Afghani-Scammed by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
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January 23, 2011

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.  — Mark Twain, “Chronicle of Young Satan”

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Spogmai Akseer: A View from the Inside of Afghanistan, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
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January 23, 2011

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Gareth Porter: US keeps Americans in the dark about secret wars

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Military industries are posing an increasing threat to the United States due to the sector’s mounting pressure for higher military budgets and larger military programs, says investigative journalist and historian Gareth Porter.

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Are You Proud of Your Country? I’m Not by Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
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January 19, 2011

This article has been torturing me for the last five years. I know I should have written it a long time ago, but either the World situation wasn’t right, or I was daunted by the thought of writing this narrative that I knew would be a task that I didn’t really want to start. I take the blame for not writing this sooner, but we are all human and beset by inadequacy.

I have been writing for at least seven years now about our nation. I have alluded to some of the things I’m going to mention in this article. I haven’t been completely remiss, but the situation our nation is faced with deserves more that writing about it’s evils. We must start with how this nation got the way it has become.

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Socialism Can Save Our Cities & Small Businesses by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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January 16, 2011

We live in a country that is so top heavy financially it borders on obscene. If we think that Charles Dickens’ novel Scrooge was powerful, imagine if he wrote today about our Scrooges. Bottom line: America needs fixing or the one percent of our population who control things will take the 99% of us down with their greed and avarice. Yes kiddies, the time has come for some sort of Socialism to save our economy and our citizenry. Let’s get one thing out of the way before we begin. There are many different types of socialism. Continue reading

Corey Pein: Privatizing war inevitably prolongs it, interviewed by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds

by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds
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originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
January 12, 2011

Corey Pein recounts the creation of the recently launched groundbreaking site warisbusiness.com, a nonpartisan site covering military contracting, the global arms trade and the lobby, and how he began the project with two assumptions: The first- a lot of people are making money from war, while enjoying the comforts of anonymity (such people were once plainly called profiteers), and the second: Privatizing war inevitably prolongs it, creating what economists call a “perverse incentive.” Mr. Pein discusses the bought out generals and the militarization of the economy, and the latest on the ‘Rent-A-Generals’ exposé. He talks about scandals such as Mina Corp and the subsequent cover up, US Embassies as marketing arms of military corporations, the win-win outcome of elections for the Pentagon contractors and arms makers, Wikileaks, and more!

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Superpower (2008; must-see)

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Chris Hedges: Media exit from the War

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December 24, 2010

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Chalmers Johnson: The Sorrows of Empire (2004) + Chalmers Johnson, 1931-2010, on the Last Days of the American Republic

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talkingsticktv | November 22, 2010

Interview with Chalmers Johnson author of The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic given February 12, 2004 in Seattle.

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The Secret Iraq Files: Cover-up of Torture and Executions + Iraq’s Secret War Files

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AlJazeeraEnglish | October 23, 2010

Mohamed Omar Hassan

It is the biggest leak of military secrets ever. Al Jazeera has obtained access to almost 400,000 classified American documents. Torture, claims of murder at the checkpoint – revelations that make a mockery of the rules of combat.

Over the past ten weeks, working with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London, Al Jazeera has read tens of thousands of documents, which we sourced through WikiLeaks.

There is a good reason that Washington did not want you to see them. They reveal the covering up of Iraqi state torture to the truth about the hundreds of civilians who have been killed at coalition road blocks.

There are fresh outrages involving private security contractors and we find out what the US really thinks about the Iraqi prime minister.

The Secret Files aired from Saturday, October 23.

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US forces turn a blind eye to torture + WikiLeaks Iraq files reveal torture

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These videos may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

AlJazeeraEnglish | October 22, 2010

The Iraq war documents from WikiLeaks contain thousands of allegations of abuse and torture committed by Iraqi security forces.

And a high-level Pentagon directive told US forces to look the other way.

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Kucinich: The War in Iraq has entered a New Stage of Public Relations

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Aug 19, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today challenged the notion that removing ‘combat brigades’ but leaving 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq constitutes an end to combat operations, let alone an end to the war.

“Who is in charge of our operations in Iraq, now? George Orwell? A war based on lies continues to be a war based on lies. Today, we have a war that is not a war, with combat troops who are not combat troops. In 2003, President Bush said ‘Mission Accomplished’. In 2010, the White House says combat operations are over in Iraq, but will leave 50,000 troops, many of whom will inevitably be involved in combat-related activities.

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End of Iraq Combat Operations or Beginning of Downsized, Rebranded Occupation Relying Heavily on Private Military Contractors?

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Aug. 3, 2010

End of Iraq Combat Operations or Beginning of Downsized, Rebranded Occupation Relying Heavily on Private Military Contractors?

President Obama said Monday in a speech before the Disabled American Veterans national convention in Atlanta that the US military is on target to withdraw all its combat troops from Iraq by the end of August. We speak with independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, who says this instead marks the beginning of a downsized and rebranded occupation that will rely heavily on private military forces. [includes rush transcript]

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Sleeping Through The Fire by Philip A. Farruggio

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by Philip A. Farruggio
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8 July, 2010

Those who run things, the powerful in media, politics and industry, they’ve got an easy job. Why? Well, upwards of 90% of you out there are fast asleep, and you don’t even know it. You rely on television nightly news, the mainstream papers or talk radio to inform you. Sadly, all they will throw at you are either half truths , outright distortions or …… Lies ! Take the Tuesday , July 6th issue of USA Today’s MONEY SECTION, usually a good source of facts. I guess things are so bad now, that they play with things as well. The headline, in bold print says ” Expect Lots of Layoffs at State , Local Levels ….. Tight budgets, lack of Medicaid help put governments in a bind. Continue reading

Jeremy Scahill: Minerals, WikiLeaks, and Blackwater for Sale

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June 15, 2010 — In the wake of a rumor that WikiLeaks may soon publish a number of secret State Department cables, some are saying that the Pentagon is on the hunt for the whistleblowing organization’s founder Julian Assange. On GRITtv with Laura Flanders, Nation writer and blogger Jeremy Scahill says that while Assange may not exactly be on the run to the extent that is being portrayed, diplomats have reason to be concerned about what Wikileaks may have in its possession. “I think a lot of diplomats around the world are very, very nervous. At a minimum, they’re going to want to talk to Julian Assange,” Scahill says. “He denies that he has them [the cables], by the way.”

In addition to discussions of a potential secret prison and interrogation facility within the Bagram Air Base and the New York Times’s coverage of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth, Scahill and Flanders talk about Erik Prince and rumors that Blackwater, his controversial private military company, is for sale. “There are rumors that he [Prince] may be the target of an investigation,” Scahill says. “If you’re on the market for a private army, you could probably buy cheap and buy fast if you’re interested.

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