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Killing of leaders was being planned: Exposing the Federal Government’s Plan to Crush the Occupy Movement (Part I)

By Dave Lindorff


  Listen to Dave Lindorff explain on Santa Barbara radio KCSB's Radio Occupy program how the federal government, in collusion with state and local police, and possibly with private bank and oil company security firms, planned to use "suppressed sniper fire" to assassinate the leaders of Occupy Houston, and perhaps also the leaders of other Occupy Movement actions around the country.

Rutgers Teach-In in protest against honoring Condoleezza Rice

GREAT NEWS! CONDOLEEZEE RICE WITHDREW FROM MAKING THE RUTGERS COMMENCEMENT SPEECH. A VICTORY FOR THE STUDENTS & TEACHERS OF RUTGERS. We assume the Teach-In will still occur, now as a victory celebration.

Ukraine News - May 3, 2014

 

31 anti-government activists die after radicals set Trade Unions House on fire in Ukraine's Odessa (VIDEOS)— RT News


‘Nobody is letting us walk out of here alive’: trapped Odessa anti-government activist to RT (VIDEOS) - RT News


VIDEO: Rescuers Pull People from Burning Odessa Trade Union Building - TeleManagement


VIDEO: Fierce street battles in Odessa, Ukraine as pro & anti Kiev demos clash - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine: Odessa on the edge of all-out street war - YouTube


Moscow outraged by events in Odessa, views the tragic events as a sign of Kiev's "criminal irresponsibility” - THE DAILY STAR

 

US urges Kiev to punish those responsible for death of people in Odessa - The Voice of Russia

 

Ukraine: Neo-Nazi Right Sector Leader Threatens 'Civil War' - Israel National News

 

VIDEO: Ukraine’s Right Sector Threatens to Blow Pipelines from Russia to EU - YouTube

 

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Ukrainian Military Strike Rebel-Held City Slavyansk as Fighting Spreads - NYTimes.com


Ukraine President says 'many' rebels killed, wounded in crackdown - usatoday.com


Explosions, gunships rouse Slavyansk to barricades - GlobalPost


Pro-Russian rebels down army helicopters in Slaviansk offensive - France 24


VIDEO: Locals stall troops and armour en route to Slavyansk, Part 1 - YouTube


VIDEO: Human chains of E. Ukrainian residents block Kiev troops, APCs near Slavyansk, Part 2 - Youtube


VIDEO: Slavyansk residents angry at Ukraine military operation - YouTube


VIDEO: Downed Army helicopter burning in Slavyansk - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Helicopter pilot rescued by separatists - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: Slavyansk self-defenders guard barricades, prepare for 'Kiev offensive' - YouTube

 

VIDEO (Russian): Crimean separatists: Hundreds of us are coming to help South-Eastern Ukraine’ - YouTube

 

Ukraine Reinstates Conscription as Security Deteriorates in Eastern Region - VOA

 

Pro-Russian activists in Slaviansk say 2 Ukrainian Alfa unit officers freed - interfax.com

 

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Russia, EU, Ukraine fail to reach agreement at gas talks - RT Business


Russia to cut gas to Ukraine in June if no prepayment received - Reuters


Russian energy minister: Ukraine must use some of its IMF loan to repay gas debts - ITAR-TASS


No doubts about Ukraine gas debt, EU intends to help Naftogaz - EU energy commissioner - ITAR-TASS


EU wants same price for Russian gas for all its members: Oettinger - EurActiv

 

Gazprom worried by uncertainty about gas transport from Russia to Eu across Ukraine - The Voice of Russia

 

Russian gas supplies 'not guaranteed', EU commissioner warns - EUobserver

 

Why Putin's Potential Retaliation Against Western Oil Giants Could Backfire - Businessweek

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

World Can't Wait at the Left Forum

World Can't Wait presents four great panels at the Left Forum.  Each panel will be moderated by World Can't Wait director Debra Sweet. 

 

Academic freedom under attack: A Conversation with Prof. Nel about an Attempt to Fire Tenured Faculty for their Private Online

By Dave Lindorff

 

This week's "This Can't Be Happening!" radio program on PRN radio features an interview with Dr. Phil Nel, a distinguished professor of English at Kansas State University, and an outspoken opponent of a current effort by the Kansas Board of Regents to impose a new "social media policy" on all the state's public higher education institutions -- a policy that would allow administrators to fire even tenured faculty for posting statements that "damage" the school or negatively impact "harmony" on campus.

 

Occupy Founders Launch The After Party in Detroit

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

Some of the founding members of the occupy movement are launching a new political party – THE AFTER Party.

Carl Gibson is among them.

He says, “What sets The After Party apart is that 365 days out of the year it is a humanitarian organization. The way we organize politically, what sets us apart is that we are finding needs within the community, and then working to meet them using the community's assets.”

And, so is Radio Rahim, another After Party founding member and, yes the real life persona behind the character in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing says the following:

Turkey News - May 2, 2014

 

Protests turn violent in Turkey on May Day after labor rallies banned - fsrn.org


VIDEO: Best footage: Major May Day violence in Turkey - YouTube


VIDEO: Best footage: Molotovs, stun grenades explode on Istanbul streets as violence erupts at May Day rally - YouTube


VIDEO: Protester gets shot in the leg while throwing a molotov cocktail at police - YouTube


VIDEO: Police crack down on May Day demonstrators on main Istanbul road amid traffic - hurriyetdailynews.com


The Turkish way of controlling protests: Just shut down the city! - GlobalPost

 

CHRONOLOGY: As it happened: Police keep Taksim Square shut by means of tear gas and water cannon on tense May Day in Istanbul (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

May 1 tension erupts at Ankara’s Kızılay Square - CİHAN

 

Turkish police innovate with state-of-the-art ‘castle wall’ at Ankara’s Kızılay Square (PHOTOS) - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

May Day activist attempted to hijack airplane - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkish unions speak out on the Labour Day, Unemployment reaching three million and a lack of job security are most serious problems - Euro Asia News

 

Turkish government scared of workers: Main opposition leader - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Dispatches: Why Banning May Day in Taksim Doesn’t Work - Human Rights Watch

 

Turkey: Riot police in reprehensible crackdown on peaceful May Day protest - Amnesty International

 

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Turkish prosecutors investigate into Erdogan rival Gulen: minister - NBC News


Gülen faces a second investigation as an espionage probe launched at TİB - hurriyetdailynews.com


US avoids commenting on Gülen's extradition - Today's Zaman


Turkish Extradition Request Could Strain Relations With US - VOA


US says Erdoğan’s remarks on protests are ‘ridiculous’ - Today's Zaman


Dialogue advocacy group 'disturbed' by Erdoğan's harassment of Hizmet - CİHAN

 

Courts order corrections to gov't media stories on Hizmet - CİHAN

 

Websites conducting a large-scale black propaganda war against the Hizmet movement - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish opposition: Enquiry against Gülen politically motivated - CİHAN

 

Erdoğan's ‘venomous discourse' about German President Joachim Gauck destroying Turkey's ties with EU - CİHAN

 

German President Gauck: I even restrained myself - CİHAN

 

Alevi groups slam Erdoğan remarks on ‘atheist Alevis' - CİHAN

 

Unregistered investigations carried out in İstanbul Courthouse - CİHAN

 

PM's son behind investigation ‘by mistake' into CHP leader - CİHAN

 

Venice Commission concerned about attacks against top court - CİHAN

 

MASAK chief reassigned in Finance Ministry purge, he came to public attention in a investigation launched against Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab - CİHAN

 

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Prosecutors demand five years in prison for ‘girl with red foulard’ and other four Gezi protesters - hurriyetdailynews.com


New intelligence law serious threat to basic rights and freedoms - CİHAN


Turkey falls into ‘Not Free' countries in Freedom House report - CİHAN


News portal draft law may lead to control of Internet media - CİHAN


Minister says Twitter has obeyed 16 Turkish court rules, is evaluating 10 others - Daily Sabah

 

University student to pay damages to mayor over insult on Twitter - Today's Zaman

 

Tweeting the Letter 'K' Can Get You 10 Months in a Turkish Prison - VICE News

 

Shakira and Rihanna’s music video ‘evokes homosexuality,’ Turkey’s TV watchdog says - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

VIDEO: Shakira and Rihanna’s music video 'Can't Remember to Forget You' (Official Video) - YouTube

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

Mayor From Okinawa to Bring Surprising Message to Washington

Imagine if China were stationing large numbers of troops in the United States.  Imagine that most of them were based in a small rural county in Mississippi.  Imagine -- this shouldn't be hard -- that their presence was problematic, that nations they threatened in Latin America resented the United States' hospitality, and that the communities around the bases resented the noise and pollution and drinking and raping of local girls.

Now imagine a proposal by the Chinese government, with support from the federal government in Washington, to build another big new base in that same corner of Mississippi.  Imagine the governor of Mississippi supported the base, but just before his reelection pretended to oppose it, and after being reelected went back to supporting it.  Imagine that the mayor of the town where the base would be built made opposition to it the entire focus of his reelection campaign and won, with exit polls showing that voters overwhelmingly agreed with him.  And imagine that the mayor meant it.

Where would your sympathies lie? Would you want anyone in China to hear what that mayor had to say?

Sometimes in the United States we forget that there are heavily armed employees of our government permanently stationed in most nations on earth.  Sometimes when we remember, we imagine that the other nations must appreciate it.  We turn away from the public uproar in the Philippines as the U.S. military tries to return troops to those islands from which they were driven by public pressure.  We avoid knowing what anti-U.S. terrorists say motivates them, as if by merely knowing what they say we would be approving of their violence.  We manage not to know of the heroic nonviolent struggle underway on Jeju Island, South Korea, as residents try to stop the construction of a new base for the U.S. Navy. We live on oblivious to the massive nonviolent resistance of the people of Vicenza, Italy, who for years voted and demonstrated and lobbied and protested a huge new U.S. Army base that has gone right ahead regardless.

Mayor Susumu Inamine of Nago City, Okinawa, (population 61,000) is headed to the United States, where he may have to do a bit of afflicting the comfortable as he tries to comfort the afflicted back home.  Okinawa Prefecture has hosted major U.S. military bases for 68 years.  Over 73% of the U.S. troop presence in Japan is concentrated in Okinawa, which makes up a mere 0.6% of the Japanese land area.  As a result of public protest, one base is being closed -- the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.  The U.S. government wants a new Marine base in Nago City.  The people of Nago City do not.

Inamine was first elected as mayor of Nago City in January 2010 promising to block the new base.  He was reelected this past January 19th still promising to block the base.  The Japanese government had worked hard to defeat him, but exit polls showed 68% of voters opposing the base, and 27% in favor of it.  In February U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy visited Okinawa, where she met with the Governor but declined to meet with the mayor.

That's all right. The Mayor can meet with the State Department, the White House, the Pentagon, and the Congress.  He'll be in Washington, D.C. in mid-May, where he hopes to appeal directly to the U.S. government and the U.S. public.  He'll speak at an open, public event at Busboys and Poets restaurant at 14th and V Streets at 6:00 p.m. on May 20th.

A great summary of the situation in Okinawa can be found in this statement: "International Scholars, Peace Advocates and Artists Condemn Agreement To Build New U.S. Marine Base in Okinawa."  An excerpt:

"Not unlike the 20th century U.S. Civil Rights struggle, Okinawans have non-violently pressed for the end to their military colonization. They tried to stop live-fire military drills that threatened their lives by entering the exercise zone in protest; they formed human chains around military bases to express their opposition; and about a hundred thousand people, one tenth of the population have turned out periodically for massive demonstrations. Octogenarians initiated the campaign to prevent the construction of the Henoko base with a sit-in that has been continuing for years. The prefectural assembly passed resolutions to oppose the Henoko base plan. In January 2013, leaders of all the 41 municipalities of Okinawa signed the petition to the government to remove the newly deployed MV-22 Osprey from Futenma base and to give up the plan to build a replacement base in Okinawa."

Here's background on the Governor of Okinawa.

Here's an organization working to support the will of the public of Okinawa on this issue.

And here's a video worth watching:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzAw-jOQwME#t=0

Gulf Stream: Williams Nixes Bluegrass Gas Export Pipeline, Announces New Export Line

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog 

Right before the champagne bottles began popping for activists engaged in a grassroots struggle to halt the construction of Williams Companies' prospective Bluegrass Pipeline project — which the company suspended indefinitely in an April 28 press release — Williams had already begun raining on the parade.

The Art of Satyagraha

Michael Nagler has just published The Nonviolence Handbook: A Guide for Practical Action, a quick book to read and a long one to digest, a book that's rich in a way that people of a very different inclination bizarrely imagine Sun Tzu's to be.  That is, rather than a collection of misguided platitudes, this book proposes what still remains a radically different way of thinking, a habit of living that is not in our air. In fact, Nagler's first piece of advice is to avoid the airwaves, turn off the television, opt out of the relentless normalization of violence.

We don't need the art of war applied to a peace movement. We need the art of satyagraha applied to the movement for a peaceful, just, free, and sustainable world.  This means we have to stop trying to defeat the Military Industrial Complex (how's that been working out?) and start working to replace it and to convert the people who make up its parts to new behaviors that are better for them as well as for us.

It can seem out of place to shift from a discussion of the world's largest military to personal interactions. Surely giving John Kerry a complete personality transplant would leave in place corrupt elections, war profiteering, complicit media outlets, and the assumption held by legions of career bureaucrats that war is the way to peace.

No doubt, but only by learning to think and live nonviolence can we build an activist movement with the greatest potential to transform our structures of government.  Nagler's examples highlight the importance of knowing what is negotiable, what should be compromised, and what must not be; what is substantive and what symbolic; when a movement is ready to escalate its nonviolence and when it is too soon or too late; and when (always?) not to tack on new demands in the middle of a campaign.

Tiananmen Square should have been abandoned and other tactics pursued, Nagler believes.  Holding the square was symbolic.  When protesters took over the Ecuadorean Congress in 2000 one of their leaders was elected president.  Why?  Nagler points out that the Congress was a place of power, not just a symbol; the activists were strong enough to take power, not just ask for it; and the occupation was part of a larger campaign that preceded and followed it.

Nagler has a lot of praise and hope for the Occupy movement, but also draws examples of failure from there. When a group of churches in one city offered to join with Occupy if everyone would stop cursing, Occupiers refused. Dumb decision. Not only is the point not to get to do every little thing we want, but we are not engaging in a struggle for power -- rather, in a learning process and a process of building relationships, even with those we are organizing to challenge -- and certainly with those who want to help us if we'll refrain from cussing. It can even be helpful, Nagler documents, to be accomodating to those we are challenging, when such steps are taken in friendship rather than subservience.

We are after the welfare of all parties, Nagler writes.  Even those we want removed from office? Even those we want prosecuted for crimes? Is there restorative justice that can make an official who has launched a war see his or her removal from office and sanctioning as advantageous? Maybe. Maybe not. But seeking to remove people from office in order to uphold the rule of law and end injustices is very different from acting out of vengeance.

We should not seek out victories over others, Nager advises.  But doesn't the organizing of activists require informing the deeply victory-dependent of every partial success achieved?  Maybe. But a victory need not be over someone; it can be with someone. Oil barons have grandchildren who will enjoy a livable planet as much as the rest of us.

Nagler outlines obstructive and constructive actions, citing Gandhi's efforts in India and the first Intifada as examples of combining the two.  The Landless Worker Movement in Brazil uses constructive nonviolence, while the Arab Spring used obstructive.  Ideally, Nagler thinks, a movement should begin with constructive projects and then add obstruction.  The Occupy Movement has gone in the opposite direction, developing aid for storm victims and banking victims after protests were driven out of public squares.  The potential for change, Nagler believes, lies in the possibility of Occupy or another movement combining the two approaches.

Nagler's sequential steps in a nonviolent action campaign include: 1. Conflict Resolution, 2. Satyagraha, 3. The Ultimate Sacrifice.

I imagine Nagler would agree with me that what we need as much as peaceful behavior by our government is Conflict Avoidance. So much is done to generate conflicts that need not be.  U.S. troops in 175 countries, and drones in some of the remaining few, are known to generate hostility; yet that hostility is used to justify the stationing of more troops. While it's important to realize we'll never rid the world of conflict, I'm sure we could come a lot closer if we tried.

But Nagler is outlining a plan for a popular campaign, not for the State Department. His three stages are a guide for how we ought to be outlining our future course of action. Step 0.5, then, is not Conflict Avoidance but Infiltration of Corporate Media or Development of Alternative Means to Communicate. Or so it occurs to me. I'll host Nagler on Talk Nation Radio soon, so send questions I should ask him to david at davidswanson dot org.

Nagler sees growing success and even greater potential for nonviolent action done wisely and strategically, and points out the extent to which violence remains the default approach of our government. And the case Nagler makes is made strong and credible by his extensive knowledge of nonviolent campaigns engaged in around the world over the past several decades. Nagler looks helpfully at successes, failures, and partial successes to draw out the lessons we need moving forward. I'm tempted to write a review of this book nearly as long as or even longer than the book itself, but believe it might be most helpful simply to say this:

Trust me. Buy this book. Carry it with you.

‘Karma’s a bitch’: Supreme Court Upholds Disbarment of Former Kansas Attorney General and Anti-Abortion Fanatic Phill Kline

By Dave Lindorff

 

Disgraced former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, who while in office as AG and later as a county prosecutor conducted a draconian inquisition against abortion doctors and the state’s Planned Parenthood organization, may still be a visiting assistant professor of law at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty “University” in Lynchburg, Virginia, but he isn’t allowed to practice law anymore. 

 

War w/Russia "Not Unthinkable;" Kerry wars on RT

Kerry’s Propaganda War on Russia’s RT

April 30, 2014

Editor Note:Secretary of State Kerry, who has bumbled through a string of propaganda fiascos on Ukraine, decries Russia’s RT network as a “propaganda bullhorn” that Americans should ignore – just trust what the U.S. government tells you.  Right!

By Ray McGovern

When specialists with a good sense of history insist that war with Russia is “not unthinkable” precipitated by events in Ukraine, one should take careful note. The “not unthinkable” quote is from pre-eminent American historian of Russia, Stephen F. Cohen, who recently appeared with John J. Mearsheimer, historian of U.S. foreign policy, on RT’s Crosstalk.

Olympic Capitalism: Bread and Circuses Without the Bread

The author of Brazil's Dance With the Devil, Dave Zirin, must love sports, as I do, as billions of us do, or he wouldn't keep writing about where sports have gone wrong.  But, wow, have they gone wrong!

Brazil is set to host the World Cup this year and the Olympics in 2016.  In preparation Brazil is evicting 200,000 people from their homes, eliminating poor neighborhoods, defunding public services, investing in a militarized police and surveillance state, using slave and prison labor to build outrageous stadiums unlikely to be filled more than once, and "improving" a famous old stadium (the world's largest for 50 years) by removing over half the capacity in favor of luxury seats.  Meanwhile, popular protests and graffiti carry the message: "We want 'FIFA standard' hospitals and schools!" not to mention this one:

(FIFA = Fédération Internationale de Football Association, aka Soccer Profiteers International)

Brazil is just the latest in a string of nations that have chosen the glory of hosting mega sports events like the Olympics and World Cup despite the drawbacks.  And Zirin makes a case that nations' governments don't see the drawbacks as drawbacks at all, that in fact they are the actual motivation.  "Countries don't want these mega-events in spite of the threats to public welfare, addled construction projects, and repression they bring, but because of them."  Just as a storm or a war can be used as an excuse to strip away rights and concentrate wealth, so can the storm of sporting events that, coincidentally or not, have their origins in the preparation of nations for warmaking.

Zirin notes that the modern Olympics were launched by a group of European aristocrats and generals who favored nationalism and war -- led by Pierre de Coubertin who believed sport was "an indirect preparation for war." "In sports," he said, "all the same qualities flourish which serve for warfare: indifference toward one's well being, courage, readiness for the unforeseen."  The trappings of the Olympic celebration as we know it, however -- the opening ceremonies, marching athletes, Olympic torch run, etc., -- were created by the Nazis' propaganda office for the 1936 games.  The World Cup, on the other hand, began in 1934 in Mussolini's Italy with a tournament rigged to guarantee an Italian win.

More worrisome than what sports prepare athletes for is what they may prepare fans for.  There are great similarities between rooting for a sports team, especially a national sports team, and rooting for a national military.  "As soon as the question of prestige arises," wrote George Orwell, whom Zirin quotes, "as soon as you feel that you and some larger unit will be disgraced if you lose, the most savage combative instincts are aroused."  And there is prestige not just in "your" team winning, but in "your" nation hosting the grand event.  Zirin spoke with people in Brazil who were of mixed minds, opposing the injustices the Olympics bring but still glad the Olympics was coming to Brazil.  Zirin also quotes Brazilian politicians who seem to share the goal of national prestige.

At some point the prestige and the profits and the corruption and the commercialism seem to take over the athletics.  "[T]he Olympics aren't about  sport any more than the Iraq war was about democracy," Zirin writes. "The Olympics are not about athletes.  And they're definitely not about bringing together the 'community of nations.' They are a neoliberal Trojan horse aimed at bringing in business and rolling back the most basic civil liberties."

And yet ... And yet ... the damn thing still is about sports, no matter what else it's about, no matter what alternative venues for sports are possible or imaginable.  The fact remains that there are great athletes engaged in great sporting activities in the Olympics and the World Cup.  The attraction of the circus is still real, even when we know it's at the expense of bread, rather than accompanying bread.  And dangerous as the circus may be for the patriotic and militarist minded -- just as a sip of beer might be dangerous to an alcoholic -- one has the darndest time trying to find anything wrong with one's own appreciation for sports; at least I do.

The Olympics are also decidedly less militaristic -- or at least overtly militaristic -- than U.S. sports like football, baseball, and basketball, with their endless glorification of the U.S. military.  "Thank you to our service men and women watching in 175 countries and keeping us safe." The Olympics is also one of the few times that people in the U.S. see people from other countries on their televisions without wars being involved. 

Zirin's portrait of Brazil leaves me with similarly mixed sentiments. His research is impressive. He describes a rich and complex history.  Despite all the corruption and cruelty, I can't help being attracted to a nation that won its independence without a war, abolished slavery without a war, reduces poverty by giving poor people money, denounces U.S. drone murders at the U.N., joins with Turkey to propose an agreement between the United States and Iran, joins with Russia, India, and China to resist U.S. imperialism; and on the same day this year that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposed ending the open internet, Brazil created the world's first internet bill of rights. For a deeply flawed place, there's a lot to like.

It's also hard to resist a group of people that pushes back against the outrages being imposed on it.  When a bunch of houses in a poor Brazilian neighborhood were slated for demolition, an artist took photos of the residents, blew them up, and pasted them on the walls of the houses, finally shaming the government into letting the houses stand.  That approach to injustice, much like the Pakistani artists' recent placement of an enormous photo of a drone victim in a field for U.S. drone pilots to see, has huge potential. 

Now, the question is how to display the Olympics' victims to enough Olympics fans around the world so that no new nation will be able to accept this monster on the terms it has been imposing.

Ukraine News - May 1, 2014

 

Pro- Russian masked gunmen tighten grip on eastern Ukraine - GlobalPost


From Kiev, no orders as east Ukraine police slip out of control - Reuters


Ukraine President Turchinov says government is helpless to restore order in east, some local law enforcement units support the "terrorists" - AP


Ukraine's Military On Full Alert For Possible Russian Attack - Reuters


POLL: Ukrainians Doubt Effectiveness of Interim Government, 80 percent of respondents from the east consider it illegitimate - VOA


VIDEO: Pro-Russian activists storm Lugansk govt HQ - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine separatists seize second provincial capital Lugansk, fire on police - usatoday.com


VIDEO: Police leaves Lugansk government building ceding control to the activists - YouTube


VIDEO: Pro-Russian gunmen at the police station in Lugansk - usatoday.com


VIDEO: Armed men guard 'border of Donetsk Republic' - YouTube

 

Ukrainian Activists Take Control of TV Station in Luhansk - RIA Novosti

 

Ukraine Unrest: Separatists Seize Buildings In Horlivka - huffingtonpost.com

 

VIDEO: Pro Russian activists attack police station in Horlivka - YouTube

 

Maidan opponents seize Alchevsk city council - media - The Voice of Russia

 

OSCE military observers held in Sloviansk unlikely to be released soon - ITAR-TASS

 

Donetsk referendum to take place soon, 2000 polling stations ready - The Voice of Russia

 

Donetsk will not take part in presidential poll: rebel leader - GlobalPost

 

Meet Igor Strelkov, The Face Of The Insurgency In Eastern Ukraine - AP

 

Interview with Sloviansk Separatist Leader Reported by Human Right Protection Group - Ukrainian Winnipeg

 

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IMF Board Approves $17 Billion for Ukraine - ABC News


IMF Press Release: IMF Approves 2-Year US$17.01 Billion Stand-By Arrangement for Ukraine, US$3.19 Billion for immediate Disbursement - IMF


IMF Survey : Ukraine Unveils Reform Program with IMF Support - IMF


Ukraine Economy Wounded as First Quarter GDP Shrinks - ibtimes.co.uk


Ukraine’s overall debt for Russian gas grows to $3.492 billion - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine can pay for Russian gas at reduced price or will go to court - ITAR-TASS

 

IMF says Russian economy already in recession, bleeding capital - latimes.com

 

Russian Federation: Concluding Statement for the 2014 Article IV Consultation Mission - IMF

 

Putin Threatens Retaliation Against Western Oil Companies - oilprice.com

 

GOP senators: Arm Ukraine, hit Russian banks - Yahoo News

 

NATO not to give direct military aid to Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

 

U.S., Russia bolster communications to prevent accidental confrontation - Washington Times

 

Kerry: U.S. Taped Moscow’s Calls to Its Ukraine Spies, however State Dept spokesperson says Kerry was referring to Ukrainian intelligence adding The Daily Beast's story was a "mischaracterization" - The Daily Beast

 

Russia Shows Modern Military in Ukraine Crisis - VOA

 

Putin 'to visit Crimea' for May 9 military parade - Yahoo News

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

Cutting off H2O to the NSA

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org
http://youtu.be/xk7UNkqJm0M

According to OffNow.org , there are THREE steps that can be taken on a state level to make life difficult for the NSA.


Reset The Net

Fight for our Future has launched a "Reset The Net Campaign" for June 5th, 2014.

The problem, as outlined at Reset the Net, is:

"The NSA is exploiting weak links in Internet security to spy on the entire world, twisting the Internet we love into something it was never meant to be: a panopticon." It defines a solution as "We can't stop targeted hacking, but we *can* stop mass surveillance, by building proven security into the everyday Internet." 

Finally, the plan is to "First, get hundreds of sites & apps to add proven security (like SSL). Then on June 5, we'll run a splash screen *everywhere* to spread NSA-resistant privacy tools."

Stop Drone Warfare & Drone Surveillance Leafleting in Hawaii

From World Can't Wait Honolulu      A small crew got out more than 1300 anti-drone brochures and leaflets at two recent events.  On Tuesday we went to the talk by Al Gore; on Friday to the Bruno Mars Concert.   While we got rained on during leafleting at both events, we felt each was a big success.  

Protest "Torture Professor" John Yoo at Berkeley Law

From Fire John Yoo!     Friday April 18 about a dozen activists challenged the appointment of "Torture Professor" John Yoo to head a new imperialist think-tank at UC Berkeley.

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The Korea Law Center launch comes on the heels of the U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement, which opens up the republic's legal market to U.S. law firms a press release informs, and will enable students to learn about issues vital to Korea's emergence as an economic powerhouse.

Israeli Hypocrisy: Business as Usual

             On Sunday, April 27, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on U.S. television, denouncing progress made in reconciliation talks between Fatah, which ostensibly controls the West Bank, and Hamas, the democratically-elected government in the Gaza Strip.


            According to CNN: “Netanyahu said he and Secretary of State John Kerry recently applauded that some progress was being made toward a peace agreement. ‘And then the next day, we were both shocked,  there's no other word, we were absolutely stupefied that President Abbas embraced the terrorist organization Hamas that seeks Israel's destruction,’ he said on ‘Face the Nation.’”

Egypt News - Apr 30, 2014

 

Senior U.S. lawmaker Leahy blocks aid for Egyptian military denouncing the "sham trial" sentencing 683 people to death in less than one hour - Reuters


VIDEO: Leahy Freezes Military Aid To Egypt; Announces His Decision On Senate Floor - YouTube


Military Aid for Egyptians Loses Support in the Senate - NYTimes.com


Nurturing Egyptian Democracy with Helicopter Gunships? They could be used against the Egyptian people with blood ending up on American hands - TIME


Statement by the Press Secretary on Mass Trials and Sentencing in Egypt - The White House

 

Egyptian Court Sentencing Recommendations - US State Department

 

EU says Egypt mass death sentences in breach of international law - Yahoo News

 

Egypt: Ban alarmed by recent legal decisions which could violate human rights - United Nations News Centre

 

Egypt unfair trial, death sentences make mockery of justice - Amnesty International

 

Amnesty International Researcher attended the sentencing hearing in El Minya: ‘There is no justice in this country anymore’ - Amnesty's global human rights blog

 

Egypt: Fresh Assault on Justice - Human Rights Watch

 

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Kerry, Egyptian FM Fahmy Discuss Mass Egyptian Death Sentences - VOA


TRANSCRIPT: Statements of Kerry, Egyptian Foreign Minister Fahmy Before Their Meeting - IIP Digital


Fahmy: Egypt will 'diversify' foreign policy with closer ties to Russia - Al-Monitor


Egypt's Foreign Policy in New Realities Statesmen's Forum with Egypt FM Fahmy - Center for Strategic and International Studies


Egypt's justice ministry says condemnation of death sentences is 'inadmissible' - Ahram Online

 

The death of justice in Egypt: An eight-minute trial, with no arguments for the defence, and one judge sentences 683 people to death - The Independent

 

Even the dead are sent to the gallows in Egypt - GlobalPost

 

Egypt court bans April 6 over espionage claims - Ahram Online

 

Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement to appeal ban - Ahram Online

 

A Conversation with Egypt’s April 6 Youth Movement co-founder - Muftah

 

Al Jazeera demands $150m damages from Egypt - Al Jazeera English

 

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TransCanada Charitable Fund: Keystone XL South “Good Neighbor” Charm Offensive

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

TransCanada has taken a page out of former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's playbook and deployed a public relations "charm offensive" in Texas, home of the southern leg of its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline now known as the Gulf Coast Pipeline Project.

Talk Nation Radio: Fahad Desmukh: Western PR Firms Cover for Bahrain's Abuses

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-fahad-desmukh-western-pr-firms-cover-for-bahrain

The brutal monarchy in Bahrain hires Western public relations firms (not to mention a lawyer now in the news for marrying U.S. actor George Clooney) to clean up its public image. We speak with Fahad Desmukh, a founding member of Bahrain Watch and a freelance journalist based in Karachi, Pakistan. He grew up in Bahrain and was among the first generation of bloggers in the country, writing under the pseudonym of "Chanad Bahraini".  Bahrain Watch is an independent research and advocacy organization that seeks to promote effective, transparent and accountable governance in Bahrain. See https://bahrainwatch.org

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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Tim Carpenter Will Be Badly Missed

Tim Carpenter seemed unstoppable.  He was part of this website from day 1, when its name was AfterDowningStreet. He was part of activism in this country from long before that.  He was an organizer, a lobbyist, a rabble rouser, and a talker.  The cell phone never left his ear, but that didn't prevent him talking to you in person, and getting in more words per minute -- and all of them right to the point -- than an auctioneer.  His emails were shorter, often a few words, or a single word.  Often that word was "Teamwork!" But they made up for brevity in the sheer number of them.  If anyone could make the current U.S.

Drone Strikes and Transparency

           


Drone Strikes and Transparency


            The craven U.S. Senate has stripped from a bill a requirement that the president disclose casualties resulting from his murderous, almost indiscriminant drone strikes. The original wording of the bill, authorizing intelligence operations for fiscal year 2014, required an annual report stating the number of ‘combatants’ and ‘non-combatant civilians’ that were either killed or injured by drone strikes.

Syracuse Mass Protest Against Drones

by Debra Sweet                  Sunday I was in Syracuse, NY for a mass protest against drones, and of the outrageous "orders of protection" granted by a local judge against specific protesters, aimed at keeping them away from Hanock Air Force Base, from where drone operations in Afghanistan are piloted.  We began at Tucker Missionary Baptist Church with almost 500 as Cornel Westspoke about poverty, racism and drones.  "How does virtue stand up to brute force?" he asked, quoting WEB Dubois?  One way Cornel answered is that we cannot

Ukraine News - Apr 29, 2014

 

Ukraine's federalization supporters announce creation of Lugansk People's Republic, it is the third after Donetsk and Kharkov - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Statement of Separatists Declaring ‘People’s Republic’ In Ukraine’s Luhansk - Youtube


VIDEO: Separatists Proclaim Luhansk Independence in Ukraine - YouTube


Pro-Ukraine Demonstration in Donetsk Turns Violent when masked men attacked with bats and tear gas - NBC News.com


A pro-Russian version of the clashes in Donetsk between pro- and anti-Kiev demos (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - RT News


VIDEO: Beginnings of the Pro-Ukraine Donetsk demo preceding the violence - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Donetsk Demo - 2 minutes before violence - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Donetsk Demo - Violence Erupts - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Donetsk Demo - Violent Clashes - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Donetsk demo - Separatists beat a protester holding a Ukrainian flag - YouTube

 

Mayor of Kharkov, Ukraine shot in back, hospitalized - press service - RT News

 

VIDEO: Mayor of Kharkov fights for life after being shot - YouTube

 

Separatists in Ukraine seize Kostiantynivka, another city ... and the music plays on - latimes.com

 

VIDEO: Militants Occupy Government Building in Kostiantynivka in Eastern Ukraine Part 1 - AOL On

 

VIDEO: Militants Occupy Government Building in Kostiantynivka in Eastern Ukraine Part 2 - AFP

 

Pro-Russian activists attack oligarch's bank in Donetsk - The Times of Israel

 

Ukraine's SBU officers captured near Slavyansk could be exchanged: people's mayor - The Voice of Russia

 

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U.S. imposes new sanctions on Russian officials and companies - Detroit Free Press


TRANSCRIPT: White House Background Conference Call on Ukraine Sanctions - enewspf.com


POLL: Americans support sanctions, not arms for Ukraine - usatoday.com


EU adds 15 to sanctions list over Russia's actions in Ukraine - GlobalPost

 

EU signs 1 billion euro ($1.3 billion) memorandum in aid for Ukraine - The Voice of Russia

 

Ukraine to Sue Russia’s Gazprom - RIA Novosti

 

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Mayflower: 1st ExxonMobil Tar Sands Pipeline Spill, Now Deadly Tornado Destroys Arkansas Town

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On March 29, 2013, ExxonMobil's Pegasus tar sands pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas, sending hundreds of thousands of gallons of diluted bitumen ("dilbit") pouring down the town's streets.

The Illegitimacy of the U.S. Government

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

In this episode clip (watch the full show here) Shahid Buttar outlines why he thinks the biggest enemy to the U.S. Constitution is a domestic enemy. Also, Kevin Zeese makes the point that the U.S. government is illegitimate.

“Every member of congress swears an oath of office to protect the constitution from enemies, foreign and domestic,” explains Buttar “and the principle enemy to the U.S. Constitution is a domestic one with three letters. The only debate in my mind is whether it is the NSA or the FBI.”

First MAJOR Casualty of Ukraine Unrest

Killing Putin-Obama ‘Trust’

By Ray McGovern

April 28, 2014

Editor Note: Last year, Russian President Putin and U.S. President Obama became a geopolitical odd couple as they worked to cool off hotspots such as Syria and Iran. But U.S. hawks succeeded in killing that collaboration via the crisis in Ukraine, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains.

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“Putin will not talk to Obama under pressure,” American journalist Josh Rogin was told late last week by a close associate of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. If Russia’s President will no longer call or accept calls from the President Obama, this strikes me as the most important casualty so far from U.S.-provoked “regime change” in Ukraine. Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin apparently had conversations on Ukraine almost every week in March; their last talk took place on April 14.

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