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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Journalist James Risen: 'Mercenary Class' Now Permanent Fixture in National Security State


Journalist James Risen: 'Mercenary Class' Now Permanent Fixture in National Security State
by Andrea Germanos
"The government has stamped 'top secret' on virtually everything," says New York Times reporter.http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/19/journalist-risen-mercenary-class-now-permanent-fixture-national-security-state

Ebola in New York City

Ebola in New York City

by Nick Paumgarten

Palestine: violence or non-violence

http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2820afb1fbae0c99e88fb6f52&id=c2f3da8c00&e=672f0b89c4

Web Arab News Digest

Palestine: violence or non-violence

Asked in Berlin on 24 October about the closing window of opportunity for the two-state solution John Kerry said "The current situation – the status quo – is unsustainable", quoting President Obama at the UN. On 19 October the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin opening a conference on From Hatred of the Stranger to Acceptance of the Other said that the time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society. Some of the context was internal divisions within the Jewish community, but Rivlin "wondered aloud whether Jews and Arabs had abandoned the secret of dialogue. With regard to Jews he said: ‘I’m not asking if they’ve forgotten how to be Jews, but if they’ve forgotten how to be decent human beings. Have they forgotten how to converse?’ ”

Text of Putin's 10-24-14 Speech at Valdai

Sykes-Picot drew lines in the Middle East’s sand that blood is washing away


Sykes-Picot drew lines in the Middle East’s sand that blood is washing away


http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/10/24/sykes-picot-drew-lines-in-the-middle-easts-sand-that-blood-is-washing-away/

Why You Have The Wrong Kind Of Health Insurance: Obamacare

Why You Have The Wrong Kind Of Health Insurance: Obamacare


http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2014/10/22/why-you-have-the-wrong-kind-of-health-insurance-obamacare/

China Won't Join Sanctions against Russia

China Won't Join Sanctions against Russia :
"The Asian countries have their own view on the Ukrainian problem," Hua indicated, stating that "China is sure that sanctions are useless." Hua said.

Putin Warns Of Risk Of Major Conflict, Says Dollar Losing Reserve Currency Status

Putin Warns Of Risk Of Major Conflict, Says Dollar Losing Reserve Currency Status:
Adding that the risk of major conflicts involving major countries is growing, as well as the risk of arms control treaties being violated, Putin exclaimed that the US-led unipolar world is like a dictatorship over other countries and that "US leadership brings no good for others," and calls for a new global consensus.

Stand Tall America, We're #1! By Tom Engelhardt

Stand Tall America, We're #1!

By Tom Engelhardt

(When It Comes to Our Military Budget, Knocking Off Wedding Parties, Military Bases, etc.)

Putin Lashes Out At US, West For Destabilizing World Video


Putin Lashes Out At US, West For Destabilizing World

Video

The Russian President delivered a fierce broadside aimed at the United States in a speech for the Valdai Club in Sochi, which is an informal group of scholars.

The True History of Blowback in One Sentence By William Rivers Pitt

The True History of Blowback in One Sentence

By William Rivers Pitt

You're probably wondering why the Canadian Parliament was shot up and your friendly neighborhood police officer is driving a tank.

Ukraine’s Slow Descent Into Madness

Ukraine’s Slow Descent Into Madness

While it fights rebels in the east, Kiev is beginning to crumble from the inside.

KIEV, Ukraine—Less than a year ago, Viktor Yanukovych was not yet the disgraced former president of Ukraine and ruled over his impoverished but peaceful nation from Mezhyhirya, his sprawling residence outside Kiev. Here Yanukovych entertained his cronies aboard a fake Spanish galleon, watched TV from the comfort of his wood-paneled Jacuzzi, and prayed for redemption in a jewel-encrusted private chapel.

How serious is ISIL threat for Algeria?

How serious is ISIL threat for Algeria?



Failure of the Bouteflika administration to eradicate extremism led to the rise of Jund al-Khalifa, analysts say.

The Algerian extremist group Jund al-Khalifa - Arabic for Soldiers of the Caliphate - was little known before it released a video message showing the execution of French hostage Herve Gourdel on September 24.
The obscure Islamic cell abducted  the 55-year-old French mountain guide days earlier while he was hiking with five Algerian friends in Kabylie, a mountainous region in northeastern Algeria. The abduction was announced on September 22 via a YouTube video showing Gourdel flanked by two hooded men with Kalashnikov rifles, who said they were responding to the call of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, spokesperson for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Russia, ISIL and the Diplomatic Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Russia, ISIL and the Diplomatic Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis

James Nathan
Khalid Bin Sultan Eminent Scholar, Professor of International Policy at Auburn University
We are now at the 52nd anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. As Khrushchev remembered it, it was a time that hung heavy with the ‘smell of burning in the air.”
Forty-five years on, at a Princeton conclave marking their wisdom, Presidential advisors Theodore Sorenson and McGeorge Bundy were still congratulating themselves for standing tough and prevailing. The Soviets capitulated, they insisted. The crisis had gone the American way by dint of the Kennedy team’s collective guts. In fact, the excavation of now-distant events has been an industry for a regiment of academics. To many, such as Harvard’s Graham Allison, President Kennedy’s paradigmatic resolve is a template for our times, applicable to managing North Korea, Iran, Russia, ISIL, you name it.
The recent release of apparently complete White House Cuban Missile Crisis tapes does indeed reveal a triumph of presidential fortitude, but not of the customary hagiographies. Instead, it’s now clear that President Kennedy alone, against his advisors, had been determined from the start to strike a deal with Nikita Khrushchev.

Don’t fear Ebola, fear fear itself

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Don’t fear Ebola, fear fear itself

David Ropeik | http://thebulletin.org/don%E2%80%99t-fear-ebola-fear-fear-itself7745
David Ropeik is an instructor in the Environmental Management Program of the Harvard Extension School, a consultant in risk communication, and author of How...

Public health officials in America are trying to manage two serious threats right now. One is Ebola, the virus that causes horrible deaths from vomiting, diarrhea, and hemorrhagic bleeding in more than half the people it infects, and against which there is no protective vaccine. The other is fear. In the United States, between the two, fear is the far greater threat.

A chance for mainstream Islam to unite against Isis


A chance for mainstream Islam to unite against Isis

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b55524ae-5abe-11e4-b449-00144feab7de.html#axzz3H0VmG7zM

Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale Robert Wade on the Economic Occupation of the West Bank

http://www.lrb.co.uk/2014/10/24/robert-wade/organised-hypocrisy-on-a-monumental-scale

Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale

Robert Wade on the Economic Occupation of the West Bank

Late last year I made my first visit to the West Bank. I’d never before been anywhere in what was once known as the Levant, between Anatolia and Egypt, though I’ve travelled in other parts of the world, as a researcher into economic and political development. Mostly I look at institutions – of all kinds and sizes – and the ways they go about their business, whether it’s the management of common resources at village level, such as grazing and irrigation, or the state-level implementation of policies on industry and technology. I visited the West Bank at the invitation of the Kenyon Institute, which arranges visits and lectures by British-based academics. As well as lecturing, I interviewed civil servants and politicians, NGO officials and owners of small factories, and travelled across much of the territory. I was struck by the development impasse in the West Bank, and by the granular details of Palestinian life under the Israeli control system: I mean daily life, at the basic level, as distinct from the high-profile feuds and negotiations with which we’re all familiar.

Legal experts cannot erase Israel's history of torture

http://972mag.com/legal-experts-cannot-erase-israels-history-of-torture/97979/

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 |Published October 24, 2014

Legal experts cannot erase Israel's history of torture

Since 2001 over 850 complaints of torture have been submitted by Palestinians. Not a single criminal investigation has been opened. 
By Dr. Ishai Menuhin
Whenever Israel signs a treaty, international standards require it to come up with creative bypasses and convoluted legal answers for its actions. At the same, the Israeli government finds it difficult to implement the commitments it has taken upon itself in our name. This is because both the General Security Service (GSS) and the broader Israeli security establishment are interested in violating the human rights of those they interrogate, rather than observe international standards and rules.
On Monday, Israeli representatives presented the state’s position before the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva regarding country’s commitment to theInternational Convention on Civil and Political Rights, which Israel signed in 1966 and ratified in 1991.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Wyss Institute at Harvard University has developed a device that can remove Ebola among other viruses from the bloodstream.

The Wyss Institute at Harvard University has developed a device that can remove Ebola among other viruses from the bloodstream.


http://www.businessinsider.com/harvard-university-ebola-cure-2014-10

Americans Are More At Risk For These Contagious Diseases Than Ebola

Americans Are More At Risk For These Contagious Diseases Than Ebola

VIDEO: This series of maps show where contagious diseases are concentrated in this country by state. 
Read»http://www.businessinsider.com/maps-contagious-diseases-spread-by-state-2014-10?nr_email_referer=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Business%20Insider%20Select&utm_campaign=BI%20Select%20%28Wednesday%20Friday%29%202014-10-24&utm_content=BISelect

Why it’s almost impossible to get Ebola on the subway

Why it’s almost impossible to get Ebola on the subway


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/10/24/how-difficult-is-it-to-catch-ebola-on-the-subway/

Ebola virus: Death toll could top 90,000 by December as world's deadliest outbreak continues

Ebola virus: Death toll could top 90,000 by December as world's deadliest outbreak continues


http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/ebola-virus-death-toll-could-4496240

Ebola outbreak: Virus to kill 67,000 in Monrovia by December, claims academic study


Ebola outbreak: Virus to kill 67,000 in Monrovia by December, claims academic study



http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/ebola-outbreak-virus-to-kill-67000-in-monrovia-by-december-claims-academic-study-9814804.html

As Ebola Spreads, So Have Several Fallacies

As Ebola Spreads, So Have Several Fallacies



http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/us/fallacies-are-spreading-as-readily-as-the-virus-has.html

America and its friends benefit from falling oil prices; its most strident critics don’t

Cheaper oil

Winners and losers

America and its friends benefit from falling oil prices; its most strident critics don’t



http://www.economist.com/news/international/21627642-america-and-its-friends-benefit-falling-oil-prices-its-most-strident-critics

Can the U.S. and Russia make more progress on nuclear security?

Can the U.S. and Russia make more progress on nuclear security?

State Department official lauds enforcement of New START Treaty, but cites need for more work.


http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/rose-gottenmoeller-america-russia-nuclear-security-1024

Russia And China Are Sprinting To Catch Up With The US's Advanced Submarine Fleet

Russia And China Are Sprinting To Catch Up With The US's Advanced Submarine Fleet



http://www.businessinsider.com/kris-osborn-russia-is-developing-advanced-submarines-2014-10

When Sub Goes Silent, Who Has Control of Its Nuclear Warheads?


When Sub Goes Silent, Who Has Control of Its Nuclear Warheads?

http://online.wsj.com/articles/when-sub-goes-silent-who-has-control-of-its-nuclear-warheads-1414166741?tesla=y&mg=reno64-wsj

As China Deploys Nuclear Submarines, U.S. P-8 Poseidon Jets Snoop on Them


As China Deploys Nuclear Submarines, U.S. P-8 Poseidon Jets Snoop on Them


http://online.wsj.com/articles/as-china-deploys-nuclear-submarines-u-s-p-8-poseidon-jets-snoop-on-them-1414166686

Ebola Arrives in NYC


Ebola Arrives in NYC
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/ebola-arrives-in-nyc/

A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to New York from West
Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, becoming the first diagnosed
case in the city, authorities said late Thursday.

The doctor, identified as Craig Spencer, 33, came back from treating Ebola
patients in Guinea October 17 and developed a fever, nausea, pain [...]

Nigerian Drug Mule Dies After Ebola Scare



Nigerian Drug Mule Dies After Ebola Scare
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/nigerian-drug-mule-dies-after-ebola-scare/

A Nigerian drug smuggler at Madrid's international airport who started shivering
after the cocaine bags he was carrying inside his body burst was left to die
after airport authorities activated an emergency Ebola alert

At 5pm on Saturday October 18th, police officers in the customs area of Terminal
1 at Spain's Madrid-Barajas airport reported that [...]

The battle to defund Islamic State


The battle to defund Islamic State


http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/10/challenges-block-islamic-state-funds.html?utm_source=Al-Monitor+Newsletter+[English]&utm_campaign=0833e12d50-October_24_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_28264b27a0-0833e12d50-100368361

WPR Articles Oct. 20, 2014 - Oct. 24, 2014


WPR Articles Oct. 20, 2014 - Oct. 24, 2014

No Passing Fad, Russia-China Friendship Puts West in a Bind

By: Richard Gowan | Column
Russia and China are good friends these days, and their bond seems likely to be a persistent feature of international diplomacy for some time. It is less clear whether this will fundamentally undermine the current, Western-dominated international system or merely inconvenience it.

Uruguay’s Election a Choice Between Two Models for Economic Growth

By: Eric Farnsworth | Briefing
While most observers will be focused on the presidential runoff in Brazil on Oct. 26, a similar electoral scenario is playing out in Uruguay. At stake in the country’s general election is whether the economic aspirations of a growing middle class can be realized, despite slowing growth.

Iraq’s Peshmerga Join Battle for Kobani, With Kurdish Leadership at Stake

By: Hannes Cerny | Briefing
The battle for Kobani now includes significant Kurdish undercurrents that have largely escaped attention. As Kobani’s Syrian Kurdish fighters inspire the Kurdish national imagination, they could represent a threat to Massoud Barzani’s role as the champion of Kurdish self-determination.

Nigeria Beats Ebola, but Offers Little Leadership to West Africa

By: Alex Thurston | Briefing
International media, accustomed to portraying Nigeria negatively, has rushed to laud the country’s efforts against Ebola after it stopped the outbreak. But Nigeria’s actions at home and relative inaction abroad on Ebola reflect the broader pattern of receding Nigerian leadership in West Africa.

Syria Jihadi Role Puts Georgia’s Extremists in Spotlight

By: Michael Cecire | Briefing
The overrepresentation of Chechens from Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge in Syria’s Islamist rebel leadership has reignited interest in the rugged valley bordering Chechnya. But it has also led to fears that Pankisi may be used as a casus belli for Russian intervention into Georgia.
 

Ruling Coalition in Belgium Risks Alienating French-Speakers

By: Maria Savel | Trend Lines
Belgium is known for its complicated politics, thanks in large part to linguistic divisions. But the new government, with only one francophone party and a hardline Flemish nationalist party, has raised new questions about its ability to fairly represent both Flanders and Wallonia.

Chemical Weapons Regime Must Be Updated to Better Counter Terrorist Threat

By: Richard Weitz | Column
A series of recent media reports have refocused attention on chemical weapons. Until now, nation states have been the main possessors and users of chemical weapons. The challenge in coming years will be to refocus efforts to better counter the threat of chemical weapons terrorism.

Compatriot Games: Russian-Speaking Minorities in the Baltic States

By: Agnia Grigas | Feature
Nowhere does Russia’s policy of protecting its “compatriots”—Moscow’s term for the Russian-speaking diaspora in the former Soviet republics—spell as much concern as in the Baltic states. All three have large Russian-speaking minorities concentrated close to the Russian border.

Fraud Claims Mar Crucial Elections for Mozambique

By: Maria Savel | Trend Lines
Mozambique held elections last Wednesday, but by Thursday the main opposition party Renamo had already rejected the early results, claiming there were incidents of ballot stuffing. Mozambicans are still waiting for the final results nearly a week later.

After Wild Campaign, Brazil Election Returns to Economy, Security

By: Frederick Deknatel | Trend Lines
Brazil’s presidential campaign is nearing an end, its zigzagging story lines returning to where they began: with incumbent President Dilma Roussef ahead. Bringing the race back to square one is the fact that Brazil's fundamental problems still await the winner.

Falling Oil Prices Push Venezuela, Maduro Closer to the Edge

By: Paul Shortell | Briefing
Despite a 25 percent drop in oil prices since June, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is doubling down on his current policies instead of attempting politically unpopular restructuring. By stalling in the hopes of higher oil prices or Chinese credit, Maduro is ignoring cracks in his political and economic program.

GOP’s Inconsistent Foreign Policy Appeal in Midterms Could Backfire

By: Nikolas Gvosdev | Column
The GOP is using the perception that the U.S. is not safe to bolster the narrative that America is moving in the wrong direction and that the Obama administration does not have a strategy. Yet the message coming from the Republicans is also confusing and inconsistent.

As Oil Prices Drop, Some Seek Hidden Hands Behind Market Forces

By: Frida Ghitis | Column
The recent precipitous drop in global oil prices has generated a flurry of conspiracy theories. While it is possible the U.S. and Saudi Arabia worked together to flood the market and weaken regimes like Russia, Iran and Venezuela, there are more obvious economic explanations.

Corruption Concerns Delay Cabinet Picks for Indonesia’s New President

By: Maria Savel | Trend Lines
Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, was sworn in Monday. However, he has yet to announce his Cabinet since Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission vetoed eight of his 43 nominations owing to their alleged involvement in graft cases and human rights violations.

Updated Weinberger Principles Still a Guide for Use of U.S. Force

By: Steven Metz | Column
In 1984, at the height of the post-Vietnam malaise, then-Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger suggested a set of principles to guide the use of the American military. Since then, the principles fell by the wayside, resulting in renewed malaise. It might be time to dust off the Weinberger principles.