How Scarlett Johansson Got in the Business of Whitewashing Israeli War Crimes

SodaStream’s factory is located in the industrial settlement of Mishor Adumim, which benefits from Israeli government policies that give tax breaks to settlement companies. Under the Geneva Conventions, an occupying power (Israel has controlled the Palestinian West Bank since 1967) is prohibited from altering occupied land by transferring its own...

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Iraq’s upsurge in violence and the U.S. role

The tragic upsurge of violence in Iraq in recent months, including the takeover of sections of two major Iraqi cities by al-Qaida affiliates, is a direct consequence of the repression of peaceful dissent by the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad and, ultimately, of the 2003 U.S. invasion and occupation.

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Drone Use Soars in Latin America, Remains Widely Unregulated

Diego Cupolo Upside Down World http://upsidedownworld.org/main/international-archives-60/4615-drone-use-soars-in-latin-america-remains-widely-unregulated- Over the last decade, drones have made headlines as tools for covert bombing campaigns in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. Yet remote-controlled warfare is just one of many functions Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can provide as non-lethal models become less expensive...

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‘The Country You Destroyed’: A Letter to George W. Bush

Ralph Nader Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/03 George W. Bush George W. Bush Presidential Center PO Box 560887 Dallas, Texas, 57356 Dear Mr. Bush: A few days ago I received a personalized letter from your Presidential Center which included a solicitation card for donations that actually provided words for my reply. They included “I’m...

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