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Fred Burks: History and description of U.S.Government Manchurian Candidate program

July 26, 2013

Lifting the Veil: Barack Obama and the Failure of Capitalist “Democracy”

July 17, 2013

co-opted, disenfranchisement, John Stauber, PR Watch, Larry Pinckney, Black Agenda Report, political movements, populism, Sharon Smith, William I Robinson, Editor, Critical Globalization Studies, zbigniew

http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/videos/corporatism/lifting-the-veil-barack-obama-and-the-failure-of-capitalist-democracy.html

“A Must-Watch if You Want to Understand
Who and What Obama is About, as Well
as this Hypocrisy they Call Democracy.”

Acclaim for ‘Lifting the Veil’

“Lifting the Veil is the long overdue film that powerfully, definitively, and finally exposes the deadly 21st century hypocrisy of U.S. internal and external policies, even as it imbues the viewer with a sense of urgency and an actualized hope to bring about real systemic change while there is yet time for humanity and this planet. See this film!”
— Larry Pinkney
Editorial Board Member & Columnist – The Black Commentator

“Lifting the Veil is a major contribution to political documentary. It teaches everyone from the uninitiated to the most sophisticated the true nature of the American government… It covers the issues clearly and succinctly, from the opening narrative through to its stirring conclusion.”
— Ralph Poynter
Lynne Stewart Defense Committee – New Abolitionist Movement

“The best political film I’ve seen to date. A must watch if you want to understand who and what Obama is about, as well as this hypocrisy they call democracy.”
— Kiilu Nyasha
Independent Journalist and former member of the Black Panther Party

“A wonderful, powerful film”
— Leah Bolger
National Vice President, Veterans for Peace

“In less than two hours, documentarian Scott Noble eviscerates the myth of the American dream, laying bare the grinning, skeletal greed at its core. It’s the best single compilation we’ve yet seen on the corruption that has demolished the American commons and the lives of billions across the globe.”
— Richard Brenneman
Eats Shoots ‘n Leaves

“Noble is brilliantly pioneering the new film-making — incisive analysis, compelling sound and footage, fearless and independent reporting, and the aggregation of the best information out there into powerful, educational and free online feature films – all on a shoestring budget. His films educate and inform while building the movements needed for real change at the grassroots. Noble’s films are dedicated to democracy; they fan the flames of non-violent, people-powered revolution.”
— John Stauber
Founder, PR Watch

[201] Bush the ‘Humanitarian’, FBI Director Exposed, CA Prison Torture, Male Rape in Military . breakingtheset

July 12, 2013

Published on Jul 11, 2013

Abby Martin Breaks the Set on George Bush the Humanitarian, Heading the FBI, Solitary Confinement, and Sexual Assault in the US Military.

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin calls out the University of Denver for its outrageous decision to honor former President George W. Bush the ‘Improving the Human Condition’ award. Abby then dissects the track record of the new FBI director, James Comey, as Obama’s latest continuation of the Bush era, citing his support for indefinite detention and torture. Abby then goes over the latest updates in the ongoing hunger strike by California prison inmates, and talks to Rachel Meeropol, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional rights about the physical and emotional effects of solitary confinement. BTS wraps up the show with a discussion on sexual assault in the military and talks to victim, Brian Lewis, President of ‘Men Recovering from Military Sexual Trauma’ about his experience and what people can do to change rape culture in the military.

Category News & Politics

Australian military officers accused of widespread sexual assault

July 12, 2013

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/9334479/Australian-military-officers-accused-of-widespread-sexual-assault.html

Senior Australian military officers have been accused of widespread physical abuse and sexual assault dating back to the 1950s in a damning report, that has led to accusations of a cover-up and calls for a public inquiry.

By Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney
5:35PM BST 15 Jun 2012
The confidential report, commissioned by the government, outlines more than 700 complaints of brutal assaults of children as young as 13 and says paedophiles may have joined the forces to prey on young recruits.

It says senior officers, some of whom may still be serving, were involved in sexual abuse, bullying, harassment and intimidation – and that many of the victims later became perpetrators.

“During the years from the 1950s through to the early 1980s, the ADF and successive Australian governments failed to put in place adequate protections to take into account the special needs and vulnerability of boys of 13, 14, 15 and 16 years of age to protect them,” it says.

“It is certain that many boys were subjected to serious sexual and physical assault and other serious abuse … Many of the boys who suffered such abuse later participated in inflicting sexual abuse on other children in the ADF.”

Julia Gillard, the prime minister, said she was disturbed by the report and was last night considering holding a royal commission

Australian military officers accused of widespread sexual assault
Senior Australian military officers have been accused of widespread physical abuse and sexual assault dating back to the 1950s in a damning report, that has led to accusations of a cover-up and calls for a public inquiry.

Julia Gillard, the prime minister, said she was disturbed by the report and was last night considering holding a royal commission Photo: REUTERSBy Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney
5:35PM BST 15 Jun 2012
The confidential report, commissioned by the government, outlines more than 700 complaints of brutal assaults of children as young as 13 and says paedophiles may have joined the forces to prey on young recruits.

It says senior officers, some of whom may still be serving, were involved in sexual abuse, bullying, harassment and intimidation – and that many of the victims later became perpetrators.

“During the years from the 1950s through to the early 1980s, the ADF and successive Australian governments failed to put in place adequate protections to take into account the special needs and vulnerability of boys of 13, 14, 15 and 16 years of age to protect them,” it says.

“It is certain that many boys were subjected to serious sexual and physical assault and other serious abuse … Many of the boys who suffered such abuse later participated in inflicting sexual abuse on other children in the ADF.”

Julia Gillard, the prime minister, said she was disturbed by the report and was last night considering holding a royal commission.

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The Government released a censored summary of the report earlier this year. Stephen Smith, the defence minister, was forced to deny covering up the extent of the abuse.

“I released enough material to make the point that these were very serious allegations, these were very concerning matters,” he said.

In the uncensored report, one complainant, named only as “John”, said he was raped by a 50-year-old corporal while serving in the air force in Victoria in 1988.

“He took me back to his room, take off my clothes and then penetrated me,” the man told ABC-TV. “He also raped and sexually abused other minors in the air force at the time. There was an investigation, I was the whistle-blower regarding the incidents. He was discharged. … and consequently – I was 18 at the time – they also wanted me discharged.”

The report, prepared by a law firm, was commissioned by the government after a string of Australian military scandals, including a case last year in which an 18-year-old female officer cadet was secretly filmed having sex with a colleague while other cadets watched via Skype. An executive summary was released this week under freedom of information laws. It proposes various measures including an apology, compensation and a royal commission to determine whether men who committed rape – or did nothing about it – were still serving.

“There is a risk that [the] perpetrators now hold middle and senior management position within the ADF and there is a risk that those that witnessed abuse and did not report what they witnessed now hold middle and senior management positions within the ADF,” it says.

The newly-released 25-page report says that the practice of bastardisation – initiation ceremonies – was brutal, rife and “tacitly accepted” at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, the army’s officer training college in Canberra.

“While it seems to have been tacitly accepted as part of ADF life, it should be noted that the conduct engaged in was very frequently brutal and would have been likely to attract criminal sanctions if practised in the civil community,” the report says. “The choice was to join in bashing and assaults on other boys or young males or to continue to be the target of such abuse.”

Australia’s Navy accepted recruits as young as 13 until the late 1960s, while all three branches accepted recruits as young as 15 until the 1980s. The minimum age now is 17.

Days to end the education emergency

July 12, 2013

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/every_child_in_school_global/?bsSGSab&v=26998

Posted: 10 July 2013
The young women were heading home from college in Pakistan when terrorists firebombed their school bus, burning 14 of them alive. The survivors were rushed to the hospital, where another bomb went off, injuring their friends and the nurses who came to help.

Sometimes out of the deepest darkness come our brightest lights. In the face of this horror, 15-year-old Malala has dared to campaign for girls education in Pakistan. She was shot in the head for it last year, but she survived, and with almost 1 million of us behind her, she helped win a new government policy to put all Pakistani girls in school!

But she’s not stopping there. On Friday, Malala will speak at the UN to propose a new global goal: to put every child on the planet in school. Her request is shockingly doable — with experts saying it would cost the same as just two nuclear power plants! In the next 72 hours, let’s show world leaders that Malala has millions of us behind her as she appeals to them to act, and turn Taliban horror into powerful new hope — education for all.

Iran must sue Intelsat for Media ban: Alfred Lambremont Webre

July 5, 2013

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/28/311277/iran-must-sue-intelsat-for-media-ban/

WATCH INTERVIEW:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/28/311277/iran-must-sue-intelsat-for-media-ban/

[195] Targeted for 9/11 Warning, Voting Rights for ‘Some’, Obama’s Mandela Hypocrisy . breakingtheset·

July 2, 2013

Published on Jul 1, 2013

Abby Martin Breaks the Set on Egypt Demonstrations, Victim of the Patriot Act, Obama’s Support for Apartheid, and Doing Away with Voting Rights

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to Susan Lindauer, former CIA asset, and author of ‘Extreme Prejudice’, about her experience being scapegoated under the Patriot Act for blowing the whistle about 9/11 foreknowledge and Iraq. Abby then remarks on Obama’s Africa tour, calling out his praise of Nelson Mandela as hypocritical, citing Guantanamo, the war on whistleblowers and Israeli apartheid, as issues Mandela would never stand for. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with author and investigative journalist, Greg Palast, about the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the 1965 Voting Rights Act, discussing the implications that could result in millions of minority voters being disenfranchised.

Category News & Politics

Where Will YOU Be this July 4, 2013?

July 1, 2013

The Story Behind The Story

“In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening.By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.”
George Orwell,
1984
The 4th of July!  An American Holiday! A time for Parades and Fireworks, Picnics and Processions.   Red, white and blue banners and bunting adorn American streets from Maine to California on this grand day, and rightfully so!
Why the custom of Fireworks?  I submit because July 4 is first…

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[185] Robots Stealing Jobs, Syrian Quagmire, Bill Maher Lackey, a Propaganda Piece . breakingtheset·

June 18, 2013

Published on Jun 17, 2013

Abby Martin Breaks the Set on the Syrian Quagmire, Bill Maher Establishment Lackey, the Future of Automation, and the Power of Propaganda.

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin goes over the latest on Obama’s plan to aid Syrian rebels in light of Assad crossing the ‘red line’. Abby then calls out Bill Maher, host of HBO’s ‘Real Time’, for his evolution from being a controversial commentator to being an arrogant lackey for the democratic party, citing his rampant Islamophobia, support for drones, and defense of the NSA’s wiretapping program. Abby then talks to Federico Piston, author of the book ‘Robots Will Steal Your Job’, about the evolution of automation and building a future of sharing and cooperation. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with filmmaker, Slavko Martinov, creator of the film ‘Propaganda’, a documentary made from the perspective of North Korea, which serves as a critique against the hyper capitalist structure, political manipulation, and consumerism that characterizes the western world.

Category News & Politics

Lawrence Lessig: Big Brother’s Prying Eyes

June 17, 2013

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/06/15

Whatever your take on the recent revelations about government spying on our phone calls and Internet activity, there’s no denying that Big Brother is bigger and less brotherly than we thought. What’s the resulting cost to our privacy — and more so, our democracy? Lawrence Lessig, professor of law and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and founder of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, discusses the implications of our government’s actions, Edward Snowden’s role in leaking the information, and steps we must take to better protect our privacy.

“Snowden describes agents having the authority to pick and choose who they’re going to be following on the basis of their hunch about what makes sense and what doesn’t make sense. This is the worst of both worlds. We have a technology now that gives them access to everything, but a culture if again it’s true that encourages them to be as wide ranging as they can,” Lessig tells Bill. “The question is — are there protections or controls or counter technologies to make sure that when the government gets access to this information they can’t misuse it in all the ways that, you know, anybody who remembers Nixon believes and fears governments might use?”

Few are as knowledgeable about the impact of the Internet on our public and private lives as Lessig, who argues that government needs to protect American rights with the same determination and technological sophistication it uses to invade our privacy and root out terrorists.

“If we don’t have technical measures in place to protect against misuse, this is just a trove of potential misuse…We’ve got to think about the technology as a protector of liberty too. And the government should be implementing technologies to protect our liberties,” Lessig says. “Because if they don’t, we don’t figure out how to build that protection into the technology, it won’t be there.”

“We should recognize in a world of terrorism the government’s going to be out there trying to protect us. But let’s make sure that they’re using tools or technology that also protects the privacy side of what they should be protecting.”

A former conservative who’s now a liberal, Lessig also knows that the caustic impact of money is another weapon capable of mortally wounding democracy. His recent book, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It, decries a pervasive “dependence corruption” in our government and politics that should sound a desperate alarm for both the Left and the Right. Here, Lessig outlines a radical approach to the problem that uses big money itself to reform big money-powered corruption.

Producer: Gail Ablow. Editor: Rob Kuhns.
Intro Producer: Robert Booth. Intro Editor: Paul Desjarlais.
Photographer: Alton Christensen.


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