Killing Crabs and Arabs

I lead a sheltered life. Apart from visiting Afghanistan once during a war, the closest I come to danger is in sports, and the closest I come to violence is in emailed death threats from war fanatics -- and even those pretty much dried up when the president became a Democrat.

When rats moved into the garage, I trapped them one-by-one and let them go in the woods, even as people claimed the same rats were finding their way back over and over again, like local troops getting guns and training from the U.S. Army over and over again so they could "stand up" and attack each other someday.

I've been arrested for using the First Amendment numerous times but never had anyone try to use the Second Amendment on me. I'm mostly a vegetarian, considering becoming a vegan.

My weakness is seafood. But I don't have it all the time. If I ever eat crabs, I buy them already cooked, already red instead of blue, already still instead of moving, already a product like a sausage patty or a granola bar only different.

Recently I found myself at a friend's house on the bay dropping cages into the water and pulling them out full of crabs. One should accept hospitality. They throw back the females. They throw back the babies. The crabs are plentiful, local, organic, non-processed. If I eat them from a store I'd be a hypocrite not to eat them from the bay.

But these crabs were blue, not red; rapidly moving, not still. We dumped them into a pot and poked them back into it as they tried to crawl out, noisily scraping their claws on the metal. Their intentions were quite clear, and we knowingly frustrated those intentions as we slammed the lid on the pot and set it on the stove for 45 minutes. Forty-five minutes. Long enough for an enhanced interrogation.

And then I ate the crabs.

But the crabs kept crawling around in my head. Surely there are greater evils than hypocrisy, my thoughts said to me.

Peace activist friend Paul Chappell spoke recently to a large group. If you spent the day playing with and getting to know a five-year-old girl, he said, could you take a baseball bat and kill her with it? People shuddered.

Of course you couldn't, he said. But what if you did it from 10 feet away with a gun, with her head turned, with her blindfolded, as part of a firing squad, or from 100 feet, without getting to know her, or from an airplane high above, or with the remote control for a drone, or by ordering someone to order someone to order someone else to do it, and with an understanding that the girl was part of a subhuman race out to destroy the good people of the world?

When Barack Obama reads through his list of men, women, and children on a Tuesday and picks which ones to have killed, he knows he won't be doing the killing. When he killed a 16-year-old boy from Colorado named Abdulrahman and his six cousins and friends who were too close to him at the time, was it Obama's choice or did he pass the buck? Was it John Brennan's choice? Let's suppose that one of them was presented with the argument for bestowing the royal thumbs-down.

Were they shown a photograph? Was a portrait of evil painted? Abdulrahman's father had said seditious things. Perhaps Abdulrahman had once cheated on a biology test. Maybe he hadn't meant to, but he had seen an answer and then not spoken up -- no saint, he.

Had a recording been played of Abdulrahman's voice? Could his killer, could his ultimate killer whose policy trickled down to the pushing of the button on the videogame that beheaded, burned-to-death, lynched, and drew and quartered him all at once -- could that person imagine what his voice would have been like had he been in an oversized metal pot trying to crawl out?

Seven young friends trying to scrape their way out of a pot of steaming water, as Gulliver pokes them back. Their words are articulate, followed by inarticulate screams. Could Obama cook them? And if he couldn't cook them, how can he conscionably murder them with missiles, along with dozens and hundreds and thousands of others killed with all kinds of weaponry at his order and through his proxies and through the recipients of his weaponry given and sold to other air-conditioned killers?

If forced to do the killing in person, which president or secretary or chairman or senator or congress member would do it? And would we want them to take a stand against hypocrisy out of loyalty to their former self, the distance killer? Or would we want them to awake to the evil of their ways and cease and desist forthwith?

The distancing of killing doesn't just make it easier. It also hides important considerations behind gleaming temptations. The crabs are dying. You know it. I know it. We all know that we all know it. The oysters are dying. The crabs are dying. The ecosystem is dying. And the fact that they taste good, combined with some vague fatalism about overpopulation and six-of-one-half-a-dozen-bits-of-bullshit doesn't change what the right thing to do must be.

I am going to eat no more crabs.

The wars are self-defeating, creating enemies, murdering innocents, destroying the environment, eroding civil liberties, savaging self-government, draining resources, mashing away all semblance of morality. And the rush of tasty power that comes from ordering deaths on a check list like a take-out menu doesn't change any of that.

There has to be a last time we tolerate war.

Is this taking democracy too far?: The Greek People Have Said ‘No!’ to Austerity and Economic Blackmail

By Dave Lindorff


Something huge has happened in Greece, though you wouldn’t know it if you rely on the US corporate media for your information.


Enbridge Stuffs Provision into Wisconsin Budget to Expedite Controversial Piece of "Keystone XL Clone"

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On Thursday, July 3 on the eve of a long Fourth of July holiday weekend, Canadian pipeline company giant Enbridge landed a sweetheart deal: a provision in the 2015 Wisconsin Budget that will serve to expedite permitting for its controversial proposed Line 61 tar sands pipeline expansion project.

Mapping Military Madness: 2015 Update

Once again this year, the clear winner, in not just women’s soccer and incarceration, but also in militarism, is the United States of America, sweeping nearly every category of military insanity with seemingly effortless ease. Find all of last year’s and this year’s maps here: bit.ly/mappingmilitarism

In the area of money spent on militarism, there was really no competition:

MMspending

Troops in Afghanistan have declined, but there remains no question which nation still has the most.

There are more major wars in the world now than a year ago, but only one nation is involved in some significant way in all of them.

When it comes to weapons sales to the rest of the world, the United States really shines. The other nations should probably be competing in a different league.

In nuclear weapons stockpiling, Russia makes an amazing showing, nudging out the U.S. for the lead, just like last year, even as both nations’ stockpiles have slightly diminished, and both nations have announced plans to build more. No other nation even makes it on the chart.

Among nations with other WMDs, such as chemical and biological weapons, the United States is right in there.

But it’s really in the reach of its military presence that the United States makes every other nation look like amateur killers. U.S. troops and weapons are everywhere. Check out the maps.

We’ve added a map showing the nations receiving the greatest number of U.S. and allies’ air strikes, and we’ve updated the count of drone murders in each country being regularly droned.

Further maps display which nations are taking steps to facilitate peace and prosperity. The United States’ ability to fail so stunningly in these categories while excelling in the others is the mark of a true champion war monger.

A picture is worth 1,000 words. Adjust the settings to make your own maps of militarism here.

Greece News - July 6, 2015


Greece says 'NO' to European bailout, final tally is 61 percent to 39 of voters - Talk Radio News Service


Greek PM Tsipras says Athens ready to return to negotiating table reaching a 'viable solution' with Europe - Reuters


VIDEO: Greek PM Tsipras: Athens ready to talk with Europe - YouTube


PM Tsipras demands creditors forgive a third of the Greece debt and allow delayed repayments for the rest - thestandard.com.hk


The issue of our debt will now be on the negotiating table, in light of the IMF's recent report on its sustainability - Alexis Tsipras on Twitter


Our immediate priority is to restore our banking system's functioning & economic stability - Alexis Tsipras on Twitter


Varoufakis says Greek 'No' is a big Yes to democratic Europe, extends a "hand of cooperation" to its EU-IMF creditors - The Economic Times


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Varoufakis says Greece to seek common ground with European partners after ‘No’ victory, calls for debt restructuring  - News Bridgeward


Greece finance minister considers IOU currency after NO to EU Demands, reiterates that this is not a prelude to Grexit but a legal action within the monetary union - GreekReporter.com


Scenes of joy as Greece's 'No' voters celebrate victory - Channel NewsAsia


In Rural Greece, 'No' Vote Cheered - WSJ


VIDEO: Greece 'No' camp celebrates victory - YouTube


PHOTOS: Greece reacts to austerity referendum results - 9news.com.au


In Its Worst Hour, Greece Overtakes Italy as Top Destination for Refugees - Bloomberg Business

 

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In A Phone Conversation Merkel, Hollande Agree That Results of Greek Referendum Should Be Respected - Sputnik International


Eurozone summit on Greece confirmed for Tuesday: Tusk - Business Standard News


European Commission 'respects' Greece result: statement - focus-fen.net


Eurogroup president Dijsselbloem issues terse statement calling Greece's 'No' vote 'very regrettable for the future of Greece - Business Insider


European Leaders Look to Chart Path Following Greek Vote - WSJ


Euro Falls as Greece Votes 'No' to Bailout Package - NBC News


TABLE: List of creditors and official exposure to Greece by country and type - Barclays


Eurozone Central Bank Now Controls Destiny of Greece’s Battered Banks - The New York Times


ECB seen keeping reduced lifeline for Greek banks after vote: sources - Yahoo Finance UK


Greek banks desperate for emergency loans after voters reject bailout - The Globe and Mail


Greek banks will not open on Monday and ATM limits will be reduced - Business Insider


Europeans tried to block IMF debt report on Greece calling for substantial debt relief - Reuters

 

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The 51-Day Genocide

Max Blumenthal's latest book, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, tells a powerful story powerfully well. I can think of a few other terms that accurately characterize the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza in addition to "war," among them: occupation, murder-spree, and genocide. Each serves a different valuable purpose. Each is correct.

The images people bring to mind with the term "war," universally outdated, are grotesquely outdated in a case like this one. There is no pair of armies on a battlefield. There is no battlefield. There is no aim to conquer, dispossess, or rob. The people of Gaza are already pre-defeated, conquered, imprisoned, and under siege -- permanently overseen by military drones and remote-control machine-guns atop prison-camp walls. In dropping bombs on houses, the Israeli government is not trying to defeat another army on a battlefield, is not trying to gain possession of territory, is not trying to steal resources from a foreign power, and is not trying to hold off a foreign army's attempt to conquer Israel.

Yes, of course, Israel ultimately wants Gaza's land incorporated into Israel, but not with non-Jewish people living on it. (Eighty percent of Gaza's residents are refugees from Israel, families ethnically cleansed in 1947-1948.) Yes, of course, Israel wants the fossil fuels off the Gazan coast. But it already has them. No, the immediate goal of the Israeli war on Gaza last year, like the one two years before, and like the one four years before that, would perfectly fit a name like "The 51 Day Genocide." The purpose was to kill. The end was nothing other than the means.

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

Are Americans disturbed about growing economic inequality in the United States?

Israel Still Not Held to Account For Deliberate Attack on USS Liberty

 

 


Still Waiting for USS Liberty’s Truth

 

 

Editor Note: During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israeli warplanes and warships tried to sink the USS Liberty, killing 34 of the spy ship’s crew. Afterwards, U.S. and Israeli officials excused the attack as an unfortunate mistake and covered up evidence of willful murder, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains.

By Ray McGovern

Israel’s chokehold over U.S. politics and politicians has been so powerful for so many decades that this obvious reality is routinely denied, a collective gagging of the truth that is itself a measure of how strong the Israeli grip is.

A pariah in his home state: Storm Smashes Chris Christie’s Presidential Candidacy

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has any chance of gaining traction in his bid to become the 2016 Republican candidate for president he has to maintain support in suburban communities like East Greenwich Township, a small, predominately white, upper middle income area located about fifty miles south of Trenton, NJ’s capital city.

Veterans Call on Israel to Free International Flotilla, End Siege of Gaza

From Veterans For Peace

U.S. State Department Should Demand Immediate Release of all Passengers

St. Louis, MO. — Veterans For Peace applauds the international Freedom Flotilla 3, including prominent VFP member, Colonel Ann Wright (USAR Retired), and the courage of all who attempted to break the Israeli siege of Gaza this week.

We deplore the Israeli government’s illegal seizure, in international waters, of the lead boat, the Marianne of Gothenburg from Sweden, and the illegal abduction of her crew and passengers. We call for the immediate release of the ship, along with its crew and passengers and all of their confiscated property including their video recording devices, tapes, disks cards and any other devices they used to record exactly what happened when and after the boat was commandeered.

We are also disturbed by credible reports now being heard that flotilla volunteers were subjected to unnecessary levels of violence from Israeli military personnel who reportedly tased four unarmed civilians.  At least 9 crew and passengers are currently detained. These actions of the Israeli government confirm Israel’s status as a true rogue state and demand a strong response from the United States Government.

Greece News - July 3, 2015


Tsipras says Greece seeks ‘realistic solution’ and not to split from the Eurozone, predicts new deal within 48 hours of referendum - Irish Times


VIDEO: Tsipras says after Sunday referendum a 'no' vote would help Greece achieve more generous deal - The Guardian


Greek prime minister won't resign if Greeks vote 'yes' at referendum - morningstar.com


Greek PM Tsipras: Creditor deal will go to parliament if Greeks vote YES - Holger Zschaepitz on Twitter


Dijsselbloem: Greek 'no' risks place in euro zone, voters should not expect to get better terms by voting against the creditors - Reuters


Dijsselbloem’s Letter to Greek PM Tsipras: "EU Cannot Offer Further Assistance to Greece Until Referendum Result - GreekReporter.com


VIDEO: Eurogroup President Dijsselbloem: "We will simply await now the outcome of the referendum on Sunday" - YouTube


ECB extends freeze on emergency Greece funds - POLITICO


ECB's Bonnici says ECB liquidity for Greece linked to referendum result - Reuters


Greek Banks Limp Until Vote in Hope for ECB Salvation on Monday - Bloomberg Business


Greek banks down to €500m in cash reserves as economy crashes - Telegraph


What’s the issue with Greece’s pension system? - thejournal.ie


Greeks will have to lift retirement age to 67 - SMH


ECB's Draghi defends Greek pension reforms, says to be progressive and mostly applied to pensions above 1,000 euros - Reuters


VIDEO: Greece crisis: Police use tear gas to keep protesters from EU offices - Telegraph

 

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I.M.F. Says Greece Debt Is Unsustainable and Requires Writedown, but Blames Government Lapses - The New York Times


IMF: Greece needs 30 percent of its debt to be written off and a bailout package worth €51.9 billion over the next three years - euobserver.com


REPORT: Greece: Preliminary Draft Debt Sustainability Analysis - IMF


Nine Key Questions on Greece - IMF


Leaked Troika Documents: Greece Wouldn't Make it Even By 2030 - WBP Online


"Without debt restructuring, no program will be viable” - Alexis Tsipras on Twitter


Greek Finance Minister: Negotiations have stalled because Greece’s creditors refused to reduce our un-payable public debt - Yanis Varoufakis

 

Call intercepted by NSA and circulated by Wikileaks to media: Merkel admitted in 2011 Greek debt unsustainable - irishtimes.com


Moody's cuts Greece's ratings after default, following Fitch and S&P - Reuters


S&P says Greek GDP would fall by 20% after Grexit - FT.com


REPORT: The Credit Impact Of A Grexit - Standard & Poor's Global Credit Portal


Greece Votes: What Happens If It Leaves Eurozone? - WSJ


Think Greece is better off ditching the euro? Read this first - Quartz


Greek crisis: European Central banks prepare for worst - CNN 


How Greece could pull fragile Europe back into recession - City A.M.


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Tomgram: Engelhardt, What Happened to War?

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Sailing -- Again -- to Break the Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza

By Ann Wright

I’ve just set foot on dry land after five days at sea on one of the four boats of Gaza Freedom Flotilla 3.

The land I have set foot on is not Gaza, nor Israel, but Greece.  Why Greece?

New strategies are needed to keep the momentum for challenging the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza and the isolation of the Palestinians there.  Our attempts in the past five years have resulted in the Israeli government’s piracy in international waters seizing a virtual armada of our ships, kidnapping hundreds of citizens from dozens of countries, charging them with entering Israel illegally and deporting them for a ten year period, which denies them the opportunity to visit with Israelis and Palestinians in Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank. 

The ships that form the flotillas have been purchased at substantial expense through the fundraising efforts of Palestinian supporters in many countries.  After litigation in Israeli courts, only two of the vessels have been returned to their owners.  The remainder, at least seven ships, are in Haifa harbor and apparently are part of a tourist tour to see the ships that terrorize Israel.  One boat reportedly has been used as a target for Israeli naval bombardment.

The newest strategy is not to sail all of the ships in any flotilla into Israeli hands.  The publicity, primarily in the Israeli press, of an impending flotilla of unknown size coming from unknown departure points, forces the Israeli government intelligence and military organizations to expend resources, human and financial, on determining what unarmed civilians are challenging their naval blockade of Gaza—and how they are challenging it. 

Hopefully, for every minute Israeli government organizations expend to try to stop the ships in a flotilla they are making resources unavailable for the continued horrific treatment of Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank.

For example, the day before the Marianne ship from Sweden was captured, an Israeli aircraft flew a search pattern for two hours over ships in the area to attempt to determine how many vessels were in this area and which might be a part of the flotilla.  We suspect there were other Israeli vessels, to include submarines, with electronic capability to identify radio or satellite transmissions from all ships in the area and attempt to pinpoint our ships.  These efforts come at a cost to the Israeli government, much more of a cost than our purchasing ships and having passengers fly to flotilla departure points.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - July 2, 2015


Emails Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department have been retroactively classified - The Daily Caller


State Department parries queries on Hillary Clinton emails which have been classified - POLITICO


VIDEO: Press Conference of State Department Spokesman John Kirby on Hillary Clinton Emails - C-SPAN.org


VIDEO: Hillary for America spokeswoman Finney Claims Clinton Had No Classified Info on Private Server - Washington Free Beacon


State Department asserts privilege against Benghazi committee withholding "a small number" of documents - Washington Examiner


Text of State Dept letter to Benghazi committee chairman Gowdy, amounting to a de facto claim of executive privilege - democrats.benghazi


GOP: Hillary emails just the tip of the iceberg, we will never get full disclosure until Hillary Clinton releases her secret server for an independent investigation - The Daily Caller


Admission of Hillary's classified emails opens door for feds to seize her servers - Washington Times


Blumenthal's State Dept. role went far beyond Libya - WashingtonExaminer.com


Hillary’s E-mails Reveal Sid Blumenthal as a Shadow Employee - National Review Online


Clinton Foundation, State Dept. teamed up for foreign event orchestrated by Blumenthal - WashingtonExaminer.com


Blumenthal Urged Hillary Clinton to Lobby for Tony Blair's Bid for European President, Emails Show | VICE News


Lobbying for African energy company, Joe Wilson, through Sidney Blumenthal, calls on Hillary Clinton - WashingtonExaminer.com


Emails Show Hillary’s State Department Communicating With Google About Blocked Benghazi Video - Washington Free Beacon


Emails suggest Hillary helped Clinton Foundation donors - WashingtonExaminer.com


Emails reveal Cherie Blair helped Qatari royal gain access to Hillary Clinton - Telegraph


Read the Second Batch of Hillary Clinton's Released Emails - US News


Double trouble? IRS lawyer now heads Clinton email production, Republican Benghazi investigators suspicious that top lawyer is slow-walking document release - POLITICO


Clinton’s new video: Benghazi panel a 'charade’ (VIDEO) - TheHill


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Hillary Clinton Raises Record $45 Million in First Quarter of Campaign - Bloomberg Politics


POLL: Bush, Trump rising for GOP, but both trail Clinton - CNNPolitics.com


POLL: Democratic turnout a 2016 risk factor, voters doubt presidential contenders can deliver reforms from Washington - RealClearPolitics


University Pays Chelsea Clinton $65,000 for Ten-Minute Speech, 20-minute Q and A, and a 30-minute session posing for pictures - breitbart.com


Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Planner to Host Hillary Fundraiser, Clinton donor received taxpayer money planning parties for State Department - Washington Free Beacon


Senator Demands Top Cop Lynch Look Into Clinton Ties to Shady Uranium Deal - The Weekly Standard


Wall Street analyst: Univision owner’s wife ‘liable in Clinton Foundation fraud’ - WND


VIDEO: Young Americans Shocked to Learn of Hillary’s Multiple Mansions - Alex Jones’ Infowars


Andrew Napolitano: Hillary’s secret war arming rebels in Syria and Libya in an effort to overthrow the governments of those countries - WND


Hillary’s advisers secretly pushed her to be more hawkish than Obama on Afghanistan - Business Insider

 

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Hillary Clinton State Dept Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat; Lobbyist Gets Job

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The U.S. State Department released a batch of 3,000 searchable documents formerly stored on the private hard drive and in a private email account of Democratic Party presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Among them: a fully redacted job description for State Department International Energy Coordinator/Diplomat-At-Large.

Guns and the Godly

Where do American Christians stand on guns and gun-related violence? 

TSA snoops in passenger’s bag, finds money, calls DEA to take it

From the Washington Post comes this story of not only another instance of TSA abuse, but the TSA's bragging about said abuse.


Iraqi Voices Are Screaming from Far Away

Iraqis were attempting the nonviolent overthrow of their dictator prior to his violent overthrow by the United States in 2003. When U.S. troops began to ease up on their liberating and democracy-spreading in 2008, and during the Arab Spring of 2011 and the years that followed, nonviolent Iraqi protest movements grew again, working for change, including the overthrow of their new Green Zone dictator. He would eventually step down, but not before imprisoning, torturing, and murdering activists -- with U.S. weapons, of course.

There have been and are Iraqi movements for women's rights, labor rights, to stop dam construction on the Tigris in Turkey, to throw the last U.S. troop out of the country, to free the government from Iranian influence, and to protect Iraqi oil from foreign corporate control. Central to much of the activism, however, has been a movement against the sectarianism that the U.S. occupation brought. Over here in the United States we don't hear much about that. How would it fit with the lie we're told over and over that Shi'a-Sunni fighting has been going on for centuries?

Ali Issa's new book, Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq, collects interviews he's done of key Iraqi activists, and public statements made by Iraqi activist movements, including a letter to the U.S. Occupy Movement and similar messages of global solidarity. The voices are hard to hear because we haven't been hearing them all these years, and because they don't fit with lies we've been told or even with overly simplistic truths we've been told.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - June 30, 2015

 

Benghazi chairman threatens to force Kerry to testify, citing his refusal to provide emails of nine former Secretary of State Clinton’s aides - TheHill


VIDEO: Trey Gowdy Closes in on Kerry and Clinton - CBS News


State Department won't say if Kerry would testify on Benghazi - Reuters


Records show Clinton withheld emails about oil and terrorism in Libya, removed portions of other emails she sent to State - Washington Examiner


Calls grow for probe of Clinton's private server - Washington Examiner


Clinton campaign pushes back on Benghazi probe - WashingtonExaminer.com


Statement from John Podesta in response to Republican efforts to politicize the Benghazi hearings - Hillary for America


Clinton Fundraiser: Missing Emails 'A Little Troubling' - Breitbart


Here's What to Expect From Tomorrow's Release of Hillary Clinton's Emails - VICE News


RNC Seeks Documents on Hillary Aide’s Special Work Deal at State - Washington Free Beacon


None of Hillary’s top donors are unions, her ten most generous donors are investment banks, white collar law firms, or companies such as Cablevision and Time Warner - Washington Free Beacon


TABLE: Hillary Clinton’s top donors and contributions over the span of her career 1999-2016 - OpenSecrets

 

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Benghazi night call between Clinton and Obama withheld by the State Department, documents show - Fox News


Newly Released Documents Confirm White House Official Framed Benghazi Attack by Islamists to Internet Video - Judicial Watch


Exclusive: US supported the secret supply of weapons to Libyan rebels while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State (VIDEO) - Fox News


VIDEO: Clinton E-Mails Reveal Secret Libyan Weapons Deals - YouTube


Fournier: White House Officials Say They're 'Disgusted' With Clinton Emails, Donation Disclosure (VIDEO) - Breitbart


Graham Blasts Hillary’s ‘Sleazy’ Associates, State Department Management - Washington Free Beacon


‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle’s Wife Taya Slams Hillary Clinton’s ‘Audacity’ on Benghazi - newsbusters.org


ARCHIVE: Hillary, Panetta misleading about Libya arms shipments to Syrian rebels? Scheme may have prompted 2012 Benghazi attack - WND


ARCHIVE: Col Gaddafi killed: convoy bombed by drone flown by pilot in Las Vegas - Telegraph

 

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Talk Nation Radio: Andre Vltchek on Exposing Lies of the Empire

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Before the Dawn

By Kathy Kelly

Each year, throughout the Muslim world, believers participate in the month-long Ramadan fast. Here in Kabul, where I'm a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, our household awakens at 2:15 a.m. to prepare a simple meal before the fast begins at about 3:00 a.m.  I like the easy companionship we feel, seated on the floor, sharing our food.  Friday, the day off, is household clean-up day, and it seemed a bit odd, to be sweeping and washing floors in the pre-dawn hours, but we tended to various tasks and then caught a nap before heading over to meet the early bird students at the Street Kids School, a project my hosts are running for child laborers who otherwise couldn't go to school.

I didn't nap - I was fitful and couldn't, my mind filled with images from a memoir, Guantanamo Diary, which I've been reading since arriving here.   Mohamedou Ould Slahi's  story of being imprisoned in Guantanamo since 2002 rightly disturbs me. In all his years of captivity, he has never been charged with a crime. He has suffered grotesque torture, humiliation and mistreatment, and yet his memoir includes many humane, tender accounts, including remembrances of past Ramadan fasts spent with his family.

Describing his early time in a Jordanian prison, he writes:

We don’t do body counts: Have Millions of Deaths from America's 'War on Terror' been Concealed?

By Jack Balkwill

 

How many days has it been
Since I was born?
How many days
'Til I die?

Do I know any ways
I can make you laugh?
Or do I only know how
To make you cry?

― Leon Russell, Stranger in a Strange Land
 

Tomgram: William Astore, “Hi, I’m Uncle Sam and I’m a War-oholic”

It was the summer of 2002. The Bush administration’s top officials knew that they were going into Iraq in a big way. They were then in planning mode, but waiting until fall to launch their full-throttle campaign to persuade Congress and the American people to back them.

Greece News - June 29, 2015


Greece Closes Banks and Stock Market for Six Days Beginning Monday, Imposes Capital Controls - VOA


Tsipras' Dramatic Call to Europe: "Restore the ELA to Greek Banks", Full Statement of the Greek PM - GreekReporter.com


Alexis Tsipras vents on Twitter as bailout referendum looms - City A.M.


Text of the Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ intervention during the 27th June 2015 Eurogroup Meeting (VIDEO) - Yanis Varoufakis


Greek opposition leader calls for national unity government - Channel NewsAsia


POLL: Greece Referendum: Two Polls Show Greeks Favor European Agreement - GreekReporter.com


Several hundred anti-austerity protesters rally at Greek parliament - Reuters


VIDEO: Protesters in Athens call for people to vote 'no' in July 5 referendum - YouTube


In Athens, last week thousands of flag-waving Greeks rallied to show support for euro - Reuters


VIDEO: Thousands rallied in Athens calling on the government to assure the country stay in the Euro - YouTube


Greek debt crisis: What the Greek papers say - BBC News


Greek pensions: At the heart of dispute with creditors - AFP


A shield against poverty, pensions are Greece's top priority - US News


Greek tourism draws line in the sand over tax hikes - Reuters


ARCHIVE: Leaked: Greece’s bailout counterproposal - Brussels blog


ARCHIVE: Text of the Greece’s bailout counterproposal - Brussels blog

 

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Barack Obama, Angela Merkel Say 'Critically Important' for Greece to Resume Reforms and Growth Within the Eurozone - NDTV


US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urges Europe and IMF to reach a deal to keep Greece in euro zone, tells Tsipras to work with EU partners - Reuters


European Commission publishes the proposals it presented to Greek officials when they walked out of talks on Friday - European Commission


Text of the European Commission latest draft proposals in the context of negotiations with Greece - blogs.ft.com


Deal or no deal: A breakdown of the latest European and Greece proposals - FT.com


Greece's creditors agreed lower VAT on hotels in last proposals - Reuters


Lagarde Says IMF Can’t Lend to Greece If June Payment Missed - Bloomberg Business


Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Greece - imf.org


Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn does make a case for giving Greece debt relief now - fr.slideshare.net


Cyprus says Eurogroup should have extended Greek aid - Reuters


How much Greece owes to international creditors - Reuters


Panic Among Hedge Fund Investors in Greece - The New York Times


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Drone Protesters Found Guilty of Trespassing

By upstatedroneaction.org

FOUR HANCOCK ANTI-DRONE ACTIVISTS GUILTY OF TRESPASS, BUT ACQUITTED OF DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND OF OBSTRUCTING GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION (OGA), A MISDEMEANOR. SENTENCING WILL BE IN THE DE WITT (NY) TOWN COURT 6:30 P.M. JULY 8.

This afternoon (6/27), after deliberating a couple hours, a six-person jury found the four not guilty of obstructing government administration (OGA) at Hancock Air Base near Syracuse, New York, but guilty of trespass, a violation carrying a maximum 15-day imprisonment.

      Today was the last day of the four-day trial presided over by Judge Joseph Zavaglia, a corporate attorney. The four were represented by Atty. Lew Oliver of Albany. They were among 31 arrested in the driveway to Hancock’s main gate on East Molloy Rd on April 28, 2013 for “dieing-in” with bloody shrouds or for attempting to read aloud to the military personnel behind Hancock’s barbed wire fence a list of children killed by U.S. drones. The activists said they sought to “prick the conscience” of base personnel and the chain of command responsible for the war crime originating there.

   A low point in the trial came when Judge Zavaglia did not permit Pardiss Kebraiaei, a national security and international law expert, to testify.  Kebraiaei, who has testified before Congress, had come that morning from NYC where she’s an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights.

    Since 2010 Hancock has been the home of the 174th Attack Wing of the NY National Guard – an MQ9 Reaper drone hub piloting weaponized drones 24/7 over Afghanistan and likely elsewhere. Also since 2010 Hancock has been the scene of twice-monthly anti-drone demonstrations outside its main gate as well as occasional larger demonstrations and scrupulously nonviolent civil resistance organized by Upstate Drone Action, a grassroots coalition. These have led to over 160 arrests, and numerous trials in DeWitt as well as $375 fines, Orders of Protection, and numerous incarcerations.

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