Saturday, July 27, 2013

U.S. allowed Italian kidnap prosecution to shield higher-ups, ex-CIA officer says | McClatchy

U.S. allowed Italian kidnap prosecution to shield higher-ups, ex-CIA officer says | McClatchy: "A former CIA officer has broken the U.S. silence around the 2003 abduction of a radical Islamist cleric in Italy, charging that the agency inflated the threat the preacher posed and that the United States then allowed Italy to prosecute her and other Americans to shield President George W. Bush and other U.S. officials from responsibility for approving the operation"

Friday, July 26, 2013

Shocking 'Extermination' Fantasies By the People Running America's Empire on Full Display at Aspen Summit | Alternet

Shocking 'Extermination' Fantasies By the People Running America's Empire on Full Display at Aspen Summit | Alternet: "Security Forum participants expressed total confidence in American empire, but could not contain their panic at the mention of Snowden."

OpEdNews - Article: Two Faux Democracies Threaten Life On Earth

OpEdNews - Article: Two Faux Democracies Threaten Life On Earth: "Nuclear war is on Washington's agenda. The rise of the Neocon Nazis has negated the nuclear disarmament agreements that Reagan and Gorbachev made. The extraordinary, mainly truthful 2012 book, The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, describes the post-Reagan breakout of preemptive nuclear attack as Washington's first option."

Thursday, July 25, 2013

OpEdNews - Article: US Executive Branch; World's Most Evil and Lawless Institution

OpEdNews - Article: US Executive Branch; World's Most Evil and Lawless Institution: "We almost never ask such questions in this country, never try to put ourselves in the shoes of the tens of millions of victims of our leaders' war-making, because doing so confronts us with a grave dilemma. On the one hand, if we would say these acts are evil if done to ourselves they are obviously also evil when done to others. But admitting that would require most of us to challenge our most basic beliefs about this nation and its leadership. And if we are members of our political, intellectual, media, government and private sector elites, it would threaten our jobs and livelihoods."

Snowden Is A Whistleblower . . . Just Not In The United States | JONATHAN TURLEY

Snowden Is A Whistleblower . . . Just Not In The United States | JONATHAN TURLEY: "These are certain things that you will not easily find in U.S. media like Jimmy Carter declaring that we no longer have a functioning democracy in this country. Another is reading about Snowden as a whistleblower."

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Edward Snowden's fear of flying is justified | Geoffrey Robertson | Comment is free | The Guardian

Edward Snowden's fear of flying is justified | Geoffrey Robertson | Comment is free | The Guardian: "As Edward Snowden sits in an airside hotel, awaiting confirmation of Russia's offer of asylum, it is clear that he has already revealed enough to prove that European privacy protections are a delusion: under Prism and other programmes, the US National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ can, without much legal hindrance, scoop up any electronic communication whenever one of 70,000 "keywords" or "search terms" are mentioned."

OpEdNews - Article: Executive Branch leaders have killed, wounded and made homeless over 20 million human beings in the last 50 years

OpEdNews - Article: Executive Branch leaders have killed, wounded and made homeless over 20 million human beings in the last 50 years:"America has a secret. It is not discussed in polite company or at the dinner tables of the powerful, rich and famous."

"Parents do not teach it to their children. Best-selling authors do not write about it. Politicians and government officials ignore it. Intellectuals avoid it. High school and college textbooks do not refer to it. TV pundits do not comment on it. Teachers do not teach it. Journalists from the nation's most highly regarded TV news shows, newspapers and magazines, do not report it. Columnists do not opine about it. Editorial writers do not editorialize about it. Religious leaders do not sermonize about it. Think tanks and professors do not study it. Lawyers do not litigate it and judges do not rule on it.''

Monday, July 22, 2013

OpEdNews - Article: What We Can and Must Do for Edward Snowden

OpEdNews - Article: What We Can and Must Do for Edward Snowden: "Edward Snowden is an American hero in real time. He is much more than just a story or an icon. Although mightily inconvenienced by the machinations of a government that appears to believe it possesses the authority to supersede the will of its democratic electorate, Edward Snowden is, at this moment, alive, well, and (relatively) free. It is imperative that he remain so."

Sunday, July 21, 2013

"Nada al-Ahdal" would rather die than be forced into marriage - YouTube

"Nada al-Ahdal" would rather die than be forced into marriage - YouTube

Religious fundamentalism could soon be treated as mental illness

Religious fundamentalism could soon be treated as mental illness: "Kathleen Taylor, a neurologist at Oxford University, said that recent developments suggest that we will soon be able to treat religious fundamentalism and other forms of ideological beliefs potentially harmful to society as a form of mental illness."

OpEdNews - Article: A Portrait of the Leaker as a Young Man

OpEdNews - Article: A Portrait of the Leaker as a Young Man: "Why have Edward Snowden's actions resonated so powerfully for so many people?"

My Experience Up Close With People Who Bombed a 700-Year-Old Civilization into Dust | Alternet

My Experience Up Close With People Who Bombed a 700-Year-Old Civilization into Dust | Alternet: "I learned firsthand about the realities of executive branch power 40 years ago, when I discovered that a handful of U.S. executive leaders from both political parties, liberals and conservatives, had secretly destroyed the 700-year-old Plain of Jars civilization in northern Laos without congressional or public knowledge, let alone consent."