Eleven Reasons I’m Ashamed to Be an American

By Dave Lindorff December 10, 2014 "ICH" - "Thiscantbehappening" -  I’m going to say it: I am ashamed to be a US citizen. This doesn’t come easily, because having lived abroad and seen some pretty nasty places in my time, I know there are a lot of great things about this country, and a lot... Continue Reading →

Noam Chomsky on Syria, China, Capitalism, and Ferguson

Video The "official" story of today's foreign policy is as upside-down as the mythology around the founding values of the United States itself. Posted December 10, 2014 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40433.htm

For The USA, Defeat is Victory

By Dmitry Orlov December 10, 2014 "ICH" - On the wall of George Orwell's Ministry of Truth from his novel 1984there were three slogans: WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH It occurred to me that these apply just a little bit too well to the way the Washington, DC establishment operates. War... Continue Reading →

Meet James Mitchell, CIA’s Post-9/11 Torture Architect Whose Firm We Paid $80 Million

By Xeni Jardin December 10, 2014 "ICH" - "Boingboing" - - James Elmer Mitchell, a former Air Force psychologist credited with teaching the CIA how to torture war on terror detainees in the 2000s, is the subject of an on-camera interview with VICE correspondent Kaj Larsen. The Architect of the CIA's Enhanced Interrogation Program This... Continue Reading →

The 5 Most Damning Revelations From The CIA’s Report On Bush-Era Torture

By Igor Volsky December 10, 2014 "ICH" - "Think Progress" -  The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s extensive use of torture reveals that the agency regularly misled the White House and Congress about the information it had obtained from detainees and used techniques that are far more brutal than it — or former... Continue Reading →

Stop Believing The Lies: America Tortured More Than ‘Some Folks’ – And Covered It Up

CIA defenders are out in force now that a historic report has exposed a decade of horrific American shame. Torture didn’t work, but why aren’t the architects of torture in jail? By Trevor Timm December 10, 2014 "ICH" - "The Guardian" -  It wasn’t that bad, we’ve been told, over and over again, for more... Continue Reading →

When War Becomes Peace? Five “Not-so-Peaceful” Obama Actions since Nabbing the Nobel Prize

By RT Global Research, December 10, 2014 RT Five years on from President Barack Obama scooping a Nobel Peace Prize, and the White House has taken anything but a Zen approach to foreign policy under his watch. Here are the top 5 not-so-peaceful moves the laureate has made in the past half-decade. - 1. Afghan... Continue Reading →

CIA files: Can pigs fly?

It is always commendable when a person or a country comes clean, owns up, admits it was wrong and promises never to do the same thing again. From this viewpoint, the USA should be congratulated. However, this is only valid if indeed there is change and with the Obama Presidency we see this is difficult.... Continue Reading →

Australian government seeks to force doctors to charge fees

By Mike Head 10 December 2014 After several weeks of conflicting messages and visible rifts in his government, Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday abandoned one of the most detested measures in the May budget—the imposition of a $7 upfront fee to visit a doctor. However, the government now plans to slash just as much off... Continue Reading →

Leaked photos show UK nuclear plant poses public safety threat

By Trevor Johnson 10 December 2014 Photos of radioactive waste storage ponds in a shocking state of neglect at the UK’s Sellafield (previously Windscale) nuclear reprocessing plant reveal that they have been severely neglected for decades. Cracked concrete tanks—the largest measuring 20m by 150m with a depth of 6m—have been left open to the elements... Continue Reading →

European Arrest Warrants at center of Scottish National Party’s repressive agenda

By Steve James 10 December 2014 A feature of the British government’s parliamentary maneuvering over the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) was the support offered by the Scottish National Party (SNP) for the anti-democratic measure. Last month, the SNP’s six Westminster MPs voted with the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition and the Labour Party opposition to... Continue Reading →

German elite divided over policy toward Russia and the US

By Peter Schwarz 10 December 2014 Sixty prominent figures from German politics, economy, culture and the media published an open letter last Friday sharply criticizing the policy of the German government towards Russia. The letter, “War again in Europe? Not in our name!” appeared in the German weekly Die Zeit and bears the signature of... Continue Reading →

US raises troop deployment in Afghanistan by 1,000

By Bill Van Auken 10 December 2014 NATO’s International Security Assistance Force’s (ISAF) Joint Command, which has overseen the 13-year-long US-led war in Afghanistan, formally ceased operations in Kabul Monday amid declarations that the combat role for American and allied troops has ended. The flag-lowering ceremony, however, was eclipsed by announcements and decisions from Washington... Continue Reading →

CIA torture and the crimes of the state

10 December 2014 The unclassified executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture, released Tuesday, describes, in extensive detail, horrific crimes that unquestionably violate domestic and international laws. The review of the Bush administration’s “enhanced interrogation program” documents the systematic use of sadistic forms of torture, including waterboarding, sleep deprivation (for up... Continue Reading →

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