Down the Memory Hole: NYT Erases CIA’s Efforts to Overthrow Syria’s Government First, let’s establish what we do know. Based on multiple reports over the past three-and-a-half years, we know that the Central Intelligence Agency set up a secret program of arming, funding and training anti-Assad forces. This has been reported by major outlets, including the New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and, most recently, the Washington Post, which—partly thanks to the Snowden revelations—detailed a program that trained approximately 10,000 rebel fighters at a cost of $1 billion a year, or roughly 1/15th of the CIA’s official annual budget.
Big 4 Audit Firms Play Big Role in Offshore Murk Global accounting giants are prime architects of the offshore money maze – and supporting characters in an array of offshore scandals For more than a decade, tax gurus at PricewaterhouseCoopers helped Caterpillar Inc., the U.S. heavy equipment maker, move profits produced by its lucrative spare-parts business from the U.S. to a tiny subsidiary in Switzerland. Little changed except the bookkeeping.
Strategic Export Controls: Reports and Statistics As part of its commitment to transparency in Export Controls, the Government has published Annual Reports on export licensing decisions since 1997. From 2004, the Government also published Quarterly Reports to further enhance transparency. Since 2005 these reports have also included decisions on Trade Control licences, and since 2006, information on licences issued under EC Regulation 1236/2005 (on trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment). However, the Government recognises that published reports do not always meet the needs of the reader.
Mother of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, speaks with the WSWS By Richard Phillips 26 November 2011 Christine Assange Christine Assange, the mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, spoke with the World Socialist Web Site last week during US President Barack Obama’s visit to Australia. Early this month, Britain’s High Court dismissed an appeal by Julian Assange against his extradition to Sweden on frame-up charges of rape and sexual assault. The case against Assange is part of an internationally-orchestrated campaign led by the Obama administration and aimed at destroying WikiLeaks. Sections of the US media and leading political figures have called for Assange to be assassinated and WikiLeaks declared a terrorist organisation because the web site has exposed the criminal character of the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and other conspiracies by the US and its allies.
Urban Gardening with Laura and John Klein: Urban Farmer of the Week — UrbanFig Number of Years Urban Gardening: 10Favorite Thing To Grow: In winter, greens like Swiss chard, Arugula, Kale, etc. and in the summer heirloom tomatoes and herbs galoreFavorite Garden Recipes: Organic Arugula Radicchio Salad, Oven-Dried Organic Cherry Tomatoes and Organic Heirloom Tomato and Red Ruffle Basil SaladUrban Farming Location: Los Angeles, CAGardening Advice: Just do it! Don’t worry about planning, feel it out Meet Laura and John Klein, close friends of mine and partly responsible for inspiring me to grow my own food. Laura founded the fantastic website, www.organicauthority.com several years ago and is a gourmet cook. Putin's Plan: Moscow Handles Syria, U.S. Looks After Iraq Source: Al-Arabiya News Russia has now confirmed that it is intervening in the Syrian war on the side of the Assad government; and, as Al-Arabiya's Azeem Ibrahim notes, the response of the U.S. betrays its impotent incredulity. Russia is poised to return to the Middle East, from which it was ejected with the collapse of the USSR. The United States seems to be telling Russia to go ahead, because, as Raghida Dergham explains, it is unwilling to engage – though it is not yet ready to fully retreat. At the end of this month, New York will be see several initiatives, talks, understandings, and deals come together under two main themes: terrorism and immigration.
The Best Online Storytelling and Journalism of 2013 In 2012 I posted a round-up of the best online journalism of the year, which grew as others added their favorites. My list focused on journalism that could only be done online, the kind of storytelling that take advantage of the unique opportunities the Internet provides. This tended to be deeply visual reporting that wove together text, audio, images and videos. Seiichi Morimura The Devil's Gluttony was serialized in the Akahata (Japanese Communist Party's newspaper) in 1980, and subsequently published by Kobunsha (光文社), in two volumes 1981 and 1982. In the ensuing controversy, half of a photograph was discovered to be a fabrication, and Kobunsha subsequently withdrew the book. A second edition was then published by Kadokawa Shoten in 1983 with the controversial photograph removed. He won the Edogawa Rampo Award in 1969 for "Death in the High-Rise". His short story: "Devil of a Boy" appears translated into English in "Ellery Queen's Japanese Golden Dozen: The Detective Story World in Japan" anthology, which was edited by Ellery Queen. References External links
Tracy Lawrence, Notary Public Who Blew The Whistle On Massive Foreclosure Fraud, Found Dead Tracy Lawrence, the notary public who blew the whistle on a massive foreclosure fraud scheme, was found dead in her Las Vegas home on Nov. 28, MSNBC reported. Cause of death has not yet been determined, but Officer Jacinto Rivera, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department spokesman, said the case was not being investigated as homicide. She was 43. Earlier this month, Lawrence came forward and admitted to the Nevada Attorney General's Office that she notarized 25,000 fraudulent documents for Lender Processing Services, a Florida company used by most major banks to process home repossessions. The documents were filed with the Clark County Recorder's Office between 2005 and 2008, The Los Angeles Times reported. Lawrence also accused two loan officers of allegedly running the massive robo-signing scheme, saying they forged signatures on tens of thousands of default notices.
Renewables nearly competitive with fossil fuels, even without subsidies In 2010, investors and governments poured $187 billion into renewables and just $157 billion into natural gas, oil and coal. A big chunk of the renewables investment ($66 billion in subsidies) represents forward-thinking governments nurturing their domestic renewable energy sectors through incentives. But renewables will soon be kicking fossil fuels’ asses even without that support, reports Bloomberg. “Wind in some cases already is, or can in coming years, be fully cost-competitive with fossil fuels,” [said Peter Brun of wind turbine maker Vestas]. “Fossil-fuel prices will continue to rise, and that increases the competitiveness of new technologies.
PressTV-West blocks Syria request to ban ISIL Russia says the United States, Britain, France, and Jordan have rejected Syria’s proposal to add ISIL to the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions list as a separate terrorist group. "In the UN Security Council's Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, the United States, Britain, France, and Jordan have blocked Syria’s request supported by Russia to include the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group in the sanctions list as a separate group," read the statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday. According to reports, ISIL Takfiri terrorist group is currently mentioned as al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) in the UN’s sanctions list. Britain Detains the Partner of a Reporter Tied to Leaks Mr. Greenwald’s partner, David Michael Miranda, 28, is a citizen of Brazil. He had spent the previous week in Berlin visiting Laura Poitras, a documentary filmmaker who has also been helping to disseminate Mr. Snowden’s leaks, to assist Mr. Greenwald. The Guardian had paid for the trip, Mr.
Men Behind the Sun Men Behind the Sun (Chinese: 黑太阳731 / 黑太陽731; pinyin: hēi tài yáng 731, literally meaning "Black Sun: 731") is a 1988 Hong Kong-Chinese historical war horror film directed by T.F. Mous. The film is a graphic depiction of the war atrocities committed by the Japanese at Unit 731, the secret biological weapons experimentation unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The film details the various cruel medical experiments Unit 731 inflicted upon the Chinese and Soviet prisoners towards the end of the war. This is the first film to be rated "III" (equivalent to the US rating NC-17) in Hong Kong.