Monthly Archives: November 2015

Vast Majority of Public in States Suing Obama Over Clean Power Plan Support Coal Plant Limits

From Yale Climate Opinion Maps via Mother Jones magazine. On average, 63% of the public in the 26 states suing the EPA to stop the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan support setting strict limits on coal-fired power plants. So now the question arises, who do the elected officials of the states in question represent?

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.”

Obama’s drone war a ‘recruitment tool’ for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers – The Guardian

Ed Pilkington and Ewan MacAskill reporting for the Guardian. Four former service members – including three sensor operators – issue plea to rethink current airstrike strategy that has ‘fueled feelings of hatred’ toward US Pilkington & MacAskill quote whistleblower Brandon Bryant, 30, who served in the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron and 3rd Special Operations Squadron from…

CMD Submits Evidence of ExxonMobil Funding ALEC’s Climate Change Denial to New York Attorney General

via the Center for Media and Democracy CMD Submits Evidence of Exxon Mobil Funding ALEC’s Climate Change Denial to New York Attorney General Published on Nov 17, 2015 – 9:46:29 AM By: Center for Media and Democracy MADISON, WI, Nov. 17, 2015 – The Center for Media and Democracy, a national watchdog group exposing corporate…

The Times They Are A Changin’ – Surprise Victory for Medical Marijuana Patients in Petaluma

A proposed ban on all outdoor medicinal cannabis grows within Petaluma city limits has been unceremoniously rejected by the Petaluma City Council, which called for city staff to come back with a modified proposal that is, according to Councilmember Teresa Barrett, “more compassionate, and a little less draconian.” The outcome appears to have taken both…

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.

Keystone Off The Table, But Back East, Pipeline Fight Builds

Via Popular Resistance: Keystone Off The Table, But Back East, Pipeline Fight Builds RESIST! PIPELINES By The Associated Press, November 10th, 2015 ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Carolyn and Ian Reilly and their four children left Florida’s sprawl in 2010 to farm 58 acres in rural Virginia, raising beef cattle, chicken and hogs. Then a…