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Coups, Massacres And Contras: The Legacy Of Washington’s New Point Man In Latin America

Despite shifts on Cuba and Venezuela, the Obama administration’s appointment of a man who’s been involved in the overthrow of leftist governments since the 1980s, to head the White House’s top agency on Latin American affairs shows little may have really changed. By Sean Nevins The Obama administration announced in December that it would immediately...

Closing arguments completed today in Tsarnaev penalty phase

After 63 witnesses testified in the penalty phase, Steve Mellin stepped up to the lectern in courtroom 9 this morning, faced the jury and gave the government’s opening closing argument. Judy Clarke gave Jahar Tsarnaev’s closing argument. William Weinreb delivered the government’s rebuttal argument. The jury has retired to the jury room to begin deliberations....

Amidst Media Backlash, Key Part of Seymour Hersh’s Report on bin Laden Killing Corroborated

A media backlash against investigative journalist Seymour Hersh for his report on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has fueled a perception that it has been wholly discredited. Yet, a key part of Hersh’s report has been corroborated by the New York Times’ Carlotta Gall, a Pakistan newspaper, and partly by NBC News. Hersh...

Democrats In Senate Block TPP Fast-Track Authority For Obama

Democrats are giving President Obama the full Emmett Till treatment over Elizabeth Warren. Good luck in 2016! — Allan Brauer (@allanbrauer) May 12, 2015 President Barack Obama’s campaign to give him authority to jam a secretive “trade” deal down Congress’ throat hit a roadblock in the Senate on Tuesday when Democrats refused to vote to...

The Roundup for May 12th, 2015

Good day folks! Almost done with classes! Just three days and then finals next week. International Politics Overall – The West is worried about a conflict brewing over Libya’s natural resources; I wonder how we could have avoided this… – Neither the U.S. and Russia have been able to agree on major global problems – Israeli...

Over Easy: Tornadoes and Supercell Thunderstorms

More than 70 tornadoes were reported across various states over Mother’s Day weekend. The deadly EF-3 tornado that struck Van, Texas (North Central) was 700 yards wide and traveled on the ground for 9.9 miles. National Geographic reports that more storms are expected in upcoming days, but precise tornado prediction in advance remains difficult despite...

Late Night FDL: Save Me Now

Billy Idol – Save Me Now Vevo released Billy’s Western-Themed ‘Save Me Now’ Video today… Billy Idol’s redemption anthem “Save Me Now” gets a fitting tribute with a new video from frequent Muse collaborator Thomas Kirk, featuring a priest, a cop, and (of course) Idol himself… The California desert is the setting for this story....

FBI Spied ‘Beyond Its Authority’ on Keystone XL Opponents

New investigation reveals agency’s actions amounted to ‘substantial non-compliance’ with its own rules By Nadia Prupis The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) broke its own internal rules when it spied on Keystone XL opponents in Texas, violating guidelines designed to prevent the agency from becoming overly involved in complex political issues, a new report by...

Victory for Grassroots as Fast Track Goes Down in Crucial Senate Vote

‘We know the forces pushing the job-killing TPP won’t stop here, and they should know, neither will we,’ says Democracy for America By Deirdre Fulton Update (3 pm EDT): In what was immediately heralded as a victory for the grassroots, Senate Democrats on Tuesday stymied President Barack Obama’s corporate-driven trade agenda by voting to prevent...

In First Interview, CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Says Congressional Staffer Urged Him to Flee

In his first interview since he was charged with leaking details of a botched CIA operation to New York Times reporter James Risen, CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling says that he had a meeting with a staffer for Congressman William Lacy Clay and was urged to flee the United States. Sterling, who worked as an African...

White House Approves Arctic Drilling

Despite constant complaints of inaction on climate change by Congress, the Obama Administration has now approved drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The approval opens the way not just for more carbon emissions but possible dangers of oil spills and other despoilment of a new section of the planet. The concession was given to Royal Dutch...

The Roundup for May 11th, 2015

Made two different cakes today! Quite proud of my baking ability. You can be find what I made, for both, here. International Politics Overall – The U.S. is scrambling to reassure its allies in the Gulf things are fine – As a result of bombardment from Yemen, a Pakistan and a Saudi were killed Middle...

Over Easy: Changes

This past week has been al about changes. Here at FDL with new servers, a new main page layout and new commenting system. Starbuck’s latest blog was on change in photography. This one is on technological change. As Lawrence Welk would say, “What an appropriate a number”. Humans are not fond of change, and that’s...

Late Night FDL: Face on the Bridge

Asia – Face on the Bridge Asia is releasing their last live concert… Asia have confirmed the launch of a live set recorded in the US in 2012, before Steve Howe bowed out of the band. And they’ve released a clip in which they perform their track Face On The Bridge. Axis XXX Live In...

‘Climate Denial, Plain and Simple': Feds Approve Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plan

“Not only does it put the Arctic’s pristine landscapes at a huge risk for oil spills and industrial development but it’s utterly incompatible with President Obama’s rhetoric to address the climate crisis.” By Nadia Prupis The Obama administration has given conditional approval to Shell to start drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic this...

CIA Investigation Minimizes Use of Drugs on Rendition & Black Site Detainees

The CIA has released documents regarding a 2008 Inspector General (IG) investigation into the use of “mind-altering” drugs to enhance or facilitate interrogations undertaken as part of their rendition, “black site” detention, and interrogation-torture (RDI) program. Show More Summary

Sister Helen Prejean spoke today for Jahar Tsarnaev

The defense and prosecution rested today and it looks like the jury is going to have to decide what sentence to impose without hearing directly from the defendant, Jahar Tsarnaev. Instead, they heard from him indirectly through the testimony of Sister Helen Prejean who met with him in March at the request of the defense...

Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to Jail for Leaking to Journalist

Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for leaking information to a journalist. It was the longest sentence issued by a federal court during President Barack Obama’s administration. During a trial in January, the government convinced a jury, with largely circumstantial evidence, that Sterling leaked information about...

Hersh Tells CNN’s Chris Cuomo ‘Not Out on Limb’ with bin Laden Story

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh appeared on CNN’s “New Day” this morning and host Chris Cuomo had Hersh defend his major story in the London Review of Books on lies President Barack Obama’s administration reportedly told about the killing of Osama bin Laden. Hersh told Cuomo he was not “out on a limb” with this one....

DNI Clapper’s Lawyer Claiming Clapper Lied To Congress Because He ‘Forgot’ About NSA Program

From the Department of you can’t be serious. The top lawyer for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is making a novel argument as to why Clapper did not technically commit perjury despite saying something he knew to be untrue while testifying under oath before Congress – Clapper somehow “forgot” about a massive and highly...

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