Monday, 27 December 2010

Leaked U.S. Cables
Discuss Mexican Drug Lord and Panamanian President's Request For Wiretaps

By William Booth

The Mexican government has repeatedly denied that Mexican military forces are receiving training from U.S. armed forces, but diplomatic cables leaked earlier this year appear to confirm that Mexican marines have been receiving special operations training from U.S. Continue

The National Image and its Contradictions – An Analysis

By Lawrence Davidson

Benjamin Disraeli once labeled Britain’s government "an organized hypocrisy." That was in circa 1845. Things have not changed much and by now hypocrisy might well be seen as a common sin of democratic government. Continue

WikiLeaks May Spawn New Sedition Act

By Bob Barr

We can only hope Jefferson’s wisdom and understanding will speak from across the ages to shine the bright light of constitutional truth on such dark plans. Continue

Gibbs: Indefinite Terrorist Detentions Regrettable

By Politico

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says it's unfortunate that some terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay need to be held indefinitely without trial. Continue

‘Homeland’ Security Coming to Hotels, Shopping Malls

By Agence France-Presse

Napolitano said international travelers in the United States also face tight intelligence screening even before they reach the boarding gate. Continue

2011: A Brave New Dystopia

By Chris Hedges

Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second. Continue

The Working Poor

By EC Blog

As the middle class in America continues to be slowly wiped out, the number of working poor continues to increase. Today, nearly one out of every three families in the United States is considered to be "low income". Continue

Hollywood and the War Machine

Video Report By Al Jazeera

Empire examines the symbiotic relationship between the movie industry and the military-industrial complex. Continue

US Kills 24 People In Pakistan: At least 25 people were killed in three U.S. drone strikes launched on Monday in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan, reported local media.
Twin suicide bombings kill 17 in Iraq's Ramadi: Twin suicide bombings rocked a government compound in Iraq's western city of Ramadi on Monday, killing 17 people, a deputy interior minister said.
Three killed in suicide car bombing in Afghanistan: A suicide car bombing in the southern Taliban stronghold of Kandahar killed three people and wounded 26 others, mostly police, officials said, in an attack spotlighting instability in Afghanistan as the Nato-led fight against insurgents there approaches the start of its 10th year.
NATO occupation force soldier killed in southern Afghanistan blast: - A soldier of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Monday.
Russian court: ex-tycoon guilty: Moscow court convicts Mikhail Khodorkovsky along with his business partner of embezzling $27bn.
US Embassy Cables: Rule of law in Mikhail Khodorkovsky trial merely 'gloss': US dismisses Russian efforts to show due process in tycoon's trial, as 'lipstick on a political pig'
WikiLeaks founder baffled by sex assault claims: ONE of the women claiming she was sexually assaulted by Julian Assange took a "trophy photo" of him lying naked in her bed, he says.
Why Wikileaks will be the death of big business and big government.: The Wikileaks revolution isn’t only about airing secrets and transacting information. It’s about dismantling large organizations—from corporations to government bureaucracies. It may well lead to their extinction.
The Bank of America attack today, will they succeed?: Everything point to the fact that in a few hours Anonymous will be attacking Bank of America.
Assange to write autobiography for over USD 1 million: I don't want to write this book, but I have to," he told the Sunday Times. "I have already spent GBP 200,000 (USD 309,000) for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat."
Rare earth metals mine is key to US control over hi-tech future: It's a deep pit in the Mojave desert. But it could hold the key to America challenging China's technological domination of the 21st century.
US threatens China with WTO case on rare earth exports: US trade officials Thursday threatened trade action against China over exports of rare earth materials, one day after embarking on a separate case before the World Trade Organization (WTO) against wind power subsidies.
Change? What Change? Executive order for detainee reviews being drafted: Such an order would be further acknowledgment by Obama that his campaign pledge to close Guantanamo Bay will remain unfulfilled for the foreseeable future
Conservative chorus calling for states’ right to declare bankruptcy: A chorus of conservative pundits are calling for bankruptcy laws to be changed so that all 50 US state governments might have the chance to restructure their debts, an ability currently limited to corporations, municipal entities, and private citizens.
The rich are much richer than you and me: The average family's net worth plunged 41% -- to just $62,200 -- from 2007 to 2009, according to EPI's calculations.

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