MENA Mashup: Eternal War, Libya, Iran and Syria

By: Saturday June 1, 2013 8:00 pm

The US State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism released it’s annual Country Reports on Terrorism 2012

 

British Prisoner Shaker Aamer May Die in Guantanamo Because of Secret Detention Deal

By: Sunday April 21, 2013 12:20 pm

His hunger strike is approaching its seventieth day. He is beyond the point where experts say “irreversible cognitive impairment and psychological damage” can result yet British prisoner Shaker Aamer, who has been detained without charge or trial in the Guantanamo Bay prison camps for eleven years, remains committed to resistance.

Judicial Ignorance and Bias Doom Ahmed Abu Ali to Decades in Isolation in Key “War on Terror” Case

By: Saturday April 13, 2013 4:00 pm

Even as a desperate hunger strike by detainees at Guantanamo prison camp continues, with dozens in medical peril, preferring death to the lawless existence of indefinite detention and ongoing planned (or some might say, capricious) abuse, human rights and civil liberties activists often point to the Article II courts as an alternative in the prosecution of “war on terror” crimes. But an examination of actual cases prosecuted in the criminal courts shows that use of accepted rules and appeal procedures merely produce their own version of unfairness and arbitrary injustice.

From Saudi Arabia to the United States, the Human Rights of Domestic Workers Must Be Recognized

By: Sunday January 13, 2013 7:40 am

This case had long been the concern of the international community, not only because the death penalty is inherently cruel and inhumane and should be abolished, but also because there are reasons to believe Rizana Nafeek had been forced into making a confession — which she later retracted — and that the trial against her was anything but fair.

US Covert War in Yemen Receives Support From Saudi Air Force

By: Saturday January 5, 2013 10:24 am

In a feature story for The Times (London), journalist Iona Craig reports a Times investigation found “Saudi Arabian fighter jets joined the United States’ secret war in Yemen.” The support came in a year when the number of drone strikes in the Arabian Peninsula more than doubled and surpassed the number of drone strikes in Pakistan.

The US: The Saudi Arabia of Oil

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 4:00 pm

I recall hearing quite a bit from various governors that the US is the “Saudi Arabia of coal” or the “Saudi Arabia of wind,” or whatever natural resource they had in abundance. Now, according to AP energy writer Jonathan Fahey, the US verges on becoming the Saudi Arabia… of oil.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Steve Coll, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

By: Saturday July 28, 2012 1:59 pm

If you’ve ever wondered why all the angry political rhetoric about high gasoline prices has so little effect when you’re paying around $4 a gallon, give a read to Steve Coll’s incredibly well-researched book, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power. At numerous points in the 685-page exposé of the largest U.S. energy company, Coll makes clear how ExxonMobil puts its interests behind no others, including those of the American public.

“I’m not a U.S. company and I don’t make decisions based on what’s good for the U.S.,” former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond says.

Fatster’s News Roundup from July 23, 2012

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 6:15 am

We round up news stories from the last 24 hours, including items about Saudi Arabia, Syria, African drug wars, Greek euro exit, too big to fail, income distribution, airline fees, Wall Street looting, Kochs, American decline, Michele Bachmann, and more.

Syria in Chaos After Attack on Regime

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 8:09 am

Yesterday’s attack on the seat of power in Syria has completely changed the dynamic in that country. Fighting continues in the neighborhoods surrounding Damascus, the capital, including in patches close to government buildings and the presidential palace. Residents can surely feel the difference between a regime in control and one that can face attacks at the highest levels at any time. The attack will probably lead to even less constraints by the regime, if that’s possible, on the use of deadly force.

Lakeside Diner

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current topics that may be of interest.

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