One story that I didn’t write but wished I had involves our 39th president, Jimmy Carter, who is now ill with a spreading form of cancer. So I’ll write it now, more as an important personal remembrance for me rather than as a reported news story. ...
Matthew Behrens calls out -- big time -- Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, along with John Baird, Harper’s “foreign affairs pitbull” in “Ukraine and Canada’s Coup-Supporting Corporate Cowboy Diplomacy”.
Behrens writes of a “messianic” foreign policy of the present Canadian government, “making the world safe for Canadian corporate profits.” Read more about Ukraine Crisis Christmas for Corporate-Pimped Canadian Pols
Business Insider reporter Hayley Peterson discusses briefing materials Walmart uses to train its managers to deal with unionizing efforts. Read more about A Peek Inside Walmart's Anti-Union Playbook
Richard Phillips in “David Hicks seeks to overturn Guantánamo “terrorism” conviction” reveals that former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Australian citizen David Hicks has lodged an appeal with the US Court of Military Commission Review to overturn his 2007 conviction of “providing support for terrorism.” It is expected that the commission will NOT quash Hicks’ conviction. His American lawyer from the Center for Constitutional Rights will then appeal the case to the US federal district court. Read more about Australian David Hicks: Survivor of Gitmo’s Sadistic Abuse
(528 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)
Dana Frank reports that 70 members of the US Congress are calling for suspension of U.S. military and police aid to Honduras because of how, especially in the last two months, there has been a serious acceleration of government repression.
Frank also reports that ousted President Zelaya will be allowed to return to the country: Read more about Good News, Zelaya Returning to Honduras; Bad News, Coup Oligarchs Continue Human Rights Abuses
U.S. newspapers sometimes print what they call the total death count from one or more of our wars, and all the dead who are listed are Americans. They aren't all the Americans. They don't include contractors or suicides or various other categories of dead Americans. They certainly don't include those who died for lack of basic needs while we dumped half of our public treasury into wars. Read more about Of Humans and Rights
Please read this article and ask yourself if you wouldn't be outraged if Bush and Cheney were supporting Suleiman today? Don't you think the left blogosphere would be on fire right now if the same scenario were occurring under a Bush Cheney regime? These are important moments on so many levels. Perhaps most important for us to watch and learn who will demand sanity, human rights, liberty, and who will avoid it in silence, denial or spin themselves into dizzying new lows trying to avoid the crux of the matter at all costs. Read more about Obama's Support of Suleiman Should Be The Top Story Among The So-Called Left In America Today.
I still glance through FDL to see what topics are being covered. I found this promoted diary by Rohan Jayasekera on the My FDL page. Jayasekera is one of these David Horowitz types who started out on the left as an opponent of censorship but then involuted into his own opposite. In his diary, he basically recycles an Administration argument that Wikileaks has put lives at risk. Whose? Well according to Jaysekera mouthing an argument fed him by a US diplomat, those of human rights activists in repressive countries who talk to US consular officials. Read more about Jayasekera
Such a public gathering is rare in Malaysia where permits are needed for meetings involving four or more people, reports the BBC's Robin Brant in Kuala Lumpur.
On Saturday's ATC Guy Raz held a friendly with John Negroponte to see what he thought about the US joining the UN Human Rights Council. Negroponte told Raz Read more about NPR Turns to Death Squad Negroponte for His View on Effective Human Rights Policies
They will fight for their country, they will die for their country, but not in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. And although they act on conscience, they pay a steep personal price. Featuring haunting accounts from the front lines, Raised to Be Heroes introduces the latest generation of Israeli soldiers to selectively object to military operations undertaken by their country.