NSA harvesting hundreds of millions of personal email contact lists – report

15 October 2013 — RT

The National Security Agency is logging hundreds of millions of email and instant messaging contacts belonging to Americans and others around the world, according to a report based on documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Obama Will Launch a Huge Propaganda Blitz — and May Attack Syria Even If He Loses the Vote in Congress By Norman Solomon

1 September 2013

obamadoublespeak (2)Grassroots pressure has forced President Obama to seek approval from Congress for an attack on Syria. But Obama is hell-bent on ordering a missile assault on that country, and he has two very important aces in the hole.

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The Missiles That Brought Down TWA Flight 800 By David Swanson

9 Agust 2013 — War is a Crime

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If the U.S. public began to raise a fuss about U.S. missile strikes that blow up large numbers of civilians at wedding parties abroad, it’s not beyond the realm of the imaginable that the U.S. government would begin blaming the explosions on faulty candles in the wedding cakes.  A similarly implausible excuse was used to explain the 1996 explosion of TWA flight 800 off Long Island, New York, and the U.S. public has thus far either swallowed the story whole or ignored the matter.

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Australian Immigration – the Snowden Link? By Murray Hunter

1 August 2013 — Dissident Voice

With the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship already under siege over the treatment of refugees in detention camps, deaths in custody, and the abandonment of the principals of the UN Convention on refugees in regards to boat people, another disturbing aspect of the department’s handling of its portfolio is emerging with the recent appointment of VFS Global as the sole processing partner of visa applications for entry into Australia.

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Video: Censoring Howard Zinn: Former Indiana Gov. Tried to Remove “A People’s History” From State Schools

22 July 2013 — Democracy Now!

Newly disclosed emails obtained by the Associated Press show former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels sought to remove Howard Zinn’s work from state classrooms just weeks after the historian’s death in 2010. Zinn’s many books include the classic, “A People’s History of the United States,” which sold more than a million copies and is still used in high schools and colleges across the country. Continue reading this...

Double your money! UK private security as terrorism vector By William Engdahl

18 July 2013 — RT

The widening of the spiral of fear and increasing demand for ‘protection’ creates an international protection racket cartel, indistinguishable only in that they call themselves ‘legal’, from organized criminal gangs.

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The United States Of Whatever: Ecocide And The Soul Of A Nation By Phil Rockstroh

21 June 2013 — Greanville Post

Who gives a damn???

climate-change_bear-1509200cThe reality of and the outward toll inflicted by greenhouse gas engendered Climate Change is clearly evident (to all but the corrupt and devoutly ignorant) e.g. increasingly destructive and deadly tornadoes and hurricanes, destruction of marine life, severe droughts and rapacious wild fires — landscapes of death, scattered debris and shattered lives.

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Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks By Nafeez Ahmed

14 June 2013 — The Guardian

NSA Prism is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism

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US domestic surveillance has targeted anti-fracking activists across the country. Photograph: Les Stone/REUTERS

Top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) documents disclosed by the Guardian have shocked the world with revelations of a comprehensive US-based surveillance system with direct access to Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants. New Zealand court records suggest that data harvested by the NSA’s Prism system has been fed into the Five Eyes intelligence alliance whose members also include the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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Lonzy Barker Is Missing By Joe Bageant

20 May 2013 — Joe Bageant

See the introduction to this series of posts: Writing on Things Southern and Past

Lonzy Barker is missing. Has been for several months now. Nobody noticed it until that smelly old hermit didn’t show up here at Dalton Bayles’ post office store for his sardines and rock candy. “He could be layin’ over there in his pigpen dead or something,” says Dalton. Did I tell you, dear reader, that Lonzy Barker lives in a pigpen? Always has. Anyway, after three months of Lonzy’s government checks piling up in the pigeonhole, Dalton has decided Lonzy “just might be — I ain’t saying he is and I ain’t saying he ain’t — missing.”

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Media Lens: ‘The Stupidest And Most Extreme Section Of The British Left’

23 April 2013 — Media Lens

An Appeal For Your Support From Media Lens

In a media alert earlier this year, we described our under-resourced challenges of the corporate media as ‘jousting with toothpicks’. Although the analogy was light-hearted, the work of Media Lens is serious and would not be possible without your support.

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Secret Documents Expose Offshore’s Global Impact

4 April 2013 — ICIJ

ICIJ has just launched the largest investigative reporting project in its 15-year history. Drawing on a leaked cache of 2.5 million records, ICIJ (a project of the Center for Public Integrity) has cracked open the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts and about 130,000 individuals and agents, exposing hidden dealings of politicians, con men and the mega-rich in more than 170 countries all over the world.

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It Can Happen Here: The Confiscation Scheme Planned for US and UK Depositors By Ellen Brown

28 March, 2013– webofdebt

Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England dated December 10, 2012, shows that these plans have been long in the making; that they originated with the G20 Financial Stability Board in Basel, Switzerland (discussed earlier here; and that the result will be to deliver clear title to the banks of depositor funds.

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CHINA 2013: Samir Amin on Socialism and State Capitalism in the PRC Today & Yesterday By Samir Amin

19 March 2013Monthly Review

Samir Amin is director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal. His books include The Liberal Virus, The World We Wish to See, and The Law of Worldwide Value (all published by Monthly Review Press). This article was translated from the French by James Membrez.

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Video: Bradley Manning Tells Court Public Have the Right to Know About US War Crimes

1 March, 2013The Real Network

 

American Attorney for Julian Assange, Michael Ratner, reports he was in the courtroom and witnessed Manning speak with confidence and intelligence as he detailed the outrages that drove him to upload the documents to Wikileaks

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