In our little progressive ghetto, we love celebrities – but not when speak their minds or tell the truth.
These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power.
Last night’s episode of 60 Minutes on CBS included what basically amounted to an uncritical commercial for the embattled National Security Agency, led by a journalist who used to be a government colleague.
When I was honored as a top global thinker last week, 3 of my co-recipients didn’t come. The reason why is chilling.
Should we expect the Pentagon to win wars? It has nothing to gain by winning, and everything to lose.
The CIA in one memo reportedly found “incontrovertible evidence” that Saudi government officials – not just wealthy Saudi hardliners, but high-level diplomats and intelligence officers employed by the kingdom – helped the hijackers both financially and logistically.
Call it the end of innocence, call it the end of imagination. What it will eventually amount to is the termination of freedom in the United States.
There’s no limit to corporations’ ability to draw profit while screwing over Americans.
At least 66 troops dead in South Sudan fighting:
“So far we have lost seven soldiers who died while they were waiting for medical attention and a further 59 who were killed outside,” doctor Ajak Bullen said on Miraya FM radio, adding the men would be given a mass burial.
What You Need To Know About South Sudan’s Murky, Uncertain ‘Coup Attempt’:
The clashes were between soldiers housed in two sets of barracks in Juba, one of which is home to the Presidential Guard. Portions of the Guard remain loyal to Machar, whose Nuer tribe have fought previously against the Dinka tribe to which President Kiir belongs.
Background On Sudan: Fight for the soul of the North: Documentary –
The real tragedy of South Sudan is that it is, potentially, one of the richest countries in Africa and even beyond, but for a whole myriad of reasons it is unlikely to ever reach that goal.
Libya rejects UN guard force plan: UN official:
Libya rejected the UN Security Council plan to send a 235-strong guard force for protecting UN mission in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli, UN Special Representative in Libya and head of UN Support Mission in Libya ( UNSMIL) Tarek Mitri announced on Tuesday.
Activists: Syrian aircraft hit Aleppo, killing 18: Activists say:
Two children were among at least 18 people killed in new airstrikes on a rebel-held district of Syria’s main northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday, activists said.
‘Slaughtered like sheep’: Eyewitnesses recount massacre in Adra, Syria:
New details of atrocities carried out by Islamist rebel fighters in the town of Adra, 20 kilometers north of Damascus, continue to pour in from survivors of the massacre there, in which reportedly at least 80 people lost their lives.
West signals to Syrian opposition Assad may stay:
Western nations have indicated to the Syrian opposition that peace next month talks may not lead to the removal of President Bashar al-Assad and that his Alawite minority will remain key in any transitional administration, opposition sources said.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As – Militant attacks kill 10 Shiite pilgrims in Iraq:
In the deadlier of the two attacks, a suicide bomber set off his explosive belt among a group of pilgrims south of Baghdad, near the town of Mahmoudiya.
Sources: Hamas agrees to join unity government ahead of elections: –
Hamas has officially notified Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas of the movement’s decision to join a national unity government which will prepare for upcoming presidential and parliamentarian elections, sources told Ma’an on Tuesday.
Report: Jordan closes its doors to Hamas leaders in solidarity with Egypt:
According to the report, “a lot of doors of Arab capitals are closed to Hamas to show solidarity and support for the new Egyptian regime.”
US Hails EU Package Offer For Israeli-Palestinian Final Status Peace Deal:
EU Foreign Affairs Council announced on Monday that in the event of a final peace agreement, the European Union will offer Israel and the future state of Palestine a Special Privileged Partnership including increased access to the European markets, closer cultural and scientific link
Bedouin relocation plan moves ahead despite freeze order:
Prawer Plan, canceled by PM last week due to stiff opposition from both left and right, makes mysterious reappearance in Knesset committee
Iran official: Final nuclear deal is possible:
Velayati is the foreign adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all matters in Iran, including the country’s nuclear policies.
Iran nabbed CIA asset Levinson, says witness (+video):
Dawud Salahuddin, an American fugitive who lives in Iran, saw Iranian police detain Robert Levinson in 2007, despite official Iranian denials. Levinson was trying to recruit Salahuddin as a source.
Six US occupation force soldiers killed in Afghan air crash:
According to NATO the crash is not suspected to be a military strike.
6 Americans killed in Afghanistan:
Blackhawk helicopter makes hard landing, then is attacked
Insider attack by Afghan soldier kills 2 :
According local authorities in western Herat province, an Afghan soldier has killed his 2 comrades in latest insider attack.
Afghan army hands over check posts to Taliban in Helmand:
A member of the provincial council for Helmand province who has requested not to be named, has said that the Afghan soldiers have handed over three security check posts in Sangin district. The source further added that the security check posts were handed over following an agreement between the two sides.
3 killed, 13 injured as suicide blast hits Rawalpindi, Pakistan: –
At least three people were killed and 13 others injured when a blast went off near a Shiite mosque in Rawalpindi, a sister city of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, on Tuesday night, according to local media.
Pakistan stung by Iran pipeline blow:
Iran has not only canceled a US$500 million loan promised to Pakistan last year to help fund its construction of pipeline to bring natural gas from Iran; it has also said it will demand compensation if Islamabad fails to build its side of the pipeline by the end of next year.
India-US row escalates over diplomat’s arrest:
Indian leaders boycott US congressional delegation and initiate retaliatory steps over arrest of diplomat in New York.
Ukrainian president seeks cash from Kremlin:
The country needs to cover an external funding gap of $17bn next year. It is also seeking a lower gas price to better cope with its financial burdens.
Putin: Russia to buy $15 billion in Ukraine bonds:
Putin also announced a sharp cut in the price that Ukraine must pay for Russian natural gas supplies. The Russian moves are intended to keep the struggling Ukrainian economy afloat.
Revealed: Norway widely spies on Russia for NSA – new Snowden leak : Video report:
The latest leak from Edward Snowden has exposed Norway’s role in America’s global spying operations. The Nordic country has been sharing intelligence with the U.S. on Russia’s political elite, as well as oil and gas companies and ordinary civilians
Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama:
German chancellor furious after revelations US intelligence agency listend in on her personal mobile phone
Snowden Says N.S.A.’s Spying Culture Is ‘Collapsing’:
Several members of Brazil’s congress have called for Snowden to receive asylum, so that he could assist lawmakers’ investigation into NSA activity in Brazil.
Sunday’s NSA report confirms it: 60 Minutes is now in the spin business:
The special NSA report was a promotional. It follows a string of spectacularly biased ‘news’ shows and shoddy reporting
How DC police use citizens as spies:
“The notion that we should report to the police people taking photographs and notes or ‘acting suspicious’ runs contrary to every democratic value this nation claims to defend.
I Will Die Here, Unless President Obama Helps:
I joined a drug ring when I was 17 years old and, for just over a year, sold crack and powder cocaine in Rockford, Ill. I was arrested when I was 19 years old.
China bans American shellfish over high levels of arsenic:
Chinese officials ordered the ban on December 3 against exports from the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska and the northern chunk of California, effectively putting a hold on a multi-million dollar West Coast industry that is now scrambling to make sure their shellfish is safe.