Laura Flanders | Noam Chomsky Talks US Militarism and Capitalism, at Home and Abroad
Laura Flanders, Truthout: Professor and author Noam Chomsky speaks with Laura Flanders on the US bombing of Iraq and Syria, US policing and the criminalization of Black life, the US-China carbon emissions deal, and more.
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GMO Contamination Denial: Controlling Science
Don Fitz, Truthout: Did you ever think that investigation of the potential dangers of putting GMOs into food would be based on objective research? Through all of its phases, scientific research is subject to repression, manipulation and more insidious forms of control that push it toward a profit-based consensus.
A Brutal “Torture Report,” but No Accountability
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: While the Obama administration does not deny the brutality of the CIA’s top secret, post-9/11 torture program, detailed in the long-awaited “torture report” releasedtoday by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the administration is refusing to hold anyone publicly accountable.
William Ayers | Bad? Suffering From Youthful Tendency Disorder? Lost Children in a Lost Society
William Ayers, Teachers College Press: In his foreword, titled “Through a Glass Darkly,” to Crystal T. Laura’s new book,Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, William Ayers reflects on how that pipeline actually functions.
Torture Has No Place in US Society
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Todaymarks a new chapter in US history. Every US citizen should read the summary of the CIA torture report and learn from it. We must acknowledge that the Bush administration committed torture and war crimes, and we must promise to never, ever do these things again.
Chomsky Turns 86: Happy Birthday, Noam
Dan Falcone, Truthout: Renowned linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky turned 86 years old on December 7. Dan Falcone revisits some of his best interview questions to Chomsky, and Chomsky’s thoughtful responses.
Hidden Files on Treatment of Internees Could Change the Definition of Torture
Samantha Newbery, The Conversation: On December 2, the Irish government announced that it will ask the European Court of Human Rights to reconsider its 1978 judgment on the UK’s treatment of internees in Northern Ireland. This action has the potential to affect how torture is defined in law.
This Week Senate Democrats Can Limit the ISIS War
Robert Naiman, Truthout: If Americans don’t want to embark on another endless war, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee must vote to restrict the use of US ground troops in combat against ISIS and pass an authorization for the use of force with an expiration date.
NYT DealBook’s Dishonest Salvo at Elizabeth Warren Over Calling Out an Unqualified Nominee for Treasury
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Even though The New York Times DealBook is a reliable defender of Big Finance meal tickets, it’s managed to skim above abject intellectual dishonesty. But the DealBook has published three pieces in defense of an unacceptably weak Obama administration nominee for an important Treasury post.
ALEC Fumes: Transparency Threatens Corporate Free Speech!
Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: After spending hundreds of millions of dollars in undisclosed funds on state and federal elections, the corporate members of the American Legislative Exchange Council are demanding that state legislators preserve their “right” to anonymously spend money on politics and curry favor with elected officials.
We’re All Tired – Protests Against State Violence Go Worldwide
Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence: Simultaneous protests over the abduction and likely murder of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, were held in France, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries. At the action in New York City, demonstrators gathered for a vigil in Union Square and then moved to the Mexican consulate.
Kind of Blue: Contextualizing the Ebola Crisis, Humanitarian Imperatives and Structural Deficits
Sonasha Braxton, Hampton Institute: “The beneficial nature of having a US passport in my back pocket is that it also serves as a ‘get out of Ebola land’ card. In other words, this blue passport affords you the opportunity to get evacuated, while everyone else stays behind.”
On the News With Thom Hartmann: Our Ancestors Evolved to Recycle, and More
In today‘s On the News segment: Our ancestors evolved to understand the importance of recycling; if you love seafood, eat up while you can; Canada may be home to the tar sands, but it’s also home to thousands of green energy jobs; and more.
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Email of Florida GOP Consultants Reveals the Gerrymandering of Democracy
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Florida Republican strategists wanted to continue to hamper democracy by ignoring a constitutional amendment passed by voters that prohibited them from doing so.
The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA “Torture Report”
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Michael Brown and Eric Garner: Killed in the Name of the State?
There Has Been a Fatal School Shooting Every Five Weeks Since Sandy Hook
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How the Surveillance Industry Sells Itself
Iraqi Leader Asks US for More Air Power, Weaponry
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How Social Media Helped an Independent Candidate Beat the Odds in Taiwan’s Elections
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The Most Violent US Police Force: Albuquerque, New Mexico