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Charlie Hebdo 47

Charlie Hebdo: When Freedom of Speech Isn't  ParamountTuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00 By Niall McLarenTruthout | Op-Ed  Before people start leaping to the ramparts, shouting "Freedom of speech is paramount" or "Devotion must prevail," let's start with some very general statements about societies and work toward the specifics to see if we can gain a clearer picture. (Photo: Valentina Calà) The concept of a civil society depends on far more than simply unrestrained freedom of speech. Now that Dominic Strauss-Kahn's sordid adventures have replaced the attack on Charlie Hebdo in the headlines; now that the millions of supporters of freedom of speech have gone home, including such liberals as the King of Jordan, the Turkish president and the prime minister of Israel, it is perhaps time to examine the broader social context of this tragic event. I appreciate that many people feel the headlines said it all, that brutality does not require analysis, and that m…

U.S. War Fever

Drums Along The Potomac: How This Country Never Learns Anything The country seems to be sliding down some very familiar tracks into a military engagement in the Middle East.  Quite frankly, this has been one of the more depressing weeks we have seen in a very long time. The country seems to be sliding down some very familiar tracks into a military engagement in the Middle East -- an engagement that, at the moment, seems to be cloudy in its objectives, vague in its outlines, and obscure on the simple fact of what we are supposedly fighting for, and who we will be fighting with. Can we fight the Islamic State generally without help from (gasp!) Iran? Can we fight the Islamic State in Syria without a de facto alliance with Hafez al-Assad, who was Hitler only a year or so ago? And the most recent polling seems to indicate that all the institutions that are supposed to act as a brake on war powers within a self-governing republic are working in reverse again. The Congress is going to debat…

Oekraïne 96

We Stand on Firm Ground There Goes the Guardian, Lying About Ukraine…Again! by ERIC DRAITSER
The western media is busily trying to prop up their failed narrative of “Russian aggression” in Ukraine in a desperate attempt to legitimize their consciously deceitful reporting. To do so, they are now relying not on experts or western intelligence reports, but a discredited blogger and his corporate media chums. On February 17, 2015, The Guardian ran a story with the headline “Russia shelled Ukrainians from within its own territory, says study.”The title alone is enough to convince many casual observers that yes, the mainstream media reporting on the civil war in Ukraine has been correct all along. You see, it’s all because of Russian aggression, or so the meme would go. But closer analysis of this story, and the key players involved, should cause any reasonably intelligent and logical…

Hofland Pedanterie

Sonja heeft een nieuwe reactie op je bericht "Henk Hofland en de Massa 6" achtergelaten: 

"De terreur van de jihadisten heeft bij wijze van spreken de oorlog bij ons thuis gebracht. En de overheid reageert daarop met versterking van alle veiligheids­diensten. Dat is in feite de mobilisatie waarmee we nu al jaren in toenemende mate bezig zijn en die de instemming van het publiek heeft, overal in het Westen."

Is dat zo? Voor wie spreekt Hofland eigenlijk?

No To Netanyahu

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Dear Stan, 

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is coming to the US March 3rd to speak to a joint session of the US Congress to popularize the idea that the U.S. should essentially make impossible Obama's efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran, hence putting the U.S. and Israel on path toward war with Iran. 
We are taking a full-page ad in the NY Times, if we get enough people to donate to make it happen. We need YOU, Stan, to sign the ad at and to donate generously. Here are some guidelines to consider: People of means might consider donating between  $1,000 to $5,000. People with incomes above $60,000/yr might $400 to $300 (and anyone giving $300 or more will have their name appear on the ad itself, though the ad will also have a link to all the people who sign the ad). Any amount you give will help us reach the amount we need to make this statement possible.…

Richard D. Wolff

Richard D. Wolff: "The Game Is Rigged"Friday, 20 February 2015 12:58 By StaffACLU of Southern California | Video  font sizePrint 2 Email


A Black Mississippi Judge's Breathtaking Speech To 3 White Murderers FEBRUARY 13, 201512:54 PM ET NPR STAFF U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves, for the Southern District of Mississippi. Courtesy of Here's an astonishing speech by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, who in 2010 became the second African-American appointed as federal judge in Mississippi. He read it to three young white men before sentencing them for the death of a 48-year-old black man named James Craig Anderson in a parking lot in Jackson, Miss., one night in 2011. They were part of a group that beat Anderson and then killed him by running over his body with a truck, yelling "white power" as they drove off. The speech is long; Reeves asked the young men to sit down while he read it aloud in the courtroom. And it's breathtaking, in both the moral force of its arguments and the palpable sadness with which they are delivered. We have decided to publish the speech, which we got from the blo…