Countdown: Bill Maher Talks About Taking On Obama

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June 15, 2009

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann Bill Maher Talks About Taking On Obama – 06/15/09

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Bill Moyers Journal: Robert Reich + Thomas Paine + Gun Violence

Why We Can’t Get Single Payer Health Care by Ed Ciaccio

Democrats to propose national public healthcare plan; Would revolutionize US healthcare + What is Single Payer?

Bill Moyers Journal: Jeremy Scahill + Brooke Gladstone & Jay Rosen

Bill Moyers Journal: Single Payer Health Care

Clinton: We hope the outcome reflects the genuine will and desire of the Iranian people

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Updated: June 30, 2009

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compiled by Cem Ertür
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15 June 2009

1) Clinton: We hope the outcome reflects the genuine will and desire of the Iranian people(13 June 2009)
2) Clinton Threatens to Attack Iran ‘The Way That We Did’ Iraq (7 June 2009)

3) Biden: We are not going to allow Iran to go nuclear (14 June 2009)
4) US President Obama: The clock is ticking (26 June 2009)
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excerpt from: Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister Cannon

Joint press conference by US Foreign Minister Clinton and her Canadian counterpart Cannon, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, 13 June 2009

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SECRETARY CLINTON: We watched closely the enthusiasm and the very vigorous debate and dialogue that occurred in the lead-up to the Iranian elections. We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Iran.

But we, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide. The United States has refrained from commenting on the election in Iran. We obviously hope that the outcome reflects the genuine will and desire of the Iranian people.

FOREIGN MINISTER CANNON: For Canada, on behalf of Canada, Canada is deeply concerned by reports of voting irregularities in the Iranian election. We’re troubled by reports of intimidation of opposition candidate’s offices by security forces. We’ve tasked our embassy officials to – in Tehran to closely monitor the situation, and Canada is calling on Iranian authorities to conduct fair and transparent counting of all ballots. […]


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Campaign to stop IMF and war funding

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Bill for supplemental war and IMF funding could be defeated

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Former Gitmo detainee describes prison ordeal

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June 15, 2009

THE FRANCE 24 INTERVIEW: Former Guantanamo inmate Lakdhar Boumediene told FRANCE 24 in an exclusive interview about his seven-year ordeal in the US prison camp, where his protestations of innocence were met with escalating brutality from interrogators.

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Lakhdar Boumediene Talks About Torture At Guantánamo

Life After Guantánamo: Lakhdar Boumediene Speaks by Andy Worthington

The Last Iraqi In Guantánamo, Cleared Six Years Ago, Returns Home by Andy Worthington

Newly Released Detainee Statements Provide More Evidence Of CIA Torture Program

The Last Iraqi In Guantánamo, Cleared Six Years Ago, Returns Home by Andy Worthington

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15 June 2009

Last Thursday, while all eyes were focused on the arrival of four Uighurs from Guantánamo on Bermuda’s balmy shores — and while a few other commentators, myself included, noted that Guantánamo’s youngest prisoner, Mohammed El-Gharani, had been released to his family’s home country of Chad — only one journalist, James Warren of the Atlantic, noticed that another prisoner, an Iraqi named Jawad Jabbar Sadkhan al-Sahlani, had also been released. Warren spoke to his lawyer, Jeffrey Colman of Jenner & Block, who told him, bluntly, “He should never have been there.”

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Newly Released Detainee Statements Provide More Evidence Of CIA Torture Program + CIA bogus Gitmo document release

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6/15/2009

CIA Continues To Suppress Information From Detainee Tribunals With Heavy Redactions

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NEW YORK – The CIA today released still-highly redacted documents in which Guantánamo Bay prisoners describe abuse and torture they suffered in CIA custody. The documents were released as part of an American Civil Liberties Union Freedom of Information Act FOIA lawsuit seeking uncensored transcripts from Combatant Status Review Tribunals CSRTs that determine if prisoners held by the Defense Department at Guantánamo qualify as “enemy combatants.” In previously released versions of the documents, the CIA had removed virtually all references to the abuse of prisoners in their custody; the documents released today are still heavily blacked out but include some new information. Continue reading

Seoul on alert over Pyongyang nuclear threats

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Mon, 15 Jun 2009 01:06:13 GMT

South Korea’s president Lee Myung-bak orders his army officials to be alert over Pyongyang’s warnings of a ‘nuclear war’ in the troubled peninsula.

Lee’s office said on Sunday that the president has summoned his top security officials, ordering them to “resolutely and squarely cope” with the North Korean threats.

“North Korea should give up its nuclear program … and stop any kind of military threat,” read a statement issued by the office. “We urge North Korea to respond in a sincere dialogue to improve South-North Korean relations.”

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via Seoul on alert over Pyongyang nuclear threats.

Scandinavia And Baltic Sea: NATO’s War Plans For The High North by Rick Rozoff

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June 14, 2009

Since the beginning of the year the United States and NATO have repeatedly indicated in both word and deed their intention to lay claim to and extend their military presence in what they refer to as the High North: The Arctic Circle and the waters connecting with it, the Barents and the Norwegian Seas, as well as the Baltic.

Washington issued National Security Presidential Directive 66 on January 12, 2009 which includes the bellicose claim that “The United States has broad and fundamental national security interests in the Arctic region [which] include such matters as missile defense and early warning; deployment of sea and air systems for strategic sealift, strategic deterrence, maritime presence, and maritime security operations.” [1] Later in the same month the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] held a two-day Seminar on Security Prospects in the High North in the capital of Iceland attended by the bloc’s secretary general and its top military commanders.

This coordinated initiative has been covered in a previous article in this series [2] and plans by the West to encroach on Arctic territory and confront Russia in the western region of the ocean have been addressed in another. [3]

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Extremism and Suffering Children by William John Cox

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by William John Cox
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June 15, 2009

What does a shootout at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., the confessions of a Khmer Rouge jailer and the murder of a Kansas medical doctor have in common? The answer is “children,” and how they suffer from being targeted and used by extremists to advance their own hateful agendas.

In 1981, acting as a public interest lawyer, I represented a Holocaust survivor who had been a 17-year-old boy when his entire family was murdered in Nazi concentration camps. We sued a group of radical right-wing organizations that denied the Holocaust and, as a publicity ploy, had offered a reward for proof it had occurred.

During the hearing in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, I asked, “If the Holocaust is a hoax, then where are all the children?” The answer was that the death camps were primarily industrial operations that worked prisoners to death, and children were quickly murdered because they were too young to contribute either their labor or body fat to the enterprise.

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Iran boils over by Lee Sustar

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Lee Sustar looks at the dynamics driving mass protests and repression in Iran following the rigged presidential election.
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June 15, 2009

IRAN WAS in uncharted political territory following mass protests against what was almost certainly a rigged presidential election victory for incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The long-festering divisions in the Iranian ruling class have become wide-open splits as the result of mass support for the reformist presidential candidate, Mir Hussein Mousavi.

A vicious police crackdown on demonstrations in the capital city of Tehran was accompanied by the arrest of more than 130 prominent Mousavi supporters–including Mohammad Reza Khatami, the brother of former President Mahmoud Khatami, a former speaker of the parliament, and the son-in-law of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a leader of the 1979 Islamist revolution.

Other figures rounded up by police include Mostafa Tajzadeh, a minister of the interior under Khatami; Behzad Nabavi, a former minister of industry; and Mohsen Mirdamadi, organizer of the 1979 occupation of the U.S. Embassy.

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Kucinich Grills Ken Lewis on Fed Emails

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June 11, 2009

Former Bank of America CEO, Ken Lewis, testified June 11, 2009 to congress about the BOAs merger with Merrill Lynch. During the hearing Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, challenged Lewis to be more forthcoming about his dealings with the Federal Reserve during the merger. Specifically Kucinich cited emails from Fed officials saying Lewis had asked government officials to provide a letter saying that they had in fact ordered Lewis to merge with the struggling financial firm, Merrill Lynch, because Lewis feared lawsuits from company shareholders if the merger led to company losses. Lewis said he did not recall asking for such a letter. After the hearing Kucinich told reporters that Lewis testimony could put the former CEO in legal jeopardy.

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The American Empire Is Bankrupt by Chris Hedges

America Incorporated By Timothy V. Gatto

De-Dollarization: Dismantling America’s Financial-Military Empire by Prof. Michael Hudson

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse 2

Pepe Escobar: Struggle within Iranian elite

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Pepe Escobar: Two camps locked in fierce struggle, as Revolutionary Guard stages a successful “coup”

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The American Empire Is Bankrupt by Chris Hedges

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June 15, 2009

This week marks the end of the dollar’s reign as the world’s reserve currency. It marks the start of a terrible period of economic and political decline in the United States. And it signals the last gasp of the American imperium. That’s over. It is not coming back. And what is to come will be very, very painful.

Barack Obama, and the criminal class on Wall Street, aided by a corporate media that continues to peddle fatuous gossip and trash talk as news while we endure the greatest economic crisis in our history, may have fooled us, but the rest of the world knows we are bankrupt. And these nations are damned if they are going to continue to prop up an inflated dollar and sustain the massive federal budget deficits, swollen to over $2 trillion, which fund America’s imperial expansion in Eurasia and our system of casino capitalism. They have us by the throat. They are about to squeeze.

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Igor Sutyagin and I. F. Stone: Spies? by Walter C. Uhler

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15 June 2009

A Review of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America, by John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev

My first and only meeting with Igor Sutyagin occurred on 7 September 1998, in what was then the Taiga Café of Moscow’s Aerostar Hotel. A senior scholar in the Department for Military-Political Studies at the Institute for the USA and Canada Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Sutyagin was given the task of dining with an American “People to People” delegation – of which I was a member – and briefing its members on the economic crisis ravaging Russia since its catastrophic default just three weeks earlier.

Although we peppered Igor with questions about Russia’s economic collapse, his answers clearly demonstrated – to me, at least — that the Russian economy was not his area of expertise. Which is why, near the end of our dinner, I changed the subject by asking him a series of questions about the Russian military, my specialty. “What was Russia doing to capture the so-called “revolution in military affairs?” Was he familiar with the massive American study, Atomic Audit (which I reviewed in the July 13, 1998 edition of The Nation) especially its startling revelations about the high risk of accidental nuclear war that was hanging over our unwitting heads during the Cold War? What is Russia doing today to assure control over its nuclear arsenal?

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Cindy Sheehan: How The Left Used Me To Gain House Seats

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Interview with Cindy Sheehan
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June 15, 2009

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June 12, 2009

Alex also talks with anti-war activist and unsuccessful congressional candidate (against Nancy Pelosi), Cindy Sheehan.
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