Investigative journalist Greg Palast on bloodsucking vulture corporations

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12 March, 2010

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Max Keiser: Move Israel to Florida! + Birgitta Jonsdottir on the National Referendum in Iceland

March 12, 2010
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Noam Chomsky: ‘I Am Kinda’: Reflections on the Culture of Imperialism

The last thing Prof. Chomsky said in reply to a question: “I don’t think people have any right to be disillusioned about Obama, there was no basis for the illusion in the first place.” Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: Iran pursuing nuclear weapons out of fear By Matthew W. Hutchins

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Audio and transcript of speech at Harvard: Noam Chomsky on Obama’s Foreign Policy, His Own History of Activism, and the Importance of Speaking Out

By Matthew W. Hutchins
The Harvard Law Record
Thursday, March 11, 2010

Scholar assails U.S. for hypocritical application of Non-Proliferation Treaty

Even the most radical conservative can agree with Noam Chomsky on at least one thing.  “No one in their right mind wants Iran to develop nuclear weapons.”  But to Chomsky, nonproliferation requires reciprocal action, rather than international condemnation.  Chomsky’s reputation as a prolific author of books on subjects including linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, political science, and media might lead one to believe that his views stem from esoteric theoretical arguments, but Chomsky takes a pragmatic view of international relations.  His conclusion is that Iran is developing nuclear weapons out of a rational fear for its national safety because of the systematically threatening posture of the United States and Israel.

Speaking at Harvard’s Memorial Church on Saturday, March 6th, Chomsky critiqued the foreign policy of President Obama ’91 and explained the historical reasons that Iran would perceive a need to develop nuclear weapons.  “If they’re not developing a nuclear deterrent, they are crazy.” The problem, said Chomsky, is the defiant and hypocritical insistence of the United States on holding the constant threat of military action over Iran as a punishment for its noncompliance with United Nations mandates.  “Hostile actions of the United States and its Israeli client are a major factor in Iran’s decisions of whether or not to develop a nuclear deterrent.”


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Noam Chomsky on Obama’s Foreign Policy, His Own History of Activism, and the Importance of Speaking Out

Best Picture No Shill for War Hubris, Invasion or Empire – Robert Scheer Better at Politics than Film Criticism

By Robert S. Becker
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March 12, 2010

Too bad neither art, nor life answers to misdirected pigeonholing from admirable leftwing voices like Robert Scheer.  Must outstanding movies to be reduced to partisan “messages” or platforms that reinforce our prejudices, whether about politics or art?  “Disappointed” with “Hurt Locker’s” seeming apolitical stance, the ideological Scheer balks because a less than overtly anti-Iraq war film won Best Picture.

If “Hurt Locker” so clearly promotes this war or the hubris of imperial occupation, then why isn’t there one scene or one main character that establishes this theme, let alone defends this position?  In fact, the movie experience itself, not Scheer’s distortion, suggests otherwise.  Director Bigelow fashions a story, not a sermon, knowing full well how fixed positions, either way, impede her mission: to bypass defenses and create significant emotional experiences.

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Howard Lyman: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat (must-see)

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Stick with this as it gets better as it goes along.  It’s quite entertaining even though the subject matter is very serious.  ~ DS

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Talk by Howard Lyman author of “Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat” given January 22, 2010 at William H. Gates Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, WA as part of the conference “Crisis at the Crossroads: Animals, the Environment and the Law” sponsored by the University of Washington Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF).

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The fight against Israeli “impunity”

March 11, 2010

How universal jurisdiction is used as a tool to bring to court Israeli leaders accused of war crimes

This week, the European Union’s Parliament passed a resolution endorsing the implementation of the recommendations of the Goldstone Report, which investigated war crimes in the attack on Gaza last year. While the motion was received with support from many NGOs, such as the Women’s Peace Coalition, it did not indicate specific actions the EU will actually take. The same has been true for the UN’s process as members of the Security Council said they would veto the report. Many are therefore taking it in their own hands to hold Israeli leaders accountable for alleged war crimes. The legal tool they’re using is called universal jurisdiction and refers to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 that said countries must be able to prosecute anyone who commits grave crimes. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky investigates what universal jurisdiction is, how it is used, and how Israel is fighting against it.

Daniel Machover is a partner at the British legal firm Hickman & Rose Solicitors in London and is their Head of Civil Litigation. He was the Co-Founder of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights in 1988 and works with Israeli and Palestinian lawyers and NGOs on legal remedies for Palestinians. Working for mutual clients of the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights, he and his colleagues, particularly Kate Maynard, have been involved in the efforts to arrest suspected Israeli war criminals in the UK and beyond, notably General Doron Almog in September 2005, but also (working with legal teams in several countries) Moshe Ya’alon (New Zealand, December 2006), Ami Ayalon (Netherlands, May 2008) and Ehud Barak and others (Spain, June 2008 on-going).

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Permanent Aggression: War on the Horizon in Latin America by Eva Golinger

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by Eva Golinger
Global Research, March 12, 2010
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The Empire will stop at nothing to find mechanisms and techniques to achieve its final objective, and we cannot disregard the possibility of a military conflict in the near future. If the US places Venezuela on the “terrorist list” this year, we could be on the verge of a regional war.

Latin America has suffered constant aggressions executed by Washington during the past two hundred years. Strategies and tactics of covert and overt warfare have been applied against different nations in the region, ranging from coup d’etats, assassinations, disappearances, torture, brutal dictatorships, atrocities, political persecution, economic sabotage, psychological operations, media warfare, biological warfare, subversion, counterinsurgency, paramiliary infiltration, diplomatic terrorism, blockades, electoral intervention to military invasions. Regardless of who’s in the White House – democrat or republican – when it comes to Latin America, the Empire’s policies remain the same.

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