Tag Archives: President Obama

Meredith Aby-Keirstead | Peace in Colombia: Is it Near?

The Colombian peace accords are important because they guarantee land reform, so the nearly 6 million rural people displaced by the U.S.-sponsored war can return to their farms and lives. The accords matter because they guarantee with UN backing that trade unionists, community organizers, and Leftist political candidates will not be murdered by the Colombian military or their death squads.

Amy Goodman: Obama’s Trillion-Dollar Nuclear-Arms Train Wreck

Conventional wisdom holds that the likelihood that these unconventional weapons will be used has decreased since the end of the so-called Cold War. That perception has been challenged lately, especially since President Barack Obama announced a 30-year, $1 trillion program to modernize the U.S. nuclear-weapon arsenal.

Chris Hedges and Kevin Zeese: The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

President Obama has been pursuing, in secret, negotiations, three major trade deals that will create a complete global network of laws that favor corporations. These laws have been written of, by, and for the corporations. We’ve gotten to see one of them, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and it’s not as bad as we thought–it’s worse. And that’s the TPP.

The Drone Papers | Part 1: The Assassination Complex

Scahill: The source said he decided to provide these documents to The Intercept because he believes the public has a right to understand the process by which people are placed on kill lists and ultimately assassinated on orders from the highest echelons of the U.S. government.

John Feffer | Mouths Wide Shut: Obama’s War on Whistleblowers

Feffer: in basement offices in Washington, DC, secure locations in northern Virginia, and listening posts in suburban Maryland, the high priests and priestesses of a secretive cult are quietly toasting the president for a very different legacy: his fierce defense of a lawless and destructive fraternity that has only grown more powerful on his watch.

Evergreene Digest: Glenn Greenwald | NYT Claims US Abides by Cluster Bomb Treaty, The Exact Opposite of Reality

Article: The advocacy group Cluster Munition Coalition just issued its annual report finding that cluster bombs had been used in five countries this year: Syria, Libya, Yemen, Ukraine and Sudan.

Suzanne Posel | Who Kills More Americans: Domestic or Foreign Terrorists?

Posel: The study explained that law enforcement agencies reported concerns about right-wing groups 74% of the time; as compared to reporting Islamic extremists only 39% of the time.

▶ Democracy Now! “It’s Not Just a Matter of It Not Being Polite to Say ‘Nigger'”: Obama Speaks Out on Racism

President Obama spoke openly about racism in the United States during a podcast with comedian Marc Maron. In the interview, recorded two days after the Charleston massacre, Obama said, “Racism, we are not cured of, clearly. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘nigger’ in public. That’s not the […]

Wm. Rivers Pitt: Killing a Nation With Euphemisms: TPP-Eats-Medicare Edition

Pitt: First, the very existence of the TAA bill means these people in DC know the trade bill will be a job-destroyer in the US. Otherwise they wouldn’t bother, period.

Second, $700 million per year isn’t nearly enough to help all those who will have to hit the bricks once their jobs go away, so $450 million is basically a bad joke.

William Boardman: USA Police State Celebrated as Defense of Freedom

Boardman: The mindless rush to reinstate government police powers undreamed of in the Constitution was a bitterly comic charade of American democracy. Some now celebrate the USA Freedom Act as “a cultural turning point for the nation.” Others condemn the USA Freedom Act as “a significant weakening of the tools” to protect the country. People on all sides claim to “welcome the debate” on national security.

WikiLeaks Releases ‘Largest Leak of Trade Negotiations in History’

From the article: [June 3’s] release is the largest on secret TISA documents and covers numerous previously undisclosed areas. It contains drafts and annexes on issues such as air traffic, maritime, professional services, e-commerce, delivery services, transparency, domestic regulation, as well as several document on the positions of negotiating parties. WikiLeaks has also published detailed expert analysis of the topics covered in today’s release.

▶ Mark Fiore: Obama Trades Transparency

Fiore: After a little smack-down by the Senate, the Most Transparent Administration Ever is still trying to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Most Transparent Way Possible.

Mark Fiore: Commander-in-Drone

Fiore: Remember a couple years ago, when Obama said we’d shape up his drone program and achieve “near certainty” that civilians wouldn’t be killed and signature strikes would basically end? Turns out that’s not quite true. There were some pretty huge asterisks that were attached to his proclamation.

Mark Fiore: Obama and The Long War of Foreverness (animated cartoon)

I’m not saying the world is a happy, safe place and we should just stay home and contentedly drive our Priuses, but it seems establishing a one-size-fits-all legal justification(s) is not the way to do this.    By Mark Fiore  MarkFiore.com  February 23, 2015 While most people are focused on ISIS (or ISIL, Islamic State […]

David Korten: A Trade Rule that Makes It Illegal to Favor Local Business? Newest Leak Shows TPP Would Do That And More

Korten: A quick reading of the leaked chapter makes it clear why TPP sponsors have gone to great lengths to keep their negotiations secret. The document substantiates claims by opponents that the TPP is a corporate-rights agreement designed to facilitate the export of U.S. jobs, allow corporations to sue governments for enacting labor and environmental protections, make it illegal for governments to favor local businesses, and advance the colonization of national economies by global corporations and financiers.

Danziger: Fog of War in Yemen & Porter: Citing Iran to justify Yemen slaughter

Fog of War in Yemen Posted from GoComics.com About Jeff Danziger Jeff Danziger provides a scathing international take on politics, finance, and everything else you aren’t allowed to discuss at the dinner table. Combining spot-on caricatures with razor-sharp writing, this feature will make you listen a little more closely to what they tell you on […]

ACLU Targets Obama with New Lawsuit Over Drone Wars, ‘Kill List’

And as Spurlock concluded, “The government’s drone program lives far too deep in the shadows. As long as the government continues its campaign of secret, unacknowledged lethal strikes across the globe, we will fight to subject this policy to the scrutiny and debate it deserves.”

▶ Why Obama Is Right to Avoid a Double Standard on Modern Christian Atrocities (Video)

“Other Christians worked for abolition, so all this support for enslavement was not intrinsic to Christianity; it was a matter of a particular interpretation of Christianity. Slavery was widespread in the world, but Southern American plantation slavery was called the ‘peculiar institution’ for a reason– much slavery elsewhere was household slavery, as in most of the Muslim world. It was no fun to be someone’s property in a household either, but plantations (and this was true of Brazilian plantations as well) were particularly deadly, often killing the workers by age 40.”

Robert Naiman | Rep. Keith Ellison: Postpone Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

Call your representative and urge him or her to sign the Ellison letter calling for the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech to Congress to be postponed. The Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121, and you can report your call here. If you absolutely can’t get to a phone, you can take action here.

Sahar Aziz: Moving Beyond Politics to Accountability on US Torture Program

  Will the United States do what it demands of other nations, and hold its own government officials accountable for torture, or will it parrot authoritarian regimes as it invokes national security as a blanket excuse for crimes against humanity? January 11, 2009: “Who Would Jesus Torture?” sign at the International Day to Shut Down Guantanamo […]