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Penn State's 1st Amendment Victims: We Need Freedom of Speech on the Job Too, Not Just at Home!

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

The real story of the Penn State child abuse scandal and coverup is not Joe Paterno or Penn State, or even the abuse of children, as vile as what happened to them is. What it’s about it the lack of basic freedom for workers in the United State of America to speak out.

 

On paper, we have one of the freest societies in the world. The First Amendment to the Constitution would appear to be pretty damned unequivocal, when it states:

 

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

US Africa Policy Assailed by Africans

 

By Linn Washington, Jr.


America's Media War on Iran

  America's Media War on Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

When Washington goes to war or threatens it, America's media march in lockstep, cheerleading. Fiction substitutes for fact. 

 

News is carefully filtered, dissent marginalized, and supporting imperial belligerence substitutes for full and accurate disclosure. 

 

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine: South Africa Session

  The Russell Tribunal on Palestine: South Africa Session - by Stephen Lendman

 

Launched on March 4, 2009, "The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) seeks to reaffirm the primacy of international law (to settle) the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (by focusing on) the enunciation of law by authoritative bodies (and) address(ing) the failure of application of law even though it has been so clearly identified." 

 

AUDIO: David Swanson and Coy Barefoot Discuss Dick Cheney, War, and Peace

Charlottesville Right Now (Subscribe)
Charlottesville Right Now: 11-10-11 David Swanson
David Swanson joins Coy to discuss Occupy Charlottesville, protesting Dick Cheney's visit to the University of Virginia, and his new book.

LISTEN

Army Sends More Mercenaries to Iraq to Comply With Treaty by Violating It

Or as the Pentagon Post puts it:

As American troops head out of Iraq, U.S. officials are being forced to bring in more private security contractors.

The withdrawal of the remaining troops from Iraq — 33,000 at last count — has caused U.S. officials to move quickly to fill a series of security gaps to ensure the continued protection of American diplomatic personnel as well as U.S. goods.

Protest Dick Cheney in Charlottesville, Va., November 16th

Open flyer: PDF.

Another year, another war criminal book-touring at the Miller Center.  This time, on Wednesday, November 16th, it’ll be Dick Cheney, who . . .

  • lied to the public and Congress to launch a war on Iraq;
  • pressured the CIA to assist in fraud;
  • threatened and worked to promote war on Iran;
  • lied to the public and Congress in an effort to launch war on Iran;
  • led a campaign of retribution against a whistleblower;
  • refused a Congressional subpoena;
  • obstructed DOJ investigations;
  • profited from his own war making;
  • led the creation of programs of warrantless spying, lawless imprisonment, and torture;
  • created a secret energy task force that violated open-government laws;
  • mishandled classified information and destroyed visitors logs;
  • suppressed evidence in the California energy crisis;
  • continues to make false claims and to openly brag about his offenses.


The Miller Center is making people contact dcforum@virginia.edu for permission to attend, and appears to be screening out those who oppose the policies listed above.

But the Miller Center cannot prevent us protesting outside.  
Bring posters.  

9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
Lawn in front of Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Road  
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Park at University Hall or Lannigan Field or in a nearby parking lot on Old Ivy Road.

Report on Demonstration Against War Criminal Henry Kissinger at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Some 65-70 people came out in New York City on Monday night to protest the horning of senior arch war criminal Henry Kissinger by the New-York Historical Society at a gala held at the luxe Waldorf Astoria Hotel.  The Board of Trustees of the N-Y Historical Society is now chaired by Richard Gilder, a wealthy NYC broker and found of the right-wing think tank, The Manhattan Institute.  Kissinger developed the plans for millions of war deaths, millions of refugees, millions maimed.He was responsible for the crimes against humanity in VietNam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Chile and many other countries, including Iraq.

Iran: WMDs Redux

  Iran: WMDs Redux - by Stephen Lendman

 

Here we go again. Everything that goes around, comes around. We've seen it all before, each time fake. Nothing's different now. 

 

Previous articles said US intelligence assessments through March 2011 found no evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons development.

 

Washington and Israel v. Iran and Flotilla Activists

  Washington and Israel v. Iran and Flotilla Activists - by Stephen Lendman

 

While high stakes nuclear roulette continues, the fate of Freedom Waves to Gaza activists hangs in the balance.

 

On November 2, Canada's Tahrir and Ireland's Soairse (Freedom) sailed from Fethiye, Turkey. Israel warplanes and naval vessels shadowed them in international waters.

 

Fabricated IAEA Report on Iran Released

  Fabricated IAEA Report on Iran Released - by Stephen Lendman

 

Previous articles said US intelligence assessments through March 2011 (the latest one) found no evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons development.

 

During his December 1, 1997 - November 30, 2009 tenure as IAEA director general, Mohamed ElBaradei concurred. He carefully avoided anti-Iranian rhetoric and baseless charges.

 

Kicking the Cannes Down the Road

  Kicking the Cannes Down the Road - by Stephen Lendman

 

They met. They talked. They agreed to talk more and solved nothing. A November 4 Guardian editorial headlined, "G20 summit: slumping to the occasion," saying:

 

Abandoned Youth - No More Future

By Michael Collins

If you are twenty four or younger, you are likely either under or unemployed. Only about 60% of those 16 to 24 years old are in the labor force (those employed or seeking jobs). Their unemployment rate is 18%.

For years, Money Party lackeys, our (s)elected officials, put out a propaganda line that said, Get an education or there's no future for you. Well, lots of people got a college or trade school education or on the job training and there are no jobs for them.

Here's why.

There has been no increase in jobs in the United States since 2000. In fact, the number of jobs relative to the total workforce has actually declined. Negative job growth for eleven years shows that the current economic system has failed miserably. Here's the ugly picture the rulers won't talk about.

National Day of Action - 1/11/12 Washington DC

Close Guantamo & Bagram - 10 years too many.

BoA Dumps $75 Trillion In Derivatives On Taxpayers, Super Committee Looks Away. Seize BoA Now.

It's real money, especially since "Bank of America Deathwatch" financial pundits have multiplied on the web and it has become a bit of a geek guessing game.  When will BoA finally tank?  And when it tanks, the question becomes, who will walk away with all their money, and who will be left holding the bag?  The deal just snuck through with the Federal Reserve's, and implicitly, Congress's approval insures Wall Street casino gambler's debts by moving them into accounts meant for penny-pinching grandmas.  

Citing Bloomberg, financial commentator Avery Goodman tells us:

The 2 party system is bankrupt - literally

From Friday's Star Tribune:

State GOP faces $533,000 in debt

And, the DFL is $242,000 in the hole.

Read more and see the video

Including Non-Occupiers and Strengthening a Movement

You meet simply wonderful and incredibly smart people at nonviolent occupations.  At least I do.  I just met someone who knows exactly what they are talking about but does not want to be identified in any way other than by the name "Prof."  Prof has been thinking about how to strengthen the Occupy movement, how to build a structure for it -- or rather how to allow it to build one itself, from the ground up, with ideas moving up levels of representation, not down as we're all so used to, and with people who cannot or will not or anyway do not sleep in public squares able to take part in a lasting and effective way.  I cannot recommend too strongly that every Occupation look into this and click the links, hold trainings, and get this rolling. --David Swanson

"Shallow Throat": Has "The Revolution" Started?

 

"Shallow Throat": Has "The Revolution" Started?

 

By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers

 

Over the past decade, I've met fairly regularly with "Shallow Throat,"** a mole high up in the former Bush Administration, currently a respected consultant in Washington, D.C. A well-connected insider, ST knows where the bodies are buried, and how the political game is played (and rigged) to benefit the powers-that-be behind the Republican and Democratic parties.

 

Given the momentous events in the news, a good share of which puzzle me, it seemed appropriate to contact Shallow Throat for some insights into what may be going on. We talked the other day in a quiet booth at a Bethesda tavern.

 

War Winds Target Iran

  War Winds Target Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

Anti-Iranian rhetoric and saber rattling is one thing, baseless accusations another if serve as pretext for aggressive war.

 

Whether or not it's coming isn't known. Heated tensions are worrisome if boil over. Leaked information on an imminent IAEA report may or may not precipitate it even though what's coming lacks credibility.

 

Israel Assaults Freedom Waves to Gaza Activists

  Israel Assaults Freedom Waves to Gaza Activists - by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article explained the following:

 

On November 2, two vessels blocked last summer from reaching Gaza sailed again from Fethiye, Turkey.

 

Fahrenheit 11/11/11

Believe it or not, November 11th was not made a holiday in order to celebrate war, support troops, or cheer the 11th year of occupying Afghanistan.  This day was made a holiday in order to celebrate an armistice that ended what was up until that point, in 1918, one of the worst things our species had thus far done to itself, namely World War I.

World War I, then known simply as the world war or the great war, had been marketed as a war to end war.  Celebrating its end was also understood as celebrating the end of all wars.  A ten-year campaign was launched in 1918 that in 1928 created the Kellogg-Briand Pact, legally banning all wars.  That treaty is still on the books, which is why war making is a criminal act and how Nazis came to be prosecuted for it.

To Cyber War or not to Cyber War...

Ex-U.S. general urges frank talk on cyber weapons OR Cyber War Might Never Happen

Scholar versus General.  Who's telling the truth?

Cyber War Might Never Happen

ScienceDaily — Cyber war, long considered by many experts within the defence establishment to be a significant threat, if not an ongoing one, may never take place according to Dr Thomas Rid of King's College London.  READ MORE

Ex-U.S. general urges frank talk on cyber weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States should be more open about its development of offensive cyber weapons and spell out when it will use them as it grapples with an increasing barrage of attacks by foreign hackers, the former No. 2 uniformed officer in the U.S. military said.  READ MORE

Bribing the Poor to Win Votes: We Could Use Some of This Kind of 'Corruption' in American Politics

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

 

What a devilishly sneaky guy that Jose Danial Ortega Saavedra is!

 

Why this president of Nicaragua, and former leader of the Sandinista rebels in their successful 1979 overthrow of U.S.-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle, in order to win re-election this fall, as he appears to have done,  according to the New York Times, “shrewdly adopted policies aimed at pleasing his base of poor and working-class Nicaraguans, including supplying them with government-donated food”!

 

Why of all the nerve! What a crook and a scheister! Imagine catering to the needs of the poor in order to win an election. How low can a politician stoop?

 

Spoiling for Another Fight?

  Spoiling for Another Fight? - by Stephen Lendman

 

American foreign policy is defined by rage to ravage. Lunatics run the asylum. Washington's criminal class is bipartisan. 

 

People have no say. Wealth and power alone matter. It's always been that way, today more than ever. Post-WW II, America lurched from one war to another. 

 

America v. Paul Bergrin in Court

  America v. Paul Bergrin in Court - by Stephen Lendman

 

Lawlessness and injustice define America. Democratic values are absent. So is respect for human and civil rights. 

 

Challenging the system invites trouble. Unjust prosecutions often follow. Bergrin understands. His ordeal stemmed from doing his job. 

 

Never Look Back: Herman Cain and Il Duce

By John Grant


We’re living through an interesting juncture in history. On one hand, there’s the amazing bottom-up Occupy Movement, and no one knows quite where and how far it will go. Then, there’s the field of Republican neo-Know-Nothing, nativist candidates with each one tripping over the other to be more divorced from facts, history and reality. The strutting, cock-of-the-walk Herman Cain is currently the most interesting of this pack.


For a week now, Cain has been denying the obvious, that as leader of the National Restaurant Association he "sexually harassed" -- ie, hit on -- three women who worked under him who were offended by the attention and wanted nothing to do with him. Despite all his vague and contradictory dismissals, his prurient assertiveness was persistent and obnoxious enough that the Restaurant Association felt it had to pay a total of $80,000 to two women -- who are now legally silenced from telling their side of the story.

America's Imperial Arrogance

  America's Imperial Arrogance - by Stephen Lendman

 

Already waging multiple direct and proxy wars, will Obama dare launch more? Views differ. Some believe budget constraints contain him. Others say imperial aims matter most.

 

Heading into an election year adds further complications for and against more war. Will presidential aspirants anger voters advocating it? Republican hawks aren't worried. Will Obama launch it when public sentiment wants current ones ended? Don't bet against it, whatever he says.

Internet Freedom Threatened

  Internet Freedom Threatened - by Stephen Lendman

 

Candidate Obama promised to "(s)upport the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet." 

 

As president, his FCC and congressional extremists threaten it. On May 12, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D. MN) introduced "S. 978: A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes."

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