The Lies Of Democracy and the Language Of Deceit By Colin Todhunter

18 January, 2013 — Global Research

In an increasingly media-driven age, language is everything and is often used by officialdom to tyrannise meaning. With the deaths of millions on its hands since 1945, the US has become the world’s number one terror state. By the 1980s, former CIA man John Stockwell had put the figure at six million. As a recent article has indicated, from mass bombing in Southeast Asia to employing death squads in South America, the US military and the CIA have been directly and indirectly responsible for an updated figure of an estimated ten million deaths (1). But it’s not called mass murder these days. Ironically, the US has hijacked the word ‘terror’ to justify its brand of tyranny through a war on terror.

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Fracking Industry Goes After Promised Land Film by Meher Ahmad

18 January, 2013PRWatch

[Don’t how many readers are aware of PRWatch yet another excellent resource, US-based of course. Here’s a taster. WB]

Before Gus Van Sant’s latest film Promised Land even premiered, the energy industry was up in arms, gearing up to counter the film’s apparent anti-fracking stance with a barrage of “community” responses (read: thinly veiled corporate PR). James Schamus, chief executive of Focus Features the distributor of the film, expressed shock about the attacks on Promised Land: “We’ve been surprised at the emergence of what looks like a concerted campaign targeting the film even before anyone’s seen it.” Continue reading

The Left in Europe: From Social Democracy to the Crisis in the Euro Zone. An Interview with Leo Panitch

18 January 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 761

<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Leo Panitch is the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and a Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto. He is co-editor of the Socialist Register. His most recent book, co-authored with Sam Gindin, is Global Capitalism and American Empire (Verso 2012).

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 17 January 2013: How the media let Israel get away with murder

17 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Resident’s Body Found Under Collapsed Tunnel
IMEMC – Thursday January 17; Palestinian rescue teams located the body of a resident who went missing last week when a siege busting tunnel on the border with Egypt collapsed on him due to heavy rain. …

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The Guardian vs. the Conventional Wisdom on Venezuela By Alex Main

17 January 2013CEPR

Earlier this month my colleague Dan Beeton noted that the major media, after incorrectly predicting a close race in Venezuela’s presidential elections, had quickly reverted to the familiar “gloom and doom” predictions for Venezuela’s economic future.  Additionally, many recent opinion and news pieces have echoed the Venezuelan opposition’s view that the decision to postpone Chávez’s inauguration was legally questionable.  On January 8th, a Chicago Tribune editorialneatly summarized the prevailing wisdom: “Venezuela after Chavez will likely be plagued by political turmoil and economic struggle.”

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Director Kathryn Bigelow defends her indefensible Zero Dark Thirty By David Walsh

18 January 2013 — WSWS

Director Kathryn Bigelow took to the pages of the Los Angeles Times Tuesday to defend her pro-CIA film Zero Dark Thirty which has provoked opposition inside and outside the film industry. Bigelow’s column, which reveals her as a slavish admirer of the US intelligence and military apparatus, only sinks her—deservedly—deeper in the mire.

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Copyright for People, Not for Publishers By Jim Naureckas

17 January 2013FAIR Blog

In a release today from the Institute for Public Accuracy (1/17/13) on the legacy of Aaron Swartz, I came across a link to a great essay by Richard Stallman that appears to have been written about a decade ago. Called “Misinterpreting Copyright: A Series of Errors,” it’s one of the best explanations I’ve seen for what’s wrong with the way we think about copyright.

Participant in National Talk Like a Pirate Day. (Photo: Practical Owl)

How did this become the image of people who want to make copies? (Photo: practicalowl)

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Syria: Proxy War By U.S. And Gulf Monarchies By By Zhao Jinglun

17 January 2013 —

A dozen Russian warships from the Northern, Baltic and Black Sea fleets are converging on the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Aden, as part of a large-scale strategic exercise. Russian intentions are obvious, even though it declares this has nothing to do with the situation in Syria. Continue reading

Mali War Retaliation: World Police Protecting Corporate Interests in Africa By grtv

17 January 2013 — GRtv

35 foreign hostages held captive at a gas field in Algeria have reportedly been killed in the operation to free them. 15 of the captors are also thought to have died, some people are apparently still being held. The local media suggests Algerian forces attacked a convoy of kidnappers and captives from the air. Continue reading