National Security Archive: Obama Brings ‘Declassified Diplomacy’ To Argentina

19 March 2016 — National Security Archive

Obama Brings ‘Declassified Diplomacy’ To Argentina

  • National Security Archive Hails White House Decision to Declassify Intelligence and Military Records on Dirty War
  • Declassification Project Comes on 40th Anniversary of Military Coup
  • Kissinger to the Generals: “If there are things that have to be done, you should do them quickly”
  • National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 545

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‘Everyone Is Not Watched Equally’

15 March 2015 — FAIR

‘Everyone Is Not Watched Equally’

Janine Jackson interviewed Alvaro Bedoya on privacy, technology and the targets of surveillance for the March 11, 2016, CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Alvaro Bedoya

Alvaro Bedoya: “There is a sad and deep record of companies and the government making very poor decisions of how to treat the information of vulnerable people.”
(image: Big Picture Science)

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McGraw-Hill destroys textbook to placate pro-Israel bloggers By Rania Kalek

11 March 2016 — Electronic Intifada

McGraw-Hill destroys textbook to placate pro-Israel bloggers Rania Khalek

The publisher McGraw-Hill Education is destroying all copies of a political science textbook after receiving complaints from hardline supporters of Israel that it features a series of “anti-Israel” maps.

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The Anti-Empire Report #144 By William Blum, 11 March 2016: American exceptionalism presents an election made in hell

11 March 2016 — The Anti-Empire Report

American exceptionalism presents an election made in hell

If the American presidential election winds up with Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, and my passport is confiscated, and I’m somehow FORCED to choose one or the other, or I’m PAID to do so, paid well … I would vote for Trump.

My main concern is foreign policy. American foreign policy is the greatest threat to world peace, prosperity, and the environment. And when it comes to foreign policy, Hillary Clinton is an unholy disaster. From Iraq and Syria to Libya and Honduras the world is a much worse place because of her; so much so that I’d call her a war criminal who should be prosecuted. And not much better can be expected on domestic issues from this woman who was paid $675,000 by Goldman Sachs – one of the most reactionary, anti-social corporations in this sad world – for four speeches and even more than that in political donations in recent years. Add to that Hillary’s willingness to serve for six years on the board of Walmart while her husband was governor of Arkansas. Can we expect to change corporate behavior by taking their money?

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Kodaikanal: Unilever relents and agrees to clean up its mess

9 March 2016 — 38 Degrees

Unilever, a huge global corporation that makes billions of pounds in profit, have just buckled under the pressure of ordinary people. [1] That’s right: you and thousands of others have forced this corporate giant – the owner of PG Tips, Marmite, Dove and more – to clean up their mess.

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Media Lens: Death In Honduras – The Coup, Hillary Clinton And The Killing Of Berta Cáceres

10 March 2016 — Media Lens

Death In Honduras – The Coup, Hillary Clinton And The Killing Of Berta Cáceres

On February 28, Hillary Clinton told an audience from the pulpit of a Memphis church: ‘we need more love and kindness in America’. This was something she felt ‘from the bottom of my heart’.

These benevolent sentiments recalled the national ‘purpose’ identified by President George H.W. Bush in 1989, shortly before he flattened Iraq. It was, he said, ‘to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world’.

Clinton, of course, meant North America, specifically the United States. But other places in America are short on love and kindness, too. Consider Honduras, for example.

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Don’t Spy on Us!

9 March 2016 — Liberty

Despite criticism across the board from campaigners, lawyers, tech experts and three parliamentary committees, the Government continues to rush the massively flawed Investigatory Powers Bill through Parliament.

If passed, the Bill would mean that the UK has the most extreme surveillance laws of any democracy in the world, putting us on a par with the likes of Russia and China.

Liberty is fighting this Bill every step of the way through our own Safe and Sound campaign and as part of the Don’t Spy on Us coalition – a group of influential organisations who defend privacy, free expression and digital rights in the UK and in Europe.

To get this message out loud and clear the Don’t Spy on Us coalition have created a series of adverts and we need your help to get them seen. We want to make the biggest splash possible and make the British public and our MPs understand how extreme this Bill is.

Dispersed Camps, Concentrated Camps By S. Artesian

5 March 2005 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Dispersed Camps, Concentrated Camps

1.  So…capitalism gives us a universe of camps. It’s a system for the reproduction of camps, of camp inmates, camp followers, camp administrators. Of course as capital centralizes, converges, condenses all the manifestations of its thuggery around the unifying thuggery at its core namely driving the cost of labor, the wage, below its value, capitalism will concentrate those camps as it concentrates everything on its sole historic mission,  which is not preserving value from destruction, but rather preserving value through destruction.

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Save the NHS: Mail your MP today

4 March 2016 — 38 Degrees

Next Friday our MPs are debating a new law that could achieve everything 38 Degrees members want for our NHS: enshrining it as free for everyone, protecting it from profit-driven companies and stopping cynical government cuts. [1]

This new law is about the values we hold close to us: an NHS that’s got people at its heart, not the profits of private companies. But there’s a catch. The law is being put forward by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, which means this bold, NHS-saving proposal doesn’t have the government’s backing. [2] What it does have is us.
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FT: “A part of the civilisation process” – air-strikes kill over 148* in Pakistan/Afghanistan last month, Cameron undeterred

4 March 2016 — Drone Warfare

FT: “A part of the civilisation process” – air-strikes kill over 148* in Pakistan/Afghanistan last month, Cameron undeterred

Incredibly, “the steady withdrawal of actual human flesh from the battle zone” is described as being a part of the civilisation process

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FOI: Stop the G4S/Virgin Takeover of the NHS!

2 March 2016 — 38 Degrees

We’re one step closer to cracking down on private companies like Virgin and G4S who are taking over our public services.

Yesterday, the government’s own advisors backed what 38 Degrees members have been asking for in our hundreds of thousands – that we have a right to know what private companies who run services like in our NHS are up to. [1]

But here’s the snag. The advice is buried on page 51 of a new report about transparency laws – known as Freedom of Information (FOI). [2] It’d be easy to miss. David Cameron and his ministers will have the full report on their desks right now. And they’ll be weighing up which bits they should listen to.

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National Security Archive: The Gorbachev File – British and CIA Assessments, Presidential Letters and Summit Conversations Illuminate Perestroika and the End of the Cold War

2 March 2016 — National Security Archive

The Gorbachev File

British and CIA Assessments, Presidential Letters and Summit Conversations Illuminate Perestroika and the End of the Cold War

First and Last President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev Turns 85 Today

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 544

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2016 – Marking the 85th birthday of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the National Security Archive at George Washington University (www.nsarchive.org) today posted a series of previously classified British and American documents containing Western assessments of Gorbachev starting before he took office in March 1985, and continuing through the end of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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Gerald Ford White House Altered Rockefeller Commission Report in 1975; Removed Section on CIA Assassination Plots

29February 2016 — National Security Archive

Gerald Ford White House Altered Rockefeller Commission Report in 1975; Removed Section on CIA Assassination Plots

White House Aide Dick Cheney Spearheaded Editing of Report to Dampen Impact
New Documents Cast Further Doubt on Commission’s Investigation, Independence
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 543

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Coldtype 113: March 2016 – is now on line

26 February 2016 — Coldtype

ColdTypeRemembering a renegade Hilton Hamann tells of the troubled life and tragic death of South African photographer Juhan Kuus in this month’s 8-page cover story. In other articles, Peter Van Buren takes a job at minimum wage – and survives, Daniel Margrain criticizes the corporate takeover of public spaces, William Berkowitz has a few words for the Beyoncé Super Bowl bashers, Jan Wellmann finds 1,001 ways to die in Somalia, Dave Zirin discusses the links between Muhammad Ali and the Black Panthers, and Jonathan Cook is bemused at the state of liberal journalism. Plus much more . . .

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https://issuu.com/coldtype/docs/ct113.march2016