Tom Englehardt* Interviews Laura Poitras** on Snowden

Posted by Yves Smith – Naked Capitalism

Yves here. This interview with Laura Poitras is a reminder of how the world has, and more important, hasn’t changed since the explosive revelations made by Edward Snowden less than a year and a half ago. Even though his disclosures produced a great uproar, with demands in the US, UK, and Europe for explanations and more information about the nature and range of spying programs, actual changes have been few indeed.

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Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola


Cuba is an impoverished island that remains largely cut off from the world and lies about 4,500 miles from the West African nations where Ebola is spreading at an alarming rate. Yet, having pledged to deploy hundreds of medical professionals to the front lines of the pandemic, Cuba stands to play the most robust role among the nations seeking to contain the virus.

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Cash-Strapped Human Rights Office at Breaking Point

By Thalif Deen*

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 2014 (IPS) – After six weeks in office, the new U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of Jordan launched a blistering attack on member states for insufficient funding, thereby forcing operations in his office to the breaking point “in a world that seems to be lurching from crisis to ever-more dangerous crisis.”

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How One Man Refused to Spy on Fellow Muslims for the FBI—and Then Lost Everything

Arun Kundnani, Emily Keppler and Muki Najaer – The Nation

The case of Ayyub Abdul-Alim fits a decades-long pattern of government criminalization of African-American Muslims.

On the night of December 9, 2011, Siham Stewart called her husband, Ayyub Abdul-Alim, as he closed down his corner store, Nature’s Garden, in Springfield, Massachusetts. She asked him to bring home a gallon of milk. A few minutes later, she watched from the window of their second-floor apartment as he was seized in the street and handcuffed by two police officers.

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Climate Change and the Smithsonian

Asoka Bandarage* – The Huffington Post

The premier “science museum” in the U.S., the Smithsonian, issued an official statement on climate change on Oct. 2, 2014. It states, “Scientific evidence has demonstrated that the global climate is warming as a result of increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases generated by human activities.” It goes on to say that “[t]he 500 Smithsonian scientists working around the world see the impact of a warming planet each day in the course of their diverse studies,” and that “[t]he urgency of climate change requires that we boost and expand our efforts to increase public knowledge and that we inspire others through education and by example.”

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ISIS and the Challenge of Terrorism

by Paolo Acanfora*

The challenges of terrorism have produced and are still producing deep changes internationally and, they often intertwine with very serious problems which sometimes can be defined as traditional, i. e. the case of Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Being in a state of constant fibrillation due to emerging conflicts, it seems that international order is undergoing reset. Such conflicts are apparently happening on a regional scale, but as many analysts have pointed out, they represent global challenges.

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Saudis Deploy the Oil Price Weapon Against Syria, Iran, Russia, and the US

Posted by Yves Smith – Naked Capitalism

Asian stock markets continued to fall today, propelled at least in part by the adverse reaction to the Saudi announcement yesterday that they would let oil prices fall to $80 a barrel. And further reports indicate that the Saudis intend to keep oil prices low enough to force a realignment of prices not just among various grades of crude, but also for intermediate and long-term substitutes.

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ISIS: Negotiation, Not Bombing

by Johan Galtung* – TRANSCEND Media Service

EDITORIAL, 13 October 2014

More senseless bombing of Muslims, more defeats for USA-West, more ISIS-type movements, more West-Islam polarization. Any way out?

“ISIS, Islamic State in Iraq-Syria, appeals to a Longing for the Caliphate” writes Farhang Johanpour in an IPS column. For the Ottoman Caliphate with the Sultan as Caliph–the Shadow of God on Earth–after the 1516-17 victories all over till the collapse of both Empire and Caliphate in 1922, at the hands of the allies England-France-Russia.

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Malala got the Nobel peace prize; here’s why Nabila won’t

by Staff , Firstpost of India

Last week, the Nobel Peace Prize committee announced two winners: Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai and India’s Kailash Satyarthi for their struggle for the rights of children. While for most Indians K Satyarthi’s name was a bit of a mystery, Malala was already a widely known international figure, her personal story documented on magazine covers around the world.

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Political leadership is key for a world moving away from the death penalty



(Geneva, 10 October 2014) Last month – after two mentally disabled half-brothers, Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown, were declared innocent of a brutal crime in North Carolina 30 years ago – a New York Times editorial argued that the risk of executing the innocent means the death penalty must end.

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No, ISIS Is Not a Threat to the US

Tom Engelhardt – The Nation

The terror-mongers are at it again, but dangers to the “homeland” are vanishingly small.

It happened so fast that, at first, I didn’t even take it in.

Two Saturdays ago, a friend and I were heading into the Phillips Museum in Washington, DC, to catch a show of neo-Impressionist art when we ran into someone he knew, heading out. I was introduced and the usual chitchat ensued.

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Leading German Journalist Admits CIA ‘Bribed’ Him and Other Leaders of the Western ‘Press’

Eric Zuesse –

Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (which is one of Germany’s largest newspapers), has decided to go public about the corruption of himself and the rest of the Western ‘news’ media, because he finds that this corruption is bringing Europe too close to a nuclear war against Russia, which he concludes the U.S. aristocracy that controls the CIA wants to bring about, or else to bring closer to the brink.

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