Black Agenda Report February 11, 2015: Loretta Lynch is Condi Rice With a Law Degree, Criminal Justice Reform, War Is Peace

12 February 2015 — Black Agenda Report

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

In private practice Loretta Lynch was a “white collar crime specialist” keeping banksters, tax evaders and money launderers out of jail. She did exactly that at Obama’s Justice Department, passing get out of jail cards in the biggest money laundering cases in history. She’s pro-death penalty, against legalizing weed or demilitarizing cops, sees no evil in drone murder, war crimes or runaway surveillance. And she’s the next Attorney General.

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Greece: GameBoy at the PlayStation By S. Artesian

9 February 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

1. Road Trip

All dressed up in his Roy Batty best, the new finance minister of Greece, Yanis “GameBoy”  Varoufakis was on the road.  Laptop, Ipad, and PlayStation all synched, linked, and tethered, he was a man in full in that great digital daisy chain of bankers, academics, politicians. and entertainers. Continue reading this...

New Video Evidence of the US-Sponsored Coup in Ukraine —and What it Means By Eric Zuesse

9 February 2015 — Global Research

Ukraine-anniversary-Maidan-coup-3New video evidence has been added to the already-conclusive video evidence which shows that the U.S. Government was the controlling power behind the extremely violent and illegal 18-27 February 2014 Ukrainian coup, which overthrew the democratically elected and never legally removed-from-power Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

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UK’s Lottery Election

9 February 2015 — Electoral Reform Society

You’d have thought that in a democracy, the result of an election would reflect the wishes of voters. Well, in 2015, it’s looking increasingly as if that won’t be the case. When there are six parties commanding a decent chunk of the vote, our broken two-party electoral system is more like a game of chance than a way of choosing a government.

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Climate & Capitalism: Pentagon Pollution – 7 New Articles

9 February 2015 — Climate & Capitalism

Pentagon Pollution, 1: War and the true tragedy of the commons

The U.S. military is the world’s biggest and most destructive polluter. Stopping the war machine is an essential part of saving the earth.

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 31 January – 7 February 2015

7 February 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Economics Wars and Economic Sanctions (II)
07.02.2015 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

Economic sanctions are a set of measures that put pressure on a government to achieve predominantly political objectives. However, although sanctions lead to negative consequences in the economy of the sanctioned country, the ultimate political objectives are by no means always achieved. More often than not, they are not achieved at all. According to Gary Hufbauer a well-known American expert in this area, and his co-authors, who have documented 204 cases of sanctions, only about a third were successful… In many cases, economic sanctions have a stimulating and mobilising effect on the economy of sanctioned countries…

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Bill Evans talks about his music: The Universal Mind of Bill Evans

6 February 2015 — Jazz on the Tube

One of my alltime favourite musos. Bill Evans is joined by his brother Harry for an in-depth discussion on jazz. The (fascinating)  interview with Bill Evans on the nature of the creative process starts at 6:21.

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Black Agenda Report for 4 February 2015: Oprah & Sharpton Attack #BlackLivesMatter, ISIS Chicken Home to Roost, Detroit Model to Atlantic City

5 February 2015 — Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

When prominent members of the Black Misleadershp Class start ranting and raving against the new movement, you know it must be doing something right. Al Sharpton and Oprah Winfrey are attempting to “infantilize the young activists by framing the conflict as generational, rather than substantive.” In reality, it’s about Power. Sharpton is a servant of Power, and Oprah can only stomach a movement that reveres the opinions and privileges of Black billionaires.”

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RA Sessions: Fatima – Gave Me My Name

4 February 2015 — Youtube

Fatima is a star of Eglo Records, the London label run by Alex Nut and Sam Shepherd, AKA Floating Points. Her voice has helped define Eglo’s approach to electronic music, which prizes songwriting and musicianship over club functionality. She’s worked with dance producers like Funkineven, Dam Funk, Scratcha DVA and Floating Points in recent years, but her style has remained rooted in modern soul and R&B. Music from her forthcoming debut album—including the excellent Family / La Neta—has crept out over the last few months, and this stunning performance of “Gave Me My Name,” which features Jonathan Geyevu on keys, is further proof that she could be one of 2014’s standout artists. Published on Feb 26, 2014 Continue reading this...

Media Lens: Conundrum – Syriza, Democracy And The Death Of A Saudi Tyrant

4 February 2015 — Media Lens

It’s always a tricky moment for the corporate media when a foreign leader dies. The content and tone need to be appropriate, moulded to whether that leader fell into line with Western policies or not. Thus, when Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez died in 2013, conventional coverage strongly suggested he had been a dangerous, quasi-dictatorial, loony lefty. For instance, the Guardian‘s Rory Carroll, the paper’s lead reporter on Venezuela from 2006-2012, appeared to let slip his own personal view on Chavez when he wrote:

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And For Everything Else…

2 February 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

…there’s Mastercard.  The Telegraph is reporting that Greece’s Finance Ministry has hired the investment banking group Lazard to advise it on issues of debt and fiscal policy.

Those of you who are old enough will remember  Allende bringing into his cabinet three senior military officers.  These officers were co-opted in order to placate the bourgeoisie after their counterrevolutionary attempt at a nationwide lockout  had  been defeated by the spontaneous and self-organized resistance of the Chilean workers.

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Housmans Radical Books Newsletter for February 2015

2 February 2015 — Housmans

NEWS

1. A request for ideas for a renovated Housmans basement

IN-STORE EVENTS

2. [Again] Introductions presents: ‘Biopolitics’ with Nikolas Rose

3. ‘Stopping the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ with Linda Kaucher

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 25-31 January 2015

31 January 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Brussels’ New Russia Sanctions Fuel for Eventual EU Bonfire

31.01.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

…Moreover, the leftwing Syriza government has denounced EU sanctions against Russia as baseless and has openly welcomed fraternal relations with president Vladimir Putin and Moscow. The inauguration of Alexi Tsipras as Greek prime minister also this week marks the election of the first EU government that is explicitly anti-austerity and vowing to repudiate the authority of Brussels. The European Council, led by former Polish president Donald Tusk, decided to extend travel bans and asset freezes on a list of Russia officials allegedly over the violence in Ukraine…

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Human Rights Watch: An agent of Imperialism By Vera Graziadei

30 January 2015 — Vera Graziadei

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