The Iranian Threat by Noam Chomsky

by Noam Chomsky
June 28, 2010

The dire threat of Iran is widely recognized to be the most serious foreign policy crisis facing the Obama administration. Congress has just strengthened the sanctions against Iran, with even more severe penalties against foreign companies. The Obama administration has been rapidly expanding its offensive capacity in the African island of Diego Garcia, claimed by Britain, which had expelled the population so that the US could build the massive base it uses for attacking the Middle East and Central Asia. The Navy reports sending a submarine tender to the island to service nuclear-powered guided-missile submarines with Tomahawk missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads. Continue reading

Because we must… for their sake by Jason Miller

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by Jason Miller
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Dandelion Salad
Thomas Paine’s Corner June 26, 2010
June 28, 2010

Banging out this essay on my laptop as Delta Airlines ferries me from Kansas City to Portland, I’m once again preparing to table for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office at the Let Live Conference. It was about this time last year that I attended this same conference and met fellow press officers Jerry Vlasak and Camille Hankins for the first time. I also attended several demonstrations with some local Portland activists (for whom I have a great deal of admiration) and listened to several inspirational talks by powerful activists.

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Paul Jay: Toronto G20 – The Shape Of Things To Come


Paul Jay: Are extraordinary police powers and cuts to people’s safety net the G-20 plan for the future?

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Naomi Klein: The Real Crime Scene Was Inside the G20 Summit + Jesse Rosenfeld Describes Being Beaten, Arrested

Democracy Now!
June 28, 2010

Naomi Klein: The Real Crime Scene Was Inside the G20 Summit

As thousands protested in the streets of Toronto, inside the G20 summit world leaders agreed to a controversial goal of cutting government deficits in half by 2013. We speak with journalist Naomi Klein. “What actually happened at the summit is that the global elites just stuck the bill for their drunken binge with the world’s poor, with the people that are most vulnerable,” Klein says.

via Naomi Klein: The Real Crime Scene Was Inside the G20 Summit

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Dennis Kucinich: We are Losing our Nation to Lies about the Necessity of War

Updated: June 30, 2010 added the transcript to the 2nd video

Updated: June 28, 2010; added another video

by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jun 28, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement on the floor of the House concerning an expected vote on a $33 billion supplemental war funding bill: Continue reading

Can Israel really be trusted to investigate itself in the flotilla attack? by Andrew Ravert

by Andrew Ravert
Dandelion Salad
Fthecorporateduopoly’s Blog
June 28, 2010 (revised)

Last week Defense Minister Ehud Barak urged the UN to shelve a push for an independent investigation into the deadly flotilla raid which claimed the lives of 9 people, one of which was shot twice in the legs, once in the back, once in the face and once in the back of the head from 45cm (<1 1/2ft) away, claiming Israel would conduct it’s own international investigation. But just who will make up this ‘international committee’, will they come with a bias and be impartial and can Israel be trusted to not just investigate itself but punish any crimes?

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Howard Morton: There is evidence the police infiltrated “Black Bloc” + Steve Paikin on police attack against peaceful protest

Howard Morton is a criminal lawyer and a member of the Law Union of Ontario

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The Mass Arrests, the Security State and the Toronto G20 Summit

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Socialist Project
The Bullet
28 June, 2010

The massive police presence in Toronto over this week has been officially justified on the basis of protecting the leaders of the G8 and G20 countries meeting in Huntsville and Toronto. We were told that the creation of the fenced-in fortress, the massive mobilization of police (estimates ranging from 10-20,000) from across Canada, and even the passing of a secret law on policing (by the executive of the Ontario government without reference to the Legislative Assembly and the opposition parties) that made it a crime to appear within five metres of the security fence would protect our right to protest as well.

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