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American Violence

The Perils of Patriarchy for Men as well as Women: Another Mass Shooting, another Reason to Begin Discussing Violence and GenderSaturday, 19 October 2013 09:44By Jeffrey NallTruthout | News 26

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Published on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Common Dreams
Greenwald: 'Most Shocking' NSA Stories Yet to Come Greenwald, Snowden in daily contact to reveal massive trove of revelations - Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer Glenn Greenwald (Photo: AP)When it comes to the "shock" inspired by the recent National Security Agency revelations, the worst is yet to come, said Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has been working with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on the leaks. “There are a lot more stories,” Greenwald told a large crowd at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro. “The archives are so complex and so deep and so shocking, that I think the most shocking and significant stories are the ones we are still working on, and have yet to publish.”
The new stories, Greenwald said, should be expected in international media in the coming months. The first will include details of U.S. spying in France and Spain, similar to rev…

De Mainstream Pers 53

Liberal democracy remains the same as it ever was: a set of political principles that claims to guarantee equality of access and collective decision making to all, but delivers the opposite. Further, the argument will be that in current times of ‘turbo-capitalism’ or ‘neo-liberalism’, those myths of equality and universal access are quickly evaporating.
David Whyte, Market Patriotism: Liberal Democracy Unmasked. 2013
Geen Jorwerd zonder Brussel.  Geert Mak. Abel Herzberg-lezing. 22 september 2013
In welke wereld leven de Makkianen? Ik stel die vraag omdat in de nazit van zijn Abel Herzberg-lezing de miljonair Geert Mak het volgende opmerkte: Ik was laatst bij mijn belastingadviseuse en ik ging er heen als een halve VVD-er, wat je gewoonlijk doet, want je denkt: ik kan dat nog aftrekken, het gaat mij redelijk goed door die boeken. Ik schrok me kapot wat voor voordeeltjes ik allemaal krijg, wat voor aardige dingen ik kan doen het komende jaar. Ik kan ‘onze’ kinderen een ton geven, als ik dat…

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Elite Insurgency Posted: 14 Oct 2013 12:25 PM PDT
The real threat to the national interest comes from the rich and powerful

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th October 2013
Subversion ain’t what it used to be. Today it scarcely figures as a significant force. Nation states are threatened by something else. Superversion: an attack from above.
It takes several forms. One is familiar, but greatly enhanced by new technology: the tendency of spooks and politicians to use the instruments of state to amplify undemocratic powers. We’ve now learnt that even members of the Cabinet and the National Security Council had no idea what GCHQ was up to(1). No one told them that it was developing the capacity to watch, if it chooses, everything we do online. The real enemies of state (if by state we mean the compact between citizens and those they elect) are people like the head of MI5, and Theresa May, the Home Secretary, who appears to have failed to inform her Cabinet colleagues.

The Israel Lobby Cowbird

The Israel Lobby Cowbird
How is the Israel lobby like a swarm of cowbirds?  Cowbirds use the devious strategy of brood parasitism, arriving at the nest of more parentally-oriented birds to lay their own eggs.  Cowbirds then enjoy unburdened freedom to forage and thrive while their own young are raised, fed and protected by unsuspecting parents.  If an avian host dares remove the cowbird's offspring, the host's own eggs—if not the entire nest—will likely be destroyed by the watchful cowbird.  This coercive relationship is eerily similar to how Israel lobbying organizations flit about Washington, hatching operatives into the U.S. federal government to pursue a solitary goal—advancing the interests of a foreign state without the obligation of registering foreign agents or working through properly credentialed diplomats as rest of the flock of nations must. The sordid and occasionally illegal tactics used by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to intimidate Congress…

The Act of Killing 2

Anoniem heeft een nieuwe reactie op uw bericht "The Act of Killing" achtergelaten: 

Documentaire-maker Joshua Oppenheimer van "The Act Of Killing" zegt :"The US provided not only arms but also death-lists of people they wanted killed in Indonesia in 1965" in interview met DemocracyNow

Published on Jul 19, 2013 - This is the first part of a 45-minute interview Joshua Oppenheimer, the director of a groundbreaking new documentary called, "The Act of Killing." To watch the full interview, visit

The film is set in Indonesia, where beginning in 1965, military and paramilitary forces slaughtered up to a million Indonesians after overthrowing the democratically elected government. That military was backed by the United States and led by General Suharto, who would rule Indonesia for decades. There has been no truth and reconciliation commission, nor have any of the mu…

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De New York Times:

PARIS — More than a decade before the international agency that monitors chemical weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize, John R. Bolton marched into the office of its boss to inform him that he would be fired.
“He told me I had 24 hours to resign,” said José Bustani, who was director general of the agency, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague. “And if I didn’t I would have to face the consequences.” Mr. Bolton, then an under secretary of state and later the American ambassador to the United Nations, told Mr. Bustani that the Bush administration was unhappy with his management style. But Mr. Bustani, 68, who had been re-elected unanimously just 11 months earlier, refused, and weeks later, on April 22, 2002, he was ousted in a special session of the 145-nation chemical weapons watchdog. The story behind his ouster has been the subject of interpretation and speculation for years, and Mr. Bustani, a Brazilian diplomat, has kept a low profile sinc…