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Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, The New Oil Wars in Iraq

It’s the Oil, Stupid! Insurgency and War on a Sea of Oil By Michael Schwartz   TomDispatch.com   June 24, 2014. Read Tom Engelhardt's Introduction here. Events in Iraq are headline news everywhere, and once again, there is no mention of the issue that underlies much of the violence: control of Iraqi oil. Instead, the media is flooded with debate More

▶ Juan Cole: Top 6 Pulitzer Prize ‘Traitors’ in American Journalism

The Pulitzer Prize committee’s opinion that Edward Snowden is a public servant rather than a traitor or criminal, as evidenced in its award to The Guardian and The Washington Post for their reporting from his trove of government documents, is a scandal on the American Right. But it is not a new scandal.      Former Guardian More

Juan Cole: 4 Darknesses, Internet Trolls

The mantra of these dirty tricks units is the “4 D’s”:  deny, disrupt, degrade, deceive. By Juan Cole  Informed Comment   ZCommunications  February 26, 2014 thewrap.comResearchers on online behavior have shown that internet trolls (people who use insincere techniques to disrupt conversations) really are psychopaths, marked by narcisssism, sadism, Machiavellianism. Professors Eric Buckels, Paul Trapnell, and Delroy Paulhus administered surveys to More

Juan Cole On Syria: The U.S. Is No Lone Ranger and Should Put That Six Shooter Away

Now that we’re in the 21st century, moreover, it is time to cease using the supposedly macho language of violence in response to political challenges. By Juan Cole  Posted on Sep 2, 2013  truthdig.com AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais The odd discourse in Washington around President Barack Obama’s determination to bomb Syria over the country’s use of chemical weapons More

Juan Cole: Top 10 Things That Don’t Make Sense About NSA Surveillance, Drones and Al-Qaida – Truthdig

 If the NSA and ATF have the telephone, credit card and internet records of all Americans, why don’t they stop mass shootings?  NSA  By Juan Cole  Posted on Aug 6, 2013  truthdig.com This piece first appeared on Juan Cole’s website, Informed Comment. In a Reuters Exclusive, John Shiffman and Kristina Cooke reveal that the National Security Agency shares information it gleans More

Juan Cole> Iraq Redux: Top Ten Ways TV Networks Are Screwing Us Again

David Gregory's attack on Glenn Greenwald is an example of how the media is acting as a government propaganda machine against Edward Snowden. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) By Juan Cole  25 June 13  Informed Comment via ReaderSupportedNews.org U.S. television news is a danger to the security of the United States. First, it is so oriented More

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