The Stimulator: It takes a village to start a riot


This week:

1. Free the prisoners
2. Oscar Grant Riots
3. US military buildup in Latin America
4. The barefoot bandit is caught
5. Ode to Cha-Cha
6. Arresting video ninjas

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The Food Bubble: How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away With It

Democracy Now!
July 16, 2010

The Food Bubble: How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away With It

While Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $550 million to resolve a civil fraud lawsuit filed by the SEC, Goldman has not been held accountable for many of its other questionable investment practices. A new article in Harper’s Magazine examines the role Goldman played in the food crisis of 2008 when the ranks of the world’s hungry increased by 250 million. We speak to Harper’s contributing editor Frederick Kaufman. [includes rush transcript]

Frederick Kaufman, contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine. Author of the piece The Food Bubble: How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away With It from the July issue of the magazine.

via The Food Bubble: How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away With It

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The Source of Our Despair in the Gulf by Dahr Jamail

by Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t (with more photos)
18 July, 2010

For the first time in 87 days, little or no oil could be escaping into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s Macondo well. The new capping stack was deployed on July 11 from onboard the Transocean Discoverer Inspiration.

With a new containment cap atop the damaged well, many are hopeful.

But all is not well, after all.

National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Friday that the pressure within the cap is not increasing, as was expected.

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Another ‘Viable’ Candidate Bites the Dust… by Sibel Edmonds

by Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
July 18, 2010

Maksim Bakiyev: A Groomed Puppet Who Never Came to Be King

Kyrgyzstan’s Wanted Fugitive: Maksim Bakiyev. The story is more or less the same – the one that has been repeating itself for many decades.  The one based on a script written by the very same conductors who wrote the ones before, and who will probably be writing the ones to come (yes, they’re blessed with longevity; a curse for the rest of us). The location – always a resource rich country or one strategically crucial to resource rich countries. A viable candidate (sometimes candidates) chosen based on the exact same set of criteria – such as degree of corruptibility, and degree of atrocity or criminal tendencies. Continue reading

The kleptocratic mayor of New York by Danny Lucia

by Danny Lucia
July 14, 2010

IN THE past year, the mayor of New York City has become $2 billion richer while his city has grown $1 billion poorer.

When this type of thing happens in a country in Africa or Central Asia, we call it a “failed state.” Their failure, apparently, is a lack of subtlety. Looting your country’s grain reserves to build the world’s largest tetherball arena makes you a kleptocratic dictator. But if you get stinking rich selling information technology to the banks that have looted your treasury through bailouts, well, you’re just Mayor Mike.

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Mustafa Barghouti on the rising non-violent movement in Palestine (updated)

Palestinian Loss of Land 1946 to 2005
Palestinian Loss of Land 1946 to 2005

Info-map orders: PIAG

Update: 7.20.10 added Part 2

Update: 7.19.10 replaced video

[Note: video taken down by TRNN; will replace it when a new one becomes available.]

TheRealNews | July 17, 2010

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti on Palestinian political dynamics and the realities of Middle East Peace

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Facebook’s censorship of left must be fought

Dandelion Salad

By Melinda Butterfield
Jul 16, 2010

The U.S.-based social-networking monolith Facebook has begun an all-out assault on its members, deleting three active groups that advocated for progressive and radical causes, permanently banning the accounts of four individuals who administered one group, and sending threatening messages to others.

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