Obama’s TPP Negotiators Received Huge Bonuses from Big Banks

18 February 2014 — RT

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Stefan Selig

A controversial trade deal being touted by the White House is expected to give American corporations broad new authority if approved. Now according to newly released documents, big banks gave millions to the execs that are now orchestrating the agreement.

Investigative journalist Lee Fang wrote for Republic Report on Tuesday this week that two former well-placed individuals within the ranks of Bank of America and CitiGroup were awarded millions of dollars in bonuses before jumping ship to work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership on behalf of the White House.

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The Question of US ‘Democracy Promotion’ in the Newspaper of Record By Peter Hart

26 February 2014 — FAIR Blog

Statue of Salvador Allende in a Viennese park (cc photo: Sebastian Baryli )

You might ask Chilean President Salvador Allende what he thinks about US democracy promotion–if he hadn’t been killed in a CIA-backed coup in 1973. (cc photo: Sebastian Baryli )

Sometimes the thing we call “media bias” isn’t about what a given piece of journalism explicitly says about the world;  it’s more about the assumptions that must be taken for granted. Question those assumptions and the whole thing starts to fall apart. 

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Video: Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta

21 February 2014 — Democracy Now!

We speak with scientist Tyrone Hayes of the University of California, Berkeley, who discovered a widely used herbicide may have harmful effects on the endocrine system. But when he tried to publish the results, the chemical’s manufacturer launched a campaign to discredit his work. Continue reading

Moazzam Begg a Political Prisoner Again By Craig Murray

26 February 2014 — Craig Murray

I first met Moazzam Begg in 2005 when he came to support my campaign in Blackburn against Jack Straw.  I was immediately struck by how gentle he is.  For somebody who has been through Guantanamo Bay and suffered torture and injustice, he is free of bitterness and rancour to a degree I find quite astonishing.  It is an extraordinary spiritual quality, comparable to that of Nelson Mandela.  He does not hate.  That impression has only been reinforced every time I see him, and comes over well in his book.

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Was the Ukraine Coup America’s Main Event at the Sochi Olympics?

26 February 2014 — China Matters

In my previous post, I speculated that the US and EU orchestrated the climax of the Ukraine crisis to occur while Vlad was preoccupied with presiding over his beloved Olympics, and unwilling or unable to destroy the soft power vibe by intervening forcefully in the Ukraine, or even giving the matter his more complete attention. Clever, clever America, if this was the case.

Interview: Coup in Ukraine

24 February 2014 — Stop NATO – Taylor Report

“Weimar Triangle” emerges
Featured Guest: RICK ROZOFF

Description: Rick Rozoff returns to the program to follow-up on his previous interview about the possibility of a coup in Ukraine. Rozoff’s most dire predictions have come to fruition. The events in Ukraine “have been long in the making” and “methodically planned out.” The only thing that isn’t materializing is EU aid to Ukraine. “If you’ve pledged yourself unconditionally, why would they buy you?” Continue reading