05 Feb 2015

CIA Mission: Destroy the Whistleblower, Perfume the Stench of ‘Operation Merlin’

The leak trial of CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling never got near a smoking gun, but the entire circumstantial case was a smokescreen. Prosecutors were hell-bent on torching the defendant to vindicate Operation Merlin, nine years after a book by James Risen reported that it “may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA.”

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04 Feb 2015

Mining & Fracking Whirl: 3 Feb 2015

Naelyn Defends “Oak Flat”(Apache) Ancestral Land

*Worldwide. As the corporate oil crisis deepens, will governments “earn the wrath of society by doing what they have always done—bailing out their friends in big business—or admit that they got energy policy wrong and make late and painful changes”? Answer: “Just let them fail. It will be good for the economy and jobs, and even better for our safe planetary existence.

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03 Feb 2015

A European “Red Spring”?

Those who are cheerfully going about the work of dismantling the welfare state seem blissfully unaware that the welfare state was created by men as, or even more conservative then themselves, (Bismark, for example) in order to avoid revolutionary social movements which would destabilize and jeopardize the entire economic system and society itself. This was a strategy that was so eminently successful that it practically has destroyed revolutionary praxis.

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03 Feb 2015

Blind Partisanship: Why US Peace Movement is So Small

Why did the peace movement grow large around 2003-2006 and shrink around 2008-2010? Military spending, troop levels abroad, and number of wars engaged in can explain the growth but not the shrinkage. Those factors hardly changed between the high point and the low point of peace activism.

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03 Feb 2015

How The US, Its Allies And Syria Unwittingly Corporatized ISIS

ISIS operates as both a company and a government that’s spun totally out of control. The group is selling oil to Assad and U.S. allies — allies who are also arming them. But how did this happen? How did ISIS become the world’s wealthiest, most sophisticated terrorist group?

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02 Feb 2015

Police Restraint? Roorda Rumbles, Bratton Aims Machine Guns at Protestor ‘Terrorists’

On the evening of Jan. 28, there was a public meeting arranged by Alderman Terry Kennedy to hear comments on a pending civilian St. Louis police oversight review board bill; there were rumors afloat that many Police Union officers would attend, and object to the ‘need’ for such a board. The local Twitterverse called for #BlackLivesMatter activists to rally there in support of the Citizen Oversight Board; they did.

About an hour into the meeting, yet another Peace Officer was testifying to there being no need for such a thing, and there indeed were a few grumbles heard from the audience, as all of them seemed to be reading from the same script.

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31 Jan 2015

Ukraine Tipping

Pretty much everything about Ukraine is murky and unreliable these days, and that’s before you take into consideration any of the meddling by outside powers playing carelessly with their Slavic pawns. Viewed in their darkest light, the events of the past 20 months (and the past 20 years) reflect an East-West death spiral that is now accelerating, and from which none of the engaged parties show any desire to disengage.

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30 Jan 2015

My Big Fat Greek Debt

Alexis Tsipras is the newly elected Prime Minister of Greece since 26 January 2015. One of the young leftwing radicals of the Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras is sweeping away the age of austerity. He made good on his promises to voters in a startling fashion:

One by one they were rolled back, blitzkrieg-style, mercilessly, ruthlessly, with rat-a-tat efficiency. First the barricades came down outside the Greek parliament. Then it was announced that privatisation schemes would be halted and pensions reinstated. And then came the news of the reintroduction of the €751 monthly minimum wage. And all before Greece’s new prime minister had got his first cabinet meeting under way. {more}

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30 Jan 2015

CIA Tried to Give Iraq Nuclear Plans, Just Like Iran

If you’ve followed the trials of James Risen and Jeffrey Sterling, or read Risen’s book State of War, you are aware that the CIA gave Iran blueprints and a diagram and a parts list for the key component of a nuclear bomb.

The CIA then proposed to do exactly the same for Iraq, using the same former Russian scientist to make the delivery. How do I know this? Well, Marcy Wheeler has kindly put all the evidence from the Sterling trial online, including this cable. Read the following paragraph:

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29 Jan 2015

When Shock and Awe Turns 12

Shock and Awe is having a troubled adolescence. The U.S. government is killing children with flying robot death planes, keeping troops in 175 countries, actively using “special” forces in 150 countries, asking us to ignore what it’s done to Libya so that we’ll support more wars, going silent on Yemen as the supposed model of a country that U.S. warmaking improved rather than ruined, turning down an offer from North Korea to halt nuclear tests, continuing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with no end in sight and no longer any pretense of Congressional or United Nations approval, oscillating on the question of starting a war on Iran (and inviting a foreign leader to give Congress its marching orders), actively antagonizing Russia and sending troops to Ukraine, building new nukes, proposing to enlarge the world’s largest military budget next year, and avoiding all accountability for such horrors as human experimentation at Guantanamo.

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