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America Is Open for Business in Iraq (Psst... Wanna Buy an M1 Tank?) PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 07:46

By Peter Van Buren

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175943/tomgram%3A_peter_van_buren%2C_the_military-industrial_complex_in_iraq/#more

The current American war in Iraq is a struggle in search of a goal. It began in August as a humanitarian intervention, morphed into a campaign to protect Americans in-country, became a plan to defend the Kurds, followed by a full-on crusade to defeat the new Islamic State (IS, aka ISIS, aka ISIL), and then... well, something in Syria to be determined at a later date.

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GMO Lawsuit: Iowa Farmers Are Suing Syngenta PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 05 January 2015 19:04

By Inquisitor January 4, 2015 http://www.inquisitr.com/1727066/gmo-lawsuit-iowa-farmers-are-suing-syngenta/ Iowa farmers are suing biotech giant Syngenta over GMO contamination which prompted China to cancel corn orders and refuse shipments. Genetically modified (GMO) corn was rejected by China last year because Beijing officials considered the genetically engineered crop strain “contaminated

Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 19:17
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Everything’s Coming Together While Everything Falls Apart The Climate for 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 11:16

By Rebecca Solnit

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175938/tomgram%3A_rebecca_solnit%2C_challenging_the_divine_right_of_big_energy

In that little junk shop on a quiet street in San Francisco, I held a relic from one of the great upheavals of the last millennium. It made me think of a remarkable statement the great feminist fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin had made only a few weeks earlier. In the course of a speech she gave while accepting a book award she noted, “We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 17:50
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American Torture -- Past, Present, and… Future? Beyond the Senate Torture Report PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 14 December 2014 18:00


By Rebecca Gordon http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175934/tomgram%3A_rebecca_gordon%2C_the_torture_wars/#more

 

It’s the political story of the week in Washington. At long last, after the endless stalling and foot-shuffling, the arguments about redaction and CIA computer hacking, the claims that its release might stoke others out there in the Muslim world to violence and “throw the C.I.A. to the wolves,” the report -- you know which one -- is out.  Or at least, the redacted executive summary of it is available to be read and, as Senator Mark Udall said before its release, “When this report is declassified, people will abhor what they read. They’re gonna be disgusted. They’re gonna be appalled. They’re gonna be shocked at what we did.”

So now we can finally consider the partial release of the long-awaited report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the gruesome CIA interrogation methods used during the Bush administration’s “Global War on Terror.” But here’s one important thing to keep in mind: this report addresses only the past practices of a single agency. Its narrow focus encourages us to believe that, whatever the CIA may have once done, that whole sorry torture chapter is now behind us.

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Pennsylvania Ecosystem Fights Corporation For Rights In Landmark Fracking Lawsuit PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 11 December 2014 14:55
 
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Two Detroits, Separate and Unequal A Journey Across a City Divided PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 November 2014 18:22


By Laura Gottesdiener

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175923/tomgram%3A_laura_gottesdiener%2C_a_tale_of_two_cities%2C_post-bankruptcy/#more

In late October, a few days after local news cameras swarmed Detroit’s courthouse to hear closing arguments in the city’s historic bankruptcy trial, “Commander” Dale Brown cruised through the stately Detroit neighborhood of Palmer Woods in a Hummer emblazoned with the silver, interlocking-crescent-moon logo of his private security company.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 November 2014 18:29
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Two Detroits, Separate and Unequal A Journey Across a City Divided PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 16 November 2014 18:11


By Laura Gottesdiener http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175923/tomgram%3A_laura_gottesdiener%2C_a_tale_of_two_cities%2C_post-bankruptcy/#more

In late October, a few days after local news cameras swarmed Detroit’s courthouse to hear closing arguments in the city’s historic bankruptcy trial, “Commander” Dale Brown cruised through the stately Detroit neighborhood of Palmer Woods in a Hummer emblazoned with the silver, interlocking-crescent-moon logo of his private security company.

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Kevin Taylor Salmon people pray for sacred fish to return to historic home PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 15:08

Northwest tribes urge US and Canada to revise Columbia River Treaty to allow safe passage for salmon crossing dams

KETTLE FALLS, Wash. — Along a rocky shore where his ancestors gathered for millennia at once thundering but now flooded rapids, Richard Armstrong stepped into the Columbia River to pray.

With eyes closed, Armstrong, a member of the Okanagan Nation Alliance, pounded a rhythm on a small hide drum and prayed and sang in a Salish-language dialect. His prayers urged the U.S. and Canada to renegotiate the Columbia River Treaty, which has cut salmon off from this stretch of water.

For thousands of years, Native people had gathered at these falls to spear and net the leaping fish. Armstrong is a descendant of the last salmon chief who regulated the bustling fishery.

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To Terrify and Occupy How the Excessive Militarization of the Police is Turning Cops Into Counterinsurgents PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 06:34

By Matthew Harwood

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175881/

Jason Westcott was afraid.

One night last fall, he discovered via Facebook that a friend of a friend was planning with some co-conspirators to break in to his home. They were intent on stealing Wescott's handgun and a couple of TV sets. According to the Facebook message, the suspect was planning on “burning” Westcott, who promptly called the Tampa Bay police and reported the plot.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the investigating officers responding to Westcott’s call had a simple message for him: “If anyone breaks into this house, grab your gun and shoot to kill.”

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The Fourth of July- Independence Day; Has Anything Really Changed? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 20:30
 
By Joan Russow, - Global Compliance Research Project -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout his 2008 campaign, Barack  Obama declared that he would "chart a new course for America", and in his victory speech he said: “This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make this change. And this cannot happen if we go back to the way things were." And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, our destiny is shared. But has he moved the United States of America away from its years of militarism, competitiveness and fundamentalism? Enclosed is a list of 100 ways that the United States of America, on July 4, 2014, has not yet, or may not have on moved away from “going back to the way things were. 
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014 07:50
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