Some of our special stories in July focused on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine (especially the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17), the Israeli war on Gaza, and the real history of Thomas Jefferson.
“The Risk of a Ukraine Bloodbath” by Ray McGovern, July 2, 2014
“Itching for a Genocide” by Robert Parry, July 3, 2014
“Thomas Jefferson: America’s Founding Sociopath” by Robert Parry, July 4, 2014
“An Insider’s View of Nixon’s ‘Treason’” by Robert Parry, July 5, 2014
“NYT Dishes More Ukraine Propaganda” by Robert Parry, July 6, 2014
“Escalating Domestic Warfare” by Brian J. Trautman, July 8, 2014
“Plunging toward Armageddon in Israel” by William R. Polk, July 9, 2014
“NYT Protects the Fogh Machine” by Robert Parry, July 9, 2014
“The US Persecution of Sami al-Arian” by Lawrence Davidson, July 10, 2014
“The Brutal Failure of Zionism” by John V. Whitbeck, July 11, 2014
“No Lessons Learned at the NYT” by Robert Parry, July 11, 2014
“The Back Story of ‘Citizen Koch’” by Jim DiEugenio, July 14, 2014
“The Human Price of Neocon Havoc” by Robert Parry, July 17, 2014
“What Is Israel’s End Game in Gaza?” by Dennis Kucinich, July 18, 2014
“Facts Needed on Malaysian Plane Shoot-down” by Ray McGovern, July 18, 2014
“Airline Horror Spurs New Rush to Judgment” by Robert Parry, July 19, 2014
“What Did Spy Satellites See in Ukraine?” by Robert Parry, July 20, 2014
“Kerry’s Latest Reckless Rush to Judgment” by Robert Parry, July 21, 2014
“Kerry’s Poor Record for Veracity” by Ray McGovern, July 22, 2014
“The Kurds Eye Long-Desired State” by Andres Cala, July 22, 2014
“The Mystery of a Ukrainian Army ‘Defector’” by Robert Parry, July 22, 2014
“Hiding War Crimes Behind a Question” by Daniel C. Maguire, July 24, 2014
“US Complicity in Israeli War Crimes” by Paul Findley, July 25, 2014
“Blaming Russia as Flat Fact” by Robert Parry, July 27, 2014
“Obama Should Release Ukraine Evidence” by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, July 29, 2014
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Obviously I’ve got some catching up to do with my reading! One link has already caught my eye.
Thomas Jefferson: Americaâ€™s Founding Sociopath
Last year I was reading some very old books written by visitors to America because I wanted to get a feel for the country as it was then. One of them was dated 1832 – it was by an Englishwoman who lived for a while in Cincinnati. Here is what she wrote about Jefferson.
Few names are held in higher estimation in America, than that of
Jefferson; it is the touchstone of the democratic party, and all
seem to agree that he was one of the greatest of men; yet I have
heard his name coupled with deeds which would make the sons of
Europe shudder. The facts I allude to are spoken openly by all,
not whispered privately by a few; and in a country where religion
is the tea-table talk, and its strict observance a fashionable
distinction, these facts are recorded, and listened to, without
horror, nay, without emotion.
Mr. Jefferson is said to have been the father of children by
almost all his numerous gang of female slaves. These wretched
offspring were also the lawful slaves of their father, and worked
in his house and plantations as such; in particular, it is
recorded that it was his especial pleasure to be waited upon by
them at table, and the hospitable orgies for which his Montecielo
was so celebrated, were incomplete, unless the goblet he quaffed
were tendered by the trembling hand of his own slavish offspring.
I once heard it stated by a democratical adorer of this great
man, that when, as it sometimes happened, his children by
Quadroon slaves were white enough to escape suspicion of their
origin, he did not pursue them if they attempted to escape,
saying laughingly, “Let the rogues get off, if they can; I will
not hinder them.” This was stated in a large party, as a proof
of his kind and noble nature, and was received by all with
If I know anything of right or wrong, if virtue and vice be
indeed something more than words, then was this great American
an unprincipled tyrant, and most heartless libertine.
Mind you, this was well-known gossip in a distant near-frontier town. Good Christian Americans of the day actually admired the horrific behavior of the asshole Jefferson.
Some things just don’t change.