U.S. Anti-ISIS Recruitment Videos: Why They Don’t Work

By: Friday November 7, 2014 8:35 am

The U.S., via the State Department, is spending considerable effort and money producing anti-ISIS videos and other media (actual example, left), the goal of which is to convince American and other would-be jihadis not to join ISIS. The efforts won’t work, almost can’t work. They fail to understand the way ISIS recruits and as such, [...]

Protest at Chicago Police Headquarters: Families of Those Killed by Cops Speak Out for Justice (VIDEO)

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 10:44 am

Family of people shot and killed by Chicago police gathered outside the Chicago Police Department’s headquarters on November 5. Somewhere around fifty to a hundred people, including activists and city residents, participated in an evening demonstration for justice and accountability. Specifically, the action took place on November 5 because 22-year-old Rekia Boyd would have been [...]

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot in Afghanistan

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 7:54 am

Did you know the U.S. war in Afghanistan is still going on? While the American war(s) in Iraq and Syria are the Kardashian’s of geopolitics– can’t get them out of the news, don’t want to look but you do anyway– America’s longest war trudges on. We have been fighting in Afghanistan for over thirteen years [...]

A 2014 Midterm Election Post-Mortem: The Democratic Party Will Not Solve Our Problems

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 5:20 pm

The Democratic Party was totally demolished in the midterm election last night. Where I live, in Illinois, a pension fund raider and Job Creator of the 1% named Bruce Rauner defeated Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. But, in the morning, when I woke up I was largely dispassionate about the outcome of the election. After previous [...]

Kuwaiti Prisoner Cleared by Periodic Review Board Is Released from Guantanamo in Spite of Republican Fear Mongering

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 12:51 pm

Kuwaiti prisoner Fawzi Al Odah was released from Guantanamo Bay prison and transferred to Kuwait. Odah was cleared for release by a periodic review board in July and is the first prisoner cleared by the board to be released. During Odah’s detention, he was a high-profile prisoner whose attorneys fought for rights for all prisoners, [...]

Caught with Prostitute, Investigator in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 7:27 am

The investigator who led the Department of Homeland Security’s internal review of the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal, David Nieland, claimed hotel records showed a member of the White House advance team signed a prostitute into his room the same night. The White House denied one of its people was involved and a formal report of the scandal by Nieland did not mention the White House staffer.

The staffer alleged to have been involved is now a policy adviser at the State Department. His father also works in the Obama administration. After the report became public, Nieland said he was asked to delete information about the White House staffer because it was potentially damaging to the administration during an election year.

Trial in the Political Prosecution of Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Starts with Jury Selection

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 5:26 pm

Jury selection in the trial of Rasmea Odeh, who is accused by the United States government of committing immigration fraud on a naturalization form, took place today in Detroit, Michigan. The trial is expected to take place over the next three days. Odeh is a 67-year-old associate director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) [...]

Will Tom Cotton Be the New Face of Surveillance Reform Opposition in the Senate?

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 3:33 pm

House Republican Tom Cotton looks defeated. Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas and take over his seat in the United States Senate. It is a distinct possibility that Cotton will become one of the most vocal opponents of any efforts to reform surveillance and constrain the National Security Agency or any other government agency’s power. [...]

Bad News: Appointment of Shia Militiaman to Iraqi Cabinet

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 8:32 am

Congratulations to Iraqis & their elected representatives in the #Iraq parliament on selection of 7 new cabinet ministers @statedeptspox — U.S. Embassy Baghdad (@USEmbBaghdad) October 18, 2014 A key part of America’s strategy in Iraq is the creation of an “inclusive” government in Baghdad, one that will pull together the Shias, Sunnis and Kurds. This [...]

Government Has No ‘Agreement’ With Reporter James Risen, Still Plans to Subpoena for Testimony

By: Monday November 3, 2014 5:21 pm

The United States government has indicated that the Justice Department does not currently have an agreement with New York Times reporter James Risen for testimony in a leak prosecution against his alleged source, Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with multiple violations of the Espionage Act. Sterling met with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers and [...]

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