This month marks the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion. The occasion is upon us with barely a whisper from Washington. Hardly surprising… the legacy of the U.S. invasion has been an Iraq in ongoing crisis. The truth of what is really going down doesn’t get anything close to adequate coverage in American mainstream media.
A staunch opponent of the Iraq war, author and global justice activist Arundhati Roy, spoke recently with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. Roy addresses the “psychosis” of war and questions the accuracy of “democracy versus radical Islam” rhetoric:
So, unfortunately, we are
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Spoiler alert: The U.S. Navy SEALS murder Osama Bin Laden and several others in his Pakistani compound without mercy and with vengeful malice. Most of the controversy swirling round the film revolves around whether the filmmaker, Kathryn Bigelow – positioned as auteur by most commentators – endorses torture or whether the film’s narrative raises the moral issue of torture for contemplation. There is, in my reading, no overt moral position offered by the film on torture or even the morality of CIA procedures in general. Many commentators have unwittingly bemoaned this absence or taken it as a tacit moral endorsement of torture (Read more…)
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She is very brave, great to hear that Malala is recovering. It is appalling that she – a young teenage girl – was shot by the Taliban for promoting something that is a basic human right, education for girls. Very intelligent, she and her family are dedicated to the cause of promoting education, even at great personal risk. Amazing dedication. The Taliban hoped to silence Malala, but instead their appalling action has given more attention to her cause globally, beyond her native Pakistan. You can
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A short quiz on the US, Israel, and ‘rogue nation’ status | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
“…So essentially, it’s the entire planet on one side, versus the US, its new right-wing poodle to the north, Israel, and three tiny, bribed islands on the other side. If you’re a member in good standing of the Washington-based US foreign policy community, then the way you describe these matters is as follows: “the international community stands by Israel and supports its position” – because, in that warped, self-affirming world, “international community” is a synonym for “US (Read more…)
Palestine | Israel to advance east Jerusalem building plans
Why? Because for Israel, suffering from cognitive dissonance, as Shir Hever has said, the rest of the world does not matter. Because it knows it can pretty well do what it wants with impunity other than the occasional verbal scolding and a few diplomatic recalls. Viewing Israel fundamentally as the last colonial outpost of western civilization in the Middle East, the western world, (the Anglo-sphere in reality) – Europe, Australia, Canada and, in particular, the U.S. – have too many economic and political interests invested in Israel to take a stand beyond the perfunctory. What kind of . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: #Palestine| #Israel to advance east Jerusalem building plans
Aly Ssa Canadian Progressive World mentioned.
The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down President Obama‘s “Kill List” of terrorists targeted for assassination through drone attacks. Obama approves every name on the Kill List. He reviews the bios and the evidence against them. And then he authorizes “lethal action without hand-wringing.” Without due process.
The video carries a petition started by by David Sirota on the official White House website. Sirota argues:
The New York Times reports that President Obama has created an official “kill list” that he uses to personally order the assassination of American citizens.
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Peacenik watched the Superbowl and was appalled, amused, and entertained by all the hoopla. Like the U.S. has no problems. All is well with the world. What a celebration. WOW. War criminal George Bush was in the owner’s box, along with a whole bunch of other “celebrities/criminals”. What other country celebrates the worst of their society? (Btw George Bush had to cancel a trip to Switzerland to avoid getting arrested for war crimes.) What other country celebrates the worst of their society? Take a look at the list of dictatorial regimes the U.S. supports below. And every (Read more…)