Oiling the War Machinery, From Oslo to Heathrow to Washington

Norman Solomon Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/19-0 In Oslo, the world’s most important peace prize has been hijacked for war. In London, government authority has just fired a new shot at freedom of the press. And in Washington, the Obama administration continues to escalate its attacks on whistleblowers, journalism and civil liberties....

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The Scariest Man in America

Paul Buchheit Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/19-1 Scary because he claims “We don’t have the power to coerce anybody” while providing massive funding to organizations that attack public education, social programs, worker salaries, business regulations, and the environment. Scary because he refers to himself with words like ‘integrity’ and ‘principles’ while saying “I want my fair...

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The Police Keep Firing; The Bodies Pile Up.

Robert Fisk The Independent/UK http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/the-police-keep-firing-the-bodies-pile-up-in-cairo-bloodbaths-are-now-a-daily-occurrence-8771529.html In Cairo, Bloodbaths Are Now a Daily Occurrence It was a disgrace, a most shameful chapter in Egyptian history. The police – some wearing black hoods – shot down into the crowds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters from the roof of Cairo’s Ramses Street police station...

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Smashing State Surveillance: Group Breaks CCTV Cameras on the Street

Alex Kane AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/german-group-smashes-surveillance-cameras A group of German anarchists have inspired other radicals to take a direct action approach to surveillance cameras: smash them. As Salon’s Natasha Lennard notes, the practice has now migrated to the U.S. It’s a brash approach to the surveillance state. “We’re a diverse group of people:...

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Get Radio-Active

Jim Hightower Other Words http://otherwords.org/get-radio-active/ Thousands of low-power radio broadcast licenses will be up for grabs by non-profit, community groups this October. Are you tired of hearing nothing but the corporate news and mainstream views on commercial, mass-market radio? Well, go get your own station! That’s not as preposterous as...

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The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy

Noam Chomsky AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/visions/chomsky-us-poses-number-threats-future-humanity-our-youll-never-hear-about-it-our-free-press?paging=off In a powerful speech, Chomsky lays out how the majority of US policies are practically opposite of what wide swathes of the public wants. I’d like to comment on topics that I think should regularly be on the front pages but are not – and in...

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Civil Disobedience as Law Enforcement

Jeremy Brecher Waging Nonviolence http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/civil-disobedience-as-law-enforcement/ Two years ago I was among more than a thousand people who committed civil disobedience at the White House to oppose the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then many more have been arrested around the country, often blocking the actual pathway along which...

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America’s Upside-Down Morality

Robert Parry Consortiumnews http://consortiumnews.com/2013/08/15/americas-upside-down-morality/ Pvt. Bradley Manning has prostrated himself before his court-martial judge, apologizing for leaking documents on U.S. government wrongdoing and referencing his psychological problems as reasons for mercy. The sad spectacle underscores how upside-down American morality now is. Having covered the U.S. government for nearly 36 years,...

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Murdering the Wretched of the Earth

Chris Hedges truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/murdering_the_wretched_of_the_earth_20130814/ Radical Islam is the last refuge of the Muslim poor. The mandated five prayers a day give the only real structure to the lives of impoverished believers. The careful rituals of washing before prayers in the mosque, the strict moral code that prohibits alcohol, along with...

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Any Other ‘Statesman’ Who Negotiated Peace Like John Kerry Would Be Treated as a Thief

Robert Fisk The Independent/UK http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/robert-fisk-any-other-statesman-who-negotiated-peace-like-john-kerry-would-be-treated-as-a-thief-8760028.html Has John Kerry no shame? First he cuddles up to both Palestinians and Israelis and announces the renewal of a “peace process” which the Palestinians don’t trust and the Israelis don’t want. Then Israel announces that it will build 1,200 new homes for Jews – and Jews...

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