Oakland: Protesters march against police brutality Friday evening

Inside Bay Area, August 15

Oakland, CA – A group of about 200 protesters marched from downtown into West Oakland on Friday evening, denouncing police violence in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed man in the Midwest that has set off protests nationwide.

The marchers met up around 6 p.m. near Frank Ogawa [...]

U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas

Washington Post, By Barton Gellman, August 15

CloudShield Technologies, a California defense contractor, dispatched a senior engineer to Munich in the early fall of 2009. His instructions were unusually opaque.

As he boarded the flight, the engineer told confidants later, he knew only that he should visit a German national who awaited him with an [...]

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas Is Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power

New York Times, By Manny Fernandez, August 15

Austin, TX – A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts on Friday, charging that he abused his power last year when he tried to pressure the district attorney here, a Democrat, to step down by threatening to cut off state financing to her [...]

Reporters Arrested!!!

How many exclamation points should be added to the headline above? I sure hope three is enough to reflect the shock of the news that reporters from both The Huffington Post and The Washington Post were arrested last night in Ferguson, Missouri. Worse – they were just doing their job, sitting at a McDonald’s, writing [...]

The Most Wanted Man In The World

Wired, By James Bamford, August 2014

The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ES is Edward Snowden, the [...]

Protesters clash with police in Ferguson, Missouri

AP, By Jim Suhr & Jim Salterillam, August 14

Ferguson, MO — Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer fatally shot a young, unarmed black man turned violent last night, with people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police, who responded with smoke bombs and tear [...]

Beyond Torture: The CIA’s Shameful Kidnapping of a 12-Year-Old Girl

The U.S. and U.K. collaborated to snatch Khadija al-Saadi’s family in Hong Kong and deliver them into the custody of a murderous dictator.

The Atlantic, By Conor Friedersdorf, August 7

President Obama is letting the CIA play a major part in censoring a report on brutal human-rights abuses perpetrated by CIA employees. This has [...]

US launches airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq’s Kurdistan

Pentagon says strikes on Islamic State artillery positions came after group shelled Kurdish forces near US personnel

Al Jazeera, August 8

American warplanes carried out two separate airstrikes against advancing Islamic State (IS) positions in northern Iraq after artillery fire from the group fell near U.S. personnel, the Pentagon said Friday.

In the first strike, [...]

James Brown: The Hardest Working Asshole in Show Business

Black Agenda Report, By Glen Ford, August 6

When James Brown died on Christmas day, 2006, I wrote an article for the brand new Black Agenda Report crediting the “Godfather of Soul” as “The Man Who Named a People.” People of African descent had been called – and called themselves – by many names in [...]

Who The Fck Is Campbell Brown?

Esquire, By Charlie Pierce, August 6

To paraphrase from my grandmother, the former shepherd lass from the hills and hollows of north Kerry, who the fck is Campbell Brown when she’s at home?

Well, on the basics, she’s from Ferriday, Louisiana, the hometown of Jerry Lee Lewis, and she graduated from Regis University in Denver [...]

James Brady dies at 73; former Reagan spokesman, gun-control advocate

Los Angeles Times, By Valerie J. Nelson, August 4

James S. Brady had been presidential press secretary for less than three months when a deranged would-be assassin fired a volley of shots at Ronald Reagan on the sidewalk outside a Washington, D.C., hotel.

The president was wounded by a ricocheting bullet that lodged in his [...]

Congress backs $225M bill to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense

CBS/AP, August 1

Washington – Both the House and Senate on Friday rushed approved a $225 million bill to replenish Israel’s missile defense system.

The money will go to restocking Israel’s Iron Dome, which has been credited with shooting down dozens of incoming rockets fired by Palestinian militants over three and a half weeks of [...]

Pentagon Wants to Send Troops to Ukraine for ‘Counterterrorism’ Training

No Decision Yet on Sending ‘Lethal Aid’

Antiwar.com, by Jason Ditz, August 1

The Pentagon today announced its intention, pending Congressional approval, to send troops to Ukraine [in 2015!] for “training exercises” designed to increase the Ukrainian military’s “capacity for internal defense” as it fights eastern rebels.

The plan seeks to use a contingency fund [...]

Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’

USA Today, August 1

President Obama said Friday that some CIA officials who interrogated suspects after the 9/11 attacks “crossed a line” into torture.

“We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks,” Obama said while discussing a forthcoming Senate report on enhanced interrogation techniques.

“We did some things [...]

Coordinated Sanctions Aim at Russia’s Ability to Tap Its Oil Reserves

New York Times, By Peter Baker, Alan Cowell and James Kanter, July 29

Washington — The United States and Europe kicked off a joint effort on Tuesday intended to curb Russia’s long-term ability to develop new oil resources, taking aim at the Kremlin’s premier source of wealth and power in retaliation for its intervention in [...]

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