Power, Illusion, and America’s Last Taboo by John Pilger


Socialism 2009: John Pilger: Obama and Empire

July 31, 2009

Author, journalist, film maker John Pilger speaks at Socialism 2009 http://www.socialistworker.org; wwwhaymarketbooks.org Filmed by Paul Hubbard at the Womens Building in San Francisco 7-4-09.

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Government Withholds Key Torture Documents In ACLU Lawsuit

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American Civil Liberties Union
CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org

CIA Defends Interrogations Tactics And Secrecy

NEW YORK – The government has said it will continue to withhold dozens of documents related to the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody overseas. The Justice Department was facing an August 31 deadline to release the documents, including a presidential directive authorizing CIA “black sites” as well as CIA inspector general (IG) records and documents from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) regarding the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” in response to two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds: The attacks on our freedoms are from within!

Clips from Sibel Edmonds: Kill The Messenger (must-see video)

by Velvet Revolution
August 19, 2009

VelvetRevolution.US – Video about whistleblower Sibel Edmonds who tried to expose corruption and the danger of the selling of nuclear technology on the black market, and was fired and gagged by the FBI to protect corrupt officials. See BradBlog.com and click on Sibel Edmonds.

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Eyewitness Honduras: Resistance to the Coup D’Etat


September 02, 2009

Shaun Joseph and Providence City Councilman Miguel Luna report back on the resistance to the coup in Honduras.
Honduras video and photos by Shaun Joseph; reporter – Miguel Luna
Filmed by Paul Hubbard at the Open Table of Christ Church in Providence RI on 8-19-09

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“And on the most exalted throne in the world sits nothing but a man’s arse.” by William Blum



by William Blum
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Sept. 2, 2009

The Anti-Empire Report

“And on the most exalted throne in the world sits nothing but a man’s arse.” Montaigne

If there’s anyone out there who is not already thoroughly cynical about those on the board of directors of the planet, the latest chapter in the saga of the bombing of PanAm 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland might just be enough to push them over the edge.

Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted for the December 21, 1988 bombing, was released from his Scottish imprisonment August 21 supposedly because of his terminal cancer and sent home to Libya, where he received a hero’s welcome. President Obama said that the jubilant welcome Megrahi received was “highly objectionable”. His White House spokesman Robert Gibbs added that the welcoming scenes in Libya were “outrageous and disgusting”. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was “angry and repulsed”, while his foreign secretary, David Miliband, termed the celebratory images “deeply upsetting.” Miliband warned: “How the Libyan government handles itself in the next few days will be very significant in the way the world views Libya’s reentry into the civilized community of nations.” 1

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Colombia passes Uribe third term bill

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Wed, 02 Sep 2009 09:17:38 GMT

Colombian legislators have approved a bill calling for a referendum on a constitutional reform to allow President Alvaro Uribe to run for a third term.

The bill was approved in the early hours of Wednesday in an 85-5 vote, after a tough debate that lasted more than 12 hours.

The move by the House of Representatives must still be endorsed by Colombia’s Constitutional Court.

The referendum would ask voters if Colombia should modify its constitution to allow presidents to run for two consecutive re-elections.

The constitution, which was already modified once in 2006 to let Uribe run for a second four-year term, allows for a single immediate re-election.

The conservative US-backed Uribe has not yet said publicly if he would make a 2010 run to stay in power.

Opposition groups and even some of the 57-year-old president’s supporters have openly opposed reforming the constitution, saying that another term for Uribe would undermine Colombia’s democracy.

However, some of the president’s supporters say he is the only leader who can tackle the leftist FARC guerrillas after he launched a massive operation — aided by billions of dollars in US funds — against the rebels, driving them back into the jungles and remote mountains of Colombia.

Uribe’s government is currently under fire by other Latin American states over Bogota’s plan to give US troops access to Colombian military bases through a 10-year lease agreement.

The top US ally in the region claims that the deal is only an extension of an existing cooperation with Washington to weed out drug smugglers and leftist guerillas.

Many South American countries, however, believe that Washington is using the regional war on drugs as a pretext to boost its regional military presence.

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The Role of Chance in History and National Health Care Reform by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted on Buzzflash.com
September 2, 2009

On the morning of June 18, 1815, it rained in Belgium. A chance event. Napoleon Bonaparte, triumphant in his “100 Days,” felt that he had to wait for the ground to dry before launching his main assault against the Duke of Wellington’s men. Had that not happened, Napoleon might well have achieved his aim of destroying the British force before they could get organized and before their main supporting Prussian force could arrive later in the day. Thus, the outcome of the battle that has been famous since that day might have been such that it would have been more of a footnote to the history of Napoleon’s re-establishment of his Imperium than the metaphor for his final defeat. But it did rain.

It has been said as well that one additional reason that Napoleon delayed that morning was that he had had a bout of diarrhea; a chance event. Again, if it possibly were not for something he happened to have eaten, the outcome might have been very different. He might not have waited so long for the ground to dry. Why Sen. Jim (gays should not be allowed in the classroom) DeMint would have had to have chosen a different metaphor to describe the true aims of his party in the so-called “health care reform debate.” That is, of course, the destruction of the Obama Presidency. The role of chance in history.

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