Got His Gun — Lost His Legs, Arms, Penis By David Swanson

27 October 2013 — David Swanson

Ann Jones’ new book, They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars — The Untold Story, is devastating, and almost incomprehensibly so when one considers that virtually all of the death and destruction in U.S. wars is on the other side. Statistically, what happens to U.S. troops is almost nothing.  In human terms, it’s overwhelming.

Information Clearing House 24 October 2013: NSA Monitored Calls of 35 World Leaders After US Official Handed Over Contacts

24 October 2013 — Information Clearing House

 

Marines ‘Murdered Man Live on Camera’:

By Kim Sengupta

Court martial sees graphic footage of ‘execution’ of injured Taliban fighter.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36640.htm

 

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Victims of Haiti cholera epidemic sue the United Nations By John Marion

24 October 2013 — WSWS

On October 9, a lawsuit was filed against the United Nations in the US federal court for the southern district of New York by lawyers from the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and a Miami law firm. The suit, brought on behalf of the families of five victims of the Haitian cholera epidemic, seeks class action status for all victims of the epidemic, which to date has caused at least 8,300 deaths and left more than 679,000 sick.

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Video: Growing Up Black in American Apartheid – Glen Ford Pt1

23 October 2013 — The Real News Network

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, tells his story as a red-diaper baby, growing up facing racism in the North living with his white activist mother, and living in the Deep South with his black deejay father. (inc. transcript) Continue reading

Book Review: The talented and reviled Mr Pepper (Comintern agent) By Dan La Botz

20 October 2013 — New Politics

The great European revolutionary epoch of the post war period from the 1910s through the 1920s provides endless biographical material revealing all that is best and worst in the human material of revolution, the Russians having been the most studied, providing shelves of biographies of Lenin, Bukharin, Stalin and Trotsky. Continue reading

History Will Absolve Me: Fidel Castro, Sixty Years Later By Maximilian Forte

17 October 2013 — Zero Anthropology

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Today marks the 60th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s famous “History Will Absolve Me” speech, given in his defense during his trial following the unsuccessful guerrilla attack on the Moncada barracks on July 26 of that year.

The complete speech, which was transcribed after the fact entirely from memory, is available here in English and aquí en Castellano, and below I am highlighting certain extracts which I think are still critically relevant today.

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Syrian Foreign Ministry: Kerry’s presentation is based on old stories published by terrorists

31 August 2013 — SANA

[Well worth reading. WB]

Damascus, (SANA) – An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that after days of media exaggeration about what the US administration described as decisive evidence, US Secretary of State John Kerry only produced material based on old stories which were published by terrorists over a week ago and are full of fabrication and lies.

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Video: Syrian army finds chemical agents in rebel tunnels near Damascus

24 August 2013 — RussiaToday

Syrian army soldiers have found chemical agents when they entered rebel tunnels in Damascus suburb of Jobar, Syrian TV reports, adding that some of them started suffocating. The US Navy’s expanding its presence in the Mediterranean with a 4th cruise-missile armed warship. The move’s a response to the escalating conflict in Syria. For more on this RT is joined by Paula Slier.

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