The Game Is Rigged: Why Americans Keep Losing to the Police State

By John W. Whitehead “The truth is that the State is a conspiracy designed not only to exploit, but above all to corrupt its citizens.”—Leo Tolstoy December 11, 2014 "ICH" - My 7-year-old granddaughter has suddenly developed a keen interest in card games: Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Old Maid, Blackjack, and War. We’ve fallen into... Continue Reading →

Torture “Architect” Mistaken in Claim Nobody’s Punished for Drone Murders

By David Swanson December 11, 2014 "ICH" -  A psychologist who played a key role in a U.S. torture program said on a video yesterday that torture was excusable because blowing up families with a drone is worse (and nobody's punished for that). Well, of course the existence of something worse is no excuse for... Continue Reading →

CIA ‘Torture’ Practices Started Long Before 9/11 Attacks

By Jeff Stein December 11, 2014 "ICH" - "Newsweek" -   “The CIA,” according to the Senate Intelligence Committee, had “historical experience using coercive forms of interrogation.” Indeed, it had plenty, said the committee’s report released Tuesday: about 50 years’ worth. Deep in the committee’s 500-page summary of a still-classified 6,700-page report on the agency’s... Continue Reading →

The CIA’s Torture Orgy 100 or More Prisoners Tortured to Death in US Detention.

Sending troops to protect dictators threatens all of us By Seumas Milne December 11, 2014 "ICH" - "The Guardian" - - We may have known the outline of the global US kidnapping and torture programme for a few years. But even the heavily censored summary of the US senate torture report turns the stomach in... Continue Reading →

Loose Cannon: US Standing in the Middle East

By Immanuel Wallerstein -------------------- On November 27, The New York Times headlined an article “Conflicting Policies on Syria and Islamic State Erode U.S. Standing in Mideast.” But this is not new. U.S. standing in the Middle East (and elsewhere) has been eroding for almost 50 years. The reality is far larger than the immediate dispute... Continue Reading →

The Coming War

By John Pilger The Coming War - The new John Pilger documentary from Dartmouth Films on Vimeo. NOW CROWD FUNDING AT indiegogo.com/projects/john-pilger-the-coming-war-documentary December 11, 2014 "ICH" - John Pilger writes... 'Journey' is an overworked word these days, but I can think of none other to describe the making of a documentary film. Ten years ago,... Continue Reading →

Russia and Turkey’s Gas Deal Can Save Europe and the World

By Joaquin Flores December 11, 2014 "ICH" -  The status of South Stream and the newly announced Russia-Turkey gas deal is much more than it seems.  It is primarily about putting the brakes on what has slowly been developing into the next world war. This new deal may also represent a serious culmination of Russian,... Continue Reading →

Two Torture Architects On Obama’s National Security Team

By Steve Watson Global Research, December 11, 2014 Infowars White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was grilled Wednesday by a reporter over the fact that while Obama has denounced the details revealed in the Senate CIA torture report, two of the architects of the policy are still on his national security team. Earnest was given... Continue Reading →

US: Impunity for Killer Cops at Home and Legal Immunity for Military Personnel Overseas

It’s Not the Law, But Prosecutors, That Give Immunity to Killer Cops By Glen Ford Global Research, December 11, 2014 Black Agenda Report “In refusing to prosecute, Obama and Holder demonstrate their own profound disregard for the collective rights of Black Americans as a people.” Black Americans know all about “law and order”: the term,... Continue Reading →

Senate CIA Torture Report: Bringing Criminal Charges Against Bush Administration, Complicated, Possibly Fruitless Pursuit?

By Dennis Lynch Global Research, December 11, 2014 International Business Times Demand for a war crimes trial of U.S. officials reportedly complicit in the abuses by the Central Intelligence Agency following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are at an all-time high after the release of an exhaustive Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture. But... Continue Reading →

Protests mount against water charges in Ireland

By Jordan Shilton 11 December 2014 Tens of thousands marched in Dublin Wednesday, against the plans of the Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition to introduce water charges. Missiles were thrown at police on Kildare Street, the site of one of many barriers in the city centre manned by riot police designed to contain a protest involving... Continue Reading →

Putin accuses US of seeking to undermine Russian sovereignty

By Andrea Peters and David Levine 11 December 2014 In his annual address to the Russian parliament last Thursday, President Vladimir Putin laid out in stark terms the geopolitical crisis facing Russia and advanced a right-wing, nationalist economic program in a bid to address the country’s decline. With no solutions to the pressures facing his... Continue Reading →

German government attacks rights of asylum seekers

By Martin Kreickenbaum 11 December 2014 An expansion of the grounds for detention of refugees, rigorous deportations, residency and travel restrictions, and a restrictive recasting of the right to remain form the framework of the bill that the German cabinet agreed on last Wednesday. It is responding to the increase in asylum seekers in Germany... Continue Reading →

At Lyon congress, French National Front prepares itself as party of capitalist rule

By Francis Dubois 11 December 2014 The neo-fascist National Front (FN) held its congress in Lyons on November 29-30, the first since the Tours congress in 2011, where it inaugurated its policy of “de-demonizing” itself under the leadership of Marine Le Pen. With the two traditional French bourgeois parties, the Socialist Party (PS) and the... Continue Reading →

Global recessionary trends strengthening

By Nick Beams 11 December 2014 A series of reports, analyses and comments in recent days, together with market fluctuations, have underscored how rapidly the world economy is moving into recession, amid increasing concerns over the stability of the global financial system. The week began with the issuing of a quarterly report by the Swiss-based... Continue Reading →

Greek stocks in free fall as early presidential election called

By Robert Stevens 11 December 2014 The Greek stock market fell by almost 13 percent on Tuesday, after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called early presidential elections. The election will be held over three rounds starting December 17. If Samaras’ candidate Stavros Dimas loses, a general election will follow that could lead to the fall of... Continue Reading →

UN officials call for criminal prosecution of US torturers

By Thomas Gaist 11 December 2014 The US is legally obliged to prosecute all high-level government officials involved in organizing the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) torture programs, top UN human rights officials said Wednesday. The torture programs violated international law, UN special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson said. Responding to the release... Continue Reading →

CIA torture: American democracy in shambles

11 December 2014 Two irrefutable conclusions flow from the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture: 1) The United States, during the Bush administration, committed criminal acts of the most serious character, in violation of international and domestic law; and 2) None of those responsible for these crimes will be arrested, indicted... Continue Reading →

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