Recent Comments Cuba: Top 5 other Dictatorships with which US has Diplomatic Relations (6) Bill Bodden 12/18/2014 at 1:52 pm in reply to James Whitney But the US can do what you criticize because we are "exceptional" and talking out of both sides of our mouths is a national tradition from before the US was a nation. Bill Bodden 12/18/2014 at 1:49 pm in reply to Nicholas Wibberley There is also the probability of more business for Corporate America: "The Problem With Obama’s Cuba Speech: The Imperialist Mindset" by MATT PEPPE - link to counterpunch.org If Jeb Bush Is In, Who Will Win Wall Street's Money? (4) getoffmedz 12/18/2014 at 1:43 pm TWO BUSH - THREE WARS! No more dynasties in our White House. Even Other Terrorists Denounce Taliban School Attacks In Pakistan (4) Saf 12/18/2014 at 1:42 pm Its not surprising and needs to be put in context. Leader Hafiz Saeed and JuD (supposedly banned militant LeT's civil arm) have always been pro-Pak, regardless of whatever inner violent crimes, and protected by the state as militant assets. They're a terrorist group to India (and perhaps the US, considering their past Al Qaeda support/relations) and show solidarity with the Afghan Taliban (who also disowned the attack, though they have their own hypocritical history)...while not in direct conflict with TTP, they're on different sides. "President Authorized Torture Techniques": Cheney and Rove throw Bush under the Bus (9) Don Rogers 12/18/2014 at 1:25 pm in reply to getoffmedz Amen! Incredible amount of suffering caused by a mere handful of severely damaged but privileged people. Those responsible should experience extraordinary rendition and trials/convictions for their crimes in international court. It is clear no one in our government is willing to bring them to justice; maybe someone from the outside will. 3 Problems Pakistani Politics has to Resolve after Grisly School Attack (5) Saf 12/18/2014 at 1:23 pm To add, the different militant groups the Pak military appealed/appeal to were/are generally religious fundamentalist or extremist groups on both sides of the border. Imran Khan has seriously disappointed and been detrimental... Rudolph 12/18/2014 at 1:22 pm The following is from "Magnificent Delusions" by Husain Haqqani: United States “aid for military regimes in Pakistan had not only undermined Pakistani democracy; it had also inadvertently helped foster religious extremism….Pakistan had become a rentier state: it lived off payments from a superpower for its strategic location and intelligence cooperation rather than on the strength of the productivity of its economy.” A preferred “option for Pakistan would be to normalize relations with India and Afghanistan” and pursue normal economic development. Just “as China did not give up its rights over Taiwan” as it engaged in commerce with Taiwan, “Pakistan need not give up its claim on Kashmir” as it engages politically and economically with India. “In the case of Afghanistan, Pakistan should befriend the government in Kabul instead of trying to impose one of its choosing.” link to detailedpoliticalquizzes.wordpress.com If Jeb Bush Is In, Who Will Win Wall Street's Money? (4) kathleen 12/18/2014 at 12:48 pm Have spent hundreds of hours reading much of the mission statement, principles, war plans, letters to Presidents over at the Project for A New American Centuries website since before the invasion of Iraq. However heard something the other night on MSNBC's Ed Show that I had not heard before. Attorney Mike Papatonio stated that Jeb Bush had been part of writing the mission statement of the PNAC. Harder to access the site these days. Jeb did sign the signatory list for the principles of PNAC. Cuba: Top 5 other Dictatorships with which US has Diplomatic Relations (6) kathleen 12/18/2014 at 12:44 pm About time a US President took reasonable steps towards Cuba. From everything I have read about Castro and the overthrow of Batista. He and his comrades had their ideas wrapped around taking Cuba in a socialist direction. That the US almost immediate embargo pushed them towards Russia and Communism. Did you see Colberts segment on Obama's announcement about Cuba? Classic . Europe Must follow Through on votes in Favor of Palestine Recognition (2) Nayla Rathle 12/18/2014 at 12:22 pm What do you say to those who pontificate (Thomas Friedman) about the fact that there is no one to talk to on the Palestinian side? Cuba: Top 5 other Dictatorships with which US has Diplomatic Relations (6) James Whitney 12/18/2014 at 12:01 pm with 1 replies Other countries which deserve to be on this list: Syria (tortured prisoners "rendered" by the U.S.), Egypt (ditto), U.K. (faciltitated rendering-of course it is a partial democracy), France (my country, used torture techniques much admired by the CIA-also a partial democracy except for certain minorities, for instance gypsies), Israel (well, I need not give details). A good number of other countries too of course. But all that is normal, what kind of democracy is the U.S. (also my country)? Ask any poor black American, ask any whistleblower, etc. If Jeb Bush Is In, Who Will Win Wall Street's Money? (4) Jack 12/18/2014 at 11:38 am No matter which Republican gets the lion's share, Hillary Clinton has already gotten a ton of it in advance payment and her husband in payoff for services rendered. China's Pivot toward Europe may Cut USA out of Deal (4) George Carty 12/18/2014 at 11:23 am in reply to Mike Not Lebensraum -- maybe like World War I German imperialism though. Lebensraum was about genocidal conquest of land (usually as a response to perceived overpopulation), not about mere economic domination. The only other similar events historically were the US wars against the American Indians, or perhaps the Mongol conquests in Central Asia and the Middle East. If Jeb Bush Is In, Who Will Win Wall Street's Money? (4) gregorylent 12/18/2014 at 11:07 am wall street doesn't care at all .. it's win win in a one-party state like usa Cuba: Top 5 other Dictatorships with which US has Diplomatic Relations (6) Nicholas Wibberley 12/18/2014 at 9:25 am with 1 replies in reply to Nicholas Wibberley As for Cuba, Obama said that sanctions haven't worked, by which presumably he means they didn't achieve their purpose of regime change. Being practical he therefore now lifts them and will shortly start to foster the sort of political opposition which seems to be working in Ukraine. Who knows, it may not even cost 5 billion. Nicholas Wibberley 12/18/2014 at 9:10 am with 2 replies Human Rights is an abstract, aspirational concept, a subdivision of the concept of 'Good'. Abstract aspirational concepts are important, they are like one side of a coin, without them there couldn't be a coin, but they can't exist on their own. The US is happy with any political system that supports its hegemonic aspirations and it's moot whether it utters more blind hypocrisy about 'human rights' or 'democracy'. Mortals should not seek too high perfection... if more good than evil is within thee who are but human then you shall do full well. Euripides Hippolytus Europe Must follow Through on votes in Favor of Palestine Recognition (2) Marianna 12/18/2014 at 3:43 am Indeed the EU nations must now do the right thing and follow up with official recognition of a Palestinian state. Enough of the waffling and resolutions that don't bind. They should not be intimidated by Bibi's whining about the EU not learning a lesson from the holocaust, or his constant blame on everybody but himself, and help give the Palestinians their dignity and freedom back. Even Other Terrorists Denounce Taliban School Attacks In Pakistan (4) Steve Gilpatrick 12/18/2014 at 3:09 am Let's not conflate Buddhism with monotheism, polytheism or any other theism for that matter. China's Pivot toward Europe may Cut USA out of Deal (4) Mike 12/17/2014 at 5:59 pm with 1 replies I love reading Pepe's analysis of the Grand Game. His insight is so refreshing after listening to the brain dead MSM's analysis of the "colored revolutions" in the old Warsaw Pact nations. Europe and the US's desire for control of Russia is eariliy reminiscent of the Lebensraum. 3 Problems Pakistani Politics has to Resolve after Grisly School Attack (5) Omar 12/17/2014 at 3:55 pm The people of the tribal areas, like many peripheral Muslim tribal groups, tend to be very zealous in their love for freedom and autonomy. For hundreds of years empires and nation states have tried to "subdue" them. As Akbar Ahmed presents in The Thistle and the Drone, perhaps they would be better served by having their autonomy respected, with development guided by elders and indigenous scholars. This could help heal the cycles of revenge, fanaticism and militarism that have caused so much misery in the region. The "steamroller" actions of Musharraf and the military create much misery and desperation among the tribal peoples, who have suffered 35+ years of trauma. The scourge of ignorance-fueled psychopathic fanaticism adds fire to fire. The real question is whether or not tribal peoples can remember the best of what makes them who they are, while adopting the best of what comprises modernity and what is beneficial from the nation state. Let's hope and pray it's not too late for that. The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney's other Hostage Crisis, of 1984 (16) Mark Talmont 12/17/2014 at 3:34 pm RE:Jack I don't know where you are located but in fact following the OKC bombing the Clintons hustled through a monstrous set of "presumed guilty" discretionary powers which effectively shred most the Bill of Rights. link to orwelltoday.com And BTW anybody who still believes the "lone right wing nut" version of OKC hasn't been paying attention to anything outside of what they are spoon fed by Channel One. The DVD "A Noble Lie" explains this (irrefutable evidence there was advance knowledge of the bombing). There was a media frenzy after OKC with the broadest brush blaming everybody from Rush Limbaugh to the NRA. This theme remains on the front burner for the presstitutes, following the mass shooting at Aurora Colorado ABC immediately connected the one arrested with the Tea Party. link to mediaite.com Enter the Dragon: China offers Iraq Aerial Strikes on ISIL/ Daesh (21) Mark Talmont 12/17/2014 at 3:07 pm "once great American news media"? They had their moments on some domestic reporting--"Harvest of Shame" and such--but at the strategic international level they have been PR fronts for the war criminals who controlled things since the Wilson administration. The CFR made the policy no matter who was elected and the media missed this except for a single editorial in the Chicago Tribune in the early 50s. Recall Duranty of the NY Times dispatching puff pieces for Stalin at the same time there was mass murder in Ukraine. And he got a Pulitzer Prize! Nothing has changed. Child Survivors Describe Horrors of Peshawar School Massacre (1) Azhar Nadeem 12/17/2014 at 2:58 pm I dont know what to call it..inhumane? tragic? barbaric? all words seem very tiny when compared with tragedy. Peshawar attack has truely left me speechlees 3 Ways the Mainstream Media let the Gov't off the Hook on Torture (4) getoffmedz 12/17/2014 at 2:51 pm A little over thirteen (13) years ago corporate-controlled media became fully complicit in rooting a criminal administration firmly in place in the minds of our citizens. Now, every attempt will be made to obscure that fact. China's Pivot toward Europe may Cut USA out of Deal (4) Ahmed 12/17/2014 at 1:31 pm China has an industrial and development policy. Something the U.S. seems to lack. Yes the U.S. has a sorta foreign policy but it has no high level policy for developing its economy or industrial base. even the single minded focus on propping up it's gaint commercial banks lacks any sort of long terms goals and seems to only work on short term crisis management. This gives China and other countries than look ahead more than a couple of quarters a huge advantage. Jack 12/17/2014 at 1:30 pm Fascinating article , while the MSM is busy covering Martina Navritolova''s wedding and the Royal couple's visit to New York. Even Other Terrorists Denounce Taliban School Attacks In Pakistan (4) Ted Remington 12/17/2014 at 10:23 am Just wanted to thank you for being a thoughtful articulate voice on Mideast issues. Always appreciate your insight. #untrolling 3 Problems Pakistani Politics has to Resolve after Grisly School Attack (5) Shahbaz 12/17/2014 at 10:07 am My impression was that Nawaz Sharif did not want Zardari's government to fall. I recall that even in opposition, he made statements that he wanted the current government to serve out its full term. It get the feeling that leaders of the two main political parties actually have learned lessons of the 90s and that this type of all out war/leg pulling harms both parties. Desperate Pakistani Taliban, on the ropes, attack Army School in Peshawar: Large scale Casualties (6) jackolantern 12/17/2014 at 9:34 am Informative article! I understand the Taliban want to stifle education as well so I thought that might be an additional motive. My take thought is that it doesn't matter what they think or say, because killing innocent people, especially innocent children, can never serve justice of any right kind. It seems punishing innocent people for offenses committed by others is an illogical behavior that recurs in Islamic culture. Several years ago I read that in South Pakistan a group of clerics gang raped the younger sister of a boy as punishmnet for the boy's having had an affair with an older woman out of wedlock. There is something self serving and cowardly, ultimately dishonorable in every sense, in substituting revenge or dishonor for justice. I can't imagine the Taliban will not pay dearly for their recent crimes and sins. I assume the Pakistani military are probably going to avenge this until they are satsified. 3 Problems Pakistani Politics has to Resolve after Grisly School Attack (5) bob h 12/17/2014 at 6:55 am Will there ever be justice for the ISI figures who have cultivated extremists for use against India, Afghanistan, US? The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney's other Hostage Crisis, of 1984 (16) JTMcPhee 12/17/2014 at 4:06 am in reply to Liam Heard the same thinking from some guy named Richard Sorry Excuse For A Human Cheney, as I recall, not so very long ago... Even Other Terrorists Denounce Taliban School Attacks In Pakistan (4) Marianna 12/17/2014 at 2:33 am This is a horrendous act of terrorism, and the criminals must pay for the murder of innocent children. If the Pakistani government is unable to control these criminals, they have to appeal to the international community to help. Are they afraid to confront the scumbags? Desperate Pakistani Taliban, on the ropes, attack Army School in Peshawar: Large scale Casualties (6) Bill Bodden 12/17/2014 at 12:13 am It appears that my first comment on this slaughter was too blunt for your moderator, so allow me to tone it down. How does this event in Pakistan compare with Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in July? Is there a consistency in assessments regarding both tragedies or are double standards being applied? Will Women bear the brunt of Climate Change and its Inequalities? (2) Stephen Vandivere 12/16/2014 at 11:54 pm Having just been reading a backlog of OxfamExchange, and having read of their support of indigenous women in Peru and other countries, I kept expecting to see the writer make references to what Oxfam has been doing for women for years. It appears that Oxfam does something that some other large organizations do not do so well: listen. I see I am not the only person referring to Oxfam. The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney's other Hostage Crisis, of 1984 (16) SP 12/16/2014 at 10:55 pm Another way to look at this is as an elaborate "death by cop" situation. As Dr Cole pointed out, he was a career crim, out on parole and had come once again to the attention of the law. He was masquerading as a self styled "faith healer" and sexual assault charges were about to made, as far as I understand. This perhaps is the context in which this act should be understood @Liam, not some fantasy scenario of your own dark imagining, that could, might, may happen that could, might, may be used as propaganda by some other unrelated entity. Where does that level of paranoia end? And speaking of propaganda, what of Ruperts wonderfully humanitarian tweet. He, like Daesh, also had no qualms to use this tragedy for his own purposes. Why Europe must stop blocking Palestinian membership of the Int'l Criminal Court (7) Mark Koroi 12/16/2014 at 10:27 pm in reply to Irwin The issue also is Israel allowing construction materials into Gaza to permit rebuilding after Israeli military incursions. Saudi Arabia authorized $1billion in aid to Gaza after Operation Cast Lead and the U.S. $900 million - but Israel did all it could from preventing rebuilding and also later destroying massive amounts of housing, commercial buildings and infrastructure in the 2014 invasion. Mark Koroi 12/16/2014 at 10:12 pm The IDF'a closing of the internal invesitigation of the killings of 21 members of the Samouni family in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead without charges was heavily criticized even by Israeli human rights organizations, including B'Tselem: link to haaretz.com A war crimes prosecution against Israel and former IDF general Amos Yaron commenced last year in Kuala Lampur: link to globalresearch.ca Black Lives Matter: Massive Crowds Protest Racialized Police Brutality in Cities across US (2) Cephas Keith Reyes 12/16/2014 at 8:26 pm The Problem of Police Brutality The evidence shows that white policemen are the main perpetrators of police brutality against blacks and minorities. The outrage about the unjustified killing of black men by white policemen should focus on the cause of the problem. This incidence is largely due to inappropriate recruitment and training personnel. Recruitment personnel should be properly trained to identify and reject applicants with undesirable character traits like racism and xenophobia. Training personnel should be equipped to include a cultural sensitivity component in the training program. Any improvement in the quality of policing would require a complete reorientation of police recruitment and training programs and procedures. In addition, police officers who display undesirable character traits should be removed from the police force. Police officers are given overwhelming authority and lethal weapons to exercise that authority. It is therefore necessary that these officers be thoroughly vetted. Responses email@example.com. Cephas Keith Reyes, PhD. Desperate Pakistani Taliban, on the ropes, attack Army School in Peshawar: Large scale Casualties (6) Marianna 12/16/2014 at 7:51 pm Before people start criticizing Muslims and Islam, I hope they realize that it is the majority of moderate Muslims who have to put up with these lunatics, who give their religion a bad name, and are always paying the price for insane extremists. These despicable criminals are not smart enough to realize they are doing the work of those already running campaigns to denigrate Islam and Muslims around the world. Mark 12/16/2014 at 7:34 pm Great post explaining the complex details. It's important to understand that these groups have no religious basis, as they are too uneducated to even understand the concept. They are the by product of years of oppression, corruption, and lack of education...on top of tribal Wars. Poor children caught in the cross fire, my heart out to the families "President Authorized Torture Techniques": Cheney and Rove throw Bush under the Bus (9) rosemerry 12/16/2014 at 5:06 pm I suppose we don't know already because nobody would read Dubya's memoirs. Why Europe must stop blocking Palestinian membership of the Int'l Criminal Court (7) Irwin 12/16/2014 at 4:23 pm with 1 replies What we need are other states to step up to the plate to support financially the Palestinians when the aid is removed by the US and others. Unfortunately Saudi Arabia and other so-called supporters of a Palestinian state are afraid of the mighty US. "President Authorized Torture Techniques": Cheney and Rove throw Bush under the Bus (9) fazl 12/16/2014 at 3:20 pm @JamilaHanan You think Dubya can spell 'Backstabbers' ? LoL The Sad Fate of Planet Earth: Lima's COP20 showed World's Governments not Serious about fighting Climate Change (3) different clue 12/16/2014 at 2:45 pm "Mankind" and "Planet Earth" are two different things. It's like with the old country song: "I got along fine before I met you, I'll get along fine when you're gone." Earth got along fine before it met us, it'll get along fine when we're gone. Nature is One Tough Mother. Enter the Dragon: China offers Iraq Aerial Strikes on ISIL/ Daesh (21) Mike McNeil 12/16/2014 at 12:23 pm in reply to super390 Nice analysis. The global oil price drop is going to vex Putin and scramble his plans while giving China more leverage in energy consumption and infrastructure development at an advantageous time for their economy. If the US can smarten up a little and transition to a renewable energy driven economy ASAP, we might dodge some of the resource wars (at least the ones we're not already in!). Dr. Cole's perspective is invaluable, especially when compared to the piffle and noise the once great American news media dribble out between pimping the latest entertainment snooze. "President Authorized Torture Techniques": Cheney and Rove throw Bush under the Bus (9) silent observer 12/16/2014 at 11:50 am @JamilaHanan Are war ciminals hoping to get a plea bargain if they rat out Bush? #TortureRepor. BTW where indaworld is Rumsfeld? Pog Mo Thoin 12/16/2014 at 11:24 am @JamilaHanan even the photos of dubya look confused. getoffmedz 12/16/2014 at 10:53 am with 1 replies A dynastic President of limited capacity being influenced by those inspired by pure evil has left a broad stain (protected by law) on our once great country which will take decades to cleanse, if ever. • Establishing an outlaw multinational TORTURE network funded for years by the U.S. Congress. • Starting two unnecessary and destructive foreign wars lasting well over a decade costing TRILLION$ STOLEN from the U.S. Treasury by a complicit Congress. • Precipitating the pointless combined deaths and maiming of hundreds of thousands of completely innocent U.S. military and foreign nationals. • Deregulation of planet killing emissions. • Facilitating the acceleration of the transfer of our national wealth into the hands of fewer and fewer people. This is BEYOND TREASON! The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney's other Hostage Crisis, of 1984 (16) Linde 12/16/2014 at 9:45 am These two people had the courage to give their lives for others. THEY ARE HEROES !!! Desperate Pakistani Taliban, on the ropes, attack Army School in Peshawar: Large scale Casualties (6) Ethan zuniga 12/16/2014 at 9:26 am Definitely a desperate act. Not so sure about being on the ropes. 6 Reasons Lower Oil Prices won't Stop Solar, Wind and Electric Cars (4) Audrey Miller 12/16/2014 at 9:04 am The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing. Global demand is still expected to grow next year, but by far less than many thought earlier this year. The economies of China, Japan and Western Europe — the top oil consumers after the United States — all appear to be weakening. Oil demand falls when economic growth stalls. Desperate Pakistani Taliban, on the ropes, attack Army School in Peshawar: Large scale Casualties (6) Loic 12/16/2014 at 8:44 am The Soviet Union sought to destroy religion while the CIA and its world associate governments have succeeded in perverting it, especially Islam, to point where it has become not the religion of an ancient prophet but that of Dostoevskian anarchism and possession, a perpetual motion machine of terroristic repetition ad nauseam (an eternal return of insanity), a mise-en-abyme of imperial pretextuality for war and intervention abroad. "President Authorized Torture Techniques": Cheney and Rove throw Bush under the Bus (9) Scott Stark 12/16/2014 at 8:43 am #DickCheney is worse than heartless. If He were the Tin Man, he'd torture the Scarecrow with the ax. The Sad Fate of Planet Earth: Lima's COP20 showed World's Governments not Serious about fighting Climate Change (3) Bob Spencer 12/16/2014 at 8:03 am Um--do you remember that big demonstration in NYC? Now, I don't see much accountability. Evaluate strategies and adjust, maybe? "President Authorized Torture Techniques": Cheney and Rove throw Bush under the Bus (9) damnclown 12/16/2014 at 8:02 am @deanhepburn What can we throw them under? Now that's Cold: Sydney Siege selfies provoke outrage at 'Terror Tourists' (1) NR 12/16/2014 at 8:01 am Agree! I called them "Selfish"! "President Authorized Torture Techniques": Cheney and Rove throw Bush under the Bus (9) Bradley C Hughes 12/16/2014 at 7:51 am Of course they have. Bush was always and only their useful idiot boy. The Sad Fate of Planet Earth: Lima's COP20 showed World's Governments not Serious about fighting Climate Change (3) cari machet 12/16/2014 at 7:50 am shows world governments are con artists and common thieves and murderers The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney's other Hostage Crisis, of 1984 (16) Joe Monterrubio 12/16/2014 at 6:13 am Australians have been tweeting messages of solidarity with Muslim Australians using #illridewithyou. The hashtag was coined after a young Sydney woman saw another woman on a train take off her head covering, and did a very compassionate thing: "In her post she said: "I ran after her at the train station. I said 'put it back on. I'll walk with u." " link to abc.net.au I just finished writing #illridewithyou on the back of a T shirt; I'm going to wear it while I'm cycling to work. Why Europe must stop blocking Palestinian membership of the Int'l Criminal Court (7) Nicholas Wibberley 12/16/2014 at 5:42 am I don't see what it has to do with France or the UK or anyone else for that matter. The ICC exists and the Palestinians can apply to join, that's what it's there for. So if they want to join, that's what they should do. Most of the world will be behind them anyway. The peace process is a cloud illusion. What is necessary is for Israel to get the hell out of all occupied Palestine. The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney's other Hostage Crisis, of 1984 (16) Peter R Fowler 12/16/2014 at 4:45 am Dear Prof Juan, I agree with all you say, but what a screw up! This needed training like I had - one guy, to negotiate then draw a 45 from concealed and Double Tap so fast before the other guy can blink or squeeze and shoot anyone he is dead - instead of a foootball scrum all shooting at once - wonder who shot the two hostages? So Sad! BW Peter Liam 12/16/2014 at 4:37 am with 1 replies Juan often has good insights, but when he gets it wrong, like here, he goes all-in. It's almost like a poker-tell: when the general public's (and mainstream media's) reaction is right about a topic involving Islam (however rare that may be), Juan's tone rises and he gets all dismissive and prickly. Yes, of course Mohammad Hassan Manteghi Bourjerdi, aka Man Haron Monis, aka 'Sheikh' Haron, was not directly affiliated with ISIS. But equally obviously he wanted to be, and ISIS leaders (once they learned of him during the seige) encouraged him and other lone-rat attacks. (See the ISIS Twitter responses to it.) Equally obvious, when Hakki Bahadir Atahan tried to rob a bank in 1984, it was not in a context of gruesome terrorist incidents being perpetrated on innocent civilians around the world using a religion as an excuse, with the fear of even greater mayhem via alleged bombs. I could go on, but you get the idea. The Sydney crisis was a major crisis not because of what happened, but because of what was unknown at first, the broader context, and what could happen. Adam K 12/16/2014 at 2:47 am A decade an a half of our media and conservative politicians banging on about terrorism and radical Islam and when it finally occurs... it's the random act of a mentally unhinged douchebag on bail for his part in the murder of his ex-wife. An utter non-entity on par with every other murderous ex-husband with impulse control problems. It says a lot about the Muslim community of Australia that when they finally give up something for the bigots to hang around their neck it's a piece of unfocused random violence from a disconnected yahoo and not a directed act of terrorist plot from a committed ideologue. I love you guys, stay awesome. Leopold Von Stalker 12/16/2014 at 1:50 am Well said Juan. Robyn 12/15/2014 at 10:52 pm Here is the latest post from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation with a bit of background on the perpetrator. link to abc.net.au Avis 12/15/2014 at 10:31 pm The Aussie event,was a perpetrated by a madman, he should have been in a mental facility Top 5 Planks of 2016 GOP Platform? Torture, War, Bank Corruption, Paid-For Elections (22) Bill Bodden 12/15/2014 at 10:16 pm in reply to Mark 390: Where do you get your meretricious nonsense about my attacking blacks? Your reference to blacks is the only one on this thread. As for the rest of your comments, they strike me as just making a case for accepting the sordid status quo. I recently read a history of WWI. The anti-war group had next to no impact, but they tried to inject some sanity into European thought. Acceptors of the system helped to facilitate that monstrous disaster, just as their modern counterparts will help create descent into another hell. I may very likely be on the "losing" side, but I'll be in the best company possible.. What Ferguson, Eric Garner, and CIA Torture Have in Common (5) super390 12/15/2014 at 8:13 pm Hey everybody, legal prohibitions on torture, or police murdering innocents have ALWAYS been ignored for black people. ALWAYS. They have also always been ignored for radicals, gays, and whatever religious sect is currently a threat. If we ever had a moral high ground, it was based on the effort to improve, not the results. The problem lies much deeper in the unwritten covenants between "good" Americans and their preferred officials - all the way back to the Founding Fathers. Freedom has always carried an asterisk in our social hierarchy. super390 12/15/2014 at 8:07 pm in reply to Loic Sounds like the early chapters of Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine". She argues that the effect wears off eventually. Top 5 Planks of 2016 GOP Platform? Torture, War, Bank Corruption, Paid-For Elections (22) super390 12/15/2014 at 8:03 pm in reply to Mark Mr. Bodden, you're too fast to attack blacks and Latinos for the sin of supporting the system. As a practical matter, Gonzales will not be on a ballot, and neither will the token black creeps that the GOP allows to run in a few early primaries every 4 years. If you want change in the future, it won't come from people like yourself, because there just aren't many white progressives. A minority takeover of the Democratic Party is the only place the numbers can come from to supplant the corporate centrists, and a minority takeover and revival of the labor movement is the only base from which successful anti-capitalist politics has ever come. If you don't feel like it's worth trying to persuade the Others to also adopt your positions on war because they're too patriotic and greedy, then you might as well give up because either minorities will supplant white power or there will be a civil war. super390 12/15/2014 at 7:52 pm in reply to Spooky How do you feel about the GOP promising to deliberately provoke war with Iran, Russia and China simultaneously? We can survive some crimes, but not others. Black Lives Matter: Massive Crowds Protest Racialized Police Brutality in Cities across US (2) super390 12/15/2014 at 7:46 pm What's amazing is watching the psychotic self-righteousness of police spokesmen in denouncing any criticism of the killing of unarmed men and boys. I think the police are actually doubling down on the crazy out of their manufactured fear of black rebellion. They have no plan except to terrorize blacks into silence. And they are probably right to assume most white voters will follow them into the abyss. But what about all the other minorities watching their behavior in our diversifying society? Enter the Dragon: China offers Iraq Aerial Strikes on ISIL/ Daesh (21) super390 12/15/2014 at 7:40 pm with 1 replies This is a fulfillment of many agendas. But in fact, America's overextended empire may already serve China better than its own citizens. Our military is expected to "civilize" the natives of obscure corners of the world to prepare them for foreign investors, presumably American. But what if Wall Street has lost control of the process? What if it has become too lazy and cowardly to risk following the troops into these lands? The Chinese aren't afraid to get people killed making deals anywhere on Earth. We claim victory, and Chinese men come with briefcases full of gold to ensnare the local warlords by nightfall. This is logical. Declining empires always try to cling to their military advantages while betraying the economic virtues that originally made them powerful. Britain's empire probably made a lot of American hustlers rich in its latter days. But if that is true, then China must be prepared for the day it will have to take care of itself. America prepared in 1898-1900 with operations all over the world, the Spanish-American War, the Philipine Insurrection, the Boxer Rebellion. Ironic that China's Boxer Rebellion most resembles the ISIS situation, with the "mainstream" powers obligated to unite to crush a barbaric but not unjustified reactionary uprising. But this may also be a coming-out party for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. China is joining the Russian-Iranian regional alliance. Iran has observer status at the SCO, but has been too hot to touch up to now. The other SCO members are being passed from the old Soviet Union to the Chinese energy empire, just out of America's grasp. They all share this fear of Sunni radicalism. Maybe Uzbek and Turkmen infantry are coming next? 3 Ways the Mainstream Media let the Gov't off the Hook on Torture (4) falloch 12/15/2014 at 7:16 pm "Maybe torture “worked” on occasion. Probably it didn’t. But it doesn’t matter because torture is illegal under U.S. and international law, and it’s a moral abomination." No they weren't looking for real 'intelligence' that might protect Americans from Al-Q, they were torturing to produce false confessions that would lead to reasons to connect Al-Q with Saddam so that they could continue with their plan to invade Iraq. The MSM focuses on the torture, which is horrific enough, but ignores the role that Bush and Cheney and cohorts played in extracting FALSE confessions to justify their plans: link to informationclearinghouse.info. Will Women bear the brunt of Climate Change and its Inequalities? (2) zandru 12/15/2014 at 2:24 pm The Oxfam "Sisters on the Planet" program has long recognized that women are at the bleeding edge of climate change. It's great to see all these women's groups in many countries getting the assistance they need to meet the challenge. The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney's other Hostage Crisis, of 1984 (16) Jack 12/15/2014 at 1:53 pm India's case against the Bangalore food company executive, Shami Witness, might be the first against the net version of a 21st century terrorist. Mehdi Masroor Biswas is just 24 and lived in a rented one bedroom apartment when he was taken into custody. Biswas defended himself and said this: "I haven't done anything wrong. I haven't hurt anyone. I haven't broken any laws. I haven't raised any war or any violence against India. I haven't waged war against the allies of India." "I just said stuff. People follow me, I follow them back and we talk. I ONLY know what IS fighters or sympathizers said in public tweets."