• U.S. Torture: Old Wine, New Bottles

    So, comrades, instead of debating the minutiae of the latest torture report, instead of choosing to be surprised, instead of turning this into yet another pathetic two-party debate [sic], instead of creating Cheney memes, let’s instead do the work to see past the corporate propaganda

    U.S. Torture: Old Wine, New Bottles
  • America Is Committing Brutal Acts of Torture Right Now

    much of the media coverage of this issue is missing the crucial bigger picture: the deliberate rehabilitation of torture under the Obama administration, and its systematic use to manufacture false intelligence to justify endless war.

    America Is Committing Brutal Acts of Torture Right Now
  • Yusef Sarwar got 12 years in prison. What about William Hague?

    Whether she knows it or not, by pointing to Prince Harry fighting and killing the Taliban—most of whom are poor, local men from farming families—Majida crossed a red line that most career-minded journalists steer well clear of.

    Yusef Sarwar got 12 years in prison. What about William Hague?
  • The new European ‘arc of instability’

    If the dangerous stand-off between the EU and Russia over Ukraine is not solved, the EU could face, up to 2030, a military build-up in eastern Europe; a new arms race with NATO as a protagonist; and a semi-permanent “zone of instability” from the Baltic to the Balkans and the Black Sea.

    Chris Hondros / Getty Images / AFP
  • Weasel Words

    The former Foreign Secretary said: “At all times I was scrupulous in seeking to carry out my duties in accordance with the law. I hope to be able to say more about this at an appropriate stage in the future.”

    I hope so too, and I hope that the appropriate time is either at the Old Bailey or The Hague.

    Weasel Words
  • Clashing Face-to-Face on Torture

    It’s rare on TV when you see two former senior U.S. officials clashing angrily over something as significant as torture. Usually decorum prevails. But ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern wasn’t going to let the ex-House intelligence oversight chief get away with a bland defense of torture.

    Clashing Face-to-Face on Torture
  • The Global Bankers’ Coup: Bail-In and the Shadowy Financial Stability Board

    It seems the world’s bankers have executed a bloodless coup and now represent all of the people in the world. . . . President Obama agreed at the G20 meeting in London to create an international board with authority to intervene in U.S. corporations by dictating executive compensation and approving or disapproving business management decisions. Under the new Financial Stability Board, the United States has only one vote. In other words, the group will be largely controlled by European central bankers. My guess is, they will represent themselves, not you and not me and certainly not America.

    The Global Bankers’ Coup: Bail-In and the Shadowy Financial Stability Board
  • Russell Brand and the ‘Snide’ from Channel 4 News

    It’s fascinating to watch how easy it is for the corporate media’s institutional bias to successfully direct the dumb gaze of the sleepwalkers to its chosen angle so that the parameters of debate are squeezed and narrowed until they include only its own perspective. In this case it’s, ‘is Russell Brand a hypocrite?’

    Russell Brand and the ‘Snide’ from Channel 4 News
  • ‘No one at the top of food chain to be accountable for CIA torture’

    I think the British and the American governments for the past ten years have been protecting each other, and we know why – because George Bush and Tony Blair would have been implicated – they are all implicated.

    ‘No one at the top of food chain to be accountable for CIA torture’
  • Benign Intent

    The true characterization of the CIA – as the greatest purveyor of criminality and terror in human history – is notably absent from mainstream narratives.

    Benign Intent

Economy »

New G20 Rules: Cyprus-style Bail-ins to Hit Depositors AND Pensioners

New G20 Rules: Cyprus-style Bail-ins to Hit Depositors AND Pensioners

December 4, 2014 at 1:55 pm

By Ellen Brown (Web of Debt Blog) On the weekend of November 16th, the G20 leaders whisked into Brisbane, posed for their photo ops, approved some proposals, made a show of...

Politics »

Ferguson: Through the Corporate Media Lens

Ferguson: Through the Corporate Media Lens

November 29, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Mickey Z. — World NewsTrust Nov. 28, 2014 “There is an odor to any press headquarters that is unmistakable: the unavoidable smell of flesh burning quietly and slowly...

War »

War by media and the triumph of propaganda

War by media and the triumph of propaganda

December 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm

By John Pilger Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power?...

  • Defending Dollar Imperialism
    Defending Dollar Imperialism

    Ukraine War Driven by Gas-Dollar Link by Mike Whitney (Counter Punch) “The Fed’s ‘need’ to take on an...

    December 1, 2014 at 1:22 pm
  • Libya Then and Now: An Overview of NATO’s Handiwork
    Libya Then and Now: An Overview of NATO’s Handiwork

    By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya (New Dawn Magazine | Special Geopolicial Edition) In 2011, as the entire world watched...

    November 27, 2014 at 6:08 pm
  • Iraq War 4.0?
    Iraq War 4.0?

    What If It Weren’t Us?  Russians Invade Afghanistan (Again!), Chinese Fight Iraq War (Again!) By Tom Engelhardt...

    November 26, 2014 at 11:03 pm

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President Putin’s 2014 Federal Assembly Address

President Putin’s 2014 Federal Assembly Address

Against this background, there was no way we could support this armed coup, the violence and the killings. Just take the bloody events in Odessa, where people were burned alive. How can the subsequent attempts to suppress people in Ukraine’s southeast, who oppose this mayhem, be supported? I reiterate that there was no way we could endorse these developments. What’s more, they were followed by hypocritical statements on the protection of international law and human rights. This is just cynical. I strongly believe that the time will come when the Ukrainian people will deliver a just assessment of these developments.

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Employees stand near pipes made for the South Stream pipeline at the OMK metal works in Vyksa in the Nizhny Novgorod region April 15, 2014. (Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin)

Talking Turkey

The countries that South Stream would have served, do not have a back-up supplier to meet their growing gas needs. So by following Washington’s lead, they’ve basically shot themselves in the foot. Analysts figure that any replacement for Russian gas will probably be 30 percent more expensive then they would have paid Gazprom.

Hurrah for the US! Hurrah for stupidity!

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Photo: Ben Birchall/AP

UK Tribunal Says Spying Programs Are Legal

The tribunal has almost never sided against the government, so today’s decision did not come as a surprise to those following the proceedings, much of which happened behind closed doors. The matter isn’t entirely over, however: The judges said they would still consider specific instances where data collection on the groups may have violated their rights.

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“Turk Stream”: Huge Win for Turkey – Big Win For Russia – Historic Loss for EU

“Turk Stream”: Huge Win for Turkey – Big Win For Russia – Historic Loss for EU

US neo-cons are also sharpening their spears. As soon as early 2015 there may be a Ukrainian Freedom Act approved by the US Congress. Translation: Ukraine as a “major US non-NATO ally” which means, in practice, a NATO annexation. Next step; more turbo-charged neo-con provocation of Russia.

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‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

But despite repeated challenges from us and others, Owen Jones, Richard Seymour and David Wearing – regarded as fiery, independent contributors to the Guardian – have maintained a discreet public silence.

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Monbiot: A compromised critic of power

Monbiot: A compromised critic of power

Most telling is that Monbiot does not even suggest that this area of corporate power needs fixing, let alone propose ways it might be done. That, ultimately, is because he is an employee of a corporation, one that sets implicit limits on what he can write about in relation to an area that is his stated expertise.

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Watch What It’s Like to Be a Factory-Farmed Chicken

Watch What It’s Like to Be a Factory-Farmed Chicken

The US meat industry maintains a strict code of secrecy over what goes on within the vast facilities where animals are fattened for slaughter, as Ted Genoways showed in a Mother Jones feature last year (which he expanded into an excellent full-length book). So the glimpses we get of these fecal-laden dungeons tend to be in the form of grainy videos, shot by undercover animal-welfare activists posing as workers

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Obama: War Criminal, Tyrant, Torturer, Racist, Corporate Tool, World-Class Thug

Obama: War Criminal, Tyrant, Torturer, Racist, Corporate Tool, World-Class Thug

His record speaks for itself. Ideologically over-the-top. Lawless. Reckless. Ruthless by any standard. Reflecting the worst of rogue leadership.

Mocking democratic values. Breaching rule of law principles. Riding roughshod over responsible governance. Serving monied interests exclusively. They never had it so good.

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Made in the USA

Made in the USA

The U.S. establishment is used to bullying around anyone it wants and getting its way. This will not happen with Putin. It appears that the U.S. is attempting to put so much pressure on Putin that he does something reckless and loses all support on the world stage. I can’t stress enough how important, and dangerous, the current situation is.

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Washington Post’s Jeff Leen Burst a Spleen When He Saw “Kill the Messenger” on the Silver Screen

Washington Post’s Jeff Leen Burst a Spleen When He Saw “Kill the Messenger” on the Silver Screen

When the young computer staffers at the Mercury News’s fledgling Mercury Center division posted the story on the paper’s new Internet site, they also removed the hocus pocus mystery of “journalism” that the major media had long fed the public.

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MH17: What is the Joint Investigation Team, What Is It for, Who’s Leading it and Why is Malaysia Excluded?

MH17: What is the Joint Investigation Team, What Is It for, Who’s Leading it and Why is Malaysia Excluded?

Does it mean that, since the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigation is taking place in Ukraine, it is ruled by Ukrainian law and that Ukraine, one of the suspects, is leading the investigation? If so, this JIT investigation has no credibility whatsoever and is absolutely not independent. It is a parody of justice.

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The Importance Of The Cancellation Of South Stream

The Importance Of The Cancellation Of South Stream

through the deals it has made this year with China, Turkey and Iran, Russia has dealt a devastating blow to the energy future of the EU. A few years down the line Europeans will start to discover that moralising and bluff comes with a price. Regardless, by cancelling South Stream, Russia has imposed upon Europe the most effective of the sanctions we have seen this year.

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