America is America Because of You by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
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www.gpln.com
May 29, 2011

America is not dead because others have lost their belief in the Constitution; the Constitution is alive because it lives in you. Regardless of how or why our leaders sometimes lose their way, some Americans remain true to their ideals. As long as there is one or two of us who believe in the rule of law, justice lives. Some citizens have forgotten their ideals and their aspirations but many have not. Continue reading

Adam Kokesh, Medea Benjamin and others arrested for dancing! + Kokesh interview + Police State Shakedown

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Updated: May 29, 2011; added interview with Adam Kokesh. Updated: May 30, 2011; added 2 videos.

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Adam Kokesh one of several indivduals arrested after a nonviolent protest against the Iraq war in the Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

on May 28, 2011

On May 28, 2011 Television host Adam Kokesh and several other activists participating in a flash-mob were arrested at the publicly-funded Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Their crime? Silently dancing, in celebration of the first amendment’s champion; a clear violation of their right to free-expression. In an excessive use of force, video was captured of Adam being body slammed and placed in a choke for his non-crime.

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Antonia Juhasz: Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill

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on May 26, 2011

Policy analyst, activist and author, Antonia Juhasz, talks about her latest book, BLACK TIDE: THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF THE GULF OIL SPILL. Antonia Juhasz spoke at Powell’s Books in Beaverton, Oregon, on April 25th, 2011. Thanks to PC Peri and Flying Focus Video Collective for recording this program!

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Antonia Juhasz: The Tyranny of Oil (2008; must-see)

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Chevron's Toxic Legacy in Ecuador's Amazon

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on Apr 23, 2011

Author and journalist, Antonia Juhasz, talks about her latest book, “The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry – and What We Must Do to Stop It.”

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Hands off Venezuela! by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
May 28, 2011

Chávez holds a miniature copy of the 1999 Vene...

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We Reject United States Sanctions Against Venezuela

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, the United States Department of State unilaterally imposed sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), for its alleged relations with the government of Iran. The sanctions are a desperate and weak attempt to link Venezuela to Iran’s nuclear energy program as part of an ongoing campaign to justify further aggressive action against the South American oil producing nation.

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Inviting Chaos: The Perils of Toying With the Debt Ceiling by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Featured Writer
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webofdebt.com
May 28, 2011

[T]hreatening to default should not be a partisan issue. In view of all the hazards it entails, one wonders why any responsible person would even flirt with the idea. — Alan S. Blinder, Princeton professor of economics, former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve

A game of Russian roulette is being played with the national debt ceiling. Fire the wrong chamber of the gun, and the result could be the second Great Depression.

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Pakistan in Pieces, Part 1: Imperial Eye on Pakistan by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
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May 28, 2011

Map of Pakistan

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Introduction

As the purported assassination of Osama bin Laden has placed the focus on Pakistan, it is vital to assess the changing role of Pakistan in broad geostrategic terms, and in particular, of the changing American strategy toward Pakistan. The recently reported assassination was a propaganda ploy aimed at targeting Pakistan. To understand this, it is necessary to examine how America has, in recent years, altered its strategy in Pakistan in the direction of destabilization. In short, Pakistan is an American target. The reason: Pakistan’s growing military and strategic ties to China, America’s primary global strategic rival. In the ‘Great Game’ for global hegemony, any country that impedes America’s world primacy – even one as historically significant to America as Pakistan – may be sacrificed upon the altar of war.

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Chris Hedges: War gives Meaning

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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May 28, 2011

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on May 23, 2011

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Chris Hedges gave a lecture on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at First Unitarian Church of Dallas. Drawing from his experiences as a war correspondent, Hedges explained that war imparts participants and spectators alike a false sense of reality.

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Michael Parenti: The Face of Imperialism

Capitalism Isn't Working

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by Michael Parenti
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Eli Pariser on “The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You” + Assange: Facebook, Google, Yahoo spying tools for US intelligence

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Democracy Now!
May 27, 2011

The internet is increasingly becoming an echo chamber in which websites tailor information according to the preferences they detect in each viewer. When some users search the word “Egypt,” they may get the latest news about the revolution, others might only see search results about Egyptian vacations. The top 50 websites collect an average of 64 bits of personal information each time we visit—and then custom-design their sites to conform to our perceived preferences. What impact will this online filtering have on the future of democracy? We speak to Eli Pariser, author of The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You. “Take news about the war in Afghanistan. When you talk to people who run news websites, they’ll tell you stories about the war in Afghanistan don’t perform very well. They don’t get a lot of clicks. People don’t flock to them. And yet, this is arguably one of the most important issues facing the country,” says Pariser. “But it will never make it through these filters. And especially on Facebook this is a problem, because the way that information is transmitted on Facebook is with the ‘like’ button. And the ‘like’ button, it has a very particular valence. It’s easy to click ‘like’ on ‘I just ran a marathon’ or ‘I baked a really awesome cake.’ It’s very hard to click ‘like’ on ‘war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year.'” [includes rush transcript]

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Who will speak for the fish, who will speak for the coral? by Bruce Gagnon

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by Bruce Gagnon
featured writer
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Organizing Notes
May 27, 2011

Six seems to be my lucky number. I was able to hand out six leaflets at Bath Iron Works (BIW) yesterday. But I found a way around the road block though. I sent the leaflet language to the local newspaper as a Letter to the Editor and it was printed yesterday. Continue reading

Is the Arab Spring spreading to US Congressional staffs? by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
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Beirut, Lebanon
May 27, 2011

Move Over AIPAC Protest

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Millions of American voters were offended this week by the vulgar display on Capitol Hill which witnessed the annual rite of nearly 2/3′s of Members on Congress stumbling over one another at the annual AIPAC Conference in order to ingratiate themselves with their hosts and to protect their sinecures.

Equally nauseating to many was what some on Capitol Hill are calling “Congressional Black Tuesday” when they assert Congress cheapened its status in American and foreign eyes and fouled itself by taking the role of undignified cheerleaders for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu during his appearance before a joint session of Congress, an invitation normally reserved for august occasions and accomplished personages.

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Venezuela Rejects US Sanctions, Evaluates Oil Supply to US By Eva Golinger

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By Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
May 26, 2011

Chávez en Pdvsa

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Venezuela’s government strongly rejected the Obama administration’s attempt to sanction its state-owned oil industry, PDVSA, and interrupt its relations with other nations. Latin American nations and groups worldwide have expressed support for Venezuela’s defiant stance

“Sanctions against the homeland of Bolivar? Imposed by the US imperialist government”, declared Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Twitter this Tuesday (@chavezcandanga), “Bring it on, Mr. Obama. Do not forget that we are the children of Bolivar”, Continue reading

Welcome to the Violent World of Mr. Hopey Changey By John Pilger

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By John Pilger
Information Clearing House
www.johnpilger.com
May 26, 2011

Protest Against U.S. Military Action in Libya

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When Britain lost control of Egypt in 1956, Prime Minister Anthony Eden said he wanted the nationalist president Gamal Abdel Nasser “destroyed … murdered … I don’t give a damn if there’s anarchy and chaos in Egypt”. Those insolent Arabs, Winston Churchill had urged in 1951, should be driven “into the gutter from which they should never have emerged”.

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The Mockery Award, the Fraudulent Club and the Gullible Cheering Crowds by Sibel Edmonds

by Sibel Edmonds
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Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
May 26, 2011

White-breasted Nuthatch in Algonquin Provincia...

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A Serious Assault on Transparency & Government Whistleblowers

Have you ever tried standing on your head in order to view the world upside down? What if the world stage before you turns upside-down; will you then have to stand on your head to view it right-side up? You see, we have a fraudulent institution that has been standing on its head, and has been trying very hard to get you to either stand on your head to see what they see or simply look the other way and take their word in describing a totally upside down phenomena as right-side up. Enough for riddle-like communication; let me put it all in perspective for you, ok? I’ll start with the actors:

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