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Cover-up in progress?: The Case of the Dead Brazilian Torturer Gets Murkier

By Michael Uhl

They haven't killed him yet.

Paulo Malhaes, the confessed Brazilian torturer whose death I recently reported on this site may not have been murdered after all. At least that’s what police investigating the case have been loudly proclaiming for the past week.

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

By Dave Lindorff

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

Turkey News - May 2, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


May Day activist attempted to hijack airplane -


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


Turkish government scared of workers: Main opposition leader -


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


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




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

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

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

Turkish Extradition Request Could Strain Relations With US - VOA

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

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


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


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


Turkish opposition: Enquiry against Gülen politically motivated - CİHAN


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


German President Gauck: I even restrained myself - CİHAN


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


Unregistered investigations carried out in İstanbul Courthouse - CİHAN


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


Venice Commission concerned about attacks against top court - CİHAN


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




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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

By Dave Lindorff


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


Israeli Hypocrisy: Business as Usual

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

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

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

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

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

A new proposal mocks Net Neutrality: FCC Wants to Give Corporations Their Own Internet

By Alfredo Lopez

When a federal court trashed its "net neutrality" compromise policy in January, the Federal Communications Commission assured us that the Internet we knew and depended on was safe. Most activists didn't believe federal officials and this past week the FCC demonstrated how realistic our cynicism was.

Punishment or Witness Elimination?: Confessed Brazilian Torturer Found Murdered

By Michael Uhl


            At approximately four o’clock this past Thursday afternoon, Paulo Malhaes, a retired officer who served in the ‘70s  during the years of Brazil’s military dictatorship, was murdered at his small farm outside of Rio de Janeiro.

The Night of the Generals: When Brazilians were Tortured and Disappeared

By Michael Uhl

“The Face of Evil,” flashed the eye catching headline in Brazil’s major daily on a morning late this March, and the accompanying photo of Army lieutenant-colonel Paulo Malhaes, retired, could not have portrayed a more convincing ogre had it been photo shopped by central casting. Malhaes, a self-described torturer and murderer operated in the early 1970′s, the most repressive period in Brazil’s harsh era of prolonged military rule,

End the Drug War: Happy Pot Legalization Day!

A Special Report today on the issue of ending Marijuana Prohibition and the massively destructive War on Drugs, by TCBH! collective journalist Linn Washington, Jr. and three students in his Temple University journalism class:

Marijuana: Facts and Falacies, by Linn Washington

ANR Pipeline: Introducing TransCanada's Keystone XL for Fracking

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

When most environmentalists and folks who follow pipeline markets think of TransCanada, they think of the proposed northern half of its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. 

Flying beneath the public radar, though, is another TransCanada-proposed pipeline with a similar function as Keystone XL. But rather than for carrying tar sands bitumen to the Gulf Coast, this pipeline would bring to market shale gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").

Meet TransCanada's ANR Pipeline System.

Egypt News - Apr 5, 2014


Egypt pro-democracy supporters stage anti-Sisi demos in several provinces -

Security clash with protesters in Cairo's Alf Maskan - Ahram Online

VIDEO: Egypt: Cairo clashes brought to the doorstep of Interior Ministers - YouTube

'Freedom for the brave' holds protest, calls for release of detainees (PHOTOS) - Ahram Online

Amnesty International: Egypt must release three activists jailed under repressive new protest law - Amnesty International

POLL: What is the Egyptian anti-coup movement protesting for? -

Al Qaida’s Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) claims responsibility for Cairo University bombing - World Tribune


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood condemns Cairo University bombing, calls for probe -


Forces react to Cairo Univ blasts, pro-Morsi students brush off allegations - Ahram Online


Muslims Drag Christian Woman From Car in Egypt, Stab and Brutally Beat Her for Having Cross on Display -


VIDEO (Arabic): Eyewitness: Muslims Drag Christian Woman From Car in Egypt, Stab and Brutally Beat Her for Having Cross on Display - YouTube


Egyptian journalists strike, demanding protection, a week after a young journalist was killed - AP


Egypt cabinet approves new terror law in the wake of a terrorist attack outside Cairo University on Wednesday - AFP


Police to enter universities during exam time, if necessary: Minister - Ahram Online




Human Rights Watch calls on U.S. to delay military aid to Egypt - Reuters

Statement: Egypt: Failure to Meet US Aid Conditions - Human Rights Watch

Egypt deports man lobbying against mass death sentences - Reuters


Suez Canal: Egyptian Military Takes Charge Of Economic Development -


Mubarak supports Sisi, slams Sabbahi in phone interview - Cairo Post


Mubarak’s lawyer says that the recording in which his client is heard supporting Sisi was fabricated - Israel National News


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Humanity Versus a Corrupt State: Coups and Cash Machines in Rio de Janeiro

Humanity Versus a Corrupt State: 

Coups and Cash Machines in Rio de Janeiro

By John Grant


USAID used fake Twitter to try and oust a government!: The Hummingbird Tweet: An Espionage Tale

By Alfredo Lopez

For two years, starting in 2010, the United States Agency for International Development ran a social networking service -- similar to Twitter -- for the Cuban people. Its long-term objective was to forment popular revolt against the government and de-stabilize the country.

A program to take over human communications?: The Drones of Facebook (and the NSA)

By Alfredo Lopez


"Connectivity," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a CNN interview last year, "is a human right."

A program to take over human communications?: The Drones of Facebook (and the NSA)

By Alfredo Lopez


"Connectivity," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a CNN interview last year, "is a human right."

Egypt News - Apr 2, 2014


Clashes continue at several Egyptian universities between police and students protesting ex-army chief al-Sisi's presidency bid - Ahram Online

VIDEO: Egypt: Clashes between students and police in four cities - euronews

VIDEO: Clashes in Egypt between protestors and police left 1 student dead on Sunday - YouTube

Riot police storm al-Azhar University in Cairo - Islamic News Daily

Al-Azhar university expels 25 student 'rioters' - Ahram Online


Ain Shams University students dispersed outside Egypt Defense Ministry -


Egypt group calls for joint protest to release detainees - Ahram Online


VIDEO (and transcript): Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah on Prison and Regime's "War on a Whole Generation” -


Egypt prosecution says Islamist protesters killed journalist - Al Arabiya News


Who killed Mary Sameh George? Some in the Coptic Christian community have told the press they believe George was targeted by Islamists because she was Christian - Cairo Post




VIDEO: Egypt denies bail to Al Jazeera journalists - YouTube

Al Jazeera journalists accused of terrorism by Egyptian authorities in court cages (PHOTOS) - Mail Online

3 Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Deny Ties to Brotherhood in Egypt -

Journalists 'systematically targeted' in Egypt: Reporters Without Borders - Ahram Online

Jailed Brotherhood leader scoffs at Egypt courts, demands judges not to be politicized -

Defence for Badie, 50 Brotherhood leaders withdraw from 'Plan Rabaa' trial - Ahram Online

Was Mohammed Morsi Really an Autocrat? To answer this question, we scored Morsi’s year in office according to the Polity IV index - The Atlantic


27 military and 339 criminal trials since Egypt's coup, more than 10,000 political opponents have faced charges -


Egyptian detainee 'tortured and raped’, Activists say numerous political prisoners have been severely abused in custody - Al Jazeera English


Farmer who used donkey to depict Egypt's Sisi gets six-month sentence -


PHOTO: Donkey depicting Egypt's Sisi -


Two Islamist Protesters Sentenced to Death for Throwing Teens off a Rooftop - Egyptian Streets


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Teens Pushed Off Roof in Egypt by Islamist Protesters - YouTube


33 Islamists jailed for 6 years over Egypt protests, found guilty of violent acts during clashes between Islamist demonstrators and opponents of Morsi -


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Egypt News - Mar 29


Protests After El-Sissi Announces Candidacy: Five killed as Egypt police, Islamists clash - Yahoo News

Journalist shot dead covering clashes in Egypt - Committee to Protect Journalists

VIDEO: The moment of journalist Mayada Ashraf died caught on camera - YouTube

VIDEO: Protests in Cairo after Sissi announces candidacy - One News Page

VIDEO: Brotherhood supporters clash with police in Cairo - YouTube

El-Sisi's supporters plan last-minute demos in his support - Ahram Online


VIDEO: A Show of Support for El-Sissi in Tahrir Square - YouTube




Egypt detainees 'routinely tortured’ (VIDEOS) - BBC News

VIDEO: 'Beatings and abuse' claims in Egypt custody - BBC News

Arab Organization for Human rights (AOHR): Systematic torture and arbitrary arrests of children in Egypt since the July 3 military coup - Muslim Mirror


VIDEO: Egypt: Activists claim mistreatment of young men and women in custody - YouTube


"Freedom for The Brave": 25 Jan detainees to report torture to Egypt's prosecutor-general - Ahram Online


April 6 launch campaign to revoke protest law - Ahram Online




Egypt's political forces react to El-Sisi's candidacy - Ahram Online

Who opposes Sisi for president? - Cairo Post

POLL:  51% of Egyptians said they will vote for el-Sissi while 45% didn’t decide yet  -

Sisi's Egypt presidency bid ignites war on Twitter -

VIDEO: Egypt: al-Sisi presidential bid prompts joy and concern - YouTube

VIDEO: Will the Upcoming Egypt Elections Be Fair? -

Egypt’s Christians Place Their Faith in Al-Sisi’s Presidential Bid -


The Copts Choice: Where Do Coptic Christians Stand On Egyptian Politics? - Persecution News


Egypt's Workers Pose Challenge to President-to-Be Sisi -


Washington not backing any Egyptian candidate - Arab News


Egypt: Al-Sisi's run for President: Bonapartism and Gulf Oil Money - Informed Comment


Will UAE Aid Empower Egypt's Military?


Egypt’s Gen. El-Sisi runs for president, sets up 10,000-strong crack force to defend his regime - DEBKAfile




Al Jazeera Journalists Are On Trial in Egypt for Doing Their Jobs - The Daily Beast

Al Jazeera Journo Abdullah El-Shamy Goes On Hunger Strike In Egyptian Jail - The Daily Beast

Media crackdown more severe for Egyptian journalists - Al-Monitor

Egypt has no evidence against us, says detained al-Jazeera journalist - The Guardian


VIDEO: Jazeera Journalists detained in Egypt - CNN


VIDEO: Jazeera journalist Greste remains behind bars in Egypt - YouTube


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Clueless or Callous?: Philly's DA Professes Dubious Expertise on Prejudice

By Linn Washington Jr.

Philadelphia’s District Attorney, Rufus Seth Williams, the first African-American in Pennsylvania to hold a powerful top prosecutor post, persistently projects himself as an expert on racism.

Commendably Williams has acknowledged the corrosive impact of racism within the criminal justice system.

What are they hiding?: Some Serious Problems with the FBI’s Killing of a Witness in Florida

By Dave Lindorff

In the voluminous report issued by Florida State’s Attorney Jeff Ashton’s Office on the killing in Orlando last May 22 of a witness/suspect under interrogation by the FBI -- an investigation that concluded that the shooting was “justified” -- there is not a single mention of the bruise and contusion on the left side of Todashev’s head.

Admiral Dennis Blair: "We Sent Troops to Middle East...Because of Oil-Based Importance of Region"

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

At the just-completed U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing titled, "The Geopolitical Potential of the U.S. Energy Boom," Admiral Dennis Blair — former Director of National Intelligence, President and CEO of Institute for Defense Analyses and Commander in Chief of U.S. Pacific Command — admitted what's still considered conspiratorial to some.

Put tersely: the U.S. and allied forces launched the ongoing occupation in Iraq and occupy large swaths of the Middle East to secure the flow of oil to the U.S. and its global allies, explained Blair. 

Follow the Money: Three Energy Export Congressional Hearings, Climate Undiscussed

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

In light of ongoing geopolitical tensions in Russia, Ukraine and hotly contested Crimea, three (yes, three!) U.S. Congressional Committees held hearings this week on the U.S. using its newfangled oil and gas bounty as a blunt tool to fend off Russian dominance of the global gas market.

U.S. Sen Mary Landrieu at the U.S. Sen. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Photo Credit:  U.S. Sen. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Though 14 combined witnesses testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power and U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, not a single environmental voice received an invitation. Climate change and environmental concerns were only voiced by two witnesses. 

Using the ongoing regional tumult as a rationale to discuss exports of U.S. oil and gas obtained mainly via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), the lack of discussion on climate change doesn't mean the issue isn't important to national security types.

Indeed, the Pentagon's recently published Quadrennial Defense Review coins climate change a "threat force multiplier" that could lead to resource scarcity and resource wars. Though directly related to rampant resource extraction and global oil and gas marketing, with fracking's accompanying climate change and ecological impacts, "threat force multiplication" impacts of climate change went undiscussed. 

With another LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Coos Bay, Ore., to non-Free Trade Agreement countries on March 24 (the seventh so far, with two dozen still pending), the heat is on to export U.S. fracked oil and gas to the global market.   

So, why wasn't the LNG climate trump card discussed in a loud and clear way? Well, just consider the source: ten of the witnesses had ties in one way or another to the oil and gas industry.

Florida State’s Attorney takes a dive on FBI slaying probe Two Law Enforcement Officers, Two Stories of a Witness Killing: Who’

By Dave Lindorff


The Florida State’s Attorney for the Orlando region, Jeffrey Ashton, today released his conclusion at the end of a 10-month investigation into the FBI slaying of Ibragim Todashev, a suspected witness in the Boston bombing case, saying that he will not be prosecuting the agent. Ashton ruled that the killing, in which the agent, at the end of a nearly 5-hour May 21 interrogation in Todashev’s Orlando apartment, fired seven bullets into Todashev, killing him justifiably, after being attacked.

Did the FBI Snuff a Boston Marathon Bombing Witness? Dark Questions About a Deadly FBI Interrogation in Orlando

By Dave Lindorff

(This article was written as an exclusive for Counterpunch magazine, where the full story can be read, along with photos of the crime scene)

What Do Children Need?

Apart from having its physical needs met, the primary needs of children are for stimulus and attention.

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