‘Total Failure to Address the Fundamental Issue’, Says Climate Scientist James Hansen in Withering Rebuke of Obama Climate Strategy Ahead of COP21

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Renowned climate scientist James Hansen has published a withering rebuke of the Obama Administration’s negotiating strategy, as the COP21 climate conference approaches on November 30, 2015. Hansen called Obama’s current strategy “100% pure bullshit” and “a total failure to address…

Gratitude, by Mary Oliver

Gratitude What did you notice? The dew snail; the low-flying sparrow; the bat, on the wind, in the dark; big-chested geese, in the V of sleekest performance; the soft toad, patient in the hot sand; the sweet-hungry ants; the uproar…

Max Blumenthal: Palestine’s Rebellion, Israel’s Fascism

Blumenthal laments the sorry state of Gaza and its population, nearly 80% refugees, calling it “a warehouse for surplus humans. For the first time you’re actually seeing a wave of child suicides.”
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Published on Nov 13, 2015

Abby Martin interviews journalist and author Max Blumenthal on the current situation in Palestine and the Israeli occupation. This episode covers what is behind today’s rebellion, the rising dominance of far-right, ultra-racist ideology in Israel, eye-witness accounts of the aftermath of the Gaza war, and the Israeli government’s fear of Palestinian resistance.

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and author of the New York Times Best Seller “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel”, and the recently-published “The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.”

Here the Rain Never Finishes – The Story of Suleiman Abdullah Salim

An American Civil Liberties video:

Suleiman Abdullah Salim, a Tanzanian citizen, is a fisherman. In March 2003, the CIA and Kenyan security forces abducted him in Somalia, where he was working as a fisherman and trader. They rendered him to Kenya and from there to a CIA prison in Afghanistan, codenamed COBALT in the Senate torture report. Salim was held from March 2003 until May 2003 at COBALT, where he was brutally tortured. He was then transferred to a second CIA prison in Afghanistan, known as the “Salt Pit,” where he was held in solitary confinement under abusive conditions for 14 months. In July 2004, Salim was transferred to the custody of the U.S. military and imprisoned at Bagram Air Force Base, Afghanistan, for four more years. He was released from U.S. custody on August 17, 2008, with a document confirming he had “been determined to pose no threat to the United States Armed Forces or its interests in Afghanistan.” He currently lives in Stone Town, Zanzibar with his wife and their three-year-old daughter.

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against James Elmer Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, two psychologists contracted by the CIA to design, implement, and oversee the agency’s post-9/11 torture program. The suit is on behalf of Salim, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and the estate of the late Gul Rahman, who died as a result of his torture. All three were kidnapped by the CIA, and tortured and experimented upon according to Mitchell and Jessen’s protocols. Salim and Ben Soud continue to suffer the effects of the physical and psychological torture inflicted on them.