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Dog whistlers run for cover: Lone Wolf Racist Terror Backfires

By John Grant


“Our ancestors were literally fighting to keep human beings as slaves and to continue the unimaginable acts that occur when someone is held against their will. I am not proud of this heritage.”

Focus: Hillary Clinton - June 24, 2015


Gowdy blasts State Dept. over failure to explain Blumenthal emails - WashingtonExaminer.com


State Department Fails to Answer on New Clinton Emails - Select Committee on Benghazi


Text of Rep. Gowdy’s letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings on Blumenthal emails - benghazi.house.gov


State Dept says Clinton may not have provided new Blumenthal emails, she hand-selected the records before erasing the rest - Washington Examiner


VIDEO: State Dept spokesman Kirby: State still combing Blumenthal emails to see which ones Hillary didn't originally provide - YouTube


Schweizer: Blumenthal Emails Show Clinton Deleted More Than Personal Emails - Breitbart


VIDEO: Rep. Gowdy discusses new Clinton Emails - YouTube


Text of 60 emails that former Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal sent to the secretary of State during her tenure - benghazi.house.go


Documents challenge Clinton claim no classified intel on personal emails - Fox News


Text of the emails obtained by Fox News, challenging Hillary's claim the private server did not hold classified information - foxnews.com


Blumenthal emails show Clinton encouraged 'unsolicited' intelligence - WashingtonExaminer.com


Sources: Clinton confidant who sent Libya memos paid $200G by Brock network - Fox News


Clinton ally Brock presses Benghazi panel over Blumenthal deposition - TheHill

 

Hillary Clinton's real Libya problem, she advocated the U.S. military intervention to push out Moammar Gadhafi. - CNNPolitics.com


Blumenthal praised Clinton's Libya war campaign as 'success' year before Benghazi attacks: emails - Reuters


New Libya Email to Hillary Was Written by Creepy Clinton Confidante Cody Shearer - National Review Online


Emails to Hillary contradict French tale on Libya war, French spies secretly organized and funded the Libyan rebels who defeated Moammar Gadhafi - Al-Monitor


Judicial Watch Statement in Response to Federal Court Reopening Lawsuit Seeking Information on Top Clinton Aide Huma Abedin - Judicial Watch


Hillary Comic Book Focuses on Benghazi, Email Scandal - The Daily Caller

 

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Hillary Clinton facing questions over involvement in Uranium One sale, scrutinized after interview on CloseUP (VIDEOS) - WMUR


‘Clinton Cash’ author demolishes Hillary’s self-defense on the sale of Uranium One to Russia - New York Post


Hillary Tries to Rebut Clinton Cash, Fails - Power Line


Fox & Friends Revives Debunked Clinton Cash Talking Points To Attack Hillary Clinton On Uranium One sale - Media Matters for America


Paul: Hillary's Uranium One Relationship 'Really Should Disqualify Her from Being a Candidate' - Breitbart


Judicial Watch Sues for Records on Bill Clinton's Trips to Sex Offender's Caribbean Island - Judicial Watch


Clintons' Caribbean Vacation Cost Taxpayers At Least $211K - The Weekly Standard


Hillary Clinton sold out Honduras: Lanny Davis, corporate cash, and the real story about the death of a Latin American democracy - Salon.com


Clintons charge big fees to small groups, The Foundation has taken in as much as $11M in payments from non-profit groups - POLITICO


Clinton Cash Goes Missing for a Controversial 2014 NYU Speech - wallstreetonparade.com


New York Times’ Top Shareholder Is a Clinton Foundation Donor - Washington Free Beacon


Clinton Donated $100K to New York Times Group the Same Year Paper Endorsed Her - Washington Free Beacon


Whoops! Nobody verified Clinton Foundation a legal charity, Wall Street analyst says major accounting firm neglected to exercise due diligence - WND


'Big Four' accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers willing participant in a scheme by the Clintons and their associates to become personally enriched by the foundation - WND


'Big 4′ accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers let Clintons skim millions from AIDS charity - WND


Ex-charity exec who helped expose $500G Clinton Foundation donation faces legal threats - Fox News


Sale of Michigan company to China may haunt Clinton - freep.com


Outsourcing Clinton foundation donors accused of abusing visa system, DOL investigates two companies for replacing Americans with cheap foreign labor - Washington Free Beacon


Clinton Foundation Corruption, Hillary’s Circle of Crooks and Thieves - National Review Online


Clinton confidant cuts ties with the formidable family - New York Post


The Ex-Im Bank: Corporate Welfare Only Hillary Clinton Could Love - Forbes


VIDEO: Daily Mail reporter barred from Hillary event fights back, ‘This is something we’ve seen in other countries we don’t want to emulate’ - BizPac Review


Hillary Clinton Claims More Fake Twitter Followers Than Any Other Candidate - Sputnik International

 

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Resistance in Honduras Alive and Jumping

June 28 will mark 6 years since the U.S.-backed military coup in Honduras took the people's government away from them. Thousands of people are still in the streets every week demanding that the wrongful president step down.

"Whoever's not jumping supports the coup!" is the shout as a sea of people leaps repeatedly into the air. The makers of an amazing new film called Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley, will be allowing anyone to view it online for free for two weeks. I recommend you do so.

Honduras has not simply turned into the worst home of violent crime. And the people have not simply fled to the U.S. border (much compassion they'd receive there!) -- No, thousands and thousands of people in this little nation have taken back their land, occupied it, created communities, and built a future, with or without the coup.

President Manuel Zelaya had said he would help. Oligarchs had seized land, or bought land and then devalued the currency. Miguel Facussé took over palm oil plantations, evicted people from their land, got richer than rich, and allowed cocaine flights from Colombia to land on his plantations with U.S. knowledge.

The U.S. for years had been funding, training, and arming soldiers for the oligarchs of Honduras. The leaders of the 2009 coup that overthrew Zelaya had all trained at the School of the Americas in the United States. The U.S. assisted in the coup and in recognition of the coup government. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were part of and are part of this ongoing crime, and U.S. military supply shipments to Honduras are at record levels now as the military has merged with the police and turned its weaponry against the people.

The coup was followed by phony elections. The people knew to look elsewhere for answers. They looked to themselves. In the Aguan Valley in the north, thousands of families took over thousands of hectares by squatting, building, and farming. And they created communities of such camaraderie that they found themselves saying thanks for the coup.

They faced, and still face, regular attacks by killers on motorcycles, but they have nowhere else to go, and they have made the most of it, creating self-sustaining centers of life in the countryside, replacing palm oil monoculture with farming that cares for the land. The dead in the film are of such a different type from the dead in Hollywood movies, that I wonder if people can really see these dead. I hope so. There is never any police investigation, never any charges brought. The people have lost a lawyer and a journalist as well as numerous of their own; the oligarchs have lost a few guards.

The people have also organized local and national assemblies. The men have learned to include women in positions of power. This popular resistance movement always backed the return of Zelaya, who finally negotiated his return to Honduras in 2011. He returned to a people demanding more democratic participation. He joined their movement and encouraged them to participate in the 2013 elections that they had determined to boycott.

During the meeting in the city at which the decision to participate in the election was made, the police in Aguan burned and bulldozed 90 houses, plus churches, and schools. The tears and the eloquence of the people affected must be watched; I cannot tell them to you.

You should watch the scenes of the people meeting with their ousted president, Zelaya, the rightful president of Honduras, and then watch the scene of President Obama meeting with his usurper in the White House. As Facussé threatens to evict everyone from their land, we see a U.S. State Department official meet with some of the campesinos. They tell him that they are offered land at 14% interest, while the World Bank offers it to the big corporations for 1%. He replies that his only area of work is human rights. So they tell him they have been gassed, imprisoned, tortured, and shot. He replies that he just wants to talk about peace. Or maybe he said "piece" of the action, I don't know.

The people see the United States as working on behalf of Dole, formerly the Standard Fruit Company, the same people for whom the U.S. military has been overthrowing governments since that of Hawaii in 1893. Is there any good reason anyone should ever buy Dole products?

The struggle, and the movie, goes on -- filmed over a period of years. Leaders are forced into exile after murder attempts. The burned and bulldozed buildings are rebuilt. And the November 2013 elections arrive, and are blatantly stolen. Zelaya's wife runs on the people's platform against the "law and order" candidate of the military. Observers from the EU and the OAS declare the election legitimate, but individual members of those commissions denounce that conclusion as corrupt and fraudulent. Students lead the protests, and the protests continue to grow.

And the people in the country go right on taking back more of their land and reclaiming it as a source of life rather than death. These people need no aid. They need simply to be allowed to live. All immigrants should be welcomed everywhere by everyone, with no hesitation. Obama should immediately cease deporting children back to a nation he's helped to ruin. But I think most people would be shocked by how little immigration there would be in the world if the corporations and the killers stopped migrating, and people were allowed to live peacefully and equally in the place they love: their land.

Syria News - June 23, 2015


On the offensive Syrian Kurds push deeper into Islamic State territory, seize military base - Yahoo News


Kurds announce their forces gained five more villages from Islamic State militants near the towns of Tel Abyad and Suluk in Raqqa province - nrttv


Kurds find Islamic State tunnel near Turkish border - US News


Kurds find torture center, prison cells of ISIL in Tal Abyad - hurriyetdailynews.com


Free from ISIS, Kurdish refugees return from Turkey to their villages to rebuild (PHOTOS) - Daily Mail Online


VIDEO: Thousands of refugees cross back into Syria from Turkey - Reuters


Kurdish leader Salih Muslim denies YPG committed ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Tel Abyad - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Is there 'systematic ethnic cleansing' by Kurds in north-east Syria? - Kobani Kurd


Analysis: Tel Abyad gives the Syrian Kurds control of  250-mile border with Turkey cutting off ISIS supply routes as well as uniting two of their three cantons - ROAR Magazine


After Tell Abyad, what's next for PYD? - Al-Monitor


YPG would not attack IS’s capital Raqqa: spokesman - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Syrian Kurds' morale high but arms needed, YPJ commander - ANSAMed.it


Kurds seek Canadian military, financial support in fight against ISIL: ‘Time to see something concrete’ - National Post


Syrian Kurdish Leader Salih Muslim Allegedly Holds Secret Meeting With Iraqi PM Abadi - basnews.com


VIDEO: 'Revolution within revolution’: How and why Kurdish women are fighting ISIS (DOCUMENTARY) — RT News


Suicide attack hit Kurdish security center in Syria's Qamishli - ARA News


ISIS scrambles to bolster Raqqa defense - now.mmedia.me


Islamic State covers A-Raqqa city with surveillance cameras - Syria Direct


Syria: ISIS Beheads Leader of Al Qaeda Offshoot Nusra Front in Raqqa - IBTimes


VIDEO: ISIS behead in public al-Nusra Fighter - LiveLeak.com


ISIS fighters show off their hearty meal while those in Raqqa queue for food (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online


Syrian army advances west of ISIS-controlled Palmyra - THE DAILY STAR


ISIS militants plant mines and bombs in Palmyra: activists - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: ISIS militants lay explosives in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra - YouTube

 

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Tel Abyad battle could give blueprint for success against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, coordination between the coalition and Kurdish command - CNN


Coalition General Praises Kurdish Forces in Iraq and Syria - basnews.com


Pentagon: Military airstrikes hit ISIL in Syria and Iraq, Near Tal Abyad five airstrikes struck one large and four small ISIL units - Defense.gov


Turkey Warns US About Kurdish Advances in Syria - VOA


Main points of the document on Syrian Kurds, prepared by Turkey Foreign Ministry and obtained by daily Hürriyet - Hürriyet


US says Turkey main transit route for Syria-bound foreign fighters - todayszaman.com


Captured fighter details Islamic State's Turkey connection - Al-Monitor

 

VIDEO (English subtitles): Captured fighter details Islamic State's Turkey connection - YouTube


After Tal Abyad was recaptured by Kurdish forces former Islamic State recruits ask for amnesty in homelands - Rudaw


Pentagon pays Syrian rebels $400 per month to fight ISIS - usatoday.com


Syrian Opposition Fighters Withdraw from US 'Train and Equip' Program - syrianobserver.com


Here’s how badly the Pentagon effort to train Syrian rebels is lagging - The Washington Post


Military Council of the Free Syrian Army and Nusra Front form new coalition - Worldbulletin News


Syrian rebels split over coalition al-Qaeda links - Middle East Eye


Over 100 jihadist training camps identified in Iraq and Syria - The Long War Journal


Syria fuel shortages due to rebel infighting threaten lives: MSF - THE DAILY STAR


Syrian military and Druze allies join forces to fend off 'terrorists' - LA Times


Golan Druze attack Israeli army ambulance carrying wounded Syrian rebels - Yahoo News


ARCHIVE: Nusra Front Militants Kill Druze Villagers In Syria - Reuters


ISIL recruit allegedly planned U.S. assassinations - USA TODAY


European police team to take on ISIS social media propaganda - THE DAILY STAR


Twitter, YouTube analysis pinpoints ISIS strategy - THE DAILY STAR

 

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Talk Nation Radio: Kevin Gosztola on Harassing, Prosecuting, Imprisoning the Wrong People

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Kevin Gosztola is a journalist for Firedoglake.com and co-host of the weekly podcast radio show, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He regularly covers whistleblowing, secrecy and WikiLeaks. He extensively covered the court martial of Chelsea Manning and co-authored Truth and Consequences: The US v. Private Manning with The Nation's Greg Mitchell. He discusses recent FBI arrests of alleged supporters of ISIS, the imprisonment of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, and the harassment of WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum.

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Armed Violence in the Homeland

Our Jihadis and Theirs

The Real (Armed) Dangers of American Life
By Tom Engelhardt

Corrupted Coverage: US News Media Still Can’t Get It Right on Race

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

Does the intense news coverage examining the tragic massacre inside a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. and coverage exposing the travesty of the white woman who claims she’s actually black mean the mainstream media has finally ‘got it right’ regarding reporting on race and racism?

Public Didn't See Last Two World Wars Coming Either

Books about how World War I started, and to a lesser degree how World War II started, have tended in recent years to explain that these wars didn’t actually come as a surprise, because top government officials saw them coming for years. But these revised histories admit that the general public was pretty much clueless and shocked.

The fact is that anyone in the know or diligently seeking out the facts could see, in rough outline, the danger of World War I or World War II coming years ahead, just as one can see the threats of environmental collapse and World War III approaching now. But the general public lacked a decent understanding prior to the first two world wars and lacks it now on the looming dangers created by environmental destruction and aggressive flirtation with World War III.

What led to the first two world wars and allowed numerous wise observers to warn of them years ahead, even to warn of World War II immediately upon completion of the treaty that ended World War I? A number of factors ought to be obvious but are generally overlooked:

Russia News - June 20, 2015


Russia 'open to world', will cooperate with West: Putin tells the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum - Yahoo News


VIDEO (English): Putin addresses the plenary session of the 19th St Petersburg International Economic Forum - President of Russia


TRANSCRIPT (English): Putin addresses the plenary session of the 19th St Petersburg International Economic Forum - President of Russia


VIDEO: Tonight on PBS: watch Charlie Rose 's conversation with President Putin (link) - Charlie Rose Show on Twitter


Putin: Russian economy has stabilized, now time to focus on the future - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Russian economy shrank by 3.2 % in first five months: minister - The Economic Times


Despite Tensions, U.S. Company Officials Attend Russian Economic Forum - The New York Times


Europeans return to business in St. Petersburg - DW.DE


Greek leader tells Russia he seeks 'new harbors' from European storm - LA Times


Russia and Greece Band Together to Build Turkish Stream Pipeline - The Moscow Times


Putin: Russian pipeline project to help Greece pay its debt - StarTribune.com


EU to extend Russia sanctions to January 2016 - Yahoo News


Russian sanctions to 'cost Europe €100bn' - newsweek.com


Exclusive: Gazprom building global alliance with expanded Shell - Reuters


Russia angered by freezing of accounts in Belgium and France in $50 billion Yukos case - US News


Russia's relationship with China deepens following the fallout from sanctions imposed by the West - cnbc.com


China, Russia boost investment, financial cooperation - Chinadaily.com.cn


Chinese firm to rent Russian land in Siberia for crops - BBC News


Saudi Arabia, Russia sign nuclear power cooperation deal - Reuters

 

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Cold war 2.0? Russia, NATO edge toward high-risk military standoff - CSMonitor.com


NATO: Maneuvers of the New Rapid Response Force in Polish War Games Aimed at Showing Readiness to Russia - VOA


Russia not acting as responsible nuclear power: NATO top commander Breedlove - Reuters


NATO Central and Eastern Europe commander advocates arming Baltic and Eastern Europe to deter Russia - DW.DE


Russia warns Sweden over joining NATO - Business Insider


Norway's NATO Missile Defense Aid Irks Russia - defensenews.com


Putin: Unilateral US withdrawal from ABM treaty pushing Russia toward new arms race - Missile ThreatMissile Threat


Pentagon Building Cruise Missile Shield To Defend US Cities From Russian Cruise Missiles - Defense One


Russia built one of the most alarming anti-aircraft systems in history — and won't say who it's sending it to - Business Insider


How Russia's most advanced military equipment stacks up against NATO's hardware - Business Insider


Russia to Ink Deal to Supply China with 24 Su-35 Fighter Jets - Defense Tech


Russia, China do not create military blocs: Putin - TASS


Report: Russia and China cracked Snowden documents containing details that could allow British and U.S. spies to be identified - The Washington Post


Putin says autonomy for Ukraine's east, amnesty, local elections key for ending conflict - Fox News


Putin reaffirms Russia's support for Syria's Assad - Reuters

 

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What were you doing on your vacation?: Returning Home to the US is to Enter a Police State

By Dave Lindorff


A few weeks ago, I got a vivid comparative look at how far this country has moved towards becoming a police state. The occasion was a brief visit to Montreal, where my wife was to give a harpsichord recital at an early keyboard music conference. 


The Coup

The Coup: 1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations deals with such an engaging topic that even this new book can't really make it boring, hard as it seems to try. When asked what historical figure I would most like to bring back to life and have a talk with I tend to think of Mossadeq, the complex, Gandhian, elected leader, denounced as both Hitler and a communist (as would become part of the standard procedure) and overthrown in an early CIA coup (1953) -- a coup that encouraged dozens more around the globe and led straight to the Iranian revolution and to today's Iranian distrust of the United States. I'm more inclined to believe that current Iranian distrust of the U.S. government is well-merited than blaming it on a long-ago coup implies, but the coup lies at the root of Iranian and worldwide skepticism about generous U.S. intentions.

It's also an interesting fact, supported by this case, that some of the best government actions, taken by any government around the world, have occurred just prior to various U.S.-backed violent coups -- and I include in that category the U.S. New Deal, followed by the unsuccessful Wall Street coup attempt rejected by Smedley Butler. Mossadegh had just done, among other things, these: Slashed the military budget 15%, launched an investigation into weapons deals, retired 135 senior officers, caused the military and police to report to the government rather than to the monarch, slashed stipends to the royal family, restricted the Shah's access to foreign diplomats, transferred the royal estates to the state, and drafted bills to give women the vote and protect the press and the independence of the Supreme Court and taxing extreme wealth by 2% and giving workers healthcare and upping peasants' share of the harvest by 15%. Facing an oil embargo, he cut state salaries, eliminated chauffeured cars for high officials, and restricted luxury imports. All of that was in addition, of course, to the cause of the coup: his insistence on nationalizing the oil from which a British company, and Britain, had been profiting enormously.

British Trash Magna Carta in Bowing to U.S. Diktat on Assange

Friday Marks Julian Assange's 3rd Year Cooped Up in Ecuadorian Embassy

A Reminder From Sunshine Press With Comment By Ray

19 June 2015 marks three years since Mr. Assange, an Australian citizen, entered the embassy of Ecuador in London. He was granted political asylum under the 1951 Refugee Convention due the ongoing espionage case against him in the United States. Mr. Assange risks extradition to the US from both the UK and Sweden.

Mr. Assange has been detained--without charge--in prison, under house arrest and in the embassy for nearly five years. He has not seen the sun in three years as the embassy has no outdoor area. ...

Both the UK and Sweden refuse to provide legal or diplomatic assurances not to extradite Mr. Assange to the US (in violation of their obligations under the Refugee Convention), ...

U.S. House Debates and Votes Down Withdrawal from Iraq/Syria

Wednesday afternoon, by a vote of 288-139 with one voting "present" and five not voting (roll call of who voted which way is here) the U.S. House of Representatives voted down a resolution (H.Con.Res.55) that would have required the President to . . .

"remove United States Armed Forces deployed to Iraq or Syria on or after August 7, 2014, other than Armed Forces required to protect United States diplomatic facilities and personnel, from Iraq and Syria. (1) by no later than the end of the period of 30 days beginning on the day on which this concurrent resolution is adopted; or (2) if the President determines that it is not safe to remove such United States Armed Forces before the end of that period, by no later than December 31, 2015, or such earlier date as the President determines that the Armed Forces can safely be removed."

While some number of the 139 yes votes were apparently cast by Congress members wanting a chance to vote yes on more war during the next 30 days or the next 6.5 months, most were presumably cast by Congress members actually favoring withdrawal or wanting to go on record as favoring withdrawal in a vote that stood little chance of succeeding. Almost two years ago now, Congress was compelled by public pressure to indicate its intention to vote no on missile strikes into Syria. Since that time it has refused to vote wars up or down, while allowing them to be launched and waged and escalated.

Of course, votes for wars have a history of pleasing campaign funders and displeasing voters. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, in Wednesday's debate, made clear that she wanted to have the war continue but maintain the right to denounce it as completely ill-conceived. That's why a vote needed to be forced, to put Congress members on record one way or the other, to not let them have it both ways. There are now 288 of them who should be removed from office at the earliest opportunity and, like Hillary Clinton in 2008 and hopefully in the future, blocked in the pursuit of higher office.

Of course, President Barack Obama has made clear that he will wage war with or without Congress, but a vote by Congress to withdraw, and (if needed) perhaps a further vote to cut off funding, and (if needed) perhaps a further vote to impeach, would at the very least be interesting.

The resolution was brought by Reps. Jim McGovern, Barbara Lee, and Walter Jones under the War Powers Resolution, which allows any Congress member to force a debate and vote on any war that a president has launched without legal authorization. Congressman McGovern chose, however, not to use the debate he had forced in the manner in which then-Congressman Dennis Kucinich used to use it, namely as a debate on ending a war. Instead, McGovern framed this as a debate on whether to have a debate.

So, for two hours on Wednesday, proponents of war advocated at length with great passion and fear mongering for more war, while proponents of having a debate advocated procedurally for the proper use of Constitutional war powers and for having a debate. But of course they knew the resolution was very likely to fail, meaning that their debate on whether to have a debate would be all there was in the way of debating.

McGovern also chose to frame the debate defensively, arguing against opponents' assertions that his resolution required withdrawal in 30 days, claiming on the contrary that the resolution gave the President until the end of the year "if he chooses." But, of course, the resolution, quoted above, didn't say "if he chooses" -- rather "if the President determines that it is not safe to remove." McGovern seemed to be admitting that that was nonsense. It's dangerous to leave troops in a war; it's always safe to remove them, but McGovern was prepared to allow Obama to pretend the opposite "if he chooses."

A number of opponents of the resolution, in fact, pretended the opposite on Wednesday, arguing for more war "to protect the troops." Meanwhile another opponent of the resolution, Brad Sherman, argued that the resolution would indeed pull troops out in 30 days because they were in no danger.

The highlights of the debate came when four Congress members spoke against war, and one in particular did so with passion and wisdom. His name was John Lewis. He said that people are "sick and tired of war" and that war only makes matters worse, "Terrorism is not stopped by weapons. Bombs don't end hate." I've asked his office to send me his written remarks and am also hoping they post them here.

The others who spoke against war were Barbara Lee, very briefly, Rick Nolan, also briefly, and Charlie Rangel who pushed myths about the inherent violence of the Middle East and the goodness of past Good Wars, but who also said there was no reason for U.S. troops to be over there, and that ISIS wasn't invading our jobless communities. Rangel was the first to bring war opposition into Wednesday's "debate."

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey had on Wednesday in a committee hearing pushed the idea that religious sectarianism had created the disaster that in fact U.S. war-making has created in Iraq. Dempsey also said that there was no military solution, so instead he would use both the U.S. military and arming and training of Iraqis. So now you know what "no military solution" means -- a phrase that has apparently maintained the same relationship to its dictionary definition as "imminent" or "combatant."

Speaking in favor of war on Wednesday were Reps. Ed Royce, Eliot Engel (a believer in well-vetted moderate rebels and possibly the tooth fairy), Vicky Hartzler, Gerald Connolly, Joe Wilson (who seems to think Congress should take orders from military), Brendan Boyle, Lee Zeldin, Ted Poe, George Holding, David Cicilline, Adam Kinzinger (who wants Assad overthrown), Brad Sherman, and Michael McCaul.

Rep. Thomas Massie spoke for Constitutional war powers, but not for or against war. So did Walter Jones and Jim McGovern for that matter. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee wants a war debate, but paints war as philanthropy for its foreign victims, and restraint as greedy self-interest. Rep. Jerrold Nadler says he doesn't know if war should go on but that he and his colleagues should decide if war should go on. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton wants a vote for DC for or against war, but speaks only in praise of war. Rep. Mark Sanford wants a war debate, mentions war's financial cost, but never quite says yes or no to more war.

Royce gave a long pro-war closing after McGovern's quick procedural wishy-washy closing that never actually opposed war.

Royce claimed there was no third option beyond war or doing nothing. Here are some of those missing options.

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Talk Nation Radio: Waging Peace With David Hartsough

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David Hartsough is the author, with Joyce Hollyday, of Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. Hartsough is executive director of Peaceworkers, based in San Francisco, and is cofounder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce. He is a Quaker and member of the San Francisco Friends Meeting. He has a BA from Howard University and an MA in international relations from Columbia University. Hartsough has been working actively for nonviolent social change and peaceful resolution of conflicts since he met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1956. Over the last fifty years, he has led and been engaged in nonviolent peacemaking in the United States, Kosovo, the former Soviet Union, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Iran, Palestine, Israel, and many other countries. He was also a peace educator and organized nonviolent movements for peace and justice with the American Friends Service Committee for eighteen years. Hartsough has been arrested more than a hundred times for participating in demonstrations. He has worked in the movements for civil rights, against nuclear weapons, to end the Vietnam War, to end the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan and to prevent an attack on Iran. Most recently, David is helping organize World Beyond War, a global movement to end all wars: http://worldbeyondwar.org

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Ukraine and the Apocalyptic Risk of Propagandized Ignorance

I'm not sure if there's been a better written book published yet this year than Ukraine: Zbig's Grand Chessboard and How the West Was Checkmated, but I'm confident there's not been a more important one. With some 17,000 nuclear bombs in the world, the United States and Russia have about 16,000 of them. The United States is aggressively flirting with World War III, the people of the United States have not the foggiest notion of how or why, and authors Natylie Baldwin and Kermit Heartsong explain it all quite clearly. Go ahead and tell me there's nothing you're now spending your time on that's less important than this.

This book may very well be the best written one I've read this year. It puts all the relevant facts -- those I knew and many I didn't -- together concisely and with perfect organization. It does it with an informed worldview. It leaves me nothing to complain about at all, which is almost unheard of in my book reviews. I find it refreshing to encounter writers so well-informed who also grasp the significance of their information.

Focus: Trans-Pacific Partnership -June 16, 2015


In another sign Obama's trade agenda is in trouble, House GOP Leaders postpone vote on trade bill - CNNPolitics.com


Three ways GOP could save trade bill after postponing the vote - TheHill


GOP leaders’ plan to save Obamatrade revealed - WND


Nancy Pelosi op-ed: Trade promotion authority on its last legs, we must give workers more leverage and have more open discussion - USA TODAY


Top democratic senator dismisses a vote again on trade promotion authority stripped of worker assistance provisions - VOA


GOP Leadership's Latest Obamatrade Ploy Revealed: Small Business Tax Hike That Violates GOP’s Anti-Tax Pledge - Breibart


Rand Paul: Obamatrade Tax Hikes on Small Businesses Mean Republicans Should Oppose Revival Efforts Via a Tax Increase Hidden Inside the Trade Adjustment Assistance - Breitbart


Ten Bay Area U.S. representatives voted against the bill addressing agreements with European Union and Pacific Rim, Only one supported the bill - Patch


Trans Pacific Partnership: Industries Favoring Trade Agreement Gave 8.6 Times More Money To Lawmakers Than Industries Opposed - IBTimes


REPORT: Industries Supporting Trade Bill Contribute Nearly Nine Times More Than Opposing Industries, Full LIst Of Recipients - Money and Politics


VIDEO (and transcript): Obama's Weekly Address: Stand up for American workers and pass Trade Adjustment Assistance - Your Houston News

 

POLL: Obama's Approval Rating Dips in June, Part of the reason could be because of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal - Latin Post

 

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Hillary Clinton ducks questions on trade deals during New Hampshire visit, dismisses fast track as ‘process issue’ - The Guardian


How Hillary Clinton Gets Around Answering Questions About Fast-Track - NationalJournal.com


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton holds first press conference in NH - MSNBC


Labor buys ‘thank you’ ads for lawmakers who blocked Obama trade pact - The Washington Post


How labor beat Obama on trade — for now - The Washington Post


United Steelworkers Urges Lawmakers on Fast Track 'Do-Over' to Not Flip Votes - USW


Teamsters: House needs to continue stand against fast track - Teamster Nation


International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers: Let’s put the brakes on bad trade deals that ship America’s jobs overseas and lower our wages - Facebook


Here’s How We Can Stop TPP-TPA-TAA aka Obamatrade - Tea Party Nation


Environmental Groups Declare Victory After Trade Package Scuttled on House Floor - Bloomberg BNA


Webb criticizes Obama's lack of transparency on trade - wcfcourier.com


Robert Reich Op-Ed: Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Nearly Dead - huffingtonpost.com


Pat Choate Op-Ed: Lies, Damnable Lies and Trade Lies - huffingtonpost.com


Bill Moyers Op-Ed: Fast-Track Derails Democracy - huffingtonpost.com


Lawrence Summers op-ed: Rescuing the free-trade deals - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Larry Summers: TPP crucial to U.S. role in Asia - YouTube

 

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Human Experimentation: a CIA Habit

The Guardian on Monday made public a CIA document allowing the agency's director to "approve, modify, or disapprove all proposals pertaining to human subject research."

Human what?

At Guantanamo, the CIA gave huge doses of the terror-inducing drug mefloquine to prisoners without their consent, as well as the supposed truth serum scopolamine. Former Guantanamo guard Joseph Hickman has documented the CIA's torturing people, sometimes to death, and can find no explanation other than research:

"[Why] were men of little or no value kept under these conditions, and even repeatedly interrogated, months or years after they'd been taken into custody? Even if they'd had any intelligence when they came in, what relevance would it have years later? . . . One answer seemed to lie in the description that Major Generals [Michael] Dunlavey and [Geoffrey] Miller both applied to Gitmo. They called it 'America's battle lab.'"

Non-consensual experimentation on institutionalized children and adults was common in the United States before, during, and even more so after the U.S. and its allies prosecuted Nazis for the practice in 1947, sentencing many to prison and seven to be hanged. The tribunal created the Nuremberg Code, standards for medical practice that were immediately ignored back home. Some American doctors considered it "a good code for barbarians."

The code begins: "Required is the voluntary, well-informed, understanding consent of the human subject in a full legal capacity." A similar requirement is included in the CIA's rules, but has not been followed, even as doctors have assisted with such torture techniques as waterboarding.

Thus far, the United States has never really accepted the Nuremberg Code. While the code was being created, the U.S. was giving people syphilis in Guatemala. It did the same at Tuskegee. Also during the Nuremberg trial, children at the Pennhurst school in southeastern Pennsylvania were given hepatitis-laced feces to eat.

Other sites of experimentation scandals have included the Jewish Chronic Disease Hospital in Brooklyn, the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island, and Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia. And, of course, the CIA's Project MKUltra (1953-1973) was a smorgasbord of human experimentation. Forced sterilizations of women in California prisons have not ended. Torture by Chicago police has for the first time just resulted in compensation for victims.

If we are, at long last, to put such contemptible behavior behind us, it will require breaking some bad habits.

Congress has busily re-banned torture a number of times in recent years. Now it must drop that charade and instead demand that the Attorney General enforce the anti-torture statute, which made torture a felony before George W. Bush ever became president.

It's good of John Oliver to denounce torture. And he's right to go after the lies told about torture in popular entertainment. But he's also spreading the false idea that it's legal. "We checked," he says, reporting that his crack team of investigators discovered that the only ban on torture is found in an executive order written by President Obama. This is dangerous nonsense. The U.S. was a party to the Anti-Torture Convention and had made torture a felony under the anti-torture statute and the war-crimes statute before George W. Bush ever became president.

Since then, Congress has repeatedly "banned" torture. But, just as the U.N. Charter's ban on war actually legalized certain wars, purporting to replace the total ban in the Kellogg-Briand Pact with a partial ban, these Congressional efforts (such as the Military Commissions Act of 2006) have actually legalized certain cases of torture, replacing (at least in everyone's mind) the total ban already existing in the U.S. Code and in a treaty to which the U.S. is party.

The latest "ban" proposal from Senator McCain and friends, would create exceptions in the form of those in the Army Field Manual, and advocates maintain that step number two would be to reform that manual. But if you skip both steps and acknowledge the existence of the anti-torture statute in the U.S. Code, you're done. The proper task is to press for its enforcement.

Oliver's mistake, like virtually everyone else's, is based on two myths. One, torture began with Bush. Two, torture ended with Bush. On the contrary, torture has been around in the United States and elsewhere for a very long time. So has the practice of banning it. Torture is prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. In fact, under international law, torture can never be legalized and is always banned.

Myth number two is also wrong. Torture has not ended and won't as long as it's not punished.

An attorney general can be questioned and threatened with impeachment until our laws are enforced. A new website created Monday let's you email Congress to demand that it do just that.

Tomgram: David Vine, "The Forgotten Costs of War in the Middle East"

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Killing prisoners through medical neglect: Mumia Attorneys Sue in Federal Court for Prisoners’ Right to Medical Care

By Dave Lindorff


Attorneys from the Abolitionis Law Center in Pennsylvania, an organization defending prisoner rights and challenging the state's penal system, have filed suit in federal court demanding that Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections stop preventing them from even seeing their client, journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, on occasions when he has to be hospitalized for a critical diabetes condition.

Exposing Lies, Telling the Truth

I have just read Andre Vltchek’s new book Exposing Lies of the Empire. Let me tell you something about this book of 800 pages.

Vltchek writes with passion and poetry, describing the true horror experienced by the world at large, living at the gunpoint of the imperial powers, while also describing and drawing you into a world of progress, culture and refinement that exists in some places and, so we are tantalised, might exist elsewhere too and even, perhaps, one day for us all.

Pentagon Admits that War is Illegal

The Pentagon has just published 1,204 pages on how it thinks you can behave legally during a war. Looking through this "Law of War Manual" at various hot topics, one finds some atrocities excused as acceptable (cluster bombs, nuclear bombs) and others rejected as completely disallowed (torture) even when in reality they are routinely engaged in.

Beginning to wonder what the point is of writing out such a lengthy description of laws when someone could just read the laws themselves in less time, I notice that nowhere does this document strengthen any actual law, while in many places it weakens them. It picks and chooses which laws to mention and which to leave out or marginalize in footnotes. It stresses the supposed right to ignore any international law that a nation objected to while that law was being created. It incorporates into the whole scheme the idea of launching wars not only against nations, but against any other entities, and of launching wars in nations with those nations' approval. This paper is a sort of enormous signing statement appended retroactively to all existing laws, indicating which will be adhered to and which disregarded, while attempting to advertise a pattern of legal behavior by the U.S. military as a public relations correction to people's awareness of the actual pattern of lawlessness.

But I think the place to start is with the pretense that war itself is legal. This is what permits three-quarters of this document to exist, devoted as those sections are to proper legal conduct during a war. The Pentagon says that one must fight wars legally whether or not the wars are legal. That is, whether or not you have some legal justification for attacking a country, you must nonetheless meet completely vague standards of proportionality and so forth during the course of the attack -- or of the occupation. There's a large section on the legal conduct of occupations that breezes right past any question of the illegality of maintaining the occupation at all. Here's a typical passage about legal "proportionality": "Attacks using nuclear weapons must not be conducted when the expected incidental harm to civilians is excessive compared to the military advantage expected to be gained." How much "harm" to civilians from nuclear weapons would be "excessive"? The so-called law, once you accept war and then try to regulate its conduct, is in the eye of the sociopathic beholder; there's nothing empirical or enforceable about it.

Courage: Caitlyn Jenner vs. Chelsea Manning

                There has been much talk of late about the courage of Caitlyn Jenner. A recent Vanity Fair cover showed the transformation of former 65-year-old Olympic gold medal winner Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn, an attractive woman who appears to be in her thirties.

                But let us look for a moment at the definition of courage. Merriam-Webster defines it thusly: “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty”

The Last Jeb Killed for Slavery, The Last Bush Killed for Oil

Presidential elections should be limited to as short a time period as possible and are generally the biggest drain and distraction going. I have two excuses for looking into Jeb Bush. One is that I've been collecting the evidence that Hillary cannot be a lesser evil than any living human, and campaigning for No More Bushes or Clintons. The other is that I only read Jeb Bush: Outed because I've long liked the author, Stephen Goldstein.

People such as Molly Ivins and James Moore gave the U.S. lots of warning, from the wisdom of Texans, before the Supreme Court falsified the 2000 election results in what will always be falsely remembered as the American public electing George W. Bush president. Here comes Goldstein from Florida to warn us about Jeb. I don't see any reason why knowing about Jeb should make us take any interest in the election, as Hillary is just as bad. But I still see a problem with not knowing -- when it's all so easily known.

The Financialization of Fiction, and Vice Versa

The Utopia of Rules by David Graeber is an engaging riff on the theme of bureaucracy and the BS people think about it.

"De-regulation," of finances, Graeber points out, creates more rules, paperwork, and bureaucrats, apparently because what happens is not the equivalent of firing a bunch of factory safety inspectors, but rather the employment of enough bureaucrats to redirect control of wealth from mid-sized companies to giant conglomerates. Yet, just as people imagine criminals to be mostly black or violent, or war to be philanthropic or necessary, or estate taxes to be about family farms, or voter fraud to be impacting elections, or elections to have any value that could possibly be hurt by voter fraud, or a minimum wage to eliminate jobs, or corporate trade agreements to not eliminate jobs, or guns to make us safer, or prisons to "correct" something, or wealth to trickle down, or small-time foreign thugs to constitute a graver threat than a McDonald's diet, what matters is a fiction well told, not any facts.

Career advancement in a bureaucracy, Graeber writes, is based not so much on merit as on the loyalty exhibited by a willingness to pretend that it's based on merit. If you play along with the collective delusion, you're rewarded.

Focus: Trans-Pacific Partnership - June 12, 2015


Will Dems rescue Obama's trade pact? Backers and foes have no clue if it has enough support to pass on Friday - POLITICO


Anti-Climate Provision Gives Democrats Fresh Reason To Oppose Obama On Trade - huffingtonpost.com


Breitbart News: Republican Opposition To Obamatrade Grows In Face Of Ryan Mistakes - Breitbart


Breitbart News: 34 Courageous Conservatives Wound Obamatrade On Way To Final House Vote - Breitbart


Republicans clash over Obamatrade immigration - WND


Washinton State Rep. Adam Smith Joins Reps. Heck And McDermott In Opposing Fast-Track Trade Bill - KPLU News


Alabama congressmen blast Obama's secret trade agreement - Yellowhammer News


California Rep Garamendi Expresses Strong Opposition to Fast-Track Trade Bill and the Trans-Pacific Partnership “Free Trade Agreement” - California RealEstateRama


Obama's Trade Deals Show He's Out Of Touch With The Real World, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) Says - huffingtonpost.com


Trade debate splits Obama, Chicago Dems - The Washington Post


What Chicago Democrats tell us about President Obama’s problems on trade - The Washington Post


Crucial House vote on trade bill nears with 3 of 6 Louisiana members still undecided - NOLA.com


Oklahoma Vet In Congress Battles Paul Ryan’s Obamatrade In The Trenches - Breitbart


Mo Brooks To Paul Ryan: With China’s Ploy To Join Deal, Make White House Release Obamatrade Text Before Vote - Breitbart


ObamaTrade Secrecy: Log of Which Members of Congress Actually Read Bill in Secret Room Also Private - Breitbart

 

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Left and right line up against fast-track legislation, Tea Party and labor unions say Obama’s trade agenda is undemocratic and secretive - WSJ


Elizabeth Warren Launches Last-Minute Blitz to Stop Trade Bill, Full Text of Her E-mail to Liberal Supporters - Bloomberg Politics


Warren in a conference call organized by Democracy For America and Move On: supporting fast-track would be ‘irresponsible’ - TheHill


Labor chief rebukes Obama on trade in open letter - TheHill


Text of open letter of labor chief to Obama on trade - POLITICO


In a Report AFL-CIO Says Labor Has Been Blocked from Trans-Pacific Partnership Debate (Text of the Report) - Working In These Times


Democrats Call on Administration to Release Confidential Labor Advisory Committee Report - Congressman Mark Pocan


Report: One in Four Jobs in San Diego at Risk with Trade Deal - sandiegofreepress.org


VIDEO: Baltimore Steelworker Invites President Obama to Witness Results of Past Failed Trade Policies - AFL-CIO


Greens slam 'fast track' package over climate concerns - WashingtonExaminer.com


Environmental Groups Unite to Denounce Fast Track Trade Bill - Sierra Club National


Revealed: The Secret Immigration Chapter in Obama's Trade Agreement - Breitbart


Key Provision Of Trade Deal Puts Core Elements Of U.S. Legal System At Risk - huffingtonpost.com

 

Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach: Obama's trade deal is a Trojan horse - MSNBC


Obamatrade! Right-Wing Talk Radio Slams Trans Pacific Partnership - firstlook.org


Bernie Sanders Demands Hillary Clinton Take Trade Stance 'Right Now' - NYTimes.com


Bill Clinton’s Labor Secretary and NY Mayor Bill de Blasio Urge Hillary Clinton to Oppose TPP - Observer

 

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U.S. Shifts Stance on Drug Pricing in Pacific Trade Pact Talks, Wikileaks Document Reveals - NYTimes.com


Leaked Text of the TPP Transparency for Healthcare Annex - WikiLeaks


Trade Deal Targets Medicare, New Leak Reveals - huffingtonpost.com


Secret trade negotiations will undermine Australia's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and push up the cost of medicines - smh.com


New Zealanders' access to affordable medicines could be limited under trade deal secretly negotiated, opposition parties say - NZ Herald News


Analysis by Dr Deborah Gleeson (Australia) on TPP Transparency for Healthcare Annex - WikiLeaks


Analysis by Jane Kelsey (New. Zealand) on TPP Transparency for Healthcare Annex - Wikileaks


GayNZ.com Leaked TPPA docs back HIV med concerns - gaynz.com


Rep. Jan Schakowsky: This is a warning for senior citizens: Ongoing trade negotiations could be harmful to your health - huffingtonpost.com


Latest TPP Leak Raises Burning Questions About Implications for U.S. Health Care System - Public Citizen


Memo: Three Burning Questions about the Leaked TPP Transparency Annex and Its Implications for U.S. Health Care - Public Citizen


VIDEO: Backlash Against TPP Grows as Leaked Text Reveals Corporate Control of Public Health, Interview with Maybarduk of Public Citizen and Sifton of Human Rights Watch - Democracy Now!

 

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Senator Pushes Edge of Skin-Tight Envelope

Democratic-Party-based activist groups are urging each other to praise and support Senator Chris Murphy (Democrat, Connecticut) for laying out a better-than-average foreign policy and setting up a website at http://chanceforpeace.org.

Murphy's position would be considered militarist in the extreme outside of the United States, but advocates point out how much worse most other U.S. senators' are. 

Tomgram: Jen Marlowe, "They Demolish and We Rebuild"

 There’s an ugliness to war beyond the ugly things war does. There are scars beyond the rough, imperfectly mended flesh of the gunshot wound, beyond the flashback, the startle reflex, the nightmare. War finds peculiar and heinous ways to distort lives, and when children are involved, it can mean a lifetime spent trying to recapture what was, to rebuild what never can be.

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