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Julian Assange: Surveillance is New Strategic Weapon Owned by Single Power + Mediastan: WikiLeaks ‘Road Movie’

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RT on Dec 29, 2013

RT discusses WikiLeaks’ road movie ‘Mediastan’ with a special panel of guests, including film creator Julian Assange, journalist and director Johannes Wahlstrom, and Enayat Najafizada – a young Afghan journalist and one of the heroes of the movie.

Our guests raise many questions about the film, including Snowden’s revelations, Glenn Greenwald’s role in the story, and the NSA’s global surveillance program. Continue reading

Pres. Barack Obama Signs H.R. 3304, #NDAA for 2014 + Ratner: Gitmo: 12 Years of US War Crimes

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 26, 2013

Statement by the President on H.R. 3304

Today I have signed into law H.R. 3304, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.” I have signed this annual defense authorization legislation because it will provide pay and bonuses for our service members, enhance counterterrorism initiatives abroad, build the security capacity of key partners, and expand efforts to prevent sexual assault and strengthen protections for victims.

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Barack Obama’s Message to the Congress — Report Consistent with War Powers Resolution

President Obama: Stop the Wars!

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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 13, 2013

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of U.S. Armed Forces equipped for combat.

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Another Nobel Peace Prize – Another Farce? by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 20, 2013

The Nobel Peace Prize brings another surprise – or farce, depending on your view. In relatively recent history, there has been Henry Kissinger (1973) architect supreme of murderous assaults on sovereign nations; the United Nations (2001) whose active warmongering or passive, silent holocausts (think UN embargoes) make shameful mockery of the aspirational founding words.

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Watch the Shocking New Animated Film About the Guantánamo Hunger Strike by Andy Worthington

by Andy Worthington
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.andyworthington.co.uk
October 13, 2013

Guantanamo hunger strike day 101 at Powell & Market

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Below is a powerful new animated film, six minutes in length, which tells the story of the hunger strike at Guantánamo that began in February, and involved the majority of the 164 prisoners still held over the six-month period that followed. At its height, 46 prisoners were being force-fed, and even though just 17 prisoners are still taking part in the hunger strike, 16 of them are being force-fed. Force-feeding is a brutal process, condemned by the medical profession, but it is difficult to understand what is happening at Guantánamo because no images are available of prisoners being force-fed.

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Presidents, Plots, Broken Promises, Coups, Torture and Three Gulags by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
July 7, 2013

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Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive.

— Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832

It has been a bit of a foot-in-mouth week for the constitutional lawyer who is President of the United States.

As Egypt’s increasingly autocratic and theocratic Muslim Brotherhood’s President Mohammed Morsi was rejected by the population with an estimated 33 million person demonstration  and a 22 million signature petition, the US Nobel Prize Laureate cheerleading for the overthrow of Syria’s sovereign Head of State, declared he is “deeply concerned” over the ousting of President Morsi.

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Jacob Dean Gets Tortured at Gitmo Solidarity Protest + Gitmo Protester Arrested After Scaling White House Fence

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Guantanamo hunger strike day 101 at Powell & Market

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Filter Free Radio on Jun 27, 2013

Portland, OR activists have been holding daily protests and vigils at City Hall in solidarity with the Guantanamo Bay detainee hunger strikers 4-6p since May 12th. Today, June 26th is the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Jacob Dean of Filter Free Radio volunteers to be strapped down and force fed to lend his body to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention Against Torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.

In the words of Portland’s hunger striker S. Brian Willson, “We are not worth more. They are not worth less.” – Recorded on June 26, 2013 at Portland, OR City Hall. (This is NOT actually torture, like they do in Gitmo. This is just political street theater.)

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