It’s Time for Americans to Admit That We’ve Had a Coup d’etat

Paul Craig Roberts Institute for Political Economy http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/american-coup-detat?paging=off The American people have suffered a coup d’etat, but they are hesitant to acknowledge it. The regime ruling in Washington today lacks constitutional and legal legitimacy. Americans are ruled by usurpers who claim that the executive branch is above the law and...

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How to Be a Rogue Superpower

Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/16-4 A Manual for the Twenty-First Century It’s hard even to know how to take it in.  I mean, what’s really happening?  An employee of a private contractor working for the National Security Agency makes off with unknown numbers of files about America’s developing global security state on a thumb...

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Locking Out the Voices of Dissent

Chris Hedges TruthDig.com http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/15-0 The security and surveillance state, after crushing the Occupy movement and eradicating its encampments, has mounted a relentless and largely clandestine campaign to deny public space to any group or movement that might spawn another popular uprising. The legal system has been grotesquely deformed in most...

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‘Signature Strikes’ and Obama’s Empty Rhetoric on Drones

Arianna Huffington Huffington Post http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/signature-strikes-and-obamas-empty-rhetoric-drones?paging=off On March 17, 2011, four Hellfire missiles, fired from a U.S. drone, slammed into a bus depot in the town of Datta Khel in Pakistan’s Waziristan border region. An estimated 42 peoplewere killed. It was just another day in America’s so-called war on terror. To most...

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Denouncing NSA Surveillance Isn’t Enough — We Need the Power to Stop It

Norman Solomon Norman Solomon’s Blog http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/17538-denouncing-nsa-surveillance-isnt-enough-we-need-the-power-to-stop-it For more than a month, outrage has been profuse in response to news about NSA surveillance and other evidence that all three branches of the U.S. government are turning Uncle Sam into Big Brother. Now what? Continuing to expose and denounce the assaults on...

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Israel’s ‘Indigenous Invaders’

Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini Al Jazeera http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/12-3 How Israel justifies the immanent relocation of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin by characterizing them as invaders.   On June 24th the “Prawer Plan for the Arrangement of Bedouin-Palestinian Settlement in the Negev” passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament. If implemented, the Plan...

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The Mean Team Piles on Jobless Americans

Jim Hightower Creators.com http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/11-0 “Come on, team, let’s get mean!” This is not the chant of rabid football fans, egging on their favorite team to crush the opponents. Rather, it’s the raucous war cry of far-out right-wing ideologues all across the country who’re pumping up Team GOP to pound the...

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How Unchecked Capitalism Has Brought the World to the Brink of Apocalypse — and What We Must Do Now

Robert Jensen AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/visions/how-unchecked-capitalism-has-brought-world-brink-apocalypse-and-what-we-must-do-now The following is an excerpt from We Are All Apocalyptic Now: On the Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking Out , in print at  Amazon.com and on  Kindle (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013):   The first step in dealing with a difficult situation is to...

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