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1.1 million Brazilians petition government to give Edward Snowden asylum

1.1 million Brazilians petition government to give Edward Snowden asylum | News in english | Scoop.it
1.1 million Brazilians petition government to give Edward Snowden asylum:
 Edward Snowden is a popular guy in Brazil. The NSA leaker received 1.1 million signatures in a petition that aims to convince its president to grant him asylum.
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The U.S. government says he’s a terrorist. This Yemeni politician denies it, but has advice for the Americans.

The U.S. government says he’s a terrorist. This Yemeni politician denies it, but has advice for the Americans. | News in english | Scoop.it
Yemeni 'global terrorist' says he has counterterrorism advice for Washington:
The United States is doing more to stoke terrorism, here in the heartland of al-Qaeda's most active franchise, than to defeat it, he says.
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Saudi Arabia plans to pitch Obama for regime change in #Syria - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Saudi Arabia plans to pitch Obama for regime change in #Syria - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | News in english | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia plans to pitch Obama for regime change in #Syria:
Saudi King Abdullah blames Washington for not doing more to stop the war, oust Assad and put in place a Sunni government that will break with Iran and Hezbollah. He would like Syria to become a Sunni base for toppling Hezbollah dominance of Lebanon.
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#Syria says US created "negative climate" in Geneva - Associated Press | World | ADN.com

#Syria says US created "negative climate" in Geneva - Associated Press | World | ADN.com | News in english | Scoop.it

#Syria says US created "negative climate" in Geneva - Associated Press | World | ADN.com

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Politics is Dead: Russell Brand

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Politics is Dead: Russell Brand
 
By Jonathan Cook
 
The treatment of Brand in this and other interviews by the corporate media is a useful reminder that the system is precisely designed to silence, intimidate and marginalise those who challenge the manufactured consensus.

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Robert Fisk: Civilians are dying. Campaigners are being kidnapped. The world cannot turn a blind eye to America’s drone attacks in Pakistan

Robert Fisk: Civilians are dying. Campaigners are being kidnapped. The world cannot turn a blind eye to America’s drone attacks in Pakistan

By Robert Fisk
 
Why was Karim Khan prevented from speaking out against drone warfare?
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Lars Erickson's comment, October 27, 2014 11:43 AM
Wow this would be awful to see paired with quadcopters
Matt Wilson's comment, November 3, 2014 2:15 PM
Lars, I agree. We love technology, it's just too bad that we use this technology for destruction.
Matt Wilson's curator insight, November 6, 2014 6:07 PM

Any further questions on why the world hates the United States? I think Robert Fisk does a splendid job answering this question. Fisk is from England, which allows him to provide some perspective on United States foreign policy. He writes articles about wars for The Independent. Unfortunately for the United States, he wrote these facts. He informs the reader that United States drones circle towns for hours. How would you feel about drones circling your town? I imagine it like having a gun to my head. Would you be frightened by the sight of drones over your head? I wonder how long it takes before drones are circling United States territory. It's embarrassing to learn that my government destroys innocent lives around the world. If you have any thoughts on this, please share! 

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The New US-Russia Cold War

The New US-Russia Cold War
 
By Pepe Escobar
 
After Sochi, Vlad the Hammer will be back in business with a vengeance. Nuland and co, watch your back.
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The Koch Brothers’ Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble got Rich undermining Democracy

The Koch Brothers’ Dark Money Man:   How Sean Noble got Rich undermining Democracy | News in english | Scoop.it

(By Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer via ProPublica) For a brief, giddy moment, Sean Noble—a little-known former aide to an Arizona congressman—became one of the most important people in American politics. Plucked…

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Saudis and CIA agree to Arm Syrian "Moderates" with Advanced Weapons - #Syria Comment

Saudis and CIA agree to Arm Syrian "Moderates" with Advanced Weapons - #Syria Comment | News in english | Scoop.it

Posted: 15 Feb 2014 09:50 AM PST

Saudis and CIA agree to Arm Syrian Moderates with Advanced Anti-aircraft and Anti-tank Weapons #Syria
by Joshua Landis

The news that the “Saudis Agree to Provide Syrian Rebels With Mobile Antiaircraft Missiles,” as reported by the Wall Street Journal (article copied below), will change the battle field in Syria.

The newly formed “Southern Front” led by Bashar al-Zoubi, will be the main recipient. The WSJ says Zoubi has a direct line 

Saudis and CIA agree to Arm Syrian Moderates with Advanced Anti-aircraft and Anti-tank Weapons by Joshua Landis The news that the “Saudis Agree to Provide Syrian Rebels With Mobile Antiaircraft Missiles,” as reported by the Wall Street Journal (article copied below), will change the battle field in Syria. The newly formed “Southern Front” led by …

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Obama DOJ's New Abuse of State-Secrets Privilege Revealed - The Intercept

Obama DOJ's New Abuse of State-Secrets Privilege Revealed - The Intercept | News in english | Scoop.it

Obama DOJ's New Abuse of State-Secrets Privilege Revealed - The InterceptFor nine years, the U.S. government refused to let a Stanford PhD student named Rahinah Ibrahim back in the country after putting her on the no-fly list for no apparent reason. For eight years, U.S. government lawyers fought Ibrahim's request that she be told why.

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#USAID cancels contract for good news from #Afghanistan #photography

#USAID cancels contract for good news from #Afghanistan #photography | News in english | Scoop.it
#USAID cancels contract for good news from #Afghanistan #photography#photo
The federal agency charged with spending more than $1 billion in aid projects for Afghanistan abruptly canceled a contract proposal Thursday that would have paid photographers for "positive images" of its work there to counteract what it terms negative coverage by news organizations
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When reality becomes hate speech: President of EU Parliament visits #Israel | +972 Magazine

When reality becomes hate speech: President of EU Parliament visits #Israel | +972 Magazine | News in english | Scoop.it

When reality becomes hate speech: President of EU Parliament visits #Israel | +972 Magazine

The facts of the occupation are indisputable – it is the words we use to describe those facts that are now being delegitimized. An absurd incident took place in the Knesset Wednesday when members of…

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Obama Revisits Military Option on #Syria

Obama Revisits Military Option on #Syria

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR
 
Internal discussions are going on within the Obama administration as to the "extent of the president's powers to use lethal force against terrorist organizations' in Syria.
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Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm

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Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm:
A top-secret document, obtained by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden, shows that an American law firm was monitored while representing a foreign government in trade disputes with the United States.
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The EU must take urgent action to end the continuing closure and impunity in Gaza : Amnesty

The EU must take urgent action to end the continuing closure and impunity in Gaza : Amnesty:
We call on the European Union to urge Israel to lift the unlawful closure of the Gaza Strip, and demand that all parties comply with their obligations under international law.
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Manufacturing Consent For Military Intervention in #Syria

Manufacturing Consent For Military Intervention
Germany calls for UN resolution on Syria:
FM Steinmeier blasts Assad regime for lack of progress in Geneva talks and urges UN Security Council to act immediately on humanitarian situation in Syria
 
 
Manufacturing Consent For Military Intervention
Syrian regime entirely to blame for failure of Geneva II - Kerry: -
US Secretary of State John Kerry has pointed the finger at the Bashar Al-Assad government for "stalling" at the Geneva II talks, and in that time, launching more attacks against Syrians.
 
 
Manufacturing Consent For Military Intervention
US to Syria "regime" supporters: Abandon Assad or bear responsibility:
Kerry urged the regime's supporters to press for the creation of a transitional government, warning they would bear the responsibility "if the regime continues with its intransigence in the talks and its brutal tactics on the ground."
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10 Weapons Wall Street Uses to Manipulate You

10 Weapons Wall Street Uses to Manipulate YouNo quantum computer needed for this profit-making machine

By Paul B. Farrell


February 16 2014 "Information Clearing House - "Market Watch" - - I’ve been observing the Wall Street machine in action since my days atMorgan Stanley years ago. The truth is, Wall Street really doesn’t need a sophisticated high-tech “Infinity Machine.” They’re already in a Snowden-style low-tech “Singularity,” “accelerating returns” skimming money from 95 million Main Street investors.

Remember, Wall Street has only one goal, make insiders superrich, and shareholders rich. The public interest and the rest of the world are never part of their competitive algorithms. Never.

They achieve their goal with the basic ideas of behavioral-finance geniuses like Richard Thaler, by keeping investors in the dark, dependent, irrational and uninformed. Very simple. Here are 10 of Wall Street’s high-tech/low-tech weapons used by their psychological/neuroscientific/behavioral finance cyberwarriors to control their casinos:

1. Hire psychologists, neuroscientists to manipulate the media

Use consulting contracts, grants and retainers and lock up the best talent to work to keep America’s 95 million individual investors “irrational and uninformed” as Thaler says.

2. Free experts constantly deliver Wall Street’s message to media

Network, cable, bloggers must fill their channels every day. Talking heads are free advertising for Wall Street to manipulate investors using so-called news content.

3. Invest megabucks on lobbyists to control politicians, government

Lobbying is one of Wall Street’s best investments. Lobbyists control Washington: control politicians, fight reforms, push favorable laws, regs, spin the truth to mislead investors.

4. Fuel anxiety by pushing the investor’s buy/sell/ trade button

Wall Street’s a casino, makes money on “the action,” skimming a percentage off the top. They fuel investor anxieties, fears, optimism, volatility, maximize action on exchanges.

5. Kill our savings button, undercut self-confidence, long-term planning

Wall Street uses neuroscience technology to sow doubts about retirement security, do-it-yourself investing, how indexing beats trading, then overloads us with misleading ads.

6. High-frequency trading, misleading Wall Street and Main Street

Short-term online trading makes Wall Street billions annually. Hyperactive traders have a competitive edge using high-tech neuroscientific strategies, plus keep markets churning.

7. Brokers trained on aggressive selling and closing techniques

Securities are sold not bought: Broker’s advice is self-serving, often misleading, anything to get a commission. They’re trained to use high-powered psychological techniques.

8. ‘Investor education’ programs are self-serving sales gimmicks

Most Wall Street-sponsored “investor education” programs are loaded with new business, sales and promotional gimmicks. But they help Wall Street present a “we care” persona.

9. New ‘designer’ funds based on latest fads to replace losers

Fund companies constantly design new funds based on the latest fads, for anxious investors chasing higher returns, driven like teenagers who need the latest video games.

10. Retirement gatekeepers: kept in the dark and manipulated

Two-thirds of all funds are controlled by corporate pension and retirement managers. So Wall Street focuses sales pitches on easy to manipulate naïve plan managers.

Yes, Wall Street is already in its “Singularity.” The rest of us must wait till 2045. Meanwhile, Americans need to start asking the hard questions now: Will these new “Infinity Machines” have a soul with a conscience? Know right from wrong? Stop drones from killing good people? Force corporations to put the public interest ahead of shareholder profits? We need to ask the tough questions today ... later may be too late.

Paul B. Farrell is a MarketWatch columnist based in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Follow him on Twitter @MKTWFarrell.

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'Unprecedented Increase In Opium Production'

'Unprecedented Increase In Opium Production'
 
By Deutsche Welle
 
"Afghanistan is now producing record amounts of opium poppy which is destined to become heroin in "new markets."
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#Venezuela Under Attack

#Venezuela Under Attack
 
By Peter Koenig
 
The financial sharks of the FED and its Wall Street consortia are waiting in the wings to descend like vultures to loot the country as soon as President Maduro is 'gone'.
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Chomsky (2014) "US and Israel Don't Want To Overthrow Assad!" - YouTube #Syria

Prof. Noam Chomsky on #Syria, Geneva 2, Iran, etc. January, 2014

Chomsky: "US and Israel Don't Want To Overthrow Assad!" 

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Israel will be pretty happy to see Syrians kill each other.

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The Deluge - YouTube #documentaire #projet #HumanRights #CentralAfrica #Rwanda #OtherTruth


A documentary film on the Politics of Genocide in Central Africa. This is a demo reel selects of interviews and footage we intend to use in the film. This is not the film itself. For more information: www.witchdoctorsmovie.com.

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The Deluge - YouTube #documentaire #projet #HumanRights #CentralAfrica #Rwanda #OtherTruth

via BK Kumbi : "Voici un projet de documentaire de mon ami journaliste et reporter de guerre Keith Harmon Snow. Souvent taxé de complotiste mais j'ai vu peu de personnes aussi investies dans leur travail parce qu'avant d'être des reporters ce sont des humains. L'histoire de ce génocide qu'il raconte dans ce footage va totalement à l'encontre de la vérité officielle. Il est grand temps que l'on entendent la voix de ces Hutus estampillés génocidaires et celle des Tustsis comme le feu prince Nyatera, oncle de Paul Kagame le soit disant sauveur mais vrai boucher de l'Afrique centrale" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1mqvr8iNHc""

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Survey: Americans struggle with science; respect scientists

Survey: Americans struggle with science; respect scientists:
For example, only 74 percent of those queried knew that the Earth revolved around the sun, while fewer than half (48 percent) knew that human beings developed from earlier species of animals.

While most Americans could be a bit more knowledgeable in the ways of science, a majority are interested in hearing about the latest scientific breakthroughs and think highly of scientists. This is according to a survey of more than 2,200 people conducted by the National Science Foundation, one that is conducted every two years and
is part of a report -- Science and Engineering Indicators -- that the National Science Board provides to the president and Congress.

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Libyan general declares a coup, but no one listens #libya

Libyan general declares a coup, but no one listens #libya | News in english | Scoop.it
Libyan general declares a coup, but no one listens #libya :
A former chief of Libya's army called for the country's parliament and government to be suspended in an unusual video message Friday that many derided as a futile attempt to declare a coup, reflecting the chaos in the North African nation.
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Saudi Arabia to supply Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles – report

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Saudi Arabia to supply Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles – report

Frustrated by the deadlock of the second round of Geneva 2 talks, Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered to supply the rebels with anti-aircraft missiles. Meanwhile Russia has accused the US of once again hijacking peace talks and pushing for regime change.

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The Lethal Legacy of U.S. Foreign Intervention

The Lethal Legacy of U.S. Foreign Intervention
 
By Sheldon Richman
 
Violence is flaring in Iraq, as Sunni Muslims, fed up with the oppressive, corrupt, U.S.-installed and Iran-leaning Shi'a government, have mounted new resistance.
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