Archive for the 'International' Category

IT IS EASY TO CELEBRATE DEAD MARTYRS

November 8th, 2014

This internal thread concerning events in and about Ferguson, Missouri, is stuck to the top of the blog, newer, less vital, posts appear below. Meanwhile, comments on PZ Myers’ Good Morning, America now exceed 2,300… —***— Although racist state violence has been a consistent theme in the history of people of African descent in North […]

HINT: NOT BECAUSE THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM…

November 7th, 2014

To get a full scope of American violence in the world, it is worth asking a broader question: how many countries in the Islamic world has the U.S. bombed or occupied since 1980? That answer was provided in a recent Washington Post op-ed by the military historian and former U.S. Army Col. Andrew Bacevich: As […]

THE 19TH CENTURY IS THE NEW 21ST CENTURY…

November 5th, 2014

In the wake of the violent upheavals of the French Revolution, European monarchies came together in 1791 at the Pillnitz Conference to declare their support for the embattled Louis XVI and warn the burgeoning revolutionaries of the dangers of toppling a fellow monarch. Far from stifling the ambitions of the insurgents however, this declaration was […]

VISITING THE WHITENESS PROJECT

October 16th, 2014

The Whiteness Project is a multiplatform investigation into how Americans who identify as “white” experience their ethnicity. The project is conducting 1,000 interviews with white people from all walks of life and localities in which they are asked about their relationship to, and their understanding of, their own whiteness. It also includes data drawn from […]

EDWARD SNOWDEN IS NOT UNIQUE OR ALONE…

October 11th, 2014

The investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald has found a second leaker inside the US intelligence agencies, according to a new documentary about Edward Snowden that premiered in New York on Friday night. Towards the end of filmmaker Laura Poitras’s portrait of Snowden – titled Citizenfour, the label he used when he first contacted her – Greenwald […]

THE FACES OF THOSE WE TORTURED…

September 19th, 2014

EDWARD SNOWDEN IS NOT OUR PROBLEM…

September 17th, 2014

“Well prior to Edward Snowden, online jihadists were already aware that law enforcement and intelligence agencies were attempting to monitor them.” This point would seem obvious in light of the fact that terrorist groups have been employing tactics to evade digital surveillance for years. Indeed, such concerns about their use of sophisticated encryption technology predate […]

OUR MORAL STANDING IN THE WORLD…

September 16th, 2014

Watching the president describing IS Wednesday night, (former U.S. Air Force drone pilot Brandon) Bryant saw the extension of what he now considers an uncountable, global killing machine. “He calls them ‘unique in their brutality,’ but we’ve got prisoners in Guantanamo Bay that haven’t seen the light of fucking day,” Bryant says. “We’ve killed children. […]

THE WAY OUT FROM THE BOSS’ EVERWAR…

September 16th, 2014

POLITICAL PARTY EMERGES IN NEW ZEALAND…

September 15th, 2014

New Zealand’s national election will be held on September 20. Over the last several weeks, Key has been embroiled in a scandal that saw a top minister resign, after independent journalist Nicky Hager published a book, Dirty Politics, documenting ties between Key officials and a right-wing blogger known for attacking public figures and showing that […]

TRACKING, TRACKING, TRRAAACCCCKKKKKING…

September 15th, 2014

Chokepoint from The Intercept on Vimeo. Via Map of the Stars: The NSA and GCHQ Campaign Against German Satellite Companies.

SNOWDEN SPEAKS TO NEW ZEALANDERS…

September 15th, 2014

The GCSB provides mass surveillance data into XKEYSCORE. They also provide access to the communications of millions of New Zealanders to the NSA at facilities such as the GCSB station at Waihopai, and the Prime Minister is personally aware of this fact. Importantly, they do not merely use XKEYSCORE, but also actively and directly develop […]

OUR MOST TERRIFYING WORD: OOPS…!

September 13th, 2014

As an enlisted man in the United States Navy I was directly responsible for the care of eight tactical nuclear missiles. I don’t know how the Air Force handles the mission, but I do know that any of the actions that Oliver mentions would have gotten me expelled from the program in a heart beat. […]

DAN FROOMKIN ON LATEST MARCH TO WAR..

September 12th, 2014

The Congressional Hyperbole Caucus The Almost-Nonexistent Congressional Restraint Caucus News Organizations Finally Realize Obama’s War Plan Is a Hot Mess Was Obama Actually Asking Everyone To Chill?

OUR CONSTITUTION IS NOT A PIECE OF PAPER…

September 12th, 2014

The Congress shall have Power To declare War —Section Article 1, Section 8. The White House says Bush-era congressional authorizations for the war on al-Qaida and the Iraq invasion give President Barack Obama the legal backing to expand the fight against the Islamic State group without new approval from lawmakers under the 1973 War Powers […]

COMING SOON TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL…

September 12th, 2014

A BIT OF BRILLIANT SNARK…

September 12th, 2014

WHO IS GETTING RICHEST FROM OUR WARS…?

September 9th, 2014

The U.S. government is paying private contractors billions of dollars to support secretive military units with drones, surveillance technology, and “psychological operations,” according to new research. A detailed report, published last week by the London-based Remote Control Project, shines a light on the murky activities of the U.S. Special Operations Command by analyzing publicly available […]

WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY GOES AROUND BOMBING

September 9th, 2014

What kind of country goes around bombing people with no strategic purpose and with little motive other than to “flex muscles” and “show toughness”? This answer also seems clear: one that is deeply insecure about its ongoing ability to project strength (and one whose elites benefit in terms of power and profit from endless war). […]

HUMAN LIVES ARE NOW OFFICIALLY THEATRE…?

September 9th, 2014

President Obama has started describing his new strategy to confront the Islamic State, and despite it being a mishmash of wishful thinking and perpetual militarism, the focus of the Washington elites in the press and elsewhere has been almost entirely on the optics: Is he overcoming the perception that he wasn’t doing enough? What will […]

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