The coffee’s freshly ground, there’s a wide variety of teas and the sticky buns are homemade.

  • “When the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, called for an investigation to determine whether a US soldier who massacred nine Afghan children and seven other civilians had acted alone, he was voicing a question on the lips of most Afghans.”
  • “Twitter and Facebook have been widely credited with enabling citizens to upend dictatorial regimes. But while oppressive governments were initially caught off guard by the new media tools, those still in power appear finally to be catching on. In some cases they are happily embracing social networking to play Big Brother in a way never before possible.”
  • “Al Jazeera has gained access to confidential documents prepared for the Syrian president by his intelligence and security chiefs on the conflict raging across the nation. The files provide an insight into President Bashar al-Assad’s strategy to suppress anti-government protests, including the lengths the government went to for protecting its strongholds.”
  • “Over the weekend, groups of Israeli and Iranian netizens decided to ditch their respective governments’ war rhetoric and kick-off an internet love-in instead.”
  • “An international judge has resigned from the UN-backed Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal, citing political interference by Cambodia’s government after he tried to investigate more suspects. Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet, the Swiss co-investigator, whose predecessor Siegfried Blunk quit for similar reasons in October, said he had been constantly undermined by his Cambodian counterpart, You Bunleng.”
  • “On a recent day in Tripoli, 20 different newspapers lay scattered across a newsstand. A lone customer glanced through the selection. Most featured heroic frontline battle scenes, others, images of street celebrations. Four months after its end, the revolution still dominates headlines here.”
  • “Asian states lead a global increase in weapons imports, according to a study released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Globally the volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons was 24 per cent higher in the period 2007-11 compared to the 2002-06 period, the report said. Over the past five years, Asia and Oceania accounted for 44 per cent in volume of conventional arms imports, according to the institute which specialises in arms control and disarmament matters.”
  • “This extraordinary visual essay, told with no human commentary at all, explores the impact of deforestation and the exploitation of natural resources in Indonesia from the point of view of a dying orangutan called Green.” Warning: This film contains upsetting scenes including cruelty to animals.
  • “Students in Florida are rallying to demand the arrest of a man who shot dead an unarmed black teenager.” This is dominating the news in Florida, as well it should. There are a lot of issues at play here.

TRNN:

Marx in the Morning at noon or shortly thereafter at MyFDL today.

The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.