Fountain of Light
What the War on Terror Has Wrought: More Terrorism
Jan Oberg: We cannot eradicate terror by killing terrorists without understanding why people become terrorists. There is no successful surgery without decent diagnosis. To explain doesn't mean defend. Violence begets violence, that we know... Decades of Western wars, interventions and mass killings in the Middle East is not the only cause but it is certainly one explanatory factor...
Feb 27, 2015, 3:24pm
Why the rise of fascism is again the issue
John Pilger: The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism - preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism...
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Feb 27, 2015, 3:01pm
Media Silence on Libya
Margaret Kimberley: Despite the all-encompassing belief in democracy and a free press, Americans have very little democracy left and perhaps the worst media in the world. Even people who make efforts to be informed don't know what is happening domestically and internationally because of the constant lies and disinformation they are exposed to by the corporate media...
Feb 26, 2015, 2:53pm
Weep for America, Work for Humanity
Martin LeFevre: Sometimes you read something by a mouthpiece for the status quo that's so outrageously false, yet so widely and subconsciously accepted, that you want to scream. Here's such a boner (in the first sense of the word, though Viagra could have inspired it): "Nationalism tied to universal democracy is uplifting and ennobling."...
Feb 25, 2015, 5:21pm
The Anti-Empire Report #137 - Published February 23rd, 2015
William Blum: The Greek Tragedy: Some things not to forget, which the new Greek leaders have not... The British intervened in Greece while World War II was still raging... the United States joined the Brits in this great anti-communist crusade, intervening in what was now a civil war, taking the side of the neo-fascists against the Greek left...
Feb 25, 2015, 2:15pm
Fidel Castro and the Cuban Role in Defeating Apartheid
Cuba's intervention in Angola managed to change the course of that country and reverberate throughout Africa. By ensuring independence from the white supremacists, Angola was able to preserve its own revolution and maintain its role as a base for armed resistance groups fighting for liberation in nearby countries... historian Piero Gleijeses uses thousands of documents from Cuban military archives, as well as U.S. and South African archives, to recount a dramatic, historical confrontation between tiny Cuba and Washington and its ally apartheid South Africa...
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Feb 24, 2015, 1:40pm
On strike against the next "accident"
AN EXPLOSION at an ExxonMobil oil refinery in Torrance, California, on February 18 injured four contractors and forced 14 area schools to keep students indoors when a fine dust wafted over the city just south of Los Angeles... The companies' record of accidents shows that the oil industry bosses accept injuries and deaths as just part of doing business...
Feb 24, 2015, 12:36pm
Aftermath of Nuclear War Presents Insurmountable Obstacles to Red Cross
Russ Wellen: The International Committee of the Red Cross president, Peter Maurer, has apparently thrown his lot in with the recent movement to attempt to achieve nuclear disarmament by focusing on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons... The unlikelihood that nuclear war will be anything less than massive will overwhelm relief organizations such as the Red Cross...
Feb 23, 2015, 11:37am
Peter Oborne Opens a Media Can of Worms
The revelations last week by the Daily Telegraph's former chief political commentator Peter Oborne that his newspaper spiked stories that upset advertisers to avoid losing lucrative ad revenue have apparently taken most journalists by surprise... The problem of advertisers influencing editorial decisions is most certainly not restricted to the Telegraph, and it is not, as some have suggested, a relatively recent problem..
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Feb 23, 2015, 11:21am
Will Computers Free or Enslave the Brain?
Martin LeFevre: Now that computers are replicating and recapitulating the functions of thought, we are faced with the questions: What does it mean to be human? What is the human brain for?... The latter may sound like an absurd question to most people. The brain is for what we use it for---to survive, have relationships, build things and participate in society... But what will become of the human being and the human brain when computers and robots can do most of the work...
Feb 21, 2015, 4:28pm
Swimming With Sharks: Goldman Sachs, Schools and Capital Appreciation Bonds
Remember when Goldman Sachs - dubbed by Matt Taibbi the Vampire Squid - sold derivatives to Greece so the government could conceal its debt, then bet against that debt, driving it up? It seems that the ubiquitous investment bank has also put the squeeze on California and its school districts...
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Feb 21, 2015, 11:06am
Conservatives' "American Dream" and the Battle for Weed in Washington State
Thom Hartmann: So now, there are two competing bills sitting in the Washington state senate that both seek to address that state's medical marijuana market... The Republican measure... would put much of the control of Washington's medical marijuana market in the hands of a few very wealthy individuals... The Democratic - would allow anyone in Washington who's 21 years or older to grow up to six marijuana plants and to share up to an ounce of marijuana with other adults, as long as money isn't exchanged...
Feb 20, 2015, 4:07pm
Is Oil Becoming Obsolete?
Robert Hunziker: ...Elon Musk inadvertently stepped into the cascading oil price scenario while holding a conference call with Wall Street analysts following release of earnings for his electric car company, Tesla. ... During the interview, and "merely in passing," Mr. Musk announced his intention to start producing a "stationary battery" for powering homes within the next few months. Yes, this year!...
Feb 20, 2015, 3:50pm
Chinese New Year of the Goat
The Goat comes 8th in the Chinese zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig... According to Chinese astrology, each year (starting from Chinese New Year) is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle. For example 2015 is a year of the Goat... People born in a year of the Goat are generally believed to be gentle mild-mannered, shy, stable, sympathetic, amicable, and brimming with a strong sense of kindheartedness and justice...
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Feb 19, 2015, 12:45pm
Confronting Dark Ideologies, Western & Islamic
Martin LeFevre: It's chilly, partly cloudy, and thought-stoppingly beautiful in the parkland. The creek roars by like a wild green animal. Though the mind falls silent without much difficulty on such a day, one wonders, is me-consciousness just too deeply entrenched generally?... The existence of intentionality in the collective darkness of human consciousness is now beyond reasonable doubt...
Feb 18, 2015, 4:47pm