By Dave Zirin - June 16, 2013
Putin has staked his reputation on the smooth hosting of the winter games. Based on the planning, it either speaks to how little he values his reputation, or more likely, that beneath the steely glare and martial arts muscles, he’s being exposed as little more than a thuggish front man for a kleptocracy.
By Peter Symonds - 17 June 2013
Amid deepening social and economic crisis, Hassan Rouhani won Iran’s presidential election last Friday with an outright majority of 50.7 percent...Rouhani issued a statement declaring his win a victory of “moderation” and “progress” over “extremism and bad behaviour.” During the campaign, he criticized President Mahmoud Ahmadinjad for failing to prevent the imposition of harsh US-led economic sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program and called for “dialogue and interaction with the world.”
By Yves Engler - June 17, 2013
Stephen Harper's Conservative government has transformed Canadian diplomacy into the lobbying arm of dirty oil. They've spent tens of millions of dollars pushing the Keystone XL pipeline in the US but they have also engaged in significant lobbying efforts in Europe.
Obama lied. He's a serial liar. He claims Syria used chemical weapons. His so-called red line was crossed. No verifiable evidence provides proof. Clear facts prove he lied.
General Keith Alexander is NSA director. He's US Cyber Command head. He's in charge of lawlessly spying. He directs illegal hacking.
Greater US intervention in Syria looms. Manufactured threats facilitate doing so. Replacing Assad with puppet leadership is planned. Independent governments aren't tolerated.
By Keith Jones - WSWS
On the basis of secret government directives, Canada’s national security apparatus is conducting mass surveillance of Canadians parallel to, if not directly patterned after, the domestic spying operations of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)...Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), the NSA’s Canadian counterpart and longstanding partner, has been scrutinizing the metadata of Canadians’ electronic communications since at least 2005.
HRC mocks human rights, It systematically spurns them. It's a de facto US imperial tool. It defiles its own mandate. It does so lawlessly.
Greece reflects failed state governance. It's the epicenter of banker occupation. Neoliberal priorities alone matter. It's economy was ravaged and destroyed.
By Robert Stevens - WSWS
The Labour Party has moved to position itself as the best placed vehicle to continue the imposition of savage austerity measures, in the event of the downfall of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government...In set-piece speeches...Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and party leader Ed Miliband declared that Labour, if elected, will continue the austerity measures and welfare cuts begun by the Tories.
By Jonny Bonner - AlterNet
Police shot a young woman to death "assassination style" as she sat in her car, amid "widespread and systemic corruption" in the undercover drug force, the woman's parents claim in court...Melissa Kennedy and Frederick Willard, parents of the late Danielle Willard, sued West Valley City, its police Officers Shaun Cowley and Kevin Salmon, Lt. John Coyle, Police Chief Thayle "Buzz" Nielsen, and 10 Doe officers, in Federal Court.
For over two weeks, daily anti-government protests rocked Turkey. Police attacked peaceful demonstrators intermittently. They've done so brutally. Turkey's notorious for police state viciousness.
Edward Joseph Snowden revealed what's vital to know. He exposed unconstitutional spying. He did so courageously.
Every Tuesday, President Obama personally checks off the names of people he wants killed. George Bush, a bit more squeamish than Obama, never did that; but Mr. Obama felt those decisions were the president’s responsibility: he want[s] to keep his own finger on the trigger,” according to one report. A tidy, scheduled man, the President only picks his victims once a week, now called “Terror Tuesday.”
A provincial investigation found the former Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre prisoner was handcuffed, shackled and stomped by jail guards in 2010. Ontario ombudsman André Marin made the assault central to the report he released Tuesday criticizing the Ottawa jail and the province’s corrections system as a whole.