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Drones, phones and other 2012 privacy threats

Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld US | Verizon's attempt -- unsuccessful so far -- to secure a patent for a so-called 'snooping technology,' which in this case would let...

Activists voice dismay as Senate renews government surveillance measure

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The Matrix-like reality created by our media

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Anti-NDAA Bill Introduced in Nevada

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New York Times Fiscal Cliff Duplicity

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The Visible Government How the U.S. Intelligence Community Came Out of the Shadows

Tom Engelhardt, ICH | December 17, 2012 "Information Clearing House" - Weren’t those the greatest of days if you were in the American spy game?...

Torture: America’s other national pastime

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The Woes of an American Drone Operator

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Propaganda War on Syria Rages

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Gun Violence in America

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Lawsuits for Information on Drones

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Syria: Tightening the Noose

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It’s Back!!!




Red-baiting lives!

Actually it never waned. Like most evils, it lurks in the shadows and under rocks until it is called on again to serve the rich and powerful. Like racism, red-baiting is a tool of division and distraction. It is designed to separate those who are weak or wavering from those determined to change a malignant political and social system. Red-baiting harnesses fear to tarnish those seeking social justice. Red-baiters sow cynicism, dampen ardor, nurture doubts and dissolve unity.

A renewed and virulent strain of anti-Communism has surfaced in the US, stretching from the imbecilic film Red Dawn to the rabid media bashing of Oliver Stone’s ten-part television series, The Untold History of the United States.

Red Dawn, currently showing in hundreds of theaters, has grossed over $31 million in revenue through December 2. Based on a moronic plot of an invasion of the Pacific Northwest by troops of the Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Korea, the movie postures young patriots as forging a resistance movement against their Asian aggressors. Only in Hollywood could writers craft a plot that features a relatively poor country of twenty-five million people mounting a naked, distant aggression against the most economically powerful country in history with well over ten times the population. What next, an invasion of the Southwest from Nicaragua?

Oh, sorry, that movie was made in 1984! Actually, the current Red Dawn, found its dubious inspiration in the Reagan-era movie with the same title and an equally virulent commitment to red-baiting. We have John Milius, and his equally demented Hollywood colleagues, to thank for the fear-mongering of Red Dawn I.  Screenwriter/Director Milius bears responsibility for such stupid --though less politically dishonest – movies like Magnum Force and Conan, the Barbarian. But where those movies only enshrined ugly politics and employed right-wing icons, Red Dawn Iadvanced the political agenda of US imperialism and crudely served to prod domestic reaction. At a time when the struggle for international peace and détente was at a critical juncture, the film was heartily welcomed by opponents of rapprochement.

Today, Red Dawn II emerges not as a counterforce to the left, but as a pre-emption of a feared rising of the left. Even with most of the US left’s leaders chained to the Democratic Party or mired in opportunism, the rich, the powerful, and their minions recognize that the profoundly wounded economy and the dysfunctional political system provide both the seeds and fertile soil for a powerful peoples’ movement. And they hope to pollute it with red-baiting before any sprouts arise. Even with its crude, wildly implausible plot, Red Dawn II is meant to discredit any “red” or even “pink” movement before it matures.

Likewise, Oliver Stone’s new TV series on Showtime has been met with furious bashing on the part of the professional anti-Communist toadies of the mainstream media. Setting out to correct the “official” high school civics class histories of the Cold War period, Stone and his historian collaborator, Peter Kuznick, produced a ten-part serial that challenges knee-jerk anti-Communism and seeks to balance the slanders of Cold Warriors. The Untold History of the United States proposes a counter history, an account built around a number of “what ifs…” that chart a different historical trajectory absent a rapacious and predatory military-industrial complex and a destructive CIA.

Of course this does not set well with the rabid guardians of the anti-red canon. As Peter Kuznick chronicles in a recent appeal to Historians Against the War, the red-baiters are out in force.

Ronald Radosh – famous for crafting a career from equating Reds or “fellow travelers” with NKVD or MVD agents—makes an astonishing leap to connect Stone and Kuznick to the long-departed Soviet security agencies. He claims to detect similarities just short of plagiarism (leaving his claim just short of libelous) between The Untold History and a book by the late Carl Marzani, We Can Be Friends. To square his circle, Radosh proffers that Marzani “…told this very story in We Can Be Friends. A secret member of the American Communist party who had worked during the war in the OSS, Marzani later was proved by evidence from Soviet archives and Venona decryptions to have been a KGB (then the NKVD) operative. His book was published privately by his own Soviet-subsidized firm. It was the first example of what came to be called “Cold War revisionism.”

Thus, by association—a favorite tactic of red-baiters—Stone/Kuznick becomes linked to the KGB through the alleged operative, Carl Marzani. Others have shown how fast and loose Radosh has toyed with the charges of “operative” or “agent” based on the thin evidence of “association.” But Marzani’s “secret” or open identification with Communism in 1952 is of no relevance to the truth conveyed by We Can Be Friends or The Untold History. Marzani argues for the following:

The next step to peace is to sit down around a conference table and negotiate. Negotiations, it should be emphasized, do not require friendship. Negotiators can sit down unsmiling and bargain grimly, yet both sides are aware that a settlement must be reached.(p.369)
If Marzani’s simple, but sane formula for improving US/Soviet relations was inspired by the NKVD, then credit to the NKVD!

We Can Be Friends was published by Topical Book Publishers. For those Reds with something to say in 1952, self-publication was often the only route. In the teeth of McCarthyite repression, leftists could not get mainstream publishers to even consider their manuscripts. Outside of the exceptional renegade publishers like Cameron and Associates, left-wing authors were forced to turn to funding a few hundred copies, as did Howard Fast with his now celebrated historical novel, Spartacus. The dark ages of the 1950s were certainly made brighter, if it was necessary for the NKVD to subsidize these fine books!

The quality of Radosh’s scholarship can be judged by his emphatic claim that We Can Be Friends “…was the first example of what came to be called ‘Cold War revisionism.’” A casual glance at my tattered old copy reveals a bibliography that cites earlier writers like Frederick L. Schuman and I. F. Stone who decisively rejected the Cold War canon well before Marzani’s book arrived on the scene.

Following Radosh’s lead, other rabid anti-Communists like Michael Moynihan joined the fray in attacking Stone and Kuznick. And to its shame, The New York Times unleashed its slime merchant hireling, Andrew Goldman, to mount a bizarre ad hominem against Oliver Stone. Goldman had just served his four-week suspension for publicly inquiring of two female interlocutors whether they had slept their way to the top of their professions. Sadly, this attack well represented the level of integrity shown by most of these ruling class courtiers.

To these professional red-baiters must be added the host of professors who peddle lurid books on the “Evil Empire.” Most active is Anne Applebaum, journalist turned academic, who authors books portraying the Soviet and socialist Eastern European experience as wholly oppressive and thoroughly unpopular. Her current book, Iron Curtain, enjoys wide circulation and copious publicity from the corporate media. Applebaum’s ideological bias (her husband is Minister of Foreign Affairs in the ultra-nationalist Polish government) and selective scholarship are seldom challenged by her colleagues.

Applebaum’s work indirectly suggests that Soviet “evil” is on a par with Nazi evil or, as she and her ilk crudely put it, “Stalin’s crimes were the same or worse than Hitler’s crimes.” Yale professor, Timothy Snyder, shares no such hesitation. His popular book, Badlands, boldly embraces the equation of Hitler and Stalin. Indeed, his current career seems based upon his widely speculative, broadly calculated, and poorly evidenced victim calculation. For Snyder, there would seem to be no natural deaths in the Soviet Union or socialist Eastern Europe. In his energetic counting, victims of the Warsaw insurrection in 1944, urged by the Polish government-in-exile to rise, arguably belong on the Soviet side of the ledger since the Red Army didn’t rescue them. Of course the victims of natural famines are also laid at the Soviet doorstep. Snyder pursues his head counting with an almost perverse determination and a theological certainty.

The revival of open and widespread red-baiting is ignored by liberals at their own peril. Like the inquisitions of old, the immediate object may be the dissidents, the ideological deviants, but the real design is to terrorize the majority into submission and conformity. In the US, anti-Communism and its counterpart, racism, directly target ideological and ethnic minorities, but prove to be of even greater use in fracturing, distracting, and deluding the majority. Rampant racism and rabid anti-Communism serve the rich and powerful well by closing avenues to unity and social justice. Surely the red-baiting charges of “socialism” leveled at right-centrist Obama underline this point and send a clear message to liberals of the dangers lurking in accommodating the alarm of “Reds!” 

Zoltan Zigedy
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An Electoral-Season Note to My Liberal Friends





Well into the silly season, the heat is turned up on the Left to fall in line and support the Democratic Party. On one hand, the independent Left is diminished by not being “in the game.” On the other hand, the Left is still excoriated for having been “in the game” with Nader during the Gore-Bush Presidential race of 2000.

Specious arguments pile on top of specious arguments for why the spurned progressive, liberal, and labor voter should reward those who have disregarded their interests and broken their campaign promises. The arguments come in every size and shape, but always from self-described “friends” and “committed leftists.” Oddly enough, they feel no compunction to explain why their past admonitions or their previous enthusiasms produced no real change in the political landscape when Democrats took power.

They smugly ask if independent-thinking leftists actually believe that there are no differences between the two parties. Only an idiot would respond defensively to this deceptive, distracting tact. Of course there are differences, just as there are differences between Pepsi and Coke. But the relevant question is: Are there any differences that matter, any differences that -- in the dynamics of two-party governing-- will effectively alter the plight of the majority of the US population for the better?

If the Democrats hold the Presidency, there is every reason to believe that they will do no more than they did when they had the rare dominance of all three governing branches. Indeed there is every reason to believe that Obama would relish compromising with the Republican agenda, an approach that he previously embraced even when he had no reason to do so.

On the other hand, should the Republicans gain the Presidency, the Democrats will, as they have in the past, show much more eagerness to demonstrate differences with Republicans and more vigorously attack Republican initiatives. They will offer a more leftward agenda since there is no danger of having to implement progressive policies. And they will embrace the Left insofar as it will mount the sharpest and most coherent attack on Republican policies, while doing so in a loud and demonstrative way.

A Democratic Party out of power is a belligerent, feisty party that will even spread some cash around to support left and progressive causes. Of course, that financial link secures a certain loyalty that perhaps explains the 
enthusiasm shown for the Democrats by many of our progressive brothers and sisters in every election cycle.

For decades, we have been warned of the dangers wrought by Republican victories: an unfriendly supreme court, an attack on welfare, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, war mongering and aggression, etc. Yet despite the handing of power back and forth for nearly forty years, the dangers have continued to deepen—the US has suffered a constant rightward drift since the middle of the Carter administration. Apparently, the “Vote Democratic” argument is only an argument about the pace of that drift.

But the greatest victims of the Democratic Party love-fest are truth and honesty. Take Paul Krugman, for example. His soap box in The New York Times has served to excoriate the Obama administration for doing far too little to bring the US economy back from the grip of crisis. On many occasions, he has warned of the dangers of closing the stimulus program and embracing austerity, policies that he acknowledges Obama has endorsed. Reviewers of his new book note the dominant theme of political inaction and the dangers that ensue.

Yet Krugman holds his nose and delivers a ringing endorsement of Obama’s economic policies in a recent column: “But is the mess really getting cleaned up [by the Administration]? The answer, I would argue, is yes… So, as I said, the odds are that barring major mistakes, the next four years will be much better than the past four years… So Bill Clinton basically had it right: For all the pain America has suffered on his watch, Barack Obama can fairly claim to have helped the country get through a very bad patch, from which it is starting to emerge.”

Following the lead of the old huckster, Bill Clinton, Krugman dutifully salutes the President with approval of the Administration’s economic program contrary to his often-voiced disparagement. Krugman gets kudos for loyalty to the Party, but shame for despoiling honesty. If the next four years “will be much better” under Obama’s stewardship, then why should we take Krugman’s constant dire warnings at all seriously?

Democratic partisans will cry foul. For them, criticizing Krugman’s waffling is another example of left “purity.” But truth and honesty do not allow for shadings or gradations. The people deserve better. And they want better, as opinion polls consistently show.

The corruption of politics in the US is neither an aberration nor an accident. Instead it is the logical evolution of a political system in the era of state-monopoly capitalism operating freely and without the counter force of a strong, independent working class movement. The process of that evolution is revealing.

Looking Back

It is easy to forget that not so long ago there were currents and trends in the Democratic Party that represented more than the authority of markets, the interests of corporations, and the enthusiastic approval of military adventure. That is not to say that the Democratic Party was not a bourgeois party, a party of capitalism. It is and always has been. But there was a time when the party’s course was disputed terrain; a variety of interests wrestled for its direction.

The Democratic Party’s defeat in the 1980 election was presaged by an enormous fund-raising advantage by the Republicans. The Republican Party as a whole raised $130.3 million in the 1979-80 period over the Democrats' meager $23 million. Perhaps more than any other factor in the Reagan victory, this glaring inequity cast the mold for the future Democratic course. In addition, organized labor’s decline and the falling electoral participation of poor and working people spurred new rightist trends in the Party.

Going into the 1984 election, the Democratic Party found itself torn between three ideological currents. While all agreed that an answer to the successful extreme right victory in 1980 was critical, factions differed on how to respond. These differences were fought out in the primaries.

Walter Mondale represented old-school Cold War liberalism. While drifting to the right to accommodate Reaganism, Mondale claimed to uphold New Deal values, though without offering any new social programs. He drew support from the entrenched leadership of the New Deal coalition: labor, minorities and liberals.

A new trend emerged around the candidacy of Gary Hart. Appealing to the well-off middle strata that moved into the Democratic Party in large numbers after the Nixon debacle, Hart proposed a “third way” (prescient of the Blair/Clinton developments to come) between traditional liberalism and the Reagan/Thatcher rightist turn. Hart and his ilk saw themselves as social liberals and fiscal conservatives, combining lifestyle tolerance with corporate friendliness and market-based policies. This third way promised to retain the cultural veneer of liberalism while gutting its Keynesian, welfare-state directed policies that supported and bolstered the well-being of workers and the poor. A not inconsequential bonus was that business-friendly policies would draw greater campaign contributions from corporations and the wealthy.

Some in the Party recognized the rightward drift of the old guard and viewed the launching of the new Reagan-lite model with alarm. Jesse Jackson, in a letter to former progressive flag-bearer, George McGovern, wrote: “Too many Democrats have gone along with Republicans on every Reagan policy.” In response, Jackson launched a national primary campaign to win the Democrats away from the right turn that he correctly anticipated. With a base in the long-neglected African-American community, Jackson reached out to labor and other progressive constituencies.

Despite deeply embedded racism and Democratic Party sabotage, Jackson waged an impressive campaign garnering almost 20% of the vote and winning 5 primaries, all without substantial funding and Party support.

Nonetheless, Mondale won the nomination and went on to lose overwhelmingly to Ronald Reagan.

Ignoring  the strong showing of the progressive Left, the Democratic leadership moved forward with what The Nation magazine previously dubbed “Reaganism with a human face” (6-26-1982).

The new direction for the Democratic Party was sealed with the creation of a wide-ranging policy statement in August of 1986. Entitled “New Choices in a Changing America,” the slick, comprehensive document gave the imprimatur of the Party leadership to the path of economic conservatism, market-based policies, and limited government action. The Democratic leadership had heard the gospel of Reagan and found a way to call it their own. The answer to unemployment, poverty, and declining living standards was partnership with the private sector, rising worker productivity, and clearing the regulatory barriers to growth. While conceding that the working class and the poor had seen their living standards devastated since 1970 (including six years of Reaganism), the Democrats chose to march hand-in-hand with the Reaganauts.

Writing in September of 1986 (People’s Daily World), Si Gerson, the Communist Party’s long respected and experienced electoral expert, wrote:

Certain right-wing factions, supported largely by big money people, are particularly unhappy about the results [progressive wins in Senatorial primaries] and, above all, by the rising popular movement for peace and the increasing militancy of labor and its allies… They want the Democratic Party leadership’s rightward drift to be set in concrete… They have… codified it in a 71-page statement released last week by the Democratic Policy Commission. Entitled “New Choices in a Changing America,” the statement on basic questions simply parrots Reagan—even on points he has begun to mute somewhat… The underlying theory of the document is that the country has gone to the right and if the Democratic Party is to win the Senate in 1986 and the White House in 1988 it too must go to the right.
Gerson was correct to recognize this effort by the Democratic Party leadership to turn their party into a carbon-copy of Reagan’s party. He recalled a previous warning by a venerated figure among Democrats:

Perhaps the clearest answer to this manifesto was delivered months ago by someone who can hardly be called a left-wing Democrat. Arthur Schlesinger Jr., the historian who was a fixture in the Roosevelt New Deal, branded as “Reaganite fellow-travelers” those who say “me-too” to Reagan policies. Writing in the New York Times of July 6, Schlesinger said: “Today me-tooism is an infection within the Democratic Party. It finds expression in quasi-Reaganite formations like the Democratic Leadership Council and the Coalition for a Democratic Majority… One can only add that for the Democrats' me-tooism is a recipe for disaster,” 

Unfortunately, ”Me-tooism,” the strategy of shadowing the Republican Party and maintaining a position ever-so-slightly closer to the center, won the day and remains the approach of Democratic Party leaders to this day.

Notably, the Left mounted a noble effort in 1988, again behind the primary candidacy of Jesse Jackson. The campaign charged ahead, winning primaries and caucuses and surprising the old guard. But when the campaign began to draw significant and militant labor support, a stealth campaign of slander and racial fear diminished the outcome. Nonetheless, Jackson and the Left captured nearly seven million votes.

Like the quixotic Progressive Party campaign of 1948, the Jackson campaign was smothered by the effort of a Democratic Party resolute in following a path blazed by the extreme right and scandalizing the opposition with red- and race-baiting. Through fear and intimidation, Democratic leaders denied the emergence of a viable left bloc, a counter force to the domination of monopoly capital.

Lessons?

With the victory of corporate Democrats—fiscally conservative, socially liberal—the problem of fund-raising has been solved. In the 2008 election, corporate Democrats actually raised more than their corporate Republican counterparts. In this election cycle, they may well fall behind the Republicans. But they will never know again the vast inequity of 1980. Their fealty to monopoly capital ensures some measure of campaign-fund parity.

At the same time, the dominance of corporate Democrats and the Democratic Party leadership’s comfort with this relationship, denies any insurgency within the Party, not that rebellion would be countenanced in any case. Those who continue to argue for “inside/outside” strategies will continue to find themselves outside—neither “in the game” nor with a coherent political strategy.

The only viable force capable of changing this regular exercise in futility is the labor movement or some subset of it. Organized labor has the resources and apparatus to launch a new, independent political vehicle that would neither be beholden to corporate power nor restrained by false friends. Necessarily, labor must stop throwing these resources at the feet of the Democratic Party; labor leaders must reject their current vassalage to Democratic Party officials. It’s a tough challenge to work for these changes, but one far more worthy than hustling for political swindlers.

In the mean time, don’t bother asking, I’m enthusiastically voting for Jill Stein of the Green Party. She was arrested recently trying to stop home foreclosures in Philadelphia. And your candidate? 

Zoltan Zigedy
[email protected]


 

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The recent financial fireworks in the US and in Europe have made it clear that QE3 is close at hand.  The third installment described herein is much more than just another revving up of the printing presses, as it will involve a paradigm shift intent on restoring currencies and maintaining the current  power structure.

It's an all too common mistake to see the central bankers and their mainstream media propagandists derided as incompetent fools.  These “fools”control the money and the message and it's their game to lose.  Most pundits think the powers that be have lost control and can do little more than kick the can down the road. They are wrong.  We are about to witness one of the greatest orchestrated events in human history; a monumental sleight of hand that will restore economic prosperity, keep the masses happy and most importantly- maintain the parasitic elites in power. 


Mainstream sources deride conspiracy theorists as simpletons unable to  deal with the complexity of the world;  the tin hat crowd are in need of a “God” or “bogeyman” to explain the evils of the world.  The sophisticated academics and journalists tell us that history is the product of countless interests fighting for limited resources. The cabal of bankers is nothing more than a mirage conjured up in the thirsty imagination of simpletons.
If one wears a shiny tin hat then the problem, and the solution, are very different: the 1%  crowd have created an enormous pyramid scheme supported by magnificent lies preached from schools, televisions, governments, churches, newspapers, universities and the like.  The mission is to wake up their brothers and the whole misbegotten scheme will melt into a sea of crisp consciousness.
What is is not in doubt is that the world reserve currency is nearing the end of its viability at least in its current form. The only other two options, the euro and the yen, are in as bad or worse shape.  The end game has arrived for the current monetary system which began with Bretton Woods in 1944. The sub prime crisis, the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear disaster and the PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece & Spain) were the final nails in the coffin of the dollar reserve system. 
When humans existed in small groups as hunter gatherers, societies were generally egalitarian and specialization of labour was limited.  Since there were no full time enforcers, authority was relative and flexible as most tasks could be accomplished by most people; the groups “stickiness” was determined by the incremental benefits of the group.  As society progressed and the groups became larger, labor specialization increased efficiencies, allowing for full time armed forces and propagandists.  Elite rulers thrived off their capacity to control and made it very difficult for individuals to leave and make a go of it on their own. 
Men gave up their freedom as soon as they began plowing to eat.  The larger societies became, the more complex the control mechanisms of religion, slavery, standing armies and caste systems.
The main impulse of history has been for the 1% to maintain their power against the brave few intent on to replacing them.  The key novelty of the information age is the extreme specialization and unprecedented technologies of control the elites have today.  The modern citizen in an industrialized nation is more vulnerable then any other human in history.  He relies on his masters for everything from food and shelter to education and entertainment.  He is incapable of teaching his children, growing crops, entertaining himself, or, most importantly, thinking for himself.  Modern man is the ultimate souless slave.
The modern division of labor consists of a ruling class (top 1%) that control about 40% of all financial assets, a managerial class ( the top 2%-10%) who control about 35% of all assets, with  the other 90% of the working masses dividing up the 25% that’s left.
The pyramid is organized by a complex and highly specialized division of labor, state run education,  massive corporations, government bureaucracy, the judiciary, intelligence organizations, mediatic propaganda machines and mainstream religion.  Those rare few that actually wake up and see the zombie world are quickly diagnosed by the DSM-5 and given anti-depressants.
There are two things everyone wants all the time, and one of them is money.  Control of the money is the magic wand that rules the world.  All the other  religious, patriotic and historical paraphernalia are directly related to allowing the 1% to control the creation of money.  Take that away, and they are nothing but media hacks.
The current era which began with the creation of the Federal Reserve and the involvement  of the United States in WWI  is coming to an end.   The great mistake most “awake” people make is believing redemption is at hand while underestimating the ruling class.  The masters of propaganda and finance and are much more in control then they will ever reveal through their own channels.  Their imaginations are immense and their capacity to orchestrate drama has no limits.  They are the voice of reason while the dissenters are “diagnosed” with a collection of ailments that quickly marginalize them.
The Greatest Brand Ever Created
What should never be underestimated is the importance of the dollar for international commerce.  A dollar collapse would inevitably lead to a mad scramble for commodities and an unprecedented global economic downturn.  While there are solid world currencies, only three are large enough to be a reserve currency, and all three are mortally wounded.  No one will appreciate the incredible role the dollar has provided until it is gone.
The dollar began in the sixteenth century as the Bohemian Tolar which eventually became the eighteenth century standard Spanish silver piece which they pronounced dólar.  The Americans called it the dollar, determined it should have 24.057 grams of pure silver and adopted it as the US "money of account".  In 1933 Roosevelt pegged the dollar to .888 g of gold,  or $35 per ounce. Finally, under pressure from many central banks to convert their dollars to gold, Nixon established  the pure fiat era in 1971 which meant that the dollar was officially backed by nothing more than faith- it had become a pure paper currency.  The dollar was the symbol and expression of the American Empire in the 20th Century and it was the the pillar upon which globalization was accomplished.
No brand in history has ever become so ubiquitous.  From Tijuana to Tehran, from Vladivostock to Vanouver, from Senegal to Stockholm, a fistful of green backs will get you whatever your heart desires.  Through the greatest slight of hand in history, the 1% turned this once receipt for gold into nothing more than paper that they produced at will and for a dear price.  The dollar is the backbone of their parasitic existence, and QE3, the final QE, will be a valiant, brilliant attempt to restore the validity of the dollar regime and their control of it. QE3 will be a radical transition to a new era, similar to the  period of 1912 –1918. 
The top 1% was hurt in 2008. The financial disaster that was the sub prime debacle put them on the ropes leaving QE1 focused on buying up about $1 trillion in mortgage paper that had become almost impossible to move.  QE2 flooded equity and commodities markets with liquidity until the SP500 as well as most major commodities had regained their pre-2008 valuations in one of histories greatest bull markets.  QE1&2 restored the financial wealth that the 1% had lost during the crisis.  Unfortunately, in doing so, the Feds (Federal Reserve and Federal Government) have put the last nails into the current dollar’s coffin.  They would argue that the dollar was already on its last legs post 2001, and they simply hastened the end by a few years- a small price to pay for restoring the fortunes of their masters.
To Kick or not to Kick (the can)
One should never confuse politicians- chronic can kickers- with the 1%.  Politicians are the shills and lackeys of the real power and generally are incapable of any kind of policy creation on their own.  The current stop gap measures to save the euro, the dollar and the yen were never meant to be anything more than breathing room for the 1% to recuperate their massive losses.  Their fortunes have been restored and now it's time to create a new, post American period of wealth and prosperity.  This will be accomplished by none other than mystery man himself, Barack Hussein Obama.
The are nomajor economic, political, or social problems in the developed, industrialized world that threaten the 1% other than excess debt.  The debt problem is not a real problem, but an abstract claim on present and future income (work) by the 1%.  The system is so utterly clogged that is reaching a point of complete paralysis .  We have entered the tumultuous and inevitable debt destruction period that is often the death knell of regimes.  Deflation, hyperinflation, default and revolution are the usual outcomes.  But there is another way.
The Big Finale


The New York Times recently reported on how banks were reducing the principal on thousands of performing  loans by about 50% in exchange for small increases in interest rates and new, clean promissory notes, with no MERS involvement.   As long as the Federal Reserve “adjusts” the reserve requirements for the bank to reflect half of the money that the bank created as “disappeared”, then for the bank, its no harm no foul.  They are off the hook for the same amount that they reduced for the borrower, and the small adjustment in interest rate recaptures some of the lost future interest earnings from the smaller loan size. 
This solution serves two absolutely critical functions for the banks and the 1% that control them.  First, the banks morbid balance sheets are wiped clean, marked to market and made pure.  No more zombie banks threatening the world.  Second, it frees up vast amounts of consumer income to re-charge the economy, create jobs etc.
The second part of the QE3 will be the ‘public debt crisis’.  Act I was  the S&P downgrade and AIG (government owned) lawsuit against Bank of America which by a wild coincidence all happened on the same   "Black Monday" as the European Central Bank beginning quantitative easing by purchasing Spanish and Italian bonds.  Act II will see a few very large banks being ‘nationalised’ in both the US and Europe, (Bank of America and SocGen for example) and a massive mortgage principal reduction of about 50% will  follow as the President can nationalise banks without congressional approval through the “orderly liquidation authority” or OLA  provisions under Dodd-Frank.  Act III will see the US $14 trillion, as well as the Italian, Spanish, UK, Japanese etc.public debt being halved in exchange for balanced budgets and reduced social spending.  The $50 trillion or so in US unfunded liabilities will be wiped out in a new “social contract”.  Some student loan and Third World debt forgiveness will be thrown in for the full Kumbaya effect.
All of this will emerge out of a new “Bretton Woods” type of agreement that will be followed like the World Cup, Dancing with the Stars, Eurovision, the Superbowl, and the rest of the circus events meant to keep the plebs entertained.  The Euro, doomed to failure, will escape the fangs of a new dark age and emerge triumphant with the Ode to Joy playing in the background.  Logic will overcome chaos and a new age of enlightened corporate slavery will begin.  The only difference will be that the dollar will be replaced by a new reserve system that spreads ultimate control over more than one currency.
Barack Obama will emerge as the new Franklin Roosevelt, the reluctant revolutionary who saved the world.  Prosperity will return and the holders of the dollar, euro and yen debt while not avoiding a nasty haircut, will in exchange get a world willing once again to buy hand over fist again their oil and the products of their manufacturing base.  All of this will take place in a massive drama worthy of Hollywood (because it actually will be written by Hollywood types), keeping the sheeple glued to their televisions, talk radio etc.   They  will cheer when it all finishes with the good guys winning, just as they did when Bin Laden was killed, and when “major combat operations” ended in Iraq. 
Will the masses demand to know how banks can simply create and destroy money with a few clicks of a mouse?  Will they insist on dismantling the Fed and halving the size of the Federal Government?  Will they not rest until all their soldiers are brought home and the war mongers who started these conflicts brought to justice?

Unfortunately, no.  They won't ask any questions that can’t be explained away by the talking head de jour on Fox or MSNBC and the charade will continue, the matrix intact, for another generation to try to dismantle.


Special thanks to Jim Horky for editing this article.

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A grassroots coalition will file complaints today with the Washington, D.C. bar against two Central Intelligence Agency lawyers for their involvement in authorizing the...

Bagram Detainees Treated “Worse Than Animals”

An investigation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has revealed that former detainees at the U.S. Bagram airbase in Afghanistan were beaten, deprived of...

AHMADINEJAD WON INDEED AND THE REAL SOURCE OF INTERFERENCE IN IRAN’S ELECTION IS LIKELY...

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The kinder, gentler occupation?

Phil Aliff, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, analyzes new U.S. rules of engagement governing air power in Afghanistan. DESPITE THE Obama administration's...

Record bonuses at bailed-out US banks

Executives at Goldman Sachs were told last week that they could expect to receive their highest ever bonuses this year, according to an article...

CIA Looks to Colleges for Future Spies

To the list of collegiate types -- nerds, jocks, Greeks -- add one more: spies in training. The government is hoping they'll be hard...

Agents say DEA is forcing them illegally to work in Afghanistan

As the Obama administration ramps up the Drug Enforcement Administration's presence in Afghanistan, some special-agent pilots contend that they're being illegally forced to go...

Iran Police Crack Down As Thousands Protest

His backers were demonstrating over the re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who won by a landslide despite opposition claims the result was rigged. The...

Delay in Releasing CIA Report Is Sought

Justice Dept. Wants More Time to Review IG's Findings on Detainee Treatment by Carrie Johnson The Justice Department needs a week to complete its review of...

Bush Tries To Defend Guantanamo

RINF NEWS Speaking for over an hour at a business meeting in Pennsylvania, Former President George W. Bush attacked plans to close the Guantanamo Bay...

Torture Photos “Will Not See The Light Of Day”

RINF NEWS Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham, today revealed that a top ranking White House official has stated photographs showing US troops torturing and abusing detainees in Iraq and...

EU needs to tell the truth about renditions

It is welcome that EU governments have at last agreed to heed the call issued by the European parliament five months ago to take...

Empty Evidence: The Stories Of The Saudis Released From Guantanamo

At the end of a hectic week at Guantánamo, which saw the Obama administration overcome its previous inability to release prisoners (just two were...

Iranian protesters chase police away from BBC crew

Brave protesters protect journalists so that the world can see what's really happening inside Iran (incident begins about 2 minutes in): Interestingly, conservatives Richard Perle,...

The American Empire Is Bankrupt

This week marks the end of the dollar’s reign as the world’s reserve currency. It marks the start of a terrible period of economic...

New Evidence Of CIA Torture Program

NEW YORK — The CIA today released still-highly redacted documents in which Guantánamo Bay prisoners describe abuse and torture they suffered in CIA custody....

Guantánamo’s Uighurs In Bermuda: Interviews And New Photos

As representatives of the world’s media descended on Bermuda to meet the four Uighurs (Muslims from China’s oppressed Xinjiang province) who had just arrived...

US military spending hit $607 billion in 2008

The global arms madness continues. A new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (one of my favorite think tanks) confirms that worldwide military...

The Rise of Private Armies

Journalist Jeremy Scahill warns against the growing power of corporate private armies and the "disintegration of the nation state apparatus." The following is a transcript...

The Long Ordeal of Guantánamo’s Youngest Prisoner

The long ordeal of Mohammed El-Gharani, Guantánamo’s youngest prisoner, has finally come to an end. Reprieve, the legal action charity that represents him, reported...

Medical marijuana’s legal in his state, but feds sentence medical pot dispenser to jail

Charles Lynch, a medical marijuana provider in the state of California, which has voted consistently to allow what he does, faces a year in...

Torture documents need to be released

Despite its repudiation of "enhanced interrogation techniques," the Obama administration continues to stifle public scrutiny of how the Bush Justice Department's strained legal rationale...

Ex-Bush lawyer can be sued over torture according to Judge

A prisoner who says he was tortured while being held for nearly four years as a suspected terrorist can sue former Bush administration lawyer...

Iran election may decide war or peace for Middle East

More than 42 million Iranians are eligible to vote Friday in the presidential election, and long lines were reported around the country's polling places....

Pentagon Cyber Command threat to civil liberties

The Obama administration’s plan to create a Pentagon Cyber Command to conduct both defensive and offensive cyberwarfare is arousing concern about potential threats to...

CIA Secrecy on Drone Attacks Data Hides Abuses

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s refusal to share with other agencies even the most basic data on the bombing attacks by remote-controlled unmanned predator...

Gitmo suicide had been prisoners’ representative

Almost five months before he was found dead at Guantanamo Bay, a detainee volunteered to represent prisoners in talks with the military and left...

New US commander in Afghanistan assembles team of assassins

By Bill Van Auken | Confirmed Wednesday as President Barack Obama’s new commander for the widening war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, General Stanley McChrystal has...

GOP’s Civil Liberties Hypocrisy

Just as Republicans have refashioned themselves as fiscal conservatives in the age of Obama, apparently forgetting that they allowed a budget surplus to be...

SHOULD ISRAEL TALK TO HAMAS?

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WE HAVE HOPE, BUT REAL CHANGE IN AMERICA REPRESENTS AN IMMENSE TASK

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Homeland Security report shows need to save civil liberties for all

Government officials seek to control whatever it is they don't understand. In my experience, they don't understand much, so they try to regulate, tax, monitor...

US cybersecurity plan poses new war threats

By Tom Eley | President Barack Obama announced on Friday the creation of a new “cyber czar” position. The Cybersecurity Coordinator, who is yet to...

The anti-cluster bomb campaign

Geneva - Human rights groups launched Friday a "week of action" to try to convince governments to sign and ratify the international treaty which...

The Politics of Excusing Torture In The Name of National Security

Allow me to share some analysis about the way things work in Washington. President Obama's flip-flop on his agreement to turn over photographs of...

How U.S. Officials Circumvented the Bill of Rights

By Jacob G. Hornberger | In another embrace of President Bush’s war-on-terrorism policies, President Obama has announced that he might retain the Pentagon’s military-commission system...

Suspected war criminal to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan

On July 22 2006, Human Rights Watch issued a report titled “No blood, no foul” about American torture practices at three facilities in Iraq....

Congress Resists Guantánamo Releases

As lawmakers amped up the outcry against releasing Guantánamo "terrorists in our neighborhoods," France agreed to accept a "cleared" Guantánamo prisoner and human rights...

Memos shed light on CIA use of sleep deprivation torture

By Greg Miller | Reporting from Washington -- As President Obama prepared last month to release secret memos on the CIA's use of severe...

British Labour’s divisive Equality Bill

The government’s Equality Bill has been condemned as “socialism in one clause” by Britain’s right wing and a “landmark” in overcoming inequalities by the...

Pentagon eyes new anti-missile technology

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is redirecting its missile defence efforts by winding down multibillion-dollar programmes aimed at destroying enemy missiles very soon after they take...

Documents shoot holes in Cheney’s theories on torture

What a difference an election makes. Our national position has now shifted from "we don't torture" to "we don't torture anymore." Let us, then, disabuse...

Government Could Destroy Records in Hundreds of Guantanamo Cases

A stockpile of documents about hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees, some authored by the prisoners themselves, could be destroyed under a little-known provision of...

CIA Officials Were Given Daily Torture Updates

By Jason Leopold | CIA interrogators provided top agency officials in Langley with daily "torture" updates of Abu Zubaydah, the alleged “high-level” terrorist detainee...

US airstrikes kill scores of civilians in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken | On the eve of a tripartite summit in Washington which the Obama administration has organized with the presidents of...

Officials: Gitmo court system likely to stay open

By LARA JAKES | The Obama administration may revamp and restart the Bush-era military trial system for suspected terrorists as it struggles to determine...

Torture Was Used to Try to Link Saddam with 9/11

By Marjorie Cohn | When I testified last year before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties about...

The CIA’s $1,000 a Day Specialists on Waterboarding, Interrogations

As the secrets about the CIA's interrogation techniques continue to come out, there's new information about the frequency and severity of their use, contradicting...

Civil Disobedience at White House

The following news advisory comes from Witness Against Torture. On April 30th, hundreds of human rights activists will gather near the White House to call...

Spain’s Socialist Party government suppresses torture probe of Bush officials

The Obama administration and Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) government are working in tandem to prevent the prosecution of top Bush officials. President Barack Obama and...

Abuse Isn’t Torture If a Doctor Is There

The Sick Logic of the CIA Memos. By Sheri Fink | Perhaps the most chilling aspect is that medical professionals apparently conducted a form of research...

Torture Worked to Sell the Iraq War

Three cheers for Dick Cheney. The former vice president has urged, however rhetorically, that the Obama administration release more of the torture memos. "One...

CIA ‘Ghost Prisoners’ Missing

By William Fisher | At least three dozen detainees who were held in the CIA’s secret prisons overseas appear to be missing — and efforts...

Sri Lankan Humanitarian Crisis Deserves Attention

By Amitabh Pal | The United States is finally paying attention to the massive humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka. The civil war that has raged for...

Torture Used to Try to Link Saddam with 9/11

By MARJORIE COHN | When I testified last year before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties about Bush...

Prosecuting War Crimes

The following is an excerpt from a talk by Nick Mottern on April 19, 2009, delivered after receiving a Peace and Justice Award from...

US-Trained Human Rights Abusers

President Barack Obama has reversed a few of the Bush administration's most egregious policies violating human rights and international law, such as the announced...

Torture case lawyers may face jail for letter

A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who accused a Bay Area company of flying him to foreign torture chambers for the CIA is at the...

Fronting up to fascism

Hope Not Hate, the anti-racist campaign group, faces perhaps its toughest challenge to date in its bid to prevent the fascist BNP gaining seats...

The Torturers Among Us

By Matt Welch | Torture, as the former vice-president's words suggest, is a critical issue in the present of our politics–and not only because...

FBI database use to remain secret

Despite a pledge to open government, the Obama administration has endorsed a Bush-era decision to keep secret key details of an FBI computer database...

Judge rejects bid to derail wiretap challenge

A San Francisco federal judge rejected on Friday the Obama administration's attempt to derail a challenge to former President George W. Bush's electronic surveillance...

Spanish judge keeps Guantanamo probe alive

A Spanish judge considering possible criminal action against six former Bush administration officials for torture at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay defied pressure...

“War Crimes” Memos Questioned

By Bob Patterson | Before editorial writers across America get all discombobulated about the recently released memos that allegedly prove that the United States...

Release The Torture Memos

Newsweek: "As reported by NEWSWEEK, the White House last month had accepted a recommendation from Attorney General Eric Holder to declassify and publicly release...

Prosecuting American War Crimes

Did Americans commit war crimes by torturing detainees at Guantanamo Bay or at secret prisons scattered around Europe? Barack Obama doesn't want to know....

Why Legalizing Cannabis Makes Sense

By Joe Klein | For the past several years, I've been harboring a fantasy, a last political crusade for the baby-boom generation. We, who...

Countries Urged to Follow Irish Lead on Guantanamo

OneWorld US | European countries should emulate Ireland's offer to accept Guantanamo detainees who will be released by the United States but cannot return to...

UN Launches Probe of Secret Detention Sites

By Lisa Schlein | U.N. human rights investigators are launching a year-long global investigation into secret places of detention. They note the use of...

Thousands protest anniversary of Iraq war

They want troops out now, fear that Obama is 'stalling' By Nafeesa Syeed | WASHINGTON -- Before war protesters ended their demonstration yesterday afternoon, several placed...

Liberty League International or American Liberty League?

By John Hoefle | Liberty League International? After four decades of decay, and eight years of the worst Presidential administration since before the Civil War,...

New Search Tool for Mining Government Documents

New Search Engine Highlights EFF's Transparency Efforts During Sunshine Week San Francisco - In celebration of Sunshine Week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched...

FDA Scientists Accuse Agency of Corruption, Intimidation

A group of nine FDA scientists has sent letters to top politicians, accusing agency managers of intimidating and coercing scientists into changing or suppressing...

US: Cluster Bomb Exports Banned

Legislation signed into law on March 11, 2009 by President Obama will make permanent a ban on nearly all cluster bomb exports by the...

UN experts to investigate secret U.S. jails

Two UN human rights experts said on Tuesday that they would conduct a global investigation of secret detention centers used by the United States...

FBI terrorist watch list hits 1 million entries

By Patrick Martin | The FBI's Terrorist Screening Center acknowledged this week that there are more than 1 million names on its official terrorist watch...

Iran lacks nuclear bomb fuel: US officials

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Iran has yet to decide whether to build a nuclear bomb and currently lacks the weapons-grade highly enriched uranium needed to do...

U.N. report says U.S. rendition policy broke international law

By Julie Sell | LONDON - A U.N. expert is accusing the United States and some of its allies of breaching international law for the so-called...

UN expert wants Gitmo probe before camp closes

By FRANK JORDANS | GENEVA — A U.N. human rights expert applauded the Obama administration Tuesday for pledging to turn a page in U.S. history...

No freedom here

By John Pilger | FREEDOM is being lost in Britain. The land of Magna Carta is now the land of secret gagging orders, secret trials...

The Bottomless Bailout

By Ralph Nader | Does anybody in the federal government know or could know “who, what, where and when” of the massive, complex, vertical, horizontal,...

CONSEQUENCES OF SHARING MEDICAL RECORDS

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL PUBLISHES WARNING OF "STAGGERING" CONSEQUENCE OF SHARING MEDICAL RECORDS While the British bill is different than Obama's it raises similar concerns. The...

Top Secret Credit Crisis Bailouts

Interesting stories are stacking up again so it's time for some economic potpourri starting with secret dealings by the Fed. Fed Refuses to Release Bank...

The Big Lie of Recession Politics: ‘Shared Sacrifice’

By Shamus Cooke | It’s everywhere you look and in every speech you listen to. Every time a politician or businessmen talks about the recession,...

EU tells U.S.A: Don’t create new Guantanamo

By Ingrid Melander   The United States must not allow its Bagram military base in Afghanistan to become a new Guantanamo Bay if it wants European...

Britain admits terror suspects given to US

By LOUISE NOUSRATPOUR DEFENCE Secretary John Hutton admitted on Thursday that British forces in Iraq handed over two terror suspects to the US who were...

Pentagon moves to impose secrecy on budget talks

AFP — Senior Pentagon officials have had to promise they will keep the details of the US military budget secret as the Defense Department...

How Credit Unions Survived the Crash – Casino Capitalism

CounterPunch  While the reckless giant banks are shattering like an over-heated glacier day by day, the nation's credit unions are a relative island of calm...

Experts: U.S. ‘war on terror’ globally eroded human rights

GENEVA, Feb 16 - Washington's "war on terror" after the Sept. 11 attacks has eroded human rights worldwide, creating lingering cynicism that the United...

Britain’s Detention Regime Causes Devastating Impact

Britain's Control Orders And Detention Regime Cause Devastating Impact On Families, Report Reveals The Institute of Race Relations has published a new report on the...

US intelligence chief: World capitalist crisis poses greatest threat

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Intelligence Thursday, Washington's new director of national intelligence, Dennis Blair, warned that the deepening world capitalist crisis...

Revealed: Pentagon’s secret prisons, legal loopholes and CIA ‘ghost’ detainees

By Stephen C. Webster Three major human rights organizations have declared the Department of Defense was running secret prisons at Bagram and in Iraq,...

A Short History of US Government Handouts

By Stephen Lendman Global economies are withering while Washington conceives "Financial Recovery Plan(s) from Hell," according to economist Michael Hudson in his latest February 11...

Poll: Most want inquiry into anti-terror tactics

By Jill Lawrence  WASHINGTON – Even as Americans struggle with two wars and an economy in tatters, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds majorities in favor...

Congress on bended knee before Wall Street executives

By Jerry White  Chief executive officers from the eight largest banks in the US, which have collectively received $125 billion in bailout money, appeared before...

US torture victim offered new hope

By LOUISE NOUSRATPOUR  US authorities agreed for British officials to visit torture victim Binyam Mohamed in Guantanamo Bay on Wednesday to help make preparations for...

Top MI6 spy: Terrorism less serious than bird flu

Secret global databases 'unlikely', threaten freedoms By Lewis Page Counter Terror Expo A former Assistant Chief of the UK's shadowy Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, aka MI6)...

NSA’s meta-data email surveillance program exposed

WMR has learned details of one of the most important components of the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program code named “STELLAR WIND.” The...

A Call to End All Renditions

By Marjorie Cohn, Jurist  Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian residing in Britain, said he was tortured after being sent to Morocco and Afghanistan in 2002 by...

More accuse Britain in torture of Guantanamo detainee

By Julie Sell LONDON – Despite years of denials, new questions are being raised about Britain's possible involvement in the torture of a detainee now...

Lives Have Been Destroyed by the Federal Government

Lew Rockwell -- - One of the hardest things to deal with in the current economic depression is the disgusting hypocrisy of the U.S....

Military Takeover of Federal Weapons Research Labs

By Phil Leggiereon Physicist Robert Oppenheimer fought successfully to keep nuclear weapons research under civilian control and oversight, where it currently resides with the Department...

Condi Rice Could’ve Written Biden’s Speech

By Jim Lobe I hate to agree with Bill Kristol, but he’s right about Vice President Joe Biden’s speech at the ongoing Munich security conference when...

Pentagon warns of US military intervention in Mexico’s “war on drugs”

By Kevin Kearney The United States Joint Forces Command (USJFC), charged with anticipating global threats to US imperialism, issued a report last November entitled “Joint...

How Bush Threatened Britain

The Atlantic -- - In order to prevent any details of its torture record being publicly disseminated, the Bush administration threatened the British government...

Evidence of Torture ‘Buried by Ministers’

Judges condemn secrecy over files detailing treatment of suspect by CIA Richard Norton-Taylor | The Guardian Clive Stafford Smith, director of Reprieve, the legal charity and...

Dozens of secret Bush surveillance, executive power memos found; Could be made public

By John Byrne Details about more than three dozen secret memoranda written by Bush Administration officials now sit atop a chart created by a public...

‘Time to get rid of Trident in Scotland’

By JAMES TWEEDIE SCOTTISH peace campaigners and parliamentarians demanded the scrapping of Britain's weapons of mass destruction at a conference in Edinburgh on Tuesday. Delegates insisted...

European Activists Call For Bush To Be Tried For Torture

By Julio Godoy, IPS Now that former U.S. president George W. Bush is an ordinary citizen again, many legal and human rights activists in Europe...

CND conference attacks missile defence

By ADRIAN ROBERTS ANTI-WAR activists gathered in London on Saturday to condemn US plans for a missile defence system in Europe. At a CND conference named...

Bush okayed torture to outwit defense lawyers

By Stephen C. Webster It comes as no surprise that the Bush administration had little love for lawyers. Long before the "Attorneygate" scandal developed around...

Loophole allows terrorist detentions

By Eli Lake  President Obama's executive order closing CIA "black sites" contains a little-noticed exception that allows the spy agency to continue to operate temporary...

Marijuana Reform Is Part of the Progressive Agenda

So Why Are Obama's Drug Cops Already Making Pot Raids? By Paul Armentano  Pot-reform activists have swarmed Obama's Change.gov, and huge majorities voted for pot reform...

Military seeks better use of finger, eye scans

By LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON -- On the front lines in Iraq, U.S. troops can scan someone's eye or finger to try to determine...

Criminalizing Policy Differences

By David Swanson President Obama wants to avoid criminalizing policy differences and avoid partisan witch hunts. This is taken to mean that Holder will not...

ACLU Demands Eavesdropping, Torture Memos From White House

By David KravetsThe American Civil Liberties Union is hoping a kinder, gentler Obama administration will disclose secret documents detailing the legal basis for the...

Investigate US torture and prosecute those responsible

Considerable efforts are being made in various quarters to cover up the record of US torture and prevent the prosecution of military and Central...

Amy Goodman: Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail

Karl Rove recently described George W. Bush as a book lover, writing, “There is a myth perpetuated by Bush critics that he would rather...

Are We Civilized Enough to Hold Our Leaders Accountable for War Crimes?

The World Is Watching By John W. Dean  Remarkably, the confirmation of President Obama's Attorney General nominee, Eric Holder, is...

Banning Torture is Not Enough

By Jordan Paust | JURIST  JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that President Barack Obama should follow up his...

Holder OK with FBI Searches of Bookstore, Library Records

By Phil Leggiere  At confirmation hearing attorney general nominee voices support for Patriot Act provision authorizing secret FBI searches of reading records. President-elect Barack Obama's nominee...

Israeli military says complete withdrawal from Gaza “out of the question”

By Julie Hyland  Israel continued to withdraw some of its troops from the Gaza Strip Tuesday, in moves timed to coincide with the inauguration of...

Time to Get to Work

By Robert Scheer  So, let’s now heed the words of our new president and set aside childish things. Presumably that includes the $450 worth of...

Alleged 9/11 planners declare their guilt

  Two alleged orchestrators of the 2001 attacks on America casually declared their guilt yesterday in a messy and perhaps final session of the Guantanamo...

Impeachment investigation ahead for Bush and Cheney?

by Martha R Gore | Examiner.com It came as no surprise that House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers began talking about impeachement hearing against President...

Federal Court Upholds Wiretap Law

By CBS, HT truthout Warrantless eavesdropping on international communication within bounds of the law, appeals court rules. Washington - A U.S. Foreign Intelligence court released a...

In farewell speech, Bush insists “war on terror” must continue

By Bill Van Auken  In his final speech from the White House Thursday night, President George W. Bush defended his legacy of war, torture and...

Judge: Rumsfeld sanctioned torture in Gitmo

A top US official has for the first time publicly admitted that a suspect, incarcerated at the Guantanamo Bay prison was tortured. The Washington...

Cheney hints at pardon for President Bush

BNN | With the Bush administration in its final days questions are being asked whether the president will be investigated over a number of concerns. Thoseconcerns...

Fate of Guantánamo Detainees Still Murky

By William Fisher | Human rights groups are hailing reports that President-elect Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order on his first full day...

Don’t Give the Banks Another $350 Billion

By Matt Rothschild | Why in the world should we be giving the banks another $350 billion? They caused this financial crisis in the first place. Then Bush...

Asked about WMDs, Bush grins: ‘Things didn’t go according to plan’

By John Byrne | Abu Ghraib a 'disappointment' A confident George W. Bush took the podium Monday for what is likely the last press conference...

The Promise Of Change, The Rules of The System… And The Real Revolution We...

Revolution | The hopes for Barack Obama’s presidency are sky-high. That’s hardly surprising. In a country where not so long ago mobs of angry whites gathered...

PILGER: Disgrace of the silent treatment

By refusing to condemn Israeli atrocities, intellectuals in the West are complicit in its crimes, argues JOHN PILGER. "WHEN the truth is replaced by silence,"...

Holocaust in Gaza

By Rohini Hensman | In February 2008, Israel’s Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai warned that if Hamas continued firing rockets, they would bring upon themselves...

Should the Torturers Go on Trial?

By William Pfaff | The impending end of the Bush administration and the inauguration of Barack Obama, expected to repudiate the illegalities and human-rights abuses...

The Dying Days of the Guantánamo Trials

With less than two weeks until the Bush administration leaves office, Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees...

U.S. Weaponry Facilitates Killings in Gaza

By Thalif Deen | IPS - Israel's two-week military onslaught has resulted in the deaths of over 700 people, including more than 300 civilians, mostly...

Bush rewards his hired guns

By JAMES TWEEDIE  THE White House revealed on Tuesday that US President George W Bush will reward partners in war crime Tony Blair, John Howard...

Rallies to protest Gaza bombing

Tens of thousands of protesters are due to voice their anger at the Gaza bombing blitz in a series of rallies across the UK. Up...

Amy Goodman: Voices of Resistance Sing On

Strong voices for peace have left us this year, people who used their art for social change, often at a high personal price. Odetta...

Hunger mounts in the US

By Tom Eley     As the economic crisis deepens, its human toll is becoming more evident. A new survey of food charities in the United...

Cheney Throws Down Gauntlet, Defies Prosecution for War Crimes

Commondreams  Dick Cheney has publicly confessed to ordering war crimes. Asked about waterboarding in an ABC News interview, Cheney replied, "I was aware of the...

Deterring Torture Through the Law

By Coleen Rowley and Ray McGovern "First, let's kill all the lawyers" may have made sense in that Shakespearian scene, but there is a far...

Proletarian: December 08/January 2009 issue

Cuba special: 50 years of revolution New Year's Day 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the triumphant day on which the Cuban people ousted the...

Amnesty: Closing Guantanamo Isn’t Enough

Amnesty International, in a just-released proposal, wants to go further than just closing the facility. By Spencer Ackerman The international human-rights organization put out a four-stage...

Blackwater ‘could lose Iraq role’

Blackwater could lose its licence to operate in Iraq, rendering it unable to provide security for US diplomats, a US State Department internal report...

Cheney Admits Authorizing Detainee’s Torture

Outgoing VP says Guantanamo prison should stay open until end of terror war, but has no idea when that might be By David Edwards and...

Torture, Secret Detention, Abduction and Repeated Raping

By Stephen Lendman Post-9/11, the "war on terror" has been a jihad against Islam, the colonizers v. the colonized, or what Edward Said called "the...

Gov’t pulls witness in Gitmo case against Canadian

Military prosecutors have withdrawn a government witness in an upcoming Guantanamo war-crimes trial to conceal evidence of "abuse and mistreatment" of the defendant, his...

Bush returns to West Point to defend doctrine of aggressive war

By Bill Van Auken President George W. Bush made a farewell appearance Tuesday at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, delivering an...

Exposing Corporate-financed Holocaust in Africa

By Keith Harmon Snow War in Congo has again been splashed across world headlines and the same old clichés about violence and suffering are repackaged...

Legal Scholars Outraged by Talk of Blanket Pardons

By Daphne Eviatar In his Nov. 16 interview on CBS’s “60 minutes,” President-elect Barack Obama reiterated his pledge to shut down Guantanamo Bay and end...

Special Prosecutor for the Crimes of the Bush Administration

From Bob Fertik: President-elect Obama wants Americans to tell him our priorities at Change.gov, so we submitted this. Please vote for this by clicking the...

What’s Wrong with the U.S. Military

By ANDREW COCKBURN Coinciding with the arrival of Obama and his deputies in Washington, the Center for Defense Information is releasing "America's Defense Meltdown --...

Security agreements mean Iraq occupation will continue to 2012 and beyond

By James Cogan | For more than five-and-a-half years, and at the cost of the lives of at least one million Iraqis and over 4,200 Americans,...

Feds to Judge: Don’t ‘Second Guess’ Bush Domestic Spy Program

By David Kravets The Bush administration on Tuesday urged a federal judge to dismiss lawsuits against the nation's telecommunications companies accused of complying with...

In Courtroom Showdown, Bush Demands Amnesty for Spying Telecoms

By David Kravets | SAN FRANCISCO – The Bush administration on Tuesday will try to convince a federal judge to let stand a law...

Censorship in America?

By Timothy V. Gatto | The people of the United States might not know what it is that they want the new administration to do,...

How to Find out the Hidden Secrets of the Bush Administration

In March 2001, U.S. Archivist John W. Carlin received a letter from Alberto Gonzales, then counsel to the newly inaugurated president George W. Bush....

Fisk: Afghanistan in Crisis

By Robert Fisk | The collapse of Afghanistan is closer than the world believes. Kandahar is in Taliban hands–all but a square mile at the...

Kristol Calls On Bush To Pardon Torturers And Wiretappers, Reward Them With Medal Of...

Think Progress | In his new Weekly Standard column, right-wing pundit Bill Kristol lays out a to-do list for President Bush before he leaves...

George W. Bush Belongs in Prison

By Joel S. Hirschhorn | Electing Barack Obama president was the first step in redeeming American democracy. The second step must be indicting ex-president George W....

Venezuelan Elections: The Media Response

By Stephen Lendman | On November 23, Venezuela held regional and local elections for governors, mayors and other municipal offices. Over 5000 candidates contested...

Civil rights complaint targets Wall Street rating firms

Moody's and Fitch's high ratings of subprime mortgage bonds disproportionately harmed black and Latino home buyers, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition alleges. By Kenneth R....

No More Shop till You Drop

By Ruth Conniff | Black Friday is only a day away, and it doesn't look good for retailers. A front-page story in The New...

You Cannot Pardon a Crime You Authorized

Statement from the Steering Committee for the Prosecution for War Crimes of President Bush and His Subordinates Never before has a president pardoned himself or...

ALEXANDER COCKBURN: The Honeymoon is Looking a Bit Wan

By ALEXANDER COCKBURN | Two years without a single leak and suddenly, last week, Obama’s operation was like a sieve. That’s what happens when you pick...

Noam Chomsky on the election

There was meeting on November 7, I think of a group of couple, of a dozen advisers to deal with the financial crisis. Their...

No Amnesty for Bush Administration, Say Torture Opponents

By Ali Gharib | Judging by the rare leaks from President-elect Barack Obama's transition team, investigations and prosecutions of high-level George W. Bush administration...

A Cover for Illegal Domestic Operations?

By Tom Burghardt | On November 17, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) concluded Vigilant Shield 09 (VS09), described...

Court Backs Warrantless Searches Abroad

By BENJAMIN WEISER | The authorities may lawfully conduct searches and electronic surveillance against United States citizens in foreign countries without a warrant, a federal...

US bails out Citigroup and prepares to give trillions more to banks

By Barry Grey | The government bailout of Citigroup marks a new stage in the utilization of the public treasury to rescue Wall Street...

Greenpeace activists scale Bank of England

By Hannah Wooderson | Activists from environmental group Greenpeace scaled the Bank of England building in the City of London today, calling on the Government...

Bush pleased with Iraq war outcome

US President George W Bush believes the Iraq war has been successful and is "very pleased" with what is happening there, he said in...

The Third Clinton Administration

By RALPH NADER | While the liberal intelligentsia was swooning over Barack Obama during his presidential campaign, I counseled “prepare to be disappointed.” His record as...

Bush Could Pardon Spies Involved in Torture

By Tim Shipman | Senior intelligence officers are lobbying the outgoing president to look after the men and women who could face charges for...

Hillary Clinton, secretary of state?

Barack Obama transition team declines to confirm reports she is under consideration for post By John McCormick and Rick Pearson Senior officials with President-elect Barack...

C.I.A. Chief Says Qaeda Is Extending Its Reach

WASHINGTON – Even as Al Qaeda strengthens its hub in the Pakistani mountains, its leaders are building closer ties to regional militant groups in...

Guantánamo Bay was bad enough — Bagram is worse

By Daphne Eviatar | Eric Lewis didn't know much about Ruzatullah's case when he decided to take it on two years ago. All he...

Close Gitmo and End Unconstitutional Military Commissions Now

By Robert Greenwald |  We have the chance to help President-elect Obama reclaim democracy and restore the rule of law in our country, which he can...

‘War in Iraq is over’ — US ‘media’

The wars in Iraq and Afganistan are now over and President George W. Bush has been indicted on treason charges, according to the New...

Most Britons want troops out of Afghanistan: poll

AFP | More than two-thirds of Britons believe British troops should be pulled out of Afghanistan next year, according to an opinion poll released...

John Pilger: What “Change” In America Really Means

By John Pilger | My first visit to Texas was in 1968, on the fifth anniversary of the assassination of president John F Kennedy in...

Russia rejects U.S. missile proposals

By Guy Faulconbridge   MOSCOW -- The Kremlin on Wednesday rejected U.S. proposals aimed at easing concerns over a missile defense system in Europe and said...

Bush lists some of his regrets from presidency

NEW YORK -- President Bush listed some of the regrets from his presidency Tuesday, particularly the display of the "Mission Accomplished" sign as backdrop...

Space-Based Domestic Spying: Kicking Civil Liberties to the Curb

By Tom Burghardt | Last month, I reported that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) space-based domestic spy program run by that agency’s National Applications...

Unite against Nato expansion and war

With conflict spreading across the globe, April’s protest in Strasbourg will be a key focus for the anti-war movement, writes Chris Nineham The European anti-war...

The age of George Bush is over

By Stephen Lendman | On November 4, the world exhaled. The age of George Bush ended, and a new one under Barak Obama began....

American History X

Commondreams | I teach American history to students in eastern Tennessee. In the narrative that makes up our nine-month journey, we encounter the broken and...

Lendman: The Wages of Sin

By Stephen Lendman - RINF | “Reaping the whirlwind” for money manager and market strategist Jeremy Grantham in his latest no-nonsense commentary. Worlds different...

George Bush Plans to Push Through Agenda in Last Days in Office

President George W Bush is planning to push through a series of potentially unpopular regulation changes in his final weeks in office | By...

US carries out more airstrikes in Pakistan

By James Cogan | In open contempt of the repeated protests by the Pakistani government, the US military carried out another two air strikes...

Troops Have to Fight for Their Right to Vote

Active-duty military members arguably have more to lose than anyone else in Tuesday’s election, but voting can be an obstacle course for servicemen and...

With Bush on way out, Guantanamo quieting down

By David McFadden | Camp Justice, erected six months ago for the first U.S. war-crimes trials in a half-century, already feels like a ghost town. A...

US defense secretary expands pre-emptive war doctrine to include nuclear strikes

By Alex Lantier | In a remarkable speech on nuclear policy delivered October 28 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), US Defense Secretary...

The Election-Industrial Complex

By Walter Smolarek | As the seemingly endless period of political campaigning in the United States will soon draw to a close, we on the...

Next U.S. president must scrap Guantanamo

The head of Amnesty International called on Thursday for the winner of next week's U.S. presidential election to shut the Guantanamo Bay detention centre...

The End is at Hand (to Leftist Conspiracy Theories)

By Dave Lindorff With the polls continuing to show Barack Obama holding a steady or even growing lead heading into Election Day, especially in the...

McCain Racism, Hypocrisy on Khalidi Issue

This Is The Lowest McCain Has Sunk Yet By Juan Cole The increasingly sleazy John McCain, who once promised to run a clean campaign, has...

The Triumph of Ignorance: How Morons Succeed in U.S. Politics

Obama has a lot to offer, but until our education system is fixed or religious fundamentalism withers, anti-intellectuals will flaunt their ignorance. How was it...

How the Government Spies on and Prosecutes Peace Activists

A First-Hand Account of the Ghosts of Iraq War Trial in Washington, D.C., October 20-24, 2008 By Joy First Madison, WI -- I was involved in...

The “Dirty Little Secret” Of the US Bank Bailout

WSWS | In an unusually frank article published in Saturday's New York Times, the newspaper's economic columnist, Joe Nocera, reveals what he calls "the dirty...

Bush Decides to Keep Guantánamo Open

By STEVEN LEE MYERS WASHINGTON – Despite his stated desire to close the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, President Bush has decided not to...

The Morning After the Elections

WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO NOW? This is a message to those who got behind Barack Obama because they have been horrified and furious with...

THE REPUBLICAN FRAUD OVER VOTER FRAUD

Progressive Review - Although the poddle press continuous to play into the hands of the GOP on the issue, it is clear that fraud...

Tony Benn: What went wrong in the capitalist casino?

By Tony Benn | These words are from the 1945 Labour manifesto Let Us Face The Future which brilliantly identified the very same crisis which...

System Failure and the Need for Revolution

by Raymond Lotta | The most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression shows no sign of letting up. The financial edifice of U.S. imperialism...

Solutions for a Sustainable World

TNI | The Schumacher lectures are traditionally held in Bristol but have now branched out so that Schumacher North, based in Leeds, also organises the...

Fisk ‘shocked’ by US failure to debate conflict in Israel

By Amol Rajan | A feisty debate between Robert Fisk and the author Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman brought The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival to...

Spying on the Future: The U.S. Intelligence Community as Seers Without Sizzle

By Tom Engelhardt The year is 2010 and, yes, Saddam Hussein is gone and there are no American troops in Iraq, but, as the report...

The establishment that destroyed America’s first republic

By Sam Smith | Of George Bush's many sins, one has remained unnoted. He and his aides are so absurdly inept at most of...

The Oppression of Black People, the Crimes of this System, and the Revolution We...

http://revcom.us/a/144/BNQ-en.html | “The young man was shot 41 times while reaching for his wallet”…“the 13-year-old was shot dead in mid-afternoon when police mistook his toy...

Election Officials Telling College Students They Can’t Vote

By Greg Gordon | McClatchy.com | WASHINGTON - Colorado Democrats accused a Republican county clerk Wednesday of falsely informing Colorado College that students from outside the...

Racism and the Race

By Matthew Rothschild | The race boils down to racism. All things being equal, Barack Obama would win the presidency hands down. Unemployment is at...

Winter Soldier: Eye Witness Accounts of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

By John Stauber | Two years ago public revulsion against the Bush Administration's unnecessary and disastrous attack and occupation of Iraq resulted in the...

John Pilger: This conflict is repeating the historical patterns of imperialism

Veteran investigative journalist John Pilger is warning that the extension of the Afghanistan war into Pakistan has grim echoes of the past. “There are striking...

THE LIST: WHAT A TRILLION DOLLARS WILL BUY

Andrew Davis, Libertarian Party One trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) is enough money: To buy everybody living in Los Angeles at least one Lamborghini Gallardo. To buy 88,052,...

Treasury Seeks Authority to Buy $700 Billion Assets

By Alison Fitzgerald and John Brinsley | The Bush administration asked Congress for unchecked power to buy $700 billion in bad mortgage investments from...

Investigating Our Economic Calamity and the Subprime Scandal’

By Stephen Lendman - RINF | Danny Schechter is a media activist, critic, independent filmmaker, TV producer as well as an author of 10...

Bush’s War Widens Dangerously

By Tariq Ali | The decision to make public a presidential order of last July authorizing American strikes inside Pakistan without seeking the approval...

FIVE FORMER SECRETARIES OF STATE SUPPORT DIRECT TALKS WITH IRAN

National Security Network - Five former American secretaries of state all reaffirmed their support for direct talks with Iran. Henry Kissinger went as far...

The Wall Street crisis and the failure of American capitalism

By Barry Grey | The end of Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, two of the largest Wall Street investment banks, one week after the...

What You Can Do to Put Bush and Cheney Behind Bars

By David Swanson | Remarks on September 14, 2008, at Justice Robert Jackson Conference on Planning for the Prosecution of High Level American War...

Playing with the Constitution

In a landmark election season hailed as historic for the inclusion of an African American and a woman as official party candidates, scarce discussion...

Record Corporate Bailout Reveals the Bankruptcy of American Capitalism

WSWS | The US government takeover of the mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has dealt a shattering blow to the ideology of...

US a Step Closer to Iran Blockade

Asia Times | The United States government has imposed new sanctions on Iran, this time targeting its shipping industry, by blacklisting the main shipping line...

Blizzard of Lies

By PAUL KRUGMAN | Did you hear about how Barack Obama wants to have sex education in kindergarten, and called Sarah Palin a pig? Did...

NOAM CHOMSKY: Towards a Second Cold War?

NOAM CHOMSKY | Aghast at the atrocities committed by US forces invading the Philippines, and the rhetorical flights about liberation and noble intent that...

Biden denies report: ‘No one’s talking about pursuing Bush criminally’

By David Edwards and Muriel Kane | The possibility that Barack Obama might seek to bring criminal charges against President Bush or members of...

Tools to Expose Big Oil’s Influence on Our Political System

You can use Oil Change USA's tools to educate, activate and engage people coming to your website and blog by: launching an email campaign that...

The Right Dictates MSNBC’s Programming Decisions

By Glenn Greenwald - Salon | MSNBC's announcement that it is replacing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews with David Gregory as anchors for its main...

US government takes over mortgage giants to stave off financial meltdown

By Bill Van Auken | In the biggest government intervention in the American economy since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the US Treasury...

Global Realignment

How Bush Inspired a New World Order By Ramzy Baroud | The series of unfortunate and costly decisions made during the two terms of the...

The deconstruction of a Bush speech-writer

By Dr. Steve Best, Ph.D. | In 2002, arch-conservative Matthew Scully wrote a book called, Dominion: The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals, and...

New revelations on VP choice heighten crisis of McCain campaign

By Patrick Martin | After a series of politically damaging reports about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her family, there is mounting speculation that...

‘Stealing America’: Voting-Fraud Documentary

The numbers don't add up. By Michael Ordoña | $3.8 billion: The initial Help America Vote Act allocation that California Secretary of State Deborah Bowen...

McCain Strategist Blasts Media

By Howard Kurtz | Sen. John McCain's top campaign strategist accused the news media Tuesday of being "on a mission to destroy" Alaska Gov. Sarah...

A High Stakes US Gamble with Russia

By Stephen Lendman - RINF | Prior to entering WW II, US strategists had a clear aim in mind at its conclusion - to...

McCain Suggests Bush Has Endorsed Torture

By Zachary A. Goldfarb | Sen. John McCain today issued some of his strongest criticism of President Bush over an aggressive interrogation technique, clearly...

Bush Seeks to Affirm a Continuing War on Terror

By ERIC LICHTBLAU | WASHINGTON – Tucked deep into a recent proposal from the Bush administration is a provision that has received almost no public...

POLITICS DRIVEN BY FICTION: MADE FOR TV

By Sam Smith | The confluence of Barack Obama's stadium acceptance extravaganza and John McCain's pick for vice president offers superfluous but final proof...

3,000 Vets, War Protesters Hand-Deliver Their Message

By Patti Thorn | DNEVER - "Follow Us. Welcome to Denver," read the electronic sign on the police vehicle. And with that conciliatory gesture, an...

US out of Iraq by … “2011”

By PATRICK COCKBURN | The United States is moving towards ending its military control of Iraq by agreeing to withdraw combat troops from Iraqi...

Running for War President at Any Cost

By Robert Scheer | Just great! Nuclear-armed Pakistan is falling apart, Iran’s nuclear program is unchecked and congressional legislation on cooperation with the Russians on...

Joe Biden and the political establishment’s overriding goal

By Glenn Greenwald | Writing in a New York Times blog yesterday, Clinton pollster Mark Penn hails the selection of Joe Biden as "a smart...

Reinventing the Evil Empire

By Stephen Lendman - RINF | For the West, everything changed but stayed the same, hard-wired and in place. Things just lay dormant in...

Dem Convention Begins: Time To Suspend Disbelief

By Ruth Conniff | If the all-too-familiar sight of a slightly paunchy Joe Biden jogging to the podium, his white comb-over waving gently in...

McCain’s Plan to Privatise Veterans’ Health Care

(IPS) | If John McCain is elected the next U.S. president, wounded veterans could be in for a world of hurt. On the campaign trail,...

Anti-Union Groups Run Orwellian Ads

PR Watch | The Center for Union Facts, one of lobbyist Rick Berman's front groups, is railing against the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation...

McCain’s Mostly Ignored Gambling Problem

By Stephen C. Rose | Today the Internet is rife with speculation about whether John McCain heard the questions Rick Warren asked Barack Obama. McCain...

McCain Betrays Himself By Defining Rich at $5 million

By Matthew Rothschild | I don’t know why a pastor was allowed to hold the first forum with the Presidential candidates–in a church, no...

Memo to the President

It's basically what you would expect: Appoint a national cyber security advisor, invest in math and science education, establish standards for critical infrastructure, spend...

Bush escalates confrontation with Russia over Georgia

By Barry Grey | In a provocative statement delivered from the White House Rose Garden on Monday, President George W. Bush escalated the confrontation...

Petraeus: US is flying Georgian troops into battle zone

The Times | 'US aircraft have started to fly some of Georgia’s 2,000 troops in Iraq back home to join the fight in the breakaway...

Candidates for Sale

What do Obama and McCain have in common? The same big donors, who will expect to have their way no matter who wins Remember...

America’s never-ending prohibition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - America's alcohol prohibition lasted 13 years, filled the country's prisons, inspired contempt for the law among millions, bred corruption and produced...

Iraqis: Deal close on plan for US troops to leave

AP | BAGHDAD - Iraq and the U.S. are near an agreement on all American combat troops leaving Iraq by October 2010, with the...

War with Iran – On, Off or Undecided?

By Stephen Lendman - RINF | There's good news and bad, mostly the latter but don't discount the good. On May 22, (non-binding) HR 362 was introduced...

Next president should order investigation of Bush-Cheney use of torture

By Rosa Brooks, Los Angeles Times | Even war criminals have fan clubs. On Tuesday, 15,000 people in Belgrade, Serbia, protested the transfer of indicted...

Afghanistan: Not a Good War

By Conn Hallinan | Every war has a story line. World War I was “the war to end all wars.” World War II was...

Pentagon plays down fears over Afghan violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon Wednesday sought to play down the seriousness of growing violence in Afghanistan but declined to say the United States...

President George W Bush backs Israeli plan for strike on Iran

By Uzi Mahnaimi in Washington | President George W Bush has told the Israeli government that he may be prepared to approve a future...

New Law is Urged on War Powers

Los Angeles Times | A bipartisan commission Tuesday called for a new law to require the next president to ask Congress for formal approval...

Bush signs G8 deal to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

guardian.co.uk | George Bush today paved the way for his successor in the White House to strike an historic deal on climate change when he...

AMERICA’S CULTURE OF WAR NOT AN ISSUE THIS ELECTION

By Sherwood Ross | One issue the American people likely are not going to hear about in this presidential campaign is how to stop...

Happy Oil Dependence Day

By Robert Scheer | As we head into the Fourth of July weekend of patriotic bluster and beer swilling – but before we are...

US advisers steered Iraqi oil contracts to Western firms

By Bill Van Auken | As the Iraqi regime formally opened the bidding for foreign oil companies to resume exploitation of the country’s oil...

Pretending That Bush is Not a Tyrant

Consortium News | All over the world down through history, political leaders who have engaged in torture and other grotesque crimes of state have justified...

The ‘W.’ Stands for ‘War Criminal’

By Nat Hentoff | In a June 6 letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey–largely ignored by a press immersed in the future of Hillary...

Guantanamo’s days numbered, tough choices ahead

ANDREW O. SELSKY | This was a sleepy Navy outpost before the U.S. began using it to hold prisoners in the wake of the...

Five Myths About the New Wiretapping Law

By Patrick Radden Keefe | Sometime today, the Senate is likely to approve the most comprehensive overhaul of American surveillance law since the Watergate...

Congress wrestles over spying bill

By Gail Russell Chaddock | Washington - Congress is on the verge of ending a year-long struggle with the White House over a contentious intelligence...

Blackwater is Still in Charge, Deadly, Above the Law and Out of Control

On June 3, Jeremy Scahill's bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army was released in fully revised and updated paperback...

General Accuses White House of War Crimes

By Dan Froomkin | The two-star general who led an Army investigation into the horrific detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib has accused the Bush administration...

Bush’s “ownership society” hits the canvas

By Mike Whitney | The economy is in tatters. Consumer confidence has plummeted, food and energy prices are soaring, and the housing market is...

How powerful is the mass media?

Socialist Worker | Our rulers can’t fool all of the people all of the time, argues Sadie Robinson. The idea that the mass media...

V.A. Using Iraq Vets as Guinea Pigs in Drug Tests

By Greg Mitchell | As if the "soldier suicide" problem wasn't bad enough already, word has just emerged from ABC News and The Washington...

Democrats to back down on Iraq war conditions

By Richard Cowan | Democrats in the Congress, who came to power last year on a call to end the combat in Iraq, will...

Change, What Change?

CounterPunch | On Tuesday June 3 Barack Obama claimed the greatest prize the Democratic Party can offer, namely his nomination as its candidate for...

Can the US empire strike back?

By Alex Callinicos | Despite opposing the war, Obama is committed to US imperialism. Imagine, in a galaxy far, far away, an empire in...

The Heinous Crimes of George W. Bush in 35 Articles of Impeachment

By Elaine Brower & Cheryl Abraham | Monday, June 9, 2008 was an astoundingly historic night for the United States of America. In the evening...

Iraqi lawmakers say U.S. demanding 58 military bases

By Leila Fadel | Iraqi lawmakers say the United States is demanding 58 bases as part of a proposed "status of forces" agreement that...

Fisk: The West’s weapon of self-delusion

By Robert Fisk | So they are it again, the great and the good of American democracy, grovelling and fawning to the Israeli lobbyists...

Clinton Suspends Her Presidential Campaign

By Paul Harris | Hillary Clinton yesterday suspended her bid to become America's first woman president and vowed to help Barack Obama in his...

Adviser Says McCain Backs Bush Wiretaps

By CHARLIE SAVAGE | A top adviser to Senator John McCain says Mr. McCain believes that President Bush’s program of wiretapping without warrants was lawful,...

Indicators Point to a Softening of America’s Marijuana Laws

By Alexander Zaitchik | With key medical marijuana ballot initiatives likely to pass, and a more pot-friendly majority in Congress, there is room for...

The desperation of Hillary Clinton’s campaign

By Clarence Lusane | Sen. Hillary Clinton has disgracefully pursued a disturbing strategy of racial opportunism. Since early March, when Sen. Barack Obama racked...

‘Iraq Troop Pullout Would Harm Israel’

US presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain on Monday criticized Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's calls for withdrawing US troops from Iraq, saying that...

Amnesty urges next US president to ban torture

AFP | Rights watchdog Amnesty International yesterday urged the next US president to close the “war on terror” prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, ban...

Indictment and Trial of Bush and Cheney

By David Swanson | Remarks made on May 24, 2008, in Radford, Va., at the Building a New World Conference: http://www.wpaconference.org. In a December...

Mass Funding For War While There’s Poverty At Home

By Paul Craig Roberts | The US Senate has voted $165 billion to fund Bush’s wars of aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq through next...

TV News Stresses Strategy, Downplays Issues

TV news coverage of the presidential primaries has focused on campaign strategy rather than candidates' stands on issues, and gave some candidates 100 times...

FBI files indict Bush, Cheney and Co. as war criminals

By Bill Van Auken | The most stunning revelation in a 370-page Justice US Department Inspector General’s report released this week was that agents...

Bush warns of Iraq exit terror risk

By Elizabeth Stewart | The US president, George Bush, today claimed the Democratic presidential candidates' plans for a quick withdrawal of troops from Iraq...

Corporate America

By Chris Hedges | The corporate state is our shadow government. Candidates who aspire to higher office get corporate money if they promote corporate interests....

Bush Administration Policies Making Work Less Safe

By Leo W. Gerard | In the heart of Pennsylvania, while the media still relentlessly plagued Senators Obama and Clinton about flag pins and...

Exit polls suggest Clinton win in Pennsylvania

By Ewen MacAskill and Suzanne Goldenberg | Hillary Clinton is expected to keep her slim hopes of the White House alive after exit polls suggested...

British government lied about Persian Gulf incident

By Paul Mitchell | Secret Ministry of Defence documents released to the Times newspaper reveal that the British government lied about the circumstances surrounding the...

Clinton on Iran Attack: ‘Obliterate Them’

By Jake Tapper | One day before Pennsylvania primary voters go to the polls, Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., spent the day trying to...

Clinton pledges: I’ll end war in Iraq

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama yesterday, left Washington for the key state of Pennsylvania and promised to fix America's stumbling economy, which both Democrats...

Secret US plan for military future in Iraq

Seumas Milne The Guardian A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made...

America leads tributes to Martin Luther King

Evening Echo Americans remembered Martin Luther King’s dream of social justice on the 40th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s assassination today. The 39-year-old civil rights...

US Lawmakers Have $196 Million In “Defense”

WASHINGTON: Members of the U.S.Congress have as much as $196 million (126.2 million) collectively invested in companies doing business with the Defense Department, earning...

Clinton didn’t pay health insurance bills

Among the debts reported this month by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s struggling presidential campaign, the $292,000 in unpaid health insurance premiums for her campaign staff...

Hillary Clinton; fibber in chief

A good memory is needed once we have lied,” observed Pierre Corneille, the 17th-century French tragedian. He was right. The complexities involved in keeping...

How Corporations Took Over The Supreme Court

The headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, located across from Lafayette Park in Washington, is a limestone structure that looks almost as majestic...

Clinton missed key policy decisions

On the day that dozens of US cruise missiles rained down on Serbia in an attempt to punish Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic for the...

Bush Defends Iraq War in Speech

President Bush used the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq on Wednesday to make the case for persevering in a...

Clinton Would Ban Private Military Contractors

Hillary Clinton, in a speech marking the five-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, said that if elected, she would pull armed...

Guantanamo: The Bigger Picture?

 The U.S. base at Guantanamo has been called many things. The "gulag of our time" (Amnesty International General Secretary Irene Khan, May 2005). "The...

Public, media losing sight of Iraq, study finds

Only 28 percent know that nearly 4,000 U.S. troops have been killed Twenty-eight percent of the public is aware that nearly 4,000 U.S. personnel have...

Ferraro Steps Down From Clinton Campaign

After making racially-charged comments about Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., former vice presidential Democratic nominee Geraldine Ferraro stepped down Wednesday as a surrogate and member...

Hypocrite Bush Talks About Double Standards

The US President condemns leaders who 'sit down at the table' with 'tyrants' and 'have pictures taken' for adopting double standards. "What's lost by...

Bush Calls Surveillance Bill an ‘Urgent Priority’

By DAVID STOUT and BRIAN KNOWLTON Using some of his toughest language in weeks, President Bush prodded Congress on Thursday to pass his preferred version...

The North American Union – Voting Your Rights Away?

Barbara L. Minton One issue that is conspicuously absent from the rhetoric of the presidential candidates is the North American Union (NAU). The questions of...

Clintons to face fraud trial

Judge setting date, testimony to include ex-president, senator While Hillary Clinton battles Barack Obama on the campaign trail, a judge in Los Angeles is quietly...

President Bush to veto torture Bill

By Kerry Sheridan in Washington US President George W. Bush plans to veto legislation passed by the Senate to bar the CIA from using harsh...

Hillary’s $5 Million Dump Truck

Marc Cooper Now that's what one might call a heckuva coincidence. A handful of weeks ago, Bill Clinton disentangles his investment partnership with billionaire Ron...

How will Real ID affect you?

By Declan McCullagh   A May deadline looms as just one flash point in a political showdown between Homeland Security and states that oppose Real ID...

How The Clintons Played The Race Card

The Clinton Game: America shouldn't fall for it this time I'm disgusted with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Not merely because they played the race card...

US Senate to grant immunity in illegal wiretapping

By Andre Damon The Democratic-controlled Senate moved Thursday to shield telecommunications companies that aided the Bush administration’s illegal domestic spying program from lawsuits. By a...

Is the 2008 Election Rigged?

Rami Nagel Charismatic democratic leader, Barack Obama had a stunning lead going into the New Hampshire primary, with a huge media blitz, and a lot...

If Clinton elected, Bill will have 3rd term

So Hillary won in New Hampshire. By the women vote, of course -- Men for Obama over Clinton by 12 percent; women for Clinton...

The year of living dangerously: Bush in crisis

This year probably won’t be any worse for George W. Bush than last year or the year before, but it’s likely to be a...

History of Presidential Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Sobercircle.com George W. Bush There has been no shortage of controversy when it comes to the younger years of our current president. Described as irresponsible and...

Hillary Clinton is booed at campaign event

By Alex Spillius Hillary Clinton has been booed by fellow Democrats as a new poll shows she had slipped behind Barack Obama, her main opponent...

Bush adamant that Iran remains dangerous

U.S. president refuses to budge on policy despite new intelligence on Tehran's nuclear ambitions Tim Harper WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON—George...

Greens, Democrats And Impeachment

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/12/369504.shtml "Now the gloves are off." Let me explain that statement. First, on the issue of Impeachment, either you get it or you don't. Sadly, the Democratic Parties...

US signs deal for long-term occupation of Iraq

By Jerry White President Bush and the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki signed an agreement Monday paving the way for the long-term occupation of the...

Ron Paul – Challenging the American Empire

Ron Paul: The Only Presidential Candidate to Challenge the American Empire By David T. Beito and Scott HortonFlying under the radar of mainstream media...

Dems Stay Silent on Bush White House Crimes

It’s Treason: Dems Stay Silent on Bush White House Crimes By Richard W. Behan Lying to the people and the Congress was the most despicable violation...

Bill to Oulaw ‘Voter Caging’ Introduced in U.S. Senate

Greg Palast  In 2004 for BBC TV the Palast team broke the story of voter caging by the Republican Party now in 2007 a Democratic...

$4.3 million reasons to believe in Ron Paul

An Orange County Register editorial If this doesn't get the attention of the mainstream media and the Republican establishment, it's difficult to figure out just...