Saturday, August 9, 2014

Guns as Cool As Cigarettes--NRA

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By Martha Rosenberg
Guns as Cool As Cigarettes--NRA

NRA is shamelessly trying to "sell" how cool guns are the way cigarettes used to be sold. All businesses and corporations protect their customers from smoke while many allow them to be exposed to lethal weapons!

By Bill McKibben
Stand Up and March: You Are the People's Climate Movement

It's been a nasty year in a lot of ways. We learned in April that the great ice sheets of the Antarctic have begun to melt. We've watched as huge wildfires have spread smoke across the continent. And we've seen the Koch brothers double down on their spending to control our politics. Which means the choice is ours.

U.S. "Humanitarian" Bombing of Iraq: A Redundant Presidential Ritual - The Intercept

The suffering in Iraq is real, as is the brutality of ISIS, and the desire to fix it is understandable. There may be some ideal world in which a superpower is both able and eager to bomb for humanitarian purposes. But that is not this world. Just note how completely the welfare of Libya was ignored by most intervention advocates the minute the fun, glorious, exciting part -- "We came, we saw, he died," chuckled Hillary Clinton -- was over.

By Rob Kall
Obama Calls ISIL "Barbaric Terrorists"

Is ISIS/ISIL a terrorist organization? Or is it being labeled as one so Obama and congress can avoid constitutional and legal requirements to authorize war?

By Paul Craig Roberts
Washington Threatens The World

Washington does not accept law, neither domestic nor international, as a constraint on its actions. Washington is "exceptional, indispensable." No one else counts. No law, no Constitution, and no humane consideration has authority to constrain Washington's will. In its claims Washington surpasses those of the Third Reich.

The World's First Climate Change Refugees Granted Residency in New Zealand

This summer, a family from the Polynesian island nation of Tuvalu became the world's first to gain residency in another country as climate change refugees, the New Zealand Herald reports. The family submitted a residency application to the New Zealand government, stating that the ill-effects of climate change prevented them from returning home, where rising tides are causing salt water encroachment that pollutes Tuvalu's drinking water.

By Robert Parry
Was Putin Targeted for Mid-Air Assassination?

Official Washington's conventional wisdom on the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down blames Russian President Putin, but some U.S. intelligence analysts think Putin, whose plane was flying nearby, may have been the target of Ukrainian hardliners who hit the wrong plane, writes Robert Parry.

By Pepe Escobar
NATO is desperate for war

For the US government, "there might be a humanitarian catastrophe" in Mount Sinjar in Iraq, involving 40,000 people. As for at least 730,000 eastern Ukrainians, they have the solemn right to be shelled, bombed, air-stricken and turned into refugees.

By Bob Fitrakis
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The new release of extended versions of Nixon's papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a "conspiracy theory" by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will.

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By James Marc Leas
Israeli officials have their hands on the Hamas rocket dial
The Senators got it very wrong.

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By Uri Avnery
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By James Wall
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By Marjorie Cohn
Tallying Israeli War Crimes

For decades, Israel has slaughtered Palestinians with impunity, always protected by the U.S. government and its veto at the UN Security Council. But the latest bloody assault on Gaza has prompted more open talk about Israeli war crimes -- and U.S. complicity, says Marjorie Cohn.

Foreign oil workers evacuated from Kurdistan as Islamic State advances

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By Danny Schechter
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By William P. Homans
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By Scott Baker
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A lot of liberals or progressives are confused about supporting Israel, or outright opposed to doing so, especially now, when the current conflict, Operation Defensive Edge, with Hamas has eclipsed the carnage and damage of the last big battle, Operation Cast Lead, in 2012.


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The US Congress -- both House and Senate -- have learned their lessons, too. No sooner does an incident arise that -- if committed by a country other than Israel -- would clearly be identified as at best a human rights violation, and at worst a war crime does the House and Senate suddenly find a cohesion that otherwise simply does not exist.


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