Democracy


A breath of fresh air (video 6 mins.): Ursula K. Le Guin

Rawstory

A bare 0.004 percent of the world’s adult population controls nearly $30 trillion in assets, 13 percent of the world’s total wealth, according to a new study released Thursday. (more…)

Truthout

In a long, 200-year history of US interventionism, covert action and troubling support for repressive regimes, the story of the US Army School of the Americas (SOA) at Ft. Benning, Georgia, stands out as a grotesque example of militarism run amok. (more…)

Rawstory

Big Stone County Republican chairman Jack Whitley said he opposed waterboarding terrorists because he believed that Muslim “parasites” should be killed. (more…)

Commondreams.org

Amnesty International released a free program on Wednesday that scans computers for surveillance software that is often used by governments to spy on journalists, human rights lawyers, political organizers, and other activists—technology that has been discovered to be in use in countries around the world. (more…)

Sophos.com

Last night, Republicans led by Senator Mitch McConnell fended off efforts to rein in the National Security Agency (NSA), resulting in the axing of the bipartisan-crafted USA Freedom Act.

The bill missed the chance to be debated by just two “yes” votes. (more…)

Chicago officers attend the third Homeland Security Conference in Tel Aviv to learn on cyber-crime and counterterrorism from one of the most questioned police corps in the world. (more…)

NYTimes Review

In “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War,” James Risen holds up a mirror to the United States in the 13 years since 9/11, and what it reveals is not a pretty sight. Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-­winning reporter at The New York Times, documents the emergence of a “homeland ­security-industrial complex” more pervasive and more pernicious than the “military-industrial complex” (more..)

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