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Red Cross Holds a Press Conference In Haiti. It Doesn’t Go Well.

Haitian reporters demand answers from the Red Cross but don’t get many. By Justin Elliot Haitian journalists grilled an American Red Cross official Wednesday about the group’s Haiti program, but the official declined to provide any new details of how it spent nearly $500 million donated after the 2010 earthquake. The Red Cross called a...

Transparency Now! Says former lobbyist

All I know about lobbying I learned from the movie “The American President.” (During which I determined that Mrs. Spocko was more attractive than Annette Bening.) By Spocko The movie shows everything people think they know about lobbying: getting the vote count right, educating congress people, making deals, trade offs and pay offs with different...

The Roundup for June 13th, 2015

We end in Argentina folks. Lots of Latin American artists this week. International Politics Overall – Gallup: Fifty-one percent of Americans say the Iraq War was a mistake and 42 percent say the same about the Afghanistan War – Iranian commanders in Syria apparently executed three Syrian officers – The recent decision to increase more troops...

Saturday Art: Horace Vernet

(Picture courtesy of snapshooter46 at flickr.com.) (Picture courtesy of fmpgoh at flickr.com.) Born into a family of artists, Vernet was known for hunting and battle scenes, and was very much part of the royal household in his work and life. He was born in the Paris Louvre, while his parents were staying there during the...

Late Night FDL: Days Like This

Van Morrison – Days Like This Arise, Sir Van…! Singer-songwriter Van Morrison and US actor Kevin Spacey have been given knighthoods in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The Belfast-born star has been recognised for services to music, and tourism in Northern Ireland, the inspiration for many of his hits. Morrison said: “Throughout my career I...

Does Rachel Dolezal have some splainin’ to do?

Does Rachel Dolezal have some splainin’ to do? Some people think so. Rachel Dolezal is the president of the Spokane branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She is also a professor of African American studies at Eastern Washington University. She has been passing herself off as mixed race with...

Over Easy; Friday Preview

This will be a preview of Saturday’s Art post, a scene painted by Horace Vernet.    Tomorrow at this time, the post will tell about the artist, his work and his effect. The opportunity to have a conversation on today’s Over Easy is open, and if any fellow FDL posting pups would like to do a post...

Could Anti-Climate Amendment Torpedo Fast Track?

Last-minute anti-climate effort led by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) slammed by green groups and some lawmakers By Sarah Lazare Environmental groups have long (warned) of the dangers Fast Track poses to the environment. Now they have solid proof. With the controversial House Fast Track vote expected to take place Friday, an 11th-hour GOP effort to...

Whistleblowers Testify on High Risk of Retaliation They Face for Going to Congress

United States government whistleblowers, who have gone to Congress in the past, have had a hugely positive impact. However, often government employees, who blow the whistle on fraud, waste, abuse and other examples of wrongdoing to members of Congress, face great risk to their livelihoods. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held...

The Roundup for June 11th, 2015

A Mexico amigos! International Politics Overall – Pew: Civilians in countries a part of NATO mostly blame Russia for the Ukrainian crisis – FIFA may not be able to remove the World Cup from Russia and Qatar – A new report found United Nations peacekeepers offered supplies to Haitian women in return for sex – A new...

Late Night FDL: ‘Revolution’

Fiach Moriarty -‘Revolution’ I love Fiach’s new album, The Revolution… Contrary to the sentiment of Gil Scott-Heron’s 1970 album, here Fiach Moriarty sings that “The revolution will be televised.” To be sure The Revolution will garner its share of radio airtime as Moriarty offers up here a set of catchy pop tunes like the title...

Furthering a Failed Strategy, Obama To Send More Ground Troops to Iraq

Critics say that everything the administration is doing in Middle East is making things worse, not better. By Jon Queally In a move anti-war critics and foreign policy experts are certain to call simply an extension of a policy that has proved a failure, the New York Times reports the Obama administration is planning to...

Judge disqualifies three jurors during James Holmes death penalty trial

Judge Carlos A. Samour, Jr., dismissed three jurors for misconduct yesterday in the James Holmes murder trial. Holmes is accused of shooting to death 12 and injuring 70 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012 during the premiere showing of a new Batman film. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty...

US Government Notifies American Muslims, Who Refused to Be FBI Informants, of Removal from No Fly List

The United States government sent four American Muslim men letters notifying them that they had been removed from the No Fly List. The men had no criminal records when they were put on the list and claim that they were put on the watch list in retaliation for not becoming FBI informants. The notification came...

Jamie Dimon, Billionaire

The ancient Athenian philosopher Anacharsis is said to have once noted that laws are no different than a spider’s web in that “They’ll restrain anyone weak and insignificant who gets caught in them, but they’ll be torn to shreds by people with power and wealth.” It would be difficult to provide a stronger example proving...

The Roundup for June 10th, 2015

To France! International Politics Overall – Despite all the rhetoric, the West is not interested in helping Ukrainians – The Obama administration will be known as, in terms of foreign policy, very aggressive and violent – The White House denies President Barack Obama snubbed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi – The United Nations Security Council voted...

UN’s Ban Ki-Moon Caves In, Takes Israel Off List of Serious Child Abusers

By Ali Abunimah UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has caved in to pressure from Israel and the United States and taken the Israeli military off an official list of serious violators of children’s rights, in this year’s report on children in armed conflict. In doing so, Ban rejected an official recommendation from his own Special Representative...

Putin Says US Imperial Footprint Unmatched: ‘Draw a Map and See’

Despite US military dominance, Obama accuses Russian leader of attempting to ‘recreate Soviet empire’ By Lauren McCauley Responding to ongoing brinkmanship between the United States and his country, Russian President Vladimir Putin dared reporters to publish a map of the two nations’ global military footprints and then “see the difference.” The comments came over the...

Former OPEC Official Believes Price of Oil Will Fall This Year

Hasan Qabazard, former director of research at OPEC, said the Brent crude oil price will fall to at least $40 per barrel later this year. Qabazard cited more oil production by Iraq and Iran, along with recovering shale oil, as the reasons why a drop will be expected. Currently, the Brent crude oil price is...

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