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The Average American Taxpayer Sent $3,456 to the Pentagon Last Year for Military

Posted by on April 18, 2018 in Government, Military with 0 Comments
The Average American Taxpayer Sent $3,456 to the Pentagon Last Year for Military

As Americans rushed to pay their taxes on Tuesday before the official deadline, peace groups reminded the public of the uncomfortable fact that an “astronomical amount” of the money sent to the IRS each year goes not to funding education or a single-payer healthcare system the U.S. supposedly can’t afford, but straight into the bloated coffers of the Pentagon.

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7 Questions About the Syria Airstrikes That Aren’t Being Asked by Corporate Media

Posted by on April 17, 2018 in Government, Military with 0 Comments
7 Questions About the Syria Airstrikes That Aren’t Being Asked by Corporate Media

The media’s job, we are told, is to ask skeptical questions about the people in power. That didn’t happen in the runup to the invasion of Iraq, and it’s not happening now. Here are the questions that should be asked – not just on the eve of a bombing attack, but every day we continue our disastrous and drifting military intervention in the Middle East.

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The War in Syria was a US Intervention Since “Day 1”

Posted by on April 16, 2018 in Government, Military with 0 Comments
The War in Syria was a US Intervention Since “Day 1”

A 1983 document signed by former CIA officer Graham Fuller titled, “Bringing Real Muscle to Bear Against Syria” (PDF), states (their emphasis): Syria at present has a hammerlock on US interests both in Lebanon and in the Gulf — through closure of Iraq’s pipeline thereby threatening Iraqi internationalization of the [Iran-Iraq] war. The US should consider sharply escalating the pressures against Assad [Sr.] through covertly orchestrating simultaneous military threats against Syria from three border states hostile to Syria: Iraq, Israel and Turkey.

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World Leaders Condemn Attack on Syria as US Threatens Additional Airstrikes

Posted by on April 15, 2018 in Corruption, Government, Military, Policies with 0 Comments
World Leaders Condemn Attack on Syria as US Threatens Additional Airstrikes

Holding up the U.N. charter, which allows the use of military force for members only when necessary for self-defense or with the approval of the Security Council, Bolivian ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz said, “And we also know that they have nothing but scorn for international law…”

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Warning Against Attack on Syria, Former President Jimmy Carter Hopes Trump Realizes Nuclear War Will Be a ‘Catastrophe for All Human Beings’

Posted by on April 13, 2018 in Government, Military with 0 Comments
Warning Against Attack on Syria, Former President Jimmy Carter Hopes Trump Realizes Nuclear War Will Be a ‘Catastrophe for All Human Beings’

Former president Jimmy Carter also noted that even bombing campaign in Syria that doesn’t escalate into nuclear exchange poses serious dangers.

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There’s a Good Chance We’re Being Lied to About the Chemical Attack in Syria

Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Corruption, Government, Military with 2 Comments
There’s a Good Chance We’re Being Lied to About the Chemical Attack in Syria

In August 2012, then-President Barack Obama publicly warned the Assad government that the red line for his administration was “a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” which would prompt a U.S. intervention. Since Obama drew his red line, the official narrative went something along these lines: Assad decided to give Obama the political middle finger and routinely massacre civilians with banned nerve agents such as sarin gas, even in the face of warnings and hawkish calls for intervention. The latest alleged attack took place over this past weekend in a Damascus suburb in Eastern Ghouta known as Douma, just days after Trump called for the withdrawal of U.S. forced from Syria.

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In ‘Chilling’ Escalation, Trump Warns Russia That Missiles ‘Will Be Coming’ at Syria

Posted by on April 11, 2018 in Government, Military, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
In ‘Chilling’ Escalation, Trump Warns Russia That Missiles ‘Will Be Coming’ at Syria

While no such official decision tweet on Wednesday has been announced, Trump’s indicates that the White House—which welcomed national security adviser and war “fanatic” John Bolton into the fold this week—is preparing to launch a military attack on Syria.

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More Than 800,000 Students Live in School Districts Where Shootings Have Happened

Posted by on April 7, 2018 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
More Than 800,000 Students Live in School Districts Where Shootings Have Happened

One school shooting after another has struck communities across the country, and the toll goes beyond the dead and wounded.

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A Mom in Florida is Caring for 1,250 Children of Illegal Immigrants in Case Their Parents are Deported

Posted by on April 7, 2018 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Politics with 0 Comments
A Mom in Florida is Caring for 1,250 Children of Illegal Immigrants in Case Their Parents are Deported

Nora Sandigo, an immigration activist, has accepted responsibility for 1,250 children of illegals

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Maylasia’s New Fake News Bill Enables Imprisonment Of Journalists, Follows Larger Trend (Freedom of Speech Under Attacked)

Posted by on April 4, 2018 in Censorship, Government with 0 Comments
Maylasia’s New Fake News Bill Enables Imprisonment Of Journalists, Follows Larger Trend (Freedom of Speech Under Attacked)

The Malaysian government is run by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s who secured majority of the vote in parliament to pass the Anti-Fake News 2018 bill, which sets out fines of up to 500,000 ringgit ($123,000) and a maximum of six years in jail.

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Israel Bars Gaza Christians from Easter Worship

Posted by on March 31, 2018 in Government, Politics
Israel Bars Gaza Christians from Easter Worship

Hundreds of Palestinian Christians in Gaza are being blocked from worshipping at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem this Easter due to security restrictions.

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This Teenager Accused Two On-Duty Cops Of Rape. She Had No Idea The Law Might Protect Them.

Posted by on March 31, 2018 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Politics with 0 Comments
This Teenager Accused Two On-Duty Cops Of Rape. She Had No Idea The Law Might Protect Them.

When Anna said she was raped by two on-duty cops, she thought it would be a simple case. She had no idea she lived in one of 35 states where officers can claim a detainee consented.

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Judge Drops Charges Against 13 Who Argued Pipeline Civil Disobedience Action Was “Necessary” to Save Planet

Posted by on March 29, 2018 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 0 Comments
Judge Drops Charges Against 13 Who Argued Pipeline Civil Disobedience Action Was “Necessary” to Save Planet

A district judge in ruled that 13 fossil fuel pipeline protesters were not responsible for any infraction because of the necessity of their actions. “This may be a first in America,” tweeted Bill McKibben. The charges the defendants faced stemmed from actions they took in 2016 to block Spectra Energy’s fracked gas West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline.

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The US Government Just Destroyed Our Privacy While Nobody Was Paying Attention

Posted by on March 27, 2018 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
The US Government Just Destroyed Our Privacy While Nobody Was Paying Attention

The CLOUD Act will also allow the U.S. to enter into agreements that allow the transfer of private data from domestic servers to investigators in other countries on a case-by-case basis, further globalizing the ever-encroaching surveillance state. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has strongly opposed the legislation, listed several consequences of the bill, which it called “far-reaching” and “privacy-upending”:

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Why There Will NEVER Be A Political Solution To America’s Problems

Why There Will NEVER Be A Political Solution To America’s Problems

The truth is that the real problem lies in our hearts, and the corrupt politicians that currently represent us are simply a reflection of who we have become as a nation. The generations of people that founded this nation and established it as the greatest republic that the world had ever seen had far different values than most Americans do today. So until there is a dramatic shift in how most of us see the world, it is quite likely that not much in Washington will change.

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