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'I Can't Breathe': An Excerpt From Matt Taibbi's New Book on the Eric Garner Killing
... Eric Garner caught a significant share of that extra police attention, which grated on him. But he wasn't really part of the wine-and-dope crowd at Tompkinsville. It's more accurate to say he was in the service industry catering to that group. He sold tax-free cigarettes there, and he was good at it. ... In Virginia, Garner was paying around five dollars a pack. In New York, the highly taxed cigarettes sold legally in stores at about fourteen dollars a pack. The low-tax policies of the South instantly created a booming pseudo-criminal trade in cities like New York ... In addition to the fact that he was well liked and rarely known to raise his hand to fight, there are two things the people on Bay Street almost all say about Eric Garner. They say he loved football, and he had a tremendous head for numbers.... Visit Website ]
Oct 21, 2017, 11:29am

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Envisioning an America Free From Police Violence and Control
Rashmee Kumar: In “The End of Policing,” Alex S. Vitale argues that police reforms implemented in the wake of Brown’s death — from diversity initiatives to community policing to body cameras — fail to acknowledge that policing as an institution reinforces race and class inequalities by design. ... I don’t explicitly go around saying “abolish the police” or “abolish prisons.” Instead, I say that if we understand police and prisons as inherently coercive and punitive and stained with a history of reproducing inequality, those institutions should always be used as a last resort. ... Instead, we should identify, whenever possible, constructive, restorative, non-punitive solutions to our social problems... Visit Website ]
Oct 16, 2017, 11:35am

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Autopsy of a Dying Empire, Review of “In the Shadow of the American Century”
Jeremy Kuzmarov: Alfred W. McCoy’s latest book, In the Shadow of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, provides an autopsy on a dying empire, which has squandered its moral capital by promoting wide-scale torture and mass surveillance. ... According to McCoy, the decline of the American empire was set in motion by the Bush Administration’s over-reaction to 9/11 and disastrous invasion of Iraq. This led to the wasting of trillions of taxpayer dollars, underinvestment in public education and clean energy technologies, and political dysfunction in an era of corporate-dominance... Visit Website ]
Oct 14, 2017, 12:43pm

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The Sanitizing of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks
Jeremy Scahill: “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History.” by Jeanne Theoharis ... Invoking King’s name on the right is nothing new — ahistorical versions of King have been used to defend gun ownership, racial discrimination, and the Republican Party. In this current climate surrounding the NFL protests, King has once again been transformed into a malleable symbol for rampant deployment by people trying to tell protesters and black people today to shut up. One of the biggest problems with all of this is that it is based on complete fiction and total ignorance of who King actually was and what he actually believed... Visit Website ]
Oct 9, 2017, 11:39am

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Ellsberg, In Upcoming Book, Warns of Nuclear Dangers in the Era of Trump
Greg Mitchell: And now Daniel Ellsberg has written a book titled The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, to be published by Bloomsbury in December. In it he reveals that the 7,000 pages of the Pentagon Papers that he copied from his office at the Rand Corporation in 1969-70 were only “a fraction” of what he had borrowed from office safes. Much of the rest amounted to the “other” Pentagon papers — secret documents on US nuclear war plans and capabilities ... Ellsberg goes beyond his personal experiences to tackle the track record and philosophy of what he calls “bombing cities ... (and) a close study of US “first-use” policy... Visit Website ]
Oct 7, 2017, 3:20pm

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Wall Street and the Nazi Cartels
All Honorable Men: The Story of the Men on Both Sides of the Atlantic Who Successfully Thwarted Plans to Dismantle the Nazi Cartel System by James Stewart Martin. ... The publishers describe it as “A scathing attack on Wall Street’s illegal ties to Nazi Germany before WWII — and the postwar whitewashing of Nazi business leaders by the US government.” ... The story of German industry before World War II should sound increasingly familiar to Americans. Industries are being consolidated and a few wealthy men are holding the reins. ... Many US corporations had done business with German corporations who helped fund the Nazi Party. And these businesses on both sides of the Atlantic knew what their money was supporting. ... Visit Website ]
Oct 5, 2017, 2:52pm

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The CIA: 70 Years of Organized Crime
Lars Schall: Everything the CIA does is illegal, which is why the government provides it with an impenetrable cloak of secrecy. While mythographers in the information industry portray America as a bastion of peace and democracy, CIA officers manage criminal organizations around the world. For example, the CIA hired one of America’s premier drug trafficker in the 1950s and 1960s, Santo Trafficante, to murder Fidel Castro. In exchange, the CIA allowed Trafficante to import tons of narcotics into America. The CIA sets up proprietary arms, shipping, and banking companies to facilitate the criminal drug trafficking organizations that do its dirty work. Mafia money gets mixed up in offshore banks with CIA money, until the two are indistinguishable... Visit Website ]
Sep 20, 2017, 3:43pm

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The Lies of 9/11 Miracle Workers - A Review of David Ray Griffin’s Bush And Cheney: How They Ruined America And The World
Edward Curtin: "America’s fate was sealed when the public and the anti-war movement bought the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory. The government’s account of 9/11 is contradicted by much evidence. Nevertheless, this defining event of our time, which has launched the US on interminable wars of aggression and a domestic police state, is a taboo subject for investigation in the media. It is pointless to complain of war and a police state when one accepts the premise upon which they are based.”... Visit Website ]
Aug 30, 2017, 3:39pm

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No End To Coverups
Paul Craig Roberts: Craig Roberts (yes, there are two of us) ... His latest, just published, Medusa File II, consists essentially of his volumnious files of the investigation of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19th, 1995, known as “the Oklahoma City Bombing.” ... The volumnious evidence of McVeigh’s accomplices or controllers, as might have been the case, was in the way of the official story that imposed itself on the investigation. ... a US Air Force explosive expert... produced a detailed report proving that the Murrah building blew up from the inside out, not from the outside in... Visit Website ]
Aug 30, 2017, 3:24pm

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The CIA and Me: How I Learned Not to Love Big Brother
Alfred W. McCoy: "The drug traffic that supplied heroin for the U.S. troops fighting in South Vietnam was not, I discovered, exclusively the work of criminals. Once the opium left tribal poppy fields in Laos, the traffic required official complicity at every level. The helicopters of Air America, the airline the CIA then ran, carried raw opium out of the villages of its hill-tribe allies. The commander of the Royal Lao Army, a close American collaborator, operated the world’s largest heroin lab ... Several of Saigon’s top generals were complicit in the drug’s distribution to U.S. soldiers... Visit Website ]
Aug 25, 2017, 4:19pm

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The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of the American Secret Government
Excerpt of Chapter 20, “For the Good of the Country”: Over the final months of JFK’s presidency, a clear consensus took shape within America’s deep state: Kennedy was a national security threat. For the good of the country, he must be removed. And Dulles was the only man with the stature, connections, and decisive will to make something of this enormity happen. ... there is ample evidence of the overwhelming hostility to Kennedy in these corporate circles ... Oswald further signaled that he was part of an intelligence operation by trying to make an intriguing phone call shortly before midnight East Coast time on Saturday, November 23 ... to a former US Army intelligence officer in Raleigh, North Carolina... Visit Website ]
Jul 27, 2017, 12:40pm

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Watergate and the Downing of Nixon, Part 5
Russ Baker: As prior Watergate excerpts from Family of Secrets have shown, there is every reason to distrust the accepted story of this seminal event. In fact, Watergate teaches us to be much more skeptical of what we are told by the establishment — the government, academia, big media. Turns out that self-interest, conformity, and suppression of alarming insight are more common than even the most cynical of us may suspect. ... Previously, we saw that the notion of President Richard Nixon brought down by his own fatal flaws may be a fairy tale... Visit Website ]
Jul 21, 2017, 3:42pm

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In Search of the Lost Chord: Peace, Love and the Hippie Idea in 1967
Danny Goldberg: The hippie movement that swept through the Western world was like a galloping horse in the wild. A few dozen people were able to ride it for a while, some even steering it for a brief period, but no one—no philosopher, no spiritual figure, no dope dealer, no songwriter or artist, and certainly no political leader—ever controlled it. It was the original “open source.” ... In talking to dozens of people of my generation who were affected by the hippie idea, there is a near universal recollection of a period of communal sweetness. There was an instant sense of tribal intimacy one could have even with a stranger. ... What I mean by “the hippie idea” is the internal essence of the tribal feeling separate and apart from the external symbols which soon became overused, distorted, co-opted, and thus, understandably, satirized.... Visit Website ]
Jul 15, 2017, 5:03pm

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Watergate and the Downing of Nixon, Part 4 (Excerpt from the book, Family of Secrets)
Russ Baker: The notion that a group surrounding the president could be working to do him in might sound preposterous to most of us. But not to veterans of America’s clandestine operations, where the goal abroad has often been to do just that. ... Nixon, ridiculed for his irrational hatred and “paranoia” toward the Eastern Establishment, may in the end have been done in by forces controlled by that very establishment. ... three of the most thoroughly reported books on Watergate from the past three decades have come to the same conclusion: that Nixon and/or his top aides were indeed set up... Visit Website ]
Jul 13, 2017, 5:17pm

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Misinforming The Majority: A Deliberate Strategy Of Right-Wing Libertarians
Mark Karlin: Many individuals who follow politics and journalists think that the right-wing playbook began with the Koch brothers. However, in her groundbreaking book, Nancy MacLean traces their political strategy to a Southern economist who created the foundation for today’s libertarian oligarchy in the 1950s. ... Charles Koch supplied the money, but it was James Buchanan who supplied the ideas that made the money effective. ... The plan was (and is) to act on so many ostensibly separate fronts at once that those outside the cause would not realize the revolution underway until it was too late to undo it. Examples include laws to destroy unions without saying that is the true purpose, suppressing the votes of those most likely to support active government, using privatization to alter power relations... Visit Website ]
Jul 10, 2017, 11:10am


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