Month: November 2011

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Smearing Israel’s ‘Peace Now’ Movement

Yifat Gavishi, a Peace Now supporter, leafleting cars in Tel Aviv in September.  (Photo by Ted Lieverman)

Patriotism was once famously called “the last refuge of a scoundrel,” but it’s also used to discredit citizens who dare question their own country’s wrongheaded policies, as is now the case for Israelis who advocate for a fair peace with the…

‘Occupy’ Protests at a Crossroads

Protesters at Occupy Philly (Photo by Ted Lieverman)

Occupy Wall Street and related protests around the United States enjoyed surprising success in getting across a powerful message about economic inequality in America. But now the movement is at a crossroads both internally and externally, as Danny Schechter explains.

Richard Nixon’s Darkest Secret

President Richard Nixon (Art work by Robbie Conal)

Exclusive: In just-released Watergate grand jury testimony from 1975, ex-President Richard Nixon complained that his 1968 campaign was bugged by the Johnson administration. But there was little curiosity then or now as to why that surveillance was justified, reports Robert Parry.

NATO’s Law of the Jungle in Libya

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at United Nations

Exclusive: The murder of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi was widely hailed in the West as a just outcome. But it involved powerful nations making up the rules as they went along, the law of the jungle disguised as international justice, observes Peter…

Iran Nuke Report: Little New, Big Impact

The mushroom cloud from the U.S. A-bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II

The much-touted report by U.N. weapons inspectors on Iran’s alleged pursuit of a nuclear bomb contained little that was new, much that was dated, and nothing that could be independently confirmed. But, as Paul R. Pillar, a former top CIA…

Déjà Vu Over Iran A-Bomb Charges

Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency

Exclusive: The mainstream U.S. news media is again ratcheting up tensions with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program by hailing a new report on the topic. But the press is once more falling down on its duty to examine the…

How US Policy Risks More 9/11s

Glenn Greenwald

Though the U.S. military is no longer inflicting large-scale slaughters in Afghanistan and Iraq, the more selective “drone” campaigns continue to kill the families and neighbors of the targets, a reality that is stirring more anti-Americanism in the region, as Lawrence…

Iran’s Soviet Bomb-Maker Who Wasn’t

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

In the new Iranian nuclear-bomb allegations, the most sensational charge was that a former Soviet nuclear weapons expert spent years tutoring Iranian scientists, but it turns out the Ukrainian was a specialist in commercial nanodiamonds, not A-bombs, reports Gareth Porter.

Who Is Judge Richard Leon?

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon

Exclusive: The appointment of federal judges is a key power of the U.S. president. It can reward partisan allies for past services and ensure favorable rulings in the future. Both factors were in play for District Judge Richard Leon who…

When Guns Defeat Butter

Police face down 'Occupy' protesters in Philadelphia (Photo by Ted Lieverman)

History is filled with cautionary tales about militarily powerful empires that collapsed because they spent far too much on guns over butter. The United States is now tempting a similar fate behind a ruling elite that uses fear and propaganda…