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Lawmakers demand end to secret corporate deals


Reps. introduce legislation to force clandestine agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership into the open (Common Dreams) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers unleashed a last-ditch effort on Wednesday to, at the very least, force the administration of President Barack Obama to ...

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Despite Global Recognition, the Plight of Guantánamo’s Best-Selling Author Worsens


Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s 13th year of captivity in Guantánamo has been remarkable in many ways. “Guantánamo Diary,” his story of torture and unlawful detention by the United States, was finally published and has become a best-seller, earning rave reviews around ...

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Revealed: Fake ‘phone towers’ that covertly spy on the British public


More than 20 fake phone poles, which are said to be tools to spy on public communications, have been found in the United Kingdom, according to a new investigation. The investigation was conducted by the UK-based Sky News, and its ...

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The Rise of “Criminal Capitalism”


About 75% of US employees work 40 hours or longer, the second longest among all OECD countries, exceeded only by Poland and tied with South Korea. In contrast, only 10% of Danish workers, 15% of Norwegian, 30% of French, 43% ...

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Don’t Expect Clinton, GOP Candidates to Work for Social Justice


(Common Dreams) – My car’s bumper sticker reads “I’m ready for Oligarchy: the choice is clear. There is none.” It’s a truism that under our system, no one can be nominated or can win the presidency who isn’t a shill for ...

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The Illegality of NATO


Violation of the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Principles In recent years, participation in NATO has made European countries accomplices in US efforts to achieve global hegemony by means of military force, in violation of international law, and especially in ...

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Monstanto vs the world – How we will win the food war


By conventional wisdom it is excellent news. Researchers from Iowa have shown that organic farming methods can yield almost as highly as pesticide-intensive methods. Other researchers, from Berkeley, California, have reached a similar conclusion. Indeed, both findings met with a very enthusiastic ...

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Some US airports hired 73 people with terror links: Report


Dozens of people with terror links in their backgrounds were hired in sensitive jobs at the United States airports, investigators have found. According to a new report by the Homeland Security, at least 73 people with “possible terrorism-related information” in ...

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British filmmakers want Israeli film festival banned


Several film makers including  Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Peter Kominsky have urged the Curzon and Odeon Cinema and Bafta to stop screenings for an Israeli film festival that is set to open this week. Seret 2015 is title of ...

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US may end up sending more troops to Iraq, Dempsey’s remarks suggest


The United States seems set for an increase in the number of American boots on the ground in Iraq where Takfiri militancy yet rages on despite airstrikes by a US-led coalition. On Tuesday, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the ...

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Obama says Putin wants to recreate Soviet empire


US President Barack Obama has lashed out at his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, saying he is destroying the country’s economy in order to recreate the Soviet empire. During a speech to world leaders at the G7 summit in Germany, Obama ...

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Afghan teachers’ strike demands higher pay


Via WSWS – This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Afghan teachers’ strike demands higher pay By Jerry White 10 June 2015 Teachers in Afghanistan have been on strike for ten days at schools in the capital city ...

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Too Soon to Raise Interest Rates?

By the end of next year, if current trends continue, our global top 1 percent will hold more than half the world’s wealth. - See more at: http://inequality.org/8-ways-reduce-global-inequality/#sthash.IarjS7yc.dpuf

WASHINGTON – When the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee meets next week, higher interest rates are sure to be on the agenda. In an effort to reduce unemployment in the wake of the recession, the Fed has held rates ...

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Yemeni families sue President Obama over deadly drone strike


US President Barack Obama has been sued by families of two Yemeni men, Salem bin Ali Jaber and Waleed bin Ali Jaber, who were killed in a drone strike in 2012. The families have lodged a wrongful death lawsuit against the ...

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As Fast Track Vote Approaches in House, Democrats May Have Last Word

Excessive criminal copyright rules are what we get when Big Content has access to powerful, secretive rule-making institutions which would be codified by so-called "free trade" deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Image: EFF)

The U.S. House of Representatives is gearing up for a vote on the contentious legislation that could grant President Barack Obama increased power to speed so-called “trade” deals through Congress, and its fate is still up in the air as ...

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Supreme Court Protects Abusers, Fails Victims – Again


The Supreme Court has a very mixed track record when it comes to protecting women. As a domestic violence advocate, Criminologist, and activist for a decade, I am deeply concerned that the U.S still fails to prioritize women’s safety. Given ...

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What Slavery, Ordeals, Duels and Lynching Can Teach us About Abolishing War


When it comes to war, deja vu can be a depressing thing. With the U.S. military in Iraq once again, this time to battle Islamic State fighters, it is tempting to see the cycle of war as endless. Over two ...

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Family of Yemeni Drone Victims Seeks Nothing More than Official Apology


‘If the U.S. was willing to pay off my family in secret cash, why can’t they simply make a public acknowledgement that my relatives were wrongly killed?’ asks Faisal bin Ali Jaber (Common Dreams) – A Yemeni man, whose nephew and ...

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US, allies conduct war games in Baltic region


The Pentagon has announced that the US and its European allies are conducting military drills in the Baltic region “to ensure regional security.” Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said on Monday 2,000 American troops and 3,600 troops from other ...

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March Toward Global War


Norman Pollack (RINF) – The New York Times (NYT) is a trusted source of Administration thinking, particularly in foreign policy, more, an uncanny, sensitive barometer of deep-lying structural-military-diplomatic events which are presently culminating, beyond the New Cold War brewing since ...

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Experts warn British govt. against further cuts to social care


A further £1bn in cuts to social care will hit thousands of Britons, experts say. Over £1bn worth of funding will be taken from social care services in the next year alone, leaving thousands of elderly and disabled people unable ...

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Election Coffers Fill Up as Campaign Finance Laws Go Unchecked


As 2016 U.S. presidential campaigns get underway, candidates are already raking in unprecedented amounts of donations—and being accused of violating campaign finance laws, according to new reports. But the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the agency in charge of regulating campaign ...

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20,000+ Police March In Force Against G7 Protests in Germany


(Common Dreams) – Though outnumbered by police by approximately two-to-one, thousands of people took to the streets of the Alpine resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany on Saturday to express their opposition to the hegemonic and neoliberal policies of the G7 ...

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Zionists want US to attack Iran, not to reach nuclear deal: Writer


Zionists want the United States to stop negotiating with Iran over its nuclear energy program and launch a deadly war against Iran, an American political activist and writer says. Ralph Schoenman, former personal secretary of British philosopher Bertrand Russell, made the remarks ...

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Israel’s Clandestine Alliance with Gulf Arab States is Going Public


In 2009, a U.S. State Department diplomatic cable gave one of the first glimpses of what is becoming a burgeoning alliance between Israel and the Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The cable quoted Israeli Foreign Ministry official Yacov ...

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New York food banks running out of food: Report


Food banks across the US state of New York are running out of food, amid falling funds and rising demand from people that have trouble affording food. About 2.6 million people have trouble affording food across New York with about ...

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US neocons aim to provoke ‘global war’ with Russia: Analyst


The “aggressive” policies of the United States toward Russia are “morally reprehensible” and a violation of international law, a writer and investigative journalist in Arizona. The agenda of the “maniac” neoconservatives in Washington is to provoke a global war with ...

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US, allies created ISIL to make ‘perpetual war’ in Mideast: Analyst


The United States and its allies have encouraged the spread of the ISIL terrorist group in the Middle East to create a “perpetual war” in the region and advance the American military-industrial complex, a geopolitical commentator in Missouri says. “This ...

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The Economic Consequences of Austerity


On 5 June 1919, John Maynard Keynes wrote to the prime minister of Britain, David Lloyd George, “I ought to let you know that on Saturday I am slipping away from this scene of nightmare. I can do no more ...

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Edward Snowden and ‘The Big Reveal’


It seems like only yesterday that a lot of political journalists were spitting mad over the Snowden revelations. It was a very weird time. Anyway, you don’t see so much of that anymore as some have remembered what their jobs ...

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‘We Are Many': The Story of Bush and Blair’s Great Lie

Tony Blair’s not entirely unexpected resignation from his job as Middle East peace envoy last month – and the ensuing Twitter jokes about it – coincide with the UK release of a documentary film that firmly puts him and George ...

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Media Lessons from Snowden Reporting: LA Times Editors Advocate Prosecution of Sources


Two years ago, the first story based on the Snowden archive was published in the Guardian, revealing a program of domestic mass surveillance which, at least in its original form, ended this week. To commemorate that anniversary, Edward Snowden himself reflected in a New York ...

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US has ‘democracy problem': NYC mayor


The United States is confronted with a “democracy problem,” which might be solved through reforming national voting laws, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says. “We have a democracy problem in this country, we have declining voter turnout,” de Blasio ...

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US troops training Ukrainian soldiers on Russia’s doorstep: Report


Hundreds of US forces are reportedly located near Russia’s borders with Ukraine to train the country’s troops amid growing tensions between Washington and Moscow. NBC News reported on Sunday that 300 American paratroopers are involved in the direct training that ...

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A Practical Vision of a More Equal Society


Anthony Atkinson occupies a unique place among economists. During the past half-century, in defiance of prevailing trends, he managed to place the question of inequality at the center of his work while demonstrating that economics is first and foremost a ...

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Three dead in Baltimore, five more shot


Three people have been killed and at least five others have been shot in Baltimore, Maryland during what seems to be a fatal weekend for the city amid its rising violent crime rate. On Sunday morning, just before 5 am, ...

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Ukraine crisis ‘manufactured by US’: Analyst


Political commentator Allen Roland believes that the Ukrainian crisis, which the US blames on Russia, is all manufactured by Washington itself. In an interview with Press TV on Sunday, the online columnist from California said, “Anything about Russia and Ukraine ...

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UK probation workers vote to strike

By Paul Veevers (WSWS) – Probation workers in the Unison public sector trade union have voted by 73 percent to strike, after rejecting a zero percent pay offer for 2014. A first strike, limited to 24 hours, is planned for June 11. ...

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China responsible for data breach: US Homeland Security chairman


The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security has accused China of engaging in a data breach that targeted four million US federal employees. “All the threat indicators point to the fact that it is China, perhaps nation-state sponsored, ...

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Netanyahu won’t prevail over Iran nuclear deal: Ex-US senator


Former US senator Mike Gravel says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be able to hinder a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers. In a phone interview with Press TV on Monday, Gravel said Netanyahu “won’t ...

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GCHQ urged to halt snooping on people with no terror ties


In a new legal case filed against British intelligence agency GCHQ, activist group Privacy International (PI) has called for an end to collecting information on people with no ties to terrorism and with no criminal record. According to the campaign ...

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UK cyber attacks costs economy billions – and so do corrupt politicians


RINF EDITOR’S NOTE: What’s next to blame for the state of the British economy? Yesterday it was societies most vulnerable, and today it’s hackers. It seems the government are pointing the finger at everyone and everything apart from the actual ...

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US drone strikes ‘crime against humanity': Analyst


US drone strikes carried out in Muslim countries are a “crime against humanity” and a violation of international law, a peace activist and analyst in Washington says. “Drone strikes are, by their nature, an illegal weapon [because] there is no ...

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China dismisses US hacking accusations as irresponsible


China has denounced US hacking accusations as “groundless and irresponsible” after Washington blamed Beijing for stealing personnel data of millions of Americans. On Thursday, US officials said hackers from China had broke into the computer system of the Office of ...

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Congressional Priorities for Defense Intelligence Agency: Take More Money, Discredit Snowden

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden speaking to Guardian reporters in Moscow in July, 2014. (Image: Screenshot/Guardian video)

Today marks the two year anniversary of the first Snowden disclosures. The anniversary was marked not just with a Snowden op-ed published by the New York Times titled “The World Says No to Surveillance,” but also a major new Vice ...

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As Crucial Vote Nears, How Many Dems Will Stand Against Destructive TPP?


‘As progressive opposition to Fast Track intensifies, Leader Pelosi is conspicuously absent from the fight,’ says CREDO Action (Common Dreams) – With proponents expressing increasing confidence that they have the bipartisan support to pass Fast Track in the House—and Republicans pushing ...

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Netanyahu is Disconnected from Reality


This writer has commented before on the increasing desperation of Israel to cling to some sense of legitimacy, as it continues policies of racism, oppression and genocide. Any nation indulging in such horrific practices, as Israel does against any and ...

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US will launch wars no matter which party win the White House: Journalist


The United Sates will launch new wars around the world regardless of who is voted as president and which political party takes control of the White House in 2016, a political commentator in New York says. There will be “more ...

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Who Pays Taxes in the US? Everyone but the Super-Rich


Why are our seniors paying higher taxes on their social security benefits than billionaires pay on stocks? The IRS released a new report that reveals the staggering amount of money that the top one-thousandth of the 1% in the US ...

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Overwhelming Majority of Americans Want Campaign Finance Overhaul


On Tuesday the New York Times and CBS News released one of the most in-depth surveys in recent history on Americans’ views about money in elections. The results weren’t hard to interpret: across the board, Americans agree that money holds ...

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Leaked memo reveals NSA searches for hackers

Reuters/Kacper Pempel

The Obama administration has stepped up the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program on U.S. soil to search for signs of hacking. by Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, and Henrik Moltke, ProPublica / Charlie Savage, NYT Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration ...

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Increase in disapproval of U.S. drone assassination program


A new survey just released by the Pew Research Center  found that respondents have become much more likely to voice their disapproval over the U.S. drone assassination program. In a phone survey conducted from May 12-18, 2015, Pew found that ...

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Don’t be fooled – worst aspects of the Patriot Act remain


The morning after final passage of the USA Freedom Act, while some foes of mass surveillance were celebrating, Thomas Drake sounded decidedly glum. The new law, he told me, is “a new spy program.” It restarts some of the worst ...

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Despite the spin, Obama supports Zionist crimes against humanity


US President Barack Obama is a “dishonest” broker in the conflict between Palestinians and Israel and has continuously supported the Zionist regime at the United Nations, says a journalist in Birmingham, UK. “In every occasion where the Israelis commit the ...

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London council profiteering from homelessness


RINF EDITOR’S NOTE: As an organisation that regularly uses our profits to feed the homeless and vulnerable in our city I find it abhorrent that any council would take it upon themselves to further stamp on the faces of those in ...

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Cruel UK welfare reforms force vunerable children to survive on £1 per day


(RT) – Thousands of children in the UK are being pushed into severe poverty and hunger because their parents cannot work or receive government benefits, new research has found. Changes to government immigration and benefits policies have left a “dysfunctional system,” a report ...

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WikiLeaks Strikes Again: Leaked TISA Docs Expose Corporate Plan For Reshaping Global Economy


(Common Dreams) – An enormous corporate-friendly treaty that many people haven’t heard of was thrust into the public limelight Wednesday when famed publisher of government and corporate secrets, WikiLeaks, released 17 documents from closed-door negotiations between countries that together comprise two-thirds ...

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Bizarre and ironic, war criminal Netanyahu demands global boycott of ISIS ‘products’


RINF EDITOR’S NOTE: The war criminal wants us to stop boycotting Israel and instead reject products from ISIS.. how he expects the world to do this, when in fact ISIS doesn’t produce any products, is a mystery. In a bizarre ...

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The TPP Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight


The hit parade of failed arguments should convince any fence sitters that this is a bad deal. Dean Baker (OtherWords) – As Congress gets ready to vote on whether to “fast-track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), its proponents are making weaker and ...

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Revealed: MI5 blackmailed child sex abusers


Some reports suggest that the British Security Service, MI5, shielded pedophile politicians from prosecution to blackmail them back in the 1970s.  “There’s now substantial evidence that the Security Service were condoning that, they knew of it and made use of it so ...

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Corporations should no longer control our food supply


Why you should ditch the official EXPO and go to the People’s EXPO instead Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Stanka Becheva (Common Dreams) – For those among us interested in how we can feed the world, we would recommend a visit to the alternative ...

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Unsatisfied with Weak Spy Reforms, Movement Snowden Built Vows to Fight On


‘Two years ago, debating these modest changes would’ve been unthinkable, and it is absolutely a vindication for Edward Snowden.’ Jon Queally (Common Dreams) – The law itself isn’t nearly strong enough for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and his strongest supporters to ...

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G7 conference to take place behind wall of high security


By Gustav Kemper (WSWS) – The so-called leaders of the free world will meet for the annual G7 conference on June 7 and 8 in a hermetically sealed high-security zone. The event will be held at Elmau Castle, a luxury resort in ...

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Neil Young vs Starbucks, Monsanto


Abby Zimet (Common Dreams) – The indefatigable rocker and activist Neil Young has released a new video featuring an anti-Starbucks anthem, part of Young’s fierce fight against Monsanto, GMOs and Starbucks’ alleged support of them in an industry lawsuit against GMO ...

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US neoconservatives want war against Iran: Grossman


International lawyer Barry Grossman says US neoconservatives are seeking a military attack against Iran over the country’s nuclear program because it is “profitable” for them. “For a number of the years, the usual suspects, which include basically neoconservatives around the ...

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Ron Paul and the Political Theatre

Ron Paul.(Reuters / Joe Skipper)

Students in the state’s official propaganda institutions learn about the wonders of the ­­democratic process, so called, throughout their years of formal study. But the truth is on full display during a presidential election season. These are not wise statesmen, ...

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Former CIA spy says US not seeking to defeat ISIL


A former CIA official has criticized President Barack Obama for his strategy against the ISIL terrorist group, saying the United States does not intend to win the war. “I don’t think they understand the kind of war they need to ...

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Obama and Oil


Michael Brune (Common Dreams) – President Obama must wonder whether someone is trying to tell him something. On March 31, 2010, he announced an expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration, putting his faith in “new technologies that reduce the impact ...

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US has become a massive big brother police state: Journalist


The US Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency are spying on all people around the world, particularly those in Islamic countries that Israel does not like, a broadcast journalist in New York City says. “This government has not ...

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Britain’s Democracy Is Broken and In Need of Serious Reform


I have always believed, perhaps naively, that in a democracy, if a system is shown to be manifestly unjust and unfair, then those who have the power to address the problem will respond positively. Action will then follow to address ...

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You’ve Been Scammed! (On Going for Broke in Ponzi Scheme America)


It couldn’t be a sunnier, more beautiful day to exit your lives — or enter them — depending on how you care to look at it. After all, here you are four years later in your graduation togs with your ...

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US Senator Rand Paul calls for release of 9/11 report implicating Saudi Arabia


US Senator Rand Paul has joined a group of bipartisan lawmakers promoting legislation to force President Barack Obama to publish a classified document which reportedly implicates Saudi Arabia as a financier of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Paul, a ...

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Obama: Israel losing credibility over Netanyahu’s opposition to Palestinian statehood


US President Barack Obama says Israel is losing “credibility” among the international community over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance on the creation of a Palestinian state. Obama also warned that his administration is reevaluating the long-standing US diplomatic support of ...

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Snowden Opened This Door for NSA Reform


On the passage of the USA Freedom Act (Freedom of the Press Foundation) – On Tuesday, the Senate passed a version of the USA Freedom Act, a bill touted by its authors as surveillance reform that will end the NSA’s mass, ...

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FBI investigations must be pointed


Any “spying on Americans” needs a court order, says Bob McNeil, the founder of the American Citizen Party, calling for “pointed” investigations at the agency rather than data collection. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been using fictitious companies to ...

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Israel planning false flag attack in US to create war with Iran: Ex-US Senate candidate


Israel is preparing to carry out a false flag operation in the United States and will blame it on Iran as a strategy to entangle Washington in a war with Tehran, a former US Senate candidate says. “I have maintained ...

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£22bn NHS cuts and ‘staff burnout’ could halt Tory reforms – health trust

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Plans to move the National Health Service (NHS) to a seven-day service could be hampered by increased pressure on staff, coupled with £22 billion worth of further cuts, a report has warned. The report from healthcare think tank The Nuffield ...

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Met police chief warns unfit police officers


Britain’s most senior police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has warned unfit and overweight police officers that they have no place within the forces.  Hogan-Howe issued the stark warning to unfit and overweight police officers, as well as those considering a ...

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British housing crisis is about to get even worse

SW– The Tories launched their new right to buy scheme for housing association tenants last week. Under Margaret Thatcher’s previous scheme only council tenants could buy their homes at a large discount. It was a disaster that saw the loss ...

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Austerity is destroying British lives

SW – Tory austerity is wrecking working class lives across Britain—and their latest assault will only make things worse. Kath, a mother of one in Manchester, was made homeless after being hit by a string of Tory attacks. She told ...

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Growing movement in US to protect human rights: American social activist


The US government is a major violator of human rights but there is a growing movement in the country to protect those rights, particularly of minorities and the oppressed, an American social activist in Chicago says. “There is this movement ...

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Monsanto Bids to Take Over European Agrichemical Giant Syngenta


Monsanto recently made a bid to take over European agrichemical giant Syngenta, the world’s largest pesticide producer. The $45 billion bid was rejected, but there’s still a chance for a merger between these two chemical technology giants. Monsanto is reportedly ...

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Clinton Memo Reveals How They Convince Rich Liberals to Fund Them


“It is no secret that Sec. Clinton is fair-left and not far-left,” says internal memo. But what do her centrist supporters really want to talk about? Jon Queally (Common Dreams) – Would you like to know the kind of strategic thinking ...

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Glenn Greenwald: As Bulk NSA Spying Expires, Scare Tactics Can’t Stop ”Sea Change” on Surveillance


Democracy Now!  – The government’s authority to sweep up millions of Americans’ phone records has expired. The practice exposed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden could now face limited reforms as the Senate weighs the USA FREEDOM Act, which would require the ...

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The Israeli war crime that goes unmentioned

Here set out in black and white in the Israeli media is a moral conundrum that western politicians, diplomats and international human rights organisations are resolutely failing to address – and one I have been highlighting since 2006. It was then that ...

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WikiLeaks Launches Campaign to Offer $100,000 ”Bounty” for Leaked Drafts of Secret TPP Chapters


Democracy Now! – Despite the Senate vote approving a measure to give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, opposition to the deal continues to mount ahead of this month’s House vote. Critics, including a number ...

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FBI operating small air force of low-flying surveillance planes: Report


US law enforcement officials have confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying surveillance planes across the country, a report says. The Associated Press revealed in an exclusive report, published ...

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Poll: Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy


Most people in the United States now have an unfavorable view of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and believe she is not honest and trustworthy, according to a new poll on the 2016 race for the White House. Clinton’s favorable ...

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US Military Expansion in Africa Is About Domination and Exploitation, Not Humanitarian Concerns


Since before the heinous ravaging of Africa as a source of human beings denied their humanity, lives and freedom as chattel in the slave trade, the continent has been brutally exploited by European colonial (and later US) powers. Now, the ...

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Despite Security Mania Since 9/11, TSA Failed to Find 95% of Fake Weapons in Mock Tests


Despite untold billions spent on airport security over the last fourteen years, DHS agents with fake bombs and other weapons marched right through checkpoints 67 out of 70 times. Jon Queally (Common Dreams) – Despite creating a world where you have ...

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Don’t Worry, the Government Still Has Plenty of Surveillance Power If Section 215 Sunsets


Deeplinks Blog – The story being spun by the defenders of Section 215 of the Patriot Act and the Obama Administration is that if the law sunsets entirely, the government will lose critical surveillance capabilities. The fearmongering includes President Obama, who said: ...

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It Took Three to Out NSA Snooping on Us; Can We Really Afford to Lose Whistleblowers?


There’s a little-known backstory to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s famous “not wittingly” lie, in response to Sen. Ron Wyden’s March 2013 question, “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on ‘millions or hundreds of millions of ...

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US police kill more than two people a day

A police officer holds his riot gun while demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 13, 2014. (Reuters / Mario Anzuoni)

By Patrick Martin (WSWS) – US police shot and killed nearly 400 people during the first five months of this year, according to a front-page report published Sunday by the Washington Post. The death rate from police violence against the people they ...

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Will Hillary Clinton Abolish the Prison State Her Husband Created? Don’t Count on It.


As the front-runner for the democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has been saying all the right things and making all the right moves. At an April 28 Columbia University forum on Criminal Justice, Hillary Clinton gave a passionate speech calling ...

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Greenwald: Obama, Media ‘Irresponsible’ for Scaring Public Over Patriot Act


“The whole world has changed when it comes to this debate as a result of the revelations of Edward Snowden” (Common Dreams) – The Patriot Act will expire at midnight tonight unless Congress takes action today. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) pledged ...

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The Federal Reserve Board’s Payroll Tax on Our Children


The Fed’s tax hikes are far more costly to ordinary workers than any conceivable tax increase would be.  The deficit hawks appear to be making a comeback, at least in the media, if not among the public at large. This ...

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The Years Since I Was Jailed for Releasing the ‘War Diaries’ Have Been a Rollercoaster


Today marks five years since I was ordered into military confinement while deployed to Iraq in 2010. I find it difficult to believe, at times, just how long I have been in prison. Throughout this time, there have been so ...

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The Secret Group That Wants to Take Over Your School


Don’t look now, but there’s something creepy coming toward you, and it wants to take over your public school system. Sure, it’s connected—through all-important grants—to many of the big names in today’s education reform movement (Gates, Walton, Broad), but most ...

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‘A Step in the Right Direction': US Removes Cuba from Terror List


Move signals continued restoration of diplomatic ties, but economic sanctions will remain in place (Common Dreams) – The U.S. has formally removed Cuba from its list of “state sponsors of terror,” the State Department announced on Friday, signaling one more step ...

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Revolution and American Empire


The American preference for ideological, or ideologically based, explanations of world events frames them as both self-generated and inexplicable— self-generated because causal relations recover history and thereby clutter ideology and inexplicable in that ideology didn’t exist until it did, again ...

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