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Those Crazy Americans And Their Conspiracy Theories

From the UK’s Independent newspaper, a snapshot of a paranoid and schizophrenic nation: One in five Republican voters believes Barack Obama is the ‘antichrist’ and nearly a third of all Americans think a secret power elite controls the world, according to new research on conspiracy theories. A national poll conducted by the Public Policy Polling […]

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Marriage Equality Opponents Want To Have Their Hate and Eat It, Too

Opponents of marriage equality are losing their battle to deny gay and lesbian people the right to marry the person they love. So now they are trying a new tactic to counter all the bad press their bigotry has earned them (emphasis is in original): Conservatives have long claimed that they’re somehow the victim of […]

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How Destroying Evidence Of Torture Gets You Promoted In Obama’s CIA

If you helped cover up evidence of war crimes by destroying unknown numbers of tapes of torture during interrogations and had actually run the “black site” prisons into which detainees were disappeared for torture, then given the President’s past rhetoric the last thing you’d have expected the Obama administration to agree to would have been […]

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More Men Raped Than Women In US?

Christopher Glazer points to the massive rate of male rape in prisons, something we all largely either ignore or joke about and something which there is certainly no political will to change. (Emphasis is mine – SH) In January, prodded in part by outrage over a series of articles in the New York Review of […]

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CyberWar and Cyber-Warcrimes

A new manual is available online, the result of a three year effort by a panel of experts to “examine how extant international law norms apply” to cyber-warfare. The Tallinn Manual pays particular attention to the jus ad bellum, the international law governing the resort to force by States as an instrument of their national policy, and […]

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US on unsteady ground with proxy wars In Middle East

I’ve two articles for you today that, taken together, give me an “Uh-oh” feeling. Saudi youths battle Assad regime in Syria RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Following a circuitous route from here up through Turkey or Jordan and then crossing a lawless border, hundreds of young Saudis are secretly making their way into Syriato join extremist […]

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New danger of Iraq civil war

Today in Iraq a series of coordinated explosions and an attack by armed gunmen on the Justice Ministry in Baghdad killed 22 and injured 55. It is a particularly horrific incident but it is not all that unusual. Despite the mainstream media always noting that “violence in Iraq has subsided from its peak in 2006 […]

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Clay Claiborne banned from Daily Kos for speaking truth about Syria

Further proof that faux progressive sites like Daily Kos are just Democratic Party shills and relentlessly opposed to any real criticism of the party or of Obama. Thus, they aren’t progressive or even liberal at all, by rather just party hacks who like and support the existing power arrangements with the proviso that they want […]

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