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Breaking the Last Taboo: Gaza and the threat of world war

“There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.”

For many people, the truth is out now. At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can’t look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the collusion of others, such as Canada and Australia, in this epic crime.

The attack on Gaza was an attack on all of us. The siege of Gaza is a siege of all of us. The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity under siege and a warning that the threat of a new world war is growing by the day.

via Breaking the Last Taboo: Gaza and the threat of world war. — zcomm.org.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Middle East

 

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Publishing and Reading

Some of the strongest criticism of Amazon comes from authors most closely aligned with the prestigious parts of the old system, many of those complaints appearing as reviews of “The Everything Store”, Brad Stone’s recent book on Amazon and Jeff Bezos. Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia Journalism School, wrote one such, “Citizen Bezos,” in The New York Review of Books:

via Publishing and Reading — medium.com.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Reportages

 

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The never-ending election

Afghanistan is again on edge as a result of the long-drawn-out and disputed presidential election is expected to be announced next week.

The Afghan people have become used to conflict and bloodshed over the past more than three decades and the ongoing political crisis with regard to the outcome of the polls could mean one more spell of disputes and suffering. However, the fact that the presidential election was contested largely on an ethnic basis could add one more problem to the several others that the multi-ethnic and war-ravaged country is already facing.

via The never-ending election – Rahimullah Yusufzai — www.thenews.com.pk.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Asia

 

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Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America

Chris Hedges gave this speech Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis., before a crowd of about 2,000. His address followed one there by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who seems to be preparing to run in the Democratic presidential primaries. The Fighting Bob Fest, the annual event at which they appeared, brings together progressive speakers from around the country and honors Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette (1855-1925), a U.S. senator from Wisconsin who opposed the United States’ entry into World War I. Parts of this talk were drawn from Hedges’ past columns.

via Chris Hedges: Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America – Chris Hedges – Truthdig.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Middle East, North America

 

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Islamic State: Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows across the region

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) is like an Islamic Khmer Rouge and deals with the rest of the world through violence.

via Islamic State: Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows across the region — www.independent.co.uk.

 
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Islamic State: ‘US failure to look into Saudi role in 9/11 has helped Isis’

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has been aided by the continuing failure of the US Government to investigate the role of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks and its support of jihadi movements such as al-Qaeda in the years since, says former Senator Bob Graham, the co-chairman of the official inquiry into 9/11.

via Islamic State: ‘US failure to look into Saudi role in 9/11 has helped Isis’ — www.independent.co.uk.

 
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The TTIP deal hands British sovereignty to multinationals

“It’s a serious threat to British democracy from Brussels.” “Faceless EU bureaucrats threaten to impose laws without the consent of the British people.” Both these statements could succinctly, and accurately, describe the proposed transatlantic trade and investment partnership – TTIP – between the European Union and the United States. But David Cameron is not scuttling to Brussels to display his bulldog spirit as he vetoes an attack on our country’s sovereignty. Nor will you catch Ukip issuing chilling warnings about EU rule. On the contrary, the Ukip MEP Roger Helmer says: “We have no alternative but to support the deal.”

via The TTIP deal hands British sovereignty to multinationals — www.theguardian.com.

 
 

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Snowden: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Isn’t Telling the Truth About Mass Surveillance

Like many nations around the world, New Zealand over the last year has engaged in a serious and intense debate about government surveillance. The nation’s prime minister, John Key of the National Party, has denied that New Zealand’s spy agency GCSB engages in mass surveillance, mostly as a means of convincing the country to enact a new law vesting the agency with greater powers. This week, as a national election approaches, Key repeated those denials in anticipation of a report in The Intercept today exposing the Key government’s actions in implementing a system to record citizens’ metadata.

via Snowden: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Isn’t Telling the Truth About Mass Surveillance – The Intercept — firstlook.org.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Oceania

 

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The Speech on Diplomacy That Obama Should Have Given Last Night

Too often in the United States—most especially since 9/11—we equate “doing something” with “doing something military.” George W. Bush gave a traumatized, near-paralyzed US public two options: we either go to war, or we let ‘em get away with it. Faced with that choice, it was hardly surprising that 88 percent or so of people in this country chose war.But the reality is that when there are no military solutions—which is most of the time, for those who care to notice, including on September 12, 2001—the alternative is not nothing, but active non-military engagement. Diplomacy becomes even more important. President Obama has said it over and over again: there is no US military solution in Iraq or Syria. He’s right. And yet military actions—in coalitions, with local partners, counter-terrorism but not counter-insurgency—were pretty much all we heard in his speech last night.Obama’s four-part strategy to “degrade and destroy” ISIS which he persists in calling ISIL, referencing the Levant, the old French colonial term for Greater Syria or al-Shams tilts strongly towards the military. First, airstrikes, in Syria as well as Iraq. Second, military support to forces fighting ISIS on the ground, including support to the “moderate” Syrian opposition who challenge ISIS. Third, counter-terrorism strategies to “cut off its funding, improve our intelligence, strengthen our defenses, counter its warped ideology and stem the flow of foreign fighters.” And fourth, the only one not solely or primarily military, humanitarian assistance.

via The Speech on Diplomacy That Obama Should Have Given Last Night | The Nation.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Middle East, North America

 

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What If This Doesn’t Work?

President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good.

That’s the bottom line from Obama’s sober address to the nation. The president made his decision cautiously, reluctantly, even painfully. But make no mistake: The pledge to “destroy” the Islamic State is a long-term commitment, and success will depend on a host of partners that may be unreliable.

via What If This Doesn’t Work?: Eugene Robinson — www.truthdig.com.

 
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