replaced video Jan 27, 2010
January 22, 2010
Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center
a maximum security prison in the Philippines
Michael Jackson’s long time choreographer Travis Payne and MJ dancers Performed with the Dancing inmates on January 19, 2010. Sony Studios made this event possible!
by Tom Burghardt
Global Research, January 25, 2010
Antifascist Calling…– 2010-01-22
Relevant questions begging for answers include: Who made the decision not to “connect the dots”? Are right-wing elements and holdovers from the previous administration actively conspiring to destabilize the Obama government? Was the attempted bombing a planned provocation meant to incite new conflicts in the Middle East and restrict democratic rights at home?
As with the 9/11 attacks, these questions go unasked by corporate media. Indeed, such lines of inquiry are entirely off the table and are further signs that a cover-up is in full-swing, not a hard-hitting investigation.
Nearly one month after passengers foiled an attempted suicide bomb attack aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 as it approached Detroit on Christmas Day, new information reveals that the White House and U.S. security agencies had specific intelligence on accused terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, far earlier than previously acknowledged.
By William Bowles
25 January, 2010
It’s perverse I know, but whilst the corporate/state media exhort us to donate for Haiti Relief, it is strangely silent on the issue of the US military occupation of this unfortunate island or why the earthquake caused such total devastation. An occupation that has undoubtedly led directly to the deaths of many Haitians. And this is not simply my opinion, it is borne out by the facts on the ground, or rather in the air, where many of the aid flights ended up, flying round and round or flying to some other place because the US military had occupied the airport, more concerned with ‘security’ than helping the victims.
As the US has effectively owned the island and its economy for over one hundred years, it is directly responsible for creating the living conditions that resulted in such enormous numbers of people killed and injured. But clearly it is more concerned with stopping desperate Haitians from trying to get to the US and securing US assets on the island than it is with the health of the Haitian people.
American Civil Liberties Union
January 24, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 212 549-2666; firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON – Criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to charge accused Christmas Day attacker Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in the criminal court system, members of Congress are calling for legislation requiring intelligence officials to be consulted about how to handle terrorism suspects after their capture, arguing that options other than the criminal justice system should be considered. The Washington Post, in an editorial on January 23, supported this approach.
The members of Congress calling for the legislation are Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT), Robert Bennett (R-UT) and John Ensign (R-NV).
The following can be attributed to Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union:
by Jeremy R. Hammond
Foreign Policy Journal
25 January, 2010
The ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has been the source of a great deal of controversy, but it’s been largely misrepresented by commentators.
First of all, this ruling does not allow corporate contributions to political campaigns. This is still illegal. Although it’s not hard to find ways to work around this prohibition, this is a separate issue from the one considered here.
The case arises from the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, which “prohibits corporations and unions from using their general treasury funds to make independent expenditures for speech that is an ‘electioneering communication’ or for speech that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a candidate.”
by Walter Brasch
January 25, 2010
Air America, the liberal radio network, went down in flames, Jan. 21, when it filed for bankruptcy. It wasn’t because of air-to-air combat with conservative talk shows and bloggers. It wasn’t because of the Recession, although reduced advertising revenue, a reality of all media, also affected Air America. It wasn’t even demographics, even though older, marginalized conservatives tend to listen to radio more than do younger liberal professionals. And media history was only part of the problem.
By the 1960s, liberals had become masters at developing and using not only mainstream media but also an emerging alternative media to advance a social agenda. But then they choked, sputtered, and fell into disarray.
January 25, 2010
While everyone piles on Pat Robertson, the rest of the mainstream media is making the same basic error, attributing Haiti’s misery to the supernatural. Thus avoiding any discussion of the true history of Haiti, which demonstrates the role of foreign intervention in bringing about Haiti’s poverty and political instability.
Danny Glover, Peter Hallward, and Anthony Fenton give their take on Haiti’s true history. For more visit http://www.therealnews.com.
by Chris Hedges
Jan. 25, 2010
photo by Dandelion Salad
Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, carried out a coup d’état in slow motion. The coup is over. We lost. The ruling is one more judicial effort to streamline mechanisms for corporate control. It exposes the myth of a functioning democracy and the triumph of corporate power. But it does not significantly alter the political landscape. The corporate state is firmly cemented in place.