20 June 2013 — WashingtonsBlog
Day: June 20, 2013
Clapper misleads Congress By Leroy Pletton
20 June 2013
[The following was submitted to me via email and I thought it worth publishing (with his permission of course). WB]
Why would Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper feel he could get away with misleading Congress? Pretend a program he knew exists, does not exist? Giving false or misleading information in federal jurisdiction is a felony under federal law 18 USC § 1001 (banning committing both false and misleading [statements]). Continue reading
UK: Forward to a broad party of the left?
20 June, 2013 — Socialist Resistance
Phil Hearse reports on the first meeting of Left Unity’s National Co-ordinating group which took place in Doncaster on Saturday June 15.
US Claims of Chemical Weapons Use By Syria A Pretext for Arming Rebels
20 June 2013 — The Real News Network
PAMBAZUKA NEWS 635: SPECIAL ISSUE: MOBILISING YOUTH IN AFRICA AND THE DIASPORA
20 June 2013 — Pambazuka News
The authoritative electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in Africa
Understanding the latest leaks is understanding the rise of a new fascism By John Pilger
20 June 2013 — John Pilger
In his book, ‘Propaganda’, published in 1928, Edward Bernays wrote: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”
The Lies of Empire: Don’t Believe a Word They Say By Glen Ford
20 June 2013 — 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
Call it Fascism: Big Brother Writ Large in America By Stephen Lendman
20 June 2013 — Global Research
Spying on its citizenry reflects one of the most defining police state characteristics. Post-9/11, America crossed the line.
Wikileaks Newslinks 20 June 2013
20 June 2013 — williambowles.info
WikiLeaks Says It Is Working to Negotiate Asylum in Iceland for Snowden
New York Times
WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks activists in Iceland are discussing with government officials there the possibility of asylum for Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed hundreds of classified documents on N.S.A. … Continue reading
You’ve Heard that the Government and Big Corporations Are Spying. But Do You Have ANY IDEA How Widespread the Spying Really Is?
19 June 2013 — WashingtonsBlog
Preface: Americans now know that the government is spying. But they still have no idea how many of their communications and activities are being surveilled … or what might be done with that information. Continue reading
Monsanto Refuses to Testify on Genetically Modified Crops in Puerto Rico By Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero
19 June 2013 — WHAT’S NEW ON CORPWATCH: Holding Corporations Accountable
Monsanto has refused to testify at a major government hearing in Puerto Rico about local testing and sale of genetically modified seeds. Critics say that crops from these seeds harm the environment and can cause serious human health problems.
Workers in Britain suffer the greatest fall in wages since the 1930s By Robert Stevens
20 June 2013 — WSWS
The UK is experiencing the deepest and most protracted economic downturn in a century. The decline in wages is even greater than that resulting from the Great Depression of the 1930s.
UK health unions betray Mid Yorkshire trust dispute By Barry Mason
20 June 2013 — WSWS
The dispute involving around 400 clerical staff and administrative workers at the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust has been wound up by the Unison and Unite unions.
VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 19 June 2013: One by one, Israel’s coalition members abandon two-state rhetoric
19 June 2013 — VTJP
International Middle East Media Center
The Closure Continues
IMEMC – A Report on the Impact of the Israeli Closure on the Gaza Strip (01 January – 31 December 2012) This report is issued in the context of the closure policy imposed by the Israeli authorities on the Gaza Strip, which has been implemented for six consecutive years, which has affected Palestinians’ lives in a brutal way. …
British authorities arrest terrorists who fought in Syria
19 June 2013 — SANA
[Not sure whether this story is true or not but if true, it does put the Brit govt in a bit of bind now doesn’t it and explains why I had to read this on a Lebanese website. WB]
London, (SANA)- Amid a state of media blackout, British authorities arrested a group of terrorists who participated in the fighting in Syria. Continue reading
The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order by Michel Chossudovsky
19 June 2013 — Global Research
In the expanded second edition of Chossudovsky’s international best-seller, the author outlines the contours of a New World Order which feeds on human poverty and the destruction of the environment, generates social apartheid, encourages racism and ethnic strife and undermines the rights of women. The result as his detailed examples from all parts of the world show so convincingly, is a globalization of poverty.