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If the media were to do its job and create the kind of wall-to-wall coverage it bestows upon, say, inter-spousal murder trials, Obama might feel he had to release the full 9/11 report. He'd have to concede there is a public right to know, or at least explain in detail why he doesn't think so. Either way, there would be major fireworks. But we're not betting on either the president or the media doing the right thing.
Israel stands in strong opposition to the nuclear peace agreement on the grounds that it believes Iran is moving toward developing a nuclear arms system that Israel feels threatens its security. Israel is known to have at least 200 nuclear warheads; Iran has none.
It's fun when Palin injects herself into the news. She's done so this week by jumping to the defense of Duck Dynasty's patriarch Phil Robertson, who remarkably got himself suspended from his own smash-hit reality TV show by extolling the virtues of the vagina over the anus in the pages of GQ. Robertson was professing, one might even say over-professing, his ignorance as to the appeal of gay sex.
First the US Navy negligently placed thousands of sailors at risk from Fukushima radiation exposure. Then, when some of them showed symptoms of radiation poisoning, the Navy cut them loose and set them adrift.
I learned more about making movies from the late director Sidney Lumet than from any single person.Sidney insisted that a script must have, at its core, an essential truth that the audience recognizes. He also said that 90% of a director's job is in casting the right actors. If you put the wrong actor into a role, no matter how well written and directed, the film will fail. Watching Sidney work with actors was a revelation.
Ignoring the question of whose left after that all-encompassing description, the masses are now debating the rightness or wrongness of his beliefs, his expression of those beliefs, A&E's decision to take him off the air for a while, and who's more hypocritical, conservatives or progressives.
27 senators including 14 Dems joined w/ 13 Repubs in some misguided bipartisan effort introduced legislation for more sanctions on Iran. Maj. Leader Harry Reid hasn't called for a vote in the full Senate & Obama has vowed to veto the bill. 10 other Dem Senators wrote Reid warning new sanctions would undermine the prospects for a final deal w/ Iran. A final deal w/ Iran must not be scuttled naysayers.
The Judgment of History; Or Why the Breaking of the Oligarchs Avenges President Kennedy's Assassination--Part One
When Kennedy died, workers in France dropped their tools and wept; 60,000 West Berliners gathered in the plaza where he had said, "Ich bin ein Berliner," following a torchlight procession; around the world, millions--including myself--wept for the man whom we loved as a brother, a lover, or a father. Fifty years later, I believe I know who was responsible. Their heirs are with us now, destroying this nation to our detriment.
Just what kind of suicidal clowns flounce through life gibbering on about bacon straws, cupcakes, online images of kitty cats, and the latest Playstation model when the specter of extinction looms and their psychotic leaders are doubling down on the criteria of doom?
This is a review of the 3D movie, The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug. This movie is the second in a series of three.
This article is a reflection on the politics surrounding the arrest and body search of Ms. Devyani Khobragade an Indian consular officer in the US leading to a diplomatic row between India and the US -- at least from the Indian point of view.
Already in 2001 none other than Nobel prize laureate Prof Joseph Stiglitz raised the concern that Fischer was rewarded for working on behalf of US agencies in Argentina as a senior IMF official. The evidence shows that he did the same as Governor of Bank of Israel, prior to his current nomination as No 2 at the Federal Reserve...
Hanging of Abdul Qaduar Molla & background.
Uganda's gift to America's Christian Right (and in particular to Duck Dynasty and its supporters)is sad in its cruelty: a new law criminalizing homosexuality AND forcing Ugandans to turn in their neighbors.
The country is in a terrible state and yet Obama continues to approve bills that throw millions of people off unemployment benefits, sharply cut government spending, or undermine vital safety-net programs that keep the sick and the elderly from dying on the streets. It's like he's trying to reduce 300 million Americans to grinding third-world poverty in his short eight-year term.
The pressures are building on the NSA --From the Courts, the Press, and Inside The Government. Its sails will be trimmed argues News Dissector Danny Schechter
12 years later, 158 prisoners are still imprisoned in Guantanamo: seven have been convicted by a US military commission of criminal acts against the United States, six are facing trial by US military commission and 46 have been designated for indefinite detention, without charge or trial. I hope that Obama will finally order the infamous Guantanamo Prison to be closed... 12 years later.
When Perry registered to vote in Wyoming's Teton County, he did not indicate that he was on the voter roll elsewhere. Indeed, says Teton County Clerk Sherry Daigle, "He signed an oath saying he was not currently registered anywhere else." Oops. So we have a glaring case of double registration.
As the financial industry extracts ever more wealth from society, the working class has not been properly compensated for its rising productivity. As a result, our median inflation-adjusted household wealth has dropped from $73K to $57K in a little over 25 yrs. We've lost another 5% of our wealth just since the recession. Meanwhile, the poverty rate (among the poorest 1/2 of those beneath the poverty line) keeps worsening.
Ayelet Shaked may be the beauty queen of the present Knesset. But she is the instigator of some of the most outrageous right-wing initiatives in this Knesset. She is also the chairwoman of Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home faction, the nationalist-religious party of the settlers, the most radical rightist party of the current government coalition.