News Items – 03.04.17

As you can tell, there are a lot of embedded tweets in today’s post. Viewing this blog, understand that how busy I am is positively correlated with the number of embedded tweets in the corresponding blogpost (they both go up and down at the same time).


Academic study by BMJ, 2008: “Fifty years of violent war deaths from Vietnam to Bosnia: analysis of data from the world health survey programme.”


Israel’s Anti-Semitism Smears Backfire,” by Ann Wright — antiwar activist; retired US Army Colonel; former US State Department diplomat in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, and Nicaragua; and recipient of the State Department’s Award for Heroism.

Another Hatchet Job on Snowden,” by Ray McGovern — antiwar activist; 28-year CIA veteran, including as senior analyst in the Soviet Affairs Division, preparer of the President’s Daily Brief, chair of the National Intelligence Estimates (largest US intelligence estimate involving every agency), and recipient of the Intelligence Commendation Medal, which he returned in protest of CIA torture.

Trump Hides Behind the Military,” by Paul Pillar — former CIA Executive Assistant to the Director and Deputy Director of the Counterterrorist Center; senior fellow and former visiting professor at Georgetown University; and former National Intelligence Council Officer for the Near East and South Asia.

Robert Parry — former investigative reporter for AP and Newsweek that uncovered many of the Iran-Contra stories, including the CIA-Contra drug trafficking, CIA assassination manual, and Oliver North’s connection to Iran-Contra; recipient of the George Polk Award and the Harvard Nieman Foundation I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence; and founder/editor of the oldest online investigative website, Consortiumnews:

The Politics Behind ‘Russia-gate’

Mainstream Media’s ‘Victimhood’


Juan Cole — Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History:

‘Media Vandalism?’ Top 6 Russian reactions to Trump’s Russia Scandals

From Bernie Sanders to Harel: Why is Acknowledging Israeli Apartheid a Shock?

Is Trump right to doubt that Islam is a Religion?


TomDispatch:

Guantánamo’s Last 100 Days: The Story That Never Was,” by Karen Greenberg — director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School.

The Art of the Trumpaclysm: How the U.S. Invaded, Occupied, and Remade Itself,” by Tom Engelhardt — Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley; founder/editor of the indispensable TomDispatch; consulting editor for Metropolitan Books; fellow at The Nation Institute; and cofounder of American Empire Project.

Losing a War One Bad Metaphor at a Time: Thrashing About in the Afghan Petri Dish,” by William Astore — retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former professor at the Air Force Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School.


Security Journal, 2015: “Discretion and fairness in airport security screening“: “Findings indicate differences between racial groups and treatment, with nonwhites more likely to receive additional screening, have more items confiscated, feel embarrassed, and less likely to be provided an explanation for searches. Policy recommendations are suggested.”
Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 2016: “Encountering Misrecognition: Being Mistaken for Being Muslim“: “We found that young Sikhs, Hindus, and other south Asian young people as well as black and Caribbean young people were regularly mistaken for being Muslim. These encounters tended to take place at school, in taxis, at the airport, and in public spaces. Our analysis points to a dynamic set of interconnected issues shaping young people’s experiences of misrecognition across a range of mediatized, geopoliticized, and educational spaces. Geopolitical events and their representation in the media, the homogenization of the south ‘Asian’ community, and the lack of visibility offered to non-Muslim ethnic and religious minority groups all worked to construct our participants as ‘Muslims.’ Young people demonstrated agency and creativity in handling and responding to these encounters, including using humor, clarifying their religious affiliation, social withdrawal, and ignoring the situation.”

The British Journal of Criminology, 2009: “From the ‘Old’ to the ‘New’ Suspect Community: Examining the Impacts of Recent UK Counter-Terrorist Legislation“: “The ‘war on terror’ has emerged as the principal conflict of our time, where ‘Islamic fanaticism’ is identified as the greatest threat to Western liberal democracies. Within the United Kingdom, and beyond, this political discourse has designated Muslims as the new ‘enemy within’—justifying the introduction of counter-terrorist legislation and facilitating the construction of Muslims as a ‘suspect community’. In this paper, we develop Hillyard’s (1993) notion of the ‘suspect community’ and evidence how Muslims have replaced the Irish as the main focus of the government’s security agenda whilst also recognizing that some groups have been specifically targeted for state surveillance. We conclude that the categorization of Muslims as suspect may be serving to undermine national security rather than enhance it.”


The Telegraph: “Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak cleared of killing protesters during 2011 revolution


Gallup: “1 in 3 Americans Say US Spends Too Little on Defense” (Here’s the reality.)


Democracy Now!:

Survivor of Priest Sexual Abuse Quits Vatican Commission

Revealed: Environmental Activist Berta Cáceres’ Suspected Killers Received U.S. Military Training

Sen. Rand Paul Searches Unsuccessfully for Obamacare Replacement Bill

Top U.N. Climate Official Denied Meeting with U.S. Secretary of State

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Sworn In as Secretary of Energy


The Guardian:

Inside Banksy’s Walled Off hotel in Bethlehem – video

‘Worst view in the world’: Banksy opens hotel overlooking Bethlehem wall



teleSUR: “IN PICTURES: Hondurans paid tribute to slain environmentalist on the anniversary of her murder

Reuters: “Parents fearing deportation pick guardians for U.S. children

Reuters: “Jewish cemetery vandalized in New York, third case in two weeks

New York Times: “Former Commander of U.S. Nuclear Forces Calls for Large Cut in Warheads

Diem25: “Brexit: An unorthodox view, Yanis Varoufakis, Srećko Horvat & Elif Shafak

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