PHOTOS: Fidel Castrol in his heyday. Mr. Castro died Friday at 90. Below: An affectionate Havana scene … “Viva Fidel por siempre;” Margaret Trudeau, Mr. Castro and Pierre Trudeau in 1976; King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who died at 90 last year; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Before I start, let’s just make one thing perfectly . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: I come to bury Castro, not to praise him: unpacking conservative fury at PM Justin Trudeau’s condolences
Unfortunately, few seem to want to hear it:Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: There Is So Much Truth Here
Here is a very brief synopsis of the US role in Syria. We will, for the sake of brevity, leave aside for the moment the obvious and documented facts of the US arming and supporting of the very terrorist groups they claim to be fighting; as well as th… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: US Intervention In Syria: The Next Iraq
Secret Service is investigating the first White House fence scaler since spikes were installed last summer. The first family was at home celebrating Thanksgiving when the incident happened. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Spikes Don’t Prevent Jumper From Whitehouse Lawn
We are facing a new crisis and the war for who can frame the most effective strategy is on steroids. The Corporate MSM, even the CBC, is fomenting division, suspicion and fear. Bunching ISIS up Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Glenn Greenwald on “Submissive” Media’s Drumbeat for War and “Despicable” Anti-Muslim Scapegoating
He likes to pose as a patriot. He likes to have his picture taken in front of a giant Canadian flag.He's always telling us that only he can save this country from the immigrant enemy within, and vulnerable refugees without. He's always reminding us that nobody loves Canada as much as he does, because . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Is Stephen Harper Secretly Funnelling Millions to a Republican Organization?
No one tells me ‘nuthin anymore. We missed the UN international torture day, it happened on June 26th and of course I hear about it after it happens. Our media coverage was, underwhelming, as torture must not bring us down from the elation felt in the US for the SCOTUS SSM decision.
I’m not even . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: I missed International National Torture Day?
Veteran investigative journo, Seymour Hersh, is a virtual lightning rod for government denialism and he has been ever since he broke the story of the My Lai massacre of March, 1968.
His latest bombshell, claiming that the official narrative of the execution of Osama bin Laden is laced with lies, has provoked the expected . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Seymour Hersh on the War on Terror and the Killing of Osama bin Laden
The so called war on drugs contains so much irony, we’ll need a new solar system to keep it in check.
“As long as demand and prices remain at current levels in wealthy drug-consuming nations, traders will enter almost any potential production area with wads of currency to elicit supply that can meet this demand. . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Quotes from The Politics of Heroin – Alfred W. Mcoy
The Pew Research Centre recently released the results of a survey of Americans about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation practices, a report which revealed the agency has engaged in torture. One might expect that the citizens of a nation known for its attention to civil rights would strongly censure crimes against both . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Americans OK with torture
So the U.S. has finally and formally confessed its sins. Good for the Americans. All nations sin, the better ones own up. That the CIA ran a torture regime isn’t really news but it’s important for the U.S. to officially get the nasty business out on the table, discussed and debated. This is the best . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: America and the torture chronicles
I was never a fan of Bush II and his malicious sidekick Cheney, and even less so of their misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. Yesterday’s revelations of CIA Torture are crimes. These people abused prisoners in ways that all Western powers should be horrified by, and they knew damn good and well what they were doing.
. . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: _THIS_
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The Americans death drone strikes are an abomination that until recently seemed to have few public opponents and little accurate exposure. That is fast changing.
Robert Greenwald has stepped up and made a film revealing the atrocities of US Drones raining down on Pakistan civilians.
While little has been admitted . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: US Drone Attacks-Demand Silence No More!
There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The deeper reasons for the “war on drugs”
The CIA’s recent public admission that it masterminded the 1953 military coup against Iran’s democratically elected government reminded me once again of the fickle U.S. support for democracy in the Middle East. American involvement was well-known—books have been written about it—but the publishing of previously classified documents by the U.S. National Security Archive amounts to . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The U.S. war against democracy in the Middle East
The English translation of Che Wants to See You was recently published. It is a remarkable insider account by Ciro Bustos, a comrade-in-arms who was intimately familiar with Che Guevara and the broader liberation struggle in Latin America. The book adds to the credibility of Bustos who has been unfairly cast as Che’s . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Che Wants to See You: remarkable untold story of Che Guevara by right-hand man Ciro Bustos
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Many of you have heard of how the Americans spy on their own citizens. Certainly you have heard about the 29 year old CIA computer guy Edward Snowden who saw the grave threat to democracy in America as so significant that he blew the whistle.
He could no . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Yes Mildred, The Government Is Spying On You!
Yesterday the former dictator of Guatemala, Efrain Montt, was convicted of 80 years in prison for Genocide. The sentence is, in a sense symbolic considering that Mr. Montt is now 86 years old and very unlikely to survive any significant time in prison. But the sentence is interesting at least because it is one of . . . → Read More: kirbycairo: Guatemalan Dictators, and Brutes of our Own. . . .
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The framing battle spinning around the death of Venezuelan President Hugh Chavez pits the oil interests against the rest of us. They pretend that democracy and human rights will follow his demise and the election of the US CIA and Oil Interest approved politicians.
This is a pile of . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Hugo Chavez Was A Tyrant! Umm Are You Sure?
By: Cora Currier and Justin Elliott | ProPublica, Feb. 26, 2013: The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens – a narrow issue that accounts for a . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: The Obama Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About
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Nice to see many Americans, including Former President Jimmy Carter standing up and telling the real story behind the Canadians major role in free American Hostages through a daring plot born in the Canadian Embassy.
In the movie the Canada’s Ambassador Ken Taylor’s role was written out and fictitious accounts . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Jimmy Carter Sets Record Straight About Oscar Winning ‘Argo’
Rosa Brooks unpacks the Obama JD’s targeted killing memo: “Like many legal documents, this one does fine on its own terms, but looks a lot less satisfying when taken out of its hermetically sealed legal universe.”
Related: John Fugelsang talks with Harper’s Scott Horton and Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK about the kill memo and . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Unpacking the Ramifications of Obama’s Targeted Killing Memo
Words fail (h/t):
A friendly reminder from TAFKAdnA:
The Obama administration claims that the secret judgment of a single ”well-informed high level administration official” meets the demands of due process and is sufficient justification to kill an American citizen suspected of working with terrorists. That procedure is entirely secret. Thus it’s impossible to know . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney On Targeted Killing: Lethal Strikes On U.S. Citizens ‘Legal,’ ‘Ethical,’ And ‘Wise’