National Security Archive: The Able Archer 83 Sourcebook

7 November, 2013 — National Security Archive

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of Able Archer 83, a NATO exercise that utilized “new nuclear weapons release procedures” to simulate the transition from conventional to nuclear war with the Soviet Union.  Although US officials saw Able Archer 83 as a routine exercise, it resulted in an “unprecedented Soviet reaction” which US intelligence eventually inferred “was an expression of a genuine belief on the part of Soviet leaders that US was planning a nuclear first strike,” according to the largest collection of declassified documents on the 1983 War Scare compiled and posted by the National Security Archive, www.nsarchive.org.

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Information Clearing House 6 November 2013: President Arafat Murdered

6 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

The Brutal Past and Present are Another Country in Secret Australia

By John Pilger

More than any colonial society, Australia consigns its dirtiest secrets, past and present, to a wilful ignorance or indifference.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36776.htm

 

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Big $$ and Media Madness — It’s a Global War Against Activism, Grassroots Movements, Civil Society By Paul Haeder

7 November 2013 —Dissident Voice

So, in Washington, the defeat of I-522, the genetically modified organism, i.e. food, labeling initiative has been aided and abetted by, well, they call it a “war in the media” with the armies of the corporations launching frontal, rear, aerial, underground, cyber and Madison Avenue assaults. Continue reading

Faces of Death: Syria Terrorist Opposition Tweet Smiling Photos of Dead ‘Martyrs’ for Fundraising, Recruitment

7 November 2013 — 21st Century Wire

Recruitment marketing has hit a new low, courtesy of the terrorist militant gangs still running rampant in Syria

Halloween came and went last Thursday, but Syria’s Islamic militant opposition fighters (many imported from outside of Syria) have been promoting their new ‘Faces of Death’ genre – enthusiastically promoted Tweeting over the social networking platform, and not a chirp from the censorship gods behind the curtain at Twitter Inc…

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Video Report: Military Doctors Designed, Enabled U.S. Torture of Prisoners at Guantánamo, Secret Prisons

7 November 2013 — Democracy Now!

A new report says medical professionals working under U.S. military orders have been complicit in the abuse of terrorism suspects. The Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism concluded that medical staff who worked with the CIA and Pentagon “designed and participated in cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment and torture of detainees” at Guantánamo Bay and at secret prisons overseas. Continue reading

Politics as spectacle By William Bowles

7 November 2013

Failing a real left in this country, it seems that political activity has devolved into little more than spectacle, something implausibly akin to the Olympics or the Queen’s birthday (but without the exposure or corporate support or even the commitment that money buys). The BurnAusterity one day campaign typifies this corporatized and extremely fragmented approach to political activity. It’s almost as if it (BurnAusterity with all the right capitalizations) doesn’t want to reveal itself as even a timid advocate of a ‘socialist’ alternative to the present insanity.

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Monsanto, Pioneer, Cargill, Tiger Brands: GM Maize Cartels Gorge Profits on South Africa’s Poor

7 Niovember 2013 — The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB)

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The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has today released its new research report titled ‘GM Maize: Lessons For Africa-Cartels, Collusion And Control Of South Africa’s Staple Food’ showing how a select group of companies, including Tiger Brands, Pioneer and Premier Foods who have previously fixed the price of bread and maize meal, commandeer the entire maize value chain and continue to squeeze the poorest South Africans.

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The Debtor’s War: A Modern Greek Tragedy By Andrew Gavin Marshall

7 November 2013 — Andrew Gavin Marshall

Early on Thursday, 7 November 2013, Greek riot police stormed the offices of Greece’s main public broadcaster, which had been under a five-month occupation by workers who opposed the government’s decision to shut down the broadcaster, firing thousands and destroying a major cultural institution. The broadcast seems to have come to an end.