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Ken Burns

Ken Burns is een begenadigde documentairemaker: KEN BURNS TELLS HIS STORY Who better to talk about the art of the narrative than Ken Burns? In this terrific short documentary about storytelling, filmmakers Tom Mason and Sarah Klein of "Miracle on 22nd Street"-fame (Google it if you haven's seen it. Now.) and sit down with the master.

Free The Press

On Bill Maher Show, Dan Rather Slams Corporate Media: "To Put it Bluntly, Big Business Is in Bed With Big Government" On last night's Real Time, Bill Maher interviewed Dan Rather about his thoughts on opinion journalism ("I think it has its place" but "it's not my kind of journalism"), Rather's Bush-going-AWOL story, which famously got him fired, and media consolidation. His thoughts on that: Whether you're a conservative or a liberal or a progressive, a Democrat or a Republican, everybody can be and should be concerned about this: the constant consolidation of media, particularly national distribution of media, with a few companies -- no more than six, my count is four -- now control more than 80 percent of the true national distribution of news. These large corporations, they have things they need from the power structure in Washington, whether it's Republican or Democrat, and of course the people in Washington have things they wan…

The Military Industrial Complex 3

Anti-NATO Activists Charged With "Providing Material Support for Terrorism" in Apparent Retaliation for Calling Out Police Intimidation Well this is a deeply screwed up story, even for someone who reads about police wrongdoing and unjust anti-activist measures all the time. Some anti-NATO protesters in Chicago have been arrested and charged with “possession of incendiary or explosive device, conspiracy to commit terrorism & providing material support for terrorism," in apparent retaliation for being involved with a recent video that shed light on Chicago police intimidation practices. Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola wrote a post late last night about how a group of activists were detained, with some of them released on Friday night: Two of the nine activists arrested in a preemptive raid of an apartment in Bridgeport on the south side of Chicago were finally released Friday night. They joined four activists that were released earlier. Three activists remained in j…

The Military Industrial Complex 2


'Police Repression Escalates Ahead of Mass Protests in Chicago
The Chicago Police Department raided a home where activists were staying late Wednesday night and detained a group of them, alleging that they had equipment used to produce molotov cocktails. Activists and lawyers allege that the police held protesters for 17 hours before acknowledging that they arrested them. The raid came before a weekend of planned protests against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Cold War-era group of nations from North America and Europe. NATO is set to hold their annual summit in Chicago over the weekend. The National Lawyers Guild released a statement yesterday on the police department raid: The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) condemns a preemptive police raid that took place at approximately 11:30pm Wednesday in the Bridgeport neighborhood, and instances of harassment on the street, in which Chicago police are unlawfully detaining, searchi…

The Neoliberal Religion 38

FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE:  My real enemy doesn’t have a name or a face or a party. He’ll never run as president, and so he’ll never be elected, although he does govern. My enemy is the world of finance.

White-collar criminologist and former senior financial regulator William Black addresses the grassroots reaction to austerity measures in Europe -- from the "Indignados" movement in Spain to the anti-bailout elections in France and Greece -- as well as in the United States, where the Occupy movement is re-emerging as the presidential campaign gets into full gear.  Transcript AMY GOODMAN: Now, William Black, I wanted to end by asking you quickly about the economic crisis in Europe. In Spain, over 100,000 people took part in anti-austerity rallies Sunday. In Greece, anti-bailout parties won the nation’s recent election. And in France, François Hollande was sworn in today as France’s new president, becoming the first French Socialist in power since the ’90s. He recently said his enemy w…

Amerikaans Terrorisme 3

De New York Times bericht:
May 17, 2012 'U.S. Envoy to Israel Says Nation Is Ready on Iran By JERUSALEM — The American ambassador to Israel said this week that not only was America willing to use military force to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but that preparations had already been made for a possible attack.
“It would be preferable to resolve this diplomatically and through the use of pressure than to use military force,” the ambassador, Dan Shapiro, said Tuesday at a meeting of the Israeli bar association. “But that doesn’t mean that option is not fully available. And not just available, but it’s ready. The necessary planning has been done to ensure that it’s ready.”
While American leaders, including President Obama and his defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have frequently said all options are on the table regarding Iran, the notion of specific plans being made is not something they typically talk about.
In fact, at a March spe…

Chris Hedges 4

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Iraq War veteran Sgt. Shamar Thomas leads a demonstration in New York’s Grand Central Station to call attention t

Israel as a Rogue State 343

'May 27, 2006 Israel's own Nuremberg Laws?
Photo from Politics in the Zeros Today in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, columnist Avraham Tal was lamenting the fact that some Palestinians and Israelis are trying to transform Israel into "a state of all its citizens." According to him, too many of the wrong kind of human are being born or getting married in Israel.  He's worried about the presence of those "foreigners" - no, not Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia or Russia - but the indigenous Palestinians. Even though last week Israel's High Court "institutionalized racial discrimination" by upholding an anti-Palestinian marriage law, Tal is worried that someday in the near future, Israel's judges won't be racist.  A horrible state of affairs, indeed.

In order to combat this clamoring for equality, Tal has an ingenious suggestion (and no, it's not killing the Arabs, that's forAvigdor Lieberman) - it's another racist Basic Law! In …

The Military Industrial Complex

This happens when the military industrial complex has become the most powerful force in an empire:

'Published on Friday, May 18, 2012 by Common Dreams Congress, Standing Against Public Majority, Votes for More War in Afghanistan Amendment to end combat operations and withdrawal troops fails with bipartisan support in US House - Common Dreams staff By a vote of 303-113, the US House of Representatives rejected an amendment by California's Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) on Thursday that would have swiftly ended combat operations in Afghanistan by limiting funds only to the "safe and orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors from Afghanistan." Congresswoman Lee (D-CA