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Dangerous Blather: Frida Ghitlis at CNN on Ukraine

by on March 20, 2014

Crossposted from my “Russia and the World Blog” at www.mlenoe.wordpress.com

Some of the US mainstream press coverage of the Ukrainian crisis has been relatively good, such as Fareed Zakaria’s commentary.  A lot more is garbage.  Today’s “most ignorant blather” award goes to Frida Ghitis, who has a front page headline on CNN right now.   Ghitis presents the crisis as the beginning of “a new Cold War,” opines that Ukraine should …
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“Freedom” of the Press (As Long As You Are Behind Bars)

by on July 27, 2013

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Recently Released Yemeni Journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye, Jailed at Obama’s Behest (photo c/o AP)

One of the more contemptible policies of the Obama administration is its efforts to criminalize journalism.  While the Bush administration should be held in a very high level of contempt on this issue as well, if only for treating a cameraman as an enemy of the state, the Obama war on journalism is unprecedented.  While this …
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Goosin’ With The Gestapo Hepcats

by on June 10, 2013

This film short is called “Lambeth Walk – Nazi Style” and was made by Charles A. Ridley in 1941. He re-edited existing footage of Hitler and Nazi soldiers (taken from the propaganda film “Triumph of the Will”) to make it appear they were marching and dancing to “The Lambeth Walk”. He used the music because members of the Nazi party had called the tune “Jewish mischief and animalistic hopping”. The


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Edward Snowden ~ NSA/PRISM Whistleblower

by on June 9, 2013

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.
The Guardian

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Fire In The Briarpatch

by on June 3, 2013

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The Briarpatch, a pugnacious periodical from the pearl of the prairies, Regina, Saskatchewan, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its first print edition back in 1973. Fiercely independent and wholly reader-supported, this venue for the vexed and the visionary is in fund-drive mode and calling for new Sustainers to help it continue its mission to provide original reporting, insight, and analysis from a grassroots perspective for years to come. …
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Real Wages Fall Again–Media Ignores It

by on June 3, 2013

Dr. Kenneth Thomas, a political science professor at the University of Misouri-St. Louis and blogger at Business Insider, has actually read the turgid 2013 Economic Report of the President–in particular Appendix B-47, “Hours and Earnings in Non-Agricultural Industries, 1966-2012.”  Since literally nobody else, he found, in the media cares about this stuff, he has decided to report the grim news.  Real wages continue their relentless generational decline, remaining …
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The Bush Georges And The American Horror Closet

by on March 23, 2013

51FNmzc1REL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX285_SY380_CR,0,0,285,380_SH20_OU01_The following clip may be for you if you were at all surprised that the end of the Bush W. administration did not bring about an end to the Bush wars, or the Bush war shenanigans, or Gitmo, or that the Obama presidency has shown less than zero appetite for pursuing and prosecuting Bush officials who lied, deceived, profiteered, and engaged in such war crimes as unprovoked war, attacks on …
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Documentary Exposes US Role in Iraq Sectarian Conflict

by on March 16, 2013

This is one of the great untold stories of the Iraq War, how just over a year after the invasion, the United States funded a sectarian police commando force that set up a network of torture centers to fight the insurgency. It was a decision that helped fuel a sectarian civil war between Shia and Sunni that ripped the country apart. At its height, it was claiming 3,000 victims a


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Poll: Canadians are Progressive and Acquiescent

by on December 23, 2012

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Northern Ontario (Attawapiskat) Cree leader Theresa Spence is on the 13th day of her hunger strike near the Canadian parliament today.

Majority of Canadians support grassroots protest movements: poll

A recent Trudeau Foundation poll shows the majority of Canadians are “progressive” (social democratic) in theory and acquiescent in practice: docile subjects of representational democracy.

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Idle No More & Settler-Colonial Canada

by on December 11, 2012

Artwork by Dwayne Bird.

Idle No More is a grassroots indigenous movement initiated by four women in Saskatchewan in response to Federal legislation (Bill C-45) that violently contravenes the Treaty Rights of First Nations (and the more fundamental indigenous rights of many who don’t recognize the authority of said treaties or, as in most of BC, never signed land treaties). Responding to this grassroots pressure in their communities …
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1000 Words, 1000 Days: Day 343 – Tim Lopes, The White Knight Of The Hidden Camera

by on December 9, 2012

A few days ago, I joked about becoming a journalist. I suppose that, had I grown up with the right role model, that could have been my reality. Indiana Jones made archeology look cool. Jaws taught me that marine biology could be full of thrills and excitement. And TV’s Jessica Fletcher showed me that even being a senior citizen / mystery writer in the right small town could lead …
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Bradley Manning Finally Gets to Speak

by on December 1, 2012

Kevin Gosztola has been doing Pulitzer-quality work on the Bradley Manning pre-trial hearing on whether Manning was subject to “unlawful pretrial punishment.”  The answer seems to be, “hells to the yeah!”:

2:05 PM Fifteen minute break. Fein opened up an incredible line of questions with Manning that do not obviously appear to benefit the government’s case that he wasn’t unlawfully punished. He asked about “voluntary statements” he signed except they


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