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Ego trumps principle: Sen. Feinstein Finally Goes after the CIA, but not for Lying to and Spying on Us

By Dave Lindorff


Of all the people to come to the rescue of the Constitution, who would have thought it would be Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA).

Feinstein, after all, as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee since 2009, has yet to see an NSA violation of the Constitution, an invasive spying program or a creative “re-interpretation” of the law that she hasn’t applauded as being lawful and “needed” to “keep people safe.”

Ukraine News - Mar 13

 

Obama, Ukraine premier outline potential opening over Crimea - chicagotribune.com


Remarks by President Obama and Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk after Bilateral Meeting - Official Wire


VIDEO: President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk of Ukraine - The White House


Ukraine’s President Op-Ed - NYTimes.com


Statement of G-7 Leaders on Ukraine, calls on Russia to immediately halt actions supporting a referendum on the territory of Crimea - The White House


US Congress Pushes for Expelling Russia From G8 and Imposing Sanctions - RIA Novosti

 

Ukraine bill with sanctions, IMF reforms clears hurdle in U.S. Senate - Reuters

 

Exclusive: EU approves framework for asset freezes, travel bans on Russia - Reuters

 

EU to sign part of association deal with Ukraine next week: Polish PM - Reuters

 

Ukraine’s leaders appeal for financial help as government begins to run out of money - The Washington Post

 

Russian Stocks Drop as Ukraine Fears Continue - RIA Novosti

 

Putin's Ukraine actions may knock Russia's central bank off course - Reuters

 

Putin’s Oligarchs Are Key to War and Peace in Ukraine - The Fiscal Times

 

Crimea to take over Ukraine state firms, gas fields on its territory - NDTV.com

 

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US flexes military might with Ukrainian war games together with Poland - The Scotsman


VIDEO: US uses planned war games with Poland to signal support after Russia’s intervention in Crimea - Yahoo Yahoo UK


U.S. Black Sea naval drills start near Crimea with Bulgarian and Romanian naval forces - chicagotribune.com


NATO sends 2 surveillance planes to Ukraine border - Fox News


Ukraine, Poland To Hold Joint Air Force Drills - defensenews.com


VIDEO: Crimea: Germany assures the Baltic states that they have the full backing of the EU and NATO - DW.DE

 

Romanian Parliament's foreign policy committees adopt Statement for support of Ukraine's European path - actmedia.eu

 

Moldova, Another Former Soviet Republic, Worried Over Russia's Move On Crimea - ibtimes.com

 

Belarus says Russia to send warplanes in response to NATO drills - Yahoo News

 

Ukraine Refocuses Debate on US Missile Defense - Military.com

 

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Ukraine president: Kiev will not use army to stop Crimea secession - theguardian.com


Dwarfed by Russian might, Ukraine plans new defense force - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Ukraine leaders create national guard - brisbanetimes.com.au


Ukraine Accuses Russia of Military Buildup - ABC News

 

Moscow allows Ukraine to carry out emergency observation flight over Russia, "the Russian Armed Forces are conducting no military activities threatening Ukraine's security at its border” - nterfax.com.ua

 

Crimea Pro-Russian Militia Swells as Vote Risks Call to Arms - Bloomberg

 

'The Goblin': Crimean leader who pledges loyalty to Putin - Yahoo News

 

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Obama on Between Two Ferns: Did He Get Across To The Young ‘Invincibles’?

 Originally posted on PopularResistance.org http://youtu.be/T71dBQ-FyAA) It is hard not to give Barack Obama points for his recent appearance on Between two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. In genuinely disarming post-hipster fashion, the President was transparent about his reasons for appearing on the program. "I would not be here if I did not have something to plug, Zack,” the president informed his expertly inept host. And plug away he did, in a direct appeal to reach younger citizens to sign up at healthcare.gov. Young people do not want to pay for health insurance.

“US War Crimes: The Continuing Deterioration of Women’s Rights in Iraq”:

From January 29, 2014, Haifa Zangana’s presentation to the European Parliament in Brussels, “US War Crimes: The Continuing Deterioration of Women’s Rights in Iraq”: “The regression in women’s situation is devastating.
 
I will focus on violence in the public sphere and how it became so prominent that women have been forced to give up hard earned rights, such as employment, freedom of movement, abolition of polygamy, and

The Ukraine - Not in Our Name

People concerned with unjust war being waged in our name are, and should be, very concerned about the tense situation in Ukraine. Particularly when the Commander in Chief goes on about the "aspirations" of the people of Ukraine, and its territorial integrity, we have to take serious notice.  

If they drop these charges, why not all of them?: Crowd-Sourcing, Crowd Support and Barrett Brown's Partial Victory

By Alfredo Lopez

 

Federal prosecutors last week dropped several of the most significant charges facing Internet activist and journalist Barrett Brown -- charges that could have drawn a jail sentence of 105 years.

The Lawlessness of the Enforce the Law Act

Not being mush of a masochist, I don't usually read emails from the Democratic Whip in Congress, but I opened one Tuesday night and was mildly excited to read that the U.S. House of Representatives would spend Wednesday debating the "ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014." Wow, I thought, which law will they pick? Will it be the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act? Would I, moments from now, be phoning a bunch of people to tell them jobs are on the way? Or ... wait a minute! Oh my god, would large corporations be paying taxes now? Or will it be the Kellogg-Briand Pact or maybe the U.N. Charter -- Are we about to announce to the world that the wars are over?  Perhaps, I thought, it's going to be the anti-torture statute -- hot damn! I wonder when the tickets for the CIA trials go on sale and how much a front row seat will cost. Or are bankers going to be subject to laws?

Turkey News - Mar 12

 

Clashes erupt in Turkey after protest teen Berkin Elvan dies - AFP


VIDEO: Police fire tear gas in front of the Istanbul hospital where Berkin Elvan had been in a coma - Hürriyet Daily News


VIDEO: Turkish Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Ankara - Businessweek


VIDEO: Berkin Elvan’ funeral attended by a crowd - TIKLA İZLE

 

VIDEO: Berkin Elvan’ family together with protesters at the son’ funeral - YouTube

 

Islamic scholar Gülen offers condolences to Berkin's family - Today's Zaman

 

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Turkish police beat Gezi protesters who hid in a parking garage in the Summer 2013 - YouTube

 

POLL: Survey show pessimism regarding Turkey's future - Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news

 

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Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen urges Turkey to write an entirely new constitution as a way to save its democracy - Today's Zaman


Fethullah Gülen op-ed: Turkey needs a new constitution to save its democracy - FT.com


White House denies remarks about Gülen attributed to Obama - Today's Zaman


US warns Ankara not to poison Turkish-American relations - Today's Zaman


US uneasy at being used as pawn in Turkey's internal politics, says CHP - Today's Zaman

 

ARCHIVE: Erdoğan implies US ambassador could be expelled - Today's Zaman

 

Senior US diplomat holds talks over counterterrorism in Turkey - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkey distancing from missile deal with China - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Released ex-army chief Başbuğ attends demonstration, says other releases will follow - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Erdoğan gov’t rushed legislation, let murderers and plotters go free - Today's Zaman

 

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Leaked tape reveals pro gov't media's headline dictated by Erdoğans - Today's Zaman


New audio leaks further prove AK Party government's control of media - Today's Zaman


Former minister gives advice to mobilize media against CHP - Today's Zaman


RTÜK uses YSK to oppress anti-government media - Today's Zaman


Vimeo blocked in Turkey after amendment to Internet law - Today's Zaman


Energy tenders allegedly scrapped for Erdoğan's Bosphorus 360 - Today's Zaman

 

Recordings reveal negotiations over ship purchase for PM's son - Today's Zaman

 

Audio recordings reveal PM Erdoğan's desire to control everything - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish minister admits accepting bribes, according to leaked recordings - Today's Zaman

 

Mostly seen form of corruption is tender rigging, police report finds - Today's Zaman

 

CHP lawmakers bring allegations of gov't meddling in Court of Accounts - CİHAN

 

Who is Haramzadeler (which means Sons of Thieves in Turkish)? Its owner or owners have achieved notoriety by posting links on Twitter to a large cache of secret documents and hours of wiretaps - Businessweek

 

Half million wiretapped in Turkey in last two years: Communications body - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Minister: Turkish wiretappers needed external support, some certain centers of power with international connection are doing illegal listening to monitor Turkey by using subcontractors in the country -  Anadolu Agency

 

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The New Crimean War: Balls, Brains and History

By John Grant


Making political sense out of the events in Ukraine and Crimea has become great sport. Does it mean a new Cold War? Is Vladimir Putin a better, more “potent” man than Barack Obama? Who has bigger balls?

Ukraine News - Mar 11

 

US will not recognise Crimea referendum, says ambassador - theguardian.com


VIDEO: US Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt Press Conference: Crimea is and should remain a part of Ukraine - YouTube


U.S. Wants Evidence Russia Ready To Ease Ukraine Crisis - rferl.org


Russia risks consequences over Crimea referendum, Cameron and Merkel say - theguardian.com


EU diplomats preparing next level of sanctions on Russia - Reuters


Lavrov: Russia will unveil new Ukraine settlement plan - The Voice of Russia


Hoping to isolate Russia, US woos China on Ukraine - Connecticut Post

 

Obama calls Spain, Kazakh leaders on Ukraine - Yahoo News

 

With eye on Crimea, U.S. starts military drills on Russia's doorstep - Yahoo News

 

NATO: AWACS aircraft to fly over Poland and Romania to “monitor the crisis in Ukraine”-  Air Force Times

 

Russia Reacts to US Warship's Arrival in Black Sea - Military.com

 

POLL: 59% approve of sanctions against Russia, "And there's a big 'no' to the U.S. launching either air strikes against Russian troops in the Ukraine or to sending U.S. ground troops" - CNN.com Blogs

 

VIDEO: How New U.S. Sanctions Will Hit Putin for Crimea - Bloomberg

 

Business Titans in Russia Fear New Front in Ukraine Crisis - NYTimes.com

 

Ukraine Sees Gazprom Charging 37% More for Gas in Q2 - Bloomberg

 

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VIDEO: Crimea crisis: Ukrainian PM pledges not to let go of a ‘single centimetre’ of land - euronews


Ukraine starts army drills as Russian military guards border with Crimea - smh.com.au


VIDEO: Russia Establishes Crimea Supply Route, New Border - Businessweek


Crimea 'soldiers' swear oath before pro-Moscow PM - GlobalPost


VIDEO: Crimea 'soldiers' swear oath before pro-Moscow PM - YouTube


Crimea PM: Preparations for joining Russia already underway  - The Voice of Russia

 

Crimean authorities to nationalise Ukrainian fleet, mineral producing facilities - The Voice of Russia

 

Crimean Tatar Leader Appeals To Obama - haberler.coma

 

Crimean Tatars fear return of Russian rule - Yahoo News

 

VIDEO: Crimean Tatars wary of Russia referendum - YouTube

 

Rival rallies in Crimea chant for Russia and Ukraine - theguardian.com

 

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Rival rallies of protesters in Crimea - YouTube

 

Journalists, Activists Reported Missing In Crimea - rferl.org

 

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Zimmerman, At Gun Show, Wonders Why World Is Mad With Him

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

George Zimmerman, singing autographs at a gun show in Orlando, Florida over the weekend, wondered why people are angry with him.

Here is one possible answer:

Here is the thing, George, people know that it is not an aberration for a wanna be cop like you to patrol a neighborhood with a loaded gun and, upon seeing an African American kid whom you did not recognize, assume that kid was a threat, and then tail that kid with your itchy finger on the trigger of your loaded gun and initiate and then escalate a situation that resulted in that unarmed kid murdered and killed by you, Georgie.

ColdType Issue 83 now online

ColdType issue 83 is now available at www.coldtype.net - 84 pages, plus a 14-page photo essay from South Africa by Duncan Mangham

Testimony: Record 36% of North Dakota Fracked Gas Was Flared in December

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The recent March 6 House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing titled "Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century: Fuel Supply and Infrastructure" never had over 100 online viewers watching the livestream at any point in time. And it unfolded in an essentially empty room. 

Join Sam's Ride for Peace

APRIL 27, Raleigh, NC – World War II Marine combat veteran Samuel Winstead is accepting applications for co-riders to join his Ride for Peace  leaving Sunday April 27th from Raleigh, NC bound for Washington, DC.  Riders are invited to join for all, or any part of the ride.

Mr. Winstead blazed this trail over secondary roads in North Carolina and Virginia in the Spring of 2012.  In his inaugural Ride for Peace, Sam pedaled 350 miles in 7 days, from Raleigh to DC.  He repeated this feat in in 2013.

Winstead, who is 88, will lead riders from the NC Capital in Raleigh at 8:00am Sunday, April 27, and make overnight stops in Henderson, NC (April 27), Blackstone, VA (April 28) Gum Spring, VA (April 29), Culpeper, VA (April 30), Middleburg, VA (May 1), Leesburg, VA (May 2) and  will arrive at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC for a Rally for Peace at 2:00pm Saturday, May 3rd.

During the ride, Sam will distribute copies of Charlottesville author David Swanson’s book “War No More: The Case for Abolition.” Swanson’s book has helped launch the worldbeyondwar.org campaign.

After last year’s Ride for Peace. Sam visited Congressional offices to urge the repeal of the Authorization to Use Military Force.  Congress approved the AUMF in the aftermath of 9/11, which gave the US President a blank check to make war anywhere on earth.

After Sam’s Congressional visits, he traveled to the 2013 Hiroshima Peace Forum, at the invitation of Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka.  Sam has been a member of the Roxboro (NC) Rotary Club for 35 years.  Speaking at the Peace Forum before 2,500 delegates representing 56 nations, he was able to express his concerns about continuous war.  The two U.N. representatives showed great interest in his concerns about America's participation in the wars.

Mr. Winstead, who fought the Japanese in the Pacific in 1944 and 1945, made the pilgrimage for peace and reconciliation to Hiroshima, nearly 70 years after his days of conflict, with the message that we have outgrown warfare.

Interested parties can download Ride for Peace applications on the North Carolina Triangle Veterans for Peace website at www.ncveteransforpeace.org

The purpose of the ride is “to ask our leaders to stop wars” says Mr. Winstead, whose grandson has relayed his first-hand experiences of a war in Iraq, causing countless lives lost, that put America many trillion dollars in debt while destroying  a beautiful country and priceless artifacts of the World’s oldest civilization.

Interviews with Mr. Winstead can be arranged by contacting John Heuer, 919-444-3823 or email heu93@aol.com

Who: Riders to join for all or part of the 350-mile bicycle Ride for Peace to Washington DC, with 4 generations of the Winstead family.

What: Applications being accepted.

Where: www.ncveteransforpeace.org

Fasting for Fukushima on Third Anniversary

Harvey Wasserman, Jill Stein and David Swanson

EcoBusiness

http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/09/fasting-fukushima-third-anniversary/

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Fasting can be a way of mourning, of cleansing, of meditation, of focus.

On Tuesday, March 11, the third anniversary of the beginning of the disaster at Fukushima, we will abstain from food from dawn to dusk. Our purpose is tied to the atomic disaster that continues to threaten life on Earth.

The three melt-downs, four explosions, scattered fuel rods and continual gusher of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean at Fukushima have torn a deadly hole in the fabric of our ability to survive on this planet.

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Its corporate perpetrators were repeatedly warned by tens of thousands of citizen activists not to build these reactors in an earthquake zone that has been washed by tsunamis. Not only did they build them, they took down a natural 85-foot-high sea wall in the process that might have greatly lessened the damage of the tsunami that did come.

The disaster that has struck Fukushima has much about it that’s unique. But it’s just the tip of the radioactive iceberg that is the global atomic reactor industry.

There are other reactor sites threatened by earthquakes and tsunamis. Among them is Diablo Canyon, whose two reactors could be turned to rubble by the multiple fault lines that surround it, spewing radiation that would irradiate California’s Central Valley and send a lethal cloud across the U.S.

There are other reactors threatened by suicidal siting, such as the triple reactor complex at South Carolina’s Oconee, downriver from a dam whose failure could send also send a wall of water into multiple cores.

Throughout the world more than 400 rust bucket reactors are aging dangerously, riddled with operator error, shoddy construction, leaky cooling systems, least-cost corner cutting and official lies.

In all cases, the revolution in renewables has made them economically obsolete. The long-dead hype of a failed “too cheap to meter” technology has been buried by a Solartopian vision, a green-powered Earth in the process of being born.

What would speed that process most is the rapid shutdown of a these old-tech dinosaurs that do nothing but cost us money and harm our planet and our health.

For decades we were told commercial reactors could not explode. But five have done just that.

The industry said that radiation releases could do no harm at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, during the atmospheric bomb tests, with medical x-rays, with atomic waste storage, at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima, and of course at the next major melt-down and the one after that and the one after that.

The automatic industry response is always the same: “not enough radiation has escaped to harm anyone.” Push a button, no matter what the disaster, no matter where the radiation goes and how little anybody knows about it, that’s what they say now, and will say yet again each time another nuke bites the radioactive dust.

So today we live in fear not only of what’s happening at Fukushima, but of what is all-too-certain to come next.

This must finally stop. If we are to have an economic, ecological or biological future on this planet, all atomic reactor construction must halt, and all operating reactors must be phased out as fast as possible.

To honor this vision, we won’t eat from dawn to dusk on March 11.

It’s a small, symbolic step. But one we feel is worth taking. Feel free to join us!

Visit EcoWatch’s FUKUSHIMA page for more related news on this topic.

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Harvey Wasserman edits NukeFree.org and wrote Solartopia! Our Green-Powered Earth.

Jill Stein was the Green Party’s 2012 Presidential candidate. She is now organizing for Earth Day to May Day, a wave of action for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, at GlobalClimateConvergence.org.

David Swanson is working to organize a movement to end war at WorldBeyondWar.org. His books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at davidswanson.org and warisacrime.org and works for rootsaction.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @davidcnswanson and Facebook.

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Talk Nation Radio: Elaine Scarry: The U.S. Constitution Bans Nukes

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Elaine Scarry, who teaches at Harvard University, is the author of The Body in Pain and On Beauty and Being Just. Her writings following 9/11 include Who Defended the Country? and Rule of Law, Misrule of Men. We discuss her new book, Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom.

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The Complicity of the Irish Government: Almost 70,000 Armed Soldiers Through Shannon Airport in 2013

This article was first published by Shannonwatch.org under the title 'Almost 70 000 armed soldiers through Shannon in 2013' and reposted at www.news-beacon-ireland.info under the above title.


 


The Minister for Transport reported last week that 69,840 U.S. troops passed through Shannon in 2013. While this was down on the 101,108 that passed through in 2012, it is still equivalent to an army 7 times the size of the Irish defence forces. And it is still unacceptable, as the Irish people have not given their permission for any foreign troops to pass through Irish territory – or airspace.

TSA and CBP: comrades in arms -- and crimes

 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are two different agencies operating under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they have sensibilities, practices, and impunity in common. The major difference is that the TSA has no law enforcement authority while CBP does. That power makes the latter even more dangerous.

 

Read the rest at ABombazine.

Ukraine News - Mar 9

 

Barack Obama calls EU and Balkan leaders, All rejected the proposed referendum in Crimea: White House - Reuters


Readout of the President’s Calls with Presidents of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, UK and Italy PMs and President of France - The White House


Kerry urges Russia to exercise utmost restraint saying that any steps to annex Ukraine's Crimea region would close the door to diplomacy - Yahoo News


Lavrov: "This crisis was not created by us...We are open to an honest dialogue to find a way to help all of Ukraine come out of the crisis" - Voice of Russia


UN Statement: Proposed Crimea referendum ‘worrying and serious’ development:  - United Nations News Centre


China urges calm and restraint in Ukraine - CSMonitor.com

 

Russia threatens to cut Ukraine gas amid Crimea tensions - Yahoo!7

 

EU leaders draw up plans to send gas to Ukraine if Russia cuts off supply - theguardian.com

 

Central European nations appeal to Congress for faster exports of US natural gas - Fox News

 

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Ukraine will not give up Crimea: acting foreign minister - Reuters


Crimean PM says 'no one' can cancel referendum on joining Russia - Reuters


Crimean Tatars wary of Russia referendum, they represents 12-15 percent of Crimea's two million while Russian speakers make up 60 percent - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Crimea Tatars Protest Russian Incursion in Bakhcisarai - YouTube


VIDEO: It’s Ukraine vs. Russia at Rival Protests in Simferapol - NBC News.com


Crimea Speaker denied assertions that Russia is participating in the preparation of the referendum: “We presented Russia with an accomplished fact. They did not expect us to do this, they were at a loss” - ITAR-TASS

 

VIDEO: Crimean parliamentary delegation asks Russian Duma to support Crimea if it decides to join Russia - Reuters.com

 

Crimea Could Prove Expensive Acquisition for Russia - WSJ.com

 

VIDEO: Muscovites divided on controversial Crimea referendum - YouTube

 

Warning shots fired as OSCE mission turned away from Crimea - Yahoo News

 

Crimea's New Leader, a Man With a Murky Past - ABC News

 

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Turkey News - Mar 8

 

Embattled by alleged graft, Erdoğan threatens to ban YouTube, Facebook over leaks - Today's Zaman


VIDEO (Turkish): Erdogan threatens to turn off Facebook and YouTube - YouTube


President Gül says Facebook, YouTube ban out of question - Today's Zaman


VIDEO: Youtube, Facebook cannot be banned, says President Gül - CİHAN


PM Erdoğan’s threat to ban YouTube and Facebook echoes around world - hurriyetdailynews.com


U.S. concerned over potential Internet restrictions in Turkey - turkishpress.com


Why President Obama stopped calling Turkish leader Erdogan - CSMonitor.com


Turkey Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister supports move to block Facebook and YouTube - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish media boss reduced to tears by PM Erdoğan, new recording reveals - Today's Zaman

 

Media censorship continues unabated with new penalty on TV program - CİHAN

 

Turkish journalist fired from pro-gov't daily over critical tweets - CİHAN

 

Journalist acquitted of charges pertaining to tweets critical of PM - CİHAN

 

New Recording of PM Adviser Mustafa Varank: Opposition News Unfit to Print in Turkey’s Vote Campaign - Bloomberg

 

Int'l Press Institute slams Erdoğan for double standards - CİHAN

 

POLL: Turkish public unhappy about government's media interference, Internet law - CİHAN

 

Usage of methods to bypass Internet restrictions likely to increase, experts say - Today's Zaman

 

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Erdoğan confirms tape seen as meddling in judiciary - CİHAN


PM Erdoğan allegedly interferes in Council of State elections - Today's Zaman


PM Erdoğan appointed prosecutors to major graft probe: new recording - CİHAN


CHP asks if Erdoğan illegally transferred cash abroad - CİHAN


Deputies banned from copying graft summaries due to ‘confidentiality' - CİHAN

 

Journalists, academics astonished as AK Party deputy justifies corruption - Today's Zaman

 

Lawyer files complaint against officers who detained him for showing shoebox - CİHAN

 

Gendarmerie sgt. says he made tipoff about Syria-bound trucks - CİHAN

 

Constitutional Court says rights of former Turkish army chief violated - CİHAN

 

Turkey's moderate ex-army chief pushed to the limit - Channel NewsAsia

 

Former intelligence head: Erdoğan was pleased with anti-coup operations - Today's Zaman

 

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Turkey PM says 'ready to quit' if party loses local polls - THE DAILY STAR


121 detained in Eskişehir protest ahead of Erdoğan rally - CİHAN


VIDEO: 121 detained in Eskişehir protest ahead of Erdoğan rally - YouTube


Intelligence report urges gov't to declare state of emergency after polls, anticipates unrest after the local elections on March 30 - CİHAN


CHP files complaint against Erdoğan for labeling ODTÜ students 'terrorists' - Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news

 

AK Party provincial head raids dormitory in Düzce - CİHAN

 

GYV: PM's discriminatory rhetoric undermines social peace - CİHAN

 

Erdoğan's claims about Gülen stun US Ambassador Ricciardone - Today's Zaman

 

PM, former minister contradict each other on Alevi remarks - CİHAN

 

Two academics expelled from Turkish university for joining Gezi protests - Today's Zaman

 

Amnesty Turkey launches campaign for Gezi victim - Today's Zaman

 

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The War on Emotions is Driving Us Insane

Guest post: Anita McKone

Have you ever been provoked by someone into fear, anger or pain, and then blamed, punished or humiliated for feeling and expressing these feelings? This is a form of psychological torture which has very serious consequences. Here are three stories that demonstrate how commonly this form of torture occurs in human society.

Is Minimum Wage Another Distraction? Let's talk Basic Income, Shall We?

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

Cheri Honkala of the Poor Peoples Economic Campaign and Vice President of the Green Shadow Cabinet joins the host Dennis Trainor, Jr. and the Resistance Report panel (Nicole Carty (The Other 98%), Julianna Forlano (Absurdity Today) and Joel Northam (Acronym TV Contributor) - to discuss the jobs crisis in the United States, the perpetually underemployed, and the impact of a raise in the minimum wage versus a policy that guaranteed an income for all.

Thermonuclear Monarchy and Revolution

So now we (or at least the 0.03% of us who care to hunt for it) discover that U.S. military spending is not actually being cut at all, but increasing. Also going up: U.S. nuclear weapons spending.  Some of the new nukes will violate treaties, but the entire program violates the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which requires disarmament, not increased armament.  The U.S. policy of first-strike and the U.S. practice of informing other nations that "all options are on the table" also violate the U.N. Charter's ban on threatening force.

But do nuclear weapons, by the nature of their technology, violate the U.S. Constitution? Do they violate the basic social contract and all possibility of self-governance?  Thus argues a new book called Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom by Elaine Scarry.  It's not unheard of for people to see out-of-control nuclear spending as a symptom of out-of-control military spending, itself a symptom of government corruption, legalized bribery, and a militaristic culture.  Scarry's argument suggests a reversal: the root of all this evil is not the almighty dollar but the almighty bomb.

The argument runs something like this.  The primary purpose of the social contract is to create peace and prevent war and other injury.  The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 8, clause 11) bans the making of war without the approval of both houses of Congress.  This approval was to be required not just for an existing military to attack another country, but for a military to be raised at all -- standing armies not being anticipated.  And it was understood that an army would not be raised and deployed into war unless the citizen-soldiers went willingly, their ability to dissent by desertion not needing to be spelled out (or, let us say, their ability to dissent by mass-desertion, as desertion in the war that led to the Constitution was punished by death). 

And yet, because this point was so crucial to the entire governmental project, Scarry argues, it was in fact spelled out -- in the Second Amendment.  Arms -- that is 18th century muskets -- were to be freely distributed among the people, not concentrated in the hands of a king.  "Civilian" control over the military meant popular control, not presidential. The decision to go to war would have to pass through the people's representatives in Congress, and through the people as a whole in the form of soldiers who might refuse to fight.  By this thinking, had the Ludlow Amendment, to create a public referendum before any war, passed in the 1930s, it would have been redundant.

Before the 1940s were over, in Scarry's view, a Ludlow Amendment wouldn't have been worth the paper it was written on, as the existence of nuclear weapons erases Constitutional checks on war.  With nuclear weapons, a tiny number of people in a government -- be it 1 or 3 or 20 or 500 -- hold the power to very quickly and easily kill millions or billions of human beings, and other species, and very likely themselves in the process.  "We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both," said Louis Brandeis.  We may have democracy, or we may have thermonuclear bombs, but we can't have both, says Elaine Scarry. 

Each of the series of presidents beginning with Truman and running up through Nixon is known to have repeatedly come close to choosing to use nuclear bombs, something the public has learned of, each time, only decades after the fact.  No more recent president has said he didn't come close; we may very well learn their secrets on the usual schedule.  When you add to that insanity, the long string of accidents, mistakes, and misunderstandings, the damage of the testing and the waste, and the repeated ability of ploughshares activists (and therefore anybody else) to walk right up to U.S. nuclear weapons to protest them, it's amazing that life exists on earth.  But Scarry's focus is on what the new ability to kill off a continent at the push of a button has done to presidential power.

While wars since World War II have been non-nuclear, apart from depleted uranium weapons, they have also been endless and undeclared.  Because presidents can nuke nations, they and Congress and the public have assumed that a president on his or her own authority can attack nations with non-nuclear weapons too.  Now, I suspect that the military industrial complex, corrupt elections, and nuclear thinking all feed off each other.  I don't want a single person who's trying to clean up election spending or halt fighter-jet production to stop what they're doing.  But the possible influence of nuclear thinking on U.S. foreign policy is intriguing.  Once a president has been given more power than any king has ever had, one might expect some people to do exactly what they've done and treat him like a king in all but name. 

Scarry believes that we're suffering from the false idea that we're in a permanent emergency, and that in an emergency there's no time to think.  In fact, the Constitutional constraints on war were intended precisely for emergencies, Scarry argues, and are needed precisely then.  But an emergency that can be dealt with by raising an army is perhaps different from an emergency that will leave everyone on earth dead by tomorrow either with or without the U.S. government having the opportunity to contribute its measure of mass-killing to the general apocalypse.  The latter is, of course, not an emergency at all, but an insistence on glorified ignorance to the bitter end.  An emergency that allows time to raise an army is also different from an emergency involving 21st century "conventional" weapons, but not nearly as different as we suppose.  Remember the desperate urgency to hit Syria with missiles last September that vanished the moment Congress refused to do it? The mad rush to start a war before anyone can look too closely at its justifications does, I think, benefit from nuclear thinking -- from the idea that there is not time to stop and think.

So, what can we do? Scarry believes that if nukes were eliminated, Congress could take charge of debates over wars again.  Perhaps it could.  But would it approve wars? Would it approve public financing, free air time, and open elections? Would it ban its members from profiting from war?  Would people killed in a Congressionally declared war be any less dead?

What if the Second Amendment as Scarry understands it were fulfilled to some slight degree, that is if weapons were slightly more equitably distributed as a result of the elimination of nukes?  The government would still have all the aircraft carriers and missiles and bombs and predator drones, but it would have the same number of nukes as the rest of us.  Wouldn't compliance with the Second Amendment require either the madness of giving everybody a missile launcher or the sanity of eliminating non-nuclear weapons of modern war-making along with the nuclear ones?

I think the historical argument that Scarry lays out against the concentration of military power in the hands of a monarch is equally a case either for distributing that power or for eliminating it.  If large standing armies are the greatest danger to liberty, as James Madison supposed on his slave plantation, isn't that an argument against permanently stationing troops in 175 nations with or without nukes, as well as against militarizing local police forces at home? If unjustified war and imprisonment are the greatest violations of the social contract, must we not end for-profit mass incarceration by plea bargain along with for-profit mass-murder?

I think Scarry's argument carries us further in a good direction than she spells out in the book.  It's a thick book full of extremely lengthy background information, not to say tangents.  There's a wonderful account of the history of military desertion.  There's a beautiful account of Thomas Hobbes as peace advocate. Much of this is valuable for its own sake.  My favorite tangent is a comparison between Switzerland and the United States.  Switzerland decided that air-raid shelters would help people survive in a nuclear war.  While opposing and not possessing nuclear weapons, Switzerland has created shelters for more than the total number of people in the country.  The United States claimed to have concluded that shelters would not work, and then spent more on building them exclusively for the government than it spent on all variety of needs and services for the rest of us.  The nuclear nation has behaved as a monarchy, while the non-nuclear nation may preserve a remnant of humanity to tell the tale.

Scarry ends her book by stating that Article I and the Second Amendment are the best tools she's found for dismantling nuclear weapons, but that she'd like to hear of any others.  Of course, mass nonviolent action, education, and organizing are tools that will carry any campaign beyond the confines of legal argumentation, but as long as we're within those confines, I'll throw out a proposal: Comply with the Kellogg-Briand Pact.  It is far newer, clearer, and less ambiguous than the Constitution.  It is, under the Constitution, unambiguously the Supreme Law of the Land as a treaty of the U.S. government.  It applies in other nations as well, including a number of other nuclear weapons nations.  It clarifies our thinking on the worst practice our species has developed, one that will destroy us all, directly or indirectly, if not ended, with or without nuclear: the practice of war.

The treaty that I recommend remembering bans war.  When we begin to think in those terms, we won't see torture as the worst war crime, as Scarry suggests, but war itself as the worst crime of war.  We won't suggest that killing is wrong because it's "nonbattlefield," as Scarry does at one point.  We might question, as Scarry seems not to, that Hawaii was really part of the United States in 1941, or that U.S. torture really ended when Obama was elected.  I'm quibbling with tiny bits in a large book, but only because I want to suggest that the arguments that best reject nuclear weaponry reject all modern war weaponry, its possession, and its use.

Ukraine News - Mar 7

 

Obama urges Putin in phone call: De-escalate crisis in Ukraine - Washington Times


Putin tells Obama relations should not suffer over Ukraine, emphasizes importance of Russian-US cooperation for world stability - The Voice of Russia


Readout of President Obama’s call with President Putin of Russia - The White House


Statement by the US President on Ukraine - The White House


US moves on several fronts over proposed Crimea referendum to join the Russian Federation - Fox News


Congress steps up action on Ukraine - usatoday.com


'Visa bans, asset freezes are next': Europe announces three step sanctions against Russia - RT News


Ukraine Crimea Crisis: China Takes Ambiguous Stance in US-Russia Standoff - ibtimes.co.uk

 

Ukraine's interim president says government working to block Crimea referendum - Fox News

 

Russian State Duma will decide on Crimea after referendum: MP - The Voice of Russia

 

Russia analyst: Crimea referendum will take place, with dangerous consequences (VIDEO) - CNN.com Blogs

 

Does Putin really want Crimea within Russia? Maybe not. (VIDEO) - CSMonitor.com

 

Crimea vote is no slam dunk for Putin - FT The World

 

Moscow assets, market ratings fall as Crimea votes to join Russia - Reuters

 

Russia Starts Massive Air Defense Drills Amid Crimea Standoff - RIA Novosti

 

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POLL: Do Crimeans actually want to join Russia? Majority support autonomy over union with Russia - washingtonpost.com


POLL: Regional polls show few Ukrainians, Russians want a united, single state - Pew Research Center


POLL: More Than Half of Ukrainians Want to Join EU - The Moscow Times


Crimeans divided on secession referendum - usatoday


In Crimea, old fears and new propaganda sow terror among Russian-speakers - AP

 

Ukrainian military abandoning bases in Crimea after being warned they are now “enemy combatants” - News.com.au

 

Crimean Tatars: Leader Announces Boycott Of Crimea Autonomy Referendum - UNPO

 

VIDEO: Crimean Tatar Leader Announces Referendum Boycott - rferl.org

 

POLL: Large majority of Ukrainians favor early Rada elections and constitutional change - kyivpost.com

 

POLL: Poroshenko tops new Ukrainian presidential poll - kyivpost.com

 

GRAPH: Ukrainian Presidential Poll - Metapolls

 

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On Putin Ruining the World

It is absolutely appropriate to condem Russian militarism in the Crimea. I recently did so on Russian TV and was yelled at for my trouble. But it must be noted that:
 
1. The United States promised Russia years ago that NATO would not expand "an inch" eastward (see account by President Ronald Reagan's ambassador to the USSR in the New York Times of April 20, 1999);

2. NATO has rapidly expanded eastward (having already added the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, and Croatia);

3. The United States has invested $5 billion in shaping Ukrainian politics including overthrowing a democratically elected president in the Ukraine who refused to join NATO (U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland is on video talking about the investment and on audiotape planning to install Ukraine's next leader who's now in place);

4. The refusal to join NATO was a democratic action as the people of the Ukraine oppose joining NATO according to numerous opinion polls;

5. The United States is now negotiating to fund the new Ukrainian government in exchange for placing missiles in the Ukraine (as recounted by the Ukrainian ambassador to Belarus); not to mention that

6. The new Ukrainian government (as widely reported) includes neo-Nazis openly hostile to Russia among other things. 

Columnists like Tom Friedman argue that we should avoid war but focus U.S. policy on frightening Russia. That's like trying to avoid a fire by playing with matches.  The United States ought to apologize for Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, stop threatening Syria and Iran, halt the drone strikes on Pakistan and Yemen, and get its own claws out of the Ukraine. THEN denouncing Russian aggression will carry the weight it ought to carry.

Powerful story, but not a true one: Using a Widow's False Memory to Stir Up Hatred for Imprisoned Man and for Obama Nominee

By Dave Lindorff



Maureen Faulkner, widowed as a young wife by the shooting of her husband, Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, has spent the over 32 years since his death on a crusade, first to have the man convicted of his death, Mumia Abu-Jamal, executed, and then, since the overturning of his death sentence on Constitutional grounds, trying to ensure that he remains a pariah in prison.

Vote trashes ‘rule of law’: Senate Majority Uses Abu-Jamal to 'Tar' Obama Nominee

By Linn Washington, Jr.



Members of the U.S. Senate, who now of late are blasting Russia for violating "the rule of law' in the Ukraine, trashed that same fundamental legal precept during a vote to reject the man President Obama recently nominated to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department.

Debate on Escalation in Syria

I've never debated anyone who wants limited child abuse or small-scale slavery or carefully circumscribed rape. It's always war. It's always the worst crime, the crime least susceptible to control once begun, and the crime that includes all the others, the crime defined at Nuremberg as the greatest of them all because it includes all the others.  And it's always in blatant violation of the law.

Here's a liberal progressive war advocate employed by a center funded by a war profiteer pushing for "coercive measures" and "threats of force" without ever discussing the actual killing he wants done. I debate him below on The Real News .com.

Ukraine News - Mar 6

 

Russian Officials Tell Pentagon: Masked Men in Uniform in Crimea Not Russian Military, Hagel: It’s pretty clear that they’re Russian troops - ABC News


VIDEO: Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey on Russian Involvement in Ukraine - YouTube


Pentagon boosts training, NATO air policing amid Ukraine crisis - Reuters


Lavrov: Russia cannot order Crimean 'self-defense' units back to base - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Russian troops not in control of Crimea, says Lavrov - euronews


Russia’s 25,000-troop allowance in Crimea: they been there for 15 years already & other facts you may not know - RT News


Crimea to Set Up Own Law Enforcement and Security Services - RIA Novosti

 

Pro-Russia militias police Crimea’s border, self-defence units who are taking on a visible role in patrolling the peninsula and cementing the new Crimean leadership - FT.com

 

'We Don't Want War Here': Pro-Russia Self-Defense Militias Patrolling Crimea - NBC News.com

 

Crimean Premier Says Ukrainian Military Units Have Started to Surrender - NYTimes.com

 

Ukrainian navy chief Denys Berezovsky, after one day as chief, defects and pledges allegiance to the Crimea government - BBC News

 

VIDEO: Ukrainian navy chief Denys Berezovsky, after one day as chief, defects and pledges allegiance to the Crimea government - BBC News

 

Ukrainian Navy flagship diverted away from Crimea as many of the sailors and officers on board had voiced a desire to defect to an independent Crimean government - RIA Novosti

 

Agreement on cooperation between Tatarstan, Crimea signed in Simferopol - kyivpost.com

 

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AP Interview: Ukraine PM says Crimea will remain in Ukraine, but may get more autonomy to assuage the concerns of its pro-Russian population - Fox News


VIDEO: AP Interview: Ukraine PM says Crimea Situation Resembles 'coup' - YouTube


Ukraine FM Says International Observers Must Replace Troops Before Crimea Vote for Autonomy (VIDEO) - ABC News


White House to Putin: Allow international monitors in Crimea - Washington Times


Consent to arrival of int'l observers in Ukraine should be given by receiving party, including Crimea: Lavrov - voiceofrussia.com


OSCE military observers banned from entering Crimea, Lithuanian foreign minister says - ITAR-TASS

 

VIDEO: No warm welcome for OSCE in Crimea - YouTube

 

Pro-Russian gunmen force UN envoy to flee Crimea - i24news

 

VIDEO: Militia blocks UN envoy from leaving cafe in Crimea - YouTube

 

Activists replant Russian flag above HQ in Ukraine city of Donetsk - Reuters

 

VIDEO: Ukraine: Pro-Russian protesters occupy Donetsk admin building - YouTube

 

Was 'massacre' behind Ukraine revolution ordered by Yatsenyuk's coalition? Leaked tape says Maidan snipers were NOT under control of ousted president but opposition (VIDEO) - DailyMail

 

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Grasping for diplomatic exit, EU offers $15 billion in aid to Ukraine as envoys converge - Fox News


Kerry Takes Offer of 1 Billion Aid to Ukraine and Pushes Back at Russian Claims - NYTimes.com


Russia cancels Ukraine's gas discount and demands $1.5bn - Telegraph

 

Ukraine looks for $2bn loan from Russia - RT Business

 

Chinese investment in Ukraine could be costly casualty of conflict with Russia - Fox News

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

Pentagon Calls Climate Change Impacts "Threat Multipliers," Could Enable Terrorism

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The U.S. Department of Defense released the 2014 version of its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) yesterday, declaring the threat of climate change impacts a very serious national security vulnerability that, among other things, could enable further terrorist activity. 

Released every four years, the QDR is a broad outline of U.S. military strategy discussing how to maintain global U.S. military hegemony. Like the 2010 document, the 64-page 2014 QDR again highlights the threats posed to national security by ever-worsening global climate disruption.

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