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David Swanson: Torture Is Mainstream Now

As Rebecca Gordon notes in her new book, Mainstreaming Torture, polls find greater support in the United States for torture now than when Bush was president. And it's not hard to see why that would be the case. More>>

Uri Avnery: In One Word: Poof!

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble. In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee he explained how the actions of the Israeli government had torpedoed the “peace ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Poverty Incentive: Making The Poor Carry The Refugee Can

The poorer you are, the more likely you need to shoulder more. This axiomatic rule of social intercourse, engagement and daily living is simple and brutal enough: the poor shall hold, conserve, preserve. More>>

Nureddin Sabir: BBC Misreports John Kerry On Talks Failure

For once, US Secretary of State John Kerry was not mincing his words when he blamed Israel for the breakdown of talks with the Palestinians. But you would not have known this if you were following the story from the BBC News website. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Narendra Modi, And The Elections In India

On the upside, the gigantic election process that began yesterday in India is the largest exercise in democracy on the planet. Reportedly, a staggering five million people are employed, directly or indirectly, in the election process. The likely outcome is not quite so welcome... More>>

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Ramzy Baroud: Kerry’s Looming Deadline And The Peace Process Industry

As the US-imposed April 29 deadline for a ‘framework’ agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority looms, time is also running out for the American administration itself. More>>

Harvey Wasserman: Fighting Our Fossil-Nuke Extinction

The 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster has brought critical new evidence that petro-pollution is destroying our global ecosystem. The third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown in Japan confirms that radioactive reactor ... More>>

Shobha Shukla: Rise In Global Health Financing, But Funding Priorities Shift

A new research done by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), at the University of Washington, indicates that globally the total development assistance for health (DAH) hit an all-time high of $31.3 billion in 2013 (a year-over-year ... More>>

 

Suzan Mazur: Jaron Lanier: Stop Online Human Exploitation
Great minds think alike -- that is, late Saturday Night Live comedic genius Michael O'Donoghue and Jaron Lanier, the 'father of virtual reality' and author of the book, Who Owns the Future? More>>

Gordon Campbell: On This Week’s Election In Afghanistan
In effect, there are three main candidates running in Afghanistan’s presidential election this week: the former diplomat Abdullah Abdullah, the former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, and Zalmai Rassoul – who was, until last year, Foreign Minister in the government of Hamid Karzai. More>>

Daphne Lawless: Revolution vs counter-revolution: Can the people on the streets be wrong?
In the words of British journalist Paul Mason, it seems that “it’s all kicking off everywhere”. Across the world, sustained mass protests and occupations of public space are shaking and even toppling governments. Most famously, months of protests ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Bertie Wooster Of Marxism: Tony Benn’s Legacy
It was a title inspired by P. G. Wodehouse and coined by the novelist Malcolm Bradbury. This was the late Tony Benn as satire, Benn as the hugely visible, orated political presence that guaranteed his status as myth that no governor can ever have. More>>

Pam Bailey: Hunger Strike! Is It Still An Effective Mode Of Resistance?
Prisoners are perhaps the most powerless individuals in the world. They are at the mercy of their captors -- deprived of freedom of movement, stripped of virtually all personal resources, limited in communication with the outside to rationed, supervised ... More>>

Independent Science News: Edward Snowden’s Testimony To European Parliament On NSA
Independent Science News has decided to reprint in full the March 7th testimony of Edward Snowden to the European Parliament. Snowden’s testimony is vitally important for every citizen in every country to understand, yet it has barely been covered ... More>>

Julie Webb-Pullman: Gaza Update: March 14, 2014
In the last hour, Israeli warplanes targeted the following sites in the Gaza Strip:• The military Site 'Abu Atayah' of Nasser Saladin Brigades, west of Rafah. • The military Site 'Saad Sayel' of Qassam Brigades east of Rafah. • A piece of agricultural ... More>>

William Blum: The Anti-Empire Report #126: Ukraine
When it gets complicated and confusing, when you’re overwhelmed with too much information, changing daily; too many explanations, some contradictory … try putting it into some kind of context by stepping back and looking at the larger, long-term picture. More>>

Indonesia Institute: Indonesia Gets Ready To Elect A New President
As Indonesians prepare to elect a new President, here is a nickname all Australians had better get to know: 'Jokowi' 'Jokowi's nomination will be good for Indonesia, including the democratic process, and it will also be good for the ... More>>

Graham Peebles: Gender And Caste Discrimination In India
A suffocating patriarchal shadow hangs over the lives of women throughout India. From all sections, castes and classes of society, women are victim of its repressive, controlling effects. Those subjected to the heaviest burden of discrimination are ... More>>

Suzan Mazur: "Beit Noam-Ize" America's Batterers?--Kit Gruelle
I've been thinking about domestic violence partly because of the film Private Violence recently shown at Sundance and other film festivals and now scheduled for an October run on HBO -- featuring women's advocate Kit Gruelle, among others, and with Gloria ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Manus Breakout: The Limits Of The Gulag
Australia’s Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, is no anthropologist. Nor is his government, which prefers the philosophy of hobgoblins to constructive policy. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s officials are finding the running of their semi-colonial ... More>>

Robert Fisk: The World Cannot Turn A Blind Eye to America’s Drone Attacks In Pakistan
Karim Khan is a lucky man. When you’re picked up by 20 armed thugs, some in police uniform – aka the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) – you can be “disappeared” forever. A mass grave in Balochistan, in the south-west of the country, has just ... More>>

Franklin Lamb: How Not To Get Aid Into Syria Via A UN Resolution
Who authored the seemingly designed-to-fail UN Security Council Draft Resolution on delivering urgent humanitarian aid into the Old City of Homs and other besieged areas of conflict-torn Syria? When we know this, much may become clearer with respect ... More>>

Ian Anderson: Mainstream Racism And White Power Groups
On Waitangi Day 2014, the NZ Herald ran a “protest-free” edition, proudly announcing this editorial decision with an image of a raised fist. The Facebook page Wake Up NZ (with around 10,000 likes) reported the fist as a “white power” symbol, associated ... More>>

Michael Collins: Aleppo, Yabrud, And The End Of The War On Syria
The Syrian Arab Army may be on the verge of another set of victories that go far beyond those gained in the summer of 2013 when the Syrian army and Hezbollah took the rebel held city of Qusayr. More>>

David Swanson: Do We Care About People If They Live In Bahrain?
I had a heck of a time making sense of the U.S. Navy's new motto 'A Global Force for Good' until I realized that it meant 'We are a global force, and wherever we go we're never leaving.' More>>

James Neikre: Go With The Flow
Since I arrived in Wellington all I’ve heard about is how laid back New Zealanders are... But I have found that the Kiwi attitude and outlook goes beyond sheer approachability. New Zealand is a culture defined by adaptability and it pays off. More>>

Grant Brookes: Waitangi Day: What Does It Mean Today, 174 Years On?
To start with the annoyingly obvious, Waitangi Day means that the poly-ticians are back from their summer holidays. Have you noticed? The talking heads have started filling the TV news again. And in recent years, this means “state of the nation” ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Between Illegality And Incompetence: Otis Pike And The NSA
History is by some marvels of anti-institutional warriors. Now, the names of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden tend to find copy and coverage, leakers and soldiers against tight lipped secrecy. But last month, when former New York Congressman Otis G. Pike ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Realms Of Impunity: GCHQ, Privacy And Murder
It will only get worse, but the last few days have been interesting in the accumulating annals of massive surveillance. Britain’s equivalent of the National Security Agency, GCHQ, has been placed under the legal microscope, and found wanting. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Ten Principles To Guide The Young Activist
In a recent radio interview with a National Public Radio affiliate in Juneau, Alaska, I was asked if I had advice for a 16-year-old Palestinian student, Haitham. He had just arrived in the US as part of a school exchange program, and, admirably began ... More>>

Bill Van Auken: US Media Blacks Out Snowden Interview Exposing Death Threats
The former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appeared Sunday night in his first extended television interview. Citing published statements by unnamed US intelligence and military operatives calling for his assassination, he warned ... More>>

Michael Hammerschlag: Victory For Maidan Protests? The Taking Of Ukrainian House
In an incredible display of fortitude, courage, and reckless stupidity; protesters seized the Ukrainian House Museum + Exhibition Center at 3:50am Saturday night (formerly Lenin Museum)... their 4th downtown building (by Monday they had 6). More>>

Harvey Wasserman: So Long, Pete & Toshi Seeger, It’s Been Great To Know You
Toshi and Pete Seeger defy description except through the sheer joy and honor it was to know them, however briefly. Their list of accomplishments will fill many printed pages, which all pale next to the simple core beauty of the lives they led. More>>

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Byron Clark: 300 Hotel Workers Strike In Fiji
On December 31 close to three hundred workers at Sheraton Fiji, Sheraton Villas, and Westin Denarau Island Resort took industrial action. Workers held a spontaneous protest against the unilateral removal of their staff benefits. More>>

David Swanson: Misplaced Lessons Of Tahrir
I still want Dirty Wars to win the Oscar, but The Square is a documentary worth serious discussion as we hit the three-year point since the famous occupation of Tahrir Square in Cairo that overthrew Mubarak -- in particular because a lot of people seem to ... More>>

Franklin Lamb: Long Odds To Save Their Country: The Syrian Team In Geneva
As a new workweek begins here is Damascus many citizens across a fairly broad spectrum appear to be backing, and even exhibiting a kind of pride for their diplomatic team at the Geneva II conference. More>>

Roots Action: Cut Off The NSA’s Juice
The National Security Agency depends on huge computers that guzzle electricity in the service of the surveillance state. For the NSA’s top executives, maintaining a vast flow of juice to keep Big Brother nourished is essential -- and any interference ... More>>

Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: Nepalese Prime Minister Calling First Session Of New CA
Some of the Nepalese politicians have been abusing the people’s mandate, others have been challenging them but none of them have been for following the rule of law. Nepalese politicians thought that they could do anything while in power. More>>

Julie Webb-Pullman: Open Letter To Oxfam CEO: Scarlett Johannson & SodaStream
Oxfam global ambassadors must demonstrate that they are worthy of both Oxfam’s and the international community’s respect by conducting themselves in a manner commensurate with the principles of Oxfam. More>>

Redress Information : “We Need To Get Rid Of The Palestinians” – Israeli Minister
We’re beginning to get an idea of what the outcome of the latest series of US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian talks might look like. More>>

Bronwen Beechey: Deep Sea Drilling: The Spirit Of Mururoa?
In June 1973, the NZ Labour government sent two Navy frigates to the Pacific atoll of Mururoa to formally protest against France's testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere. The Spirit of Peace, the Fri and the Vega, also sailed to Mururoa to ... More>>

Keith Rankin: Inequality The Biggest Problem
For this year's World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, the biggest issue and challenge has been identified as inequality. Not just inequality of income or unequal access to goods and services; the NZ Herald article 'Ahead of Davos: The $1.7 trillion ... More>>

Wei Sun: Eating Disorders: Capitalism And Patriarchy’s Fault
Eating disorders are mental illnesses that occur across all genders, cultural backgrounds, and ages. According to the Eating Disorders Association of NZ, eating disorders have the highest death rate of all mental illnesses. More>>

Adam Parsons: The Sharing Economy: Introduction To Its Political Evolution
Can the sharing economy movement address the root causes of the world’s converging crises? Unless the sharing of resources is promoted in relation to human rights and concerns for equity, democracy, social justice and sustainability, then such claims ... More>>

David Swanson: The Thugs Of Halftime
Three remarkable items in Thursday's Charlottesville Daily Progress. First, a football player explaining that when he proclaimed his superiority to his opponent after a game he was caught up in the game's passion, and that the overblown reaction to his ... More>>

Michael Collins: The Perfect Storm In Turkey - Corruption Conflict Conspiracy
The Republic of Turkey is consumed by intense conflict, conspiracy charges, and underlying financial problems that simply won't go away. A perfect storm is brewing in Turkey. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On 2014, And Not Letting It Spoil Your Christmas
One of the pitfalls of instant opinionating is the assumption that politicians know what they’re doing and that the job at hand is to unravel the conspiracies that surely behind the daily litany of brazen pandering. Sure, conspiracies do exist and paranoids do have real enemies – but sometimes... More>>

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Selpius Bobii: Indonesian Armed Forces, The Main Anti-Peace Agents In Papua
Every religion teaches values of goodness and kindness and has teachings that are intended to create happiness and peace on this earth and in eternity. We hear so many people speak of the importance of peace, but the reality is that it’s not ... More>>

Amir Murtaza: Financial Stress Is Another Cause Of Violence Against Women
The recent news reports, surveys and studies indicate that incidents of gender based violence are increasing in many forms in the country. As women are generally the direct victims of gender based violence, the consequences of such violence spread ... More>>

Martha Rosenberg: US Drug Regulators Will Allow Livestock-Antibiotic Manufacturers to Self-Police
US meat producers routinely dose animals on 'factory farms' with antibiotics to make them grow with less feed and prevent disease from developing. But health officials indict the tons of antibiotics used on farms for creating deadly super-infections. More>>

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