OK, Agonistas- this week has been beyond horrible- every single story of ours since the last Jukebox, every news outlet, every blog site – look at them, look at us! Sometimes that world’s just too much to take nonstop.
So before the regular Jukebox kicks in on Saturday, a special extra one to help get [...]
Okay, Agonistas, enough is enough. Yes, Hamas refuses to recognize Israel as a “state”. But the carnage has taken on the fury of a slaughter. Yesterday, killed and wounded at a HOSPITAL; today, more than twice as many killed and wounded at a U.N. SCHOOL used to shelter refugees. I am going crazy over this [...]
TechDirt, By Tim Cushing, July 23
Human Rights Watch has just published a report containing the facts needed to back up everyone’s suspicions that the FBI counterterrorism efforts are almost solely composed of breaking up “plots” of its own design. And the bigger and more high-profile the “bust” was, the better the chance that FBI [...]
The Intercept, By Jeremy Scahill & Ryan Devereaux, July 23
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.
GLENN GREENWALD: American media officials are incredibly subservient to American political officials. That’s been—you know, American media figures are. But when it comes to Israeli political officials, it’s virtually cringe-inducing to watch how accommodating and deferential and submissive they become.
There’s a fundamental problem in our world today: neither our governments nor our press are [...]
AP -FLORENCE, Ariz. — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead [...]
Despite Israeli lobbying, Palestinians have managed to call for a vote on Wednesday on severe condemnation of IDF operation in Gaza.
Ha’aretz, By Barak Ravid, July 23
The UN human rights chief said Wednesday during an emergency meeting that Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [...]
NBC, By Maggie Fox, July 22
In a potentially lethal blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court has ruled that the federal government may not subsidize health insurance plans bought by people in states that decided not to set up their own marketplaces under Obamacare.
The law clearly says that states are to set up [...]
Bloomberg, By Michael Olukayode, July 21
More than 15,000 people have fled their homes in northeastern Nigeria since an attack last week by suspected Islamist militants that left at least 21 people dead, said an emergency official.
Residents are fleeing from Damboa and areas surrounding the town in fear for their lives, spokesman for the [...]
Reuters, By Jon Herskovitz, July 21
Austin, TX – Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during an influx of illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama.
Perry, seen as a possible [...]
You remember, the UN, created to respond to international crises, before the holder of the office of the Secretary General had to be hand-picked by the US (Goodbye, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Kofi Annan, for sure), and the misuse of the veto by East and West and..and…
Even the near-appearance of a UN session, [...]
Militant jihadist group kills dozens of Syrian troops and workers in its largest attack yet on the regime
Reuters, July 19
Jihadists have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees since seizing a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described Thursday’s takeover [...]
BBC, July 20
Israel and Gaza have both suffered their bloodiest day since the beginning of the current offensive.
Israel says that 13 of its soldiers died since Saturday night, the biggest one-day loss for its army in years.
At least 87 Gazans were reported killed on Sunday – 60 of them in the district [...]
ProPublica, By Abrahm Lustgarten, July 18
California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.
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