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30.03.2020 - 10:38 [ New Yorker ]

How Dreams Change Under Authoritarianism

At times, “The Third Reich of Dreams” also echoes Hannah Arendt, who saw totalitarian rule as “truly total the moment it closes the iron vice of terror on its subjects’ private social lives.”

29.03.2020 - 10:55 [ New York Times ]

Military Force Against Americans

(9. September 2019)

After the Sept. 11 attacks, an American citizen who had been arrested in Chicago and accused of terrorism links was deemed to be an “enemy combatant” and transferred to military custody. He was held in wartime detention without trial for years, then transferred back to the civilian justice system before the Supreme Court could resolve his case. In 2011, an American drone strike targeted and killed an American citizen who had been deemed to be an operational terrorist leader whose capture was infeasible, but who had not been charged or convicted in a trial. In 2019, the executive branch was reported to be considering invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy military forces on domestic soil to enforce immigration laws.

Are any of these examples unlawful? Under what circumstances, if any, may a president use military force within the United States or against Americans?

28.03.2020 - 11:46 [ PrepareForChange.net ]

Event 201: Bill Gates & World Economic Forum Simulated Coronavirus Outbreak 6 Weeks Before First Case in Wuhan

(27.01.2020)

Event 201 is a pandemic tabletop exercise hosted by The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The exercise illustrated the pandemic preparedness efforts needed to diminish the large-scale economic and societal consequences of a severe pandemic. Drawing from actual events, Event 201 identifies important policy issues and preparedness challenges that could be solved with sufficient political will and attention. These issues were designed in a narrative to engage and educate the participants and the audience.

28.03.2020 - 08:41 [ Wikipedia ]

Signing statement

The Supreme Court has not squarely addressed the limits of signing statements.

22.03.2020 - 13:06 [ Matt Stoller ]

Stop the Coronavirus Corporate Coup

And there’s a precedent.

In 2008, when Congress was on the brink of passing a $700 billion bailout to Wall Street, something astonishing happened. A motley bipartisan group of roughly a hundred members, as well as outside experts, formed what was called the „Skeptic’s Caucus,“ and organized enough votes to take down the package. Congressional leaders then attached some minor tweaks, and forced the package through after the stock market crashed. Ultimately, the skeptics failed, and the bailouts ended up shifting power and wealth to an unaccountable elite class.

But for that brief moment, it became clear that opposition to Congressional leadership on corporate subsidies is possible. We will need another Skeptic’s caucus, and quickly.

19.03.2020 - 07:37 [ yna.co.kr ]

(Yonhap Interview) COVID-19 vaccine, drugs on fast track for development: IVI chief

Phases 3 studies of Remdesivir made by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Gilead could take place in South Korea soon.

16.03.2020 - 15:10 [ labiotech.eu ]

Battle of the Biotech Unicorns: CureVac vs. Moderna

(06.11.2017)

But despite being competitors, the companies’ CEOs seem to have quite a good relationship and consider each other collaborators rather than enemies. Every year, they organize an mRNA conference together that takes turns between Boston and Berlin to bring together all the stakeholders in the field. It was at this year’s edition, in Berlin, that I had the chance to bring them together for an interview regarding the future of mRNA therapies.

15.03.2020 - 20:41 [ Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security ]

The Event 201 scenario

(October 2019)

The disease starts in pig farms in Brazil, quietly and slowly at first, but then it starts to spread more rapidly in healthcare settings. When it starts to spread efficiently from person to person in the low-income, densely packed neighborhoods of some of the megacities in South America, the epidemic explodes. It is first exported by air travel to Portugal, the United States, and China and then to many other countries. Although at first some countries are able to control it, it continues to spread and be reintroduced, and eventually no country can maintain control.

There is no possibility of a vaccine being available in the first year.

15.03.2020 - 20:36 [ Johns Hopkins University ]

Pandemic simulation exercise spotlights massive preparedness gap

(November 06, 2019)

Event 201, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, envisions a fast-spreading coronavirus with a devastating impact

13.03.2020 - 09:58 [ SocialistAlternative.org ]

Get the troops out now — “Generals lie, Soldiers die”

(September 18, 2007)

“Generals lie, Soldiers die,” chanted pro-testers when general David Petraeus appeared before a Congressional committee in Washington on 10 September.

Petraeus’s mission? To provide military cover for Bush’s cynical tactic of playing for time.

12.03.2020 - 20:21 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: South Korea confirms huge rise in cases

(22.02.2020)

In a statement, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that of the 229 new cases, 95 were related to Daenam Hospital in Cheongdo, which treats the elderly and people with mental health issues. There are now 114 confirmed cases at the hospital – nine staff and 102 patients – it added.

Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said the outbreak had entered „a serious new phase“.

He said most of those diagnosed at the hospital had been inpatients for mental illnesses. Some cases showed „no confirmed epidemiological connections“, meaning it was not clear how they had contracted the virus, he added.

12.03.2020 - 12:38 [ Rand Paul, US Senator / Twitter ]

We must have reform and stop abusing the rights of Americans.

12.03.2020 - 12:22 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

I just left the floor where I spoke out against the Patriot Act/FISA Reauthorization. Video below:

(11.03.2020)

12.03.2020 - 11:13 [ The Hill ]

Paul, Lee urging Trump to kill House FISA deal

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are working to kill a House deal to reauthorize expiring intelligence programs and reform the surveillance court, throwing up an eleventh hour roadblock to the agreement.

11.03.2020 - 23:55 [ debates.org ]

September 30. 2004 Debate Transcript

(September 30, 2004)

KERRY: Thirty-five to forty countries in the world had a greater capability of making weapons at the moment the president invaded than Saddam Hussein. And while he’s been diverted, with 9 out of 10 active duty divisions of our Army, either going to Iraq, coming back from Iraq, or getting ready to go, North Korea’s gotten nuclear weapons and the world is more dangerous. Iran is moving toward nuclear weapons and the world is more dangerous. Darfur has a genocide.

The world is more dangerous. I’d have made a better choice.

LEHRER: New question. Two minutes, Senator Kerry. What is your position on the whole concept of preemptive war?

KERRY: The president always has the right, and always has had the right, for preemptive strike. That was a great doctrine throughout the Cold War. And it was always one of the things we argued about with respect to arms control.

11.03.2020 - 23:52 [ Politics 101 / Youtube ]

George W. Bush and John Kerry 1st Presidential Debate 2004

The First Presidential Debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry on Thursday September 30th, 2004 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

11.03.2020 - 23:51 [ Salon.com ]

NASA photo analyst: Bush wore a device during debate

(October 30, 2004)

And Nelson is neither conspiracy theorist nor midnight blogger. He’s a senior research scientist for NASA and for Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an international authority on image analysis.

10.03.2020 - 09:17 [ Forbes ]

The Fed’s $16 Trillion Bailouts Under-Reported

(20.09.2011)

It is the first audit of the Fed in United States history since its beginnings in 1913. The findings verify that over $16 trillion was allocated to corporations and banks internationally, purportedly for “financial assistance” during and after the 2008 fiscal crisis.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) amended the Wall Street Reform law to audit the Fed, pushing the GAO to step in and take a look around.

10.03.2020 - 09:10 [ CNN Money ]

CNNMoney.com’s bailout tracker

Troubled ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM
Financial rescue plan aimed at restoring liquidity to the financial markets

(…)

Committed : $11 trillion (total)
Invested: $3 trillion (total)

10.03.2020 - 06:12 [ Rand Paul, US Senator / Twitter ]

I couldn’t agree more. Real reform or nothing this week.

10.03.2020 - 06:01 [ Mike Lee, US Senator / Twitter ]

The #deepstate spied on @realDonaldTrump . PATRIOT Act §215 makes it easier for the feds to spy on Americans. FISA should be used to stop foreign terrorists, not spy on U.S. citizens. Absent major FISA reform, we should let 215 expire this week! #Veto215

07.03.2020 - 22:13 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

07.03.2020 - 22:05 [ John Nichols, @thenation / Twitter ]

In 1968, Democrats rejected the popular peace-and-justice movement campaign of Eugene McCarthy for the safer and more predictable establishment-friendly candidacy of Hubert Humphrey. Then they lost to Richard Nixon.

06.03.2020 - 20:59 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats should be really, really afraid of a contested nominating convention

Contested Democratic conventions in the past led to catastrophe. In 1860, the Democratic convention broke up over the issue of slavery and in the end two Democratic candidates, one from the south, the other from the north, ran for president.

05.03.2020 - 15:53 [ Ben Norton / Twitter ]

The best „democracy“ money can buy: Billionaire oligarch Bloomberg has bought—sorry I mean hired the vice chairs of the Democratic Party in California and Texas, Super Tuesday states with two of the top three-highest number of pledged delegates.

(02.03.2020)

05.03.2020 - 15:07 [ tdmsresearch.com ]

SOUTH CAROLINA 2020 DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARY Exit Poll Versus Reported Vote Count

(02.03.2020)

05.03.2020 - 14:41 [ Plain Ol' Johnny Graz / Twitter ]

My predictions for South Carolina and Super Tuesday: Massive irregularities and late results. Bernie initially ahead, then slowly losing ground as manipulated results trickle in. At best, a mixed result for Bernie, fueling the brokered convention narrative.

(28.02.2020)

05.03.2020 - 14:34 [ Shaun King / Twitter ]

BOMBSHELL ARTICLE from the @nytimes . IT’S WILD. @JoeBiden isn’t actually running a campaign for President. He has not campaigned in a single Super Tuesday state in over a month. The state parties around the country are baffled and embarrassed.

(27.02.2020)

Bernie Sanders has 23 offices in California.

Joe Biden has 1.

The @NYTimes
got there for an event. It was PADLOCKED.

And virtually nobody showed up.

An absolutely blistering, alarming article on Joe Biden’s withering campaign.

05.03.2020 - 14:27 [ New York Times ]

‘He Hasn’t Been Here’: Why Joe Biden Lags in Super Tuesday States

(26.02.2020)

Yet a number of Democratic state chairmen and other party leaders said in the last week that outreach from Mr. Biden continued to be light. Some said they had not heard from Mr. Biden personally — a contrast with Mr. Bloomberg — and Mary Mancini, the chairwoman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, said on Monday that she had not heard from Mr. Biden’s senior staff, either. She said Mr. Biden had a “natural constituency” in the state, but added, “Biden might be taking those voters for granted.”

05.03.2020 - 14:05 [ Townhall.com ]

It’s Looking as Though One Super Tuesday State Is Setting Itself Up for Voter Fraud

(24.02.2020)

Democrats continually wonder why voter fraud exists. There are multiple reasons:

03.03.2020 - 15:26 [ Democracy Now! / Youtube ]

“Worth the Price?” New Film Shows How Biden Played Leading Role in Push for U.S. to Invade Iraq

(18.02.2020)

As Biden hopes for a comeback, a new short documentary sheds light on his extensive role in the Iraq War — an issue that has been raised repeatedly on the campaign trail. Biden has apologized for supporting the war, but the new film, directed by the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Mark Weisbrot, exposes Biden’s central role in pushing for an Iraq invasion. It’s called “Worth the Price? Joe Biden and the Launch of the Iraq War.” The documentary is narrated by Danny Glover.

02.03.2020 - 21:01 [ ACLU / Youtube ]

Reform Our Surveillance Laws

Donald Trump must do right by Carter Page and all Americans by telling Congress to reform our surveillance laws to better protect civil liberties.

02.03.2020 - 20:58 [ theHill.com ]

ACLU, FreedomWorks urge Trump to reform ‚rogue FBI‘ as part of intel bill

The ad will air through Friday and is part of a six-figure, multistate TV and digital ad campaign to urge Trump and Congress to enact broader surveillance reforms.

Congress has until March 15 to reauthorize, reform or end three expiring provisions of the USA Freedom Act, a 2015 law that overhauled the post-9/11 Patriot Act.

02.03.2020 - 10:25 [ theHill.com ]

Trump: Buttigieg dropping out is start of Dems ‚taking Bernie out of play‘

Trump predicted in a tweet that the majority of Buttigieg’s votes in Super Tuesday states would go to Biden, thereby hamstringing Sanders’s chances of obtaining the Democratic nomination.

„Pete Buttigieg is OUT,“ Trump wrote. „All of his SuperTuesday votes will go to Sleepy Joe Biden. Great timing. This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play – NO NOMINATION, AGAIN!“

29.02.2020 - 19:36 [ theHill.com ]

Trump upends controversial surveillance fight

Trump’s apparent support for including broader changes to the surveillance court associated with FISA comes as he’s railed repeatedly about his campaign being “spied” upon by the Obama-era FBI.

Progressives and libertarian-minded Republicans have long pushed to reform the court, arguing enough privacy protections and transparency aren’t given to individuals targeted for government surveillance.

27.02.2020 - 21:48 [ Chicago Sun Times ]

The important word in ‘democratic socialism’ is ‘democratic’

And on this, Dr. Martin Luther King — often smeared as a “red” or a communist — was very clear. In 1966, he confided to his staff:

“You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of the slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism. There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”

27.02.2020 - 13:40 [ USA Today ]

Congress has the chance to reform the Patriot Act. They should take it.

(21.02.2020)

While not billed as emergency powers, it was clear to us that the raft of legislation that followed 9/11 was in response to an emergency. What we viewed as immediate measures to protect American lives became a permanent framework that has governed American counterterrorism and counterintelligence for decades.

In the years since we passed the Patriot Act, many of my former colleagues and I, while remaining firm on the need to protect national security, have become increasingly skeptical — even concerned — those powers have been abused and contain potential for even greater abuse.

27.02.2020 - 13:27 [ Axios.com ]

Inside the fight over FBI surveillance powers

Why it matters: Key measures in FISA — including the business records provision, Section 215 — are set to expire on March 15.

26.02.2020 - 21:31 [ BBC ]

Blair to tackle ‚menace‘ children

(31. August 2006)

And one think tank suggested it was almost „genetic determinism“ to suggest children could turn out to be troublemakers before they were born.

Mr Blair told BBC News his government had made „massive progress“ in tackling social exclusion but there was a group of people with multiple problems.

There had to be intervention „pre-birth even“, he said.

Families with drug and alcohol problems were being identified too late, said Mr Blair.

25.02.2020 - 13:56 [ People for Bernie / Twitter ]

.@BernieSanders responds to „What does your Jewish identity mean to you and why would it be significant for you to be the first Jewish president in the history of our nation?“ #CNNTownHall

24.02.2020 - 21:17 [ Ben Norton / Twitter ]

The CIA has for decades armed right-wing death squads and trained them „to kidnap, assassinate, blackmail and dupe civilians.“ (Even The Washington Post itself admitted this.) The CIA should be abolished. It would be a huge step toward actual world peace.

24.02.2020 - 20:34 [ Politico.com ]

Sanders once urged abolishing CIA

(22.02.2016)

The CIA is “a dangerous institution that has got to go,” Sanders told an audience in Vermont in October 1974. He described the agency as a tool of American corporate interests that repeatedly toppled democratically elected leaders — including, he said, Mosaddegh. The agency was accountable to no one, he fumed, “except right-wing lunatics who use it to prop up fascist dictatorships.”

At the time, the 33-year-old socialist was running for U.S. Senate on the ticket of the Liberty Union Party, an anti-war group that likened the draft to “a modern form of slavery” and called for reducing the U.S. military in favor of local militias and the Coast Guard.

23.02.2020 - 16:57 [ solidus / Twitter ]

Germany prepares for reprisal attacks after Muslim massacre in Hanau. Security being stepped up, authorities monitoring far-left and Islamic groups

22.02.2020 - 11:20 [ Salon.com ]

10 ways the Democratic primary has been rigged from the start

(30.03.2016)

It’s not over. Far from it. The economic and political establishment, which includes the Democratic National Committee, its Wall Street and corporate backers and the major media—most of it now owned by a half dozen big corporations—have worked feverishly to turn the Democratic primary process into a coronation for Hillary Clinton.

22.02.2020 - 11:13 [ Donna Brazile / Politico.com ]

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

(02.11.2017)

When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.

20.02.2020 - 14:34 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

19.02.2020 - 17:26 [ theIntercept.com ]

Mike Bloomberg Ran Stasi-Style Police and Surveillance Operations Against Muslim Americans

New York University professor Nikhil Pal Singh, author of “Race and America’s Long War,” dissects Bloomberg’s record, his “racial terror” tactics in New York City, and what his candidacy says about the state of electoral politics in the U.S. Attorney Diala Shamas of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who fought Bloomberg over his Muslim surveillance program, describes the New York Police Department’s “Demographics Unit” that targeted Muslim Americans and their businesses, houses of worship, and restaurants. Shamas compares the surveillance program to some of the activities of the East German Stasi secret police and says Bloomberg’s use of the program should be seen as an ominous sign of what he might do as president.

14.02.2020 - 13:36 [ Time.com ]

‘Our Hearts Are Dead.’ After 9 Years of Civil War, Libyans Are Tired of Being Pawns in a Geopolitical Game of Chess

Though Libyans shaped the ebb and flow of battle, they were hardly alone, even then: circling high above were foreign warplanes from the NATO-led coalition that kept at bay fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. And contrary to some official denials, there were also “boots on the ground” in the form of foreign special operations forces and intelligence personnel, from France, Britain, the U.S., the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, who discretely channeled weapons and training to fractious anti-Gaddafi groups. In such meddling, there were already signs of a proxy rivalry that would explode into open warfare years later.

13.02.2020 - 18:01 [ BBC ]

Dresden: The World War Two bombing 75 years on

But the bombing has become one of the most controversial Allied acts of World War Two. Some have questioned the military value of Dresden. Even British Prime Minister Winston Churchill expressed doubts immediately after the attack.

„It seems to me that the moment has come when the question of bombing of German cities simply for the sake of increasing the terror, though under other pretexts, should be reviewed,“ he wrote in a memo.

13.02.2020 - 17:51 [ Wired.com ]

U.S. Military Taught Officers: Use ‚Hiroshima‘ Tactics for ‚Total War‘ on Islam

(18.05.2012)

International laws protecting civilians in wartime are „no longer relevant,“ Dooley continues. And that opens the possibility of applying „the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki“ to Islam’s holiest cities, and bringing about „Mecca and Medina[’s] destruction.“

Dooley’s ideological allies have repeatedly stated that „mainstream“ Muslims are dangerous, because they’re „violent“ by nature.

12.02.2020 - 13:27 [ Cybertalk.org ]

Tele-voting gets a veto

(03.09.2019)

“We concur with the advice of the DNC’s security experts that there is no tele-caucus system available that meets our standard of security and reliability given the scale needed for the Iowa and Nevada caucuses and the current cyber-security climate,” says Tom Perez, Lorraine Miller, and Jim Roosevelt, of the DNC Rules and By-Laws Committee, in a joint statement.

12.02.2020 - 13:08 [ Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering - ufl.edu ]

UF Engineer Testifies Before U.S. House Committee about Election Security

(22.01.2020)

“Currently, there is no known way to secure a digital ballot. At this time, any election that does not employ paper ballots cannot be secured,” Dr. Gilbert said. “Therefore, the report recommended that Internet voting, and specifically the electronic return of marked ballots, should not be used at this time.”

House Administration Committee Chairperson Zoe Lofgren commended Dr. Gilbert on the presentation of the report’s findings and the excellent work done by the National Academies. She noted that the report was “the guts of what we ended up putting in our SAFE [Securing America’s Federal Elections] Act that’s now pending in the Senate.”

12.02.2020 - 12:38 [ verifiedvoting.org ]

Prime III

After piloting Prime III in selected wards in the 2014 primary election, the New Hampshire Department of State modified the software to accommodate the requirements of the state’s election code and debuted the system in the Presidential primary on February 9, 2016. Prime III can also be used through Gilbert’s other voting systems: Balloting and Televoting. The Balloting system enables voters to fill out their ballots online or through their phone. Once the ballot is completed, the voter will get a QR code that can be scanned at a Prime III-enabled voting machine to speed up the voting process.Televoting allows military and overseas voters to fill out their ballots through Prime III online and have it printed back at their home precinct.

08.02.2020 - 12:35 [ Chris Bastian / Twitter ]

Isn’t that the approach that got Al Gore into trouble?

06.02.2020 - 08:59 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

The Democratic Party doesn’t do accountability. They just blame everything and everyone else they can find. They still think they did nothing wrong in 2016 and were just the victims of wrongdoing by the cast of villains they decided to blame for their own failures.

05.02.2020 - 19:51 [ Caitlin Johnstone / Medium.com ]

DNC Completely Loses Public Trust In Its Primary Process On Very First Day

After a 2016 presidential primary race riddled with scandals, all of which worked against Bernie Sanders to the advantage of anointed establishment favorite Hillary Clinton, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary elections officially began with a massive scandal working against Bernie Sanders to the advantage of an establishment favorite.

The 2020 Iowa caucuses turned out to have been designed to depend on the use of a new, untested app with extensive ties to establishment insiders and to the Pete Buttigeig campaign, and because of problems using this app as of this writing we are still waiting on the full results of the election.

05.02.2020 - 17:23 [ thegatewaypundit.com ]

SEEMS LEGIT: Watch How Pete Buttigieg ‘Randomly’ Wins Coin Toss in Iowa to Determine Who Gets Last Delegate in Tied Precinct (VIDEO)

Maybe this is how Hillary Clinton won 6-for-6 coin toss victories in Iowa in 2016?

05.02.2020 - 11:35 [ theIntercept.com ]

New Details Show How Deeply Iowa Caucus App Developer Was Embedded in Democratic Establishment

Acronym, which includes a hybrid model of a 501(c)4 entity that does not disclose donors and a Super PAC that does, has been a favorite for deep-pocketed Democratic donors. Donald Sussman, the founder of Paloma Partners, and Michael Moritz, a partner at Sequoia Capital, each donated $1 million to Acronym last year. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg gave $500,000. Investor Seth Klarman, once a major donor to Republican causes, gave $1.5 million to Acronym.

05.02.2020 - 00:10 [ theGrayzone.com ]

The spooks’ choice: Coup plotters and CIA agents fill Pete Buttigieg’s list of national security endorsers

(30.12.2019)

These questions continue to loom large over the 2020 Democratic primary field: Who is Pete Buttigieg? And what is he doing here?

Seemingly overnight, the once obscure mayor of Indiana’s fourth-largest city was vaulted to national prominence, with his campaign coffers stuffed with big checks from billionaire benefactors.

04.02.2020 - 14:46 [ Marc Brammer / Twitter ]

The Democratic chair for Iowa, Troy Price, should resign immediately.

04.02.2020 - 14:26 [ Wikipedia ]

Troy Price

Troy Price is an American political strategist and LGBT rights advocate who has served as the Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party since his election in July 2017. Price worked in the administration of Iowa Governor Chet Culver, and later served as a press aide for Tom Vilsack.[2] Price served as Iowa Director for the Barack Obama 2012 presidential campaignand the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign.[3]

04.02.2020 - 14:23 [ Des Moines Register ]

Unprecedented cybersecurity measures being taken to safeguard Iowa caucus results

(03.02.2020)

Both parties in Iowa and their app and web development vendors partnered last fall with Harvard’s Defending Digital Democracy Project to develop strategies and systems to protect results and deal with any misinformation that’s reported on caucus night.

They worked with campaign experts Robby Mook and Matt Rhodes — as well as experts in cybersecurity, national security, technology and election administration — and simulated the different ways that things could go wrong on caucus night.

Mook, 2016 campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, and Rhodes, Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign manager, helped develop a public-service video to alert campaigns to the warning signs of hacking and misinformation.

04.02.2020 - 14:22 [ NPR.org ]

Despite Election Security Fears, Iowa Caucuses Will Use New Smartphone App

(14.01.2020)

Iowa’s Democrats hope the new app lets the party get results out to the public quicker, says Troy Price, the chairman of the state party.

In an interview, Price declined to provide more details about which company or companies designed the app, or about what specific measures have been put in place to guarantee the system’s security.

But security is a priority, he says.

04.02.2020 - 06:08 [ Gabe Fleisher / Twitter ]

At this point on caucus night four years ago, returns were in from 85% of Iowa precincts. (We currently have final alignment results from ~2% of precincts, and delegate equivalent results from none.)

03.02.2020 - 18:34 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

I do genuinely think it’s an under-discussed story – one that’s quite beautiful – that the only two US Muslim Congresswomen are both vocal and enthusiastic supporters of the candidate who would make history by becoming the first Jewish President in US history.

03.02.2020 - 15:51 [ ABC News ]

Bernie’s big gamble: Sanders hopes new voters surprise at Iowa caucuses: ANALYSIS

His philosophy is that boosting turnout in a significant and meaningful way comes not only by exciting existing Democrats, but organizing and rallying nonvoters into Democrats.

His mission and ability to do that has been central to his argument about why he is the best candidate for Democrats in a general election.

31.01.2020 - 07:01 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The ins and outs of Britain’s 47 tortured years with the EU

The United Kingdom had been trying to join the European Economic Community since 1961, but had been rejected twice by French President Charles de Gaulle, who argued that Britain was “incompatible” and harboured a “deep-seated hostility” to any pan-European project.

Once de Gaulle stepped down in 1969, the way was clear for the UK to enter the club on the third time of trying.

31.01.2020 - 06:18 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Today at 11pm, after 30 years of resistance, the great people of the UK will have finally got Brexit done

Forty-seven years and 30 days after we joined. Three decades since the rot set in with the drive towards a United States of Europe. Seven years after David Cameron promised a referendum and 3½ traumatic years since Leave won it. It is hard to exaggerate the magnitude of this moment.

29.01.2020 - 10:26 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Britain’s long goodbye will leave an unfillable hole in the EU project

Monday January 1, 1973, the day we joined the Common Market, was cold and foggy. Ironically, planes could not fly to the Continent because airports were closed by the weather. But the spirits of the nation were lifted by our entry into the European Economic Community (EEC) after 15 years of knocking on the door. …

28.01.2020 - 12:09 [ LA Times ]

Column: Trump says Bolton is a disgruntled liar. Let him testify under oath so we can find out

“I’m with the Bush-Cheney team, and I’m here to stop the count.”

Those words were bellowed by John Bolton in a Tallahassee library in December of 2000, when he was part of a team of Republican lawyers trying to stop the Florida recount of votes cast in the Bush-Gore race. Until now, it was the most famous utterance President Trump’s former national security advisor had ever made.

28.01.2020 - 04:50 [ chronoshistory / Youtube ]

The Liberation of Auschwitz (includes 1945 original Red Army footage)

Warning – This historical documentary contains some explicit Scenes that are of a violent nature and may be disturbing to some viewers!

This Film contains footage taken by Soviet cameramen after the liberation of the Auschwitz camp in January 27, 1945.
Among other things, it depicts the camp area immediately after entry by the First Ukrainian Front of the Red Army.

Documentary pictures are interspersed with an interview with Alexander Vorontzov, the cameraman who accompanied the Red Army soldiers and did most of the filming. The whole is accompanied by commentary describing, among others, the selection and extermination process, medical experiments and everyday life in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

27.01.2020 - 09:37 [ Reid Ribble / Twitter ]

We are slipping into the very thing the revolution was fought on. We are moving to a monarchy. Americans really want a king – as long as it’s their king. Who’s left to stand for truth, justice or in many cases our republican system of government? They stand up for their party.

26.01.2020 - 14:43 [ Ilana Hammerman / Haaretz ]

The Zionist Left Has Paved the Way to the Rise of the Extreme Right

“The disappearance of Labor and Meretz would mean the elimination of the only alternative on the left side of the political map,” writes my contemporary Uzi Baram (“Don’t be so quick to toss out the Zionist left,” Haaretz, January 20). And I ask him: Where were you and your friends during all those years when your camp held power in the country and paved the way for the extreme right that holds power today? They are only continuing the path you began, and doing so openly and also openly saying: “Truly the Lord has delivered all the land into our hands; and moreover all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of us.” But you did and you lied, you did and you deceived.

22.01.2020 - 05:26 [ Daily Beast ]

Sanders Responds to Hillary Clinton’s Attack: ‘On a Good Day, My Wife Likes Me’

Sanders said in an interview with NBC Nightly News, “On a good day, my wife likes me, so let’s clear the air on that one,” and then reportedly began talking about President Trump’s impeachment. When asked why he thinks Clinton is still talking about the 2016 presidential election, Sanders said, “That’s a good question. You should ask her.”

18.01.2020 - 10:58 [ Newsweek ]

Killing Soleimani Was a ‚Violation of National and International Law,‘ Former Nuremberg War Crimes Prosecutor Says

The U.S. strike that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani flouted both national and international law, according to a former lawyer who helped prosecute Nazi leaders at the post-World War II Nuremberg trials.

Benjamin B. Ferencz, 99, wrote to The New York Times this week expressing his opposition to the drone strike that killed Soleimani and several others outside Baghdad International Airport earlier this month.

16.01.2020 - 23:37 [ Tim Kaine, Mike Lee / Washington Post ]

Why we’re introducing a resolution on war with Iran

James Madison, the principal drafter of the Constitution, wrote that the history of mankind showed that the executive branch is “most interested in war, & most prone to it.”

For this reason, he noted that the Constitution, “with studied care, vested the question of war” in the legislature. Once initiated, the power to carry out military action does flow to the president as commander in chief. And the president always has the power to defend the nation from imminent attack. But even when the president acts unilaterally in response to an attack, that action must be brief and limited to addressing a specific threat. Any action beyond that scope requires an authorization by Congress.

16.01.2020 - 23:24 [ William Smith / the Hill ]

Why Congress is not serious about the war powers in the Constitution

We are living in serious times, but these are not serious people. The House could have reasserted itself by repealing or rewriting the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force. This would have signaled that lawmakers take their responsibility in the Constitution seriously, but still they have done nothing, and they will continue to do nothing on this.

16.01.2020 - 23:20 [ History.com ]

US Presidents and Congress Have Long Clashed Over War Powers

When the Constitution was being written and debated, the framers clearly wanted to break from the British political tradition of investing all war powers in the executive (the king), but they also knew that legislatures could be dangerously slow to respond to immediate military threats. So instead of granting Congress the power to “make” war, as was first proposed, founders like James Madison changed the language to “declare” war.

Madison was no fan of executive overreach—“the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war and most prone to it,” he wrote to Thomas Jefferson—but that change of wording in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution implied that the president, as commander in chief (Article II, Section 2), retained certain powers to “make” war, if not declare it himself.

16.01.2020 - 00:35 [ MSNBC ]

New York Times looks at Rudy Giuliani then and now

How did Rudy Giuliani go from America’s mayor the man he is today? Jonathan Mahler digs for answers in his latest piece for the New York Times magazine, and he joins Morning Joe to discuss.

15.01.2020 - 10:23 [ CNN ]

The Iraq War haunts the 2020 vote

Incredibly, Americans will vote this year in the fifth straight presidential election haunted by the Iraq war — proof of the trauma seared on the nation’s psyche.

At CNN’s Democratic debate last night in Iowa, candidates exhumed the decision to topple Saddam Hussein, prompted by fears Donald Trump could plunge the US into another Middle East war — with Iran.

15.01.2020 - 09:51 [ Evan Weber / Twitter ]

“In my view a woman could be elected president of the United States. The real issue is: whose side are you on? Are you on the side of workers and poor people or are you on the side of Big Money and corporations.” —@BernieSanders, 1988

15.01.2020 - 09:37 [ Huffington Post ]

Sanders Campaign Co-Chair After Debate: 30 Years Ago, Warren Was A Republican

Warren was indeed a registered Republican until the mid-1990s. She said her research as a legal scholar into the root causes of household bankruptcy reshaped her worldview. As a Democrat, she defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown in 2012 in her first run for office.

14.01.2020 - 04:01 [ New York Times ]

Sanders and Warren Meet and Agree: They Both Are Probably Running

(13.08.2018)

Only the two senators were present and they stated what has become abundantly clear: that they are both seriously considering seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020. But neither Ms. Warren nor Mr. Sanders sought support from the other or tried to dissuade the other from running, said the officials familiar with the meeting.

12.01.2020 - 19:15 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

12.01.2020 - 19:10 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Consortium News ]

How Many People Has the U.S. Killed in its Post-9/11 Wars? Part 2: Afghanistan and Pakistan

(03.04.2018)

Combining my estimates for Afghanistan and Pakistan, I estimate that about 1.2 million Afghans and Pakistanis have been killed as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Nicolas J.S. Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq. He also wrote the chapter on “Obama at War” in Grading the 44th President: a Report Card on Barack Obama’s First Term as a Progressive Leader.

12.01.2020 - 18:58 [ Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies / CommonDreams.org ]

The Iraq Death Toll 15 Years After the US Invasion

(15.03.2018)

Taking ORB’s estimate of 1.033 million killed by June 2007, then applying a variation of Just Foreign Policy’s methodology from July 2007 to the present using revised figures from Iraq Body Count, we estimate that 2.4 million Iraqis have been killed since 2003 as a result of our country’s illegal invasion, with a minimum of 1.5 million and a maximum of 3.4 million.

12.01.2020 - 18:41 [ MSNBC ]

The human toll of America’s wars

(10.01.2020)

The human toll of America’s wars and interventionist policies in the Middle East is staggering. 801,000 people have died in that region since September 11th, 2001, according to Brown University’s Cost of War Project. The Host of MSNBC’s „All In“ Chris Hayes, Investigative Journalist and New York Times Magazine Contributor Azmat Khan, and author Zainab Salbi join Katy Tur to discuss.

09.01.2020 - 21:39 [ jordan ‏/ Twitter ]

Tonight’s a good night to rewatch @RepBarbaraLee’s speech opposing the AUMF in 2001. She was the only member of Congress to do so.

07.01.2020 - 22:31 [ Youtube ]

Mike Prysner Protests Obama’s Wars

Iraq War Vet Mike Prysner
Protests Obama’s Wars
Veterans for Peace
White House
December 16, 2010, 10 am

06.01.2020 - 19:27 [ Haaretz ]

Despite Doubts, Israeli Left-wing Parties Due to Discuss Election Merger

Israeli Labor and Meretz parties are expected to discuss the possibility of running together in the upcoming Knesset election, say sources familiar with talks between the two parties.

Negotiating teams on their behalf – or the two leaders themselves – are expected to meet in the next few days, in advance of the deadline for formal submission of party slates to the Central Elections Committee, in nine days‘ time.

06.01.2020 - 19:19 [ Haaretz ]

Israelis Hailing Trump for Killing Soleimani Forget the Destructive Consequences of Past Assassinations

The killing of Ayyash enraged Palestinians and pushed Hamas to carry out four suicide bombings within eight days, in which 59 Israelis were killed. The shock and fear that gripped Israeli public opinion turned Peres from valiant hero to impotent loser paved the way for Benjamin Netanyahu’s sensational victory in the May 1996 elections – and changed Israel forever.

05.01.2020 - 13:33 [ theHill.com ]

The Memo: Iran crisis reverberates for Trump, Democrats

Clinton’s vote became a major vulnerability when she ran against then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Biden’s backing for the war remains a sore point for some on the left even now.

“The elites and the establishment are going to try to say that because Joe Biden sat next to Barack Obama he has the most ‘foreign policy credentials,’ but that is insane,” said progressive strategist Jonathan Tasini, who supports Sanders. “Joe Biden made one of the worst foreign policy blunders ever by voting for the Iraq War, which shows he is completely without judgment.”

03.01.2020 - 19:06 [ Daniel Denvir / Twitter ]

Wow, it’s the New York Times, the newspaper that helped launder the case for the Iraq War, warning that Trump isn’t doing enough war in the Middle East.

(01.01.2020)

03.01.2020 - 13:33 [ Counterpunch.org ]

Authorizations for Madness; The Effects and Consequences of Congress’ Endless Permissions for War

(06.12.2019)

In both 2001 and 2002, via large majorities, the Congress passed authorizations for war. While not declarations of war, these mandates, each titled an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) provided the legal framework in 2001 for attacks against al-Qaeda and in 2002 for the invasion of Iraq. Since 2001, the first AUMF has far exceeded its original purpose and has been used to justify military strikes and operations in close to twenty countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, often against nations, organizations, and individuals who had nothing to do with 9/11. It was even cited by President Obama, and then President Trump, as the authority to extra-constitutionally execute an American citizen and his teenage children, without trial, by drones and commandos.

03.01.2020 - 13:16 [ Fortune.com ]

What Is the AUMF? The Repeal of This Policy Could Prevent War with Iran

(21.06.2019)

The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the sole power to declare war, but under the AUMF the president can essentially bypass any required congressional approval. This matter has become of particular concern lately as the Trump administration appears to be gearing up for conflict with Iran.

31.12.2019 - 20:41 [ Elizabeth Warren, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Trump’s reckless decisions to walk away from the Iran Deal and now to launch airstrikes in Iraq without Iraqi government consent have brought us closer to war and endangered U.S. troops and diplomats. We should end the forever wars, not start new ones.