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Tomgram: Greg Grandin, Why Latin America Didn't Join Washington's Counterterrorism Posse | TomDispatch V Pepe Escobar

Tomgram: Greg Grandin, Why Latin America Didn't Join Washington's Counterterrorism Posse | TomDispatch V Pepe Escobar | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

There was a scarcely noted but classic moment in the Senate hearings on the nomination of John Brennan, the president’s counterterrorism “tsar,” to become the next CIA director.  When Senator Carl Levin pressed him repeatedly on whether waterboarding was torture, he ended his reply this way: “I have a personal opinion that waterboarding is reprehensible and should not be done.  And again, I am not a lawyer, senator, and I can't address that question.”

How modern, how twenty-first-century American!  How we’ve evolved since the dark days of Medieval Europe when waterboarding fell into a category known to all as “the water torture”!  Brennan even cited Attorney General Eric Holder as one lawyer who had described waterboarding as “torture,” but he himself begged off.  According to the man who was deputy executive director of the CIA and director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center in the years of “enhanced interrogation techniques” and knew much about them, the only people equipped to recognize torture definitively as “torture” are lawyers.  This might be more worrisome, if we weren’t a “nation of lawyers” (though it also means that plummeting law school application rates could, in the future, create a torture-definition crisis).

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REPORT by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ~>LIBYA: RULE OF LAW OR RULE OF MILITIA ~ #Saif #Gaddafi #FEB17CRIMES #NTC #ICC

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Homepage - Medical Aid for Palestinians

Homepage - Medical Aid for Palestinians | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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▶ BRICS: panel discusses the new development bank - YouTube

Tanvi Madan is the director of the India Project at the Brookings Institution. Pepe Escobar is the Asia Times roving correspondent and veteran Brazilian jour...
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Amnesty International USA Blasts Obama Administration for "Stunning Cowardice" At UN Arms Talks

Amnesty International USA Blasts Obama Administration for "Stunning Cowardice" At UN Arms Talks | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

"This was stunning cowardice by the Obama administration, which at the last minute did an about-face and scuttled progress toward a global arms treaty, just as it reached the finish line.  It’s a staggering abdication of leadership by the world’s largest exporter of conventional weapons to pull the plug on the talks just as they were nearing an historic breakthrough that would have required all nations to deny arms export licenses where there was an overriding risk that the weapons would be used to facilitate serious crimes against humanity.  Raising eleventh-hour issues with the treaty language and wanting more time to consult with itself, the Administration stopped momentum that was about to  lead to a vital treaty being finalized at the United Nations to curb the global flow of arms and help save some of the 500,000 civilian lives  lost each year in armed conflict.  When the talks began a month ago, many feared that China or Russia might sabotage the talks. No one imagined the United States would be the spoiler.  The Administration bears heavy responsibility to get these talks restarted and brought to a successful conclusion this fall at the U.N. General Assembly."

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ANIMAIS NAZIS » Medios: el objetivo del misil ucraniano podría haber sido el avión del presidente Putin

ANIMAIS NAZIS » Medios: el objetivo del misil ucraniano podría haber sido el avión del presidente Putin | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
El objetivo del misil ucraniano que impactó contra el Boeing de Malaysia Airlines podría haber sido el avión del presidente ruso, Vladímir Putin, según una fuente en la Aviación de Rusia citada por la agencia rusa Interfax.
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▶ Pepe Escobar: BRICS bank on its way to beat casino financial system

New Development Bank will provide money for infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries, and unlike the IMF or World Bank, each nation has equ...
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Asia Times Online :: BRICS against Washington consensus

Asia Times Online :: BRICS against Washington consensus | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

The headline news is that this Tuesday in Fortaleza, northeast Brazil, the BRICS group of emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) fights the (Neoliberal) World (Dis)Order via a new development bank and a reserve fund set up to offset financial crises.

The devil, of course, is in the details of how they'll do it.

It's been a long and winding road since Yekaterinburg in 2009, at their first summit, up to the BRICS's long-awaited counterpunch against the Bretton Woods consensus - the IMF and the World Bank - as well as the Japan-dominated (but largely responding to US priorities) Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The BRICS Development Bank - with an initial US$50 billion in capital - will be not only BRICS-oriented, but invest in infrastructure projects and sustainable development on a global



scale. The model is the Brazilian BNDES, which supports Brazilian companies investing across Latin America. In a few years, it will reach a financing capacity of up to $350 billion. With extra funding especially from Beijing and Moscow, the new institution could leave the World Bank in the dust. Compare access to real capital savings to US government's printed green paper with no collateral.

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UN News - Latest boat tragedy off Libya coast spotlights rising Mediterranean death toll – UN agency

UN News - Latest boat tragedy off Libya coast spotlights rising Mediterranean death toll – UN agency | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Search and rescue operations are ongoing for survivors following a recent boat accident in the Mediterranean, the latest tragic incident off the Libyan coast of Tripoli, according to the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR).
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UN removes dozens of staff from Libya

UN removes dozens of staff from Libya | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Mission says the "temporary" measure taken for safety of its staff will be reviewed once security conditions improve.
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▶ CrossTalk: Ukraine, End of Beginning (ft. Ray McGovern) - YouTube

The Europeans and Russians seek a diplomatic resolution while Washington calls for more violence. Does Poroshenko have a green light from the State Departmen...
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CrossTalk: Global Jihad?

Who is drawing the map of the New Middle East today? Does the crisis need any more outside intervention? And who are the powers that can replace Washington i...
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▶ CrossTalk: Poroshenko's War

While it appears there is a commitment to a multilateral ceasefire in the country, the fighting continues. Is Kiev's "anti-terrorist operation" in eastern Uk...
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Pepe Escobar :: Arab Spring, Jihad Summer

Pepe Escobar :: Arab Spring, Jihad Summer | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Welcome to IS. No typo; the final goal may be (indiscriminate) regime change, but for the moment name change will do. With PR flair, at the start of Ramadan, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS, or ISIL - the Islamic State of the Levant - to some) solemnly declared, from now on, it will be known as Islamic State (IS).

"To be or not to be" is so … metaphysically outdated. IS is - and here it is - in full audio glory. And we're talking about the full package - Caliph included: "the slave of Allah, Ibrahim Ibn 'Awwad Ibn Ibrahim Ibn 'Ali Ibn Muhammad al-Badrial-Hashimi al-Husayni al-Qurashi by lineage, as-Samurra'i by birth and upbringing, al-Baghdadi by residence and scholarship". Or, to put it more simply, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Well-known Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo:'I’d like to shoot those bastard Zionists' - Diplomacy and Defense

Well-known Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo:'I’d like to shoot those bastard Zionists' - Diplomacy and Defense | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Gianni Vattimo says Europeans should raise money to buy Hamas better rockets.

 

Italy’s most famous philosopher would like to personally kill Israelis and thinks Europeans should raise money “to buy Hamas some more rockets,” he recently said on the radio.

Gianni Vattimo, a well-known public intellectual and former member of the European Parliament, made the comments on a popular radio show as protests against Israel’s incursion into Gaza were held across Italy and the ruling left-leaning Democratic Party was moving toward a more pro-Israel position.

“I’d like to shoot those bastard Zionists,” Vattimo told Radio 24’s most successful show, “La Zanzara.” When asked by the hosts whether he would like to see more Israelis killed, Vattimo, who described himself on air as “a non-violent person,” responded: “Of course!”

Later, he said he “unfortunately can’t really shoot” because he was exempted from military service.

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Jim Rogers: Only a Russian/Chinese/Brazil joint-currency can battle dollar dominance - YouTube

The presidents of Russia and Brazil have met ahead of the BRICS Summit. Vladimir Putin and Dewma WHO-sseff were present as some of the two countries' largest...
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Formula of lies like magic potion: The Malaysia Airlines Disaster Is Vladimir Putin's Lockerbie Bombing

Formula of lies like magic potion: The Malaysia Airlines Disaster Is Vladimir Putin's Lockerbie Bombing | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The Russian president can de-escalate or become a Qaddafi-like pariah.

 

The catastrophic consequences of the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 go well beyond the 298 needlessly lost souls and the suffering inflicted on their families and friends. The plane’s downing is an international incident of no less consequence than the Lockerbie bombing ordered by Muammar Qaddafi in 1988, which transformed someone regarded as an eccentric despot into a lethally dangerous international pariah. While Russian President Vladimir Putin—unlike Qaddafi—did not order the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines plane, this tragedy drives home the dangers to international security posed by his reckless adventurism and his use of proxies in what has been labeled a hybrid war.

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CNN Pulls Reporter From Israel-Hamas Coverage Over 'Scum' Tweet

CNN Pulls Reporter From Israel-Hamas Coverage Over 'Scum' Tweet | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
CNN correspondent Diana Magnay hasn't tweeted since Thursday, when she referred to a group of Israelis who cheered the bombing of Gaza as "scum." And on Friday, the cable news channel said she's no longer covering the conflict.
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CrossTalk: Gaza Under Siege

What does Israel hope to achieve with its most recent assault on Gaza? Does Tel Aviv merely want to reinforce the status quo. And what of the Palestinians' r...
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Please Make Sure Your Tray Tables and Kalashnikovs Are in the Upright Position #Libya

Please Make Sure Your Tray Tables and Kalashnikovs Are in the Upright Position #Libya | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
In modern-day Libya, the phrase
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Chomsky: Barbárie em Gaza

Chomsky: Barbárie em Gaza | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
“Tudo isso vai continuar, enquanto for apoiado por Washington e tolerado pelo Ocidente – para nossa vergonha infinita”
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U.N. evacuates dozens of foreign staff from Libya

U.N. evacuates dozens of foreign staff from Libya | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The United Nations has evacuated dozens of foreign staff from its mission in Libya due to a deteriorating security situation in the North African country, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday.They (U.N.
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Why Libya is Suddenly on the Verge of a Civil War - UN Dispatch

Why Libya is Suddenly on the Verge of a Civil War - UN Dispatch | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A podcast about world news and international affairs. Today's episode: Libya on the verge of civil war. (UN evacuated staff from Libya today. The country is on the brink of war. Here's why.
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Lavrov: Ukraine crisis reminds of Belgrade bombing in 1999

Lavrov: Ukraine crisis reminds of Belgrade bombing in 1999 | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Washington should feel responsibility for the crisis in Ukraine, said Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointing out that the current events in the country recall NATO bombings of Yugoslavia in 1999.
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The New Way of War: Killing the Kids

The New Way of War: Killing the Kids | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The dangers to children in conflict zones are escalating but often overlooked. Worldwide, the numbers are unprecedented.

Via Maya
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▶ CrossTalk: Chaos Incorporated

For Washington's neocons the world is a huge playground. In the name of "democracy" they have destroyed one regime after another. Ukraine is now on the agend...
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Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East? - World Socialist Web Site

Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East? - World Socialist Web Site | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The destruction wrought by US imperialism in Iraq, Libya and Syria is an indictment not merely of a set of policies, but of an entire corrupt, predatory social order.
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