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Bruce Gagnon: US Aims to Take Down Russia, China

February 4, 2015

Originally posted at PressTV

Washington’s fundamental role in the world is security export in order to take down other countries, including Russia and China, says political analyst Bruce Gagnon.

Gagnon, a coordinator at Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, made the comments in an interview with Press TV on Monday when asked about Senator Lindsey Graham’s suggestion to send 10,000 American troops to Syria to fight the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

Cuomo Is Wrong on Education and Falls Short on Ethics, Energy, Jobs, Anti-Poverty, Tax Relief

February 4, 2015

Howie Hawkins, the recent Green Party candidate for New York Governor, said today that Cuomo's proposed state budget will do little to improve the quality of life for the average New Yorker.

Hawkins was especially critical of Cuomo's education proposals, saying that they reflect the privatization program of hedge fund campaign donors, not a program to improve poorly performing public schools.

Pentagon Silent on Current Use of DU in Iraq

Friday, January 30, 2015

Back in October, I reported that, "A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the Middle East by the U.S. Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing, is responsible for more Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination than any other platform, according to the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). . . . Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright told me, 'There is no prohibition against the use of Depleted Uranium rounds, and the [U.S. military] does make use of them.

Our Girls are Still Not Home: Boko Haram and the Politics of Death

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

“Nigerian authorities, however, have rejected the need for AU or United Nations intervention.”

The ongoing humanitarian and human rights crisis in Northeastern Nigeria has deteriorated over the last week with the cross-border military clashes between Boko Haram and the military forces of Cameroon and Chad, and Boko Haram’s attacks on the northeastern Nigerian cities of Monguno and Maiduguri.

"We murdered some folks" in Guantanamo

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Murder at Camp Delta is a new book by Joseph Hickman, a former guard at Guantanamo. It's neither fiction nor speculation. When President Obama says "We tortured some folks," Hickman provides at least three cases -- in addition to many others we know about from secret sites around the world -- in which the statement needs to be modified to "We murdered some folks." Of course, murder is supposed to be acceptable in war (and in whatever you call what Obama does with drones) while torture is supposed to be, or used to be, a scandal. But what about tortures to death?

No Indictment for Murderer of Michael Brown Darren Wilson: After Being Smoked Out DOJ Exposed as Complicit in Michael Brown's Murder Cover-Up ​

January 23, 2015
Eric Holder's DOJ has decided not to bring charges against former Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson

With the New York Times' reporting that the Department of Justice has decided not to bring charges against former Ferguson, Missouri police officer, Darren Wilson and asserting that now DOJ is only working on the language of the decision, the Obama administration has become complicit in the murder of Michael Brown.         

"We have waged a good fight since August 9th," said Hands Up Coalition Coordinator, Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo. "It was our  Coalition  staying here week in and week out, good weather and bad, with numbers growing every week that made them move so quickly. Still, at least we won't have to wait for over 2 yearslike Travon Martin's family continues to wait for findings in the investigation into Travon's killing by George Zimmerman in 2013. We smoked them out. Sadly, the DOJ decided in favor of killer cops. The families of John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and all the other victims around the country can let go of any illusions that DOJ is in their corner."         

Militarism in the Air We Breathe

Thursday, January 22, 2015

If there is a group of Americans to whom Iraqis struggling with the health effects of depleted uranium, cluster bombs, white phosphorous, and all the various poisons of war can relate, it might be the mostly black and largely poor residents of Gibsland, in northern Louisiana.

Here's how an op-ed in the New York Times from one resident describes their situation:

Reclaiming the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Freedom from Police Violence, Poverty, & Austerity

In the last year of his life, Dr. Martin Luther King said:

"There is a fire raging now for the Negroes and the poor of this society. They are living in tragic conditions because of the terrible economic injustices that keep them locked in as an "underclass". . . Disinherited people all over the world are bleeding to death from deep social and economic wounds." - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967