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Killing is Not a Way of Life (Soapbox Podcast December 21, 2014)
Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox December 21, 2014
KILLING IS NOT A WAY OF LIVE
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TOPIC: THE EVIL EMPIRE AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT
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By Rosa Tania Valdés
December 19, 2014
Mariela Castro, director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education, National Assembly member and … By Rosa Tania Valdés
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba will defend its socialist principles and will not return to capitalism just because it has agreed a detente with the United States, the daughter of President Raul Castro said, dispelling any notion that U.S. companies would be free to roll into Cuba.
"The people of Cuba don't want to return to capitalism," Mariela Castro, a member of parliament, told Reuters on Friday.
by Kim Zetter
Today Sony canceled the premiere of “The Interview” and its entire Christmas-Day release of the movie because of fears that terrorists might attack theaters showing the film.
The actions show just how much power the attackers behind the Sony hack have amassed in a short time. But who exactly are they?
1 The New York Times reported this evening that North Korea is “centrally involved” in the hack, citing unnamed U.S. intelligence officials. It’s unclear from the Times report what “centrally involved” means and whether the intelligence officials are saying the hackers were state-sponsored or actually agents of the state. The Times also notes that “It is not clear how the United States came to its determination that the North Korean regime played a central role in the Sony attacks.” The public evidence pointing at the Hermit Kingdom is flimsy.
Emails Reveal US State Department Influenced Sony’s “The Interview” so as to Encourage Assassination and Regime Change in North Korea
As Reported in the Daily Beast
Exclusive: Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong-Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’Hacked emails also reveal that Sony execs didn’t take the threat from North Korea seriously, and that a CIA agent and a former Hillary Clinton aide looked at the film’s script. The controversy surrounding the Kim Jong Un assassination comedy The Interview reaches new levels of insanity by the day.
On Wednesday, U.S. government sources informed the media that the cyber-attack on the film’s distributor, Sony Pictures Entertainment, was “state sponsored” and involved the North Korean government, presumably as payback for the movie, which depicts James Franco and Seth Rogen as a TV host and producer who the CIA tasks with killing the North Korean dictator. Despite reports of FBI evidence linking the hacking to North Korea, the Obama administration has thus far been cautious in publicly assigning blame for the attack.
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Reframing the CIA’s interrogation techniques as a violation of scientific and medical ethics may be the best way to achieve accountability.
Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.
At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. They designed interrogation and detention protocols that they and others applied to people imprisoned in the agency’s secret “black sites.”
It's time to start imagining a society that isn't dominated by police
By José Martín | December 16, 2014
After months of escalating protests and grassroots organizing in response to the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, police reformers have issued many demands. The moderates in this debate typically qualify their rhetoric with "We all know we need police, but..." It's a familiar refrain to those of us who've spent years in the streets and the barrios organizing around police violence, only to be confronted by officers who snarl, "But who'll help you if you get robbed?" We can put a man on the moon, but we're still lacking creativity down here on Earth.
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Dec. 18, 2014
“The need to possess Cuba is the oldest issue in U.S. foreign policy.”
- Noam Chomsky
As we contemplate the latest news about a possible shift in U.S.-Cuba relations, a little historical context can go a long way...
“Eyeing Cuba for almost a century”
Feb. 15, 1898, was a muggy Tuesday night in Havana Harbor. Some 350 crew and officers settled in on board the USS Maine.
“At 9:40 p.m., the ship's forward end abruptly lifted itself from the water,” writes author Tom Miller. “Along the pier, passersby could hear a rumbling explosion. Within seconds, another eruption -- this one deafening and massive -- splintered the bow, sending anything that wasn't battened down, and most that was, flying more than 200 feet into the air.”
The Washington Post--By Justin Moyer-- December 16, 2014
Imagine a comedy about the assassination of a sitting head of state. Drawing on cultural stereotypes about a country considered backward by much of the world, the film launches its heroes on a mission to kill a buffoonish tyrant. Hilarity ensues.
This, more or less, is “The Interview,” an upcoming movie starring James Franco and Seth Rogen as goofballs enlisted by the CIA to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea wasn’t happy about “The Interview” — and may even have helped launch an epic hack of Sony, the company releasing the film, in retaliation.
It’s impossible to summon much sympathy for Kim Jong Un. But now imagine this assassination farce was made not in Hollywood, but in North Korea or Moscow, and the leader assassinated in the film was a president of the United States. Or imagine the film was made by Iran, and the leader assassinated in the film was the prime minister of Israel. Where “The Interview” draws on stereotypes about North Korea’s ridiculous, yet terrifying isolationism, this hypothetical film makes jokes about African Americans and Jews — perhaps about the incompetence of a black man in the White House, or about Israel’s right to exist.
By Bill Van Auken
18 December 2014
The simultaneous speeches delivered by US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro Wednesday afternoon marked an historic turning point in what has been a protracted search for rapprochement between the Castro regime and US imperialism.
The two presidents announced that Washington and Havana will restore full diplomatic relations and exchange ambassadors for the first time since January 1961, following the Cuban government’s nationalization of US holdings on the island and in the immediate run up to the CIA’s abortive Bay of Pigs invasion.
SPN BREAKING NEWS---12/17/2014
THE CUBAN FIVE ARE FREE!!! This morning, breaking news on all news agencies says that our three brothers, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, and Antonio Guerrero are free!!! According to the news, Alan Gross is flying back to the United States now, and President Obama will be speaking at about noon today, Eastern time, to announce that and further developments.
INCREDIBLE NEWS! This is a very short notice, just to let everyone know of this GREAT GREAT VICTORY! Stay tuned for more details!
This victory is possible because of the years of struggle of the strength and determination of our brothers Gerardo, Antonio, Ramon, Fernando and Rene, and all the Cuban people, the struggle of people in the United States and around the world, of all the efforts to demand justice and freedom for the Cuban FIVE! The National Committee to Free the Cuban Five congratulates our brothers and the Cuban people in their victory! 16 Years of imprisonment could not break their spirit!
'There is an almost criminal gang in our government's security agencies which is not subject to democratic accountability of any kind.'
byJon Queally, staff writer
Former vice president of the United States Dick Cheney told NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday that he'd "do it again in a minute."
And what about President Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush? Said Cheney: "He authorized it. He Approved it."
And what is the "it"? The torture of other human beings. However, nearly a week after the partial release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture—despite a full-court media press from Cheney and others defending how the U.S. government employed gross human rights violations in the name of national security—the new calls for prosecutions into these admitted crimes continue.
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