Julian Assange Unveils Latest WikiLeaks Release: Project K + “The Kissinger Cables”

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RTAmerica– Apr 8, 2013

On Monday, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange released a series of 1.7 million files showcasing the communications of the US Department of State between 1973 and 1976. According to Assange, the documents will give journalists insight into the US’ political goal at that time and highlights Henry Kissinger’s communications with foreign governments. So what does this new leak mean and why are they so important? WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson explains why they went public on WikiLeaks.

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Deadly Raid: 11 Kids Killed in US Airstrike in Afghanistan

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End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars!

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RussiaToday– Apr 7, 2013

At least 11 children are reported to have been among 18 people killed today in the latest airstrike by U.S. led forces in Afghanistan. The raid was allegedly called in by troops on the ground, after bitter fighting nearby. RT’s Tariq Muhi-yuddin reports.

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The Hijacking of Human Rights by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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April 8, 2013

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

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The appointment of Suzanne Nossel, a former State Department official and longtime government apparatchik, as executive director of PEN American Center is part of a campaign to turn U.S. human rights organizations into propagandists for pre-emptive war and apologists for empire. Nossel’s appointment led me to resign from PEN as well as withdraw from speaking at the PEN World Voices Festival in May. But Nossel is only symptomatic of the widespread hijacking of human rights organizations to demonize those—especially Muslims—branded by the state as the enemy, in order to cloak pre-emptive war and empire with a fictional virtue and to effectively divert attention from our own mounting human rights abuses, including torture, warrantless wiretapping and monitoring, the denial of due process and extrajudicial assassinations.

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