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Talk Nation Radio: Michael Nagler's Nonviolence Handbook

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The Nonviolence Handbook: A Guide for Practical Action by Michael Nagler has just been published. We speak with the author. Nagler is founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence. He cofounded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at UC Berkeley, where he is professor emeritus of classics and comparative literature.
See: http://mettacenter.org
And: http://michaelnagler.net

Total run time: 29:00

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

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Ukraine News - June 3, 2014


Separatists Storm Border Post in Eastern Ukraine - NYTimes.com


Negotiations between militia and Ukraine border post command come to deadlock - ITAR-TASS


Russia-Ukraine border checkpoints become a new frontline in the battle to wrest control of the country's east - GlobalPost


Guns and fighters seep through Ukraine's porous Russian border - theguardian.com


At Ukraine’s Perilous Border, Law Is Dispensed by Men in Masks - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Five dead in assault on border command centre in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine - euronews


VIDEO: Ukraine border guards camp attacked in Luhansk - BBC


VIDEO: Lugansk: Separatists Storms Ukraine Border Post - YouTube


VIDEO: Raw video of pro-autonomy militia in Lugansk border base battle - YouTube


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Atleast five killed in admin HQ blast as fighter jets deployed to Lugansk, Ukraine (VIDEOS) - RT News


VIDEO: Ukrainian Su-25 bombing civilians by unguided rockets in Lugansk - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: CCTV Captures SU-25 Rocket Attack in Central Lugansk - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Luhansk - Casualties after the airstrike (6 videos) - LiveLeak.com


Pro-Russia Troops Take Symbol of Ukraine Uprising, Vostok Battalion evicts the ragtag band of locals who had occupied the Donetsk regional administration building - NYTimes.com


More foreign fighters break cover among Ukraine separatists, Battalion Vostok - or the East Battalion - is a heavily armed, well-organized fighting group - Reuters


Vostok Battalion, A Powerful New Player In Eastern Ukraine - rferl.org


VIDEO: The Vostok Battalion taking control of anti-Ukraine Donbas insurgency - YouTube


VIDEO: The Vostok Battalion, a Kremlin-backed faction in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, has ousted local Ukrainian separatists from the regional administration building - YouTube


VIDEO: Vostok Battalion detain looters in Donetsk - YouTube


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Russia Calls UN Meeting to Seek Ukraine Cease-Fire - ABC News


West criticizes Russian draft resolution on Ukraine - Yahoo News


U.S. Reiterates $18 Million Aid to Ukraine After 400-Man Border Attack - Hit & Run - Reason.com


Russia, NATO trade accusations over Ukraine crisis - Reuters


NATO Ministers To Review Response to Ukraine Crisis - defensenews.com


Secretary General sets out NATO’s position on Russia-Ukraine crisis - NATO


Russia to take necessary measures if NATO military potential comes closer to its borders - envoy - The Voice of Russia


UOSCE Ukraine monitors lose contact with second team - CBC News


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Russia's Gazprom Gets Paid By Ukraine - Forbes


Russia satisfied with first gas payment from Ukraine — energy minister - ITAR-TASS


Russia’s Gazprom ready to reduce gas price for Ukraine not only through lower export duty - ITAR-TASS


Russia Gives Ukraine More Time to Pay for Natural Gas - NYTimes.com


Ukraine indefinitely delays signing Association Agreement with EU - MINA


Ukraine’s GDP to drop by 5% in 2014 – Fitch - RT Business


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Memorial for Civic Activist John Judge Sustains His Legacy

Memorial for Civic Activist John Judge Sustains His Legacy

 

Two hundred admirers of the late civic activist and historical researcher John P. Judge fostered his legacy during a memorial service May 31 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

 

Former Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D), a next door neighbor and close friend, described Judge as an extraordinary truth-seeker in the spirit of the ancient Diogenes. And, Kucinich continued, "what better place for it than Washington, DC -- the capital of smoke and mirrors?"

 

Does War Have a Future?

National officials certainly assume that war has a future.  According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, world military expenditures totaled nearly $1.75 trillion in 2013.  Although, after accounting for inflation, this is a slight decrease over the preceding year, many countries increased their military spending significantly, including China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.  Indeed, 23 countries doubled their military spending between 2004 and 2013.  None, of course, came anywhere near to matching the military spending of the United States, which, at $640 billion, accounted for 37 percent of 2013’s global military expenditures.  Furthermore, all the nuclear weapons nations are currently “modernizing” their nuclear arsenals.

Juvenile Prison: $5 Billion for Child Abuse

Every juvenile prison must be immediately closed and all of its prisoners freed.

Oh. Oh. Oh! That sounds too drastic and simplistic and revolutionary.

We talk about being reformist or revolutionary as if it were a personality choice. Yet we also talk about being scientific, about being reality-based. Unlike reactionary climate-denying racist creationists we claim, most of us, to recognize such phenomena as climate change and to act on them (leave aside for the moment whether we're really acting appropriately on that one).

The science has long been crystal clear: juvenile prisons are worse than nothing.  They increase rather than reducing crime.  In our failure to abolish them, we -- and not the children we torture -- are the seemingly hopeless recidivists.  

We spend in the United States $88,000 on average per year to lock a child up, compared to $10,652 to educate a child.  We have over 66,000 children locked up, 87% of them boys, and our police arrest 2 million juveniles each year.

A recent longitudinal study of 35,000 young offenders found that those who are locked up are over twice as likely to be locked up as adults compared to those who committed similar offenses and came from similar backgrounds but were given an alternative penalty or were just not arrested.  In some states over 80% of those locked up as kids will be convicted of later crimes.  Studies have found that, more than family difficulties or gang membership or any other factor, the best predictor of criminality is whether someone has been imprisoned in what amount to factories for crime.

Well, but then, isn't the best predictor the initial commission of a crime that led to the initial incarceration? Actually, no.  Eighty to 90% of teenagers in the United States commit illegal acts that could land them behind bars.  Most of those put behind bars are put there for minor, nonviolent offenses. A third of all teenagers have even committed a somewhat serious crime, but most are never arrested, much less imprisoned.  Almost all grow out of it.

If the minority of young people whose lives are ruined by prison were selected randomly, we might be a bit more likely to do something about it.  Anyone who is a parent and finds out what happens in juvenile prisons must be highly unlikely to tolerate their continued existence unless convinced that only other people's children will be locked up. And in fact, it is highly disproportionately kids from poor neighborhoods and with darker skin who get locked up.  A non-white child is far more likely to be arrested for the same act than a white child, far more likely to be charged and detained, far more likely to be sentenced to prison, and far more likely to be given a longer sentence. 

In fact, the idea that sub-human monsters, of whatever race, must be made to suffer and must be kept away from the rest of us, is the leading candidate as a major explanation of the continuation of juvenile imprisonment.  If the goal were preventing crime, the prisons are worse than nothing.  We've tried alternatives within the prison system, and found that reforms help but can only go so far.  We've tried alternatives outside of the prison system, and found them far superior in results. We've even seen states shut down lots of juvenile prisons, primarily because of the financial cost, and seen the benefits in cost savings, in the lives of young people, and in reduced crime rates.  But other states don't follow suit, and the states making the cuts need only see a rise in revenue to begin rebuilding the torture palaces.

The lessons are of course obtainable from abroad as well.  The U.S. locks kids up at a higher rate than any other nation.  The next closest is South Africa, which locks up children at one-fifth the rate of the U.S.  While the United States slowly, reluctantly, begins to stop throwing away packaging, it remains intent on throwing away people.  For many who accept disproven ways of thinking, setting those 66,000 children free would make us less safe, just as cutting the military or disbanding it would endanger us all.  These are powerful myths, but the evidence overwhelmingly disproves them.  If our rural communities went back to farming food instead of prisoners, we would all be better off.

Much of what is routinely done to tens of thousands of youths in the United States would be illegal if done to prisoners of war.  Torture in these houses of "correction" is the norm, not the exception.  Isolation is the central abuse, combined with food deprivation, assault, rape, temperature extremes, deprivation of medical care, deprivation of education, sadistic exercises in humiliation, forced nudity, stress positions, piling on, attacks by dogs, and of course indefinite detention without criminal conviction.  These practices have been transferred to international prisoners after becoming routine for U.S. prisoners, including juveniles.  And, while much of the abuse comes from other prisoners, most of it is committed by guards -- or, excuse me, "correctional officers."

This disastrous system seems in dire need of reform, and the idea that it can be reformed is quite tempting.  Children's bodies are dug up behind an institution in Florida. A judge in Pennsylvania gets caught taking bribes to send more kids to hell.  A sexual assault scandal in Texas gets big enough to make the news.  Kids hog-tied and left outside in freezing weather in Arkansas create some waves.  But the scandals are everywhere.  A review found only 8 states where there was not conclusive evidence of system-wide mistreatment.  And the scandals have been there for a century and a half.  The reforms have been needed and been worked on since day one.  They are not what's needed.  Children need love and companionship, safety and trust, respect and encouragement.  They are even worse equipped to survive imprisonment than adults.  Locked up kids commit suicide at a far higher rate than others, nearly rivaling that of war veterans.  These facts are continually reconfirmed by new science, but they and the failure of juvenile prisons have been known practically since the invention of juvenile prisons. 

Solitary confinement greatly increases suicide rates, and yet is used as a punishment for the offense of being suicidal.  This is not a nifty contradiction to be examined in a master's thesis.  Rather, it is part of a process that fundamentally destroys our young people, a process which we pretend improves them. 

Or do we? Polls suggest that we, the public, in fact understand the madness of government child-abuse currently engaged in to the tune of $5 billion.  The public prefers rehabilitation and treatment and is willing to pay higher taxes for those approaches, even though they actually cost less.  We test this, prove it, and then don't act on it -- or at least our government doesn't act on it.  Oregon tried an experiment in Deschutes County, giving the county the money it would have taken to lock kids up and requiring the county to pay the bill for any kid that did end up locked up.  The county spent the money on prevention, neighborhood programs, community services.  In a year, the number of children sent into the fortresses of misery and horror dropped by 72%.

Everything I've just claimed, and much more, is documented in a new book by Nell Bernstein called Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison.  This book includes numerous personal stories, countless examples, endless studies, and all the evidence anyone claiming to base policy on reality would need to become a "radical" when it comes to the malfunctioning of juvenile prisons.  Bernstein looks at the worst and the best of the institutions.  The best remains far from good enough.  The best remains worse than nothing at all.  Improving the mass abuse of children is not pragmatic; it's immoral.  It's like being in favor of the war on Libya because the war on Iraq was worse; doing so requires averting one's eyes from the state Libya is in. 

Burning Down the House should be taught in our schools.  Maybe free young people would find the power to speak up on behalf of their imprisoned fellows, if they knew.  Maybe parents, if sufficiently intent on discarding both sadism and racism, would act if they heard it from their children. 

There is a hurdle to be overcome, however, higher than the false belief that injustice only happens to those who deserve it, or the corruption of our misrepresentative government by profiteers, or the cooption of the corporate media by the government.  The hurdle is this: everything that's wrong with prisons for children is also wrong with prisons for adults.  If we stop thinking about imprisoned children the way that we must think in order to allow their imprisonment, we'll be in danger of ceasing to think about imprisoned adults the way we must to allow their imprisonment.  Are we willing to risk that danger? I certainly hope so.

http://youtu.be/rXrJE1iDhh8

Racist School Closings Are The Fruit Of Pentagon Greed

 

Infographic by Katie Falkenberg, CODEPINK Denver

Like Madoff telling a bum to get a job: After Running from his Anti-War Past, Kerry Tells Snowden ‘Man Up’ and Face Trial in US

By Dave Lindorff

 

            Our prissy Secretary of State John Kerry, hair carefully coiffed for his interview, told NBC’s Brian Williams last week that fugitive National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden should “man up” and return to the US to “stand in our system of justice and make his case.”

ND Treasurer: Red Carpet Rollout for Gen. Petraeus Fracking Field Trip "Not Unusual"

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt has responded to DeSmogBlog's investigation of the Bakken Shale basin fracking field trip her office facilitated for former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, who now works at the Manhattan-based private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)

David Petraeus Kelly Schmidt

Just Say Yes: Amber Lyon on Radical Transformation Through Psychedelics

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

Discussed in this episode:Ayahuasca as a Cure for Amber Lyon’s PTSD, Psilocybin as a Possible Cure for Dennis Trainor Jr.’s ‘Anger Issues’, Reset.Me, Corruption at CNN, BP Oil Spill, Saving the World Through Self Improvement, DMT, LSD, Indie Media, The Healing Power of Psychedelics

http://youtu.be/j91CMGdIz94

Libya News - May 30, 2014


Rogue Libyan General Resumes Airstrikes Near Benghazi Against Islamist Militants (VIDEO) - VOA


Libya standoff emerges as premier refuses to yield to successor - Reuters


Rival cabinets meet in Libya political chaos, polls to be held June 25 as planned - Yahoo News


Analysis: GNC,-Maetig-versus-Haftar - Al-Ahram Weekly


Current alignment of Libyan militias in response to Haftar - TRAC


Pro-Islamist militia attack Libya interior ministry unit as chaos deepens - unyanews.tv


Head of the militants controlling oil ports: We will not recognise the government of Meitik - middleeastmonitor


Thousands across Libya march in support of a renegade general’s campaign against Islamist militias - The Washington Post


Libya's Haftar hails electoral win by Egypt's Sisi - Anadolu Agency


Statement (English): Declaration by the Conference of Tribes of Libya - tortillaconsal.com


VIDEO (Arabic): Al-Azizia conference of Libyan tribes and cities releases 15 points road map for Future Libya - thevoiceoflibya.com


Oil Outages Cost Libya $17.8 Billion, Rebels seeking more regional autonomy have kept the majority of oil exports shut in Eastern Libya -  NASDAQ.com


Libya Disorder Dealing Harmful Blow to Oil and Gas Exploration - ibtimes.co.uk


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Obama’s $5 Billion Counterterrorism Fund Already in Trouble in Congress - The Daily Beast


Terror’s Front: Obama says local groups pose “the most direct threat” to the United States and its interests, especially abroad  - NYTimes.com


French, American and Algerian special forces sent to the south of Libya to attack terrorist networks - The Times


Africa: Laboratory and Battleground for Pentagon's 21st Century Warfare - RIA Novosti


Pentagon to use drones to speed response times in sensitive hot spots like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya - Washington Times


Libya, Mali chaos alarms neighbours, Experts and military officers from eight African countries wrap up a five-day conference in Algiers focused on Sahel-Saharan security - Magharebia


AU to cooperate with Arab League to resolve Libyan crisis - 4-Traders


Egypt's FM dicusses Libyan and Syrian crises with Algerian PM - Ahram Online


Statement: Fahmy Calls the Foreign Ministers of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, UAE, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League to discuss the latest developments in Libya - Egypt Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Crisis alert level 3 raised in Libya urging Filipinos to leave - philstar.com


10 Chadians killed in southern Libya - GlobalPost


Islamist Gunmen in West Tunisia Attack Interior Minister’s Home, Killing 4 Guards - NYTimes.com


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Don’t Be Fooled By “Conspiracy Theory” Smears

Don’t Be Fooled By “Conspiracy Theory” Smears

US “Dirty” Wars, Targeted Killing & Secret Operations Supercede Military Occupations – But Are Still Illegitimate

 Join us at the Left Forum, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59th St, New York City on Sunday, June 1, 10:00 - 11:50 am to hear this panel on US dirty wars, especially drone warfare. It not only will provide historical background and context to the issues facing us and the world today, it is action-oriented, grappling with how to challenge how people think. Come, participate and help plan mass action to stop the crimes of your government.

Vast Surveillance of Whole Populations: The NSA Revelations One Year Out

 Join us at the Left Forum, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59th St, New York City on Saturday 5/31/2014, 12:00 - 1:50 pm to hear hear this panel on vast surveillance. The US government collects billions of bytes of “metadata” on phone calls, emails, bank traffic, text messaging, chats -- content, recipients, etc. – storing everything for future use, if not needed immediately. Edward Snowden and others in the field say the amount of data collected doubles every two years. The ramifications of this data collection and storage process goes beyond issues of civil liberties and abstract rights.

Imperialist Wars & Global Ecological Degradation

Join us at the Left Forum, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59th St, New York City on Saturday 5/31/2014 at 5:00 to 6:45pm to hear this panel on imperialism and ecological devastation. It not only will provide historical background and context to these issues facing us and the world today, it is action-oriented, grappling with how to challenge how people think. Share this with your friends, family, and colleagues!

Bringing CUNY into the US War Machine – Students and Faculty Rise Up

Come to the Left Forum -5/31 & 6/1/2014 -in New York City to hear World Can't Wait/War Criminals Watch empowering 4 panels. Share this widely and invite all your friends, fellow & sister workers and family! Our first panel, Sat. 5/31- 3:20-4:50 pm is on CUNY students present struggle to shut down its restored ROTC after 40 years off campus & end Gen David Petraeus' tenure at CUNY. 

Global Protests Say Shut Down Guantanamo - End Indefinite Detention

By Debra Sweet       ALERT:  Ominous action taken in the U.S. is a Senate vote this week to authorize Obama to move all the 154 prisoners to prisons in the   would allow Obama the claim that he has “closed” Guantanamo, while creating a terrible precedent of holding prisoners indefinitely and without charge, and possibly trying those few they have charged in sham military commission trials, within the U.S. Some of the prisoners' attorneys say that disappearing them into the hellhole of mass incarceration here would make it even harder to get them freed, even though many have already been cleared for release.

Ukraine News - May 29, 2014


VIDEO: The battle for Donetsk airport: Ukrainian separatists suffer heavy losses - euronews


VIDEO: Donetsk morgue overflowing after Ukrainian military offensive - RT


VIDEO: A truck carrying corpses to the Donetsk morgue - YouTube


VIDEO: Separatists in Donetsk refuse to concede - euronews


VIDEO: Pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk fear government troops will launch attack on city, prepare for assault - euronews


Miners rally in favour of separatists in eastern Ukraine - Reuters


VIDEO: Donetsk miners call on Ukranian ‘occupiers’ to leave region - euronews


Luhansk Rebels Send Reinforcements to Donetsk - The Moscow Times


Ukraine forces suffer new losses in a rebel raid on their barracks in the flashpoint Lugansk region - Sky News


80 Ukrainian soldiers surrender to self-defense forces in Lugansk - RT News


Lugansk Republic institutes commission for compensating damage to victims of operation - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine's Lugansk plans to hold parliamentary elections in Sept. - GlobalPost


In east Ukraine, arms maker walks fine line between Kiev and Moscow - The Globe and Mail


Ukraine crisis: who commited murder at the Maidan? Parliamentary Commission in Kiev rejects claims that Yanukovych police unit was to blame for killings that led to change of power - Telegraph


After the Ukrainian Elections, a Look at Far-Right Political Movements - The Blue Review


Right Sector militants ask Kiev to arm them with heavy weapons - The Voice of Russia


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Obama signals reset in US foreign policy, urges against 'military adventures' - Fox News


VIDEO: President Obama Speaks to West Point Graduates - The White House


TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s Commencement Address at West Point - NYTimes.com


Russia to help Kiev establish dialogue with southeast if it ends military op: UN envoy - RT News


Ukraine PM calls on Russia to block guerrillas crossing the Russian border into Ukraine" - Reuters


Chechen fighters among ranks of rebel militants in Ukraine, self-appointed mayor says - Fox News


VIDEO: Battalion Vostok convoy moves in Donetsk, said to include fighters from the northern Caucasus - YouTube


VIDEO: Russian Mercenaries in Donetsk: Chechen leader Kadyrov denies sending troops to Ukraine - YouTube


Kiev adopts draft agreement on Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian brigade of armed forces - ITAR-TASS


Ischinger mulls OSCE Ukraine pullout, Poroshenko sees 'state of war' - DW.DE


Russia's Gazprom says Ukraine will owe $5.2 billion as of June 7 - chicagotribune.com


Russia may grant gas price discount to Ukraine, but contract revision not on agenda - ITAR-TASS


EU to help Ukraine find $10 bln to pay Russia for gas: newspaper - The Voice of Russia


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Afghan Elections: Pick Your Poison

No human being wants to be ruled by their people's murderers. Forgiveness through restorative justice may be possible, but being ruled by murderers is asking for too much.

Yet, that seems to be the Hobson's choice behind the Afghan presidential election, which is into its run-off between Dr. Abdullah / Mohaqiq's team and Dr. Ashraf Ghani / General Dostum's team, neither team having won more than 50% of balloted votes in the first round.

Both teams have members who are warlords accused of human rights abuses, as reported by the New York Times, including Dr. Abdullah Abdullah's running mate, Mohammed Mohaqiq, and General Dostum, who is Dr. Ashraf Ghani's vice-presidential candidate.  

General Dostum, allegedly on the CIA's payroll in the past, apologized for his past war crimes when he registered as Dr. Ashraf Ghani's vice-presidential candidate. One of those crimes is the Dasht-e-Leili massacre which occurred in the fall of 2001. New York Times and Newsweek investigations alleged that hundreds or even thousands of surrendering pro-Taliban prisoners died of thirst, hunger and gunshots when they were stuffed into shipping containers for transport to an Afghan prison.

Both presidential hopefuls in the run-off elections on June 14th have already vowed to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement, which President Obama mentioned in his surprise visit to Bagram Air Base in Kabul, not even bothering to visit President Karzai who declined to visit him at Bagram.

Article 7 of the Bilateral Security Agreement, states that, "Afghanistan hereby authorizes United States forces to control entry to agreed facilities and areas that have been provided for United States forces' exclusive use…" and also that "Afghanistan shall provide all agreed facilities and areas without charge to United States forces."

Article 13 includes this: "Afghanistan ... agrees that the United States shall have the exclusive right to exercise jurisdiction over such persons in respect of any criminal or civil offenses committed in the territory of Afghanistan."

It is understandable that President Karzai isn't willing to sign the agreement. It may leave a disastrous legacy.

I asked an activist who has been working in Afghanistan for ten years what he thought about the run-off in Afghanistan's elections. "Many Afghans, and people all over the world, are getting more and more cynical about elections," he told me. "And they should be, because how did our psyche become conditioned to accept that by electing corrupt, selfish, proud, wealthy and violent elites every four or five years, our ordinary lives will be changed? Our planet is exasperatingly unequal and militarized. To place in power the ones who continue this status quo is bizarre."

Bizarre, yet disturbingly familiar.

Mess in Ukraine is Catalyst for Closer Sino-Russian Ties: a BIG DEAL

Premature US Victory-Dancing on Ukraine

May 28, 2014

Editor Comment:  The post-coup election of a pro-Western politician as president of Ukraine – and the escalating slaughter of lightly armed anti-coup rebels in the east – have created a celebratory mood in Official Washington, but the victory dance may be premature, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

By Ray McGovern

Washington’s role in the coup d’etat in Kiev on Feb. 22 has brought the U.S. a Pyrrhic victory, with the West claiming control of Ukraine albeit with a shaky grip that still requires the crushing of anti-coup rebels in the east. But the high-fiving may be short-lived once the full consequences of the putsch become clear.

Talk Nation Radio: Peace Movement to Gather in Sarajevo

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-peace-movement-to-gather-in-sarajevo

From June 6 to 9, the peace movement from around the world will gather in Sarajevo. See http://PeaceEventSarajevo2014.eu We speak with one of the planners of this event, Reiner Braun.

Reiner Braun is based in Berlin, Germany. He is the Executive Director of Scientists for Peace and Sustainability and the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility. Since 2004 Reiner Braun has been working for various projects related to the Einstein year at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and for the Max Planck Society. Since 2006 he has been the Executive Director of the German branch and since 2012 of the full International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. He is project manager of the Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler (or Federation of German Scientists), the German Pugwash group.  And since Septmber 2013 he has been Co-president of the International Peace Bureau and one of the speakers of the German peace mouvement.

Total run time: 29:00

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

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How Psychedelic Drugs Can Cure Our Collective Insanity

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

note: This is an episode clip. The full episode, The Healing Power of Psychedelics, will publish at Acronym TV on Thursday, May 29.

Amber Lyon, 3-time Emmy award winning journalist, describes how her work as a journalist covering social justice issues lead to her suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and how experience with Ayahuasca cured her of the disorder and led to a radical spiritual and career shift.

Obama to Outline How He'll Keep International Order

by Debra Sweet       Press reports say Obama will make a major address at West Point’s commencement Wednesday morning on US foreign policy objectives, and portray the US as “the ultimate guarantor of international order” according to The New York Times. Days after his “surprise visit” to Afghanistan to announce that whoever is president after Karzai will allow occupation troops to stay past this year, we speculate on this vision of international order...

Libya News - May 28, 2014


New Libya PM's home attacked as unrest over his rule grows - AFP


Renegade former Libyan general says PM must go, vote must wait - AFP


Libyan Journalist Outspoken Critic of Islamists Shot Dead In Benghazi - AP


Prominent journalist Abu Zeid killed in Libya - Committee to Protect Journalists


Libya: Investigate Killing of Benghazi Editor Abu Zeid - Human Rights Watch


VIDEO: Hndreds of journalists and activists demonstrated on Monday in Martyrs' Square in Tripoli protesting Abu Zeid's murder - YouTube


VIDEO (Arabic): Abu Zeid TV appearance on Sunday on which he discussed his recent meeting with Gen. Hifter and the threat of civil war - YouTube


Libya: Police officer guarding diplomats killed in Tripoli - panapress.com


Libya: Ansar Asharia calls for institution of Sharia law in Libya - panapress.com


Eastern Libya oil rebel rejects new government - Reuters


Libya Oil Disruption Worsens Amid Anti-Government Protest - Bloomberg


Libyan Oil May Suffer More Disruption, General Says - Bloomberg


VIDEO: Libyans express little optimism with new PM - Al Jazeera


VIDEO: Libya, where militias reign - France 24


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State Dept. Issues Warning For Americans To Leave Libya Immediately - NPR


US deploys warship off Libya with about 1000 marines in case the US embassy has to be evacuated - Sky News


Libyan Islamists to U.S.: Don't interfere or face worse than Iraq - Reuters


U.S. Training Elite Antiterror Troops in Four African Nations - NYTimes.com


Report: Libya Militia Stole US Weapons in Raid - AFP


Sisi says Egypt will not allow threats to security from Libya - Reuters


Once a U.S. asset, Gen. Hafter recruited Libya’s entire military command with Egypt’s backing - SHOAH


In lawless Libya, Egypt's Sisi becomes a star - Reuters


Algeria 'not ready' to coordinate with Libya's Haftar - Worldbulletin News


Tunisian officials divided over Libya crisis - Al-Monitor


Tunisia economy set to suffer blow from Libya violence - Al-Monitor


Maghreb ministers arrange 'urgent' talks on Libya - Magharebia


Failed security cooperation leads to border problems in Sahel - Al-Monitor


The terrorist threat to energy infrastructure in North Africa - polity.org.za

 

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TSA forces woman to disrobe at checkpoint

I've been meaning to post this woman's account for a while, but with so many TSA stories to keep track of (and more in the pipeline), it got away from me. 

Why War Is Not Inevitable

By World Beyond War

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If war were inevitable, there would be little point in trying to end it. If war were inevitable, a moral case might be made for trying to lessen its damage while it continued. And numerous parochial cases could be made for being prepared to win inevitable wars for this side or that side.

Developing ways to avoid generating conflicts is part of the answer, but some occurrence of conflict (or major disagreement) is inevitable, which is why we must use more effective and less destructive tools to resolve conflicts and to achieve security. But there is nothing inevitable about war. It is not made necessary by our genes, by other inevitable forces in our culture, or by crises beyond our control.
 
Our Genes:

War has only been around for the most recent fraction of the existence of our species. We did not evolve with it.During this most recent 10,000 years, war has been sporadic. Some societies have not known war. Some have known it and then abandoned it.Just as some of us find it hard to imagine a world without war or murder, some human societies have found it hard to imagine a world with those things. A man in Malaysia, asked why he wouldn’t shoot an arrow at slave raiders, replied “Because it would kill them.” He was unable to comprehend that anyone could choose to kill. It’s easy to suspect him of lacking imagination, but how easy is it for us to imagine a culture in which virtually nobody would ever choose to kill and war would be unknown? Whether easy or hard to imagine, or to create, this is decidedly a matter of culture and not of DNA.According to myth, war is “natural.” Yet a great deal of conditioning is needed to prepare most people to take part in war, and a great deal of mental suffering is common among those who have taken part. In contrast, not a single person is known to have suffered deep moral regret or post-traumatic stress disorder from war deprivation.

In some societies women have been virtually excluded from war making for centuries and then included. Clearly, this is a question of culture, not of genetic makeup. War is optional, not inevitable, for women and men alike.

Some nations invest much more heavily in militarism than most and take part in many more wars. Some nations, under coercion, play minor parts in the wars of others. Some nations have completely abandoned war. Some have not attacked another country for centuries. Some have put their military in a museum.

Forces in Our Culture:

War long predates capitalism, and surely Switzerland is a type of capitalist nation just as the United States is. But there is a widespread belief that a culture of capitalism — or of a particular type and degree of greed and destruction and short-sightedness — necessitates war. One answer to this concern is the following: any feature of a society that necessitates war can be changed and is not itself inevitable. The military-industrial complex is not an eternal and invincible force. Environmental destructiveness and economic structures based on greed are not immutable.

There is a sense in which this is unimportant; namely, we need to halt environmental destruction and reform corrupt government just as we need to end war, regardless of whether any of these changes depends on the others to succeed. Moreover, by uniting such campaigns into a comprehensive movement for change, strength in numbers will make each more likely to succeed.

But there is another sense in which this is important; namely, we need to understand war as the cultural creation that it is and stop imagining it as something imposed on us by forces beyond our control. In that sense it is important to recognize that no law of physics or sociology requires us to have war because we have some other institution. In fact, war is not required by a particular lifestyle or standard of living because any lifestyle can be changed, because unsustainable practices must end by definition with or without war, and because war actually impoverishes societies that use it.

Crises Beyond Our Control:

War in human history up to this point has not correlated with population density or resource scarcity. The idea that climate change and the resulting catastrophes will inevitably generate wars could be a self-fulfilling prophecy. It is not a prediction based on facts.

The growing and looming climate crisis is a good reason for us to outgrow our culture of war, so that we are prepared to handle crises by other, less destructive means. And redirecting some or all of the vast sums of money and energy that go into war and war preparation to the urgent work of protecting the climate could make a significant difference, both by ending one of our mostenvironmentally destructive activities and by funding a transition to sustainable practices.

In contrast, the mistaken belief that wars must follow climate chaos will encourage investment in military preparedness, thus exacerbating the climate crisis and making more likely the compounding of one type of catastrophe with another.

Ending War Is Possible:

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Human societies have been known to abolish institutions that were widely considered permanent. These have included human sacrifice, blood feuds, duelling, slavery, the death penalty, and many others. In some societies some of these practices have been largely eradicated, but remain illicitly in the shadows and on the margins. Those exceptions don’t tend to convince most people that complete eradication is impossible, only that it hasn’t yet been achieved in that society. The idea of eliminating hunger from the globe was once considered ludicrous. Now it is widely understood that hunger could be abolished — and for a tiny fraction of what is spent on war. While nuclear weapons have not all been dismantled and eliminated, there exists a popular movement working to do just that.

Ending all war is an idea that has found great acceptance in various times and places. It was more popular in the United States, for example, in the 1920s and 1930s. In recent decades, the notion has been propogated that war is permanent. That notion is new, radical, and without basis in fact.


David Swansons wants you to declare peace at http://WorldBeyondWar.org  His new book is War No More: The Case for Abolition. He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for http://rootsaction.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @davidcnswanson and FaceBook


Krauthammer is right: The US Empire is in Decline

By Dave Lindorff


I was shocked to find myself in almost perfect agreement today with a recent column by the neoconservative pundit Charles Krauthammer. 


Usually Krauthammer has me groaning, but yesterday his column nailed it.


Ukraine News - May 27, 2014


VIDEO: Newly Elected Ukraine President Poroshenko Claims Victory, Wants to Visit East - AP


VIDEO: Top priority is peace, says Ukraine’s Poroshenko - cnbc.com


Kremlin Says Russia Respects Poroshenko's Election - The Moscow Times


Poroshenko, Lavrov call for Russia-Ukraine talks to end crisis - Los Angeles Times


Poroshenko Plans to Visit Russia in June to Discuss Ukrainian Crisis - RIA Novosti


Yatsenyuk to Retain His Post as Prime Minister: Ukraine’s Poroshenko - RIA Novosti


Ukraine's Poroshenko to sell all his business in order to become President - The Voice of Russia


Self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic to cooperate with Poroshenko only with Russia’s mediation - ITAR-TASS


In East, Separatists and Fear Stop Voters - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Russian separatists disrupt presidential vote in Ukraine’s eastern regions - euronews


20% of polling stations open in Donetsk, Luhansk regions: observers - ITAR-TASS


Report: Kharkiv Jewish Mayor Kernes Casts Vote For Ukrainian President From Hospital Bed - JP Updates


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Ukraine launches air strike against rebels who seized Donetsk airport - Telegraph


VIDEO: Battle to control Donetsk airport - BBC


VIDEO: Jet attack on Donetsk Airport area - YouTube


Leader of the DNR: self-defence units bring down 2 helicopters of Ukraine’s Armed Forces - ITAR-TASS


Ukrainian army grenade hits truck carrying wounded in Donetsk: reports - RT News


Ukrainian army shells Slavyansk residential area, 3 civilians killed (GRAPHIC VIDEO) - RT News


Italian Andrea Rocchelli becomes first journalist killed in eastern Ukraine conflict - GlobalPost


'Torn to pieces': Ghastly details emerge of Italian reporter and his Russian interpreter’s killing in E. Ukraine - RT News


Donetsk People’s Republic switching over to Russian laws - ITAR-TASS


Lugansk republic leader bans sale of corporate rights - The Voice of Russia


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Tentative deal in Ukraine-Russia gas dispute, EU says - Fox News


Kiev negotiators agree to pay $2 billion to Gazprom to cover part of gas debt - RT Business


Kiev Calls on Naftogaz to Hire Top Lawyers for Gas Row With Gazprom - RIA Novosti


Avoiding Ukraine Pipelines Would Hurt Gazprom: Chart of the Day - Bloomberg


Gazprom Faces $800 Million in Taxes as Ukraine Rejects Gas Price - Bloomberg


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This Memorial Day, we honor all soldiers who:


  • Fought to protect corporate America’s $50,000,000.00 investment in Cuba during the Spanish-American War;

  • Died on foreign shores during World War I in what President Woodrow Wilson, who involved the U.S. in that war, later said  “…in its inception, was a commercial and industrial war;”

  • Sacrificed so much in World War II while U.S. companies, with U.S. government approval,  continually supplied the Axis powers with goods that U.S. citizens had to ration, including materials used to help kill Allied soldiers;

  • Suffered and died in Korea, to safeguard and ensure the expansion of U.S. trade throughout the region;

  • Endured the hell of  the Vietnam War to satisfy the egos of three presidents, and help ensure their elections and re-elections;

  • Fought in the heat of the Iraqi and Kuwaiti deserts to protect Western oil sources;

Police Investigating Use of Scottish Airports by CIA “Rendition” Torture Flights

by Reprieve

 

Legal charity Reprieve has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that police investigating the use of Scottish airports by CIA ‘torture flights’ have access to a major US Senate report on the spy agency’s secret ‘rendition’ programme.

 

Last year, Scotland’s chief legal officer asked Police Scotland to investigate the use of Scottish airports by CIA aircraft involved in the agency’s programme of ‘renditions’ – in which suspects are kidnapped and flown to third countries in order to be tortured.

 

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