Black Agenda Report for 19 June 2013: Lies of Empire, No Rollback on Mass Incarceration, Obama's Syrian Press Pass and more…

19 June 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S. reprises Iraq, inventing a WMD threat from Syria. The FBI concocts home-grown terror through stings, while the NSA claims it has secretly saved many lives. “Why this steady stream of government-invented terror, if the real thing is so abundant?” And, isn’t the U.S. arming and funding the same jihadists they are supposed to be listening for on our telephones? Continue reading

Capitalism in Crisis: Our Opportunity for a New System By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

19 June 2013 — Truthout

Capitalism.(Photo: adam greenfield / Flickr)

[I can’t say I entirely agree with this essay’s approach to dealing with the crisis of capitalism (after all, it’s not the first crisis but the umpteenth) but nevertheless I still think it’s worth reading if only because it’s a refreshing change after the British left’s attempt at addressing the crisis (see for example Richard Seymour’s video, ‘In practical terms today, we are all reformists …’) Though I would argue that the British left has always been reformist, well at least William Morris’s time, and in any case, he speaks not for me. WB]

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ICH 19 June 2013: The FUKUS Bully-Boys

19 June 2013 — Information Clearing House

Plan B: War By Another Name in Syria

By Franklin Lamb

There is growing confidence among pro-Zionist neocons in Congress that while Syrian regime-change has failed for several reasons that thwarted the Gulf funded military campaign, Syria can still be brought to heel through an economic campaign dressed to look, well, down right “humanitarian.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35341.htm

 

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Fake WMD “Intelligence” and Orwellian Double-speak : Washington Is Insane By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

17 June, 2013 — Global Research

In the 21st century the two hundred year-old propaganda that the American people control their government has been completely shattered. Both the Bush and Obama regimes have made it unmistakenly clear that the American people don’t even influence, much less control, the government. As far as Washington is concerned, the people are nothing but chaff in the wind.

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The Terror Con, Booz Allen Hamilton and the NSA By Robert Scheer

19 June 2013 — Truthdig

For defense contractors, the government officials who write them mega checks, and the hawks in the media who cheer them on, the name of the game is threat inflation. And no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton, the inventors of the new boondoggle called cyber warfare.

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Ikea’s Race to the Bottom BY John Logan

19 June 2013 — In These Times

Turkish workers say Ikea takes advantage of the authoritarian government’s anti-union policies.

Ikea’s labor practices in Turkey are more like those in Saudi Arabia—a country that represses independent unions—than those of Sweden, where companies generally have cooperative relationships with their unions.

With total sales of $36 billion in 2012, Ikea is the world’s largest furniture retailer, and one of the world’s most recognizable retail brands. Worldwide, Ikea operates in approximately 40 countries and has more than 100,000 employees.

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How Today’s NSA Is Much, Much Worse Than Stasi Or Orwell’s “1984”

19 June 2013 — Falkvinge on Infopolicy

There are still people warning us of sleepwalking into a Stasi or “1984” society. They missed the boat by a long shot: we are already far, far past the point of Stasi or “1984”. The apparatus that governments have built to trace, track, and record citizens is the stuff of nightmares.

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The National Security Industrial Complex and NSA Spying: The Revolving Doors Between State Agencies and Private Contractors By Pratap Chatterjee

18 June 2013 — Global Research

When Edward Snowden, an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton – a military contractor based in McLean, Virginia – blew the whistle on the extent of U.S. global electronic surveillance, he unexpectedly shone a light on the world of contractors that consume some 70 percent of the $52 billion U.S. intelligence budget.

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Syria Is Becoming Obama’s Iraq By Shamus Cooke

19 June 2013 — Global Research

In perfect Bush-like fashion, President Obama has invented a bogus pretense for military intervention in yet another Middle East country. The president’s claim that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons — and thus crossed Obama’s imaginary “red line” — will likely fool very few Americans, who already distrust their president after the massive NSA spying scandal. Obama has officially started down a path that inevitably leads to full-scale war. At this point the Obama administration thinks it has already invested too much military, financial, and diplomatic capital into the Syrian conflict to turn back, and each step forward brings the U.S. closer to a direct military intervention.

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Syria Is Becoming Obama’s Iraq By Shamus Cooke

19 June 2013 — Global Research

In perfect Bush-like fashion, President Obama has invented a bogus pretense for military intervention in yet another Middle East country. The president’s claim that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons — and thus crossed Obama’s imaginary “red line” — will likely fool very few Americans, who already distrust their president after the massive NSA spying scandal. Obama has officially started down a path that inevitably leads to full-scale war. At this point the Obama administration thinks it has already invested too much military, financial, and diplomatic capital into the Syrian conflict to turn back, and each step forward brings the U.S. closer to a direct military intervention.

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Spinning Surveillance via Discredited NSA Talking Points By Steve Rendall

18 June 2013 — FAIR Blog

Appearing on the Charlie Rose show last night (6/17/13), Barack Obama said the NSA’s secret domestic surveillance program is “transparent” because all requests are reviewed by a secret court:  “It is transparent. That’s why we set up the FISA court,” Obama told Rose. 

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