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Ajit Pai is best viewed as a poison pill put in the FCC by Obama to destroy Net Neutrality (John Stauber)


Some Tweets from John Stauber:  Pinned Tweet John Stauber‏ @JohnStauber Dec 14 More #AjitPai is best viewed as a poison pill put in the #FCC by #Obama to destroy #NetNeutraility after he was gone. But the Dem #resistance can’t handle that truth.  0 replies2 retweets7 likes Reply     Retweet  2   Like  7 John Stauber‏ @

This holiday season, please subscribe to Restore The Fourth!


NSA has billions of dollars. We have each other.Please contribute to Restore The Fourth today! In the four years since Restore The Fourth began, we have gotten a lot done. In just this short time we have: Organized nationwide protests Originated and helped to pass local surveillance oversight ordinances Developed a scorecard to rate Congressmembers on

Hayder's claim to 'leadership'?


Three years into his term as prime minister, and desperate to win re-election next May, Hayder al-Abadi grasps at something -- anything -- to prove he's been an effective leader. Corruption is still rampant in Iraq. So is poverty. Jobs are hard to come by. The country has fallen further apart. Not much to point to with any pride. So Hayder screams that he's defeated ISIS. Over and over, he

Gorbachev Was Promised No NATO Expansion


Gorbachev Was Promised No NATO Expansion By David Swanson For decades the pretense has been maintained that there is some doubt as to whether the United States really promised Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that if Germany reunited, then NATO would not expand eastward. The National Security Archive has put such doubts

The end of net neutrality and the fight to defend the free internet


From WSWS: The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Thursday to overturn rules, known as net neutrality, that required internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all data on the internet the same and prohibited them from limiting or blocking users’ access to web sites and services. The ruling heralds a new age in internet communications, where giant internet and

Pope Francis is sounding like a Baptist preacher (Margaret Kimberley)


Some Tweets from journalist Margaret Kimberley:  Margaret Kimberley Retweeted Craig Gordon‏ @NowAgePress 9h9 hours ago More My latest: how #Liberal hypocrisy of #PoliticalCorrectness takes center stage with the fall of many self-professed #feminists who hold little respect for women personally #TavisSmiley #AlFranken #Weinstein @WNYC @freedomrideblog @LeftonMain 0 replies2

Some Tweets from Sarah Abdallah


Some Tweets from Sarah Abdallah:  Sarah Abdallah Retweeted Tulsi Gabbard‏Verified account @TulsiGabbard 12h12 hours ago More Counterproductive regime change policies have prolonged the Syrian Civil War at great cost to the Syrian people. Spending taxpayer dollars to arm rebel groups and funnel weapons through Saudi Arabia in secrecy has to stop. #StopArmingTerrorists 55

The end of net neutrality and the fight to defend the free internet – SEP Newsletter


From WSWS: Dear C, As 2017 comes to a close, the political crisis within the United States and internationally is entering a new stage: Ferocious conflicts within the ruling class, talk of nuclear war against North Korea, unprecedented levels of social inequality, moves to pass a tax plan that will hand out billions to the corporate and financial elite.Under these

Iraq snapshot


Friday, December 15, 2017.  The UN responds to Iraq's mass executions, a selfie sparks outrage, the claims that the Islamic State was defeated in Iraq look increasingly hollow, and much more. Yesterday, the Iraqi government carried out 38 executions.  Quentin Sommerville‏Verified account @sommervilletv 28m28 minutes ago More Quentin Sommerville Retweeted Gareth Browne Important. Iraq

‘Health Is a Right for All’, Secretary‑General Tells Forum, Advocating Universal, People‑Centred Coverage to Foster Resilience


‘Health Is a Right for All’, Secretary‑General Tells Forum, Advocating Universal, People‑Centred Coverage to Foster Resilience Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the Universal Health Coverage Forum, in Tokyo today: I thank our co‑organizers and commend the Government of Japan for its leadership and vision in hosting this meeting.  Thank you also to Prime

Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference


Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference By David Swanson Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of Évian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. It’s also the location where, in July 1938, the first international

Iraq snapshot


Thursday, December 14, 2017.  Donald Trump and the War Powers Act are noted, Iraq carries out more executions, the British legal system issues a ruling regarding the treatment of Iraqis, and much more. Bill Van Auken (WSWS) notes: The Trump White House Monday issued a so-called “War Powers” letter addressed to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the president pro tempore of the Senate, Orin

Episode 60: BP Killed Katherine’s Dad, A Colonel Runs For Office on Progressive Ideas


It’s been 13 years since Ray Rodriguez was killed in an explosion at a British Petroleum facility in Texas. I have a searing conversation with his daughter, Katherine, who keeps his memory alive by campaigning for safety and health in the workplace. Out in California, Colonel Dave Applegate is taking another shot at unseating the odious Darrell Issa in the

Iraq snapshot


Wednesday, December 13, 2017.  The State Dept declares in a press briefing that ISIS in Iraq "is not done," Hayder al-Abadi's attacks on the Kurds may not be influencing Shi'ites in the way he hopes, and much more. Iraq's (US-installed) prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi is insisting ISIS is over. Not everyone seems so sure. Michael R. Gordon (WALL STREET JOURNAL) notes the previous history of

RT and the State Dept


I'm not seeing any news reports on the exchange between RT and the State Dept's Heather Nauert at yesterday's State Dept press briefing so I'm posting it here. RT is RUSSIA TODAY and it's a news channel.  It has (my opinion) been wrongly forced to register as a foreign agent.  RT raised the issue and how this registration was impacting their access. MS NAUERT: Yeah, hi. What is your name?

Make a donation to support the fight for socialism in 2018 – SEP Newsletter


From WSWS: As 2017 comes to a close, the political crisis within the United States and internationally is entering a new stage: Ferocious conflicts within the ruling class, talk of nuclear war against North Korea, unprecedented levels of social inequality, moves to pass a tax plan that will hand out billions to the corporate and financial elite.Under these conditions, the

Iraq snapshot


Tuesday, December 12, 2017.  PBS continues to air propaganda, a US service member is laid to rest, in 'victory' Baghdad decides to bomb the Kurds and much more. Imran Ghori (PRESS-ENTERPRISE) reports: McGurn’s goal was to return to the Police Department after completing his military service and become a police canine officer, he said. He would maintain his excitement while volunteering for

Iraq snapshot


Monday, December 11, 2017.  Hayder al-Abadi tries to take a victory lap as so much of Iraq remains in crisis but stealing all attention is Moqtada al-Sadr. ANADOLU AGENCY reports that Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr announced today that his militia, the Saraya al-Salam militia, was disbanding and returning weapons to the Iraqi government as a result of the the announcement on



RT examines the victory Hayder al-Abadi's claiming: The war against Islamic State turned into a massive human tragedy for the Iraqi people. According to official estimates from the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, more than 29,000 civilians were killed between January 2014 and November 2017. Iraq Body Count Project (IBC), an internet based activist group recording civilian deaths in Iraq,

Sun Tzu: The Ass of War


Sun Tzu: The Ass of War By David Swanson Sun Tzu, whose book, The Art of War, was written some 2,500 years ago during a period of constant war, and popularized in the West some 100 years ago (just in time for industrialized warfare), is the leading example of what’s wrong with digging up ancient platitudes as guides for action today in

The first Christmas tree has gone up in Syria's Aleppo (Sarah Abdallah)


Some Tweets from Sarah Abdallah: Sarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo 6h6 hours ago More Sarah Abdallah Retweeted CNN Politics Obama is also responsible for the current slave-trading of Black Africans at the hands of jihadists in Libya, but sure, let’s focus on all those retweets instead. Sarah Abdallah added, CNN PoliticsVerified account @CNNPolitics Barack Obama had three

Love on the Brain (Rihanna)


Rihanna performing "Love on the Brain" (first appears on her ANTI).

ISIS is ended cries Hayder


 It's like a never-ending farewell tour from Cher -- Hayder al-Abadi has (again) announced that ISIS has been defeated (again) in Iraq.  It's "final," this time, it's for real . . .  This time, he knows it's for real. Harriet Agerholm (INDEPENDENT) notes a dissenting voice: Theresa May has warned that Isis is ”not yet defeated” after Iraq declared an end to its fight against the jihadi group

Talk Nation Radio: Shireen Al-Adeimi: Stop the U.S. War on Yemen


Talk Nation Radio: Shireen Al-Adeimi: Stop the U.S. War on Yemen Shireen Al-Adeimi is a former middle school teacher and is currently finishing her doctoral studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Bioneers Indigeneity Moves on Rights of Nature


Getting Real With Bioneers Media View this email in your browser “For the threat on lands still intact after centuries of hostility, let us keep finding meaning in the work we give ourselves to. This morning I'm reflecting on what it might mean to see homelands slowly destroyed by the same devastation seen elsewhere. A place kept sacred and in a constant state