Tag Archives: Obama administration

It Is Time To Kill The Espionage Act, by Thor Benson

We’re still seeing the Espionage Act used to kill free speech on a regular basis today, just over a century since its passage into law.

Media and War JohnPilger.com

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S INDICTMENT OF JULIAN ASSANGE POSES GRAVE THREATS TO PRESS FREEDOMS

The indictment seeks to criminalize what journalists are not only permitted but ethically required to do: take steps to help their sources maintain their anonymity.

Flowers and Zeese | New Defense Strategy: War with Great Nations and Arms Race

The anti-war movement, which atrophied under President Obama, is coming back to life.

When Washington Decides Democracy Is Dangerous: Stoking Opposition in Venezuela and Syria

The opposition “movements” in Venezuela and Syria have a great deal in common: both are seeking the demise of democratically-elected governments; both resort to violence and acts of terrorism; both are tools of U.S. and Western imperialism, and both are failing. A Venezuelan protester holds a poster that reads in Spanish “Against Imperialist aggression, respect […]

Ann Wright | Diplomacy has taken a back seat to military operations in U.S. foreign policy. The drone program is a prime example.

The Bush administration’s wholesale rejection of the ban on targeted killing or political assassinations reversed a quarter-century of bipartisan U.S. foreign policy.

Dennis J. Bernstein | Coleen Rowley interview: Surveillance State Goes After Trump

Democrats are so eager to take down President Trump that they are joining forces with the Surveillance State…ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley tells Dennis J Bernstein.

Robert Parry | The Politics Behind ‘Russia-gate’

There is a grave danger in playing partisan “gotcha” over U.S. relations with the world’s other major nuclear superpower

Ann Wright | U.S. Experts Say North Korean Government is NOT Irrational and Call for Talks

In January 2016, as in many previous years, the North Korean government specifically stated that it would end its nuclear testing if the U.S. and South Korea would end military exercises and sign a peace treaty.

Evergreene Digest |Here is a rundown of U.S. foreign policy in 2016.

Here is a rundown of U.S. foreign policy in 2016. Marjorie Cohn, Huffington Post 12/30/2016 | One of the most alarming developments in U.S. foreign policy in 2016 was the ratcheting up of the new iteration of the Cold War. Looking back at U.S. foreign policy in this last year of Barack Obama’s presidential tenure, […]

Michel Chossudovsky | U.S. Foreign Policy and the Campaign to Destabilize the Trump Presidency

Political Insanity prevails. And insanity could potentially unleash World War III. 

On Pivoting: Ideas on Organizing During a Trump Administration

We have observed that the incoming administration does not respect the right to protest and responds aggressively to dissent.

Cornel West | Why There Is a Serious Danger of a Right-Wing Revolution in the US

“We must choose between a neo-fascism in the making (Trump), neo-liberalism in the decaying (Clinton), and a neo-populism in the ascending (Sanders).”

Nuclear War if Necessary: An Interview With Frontline Filmmaker, John Pilger

That’s the point I was making, that propaganda always leads to war, and that the world war that has begun is the propaganda war … a kind of censorship by omission. You simply leave out the most salient points of the information that people have, and have a right to. This information shows the utter hypocrisy.

▶ William Blum on Covert Wars • Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

How can a democratic society tolerate such a secret and lethal institution that works against the very values America seeks to uphold around the world?

TPP vs. Democracy: Leaked Draft of Secretive Trade Deal Spells Out Plan for Corporate Power Grab

Such ISDS tribunals have become a cornerstone of so-called “free trade” deals and are included in 3,000 accords world-wide, according to The New York Times. They have been used to attack toxic bans, environmental regulations, access to medicines, and safety laws.

▶ March 2, 2015 Democracy Now! with Noam Chomsky: ISIS, Iraq, Iran, Netanyahu, Israel

Noam Chomsky on How the Iraq War Birthed ISIS & Why U.S. Policy Undermines the Fight Against It Noam Chomsky: Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel’s Goal Isn’t Survival — It’s Regional Dominance Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page […]

Robert Parry: ‘Realists’ Warn Against Ukraine Escalation

Exclusive: The neocons’ war-and-more-war bandwagon is loaded up again and rolling downhill as “everyone who matters” in Washington is talking up sending sophisticated weapons to Kiev to escalate Ukraine’s civil war, but some “realists,” an endangered species in U.S. foreign policy, dissent, notes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry  ConsortiumNews.com  February 10, 2015 In recent years, Official Washington – the politicians, […]

President’s Plan to Protect Arctic Ocean Won’t Halt Oil Drilling

 Shell Oil Announces Plans to Resume Drilling Two Days After Obama Designates Area Protected (1/2) TheRealNews   February 5, 2015 Leah Donahey and Subhankar Banerjee explain why this is happening, and also discuss the contradictory details of President Obama’s recently announced efforts to protect the Arctic wild life refuge – Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up […]

Flowers and Zeese: Fast Track Not a Done Deal, The People Will Stop It

 Largest Progressive Coalition Ever On Global Trade Opposes Fast Track BY KEVIN ZEESE AND MARGARET FLOWERS  LA Progressive  January 21, 2015 There is bi-partisan opposition in Congress to Fast Track and a large movement of movements mobilized to stop it. The corporate media is reporting that since the Republican leadership and President Obama support Fast […]

Gareth Porter: Local Syria Ceasefires | The Way Out of a US Policy Dead End?

Local ceasefires can be successful, but first the US must free itself from entangling regional alliances By Gareth Porter  Antiwar.com  January 19, 2015 U.S. contradictions between the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and realities on the ground have become so acute that U.S. officials began last November discussing a proposal calling for support of local ceasefires […]