 million in bonuses that had tax violations. Employees with back taxes received 10,582 hours of paid time, another 69 received permanent raises through a step increase.

Permalink 4.4 earthquake in Slovenia, Italy, nr nuclear plant

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake has struck Slovenia southwest of the country’s capital, Ljubljana, at a depth of 12.4 kilometers, says USGS. The earthquake took place about 200 kilometers from a nuclear power plant at Krško, a town in eastern Slovenia.

Permalink US sends 600 troops to Eastern Europe, warship USS Taylor enters Black Sea

US frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) has entered the Black Sea, according to the US Navy, as the Pentagon announces plans to dispatch some 600 troops to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for military exercises. US claims the ship’s entry is “to promote peace and stability in the region.”

Permalink Ukraine to resume “anti-terror" operations in east

Ukraine’s acting president has ordered the resumption of what he calls “anti-terror” operations in the east of the country. Kiev launched controversial "anti-terrorist" operation to root out pro-Russian protests, blamed deaths on “terrorists, who have taken the whole region hostage.”

Permalink The Netherlands Say NO to Glyphosate, Monsanto’s RoundUp Herbicide

First Russia, Tasmania, and Mexico say no to Monsanto and now, the Netherlands have passed a similar ban, determined to keep Glyphosate-laced herbicides away from the general public. Citizens of the Netherlands have been expressing their concern over glyphosate chemicals.

Permalink Pakistan Is Asked to Shut Down News Channel

Defense Ministry on Tuesday requested the government invoke media regulations to shut down Geo, Pakistan’s largest television news station. The ministry accused Geo of running a “vicious campaign” against the military’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate.

Permalink Russian gov't to postpone certification of Gene-Modified seeds for three years

The Russian government will postpone the introduction of certifying genetically-modified seeds for another three years, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday during his annual report before the country's lower house of parliament.

04/21/14

Permalink Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don't Want You to Know

A Transcript of the Interview with Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman conducted by journalist Bill Moyers,
Paul Krugman: Piketty is telling us that we are on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy. A society of inherited wealth.

Permalink 4:20pm sharp: Thousands rally across Canada to legalize cannabis

Thousands of people flooded the streets of Canadian cities in protest calling for legalization of marijuana. inspired by government promises and easing of cannabis policy in Uruguay and some US states. Rallies, dubbed ‘420’, annual day of celebrating cannabis culture – April 20.

Permalink Puerto Rico considers legalizing marijuana and prostitution to jumpstart economy

Puerto Rico contemplating more than a hundred different proposals to jumpstart its sagging economy including legal prostitution and marijuana use. Proposals range from eliminating various government agencies to cutting down the number of public holidays.

Permalink Five Ways the 1% Are Killing Us

Those who can't smell the carbon dioxide ravaging the earth for hedonistic profit - enabled by federal and many state and local governments - will find out that just because you can't smell global warming does not mean that it is not brewing a cauldron of devastation just over the horizon.

04/20/14

Permalink China Prepares Massive Investments in Crimea

China intends to invest in massive projects in Crimea less than a month after the former Ukrainian province was annexed by the Russian Federation. Russia ambassador to E U Vladimir Chizhovsaid: Russia partners with China in two major Crimean projects: gas pipeline, Crimean deep water port.

Permalink Ukraine calls for US military support

Ukrainian acting prime minister: his country needs to be militarily and economically supported by United States in its standoff with Russia. We need financial and economic support. We need to modernize, renovate our security and military forces. “We need to be in very good shape to stop Russia.

Permalink Impose tougher sanctions on Russia now: 2 US senators

Two influential US senators, Bob Corker and Chris Murphy, have called on US President Barack Obama to ratchet up sanctions against Russia. Must include Russia’s petrochemical and banking industries. Bob Corker and Chris Murphy are members of Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Permalink Russia on Eastern Ukraine shooting: Kiev must fulfill Geneva de-escalation pledge

Russian Foreign Ministry expressed outrage over deadly gun battle Saturday in city of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, said Kiev must deliver on its commitment to de-escalate the violence. Moscow condemned the violence said it indicates Kiev’s unwillingness to implement Geneva agreement.

Permalink ‘Easter truce’ broken: Five deaths reported in overnight checkpoint raid in E. Ukraine -Video

Five people have been killed in a gunfight in Slavyansk, a city in eastern Ukraine held by anti-government protesters. The fatalities include three protesters and two attackers, who are believed to be from the Right Sector paramilitary. People trying to flee the attackers were shot in their backs.

Permalink Former Pro GMO China Refuses 8 Shipments of US GMO Corn

China refused five total shipments of GM crops in just a month – all of it coming from the U S. Chinese Minister of Agriculture unable to issue safety certificate unless these strict scientific proofs utilized. Three shipments of US GMO corn without safety certificates, approval documents destroyed.

Permalink Is the NSA out of control? - Video

Matthew Green, a computer science professor in cryptography at JHU, tweeted on his blog that the NSA was engaged in efforts “to break encryption” on private servers and was doing so on a big scale. His post was flagged and Green was told by the school to remove the post.

Permalink U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says

Poland defense minister; Tomasz Siemoniak: Poland and United States will announce deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. Decision made on a political level.

Permalink Spectacular fireball from space explodes over Russian city (VIDEO)

A suspected meteorite citizens of Russian city of Murmansk recorded bright blue trail speed across sky, then explode in air, suspected meteorite. Officials have not confirmed it.


Past News

04/12/14

Permalink David Stockman: 'The United States is broke — fiscally, morally, intellectually'

The Dow Jones and Standard & Poor’s 500 indexes reached record highs on Thursday, having completely erased the losses since the stock market’s last peak, in 2007. But instead of cheering, we should be very afraid. Over the last 13 years, the stock market has twice crashed and touched off a recession: American households lost $5 trillion in the 2000 dot-com bust and more than $7 trillion in the 2007 housing crash. Sooner or later — within a few years, I predict — this latest Wall Street bubble, inflated by an egregious flood of phony money from the Federal Reserve rather than real economic gains, will explode, too.

04/07/14

Permalink Police beat mentally-ill homeless man to death

"Help me dad, they're killing me" Kelly Thomas cried as the good police beat and suffocated him to death. One cop commented, "God there's blood everywhere." Officer Manuel Ramos was charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter; Corporal Jay Cicinelli and Officer Joseph Wolfe were each charged with one count of felony involuntary manslaughter and one count of excessive force. On January 13, 2014, Ramos and Cicinelli were found not guilty of all charges, and the district attorney's office announced it would not pursue the case against Officer Wolfe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Kelly_Thomas

03/25/14

Permalink Renowned NYU Professor: GMOs Could Literally Destroy the Planet

Nassim Taleb, New York University (NYU) professor: genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have potential to cause “an irreversible termination of life at some scale, which could be the planet.” Being able to control GMOs in nature impossible. Domino effect risk genetic manipulation of nature will have on the worldwide ecosystem. Given enough time the “total ecocide barrier” is bound to be hit.

03/23/14

Permalink Ukraine is latest of 35 countries where US has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists

The ugly reality is that the US government has a long and unbroken record of working with fascists, dictators, druglords and state sponsors of terrorism in every region of the world. The US is backing Ukraine’s extreme right-wing Svoboda party and violent neo-Nazis whose armed uprising paved the way for a Western-backed coup. Events in the Ukraine are giving us another glimpse through the looking-glass of US propaganda wars against fascism, drugs and terrorism. The ugly reality behind the mirror is that the US government has a long and unbroken record of working with fascists, dictators, druglords and state sponsors of terrorism in every region of the world in its elusive but relentless quest for unchallenged global power.

03/09/14

Permalink Palestinian-American denied entry into Israel, told “There’s no such thing as Palestine”

“So your mother is a Palestinian and you think that you can come to Israel?” “Yes.” “You are not allowed to enter here because you have a Palestinian I.D..” “No, I do not, I am an American citizen. I wasn’t born in Palestine, nor have I ever lived there.” Again she laughed, and snidely replied, “Well there is no such thing as Palestine anyway, but you have an I.D. through your mother, so you are not allowed to enter here. No Palestinians are. But you can try the Allenby Border Crossing, that is for Arabs only” In just a few simple words it seemed that she had stripped me of my entire identity, erased my history, and labeled me as less than. I had never felt such anger in my life.


Videos

04/24/14

Permalink Miners Fury: E.Ukraine economic core in revolt as workers cash-strapped

RT

In the eastern Ukraine, which is an industrial hub and key sector of the country's economy, people are on edge, staging rallies and going on strikes. The Donetsk and Lugansk regions are also currently hotspots for anti-Kiev unrest. RT's Paula Slier went there to find out what's driving people to the edge.

04/20/14

Permalink Putin's annual Q&A session 2014 (FULL VIDEO)

RT

On April 17, Putin held his annual televised Q & A session. He did it with ordinary Russians nationwide. He did it for the 12th time. Doing so connects with them.

He responded to questions forthrightly. Most concerned Ukraine and Crimea. He covered lots of ground.

Trust lost is hard to regain, he said. It's been "undermined to a great degree, but why is this happening?

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2014/04/20/putin-speaks

Permalink Is the NSA out of control?

Baltimore PostExaminer

Back in early September, 2013, Matthew Green, a computer science professor in cryptography at JHU, tweeted on his blog that the NSA was engaged in efforts “to break encryption” on private servers and was doing so on a big scale. His post was flagged and Green was told by the school to remove the post. Later, the school’s decision to impose its heavy-handed censorship measure was reversed.

On Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014, on the campus of Johns Hopkins U., a public forum featuring three panel members was held to discuss the above matter and the issue of “collaboration” between the NSA & JHU, and other universities. The event was sponsored by the students’ “Human Rights Working Group” and the “New Political Society.” The first speaker was Christopher Soghoain, a representative of the ACLU. Mr. Soghoain, a graduate of JHU, who is experienced in the field of surveillance cases, claimed: “We have an intelligence agency [NSA] that is out of control! This is an agency that is collecting information about law-abiding Americans who’ve done nothing wrong...”

Professor Green recounted his JHU-related blog/censorship experience from last year. He also underscored his concern that the “NSA has been inside ‘Google’s Data Centers‘ collecting data.” An attorney and expert on Constitutional Law, Shahid Buttar, was the third panel member. He is the Exec. Dir. of the “Bill of Rights Defense Committee.” Buttar traced the history of government-sanctioned spying and warned that the NSA’s egregious conduct has currently reached Orwellian proportions and is a serious threat to “Freedom of Thought!”

To learn more, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/452572404886978/, “The Guardian,” Jay Rosen, Sept. 10, 2013, and the “Pro Publica” article at: http://www.propublica.org/article/johns-hopkins-and-the-case-of-the-missing-nsa-blog-post#update

04/16/14

Permalink 'US miscalculated will of Ukrainian people'

RT

US confirms CIA chief paid a covert visit to Kiev. This sparked speculation US is helping coordinate activists in eastern Ukraine. For more on this we are joined by former MI5 agent Annie Machon

Permalink Switching Sides: Ukrainian armored unit joins anti-govt protesters in east

RT

Ukrainian armoured vehicle crews have switched sides, joining the anti-government protesters in the East. Activists place a Russian flag on one of them.

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  • The People Can Defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Time to end the failed experiment with rigged corporate trade and put in place fair trade for the people and planet before profits. Corporate trade negatively affects labor, environment, internet freedom, healthcare, food sovereignty, immigrant’s rights, and banking regulations. Rodrigo Contreras, Chile's lead TPP negotiator quit to warn people of how big financial institutions will dominate their governments and “will become a threat for our countries: It will restrict our development options in health and education, in biological and cultural diversity, and in the design of public policies and the transformation of our economies. Mass protest against rigged corporate trade agreements can end the experiment in trade that puts profits ahead of the people and planet. To get involved in the campaign to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership visit: http://www.flushthetpp.org

  • Tell Congress: No War in Syria!

    His war plans were delayed. They're not deterred. They're not halted. No nation may attack another except in self-defense. It can only do so when the Security Council acts. It has final say. Syria's government had nothing to do with August 21's chemical weapons attack. Obama, Kerry and other administration officials know it. Obama's on track for more war. He plans lawless aggression. He does so based on lies. All wars are based on them. This time's no different. Waging war on Syria constitutes lawless aggression. International law is clear and unequivocal. Contact congress and tell them to vote against this illegal and unjust war in Syria.


  • The Politics of Empire: The US, Israel and the Middle East by James Petras

    This book provides a unique conception of US empire building, linking overseas expansion with 1) the growth of a police state and declining living standards; 2) advanced technologically driven global spying on adversaries and allies with declining economic competitiveness and military defeats; 3) large scale, long term commitments of economic and military resources to wars in the Middle East to the detriment of major corporate interests, but for the benefit of a pariah state, Israel; and 4) the power of a foreign state (Israel) over US policy via its domestic pro-Zionist power configuration. The interplay of these four specific features of US empire building has no past or present precedent among imperial states. Because of Israeli-Zionist influence on US imperial policy, the main targets and objectives of imperial wars are located in the Middle East. The objectives of Israeli and Zionist- influenced US policy in the Middle East is to enhance Israeli regional power and the dispossession of the Palestinian people. The trillion dollar cost of US wars for Israel, however, has alienated the vast majority of US society and driven a wedge between the political elite backing new wars for Israel, and the public prioritizing of domestic economic welfare..


  • Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity by Stephen Lendman

    Stephen Lendman strikes at the heart of collusion between Wall Street and government to protect the super rich and the powerful while driving ordinary Americans into a Third World ditch with: Unaffordable health care, unrepayable student debt, bankrupt cities, money printing madness, trillion dollar tax havens, IMF financial terrorism, the austerity hoax, banksters’ market-rigging thievery and more. And the domestic police, media and legislative repression that is set up to keep it all in place. One morning, the people of Cypress awoke to find their bank accounts pilfered because of a declared "National economic emergency", Think it can't happen here? Congress, that bastion of lobbyists largesse, recently quietly passed legislation that will make that very kind of national robbery an easier theft to pull off. Read ‘Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity’, or be a victim of the next bankers heist.


  • Green is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege by Will Potter

    By reading this book you will learn exactly how and why the meme of "eco-terrorism" was schemed up and sold to the public by the government even though it twists the customary definition of terrorism well beyond reason. It's a tightly woven, 250-page narrative (not including its comprehensive bibliography, index and acknowledgements) that, along with analyzing the legislation and court cases, offers an inside look at some of the more daring actions carried out by environmental and animal rights activists. Potter also describes his own experience with the Green Scare, when in 2002 FBI agents sought to intimidate him for distributing leaflets in a Chicago suburb, near the home of an executive with March Inc., an insurance company for Huntington Life Sciences, the animal testing lab. FBI agents visited his home in Chicago and told him they'd put him on a "domestic terrorist list" if he didn't provide information about the people who were leafleting with him. Potter refused to provide the FBI agents with any information, but the encounter spooked him. And yet, it also opened his eyes to the close relationship between the state apparatus and corporations.
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