December 29, 2013
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The most powerful country in the world is today experiencing the erosion of its hegemony. When faced with a similar situation in the past, the U.S reacted by attacking a small country. How might it respond today?

There were and are two possible reactions, then and now, said Ernesto Domínguez, from the University of Havana’s Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies (CEHSEU), speaking with Granma: “Assume the decline and attempt to manage it in such a way to preserve a privileged position, or try to detain the process by resorting to the use of force, with several concrete objectives, such as giving a show of power, reaffirming geo-strategic positions, controlling key resources or stimulating the economy with military spending.”

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http://www.granmai.cubasi.cu/ingles/international-i/31oct-Grenada.html

November 12, 2013
"…a person with a one-hour commute has to earn 40% more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to the office. On the other hand, for a single person, exchanging a long commute for a short walk to work has the same effect on happiness as finding a new love."

The secrets of the world’s happiest cities (via azspot)

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

June 27, 2013
Hashtag anti-imperialism
fuldagap:

Palestinians marching with Palestine and Sandinista National Liberation Front flags in 1989.

Hashtag anti-imperialism

fuldagap:

Palestinians marching with Palestine and Sandinista National Liberation Front flags in 1989.

(Source: loosahatchie, via amodernmanifesto)

June 15, 2013

stfuconservatives:

accurate

My classroom

(Source: evilgrenranger)

April 25, 2013
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The Washington Post reports that “the evidence so far suggests they were ‘self-radicalized’ through Internet sites and U.S. actions in the Muslim world. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has specifically cited the U.S. war in Iraq, which ended in December 2011 with the removal of the last American forces, and the war in Afghanistan.”

He also told interrogators that him and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, acted alone and not at the behest of a foreign militant organization.

The revelation that the attack was motivated by anger at U.S. foreign policy is hardly unique to this terrorist attack. Faisal Shahzad, the naturalized Pakistani-American citizen who tried to blow up a car in Times Square, also cited U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world as a factor in why he tried to carry out his attack. U.S. drones “kill women, children, they kill everybody,” he said in court.

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http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/blowback-suspect-boston-attack-cites-us-wars-motivation

February 25, 2013
"Well, you can’t get more official than that. After asking the movies to lead children to light, the First Lady announced “Argo” as Best Picture from the White House, as close to a benediction as this bizarrely Popeless moment could offer. I like Michelle Obama just fine, but the notion of an officially crowned winner about a C.I.A. rescue operation in Iran makes me just as queasy as the suggestion, in “Zero Dark Thirty,” that torture played a (small) role in the elimination of Osama bin Laden. Yes, yes, I know: the Obamas are waving a genial hand as fans-in-chief. No more than that. Still. Entertainment and the national government should certainly acknowledge one another, bowing politely—or merrily or satirically or angrily—but they should also be kept separate, like animals of two rival species. The First Lady could not have known what was in the envelope, but, the way it went down last night, solemn national purpose and the desire to entertain with a highly fictionalized C.I.A. operation became one. Not good, Academy. Please don’t do it again. We don’t need the White House imprimatur in a democracy. Let Jack Nicholson, the survivor of a less earnest time, announce the winner."

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/02/the-white-house-oscar.html

August 17, 2012
"What a difference four years makes. Gone is hope and change. In its place is a ruthless, hard-charging campaign machine unafraid to use its bare knuckles in the bloody fist fight that the 2012 contest has become. Inspiration has been replaced by perspiration. Hope for the future swapped for dire warnings of what Romney will do to America. Straightforward criticism has been backed up by the pumping out of innuendo and rumour."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2012/aug/05/observer-profile-david-axelrod

August 15, 2012

This shit with the UK having police arrest vans idling outside of the Ecuadorian embassy, threatening to break down the door for Julian Assange, is flatly ridiculous, and shows that this standoff is about capitalism/imperialism vs justice, and nothing more.  How many times has the British government been happily complicit in protecting a male sex offender in the UK?

May 24, 2012
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More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been poisoned in the second attack in as many months in Afghanistan blamed on conservative radicals in the country’s north, Afghan police and education officials have said.

The attack occurred on Wednesday in Takhar province where police said the Taliban, who are opposed to education of women and girls, had used an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air in classrooms, leaving scores of students unconscious.

Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said the Taliban appear intent on closing schools ahead of a 2014 withdrawal by foreign combat troops.

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http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/201252451931671453.html

April 23, 2012
Iranian oil terminal 'offline' after 'malware attack'

Ohhh cyber imperialism

verbalresistance:

Iran has been forced to disconnect key oil facilities after suffering a malware attack on Sunday, say reports.

The computer virus is believed to have hit the internal computer systems at Iran’s oil ministry and its national oil company.

Equipment on the Kharg island and at other Iranian oil plants has been disconnected from the net as a precaution.

Oil production had not been affected by the attack, said the Mehr news agency.

However, the attack is believed to have been responsible for knocking offline the websites of the Iranian oil ministry and national oil company.

The Ministry website was back in action on Monday but the oil company site has remained unreachable.

An Iranian oil ministry spokesperson was quoted as saying that data about users of the sites had been stolen as a result of the attack. Core data about Iran’s oil industry remained safe because it was on computer systems that remain separate from the net, they added.

The terminal on Kharg Island handles about 90% of Iran’s oil exports.

Iran is reported to have mobilised a “cyber crisis committee” to handle the aftermath of the attack and bolster defences.

This committee was set up following attacks in 2010 by a virus known as Stuxnet that was aimed at the nation’s nuclear programme.

BBC News (See Also: Reuters)

Yet another bout of cyber-warfare aimed against Iran; wonder who’s behind it…

(Although given a track record and reputation - alongside an increasing cache of various other incidents of [unbalanced] warmongering against Iran - you can think of a few suspects… Though it should be said, it’s a bit early yet….)

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