The Roundup

By: Tuesday January 13, 2015 7:00 am

Feels good to get some jazz back into the Roundup. International Politics Overall – Jeremy Scahill: “The Paris Mystery: Were The Shooters Part Of A Global Terrorist Conspiracy?” – It is sad to see Yemenis held at Guantanamo Bay still be held there even when told they would be able to leave soon – Chris Hedges: [...]


Over Easy: Alas Babylon

By: Tuesday January 13, 2015 4:55 am

Alas Babylon by Pat Frank is a novel that takes place in the fictional town of Fort Repose that sits on the equally fictional Timucuan River in central Florida which empties into the St. Johns River. Based upon the real town of Mt. Dora all in the late 1950s.

The book concerns a nuclear war with the Soviet Union but mostly about how the the characters survived the aftermath confronting the various disasters and crisis the follow

25 Witness Against Torture, CODEPINK Activists Arrested in Anti-Torture, Anti-Racism Protests

By: Monday January 12, 2015 6:15 pm

In three days, 25 activists from the human rights organizations Witness Against Torture and CODEPINK: Women for Peace were arrested in a series of actions condemning the US government’s use of torture and structural racism in the US justice system.

After Relentless Pursuit Against Reporter James Risen, Justice Department Moves to Exclude from Leak Trial

By: Monday January 12, 2015 4:00 pm

The Justice Department has moved to exclude New York Times reporter James Risen as an “unavailable witness” at the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is accused of leaking classified information. The move comes after Sterling’s defense subpoenaed Risen and is the clearest sign yet that Risen has won his fight against the [...]

Tsarnaev: To testify or not to testify, that is the question

By: Monday January 12, 2015 3:14 pm

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not have to decide whether to testify until after the government rests its case-in-chief.* That might not happen until after Memorial Day. That distant day will not dawn until after his attorneys have extracted as much beneficial evidence as possible, which usually comes in the form of testimony by defense witnesses, if any, and admissions on cross examination by prosecution witnesses to bias, prejudice, lack of knowledge, uncertainty, or testimony inconsistent with prior statements. Only then will his lawyers be able to offer him sound evidence-based advice.

Keystone XL Pipeline Fight Continues With Nebraska Court Decision

By: Monday January 12, 2015 12:00 pm

Seen on C-SPAN: House approves #KeystoneXL Pipeline, 266-153. — CSPAN (@cspan) January 9, 2015 Even though the price of oil is crashing and its incredibly cheap price is leading to problems throughout the energy industry, the battle for the Keystone Pipeline continues with Transcanada using all its influence to advance its interests through [...]

Guantanamo Bay: A ‘Battle Lab’ Where Personnel Experimented on Prisoners to Develop Torture Techniques

By: Monday January 12, 2015 11:00 am

On the thirteenth anniversary of the first prisoners brought to Guantanamo Bay, a report from the Seton Hall Law Center for Policy and Research examines how the United States government used the facility as a “battle laboratory.” Prisoners were treated like “test subjects” as personnel, including medical officers, engaged in experiments to develop new interrogation [...]

Saudi Who Created Bomb Scare at US Army Post Sent Home without Punishment

By: Monday January 12, 2015 9:00 am

I’m not a big one to trade in conspiracy theories, but this all begs for an explanation. Saudi Bomb Threat to U.S. Army Post A Saudi in the U.S. on a student visa (now where have we heard that one before?), who prompted a four-hour lockdown at a U.S. Army post in Texas when he [...]

Obama Facing Criticism For Not Showing Up At Paris Unity Rally

By: Monday January 12, 2015 8:00 am

World leaders linked arms in solidarity at today's Paris march: — NewsHour (@NewsHour) January 11, 2015 As a demonstration of solidarity with the people of France and the slain cartoonists, leaders from around the world attended a unity march in Paris last week. Notably absent was President Barack Obama. In fact, no prominent [...]

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