22 Feb 2015

An Unfortunate Death

An Obituary printed in the London Times…. Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will

21 Feb 2015

Video: MSNBC Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

If any organization had a hand in denigrating progressives and progressive causes it has been MSNBC. They cancelled their most popular daytime show, The Donahue Show, because he was not going to blindly support the war on Iraq. They went straight down hill from there. Their credibility damaged greatly by

21 Feb 2015

John Kiriakou: US Government Lacks “the Guts” to Face Its Crimes

John Kiriakou’s advice to future national security whistleblowers: ‘Get a lawyer first.’

By Jon Queally

Out of prison and living at home under house arrest for the remainder of a suspended prison sentence, former CIA operative John Kiriakou, convicted and sent to jail for blowing the whistle on agency torture under the Bush administration, has been speaking to major medi outlets this week about the brutal tactics and depraved abuse administered by the U.S. government in the name fighting terrorism as well as his prosecution and conviction under the Espionage Act for speaking out against such crimes.

In a two-part interview aired over as many nights this week, Kiriakou spoke with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes at length about his case and its implications on national security, the ongoing and so-called ‘war on terror,’ and what it means to be a government whistleblower in the post-9/11 age.

21 Feb 2015

Putin in Hungary

About the only thing in the NYTimes report of the above visit Hungary Keeps Visit by Putin Low-Key as It Seeks to Repair Relations With West is the following sentence: “Five bilateral agreements were signed.” The rest of the report contrasts sharply with the contents of the Russian/Hungarian press conference

21 Feb 2015

The Assassination of Greece

By James Petras, 99GetSmart Introduction The Greek government is currently locked in a life and death struggle with the elite which dominate the banks and political decision-making centers of the European Union. What are at stake are the livelihoods of 11 million Greek workers, employees and small business people and the viability of

20 Feb 2015

Torture Supporters have Better PR and Marketing People

On the most beautiful sunny day of the year in San Francisco I took a train to the East Bay then walked up a hill into a windowless room to listen to five experts talk about torture.  This was my idea of a good time, and possibly the reason I’m

20 Feb 2015

Christian War Crimes Prize

Christian College Gives Torture President Honorary Humanities Degree    By William Boardman – Reader Supported News  [2.18.15]   Texas Baptists confirm Obama’s comments about Christian crimes   The American torture president and self-professed Christian, George W. Bush, gratefully accepted an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Christian-ideology-based University of

20 Feb 2015

Corporations Are The New Conquistadors?: Ukraine

Ukraine has become a nation synonymous with the daily headlines, from the trail of western intervention and subversion that lead to a violent coup in 2013 to the devastating civil war that has torn the nation apart. These stories, as crucial as they are to investigate, have provided the perfect cover for international corporations to exploit Ukraine’s resources.

This exploitation accelerated when Ukraine declared its independence in 1992. From this period onward, Ukraine has experienced the colonization of its vastly important agricultural sector. International agribusiness and biotechnology firms have steadily been reforming Ukraine’s agricultural laws in order to eventually allow for an explosion in the production of genetically modified organisms.

20 Feb 2015

Lawful Evidence, Cell keys, Stingray and Other Breaches

It appears that a 4-letter agency (UK-based) and a three-letter agency (US-based) have conspired to reduce the security of cell phone users worldwide to approximately zero. Surely, their motives must have been noble; after all, these agencies belong to two governments renowned for their verbal support of democracy and freedom

19 Feb 2015

Video: Reject Elizabeth”the establishment tool” Warren, Support Jon Stewart for President

Many right-wingers like Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Barrack Obama were elected to high office with virtually no political background.  All three of these right-wingers were re-elected to office. Their lack political experience/baggage did not adversely effect their elect-ability.  Jon Stewart would be a progressive version of this right-wing model