October 2013

Juan Cole

A new household survey of Iraqis has projected the civilian death toll from the Bush administration’s invasion and occupation of Iraq at roughly 450,000. Passive information-gathering techniques like logging deaths in the Western press have produced estimates closer to 150,000, but such techniques have been proven to miss a lot of people. (more…)

The website WikiLeaks released on Friday the first video to be seen of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden since he was granted asylum in Russia. (more…)

Guardian U.K.

Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg‘s data protection commissioner over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy programme Prism, the Guardian has learned. (more…)

John Pilger Guardian U.K.

Countries are “pieces on a chessboard upon which is being played out a great game for the domination of the world”, wrote Lord Curzon, the viceroy of India, in 1898. Nothing has changed. (more…)

William Blum

Pity the poor American who wants to be a good citizen, wants to understand the world and his country’s role in it, wants to believe in the War on Terrorism, wants to believe that his government seeks to do good (more…)

John Pilger   ICH

“Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number! (more…)

Guardian U.K.

It’s not my intention to belittle the government shutdown or the political showdown underway between President Obama and the GOP, but more often that not, America’s fickle news media is dominated by one subject. It’s what gets left out that is often more telling than what everyone (or at least the news) is talking about. (more…)

Guardian U.K.

An octogenarian Roman Catholic nun, jailed for breaking into a nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee, is facing up to 30 years in prison after losing her plea for the most serious charge to be dropped. (more…)

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