DEA Scandal: Drugs, Prostitutes and ‘Grotesque’ Double Standards (La Jornada, Mexico)
Apr23

DEA Scandal: Drugs, Prostitutes and ‘Grotesque’ Double Standards (La Jornada, Mexico)

Given the corruption and duplicity with which U.S. government agencies like the DEA, ATF and Secret Service operate, to say nothing of the public lying and unconstitutional activity of the NSA, what right do U.S. officials have to complain about corruption in places like Colombia and Mexico? This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada takes on the most recent scandal, which involves DEA agents being entertained by prostitutes at...

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About Dick Cheney’s decline
Apr22

About Dick Cheney’s decline

About Dick Cheney’s decline: Some observers believe the former vice-president is showing signs of mental illness. Others bark back, “You mean you’ve only just noticed?” Jonathan Chait slogs through the poisonous weeds of Cheneyland and takes a hard look at Cheney’s pronouncements on Iran, Obama, American decline, etc. etc. Like all Republican officeholders and some Democratic ones, Cheney thinks Obama has...

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For Democracies, Can the End Justify the Means?
Apr21

For Democracies, Can the End Justify the Means?

America and its allies had just defeated the Nazis in Europe and the Japanese in the Pacific when they were faced with a new enemy, the Soviet Union. Godless communists were viewed by many Americans as equally evil as the Nazis, and as some countries in Europe and Asia turned communist, the ideology was seen as monolithic and in thrall to the Soviets. (Unfortunately, this naive perception prevented the U.S. from taking advantage of...

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Germany: Teacher Forced High School Class to March to Nazi Song
Apr16

Germany: Teacher Forced High School Class to March to Nazi Song

A police investigation has been launched against a high school music teacher in Berlin, The Local reports Wednesday, after she forced her class of eleventh graders to march to the Nazi anthem as an alleged part of her curriculum. The song, the “Horst-Wessel-Lied,” includes lyrics that glorify Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The teacher – who...

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Isn’t It Time?
Apr15

Isn’t It Time?

Republican candidates for president in 2016 are coming out of the woodwork and Hillary’s announcement that she is running makes it unlikely that any additional Democrats will pop up as candidates in the near future. From the look of things, America is going to be stuck with either an ultra-conservative approved by the Republican base, or Hillary. Isn’t it time for the nation to be given additional choices. Aren’t there other people...

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Obama drops veto threat as Senate moves to assert a voice on Iran deal
Apr15

Obama drops veto threat as Senate moves to assert a voice on Iran deal

Obama drops veto threat as Senate moves to assert a voice on Iran deal WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a compromise bill allowing Congress to vote on a deal to stem Iran’s nuclear program. President Barack Obama, who had threatened to veto the original bill, embraced the compromise, an acknowledgment that there’s enough bipartisan support on Capitol Hill to pass it over...

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Are These Men The Faces Of Evil? No, But Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld Certainly Were
Apr14

Are These Men The Faces Of Evil? No, But Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld Certainly Were

Clockwise from top left: Dustin Heard, Nicolas Slatten, Evan Liberty, Paul Slough Even as a blogger who wrote extensively about the criminal excesses of Blackwater’s patriots-for-profit mercenary army and was appalled at the slaughter of 14 unarmed Iraqis, including women and children, in Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007 by four of the politically powerful security contractor’s thugs, I nevertheless was saddened when...

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UN praises Blackwater judgement
Apr14

UN praises Blackwater judgement

The severe prison sentences handed down to former Blackwater Worldwide security guards should serve as an example for all governments using private firms to recruit mercenaries in war situations, a UN expert body said today. It called for a new global agreement to regulate the use and accountability of mercenaries from private military and security companies (PMSCs) such as Blackwater and others since their deployment has become...

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Appalling humanitarian situation in Yemen says UN
Apr14

Appalling humanitarian situation in Yemen says UN

Aerial bombing and the internal wars in Yemen have killed at least 364 civilians including 84 children and 25 women since March 26 in addition to hundreds of fighters, the UN human rights chief reported today. More than 681 civilians have been injured and dozens of public buildings, including hospitals, schools, airports and mosques have been destroyed in airstrikes, through shelling and other attacks. “The humanitarian situation is...

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Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Apr13

Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

Is it time for Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush to stand down and let people from other families run the country? For Gazeta Wyborcza, columnist Mariusz Zawadzki writes that Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch yesterday, contrary to America’s oft-repeated mythology, shows that the ‘everyday Americans’ Hillary Clinton says she wants to help have little or no hope of running for high office or even improving their lot...

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US-Cuba Relations Thaw Begins With Historic Sit-Down Meeting Between Leaders
Apr11

US-Cuba Relations Thaw Begins With Historic Sit-Down Meeting Between Leaders

US-Cuba Relations: President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met in the first sit-down between the two countries in a half-century. The last time the two countries had a meeting was in 1956. It is very historic. Obama told Castro that “over time it is possible for us to turn the page and develop a new relationship between our 2 countries.” President Castro asked for “patience” as the two countries thaw...

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US and Cuba make history as Obama and Castro shake hands
Apr11

US and Cuba make history as Obama and Castro shake hands

US and Cuba make history as Obama and Castro shake hands Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro have made history – shaking hands in a symbolically charged gesture as they seek to restore ties after decades of hostility between the US and Cuba. Their first formal face to face came at the start of the Summit of the Americas in Panama, dominated by the rapprochement between...

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The United States Is A Humiliating Also-Ran When It Comes To The Stuff That Really Matters
Apr10

The United States Is A Humiliating Also-Ran When It Comes To The Stuff That Really Matters

If you have the sinking feeling that the American colossus is becoming a little frayed around the edges, then a new study will be a very cold shower. While the U.S. still has the biggest and baddest military and can wipe out anything and anybody on earth with the flick of a neocon’s wrist, while it continues to maintain the technological edge with a tsunami of new products from Apple and other innovators, and while its music and...

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The unpolarized Moynihan
Apr09

The unpolarized Moynihan

WASHINGTON — The problem with most discussions of political polarization is that they reach quickly for technical causes and solutions. Our politics are polarized, we are told, because of gerrymandered districts, the rise of opinionated media sources and party primaries closed off to independents or voters in the other party. There’s nothing wrong with thinking about such things, but all the mechanical fixes in the world...

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Iran Nuclear Deal: Reuters/Ipsos Poll Surprises
Apr08

Iran Nuclear Deal: Reuters/Ipsos Poll Surprises

If one listened solely to Republican neocons and Congressional war hawks, one would think that a vast majority of Americans oppose the nuclear deal with Iran and are anxious to “bomb, bomb” Iran. Not so, says a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. According to the poll, 89 percent of Democrats either support the agreement or are not sure. Fifty percent of Democrats support it while only 10 percent are opposed to it....

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Cartoon: Problem With Iran
Apr07

Cartoon: Problem With Iran

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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A turning point in U.S.-Iran relations
Apr07

A turning point in U.S.-Iran relations

WASHINGTON — The framework agreement over Iran’s nuclear program dramatically changes the Middle East. Hard-liners and hawks may complain all they want, but things will never go back to the way they were. I believe the change is clearly — perhaps historically — for the better. In that part of the world, however, there is always the possibility that things will get worse. What is certain is that the post-1979...

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How to read the Iran debate
Apr06

How to read the Iran debate

WASHINGTON — Deals involving limits on weapons, nukes or otherwise, are intricate and technical. Only a limited number of people among arms-control connoisseurs fully grasp the meaning of every detail. Yet in a democracy, these matters are and should be the subject of debate. Those engaged in the argument sometimes pretend to more knowledge than they have, tossing out a raft of numbers — readily available courtesy of your...

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Hypocrisy Springs Eternal
Apr03

Hypocrisy Springs Eternal

Listen: Iran Accuses U.S. of Lying About New Nuke Agreement Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Just hours after the announcement of what the United States characterized as a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the country’s leading negotiator lashed out at the Obama administration for lying … Wait a minute! The WHOLE contention of the treasonous Right (colluders with the head of a...

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World Reacts to Iran Deal
Apr03

World Reacts to Iran Deal

World Reacts to Iran Deal In the immediate aftermath of the announcement Thursday by Iran and world powers that negotiations had resulted in a framework to curb Iran’s nuclear program, many leaders praised it as an important step, while media personalities and individuals around the world began flooding social media with their own reactions. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry...

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