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Politics and its Discontents: Obama: On Bended Knee To The Saudis

I’ll defer to others much better versed than I am in the vagaries of international politics to offer a more informed analysis, but the recent deference of the U.S. toward Saudi Arabia warrants a closer look. Despite, or perhaps because of, an unfortuna… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Obama: On Bended Knee To The Saudis

Bill Longstaff: Hillary Clinton—a very dangerous lady

During the Democratic nomination race for the 2008 U.S. presidential election, my preference was torn between a woman president or a black president. I was leaning toward the woman, Hillary Clinton, when, watching her on a TV interview, she stated that if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons she would “totally obliterate” Iran. I almost fell out of my chair.

What the hell was this all

Bill Longstaff: Americans opt to mind their own business

For the first time since it began measuring the statistic 50 years ago, the Pew Research Centre reports that a majority of Americans believe the U.S. should mind its own business internationally. The primary reason suggested for this new-found humility is “war fatigue.” They would also like more focus on their struggling economy.

This is not to say Americans want their country to disengage from

drive-by planet: Democracy Now interview with Noam Chomsky on Syria and related matters: U.S. ‘torturing’ Iran for 60 years

In this talk hosted by Democracy Now, Noam Chomsky raises a number of key points with respect to the U.S. government’s approach to Syria and Iran. He also addresses the self-serving attitude of the U.S. with respect to international law.

The spectacle of Barack Obama, a president known for his predator drone “kill list” that has targeted U.S. citizens for extrajudicial murder, evoking international law with respect to Syria isn’t without its ironies.

Obama said the red line wasn’t his and has referred to “international obligations” with respect to Syria. If in fact international law is to (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Al Qaeda linked rebels in Syria: Putin accuses Kerry of lying: Syrian rebel atrocities – NYT video footage

Islamist fighters in Syria: Beneath – al-Nusra Front fighters execute Syrian soldiers

Given the military excesses the Assad regime has directed against its own people, genuine representatives of the Syrian people would seem like the force to back in the increasingly vicious civil conflict. But maybe not. A rebel force fighting for a future inclusive of the Syrian mosaic and free of the taint of sectarian extremism is challenging to identify in this increasingly murky conflict – one in which hardline Islamist groups are making serious inroads.

So-called “moderates” do not have a sure grip on the future direction of (Read more…)

drive-by planet: John Kerry’s speech: U.S. hypocrisy in preparing conditions for an illegal attack on Syria

In the course of his speech to prep public opinion for the likely US-NATO attack on Syria, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, said: “President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people.”

The killing of civilians in the course of conflicts anywhere in the world is tragic. The Obama administration should know all about that. Predator drone strikes have killed hundreds of the “world’s most vulnerable” in the process of targeting alleged militants.

Punitive U.S. action against Syria will do nothing to (Read more…)

drive-by planet: U.S. arms for Syrian rebels: inflaming Sunni-Shia sectarianism

The Obama administration’s decision to authorize the arming of the Syrian rebels is opposed by a large majority of Americans. A recent Pew poll indicates that 74 percent of independents, 71 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of Democrats are opposed to the U.S. and its allies sending arms to Syria.

The Obama announcement aside… truth is the CIA has been helping to arm the Syrian rebels since early 2012. A New York Times article – Arms Airlift to Syrian Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A. – is an eye opener with respect to the amount of (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Arundhati Roy: Iraq and the ‘psychosis’ of U.S. foreign policy

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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Politics and Entertainment: Zero Dark Thirty Leaves Plenty of Space for Viewer’s Moral Judgment

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…)

LeDaro: Young Woman Shot by Taliban Recovering

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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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Politics and Entertainment: A short quiz on the US, Israel, and ‘rogue nation’ status | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free |

A short quiz on the US, Israel, and ‘rogue nation’ status | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free |

“…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…)

Politics and Entertainment: #Palestine| #Israel to advance east Jerusalem building plans

 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

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur On Obama’s “Kill List” (VIDEO)

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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punditman: It Ain’t Just Mubarak — 7 of the Worst Dictators the U.S. Is Backing to the Hilt

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…)