26 Jul 2015

‘Dark Cloud’ of ALEC Converges at Annual Corporate-Political Lovefest

This week, San Diego hosts ‘a festival of closed-door deal-making by politicians, corporate executives and lobbyists’ By Deirdre Fulton Fighting to protect dark money. Attacking federal efforts to rein in carbon pollution. Undermining local democracy. These are just some of the “hot topics” on the agenda this week as conservative

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25 Jul 2015

Late Night FDL: It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

Billy Joel – It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me Billy Joel: I am Dad Rock… Billy Joel is honoured to be a leading figure of the ‘dad rock’ movement. The 66-year-old Grammy winning-musician hasn’t released an album since his 1993 offering River of Dreams, which went platinum in several

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25 Jul 2015

The Israel Lobby’s $50M Campaign Against The Iran Nuclear Deal

If the Iran deal passes, Israel loses. The Israel lobby is spending big on whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t happen. By Richard Silverstein WASHINGTON — The next 60 days offer a fateful window through which Congress will review the Iran nuclear deal announced last week to great

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25 Jul 2015

Fracked Earth Whirl

Protester “chipmunks” obstruct work at Utah tar sands mine. By Kate Lanier Mining and local communities: Scenes of conflict __Pope Francis is at it again, saying there must be a “radical change” in the way mining industries interact with local communities and the environment. “The companies, the governments that are

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24 Jul 2015

Late Night FDL: Gimme Some Lovin’

The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’ R.I.P. Eddie Hardin…! Vocalist and pianist Eddie Hardin, best known for his work with Spencer Davis Group and Axis Point, has died at the age of 66. He also collaborated with a wide range of rock artists including Ronnie James Dio and

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24 Jul 2015

Richard Silverstein On Israel’s Gag Orders And ‘The Middle East’s Only Democracy’

The article was originally published at MintPressNews.com. By Sean Nevins WASHINGTON — Though it describes itself as “the only democracy in the Middle East,” the Israeli government and military regularly impose gag orders to stop domestic media from reporting on sensitive information, including the detention of Israeli citizens by Hamas

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23 Jul 2015

Late Night FDL: Minion

Spock’s Beard – Minion UK Prog Rockers, Spock’s Beard rips into the British austerity regime in Minion… It’s taken from the prog veterans’ 12th album The Oblivion Particle, set for launch on August 21 via InsideOut. Bassist Dave Meros recently described the follow-up to 2013’s Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep

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23 Jul 2015

The Eurasian Big Bang: How China and Russia Are Running Rings Around Washington

By Pepe Escobar Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: from now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the Pentagon (in conjunction with NATO) would essentially be an assault on the

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22 Jul 2015

Late Night FDL: Baltimore

Prince – Baltimore Prince released his Baltimore video yesterday… Prince’s “Baltimore” — honoring 25-year-old Freddie Gray, whose death incited protests in the city — now has a powerful video that drives home the song’s message about police brutality and the subsequent fight for justice. The video lays the ballad’s thought-provoking

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22 Jul 2015

The Spirit of Judy Miller is Alive and Well at the NYT, and It Does Great Damage

By Glenn Greenwald One of the very few Iraq War advocates to pay any price at all was former New York Times reporter Judy Miller, the classic scapegoat. But what was her defining sin? She granted anonymity to government officials and then uncritically laundered their dubious claims in the New

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