January 2015


Canada Unveils New Anti-Terrorism Bill That Moves for ‘Unprecedented Expansion of Powers’
“This radical expansion of national security powers is not sound security policy and presents a real danger to Canadians,” says civil liberties advocate.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Over the last few years a great evil has been descending over our world.”

The irony doesn’t drip.

It drowns.


Moms and Doctors Have a Message for Monsanto: ‘You’re Making Us Sick’
As shareholders gather in St. Louis on Friday, concerned parents, doctors, and environmental and food safety advocates will hold a memorial to the agrichemical giant’s victims.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


NYPD Commissioner Invokes #BlackLivesMatter Protests to Justify New “Anti-Terrorism” Unit
Critics in the city say a more militarized NYPD using “counter-terrorism tactics against protestors” would be “deeply misguided” approach to policing
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Another display of the true and two faced nature of “progressive” city administrations in these here United States.

Oakland, anyone … ?


‘Unconstitutional… Unconscionable’: Texas Executes Intellectually Disabled Man
Despite Eighth Amendment protections and US Supreme Court rulings, state puts Robert Ladd to death
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The mentally – and the morally – challenged


Our Girls are Still Not Home: Boko Haram and the Politics of Death
No matter who wins the election next month or whatever military force is raised and thrown against Boko Haram in the future, it is likely that the insurgency will continue.
by Ajamu Baraka


Did Israel develop the doctrine behind Iraq invasion?
by Rod Such


The Real News Network
Will the SYRIZA Victory Spark a Broad Anti-Austerity Struggle in Europe?
Professor William Black says the mainstream media has failed to explain the ordinary Greek’s experience of austerity policy


At the Center of a Storm – Irvin Jim on RAI (3/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself: Workers must build a united front to implement the Freedom Charter, which includes participating in electoral politics; the workers movement can’t just be about marching, says Mr. Jim, General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)


Hezbollah and Israel Call for De-escalation in the Golan Heights
Phyllis Bennis says two Israeli soldiers were killed yesterday in retaliation for the killing of six Hezbollah fighters, including a son of a revered leader and an Iranian General


Would Loretta Lynch Support Ineffective Federal Drug Policy?
Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), says that Loretta Lynch unwittingly made the case for legalization of marijuana during her confirmation hearing for attorney general


All the NYPD Spin That’s Fit to Print
by Neil deMause

*Why do these lyrics come to mind?

“One headline

Why believe it?

Everybody wants to rule the world”



Institute for Public Accuracy

Outrage at USDA’s “Abandonment of Regulatory Authority” on GE Trees



Parks But Not People? In Partial Victory, Pennsylvania Bans Fracking on Public Lands
Residents say partial moratorium is good first step but does not help the communities bearing the brunt of toxic drilling
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Legacy of Endless Afghan War Includes Nation Plagued by Unexploded Bombs
With a majority of the victims children, unexploded ordnances in war-torn Afghanistan are claiming more than one life every single day
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Dear Syria: From One Refugee to Another
by Ramzy Baroud


New York Civil Liberties Union
NYCLU Provides Body Camera Guidelines to White House Policing Task Force


The Real News Network
At the Center of a Storm – Irvin Jim on RAI (2/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself: Mr. Jim, General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa, explains why his union withdrew its support for the governing African National Congress

*An unsold soul


The Confirmation Hearings of US Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch
Bruce Dixon of the Black Agenda Report says Ms. Lynch’s expertise in white-collar crime was defending white-collar criminals, not prosecuting them

*The misidentification of identity politics


As Obama Expands Offshore Drilling, a Look at the Health of the Oceans Today
Marine ecologist Douglas McCauley argues that President Obama’s move to expand offshore drilling is a part of a worrisome trend threatening the health of the oceans and raising the specter of mass extinction

*It’s gonna take a whole hell of a lot more than “managing” to avoid catastrophe in the oceans, don’t you think?

Not that even managing is on the minds of those poised to poison and plunder the seas with the same vicious voracity to which they’ve subjected the land.


How to Diet: Can Chocolate Protect your Heart and Brain?
What are flavanols and what is the best way to incorporate them into your diet?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


How to best use your refrigerator
by Leanne Ely



Race, Domestic Abuse and a Warning Shot: Marissa Alexander Released From Prison, But Still Not Free
Case illuminates ‘many ills in our justice system,’ activist says
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Amid Gas Drilling Boom, Investigators Warn of Systemic Pipeline Safety Hazards
Accidents involving ‘high consequence area pipelines,’ where people or buildings are more likely to be impacted, have increased in recent years
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


In Response To Attacks, Sweeping Data Collection To Be Proposed for EU Airports
Of the proposal’s alleged privacy protections, civil liberties advocate says: ‘It is a joke. They are not safeguards.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Can Capitalism Save Itself?
by Gary Olson

*FDR’s not around to save capitalism this time.

The question is whether we can save ourselves from its frenzied, flailing and ultimately fascist DIY.


Fracking with Our Food: And 7 Other Reasons California Should Ban Toxic Drilling
by Josh Healey

*Jerry rigged

He’s been at it for quite a while, and it’s pretty damn sad that so many folks still haven’t caught on, ain’t it?


The Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture
by Frederic Mousseau


Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR Asks FBI to Withdraw from Texas Event Sponsored by Hate Group, Featuring Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist


Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags
New Worldwatch Institute analysis explores trends in global plastic production and recycling


Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
NFL Marketing to Kids is Out of Bounds
Groundbreaking report exposes league’s intensive and harmful campaign to target children


The Real News Network
At the Center of a Storm – Irvin Jim, General Secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa on RAI (1/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Jim tells host Paul Jay about his youth and radicalization in the fight against apartheid. Mr. Jim is now the leader of the largest union in South Africa with 340,000 members, which has recently broken with the ANC and is calling for a return to the principles of the Freedom Charter


Marxist Economists, Academics and Philosophers Sworn In to the Greek Cabinet
Leo Panitch says new Finance Minister has to raise massive public investments required to kick start the economy and address twenty-five percent general unemployment and fifty percent youth unemployment


Death Toll in Ukraine at Five Thousand as the Ceasefire Breaks Down
Serhiy Kudelia of Baylor University, recently returned from a trip to the eastern regions in Ukraine, says the most recent outbreak is the worst violence to date and the ceasefire is dependent on the continuation of the negotiations


FAIR Analysis
The Super Bowl Windfall Myth
Why media fall for sports industry’s bogus economic claims
by Neil deMause

*Homers that never make it out of the park


Democracy Now!
“The Hunting Ground”: Film Exposes How Colleges Cover Up Sexual Assault and Fail to Protect Students

*Yet what dominates the discussion in the corpress is how Rolling Stone reported on the Virginia case, allowing the victim blamers to pose as defenders of journalistic ethics, and paint themselves as victims.

Nauseating, but not in the least surprising, is it?

And there may be a small number of perpetrators, but there are all too many perpetuators in the college system, wouldn’t you say?


As 18 Die on Anniversary of Revolution, Egypt Intensifies Crackdown on Activists, Journalists


Dietary Supplements: Are Multivitamins Useless?
It’s not as simple as some headlines make it seem
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



National People’s Action
Community Groups Rally Outside Payday Lending Stores to Protect Consumers from Predatory Loans
New Ad Pushes Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Act As Activists Protest Payday Lenders

*Circling the sharks


Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
To Avoid Worst Consequences of Climate Change, Solutions Must Include Land Use Sector


Center for Biological Diversity
Monarch Numbers Up Slightly, But Butterfly Still at Risk of Extinction
Favorable Weather Boosts Population But Pesticides Still Threaten Butterfly’s Chance of Survival


Food & Water Watch Blasts Approval of Biggest Supermarket Merger


The Real News Network
New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Sworn In to Office
Dimitri Lascaris: SYRIZA leader’s first act as Prime Minister was to visit the grave site where hundreds of members of the Greek Resistance were executed by the German Nazi forces during World War II


US-India Nuke Deal A Big Win for Corporations
Author and scholar Vijay Prashad says the US-India nuclear deal will protect US corporations from liability in case of an industrial disaster like India faced in the 1984 Bhopal gas leak


Will the Kurdish Coalition Hold Kobani?
Edmund Ghareeb, author of The Kurdish Question in Iraq, says hundreds of Kurdish villages and small towns remain under the control of the Islamic State


US Resumes Drone Strikes in Yemen Despite Political Leadership Vacuum
Scholar and journalist Waalid Al-Saqaf says continued US drone strikes and foreign involvement will push Yemen towards a civil war and do nothing to address the growing humanitarian catastrophe


Improbable as It May Seem to WaPo, Greek Voters Doubt Austerity Is Required
by Jim Naureckas

*Sure, the Post’s engaging in redbaiting, but there’s a bias in this post as well – one which surfaces quite frequently in the “alternative media”.

Communism is like any other ideology. It has a plethora of currents and contradictions, some of which should be anathema to anyone claiming to care about humanity, such as Stalinism.

“Progressives” run screaming from anything that could be associated with communism, taking great care to innoculate themselves from charges of “extremism”.

You can criticize, even condemn, certain currents of communism without tossing the whole shootin’ match out the window, which comes across as the case here, and elsewhere.

But while cognizant of its checkered history, let’s not forget that “commies” here and around the world were and are part of some of the greatest movements for justice humankind has witnessed.

And let’s not forget that those in power get a hard on watching us piss on each other.

So let’s be honest and open in our criticisms, with the aim of advancing our struggle, but acutely aware that we’ve been partners in our own fratricide for far too long.

I hope that makes sense.


Democracy Now!
“The Power of the People”: Selma Director Ava DuVernay on Fight for Civil Rights, Voting Equality


“Selma” Director Defends Film’s Portrayal of LBJ-MLK Dispute on Voting Rights Legislation

*DuVernay’s naiveté as regards Dear Misleader is disturbing, as is her tepid critique of LBJ.

I guess it goes to show that the blinders we’re fitted with early on take more than a superficial tug to yank off.



Calling TPP a ‘Death Pact,’ Health Advocates Rally Outside Secretive Trade Talks
It’s a global health issue, says advocate. ‘Countries are trying to fight epidemics and this puts the process over people.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


UK Battle Lines Sharpen over Gas Drilling as Parliament Rejects Fracking Ban
Fracking faces ‘overwhelming public resistance concern and opposition from ordinary people,’ says Bianca Jagger
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Building an Internet Movement from the Bottom Up
by Timothy Karr


Gaza in Arizona: How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the US-Mexican Border
by Todd Miller, Gabriel Matthew Schivone


International Solidarity with Iraqi and Syrian Women’s Human Rights Advocates against ISIL


The Real News Network
Historic Victory for SYRIZA Greece
Leo Panitch says it is the first left party to come to power since the 2007-2008 crisis of neoliberalism


Now in Power, SYRIZA Faces Herculean Task
Dimitri Lascaris says breaking up the troika and the power of oligarchs that control Greece is not going to be an easy task

*We have to keep in mind that political formations, even the relatively more principled ones (hopefully, anyway) like SYRIZA, are merely vehicles.

The question is, who is driving them?

We can’t sit in the back seat, trusting we’re being driven where we need to go.

We have to be behind the wheel, steering that vehicle to our desired destination.

Okay, that’s your metaphor for the day.


American Sniper: Honoring a Fallen Hero or Whitewashing a Murderous Occupation?
Journalist Max Blumenthal says the film American Sniper promotes lies falsehoods about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle along with the US invasion and occupation of Iraq


TRNN Replay: Saudi Arabia and the al-Qaeda Monster (3/5)
Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi Arabia helped create a network of terrorism to achieve political aims, and while it does come back to bite them at times, they promote a similar ideology and continue these alliances


The Saudis – Oil, ISIS and Revolution
Loretta Napoleoni says little will change after death of King Abdullah, but the Saudis cannot sustain low oil prices for much longer; they have lost control of ISIS; and their big fear is revolution


TRNN Replay: What are the Saudis Afraid Of? – Madawi Al-Rasheed (2/5)
Ms. Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi society appears to be controlled, but beneath the surface, there is widespread discontent


Greek Right Fears First Left Government in Greek History
Dimitri Lascaris reports from Greece that a near six-point lead for SYRIZA is raising memories of the fascist coup and civil war


Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S.-India Nuclear Deal * Subsidizes Industry * Leaves Victims Vulnerable * Violates NPT


Anti-Austerity Left Wins in Greece: Saves Capitalism?


FAIR Analysis
Saudi Dictator’s Death
Shows NYT as Pawn of Power
Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded ‘sorcerers,’ was ‘force of moderation’
by Keane Bhatt

*The company The Company likes to keep


Democracy Now!
Black Lives Matter: New Film on Jordan Davis Captures Family’s Struggle to Convict White Vigilante

*Standing their ground



And the Lifetime Award for Shameful Corporate Behavior Goes to… Chevron
As World Economic Forum gathers in Davos, satirical ceremony nearby recognizes corporate criminals
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


US May Soon Stand Alone Opposing Children’s Treaty
‘With the current composition of the U.S. Congress, there is no chance for its ratification.’
byThalif Deen
Inter Press Service

*A dab hand at lofty words

A dead one at living up to them


Pennsylvania Court Hands Down Big Win for Teachers’ Union
‘Today’s decision is a victory for collective bargaining and the notion that contracts between parties should be negotiated, not imposed,’ says union president
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


NRC: We’re Keeping Fukushima-Style Nuclear Reactors Going
Federal agency rejects appeal by watchdog group to suspend operations at reactors identical to those at disaster-stricken reactors in Japan.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fossil Fuel Industry Gives California Communities a Breath of Toxic Air: Report
Environmental study finds dozens of airborne pollutants, many untested, in two counties
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Message to the UK: The Fracking Bridge is Already Burning
by Naomi Klein


Drones and the New Ethics of War
by Neve Gordon

*If looks could kill
They probably will
In games without frontiers
War without tears

– P. Gabriel


Doctors Without Borders
Ahead of Obama Visit, MSF Warns US Pressure on India Could Impact Access to Medicines for Millions


The Real News Network
SYRIZA Heads Towards a Majority in Greece as Elections Approach
TRNN Exclusive from Athens: Lawyer Dimitri Lascaris says the SYRIZA coalition has broad support from European labor and social movements

*The proof is in the pudding

And the cook’s not in the kitchen just yet


Feds Won’t Pursue Civil Rights Case Against Darren Wilson
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says Holder’s DOJ is abdicating its responsibility to uphold the law by not charging officer Darren Wilson for killing Mike Brown


TRNN Replay: American Alliance with Saudi Dictatorship is Hypocrisy Dressed Up as “Realism”
As news comes of Saudi King Abdullah’s death at 90, TRNN replays a five-part interview series with Saudi scholar Madawi al-Rasheed


What Triggered AETNA’s Pay Raise to $16/hour?
PERI Economist Jeanette Wicks-Lim discusses says the decline in unemployment might be pressuring companies to raise wages


Institute for Public Accuracy
Saudi Monarch’s Death: A Chance for Democracy?


Muslim-Bashing Not a No-Go Zone for Bobby Jindal
by Aldo Guerrero

*From MSNBC, another object lesson in the contextual cluelessness, to be kind, that connotes true “political correctness”, in contrast to the epithet hurled at those who challenge prejudice and demand respect for all.

I’ve been subject to both.


Democracy Now!
Hailed as U.S. Counterterrorism Model in Middle East, Yemen Teeters on the Brink of Collapse


Remembering Saudi’s King Abdullah: “He Was Not a Benevolent Dictator, He Was a Dictator”


“A Systemic Failure”: New Calls for Reform as Feds Rule Out Civil Rights Charges for Darren Wilson


Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison After Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms


Who else “Hass” to have a daily dose of avocado?
by Leanne Ely



On Roe vs. Wade Anniversary, GOP House Passes Vicious Assault on Women’s Right to Choose
Reproductive rights advocates say legislation would cause entire insurance market to drop abortion coverage while raising taxes on small businesses
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


After SCOTUS Gutted Voting Rights Act, Is Fair Housing Act Next?
Civil rights groups worry that landmark legislation designed to insulate housing from discrimination could be under threat from a new round of judicial overreach
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Roe Should Be a Reality for All, Not Just for a Wealthy Few
by Heidi Williamson


200 Arrests in Ongoing Seneca Lake Uprising
by Sandra Steingraber


Why the Whole World is Watching Greece
by Lee Sustar


The Real News Network
The Socialist Response to the State of the Union
Socialist Seattle Council-member Kshama Sawant offers her rebuttal to President Obama on the economy, raising the minimum wage and police accountability

*Why is it that “socialists” like Sawant

Never talk about socialism?


No Black or White America says Obama
Kevin Alexander Gray joins Paul Jay to discuss the President’s lack of interest in the desperate conditions faced by most

*Jay asks, “What do you make of that problem?”

To which I answer that we’ve been settling for the “lesser of two evils” for decades

And the lesser’s only gotten greater.

You can live in fear of the worst

Or you can strive in hope for the best.


Milwaukee Workers Organizing Committee
Racist McDonald’s Bosses Fire 10 Workers


Democracy Now!
Inside the U.S. Torture Chambers: Prisoner’s Guantánamo Diary Details 12 Years of Abuse, Terror

*The only “mistakes” in this horror story

Are those that ascribe some modicum of humanity to its authors


“Guantánamo of the Pacific”: Australian Asylum Seekers Wage Hunger Strike at Offshore Detention Site


How to Diet: Are You Hungry or Just Bored?
Here is what one study discovered about boredom and weight gain
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



Casey vs. Kyle: On Bloodlust, Loss, and Wars of Choice
by Cindy Sheehan


The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across The Middle East
The fate of one Shi’ite cleric hangs over the Gulf like a sword of Damocles.
by Giorgio Cafiero


The Real News Network
Can the Union Be Strong Amidst Global Recession?
Bill Black and James Henry join Paul Jay to discuss President Obama’s State of the Union

*It is a tale told to perceived idiots

Full of sound and fury

Signifying nothing, save the hollow sound of hypocrisy


Israel Kills Hezbollah Leaders Ahead of Elections
Research economist Shir Hever says Israel’s aggression is intentionally timed with Israel’s elections, distracting the electorate from domestic economic issues


Arcoiris Liberation Team
Help Free Marichuy!


Obama’s SOTU: Not Enough Blood, Sweat or Tears


Institute for Public Accuracy
SOTU: How Trade Deal Undermines Obama’s Stated Agenda


Democracy Now!
Phyllis Bennis: As Obama Hails “Turning Page” on Wars, U.S. Drone Strikes Continue Across Globe


Ralph Nader on What was Missing in President Obama’s State of the Union Address


David Cay Johnston: Class War Is Being Waged by the Rich Against the Poor


On 5th Anniversary of Citizens United, GOP Taps Koch Brothers-Backed Senator to Give SOTU Response



Single-Payer: It’s What the People Want
New poll shows majority of Americans support such a system.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


If People Were Pipelines
by Laura Flanders


Troubled TTIP Isn’t the Only ‘Trade’ Takeover Busting Our Sovereignty
Even as controversial ‘trade’ deal, TTIP, sputters, other deals to give corporations as much power as countries are being negotiated even more secretively
by Glyn Moody


Bold Nebraska
TransCanada Uses Eminent Domain for Private Gain for Keystone XL
Nebraska Landowners Vow to Fight Back in Court and Make Case to President Obama

*All corporations are “foreign”

When it comes to any proximity to humanity


The Real News Network
The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (8/8)
Dr. Finkelstein says the BDS movement must take a position on Israel’s right to exist as a state

*I think you can make a case for many states having no right to exist, starting with these here United States of America.

That brings us to the question of the legitimacy of states as a political entity, and that’s a larger issue than I can deal with here.

What I think I can speak to is why so many folks, beyond Zionists, are hostile to a stand denying Israel’s right to exist. That view can seem to be antagonistic to the right of Jews to be secure wherever they live.

I think it’s obvious that’s not the case, but I do believe that it’s imperative to address that misconception.

I feel justice, true justice, can only be attained via the establishment of one state in the area in question. Anything else abrogates the rights of Palestinians.

So what does that mean for Jews? For me, it means that they have no more or fewer rights than any other citizen of that state. They are equals with every other grouping.

I fully realize the difficulties inherent in the creation of such a state, but if we’re talking about what’s just, that’s where the logic leads me.

I’m not naive enough to believe that that approach will win over large numbers of the general public in the US, but I do feel that anyone who agrees that one state is the only just solution has to make it clear that this is a position that in no way diminishes the legitimate rights of Jews, and has nothing to do with perpetuating the centuries of oppression Jews have suffered through.

To me, if you couldn’t support apartheid, I can’t see how you can support two states, other than as some “practical” answer.

Of course, that doesn’t sound “practical” to someone on the short end of that stick, does it?


Removing the Social Security Tax Cap Would Benefit Most Workers
CEPR’s Nicole Woo says a phase-out of the tax cap could eliminate up to 80% of the projected shortfall in social security funding


GOP to Obama: North Korea Sanctions Aren’t Enough
Republicans on the House Foreign Relations Committee say they want to put North Korea back onto the state sponsors of terrorism list


Institute for Public Accuracy
End of “Yemen Model” — and Yemen?


What Corporate Media Don’t Want You to Know About Joni Ernst

*Was Sarah Palin “Alaska affable” … ?


Democracy Now!
A Coup in Yemen? Jeremy Scahill & Iona Craig on Rebel Offensive to Seize Power, Saudi Role & AQAP


As Fox News Apologizes, Jeremy Scahill on Fake “Terror Experts” & Challenges of Real War Reporting


Prosecuting Guatemala’s Dirty War: Rigoberta Menchú Hails Embassy Fire Verdict, Dictator’s Trial


Pt. 2: A Massacre in Guatemala: Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú on 1980 Fire That Killed Her Father


Check out this rad root – Horseradish!
by Leanne Ely



‘It Hurts Us All’: Civil Rights Group Calls for Redskins Name Change
‘The team seems to think that if they just ignore the mascot issue and do nothing then it will go away, but nothing could be further from the truth.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


What Does the Falling Price of Oil Mean for the Pipelines We Oppose?
by Brent Patterson


#ReclaimMLK Seeks to Combat the Sanitizing of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy
Activists say that turning his holiday into a national Day of Service is an attempt to extinguish the iconic civil rights leader’s fiery calls for social justice.
by Danielle Belton


The Politics of Gesture
by Robert Kuttner

*Talking the walk


Fast Track Not A Done Deal, The People Will Stop It
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers


MiningWatch Canada
International NGOs Call for Transparency in Murder Investigation of Ecuadorian Indigenous Leader


Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Lebanon: Laws Discriminate Against Women
Pass Optional Civil Code; Reform Religious Laws, Courts


Friends of the Earth
Doubts Over Fracking Jobs Claims as New Report Says 24,000 Jobs in Clean Energy for North West


The Real News Network
The SYRIZA Challenge in Greece (1/2)
Prof. Leo Panitch of York University says only in Greece is there a political party that is putting forth a clear radical democratic alternative of a progressive kind, and they are very close to taking power


TRNN Replay: MLK: Why I Am Opposed to The War in Vietnam
Martin Luther King Jr gave this sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967

*What moves me, beyond the humanity in these words, is the context of them.

Many have spoken with equal eloquence of our obligation to each other, and of the forces which conspire to deter us from that obligation.

But King’s words possessed the unrivaled ability to be truly heard. He had the nation’s ear, and those words couldn’t be ignored.

And he chose to use that visibility to go beyond the parameters set for him, to go beyond the allowed to the demanded.

And he knew the cost of that defiance.

He was on the Jericho Road, and he did not pass by the man who fell among thieves.

That was a choice, but he didn’t consider it a choice. For him, it was a duty.

Had he made another choice, he might still be with us, but as a “revered civil rights leader”, an icon with no ability to inspire anyone other than the ignorant.

He would be the living embodiment of the statues and streets which bear his name, but are devoid of his spirit.

So while we should never place anyone on a pedestal, we should profoundly appreciate the courage and honesty in these words, and strive to mirror those essential human qualities in our own lives.

King’s death was a great blow to those who work for justice, but his legacy lives on in every one of us who realizes that we can never reach our journey’s destination as long as there are others left on the side of the road.


The Function of Police in Modern Society: Peace or Control?
Scholar Sam Mitrani says the police were created to restrain the working class and the poor

*Excellent segment, providing the skinny that goes beyond a superficial “progressive” analysis.

But alluding to Mitrani’s comment about this nation’s wealth, it’s been produced by exploitation, so using it to address that situation is a contradiction, to my mind.

I don’t think the question is one of using wealth better, but of the concept of wealth itself, and with it the idea of working for someone else.

A “better job” is still one predicated on being paid a wage. With that comes control.

This dovetails with the subject at hand. The police don’t exist to “serve and protect” the population, and wage labor doesn’t exist to provide the population with dignity and freedom.

If we have to look at alternatives to policing, we have to do so as well with the nature of work, and the hierarchical relations that derive from work predicated on receiving a wage.

Okay, that’s all I got.


Democracy Now!
The Lost Dr. Martin Luther King Speech: How the Pacifica Radio Archives Unearthed a Piece of History



That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth
Pair of new studies show how various forms of human activity, driven by a flawed economic system and vast consumption, is laying waste to Earth’s natural systems
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


As Residents Enter Second Day Without Water, Future Uncertain for Canadian City After Diesel Spill
Longueuil may face legal action as 230,000 people wait for drinking water
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Hypocrisy Abounds: Free Speech as Cover for Islamophobia
by Sonali Kolhatkar


Hansel and Gretel at the Military Recruiter
by John LaForge


Top 7 Things to Know about Belgium Police Operation That Left 2 Dead
by Juan Cole


Haiti’s Political Earthquake
Five years after the devastating earthquake, has Haiti fallen into de facto dictatorship?
by Nathalie Baptiste


US Settles ACLU Lawsuit Challenging Post-9/11 Arrests of Muslim Men


Food & Water Watch
Brazilian Buyout of Chiquita Brands is Completely Bananas


The Real News Network
Netanyahus’ Elbowed Presence in Paris
Shir Hever, Researcher at the Alternative Information Centre, says it has a lot to do with upcoming elections and Netanyahu presents himself as the prime minister of the Jewish people, not just Israel


Lee-Jackson Day: Honoring Civil War Heroes Or Upholding White Supremacy?
Baltimore residents oppose the marking of the birthdays of two Confederate generals on the same weekend as Martin Luther King Day


The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (7/8)
Dr. Finkelstein discusses the “complicated question” of Israel’s right to regulate the ethnic balance of the state and Palestinian’s right of return

*I don’t pretend to have the practical answer for how it can be achieved, but for me, the question is always

“How do we get to a just solution?”

Justice in my view is embodied by the realization of a dignified life for each and every person on this planet.

Does “reality” make that impossible? If you say that’s the case, you’re telling someone – many someones

“Sorry … what you deserve can’t be reconciled with the world as it is.”

That may be true, but you have to be honest about it. You can’t pretend that anything less is somehow truly just

And you can’t allow that current reality to close your eyes to whatever possibility may exist that true justice can come to fruition, because then you stop struggling for it in the name of “pragmatism”.

If that happens, your soul pays a heavy price.



Forget Lobbyists: Big Business Wants To Control American Minds, Not Just Their Lawmakers
Who needs lobbyists? See what big business spends to win American minds. List of top contractors for trade associations dominated by message mavens.
by Erin Quinn
Center for Public Integrity


In Canada, Terror Attacks Prompt Surveillance-Expanding Legislation
Legislation to be heard in Parliament later this month would hasten detentions, data sharing by national security agencies, according to new reporting.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It makes you wonder just who hates our freedoms – such as they are – don’t it?


9/11 à la Française: Radical Islamists 2.0
by Andrew Levine


Policy shaped by power in world burdened by grief
by Vijay Prashad


Food & Water Watch
USDA Says “Yes” to Pesticide Drift, Approves Dicamba-Tolerant Crops


Center for Biological Diversity
Conservationists Take Aim at Flawed New Rule on Mexican Gray Wolf Management
Changes Unjustifiably Cap Wolf Population at 325,
Preclude Recovery North of I-40, Loosen Restrictions on Killing Wolves


The Real News Network
What is Causing Market Volatility?
Professor Leo Panitch, author of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire, says the Fed has a lot to do with it


The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)
Dr. Finkelstein says there was no way that considerations of his livelihood ever entered into his calculus about whether or not to say something or not say something


House Passes Bill Further Weakening Financial Regulation
TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux looks at the key bill provisions benefiting Wall Street, and also examines the so-called opposition of Democratic lawmakers


Grand Juries Indict Cops for Animal Cruelty, But Not for Brutalizing the Public
To mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birth, TRNN’s Eddie Conway interviews veteran Baltimore attorney Jerome Bivens, who breaks down the role and function of grand juries and argues against their use in high-profile cases


The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
Dr. Finkelstein says writing the “Holocaust Industry” changed his life, isolating him academically and making him a target – but he felt he had to take on the subject to defend the legacy of his holocaust survivor parents


Endemic Corruption in Iraqi Gov. Will Hamper Anti-ISIS Efforts
Professor Sabah Alnasseri of York University says the systemic corruption of the Iraqi state, institutionalized by the U.S. in order to ensure loyalty of the Iraqi elites, is at the core of all social misery in Iraq


The Only ‘No-Go Zones’ Are Found in Fox News’ Fantasyland
by Aldo Guerrero


Democracy Now!
Pope Francis Plea for Climate Action Revives Concept of “The Commons” to Rethink Economy & Society

*Let’s just say I’m … skeptical.


Women on Waves: Meet the Dutch Physician Who Defied Abortion Bans by Bringing Her Clinic to the Sea


As Nigerian Massacre Evidence Grows, Questions Swirl over Collusion Between Boko Haram & Military


Part 2: Film “Vessel” Follows Doctor Who Took Safe Abortion to the Seas & the Internet



Days After Free Speech Rally, France Arrests 54 People for Offensive Speech
Observers warn that government reaction in wake of Charlie Hebdo killings reminiscent of post-9/11 fear campaign
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


How Regressive Local Taxes Are Rewarding the Rich
New report finds ‘fundamentally unfair’ tax system in nearly every state
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


China Goes ‘Rogue’ With ‘Artificial Weather’ Scheme
Geoengineering technique of ‘cloud seeding’ involves rocket-launching chemicals such as silver iodide into the clouds to boost rainfall
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


OPEC Wants to “Crush US Shale”
by Andy Rowell


With White Supremacy on Display in Paris, a Celebration of Western Hypocrisy
by Ajamu Baraka


What Are These Civil Rights Groups Thinking?
by Valerie Strauss

*A test of won’ts


How US Prison Officials Rubberstamped a CIA Torture Chamber
by Carl Takei


Offshore Wind Would Produce Twice the Jobs and Energy as Offshore Drilling in Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Oil and Gas Development Risks Healthy Ocean Ecosystems, Fishery and Tourism Jobs, While Offshore Wind Does Not


The Real News Network
Paris Attacks: Rage of the Dispossessed
Chris Hedges says the mass self-exaltation of European leaders is dangerous because with it comes a blindness towards our own culpability


Two Albuquerque Police Officers Charged With Murder For Shooting Death of Homeless Man
Albuquerque, New Mexico-based scholar and activist David Correia responds to the Bernalillo County District Attorney filing preliminary murder charges against the two police officers for killing homeless man James Boyd


Democracy Now!
After Confronting NYC Mayor, Police Union Leader Faces Mutiny of His Own from Dissident Cops


Exclusive: “Eco-Terrorist” Freed 10 Years Early After Feds Withhold Evidence on Informant’s Role


Exercise for Health: Sitting May be Worse for You than You Think
Sitting for long stretches may be harmful even for physically active adults
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



In Europe: First the Calls for ‘Unity,’ Then the Calls for ‘More Spy Power’
In wake of deadly events in Paris, calls begin to emerge for more government powers related to internet surveillance
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Is EU’s New GMO Law a Gift to Agribusiness?
Environmental groups say that countries must use their new powers to pass GMO bans, or face greater threat from biotech giants
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Testing, Anxiety, and the ABC’s: Kindergarten Under Common Core
New report finds Common Core mandate that kindergarteners learn to read forces ‘inappropriate’ instruction, blocks experiential learning, and causes harmful anxiety among children
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The razor’s edge of the cookie cutter


Losing the Climate Fight: Has 400 ppm Become Planet’s New Normal?
Based on January numbers, journalist predicts that ‘in just a year or two, carbon dioxide levels will likely be about 400 ppm year-round.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Why That Product With the ‘BPA Free’ Label Could Be Cause for Concern
New study finds that chemical used as BPA replacement may be just as harmful.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Congressional Democrats Have an ‘Inaction Plan’: Taking a Meaningless Progressive Stand in Congress
by Dave Lindorff


Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback?
After the Paris massacre, European governments should resist narratives of civilizational conflict and push for a ceasefire in the Syrian war.
by John Feffer


I Will Grieve. I Will Laugh. But I Am Not Charlie.
by Josh Healey

*Sanity amidst the self conscious “solidarity” with “satirists”


Sainath’s challenge: Journalist launches online archive to document diversity of rural India
by Robert Jensen


Government Accountability Project
Media Webinar on Dispersant Impacts: Tomorrow


Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR Files Brief Challenging Texas Ban on Inmate-Led Religious Gatherings


Council of Canadians
WIN! Tsal’alh Becomes a Blue Community


The Real News Network
Paris: Little and Big Monsters
Glen Ford and Paul Jay discuss the march against terrorism in Paris and the participation of leaders of countries who have committed and encouraged various forms of terrorism and war crimes


Austerity: A Decisive Factor in Greek Elections (1/2)
Professor John Weeks, author of “Economics of the 1%,” looks at European media coverage of Syriza’s anti-austerity platform


Do Prisons and Mass Incarceration Keep Us Safe? (2/2)
TRNN’s Eddie Conway continues his discussion with Maya Schenwar, author of ‘Locked Down and Locked Out’, about alternatives to mass incarceration


Institute for Public Accuracy
Hypocrisy in Paris on Freedom of Expression


FAIR Extra!
Mexican Students Didn’t Just ‘Disappear’
Describing them as ‘missing’ is missing the context
by Andalusia Knoll


Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald on How to Be a Terror “Expert”: Ignore Facts, Blame Muslims, Trumpet U.S. Propaganda


Glenn Greenwald: With Calls to Spare Petraeus, Feinstein Plea Shows that Not All Leaks are Equal


Massacre in Nigeria: Up to 2,000 Feared Dead in Boko Haram’s Worst Attack to Date



(Over)Bearing Arms in America
by Tom Engelhardt

*Have gun

Will unravel


More Evidence That Public Beats Private in Education
by Paul Buchheit


What They’re Not Telling You About Monsanto’s Role in Ukraine
Will this be a takeover of Ukraine’s farmland?
by Christina Sarich


Human Rights Watch (HRW)
US Tribal Council Mismanagement: Millions of Dollars Missing; Services Undercut


The Real News Network
Haiti 5 Years After Devastating Earthquake
TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux reviews Haiti’s most significant moments in 2014 and looks at how the country is recovering from the 2010 earthquake


Do Prisons and Mass Incarceration Keep Us Safe? (1/2)
TRNN’s Eddie Conway interviews Maya Schenwar, author of ‘Locked Down and Locked Out’, who argues mass incarceration in America causes more harm then good for prisoners and communities


Part 3: From South Africa to the United States: The Continuity of Black Consciousness Movements
Legendary emcee and producer Shaheen Ariefdien and Dr. Rico Chapman continue to discuss the histories, similarities and mutual impact of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa and the Black Power Movement here in the United States with iMixWhatILike host, Dr. Jared Ball


For Fox News’ Steve Emerson, Factchecking Seems to Be a No-Go Zone
by Jim Naureckas

*Factless fearmongering = FOX’s forte


Institute for Public Accuracy
Forget the McDonnells: We’re Ignoring Bigger Corruption


The Learning Channel – Cancel your upcoming TV show, “My Husband’s Not Gay”

*Given the ignorance on parade, the network’s title is rather ironic, wouldn’t you say?


Democracy Now!
“Circus of Hypocrisy”: Jeremy Scahill on How World Leaders at Paris March Oppose Press Freedom



Jeremy Scahill on Paris Attacks, the al-Qaeda Link & the Secret U.S. War in Yemen



Icy Cold and Cut Services Create Dangerous Perfect Storm for Homeless
With number of people without permament housing rising nationwide and services for them falling, near-zero temperatures put thousands at severe risk
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Homelessness is where the heartlessness is


In ‘Epic’ Chase, Sea Shepherd Vows to Pursue Poachers to ‘Ends of the Earth’
The dramatic chase, which has gone on for 22 days, is thought to be the world’s longest pursuit of an illegal fishing vessel.
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Poll: Leader of Anti-Austerity Podemos Party Could Be Spain’s Next Prime Minister
Speaking out forcefully against regressive economic policies that have devastated Spanish economy, Pablo Iglesias and his party have experienced meteoric rise in popularity in just one year
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons
by Glenn Greenwald

*A misleading title. Greenwald is in fact righteously excoriating the fashionable celebration of repugnant content as the epitome of a defense of free speech.

And good on him for doing so.


Reproductive Sovereignty or Bust!
by Carol Downer

*Sisters doing it with themselves


Kris Maharaj Capital Conviction Upheld


The Real News Network
Did the Invasion of Iraq Radicalize Suspects in Paris Attack?
Professor Juan Cole discusses the background of the Charlie Hebdo shooting suspects who were killed on Friday


How Wisconsin Became The First State to Mandate Outside Investigations of Fatal Police Shootings
Michael Bell, Sr. discusses how the fatal police shooting of his son a decade ago led to the passage of a 2014 Wisconsin law that bars police from investigating themselves after a fatal shooting

*I appreciate Bell’s efforts, but I doubt they’ll bear much fruit.

Who will conduct these “outside investigations”? Won’t they be part of the law enforcement “community”? What’s been the record of such investigations? Have they resulted in actions taken against the officers involved?

As for “mistakes of fact”, to take one instance, I don’t doubt the cops believed Tamir Rice had an actual gun

But if he had been a white child, do you think they would’ve killed him?

That’s not due to a honest mistake

It’s due to a malevolent view of “the other” that will always lead to a perception of danger, and to an escalation of the response to that perceived danger.

And, of course, often no “mistake” of any nature is present

It’s a simple matter of repression.

In other words, just another day on the beat.


Elk River Chemical Spill One Year Later
Cathy Kunkel, fellow with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, says regulations have been tightened, but will they be followed?


Black October and the 1973 Murder of State Delegate Turk Scott
Retired 60-year veteran law enforcement officer Stephen Tabeling and award-winning investigative journalist Stephen Janis discuss the murder of Maryland State Delegate – who was facing federal indictment for drug charges – by the group Black October (4/4)


Democracy Now!
Gilbert Achcar on the Clash of Barbarisms from the Massacre in Paris to the U.S. Occupation of Iraq


French Muslims Fear Backlash, Increased Islamophobia After Charlie Hebdo Attack


FBI Probes NAACP Office Bombing in Colorado as Act of Domestic Terrorism

*I suppose if someone had died, it might have merited some mention in the eyes of the corpress.

As for Colorado Springs’ initial inclusiveness, I doubt that encompassed its original inhabitants.


29 Arrested as Single-Payer Advocates Disrupt Vermont Gov. Shumlin’s Inauguration

*Ever notice how “progressive” pols don’t take kindly to folks demanding they actually do what they’ve promised?

Sometimes democracy gets a little too close for comfort.

And it needs to be said that, while a distinct improvement, we’re not talking single payer here. See The Real News segment on this posted here on the fifth.



Groups Demand End to ‘Inhumane Punishment’ of Saudi Dissident
Human rights watchdogs say Saudi officials can still spare blogger Raif Badawi ‘this barbaric cruelty’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*DOS says this is “inhumane”

But it’s the Saudis, so a wagged finger will suffice.


Pesticide Industry Seeks to Leverage Power Through EU-US Trade Deal
Organization’s new report details how industry proposal puts environment, food safety at risk
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Poison pens

Toxic treaty


The Real News Network
Charlie Hebdo, Islamophobia and the Freedom of Expression
Author Richard Seymour says the free speech argument is being used to obscure the reality of Islamophobia in Europe


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Calls for “Decisive Action” Against the Rwandan Rebels
Kambale Musavuli, spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo, says US pressure is behind the call for action by Ban Ki-moon, and that there are political options for dealing with the FDLR

*That would be Russell Feingold, whom liberals and “progressives” swoon over, pushing militarism here.

And you can imagine his record on Israel while in the Senate, can’t you just?


How Drug-Dealing Baltimore Politicians and Police Escaped Accountability in the 60s and 70s
Retired 60-year veteran law enforcement officer Stephen Tabeling and award-winning investigative journalist Stephen Janis discuss the selective prosecution in the early years of the “War on Drugs” and how dirty police and politicians repeatedly thwarted justice (3/4)


St. Louis People’s Grand Jury Indicts Darren Wilson
Black Agenda Report Executive Editor Glen Ford says community-organized events like this could be a possible model for exposing mass Black incarceration state on a national scale


Scale and Consequences of Capital Flight from Africa
Leonce Ndikumana, Director of the African Development Policy Program at the Political Economy Research Institute, discusses the problems and the solutions to capital flight from Africa


Institute for Public Accuracy
Attack on Charlie Hebdo


It’s Critics of ‘Selma’ Who Are Distorting Civil Rights History

*From this appraisal of the film, it seems that LBJ’s defenders should be pleased with his portrayal

And that, for me, would be cause for criticism.

He, like every president before and since, was a mass murderer. That’s the job description. That he might be seen as less of a sociopath than someone like Goldwater or Nixon is faint praise indeed.

King was murdered after turning against Johnson’s butchery overseas.

I don’t imagine the latter shed any tears over that tragedy.

Beyond that, perhaps one day history will reveal.


Democracy Now!
Scholar Tariq Ramadan, Harper’s Rick MacArthur on Charlie Hebdo Attack & How the West Treats Muslims

*I think Ramadan is eminently reasonable in his assertions. He’s not making any case for censorship. He’s calling to account those who are exercising their right to free expression in a callous and irresponsible manner.

I have a real problem with this “Je Suis Charlie” meme. You can express grief over this tragedy, and stand for free speech, without lionizing the insensitivity (too mild a word, to my mind) of the victims.

Their deaths don’t somehow change the nature of their actions, do they?

I also can’t say that speech is inviolable, when it can be reasonably foreseen to cause real harm to innocents. It’s a very difficult question, but I think one that must be considered in situations such as the Skokie March.

To avoid doing so betrays a lack of humanity, in my view.


Comics Legend Art Spiegelman & Scholar Tariq Ramadan on Charlie Hebdo & the Power Dynamic of Satire

*I think Spiegelman’s being dogmatic here, and I don’t see how “toxin is a necessary part of an ecosystem.”

Satire should be vicious, should scald, should burn

But it should do so to the deserving.

Else, what’s its purpose in the context of benefiting humankind?


“A Clash of Barbarisms”: After Paris Attack, How U.S. Policy in Middle East Helps Fuel Extremism



Year After Colorado Legalizes, Advocates Say: It’s All Good in Pot-land
Report by marijuana legalization advocates highlights decrease in crime while marking increases in tax revenue, economic output, and funding for community programs
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Utah’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law May Have Found First Legal Targets
Animal rights group vows to challenge ‘shameful,’ ‘unconstitutional’ law barring factory farm investigations
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Hostage-Takers’: Republicans Go After Social Security on Very First Day
Advocacy groups vow to fight back against what they believe is a preliminary “stealth attack” that portends a wider assault on a program that makes survival possible for millions of vulnerable Americans
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Costly Border Drone Program Has Failed, Federal Audit Finds
Findings call into question impending $443 million expansion of program
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Shell To Pay $84 Million for Nigerian Oil Spills: ‘Inadequate for Damage Done’
Lawyers say the settlement is unprecedented, but locals point out: ‘The fishermen cannot hope to return to fishing in the Bodo rivers and creeks because of the depth of hydrocarbon pollution resulting from the oil spills.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Quarter of Americans and More Than Half of Republicans Still Believe Iraq WMD Myth
New survey exploring belief in political conspiracy theories makes strong connection between one’s ideas and their media choices
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*We’re not on Vulcan anymore


Economics for the 99%
Free Markets: Yellow Brick Road to War
by John Weeks


Corporate Fiction in the Age of GMOs
by Vandana Shiva


Consumer Self-Defense: 12 Ways to Drive GMOs and Roundup off the Market
by Ronnie Cummins


Federal Highway Administration Quietly Acknowledges the Driving Boom is Over


The Real News Network
How Prisons Rip Off and Exploit the Incarcerated (2/2)
Eddie Conway and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges continue their discussion about the forms of slavery and exploitation thriving in today’s U.S. prison system


Will the ICC Charge Israel With War Crimes?
Michael Ratner, Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin, says it’s uncertain if the move by Palestinians to join the ICC will lead to cases on the last military assault on Gaza or the continued settlement construction


Remembering Victims of Terror–and Forgetting Some Others

*”We haven’t lost this many people since that attack.”

A telling employment of a pronoun, don’t you think?


Democracy Now!
Charlie Hebdo Shooting: 12 Killed in Attack on French Satirical Magazine Known for Muhammad Cartoons


Will James Risen Be Jailed? In Press Freedom Fight, NYT Reporter Tells Court He Won’t Name Source

*Is there really anything “complex” about Holder’s “legacy”?

(I despise that term, as you may have gathered.)

Just how “amazing” has he been on “the sort of traditional Democratic liberal civil rights issues”? DOJ has pressed cases involving some of the more blatant violations, and that’s enough to mollify the NAACP and other groups joined at the hip to the party, but there’s been no challenge to the systemic nature of discrimination, has there?

Which makes sense, if you’re part of the system …

Once more, DN! brings on someone who, to be generous, can’t see the forest for the trees.


Fighting Gag Order, Ferguson Grand Juror Accuses Prosecutor of Mishandling Case & Misleading Public


Mario Cuomo (1932-2015): Late New York Gov. Remembered as Working-Class Champion

*I guess that whole “exception to the rulers” thing has become terribly passé at DN!, hasn’t it?



Climate Deniers Employ Predatory Tactics in Fight Against Facts: Scientist
Michael Mann writes that the strategy ‘is similar to what happens when a group of lions on the Serengeti seek out a vulnerable individual zebra at the edge of a herd.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


In Solidarity Against Hate, Germans Turn Out Lights on Islamophobic, Far-Right Rallies
Protests take place in several cities to combat growing xenophobia and racism
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Feminism unheeded
by Robert Jensen


Center for Biological Diversity
Feds Agree to Implement Seafood Import Ban to Protect Whales and Dolphins
New Regulations Will Prohibit Fish Imports That Fail to Meet U.S. Standards for Marine Mammal Protection


Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) et alia
EPA’s Assessment of Dangerous Pesticide Leaves Communities at Risk
Continued widespread agricultural use of chlorpyrifos poses threats to children’s health


The Real News Network
UN Finds 3,000 Civilians Killed in Afghanistan in 2014
Sonali Kolhatkam, co-author of the book, Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence says the new President in Afghanistans’ approach to governing depends on US protection of his presidency


Climate Change Denier to Take Over Senate Committee
TRNN reporter Thomas Hedges continues the series of how a GOP-led Senate will change policy, this time in the arena of the Environment and Public Works Committee which Republican Senator James Inhofe will take over as chai

*This isn’t “fueled by climate change denial”.

It’s fueled by profit and power.

That applies as much to those who “acknowledge” reality, but push for “all of the above”, as it does to those who deny it.


Roots Action
Are Progressive Caucus Leaders Pushing Toward War?

*For these hyper hypocrites, Russia is Israel’s mirror image.


Democracy Now!
Justice or Vengeance?: ACLU Raises Concerns as Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Begins

*It seems to me as though the ACLU is bending over backwards to not be seen as in any way supportive of the defendant, and I wonder if that is a ploy to deflect the constant criticism of the organization as “protecting the bad guys”.

Comments like “[N]obody, very few of us, certainly not me, like this particular guy” really have no place here, do they? If Tsarnaev is guilty, shouldn’t we be looking at just why he engaged in this horrible act?

Of course, one reason – perhaps the overriding one – might be that innocents in Muslim lands have been killed by the US. That doesn’t excuse retaliation in kind, but it puts the act in a context that needs to be understood if we truly wish to end terrorism from whatever quarter.

Lastly, this meme of not letting violence deter us from upholding our principles rings hollow, when you consider that vengeance isn’t what’s driving the seeking of the death penalty, any more than it was for the war on Afghanistan.

Both are political decisions that have nothing to do with vengeance, or justice.


“David Duke Without the Baggage”: Will Top GOPer Steve Scalise Resign over Speech to Racist Group?

*White hoods

And whitewashes

Anyone traveling Scalise’s political path will always carry that baggage.


As Obama Hosts Peña Nieto, Explosive Report Ties Mexican Federal Police to Students’ Disappearance

*With friends like these

The people will always have enemies.



Enforcing the ‘Will of the People,’ Dozens of Pipeline Protesters Halt Operations in Pennsylvania
‘The people of Conestoga Township are stopping this drilling today and any day in the future that Williams attempts it,’ says protester.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


With Call to ‘End the Drone Wars,’ Activists Cut Their Way into UK Air Force Base
Four people arrested for aggravated trespass after entering RAF Waddington armed with banners and reports of civilian deaths
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fear of Government Spying ‘Chilling’ Writers’ Speech Worldwide
‘If writers avoid exploring topics for fear of possible retribution, the material available to readers—particularly those seeking to understand the most controversial and challenging issues facing the world today—may be greatly impoverished.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It may be that “U.S. credibility” has been damaged, but isn’t the larger question why there was any credibility in the first place?

And asserting that “governments may intend these bulk collection programs to be used only to detect terrorist wrongdoing” isn’t helpful to “those seeking to understand the most controversial and challenging issues facing the world today”, to my mind.


Fighting Court Secrecy, Ferguson Juror Sues to Break Gag-Order
Suit alleges that evidence presented to grand jury ‘with the insinuation that Brown, not Wilson, was the wrongdoer’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Cheating the Schoolkids: Corporations Don’t Pay Their State Taxes, Either
by Paul Buchheit


The Real News Network
How Prisons Rip Off and Exploit the Incarcerated (1/2)
Eddie Conway and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges discuss the forms of slavery and exploitation thriving in today’s U.S. prison system

*A quite literal criminal enterprise


Pensions of Union Workers Cut in Federal Budget
UMKC economics professor Michael Hudson discusses how Wall Street will profit as workers’ pensions get slashed

*Two parties

No waiting to be screwed


Individual Contribution Limit in U.S. Elections Raised to $4.9 Million
TRNN reporter Thomas Hedges takes a look at two new provisions in the 2015 spending bill that drastically increase individual limits and prohibit President Obama from using executive action to shed light on dark money in campaigns


The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)
Dr. Finkelstein explains why he endures slings and arrows, being isolated and attacked for his critique of Israel

*That the terrors of today are justified by the horrors of the past

Is the true Holocaust myth.


Vermont Bails On Universal Healthcare
VT Governor Peter Schumlin says single payer will be too expensive for taxpayers, but Dr. Margaret Flowers says his math is used to protect big business interests

*No single payer

Plenty of double dealing


White Man Publishes Book! USA Today Mistakes This for News
by Jim Naureckas

*Oh, the injustice of “writing while white”!


Summing Up White Supremacist Ties as ‘Saying Nice Things About an Old Man’
by Jim Naureckas

You have to wonder at what age would Todd have considered Lott’s praise of Thurmond something other than “[saying] nice things”.

Age, of course, is irrelevant. Thurmond’s soul was just as black at 100 as it was in the preceding 99 years.

Parenthetically, I also had a close relative who was a member of the white Citizens Council in Miss’ssippi during apartheid

My daddy.


Democracy Now!
Defying U.S. & Israel, Will ICC Membership Bring Justice to Stateless & Occupied Palestinians?


Food Safety: Can Environmental Estrogens Cause Breast Cancer?
Could estrogen-like chemicals like BPA and other plasticizers explain why breast cancer strikes so many women?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



Exemplifying Brutal New Trend, Hundreds of Refugees Cast Adrift Off Italian Coast
Over 450 people rescued on Friday following deadliest year on record for migrants
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Citing Next Generations, Lawsuits Demand Courts Recognize ‘Mind-Blowing’ Climate Impacts
‘There are laws of nature that we have to comply with,’ says legal scholar on final episode of Moyers & Company. ‘And those laws are supreme.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Transgender Youth’s Tragic Suicide Galvanizes Movement
On her Tumblr page, Leelah Alcorn pleaded with those who read her suicide note to ‘Fix society. Please.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There’s a difference between blame and condemnation.

Leelah’s parents deserve blame

But the soulless in this society that blinded them to their daughter’s essence, that twisted the message of their religion to suit their own rules

Deserve our condemnation, and contempt.


The Strategic Significance of the Fight for $15
by Ann Robertson, Bill Leumer

*The demand for a $15 minimum wage is very much a reform, and reform has true value, beyond any limited benefit, only in as much as it furthers a transformative struggle.

Reform has a disturbing habit of doing the opposite.

That’s where the concepts of class consciousness, and objective needs, must manifest themselves, in the understanding that a step should always be taken with the next one in mind.


The Fourth Winter of Fukushima
In the fourth winter since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, many of the displaced residents are still in limbo.
by Alexis Dudden


One Good Reason to Watch the Sexist, Racist, Militarist, Corporate Rose Parade
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*The dark side of a different sort of “flower power”


The Real News Network
Media Coverage on Climate Change Still Lagging (2/2)
The Pentagons’ spending bill approved at the end of last year in the calls for expediting permits for fracking in public lands explains Steve Horn from DeSmogBlog

*Shouldn’t we stop calling the LCV and any other organization that works against its own stated mission

“Environmental groups” … ?

That includes coitus with a Democratic Party neck deep in the bitumen of hypocritical hyperbole as to its own hollow credos.


Media Coverage on Climate Change Still Lagging
Steve Horn from DeSmog-Blog joins us to talk about most important but least covered environmental stories

*”[A] highly alert environmental movement” …

Would that be the one that keeps “urging” Dear Misleader to think of his “climate legacy”

Knowing full goddamn well what that legacy will be, because he’s been building it for six years?

We need to get extremely real

Because the hell that’s here and the one to come are very much so.


The Story Behind Wage Fixing in Hollywood
PandoDaily.com editor Mark Ames explains how he uncovered a wage fixing conspiracy that began in the 1980s and led all the way to Hollywood executives with connections to the White House



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