Obama’s Former PR Flack Anita Dunn Pitches “Ethical Oil” Keystone XL Ad

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 3:55 pm

Ezra Levant is the man behind an attempt to re-frame the Alberta tar sands as “ethical oil.” “Ethical” – Levant’s deceptive public relations campaign argues of the tar sands “carbon bomb” – because it doesn’t come from the war-ridden and human rights-abusing Middle East.

Now, the “ethical oil” campaign has a new backer: Anita Dunn, former White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama.


Fracking’s Myriad Ties to Greenwashed State Dept Keystone XL Environmental Review

By: Tuesday August 6, 2013 4:30 pm

Most don’t think of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) when pondering the future of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline – but they should.

There are numerous ties between key members of the fracking industry and groups pushing for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. And these threads all lead back, one way or another, to Environmental Resources Management, Inc. (ERM Group).

Obama State Dept. Leaving Citizens in the Dark About Exact Keystone XL Pipeline Route

By: Friday June 28, 2013 5:00 pm

Believe it or not, the precise route of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline remains shrouded in mystery.

Of course, both TransCanada and the U.S. State Department have revealed basic Keystone XL route maps. And those who follow the issue closely know the pipeline would carry Alberta’s tar sands diluted bitumen or “dilbit” southward to Port Arthur, TX refineries and then be exported to the global market.

But the real path is still a secret.

A Dissenters’ Digest for April 15-21

By: Saturday April 21, 2012 6:00 pm

Dissenters’ Digest takes a look back at the week’s stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nathan Hodge, Armed Humanitarians: The Rise of the Nation Builders

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 1:59 pm

“As any student of aid and development should know,” Nathan Hodge writes in the prologue to his book Armed Humanitarians, “efforts to aid the developing world have often done more harm than good.”

U.S. Continues to Block Visa for Irish Anti-Renditions Activist

By: Tuesday April 6, 2010 4:00 pm

It’s been almost three weeks now since I wrote about the U.S. decision to revoke the visa of prominent Irish anti-renditions activist Edward Horgan, and not much has changed. The revocation came only a month before Dr. Horgan was slated to visit the United States to attend a major conference at Duke University on the battle against the government’s use of extraordinary rendition. What does the Obama administration fear from the presence of Dr. Horgan? If there is fear, it is on the side of those who politically oppose U.S. policies, and see the revocation of Horgan’s visa as political retribution against policy critics.

Eikenberry on Karzai Government: “They Assume We Covet Their Territory for a Never-Ending ‘War on Terror’”

By: Tuesday January 26, 2010 3:00 pm

The New York Times has obtained full copies of two cables Ambassador Karl Eikenberry sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the most recent review of Afghanistan strategy. Although it was known at the time that Eikenberry opposed McChyrstal’s strategy based primarily on counterinsurgency, having access to the full text of the cables provides more detail on Eikenberry’s reasoning.

Follow the Money: Your Tax Dollars Bought Jonathan Gruber’s Services

By: Sunday January 10, 2010 4:00 pm

Firedoglake has been researching the relationship of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber with the Obama administration with regard to health care reform. We’re still looking at the money – yes, follow the money, as Deep Throat once said – paid out to Gruber by the government. OUR MONEY, our tax dollars, paid out to Gruber under three administrations.

New Hybrid Military-State Dept. Agency Proposed: Blessing or Boondoggle?

By: Wednesday November 4, 2009 4:30 pm

With their function scheduled for phase out as the military’s role in Iraq comes to an end, top folks at office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction propose an new governmental agency — just in time to save their own, um, jobs.

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